Sky. (Oops, I mean “Brandon.” 😛 ) The original Prince Charming of Winx Club.
We know more about him than about any of the other guys. He’s the leader of the Boys Club, he’s Crown Prince/King-in-Training of Eraklyon, and his life is constantly in danger due to tension in the kingdom. Brandon’s his best friend and bodyguard, Riven’s his not-so-friendly rival, and Diaspro’s his psycho ex-fiancée who’s hellbent on winning him back, even if she has to kill Bloom. (Let’s hope we don’t see her again.)
This season, we learned he has a cousin, Thoren, who he’s always thought was a jerk. Why? Once when they were looking for animal tracks in the woods when they were kids, they were ambushed by ninjas (nice continuity nod to season two). Thoren ran for his life, leaving Sky to fend for himself.
I get that Sky barely survived, but this was still a stupid grudge. They were just kids, and Thoren was scared. His flight response kicked in. That’s it. Does that make him a bad person? No. (I’ll talk more about that when I get to Thoren.)
Anyway, is there something else we don’t know about Sky? Even if there is, I don’t really care anymore. He’s just a spotlight hog now like his girlfriend. Rainbow’s so obsessed with him, he’s the only guy they put in Mystery of the Abyss. Do they really think we don’t care about the others?
Don’t get me wrong. I like Sky. What’s not to like? He’s the quintessential hero — brave, kind, selfless, charismatic, and strong. He’s also a natural leader. His friends respect him (even Riven in his rebellious way), and he values and respects them as well.
No one’s perfect, of course. Sky loses his temper sometimes, especially with Riven (he’s even punched him in the gut before). He also has a jealous side when it comes to Bloom. He couldn’t stand how obsessed she was with Professor Avalon in season two, and he thought she and Andy (her ex) was getting too friendly with each other. And we know he’s not above lying if he feels he needs to. Heck, his whole identity in the first half of season one was a lie!
Still he’s a great guy. But all the attention he gets has come with a side effect: he’s boring now! He’s lost the appeal he had in the first season. And every time Rainbow tries to make him interesting again, it’s always with a sideplot that feels contrived or overly dramatic or gets resolved too soon.
For example, in season five, he loses his memories after a hard fall in the Magic Archives. To be honest, I liked this idea. I wanted to see Bloom cope with the reality that the Sky she loved may gone forever. Over time, the two would fall in love again, then somehow he’d regain his memories near the end of the season.
What happens instead? Before his bout with amnesia, Sky loses a pendant he wanted to give to Bloom. Now because of a make-believe curse, he thinks they’ll never get their happily ever after. (Oh, please, Nickbow. If they don’t get married after everything they’ve been through, there’ll be a fan riot.) Flora’s bonded Selkie Daisyree finds the pendant underwater. Flora hands it to him, and as soon as he sees it, all his memories return.
This all happens in the first half of the season and is never mentioned again. Boring.
Going back to him and Bloom for a moment. Honestly, I’m not even interested in their love story anymore, and sideplots like this are part of the reason. We know no matter how many times Rainbow turns him to stone, drops him off a platform, puts him in cardiac arrest, or gives his life force to an angsty Triton, they’ll still be together in the end.
They’re the only inseparable couple in Winx Club. Don’t get too attached to the others; they could be one fight, love triangle, or dark portal away from a permanent farewell. But Bloom and Sky are destined to be together.
That’s great news if they’re your favorite couple, but it’s hard not to be jealous if they’re not — especially if it’s your favorite couple that breaks up. Granted, it hasn’t happened often, but you never know.
Bottom line: I’m sick of Sky. He’s a nice guy and a worthy leader, and he and Bloom are an adorable couple. But his fifteen minutes of fame are long over. Time for him to step out of the spotlight.
I wanna know more about the other guys. What about his right-hand man Brandon? What’s his background story? Where are his parents? How he’d get the job of protecting Sky? I don’t think Rainbow’s ever told us.
Speaking of Brandon, that’s who I’m gonna talk about next. It only makes sense, since these two are always together. Stay tuned!
Your Turn: What do you think of Prince Sky?