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->Let me tell you a thing about me. People who love me suffer and die. I never want to be loved. That's why I always win.
-->'''Moon Knight'''

Marc Spector, AKA the Moon Knight, is a lesser-known Creator/MarvelComics superhero who debuted in ''ComicBook/WerewolfByNight'' vol. 1 #32 (August, 1975). He was created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin. Spector was once a U.S. Marine, but quit and became a mercenary when he went to Egypt. There, he befriended French pilot [=Jean-Paul DuChamp=], often referred to simply as "Frenchie", while working for Raoul Bushman. The trio soon find an archaeological dig that unearthed a temple that contained a statue of the moon god Khonshu. Bushman decided to loot the site, and in so doing, killed the lead researcher, Dr. Alraune. In response, Spector picked a fight with Bushman that [[CurbStompBattle does not go as well as planned]].

As Spector lays dying, Khonshu appears to him in a vision and offers to bring him back to life if he becomes the god's avatar on Earth. [[CaptainObvious He does]]. After repaying his new ArchEnemy Bushman, he goes back to America with Frenchie and the late Dr. Alraune's daughter Marlene. Deciding to become a crime-fighter, Spector creates a silver cloaked costume and becomes the Moon Knight. Ashamed of his mercenary past, he invests the money he developed from those jobs, develops a small fortune, and creates the identity of [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Steven Grant]], as well as the ''other'' identity of common taxicab driver Jake Lockley.

Later incarnations have had him lose his grip on reality and treat each of these personae [[SplitPersonality as different people]], among other identities crafted to suit his needs. Also commonly seen as a CaptainErsatz of Franchise/{{Batman}}, due to the "millionaire playboy" Steven Grant personality and cape-wearing overly-thematic nighttime vigilantism.

He also entered the spotlight (kind of) as an official member of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's ComicBook/SecretAvengers after ''Siege''. In 2014, he got a new ongoing series with the first six issues by WarrenEllis and Declan Shalvey, with writer Creator/BrianWood and artist Greg Smallwood taking over as of issue #7.

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!!Provides Examples Of:
* AllMythsAreTrue: Part of his ''origin story''.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Of another "knight".]] Eventually became DivergentCharacterEvolution. While Batman has the entire Bat Family, as well as being a major member of the Justice League, Moon Knight is an insane, third-string Avenger.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Marc's the son of a rabbi, but he isn't very religious.
* AnArmAndALeg: Shadow Knight forcibly removed Frenchie's legs as part of one of his schemes.
* AntiHero
* ArchEnemy: ComicBook/WerewolfByNight, originally, hence all the silver weapons. Bushman is sometimes considered this due to his close tie in Moon Knight's origin but he's been dead for ages. A better example would probably be Black Spectre.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: When Spector is undergoing a HeroicBSOD during ''God & Country'', Crawley gives him one to snap him out of it. Then he gives him another two, for good measure.
* TheAtoner : In the series "the Vengeance of the Moon Knight", he genuinely tries to become a true hero, which doesn't kill, cripple or mutilate his opponents.
* AxCrazy: On his worst days, or when Khonshu is especially pushy.
* BackFromTheDead: Spector himself, several times. Bushman also came back courtesy of the Hood's supernatural goons.
* BadassCape: Especially as drawn by Alex Maleev.
* BadassInANiceSuit: In his 2014 series, his [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TUrGUZc0SIg/UxjjSPivvNI/AAAAAAAAB8E/RWH5JvwdzvU/s1600/Moon-Knight-issue-1-page-15-panel-art.jpg "Mister Knight"]] persona wears a snazzy [[ManInWhite white]] suit. The shading, however, makes sure that we are well aware that he is.... [[UncannyValley just a bit]] [[InvokedTrope out there]].
* BadassNormal: Moon Knight has no powers and relies on himself, his allies, or technology to win fights. However, he has been brought back from the dead at least three times by Khonshu.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Some writers also give him enhanced strength with the waxing of the moon, [[ISeeDeadPeople astral vision]], night vision, limited {{invisibility}}, and a HealingFactor. [[spoiler:These have been lost since leaving Khonshu's service.]]
