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Star Darlings (in order of their book releases)
Star Darlings In General
- Cast Speciation: Each one of the Star Darlings has a specific power that can only be used on Wishworld.
- The Chosen One: They are the twelve girls prophesied to save Starland.
- Color-Coded Characters: Every girl has a color associated with them.
- Compelling Voice: On Wishworld the Star Darlings can mind-control adults to make getting around easier.
- The Red Baron: On dolls and in promotional material, several Star Darlings have a title describing their character archetype. Sage is "The Leader," Libby is "The Optimist," Leona is "The Performer," Vega is "The Perfectionist," Scarlet is "The Rebel," Cassie is "The Bookworm," and Piper is "The Dreamy Mystic."
- Theme Naming: The Star Darlings have names sharing the first or first two letters (or in the case of Sage, Libby, Leona and Gemma, the first three) of the zodiac sign they represent. Their personalities also correspond to their zodiac signs.
- Western Zodiac: What they're based off of. Sage is Sagittarius, Libby is Libra, Leona is Leo, Vega is Virgo, Scarlet is Scorpio, Cassie is Cancer, Piper is Pisces, Astra is Aries, Tessa is Taurus, Adora is Aquarius, Clover is Capricorn and Gemma is Gemini, while Ophelia is Ophiuchus.
A confident, energetic girl who tries to look on the bright side of life. Sage has always wanted to be a Wish-Granter. Her mother, Indirra, is a scientist who studies wish energy.
- The Ace: Sage is an expert at energy manipulation.
- All-Loving Hero: In Stealing Starlight, once she figures out the root of Vivica's issues Sage is the most welcoming and understanding of her.
- Ambiguously Brown: Only in the web series, where she has darker skin than in official art or on her doll.
- Brutal Honesty: Sage doesn't have much in the way of a brain-to-mouth filter, and says things that are accidentally insensitive.
- Child Prodigy: Even as a child, she had great control over her powers. As a baby she could levitate her toys with ease.
- The Chosen One: The canceled book One Star Too Far would have revealed Sage, not Vivica, was the Dark Starling prophesied to decide Starland's fate.
- Cool Big Sis: To her little brothers, twins Archer and Helio.
- The Corruption: The canceled book One Star Too Far would have had Sage slowly turning into a Dark Starling after abandoning Vivica on Earth, and trying to set things right and earn forgiveness before it was too late.
- Fatal Flaw: Spirited Starling that she is, Sage is quick to assume and make snap judgements.
- Genki Girl: Sage is curious, cheerful and energetic.
- The Hero: She's the main character in the animated series and the first novel.
- Purple Is Powerful: Sage is color-coded lavender.
- Telepathy: Her special power is reading minds.
- Survival Mantra: Her Mirror Mantra is "I believe in you. Glow for it."
A generous girl who enjoys helping others, Libby has a ton of wealth but wants to share it all, no matter the cost to herself.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the web series she's girly and hyper, and can break the fourth wall, while in the books she's level-headed, down-to-earth, generous, and sweet.
- Extreme Doormat: Libby is a people-pleaser to the extent that it's hard for her to make her own decisions and say no to people.
- Genki Girl: In the web series she's extremely hyperactive and talkative.
- Girly Girl: In the animated series, she loves pink, boys, and girly things.
- Greater Need Than Mine: This is Libby's greatest strength, but it's also her greatest weakness when she takes it to unnecessary extremes.
- The Lancer: In the animated series, to Sage.
- Pink Means Feminine: Is a Rose-Haired Girl who wears all pink and is stereotypically girly.
- Spoiled Sweet: She comes from an astronomically rich family, but she is the nicest and most generous girl who wants to please everyone.
- Survival Mantra: Her Mirror Mantra is "It's all in the balance. Glimmer and shine."
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Downplayed in that her power is to transform objects, not herself.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Libby sadly suffers from this. Her parents love her, but they simply cannot understand why their daughter would rather do charity work than enjoy the luxuries their wealth provides her.
