Do you have a favorite Winx character who embodies the show to you? Someone you think of every time you talk about what you love about it? I do.
Surprise! It’s not one of the Winx — or Roxy, as much as I babble about her. 😛 And it’s not one of the guys, either. I have my favorites, of course, but ultimately they’re all minor characters and aren’t essential to the show. Some of them only exist to be love interests.
This character drew me in from the very first season. Their presence added mystery and wonder to the show. They existed before the story began and have often been behind the scenes, guiding the Winx on their adventures.
If you can’t tell from the description (or the post categories 😛 ), my favorite character of all time is…
When I look back on the first three seasons, I remember when Daphne would come to Bloom in visions and projections. Her flowing golden gown and ribbons. Her majestic appearance. The light so intense, Bloom and Faragonda could barely look at her. Daphne represented Bloom’s unknown past, the identity she was trying to reclaim.
The more Bloom learned about herself, the more she learned about Daphne as well. She’s a nymph. She’s Bloom’s older sister. (Was she always?) She’s the former Crown Princess of Domino, their home world, and she gave her life to protect her and hide the planet’s secret from the first coven of witches. Without Daphne’s sacrifice, there’d be no Winx Club.
The scene where Bloom visits her in Secret of the Lost Kingdom is not just my favorite one in the movie. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the whole series. It’s so beautifully rendered, and it’s sad yet hopeful. I love the last few lines in the RAI dub as Daphne returns to Roccaluce:
Daphne: Bloom, this is not goodbye. Remember, I’ll always be at your side. You’ll never truly be alone. Ever.
Bloom: And we’ll be a family again. Someday.
That’s why I hate what Nickbow did to Daphne in season five. They took the bravest, most noble character in the show and turned her into a Winx wannabe. She’s still elegant and beautiful, but she’s lost all of the charm and mystery she had when she was a spirit. There’s nothing special about her anymore.
Even though I call her “Daphne,” sometimes I forget she’s the same character. How can this sad Stella lookalike who just teaches the Winx about fairy tales be the same person? And now she has a boyfriend? Why would a girl who’s been a spirit for two decades care about dating yet?
I know I’ve talked about this before, but I wanted you to understand how much it bothers me. I’ve gotten over Nabu’s death. Season five was terrible and season six was decent at most, but I never have to watch them again if I don’t want to. But Daphne’s “return to life” upset me more than anything. It changed her character and wrecked the original plot of the series.
After I wrote my “Daphne Should Have Stayed Dead” post, a few readers gave good reasons why Nickbow may have revived her. It was strange for her to be the only dead person who became a spirit, so by retconning her story, they made death fair and permanent again. I understand, but I’m still not happy.
This won’t stop me from watching the show, of course. But I hope Rainbow never does something like this again. They should stand by what they’ve written, no matter what effect it has on the plot in the future.