So... Jenny Nicholson a Web Original creator, once known for heading Friendship is Witchcraft, currently running her own YouTube channel of the same name. After posting infrequent miscellaneous videos from as early as 2011, she started gaining traction around 2016 after she began making videos talking about mainstream film and TV show franchises, such as The Avengers, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and Star Wars, all with a unique sense of deadpan humor and often with her cosplaying as a character in whatever the video is about.
Her videos vary on whatever she feels like doing, with her subjects and style alternating frequently. In addition to directly discussing films or shows — either recent ones she just saw or older ones she has a deeper thinkpiece on — she also does skits as characters acting out humorous takes of their respective works, riffs on fanfiction or other obscure literature, and more.
Jenny Nicholson provides examples of:
- Actually A Good Idea: In her video on "Black Moon Rising", Jenny genuinely compliments the climax of the novel for being much better-paced and exciting than everything preceding it, thinking the author had a lot of potential that was marred by her requiring to re-explain the Star Wars universe in order to justify her not-fanfic.
- Analogy Backfire: In her video on the book Trigger Warning, Jenny breaks down the protagonist/Author Avatar's reverence of Audie Murphy for being an unmoving and unflinching war hero by simply pointing out how Murphy suffered from dangerously severe PTSD throughout most of his life, and spent his later years advocating for PTSD research and mental health sensitivity, something the book vehemently rejects.Jenny: I guess it's literally and depressingly true to say "his safe space was behind a gun"... because he actually felt unsafe for many years falling asleep without keeping a gun under his pillow, which was not included in his biography as a cool, triumphant thing.
- Awesome McCool Name: "How To Make Up Star Wars Names" has her go into a few methods, resulting in a few examples of these:
- For "normal" characters, it's usually a regular name merged with real words, sometimes with the spelling altered to sound appropriately "space-y" (ex: Samden Cross, Alben Solitaire, Chip Blasterbolt, Mobi Rodrik, Kara Moonlock, Jimmy Scrambles).
- For aliens, it's usually random syllables mashed together, sometimes arranged to sound mildly foreign (ex: Hep Fass, Shrim Shrim Ulpax, Ag-Tem Sorton). Having one name and a professional title also works (ex: Viceroy Petertia, Constable Oideron, Inspector Krumbulus).
- For villains, Sith Lord names are "Darth" followed by a word starting with "in-", but with the prefix removed (ex: Darth Ebriate, Darth Trusive, Darth Ertia, Darth Ception, Darth Somniac), while others are basically sinister-sounding words put together (ex: Sallow Caine, Rickshaw Purge, Fence Blackspool, Badslice Dark Jaw, Jimmy Scrambles).
- Bait-and-Switch: In "15 Very Dumb Things in Fantastic Beasts 2"; after not mentioning Johnny Depp's casting controversy through the entire video, she gives us this in The Stinger:Jenny: Finally I have to say that I think it's morally reprehensible to have Johnny Depp in this movie. I mean, it's bad enough to dig up a corpse, but to slather makeup on it so it looks vaguely human, and then poke it with a stick so that it shambles around attempting to deliver dialogue, it's just inhumane.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In her Star Wars: Forces of Destiny video, she brings up the idea of changing the doll line to one of only new and original characters as a potential fix for its various problems. This would also allow to keep making short webisodes for the characters, with very simple premises such as:Jenny: Kelsi is afraid she won't pass her Jedi trials! Layla likes a boy but doesn't know how tell him! Megan found a Sith holocron and is drawn to the dark side and the power it brings!
- Butt-Monkey: In "Rating. Every. Porg.", Jenny reviews a small one named "Hugo" as such:Jenny: Hugo is a miserable excuse for a porg that fails in every conceivable way. Hugo is a walking avocado with the face only a mother could love. His dream is to play the trombone one day in a marching band, which is a foolish dream. Porgs can't play the trombone; their mouths and flippers just aren't built for it. Hugo couldn't porg his way out of a paper bag. 0/10.
