* Matilda's final victory over the Trunchbull.
* Bruce (the fat kid) [[MundaneMadeAwesome eats a whole cake]] (the ''size of a fat kid''). [[ItMakesSenseInContext This is a triumph of the human spirit]] and not only do the other kids cheer him on, but you will also be tempted to follow suit.
*** It's even more awesome when Trunchbull smashes the glass platter over his head. While that is a bad thing to do to a kid it gives two more awesome points for Bruce: 1. Being that he is durable enough to take a heavy glass platter over the head with nothing short of a loud belch. 2. It gives Bruce the satisfaction that the aforementioned action meant he got to Trunchbull showing us a glimpse of her VillainousBreakdown.
** He gets a second moment in the film. As all the kids are throwing water balloons, he smears a cake across the Trunchbull's mouth.
* Miss Honey also gets a slight one when she [[spoiler: finally stands up to the Trunchbull]].
-->'''Miss Honey''': I am ''not'' seven years old anymore, [[spoiler: Aunt Trunchbull]]!
** Miss Honey also gets one in both the book and the film when she calls Mr. Wormwood out for considering some stupid TV show (in the book, it was a soap opera; in the movie, it was a televised boxing match) more important than his daughter.
** And again when Matilda's dad makes disparaging comments about college-educated people and Miss Honey points out that educated people have a place in the world (if, Heaven forbid, Matilda's dad had a heart attack, the doctor that cared for him would have been college-educated or, if Matilda's dad was sued for selling faulty cars, his lawyer would have been college-educated).
** Mr Wormwood's INeverSaidItWasPoison response:
-->'''Mr. Wormwood''': What car? Sued by who? Who have you been talking to?!
* Matilda's class [[spoiler: standing up to the Trunchbull]] in the musical. By ''misspelling words.''
* The end of the film version of Matilda features this scene at the end when Matilda's family is forced to leave the country.:
--> '''Matilda''': I love it here! I love my school; it isn't fair! Miss Honey, please don't let them...
--> '''Harry Wormwood''': [interrupting] Get in the car, Melinda!
--> '''Matilda''': Matilda!
--> '''Harry Wormwood''': Whatever!
--> '''Matilda''': I want to stay with Miss Honey!
--> '''Zinnia Wormwood''': Miss Honey doesn't want you! Why would she want some snotty, disobedient kid?
--> '''Miss Honey''': *extremely serious* Because she's a spectacularly wonderful child, and I love her!
* Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny, but:
--> '''Matilda''': Here, I've got the adoption papers right here!
-->'''Zinnia Wormwood''': Where did you get those?
-->'''Matilda''': [Gives her a triumphant look] From the library! I've had them since I was old enough to xerox!
* Miss Honey's method of teaching 5 year old children to spell "difficulty" is pretty cool.
--> Mrs D. Mrs I. Mrs FFI.
--> Mrs C. Mrs U. Mrs LTY.