Musa and Riven are a couple featured in Winx Club. They have had the most relationship issues out of all the couples formed by their friends and have experienced the most breakups as a result.
Musa and Riven first meet in Season 1, where Musa quickly developed a crush on him while Riven seemed to have wanted nothing to do with her. To make matters worse for Musa, Darcy places a spell on Riven in the eighth episode and the two date for most of the season. Despite all of that, Musa and Riven are seen as friends in Season 2 and later become a couple by the season finale after Musa kisses him while under the impression that she lost him. Starting in Season 3, their relationship seems to have hit a rocky area as Musa begins contemplating a possible breakup, however, even if it seemed as though the two did not love each other much anymore (due to their constant arguing), it is revealed to be the opposite when Riven fights for Musa with Ophir under the assumption that he was trying to steal her away. Unfortunately, come Season 4 and Musa and Riven hit another rocky patch when Riven becomes jealous of her new manager, Jason Queen. His jealousy towards Jason ultimately causes him to be unsupportive of Musa's blossoming career which leads to Musa breaking up with him. Obviously still in love with her, Riven made many attempts to show his love for Musa and the two still cared very much for each other, which could be seen when Musa flew into a panic after the boys were kidnapped by Diana. The two eventually re-establish their relationship by the Season 4 finale and Riven even writes a song professing his love for her in Season 5. However, midway through Season 6, Musa and Riven break off their relationship seemingly for good, due to Riven's standoffish behavior making Musa feel like he thought little of her.
The two of them first meet in the episode "The Black-Mud Swamp," where Musa immediately falls for him. She confesses this to an image of her mother on the Day of the Rose, however, every attempt at growing closer to Riven has only met by mild annoyance. That same day, Riven is injured during the Race for the Rose by the helmet Bloom gave him to make peace. Darcy heals him and he chooses to go with her, thinking his so called "friends" do not want him any good.
When Musa sees Darcy and Riven together in a witch bar in the ninth episode, Icy, Stormy and a large number of other Cloud Tower Witches chase Musa through the streets of Magix City as payback for slapping Icy. During the chase, Musa runs into Riven and asks for his help. Unfortunately, Riven laughs at her as he asks her why he would help her (or proclaims that he cannot help her because he is dating Darcy now in the 4Kids dub), which causes Musa to run off in tears as the witches are still in pursuit of her, completely heartbroken.
At the end of the war against the Trix, Riven comes to help Musa up, which makes a smile appear on her face. The two end up holding hands as they look deeply into each other's eyes almost lovingly.
At the start of the season, while Stella, Bloom, Aisha, Sky and Brandon are leaving to save the Pixies, Musa glares at Riven in Alfea Quad but, some days later, she has become so worried over her missing friends that she throws herself in Riven's arms crying. He wraps his arms around Musa to comfort her but, when she tells him to not tell anyone that she cried, he lets them fall.
In the episode "The Show Must Go On," it is revealed that Musa had told her father about Riven as well as her dream of becoming a famous singer for her mother's sake, however, Ho-Boe not only disapproves of Musa's dream but he also does not approve of her possible feelings towards Riven, believing that he is nothing but a punk. He is later proven wrong during Musa's concert as Riven helps him up after he was attacked by Stormy. He then tries to rally the crowd into supporting Musa by singing along with her to give her the strength needed to fight back. Once Stormy has been defeated and the concert resumes, Riven and Ho-Boe have a small heart-to-heart as they watch Musa perform.
Later on, when the Winx are sent to the Wildlands with the Specialists, Musa and Riven argue for most of their vacation there, but finally reconcile when she finds him spying on the Trix in the episode "Charmix Power." She tries to join him but Riven would prefer to have Musa warn the others of the Trix's presences as he keeps watch. Musa disagrees with Riven at first but is quick to change her mind once she places her trust in him and this act of placing her trust in Riven despite what had happened the year before is what earns Musa her Charmix.
Towards the end of the season, the Winx and Specialists see each other off just before entering Darkar's Fortress. With all her friends getting affectionate with their newfound loves, Musa sheepishly mocks Riven by claiming that he is not "all into the mushy stuff," but Riven pulls Musa in a hug and confesses that he does not know what he would do without her. He then asks her to promise him that she will come back to him.
