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King Oritel is the king of the realm of Domino. He is the husband of Queen Marion, biological father of Crown Princess Daphne and Princess Bloom, and father-in-law to Prince Thoren as of the Season 6 finale. He is also the leader of the former Company of Light.
Oritel is a man of tall stature with short brown hair, thin brown eyes, a small pointed beard and tan skin.
The king's attire consists of a royal red bodysuit with large, open sleeves that end with large fluffed cuffs. He wears a large metal headpiece that expands over his shoulders and opens up enough above his head to show off his large gold crown. Two red spots in the shape of rounded diamonds can also be found on each side of the headpiece over his ears.
From the back of the headpiece rests Oritel's fur cape that flows down to the ground with a sizeable amount that rests behind him. In front of the headpiece rests a large white cloth topped with an ornate golden collar with a symbol at the center of the collar containing a red and blue circle with a four-pointed yellow star; this symbol being the official crest of the Domino Royal Family. The cloth is bound to the bodysuit by a large golden belt. He also wears large metal boots that go up to his knees.
Instead of having short hair, Oritel is seen with a long ponytail behind him as he no longer wears the large silver headpiece. His bodysuit now has closed sleeves that end in a gold stripe and his cape appears as a plain gold cape instead of a fur one. The white cloth over his bodysuit now contains more detail in the form of gold borders and large stripes that converge at his chest to form a gold rectangle. He also wears a smaller gold belt with a round buckle and slimmer metal boots.
In his youth as a warrior and leader of the Company of Light, Oritel wore a maroon bodysuit covered in ornate silver armor with gold accents. Many large red gems are embedded in the armor on his shoulders, upper arm guards, abdomen and the tips of his shin guards. A blue plate of armor also juts out from underneath the red gem placed on his abdomen.
A maroon-colored cape also flows behind Oritel from the back of the armor around his neck and shoulders. In The Secret of the Lost Kingdom and Magical Adventure, the cape is light blue with a cerulean border instead of maroon and contains more detail.
Oritel is a brave and determined man who is very protective towards his family and his people. Full of love and compassion toward his wife and two daughters, Oritel can also be overprotective of them and this goes double towards his daughters after losing them for almost two decades as a result of the Ancestral Witches' raid on Domino. As such, he is shown to be very grateful towards Mike and Vanessa upon meeting them for being the ones to raise and keep Bloom safe when he could not. His overprotectiveness can also make him stubborn and easily enraged as, for most of Magical Adventure, he refuses to let Sky explain himself for breaking Bloom's heart and even ignores Bloom's own pleas as he sets up a selection process to find another fiancé for Bloom that he can approve of. Through this, Oritel is shown to be someone who sticks close to royal traditions, but he only does so under the belief that he is keeping his family happy and safe. Once he sees that his actions have done more harm than good though, Oritel will try his best to make amends, even if the person he is trying to apologize to does not forgive him or tries to turn him away.
Oritel is also open to compromise despite his stubbornness, especially in the face of a large threat, which is made evident by his formation of both the Company of Light and the Council of Sovereigns. He is also proven to be a competent leader with how he led the Company of Light and currently leads his kingdom after its restoration. Additionally, in Issue 97 of the Winx Club Comic Series, he and Marion are described as being those unafraid of doing the right thing, even if at the cost of their own lives.
Sometime during his youth, Oritel met Marion (presumably through the traditional selection process) and later married her. Whether their engagement was initially a political one or not did not seem to matter as the two enjoyed a happy, love-filled marriage together, during which they bore two daughters: the eldest they named Daphne, and the youngest, Bloom. Also, as king, Oritel became the latest keeper to the Book of Fate that was guarded by the Roc, and appointed an older man named Bartelby as his scribe.
Oritel was Domino's king when the Ancestral Witches located the Dragon's Flame on his realm. Aware of the destruction and death the Witches left behind them, Oritel established the Company of Light, a group of fearsome magical warriors, alongside his wife and queen, Marion. Those who joined the Company of Light alongside them were Hagen, Faragonda and Saladin. Griffin later joined their ranks after fleeing from her previous alliance with the Witches and their son, Valtor.
