- "The School Song" sequence in the musical where two dancers would climb on the school gates as alphabet blocks are inserted through the holes and they adeptly climb on them on lyrical cue.
- Matilda's final victory over the Trunchbull.
- Bruce (the fat kid) eats a whole cake (the size of a fat kid). 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 Villainous Breakdown.
- 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 finally stands up to the Trunchbull.
Miss Honey: I am not seven years old anymore, Aunt Trunchbull!
Mr. Wormwood: What car? Sued by who? Who have you been talking to?!
- 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 I Never Said It Was Poison response:
- Matilda's class 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.