During the fight against Lord Darkar in the season finale, Riven runs in front of Musa to shield her from Darkar's attack and suffers serious injuries. Musa frantically runs over to Riven's side and tries to waking him up, but to no avail. Fearing the worst, Musa ultimately gives up trying to wake Riven and kisses him, almost as if she were kissing him goodbye. However, Riven opens his eyes again thanks to Bloom using her healing power to heal everyone, which causes Musa to scoot away from Riven as quickly as possible, as she still did not want Riven to know of her feelings for him.
Unfortunately, their happy romance does not last long and begins to go downhill. As the Winx (excluding Aisha and Tecna) sneak off to Eraklyon with the help of the Specialists to help Bloom get an answer out of Sky, Riven tells Bloom that seeing Sky would be useless as he believes that it would not make Sky change his mind and suddenly make him love Bloom again. This response of his ticks Musa off and she scolds him for it, but Riven does not take it too harshly.
The two of them do not talk very much—notably in the beginning "Fury!" as the Winx tearfully tell Timmy of Tecna's sacrifice—but Riven looks at his girlfriend when he tells Timmy that he knows what he means when he said he could still feel Tecna's vibrations.
Further into the season, Musa begins to consider breaking up with Riven, especially after she and the Winx were trained into becoming stunt bikers in the episode "At the Last Moment." In a later scene, Helia loses his patience with Riven after he stole a poem he was working on for Flora and he tells the others that Riven better change his ways unless he wants to end up losing Musa forever.
Later, in "The Red Tower," Riven watches the transmission Flora sent Helia before she, the Winx, Specialists and Pixies entered the Red Tower. During the video, Riven catches Musa adjusting something on another man and thinks that she is trying to kiss him. Without hesitation, Riven takes his wind rider and speeds off in the direction of the Red Tower. When he arrives, he takes Piff with him towards the Tower so as not to get lost and he soon comes across Nabu with an injured Musa in his arms. He does not believe any of Nabu's claims that Musa needs help as he is too afraid of losing her and, instead, order for Nabu to put his girlfriend down. The two then engage in a heated fight until Sky and Timmy break them up and reveal the truth to Riven. He then realizes that he misinterpreted what he saw in Flora's video and Musa forgives him, admitting that she was flattered that he came to fight for her, even if it was over a mistake.
During the season finale, all the Specialists except Helia, who was used as a messenger, were kidnapped by Valtor and taken to the Omega Portal on Andros. As the Winx, Nabu and Helia go to rescue them, Musa finds herself in a room where she sees a petrified Riven and almost cries, believing that he is the real one. She soon has to combat an elemental monster version of Riven created by the earthly part of Valtor's Spell of the Elements until Bloom's Dragon Fury strikes Valtor down. At the end of the episode, with Valtor finally defeated, Musa and Riven share a kiss.
At the start of the season, Musa and Riven are seen happy together. The Specialists are secretly sent to Gardenia to watch after the Winx. Riven's jealous side is shown by his anger when he sees Musa singing on stage with Andy. When the Winx discover their presence, Musa and Riven start arguing once again. They reconcile after the magic pets attack, when the Winx admit they needed the Specialists' help and they that their girlfriends can fight alone.
Days later, Musa shows off her musical talent on stage with Andy, angering and jealousy Riven for all the attention she was receiving. Jason Queen, a music producer, discovers Musa and her singing ability and offers to make her successful. Taking the deal, Musa is excited but is shortened out by Riven. Showing no support and insulted that he thinks she could have sing better at the audition, Musa ends her relationship with Riven, stating that she would rather be with those who do support her.
While fighting against the Wizards of the Black Circle, Riven asks Musa how she was able to tell the difference between him and the copy of him, to which she replies that he likes to fight alone. Their relationship continues to be tense for a long time.
Trying to win Musa back Riven attempts to show her that he truly loves her and supports her, he takes Helia's advice and decides to try and help her out with with her music career. Riven tried to help by coming up with lyrics for her new song and tried giving her flowers and chocolates to show his love and support for her. However, this only makes Musa angrier as she thinks he only wants to ruin her music projects. But when Nabu explains to her what Riven was trying to do, she calms down and apologizes to him, but she says to him that even though she appreciates what he was trying to do she says she needs to be alone for a while.
However, when Diana kidnaps the Specialists and Nabu tell the Winx, Musa cries and says that she loves Riven so much and she is so scared to not see him ever again, that she does not want to lose him and that she regrets they have been arguing a lot. When they reunite, Musa and Riven hug, happy to be together and that each is not injured. Riven and Musa say they missed each other.
They finally talk everything through on the beach and, joking, when Musa says they cannot be together anymore and Riven asks only for the reason, Musa starts laughing and says: "because I'm already yours".
