''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/MissionImpossible'', with a little bit of ''Series/TheATeam'', ''Series/{{Stingray 1985}}'' and ''Series/VengeanceUnlimited'' thrown in. The series is so full of {{Shout Out}}s, it's practically ReferenceOverdosed. Here are some examples:
* In the pilot episode Hardison has Parker posing as IT say "[[Series/TheITCrowd have you tried turning it on and off?]]".
* Hardison's "[[Series/TheATeam I love it when a plan comes together]]."
* In the "Cross my Heart Job", Hardison, undercover as a tower operator, uses the callsign "Leverage Airlines 1701" to when radioing the team's walkie-talkies.
* The team's aliases have a tendency to reference ''Series/DoctorWho''; given that Hardison presumably arranges all their fake [=IDs=] and is canonically a fan, this is almost certainly no coincidence even in-universe.
** In one episode, Nate and Sophie's cover [=IDs=] are [[Creator/TomBaker Tom]] and [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures Sarah Jane]] [[Creator/TomBaker Baker]]; instead of Creator/TomBaker, Nate could also have chosen to be Creator/PeterDavison or Sylvester [=McCoy=].
** In another, Nate uses the Tom Baker ID again, while Parker (the young blonde one) is Rose.
** Eliot and Hardison get into a police precinct as detectives [[Creator/StevenMoffat Moffat]] and [[Creator/RussellTDavies Davies]] in "The Three Card Monte Job".
** The ''Series/DoctorWho'' references continue! In "The Frame-Up Job," Sophie introduces herself and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut Ster]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon ling]] as Agents [[Creator/DavidTennant Tennant]] and [[Creator/MattSmith Smith]].
** In "The White Rabbit Job", one of Sophie's aliases is [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Sally Sparrow]].
** And for one last time in "The Long Goodbye Job", Parker's alias is Tennant and Nate's is [[Creator/TomBaker Baker]].
* One more ''Series/DoctorWho'' reference is the name of the law firm the client worked at in "The 10 Li'l Grifters Job": Creator/PaulMcGann, [[Creator/SylvesterMcCoy McCoy]] and [[Creator/TomBaker Baker]].
* Hardison misses the beginning of the job in "The Mile High Job" because he's been up all night playing ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' - and cries "for the horde!" when he meets an employee of the evil corporation of the week who's also a fan.
* And a ShoutOut [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of Doom]] in "The Snow Job", where Nate calls his con "[[Creator/DavidMamet Glengarry Glen]]''[[DoomyDoomsOfDoom death]]''".
* In "The Beantown Bailout Job", Hardison gets an opportunity to say "[[{{Terminator}} Come with me if you want to live.]]"
* Also in "Beantown Bailout," Hardison and Parker identify themselves as "[[TheDeparted Troopers Costello and Costigan]]" of the Massachusetts State Police.
* In "The Bank Shot Job" Parker and Hardison's aliases are Agent [[ElmoreLeonard Elmore]] and Agent [[ElmoreLeonard Leonard]].
* In "The Wedding Job" Hardison and Parker's aliases are [[Film/TheGodfather Agent Thomas and Agent Hagen.]]
* Invoked in "The Three Days of the Hunter Job"; [[Series/TheOuterLimits "I control the horizontal, I control the vertical."]] And [[spoiler:[[Film/TheShining all work and no play makes Monica a dull girl]]!]]
** Also, Hardison calls the fake underground bunker system [[Film/TheCore "Project Destiny".]]
* In "The Two-Horse Job", Parker's disdain for horses stems from an incident that happened in [[MyNameIsEarl Camden, IL]] (Beth Riesgraf is Jason Lee's baby-mama, and has made a few appearances on the show).
* In "The Two Live Crew Job", Creator/WilWheaton guest-stars. His hacker handle is "Cha0s", and [[ActorAllusion the CIA calls him]] "The Kobayashi Maru". Before you start [[CelebrityParadox raising questions]], just assume that Wesley Crusher was not played by Wheaton in the ''Leverage'' universe. Or even better, never existed at all.
** Alternately, if you accept the tie-in novel ''The Con Job'' as canon, Wheaton and Cha0s both exist, independently of each other.
* In "The Juror #6 Job", the bad guys' jury-monitoring setup strongly resembles the one in ''Film/RunawayJury''.
