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The Butterfly family is a royal dynasty that rules over Mewni. They contain some of Mewni's highest authorities, and are completely matriarchal, as only women could inherit the throne and wield powerful magic. The men can have royal positions but can only be king under the most desperate of circumstances, as shown with Jushtin the Uncalculated; the only way for a man to gain political power in Mewni is if they marry a Butterfly queen. Past queens have their accomplishments immortalized in the form of tapestries, which are held in display in their castle's "Grandma Room". In addition to ruling their kingdom, the Butterfly queens are members of the Magic High Commission, where they oversee and regulate all magical activity in the universe.

As a whole, all members of the Butterfly family are posh, elegant, and reserved, though most of them tend to behave in an uptight and arrogant manner towards those who don't fit their standards. They have a longstanding grudge against Mewni's monster population, who they believe has been antagonizing them since the founding of their kingdom. The only monsters they don't hate are the Pony Head and Lucitor kingdoms, who became their strongest allies during the reign of Queen Solaria the Monster Carver.

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  • Action Fashionista: The Butterflies are all as ruthless as they are posh.
  • Adopted into Royalty: Festivia and her descendants; Festivia was originally a peasant girl that was secretly put on the line of succession for the throne after Eclispa's elopement with a monster, making every Butterfly queen from then on the descendant of commoners. But, as Eclipsa still regards Moon and Star as family even after the fact, their adoption is even more official. "Meteora's Lesson" shows Eclipsa's ancestor technically went through a similar process in terms of inheritance; she was also of humble origins until she inherited the wand from a higher being (Glossaryk), who created it and randomly selected her to become the first queen of the first dynasty.
  • Agent Peacock: While less focused on, the Butterfly men are shown to be as capable as their female relatives. Prominent examples are Star's uncle Heartrude, who was willing to threaten the life of his niece in order to win a game of flags, and Jushtin the Uncalculated, who proved to be a very charismatic and effective diplomat once he abdicated the throne.
  • All There in the Manual: More information on some of the previous queens can be found in the show's merchandise, mostly in The Magic Book of Spells.
  • Asskicking Poses: Some of the royal tapestries in 'the Grandma Room' depicted past queens posing dramatically or actually doing something awesome.
  • Baby Factory: Implied; according to Eclipsa's chapter in The Magic Book of Spells, Queen Solaria is of the opinion that kings are only "throne candy", sitting and looking pretty next to the queen while bearing her female heirs. Further suggesting this is the fact that the queens' husbands are barely mentioned, with Comet's husband being divorced, and few queens display an active interest in men save for a way to secure a successor. It's also mentioned in "Game of Flags" that a queen can dissolve a marriage anytime she wants.
  • Badass Family: The Butterfly-Johansen royal families of Mewni. Star is a Pretty Princess Powerhouse who has battled monsters since her childhood, long before she received the family wand. Her father regularly sneaks off to hunt the most dangerous monsters he can find, as it's the only thing that keeps him sane. Her mother, Moon, is the previous holder of the wand, and even without it she is capable of incredibly powerful magic. As shown in "Game of Flags", every single member of her family on both sides (save perhaps Star's toddler cousins) count. As a pastime, they all happily take part in an unrealistically violent and dangerous game, which is about scaling an incredibly dangerous mountain and getting the most flags while doing whatever it takes to win against each other.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: The women are the rulers of Mewni due to their skills in magic. Many of them weren't so benevolent to monsters, but some genuinely were.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The females of the Butterfly Royal family are shown to be cute or gorgeous-looking. Celena the Shy embodies this the most, as she was claimed to have been so beautiful, she could disarm even monsters with a sublime glance.
  • Bigotry Exception: Some of them were very racist towards monsters - despite being allies with kingdoms ruled by non-mewmans who are implied to be monsters whose wealth and status protects them from discrimination. It's especially jarring for some of the more racist queens like Solaria, who wanted all monsters killed.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Most queens hate monsters, but they can transform into butterfly-like creatures.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Generally, the people end up freaking out if their matriarchs turn out to be less than perfect, which is partially some of their more villainous deeds are washed over to make themselves look heroic. Because of this, some queens end up very unhappy as they are forced to keep a facade that is impossible to wear 24/7.
    • In "Mewnipendence Day", Star learns that it was her own family's ancestors that started the war with the monsters to begin with, forcibly stealing their land and oppressing the monsters to make themselves look superior. This is what starts her Character Development as she becomes more empathetic towards the monsters.
  • Cycle of Revenge: According to Mewman folklore, the Butterfly queens were trapped in this with the hateful monsters, because of what their ancestors had done to protect their own people. However, the truth was that the Butterflys themselves who started the cycle by seizing the monsters' lands, and perpetuated it with racist propaganda and their own superiority. The result was a Vicious Cycle and a Forever War between both sides, with everyone suffering; Eclipsa was the first to try breaking the cycle by falling in love with the monster Globgor only to be imprisoned by the Magic High Commission, and her hybrid daughter abandoned and stricken from all records, leading to Mewni being besieged when Festivia became queen. Comet tried advocating for mewman-monster equality, only to be murdered by Toffee, causing her grieving daughter Moon to become an anti-monster bigot. Star initially hated monsters, but is currently trying to break the cycle once Character Development hit her.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of The High Queen. The Butterfly queens were originally depicted as benevolent heroes who saved their people from extinction by eradicating the barbaric monsters with their magic. But as the series progressed, some of the Queens' actions became more and more villainous and xenophobic, casting the queens in a morally dubious light. Reconstructed with other queens who genuinely were The High Queen such as Comet.
  • Divine Conflict: Downplayed in that while neither side is godlike, the Butterfly family is led by their women, who are powerful mages, while the monsters are led by Toffee, who has a very powerful healing factor that makes him very hard to kill. Meteora had a combination of both Butterfly and monster abilities. She had peak physical abilities and lesser innate magical abilities, like soul stealing and magic absorbtion.
  • Emotional Powers: It's heavily implied that the Butterflys' brand of magic get super-charged when they're under extreme stress. Skywynne blew up another dimension after venting her pent-up rage over dealing with lazy, ungrateful subjects; and Rhina accidentally killed her abusive husband when she tried using a heartbreak spell on him while she was upset.
  • Evil Uncle: In "Game of Flags", Star's Uncle Heartrude thinks nothing of throwing away the lives of his servants and even killing his own niece to win at Flags, but he does it with style.
  • Facial Markings:
    • In "Game of Flags" it's shown that other women of the Butterfly family have cheek markings, and that they're not limited to playing card suites, with Star's great-aunt Etheria having very pale pink stars.
    • In the Star and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every Dimension book, Star states that their markings is due to long exposure to magic.
      Star: It's something that's been in my family for ages; when you're around magic as much as we are, it leaves a mark.
  • Family Theme Naming: Star, Moon, Celena, Eclipsa, Estrella, Crescenta, Solaria, and Meteora all have Stellar Names.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: "Butterfly Trap" reveals that the Mewni family line past Eclipsa's daughter Meteora are illegitimate heirs. Eclipsa's ex-husband, not wanting to raise a monster infant, traded her away for a peasant girl who would become Festiva the Fun. The Magical High Commission kept this fact secret. "Escape From the Pie Folk" reveals that not only was Festivia a commoner, but she came from a notorious clan of liars and thieves.
  • Fantastic Racism: While a few queens have genuine reason to hate monsters (Rhina's monster husband was abusive, and Toffee killed Moon's mother when she was a child), most of them don't bother to hide their disdain for monsters in general, save for their allies, the Pony Heads and the Lucitors. Naturally, they tried painting themselves as heroes for future generations, but the whole Butterfly-Monster war started when the royal family stole the monsters' land. Star isn't happy when she finds out the ugly truth.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Butterfly royal family was heavily inspired by England during the Elizabethan era, due to their British-sounding accents, their tendency to wear Regal Ruffs with their fancy clothing, and the women wearing heart-shaped hairstyles.
  • Fisher Queen: The wand's appearance changes from owner to owner. So no queen has the same looking wand. Mewni also tends to look scenic while under their rule, when Meteora conquered Mewni everything turned dark and cloudy.
  • Force and Finesse: As seen in "Game of Flags", the Johansens are brutal barbarians, while the Butterflies are extremely cunning and manipulative, which Marco found out the hard way.
  • Forever War: The reasons for the war against the monsters vary from queen to queen, it started when the mewmans came to monster-infested land and conquered it with advanced weapons and armor. While some Queens have genuinely been much nicer to the monsters, some like Toffee refuse to accept peace and restart the conflict right as peace is nearly reached.
  • Rags to Royalty: "Meteora's Lesson" shows that one becomes royalty by inheriting the wand; the wand was gifted to the first queen by a time-traveling Glossaryck seemingly at random. Festivia, who was also born a peasant, became royalty in this manner.
  • Gender-Restricted Ability: The queens and princesses of Mewni display more magical abilities than Kings and Princes. This is justified since King River is from a different kingdom, and abilities from men directly from the Butterfly family tree are not shown or elaborated on. As such, only those with magic usually have the right to rule. Males within the Butterfly family inheriting magic is considered rare, as the only man from the Butterfly family to display magical abilities was Jushtin. In The Magic Book of Spells, Skywynne's chapter talks about how she saw great magical potential in her son and tried to encourage it by giving him the Magic Wand and the Book of Spells, only for Jushtin to end up with weaker innate magic because of his disinterest in learning spells, and the fact that Skywynne was pressured into superseding his claim to the throne in favor of her daughter, Solaria.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: While the Butterfly queens are portrayed as benevolent, powerful mages who are protective of their subjects, the monsters see them as racist, oppressive rulers who want them dead. Subverted with some queens, who actually are as they were portrayed.
  • Heir Club for Men: Inverted, the wand is passed on from mother to daughter due to Mewman society favoring magic, a gift only held by females. Jushtin's inheritance of the wand was a result of Agnatic-Cognatic Succession since there was a succession crisis. But, Skywynne looked past that and saw a lot of potential in him, but both were ultimately forced to make Jushtin abdicate. Mewni has been and always will be ruled a woman.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: The queens of Mewni sanitized their history to depict the monsters as barbarians and lionize themselves as the rightful and righteous rulers.
  • Holier Than Thou: What many of them are beneath the surface.
    • Some of the Butterfly queens fabricated stories about monsters because they saw themselves as more civilized and orderly, which automatically gives them the moral high ground. This is partly why the Avarius family was set up as a puppet monarchy, because Queen Crescenta believed the monsters needed Mewman interference to improve their lives.
