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!'''Nathan Ford''': The Mastermind
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-->''"I'm a [[FunctionalAddict functioning alcoholic]]. The trick is not to get hung up on the 'alcoholic', but celebrate the 'functioning' part of the sentence."''

Former insurance investigator at IYS Insurance turned leader of a band of thieves. Played by Timothy Hutton.
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Tropes associated with Nathan:
* AddictionDisplacement: In season 2, Nate goes on the wagon, and starts drinking [[MustHaveCaffeine a lot of coffee]]. And running [[TheBerserker very scary cons]].
* TheAlcoholic: He was one before Season 1 and it showed by the end of the season when he was getting more and more drunk on each episode. He eventually sobers up but fails and in the end simply settles on being a functioning addict.
* {{Antihero}}: While acting towards a moral good, he does lead a group of people in breaking dozens of laws on the local, state, and federal level to pursue said good.
** HurtingHero: The loss of his son and [[spoiler:Sophie's sabbatical, and his father's murder]] each have a pronounced affect on him.
* AmicablyDivorced: He and Maggie are about as amicably divorced as you can get. Nate sometimes even forgets to add "ex-" when saying "ex-wife."
* AwesomeByAnalysis: He demonstrates he can do this on the fly in the series finale. Explains a lot of how he's able to IndyPloy his plans throughout the series.
* BatmanGambit: Being TheChessmaster, Nate is very good at these.
* BerserkButton: When children are involved he becomes a downright sociopath, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Hardison in "The (Very) Big Bird Job". If your plans include harming a child he will hunt you down and not only destroy your workplace, but the ENTIRE field you work in.
* BigGood[=/=]BigBad: He thinks himself the former before realizing [[spoiler:that he truly is a thief now, and so a criminal. No criminal could be a BigGood, so he is simply a very smart and dangerous BigBad who stands on the same side of the weak and oppressed good people.]]
* ByronicHero: He is a thief who commits fraud, theft, and dozens of other crimes, but because of his emotional baggage, the loss of his son, his drinking, and his social problems, he qualifies for this term.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: And will walk into your living room, use it as a base, and WILL NOT LEAVE.
* CatchPhrase: "Let's go steal [[MadLibsCatchPhrase (something crazy)]]." Examples:
** "a miracle."
** "a fashion show."
** "the man on the street...in Africa."
** "Parker."
** "a country."
** "the future."
** "a mountain." Twice.
** "We're going to steal the wake?" "Have some respect. We're going to BORROW the wake."
** "The Department of Defense." "Isn't that treason?" "Well, we're going to give it back."
** [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "a potato."]]
* TheChessmaster: His label in the team is Mastermind. He has at least, on average, a dozen plans to take down his targets. He very adapt at not only thinking up a long plan but using spur of the moment bits to help move the plan along. He knows the teams strengths and weaknesses and how best to use them in plans.
* CombatPragmatist: As of season five, he likes to begin/end every fight with a single punch to his opponent's face.
* CrazyPrepared: Rarely does he come upon a situation either he or his team cannot help them through.
* ControlFreak: Really comes to a head in "The Three Days of the Hunter Job" and "The Gold Job", when Sophie and Hardison take over as leader; he tends to be more on edge if he's not leading the team.
* CreepyGood: When Parker finds your plans and willingness to really mess with the marks mind creepy you are definitely edging into this.
* FunctionalAddict: He's a functional alcoholic, most of the time. There are a few jobs where it screws him up, but not many.
* GoodIsNotNice: Oh boy. He is acting on the side of moral good and breaking dozens of laws along the way. If you stand between him and helping the client, be prepared to suffer.
* GuileHero: Rarely is he unable to think up a way around an obstacle.
* TheHeart: Particularly when he brings the team together at the start of the series.
* TheHero: If this is a FiveManBand, anyway.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: While he does fine dealing with people when he is manipulating them or when dealing with the team, he is often incapable of dealing with normal people, most notably shown in "The Boys Night Out Job".
* ItsPersonal: On at least two occasions.
** In "The First David Job"/"The Second David Job", TheMark is Ian Blackpoole, Nathan's former boss--and the man who in effect killed Sam.
** In "The Cross My Heart Job", the villain is an [[EvilOldFolks aged]], terminally ill arms manufacturer who tries to hijack a heart transplant from a 15-year-old boy who will die without it. Reminded of Sam's fate, Nate goes a little crazy; he not only tells the villain his real name and gives him an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, he actually threatens to kill him--the only time he's ever done so.
*** [[spoiler: Threatens? The villain will ALSO die without the transplant, albeit slightly later.]]
* JerkAssWoobie: He can be an all around asshole at times, especially when he's drunk and in a foul mood, but his FreudianExcuse is the loss of his son and how it has continued to affect him years later.
* TheLeader: Type I--he's even called The Mastermind.
* ManipulativeBastard: Normally he leaves this part of the planning to Sophie, but when he wants to, Nate can be a very good manipulator in his own right. He's not such a good ''actor'', but can even use that to his advantage. He notes this is one quality Hardison lacks to run his own crew because a leader would have to do things others object to for the sake of the goal, like [[spoiler:hypnotizing Hardison so he could play ''Scheherazade'']]. In "The Studio Job", he's locked in a room with two {{Mook}}s, who are going to beat the crap out of him. A few minutes later, the crew busts in and... he's just sitting there, and the two mooks are unconscious on the ground. Nate says they got in a fight...
* MissionControl: Shares this with Hardison.
* TheMissusAndTheEx: [[spoiler:Sophie and Maggie respectively. They are friends and respect each other, which puts Nate on edge just slightly.]]
* NiceHat: He seems to have a closet full of them.
* NotSoDifferent: With Starke. When Sophie is saying how brilliant man whose pride has been hurt and personally challenged, it will lead him to do a bigger, more dangerous con. One of the team asks if she's talking about Starke or Nate. This is referenced by interspersing clips of Nate and Starke giving pretty much the same speech and even putting their suit coat on in the same fashion.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:With Sophie.]]
* SharpDressedMan: Almost always slickly dressed, unless the con needs him to a bit grittier.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: In the fifth season, [[spoiler:in preparation for his retirement, he puts the various team members in challenging situations on their own, outside their comfort zones, to see what how they adapt and figure out who's capable of taking over]].
* ThePromise: In the pilot, after Nate and his team take down Dubenich for double-crossing them, he warns hims that if they ever meet again, he won't be so nice. [[spoiler: Nate makes good on that promise after Dubenich had his father killed in the 4th season finale by tricking him and Lattimer to fight over a loaded gun near the edge of a dam, and they both plummet to their deaths]].
* TheShill: To Sophie's Roper.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: This is his running motif. He even played in a chess tournament of Grandmasters as part of a con.
* TeamDad: To the Team, especially Parker in the last season as he slowly pushes her and the others [[spoiler:to grow beyond their positions and be able to carry on without him]].
* TimeForPlanB: Nate tells Hardison in "The Gold Job" he never runs with Plan A. Plan A has too many coincidences to pull it off right. He starts off lower with a simpler, grittier plan and spruces it up a little. According to WordOfGod, "When Nate gets past Plan G, things start to get very hairy."
** In the pilot:
--> '''Hardison:''' Going to Plan B?\\
'''Nate:''' Technically that would be Plan G.\\
'''Hardison:''' How many plans do we have? Is there a Plan M?\\
'''Nate:''' Yeah, Hardison dies in Plan M.\\
'''Eliot:''' I like Plan M.
** In season 4, episode 10:
--> '''Nate:''' That was Plan M.\\
'''Hardison:''' [[CallBack Don't I die in Plan M?]]\\
'''Nate:''' Yeah, usually. Yeah.\\
'''Hardison:''' Whatchu mean usually? How many plans do I die in?\\
'''Nate:''' C, F, and M through Q.\\
'''Hardison:''' Hold up, C? Man, that's a bit close to home man. Need to switch that up. How many plans does Eliot die in?\\
'''Nate:''' Uh, none. (''turns to Parker'') And none. (''turns to Sophie'') And...(''{{Beat}}. Turns back to Eliot'') But there is one where you come out with a scar.
* TheyDo [[spoiler: With Sophie]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: Early on, Nate was the only team member who was genuinely interested in helping people. By partway through, this is no longer the case, as he's gotten everyone else to realize that GoodFeelsGood.
* {{UST}}: With Sophie and Maggie
* WellDoneSonGuy: In a weird, kinda twisted and ruthless way, as seen in "The Three-Card Monte Job."
** Played more straight (and tragic) in "The Radio Job", when [[spoiler: his dad is trapped in a warehouse with explosives about to go off, he tells Nate over the phone, "Tell them how much Jimmy Ford loved his son." Nate, who was [[LeeroyJenkins was about to rush into the warehouse]], is so stunned he stops in his tracks and can only watch helplessly as the building explodes.]]
* WillTheyOrWontThey: He and Sophie for most of the show.
* WouldHitAGirl: Cold cocks a nun in "The Boys Night Out Job." [[spoiler:Though, she wasn't really a nun.]]

!'''Sophie [[spoiler: Lara]] Devereaux''': The Grifter
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-->''"Thieves find entrances, but grifters? Mm-mm. We make them."''

