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?
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?
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.
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.
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.