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Comicbook: Moon Knight
Bushman: What the—?! Moon Knight again— but it can't be! You're dead!
Moon Knight: I died in the tomb, Bushman? Remember? You can't kill me — nothing can!

Marc Spector, AKA the Moon Knight, is a lesser-known Marvel Comics superhero who debuted in Werewolf by Night 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 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. He does. After repaying his new Arch-Enemy 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 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 as different people, among other identities crafted to suit his needs. Also commonly seen as a Captain Ersatz of 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 Captain America's Secret Avengers after Siege. In 2014, he got a new ongoing series with the first six issues by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, is set to have writer Brian Wood and artist Greg Smallwood take over as of issue #7.


Provides Examples Of:

  • All Myths Are True: Part of his origin story.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of another "knight". Eventually became Divergent Character Evolution. 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.
  • Ambiguously Jewish
  • Anti-Hero
  • Arch-Enemy: Werewolf by Night, originally. Hence all the silver weapons. Bushman in later years.
  • The Atoner : 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: On his worst days, or when Khonshu is especially pushy.
  • Badass Cape: Especially as drawn by Alex Maleev.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In his 2014 series, his "Mister Knight" persona wears a snazzy white suit. The shading, however, makes sure that we are well aware that he is.... just a bit out there.
  • Badass Normal: 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.
  • Ballistic Discount: 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 "Oh @#$%" when the penny drops.
  • Batman Cold Open
  • Blood Knight: Khonshu spends most of his time trying to push Moon Knight into this role, with varying success.
  • Body Horror: At one point his body was wasting away.
  • Bold Inflation
  • Cain and Abel: Abel to Shadow Knight's Cain.
  • Chest Insignia: In most incarnations, a crescent moon.
  • C-List Fodder:
    • 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 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. Played for Laughs 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?
  • Confusion Fu: 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.
  • The Cowl
  • Crime Fighting With Cash: 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.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Literally. 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...
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: 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.
  • Darker and Edgier
  • Death by Origin Story: One of few instances where the death is the protagonist's.
  • Death Is Cheap: Marc Spector has died something like three times in continuity, and has been resurrected by Khonshu each time, often within the same story arc.
  • Demonic Possession: The interpretation of Spector's Split Personality 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.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: No matter how beaten up he gets, he rarely lets anyone else help him out, at least initially. Even Khonshu.
  • Double Consciousness: Split Personality problems do not help.
  • Evil Costume Switch: 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 Becoming the Mask.
  • Fighting from the Inside: See Split Personality Takeover below.
  • First Episode Resurrection
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Subverted. He has a scar over his left eye, but he's a good guy.
  • Heroic Bystander: 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.
  • The Hunter: Is known as this for supernatural and street level enemies. His first ever appearance had him battling against Werewolf by Night, and the recent 2014 series seems to have restored him going after against street level violence as well as supernatural and just strange threats.
  • I Work Alone: 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.
  • Jerkass Gods: In the arc "The Bottom", Khonshu is revealed to be something of a Jerkass God, as well as a Blood Knight.
  • Loners Are Freaks
  • Los Angeles: Where he worked for a time, before returning to New York.
  • Lunacy: When serving Khonshu, his strength waxed and waned with the phases of the moon. Then again, there's also a more up front description of lunacy as well.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Depending on the Writer, 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 Ax-Crazy Badass with multiple personalities, but the main thing that changes is if he's a Badass Normal or not. YMMV on which is the more interesting interpretation.
  • Multilayer Fašade: 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.
  • No Sense of Humor: Spector, Depending on the Writer.
  • Preacher's Kid: Marc Spector is actually a rabbi's kid, but fits the trope in the way he went bad before going sort of good.
  • Private Military Contractors: Spector's backstory.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: 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.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Moon Knight's "Steven Grant" identity.
  • Rogues Gallery: Not a terribly interesting one, though, but it's getting better.
  • Secret Identity: 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.
  • Secret Identity Identity: Even he can't tell anymore.
  • Sherlock Scan: 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
  • Show Within a Show: 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. Midnight is later turned into a cyborg and Moon Knight is forced to kill him.
  • Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter: Marc has been known to get a little emotional and yell at his Khonshu statue.
  • Split Personality: Moon Knight is afflicted with this in the Ultimate universe. It 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. When Echo is killed, the Wolverine personality destroys the other two and drives Marc into Unstoppable Rage. By the end of the series, his companion personae appear to be Wolverine, Echo, and Iron Man.
    • As of the new series, he is back to having his previous non-superhero personas.
  • Split Personality Takeover:
    • In the Ultimate universe "Warriors" story arc, 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.
    • 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 Unstoppable Rage.
  • Thememobile: While Moon Knight's Jake Lockley persona is a cab driver, Moon Knight typically travels by way of moon-shaped helicopter.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: 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 Blood Knight who kills any crook that crosses paths with him, but Marc usually resists it. When he doesn't well... bad things happen.
    • Subverted in the prologue to the "The Bottom" arc, 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.
  • Unstoppable Rage: 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 Thor) is actually forced into a stunned retreat to recover, and Moon Knight wakes up later chained to a hospital bed.
  • Weapon of Choice: 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 energy shield, web-shooters, and metal claws.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: 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.
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