Characters: Starbound

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  • An Axe to Grind: According to the PC, human warriors are partial to axes.
  • After the End: On Earth, at least. In-universe, they're known to be hardy, so it's probably a new beginning.
  • Homeworld Evacuation
  • Humans Are Ugly: Some Glitch NPCs certainly think so. Florans, on the other hand, seem to find them absolutely adorable.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: The human PC, judging by some of his descriptions, has little problem with sleeping in creepy beds adorned with Spikes of Doom, would gladly hang out with florans, and in general seems more awed and entertained by stuff other races find creepy.
    • Hell, the reason why the human PC got stranded alone in space was because he/she brought a little tentacled Eldritch Abomination onto his ship as a pet, which ate the rest of the crew before it was Thrown Out the Airlock.
  • Pungeon Master: Of all the PCs, they seem the fondest of (usually bad) puns when examining objects.


  • Berserk Button: Do not trespass in graveyards if you don't want the guards to attack you.
  • Bird People
  • Blade on a Stick: Dialogue when examining a weapon rack reveals that spears are the Avians' preferred weapons.
  • Human Sacrifice: Or rather, Avian sacrifice, but Kluex does demand a sacrifice every now and then, judging from the bloodied altars you can find.
  • Low Culture, High Tech: The initial result of giving spaceship tech to a race that exiles and shuns atheists, and sacrifices their own in altars.
  • May Inca Tec: Plenty of their furnishings and housing has this theme.
  • Religion of Evil: When exploring planets you can find Avians being pressured to jump off Temple walls. According to their faith, this is to get their wings.


  • Ax-Crazy: Even the peaceful ones can get some stabby urges every now and then.
  • Badass: Oh yes. See Proud Warrior Race Guy.
  • Book Dumb: Played with. For the most part, Florans are illiterate due to their culture, but there are exceptions. Ones that break away like Green Finger and the PC Floran (whom initially has barren vocabulary) can be exceptionally intelligent, as shown when reading the Geometric Screen. Both a Floran and a Glitch will read the exact same thing in BINARY: 'Stab a Meatman'. Some of the Florans you meet in the Outpost can speak properly-constructed sentences as well.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Smarter Florans seem to realize their race is viewed this way. They buy into it.
    Floran PC: "Obsssidian. Black like Floran sssoul."
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Frequent practitioners, to the point examining a torture rack sends the PC into a gigglefit.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Floran PC may be the most culturally inept, but said Floran is smart enough to read BINARY.
  • The Ditz: The Floran PC is by far the least cultured of them, and yet this tends to make him somewhat endearing despite his stab-happy tendencies.
  • Drop the Hammer: Despite their love of stabbing, the Floran PC's dialogue when examining a weapon rack reveals that the race prefers hammers as weapons.
  • Fantastic Racism: They never, ever pass up a chance to call Hylotl "sssstupid frogmen".
  • I'm a Humanitarian: They gladly eat each other when given the opportunity. Even their funeral rites include eating the deceased as part of it.
  • Not So Above It All: Though Floran PCs are said to have grown tired of their race's ax-craziness, they certainly aren't afraid to indulge in it themselves.
  • One-Gender Race: Despite being able to have Non-Mammal Mammaries, the race is unisex.
  • Planet Looters: After some poor bastard got eaten by florans and left his ship abandoned to them, they started looting other planets for tech. The PC's spaceship is an Apex spaceship with foliage, for one.
  • Plant Aliens: They can have leaves, flowers, and even mushrooms in some cases for "hair".
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Less 'proud' and more 'omnivorous and voracious', but in the lore Florans seriously outmatch Apex in combat. Ten Apex versus ten Florans = nine surviving Florans and ten dead Apex.
  • Schizo Tech: The fully upgraded Floran ship in the Nightly Updates is cobbled together from other races' technologies and covered in vines.
  • Sssssnaketalk: They talk like thissss.
  • To Serve Man: In addition to being cannibals, they view other races as food.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Floran?: The race as a whole is stated to suffer from this, and are not malicious by nature.


