Comic Book / Starfire

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"My world was conquered... I'll not let that happen to this planet, too. You can't understand— I won't let this planet die!"
Starfire

Starfire is a DC Comics character created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez.

Princesses Koriand'r and Komand'r of planet Tamaran were captured by the Psions, who experimented on the sisters and gave them the ability to shoot solar blasts. Koriand'r escaped her jailers and reached Earth, where she joined the Teen Titans, then formed by Robin (Dick Grayson), Changeling (Garfield Logan), Cyborg (Victor Stone), Kid Flash (Wally West), Raven, and Wonder Girl (Donna Troy).

While a member of the Teen Titans, Koriand'r was frequently romantically involved with Nightwing (Dick Grayson). She nearly married him, but their wedding was interrupted by Raven (who was evil at the time). Raven murdered the priest before he could pronounce Dick and Koriand'r husband and wife. The relationship was already on unsteady ground, with Koriand'r fearing that Dick was rushing into marriage and also concerned about the anti-alien sentiments that sprang up in response to the news of the impending nuptials.

In the New 52 reboot, she joined Red Hood and the Outlaws for a time. But as of 2015, she has a solo series that has her living in Key West.

Out of comics, her more prominent appearances include the Teen Titans series and its follow-up/spinoff Teen Titans Go!. In both shows, she is voiced by Hynden Walch.