    • It's also implied in their relationship with the Johansen family that the Butterflys also look down on those who don't fit their standards. Moon's relatives can't understand why she married someone from a brutish, uncultured family, or why she keeps rejecting their suggestions for better suitors.
    • Averted with people like Jushtin, Eclipsa, and Comet. Eclipsa was fond of monsters and even eloped with a monster lover and had a hybrid daughter with him; Comet actively advocated for peaceful mewman-monster co-existence and nearly succeeded, until Toffee killed her out of hateful bigotry; and Jushtin was a Nice Guy who included an elderly man, Whizzbag, in his group of friends despite the latter not being royalty or rich, and allied the Butterflys with the Pony Heads and Lucitors despite the rest of his family being anti-monster bigots.
    • Ironically, it turns out that all of the queens after Eclipsa are pretenders with no royal blood at all due to Festivia and Meteora being switched at birth. In fact, they are descended from The Pie Folk, a clan of notorious criminals and con artists.
  • Human Aliens:
    • They are Mewmans, so they largely resemble humans except for having small butterfly wings, their unusual hair colors, and their mewberty transformations. Also, due to Rhina's marriage to Lord Roachley the last five generations of queens are also part demon.
    • In "Meteora's Lesson" the first Mewmans are shown emerging into Mewni through the lake above Glossaryck's magic sanctuary covered in liquid magic from the Realm of Magic. They have more common human hair coloration and are shown wearing clothing typical of American pilgrims, suggesting that they were originally humans who passed into Mewni from Earth though the Realm of Magic.
  • Hunter of Monsters: The Queens of Mewni defended their kingdom from the legion of monsters who attacked them. But, it's eventually revealed that the mewmans started the war by invading their land.
  • Insect Queen: Mewmans are more insectoid than they appear; as they have butterfly-like super forms once they undergo mewberty. Only the Butterfly queens and princesses can do this until it's revealed that one of the queens, Festivia the Fun, was originally a peasant, showing that mewberty is not restricted to full-blooded royal women.
  • Interspecies Romance: Due to arranged marriages or situational needs, the Butterflys have some genetic lineage with demons and various other species; Celena the Shy was half-demon thanks to her mother marrying a Lucitor and the only hybrid to legitimately hold the throne, unlike Meteora. This makes their anti-monster racism rather hypocritical.
  • Irony: The Butterfly family looks down on most monsters and anyone who don't fit their standards, with Etheria shouting at the Johansen family in "Game of Flags", "You Johansens spoiled my appetite like you spoiled the Butterfly family tree!" Not only are they allied with monsters, but their ability to turn into butterfly-like creatures technically makes them monsters. And they let the Magic High Commission "spoil" the Butterfly lineage by swapping out the half-monster princess with a peasant girl from Pie Island out of racial disgust.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Both Comet and Moon have an affinity for baking, which turns out to be Foreshadowing that they are Pie Folk, not Butterflies.
  • Magical Girls: All of the queens and princesses that wielded the royal magic wand, but especially Crescenta the Eager with bunnies for Facial Markings. The sole exception was Jushtin the Uncalculated, who was the only male ruler of Mewni.
  • The Magnificent: The hall of former wand-wielders gives each of The queens a title or epithet to reflect their accomplishments or personality.
    • Soupina: Soupina was called "The Strange" due to her madness. Soupina got stuck in her Mewberty form and saw into the other dimensions. She left the throne and became a ghost story to the other queens.
    • Skywynne: Skywynne was called "Queen of Hours" due to her mastery of time manipulation and how she convinced the mewmans to build a kingdom in only a few hours. When, in reality, it actually took a few years.
    • Jushtin: Jushtin was called "The Uncalculated" because he was the first and only male heir to the magic wand. This title also reflected his proficiency in mathematics.
    • Solaria: Solaria was called "The Monster Carver" because of her war with the monsters.
    • Eclipsa: Eclipsa is called "The Queen of Darkness" because she chose to elope with a monster and dabble in the dark arts.
    • Festivia: Festivia was called "The Fun" because of her hedonism. This was evident when she created parties for her people to boost morale during the monster war.
    • Dirhhennia: Dirhhennia was called "The Heaped" because she was strange by mewman standards. So, she was heaped with undiagnosed psychological disorders.
    • Crescenta: Crescenta was called "The Eager" because of her sweet demeanor. She was also known to be sympathetic to the monsters.
    • Rhina: Rhina was called "The Riddled" due to her love of riddles and puzzles.
    • Celena: Celena was called "The Shy" due to her shyness and overall mousy nature.
    • Estrella: Estrella was called "The Drafted" due to her obsession with artistry.
    • Comet: Comet was called "The Chef" due to her love of cooking and personal philosophy with cooking.
    • Moon: Moon is called "The Undaunted" due to her ascension to the throne during the war with the monsters after Toffee had killed Comet.
    • Star: Star is called "The Underestimated" because nobody expects much from her, yet, she surprises them with her abilities.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Magic-capable members of the Butterfly family (usually the women) have brightly-colored marks on their cheeks. Interestingly the marks can change in response to their mood, such as Star's heart symbols temporarily turning to skulls in "Friendenemies" and Moon's diamonds turning black when Toffee appears to kill Star right before her eyes.
  • Matriarchy: Of the "Original" flavor, with elements of "Patriarchy Flip". Mewni is always ruled by a queen, though the rest of their government seems to be mixed gender. In "Mewnipendence Day", it is revealed that the land was conquered through the power of the Queen's wand. In addition, it is revealed in "Game of Flags" that husbands take their wives' names when they marry and apparently the Queen has the right of repudiate her marriage if she desired it. Despite Star being an only child, there is never any hint of a succession crisis. Plus, part of it may be due to the fact that their unique brand of magic is a Gender-Restricted Ability, as none of the male members are shown having magic. The sole exception of this was Jushtin, the only male ruler of Mewni, and even then Jushtin had to give up his claim to the throne when Skywynne became pregnant with his younger sister Solaria (and pretended to rejoice because of this fact). Eclipsa's chapter in The Magic Book of Spells also implies that kings in Mewni are little more than glorified "throne candy", their only roles being to sit and look pretty next to the queen while bearing her female heirs.
  • Men Are Generic, Women Are Special: The women of the Butterfly family are more proficient and powerful than the men. They are also chosen as leaders due to their abilities in magic since the men lack this ability and can only perform magic through the use of artifacts. The only male Butterfly to inherit the Royal Magic Wand was Jushtin the Uncalculated, but he was magically inept compared to his female relatives, and as soon as Solaria was born, he was forced to abdicate. In "Game of Flags", this trope is shown in their design; the female Butterflys including the Queen are more colorful and varied, while the male Butterflies like Uncle Heartrude look dull and muted.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Justified; the Butterfly women are magnitudes more powerful than their male relatives due to longer exposure to magic, and Mewni society being matriarchal. The only male Butterflys to use magic are River, whose magic only comes from his staff, and Jushtin, whose magic level was lesser compared to his mother, sister, and niece. To be fair, Skywynne attempted to subvert this trope by encouraging Jushtin to learn magic and increase his potential so he'll become a powerful mage like her, but Jushtin's disinterest in ruling combined with being superseded as heir in favor of his sister, Solaria, resulted in him gaining very weak magical abilities.
  • Morph Weapon: In addition to taking a new shape to match the personality of each bearer, the wand can be temporarily transformed into another weapon such as a mace or a bow. It is not clear whether this enhances the wand's abilities or is just a cosmetic transformation. In "Butterfly Trap", the wand could also change to fit the user even during infancy; after baby Festivia was swapped to replace Meteora as heir to the throne, she finds Eclipsa's discarded wand, which magically changes from a parasol to a baby rattle for Festivia to nibble on.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: The women of Mewni are more potent with magic than the men. They also known to marry or, at least, have children with non-magical men. "Meteora's Lesson" reveals magic runs in both genders, due to their predecessors having long-term immersion in magic. It just manifests in men and women differently.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: The Butterfly queens are the "Master" of this trope. The mewmans will always obey the queen no matter what. But the queens must keep appearances since the subjects will panic or rebel at any sign of weakness. Skywynne secretly regretted making her son supersede his claim the throne in accordance to matriarchal traditions. And the formerly happy-go-lucky Moon was forced to mature after losing her mother to assassination and inheriting the throne too early, straining relationships with her daughter Star. On the other hand, this trope made it easier for the queens to spread anti-monster propaganda to make themselves look good.
  • Never My Fault: The origins of the mewman-monster wars. When the early Butterfly queens seized the monsters' lands, they used propaganda to make themselves look good and blame everything on the monsters, who were actually oppressed and forced to live in dire poverty. While a few queens didn't believe it, others did and encouraged it.
  • Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: The Magic Book of Spells shows that some of them have fathers (and, somehow, maybe mothers) of a different species. However, for some reason they don't appear to have inherited any of their features. It could be justified if they used magic to make themselves more human-looking, but that just makes the Commission's reluctance to let the hybrid Meteroa rule and the things they did to prevent it even more hypocritical.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: The Johansen family sees them as rather uptight and arrogant people with superiority complexes. The feeling is mutual, as the Butterflys detest the Johansens for being uncultured barbarians with no manners or taste.
  • Our Mages Are Different: It's implied that Butterfly family members with innate magic, usually the women, are the result of long exposure to magic.
  • Playing Card Motifs: Star Butterfly has Facial Markings shaped by Hearts, her mother, queen Butterfly has similar diamond-shaped markings, Ms. Heinous, the headmistress of St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses, has club-shaped markings and Eclipsa, one of the former queens of Mewni, has spade-shaped markings.
  • Proud Warrior Race: In "Game of Flags", practically everyone in Mewni's royal family except Moon is obsessed with winning, conquering, and taking what they want. The revelation that Mewni's soldiers forcibly took away the monsters' land in "Mewnipendence Day" doesn't seem so much of a stretch now.
  • Puppet Queen: As it turns out, the Queens of Mewni have more or less been thralls of the Magic High Commission, who in many ways are the ones ruling Mewni behind the scenes. The current Butterfly dynasty was a result of them putting a peasant girl on the throne. Moon was not happy when she discovered she and her predecessors were victim to their conspiracy.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Being Mewmans, they can live for centuries.
  • Red Baron: Each of the queens in the Grandma Room earned their own title through a specific deed that they became popular for. Special mention goes to Solaria, whose extreme methods against monsters earned her the name "Monster Carver".
  • Royally Screwed Up: It's subtly implied that Mewni's Royal Family is one.
    • Skywynne had a tendency to overwork herself in pleasing her subjects, even letting their expectations get in the way of her beloved family; she was initially happy to let her son, Jushtin, succeed her in ruling Mewni as its first King, but her subjects pressured her into having a daughter. When Solaria was born, Skywynne rejoiced in public in front of her son, but in private she deeply regretted dashing her son's dreams and letting her people sway her.
