There are characters we fall in love with. The perfect mix of actor and writer that breathes magic onto the screen or inside the television.
Truth is there is a lot that is wrong with Parker. She may be the world's best thief but she lacks the more delicate social graces. That, and she's completely insane. God, it's fun to watch her work.
We know Parker's troubled past included several foster homes and the tutelage of a master thief (Richard Chamberlain). She's incredibly impulsive, but also fiercely loyal to the small group of people she trusts. She gets far more joy in the heist itself than the possession of the stolen merchandise.
She's got a good heart and more than a little childlike innocence left inside her despite her rough upbringing and chosen profession. And she's got a little thing for Hardison (Aldis Hodge), whether she's able to admit it or not.
Played by the lovely Beth Riesgraf, Parker is a joy to watch and one of the most unique characters not just on Leverage but on all of television these days. Simply put, she's awesome.