As they prepared for their inevitable battle with the Witches, Oritel received a sword forged by Hagen with a spark of the Dragon's Flame inside it. He also made an alliance with his friend Erendor, requesting that he protect Domino in his stead as he and the Company of Light were away fighting against the Witches.
Unfortunately for Oritel, the Ancestral Witches caught wind of his alliance with Erendor and destroyed Havram to force him into breaking his promise, allowing for them to raid Domino. As Oritel and the Company of Light tried to fight them off, they were left to fight Valtor as the three Witches raided the castle. Daphne, his eldest daughter who he previously tasked with protecting the Dragon's Flame, passed it down to her baby sister and sent her to Earth.
The Company of Light fought against the Witches and their forces with all their might until they were successful in defeating them. Unfortunately, Oritel could not celebrate their victory as both his daughters were presumably killed in the attack; Daphne was rendered a spirit without a body and Bloom was nowhere to be found.
Just as the Company of Light were about to do away with the Ancestral Witches for good by banishing them into the dark realm of Obsidian, the trio grabbed Oritel and sucked him in with them. Marion followed Oritel to Obsidian by transferring her spirit into Oritel's sword out of the refusal to abandon him. Additionally, the overwhelmingly negative energy pouring out from the Obsidian portal sucked in all the surviving inhabitants and froze the realm over.
Inside Obsidian itself, Oritel and the inhabitants of Domino were petrified into black stone as Marion remained trapped inside Oritel's sword.
Oritel is first seen in the episode "Professor Avalon's Secret" in a dream of Bloom's. In this dream, Bloom reaches out to the silhouettes of Oritel, Marion and a young Daphne with the arms she would have had as a baby. Suddenly, the royal family crest comes into view as a melody is heard, which causes Bloom to wake up gasping.
The next morning, when Bloom tells her dream to Professor Avalon, he explains that it was a dream of something that "touched her heart" and agrees to help Bloom discover more of her birth parents and origins when asked.
Later into the episode, Oritel's name is shown alongside Marion's on a crystal containing the Domino Royal Family Tree just above Daphne and Bloom.
Oritel appears again in the episode "The Spy in the Shadows" as part of Bloom's magical journey into her subconscious during a session with Professor Avalon. In it, he appears alongside Marion and the Great Dragon before an ominous smoky mass appears before Bloom, clouding around her and sending her into a panic that breaks her out of her journey.
Oritel is mentioned at various points throughout the season as Bloom laments over the possibility of never becoming a full-fledged fairy due to being the sole survivor of Domino's downfall. With no other beings from Domino around for her to sacrifice herself for, there would be no way for her to earn her Enchantix. Additionally, Valtor, having been freed from his eternal imprisonment within the Omega Dimension, seeks to exact his vengeance against the two monarchs on their surviving child.
Oritel's image is not seen until the episode "Fury!" where once Bloom remains as the only one of the Winx still standing against Valtor at Cloud Tower, Valtor recounts the demise of both Oritel and Marion to further enrage Bloom.
He claims that he had separated the pair and ensnared Marion in the grip of a giant hand that emerged from the ground below her. Oritel soon found a distressed Marion and did has best to rescue her but, as he was trying to rescue his wife from sinking into the ground, Valtor snuck up behind the two and dealt the finishing blows.
Later, when the Winx confront Valtor with the Water Stars in "The Wizard's Challenge," Valtor changes up his story before the Winx and vanquish him. Aware of how desperately Bloom wishes to find her birth parents, Valtor claims to have absorbed both Oritel and Marion into his body, where they remain alive but trapped, to pressure Bloom into letting him go as his death would mean the deaths of her birth parents. Bloom reluctantly does so, only to learn that both of Valtor's claims were false from the Ancestral Witches themselves in the following episode, "Witches' Revelation."
