The closest we got to a reason was in “Broken Dreams” (Winx season 6, episode 11), when he told her she’s “amazing at a lot of things”. So the wonderful, charming Roy pursued Aisha because…she’s great at stuff. Wow, so deep. ?
What did the fan say? Roy liked Aisha “for several reasons that would save Winx Club, both the series and the comics”.
…Roy’s love would save the entire Winx Club franchise? How in the name of the Great Dragon was he that important?
Also, the Specialists rarely show up in the comics anymore. Nex hasn’t been in a comic since #139: “Festa a Sorpresa!” (Surprise Party!), which came out almost four years ago. I doubt anything would be any different if Aisha were dating Roy. He can’t be the savior of Winx Club if no one draws him.
I tried again and asked what specifically Roy liked about Aisha. Instead of answering my question, the fan tossed around variations of the same cliché:
“Because it’s true love and lots of other reasons.”
“Because Roy truly loves her.”
“Because Roy is her true love.”
Sounds like they truly have no idea. I doubt anyone in the Winx fandom does.
Of Kings and Paladins
I changed the question: “Why does Nex love Aisha?”
“For his own interests,” said the fan. According to them, Nex and Thoren want one thing and one thing only: to be kings. Aisha and Daphne are just their tickets to royalty. They don’t really love them.
Does anything in the whole Winx franchise support this idea? Of course not. (See the real reason here.)
This fan isn’t the only one who thinks Nex and Thoren wanted to climb the social ladder, but more people accuse Thoren than Nex. After all, Thoren wasted no time putting a ring on it and securing his place as the future king of Domino. A lot of fans yelled at Daphne, “You can’t marry a guy you just met!”
But do you remember my post on Una di Noi Winx about the plot hole created by Secret of the Lost Kingdom‘s ending? Bloom was the last heir of Domino. Sky is the prince of Eraklyon. Domino and Eraklyon are separate planets, so they can’t become one kingdom. So when Bloom marries Sky, she’ll become the queen consort of Eraklyon, not the queen (regnant) of Domino.
This means if Winx Club had ended after movie #1, Domino would have been without a ruler after her parents died or abdicated. I think that’s why Rainbow retconned Daphne’s death — it was already iffy because she was a ghost — made her corporeal again, and married her off to Thoren. Problem solved.
Specialists Good, Paladins Bad
The reason the fan thinks Nex and Thoren are power-seeking monsters incapable of love is…the fan just doesn’t like them. That’s it. They bashed the Paladin uniform, called them weak, said Paladins are “a waste of time”, etc.
I asked how a Paladin is different from a Specialist. After all, they both wear uniforms with gems on them, wield magic weapons, and ride Wind Riders. The fan’s response: “The Paladins are lazy and selfish, and the Specialists, except Sky, are better. They love the Winx for who they are.”
Okay, this fan also hates Sky. I guess we agree on something. ?
There’s that selfishness claim again. They didn’t try to prove that Nex and Thoren are motivated by self-gain instead of love, but we know there’s no proof anyway.
Also, why the heck does a guy have to be a Specialist to truly love someone? It’s almost like this fan thinks that Paladins are the non-magical equivalent of witches. Well, Nex is a Specialist now, so I guess he’s not evil anymore! ? (The fan hates that, of course. A Paladin should never become a Specialist because…reasons.)
Let’s skip to the best part. The fan said Nex is better suited for Musa “according to psychological studies and analysis”. Psychology, huh? That’s a new angle! Now you’ve got my attention!
Are you ready for the “psychological” reason Musa/Nex is a better pairing? You won’t believe it. It’s totally original and mind-blowing. Brace yourself.
Nex and Musa are a better pairing because…
…it’s exactly the same as Riven and Musa.
Why didn’t I see that coming? ?
Happy Couples Fight
I asked them: “If Nex is exactly like Riven, why hasn’t his relationship with Aisha been the same as Musa and Riven’s relationship? Why don’t Aisha and Nex fight and break up all the time? Why do they work together well if Musa and Riven can’t?”
The fan focused on the word “fight” and said, “Yes, [Aisha and Nex] fight, because Roy is peaceful.”
Unless he gets jealous, challenges a stranger who’s not even hitting on his crush, and ends up starting a love triangle, but yeah…he’s peaceful.
Anyway, their implication was Aisha and Roy would never have fought, but she’s fought with Nex before, so Roy was better. (See this post for more thoughts about this.)
Well, since we were talking psychology, I mentioned that real-life psychological studies show couples who fight stay together longer than couples who don’t. Couples who fight also have happier relationships. The YouTube channel Bright Side uploaded a video about these studies in January:
What are some of the conclusions from the findings? Says Bright Side:
“Conflicts help you understand each other’s point of view, manage negative emotions, and make your bond stronger as you work at post-conflict peace together.”
“In order to create trust in your relationship, you shouldn’t keep quiet. In fact, you have to approach your partner with an open mind, take responsibility for your actions, and listen to each other carefully.”
“Arguing helps couples reconsider their values and feelings by addressing and discussing the things that are important to them.”
“If you want to keep your relationship strong and thriving, it’s necessary to let your emotions out from time to time rather than holding them in.”
On the flip side, not fighting could be a sign of an unhealthy relationship. If you avoid conflict with your partner, it may breed resentment and slowly tear a rift between you. Says Bright Side: “Not standing your ground when it comes to your values may make your partner think that they can have whatever they want, and your resentment will only grow.”
Fighting from time to time helps you relieve the tension. It’s like when you shake up a drink. If you release the pressure a little at a time, the drink won’t bubble over.
Learning to Fight Better
Of course, constant, vicious fights like the ones Musa and Riven have aren’t healthy. But Aisha and Nex have only fought a couple times — if you can call the second time a fight — and they weren’t about to rip each other’s heads off. So they’re getting better at handling conflict.
…I love that Aisha and Nex are actually able to handle their minor fights like actual adults. After brushing Nex off early in the episode, Aisha later apologized and explained that she was just stressed and busy because of her speech, and Nex wasn’t mad at her for it.
She went on to say:
If this same scenario happened with Bloom and Sky, it would have resulted in a fifteen-episode subplot where the two refuse to talk to each other, and Diaspro would show up and attempt to murder Bloom at some point.
Too true. Bloom and Sky are a mess. They fight every season over the same darn things:
“Why aren’t you spending time with me?”
“Why don’t you trust me?”
“You love Diaspro/Avalon/Andy/Elas, not me!”
It’s getting old.
One more thing. For the sake of argument, let’s assume the fan doesn’t like Musa/Riven. If Musa and Riven are a horrible couple, and Nex is exactly like Riven, wouldn’t Musa and Nex be a horrible couple, too? Then how would they be better than Aisha and Nex, who actually get along?
Also, “Musa/Nex” makes me think of Mucinex, which is an expectorant — a medicine that helps you get rid of phlegm and mucus. Lovely.
How many other Aisha/Roy fans actually believe this stuff? I know they think Nex is Riven 2.0 — I hope Winx season eight finally debunks that — but do they really think Nex is dating Aisha just because he wants to be king? What has he ever said or done to give them that idea?
Obviously, talking to this fan was a waste of my time. 99 percent of their comments boil down to, “Screw the canon; I’m right and you’re wrong because I said so.” I hate it when people won’t support their arguments, especially when they spread them around as much as this person does.
If you’re gonna stand up for something, at least know what you’re talking about. Do some research. Have some evidence to back it up. Don’t make stuff up for your own interests.
You might get away with half-baked beliefs in a fandom. But what will you do when the choice is more vital than who fairies in a children’s TV show should date?