- "Once we have Creel, I'll be in the wind - or three sheets to it."
- ―Hunter to Coulson
Lance Hunter is a mercenary brought into S.H.I.E.L.D. by Isabelle Hartley together with Idaho. He used to work for S.T.R.I.K.E. (Special Tactical Reserve for International Key Emergencies), the British counterpart to S.H.I.E.L.D. until Coulson hired him to become a mercenary. He was at the negotiation with Roger Browning, along with Isabelle Hartley and Idaho, and Skye, May and Triplett as back-up. He is the sole survivor from that team of the encounter with Carl Creel, and is offered a very remunerative deal by General Glenn Talbot to lead him to Coulson and his new S.H.I.E.L.D..
He views his job as "private military contractor", and feels that "everyone needs an exit strategy eventually", a view not shared by Skye. Talbot notes that he's a former Lieutenant in the S.A.S., with a highly impressive and distinguished military career, and like Coulson and others, wonders why he would choose the 'freelance' option. Hunter claims that it was, at least originally, about a woman - possibly even his ex, Bobbi Morse
Lance is sarcastic and witty, and can usually be found drinking beer in-between missions. He often refers to his "she devil" ex-wife, which quickly becomes an inside joke amongst the team. It is revealed in "A Hen in the Wolf House" that she is Bobbi Morse, code name Mockingbird, a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent working undercover at Hydra.
Lance is a Caucasian male with dark brown hair. He has very brown eyes that almost look black in different light. He stands about 5' 10". He dresses a lot in leather jackets with t-shirts underneath and jeans.
Trained special agent, skilled in infiltration. Willing and able to carry out assassinations when necessary. Lance also trained in marksmanship.
Lance Hunter was a Lieutenant in the Special Air Service. He participated in operations in Basra, Iraq and Sierra Leone in 2011 before becoming a mercenary for hire. Hunter was also involved in Operation Panther's Claw in 2009.
He was introduced to Jane and Isabelle Hartley through his ex-wife. After leaving the S.A.S. and becoming a mercenary, he joined Hartley's team.
At some point Hunter met and married Bobbi Morse, but later divorced her citing the fact Bobbi always put S.H.I.E.L.D. over him. Also, it drove Hunter crazy how many secrets Bobbi kept from him.
After Coulson become the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. he hired Hunter because both Izzy and Bobbi vouched for him. Also, Bobbi thought Izzy needed backup while she was working for Coulson.
Hunter goes on an undercover mission with Izzy and Idaho to buy a file containing information on an 0-8-4 from an ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Roger Browning. However, the mission fails after The Absorbing Man attacks and steals the file.
Later, Hunter goes on a mission to steal the 0-8-4 that Browning's file was about, which they now know is the Obelisk, from a government storage facility. However, Creel arrives and is also after the Obelisk. He starts fighting with Izzy, but during the fight Izzy picks up the Obelisk which slowly begins turning her hand and forearm to stone. Skye talks to Coulson, but he orders them to finish the mission, referring the second part of their mission which was to steal a quinjet. Hunter, however, decides to abandon the mission and get Izzy to a hospital.
While driving to the hospital, Izzy begs Hunter to cut off her right hand as she can feel the energy from the Obelisk spreading and slowly turning her entire body to stone. Hunter does what she asks and cuts off Izzy's hand. However, their car then collides with Creel and crashes.
Izzy and Idaho both die in the crash and Hunter plays dead when Creel comes to take the Obelisk.
Hunter is arrested by the military and is then forced into the trunk of a car by the soldiers. They drive him out to a meadow in the woods then Gen. Talbot quickly arrives in a helicopter and offers Hunter a ride.
Once in the air, Talbot tells Hunter he'll pay him anything he wants if he hands over Coulson. Hunter tells Talbot he wants $2 million and a proper burial for Hartley, for her record to be cleared and for her family to be notified. Talbot gives Hunter 48 hours to deliver Coulson.
Once Hunter is back at the base, he explains to Coulson everything that happened with Talbot and informs Coulson that he's only staying at S.H.I.E.L.D. until they find Creel and after they do he's leaving. Also, Hunter wants Coulson to send Izzy and Idaho's paychecks to their families.
