MacGuffin: In her review of Dune, she introduces "Lord MacGuffin" a character who specifically describes her definition of what a MacGuffin is. He even tries to inject them into the review itself.
Lord MacGuffin: The Spice must flow. Nostalgia Chick: What? Lord MacGuffin: The Spice must flow. Nostalgia Chick: See... I don't understand what you mean. See that's my problem with this movie in general is the fact that- Lord MacGuffin:[Pulls out a handgun, cocks it, and points it at the Chick]The Spice. Must. Flow.
He is later seen with a jar of mayonnaise, which is later revealed to have been filled with plot device and turns it into a portal. It also enables Lord MacGuffin to return from the dead.
Nostalgia Chick: Where did you learn your science ethics, sir, the University of Mengele?
Male Gaze: She has a quick rant about how even though Jessica Rabbit is an interesting, noir-like character, all she's remembered for is the giant boobs.
Mama Bear: Do not screw around with Lindsay when it comes to her friends or co-workers. She quickly came to the defense of Nella after the Grease review, was quick to correct anyone who thought Doug was making fun of her abortion in the Christmas special, heavily flamed a troll who put up vicious rumours about Elisa, and when someMy Little Pony: Friendship Is Magicfans came after Obscurus Lupa because she did not mention the show when she did a review on an old made-for-tv My Little Pony movie, Lindsay had this to say:
Lindsay: Guys. It ain't that they're grown men watching a cartoon. Good on 'em. It's that they're crazy obsessive and trying to spread the goddamn gospel, like crazies on the corner. THEY WILL NOT SHUT UP AND LEAVE US WHO DO NOT GIVE A SHIT ALONE. People inform me that I should be glad because it's a show made for girls that doesn't suck and has mass appeal. I might have been interested, but Jesus Christ, you people, BACK OFF. I'm with Lupa; if there was a shit to be given, my box of shits have long run dry, as has my box of fucks. I am out of fucks to give. You guys can have your fucking show. Please don't assume that anyone else gives a fuck about it, lest the backlash get backlashier. Let me reiterate in case I was not clear, for apparently clarity is not my strong suit. It's not that it's grownups watching cartoons. It's that (some of) you are crazy, tunnel-visioned, DEFENSIVE (did I mention defensive? God, if there's one trait that grates on me...) and annoying as hell. Sane ones, if you exist, tell your crazy friends to shut the fuck up. Stop being so goddamn defensive. Enjoy your goddamn show; leave us out of it. Jesus.
Nostalgia Chick: What are you doing if you're in high school and still a virgin?
Played with when she displays some Self-Serving Memory about the Critic in Suburban Knights. We know that he really isn't a good enough actor to pull off fooling everyone with an Innocent Fanservice Boy act, but it shows what she thinks of him when she tells Floss in the Moulin Rouge! review note more specifically the "behind the scenes" footage when the music isn't playing over their conversation that he knew exactly what he was doing and wanted to make the rest of the team uncomfortable.
Mars Needs Women: "Everyone wants to get into Thumbelina's tiny cotton panties. Frogs, beatles, fleas, lican, the Dark Lord Xenu, dark matter... everyone. And she's a pretty passive player in all of this."
A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: She looks ready to kill herself in frustration when she kidnaps Todd again and listens to his brain, only to find out the only thing in there is Lupa.
Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: In Sleepless In Seattle vs. When Harry Met Sally, she calls snoring in bed a deal-breaker. In the next episode, the Disposable Fiancé is allowed to be disposed because he's political. She'd also break up with a guy if he let himself grow too much body hair.
In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, to demonstrate how Disney held themselves back from brilliant darkness by way of the gargoyles, she edits together Frollo being judged by the eyes of Notre Dame followed by the statues clicking their fingers in "A Guy Like You", and "Hellfire" to all the pop culture references.
Most Writers Are Adults: Comes up in her reviews of City of Angels and The Christmas Shoes, her theory for this being the innocent, mature, perfect children there are how the writers want children to act.
And The Little Mermaid ends with the TGWTG girlsnote except JesuOtaku, something to which Lindsay apologizes in the credits singing (except for Nella, who is voiceless and just mimes) "Part of Your World".
She also talks about this in the "Disney Vs. Dreamworks" video, how "serious" animated movies will have a fun, feisty trailer to draw people in.
The "Dark Nella Saga" trailer led viewers to assume that Dark Nella was going to be a clone created by Dr. Tease. In the X-Men review, however, the Chick vetoes the cloning plan and Dark Nella is actually the real Nella resurrected.
Never Work with Children or Animals: In the Milo And Otis episode, she explains the logic behind this trope, namely that it's less about kids and animals being uncooperative and more about them needing special supervision and care and having lots of rules about what you can and can't do with them.
