|“||I'm sorry it was too far away for you to punch. I'm sure that really frustrates you.||”|
Eliot Spencer is a United States Black Ops soldier turned retrieval specialist who is now the protector of the Leverage team. A man of many talents, little is known about his past aside from his connections to the US military. His character serves as a gallowglass, an elite warrior who protects and aides an aristocratic leader, such as Nate.
Eliot's role on the team is to protect the individual members, and particularly, to get them out of trouble faster than they get into it. Many of his adversaries underestimate him, as Sterling discovers in The Zanzibar Marketplace Job. Eliot is a skilled fighter with a razor sharp mind and zen-like demeanor. He prefers hand-to-hand combat to guns, for which he has an active dislike, despite his skills as a marksman. This is likely due to the fact that Eliot prefers to disable his opponents rather than kill them. Eliot also has some surprising skills. He is a talented gourmet chef, and claims to grow his own food.
When asked about Eliot and his development, Christian Kane replied,
|“||Time goes on and Eliot's not the hired killer, if you will. You start to see that he's starting to give more and more of his heart to the team and the people he's helping, and at some point I know that's probably going to hurt him, to be honest with you. He's probably going to snap back to even worse than he was before.||”|
While not an actor like Sophie, Eliot can blend into his roles easily when called on to play the role of grifter. Although he worked alone for years, Eliot has slowly grown to trust being on a team. Eliot's relationships with the individual members of the team vary, and are still developing. He respects Nate as a leader, allies with Sophie to keep Nate in line, has a friendly rivalry with Hardison, and with Parker, while her behavior perplexes him, he trusts her to do the job.
During an actors' panel at Con-Con 2010, Kane explained that he based Eliot on B.A. Baracus from The A-Team, saying, "I just decided he was gonna be pissed at everybody." For inspiration, he purchased the "iPity" application for his iPhone, which will play a random phrase by Baracus.
Eliot Spencer is very well versed in the distinctiveness of certain organizations. He has a very distinctive knack at it, and it is often used as an inside reference.
- Numerous Fighting Styles - Unparalleled hand-to-hand fighting ability considering he was able to take out 4 armed guards in the time it took Hardison to drop a bag after said guards caught him.
- Fixer (often working backup in the con to clean up messes, either physically or in execution, or in a supporting role to the "Inside Man"), he can play the "Inside Man" but usually leaves that job to Sophie Devereaux.
- Survival in Hostile Environments
- Gourmet Chef
- Calm demeanor
- Ladies' Man
- Is exceptional at darts
- Commercial Semi Tractor-Trailer Driver
- Singer/Guitar player, he had a fan club and a bunch of fans (who had been quite an obstacle for him) - He sang well enough to not need Hardison's auto-tuning. This episode  marks the first time we have seen Eliot nervous, so much so that Parker startles him for the first time ever. However, despite being nervous he still managed to get the attention of a music executive.
- Weapons expert
- Baseball superstar, he had a sandwich named after one of his alias's due to an excellent home run
- Knife expert - doesn't matter if it's cutting an onion or cutting through 8 Yakuza in 4 seconds. Apparently, this expertise with knives stems from his very attractive home economics teacher in high school . He has dealt with cleaver-wielding Triad members before 
- Familiar with hostage negotiations - he is able to list the 3 types of calls one can get after the first hostage call 
- Skilled Marksman - Despite the fact he dislikes guns, Eliot is a very skilled marksmen, as he took on several of Damian Moreaus men with only two guns. He was even able to shoot one of them without looking at the target.
- Familiar with the 9 places professional killers will use to deliver an injection to make a murder look like a heart attack – he spots the giveaway mark under the fingernail 
- Very good spatial awareness and sense of direction - was able to calculate where Hardison and he were, and what direction they should head in, even though they were imprisoned in a van 
- Knows how to throw trackers off his scent - He rubbed skunkweed on his clothing and left blood off the trail. He claims to have done this before while handcuffed to a dead man
- Bombs and Bomb Disposal - Talked Sophie through it when she has one in her hands . He can also make bombs out of fertilizer and molasses 
- Very well traveled - has been in many, many countries.
- Diversely knowledgeable - Able to recognize a Russian man by a footprint in the snow, and discern static noise from a recording as from military satellites.
- Lack of knowledge/experience in cutting edge technology but is working on improving his skills.
- Can be slightly paranoid due to his spy/black-ops history.
- Helped liberate Croatia.
- Did some 'hinky' stuff in Pakistan
- Stopped a possible nuclear bomb in Tehran
Notable Episodes Edit
- "The Studio Job"
- "The Gone Fishin' Job"
- "The Underground Job"
- "The Rashomon Job"
- "The Ho Ho Ho Job"
- "The Big Bang Job"
- "The San Lorenzo Job"
Relationships with Other Characters Edit
In the family dynamic of the team, Eliot often plays the role of the oldest son. He is much more aware of the con than his "siblings", Parker and Hardison. But overall, Eliot is the defender and enforcer of the team. He'll put his own safety and well-being way after his "family". Although he contributes a lot, he doesn't like to take credit for protecting his 'family' as he thinks that it is his job. He cares for them silently.
Eliot and Hardison clash often, particularly in the first season when they were rivals (Muscle vs. Mind). However, after a while they both developed an appreciation of the other's skills and now they share more of a sibling rivalry. Also, Eliot really enjoys picking on Hardison. He is often heard saying the catch phrase: "Damn it, Hardison!"
