- Sadist Show: Reviewing-wise, she's had her fair share of Go Mad from the Revelation moments. Sketch-wise, she's a sociopathic Broken Bird who abuses her friends, the Dark Nella saga featured some failed Break the Haughty. Elisa's characters show disturbing glee in inflicting their Mad Science and pitiless makeovers on anyone in their sights.
- Sanity Slippage Song: The frantic part of the Barber Of Seville overture plays whenever she goes on a shouty Motor Mouth rant about a movie's vast array of Plot Holes.
- Sarcasm Failure: The nonsensical plot of Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas leaves the Chick saying "...I got nothing." At one point, all she can is do point at the screen and go "Boo!"
- Sarcasm Mode: "Thanks For The Feedback 2", about why Nella puts up with things like the Grease "Makeover Fairy" (which Nella wrote the script for):
- Used frequently in the Showgirls review.
Nostalgia Chick: Wow, I can't believe this was written by a man.
- Sassy Gay Friend: Invoked using Chez Apocalypse contributor Rantasmo (host of "Needs More Gay"). He doesn't seem especially sassy except for when the Chick forces him into this role, for instance in their "Disney Needs More Gay" crossover.
- Say My Name: "NELLA!!!"
- Nostalgia Critic wakes from being chloroformed, crash zoom to his face "CHICK!"
- Scare Chord: One happens when The Little Mermaid pops up to answer her question about why Don Bluth failed so hard in the nineties.
- Scenery Gorn: In The Disaster Movies Of Roland Emmerich when she's not being able to hide her worry about Critic, we get to discover a lovely shot of Chicago sickly green and completely destroyed.
- Schedule Slip: She tries to put out one video a month but because of school and large amounts of traveling, can't always.
- Now that her documentary is done, she's assured people that she's back to making regular weekly videos. She seems to have kept her word this time. She's even doing (usually) more than one episode a week now.
- She went on another hiatus in 2013, due to being hired to work on a project pertaining to Pokémon. The hiatus ended in January 2014.
- Science Is Bad: The Chick has learned this by the time of The Craft, complaining to the Makeover Fairy that it's got them nowhere. Of course magic proves unhelpful too...
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She fights the Critic to do FernGully: The Last Rainforest but, like him, tries very hard to escape when Robin Williams starts rapping.
- She tries multiple times to get free from Bratz, but ultimately manages to get through it once the Critic explains why he wanted her to sit through such shit.
- Even though the Chick is now definitely a totally separate character, Lindsay's made no secret that she thinks she's a horrible actress. (In the Jem review, the Chick even says so.) She doesn't even like being called an actress.
- While she's not exactly going to win any awards soon, the general opinion is that she's much better at acting than she thinks she is. It takes talent to create a three-dimensional and funny persona who is totally different from yourself.
- She also released a short film she did when she was fourteen and mocked the hell out of it in her newly added subtitles.
- When she does her directing lessons in Xanadu, the image says "brought to you by the USC school of pretentious indoctrination".
- Nella is the one who writes a lot of her character getting abused, including all the jokes about her makeover in the Grease review.
- Elisa is a big Gargoyles fan and wrote the segment where the Chick took the piss out of it in the "Top Eleven Villainesses".
- Mara Wilson co-reviewing one of her old movies, Matilda.
- Serenade Your Lover: Over in the Critic's crossover review with Moulin Rouge!, the Chick says she once got herself laid by singing Whitney Houston.
- Sequel Episode: The Chick's Matilda review includes Mara Wilson and her supernatural powers, following her appearance in the Critic's review of A Simple Wish, and also references events in To Boldly Flee.
- Sequelitis: Pointed out In-Universe.
- She rants about how when it comes to Disney Direct-to-Video films they're "bad by design" in the Enchanted Christmas review.
- Grease 2 is so awful that it actually makes her say a few good things about the first one. Also, there's this "pitch session":
Chick: Yeah, Grease 2, it's gonna be big.
Nella: This time we're gonna switch the genders. What if it's the guy who gets made over into the sexy hoodlum?
Chick: And we already had an Australian... the British! They're all nerds, they're all prudes, let's make the foreigner a nerd!
Nella: Sandy was a prude, let's make him a nerd!
Chick: Nobody gets pregnant, we've already done that. Ooh, let's have a guy trick a girl into having sex.
Nella: Characters actually having sex, yeah! We already did that with the cop-out pregnancy sub-plot, too much of a downer, let's have them allude to it! A lot! And sing about it.
Chick: Prom! Ooh, we've already done that. How about a luau?
Nella: What about the guy? What makes him cool? What vehicle do we sing about? No, can't do the car, that was in the first movie. Boats!
Chick: No no no, not boats, motorcycles!
Nella: But they have a song about the car in the first movie...
Chick: Well they sing in this one too, but in this one the girl sings it. Man, motorcycles are hot!
