What if Aisha and Nex had met in Winx season two? It may be hard to imagine, but it was a perfect time for them to become a couple. Season two had the best setup for their relationship. Here are five reasons why.
1. “Yin and Yang” Was a Major Theme of Winx Season Two
“Yin and yang” isn’t just Aisha and Nex’s theme. It’s also taught at Alfea! In “Up to Their Old Trix” (episode 2), Wizgiz drew the symbol on his board and explained that it represents the balance of positive and negative energy.
That foreshadowed Bloom and Darkar’s dynamic: light (The Great Dragon) and darkness (The Shadow Phoenix). But those two were a cliché “good vs. evil” pair. How about a pair of heroes who represent the same idea? Aisha and Nex could have been that pair — and a canon couple at that.
2. Aisha Had No Love Interests in the Show Yet
Let’s face it: the love triangle ruined Aisha and Nex’s love story before it even began. He’s the only one of her love interests who didn’t get to spend his debut season alone with her. Season two was a better time to introduce him.
3. Aisha’s First Love Interest in the Comics Was Like Nex
That’s right. In the Winx Club comics, Nabu wasn’t her first love interest. Instead, she crushed on a Specialist named Jordan.
In comic #30: “A Boyfriend for Aisha” (a.k.a. “Love for Layla”), the Pixies set her up with him after she spent a school holiday alone. Why did they think he was perfect for her? In Amore’s own words:
Look how tall and handsome he is! And he loves adventure! He climbs mountains, rafts down rivers…exactly what…Aisha loves to do!
Funny…doesn’t that sound like Nex?
We know he loves sports and adventure like Aisha does. His taste in clothes — a utility jacket, jeans, and hiking boots — tells us he’s an outdoorsman. (Aisha wore those same types of clothes in season two.) I bet mountain climbing and whitewater rafting would be right up his alley.
Later, Aisha found out Jordan also liked to dance. Nex does, too. It’s not his passion, but he sure gets into it:
Sounds like Nex is the type of guy Rainbow imagined for Aisha in season two. Why didn’t they make him back then?
Of course, like all comics-only love interests, Jordan had a major dealbreaker trait that Nex doesn’t have. I’ll talk about that in another post. Nex could have been the canon, trustworthy version of Jordan. He still is, but the Winx fandom would have accepted him right away in season two.
4. Rainbow Introduced Paladins in Winx Season Two (and They Were Cooler Then)
The first time we heard the term “Paladin” was in season two. When Avalon revealed himself in “The Mysterious Stone” (episode 7), Bloom, Stella, and Aisha yelled, “It’s the Paladin who rescued us from the Trix!” What were Paladins? The show never explained it — although the 4Kids dub suggested they were all winged warriors like Avalon. Pretty awesome.
Anyway, Nex is (or was) a Paladin, too. Instead of being introduced with Thoren, a.k.a. obligatory hubby for Daphne, he could have been introduced with Avalon, who played a major role in the plot of season two.
5. Nex Fits Better With Aisha’s Story
I’ve talked about this a lot. In Winx season two, Rainbow established Aisha as the rebel princess. Having no friends and being forced to be nothing but a prim, proper “mistress of etiquette” drove her to escape her kingdom. She wanted to see the world and everything she’d missed as a child.
Imagine a character like that bringing home a commoner boyfriend she met on her travels. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Aisha has always been the princess who doesn’t follow “the rules”. Why wouldn’t her relationship be just as unconventional as she is?
Also — and I mentioned this in one of my last Una di Noi Winx posts — she doesn’t need to learn tact, calmness, and discipline. Her princess training shoved them down her throat! What was missing from her life was wildness, fun, and freedom.
Nex is Aisha’s wild side. I think that’s why he interests her. He may not be a “safe” guy, but she’s been sheltered her whole life. The last thing she needs a boyfriend who’s overly protective of her just like her parents. She needs someone who will help nurture her strong, fierce personality.
Nex loves that side of her. It’s what he fell in love with about her. By encouraging her and challenging her, he helps make her stronger and bolder.
But Aisha is still a princess. Everything she learned is still in her. She’s more sensitive and cautious — not scared, but alert — than Nex is, so she reins him in and brings him down a peg when she needs to. What if he subconsciously knew he needed a girl like her in his life — someone who will be tough on him?
Bottom line: I think Aisha’s journey is about self-expression, freedom, and overcoming obstacles, while Nex’s is about learning humility and sensitivity. These two could learn and gain a lot from each other.
Is it too late for Aisha and Nex to be the couple they could have been? I don’t think so, but it’s in Rainbow’s hands. I hope they found a way to repair Nex’s reputation and get this love story on the right track.