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Original Books

  • Usually at the end of each book, Ms. Frizzle's dress foreshadows what kind of subject (And field trip) will be the focus of the next book. When the kids see a Dinosaur pattern...
    Student: Uh oh, look at her dress...
    Other student: Don't worry, dinosaurs aren't around anymore.
  • Near the end of Explores the Solar System, Arnold is telling his parents about his field trip. A headline in his dad's newspaper mentions a pilot spotting a "Schoolbus-shaped UFO".
    • Also, when Ms. Frizzle gets separated from the class, the kids go through her teacher's notes in hopes of finding a way to control the Bus. One note says, "Arnold, are you listening?"
    Arnold: (Thinking) Boy, Ms. Frizzle thinks of everything!

Animated Series

  • Pretty much any time Carlos makes an Incredibly Lame Pun, followed by everybody else yelling "CARLOS!".
  • Ralphie's robot misinterpreting the term "Cool it" in "Flexes Its Muscles".
    • When Ralphie tells his first build of the robot to "Make me a sandwich!"
  • Arnold dinging in "Makes a Rainbow". It Makes Sense in Context, we promise.
  • From Inside Ralphie, Liz tries the standard shake him, and "use an alarm clock" tactics to wake up Ralphie to no avail. Her next method: using a GONG!
  • In "Plays Ball," Arnold randomly suggesting that Napoleon be the person who pushes the big sled in his Imagine Spot when Dorothy Ann is describing forces, pushes and pulls. Because in order to complete his mental picture, it has to be somebody.
    • Dorothy Ann's clearly exasperated compliance.
    Dorothy Ann: Fine. If Napoleon comes along and gives it a push...
    • The Brick Joke of Carlos saying that the only force that'll stop the sled is the entire British army.
    • Before that, Carlos and Tim poking fun as D.A. for interrupting their game to give a physics lesson.
    Carlos: If you're going to force us to listen to this...
    Tim: You're being kinda pushy, don't you think?
    (High five)
    • The class trying to play baseball without friction. After swinging his bat, Ralphie spins on his feet around the bases.
    Keesha: Is this baseball—(hits a wall) Oof! Or bash-ball?
  • From "The Busasaurus":
    • The class' plan to get clear the pack of Parasaurolophus out of the waters to rescue Arnold and Phoebe works well...until the last one ends up catapulting the class on a tree branch into some dinosaur egg nests.
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    • The T.Rex tries to tip the bus (which looks like a dinosaur) over to eat it. The kids panic, but Ms. Frizzle just casually looks over her insurance manual without a care in the world.
    • And after the T.Rex has the bus in it's mouth:
    Ms. Frizzle: You know, this would be the perfect opportunity to study the digestive system of a T. Rex!
    Class: Ms. Frizzle! Do something!
  • Arnold Stating the Simple Solution to Dorothy Ann losing her books in Blows Its Top.
    Arnold: Wouldn't it be easier to go to a book store?
  • "Gets Ready, Set, Dough."
    • Pretty much any time the baker (voiced by Dom De Luise) appears onscreen.
    Baker: NO!! NO, I'M NOT CRAZY!! Perhaps my establishment just happens to attract a higher breed of moth, that's all.
    • Ralphie and Phoebe taking on the role or a baker and a chemist, respectively.
    Ralphie: Cooks and chemists are a lot alike.
    Phoebe: They both measure out ingredients and mix them together to make something new.
    Ralphie: The only difference is I get to taste mine! (laughs)
    • When the Baker finds the cake batter and notes that he didn't make it, he briefly ponders if it was the "moth" that made it, then laughs at himself and comments that he is going crazy.
  • Want to sum up the show in one exchange?
    Arnold: As long as we don't get blasted, roasted, toasted, or eaten, I'm happy.
    Ms. Frizzle: Oh don't worry Arnold. That's not until next week.
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  • When the class think the monster in Walker Lake ate Wanda.
    Phoebe: But I wanted to feed it.
    Class: PHOEBE!
  • While Arnold is in disbelief over the fact that he just went on a completely, normal, mundane, commonplace field trip to the zoo, Tim agrees and theorizes that seeing wild animals would have been much weirder if they, oh, saw them wandering around the city or something...
    Tim: Can you picture that?
    Ms. Frizzle: Absolutely, Tim! We can all feature wild creatures!
    Arnold: What?! Tim, quick — take it back!
  • In "Cracks a Yolk":
    Arnold: Why oh why do we always wind up in long, dark, slippery tubes?
    Ms. Frizzle: Oh, we're just lucky I guess, Arnold.
