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* MoodWhiplash: At the climax of original series book ''Inside a Hurricane'', the class successfully rescues Arnold (after he got separated from everyone else as they explored the eponymous hurricane), only for the bus to suddenly get swept up by a tornado produced by the hurricane. On the very next page, the bus and its passengers land unharmed at a gas station and the tornado and hurricane itself seem to have abruptly vanished into thin air as the Friz and the class calmly tidy up the bus.


* HalloweenEpisode: "Going Batty", "Gets a Bright Idea" and "In the Haunted House".

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* HalloweenEpisode: "Going Batty", "Gets a Bright Idea" and "In the Haunted House".House," "Going Batty" and "Gets a Bright Idea." The first two were even repackaged as an hour-long Halloween special with live-action bridging segments.


* SentientVehicle: The titular Bus shows shades of this. For one, it has eyes, and on occasion it can be seen making facial expressions and reacting to things, though notably it doesn't seem able to move itself without a driver.

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* SentientVehicle: The Zig-zagged with the titular Bus shows shades of this. For one, it has eyes, Bus. It's headlight and on occasion front bumper are drawn to resemble eyes and a mouth, respectively, though it can be seen doesn't speak, only making humorous facial expressions and reacting expression in reaction to things, though notably something. However, while it doesn't seem able to move independently from a driver, it does seem to have a mind of it's own, such as when it turns the de-recycling laser onto itself without a driver. in the holiday special or when it wanders off in bear form in "In The City."


* MST3KMantra: {{Invoked|Trope}} with the producer segments, which serve to address any questions that viewers might ask, fill them in on any important facts that might have been left out of the story and remind them that such things are inevitable because this is still just a 30-minute TV program.



* SeriesFinale: "Takes a Dive", the 52nd and last episode, which revolves around coral reefs and a hunt for pirate treasure.

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* SeriesFinale: "Takes a Dive", the 52nd and last episode, which revolves around coral reefs and a hunt for pirate treasure. At the end, Ms. Frizzle mentions that she's thinking about retiring.



* ShownTheirWork: The show tries its utmost best to do this, although they [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality pointed out the bits they fudged in order to make this work]].
** Lampshaded - in ''Inside Ralphie'', his mother (a doctor) watches the bus traveling through his bloodstream and when he says he's watching a movie, says they did a good job because the blood is demonstrated as clear at that level.

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* ShownTheirWork: The While the show tries its utmost best openly admits to do this, although they [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality pointed out the bits they fudged in order taking AcceptableBreaksFromReality to make this work]].
the stories entertaining (it's called ''The'' '''''Magic''''' ''School Bus'', after all), the writers clearly did their homework for all of the given subjects.
** Lampshaded - The end credits of each episode proudly display the numerous scientists consulted to ensure all of the scientific facts were up-to-date and accurate.
** The "producer" segments fill the viewers
in ''Inside Ralphie'', his mother (a doctor) watches on any otherwise important facts that the show proper couldn't work into it's story.
** InUniverse in "Inside Ralphie," Ralphie's mother, a doctor, watch what she thinks is a movie (really live footage of
the bus traveling through his bloodstream bloodstream) and when he says he's watching a movie, says they did a good job because the compliments it for accurately displaying up-close blood is demonstrated as clear at that level. rather than red.



* SickEpisode: "Inside Ralphie", in which Ralphie is home with some illness and the rest of the class goes inside his body to witness the battle between the germs and his body's own natural immune system.

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* SickEpisode: "Inside Ralphie", in which Ralphie is home with some illness a sore throat and the rest of the class goes inside his body to witness the battle between the germs and his body's own natural immune system.


* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The Bus's regular transformation sequence has it squash, stretch then spin around a 'la ''Series/WonderWoman'' until it becomes the desired form (this is presumably because it was cheaper to animate it popping into different forms than slowly morphing). There are exceptions, such as in "Spins A Web," where it slowly morphs into a giant spider like a character in a monster movie.

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* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The Bus's regular transformation sequence has it squash, stretch then spin around a 'la ''Series/WonderWoman'' until it becomes takes the desired form (this is presumably because form.[[note]]Considering the innumerable forms the bus takes over the course of the series, it was cheaper probably considered more cost-effective to animate it hide the bus popping into different forms designs by just making it spin into a blur rather than slowly morphing). animate unique sequences for each transformation.[[/note]] There are exceptions, some variations, such as in "Spins A Web," where it slowly morphs goes through a slow, [[Film/TheWolfman Wolfman]]-like transformation into a giant spider like a character in a monster movie.spider.


* EdutainmentShow: It's both entertaining and educational, with a focus on learning science.

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* EdutainmentShow: It's both entertaining While it's intended purpose is first and educational, foremost to teach science, the plots are still largely written like any other TV show with a focus on learning science. conflicts and CharacterDevelopment, all of which serve the overall science lesson.



* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Normally played straight. However, it was lightly spoofed in the bat episode. At the end, Ms. Frizzle and Ralphie burst out laughing over his ending joke while Ralphie's mother looks back and forth between them with a deadpan expression.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Pretty much any time the bus transformed, it would involve spinning in some way. Maybe it's a fan of [[ShoutOut Wonder Woman]].

