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Winx Club is a 2004 Italian animated fantasy/adventure series created by Iginio Straffi and produced by Rainbow S.P.A. The series is aimed toward children between the ages of six and fourteen and has spawned an international franchise of toys, books, games, clothing, DVDs, and three CGI feature-length films.
- Main article: Concepts/Winx Club
Winx Club was first created back in 2001, originally called "Magica Bloom" (Magic Bloom). The name was changed to "Winx, Solo le Fate" (Winx, Just Fairies) in 2002, and later to "The Winx", and finally changed to "Winx Club" in 2003.
In the first draft of Winx Club, the girls were to be younger. Bloom, Stella, and Tecna's appearance were unchanged, however Flora's and Musa's appearances did change. Flora was originally supposed to have light purple hair and was wearing glasses and Musa was going to have short green hair. All the fairy forms are different as well.
- Main article: Season 1 (Winx Club)
In Alfea, Bloom forms Winx Club, whose members are her four friends and roommates - Stella, Musa, Tecna, and Flora. Later, they encounter and befriend the Specialists - Brandon, Riven, Timmy, and Sky, who will also become their love interests (minus Flora as hers comes in the next season.) The Winx Club members also encounter a trio of witches from Cloud Tower - Icy, Darcy, and Stormy, who are known as Trix. Trix are in search of the power of the Dragon's Flame and their ruthless pursuit lead to many encounters and battles with Winx Club. Bloom also begins to learn the secrets of her planet, parents, and powers.
- Main article: Season 2 (Winx Club)
- Main article: Season 3
The Winx Club begin their third year at Alfea and learn about Valtor, the new villain for Season 3. He is an evil wizard trying to destroy the Winx and conquer Magix with the Trix's help. The Winx earn a new transformation; Enchantix. With Enchantix, water stars, and fairy dust, they are able to destroy Valtor and regain peace in the Magic Dimension.
- Main article: Season 4
- Main article: Season 5
The Believix power is not strong enough underwater, as the Believix wings are useless when they become wet hence the Winx start a challenging quest to get the ancient Sirenix power and become Ocean Fairies.
Wonderful sea creatures such as the Selkies will help the fairies in this “Underwater Mission”. Will the Winx manage to save the Magic Dimension? Will they prevent Tritannus from becoming the evil Emperor of the Infinite Ocean?
- Main article: Season 6
- Main article: Season 7
Winx Club series 7 carries on the theme of recent Winx releases by carrying a strong environmental message. In this adventure the fairies discover the real importance of the rare Fairy Animals, which they must save from Kalshara, an evil shape-shifter and her clumsy brother, Brafilius. The theme of endangered animals recurs throughout the series as the Winx establish an Animal Rescue Park on Earth, where they look after vulnerable animals such as pandas and tigers. The girls also undertake missions in the Magic Dimension and Earth to raise public awareness about the animal cause. This builds to their final mission – to discover the ultimate power of the Fairy Animals, which can give control over all the animals of the Magic Universe.
- Main article: Season 8
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Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom
- Main article: Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom
Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure
- Main article: Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure
Winx Club: The Mystery of the Abyss
- Main article: Winx Club: The Mystery of the Abyss
- Main article: Winx (Group)
- Main article: Bloom
Bloom is the Fairy of the Dragon Flame. Bloom is the leader of the Winx Club. Her adoptive parents are Mike and Vanessa. She discovered her dormant magical powers after coming to the aid of another fairy, Stella. Strong and caring, she is always available to help her friends. After arriving at Alfea, she discovers that her powers come from the ancient Dragon's Flame, of which she is the guardian. She is the princess of her birth planet, Domino, and the sole survivor of its destruction at the hands of the Ancestral Witches. Her biological parents are King Oritel and Queen Marion. She owns a blueish gray bunny named Kiko. Her pixie is Lockette, the Pixie of Portals. Her Selkie is Serena, Gatekeeper of Domino's Ocean Gate. Her magical pet is Belle, the sheep. Her boyfriend is Sky.
