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Stella and Brandon are a romantic couple featured on the Winx Club. Starting as friends with a mutual romantic interest in the other, both characters were introduced in Season 1 when Stella introduced him to her new friend, Bloom, shortly after he and the other Specialists helped them fight a Hunting Troll. Unbeknownst to her, Brandon switched identities with his friend, Prince Sky, at his friend's request and got to experience life as royalty, however, this later created a rift between the two when the truth was revealed at an exhibition at Red Fountain. The two reconciled during a break in the waves of attacks carried out by the Trix near the Season 1 finale and are confirmed as an official couple by the end of the season.

Overview

Shown to embody a lot of strong personality traits, both Brandon and Stella share the same roles in their respective teams: acting as sources of constant encouragement and motivation for their friends while showcasing an extreme amount of loyalty to their significant others and friends. Though both share flirtatious personalities, Stella and Brandon continue to stay faithful and committed to one another throughout the seasons. Stella becomes one of the most important figures in Brandon's life as he states many times that he is in love with her and that she is the only girl for him. They have both shown willingness to sacrifice their own happiness for the sake of the other as seen in Season 2 when Brandon agreed to marry Princess Amentia so that Stella could save herself. Their relationship struggles mostly consist of jealousy and Brandon's initial lie of being a prince.

Stella and Brandon's personalities seem to bring out the best in the other as Brandon is not afraid to be honest with her and bring her back to earth, whereas Stella is able to tame him and bring out the more sensitive, romantic side of him. They are known for their corny pet names in the series and both provide comedic relief at times.

Appearances

In the very beginning of the season, Stella had Bloom introduced to the Specialists after she called them over to help them in their fight against Knut, his ghouls and a Hunting Troll. During the introduction, Stella seemed to introduce Brandon with much more enthusiasm than the others, hinting at her attraction to him. Though, at the time, Brandon went under the name Prince Sky.

The two quickly developed a mutual attraction to each other, which was evident by how frequently Stella had talked about "Prince Sky." She was especially eager to see him at the Traditional Meeting Dance in "Alfea College for Fairies" and was eager to work with him and the Specialists during their assignment in the Black Mud Swamp.

First Kiss

A goodnight kiss.

Unfortunately, Stella's overzealous crush on "Sky" made her an easily exploitable target in the episode "Date with Disaster." There, the Trix were able to lure Stella out to a remote part of Magix City to steal her ring through forging an invitation for a date under "Sky's" name. This was confirmed when the Winx confronted "Sky" about the invitation, only for the tired "prince" to tell them that he never sent such a thing. When he got called back into training by Codatorta, "Sky" offered to help the Winx if they needed it and expressed concern for Stella's well being.

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A rose for his princess.

Throughout the season, the pair continued to strengthen their bond by casual flirting. In "Friends in Need," Stella proposed that the Winx call the boys over to "help" them with cleaning the school. After the Winx and Specialists managed to defeat the minotaur that was conjured up by the Trix, "Sky" gave Stella a kiss on the cheek just before leaving. In the following episode, Stella and "Sky" continued flirting casually with each other throughout the duration of the Rose Festival, with "Sky" even handing Stella a rose.

Their relationship continued to grow and blossom into something more than a simple infatuation with the other until it hit a major snag in the episode "Secrets within Secrets," where, after sneaking into Red Fountain's exhibition, Stella caught King Erendor scolding "Sky" for putting his son's life in danger. This revealed that the "Sky" Stella was attracted to was actually the real Prince Sky's squire named Brandon.

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Stella and Brandon reconcile.

Fortunately, the two were able to reconcile in "The Witches' Siege" during a brief period of eerie peace between the waves of the Army of Darkness. There, Stella told Brandon that she did not care whether he was of nobility or not since her parents already are and that worrying over such things did not do them any good in the end. The Winx, who were standing nearby, commented on how cute of a couple they are, which prompted Stella to form a pillow with her magic and toss it at them while Brandon laughed. Brandon then reassured Stella in the midst of her worry that their friends, Bloom and Sky, were alright on their private mission away from Alfea and that she should not be scared now that they are together.

At the very end of the season finale, Stella and Brandon had begun dating during the end-of-the-year celebration, with Bloom even making a toast to their official status as a couple.

Stella and Brandon maintained a strong relationship throughout their break from school. This can be seen at the beginning of the season, where the rest of the Winx playfully teased the Solarian Princess over her recently established relationship.

After becoming acquainted with the Winx's new friend, a princess named Aisha, Stella and Bloom accompanied Aisha in her mission to save her Pixie friends from the clutches of Lord Darkar. Brandon and Sky joined them in the mission as well but the mission proved to be treacherous when Brandon fell off of a cliff after beating back a monster. Devastated, Stella dove down the cliff after Brandon.