A brash, confident girl who wants to be the most famous pop star in Starland, Leona can be self-centered at times but has a good work ethic.
- Animal Motifs: The lion, naturally. Her hair in particular looks a lot like a lion's mane.
- It's All About Me: Leona is pretty self-centered and has a loud personality, making working with her difficult at times. In her featured book, she puts her wish mission in jeopardy when she is sidetracked by the chance to sing in a show.
- Magic Idol Singer: Her dream is to be a famous singer, she sings well and can do magic.
- Sassy Black Woman: Sometimes, though it's more noticeable in the web series.
- Super Senses: Her special power is to hear things from far away.
- Survival Mantra: Her Mirror Mantra is "You are a star. Light up the world."
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: All starlings are adverse to Negative Wish Energy because of what it represents and just getting close to it can be harmful, but Leona is among the few who appears to genuinely be afraid of it.
A top student who studies hard so she can become the best Wish Granter, Vega can be a bit of a perfectionist. She tends to think logically.
- Bookworm: Is always seen with piles of books and holo-books.
- Compelling Voice: While most Starlings can use this skill to get around Earth, Vega's power is outright Mind Control via her thoughts, not words.
- Disney Death: In the cartoon, Rancora nearly kills her by draining her positive energy to the extent that Adora can't heal her, but Vega's Power Crystal revives her.
- Fatal Flaw: Her pride. Vega has so much confidence in her intelligence and methods that it doesn't cross her mind that her first assessment of the facts could be wrong until it falls short.
- Go-Getter Girl: With the best grades and most hard-working attitude out of every girl in school, Vega certainly wants to achieve big things.
- Obsessed Are The List Makers: Vega checks her lists thrice to be sure they're correct.
- The Perfectionist: Vega's most prominent characteristic. While it makes her a stellar student, it also induces her into taking on tasks that are not her own to make sure they're done what she thinks is the "right" way.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: In the animated series, she's the blue while most of the other main girls are red.
- Shorter Means Smarter: In official art for the books, Vega is usually drawn a bit shorter than the other four core Star Darlings.
- The Smart Guy: In the animated series.
- Survival Mantra: Her Mirror Mantra is "You are the missing piece of the puzzle."
- Workaholic: Vega isn't happy unless she's working, and enjoys solving puzzles and doing a good job.
A mysterious loner who is fascinated with all things Wishworld. Scarlet's parents are classical musicians, and without much to keep her occupied Scarlet took to doing things at her own pace.
- The Ace: While Sage has the most natural talent with energy manipulation, Scarlet's wish-granting potential and power is off-the-charts.
- Deadpan Snarker: Roughly everything that comes out of her mouth is snark.
- Emo Teen: Has this attitude in general.
- Gravity Master: Her special power is to affect the gravitational pull of objects and make them heavier or lighter, which also lets her pick locks.
- Ineffectual Loner: Which makes the rest of the girls nervous around her. It is deconstructed into her weakness; Scarlet may treasure her alone time, but when she needs help or just somebody to talk to, she has and will continue to push everyone away.
- In the Hood: Scarlet's signature outfit includes a hoodie. When she wears it up, it's usually a sign that she wants to be left alone.
- Intrigued by Humanity: So much that her dream is to live on Wishworld (aka Earth).
- Loners Are Freaks: Scarlet has to constantly put up with this outlook from her peers, including the Star Darlings. Vega even named her a suspect in her investigation into the energy crisis in the animated shorts.
- Multicolored Hair: Scarlet's fuchsia hair is streaked with dark purple. The fifth book, which focuses on her, confirms it's a case of Delinquent Hair.
- Nightmare Fetishist: For what counts as nightmares on Starland, anyway. Scarlet likes bitbats, animals that Starlings normally find frightening. She even bonds with some in the Star Caves.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: She's not actually evil, but she is an odd loner who does nothing to counter the other girl's negative opinions of her.