* BallisticDiscount: Carson Knowles, better known as the villain Black Spectre, is buying a crapton of medieval weaponry and armour, and the dealer refuses to hand over anything until he sees payment. Knowles tosses a bag at his feet and begins picking up his weapons, while the dealer opens the bag and complains there's nothing in there. He promply says [[OhCrap "Oh @#$%"]] [[ThisIsGonnaSuck when the penny drops.]]
* BatmanColdOpen
* BattleButler: Samuels, Spector's butler, once spectacularly opened up on Taskmaster with a blunderbuss.
* BeardOfSorrow: Grew one while crippled after his pivotal fight with Bushman.
* BlackBestFriend: Roy Landers.
* BlackComedy: The Warren Ellis run has a lot of this.
* BloodKnight: Khonshu spends most of his time trying to push Moon Knight into this role, with varying success.
* BodyHorror: At one point his body was wasting away.
* BoldInflation
* CainAndAbel: Abel to Shadow Knight's Cain.
* CampGay: Frenchie's boyfriend and eventual husband, Rob.
* ChestInsignia: In most incarnations, a crescent moon.
* CListFodder:
** Often referenced in his own series. He even recalls his time as an Avenger: "Sent me to the West coast B team." He finally made it to the A-List as a member of the Secret Avengers. The only problem is that nobody else knows he's A-list now. In his 2011 series, he finds himself unwittingly up against [[spoiler:Count Nefaria, a man who has taken on the Avengers in the past (as in: all of them, at once, by himself)]], who is more than a little irate his plans are being tripped up by someone he didn't even ''recognise'' at first.
** Echo, frequent guest star of the same series. PlayedForLaughs when she calls the Avengers mansion under her real name.
--->'''Ms. Marvel''': Who is this?\\
'''Echo''': This is Maya Lopez.\\
'''Ms. Marvel''': Um, who are you and how did you get this number?\\
'''Echo''': Carol, it's me, Maya Lopez.\\
'''Ms. Marvel''': Um.\\
'''Echo''': Echo.\\
'''Ms. Marvel.''': Oh. Oh, hey.\\
'''Echo''': You didn't remember my name, did you?\\
And shortly after\\
'''Luke Cage''': Who was '''that'''?\\
'''Ms. Marvel''': '''That''' was Echo.\\
'''Spider-Man''': Hey, '''yeah''', she used to be on the [Avengers].\\
'''Wolverine''': You '''just''' noticed she was gone?
* ConfusionFu: In the Bendis series, his additional personalities (namely, Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine) cause Moon Knight to start using their respective weapons in a fight. To say that this is unexpected by his opponents is an understatement.
* TheCowl
* CrimeFightingWithCash: Spector is a rich man, but he has found that he is "cash poor," as in a lot of his wealth is in assets that are hard to liquidate quickly into cash.
* CrazyPrepared: Literally in Issue 3 of Volume 5. When Spector encountered a gang of punk ghosts that was terrorizing a neighborhood, he got his ass kicked because they could hit him while his blows pass harmlessly through them. After stumbling back home, he has a little pep talk with Khonshu who tells Spector that he doesn't need any help. Over the years, Spector had been collecting Egyptian armour and artifacts without understanding why or even remembering that he did so. Some of those old Egyptian items have the power to affect ghosts. So cue round 2 and Moon Knight all decked out...
* CurbStompBattle: In the Ellis books, Moon Knight was tasting a lot of Doc Martens thanks to some vicious ghost-punks. After getting some ancient Egyptian ghost-busting gear, he returns the favor and then some. Including smashing one ghost's head clean off its shoulders and punching another's arm right out of the socket. The ghosts are so terrified even after reforming at the site of their death, they do nothing but hide in a wall as Moon Knight walks in to shut down the item causing their spirits to manifest.
* DarkerAndEdgier
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathByOriginStory: One of few instances where the death is the protagonist's.
* DeathIsCheap: Marc Spector has died something like three times in continuity, and has been resurrected by Khonshu each time, often within the same story arc.
* DemonicPossession: The interpretation of Spector's SplitPersonality in the 2014 ongoing.
