Dorothy Ann
Dorothy Ann
First Appearance The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks (1986)
Catchphrase "According to my research..."
"Wait a minute/second, wait a minute/second, wait a minute/second!"
Family Dorothy Ann's Father
Dorothy Ann's Mother
Evan (little sister)
Voiced By Tara Meyer
Dorothy Ann Rourke, also called "D.A.", is a fictional character on the animated children's series The Magic School Bus. She was voiced by Tara Meyer in the original TV series.


Dorothy Ann is the very beautiful class bookworm, always looking for a fact in one of her many books. Her last name is never mentioned in the books or original television series, but it is mentioned in the sequel series. She loves astronomy, and she has a telescope on the balcony outside of her bedroom. She gets a new, high-powered one for her ninth birthday in "Sees Stars." She also has an interest in physics. Despite her intelligence and beauty, Dorothy Ann tends to have an argumentative personality and has clashed with the others from time to time, most notably Wanda ("Takes A Dive"), Ralphie ("Plays Ball"), and Carlos ("Blows Its Top," "Makes a Rainbow").


Dorothy Ann wears a violet turtleneck sweater, a turquoise pleated skirt, purple ankle-length socks (white stockings in some books), white panties and maroon and white sneakers (white and black saddle sneakers in some books). She also keeps her blonde hair up in pigtails with two red rubber hair bands.

Her signature colors are violet and blue.


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Season One

Dorothy Ann is introduced with the rest of the class in "Gets Lost In Space," but her researching habits are not shown until "For Lunch." Her first focus episode is "In the Haunted House" in which she's conducting the class as they perform her "Concerto for Invented Instrument". She's seen doing a chemistry experiment while the class bakes Ms. Frizzle a birthday cake in "Gets Ready, Set, Dough." Her last focus episode of the season is "Plays Ball." Excited to show off her new physics book, she's disappointed when the class only cares about the baseball game they were playing. She's even more disappointed when Ralphie leaves her book on the field, but they end up inside it, playing a friction-less baseball game.

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Season Two

The season opens with a Dorothy Ann-focused episode, "Blows Its Top." She and Carlos argue over discovering a new island until she loses her books to the ocean. Feeling lost and empty without them, she begs Ms. Frizzle to help her get them back, "Please, Ms. Frizzle! I'm nothing without my books! Me, books...books, me!" In "Butterfly and the Bog Beast", her mascot suggestion is a broccoli, and despite her choice of mascot, she sides with the others against Phoebe's butterfly idea. She speaks on "behalf of the court" during Ms. Frizzle's trial in "In a Pickle," and she's embarrassed by Carlos' brother, Mikey, when he brings up a heat rash she once got in "Getting Energized". In "Out of This World", she discovers an asteroid bound for Earth, more specifically, Walkerville Elementary and she gets the class to help her destroy it.

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Season Three

In "Show and Tells," Dorothy Ann and Arnold are representing Walkerville in the 10th Annual International Show & Tell Competition, and after researching Arnold's rare pumice collection, she's upset that he opted to bring an artifact she knows nothing about. She fights with Carlos again in "Makes a Rainbow" over violet and purple, and which is bad enough for Wanda to comment, "This could get ugly." She's made a rain-forest inspector with Tim as her assistant in "In the Rainforest" when they try to find out why Ms. Frizzle's cocoa tree didn't yield a good harvest.

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Season Four


Mr. Rhule puts Dorothy Ann in charge of taking care of his pet Rhode Island Red rooster, Giblets, in "Cracks a Yolk," but she loses him once his master is gone. She turns 9 in "Sees Stars," in which the class goes on a field trip before getting together for her small party to find her a star as a gift. As she was sick, she stayed home, but Liz is with her, eating cake and looking in her new telescope. She and Wanda butt heads in "Takes a Dive" when she wants to work as partners, but Wanda wants to go solo.


Her parents both appear in "Going Batty," and her mother appears again in "Out of This World". She has a little sister named Evan, who is blonde like her and their mother. Her parents also appear in a flashback in the episode The Tales Glaciers Tell, where they are revealed to be wonderful story tellers.


  • Her pigtails stay up without hair bands ("Goes on Air").
  • She knows enough about music to know how to keep time as a conductor.
  • On the Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! DVD cover, she has blue eyes.
  • She's very reliant on her books, thus referring to her as the bookworm of the class.
  • In "Meets the Rot Squad" she wanted to build an amusement park on the abandoned lot on Decatur.
  • She's highly knowledgeable in astronomy, enough to accurately track an asteroid.
  • She says "violet" as opposed to "purple." This is due to the fact that red and blue make violet and that the color purple is actually violet tinged with red contrary to popular belief.
  • Despite not liking baseball, she's skilled enough to hit a home run that causes the ball to rip open.
  • Like Tim, she was never given a surname in the original series.
  • She celebrated her 9th birthday in "Sees Stars" and the only student in Ms. Frizzle's class who had a birthday in an episode.
  • In the German dub, her name is Ann-Kathrin.
  • She is the only girl to have skirt peeks.
  • She is the only main character apart from Liz to have kissed someone, the someone she kissed being Arnold.
  • It's been known for many years by fans that Dorothy Ann bears a strong resemblance to an older fictional character, Linka from Cartoon Network's Capt'n Planet. 


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