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Paradoxus' cover displays the main characters. Clockwise from the upper left: Bloom, Galadwen, Stella, Trisha, Daphne Altalune, and Stacy. Artwork by Silvstardust.

"No puede existir la paz sin haber luchado por ella, no puede existir la gloria sin realizar sacrificios".note 
— excerpt from Paradoxus.
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What would happen if the Burning Legion invaded Magix? Well, this fic is the answer. It's not pretty. Azeroth and Magix happen to make an interdimensional contact and, as a result, Magix catches the attention of the wrong kind of people. Isis is turned into Argus 2.0, Solaria's fairies and witches are hunted down by their light magic, and two of the most powerful fairies to ever exist (Bloom and Stella) are assassinated by the Burning Legion's new Demonic Lady. A war of dimensional proportions ensues, alliances are forged, betrayals run rampant, and the Peggy Sue route seems to be the only option left.

Auch.

''Paradoxus'' (by Bloom_Farella, Daybreak, Popsicle, and Crowgirl) is a Next-Gen Fic that crossovers two franchises that superficially appear mismatching seeing they target different demographics. However, once one digs down enough, striking similarities will be found. To begin with, both World of Warcraft and Winx Club are fantasy with a dash of sci-fi worlds inhabited by magical-wielding people from different races. They are also part of dimensions with several other planets wandering out there and were brought to existence by gigantic deities who disappeared shortly after their creationist sprees — respectively, the Titans and the Great Dragon. And, of course, a twisted version of them: Sargeras and the Shadow Phoenix. Heck, even the concept of a planet/land ravaged by power-hungry, teamed-up forces of evil is common ground. Domino on Winx Club's part and Argus, the Outland, and Silvermoon (to name a few) on World of Warcraft's side. On a more specific example (and exploited by Paradoxus), Daphne, the nymph, has a backstory pretty similar to that of Sylvanas Windrunner. Destroyed homeland, cruelly killed by evil seconds in-command, and raised as bodiless spirits to haunt the place.

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Alternatively, fairy magical girls met a Crapsack World Role-Playing Game. A Dark Fic in all of its glory.

In a very World of Warcraft fashion, Paradoxus follows a number of parallel plots that interact with each other, branch off, and ultimately converge. Furthermore, it stars an Ensemble Cast made of both canonical and original characters — most of the latter being Fan-Created Offspring. The main trio consists of Stacy (Stella's daughter) and Bloom's two daughters: big sister Daphne Altalunenote  and little sister Trisha.


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This fanfiction provides examples of:

  • A Lighter Shade of Gray:
    • The protagonist trio (Altalune, Trisha, and Stacy) is this in comparison to the true masterminds behind it all (Galadwen, Flora, and Daphne). All of them are on the side of the good guys and don't want the destruction of Magix, but the latter three will bite the bullet and manipulate even their loved ones if that's what is needed to save their corresponding dimensions.
    • This trope is later subverted with Trisha, who goes from a light gray to a very dark gray (arguably even black at some points).

  • Abusive Parents: Averted with the major canonical characters, i.e., the six Winx plus Roxy, Daphne, and Sylvanas. All of them are protective, caring mothers who do their best to raise their children in healthy environments and to not impose their own worldviews onto them. However, this trope is played straight with a few individuals:
    • Given how much the guy hates his mother's guts for abandoning him, Riven proves to be not only an absentee father for Harmony, but it's even dismissive of her and it's implied he would have turned his back on her the moment he caught wind of Harmony's sexual orientation as a lesbian. That's why Harmony spends more time with her grandfather Ho-boe and her "aunt" Galatea than she ever did with Riven.
    • Sky was once a loving, attentive father. Once. When Bloom died, he felt like his life lost all semblance of purpose and just reclused himself in his royal duties, causing him to terribly neglect his daughters who had just lost their mother. He wasn't affectionate anymore and couldn't care less when they were witnessing the horrors of war or were suffering grueling training in Azeroth. They got turned into bitter, traumatized Child Soldiers and he didn't even bat an eye.
    • Daniella, a recurring character who was Stella's partner in their fashion company (and now the major shareholder), is dismissive, neglectful, and abusive towards her twin sons. She purposefully got pregnant with the intention of preventing her husband from leaving her and things only got worse from there. It's not rare for her to leave them on their own in the house while forgetting to stock the fridge or make sure they were attending school. Years later, when they formed a band and got a name of their own, Daniella sucked on their fame and set up scandals to gather interest around them.

  • Accusation Fic: Half the plot-relevant characters from Paradoxus think the Winx should have gotten rid of the Trix. Permanently. Because they didn't, the three witches kept coming back again and again like some kind of insane Whac-A-Mole game. Other villains, namely Lord Darkar and Valtornote , were not only beaten but utterly destroyed. Do we see them emerging from their holes like cockroaches? Not at all. And the fic not only lampshades this, but plot-wise, the Trix team up with Eudora, help her invade Magix, and to crown it all, they take their revenge on Bloom through her daughter and traumatize said daughter so much she gets lost in rage and pain.

  • Awesome, but Impractical: Unless properly taught, runic magic is way too mana-draining to be consistently useful. Add to it that only people with Asser bloodnote  can make use of it. Sucks Trisha and Altalune's mother, aunt, and grandmother are all either dead or missing in action — because, whenever they try to use runes, they get temporarily paralyzed from mana-depletion. Runic magic can, for all of these shortcomings, be used to predict the future (though vaguely), fuel overpowered elemental attacks, and produce epic weapons when they are carved into them.