    • Solaria became a deranged, genocidal killer who sought to kill all monsters, not knowing (or caring) that her actions would eliminate her family's monster allies.
    • Crescenta was a cute-looking Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who used her sweet appearance to manipulate her subjects, and threw people in the dungeon if they disagreed with the rules she put in place.
    • Crescenta's older sister, Dirhhennia, had untreated mental disorders (such as her obsession with balls) and depression.
    • Rhina married an abusive man and her attempt to curb his behavior led to accidental murder, which deeply affected her and had massive negative repercussions for Lucitor-Butterfly alliance.
    • Celena was born from a loveless, abusive marriage between the previous queen and a Lucitor demon, was very reclusive, and kept dark secrets.
    • Estrella inherited her mother's shyness, as she was selectively mute, and preferred to draw instead of ruling Mewni. Ironically, the lack of changes during her reign made her popular among the mewmans, who hated change.
    • Eclipsa was free-spirited and a tad rebellious and selfish. While she was married to King Shastacan, she ran away with a monster lover.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in "Monster Bash" where it's revealed that Eclipsa had a half-monster child out of (legitimate) wedlock, and the Magic High Commission hid her away and erased all mentions of her name and swapped her out with a peasant girl because they were disgusted by her existence and terrified by the possibility of a monster-mewman hybrid using magic.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In Mewni, the Queen is expected to take a major role in defending her kingdom from attack by using her magic to drive away invaders. Justified because the queens are mages who are usually several orders of magnitude stronger than their subjects. However, it's subverted with Estrella the Drafted, who became a very popular queen because she didn't do anything during her reign.
  • Royalty Superpower: The only mewmans that are shown to have innate magic are members of the Butterfly family, specifically ones with Facial Markings, with the exception of Mina Loveberry, a Solarian. The royal Magic Wand also counts as an example of this trope, being an heirloom that's always been used in the hands of queens, and passed down when a princess turns fourteen. Despite the magic users being Butterfly women, the only Butterfly male to use magic and inherit the Magic Wand was Jushtin the Uncalculated, indicating that male Mewman royals can learn magic despite it being against matriarchal traditions. Subverted as of "Butterfly Trap" with the reveal that Festivia was a completely ordinary Mewman girl who was Switched at Birth with Meteora. This implies that anyone could learn to use magic with the proper training, though it would take generations to reach the skill level of a full-blooded Butterfly. The fact that Marco briefly gains Facial Markings while using the wand despite him being neither royalty nor mewman is foreshadowing of this.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The Facial Markings on many of the Butterfly family members typically foreshadow something about their bearers.
    • Star's heart symbols signify that she "follows her heart". Her adolescence is marked by periods of infatuation and heartbreak, first with Tom, then Oscar, and eventually with Marco. She is also the child born from the true love between Moon and River. The heart suit is associated with childhood, fitting Star as the youngest member of the Butterfly dynasty.
    • Moon's diamonds symbolize her Silk Hiding Steel nature. "Moon the Undaunted" reveals that Moon adopted her no-nonsense personality to deal with the pressures of becoming queen at a young age, similar to how diamonds are formed under intense pressure. The diamond suit is associated with maturity and responsibility, which fits with how Moon had to "grow up" early to fulfill her responsibilities as queen after her mother was assassinated by Toffee.
    • Festivia the Fun's cheek marks could either be sparkles or four-pointed stars. Since she led Mewni in a time of conflict and in an effort to keep her people happy she made revelries for them, the sparkles could represent the color and splendor she covered her people with to make them forget about the looming war or if they are meant to be stars, even in the dark time she reigned, her star kept on shining.
    • Eclipsa's spades could reflect a desire to discover things ("digging up" magical knowledge) or that she kept her secrets "buried". Sure enough, her escape from her crystal prison unearthed dark secrets about the Butterfly family and the Magic High Commission. The spade suit is associated with wisdom and experience, fitting since Eclipsa likes to learn by experience and her motto is "all knowledge is good knowledge."
    • Moon's mother, Comet, had purple butterflies on her cheeks. Butterflies are commonly seen as symbols of change and fleetingness because of the metamorphosis they undergo and their short lifespans. Unfortunately she did not grow to see old age, and her death at the hands of Toffee forced Moon to become The Stoic and paved the way for the return of Eclipsa.
    • Skywynne had hourglass-shaped markings to symbolize her power over time.
    • Solaria's lightning bolts likely represent her speed and power, as well as her warmongering tendencies and her willingness to bring down her wrath upon the monster populace. It also refers to her Karmic Death - for trying to commit total genocide against the monsters, she was fatally struck down by the monsters she tried to kill.
    • The club suit is associated with intelligence and education. Fittingly, Miss Heinous was the headmistress of a school for hundreds of years.
    • Jushtin has markings shaped like four-leaf clovers, which are symbols of luck. While he was never able to become king due to Mewni being matriarchal (to his mother Skywynne's regret), he was able to become a great diplomat due to his charisma and kindness, and allied the Butterflys with the Pony Head and Lucitor kingdoms. He's the reason why Star is best friends with Pony Head and Tom Lucitor.
  • She Is the King: Inverted. The inclusion of Jushtin the Uncalculated shows the reason why Mewni was never ruled by a king; "King" isn't classed as a title or part of the ruling hierarchy, as Queen is the official leading title.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: The Butterfly queens are mostly graceful, refined women who will magically blast their enemies the moment their kingdom is threatened. The only exception was Solaria the Monster Carver, who was violent even by Mewni's standards and adopted a masculine appearance for battle.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: The new queen always inherits the problems of the previous, due to the war with the monsters. Both Skywynne and Solaria are examples of this but with opposing results. Skywynne brought prosperity to Mewni because she aspired to best her incompetent mother, whereas, Solaria believed her predecessors were too weak in the war with the monsters and that genocide was the only solution.
  • Stepford Smiler: This trope seems to be an unwritten requirement for a Queen, since Mewman society has a habit of dissolving into rioting chaos if their monarch is less than perfect:
    • Jushtin believed that Skywynne celebrating the news she was going to have a daughter to be the future queen her son never would, was her trying to keep up appearances with her subjects. Skywynne was in turn being this trope, as she genuinely regretted it and was only doing it because she had to.
    • Festivia's entry in the Magic Book of Spells indicates she used magic to make herself the "perfect host" for her endless parties, leading to at least five years without sleep. It was all to distract from the wars outside.
    • Before she met her "gal pal" Emily Kelpbottom, Crescenta often cast a spell on herself that got rid of her negative thoughts and emotions.
  • Succession Crisis: It's implied with Jushtin that royal Butterfly men can inherit the throne, but only if there's truly no female heirs. When Skywynne turned out to be pregnant with a daughter, she celebrated and forced Jushtin to abdicate; in private, however, Skywynne deeply regretted cutting off her son's potential for greatness because she always believed in him since the day he was born.
  • Super Mode: From what was seen of Moon and Star, all Butterfly members undergo a Mewberty phase that gives them access to a very powerful, butterfly-like form that enhances their magic and lets them travel through dimensions without the Dimensional Scissors. Only women and girls have access to this form.
  • Strength Equals Worthiness: The rulers of Mewni are chosen through their power with magic. Queens are the governing leaders because women are more potent with magic than men. Jushtin the Uncalculated was the first king of Mewni because of a succession crisis and he had lesser innate abilities with magic.
  • Technicolor Eyes: As with You Gotta Have Blue Hair, this seems to be a thing for some of the Butterfly family.
  • Unexplained Accent: They have upper-class American and British accents or speech patterns.
  • Vicious Cycle: The war between mewmans and monsters has been going on for centuries, with Mewmans attacking the monsters and the latter responding in kind, further fueling anti-monster prejudice. Only the kinder Butterfly royals such as Comet, Jushtin, Star, and Eclipsa have somewhat broken the cycle by interacting with monsters on a respectable, even friendly level, and in the case of Comet, a monster, Toffee, refused to have peace and murdered her for it.
  • Wanted A Son Instead: Inverted; daughters are more valuable than sons because Mewni is ruled by a matriarchal system, and girls are expected to have powerful magic in order to rule. In The Magic Book of Spells, Queen Skywynne's chapter implied that she was initially fine with having her son being heir to the throne, but her subjects pressured her into having a daughter. Skywynne couldn't restrain her joy after she discovered she was pregnant with Solaria and immediately wanted Jushtin to abdicate... but in private, her joy was a public facade, as she believed that Jushtin was destined for greatness and was incredibly saddened that she had to make her own son abdicate to please her subjects. Even Glossaryck scoffed at the idea of having Jushtin on the throne.
  • Weapons of Choice: The wand turned into a totally different object for some of the queens, like a sword, a goblet, or an umbrella.
  • Women's Mysteries: The women of Mewni are potent with innate magic and deemed as rulers of Mewni for their magical efficiency. Men, on the other hand, are restricted from royalty. As shown by Jushtin the Uncalculated, it's not impossible for Mewni men to be innate with magic but they are weaker than the women and Mewni will never respect them as royalty. Since they stand by tradition and tradition states that their ruler should always be a woman.
  • Women Are Wiser: Subverted and inverted.
    • Because of Mewni's matriarchal traditions, women are expected to be benevolent and powerful mage queens who always seem to make the right decisions for their kingdom. However, not every queen succeeded expectations during their reigns, and whatever they did in life were washed down for future generations to present them as more heroic. Not to mention, the Butterfly queens are rather hypocritical in their biases, as they are allied with monsters and are technically monsters themselves.
    • It's inverted with Jushtin and his younger sister Solaria - Jushtin saw the strength in interracial friendships and allied the Butterflys with the Pony Head and Lucitor families. On the other hand, Solaria was a racist warmonger who advocated for monster genocide, which later got her killed by the monsters she persecuted. This makes the Succession Crisis between them rather ironic, as Jushtin would've been a far better ruler had Mewni not been matriarchal.
  • Written by the Winners: See individual entries for the specific details. Eclipsa was deemed Ambiguously Evil for this reason. Solaria advocated genocide, Celena harboured many secrets and Crescenta was an anti-monster crusader. Festivia was also a puppet queen to hide Meteora's existence. She wasn't even part of the Butterfly bloodline, originally being a peasant child. In general, they were responsible for watering down the history of the Butterfly kingdom, portraying their people as desperate immigrants who fought in self-defense against their monster aggressors, rather than being the ones responsible for instigating the rift between Mewmans and monsters. It's also implied that no one celebrated or officially recorded Jushtin the Uncalculated's accomplishments as a prince and diplomat because they wanted to forget the Butterfly dynasty ever had a male heir to the throne.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: See individual entries for details. Averted for some Butterfly family members like Solaria, who used to have long braided red hair, before she presumably shaved it entirely.