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The unconscious couple still holding onto each other.

It is revealed in "Princess Amentia" that Stella and Brandon survived their fall as they fell into an underground river. The two struggled to stay stable against the river's current and were swept away by it. After several failed attempts, Brandon promised to never let Stella go again and, in the next scene, the two are shown unconscious on a beach still holding each other tightly by the hand.

The two are then found by a palace guard and a sentry named Sponsus, who took the two to the Kingdom of Downland. As a hopeless romantic himself, Sponsus adored how devoted to each other Stella and Brandon were and did what he could to nurse a sickly Stella. Through Sponsus, Brandon realized that Stella was dying due to a severe lack of sunlight.

The two were later brought to see Amentia, the high-strung princess of Downland and, unfortunately, Amentia became smitten with Brandon, demanding that he be her husband. Naturally, Brandon refused Amentia's advances until Amentia put Stella's life into the equation, pressuring Brandon into an engagement so long as Stella could escape Downland and survive. Stella desperately tried to stay by Brandon's side but Brandon's only concern was for Stella to escape and regain her health in the sunlight she needed. Stella is then tossed out of Downland to regain her strength as Brandon remained trapped into becoming Amentia's husband. After regaining her strength, Stella reunited with Aisha, Bloom and Sky and the group of four managed to rescue the Pixies. They were later saved by a mysterious paladin after an unlucky run-in with the Trix.

After bonding with Amore and assuring Aisha that the Pixies were safe, Stella had Aisha, Bloom, Sky and the Pixies accompany her so that she could rescue Brandon from being trapped in a loveless marriage. Just as the group made their way to Downland, Brandon remained trapped in the castle being prepped for the wedding.

Throughout the episode "Runaway Groom," Stella, accompanied by Bloom, Aisha, Sky and the Pixies, snuck through Downland to get to the castle and free Brandon. Naturally, time was not on their side as Amentia and her parents, Enervus and Quoeda, were rushing to get her and Brandon married as quickly as possible. As they snuck through the kingdom, Amore encountered Sponsus, who was now heartbroken at the princess' sudden engagement and upcoming wedding.

When forced out on the altar, Brandon spotted his friends and Stella on a bridge nearby, but the group of four were apprehended by palace guards. Stella cried out for Brandon, fearing that she had to watch her love get married to another, until Amentia suddenly changed her mind and decided to marry Sponsus instead. As it turned out, Amore had snuck a "true love flower" inside Amentia's bouquet, which caused her to fall in love with Sponsus upon sniffing it. With Brandon now freed from his forced engagement, he returned to Stella's side and the group later returned to their schools, safe and sound.

In "Party Crasher", the Winx attended the grand reopening of Red Fountain's newest campus. Just before the ceremony, Stella and Brandon engaged in a small competition to see who could flirt with more people. Brandon won their little game by flirting with 17 fairies and 12 witches, a total of 29 girls, whereas Stella had flirted with 26 Specialists. Later, Brandon introduced the Winx and Timmy to Saladin's grandson, Helia, a former Specialist who dropped out of Red Fountain to go to art school. Somewhat captivated by his looks, Stella commented on how cute she found Helia to be, which made Brandon a tad jealous.

In the following episode, Stella and a majority of the Alfea Fairies developed an interest in their new, handsome professor, Professor Avalon, but this small interest in Avalon did not interfere with her relationship with Brandon.

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Stella hugging Brandon after he came to rescue her and Aisha.

Further into the season, the Winx were sent on a vacation in the Wildlands by Faragonda to repair their friendship with the Specialists accompanying them as protection since magic does not work in the Wildlands.

In the episode "Charmix Power," Stella went off on her own in the nearby forests to find Aisha and apologize to her after making a rude comment. After admitting to Aisha that she acts snobby due to her insecurities, Stella earned her Charmix and used her newly acquired powers to send out a signal flare as the two of them had been swarmed by monsters. Having seen the flare, Brandon rushed to the scene and fought off all monsters using his Phantoblade. He and Stella then embraced each other and shared a kiss before they were interrupted by the arrival of the rest of their friends and more monsters.

