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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Not the show itself, but some of its clothing style. Some North American fans wonder why the outfits have to be so revealing in earlier seasons. There's Stella's season 1 outfit, or Flora's Sophix, which are basically some well-placed leaves (Tecna seems to have the least skimpy outfits, but then again, they gave her that omega 'suit'). The introduction of more demure clothing in season 5 coincided with Viacom (an American company) becoming a co-owner of the Rainbow studio, at the same time Viacom's Nickelodeon started co-developing the show (although, as explained in Mis-blamed below, it was actually Iginio Straffi himself who decided on the change).
  • Anticlimax Boss:
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    • 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.
  • 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 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.
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  • Arc Fatigue: Bloom's missing biological parents. They are first mentioned in episode 13note , but it takes three seasons and one movie before they are finally reunited. It doesn't help that there were other plot threads going on at the same time, with the show only coming back to her missing parents seemingly when it felt like it.
  • Ascended Meme: Fans often joked that the Trix seem to have been partially inspired by the Misfits from Jem...Come Season 6, and the new member of the group, Selina, is a dead-ringer for Pizzazz.
  • Ass Pull:
    • The reasoning behind the need to replace Believix for Sirenix in Season 5. It is stated that their Believix powers won't work as well underwater. However in Season 3, the Winx had no problem fighting underwater, be it in Winx or Enchantix. Somehow, the most basic fairy transformation has a better performance underwater than a transformation earned by restoring an entire world's belief in magic.
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    • 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.
    • Season 8 is just full of these. First off, the return of Valtor despite being killed off in Season 3; once again, the Trix returning despite having been sealed away by the Swan of Infinity at the climax of Season 7; and also introducing a new retcon in the form of a tragic backstory literally at the last three episodes despite all their actions throughout the previous seasons, movies, and comic stories that put them well into the Beyond Redemption category.
  • 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 monkeys. Though this is hotly debated as many people believe that they have been overused.
  • Badass Decay: Valtor. For a good part of Season 3 he was an astute and almost invincible villain, but after the Winx got the Water Stars he tried to avoid direct fights and lost much of his intelligence when he went One-Winged Angel.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Bloom. Loved by Target Audience but disliked by many others. Tends to get the Ron the Death Eater treatment in fanfics quite a lot.
    • Riven. Some love him being a "bad boy," while others hate how much he's become a Jerkass over the series.
    • 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.
    • Selina. Some love her, others hate how much of a cruel Jerkass she is and an Entitled Bastard.
  • 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!
    • 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, taking the place of the original villians.
    • Starting from Harmonix, the transformations start to look more similar to one another and less individualistic. Some people criticized Winx' earlier designs, saying they didn't make the group like a team and will praise the newer transformations. However, some people feel like the designs have gotten lazy and/or lost their personality.
    • The Art Shift to Fairy Couture Style initiated with World of Winx and continued with Season 8 has divided the fanbase: on one side, some people enjoy the stylistic evolution, which they claim as coherent with the fact the Winx have been at it for years and look more like adults under the new style, while on the other side, people decry that the Winx now look like plasticine Barbie dolls, with yet another section of the fandom criticizing Flora and Aisha's lighter skin complexion.
    • The outfits have generally been less revealing and more sensible since the series was revived, including older outfits in new promotional materials.Explanation  While some appreciate this, other fans dislike the Bowdlerlization and think that the show has lost the unique edge it once had. As mentioned in Americans Hate Tingle above, part of this can be chalked up to different attitudes about revealing clothing in the many countries the show is broadcast in.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Bloom is basically treated like she can do no wrong, and becomes somewhat of a brat in season five, essentially getting upset every time something does not go her way. For instance, she solely blamed Diaspro for ruining her relationship with Sky, despite the fact 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, however, 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 letting someone charging around the whole situation like a bull in a china shop.
    • Some think Riven is a massive Jerkass whose relationship with Musa would be abusive in real life, and hate how we are supposed to cheer for him when he keeps getting back together with her.
