Winx Club (2004-) is an Italian animated series that follows the adventures of a group of Teenage Fairy Magic Students as they go to school at an interdimensional boarding school called Alfea, a magic school for fairies. Targeted mostly at children and teens, especially girls, there's a heavy emphasis on fashion and teen trends—at least the discussion of them—liberally interspersed with good old fashioned Saving the Day. Imagine Hogwarts crossed with Power Rangers (or Super Sentai), all tied up in a Magical Girl show.The world is set in is a veritable mish-mash of magic, modern day, and hip-hop songs. Each of the major characters comes from a different "realm" (or planet) in the "Magic Dimension" (although some realms are called "dimensions" themselves).Its treatment into English is rather confusing. There are THREE dubs: There's one for the first four seasons produced in Canada by Cinelume in Quebec Province. This dub aired in smaller English speaking territories around the world, mostly in South-East Asia. It's best known for being an alternate language track on various foreign DVDs. English dubs of the first two movies were produced with a different cast in the US by Dubbing Brothers USA. Meanwhile, 4Kids Entertainment edited and dubbed the first 3 seasons, which aired in more major English-speaking markets like the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia (who also aired Cinelume's version for Season 4 on Cartoon Network 's sister channel Boomerang). After 4Kids lost the rights to the series, Nickelodeon bought the rights to the franchise, and created four one-hour TV specials that summarized Seasons 1-2, redubbed Seasons 3-4, and Seasons 5-6 are actually produced in English with their cast. They also re-dubbed the first two movies. On US DVD, the 4Kids dub was 5/6ths released before the license expired, and these discs are now out-of-print. The Nick movies are both on DVD, each with seven episodes of Nick's dub. Cinedigm is also releasing DVDs of the series... containing Cinelume's dub. Confused? You should be... SABC in South Africa took 4K's dub for the first season, but switched to Cinelume's dub for rest of the series.Has its own wiki. Also a recap page.
Action Girl: The Winx. All six of them (and Roxy). And, to a lesser extent, the pixies and selkies too.
Adult Fear: Prior to the beginning of the series, Domino was attacked by the three Ancesteral Witches, and King Oritel and Queen Mariam had no idea what happened to their two daughters during the attack, at one point believing neither of them had survived.
Affably Evil: It's implied that the witches of Cloudtower are more mischievous than evil, excluding the Trix. Sure, they cause trouble and mayhem, but they wouldn't cross the line into trying to kill someone.
The Alcatraz: The frozen prison planet of the Omega Dimension is where the most evil criminals are sent. Anyone sent there is either frozen or placed in a capsule and then shot down to the surface from space. Anyone that gets out must deal with large ice snakes with an ice breath that can freeze lightning, freezing to death, finding any food and supplies, and avoiding roaming gangs attacking intruders. Without a spaceship, the only way out is a single portal heavily reinforced with magic. Anyone who could get through that would arrive on the ocean planet of Andros and be confronted by the mermaid guards at the portal. When the Trix are sent there, they free another prisoner, Valtor. They locate the portal and manage to break it open while simultaneously brainwashing the mermaid guards.
All Animals Are Dogs / Non-Indicative Name: Season four — Cuccioli magici is Italian for "magical pets" or "magical puppies." The English dub (non-4Kids) used the second translation, so all the pets were "puppies" even though there were cats, birds, bears, rabbits and other animals. Of course, most of them acted like dogs anyway.
All There in the Manual: The comics explain some things left unanswered in the series, although they are different continuities. For instance, it is explained that Bloom is on scholarship (being a fairy from Earth, and presumably latter from being the princess of Domino/Sparx) and works as a waitress to support herself. It also explains that Bloom still had the Dragon Fire because the Trix could not take ALL of it, which makes a lot more sense than the "believe in yourself" crap in the cartoon, among other things.
Ambiguously Brown: Several characters have hard a to tell ethnicity, especially considering none of them are from Earth.
Flora can be mistaken for either a light skinned Black or a very tanned Caucasian, but Word of God confirms she was based on Jennifer Lopez, so she is meant to be Hispanic.
Nabu looks like he could be black, white with a tan, or Hispanic, but he's probably black since he's from Andros, the same planet as Aisha.
Anagan from the Wizards of the Black Circle.
Ambiguously Gay: Non-4K version, 7th ep of season 2. Livy was doing a paper puppet theater for Kiko and the Pixie animals. Before it could start, another Pixie animal, known as the Big-eared Bear, arrives, asking forgiveness for being late. Livy noticed he was the only Pixie animal capable of speech, not to mention his feminine mannerisms...
And I Must Scream: At the end of Seasons 1 and 3, the Trix are imprisoned in a virtual meadow full of positive things, which is what they hate most and basically Hell for them. The beginning of Season 2 shows it's starting to drive them mad before they're rescued by Darkar. Also of note, while most versions have a Season 5 in which they return, the 4Kids dub ends at Season 3, so its continuity presumably has them remain there for life.
Then there's Valtor, who was frozen in the Omega Dimension, and awake the whole time. This was intended to last for eternity, but he is released at the beginning of Season 3.
Anti-Villain: The Earth fairies. After they were freed from their imprisonment, they swore revenge on the Wizards of the Black Circle for imprisoning them and on the people of Earth for forgetting them and treating the planet poorly. Despite their overzealous attitude, they do want to help the planet and were eventually convinced that revenge was not the right path.
Armor-Piercing Slap: Edited out in 4Kids version (they had Musa make a wart form on Icy's face. Riiiiight...; oddly enough, they kept the sound effect in). In the original version of season 1, Icy torments Musa by saying that Riven thought absolutely nothing of her and Musa retaliates by slapping Icy HARD in the face.
Icy: "She... slapped me! She slapped me in the face!" Stormy: "Whoa! I can even see the prints of her fingers! Does it hurt?" Icy: "OF COURSE IT HURTS, DUMMY!"
There was one between Prince Sky and Princess Diaspro but Sky doesn't love her, so he calls off the wedding. Lucky Bloom.
Early in season 2, Brandon almost married Amentia, princess of the Underealm, who had a crush on him, much to his and Stella's horror. Fortunately for both, Amentia made up her mind in the last moment thanks to Amore (Stella's bonded pixie).
Happens to Aisha when she's paired with Nabu, which turns into a Perfectly Arranged Marriage by the end of the season, and S4 appeared to be heading towards putting the "Marriage" into this pairing...until Nabu died stopping Wizards of the Black Circle form completing their Evil Plan.
In Magical Adventure when Sky seemingly breaks off his wedding with Bloom just after proposing to her, Oritel tries to set Bloom up with several other guys, but Bloom manages to blow them all off.
Art Evolution: Played straight and inverted with Season 5. In the early seasons, the art was good and the animation was pretty smooth. In Season 5, the art has gotten even better, but the animation, which seems to be animated with Flash, is rather poor and makes the characters seem stiff or "wavy".
Such Flash animation was also used in certain points of the first episode of Season 4.
