- 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.