- In one review, Jenny mentions that the mom died of sadness, and ladies do that sometimes. This is a reference to The Stinger of the "If Rey is a Skywalker" video.
- When running down the list of things you can buy from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in her video on Disney's Pandora, she includes $30 plastic wands as a reference to her review of Escape from Tomorrowland.
- Canon Defilement: In "Is Forces of Destiny good?", she discusses Disney's canonical concern for "brand integrity" and "character integrity," with Disney refusing to put its respected properties in anything that could be considered demeaning or out of character. Jenny finds the theory sensible, but she also finds it to be a killjoy that factored into the doll line's refusal to have new characters or even outfits not already established as canon, hindering its appeal and being a waste of a perfectly good universe to boot (she also digresses to theorize brand integrity as being what killed the more comedic Lord and Miller version of Solo).
- Clueless Aesop: She spends a portion of her video on Beastly discussing how the "beast's" flaw he's being punished for is vanity rather than cruel snobbery, which is irrelevant to his arc of becoming a kinder person.note She also points out a scene where the blind tutor gives him An Aesop about accepting himself through his looks, something Kyle never properly does, effectively snapping the aesop in half.
- Comically Missing the Point: Jenny herself ends up falling into this during "One Direction during The Purge", where one fic tagged with "Larry and Niam" throws her off and gets her confusedly asking "Which one is Larry?"explanation
- Cosplay: Jenny often dresses up as something relevant for whatever she's talking about, like as a witch for her video on magic, as a nondescript superhero (with a Wonder Woman-style tiara made out of masking tape) when reviewing Justice League (2017), or wearing a casual Adventurer Outfit for her video on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Her video on A Christmas Prince features a dead-on recreation of one of the protagonist's outfits in the sequel.
- Contrived Coincidence: While reviewing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald comments on the unlikelihood of two famous wizarding families travelling to America with a baby on the same boat at the same time by complete coincidence.
- Cursed with Awesome: "Elsa Has It All Figured Out" explores what could've happened had Elsa properly thought out her "curse." Anna not only suggests creating valuable ice for refrigeration that could do wonders for the kingdom's wealth, but also that since she's proven to be extraordinarily powerful by accident, they could probably Take Over the World with no military force daring to oppose them.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: "If Rey is a Skywalker" (a video released way before The Last Jedi) portrays Luke Skywalker and Rey after the events of The Force Awakens, playing up a hypothetical conversation based on the popular fan theory that Luke was Rey's father. Luke starts off with this trope to explain why he left Rey on Jakku, but she doesn't buy it and calls out all the holes in his poor judgement (as well as all the flaws in the theory).
- Dead Person Impersonation: The last section of her video on Trigger Warning (a novel released in 2018) discusses how its credited author, William W. Johnstone, has been dead since 2004. Jenny unpacks how his estate, most notably his niece, Jo Johnstone, appears to have been using his identity to write and publish majority of his supposed bibliography.
- Deadpan Snarker: Jenny has a penchant for very dry, continuous humor in her many videos.
- Didn't Think This Through:
- "Suicide Squad Sales Pitch" thoroughly deconstructs the entire basis of the movie through a hypothetical conversation between Amanda Waller and the unnamed person she's pitching the titular squad to, resulting in this at the end:Jenny: Okay, if you can get on the squad by being a good fighter, then why are there any villains on the squad?
Jenny (as Waller): What do you mean?
Jenny: Well, there are all these incredibly famous people running around with superpowers, and you even said earlier you were in contact with Batman... so... why don't you just put together a team of good guys who are powerful and also not dangerous criminals?
Jenny (as Waller): ...oh my g—
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- "If Rey is a Skywalker" fully deconstructs the now-jossed "Rey is Luke's daughter" theory by calling out how no matter how you slice it, there is no valid excuse or sensible plan to justify Luke dumping Rey off alone at a young age on Jakku.Luke: I had to keep you safe!