Art Shift: Done occasionally in season five when the action moves to the Infinite Ocean which renders everything in CGI. It's actually rather jarring going from 2-D Flash to 3D and back again so frequently.
Cut from 4Kids' dub, the original version of season 1 episode 2 had Bloom turn and smile at the camera just before she and Stella head towards Alfea for the first time.
In the second episode of season three, Stella wakes Bloom up early in the morning. While Stella is talking about what to wear at her princess ball, Bloom appears to briefly look into the camera.
Asleep for Days: After her failed attempt to rescue the pixies from Lord Darkar at the beginning of the second season, Aisha sleeps for four days.
Back from the Dead: In season 4 the Winx receive the Black Gift, which is meant to save someone from death. It's sadly subverted however, when Nabu sacrifices himself stop the Fairy Hunter's scheme. When Aisha tries to use it on him, Ogron steals the Black Gift and wastes it on a flower. Nabu is also in the second movie, which seems to take place after season 4, but he's still gone at the start of season 5.
Badass Back: In the 2nd movie, Bloom and Sky passionately kiss in the middle of a fight with dopplegangers. Without even breaking off the kiss, they both backfist punch a doppleganger trying to blindside them.
Badass Normal: Subverted by most of the specialists, whose lack of magic abilities makes them very inferior to the fairies in a fight. See also Faux Action Guy below. Played straight by them in the comics and movies.
Bare Your Midriff: Winx Club is the absolute master of this trope, just look at most of the non-adult female characters' outfits. 4Kids' dub Lampshaded this in a season one episode, when Palladium said the Winx could not go to "Sparx" in bare midriff tops. Surprisingly, this wasn't in the original, and this Lampshade is coming from the company that tried to cover it up (no pun intended) in other shows like One Piece, where they gave Nico Robin an undershirt.
Beam-O-War: The Winx plus Nebula against the Black Circle in the last episode of Season 4. It ends with the Black Circle frozen.
Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Of the three Winx girls most prominent in the commercial ad art, Bloom is the brawn, Stella is the beauty, and Flora is the brains.
Beauty Equals Goodness: Both played straight and subverted, since there are barely any characters that are remotely ugly. In the entire series, the only 'human' girl who even remotely looks ugly is the witch Lucy, and she's usually a Jerkass.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Darcy pulls this on Riven; compare her sweet and cutesy smile in episode 8 to her blatant use of sex appeal and her attempted homicide on a rival for her love interest next episode.
Blondes are Evil: Subverted with Stella, but she is still portrayed as the most flawed out of all her friends, and played straight with virtually every other blonde (Cassandra, Diaspro and in the beginning Aurora) on the show.
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Stella (blonde), Flora (brunette), and Bloom (redhead). Of the Winx girls, these three are the most popular due to being the dominant subject in most commercial ad art. They also seem the closest since most scenes almost always have those three together. Also are most distinguishable as they all have similar Rapunzel Hair hairstyles, bare their midriffs, and wore high-heel wedges.
Riven in the 4Kids dub is brainwashed by Darcy in season 1. In the original, he went with Darcy and the Trix of his own accord.
Bloom is brainwashed by Lord Darkar twice near the end of season 2. She becomes his loyal servant as Dark Bloom. The first time she's freed by Avalon, which he could do because he was the one who brainwashed her the first time, and the second time Sky managed to pull off a "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight.
Stella's father got brainwashed into declaring her as no longer being a princess. Fortunately he recovered.
Prince Sky got brainwashed into dumping Bloom and returning to Diaspro.
In The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Riven falls under the control of Mandragora so that he can betray them at a critical time. He breaks free after he hurts Musa.
In the ninth episode of season 3, Aisha mentions that her parents have set up an Arranged Marriage for her, which isn't brought up again until episode 18. (Apart from the fact that Nabu is shown stalking Aisha in a few episodes before that.)
During the 11th episode of season 4, the Winx are out shopping when ninjas attack the shopping mall. At end of the episode, the girls suddenly remember that they left their groceries behind.
Brother Chuck: Avalon after season 2 only had few cameo appearances in season 3. Also, Fake Avalon seemed to vanish after kidnapping Bloom.
Cave Behind the Falls: The Black Willow Tree on Linphea is in a cave behind a waterfall. It's tears are what make the waterfall, which actually flows upward. Darcy lampshades it, wondering why there's always a cave behind a waterfall.
Chekhov's Gun: In season 2 Faragonda gives the guardian pixies of the schools and Pixie Village some jewels, telling them that they know what to do. These turn out to be parts of the Codex Cypher, an alternate route into the Realix.
Chekhov's Gunman: In season 3, before officially debuting in episode 18, Nabu made brief appearances in episodes 11, 12 and 14. Also, Aisha mentions being set up for an Arranged Marriage in episode 9, before that plot gets under way in 18.
Christmas Special: Season 5 has "A Magix Christmas", where Bloom teaches the others about Christmas while the Trix try to steal the magic of Christmas.
Combat Pragmatist: Valtor is willing to use any magic spell that is effective against the Winx, and uses Cloudtower itself to fight them as well. He also killed Bloom's parents by trapping her mother Marion, and then when Oritel tried to free her, Valtor sneaked up behind and nailed them both. At least that's what he says to Bloom hen the Winx storm Cloudtower. Later it is revealed it that he lied.
The Complainer Is Always Wrong: In Broken Dreams, Aisha snaps at Stella for supposedly not taking her ballet class seriously. Never mind that Stella was merely trying to help by being cheerful since they were all tense due to Bloom leaving and it's not exactly the first time she's done this. Eventually, they do make up, but Stella was the one expected to apologize, despite that Aisha snapped at her for no good reason.
Cool Sword: The Sword of Domino which was used to fight the Ancestral Witches.
Cosplay: Zing the Pixie has been seen cosplaying as famous movie characters. See Shout-Out list, below.
Cultural Translation: It is heavily implied that Bloom's hometown is an America city. This is never directly stated, but heavily implied throughout the show (characters with Anglo-Saxon names, English writing, the Halloween episode, among other things). Season 4 further implies this when the show zooms into California when the Winx go to California. In addition, they have to travel to Italy to meet Sibylla, indicating that Gardenia is not there.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Once Bloom unlocks her enchantix form, she immediately proceeds to show the Trix that they aren't a match for her anymore. Winx Vs. The Wizards of the Black Circle (First Battle). So much for all their training at Alfea. In the 2nd Movie, the Trix clearly had the advantage over the Winx due to their magicless state, but once they got their Believix powers back...
Darker and Edgier: Some fans have said this about season four due to the death of Aisha's fiancé, Nabu, which was the first hero death of the series. Also, there was a scene at the very end of episode nine with Bloom and Sky holding hands while sitting on her bed, in which Sky says, "Sometimes it's better not to talk." Some fans have interpreted this as sexual innuendo, but the show doesn't necessarily support this conclusion.
Dark Is Evil: Practically every major villain is a dark magic practitioner.
The Trix have darker color schemes and use dark magic frequently. It's even Darcy's specialty.
Lord Darkar's body is pure black, and he's encased in dark red armor.
