In case you skipped Roy’s post, here’s a recap. Roy was just a minor character. He was her segue between mourning Nabu and falling in love with Nex. That’s why he vanished at the end of season six: Nickbow (and Aisha) didn’t need him anymore.
Aisha’s dating Nex now, and the fans aren’t happy. They pretend the two aren’t a real couple, or they act like Nex doesn’t exist by leaving him out of fan art or screenshot sets. Ms. “I’m-Banning-Guys-All-Together” can’t really be in love with a “bad boy,” right? And there’s no way he loves her back. He just loves competing with her.
Here’s my two cents. Yes, this is my opinion, but I’ve got some official stuff to back it up.
Nex’s Bad First Impression
I bet Nickbow never thought two scenes would stain his image forever! What’s the big deal? It’s not like he tried to kill someone!
Wait…he did? 😕
Time out, guys. Don’t forget what we’re watching: Winx Club, an Italian fantasy show aimed at five-year-old girls. It’s on Nick Jr. now, for crying out loud! Attempted murder of an ally by a hero character — yes, hero — is too extreme for this show. (Before you bring up Dark Bloom or something like that, I’m talking about willful murder.)
Also, physics don’t work the way they do in real life. When Sky fell from a higher platform in season five, he just lost his memories. That wasn’t even permanent — a spell fixed it. Other times, we’ve seen the Winx get knocked out of the air and flung against walls and rocks, and they’ve gotten up with no bruises or broken bones.
Even this season, Roy, Aisha, and Nex jumped off a floating skating rink. Nex landed on his feet — in roller blades. Aisha did, too, but she lost her balance and fell into his arms. 😛 We didn’t see what happened to Roy, but since he came up to them like nothing happened, he must have been fine, too.
Nex wasn’t trying to kill or even hurt Roy. If we bring this back down to “kids’ show” level, what he did isn’t as malicious as it looked. In “The Flying School” (6X03), he started roughhousing. The Guru’s dialogue makes it pretty clear: “Easy! This is a civilized training session, not a cage fight.”
By the way, do you remember what Aisha told him? “Looks like you two need to cool off a bit.” You two? Yep, she thought Roy was also being too aggressive. When Nex knocked him out of the ring, she and the Guru knew the fight had gotten out of hand.
Fun fact: something like this happened to Nabu, too. Remember when he fought Riven in “The Crystal Labyrinth” (3X22)? Nabu tossed him to the ground and jumped on top of him, then Sky and Timmy broke them up. Maybe Nex and Roy’s match was an echo to it. It even started for the same reason: Roy (Riven) thought Nex (Nabu) was hitting on Aisha (Musa).
What about when Nex kicked the last hoop away in “Bloomix Power” (6X04)? He wanted Roy to fail, not fall. The Specialist was showing him up in front of Aisha, and he got jealous.
Don’t feel sorry for Roy yet. He may not have kicked any hoops, but he got jealous, too, after Nex ran the obstacle course. And they were supposed to be training for the Lynphea College rescue mission, not fighting over a girl. Even the narrator mentioned it in the recap: “Everyone took training seriously, except for Nex and Roy, who concentrated on competing for Aisha’s affection.”
We knew Roy was “nice” most of the time, so we forgave his bad behavior. But Nex was new. After this, we thought we’d figured him out. He’s an arrogant jerk, a “bad” person, a Riven clone, and some things my daddy wouldn’t want me to say. 😛
That doesn’t match his character description, though. It says he’s “outgoing and friendly” (estroverso e amichevole)! Plus, some fans say he’s “gotten better” in season seven. He’s still a jerk — I guess nothing “good” he does will clear that word from his record — but he’s a bit “nicer” now.
I disagree. I think our first impression on Nex was wrong. He’s always been a friendly guy — some fans just didn’t notice.
Nex Isn’t a Jerk
Was he ever sorry for what he did? Some fans say “no,” but I caught a moment in “Bloomix Power” that made me think he was:
His “bad boy” scowl makes him hard to read, but this looked like a face of guilt to me. His crush had yelled at him, Sky was giving him a death glare, and the others didn’t trust him. Plus, this was right after Bloom said to Flora, “Your sister Miele needs us!” Maybe he also felt bad for forgetting why he came in the first place. (That might be why he was so helpful when they got to Lyphnea.)
Nex calmed down after this episode. I think it’s because he stopped focusing on Roy and more on Aisha. He still got mad at the Specialist, but he tried to keep his cool.
- “The Lost Library” (6X07): Roy gave Aisha the roller blades and looked at him with a smug grin. Instead of blowing up at him, Nex said goodbye to her and walked away.
- “Broken Dreams” (6X11): Roy complimented her and made her blush. Nex snarled a bit, then went back to roller blading with her. He ended up making her smile, too.
- “Mystery of Calavera” (6X15): Nex teamed up with her against the others in the windsurfing race. They were having so much fun, they both forgot about Roy eventually. 😛
- “The Anthem” (6X23): Nex was so busy cheering for Aisha, he didn’t see Roy glaring at him.
