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These are examples of subjective tropes for the comic book character, Cable.

  • Fridge Brilliance: Despite losing the majority of his powers, Cable recently seems to be able to survive attacks that would have previously killed him (his throat being slit, multiple bullets in the back and a katana through the chest all in the space of a few days). But then one realizes that his former powers help keep his techno-organic virus at bay, now although weaker power-wise he is much more stronger physically because the techno-organics have spread throughout his entire body. "It's hard to completely slit a metal throat"
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A number of the early interactions between Cable, Cyclops and Jean Grey, before the revelation of his parentage became known. One example includes a time Cable was roughly berating his (unknowing) parents about the leadership of the X-Men, and insisting he take charge of the team for their own good.
  • Ho Yay: Cable and Deadpool. In Cable's case, he seemed entirely unaware of Deadpool's man-crush.
  • It Was His Sled: Cable was revealed as the son of Scott Summers and Jean Grey/Madeline Pryor/The Phoenix Force a whole three years after he was introduced. Now, his true identity is one of his defining traits, as evidenced by the introduction on the main page.
  • My Real Daddy:
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    • Despite being a creation of Rob Liefeld, many believe that Fabian Nicieza was the one to honestly define Cable as a character, giving him his old cynical soldier elements, most of his abilities and technology and his relationship with Deadpool
    • Scott Lobdell also gets some acknowledgement here, as he's the one who fleshed out Nathan's life growing up and essentially tied him closer to the X-mythos. Bob Harras, Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio to a lesser extent, for retconning Cable into Nathan Summers, though they didn't do anything with that afterwards — that's where Lobdell stepped in.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Kid Cable, the younger Cable introduced in Extermination. Part of it is because he murdered the older Cable, and the other part is that he's, well, young, when a big part of Cable's appeal is him being an old grizzled soldier. Especially when most of the X-Men and Summers/Grey Family go on to sweep Cable's death under the rug and forgive Kid Cable for murdering him, treat him like family, effectively replacing Cable. Despite everything he was to them and sacrificed for them over the years.
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  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Cable used to be considered the embodiment of everything wrong with the 90s. He was a "mysterious past" character whose power seemed to consist of looking cool and having big guns. Since that time, as more was revealed about his backstory, he's been fleshed out as a shell-shocked soldier fighting an eternal war against a seemingly immortal foe and trying to live up to his role as a Messianic Archetype without falling too deep into Knight Templar territory.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Most of the 2017 run. James Robinson's run had no real characterisation for anyone and a plot that just seemed like an excuse for action scenes set in different time periods, it's at best boring. The following arcs are considered better, but Ed Brisson's arc was hampered by bad art and an obsession with the Externals plotline that many readers never really cared about enough to see resolved over a decade later.
  • Throw It In!: Rob Liefeld was trying to come up with a big reveal for the villain Stryfe's identity when a friend suggested that Stryfe should remove his helmet to reveal... Cable's face. Thus Stryfe became Cable's clone, and the whole Summers Family got even more complex.
  • Vindicated by History: The 2008 run was regarded as So Okay, It's Average when it was initially released. Having been reprinted as a pair of thick trade paperbacks ten years later, it is now considered one of the best Cable runs of all time.
  • What Could Have Been: According to the first entry Cable was supposed to an older, time-displaced version of fellow X-Forcer Cannonball.
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