YMMV: Luke Cage: Hero for Hire
- Creator's Pet: Many fans grew tired of his overexposure over the years since he's a favorite of Brian Bendis.
- Crosses the Line Twice: 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 Jessica Jones has trouble sitting down."
- Faux Symbolism: The 'cage' in his name and the chain-belt his old costume had.
- Memetic Mutation: "Where's my money, honey?"
- My Real Mom: Mary Jo Duffy has probably had the greatest influence on the character, and before his 00s revival by Brian Michael Bendis. Honorable mentions should probably go to Chris Claremont and Fred Van Lente too.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: He was never really the Scrappy, but he had been languishing in relative obscurity since the late 80s when Brian Bendis put him on the New Avengers; a team which he now leads.
Cage: Wait... I'm the leader?Jessica: Looks like.Cage: Huh.Spider-Man (leaning in): Yeah.