YMMV / Moon Knight

YMMV tropes in this work include:

  • Broken Base: The Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane aspect of Moon Knight's characterisation. For some fans, he's more interesting if you think he's just a normal man who's got serious Schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder, and Khonshu is just a hallucination. Others however prefer the idea that he's really possessed by Khonshu and is acting as his avatar. Some writers play up the ambiguous nature while other (such as Warren Ellis and the writers following) instead go with things being explicitly the latter. For some, the former idea makes him a somewhat-positive example of mental illness in comics since while he struggles with it and is quite violent he's still a heroic figure, while others find the 'he's crazy' explanation to be somewhat overplayed by certain writers and see it as essentially Deadpool without the fun.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Has a page.
  • Crazy Awesome: In Shadowland, Moon Knight vandalizes his own taxi to get beat up and thrown in the dungeon, just to see where it is and how many people are down there.
    • In the Brian Michael Bendis series, he takes on Count Nefaria (a Thor-level supervillain) several times and eventually succeeds in removing him as the kingpin of Los Angeles. He does this largely by enacting schemes that would be insane to try and by listening to the voices in his head (granted, those voices are Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Echo). Unfortunately, the real Echo was killed in the attempt.
    • He also allows Count Nefaria to beat the crap out of him in a police station to give the Avengers time to arrive.
    • In the Warren Ellis series, his craziness has looped itself so that he's now one man (Marc Spector) and four incarnations of Khonshu, including "Mr. Knight" (a dapper white suit), a traditional crime-fighting outfit, and an anti-magic suit with—in Ellis' own words—a Giant Fucking Bird Skull for a helmet.
  • Dork Age: Despite being a (relatively) obscure character, he's had a few.
    • Marc Spector: Moon Knight, despite being Moon Knight's longest running book to date at 60 issues, is also one of his most obscure and least referenced for this reason. The book was mired in the worst elements of The Dark Age Of Comicbooks and involved a plot about Marc, Frenchie, and Marc's not-quite-dead brother being decedents of the Knight's Templar and involved in a conspiracy involving two warring groups of immortal demons fighting each other for unclear reasons. Subsequent writers tended to ignore this story entirely.
    • Brian Michael Bendis's short lived run on the book. Khonshu is suddenly replaced by Marc having visions of Captain America, Spider-Man and Wolverine, Marc trying to mimic other superheroes, and a nonsensical plot involving Ultron's disembodied head that went nowherenote .
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Out of all of Moon Knight's personalities/incarnations, the currently most popular seems to be his "Mister Knight" persona due to how freaking cool it looks.
    • Moon Knight in general could be described as this when compared to the rest of the Marvel Universe. He's far from A-List, but he still has a fanbase who are happy to support his book whenever it gets relaunched, and often approve of his appearances in other series or media.
  • Growing the Beard: After he stopped battling Werewolf By Night and became his own character.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The ending of the "God And Country" arc in the Benson run, with Moon Knight being forced to kill Carson Knowles to save New York.
    • Issue 6 of the Warren Ellis run where Black Spectre begins his all-out attack on Moon Knight and proceeds to utterly destroy almost everything Marc throws at him.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Both Black Spectres. The first one had his life and reputation ruined by his stint as a supervillain than lost his son, driving him insane and sending him on another rampage. The second one is so desperate to be unique and special like Moon Knight he becomes a supervillain.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Giant fucking bird skull"
    • "In this issue Moon Knight punches ghosts!"
    • Marc's "Mister Knight" persona has become rather memetic thanks to the snazzy, Badass in a Nice Suit style it has.
  • My Real Daddy: Depends on who you ask. The most commonly cited are Bill Sienkiewicz, Warren Ellis and Charlie Huston. Chuck Dixon is probably fourth. Jeff Lemire is also a new contender, for bringing back Marc's mental illness after Ellis did away with it, and playing with it to a mind-bending genius level.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Sun King unveiling his powers for the first time, brutally assaulting a nurse before using his pyrokinesis to burn Ravencroft to the ground.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The gold knife-wielding, purple zoot suit-wearing henchman that Moon Knight briefly fights in issue 5 of Ellis's run.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: While never a full-on Scrappy, Moon Knight wallowed in obscurity and uneven writing for years before Warren Ellis came along and completely revamped the character.
  • Signature Scene: Issue five of Warren Ellis's run, in which Moon Knight steadily goes through an entire building fighting mooks one-by-one to save a little girl from her kidnappers.
    • Also, issue two of Warren Ellis's run, the fight with the sniper: "I'm not real."
  • Tearjerker: Moon Knight being forced to kill Carson Knowles to stop his Evil Plan.
    • Echo's death in the Bendis run, which nearly sends Moon Knight flying over the Despair Event Horizon.
    • The start of the 2006 run, where Marc has literally hit rock bottom. No friends, no Khonshu, no equipment... just a drunken, drugged up wretch.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Has had this from time to time with different factions of his fandom having less than favorable reactions to certain revamps in his personality and character direction.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Max Bemis and Jacen Burrows have quite the challenge due to coming off the heels of Warren Ellis and Jeff Lemire's runs, a difficulty Burrows acknowledges. This is not helped by the fact that they've quietly ignored those previous stories in favor of Revisiting the Roots, even reviving Khonshu, whose death was a major event in Lemire's run.
  • The Woobie: Being a superhero with multiple secret identities has driven the poor guy into borderline insanity and he's constantly having to resist Khonshu's attempts to twist him into a Knight Templar Blood Knight. He's considered C-List Fodder by most of the other superheroes and supervillains and is extremely lonely, to the point of begging to be part of the Avengers once (although it should also be noted that he also once literally burned his Avengers membership card). And then Echo got killed which almost sent him hurtling over the Despair Event Horizon. In short: it sucks to be Moon Knight.
    • Marlene and Frenchie. They stuck with Moon Knight for years despite his fluctuating mental state and suffered through terrifying ordeals before cutting off ties with him. Even worse for Frenchie, as he was actually in love with Marc, but Moon Knight's single-minded dedication to his work and instability meant he was unable to even realise this, never mind ever reciprocate; throughout the Benson run, Frenchie is repeatedly shown to be struggling with suicidal depression, and suffers alone because he doesn't tell anyone about it.
    • His speech to the second Black Specter sums it up best:
    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.