- The "Top Ten Worst Disney Sequels" and the "Top Five LEAST Awful Disney Sequels" proved... tough for her to deal with.
- Serious Business: According to the Chick, this is the Olympic Comission's attitude towards bobsledding in Cool Runnings.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Present in some of her rhyming during The Lorax review. At point she inserts a Take That to the Critic's own rhyming review of The Grinch, calling him a "noxious dilettante". Because "bitchy Know-Nothing Know-It-All" wouldn't have sounded so academic.
- Sexual Karma: In Anastasia.
Chick: Do the right thing! Karma will get you laid!
- Sexy Shirt Switch: In Lindsay, Elisa, Lupa, and Todd's vlog review of Captain America: The First Avenger, Todd comments on how it's too hot to wear his hoodie and that he doesn't need to be wearing it because people will still know who he is. One jump cut later Lindsay is wearing it. Then Lupa...then Elisa...
- Sexy Whatever Outfit: Apparently women are legally required to wear these on Halloween.
- Shaggy Dog Story: The Dark Nella Saga. Nella's still abused, Dr. Tease and The Makeover Fairy are still evil and the Chick is still a horrible person. And we wouldn't have it any other way. At least Dark Nella didn't destroy the world, so that's a plus.
- She Knows Too Much: A ninja is sent from Disney to silence her when she theorizes that The Princess and the Frog was just made to expand the Disney Princess merchandising line.
- Ship Sinking: Even though it should have been obvious from the nature of the 'relationship', Lindsay has confirmed that the Chick will never get together with Todd.
- With regards to proper Real Person Fic, she said she views Doug and Noah as basically her asexual big brothers. But that's not going to stop the fangirls, especially not when they flirt for fun like the whole site does.
- Ship Tease: Lots of it for Chick / Nella and Chick / Critic.
- To the delight of shippers, the Chick/Critic teasing was confirmed in the Ferngully commentary, when they said they made it too obvious to get fanfic and that's why they don't get much. Because over a hundred fics with a lot of them being extreme fem-dom is not much. Although they were very likely just pushing for even more.
- Other mentions suggest that the Critic and the Chick have something going on between them, but it's weird and self-loathing. Naturally.
- They even manage this when one half of the pairing is dead. In Matilda, Mara thought the best way to break the Critic would be to attack the Chick, and even though the Chick squirms around with an "he isn't my ally!", she can't hide the fact that she misses him.
- At the end of Southland Tales, Chick pretty obviously gets herself laid when The Critical Marine enters cosplaying as a Imperial Stormtrooper, and they play out the "Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?" scene.
- Elisa has a lot of flirty banter with Paw, to the extent that they're starting to get pissed off when people keep on thinking they're dating in real life.
- Shout-Out / Reference Overdosed: The team have their own page.
- Show, Don't Tell: Being a film student, she gets really irritated by movies that don't listen to this advice. Xanadu was the most blatant example.
- Shown Their Work: Perhaps fittingly, she knows a lot about revolutions, slavery note , wars and just general disasters.
- She's very knowledgeable about early animation (not just Disney), which she puts to great use in the NChick shorts.
- Sister Jesus Mary Joseph of our Perpetual Guilt (aka Nella) is quick to point out the problems with the depiction of nuns in the two Sister Act films, namely the difference between nuns (cloistered prayer) and sisters (service to the needy, poor, in need of education etc).
- Shrine to Self: "Michael Bay's" DVD shelf consists of only three films: Armageddon, Bad Boys II, and The Rock.
- Sickly Green Glow: A destroyed Chicago gets this courtesy of Dark Nella.
- Sincerity Mode: Done to tear-jerking effect (even she was visibly on the verge of tears) in her review of TLC. Lindsay comes out of her goofy, messed up, uncaring character and discusses how much Left Eye Lopez inspired her and how alcoholism is a disease like any other.
- Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Calls out Teen Witch on a particularly obnoxious use of this trope.
- Single Tear: Mocked in the She-Ra: Princess of Power review, where He-Man cries with no facial muscles moving.
- Sissy Villain: On Ratcliffe. "Nothing says sinister like little pink bows on your pigtails!"
- Skyward Scream: Her Big "NO!" when Nella dies.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: She and the Critic beat and chloroform each other without any Double Standard.
- Slow Clap: At the death of Paris Hilton's character in Phelous' House of Wax (2005) review (and gradually joined by about every other TGWTG contributor).
- Slow-Paced Beginning: In-universe. Cinderella III: A Twist in Time has a disgustingly cute five minutes, but then becomes probably the best Disney sequel. (That isn't The Rescuers Down Under.)
- Slut-Shaming: Has it as a Berserk Button but also plays it straight, doing the same thing as Critic by freely flinging around insults like "slut" and "whore". The character has been established as a massive hypocrite though, so it's safe to say it's part of the humor.
- Lampshaded and Played for Laughs in Sister Act, where the Chick defeats Nella's catholic guilt by asking her how her sex life (which the Chick knows she has) is going.
