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Nikki Bower
First Appearance Last Appearance
LG15 in Topanga Canyon - NBR 1 Politics Gone Wild!
Character information
Age Unknown
Date of Birth ("Pisces")
MySpace nikkibowerreport
Forum Posts NikkiBowerReport
YouTube NikkiBowerReport
Revver NikkiBower
Bebo NikkiBower
Portrayed by Alli Danziger
List of Nikki Bower videos
Videos with Nikki Bower

Nikki Bower is a YouTube/Revver user who has posted several fan videos in which she purports to be an investigative reporter following a trail of clues all over the country to investigate and help Bree and her friends. She recently graduated college with a Journalism major, often conducts her investigations by interviewing people in a "man on the street" style of reporting. She is a big fan of Nancy Drew, and considers her her idol. She also has had a long-standing crush on Jonas, and often comments on his toned physique.

Nikki admits that she is not a science expert, can't really decode codes, doesn't really know much about the water or marine biology, and can't swim. However, she is always there for Bree and her friends when they need her most.

Is Nikki Official?

Early suspicions

Since her first video was posted on youtube on November 1, 2006, many fans have speculated about whether Nikki is an official character of the LG15 series. Some fans speculated that she may become an official character eventually, much like Gemma and Jonas did. Others believed that she may have been created as a source to disclose information to LG15 fans without straight-out saying it in one of the other official videos. On January 25, 2007, after Nikki Bower was identified as being played by actress Alli Danziger, Nikki posted a disclaimer that she was not canon. However, on April 17, 2007, Bree referred to Nikki by name for the first time in New Girl, making references to Nikki's most recent video, which strongly suggests that Nikki has moved into a more canonish status.

The production value of her videos always suggested she may be an official character; however her videos lack the repeated cuts found in other canon videos (which gave away both Gemma and Jonas). This suggests that her videos are not edited by the lg15 team. In her first video she displayed the full URL of the forum, which many fans speculated might point to her being official (trying to attract fans to the forum).

Nikki responds

In comments after Nikki's sixth video "Where Is Jonas?" a YouTuber called Memewhile declared "This is another actor hired by the Creative Artist agency in LA as part of the Lonelygirl15 series. She is reading a script written by Ramesh Flinders". Nikki responded by saying innocently, "Who's Ramesh?"

More clues

The most significant clue that points to her being an official character is found in her video What I Found at Topanga Canyon - NBR 2. In this video, Nikki Bower finds a small box near the site of The Ceremony with a lock of blond hair in it. Engraved on the top of the box is the Watcher symbol. This video was posted ten days before Gemma's video A Watcher, in which the symbol was first officially introduced.

However, one theory that addresses this issue is that Nikki is simply a fan who has been receiving tips from the Creators. In her first video, Nikki goes to Topanga Canyon but doesn't find anything, and asks for ideas from other fans. In her next video, she says that "I got a lot of tips, and I am back here in Topanga Canyon." And later: "I was told in a private email message, that longitude may have more significance than we think. And it may have to do with footsteps." When she takes 118 steps (corresponding to 118 degrees longitude, where the canyon is located) she reaches a bridge. "One of you guys told me to keep my eyes out for the bridge... this is the bridge." And looking around the bridge, she finds the box. It is quite possible that the anonymous tipper was the Creators, who got excited at Nikki's first video and decided to plant some clues. Later, in NBR 7, Nikki finds Gemma's building after "I was lucky enough to get an anonymous message that gave me the ZIP Code of where Gemma is residing. I don't know if it was from Tachyon herself or one of her cohorts..." So it seems that Nikki is not exactly an official character, but simply a fan who has caught the attention of the Creators - a pawn, if you will.

Nikki uncovered

On January 25, a post on Milowent's blog revealed that Nikki Bower was portrayed by Alli Danziger a friend of the Creators, however, Nikki has stated that she is not canon. (See forum post.) It is clear however that despite being revealed as fictional, Nikki is determined to remain in character. Also, it has now become apparent where Nikki gets her anonymous tips from, however, the question remains whether or not she is truly canon. It is possible that Nikki is working independently of the Creators fueled with insider information. Alli D had done a previous Nikki B style roving news journalist bit as part of her acting training. This is very likely the well from which Nikki B sprang with the blessing of the Creators. Either way, whether she is canon or not, much of her information obviously is. Additionally, many fans feel that Nikki B brings a much needed levity in the face of the increasing darkness of the main story line and are thankful for her contributions no matter where they originate from.

Other Miscellaneous Info

Nancy Drew?
In her video Watchers Everywhere, Nikki reads from a copy of Nancy Drew's Guide to Life, a book that was found in a Tachyon drop. She reads the following quote from the book:
"Don't discount faint lines or indecipherable blotches on discarded pieces of paper. A magnifying glass might reveal them to be very small words."

In most of her videos, Nikki is walking around and the camera is following her, even though she is clearly not holding it. Nikki never acknowledges a camera person, but it is obvious that she must have one. When asked who her cameraman was by a YouTuber, she replied that it was her mom. (comment on NBR 6)

The YouTuber Moldova pointed out that a tag on her third video is "nikkiebowerreport" (note spelling with "e") leading one to ask the obvious question: who spells their own name wrong? However, it is possible the "e" is her middle initial.

You can learn more about her home at Nikki Bower's house.


Be sure to check out some theories about Nikki Bower.

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