  • Brain Bleach: They're quick to override analysis mode when examining a "Dirty Toilet" item.
  • Burn the Witch!: What they do to Glitch that evolve beyond their programming.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The PC can get damn snarky at times. It helps that it starts every sentence with how it feels about the object in question, serving as an announcement of when it enters Sarcasm Mode.
  • Eating Machine: For some reason, they can starve and are required to eat.
  • Fantastic Racism: While the Glitch PC doesn't outright hate Hyltoyl, s/he is rather critical of them, particularly how they incorporate lily pads into nearly all of their architecture.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Some of their armors and weapons invoke this.
    • Tin Tyrant: The others, including the Impervium-tier armor, tend to invoke this instead.
  • Odd Friendship: Interestingly, Glitch villages are quite welcoming towards Florans. In lore, the Glitch taught them basic literacy as well.
  • Medieval Stasis: The Glitch as a whole are literally unable to progress technologically or socially past the Middle Ages unless they... well, glitch.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The Glitch are robots, but they need to breath and eat just like any other life form.
  • Multiple Head Case: The latter half of armor tiers for the Glitch have the brain of a late Glitch installed in them, complete with eyes and an extra visor in the helmet for those eyes. The Templar and Legionnaire helmets specifically have two extra brains - the Doom Lord helmet is curiously missing the third.
    • Eyes And Brains Do Not Belong There: Excluding the Crusader set, all these armors also have an extra brain and eyes installed in the chestpiece.
      • Equippable Ally: The Glitch Impervium Weapons (Minus the Dagger) have a brain installed in their hilts, possibly explaining why the Doom Lord helmet doesn't have three brains.
  • Sarcasm Mode: In a literal version of this trope, a Glitch player may start an observation on an item with the declaration 'Sarcasm.'
  • Science Is Bad: The non-self-aware (i.e. non-player) Glitch seen to think this.
  • Strange Syntax Speaker: Obvious. They always speak their feelings before they say their intended sentence.


  • Apes in Space: The species resemble apes, and they travel through space.
  • Beast Man: They resemble anthropomorphic apes.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Their government was inspired by that of 1984.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Apex PC frequently mentions the experience of being tortured, fear of torture, and comrades being tortured, when selecting some of the more questionable items found across planets.
    • "How many of my brothers have been strapped to this table…"
  • Crapsaccharine World: Their towns: Idealized, homey goodness circa The Seventies...inside of gray, imposing military bases and torture devices.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: According to the Apex PC, life under Big Ape includes public executions, house raids, and fearing you'll hear your family members summoned for torture and experimentation when you listen to the radio. And Apex NPCs still greet you with, "Big Ape is my homeboy."
  • Everything's Better With Ape People
  • Evolutionary Levels: How they became ape-men: The Apex deliberately allowed their bodies to "devolve" into gorillas as a side effect of causing their brains to become hyper-evolved living supercomputers.
  • Evolution Power-Up: The Apex of old de-evolved themselves physically in exchange for superior intellect.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Thought Reassignment :)
  • Genius Bruiser: Both the most technologically advanced of the races, and the most physically imposing. Apex PC descriptions explain their hands and bodies are much bigger and stronger than the other humanoids.
    • "A fingerprint scanner. Smaller than an Apex hand."
    • "A cute little bath. Looks pretty small for an Apex."
  • Girls With Mustaches: Since most of their bodies are hairy female Apex have beards too.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: Those NPCs who don't whisper at you to watch out for mics, get out, or take them with you, exclaim how much they ADORE Big Ape! Praise Big Ape!! Big Ape will crush that awful resistance any day!!
  • La Résistance: The PC was a member of one, until it got crushed and s/he had to make a run for it. One assumes her/his experience with certain devices one can find in Apex planets is related to this, as well.
  • Meaningful Name: "Apex", as in, the top of the food chain. And also because they're Apes, hence Apex.
  • Mighty Roar: According to NPC dialog, Apex are capable of roaring. Which is awesome.
    • Floran NPC: "If monkey roar, Floran call Green Guard!"
  • Monochromatic Eyes: According to the Wiki.
  • Rebel Leader: The Apex PC has a message from La Résistance- a plea for you to become this, as a survivor of their failed rebellion. With a stolen Miniknog ship, you are asked to comb the galaxy for those who would help you and return with an army- to free all Apex from Big Ape!
  • Room 101: Lovely Apex torture facilities are scattered on planets in-game.
  • Science Is Bad: There is some seriously morally grey, nonconsensual genetic experimenting going on in the Apex research labs.
  • Sinister Surveillance: According to the Apex description of televisions found in Apex towns, if you watch TV long enough, you can see yourself on the TV watching you see yourself on the TV.
    • There's a mic behind every clock.
    • There's an alarm that can go off in every home, triggered by unacceptable behavior.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Some Apex are honestly sympathetic to Big Ape's regime. They are even disgusted you, the PC, would rebel against him.
  • 2 + Torture = 5: If you don't love Big Ape, friend, you will. The Apex PC claims to have nightmares about it.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Loyalist Apex would see your behavior, yon revolutionary, as terrorism against their way of life and their beloved Big Ape.
  • You Cannot Kill An Idea: Despite fear and brainwashing and executions, such as your failed homeworld rebellion, talk of freedom persists in every Apex town and bandit camp across the universe.