    • Griffin spent the first season encouraging the Trix's bullying and harassment of Alfea's fairies, only expelling them because their failures kept embarrassing her. Later seasons would try to put her in a more heroic light but she's never called out for being the one who enabled the Trix's evil habits in the first place.
  • 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 the whole thing 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, Darcy, 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, especially Darcy as she was the Token Good Teammate in Season 1.
    • Riven isn't actually a villain, excluding season 1, but he's become such a Jerkass over the series that people were glad he appeared to be written off in season 6 — only for him to come back in season 8. His fans tend to gloss over his many flaws.
  • 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.
    • Darcy from the Trix.
    • Mirta for being The Woobie and adorable and cute Perky Goth. Her friend Lucy gets a lot as well for defying the usual cookie-cutter face/body molds as all the other girls.
    • 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 her backstory was changed and she was revived.
    • Dark Bloom is incredibly popular, with far more fan art than her good personality.
    • Among all the fairy forms, the Enchantix seems to be the most popular, not only for being cute, but also because the requirement necessary to unlock it is a source of development and interesting storylines. Many fan-created original transformations out there are clearly based on Enchantix or include its main characteristics (like having shinier wings, sporting elaborate jewelry, and going barefoot or in some kind of sandals). The announcement that Enchantix would return in Season 8 made fans very happy, until they saw how it had been changed.
    • Voice acting wise, among the Nickelodeon cast, there are those who really like Romi Dames as Musa, mostly from how she sounds very similar to her predecessors get she still adds a bit of spark to stand out.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Essentially most of the villains qualifies, especially the Trix and Dark Bloom.
  • 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 fansnote , 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.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Fans have latched onto two non-canon pairing above all others, Bloom/Icy and Bloom/Valtor. The art and fics for these two outnumber Bloom/Sky exponentially.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Many fans don't consider Magical Adventure canon, not necessarily because they think the movie is bad, but because there are so many Continuity Snarls that many argue it makes more sense for the Winx to be in Enchantix rather than Believix. Then again, despite killing off the Ancestral Witches, which is something that could have easily been done in Secret of the Lost Kingdom, the film adds nothing to the series or tells us anything new.
    • As far as many fans are concerned, Winx Club only had four seasons and two movies. The third movie is derided for claims of it not having much plot and for having a boring villain Politea who didn't add much to the story, and the later seasons are practically reviled due to the retconning of certain characters' backstories, the plot holes that ensued, and the flanderization of several characters. A good example would be Season 5, due to Seasonal Rot and the heavily disliked decision to revive Daphne, as well as retconning her backstory so that she was cursed instead of killed.
    • The most infamous example is season 8. Nearly the entire fandom has chosen to ignore it due it bringing back a popular villain, Valtor, who had been killed at the end of a previous season, and also for giving a Freudian Excuse backstory to Icy. Not only does it retcon the fact that the Trix are sisters, something that Word of God and the show itself has said for years, but the fact that it's a retcon is also blatantly obvious due to everything from the previous seasons contradicting it. And due to how unabashedly evil Icy and the Trix have had been since the beginning, Icy certainly has not earned any sympathy from the fans. They also made Musa and Riven get back together.
  • First Installment Wins: The first few seasons are often favored more than the later seasons, which were written for younger audiences.
  • Foe Yay Shipping:
    • Darcy and Musa in season 1, because they both like Riven (albeit for different reasons).
    • Bloom and Valtor in Season 3.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The overwhelming focus on Bloom was one of the show's biggest criticism from Season 5 onward. However, the disproportionate focus on Bloom, which is ridiculous even for a main character, has been there since the beginning of the show due to her having the Dragon Flame and the Myth Arc of her biological parents being unresolved until the last (supposed) moment.note  What made this slide to most viewers was that at that time, the other Winx members had their own concurrent subplots to let them shine on their own. However, Season 5 and beyond proceed to demote anyone that isn't Bloom to window dressing while constantly pushing her in the right, making her focus practically impossible to ignore. note 
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This Italian cartoon is well liked in many other countries, but the most impressive case appears to be Japan, where it has a small but very devoted cult following despite not airing there. Its spin-off World of Winx eventually received a Japanese dub.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Even though the girls get more focus, Iginio Straffi has said that the Specialists and action scenes were made for male viewers.
