Leprechauns Don’t Believe in You Either

Top of the morning to ya me foine foine buckos and buckettes.

Wookiee here for a fun little character post about a character I’m really hoping to see very soon, like tomorrow or the next day soon.  Who’s that you ask?  Well, if the post title didn’t give it away completely, I’m talking about the Leprechaun.

Leprechaun

This is a post I’ve actually been planning to do since Halloween last year but kept pushing it back for other stuff.  Last week, I promised the Lady Addicts I’d work on it since I had all the screenshots ready but somehow didn’t get around to it.  Then I’m watching Season 2, Episode 24: Blood Feud because of the big, ugly head (Olmec head) and I hear this little bit of dialogue.

Homer: “Marge, you’re my wife, and I love you very much.  But, you’re living in a world of make-believe.  With flowers and bells and leprechauns, and magic frogs with funny little hats…”

First off Homer, Leprechauns are very real, just Oogle search “Leprechaun in Alabama” if you don’t believe me.  Second, I’ve eaten way too many breakfast cereals and seen too many movies to think that the “Little People” are a myth.  I don’t know what your favorite is but my all-time is definitely Darby O’Gill and the Little People.  The banshee in that film scared the pants off me when I was little.  Homer knows they’re real.  Heck, he’s interacted with the leprechaun on a bunch of occasions and in true Wookiee form, I’m here to let you know about them.

So, the leprechaun became a part of our TSTO experience back during the St. Patrick’s Day mini-event that launched on March 7th, 2013.  For a short amount of time, we got all our water turned green, a new building for free and the option to purchase the wishing well for donuts which included a new non-playable character (NPC)…. the Leprechaun.  For 150 donuts, the leprechaun was a part of your game and you could follow him around.  Every time you tapped on him, you received money and/or XP.  Small amounts but they added up especially if you have a good bonus multiplier.

So, the mainly agreed upon first appearance of the leprechaun is in “This Little Wiggy” (S9:E18).  At the end of the episode, the leprechaun appears over Ralph’s shoulder.  Apparently the leprechaun is responsible for Ralph’s penchant for burning things.  I don’t know about you, but this brings a whole new meaning to his 8 hour task in TSTO.

Leprechaun Ralph Wiggum

“You’ve done grand laddy!  Now ya know what ya have to do.  Burn the house down!  Burn ‘em all!”

I really like this episode but thought it would be kind of cool to show you an appearance by a leprechaun way before this one.  In “Bart’s Inner Child” (S5:E7), Brad Goodman plays a prominent part.  Among his ideas of “Owning Your Okayness” and “Adjusting Your Self-O-Stat” is his “Feel Bad Rainbow”.  Personality disorders in the rainbow include “depression, insomnia, motor-mouth, darting eyes, indecisiveness, bossiness, uncontrollable falling down, Geriatric Profanity Disorder (or GPD), and chronic nagging”.  Check out the mascot for his rainbow and tell me that’s not an early version of the little fella.

TSTO Anon Leprechaun

I think the most well known appearance of the leprechaun is in the “Hex and the City” segment of Treehouse of Horror XII (S13:E1).  The Simpsons family is cursed by a gypsy and the only cure appears to be a leprechaun.  It’s apparently really easy to catch one too.  Just dig a hole and pour Lucky Charms into it.  Just be ready to also catch imps, faeries, pixies, goblins, nymphs, nyads, wood sprites and Katie Couric before finding your prey.

Leprechaun TOH XII

Also important to note that leprechauns and gypsies take to each other like birds and bees.  There is an upside though… weddings by Yoda.

Leprechaun Marriage

We go a couple seasons with no sightings but in “Mommie Beerest” (S16:E7), Moe’s is closed down by the health inspector and the boys throw the bar a good old fashioned Irish wake.  Among the mourners are Duffman in Black, Surly and the Leprechaun.

Leprechaun Irish Wake Moe's

For our next installment of Irish festivity, we turn to Season 18, Episode 9: “Kill Gil Volume I & II”.  Gil is free-loading on the Simpsons’ dime.  His time squatting in the living room spans a whole mess of holidays including St. Patrick’s Day. Check out his festive enjoyment with Kirk Van Houten, Eleanor Abernathy and the leprechaun.

Leprechaun Gil

My favorite part of this little vignet is Santa’s Little Helper squaring off against the leprechaun.

Leprechaun SLH

In Season 18, Episode 22: “You Kent Always Say What You Want” (also the 400th episode btw), Marge is late to meet the kids after school and the car won’t start.  What to do?  Well, run through Springfield to get there of course.  This is a hilarious scene but among all the funniness is Marge passing the Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Marching in the parade of course is the leprechaun.  Too funny that she downs a pint while passing them too.

Leprechaun Marge Parade

Next up, “All About Lisa” (S19:E20).  You’d have to watch the episode for it to make sense but Bart and Homer have taken up coin collecting.  One of the many places they go to find coins is inside the Luck O’ the Irish Wishing Well.

Leprechaun Wishing Well

The leprechaun is none too happy with them stealing his coins and protects his booty with some fisticuffs.  He also gets trapped inside the well by Homer and Bart which explains why he comes with the wishing well in TSTO.

Leprechaun Wishing Well 2

In “Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes” (S20:E1), it starts off the way any good episode should with Boba Fett and St. Patrick’s day.  Springfield is having it’s St. Paddy’s day parade but due to Mayor Quimby’s announcement of a booze-free event and the concurrent celebration by the Northern Irish, hugging and violence commence.

