Wanda Li/Wanda Chen
Wanda Li
General Information
First Appearance The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks (1986)
First Episode Gets Lost in Space
Last Episode Kids in Space
Last Episode {{{last_ep}}}
Catchphrase "Wahoo!"
"Come on, you weaselly wimps!"
"What are we gonna do? What are we gonna do? What are we gonna do?"
"[Things] at [blank] o'clock!"
"Yawnburger with a side of snores!"
Personality Tomboyish, happy, cute, energetic, brave, perky, playful, heroic, joyful, aggressive, daring, tough, plucky, adventurous, giggly, strong, fearless, combative, gleeful, blissful, enthusiastic, brutal, dynamic, jubilant, ecstatic, lionhearted, beatific, hot-blooded, rigid, loud, hogwild
Likes Hanging out with boys, cute things, being happy, skateboarding, bicycling, fighting, flying, being aggressive, rock music (Molly Cule), boyish sports, electric guitar, video games, video arcades, action movies, pizza, soda, action TV shows, hot weather (especially Summer), rock concerts (especially from Molly Cule), a slight crush on Arnold, animals, her former pets
Dislikes Cold weather, working with partners, girly stuff (except ballet)
Hobbies Playing with her electric guitar, fighting, jumping higher, playing video games, punching with her fist, using her strength, flying with her jetpack, listening to Molly Cule's rock music, being energetic and happy
Relatives Mrs. Li (mother)

William Li (brother) Henry Li (brother)

Production Information
Voiced By Lisa Yamanaka (The Magic School Bus)
Lynsey Pham (The Magic School Bus Rides Again)
Wanda Li or Wanda Chen 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 a 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, even an animal in need of rescue.


Wanda is tough and can be aggressive. However, she is not without soft sides, as she can be cute, especially towards Arnold and her animal friends (Ratney, Marty, and Bella)


Wanda is an Chinese-American girl with pale skin, black eyes, and short black hair. To fit her toughness and tomboyishness, her most iconic outfit consists of a pink shirt, a maroon vest with 2 yellow flowers, maroon trousers, white socks, and black Mary Jane shoes. Her signature colors are pink and maroon.

For winter wear, she wears a yellow and green hat, a green jacket with a pink collar, maroon trousers, and yellow boots.

For beachwear, she wears a maroon and pink 2-piece bikini with a yellow flower and a yellow spot on the back on the top. The reboot replaces it with a white one-piece swimsuit the is dark blue from under the chest and armpits all the way down.

For rain wear, she wears a yellow rain hat, a yellow raincoat, and pink gumboots.

For formal wear, she wears a white long sleeve shirt, a pink vest, a pink neck piece, blue trousers, and dark pink shoes. 

For basketball wear, she wears a pink basketball shirt, maroon trousers, pink socks and pink sneakers.

The Magic School Bus Rides Again Wanda Li

Wanda's appearance in the reboot.

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.


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.

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, much to Dorothy Ann's dismay.

Season One (Rides Again)

Wanda spent her summer at the animal rescue and developed her love for animals, just like her former classmate, Phoebe (Frizzle of the Future). She befriended a fish whom she calls Becca Blue (a reference to her former pet, Bella) on a field trip to Hawaii (In the Swim). She and Carlos adopt Ratney from the animal shelter (Carlos Gets the Sneezes), but Carlos keeps it after he struggles to convince Mr. Rhule that she should be an official class pet due to sneezing and allergies.

Season Two (Rides Again)

In "Claw and Order", she tries to convince everyone that Marty (a magpie she befriended) did not wreck the classroom and works to clear his name only for her classmates to turn on her, except for Arnold who was the first to believe Wanda's story when the classroom gets wrecked again, and since Marty was in the Magic School Courthouse when it happens.



  • She's most often shown to be the shortest in the class in the books and 1994 TV series. In the Rides Again series, she is now just as tall if not taller than Carlos.
  • In the books by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, her last name is Chen. This implies that the books are not canon with the 1994 TV series/Rides Again canon.
  • She is officially the happiest in the class. For example, in Wet All Over, she is overjoyed that she'll stay in the water cycle forever. In "In the Swim", she is excited to read about multiple endangered species that need saving.
  • She can jump the highest in the class. (Gains Weight)
  • Her most iconic catchphrases are "Wahoo!", like the Frizzle sisters, when she's feeling extremely happy (as heard in "Wet All Over"), "What are we going to do? What are we going to do? What are we going to do?" when she doesn't know what to do, and "Come on, you weaselly wimps!" when she's showing her aggressive side. She is the only student to share a catchphrase with Valerie and Fiona Frizzle (that being "Wahoo!")
  • She enjoys flying with her jetpack. (Goes to Mussel Beach)
  • She likes to play video games.
  • Her favorite rock star is Molly Cule. (Meets Molly Cule)
  • She likes hot weather better than cold weather. (In the Arctic)
  • Due to being the strongest member of the class, she can pull handles off of very large doors.
  • She shares some physical characteristics with Jyoti, as they both have aggressive sides and are very strong.
  • She has aspirations of becoming a pilot and an actress. (Taking Flight)
  • She is the first main character to cry. (Holiday Special)
  • Although Wanda and her family are Chinese-American, her original voiceover Lisa Yamanaka is Japanese-Canadian.
  • Her voice actress, Lisa Yamanaka (now Lisa Jai), who would later voice Yoko in another Nelvana/PBS series, Timothy Goes to School. She would also voice Sherry Birkin in the video game Resident Evil 2.
  • In the German dub, her name is Connie. In French, she is known as Veronique.
  • 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 fantasized herself sitting under a tree with Arnold), "Holiday Special" (She was Arnold's secret Santa), "Hops Home", and "Gets Charged" (At the end of the Producer Says segment, Arnold and Wanda are both dressed as Cupid and attempt to shoot love spells at each other).


* Début | ** Briefly | --- Formerly | ^ In the books only
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