  • Bilingual Bonus: Exaggerated. Paradoxus is written in Spanish, but from time to time the characters talk in Icelandic (Domino's in-universe native language) or German, hum songs in English, and thank the fans of their band in French. A good portion of the epigraphs at the start of the chapters are written in either of those languages. Perks of having several authors, huh?

  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Black, gray, and every shade in-between.
    • While the characters trying to avoid their dimensions succumbing into chaos have committed plenty of questionable deeds for the greater good's sake, most of them don't indulge in unnecessary carnage or gratuitous cruelty for personal gain/enjoyment. Justified since they have been hardened (or already were) from the horrors of the dimensional war they are waging and fighting in. Doubly justified in that they are losing the war and, thus, cannot go through the idealistic route of helping and saving everyone. Furthermore, a few of these characters have had to thread among power-hungry, influential political figures. These 'good guys' are also deeply flawed individuals.
      • As per World of Warcraft's tradition, Sylvanas, Galadwen, and Iladris look down on other races, especially humans.
      • The Tyrannus Division most of the cast belongs to will prioritize the mission's goal over basically everything else. Deviating resources to save every goddamned victim will only be a waste (there are too many of them and the personnel is too scarce) and won't help win the war.
      • Nymph precognition unveiled to Daphne not only about Bloom and Stella's deaths, but the inevitability of the matter. She, along with Flora of all people and Galadwen, used that knowledge to pull the strings on Trisha, Altalune, and Stacy's lives so thoroughly that the main plotline and several secondary ones happened because of them! If that doesn't scandalize you, keep in mind Altalune and Trisha (especially Trisha) suffered A LOT due to their manipulations, even to the point of getting much of their traumas because of that.
    • However, the characters pointed out as the villains of the story have gone as far as to:
      • Eudora killed two women (Bloom and Stella) she had nothing personal against in front of the former's kid daughter just to get rid of the threat they represented. Moments later, it was revealed that Eudora Would Hurt a Child and left said child with an injury that would've killed her if she weren't who she is.
      • Eudora has unleashed an Undead Plague so vile both the original Scourge and Sylvana's Blight pale in comparison. All semblance of self-identity is utterly erased (interpret it as your soul is impossible to recover by any means), the victims die even more painfully, and the environment's life is sucked out faster and more perniciously than any previous strain hitherto conceived. And she unleashed it on dimensions (which includes several planets) never impacted by the Plague in the first place.
      • The Council of Rocalucce is so rotten to the core it's entirely to blame for much of the conflicts in the story (interplanetary, terrorist, and civil wars alike) and the fact Eudora was able to cause that much damage in the first place. Nearly all of its members abuse the immense power they've stockpiled for selfish gain and have bribed, blackmailed, and threatened their way out of prison several times. Some of them are rapists, slave traders, and pedophiles as well.

  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Trisha was a bystander in her mother and Stella’s death and, of course, got all splattered by their blood which caused her to develop a trauma. In her broken psyche, her hands will forever be stained with her mother’s blood. A symbol of her perceived weakness and her greatest failure.

  • Cerebus Roller Coaster: Downplayed. The prologue of this fic has Altalune waking from a Flashback Nightmare from when she found her mother and Stella's corpses and her sister's unconscious body at the brink of death. She then promises herself she shall Screw Destiny and save them and is comforted by a friend in a heart-warming moment. The next three chapters are more light-hearted and have their fair share of comedy — Sylvanas is saved from the Jailer by Galadwen and later we follow Bloom's antics when she is forcefully teleported to Azeroth and befriends Sylvanas and Galadwen. Some chapters later, the narration jumps back to Altalune and the present and the signs of Magix not being a Sugar Bowl world get more nuanced. However, the reader is still sheltered from the worst of it because the characters travel to a time where there was still peace. The ugly truth is only thrown in the reader's face in all of its Crapsack World glory when Altalune gets trapped into the past (she will eventually fade out) and the characters return to the present to fight a Hopeless War against the Burning Legion. From there onwards, the mood doesn't recover. The story hits its darkest point when after being tortured by the Trix, Trisha gets an overdose of angst, bites back, and starts her Roaring Rampage of Revenge.

  • Crapsaccharine World: In Winx Club, Magix is an upbeat, light-hearted Sugar Bowl. In Paradoxus, Magix only appears to be one while in peacetimes, but after Bloom and Stella's deaths, it unravels as an outright Crapsack World. Because, well, when a war of dimensional scale breaks, it's pretty difficult to keep the Sugar Bowl appearance. It doesn't help that the very corrupt Council of Rocalucce and the nobility of several kingdoms were rewarded with power by helping Eudora invade Magix and, consequently, have grown complacent enough to drop the façade. In peacetimes, they made an effort to pretend that, respectively, they worked for the three schools' best interests and were helping the recently crowned queens rule their planets better.