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  • '80s Hair: Her initial look. Her hairstyle has changed in later times. It's wavy more-so than curly; it's incredibly long and thick, but it looks like normal hair nowadays. Her Tiny Titans and Teen Titans depictions show her with straight hair; though they've both temporarily been shown with the original style as a Mythology Gag.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Most versions of her costume are sling swimsuits with boots.
  • Adaptational Modesty: She is one of the more famous Stripperiffic comic book characters because her costumes often come down to being just strategically placed straps. Teen Titans gave her a skirt and top that only reveals her stomach. This look influenced her New 52 comic redesign and her depiction in Justice League vs. Teen Titans.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Justified because Tamaraneans can learn any language from physical contact, she generally enjoys doing it by kissing.
  • Anime Hair: Starfire's hair goes down past her waist and merges with the stream of energy left behind when she flies.
  • Arch-Enemy: Blackfire aka Komand'r, her own sister though not so much now in the New 52.
  • Arranged Marriage: She went through two separate ones, both with Tamaranean males who died afterwards. The first one was with Prince Karras, in order to secure an political alliance which caused no small amount of angst for her due to being in love with Dick at the time and Karras also being in love with someone else too. The second one was with General Phy'zzon around the time Tamaran was destroyed and it worked a little better than the last one.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Most of her outfit with really few exceptions.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's very nice, but when she gets pissed...look out.
  • Blood Knight: In her original appearances she's actually quite fierce and vicious, the most likely of the team to resort to excessive force in battle, considering she was raised in a warrior culture.
  • Boobs of Steel: She a superhumanly strong alien and also very busty.
  • Break the Cutie: In her backstory, she went through this when she was made a slave to the Gordanians. This includes being violently beaten and raped for years due to being a female prisoner.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: She's a hot-headed warrior princess who can brutally kill or kick the ass of almost any evil doer, but she's as gentle as a lamb with her friends and innocents. She's been toned down from this in later years.
  • Cain and Abel: With her sister Komand'r. Their rivalry was caused due to Komand'r being jealous of her younger sister being more favored than her, leading to betraying her own people to their Citadel enemies and making Koriand'r her slave. She humiliated, tortured and tried everything in her power to destroy her sister, whose hatred became mutual and it was considered so intense that the animated version toned it down considerably.
    • There seems to be general flip flop on the level of hatred between the sisters in modern stories, in some stories Starfire holds no hate for her sister, in others she only hates what Blackfire has becomes and holds out hope she can change. Blackfire too, can be shown to either hate her sister with all her being, or to not really hate her at all but only see her as a necessary sacrifice.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Her solo series does not seem to acknowledge anything from Red Hood and the Outlaws. Though it does seem to incorporate her romantic history with Dick Grayson.
  • Cartwright Curse: Most of Kory's relationships besides Dick Grayson have ended disastrously. Her first human boyfriend before Robin was an undercover H.I.V.E. agent ordered to spy on the Titans and was executed after genuinely falling in love with her (though she never found out the truth) and she was widowed twice, both times with Tamaranean men who died heroically.
  • Depending on the Artist: Whether or not she has Flaming Hair.
    • Also what color her starbolts are.
    • Also whether or not she has pupils.
    • Her skin tends to range from golden to orange to just a really deep but ordinary sunkissed tan.
  • Dude Magnet: She is a real head-turner. Case in point, when she visits the Gotham City Police Department in Gotham Central, every man stares at her slack-jawed and so do a few women.
    Blackfire: Ha! I should have expected one like you. My sweet sister has a talent for attracting devoted protectors... Usually males. Always foolish.
  • Ethical Slut: What she was supposed to come off as in Red Hood and the Outlaws (New 52), although she had sex with only one person off panel in one issue. While the general idea behind this was consistent with her previous characterization since the 80s, in which she was portrayed as an Innocent Fanservice Girl and All-Loving Hero, the handling of it was generally considered to be botched badly and eventually resulted in her removal from the team. Her own series goes back to having it as an extension of her generally loving and caring personality.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: More than few girls can be seen checking her out with the men when she enters a room.
  • Everything Is Better With Princesses: Starfire is the heir to Tamaran's throne, though that doesn't really play much in her role as a superhero. She is frequently referred as "princess" nonetheless by people around her.
  • Exposed Extraterrestrials: Her people doesn't put place much value into clothes as they see nothing inherently unchaste about nudity and since they are more durable and tougher than humans, they don't have problems with it being impractical either. In fact, they require exposure to ultraviolet radiation in order to fuel their powers.
  • Fanservice Model: For a time, Starfire had a successful career as a fashion model. Considering her sensuous culture and all the times she appeared naked in OFFICIAL stories, she was probably modelling swimsuits, bikinis and lingerie.
  • Fiery Redhead: She is fierce in combat, and not only is she a redhead, but also her hairstyle makes it look like flames, which causes a literal version of the trope.
  • Fish out of Water: Starfire is depicted as being unfamiliar with human customs and phrases is some of her incarnations, leading to some misunderstandings and awkwardness. This characterization is played straight in her solo series.
  • Flaming Hair: She is occasionally drawn with her hair dissolving into fire.
  • Flying Brick/Flying Firepower: Though her super-strength is often downplayed in favor of her energy blasts and babe status. She's tough, but not outright invulnerable, so she straddles the line between Brick and Firepower.
    • Flight: Which leaves a distinctive energy contrail behind, looking as if it is coming directly from her hair. Starfire has also been stated to have flown light years through space in short amounts of time.
  • Godiva Hair: Starfire uses this every so often, particularly when Dick Grayson discovers her in the shower.
  • Good Is Not Soft: See Bruiser with a Soft Center.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: A hot alien babe with orange skin.
  • Hand Blast: Her main power and attack.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Often cause this reaction. For example, in Gotham Central, when Starfire comes to the GCPD to help clear up some issues with Robin (A body has been found in his outfit, but the police are unsure if it is authentic or a costume) every man stares at her slack-jawed, eliciting a disgusted "men" from Detective Romy Chandler. However, Detective Joely Bartlett smirks and points to the two gay women in the department who are also staring with the exact same expression, just as unable to control themselves as the men. Man or woman, if somebody is that attractive and fits your orientation, it is bringing something out of you.