-->'''Examining Doctor:''' I found it particularly resonant that Khonshu is said to have four aspects. Pathfinder, Embracer, Defender, and Watcher of overnight travelers. And, in your most violent moments, Khonshu's hidden secret aspect: The One Who Lives on Hearts. The bad news is, Mister Spector, you have brain damage. I believe you were indeed raised from the dead by an outerterretrial entity, and remade to some extent by that entity's operations. You are made to be driven by Khonshu's chosen agency. You bring vengeance to those who would harm people who travel by night. You cycle through these four aspects. And your brain, struggling to define what has happened to it, seeks to apply identities to them. Whether that be Marc Spector, Steve Grant, or Jack Lockley, or Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Captain America... Your brain has conjured them to explain what has happened to you. You're not insane, your brain has been colonized by an ancient consciousness from beyond space-time.
* DontYouDarePityMe: No matter how beaten up he gets, he rarely lets anyone else help him out, at least initially. Even Khonshu.
* DoubleConsciousness: SplitPersonality problems do not help.
* EnemyMine: While the Profile is often antagonistic towards him, he has just as often aided Moon Knight, even helping him get registered after the Civil War.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:His sidekick, Midnight.]] Oddly enough, it hasn't happened to Moon Knight himself in the 616-universe. In the Ultimate universe, at one point he creates a fake villain persona known as Ronin in order to work his way into the Kingpin's organization and ends up BecomingTheMask.
* FakingTheDead: He briefly faked his death and fled to Mexico after a particularly trying battle.
* FightingFromTheInside: See SplitPersonalityTakeover below.
* FirstEpisodeResurrection
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Subverted. He has a scar over his left eye, but he's a good guy.
* HeroicBystander: Upon being attacked by three supervillains at once, Moon Knight manages to defeat two of them but is tied up by Coachwhip's electrical coils. Coachwhip is about to fry Moon Knight when a bystander sprays her with a hose, shorting out her equipment and knocking her out from the feedback.
* HollywoodHealing: The fight with Bushman where he carved off his face left Spector in a wheelchair with his legs all but shattered. With the proper motivation from Khonshu and a little help in the SuperToughness department, he finally stood back up and got back to it.
* TheHunter: Is known as this for supernatural and street level enemies. His first ever appearance had him battling against Comicbook/WerewolfByNight, and the recent 2014 series seems to have restored him going after against street level violence as well as supernatural and just strange threats.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: [[spoiler: One of the cops in issue #1 of the 2014 run becomes a bad guy because he's upset Moon Knight is special and he gets no respect. He, Ryan Trent, ends up becoming the new Black Spectre]].
* IOweYouMyLife: Crawley credits Spector with this, saying that only by aiding in Moon Knight's activities does his life hold any purpose, and without providing that aid he may as well be, and probably would be, lying dead in the gutter.
* IWorkAlone: Subverted. Despite his loner identity and typically taking on most of the hard work on missions, Moon Knight openly relies on his partner Frenchie. He even adopts a sidekick at one point. In Marvel Knights he practically begs Daredevil to let him on the team.
** Played straight from Ellis's run onwards. His car and aircraft are all run by autopilots and he has no one else at his base.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Frenchie often told Spector he loved him. Spector never put two and two together and assumed it was just UndyingLoyalty. He never found out Frenchie was gay at all until after Frenchie had moved on with his life and found a boyfriend.
* JerkassGods: In the arc "The Bottom", Khonshu is revealed to be something of a Jerkass God, as well as a BloodKnight.
* JokerImmunity: Notable aversion with Black Spectre; after many battles with Moon Knight, [[spoiler: he was shoved off a building and fell to his death]]. He hasn't come back and has since been replaced by a new Black Spectre.
* KilledOffForReal: Bushman, [[spoiler: the first Black Spectre, Midnight, and Echo]].
* LonersAreFreaks
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: Where he worked for a time, before returning to [[CityOfAdventure New York]].
* {{Lunacy}}: When serving Khonshu, his strength waxed and waned with the phases of the moon. Then again, there's also a [[SplitPersonality more up front]] description of lunacy as well.
