- Badass Decay: Though largely a street-level hero, Darkhawk is one of the most powerful street-level heroes and can take on whole gangs single-handed. During Arena he gets his armor stolen in issue 3 with barely a fight and spends most of the story on the sidelines. Of course this because Darkhawk at his full strength could've effortlessly broken Arcade's whole scheme.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Darkhawk is an Ensemble Darkhorse in the greater Marvel universe. He's a C-lister at best (hell, one of the few superhero teams he's joined was called the League of Losers) but fans love him and wish he was used more.
- My Real Daddy: Although the series was created by Tom DeFalco, it was actually written by Danny Fingeroth for its entire run.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- Darkhawk got his powers from space pirates. Meanwhile, Nova is a space cop. Both of these characters have known each other for years and were on the New Warriors but nothing came of this potential conflict.
- In the early aughts, he struggled with preventing the armor from taking over his personality and turning him into either a Knight Templar or a Blood Knight, but when The Loners failed to become an ongoing series, this conflict was hastily wrapped up with him somehow learning to make peace with the armor.
YMMV / Darkhawk