Terrible actress and world-class confidence trickster. Played by Gina Bellman.
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Tropes associated with Sophie:
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Uses it to her advantage in cons, [[PlaysGreatEthnics portraying an enormous variety of nationalities]].
* BadBadActing: Any time she's not conning someone. When she's not conning someone, she is absolutely terrible. So terrible that she should be the patron saint of Bad Bad Acting. It is so bad, when she played Maria in ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', one reviewer comments she was so bad he was rooting for the ''Nazis''.
--> '''Eliot''': "She can't act.\\
'''Nate''': "She can act... When it's an act."
* TheChick: As the crew's grifter and TeamMom, she fullfils this role as well as TheDragon.
* ConArtist: She was a confidence trickster before the team formed.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Part of her MO is that her looks help blind male marks to any ulterior motives she might have.
* TheDragon: If this is a FiveBadBand, anyway.
* TheDreaded: According to Chaos, Sophie is such a feared person in the world of professional thieves that they generally get somewhere else when she was in town. It's why Chaos, upon learning there was even a chance of her joining his crew, which he planned on betraying, he simply tried to blow her up.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: In "The Experimental Job", [[FairCop Detective]] [[LesbianCop Grayson]] indicates that efforts to charm information out of her might be more successful if they came from Sophie instead of Eliot. Eliot takes it in stride, and Sophie, for her part, seems flattered.
* FemmeFatale: Channels this in most of her cons.
* GiftedlyBad: As an actor.
* GuileHero: Everything she does is about using her brain to manipulate people into doing what she wants. The show even gets into the psychology behind her manipulations.
-->'''Sophie:''' I'm a grifter. If I'm doing my job right, they just...turn the alarm off for me.
* TheHeart: Ironically, as Nate was the "honest man" who got everyone to work together, she's become Nate's moral compass and the emotional center of the group.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Whoa, what if [[Series/{{Coupling}} Jane]] was just one of Sophie's cons? She lived in London (i.e. near museums and Buckingham Palace), she had a job that required a helicopter, and no one ever suspects the dumb one.
* HideYourPregnancy: In mid-season 2, Gina Bellman hid behind various objects or wore dark, baggy clothes to hide it.
* HypnoFool: Her use of neuro-linguistic programming on others verges on this.
* [[JourneyToFindOneself Journey To Find Herself]]: Second half of season 2.
* TheLancer: If this is a FiveManBand, anyway.
* LostInCharacter: During the middle of season 2, she realized she no longer knew who she was anymore. She was so lost in all her false identities which were more than words on paper because she knew everything about them, from where they were born to how their parents died. She had to leave to find herself.
* MaleGaze: Sophie's wardrobe, even when not on a con, seems almost calculated to appeal to this.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: It's part of her job. She doesn't always mean for it to become a part of her personal life, but it occasionally does.
* MysteriousPast: We know practically nothing about her from before she met Nate.
* NoNameGiven: "Sophie" is one of many, many aliases. The audience doesn't know her real name yet, and Nate... forgot it. In bed.
** [[spoiler: WordOfGod finally said that the name she gave Nate in the series finale, "The Long Goodbye Job", is her real name.]]
* OfficialCouple: With Nate.
* {{Omniglot}}: Speaks Chinese and Serbian and presumably other languages. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because she is a world traveler with a professional need to speak local languages.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Gina Bellman has been doing an incredible job, but considering the number and scope of the accents she has to do, it was inevitable that eventually she'd slip on a couple. Her Southern Belle has been specifically mentioned.
* PickyEater:
--> '''Sophie:''' "Meat" should never be used as an adjective.
* PlaysGreatEthnics
* PrettyInMink: At the end of "The Ice Man Job", she's at a high class diner and wearing a hooded white fur coat. It looked glamorous and also helped cover Gina's baby bump during that season.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Bellman's pregnancy forced the [[JourneyToFindOneself Journey To Find Herself]].
* TheRoper: Generally plays this role, though sometimes she switches it up with Nate.
* TheSocialExpert
* ShesGotLegs: This seems to be something of a [[http://www.areyouscreening.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Leverage_Gina-Bellman-1_Ph-Michael-Muller.jpg default wardrobe for her.]]
* SheReallyCanAct: Invoked in-universe. After seeing her BadBadActing on stage, this is the reaction the team gets after realising she's the best grifter there is.
-->'''Hardison:''' She's not awful.
-->'''Nate:''' This is her stage. Sophie Devereaux is the finest actress you've ever seen...when she's breaking the law.
* TeamMom:
-->'''Hardison:''' We trust Nate to come up with the plan. We trust you to make sure we're all taken care of.
* ThatsWhatIWouldDo: How she works out what antagonist grifters are doing.
* TheyDo: [[spoiler: With Nate]]
* {{UST}}: With Nate

!'''Eliot Spencer''': The Hitter
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-->''"Does anybody wanna do my job, huh? I get punched and kicked!"''