Leprechaun Green vs OrangeLeprechaun Green vs Orange 2

The antagonism between the two sides of Irish is funny but actually hits home for me.  My family is Northern Irish and let’s just say wearing orange to school on St. Patty’s day is a great way to get pinched.  Leading the Catholic Irish is our favorite green little guy.  I’d also love if his orange cousin would join us this Patty’s day.

Leprechaun Orange

The next appearance is up for debate.  In Season 20, Episode 14: “In the Name of the Grandfather”, the entire family jaunts off to Ireland to fulfill Grampa Simpson’s bucket list.  This episode is more known for the appearance of Tom O’Flanagans Pub (also part of TSTO St. Patrick’s Day 2013), but doesn’t this look like our leprechaun friend?

Leprechaun Ellis Island

I also think the pilot for Derry Air looks a bit like him.

Leprechaun Derry Air

If for nothing else, this episode does show us leprechauns we could have gotten instead of the one we did.  Grampa calls them the “Yupprechauns”.  I’m like the green and orange guys better.

Leprechaun Yuprichauns

The last little blip of the leprechaun comes in “Them, Robot” (S23:E17).  The couch gag for this episode includes Leon Kompowsky, Stampy, Poochie and Ghost Maude Flanders among some other great shots.  Don’t you worry Princess Penelope, I’ll always love you and Anne Hathaway. The gag is the family sitting on the couch as the years pass on from 1989 to 2012.  For the year 1997, the leprechaun pops in over the Simpsons’ TV set.  “This Little Wiggy” aired 22 Mar 1998 so my guess is the writers came up with the idea and started animating in 1997.

Leprechaun 1997

Well, that about sums up this post about the leprechaun.  I sincerely hope we are only a day or two away from him re-joining the game.  I also hope EA has some other goodies in store for us for St. Paddy’s Day.  If the episode tie-in dialogue is any clue, it’s about to be a green fest in our towns.

Well, I’m off.  Comment away below and know I’ve gotten everything furry that I can crossed for some future amazingness.  Just remember that when you’re building your town in TSTO, Andre the Archangel advises you don’t use Leprechaun Labor ever, just don’t do it. (Season 16, Episode 19: “Thank God it’s Doomsday”)

Leprechaun 2

TTFN… Wookiee out!

29 responses to “Leprechauns Don’t Believe in You Either

  1. come on have some thing every Holliday. Or. .special days late there be some thing ever monthly

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  2. Great finds there! I can’t believe there are so many. Your Simpsons knowledge puts me to shame, especially since I just have memory & am a few seasons behind. But we’re these leprechauns or something else??

    The episode where Burns is trippy & thinks homer is the philsbury dough boy…. Burns goes after moleman to drill his brain…..??

    The episode play on Jim Morrison where Homer goes to the chili cookoff & eats the chili so hot he gets trippy…(I see a pattern)…??

    The episode where –(Bart? Lisa?)– is a jockey & homer (coaching) gets pulled into the world of jockeys where he learns they are —–, threaten him…..ect..??

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    • Hmmmm… good finds. Totally forgot about Burns mistaking Moleman for the Lucky Charms mascot. I now the jockeys were more like elves and Homer called them murderous trolls. I did forget Marge’s Shiner Be Gone spray from “She used to be my girl”. Had a pic of the leprechaun and everything.

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  3. Wookie, is your brain the mega encyclopedia of all Simpson’s episodes or do you oogle these things? How do you know where everything comes from?! The vast amount of knowledge you have is incredible. Is there somewhere to watch every ep online or do you own every season?

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    • We’ve got a shared cloud drive amongst the Addicts with all of the episodes on it ripped from our DVD collection 🙂

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    • There is quite a bit of knowledge in my noggin and Bunny fills in a lot of the gaps. Funny thing is as I watch episodes, I keep notes of things I see just for this purpose. The interweb also helps on rare occasions. Having them all available helps a great deal AND I have a super secret weapon I keep super secret. Hint is it weighs as much as most babies.

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  4. I’ve just gotta jump in here…one of my fav movies of all time is The Quiet Man, with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. It was filmed in Ireland and if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor. It’s one of the few romantic comedies I can stand to watch, and in my opinion, John Wayne’s best. I laugh till I cry watching this movie. 🙂

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  5. It looks like the DVD has behind the scenes stuff and bloopers, well, I ordered it and will get it Wednesday, I can let you know how good a copy it is..

    Also I didn’t know that cut and pasting the link would add a picture and clickable link to the post, I just expectd to see a line of text show up.

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  6. That’s only on DVD for 10$ bo it’s full screen but that’s the way it was filmed,,..

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    • I don’t mind full screen. I just want an actual copy. Not some bootlegged garbage one. That was one of the first shows I watched with my Gramms. The banshee was a bit frightening, but I loved it. She tried to “smooth” it over by putting on Finnigans Rainbow after that. They are still two of my fav shows to this day in that genre. 😉

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  7. Actualy I like Darby O’gill and the little people, it’s also the only movie that Sean Connery sings in (he said he spent month learning how to sing the one song) and making everyone tiny is a secret the director and special effects guy never went into great detail about except that it was all done live, no special effects or green screen, just camera placement.

    I wonder if it’s in itunes.. Methinks I be looking it up after I post this.

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