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* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Normally played straight. However, it was lightly spoofed {{Lampshaded}} in the bat episode. At the end, "Gone Batty," where Ms. Frizzle and Ralphie burst out laughing enjoy a hearty laugh over his ending closing joke while Ralphie's mother looks back and forth between gives them with both a deadpan expression.
puzzled look.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Pretty much any time The Bus's regular transformation sequence has it squash, stretch then spin around a 'la ''Series/WonderWoman'' until it becomes the bus transformed, desired form (this is presumably because it would involve spinning was cheaper to animate it popping into different forms than slowly morphing). There are exceptions, such as in some way. Maybe it's "Spins A Web," where it slowly morphs into a fan of [[ShoutOut Wonder Woman]].giant spider like a character in a monster movie.


It's also worth noting that [[CashCowFranchise the show was popular enough]] [[AdoredByTheNetwork to go into]] [[ChannelHop syndication]], which is very rare for a Creator/{{PBS}} show.

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It's also worth noting that notably one of the rare Creator/{{PBS}} shows to [[CashCowFranchise the show was be popular enough]] [[AdoredByTheNetwork to go into]] [[ChannelHop syndication]], which is very rare for a Creator/{{PBS}} show.
syndication]].


* HeadButtingPachy: In the book In The Time Of The Dinosaurs of the series it mentions that they, "may have butted heads like rams," which normally wouldn't be a problem since it's stated as a theory instead of fact, then proceeds to illustrate two ramming each other head on in the background.

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* HeadButtingPachy: In the book In ''In The Time Of The Dinosaurs Dinosaurs'' of the series it mentions that they, "may have butted heads like rams," which normally [[AvertedTrope wouldn't be a problem problem]] since it's stated as a theory instead of fact, then proceeds to illustrate two ramming each other head on in the background.

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* HeadButtingPachy: In the book In The Time Of The Dinosaurs of the series it mentions that they, "may have butted heads like rams," which normally wouldn't be a problem since it's stated as a theory instead of fact, then proceeds to illustrate two ramming each other head on in the background.

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* WeDontNeedRoads: The bus can go pretty much ''anywhere''.


** Beginning with "Blows Its Top", the animation for the bus transforming was generally the same (stretching up&down, side-to-side, then spinning), regardless of the situation. In the first season however, it seemed to vary from episode to episode.

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** Beginning with "Blows Its Top", the animation for the bus transforming was generally the same (stretching up&down, up-and-down, side-to-side, then spinning), regardless of the situation. In the first season however, it seemed to vary from episode to episode.


An animated EdutainmentShow which ran on Creator/{{PBS}} in TheNineties. It was adapted from a series of books written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen. It was later made into a set of [[VideoGame/TheMagicSchoolBus computer games]], as well. The series follows an eccentric schoolteacher as she takes her elementary school class on very exotic [[ClassTrip field trips]] which teach scientific topics. These adventures are made possible by (you guessed it) [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a magical shapeshifting school bus.]] (And ViewersLikeYou, of course.) The show's WackyHomeroom consisted of:

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An animated EdutainmentShow which ran on Creator/{{PBS}} in TheNineties. It was adapted from a series of books written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen. The show was a co-production between {{Creator/Nelvana}} and Scholastic, with South Carolina ETV serving as the show's presenting station. It was later made into a set of [[VideoGame/TheMagicSchoolBus computer games]], as well. The series follows an eccentric schoolteacher as she takes her elementary school class on very exotic [[ClassTrip field trips]] which teach scientific topics. These adventures are made possible by (you guessed it) [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a magical shapeshifting school bus.]] (And ViewersLikeYou, of course.) The show's WackyHomeroom consisted of:

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** After he tells a bad joke, the kids will commonly yell "Carlos!".


*** "The Busasaurus" had Arnold and Phoebe chasing the dinosaur egg together and Phoebe also swoons when Arnold refuses to give up.

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*** "The Busasaurus" had Arnold and Phoebe chasing the dinosaur egg together and Phoebe also swoons when Arnold refuses to give up. She then shows him further admiration after he saves the class from a ''TyrannosaurusRex''.


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** Arnold/D.A. shippers will ''really'' enjoy that moment when D.A. kisses Arnold and gives him a LuminescentBlush.


*** They were the only ones not shrunk at first in "Gets Swamped", and he wanted to know the difference between his skin and hers in "Goes Cellular", which was another episode in which they were left alone and had to chase after an animal that took something from them. During that episode, Phoebe tries her best to keep him calm and helps him try to hide the orange. They hide together under a cart while she attempts to use flour to hide the orange, and when the others could find the source of his skin change, Phoebe sounds disappointed when she asks, "You're not giving up, are you?"

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*** They were the only ones not shrunk at first in "Gets Swamped", Swamped". In that same episode, when the class is trying to move debris from blocking the flood water from going into the swamp, Phoebe says they would have used a bulldozer to move the large tree at her old school. Janet snaps at her where would they find a bulldozer, and he Arnold kind of jumps to Phoebe's defense and reminds Janet they have a magical school bus on hand. Earlier, when Janet gave a convincing argument against the swamp, Phoebe blurted out her argument, the town council telling her she was out of order, but Arnold jumps in right after her, also arguing against Janet.
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wanted to know the difference between his skin and hers in "Goes Cellular", which was another episode in which they were left alone and had to chase after an animal that took something from them. During that episode, Phoebe tries her best to keep him calm and helps him try to hide the orange. They hide together under a cart while she attempts to use flour to hide the orange, and when the others could find the source of his skin change, Phoebe sounds disappointed when she asks, "You're not giving up, are you?"



*** He was also the only one in the class not to turn against her in "Butterfly and the Bog Beast," despite him usually falling for Janet's manipulations in other episodes.

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*** He was also the only one in the class not to turn against her Phoebe in "Butterfly and the Bog Beast," despite him usually falling for Janet's manipulations in other episodes.

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