"Retrieval specialist" and mercenary. Played by Christian Kane.
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Tropes associated with Eliot:
* TheAce: He is consistently excellent at whatever he tries his hand at, from combat to cooking to country singing to professional baseball.
* {{Adorkable}}: Most of his disguises simply involve pulling his hair back into a ponytail, donning a pair of glasses and faking this. Up to eleven when he tells a lady cop working an impound lot that "I uh, a thing for womninunforms... is your job hard?".
* AllMenArePerverts: Eliot is often frequently seen flirting with women before after and during a con, most notably in the MIDDLE OF A FIGHT when his opposite lost her shirt he stopped attacking to check her out.
** And let's not forget how he learned knives are like people...
* TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With Hardison, driven hard in "The Experimental Job" and "The Funeral Job".
* AsHimself: Christian Kane plays a wannabe country music star named Kenneth Crane in "The Studio Job". In real life, Christian Kane has a successful country music career.
* TheAtoner: Very much so, though he doesn't seem to hope for his personal redemption as much as he tries to fix what he put wrong in the past. He'll do whatever it takes, too.
** WordOfGod is that Eliot is more or less at peace with the fact that there is no redemption for him. But he'll fight to the last drop of blood to stop anyone else going down that road, especially his teammates.
* AwesomeByAnalysis: Very much so. He can tell the make of a gun by the sound it makes when it fires, and identifies the {{Mooks}} as ex-CIA/Marine/dirty cops by the way they stand, their haircut, their shoes. Can we say GeniusBruiser?
* {{Badass}}: A colossal one.
* BerserkButton:
** Harming a member of the team or children (watch "The Order 23 Job", "The Carnival Job" or "The Experimental Job" to see just how scary he can be when either of those two are in danger) will result in him turning his violent tendencies UpToEleven [[spoiler: but [[TheHero Nate]] becomes MUCH worse]].
** People who run cons on their own team earn his dislike really quickly.
** As seen in "The French Connection Job", he has an extreme dislike for people who don't appreciate his cooking, or food in general since he's a highly trained chef.
* BrickJoke: He casually jokes about watching hockey videos because he never knows when he'll have to fight a guy on ice. "The Blue Line Job" has him doing so.
* TheBigGuy: If this is a FiveManBand, anyway.
** Subverted because he's the [[TheNapoleon shortest guy]] in the group. Shortest ''person'' in the group, when the girls are wearing their heels.
* BoisterousBruiser: A rather mild example, he seems full ready to throw himself into action at any given moment. In "The Boiler Room Job" he is happy towards the end when a Mook tries to take him by stating he "hasn't been in a fight for 2 weeks".
* BrainsAndBrawn: When partnered with Hardison he's the Brawn.
* TheBrute: If this is a FiveBadBand, anyway.
* TheCasanova: If we take his claims about his own love life to be truth. To put things in perspective, he also claims to grow his own food and sleep ninety minutes a day.
** Then again, he's been shown to pick up women quite easily, so it's pretty likely he's telling the truth.
** Then again, he's only claimed to have dated one neurologist and having slept with one flight attendent, which is very possible.
** Don't forget the supermodels.
** And the Japanese policewoman who taught him how to trim a bonsai.
* CatchPhrase: "Dammit, Hardison!" (which is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Hardison in a few episodes) and "It's a very distinctive [[MadLibsCatchPhrase (impossibly small detail he can use to identify something or someone)]]."
** Given that it was recently used as an identity verification, "We'd be the cavalry" may now qualify.
** Not to mention "I used to date a [[MadLibsCatchPhrase (random career)]]" as a reason for knowing details about a specific job. Examples include flight attendants, neurologists and supermodels.
*** He's claimed to have been with only one of each of those, but it could still count since he's said it twice.
* ChefOfIron: Elliot is well versed in fighting with kitchen utensils.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: We don't know ''what'' Eliot did when he worked for [[spoiler: Damien Moreau]]. This is almost certainly for the best.
** We're also still waiting to find out about [[NoodleIncident the monkey]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Has a very sharp tongue when in the right mood.
-->'''Nate:''' Hardison's gonna pretend to break into the vault.\\
'''Eliot:''' Yeah, well, hopefully the Russians will only pretend to kill him.
* {{Determinator}}: In the penultimate episode of the first season, he fights someone who's ''almost'' as good as he is, who asks, "WHY WON'T YOU GO DOWN?"
* DirtyBusiness: Both his current career and his MysteriousPast are full of it. Little has been given in detail, but he has clearly done some awful, awful things. season 4 outright states he was doing wetwork.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The only thing so far to throw Eliot's focus is a pretty woman.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: He will disable guns but prefers to not fire them. Given his abilities, it's to the point he doesn't need guns to take them down.
** In the third season, [[spoiler: this is inverted in "The Big Bang Job" when he uses some to commit the first onscreen killings by a Leverage member]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Mook:''' (as Eliot holds him at gunpoint) I thought you didn't like guns.\\
'''Eliot:''' I don't. (Empties the clip in the mook's chest) Never said I couldn't use 'em.]]
* TheDreaded: Anyone who knows Elliot's reputation takes him ''very'' seriously. When he announces himself by name to Moreau's bodyguards, an entire roomful of people draw guns on him and the closest ones actually look ''worried''.
* EvenEvilHasStandards, sort of: He's not evil, but he ''is'' a ruthless hit man, con artist, and thief; but he's the one who comments when the bad guys cross the line by, say, shaking someone down at a funeral.
* {{Expy}}: Possibly of the Steven Seagal character Casey Ryback from the Under Siege movies. Both are ex military with covert operations, both have an interest in culinary arts, and both tend to not use guns though Ryback does, just not his own and is far more brutal but mostly uses his hands or an enemies own gun or knife.
* FriendToAllChildren: Surprisingly and rather scarily. He has particular compassion for kids who've drawn the short stick of life, but even spoiled rich kids love him. Then there's the [[BerserkButton hissy fit]] he throws in "The Morning After Job" until Hardison agrees to detour from a job to stop a domestic dispute because there ''could possibly'' be children involved. [[TheAtoner Non-fluffy reasons]] for this have been strongly hinted.
* GeniusBruiser: WordOfGod compares Eliot to Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* GenreSavvy: He knows how things will fall and move to make sure things go well for his team. He showed signs of this when in High School when, despite being the Quarterback he took Home Ec. when his friends leave, a large chested girl leans over to correct his technique and her breasts press into his shoulder.
* GutturalGrowler: His common manner of speaking.
* HairTriggerTemper: A man spilled coffee on his shirt. Eliot knocked out a few of his teeth. Sterling walked into a bar. Eliot threw him over a table. A woman insulting his appetizers. He went after her with a knife (the last example was PlayedForLaughs but still true all the same) to sum up what's above. DON'T. MESS. WITH. ELIOT. SPENCER.
* HandsomeLech: We hardly ever see him actually hook up, but he is indubitably this.
* HatesBeingTouched: Portrayed subtly, but confirmed by WordOfGod. Played for laughs.
* HeelFaceTurn: At some point pre-series.
* HeroesFightBarehanded: Eliot prefers to fight bare-fisted or using an object as a club, even when faced with guns. He constantly says he [[DoesNotLikeGuns Doesn't Like Guns]], thinking they're too sloppy.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Begrudgingly one with Hardison.
** Really driven home in "The Experimental Job" when [[spoiler: after discovering Hardison was kidnapped]] he IMMEDIATELY turned the tables on his captor and in the span of 30 seconds figured out where he was held and busted out of his cell to go get him.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Kane played Lindsay on ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
** Also Robert Duvall's younger self in ''SecondhandLions''.
* HiddenDepths: Out the wazoo. And he keeps uncovering more.
* HiredGuns: An ex-mercenary.
* InvincibleHero: For a while early on, Eliot didn't even fight anyone who gave him a challenge. Since then, he's taken a few serious beatings, but has yet to actually ''lose'' a fight. It certainly makes him immune to TheWorfEffect.
** Until "The Carnival Job"...[[spoiler: He ends up unconscious on the floor, unable to help a little girl. He does still win the fight in the end, though.]]
** WordOfGod (on Creator/JohnRogers's blog) is that Eliot could probably fight '''Franchise/{{Batman}}''' to a tie. He's that good.
* KnifeNut: Aside from his experience with a knife in both combat & dining, WordOfGod is that Eliot prefers to use knives over guns in general, as seen in Season 5's opener.
* LightningBruiser: He specializes in quick disabling strikes.
* MrFanservice: In a pretty obvious way.
* TheNapoleon: A rather minor version. As shown in the Season 5 premiere Eliot is implied to be slightly insecure about his height when with one of his old friends even though he is about average at 5"9".
* {{Omniglot}}: Speaks Hebrew and Arabic and possibly other languages. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because he is a world traveler with a professional need to speak local languages.
* PapaWolf: Eliot has a tendency to find various strays that strike a chord with him for whatever reason. He becomes extremely (read: scarily) protective of them for the rest of the job. (Safe to say, if you're a child, a soldier or ex-soldier, or a working-class stiff, he'll probably be kindly-disposed towards you.)
* PintsizedPowerhouse: As mentioned, he's not especially big (Not very short either). But he undoubtedly has the asskicking capabilities that go with this trope.
* RatedMForManly
* RealMenWearPink: He takes his cooking [[SeriousBusiness very seriously]]. (And he actually ''is'' shown wearing a pink shirt several times.)
* ReallyGetsAround: A male version.
** Justified as Eliot is considered very attractive in universe
*** And who are we kidding? It's Christian Kane
* SaltAndPepper: Frequently detailed to work with Hardison.
* ShipperOnDeck: He sent both [[spoiler:Parker and Sophie flowers with the implication that it was really Hardison and Nate had done it, helping the guys out as they aren't the best at being romantic.]]
* SinkOrSwimMentor: As an instructor at a [[InsistentTerminology culinary institute]] in "The French Connection Job."
* StoutStrength: He usually wears shirts that show off his shoulders and arms, but he loses the shirt when he goes under cover as an MMA fighter, showing that, unlike Hardison, he's not sporting a six-pack.
* SupremeChef
* TalkToTheFist: His usual MO.
* TinMan: Particularly in the first season. He ''is'' developing a sense of compassion and empathy, though.
* TechnicalPacifist: Refuses to kill people. Has no problem kicking their knees backwards to make them scream like a girl.
** Also, seriously, start tallying the number of ''innocent people just doing their job'' he has to wade through just to keep the team safe. If he ''did'' kill instead of merely incapacitate/[[TapOnTheHead knock out]], the crew would probably lose any hope of that "good guy" status they're trying to maintain.
* TookALevelInBadass: In terms of development, he went from a brilliant fighter, to [[spoiler:a capable grifter able to see what the mark wants and use that to get it for them.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: He claims this of himself.
---> You have no idea who I was before all this started. That guy—kid—he had God in his heart, a flag on his shoulder. Clean hands. I haven't seen him in the mirror in over ten years. And believe me, I get up every morning looking for him. So you can trust me when I tell you that if you pull that trigger, two men die: the guy you kill, and the guy you used to be.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Subverted, for the most part
--> '''Eliot:''' What are you talking about. I only use violence as an appropriate response.\\
'''Sterling:''' Hello, Nate.\\
''(Eliot's nostrils flare, his eyes narrow, and he punches Sterling in the face. He doesn't stop there. )''
** Occasionally Eliot does this for laughs: like in "The Homecoming Job".
--> '''Hardison:''' I just have to spoof the IP address and overlay a digital duplicate on the wi-fi—\\
Eliot throws a rock at the camera\\
'''Hardison:''' —Or that.\\
'''Eliot:''' Let's go.\\
'''Hardison:''' I'm sorry it was too far away for you to punch, I'm sure that really frustrates you.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Hardison.
* WouldHitAGirl: But only if she hits him first.

!'''Alec Hardison''': The Hacker
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-->''"Age of the geek, baby. We run the world."''

Computer expert and technologist. Played by Aldis Hodge.
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Tropes associated with Hardison:
* AccidentalAimingSkills: In "The 12-Step Job" he takes out a loan shark's engine block while aiming for the man's leg. This probably helped more in the end.
* BadassBookworm: He's no Eliot, but Hardison learns to handle himself in a fight after a few seasons.
* BadassMoustache
* BetaCouple: With Parker.
* BlackAndNerdy: He's a hacker. What do you expect?
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Discussed. Of Nate's many back up plans, Hardison is the only one person on the team who's potential death is planned for.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Often plays the Brains to Parker or Eliot's Brawn.
* BreakTheHaughty: In "The Iceman Job" and again in "The Gold Job," in which he allows his InsufferableGenius tendencies to rage out of control and ends up having to be bailed out by the rest of the team.
* BrilliantButLazy: He has shades of this in season 1, most notably in "The Mile High Job", but he gets over it as the series progresses.
* BuriedAlive: During "The Grave Danger Job".
* ButtMonkey: More and more so recently. Probably because the production crew is taking advantage of the fact that Aldis Hodge knows how to act as one in an especially funny way.
* CatchPhrase: "Age of the geek, baby."
** Used just as often is "Oh, ''hell no''!" (his stock dismayed/indignant reaction).
** And before that, "Seriously!? ''Seriously!?''"
* CharacterDevelopment: By the third season, he's started thinking about someday running his own crew.
** [[spoiler: Ironically, it is PARKER who gets to run the crew...likely, The Gold job pointed out why he shouldn't.]]
* CowardlyLion: While he often complains about the situations he is involved in, he never backs down.
* DeadpanSnarker:
-->'''Hardison:''' Hey, Eliot, what is that blocking your button cam? Oh yeah, it's your ''ego.''
* DistressedDude: So far, he's had to be rescued the most out of everyone of the team.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: In a less obvious way than Eliot, but the costume director sure likes to show off Aldis Hodge's fine figure in a suit or tank top. They also get him to strip down a few times. One episode has him join a fraternity...
* EverythingIsRacist: Often uses the race card as a deflection the moment someone begins to question him as to why he is in a given position or place. It works every time
* EvilGenius: If this is a FiveBadBand, anyway.
* GeniusSweetTooth: He's a technological genius who pretty much runs solely on orange soda and gummi frogs.
* [[HappilyAdopted Happily Fostered]]: He calls his foster mom "Nana" and speaks of her with great fondness. She was apparently a powerfully positive influence in his life.
** A flashback has him using his skills to steal money to may her medical bills. Mainly PlayedForLaughs
--> sitting at his computer "..and Nana's medical bills are.. paid"
* HollywoodHacking
* InsufferableGenius: Interestingly, he's so charismatic by nature that he's generally easy to forgive when he gets into a bragging spiel. The other characters aren't quite as charmed as the audience, though.
-->'''Hardison:''' You're wondering if I have an answer? I do! BAM!
** Taken UpToEleven in "The Gold Job." Hardison comes up with a new con that actually works pretty well. And he spends nearly every one of his scenes reminding people of how "perfect" his plan is. [[spoiler: Cue the end, where his con is just about to succeed [[BreakTheHaughty when the plan falls apart.]] Nate points out that the problem with his plan was that games needed a delicate balance between boredom and frustration, with Hardison's plan being too frustrating. Basically, the {{Aesop}} was that there is no perfect plan and that it's always good to have some backups.]]
* LastNameBasis: Everybody else is called by their first names, but the creators loved the sound of "Dammit, Hardison!"
** YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: When Hardison is freaking out after having been BuriedAlive, it's Parker talking to him over the phone and calling him Alec that grabs his attention and keeps him going.
* MissionControl: Often holed up somewhere safe, hacking and providing support.
** But no one seems to appreciate his contributions.
--> '''Sophie:''' You monitor all of us the whole time?\\
'''Hardison:''' And analyze your actions and provide intel. ({{Beat}}) You didn't think I did all that, did you? Does no one respect the van?
*** RIP Lucille.
**** Again.
* MrExposition: Usually the one who briefs the mission. Shares the role with Nate.
* [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands New Skills As The Plot Demands]]: While everyone on the show necessarily expands their skill-sets, Hardison is the one who usually gets called upon to do things completely outside the team's experience. In addition to being a hacker, he can make spot-on forgeries and land planes.
** Sometimes averted, as in the King George Job, when he '''doesn't''' have the skill necessary and has to research it and master it on the fly.
* OneOfUs: He's a big fan of ''Series/DoctorWho'' and becomes annoyed when it takes a long time to torrent because of a poor internet connection.
* PlayfulHacker
* ProudToBeAGeek: "[[WorldOfWarcraft For the Horde!]]" *[[HandshakeSubstitute fistbump]]*
** Age of the geek, baby.
* PunnyName: He's a smart Alec.
* RapidFireTyping
* RenaissanceMan: Paints, sculpts, hacks, plays violin, and he's a decent actor to boot. Oh, and he taught himself a crash course in creating period-looking art that holds up to pretty amazingly close inspection.
** Also lawyering on the fly.
** Sophie and Nate often ask him to do things trusting on this trait. He either has the skill, or can learn it pretty quickly.
* SaltAndPepper: Frequently detailed to work with Eliot.
* ScienceHero
* SharpDressedMan: When he wants to, Hardison [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up very nicely]].
* TheSmartGuy: If this is a FiveManBand, anyway.
* {{Technobabble}}: So. Much.
* TechnoWizard
* TookALevelInBadass: From just a physically lacking, but supreme hacker, by the end of the series [[spoiler:he became a more than capable fighter and forger, as well as a minor thief and grifter.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Orange soda and gummi frogs. He needs his gummi frogs.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Parker. A bit more one-sided than some cases, as she's pretty hesitant about it, but he's willing to wait.
** [[spoiler: They're now together as of "The Long Way Down Job"]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Eliot.
* WellDoneSonGuy: The team really becomes his family, with Eliot his big brother, Sophie a foster mother, and Nate a distant and demanding father. On several occasions, Hardison makes it clear that he wants to succeed Nate some day and ''really'' wants the latter's approval on that.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Hardison is highly allergic to dust and is a bit of clean freak. Unfortunately for him, sometimes he's forced into very dusty or dirty places when in the field.
** He's also not comfortable in small spaces. This causes something of a problem when he's BuriedAlive.

