There’s no denying it: Riven was a jerk — not just to Musa (even though they weren’t dating yet), but to all the Winx and the Specialists. He eventually betrayed them and helped the Trix take over Magix.
But were his actions really his own?
Remember the scene with Musa spying him and Darcy in Magix City (episode 1X09)? Darcy locked hands with him and cast some sort of spell on him. We know she can control people through magic, as we saw with the Specialist Jared in season two. But in Riven’s case, it wasn’t clear what she did. All we know was he could communicate with her telepathically and was using that to leak information about Bloom to her.
But after the Trix attacked Cloud Tower, he seemed to have a change of heart. He returned to his friends, apologized, and helped them save Magix.
Did Darcy’s spell wear off, or did he realize what he’d done was wrong?
QUESTION: Do you think Riven was hypnotized or acting of his free will?