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“Winx Club Etymology, Part I: The Winx”

~ By Power of Charmix ~

I’ve always found the meaning of names to be fascinating to research, especially when it comes to fiction. It’s fun to see what hidden meanings the creators of something may have left hiding in plain sight, or what weird parallels you might find by accident. Recently, I decided to see what I might discover upon looking into the names of some Winx Club characters, locations, and other things.

However, because there’s so much to talk about, I’m going to be breaking this into multiple posts. This first one is going to be focusing specifically on the Winx and some characters that others consider to be honorary Winx (Roxy, Daphne, and Mirta). Without further ado, we’ll start with Bloom.

As you likely know, the word bloom refers to when a flower begins to open up its petals, which makes me think of Bloom’s adoptive mother Vanessa, since she’s a florist. I’ve also seen the idea that her name might be referring to the phrase “late bloomer,” since she was the last of the Winx to be able to transform, and was less magically skilled than the others at the beginning of the show. Finally, the word bloom can also be used to refer to something flourishing or thriving. Under that definition, Bloom herself could be considered a bloom; for a long time, she was the only survivor of the attacks on Domino, but she still thrived no matter what obstacles were thrown her way.

Let’s move on to Bloom’s best friend. Stella means “star” in Latin (and Italian). All suns are stars, so this name makes perfect sense for her.

Stella is called the Fairy of the Shining Sun in some versions of the show, and most of her spells are related to the sun in some way. Her home planet is based completely on its sunny climate, and Stella herself even has a bright and sunny personality and tends to wear a lot of orange. She also always wants to be the center of attention, or the star, so it can even work in multiple ways — in English, at least. I don’t know if that works in Italian, or any other languages.

Flora comes from the Latin word for “flower,” flos. In Roman mythology, there was a minor goddess named Flora who reigned over flowers, youth, and spring, and there was even a festival held during spring in her honor called the Floralia. Nowadays, the word flora is used to describe the plant life that makes up an area.

Musa can be a real-life name, but it’s usually a masculine name, not a feminine one. However, musa is the Italian word for “muse.” I wonder if this might relate to her parents — maybe Musa inspired them when writing and performing their music. There’s also the chance that I’m overthinking this, and they just took the word “music” and added an “a” to it.

I couldn’t find any examples of the name Tecna outside of Winx Club, so as you probably guessed, her name also comes from her magic ability with an “a” added.

As Tori has mentioned before, Aisha means “alive” or “she who lives,” and it means similar things in other languages. She shares the name with one of the prophet Muhammad’s wives, who apparently once led troops into battle herself. This was rather remarkable, considering that this battle took place in the 600’s and she was a woman. It reminded me of Aisha’s anti-boy attitude during the first few seasons, and how she’s one of the strongest Winx when it comes to combat skills.

I’d also like to to talk about Aisha’s alternate dub name, Layla. Layla means “dark” in Arabic, and the most noted use of this name is in Layla and Majnun, a Persian narrative poem based on a semi-historical story from the seventh century. In it, a girl named Layla falls in love with a boy named Qays (nicknamed Majnun) when she’s very young, but her father doesn’t allow them to be married. He marries Layla off to another man, and she and Qays never see each other again. (The rest of the poem is mostly just Qays wandering around in the desert being depressed.)

The fact that Qays and Layla never see each other again reminded me of Aisha and Anne, as they also never meet again after being seperated at a young age. The arranged marriage between Layla and the other man also reminded me of the arranged marriage between Aisha and Nabu, and how Aisha originally protested against it. Of course, Aisha ended up falling in love with Nabu, whereas Layla never loved her husband and even died of heartbreak in some versions of the story.

Roxy is presumably the shortened version of Roxanne, which traces back to the Persian/Bactrian name Roshanak, which means “bright” or “dawn.” I’m not quite sure if this relates to Roxy’s character at all.

Daphne’s name has a somewhat interesting story behind it. Daphne means “laurel” in Greek, and there was a character with that name in Greek mythology. Daphne was a naiad (a type of nymph connected to rivers and other bodies of water), and the god Apollo fell in love with her and began chasing her around. In an attempt to escape him, Daphne prayed to her father, a river god, for help. In response, her father turned her into a laurel tree.