By the season finale, Bloom believes herself to be ready to resume her search for Oritel and Marion in spite of her incomplete Enchantix powers.
With Domino having been restored a little over a year ago, the realm slowly begins reassuming its role as an important and powerful realm within the Magic Dimension. As such, King Oritel continues to lead his people toward that goal.
In fact, by the episode "Test of Courage," Oritel organizes the Domino Renewal Ceremony at the Domino Royal Palace to give thanks to Sky for saving his kingdom. As such an important event, Bloom, the realm's sole heir, and the Winx, the ones also responsible for restoring the realm, attend the Renewal Ceremony as well despite being pressed for time thanks to their Sirenix Quest. Tecna and Musa, however, stay behind to find clues on the whereabouts of the Gem of Courage.
Though Oritel and Marion give their thanks to Sky, he cannot remember meeting either of the monarchs, let alone saving them, thanks to his amnesia. Once Bloom and her friends need to rush out of the Ceremony upon realizing that the final Gem needed for their Quest is on Domino, Oritel lets her go as he has Sky stay behind to cover for her. So, as the girls journey to the Yellow Reef, Oritel and Marion finally commence the Ceremony but, just as they present the Sword of Domino, the Trix crash it and attack everyone in sight.
Oritel and Marion prove themselves formidable against the Trix, having fought worse enemies than them, but unfortunately, the two rulers fall prey to one of the Trix's deceptions, leaving themselves unguarded and wide open to an attack. Oritel and Marion are then frozen by Icy and used as hostages to force Daphne into revealing everything she knows concerning Sirenix. Luckily, the Winx arrive in time to drive the Trix back and Oritel and Marion are reverted back to their normal selves thanks to the combined powers of Bloom and Sky through the Sword of Domino.
Oritel appears again in the episode "The Eclipse" as a blue holographic projection attending a meeting with Kings Erendor, Radius and Teredor organized by Faragonda arguing over what their next course of action should be to counter Tritannus and the danger he poses to all the realms. As the only calm king there, Oritel proposes that they convene a summit for all the rulers of the known realms and offers up the Domino Royal Palace as a meeting place, dubbing it as the Council of Sovereigns. The three kings agree to Oritel's proposal and news of the Council spreads to other monarchies until they all meet up as planned in "The Devourer."
Once everyone has arrived, Oritel welcomes Triton Prince Nereus and Mermaid Princess Tressa with Marion as the two heirs rise from the pool at the very center of the room. After Nereus directs the applause to Aisha and the Winx for freeing him and Tressa from Tritannus' corruption, Oritel goes on to explain the gravity of the situation and the threat Tritannus poses to all of them. Since they all have a single common enemy, Oritel proposes that they unite their forces but his proposal is not received very well as it only causes his fellow monarchs to start arguing again until Erendor, Radius and Cryos claim that they do not need anyone's help to protect their realms and their people. Oritel tries to sway them back into his favor but to no avail, so Bloom tries to have Sky persuade his father into joining forces with those in agreement. Stella also tries to convince her father to reconsider only to be dismissed for being "too young to understand."
The rulers remain at an impasse until Radius claims that he will have Solaria join the Council's alliance should any other realms do so but, when no one else steps forward, Radius retracts this by insisting that he cannot allow his realm to join an alliance that does not exist. As the Council ends and everyone leaves for their respective realms, Sky promises Bloom that he will try to persuade his father into joining the alliance.
Fortunately, by the episode "*Saving Paradise Bay," all the realms have joined together in the alliance and launch a combined assault on Paradise Bay to finally deal with Tritannus and the Trix. Once they successfully drive the villainous group from Paradise Bay, the royal alliance launches another large-scale attack in the Infinite Ocean, where, after a long struggle, Tritannus is finally defeated.
Also following Tritannus' defeat is the surprising revival of Daphne thanks to Bloom's Sirenix Wish. Overjoyed, Oritel, Marion, Bloom, and even Mike and Vanessa take Daphne into their arms now that both families have been reunited and completed. Oritel then joins everyone for the celebratory concert held by the Winx and cheers them on.
