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"Stay the hell away from that girl, because wherever she goes, death follows."
―Richard Lumley to Phil Coulson and Melinda May[src]

Richard Lumley is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, who was on the five person team that found and saved the infant Skye from her village's destruction during the Massacre in Hunan. Over two decades later, Lumley was tracked down in Mexico City by Phil Coulson and Melinda May, and used as a consultant for information about the massacre and Skye's enigmatic past.

Biography

On The Run

"Agent Avery. She was killed."
"But her partner wasn't. He disappeared. Agent Lumley."
"Went off grid 25 years ago, day after Avery was crossed off."
Melinda May and Phil Coulson[src]
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Richard Lumley's S.H.I.E.L.D. profile

Lumley was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who worked for the organization during the late 1980s. Partnered with Linda Avery, Lumley was sent into a rural Chinese village in Hunan Province to investigate an 0-8-4 after the initial response team failed to communicate. Once there, Lumley's team found that the entire village and the first S.H.I.E.L.D. team had been killed, and the lone survivor, the 0-8-4, an infant girl, was lying in the arms of one of the S.H.I.E.L.D agents.

Lumley and his team returned to the United States, with orders to turn the infant over to S.H.I.E.L.D.. When the team started to be killed off, Avery decided to disobey orders. Fearing for the child's safety, Avery created a new identity for herself and delivered Skye to the Saint Agnes Orphanage. Soon after, Avery herself was murdered by an unknown individual and Lumley then fled the country to avoid a fate similar to the rest of his team.[1]

Located by Coulson and May

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Lumley running from May and Coulson

"I'm Agent Coulson, with S.H.I.E.L.D.."
"Oh, thank God. It's about the baby girl, isn't it?"
Phil Coulson and Richard Lumley[src]

When Phil Coulson and Melinda May followed up investigations into Skye's past, they tracked Lumley to Mexico City. After giving chase, Lumley briefly fights with May, before attempted to take his cyanide capsule but that attempt was thwarted. As Coulson drove up in Lola, Lumley began climbing the fire escape, but Coulson switches Lola to flight mode and identifies himself as S.H.I.E.L.D., to Lumley's relief.

Lumley then accompanied the two agents back to the Bus, where he tells them about the mission in China and the subsequent deaths of his partner and three teammates. Lumley warned the agents to stay away from the girl Skye, insisting that death surely surrounded her. Instead of turning Lumley over to S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson respected Lumley's wishes to leave the organization and relocated him.[1]

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