- 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 before his 00s revival by Brian Michael Bendis.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The character gained much more respect and notoriety when Brian Bendis rescued him from obscurity by putting 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.