  • Human Aliens: Tamaranians are indistinguishable from humans, save the solid green eyes and spray-tan color skin, yet are specifically stated to taxonomically be felines rather than apes.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: In her earlier appearances Starfire would often appear with Censor Steam nudity, due to both her time as a slave and her society's lack of nudity hangups. She still likes to shuck the clothing, but now she does it in (what is usually) private.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Dick Grayson, as well as a few other Earth men. She was the first of Dick's girlfriends that he was quite blatantly implied to have had sex with, they've been engaged at least once, and they were even almost married once as in, the only reason they aren't husband and wife is because fellow Titan Raven attacked the ceremony and killed the minister before he could complete it. Though they are drifted apart in modern continuity, both still remember and occasionally flirt with each other over their former connection.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: She was notable among the Titans for her "Starbolt-first ask questions later" approach to fighting crime and often had to be calmed down by her teammates like Dick Grayson when she let her emotions run too high. Lampshaded by her race's nature of being run by emotions, loving strongly in times of peace but hating fiercely in times of battle to the point of recklessly attacking.
  • Leotard of Power: When her costume isn't a Chainmail Bikini, anyway. In 52 she's mistaken for a stripper after showing up on Animal Man's doorstep.
  • Literal-Minded: Often takes expressions and sayings as their literal interpretation.
  • Made a Slave: Part of her backstory in Teen Titans. Her evil sister betrayed their planet Tamaran, and helped hostile aliens conquer it, and as part of the terms of their defeat, the Tamaranians were required to surrender Starfire, their princess, into slavery.
  • Magic Kiss: Starfire can learn any person's language with a touch, but she chooses to do it with a kiss because it's more fun that way. Humorously lampshaded way back in the X-Men / Teen Titans crossover when she kissed Colossus after hearing him say something in Russian and realizing it was a new language. Nightcrawler, upon observing this, asked "Fraulein, sprechen sie Deustsch?"(Young lady, do you speak German?)
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is a hot alien babe with orange skin, who learned languages by kissing people. Kory is regarded as extremely physically attractive even by the standards of the superhero community. Her general lack of modesty is often used for copious Fanservice and her skimpy hero outfit leaves little to the imagination. Even in certain adaptations where Adaptational Modesty is in effect, she still provides plenty of fanservice.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Her eyes are drawn green and blank, or green in the sclera, irises or pupils. She's given the irises and pupils in her solo series.
  • Most Common Super Power: Starfire has always been drawn to be bustier than all her fellow female teammates. It was one of the reason Terra I called her "balloon bod" to insult her. Some artists have drawn her to have the third largest breasts in DC, behind only the second and first.
  • Nice Girl: She's sometimes depicted as this, being very empathetic and considerate of others before herself. She's this in her current solo series.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Dick Grayson was saying this to Starfire a LOT during the Wolfman-Perez run in Teen Titans.
  • Polyamory: Only in the New 52 though. It's heavily implied that this is the norm for relationships on Tamaran. Starfire herself seems to find the thought of being with only one person quaint at best and she regularly makes out and offers coitus with multiple people, sometimes in the same day.
  • Power of the Sun: Starfire's alien physiology constantly absorbs ultraviolet radiation and converts it to energy. Specifically the ultraviolet rays.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: As part of a coming-of-age ritual, Koriand'r was trained in combat by the revered Warriors of Okaara when she was a child.
  • Punny Name: Koriand'r is a homonym for Coriander, a spice. Meanwhile, her sister's name is a little more martial (Commander).
  • Rape as Backstory: Though none of the adaptations nor the New 52 reboot mention this, it was confirmed in the original continuity that Koriand'r was raped by Citadel members. In fact, she was nearly executed by Komand'r for killing one of her own abusers before they were kidnapped by the Psions. While she doesn't angst it about it, preferring to move on and leave these horrible memories behind, reminding her of it is a trigger for her.
  • Rapunzel Hair: When in flight in her original appearances, her hair seemed to be over fifty feet long.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Being the affectionate type most of her female friendships are like this, but special mention goes to Raven. The two are constantly shown to have an incredibly deep friendship, having even had a rather infamous kiss, and Starfire for a time housed what would be considered Raven's "good" soul. In her solo series Starfire and her new friend Stella Gomez have this type of relationship.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She is a princess, though whether or not she counts as "acting" monarchy is debatable since she's in willing exile.
  • Secret Public Identity: Starfire's identity is public knowledge, although she has taken on "Kory Anders" as a legal name.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Inverted; Starfire's costume is a skimpy swimsuit and she is a genuinely heroic character, while her evil sister Blackfire wears a full bodysuit.
  • Sex Slave: Was made into this after her sister, Blackfire gave her to the Citadel as part of their agreement for helping Blackfire conquer their home planet. Luckily Starfire doesn't dwell on this and is incredibly well-adjusted despite it. In fact she really enjoys sex now that she can choose her partners.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: Nightwing will always be the love of her life, but the ever cruel fate always keeps them from being together. Even after he had moved on with many other women, there will always be a place for him in her heart.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Kory is drawn as especially tall at 1,93 m (6'4") (with '80s Hair and heels often adding even more inches to that!).
  • Stripperiffic: Most versions of her costume are swimsuits with boots. Starfire's already-revealing costume goes Up to Eleven in Red Hood and the Outlaws. She now effectively has only a pair of pasties covering her nipples, and the bikini she wears late in the first issue actually manages to be more modest than her default costume. Word of God also said that they intended for the bikini scene to have her swimsuit be semi-transparent until DC issued an Executive Veto on it.
  • Super Strength: Around Wonder Girl's level.
  • Team Mom: Is by far the most reasonable, level-headed, and experienced member of the Titans in the Rebirth continuity, providing heartfelt support whenever necessary and taking charge when Damian's emotions and prejudices are getting the best of him. She is also very affectionate to the younger members of the Titans.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Starfire does not adhere to this, since she not only isn't an earthling, but because she was born in a warrior culture and trained as one. This has led to conflict with Nightwing and Donna Troy. She does her best to respect Earth rules, but when she's off-Earth, she is more willing to go by her own opinions.
  • Trauma Button:
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She is very protective of the people she cares about, but specially so for her significant others. When her first human boyfriend Franklin Candrall was murdered by a H.I.V.E. agent, she flew into such Unstoppable Rage she would have killed him if Donna Troy had not stepped in the way. To say nothing how she feels about Dick Grayson being in danger.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Both Teen Titans shows and her 2015 solo comic series have her donning A-Rank boots.

