* CreatorsPet: Many fans grew tired of his overexposure over the years since he's a favorite of Brian Michael Bendis.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: 4thLetter! once did a countdown of (the writer's) favorite comic books. When Luke Cage came up and the "how much I know about him" section came up, it read, "Enough to know ComicBook/JessicaJones [[BiggerIsBetterInBed has trouble sitting down]]."[[labelnote:*]] The site also had some very serious and frequent discussions about how [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Luke might be Marvel's greatest example of the American Dream]] and how he reflects black masculinity in America too. It's not all dick jokes.[[/labelnote]]
* FauxSymbolism: The 'cage' in his name and the chain-belt his old costume had.
* HilariousInHindsight: Doctor Doom [[http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/comicsalliance.com/files/2010/08/powermandoom02-hfh9.jpg infamously once told Luke Cage]] that he was surprised to see a black man in the ComicBook/FantasticFour. Years later, when Creator/MichaelBJordan was cast in [[Film/FantasticFour2015 the 2015 adaptation]], many [[WTHCastingAgency expressed a similar kind of bewilderment]].
** "[[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/08/07/i-love-ya-but-youre-strange-wheres-my-money-honey/ Where's my money, honey?]]"
** "Nobody laughs at Mr. Fish!"
* MyRealDaddy: Mary Jo Duffy has probably had the greatest influence on the character, and before his 00s revival by Creator/BrianMichaelBendis. Honorable mentions should probably go to Creator/ChrisClaremont and Fred Van Lente too.