He doesn't wear glasses, prefers sociology to science, and his super powers are limited to the supremely athletic movements of a Division I men's college basketball standout.
So, when it comes to comparisons, UC Irvine senior guard Darren Moore is aligned much more with Peter Parker than the slightly nerdy comic-book everyman's more famous alter-ego: Spider-Man.
But thanks to growing exposure of the tattooed image of a spider perched atop a web on the front of Moore's muscle-rippled upper torso, some fans have begun referring to the Anteaters' scoring leader and co-captain as "Spidey."
"The nickname is starting to stick now," said Moore, who is averaging 18 points, a team-best 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals, and is shooting a super-hero-like 57% from the field heading into his 4-4 team's nonconference clash with Wyoming tonight at 7 at the Bren Events Center.
The spider tattoo, bordered by images of Spider-Man villains Venom and Carnage, is, in fact, an homage to the Marvel Comics and blockbuster-movie franchise, in which the bespectacled Parker transforms into the masked, super strong and agile Spider-Man to fight the forces of evil. It is also one of dozens of pieces of body art, most of which nearly completely cover Moore's arms and legs.