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YMMV: The Magic School Bus
  • Adaptation Displacement: The TV show is better known to some than the original books; in fact, a new series of paperbacks went into print based on the TV episodes.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Ms. Frizzle something like a Willy Wonka who is teaching the class to find a successor to the Magic School Bus?
  • Crack Ship: Some of the fandom likes involving Ms. Frizzle in crossover lesbian relationships with Mary Poppins (both are Time Lords, apparently) or Carmen Sandiego.
    • According to tumblr, Carlos apparently grows up to be the perfect, wonderful scientist who moves into Night Vale and falls in love with the host, Cecil.
  • Crazy Awesome: Ms. Frizzle of course. It's probably her defining character trait.
  • Dark Fic: A more depressing than dark example as a Flash Animation, following Ms. Frizzles class the following school year. No longer being in Ms. Frizzles' class, Arnold is an abusive and foul-mouthed jerkass, Tim and Ralphie are both potheads, Carlos continues to tell horrible jokes only to be beat up (by Arnold) for it, and none of them seem to carry any sort of social skills or even rudimentary math or general education (outside of science, of course).
    • There's also a fanmade trailer for a hypothetical movie that opens with the kids (now young adults) at Ms. Frizzle's funeral (which Arnold skips, citing that he needed to stay home that day), Wanda delivering her "What are we going to do?" catchphrase in tears, Ms. Frizzle having gone to hell for a reason no one can figure out and Arnold calling Ms. Frizzle "the woman who ruined my life!", prompting Ralphie to pin him to the wall while snarling "Take it back!"
  • Ear Worm: The theme song (performed by Little Richard), and the leitmotif of the start of each field trip that derives from it.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Carlos.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "Out of This World," aired years before Pluto's demotion, the class is rehearsing a play about the solar system where they each play a different planet, but Dorothy Ann is late, so they had to start without her planet... Pluto.
    • In "The Busasaurus" Carlos says "That Guy with the Glasses was good".
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Arnold. He's been shipped with everyone- Wanda, Phoebe, Tim everyone in his class, Ms. Frizzle, Molly Cule, that guy from the hot cocoa episode (Harry Arm), that girl from the water cycle episode (Tiffany), Janet, Azula...
  • Love to Hate: Janet, Janet, a thousand times over, Janet.
  • Memetic Mutation: "CARLOS!" as a response to his terrible puns.
    • Also, footage from the show seems to be popular for YouTube Poop (although, given the Nostalgia Filter protection the show has garnered in North America, it's probably affectionate more than anything).
    • "I knew I should have stayed home today!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: While on Pluto, Arnold takes his helmet off and his head freezes.
  • Periphery Demographic: The series has gained a large amount of older fans, many of whom grew up with it.
  • Squick: Some of the Fantastic Voyage moments.
    • Most notably the episode where the kids go inside Janet's nose.
    • Or when the class was inside Arnold's large intestine, getting up close and personal with piles of poop.
    • Or when the class got laid by a chicken.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Janet. To be fair though, this was probably intentional.
    • Tim, for being The Generic Guy.
  • The Woobie:
    • Everyone has their moments, but Arnold probably has the most.
    • Keesha gets special mention, during her 10-Minute Retirement in "Gets Ants in its Pants".

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