  • Dark Fic: It would be tempting to say Paradoxus is a Darker and Edgier and Bloodier and Gorier of just Winx Club given the latter has never shown blood, the only Killed Off for Real death is a tad ambiguous, and though constantly forced to face the season's Big Bad, the characters stay happy and with good mental health. By contrast, World of Warcraft doesn't shy away from blood, some of its characters are varying degrees of insane and broken, has killed characters both temporarily and permanently, and overall has a more somber tone. However, even by World of Warcraft's standards, Paradoxus is dark and bloody. Here are some examples:
    • For starters, Bloom and Stella's deaths. World of Warcraft has never killed its beloved main heroes in such a cold-blooded fashion. They are always heroic deaths or, if push comes to shove, usually characters witnessing their deaths are either too young to remember or grown-up enough to cope with it better. Bloom and Stella died defenseless because their magic was canceled by the Shaab Stone. Bloom and Stella died at the hands of Diaspro, a person whom they wronged and got almost fatally wronged back yet they forgave and left alive. Bloom and Stella were assassinated in front of Bloom's little and innocent daughter who, at the time, was 10 years old and uselessly tried to protect them with her tiny bow. If that's not dark enough, said little daughter sustained a fatal injury and only survived thanks to the Dragon's Flame healing magic and time travel ripple effects.
    • Barring the Weaponized Offspring of some non-human races, World of Warcraft has never portrayed human nor humanoid Child Soldiers. In fact, even the gameplay renders the children untouchable and if they get injured or die, it's never made explicit. In Paradoxus, the protagonist trio has been exposed to and fought in the dimensional war shortly after their mother's demises. That is, twelve years old at most. The three of them have sustained intensive training, had their first kills at an age most girls are busy with puberty, received multiple severe injuries ranging from life-threatening to amputations (Trisha lost her eye, Altalune lost her hand), and overall have had a taste of why being motherless and in the middle of a war is hell.

  • Death by Origin Story: Bloom and Stella's tragic demise set in motion several plot events such as:
    • Why Trisha pretty much invented time travel note . Can you blame her? The girl misses her mother and has had to suffer several traumatic events in the war from a young age without her protection. The same applies to why Altalune wants to go to the past. Stacy's reason also includes finding a way to prevent or at least lessen the impact of the genocide of Solaria's light fairies and witches.
    • Why Trisha, Altalune, and Stacy risked their necks in order to obtain the second-to-top fairy transformations in the Paradoxus fanon. Trisha and Altalune faced the hydra in Domino's Royal Palace to obtain the Bloomix while Stacy risked her magic in the quest for the Sirenix. And they had to do it while still being teenagers (her mothers gained those transformations as young adults).
    • Why Daphne, the nymph had to act unethically and manipulate her family's life and feelings (causing them severe trauma in the process). If she wasn't willing to take radical measures, there wouldn't be a Magical Dimension anymore and everyone would have died or been corrupted by either Fel or Eudora's Plague. In her case, it wasn't only Bloom and Stella's deaths, but also Altalune, Trisha, and Stacy's.

  • Demographic-Dissonant Crossover: World of Warcraft is an MMORPG targeted to males between the ages of 18 and 28. Meanwhile, Winx Club is a Western Magical Girl cartoon aimed at females ranging from 4 to 14 years old.

  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Barring Sylvanas, all of the main characters of World of Warcraft either appear just once in very minor roles (Tyrande, Anduin, Genn, Nathanos, Lorthemar), are merely mentioned in one of Sylvanas or Galadwen's musings, or are outright ignored. Valeera might be a middle point, what with being Stacy's mentor in the ways of the Rogues, but has yet to make a significant contribution to the plot.
    • Also, the Winx girls (well, they are women now) themselves have suffered this fate. Bloom was a Decoy Protagonist for a little while, Stella and Musa's antics are shown now and then (though the latter's role has been growing over time), Tecna has only entered the stage to fix a mess with Alfea's Simulator, and Aisha and Roxy's entrances are long overdue. The trope is averted with Flora for spoiler-loaded reasons.

  • Didn't Think This Through: Altalune's plan to save her mother and Stella was, essentially, sneak behind them, render them unconscious with copious amounts of chloroform, and kidnap them in the ship until past the day they were assassinated. If this was a normal Winx Club fanfic, it would have probably worked just fine, but she's forgetting three little details. One, Bloom and Stella are more powerful than Altalune and company, so kidnapping them is not a piece of cake. And two, there's nothing stoping Eudora and Diaspro to wait it out and kill them another day, while Altalune and company have a time-limited sojourn in the past. Three, even if the Winx are now unpaid, volunteer professors in Alfea, both Bloom and Stella are queens and have to administer their kingdoms. Therefore, Altalune and company were relying on sheer luck to catch those two in Alfea and alone. Why Altalune? Why? Really, it's better if you let the planning part to your sister. Not even your mother was this bad. And you're surprised it failed?

  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Trisha cannot access the full potential of the Dragon’s Flame despite having inherited it from her mother. Well, actually her sister, since the Flame went to Altalune but being the independent rebel she is, she rejected it. In any case, poor Trisha is way too traumatized and full of self-loathing to have enough positive emotions to fuel her magic and has to conform with her admittedly prodigious intelligence and Dark Ranger training. If she could use the Flame, it's implied her life would have been a tad easier — from getting at least some approval from Domino's people to not having to resort to such brutal means at waging the war.

  • Elemental Rivalry: Altalune is an Ice Person and Trisha plays with fire. They are sisters and have a Cain and Abel relationship in which they constantly quarrel, throw insults, and often come to blows. It gets even more nuanced (and angsty) after they get Character Development Trisha pulls a Face–Heel Turn as a result of too much emotional pain while Altalune realizes the shitty sister she's been to Trisha and wants to save her. So, now they are on opposing sides. Kind of.