* ManInWhite: His suit is as white as the moon. He does it so his targets can see him coming, and their fear is a much better tool for him than sneaking up in the shadows. Given his violent tendencies, it's hard to say if LightIsGood or not.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: DependingOnTheWriter, Moon Knight is either a magically enhanced Avatar of an Egyptian Moon God, or he's a lunatic who thinks he is. Regardless, he's always an AxCrazy Badass with multiple personalities, but the main thing that changes is if he's a BadassNormal or not. YMMV on which is the more interesting interpretation.
* MultilayerFacade: As part of his multiple personality psychopathy, sometimes even he didn't know who the "real" person was under all the double- and triple-personalities.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Ended with the removal of Bushman's face.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Spector, DependingOnTheWriter.
* NoSocialSkills: Due to his poor mental state, Marc has a hard time forming emotional bonds and generally isn't good with people. Even his longtime friendship and relationship with Frenchie and Marlene respectively fell apart after about a decade. He realizes this, but considers necessary; people close to him tend to get hurt, so he doesn't care if he's alone as long as they're safe.
* PreachersKid: Marc Spector is actually a rabbi's kid, but fits the trope in the way he went bad before going sort of good.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Spector's backstory.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: One arc involving voodoo zombies has one of these moments as Moon Knight finds even his higher-than-average strength unable to faze an assailant.
-->'''Moon Knight''': You're going ''down'', ugly. You're going down and you're '''staying'''... you're not going down.
** Notably does this to his enemies. He's not MadeOfIron, but he takes more punches than he dodges to scare the hell out of them. Taskmaster wasn't impressed.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Moon Knight gives one to the new Black Spectre about his predecessor, followed by a BadassBoast peppered with SelfDeprecation.
-->'''Moon Knight:''' Let me tell you a thing about me. People who love me suffer and die. I never want to be loved. That's why I always win.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Moon Knight's "Steven Grant" identity.
* RoguesGallery: Not a terribly interesting one, though, but it's getting better.
** RoguesGalleryTransplant: Has fought plenty of villains from elsewhere in the Marvel Universe, such as Taskmaster and the Thunderbolts.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: His homeless informant, Crawley, is excessively verbose.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: PlayedForDrama. After being put in danger too many times and seeing how unstable Spector had become, Marlene walked out on him. Frenchie, after losing his legs, left not long after. Though they both occasionally came back, these relapses became less frequent, and as of 2014 have completely closed off that part of their lives, and Spector is content to leave it that way.
* SecretIdentity: Several. Partially subverted in that several major villains seem to know one or all of them, despite his best efforts -- a fact which he frequently laments.
* SecretIdentityIdentity: Even he can't tell anymore.
* SherlockScan: A minor enemy of Moon Knight called The Profile specializes in this, literally to the point of it being a superpower. He is eventually defeated due to Moon Knight being an agent of a god. While the Knight himself could be analyzed, the god could not due to not being present.
** Moon Knight himself seems to have picked this up for one of his personas, Mr. Knight, in the 2014 series
* ShowWithinAShow: In the New Moon Knight ongoing. There is a Xena like show based on his adventures called "Legend of Konshu".
* {{Sidekick}}: He reluctantly takes on a sidekick in the form of Midnight at one point. [[spoiler:Midnight is later turned into a cyborg and Moon Knight is forced to kill him.]]
* TheSmartGuy: Ray Landers, his mechanic who flies the mooncopter if Frenchie is unavailable.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: Marc has been known to get a little emotional and yell at his Khonshu statue.
* SplitPersonality: Moon Knight is afflicted with this in the Ultimate universe. It [[DependingOnTheWriter comes and goes]] in the 616 Universe. One of them is a little girl. With no eyes. In the 2011-2012 series, the personalities are Marc Spector, Captain America, Wolverine, and Spider-Man. Interestingly, the personalities aren't dissociative, they are always active and aware of each other. Marc is the head personality, while the others usually just give advice and comment on the current situation (Marc describes them as more "voices, " rather than whole personalities). At times, Marc calls in one of the other personalities to fight for him. Also, unlike most characters with the condition, Marc is completely fine with all the different personalities, and so are they. [[spoiler: When Echo is killed, the Wolverine personality destroys the other two and drives Marc into UnstoppableRage. By the end of the series, his companion personae appear to be Wolverine, Echo, and Iron Man.]]
