I mentioned this in the Aisha/Nabu post: Aisha doesn’t have a character goal, which means her story has no overarching plot. That’s why a lot of random stuff happens to her.
Let’s back up. What is a character goal? Simply put, it’s what the character wants or what they’re trying to achieve. Most of the other Winx had concrete goals from the beginning:
- Bloom’s goal was to figure out where she came from and find her birth parents.
- Stella is the only Winx who had a misguided goal: to make her parents remarry. Of course, she actually needed to learn to accept their divorce.
- Musa’s goal was to become a musician.
- Tecna’s goal was to learn to be swayed by emotion. She’s the only Winx who needed a love interest in order to accomplish her goal. Love is the most powerful emotion — and the most illogical. To allow herself to fall in love with Timmy, Tecna had to ignore her logical mind and follow her heart.
What about Flora? She’s just like Aisha: no character goal. We don’t even know what Flora wants to do with her life! (I don’t think Rainbow knows, either!) Thus, her story has also become a series of random events that often involve her love interest (Helia) or her family (Miele or her parents).
An Invisible Target
In “The Invisible Pixies” (Winx season 2, episode 13), Aisha told Stella, Musa, and the Pixies what we thought was her character goal. She wanted to escape her sheltered royal life on Andros. The problem is she’d already done that before she met the Winx, since her parents didn’t stop her from leaving or force her to come back.
She also wanted everyone to accept her for who she is, but do you remember a moment where they didn’t accept her? Where they treated what made her different as a problem? I don’t.
Plus, she gets along well with her parents. (I think Sirenix-Winx has mentioned this, too.) An exception was when they tried to force her into an arranged marriage, but why wouldn’t she be mad about that?
So what is the point of Aisha’s story? What is she really aiming for?
We know she wants to be a good princess, but that’s not unique to her. Bloom and Stella are also princesses, and I’m sure they wanna make their people proud, too. (Aisha seems more motivated, though.)
What does she want that no one else wants?
Marrying Nabu Was NOT Her Character Goal
I’m not surprised some Winx fans think marrying Nabu is Aisha’s character goal. After all, that’s the first ending Rainbow set up for her. Nothing else in her story since then — including her relationship with Nex — has felt like it’s building to something. (That’s because Winx Club itself isn’t building to anything.)
A fan on Winx Wiki once told me Aisha has “lost her way” without Nabu. (Was he her fiancé or her god? ?) They were right, but not in the way they meant it. Rainbow needs to give her a new destination — a true ending to her story.
But Nabu was just the first act. I don’t think they ever planned for Aisha to marry him (or anyone like him). Rather, they created him because of a dilemma in Winx season three.
What was it? I’ll talk about it next time.