The Wizards of the Black Circle, in addition to having black in their group name, all wear black or dark grey clothes.
Mirta may be a witch at first, but her focus on the dark arts doesn't stop her from being a good person. All the witches (other than the Trix) are like this. While they're often jerks, they're not evil.
While obviously still villainous, Darcy is arguably the least evil of the Trix in the comics, and is the one specialising in darkness.
A Death in the Limelight: Nabu suddenly got a lot more attention leading up to his Heroic Sacrifice in episode twenty-four of season four. This episode featured the most badass moments of his entire existence in the show.
Demonic Possession: Near the end of the second movie, the Ancesterral Witches take control of the Trix's bodies. Also, at an episode of the second season, Darkar makes Bloom Dark Blooom, and does not change back till the end of the season.
Demoted to Extra: Roxy is set to appear in only seven of the twenty six episodes of season 5. It's been finally confirmed that she's NOT a Winx (she's completely absent from the season 5 opening).
Did They or Didn't They?: At the end of episode 9 in season 4, Bloom and Sky are having a conversation while sitting on Bloom's bed, though there was little to no sexual implication.
Dirty Coward: The Trix are classic bullies, only fighting those they know they can either beat or people who aren't able to fight back, but they would run when a fight they started falls from their favor. Played very straight in S5 when after being powered up by Tritannus, they would overpower the Winx and laugh about it. Once the Winx acquired Harmonix and started to curb stomp them, the Trix immediately whine about how the Winx weren't supposed to be stronger than them and immediately retreat.
Dismantled MacGuffin: The Codex is split into four parts, hidden in the three schools and Pixie Village. All four are necessary to open the portal to the Realix dimension.
Disney Death: Happens to Sky in season 2, and Flora and Tecna in season 3. Partially averted in season 4 with Nabu and a straight example would be Sky's father, Erendor in the second movie after taking an attack that was meant for Bloom. Oritel uses some of the remaining magical energy that was still on his sword to revive him.
In season 3, when the Winx girls and Specialists were searching for the Water Stars, they get ambushed by monsters. TENTACLED monsters. And yes, the girls DO get tangled up in them. Hmmm... tentacled monsters using their tentacles to ensnare scantily clad girls? The skytower bares a strange resemblance to Slytherin house.
Season 5 opens with an accident at an offshore oil rig, followed by an oil spill that sets further events in motion. In an article a couple years ago, Iginio Straffi hinted they were inspired by the 2011 BP Oil Spill.
Late in season two, when Darkar kidnaps Bloom, he has her strapped to a table with a metal piece covering her mouth while her legs are wide open and he's almost standing right in front of them. Think for a minute. A teen girl kidnapped, bound and restrained, her legs are open (and they're strapped that way; she can't close them), and a scary man standing over her. It was likely unintentional, but still...
It was also said that Musa was a princess in the season 1 4Kids dub (even had Icy taunt Musa that her father and his "hip-hop palace guards" aren't there to protect her), but was later revealed she and her dad are middle class citizens in the concert episode of season 2.
Tecna, the evil teacher, and the sphere of truth.
4kids altered Aisha's personality a little. Originally, she had trust issues due to her strict upbringing. 4kids kept this, but also emphasized her feminism and had her take a dislike to the guys for no good reason. Thankfully, they did fix this later on.
Not exactly a "plot hole", but on season 2, Aisha goes away crying after Stella refers to the group as "the five of us" (prompting Aisha to feel rejected) (see My Friends... and Zoidberg below). In the 4kids dub, Stella instead suggests having a sleepover that night and talking a bit, which makes Aisha's reaction a WTH moment, though it could be explained as Aisha being nervous and feeling left out because she had no stories to tell (Stella suggested they have a sleepover and tell their best friendship stories. Aisha had none).
Dub Name Change: MANY in the 4Kids version. The most notable change is Aisha to Layla, which was due to copyright reasons.
Between the original version and 4Kids, names of the girls' home planets, the 4Kids dub tending to be needlessly long...
Linphea/Fifth Moon of Marigold (perhaps by accident, 4Kids called it Linphea in season three)
Zenith/Third Vector of the Binary Galaxy (what a mouthful...)
Andros/Realm of Tides
Only Stella's planet of Solaria was spared a needless name-change
Other things include Army of Darkness/Army of Decay, the Trix/the Witches (sheesh... how general...), and the biggest idiocy of all, the Patchamen/Wrong-Righters (UGH!)
Before Nickelodeon got the rights to the show, Aisha was called Layla in every dub except the original Italian one. Nickelodeon reverted to the original and is calling her Aisha.
A couple name changes in the Nick dub: Roxy's dad Klaus became "Rick;" and Ron, the pixie cat from the first movie, became "Purr."
Despite occasional quarrels and insults, the Trix are very close to each other.
Subverted with Valtor: Once the Trix realize that he has toyed with them all along not to mention that he is in fact a demon, they don't even bother fighting the Winx with him in the final battle and comment on how stupid it was to let him get between them.
Even Evil Has Standards: Griffin used to work for the coven, but balked when she learned that they were planning to destroy whole worlds.
Stella is the princess of Solaria. Aisha is the princess of Andros. Galatea is the princess of Melody. Crystal is the princess of Linphea. Amentia is the princess of Downland. Tressa is the princess of the mermaids of Andros.
Bloom is revealed to be the princess of Domino at the end of season 1.
Musa is not a princess, but 4kids called her one, so when her not being a princess became important her dad was stated to be a former prince.
Flora is not a princess, despite her saying she is the princess of Linphea in Magical Adventure.
Tecna is a princess in the comics, but her status as a princess in the show has not been confirmed one way or the other.
Subverted with princess Diaspro of Eraklyon, who is a major Jerkass and occasionally evil.
Subverted with Chimera, who almost became princess of Solaria, but she joined up with Valtor and eventually lost her status.
Roxy is revealed to be Queen Morgana's daughter, and thus is the princess of Earth. When Morgana abdicates the throne, she gives it to Nebula because Roxy is too young.
Everything's Better With Sparkles: The outfits the girls wear in their fairy forms, the Enchantix have slightly less sparkles then their original outfits (their wings are pretty sparkly in that form, though), while the Believix outfits have both sparkly outfits and sparkly wings.
Exposed to the Elements: Cold in general doesn't seem to bother the Winx even when they're in their skimpy clothes.
In season 1, the girls went to a snowy Domino in full winter gear. Even when transformed in their skimpy outfits in Fairy form, the arctic conditions don't hamper them. Seasons 3 and 4 have something similar in the frozen Omega Dimension. The Winx, the Trix, and the Earth Fairies wear skimpy outfits there and aren't bothered by the cold. The most likely explanation is that they're using magic to warm themselves.
In season 4, the Winx fight against Aurora and her warrior Fairies in her arctic base of operations in their Lovix form, which protects them from the cold. Roxy is unaffected by the cold as well, even though she doesn't have Lovix. When the temperature drops drastically, the Winx are only mildly affected, but Roxy doesn't have their protection and suffers from hypothermia.
