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"Scream as you may! Scream as you might! If you try to escape, you'll be dead on this night."

The first sequel to Leprechaun, released in 1994.

Leprechaun is alive and well, and now for some reason living in Los Angeles. As it turns out, on every leprechaun's 1000th birthday, he is allowed to take a bride of his choosing (without her consent) on the condition that he can make her sneeze three times, without someone saying "God bless you". He selects his target (a descendant of the only man to ever get the better of him), but her boyfriend manages to steal his gold, which he hopes to trade for her freedom.

This film has examples of:

  • Achilles' Heel: Iron for the Leprechaun.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Even after he locked him in a closet against his will, Cody did feel bad for Morty getting his belly ripped open by Leprechaun to extract the pot of gold Morty wished for.
  • Asshole Victim: Ian and Morty. The former for being a perve who tried to hit on Bridgette despite her already being in a relationship with Cody whereas the latter was greedy after capturing the Leprechaun to the point where he locks Cody in a room after both of them capture the Leprechaun with a safe.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In the bar's restroom, Cody hears someone approaching. Hiding in a stall, he sees Leprechaun's shoes and assumes the worst. It turns out to just be a Leprechaun actor (played by Tony Cox), who offers Cody some candy.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Morty catches the Leprechaun and holds him to the legend that he has to grant his captor three wishes, the first of which in this case is the Leprechaun's pot of gold. Unfortunately for Morty, he didn't say where said pot should be placed, and the Leprechaun unsurprisingly picks that moment to unleash his inner Jerkass Genie.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Bridget is safe and the Leprechaun is presumably dead, but the police still believe Cody is a murderer and Morty is dead. Of course, Cody and Bridget don't dwell on this.
  • Bloodless Carnage: When the Leprechaun rips his pot out of Morty's stomach, there is surprisingly no visible blood until Cody inspects his corpse.
  • Body Horror: Morty wishes for a pot of gold and not 5 seconds later, a cast-iron pot laden with the precious metal slowly and painfully starts growing inside his gut.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The chocolate coin that Cody gets at the bar ultimately allows him to pull a fast one on the Leprechaun and kill him.
  • Cold Iron: The Leprechaun's weakness to four-leaf clovers has been replaced with one to wrought iron.
  • Damsel in Distress: Bridget is the main target and spends a good chunk of the movie trapped in the Leprechaun's lair.
  • Deadly Rotary Fan: The Leprechaun kills Ian by casting an illusion of a girl he's interested in taking her top off in front of him, but he's actually sticking his head into two rotary blades.
  • Dem Bones: Leprechaun resurrects the skeleton of his dead slave to do his bidding in the climax.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The Leprechaun at least claims that he had no idea his chosen bride is William O'Day's daughter. Given his penchant for jokes, it's a bit hard to tell.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Morty manages to beat the Leprechaun in a drinking game. Of course...
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?:
    • Turns out Morty was cheating on the drinking game; he was actually drinking soda the whole time.
    • Cody manages to pull one on the Leprechaun by giving him a chocolate coin instead of his gold one.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Bridget tried escaping by seducing the Leprechaun then literally backstabbing him. She did make a decent strategy, but her weapon didn't work, as it just makes Leprechaun angry, especially since she used his favorite ornament to stab him.
  • Drinking Contest: Morty challenges Leprechaun to a drinking contest and beats him by cheating: while he served the leprechaun beer, he was drinking soda.
  • Dull Surprise: Bridget for most of the film.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Take a guess.
  • Facial Horror: Hungover Leprechaun kills a barista who mocks him by melting his face with steam.
  • Fanservice: Bridgette when she's put into the red wedding dress.
  • Genre Savvy: Cody and Morty have a book in their apartment about magical folklore, including leprechauns. The first thing Cody does when trouble starts is read up about any possible weaknesses and try to exploit them.
  • Gold Fever: Leprechaun now has one.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am a Dwarf Today?: At one point, the Leprechaun insists he is not a dwarf or an elf. He apparently finds the mistake insulting.
  • Help Mistaken for Attack: Because of the Leprechaun, Cody becomes ever alert for him and is mortified in fear when a small person who simply has dwarfism dressed as a leprechaun starts offering him chocolate shaped as a coin, although this ultimately leads to the Chekhov's Gun moment above.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The police check out Bridget's house—finding her gone and Ian's dead body. Cody gets the blame due to Bridget's parents telling the police about their earlier argument.