  • He's Just Hiding!:
    • Since Morgana promised to look after Nabu until he "wakes up", some believed to think that he might not be dead after all. Nope.
    • Lord Darkar and Valtor seem to get this treatment in fanfiction. This is Hilarious in Hindsight for the latter as of Season 8.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Hallowinx" in season had Mitzi and her friends make the Winx believe three sisters inside the house she rented were coming back as ghosts to avenge their dead fourth little sister and cause mayhem upon the house. While it's revealed it was all just a prank, the girls ponder if the "three sisters" weren't the Trix. Come season 8, it's changed that the Trix aren't really sisters, but Icy does have a little sister who was attacked by an evil witch, leaving her bitter and in despair.
  • 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 Aisha and Musa gay.
    • Later that season, there is an episode where Palladium takes Avalon to the forest, carries him back to Alfea when he is hurt by a plant and starts blushing when he thanks him.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Bloom is the long-lost princess of a distant planet.
    • Nabu dies.
    • Due to fan reaction, the fact that Musa and Riven broke up became common knowledge overnight — although it didn't last, and they got back together again.
  • 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.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Riven is the most pair-able character in the whole show.
    • Bloom has been shipped almost every character in the show both good an evil.
  • 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.
    • Bloom comforting Flora in her room involves her taking about how beautiful and amazing she is, and how lucky Helia is to have her. Friendship pep talk, or poorly disguised pining?
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • Yeah right, like you would really kill off the Ensemble Dark Horse Love Interest, Wait, what? You did?
    • This was the majority of fans' reasoning after Riven and Musa broke up in season 6. Many felt that they would make up near the end of the season or in the next one. It actually happened in the season after the next one, a timespan of around four years in real life, which was just long enough for fans to start thinking the break-up would stick.
  • Mis-blamed:
    • Fans have mistakenly blamed Nickelodeon for the show's shift to a preschooler demographic and childish plotlines. Series creator Iginio Straffi has clearly stated the reasons why he personally changed the show's target to young children, in interviews like this 2019 one:
    Straffi: “In the last ten years, the animation audience has skewed younger. Nowadays, it's very difficult to get a 10-year-old to watch cartoons... When your [new] target is 4-to-8, your story cannot have the same level of complexity as the beginning seasons of Winx, where we had a lot of layers of different stories... The fans of the previous Winx Club say on social media that the new seasons are childish, but they don't know that we had to do that.”
    • Fans also blame Nickelodeon for making the show "less European," ignoring how much Straffi values the American team's involvement in Winx (and other Rainbow shows). In April 2019, Straffi talked highly about his near-decade of work with Nickelodeon, saying "Nickelodeon is a guarantee of success." Elaborating a little further, he said here:
    Straffi: “...the know-how of Rainbow and the know-how of Nickelodeon are very complementary; the sensibilities of the Americans, with our European touch.“
  • Moe:
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Not only does Ogron ultimately cause Nabu's death, he also steals the power that could revive him and wastes it, gloating to the poor Aisha. No wonder she decides to join Nebula, still bent for revenge.
    • Tritannus initially crossed it when he tried to murder his own brother out of jealousy, and it got worse from there.
    • 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 Marion after using them as leverage against Daphne just for her own amusement.
    • Selina crosses it when she almost tricks Bloom into giving Flora a lethal poison by saying it was an antidote. She really had no reason to do that other than to be a complete sadistic bitch.
  • Narm:
    • The "dragon sound effects" during Bloom's first Enchantix transformation are pretty bad. The ones for her "Charmix" transformation weren't too good either.
    • The Season 5 'positive energy' sequence is becoming infamous for this.
    • The Cinélume 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 English 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 Italian version had the girls giggle during the Transformation Sequences. Thankfully, these are removed in other dubs.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The Cinélume dub, particularly in early season 1, is so stilted that it's kind of adorable in a high school drama club kind of way. Particularly Bloom.
