"May the seven stars bring judgement upon you. Seven Star Sword, GRAND CHARIOT!"Related to Lunacy and The Power of the Sun, Star Power is magic fueled by, of course, the stars. Generally comes in one of two forms, "Classical" and "Lovecraftian". "Classical" star power, derived from the traditional use of the stars and the motions of the planets to predict the future, is concerned primarily with fate and divination. "Lovecraftian" star power takes its cues from H.P. Lovecraft (of course) and evokes the unfathomable otherness and distance of the stars and whatever inhabitants they may have. Don't be surprised if your Star Powered-character refers frequently to constellations, perhaps referring to the influence of the Western Zodiac and other planetary bodies. As an offense, the stars may be helpful to Light 'em Up. Causing meteors to fall from the sky to strike your opponents is not out of the question for either type. On the opposite side of the scale, this may extend itself to power that comes from galaxies or even the entire universe. Often the reasoning behind using something made of Thunderbolt Iron. If the person who uses Star Power is actually made of stars, see Celestial Body. For related "space" powers, see Gravity Master and Reality Warper. Not to be confused with the webcomic Star Power or that other Star Power.
— Jellal Fernandes, Fairy Tail
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- Saint Seiya is built on this early on, with both heroes and villains taking their powers from a constellation (From Pegasus Seiya to Gemini Saga). Later enemies had other sources for their powers, though.
- In Cardcaptor Sakura, the whole second series was about her having to transfer the Clow Cards from their old energy source (The Sun and the Moon, which her predecessor used) over to her power source - the power of her star.
- Pamoon, one of the Millennium Mamodos from Zatch Bell!, has spells revolved around this.
- Jellal's Celestial Body Magic in Fairy Tail is Full-Contact Magic and Fantastic Nukes fueled by the stars.
- Lucy's brand of Summon Magic is based upon the Zodiac constellations. Later on, she gains the ability to copy their powers for herself, giving her super strength, light magic, water magic, et cetera based on which spirit she summoned. Her Urano Metria spell is also described as "The Ultimate Magic of the Stars".
- In the manga version of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Kaiser's monsters are all named after stars, specifically those of the constellation Draco.
- In Yu Gi Oh Zexal, every known resident of the Barian World is loosely named after one of the stars of the Big Dipper: Durbe after Dubhe, Alit after Alioth, Misael after Mizar, Gilag after Merak and Vector after Phecda.
- Nanoha Takamachi from Lyrical Nanoha has two themes: Stars and a Feather Motif. To perform her Starlight Breaker, she gathers the residual energy left by magical attacks in a battlefield in form of thousands of starlights. Other characters who know Breaker magic are Reinforce Eins, who copied it from Nanoha, Teana Lanster, who learned it from Nanoha, and Miura Rinaldi, who also has a star themed Intelligent Device with the name Star Saber. In Miura's case, her attacks are mostly close-ranged based and her two most powerful attacks have the names Bakken: Seiōha ("Sword-draw: Starbright Blade") and Bakken: Tenshō Seiōha ("Sword-draw: Heaven-piercing Starbright Blade").
- As shown in the image, Cure Twinkle from Go! Princess Pretty Cure uses stars as her primary powers. She also uses Moon-based shields
- The DCU has had several characters powered by the stars, in about the same way Superman is powered by the Sun: Starman (in the golden age), Hawkman (at some period in silver/bronze age), and Dr. Regulus (LSH villain).
- In a Hellboy / Batman / Starman crossover comic, a group of neo-Nazis build a machine to collect power from the stars in order to awaken an Eldritch Abomination.
- In The Silmarillion, this was the domain of Valar Varda, the lady of stars. Afterwards, the elves became always associated and very fond of starlight ("Eldar" more or less means "of the stars" in Quenya), though sadly few show such magic.
- The Stars, a semi-divine race in The Orphan's Tales. Their magic is powerful, but also drawn from their very essence, so that as time goes by, the Stars collectively grow weaker and weaker, and hide themselves away more often.
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- One type of warlock in Dungeons & Dragons fourth edition is the Star Pact warlock, which gains its powers by making a pact with an Eldritch Abomination that lives among the stars.
- And conceptually at least, the Master of the Starry Night paragon path from the Arcane Power supplement is all about cutting out the eldritch abomination middleman in favor of discovering and harnessing the presumably more natural power of the stars themselves.
- A third party sourcebook, When the Sky Falls, which revolves around adding meteors and celestial bodies to a player's campaign setting. Naturally, it has a ton of new star-themed spells for wizards, up to including a whole new "plasma" damage typenote .
- In the Greyhawk setting, Celestian is the deity of space and the stars. He has a number of space/star related powers, including Aurora Borealis, Comet, Meteors, Space Chill, and Starshine.
- One of the eight magic schools in Warhammer is the Lore of Heavens, or Astromancy; it's mostly the Classical (fate manipulation and divination plus meteors) type, but with added aeromantic and lightning-based spells for combat.
- The Sidereal Exalted get a variant on this, especially in the form of Astrology, where they can weave alternate fates that grant them benefits to certain tasks based on the constellation they're using.
- Some White spells from Magic: The Gathering reference starlight.
- In the Yu-Gi-Oh! game the members of Sacred/Constellar archetype are named after stars, clusters of stars, or in a few cases, whole galaxies. Most of them are named after stars in the constellations of the Western Zodiac.
