Kind of an ass, but snark game on point, which I like. Pretty boy, smooth moves, funny.
CURRENTLY I ADORE HIM. Like, I didn’t even start out obsessed with him as much as Parker was my adorable awkward fave. But the more I watch, the more I appreciate the subtleties of his development and how many layers there are to what should be a very two-dimensional ‘beats people up’ member of the team. Anyway, he has a soft and kind heart under his formidable armor, and his loyalty exceeds even his capacity for protecting the people he cares most about…deep down I think he wants a family and a safe, quiet life where he cooks and gardens and just all the things he long ago decided he doesn’t deserve to have. (If you were once a Blacklist alum with me, he’s got a heavy Raymond Reddington vibe going on, but he’s more open to people who force themselves upon him.)
I’ve only seen the entire show once,
and my faves include when he talks to Parker about how they’re different, and so many small moments between him and Nate, or him and Sophie, for specific reasons that I could write essays on. Forced to pick one (and going off my spotty memory here as it’s a moment I haven’t reached yet in my rewatch) I remember really loving a scene where he’s trying to convince someone he has a history with to do something he doesn’t want to do. The guy (via the phone) asks rhetorically if Eliot would be willing to leave behind a member of his team, to make the point that Eliot should understand where he’s coming from. And Eliot looks over at Parker, who’s working beside him and has no idea what’s being said. And she shoots him a smile, all sunshine and light, and he agrees with the guy without hesitation, that no, no he couldn’t do that. He couldn’t leave without a single one of them. It breaks my heart because he’s just got such love for them, nearly from the beginning, but only when they’re not looking.
Idea for a story:
This is one I actually want to write but can’t because I don’t have their voices down at all yet: I want a story where Eliot runs into Sophie between seasons 1 and 2 in a far off city, somewhere they each thought would be the last place they’d encounter another member of the team. I want to see him go at her about playing them, his feelings on being part of a team, happily, for the only time in his life and then having that betrayed. And while they’re fighting about that, I want them to have a brief affair before canon resumes in season 2, because I think it would explain a lot about their changed dynamic and also just be fun.
I’m too new to the fandom to know what’s unpopular! I just love him. I wish he sang more. And cooked more. I wish he got to have a relationship, ever–that his ex from high school reappeared or something. I wish he’d had a brief fling with Tara or Sophie, tbh. It would’ve been fun to see him have more than the ‘sleeps with random one-night-stands’ trope.
ALL OF THEM. He brings something different and awesome to every relationship dynamic he has. But I’m supposed to pick, so…Parker. I half-ship them, with or without Hardison as an OT3, and I half-adore them as crime siblings–and I can’t decide between the two! They’re beautiful either way, and that’s rare and weird for me. Anyway, I love them because he teases her but gets her on levels other people don’t and would always have her back, and she’s this terrifying fluffball of sunshine that sorts of throws her love at him whether he wants it or not, so that his usual attempts at intimidation don’t faze her and she’s just his insta-family.
Anytime Hardison, Eliot and Parker have taken over headquarters (especially after Nate and Sophie leave Leverage Inc. in their capable hands), Eliot cooks for Hardison and Parker. He has to pry cold cereal out of her sugar-addicted grip, but he makes her whipped cream from scratch to put on pancakes, and he demands that Hardison give up some of his soda so Eliot can have fridge room. Eventually they all end up living together without properly discussing it.
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Sorry, I just learned that apparently the entire Leverage fandom doesn’t like/hates him and believes that the show should be all about dat OT3 and I’m just… I don’t understand it. I honestly don’t understand how people could be so blind to his contributions and character development. And for goodness sake, he’s the dad of that OT3 you ship so much!
Once upon a time, there lived a girl. Her name was Parker and she was a daughter of an art collector Archie Leech . They lived happily in their spacious house, surrounded by paintings of famed artists and various artifacts, brought home from their travels. One late summer Archie came back from his trip with a woman, who he soon later married, and her two daughters. The woman was cold and many times young Parker wondered why her father would be drawn to her.
After a couple of years, Archie fell ill and no doctor in the land could save him. Medication and nursing consumed the bulk of their resources so after his death, the family was in serious debt. Parker’s step-mother didn’t pretend to hide her disappointment and decided that Parker should shoulder the consequences of her fathers demise. From now on, Parker was to take the position of their maid - only fitting, when they couldn’t afford one anymore - and look after the estate. Parker didn’t have a choice but to accept the burden and the accompanying abuse from her step-family.