It’s in these scenes — when he wasn’t fighting with Roy — that we started to see his “good” side. The Nex fans sure noticed. One reason they like him is he’s got a more complex personality than Roy. We saw him be arrogant, brave, jealous, shy, mischievous, sensitive, aggressive, and loving.
You might be a Roy fan if you bypassed the “good” traits on that list. That’s natural. When you don’t like someone, you tend to ignore anything “good” they say or do. The “bad” stands out and looks three times worse than it is. (I do the same thing to a certain magenta-haired Specialist.)
That’s why those fans think Nex never changed. All they saw was the negative. I think it’s also because they judged him based on how he treated Roy, and their rivalry lasted most of the season. Roy was weaker and gentler, so Nex looked like a bully. Aisha got to see him as he really is.
Here’s something you may not have thought of. Love drama makes everyone act crazy, even the Winx! Sky becomes sarcastic, shakes his fists at other guys (even Brandon), slams doors, hangs up phone calls, and even spies on Bloom. Bloom herself gets snooty or mopey and doesn’t trust anything Sky says or does. Riven seemed to think every guy was his rival when Musa was on stage, and he yelled even more than usual. Even Flora got huffy when she thought Krystal was after Helia.
We know how they normally act, so we know these situations bring the worst out of them. What if it brought the worst out of Nex, too? He got thrown into it before we really met him — we didn’t even hear his name until “Bloomix Power.” How could we have known what he’s really like?
If I’m right, he’s not “getting better” after all. He’s just being himself! If Nickbow had introduced him without the love triangle, maybe more of us would have liked him from the start.
Yes, Nex Loves Aisha
A “bad” guy like Nex can’t really love Aisha, right? He must have a selfish motive. Maybe he thinks she’s his ultimate rival, and he wants to prove he’s better than her. That’s why he showed off for her all the time.
Nope. Here’s another quote from his character description (translation mine):
Nex will be very impressed by Aisha’s strong attitude and gradually fall in love with her, trying to impress her in every way. Only when Nex is in mortal danger and needs help will Aisha discover she really loves him.
Remember how vague those Italian sites were about “Royisha?” This is crystal clear. Nex will “gradually fall in love with her” (gradualmente s’innamorerà di lei), and Aisha discovers she “really loves him” (amarlo davvero).
What does he love about her? She’s strong and confident. Remember what he said after she scolded him the first time: “Wow! She’s no joke!” (In the Italian version, it was something like, “Wow! She means business!”)
Yes, he was showing off — because he was trying to win her heart by impressing her. In the process, they started spending more time together, and she kept on impressing him. He fell in love with her in the end. Aisha realized the feeling was mutual when Icy attacked him in “Legendary Duel” (6X24).
In their couple comic, “La Prova di Nex” (Nex’s Test), Stella calls them “a fantastic couple” (una coppia fantastica), and Queen Niobe says they “seem so happy together” (sembrano così felici insieme). Yes, this story’s not canon, but Rainbow wrote it. Sounds like they mean for these two to have a serious relationship.
Nex is the Right Guy for Aisha
When I asked who’s the better match for Aisha, I tried to guess what the Roy fans would say about him. I was right. The Nex fans surprised me a little more. They still took jabs at Roy — mainly about how “boring” he was, which has nothing to do with Aisha — but they impressed me their thoughts on why Nex is compatible with her.
One of the top arguments was, “He has more in common with her than Roy does.” That’s weak by itself, but if you think about her character (and who she dated before), it makes a lot of sense.
Argument: “He has more in common with her than Roy does.”
Remember how I said Roy was a minor character? We only knew a few things about him: he was from Andros, he could use magic (I doubt he was a wizard because he only used one spell), and he loved to swim. On paper, it sounds like he has more in common with Aisha.
What’s Nex’s advantage, then? Not only is he fit and athletic like her, but they also have similar personalities. They’re both competitive, so they like to challenge each other or team up against everyone else. And both their character descriptions suggest they’re braver than the others. Nex’s says he “challenges anyone without fear,” and Aisha’s say she’s “fearless” and faces difficulty “without fear.”
That courage makes them look crazy sometimes! Remember when we met Aisha way back in season two? The first time we saw her, she was climbing a floating rock face in Darkar’s castle with no gear and not enough magic to fly. Talk about extreme sports!
Nex isn’t afraid to jump off floating objects or charge at an enemy while they’re attacking. And when Icy shot an ice beam at him, he didn’t flinch. He just knocked it back at her!
Has Aisha always been into guys like him? Believe it or not, yes. Rainbow may have given us a sneak peek at this relationship almost ten years ago, before they introduced Nabu.
In the Sep. 2006 comic “Un Ragazzo Per Aisha” (A Boyfriend for Aisha) — “Love for Layla” in the English version — the Pixies set her up with a sporty Specialist named Jordan. They think he’s perfect for her because he “loves adventure” and loves to do the things she enjoys. After listening to his stories, Aisha falls madly in love with him.
