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Moon Knight

"Y'know, kid, it's kinda funny. You wanna be powerful, be feared. But we both know that, really, people are always gonna be more scared of me. And that's why you do it, right? Why you're playing at being the master criminal. 'cause you know I'm the real deal and you are not. And that you'll never, ever be me. You're just a cheap-ass copy."Moon Knight

Moon Knight
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Series Marvel Comics
Age Unknown
Birthday Unknown
Sex Male
Species Unknown
Height 6'2"
Weight 225 lbs (102 kg)
Alignment Varies depending on his personality

Moon Knight (Real name: Marc Spector) is a superhero from the Marvel Universe.

Background

Spector's father, a rabbi, managed to escape Germany when Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia. Spector was born in the US. His mother died soon afterward. Marc refused to follow his father's calling; he could not understand why Elias never fought back against persecution. Instead he became a prize fighter, but when his father got into the ring one night to stop him, Marc punched him.

The next morning, he enlisted in the Marines, and he never saw his father again. After two tours of duty, he became a field agent of the C.I.A. There, he worked with several people who would later interact with Moon Knight, including William Cross, Amos Lardner, and his own brother, Randall Spector. Randall killed Marc's girlfriend Lisa with a hatchet to keep her from exposing a gun-running scheme; Spector retaliated with a grenade and assumed Randall was dead.

After leaving the CIA, Spector became a soldier-for-hire. During this period he befriended Frenchie Duchamp, who became his professional partner. They took on several assignments, mainly in Africa and South America. Spector later went to trial for assassinating the president of Bosqueverde, a South American country; such assignments paid well, though, and Spector invested wisely.

Spector and Frenchie took on a job in Sudan for Raoul Bushman. Whereas Spector worked for the money, Bushman seemed to enjoy plunder and killing. When Bushman massacred the inhabitants of Selima, as well as archaeologist Peter Alraune, to find an Egyptian pharaoh's tomb, Spector could stomach no more. He got Alraune's daughter Marlene to safety at the tomb and challenged Bushman, who mortally wounded him in the desert. Spector managed to reach the tomb before he collapsed, and Marlene and the crew laid him beneath an idol of Khonshu. His spirit had an encounter with Khonshu, who promised to save his life in exchange for his service. Spector agreed, although he later considered this encounter a hallucination. Restored to life, he punished Bushman's men, while Bushman himself escaped.

Finally having found a purpose in life, Spector applied himself fully. He, Franchie, and Alraune (now his lover) moved to New York, taking the idol along. With their help he developed the costume, equipment, and persona of Moon Knight. With his fortune he could not only support his new career of fighting crime, he could create another persona: Steven Grant, financier. Finally, to gather information at street level, he created a fourth persona: Jake Lockley, cab driver. His original persona, with its multiple facets, faded into the background. Still, leading four separate lives put great mental stress on Spector, but he kept fighting crime as Moon Knight.