    Princess Star the Underestimated 
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Star's Parents

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The parents of the titular heroine and the current rulers of Mewni.


  • Aerith and Bob: Moon's surname "Butterfly" is a lot more exotic than "Johansen", which was River's before they were married.
  • Ambiguously Evil: In "Mewnipendance Day", we learn the spotty history of Mewni that was clearly Written by the Winners, and these two definitely had a hand in covering up the lies. That and the fact they do next to nothing to help the poor peasants in their kingdom, and King Butterfly's love for killing monsters may be seen in a new light. It's made even worse in "On the Job". It is shown how the monster population of Mewni are all starving because the mewmans hoard all farming land and monsters who approach are killed on sight. The royal family, or the King at least, even uses magic barriers to keep huge crops of corn all for himself, and do not ask him to share.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Even though Moon is depicted as having a tight grip on her family and her husband has to keep his monster fighting a secret from her. In "Face The Music", River is entirely concerned about Moon going alone to the Forest of Certain Death and she reassures him by kissing him on the cheek. In "The Battle For Mewni", Moon organises clothes for River whenever she is away from the kingdom and when Moon is away River packs food and other items for her with affectionate puns (i.e corn with a note saying "I corn't wait to see you again") and seductive images of himself. Moon is disappointed by this since River didn't pack anything useful but does tell Buff Frog that she deeply misses him.
  • Characterization Marches On: They are introduced as very cold, stern and not very sympathetic to their daughter. As episodes take time to expand their actual personalities and backstories, they show more sides of themselves, which includes their heartwarming marriage and romance, Moon's tragic past and the difficulties they faced together, as well as the fact they aren't nearly as cold as they seemed and River isn't actually that stern.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: River has loved Moon since they were kids and after several years, she came to love him too and they got married.
  • Foil: To the Diaz parents. Both sets of parents are the parents of the two main protagonists, the Diazes are from Earth and the Butterflys are from Mewni. While the former are more laid-back and open-minded, the latter are stricter and stiffer. As an added bonus, the Diazes wear warm color clothing, while the Butterflys wear cool color clothing. The Diazes also have two children as of "Marco Jr.", while the Butterflys only have one child.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: King River is a monster-fighting, Blood Knight warrior, and Queen Moon was the previous wielder of Star's wand.
  • Happily Married: Despite the occasional spat, both Moon and River have had moments that show how deeply they love and cherish one another, as shown in "Face The Music". Of course, that won't stop Moon's relatives from trying to suggest more "potential" suitors for her, since River is from the uncultured, brutish Johansen family.
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • On a tapestry shown in "Into the Wand", Queen Moon is depicted looking awfully similar to Star in her youth, including displaying a similar expression of emotion. Of course she has grown older and wiser since then. However, we later find out Moon was far more mature than Star when she was her age, because after the death of her mother, having to take the throne at such a young age have pushed her to wise up and be more responsible.
    • King Butterfly is just as bloodthirsty as Star, but hides it from his wife by disguising his monster hunting trips as "lecture tours".
  • Like Parent Unlike Child: They are stodgy, deadpan, and display a tiny bit of strictness (although, her father is secretly as boisterous and adventurous as Star). In contrast, their daughter Star is upbeat and energetic to the point of being almost hyper. In any case, Star stands between them because she's not as stuffy as her mother, and not as reckless as her father.
  • Male Might, Female Finesse: River is the Male Might due to his use of brute force, whereas Moon is the Female Finesse due to her use of magic in "Game of Flags".
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Moon is the Action Girl whereas River gives moral support such as packing affectionate items for Moon when she needs to leave the kingdom. However, it's been shown that River goes out to fight monsters in secret, and has shown he is willing to jump into the action when needed.
  • Musical Theme Naming: Their names call to mind the oft-covered song "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. The second half of Season 3 has their credibility damaged due to The Battle for Mewni with those less informed finding it laughable that their kingdom was taken over by giant rats while those more in the know are critical of them allowing Toffee to rampage across the land once more.
  • Parental Neglect: Zigzagged. They had the royal guards babysit her as a child, but most likely realized it was a bad idea. Queen Butterfly herself makes sure to call Star every single day to see how she's doing, but her messages just wind up putting more and more pressure on Star so much so that her calling her mother up in return is a rarity in itself. Later on, it's clear that Moon doesn't always listen to Star's problems.
  • Parents as People: While the show affirms that they genuinely love their daughter and want only the best for their kingdom, it also does not shy away from showing their flaws. Namely, Moon's protectiveness towards Star can lead to her becoming very overbearing, while River's recklessness can enable Star's own destructive tendencies. Also, both are heavily biased against monsters and conditioned their daughter to share the same beliefs, until Star sees the negative effects of monster racism and starts questioning her parents.
  • Rescue Romance: Averted. River once saved Moon from an assassin back when they were childhood friends, but this didn't advance their relationship past the platonic.
  • Retired Badass:
    • Moon Butterfly is a given, since she was the previous wielder of Star's wand and first "dipped down" at age nineteen.
    • River is only partially retired and secretly fights monsters for sport.
    • As depicted on a tapestry in "Into the Wand", Queen Moon Butterfly fought Toffee long ago, even being the direct cause of his severed finger. It's the reason she's known as "Moon the Undaunted".
  • Ruling Couple: They apparently rule the Kingdom of Mewni together, though due to Mewni being matriarchal, it is Moon who has the real political authority, even though River was already royalty himself long before he married Moon.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: How King and Queen Butterfly enter Star into Echo Creek Academy.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • It's implied that they know more about the situation that led to the destruction of Star's wand than they let on.
    • In "Raid the Cave", they become Star's Secret Keepers regarding Ludo's kidnapping of Glossaryck and theft of the Book of Spells, which lands them in deep trouble in "Face the Music" when Ruberiot's Princess Song about Star reveals their complicity in the coverup to all of Mewni and the Magic High Commission.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Downplayed. Their names together actually form a reference to the song Moon River.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: Moon and River's respective families have this relationship. The Butterflys are more elegant, uptight, reserved while wearing suits and royal dresses. In comparison, the Johansens are louder, messier and wear clothes similar to barbarians. This is exemplified during a family picnic in "Game of Flags" - the Butterflys rely on their own guards to feed them and give them drink, since they're too self-important to do it themselves, while the Johansens display Jabba Table Manners by behaving rowdily and eating messily, much to the Butterflys' great disgust. Despite King River being more "civilized", he's still a Johansen at heart, and it was his untidiness that gets him kicked out of the castle by Moon in "Royal Pain". Moon's relatives cannot fathom why she married into a brutish family, with Moon's aunt Etheria trying to persuade her to dump River for Lord Mildrew, who's "still single".
  • Strong Family Resemblance: They both passed down some of their traits to their daughter; Moon was Star's splitting image except in cheek marks and hair color when she was younger.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The Queen is a good one foot taller than her husband. Even Star, their daughter, is taller than the King.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: In their youth, Moon and River were both adorable-looking. In the present day, Moon has aged much more gracefully than her husband, though the latter got an impressive Badass Beard as a tradeoff.
  • Unnamed Parents: Only referred to as their titles. King Butterfly's name was revealed to be River in "Storm the Castle". Daron Nefcy confirmed on Twitter than Queen Butterfly's name is Moon.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: When they were children. Moon genuinely cared for and relied on River in spite of how testy she was in general. River's brash buffoonery was underscored by a deep admiration for the girl who would eventually become his wife.

