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No One Talks About “Winx Club”, But It’s Time We Did Because It’s Severely Underrated

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No One Talks About “Winx Club”, But It’s Time We Did Because It’s Severely Underrated

The theme song and transformation sequences live rent-free in my mind.

Hey friends! Today, we’re going to take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about one of the best cartoons to exist — Winx Club.

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Now, if you’re not familiar with this Italian-American fantasy series, it revolved around the adventures of a group of girls known as the Winx, who studied at the Alfea College for Fairies.

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Basically, a magical high school, which fairies attended to hone and train their skills.

The core group was initially made up of Bloom (Fairy of the Dragon Flame), Stella (Fairy of the Shining Sun), Flora (Fairy of Nature), Tecna (Fairy Of Technology) and Musa (Fairy of Music).

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In later seasons, Layla (Fairy of Waves) — or Aisha, as she was known in other versions of Winx Club — and Roxy (Fairy of Animals) were added, making seven members in total.

Alongside them, you had the oh-so-dreamy specialists that studied at the Red Fountain School Of Specialists, like Sky, Brandon, Riven, Timmy and Helia.

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There’s also Nabu, who arrived in Season 3 and became Layla’s love interest.

As well as the teachers, who were lowkey great role models and were instrumental in a number of battles that raged on.

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Faragonda was ICONIC. She gave off major boss vibes, while also being a super caring, kind and understanding headmistress for the Winx girls.

But, of course, every show needs a villain and in Winx Club it was three particular witches — Icy, Stormy and Darcy — who studied at Cloud Tower.

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FYI — Cloud Tower was the boarding school for witches, where they would learn about the dark arts and were encouraged to cause trouble with the fairies at Alfea. But, let us also take a moment to acknowledge the absolute fire that is Icy, Stormy and Darcy’s looks. 🔥

Together, they formed the Trix and wreaked havoc all across Magix.

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I still can’t believe they raised an ARMY OF DARKNESS in Season 1.

Later, they also teamed up with Lord Darkar — aka the Shadow Phoenix — as well as Valtor to help both of them take control of the magical universe.

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Also, who could forget the whole Professor Avalon/Dark Bloom storyline?!

Okay, so we all remember the show now, right? But, why was it so good? Well, first off, it had one heck of a banger for a theme song. Seriously, I can still remember nearly every single word.

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CLOSE YOUR EYES AND OPEN YOUR HEART! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, BECAUSE THAT’S HOW IT STARTS!!!!

It also perfectly blended fantasy with comedy and friendship with romance in a high school setting.

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Plus, it definitely had you hooked with that initial storyline of Bloom being this ordinary girl, who discovered that she was actually a fairy with extraordinary powers.

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I will shamefully admit that I did try and see if I — also an ordinary girl — had any powers once, or twice…maybe three times.

LOOK, I WAS SUPER YOUNG, LET ME BE.

On a more important note, there was such an important and diverse range of characters, which, according to creator Iginio Straffi, was actually done so that “teenagers from all over the world [could] identity themselves with the characters they think they are most like”.

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There definitely could have been more diverse characters in Winx Club, but considering this cartoon was made in 2004, it’s pretty damn good.

From Stella, who was the fashionista and comedian of the group, to Flora, the sweet and motherly figure and Musa, the headstrong musician, there were a number of different personality types that existed in the core group, meaning there was always someone you could relate to.

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Growing up, Tecna was my favourite. I admired her logical reasoning and felt drawn to her shy, nerdy personality — which definitely was me to a tee.

Another thing that made Winx Club absolutely iconic was the different fairy forms, which were always accompanied by beautiful transformation scenes and killer outfits to boot.

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They most likely took inspiration from Sailor Moon, but damn, I could watch all of the Winx Club transformations on repeat. They’re so creative and catered perfectly to each fairy.

Like, remember their Enchantix forms? I’m still not over how badass they looked.

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This also totally brings back memories of the accompanying song (“ENCHANNTIIIIIXXX, OHHHHHHHHH. ENCHANTIX, MAGICAL POWER!!!!”) and getting excited about who would get the chance to transform into one of the final fairy forms next.

Oh, and let’s not forget their powers. I always loved the fight sequences.

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Also, you’re lying if you didn’t fall in love with one of the Specialists and ~lusted~ over them.

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I’m pretty sure I had a major crush on Brandon because I was a big fan of that swoopy, kinda emo-esque fringe he had going on.

I’m sure if I was to watch Winx Club now, it would be a bit cringe. But, back then, when I was a kid watching a new episode every morning, it meant everything to me.

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Seriously, if I missed an episode, I would be DEVASTATED. It’s not like now where you could just rewatch it on Netflix or something.

And honestly, it’ll always have a special place in my heart because it was such a big part of my childhood.

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I even had a Tecna doll! That’s how I much I adored this show as a kid.

Here’s to the Winx Club, forever and ever. 💖

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