Days after, at the park, when the boys announce they have to go back at Red Fountain, Musa starts crying because she will not see him and they got back only a few days ago. Riven reassures her saying he will be back soon and they kiss.
Musa and Riven are getting close. They are getting closer and closer until Musa becomes jealous that Riven is hanging out with a blond fairy. In "The Shark's Eye", it is revealed that the blonde fairy only gave Riven guitar lessons. Then he is proving to Musa how important she is to him by singing a song to her. She eventually joins in and they sing together.
In episode five, Musa excitedly tells Riven that she is visiting the Golden Auditorium. Her call interrupts him training and they talk briefly, leaving her upset, wondering why she continues to try. In that season, Riven starts to care more about being the best fighter in Red Fountain by training almost every day, which leads him to always be busy and seem to care less about Musa. In episode twenty-three when Musa gets her voice back, she and Riven agree that they are not meant to be and break up.
Mandragora hypnotizes Riven, and turns him into an antagonist. When the Winx are about to open Obsidian, Riven takes the key from Bloom. Sky fights with him for that key and, as Riven is about to stab Sky, Musa jumps between the two, getting injured. She becomes unconscious and Riven is upset, remembering memories of the both of them, shedding black tears. The spell is broken and his love for her heals Musa. Hugging, Riven confesses to Musa that he now knows who he is fighting for, for her. She is pleased with that and they kiss.
Rather than having their first meeting in the Black Mud Swamp like in the animated series, Musa and Riven meet each other for the first time during the Traditional Meeting Dance between the Alfea Fairies and the Specialists of Red Fountain that occurred in Issue 2.
According to Musa in the beginning of Issue 3, one boy that stuck out to her the most was the one who was standing by himself outside the ballroom. Seeing this boy by himself had a strange effect on Musa as it made her feel like he was going through some things that she could have helped him with. This compelled her to watch him for awhile under the moonlight until he noticed her at some point and turned in her direction. Stella interrupts Musa's retelling by squealing over this boy possibly kissing her and Musa beats her and Bloom with a pillow for teasing her. Flora is eventually able to get Musa to continue her story and Musa flatly tells her friends that this boy just turned to her for a second, said "hi" and went back inside.
Musa did not even get a chance to learn his name but Stella reveals that his name is Riven after Musa confirms her description of his appearance. Musa finds herself captivated by Riven's mysteriousness but Stella shouts at her over how he is nothing but a mean and nasty boy and insists that Musa find a better guy to be interested in.
Hiding in some bamboo-like rods and bushes, Musa watches as Darcy helps Riven to his feet and out of the Swamp; causing her to fear that Riven may have opened up his heart to someone else before she ever got the chance to get him to warm up to her.
Once night falls and everyone is back at their respective schools safe and sound, Bloom asks Musa how she is as the girls told her that she got to see Riven. Much to the Winx's surprise, Musa admits that she did but claims that she is not thinking of him. Rather, she is thinking of another boy whom she had met at the White Horse café a day earlier and gave her a lucky pebble. She then looks off in a daze wondering if she will meet this boy again soon like he promised.
In Issue 8, Musa experiences a nightmare where she is stuck inside a thorny maze with a blood red sky above her. Looking for her friends, she finds a cloaked figure who turns out to be Riven and chases him down when he starts running. However, when she catches up to the figure, Darcy reveals herself from under the cloak and shoves Musa off the unstable cliff. Musa springs awake by the sound of loud pounding and finds that Mitril, the boy she had been thinking about, is on her balcony.
After the rest of the Winx are woken up by Mitril's noise, they let him in and are shocked to learn that he snuck into Alfea in the hopes of convincing Musa to leave the school with him. The girls begin to argue amongst themselves believing that Mitril is moving a bit too fast with Stella being the only one who finds the idea of him and Musa eloping to be romantic. That is until Musa clarifies that she and Mitril are not dating and she was never looking for a boyfriend to begin with, even after Stella points out how terribly she has been treated by a certain Specialist with pointed magenta hair.
Musa explains that she only met Mitril by accident and hung out with him because she really liked the stories of his various adventures and exploits. She even admits that she wanted to run away but she needs to stay at school for her new friends and for her father's sake. She politely declines Mitril's offer and Mitril leaves, regretful for embarrassing Musa in front of her closest friends.
