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''The Legendary Starfy'' is a series of mascot platformer videogames by developed by {{TOSE}} and published by Creator/{{Nintendo}}. The main character is the titular Starfy, a star prince who fell from his home in the heavens and landed in the ocean, and began to take on starfish-like characteristics. He is accompanied in his adventures by his bossy and more intelligent sister Starly (Starpy in Japan) and their JerkWithAHeartOfGold clam sidekick, Moe (Kyorosuke). Also featured often is Ruby ([=HadeHirari=]), the beautiful turkeyfish that Moe constantly obsesses over and Old Man Lobber (Lobjii-san) - the elderly and wise lobster. The first three games in the series concerned Starfy's battles against Ogura, an evil genie (sometimes thought to be an eel) he accidentally unleashed. There have been two sequels each with their own stand-alone stories - 4 is about Starfy helping a princess from a neighboring kingdom repel an invasion and 5 is about Starfy protecting a space bunny from pirates.

In terms of gameplay, ''Starfy'' is very similar to the ''{{Kirby}}'' series, except most of the game takes place [[UnderTheSea underwater]], and thus has a greater focus on swimming. Starfy originally only started with a few basic moves, but has gathered many more abilities, power-ups, and [[PowerupMount ridable animal buddies]] as the series has went along.

Despite the popularity in Japan, the series wasn't localized in English-speaking countries for some time. The reasons suggested vary. Generally, the school of thought being that the stereotype of Americans hating cute things, or the games having unusually large amounts of dialogue for a children's platformer - almost every single stage has a storyline of its own, usually a fetch-quest for a friend of the level or something related to the plot. The official reason is that Nintendo thought the series was "[[WidgetSeries too Japanese]]" to bring to America.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* ActionCommands: In the last two parts of the fight against Mashtooth, you have to [[ButtonMashing mash]] (pun not intended) Y repeatedly in order to win. The second of these two parts requires you to press it in almost impossibly fast succession, which is not only [[NintendoHard freaking hard]] but also ''physically painful''. Your entire right hand is guaranteed to be sore afterward. The result, however, is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Starfy, as it involves [[spoiler:singlehandedly holding back the goddamn moon, and then ''smashing Mashtooth upside the head with it!'']]
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Starfy (and Starly) can acguire many kinds of clothes throughout the series: usually you get them by clearing the stage or buying them with pearls, starting from the second installment.
* AtlantisIsBoring: Averted handily by mixing underwater environments with flooded areas such as forests and swamps.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: When Pufftop gets invaded, the palace guards are useless and it's Starfy and/or Starly (the ''prince and princess'') that drive them out.
* BadassAdorable: '''Every single character that ever takes an action role''' (See RidiculouslyCuteCritter below), but especially Starly, who informs a huge group of enemies that "This pink bow is gonna haunt your bad dreams!" before [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome singlehandedly beating them all to a pulp]].
* BadassGrandpa: Old Man Lobber. He originally sealed up Ogura along with Starfy's father and is a BonusBoss in the 5th game, where he proceeds to go [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]] and has a OneHitKill move.
* BadBoss: Mashtooth.
* BagOfSpilling: Done rather comically; Starfy has to relearn his moves in each game because he's so absentminded that he keeps forgetting how to perform them.
* BigThinShortTrio: Snips (thin), Papes (short), and [[TheBrute Ronk (big).]]
* BlushSticker: Starfy and Starly.
* BoisterousBruiser: Moe.
* BonusFeatureFailure: 5 has a multiplayer mode that lets another player control Starly. This can only be used in a few specific areas of the game.
* ButtonMashing: Required to deal the final blow to the FinalBoss of Stafy 5, in an otherwise easy game.
** It is worse with TheDragon boss battle in Stafy 4: Owlrun spawns a tornado you are required to shoot with projectiles by pressing the Y button very quickly (you are in a propeller suit during this battle), or you'll lose a big chunk of your HP-meter. It doesn't help that this is otherwise a very difficult battle.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: See Excuse Plot.
* CoolShades: Starfy has a collection of them.
* CrossOver: Aside from his cameo as an Assist Trophy in VideoGame/SuperSmashBros, Starfy appeared as a rare enemy in VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach (the bestiary lists him as a "starfish").