- Survival Mantra: Her Mirror Mantra is "It's time for some star power."
- You Don't Look Like You: Scarlet's doll has long dark purple hair tied in a ponytail instead of short fuchsia hair with dark stripes.
A shy, artistic girl who wishes to be more confident in herself. Cassie brought her pet Glowfur, Itty, to the school to keep her company.
- Bookworm: Cassie loves reading, and her uncle is a famous novelist.
- Friend to All Living Things: Brought her beloved pet glowfur Itty into the dorm even though they're not allowed. Itty is also a Tragic Keepsake because she belonged to her late mother.
- Invisibility: Her power in the TV special.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Cassie's uncle and foster father is a successful and wealthy author, but she finds life in his mansion empty with just them and Itty. This was a big factor in Cassie's decision to apply for boarding school.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Cassie's power is to raise or lower the volume of sounds.
- Meganekko: Shy little bookworm Cassie is never without her pink star glasses. Not only do they light up for late night reading, they serve as her star pendant.
- Never Be Hurt Again: A mild case of this is a Freudian Excuse for her shyness. After her parents died, Cassie has trouble getting close to other people for fear that they will eventually leave her too.
- Parental Abandonment: Cassie lost her parents at a young age and was Happily Adopted by her Uncle Andreas.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her assigned color is white, but her hair and clothes are more of a very light pink.
- Shrinking Violet: Tends to be shy and nervous, in contrast to her outgoing roommate Sage.
- Sixth Ranger: In the animated series, by virtue of being The Hero Sage's roommate.
- Survival Mantra: Her Mirror Mantra is "Listen to your feelings. Let your inner light sparkle."
- Youthful Freckles: She is one of the youngest Star Darlings, with her freckles reflecting it.
A daydreaming, artistic writer with supernatural abilities. Piper tends to get visions and dreams of the future, which are rarely wrong. She has an innate ability to read others' moods.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Piper's mellowness and abilities make other Starlings see her as one. They're not completely wrong.
- Creepy Good: She unnerves other Starlings by telling her friends about visions she's had and looking for spirits, but she's a good person and wants to help others and herself.
- Determinator: Piper wants to be the best version of herself possible, and to share it with the world by being a writer.
- It Runs in the Family: Piper's parents, grandmother, and brother all believe in spiritualism and dream interpretations as much as she does.
- Levitating Lotus Position: She tries to meditate like this in the series, but keeps getting interrupted.
- Psychic Powers: Piper frequently has Prophetic Dreams, and can supposedly see ghosts.
- Raised by Grandparents: Piper and her older brother Finn spent most of their lives being raised by their eccentric grandmother while their parents were touring Starland as meditation gurus.
- Seers: She can see the future in dreams and visions, as can her relatives.
- Survival Mantra: Her Mirror Mantra is "Dreams can come true. It's your time to shine."
- X-Ray Vision: Her special power is "sunray" vision, as Starlings call it.
A confident, competitive girl who wants to be the best athlete in Starland.
- Emotionless Girl: Only on the surface. Astra shows her confidence and passion through her actions rather than words, making expressing herself in ways other than physical feats one of her greatest challenges.
- Fatal Flaw: Astra is prone to impatience and, however goodnatured her attitude about it is, she's a Competition Freak.
- Fiery Redhead: A girl with blazing red hair who lives for thrills and winning.
- Passionate Sports Girl: She loves sports and has little room for other pursuits, like art.
- Super Speed: In the cartoon her power is super speed, which she uses to distract Rancora.
- Survival Mantra: Her Mirror Mantra is "Challenges make you stronger. Time to get glowin'."
- Teleportation: Her special power is teleporting, which counts as Personality Powers.
- Youthful Freckles: Like Cassie, she has freckles to emphasize her youth.
Gemma's older sister. She likes to relax and enjoys the finer things in life, and loves animals and home-cooked meals.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Tessa is very easily distracted, especially by animals and food.
- Big Eater: Since good food is one of Tessa's great loves, she indulges in many snacks between meals every day.
