Misty Knight is a Marvel Comics character created by Tony Isabella and Arvell Jones, first appearing in Marvel Premiere #21 (dated March 1975).
Created in response to the blaxploitation craze of The '70s, Mercedes Kelly "Misty" Knight was an average police officer in the New York City Police Department until she was injured in the line of duty, losing her right arm while attempting to stop a bombing. Upon recovery (and resigning from the force in lieu of taking a desk job), she was given a bionic replacement arm by Tony Stark and became the roommate of Jean Grey during the latter's stint away from the X-Men.
Not taking her retirement lightly, Misty soon formed the Daughters of the Dragon private detective agency with her best friend Colleen Wing. During this time, she also made the acquaintance of Luke Cage and Iron Fist — the latter of which she'd begin an on-off relationship with over the next few decades.
After many years of relative obscurity, Misty saw a resurgence in popularity during the mid-oughts, thanks to her increased involvement with the street-level side of the Marvel Universe. She appeared in the second and third volumes of Heroes for Hire, co-starred in Immortal Iron Fist, and co-headlined a six-issue Daughters of The Dragon limited series with Colleen, among other things.
The Marvel NOW and All-New, All-Different Marvel eras of the The New '10s continued Misty's visibility streak, having her join the Fearless Defenders alongside Dani Moonstar and Valkyrie. It was during this time that she also began a working (and little-less-than-professional) relationship with Sam Wilson, the all-new Captain America.
Outside of comics, Misty has appeared in various other forms of media. She's a playable character in the video games Marvel Future Fight and Marvel: Avengers Alliance, and appears in an episode of The Super Hero Squad Show. In 2016, she made her live-action debut in Luke Cage (2016), portrayed by Simone Missick.
- Ultimate Extintion (2006)
- Daughters of the Dragon (various runs):
- vol. 1 (2006)
- vol. 2 (2018)
- Heroes for Hire vol. 2 (2006 — 2007)
- Shadowland: Blood on The Streets (2010)
- Heroes For Hire vol. 3 (2011 - 2011)
- Fearless Defenders (2013 — 2014)
- All-New Captain America (2014 — 2015)
- Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015 — present)
- Black Panther & The Crew (2017)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2016 — present), played by Simone Missick:
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance (2015)
- Marvel Heroes (2015)
- Marvel Future Fight (2016)
- Avengers Academy (2016)
- The Super Hero Squad Show (2009) note
Misty Knight provides examples of the following tropes:
- Aborted Arc: Misty thought she was pregnant towards the end of The Immortal Iron Fist, but after that book ended, it was determined to have been a "phantom" pregnancy, which was established in a story in an anthology comic that almost nobody read. The fallout from that would later play into the plot of the 2011 Heroes for Hire.
- Afro Asskicker: One of the Marvel Universe's preeminent examples, especially since Luke Cage has largely been coifed with a shaved hairstyle in recent years.
- Artificial Limbs: Misty Knight has a bionic arm, created by Tony Stark. The original limb was "just" an artificial limb, which was nearly impossible to tell apart from a real arm; it gave her a solid right hook and superhuman grip strength, but nothing else that a human wouldn't have. Misty later received a much more obviously cybernetic upgrade in Daughters of the Dragon, which has features including a blaster, a force-field projector, and a small amount of Antarctic Vibranium, which allows her to liquefy Adamantium objects with a touch.
- Bare Your Midriff: Most of her suits leave her belly well visible.
- Bounty Hunter: Of the non-lethal variety, she's a bail enforcer.
- The Bus Came Back: Misty Knight was created in the 1970s, and forgotten a short time later. She was brought back in 2006, first in the Ultimate Galactus Trilogy set at Ultimate Marvel, and then with the Daughters of the Dragon miniseries in the mainstream universe. She became a regular character since then, appearing in several comic books.
- Empowered Badass Normal: She has always been a badass. Then she became a badass with a bionic arm.
- Expy: She's explicitly based on Pam Grier as Coffy.
- Fanservice Pack: Misty Knight was created in the 1970s, but has only been Ms. Fanservice since the 2006 relaunch of Daughters of the Dragon. See here
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Colleen Wing. Both of them have their male romances.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Surprisingly, she has been at both sides of the equation. When she's paired with the sweet Colleen Wing, she's the hardened leader with the mind focused on getting the job done. And when she's paired with Valkyrie, one of those goddesses that seem as if taken straight from Xena: Warrior Princess, then she's the one who will care about human emotions instead of just taking down Asgardian zombies and seeking the next target. And the best part is that both portrayals are consistent with the other.