- Pathfinder sorcerers can choose Starsoul as a bloodline, which means their inherent magical powers come from some hereditary link to the stars and the empty void. They get space-oriented bonus spells and even eventually develop physiological changes, such as immunity to cold or no longer needing to breathe, to let them survive in the void of space.
- The Kirby series; stars show up as a motif in many of Kirby's weapons and items (Warp Star, Star Rod, Triple Star) and in the design for his copy ability hats. The anime mentions at one point that Kirby's powers comes from stars. Some of the Final Bosses have an association with stars as well, most prominently Nightmare and Galactic Nova.
- The "Astral" magic of Dominions. Among the heaviest users of Astral magic is the Illithids of R'lyeh.
- Olan/Orran from Final Fantasy Tactics, whose class is "Astrologist" and whose only skill prevents most enemies from acting.
- Star Ocean: The Second Story, among its overload of elements, had "Star" as distinct from both "Light" and "Vacuum" (which itself was distinct from "Void"). Most of the Star-elemental spells were cast by Celine. When the PSP version greatly simplified the element system, Star-elemental spells were merged into Light.
- In Touhou, Marisa Kirisame uses spells themed around stars (and to a lesser extent, galaxies, comets, and so on). Likewise for Mima (who is widely assumed to be Marisa's teacher). And the fairy Star Sapphire is literally powered by starlight, as well as having a star-based spellcard theme.
- The Starburst spell from the Might and Magic series.
- The Super Mario Bros. franchise has always had a strong association with stars, starting with the Starman Invincibility Power-Up and strengthened by Star Shaped Coupons later on.
- Super Mario 64 served as the franchise codifier, as Mario's goal was to collect Power Stars to open up new areas. Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 also focused on collecting Power Stars.
- Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario have the star spirits, a group of wish granting deities, and Geno a warrior from their world inhabiting the body of a wooden puppet.
- Star Power is also revealed to be the source of Mario and Luigi (as well as Wario, Donkey Kong, Peach, and Bowser)'s abilities in Yoshi's Island DS.
- Star Man from Mega Man 5. He was followed by Astro Man in Mega Man 8 (as well as Mega Man & Bass).
- Ironically, Bob and George literally gave Star Man Star Power; during the First Annual Robot Tournament (the events of Mega Man 6), Star Man could only be intimidated by a more popular Robot Master (i.e. Shadow Man) and he was only defeated during the retelling of 5 when Ran threatened to blacklist him with "the taint of Communism."
- Disgaea has "star magic" and mages as a Non-Elemental spell element.
- Otani Yoshitsugu from Sengoku Basara is astrology-obsessed (his title is "Sky Watcher") and believes in a red comet that is a harbinger of human misery and that he will invoke it. All his powers are astrology-themed, named after constellations, stars, planets, or mythological beings associated with stars.
- Zerase from Suikoden V has the unique Star Rune, which uses Star Power to completely eviscerate foes from the early going.
- The Stardust Pillar from Terraria is able to summon a constellation of "stars", which spawn alien mooks to attack the player. The mooks that accompany it are also star-themed.
- Star Magic in Wizard101 places a bubble around the caster for four rounds, having an effect on all incoming and/or outgoing spells.
- League of Legends has two champions with different variants of this trope (three if you count Leona, who uses The Power of the Sun). Soraka, The Starchild is a celestial being that possesses heavenly powers, including an offensive ability called Starcall.
- Bloodborne has the A Call Beyond hunter tool. It's item description refers to it as creating a small exploding star, and it packs the power to back up that claim.
- EarthBound and MOTHER 3 have PK Starstorm, a powerful PSI technique that manifests itself as falling stars which deal massive damage.
- The Elder Scrolls
- As part of Nirn's Alien Sky, the sun and stars are actually holes punctured between Mundus (the mortal realm) and Aetherius (the realm of magic) during the Dawn Era by Magnus and his et'Ada ("original spirit") followers (now known as the Magna Ge) when they realized that helping to create Mundus would severely weaken them and permanently bind them to it. Magic now flows into Mundus through the sun and stars, visible in the night sky as nebulae, which means that Nirn has literal star power behind its magic.
- The extinct Ayleids (Wild Elves) believed that starlight was the most "sublime" form of magic, and venerated anything which fell from the heavens, particularly meteorite iron, which they would craft into their "Ayleid Wells" which channeled and restored magicka.
- The Nedes, human ancestors to most of the modern races of Men, had the study and worship of the stars and constellations as a major part of their culture. They also worshiped beings known as "celestials." Exactly who or what they were is not known. (Theories posit that early forms of the Aedra, Magnus and the Magna Ge, or some other unknown set of divine beings are all possibilities.) Given that the Nedes were once slaves to the Ayleids, it is possible they picked up this cultural trait from them.
- In Star Darlings, the Starlings use their magic to grant wishes to humans, and travel to Earth as shooting stars.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic pilot, there's a prophecy regarding the return of Nightmare Moon that states, "The stars will aid in her escape," and sure enough, every time Twilight Sparkle checks out the moon, four stars appear to be approaching it.
- Twilight herself has a star based cutie mark (Stars are known to sparkle) and with magic being her natural talent, she is basically an Infinity +1 Red Mage.