The leprechaun, also known as the logheryman, lurigadawne, luricawne or cluricawne, depending on where in Ireland you go, usually wears red, and measures about three feet tall. Born of an evil spirit father and "degenerative fairy" mother, McAnally writes, he spends much of his time making and mending shoes, which he wears out quickly with all his running about.
In fact, that is the only time the leprechaun can be caught off his guard. And if you catch him, it's well worth your while. Legend has it the leprechaun will grant his captor three wishes to gain his freedom, or even give up his pile of gold.
Leprechauns in Space and the Hood
In 1993, the movie Leprechaun, starring a young Jennifer Aniston, featured a murderous goblin bearing no resemblance to the shoe mending, sheep riding version of old. That film was the first in a series of six, including Leprechaun 4: In Space and Leprechaun: In the Hood, starring Ice-T.
The plots of the movies vary widely, but usually come down to the leprechaun having his gold stolen and killing anyone and everyone necessary to get it back.