- Small Annoying Creature: She might love dogs, but Scamp from Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure/ just fails at being a likeable character.
- Small Name, Big Ego: A very tongue-in-cheek invoked example. Her comic persona opens two of the "Thanks For The Feedback" segments with the self-important introduction "Hi, I'm Lindsay, star of such internet phenomena as 'The Nostalgia Chick'". The real Lindsay is nothing like this and actually seems to feel undeserving of the "small" fame she has.
- Small Reference Pools: According to one fool in the comment section for the Jem review, Hannah Montana isn't mainstream so the Chick shouldn't use it a reference. Oh, if only that person was connected to the web, then they could look it up. Wait a minute...
- In her behind-the-scenes video, Lindsay expresses concern that her video on nostalgic baby dolls wouldn't get as many views as the others. (Ironically, it's considered one of her funniest.)
- The Smurfette Principle: A whole episode is devoted to it.
- In the VLog for Super 8, Nella mentions that it's a boy movie with the token one chick.
- In contrast, she's praised Batman: The Animated Series for being a Super Hero show and having at least three interesting and complex female characters.
- So Bad, It's Good: In-Universe. Showgirls is a "perfect storm of shit".
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Her opinion on bishie-style Leonardo DiCaprio.
Chick: Why did he have to be so damn cute?
- So Okay, It's Average: In-Universe.
- The Liam Neeson version of Les Misérables was more like "Les Meh".
- The Craft is nothing great, nothing awful.
- Brother Bear was on the "meh" side of okay. And Todd and Lindsay say this is the best that most Disney sequels can hope for, Todd falling asleep through half of them.
- Song of the South's main flaw isn't racism as much being so deathly dull that the Chick falls asleep twice while she's trying to make fun of it.
- Much like Song of the South and racism, the animal cruelty scenes in The Adventures of Milo and Otis are really the only things worth talking about because the rest of the film is so dull.
- Unlike the no-effort-given sequel which ends up So Bad, It's Good, Sister Act is frustrating because it tries, fails and just ends up being harmless.
- She points out how Matilda is a Love It or Hate It then gives her controversal opinion...it's okay.
- Soft Water: She points how Pocahontas (and her raccoon and hummingbird) jumping from a cliff into a lake and still surviving isn't really possible.
- Something Completely Different: The NChick shorts. They're still in-character and funny, but they're less cynical comedy and more bringing attention to some really influential early animation.
- "Thanks For The Feedback", where there's no review and it's looking at the characters "behind the scenes".
- City of Angels and You've Got M@il were both a bit like her version of the Critic's "Old vs New", with her comparing the movies to the ones they were based off.
- "Nostalgic Baby Dolls" looked at dolls marketed at girls, in a way that was filled with literal Dead Baby Comedy.
- Apparently this can be a bad thing. Elisa explained the "TLC review taken down" controversy as Lindsay feeling like it was too different from her shows usual tone.
- Soprano and Gravel: Parodied with the Nostalgia Duo's gender war song. Doug gets raspier to try and be all manly and Lindsay makes her voice thinner to sound stereotypically girly. Just adds to the hammy fun.
- Sound Effect Bleep: She swears plenty, but "fuck" gets bleeped out because Lindsay thinks it's funnier.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: She plays "Yakety Sax" to bypass a couple of pointless scenes in Labyrinth.
- She plays "Love Game" by Lady Gaga at the start of her My Little Pony review. Because "I wanna take a ride on your disco stick" is really what you think of when you see cute, girly ponies.
- In The Fifth Element.
You really want to have Seinfeld
music to denote victory?
- Spaghetti Kiss: Nella and Mara Wilson do this with Fruit by the Foot in "Nostalgic Foods of Yore" (The moment in question is at the 9:10 mark.)
- Spiritual Antithesis: She considers War of the Worlds to be one to Independence Day as while Independence Day showed how the alien invasion brought humanity closer and was on the Idealistic side, War of the Worlds was focused on how utterly screwed humanity is when confronting the aliens and each other.
- Spoiled Brat:
Chick: And why do we have to eat these fine royal delicacies? I wanna eat Oreos!
- Spoof Aesop:
- "Remember, you can't spell 'rape' without 'rap'."
- "This Halloween, if you're still a virgin, STOP IT. You never know when your virginity might somehow unleash an undead Bette Midler from beyond the grave."
- The third "Thanks For The Feedback". Aung Lang Syne plays as Nella gives a speech on not judging others on appearances and treating friends with respect... and then Chick tells her to do the dishes.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Nella and Elisa have gained more prominence in her newer reviews.
- Squee!: Mocked with high-pitched proclamations of "PUPPIES!"
- When Dr Tease injects her with Truth Serum in the X-Men The Animated Series review, the result is a combination of squee and Motor Mouth.
- Lord MacGuffin even tells The Chick that the key to turning Dark Nella good again is to "find her squee." That is right, they used squee as a plot device.