    Queen Moon the Undaunted 
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Voiced by: Grey Griffin
Young Moon voiced by: Katie Driver

"The immortal monster
will long be haunted
by the darkest spell
of Moon the Undaunted."

Star's overbearing mother, the current queen of Mewni and the former owner of the wand.


  • Action Mom: Though officially retired due to her political responsibilities, Moon does show she has magic more refined than her daughter's.
  • Affectionate Nickname: River calls her "Moon Pie".
  • Aggressive Categorism: She insists that monsters need to be kept separate from the rest of Mewni because they are "dangerous." However, she seems to ignore the fact that many of her allies such as the Lucitors and the High Magic Commission are essentially monsters themselves.
  • Almighty Mom: It's pretty clear who is the "alpha" in this particular relationship. From the start, Queen Butterfly seems way more comfortable with the idea of packing Star off to St. O's (it is implied that she only escaped that fate because Daddy interceded) and King Butterfly has to hide his guys' nights out from her.
  • Amnesiacs Are Innocent: After her memories are erased by the Realm of Magic, Queen Moon becomes an excitable Womanchild without her usual stuffiness or overbearing personality. She even spontaneously decides to leave Pie Island with Star because she sang a song that Moon liked.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Moon's manner of speech appears to be modelled after Victorian-Era England.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Toffee, who killed her mother as she tried to negotiate peace with monsters, leading Moon to take revenge.
  • Ascended Extra: In Season 1 she tries to take a hands-off approach to Star, so we don't see much of her. But she becomes more active and important to the plot as the show goes on, to the point where she's arguably the Tritagonist of Season 3.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Despite giving up her wand to Star in the first episode, she is still one of the strongest magic users shown in the series thus far. "Into The Wand", reveals SHE was the one who took Toffee's finger! "Starcrushed" shows she's the only one of the Magic High Commission that's able to put up a decent fight to the resurrected and powered up Toffee, even if she's clearly outmatched.
  • Batman Gambit: She and Eclipsa tricked the Magic High Commission into agreeing to a trial by box on the premise that it would be much faster and easier than digging through all of the evidence that Moon has prepared. Since two of the members are Rhombulus and Hekapoo, they agreed to the trial almost immediately. What the MHC forgot was that Eclipsa is also technically a member, so she asked them point blank what they did to her daughter.
  • Beautiful All Along: Her default appearance has her look like a plain and posh old lady with her hair shaped into a heart. When she lets her hair loose, it's long and luscious and she's shown to be rather youthful and attractive.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: "Moon the Undaunted" showed that she hit it off with River in their younger years, because he was the only one who respected her and supported her decisions as a newly-minted Queen. After River gives her an apology meat for supposedly speaking out of turn in her favor, Moon tells him that she felt glad knowing someone believed in her. Likely, it's what led to their marriage.
  • Behind Every Great Man: "Marco and The King" show that River, while a competent leader, needs Moon in order to be emotionally stable, and because Mewni is a matriarchy, Moon is the one who has the real power and makes the important decisions for the kingdom. When Moon is absent, River's a total mess who drives Mewni into the ground with his constantly partying.
  • Big Good: With the Magic High Commission's difficult and unhelpful personalities, the actual work at being the force of good in the kingdom ends up befalling her through seasons one and two, specially when the MHC is out of commission during The Battle of Mewni.
  • Character Development:
    • As of "Raid The Cave", she's completely understanding towards Star when she reveals that she lost her spellbook. As opposed to season one, where Star was afraid that her mother would send her to St. Olga's. Plus, it's not like she can send her there anymore, because the establishment fell apart.
    • In "Puddle Defender" she finds some common ground with Buff Frog despite her bias against monsters due to the fact that they are both protective of their children and willing to do anything to keep them safe.
    • In "Total Eclipsa the Moon" and "Butterfly Trap", she put aside her great distrust of Eclipsa, who has supposedly committed many crimes, in order to find the truth of Meteora's whereabouts and expose the conspiracy surrounding the Butterfly family.
    • Due to the stress of being a Queen at a young age, Moon had to grow up fast which led her to be uptight and serious, but after temporarily losing her memory, she became more laid-back and understanding.
  • Character Tics: Moon will put one or both of her hands on her forehead when she is feeling stressed.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: A former example — Moon became the Queen of Mewni at roughly the same age as Star because Toffee killed her mother. Deconstructed as the sudden loss of her mother, and her early ascension to the throne, forced her to mature for the good of her people at the cost of her own happiness and, potentially, her familial relationship with her daughter Star. Her tragic experiences also caused monster racism to be ingrained deep into her mind, making her a target of angry, desperate monsters.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Her empathy towards Ludo due to his strained relationship with his family creates an opening for Toffee to ambush her.
  • Creepy Good: Even though she is one of the good guys, her form when she dips down is a moth or butterfly-like creature with six arms, though how creepy she is depends on the viewer.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Light blue hair and eyes for the Queen.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Is a direct victim of it and perpetuated it. Her mother Comet didn't believe in Fantastic Racism at all and was actively trying to end it outright, but Toffee murdered her in coldblood purely out of hatred. This in turn caused Moon to develop the very anti-monster racism her mother was fighting against, continuing the cycle her mother was trying to break.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has moments of this, especially when dealing with Star or River's antics. In "Game of Flags":
    Queen Moon: Star, you're never going to believe, but I just met your twin sister. (Cue Star looking terrified) She was made out of corn. I don't even remember giving birth to her. River, did I ever give birth to a corn baby?
    • Also from the same episode, it's implied that it's not the first time Moon's own family tried suggesting better suitors than River Johansen.
      Aunt Etheria: You know, Lord Mildrew is still single. (Moon raises an eyebrow in feigned interest) Never too late to start over, dearie.
      Queen Moon: Yes, Aunt Etheria, I heard you the first hundred times.
  • Deal with the Devil: She made a deal with Eclipsa to learn a spell capable of killing Toffee: Eclipsa would teach her the spell and in exchange Moon would free her as soon as Toffee was dead. She manages to take advantage of the Exact Words by using the spell to cripple Toffee instead of killing him, thereby avoiding freeing Eclipsa while still dealing with the monster army.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Star vanishes after using the whispering spell on Ludo's wand and Toffee shatters the crystal, Moon starts rambling and tries to piece the wand back together with her bare hands. Her cheek-marks even turn black.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father is implied to have either left or passed away when Moon was still very young.note  This leaves Moon as the sole ruler of Mewni after Toffee kills her mother.
    • This is confirmed to be the case in The Magic Book of Spells. In Comet's chapter, she reveals that her and Moon's father, Lazlo Marmalade, were divorced. The book also states that Lazlo didn't even go to Moon and River's wedding, so Lekmet and Mina Loveberry had to give her away.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite being one of the many people who doesn't trust Queen Eclipsa, Moon wants the truth just as much as Star, and even she is taken aback when it's revealed that Eclipsa's daughter, Meteora was completely stricken from Mewni's records.
  • Face Palm: She does this when stressed, usually from dealing with the antics of Star or River, to the point of it becoming a regular habit for her.
  • Facial Markings: Queen Butterfly has diamond-shaped markings on her cheeks.
  • Fatal Flaw: She seems to have a consistent tendency to value family over everything else, both her specific family as well as the concept of families in general. She was willing to hide Glossaryck's disappearance from the council to protect Star, even though she knew it could put all of Mewni in danger. She felt sorry for Ludo when she met his family and her attempts to help him reconcile created an opening for Toffee to ambush her. When she found out that Toffee was back for revenge she abandoned her kingdom in order to keep Star safe. Finally, she let Eclipsa out of her tower because she wanted to help her find out what happened to Meteora.
  • Freudian Excuse: Both her over-protectiveness towards Star and her bias against monsters stem from Toffee killing her mother when she was a teenager, and having to take on the responsibility of being queen too early. Doubly so given her mother was actually the most pro-monster queen next to Eclipsa herself and had done nothing to warrant it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Its implied that Moon is jealous that Eclipsa connects to Star so easily in spite of only knowing her for a couple of weeks.
  • Hartman Hips: The Queen has a serious case of those, although it may mostly be a petticoat in her skirt. "Face the Music" shows that while her petticoat make them look quite exaggerated, she still has a disproportionately small waist and large hips.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • "Escape From The Pie Folk" showed that Moon is talented at baking pies. Based on her amnesic self, this was her hobby and pasttime.
    • In "Moon Remembers" she demonstrates a near virtuoso-level degree of skill on the guitar.
  • High Class Gloves: Always seen wearing a pair, even with her incognito casual outfit. They hide the corruption on her lower arms from using Eclipsa's dark magic. She trades them in for a pair that go up to her shoulders after trying to use dark magic a second time.
  • The High Queen: The serene, graceful, beautiful and benevolent queen of Mewni. However, the latter part is very debatable as Season 2 progresses, because we see that much of Mewni's subjects live in poverty, and there are monsters who want her dead for good reasons. "Down by the River" shows that even the mewmans who lived well under Moon's rule became over-reliant on her because they were never taught to take care of themselves.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: She can create a massive magical explosion as a Finishing Move while in her butterfly form, with the caveat that it immediately ends her Super Mode and leaves her physically weak.
  • Honorary Aunt: By "Scent of a Hoodie", Moon has become something to this effect for Marco. The fact that she kisses him on the forehead makes it clear that she already thinks of Marco like family.
  • Hypocrite: Moon is completely prejudiced against monsters and sees them as dangerous and disgusting abominations, even chastising her 8th great-grandmother Eclipsa for running off with a monster, but not only does she not have a problem speaking with Ludo's family, she completely ignores the fact that they're explicitly monsters. When Moon meets Buff Frog for the first time, she couldn't even treat him as decently as she did with Ludo's family, finding him completely disgusting despite him being a much better parent than Ludo's parents were. With Ludo's family, the worst she gives are awkward glances, but does not make any kind of acknowledgement about their monsterhood. This could be because Ludo's family once ruled over their own kingdom, making them an exception from the discrimination, as is implied with the other, non-humanoid royal families. It doesn't make it any less jarring, yet the only plausible explanation was that Moon had to speak with them out of necessity.
  • Identity Amnesia: Loses all her memories while in the Magic Dimension.
  • Inopportune Voice Cracking: In "Battle for Mewni", her voice drops a few octaves when she tells Star that Toffee killed her mother.
  • Insistent Terminology: She insists that her allies such as the Lucitors, the Pony Heads, and the Magic High Commission are not "monsters", even though they have obviously monstrous characteristics. She concedes that Prince Rich Pigeon is a monster (though we later find out he isn't), but handwaves it because "he's rich."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she's overbearing, strict, and can be critical, she ultimately has her kingdom, and more importantly, her daughter's safety at heart.
  • Just Friends: Unlike her love-crazy offspring, Moon wasn't looking for love above the familial and the platonic when she was a teenager, much to River's despair. She also expressed this sentiment to her friend Dirt when he tried to court her, though it was a moot point as he always intended to assassinate her.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: As shown in "Face the Music" and "Starcrushed", Moon can kick some serious butt while wearing beautiful dresses.
  • Kindness Button: She has a soft spot for other parents, being a mother herself. It's enough for her to bond with Buff Frog (a monster, which she despises) and Eclipsa (one of the greatest shames of her family) in "Puddle Defender" and "Total Eclipsa of the Moon".
