Sophie stole the Holy Grail.It's the cup we see her dusting off in her storage compartment of stolen goods in "The First David Job".
Sophie is Lisa del Giocondo.Since she has the Holy Grail, there's no reason why she couldn't be that old; and she looks vaguely like the Mona Lisa. Clearly, she is the subject of that painting. She is interested in Renaissance art because she grew up with it. This is how she could be sure that nobody's ever stolen both Davids before.
Sophie and Jane are the same person.Jane was an identity Sophie was using during a particularly long con.
Whoever Sophie is, that's not her real name.She practically says as much:
There can be a WMG that's not about Sophie.Like how Nate is secretly a time lord or a doll.
The experimental treatment for Nate's son was fake.The company offering it was running a scam in which insurance companies were pressured into paying for phony "experimental" treatments. None of them work, but they're considered such long shots anyway that no-one gets suspicious. Nate's insurance company made the right decision in turning him down. Eventually, Nate will be asked to get revenge on the company for the fake treatment that let someone's child die, and he'll find out everything.
The gang is using Yahoo!'s game site for mind control.There is a Flash game called "Leverage: The Con Game" on Yahoo!s game page (and possibly elsewhere). It is a match-three with bonus power-ups (you choose which one) and no timer, and it appears to be almost impossible to lose. Clearly, there are subliminal messages in this game which the gang will use on unsuspecting corporate Flash-gaming slackers later on.
Sophie's real name is Alice... and she's the Alice of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking GlassHer time in other worlds could explain why she's now living in modern time. She can't admit who she is without being considered insane, so she created new identities. She turned to grifting and cons to support herself.
Parker is a lesbianThe only time she's comfortable acting is when she's pretending to make out with Alex. Obviously, she has a lot of practice acting straight. She seemed WAY too interested in Nate's ex-wife. In the Juror job, the other juror she was most interested in was another woman. When she's in trouble, the one she usually calls for help is Sophie. In the Hunter episode, there's a scene where Hunter tells Parker that if you punch out the camera man, she'll kiss you. Parker immediately looks at the cameraman, like she's considering it. In the fashion episode, Eliot says that Tara is hot, and Parker agrees before quickly covering. In "The Maltese Falcon Job," when Tara drops her towel to distract a bellboy, she ogles Tara as much as Eliot does.
The Leverage team is a Five-Bad Band.Given that the Leverage team is made up of wanted criminals, they function more as a reforming Five-Bad Band than as a Five-Man Band. Thankfully, the show pits them against non-reforming victims.
Leverage is a prequel to Kaitou Saint Tail.Think about it. A magician father (Nate knew a lot more about magic than you'd expect), a Classy Cat-Burglar mother, and she only steals things that have been stolen before?
Leverage Consulting and Associates is a real company.Making up an entire 80-year corporate history is absurd overkill, so Hardison just picked a real company and borrowed their details, inserting the protagonists and their office as required. The real LCA is located far enough away that he thinks they'll never find out. Until they become the next target.
One (or more) of the Leverage Consulting and Associates crew is a disavowed member of the Impossible Mission Force.Most probably Nate, given his overtly compassionate and yet chessmasterly nature. He pulls together another team like the one he lost: "muscle" - Eliot, "faceman" - Sophie, "techie" - Hardison, and "legman" - Parker. Given their prior relationship, then Sophie could also be a disavowed member of either his old team or another team they worked with prior to be disavowed. Nate is angling on getting reavowed.
Parker is the daughter from Con AirIf you don't remember the movie, Nicholas Cage's character gives a white stuffed bunny to his blond daughter. The first time his daughter saw her father out of jail, he was covered in blood. Obviously, this greatly affected her psyche.
Eliot is a reformed Lindsey McDonald.He survives his gunshot wounds, retains his utter badassery, goes on to become a renowned hitman/bruiser in the intervening years, before finally hooking up with Nate. It would certainly explain his resistance to injury and his incredible skill.
Parker is a kleptomaniac.When Parker said she was a kleptomaniac, it was just supposed to part of her rehab patient cover. But she keeps stealing things even though she has plenty of money. She even compulsively steals a gun from an armed man for no reason, which is incredibly dangerous. So she has Nate's definition of an addiction - a compulsive behavior that negatively affects her life.
Elliot is a deep cover agent of some kind.Seriously. He's introduced as a "retrieval specialist" and is grouped in the same mold as criminals like Hardison and Parker, but everything about his background speaks government spook. Liberating Croatia? Of course, since it's brought up at least Once an Episode, it's not good deep cover. Maybe shallow cover.
