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Film / Leprechaun 3

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The second sequel to Leprechaun, released in 1995 after Leprechaun 2.

In Las Vegas, a badly beaten man drops off a rather peculiar looking statue at a pawn shop. He's willing to take whatever the shopkeeper will offer him, but warns him that he must never remove the gold medallion that hangs around the statue's neck. As soon as he's gone, the shopkeeper does this. The statue comes to life, revealing the leprechaun, who kills him and sets out to reclaim his gold.


This film has examples of:

  • Achilles' Heel: This time around, destroying the Leprechaun's pot of gold destroys the Leprechaun.
  • An Aesop: The film basically gives the message that greed will get you in trouble.
  • Affably Evil: Leprechaun briefly develops an Odd Friendship with an Elvis Impersonator in one scene.
  • Agony of the Feet: Leprechaun bites off one of Gupta's toes.
  • Asshole Victim: Mitch, Fazio and Loretta use their wishes for selfish reasons and are killed when the Leprechaun finds them and wants his coin back. Even the 2 motel owners Art and Tony count.
  • Birds of a Feather: Unsurprisingly Tammy and Scott fall in love with each other.
  • Breast Expansion: Loretta wishes for a new, busty body on one of Leprechaun's gold coins. She enjoys the results, until the Leprechaun finds her and demands his coin back. He makes her breasts (and hips and lips) grow out of control until they pop.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
  • Denser and Wackier: While the first two films had their comedic moments, this one is arguably the most comedic of the first three. Of course, Leprechaun 4: In Space would take the wackiness up to eleven...
  • Dirty Old Man: Mitch openly lusts for Tammy. When he gets the coin, his wish is to sleep with her, which causes Tammy to hypnotically fall in love with him, but when the spell is broken and Tammy is left both confused and horrified upon seeing that she may had unintentionally did a striptease for him, Mitch fires her for not only cock-teasing him, but also kneeing him in the nuts when he had tried to come onto her.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The Leprechaun is defeated, leaving a now in love Scott and Tammy free to head off into the night.
  • Elvis Impersonator: The Leprechaun briefly runs into one, and develops an Odd Friendship with him before they part ways.
  • Evil Counterpart: Inverted. Due to the Superhuman Transfusion, the Leprechaun accidentally turns Scott into a Good Counterpart. As a Leprechaun, Scott displays hammy and greedy moments, but he still retains enough of his old self to avoid killing people (injuring people attempting to restrain him, however, is a different matter). He instead actively defends Tammy and others against the Leprechaun.
  • Fan Disservice: Loretta's transformation becomes this once her lips start expanding.
  • Fatal Method Acting: In-Universe, The Leprechaun kills Fazio by sawing him in half during his magic show. The audience believe it's all part of the act until they see the inside of the box and when Tammy tells them all to run.
  • Greed: Scott just can't resist the casino and gambles away his tuition money. Luckily for him, his wish allows him to win it back with interest, much to the annoyance of Mitch and Loretta.
  • Groin Attack: The sleazy owner of a casino, Mitch, forces his female employee/magician's assistant, Tammy, to do a striptease for him from inside his personal bedroom while she's under the hypnotic spell of the Leprechaun's magic coin. When the hypnosis wears off, Tammy is shocked to see that she may have somehow degraded herself in front of Mitch and as Mitch tells her that he wants an encore, Tammy gets angry by this and immediately knees him in the groin, making Mitch fall down upon his bed in a complete state of excruciating pain before Tammy leaves in a state of disgust and frustration.
  • Ignored Expert: Tammy cautioned Scott to just stay away from gambling because she's seen how it destroys people, especially out-of-towners like himself. He didn't listen and nearly lost everything.
  • Lovely Assistant: Tammy wants to be a magician someday and is learning the ropes by working for Fazio. Much like everyone else, she has little regard for him.
  • Make a Wish: The Leprechaun's coin can grant wishes, but only one to a person. Fazio doesn't learn this until right before he's killed.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Tammy in her magician's assistant outfit.
  • Naïve Newcomer: A wide eyed tourist like Scott is easily coaxed into gambling away all his money.
  • Nice Girl: While she isn't above a dry remark here and there Tammy is a warm-hearted girl who shows the utmost compassion towards Scott when he begins transforming into a leprechaun himself, repeatedly prioritizing his well being even before that.
  • Nice Guy: Scott's a sweet, down to earth farmer's son kinda guy. Unfortunately that leaves him vulnerable to the casino employees urging to gamble.
  • Noodle Incident: How the badly beaten man both came by the Leprechaun and managed to trap him.
  • Official Couple: Scott and Tammy at the end.
  • Pink Is Erotic: Mitch is the sleazy casino owner who unwittingly wishes to have sex with Tammy, who goes with him to his bedroom, which is decorated with a pink bed and pink chairs (the elevator also had pink lighting). Mitch is also killed by a robot that he hallucinates as a real woman who wants to have sex with him in the same bedroom.
  • Saw a Woman in Half: Leprechaun kills Fazio the magician (in front of a live audience) by doing this 'trick' (except for real, guts and all).
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: The badly beaten man just wants enough money to get out of town and leave his Leprechaun troubles behind.
  • Sealed with a Kiss: Relieved that Scott is back to normal Tammy gives him a sweet, tender peck on the lips, officiating their love.
  • Shared Universe: Father Bob, from Night of the Demons 2, is seen at a craps table alongisde Melissa/"Mouse" and Shirley Finnerty from that film. Both movies were directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. Considering that Father Bob dies in that film, one must assume that the events of Leprechaun 3 took place before those of that film.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Implied to be why Tammy ends up falling for Scott. Considering the two men she'd been regularly exposed to at work were a perverted manager and a snide asshole magician it's believable she'd be drawn to someone decent like Scott, him being easily susceptible to gambling aside.
  • Superhuman Transfusion: Scott gets some of Leprechaun's blood in a wound, which causes him to begin mutating into a leprechaun, making him able to challenge him.
  • Taken for Granite: If the gold medallion is put on Leprechaun again, he turns back to stone.
  • Token Good Teammate: Tammy is basically the only decent person we see working at Mitch's casino.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Maybe you could forgive the shopkeeper for removing the gold medallion in the first place, but he later gets easily tricked into giving it up, despite learning firsthand that it was the only thing keeping the awakened Leprechaun at bay.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The shopkeeper removing the medallion gets the ball rolling.
  • Viva Las Vegas!: The Leprechaun winds up in Vegas for this film. Of course there are many than enough people looking to get rich...
  • Wasteful Wishing: Averted. Every wish is for something the characters were established to deeply want, specifically Loretta's younger looking body and Fazio being the greatest magician in the world. Scott did luck into avoiding this trope, though; he didn't know the coin was magical when he wished to win at gambling and could've gotten something much different.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: Tammy invokes this trope when she's under the hypnotic spell of the Leprechaun's magic coin.