Rey: ...from what!?
Luke: You have really strong force powers— a lot of people want you dead, or evil, or both.
Rey: And Jakku was the safest place you could find? I was alone there, I was six!
Luke: Look, Jakku was off the grid and we knew no one would look for you there...
Rey: My first week in Jakku, I almost got eaten by a bird. It just picked me up and carried me away.
Luke: ...was it really big?
Rey: Nope, you know what? It wasn't, it was just really hungry.
- "Elsa Has It All Figured Out" does the same thing between Elsa and Anna, deconstructing Elsa's decision to have kept her ice powers secret as well as her self-exile after she froze her entire kingdom. Unlike the previous two examples, her properly thinking things out would be an awesome thing.
- Her review of Disney's Pandora points out the disconnect of the lore (that the Alpha Centauri Expeditions company are cohabiting with the Na'vi) and that there are no Na'vi walking around their own homeworld.
- "Suicide Squad Sales Pitch" thoroughly deconstructs the entire basis of the movie through a hypothetical conversation between Amanda Waller and the unnamed person she's pitching the titular squad to, resulting in this at the end:
- Dude, Not Funny!: Although most of the fanfictions and bad novel readings are done comedically, there have been a few times where Jenny had to stop and point out that the material was pretty disturbing and probably shouldn't be joked about. Notably in her Jeff the Killer fanfiction reading where the author's Self-Insert has no reaction to the murder of her parents and then goes off to join other Creepypasta monsters like Slenderman, something she compares to the motivations of the girls in the real life Slenderman stabbings. Then there's her reading of Trigger Warning where she stops to point out how the author seems to misinterpret the tragic life of Audie Murphy by ignoring his horrible struggle with PTSD and instead focuses on his military background.
- Epileptic Trees:
- "25 Knights of Ren Theories" has Jenny share a bunch of crazy fan theories regarding the Knights of Ren, all based on incredibly minute concrete info about them.Jenny: We know that they exist, and that Kylo is the master of them. That's literally nothing to go on, so... it's not even worth trying to speculate who they are. (long pause) ...so today, I'm going to go over my top 25 Knights of Ren theories!
- In "The Grim Dystopia of A Christmas Prince", Jenny gets a ton of mileage out of interpreting the film and its sequel, taking various elements throughout as evidence that — among other things — the series takes place in a Crapsaccharine Alternate Universe stuck in a time loop where it's always Christmas.
- "25 Knights of Ren Theories" has Jenny share a bunch of crazy fan theories regarding the Knights of Ren, all based on incredibly minute concrete info about them.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "Dumping on Fifty Shades Freed for 25 Minutes" has her end the main review with this disquieting realization:Jenny: Christian also says that the woman working with Jack Hyde was working with him because he also slept with her and also blackmailed her with their sex tape. Because that's the only way to control a woman, is to have sex with her. (beat) ...wait, is that like the moral? Of the whole series!?
- Fetish Retardant:
- She describes the many sex scenes in Fifty Shades Freed as "grotesque," to a point where "it just starts to feel like meat. You're just looking at meat, like you forget that it's attached to humans."
- In "I did it. I found the Worst Book.", a lampooning of a self-published romance novel called Troll, Jenny's repeatedly turned off by the very creepy and dubious behavior of the male lead, as well as the use of the word "tummy" in a sexual context.Jenny: Is there any word less attractive than "tummy"?
- Gag Censor: Does this in Escape from Tomorrow, during a scene where a nude woman is awkwardly projected over Soarin'.
- this film was accepted into the Sundance film festivalthis film had a theatrical releasethis film won 6 oscarsok that one's not true
- Girl-Show Ghetto:
- Jenny satirized this in "Ready Player One for Girls", essentially showcasing the book had its Reference Overdosed nature be "translated for girls," referencing a ton of media that itself falls victim to this and are present on the trope's page.