Later, Hunter goes on a mission to capture Creel, but, after locating Creel, Hunter betrays the others by shooting Trip, May, and Skye with an ICER. Hunter then attempts to kill Creel by shooting him in the head with a sniper rifle, but the bullet only ricochets off his head as Creel had absorbed Carbine moments before the bullet hit. Creel then chases after Hunter and is about to kill him when Coulson uses the Overkill Device to temporarily disable Creels powers which causes the Obelisk to turn Creel's entire body to stone.
At Izzy's funeral, Coulson then offers Hunter the chance to stay at S.H.I.E.L.D. Hunter asks why and Coulson answers that S.H.I.E.L.D. needs agents and Hunter has the skills to be one.
After Trip dies, Coulson offers Hunter a permanent place on the team.
Later, Hunter confronts Mack about the secret he knows Bobbi and him are keeping. Mack, worried that Hunter might warn Coulson, knocks him out and ties him up.
After Mack abducts Hunter, he takes him aboard The Iliad, an aircraft carrier that serves as the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D.'s base. Gonzales then explains to Hunter how Coulson isn't fit to be director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and how GH. 325 has compromised his judgment. Furthermore, Mack and Bobbi both work for Gonzales and only joined Coulson's team to spy on him.
After the meeting, Gonzales orders that Hunter be kept on the ship until the "Coulson situation" is resolved. Bobbi then visits Hunter to apologize for betraying him and says she never expected him to stay at S.H.I.E.L.D. permanently, hoping he'd never learn about her deception.
Bobbi tells Hunter she won't stop him from leaving and he escapes the ship by stealing a mini-submarine.
After Gonzales and the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. takeover the base, Coulson narrowly escapes and meets Hunter at a beach-side bar. There Hunter accepts the offer Coulson made him in "Who You Really Are," that is to join S.H.I.E.L.D. permanently.
In "Parting Shot" Lance and Bobbi are caught in Russia in the middle of a terrible situation with war between the US and Russia as a possible outcome. They both maintain their cover, and deny all S.H.I.E.L.D. associations, whilst Coulson is forced to disavow them.
- Izzy Hartley † - Colleague/close friend
- Idaho † - Colleague/friend
- Phil Coulson - Current employer
- Bobbi Morse - Ex-wife and current love interest
- Skye/Daisy - Colleague/friend
- Leo Fitz - Colleague
- Jemma Simmons - Colleague
- Mack - Close friend/Colleague
- Hunter: "Well, I happen to appreciate your instinct to be thorough. I myself prefer a pint and a good nap. But, then, I'm the lazy type."
- Skye: ""Lazy" is not the first word that comes to mind."
- ―Hunter describes himself[src]
- "It didn't work out because inter-species relationships are hard. I was a human, whereas she was a demonic hell-beast."
- Hunter: "Is she hitting on him?"
- May: "Yep. That's what she does."
- ―Hunter and May discussing Raina's meeting with Coulson[src]
- Hunter: "Anyone mind telling me what the bloody hell she's doing here?"
- Coulson: "Bobbi's one of our best agents."
- Hunter: "Well that's rich. Then mind telling me what I'm doing here?"
- Bobbi: "It's easy—I vouched for you."
- Hunter: "Why the hell would you do that?"
- Coulson: "Play nice."
- ―Hunter's reacts to seeing Bobbi again[src]
Hunter: Join S.H.I.E.L.D. Travel to exotic distant lands. Meet exciting, unusual people... and kill them.
Lance - From the Germanic name Lanzo, originally a short form of names that began with the element land meaning "land". During the Middle Ages it became associated with Old French "lance", a spear or lance.
Hunter - The Old English word was hunta.
- In his original comics incarnation, Lance Hunter was the bowler-hatted head of S.T.R.I.K.E. (Special Tactical Reserve for International Key Emergencies), the British counterpart to S.H.I.E.L.D.. He was a close ally of Captain Britain, and the organization suffered betrayal and infiltration issues of its own.
- The "S.H.I.EL.D.'s Most Wanted" spin-off series is still a concept rather than a reality, despite the May 2016 cancellation of |Agent Carter.