** The third game featured a cameo by [[VideoGame/WarioLand Wario]] in the eighth world. You had to incinerate him so that he burns some obstacles blocking your path a la Fire Wario in Wario Land 4. He apparently teams up with you as he seeks for some treasure.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: All of the Stafy games don't use lives. When you lose all your hearts, you get a game over, but still, you can continue right in front of the last CheckPoint, which heal you fully as much times as needed.
* DeathThrows: Happens to Starfy, as well as enemies in the fifth game.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: Happens a lot.
* DismantledMacGuffin: Bunston's ship.
* DistaffCounterpart: Starfy + the color pink + a bow = Starly.
* DoomedHometown: The final level in Starfy 3: Pufftop Castle has been raided by Ogura and his master, Starfy's younger siblings were held captive in cells you had to find the keys for in rooms guarded by [[DefangedHorrors enemies]], dealing a OneHitKill whenever they catch you: the Guarding Eyes and the Ghosts would KO you if they spotted you out of the white walls/steam, and then there is the [[DefangedHorrors Devil Pacman]]...
** He makes a comeback in Starfy 5.
* DoubleJump
* DubNameChange: Stafy/Starfy, Stapy/Starly, Kyrosuke/Moe...
* DuelingGames: Often seen as the upstart rival to Kirby's fame.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou
* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies: Just about everyone is rounded and soft-looking, and many even seem to have stitching seams on their sides.
** Only in the 5th game, which lead many players to be disappointed that his sprites seem to be closer to his original style.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything's Better With Princes and Princesses]]: Starfy, Starly, and Bunston.
** And Koraru and Materu (Stafy 4)...
* EvilCounterpart: One of the bosses in the first game. Shows up again as a regular enemy in Stafy 4 (Cherry Tree level).
* ExcusePlot: Not for the overall arc of each story, but one for ''every single level'' - for instance, "I'm a conductor gopher and need you to get my baton back." and "My spring water's too cold, heat it up."
* ExpositionFairy: Moe and Starly alternate between these roles.
* FlamboyantGay: Luvwithme, a fish NPC in 4.
* FunnyAnimal: Mostly funny fish, but there are these too.
* FloatingContinent: Starfy's home.
* GameBreakingBug: in Stafy 4, on the NewGamePlus, there is a mole enemy in 6-3 who steals pearl coins from you. When you defeat him, single-point pearls are spilled on the floor amounting to the stolen peals. If it steals enough, then you attack him... GAME CRASH!
** in Stafy 5, sometimes when triggering cutscenes (e.g. during boss battles), the ground won't have collision detection, so Stafy would fall through the floor endlessly.
* GotMeDoingIt: Moe suffers from this when he interview/ Konk in the 5th game.
* GroundPound
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Snips, Papes, and Ronk.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ogura, the BigBad of the first three games, and Moe's dad (he'll try to hamper your progress in World 8 towards Evil), in a HeelFaceTurn against [[HijackedByGanon their boss, Evil]]]] in Starfy 3.
* HeroicMime: Starfy; although he does talk occasionally, mostly he just sits there looking happy and everyone understands him.
** He has some kind of high pitched "EEEEEE!!" noise as a general way of expression.
* HopelessBossFight: Mashtooth, until [[ThePowerOfFriendship THE POWER OF FRIENDS!]] makes him vulnerable to your attacks. Reminds me of VideoGame/SuperPaperMario. Ironically, after the power of friendship scene, Bunston no longer physically aids Starfy in the battle.
** Also, the first fight with Ogura in the second game.
* IAmNotWeasel: Technically, Starfy is a living star that just acts like a starfish, but whatever.
** Actually, he's neither a star or a starfish: according to the Starfy producer on Nintendo's side, Hitoshi Yamagami, he was originally meant to be a starfish at the start of the first game's development, but during the time of development, he went through changes to where he came down out of the sky. The actual response even is that he's just 'The Prince Of Pufftop'', no more.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Ninja Cats, no less.
* JokerImmunity: Subverted - Ogura is KilledOffForReal in the third game. [[spoiler:With a HeroicSacrifice, no less. Almost makes you forget that he kidnapped Starfy's entire family in the previous game.]]
* KansaiDialect: Starly has this in Japan.
* KidHero: Starfy and Starly. In the commercial for the 4th game, Starfy is stated to be 7. Starly's age isn't given, but she's the younger sibling.
* LawOfOneHundred: Five Blue pearls equal one heart in all of the games.
** Averted for the fourth, as it has a HP meter.
* MarthDebutedInSmashBros: His first US appearance was in Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga as a poster.