Powers & Abilities

  • Enhanced Brain Function: After being brought back to life by the moon god Khonshu, Marc's brain structure was fundamentally changed, due to being in brain-to-brain contact with him. He states that his brain was "rebuilt as a god's weapon". While the full extent of the changes to Marc's mind are unknown, he has displayed a mental resistance to telepathic attacks. When Hawley had entered Moon Knight's mind, he was instantly overwhelmed, due to its supernatural nature. Moon Knight had complete control over his mindscape and was able to attack and smother Hawley, leaving him catatonic in the real world.
  • Enhanced Physicality:
    • Superhuman Strength: As Moon Knight, Spector was able to quickly and utterly overpower the jackal creature. Which moments earlier had knocked down a metal museum bathroom door to attack him. While fighting another jackal, he dented a car bumper when he squeezed it tight.
    • Superhuman Durability: Moon Knight can withstand a great deal of damage. He was able to take bullets with no issues and was shown to be fine after being thrown around by a jackal.
    • Superhuman Speed: Moon Knight outran the jackal that was chasing him, running extremely fast across rooftops in order to best the fast creature. He quickly did parkour between the buildings to outmaneuver the creature.
    • Superhuman Agility: Moon Knight was able to run across roof tops while performing acrobatic moves and jumping from one building to another.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Moon Knight was able to scale buildings and jump across rooftops while chasing the jackal, without being worn out or tired. He performed many acrobatic movies while jumping from building to building, also without showing any sign of needing to stop.
  • Moon's Might: A special ability gained when he became the 'Fist of Khonshu'. It makes him gain power boosts depending on the Moon's phase. He's at his best when there's a full moon.
  • Astral Vision: Can see spectral and ghostly beings that humans can't normally see.
  • Night Vision: Can see through complete darkness perfectly.
  • Shadow Walk: Can use shadows and darkness to perfectly camouflage with the environment.
  • Sky Manipulation: Mr. Knight, with the help of Khonshu, was able to alter the night sky to reveal what the stars had looked like 2,000 years ago. Doing this comes at a price, however, as the other gods disapproved and banished Khonshu, due to the stars changing being visible to everyone, not just Moon Knight. When Moon Knight alters the night sky, the stars appear to be spinning so fast they become blurred lines.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Spector is able to heal from any external wounds he's received, even when he wasn't Moon Knight. he was able to heal his jaw very quickly when it was knocked out of place. However, his healing factor is tremendously increased upon wearing the suit. Khonshu suggested that Spector put on the suit so that he could heal. This was a helpful suggestion as Moon Knight got impaled by multiple spears, but healed instantly.
  • Psychic Resistence: Developed thanks to his multiple personalities, he can resist mind control and other sorts of psychic attacks.
  • Over the course of his life as a boxer, U.S. Marine, mercenary, and costumed superhero, Marc Spector has become an expert at hand-to-hand combat techniques and various martial arts. He is an Olympic-level athlete and a skilled acrobat and gymnast, and excels as a combat strategist.
  • Immortality: Moon Knight's pact with Khonshu granted him the advantages of immortality. He has been brought back to life by Khonshu on three occasions.
  • Divine Empowerment: After Marc was imbued with a sliver of Khonshu's power he displayed these powers:
    • Power Absorption: Employing a set of divine ankhs Moon Knight was able to absorb the mystical powers of the Iron Fist, the Sorcerer Supreme, Ghost Rider's Spirit of Vengeance, and was seemingly able to absorb the Starbrand and the Phoenix Force if he had been given the chance. This power seems limited as Moon Knight was unable to absorb Black Panther's powers due to the later's powers being embedded in his blood.
    • Necromancy: Moon Knight was able to control an entire army of undead mummies.
    • Lunakinesis: Moon Knight was able to control the universe's different moons and objects made out of them, which allowed him to take control of Mjolnir despite not being worthy.
      • Geokinesis: As most orbital astral bodies are comprised entirely out of mineral, rock and dead terrafirma, this indicates an underlying ability to control different earthen elements by sheer will.
    • Phase Transformation: After the Serpent War where he was jettisoned across time & space and back, and realizing his retention of Khonshu's power after seeing the world through a god's perception, Marc stepped through solid glass while transforming into his caped semblance, coming out the other side.
    • Moon Empowerment: Marc once mentioned that the supermoon feeds into the strength level of his abilities. Giving him enough power to best the likes of Earths greatest champions single handed.
    • Self Sustenance: Moon Knight can survive indefinitely without need of a breathable atmosphere.
  • Pain Resistance: Insanity, torture, spiritually gifted, or simply numb from all the years of damage to his body, Moon Knight has an incredibly high tolerance and strong threshold for pain.
  • Telepathic Resistance: Spector's multiple personalities give him some protection against certain psychic powers such as possession or mental control.
  • Expert Pilot: He is an excellent pilot and aviator due to his years as a U.S. Marine and a mercenary.
  • Expert Detective: Spector is a good detective/private investigator with broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the criminal underworld. He also knows many of the streets of New York very well due to being a cab driver in the alias of Jake Lockley.
  • Interrogation Expert: He is an expert at interrogation often employing military secret police methods of torture.
  • Master Marksman: He is capable of hurling all types of projectiles with great aim and pin point accuracy as well as an excellent sharpshooter/marksman. He is able to slice a bullet in half with a crescent disc.
  • Weapons Master: Spector is adept with nearly every weapon ever invented ranging from many types swords, combat knives, batons, chains, brass knuckles, thrown projectiles such as shuriken, longbows, bolos, boomerangs to use of all types of firearms such as pistols, sniper rifles, automatic assault rifles, submachine guns, machine guns, grenade launchers, anti-tank bazooka, and even electronic remote firing stations such as 20/30mm anti-aircraft full auto chain guns, Gatling cannons, mechanized mortars, missile launchers etc.
  • Master Martial Artist: Spector is a former heavyweight boxing champion who underwent intense training as a commando, intelligence operative and mercenary. He is skilled in armed and unarmed combat with training in Boxing, Judo, Krav Maga, Silat, Dambe, Savate, Escrima, Karate, Muay Thai and Kung Fu; his knowledge is extensive enough that it has been shown that he can use pressure points against his opponents, striking nerve clusters to stun or even instantly incapacitate. On more than one occasion without powers he has fought the Punisher to a stand still.
  • Multilingual: In addition to English, Spector is fluent in Symkarian and Arabic.