According to Bloom, Musa had followed Mitril out to the balcony and the two shared a few words before Mitril left, but she does not know what the two said to each other because Musa never told any of the girls. Shortly after Mitril finally left, Musa bursted into tears and the Winx had to console her until she stopped. When she finally calmed down, however, Musa never went back to bed. Instead, she stared off at the full moon just in front of the balcony windows and Bloom suspects that she may have been thinking about her tumultuous heart being torn apart by her feelings for both Riven and Mitril.
In Issue 9, Musa finds work as the Librarian's Assistant to Miss Barbatea and helps clean out the section of the Alfea Libraries that had been found behind one of the walls. Eventually, Riven's group of Specialists is sent to help clean out the books as well because Barbatea fears what may be in that ancient section of the library, so Musa takes this as an opportunity to get closer to Riven. Unfortunately for her, Riven remains distant and she learns from Timmy that even he has a hard time getting close to him.
Hours go by and Musa eventually finds herself without anymore energy to keep going. The torches around her are suddenly blown out and Musa realizes that she may have strayed too deep into the ancient section as she cannot find Timmy or any of her classmates. Suddenly, she is pulled over to the side by Riven who tries to quiet her down because there are monsters nearby. Musa notices a foul odor and Riven reveals that the monster whose shadow he can see from a nearby corner is that of a giant Serpent Rat.
Once Riven sees that the Serpent Rat is leaving and has not noticed them, Musa decides to change the subject by asking if they know each other as she remembers seeing him at the Traditional Meeting Dance. Riven reveals that he does not remember her so Musa takes it upon herself to formally introduce herself to him. Unfortunately for her, Riven quickly occupies himself with lighting some torches which ticks Musa off. That is when Riven comments on Musa's beauty which Musa takes as him making fun of her due to his tone and Riven gets even more annoyed with how easily offended she got over a compliment. Realizing how rash she was, Musa apologizes for misunderstanding him and tells him that she only wants to be friends, but this causes Riven to yell at her over how he is not interested in making friends because he feels like friendship is just an excuse for people to use others without paying them back. He then promises to escort Musa back to the others and claims that he will be leaving after that as he has had enough of being there.
Later that day, Bloom returns to her dorm having won the waitress position at the White Horse Café and finds the Winx unable to console an upset Musa. Though she claims that she does not want to talk about it, Musa eventually tells the girls of her day, specifically what happened with Riven, and Stella tells Musa that she should not waste anymore of her time with him if he does not want to even be friends with her. Musa is still unsure which prompts Stella to tell her that Magix is full of boys much better than Riven and the girls decide to organize a party at a nearby spot to cheer Musa up.
In Issue 11, Riven finds himself locked in the dungeons of Cloud Tower once Darcy and her sisters have finally decided to discard him. Though he has actively betrayed his friends thinking that Darcy truly cared about him, Riven vows to make things right with them and uses his lockpicking skills to escape his cell. He accidentally alerts some of the Trix's Army of Darkness when trying to break Griffin out of her cell and flees farther up the school until he finds himself cornered with his only exit being an open window. He eventually leaps out of the window to evade capture and as he plummets to the ground, Musa feels her heart skip a beat while helping her friends and classmates fend off the rest of the Army at Alfea.
Musa and Riven do not see each other until after the war against the Trix in Issue 13 after the Winx are awarded a special mission to the mountains with the Specialists by Faragonda for playing key roles in the war.
Once the day of their mission arrives and the Winx are all on board the Specialists' shuttle, Musa and Riven find themselves seated next to each other with Flora in between them. After hearing how the Winx are on a mission to harvest pure moonlight up in the mountains, Riven makes a snide remark over how they are on "girly business," which immediately ticks Musa off and causes her to question why he even came in the first place. Riven insists that he would not have come if he had a choice and Flora has to try and calm the two down by insisting that they will all be able to have fun together.
Once Timmy has the shuttle take off, Musa huffs to herself as she wonders why Riven acts the way he does. Flora catches Musa's words and tells her that Riven only acts out because he just wants to get noticed. She goes on to claim that all boys like Riven just act tough to hide how they really are deep down, but Musa cannot understand why they have to be so understanding to guys like that. Flora insists that that is why women are necessary but Musa does not feel like she is necessary to Riven and admits to Flora that she thinks Riven only acts the way he does because he thinks of himself as more important than everyone else.
