* CreatorsPet: Many fans grew tired of his overexposure over the years since he's a favorite of Brian 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, "[[BiggusDickus Enough to know Jessica Jones has trouble sitting down]]."[[labelnote:*]] The site also had some very serious and frequent discussions about how [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming 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.
* MemeticMutation: "[[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/08/07/i-love-ya-but-youre-strange-wheres-my-money-honey/ Where's my money, honey?]]"
* [[MyRealDaddy My Real Mom]]: 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.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: 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 ComicBook/NewAvengers; a team which he now leads.
--> '''Cage:''' Wait... ''I'm'' the leader?
--> '''Jessica:''' Looks like.
--> '''Cage:''' Huh.
--> '''Spider-Man''' ''(leaning in):'' Yeah.