- She finally emits one in earnest when the topic of Gollum comes up in her The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers review.
Chick: I did not just squee.
- Staging an Intervention: Spoofs this with Nella, Elisa, and the girls intervening in Chick's hatred for The Little Mermaid.
- Stalker with a Crush: In her The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air video, Andre of Black Nerd Comedy is implied to be this for Nella.
- Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male: Even though they're both played for creepy comedy and you're not supposed to root for either of them, can you imagine Todd taping Lupa to a chair and still being told by fans he'd get her in the end?
- Stating the Simple Solution: In Showgirls, when a guy complains about his girlfriend being pregnant, she bluntly says he could push her down the stairs and hope for the best.
- Stepford Smiler: Apparently her life-without-Critic husband is this. When the girls go, he bursts into tears and when the baby starts crying again, he yells at it to shut up.
- Sting: In Sister Act, when the Chick realizes Nella's trying to kill her with catholic guilt.
- Stock Scream: She uses the Goofy scream when the prince in Dragonheart falls off a building with a silly look on his face.
- Story Arc: Three. Her decision not to just do "girly" stuff anymore (which ended up being more about the power dynamics between her and the Critic), the Nella abuse getting worse which lead to the Dark Nella Saga, and her Sanity Slippage obsession over Todd.
- Strawman Has a Point: In-universe. While you're meant to sympathize with Rob Lowe's mother and wife, she wants to strangle them for being jobless leeches while he's being a messiah lawyer.
- Strictly Formula: The Transformers series, even though she has it as a serious Guilty Pleasure.
- Student Teacher Romance: She's disgusted when a student sing-asks a teacher for sex in Grease 2.
- Stuff Blowing Up: On the train explosion scene in Anastasia:
- Stunned Silence: After hearing Brian's rape rap, this was how a horrified Lindsay reacted.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Referenced by The Chick in regard to Hugh Jackman:
The Chick: Ah, Hugh Jackman. All the women want him, and at least twenty-five percent of the men. And the other seventy-five percent want him, at least a little.
- Stylistic Suck: The Chick and Elisa's scene with bad blocking in the Film/Xanadu review.
Elisa: I think I'm going to stand up now...because I like it better...here!
Nostalgia Chick: You know, it's my dream that you would stay in one place when you say your lines.
Elisa: Dreams die.
Nostalgia Chick: What does that even mean?
- Subliminal Seduction: A Sight Gag in Anastasia of Freud slipping on a banana. Durr hurr, get it? PENIS
- Subverted Kids Show: She tries to convince Nella that Rapunzel and Flynn are so obviously doing it in that 90% hair poster.
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: At the end of the The Lorax review:
It burns me, like this cheap whiskey, right down to my thorax
I'm your Nostalgia Chick, and I speak for... underrated Dr. Seuss books from the 1970s.
- Suckiness Is Painful: The interquel to her one of her favorite movies ever causes her great and intense pain.
- Only a few minutes of Shark Tale gets her crying and Transformers II sends her into a three month long bad movie coma.
- The only way she knows how to cope with The Lorax is to drink cheap booze until she vomits up her insides.
- After watching Freddy Got Fingered, it takes a while for Nella to be able to form words again.
- She had to scream for about a day before speech was an option.
- This extends to real life as well. In the commentary, Lindsay said the "Top Ten Worst Disney Sequels" was her first "worst list" and therefore probably the most demoralizing episode she's done.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
Nostalgia Chick: Dr. Tease! Where's Dr. Block?
Dr. Tease: She's...not in space!
Nostalgia Chick: Where's Dr. Block?
Dr. Tease: ...Not orbiting a distant star!
- In Grease 2, the Chick does this a lot. No, she's not horny. No, she doesn't like a guy whose face she has never seen!
- The same thing comes up in "Top Ten Songs About Sex (From Musicals)", which she did because it's about nostalgic music, and nostalgia is what she does. Nothing whatsoever to do with a musician who hides his face and rejects her advances, the ungrateful bastard.
- Subverted at the end of The Lion King:
Chick: And if it's not like I've ever held my small animal up in the Circle Of Life pose... oh, like you haven't.
- Surprise Incest: The original plot of the first "Thanks For The Feedback" was apparently going to be a Shout-Out to Luke and Leia from Star Wars, with Chick and Critic going all the way and then finding out they were related.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: In-universe. She readily admits to disliking the original Cinderella because the characters are so boring, so enjoys Cinderella III for retconning personality traits into the leads, the animation actually pretty decent and showing off self-aware humor.
- Like Critic, she thinks The Rescuers is deathly dull and its sequel awesome. So much so that it shouldn't even be given the indignity of going on a "least worst" list.
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: In Mulan, she subscribes to the theory that Shang had the hots for boy!Mulan.
- Take That: She enjoys her (mostly affectionate) potshots at Disney. The Song of the South review has her thanking them for making themselves such an easy target.