Later on, after the group is split apart by a sudden hailstorm, Musa, Stella, Brandon and Riven find a cave to take shelter in until the storm passes. With everyone all comfy by the fire, Musa decides to share her chocolate with Riven after seeing Stella share her food with Brandon. He accepts her chocolate and Musa tries to take the opportunity to get closer to him by asking if they should search for the rest of their friends as she scooches closer to him. Riven believes that it would not be a good idea as it is already dark out and upon feeling a change in the mood thanks to Stella and Brandon being affectionate, Riven leaves the cave to get more firewood, leaving Musa to feel rejected at the same time.
By morning, they all regroup with Sky, Bloom, Flora, Tecna and Timmy and the group eventually finds Crystal Lake. They all then decide to camp out by the lake to await the full moon and, by nightfall, the Winx begin harvesting moonlight.
As they do so, Musa and Riven sit on a nearby cliff and begin discussing about the beautiful moonlit night. Riven realizes how amazing it all is and tells Musa about a rumor that claims that moonlight has a strange effect on people. Musa agrees with the rumor by explaining that moonlight makes people become more romantic and opens their hearts more easily. Riven suspects that it may be true which causes Musa to wonder if Riven has something more that he would like to say. That is when Riven admits that he does but it is still quite hard for him to say even now.
Once the Winx have harvested enough moonlight, the group decides to head back down the mountain since the moon is so bright out. Riven offers to help Musa carry some of the harvested moonlight, something that is rather unlike him, and Bloom and Stella whisper amongst themselves over how the moonlight seems to be taking effect.
Despite everything that has happened, Riven remains distant towards Musa in the next issue as she struggles to invite him to a party that Stella organized by the White Horse. He remains firm on his decision to sit the party out as he does not like parties and likes them even less when there is nothing to celebrate. Musa tries to explain that it is just to have fun but Riven repeats what he said about not liking parties and walks off, leaving Musa by herself until she has an unexpected reunion with Mitril.
As Musa and Mitril catch up with one another, a group of witches decide to cause trouble by instigating a fight between Riven and Mitril. They try to make him jealous but Riven reveals that he does not care much as Musa can be with whoever she wants, however, he quickly changes his tune when the witches claim that Mitril had been badmouthing Red Fountain. After telling the witches to mind their own business, Riven storms over to Musa and Mitril and lashes out at the both of them; Mitril for supposedly badmouthing Red Fountain and the Specialists and Musa for being around him. He and Mitril quickly get into a fight and Musa struggles to break it up as she tells Riven that this is all just a bad misunderstanding.
The Specialists try to jump in to stop the fight only to end up getting directly involved thanks to Mitril's instigating but, luckily, Stella is able to jump in and get them to stop. Eventually, the girls are able to get the boys to compromise and Musa ends up going to the party with Mitril believing that it would make it easier for them to catch up.
At the party, Musa enjoys her time with Mitril as Riven sits alone on another part of the shore watching the two. Once the party ends, Musa decides that she will be staying behind for a little while longer as her friends leave for Alfea to hang out with Mitril some more. Riven leaves with the rest of the Specialists but not before saying goodnight to Musa and, once he is gone, Musa and Mitril begin talking over how poorly Riven took having to compromise. Mitril does not think that Musa believes what she says until Musa outright tells him that she is with him now, not Riven, and she gets frustrated with how both him and Riven feel the need to be the best instead of just being different.
Eventually, the Specialists are attacked by a group of thugs that leave behind a badge belonging to Mitril's crew, causing Mitril to be apprehended as the prime suspect. To make matters worse, news of the attack quickly spreads as Musa is caught in the middle of what many think may have been Riven and Mitril escalating the fight from earlier. Not wanting either boys to be seen as guilty, the Winx help Musa investigate last night's attack to prove Mitril's innocence and with Mirta's help, the Winx are able to find the evidence they need to prove Mitril's innocence and put the whole case to rest.
With the video evidence taken by Tecna, the police reveal that the Specialists' attackers were amongst the many enemies that King Erendor had made and they used the tension between them and Mitril's crew to make it seem like Mitril wanted to settle the score. Musa realizes that Mitril is nowhere to be found and rushes out of the police station after being told that he was freed that morning.
A short while later, Musa makes it to Mitril's ship just before he takes off and regretfully watches as Mitril boards the ship. Riven approaches Musa from behind and tries to console her by telling her that sometimes the thing people want the most can be right in front of them but they never notice. Musa agrees with Riven and adds that people may notice it when it is too late as she watches Mitril's spaceship take off.
In Issue 16, after being warped into another world and coming across a strange clay statue of a young man, Musa becomes disheartened by the story of King Nobody as she finds that it relates to her current situation with Riven. She laments over how he seems to refuse being sincere with her and believes that things would be drastically different if he would just tell her his heartfelt feelings.
