Ben Hansen is a character who appeared in the novels, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Endgame as the leading Splinter Cell assigned to hunt down Sam Fisher. He later appeared in the video game, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction as Archer and Kestrel's handler.
Ben Hansen was born in Fort Stockton, Texas. Nothing much it 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".
2008/9: 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 about 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.
2009/10: The Search for Sam Fisher/Doppelgänger Arms ConspiracyEdit
18 months later... Hansen was the leader of a team tasked with tracking down the elusive Sam Fisher. His team members include Maya Valentina, Nathan Noboru, Allen Ames, and Kimberly Gillespie. They meet Fisher several times but are always outsmarted and escaped from. After chasing Fisher through France, Germany, and Luxembourg, the team was finally able to catch up to Fisher and were in pursuit by car. In a desperate attempt to get away, Fisher drove his SUV off a bridge and landed into a river, where he was presumed dead. After returning to Texas for a few days, Hansen was called back into duty. Fisher had resurfaced and was alive. After following a lead, Fisher manages to trap Hansen, alone, and disable him. He explains that Ames is a mole working for Nicholas Andrew Kovac.
Agent Hansen was Archer and Kestrel's commanding officer and handler during two missions. He was later replaced with Maya Valentina for "security reasons". She did not elaborate.
- According to the novel, Hansen is 25 years old.
- Aliases; Matthew Pine, 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 possible that Hansen was "replaced" because he knew about the order to kill off both agents.
- 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.