* In The "Order 23 Job" Hardison and Eliot are Officers Michaels and Crichton. (MichaelCrichton is well known for his Medical Thrillers and helping create ''Series/{{ER}}''; he also wrote ''Literature/TheAndromedaStrain'', about a virulent disease that traps the main characters in a medical facility...)
** In that same episode, Hardison sets up a system with Eliot of referencing the odd-numbered ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies when things are going well and the even-numbered ones when things are going poorly. Eliot later uses a similar system to get Hardison's attention by paging "Kirk Picard" in "The Cross My Heart Job."
* In "The Reunion Job", Parker claims to have overheard a bunch of ladies saying that Drake [=McIntyre=] (who Nate was impersonating) was [[Music/{{Drake}} "the best they ever had"]].
* In "The Inside Job", Parker gets into trouble when she tries to break into a building with a "Steranko" security system.[[note]]Jim Steranko, a comic artist, was perhaps most famous for his "NickFury: Agent of SHIELD" work. Nick Fury was a counter-intelligence expert, so "Steranko" is an apropos name for a security system. Steranko was also an escape artist before working in comics, so giving his name to an escape-proof system is a bit of intentional irony.[[/note]] Also, Sophie and Hardison give the aliases [[Series/TheAvengers Emily Peel and Jonathan Steed]] when pretending to be auditors. And we're introduced to [[CaryGrant Archie Leach]] - "the greatest thief of all time".
** The security chief in "The Inside Job," portrayed as a ruthless killer, is named [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Mr. Voorhees.]]
** Archie Leach is also Creator/JohnCleese's character in ''Film/AFishCalledWanda''.
* From the same episode, we see a [[BrainBleach rather large, unshaved]] man in a ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' cosplay getup, which is a reference to the infamous "Sailor Bubba", a security staffer at "Anime Central", a UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}-based convention.
* In "The Gone Fishin' Job" Hardison and Eliot use the aliases [[Film/{{Jaws}} Brody and Quint.]]
* In "The Boost Job" Hardison readies an EMP device that makes the same noise as a [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} proton pack]]. He then lampshades it by adding "this chick is toast", which is Creator/BillMurray's line when the team confronts Gozer. Later in the episode, when Hardison and Parker enter a chop shop and find that it's a much bigger operation than they expected, he remarks "We're [[Film/{{Jaws}} gonna need a bigger boat]]".
** Nate's and the mark's racecars are named BettyAndVeronica respectively.
** The shot inside the engine when Nate ignites Hardison's mix could be lifted straight from ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'', they're so similar.
* In "The Gone Fishin' Job," Eliot tells Hardison, [[Film/LethalWeapon "We're gonna get bloody on this one."]] In the same episode, Hardison is heard saying, "[[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} Science: it works]]." Their entire plot in that episode is an homage to the 1958 Creator/SidneyPoitier-Creator/TonyCurtis film ''TheDefiantOnes'', in which two prisoners, one white and one black, have to escape from prison and evade those trying to recapture them while handcuffed together.
* In "The Rashomon Job", Hardison's flashback ends with him making a perfect EddieMurphy grin.
* Also in "The Rashomon Job," Sophie's safehouse address is on [[WarrenEllis Warren Road in Ellis County.]]
* Hardison generally talks about his van [[CoolHandLuke Lucille]] in terms of just how innocent or well-built she is. Too bad he doesn't know a pretty blonde who could wash it for him.
** Speaking of Lucille, once she's destroyed Hardison names her replacement [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Lucille 2(.0).]]
* Parker's name is confirmed by WordOfGod to be a ShoutOut to the character from Donald Westlake's novels (under the pen name of Richard Stark), a damn good thief in ''his'' own rights.
* In "The Rashomon Job", Hardison says "absatively, posilutely", dating back at least as far as ''TheGrinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat'' (1982) but more likely a reference to ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' (1988).
* In "The Morning After Job," during the briefing Nate asks "who" TheMark "is gonna call" when he gets into trouble - Parker immediately comes back with "Film/{{Ghostbusters}}!"
* In "The Ho Ho Ho Job," the mall manager talks about losing customers to [[Film/BackToTheFuture Twin Pines]].
** In the same episode, Eliot receives a "[[Film/KillBill Hanzo sword]]" as a Christmas present.
*** Also, Chaos calls himself TheGrinch and derisively refers to the heroes as "the JusticeLeague".
** Nathan and Sophie manage to get access to an office building by pulling an "Edward Albee," which involves [[WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf pretending to be a married couple and yelling at one another]].