  • Emotional Powers: Fairies need positive emotions (and good mental health) to fuel their magic. In the Winx Club canon, this was more of an informed drawback. The authors of Paradoxus, however, exploit the idea so their main characters (Altalune, Trisha, and Stacy) actually struggle to call on their magical affinities and fairy transformations because of too much trauma from the war. That's the reason we almost always see them relying on the abilities they learned in Azeroth, where magic is more about channeling external sources than drawing from oneself. Only when Character Development kicked in, were they able to access their fairy magic.

  • Evil Versus Evil: The ' Trisha versus Eudora' conflict turned into this after the former crossed the Despair Event Horizon and started a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Said rampage is outright villainous regardless of how justified it is and how much the people on the receiving end had it coming (those bastards betrayed their dimension for power and facilitated Eudora's invasion). Both of them have a high body count, lay waste while caring little for whoever gets caught in the crossfire, and have killed and tortured people to further their own twisted (respectively) goals/ideals. What morally lightens the former's actions and renders them a very dark gray is the fact that those atrocities succeeded in turning the tides of the war in the good guys' favor where everything else failed. Besides, it's not like she enjoys the suffering she has brought. She's merely too overcame with mourning and rage to think straight. And, to nail the coffin, it turns out she was subtly maneuvered to do so by someone else.

  • Failure Is the Only Option: Eudora vastly overpowers every one of the heroines regardless of which franchise they are from or whether they are original characters. Any attempt to beat her, either idiotically solo or in a group, would end in a humiliating defeat. Exemplified by Altalune when she decided to stay in the past for a chance of beating Eudora in exchange for her own continued existence (pesky self-correcting timelines) — she promptly gets curb-stomped so badly she would have died if not for Daphne and Galadwen's intervention. This trope is made even more glaring when it's revealed not even Bloom, the bearer of the magic that created the Magix dimension, ever had a possibility against Eudora.

  • Fan-Created Offspring: As a Next-Gen Fic, Paradoxus features the daughters of canonical characters from the two franchises (as well as those of original characters) as recurring characters at the very least. And, of course, the main trio is made of these.
    • As for Winx Club: Bloom and Sky had Trisha and Altalune because Daphne was rendered sterile as a product of her years as a bodiless spirit and both Domino and Eraklyon needed an heir. Stella and Brandon got Stacy then Stella found how terribly painful is to give birth and decided to stop there. Aisha and Nex had Niobe then Aisha had the same realization as Stella and, besides, Nex fell ill a few years later. Flora and Helia had Gilliam and, because Flora was made aware of what was about to happen to Magix, she decided not to bring another one. Tecna and Timmy got Zoe and that was enough for them. Musa and Riven had Harmony but probably didn't make more babies since Musa realized their relationship wasn't working and it would be a toxic environment for a child. Roxy and Manuel got Rosalie in what was probably just a coincidence since Roxy is not a Bloomix fairy. Daphne was, after several attempts, ultimately able to conceive, so she had Morrigan with Thoren.
    • As for World of Warcraft: Sylvanas Windrunner's case is a variation of the trope because, as an undead high elf, it's biologically impossible for her to bear a child. However, she can certainly adopt defenseless babies from out there — and she did. Baby Iladris was going to be sacrificed by her own mother in the hopes of reaching their not-so-distant relative Kael'thas Sunstrider. Galadwen came to the rescue but, after imprisoning the mother, didn't know what to do with the baby and just went to knock on Sylvanas' door. In a bot of impulsivity, Sylvanas decided to keep the baby and raise her as her daughter because, as it turns out, the Banshee Queen wanted to form a family when she was alive.
    • As for the relevant original characters' offspring: Daniella (Stella's partner in the fashion industry) had two twins Leonard and Maximillian, the first of whom serves as a love interest for Trisha. Finally, Vidia, who is one of Trisha and Stacy's closest friends, is the daughter of a nobleman from Eraklyon and a fairy from Earth.

  • Fantastic Racism: Given this is a World of Warcraft fanfic, this trope is all over the place. In fact, people from Magix are the only population who averts this trope. The rest of the magical species plus Earth humans hate each other's guts.
    • Sylvanas hatred comes from the fact it was a human, Arthas Menethil, who destroyed her precious homeland and condemned her to the Undead, thus sentencing her to a hellish existence in a limbo between life and death when she dies. Moreover, he kept her in a spiritual form, far from her corpse, and mind-controlled her until she freed herself. If that wasn't enough, humans look down and are awfully prejudiced against her new faction, the Forsaken. In the Paradoxus continuity, it was Genn Grayman, a half-human, who killed yet again, preventing her from seizing the Val'kyrs' power. Sylvanas gleefully murders him again later and holds no contempt in rising human casualties from the death to add them to the Forsaken forces.
    • Iladris, Sylvana's adopted daughter, has, well, adopted her mother's worldview so she also disdains human beings, though maybe not as scathingly. Curiously enough, her romantic interest is basically a winged female human.
    • Galadwen's reason to despise humans is less about her being on the receiving end of their cruelty and more about her getting a bigger picture thanks to her interdimensional travels (she's been at it for at least half a millennia) and finding humans are always the same each time. Each human civilization she has encountered has been belligerent, brutish, environment-destructive, and xenophobe. Moreover, the humans of the Earth's dimension actively hunt down and slaughter fairies (a kind of elf in this fic) and other magical creatures out of prejudice whenever they were aware of their existence. Another nail on the coffin was that she found the humans of Azeroth had subjugated the once-proud Kaldorei race. Kaldorei elves surpass them in both experience and wisdom yet the Alliance's leader is the human faction. So, Galadwen regards humans as forms of life even lower than most animals and doesn't care at all for their well-being. She may be a Goddess' Chosen One, but she won't lift a finger to help a human in distress not even if their civilizations get destroyed by the multidimensional conflict she tries to stop.
    • Some humans on Earth actively hunt fairies/witches down to imprison them and kill them right there if feeling merciful out of religious prejudice. You see, since magic on Earth was restored, it broke the monotheist religions' base of beliefs. After nearly a decade, there are people who, unable to deny their existence, demonize and dehumanize fairies and witches. It doesn't help that the majority of magic users (and the most powerful) are women and those religions don't have the greatest or the relationships with women. Remember the witch hunts from the Middle Ages? Well, they are an unearthed trend now.