  • Honor Before Reason: The Leprechaun promises to grant William O'Day his freedom once he had a bride. O'Day is willing to go along with this until he sees the chosen girl is his own daughter. He says "God bless you" to protect her and is promptly killed by the Leprechaun.
  • Hotter and Sexier: More fanservice when compared to the first film.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The film is set on St. Patrick's Day, the only instance of it in the series.
  • Idiot Ball: Morty had been fairly competent when dealing with the Leprechaun (specifically the drinking contest), but after he and Cody trap him in the safe, he gets greedy and wishes for gold solely so the Leprechaun can escape and prolong the movie.
  • Informed Ability: The leprechaun is stated in this movie to be able to turn invisible. This is a power he never displays in this movie or any other.
  • Intangibility: Cody gets a variation of this. He discovers late in the movie that because he possesses a piece of the Leprechaun's gold, the Leprechaun can't physically harm him.
  • Jackass Genie: Leprechaun is trapped in a safe (made from his kryptonite, wrought iron) by Morty, who forces him into granting him three wishes. Leprechaun grants Morty's wish for his gold by materializing it in his stomach. After the Leprechaun makes Morty waste his second wish by wishing him free of the safe, the Leprechaun grants the third wish (getting the gold out) by ripping Morty open. When Morty whispers "Help me" afterward, the Leprechaun leaves him for dead since he's out of wishes.
  • Lady in Red: Before leaving to find his gold coin, the Leprechaun gives Bridget a sexy red wedding dress to wear. At the climax, Bridget wears it to seduce the Leprechaun so she can stab him with an awl.
  • Mugging the Monster: Morty traps Leprechaun in an iron cage and blackmails him for his pot of gold in exchange for the latter's freedom. Leprechaun simply inserts the pot of gold into Morty's intestines so that Morty will have no choice but to let Leprechaun have it back.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: As Cody tries to warn Morty about the leprechaun, they both turn around to see him sitting a few feet away from them in the crowded bar. He’s not doing anything. Not saying anything. Just sitting and looking casual. It’s extremely unnerving.
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  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Cody gets suspicious when Bridget keeps pestering him for the coin, which clued him in that it was actually the Leprechaun in disguise.
  • Police Are Useless: They're easily outmatched by Leprechaun whose magical spells can quell modern firearms and the only cop who tried shooting at him has poor aim.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: The Leprechaun does this constantly, of course. After scamming him during the drinking contest, Morty also does it to mock him.
  • Series Continuity Error: Maybe. In the first film, Leprechaun says that he is 600 years old. In this film's opening scene, which takes place 100 years before the main plot, Lep says that he's 1,000 years old. "Maybe", because there’s a decent chance they're not the same character.
  • Shout-Out: During the drinking contest, a group of Leprechaun actors is impressed by the actual Leprechaun's performance and begin chanting, "One of us! One of us!"
  • Show Some Leg: Before the climax, Bridget does this to distract the Leprechaun long enough so she can stab him with an awl she had found. When he returns to his lair, she is wearing the red wedding dress he left her, acts very flirty with the leprechaun. She even caps it off by taking a seat next to the leprechaun, and raising the hem of her dress, showing off her bare leg before placing his hand on it. This does get the Leprechaun to lower his guard, but sadly her attempt to stab with the awl doesn't work, and only makes him angry as the awl was a gift from his father.
  • Shown Their Work: The fact the leprechaun is weak to iron is actually accurate to the folklore surrounding them, where it is stated faires are supposed to be vulnerable to iron.
  • St. Patrick's Day Episode: The film takes place on St. Patrick's Day (which just so happens to be the birthday of the eponymous leprechaun) both 1000 years in the past and in modern-day Los Angeles and focuses on the aforementioned leprechaun choosing the descendant of one of his former slaves as his bride.
  • Trail of Bread Crumbs: Bridget is kidnapped by Leprechaun and taken to his lair. While trying to escape the maze-like area, she leaves a trail of stones in an effort to not get lost, but the stones disappear as soon as she puts them down, rendering the tactic useless.
  • Weaksauce Weakness:
    • The Leprechaun is apparently vulnerable to cold iron now, it makes him explode.
    • Also apparently having one of the Leprechaun's coins means the Leprechaun cannot kill you.