- Country Mouse: Tessa grew up on her parents' large farm in the country. Although Starling Academy is a completely new experience, she quickly falls in love with the conveniences and cuisine of the city.
- Lazy Bum: To a mild extent, as she loves to be pampered and enjoys life's pleasures.
- Multicolored Hair: Tessa's sea green hair has cerulean streaks in it.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Her special power is to hear animals' thoughts.
- Supreme Chef: Tessa is an excellent cook.
- Survival Mantra: Her Mirror Mantra is "Let your heart lead the way."
- Team Mom: Tessa makes it her place to be resident nurturer of the Star Darlings. What with being Gemma's big sis, she's had lots of practice.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Moonberries, as frequently mentioned in books and their glossaries. She also has a special preference for baked goods, like croissants and muffins.
An out-of-the-box thinker who enjoys science and wants to be a famous fashion designer. Even more than Vega, Adora is aloof and logical to a fault at times, and she has trouble dealing with others' emotions.
- Enraged by Idiocy: Downplayed; Adora has little patience for people who, unlike her, let their emotions guide them instead of cold logic, but she rarely lets her irritation show. After all, behaving otherwise would be hypocritical.
- The Fashionista: She uses her love of science to help her in this regard.
- Healing Hands: Her special power is to heal others. In the TV special this extends to Starlings as well.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: What her coat seems to invoke, what with being a chemist.
- The Spock: Adora's thought process is very aloof and logical, and she has trouble connecting to others at first.
- Survival Mantra: Her Mirror Mantra is "Use your logic. You are a star."
- Thinking Tic: Adora hums while doing her experiments, but she tries to limit it to when she's alone.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: Adora feels that, because uncovering the truth of the unknown is what a scientist does, she must stick to the truth as a personal rule. The closest she comes to lying is using Exact Words.
An artistic girl who wants to be the best songwriter and DJ in Starland. Clover grew up in a circus and spent most of her time moving around.
- Circus Brat: Clover is the daughter of a family of acrobats and spent most of her early life moving around Starland with the circus. Living at Starling Academy is the first time she's stayed in one place for more than a week.
- Fatal Flaw: Clover can miss the forest for the trees. That is, get caught up in the finer details of a situation until she forgets the bigger picture.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: When not talking to the other girls in episode 5, she puts her headphones on.
- Nice Hat: She is never seen without her classy fedora, which happens to be a family heirloom.
- Schedule Fanatic: Downplayed. Clover's not a fanatic, but she lives according to her routines and plans, and spontaneity is outside her comfort zone. This was developed as second nature in her circus, where everything is according to a plan.
- Survival Mantra: Her Mirror Mantra is "Keep the beat and shine like the star you are."
- Time Stands Still: Her power is to freeze time.
Tessa's younger sister. Gemma enjoys talking and sharing her opinions, but has difficulty making up her mind.
- Constantly Curious: The main reason she struggles with keeping her focus on one thing. Gemma tries to keep this trait in check, seeing it as a sign of immaturity, but she just can't help herself.
- Country Mouse: Same deal as Tessa, but Gemma is more interested in the idea of making friends than the culture.
- The Ditherer: Her wandering mind turns decision making into quite the challenge for Gemma.
- Motor Mouth: She tends to ramble on about topics, to the extent that her Wish Blossom is named Chatterburst.
- Survival Mantra: Her Mirror Mantra is "Make up your mind to blaze like a comet."
- Time Master: Her special power is to rewind time.
Lady Stella Albright
The Headmistress of Starling Academy and the one who brought the Star Darlings together.
- Big Good: She is the main force of good in the series, though thanks to Rancora the girls begin to doubt this.
- Child Prodigy: As a teen her wish-granting potential was exponential, and she helped discover and grant Inspirational Wish Orbs.
- The Chosen One: Lady Stella was prophesied to save Starland as a teen.