* Eliot's setpiece in "The Big Bang Job" contains shoutouts to many things, but especially Film/ShootEmUp - [[ImprobableAimingSkills shooting Mooks]] [[BulletDodge while dodging bullets]] while sliding on his knees across the floor on an oil slick. [[Film/TheMatrix In]] BulletTime. Also perhaps shades of Equilibrium and GunKata, given his TranquilFury.
* "The San Lorenzo Job" appears to be a whole-episode shout out to ''[[TheStainlessSteelRat The Stainless Steel Rat For President]]''.
** According to WordOfGod it's inspired by a ''Literature/TheSaint'' story but he wouldn't say which one. More than one commenter on Creator/JohnRogers' blog thinks he's talking about "The Wonderful War".
** The name of the country itself may be a reference to ''Literature/CatsCradle''.
* A number of staff shout-outs:
** The team frequently runs into "Glenn-Reider" safes - named after the show's "Wonder Twin" writers Melissa Glenn and Jessica Reider.
** The building on the docks in the "Three Strikes Job" is called Kirsch Industries, after writer's assistant and occasional episode writer Rebecca Kirsch.
** You can see candidate posters in the background of the campaign office in "The Jailhouse Job" for writers Scott Veach (who's running for city council), Charlotte Boylan (who's running for Congress), and Geoffrey Thorne (who's running for county sheriff).
* Eric Stoltz's character in "The Long Way Down Job" is named [[Franchise/GreenLantern Alan Scott]].
* "The 10 L'il Grifters Job" includes shout-outs to all manner of detective stories:
** The title is a reference to Creator/AgathaChristie's "Ten Little Indians," and the story plays out much like a classic Christie story.
** Nate is dressed up as Creator/ElleryQueen - which also serves as an ActorAllusion, since in [[Series/ElleryQueen the TV series]] Queen was played by Timothy Hutton's father Jim. Nate is also trapped in a room, and requires everyone else to do the legwork; this makes the story a ''Literature/NeroWolfe'' style mystery, but with Hutton as Wolfe, rather than his {{Sidekick}} Archie Goodwin (whom Hutton played in ''Series/ANeroWolfeMystery'').
** Sophie is [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Irene Adler.]]
** Hardison is [[Literature/TheHardyBoys either Frank or Joe Hardy]], but thinks he's Literature/EncyclopediaBrown.
** Parker is NancyDrew.
** Eliot is Charlie Siringo, a real-life PinkertonDetective. A more subtle reference than most of the others -- Pinkertons became nationally famous for protecting then President-Elect UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and later being hired by the U.S. Government when the Department of Justice didn't have the ability to pull off a huge investigation, after originally working mostly for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the railroad corporations]].
*** Eliot ''himself'' is practically a shout-out to the {{Spenser}} novels.
** Two of the suspects are dressed as {{Mannix}} and [[Literature/BleakHouse Inspector Bucket]].
** Background characters are dressed as Franchise/SherlockHolmes himself, ComicStrip/DickTracy, Franchise/CharlieChan, [[Series/MiamiVice Crockett and Tubbs]], [[Series/TheAvengers John Steed and Emma Peel]], Series/{{Columbo}}, [[Series/MagnumPI Magnum]], {{Baretta}}, [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]], Literature/HerculePoirot, Literature/MissMarple and Series/{{Kojak}}.
** Unrelated to detectives, Sophie and Nate introduce themselves as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yma_Sumac Yma Sumac]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexter_Gordon Dexter Gordon]], the former an exotic lounge vocalist in the 50's and the latter a tenor jazz saxophonist in the 60's.
* In "The 15 Minutes Job," Hardison rants about the use of CGI in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels.
** Also in "The 15 Minutes Job," Parker (in character as a HoneyTrap girl) asks if TheMark is "one of those billionaire internet kids [[TheSocialNetwork like in that movie.]]"
* As they enter a disorganized evidence room, Hardison asks Parker if she thinks they'll find [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk the Ark of the Covenant]].
* In the "Cross My Heart Job", in order to get Hardison's attention, Eliot has the airport page for a "[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk]] [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard]]", which is also a CallBack to "The Order 23 Job," in which Hardison pages "[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Dr. Ralph O'Khan]]" to let Eliot know he's in danger.
** The heart of the title is stolen by a wealthy, greedy, isolated old man. Nate gives him [[Film/CitizenKane a snow globe]] instead.
