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Wanda Li
Wanda Li
First Appearance The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks (1986)
Catchphrase "Come on, you weasley wimps!"
"What are we gonna do? What are we gonna do? What are we gonna do?"
"[Things] at [blank] o'clock!"
Personality Tomboyish, tough, brash, bossy, feisty, boisterous, sometimes cute, fierce, short-tempered, adventurous, rebellious, energetic, rough, sometimes pretty
Likes Hanging out with boys, skateboarding, being boyish, rock music, boyish sports, electric guitar, video games, video arcades, pizza, soda, hot weather, boyish stuff
Dislikes Cold weather, girly stuff, classical music
Family Mrs. Li (mother)
William Li (brother)
Henry Li (brother, books)
Voiced By Lisa Yamanaka (Seasons 1-4
Lynsey Pham (Season 5-)
Wanda Li is a fictional character on the animated children's series The Magic School Bus. She was voiced by Lisa Yamanaka in the original series and by Lynsey Pham in The Magic School Bus Rides Again.

Wanda is the toughest and most boisterous Chinese-American tomboy and the smallest member of the class. Always willing to jump into adventure and going where "no kid has gone before," she serves as a foil to Arnold. She wants to solve all problems that face her. She can pull the metal handles off of large doors, using her powerful super strength; and even she can jump the highest into the air.

Personality

Despite her cuteness and beauty, Wanda is tough and can be aggressive.

Appearance

Wanda is an Asian-American girl with short black hair. Her iconic outfit consists of a pink shirt, a maroon vest, maroon trousers, white socks, and black Mary Jane shoes. Her signature colors are pink and maroon.

In the new series, Wanda has longer hair and wears a light green hairband, a pale blue shirt, dark blue trousers and pale blue and white sneakers. Her new signature colors are light blue and navy.

Appearences

Season One

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Despite having told her he's no good under pressure, Wanda has Arnold try to break a gum chewing record for her in "For Lunch." Since she has a new filling, she can't do it herself, but she wants the prize for breaking the record: two free tickets to Action Mountain. She has a pet bullfrog named Bella that she seems to spoil in "Hops Home," but Bella gets loose, and when Wanda finds that she's happy in her natural habitat, she leaves her there. She wins a class rot competition in "Meets the Rot Squad," her prize being a baby tree. She wants to plant it on an abandoned lot (which she plans to turn into a park called "Wanda World"), but after touring the rotted log, she regrets calling Larry's Log Away.

Season Two

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Wanda's love of flying and dream of being a pilot is shown in "Taking Flight." After hearing about a sea monster at the bottom of Walker Lake, she decides she must dive in to find it ("Ups and Downs"). As it turns out, it's a hoax created by local TV reporter, Gerri Poveri, much to her disappointment. The monster tries to defeat Wanda.

Season Three

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In "In the Arctic," she mentions her hate for the cold. Instead of going on a field trip to a bridge being built, the class ends up shrunk in her house in "Under Construction" when her little brother, William, gets a hold of the shrinkerscope. She wishes recycling had never been invented in "Holiday Special" after her favorite toy soldier is accidentally recycled.

Season Four

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When Wanda's favorite rock singer, Molly Cule, is in town, she proposes the class set up a car wash, as Molly gets her car cleaned before every show ("Meets Molly Cule"). She's thrilled to find out Molly and Ms. Frizzle are old friends. She wants to help Arnold find out why he's orange in "Goes Cellular," and in "Takes a Dive," she refuses to work in partners, wanting to go solo as a pirate during a treasure hunt.

Relatives

  • Her mother makes her first appearance in "Going Batty" but doesn't have a speaking part. She returns in "Ups and Downs" and "Under Construction." She's a science journalist and has a habit of keeping reptiles in the house, such as an alligator in the bathtub or a Gila monster in the sandbox. Her father is neither seen nor mentioned.
  • She has a baby brother named William, who's a toddler. While he can walk and (somewhat) talk, he's also being potty trained and uses a bottle.
  • She also has a pet dog who is a Cocker Spaniel.

Trivia

  • She's most often shown to be the shortest in the class. But, this changed in the new series where she is now just as tall if not taller than Carlos.
  • Her favorite rock star is Molly Cule.
  • When she has a Mallowblaster in her lunch, she "hogs it all for herself."
  • She likes the hot weather, but dislikes the cold weather.
  • She has aspirations of becoming a pilot and an actress.
  • She has her electric guitar to do her rock music (especially Punk rock and Heavy metal).
  • She's the highest jumper in the class.
  • She has her ultra strength so powerful, that can pull the metal handles off of large doors.
  • She can easily punches with her fist.
  • She is the first main character to cry, as seen in Holiday Special.
  • Although Wanda and her family are of Chinese descent, her voiceover Lisa Yamanaka is of Japanese descent.
  • In the German dub, her name is Connie.
  • It is very heavily implied that she has a crush on Arnold. In "For Lunch" (Arnold was the best field trip she's ever been on), "Meets the Rot Squad" (She fantasised herself sitting under a tree with Arnold), "Holiday Special" (She was Arnold's secret Santa), "Hops Home", and "Gets Charged" (The 2 were cupids at the end).
  • It's been strangely known for quite some times over the years that fans believe that Wanda bears a strong resemblance to an older character of another TV show named Gi from Cartoon Network's Captain Planet.
    • Also, she bears a weak resemblance to another older character in the helicopter singing the intro of "Cliff Hanger" from Between the Lions.

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