Created By: Specialist290 on December 28, 2009
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MagicBus

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A vehicle which is capable of much more than you would expect from a standard vehicle of that same make and model. May or may not actually be alive to some degree or another (sentient AIs don't count, except when they're not supposed to be sentient in the first place). A Wizard Did It or Clap Your Hands If You Believe is pretty much inherently part of the description as to why it has these abilities; mundane causes like user customization / upgrades don't count.

Typically has quite a bit of overlap with Cool Car / Cool Ship, etc.

Trope Namer is The Who's song "Magic Bus," although that isn't an example.

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Examples

Film

Literature
  • The Magic School Bus, of course.
  • Several from Harry Potter:
    • First is the Weasley family car, which is an enchanted Ford Anglia which can fly and is sentient.
    • The Knight Bus, a heavily enchanted, purple, triple-decker bus that transports witches and wizards.
    • The Hogwarts Express is a magical intercity train that carries students between London and Hogsmeade.
    • Sirius Black owned a flying motorbike, which he lent to Hagrid the night Harry's parents died.
  • In The Mouse And The Motorcycle, the aforementioned mouse is able to ride a toy motorcycle like it's the real thing just by sitting on the seat and making engine noises.

Live-Action TV
  • In My Mother the Car, the main character's mother has somehow reincarnated as a classic car.

Video Games
  • The King of Red Lions from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. He's later revealed to be a human who has magically enchanted himself to take on boat form.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • December 27, 2009
    JCaesar
    The Bluesmobile in The Blues Brothers.
  • December 27, 2009
    SMARTALIENQT
  • December 27, 2009
    fzzr_miller
  • December 27, 2009
    Specialist290
    Honestly, I'm not entirely sure that James Bond's rides count. While they do have a number of outlandishly improbably gadgets, most of those are added at MI6's lab by Q. This trope is supposed to be more "car that runs on / seems to be enchanted by magic," not "The Same But More of Cool Car" or things that are explicitly technological (except in the case, as noted above, of self-aware A Is that just seem to spawn themselves without being actually intended as part of the design).

    Can't say much about the other examples since it's been a while since I've seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I've never seen the others, but I'll throw 'em in unless someone objects.

    That said, I just remembered a video game example: The King of Red Lions, the talking boat from Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Of course, he was later revealed to be a transformed human, but I think that still fits.
  • December 27, 2009
    Fanra
    Several from Harry Potter. First is the Weasley family car, which is an enchanted Ford Anglia. Which can fly. And is sentient.

    Second is The Knight Bus, a heavily enchanted, purple, triple-decker bus that transports witches and wizards.

    The Hogwarts Express is a magical intercity train that carries students between London and Hogsmeade.

    Sirius Black owned a flying motorbike, which he lent to Hagrid the night Harry's parents died.
  • December 27, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • December 28, 2009
    jojabar
    The car from My Mother The Car. Justified by the car being the protagonist's mother.
  • December 28, 2009
    random surfer
    Given the line "(sentient A Is don't count, except when they're not supposed to be sentient in the first place)" in the OP, I don't think KITT or KARR should qualify.
  • December 28, 2009
    berr
    The Mouse And The Motorcycle.
  • December 28, 2009
    Specialist290
    @random surfer: Thanks. I'll correct that.
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