YMMV / Winx Club

  • Adaptation Displacement: For some, the 4kids and Nickelodeon versions.
  • Anvilicious: The "save the rainforest" mini arc in Season 4
    • Happens a lot in the comics too, for example:
      • Issue 24: Love is earned, not taken
      • Issue 43: We should treasure books as a source of valuable information
      • Issue 52: Drugs Are Bad
      • Issue 55: Be wary of people in online chatrooms, especially if they ask you to meet you in real life
      • Issue 73 is a Green Aesop and emphasises the use of natural ingredients within perfumes
    • Season 5 opens with an accident that was inspired by the BP platform oil spill, and new villain Tritannus is powered by pollution.
  • Anticlimax Boss:
    • Acheron is released from the Legendarium, causes a little havoc, summons a giant turtle monster, and resealed in a new prison all in the span of one episode. He at least beat the Trix fairly easily.
    • The Wizards of the Black Circle are defeated less than five minutes into the last episode. The fandom was pissed, and it's usually considered the worst season finale, even with season 5.
  • Ass Pull: Occasionally, some of the girls' spells seem like this, such as Bloom's friendship flame.note 
    • An even bigger ass pull is near the end of season 7 where the Trix return, despite the fact they got sealed away in the Legendarium for eternity back in the end of season 6.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • After the infamous Unfortunate Implications about Bloom's parents, later seasons and newer dubs make clear that Bloom considers both her birth and adopted parents her "real" parents.
    • The Trix return a real threat in Season 5-6 after the infamous Season 3 where they had become Butt Monkey.
  • Badass Decay: Valtor. At first of Season 3 he seemed like a villain astute and almost invincible, but when the Winx got the Water Stars he tried to avoid direct fights and loss much of his intelligence when he went One-Winged Angel.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Bloom. Either love her for her qualities or hate her. Differently said, loved by Target Audience and hated by everyone else.
    • Riven. Some love him being a "bad boy," while others hate how much he's become a Jerkass over the series.
    • Roxy. Many felt the 7th fairy wasn't necessary. However, she has a growing number of fans who didn't like how she was Demoted to Extra in season 5, and was happy that she was used more often in later seasons.
    • Nex. Half the fandom hates him with a passion because of his abrasive personality at first and the way he acted while competing with Roy for Aisha. The other half doesn't mind him, saying he got better after the Love Triangle, and point out that at least he isn't Roy, who is probably the biggest scrappy of the series. Nex won the Love Triangle.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The part in season 3 episode 25 where Bloom is randomly attacked by a mud monster during the fight against Valtor.
    • The dance during the Butterflix transformation is pure filler and is repeated during every transformation.
  • Broken Base:
    • Musa and Riven's relationship. Either it's loved for being the most realistically portrayed relationship out of all of them or it's hated for never being stable, with some considering it an romanticized abusive relationship! It's been made even worse now that they've officially broken up.
    • While the Trix are generally well liked, the fan base is split on whether they've been overused. For example, the only season in which they have no involvement is season 4. This got really bad after they appeared at the end of season 7.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Most of the series' music is surprisingly pretty awesome.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Bloom. As explained below, she solely blamed Diaspro for ruining her relationship with Sky, despite that 1) Diaspro had no idea who she was 2) Bloom randomly decided she was one of the Trix in disguise and attacked her and 3) Sky was essentially cheating on Diaspro with Bloom, meaning he deceived two people, not just one. Sky is also never held accountable for it.
      • What really sells it is that Sky's father clearly seems to see Bloom as someone rushing headlong into a situation she doesn't understand and upsetting things for specious and self-serving reasons. He's thus cast as a nattering nabob of negativity for giving someone charging around like a bull in a china shop her right name.
      • Bloom is basically treated like she can do no wrong and becomes somewhat of a brat in season five. She essentially gets upset every time something does not go her way.
    • Riven is a massive Jerkass who's relationship with Musa in real life would be considered abusive. We are supposed to cheer for him when he gets back together with Musa. Then again, they aren't together anymore.
  • Designated Villain:
    • The witches of Cloudtower are considered evil and malicious by most of the fairies, but they're more on the level of the average "mean schoolgirl" and some of them even seem to be rather good-hearted.