- Main article: Stella
Stella is the Fairy of the Shining Sun. Stella is a talkative student who often gets average or low grades, but always pulls through with the help from her friends. She tends to be spontaneous and dislikes extensive planning, but she is able to recognize when her help is needed. Stella is also infamous among the Alfea community for blowing up the Alfea Potions Laboratory. She is the princess of the planet Solaria. Her pixie is Amore, the Pixie of Love and her Selkie is Illiris, Gatekeeper of Solaria's Ocean Gate. Her magical pet is Ginger, the poodle. Her fiancé is Brandon.
- Main article: Flora
Flora is the Fairy of Nature. Flora is a very kind-hearted and sensitive girl with a passion for nature and life. Happy and introverted, she is always a sweet, loyal friend that doesn't believe in hurting others or the environment. She is extremely fond of plants and nature, and her room consequently resembles a greenhouse. She can understand the voice of nature. She comes from the planet Linphea. Her pixie is Chatta, the Pixie of Gossip and her Selkie is Desiryee, Gatekeeper of Linphea's Ocean Gate. Her magical pet is Coco, the cat. Her boyfriend is Helia.
- Main article: Musa
Musa is the Fairy of Music. loves all forms of music. Although she tries to put up a tough front by isolating herself, and is often pessimistic, she is a loyal and caring friend. In spite of her laid-back nature, Musa has the best grades of the entire Winx Club. She is pale, with blue-black hair and navy blue eyes. Her pixies are Tune, the Pixie of Manners and Cherie, the PopPixie of Weather. Her Selkie is Sonna, Gatekeeper of Melody's Ocean Gate. Her magical pet is Pepe, the bear. Her ex-boyfriend is Riven.
- Main article: Tecna
Tecna is the Fairy of Technology. Tecna is always logical and rational, and initially had trouble expressing her emotions. She speaks in a technical, matter-of-fact manner. She is extremely intelligent and knowledgeable about technology and mathematics. She enjoys playing video games. She can act cold and rational at times, but always tries to do the right thing. Tecna comes from the planet Zenith. Her pixies are Digit, Pixie of Logic, and Caramel, PopPixie of Supee Strength. Her Selkie is Lithia, Gatekeeper of Zenith's Ocean Gate. Her magical pet is Chicko, the chick. Her boyfriend is Timmy.
- Main article: Aisha
Aisha is the Fairy of Waves. Aisha is athletic and very outgoing. She meets the Winx Club in Season 2, when she needs their help to rescue the pixies in trouble. Her skin is dark, with long, curly brown hair and blur eyes. She is the Princess of Andros. Her pixie is Piff, the Pixie of Sweet Dreams. Her magical pet is Milly, the bunny. Her Selkie is Lemmy Gatekeeper of Andros' Ocean Gate. She was betrothed to Nabu. Her current boyfriend is Nex.
- Main article: Roxy
Roxy is the Fairy of Animals. She was the last fairy on Earth. Roxy has waist-length, hot pink hair with yellow tips, and eyes of violet. She also lives in Gardenia, just like Bloom. She is described as out-going. Her father, Klaus, owns the Frutti Music Bar, where she works. She owns a pet dog, Artu, whom she loves very much. It is later revealed that her mother is Morgana, Queen of the Earth Fairies.
- Main article: Specialist
The Specialists are a group of students who attend an all-boys school near Alfea, Red Fountain School for Heroics and Bravery. Several Specialists have become the boyfriends of the Winx girls.
- Main article: Sky
The prince and heir apparent of Eraklyon, Sky feels stifled by his position. However, he has a strong sense of duty that sometimes causes conflicts with Riven or Bloom. He has medium blond hair. He was once engaged to Diaspro but broke it with her due to his relationship with Bloom.
- Main article: Brandon
Sky's squire, a great swordsman and ladies' man. He is sometimes conceited like Stella, a reason why they are a good match. He has short brown hair. He is Stella's fiancé.