  • Knight Templar Parent: As the "Battle of Mewni" showed, Moon is willing to abandon her kingdom, the Magical High Commission, and her husband to ensure her daughter's safety.
  • Lady of War: She was more dignified and acted more royally when she was Star's age, and even then she was as good in battle as her daughter. And she still is this in her adulthood.
  • Laser Blade: Could emit one from her wand while it was in her possession like her ancestor Solaria. Even without her wand, she can manifest a saber out of criss-crossing beams of magic.
  • Light 'em Up: Like her daughter, Moon has a heavy association with light. In combat she relies on lasers and conjuring weapons out of Hard Light. Her strongest spell is an omnidirectional Holy Hand Grenade that destroys everything within a large radius but knocks her out of her Super Mode in the process.
  • Little Miss Badass: As the comic (and her mural) shows, she was this as a preteen, and she only got better with age. Though, she was relatively normal compared to her daughter, who fought monsters a lot.
  • Magic Feather: Neglected to tell Star that she doesn't necessarily need the Wand to perform magic. It just makes doing so easier.
  • Magic Knight: She wears ornate armor in battle and carries a pair of swords, although her first reflex is still magic.
  • The Magnificent: Her title is "Moon the Undaunted", which she apparently earned from her battle with Toffee.
  • Mama Bear: Do not attack Star while she is nearby. Even if you're a part of her family, if you hurt her daughter, she won't hold back.
    • In "Game of Flags", after Star got dogpiled by several Johansens and her own relatives, Moon goes into her Mewberty form to blow everyone away and save her daughter.
    • In "Toffee," when she thinks she's lost Star, Moon holds the wand directly against Toffee's chest and recites a dark spell that would have vaporized him and caused Eclipsa to be released, if she'd still had enough power to cast it.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Her Super Mode gives her several arms.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: With her hair completely loose, she's very youthful looking and could even pass as Star's older sister.
  • My Beloved Smother: "Sleep Spells" reveals that Queen Butterfly sends Star daily messages reminding her to behave like the "queen-in-training" that she is. Justified. In the Battle For Mewni movie keeping Star away from Toffee not only because of how dangerous he now is, but also because the lizard was responsible for killing her mother.
  • Nephewism: Ever since her mother was killed, her aunt Etheria was the closest to being a parental figure to her, and even goes as far as nagging her about her choice of husband.
  • Never My Fault: Star accuses her of this. When she wants to freeze Eclipsa again, Star remarks that Eclipsa wasn't the one who sought for Moon and offered her a dark spell, it was Moon that went to her, knowing about her, accepted the pact that came with the spell and used it, releasing Eclipsa, and now wants to go back in her words.
  • Noble Bigot: She's still seen as a benevolent ruler despite her views on monsters.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Star in Star and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every Dimension, the boots that Moon wears under her usual petticoat are actually go-go boots she got from a pole-dancing class. Star doesn't say anything about why Moon was taking a pole-dancing class in the first place, only that she kept the boots from it.
  • Not So Above It All: Moon comes off as the most serious and mature of her family, but is just prejudiced against Monsters and can show a childish side once in a while.
  • Not So Different: She ends up bonding with Buff Frog after recognizing that they're both parents who would do anything to protect their offspring. Heck, there's even some Five-Second Foreshadowing with the board game they're playing in that episode (namely, that the Mewman counterpart is nearly exactly the same).
  • Offing the Offspring: The Deep Trouble comics have her preteen self trying to kill Star, mistaking her future daughter's rescue attempt for an assassination.
  • Only Sane Woman: While she has her own blind spots and can get too caught up in expectations, Moon is the most sensible member of her family. She has a lot more impulse control than either her husband or her daughter, likewise as "Game of Flags" shows her extended family aren't much better. The Johansens are uncouth, rough, and violent, while the Butterflies are snobbish, regal and just as aggressive and ruthless. Best demonstrated by the fact she was the only one trying to keep peace at the family reunion.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Hinted at in "Game of Flags" when she tells Star, "I've done a lot of things you won't be doing".
  • Playing Card Motifs: She has diamond-shaped markings.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Unlike Star and Eclipsa, Moon has very old and typical ideas about monsters.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Moon's Super Mode form has a pair of large butterfly-like wings.
  • Power Glows: Her winged form comes with glowing wings and a glowing halo that extends from her crown.
  • The Power of Hate: How she defeated Toffee during her youth. Her tapestry even depicts her younger self fighting Toffee with pure, unadulterated fury as she maims his middle finger with a dark spell.
  • Proper Lady: Moon always acts one, being elegant and graceful and well-mannered, and tries to turn Star into one. It's often expected that every queen must behave in this manner. However, she acts less lady-like when she's off the clock, such as sometimes casually showing off her legs. During Battle for Mewni, due to the amount of stress she's under, she's willing to partake in less than dignified acts, such as laying on the floor or being trigger-happy with her emotions.
  • Rapunzel Hair: When her hair is loose, it reaches pass her waist to her feet.
  • Red Right Hand: Moon has black and dark purple vein-like markings on her lower arms from casting the Darkest Spell on Toffee in her youth. They spread up almost to her armpits when she tries to cast it on him a second time in the present.
  • Rules Lawyer:
    • Her contract with Eclipsa specified that Eclipsa would be freed after Toffee was killed. Moon works around this by choosing to cripple Toffee instead, destroying his army's morale and scattering them around the world without freeing Eclipsa.
    • Later, in an Enemy Mine scenario she and Eclipsa trick the MHC into agreeing to a trial by box where each member of the MHC would get to ask one question. What the other members of the commission didn't realize was that Eclipsa, as an ex-queen of Mewni, is also technically a member, so Eclipsa gets to turn the box on them and force them into admitting what they did to Meteora.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Despite what Star may have thought about her, Moon wasn't a "cool warrior queen", and her Glory Days were not glorious after all. Moon's experiences of losing her mother and having to face Toffee were very traumatic for her, and to make matters worse, she barely escaped another battle with Toffee alive, furthering her apprehension to continue fighting.
  • She's Got Legs: You don't see them very often though, but she has long and shapely legs.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Back when they were young, River was the only one to treat her casually (as opposed to everyone else treating her as either a queen, or as a mourning daughter). Presumably, this planted the seeds for their eventual matrimony. He was also the only one to respect and believe in her competence as a leader. The MHC was treating her like a child, and Lord Mildrew assumed that her going to face Toffee was a suicidal fit of grief-induced madness. River was the only one who believed she could handle the situation, and also went out after her to back her up. Also, when River gives her apology meat to make up for supposedly speaking out of turn during a war meeting, Moon just smiles and tells him how much she appreciated knowing someone had faith in her.
  • Staff of Authority: When she wielded the wand, it fashioned itself to look like a royal scepter, befitting her regal personality.
  • Stellar Name: Her name is Moon.
  • The Stoic: Moon isn't the type to let herself get bogged by emotions. When Star asks her if she's happy, her response to that is "What difference does it make?".
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Moon looked exactly like Star in her youth, save for the different hair colour and Facial Markings. When she lets her hair down in "Face The Music", she still invokes the resemblance to her daughter while still clearly looking older.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Moon is usually reserved, serious, and stoic. However, she does have a warm and caring side for her family. This includes honorary family members like Marco and eventually even Buff Frog.
  • Super Mode: She can change into a form that is visually similar to Star's Mewberty form except that it has much larger wings and she can do it at will.
  • Supreme Chef: When living with the Pie Folk, she became their baker, and her pies are considered the best in the island. Given her mother Comet was also a great cook, it's possible Moon learned from her.
  • Tempting Fate: Her Song Day production was about how happy and peaceful her life was going to be only for the following years to be filled with war, exhaustion, and having Star for a daughter.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of her side of the family in "Game of Flags". While she may be proper and regal, she's not as snobby or rude as her aunt, cousins, and other family members.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the girly girl to Star is the tomboy. She is proper, calm, and hates mucky things while Star is unladylike, hot-blooded, and generally dosen't mind getting messy, though she is girly in her own right.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Whether it was temporarily losing her memory or no longer having the pressure of being Queen, by early season 4 she has loosened up considerably. She's accepting of monsters now living with Mewmans and she even makes pleasant dinner conversation with Eclipsa, although she admits she still doesn't completely trust her.
  • Tragic Bigot: She seems to think that almost all monsters are bad unless they prove themselves otherwise, or have some kind of status in nobility. However, this is partially justified by the fact that her mother was killed by a monster.
  • True Blue Femininity: She wears an elegant blue dress and she's a calm and proper queen.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: She (eventually) fell in love with and married River, who hails from a family of boisterous barbarians.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While she was as studious and proper as she is in the present, Moon was much more sweet and tended to smile a lot more as a child. Whenever she's shown together with her deceased mother, Comet, Moon's usually depicted either as a happy toddler or as an adorable baby, showing how happier she was until Toffee killed her mother.
  • Vague Age: The fact that Moon clearly has the appearance of a young, attractive woman kinda raises the question as to what age she even gave birth to Star.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Inverted with her and her daughter Star. Star Butterfly is an adventurous and gung-ho girl who is a sharp contrast from her prim and proper mother. It's implied Star got it from her father.
  • What Does She See in Him?:
    • In "Game of Flags", one of Moon's relatives, Etheria, expresses disappointment in River (since he's a Johansen) by saying to Moon, "Lord Mildrew is still single" and that it's not too late for her to start again. Moon responds that she heard her the first hundred times.
    • This was answered in "The Battle For Mewni"; Lord Mildrew was actually condescending towards Moon and was overly emotional, for example when Moon went to kill Toffee, he believed that she went mad with grief. River was her friend and treated her as an equal. Not only that but he was the only one who valued her as a leader and respected her choices.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She gets called out by Hekapoo for not telling the Magic High Commission that Glossaryck and the royal spell book were taken by Ludo. It becomes hypocritical when Hekapoo essentially did the same thing by having Meteora abandoned at St. Olga's and stricken from all records for being a half-monster princess and heir to the throne.
  • Winged Humanoid: In "Game of Flags", to get to the top of a mountain quickly, she transforms into a humanoid butterfly with large wings and six arms.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: She was forced to take the role of queen at a young age due to Toffee killing her mother. The royal council and the Magic High Commission immediately begin to doubt her due to her age and try to pressure her into either going into war or signing a peace treaty with the monster army. She takes a third option by using forbidden magic to cripple Toffee and single-highhandedly disbands his army. Her ruthless methods immediately earn her the council's fear and respect. In present day, she has completely set aside her personal happiness to focus on being the queen her people need, turning her into a combination of The Spock and the Stepford Smiler. When Star asks her directly if she's happy, her response is "What difference would it make?"
  • Women Are Wiser: She tries to be the calm voice of reason in all things, while her husband, River, is in the thick of it, usually making things worse.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: "Starfari" implies she views Buff Frog this way since spending time with him. When Star confronts her, she reaffirms her mindset that Monsters in general are dangerous and need to be kept out, thereby thinking Buff Frog as one of a select few exceptions.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The Queen has light blue hair.
  • You Killed My Mother: Toffee killed her mother, ruining a potential Mewman-Monster peace treaty in the process.

