Well, hi, there! The reason you're here is because you've never watched an episode of Leverage, but want to read the stories. Here's what the show is about and who the heck these people are.
Now, if you're a regular around here, you're more than likely an X-Men or an NCIS fan. With that in mind, we introduce you to the Leverage Team:
Nathan Ford: (Timothy Hutton)
Ex-insurance cop. Saved his company millions in claims, but when his son was ill, his company refused to pay for his treatments. His son died. Nathan left the company. Lost his wife. Got drunk. Is still drunk, but a brilliant strategist. He is the leader and the "one honest man" on the team. (That's stretching it.)
For you X-Men fans he is a combination of Charles Xavier (Professor X) (he seems to know *everything*) and Scott Summers (Cyclops) (but his team follows orders...) PLUS a bottle of Jack Daniels
For you NCIS fans, he's Gibbs... with more than one bottle of JD.
Sophie Deveraux: (Gina Bellman)
Grifter. Brilliant con-artist, horrible actress and holds a torch for Nathan.
For you X-Men fans, she most closely identifiable as Betsy Braddock (Psylocke)
For you NCIS fans, she's a female Tony DiNozzo. No, we're not kidding. (Even the torch thing. Seriously.)
Eliot Spencer: (Christian Kane)
Retrieval Specialist. He can beat you up, steal your stuff, and still manage to cook dinner. He's mostly the muscle on the team, but don't think he's stupid. He's the caretaker of the group.
For you X-Men fans, he's a combination of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Logan (Wolverine) in one body. Yeah, we're serious. It's kind of spooky isn't it?
For you NCIS fans, he's Ziva and Ducky, minus the verbal ticks.
Alec Hardison: (Aldis Hodge)
Hacker extraordinaire. If it's a computer, he can break it. Loves orange soda. Plays WoW. He's a sublime geek who loves Dr. Who and Star Wars. But he's smooth.
For you X-Men fans, he's Hank, Bobby and Kitty all rolled into one.
For you NCIS fans, he's McGee with a dash of Tony's cool.
Parker: (Beth Riesgraf)
Thief. She's got a touch of Asperger's Syndrome. Or, in the words of Eliot: "Twenty pounds of crazy in a five pound bag."
For you X-Men fans, she's Remy LeBeau (Gambit) without the smooth talking and social skills
For you NCIS fans, she's Abby and Ziva with no social skills.
What do they do? Well, they're the A-Team. Deal with it. They don't have the military chasing them. They do have Sterling (the creepy Anti-Nate or, for you Firefly fans, he's Badger. Yup, same actor and everything.) keeping an eye on them. So far, he's only show up 4 times.
For more info head on over to the Leverage Fan Wiki or their Facebook page.