(Side note: notice Jordan has light skin like Nex. Has Rainbow always planned to put her in a “mixed race” relationship? I don’t know, but I’m proud of them. 🙂 )
Turns out Jordan’s lying. He can’t even swim, let alone paddle a raft. Nex isn’t tricking her, though. We know he likes sports — roller blading, surfing, and swimming at least— and he looks like he might work out like she does.
You could argue that could have been Roy. She had a brief swimming race with him in “Gem of Empathy” (5X09), and he looks athletic, too. Why didn’t Nickbow just give him Nex’s personality?
Beats me. All I know is they didn’t plan for her to date Roy. I’ve told you why I think so, but I don’t work for Nick or Rainbow.
Nickbow clearly put more thought into Nex’s character. Everything from his personality, his interests, and even his name — Aisha’s “life” and he’s “death” — seem designed with her in mind. Look more closely at him, too, especially his face. If you haven’t seen some similarities between the two of them, you will. Trust me. 😛
My Argument: What Aisha Wants in a Guy
Last time, I said Nex gave Aisha something Roy couldn’t. I’ve already hinted at it. The Nex fans picked up on it, too.
People say Aisha doesn’t need a guy to make her happy. I don’t think she’s looking for happiness (loosely speaking) or fulfillment — and definitely not protection. The theme with Nabu, Nex, and even Jordan is “a guy who’s like me”: someone with the same interests, personality, and way of thinking. She wants someone she can do the things she loves with.
Nabu was a “nice” guy, but Aisha didn’t care till he started talking about himself. He had the same favorite song and same favorite lyrics — “no one makes decisions for me but me” — and he was a little rebellious and strong-willed like her. Next episode, she said about one of his surfing moves, “I can’t believe you can do that, too!”
With Nex, what the fans saw as him just “playing around” with her was how Aisha found out they’re alike. The roller blade race showed her he’s as competitive as her. Windsurfing together showed her his fun side. They did the same aerial trick and splashed each other. When they teamed up to beat the Water Champion in “Legendary Duel,” they found out they make a good team.
Didn’t she have fun with Roy, too? Sure, but as the fans have pointed out, he has a completely different personality. He was competitive sometimes, but not as much as Nex (unless it was over Aisha). And no one talks about how brave or confident Roy was because he came off as weaker and more timid.
Some fans argue he balances her out. Normally, I’d agree, but I think it takes a bold guy to handle a tough girl like her. If Tecna and Flora didn’t exist, would you pair Aisha with Timmy or Helia? No way. They wouldn’t be able to keep up with her — physically or mentally — and it didn’t seem like Roy could either.
Nabu could. He was strong and confident enough to match wits with her, and he adapted to her moods and actions. Nex is also confident — to the point of arrogance. Aisha humbles him by calling him out for his behavior and showing him he’s not the best at everything. That’s why he respects her.
Why Aisha Chose Nex
I think Aisha fell in love with Nex for the same reason she fell in love with Nabu. She saw him as a companion and an equal. That’s what she gets out of the relationship. Nex gets a companion, too, and someone to put him in his place. They’re not just well-matched — they benefit each other.
One more thing. Even fans of this couple act like they’re temporary. Here’s why I think that’s happening:
- They still think Nabu’s gonna come back (or want him to), so they see Nex as a placeholder.
- Aisha’s had so many love interests, we don’t expect her to stay with any guy very long. (That’s your fault, Rainbow.)
- Like I said earlier, they think Aisha and Nex are just “playing around.” His “bad boy” persona doesn’t help because a guy like that doesn’t seem mature enough for a lasting relationship.
Let’s be real about Nabu. By the end of season seven, he’ll have been dead for three years (almost eight in real life). The odds of him coming back are slim to none. I’m sure Aisha will never forget him, but their love story’s over. Her heart has moved on.
Nex isn’t a placeholder or replacement for him. He’s her new boyfriend. That’s it.
They may have fallen in love through sports and contests, but that doesn’t mean their relationship’s all fun and games. If they stay together all of season seven, it’ll be the longest she’s dated any guy. That’s a big deal for her.
What’s gonna happen in the future? As much as Rainbow likes messing up her love life, it’s anyone’s guess. But here’s a fact I know the fans don’t wanna hear: she might marry Nex. They love each other, so why not?
Is that a guarantee? No. We can’t be sure any of the couples will be together at the end of the series (except Bloom and Sky, because they’re Snow White and Prince Charming). But it’s more likely Aisha will be with Nex than Nabu.
I’m not saying we should stop loving Aisha and Nabu. Everyone misses them, even me. Seeing her with another guy feels weird, but it’s not wrong.
I wanna see where this new relationship leads. After all the tragedy and drama Aisha’s been through, she deserves a long, happy romance. If she gets that with Nex, he’s okay with me.