    King River Butterfly (né Johansen) 
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Voiced by: Alan Tudyk
Young River Voiced by: Sonny Ashbourne Serkis

Star's father, the king of Mewni (by marriage). In front of his wife, he acts like a regal and proper king, but he has a wild, adventure-loving side that he has trouble containing.


  • Action Dad: Though officially retired, he occasionally goes on trips to monster hunt and part of the reason Star is such a badass is because of the Training from Hell River subjected her to in her younger years.
  • Adult Fear: One flashback in "Freeze Day" showed him frantically going after a very young Star, who was driving a horse and carriage by herself.
  • Animal Motifs: Eagles. He got into a staring contest with one, tamed a species of Mewni (who he later used in the battle with Meteora), and the tips at the end of his beard resemble and eagle's head.
  • Badass Beard: King Butterfly has a long beard, in which the ends of it stick up on their own. It was burned off in "Camping Trip" after he ended up right in the middle of a scalding geyser spout, but it grew back. Apparently beards run in the Johansen family as his father, King Johansen, has a very impressive beard himself.
  • Badass in Charge: King Butterfly regularly claims to be out giving lectures so that he can run off to slay monsters.
  • Badass Normal: In contrasts with his wife and daughter, River has no magic, but makes up for it by being an incredibly strong and skilled warrior.
  • Bald of Awesome: King Butterfly has no hair underneath his crown.
  • Barbarian Hero: Being a Johansen, River still identifies as being a proud barbarian, and he even fights in a loincloth like a barbarian.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT take his corn, or any of his food in general.
  • Big Eater: Whenever there is a meal present, King Butterfly will most likely get a good heaping of it. Marco refers to him in the episode "Butterfly Follies" as the "hungriest guy I know."
  • Blood Knight: King Butterfly carefully keeps this side of himself a secret from his uptight wife. He claims fighting monsters helps keep him sane.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: The Johansen family all tend to be rambunctious, loud Blood Knight barbarians. Despite the well-mannered, uptight Butterfly influence, River is still much like his brethren at heart, and it shows.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: River may love fighting, but he's also a loving family man.
  • Bumbling Dad: Sorta. He can come off as childish and irresponsible sometimes, kinda like his daughter, or less so.
  • The Chains of Commanding: King Butterfly admits to finding his responsibilities as king exhausting, and regularly sneaks off to go monster hunting in his own words, to keep "me sane".
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He can fall up a waterfall, run 150 mph, and carry Star and Marco on his shoulders while doing so. Heck, if he's to be believed, he was able to run faster than that when he was younger. Later in season two we see that he comes from a whole family of inhumanly strong people.
  • Commonality Connection: Invoked in "Game of Flags"; he settles a picnic dispute between the Butterflys and the Johansens by having them compete in the titular game, something that both sides clearly enjoy. Moon is not pleased.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: King Butterfly has a massive and nigh-genocidal grudge against a fellow king for shooting an amorous glance at his wife. Justified; he spent years trying to court Moon in their younger days, and eventually succeeded. Thus, any other man who makes advances towards his wife will make his hard work pointless.
  • Cuddlebug: Star got her own Cuddlebug tendencies from him (and, by extension, the rest of the Johansen half of the family).
  • Dented Iron: Used to be a lot more fit during his youth and bemoans his dwindling (if still substantial) physical strength.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Deconstructed. Years of trying to win Moon's hand and ultimately succeeding has made him a little possessive towards his wife, and loathes any guy who tries to make advances.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While he has own field of corn that he refuses to share, he was shocked when he accidentally light the field on fire, nearly burning to death some monsters that tried to steal from it.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He and King Pony Head became friends after the former mistook him for a Greebeast (based on very flimsy evidence) and tried to wrestle him to death while they were teenagers.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Neither his first or last name can adequately prepare you for how gung-ho and violent he is.
  • Generation Xerox: His friendship with King Dave is very similar to Star and Tom's relationship; it's incredibly bumpy, but they manage to make up in the end. Star and Tom in particular just take it one step further.
  • Henpecked Husband: While he can be quite boisterous and loud at times, he often caves to his wife's demands with a single word from her.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He seems to have developed this with Marco, since Marco is shown to be really casual with him (even calling River by his first name without a title). Heck, the same episode has River outright refer to Marco as his friend, as opposed to him merely viewing him as "Star's boyfriend" in a previous appearance.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was a short and pudgy, yet adorable-looking teenager when he was younger. He aged less gracefully than his wife, but he got an awesome beard as a bonus to make up for it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: River can be quite rude at times, and in other occasions, crack rather mean-spirited jokes, but he does mean well.
  • Loophole Abuse: In "Game of Flags", Moon requests that he settle the picnic dispute between their respective families. Since she didn't specify how to, he decides to suggest the titular game of flags, which pleases everyone but Moon due to how dangerous and barbaric it is.
  • Luminescent Blush: When he was younger, he would blush like this whenever he interacted with Moon, due to having a crush on her. It makes him look adorable.
  • Made of Iron: He was able to survive a massive fall that's powerful enough to cause a crater, and he was able to survive being boiled by the scalding geyser that launched him in the first place, minus his beard and looking like he got horribly sunburned.
  • Magic Knight: His family is composed of a clan of deceptively brutish barbarians who are quite adept at the mystical arts.
  • Papa Wolf: Defends his daughter's honor after King Dave accuses her of club-snubbing Tom, and the arguments escalate from there to the point where they both fight each other in front of the other royals.
  • Shared Family Quirks: King Butterfly likes to sneak off to fight monsters once in while, just like Star. Also all his strength and toughness is a family trait on his side.
  • Shipper on Deck: He assumed Marco was Star's boyfriend, and was perfectly accepting of the two being together.
  • Shock and Awe: River's staff can shoot lightning bolts out of its head.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: The shortest adult in his family and the most marginally intelligent/clever of the Johansens. Presumably he's the one to settle family disputes should the Johansens and Butterflys find reason to argue with each other.
  • Staff of Authority: King Butterfly carries a cool staff that has an ice/diamond carving of the moon.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As a preteen, he was immensely incompetent despite his great strength. In the present, he's much more well-trained on how to expertly apply said strength.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Like most Mewmans, it's corn. He has a large stash of the stuff reserved for himself. God help you if you mess with it.
  • Verbal Tic: Whenever he tries to give a long-winded explanation, he gives off a strange whistle in his teeth.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Star may share a lot of traits with River, but even she can get exasperated with him because River tends to be careless and does a lot of embarrassing things, which Star points out especially in "Escape From the Pie Folk".
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: Besides worrying about his dwindling strength in "Camping Trip", River also worries that Star wouldn't admire him anymore because of him becoming less fit.

