- Awesome Music: The 2001 version has some great music.
- The RSC stage production also has plenty of examples.
- Ho Yay: Nicholas and Smike, the mentally handicapped orphan he meets at Dotheboys Hall and later rescues.
Nicholas: My heart is linked to yours.
- Somewhat downplayed once you go back through the story with the knowledge that they're cousins.
- Les Yay: Madeline initially has "a warmer feeling" for Kate than for Nicholas; it's implied that she mainly falls for him because of his resemblance to his sister.
- Narm: The 2001 version has Newman Noggs punch the air, imagining he's punching Ralph Nickleby. Unfortunately, it ends up looking... rather silly.
- Retroactive Recognition: In the 2001 version, one of Sir Mulberry Hawk's friends (either Pyke or Pluck; they aren't named in the adaptation) is a very young Loki.
- The Woobie: Smike.