You Can’t Hurry Love: Aisha’s Most Unique Relationship

Aisha is impatient. Her profile in Winx Club: Guida al Mondo Magico lists it as her main flaw: “She can’t wait: sometimes, she doesn’t have much patience.” But it’s not just when she’s mixing potions or chopping vegetables. She’s impatient in her relationships, too.

Simply put, she rushes things. She doesn’t get to know the guy before she decides she’s meant to be with him forever. Worse, she becomes obsessed with him and will give up anything for him: her friends, her education, her desires, even the traits that make her unique. All that matters is her beau.

The worst part is she only gets like this with guys who aren’t right for her.

The Womanizer and the Misogynist

Winx Comic #30: "Un Ragazzo Per Aisha" (A Boyfriend for Aisha, a.k.a. "Love for Layla") -- Aisha has it bad for Jordan
Winx comic #30: Aisha has it bad for Jordan

In Winx comic #30, “Un Ragazzo Per Aisha” (A Boyfriend for Aisha, a.k.a. “Love for Layla”), she fell in love with a Specialist named Jordan after one afternoon with him. The Pixies tried to warn her he was a player, but she didn’t believe them:

AMORE: Jordan is having you on! Don’t fall in love with him!
CHATTA: He has lots of other girlfriends! We heard him!
AISHA: What? What do you know about Jordan?
AMORE: Emm, well, actually…a friend told us who had heard it from…
AISHA: Ha ha ha! And you believe this gossip? Jordan is a wonderful guy, I know it! And I’m going to have him all to myself!

This shows another of Aisha’s weaknesses: when she’s gaga for a guy, she ignores any red flags. That’s typical in a new relationship, but it also gets her into troubling situations like in comic #71: “Il Coraggio di Aisha” (Aisha’s/Layla’s Courage).

Desperate not to lose her boyfriend Silvan, she left Alfea and moved into an apartment near the airbase where he worked. She even found a job there to maximize the time she could spend with him. But it was all for nothing. Not only did he keep standing her up (which he was already doing before she rearranged her life for him), but he was also a misogynist.

AISHA: You didn’t tell him what you really happened!
SILVAN: Aisha*, child, you don’t want to show me up! Actually, it’s a good thing you came with me…but you’re a woman, and we’re talking about my career here! Get on with it, okay?


Turns out Aisha may not just be impatient. She may also be too stubborn or afraid to leave an unhappy relationship. Even though Silvan kept skipping dates, she stayed. Even though her boss and her coworker shared their concerns about him, she stayed. It wasn’t until he started degrading her that she finally dumped him.

(Side note: for the Winx fans who think that Nex is a womanizer and a misogynist, here‘s a post that compares him to Jordan and Silvan and explains how he’s different.)

What About Nabu?

Okay, Jordan and Silvan were jerks, but Nabu wasn’t. He was perfect. There was nothing wrong with Aisha’s relationship with him, right?

I beg to differ. Not only did she act impatient and immature with him as well, but she also lost herself.

First, her personality changed. She turned into an easily impressed fangirl who talked like a Shakespeare character (“Nabu, my sweet!”). Even Stella noticed the change and told her, “Aisha, don’t be a baby!” Role reversal much?

Second, Aisha neglected her friends to be with Nabu. In “Winx Club Forever!” (Winx season 4, episode 11), we learned she had been leaving often to go on dates. She even missed Tecna’s presentation about their mission. Stella called Aisha out on it when she came home:

…if you spent a little time with us instead of your Nabu, you might know what’s going on!

The other characters sided with Aisha and wrote Stella off as jealous and judgmental, but she was actually right. The Winx and their boyfriends weren’t on vacation. They were on Earth for two reasons: to protect Roxy and defeat the Wizards of the Black Circle. That didn’t mean they couldn’t have fun on their downtime, but it sounds like Aisha’s priorities were askew.

The other Winx couples weren’t going out as often. That’s not because Aisha and Nabu loved each other more — it’s because the other couples had a better sense of moderation, which develops after a couple grows out of the honeymoon phase. Couples who are still in that phase feel like they need to be together all the time. So while the Winx fandom thinks Aisha and Nabu were a mature couple, their behavior showed otherwise.