  • Flash Forward Fic: Given this is a crossover, the exact amount of time in the future varies from one franchise to the other. But, overall, it's enough for the Winx Club to have spawned and raised teenage-to-young-adult daughters or, in Sylvanas' case, adopted a one.
    • Paradoxus diverges from World of Warcraft at some point between the end of the "Warlords of Draenor" expansion and the Battle for the Broken Shore. Since Sylvanas doesn't become Warchief, a good chunk of the ensuing canon events never occur. So the tense peace between the Horde and the Alliance extends for a longer period of time. When Magix makes a rather random contact with Azeroth, 150 years have passed since then. The actual present in Paradoxus is set about 30-40 years after that (at least if we go by Iladris' age).
    • The time we have flash-forwarded in Magix (from Winx Club) is easier to keep track of. When Bloom gets forcefully teleported to Azeroth, it's been 5 years after Domino's restoration which would make about a year after the sixth season note . The course of time is slower in Magix than in Azeroth, so between first contact with Azeroth and the actual present only 18 years rolled by.

  • Flashback Nightmare: Altalune receives one of these in the very first chapter just before she leaves to start the events of the main plotline. This unpleasant dream of hers is also a Past Experience Nightmare and a Guilt-Induced Nightmare at the same time — it was about her childhood trauma when she found her mother and Stella's corpses along with what she thought was her sister's. Truth be told, little Trisha truly was at the brink of death.

  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: The five time-travelers might need reminding about the Memory Stones. The paradoxes preventing them to achieve their goals may have been still in place, but it would've been far easier and war budget-friendly to use the Memory Stones presented in Winx Club's seventh season to get to the past. Nevertheless, it's possibly justified since Paradoxus started to be written at a time the seventh season wasn't even rumored, and thusly, it would have been a pain for the authors to change such a key Plot Point in favor of humoring the new canon.

  • Fusion Fic: The Setting Merge flavor, to be specific. Azeroth and Magix now just happen to exist in the same multi-dimensional universe, it's just they are too far apart that, normally, they would've never interacted at all. Normally. Here we have Galadwen and Eudora's constant interdimensional traveling and meddling and Daphne's time travel shenanigans, so things are definitely not normal (more like deranged). Now, there are already some canon points that keep this idea within the realm of possibility: there are elves in both franchises, interdimensional traveling is confirmed and used in both of them, and both of them have entities capable of creating entire dimensions (the First Ones for World of Warcraft and the Great Dragon for Winx Club). Though it's worth noting the Great Dragon is not equal to the First Ones, but to the Titans (like Sargeras), which helps to even out the power scales and avoid a Power Creep, Power Seep scenario and allows for the teaming-up plot this crossover roots from.

  • Gotta Kill Them All: Trisha, once she loses it after her sister’s death. She stars a vengeful rampage with one goal in mind — to exterminate every single person that has contributed to Bloom (her mother) and Stella’s untimely deaths. This, of course, includes Eudora herself.

  • The Hecate Sisters: Played straight with the three characters pulling the strings behind most of the plot. Galadwen is the adventurous, lively Maiden who travels across time and dimensions to fulfill her role as Elune's Chosen One at all costs and still looks for her place in the world. Flora is the caring, compassionate Mother who is nevertheless willing to take difficult decisions to preserve what she loves. Daphne is the wise, unsentimental Crone who was molded by the memories of her past nymph incarnations and the Sadistic Choice she's presented with to save the Magix dimension.

  • Home Guard: The students of Alfea (fairies), Cloud Tower (witches), and Red Fountain (specialists) are supposedly trained to be the guardians of their homeworlds and, by extension, of the entire dimension. Unfortunately, having their regulating entity, the Council of Rocalucce, utterly corrupted by power-hungry bastards means these students get a far-from-optimal training. When the dimensional war against the Burning Legion knocked on their doors, they either deserted or were promptly killed. That’s why the Tyrannus Division was formed.

  • Harmful to Minors: Stella and Bloom's assassination is this to Trisha, Altalune, and Stacy. Trisha witnessed the whole affair from the exact moment where Stella and Bloom's magical powers were nullified to their ruthless murder, therefore shattering her justified childish idea of her mother being invincible. She also tried to protect them using her bow, but predictably failed. And if that wasn't enough, she too nearly died in that incident. Altalune and Stacy later found the fresh corpses — pools of blood and gruesome injuries included. At the time, Trisha was ten, Altalune was eleven, and Stacy was twelve.