- Main article: Timmy
He acts as the geek of the group sometimes, from a long line of scientists. He has short ginger hair, wears glasses. He is an extremely good marksmen. He is Tecna's boyfriend.
- Main article: Riven
A lone wolf, very competitive and good at sports, he sees himself as Sky's rival. He has short spiked magenta hair and purple eyes. He is seen as a chauvinist by definition because he has found very few reasons to trust woman, i.e. his mother abandoning him when he was young and Darcy and Mandragora using him in season one and the first movie to impede his friends' quest. He is Musa's ex-boyfriend.
- Main article: Helia
An artistic student, he is a great pilot and a pacifist. His uncle/grandfather, Saladin, is the headmaster of Red Fountain. He has long blue hair tied into a loose ponytail in season two and three which is then later cut to sport flicky bangs, not tied at all. He is also very romantic and is not shy about directly speaking about his opinions. He is very good at using laser string glove (a fictional weapon in the show) and tries to help everyone with it. He was the top student in Red Fountain until he decided to quit and dedicate his life to nature and poetry. He has rejoined Red Fountain now. He is Flora's boyfriend.
- Main article: Nabu
Nabu was the prince of an unknown kingdom on the planet Andros whom was the betrothed to Aisha and was a wizard. He ran away from his kingdom to see what she was like, but was caught and mistaken for an enemy at first. Not wanting to tell Aisha who he really was, he went under the name "Ophir" for a time until later on, when he finally told Aisha the truth because he'd fallen in love with her. At the end of Season 4, he was stated in coma when he tried to save the Earth Faires from the threat of the Wizards of the Black Circle. However, in Season 5 he was stated dead.
- Main article: Paladin
- Main article: Thoren
- Main article: Nex
Nex is a Paladin, Thoren's friend, and Aisha's current boyfriend.
- Main article: Trix
The main antagonists of Winx Club are an evil trio of witch sisters who attended the Cloud Tower School for Witches (only in the first season, after which they got expelled), which rivals Alfea. The Trix have helped most of antagonists in the series. All of them had romantic affections towards Darkar and Valtor, but Icy is only one to have feelings toward Tritannus.
- Main article: Darkar
Lord Darkar is the main antagonist of Season 2, who is out to enter Realix and obtain the Ultimate Power. He releases the Trix from the Fortress of Light and makes him his servants, and turns Bloom into Dark Bloom. In the end, he is destroyed by the Winx.
- Main article: Valtor
Valtor is the main antagonist of Season 3. He is a wizard created by the Ancestral Witches with a dark ember of the Dragon Flame. Released from imprisonment in the Omega Dimension by the Trix, he allies with them and steals the magic from other worlds to become the most powerful wizard in the Magic Dimension. He is destroyed by Bloom in their final battle.
Wizards of the Black Circle
- Main article: Wizards of the Black Circle
The Wizards of the Black Circle, also known as the Fairy Hunters, are main antagonists of Season 4, also known as the Fairy Hunters.
- Ogron - Leader of the group, with the ability to absorb energy and turn damage into strength.
- Anagan - Possesses super speed.
- Gantlos - Attacks with sound waves and seismic waves.
- Duman - Possesses the ability to shape shift.
Their objective is to gain an incredible power by absorbing magic from all Earth Fairies, and are seeking the last Earth Fairy, Roxy, to guarantee their dominance. Centuries ago, they imprisoned the other Earth Fairies, who seek revenge on them once they are released. At the end of the season, Duman is killed by Nabu, and Ogron, Anagan, and Gantlos are frozen by the Winx, Roxy, and Nebula and fall into a crevice in the Omega Dimension.
- Main article: Tritannus
Tritannus is the main antagonist of Season 5. Cousin of Aisha, brother of Nereus and Tressa and son of Ligea and Neptune, he has always been jealous of his twin brother. He lets his rage overtake him the day of his brother's coronation. Jealous and enraged, he attacks his brother and father. Once unmasked, he is taken to the Prison of Andros by his father's orders. After meeting the Trix there, Tritannus escapes with them and starts absorbing pollution onEarth, transforming into a mutant monster. Allied with the Trix, Tritannus steals each Guardian Selkies' power to open the Ocean Gates. Then, he tries to steal the seals of the Pillars of the Infinite Ocean and steals [Daphne]]'s Sirenix power in order to activate the Emperor's Throne. In the end, he is defeated by the Winx and sentenced to Oblivion.
