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Once again, thanks for reading these posts. I had fun writing them, and I hope you enjoyed them.

I learned some things as I was writing these. First of all, I like the guys more than I thought I did. They’re not just “purses with legs,” as I’ve always treated them. Some of them are boring as a white wall (I’m looking at you, blue-eyed Goldilocks), but others are pretty cool and I like having them in the show.

Other things I learned:

  • Not everyone likes Timmy, after all. My sister, The Muse, hates him. Passionately. She thinks he’s boring and too stereotypical. Go figure. 😛
  • Sky and Riven are two of my least favorite guys, yet I talked about them a lot in the others’ posts. Either they get way too much attention in this show (Sky sure does), or I subconsciously like them more than I think I do. 😛
  • I’m obsessed with the Log Horizon opening. 😛 I spammed that video a hundred times while I was writing Timmy’s post. 😛
  • I had more to say about Nabu than I thought I would. Hey, he’s worth it. 🙂 And his voice in the season three RAI English dub was hot. Full stop.
  • Whatever that indentation on Nex’s chin is supposed to be — a cleft, I guess — annoys me to no end. But when I was looking for screenshots of Nabu, I noticed he had a cleft in his chin, too! What’s with Aisha’s love interests and distinctive chins? 😛
  • Thoren gives off a big brother vibe to me. If I had an older brother, I wouldn’t mind if he were like him. 🙂

Well, that’s it for this series. Feel free to suggest another theme for me (the Winx, the Pixies, the villains, etc.)!

Just for convenient access, here are all the posts again:

Musings & Rants
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Before you ask, the answer’s no. Beginning with Sky and ending with his cousin Thoren was not on purpose. I wanted to start the series with the guys we’ve known the longest: Sky, Brandon, Helia, Riven, and Timmy. Then I wrote about Aisha’s love interests one after another, starting with Nabu since he came first. Thoren was just the leftover guy.

It makes sense to put him last, anyway. He’s not part of the Boys Club the way the other guys are, since his love interest, Daphne, isn’t one of the Winx. The only reason he’s here is because she’s tagging along with them.

Thoren’s introduced in ep. 6X03, “The Flying School.” He’s immediately established as a rival to Sky by choosing to be his opponent in a training match. Since he calls the blond prince out by name, everyone knows they’ve got some kind of a history. (I still don’t get how Bloom knew Thoren, but Brandon didn’t. Just for laughs, I guess.)

Objection!

The first time I watched this episode, Thoren came off as aggressive and unfriendly, so I called him a “hothead.” (His character description does say he’s “grumpy.”) But during a recent rewatch, I noticed after Sky knocks him over with a sword slash, Thoren — while growling like he’s disappointed — gives him a thumbs-up! Huh? 😕 Talk about mixed messages!

If I’d seen that gesture, I might have known this “rivalry” was gonna go nowhere. But that’s not what the rest of the episode suggested. Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants
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Nex has arguably become the most hated guy in the Boys Club. The fanbase calls him everything from a “bad person” and “Riven 2.0″ to a “jerk” and a flat-out “a-hole.” It doesn’t help that he has a harsh look to his face (his eyes look yellow in some shots). Plus, he tends to scowl a lot, making him look like he’s always angry or up to something.

I used to hate him, too. In my review of “The Flying School” (ep. 6X03), where he knocks Roy out of the ring during a training match, I called him and Thoren “hotheads.” Then he really ticked me off in “Bloomix Power” (ep. 6X04), where he sabotages Roy’s obstacle course run. Why he thought leaving him dangling from a floating platform would impress Aisha — or anyone — is beyond me.

Even though Roy bores me, I couldn’t picture Aisha with someone like Nex. If that meant Roy would be her new boyfriend, so be it. At least she’d be happy again.

But after watching “The Lost Library” (ep. 6X07), I started to change my mind about Nex. We see a different side of him in that episode: shy, love-struck, calmer, and in the end, disappointed. It felt out of character for him, although we didn’t know much about him yet anyway.

Now Aisha’s starting to like him. In “Mystery of Calavera” (ep. 6X15) and “Zombie Invasion” (ep. 6X16), she spends most of her time with him and barely even looks at Roy. Even in group shots, Roy’s off to the side or off-screen, while Aisha and Nex are standing together.

We know she wouldn’t fall for a jerk because she can spot one with her eyes closed. She trusts guys the least out of all the Winx. Plus, the supposed red flags about Nex — aggressiveness, arrogance, etc. — have been obvious since the day they met. That’s why she hated him at first, too, and even confronted him about his behavior.

Have we missed something about Nex? I think so. Nickbow didn’t mean for him to seem like a jerk. In fact, he’s supposed to be a nice guy. Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants
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Like Nabu, Roy’s difficult to talk about, but for a different reason: there’s not much to talk about. He’s a flat, boring character, even more boring than Sky. His contributions to the show are minimal, and his only meaningful connections within the group are with Aisha, his love interest, and Nex, his rival for her love.

