Why The Winx Fandom Assumes the Worst About Nex
Posted On June 13, 2021
Talking to the Winx fandom has made me realize one of the biggest problems with Nex’s character: we don’t know him. Rainbow rarely lets us get inside his head or feel his emotions. The only time I can think of was in the first Sirenix arc in Winx season eight, when he tried to help Aisha. We saw his disappointment, his fear, his determination — his humanity.
But that was it. Unless you can think of another time, that was it. To make things worse, he doesn’t have a backstory to explain his behavior. Because of this, the Winx fandom makes assumptions about him — negative ones, of course.
Why did he pursue Aisha? He saw her as a challenge. Or he wanted to beat her at sports. Or he wants to become king of Andros. (Huh?)
Why did he call her “beautiful” during their date in “A Friend From The Past” (Winx season 7, episode 5)? Because he only loves her for her looks.
Why did he become a Paladin and later a Specialist? For fame and glory. Or he’s secretly a villain trying to destroy the squad from the inside.
These fans never consider what Rainbow intended for Nex’s character. They don’t even care if what they believe is canonically accurate or not. All that matters is they don’t like him, so anything negative about him is true.
That’s why one of my priorities for my Aisha/Nex fanfiction is to humanize him. Something that will help is letting my readers see the world through his eyes. What does he really think of Aisha? What does he really think of himself? Does he enjoy his life? What does he struggle with internally?
Instead of assuming, they’ll know — and hopefully, they’ll relate to him for the first time. They’ll root for him for the first time. They’ll care about him as a character and as a person for the first time.