Suddenly feeling that someone is watching her, Musa turns around to find Riven standing behind her and wonders how he made it into this strange world as well. Riven claims that he came because she wanted him here and asks if she is not happy to see him. Musa admits that she is happy to have him here but finds it odd how he would suddenly appear right as she started thinking about him.
Riven pulls Musa in closer as he asks what she was thinking about but Musa finds herself becoming bashful with how close they are. That is when Riven confesses that he often thinks about how great things would be if they were a couple as the two of them draw closer towards one another for a kiss while Riven lists off all the other things about Musa he had been thinking about. However, just before their lips meet, Musa realizes that the clay statue is gone which causes who she thought was Riven to discard that appearance, revealing himself to be King Nobody, the man who had been cursed without a face to take the form of the person that the one physically closest to him desires. Musa then runs off feeling heartbroken and suddenly finds herself back at Alfea after tripping.
By the very end of the issue, after the Winx had successfully helped free King Nobody from his curse, Stella reminds the girls of what he had said to them before they left: that he always told the truth when speaking to them in his other guises. Though, while Stella laughs it off thinking that it would be impossible for King Nobody to know such things, Musa, along with Bloom and Tecna, are left to wonder if he really was able to tell them the boys' earnest feelings.
Sometime during their hectic second year, Musa and Riven finally became an official couple. This can be seen somewhat at the end of Issue 19 as Musa seems to be comfortable with being close to Riven. Likewise, Riven seems to be comfortable with Musa being openly affectionate and does not actively try to run from her more romantically-charged advances. This is not to say that Riven has completely simmered down, however, as his behavior in Issue 21 begins to drive a wedge between him, his friends and, more importantly, Musa.
After a greedy businessman by the name of Belizarius tasks his men with seeking out the Shaab Stone, a meteor fragment capable of completely nullifying all magic within a certain area, the three headmasters have all their students focus their efforts into stopping them before Belizarius can get his hands on the Stone.
From the very beginning of their mission to locate the Stone within the Enclosed Territory, Riven seems to be looking for trouble as he constantly accuses Helia of only being given the title of commander by Saladin simply due to their familial ties and not for his own merit. He constantly tries to have the Winx and Specialists go against orders and follow his rash decisions whenever it seems like Belizarius' men will get away with the Shaab Stone, which naturally causes problems for the whole team given how dire the situation is.
Musa eventually confronts Riven for his behavior which Riven tries to use as an opportunity to show her that he is just as serious about the Shaab Stone Retrieval Mission as everyone else. However, Musa does not believe that the harmony of Magix will be destroyed all because of "some dumb stone" and chooses to believe that the realm's harmony can be preserved with their efforts. She then uses this as an analogy for Riven's difficult behavior and tells him outright that he will never win the respect of his peers if he continues being disrespectful towards them.
Sadly, even Musa's words are not enough to deter Riven as once night falls, he takes it upon himself to snatch the Shaab Stone from two guards, forcing Timmy to cover for him. The two are easily captured and Lothar, the leader of the group, uses him and Timmy as his ticket out of the Enclosed Territory. It is ultimately thanks to Riven's rash actions that allowed for Belizarius to get his hands on the Shaab Stone and, to make matters worse, this quickly causes tension between the Specialists as Helia believes that he should face all the consequences that come with the mission having failed since he was appointed as commander to his group.
Such tensions can be seen boiling over in the following issue as Riven continues instigating with his friends and practically refuses to see that he is at fault while Helia continues to face ridicule on all sides. Meanwhile, Musa feels like she is also at fault for being incapable of talking Riven out of his rash actions. Luckily, by the end of the issue, it is revealed that everything from Riven's behavior to Helia's expulsion and later collusion with Belizarius were part of a larger plan to steal the Shaab Stone from under the businessman's nose. Once the Shaab Stone is stolen and properly disposed of, Riven apologizes to Helia and the two make amends, erasing any lingering tensions that both the Winx and Specialists may have had.
In fact, months later in Issue 23, Riven can be seen performing in a band called New Magix Sound with Sky and Brandon for a large party being held at Alfea, showing that he has gotten over his disdain for parties and is even willing to entertain a crowd with his friends. The Trix, who have lost their memories and have been reinstated into Cloud Tower, try to flirt with him, Brandon and Sky after their performance but the Winx quickly jump in to assert themselves. Riven then uses this as an opportunity to make it clear to the witch trio that he has already given his heart to Musa as Brandon and Sky do the same with Stella and Bloom respectively.