** Also in that episode, Hardison calls the improvised computer system he's forced to use "stone knives and bearskins", referencing Spock's complaint about 1930 electronics tech in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever The City on the Edge of Forever]]".
* In the "Maltese Falcon Job", when threatening the mayor, Nate refers to Hardison, who is to be the one putting the hurt on the mayor as Mr. Joshua, Gary Busey's role in the first ''Film/LethalWeapon''.
* The jerkass frat boy -- sorry, "Dustman" -- in charge of a CIA torture experiment in "The Experimental Job" is named Zilgram, possibly a portmanteau of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_study Zimbardo]] and Milgram. Parker later has fun with an "actual" [[JustFollowingOrders Milgram experiment]] (girl loves her electricity). Sophie and the [[LesbianCop lesbian]] FairCop in the same episode might be a reference to ''RizzoliAndIsles''.
* If the title didn't make it obvious, "The Office Job" is one big reference to ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', complete with TalkingHeads interviews.
** From the same episode, Gunter Hanzig (the documentary director) is clearly meant to be a take on Creator/WernerHerzog.
* In "The Radio Job"
** invoked with Elliot's [[Film/DieHard John McClane]] impersonation, including "Yippie-ki-yay".
** A SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' theme during Parker's daydream sequence with Nate's father and the time machine.
*** Also doubles as an InspectorSpacetime reference, with Parker asking "Where? Don't you mean ''when''?" prior to the daydream sequence, and Nate's father travelling to 1962 rather than 1963.
---> Parker (pointing to Hardison's neck): "What is that?" \\
Hardison: "It's a bow tie. BowTiesAreCool."
** Foreshadowing shout-out: Parker and Hardison spend a great deal of their time in this episode in a [[SecretGovernmentWarehouse warehouse]] [[Series/{{Warehouse 13}} full of strange and wonderful inventions]], they later use to stage a major con. Guess who the villain turns out to be? [[spoiler: Victor Dubenich, also known as Artie Nielsen from ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''.]]
* In "The Gold Job", while following clues the Leverage team has planted, one of the marks talks about ciphers and how they sometimes use they text of a well-known document, such as [[NationalTreasure the Declaration of Independence]].
** In the same episode, Hardison interacts with a computer named [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} GLaDOS]].
* In "The Last Dam Job", the gang's new headquarters is explicitly compared to the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batcave]], and Eliot seems to quite like the idea of having an "[[BatSignal Eliot Signal]]".
** Quinn quotes ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' to Eliot, who grins and responds "I love that movie!"
** Dubenich, also known as Artie Nielsen from ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}},'' invites his men to break down a door by saying "Knock Knock," a phrase associated with Claudia Donovan's entrance to Warehouse 13.
* [[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/JohnRogers one of the extras in "The Blue Line Job" was cast due to his resemblance to the [[SlapShot Hanson brothers]]. Also, the client's father's name (Craig Marko) is a shoutout to [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} The Juggernaut]].
* "The First Contact Job" has several references to ScienceFiction series and films:
** Eliot's pseudonym is [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Willie Riker]], which TheMark fails to recognize despite having a Will Riker action figure on his desk. According to WordOfGod, these were unintentional {{Actor Allusion}}s, since the references were written into the episode before Creator/JonathanFrakes was attached to direct it.
** Parker quotes several lines from ''Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial''.
** Yet another ''Series/DoctorWho'' reference: One of the reporters at Kanack's press conference is wearing the eleventh Doctor's costume.
** Parker and Hardison pose as two of TheMenInBlack, complete with Parker imitating TommyLeeJones and Hardison saying [[Film/MenInBlack "We make this look good"]].
** Eliot's fight in the mark's lab while trying not to break the valuables contained therein was a shout-out to similar sequences in Creator/JackieChan's films.
** The episode also has a shout out to real life. When Sophie holds up the sheet with all the numbers while posing as a code-breaker, one sequence is circled and "woah" written on it in red marker. This refers to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wow!_signal the Wow! signal]], likewise circled and noted in red pen.
* "The French Connection Job" has three characters with the last names [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christie_Rampone Rampone]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobin_Heath Heath]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abby_Wambach Wambach]], though the latter is Sophie's alias. All three are stars for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_women%27s_national_soccer_team United States women's national soccer team]]. In addition, the villain is named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lampard Lampard]], and three goons of the French truffle smuggler are named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrice_Evra Patrice]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samir_Nasri Samir]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thierry_Henry Thierry]]. The episode's writer, Paul Guyot, is a big soccer fan.
