|“||Come on Nathan, tell the truth. Didn’t you have a little bit of fun playing the Black King instead of the White Knight, just this once?||”|
Chess is used as a metaphor in the first season of Leverage. While the series pilot clearly alludes to Nathan Ford changing from a "White Knight" to a "Black King," the theme of chess appears thoughout the first few episodes of the series.
- "The Nigerian Job" - Nathan Ford is referred to, twice, as the "Black King, White Knight".
- "The Homecoming Job" - The logo for Castleman Security is a black rook.
- "The Two-Horse Job" - A reference to the knight, most often portrayed with a horse's head.
- "The Miracle Job " - Following the theme of the prior two episodes, the Catholic church is a reference to the bishop.
- "The Wedding Job " - The dance floor at the wedding is a giant chess board.
- "The Juror #6 Job" - Nathan compares the con to a chess game, and his opponent Tobey Earnshaw is a chess player. Eliot also states he plays chess.