Black Knight is a title held by several Marvel Comics characters. The first is a medieval knight created by writer-cum-editor Stan Lee and artist Joe Maneely. The second is a supervillain descendant of the original, created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist and co-plotter Dick Ayers. The third, created by writer Roy Thomas, John Verpoorten, and artist George Tuska, is the villain's nephew, a superhero and a member of the superhero team the Avengers. A fourth Black Knight with no revealed genetic connection debuted in The Black Panther #3 (June 2005), created by writer Reginald Hudlin and penciler John Romita Jr.
A descendant of the first Arthurian Black Knight, Sir Percival, Whitman assumed the title from his villainous uncle, who entrusted him with restoring honor to their family legacy after being mortally wounded by Iron Man. After helping them to defeat Kang the Conquerer, Whitman was made a full member of The Avengers, placing him among the first new additions to the team, and the last one to join them in The '60s.
During his time as an Avenger, Whitman sometimes served as their field leader in Captain America's absence. He also began a romantic relationship with teammate Sersi of The Eternals, and the two are often associated with one another for their longstanding on-and-off dynamic. Outside of the Avengers, Whitman as also been a member of The Defenders, Excalibur, MI13, Heroes for Hire, and even the Masters of Evil, though in the latter's case it was for infiltration purposes.
The Black Knight appears in:
- Eternals (Dane Whitman), portrayed by Kit Harington
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! (2011) note
The Black Knights:
Sir Percy of Scandia
The first Black Knight. A hero whom lived during the Dark Ages and was a friend of Merlin among others.
The second Black Knight, this time an evil villain. He is the uncle of Dane Whitman.
- Black Knight: Dane's predecessor, but not the trope namer either.
- Blade on a Stick: His power lance has many functions: thermal beams, ionic energy blasts, force blasts, bolo cables, a lasso, a machine gun, buzz discs, and sappers.
- Cool Horse: His horse is awesome.
- Death Equals Redemption: In his deathbed, he asked his nephew Dane to carry the Black Knight legacy to the side of good.
- Disney Villain Death: This was how Garrett died. During a fight in the air with Iron Man, Garrett was knocked off his horse and took a long fall to the ground. While Garrett did survive to tell Dane what he had done, he ultimately expired not long after.
- Killed Off for Real: He crashed into some trees and after giving his last words to his successor, he's been killed and hasn't been seen since. Even with his partial corpse being reanimated by Grim Reaper, he is remarkable for not suffering a Comic Book Death and remains deceased.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Seems to have skill in just about any discipline, primarily engineering and genetics. He designed and constructed his own weapons as the Black Knight.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Seriously his staff alone has thermal beams, ionic energy blasts, force blasts, bolo cables, a lasso, a machine gun, buzz discs, and sappers. Not only that he has a paralyzer pistol with him as well. There's Batman Level of toys, and then there's GTFO levels of toys at his disposal.
The latest wielder of the Ebony Blade in a long line of heroes and villains known as the Black Knight. Dane Whitman, at one point a member of the Avengers and leader of Ultraforce, is now the current king of Weirdworld.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Ebony Blade is an evil counterpart to Excalibur, so this comes with the territory.
- Artifact of Doom: Dane's swords have a nasty habit of being this.
- Battle Couple: With his Avengers teammate Sersi.
- Black Knight: Not the trope namer, just one of many examples of fiction.
- Canon Discontinuity: In the 1990s Heroes For Hire series, Dane received the Sword of Light and the Shield of Night... and they've promptly been ignored in every series since.
- Civvie Spandex: Dane currently wears a helmet and leather jacket over ordinary clothes.
- Continuity Snarl: Just how many Ebony Swords are out there, anyway?
- Color Character: Black Knight.
- Cool Horse: Two genetically engineered flying horses, and one robot horse. Aragorn, Valinor, and Strider have all served as his mounts.
- Cool Swords: The Ebony Sword and the Sword of Light.
- Cursed With Awesome: The Ebony Blade is pretty evil, and does mental damage to its wielder, but it is pretty awesome.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He looks imposing with his dark attire, but he's one of the more heroic Black Knights in their lineage.
- Does Not Like Guns: Dane has the tech skill to make shooters similar to his uncle Nathan Garrett, but Dane never did like guns.
- Dork Knight: Particularly when first meeting Faiza's parents.