    • Diaspro. Bloom blamed her solely for ruining her relationship with Sky, despite being Sky's fault for not telling Bloom about Diaspro (or about his real identity for that matter).
  • Die for Our Ship: Aisha/Nabu and Musa/Riven fans won't accept any other pairings. Period. Naturally, they hate Roy, Nex, and Orlando with a passion. Nex is especially hated since he's now Aisha's new boyfriend. Fanfic writers have found a lot of creative ways to write him out of her life.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Diaspro is surprisingly popular among fans, despite the writers' best efforts to show how much of a Rich Bitch she is. However, the fact that she was made a Designated Villain in the love triangle between Bloom, Sky and her, plus many people's dislike of Bloom probably helped this.
    • The Trix get this from some as well.
    • Riven isn't actually a villain, excluding season 1, but he's become such a Jerkass over the series that it's surprising it took 6 seasons to write him off. His fans tend to gloss over his many flaws.
  • Ear Worm: The "Believix" transformation music takes this to new levels.
    • In the game Quest for the Codex, you will have at least one of the tunes burned into your head for some time.
    • The 4Kids dub's theme song.
    • "It's the power of Charmix!"
    • "Enchantix, magical powder, magical power!!"
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Brandon, Helia, Nabu for the guys. Riven used to be this, until he Took a Level in Jerkass and became one of the series' biggest Base-Breaking Characters.
    • Stormy and Darcy from the Trix
    • Mirta for being The Woobie and adorable and cute Perky Goth.
    • Diaspro and Chimera count too, at least in their first appearance when they really looked threatening.
    • The Wizards of the Black Circle, due to being the most competent villains in the series, and the only ones to permanently kill one of the Heroes. The fan base was pissed at how easily they were defeated.
    • Daphne is beloved for being a Cool Big Sis, having a unique backstory, and having a really interesting design, though many were upset when she was revived.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Essentially most of the villains qualifies, especially the Trix.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Many people felt that Bloom calling Mike and Vanessa by their first names instead of "Dad" and "Mom" gave the message that adoptive parents will never replace biological ones, regardless of how much they love you. Both English show dubs and later seasons are a lot better this by having Bloom call Oritel and Miriam her birth parents and she calls Mike and Vanessa Mom and Dad, but the movie is where this trope is TERRIBLE. She calls her biological parents her "real" ones, and at the ball at the finale, she calls Oritel, the father she's never known, "Dad", and when he surprises Bloom by inviting her adoptive parents to the party, she runs towards them while calling them by their first names, though in the Nick dub she calls them "mom" and "dad" as well. This happens within ten seconds of each other.
      • Oritel also later cuts in the reunion to steal a dance from Bloom, because it's a tradition for the father to dance with his daughter. He does this while Mike is standing right there, and nobody says anything. Oritel is still Bloom's father, and granted this is the first time he's seen her in more than a decade, but it would have been nice to see him offer Mike a chance to dance, too.
    • Bloom and Sky's relationship. Think about it. Sky was ENGAGED to Diaspro at the time and would have been cheating on her by courting Bloom. Not only that, he deceived Bloom as well by not telling her about his fiancee. That is NOT the way to go about relationships.
      • What makes that even worse is that Bloom goes after Diaspro instead of Sky! While it is understandable how she'd be hurt, Diaspro had no idea she even existed! Not only does Bloom never apologize, Diaspro becomes an antagonist after this and the show treats the whole thing like she's at fault. Like if it's the other person's fault if your lover cheats on you with them.
    • Here's another one involving Bloom, though it's a rather small one. After being betrayed by Sky, Bloom decides to leave Alfea and quit being a fairy, despite that she said at the beginning that it was her dream. Your dreams are NOT worth giving up over a guy who broke your heart. This is actually even worse in the comics, where it was explained Sky and Brandon switched places for Sky's protection and Bloom is just too darn hard-headed to listen to him. Even the vain Stella got over herself!
      • It gets worse when Bloom's friends attempt to talk her out of leaving. Their words fall on deaf ears and Bloom can't even tell them goodbye before she leaves.