- Her At The NChick Labs video has an extended one to the people who keep trotting out the (long-removed) "Rape Rap" video as proof of what a terrible person (and feminist) she is. It very much feels like a very long "Shut The Fuck Up."
- "Thanks For The Feedback: Wii Fit" is a Take That at all the people who judge her appearance far more than they do for the Critic.
- When one of the Transformers in Transformers: The Movie mentions the Matrix, she says it's overrated.
- In her review of "The Fifth Element", Douchey McNitpick complains why she does movies other than girly ones, bitches about her definition of MacGuffins and says he's still going to masturbate to her picture later on. Triple-whammy!
- When reviewing Rankin-Bass's The Last Unicorn, she blurts out that his version of The Lord of the Rings was "terrible!".
- When she's overdosing on Truth Serum, she admits that that she thinks Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka is superior to Gene Wilder's.
- She thinks Shrek was just a product of a load of anger and bile towards Disney.
- Twilight fans don't have brain-stems. To be fair, she could have said a lot worse. And with a glorious dose of Hypocritical Humor, she's on Team Edward.
- Unlike the Michael Bays of the world, Disney actually cares about not pissing people off.
- There's a whole load of movies that she has in-universe Hype Backlash on and she has no problem making that known.
- See Furry Fandom for her Take That to all the furries.
- When they find out that Jem was made by Hasbro, both Nella and Nostalgia Chick let out a disappointed but knowing "Ohh".
- Due to her utter loathing of X-Men III, Brett Ratner comes under fire a few times.
- Calling the boob song in My Little Pony the best one is like calling Revenge of the Sith the best out out the Star Wars prequels.
- She also cuts to Jar Jar Binks when she says Dragonheart paved the way for unfortunate CGI.
- John "Where is my goddamn salad" Malkovich.
- "Retire, Andrew Lloyd Webber, retire!"
- The end credits for the "Top 11 Villainesses" has a bit of a rant about Christopher Nolan's Batman films for being a sausagefest and showing off his daddy issues.
- Subverted with The Fox and the Hound. In her Thumbelina review, she showed the poster when she said Disney was in the pits, making people think she didn't like the film. It turns out that she loves it for how dark and subtle it is.
- In The Lorax, she asks who wants to see an unpleasant dumbass spend a whole review bitching in rhyme. Not a serious Take That, though, as she's rhyming when she says this and rhymes some more about getting wasted at the end.
- Take That, Critics!: Following the uproar over alleged "flaunting" of her breasts in To Boldly Flee, Lindsey tweeted that her next review would be conducted while wearing a burqua. True to her word, she did. note
- Take That, Us:
- (Regarding Aladdin and the King of Thieves) "Oh, Genie, you and your pop culture references. Anti-reference joke brigade, prepare to feel a wrath far greater than any Internet reviewer could come up with."
- *NSYNC's Christmas song videos: "Enjoy our one camera setup and internet reviewer-grade green screen!"
- Teens Are Monsters: Like the Critic, she had a bad time at high school. Unlike the Critic, however, whenever there's a flashback her teenage self will act like an utter brat too.
- Tempting Fate:
Nostalgia Chick: This movie's so girly that next thing you know they'll be having a pillow fight.
*Spice Girls have a pillow fight*
Nostalgia Chick: You know, I wasn't serious.
- A slightly more Genre Blind version happened in the Top Ten Evil Nostalgic Characters. Chick, saying Dark Nella hadn't actually done anything "evil" so she doesn't really count is not a good plan.
- In the Mulan review:
Nostalgia Chick: Let's just try to do it in a tasteful way, shall we?
*everyone orders Chinese food from the assistant*
Nostalgia Chick: Hmm.
- In the Thumbelina review, she scoffs at Barry Manilow being the best the movie could do before hearing him sing (something good, not the songs in the film) and going off into a daze.
- Reluctantly digging up Beauty & The Beast II for one more kick in the teeth. But, "hopefully at least this one will be washed away by the sands of ti— [cue Blu-Ray edition] ....no!
- After watching The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, she says it can't get any worse. Cue Oz: The Great and Powerful which breaks her.
- That's What She Said: In Dragonheart.
"I never chewed in self-defence, I only swallowed."
- Three uses in quick succession in Dune, followed later by a "do I really need to say it"?
- There Are No Therapists
- Thing-O-Meter: In the Spice World review she has a "Random Shit-O-Lever" that looks like a girly high heel; pulling it (supposedly) causes a totally random occurrence to happen in the movie.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "DON'T YOU EVER TRY TO BRING LOGIC INTO THIS MOVIE AGAIN! THIS IS FERNGULLY, BITCH!"
- This Is Gonna Suck:
- When she's made to do Bratz: "This is gonna hurt me a lot more than it does you."
- When she reviews Spice World, after a particularly vapid scene: "We're only six minutes into the movie."
