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->''"Gimme [[OldMoney a hundred]]''
->''I won't take under''
->''It goes like thunder''
->''It's a bus-age wonder!"''
-->-- '''Music/TheWho''', "Magic Bus"

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). AWizardDidIt or ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve 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 CoolCar / CoolShip, etc.

TropeNamer is Music/TheWho's song "Magic Bus," although that is not an example.

For the anime studio founded by Satoshi Dezaki (Creator/OsamuDezaki's brother), [[Creator/MagicBus click here]].



[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' featured a story in which Mr. Nobody made a bid for the presidency and travelled across the country in a bus powered by Albert Hofmann's bicycle. The trade compilation of this story is titled "Magic Bus". Yeah, it was that kind of comic.
* Sheba, Briscoe's BlackHelicopter, in ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' may be this. Nemesis thinks its all done with technological wizardry, but Briscoe keeps slyly hinting that there is something out of the ordinary about Sheba.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle from ''Film/TheLoveBug''.
* The Bluesmobile in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''.
* The titular car from ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''.
* The bus in ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour'', most likely.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'', of course.
* Several from ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** First is the Weasley family car, which is an enchanted Ford Anglia [[FlyingCar which can fly]] and is sentient.
** The Knight Bus, a heavily enchanted, purple, triple-decker bus that transports witches and wizards.
** Sirius Black owned a flying motorbike, which he lent to Hagrid the night Harry's parents died.
** The Hogwarts Express, while being probably the most famous vehicle in the series and exclusively used by the wizarding world, is [[AvertedTrope an aversion]] as it shows no signs of magical properties at any point (except perhaps in the nature of the platform it leaves from and its ultimate destination).
* In ''The Mouse and the Motorcycle'' by Creator/BeverlyCleary, the aforementioned mouse is able to ride a toy motorcycle as if it were the real thing just by sitting on the seat and making engine noises.
* The Scalawagons, in the Literature/LandOfOz, a whole series of sentient, flying taxis invented by the Wizard of Oz in book 35 of the series, for public transit in the Emerald City. They run on Flabber Gas.
* The '57 Chevy from Creator/JohnDeChancie's ''Literature/{{Starrigger}}'' series. While it's stated that its abilities are the product of science, they are far beyond even the high-tech background of the setting, including inertial damping, artificial gravity, and some form of invisible streamlining.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/MyMotherTheCar'', the main character's mother has somehow reincarnated as a classic car.
* Nekomaru from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger''.
* Sid and Marty Krofft's ''Series/{{Wonderbug}}''.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The King of Red Lions from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''. He's later revealed to be a human who has magically enchanted himself to take on boat form.
** Actually it's never quite clear if the King is a human or ghost, but the boat appears to exist independently of him unless he chooses to act through it.
* Completely, utterly, wholeheartedly, and deliberately averted by [[WebVideo/DesertBusForHope Desert Bus]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* [[EarWorm Crazy Bus]], from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus''.
* The Chan Van from ''TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''.
* WesternAnimation/{{Hong Kong Phooey}}'s Phooeymobile.
* Professor Pat Pending's Convert-a-Car on ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''.