Towards the season finale, the Winx, Specialists and Pixies organized a rescue mission for Bloom after she had been kidnapped by Lord Darkar's Avalon imposter. In order to get their ship into the caves, Sky proposed that Brandon return to Downland to ask Amentia for her assistance. Naturally both he and Stella were reluctant to the idea but Brandon ultimately agreed given that time was not on their side. Brandon and Stella then go their separate ways as he, Sky and Aisha made their way to Downland. Once they have succeeded in convincing Amentia to lend them her Guard Worm, the trio regrouped with their friends, with Stella being the first to greet them as she flung herself into Brandon's arms. Unfortunately, the groups had to go their separate ways once again in "Face to Face with the Enemy," as the Specialists chose to stay behind to keep Darkar's shadow monsters at bay while the Winx rescued Bloom.

Dancing

Brandon and Stella dancing.

Before leaving, however, each of the Winx (excluding Aisha) shared an affectionate goodbye with their respective love interest. There, Stella and Brandon shared a tearful goodbye, with Brandon telling Stella how much he loved her.

Later, in the season finale, Brandon rescued Stella during her fight with Darkar in Relix by throwing himself in the middle of an attack aimed at her.

Once Darkar had been defeated, everyone returned to Alfea to celebrate. During the party, Stella and Brandon were seen happily dancing together with Amore even commenting on how much of a hopeless romantic Stella is when it comes to Brandon.

Stella and Brandon's relationship was still going strong for this season as well.

After being notified of her Princess Ball in the first episode, Stella naturally had all of the Winx and Specialists invited, though, only Bloom could accompany her. Luckily, Sky, Brandon and the rest of the Winx (excluding Aisha) arrived at the Princess Ball and Brandon was completely taken aback at how beautiful he found Stella to be once she was introduced to the guests. Brandon then attempted to cheer Stella up after King Radius announced his upcoming marriage with Countess Cassandra by giving her his gift, but Stella placed it with the rest of her other ones. Annoyed, Brandon snatched it back and Flora reassured Brandon that Stella was just upset.

During the latter half of the episode "Valtor's Mark," Stella is turned into a frog-like monster by Chimera and Radius is hypnotized by Cassandra into thinking that Stella (as a monster) was not his daughter. Stella was absolutely ashamed of her spelled appearance and, after the Winx were able to get her out of the Royal Palace of Solaria, Stella refused to let Brandon see her in that state, even when she was at risk of being killed by her own palace guards. When the girls do regroup with Sky and Brandon, Stella hid behind a tree as the Winx made up an excuse as to why she was not present. While returning to Alfea on the Specialists' ship, Stella still avoided Brandon, which only confused him.

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Brandon with Stella, who thinks that he is under Flora's spell.

In the latter half of the following episode, the Winx searched for a way of reversing the spell placed on Stella and found a book on the Mirror of Truth. Stella, still worried over Brandon seeing her, pleaded for Flora to place a spell on Brandon that would make him see Stella for who she was before the spell. As the Winx and Specialists leave to find the Mirror of Truth, Flora assured Stella that she had placed the spell on Brandon which eased the Solarian princess' worries and she and Brandon stayed close. Brandon even showed no hesitation is saving Stella when she fell out of the ship during a griffin attack on their way to the Mirror of Truth.

The Winx and Specialists finally arrive in the ice cavern where the Mirror of Truth is said to be located in the episode of the same name. After pleading with the Mirror's guardians, Stella and the Winx split up to search for the Mirror of Truth, but Stella quickly becomes frustrated with the possibility of never finding it. As she stares into a lake, Brandon joins her but this only worsens Stella's mood as she still believed that Brandon was unable to see her current state. That was until Brandon confessed to Flora's spell never working and that he stayed by Stella's side even while she looked like a monster. He then gave Stella his gift: a bracelet that was passed down from his mother and was symbolic of loving someone for the rest of their life. The two embraced as the Mirror Guardian turned Stella back into her former self, explaining that Brandon's true love for her was what saved her.

In "Operation Boyfriend Rescue", Brandon gets short with Stella on the phone, accusing her of nagging him when she complained about him not checking up with her often enough to cease her worry. When Stella is escaping with her friends after being chased on Diaspro's orders, Brandon pulls her aside much to her surprise in order to apologize. He explains that he was just working on a plan to help Sky escape from Diaspro and the planet. Being interrupted by guards, Brandon tells her to go on while he holds them off. Stella runs off with the Winx, telling Brandon to be careful while he winks in response, saying he ưill call her later. After Stella reverses the spell on Sky, the girls have to leave without Brandon who was arrested after being overrun with too many guards to fight and Sky, who leaves them unsure if he is back to normal.

Hearing no response from Brandon over the next few days leaves Stella worried, this concern of hers consuming her thoughts during classes. Brandon makes his return with Sky at the end of Payback who explains to Stella that he was locked up and had to wait for Sky to break him out and once he did, he rushed back to Alfea as fast as he could.