- her video on Star Wars: Forces of Destiny in regards to both the internet's general reaction to it, as well as the lack of creative thought that went into it as a toyline. She also addresses this in
- I Can Change My Beloved:
- Briefly lampooned in "Elsa Has It All Figured Out" when Anna considers marrying Hans after all.Elsa: Hans seems evil.
Anna: (dreamily) I know. I can change him.
- In her video on Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, she notes how every deluxe doll comes with a bonus companion for the character to nurture or protect:
- Briefly lampooned in "Elsa Has It All Figured Out" when Anna considers marrying Hans after all.
- Idiot Ball: While reviewing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Jenny points out several uses of this.
- Jossed: Before the premiere of The Last Jedi, Jenny made a prediction chart in the formatting of a bingo card. The majority of predictions didn't happen, and no bingos were obtained.
- Misaimed Marketing: She calls Disney out for doing this in their initial announcement of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — a doll line for girls — at Star Wars Celebration to a crowd of mostly adult male fans, pretty much ensuring they would all become betrayed and furious when they discover 1) it wasn't made for them, and 2) it was made for little girls.
- Narm: Jenny frequently likes pointing out instances of this from some of the fanfictions and self-published books she reviews.
- Never Learned to Read: Called out in "If Rey is a Skywalker" as one of the many "perks" she got from growing up alone and on Jakku. She also points out she never learned how to count past 20.
- No OSHA Compliance: Her video on the reality game show Opposite Worlds is filled to the brim with this, not just featuring the "past" team living in miserable conditions over the course of the series, but clearly-untested challenges that resulted in countless contestant injuries, some severe.
- Oddly Small Organization: In "25 Knights of Ren Theories", she jokes in one theory that as a mysterious plural entity, it would be funny if the "Knights of Ren" only had the barest minimum of two members.
- Only One Female Mold: In her Star Wars: Forces of Destiny video, Jenny finds it "literally insane" that for a doll line, 3/4ths of its initial lineup (Jyn Erso, Rey, Leia) are white girls with brown hair, which she assures us would all look identical to a child who can't tell the difference. She also points out the wasted potential in a post-Monster High world where unorthodox and plentifully unique character designs have been more accepted by children that Forces of Destiny has no characters of alien species, preexisting or original.
- Orphaned Etymology: In "Top 10 Worst Reasons You Hated The Last Jedi", she admits to have been distracted by the fact Rey and Rose —two characters from completely different cultures and planets— both use "snake" as a term of villainy, leading Jenny to wonder if snakes exist in the Star Wars universenote and if there are cultures who instead refer them with positive connotations.Jenny: Maybe snakes are not a creature in the Star Wars universe; maybe the word "snake" is just an extremely vulgar cuss word and those insults that Rose and Rey were saying were actually a lot stronger than we thought they were.
- Poe's Law: Jenny has a hard time deciding whether the novel Trigger Warning is mean to be intentionally bad or not, finding it bad and tasteless enough to seem like it wouldn't be a sincere effort, but also a lot less extreme than it could've been if it were intended simply for political shock value. Considering the reclusive and mysterious background behind its alleged authors, it's unlikely we'll ever find an answer.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: In her "Excruciatingly Deep Dive into the Avatar Theme Park", Jenny is very repeatedly amused by the consequences of an Pandora-themed theme park where the Na'vi are conspicuously absent, and the dubiousness of the human cast members highlighting the culture of what are essentially American natives in space on their behalf.
- Reclusive Artist: Jenny's analysis on Trigger Warning points out how beyond its credited author (who has been dead for over a decade before the novel's publication), its actual writer appears to have been a woman under a gender-ambiguous pen name, a fact which seems to be deliberately obfuscated at every opportunity. Given the novel's material and demographic, Jenny speculates this secrecy may have been done for her own safety.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: She has a very clear fondness for porgs, and to a lesser extent BB-8, with plushies of them often in the background of her videos (including an enormous one that takes up most of her bed). She has a video reviewing every porg she owns, and she owns a lot.