Bloom was born a Princess but had to live as a normal Earth girl when her family's kingdom fell. No longer applies after she saves her kingdom in The Secret of the Lost Kingdom.
Diaspro was exiled for her role in Prince Sky being brainwashed.
Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The universe has fairies, witches, sorcerers, pixies, warriors, nymphs, ghosts, dragons, ogres, trolls, mermaids, Wizarding Schools, and magic trees in the Magic Dimension. That doesn't even count the fact that the main characters are all aliens from different worlds, or all the sci-fi elements present.
Fanservice: The majority of their outfits, especially the transformation ones.
Faux Action Guy: Zig-Zagged with the Red Fountain Specialists. It's not uncommon to see them easily get beaten by the main villains or monsters even though they go to a military academy. However, they usually can hold their own against Mooks and can occasionally even take on the Trix or the Wizards of the Black Circle.
Near the end of the first season when the girls go to Domino, Bloom, who's currently powerless, falls into a chasm. Stella was transformed at this time and could've easily flown over and grabbed Bloom, yet she didn't!
In season three, the crooks in the Omega Dimension manage to force the Winx off a cliff. The girls' Enchantix wings, which some episodes back were able to withstand gale-force winds, are suddenly useless.
Apparently, Bloom forgot she had healing powers in S4 episode 24. Sure, it might not have worked under those circumstances, but she could at least have tried to save Nabu.
Roxy, the fairy of animals, loves all sorts of creatures.
Flora , who shows a lot of care and concern for various plants and animals.
Frilly Upgrade: Subverted and not. Their Enchantix are all new outfits and wings. Their Believix falls under this as well, but their Charmix in season two qualifies; it's the same outfit as Winx mode, just with a brooch and a purse. Also the Trix' Gloomix.
The Halloween Episode in season 2 features many guests at Mitzi's party dressed as several movie, cartoon and anime characters, although with more-or-less slight modifications. One of them looks a lot like Sawaru Ogekuri, the doctor from Ogenki Clinic, a classic Hentai manga and anime. And just to be sure it's not dismissed as mere coincidence, he presents himself as "the best doctor in town". (4Kids cuts out many of them, though.)
In the episode where princess Amentia tries to force Brandon to marry her, they at one point end up in her bedroom while Brandon is trying to avoid her. He falls onto her bed, and Amentia crawls close to him saying "Why wait until the wedding?" Apparently, she just wants him to kiss her, but still...
When the girls are late for self-defense class, Stella says, before looking into the classroom, "The professor could be a looker like Avalon, and we're about to get physical." Of course, she didn't mean it like that, but...it's Stella we're talking about.
On a different note, the school for warriors is called Red Fountain. That's unusually potent imagery for the young teen demographic.
The situations with Darcy/Riven and Bloom/Sky/Diaspro is possibly the closest one could get to adultery in a show meant for ages 5-12.
The Trix's crimes. Yes, they are the villains, but it's not often that attempted homicide is so blatant in a children's show.
Girl Posse: The Trix - Icy, Darcy, and Stormy. Icy being the leader, or aka the Alpha Bitch, of course. Mitzi's friends.
Gold Digger: Countess Cassandra and Chimera try to marry into Stella's family to gain the influences and power of Solaria.
Go Out with a Smile: Before Nabu died, he smiled at Aisha while telling her that he would always be with her and that he loved her.
Gratuitous English: All the fairy transformations are based on English words, as is the word Winx itself (from "wings"). Then there's the main character Bloom and minor things like "Love & Pet" in season four.
For the most part, people frozen by Icy are merely immobilized and are only slightly cold when they get out. Even Valtor, who was frozen in the Omega Dimension for 17 years, seems no worse for the wear when he's freed. Icy herself can easily break herself out of the ice.
When Valtor froze Bloom, the Winx had to save Bloom quickly before she died, but otherwise she was fine afterwards.
Heel-Face Brainwashing: The Light Haven is a re-education facility inside an inescapable Pocket Dimension where criminals are taught to live a peaceful life. It works wonders with "normal" delinquents, but woe to Trix style villains and other kind of darksider that these monks get their hands on! With these, they show their Knight Templar side: Turning them good is not enough, but they will try to reeducate every bit of darkness out of them, by any means. Cue Cool and Unusual Punishment, Good Hurts Evil-style. The Trix didn't burst into tears for no reason when they were told that they would be brought there again at the end of season 3.
Hostage for MacGuffin: Twice. Bloom lets the witches take Stella's ring in S1 to save Stella, and the Winx let the season's Big Bad take a magic box in S3 to save a guy who's interested in Aisha, who later turns out to be Nabu.)
Hourglass Hottie: Have you ever seen the girls' hips? To get that in real life, you need to miss some ribs. Winx Club is the perfect example for this trope.
Hoverboard: The Specialists use these to fly around when they need to.
Hypocrite: Icy calls out on Flora, Musa, Tecna, and Aisha ganging up on her (after she had snuck-attacked Bloom seconds earlier). Never mind the fact that she, Darcy, and Stormy had ganged up on Bloom A LOT in the past when she was alone, one of those times Bloom wasn't even able to fight back. Tecna also calls Icy out on this, saying a convict like her has no right to gripe about fairness when she fights dirty anyway.
Ice Queen: Icy, taken to its literal extreme. Season four, in absence of the Trix, has Aurora, the Ice Fairy.
Important Haircut: Inverted. In the third season, Musa gets an important hair GROWTH.
Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Despite being the creator of the Magical Universe and its flame's being the source of Bloom's power, The Great Dragon isn't important to the story. Bloom could have easily been a fire fairy without being the "fairy of the Dragon's Flame." Then in season three, Bloom trained on a random, dragon-inhabited island in order to earn her Enchantix, though improperly. The Specialists are also dragon riders.
The climax of Season 2 has the fight against Dark Bloom, in which Sky tries to talk Bloom back to her senses just as Darkar is close to winning. For a moment it appears to fail, but just as Darkar is trying to absorb the power he was after, Bloom manages to use her healing powers on herself to return to normal and prevent Darkar from absorbing the Realix power.
The fifth episode of Season 5 has Nereus try to talk his mutated twin brother Tritannus out of trying to take over the ocean, telling him that he knows Tritannus' heart is still the same. Tritannus simply responds that yes, his heart is still exactly the same and then proceeds to turn Nereus into one of his monster slaves.
I Surrender, Suckers: The Wizards of the Black Circle's surrender and regret of their past actions in the second half of S4 is revealed to be all a plot to ultimately cast a spell that could seal the Earth fairies forever. Nabu stops this but pays a high price.
As far as villains go, Lord Darkar in season 2, Valtor in season 3, Duman in season 4, and The Ancestral Witches in Magical Adventure.
Nabu in season 4, where he pulled a Heroic Sacrifice to stop the Wizards of the Black Circle. He shows up in Magical Adventure for some reason even though it though it supposedly happens after season 4, but season 5 confirms that he's still dead.
King Incognito: Prince Sky and his squire were living each other's lives until the middle of Season 1.