- Seeing as how she immediately said how grotesque and offensive Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas was to her, you knew it was going be a good one for suffering.
- Right after seeing the annoying bird in Thumbelina: "...you're gonna be in the whole movie aren't you?"
- Just before the "I LIKE BOYS!" song in Teen Witch, she looks like she's about to cry.
Chick: Oh, Christ.
- Inverted with Song of the South. She starts out excited to be self-righteously offended by the movie, but five seconds later she's fast asleep.
- In “Wicked Witch Of The West” Loose Canon, when it comes to Tin Man, she just leans back in her chair and groans. And then when it comes to The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, she immediately facepalms.
- This Is Why We Cant Have Nice Things: Says it exactly after talking about how animal rights laws got put in place after a horse broke its back during filming.
- This Is Unforgivable!: She'll never be able to forgive Dreamworks for Shark Tale.
- This Loser Is You: Points out how annoying this trope is in the Teen Witch review:
"Movie, that's not relatable. That's creepy."
- Three-Month-Old Newborn: She is quick to note how Nicole's baby is "smegmaless" and "Caucasian" after it's born in Spice World.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: During the Chick/Lupa crossover, Honor and Glory, Nella befriends Lupa and has Todd compliment her celebratory cookies.
- To The Bat Noun: "To Wikipedia!"
- Top Ten List: Avoids the Top 11 of The Nostalgia Critic "'[c]os you guys need to watch Spinal Tap."
- Halved in the "Top Five Least Awful Disney Sequels":
Chick: Why only five? 'Cos I- I can't.
- Trivially Obvious: In the Showgirls review, she calls her crew "a crack team of... humans".
- Tropes Are Not Bad: Although there's a lot of movies she reviews are way too light, gloss over history or are pretty dumb fairy tales, she understands that fantasy and wanting everything to be sweet and Disney-like aren't bad things.
- Troubled Production:
- While talking about Titanic (1997), she mentions the time someone put PCP in the punch and everyone got smashed. Except James Cameron.
- With some Hypocritical Humor about her show's script, she mentions that the writers of Grease 2 hadn't finished theirs before the the movie started shooting.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible:
- Because of the sheer shit of Showgirls, she concludes that it has to be an art film.
- When Leopold looks confused at The Prisoner, she reassures him that she had no idea what was going on there either.
- True Companions: Parodied and defied. The Chick calls the team her "extended family" in Hercules, but the only one who gives a shit about anyone else is Nella.
- The True Meaning Of Christmas: Parodied. After giving her lottery ticket to Todd, she realizes that the meaning of Christmas is mass consumerism.
- Truth Serum: Dr. Tease gives her several doses in the review of the X-Men Animated Series, turning her from a melancholy analytical academic into a squee-ing motormouthed genki fangirl.
- TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Vocabulary: Frequently brings up tropes and does Conversational Troping on her show.
- Twisted Christmas: Her already Black Comedy gets even darker around Christmas time.
- Two Words: Added Emphasis: The "AJ, I got just five words for you: Damn glad to see you, boy!" line in Armageddon confuses her slightly.
- Type Casting: She asks why Sarah Jessica Parker always get the role of the boy-crazy, attractive airhead.
- Ugly Cute: In-Universe, Dreamworks.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: In her review of Disney Princesses, she talks about how there is a period of time when the princesses seemed to have goofy, old dads who they tried to escape by getting married.
- Uncertain Audience: Notes that Spice World switches between jokes for kids and jokes geared toward adults at random.
- Undignified Death: How she views Maleficent getting stabbed after a movie of being Badass.
- Unfortunate Implications: In-Universe.
- Disney gets "weird" when it tries to depict "other cultures". And yes, she said that last bit in air quotes.
- A surprising exception would be the infamous Song of the South, whose reputation for racism she feels is mostly hype. She felt that the only reason people remember the film's unfortunate portrayal of black people, even though it's not nearly as bad as in contemporary films like Gone with the Wind, is because a) that's the only thing there is to remember about an otherwise boring movie, and b) Disney brought it upon itself by treating it as an Old Shame for thirty years rather than admitting that some of their films had racist undertones.
- She's creeped out by all the pedo-style undertones of the witches in Hocus Pocus.
- In the Anastasia review:
Chick: Yaay, Russia was awesome! For the obscenely wealthy!
- Discussed in her review of Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, which she doesn't see as possessing much in the way of anything resembling artistic merit. To her, the difference between Coal Black and a film like Blazing Saddles that also relies heavily on racial humor is that Saddles uses it in a satirical manner to make a point about race relations, while in Coal Black the jokes are more about laughing at black people ("they're so poor and uneducated, that's hilarious!"), up to and including gags about slavery, something that she just found to be messed up rather than funny.
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: In-Universe. The reason why she likes the the two antagonist daughters in the My Little Pony movie far more than the titular ponies.
Chick: Oh and the Mom sings an entire song about how disappointed she is for her daughters being inadequate. ...not that I know how that feels or anything...