!'''Parker''': The Thief
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-->''"Looks like [[ThirdPersonPerson Parker's]] gonna have to crawl through the air duct again. God forbid anyone else would have to learn how to fricking crawl on their stomach through a tiny space. It's not rocket science, people."''

The world's greatest thief. Played by Beth Riesgraf.
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Tropes associated with Parker:
* ActionGirl: Can definitely hold her own, as seen in the "The Stork Job". WordOfGod says she's the most dangerous team member (even more so than Eliot).
* AmbiguouslyBi: Eventually gets together with Hardison but has had some suspicious LesYay from time to time.
* BadassAdorable.
* BetaCouple: With Hardison.
* BlondesAreEvil: Not especially evil, but she is a professional thief, and probably the most ruthless member of the team after Eliot.
** Or more, given her sociopathic tendencies; she's simply not much of a fighter.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Sometimes plays the Brawn to Hardison's Brains.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: WordOfGod is that Parker may have UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome.
* CannotSpitItOut: But Hardison understands.
** He's her pretzel.
* [[spoiler:TheChessMaster: When the series ends, Parker takes on this position as Nate and Sophie leave.]]
* ClassyCatBurglar: Well, a cat burglar, anyway... she has the look, but none of the attitude.
* CloudCuckooLander
--> '''Parker:''' What is it with [[AllWomenLoveShoes women and shoes]]?\\
'''Sophie:''' There's something wrong with you.\\
'''Eliot:''' That's what I said.
* CoolPet: In the TieInNovel ''The Zoo Job'', Parker bonds with a capuchin monkey. To Hardison's chagrin, she calls it Alec: "I named him after someone I've always been able to rely on to be there for me".
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Bordering on HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood at some points.
* DarkIsNotEvil: She wears a lot of comfy black clothes, even when she's not on the job.
* TheDarkChick: If this is a FiveBadBand, anyway.
* EvilIsSexy: While she isn't truly evil, she does fit in that she is an exceptional thief that has a look of extreme pleasure at being surrounded by money.
* ExactWords: Sometimes, though it decreased as her time with the team increased, she would take an instruction to its literal meaning. One instance is when Nate asked her to start a "fight" with a woman near Hardison. Instead of a yelling match, as Nate hoped for, Parker starts out with punching the woman. Nate later apologized for his vagueness and said next time he would use "argument" when he wants just the verbal fight.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In "The Miracle Job" Parker showed quick insight onto how best to take down the mark. [[spoiler:It hints at her capacity to eventually become the Mastermind in the finale]].
* FriendToAllChildren: Not just orphans, either. In "The Wedding Job," she is seen teaching a young girl how to pick a lock. There are [[ParentalAbandonment pretty]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast specific]] [[AbusiveParents reasons]] she is drawn to kids.
* FunPersonified: Beth Riesgraf is this, if the gag reels are anything to go by.
* GreenEyedMonster: She becomes jealous when Hardison is a little too friendly with other women. This was most notable in "The Double-Blind Job."
-->'''Parker:''' (Discussing a woman with whom Hardison is flirting) Did you do a background check on her? She could be a spy, or a terrorist. \\
'''Hardison:''' She's not. She's just a nice girl who needs our help.\\
'''Parker:''' She looks like a terrorist.
** Later she [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9waEwRU7oBw shatters a beer bottle with her bare hands]] in a jealous rage.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: To the point that when she claims to have put a razor blade in an apple Eliot not only stops eating but tears it apart to make sure she didn't actually tamper with the food.
* InHarmsWay: She's a heck of an adrenaline junkie.
* LiteralMinded: Early on and occasionally afterwards, Parker would not understand subtly or metaphors.
-->'''Eliot:''' She is hot.\\
'''Hardison:''' Hot.\\
'''Parker:''' Hot.\\
({{beat}})\\
'''Parker:''' Warm? Cold? Why are we staring?
* MasterOfUnlocking: It comes with the job.
* MoneyFetish: "I don't like stuff, I like money." Nate even gets her to stay in the first episode after [[spoiler:they were almost blown up by Dubenich]] by saying if the plan worked she would get lots of money and possibly some payback.
* NeverLiveItDown: She once stabbed the mark with a fork.
* NoSocialSkills: At first but as her time with the team increased, she has become more like a nice young lady with some strange quirks.
* OnlyOneName
* PhantomThief: According to WordOfGod, Parker alone of the group has ''never been caught.'' [[spoiler:WordOfGod may not be taking "The First David Job" into account.]]
** From John Rogers' blog, post-"The Ice Man Job":
--> "Sophie's been arrested, Hardison's definitely been arrested, Eliot's been in prison in a lot of places where due process isn't a big part of the culture, Parker's never been caught."
*** But she has been in Juvie.
*** This would seem to be contradicted in "The Broken Wing Job," in which she reminisces about briefly serving time in a French prison.
**** Note that she mentions being ''in'' a French prison, and not being there as long as the French thought she'd be. It's never explicitly stated that she was ''serving time.''
* PintSizedPowerhouse: You have to be pretty strong in her line of work.
** And make no mistake, if she thinks you've threatened anyone on the team...
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Mentioned in "The Maltese Falcon Job".
--> '''Tara:''' You're really strong.\\
'''Parker:''' I hang from buildings with my fingertips.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Wastes no time switching between disguises, to Hardison's chagrin. Or joy.
-->'''Hardison:''' ''Why am I looking away?''
* SingleTear: She sheds one during Hardison's violin solo in "The Scheherazade Job".
* StickyFingers: The girl's a kleptomaniac.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Hardison.
** [[spoiler: They're now together as of "The Long Way Down Job"]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Parker likes tasers.
* WhenSheSmiles: Parker is quite pretty regardless, but something about her smile/laugh is just so ridiculously charming and heartwarming (especially when paired with moments of her being goofy). It's grown steadily more frequent as she adjusts to being on the [[TrueCompanions team]].
** She's also rather [[{{Moe}} adorable when]] [[PerpetualFrowner she pouts.]]
* WomanChild: Has a few vague traces of this, especially of the "emotionally stunted" variety. When a con man posing as a psychic does a cold read on her to suss out that her brother died in a car accident while riding a bike when they were children, she gets ''very'' upset and is convinced he's for real. The entire team (including SixthRanger Tara) gathers round to explain exactly how it was done and that everything's going to be okay.
-->'''Parker:''' ''But I didn't say anything.''
** She also still believes in Santa.
--->'''Parker:''' Please. You know how many chimneys Santa has to go down tonight? You only had to go down ''one''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Allies]]
!'''Maggie Collins'''
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-->''"Nate, you can't just make people do what you want."''

Nate's ex-wife, expert in art. Played by Kari Matchett.
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Tropes associated with Maggie:
* AmicablyDivorced: She still tries to be friends with Nate.
* BlondesAreEvil: Despite what one would expect, given that she's a main character's ex, no. Not even close.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Really needs to pick boyfriends and business associates better...[[spoiler: Nate is...Nate. Alexander Lundy as an idiot, though not crooked. Nate's old boss was crooked as hell...and in Season 4 we don't get a glimpse of what she did.]]
* HoneyTrap: [[spoiler:In the season 4 finale, she plays this as Dubenich has tunnel-vision on just Sophie and keeping Sophie away from Latimer, Dubenich doesn't notice Maggie approach Latimer and drug him.]]
* [[HotLibrarian Hot Art Expert]]: She is well-versed in various forms of art and histories of certain pieces. And she looks very good in certain dresses.
* InsistentTerminology: She must remind Nate to call her his "ex-wife" because of how few times he does say it.
* [[spoiler:SixthRanger: Temporarily.]]
* SpottingTheThread: In the season 1 finale, she is meeting with Eliot's alias for coffee and starts talking about how bad, emotionally and in the bed, and forgetful a husband Nate was, especially [[spoiler:forgetting she got him the button camera that Eliot was wearing right there for Christmas.]]
* [[spoiler: TheBusCameBack: Returned in the season 4 finale as the team couldn't approach Dubenich and Latimer knew all of the team's faces and tactics.]]
* {{UST}}: Still seems to have some with her ex-husband.
** And possibly with Sterling.