Long Runner: The show started in 2004 and is currently in its sixth season. It was originally supposed to end after three seasons and the first movie. Then, it was scheduled to stop after a third movie, which is to be released during summer of 2014. Now, a seventh season has been announced.
Love Triangle: With Kiko of all characters. In season 4, he's the sign of affection for Aisha's Pixie pet, Milly the Rabbit, and Stella's Pixie pet, Ginger the poodle. More of a comical thing, though, as the two Pixie pets would fight each other for Kiko's attention.
Make My Monster Grow: Whenever Darkar sends his pet Kerbog to fight the Winx, expect this trope to happen.
Mama Bear: Somewhat off-screen in Winx Club and crossing with Papa Wolf is Miriam (Bloom's Mom). After both she and her husband think both their daughters to be dead, they, according to one account, went completely berserk at the ones responsible; the Ancient Coven. Considering how high they are in among others', Faragonda's and even Valtor's regard, that says something about the power which was unleashed. Ouch...
Meaningful Name: Stella means "star" in Italian, and she has sun and moon based powers (or could be a take on "stellar"). Flora means "flowering," and she has plant-based powers. Musa is Italian for "Muse," a Greek goddess of the arts, particularly music. Tecna has technology-based powers. Icy has ice based powers, Darcy has powers based on darkness, and Stormy has storm / weather and electric-based powers. Bloom's name is more of a pun, though, as her fairy heritage started to "bloom" once she met Stella and enrolled at Alfea. Roxy's name as well because "Roxy" means "dawn", which could mean "dawn of a new beginning" in reference to the start of season four or the girls having to live a new life on Earth (there's also a rumor that Roxy was originally going to be named Dawn).
Mecha-Mooks: Hagen has a guard made up of these in his castle. They're fairly tough, but go down when Bloom destroys their control unit.
Mind Rape: Darcy does this to Riven when they imprison him in Cloudtower once he outlived his usefulness. She had him think six dopplegangers appeared in his cell, seemingly taunting him, then they melt and merge to form a horrifying monster, scaring the crap out of Riven. He then noticed the monster was copying his actions, like a mirror reflection. This was basically forcing Riven to take a long HARD look at himself as the monster served as a reflection of his soul, considering his past actions against his real friends.
Mind Screw: The first part of season 3's episode 24 somewhat feels this way with the way the scenes keep switching between dream and reality, to the point where it's a bit difficult to tell which one is which until the Winx get to Cloudtower.
Missing Mom: Musa's mother passed away, Roxy's mother is later revealed to be none other than Morgana. and, for the first three seasons, Bloom's birth mom.
The Mole:In season 2, the new teacher Avalon is actually Darkar's spy in Alfea. The real Avalon is locked up in Darkar's dungeon.
Moses in the Bullrushes / Changeling Fantasy: Bloom thought she was Mike and Vanessa's daughter, but the truth is that Mike found her in a burning building. Bloom's actually the princess of a dead planet. Her older sister, Daphne, took her to Earth to save her from their planet's destruction.
Fairly early in season two, Stella used the phrase "the five of us" to refer to the group....AFTER Aisha joined them. The next scene shows Aisha crying at a tree, so you can guess how well she took it.
Also, most of the promotional material in season four refers to the group as "the six Winx and Roxy." It was almost averted with her — she was made a Winx for a while, but it now looks like she's back to being a friend of theirs.
My God, What Have I Done?: Oritel in the 2nd movie. He banishes Sky from Domino for supposedly toying with Bloom's feelings and breaking off the engagement (for reasons known only between Sky, his dad, and Bloom), even forbids Bloom from ever seeing him again. Bloom angrily storms off, leaving her kingdom to stay at her Earth home as she can't stand being with Oritel for the time being. He again blames Sky for Bloom's abandonment, but then Miriam shows him the confession letter of Sky's father that explained everything, which Sky tried to show him earlier but refused to look. Once Oritel finally read it, he realized that he screwed up BIG TIME. Not only did he condemn an innocent young man for something he didn't do, he also may have permanently damaged his relationship with his daughter he had so longed to see due to his irrational overprotectiveness. Now Oritel fears that Bloom may never want to speak to him again for what he's done. This could have be avoided if Oritel had simply read the letter...
Myth Arc: Bloom's origins and the search for her parents is the overarching arc for the series. In season 1 she learns she is the princess of the now dead planet Domino and has the mythical Dragon Flame, which is the source of her powers. It takes a backseat during season 2, where the she continues to study her past. It takes front stage during season 3, particularly in fighting Valtor, who fought her parents during the fall of Domino and may know something about their fate. In the first movie, The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, she manages to revive Domino and reunite with her birth parents. The second movie, Magical Adventure, deals with her getting to know her parents while finishing off the Ancestral Witches who destroyed Domino in the first place. Afterwards, the myth arc is done and is not part of the plot aside from a few references in seasons 4 and beyond.
Never Say "Die": We have Flora trying to find a pulse on Prince Sky, and Morgana promising to look after Nabu until he wakes up. The show is willing to use die and kill sparingly though.
Averted with Valtor/Baltor in S3. Bloom says she'll "finish" him, and moments later, says up front that she will "destroy" him. And she does.
Never the Selves Shall Meet: The comic book version has a story where the Winx girls travel to the future. The scientist who invented the Time Machine discourages them from meeting their future selves because of this trope.
In The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, Bloom and Sky managed to accidentally free the spirits of the Three Ancestral Witches by destroying their prison dimension. This frees them up to seek out and possess (or team up) their descendants the Trix at the very end of the movie. This ends up being the Sequel Hook for the 2nd movie, rather than S4.
In season four, the girls manage to free the imprisoned Earth fairies...and Queen Morgana immediately declares war on mankind!
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The Trix and the Ancestral Witches sealed off all magical ability in everyone in Magix. Near the end, Icy, in her obsession with wanting to kill Bloom, is tricked into accidentally destroying the tree sapling that sealed of said magical abilities, thus the Winx regained their powers back again. Icy's ancestor was PISSED.
Ancestral Witch: "YOU STUPID WITCH! Destroying the sapling releases all of the positive magic at once!"
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Bloom in season six. After her friends lose their powers, she splits her Dragon Flame among them — which nearly kills her three episodes later, since she doesn't have enough to sustain herself.
Six couples, but virtually no jealousy? Only twice did that actually happen in the first few seasons; in the first season Riven/Bloom/Sky (never even gets mentioned and Riven was just being a jerk anyway), in the second season Bloom/Sky/Aisha (In the non-4K version, due to Sky helping out and complimenting Aisha during the rescue mission, which causes Bloom to be slightly antagonistic towards her, but Sky was just being a gentleman) and in the third Riven/Musa/Nabu (it was a Not What It Looks Like situation compounded by lousy camera angles anyway.)
Subverted haaaaardcore in Season 4, to the point where it's become a secondary storyline.
No Man of Woman Born: The first movie. According to the prophecy of the Ancestral Witches, the Sword of Oritel cannot be removed by anyone but a "crownless king" and survive as well as restore Domino to its former glory. Turns out Sky had already fulfilled those prerequisites back in the beginning of the film, where it was revealed he had just finished his coronation as the new King of Eraklyon.