Eliot is often baffled by Parker's behavior, but at the same time he is very protective of her. In "The Future Job" Eliot offered his services to tear off the psychic's arms and/or kill him after the psychic makes Parker cry. Sometime in Season 2, he helped train Parker in hand-to-hand mixed-martial-arts. He also loves to annoy her and make fun of her the way a playful elder brother would. In Season 3, he shows how protective he is of Parker by choosing not to disclose what he has done while working for Damien Moreau when she asked. In the Season 4 opener, he and Parker bond over the fact that they are able to do things, make hard calls, that the rest of the team cannot because they are too soft-hearted. He is someone Parker trusts to have her back as he would never let anyone or anything hurt her.
Here is where Eliot breaks away from the "Eldest Son" dynamic. The relationship between Eliot and Sophie is not mother to son. The two operate more like peers. Sophie likes to press Eliot's buttons, especially in episodes like "The Reunion Job" where after Eliot makes fun of her fear of roaches she uses neurolinguistic programming to make him serve her tea. When Sophie's absent for Season 2, Eliot starts to take on more of leadership role, which comes to fruition in "The Zanzibar Marketplace Job".
Eliot and Nate have a complicated relationship that predates the Leverage team. While Nate is the leader and brains of the team, Eliot is in charge of ensuring there is always a backup plan or escape route for when things fall apart. When Nate goes over the line, Eliot and/or Sophie call him on it. Still, whenever Nate asks Eliot to put his body on the line, he does not back down from the task. At key moments in their relationship, when Nate challenges him to walk away, Eliot says that he can't and will back Nate up all the way down. When Nate agrees to take down Damien Moreau, Eliot silently looks for ways to take him down without endangering his Leverage family.
Eliot is a ladies man who is always seen with a different girl and does not seem to want to "settle down". However, Aimee is the one girl who got the closest, as he gave Aimee a "promise ring". That relationship was rekindled in "The Two-Horse Job" but nothing really came of it. In "The Studio Job", Eliot confesses that he promised to be there for her whenever she needed him, but he also made the same promise to the United States Government and found out he could not make that same promise twice. Presumably, Eliot went to join the military, expecting Aimee to wait, and she couldn't.
- Eliot has a recurring inside reference, as he can identify organizations and items from their distinctive styles.
- According to James Sterling's people, Eliot is wanted in five countries, including Myanmar, which has a half a million dollar bounty on his head.
- According to Eliot, he has a price on his head in three countries.
- Eliot also suspects he has a Fatwā against him.
- Is in possession of a United States Air Marshal badge.
- Dabbles in Chess, but appears to question its status as an Olympic sport in The Queen's Gambit Job.
- His personal vehicle is a gray Chevy Silverado pickup truck but he also owns a orange Dodge Challenger modified and used in The Boost Job.
- When he was a child, he closed himself in a small, dark shed for a few days to get rid of his claustrophobia.
- Grows his own food.
- Hates beets.
- Sleeps only 90 minutes a day.
- Displays sympathy and anger in "The Order 23 Job" toward a young boy (Randy Trent) who is beaten by his father (Randall Trent). Though this might have indicated he suffered abuse when young, the DVD commentary for the episode revealed that his motivation for his actions is that he doesn't like people who beat children.
- Taught Parker several Mixed-Martial Arts moves, allowing her to take on a more physical role in the team.
- Eliot does not own a television.
- He mentions in The Miracle Job that "my nephew would like Bibletopia", indicating he has at least one sibling with a male offspring.
- In high school, even though Eliot was the football team's quarterback, he took Home Economics. It is where he got an appreciation for knives, and other things.
- Previous girlfriends mentioned in the show (aside from Aimee Martin): a neurologist, a flight attendant, a Japanese police woman, "lots of models", Mikel Dayan, and Kaye Lynn Gold.
- It is revealed in The Big Bang Job that Eliot used to work with Damien Moreau. The "worst thing [he] ever did in [his] life, [he] did for Damien Moreau".
- Eliot's car was modified and used by the team in The Boost Job.
- In the Last Dam Job, he tells Nate that before he killed a man, (not in the line of duty), "he had God in his heart, and he had a flag on his shoulder." and "he has not seen that kid for 10 years."
- According to the word of Dean Devlin, Elliot's was supposed to have an Uncle Henry in Santa Barbara referring to Psych. However since an episode of Psych had Shawn saying that he doesn't want to miss the season finale of Leverage because of a case the whole possible epic crossover never happened.
- Has worked for more than one private military contractor. 
- Apparently achieved the rank of Commander at some point. 
- ↑ The Studio Job. Season 3, Episode 6. July 18, 2010.
- ↑ The Reunion Job. Season 3, Episode 2. June 20, 2010.
- ↑ The Runway Job. Season 2, Episode 10. January 13, 2010.
- ↑ The Zanzibar Marketplace Job. Season 2, Episode 12. January 27, 2010.
- ↑ The Double Blind Job. Season 3, Episode 5. July 11, 2010.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 The Gone Fishin' Job. Season 3, Episode 7. July 25, 2010.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The Two Live Crew Job. Season 2, Episode 7. August 26, 2009.
- ↑ The King George Job. Season 3, Episode 12. August 29, 2010.
- ↑ The Snow Job. Season 1, Episode 9. January 27, 2009.
- ↑ The French Connection Job. Season 5, Episode 4. August 12, 2012.
- ↑ The San Lorenzo Job. Season 3, Episode 16. December 19, 2010.