!'''Tara Cole'''
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A grifter who replaces Sophie on the team during Sophie's [[JourneyToFindOneself Journey to Find Herself]]. While little is known about her, a few details are clear. She worked for the army, and was trained by either the FBI, or the Marines. Since Sophie returned, the two women have been meeting off-screen, but did not work together due to their clashing styles. Played by Jeri Ryan.
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Tropes associated with Tara:
* ActionGirl
* BlondesAreEvil: Ruthless criminals anyway.
* ConMan: She's a fabulous grifter, but tends to play characters that are completely different from any of Sophie's.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The infamous dropping of the ModestyTowel scene.
* FakeGuestStar
* FemmeFatale
* HiddenDepths: "The Girls' Night Out Job" reveals that she was trained at Quantico.
* MsFanservice
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Her rule for helping the team out is she gets a cut of what they take from the mark.
* PutOnABus: When Sophie's bus came back.
** TheBusCameBack: In "The Girls Night Out Job."
* ReplacementScrappy: For a while, an in-universe example, until the team learns to trust her.
* SixthRanger: While Sophie is on her [[JourneyToFindOneself Journey To Find Herself]], Tara fills in as the Grifter.

!'''Archie Leach'''
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Retired thief who was Parker's teacher in the arts of theft. He was formerly known as the "World's Greatest Thief" Played by Richard Chamberlain.
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Tropes associated with Archie:
* AffectionatePickpocket: Parker's original introduction to him and her way of introducing herself to him.
* BerserkButton: Do not endanger or harass Parker in front of him.
* CoolOldGuy
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Despite being a thief, he is the first to point out what a monster the villian of the week is in "The Inside Job".
* FakeBrit
* FakingTheDead
* GentlemanThief: He is almost always courteous and respectful, especially to ladies.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping
* PapaWolf: Don't disrespect Parker in front of him. He might just taser you. Or stab you. He nearly shot Nate when he thought Nate had nearly gotten her killed.
* ParentsAsPeople: trained Parker as a thief and never brought her home to his family. He later admits he now regrets this.
* RetiredBadass
* ShoutOut: Archie Leach is the real name of CaryGrant, who, among many other roles, played the (retired) GentlemanThief in ''ToCatchAThief''.
* SwordCane: One of his canes contains a 10,000 volt taser. The other one contains a six-inch stilletto. And he sometimes "forgets" which one he has.

!'''Patrick Bonanno'''
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Police detective with whom the Leverage group occasionally crosses paths. Played by Robert Blanche.
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Tropes associated with Bonanno:
* FriendOnTheForce
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: WordOfGod notes that [[spoiler:he knows Nate brought down the guys who shot him up, and if you're Irish or Italian from UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, you do not let that just slide.]]
** In "The Boys Night Out Job," Bonanno reveals that he's definitely well-aware of Nate's activities (even [[ContinuityNod knowing about Nate's escape from prison]]) but isn't particularly interested in bringing Nate down. He's even on good enough terms with Nate to join him for a poker game at Nate's place.

!'''FBI Special Agents Taggert and [=McSweeten=]'''
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Two FBI agents Leverage Consulting & Associates tends to come across from time to time. They're not aware of the Leverage group, however, as they believe that Parker and Hardison are FBI superiors. Played, respectively, by Rick Overton and Gerald Downey.
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Tropes associated with Taggert and [=McSweeten=]:
* DayInTheLimelight: We find out a lot more about [=McSweeten=] and meet his father in The D.B Cooper job.
* FoeYay: [=McSweeten=] has a crush on Parker, thinking she's a fellow FBI agent.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Played with, as they have a conversation at one point about seeing other partners.
* HiddenDepths: They may appear to be your run-of-the-mill bumbling cops, but in season 3, Taggart is revealed to be a Krav Maga instructor for the FBI.
* [[InspectorLestrade Agents Lestrade]]: To some extent. Leverage works alongside them as if they were FBI agents sent as reinforcements; Leverage delivers the bad guys so they can make the arrest.
* PutOnABus: Taggert. The latest appearances of [=McSweeten=] always had him offhandedly mention a reason why Taggert couldn't be with him.
* ThoseTwoGuys

!'''Jack Hurley'''
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An investment banker with a large number of addictions, he steals from a charity in a flawed attempt at helping them, making himself the target of one of Leverage's cons. He proves to be an alright guy underneath everything, and returns in a later episode. Appears in "The 12-Step Job" and "The Boys' Night Out Job." Played by Drew Powell.
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Tropes associated with Hurley:
* TheAlcoholic: Formerly. As of his second appearance in "The Boys Night Out Job," he's been sober for two years.
* {{Adorkable}}
* AntiVillain: He wants to help people, he just has no idea how.
* BigFun[=/=]FatBastard: Toyed with. He tries to be the former, appears to be the latter, and falls somewhere in the middle.
* HeelFaceTurn: In his second appearance.
* KindheartedCatLover: He notes in his second appearance that he has bought a cat.
* NiceGuy
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He really thought stealing money and increasing it was for the best.

!'''Peggy Milbank'''
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A friend of Parker's whom she met while on jury duty, Peggy is the only person outside of the team whom Parker regularly talks to. Appears in "The Juror #6 Job" and "The Girls' Night Out Job." Played by Lisa Schurga.
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Tropes associated with Peggy:
* BadassAdorable: Briefly becomes one when she whales on a would-be assassin with a frying pan. The fact that she caught him totally by surprise probably had a lot to do with it.
* BerserkButton: Don't ruin her kitchen knives. A Venezuelan assassin tried to stab her with one of them, and she was angrier about the damage to the knives than the fact that he tried to kill her.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: When an assassin tries to attack her, instead of getting scared, she gets angry in a way that implies the rage had been building for a while and beats him with a frying pan.
* {{Foil}}: Literally everything Parker is not.
** Except that they're both {{badass}}es.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Beats a Venezuelan bomber up with one.
* KindheartedCatLover: Meets guys through websites about cats. One of the flat-out nicest people to ever appear on the show.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Thought Parker was a bookkeeper and then a spy; has no idea she's good friends with the world's greatest thief.
* NiceGirl: If rather frustrated when it comes to dating. Subverted when someone targets her kitchen knives.
* TookALevelInBadass: First appears to be a meek young adult, but can lay it out when properly armed.

!'''Colonel Michael Vance'''
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An old friend of Eliot's who fought alongside him in their Black-Ops days. Now employed on the anti-terrorism business. Makes a brief cameo in "[[Recap/LeverageS05E01TheVeryBigBirdJob The (Very) Big Bird Job]]" and has a substantial role in "The Rundown Job". Played by Creator/AdamBaldwin.
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Tropes associated with Colonel Vance:
* BadassInANiceSuit: Lampshaded by Eliot.
* ColonelBadass
* CowboyCop: Almost deconstructed; his reliance on Black-Ops and love for jurisdiction-tresspassing seems to be causing him trouble with the government.
* GeneralRipper: Shows some traits of this. Eliot calls him out on it.
* MadeOfIron: Eliot has to punch him ''three times'' to knock him down for good.
* NoodleIncident[=/=]OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: When Vance is testifying before Congress about his use of unregistered Black Ops teams there seems to be an interesting story in there. [[NoodleImplements All we hear is the characters involved]]: [[AcePilot A naval aviator]], [[CowboyCop an FBI profiler who shot up a cafe in Rome]], two electrical engineers from [=NASA=] without security clearance, and a [[JurisdictionFriction CIA agent operating domestically]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: But it gets him in trouble with his bosses.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Recurring Antagonists]]
!'''Victor Dubenich'''
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--> ''"I am Victor Dubenich. I am gonna beat this."''

