Aisha and Nabu: Why Their Relationship Clashed With Her Story

A few weeks ago, GermanSirenix wrote an Aisha/Nex appreciation post on his Instagram. This line about Aisha/Nabu got my attention:

Aisha would have probably settled down with Nabu, but I personally think that’s not really what she desired.

Neither do I.

A Flaw in Aisha’s Story

I realized something about Aisha. It might surprise you, or you might say, “Thank you, Captain Obvious.” Either way, here it is:

Her story was complete by the first episode of Winx season two. That’s right: her debut episode.

What did she want? To escape her prim-and-proper princess life “one way or another”. That’s what she told Musa and Stella in “The Invisible Pixies”(Winx season 2, episode 13).

But by the time she met the Winx, she’d already succeeded.

Let me explain by comparing her to…Nabu. After his parents told him they’d chosen Aisha to be his wife, he ran away from home. How did they react? They sent their guards to drag him back to Andros!

What about Aisha? We don’t know if she ran away or walked out the palace door, but she didn’t wanna go back to Andros, either. How did King Teredor and Queen Niobe react? Did they follow her? Did they send mermaids or servants after her?

Nope.

They did nothing to stop her. They even let her enroll in a school on another planet.

Congratulations, Aisha! Your parents don’t give a hoot what you do with your life! You’re free! Now what?

Obstacle Course

Starting in Winx season three, Rainbow introduced random obstacles and conflicts into her story. Valtor attacking Andros was Conflict/Obstacle #1. The second and arguably more memorable one was her arranged marriage to Nabu.

You’d think an independent girl like her who wanted to choose her own guy would never give in. But Rainbow went with the “Perfectly Arranged Marriage” trope because a Winx can’t be single for more than one season. In Winx season four, her story revolved around her relationship with Nabu instead of her character goal, since she’s never had one.

Winx season 4, episode 26: Aisha crying over Nabu

Then he died. That was Conflict/Obstacle #2. In Winx season five and six, her planet got attacked again, this time by her cousin, and two guys fought for her affection. (because everyone loves love triangles).

Instead of turning Aisha’s life into a series of unfortunate events, Rainbow could have drawn inspiration from Bloom’s story. No, I don’t mean another lost kingdom or missing family member. They’ve done that plot to death! But if you put Aisha and Bloom’s stories side by side, you might notice they’re basically the same, but inverted.

Aisha vs. Bloom: A Tale of Two Princesses

Bloom grew up as an ordinary girl on a non-magical planet. Because of her love of fairies, she dreamed of an extraordinary life. As she told Faragonda and Griselda in “Welcome to Magix” (Winx season 1, episode 2):

I’ve always wanted to be a fairy with all my heart, and now I can make my dream come true.

Not only did it come true, but she also discovered she was royalty: the long-lost princess of Domino. Plus, Prince Sky of Eraklyon fell in love with her and asked for her hand in marriage. That never would have happened if she’d stayed on Earth. Thus, she got the “happily after ever” she thought only existed in fairy tales.

Meanwhile, Aisha already had a fairy tale life — and she couldn’t stand it.

She grew up as a fairy princess on a magical planet. Because of her restrictive childhood, she wanted to feel what it was like to be an ordinary girl. Remember what Stella told her in “The Invisible Pixies”?

Don’t worry. We’ll make sure you get to have fun…

So, to recap:

  • Bloom grew up as a normal girl on a non-magical planet (Earth). Aisha grew up as a fairy princess on a magical planet (Andros).
  • Bloom had a normal childhood (plenty of freedom). Aisha had an abnormal childhood (no freedom).
  • Bloom wanted to be extraordinary (a fairy). Aisha wanted to be ordinary (a normal girl who gets to have fun).

Bloom accomplished her goal by becoming a fairy princess, what Aisha started off as (and still is, of course). Marrying a prince is a bonus that fits Bloom’s story. He can help her get used to her new life as a princess, since she doesn’t have formal training in royal etiquette.

How can Aisha, a fairy princess, become an ordinary girl like Bloom was? Technically, she can’t. She’d have to give up the throne of Andros, but we know she doesn’t want to.

Winx season 8, episode 13 - Helia holding Flora’s hands, Nex lifting Aisha

What she can do, however, is marry an ordinary guy. He can’t make her ordinary, but he can balance out her life with some normalcy and a fresh perspective.

The Ordinary is Extraordinary

Was Nabu ordinary? No. Sure, being a wizard is ordinary in the Magic Dimension — you know, where most people have magic powers — but he had the same abnormal background as Aisha. He came from a rich family, had strict parents, and grew up with little freedom and few friends.