  • Cool Ship: In the early alpha their ship resembled a koi fish and had a Japanese theme with oriental lanterns, but as of Upbeat Giraffe it's been changed to look like a shark.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: The occasional Glitch NPC will tell you their shoulder is not for checking your own reflection in it if you're playing a Hylotl. It's unknown if it's a preemptive statement, or your character just went ahead and did that, but all considered it wouldn't be too surprising.
  • Fantastic Racism: Sort of justifiable, considering Florans, but Hylotl in general hate them, and the PC in particular despises them enough to want them exterminated to the last plant.
  • Foreign Queasine: Judging from the PC's reactions to a Hylotl restaurant sign, their food isn't exactly good for alien palates. Hilariously enough, the Hylotl PC is completely unaware of this, thinking it's beloved in the whole galaxy.
    Glitch PC: Critical. Hylotl cuisine is an... acquired taste. One which very few have actually acquired.
  • Fish People: They are amphibious and possess fins and gills.
  • Ninja/Samurai: Quite a number of their armors and weapons invoke this.
  • Not So Above It All: The PC, who sounds... quite full of themselves, to say at least, judging from their description of an arcade as something for the unwashed masses to entertain themselves. And then they spot the prize rack full of plushies and you can practically hear the Squee.
  • Our Elves Are Better: The PC displays some rather haughty behavior now and then, but it's the other races' comments that tend to paint them as intolerable in a distinctively ...elfy way, for lack of a better word.
    • Case in point- the PC Hylotl insults every flag except their own, calling the Florans horrifying, the Glitch childish, the Avians stuck to old ways, the Apex barbaric, and the Humans crude and garish.
      • With the exception of the Novakid Flag, in which they admittely say the Novakid are a "strange, but interesting species".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: The PC, whenever they break out the Cultural Posturing, if not the race as a whole. There's no denying they've got some advances, but to put them as the epitome of fine art and culture is... iffy. The other PCs never pass up an opportunity to send snark in their general direction in this regard.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: On a species-galaxy scale, they're occasionally mentioned to be one of the friendliest, most accepted races. Listening to your PC on anything hylotl-related for a while soon reveals it doesn't seem they actually like them. That, or those mentions were written by the Hylotl themselves, which is also possible.
  • Third Eye: And, judging from their decoration and even their flag, damn proud of it.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-universe, they seem to have this view, what with viewing random inked words (like "bubble" or "Ribbit") in paper as so beautiful they bring tears to their eyes. The other races have definitely noticed, and use it as yet another bashing point.
  • Wutai: Even their spaceship has the paper-screen walls and paper lanterns.