- Evil Weapon: The Ebony Blade, also known as the Anti-Excalibur. An ancient sword fueled by a horrific blood curse that corrupts the owner, the more blood they take with it, the stronger the curse gets. The Black Knights have been guarding the world from it for over a millennium. Later retcons make it so that it's not a curse - the blade is just like that anyway.Captain Britain: This is the Ebony Blade, the Anti-Excalibur. Sword of the other Britain. The one that sneers at "chavs" and "scroungers", and pours hate and fear on those who need kindness.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Dane once spent some time in the Crusades, which is where he learned to speak a number of foreign languages. This comes up when he meets Faiza Hussain's family, with her father revealing that while he's not as much of a superhero fan as his daughter, he does know his superheroes, and thus where (and when) Dane learned Urdu, before irritably wondering if it was an intentional offence or institutional incompetence.
- Insane Equals Violent: The Ebony Blade has done a number on his sanity, when his mind occasionally snaps he ranges from violently insane (which is the vast majority of the case) to being a harmless gibbering nutter.
- Interspecies Romance: With Sersei, an Eternal.
- Laser Blade: There was a time when he ditched the Ebony Blade and instead went around with a lightsaber-like weapon known alternately as either the Photon Sword or the Neural Sword.
- Master Swordsman: Extremely proficient with his blade, to the point where very few individuals who aren't gods can rival his skill.
- Odd Friendship: He's become pretty chummy with Cain Marko, the Juggernaut, after they worked together at the Punisher's Kill Crew and when they meet again with the Savage Avengers.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Before becoming Black Knight, Whitman was specifically a physicist, but he also displays knowledge of genetics and mechanical engineering.
- Other Me Annoys Me: Goes a little beyond "annoys", but during the 90s Dane met Proctor, an evil and insane version of himself from another reality, who'd killed Sersei and gone on a multiversal rampage after every other version of her.
- Redeeming Replacement: His uncle and predecessor, Nathan Garrett, was a founder member of the Masters of Evil, and he would eventually infiltrate them for the Avengers.
- Retcon: There've been a few with the Ebony Blade. Originally, the sword was cursed. This changed in the mid-00s to the sword just being naturally evil. Also, Nate's status as a legacy character. Originally, the lineage just went back to Sir Percy of Scandia, an Arthurian knight. New Excalibur changes it up so that Percy wasn't anywhere near the first to wield the sword.
- Science Hero: Downplayed, but lots of Whitman's equipment as Black Knight is derived from science and technology, such as his Neural Sword, and Aragorn, a genetically-modified winged white horse.
- Ship Tease: With Faiza Hussain, until they finally get together.
- Thunderbolt Iron: The Ebony Blade was made by Merlyn from a piece of meteorite. Though in this case, it was something called Starstone rather than meteoric iron.
- Token Minority: If being the only American in the midst of a British main cast of MI13 counts, then yes.
- Unstoppable Rage: The effect Dane's cursed swords usually have on him.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: A horrifying aversion plays a part in Dane's exclusion from Age of Ultron - the blade doesn't care about the nature of the life being taken. Even Ultron's drone army is just alive enough to push the curse into overdrive.
Augustine du Lac
A Vatican Black Knight named Augustine du Lac received the Ebony Blade after Vatican agents retrieved it from an Iraqi vampire nest. He became a member of a team of supervillains that invades the African nation of Wakanda. A devout Catholic, du Lac hopes to convert the populace to Catholicism.
Black Knight V
Young female Black Knight and member of the Young Masters.
- The Cracker: She is supposedly an expert cracker that could hack into Avengers tower from an old Hydra base.
- Dark Chick: She doesn't particularly like any of her partners but she does agree with their ideas. Also, she doesn't consider herself evil because she doesn't think there's anything good or evil anymore and she did seduce Ultimate Nullifier once.
- Dragon with an Agenda: She shares the same ideas of Executioner but couldn't care less about him or anyone else on the team. She leaves the team after a while to take care of her things but nowadays she is back on the team under Constrictor's lead.
- Enigmatic Minion: Her objectives are never too clear. She shares Executioner's ideas but also helps Ultimate Nullifier. She leaves the Young Masters to take care of some mysterious issues and nowadays she is back with the team.
- The Faceless: She has never been seen without her helmet.
- Legacy Character: Her relation to the original Black Knight is completely unknown. She is probably just a fan but the question of where she got her Ebony Blade is left in the air.
- Straw Nihilist: Just like Lisa, she thinks good and evil are very much alike, in contrast to the first (evil) Black Knight and the second (good) Black Knight.
- Villainous Crush: She had a thing for Ultimate Nullifier.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never had any resolution to her story after Vengeance, she is back with the Young Masters again nowadays.