- Unsatisfiable Customer: Her Running Gag for John Malkovich.
- Unstoppable Rage: Reality Bites causes her open letter to devolve into this.
Chick: EVERYTHING IS WORSE NOW!!
SHUT THE F*** UP, 1994
- Unusual Euphemism: Referring to babies as "crotch dumplings" in one review.
- She also uses the term 'Breeding Pair' for the Official Couple of some works.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
- In her Teen Witch review, she wonders why the hell everyone is so unbothered about guys suddenly starting to rap in a school hallway.
- And she says "Sure, why not?" to the Hocus Pocus leads' blasé reaction to the cat talking.
- Verbal Backspace: In the Labyrinth review:
"I think everyone remembers their first boner
- Very Special Episode: Things take a turn for the dramatic as Lindsay breaks character in the last act of her "TLC and the 90's" review.
- Video Review Show
- Viewers Are Morons:
- In her review of Showgirls. "Because movie viewers are stupid and can't deduce success or failure based on what's been shown onscreen, we have Molly dictate from the sidelines whether or not Nomi is succeeding."
- Her theory for why, unlike the first movie, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure keeps showing the faces of the humans.
- She will, from time to time, use a couple of archetypal moronic viewers (Joanne and Cleatus) as an example of the Lowest Common Denominator that most studios aim at. She'll point out stupid stuff in movies that probably exists to cater to their limited intellect, and comment on concepts that might be too difficult for them to grasp (such as humanity being of little real importance in her review of Men in Black).
- Villain Song: The evil witch's song in The Worst Witch gets cut back to back with "Poor Unfortunate Souls" to make it look even more horrid.
- Virginity Makes You Stupid: In Hocus Pocus:
- Visual Pun:
- During her Showgirls review, she asks why anyone would want to watch the film for any reason other than seeing some boobies◊. She also uses the birds in place of a Censor Box when the women show their... tracts of land.
- During her Labyrinth review, whenever anyone mispronounces Hoggle's name (a Running Gag in the movie), the word "Gag" runs across the screen to the first measure of horns from "Spanish Flea" as Lindsay points at it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She wonders why Wolverine even hung around with the other X-Men, seeing as how he also disagreed with them. Angrily so.
- Vocal Dissonance: She points out the disconnect between voices and character design in her She-Ra: Princess of Power review.
- Vocal Minority: In-Universe. She says that the annoying voices on both extreme sides of the political spectrum are just loud enough to keep Disney on edge.
- Volleying Insults:
- The "Wii Fit" game turns from a way to get exercise into a chance for Nostalgia Chick, Nella and Tammy to be increasingly bitchy towards each other.
- She also gets into a fight with Douchey McNitpick in her review of The Fifth Element. It involves him telling her he's going to masturbate to her picture later.
Lindsay: Why don't you bathe and get a job? You skin's starting to turn transparent.
Douchey: Yeah well, go back to reviewing girly stuff! You still do that, right?
Lindsey: Basement-dwelling manchild.
Douchey: Joke's on you! I'm still gonna masturbate to your picture tonight!
- The Unfair Sex: She immediately shoots down What Women Want's view that only men cheat and lie.
- Wangst: Pointed out In-Universe.
- We All Live in America: Mocked with her very first line.
Nostalgia Chick: Hi, I'm your Nostalgia Chick and I, like most of the world, am an American.
- Wish Fulfillment: Kate and Leopold is blatant stereotypical girl-porn and she knowingly and completely falls for it.
- Wham Episode: In the special "Kirk vs. Picard", they actually had the ovaries to kill off BFF Nella! This sets up the Dark Nella Story Arc.
- "Sleepless In Seattle vs. When Harry Met Sally" for two reasons. 1) Establishing that the Chick is batshit crazy. (Todd might be prone to ambitiously misfiring Grand Romantic Gestures, but he doesn't kidnap Lupa to make her love him.) 2) Her love for Todd is like Meg Ryan's plot in Sleepless In Seattle, something she's made up and a symptom of some kind of depression in her life.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: The Chick and Nella ended up doing something involving bunnies after they passed out from the Drinking Game they played while watching Disney's Hercules. Also, they're wearing lipstick that they weren't before, and there's a strange guy in the kitchen.
- Nothing really happened, it was just The Makeover Fairy fucking with them.
- [Note: The strange guy is the same guy playing Lord MacGuffin, and is one of the "actors" in the Showgirls review]
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: In-Universe: Her review of Hocus Pocus has a goodly amount of this. She usually discusses it with humor and sarcasm, but when the cat is run over and shown squashed (even though it recovers), she goes serious and outraged, shrieking: "This is a kids film, right?"
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: This was how they had their cake and ate it too with the Dark Nella Saga. Make the Chick's flaws and issues blatantly obvious, but it wasn't really Nella herself talking (Dark Nella was a clone who blew herself up) so nobody had to become a nice/better person.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Like Doug, there are some weird accents she does that you can't place. They're also hilarious.
