When something or someone is literally
made of stars. Perhaps it's part of their nature, perhaps they've acquired it somehow, but they invariably have cosmological bodies within themselves. They range from having a "mere" planet to all of existence
The owner of the Celestial Body itself can come in many forms, from a seemingly average looking guy
, to a marble
, to an impossible thing that considers us to be insignificant insects at best
. No matter the form, they always invoke Bigger on the Inside
They tend to be Reality Warpers
objects of cosmic
scale, and may also have a Stellar Name
Commonly overlaps with Unmoving Plaid
. See Star-Spangled Spandex
for what someone with a Celestial Body usually seems to wear.
Not to be confused
, whose celestial bodies (if they even have bodies
) need not be a
Celestial Body, nor should it be confused with a term for naturally occurring objects in space. Or Uma Thurman
- In Episode 12 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, after Madoka becomes the goddess "Ultimate Madoka", she and Homura have a scene where they appear like this.
- In Revolutionary Girl Utena, Anthy is seen lying under Akio's body when he's drawn this way, which besides tying into a repeating motif in the series related to stars references his name, which literally means "morning star" and hints at his other role in the story.
- In the Pony POV Series, the two Alicorn Elders have this. Justified, as they're the personifications of the Existence and Life. In both cases, the stars are implied to to be souls residing inside them. The Father is Heaven and thus looks like the night sky in the shape of a pony, Fauna Luster is the source of all souls and looks like a nebula in the shape of a pony.
- RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse:
- As in canon, Princess Luna's mane and tail, though it's a minor spell that she generally leaves on at all times rather than her natural hair.
- Also, the Star Beasts. Most dwell in the heavens, but the Ursas Major and Minor have taken up residence in the Everfree Forest for some reason.
- Discussed in The Secret Garden with the story Mary tells Colin regarding a boy who had a whole universe down his throat, which he says is stupid and impossible.
Mythology and Religion
- In Pyramids, one of the multiple (and simultaneous) mythological explanations of night in Djelibeybi is that the sky goddess arches her (moon-and-star-containing) body over the land.
- Another Discworld example is Fate, whose eyes consist of a starry night sky.
- Zandramas, the Big Bad of the Malloreon, has stars beneath her skin, in increasing number. After her side is defeated, she is transformed to replace a missing galaxy.
- In Warrior Cats, the warriors of StarClan have stars in their pelts.
- In The Kane Chronicles the sky goddess Nut is seen at night, and naturally sports this trope.
- In Animorphs, when the Ellimist takes A Form You Are Comfortable With, he appears as a fairly ordinary-looking person except for Pointy Ears and his eyes, which are filled with stars like looking into deep space.
- In Frank Herbert's ConSentiency novels, the Caleban species makes this particularly literal by being actual stars (as in, "giant gravity-powered fusion reactors with planets around them") that are sentient.
- The wizards Coriakin and Ramandu in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader are actually stars living on earth as either punishment or a sort of temporary retirement, respectively.
- The Star-Eyed Goddess Kalenel, in the Heralds of Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey, is named for the impression one gets when looking into her eyes, which appear as fields of endless stars somehow contained within her face. Her Avatars, once-mortal servants, also have these eyes.
- The Stars, who also act as a sort of Fantasy Pantheon in The Orphan's Tales. First, they were lights in the sky. Most of them chose to come down to earth, but still claim to their homes in the firmament. On Earth they take various forms, some humanoid, some not, but most of them have a blazing white look to them, and when cut, they bleed powerful liquid magic.
- The Primordials in Illuminated. They could be as large as entire star systems. The youngest and last remaining one, however, is a vaguely humanoid cluster of stars no more than six inches in height/diameter.
- The Egyptian sky goddess Nut may have been the Ur-Example.
- On a related note, a lot of people in Classical Mythology were turned into constellations, the most famous being Orion.
- In Hindu Mythology, one interpretation of Vishnu's blue color is that he contains the entire universe within himself, and therefore resembles the night sky.
- The Starborn◊ of Dungeons & Dragons, a race of extraplanar humanoids with black skin patterned with stars and constellations. They share this appearance with their creator god, Erreun, who takes the shape of a Starborn covered in golden stars.
- Call of Cthulhu campaign The Fungi from Yuggoth, section "Day of the Beast". When the Sphinx is turned into the Beast (an avatar of Nyarlathotep) its face falls off, revealing a black oval void filled with whirling suns and galaxies.
- Magic: The Gathering:
- Celestial Ancient, a birdlike elemental from Ravnica that seems to embody the night sky itself.
- The gods of the plane of Theros and their servants also have these (which serves a dual purpose, triune if you add "looking really cool", in that it serves as visual shorthand for "enchantment creature"). The mortal locals refer to this as being "infused with Nyx", Nyx being the land of the night sky and the home of the gods which mortals visit through dreams.
- Dragonstar features a space dragon that looks like a night sky.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! has Astrograph Sorcerer (whose anime lore states he governs space-time to boot), and to a minor extent Ido the Supreme Magical Force, that looks the role but is actually based on the Id of Freudian psychology.
- In DragonFable, we have Isiri, whose torso is seemingly made of stars. This is probably to underline her connection with the Empress.
- Trag'oul, a dragon/deity in Diablo lore, is described as a dragon whose entire body is made from stars, and who bears the world on his spine.
