- Ho Yay: Nicholas and Smike, the mentally handicapped orphan he meets at Dotheboys Hall and later rescues.
Nicholas: My heart is linked to yours.
- 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.
- 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.