Equipment

  • Moon Knight's Suit: Spector's original costume included Kevlar armor. It had a built-in two-way radio system so that Spector could summon du Champ, who typically provided backup in a helicopter. Spector later upgraded the Kevlar to Adamantium, and du Champ added dart launchers to the gauntlets. More recently, he added a flashlight so he could explore dark places, like the subway.
    • Glider Cloak: Although Spector cannot fly, he can spread his cloak and slow his descent from great heights. To a slight extent he can steer his fall. Because it must be flexible, the cloak is not armored. Du Champ created the cloak.
    • Carbonadium Armored Vestment: Before he moved to the West Coast to operate there, he was wearing a costume that was made of carbonadium which he claimed was almost as tough as adamantium but more flexible. The suit had several features identified: Crescent Dart Launchers in his wrist, Crescent Cable line used for swinging or for grappling, jump jets, laser cutting torch, and a few other features.
  • Crescent Darts: Most likely his favorite weapon, these symmetrical throwing blades function as "calling cards" as well as weapons. Spector keeps a dozen of them in protective holsters spaced around his belt.
    • Gas Darts: Contain knockout gas that incapacitates the enemy.
    • Explosive Darts: Darts that explode upon impact.
    • Adamantium Darts: Extremely hard and powerful darts that can pierce through nearly anything.
  • Truncheon: This ingenious device functions as a simple club, nunchaku, and a grappling hook. By itself, it can be wielded as a blunt instrument or thrown. It separates into two shorter clubs (linked by a chain) to entangle a weapon or limb, or to lengthen the club's arc of travel and thus its force. The hook springs forth from one end and, with a cable attached, allows Moon Knight to climb to, descend from, or swing around a fixed point. It weighs 12 pounds (5.5 kg) and is 12 inches (30 cm) long. When not in use, it fits into a holster on his left calf. Later improvements include upgrading the stainless steel to adamantium, incorporating the cable with the hook, and adding the option to extend to 8 feet (242 cm) long.
  • Firearms:
    • Pistol: Spector swiftly disarmed Bek of his pistol, but was encouraged by Layla to return it as they were temporarily outnumbered.
    • Glock 19: Spector wielded a pistol in the Alps, but when Grant took control he quickly discarded of the weapon in his confusion.
    • Beretta 92FS Inox: Grant found another pistol in Spector's gym bag.
  • Crescent Launcher Pistols: He also used 2 pistols which fired crescent darts with cables that allowed him to grapple, trip or pin his enemies to surfaces. These had enough force to push a man back into a wall and pin him there.
  • Crescent Dart Gauntlets: Special gauntlets that fire Crescent Darts at faster speeds than Marc can.
  • Energy Shield: Buck Lime built him an energy shield similar to Captain America's Vibranium shield.
  • Web-Shooters/Wolverine's Claws: Buck Lime created a pair of bracers which can be used as Web-Shooters (like Spider-Man's) or metal claws (like Wolverine's).
  • Silver Cestus: On his first mission as Moon Knight (bringing in the Werewolf By Night for the Committee), Spector wore two silver cesti on his arms. Ankhs: This Egyptian symbol made of gold lit up in the face of imminent danger. Like the truncheon above, it could serve as a thrown or hand-held club. It weighed 12 pounds (5.5 kg) and was 12 inches (30 cm) long. Moon Knight then used some Divine Ankhs which allowed Moon Knight to absorb the heroes mystical powers and containing them in individual ankhs
  • Bolas: Often used as a thrown weapon.
  • Ivory Boomerang: A boomerang made out of ivory that always comes back when thrown.
  • Grappling Axe: A special grappling hook that replaces the hook with an axe blade.
  • Compound Bow: A special bow designed by Hawkeye. It can also be used as a blunt weapon.
  • Cesti: Ancient battle gloves covered in spikes.
  • Scarab Darts
  • Grappling Hook
  • San-Setsu-Kon (three-piece staff)
  • Built-in Taser