Roy’s introduced in “The Power of Harmonix” (ep. 5X06). He bows to Aisha and speaks in lofty, knight-like language, which he slips in and out of throughout the season (and has practically dropped in season six). True to form for all Aisha’s love interests, he says something that ticks her off: “These are hazardous waters. I think I should go down before you.” Bad move. To steal a line from the theme song of Sailor Moon Crystal, the Winx “aren’t helpless girls who need the protection of men.”

Immediately after this, Roy begins drifting in and out of the show as though he’s a guest character. He shows up randomly for odd reasons — for example, in “The Gem of Empathy” (ep. 5X09), he’s there because someone told him to patrol the oceans of Zenith, even though he’s from Andros. Other times, he disappears for several episodes in a row (as much as nine at one point) and makes only cameo appearances in a couple episodes, such as “The Devourer” (ep. 5X18) and “The Shark’s Eye” (5X23).

This is one reason his romance with Aisha by the end of the season feels forced, awkward, and unbelievable. He’s gone for most of the season, so they barely interact with each other! When they do, it’s mostly brief banter or an occasional compliment. It feels like Nickbow did the bare minimum to make us believe they liked each other.

Yet, in “Saving Paradise Bay” (ep. 5X24), Roy gets hurt protecting Phylla from Icy’s attack. (Yes, it’s not even Aisha. It’s one of the Selkies. 😛 ) Aisha checks on him, and after he tells her he’s okay, the two appear to be about to kiss. She also imagines herself dancing with him in the ballet room in “Battle for the Infinite Ocean” (ep. 5X25).

When did they become that close if he was rarely there? Were they dating off-screen? If so, not only does Nickbow never tell us, but these two don’t act like that kind of couple. Plus, she was still mourning Nabu for about half the season, so she didn’t seem ready for a new relationship yet. Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants
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Nabu’s a difficult character to talk about, since he’s hands down the fan favorite in the Boys Club. He stood out because of his skin tone, because he wasn’t a Specialist, and because he was able to use magic like the Winx. Also, like his eventual fiancĂ©e Aisha, he showed some leadership ability. The Specialists took orders from him at times instead of Sky.

He also had the closest and most meaningful relationships. Obviously, he and Aisha were deeply in love, which made some of their friends jealous. Riven, during his drama with Musa in season four, often went to him for advice or just an ear to listen. The two of them became best friends, to the point where Riven cried after his death.

The funny thing about his relationship with Aisha is most fans just remember them as the happiest couple in season four. But when Nabu (a.k.a. “Ophir”) was first introduced in season three, Aisha hated him. She’d sworn off guys at that point in her life, and having one stalking her annoyed her to no end. Let’s look back at their love story.

Did I just call Nabu a stalker? Yes, I did. 😛 It doesn’t matter how nice he was. If you’re watching someone through a telescope while hiding in the bushes, following them wherever they go, then lying about it when you get caught, you’re a stalker. Plain and simple.

When Aisha meets him in “Valtor’s Box” (ep. 3X18), she scolds him for “slinking around” and eavesdropping, then races off in a huff. Later in “The Red Tower” (ep. 3X21), when she discovers he snuck onto the Owl before their mission to the Golden Kingdom, she tackles him and tries to put him in a headlock. (He was invisible, so she ends up grabbing his feet instead.) He introduces himself as “Ophir” and tries to be friendly with her, but she doesn’t trust him.

The others agree he can’t be trusted. After all, thanks to him, Valtor was able to steal the Agador Box in ep. 3X18. Aisha and Tecna think he’s Valtor’s spy, so Musa puts magic-sealing handcuffs on him and Aisha decides to lock him up in the brig of the ship. Unfortunately, thanks to some bad timing by Timmy, they get locked up together. 😛

This is when they finally get a chance to talk, and Aisha finds out they have things in common: they like the same music and have a similar rebellious attitude (revealed by Nabu’s favorite line in their favorite song: “No one makes decisions for me but me”). Later, he shows off some surfing skills he learned “from a wave wizard on Andros.” Aisha’s very impressed.

In “The Wizard’s Challenge” (ep. 3X23), he finally tells her his real name and why he’d been stalking her: he wanted to know more about her, since his parents had picked her to marry him. He also reveals, to Aisha’s surprise, that he rebelled against their decision and ran away from home. But in the end, he fell in love with her on his own.

What I like about their romance is everything worked out for them and their parents. In most stories where a kid rebels against their parents, the kid ends up being right for “following their heart,” and the parents look like fools who didn’t understand their child’s needs. But Nabu and Aisha fell in love anyway, which proved their parents had picked the right partners for them. It was a good twist.

In season four, Rainbow tricked into thinking they were about to settle down into a happy life together. He proposes to her in “Winx Club Forever” (ep. 4X11), and they start talking about where they want to live (Earth was a possibility). It was all to lull us into a false sense of hope.

Then two episodes before the end of the season, Nabu gives his life to save Roxy’s people. Just like that, he’s gone forever. It was a bold move for a show aimed at girls as young as four years old. Read the rest of this post