One of the team is going to jail.And I'm betting it's Eliot. The title of 301 is apparently a "huge spoiler," which means the location or item to be stolen would reveal tons about the season finale. And there's a promised Kane fight at the very beginning of the season 3 premiere. And Nate is completely losing his shit. The end of season 2 is going to be disastrous and Eliot is going to do some time. Until, of course, he's busted out of prison.
Sophie's real name is Carmen Sandiego.She's got the look (long, dark hair), keen fashion sense, and penchant for stealing rare items. And traveling freakin' everywhere.
Team Leverage is a Solar Perfect Circle.
Sterling is God. Or Jesus. Or a god.
Sterling and Nate DID used to be friends. Something happened which Nate doesn't remember but Sterling does, which is why both Sterling and Nate have above-human levels at predicting and manipulating 'normal' people.
Sterling and Nate both have large, well-diversified portfolios, with holdings distributed among the world's major insurance companies.'Nuff said.
"Parker" is an alias.Whatever her real name is, she's a big Richard Stark fan.
Elliot, Hardison and Parker are mutants.It is so obvious. Elliot has super strength, speed and resistance to injury. Able to take bone crushing blows and keep hitting. Parker can teleport short distances once a day and Hardison is able to manipulate images on computers with his mind.
Nate is going to retire at the end of season 3.In the season premiere, he says he's been an honest drunk and a sober thief, and now he's going to try being a drunk thief. Once he's done with that, there's only one corner of the square left to explore...
Sophie was formerly an assassin or spy.Think about it. She's delivered a brutal headbutt when she was protecting Nate and taken on an armed hitperson using a fire extinguisher. These two alone could be things she learned from Elliot, but, she was able to up a rifle with alarming quickness. Elliot has remarked on his own dislike of firearms, meaning this would have to be something she learned on her own. It would also explain why she's so skilled at making up a cover: it used to be her legitimate job.
The Italian is a Catholic Church Militant, a roving Agent for Good authorized by the Pope.What do we know about the Italian?
Moreau is related to Kate Moreau, Neal's girlfriend on White Collar.
"Archie Leech" is really John Robie from To Catch a Thief
The Leverage Team is a modern day group of Adventurers .Basically they travel the land on a Quest to right wrongs and bring down the all powerful evil Lords = CEOs.
Tara Cole is named after Tara King of The Avengers.Yes, the similar names may be a coincidence, but consider: both Taras are replacements for a departed main character in their respective series. Also, Leverage has done at least one Shout-Out to The Avengers (see the Shout Out page for details).
Eliot used to be black ops.He used to work for the government, and it's implied that he used to be an assassin. He's wanted in several countries, and has made vague references to having done some very, very bad things.
Sterling is Crowley from Supernatural.Sterling was possessed sometime after Nate lost his son and pretends to be Sterling to screw with Nate because it's fun.
Sophie really is the 18th Duchess of Hanover. And was married.At first I just assumed the Countess was another con artist, but that would require a pretty staggering coincidence. Even with that, though, faking a Duchy? I'm pretty certain that is, to all intents and purposes, impossible. The College of Heralds puts not their trust in computers — you'd need to be a master forger with full access to their archives if you want your story to hold up for more than half an hour, much less seven years. More than that, though, you'd need to fool multiple official publications, including Burke's Peerage, which employ people to check these things. And most importantly — 18th Duchess. For that to hold up, there would have to be an extant or recently extinct Duchy of Hanover (which, in the real world, there isn't) — otherwise you'd be spotted in ten seconds. The solution to all this: Sophie was, at some point, married to the 18th Duke of Hanover. Not least because you don't get to be a duchess without marrying a duke (peerages are sexist like that). Presumably 'William' was the Duke of Hanover, to whom Sophie was married for seven years. Whether she married him under her real name, on the other hand...
Sophie really is the 18th Duchess of Hanover, and the "William" mentioned by the Countess was her father.The Countess never indicates what her relationship to William was, except that he was clearly someone close to both Sophie and the Countess. Also, the story about the prize petunias sounds an awful lot like the Countess knew Sophie as a child. A possibility not mentioned above is that William was Sophie's father and the Countess' brother.