  • Improbably Female Cast:
    • ALL of the children the Winx had are female. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. Justified, though, because all of the Winx were gifted (or, in Daphne's case, already had) a spark of the Dragon's Flame. It's stated in-universe that said power is passed on matrilineally, so every person with even a spark of it is going to have a female firstborn. Of course, only Bloom's daughters will actually inherit it, but her friends and sister have been affected by the Flame nonetheless.
    • And that's not even counting the all-female, personal army that the Vakdrak are.
    • Or that the mentors of the protagonist trio are all women — Sylvanas trained Trisha to be a Dark Ranger, Galadwen oversaw Trisha's studies for the time travel, Veleera showed Stacy the ways of the Rogue, and Snotra made a fine swordswoman of Altalune.
    • Nor the villain herself, Eudora, who joined forces with the Trix sisters and Diaspro.

  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Paradoxus is an exemplary case of Rule 50 because, as stated in the page description, it mixes two franchises that definitely don't belong to the same continuity and don't even target similar audiencesWinx Club and World of Warcraft. Again, YMMV about whether it's a Weird Crossover, but its authors have made quite the effort to mesh both universes as seamlessly as you can get given the circumstances.

  • Killed Off for Real: Played with. Some deaths will cause the branching of the timeline so two alternate ones end up being created. One where the characters died and another, out of the time travelers reach, where the characters lived. Such is a nearly impossible feat and, in either case, the characters are effectively killed off and will remain like that. Other deaths, however, are mere collateral damages and thus, can subvert this trope if someone bothers themself to travel to the past and prevent said deaths from happening. Bloom and Stella's are the former case and play this trope straight. Meanwhile, Altalune, Trisha, and Stacy's are the subversion since they died in the original timeline and were saved by Daphne's medling.

  • Left for Dead: Played straight two times and, predictably, a mistake that later came back to bite the perpetrators in the ass.
    • Diaspro never bothered to check if ten-year-old Trisha and Bloom were as lifeless as Stella. Sure, she checked if the queen of Solaria got a free ticket to the afterlife, but that was because she was her primary target. Trisha and Bloom, on the other hand, were simply collateral damage.
    • Eudora herself not bothering to check if Altalune was dead only serves to show her overconfidence. It's justified, though, since Altalune didn't even manage to scratch Eudora during their fight.

  • Nature Is Not Nice: Trisha's Training from Hell in the Eastern Kingdoms' forests attests to the truth of this trope. The Dragon's Flame has healing powers able to restore a person circling the drain, and yet Trisha's life has been threatened several times by the creatures inhabiting the aforementioned forests.

  • Our Nymphs Are Different: Winx Club's nymphs show already a fair amount of discrepancies with the Greek nymphs. Instead of being very minor deities (if they can even be called that) tied to some natural aspect such as trees or water, they are the most powerful fairies across all dimensions and the rulers of said dimensions' fates after the Great Dragon's disappearance. Also, all of them harbored the Dragon's Flame during their lifetimes. In Paradoxus, however, they draw more from the Ainur from the Lord of the Rings than their canon counterparts. They were still created by the Great Dragon's thoughts, but they also represent one aspect of magic (light, time, shadows...). Furthermore, their souls are immortal and will reincarnate from time to time (mostly to fix messes) while remembering each iteration unless they are in peace with themselves so they can choose not to.

  • Our Titans Are Different: Not only the Great Dragon is presented as being a wayward World of Warcraft's Titan with all of it entails (being a creating entity rather than opposing some higher deities), but he's also lazier than should be allowed to a divine being. That's the true reason why nymphs and bearers of his power exist in the first place. He just won't bite the bullet and protect his creations nor care about their well-being beyond ensuring his Flame can only be wielded by non-malicious, non-power-hungry females. And that reincarnation won't spare his nymphs any suffering by amnesia if they happened to fail their assigned task. Unsurprisingly, people in Magix are all atheists or agnostics at best who can't bring themselves to profess faith in the Great Dragon.

  • Peggy Sue:
    • Eudora killed Stella out of fear of her Light powers (Light is the Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors weakness of the Burning Legion's Fel). Bloom was kind of collateral damage but a fearsome opponent nonetheless. After their demise, the situation rapidly degenerated in a gruesome war impacting several planets, one of them even suffering Argus' fate (utterly corrupted by Fel). A war Magix was losing. Desperate times call for equally desperate (and expensive) measures, so an elite squad from the Tyrannus Division is sent to the past to try and prevent the two Winx's deaths in an attempt to turn the tables in Magix favor. Guess who is sent? Exactly! The mini Winx! Altalune, Trisha, and Stacy because it's their mothers who they're trying to rescue, plus Gilliam as a buffer between the two belligerent sisters and Zoe thanks to her tech-oriented skills. Also, Trisha was the one to come up with the idea and the scientific basis for time travel. They didn't get the Timeless' approval for this, so science was the only option left which, in turn, presented them with the 'if I see my younger self, either of us will fade' issue. Alas, Stella and Bloom's deaths were set in stone, totally unavoidable, so their daughters failed to save them.
    • There are two more characters who embody this trope themselves. Both in a more successful attempt to change the outcome of the timelines. Partly because they are more subtle and thoughtful in their changes and because well, they use magic to do so. One of them is Galadwen, the elven Chosen One of Elune. Her job is facilitated both by her long, long lifespan and having Chronormu (a Time Dragon) as an ally. As of now, Galadwen has seen no less than three timelines where both Azeroth and Magix succumbed to Eudora. The second character goes under the alias of Indís and is able to mess to the time-space continuity due to her status as a nymph. Indís is the Tyrannus Division founder as well as its main economical and political supporter.