Not Himself: By way of dubbing with Stella, plus a few instances that were also there in the original.
Not Wearing Tights: Inverted in the fourth season. The Winx do super hero things without super hero peronas and no one takes them seriously. Techna researches Earth Culture and decides they have to market themselves as superheroes to get people to believe in them.
Off Model: Not so much in the cartoon, but in the earlier comics some of the panels are just plain hideous.
About the only physical difference between the females are in the hair styles, clothing and colors. Several background personages come back in different roles they can't possibly combine without having actual doppelgangers running around.
And it's getting worse. In the leaked video of season five's Sirenix transformation, it looks like they just reused the same CG model for each Winx girl. The Sirenix and Harmonix outfits themselves all look very similar to each other, much more so than in the past transformations.
Panty Shot: Courtesy of Stormy, which could have easily been avoided, as she is often seen in a skort/scooter skirt rather than a regular skirt. The animators change their minds on what style of skirt she wears so often it's hard to tell which is her official design.
Pet the Dog: Darcy, briefly in season one and occasionally in the comics. She is the only one of the Trix who show slight traces of a good side.
Despite the fact that Flora is the main character who appears the least in the series, or talks less than the others, she is almost in about all types of merchandise, along with Bloom and Stella who get the most screen time. The others, who have at least more screen time than her...not so much.
The Believix transformation added more pink in every-bodies outfits, despite the fact that pink is Flora's signature color.
The Power of Creation: A standard magic power is to turn objects into something else, such as turning a rock into a goblet, or just creating objects from nothing. Living creatures can also be created, but that takes either a group effort or someone with a lot of power.
Because 4Kids is one of those Never Say "Die" companies, they don't let Sky die when Icy attacks him at Redfountain.
There's another change in a different episode, where the girls (except Flora) cut school and go to Earth. Aisha, Stella and Musa are stopped by a police officer and asked why they're not in school. In the original, Aisha gives the excuse that they have permission from their parents to be out of school and offers to give the cop the phone numbers, but the cop declines and lets them go. In 4kids, Layla/Aisha speaks a foreign language, making the cop think they're not from Gardenia and so he lets them go. The 4kids version is more believable because, by law, the cop should've taken in all three girls and called their parents (not that he could call them, but you get it) since skipping school (aka truancy) is illegal. Of course, Italy's truancy laws may be different...
In the original version, the Winx Club was formed in the second episode. In the 4kids version, the group didn't officially form until the fourth. The latter makes more sense because the girls have actually spent more time together and worked as a group whereas in the former, they're joining together when they've only known each other for one night. In fact, the comic version of this is actually closer to the 4kids way, as the girls formed their group during a field exercise.
Put on a Bus: Pepe, Icy's unwanted pet duck in S1, followed her to imprisonment in that season's finale and has never been seen again. The writers seem to have forgotten him, since Musa's pet in season four is named Pepe too.
Bloom and Roxy are revealed to be princesses although whether Roxy keeps her title is unknown.
Brandon will be a male example if he marries Stella, as will Timmy in the comic version if he marries Tecna, since she is a princess in that continuity.
Nebula, of all people, is a Cinderella, being crowned Queen by Morgana after abdicating the throne.
Really Dead Montage: Nabu receives one the episode after his death. It's complete with a sad song and other characters, even Riven, crying over his death.
Redemption Equals Death: Nebula tries to die with the Fairy Hunters after redeeming herself, but Bloom has averted it.
Relationship Sabotage: Diaspro is in love with and originally engaged to Prince Sky. However, Sky falls in love with Bloom and breaks up with Diaspro. Diaspro is still in love with Sky and tries to brainwash him with a love potion. When this fails, she turns to more conventional means such as not letting the two spend time together and feeding the two misinformation in an attempt to drive them apart. She's helped when Sky's father declares her his liaison, giving her some power over Sky.
Retcon: In season 3, we learned that Enchantix was the final fairy form. Then season 4 came around, and suddenly there are other transformation levels even higher than Enchantix. Or by 'final' it could mean post-graduate.
Enchantix is only the final form for average fairies. The Winx, however, are special. Believix is an Infinity+1 Form.
Turns out it's not even close to being their final form!
Second Person Attack: Bloom hits a crab-like creature after it attacks her rabbit, and Stella kicks the Hunting Troll in the face at Bloom's house. All in the first episode.
Sky and Brandon switched identities. Bloom's boyfriend is the actual prince, and he's engaged.
Bloom is the lost princess of Domino and the bearer of the Dragon Flame.
Season 2: The Avalon teaching at Alfea is Darkar's spy. The real Avalon is locked up in Darkar's dungeon.
Season 4: Morgana is Roxy's mother, explaining why she didn't want Roxy to get hurt.
Revenge Before Reason: The Earth fairies were so caught up in revenge against the Wizards of the Black Circle and the people of Earth that they were about to freeze Earth over when one of their grievances was that humans had not taken care of Earth. Nebula in particular wanted vengeance even when Morgana and the other Earth fairies had given up on it. Thankfully, they were all convinced to drop it.
Rich Bitch: Mitzi and Diaspro both qualify big time. Even more so in Chimera and her mother Cassandra, whom are basically gold diggers.
Right for the Wrong Reasons: Tecna grows suspicious of their new teacher Avalon over his lack of wings. Her investigation soon points him to be the evil Angel of Darkness, but most of the evidence was coincidental or false. So it seems Avalon is actually good, except that he was actually Lord Darkar's spy in Alfea, so Tecna was right that Avalon was evil.
Right Place, Right Time, Wrong Reason: Tressa in season 3. She felt she had been a coward running away from Valtor and his minions while letting her mom Queen Ligea be captured by them. The problem here is that everyone who actually fought Valtor became one of his minions, so it was only because of her cowardice that there's anyone left to even tell the Winx about this so they could mount this rescue mission.
Ring of Power: Stella's ring, which turns into a scepter, provides light, and teleports people.
Sailor Earth: The mechanics of the Realm of Magix let the Fandom's imagination break loose with the creation of as many fairies and worlds as wanted.
Science Fantasy: The series focuses mostly on magic since the main characters are fairies with all sorts of magic powers such as fire, nature, or light. Fairies, witches, and wizards dominate the series. The Magic Dimension is also shown to have advanced technology such as laser guns, inter-planetary spaceships, advanced holograms, inter-dimensional phones, and the like that don't seem to rely on magic at all. Tecna is the fairy of technology, showing that magic and technology can be used together.
Season Six's Bigger Bad, Acheron, is a wizard trapped inside the Legendarium. He's defeated when Bloom seals him inside a magic box during their fight inside the Legendarium, essentially meaning that he is now Sealed Evil In A Can Within Another Can. The Trix also end up being permanently trapped inside the Legendarium after Selina uses the key to lock it.
In the original version, season 1 episode 2, when the girls decide on a name for themselves, Stella had suggested the "Fantastic Five" (an obvious shout-out to Fantastic Four), before they all eventually went with the Winx Club name.
