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->''"Mercenary Marc Spector died in Egypt, under the statue of the ancient deity Khonshu. He returned to life in the shadow of the moon god, and wore his aspect to fight crime for his own redemption. He went completely insane, and disappeared. This is what happened next."''
-->-- '''Moon Knight #1 (2014)'''

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 acquired 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. Is commonly seen as a CaptainErsatz of Franchise/{{Batman}}, due to the "millionaire playboy" Steven Grant personality and cape-wearing overly-thematic nighttime vigilantism, although he has more in common with Radio/TheShadow (a character Batman himself was a CaptainErsatz of).

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 Creator/WarrenEllis and Declan Shalvey. After them, it became a rotating writer/artist book, with Creator/BrianWood and Greg Smallwood doing #7-13 and Cullen Bunn and Ron Ackins doing #14-17. Declan Shalvey remained on covers for a while and Jordie Bellaire on colours. Each issue was a done-in-one adventure (with some recurring background plots) rather than the more common arc-based structure.

Creator/JeffLemire wrote a new Moon Knight series [[AllNewAllDifferentMarvel post-Secret Wars]], with Greg Smallwood reprising his role as the artist. The series went back to Marvel's typical arc-based structure.

After Lemire's run finished, [[Music/SayAnything Max Bemis]] and [[ComicBook/{{Crossed}} Jacen Burrows]] took over creative team duties in time for the ''ComicBook/MarvelLegacy'' initiative, which returned Moon Knight to his all-white costume and traditional superheroics in contrast to Lemire's MindScrew and Ellis's GenreThrowback to Radio/TheShadow.

Has a [[Characters/MoonKnight character page]] in need of some love.
!!Provides Examples Of:
* AllMythsAreTrue: Part of his ''origin story''.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Of another "knight",]] but with DivergentCharacterEvolution leading to some heavy shades of {{Deconstruction}} and {{Foil}}. Both are [[TerrorHero Terror Heroes]], but Batman fights from darkness, while Moon Knight wears white so people see him coming. While Batman has his entire (Bat-)family, as well as his [[TrueCompanions friends]] in the Justice League, Moon Knight is a perennial D-lister with no friends, and a third-string Avenger. And while ([[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation most]]) writers portray Batman to be (in the context of his weird universe) actually entirely sane and rational, Moon Knight is the cape-wearing vigilante if his sanity was ''legitimately'' unstable.
** With the most recent volume started by Ellis and the 'Mister Knight' persona a case can be made he is also one for Creator/SteveDitko creation 'ComicBook/MrA'.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Marc's the son of a rabbi, but he isn't very religious. Unless you count his devotion to Khonshu.
** In some of the flashbacks in the 2016 series, he's seen wearing a kippah. And after his father dies, Marc goes to attend his shiva.
* AmbiguousSituation: A ''ComicBook/CivilWarII'' tie-in has Nick Fury explaining that Moon Knight was stuck in an asylum at the moment. The actual 2016 Jeff Lemire run never actually explains if the asylum was real or just part of Marc Spector's delusions in his mental journey to [[spoiler:kill Khonshu.]] The gigantic MindScrew attitude of the series doesn't help to give clues or answers.
* AnArmAndALeg: Shadow Knight forcibly removed Frenchie's legs as part of one of his schemes.
* AntiHero: He is TheCowl, but crazy (and his patron god wants him to be a BloodKnight).
* ArchEnemy: Bushman.
--> '''Moon Knight:''' How many times before a guy figures it out? How many times do you beat a guy down? How many times do you take him out? Before he knows you're better than he is? He never got it. Guess that's why he's called a nemesis. So, how many times can you do the same thing? Before you get sloppy? Blame it on arrogance. Blame it on a bag of tricks grown tired. Blame it on the passing years. Blame it on him. Blame it on our hatred. The hatred born from slaughter. Slaughter born from friendship. Friendship born from recognition. Recognition of a kindred soul. Souls hating each other. Hating as you can hate only one thing. The reflection in the mirror.
* 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 as part of his origin story, and Khonshu has brought him back to life several times since then. Bushman also came back courtesy of the Hood's supernatural goons.