    • Tecna's angry rant at Stella about being emotionless (two episodes after the one where she'd been temporarily turned into a robot) came straight out of nowhere, was melodramatic to Anakin levels, ended up being ironic due to her actress' performance... and it was funny as hell.
  • Never Live It Down: The show features one scene where an Ambiguously Brown character's hair turns into an afro and it's portrayed as horrifying. This scene gets routinely discussed when discussing racism, black women, and natural hair in media.
  • 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 it seems Rainbow realized how unpopular they were, as 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.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Because of her extreme amount of focus and the fact she seems to be unable to do no wrong in the show, a lot of fans started holding a grudge against Bloom, going even as far as villanizing her in fan-content. The existence of dark Bloom doesn't really help her case.
    • Although being an occasional jerk, Riven's alignment is officially good after season 1. However the guy still gets treated as villain by some fans.
    • Roy and Nex were disliked by many people, to the point there were serious theories they were evil and would be unmasked as the real villains of the story. Even when there was no indication of their bad nature, they, especially Nex, would be written out or portrayed as evil in fan-content.
  • Rooting for the Empire:
  • 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 antagonist 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. Tritannus has very few fans.
    • 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:
    • Generally agreed to have started around season 5, which is also when the show was retooled to appeal to younger audiences. Low points include the retconning of important continuity points — such as changing Daphine so she was never actually dead — characters losing whatever development they had, and the girls being treated like they're still 16 year old high school students, with anything set up to the contrary — the graduation, Bloom's engagement — quietly ignored and forgotten. Seasons 5 and 6 also marked the use of 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). The Trix also get complaints about being overused, especially seeing as how they inexplicably come back from being sealed away for all eternity twice over.
    • Season 5 in particular gets this for having an utterly pathetic villain, Tritannus — essentially a petulant child having an prolonged temper tantrum, yet being built up as a threat to the entire magical universe.
    • Season 7 introduced the widely disliked Butterflix transformation, featuring very generic outfits and an annoying dance number that goes for way too long. While season 8 is officially where the series becomes a preschool series, many fans feel it actually starts this season.
    • And as for season 8; the sudden change in animation style makes the characters look about 12, the increased focus on the preschool crowd means the plots are even simpler, and the return of Valtor, despite his fan-favorite status, is derided as an Ass Pull since he died back in season 3. And then there's the retcon of the Trix's backstory, particularly Icy's. It feels as if the entire season is a giant Retcon itself.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Darcy/Riven vs Musa/Riven rivalries were once very heated during season 1's first airing.
  • 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.
  • Signature Scene: Flora blowing some magic powder. The scene was used in every merchandise commercial up to season 3, often with whatever the commercial was for edited on Flora's hands, giving the impression she's magically delivering it to some little girl.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • Stella's parents' divorce. 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.
    • Nabu's death, and Aisha's response to it. 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 isn't the best.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The song "Love Is All Around" from "The Alfea Natural Park" has a backing rhythm that sounds almost the same as Katy Perry's "Roar".
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
    • The aptly named Love & Pet, a shop full of cute stuffed animals turned into real pets.
    • Also, the prison of Lightrock tries to 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!:
    • Fits some of the fans' responses to the series post season 4 (when the show was specifically targeting younger viewers, so it's no surprise). The addition of CGI segments in seasons 5 and 6 was met with poor reception from fans.
    • The Art Shift for Season 8, along with an even more pronounced shift to a younger demographic, has been contentious with fans for a variety of reasons. Many fans hate the apparent whitewashing, with Aisha and Flora now being Ambiguously Brown (which was a criticism that was also directed at World of Winx), and the fact that the characters look more like children than ever in the new art style.
    • The return of Enchantix, the most popular transformation, in Season 8 was widely anticipated. Fans, however, immensely disliked the redesign, with the simplified details, more pink being added and less revealing outfits resulting in what was considered an inferior Transformation Sequence compared to its predecessors. A common complaint is that the transformation has lost the elegance it originally had, making it resemble Butterflix more than Enchantix. The iconic Enchantix theme being replaced with the less well liked movie version just made the fan reception even worse.