Finally, Aisha gave up her own desires in order to stay with Nabu. As GermanSirenix wrote on Instagram:

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

Neither do I. When she debuted in Winx season two, did you expect her to end up living in a condo on Earth with a wizard her parents forced her to marry? (Yes, “forced”. We’ll talk about that in a moment.)

I think the Nabu chapter of her story was a consequence of her lack of a character goal. Without one, it’s hard to tell what she wants and what types of characters can help her get it. But we know what she wanted for her love life, and as I’ll talk about in a moment, Nabu didn’t fit the bill.

By the way, what happened after he died? She threw herself at Roy (and Silvan in the comics) while she was still grieving. Think she was ready for another relationship yet? Definitely not. (I won’t talk about Aisha and Roy because I have an entire series about why I don’t support them. More posts are coming, by the way.)

“When the Right Time Comes…”

Remember what Aisha told her mother in “The Red Tower” (Winx season 3, episode 21)?

…I don’t care about tradition. Anyway, I’m too young to think about marriage, and when the right time comes, I’ll choose my guy.


  • She wanted to marry when she was ready, not when her parents wanted her to.
  • She wanted to choose her own husband instead of her parents choosing him for her (as was tradition).

I’ll say it again: doesn’t this sound reasonable? It showed despite her impatience, she had the right idea about relationships. She knew she needed time to mature, and then she could find the right guy for herself.

But Rainbow didn’t give her that chance in Winx season three. Instead, they looked for loopholes to bypass her convictions so she’d end up with Nabu, anyway. After all, she couldn’t end the series single.

The two of them were still teenagers when they met (about 17 or 18). Yes, some people get married that young, but as Aisha said, she wasn’t ready yet. How did Rainbow get around this? They had her and Nabu’s parents delay the arranged marriage. Why the sudden change of heart after spending most of the season pressuring the kids? Who knows! Rainbow didn’t explain it.

What about Aisha choosing her own guy? That loophole is the point of the Perfectly Arranged Marriage trope. It creates the illusion that the partners chose each other instead of being forced into a relationship. As TV Tropes put it:

It’s not a violation of free will if [they] both want to get married, after all.

Of course, it ignores the fact that if they had gotten to choose their own partners, they may not have chosen each other. In fact, they may not have even met! So the arranged marriage still influenced their decision. We know that was true of Aisha and Nabu since he stalked her to get to know her after his parents told him about her. (How do you get to know someone through a telescope in the bushes?)

So at the end of Winx season three, Aisha gave in to a centuries-old tradition she didn’t agree with and was about to marry a guy she didn’t choose before she was ready for a relationship. What kind of happily ever after is that?

How Aisha’s Relationship With Nex is Different

The first sign Aisha’s relationship with Nex would be different was in his character description:

Nex will be very impressed by Aisha’s strong attitude and gradually fall in love with her, trying to impress her in every way. Only when Nex is in mortal danger and needs help will Aisha discover she really loves him.

Translated by DeepL

The keyword is “gradually”. Nex has been attracted to Aisha since the moment they met, but it took time for his feelings to blossom into love. Yes, Winx fandom, he fell in love with her, too. Maybe that’s why at their date in “A Friend From The Past” (Winx season 7, episode 5), he said she conquered his heart, not the other way around.

As for Aisha, look what the description says about her feelings: “Only when Nex is in mortal danger and needs help will Aisha discover she really loves him.” This line refers to “Legendary Duel” (Winx season 6, episode 24), when Icy almost sealed Nex in an ice coffin. Aisha freaked out.

“Nex! No!”

But instead of dodging it, he whacked the ice beam back at Icy with his halberd. The impact knocked her out of Aisha’s way so that the couple could fly to Gloomy Wood. You remember the rest. She freed the Pixies from the Legendarium World, and during their celebration, she confessed to Nex how scared she was when Icy attacked him.

AISHA: You know, Nex…when Icy hurled that magic against you…well, I…

Nex knew she was trying to say, and he thanked her by taking her hand.

So for the first time, Aisha didn’t fall in love with her boyfriend right away or in a couple of days. It took months in-universe, during which she got to know him and formed a bond with him.