The first antagonist of the series, Victor Dubenich of Bering Aerospace brings the Leverage team together to steal files from a rival of his, while claiming that they were originally his. His attempt at murdering the team to cover up his own tracks makes him the victim of their first con; [[spoiler:he returns in the Season 4 finale to get his revenge]]. Played by Creator/SaulRubinek.
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Tropes associated with Dubenich:
* BestServedCold: [[spoiler:Spends three years setting up his vengeance on Nate and the team.]]
* [[spoiler:TheBigBad: Of Season 4, where he's TheManBehindTheMan to DiscOneFinalBoss Jack Latimer]].
** BigBadDuumvirate: [[spoiler:With Latimer, though he's definitely the senior partner. He needs Latimer's money, Latimer needs his brains.]]
* [[spoiler:BottomlessMagazines: Averted during his final confrontation with Nate, when he gets too enraged to keep track of how many shots he's fired.]]
* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler: After getting taken down by the Leverage team the first time and getting a firm warning by Nate to never mess with them again, you'd think he'd learn to take the warning to heart. Unfortunately he doesn't as he wanted petty revenge on them. He REALLY should've listened to Nate's warning [[TooDumbToLive because then at least he'd still be living]].]].
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Returned in the Season 4 finale.]]
* [[spoiler:TheChessmaster: In Season 4.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Heads the civillian wing of Bering Aerospace.
* DirtyCoward
* [[spoiler: DisneyVillainDeath: He falls off of a dam's concrete platform in a struggle with Latimer going for a gun Nate set down at the edge to kill the other.]]
* EvilGenius: Something that Nate is more than willing to admit to in the [[spoiler:Season 4 finale.]]
* EvilIsPetty
* FatBastard
* FatalFlaw: {{Greed}} and {{Wrath}} both cause him serious problems, as he can't seem to commit a crime without profiting in some way, and tends to utterly lose focus when he gets mad.
* FlawExploitation: [[spoiler:Uses Nate's messiah complex and Jimmy's need to protect his son against them in "The Radio Job." In "The Last Dam Job" Nate turns the tables and uses his own greed and anger against him.]]
* TheFixer: He hired Parker, Hardison, and Elliot to be the underlings for Nate.
* {{Greed}}: Dubenich's defining trait, and arguably his FatalFlaw, as his refusal to abandon a plan without profiting from it to the max is what brings him down [[spoiler:twice]].
* [[spoiler:HijackedByGanon: TheManBehindTheMan to Latimer]]
* ItsPersonal: With Pearson Aviation [[spoiler:and Nate after he gets sent to prison.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:The brains behind Jack Latimer's attempts to manipulate the team.]]
* ManipulativeBastard
* TheMark: By partway through the first episode.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: He single-handedly formed the team of operatives who turned around and made him penniless. Congats.
** They also only turned around and made him penniless in the first place because he tried to kill them instead of just paying them for their services and letting them go their separate ways from each other.
* [[spoiler:MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll: Masterminds the entirety of Season 4's overarcing plot from his jail cell. He certainly wants out, but he doesn't need to leave in order to be a problem.]]
* OutGambitted: Come on Victor, did you really expect Nate and Sophie to lose control of the situation for more than a minute?
* [[spoiler:RevengeByProxy: Kills Nate's father to get to him.]]
* TheRival: Seems to see Pearson as his personal rival as well as a financial one.
* SmugSnake: Rarely was he oozing anything but overconfidence and smugness. He really believed he had the upperhand in any situation.
* StarterVillain: In an interesting way, he hired the team, sans Sophie, to steal goods that he claimed were stolen from him. Had he just let things lie and pay them, the Team would have not been a danger to other corrupt forces. He chose to become their enemy by trying to kill them (and not paying Parker).
* StupidEvil: If he just paid the team off instead of trying to kill them to get out of it, he would have gotten away with it.
* TooCleverByHalf: This is largely how he is defeated in the pilot epsiode. If he wasn't smart enough to figure out what they were doing, the KansasCityShuffle would have never worked. [[spoiler: It was helped by the use of Nigerians which is so obviously a con they couldn't possibly be real.]]
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Nate calls him out on this, saying Dubenich had been too angry and unfocused to pay attention to the small details, like keeping track of how many bullets he had fired, and didn't realize he was empty until it was too late. He practically started pissing his pants when Nate pulls out his father's FULLY-LOADED gun on him and proceeds to beg for his life. Nate then also brings out Latimer and mocks out a dilemma that if he kills one of them, the other would profit in some way from their death. Instead, Nate doesn't bother and leaves the gun between them on the ledge of the dam before walking off. Predictably, Dubenich and Latimer take the bait and immediately began to fight over the gun, then both wind up falling over the edge to their deaths, saving Nate the hassle]].
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:While no dullard in his first appearance, he seems a lot craftier when he returns in Season 4. He's also far more willing to get his hands dirty, even if he isn't much of a fighter.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler:He was a prick in his first appearance, but he was a pragmatic prick, whose attempt at killing the team was far from personal. In his second appearance he's become a gloating sadist who takes a sick delight in having killed Nate's father.]]
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: [[spoiler:Averted in his final confrontation with Nate, wherein Dubenich does just try to shoot him.]]
* WoundedGazelleGambit: In his first appearance, wherein he pretends to have been robbed by Pearson (in reality he wants the team to rob Pearson for him).
* {{Wrath}}: Nate claims this is Dubenich's biggest problem, as he gets so angry that he loses track of the little details.
* [[spoiler:YouKilledMyFather]]: After using his son to get him to do the first job, Nate has this reason too.

!'''James "Jim" Sterling'''
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-->''"You know your entire plan depended on me being a self-serving, ''utter bastard''."''

Formerly an insurance investigator at IYS, now member of Interpol (which, in the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' universe, is akin to [[Series/TheManFromUNCLE U.N.C.L.E.]] or ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}). Played by MarkSheppard.
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Tropes associated with Sterling:
* AffablyEvil: He may be a bastard but he knows how to treat his enemies well.
* AmbitionIsEvil
* BackForTheFinale: He came back for the season 1 finale, season 2 finale, and series finale.
* {{Badass}}: '''[[WordOfGod Sterling. Never. Loses.]]'''
* BeardOfEvil: As of "The Frame-Up Job". And inversion, since he is a good guy.
* BerserkButton: Don't even think about [[spoiler:hurting or kidnapping [[PapaWolf his daughter]]]]. He will hire the best team in the world to get you and you won't like it.
* {{Catchphrase}}: He is fond of introducing himself with "Hello, Nate."
* TheChessmaster: There is a reason Nate is fearful of him and always careful. He is a brilliant tactition who will always play to ensure his endgame comes out, regardless of the consequences.
* EvilBrit: Inverted because he is a good guy, just antagonistic to the Team, most of the time.
* EvilCounterpart: "He's like Nate... [[LampshadeHanging Evil Nate]]."
* GuileHero: Guile AntiHero if one views him as the good guy. The creators do.
* HeroAntagonist: Depending on how you look at it. [[spoiler: Definitely in "The Frame-Up Job".]]
* InterpolSpecialAgent: He becomes one, thanks to the Team helping him.
* KarmaHoudini: Keeps getting promoted through the hard work of Leverage Consulting and Associates. Also, '''[[RunningGag Sterling. Never. Loses.]]'''
* LastNameBasis: Even Nate, who has known Sterling a long time, never calls him "Jim."
* ManipulativeBastard
* [[spoiler: PapaWolf]]: Revealed in "The Queen's Gambit Job" where [[spoiler:he must rescue his daughter, also his mole in her step-father's business]]. He uses Nate and company to do another job just to be able to do what is spoiled.
* SmugSnake: Falls into this in "The Frame-Up Job". BARELY keeps his "always wins" title.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Despite what Sterling says, his one-upmanship with Nate is treated as a game of wits -- not the pursuit of some high ideal.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: According to Nate, sometimes you can only pick "Justice" or "Order", and sure enough, Sterling struggles with this in the series finale. [[spoiler: In the end, he picks good when he lets the team get away with stealing the ultimate black book of corrupt CEOs. To qoute the man himself, "Justice is always easy."]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Though Nate would beg to differ. Sterling later admits that he no longer recognizes the person Nate has become.
** [[spoiler: And Nate admits they were friends!]]
* WildCard: Whose side he's on generally depends on which side will serve him best. So basically his own.
* WorthyOpponent: Even Nate concedes that Sterling has integrity -- even if he's not awash in the kinder human traits.
** Sterling himself considers Nate to be one as well, since he considers Nate one of the best thieves in the world. Also, he even offers to let Nate and Sophie join Interpol.

Was it mentioned that '''[[RuleOfThree Sterling. Never. Loses?]]'''

!'''Colin "Chaos" Mason'''
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-->''"Hardison? I heard you sucked! Guess I was right."''

A hacker with skills that rival Hardison's. Initially hired by Marcus Starke, he betrays Starke and sets off on his own. Played by Creator/WilWheaton.
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Tropes associated with Chaos:
* BeardOfEvil
* BrainsAndBrawn: With Quinn in "The Last Dam Job".
* CardCarryingVillain: In the most fun way possible. He honestly seems to believe EvilIsCool.
* TheChessmaster
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He backstabs Starke, Dooley, and his own henchmen, all in the space of two episodes. [[spoiler:Averted when he helped the Leverage team for three likely reasons. First, he enjoyed the fact Hardison came to him for help. Second, unlike the other people he betrayed, this team would succeed in any plans of retribution for his betrayal. Thirdly, the con had no monetary payout, so he could only profit if the con survived long enough to get paid.]]
* TheCracker
* DeadpanSnarker
* DrunkenMaster: Invoked in [[spoiler: "The Last Dam Job", where he contrasts his own hacking method, "drunken mastery", with Hardison's "kung fu".]]
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:With Leverage Consulting in "The Last Dam Job". It's solely for payment.]]
** [[spoiler: WordOfGod is that Chaos was also trying to impress the crew the entire time & treating the experience as an audition because he wants to work alongside the best.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Hardison.
* EvilGenius
* {{Geek}}: To Hardison levels.
** ProudToBeAGeek: Makes many references to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and other sci-fi works.
* HollywoodHacking
* InsufferableGenius: He is as smart as he claims to be, but still a Jerkass.
* {{Jerkass}}: To pretty much everybody, eventually betraying his own crew. He's not the most evil character in the show, but he's a good contender for biggest jackass.
* LargeHam: You really can tell that Wil Wheaton has had a lot of fun playing Chaos.
* MadBomber: Tries to blow up both Sophie and Starke.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: His handle advertises his ChaoticEvil status.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* OutGambitted: By Nate in "The Two Live Crew Job" and Hardison in the "The Ho-Ho-Ho Job." He himself inflicts this on Marcus Starke in the former, and the entire Leverage crew during the first part of the latter.
* RapidFireTyping
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives a pretty nasty one to Marcus Starke, telling him flat out that Sophie's the one people were really afraid of.
* RecurringCharacter
* TheRival: To Hardison.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: [[spoiler: When Quinn throws him off the dam so they can escape from Dubenich's goons in "The Last Dam Job."]]
* SmugSnake
* [[spoiler: TheBusCameBack: Twice. First in season 3's "The Ho Ho Ho Job" and then returned in "The Last Dam Job".]]
* VillainOfTheWeek: Twice.