The Patchamen (Wrong-Righters in 4Kids...) are a direct shout-out to the anime Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, even down to the feather mantles and bird beak visors. Their names are also parodies of the Gatchamen
Ken/Ben Joe/Bo Jun/Dunko Jinpei/Jinpee Ryu/Kiu
Also, when Kiu forms himself is a reference to Kotetsu Jeeg trasforming sequence.
The "Angel of Doom" is loosely taken from The Bible warning that Satan can disguise himself as "an angel of light" (in other words, things that seem nice but lead to a greater evil...)
Tir-Na-Og is actually from Irish folklore.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: Bloom in the season 3 finale. She fights Valtor within his soul, where the wizard trolls her again, then tries to tempt Bloom into focusing on fighting the Ancestral Witches and once they do, the universe could be theirs. Bloom basically tells him that he can just shove his deal up his ass before finally killing him off for good.
Season two had Charmix, which was an upgrade to their first transformation.
Season three focuses on the Enchantix transformation, the first time the Winx had a huge costume change.
Season 4 has Believix when Enchantix proves ineffectual against the Wizards of the Black Circle. Believix itself had two temporary upgrades in the form of Sophix to fight Dinana, and Lovix to fight Nebula and Aurora. Those two transformations end up being one-time uses, and even though the Winx appear to return to Enchantix at the end of season 4, they are still using Believix at the start of season 5.
Season 5 features Harmonix and Sirenix, which are needed to fight effectively underwater.
Some of the girls' outfits fall under this, especially the Enchantix costumes. Oddly, season four's Believix costumes cover more, but some of the girl's casual clothes are quite risque. And then, in the second half of the same season, the Sophix transformation gives them more revealing outfits once again.
Most noticable with Tecna, since she started with a bodysuit that covered everything, and her costumes have gotten skimpier ever since. They have also gotten less technological looking, which is odd since her element is supposed to be technology. The Sophix even has flowers on it! This might be a hint towards the fact that she has gotten in touch with her emotions and depends far less on technology as time progresses.
Status Buff: Seems to be advanced magic, used by Faragonda and Griffin in the season 2 finale.
There's a subversion in the season 3 finale, Valtor has captured four of the specialists, and the Winx go to rescue them. Musa finds that Valtor had apparently turned Riven to stone, and uses her fairy dust to free him, but it turns out to be a trap. The real Riven was locked up in a prison cell with the other three captured specialists.
Although it was played straight in the movie, it's what happened to Bloom's father and most of the population of Domino/Sparx.
That Poor Plant: When Bloom practices using her healing powers, she experiments on some plants. Because she was using a book that the Avalon clone had left in the library as a trap, one of the plants was turned into a monster. Before that, upon Bloom's first arrival to Alfea, she accidentally stepped on a living plant's roots, causing it to howl in pain. It continues when Flora accidentally knocked said plant down with her hips, then finally Kiko's attempt to try to eat it with disasterous results on the bunny's part. Also, this trope is inverted in season 4, when Ogron uses the last gift of destiny on a dead flower to prevent the Winx girls from using it to revive Nabu.
The Three Faces of Eve: Bloom, Stella, and Flora can be seen as this. Bloom is the child because of her initial naivete of Magix and her own powers, Flora is the wife because she has the wise and gentle soul and Stella is the seductress because she is flirtatious and boy-crazy.
This Cannot Be!: Lord Darkar screams this at the end of the second season when the Winx defeat him with a convergence attack with their Charmix.
This Is Unforgivable: During her virtual reality exam in the tenth episode of the first season, when Bloom thinks the Trix killed Kiko and she failed to save him, she flies into a fiery rage and unleashes the full force of the Dragon Fire power on them. Fortunately, it turned out that Kiko survived after all.
Too Dumb to Live - Quite a few examples. A special mention goes to the Trix, who sometimes are too Stupid Evil to live in the comics. See Ungrateful Bastard below.
Trainstopping: Unusual example in that a villain, Gantlos, does this to save Ogron from being run over. His shockwave stops the train from full speed.
Traintop Battle: In S4 episode 13, Aisha, Nabu and Sky fight Ogron on top of a moving train. It quickly becomes just a fight between Ogron and Sky when Nabu is knocked off the train and Aisha had to catch him before he hit the ground.
All of the Winx's transformations have unique sequences when they transform.
Although witches don't need to transform in order to unlock more powers, the Trix are shown to change their outfits via transformation before going into battle in the comics, but in a more practical and less flashy way than the fairies. In the cartoon, they probably just transform offscreen.
Troll: Valtor never hesitates to taunt Bloom at every opportunity, added with the fact he caused pain and suffering to the people she cares about, all to break her down so she'd be easy for him to kill and take her powers.
Unexplained Recovery: For some unknown reason, Nabu is up and walking about in the second movie after having died in the fourth season. It's likely due to the movie having been in production before season four actually aired. By the time the creators decided to create Nabu's death, they'd already placed him in Magical Adventure. In season 5 he is still dead.
Comic verision, more like ungrateful bitches. The Trix tried to use a drug they developed on themselves to pass an exam, which had nearly fatal results. The Winx were forced to save them, as it is not in their nature to just let them die from their own stupidity. Of course, the Trix were ungrateful for it, only seeing it as a major blow to their pride at being saved by Fairies. The other witch students, on the other hand, who were originally angry at the Winx for making Griffin aware of the drug they've been using to pass exams before and were forced to take them again, were grateful that the Winx did tell their headmistress after seeing what almost happened to the Trix and that they had dodged a bullet.
Happened ONCE AGAIN when the Trix steal a supposedly bad luck-cursed necklace in order to extract the power to use for themselves. It didn't turn out so well, resulting in the isolated cabin they were working in to get set ablaze and emit a smoke that messed up their central nervous systems to the point Icy couldn't put it out herself. Bloom, Stella, and Roxy had to literally pull their fat out of the fire before they could burn to death. As usual, the Trix were angry at having being saved by the Winx of all people.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Season four—Few people in Gardenia found plushie-sized zoo animals with big eyes and glittering wings strange...or that the animals could be downloaded to your house! The Winx were trying to help humans adjust to everyday magic, but it happened too quickly to be believable.
Unwilling Roboticisation: Happened to Tecna in the fifth episode of season 5 after opening a cursed book that her search program (which had been sabotaged by the Trix) identified as the Sirenix book. Luckily, the other Winx were able to find a way to break the spell and return her to normal.
Up to Eleven: The Believix was itself a "beyond final" fairy evolution, Enchantix being the true final form. Not only did the Winx accomplish that but they later turned it up even higher with super forms of Believix: Sophiex and Lovix.
Harmonix and Sirenix are likely this as well. Sirenix is mentioned to be a level of Fairy that most do not acquire (the last known fairy to have it being Daphne) and Harmonix is granted in the process of obtaining Sirenix. The main difference between these and the previous "Final" forms is that they can be used both on land and in water, which previous fairy forms were not capable of; the girls are also more powerful then in their prior Believix forms going from not being able to handle the Trix (who have their own power up from Tritanus as well) to sending them running.
