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11 Leprechauns We Love

Be they mischievous or merry, these leprechauns have made their mark on our culture.

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Lucky of Lucky Charms Cereal

The one leprechaun absolutely everyone knows and loves is none other than the green-clad Lucky, the face of the General Mills Lucky Charms cereal. Several generations have been brought up on Lucky’s magically delicious pot of gold. The catchphrase, “They’re after me lucky charms!” has even become a popular cultural expression, appearing in other forms of media such as the beloved TV show, Family Guy. Check out these other good luck charms from around the world.

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Reilly O’Reilly from The Luck of the Irish

If you’re a millennial, the Disney Channel movie The Luck of the Irish is probably your go-to St. Patrick’s Day flick. There are a few great leprechauns in this TV movie, but the most lovable and endearing is probably the grandfather, Reilly O’Reilly, played by the late Henry Gibson. The quick-witted and feisty patriarch—who claims to be the person who first invented the potato chip—helps guide his grandson through an identity crisis when the boy realizes he’s not just a regular human after all. Find out why we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.

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The Killer Leprechaun from Leprechaun

The Christmas demon, Krampus, has blown up in pop culture, but he’s not the only holiday nightmare in town. St. Patrick’s Day has its own fearsome character, the killer leprechaun from the horror-comedy film series, Leprechaun. This guy can ruin your idealistic childhood notion of the little Irish creatures, but that’s what makes him a cult favorite.

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Lucky the Leprechaun of the Boston Celtics

Everyone loves a great mascot! The NBA team the Boston Celtics have a spirited leprechaun as theirs, representing the large Irish population of one of the oldest American cities. If you really want to get the Irish experience in Beantown, head over to the historic Green Dragon Tavern pub!

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Brian Connors from Darby O’Gill and the Little People

You don’t need to look much further than the king of all leprechauns if you’re looking for some St. Patrick’s Day excitement. The king, Brian Connors, plays a game of wits with human Darby O’Gill in this 1959 film. Darby O’Gill and the Little People goes to show just how long these Irish mythical creatures have been part of American pop culture.

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Hornswoggle the wrestler

Hornswoggle is a character from WWE who truly reps the spirit of the Irish myth. He’s small, mischievous, and energetic, and you never know what he has up his sleeve! In fact, his name comes from the same English word that means to trick or to swindle. Check out these awesome words you never knew were Gaelic.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Leprechaun

The Boston Celtics isn’t the only sports team to flaunt their Irish heritage. Notre Dame, one of the biggest powerhouses in college football, have their own leprechaun mascot. Their version of the magical creature is as rough and tumble as they are. Put ’em up!

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Og from Finian’s Rainbow

Finian’s Rainbow was initially a Broadway musical that hit the stage in 1947. In 1968, Fred Astaire and Petula Clark starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s film adaptation of the story, which follows an Irish father and daughter who steal a leprechaun named Og’s pot of gold. A lot of big names in the entertainment business have been a part of this tale!

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Seamus Muldoon of The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns

A re-imagined Romeo & Juliet, The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns was a TV movie of fantasy, romance, and war. When a leprechaun named Seamus Muldoon falls in love with a fairy, their forbidden romance fuels the flames of a feud between the two races. (It is interesting to note, however, that in traditional Irish folklore, leprechauns are actually a type of fairy.) You’ll want to see these fun photos of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world.

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Kyle Johnson from The Luck of the Irish

We told you The Luck of the Irish had more than one leprechaun worth admiring! Ryan Merriman plays main character Kyle Johnson, the grandson of Reilly O’Reilly. The top athlete in his school, Kyle believes he is a completely normal teen, but he soon finds out he’s half leprechaun when he shrinks down to size.

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Seamus McTiernen from The Luck of the Irish

In traditional Irish folklore, leprechauns are often tricksters. Maybe that’s why the antagonist in the Disney Channel movie, The Luck of the Irish, is such a likable villain. Seamus McTiernen, played by actor Timothy Omundson, is the evil leprechaun who plots against Kyle Johnson and Reilly O’Reilly. He’s smart, vindictive, and intriguing. He may be the bad guy, but he’s really good at it! Don’t miss these surprising “facts” about St. Patrick’s Day that aren’t actually true.

Taylor Markarian
Taylor is a regular contributor to covering culture, advice, travel, pets, and all things weird and haunted. She is the author of From the Basement: A History of Emo Music and How It Changed Society, which analyzes the evolution of punk and mental health. She holds a B.A. in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College.