!'''The Italian'''
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Name unknown, origin unknown. What is known is that she has a lot of behind-the-scenes power (she can keep Nate out of jail and in Boston after he has escaped a Massachusetts state prison), and has blackmailed the team into taking down the world's most powerful criminal banker. Played by Elisabetta Canalis.
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Tropes associated with The Italian:
* AmbiguouslyEvil: She's certainly not someone to trust, but her actual motivations have yet to be revealed. Crosses over with HiddenAgendaVillain.
* TheChessmaster: Heavily implied.
* [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Everything Sounds Sexier in Italian]]: Oh yes. More mysterious too.
* FemmeFatale
* HiddenAgendaVillain: We know she wanted Moreau out of the way. What we still don't know is why. She could be anything from a KnightTemplar looking to see him arrested to a rival BigBad scheming to take his place.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MysteriousEmployer
* MythArc: She kicked it off.
* NoNameGiven: As stated above, name unknown, origin unknown.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Now that the series is canceled, we may never learn the truth about her.

!'''Damian Moreau'''
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-->''"I'm a banker, Ford. Some banks buy land, I buy politicians. Some banks invest in business, I invest in countries. And I think big. And I don't judge the men I do business with. That's not a sin. [[AboveGoodAndEvil That's vision]]."''

The world's most feared criminal banker and target of Season 3's MythArc. Played by Goran Visnjic.
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Tropes associated with Damian Moreau:
* BigBad: Of Season 3.
-->'''Hardison''': Moreau is ''the'' [[InvokedTrope Big Bad.]] He is the ''central bank'' for international crime.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Seems to keep trying to figure out ''why'' the Leverage team are ruining his life without considering that maybe he just deserves it.
** Well, he also has ''no idea who they are''. Which triggers FridgeLogic given the team's reputation in "The Two Live Crew Job".
*** In "The Two Live Crew Job" the rival crew was fellow thieves. Moreau is a money launderer who has no reason to keep tabs on thieves.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[{{ER}} Dr. Kovac!]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: To several [[VillainOfTheWeek villains of the week]] and [[PresidentEvil President]] [[PuppetKing Ribera]] of San Lorenzo.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* PaidHarem: Surrounds himself with a travelling parade of women in bikinis.
* PraetorianGuard: Every single one of his henchmen have innocent blood on their hands. [[spoiler: Including Eliot.]]
* RunForTheBorder: In the SeasonFinale, he's fled to the tiny nation of [[FictionalCountry San Lorenzo]], which has no extradition treaties, and the [[PresidentEvil President]] is in his pocket.
* SinisterShades
* SmugSnake: Moreau's smarter than most of the marks that the team goes after, but for the most part he relies on his money and connections to keep him out of prison. He has no idea how to cope with the unexpected, and his inability to adjust once Nate sets his sights on him contributes immensely to his downfall.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TheUnseen: Until ''The Big Bang Job''.
* VillainousBreakdown: Slowly but does break down over the course of his story arc as he realizes a handful of people he's never heard of [[spoiler: and one former employee]] are destroying everything he's built.
--> '''Moreau''': Who ''are'' you?!
* VisionaryVillain: How he sees himself.

!Jimmy Ford
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Nate's father, and a former South Boston bookie, loan shark, and fixer, Jimmy has a strained relationship with his son. He appears in "The Three-Card Monte Job" and "The Radio Job", and is played by Tom Skerritt.
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Tropes associated with Jimmy Ford:
* AbusiveDad: Emotionally abusive if nothing else.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The cause of Nate's WellDoneSonGuy persona.
* ArchnemesisDad
* ArsonMurderAndAdmiration: For the way Nate set him up.
* TheChessmaster: Played with. Nate states that his father's game is Three-card Monte, not chess, and Jimmy is nothing if not opportunistic, keeping his cards close to his chest and improvising as need be. That said, he does have an overall plan, and it's very near as detailed as one of Nate's.
* ConMan
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Clearly cared very deeply for his late wife.
* EvilOldFolks
* [[spoiler: FaceDeathWithDignity: In "The Radio Job".]]
* TheFixer: Moved up from con-games, loan sharking, and book-making to be the best fixer in the neighbourhood, linking up bad guys and henchmen for the Three Families.
* GracefulLoser
* InTheBlood: ManipulativeBastard clearly is.
* TheIrishMob: Worked for the Three Families for thirty years.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: Once again, in "The Radio Job"]]
* LoanShark
* TheMafiya: Was working with the Russians when the Leverage team encountered him.
* ManipulativeBastard
* OneLastJob: How he views his scheme. He wants his payout from the Three Families, and then he's thinking about moving back to Ireland.
* OutGambitted: By Nate.
* RefugeInAudacity: Tries to [[spoiler:rob a police station]].
* SoProudOfYou: See Arson Murder and Admiration, above.
* {{Southies}}: The area of Boston that the team operates out of was his neighbourhood back in the day.
* TakingTheHeat: Went to prison because the Three Families needed him to. Their refusal to pay him what was owed him for this plays a major role in "The Three-Card Monte Job".

!'''Jack Latimer'''
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A professional investor who's been keeping tabs on Leverage Consulting since their run-in with Dubenich, Latimer repeatedly tries to get the team to work for him. A recurring menace throughout Season 4. Played by Leon Rippy.
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Tropes associated with Latimer:
* BigBadWannabe: He thinks he's the real power in his relationship with [[spoiler:Dubenich]] but it's the other way around. Latimer [[spoiler:is closer to being the junior partner in a BigBadDuumvirate or even TheDragon than he is to being in charge of Dubenich.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Is set up as TheBigBad of Season 4, but he's actually [[spoiler:being manipulated by Victor Dubenich]].
* EvilOldFolks
* {{Greed}}: Seeks to profit from Leverage Inc's activities. This is why he agrees to [[spoiler:work for Dubenich]] in the first place.
* [[spoiler:HijackedByGanon: Hijacked by Dubenich]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: To Earnshaw Pharmaceuticals, [=DuberTech=], Wakefield Agricultural, and Merced Financial, all of whom were exposed by the Leverage team.
* ManipulativeBastard
* SmugSnake
* TooDumbToLive: Latimer is far dumber than his partner, [[spoiler:Dubenich]], and is repeatedly fooled by relatively simple tricks in the finale. Sophie and [[spoiler:Maggie]] manage to use the identical grift on him without Latimer ever cluing in. [[spoiler: Then the scene at the edge of the dam]].

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!'''The Butcher of Kiev'''
--> '''Hardison:''' "Have you ever ''been'' to Kiev? The ''Cake Maker'' of Kiev could whup all our asses, and this is ''TheButcher''."

A hulking giant from the Russian Mafia, with a grudge against Eliot, a penchant for using cooking ware as weaponry, and a very ugly reputation in the underworld. Appears in "The Wedding Job."
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Tropes associated with the Butcher:
* BadassMoustache
* TheBrute: A nearly unintelligible psycho who's too stupid to be TheDragon, and relies entirely on his size to overpower his opponents, he escapes being a mere GiantMook by virtue of his reputation.
* TheButcher: Lampshaded by Hardison and justified by the fact that he favours cleavers and kitchen knives as weapons. His fight with ChefOfIron Eliot is truly hilarious.
* TheDreaded: Nate, Sophie, Hardison, and Parker have all heard of him, and are tempted to abort the mission when he shows up alongside the other Russians. See the page quote.
* DumbMuscle: He certainly doesn't do much to demonstrate his intelligence, spending almost all his onscreen time ranting "I kill you!"
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep
* EyeScream: Eliot defeats him by shoving appetisers in his eyes. The lemon juice does bad things to them.
* TheGiant: He's huge.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: His last encounter with Eliot left him with some very evil burn scars on one cheek.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: His and Eliot's fight using a large amount of kitchenware, including knives and his trademark cleaver.
* IronicEcho: "It burns!" Shouted in flashback when Eliot smacked him in the face with a burning piece of plywood, shouted in the present when lemon juice is sprayed into his eyes.
* ItsPersonal: With Eliot
* KnifeFight: With Eliot, complete with the requisite fighting for control of the blade.
* KnifeNut: Uses butcher knives and a meat cleaver as his WeaponOfChoice (though it's quickly established that he's perfectly capable bare-handed as well).
* TheCameo: Was originally planned to appear, or at least his daughter to do so, in "[[Recap/LeverageS03E06TheStudioJob The Studio Job]]", but the scene was either deleted, or never filmed.
* TheMafiya: A career killer for Sergei of the Russian Mob.
* MusclesAreMeaningful: Very large, very bulky, and portrayed as frighteningly strong.
* ProfessionalKillers: A world-class killer in Nate's words.
* {{Revenge}}: Why he attacks Eliot.
* RuthlessForeignGangsters: Both he and his boss, Sergei.
* SlasherSmile: Only has two facial expressions--grimacing and this.

!'''Mr. Quinn'''
--> "They told me you'd be tougher than this."