Nabu would have made more sense as a love interest for Bloom, since she craved an extraordinary life. Marrying a rich wizard would definitely count to a girl who grew up on a planet where wizards are nothing but fictional characters from novels and D&D. Plus, he was a prince in the Winx comics.

But Aisha already had an extraordinary life. She wanted the opposite: the ordinary. Coincidentally, so did Nabu, so neither of them could have fulfilled the other’s deepest desires. They may have fallen in love because of how similar they were, but they needed people who differed from them.

For Aisha, that’s Nex. They have enough in common to bond over, but he also adds something new — and ordinary — to her life. And to her, the ordinary is extraordinary.

When I look at screenshots of Aisha staring lovingly at him — the sheltered fairy princess and her commoner boyfriend — I think to myself, “It’s about time.” This feels like the most natural direction for her story. She may have taken four seasons to get there, but better late than never.

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Sirenix-Winx
October 13, 2019 7:15 am

I might have found a flaw in Aisha’s background story, too.
In Season 2 she hated being a princess, because of her helicopter parents.
They were extremely strict, dominant, overprotective, freedom taking, etc).
But in the Seasons after that, especially in the newer ones, she seems ok with it!
What happenend? Maybe it’s just me, and i missed something,
but is there really a step missing here? :/ In Season 5 for example, she’s back to Andros palace
with a big smile on her face and is happy to see her parents again.
I thought she despised them. Suddenly she acts like a
responsible princess, while she ran away from it earlier.
And what happenend that made her parents switch from helicopter parents
to loveable and understanding parents? Where’s the build-up?
In most cases, toxic parents are just flat out toxic, and don’t change.

Will N.
Will N.
October 13, 2019 7:56 am

I have noticed this too with the inverted stories, however I never thought that Nabu would have made a better potential Bloom love interest (and maybe that would have cost her some plot armor) , but it makes sense.
Also I could see Aisha relinquishing her title provided that since the two kingdoms of Andros are united…Nereus could be ruling both with unlimited tail/leg switching ability at some point, but Aisha is in the category main characters that don’t get everything they want because they need somebody to give a cardboard box to since they can’t really knock her or Bloom out of the sky without it being dramatic.

Will N.
Will N.
Reply to  Tori
October 13, 2019 8:21 pm

I really hate the vagueness. Although I do agree that Nabu does fit better with Bloom’s story than Aisha…but their commonness probably would be misperception of the magic world outside their storybook, but yeah…Nex is still the best suitor of Aisha overall…and Bloom wouldn’t have that much else in common. Next, sometimes ordinary can be extraordinary. Now with that angle of Aisha…that would parallel to Morgana. It was the reason Morgana left for Gardenia afterall….Klaus was just the final push.

Also…I really dislike the insistence of Muri even within the universe itself. Though at least this time *Spoiler warning for those not keeping up with the English Winx channel every Friday or not following on RAI Play…* … Ho-boe is implied to have been through this before…so does that mean Matlin was just as difficult somehow? Nice to see a parental perspective, but good grief…would it be possible to have Musa stay single for once? Well at least now their willing to talk, but it seems…too little, too late.

Maybe a couples analysis series would be something fun for Valentine’s week in February…with only the existing couples as they are now. Everyone needs to ask Tecna and Timmy for relationship advice. That would solve so many issues.

NerdyPrincesses2 Mollz
NerdyPrincesses2 Mollz
Reply to  Tori
October 15, 2019 7:42 am

Wait, hold up. The fandom has started harrassing voice actors? Wow. When did this happen, and how bad was it? Do I want to know?

I didn’t think Flora’s VA was even that bad, so it’s annoying that the fandom is just lashing out at people who aren’t even involved in the writing or animating processes.