  • "Goes to Seed" where the class goes to Phoebe's old school to fetch her plant for the magazine photo. The building is actually called Phoebe's Old School!
    • How Phoebe, fearing embarrassment, is desperate to keep the class hidden from her old teacher Mr. Seedplot.
    Arnold: Maybe you should've stayed home today, Phoebe.
    • During a tense moment when Phoebe is debating whether or not Ms. Frizzle will embarrass her in front of her old teacher, she glances over at the Friz at the front of the bus, happily playing cards with Liz without a care in the world.
  • "In the Haunted House": The "ploopy" sound effects from Carlos' instrument.
    • When the class gets fed up with his attempts to get it to work:
    Classmates: Forget it, Carlos!
  • "Gets Lost in Space" gives us a funny little Funny Background Event with the skeleton covering his 'ears' from Janet's bragging. Clearly he finds her annoying like the rest of us...
  • "Gets Ants in Its Pants": Keesha leads an ant into the classroom, which Liz naturally tries to eat. While the ant is climbing around on the camera, towards Liz, Liz holds her mouth open and her tongue out, to try and get the ant to crawl inside. The ant just crawls onto her tongue, up her cheek, and over her head.
  • "All Dried Up": Phoebe realises she's wrong about the tortoise in the desert.
    Phoebe: I might have made a mistake about that lizard. And I might have made a mistake about that jackrabbit. And I might have even made a mistake about that tortoise, but there's one thing I know I'm not wrong about.
    Arnold: How much you wish you'd stayed home today?
    • When the entire class returns to school, Phoebe starts "S.A.S.H."
    Phoebe: Students Assisting Sleepy Heads. (shows Carlos still fast asleep on The Magic School Bus)
    Class: CARLOS!
  • "Getting Energized": While the rest of the class goes to try to work out a way to power their ferris wheel, Carlos stays behind with Liz to deal with the impatient crowd of carnival-goers. As the kids work on their solution, Keesha at one point remarks that they had better hurry - not because of the possibility of not earning any money for their charity, but because "Carlos is probably doing his impressions by now!" Cut immediately to Carlos wearing a muscle suit and addressing the crowd in a Schwarzenegger accent.
    Carlos: Listen up, people! You will ride de Wheel of Wonder when I say it is time!
    Crowd: (throwing produce) We wanna ride! We wanna ride! We wanna ride!
    Carlos: Ah'll be back! (flees)
    • Later, when Carlos tells the crowd to stay back or else he'll do said Schwarzenegger impression again, they throw ice cream cones at him.
  • During the trial in "In a Pickle", DA finally gets fed up with Arnold's constant objections when he objects to Keisha saying a cucumber is a cucumber and grouses "What now, Arnold? You know that's a cucumber.", to which Arnold meekly responds "Okay; I take it back."
  • It takes just a couple of lines for DA's classmates to press her Berserk Button at the very start of "Butterfly and the Bog Beast"; while she's dressed as a piece of broccoli, they ask her, "Whoever heard of a broccoli mascot?" She snaps back with her Mad Libs Catchphrase as she removes her broccoli helmet, looking quite visibly cross as she does so.
    DA: According to my research, broccoli is a very healthy vegetable!
  • Pretty much any time the titular bus reminds the audience that it is a Sentient Vehicle and does something rather...not bus-like. Be it panting after an exhaustive effort, showing annoyance at Janet's insufferability, or just grinning like an idiot at Ms. Frizzle's latest stunt.

Video games

  • Explores the Rainforest:
    • One of the in-game cartoons shows a pair of three-toed sloths playing go fish. As anyone would expect from sloths, it takes a whole day for one of them to speak, and the cartoon ends with a To Be Continued.
      Sloth 1: Any threes?
      (day-night cycle)
      Sloth 2: Nope. Go fish.
      (another day-night cycle)
      Sloth 1: Don't rush me.
      (yet another day-night cycle)
    • In another in-game cartoon showing an interview revolving a fallen tree, there is a sloth that spends the whole interview sleeping.
    • The "Correctamundo" cartoon. It's a game show parody hosted by a jaguar, who eats the contestants anytime they get a question (all jaguar-related) wrong. Or if they get it right, simply because he's hungry. Apparently, the jaguar hosts the show just so he can get an easy meal.
    • One of Topeka the Frog's clips shows a stink bug scaring off a bird with its stench, leading to Topeka putting on a clothespin on his nose and an unseen person complaining about the smell.
      Voice: Aw, man! Who cut the cheese?! P.U.!!!! That's nasty.