A nondescript mercenary employed by Sterling in "The First David Job", Quinn ambushes Eliot and gives him an absolutely brutal beating, before being taken down himself. Portrayed by Clayne Crawford.
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Tropes associated with Mr. Quinn:
* AffablyEvil[=/=]FauxAffablyEvil: He's got the attitude but we haven't really seen enough of him to determine which one it is.
* AttackHello
* {{Badass}}: He's the first person we see inflict any damage on Eliot. Definitely a {{badass}}.
** BadassInANiceSuit: He's dressed like some yuppie banker.
** HiddenBadass: Eliot really didn't see that one coming.
** PopCulturedBadass: Quotes ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' in the middle of a fight.
* BrainsAndBrawn: With Chaos in the Season 4 finale.
* TheBrute: He's got just enough personality to escape being a GiantMook or EliteMook, but isn't important enough to Sterling's plan to qualify as TheDragon. Definitely this.
* [[spoiler: TheBusCameBack: Returned in the season 4 finale.]]
* CasualDangerDialogue: [[spoiler:He didn't seem fazed when he was surrounded by men with guns and when Eliot showed up to discuss a job offer, while systematically beating up the aforementioned men with guns, Quinn chats pleasantly back while taking down some men as well, still wearing handcuffs.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Sucker punches Eliot at the start of the fight, then proceeds to KickThemWhileTheyAreDown. Definitely.
* DeadpanSnarker: Very much so.
* {{Foil}}: He's very similar to Eliot, but with [[ManOfWealthAndTaste higher-class tastes]], a sauver demeanour, and greater amorality. See LightningBruiser below for how their fighting styles mirror one another.
* HiredGuns: Sterling actually refers to him as "not as good as advertised."
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Literally. Quinn uses his first punch to knock Eliot to the floor, than proceeds to try and kick him into submission.
* LightningBruiser: Of the "hard-hitting FragileSpeedster" variety, as opposed to Eliot's "fast-moving big bruiser." Quinn's fast and can really dish out the damage, but can't seem to swallow the same level of punishment as Eliot.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* OneSceneWonder: Shows up out of nowhere, gives Eliot his toughest fight to date, and then vanishes from the show. It's been noted that this is exactly how Eliot himself probably appears to your average {{Mook}}.
** [[spoiler:As of Season 4 this is no longer the case. Still a OneSceneWonder in that episode though]].
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: He has no personal stake in this, and doesn't even seem particularly sadistic (especially when compared to TheButcher or Roper). He's doing this because Sterling pays his bills, nothing more, nothing less. [[spoiler:This is given further credence in "The Last Dam Job" when Quinn is shown to be on perfectly amicable terms with Eliot and even willing to work with him when it's not his job to kick Eliot's ass.]]
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Does this to Eliot.
* PunchClockVillain: Shades of this, along with OnlyInItForTheMoney, as seen above.
* SmugSnake: Has an arrogant bearing and displays a very cocky attitude throughout the fight.
* TalkToTheFist: Belts Eliot mid-threat.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Very much so. He's the first person in the show to genuinely threaten Eliot's life, and his attack (much like the rest of Sterling's plot in that episode) serves to demonstrate that the show is about to get serious.
* WhyWontYouDie: Demands to know why [[{{Determinator}} Eliot]] won't go down and stay down.
* WorthyOpponent: He sees Eliot as one after their first encounter. [[spoiler:When Eliot finds him handcuffed in a warehouse, the two greet each other with respect and discuss Eliot needing Quinn for a job while beating down the men who just had Quinn at gunpoint.]]

!'''Ian Blackpoole'''
Nate's former boss at IYS, and the man who let Nate's son die. Serves as the final mark of Season 1. Played by Kevin Tighe.
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Tropes associated with Blackpoole:
* TheCollector: An art nut.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* EvilOldFolks
* ItsPersonal: For Nate it is.
* LackOfEmpathy: He has no empathy for Nate, dismissing his son's death (and all the other deaths he's responsible for) as good business.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* TheMark
* OutGambitted: Underestimated Nate's brains and Maggie's complicity, and overestimated Sterling's loyalty.
* RulesLawyer: Takes every opportunity he can to default on policies, even if it means people die.
* SmugSnake: More high-functioning than your average mark, but not nearly as smart as Nate or Sterling.
* WickedCultured

!'''Marcus Starke'''
A superb grifter and forger who operates out of Europe. He shows up in "The Two Live Crew Job," where his and Nate's cons cross paths. He plays both The Mastermind and The Grifter on his team. Played by Griffin Dunne.
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Tropes associated with Starke:
* TheChessmaster: He is pretty good at planny things out. But he failed to fully see Nate's plan or Chaos'.
* TheDreaded: He thought himself to be a fearful, and powerful figure. This was not the case. He was only seen this way because he was working with ''Sophie'', the real dreaded.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: He trusted [[CardCarryingVillain Chaos]]. Not the best move there, buddy.
* ManipulativeBastard: Part of his job.
* NotSoDifferent: With Nate. When Sophie is saying how brilliant man whose pride has been hurt and personally challenged, it will lead him to do a bigger, more dangerous con. One of the team asks if she's talking about Starke or Nate. This is referenced by interspersing clips of Nate and Starke giving pretty much the same speech and even putting their suit coat on in the same fashion.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* OutGambitted: By Chaos and Nate in rapid succession.
* SharpDressedMan
* SimilarSquad: His team is set-up along very similar lines to Leverage Consulting & Associates, though the lack of a Sophie counterpart shakes things up a little. He's TheBigBad, ex-mercenary Mikel Dayan is TheDragon, Colin "Chaos" Mason is TheEvilGenius, and world class thief and infiltrator Apollo is TheDarkChick.
* SmugSnake: Of the "failed Magnificent Bastard" variety. He's very good, but just not up to Nate's (or presumably Sterling's) level, and makes the key mistake of trusting Chaos.

!''' Mikel Dayan'''
A former {{Mossad}} agent who serves as The Hitter in Marcus Starke's crew. Has a FoeYay-filled confrontation with Eliot. Portrayed by Noa Tishby in "The Two Live Crew Job."
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Tropes associated with Mikel:
* BadassIsraeli
* BloodKnight
** InterplayOfSexAndViolence
* ChainedHeat: She and Eliot end up handcuffed together.
* ColdSniper
* CombatStilettos
* DarkActionGirl
* TheDragon: To Marcus Starke
* FoeYay: With Eliot.
* HiredGuns: Currently employed as a mercenary.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Once killed a man with a mop.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney

!Apollo
Starke's Thief, Apollo specialises in infiltration, corporate espionage, and bypassing physical security. Played by Apollo Robbins in "The Two Live Crew Job."
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Tropes associated with Apollo:
* BeardOfEvil: Has a light one.
* CastTheExpert: Apollo Robbins is the show's consultant on theft and slight-of-hand tricks.
* TheDanza: Played by Apollo Robbins, the show's consultant on theft.
* TheDarkChick: Of Marcus Starke's crew.
* FiveFingerDiscount: Engages in a pickpocketing battle with Parker.
* GentlemanThief
* HiredGuns: A corporate spy and infiltrator for hire.
* NiceHat
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* OnlyOneName
* PhantomThief
* WhiteCollarCrime: Nate lists this as his specialty.

!'''Bradford Culpepper III'''
The Mayor of Belbridge, Massachusetts and apparent FinalBoss of Season 2. Played by Richard Kind in "The Three Strikes Job" and "The Maltese Falcon Job."
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Tropes associated with Culpepper:
* DirtyCoward
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Episode 1 Final Boss anyway. He's set up to be the season's [[FinalBoss toughest challenge]], much as Ian Blackpoole was in Season 1. Yet it's quickly revealed that he's an imbecile and that Kadjic is the real brains of the operation.
* TheMark
* MayorPain
* PermanentElectedOfficial: He's a third-generation corrupt mayor. Thanks to his connections with the FBI and his own spin machine, other people inevitably take the fall for his actions.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Uses his status as an FBI snitch to stay abreast of state police investigations into his activities and keep law enforcement away from Kadjic's business.

!'''Tony Kadjic'''
Mayor Culpepper's partner-in-crime and the real brains of the operation, Kadjic makes his living running guns from Third World countries to American gangs. Portrayed by Paul Blackthorne in "The Three Strikes Job" and "The Maltese Falcon Job."
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Tropes associated with Kadjic:
* ArmsDealer: Uses his shipping business to move weapons from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia to street gangs and militias in the States.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* LackOfEmpathy: Had a cop gunned down, listens to Culpepper's "death" without batting an eye, tries to cut a deal with Nate's character (who supposedly offed Culpepper)...not a lot of empathy going on there.
* TheManBehindTheMan: They look like a BigBadDuumvirate but scratch the surface and Kadjic's control over Culpepper becomes very apparent.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* TheMark: Becomes this after the revelation that he and Culpepper is not the FinalBoss of the season.
* RuthlessForeignGangsters: Albanian and without a conscience.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Uses Culpepper's status as mayor and job as an FBI informant to keep police away from his shipping business.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Has the look, though with a personality like that...
* TrueFinalBoss: Of Season 2 (unless you want to give that position to [[HeroAntagonist Sterling]]).

!Doctor Anne Hannity
A psychotic doctor in the employ of Wakefield Agricultural who conspires to unleash a blight on the world's wheat so that the company can benefit. Appears in "The Inside Job". Played by Lisa Brenner.
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Tropes associated with Dr. Hannity:
* AxeCrazy: She practically vibrates in every scene she's in.
* BlondesAreEvil: Possibly the most evil villain the team has yet to face.
* LackOfEmpathy: To put this in context. She is willing to kill all the wheat in the world, the most common grain and source of food, just so she can have a monopoly and make a profit. The death toll from the resulting famine would easily be greater than any other villain in the entire series
* MadScientist
* TheMark
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Seeks to engineer a genocide so she can profit from it.
* SmugSnake: God yes.
* TheSociopath

!'''Roper'''
--> "The ''great'' Eliot Spencer, heh."

A nasty piece of work who seems to have some history with Eliot, he appears in "The Carnival Job", where he provides the muscle for the Russian VillainOfTheWeek. Played by Urijah Faber.
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Tropes associated with Roper:
* ActorSharedBackground: Faber is an accomplished mixed martial artist. As a result, Roper is quite badass as well.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* TheBrute: Seems to have this role in the VillainOfTheWeek's gang. He's probably the most dangerous member of the group, but isn't her NumberTwo, and would appear to have been hired solely for his skill as a leg-breaker.
* CombatPragmatist: He engages a concussed, injured Eliot in a carnival funhouse filled with disorienting mirrors, and even then makes sure to bring back-up and have a hostage.
* EvilGloating: Take the opportunity to taunt Eliot while the latter is lying flat on the floor, bleeding.
* EvilLaugh: Gives a few, which reverberate throughout the funhouse.
* HiredGuns
* ItsPersonal: Implied.
* TheMafiya: Works for them in "The Carnival Job" though he's clearly not a member of their organisation.
* MysteriousPast: He and Eliot obviously know each other from somewhere, but we're darned if we know where.
* PsychoForHire: One gets this vibe from him.
* VillainousCheekbones
* WouldHurtAChild: He's part of a gang that kidnaps a young girl.
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