Feats

Strength

  • Capable of easily bench-pressing 450 lbs.
  • Can kick with enough force to knock a door flying off its hinges or create a hole in a brick wall.
  • Snapped chains holding him onto a wall, pulling out several of the bricks they were attached to in the process.
  • Lifted and hurled a fully grown jaguar, which is estimated to weigh around 210 lbs.
  • When the Moon is full, he can lift a maximum of 2 tons.
  • Can easily bend steel bars.
  • Crushed a submachine gun into pieces with a single stomp of his foot.
  • Braced the door frame of a collapsing building to allow Spider-Man and those inside to escape.
  • Ripped a car door off its hinges and punched the driver inside with enough force to slam them through the other door.
  • Kicked down a bolted metal door.
  • Slammed a man into a stone wall with enough force to crack it.
  • Slammed both feet into the front of a car, crushing it.
  • Broke a steel staff in half over his knee with little effort.
  • Punched the demon-possessed Daredevil through a brick wall.

Speed

  • He's often seen dodging bullets, even when he's gliding.
  • Dodged point-blank submachine gun fire.
  • Dodged a miniature airplane armed with drills.
  • Managed to get atop the roof of a nearby building in the time it took for a man to pull out a gun.
  • Dodged magical energy blasts and eye beams.
  • Beat down several police officers before they could fire their guns.
  • Reacted to the sound of a gun clicking and dodged before the bullets hit him.
  • Dodged several lasers from a series of automatic turrets.
  • Dodged a cannonball from close range.
  • Dodged fire from an RPG-7.
  • Backflipped away from an explosion.

Durability

  • Has endured brutal torture through sheer force of will.
  • Kept fighting even after having a chunk of his face bitten off by Bushman.
  • Survived being near explosions and energy blasts.
  • Has fallen off rooftops and survived.
  • Unfazed from taking several punches to the face, getting shot, getting stabbed with knives, shot with a crossbow bolt, and getting tased.
  • Survived a building busting explosion once.
  • Forced himself through intensely cold arctic winds.
  • Can take several beatings from armed opponents and keep fighting.

Skill

  • Before becoming Moon Knight, served as a US Marine and fought through three African wars and five South American revolutions.
  • Defeated and captured Jack Russell, the Werewolf by Night, and later freed him to take down the Committee.
  • Once time traveled to 2940 BC to rescue the West Coast Avengers, who he later became a member of.
  • Traveled through the Land of the Dead to save Black Panther.
  • Once pretended to be possessed by Khonshu, broke a psychiatrist's will by exposing his inner weaknesses, forcing him to give him superhero registration, and even made him swear to worship him.
  • Defeated Bushman, his army composed of lobotomized mentally unstable, and ultimately defied the orders of Khonshu, allowing Bushman to live.
  • In a rage, viciously attacked Count Nefaria, whose power could match Thor's, and injured him to force him to retreat.
  • Constantly battles criminals and super villains on a daily basis, usually coming out on top.
  • During the Infinity War, defeated Moonshade, a dark clone of himself.
  • Once brutally defeated his arch-enemy Bushman by carving his face off.
  • During the Civil War, managed to escape SHIELD's custody, evaded capture from Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts, and faked his own death.
  • Defeated Shadow Knight, who is another host of Khonshu.

Weaknesses

  • Brain Damage/Mental Illness: It has been stated that Marc suffers from "a madness so powerful it can only be described as magic". While it was initially believed Marc suffered from dissociative identity disorder, it was determined that the different personas he has developed throughout his life are a consequence of having become Khonshu's avatar. Khonshu is said to have four aspects; Pathfinder, Embracer, Defender, and the Watcher of overnight travelers. Spector cycles through these aspects, and his brain applies identities to them in order to explain them. In essence, Marc's mind has been "colonized" by Khonshu, and the different personalities Marc displays are a way to cope with the damage. Despite this, Marc has also been shown to have experienced dissociative episodes from a young age.
  • Often relies too much on his healing powers.

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