- Main article: Selina
Selina is the minor antagonist of Season 6. She is the childhood friend of Bloom and was trained to be a fairy by Eldora, the Fairy Godmother. Together, they discovered the Legendarium, a book containing many legennds and that can be made real when someone reads one aloud, and that an evil wizard named Acheron was trapped in it. Selina turned into a witch by accepting Acheron's offer of power, commisioning herself to one day free him from the Legendarium. In order to succeed, she allies with the Trix by reading legends when asked in exchange for power. At the end of the season, she becomes renounces her evil ways and becomes a fairy once again under Eldora's guidance.
- Main article: Acheron
Acheron is the other main antagonist of Season 6. He is a wizard who created the Legendarium but became trapped in it. One day, he convinces Selina to work for him by telling her that if she frees him he would give her great powers. He is freed at the end of the season but is defeated by Bloom.
- Main article: Kalshara
Kalshara is one of the main antagonists of Season 7. She is the sister of Brafilius and has the ability to shape shift at will. At the end of the season, Kalshara dies by falling into a bottomless pit in the Magix Underground World.
- Main article: Brafilius
Brafilius is one of the main villains of Season 7. He is the brother of Kalshara and is clumsy. At the end of the season, Brafilius befriends the animals of the Magix Underground World.
The Realm of Magix
- Main article: Magix
Magix is an alternate universe where most of the series unfolds. It is also the name of a city in that universe. It is an enchanted and highly technologically advanced universe of hospitable planets populated by fairies, witches, heroes, and monsters.
- Main article: Alfea
Alfea College for Fairies is a girls' boarding school in Magix for Fairies and the most prestigious educational institution for fairies.
- Main article: Cloud Tower
Cloud Tower is a boarding school for witches and the most prestigious educational institution for Witches. At Cloud Tower, witches learn about witchcraft. It is the magical competitor and rival of Alfea. Its headmistress is Headmistress Griffin. The campus itself is a huge and vast living organism that had been created in ancient times by powerful witches. A magical energy circulates through the school, as blood in a body.
- Main article: Red Fountain
Red Fountain School for Specialists is a paramilitary boarding school for Specialists, and the most prestigious educational institution for Specialists.
Details About the ShowOn September 2, 2010, Nickelodeon announced it had acquired the rights to the animated series Winx Club for broadcast on the flagship American channel and several of its international channels. The channel plans to coproduce the fifth and sixth seasons of the series, and has also gained the rights to air the existing episodes of the TV series and two theatrical films. On June 27, the first of four one-hour specials, created to summarize the first two seasons, aired, with the second set to air on August 1. Season three will air in full when the specials finish, with season four sometime after. Both the specials and the full seasons will feature a new voice cast and a revamped animation style, a bit different from the original.
In 2011, Nickelodeon aired four one-hour specials that summarize seasons one and two, as well as seasons three and four in full. The first special aired June 27, the second special on August 1, and the third special on September 18, and the fourth and final special aired on October 16. Beginning in November, Nickelodeon aired Season 3, when it aired from that point Season 3 aired every weekday. They also co-produced the fifth season and will co-produce the upcoming sixth season.In the United States, Rainbow has revoked the distribution rights for the entire series from 4Kids, and was seeking for a new partner.
On September 2, 2010, Nickelodeon announced through a press release that they will be co-producing Seasons 5 and 6 of Winx Club.