  • Power Nullifier: The Shaab Stone (from Winx Club's canon) is used to temporarily render Bloom and Stella magicless so a mind-controlled Diaspro could kill them. A necessary measure for two reasons — one, Diaspro villain forgot to level-up past the basic fairy transformation, therefore Bloom and Stella are more than capable to sweep the floor with her. And two, Eudora felt very much menaced by Stella's light magic because she thought it was the Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors counter to her Fel (demonic) magic.

  • The Power of Hate: Trisha's Roaring Rampage of Revenge might have been fueled by Unstoppable Rage, but it’s long-harbored hatred what feds her revenge against Eudora — the woman behind her mother's assassination and the one who brought hell to Magix in the shape of the Burning Legion and the Undead Plague. That’s why she was able to carefully plan her path to debilitate Eudora’s grip on Magix by destroying strategic points and eliminating key individuals.

  • Rewatch Bonus: Several reread bonuses, in fact. As per usual with this trope, heavy spoilers warning.
  • Those mysterious women talking about how You Can't Fight Fate at the beginning of the prologue? they are Daphne and Galadwen, regretting how Bloom and Stella's tragic deaths were unavoidable. Also, the unconscious woman they are tending is a grown-up Altalune, newly defeated and nearly killed by Eudora.
  • The nymph Indís and her husband watching the time travelers depart with their daughter who has just arrived at the place? And that happening after Altalune was told by Blair (Snotra's daughter) that her parents couldn't bid her their goodbyes because they were busy? Oh, dear, that's because those two families are the same people but changing between secret identities.
  • Flora easily deducing the time travelers identities? Nobody doubts Flora is smart beyond belief but, in this particular case, it wasn't her brains but that she already knew.

  • Runic Magic: It is restricted to people with Asser blood note  and makes use of Norse runes. For example, Isa unleashes ice capable of peeling off the victim's skin. So, these runes are powerful but are excessively mana-costing to the point of burning out an inexpert caster. They can also be used to divine the future of a person as long as it's made immediately after the person's birth and in the sacred mount Ignis in Domino. They predicted that Altalune wasn't going to follow her mother's steps and will forge her own path. Years later, Altalune rejected the Dragon's Flame and chose ice as her elemental affinity.

  • Sidelined Protagonist Crossover: Double subverted. At first, the narrative follows Bloom's shenanigans in Azeroth and made the reader expect her to slowly piece together the clues and figure out the Burning Legion with a brand-new Undead Plague was behind the ravaging of several cities of Eraklyon. Thus, being the subversion of this trope. Then, we suddenly time-skip eight years into the future only to learn Bloom has been assassinated and the actual protagonists are she and Stella's daughters.

  • Spotlight-Stealing Crossover: The plot of Paradoxus expends a considerable amount of time in Magix and the majority of its cast is affiliated to the aforementioned dimension. Even if we only count the more plot-relevant characters, the disparity is conspicuous — the protagonist trio (Bloom and Stella's daughters), most of the Winx, Daphne, Diaspro, and Sky on Winx Club's part versus Iladris, Eudora, Galadwen, and Sylvanas on World of Warcraft's part. In all fairness, World of Warcraft provides more on the worldbuilding part (the class skills, the Named Weapons, etc.), the incident event for the plot (a Burning Legion's invasion on Magix), and the overall tone of the story. It's just that, barring Sylvanas, all of its characters were Demoted to Extra thanks to the huge canon divergence.

  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Given how upbeat and emphasizing about the Power of Friendship Winx Club is, one would think Bloom's daughters would be a massive aversion of this trope. However, Trisha and Atalune do more than play it straight, they take it Up to Eleven due to them being stranged sisters since their mother died. They get physical with each other nearly every time they meet, weapons and magic included. As it is, they rarely pass time together unless there's some external reason to reunite them. In fact, Altalune has a rather toxic, jerkish coping mechanism by blaming Trisha (who was about ten years old at the time) for not being strong enough to protect their mother. Overall, this trope reflects the more World of Warcraft side of this fanfiction, since, in the video game, alliances are often formed grudgingly and only out of mutual interest.
    • Another example happens between Altalune and Harmony. Altalune is an arrogant, narcissistic prick with a Hair-Trigger Temper while Harmony takes after her father, that is, she's insecure, sharp-tongued, and prone to jealousy. What's the matter, then (barring the obvious)? Well, Harmony has reached the peak of her powers and they pale in comparison to that of Bloom's daughters, especially Trisha, which causes her to envy and dislike them. She even comments out loud how "such unstable people should not be allowed to harness that much power" referring to Trisha to which Altalune doesn't take very well and lashes out (apparently, she's the only one allowed to torment poor Trisha). And yet, Harmony works in the Tyrannus Division where she's assigned an undercover mission to investigate the corrupt Council of Rocalucce, an entity that has rooted its tendrils in both Eraklyon and Domino's nobility. Something that very much concerns Altalune and Trisha as the respective heiress of these planets.

  • Teleportation with Drawbacks: Interdimensional teleportation, especially if sudden, kill normal people if some preventive measures aren´t taken. Maybe because of a magic overdose (you need to channel lots of magic to pull on of these) or the suddenness of the travel disrupts too much a person's physiology. Thank God (or the Great Dragon, for that matter) Bloom is everything but normal. It was the healing powers of the Dragon's Flame what allowed her to survive being teleported from Eraklyon to Azeroth and have a broken arm as the only consequence.

