Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer

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Relationship: Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer
Alternative name(s): Leverage OT3
Gender category: M/M/F
Fandom: Leverage
Canonical?: Word of God
Prevalence: Popular
Archives: whitepawns.[1], "Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer" tag on AO3
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"Word of God" Canon

Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer is a popular OT3 ship in the Leverage fandom, between the characters Alec Hardison, Parker, and Eliot Spencer. It is commonly referred to as the Leverage OT3.[2][3][4][5]


While the OT3 didn't go explicitly canon during the show's run, many fans read subtextual evidence for their relationship in the canon.

Shortly after the series finale, one fan tweeted, "Um. Did John Rogers just use his series finale to make the OT3 basically canon? #Leverage," and John Rogers (co-creator of the series) replied, "You're welcome."[6] Some fans have interpreted this as word of god confirmation that the ship is canon.[7] Others are still unsure, or vaguely confused.[8]

In 2016, John Rogers had the following interaction with a fan in a much less well-known tweet:

[@shellygurumi, 8 May 2016]

If I could, I would edit the definition of "Rude" to include "John Rogers - The Long Goodbye Job" @jonrog1

[John Rogers (@jonrog1, verified account) replying to @shellygurumi, 8 May 2016]

@shellygurumi hey, we made the OT3 canon. That should buy us a little back.[9]

Common Tropes

Common tropes tagged on Hardison/Parker/Eliot fanworks on AO3 include fluff (157 fanworks), established relationship (111 fanworks), and hurt/comfort (99 fanworks).[10]

Prevalence in Fandom

As of February 17, 2019, 20% of the Leverage fanworks on Archive of Our Own are tagged "Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer."[11] It is the most popular pairing in the fandom on AO3.[12]

Fandom of the OT3 is also active on Tumblr.

Fan Communities

Example Fanworks






  1. 1.0 1.1 Archived link.Second archived link. (Accessed February 22, 2019)
  2. ao3-feed-leverage-ot3 tumblr. A tumblr feed for Hardison/Parker/Eliot fic called "ao3-feed-leverage-ot3". Archived link. (Accessed February 22, 2019)
  3. Twitter search for "Leverage OT3" brings up discussion about this ship. Archived link. (Accessed February 22, 2019)
  4. Leverage OT3 (pre-relationship) the AO3 tag "Leverage OT3 (pre-relationship)", which is synonymous with "Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer". Archived link. (Accessed February 22, 2019)
  5. leverage ot3 tag on tumblr. The Tumblr tag for "Leverage OT3", which features Hardison/Parker/Eliot content. Archived link. (Accessed February 22, 2019)
  6. John Rogers. "Tweet". Retrieved February 17, 2019.  (archive)
  7. Tumblr post by nethenclawpuff. Posted on September 9, 2014. Accessed on February 17, 2019.
  8. Elliot/Parker/Hardison confirmed?? by u/girlwithethebooks on Reddit. Posted March 15, 2017. Accessed February 22, 2019.
  9. Tweet here, archive. The tumblr post about the tweet (archive) does have about 5k reblogs as of March 2019, though.
  10. ""Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer" tag". Retrieved February 17, 2019. 
  11. There are 1,245 fanworks in the "Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer" tag on AO3, out of 6,215 fanworks in the Leverage fandom. Accessed on February 17, 2019.
  12. "Leverage on AO3". Retrieved February 17, 2019.