* BadassCape: Especially as drawn by Alex Maleev.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Warren Ellis' run introduces his [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140306002600/marveldatabase/images/e/ec/Marc_Spector_(Earth-616)_from_Moon_Knight_Vol_5_1_001.jpg "Mister Knight"]] persona, which 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 usually relied primarily on his agility, skills, technology, and weapons to get by. Also his ability to take pain and punishment is phenomenal given his lack of physical superpowers.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: At various points in the past, Khonshu has also empowered him with superhuman strength based on the waxing of the moon, night vision, limited {{invisibility}}, and a HealingFactor. Since Warren Ellis' run, he has displayed certain supernatural gifts like the ability to see ghosts and speak to the dead.
* 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: He does these, in another parallel with the TropeNamer.
* 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.
* BecomingTheMask:
-->'''Scarlet''': Your face.
-->'''Mr. Knight''': It's a mask.
-->'''Scarlet''': It's not a mask. It's your face.
-->'''Mr. Knight''': Smart kid.
* 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: Uses '''this.'''
* BoxingBattler: Had a stint as a heavyweight boxer in his youth. While he learned many other styles throughout his later careers as a soldier, mercenary and costumed hero, his hard-hitting brawling style of combat still brings to mind a prize-fighter. Emphasized by his occasional use of spiked cestus (the ancient precursor to boxing gloves).
* CainAndAbel: Abel to Shadow Knight's Cain.
* CampGay: Frenchie's boyfriend and eventual husband, Rob.
* CarnivalOfKillers: In issue #4 of his first series, Moon Knight is targeted by the Committee, a crime syndicate who feels MK double crossed them. They send out five assassins: [[ColdSniper Ice]], [[TheBrute Bull]], [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Dragon]], [[KnifeNut Razor]], and [[MadBomber Boom Boom]].
* ChainsawGood: The gimmick of the assassin... Chainsaw.
* 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. When Spider-Man catches wind of Moon Knight dressing and fighting like him, he's baffled.
* TheCowl: Has parallelisms with Batman and The Shadow.
* 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: He is a crazy AntiHero empowered by a [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]], so...
* DeadpanSnarker: He likes to snark.
* 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.
-->'''Mr. Knight''': I've died before. It was boring so I stood up.
* DemonicPossession: The interpretation of Spector's SplitPersonality in the 2014 ongoing.
-->'''Psychiatrist:''' You're not insane. Your brain has been colonized by an [[EldritchAbomination ancient consciousness from beyond space-time]]. [[BlackComedy Smile]].
** He also once was literally possessed by Demogoblin after an encounter with the then-possessed Hobgoblin.
* 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.
* EldritchAbomination: Khonshu, from the 2006 run onward. Originally he liked to appear as Bushman's faceless corpse and regularly goaded Marc to commit murder. Then as a malformed statue, still encouraging violence. Under Ellis he became a much colder figure, appearing mainly as Mister Knight with a terrifying bird skull for a head.
* 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.
* ExactWords: Around the time of Civil War, one issue had Marc Specter telling his friends that he would die that night. [[spoiler:Of course he said nothing about [[SplitPersonality Jake Lockley]].]]
* {{Expy}}: While he is commonly referred to as a Batman-expy, he has far more in common with Batman's own inspiration, Radio/TheShadow. Both are darker vigilantes with varying degrees of brutality depending on the adaptation, driven partially by a desire to atone for their pasts, related to mystical concepts that can be explained psychologically, varying degrees of super abilities, and who may or may not be paladins of higher mystical entities, depending on the version. Moon Knight, like The Shadow, relies on a close network of agents (outright referred to as the "Shadow Cabinet"), some of which include close friends and people aware of his secret identity, and a complicated relationship with a romantic interest. Additionally, Moon Knight also employs multiple identities in his missions via his different personalities.
* EyeScream: Moon Knight's battle with The Truth. The latter winds up getting his eyes shanked by a pair of crescent darts.
* FakingTheDead: He briefly faked his death and fled to Mexico after a particularly trying battle.
* FightingFromTheInside: See SplitPersonalityTakeover below.
* FirstEpisodeResurrection: By the moon god Khonshu.
* GodInHumanForm: Ellis' interpretation of Spector in the 2014 series: Marc was remade in Khonshu's image after his death, to be the god's latest avatar in the mortal world.
