!!The Luc Besson film contains examples of:

* DawsonCasting: 30-year old Anne Parillaud playing teenage junkie Nikita.

!!The TV series contains examples of:

* ActorAllusion: One of the members of Oversight is portrayed by Alberta Watson, who played Madeline in ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''
** Nathan, Alex's LoveInterest is played by Thad Luckinbill, Lyndsy Fonseca's main love interest as Colleen in TheYoungAndTheRestless.
** Cyrus, a Rogue Division agent turned arms dealer. His sales pitch is evocative of [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike the role that made Isaiah Mustafa famous]].
* FridayNightDeathSlot: Unfortunately, this is most of the reason why Nikita is currently CW's lowest rated show.
* TruthInTelevision: The episode where Division attempts to kill a Georgian prince has a background in reality. There really is a Monarchist tradition in Georgia (though it's been absent from power for 200 years), and there really was a dynastic squabble settled by the two lines marrying recently, in 2009. All the personal stuff was fake, though.
** Also, Nikita picking at her food in the suburban mealtime in 1x20 because it was a pot roast. She apologises when the kid says she is "busted". This is an allusion to Nikita's actress Maggie Q's real life veganism and animal activism. She is also well-known for ensuring that she works in places that do not use fur, and has changed this when working on certain projects before.
* RetroactiveRecognition: In "Alexandra," that's [[Series/LostGirl Kenzi]] as Alex's friend from her sex slave days. And then Lauren as a terrorist four episodes later ("Girl's Best Friend").