When Timmy finds out a way to save Tecna and bring her back, Stella is the first of the Winx to find out as Brandon excitedly calls her up to break the news. The Winx and Specialists travel to Tecna's location in the Omega Dimension in The Power Within, Stella taking advantage of the conversation about the Winter Formal between Brandon and Timmy to remind him of their plans for the formal. Brandon confirms with her with a smile that he ưill get his tux soon. When the group arrives in the Omega Dimension they encounter men that they begin to battle. Stella and the Winx fall off a cliff while Brandon, Helia, and Timmy are busy battling. Brandon notices Stella fall and screams out an angry no before fighting and threatening the men. Soon all three of them are knocked out but Brandon remains concerned for the Winx when they awake and begin forming plans to escape.

Brandon is left fighting off released convicts with Sky (who arrived with Bloom to help their friends) and the rest of the guys but soon becomes stressed with the prospect of fighting so many of them. When Sky reminds him to think of protecting Stella, Brandon gets a new burst of energy and fights off the convicts. When the Winx meets back up with the Specialists, Brandon can be seen holding Stella in his arms with a smile on his face in the background from a distant shot of the whole group.

In "At the Last Moment" Brandon and the rest of the Specialists help Stella and the other Winx pass off as professional bikers in order to crash King Radius' wedding to Cassandra. Brandon compliments her skill after a few practice runs and Stella is overjoyed when Brandon comes back with fashionable outfits like she asked, hugging and kissing him in response.

In "The Crystal Labyrinth", Stella's pride and priorities are put to the test when she has to choose between keeping her appearance and helping her friends by gaining the Water Stars. Choosing the water stars over her appearance, Stella makes a distressed remark to her friends about what will happen when Brandon sees her in her current state. She is soon after reverted back to her original state however.

The Winx think they have defeated Valtor in "Wizard's Anger" where Brandon expresses his pride in his girlfriends accomplishments by raising her hand up in glory in front of a cheering school after hugging her in greeting. They both think that Valtor is gone for good until Brandon accidentally rescues Valtor in "A New Beginning" after mistaking him as an innocent civilian in need of help. Brandon and his friends are kidnapped and Stella sets out with the Winx to rescue them. Stella individually finds Brandon hung by the wrists. Cutting him down, Stella is happy until she realizes it is not the true Brandon but only a spell made by Valtor that looks like him. Stella and the monster fight but Stella soon finds out that her magic does not affect it. She feels like she is at her end and is about to be defeated by the monster but it disappears when Bloom attacks Valtor, the source of the monsters. The Winx defeat Valtor once and for all.

Brandon and the Specialists (minus Sky and Nabu) come to congratulate the Winx.

Stella and her friends are sent on a mission to find the last fairy on Earth in Gardenia. Brandon meets up with Stella shortly before she leaves for Gardenia where they get to talk about her experiences on Earth. When the girls leave, it is revealed that Brandon and the Specialists were pretending to be sad about leaving their girlfriends behind when they are actually being ordered to secretively keep watch over them in Gardenia. When Bloom discovers the boys aiding them in battle, Stella and the rest of the girls become annoyed at their assumed lack of trust.

More cracks and rifts in their relationship appear in their relationship when Brandon saves Mitzi from a monster and Stella catches her giving him a kiss on the cheek in "Mitzi's Present". She assumes that he is cheating on her and walks off crying, ending their relationship and leaving Brandon annoyed as he does not think he did anything wrong. Concluding that their relationship is over for good, Stella refuses any opportunity Brandon takes to talk things over with her and get his side of the story. Stella continues to ignore him but grows even more jealous when she notices that Mitzi is still going after Brandon and attempting to break them even further apart. Brandon confesses to the other Specialists soon after that Mitzi's clingy behavior is annoying him and that the only girl he truly loves is Stella whom he feels he is losing. Riven reassures him, saying that by next week they will be back together and the issue will be completely forgotten.

Brandon and Stella slowly grow back together when jealousy overcomes her as she watches Mitzi singing to Brandon. Grabbing a microphone, Stella counters her flirtation by singing as well to Brandon, later dragging him away from Mitzi so they could be alone. Instances of foreshadowing them getting back together include Stella asking him to wash and dry the dishes with her, an act they seem to have done often in the past as he asks to switch positions rather than do their usual ones.

The two officially reconcile in "The Wizards Attack" when Stella helps rescue Brandon and Riven with Musa from Duman. Duman casts a spell on himself to look exactly like Brandon, attempting to convince Stella that he is the true Brandon. The two Brandon's begin to fight with their swords when Stella calls for them to stop. The real Brandon walks away from the fake one, apologizing to Stella for the misunderstanding surrounding Mitzi and for acting like a jerk to her. He tells Stella that he never stopped loving her for a minute and that she is the only girl for him as Stella wipes away her tears. She uses her powers on the fake Brandon, Duman shifting back into himself as he dodges the attack. Stella and Brandon share a smile before going in for a kiss when they are interrupted by the arrival of Gantlos who escapes with Duman.

