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The book

  • 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.
  • Nigel refuses to let the Trunchbull bully him when she teaches Miss Honey's students. He answers all her questions correctly, while standing on one leg as per her punishment for arriving to class with dirty hands, and points out everyone in the class can spell "Difficulty". Miss Honey can only warn him not to mouth off to the Trunchbull so much.
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  • The whole class stands up for Matilda when she points out she was too far from Miss Trunchbull's water jug to knock it over, using Exact Words to show she wasn't lying. (She knocked it over, using psychic powers.) They all protest that Matilda didn't move at all, and the Trunchbull is forced to back off.
  • Unlike in the movie, Matilda proves that she did knock over the water glass, by recreating it for Miss Honey. Miss Honey is so fascinated that she wants to help Matilda by practicing. It's not until Matilda learns that Miss Honey needs help — to get her house and inheritance back — that she decides to train on her own.
  • Matilda's final victory over the Trunchbull.
  • 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).
    • Unintentionally, during the film with the same exchange she tricked Mr. Wormwood into saying his I Never Said It Was Poison response:
    Mr. Wormwood: What car? Sued by who? Who have you been talking to?!
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The movie

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  • Matilda gets a bit of one when she calls out her dad on his monstrous sham of a used-car-lot....and the glued-on-hat prank she plays after he berates her for calling him out.
  • Amanda Thripp gets one as an Establishing Character Moment, to boot. The Trunchbull corners her on the playground for wearing pigtails. The lady eventually tosses her over the fence for saying "but". Does Amanda freak out, the way Lavender and Hortensia do about getting cornered by the Tronchbull? No. She stands her ground and defends her pigtails because her mom likes them. Then after getting tossed over the fence, she picks some flowers to give to Miss Honey while crash-landing, stands up, shakes the dirt off her overalls, and waves to the students. Now that is Badass Bystander!
  • During the two-times tables class discussion, Miss Honey explains that eventually they'd be able to multiply any numbers, whether it was 2 x 7 which the class answers correctly as 14, or 13 x 379, which most of the class is amused by, but Matilda, in about one second, answers 4927, shocking everyone, especially after Miss Honey multiplies it by hand and determines she was correct.
  • 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.
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    • 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.
    • Similarly, Matilda, followed by her fellow students, standing up and cheering for Bruce when he shows signs of giving up, continuing to support him even as the Trunchbull screams for quiet. It's their encouragement that gives Bruce the strength he needs to polish off the whole cake, even licking the platter!
  • Lavender putting the newt in Miss Trunchbull's glass as revenge for the Trunchbull locking up Matilda in the Chokey. Then with some signals, she conveys to Miss Honey where Matilda is and is relieved when seeing her best friend busted out of the Iron Maiden thanks to their teacher.
  • Likewise, Matilda refuses to give up Lavender. Unlike in the book where she genuinely had no idea, Matilda was studying the newt with Bruce and the others before class. Matilda stands her ground but says the truth that she didn't put the newt into the water jug. Later, Lavender thanks her for not telling. Matilda smiles and says, "Best friends never tell."
  • 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!
  • Trunchbull really chewing out Harry Wormwood over the car he sold her at the start of her house rampage. note 
  • The Feds likely got this when they nailed the Wormwoods in Guam.
  • 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: *sincerely* 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 eight year old children to spell "difficulty" is pretty cool.
    Mrs D. Mrs I. Mrs FFI.
    Mrs C. Mrs U. Mrs LTY.
  • Despite her Dark and Troubled Past with Trunchbull's abuse, Miss Honey never let it twist her into anyone but the sweet, kindly teacher she is today. The narrator even comments that like any good teacher, she never lets her issues affect either her teaching or her relationship with the students.
  • Miss Honey also thinks on her feet when she and Matilda are trapped in Trunchbull's house, picking up a shotput and throwing it around the room to distract Trunchbull from going after Matilda. Later on she tries to save Matilda from getting busted by claiming she was the one who messed around in Trunchbull's house.
  • In the scene before the scene with Trunchbull's comeuppance....Matilda goes to Trunchbull's house and uses her telekinesis to simulate a haunting. Among the chaos; Ms. Trunchbull's portrait (of her as an Olympic athlete standing on the field with a javelin) flies off the mantle into the fireplace (and gets burned to ash) and the portrait of Magnus flies down the stairs and takes it's rightful place on the mantle!
  • In the movie, the Trunchbull ends up lying in the hallway after failing to take control of Miss Honey's class; all of the children from that class throw their lunches at her while the other children of the school watch. When the Trunchbull finally gets up and turns around, she sees every single student in the school—all of the kids she's terrorized and bullied for years—standing silently, armed with their lunches, along with toilet paper and water balloons. They proceed to absolutely pummel her, sending her running from the school humiliated and embarrassed. It's the perfect revenge for the cruelty she's inflicted on them.
    • In an awesome Brick Joke, Bruce Bogtrotter, whose actions are described above, is among the students who take down the Trunchbull with their lunches. What does he do? He marches right up to the Trunchbull and smears chocolate cake across her mouth!
  • It's also pretty awesome that the epilogue states Miss Honey became principal of the school, and had it expanded into a high school because the children didn't want to leave.

The musical

  • "The School Song" sequence where two dancers would climb on the school gates as alphabet blocks are inserted through the holes and they adeptly climb on them on lyrical cue.
  • Matilda's class standing up to the Trunchbull by misspelling words.
  • Matilda rallying the students to cover up the Trunchbull's latest victim with their coats, then telling the headmistress that the boy suffers from narcolepsy, and therefore couldn't be guilty of the (imagined) crime. Not only does this show Matilda using her cleverness to help others, but the fact that the rest of the kids are willing to go along with the charade foreshadows the "strength in numbers" message of the musical as a whole.
  • Matilda standing up to Ms. Trunchbull during gym class when she starts tormenting a young boy.
    Leave him alone! You Big! Fat! BULLY!
  • The Trunchbull's show-stopping...eh, workout number "The Smell of Rebellion" definitely counts as one. She puts the kids through insane choreography involving landing mats and vaults, then uses Insane Troll Logic to get one of them to call her "mad," then punishes them even more for it...all to the music of Tim Minchin. If you're not head-banging by the end of the song, they're doing it wrong.
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