* Another ''Series/DoctorWho'' reference in "The Broken Wing Job"; Parker says her pain meds make everything go "wibbly-wobbly".
** In the same episode, one of the couples who frequents the bar is compared to Sid Vicious of the Music/SexPistols and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
* Two for Parker in "The Rundown Job" (I think): She wears an ''Film/AeonFlux'' (the movie version) style SpyCatSuit and does [[Film/{{Entrapment}} a dance with lasers.]]
** Not the first time she does a dance with lasers. The first time it happens is in flashback in "The Inside Job", where she steals... ice cream (part of a training with Archie Leach).
* In "The Carnival Job", the mark's daughter suggests [[CatShitOne Botasky and Perky]] as the codenames for her and Eliot.
* Sophie's alias in "The Low Low Price Job" is [[Film/JurassicPark Dr. Ellie Satler]].
** Sophie also gets a bunch of actors to wear Value More uniform and pose as fake workers, much like an Creator/ImprovEverywhere mission only with more malice.
* The entire episode "The White Rabbit Job" is one long shout out to ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': the mark's name is Charles Dodgson, his second in command is named Mr. Carroll, and one of his employees (the one who hires the Leverage team) is named [[GenderFlip Alex]] Liddell.
** ''Film/TheMatrix'': Hardison makes his dream world using CGI screens; Dodgson is dosed with red (woozy) and blue (knock-out) patches and is convinced he's in a dream when Sophie makes a shiny metal ball float (Neo sees a boy bend a shiny metal spoon and other kids make toys float).
** ''Film/{{Inception}}'': The team is pretending to hack into Dodgson's brain and change his personality at the behest of someone else; Dodgson had issues with his greedy, hard-ass dad; Sophie [[spoiler: claimed to have done the "impossible con" but actually lied, the opposite of Cobb who claimed inception was impossible but had done it to his own wife]]; [[spoiler: Dodgson is "haunted" by the death of his cousin to the point where he's destroying his career, his life, and the lives of everyone around him]].
*** A few of the shots are very ''Inception''-esque--like the shot of the staircase from the top, very much like the 'Pendleton steps' shot in ''Inception''.
*** The plot of ''Inception'' was to convince a man to split up his family's business; the plot of "The White Rabbit Job" is to convince a man to keep running it.
*** Eliot yelling at Hardison about his lack of research --> Dom yelling at Arthur about his lack of resarch.
** ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'': Sophie poses as a "guided dream therapist" who appears in Dodgson's "dreams" to help him with his problems; towards the end [[spoiler: the dreamworld con collapses and Dodgson has no idea what's real or fake]].
** Dodgson makes an appearance dressed like Creator/SteveJobs -- blue jeans, black turtleneck with rolled-up sleeves, headset microphone, and PermaStubble.
** As noted, one of Sophie's aliases is [[Series/DoctorWho Sally Sparrow]].
* The very last ShoutOut in the series comes when Hardison outlines his plans for the future: "''Leverage International''" (which is obviously inspired by Franchise/{{Batman}}, Inc.)
** Keeping in style, one last ''Series/DoctorWho'' reference: Parker's alias is Detective [[Creator/DavidTennant Tennant]].
* Way back in the pilot, in a FreezeFrameBonus, when they're breaking into Pierson's server room, it shows the screen of the skimmer Hardison used to crack the code. The first seven numbers are 8675309.
* The PhonyPsychic in ''The Future Job'' is named Dalton Rand - his surname is a reference to the infamous psychic (who later became a notorious skeptic and debunker of phony psychics) James Randi.
* Hardison, playing a vintner for a con in "The Corkscrew Job", christens himself ''[[Literature/TheGreatGatsby The Grape Gatsby]]''.
* Elliot's line [[DoesNotLikeGuns about guns]] in "The Big Bang Job" strongly resembles [[ExactWords the line]] used by Mathew Quigley in ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder''
* The Long Goodbye Job gives off this ''Film/SuckerPunch'', ''Film/FightClub'', and ''Film/{{Inception}}'' vibe where you really have to THINK about what your watching, what they're saying, and where you are in The Plan/Heist.
* Just before he blows up the first Lucille, Hardison says, "[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan I am, and forever shall be, your friend.]]"
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