Eliot doesn't use Guns because it makes things too easy.Just look at how he demolishes an entire team of trained assassins while barely breaking a sweat. Clearly having a gun put Eliot into God Mode and he doesn't like guns because he likes a fair fight.
Sophie's real name is....
The final episode of Leverage will be a casino heist.It would be a great way to end the show with a big finish. If they do one at all, they will save it for the series finale. Or they'll just decide that casino heists are unoriginal.
Parker's real parents are Haley and Elan from The Order of the StickShe got her mother's incredible thief skills, and her father's personality. She doesn't understand how 'normal' people are supposed to act because on some instinctive level she knows she should be in a fantasy world rather than the one she somehow ended up in.
Sterling has a crush on MaggieWho is the one that contacts Nate when Maggie's in trouble? Sterling is. And he's brought up "Maggie's continuing poor choice in men". Jealous much?
In the Leverage-verse, the Star Trek franchise ended after The Undiscovered Country.Hardison's Trek references have all been from TOS and its associated movies. This explains why he has failed to notice that his Arch-Nemesis is Wesley Crusher, or that Sophie's temporary replacement was Seven of Nine.
Leverage is eventually going to jump the shark, get very weird and do an episode based on The PrisonerEliot as Number Six (much like Patrick McGoohan he's good at punching and raising one eyebrow), Sophie as Number Two until halfway through the episode, when Nate takes over as the new Number Two. Parker and Hardison are Villagers who Eliot may or may not be able to trust and who may or may not be working for Number Two. In the end it'll just turn out to be a dream Eliot had while suffering from a concussion. But then the door to Leverage HQ opens by itself! *dramatic sting*
Parker and Elliot are Wedy and Aiber, respectively.Wedy is a master thief who can sneak past any security system. "Parker" is already confirmed by Word of God to be an alias, so Wedy is probably an alias as well (especially since Kira can kill using just a name and a face). Aiber Does Not Like Guns, and is a con man, and "Aiber" is probably an alias as well. As for how they know L (and what they're doing in Japan), L probably got involved with one of the Leverage team's cons, and saw right through it. Rather than turning them in, he kept in contact with them so he could call on them should he ever need their assistance. As for why it's just Parker and Elliot, he may have just called on the two of them instead of the whole team.
The FBI is on to the Leverage crewThey keep them around because they know they can take down criminals the FBI could never get at. Someone at the top is fully aware of "Special Agent Hegen"'s true identity, and is intentionally spreading the deep cover agent story to explain her long absences to the rest of the bureau.
Out of all the marks, Larry Duberman will be the one that comes back for revenge
Roper will be hired as the muscle by whoever puts together a Leverage Revenge Squad
Things are going to get really bad, really soon.The team already turned down an offered alliance with a very powerful businessman, and they recently attracted the attention of the CIA. These two factors will come together against our plucky heroes, and the results will not be pretty.
Hardison's Nana will appear on the show.We've met Nate's ex-wife, Parker's adoptive father, Elliott's former fiance, and Sophie's (possible) aunt. It's Hardison's turn to have a family member show up, and his foster mother/"Nana" seems to be the only candidate. Plus, a little old lady getting robbed of her life savings is a perfect setup for an episode of this show.
The Italian will eventually return as a season's Big BadBecause let's face it, there's no way that she wanted them to take down Damian Moreau for altruistic reasons. She's probably hoping to pick up where he left off. And when she does, she'll quickly realise that the Leverage crew are the first people she needs to get rid of. Connecting to an above guess, she'll also be the one to put together the Leverage Revenge Squad, hiring Chaos to oppose Hardison, Roper or Mr. Quinn to take down Eliot, and positioning herself as the evil Nate.
Leverage takes place in the same universe as Percy Jackson and the OlympiansEliot is a son of Ares, Sophie is a daughter of Aphrodite, Nate is a son of Athena, and Parker is a daughter of Hermes (self-explanatory, really). Hardison's the only full mortal, since magic and technology don't work well together.
Nate's dad will be the companion for Doctor Who's 2012 seriesThere really was a time machine in the patent office. He went back in time, had a few months' wacky adventures with Eleven and then returned, knowing what would happen, as his death was a fixed point in time. For bonus points: It was the Teselecta which got killed. Again. Also, Hardison's bowtie was left for him by Eleven recognizing someone who agrees that they are cool.