Meanwhile, the kingdom was in need of an heir to the throne - that was what King Nate heard too often from his advisers. He himself didn’t particularly agree - he wasn’t that old and his son Alec would make an excellent king one day. Alec’s grandmother sympathized but well understood the political situation her grandson would soon end up in so together, they nudged the Prince gently to look for a potential candidate.
For his part, Alec was ambivalent - he could fall in love with someone, surely, but the crucial part of making an heir held no appeal. He
went along with the search for a wife and wondered how he would do it.
Lurking in the background and often in the shadow, was Prince Alec’s loyal bodyguard, Eliot. Spending days and nights by the Prince’s side, he hid his feelings well. Even the Prince himself wasn’t aware of how deep Eliot’s love was, for the bodyguard would never risk being dismissed from his post for inappropriate desires.
Soon, they all would realize that what they needed all along was help from Sophie the Fairy Godmother, or as King Nate liked to call her, the Fairy Meddler.
Sophie and Eliot call each other at least once a week. Mostly it’s to complain about the others.
Because suddenly Sophie finds herself alone with Nate without the team and the job to act as a buffer when he’s being especially Nate-ish, so she calls Eliot all “REMIND ME WHY I SHOULDN’T JUST SMOTHER HIM IN HIS SLEEP” and Eliot is just: “I got nothin’, but call me if you need me to come smack him upside the head or hey, help you dump the body.” “You’re a dear, but seriously, he’s so bored without revenge he needs a new hobby Eliot there’s only so much sex I can have with the man.” “Damnit Sophie, swear to god I am hanging up this time, I’m not listening to you talk about your sex life again.”
And then other times he calls her to vent because Parker is turning into a damn good mastermind but she’s still Parker and that means her plans involve even more explosions and spontaneous leaps off of buildings then before, and things get thrown at Eliot’s head far more often than he would like and she doesn’t always rein Hardison in when she really should and it’s not like the team didn’t scrape through by the skin of their teeth more often than not back before they split up but these days it’s like he feels it more. Maybe Nate and Sophie were a buffer for them, too, spreading the risk and the responsibility around but now they’re down to three, just Eliot and these two thieves he needs more than anyone he’s ever met. And sometimes he can’t tell what he wants more - to hug them or strangle them or lock ‘em up where they’ll be safe or turn 'em loose on the world because it’s just such a glorious damn sight to see.
And sometimes he just needs to talk to someone who gets it, without him actually having to say any of that. So he calls Sophie and says things like “well Parker blew up a building while we were still in it and set my damn hair on fire, have to grow back an eyebrow now” and “Hardison didn’t duck fast enough and got himself a concussion and he’s being the biggest damn baby about it” and “if Hardison goes off script one more time I’m gonna kill him Sophie he cannot pull off a Kiwi accent Sophie it’s painful he’s gonna blow the whole con” and “Parker’s twice as crazy as Nate ever was and ten times creepier and how am I supposed to deal with that Sophie, huh?” And what Sophie hears is: what if I can’t keep them safe what then. And she just listens and tells him he can’t change who they are and she knows he wouldn’t even want that and btw she can recommend an excellent hot oil treatment that works wonders on split ends. “They’re not split Sophie they are literally singed I still smell like C4 it’s a very distinctive smell.” And he keeps grumbling for another ten minutes but he feels better just getting it off his chest.
And then there are the times Sophie has her own little freak-outs about this whole retiring business and Eliot is the one she calls because he once said she couldn’t do it and what if he’s right and she just can’t because she’s rubbish at everything but crime and she can’t talk to Nate about it because he’s actually happy and what if she ruins everything Eliot help me I can’t be normal I’m the least normal person I know. And Eliot just shrugs and says: “So maybe you can’t, you give it a shot, it don’t work out, what then?”
“I don’t know. We can’t just go back.”
“Well not both of you. Team don’t need two masterminds. But we can always use a grifter so if you need to, sweetheart, you come on home. Cause home is where, when you show up, they always take you in. Hell, you can save us from Hardison acting like a damn - you know what he’s like, the guy can’t help himself. You know what he put on the menu last week?” And he just pretends not to notice Sophie sniffling and keeps talking about the brewpub and complains about Hardison until she’s laughing again and he’s not sure if he even helped that much but he figures Sophie doesn’t need him to fix things, just a little reassurance, to know there’s an exit strategy if things don’t work out, even though she’ll never need it because for all the complaining, she’s happy, too. They all are.
And that’s why Sophie and Eliot call each other.
ELIOT: She got you, man. You got a little blood right there. HARDISON: She’s got a right hook like a freight train. ELIOT: Hips into it like that? HARDISON: I’m pretty sure she did. ELIOT: That’s my girl, man!