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 seems too much inspired by the BP platform oil spill, and new villain Tritannus is powered by pollution.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: The show had a noticeable hatedom in Russia, especially among anime fans who consider Winx Club nothing more than a Sailor Moon copycat with ugly characters design.
  • 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.
  • Ass Pull: Occasionally, some of the girls' spells seem like this, such as Bloom's friendship flame.note 
  • 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.
  • Badass Decay: Chimera and Valtor.
  • Base Breaker: Bloom. Either love her for her qualities or hate her for being a Mary Sue. Differently said, loved by Target Audience and hated by everyone else.
    • Stella, too, because she is sometimes a stereotypical Dumb Blonde.
    • Musa and Riven's relationship is becoming one. Either it's loved for being the most realistically portrayed relationship out of all of them or it's hated for never being stable. It's been made even worse now that they've officially broken up
  • 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.
  • Canon Sue: Bloom. Despite being the main character and getting more focus than the other girls in every season, Bloom doesn't turn into this until season three, when she gets much more screen time than in the previous seasons (shafting both everyone else and every new plot element introduced), spends a lot of that time whining about her birth parents (that she never met) and home world (ditto) every five seconds. She becomes ridiculously powerful, to the point that Bloom in her normal outfit is more powerful than the other girls in Enchantix. This gets even worse in The Movie.
    • A common complaint of the show is that Bloom gets too much attention and is a spotlight hog. It's to the point that many fan-fiction writers enjoy exploiting Bloom as a spiteful, selfish person while making the other characters woobies.
    • A lot of fans also feel that the plot is just a bit too good to Bloom. She gets her parents, homeland and later also her sister back. By comparison, look at where Musa and Aisha stand at the end of season 5. The former is still without her mother; the latter was again robbed of the chance of reuniting with Nabu. It doesn't seem fair, really...
    • And now, in season six, she has a transformation named after her. While the reason given is a good one, many fans flipped out and believe Bloom's Mary-Suedom has officially been taken too far.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Believix theme.
    • The Sirenix theme as well, which is of a slightly surprising genre.
  • 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). The writers made her a Jerkass Rich Bitch so the viewers wouldn't like her. It really gets bad when they make her flat-out villainous in Season 3 and onward, even though her last appearance in Season 2 had her getting over Sky and making a Heel-Face Turn! Thus she is literally only a villain on the whim of the writers.
  • 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.
  • 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 Breaker.
    • Stormy, from the Trix
    • Mirta for being The Woobie, making a Heroic Sacrifice etc.
    • Diaspro and Chimera count too, at least in their first appearance when they really looked threatening.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Trix, Valtor, Dark Bloom and the Fairy Hunters.
  • 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 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. 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, 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.Yeah. Teach the kiddies that this is the way to go about relationships...
    • Here's another one involving Bloom (and she's the leader??!!), 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. Yeah, because your dreams are 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. Apparently, Bloom doesn't think too highly of her friends.
      • 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.
  • 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, adds noting 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: The first season is the best-received and arguably the most memorable, and the others are criticized for creating good plots and characters and then wasting them, having anti-climatic resolutions, the Power Ups and Frilly Upgrades causing the main characters to lose the beauty and their simplicity, etc.
    • 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).
  • Fridge Brilliance: Amore, the pixie of love being Stella's bonded pixie makes even more sense when you remember a comment Stella made in Season 1 about what she wants to accomplish as a fairy, such as being able to bring couples such as her divorced parents back together.
  • Fridge Horror: During the battle against Diana's plant monsters, Nabu at one point uses his magic to turn one of said plant monsters into stone. Why does Nabu know a spell that can turn things into stone?
    • The fact that S5 E2, about an oil spill, first aired in America during the same weekend that Hurricane Isaac occurred. What is the first event that comes to mind for this generation when it comes to oil spills, and where did this (and said hurricane) occur? Unintentional, certainly, but still a bit jarring...
    • The Trix are stated to be sisters. Assuming they are actually siblingsnote , what do you think made them so evil?
  • Fridge Logic: If to access the Believix powers you need to get some one to believe in magic, then why doesn't Stella have hers before Season Four as she did this for Bloom, Mike and Vanessa?
    • Well, it's implied that Mike and Vanessa already believed in magic, but said nothing about it. As for Bloom, she already held a belief in magic and fairies from her childhood. It seems to gain Believix, you have to make someone believe in magic if they have no belief in it whatsoever.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This Italian cartoon appears to have has a small but impressive cult following in Japan, considering it's "Fairy-themed" Magical Girl rarity, and also fanart from that country.
  • 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. Luckily, a few days later, it was revealed that they would be making them after all.
  • 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.
    • If the above Fridge Horror is to be believed, the Trix also qualify.
  • 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 two 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: Flora, for being shy and having low self-esteem.
    • Mirta as well.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Some consider Roy one of Nabu.
    • The selkies seem to be replacement for the pixies, although the pixies were actually well-liked while most fans couldn't care less for the selkies.
  • 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: Mitzi has no problem rooting for the Trix when they appear to foil the Winx.
  • The Scrappy: Roxy. Many felt the 7th fairy wasn't necessary. Indeed she is in season 5, but just as a secondary character. To be fair, she does have fans, so she may be more of a Base Breaker.
    • Lord Darkar, for being Obviously Evil, stereotypical villain.
    • Valtor, for being a Villain Sue and then deteriorating rapidly.
    • In 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.
  • Seasonal Rot: As bad as some say season 3 was, season 5 is utterly horrible. Let us count the ways:
  • 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.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Love & 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...
  • The Woobie: Mirta.
    • Musa and Roxy also fit temporarily. Musa fit in the episode The Show Must Go On, where 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!
  • 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.
  • 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: Season three and beyond are made of this. Seemingly good ideas on paper, but terrible executions. It's almost as if the writing gets worse as the transformation costumes get more and more complicated.
    • 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 the next episode with a Deus ex Machina.
  • Unfortunate Implications: There are accusations of racism in the original Italian dub and one of the English dub for the episode ''Miss Magix'' where a dark-skin girl is in tears because her hair was magically turned from straight to an afro. The characters around her react with disgust, amusement, sympathy, but it's pretty clear her afro is supposed be viewed as unattractive. Not helping things are fact that the previous scene has Stella's straight blonde hair being fawned over. 4Kids Entertainment seemed to have realized implications of this since their version has it so that the girl accidentally cast a spell that made voice higher pitched and Stella's hair isn't being fawn over.
  • Villain Decay: The Trix and later Valtor. The Trix have recovered in Season 5, also thanks to a power-up courtesy of Tritannus, becoming a real menace again.
  • Villain Sue: Valtor in the first half of season three. He gets worse.