** And much like the trope namer(s), it took an appearance in a VideoGame/SuperSmashBros game to get the series localized.
* MutuallyExclusivePowerups
* NewGamePlus: The third and fourth games are easy during the first playthrough... until you realize after beating the ''FinalBoss'' that you can play through the game a second time through normal levels with harder enemies, but also through as many new [[BrutalBonusLevel extra hard levels]]. You can switch Stafy and Stapy anytime during the levels.
** Also, when collecting all of the [[MacGuffin jewels/cards]], you can face [[spoiler:TrueFinalBoss Evil (Ogura's Master) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8R5zu2OH1c Dejell's third form.]]]]
** The second game let you fight the extra forms of Ogura, as well as remixed harder boss battles.
** Worlds 9 and 10 for the fifth game may count.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Starfy is responsible for Ogura being released in the first place.
* NoExportForYou: Until 2009, the series was restricted to Japan.
** The first four games aren't going to be exported anytime soon.
* OneHitPointWonder: When wearing costumes, Stafy would respawn near the entrance with one heart down if he takes the slightest amount of damage. Averted in the fifth game.
* {{Platformer}}
* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Literally said by the heroes to the final boss in the 5th game.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: "This pink bow is gonna haunt your bad dreams!"
* PronounTrouble: Shurikit is referred to as a girl (she is) by Mermaid and Moe early in the game, yet late in the game, Moe refers to Shurikit as a "he" in one of his talk show sequences.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Snips, Papes and Ronk, the {{Terrible Trio}}.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Ogura]].
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Everything. Possibly to the point of giving {{Kirby}} a run for his money.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Starfy and Starly, and Bunston in the 5th game.
** Also Starfy's father, who apparently sealed up Ougra originally with help from old man Lobber.
* SealedEvilInACan: Actually an evil genie/eel in a bottle. Old Man Lobber and Starfy's father are the ones who sealed him in their younger days, according to the second game.
* SequelFirst
* SequelDifficultyDrop: The challenge in the platforming part of the Stafy series has been lowered down since Stafy 3. For example, in Stafy 2, you have to deal with 3 worlds without the Glide ability, with many ground levels. This same ability is learned within the first level for all the next installments.
** Averted with the boss fights (which get more complicated patterns and more HP) and the bonus levels.
* SecondQuest: The first four games require going through the game again, including refighting bosses, to fight the true final boss. Averted in the fifth game.
* SissyVillain: The BigBad of the 4th game.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: TOSE said that Starfy is not the official translation, DESPITE the localization. Also, his creator stated Stafy is neither a star, nor a starfish.
* StoneWall: Papes, who holds a shield in front of him whenever he fights. He can't damage you unless it has a spike on it. Because of his shield, you have to either hit him from behind or push him into spikes to damage him.
* StoppedNumberingSequels: The series used numbered sequels for the first four installments, but for the fifth went for a subtitle in Japan ("Densetsu no Stafy Taiketsu! Daīru Kaizokudan", meaning "The Legendary Starfy Confrontation! Dairu Pirate Squad").
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Starly is distinguished from Starfy by her pink color, eyelashes, and bow.
** And a Kansai accent in the Japanese versions.
* TerribleTrio: Snips, Papes, and Ronk describe themselves as such.
* ThemeNaming: [[RockPaperScissors Snips, Papes, and Ronk]] from the 5th game.
* TrueFinalBoss: Many of them. All of them are unlocked by clearing the game once, then completing some 'NintendoHard' levels.
** From the third game: Evil. You must clear the 40 "Second Quest" levels, then beat the 'FinalBoss'. Has two forms, the second being the hardest battle ''in the entire series'.
** Dejeel from Starfy 4: You'll need to finish all of the game levels a second time, including an alternate path for each one, if you want to face her extremely challenging third form.
** Your mentor in the fifth game will face you if you complete 6 'Timed Attack' levels under a tight time limit. He has an 'OneHitKill' attack when low on life.
* {{Tsundere}}: Starly.
* UnderTheSea: The entire series.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: In order to get some of the chests in the fifth game... in fact, in order to ''progress the story'', you actually HAVE to let Mega Snark eat you at some point. This can actually lead to GuideDangIt as a result.
* VirtualPaperDoll: A feature of the series since the second game, a side-mode allows you to dress up Starfy and Starly in various outfits.
* YouJustToldMe: Starly in the 5th game.