Musings & Rants

“Sparxshipping,” a.k.a. Bloom and Valtor. They’re a pairing that’s been popular since the 4Kids days. With opposing poles of the Dragon Flame — a flame of light and a flame of darkness — this couple sounds impossible, yet intriguing. How would good and evil fall in love with each other?

A better-known, non-Winx ship is “Zutara” (Zuko and Katara) from Avatar: The Last Airbender. (I’m not touching the “Kataang vs. Zutara” debate.) Some fans can’t resist the fire-water dynamic between the two benders. Even Zuko’s voice actor, Dante Basco, is a hardcore “Zutarian.”

These couples, “Zutara” and “Sparxshipping” (and technically “Kataang,” too), follow the concept of “yin and yang,” two opposite forces in harmony with each other. It’s the same theme Rainbow used for Aisha and Nex.

Yeah, yeah. They’re “Life” and “Death,” right?

Yes, I know I’ve mentioned that a dozen times. Aisha is “life” in Arabic, and nex is “death” in Latin. But remember in my recent Aisha/Nex post when I said I keep discovering things about this couple? Turns out Rainbow took the yin-yang idea further than just name meanings.

Winx 6X15 - Aisha and Nex windsurfing

Same, Yet Opposites?

Wait a minute. Aren’t these two a lot alike?

Being yin and yang doesn’t mean being different in every way. “Yin and yang” is relative. Object A may be opposite of Object B for a different reason than Object C. It depends on what traits you’re comparing them by.

Water and fire are yin and yang because water’s cold and wet, and fire’s hot and dry. But ice and running water are also yin and yang. Even though they’re both water, running water is liquid and active, and ice is solid and stationary. (Yes, that means Icy and Aisha are yin and yang, too.)

It’s actually more complicated than that. If you’re curious (and you’re a nerd like me), TED-Ed has a short video that explains it better than I can.

Back to Aisha and Nex. Most fans think they’re exactly the same: confident, fearless, energetic, athletic, etc. Yes, they have those traits in common — if they had nothing in common, they’d have nothing to bond over — but some of their other traits couldn’t be any more different.

For example, Nex is flirty. In his debut episode, “The Flying School” (6X03), he strutted up to the Winx and said, “Hey, ladies!” Can you imagine Aisha doing something like that? Yeah, right. In fact, it was something she didn’t like about him when they first met.

That’s just one of the ways they’re opposites, but it’s not as important now that they’re dating. Their other differences affect their relationship now.
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Thursday Your Say

Today’s “Thursday Your Say” is about season five’s villain Tritannus.

What has he done so far?

  • Tried to assassinate his brother
  • Broken out of an Andros royal prison
  • Turned guards and his own family into mutants
  • Drained the power from at least seven Selkie gatekeepers
  • Stolen Daphne’s Sirenix power (and given it to the Trix)
  • Entered the Infinite Ocean to begin his conquest of the Magic Dimension

Not bad. But how does he compare with the past Winx villains:

  • The Trix, who have been the Winx’s archenemies since season one
  • Darkar, who turned Bloom against her friends and used her to steal the ultimate magic
  • Valtor, who nearly became the strongest sorcerer alive
  • The Wizards of the Black Circle, who stole the magic of every fairy on Earth but one

QUESTION: Is Tritannus a worthy villain? Where would you rank him (so far) with past Winx villains?


This time we get to hear a snippet of Josh Keaton as Valtor. (Yes, Valtor — with a “v.” Not Baltor, for those of you migrating from the 4Kids dub.)

I can get used to this voice. Lighter, but still deliciously evil. 😛

Don’t forget to watch season three’s premiere Monday at 3 p.m. EST on Nickelodeon!

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Credit goes to fellow fan Tabby for bringing this news in!

Our charmingly evil sorcerer Valtor will be voiced by Josh Keaton. Confirmation comes to us via Twitter (screen capped by Tabby):


Since he called him Valtor instead of Baltor, it looks like we have another 4Kids name reset. (In case you haven’t heard, Layla will be Aisha from now on.)

Some of Josh Keaton’s previous voice roles were Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Hercules in the video game Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. I’ve never heard of this actor, so I don’t know how popular he is. Maybe some of you will know. 🙂


Thanks everyone again! And thanks for the laughs! This wasn’t an easy pic, but I knew you’d come up with some great captions anyway! Along with establishing that Valtor is a girly man, we’ve also crowned a new caption contest winner. The jury has spoken! (Sorry, I watched the Survivor finale last night. :P)

Valtor: *sigh*
Icy: What’s wrong?
Valtor: I cannot open this blasted box.
Stormy: Why not?
Box: ‘What’s the Magic Word?’
Valtor: That’s why
Darcy: Magic Word? I bet the Winx would know.
(Winx enter ready to fight Valtor)
Valtor: Winx! Tell me the Magic Word and I promise to not destroy you!
Bloom: Isn’t the Magic Word ‘Please’?
(Box opens)
Valtor: Oh.

The weekly caption contest will take a holiday break, but we’ll start again next Monday, Dec. 27th! Don’t miss it!