This shows that Riven is not afraid to show that he and Musa are official to others, especially when someone makes unwelcomed advances towards him. It should also be noted that Darcy had been eying Riven as, when the Trix return to Cloud Tower after having their advances refused, she asks Icy why they should settle for "any guy" and admits to liking the drummer (Riven) despite having no memory of their past relationship thanks to the events of Issue 20. This gives Riven more of a reason to show off his newer, more healthy relationship with Musa towards Darcy given how their relationship went the year before.
Though the two still go through a few small fights here and there, they never escalate to a point where one of them feels unloved, hurt or doubtful. The two remain quite close and comfortable with one another which can be seen in Issue 31 during the Winx and Specialists' usual hang out over at the White Horse, as Musa rests comfortably with Riven's arm wrapped around her shoulders.
The couple's bonds are further strengthened in Issue 32 during a mission to rescue Bloom's dragon friend from Lothar and his cohorts. Thanks to fragments of the Shaab Stone having been slipped into Alfea's drinking water, the Winx cannot transform or use their magic, so they call the Specialists over to help.
Once the group splits up in the forests just north of Alfea, Riven and Musa manage to find the mercenaries' base camp but are quickly outed when a venomous snake approaches them and bites Riven's forearm, causing him to shout. As the two of them rush from enemy fire, Musa focuses all her attention on Riven's condition. Eventually, the effects of the snake's venom finally get to Riven and cause him to collapse in a cold sweat. Seeing how potent the effects are, Musa fears that Riven will die if he does not receive immediate treatment and tries her best to ease his pain by sucking the venom out from the bite wound on his forearm. She keeps this up until Bloom and Sky arrive on a pair of dragons to bring her and Riven back to Red Fountain to get him treated.
By sunset, Riven's condition improves and he regains consciousness. Thanks to their friends wanting to give them some sort of privacy, Musa is his only visitor and despite almost dying to a snake's venom, Riven still asks if Musa is the one who is okay. When she confirms that she is, he tells her that she took a serious risk sucking the venom from his wound but Musa does not think of it as such a big deal since she believes he would have done the same for any of his friends. Rather than say anything else, the two of them grasp each other's hand and look one another in the eye as the light of the sunset filters into the room showcasing their strengthened mutual respect.
Musa and Riven's relationship seemed to have hit a bit of a snag sometime during their third year in school as Riven has defaulted back to being his usually distant self, while Musa begins feeling insecure. This is evident in Issue 37 where Musa expresses these insecurities to the Winx unable to understand why Riven does not find her to be as beautiful as she would like him to, especially after seeing the portrait of Flora that Helia had painted for her.
After getting some surprisingly insightful advice from Stella, Musa realizes that she just needs to showcase more of her positive sides to Riven and she does so by preparing a special gift for him just before their evening out with the boys.
Once evening rolls around, Musa takes the initiative by giving Riven a collection of songs sung by his favorite band. When asked how she was able to get the entire collection, Musa reveals that she got some of them from a few friends and she asks if Riven enjoyed his present. Naturally, he did and enjoyed it even more so knowing how much thought Musa put into it just for him as it must have taken a lot of work to get all the songs. After thanking her for the wonderful gift, Riven begins opening up more and more to Musa as he confesses to treating those around him poorly and even hopes that he did not treat her poorly too often. Musa insists that he has not done so too often which prompts Riven to apologize and ask for forgiveness. Musa agrees to forgive him so long as he does not treat her poorly anymore as she grabs hold of his hand as she gets up. Riven promises to never treat her badly ever again as he is dragged to his feet by Musa who wishes to see if Riven will truly keep his promise by going on a small walk with her alone so she can tell him of an idea she wishes for him to know.
As the two get up and go on their walk, Musa reminds Riven of Sifelius, her old composer friend, and reveals that he wishes to lend her the greenhouse by his mansion so that they can practice their music. Everyone else naturally takes notice of how well Musa and Riven are getting along and wish her the best as they continue their walk. Unfortunately, the mood is cut short when Sky receives an emergency call from one his classmates over Viktor Krazan being spotted. Refusing to let them go after not being able to see them for so long, the Winx decide to tag along for backup and so the group speeds over to the industrial area on the outskirts of Magix City to catch Krazan before it is too late.
