- Base-Breaking Character: Robbie Baldwin, full stop. There are some fans who love his light-hearted Speedball persona while the other portion prefer his Penance persona for his more powerful Penance powers and dismissing Speedball as 'lame'.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Aracely in 2014 New Warriors, for being adorable and having funny lines. Many fans were saddened after the series was cancelled and she has the most fan demand for her return or even cameo in any future comic book.
- Richard Rider as Nova in general. He was originally a C-list version of Green Lantern before Keith Giffen and the duo Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning turned him into a major character in the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe and gained a cult following among Marvel fans. For both classic New Warrior fans and Nova solo series fans, Richard Rider has the most fan demand for his return.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In an annual issue of New Warriors, Speedball and Night Thrasher have this conversation about Speedball's powers. This side of Civil War and "Bleedball", it's not so funny:
Night Thrasher: Robbie, the purpose of this session is to find ways of effectively using your Speedball powers in combat.Speedball: Well, Dwayne... how 'bout attaching humongous spikes to my spandex? That way I could totally impale all the bad guys!Night Thrasher: Spikes, huh? [Walks away, looking contemplative]Speedball: Uh, that's a joke, Thrash...
- Ho Yay: In the recent years, it's Justice and Speedball. They are seldom seen apart in Avengers Academy and in 2014 New Warriors. Whether they are more than just best friends, it is up to the reader.
Justice: Said your goodbyes?Speedball: All but one. What's this I hear about you leaving too?Justice: Guess you're a bad influence on me, still. I've been thinking. I always thought after college I'd take some time off...Just get in a car and go. See America, stuff got in the way.Speedball: Yeah. I had that idea too. That's kinda what our reality show was supposed to be. Go to places that didn't have heroes and show how we could help. It all kinda went out the window when they switched on the cameras.Justice: So...no cameras. You and me, for real this time. What do you say?Speedball: [Smiles broadly]
- One such example from Avengers Academy issue where it has this exchange between them when they were preparing for the road trip:
- My Real Daddy: Speedball was at first created by Steve Ditko and Tom De Falco where in his own series, he originally started out as a gimmicky character and a poor man's version of Peter Parker. When Fabian Nicieza wrote him on New Warriors, Speedball had turned into an interesting character with a well-rounded personality.
- Never Live It Down: An in-universe example, thanks to their reckless and accidental actions that sparked Civil War, the New Warriors and Speedball are known by public for blowing up Stamford.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap - The title's purpose, given its tendency to spotlight C-List Fodder. The first series even introduced its own
- The Scrappy: Hindsight Lad, who started off as an obnoxious fanboy, but later dropped the "Lad" and actually became a fairly competent supporting cast-member, before outing the identities of the surviving members of the group following the destruction of Stamford at the start of Civil War.
- The New Warriors in the fourth series as a whole, following Civil War, as it had nothing to do with the original New Warriors by having former mutants wearing Powered Armor and were led by Dwayne Taylor's brother posing as Night Thrasher. Time has healed wounds, though, and many said they were looking forward to the Marvel NOW team.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Aracely was supposed to have her own arc in the future issues but sadly, it was scrapped as the series was abruptly cancelled.
- Too Good to Last: The Marvel NOW series was ended after only 12 issues despite being beloved by fans and critics (though unfortunately that did not translate to sales). Even worse it was ended alongside the equally-beloved The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, meaning fans felt twice the pain.
- Wangst: A particularly infamous case, as Speedball took on the identity "Penance" and altered his suit so that he would be stabbed whenever he used his powers. Fans quickly nicknamed him Bleedball.