As for the number of episodes, Nex debuted in episode 3: “The Flying School”. They became a couple in episode 24, so their relationship developed over 21 episodes. Did they interact in every episode? No. But he appeared in several of them with no long gaps (only two or three episodes in a row), and he and Aisha shared enough moments together to justify their relationship.

If you don’t remember those moments, check out Winxdreaming’s awesome Aisha/Nex video. (ADDED: Also, here’s a full breakdown of their love story in season six in a later post I wrote.)

The weird thing is the Winx fandom is so used to Aisha rushing things now, they think she’s supposed to! She meets a guy and dashes to the altar with him. If not, she either doesn’t love him, or, according to one fan I met on Instagram, she’s still in love with the last guy (Nabu, not Roy). That’s how it works, right?

No. She did that because of her impulsiveness and her inexperience with love, but she’s more mature now. Besides, what’s the hurry? To quote Friar Lawrence from Romeo and Juliet (the modern translation):

Therefore, love each other in moderation. That is the key to long-lasting love.
Too fast is as bad as too slow.

It’s truth in poetry. The average couple dates for about five years before getting married, and studies have shown the longer a couple dates, the less likely they are to divorce. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? They’ve been around each other more, so they know each other’s personalities and behavior better than a newer couple would.

Aisha and Nex have known each other for three years and have dated for two. They’re on the right track. When they’re ready to get married, they’ll know.

3 More Ways Aisha and Nex’s Relationship is Different

1. They met unexpectedly.

Aisha and Nex met by chance, another first for her and her boyfriend.

“Nuh-uh!” you say. “She met Nabu unexpectedly, too!”

She did, but he didn’t. He stalked her. No, I’m not using that word to make it sound worse than it was. In “Valtor’s Box” (Winx season 3, episode 18), Stella called him “an adorable stalker”. So there was nothing unexpected about it.

Same with Jordan, Silvan, and Roy. In those cases, she was looking for them, or someone else arranged for them to meet.

  • The Pixies set up her date with Jordan.
  • The night before Aisha met Silvan (again), she saw a vision of his plane crashing in a river. The next day, she and the Winx found him and rescued him. Also, she and Silvan were childhood friends, so they already knew each other.
  • Aisha’s father sent Roy to give the Winx a pink yacht. Also, he worked her father, so he at least knew about her.

But when Aisha and Nex went to Lynphea College in “The Flying School”, they were just living their lives. Neither one expected to meet the person they’ll likely marry one day.

He made a bad first impression, though, which brings me to Point #2…

2. Rainbow designed Nex to mature alongside her.

In “Was Nabu a Mary Sue? Pt. II” (on the other blog), I shared Tokio Fiction’s tips for writing a love interest who’s not a “Soul Mate Sue” (their name for a Relationship Sue). One tip was, “Give the love interest flaws.” Why does a love interest, or any character, need flaws? The obvious answer is, “Because no one’s perfect.” To quote Timmy in “The Crystal Labyrinth” (Winx season 3, episode 22):

Everyone has a dark side to their character. Vanity, pride…

But there’s also a narrative reason to give a character flaws: so they can lose them. Flaws, especially major and fatal ones, exist so the characters have something to change about themselves, which usually happens through their stories. Characters need flaws so that they can grow.

For a love interest, their relationship inspires them to grow. That’s why Rainbow made Nex arrogant. Do you think they did it for the fun of it? Or because they wanted to create a so-called unlikeable character? Of course not! They wanted Aisha to influence him and help him curb his flaws.

His character description even hinted at this:

He thinks every girl is bound to fall in love with him: this won’t work with Aisha, who will not only be annoyed by his arrogance but will challenge him and beat him.

His Winx Guide profile also says that “sometimes, he thinks he’s the best at everything”. Aisha proved that he’s not, which knocked him down a few pegs. That was the point all along.

Winx Club Season 8: Nex Reassures Aisha After Her Speech

Of course, she has flaws, too, and Nex has strengths to help her grow. We saw an example of this in the first Sirenix arc in Winx season eight. He’s more social than her, so when she withdrew in her time of need, he helped her understand she doesn’t have to fix her problems by herself.

That’s another reason to give a love interest flaws: to create a balanced couple. Aisha and Nex complement each other and bring out the best in each other.