- Algalon of World of Warcraft, along with a lot of the Titan architecture. He also drops daggers that look like this.
- Also various celestial mounts, such as the Celestial Steed, Gryphon and Mantic...er I mean 'Wyvern'.
- Balance Druids can also use a glyph that allows them to transform into starry versions of their humanoid forms instead turning into big fat purple owlbears.
- A similar boss appears in Mists of Pandaria; the Astral Cloud Serpent, Elegon. His battlefield even turns players into Human model that follows the same aesthetic.
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 features the Cosmic Guide, a creature who resembles Rosalina (the princess who helped Mario/Luigi on his quest to save both Peach and the entire galaxy from Bowser in the first Super Mario Galaxy game), but her body is made of stars. She helps the player complete a certain level only after it is failed too many times. Unfortunately, the Guide thinks that that's cheating, and as a result once she completes the level for you she will immediately give you a bronze Power Star because of your ineptitude.
- The first Super Mario Galaxy game also featured creatures that either resembled Mario or Luigi, but his body also appeared to be made of stars.
- Utsuho the Hell-Raven from Touhou has a cape that has the starry depths within them. It represents her control of nuclear fusion, the power of the stars.
- The King of All Cosmos from Katamari Damacy.
- Guild Wars: Factions has the Nahpui Quarter. To become Closer to the Stars, a necessary step in the main plot, the heroes must defeat four celestial spirits who embody this trope.
- In Heroes of Might and Magic VI Shades of Darkness, the upgrade of the Shadow Dragon, the Black Dragon, according to their in-game description, have on their wings "intricate patterns of light constantly dissolving, like galaxies being swallowed by the eternal darkness of space."
- Starbound plays with this in regards to the Novakid race. Rather than being full of stars like most examples, they're made of star, singular, as in hot, swirling masses of gas and plasma (held together by a magnetic metal brand). To further the theme, old Novakid tend to grow bigger and fatter as their forces grow weaker, and adopt a reddish hue, like a red giant (don't call them that, though), and literally go supernova when they die (smaller scale, of course), to the point Novakid funerals have to be done on mountaintops, with friends and family staying below.
- Homestuck has anyone with First Guardian powers, who seem to have their entire bodies be full of stars when they use them.
- The Genesis Frogs bred by players of each Sburb session take it further, in that each is literally an entire universe. Similarly, Snowman appears to have such a link to the Alternia universe; killing her caused the universe's destruction.
- In Nedroid, Reginald tries to pick up a lady with space pants.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- The absolutely colossal Ursa Major and the Ursa Minor (pictured above) are translucent bears with stars (particularly their namesake constellations) covering and/or inside their bodies.
- The adult Princess Luna and her Superpowered Evil Side Nightmare Moon have stars in their mane and tail; specifically, Nightmare Moon's resemble a thick star cloud, while Luna's look like a clear night sky.
- The three generals of the Beast Planet in War Planets appear to be made out of this (it's actually antimatter).
- In Fantasia, Nyx (at the end of the Pastoral Symphony sequence) might qualify, as it's not clear whether the night is her body or her mantle.
- Alien X from Ben 10: Alien Force has a black body resembling space with tiny white stars scattered throughout. In Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, we learn that it belongs to a race known as Celestialsapiens. It is by far the strongest of Ben's Omnitrix aliens, with full-on Reality Warper powers, but unless two-thirds of the personalities residing within Alien X (Ben himself, the aggressive and rage-filled Bellicus, and the loving and passionate Serena) can come to an agreement on what to do, Alien X remains completely still as it needs an order to do so much as walk. Ben is forced to be the Ego and negotiate between the two, to ill-effect (the fact that Ben is being forced to take the role of the voice of reason doesn't help). Since it was The Load, and Ben almost couldn't convince Serena or Bellicus to allow him to ever change back, Ben vowed to never use Alien X again after his first transformation, although he eventually reuses it in Ultimate Alien. The results there were somewhat better, although it still ended up backfiring and the problem was solved in another way.
- In fact, all Celestialsapiens have two personalities, with Ben as a tiebreaker making Alien X one of the most active Celestial sapiens everr. The entire time the team was in the Forge of Creation, none of the Celestialsapiens there took any notice of them, all still frozen in place while deliberating. (Word of God spelled it out: yes, they were all very much aware of what was going on. They were all still deciding what to do, the entire time - including the giant-sized one whose hand was the battlefield and whose baby was the villain's quarry.) The Big Bad's goal was to absorb an infant Celestialsapien, since having yet to develop its own personality (or rather, personalities) it wouldn't saddle him with the need to bargain with anybody to use the vast cosmic power.
- In Ben 10: Omniverse, Ben is once more forced to use Alien X, and finally gets Serena and Bellicus to cooperate in order to un-destroy the entire universe after it is erased.
- It turns out that there is one thing that Serena and Bellicus agree on: at some point in the past Professor Paradox did something and they hate for it.
- The above example actually returns when Ben and Alien X must defend this decision in a council of Celestialsapiens in the episode "Tennyson vs. the Universe". We also some notable ones, such as Starbeard and the Galactic Gladiator, whom have more decisive and balanced personalities (with Alien X's personalities saying the Gladiator is the most decisive Celestialsapien they've seen.)
- Nocturne, the ghost of sleep in Danny Phantom, has his entire body except his eyes and face-mask as stars in space.