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|Appearances||Splinter Cell: Conviction (novel)|
Ben Hansen was a former Third Echelon Splinter Cell operative and operational handler for Splinter Cell agent Archer and Voron agent Kestrel during the events of the Third Echelon Conspiracy in 2011. During the operation, however, he was replaced with Maya Valentina for, what she said, "security reasons". It is unknown what became of Ben Hansen following the Third Echelon Conspiracy after Third Echelon disbanded.
Ben Hansen was born in Fort Stockton, Texas. Not much is known about his past, although it is implied that his father was a high school science teacher and a UFO lover. Hansen graduated from MIT and became a CIA analyst before being approached by Anna Grímsdóttir (Third Echelon director in the novel), who recruited him into Third Echelon. He was transferred into the "Splinter Cell" program, where he was trained for 18 months before his departure; one of his drill instructors was Sam Fisher himself. Anna Grímsdóttir gave Hansen Sam's Fairbairn Sykes WWII-era commando dagger as a gift for "good luck".
2008-2009: Korfovka MissionEdit
Hansen received his first Splinter Cell assignment: officially, he was tasked by Grímsdóttir to infiltrate Russia and recovering intel about a GRU officer. Unofficially, she sent Hansen to investigate links between Russian Government and NSA deputy director Nicholas Andrew Kovac. Unfortunately, Kovac was aware of Grim's operation and set up Agent Hansen: his Field Runner, Sergei Luchenko tried to kill him but an unknown sniper (believed to be Sam Fisher) shot him in the head just in time. After he was debriefed, he was introduced to Allen Ames and told that he would lead a new team of Splinter Cell agents.
2009-2010: The Search for Sam Fisher/Doppelgänger Arms ConspiracyEdit
Eighteen months later, Hansen was the leader of a team tasked with tracking down the now rogue Splinter Cell Sam Fisher. His team members include Maya Valentina, Nathan Noboru, Allen Ames, and Kimberly Gillespie. Despite finding Fisher on several occasions, Fisher would always elude them and escape before they could capture him. After chasing Fisher through France, Germany and Luxebourg, the team finally caught up to Fisher and pursued him by vehicle. In a desperate attempt to escape the pursuit, Fisher drove his SUV off the bridge and into the river below, where he was then presumed dead. Fisher was still very much alive and was actually able to turn the tables and track down Hansen. Fisher was able to trap Hansen as he was alone, and disabled him. Fisher explained to Hansen that Allen Ames is a mole working for Nicholas Andrew Kovac, revealing the truth to him.
About a year later, Hansen became the commanding officer for Archer and Kestrel during their missions to investigate and disable EMP devices. After about two missions, however, he was later replaced by Maya Valentina for "security reasons", although this is never actually elaborated. Following the Third Echelon Conspiracy, it is unknown what became of Hansen as Third Echelon was disbanded after the Conspiracy.
- According to the novel, Hansen is 25 years old.
- Ben Hansen's other aliases include Matthew Pine and Vyacheslav Zamolodchikova.
- Hansen's Fairbairn-Sykes dagger is the same dagger that originally belonged to Frank Bunch and later Sam Fisher, as mentioned in Checkmate.
- It is unclear if the Conviction/Endgame novels are part of the same canon as the games or part of a parallel timeline. If it is part of the same chronology of the games its unclear how details take place in relationship to the game, Splinter Cell: Conviction (including the rise of Tom Reed, and Grim's position). Chronologically the game takes place approximately two years after the novel (enough time for certain details in the game to develop). At least the games are considered part of the novel timeline (if not part of the game timeline).
- In the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction video game, Ben Hansen is voiced by Terrence Scamwell.
- An actual person named Ben Hansen is a former FBI agent who starred on the television show Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files. This is ironic seeing as Ben Hansen (in the Splinter Cell universe) was a UFO lover.