- Sarcasm Mode: Jenny is very fond of deadpan humor, frequently making the transition between sincere commentary and insane hilarity seamless. An example from "Fifty Shades Darker Script Doctor", where she pinpoints faults and offers small changes she would make to the movie to improve them:Jenny: So we've got all these minor villains crowding the story, and I think what we need to fix it is just one really forceful personality to structure the plot around. I propose Bane. He's not as iconic as the Joker, but I think he's got a really strong presence and he can lend himself well to the universe of this story.
- Self-Insert Fic: Several of Jenny's videos have her cover and riff on these. Of note are Trapped in a Island with Josh Hutcherson (whose third-act twist causes it to go in unexpectedly surreal directions when it introduces a second Author Avatar) and Insanity (which —among other things— ends with the self-insert hooking up with Jeff the Killer and committing murders with him).
- Sequel Hook: At the end of her video on Insanity, after being enamored with the ending cliffhanger featuring Jeff the Killer and Naomi arriving at a mansion inhabited by all sorts of characters of famous Creepypasta, Jenny demands to know what happens after it... and then pulls out a copy of the fanfic's direct sequel, Welcome to the Mansion.
- Serial Numbers Filed Off: Throughout her video on the self-published novel "Black Moon Rising", she addresses that the book is essentially a novel-length Rey/Kylo Ren fanfic taking place in the Star Wars universe in everything but name.
- Sexy Whatever Outfit: Jenny in "The Halloween Costumes Nobody Wanted" reviews several clearance Halloween costumes, and she predictably comes across a few of these. She's surprisingly enamored with the Purple People Eater and "scandalous" penguin costumes (finding the former like a rave outfit and the latter an adorable "good execution of a poor concept"), but is unnerved by the tween-sized "sexy" teddy bear costume and the "sexy" Johnny Depp!Tonto outfit.
- So Okay, It's Average: While reviewing Beauty and the Beast (2017), Jenny presented a "compliment sandwich", in which she said one good thing about the movie followed by one bad thing, and so on.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: In her video on Beastly and when discussing its licensed video game, she brings up how likely due to soundtrack licensing issues, the film's footage used is instead scored with one of three royalty-free tracks, none of which fit at all and makes the scenes hilarious to watch. This culminates in her mention of the film's original ending used in the game where Kyle is shot, scored with goofy pop jazz sitcom musicnote .
- Suspect Is Hatless: Notes while reviewing Paranormal Home Inspectors that difficulty breathing is of limited use as a manifestation when looking for reasons for a haunting, given that the reasons for it showing up include drowning, hanging, strangulation, trauma to the head or chest, being buried alive, most terminal illnesses, and being unable to breathe due to being dead.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: At the end of Rating. Every. Porg."I'd like to thank the Los Angeles Porg Archives, for loaning me all these Porgs for my video. I don't own them all myself; that would be excessive. And sad."
- The Stinger: She tends to have a scene at the end of her videos following the ending credits of Patreon sponsors.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- Jenny is especially disappointed by Tomorrowland due to the rich storytelling potential of the original Disneyland attractions that the film functionally discards after the first 10 minutes.Jenny: Later in the film you get very brief glimpses and flashbacks of Tomorrowland in its heyday, like all these smart little children running around in these 1960's space cadet uniforms that look like little tennis outfits; running around this dazzling futuristic landscape, making adventures, and making friends and it's like this retro-futuristic Hogwarts. That's a really cool movie! It's cool and cheesy and timeless; it sounds like it has franchise potential to me. But that's not the movie that we got. We got like... National Treasure, but less focused.
- In her video of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny (primarily the doll line, not the webisodes used to promote them), Jenny finds there's nothing inherently bad about a Star Wars-themed doll line targeted for girls, but is greatly marred by a lack of creativity and foresight about what its audience wants. She admits by the end of the video she actually wants the line to succeed, and suggests several ways it could be improved.