      • Bloom does this AGAIN in season 6, when she leaves for Earth despite her friends trying to reassure her that her trust in Selina, Bloom's childhood friend turned witch, was not her fault (even if it did nearly kill Flora). Bloom needing to deal with an old friend who stabbed her in the back is one thing, but completely pushing away her friends is another.note 
    • Season five gives us another with Bloom's behavior, when she begins acting like an overgrown, whiny child and those who rightfully put her in her place are treated as in the wrong. Worse, it's somewhat of a Double Standard because when Stella begins behaving childishly, it's treated as unacceptable.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With W.I.T.C.H., another western Magical Girl series starring a Five-Man Band that uses Elemental Powers and debuted in the same year. Though it's not universal among fans, it is official in a sense that an executive who worked on WITCH derided Winx Club for being produced quickly, stealing the spotlight from his own show and leading ultimately to its cancellation.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans don't consider MagicalAdventure canon, not necessarily because they think the movie is bad, but because there are so many ContinuitySnarls that many argue that it makes more sense for the Winx to be in Enchantix rather than Believix. Then again, despite seemingly killing off the Ancestral Witches, the film adds nothing to the series or tells us anything new.
    • A more traditional example would be Season 5, due to Seasonal Rot and the very controversial decision to revive Daphne.
  • First Installment Wins: In the fandom, the first 4 seasons have been generally much better received than the Nick-produced seasons 5 and 6
  • Foe Yay: Darcy and Musa in season 1, because they both like Riven (albeit for different reasons).
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Bloom and Valtor in Season 3.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This Italian cartoon appears to have has a small but impressive cult following in Japan, despite never airing there, considering it's "Fairy-themed" Magical Girl rarity, and also fanart from that country.
    • According to this, Winx is the most popular brand among girls in Russia. Many fans online, like those who use DeviantArt and Youtube, are from Russia.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: When 4KidsEntertainment licensed the series for the United States, they insisted that boys would be able to like the show because the characters were sexy.
  • He's Just Hiding: Since Morgana promised to look after Nabu until he "wakes up", some are now starting to think that he might not be dead after all. Also, Lord Darkar and Valtor seem to get this treatment in fanfiction.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In season three Stella and Bloom try on dresses that look like a Shout-Out to Jem. Then late in season four the girls form their own rock band. Coincidence?
  • Ho Yay: In Season 2, episode 13 Amore, the pixie of love, turned two of the thugs attacking Layla/Aisha and Musa gay.)
  • Internet Backdraft: When fans learned that Jakks Pacific wasn't going to make Musa and Tecna Harmonix dolls. A few days later, it was revealed that they would be making them after all. But they were never released.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Diaspro. Can you really blame her for her Face–Heel Turn given the circumstances? The poor girl got treated like shit by Bloom and Sky.
  • Les Yay: Moreso in the comics than the cartoon, as shown in an issue where Stella looking pretty happy when tickling Bloom and trying to prove she's not fat.
    • Flora is also bent on defending Pumpkin!Mirta and is ecstatic after turning her back. To be fair, that could also just be Flora's caring nature and considering how hard it was to change Mirta back, Flora kind of had every reason to be ecstatic.
    • Musa and Aisha in Season 2. The two girls form a bond thanks to their common interest in the music. Add that Aisha, before Season 3 and meeting Nabu, did not seem interested in boys.
    • There many scenes of the girls hugging each other a lot.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Valtor tries to be one. He charms several people with words alone, tricks the headmasters into fighting each other, and manipulates Bloom to make her hesitant to finish him off.
  • Mis-blamed: Not everyone realizes there have been three English dubs of the show, so 4Kids sometimes gets blamed for faults in Cinélume's dub.
    • Now with Nick airing yet another English dub, Nick is being criticized for reverting some of 4Kids (what some people believe to be the original) edits and changes. Nick is/was also blamed for the one hour specials removing and changing some plot elements when it is actually the creator himself who directed the production of them.
  • Moe:
  • Moral Event Horizon: Not only Ogron ultimately causes Nabu's death, he also steals the power that could revive him and wastes it, gloating to the poor Layla. No wonder she decides to join Nebula, still bent for revenge.
    • Tritannus has been crossing it since he first appeared. Let's see: so far he tried to murder his own brother out of jealousy, then breaks out of jail by mutating the guards into horrible monsters, turned his family into horrible monsters, physically and physiologically tortured Daphne, attacked the Selkies and drained their powers, and attempts to turn his cousin Aisha into a horrible monster with a spell that gets Musa instead. So yeah, he’s not the nicest guy.