Afterwards, Apollo began creating wreaths out of laurel leaves, and those wreaths became one of his symbols. This is somewhat reminiscent of Winx Club’s Daphne being turned into a cursed spirit while running away from the Ancestral Witches. The stories are obviously very different in a lot of places, but I just thought the parallels were interesting.

And finally, Mirta is a Spanish, Italian, and Croatian cognate (a word that sounds similar to a word in another language) of the name Myrtle. Myrtle is simply an evergreen shrub that can be used to symbolize love and was sacred to several Greek and Roman gods.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, because I really enjoyed researching and writing it. I do have to say that I wasn’t expecting so many of these characters to derive their names from plants. I’ll be talking about the guys’ names in the next post, so stay tuned!

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Today’s Flora’s birthday, so how about a post about her? Will‘s back with part III of his “Life of Winx” series.


Winx Girls: Life of Flora

~ By Will N. ~

Nature’s rosiest girl, roommate of Bloom.

When we first meet Flora, she is quite a shy girl, until someone makes her mad — even Bloom initially did — as much as you would think it impossible with her. Throughout the years, her struggles have been with her confidence and keeping numerous secrets because of being ruled by her emotions, instead of ruling them. This leads to her being treated like she’s cardboard, but it would be unwise to count her out. She might appear like the rose, but watch out — there’s a few thorns along the way to that budding flower, as recently she’s stopped holding back as much as she used to.

The secrets that Flora keeps pertain to holding Helia to a standard so high that he doesn’t even see it — despite loving him for being a supposedly more confident version of her — and to not fight but try something else until she’s endangered. And she’ll do the same if he or her sister Miele are endangered, to the point she makes enemies regret it. It’s not just her overprotectiveness that she keeps hidden. We didn’t even know meet her parents until just recently.

Maybe she’s more of a “superwoman” than she lets on. It’s in her nature. As we all know, it’s more about the hidden things than the obvious in multiple environments. She also refused to let Miele help until she nearly became mushroom food, as Miele reminds her of how Bloom used to be in her freshman year: a reckless, redheaded Earth girl — even if Miele is also Lynphean — and one redheaded Earth girl is enough for her.

Of the Winx, Flora is the closest to Tecna and Bloom due to their various emotional battles and able to work them out in other ways. But like any true flower, she often needs strength from the water that Aisha provides, which includes boosting her confidence and just being there to vent if need be. But she still remains closest to Tecna and Bloom because they know better how to handle it, Bloom by being a twin sister of sorts and Tecna by reminding her of the logical way to deal with her feelings while still being open.

Flora is also the first person we know to have a friend outside the club in Mirta, who gave her the confidence she needed to undo that Trix spell which almost made her Kiko’s lunch — and possibly makes her more confident today. Mirta might really be her true best friend instead of Aisha or Tecna, because every rose has thorns — even if water and opposing energy do help somewhat.


Flora’s achievements are small but well worth the wait. First off, summoning a venus fly trap to get revenge against Stormy for trying to kill Miele. Next, she blew up a rock telekinetically — quite impressive for someone who prefers vines. Third, she was able to summon a spring rain to thaw her wings and unfreeze Icy’s blizzard. What took her so long?

This shows that like Tecna, she can be strategic but is more subtle, as her last achievement is attempting to fool the guards on Domino into letting her in by pretending to be Krystal’s sister. Too bad it didn’t work.

All of this just goes to show anyone in the Winx universe that if you thought messing with Bloom was a bad idea, Flora will make you wish it was Bloom you messed with. Not such a goody-two-shoes now, is she?

Musings & Rants

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Remember Lazuli, the fairy who joined Cloud Tower in “Broken Dreams?” We know a couple witches who’ve become fairies, but I’m pretty sure she’s the first fairy-turned-witch we’ve met. (Selina doesn’t count, since she might not have had her wings yet.)

