Moon Knight is one of the most popular characters in Marvel Comics because he is incredibly relatable and is one of the coolest antiheroes you can find in any comic book universe. But the fact that Moon Knight has many different personalities is what makes him incredibly unique compared to a lot of other comic book characters. Each of these personalities distinguishes itself differently. But how many personalities does Moon Knight have?
Moon Knight has five main personalities and three other personalities that are offshoots of his illness, which is dissociative identity disorder (DID). In that regard, all of the other personalities that he developed were mimicked personalities and not real ones. Only five personalities are real.
There are a lot of things to love about Moon Knight, and the fact that he can be one person today and another person tomorrow is what makes him incredibly fan and intriguing as a character. As such, his different personalities all have their own unique traits and behavior. So, with that said, let’s get to know more about Moon Knight’s different personalities.
How Many Personalities Does Moon Knight Have?
In the world of comic books, there are a lot of characters that we can call antiheroes because of the fact that they don’t always follow the conventional standards of what a hero is and how a hero should be acting. But while a lot of the antiheroes that we see tend to have a lot of similarities with one another, no hero has ever been quite similar to Moon Knight.
The reason why Moon Knight is so unique as a character is a fact that he suffers from an illness called dissociative identity disorder or DID. This disorder creates different personalities that are different from each other and are actually quite unique in the sense that they don’t associate themselves with the other personalities.
In Moon Knight’s case, he tends to develop different habits and traits depending on the personality that’s in control over the body. That is why he can be someone today and a different person tomorrow. But how many personalities does Moon Knight have?
If we count the Moon Knight’s personality and the main personality, then he has a total of five different personalities. However, if we count the ones that aren’t actually true personalities but are simply personalities that Moon Knight mimicked during some of the runs of the characters, then he would have a total of eight different personalities in the comics right now.
In that regard, Moon Knight has a lot of different personalities that he tends to use from time to time. But only the five main personalities are the ones that are often shown in the comics, and all five of them have appeared in the MCU version of Moon Knight as well.
Moon Knight Personalities Explained
Now that we know that Moon Knight has a lot of different personalities, let’s get to know each of them one by one to understand who they are and how unique they are when compared to the other personalities of the character.
The main personality that Moon Knight has is Marc Spector, who is the one in control over the body and was the one granted by Khonshu the powers of the Moon Knight. In that regard, this is the personality that the character was born with. However, because of different incidents that happened in his life, Spector unwittingly developed all of his other personalities.
Throughout the years, the way that Marc Spector’s history has been depicted can be quite different. In the original run, Spector was a mercenary that was forced to forget about his identity because of the heinous crimes that he committed while on the job. It was during a mission that injured him fatally that he eventually came across the Egyptian god Khonshu, who allowed him to live using the powers of the Moon Knight, which is the god’s avatar on Earth.
In the MCU version of Moon Knight, Steven Grant was actually the first personality that we got to meet, as those who were unfamiliar with Moon Knight thought that this was the character’s actual personality. Nevertheless, like all of the other personalities, Steven Grant is merely an offshoot of Marc Spector’s illness.
The way that Steven Grant has been portrayed can be quite different. In the MCU, Steven Grant is a history nerd that works at a museum in London. However, in the comics, he can be quite different because of the fact that he was actually a rich millionaire that funded the things that Moon Knight did. But the latest version of Steven Grant is that of an alternate personality that he developed when he was a child, and that is the reason why Marc Spector is so close to this personality.
Jake Lockley is one of the most popular identities that Moon Knight has because of the fact that this is the one that comes with the true antihero personality that makes the character so intriguing and mysterious. Of course, we met Jake Lockley in the final portions of the Moon Knight MCU series on Disney+.
In the comics, Jake Lockley is actually a street-smart man that works as a taxi driver in New York City so that he can get close to people on the street and even obtain information that only taxi drivers tend to overhear. But similar to the MCU version, Lockley is the most brutal and most aggressive of all of Moon Knight’s personalities as he can be quite ruthless compared to both Marc Spector and Steven Grant. This is why he is so popular as he is, in every sense, an antihero.
While the Moon Knight personality isn’t really a true identity in the sense that it is separate from Marc Spector, it is still one of the identities that the character adapts from time to time. Of course, this is the most recognizable personality for comic book fans because of the fact that this is the personality that actually fights crime and villains.
The Moon Knight personality may vary depending on who is under the mask but what we know is that this is the persona that Marc Spector adopted when he obtained his powers from Khonshu and took on the life of a crime-fighting hero. Of course, depending on who is actually controlling the Moon Knight form, the way that this character fights crime can be different, as Jake Lockley tends to be the most brutal one.
Mr. Knight was one of the five forms of Moon Knight that we saw in the MCU version of Moon Knight. But the thing is that the way that Mr. Knight was portrayed in the MCU is different in the comics. In the MCU, Mr. Knight is the Moon Knight form of Steven Grant, as he literally wore a suit when Layla told him to wear the suit. However, in the comics, he is an entirely different personality.
In the comics, Mr. Knight is actually one of the newest personas of Moon Knight, as he was introduced only in 2014. This character acts as the “face” of the Moon Knight character because he is the one who works with the authorities to solve crimes and is also the one who speaks to local reporters. Because of this, he insists on being called Mr. Knight whenever he is in his Mr. Knight outfit.
Spider-Man, as we all know, is an entirely different superhero that’s regarded as one of the most popular superheroes of all time. In that regard, he is not a personality that’s created by Moon Knight but is merely one that he adopted during Brian Michael Bendis’s run as the writer of Moon Knight’s comic books.
In Bendis’s storylines, it was revealed that Moon Knight took adopted identities and personalities that he mimicked from the three heroes that he admired the most. As such, he took on the Spider-Man persona, which allowed him to become a better hero during one of the most difficult parts of Marc Spector’s life. Of course, he actually created a replica Spider-Man suit that allowed him to actually look like the web-crawling superhero.
As mentioned, Bendis created a storyline wherein Moon Knight mimicked the personalities of the three superheroes that he admired the most. One of them was Wolverine, who we all know is one of the main characters of the X-Men comic book series and is one of the most popular mutants of all time. In that regard, Moon Knight actually tried to look like Wolverine as well.
In this form, he ended up using three metallic claws on a glove that he developed himself. While these claws weren’t even close to Wolverine’s adamantium claws, Moon Knight became a lot more brutal now that he had metal claws on his fists. Of course, during this run, the Wolverine personality was quite violent and fatal to the point that it actually argued a lot with Spider-Man and the third mimicked personality we have on this list. In many ways, the Wolverine personality is closer to Marc Spector’s true personality compared to the other personalities that he developed and mimicked.
Finally, we have the Captain America personality, which is one of the three personalities that Moon Knight developed when he wanted to become more like the three characters that he admired the most. In fact, the three personalities that he mimicked replaced both Steven Grant and Jake Lockley during the time that Marc Spector transferred to the west coast.
Of course, Marc Spector admired Captain America a lot after working with him in the Secret Avengers, and this was what allowed him to adopt the same kind of personality that Steve Rogers had. While Moon Knight is in his Captain America form, he almost always takes the moral high ground, as that was what Steve Rogers would have done. As such, he always wants to do what is right instead of brutalizing or even killing his enemies. And he even developed a special shield that allowed him to look and fight like Captain America.