In early January 2011, it was announced that Keke Palmer will be playing the voice of Aisha (Layla). In late March 2011, Molly C. Quinn announced she will be voicing Bloom. Josh Keaton announced that he will voice Valtor in Season 3. Ariana Grande announced on May 22 via Twitter that she will be voicing Princess Diaspro, a minor villain, in the new dub. Romi Dames also announced that she will voice Musa. Elizabeth Gillies will play Daphne and Matt Shively will play Sky. The first special's broadcast revealed that Amy Gross is voicing Stella, Alejandra Reynoso is voicing Flora, and Morgan Decker is voicing Tecna. The US premiere of the fourth season of the series aired in May 2012 on Nickelodeon.
Nickelodeon released the first of four one-hour specials summarizing the first two seasons, featuring redrawn animation, on June 27, covering the first half of the first season. The second aired on August 1 and was entitled, "Revenge of the Trix." The third aired on September 18th, and is entitled, "The Battle for Magix." The fourth and final special aired on October 16th, and is entitled "The Shadow Phoenix". This special marked the first appearances of Darkar, Aisha (Layla), the Pixies, and Helia. Beginning this November, Nickelodeon will air Season 3 in full every weekday from when it airs, it's possible they may air the Rai English dub. Beginning this November, Nickelodeon will air Season 3 in full every weekday starting November 14. In Italy the four specials were broadcast on Rai Due as well as rearing Season 3 & 4. The first special premiered on Monday November 21 on Rai Due.
In Italy, where the series was created, it has been broadcast on Rai Due since January 28, 2004. In America, it was licensed and dubbed into English by 4Kids Entertainment and was broadcast on 4Kids TV (formerly FoxBox) beginning on June 19, 2004, with a preview episode airing on May 22, 2004. 4Kids TV continued its initial run until September 22, 2007. On April 12, 2008, Winx Club was rerun on 4Kids TV and then on July 18, 2009, reruns of Winx Club then aired on the CW4kids until July 10, 2010. Cartoon Network aired Winx Club in 2005 on their afternoon block Miguzi. After 4Kids' license for the series was relinquished, Nickelodeon acquired the rights to the franchise and was producing a new English dub in Hollywood. Nickelodeon aired the Winx Club as of June 27, 2011, beginning with four-one hour specials summarizing seasons one and two. In 2014, it was announced that the partnership between Rainbow S.r.l. and Nickelodeon will not be renewed and that Nickelodeon will no longer co-produce Winx Club. Season 7 is produced by Rainbow S.r.l. and co-produced by RaiFiction. Another English dub produced by Cinélume in association with Rai Due has been broadcast in Singapore, Season 4 in Australia, and is featured as an alternate English language track on several European and Latin America DVD releases.
In America there are two ongoing monthly comic books in publication. One is a Winx Club comic book, although its storyline is generally not related to that of the animated series. The other is Pixie, a spin-off of the Winx Club comic book centered around the pixies.
A CGI feature film, Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, was announced in late 2006, and released in America on 30 November 2007. It was released on 20 November 2008 in Singapore. The plot of the film revolves around Bloom's origins, and takes place after the events of the third season. The official website for the film covers several markets, with release dates and other information.
At the Licensing Expo 2008 in New York, Rainbow announced the production of a second film, slated to premiere in 2010. It was later announced in spring 2010 that it would be titled Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure and it would be Americas first 3D movie, with a release date of October 29. A 10 minute promo reel will be shown at the Giffoni Film Festival in July.
In September 2005, the "Winx Power" musical show began in America. After a successful tour in Italy, it also expanded to Belgium and the Netherlands, before expanding to Portugal in 2009. November 2008 also saw the launch of "Winx On Ice", an ice show starring Carolina Kostner.
Winx Club games have been released for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Wii, and Microsoft Windows. Most of the Winx Club games are published by Konami; Winx Club: Believix in You was published by Namco Bandai Games.