Following the revival of their eldest daughter, Daphne, Oritel and Marion join Bloom for a family breakfast at the Domino Royal Palace to hold a discussion concerning the upcoming celebration of Daphne's return that they plan to have later that day. Just then, Daphne, still adjusting to having a physical body again, stumbles into the room and is helped over to her parents by Bloom. Though she is grateful to her family, Daphne remains feeling as if she was awkwardly downgraded upon receiving her physical body.
Oritel is later seen once Daphne's Return party has already commenced with all the nobles of the known realms coming to celebrate. He later holds off the Trix's attack when they crash the party as the Winx search for the "Inspiration of Sirenix" to help Daphne regain her composure. Once the Trix have been driven off and Daphne regains confidence in her abilities, the party commences.
Oritel appears again in the episode "Vortex of Flames" to hold yet another ceremony in Daphne's honor: her coronation. Once Daphne and Bloom make their appearance, Oritel gives a speech pertaining to Daphne's coronation before Marion bestows her with the crown princess' tiara. After Daphne makes her own speech accepting the tiara, Oritel joins everyone in the ballroom to see his daughters enjoy themselves until, once again, the party is disturbed; this time by the mythical Fire Eaters.
Using his sword, Oritel holds off the beasts as Marion evacuates everyone to safety. As he does so, he begins worrying over the safety of his daughters until Marion assures him that they will be alright so long as they have each other. He continues to fend off the Fire Eaters with Marion by his side until Bloom emerges from the Vortex of Flames and destroys the beasts with her newly acquired Bloomix powers.
Oritel remains absent for most of the season and does not appear again until the second to last episode, "Acheron," attending the wedding between Daphne and Prince Thoren. Unfortunately, the wedding is put on hold when Daphne finds herself unable to use her magic, which tips the Winx off on a possible threat to the Magic Dimension.
Once the Winx deal with Acheron and finally lock up the Legendarium for good in "Winx Forever," they return to Domino to continue with Daphne's wedding. There, Oritel happily watches on as his eldest daughter gets married and rides off with her new husband in a carriage carried by Peg.
The Shadow Phoenix
Similar to his appearance in the episode "The Spy in the Shadows," Oritel appears alongside Marion within Bloom's subconscious magical journey during a session with Professor Avalon. They appear at the end of a tunnel made of smoke and call out to Bloom, who is ultimately unable to reach them when the image of a Dragon appears above them.
With Valtor long gone, the Winx pick up the search for King Oritel and Queen Marion with their first major step being to seek out Hagen, a former member of the Company of Light and the one who forged the Sword of Oritel. However, when they find him and bring him back to Alfea, Hagen tries to discourage Bloom from looking any further. Though he is surprised and relieved that one of the realm's royal heirs managed to survive, he believes everyone else, including Oritel, to have died with Domino's downfall, and does not wish to see Bloom search in vain.
Hagen's words deeply wound Bloom but, after receiving comfort from Sky and her friends, as well as a dream showing her the fate of Oritel and Marion, Bloom decides to continue her search. With Daphne's Mask and the location of the Book of Fate, Bloom, the Winx and the Specialists head to Domino to help her find the Book.
After the group manages to pacify the Roc and enter the library on its back, they are met by Bartelby, the spirit of Oritel's royal scribe, who shows them the Book of Fate. In it, the Winx learn bits of Oritel's life, from his marriage to Marion to the formation of the Company of Light, as well as how all the inhabitants of Domino survived the realm's downfall but remain trapped with the nightmarish Obsidian Dimension.
Eventually, after being stalled numerous times by Mandragora, Keeper of the Obsidian Circle and faithful servant to the Ancestral Witches, the Winx manage to enter Obsidian and combat their worst fears as the Witches try to possess their bodies. They then show Bloom the figure of a man reaching for his sword made from black stone and, to her horror, he is revealed to be Oritel himself, having been petrified for so long.