-->'''Khonshu''': [-YOU ARE MY SON.-]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Subverted. He has a scar over his left eye, but he's a good guy.
* HallwayFight: An issue of the Creator/WarrenEllis run has Mr. Knight fighting his way through an entire brownstone house to rescue a kidnapped girl, including several hallways.
* 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.
* HunterOfMonsters: Is known as this for supernatural and street level enemies. His first ever appearance had him battling against Comicbook/WerewolfByNight, and the 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]].
* InsanityImmunity: Marc's mind makes him a nightmare for psychics. Profile was reduced to a screaming wreck from looking Moon Knight in the eye, and the Truth was overwhelmed by trying to use his powers on the Jack Lockley persona.
* 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:
** Often 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.
--->'''Mr Knight:''' People who love me suffer and die. I never want to be loved. That's why I always win.
* 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.
** The is furthered in Brian Wood's run when Khonshu is willing to [[spoiler:abandon Moon Knight as his avatar for the Doctor instead because she is willing to be more bloodthirsty. It doesn't last for long, but the God sways long enough to make things difficult for "his son"]].
*** This continues in Cullen Bunn's run [[spoiler:where Moon Knight encounters there are other followers of Khonshu besides himself, including a monster that preys on children and a twisted cult. ]]
* 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: And he is both of these things.
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: Where he worked for a time, before returning to [[CityOfAdventure New York]].
* {{Lunacy}}: In the past 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.
* MindScrewdriver: The 2014 Creator/WarrenEllis run, which tries to put the MindScrew aspects of Spector going [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness completely insane]] in Creator/BrianMichaelBendis' previous ''Moon Knight'' run in terms of Spector's relation to Khonshu.
-->'''Psychatrist:''' You don't simply "catch" '''[[SplitPersonality DID]]''' simply by pretending to be other people for a while... You're not insane. [[CosmicHorrorStory Your brain has been colonized by an ancient consciousness from beyond space-time]]. [[BlackComedy Smile]].
* 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.
* NoHeroToHisValet: His various companions and allies eventually leave him in disgust (if they don't die first) due to a mixture of his insanity, churlishness, and the wretched irony of funding a war on crime with a nigh-limitless supply of paramilitary blood money.
* 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 it necessary; people close to him tend to get hurt, so he doesn't care if he's alone as long as they're safe. He's not even good at dealing with other members of the superhero community, many of whom openly shun him.
* 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.
* {{Protectorate}}: In the 2014 series, Marc specifically becomes protector of "those who travel by night", reflecting his status as an aspect of the moon god Khonshu.
* 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.
* RealLife: In the All New All Different run, it appears that the Steven Grant personality now resides here, overseeing a hypothetical [[Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Studios]] Moon Knight film.
* 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 Black Spectre. He really just wanted to be loved. By his dad, his wife, his crew, the whole city... [[TheUnreveal I don't know you]]. 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.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Marc asks his tech guy to make him a bracelet with Wolverine-like retractable claws. Once it is finished, he asks if the claws are made of adamantium. The tech guy replies that would be pointless, since even with just regular high-tensile steel his arm would break well before the claws do.
* RetCon: Marc's mental illness goes through this back and fourth between Warren Ellis' revamp and later Jeff Lemire's relaunch. Ellis openly disliked Marc apparently 'catching' DID by pretending to be other people and so explained this as the result of Khonshu's influence. Lemire, who found the mental illness aspect interesting, brought it back, explaining that Marc had been suffering DID ''before'' he became Khonshu's avatar, with 'Stephen Grant' first emerging while he was in school (thus, ''not'' the result of him 'catching' it ''or'' the result of Khonshu). Its not quite reached ArmedWithCanon yet, though.
* RevisitingTheRoots: Max Bemis's run (part of ''ComicBook/MarvelLegacy'') quietly dispenses with Warren Ellis and Jeff Lemire's status quo shake ups to return the character to his traditional superhero adventures. This results in [[spoiler:Khonshu being revived without explanation]], the Mr. Knight persona seemingly forgotten in favor of the original identities of Spector, Grant, and Lockley, and the introduction of more fantastical elements such as a pyrokinetic nemesis for Moon Knight. This is also exemplified by the decision to ditch Declan Shalvey's redesign for a return to the original all-white costume.
