- Fridge Brilliance: Despite losing the majority of his powers, Cable recently seems to be able to survive attacks that would have previously killed him (his throat being slit, multiple bullets in the back and a katana through the chest all in the space of a few days). But then one realizes that his former powers help keep his techno-organic virus at bay, now although weaker power-wise he is much more stronger physically because the techno-organics have spread throughout his entire body. "It's hard to completely slit a metal throat"
- Ho Yay: Cable and Deadpool. In Cable's case, he seemed entirely unaware of Deadpool's man-crush.
- Either that, or he prefers to just ignore it.
- Hardly seems that he doesn't know... And Wade wasn't the only person contributing subtext and innuendo to that series. Cable helped.◊
- He doesn't freak out when Deadpool asks if they're "gonna have to kiss" or when he calls their falling-out a "divorce", but he might just consider that Deadpool being... Deadpool.
- "Bodyslide by two." That is all.
- It Was His Sled: Cable was revealed as the son of Scott Summers and Jean Grey/Madeline Pryor a whole three years after he was introduced. Now, his true identity is one of his defining traits, as evidenced by the introduction on the main page.
- My Real Daddy: Despite being a creation of Rob Liefeld, many believe that Fabian Nicieza was the one to honestly define Cable as a character.
- Interestingly, this is when he was paired up with Deadpool, who was also created by Liefeld, but known for another writer.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Cable used to be considered the embodiment of everything wrong with the 90s. He was a "mysterious past" character whose power seemed to consist of looking cool and having big guns. Since that time, he's been fleshed out as a shell-shocked soldier fighting an eternal war against a seemingly immortal foe and trying to live up to his role as a Messianic Archetype without falling too deep into Knight Templar territory.
- So Okay, It's Average: The latest Cable solo series (2017) seems to be designed to fall here. Each story arc is handed to a new creative team, resulting in a dramatically different take on the character. If you dislike an arc, that's great, because Cable will be different in six months. If you love an arc, though, you know that presentation of Cable has a limited lifespan.
- Throw It In!: Rob Liefeld was trying to come up with a big reveal for the villain Stryfe's identity when a friend suggested that Stryfe should remove his helmet to reveal... Cable's face. Thus Stryfe became Cable's clone, and the whole Summers Family got even more complex.
- What Could Have Been: According to the first entry Cable was supposed to an older, time-displaced version of fellow X-Forcer Cannonball.
YMMV / Cable
These are examples of subjective tropes for the comic book character, Cable.