Since they are unable to precisely locate Krazan's signal, the Winx must stay just outside the factory with Riven and Timmy standing guard as Sky, Brandon and Helia rush in after him. As they keep watch, Stella pulls Musa over to figure out how things are going between her and Riven since he has not been acting like his usual self all evening. Musa tells Stella that all she did was follow her advice by using her expansive knowledge of music to discern Riven's favorite rock group and compile a CD with all his favorite tracks! She then remarks over how sweet Riven becomes when he is calm and hopes that this situation with Krazan ends soon so that she can continue to enjoy this side of him.
Luckily, Musa gets to see a more of Riven's calm and sweet side after the issue with Krazan is finally dealt with, however, her insecurities often end up getting the best of her like in Issue 38. Here, Musa scrambles to make herself look presentable enough to impress Riven and with a bit of help from her trusted friends, she is able to catch her bus while looking her best.
She rides the bus into the city until she spots Riven waiting for her at a bus stop and once she hops off, she and Riven hold each other close for a short moment as they admire the other's beauty. It turns out that Musa has a meeting with Sifelius and Riven decided to come along as support. Rather than be abrasive or overly cautious, Riven keeps true to his word by being as supportive as he can be without it coming off as forced. He remains respectful to Sifelius and reassures Musa that he will be by her side to help with any issues she may face as the new pavilion owner.
Once the two finish up their meeting with the kindly former composer, Riven makes sure that Musa is not biting off more than she can chew with taking on ownership of his pavilion and tells her that she can always change her mind if it proves to be too much as he finds Sifelius to be a reasonable fellow. He then assures Musa once again that he will keep true to his promise to support her, but Musa still fears that they may end up fighting again and even tells him that she and all their friends have a hard time understanding Riven whenever he gets overly skeptical of people or things. Riven claims that this is all because of bad experiences that he has had in the past and when Musa asks why this case would be different for him, he confesses to taking a liking to Sifelius.
Going off of how Sifelius looks and talks to Musa, Riven came to see that he genuinely cares for her and does not wish to cheat her out of anything in anyway as, if he spoke bluntly to her then it must have meant that he wanted to protect her in a way. Riven further admits that he likes being around Musa and proposes that they go out for ice cream to lighten the mood after such a serious talk. Judging by how Musa returns to the Winx in her dorm, it is safe to say that the rest of her date with Riven went better than she had expected. In fact, Musa even tells the girls of how sweet and kind Riven can be when you get on his good side and she credits Stella for giving her the advice that allowed her to become closer to Riven.
Keeping true to his promise, Riven accompanies Musa to Sifelius' mansion the next day. After Musa and Sifelius sign the contract she made with the help of the Winx, she and Riven run over to check out her new pavilion. Though it looks like a mess on the inside, Musa believes that the two of them and their friends will be able to clean it up in no time.
Even after the pavilion has been cleaned out and Musa starts up her little enterprise, Riven reminds supportive as he does whatever he can to help. When the Winx decide to hold a "battle of the bands" to help boost the popularity of Musa's enterprise, Riven manages to get the owner of Magix City's Central Nightclub interested in the competition! Now with the grand prize being a chance to perform during the club's primetime, Musa's enterprise skyrockets in popularity; becoming the talk of the town amongst Magix's youth!
The two are able to maintain a positive relationship throughout the course of the year as, in Issue 39, Musa can be seen holding Riven by his arm as he remains content in her doing so after he and the rest of the Specialists come in second place the Magix Band Festival that was being held in the city's central nightclub. Also, in Issue 40, just before the Winx bust into the Black Castle to free Stella and Brandon and bring down an evil wizard, Riven advises for Musa to be careful and promises to wait for her just outside the castle.
For the rest of the year, nothing eventful happens between Musa and Riven, meaning that it is safe to assume that their relationship remained stable. The only time the two risk breaking up is in Issue 59 and that is only because of the Winx's rising popularity as a pop-rock band. Eventually it gets to the point where after signing a contract to go on tour throughout the Magic Dimension, the Winx realize that they have been biting off much more than they could chew when it turns out that they will have to leave their boyfriends behind if they wish to follow through with their contract. Luckily, by the end of the issue, the Winx are able to cancel their contract with Mr. Morley and resume their lives as normal students.
As a couple, Musa and Riven have songs sang either by one of them or both:
- Main article: Musa and Riven/Gallery
- Musa and Riven are the only main couple out of the others to have gone through a major breakup. Twice, in fact.
- Much like Bloom and Sky, Stella and Brandon and, later, Aisha and Nex, at least one party in the relationship has an ex-lover. In this case, Riven dated Darcy for most of Season 1.