Diving Into Oblivion


One of my latest posters made a remark saying that they’d like to hear more things about my interpretation of Season Five, so I’ve got a new theory that’s been on my mind for a while.  Any Winx fan can tell you that, as great as the show is, it isn’t necessarily the best at transferring plots from season to season.  Characters suddenly become forgotten, plot devices seem to disappear, and the like.  But one thing that struck me as odd is the fact that not once in Season Six has a particularly important element been mentioned.  Namely, Tritannus.

Now, this isn’t much of a problem, and if anything, quite a few fans would like it if we never heard his name ever again.  Probably the most universally hated villain in Winx history, part of the fun of joining the community during S5 was watching people pan and roast him over and over again for even his slightest of mannerisms.  It was part of what made S5 be (at least a little, for some) tolerable.  But normally, Winx villains tend to be mentioned again in some way, shape or form.  The Trix, for instance, have a permanent mark on the show.  Heck, just look at the literal “rogues gallery” from the first episode of S4, where all the villains even have paintings of themselves.  A lot of people thought that Icy would at least have some feelings of loss towards him, no matter how violently he had rejected her.  When she just went back to being her old, S1-3 self, something just seemed off.  And that’s when the gears in my brain began to turn about what exactly the Gate of Oblivion does and how it could be a lot more intimidating than just some convenient plot device written in at the last minute.

In order to investigate this possibility, we must first gain an understanding of what “oblivion” really means.  Sometimes, though we know deep inside what a word may mean, we’re overcome with societal associations that have been programmed into the word, and the interpretation can be a bit off.  In literary theory, these are called “connotations,” and it’s a lesson commonly taught in secondary-level education.

Why is this important?  It’s simple: the connotation programmed into the word “oblivion” simplifies it to a mere meaning of death or loss.  It’s used in this context all the time.  However, if we look at the denotation, or its dictionary definition, it actually means “the state of being completely forgotten or unknown.”  Even with its other definitions, there is no implication of death in the actual denotation.  That concept is merely something people tend to infer about the word.

Through my “research” (does it even count as this?) of the magical girl genre, I can say that the state of magic-induced oblivion is something that has been touched on a few times.  The example that comes instantly to mind for me is the Clow Book in one of my favorite works of the genre, Cardcaptor Sakura.  If an aspiring sorcerer or sorceress attempts to use the book and its magical cards and fails its final test, that person loses all memories of the one they love most.  For those more interested in more modern approaches and subversions of the genre, a similar event occurs in what is probably the most popular of the newer entries, Madoka Magica.  Winx has already been proven to draw upon many elements of the Japanese magical girl storytelling style, and this is where we can begin to conjecture on what the Gate of Oblivion actually does.

First off, notice how the Winx seem to be aware that they have earned Sirenix and saved Daphne?  If Tritannus was completely forgotten, then how  anwould that have been possible?  Simply put, Tritannus stayed within the timeline, but when characters try to remember why these things happened, there’s a blank space.  All they know is that there was somebody who caused some threat to the Infinite Ocean, and who had to be defeated.  Their memories on the matter itself are very general and vague.  Therefore, it’s possible to remember everything about the events of S5 except Tritannus.  (At least, the fans probably wish it was that way.)

My theory also states that the Gate of Oblivion was a recent creation.  Think about it: we haven’t seen much of the Omega Dimension since S3 other than the last episode of S4.  S3 pretty much pounded into our heads how ineffective it was when said villains could easily use spells to break out of their frozen chambers.  Was it torturous?  Yes, but it was only temporary, and escape was somewhat probable.  Unless you know of a way to somehow alter history to put yourself back in it, you’re pretty much stuck with the effects of the Gate.  (And I presume that’d take an almost godlike amount of magic to achieve, to the point where not even Faragonda or Griffin would be able to do so.)  Since the Omega Dimension was still up and running during S4, it can be deduced that, while everyone hadn’t been transferred into the Gate yet, wizards still could have been in the middle of building it and possibly even doing some “beta testing” on the really notorious villains to see if it would work.

The one question that remains, then, is this: Does anyone still remember Tritannus?  The possibility of that, assuming these things about how the Gate works, is pretty iffy.  For one thing, Icy, who was established in S5 as having a relationship with him closer than she ever did with Darkar or Valtor, doesn’t mention him at all in S5, not even when she brings up her Dark Sirenix powers.  This is where it starts getting similar to the mechanisms of the Clow Book: even those most important to him seem to be suffering from the symptoms of magical-induced oblivion.  As for the one person who may remember all of this?  Aisha would be my best guess, seeing that the magic needed to make someone forget about their own flesh and blood would likely be much harder to cast.  Yet, even she might not remember all of the more negative aspects about him.  From the way she’s acting this season, I’m guessing that fate might have decided to take it easy on her and have her remember the good memories she had with him, but create fake ones in the place of the havoc he caused.  She would remember him in this case, but likely assume him to be dead.

Now that all this heavy discussion is over, I’d like to say that this February marks Rainbow Dust’s first birthday!  And with that, I’d like to create an initiative to update this site more.  I was pretty good about it when it first started, but let me just tell you bluntly: I’m a college student, and the stress that accompanies that began to take its toll on the site.  Now, I’m trying to balance all these things while still providing you with quality content!  (However, it might take a bit longer for updates to rainbow FICTION, because I’m trying to branch out in the writing world and currently have some commitments with FiMFiction, the My Little Pony fanfiction website.  (My account on there is Quillamore, so if you’re interested, check it out.)

As a way of thanking you for all the time you’ve spent on this website in this past year, I’d like you to help me pick what the next article will cover.  I have various ideas about concepts to address, and you can comment on which one you’d most like to read.

1.) The Enchantix Theory: Compared to some of my previous material, this one is pretty heavy and actually tries to apply philosophy to Winx.  Basically, there are various theories of how self-sacrifice works, and in this article, I’ll be explaining them and using them to rank which character’s Enchantix was gained with the “purest” methods in mind.

2.) Suspension of Believix: A companion to To Believix or Not to Believix in which we look at how Nick continues to use Believix in promotional materials even two seasons after the fact.  This is one of the more controversial issues with Winx right now.

3.) Title TBA: A look at how S5 and S6 have their connections in manga and anime.  It has a particular focus on linking S6 to the magical manga/anime Fushigi Yuugi and its similar concepts of magical books and childhood friend betrayal.

I look forward to seeing your responses.  ❤


7 responses »

  1. Whoa, that’s quite the interesting theory! Seriously, that makes quite a bit of sense, and really makes me think more about certain things that haven’t been explored in detail on the show.

    Also, I’d like to see your thoughts on Enchantix.

    • Okay, thanks for that. I’d been wanting to do that article for a while, but it involves some pretty crazy philosophy, so I wanted to make sure people would want to read such heavy material.

    • Oh, and in response to the actual article: yeah, your interpretation should be retconned into the show. I wonder what will happen now that the dub is cancelled.

    • I guess they didn’t really think about it? I really wish they would have fleshed it out a bit more rather than just using it as a convenient plot device at the end.

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