  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: One of their defining traits.
  • Celestial Body: Though instead of looking like they're made of stars, they're actually made of star material. They even turn big and red when they're old, and die by way of explosion.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: By way of having low attention spans.
  • Ditzy Genius: Their introduction states that they're actually more intelligent and intuitive than "the fleshy races", but their short memory and weak attention span results in stunted technology research.
  • Energy Beings: Described to be "interstellar gas-bag people".
  • The Gunslinger: They start out with gun crafting instead of melee weapons crafting like the other races.
  • No Social Skills: Part of their short attention spans, and the reason why other races tend to dislike them somewhat. One example given during development was of a Novakid outright asking an Avian priest if his god existed. Naturally, he wasn't pleased.
  • The Seventh Ranger: The Novakid were the last race to be added to the game as of Upbeat Giraffe. Unfortunately, due to that, they're severely lacking a lore and relationships with other races.
  • Space Western: Their starting clothes and crafted armor are all wild west-themed. Their ship even looks like an old-timey locomotive train!

    Lore Characters 

Big Ape

The dictator of the Apex.


A Floran scientist, respected as a genius even outside his species, of some authority.


A ambitious Avian, and leader of the enigmatic Ring of Thorns.
  • Ambition Is Evil: "I will become an unstoppable force. And the universe shall know the name Thornwing."
  • Terrible Trio: Often found working with Greenfinger and Big Ape.

Hiraki Corale

An oblivious Hylotl adventurer.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: It seems she doesn't really understand the gravity of the situations she's in, as evidenced when she visits an apex city where she, in order, ditches her charge, accidentally walks into a resistance meeting, considers it "so rebellious" and then gives a "big ape" jacket to somebody who appeared to have Ape flu.
  • Invincible Incompetent: She has managed to tame an undead dragon (though she forgot how) and somehow survived an Avian ascension (read: suicide leap).
  • Meaningful Name: Corale is one letter away from "coral"; the Hylotl are an undersea race.

Hewlett Deckard

A Glitch bounty hunter, in actuality a self-aware Glitch who helps other of his kind escape.

Professor Irondome

A Glitch professor who attempts to teach the Florans literacy. This goes poorly.

Platinum Ace

A leader of the Glitch Outcasts.

     Bosses - Upbeat Giraffe onwards 

Erchius Horror

The first boss, encountered on Tier 2, a giant, living crystal fought in the Erchius Mining facility. It's responsible for all the pink alien horrors found throughout the level.

Dreadwing the Penguin

The game's secondnote  boss, encountered on Tier 3, a space pirate penguin riding a UFO.
  • Airborne Mook: Flies in a UFO. He summons a swarm on mini-UFOs after he's brought down to ˝ health.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: If you manage to beat him, at least, as he drops a vital item to pass to the beta sector, as well as craft most metal items in the game.
  • Flunky Boss: He's got armed soldiers, minitanks and even miniufos to deploy on your hapless character.
    • Bad Boss: He can still accidentally kill them with his own UFO laser, however.
  • Flying Saucer: Pilots one, and can summon smaller ones to aid him.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down/Combat Pragmatist: Given a little thought, his strategy of attacking at any distress signals he can detect is a bit of a dick move. Then again, he's a pirate. The updated codex now states that he used to do this to test his early UFO design (as a shout out to older builds). After being shot down a lot, he learned his lesson.
  • Ramming Always Works: One of his deadlier attacks has him teleport over the player then slam his UFO down on them.
  • Space Pirates: Is the leader of a group of penguin pirates.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Considering the less-than-adequate warnings about the risks of a distress beacon, you're bound to call him in too early and get yourself lasered to death.


A remnant boss from Enraged Koala that can only be fought through cheats. Used to be the fourth boss, encountered on Tier 4, but can now be fought at any time.

     Bosses - Up to Enraged Koala 

Fatal Circuit

Formerly the game's second boss, a constructed robot gone amok

The Bone Dragon

Formerly the third boss of the game, a gigantic skeletal dragon.