Non-Singing Voice: invoked She's quick to notice that the grandmother's gritty voice in Mulan becomes much softer and higher when she's singing.
Noodle Incident: In The Stinger for Daria, the Chick kills Nella and Elisa's excitement for Magfest by saying they're not allowed to go onstage because there was an unfortunate incident with a guy and he doesn't want them near him.
Nothing Is Scarier: Just before Dark Nella makes her first appearance, the sound and background gets all out of focus and you can see someone following the Chick.
Played with in the X-Men review. Whenever she has to smash the filter and talk about the show's problems, she'll be her usual self. When she's fangirling, she falls right in.
She says people switch off their brains even more when it comes to Christmas songs.
On Transformers: The Movie: "Yeah, I know, people are really attached to this movie, but that is that whole purpose of lifting nostalgia goggles, is it not? I mean, the show is usually watchable at times and sometimes even enjoyable in its campiness. This movie? Less so."
No Swastikas: The title card for Der Fuhrers Face has the Chick in the position of Donald Duck with his costume on, but the middle of the armband (where the swastika would be) is hidden by her pigtail.
N-Word Privileges: Parodied in her review of Song of the South. Before she can get out the name-drop of Magical Negro, Nella (dressed like a stereotypical black maid) cover it up with the hoover. Chick complains that "[we're] not even allowed to use that now?" and Nella snidely repeats "we?".
Of Corset Hurts: When the Makeover Fairy tries to get Nella into a corset, Nella understandably tells her how much she hates her right now.
Out of Focus: In her Babysitters Club review, she notes that Jessi, by complete coincidence!, is the only girl without a subplot. After a few less-than-stellar lines, however, she admits that this was probably a good thing.
Painting the Medium: In the X-Men The Animated Series review, without Nella the Chick's reviewing style becomes overly dull and analytical, which is shown by the video being washed out and lower quality. As soon as Dr Tease injects her with Truth Serum to liven it up, it goes into full colour and higher quality.
Probably the #1 fan of the "NOSTALGIA CHICK", for I go back farther than anyone else knowing her, for I helped "make" her some 26 years back. You guessed it, I am her dad. James Carroll Ellis. Since leaving home for NYU, and then on to USC, I have watched her mature into a young adult while establishing a wonderful fan base and friends, which is deeply appreciated and I simply say "Thank You". Her talents are obvious, having many, just like her ol dad. As for NELLA, SWEET, SWEET, NELLA, Lindsay and Nella, (Antonella) have been and are the best of friends. Any remarks, suggestions, and/or references to her were done as a professional actor, and certainly no malice was intended. She (Nella) has visited our home many times, and she is a superb beautiful human being. The world would be a better place with more NELLAS.
In the Top 10 Hottest Animated Guys video, we get good details on the three leading ladies' animated hottie preferences: Elisa likes them stoic and brooding like Goliath and Batman, Nella just goes crazy over Thomas and Dmitri (the latter partly because he resembles the former), and Chick has had childhood crushes on Aladdin and... Batty.
Please Don't Leave Me: Referenced at the end of the first "Thanks For The Feedback". Critic's had a Am I Just a Toy to You? breakdown and stormed off, Chick's ran away in relief but then "baby come back, you can blame it all on me, I was wrong..." starts playing when they're both offscreen.
Plot Armor: Nella concedes that Kirk always got out alive and everyone else died because he was the main character.
In a holiday so filled with pretense, it's nice to have a song that lets us use words like “slut”, “bum”, “faggot” and so on.
Poor Communication Kills: The Grease 2 makeover only happened because the Makeover Fairy thought she was getting Todd the right manliness level for the Chick, and Todd thought she was getting him perfect for Lupa.
"Identify with this product, little girls. Be a Jem girl."
In What Women Want, she visibly drinks alcohol and eats chips while wondering why every movie lead is now an ad exec.
Likewise, she opens the You've Got Mail review with a glowing endorsement for Starbucks coffee liqueur - "providing my stimulants and my depressants in one useful dose." The credits feature "I except my check any day, Starbucks."
ElisaInTime: I never thought I'd see the day when I received an email from my mother with the subject line 'Your "death" by the evil intergalactic clone'.
Reality Subtext: What drives half of the humor in the Chick -> Todd storyline In-Universe. In real life they're a sickeningly adorable couple, in-show she's hopelessly deluded that he'll one day love her back.
Really Gets Around: The Chick says Kirk is just a manwhore who would stick his peepee into anything with a hole in it.
Repeating really stupid lines in slow motion so she can react to them properly. For example: "They're not like you and me, which means they must be evil!", "Everyone got AIDS and shit!" and "Ursula's crazy sister!".
Happens more in crossovers and yearly specials, but she'll be disinterestedly drinking something or playing on her phone any time something "important" happens.