- Deadpan Snarker: In the first webisode, she remarks that the Star Darlings have bigger things to worry about than their high school reputations when they begin to fret that they can't tell any of their classmates about their special lessons.
- Evil Mentor: In later books the girls begin to worry she's this, as she apparently told Ophelia to infiltrate the group and pose as an orphan, among other crises. It turns out to be Rancora posing as her.
- Woman in White: She wears a long white gown.
The head of admissions at Starling Academy, she wasn't interested in making friends with the staff. Cordial acts as Lady Stella's second-in-command, and assists the girls on their Wish Missions. In the books, she tends to stutter on words beginning with "s." She's Rancora in disguise.
- Body Horror: In the web series, Lady Cordial's skin cracks off as the Star Darlings wear her down. Then Rancora bursts out of Lady Cordial's body and discards her empty shell.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: She steps up to the plate as much as she can in later books, telling the girls exactly what's going on as far as she's aware and firmly telling them that the energy crisis will not come to pass. Ends up being subverted, as she was causing the crisis.
- Number Two: She's the only one besides the Star Darlings and Lady Stella who knows the scope of the energy crisis and the truth of their missions.
- Shout-Out: Her tendency to stutter brings Professor Quirrel to mind, as does her reveal as a front for the villain.
- Walking Spoiler: Her true role makes it difficult to discuss her without revealing the twist.
The resident Alpha Bitch in Starling Academy, who antagonizes the Star Darlings in the books and animated series. She's only a first-year student but wants to be the most popular girl in school, and sees the Star Darlings as obstacles to that goal.
- Alpha Bitch: Vivica wants to be the most popular girl in school, and antagonizes the Star Darlings out of jealousy.
- Butt-Monkey: In the web series, she's generally on the receiving end of comic mistreatment. Not that she didn't deserve it, of course.
- The Chosen One: According to the prophecy, a Dark Starling will rise and decide the fate of Starland. Rancora believes it's her, and so tries to keep her under control. The canceled book One Star Too Far would have revealed Sage was turning into a Dark Starling thanks to abandoning Viviva on Earth, and Vivica forgiving her would free her from corruption.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Despite her status as a bully, none of the Star Darlings investigated her as the source of worse troubles in the book series.
- The Dragon: Later books have her working under Rancora to cause trouble.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Goes out of her way to make the Star Darlings miserable because she's furious that they are a part of what she thinks is some secret club and she's not.
- HeelFace Turn: Hinted at in Stealing Starlight, where she starts to overcome her jealousy of the Star Darlings and remembers how hopeful she was at the beginning of the year.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Stealing Starlight reveals she wanted to be seen and admired like the Star Darlings, and turned to Rancora so she could get the attention she desired without any competition.
- Ignored Epiphany: She eventually remembers how happy she was at the start of the school year, before deciding nothing's changed and she still needs to bring the Star Darlings down.
- Opposing Sports Team: In the books she also has her own band, Vivica and the Visionaries, and serves as a rival to the Star Darlings band.
Professor Elara UrsaA somewhat eccentric, tough-as-nails professor who helps instruct the Star Darlings about Earthlings and wish granting. She seems to comically misunderstand many human customs and inventions.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Would barely begin to describe her.
A first-year Star Darling who's not part of the main cast, she was brought in to replace Scarlet. She has orange-yellow hair tied in pigtails. Ophelia is nice, but lacking in wish potential and knowledge of Wishworld. It's revealed that her and Scarlet's results were mixed, meaning she isn't a Star Darling after all—which Ophelia is very relieved to hear. However, her role continues beyond that...
- The Empath: Being afraid of everything, she's able to warm up to her Wisher, Arden, and find out what makes her afraid.
- Extreme Doormat: She lets Leona talk about herself a lot so she doesn't have to speak up.
- Foil: To Scarlet. Scarlet is a rebellious, snarky loner, while Ophelia is timid and openly kind.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her orange-yellow hair is tied in pigtails.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Invoked. She supposedly lost her parents at a young age and lived in an orphanage. Her parents are alive, but Ophelia was told to pretend to be an orphan to gain sympathy.