There are currently many video games based on Winx Club:
- Winx Club (Windows, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance)
- Winx Club: Quest for the Codex (Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance)
- Winx Club: Join the Club (PlayStation Portable)
- Winx Studio (Windows)
- Winx Club: Mission Enchantix (Nintendo DS)
- Winx Club: Secret Diary 2009 (Nintendo DS)
- Dance Dance Revolution Winx Club (Wii)
- Winx Club: Your Magic Universe (Nintendo DS)
- Winx Club: Believix in You (Nintendo DS)
- Winx Club: Love & Pet (iOS)
- Winx Club: Rockstars (Nintendo DS)
- Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party (Nintendo 3DS)
- Winx Club Card Game (iOS)
- Winx Party (iOS)
- Winx Club: Puzzle Pets (iOS)
- Winx Club: Memory Game (iOS)
- Winx Club: Bubble Winx (iOS)
- Winx Card Jigsaw (iOS)
- Winx Sirenix Magic Oceans (iOS)
- Winx Club: Winx Sirenix Power (iOS)
- Winx Club: Winx Fairy School (iOS)
- Winx Regal Fairy Story (iOS)
- Winx Club: Mystery of the Abyss (iOS)
- Winx Club: Saving Alfea (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS)
- Winx Club - Mythix Fashion Wings (iOS)
- Winx Club: Alfea Butterflix Adventures (iOS)
In Europe, Italian candy manufacturer Ferrero began to distribute plastic Winx figurines as prizes inside their Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs.
In the United States, 4Kids Entertainment held the licensing rights to the series until their license expired in 2007.
In Singapore, bags, clothing and similar items are available.
The Winx Club dolls are the "third most popular dolls in the world" and merchandise sales are over 1 billion euros per year as of 2007.
In Italy, Mondo Home Entertainment released the first two seasons with both Italian and English audio tracks, the English audio being Cinélume's dub. In 2007, 01 Distribution released the third season on DVD, but these discs contained the Italian audio only. Later, 01 Distribution re-released the first and second season on DVD without the English soundtrack. Tridimensional also released the first three seasons of the show on Italian newsstands along with the Winx Club magazine. These releases contained the original English, Italian, and French audio. The third season release contained Dutch audio as well, and the fourth season contained only Italian audio. Box sets of all four seasons were released by Tridimensional with the same amount of volumes and content that were released separately on newsstands.
In North America, the entire first season of the Winx Club, first released on 12 July 2005, was available as a five-disc collection until 2008. The first DVD of the second season, "Layla and the Pixies", was released in 2007, and the second volume, "Battle for the Codex", came out in September 2007, and both are still available. The first DVD of the third season, "The Princess Ball", was released on 27 January 2009,however, the release of the other half, Fire & Flame, has been indefinitely suspended due to the US licensing situation (see Future above).
In Singapore, Turkey, and Hungary, the third season (as well as the first two) was released with unedited English audio (Cinélume's dub) in four and six volumes respectively; the latter containing Italian audio as well. Also, the fourth season is available in Turkey with English audio spanning six volumes. In Brazil, the first two seasons were released with unedited English subtitles and audio in sixteen volumes.
- According to Iginio Straffi, some aspects of Winx Club were inspired by Sailor Moon, including the transformations and Stella's appearance and personality being similar to Tsukino Usagi/Serena Tsukino/Sailor Moon and the series having Anime-influence animation.
- According to Iginio Straffi, Winx Club was also partly inspired by the Harry Potter series, including the magic schools.
- Even though Winx Club started in 2004, most copyright dates in copyright notices start with 2003. This is due to the franchise's production having started in 2003, and released in 2004.
- On February 2, 2018, Winx Club was mentioned on Season 34, Episode 105 of "Jeopardy!". The category was "Join the TV Club" and the answer was "Tinker Bell would feel right at home with Bloom, Flora & company in Winx Club, a group of these beings", and the correct question was "What are fairies?"
- In a 2017 interview, Iginio Straffi stated that each Winx Club season is unique and has a theme related to it. As the entire Winx story arch is so rich, but at the same time, it's original and new. They have to update it every season, as it is a completely new story.
Trailers and Promos
- Official English Winx Club Site
- Official Italian Winx Club Site
- Official English YouTube Channel
- Official Italian Youtube Channel
- Official Facebook Page
- Official Instagram Page