* 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.
* SemperFi: To further his credentials as a professional badass. He served in the USMC before becoming a superhero.
* 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.
* ShoutOut:
** Issue 5 of the Ellis run is one big homage to ''TheRaid'', with director Gareth Evans' name written in graffiti in one point. (Declan Shalvey is a vocal fan of the film.)
** Issue Six of Lemire's run has Executive Producer Steven Grant talk about [[Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Studios]] and mentions ''Film/AntMan''. Though by the tone of the dialogue, it comes off as a minor TakeThatUs.
** In Fist of Khonshu #6, Moon Knight quotes [[Radio/TheShadow his chief inspiration]], with a little twist at the end:
--->'''Moon Knight''': The weed of crime bears bitter fruit! Crime doesn't pay. Khonshu knows!
* 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.
** Bendis' run had Buck Lime, a former SHIELD agent, as this.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: Marc has been known to get a little emotional and yell at his Khonshu statue.
* SplitPersonality: DependingOnTheWriter, Marc will have alternate identities living in his head. The most common being millionaire Steven Grant and cab-driver Jake Lockley.
** In ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'', Moon Knight has 5 different personalities, including a little girl. With no eyes.
** In the 2011-2012 series, Marc Spector, Captain America, Wolverine, and Spider-Man. Interestingly, they are aware of each other, and other than Marc usually just provide advice.
*** [[spoiler:When Echo is killed]], Wolverine destroys the other two and drives Marc into UnstoppableRage. Eventually Wolverine, Echo, and Iron Man become Marc's new alternate selves.
** In the 2014 series, Marc switches to having Steven Grant, Jake Lockley, and Khonshu himself in his head.
** The 2016 run thus far has only had Khonshu and Marc, although [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness considering]] [[BedlamHouse the]] [[ElectricTorture circumstances...]]
*** Through flashbacks, [[UnreliableNarrator which should be taken with a grain of salt]], it's revealed that Marc has had the separate personalities of Steven Grant and Jake Lockley for most of his life, dating back to even when he was a boy.
* 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.]]
* StealthPun: He's quite literally a ''lunatic'' superhero.
* 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 [[SplitPersonality 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.]]
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: The Post-Secret Wars run. Marc Spector is in an insane asylum being treated for delusions. Or is he? The other residents of the asylum are his associates, and if he wears a homemade mask the orderlies look like jackals. And good ol' New York is covered in sand and pyramids. The surreal art style doesn't help in determining what is real and what is not.
* TragicVillain: Both Black Spectres, who turn to villainy to be noticed and respected, only to lose everything because of it.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Inverted. [[spoiler:Midnight is the one who betrays Moon Knight]].
* TrueSight: In the post-Secret Wars run, Marc with his mask off sees a regular BedlamHouse with cruel orderlies who give him electro-shock therapy and other tortures. Moon Knight with his mask on sees Jackal demons running a prison in Neo-Egypt.
* 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 [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]) is actually forced into a stunned retreat to recover, and Moon Knight wakes up later chained to a hospital bed.]]
* VillainProtagonist: The final issue of Warren Ellis's run revolves around Ryan Trent, the new Black Spectre.
* 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.
** Just three issues later, in Issue #9, Moon Knight's psychiatrist manages to convince Khonshu to work with her rather than Marc.
** Issue 5 of the All-New All Different series. [[spoiler:It appears that the Marc Spector personality has committed suicide, paving the way for the Khonshu aspect to completely take over his body and trap Steven Grant and Jake Lockley elsewhere.]]
** Issue 14: [[spoiler:Marc Spector, Steven Grant, Jake Lockley, and Moon Knight kill Khonshu.]]
** Issue 3 of Bemis run ends on the reveal that [[spoiler:Marc and Marlene have a young daughter.]]
* WhamLine: From Issue 15 of the ComicBook/MarvelNow run. After slaying a boogyman type creature who would slaughter children in their sleep, Marc hears the dying monster whispering something.
-->'''Creature:''' [[spoiler:Why have you forsaken me, Khonshu?]]
* 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.