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.
Speaking of Nabu, lots of fans see Roy as “Nabu 2.0.” The two have a lot in common: they’re both from Andros, are tied to the upper class (Roy’s King Teredor’s assistant, Nabu was a nobleman), and have similar skin tones. Roy also used one spell in season five (just to breathe underwater), and Nabu was the ony guy who could use magic. (Though since Roy hasn’t used any magic this season, he’s probably not a wizard.)
What sets them apart from each other is their personalities and their roles in the Boys Club. We know Nabu was a bit rebellious. When his parents told him he’d have to marry a girl he didn’t know, he ran away from home. In season four (and a bit in season three), he showed a cheeky side, sometimes taunting the Fairy Hunters (especially Ogron) and teasing Riven, when he’s not scolding him for ruining his relationship with Musa.
Roy doesn’t seem to have a unique personality. He comes off as a lot like Sky, who also sometimes acts knight-like — or rather, prince-like. Whatever character traits Roy does show occasionally seem to be triggered by Aisha or Nex. For example, he’s not as competitive as they are. But in “Mystery of Calavera” (ep. 6X15), he plays along with their windsurfing race, though he seems more interested in watching them than in winning.
As for how Roy and Nabu fit into the Boys Club, I don’t feel like Nabu filled a personality-based role (i.e. the nerd, the rebel, etc.). But his unique traits — his dark skin and being a wizard, not a Specialist — helped him stand out in the group. He was the team’s magic user. They asked him for spells on occasion, and while everyone else fought with physical strength and weapons, he wielded a staff.
What’s Roy’s role? Honestly, I don’t think he has one. He stands out because of his skin tone, but he doesn’t have any special skills (he can swim, but that’s about it) or, again, a unique personality. His only role seems to be as a love interest for Aisha.
Despite how plain he is, many fans prefer him over Nex as a possible boyfriend for Aisha. But no one seems to have a good argument for why Roy’s better for her. All they say is, “Because he’s nice,” “because he cares about her” (Nex seems to, too), “because he met her first” (though they don’t seem very close), or “because Nex is a jerk” (which has nothing to do with Roy). I also hear his downsides played up as reasons. For example, some people choose him because he’s not as competitive as Nex. But Aisha’s competitive, too, and she seems to like it when Nex challenges her.
I think the real reason the fans prefer Roy is because Nex seems like a jerk. (I’ll talk about that in his post.) Roy’s the lesser of two “evils.” That doesn’t mean they like him more, though. The love triangle’s the only thing making him interesting. Without it, he’s not a popular character.
Here’s an example. VK.com/TheWinxClub opened a “Who’s Worthy of Aisha’s [Layla’s] Heart?” poll (warning: spoilers). As of this post, Roy’s trouncing Nex with nearly 100 votes to his 50 votes. But on the group’s favorite Specialist/favorite guy poll, Roy’s in dead last with only five votes (out of more than 200).
Think about that. These fans would rather Aisha date Roy, yet they think he’s the least interesting guy in the Boys Club. I feel sorry for her. 😕
Bottom line: Roy’s a dull character. He doesn’t add anything to the Boys Club or change its dynamic in any way. If he’s meant to be Aisha’s boyfriend, the least Rainbow could do is give him a unique personality, especially coming after Nabu. Right now, he’s just another nice guy in the group.
Enough about him. Time to talk about his rival for Aisha’s love: Nex. Stay tuned!