3. Aisha and Nex have a unique couple dynamic.

About four years ago, Rainbow released a DVD/activity book combo called “Magico Amore” (Magical Love). The book gave each of the couples an unofficial title:

  • Bloom and Sky, The Invincible Couple (La Coppia Invincibile): Because they’re the couple who will never, ever, ever break up…even if it might be for the best. ?
  • Stella and Brandon, The Bickering Couple (La Coppia Litigarella): Um… isn’t that Musa and Riven?
  • Flora and Helia, The Romantic Couple (La Coppia Romantica): Kinda plain, but it fits.
  • Tecna and Timmy, The Timid Couple (La Coppia Timida): Sure. This works, too.
  • Musa and…Orlando, The Impossible Couple (La Coppia Impossibile): Oh, c’mon, Rainbow! ? (Yeah, this was during season seven.)

What about Aisha and Nex? They were “The Tenacious Couple” (La Coppia Tenace), the couple who never gives up. It fits them, but I think I’ll stick with their new title from season eight: “The Power Couple”. We’ve never had a couple like that in Winx Club before.

It might seem weird that I’m saying this since I complained about it several months ago. I said Rainbow needs to inject more romance into their love story. Do I still think so? Yes. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized being a battle couple suits their personalities better.

My question is why didn’t Rainbow think of this for Aisha before? She and Nabu were cute and all, but sappy couples are a dime a dozen. Don’t me get wrong. They’re wonderful to watch, but not all couples are like that. Plus, we already had Flora and Helia (and arguably, Bloom and Sky).

Aisha’s relationship with Nex feels more natural for her than a mushy one. Maybe that’s why it feels like she’s acting like herself this time, as opposed to how out of character she acted with Nabu. That doesn’t mean she and Nex aren’t romantic; they’ve had lots of beautiful moments throughout the series, especially in season eight.

But I think an unconventional girl like her deserves an unconventional relationship. Any couple can be lovey-dovey, but not just any can be a power couple.

This is it. This is the relationship that best fits Aisha’s story and character. It took Rainbow six seasons to figure it out, but I think she’d agree it was worth the wait.

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Solar Crown
Solar Crown
October 9, 2020 6:13 am

It’s funny how Nex got hate for no reason but everyone ignores who Silvian was, I AM SO GLAD THAT SILVIAN WAS NOT IN THE ANIMATED WINX SERIES.
Aisha was strong and independent but Season 4 threw that LITERALLY out of the window. Which is one of reasons why I STILL dislike this season A LOT. (Along with seasons 2 and 6, but going back to topic:). Another mistake that Rainbow did is that there wasn’t even A YEAR since Nabu died yet Aisha had to MEET ROY I don’t want to sound like a typical “you like seasons 5 and 6? YOU ARE NOT A REAL WINX FAN!!! (God I despise this ?) but I don’t get HOW people liked Roy, we BARELY saw him and he didn’t even get that much screentime or development to judge if he’s likeable!
It saddens me how the fandom doesn’t even think once that the whole Nabu death arc may be done on purpose. Like, Aisha had two boyfriends. EXACTLY, Aisha’s plot WAS REALISTIC (!) unique. She lost her close one and had to learn how to grief and move on with life, and a long time after that, she started having a new, more mature, relationship. And, my dear people, THIS IS HOW REAL LIFE WORKS for some people. Basically Rainbow put a real life topic on Aisha and made her plot on romances more unique than the rest of the Winx and “their chosen ones”. Too bad that people ignore it.

October 9, 2020 7:14 am

I don’t get why people think Aisha X Nabu was a beautiful and romantic love-story. She literally was going to marry her stalker. Think about what a message that is to kids. They totally romanticized the whole stalker thing, and said it was an act of true love. And totally dismissing that it’s creepy. Rainbow should stop romanticizing toxic and unhealthy relationships. They already did this alot with Musa X Riven. It’s toxic positivity.