  • Three-Stat System: In Paradoxus there exists three skill branches the characters can master to varying extents. Firstly, armed combat with bladed, kinetic, etc. weapons. Secondly, control of their internal magical affinity, usually elemental (this comes from the Winx Club canon). And thirdly, wielding of magic from external sources — i.e., one of the six magical forces of the World of Warcraft canon. Fairy/witch transformations are included in this third category because, in order to obtain them, the characters have to seek out an external source from the Winx Club canon. To exemplify this, Altalune (Bloom's daughter) excels at swordsmanship but struggles to fuel her ice magic with positive emotions — she was able to gain the Bloomix just fine (using it is another matter entirely). Gilliam (Flora's daughter), on her part, lacks any training with weapons and is only an Enchantix fairy, but has superb control over her nature magic and proves to be pretty creative with it (even creating toxins from pollen). Iladris (Sylvanas' adopted daughter) is an accomplished archer and has started to learn how to harness void magic, but has no innate elemental magic by herself.

  • Three Successful Generations: Altalune and Trisha are striving to become the queens Eralkyon and Domino (respectively) need them to be. Bloom was well into her path of being a Benevolent Mage Ruler until her untimely demise. And Marion proved to be a great warrior queen during her tenure.

  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Since Bloom kicked the bucket, her daughters have been forced to fight in the war and kill in cold blood (they started going to missions at 14-15). Trisha, especially, had to burn an entire city because it was so corrupted by Fel it was unsalvageable. They are not only Child Soldiers but are Young and in Charge and, consequently, have been faced with sadistic choices while waging the dimensional war. Needless to say, this has deeply scarred their psyches to the point of them struggling to call on their fairy transformations (which are fueled by positive emotions). That's why we all saw Trisha finally losing it coming, we just didn't want to believe it until it happened.

  • Unholy Ground: Like in World of Warcraft's canon, every place infected with either Fel magic or the Undead Plague will become this. In Paradoxus, the most notorious places are:
    • Some cities of Eralkyon — the first to be attacked.
    • Erphem and Edelyn — the first to become life-extinct
    • Isis — also one of the first to have their lifeforms extinguished but better known as Magix's equivalent of Argus and the current Burning Legion headquarters.

  • We Have Become Complacent: Bloom thinks this about Alfea’s lowered standards and training. They are considerably worse than they were in her time as a student and Bloom, as the weathered veteran she is, correctly fears Alfea's fairies won't stand a chance when the peacetime inevitably ends. Really, those gals are far more preoccupied with the Miss Magix than learning to control their powers. This is also true for Cloud Tower and Red Fountain, courtesy of the rotten and self-serving Council of Rocalucce that has opened the door to Eudora's invasion.

  • Wizards Live Longer: On principle, fairies and witches have longer lifespans than earthling humans, but those with either the whole or just a spark of the Dragon's Flame are really, really longevous — i.e., Domino's royal family.

  • Wham Episode: When Altalune decides to stay in the past and risk it all to eliminate Eudora before she kills Bloom and Stella and before she herself disappears from existence — it's the exact Plot Point where Character Development starts for her and Trisha. The aftermath of this decision marks the start of Trisha's Despair Event Horizon which will lead to her Face–Heel Turn and Altalune's epiphany about who she truly loves and what matters the most which will lead to her trying to save her sister and finally accepting her mother's death.

  • White Magic:
    • Predictably played straight with the Holy Light from World of Warcraft and the Dragon's Flame from Winx Club — the former is the source of life and a fundamental force in-universe while the latter is the source of magic and what created the universe. The Holy Light is both Fel and Void magic's counter (thus being the Undead and Demons' weakness). The Dragon's Flame is the Shadow Phoenix's magical counter.
    • Subverted with the elemental light magic of Winx Club because it's just that, elemental magic, so it doesn't share any properties with nor it's the same thing as the Holy Light of World of Warcraft. Eudora (an agent of the Burning Legion) ends up targeting and later killing Stella because she mistook the two fo them. This also led to the genocide of Solaria's fairies and witches early on in the dimensional war.

  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Trisha, later in the story. This character has witnessed her own mother's assassination in a gruesome way while still being a little girl, has been through Training from Hell since then, has awful mental health (PTSD, Survivor's Guilt, low self-esteem, and severe, chronic depression), is probably overworked, is hated by her people and has to wage a nearly lost war to protect those same people. The nail in the coffin happens when her older sister is apparently lost/dead in the past and so, she decides to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and die in the process, or kill herself once she has eliminated the last of her enemies.

  • You Can't Fight Fate: What once went wrong cannot be set right. In this Peggy Sue-flavored fic, there are some events no amount of time traveling will be able to correct. The first arc of Paradoxus revolves around the main characters finding this in an angsty, harsh way. It doesn't matter whether you're resorting to either science or magic to get to the past. It. Will. Happen.
    • For starters, Stella and Bloom's deaths, in particular, shall happen no matter what. The runes say so and, well, Domino's ancient rune magic hasn't lied. Ever.
    • Eudora's invasion of Magix is pretty much set in stone, with the ensuing extinction by Fel of two minor kingdoms (Edelyn and Erphem) and the slaughtering of Solaria's Light witches and fairies.


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