T. Vanchat is a notorious international criminal that has often come to the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D..
Capturing Akela Amador
- "Akela Amador was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Seven years ago, she led a raid on one of Vanchat's gulags. Everyone believed that she and the two other agents on the mission were killed. I had my doubts. So I sent in a second team, just in case. They found a lot of carnage but couldn't confirm that any of it was Amador; left the possibility open."
- ―Phil Coulson[src]
Following the Battle of New York, Vanchat specialized himself in obtaining samples of Chitauri technology and metals, selling them in the black market. Therefore, Grant Ward was tasked with obtaining a Chitauri Neural Link that had come into Vanchat's possession and was stored in a flat in Paris.
Apprehended by S.H.I.E.L.D.
Vanchat was taken into custody by a S.H.I.E.L.D. team under the direction of Victoria Hand during a transaction to sell a piece of Chitauri metal to Emily Deville. S.H.I.E.L.D. needed information from Vanchat as to the whereabouts of missing Phil Coulson, who had been abducted by the Centipede Project. Vanchat was, among other things, a dealer in alien metals, and the Centipede Project utilized his services in obtaining the Chitauri metal used in constructing their Centipede Devices.
Vanchat was interrogated in the interrogation room of the Bus but unwilling to provide any information until Grant Ward threatened to open the airlock. After giving S.H.I.E.L.D. everything they needed, Vanchat was taken to the Fridge for holding. However, Vanchat managed to escape, when John Garrett and Grant Ward raided the Fridge and released all the prisoners there.
- Springfield Armory XD: Vanchat used this gun during his attempt to escape from S.H.I.E.L.D., shooting at a pursuing Melinda May and at the D.W.A.R.F.s blocking his path. May took the weapon from him when he was captured on the rooftop by an awaiting tactical team led by Victoria Hand.