Sky, who enters Obsidian moments later, takes hold of Oritel's sword and seemingly perishes as only a "crownless king" can wield it. Bloom begins to succumb to her grief until Daphne's spirit reminds her of how she is never alone, which prompts her to wear her sister's mask one more time. Through this, Bloom and Daphne combine their powers and blast away the Ancestral Witches while Sky, who had been coronated on the night of the Winx's graduation, regains consciousness and helps to destroy the Obsidian Dimension by releasing the Sword of Oritel. With Obsidian destroyed, Domino is restored to its former glory as all its inhabitants are freed.
Oritel, now freed from his stone prison, takes hold of his sword to free his wife. He then reunites with his two daughters, initially upset with how Daphne was reduced to a spirit but overjoyed nonetheless. He and Marion then promise Bloom that though they were unable to be a part of her early life, they will make sure to be present for the rest of it.
Later that day, a party is held on Domino to celebrate its restoration and the royal family's reunion. Here, Oritel meets Mike and Vanessa, Bloom's foster parents, and thanks them for being able to take care of Bloom and keep her safe when he could not. He then takes Bloom's hand to treat her to the traditional father-daughter dance before giving her up to Sky, who later proposes to her.
With his kingdom revived and his family happily reunited, Oritel begins trying to take on the role of an active father to Bloom.
He is first seen taking her out to the palace gardens with Marion to gift her with Peg before retreating back into the palace to let Bloom spend the rest of the day enjoying herself. By the end of the day, Oritel witnesses Sky propose to Bloom and becomes notably nervous until Marion reminds him of how he proposed to her the same way. However, as Oritel and his family prepare for Bloom and Sky's upcoming wedding (Oritel preparing the guest list), King Erendor demands that Sky call off his engagement to Bloom when he is told of it because she is Oritel's daughter. He then blames himself for all the suffering that befell Domino as he hands Sky a crystal cylindrical container to further explain why.
Two days later, when news of Sky breaking off the engagement reaches the royal palace of Domino, Oritel becomes enraged and begins to believe that Sky is nothing more than an untrustworthy king much like his father. Despite Marion's warnings, Oritel takes it upon himself to announce that Bloom will be marrying another man and arrange a selection process to find a prince he can approve of. However, throughout the whole process, Bloom and the Winx try to sabotage the princes as Bloom's heart is still set on Sky.
After Bloom turns down the princes and only one remains, Oritel sees through the prince's disguise, revealing him to be Sky, and becomes even more outraged over the thought that he came to play with his daughter's feelings. Despite Bloom's insistence on letting Sky explain himself, Oritel banishes Sky from Domino and forbids Bloom from ever seeing him again. He is later shocked when Bloom runs out on the kingdom to be with Sky and flees to Gardenia with the Winx through their Zoomix.
As the Winx get accustomed to life without magic due to the Tree of Life being corrupted behind everyone's backs, Oritel continues ranting and raving over Sky, believing him to have coerced Bloom into leaving. He is stopped by Marion to read a note containing Erendor's confession, which helps him realize that he was the one who drove his daughter away. This leads into Oritel and Marion traveling to Gardenia to meet with Bloom's foster parents, Mike and Vanessa, to learn how to better understand Bloom as they believe they cannot since they were not around for the earlier parts of her life. Oritel then watches a slideshow of Bloom's childhood with Marion and becomes more thankful towards Mike and Vanessa than ever.
Eventually, Bloom returns home with the Winx in tow but, when Oritel tries to apologize, Bloom refuses to hear him out, much like how he behaved toward Sky, and sets out to Eraklyon to save the Magic Dimension whether he approves of it or not. However, during the Winx and Specialists' trip to the ancient city of Havram, Sky explains to Bloom of what happened between their fathers that resulted in Oritel's contempt for Erendor and Erendor forcing Sky to call off his engagement to her.