- In her video on Escape from Tomorrow, Jenny notices that writer/director Randy Moore in several interviews inadvertently draws a parallel of his disillusioned relationship to Disney World to that of his divorced father, a concept she thinks could've been very interesting had he decided to focus on that instead of the confused and padded-out plot it went with. She even argues it could've keep the supernatural horror elements .Jenny: Like, maybe this is the summer after the son graduated high school and he was gonna go to college and wasn't gonna see his dad anymore, and it's like their last big "hurrah" together, but then they go to the theme park and nothing's the same, and creepy things are happening and they have to get out of this together and confront truths about themselves, I dunno...
- While she's unimpressed with the somewhat moot ethical debate in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom of "Should man-made dinosaurs have the same rights as endangered species and should we save them?", Jenny sees a lot of potential groundwork with the discussion of cloning (especially regarding Maisie) for the movie to have instead been about "Is life precious and worth saving even when you can just make copies of things whenever we want?", and comes up with an idea for a plot with this debate in mind.
- Jenny is especially disappointed by Tomorrowland due to the rich storytelling potential of the original Disneyland attractions that the film functionally discards after the first 10 minutes.
- This Is Going to Be Huge: She's repeatedly amused by the fact that Beastly clearly wanted to be a phenomenon on par with Twilight, then ended up with a mediocre performance at best. During The Stinger, she claims still finding tons of unsold Beastly merchandise at Toys "R" Us, theorizing they might still be around even after they shut down in the US.
- Too Soon: One of Jenny's legitimate grievances with the otherwise So Bad, It's Good Paranormal Home Inspectors is how it occasionally uses recent unresolved local tragedies for their dumb ghost hunting show. While she's fine if it's something directly related to the clients and they're okay with finding closure, she finds it disrespectful when they incorporate some unrelated local death when their relatives are still around and weren't asked to give their blessing.
- Totally Radical: One of her favorite things about Beastly is its incredibly tacky dialogue. On top of making conversations awkward and as subtle as a flying anvil, since everyone speaks like "the writer's version of 'cool person,'" it makes every character sound interchangeable, making interactions devoid of chemistry.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Regarding "Insanity: A Jeff the Killer Fanfiction", while Jenny is completely willing to forgive children who legitimately don't know any better making poorly-written self-insert fanfic indulging in what they think is "cool", she is pretty disturbed by how this particular one features a surprising amount of graphic violence and murder, some of which is done by the self-insert character.
- The Unsolved Mystery: "WHERES BUZZY? Disney Worlds Stolen Animatronic" has her detail the history and mysterious disappearance of the titular animatronic, going over the various theories of how it could've just disappeared and where it might be. Just about every one of them, even the Occam's Razor route ("Who has access to Buzzy? Disney does.") have significant holes in them, making his absence all the more mysterious.
- Urban Fantasy: Jenny slams Beastly for doing this poorly. She acknowledges that modernized fairy tales are a thing and can be interesting, but the modernization of Beauty and the Beast is inconsistent in a way where the rules for the Willing Suspension of Disbelief make no sense, taking place in a normal New York high school, but inexplicably featuring a real witch and magic that nobody seems to question or properly acknowledge; one who is known in the school, goes to said school, and casually lives in a normal apartment.
- Verbal Tic: Jenny tends to begin most of her videos with "So..." right before getting into her main topics.
- Weaksauce Weakness: In her video informing viewers about Pennywise she ends with:Jenny: Pennywise has one weakness! Physical trauma.
- Well, This Is Not That Trope: During the Incredibles 2 review, Jenny mentions that she spends most of her videos just harping about themes...and this video will be one of those videos.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: "But what if Peter hadn't been Spiderman" spoofs the scene from Spider-Man: Homecoming where Toomes assesses that Peter Parker is Spider-Man and confronts him about it, playing out his resulting spiel if it turned out he was completely wrong.