In the end Nate never intended to shoot Latimer or DubenichOnce Nate had them both at the dam, he wasn't suffering some sort of internal struggle on if he would break a major moral boundary; instead, he was just being the biggest bastard he could be. He needed to plant the idea in both men's minds that if only one of them was left alive then the other would be able to go free for certain. One the idea was planted in their heads properly... well, surprise surprise! Two greedy men and one precariously-placed gun equals the end of two problems for Nathan Ford.
Parker is a grown-up Brittany from Glee.They're both beautiful, athletic, flexible blondes, they're both batshit insane, and they both have a habit of hanging around bitchy/bad/morally grey people.
Eliot doesn't mind getting beaten up because he thinks he deserves it.On some level, he feels that getting beaten up is karma for every time he beat up someone else. Hell, maybe he wants to lose fights for this reason.
Dubenich is still alive.We heard one shot and one splash. Unless one of them shot the other and than fell in the water himself, there is a good chance that one of Dubenich or Latimer is still alive. If so, my money is on Dubenich.
The fifth season premiere's stinger refers to:Either someone leaving the team (obvious) or the team splitting up (unlikely). It all points to Nate leaving, but that's a bit obvious. Right before zooming out, the map pointed to Tokyo. So, he's running to Japan?
Parker's a Time Lord.Word of God: Beth Riesgraf said so! (The DVD Commentary for 4x06).
Greg "The Mako" Sherman will inevitably return to either seek revenge on the team or team-up with the teamGiven the fact that the character is basically a master conman who was treated as a major threat and a good number of previous guest stars have resurfaced, it's a given that the Mako will find some way to evade imprisonment and once again encounter the group. He'll either form his own evil counterpart version of the Leverage team to get revenge (and such a plot has great guest star related potential as far as having several additional members of the cast of The Shield show up alongside David Rees Snell) or resurface and align himself with the team for a team-up.
Nate's "game," as mentioned by Eliot in The Gimme a K Steet Job is to groom the team to take over his position as "Mastermind" because he is leaving the team later on, either at the end of the season or the beginning of the next one.Reasons could be either he just wants out, or he knows he's gonna die.
The Final episodes of the show will be a major deconstruction of it with at least a Bittersweet EndingWord of God is that the Leverage team are Villain Protagonists but we see an awful lot of them being very heroic with the means they use not having any consequences. So in the last episodes there'll be things like Eliot will be causing people brain damage when he knocks them out, Hardisons hacking will cause a big fallout, Parker's crazy will get her into big trouble, cons will backfire horribly and Nate will completely break down etc. A Bittersweet ending for the show is likely but this troper wouldn't be surprised with a full on Downer Ending were Nate is concered, ending up in jail or his alcholism causing health problems or nearly killing him.
The first part of the series finale is what actually happened after all.Nate was so distraught over getting the rest of the team killed that he invented a happy ending to cope. He really does spend this rest of his life in prison.
Leverage and Human Target take place in the same universe.With Leverage, Inc essentially being the White Collar Crimes division to Christopher Chance's Secret Service.
Leverage, Inc. is a Technocratic Amalgam.Nate, Sophie and Parker are Syndicate Enforcers, Eliot is a New World Order Operative and Hardison is former Virtual Adept.
Billy Epping from "The Jailhouse Job" is (unknowingly) related to HardisonThe two had similar vocal inflections and physical mannerisms — understandably since Edwin and Aldis Hodge are brothers IRL — and both are presumably good with numbers and computers since Billy works as an accountant. Maybe that wasn't entirely coincidental. Perhaps Billy and Alec were also brothers (or half-brothers) who got put into the foster care system young. Either the system split them up or Nana couldn't taken both of them in, and since he wasn't very old, Hardison has few memories of his older brother. As to why no one makes the connection that they're really related:
If Wil Wheaton and Cha0s both exist in the Leverage-verse......then this might go a ways towards explaining Cha0s being such a maladjusted asshat. Seriously, go read the Wil Wheaton page, about what he went through. Now imagine you're a kid who likes Star Trek: The Next Generation and in particularly the character of Wesley Crusher - a kid who has a similar level of smarts to Wesley and even a physical resemblance. Cha0s just took all that Fan Hate a lot more seriously than Wheaton did (which is saying something) and more to the point, never got over it. (BTW: according to the tie-in novel The Con Job, Wheaton and Cha0s DO co-exist, but Word of God has denied that they do. Assuming that John Rogers either was wrong or has since changed his mind, the theory works.)
Hardison is actually the "main" character.
Parker is actually the "main" character.
Eliot is actually the "main" character.