    • Stormy crosses this when she nearly kills Flora's kid sister right in front of her.
    • Icy proves that she's completely beyond redemption when she attempts to murder Oritel and Miriam after using them as leverage against Daphne.
  • Narm: Nick's attempt at making "dragon sound effects" during Bloom's first Enchantix transformation is hilariously bad. The ones for her "Charmix" transformation weren't too good either.
    • The Season 5 'positive energy' sequence is becoming infamous for this.
    • The Cinelume dub in general, due to the low quality of the voice actors, especially in season 1 and the movies. It says something when even 4Kids is considered to be better acted!
    • The official trailer for season 7 ends with Bloom saying "We'll fairy you!" What... Needless to say, fans over the age of 7 weren't impressed with that.
    • The original Italian had the girls giggle during transformations. Thankfully, these are removed in other dubs.
  • Nightmare Fuel: This series has a suprising slew of horrific moments:
    • In the episode "The Nightmare Monster", the title creature messes with the Winx's dreams to gain power from their fear. Most of the dreams are pretty tame, but Tecna's features her either having a massive seizure or a violent system failure (depending on whether or not you believe she was a robot). And you get to see this on-screen.
    • In one episode in the first season, Mirta challenges the Trix on their attitude towards fairies. Darcy's response is to throw a gob of ooze onto Mirta's face, which covers her nose and mouth. In the end, Mirta only gets to live because the spell used to create the blob only lasts a minute; Darcy admits to wanting it to last longer.
    • During the Season One finale, Bloom and Icy are flying over Magix when Icy blasts Bloom out of the air and into a lake, into which Bloom sinks under the surface. Icy immediately freezes over the water, with the apparent intent of DROWNING her; if Bloom hadn't suddenly manifested the ability to teleport, it's likely that she would have done exactly that.
    • In Season Three, Stormy develops a spell that murders a person with lightning. Icy and Darcy don't believe her, so she follows the Winx to Flora's home planet, where she unleashes the spell on Flora's kid sister, right in front of Flora. To make matters worse, the three of them start laughing maniacally once the spell stops.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Roy is one of Nabu. Thankfully, Aisha doesn't hook up with him, and he disappears after she ends up with Nex
    • The selkies seem are this for the pixies, being essentially rehashes without anything that made the pixies likable. Thankfully they don't return after season 5.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Season 4 has actually two: Musa and Riven fighting and breaking up again, and the Brandon-Stella-Mitzi Love Triangle.
    • Bloom and Sky were arguably this since the start. Especially with the Bloom/Sky/Diaspro love triangle.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-Universe Mitzi has no problem rooting for the Trix when they appear to foil the Winx.
  • The Scrappy:
    • She was never liked to begin with, but during season 4, most fans really wanted Mitzi to just disappear already.
    • The villain for Season 5, Tritannus, became this almost immediately, due to being probably the most pathetic villain in the entire show. He's considered one of the absolute worst things of Season 5. Valtor and Darkar had problems, but they still had their fans. No one likes Tritannus.
    • Roy, also from Season 5, is also this, due to being a complete Flat Character and a Replacement Scrappy to Nabu. The fan base rejoiced when he was Put on a Bus after Aisha's Love Triangle ended.
  • Seasonal Rot: Though seasons 3 and 4 were divisive, season 5 was universally reviled. For example:
    • The retconing of important continuity points. A major one being that Daphne wasn't actually dead but cursed into becoming a spirit.
    • Characters are flanderized and acting like children despite having already at this point graduated Alfea College. Stella and Tecna get the worst of this, basically undoing all the Character Development they've gotten over the series and then some.
    • Unnecessary, jarring, and downright ugly shifts to computer graphics. Sure, the movies weren't ever Pixar quality, but it least didn't look like they came out of the lowest depths of the Uncanny Valley.
    • And, to top it all off, an utterly pathetic villain. Essentially, the villain is a petulant child having an prolonged temper tantrum, and is built up as a threat to the entire magical universe.