Will N.
Will N.
Reply to  Tori
October 14, 2019 9:47 pm

it set me off too. to the point that Muri was stated as perfect in the comments as usual…and also as usual whenever a different idea is presented…how dare anyone presents a different idea…can’t even present a different idea for Bloom dating someone who isn’t Sky either…and the minority gets accused of not watching the show simply because their opinion is different and that any pairing other than the one that is presented wouldn’t work….ever…even though we all know Bloom would be happy with any red fountain student…because she’s Bloom. As for Muri? What could possibly be perfect about abuse and why did they have to make Muri look like some freaky deja vu thing?

knight7572
October 16, 2019 6:32 am

when i first heard about it on the sirenix-winx blog this was my reaction and still is
‘the people who did this to flora’s actress in the winx fanworld should be ashamed of themselves since this is why social media is probably one of the things that brings out the worst in people but this is a new low for the fanworld even after everything we seen over the last few years’

WinxForever
WinxForever
Reply to  knight7572
October 19, 2019 3:09 pm

I have heard about Miss Eliot Salt getting harassed and I feel ashamed. We, the Winx fans, could achieve so much if we weren’t so toxic. We, as a human species, could save the planet if we weren’t so fucking stupid. We could live an easy life if we just accepted and respected each other instead of (for example) sending bombs to our neighbours.

Yes, the “social media” stuff has made us more anti-social and more evil.

Not everything was great in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s but at least we – somewhat – knew what was right and what was wrong back then. But now? Now we harass those who were casted as the first live-action Winx fairies because they “aren’t Asian/Hispanic enough” or because they “aren’t skinny enough”. Now we harass them because they get to play the roles we want to play.

Now we go after INNOCENT people while at the same time protecting criminals. Now we cheer for a neo-nazi who views women as trophies, who denies climate change, who can’t even spell his own name right.

Say what you want about Barack Obama, agree or disagree about his politics, but at least this man had DIGNITY and RESPECT, and that alone makes him a better politician than A̶d̶o̶l̶f̶ Donald Trump ever will be.

I feel sorry for Eliot Salt (and for the other bullying victims as well). Miss Salt doesn’t deserve any hate, she is perfect the way she is (and if I had the opportunity to meet her and the other cast members, I would).

It’s always the innocents that have to pay for the stupidity of the morally-corrupted.

Not only do we humans destroy each other, we also murder animals and plants. How can one species be so evil and ignorant? How can we advance in technological and medical fields, while losing empathy at the same time? Are we destined to become robots just for the sake of technological innovations?

No wonder the Vulcans (or any other alien species that might be out there in the universe) haven’t made contact with us humans. If I were an alien species and I encountered this planet, I would immediately reverse course and go to maximum warp to get the hell out of the solar system, just to avoid making contact with humanity.

And if I, a lowly human, think this way about my own species, how would an advanced alien race think about all of us?

serena
serena
Reply to  WinxForever
January 17, 2022 11:43 am

why bring politics to this

knight7572
Reply to  knight7572
October 16, 2019 6:35 am

honestly i start to wonder if social media wasn’t one of the biggest mistakes our species has ever made

knight7572
Reply to  Tori
October 16, 2019 7:59 am

yeah without social media the toxicity in fandoms wouldn’t have a platform

WinxClubForever
WinxClubForever
October 20, 2019 7:26 am

My comment didn’t make it. 🙁

WinxForever
WinxForever
Reply to  Tori
October 20, 2019 8:57 am

I did comment here as well, about an hour or so after the other comment. It was a bit long and I was mentioning Eliot Salt. Looks like the website might have deleted it automatically. Oh well, it’s not the end of the world.

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October 20, 2019 8:35 am

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Secrets
Secrets
May 2, 2020 6:10 am

You know the part where you mentioned ” an independent girl choosing who she loves”? That is exactly what I suddenly I thought of. When you mention this, I suddenly could see how Nex has the higher chance to be her long-time boyfriend compared to Nabu.

1 How she met both of them
Nabu: She caught him spying on her and the others in the shuttle. While Nabu is the kind hearted guy, what he is doing is basically stalking her, which is something that Aisha ( or anyone) finds it weird to be meeting your partner in this way.
Nex: She met him on the Linphea college. Sure, he is somewhat competitive but he didn’t stalk Aisha before this. ( Stalking someone persistently is freaky. Nex didn’t resort to this to meet her.)

2. How her relationship develop with both of them
Nabu: He started off as the man her parents arranged her to be married off too. After that, they eventually fell in love with one another because of their similarities.
Nex: He slowly developed his relationship with her through doing activities with her and trying to know her ( bear with me, I might be wrong cause it’s been a long time since I watched season 6).

For this one, my point is that Nex is the guy who she met with in her own freewill ( of course, it also has to do with his persistence.), unlike Nabu who was arranged to be marry to her in the beginning. So, if she were to continue on with Nabu, it doesn’t feel natural to me. I mean yes, they are compatible with one another. But, wouldn’t this love story be just another arranged marriage gone perfectly scene? Also, like you said, continuing on with this love story clashes with her ” I want to choose the person I love” mentality? I also think that Rainbow would want to avoid the arranged marriage story. ( In real life, these things happened.) to emphasize that a woman gets to choose who she wants to spend her life with.

