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She can hypnotize anyone by looking them in the eye. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Starts drawing fanart of Matilda with the [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sharingan]] just for shits and giggles.


* This also explains how the movie differs from the play. In the movie, she's a 1980s girl in a 1980s movie, so narrative causality solved the forced SuddenlyHappy ending with 80s tropes, where a ghost shows up and helps, along with a whole 'kids rule' vibe from that era of having the entire school help. Whereas in the play, she might be from 1980s, but the play itself is being performed in the 2010s, so narrative causality just gives her ''more'' magical powers!

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* This also explains how the movie differs from the play. In the movie, she's a 1980s girl in a 1980s movie, so narrative causality solved the forced SuddenlyHappy ending SurprisinglyHappyEnding with 80s tropes, where a ghost shows up and helps, along with a whole 'kids rule' vibe from that era of having the entire school help. Whereas in the play, she might be from 1980s, but the play itself is being performed in the 2010s, so narrative causality just gives her ''more'' magical powers!


And this troper proposes that the reason for that is Matilda is somehow ''rewriting the ending''! Not in the Doylist sense, where Matilda is the true author and lying about past events, but in the sense that her power is ''rewriting the story she is inside''. She has the power to manipulate [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality narrativium]], at least on a subconscious level. And this explains her supposed 'powers'.

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And this troper proposes that the reason for that is Matilda is somehow ''rewriting the ending''! Not in the Doylist {{Doylist}} sense, where Matilda is the true author and lying about past events, but in the sense that her power is ''rewriting the story she is inside''. She has the power to manipulate [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality narrativium]], at least on a subconscious level. And this explains her supposed 'powers'.


[[WMG: Matilda is a ''[[Series/TheTomorrowPeople homo superior]]''.]]

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[[WMG: Matilda is a ''[[Series/TheTomorrowPeople ''[[Series/TheTomorrowPeople1973 homo superior]]''.]]



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* It's always explicitly stated that his illegal activities focus on buying and selling stolen car parts, but it's not impossible he could have had other business on the side.


She can hypnotize anyone by looking them in the eye. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Starts drawing fanart of Matilda with the [[{{Naruto}} Sharingan]] just for shits and giggles.

[[WMG: Matilda has the [[{{Naruto}} Sharingan.]]]]

[[WMG: Matilda's ''true'' superpower is metafictional [[RealityWarper reality warping]]...]]

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She can hypnotize anyone by looking them in the eye. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Starts drawing fanart of Matilda with the [[{{Naruto}} [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sharingan]] just for shits and giggles.

[[WMG: Matilda has the [[{{Naruto}} [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sharingan.]]]]

[[WMG: Matilda's ''true'' superpower is metafictional meta-fictional [[RealityWarper reality warping]]...]]



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** My take is that she met up with some lower class kid from the school soon after she left, and got shot after she tried to harass him or her.


[[WMG: Matilda's true superpower is metafictional reality warping]]

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[[WMG: Matilda's true ''true'' superpower is metafictional [[RealityWarper reality warping]]
warping]]...]]



And this troper proposes that the reason for that is the Matilda is rewriting the ending. Not in the Doylist sense, where Matilda is the true author and lying about past events, but in the sense that her power is ''rewriting the story she is inside''. She has the power to manipulate [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality narrativium]], at least on a subconscious level. And this explains her supposed 'powers'.

We a lot of evidence of this in the musical.

Matilda's first song in the musical, Naughty, is about how people should 'change their story', and she uses the examples of Romeo and Juliet, and Jack and Jill, which she surely knows are fictional. She also say 'Nobody but me is gonna change my story.'

Later, in Quiet, she says 'And I just wish they'd stop, my dad and my mum, And the telly and stories would stop just for once.'

And then...reality stops. Not her dad and mum, not the telly, not even the 'stories' she's been getting. The thing that stops is 'the story' ''she'' is in, the play itself. Technically, the action continues behind her, but the words 'cannot reach her anymore'.

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And this troper proposes that the reason for that is the Matilda is rewriting somehow ''rewriting the ending. ending''! Not in the Doylist sense, where Matilda is the true author and lying about past events, but in the sense that her power is ''rewriting the story she is inside''. She has the power to manipulate [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality narrativium]], at least on a subconscious level. And this explains her supposed 'powers'.

We see a lot of evidence of this in the musical.

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Matilda's first song in the musical, Naughty, ''Naughty'', is about how people should 'change their story', and she uses the examples of Romeo and Juliet, and Jack and Jill, which she surely knows are fictional. She also say 'Nobody but me is gonna change my story.'

Later, in Quiet, ''Quiet'', she says 'And I just wish they'd stop, my dad and my mum, And the telly and stories would stop just for once.'

And then...reality Reality stops. Not her dad and mum, not the telly, not even the 'stories' she's been getting. The thing that stops is 'the story' ''she'' is in, the play itself. Technically, the action continues behind her, but the words 'cannot reach her anymore'.



* This also explains how the movie differs from the play. In the movie, she's a 1980s girl in a 1980s movie, so narrative causality solved the forced ending with 80s tropes, where a ghost shows up and helps, along with a whole 'kids rule' vibe from that era of having the entire school help. Whereas in the play, she might be from 1980s, but the play itself is being performed in the 2010s, so narrative causality just gives her magical powers.

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* This also explains how the movie differs from the play. In the movie, she's a 1980s girl in a 1980s movie, so narrative causality solved the forced SuddenlyHappy ending with 80s tropes, where a ghost shows up and helps, along with a whole 'kids rule' vibe from that era of having the entire school help. Whereas in the play, she might be from 1980s, but the play itself is being performed in the 2010s, so narrative causality just gives her ''more'' magical powers.
powers!


[[WMG: Matilda is in the Harry Potter universe, but is not a witch.]]

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[[WMG: Matilda is ''still'' in the Harry Potter universe, [[SubvertedTrope but is not a witch.witch]].]]



Maybe she's not a witch, she's a Muggle that just ''logicked'' her way into accessing magic, or rather the fundamental force of the universe that wizards and witches ''call'' magic.

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Maybe she's not a witch, she's a Muggle that just ''logicked'' her way into accessing magic, or rather the fundamental force of the universe that wizards and witches ''call'' magic.
magic?



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* However considering he ate the whole cake, and about half of it without any cheering on, it is likely he is just a tough kid.

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[[WMG: The Trunchbull's cake batter bonded to Bruce's bones, toughening them considerably]]
And that's how he wasn't affected when the Trunchbull smashes a plate over his head.

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[[WMG: Michael eventually takes after his sister and becomes extremely bookish]]
A few years down the line, he changes his last name and pioneers an [[WebVideo/VSauce edutainment YouTube channel]].


* That would make a lot of sense behind her mistreatment towards the children. Many people who were abused in their childhood became horrible monsters in the end, while also pretend that their childhood [[FanonDiscontinuity never happened]].

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* That would make a lot of sense behind her mistreatment towards the children. Many people who were abused in their childhood became horrible monsters in the end, while also pretend pretending that their childhood [[FanonDiscontinuity never happened]].


[[WMG: Matilda takes place in the same universe as ''{{Carrie}}''.]]

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[[WMG: Matilda takes place in the same universe as ''{{Carrie}}''.''Literature/{{Carrie}}''.]]

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