  • Shocking Swerve: In season 2, Professor Avalon turns out to be an evil clone. It's a legitimate twist in the original... but not so much in the 4Kids dub, where the spell that was shot at the teacher in an earlier episode was changed to a Sphere of Truth spell, which should have revealed this.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Divorces are hard, and getting over it is even harder. Most people who get divorces won't get back together. But those who get divorces can still be good parents. Actively wishing and dreaming that they'll get back together is not the right thing to do. Those getting a divorce simply need to listen to each other. That doesn't mean get back together, it means being understanding of the other person, and anyone else who may be affected by all of this.
    • Not all your teenage loves will last, and All Girls Want Bad Boys is a horrible mindset when the "bad boy" has become such an asshole over time. Musa and Riven were an unstable couple with little hope of making things better, and it's better for everyone that it ended.
    • You can move on after your first love, even if he/she has died. That doesn't make that love any less "real," it just means that you are able to move on with your life.
  • Special Effect Failure: The CGI in seasons 5 and 6 are pretty horrible.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
    • The Love & Pet, a shop full of cute stuffed animals turned in real pet.
    • Also, the prison of Lightrock tries and reforms the inmates by overexposing them to cuteness. The only thing that can actually terrify the Trix is being brought back there...
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some of the responses to the Nickelodeon Winx Club specials created by RAI and the trailer for season five have been targeted as this. The CGI has gotten the worst of it. Most rejoiced when it was removed in season 7.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: In spades. Many people think that they could have done a lot more with characters like Chimera, Diaspro, Mirta and Nabu.
    • Roxy could count. She's pretty much the reason season four exists, yet by the time season five rolls around, the few appearances she has are pretty much just to remind viewers she was created.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Some people thought that Mitzi becoming a dark fairy could have been much better, and ended too quickly.
    • Layla/Aisha going blind in season three coud have been great buildup for character development and Layla having to learn how to deal with being handicapped. How long does it take them to fix this? Literally two episodes later with a Deus ex Machina.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: While the show itself isn't inappropriate for it's target audience, many Moral Guardians have raised issues with the art style, namely how skinny the girls are, and the sometimes revealing outfits.
    • Also, even within the fandom the there has been some confusion on why the show is now airing on Nick JR. Yes, really.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After seasons 5 and 6, season 7 has been considered a step in the right direction, with better villains and none of the godawful CGI.
  • The Woobie:
    • Mirta in first season. She is the only Nice Girl among the witch, so nobody respect her at the school and is bullied from the Trix. Plus, for interfering with the Trix's business, she is punished by being transformed into a pumpkin for the second half of the season.
    • Musa. In ''The Show Must Go On'', her father threatens to transfer her to another school if she performs in a concert just because he can't move on from Musa's mother's death (Musa has moved on).
    • Roxy fit during the first few episodes of season four because she had no choice in whether to become a fairy or not. To sum it up, her choices were either become a fairy or be captured/killed.
    • Aisha is one too. In Season 2, her pixie friends were captured by Lord Darkar, and she at first had difficulty fitting into the Winx Club due to her lonely childhood. In Season 3, she was temporarily blinded by Valtor, and later was upset about her parents setting up an Arranged Marriage for her, until she actually met and got to know the guy, that is. In Season 4, Nabu died. And in Season 5, her cousin turned into a monster that is trying to take over the oceans, and she still hasn't gotten over Nabu's death, and a scene in episode 7 of Season 5 suggests that Aisha feels guilty about having been unable to save him. And also in season 5, she has to deal with the fact that her cousin is the villain this time and not just some random bad guy like in the past. And she recently learned that her aunt, uncle, and two cousins were turned into horrible monsters by Tritannus.
    • Stella was one temporarily. She tries to hide it, but her parents' divorce had a shattering impact on her and it's implied she feels she's partly to blame. Then, in Season 3, she had hopes of her parents reconciling, only to have her hopes crushed by her father revealing he intended to marry a new woman, who almost became Stella's Wicked Stepmother. Also, her vanity comes from being teased about her appearance as a child, which could mean she's very sensitive to how others perceive her.
    • Daphne. Good lord, Daphne! Watching her endure torture up until her parents are threatened and then having her powers viciously ripped from her is too much!
  • Woolseyism: Most dubs remove the Narmful giggling that plagues the transformations in Italian.
    • Both the 4Kids and Nick dub have Bloom call both her adoptive and biological parents her "real" parents.

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