** [[spoiler:As of the new series, he is back to having his previous non-superhero personas. ]]
* SplitPersonalityTakeover:
** In the Ultimate universe "Warriors" story arc, [[spoiler:Moon Knight creates the persona of Ronin to infiltrate and take down the Kingpin; he ends up losing control, and Ronin takes over. However, Ronin eventually comes back to "wake up" Moon Knight again.]]
** [[spoiler:Maybe not a complete takeover, but in the Bendis series, when Echo is killed, the Spector's Wolverine personality actually destroys the Captain America and Spider-Man personalities and drives Marc into an UnstoppableRage.]]
* StraightGay: Frenchie, so much so that Moon Knight ''didn't even know he was gay''.
* ThatManIsDead: At the end of the ''The Death of Marc Spector'' arc. In a conversation with Marlene, Frenchie confirms Marc Spector is indeed dead...but Jake Lockley ''isn't''.
* {{Thememobile}}: While Moon Knight's Jake Lockley persona ''is'' a cab driver, Moon Knight typically travels by way of ''moon-shaped helicopter''.
* ThouShaltNotKill: A notable aversion. Moon Knight doesn't ''like'' killing and generally tries as hard as possible to avoid it, but unlike most superheroes he's willing to kill. Khonshu often tries to advance this willingness into becoming a full-blown BloodKnight who kills any crook that crosses paths with him, but Marc usually resists it. When he ''doesn't'' well... [[{{Understatement}} bad things happen]].
** For example; in the prologue to the "The Bottom" arc, [[spoiler:Moon Knight is almost defeated by his nemesis Bushman, but saves himself at the last minute by ''carving Bushman's face off'' with a crescent knife.]]
* TragicVillain: Both Black Spectres.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Inverted. [[spoiler: Midnight is the one who betrays Moon Knight]].
* UnstoppableRage: [[spoiler: When Echo is killed by Count Nefaria, Moon Knight's Wolverine personality drives him into a rage, causing him to seriously injure the Count. Nefaria (a villain on the power level of [[TheMightyThor Thor]]) is actually forced into a stunned retreat to recover, and Moon Knight wakes up later chained to a hospital bed.]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Whenever someone questions Marlene or Frenchie in Huston or Ellis's runs, they make it very clear they have nothing to do with Spector any more. Marc is ok with that, because as he mentions, everyone that loves him ends up hurt.
* WeaponOfChoice: His arsenal is pretty unstable, having used a spiked gauntlet, a bow, guns that fire bolas, and a whole bunch of other weapons. His main weapons, however, are are a truncheon that can become a grappling hook or nunchuks, and "crescent darts", shuriken shaped like a crescent moon. In the Secret Avengers, he uses a gun that shoots crescent shocktoxin darts. At one point in the Secret Avengers he uses an [[Comicbook/CaptainAmerica energy shield]], [[ComicBook/SpiderMan web-shooters]], and [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} metal claws]].
* WhamEpisode: The "Gods And Country" arc; [[spoiler: Carson Knowles returns and nearly destroys New York, forcing Moon Knight to kill him by shoving him off a building on national television. This is seen by Iron Man, bringing the full force of SHIELD and other registered heroes down on Moon Knight's head.]]
** The "Death Of Marc Spector" arc; After a brutal battle with Bullseye, Moon Knight fakes his death and travels to Mexico. Marlene, Frenchie, and Ray Landers all cut ties with Marc believing him to be dead.
** Issue 9 of the Bendis run; [[spoiler: Count Nefaria kills Echo, causing Marc to absolutely lose it with his aggressive personality outright ''destroying'' his other personality aspects.]]
** Issue 6 of the Ellis run; Black Spectre launches an all-out attack on Moon Knight.
* WhatTheHellHero: See Thou Shalt Not Kill above. This is outdone by the fact that he keeps the carved off face as a memento. Khonshu appears to him as a faceless Bushman from this point on. Two arcs later, while struggling with personality issues, Spector retrieves the face-mask and puts it on before being caught by Marlene, who flees screaming.