- Who Dares?:
- Win Back the Crowd: In Lindsay's and Nella's in-universe view, X-Men First Class did this for the X-Men franchise after the abomination that was the third movie.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She says Gene Kelly's and Olivia Newton John's romance "gets dropped like a ball of roller-skates".
- What the Hell, Hero?: As to be expected with an Ensemble Cast with a Villain Protagonist as the star, the Chick gets a few of these. The most satisfying was probably Nun!Nella passive-aggressively damning her to hell for her all-consuming stalking of Todd.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?:
- In, well, Thumbelina: "I hate you enough to call you Thumbelina."
- From Hocus Pocus: "Thackary is a weird name."
- From Jem: "What the hell kind of name is Jerrica? Is it like the feminine city that the Israelites brought down? Is it like Erica was too boring, let's throw a J on it? Like Jem, so they match?"
- From X-Men: "Jubilee must have born to Chinese-American hippies."
- Wine Is Classy:
- Holds a glass of dark-looking wine in the second part of her "Dreamworks Vs. Disney" review.
- Again, she's drinking wine (as well as wearing a elegant dress and reading an intellectual book) when goofy bad-movie fan Obscurus Lupa picks her as "someone classier" to review the B-movie Honor And Glory with.
- A Wizard Did It: "Magic, damn you!"
- In the credits of her review of The Craft, she blames cosmic forces for the fact that her hair kept changing throughout the video.
- Elisa's answer for how Critic and Spoony could come back to life after Dark Nella destroyed them both:
Science!! Or maybe magic... We'll be more sure when the test results come back.
- Women Drivers: In The Little Mermaid, she horrifiedly notes that Eric let Ariel drive the carriage thing, "the fool".
- World of Ham: Nella's "pony melodrama".
- And the main world. It's telling when a sociopathic, hammy Broken Bird who needs a fuckload of therapy is the "normal" one compared to the people around her.
- World's Smallest Violin: Dr. Tease plays one while the Chick is angsting about Nella.
- The Worm Guy: She screeches "HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT?" when the lead in Godzilla (1998) does his Hand Wave-y explanation of how reptiles are born pregnant.
- The Woobie: Pointed out In-Universe.
- Written-In Infirmity: Nella got sick from the horror that was Transformers III, so they wrote the Little Mermaid review with her as The Voiceless. She'd sold it for a Doctor Who scarf.
- Xenafication: Discussed in the Ever After review with how every Cinderella type movie tries to make the main character more active. Mentioned in a good way when she discusses how Cinderella III had to retcanon traits in her that weren't there in the original and does it pretty well.
- X Meets Y: She calls Jem a Hannah Montana / Barbie hybrid.
- X-Pac Heat: In-Universe. Discussed in the Ender's Game episode, where Lindsay referred to it as "Chick-fil-A Syndrome" in reference to the then-recent controversy surrounding the fast-food chain. In this case, she was referring to how, even though many sci-fi fans will agree that Ender's Game is one of the greatest science fiction novels of the last several decades, they will often refuse to purchase it new due to its author Orson Scott Card's outspoken anti-gay viewpoints and generally right-wing politics.
- Yawn and Reach: Chick tries to do it to a taped up Todd, but he has a The One That Got Away breakdown before she can touch him.
- You Bastard: "These landmarks don't have anything to do with the characters or the story, they're just a cheap marketing ploy to get your ass into the theater because you want to see buildings you know get destroyed, you sadistic fuck."
- At the end of "The Top Ten Worst Disney Sequels", she holds a special place of contempt for parents who sit their kids down in front of the movies and act like it's no problem, because it's sending the message to Disney that this shit gets liked.
- You Keep Using That Word: "Second degree murder" doesn't mean what the Chick thinks it means.
- She uses The Princess Bride clip "I don't think it means what you think it means" as a response to the "truly outrageous" Jem theme song.
- She keeps stressing to Thumbelina that "impossible" isn't the same thing as mildly inconvenient.
- She also points out that "preachy" and "epic" are used for everything these days.
- You Look Familiar: Nella's Mad Scientist character appears in the same room as Nella herself, while Elisa plays The Makeover Fairy and Dr. Tease.
- In Ask That Guy 61, Ask That Guy mentions that he's been living with "that woman who looks suspiciously like the Makeover Fairy" as a Shout-Out to Suburban Knights. He of course goes off with a hammer to make sure she's dead.
- Your Cheating Heart: She lets out an involuntary "aww" when hearing Meg's "saved her boyfriend and he left her" backstory.
- Your Head A-Splode: Happened to the Chick after part one of her Armageddon review, thanks to 'Michael Bay' and his iron testicles.
- Your Mom: When revealing the voice actress for Madeleine in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame II, she cycles through a quick list of actresses—except one, which reads simply "Your Mom."