    • Many fans flew into a rage when the Trix were retconned into not being sisters (in spite of being confirmed to be triplets years ago by the creator and the show canonically having them as actual sisters) and that Icy was a princess of a frozen world with a younger sister, as it brought about many continuity errors and plot holes. Many loathe it not only because it's recycling Bloom's backstory, but also because it distorted Icy's character, trying to change her from a villain who liked being evil to a Woobie who only wants to save her home. Even though many of her actions and motivations since the beginning of Season 1 do not align whatsoever with what Season 8 is trying to establish her goals to be. Some fans are trying to find ways to prove that it's not a blatant retcon, twisting canon and using dubbing errors to match their theories. This is in spite of the fact that the creator of the show actually had the story all planned out and was going to end the series after Season 3 (with the first movie being the "grand finale" of the series), making the fact that this is a retcon even more obvious. The arguments are not pretty, and that's all that will be said about that.
    • Fans were not happy when early reports came out that Tecna and Aisha would be cut from the Live-Action Adaptation. This was made worse with the initial cast announcement, as it revealed that it was Tecna and Flora that were being cut, with Flora seemingly being replaced with a white girl named Terra.
  • 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.
    • Some fans would also like to see some of the comic-exclusive characters somehow be introduced to the main show, like Darko, Karel, Milly, Astrid, the Nymphs, Bloom's Diary...
    • Roxy, the Fairy of Animals. She's pretty much the reason Season 4 exists, yet by the time Season 5 rolls around, she was Demoted to Extra. Season 7, which focus on enchanted animals, gave her a bigger role at first, but she was demoted to Mission Control after Brafilius stole her Time Stone.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Some people thought that Mitzi becoming a dark fairy could have been much better and ended too quickly.
    • Season 3 revolves around the girls having to make a sacrifice for someone from their planet, which initially became a problem for Bloom, since she was the sole survivor of Domino. While there were a lot of ideas the show could have went with (reveal there were other survivors from Domino, save Daphne, save somebody from Earth and learn her adoptive home is just as important, make a sacrifice for the dimensions like Tecna, which would allow Domino a chance to be saved), it instead went with her earning her Enchantix by believing in herself hard enough. It is noted that the very next episode addresses this by revealing that her Enchantix was incomplete as a result, an issue that won't be rectified until Secret of the Lost Kingdom.
    • Likewise, the premise promised we'd get to see each of the girls' planets, but we still had to wait to see Zenith.
    • Aisha going blind in Season 3 could have been great buildup for character development and Aisha having to learn how to deal with being handicapped, as it tied in perfectly with her character and what she stood for: a girl that would always rush in to help others now needing to learn to accept help herself (not to mention her two main character arcs were her distrusting nature and her fear of the dark, which went along nicely with being blind making her wrapped in eternal darkness and forced to rely on her friends). Instead, it gets fixed literally two episodes later with a Deus ex Machina.
    • By the end of Season 4, the Winx Club had graduated from Alfea as young adults, Bloom had become engaged with Sky, and the club had started taking up mentorship roles with new younger fairies. Also, the Earth fairies had returned, bringing magic back to the realm with them. And then the following seasons proceeded to completely ignore everything in those last two sentences — the Winx suddenly started attending Alfea again with no explanation, characters like Tecna were reverted back to their pre-character development selves, Bloom's engagement subplot was dropped like a hot potato and new concepts and characters were either Demoted to Extra or gradually written out altogether.
    • Riven's backstory, which was only revealed in supplemental material, revealed that he was abandoned by his mother at a young age and forced to spend most of his childhood alone, which is why he's so rude and sexist. If this had ever been addressed in the show, Riven could have tried to work out his issues and attempt to become a better person. Musa could even have helped him with his problems and the two could have grown closer as a result. Instead, Riven just became such a huge Jerkass until Musa broke up with him and he was Put on a Bus for a whole season — after which, of course, they got back together again.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The CGI in seasons 5 and 6 often comes off as lifeless and soulless.
