- Badass Decay: Though largely a street-level hero, Darkhawk is one of the most powerful street-level heroes and can take on whole gangs single-handed. During Arena he gets his armor stolen in issue 3 with barely a fight and spends most of the story on the sidelines. Of course this because Darkhawk at his full strength could've effortlessly broken Arcade's whole scheme.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Darkhawk is an Ensemble Darkhorse in the greater Marvel universe. He's a C-lister at best (hell, one of the few superhero teams he's joined was called the League of Losers) but fans love him and wish he was used more.
- Fandom Berserk Button: Like fans of the Runaways and Avengers Academy, fans of Darkhawk tend to go livid at the sheer mention of Avengers Arena. In this case it's because he serves little purpose and spends most of the story out of action just so his armor can be taken by Chase.
- My Real Daddy: Although the series was created by Tom DeFalco, it was actually written by Danny Fingeroth for its entire run.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- Darkhawk got his powers from space pirates. Meanwhile, Nova is a space cop. Both of these characters have known each other for years and were on the New Warriors but nothing came of this potential conflict.
- In the early aughts, he struggled with preventing the armor from taking over his personality and turning him into either a Knight Templar or a Blood Knight, but when The Loners failed to become an ongoing series, this conflict was hastily wrapped up with him somehow learning to make peace with the armor.