Reply to  SirenixWinx
October 10, 2020 3:48 pm

to be honest the whole stalker bit with Nabu’s character was something i never liked

Reply to  Tori
June 12, 2021 4:06 pm

Nabu wasn’t prefect, he was a boy with deep seated trust issues, he didn’t trust his parents opinion on who he should marry, he actively stalked Aisha. I didn’t cry for his death either but literally every single Winx Fan I meet claims they did, and it like it was… Sad. I ratherly cry over fictional characters, anyways. And while I don’t feel like Nabu had to be in the show, to make more realistic, I think that Aisha moving on after the death was realistic, she cannot stay stuck for ever because Nabu died, I feel her pain, her sadness, her anger, I was like Shut up Bloom (who I love by the way) when she told Aisha this isn’t the way, don’t average his death, honestly I like Aisha in so many ways, sporty and tempuratemeny but caring to my family, like Aisha is to hers, Piff is her baby.

Aisha a tomboy, an althelte but she cares about people, your right, we get too focused on Characters in Modes, I even tried to do this with myself in real life, and it caused me alot of discomfort and questioning myself.

Will N
Will N
Reply to  Tori
November 15, 2020 5:20 pm

“Beware the nice ones” in the magic universe could be translated as “And that’s why Flora’s the second strongest Winx.” To put it nicely.

Will N
Will N
Reply to  Will N
November 23, 2020 3:18 pm

@ Secrets, supposedly she’s the second strongest because of her being the nature fairy. Personally i don’t buy that all that much. If anything i go with what Faragonda said about it. Bloom & Daphne, Stella, Aisha, Musa, Flora & Roxy, Tecna. This is the order used in Shadowhaunt adjusted to include Daphne and Roxy and would be the most logical. Life as a whole (Bloom, so many people dismiss her as just a fire fairy, we forget she can actually do more than fireballs if she wanted to), Weather (Daphne) then the individual parts to survive Light (Stella), Water (Aisha), Air (Musa) and food (Flora and Roxy) then tools (Tecna).

Reply to  Will N
November 17, 2020 4:36 am

yeah the first thing you notice about the winx is the nice ones are the most powerful for many though its also the last

Reply to  Will N
November 17, 2020 1:50 am

She is only the second strongest only when she is furious or enraged. Otherwise, it’s kind of hard to see how she’s the second strongest.

Disclaimer: This is just an analysis of her. She’s my fave WinX.

Reply to  Tori
October 11, 2020 8:20 am

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Solar Crown
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Reply to  Tori
October 9, 2020 8:58 am

Seriously? And people STILL saying that “the older oldschool Winx seasons taught better values!!!!” ? WHAT?!

I’m sorry for sounding like an adult who goes with “ENTERTAINMENT IS STUPID AND PEOPLE SHOULD ONLY WATCH EDUCATIONAL CONTENT 1111!!!!”, BUT it makes me SICK how Rainbow normalized toxicity and stalking and other bad values, especially IN MY FAVOURITE SHOW WHICH INTROCUDED ME TO MY FAVOURITE GENRE.
People saying that Winx “used to have great values” don’t work on me because I always thought that Riven isn’t that good on Musa. Riven ISN’T a “bad boy”, he’s JUST ABUSIVE. I really wish I never said it but I don’t imagine MuRi not be torn apart, with his character.
As for Nabu, I wish I knew all this harlequin stuff earlier. I will admit: I never cried for Nabu (because I didn’t care of him as a character but after realizing he’s a perfect GaryStu, I know why), the only reason I cried back when this episode was new, was FOR AISHA, THAT SHE FELT BAD. But god, all of this was so badly written! I couldn’t even hide my shock when I saw how Aisha acted childish and fangirlish when Nabu appeared in S4! Despite I was kinda happy for them, funny how Stella was actually right about Aisha neglecting everything for him.
Also, isn’t it funny how those claimed “hardcore oldschoolwinx fans” FORGOT that Nabu stalked Aisha with a telescope? Even I, a person who isn’t that nostalgic to those seasons, remembers this (maybe because I had the misfortune watching these Nabu fragments on a DVD when I was new to Winx Club)

October 10, 2020 4:17 am

Hi. This is irrevelant to the post but I thought you migth want to hear it. I atually started a seperate fandon on Aisha recently and I want to let you know that you are not the only one whose favorite character is Aisha. If you have time please check it out though it is very vague as of now. Thanks for the amazing posts!!!

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