I wonder what made her turn to the dark side. At first, I thought the Trix might have scared her into it. Maybe they captured the students and gave them a choice: join or die! (I know — way too dramatic for this show. 😛 ) But she wanted to switch! She was willing to use her hair cages on her friends, and she was fine with calling herself an ex-fairy.

Here’s a random back story I thought up in about a minute. 😛

Lazuli was the fairy of hair. But instead of being the perfect stylist, she liked doing strange things with people’s hair — tying them up in it, making it move on its own, etc. Her classmates treated her like a freak, and she resented them for it. Over time, her hatred darkened her heart. She started thinking that, with her weird power, she wasn’t meant to be a fairy. When the Trix attacked her school, she saw her chance. She’d become a witch and join their side…

I know — I can do better. 😛

How does a fairy become a witch? Not the way I expected.

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When Mirta became a fairy, she got a new outfit and a pair of wings. Faragonda must have, too; according to Griffin, she made it to Enchantix level. (I guess older fairies lose their wings.)

Lazuli became a witch by…losing her wings. That was it. She could still fly (or float), but her fairy outfit became regular clothes.

I doubt that’s how it’s supposed to work. I think the animators were just lazy. Almost all the non-Winx fairies’ forms have been like this: everyday outfit + wings. And groups of classmates or friends have looked the same or similar to each other. Nickbow probably didn’t wanna “waste” time designing a unique look for everyone.

Have you ever come up with a fan fic or headcanon about a fairy becoming a witch? How does your story compare with Lazuli’s?

Thursday Your Say

capture_001_25122013_224927_372This week’s “Thursday Your Say” asks, “Should there be a Winx Club spin-off/sequel with a new group of fairies?” Many of you have brought this up before, so let’s talk about it. 🙂

Winx Club has lasted ten years with the same six girls. But if Rainbow wants to keep the series fresh, changing the main cast could work. Other long-running series like Pretty Cure, Pokémon (Ash stays, of course), and Nickelodeon’s Avatar (Legend of Korra) have done it, too.

Some candidates for new Winx Club members:

  • “Winx Junior”: How many are there? Six. Imagine that. And they happen to live in the Winx’s old student dorm. Hmmm…
  • Roxy: If she doesn’t end up joining the current club, she could always start her own!
  • Daphne: She’s got other responsibilities now — being a professor, getting ready to rule Domino, etc.. But if she did have time to join a club, she’d be a valuable member because of her power and wisdom.
  • Mirta: She was the first fairy (err, witch) to make friends with the Winx without becoming one. Why not give her her own group?

YOUR SAY: Do you think rebooting the show with a new group of Winx is a good idea? If so, who would you pick? If not, why wouldn’t it work?

Thursday Your Say

Today “Thursday Your Say” is about how (or if) switching sides changes a fairy or witch’s power source.

I got this question last week in a Facebook message from Winx fan Cassandra M.:

“Each fairy and witch’s power source is neutral. It’s not good or bad, meaning it can be harnessed to use in conjunction with positive energy (to be a fairy) or negative energy (to be a witch). Fire, ice, flowers, weather, sunshine, darkness, music, feelings, technology, gems, waves, animals…none of them are inherently bad or good.

…if someone’s power source were, say, charity, or kindness, or hugs, could they be a witch? If it were theft, insults, or illness, could they be a fairy? Has there ever been an example of a power source like this in the show? Would it stay the same on either “side”? Would it be the opposite, like charity becoming greed or compliments becoming insults? Would the person simply be predisposed to being either a fairy or a witch by nature, rather than weighing them like options and choosing the one they prefer?”

Interesting stuff, huh? I wasn’t sure how to answer because I’d never thought about it before. So, I told her I’d pose the question to you and see what we come up with as a group. (I can name some of you who will have great opinions on this. 🙂 )

Here it is:

YOUR SAY:

  • Is all magic neutral?
  • Could someone with a “positive” power source (like charity) be a witch? Vice versa, could someone with a “negative” power source (like theft) be a fairy?
  • When a fairy or witch changes sides (“alignment”), does her power source change to its opposite “force” (like charity to greed)?