- The Load: She's completely clueless about the basics of wish-granting and, as such, is hopelessly unprepared for her mission.
- Master of None: She isn't good at anything related to wish-granting.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She turns out to have been spying on the Star Darlings and was told to pretend to be a sad orphan.
- Shrinking Violet: She's even quieter than Cassie, and is scared of many things.
- Survival Mantra: She doesn't have a Mirror Mantra and borrows Leona's and Scarlet's.
- Unwitting Pawn: Rancora used her to infiltrate the group, spy on them, and discredit Lady Stella.
- Walking Spoiler: It's difficult to talk about her role after Scarlet's book without spoiling things.
- Wham Line: She reveals that the orders to attend Starland Academy apparently came from Lady Stella.
- You Don't Look Like You: In the book series her hair is described as yellow and orange, but in the web series it's pink and red.
MiraA theatre enthusiast who dreams of being a famous actress. She becomes Scarlet's new roommate after her dismissal from the Star Darlings.
- Chekhov's Gun: Her costume collection helps Scarlet sneak around Starland.
- Establishing Character Moment: Mira convincingly disguises herself as an old woman and pretends to be her own grandmother, just to see if Scarlet would believe it.
MO-J4A Bot-Bot robot companion for the Star Darlings. He forms an especially close bond with Sage.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Unlike other Bot-Bots, MO-J4 develops a personality and protectiveness towards the others, especially Sage.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Gemma and the Ultimate Standoff he takes a hit meant for Leona, but recovers by the end.
- In-Series Nickname: He's called "Mojo" and "Mojay" by the cast.
- Robot Buddy: He's this to all the Star Darlings.
- Taking the Bullet: In Gemma and the Ultimate Standoff he does this to protect Leona.
IndirraSage's mother and a prominent scientist, she studies ways to increase positive energy and worked alongside Lady Stella for a long time.
- Adapted Out: She is not seen or mentioned in the cartoon at all.
- Generation Xerox: She looks exactly like an older version of Sage, down to the eyes, hair, and pointy chin.
- Neutral Female: She just stands there and holds up her Wish Energy calculator as the girls battle Rancora.
Lady AstridThe headmistress of Starling Academy when Stella, Indirra, and Cora attended. After completing her cycle of life, she appointed Stella the new headmistress in her will.
- Because Destiny Says So: Astrid said she couldn't accept Cora back at the Academy, not only because of what she'd done, but because doing so would undermine the prophecy.
- Poor Communication Kills: Lady Astrid only showed Stella the prophecy involving her and Cora after it became relevant by happening.
- Posthumous Character: She's only seen in flashbacks.
A famous Starland actress, Rancora is mentioned in several books before becoming prominent. She's the main villain of the series, and her past is revealed in Good Wish Gone Bad. As a student, her name was Cora.
- Big Bad: She's the main villain of the series and is responsible for the energy crisis, sparking the entire plot.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Mira mentions her in Scarlet's book, and she's name-dropped again in Astra's book.
- Evil Former Friend: She and Lady Stella were best friends in school together.
- Giggling Villain: She does a lot of evil cackling, especially in the cartoon.
- Master of Disguise: She posed as Lady Stella to fool Ophelia, and Lady Cordial to fool everyone.
- Meaningful Name: Rancor is a synonym for hatred.
- Obviously Evil: From her name to her appearance, everything about Rancora screams "evil."
- Tragic Villain: She was negatively affected by an extreme amount of negative energy. Prolonged exposure caused her to thrive on it, and she vowed revenge on Lady Stella and Starland as a whole. Making matters worse is that the whole thing was prophesied, meaning she had no way to avoid it.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She used to be Lady Stella's best friend, and a promising Starling.
- Vampiric Draining: In the cartoon, she can drain positive energy and turn it into negative energy in order to empower herself, with extreme drainage being lethal to her victims.