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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]].

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!!Examples

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* 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.

[[AC:{{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.

[[AC:{{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). Although the fact it manages to leave on time every September with no delays for leaves on the line or the late departure of an earlier train or any other excuse painfully familiar to users of NationalRail might count.
* 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.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* 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}}''.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* 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]].

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* [[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''.

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