Later on, Oritel arrives on Eraklyon himself just in time to rescue Erendor from the Trix but, in trying to reconnect with his old friend, Oritel accidentally lets it slip that what the Trix seek lies in Havram. He then rushes to Havram with Erendor by his side and the two arrive in time to aid the Winx and Specialists against the Trix and the Ancestral Witches. Unfortunately, Oritel is rendered helpless when Icy holds Erendor hostage until Bloom and Sky are able to have Icy release him. Oritel manages to rescue Erendor before he was able to fall to his death twice until Erendor makes a surprising sacrifice by diving in front of Bloom to save her from an attack from Belladona through possessing Icy. Oritel then attacks the Witches to weaken them while riding the now magical Peg until the Winx destroy them forever in a Believix Convergence.
After the battle is over, Oritel uses some of the magic pollen that had gotten on his sword to heal Erendor of his wounds. He then reconciles with his old friend and agrees to allow Bloom and Sky to see each other once more before they all leave Havram together.
Stella tries to ask Bloom how everything went as she unpacks and asks for every last detail which prompts Bloom to ask if she would like for her to start off with how she tripped over the red carpet or how she completely embarrassed herself in front of a crowd of dignitaries after forgetting her speech. She then sinks down into her bed, claiming that she is a catastrophe of a princess as she ended up doing the one thing she did not want to do: disappoint her birth parents, and Stella tries to bring Bloom's spirits back up by assuring her that Oritel and Marion will be proud of her no matter what she does. She even offers to give Bloom advice on how a princess should behave on all occasions but the two are interrupted when Roxy enters the room to see if Bloom came back from her trip.
Bloom wakes up to find herself mysteriously back in her room in Domino's Royal Palace with Oritel and Marion by her bedside looking very concerned. As Bloom tries to make sense of everything, Oritel and Marion explain that Bloom already defeated Neruman but she was the only one who could escape the Dark Dimension as its portal had closed just behind her. The Fortress of Light templars managed to save her and bring her back to Domino, but the rest of the Winx were not so lucky as they all remain trapped within the Dark Dimension with no way out.
Bloom springs from her bed after hearing all of this determined to save her best friends, but Oritel and Marion do not wish to lose their daughter a second time. Oritel then snaps at Bloom by telling her that if she were to go through with this, she would not only be needlessly risking her life but would also be showing blatant disrespect towards him, and he demands that Bloom start acting like the proper princess she needs to be.
Hearing all of this helps Bloom to realize that the Oritel and Marion that stand before her are imposters as they would never say such terrible things to her and they would never fear doing the right thing even if it came at a high cost. The two imposters then charge at Bloom and attempt to hold her down to prevent her escape. As Bloom struggles to break free, Oritel and Marion's imposters reveal their true forms as two of Neruman's shadows and Bloom is able to beat them back to free herself with the help of her Believix energy and Flora's words.
Oritel does not appear again until Issue 100 when, after being plunged into her own memories, Bloom finds herself back in front of her Gardenia home only to catch him arguing with her foster parents. It turns out that he was arguing with both Mike and Vanessa over which set of parents Bloom cares for the most and, with Bloom now with them, she is forced to decide on whether she should embrace her foster parents to reassure them or rebuke them for thinking that she stopped loving them.
If Bloom chooses to embrace her foster parents and reassure them that she will always love them as much as her birth parents, Mike and Vanessa reveal themselves to be a pair of shadow monsters. Oritel will rush to Bloom's aid with Marion and his sword in hand as she struggles to transform in vain. He is then left to fend off the shadow monsters with his wife as his daughter rushes for the front door to escape.
If Bloom chooses to rebuke her foster parents for thinking she would stop loving them upon finding her birth parents, then Oritel will stand by Bloom with Marion to praise her for standing her ground and tell her that they are all one big family. That is when Mike and Vanessa reveal themselves to be a pair of shadow monsters as they multiply at a rapid pace. Oritel is then protected by Bloom as she erects a magic shield to protect herself as well as her birth parents but struggles to hold it up. Suddenly, everything fades to black and when she can see again, Bloom finds that her birth parents are gone and that she had been teleported to the Eraklyon Royal Palace somehow.