     Solo Series 
Despite having lived on Earth for a little while now, Koriand'r, also known as Starfire, realizes she doesn't actually know much about Earth or its inhabitants. So after a little advice from Superman, Kori decides to move to Key West, Florida. With the help of Police Chief Stella Gomez, her brother Sol, and various locales Kori begins her peaceful learning adventure, but trouble is never far away. Sadly ended after 12 issues, but Starfire as part of DC Rebirth will be joining the Teen Titans again.

Tropes

  • Art Shift: Issue 9 welcomes a new artist.
  • Aborted Arc: Pretty much all of them set up early in the run were abandoned to make way for Rebirth.
  • Bi the Way: When Choor suggests a foursome between himself, Stella, Kori, and Atlee. Atlee says "Sure, why not." Kori is a little more apprehensive because Stella was passed out from drinking at the time.
  • Continuity Nod: Atlee mentions her adventures with Power Girl.
  • Canon Immigrant: Silkie makes his comic debut. Though with a new name, Syl'Khee, and Origin, a type of rare, extremely intelligent animal from Tamaran called a Khee. They sometimes choose a special Tamaranian to bond with.
  • Composite Character: In looks and personality Starfire is a lot like her Teen Titans incarnation. Though she also shares her comicbook personality's feelings toward sex, clothing and intimacy.
  • Da Chief: Stella Gomez.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Soren Johnson, he was a famous Cancer doctor know to preform miracles, this was because he had the power to remove cancer from his patients, though it only made his own worse. The tumor in his brain eventually turned him crazy and he went from a healer to a serial killer with telepathic abilties.
    • Sol Gomez is still in a deep Heroic B.S.O.D. two years after the tragic death of his girlfriend, Maria.
  • The Empath: Starfire frequently states that she can sense the feelings of others. Becomes a plot point when she meets Soren Johnson, it also allows her to bond with Beth the dolphin.
  • Ethical Hedonist: Starfire is presented as this in her story. She tries to save people from dangers in her immediate area, but is not particularly interested in heroism and seems to only be concerned with having a good time with her friends and lovers.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: While walking around town several girls can be seen admiring Kori, and when she goes to a bar at least two girls are shown to be among many of the patrons who buy her drinks.
    • She even has this effect on straight women.
    Rave: Well that body doesn't hurt either, I'd switch sides for a shot at that. Oh, did I just say that out loud?
  • Fight Magnet: Kori, Stella, and Atlee spend their time traveling to Strata discussing the fact that trouble always manages to find them.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Dick Grayson comes to Keywest in issue 7 and leaves halfway into issue 8.
  • I Have Your Wife: After Blackfire commissions Kragg Gorn Kee to find Starfire, the Citadel finds out and tell him to kill Starfire, Blackfire just wanted her location and specified no harm was to come to her sister. When Kragg tells them to piss off, they reveal they have kidnapped his wife and child. Kragg responds by blowing up one of their ships despite having no clue which ship his wife was on, much to the Citadel's shock and horror. Then while he agrees to kill Starfire in exchange for his family, he warns the Citadel that if they bring any harm to them he'll slowly torture them all until they beg for death.
  • Literal-Minded: Whenever someone uses a saying, Kori, tends to think of it in the literal sense including a little Imagine Spot.
  • More Than Mind Control: In issue #10 of her 2015 series, supporting characters Sol and Rave encounter Starfire's pet Syl'khee and accidentally wind up caught in its bizarre hypnosis ray. Sol and Rave become uncontrollably turned on by each other and begin kissing on the spot. The two have different reactions. Sol is very upset and off-put by what happened and says he doesn't like feeling controlled. Rave, by contrast, says that she felt like all of her fears and inhibitions were gone, and that for a moment she felt free to do anything she wanted. Rave is a bit offended that Sol saw kissing her as such a harsh experience, and only agrees to forget the whole thing if he wants it that way.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Kori sees no problem in getting intimately close with everyone. Same goes for Atlee.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Starfire follows this logic when fighting enemies and she poignantly explained this as she incinerated a group of monsters attacking Atlee's home.
  • Questionable Consent: Brought up in issue #10 of her 2015 series. After Syl'khee accidentally hypnotizes Rave and Sol to lose their inhibitions, the two of them make out, but Sol afterwards sees the incident as a violation of his consent. By contrast, Rave felt that she was empowered and was more in control during the make-out. However, she chooses to drop the incident if that's what he wants.
  • The Reveal: Starfire isn't the only hero in Keywest looking to learn more about humanity.
  • Shower Scene: In the first issue she takes a shower in a clawfoot bathtub and...come out with only a towel on the head. Fortunately an embarassed Boone covers her with another towel.

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