Winx Topix: Why is Bloom a Mary Sue?

Bloom is far too divine to just be called "Bloom", let's call her Bloom Almighty.
Bloom is far too divine to just be called “Bloom”, let’s call her Bloom Almighty.

 

Is Bloom a Mary Sue?

Yes, she is.

Question is: why is Bloom a Mary Sue?

Fist, let’s look at the definition of a Mary Sue.

“The prototypical Mary Sue is an original female character in a fanfic who obviously serves as an idealized version of the author mainly for the purpose of Wish Fulfillment. She’s exotically beautiful, often having an unusual hair or eye color, and has a similarly cool and exotic name. She’s exceptionally talented in an implausibly wide variety of areas, and may possess skills that are rare or nonexistent in the canon setting. She also lacks any realistic, or at least story-relevant, character flaws — either that or her “flaws” are obviously meant to be endearing.
She has an unusual and dramatic Back Story. The canon protagonists are all overwhelmed with admiration for her beauty, wit, courage and other virtues, and are quick to adopt her as one of their True Companions, even characters who are usually antisocial and untrusting; if any character doesn’t love her, that character gets an extremely unsympathetic portrayal. She has some sort of especially close relationship to the author’s favorite canon character — their love interest, illegitimate child, never-before-mentioned sister, etc. Other than that, the canon characters are quickly reduced to awestruck cheerleaders, watching from the sidelines as Mary Sue outstrips them in their areas of expertise and solves problems that have stymied them for the entire series.”

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In other words, Mary Sues are characters who are portrayed as being so perfect without flaw that it becomes a flaw unto itself.

This has Bloom written all over it.

1. “She’s exotically beautiful, often having an unusual hair or eye color, and has a similarly cool and exotic name.”

Bloom is beautiful, let’s face it. Her character design always has a lot more effort put into it than the other girls’ combined. Red is a pretty unusual hair colour, or it may be unusual, I’m not quite sure. As for ‘cool, exotic names’, ‘Bloom’ must be pretty cool for them to name a whole transformation after it.

 

2.”She has an unusual and dramatic Back Story.”

Bloom is the princess and last survivor of a continent that spent nearly 17 years under ice, as well as being the wielder of the Dragon Flame, the source of magic. Her backstory is so important that it over shadows that of the other girls. We have yet to see Flora and Tecna’s parents, yet we’ve all memorised and heard Bloom’s backstory so many times it hurts.

 

3. “The canon protagonists are all overwhelmed with admiration for her beauty, wit, courage and other virtues, and are quick to adopt her as one of their True Companions,”

Maybe the rest of the Winx aren’t that, but the side characters, particularly those in Domino, are quick to applaud Bloom on how smart and powerful she is. This is painfully apparent in Winx S6E6.

 

4. “If any character doesn’t love her, that character gets an extremely unsympathetic portrayal.”

This is an unfortunate case with Diaspro. I quite like Diaspro, as I felt she had every right to hate Bloom after she was cheated on by Sky with Bloom. However, she was portrayed in such a negative light, causing several people to hate Diaspro, who had done nothing wrong and feel for Bloom, who had attacked her without reason. In S5, Diaspro came a long way to help Sky regain his memories. Yet Bloom still went ahead and cried crocodile tears at the plain sight of her.

 

5. “Other than that, the canon characters are quickly reduced to awestruck cheerleaders,”

Winx S6E6 says it all. I don’t think Musa or Tecna had any lines in that episode.

 

So, these are the reasons why Bloom is a Mary Sue. The audience are constantly reminded of how great Bloom is and that ends up leaving the opposite impression on a person’s mind. If a belief or thought is constantly forcefully hammered into a person’s head, that person will rebel against that belief or thought and, over time, will eventually grow to despise it. In this case, it is the belief that Bloom is all powerful and all mighty.

 

 

 

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This is the very first entry of Nyx Mystery, rookie Fanfiction writer, newbie blogger and diehard Winx Club fan. Though nobody is going to read it, she deemed it appropriate to write an introduction anyway. Please read this episode review of Winx Club Season Six Episode 1: Inspiration of Sirenix. Enjoy!

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This episode revolved around Daphne and her attempt to regain her powers. As well as having to deal with being corporeal again, our nymph confides to Bloom that she may have lost her powers. The Trix gate crash a welcoming party meant for Daphne with their pet Beast of the Depths, which cannot be defeated, only controlled by the Nymph of Domino aka Daphne. So, the Winx are forced to travel all the way to Lake Roccaluce all in the name of finding a remedy for power loss. Turns out that when the Sirenix guardians said Inspiration of Sirenix, they weren’t kidding. The Winx really do have to inspire Daphne, and, ta-na! It works! She sends the Devourer home and the Trix retreat to scheme another day. Though, I’m not a big fan of corporeal Daphne, got to admit she has the best Sirenix yet. Love the big hair. Another good thing is that we’ll probably never see it in CG. I don’t know about you , but to me, that deserves a party.

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Aesthetically, this episode is okay. The marionette effect is improving and the characters are moving much smoothly now. The OP is great, the best out of all the Winx openings, I would say.

What I looked like after watching this episode.
What I looked like after watching this episode.

 

Then, that’s where all the good points end. Plot-wise, Inspiration of Sirenix probably has some of the most horrendously executed scenes ever. There’s a part in the series at which the writers attempt at some humor by having Daphne pawn all the Specialists by tripping them up, rolling their cape over…blah blah blah. The whole scene made me roll my eyes at how obscene it was. It seemed unrealistic and dumb. The execution wasn’t helped by the fact that the writing sucked balls too. Daphne didn’t need to lose her powers. And having the girls leave the castle in the middle of a serious dilemma to fly all the way to Lake Roccaluce to find something that was just plain sentimental mush could easily have been the stupidest thing any Winx writer had come up with. By leaving the castle, the girls were potentially endangering everyone there. I’m surprised none of the guests in-show actually disapproved of the girls’ idea. And the cheesiness! What’s up with all the cheesy dialogue?! “Oh man”, “Yikes”, “Yum”, “Let’s Jam”… I’m sorry, Rainbow, but the last time I checked, these girls were in their effing 20s! They’re adults! Make them speak like adults then! At least, Daphne had some sensible lines in the episode.

The Good:

Great animation

Awesome soundtrack

 

The Bad:

Awful writing

Shoddy execution

Painful dialogue

Pointless Storylines

 

I give this episode: 5/10

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