Brandon and Stella's relationship goes back to being strong following their reunion though she shows moments of still being jealous of Mitzi's attraction to Brandon. In "The Day of Justice" They can be seen comforting each other sadly shortly after Nabu's sacrifice. Then in "Morgana's Secret" they are seen holding each other in an embrace as they reflect back on memories of him while sitting on the beach.

In Episode 23 Brandon is also shown pulling out a ring in front of Stella while holding her in his arms. It can be implied that they are now engaged but there have been no further mentions of the event.

They do not really have that many scenes together in the film, but Stella does hug him when they are on Eraklyon and they were together when everyone was separated.

Stella finds a passion and a dream in fashion designing. Her clothes, however, are not met with the positive and enthusiasm she hoped to receive. Brandon offers constructive criticism and his honest opinions of her clothes when asked, admitting that they look weird at times. This honesty causes Stella to become short and angry with him often breaking up their phone conversations abruptly.

Brandon and Stella also get in a small fight in Gem of Empathy when she calls him during training, alerting him of an emergency. Rushing over to help Stella, he discovers that she only called him over to watch her fashion show. Watching it fall apart and the models leave unhappy, he becomes irritated with Stella, saying that she needs to take other peoples feelings into consideration more often and not act like a three year old so much in terms of maturity. This offends Stella and the two do not talk until later that day when Flora and Musa bring a three year old Stella to him. He finds out that Stella was transformed to this age by a spelled object and the three of them help take care of her. Brandon finds the three year old her cute but exhausting to take care of. When she transforms back to her regular self and asks what happened, Brandon is relieved and sits next to her on the couch, saying that he got to spend the day with an adorable little girl.

Despite their small arguments over her fashion designs, the couple remain close throughout the season. In "The Shimmering Shells" Brandon assists Stella on her mission to the Ocean of Solaria. When Stella transforms, he calls her beautiful, a comment that Stella admits makes her feel beautiful. Stella begins to fully appreciate Brandon's honesty about her fashion design choices and chooses to thank him publicly at her fashion show in The Shark's Eye. Pushed by his friends to go up to her, Brandon walks up to Stella and they embrace after she explains that she wants to thank him for being able to be honest with her even when she does not want to hear it. The two are seen with their arms around the other as Riven makes his own announcement.

Songs

As a couple, Stella and Brandon have one song sang by Stella:

Gallery

Main article: Stella and Brandon/Gallery

Trivia

  • Brandon proposes

    The proposal scene in question.

    There is speculation as of Season 4 concerning whether the two are engaged due to a scene where Brandon presents Stella with a ring. There has been no further mention of this event but, in Season 7, it is confirmed that the two are indeed engaged, as Stella refers to Brandon as her fiancée when Chloe asks her where she got the flower necklace she was currently wearing.
  • Despite being as close as they are, Brandon and Stella go through several fights and breakups in the Winx Club Comic Series.
    • In Issue 19: Monsters on the Loose, Stella gains a romantic rival, a Cloud Tower Witch named Shilly, and Shilly is successful in stealing Brandon away from Stella through the use of a love potion in Issue 24. Despite being under the effects of a love potion, Brandon never stopped loving Stella, as he immediately looks for her to make amends once Shilly uses the antidote on him.
    • In Issue 63: Poison, the two break up after Brandon recovers from his condition. It turns out that the Brandon who just broke up with Stella was, in fact, an imposter.
    • In Issue 65: New Love, the two break up after Stella's mistreatment of Brandon due to being stressed by her family situation. Stella quickly searches for a new boyfriend and almost finds one in Joel, but she gives her relationship with Brandon another try once he returns to properly reconcile.
    • The two break up once again in Issue 74: Love and Duty as Brandon and Sky had to return to Eraklyon to aid in the war against the rebels. Fearing that he may be unable to return, Brandon calls off his relationship with Stella just as Sky does with Bloom. Luckily, the two are reunited in Issue 78.
      • In fact, it is safe to assume that Stella and Brandon go through the most breakups out of all the main couples in the comic series; be them intentional or otherwise.
  • Much like Musa and Riven, Bloom and Sky and later, Aisha and Nex, one party in the relationship has had an ex-lover. In this case, Brandon has an ex-fiancée in Amentia, even if it was forced and one-sided.

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