    • The pseudo 3D art-style used to promote the series between the end of Season 4 and halfway through Season 6. The Winx look absolutely dead in this style. It's also derided for being not representative of the series at all. As divisive as the later Fairy Couture style is, no fan wants to go back to this art.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: When we first meet Diaspro hanging out with Sky in season 1, we are supposed to sympathize with Bloom and see her as a villain trying to come between Bloom and Sky. However, while Diaspro is a bit of a snob, Bloom proceeds to attack her with very weak reasoning and without trying to understand the situation. We later find out Diaspro is Sky's fiancee, meaning he was cheating on both Bloom and Diaspro on top of lying to Bloom about his true identity. Diaspro had no idea who Bloom was or why she was being attacked and doesn't come off as much of a bad person at all with this context. Later seasons attempt to correct this by instead portraying Diaspro as a Rich Bitch and a Yandere, but the damage was already done.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Complaints about the Winx's outfits being too revealing (at least, for a show that targets young girls) come generally from United States and other non-continental European countries, as the local standards for what is considered risque clothing tend to be quite lax in comparison. Tellingly, the few stylistic complaints the show received in Europe were directed instead at more universal things, like the girls being drawn unhealthy thin or the romance element being given too much weight.
    • There's a scene where a straight-haired Ambiguously Brown girl has her hair turned into an afro. She freaks out and the others are disgusted by her hair. In Italy such a scene might not have meant much, but it couldn't pass in a place like America with so many black people and a lot of history involving kinky hair. As a result, the 4Kids dub had the girl freak out over her ''voice'' changing, not her hair.
  • Vindicated by History: Both fans and detractors of the 4Kids dub can agree that 4Kids treated the show well. Winx Club originally aired via over-the-air broadcast television on a major network. The worst treatment the FoxBox/4KidsTV block could give a show was having it air in the 7am EST slot, a time when the target audience might still be asleep.note  Even then, western markets air the block at a later time, while reruns got the same amount of promotion as new premieres.
What an Idiot!:
  • In Season 4, Episode 24, Nabu sacrifices himself, costing himself his life in the process. Aisha tries to use the Black Gift to revive him, but Orgon steals it and wastes it on a wilting flower, leaving Nabu to be Killed Off for Real. Bloom, who discovered she had healing powers early on, apparently Forgot About Her Powers and does nothing to at least save Nabu from dying.
  • Bloom has another idiot moment in season 6. Being happy to see an old friend you lost contact with is understandable. But when your old friend comes out of nowhere with zero explanation, you should ask some questions. Bloom trusted Selina instantly, which lets Selina fool Bloom into nearly poisoning Flora (possibly to death).
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • Some feel that season 7, particularly the removal of uncanny CGI segments, is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, the base was broken again by the end of it, and season 8's monumental shift in art and tone did not help.
    • Many of the Periphery Demographic were excited for World of Winx due to aiming for an older audience than the main series, with the characters looking and sounding more their age. The art style has been commended for using the already well received Winx Couture style as its base, and the animation has been lauded for being much more fluid than the show currently is.
  • The Woobie:
    • Mirta in the first season. She is the only Nice Girl among the witches, so nobody respects her at the school and she is bullied by 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!
    • Miele gets a Woobie moment in season 7. Flora forbids her from joining the Winx on a mission because of the danger. For some reason, Flora is overly harsh about it, and it's plainly obvious Miele's hurt by what she says. Flora only said it out of concern, but the harshness was not necessary.
  • Woolseyism:
    • Most dubs remove the narmful giggling that plagues the Transformation Sequences in Italian.
    • The English versions have Bloom call both her adoptive and biological parents her "real" parents.
    • The 4Kids dub changed a scene rife with Unfortunate Implications, so a scene in the original where a dark-skinned girl is in tears because her hair was magically turned from straight to an afro had the girl accidentally cast a spell that made her voice higher pitched, and Stella's straight blonde hair wasn't fawned over as it was in the original.
    • A scene where a spell ends up killing a character (who then comes back to life) was changed to a sleeping spell that he was able to wake up from in the 4Kids dub. Not only does this make the scene make more sense, it also would remove some of the plot holes that come up later in the series.

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