As for Nex and her, the way the relationship starts was based on freewill from both side. As in , he is not arranged by someone close to her to marry her. She found him on her own freewill. Isn’t that a more natural love story then continuing on with a man that she fell in love with who isn’t what she choose in the beginning?

So, yeah. Nex x Aisha seemed more natural to me.

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Secrets
May 20, 2020 9:07 am

Actually, I sometimes think that the reason why fans prefer Nabu to be Aisha’s one and only comes from their strong desire for a love story gone perfectly. In real life, not everybody ( or even none ) will ever just married the person they fell in love the first place. I guessed the fans just wanted to have that perfect fiction to fall back on because they might not even get such an event happening in their life. If Aisha sticks with Nabu, then voila. You have all six WinX with their respective beaus living happily forever. ( I believed it’s like what you mentioned a love story with minimal conflict.).

The same goes with Musa and Riven too…

PastelFae
PastelFae
July 25, 2020 1:43 am

Amazing article!

Christopher Merrill
Christopher Merrill
October 13, 2020 9:48 am

So I’m guessing your a Nex stan who thinks all of the other relationships Aisha has had are bad.

Solar Crown
Solar Crown
Reply to  Christopher Merrill
October 29, 2020 1:09 pm

What’s wrong with being a Nex stan? I’m sorry but Nex didn’t do anything wrong or morally questionable, UNLIKE RIVEN. Or, even better, unlike Icy. The same Icy who got her stupid redemption arc and the fans suddenly forgot about what was she doing during SIX SEASONS.
Not to be rude, but if Nabu has stans despite Rainbow didn’t develop his character that well (heck, they didn’t probably even plan him as a temporary boyfriend for Aisha!) AND if Riven has stans, then what’s wrong with Nex having stans?

Solar Crown
Solar Crown
Reply to  Tori
October 30, 2020 9:18 am

Actually I didn’t think of Nex much but I loved the relationship with Aisha but since season 7 I think he’s my favourite.

Christopher Merrill
Christopher Merrill
October 28, 2020 2:44 am

Now I see why people didn’t like Nex or Roy. And yes it was because of the fact that they killed off Nabu but more importantly before people see this as oh your just another Nabu stan which I am not, sure I prefer Naisha(Nabu x Aisha) but people fail to understand we had just met Nabu the season before he died and knew a small spec about him and then Season 4 happened right when he proposed to Aisha then he died and to make sure he wasn’t going to come back they wrote in the whole Ogron pouring the Black Gift on a dead flower which was a dick move on Rainbow and Iginio’s part mainly because A. they brought racial things into the matter as to why Nabu was killed off(which is what most arguments between Nex vs Roy vs Nabu often are about or mainly because of their personalities.) And why Aisha suffered more than the other girls. B. Aisha only grieved for one epsiode of Season 5 and then it was like Nabu never existed in the first place and Roy was in the picture and I don’t know why they added both Nabu and Roy to the Specialists when it was made clear they didn’t go to Red Fountain. Then the god awful season 6 and Thoren and Nex were introduced(I don’t like Thoren or the fact they retconned Daphne’s sacrifice to she was cursed by Sirenix.) then Nex and Roy bullshitty love triangle. Roy vanished and Nexisha was born. It would have been a lot more interesting if they killed off Sky or Riven and it would have hit a lot harder because both have been here since the very beginning and with Riven trying to change his ways and Sky being engaged to Bloom also more Roxy screen time to save her mentor. Also Romi Dames doing more emotional scenes for Musa and scenes for Tecna because she’s a Winx too. So this is why I feel indiffer to Nexisha because of the fact of how rainbow executed Nabu and his character arc with Aisha also Roy x Nex would have been a true Yin-Yang couple given their personalities and made for better character scenes well in my opinion watch this video (the beginning) for a more in depth of what I’m trying to get across here

Christopher Merrill
Christopher Merrill
October 28, 2020 2:55 am

Also someone I could see dating Bloom is Selina literally the have a better chemistry than whatever Bloom and Sky have and It would have given both Bloom and Selina more character and backstory. Also this me saying Bloom is high key bi and was in love with Selina before she left and seeing her again reignited those feelings.

Also I know they don’t have any scenes besides the ones they have but Musando(Musa/Orlando) is my otp for Musa. It was refreshing to see Musa not argue for almost every scene she was in.