Uptown Girl: Stella is the princess of Solaria. Brandon is a squire.
A gender flipped version of the trope took place when Bloom learned her boyfriend "Brandon" wasn't Prince Sky's squire but the real Prince Sky all the time. It probably didn't help that she learned this during the same occasion she learned he was engaged to Princess Diaspro and that Bloom didn't know back then she's also a Princess.
Zig-Zagged with the Red Fountain Specialists. It's not uncommon to see them easily get beaten by the main villains or monsters even though they go to a military academy. However, they usually can hold their own against Mooks or even main villains occasionally. They are also useful when it comes to flying the ships.
Averted in the first movie when a powered Mandragora almost kills Bloom near the end, until she gets taken by surprise by Sky who runs her through the back with Oritel's sword, stopping her and giving Bloom a chance to finish her off for good. Mandragora made the mistake of thinking him dead for removing the sword since only a "crownless king" could remove it, but it turned out Sky had already fulfilled those prerequisites.
Averted again in the second movie where the girls and everyone else on Magix lose their powers thanks to the Trix and Ancestral Witches. The Specialists had to help train the Winx in how to properly defend themselves while powerless. While Aisha adapted easily, the others didn't. Stella in particular had proven to be pretty helpless without her magic as she couldn't even climb up a mast a single foot.
Completely averted as of season 6 as they now acquire upgraded elemental weaponry capable of dishing out magical attacks. They also had to come to the girls' rescue when they, sans Bloom, had been , while miles up in the sky.
Unexplained Recovery: The Trix didn't take it lightly when Darkar turned against them and they fought on the Winx's side during the final battle of season 2. But when the portal to the Realix dimension closed, they just left the Trix behind! Redemption MeansA Fate Worse Than Death? They showed up again at the beginning of season 3, but how they got out remains a mystery.
Villainous Breakdown: Icy in the Season 1 finale, Lord Darkar in the Season 2 finale, and Valtor in both the penultimate episode and finale of Season 3.
Weakened by the Light: Stella shows a complete inversion of this. Being a Solarian, her Weaksauce Weakness is darkness. No, not Dark Magic. The absence of light slowly kills her. Artifical light may help her temporarily, but she needs sunlight to strengthen (this is the reason her dorm at Alfea gets the most sunlight).
Wicked Stepmother: Cassandra fits the wicked part to a T. Fortunately her true colors were revealed before she married Stella's father. Played straight in the comic adaptation when the girls are involved in a VERY Cinderella-ish scenario with a girl, Milly, and her wicked adopted aunt and her two daughters.
Winged Humanoid: Aside from the wings, the fairies look no different than humans.
Witch Species: Subverted, sort of. Word of God confirms that all girls from the magic dimension are born with power over an element, and given the choice to be a fairy or a witch, and some (Mirta) can change their position. The exceptions are when their element can only be bad (darkness) or purely good (light, Dragon Fire). However, people usually choose their family's position. To be more specific, since Bloom has the Dragon Flame (the "flame of life"), she would automatically be a fairy; a fairy with power over mundane fire could become a witch.
Stella is the fairy of the Sun and the Moon, but all her powers focus on the sun (except a few in the fourth season, but these focus more on stars). Nickelodeon seems to have tried to amend this by calling Stella the fairy of the shining sun.
Sky had a dog but, aside from a brief flashback in season 2, it has never been seen again after season 1.
And why isn't Mirta part of the Winx? At first, it seemed it was because she was a witch, but now that she is a fairy, it does not make sense. Plus, after being shown with a transformation in Season 3, she is the only fairy who doesn't transform to fight Valtor when the Winx take her with them to Cloudtower (which is pretty stupid, considering that Bloom, Tecna, and Flora are also not at Enchantix level at this point and have really no prayer of doing anything should they fight). It was also implied that it was because she was younger than the others, but so is Roxy! Worse yet, she appears to have been held back a grade (even mentioned as "old faces" when Alfea's new students are introduced to Miss Faragonda, which makes her look pretty embarassed), since she's still a student in Season 5!
Let's not even get into the fact that many scenes in the second season imply that both Mirta and Lucy are friends with the others.
And where did Hagen go after the The Secret of the Lost Kingdom? The way he and Faragonda acted indicated that she wouldn't let him go into isolation again, but he never even gets mentioned after the Movie.
In the second episode of season 4, the Winx said that, after finding the last Earth Fairy (Roxy), they'd take her to the pixie village so a pixie could bond with her. This never happens in this season, but it might still happen in season 5.
As of Season 5, the Pixie Pets aren't seen or even mentioned anymore, though this was bound to happen given that their impact on the plot during season 4 was nonexistent, and they weren't particularly popular even with the target audience.
The pixies weren't seen or mentioned even once in season five. They returned in season six, but Digit and Tune were replaced with Cherie and Caramel with no explanation provided.
The Witches. The first season heavily implied witches were the evil counterpart towards the fairies, and Griffin was heavily set-up to be The Bigger Bad of the Trix. Towards the end of the season, the witches turn out be...not exactly evil...with no explanation as to exactly what sets them apart from fairies anyway. In general, the witches except the Trix slowly got phased out of the show.
What the Hell, Hero?: In the sixth episode of the first season, the girls go to Cloudtower to retrieve Stella's ring. Rather than get the heck out of there, Bloom decides it's a good idea to go snooping around the library to find out about her past, despite Tecna warning her multiple times it's dangerous. Turns out she should've listened, as not only does the group get caught, they nearly get killed. Granted, that was Stella's doing (she mistakenly set the room on fire), but still.
Where The Hell Is Springfield?: Gardenia. It's implied it's not in Italy, though. Most likely in North America since during the Domino destruction flashback when Daphne was escaping the Coven with a baby Bloom, she goes to Earth, which zooms in on said coninent. Season 4 further implies the city is in California by zooming in to it near the beginning of the season.
Dark magic does this to those who can't handle it. Bloom got a taste of it when she was infected with the shadow virus. Witch schools like Cloudtower exist mainly to prevent this.
Word of God is that the Trix suffer from this all the time. Depending on how much dark energy they have build up, their mental state slides from Harmless Villain to Omnicidal Maniac. This is more visible in the comics, where they are rather weak, more of an annoyance then a real threat and sometimes even mean but otherwise normal girls. Well, most of the time.
Also visible in the first season: upon stealing the Dragon's Flame they became immediately much worse.
Wizarding School: Alfea School for Fairies and Cloudtower School for Witches (the most literal wizarding school). Third season character Chimera attended another magic school called Beta Academy, but whether it's for witches or fairies isn't clear.
Worthy Opponent: Faragonda and Griffin, at least in the first season. They saw no problem in geting their students involved in their rivalry. Faragonda taught her fairies that witches are generally evil and how to fight them while Griffin went one step further and regulary sent her school's worst bullies (the Trix) over to cause trouble. It wasn't until the Trix went over the edge and unleashed an army of demons upon the world that they finally made peace with each other.