What Does the Leprechaun Represent?

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Leprechauns have been depicted in several different ways across different cultures and times, and these mythical creatures have been said to represent everything from good luck to mischievousness. The leprechaun myths hold that these small creatures are fairies that work as cobblers and store their profits in pots of gold at the end of rainbows. Leprechauns are said to be male in appearance, initially wearing red clothing, but as the association between Ireland and the color green grew, so too did the leprechaun's.

Though their origins are part of Irish fairy folklore, leprechauns have largely maintained a consistent image throughout popular cultural in parts of the world. Americans have adopted the leprechaun as a symbol of luck but have maintained many of the traditional mythical characteristics of the leprechaun, including the diminutive size and the association with pots or crocks of gold. Leprechauns are also described as crafty and difficult to catch or see.