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Past Queens of Mewni

    The First Butterfly Queen 
The first queen who held the wand. A normal woman who was given the wand by Glossaryck.
  • The Chosen One: Played for laughs. Glossaryk created the wand with one of Meteora's toys and gave it to a random woman in the boat heading to the land that would become Mewni.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Glossaryk chose her at random and gave her a hastily made wand. Since then, the mewmans believe that only women can develop magical powers and men are somehow unable to develop magic. When, in reality, they were all standing in the magic river and Glossaryk just chose her so he can get on with teaching Meteora on how to Dip Down.

    Soupina the Strange 
An ancient queen whose eyes became stuck in Mewberty mode. Unable to stop viewing multiple dimensions at once, she went mad and left Mewni, never to return.
  • Black Sheep: Soupina is apparently a sore spot for the Butterfly family, as Moon once told River she was afraid Star would end up like her. Likewise, Dirhhennia was told by her mother that she would end up like Soupina, though Dirhhennia didn't think she was real.
  • Blessed with Suck: Being able to see into other dimensions would be a blessing... if it wasn't multiple at the same time and Soupina could turn it off.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Seeing into multiple dimensions at once for long enough caused her to snap.

    Lyric Butterfly 
Skywynne's mother. Not much was known about her, except she was a fashion-obsessed queen of Mewni who ruled for a short time.
  • Abdicate the Throne: She had a short reign as queen of Mewni because she abdicated the throne after she got bored.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: Subverted; she abdicated the throne after a short reign because she was bored, contrasting Jushtin and Dirhhennia, who were forced to abdicate the throne for being male and mentally unstable, respectively. When a major fire broke out, she saved a book on fashion instead of the original Book of Spells, causing hundreds if not thousands of useful spells to be lost forever.
  • The Fashionista: Implied, given how she prioritized a fashion book over the Book of Spells.
  • Flying Broomstick: Her wand was a broom that she can use to fly.
  • The Ghost: So far, she's only been mentioned in her daughter's chapter of the Book of Spells.
  • I Want Grandkids: Implied. Skywynne's chapter in The Magic Book of Spells talked about her throwing a party for princes, specifically so she could find her daughter an eligible husband. Skywynne got out of it by magically fast-forwarding time.
  • Skewed Priorities: She believed a book on fashion was more important than the Book of Spells, and rescued that during a major fire, forcing her daughter to write a new one.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The fashion-obsessed wacky parent to her studious daughter's serious child.

    Skywynne, Queen of Hours 
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"Ticktock the clock talks
but secret are its powers.
The only one to break its spell
is Skywynne, Queen of Hours."

A scholarly monarch, Skywynne was famous and respected for adding a plethora of knowledge to the Book of Spells, most of which involved space-time manipulation. Has the dubious distinction of being one of the few past queens Star deigned to be familiar with before the events of "Into the Wand". Her wand was topped with an alarm clock.


  • Atheist: Did not believe in the Stump.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Her revised Warnicorn Spell allows the user to summon multiple Warnicorns at once. But as this page showed, the incantation for the spell is very complicated to pull off.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Her name means something along the lines of "Friend of the Sky."
  • Badass Bookworm: Her chapter in The Magic Book of Spells is one of the most detailed and informative in the tome and she created even more spells after she learned how to "dip down" without her wand as a member of the Magic High Commission.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Skywynne's chapter ended with this - after releasing her pent-up anger in trying to please everyone, she became more assertive, and taught her subjects how to provide and fend for themselves without relying on her to do everything for them. She also got together with her crush, Sir Gem-robin, after he divorced his first wife, and had two children with him, Jushtin and Solaria.
  • Facial Markings: Skywynne has cheek marks shaped like hourglasses on her cheeks, symbolizing her talent with time magic.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: She wanted her son, Jushtin, to succeed her as Mewni's first King and become a powerful mage like her.
  • For Want of a Nail: Had Skywynne refused to let the public sway her into giving birth to a daughter, Solaria the Monster Carver wouldn't have existed. Her son, Jushtin, would've become Mewni's first King and the first male Butterfly mage like she always hoped he would be.
  • Good Parents: Loved both of her children, and initially wanted Jushtin to succeed her as King of Mewni, which explained how he got his own chapter in The Magic Book of Spells. Even when Jushtin was little, Skywynne let him hold her Magic Wand, despite it being traditionally passed down from mother to daughter. She also did not tolerate Glossaryck's ignorant dismissiveness of her son, Jushtin, and reminded him that she knew the difference between a boy and a girl. She deeply regretted letting her people sway her into forcing Jushtin to relinquish his claim to the throne after a short time as heir, which she hid with joy over having a female heir in public. In turn, Jushtin's chapter mentions how much he loves his mother, and implies that she always believed he was destined for greatness from the moment he was born.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: Her dress has large, round sleeves.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: She wanted Jushtin to be king because she believed he was destined for greatness. However, when she became pregnant with Solaria, she had to pass the crown to her from Jushtin. She was torn up about it but had to keep the kingdom happy. Jushtin doesn't blame her, as he was disinterested in ruling anyway.
  • I Am Not My Father: What motivated her to be a better queen than her mother, Lyric. Lyric was a ditzy and foppish woman who preferred fashion over ruling, abdicated the throne because she was bored, and saved a book on fashion instead of the original Book of Spells after the family castle caught fire. Skywynne vowed never to repeat her mother's mistakes; ironically by being the good queen her people wanted, she ended up making a lot of decisions she personally wasn't happy about, like superseding her own son in favor of her daughter due to Mewni being a matriarchy.
  • Irony: Skywynne being a beloved queen was motivated by her desire not to repeat her foppish mother's mistakes. She ended up sacrificing her own happiness for the sake of her people, including making Jushtin give up his claim to the throne because male rulers wouldn't be accepted in a matriarchy like Mewni.
  • Mama Bear: When Glossaryck asked Skywynne to introduce him to her daughter, only to find that she had a son, Jushtin, he acted as if having a male child was utterly baffling. Understandably, Skywynne wasn't pleased with this and told him that she knew the difference between a boy and a girl.
  • The Necromancer: One of the spells Skywynne developed allowed the caster to temporarily raise the dead from the Underworld. The only thing she advised against while using necromancy is raising "Monster Clowns", which she deemed the worst kind of undead.
  • Parents as People: She wanted her beloved son, Jushtin, to become the first mage king of Mewni, but she let her people's opinions sway her into having a daughter. She also took no pleasure in forcing her beloved son Jushtin to give up his claim to the throne, but had to do so in order to keep her people happy.
  • Parental Favoritism: Because Mewni is a matriarchy, she favored her daughter Solaria over her son Jushtin. After she came to take his wand away, she laughed and jumped for joy over having a female heir... right in front of Jushtin who spied on her through a keyhole. It's also subverted; it's implied that in private, she loved her son and always believed he was destined for greatness, but had to keep up appearances since her subjects would never accept a male ruler in a matriarchal kingdom.
  • Rage Breaking Point: In her chapter in The Magic Book of Spells, the final straw after dealing with lazy, ungrateful subjects as well as monsters who were attracted by the overabundance of food... was learning that her crush, Sir Gem-robin, had a girlfriend. The result was one dimension completely wiped out while she magically dipped down.
  • Shout-Out: Her dress design might be a subtle reference to Princess Peach.
  • Space Master: One of things she was most knowledgeable about was space-time manipulation.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She often used her time magic to sneak into the house of her crush, Sir Gem-robin, so she could sniff his shirts. Not creepy at all.
  • Summon Magic: She's the creator of the Warnicorn Stampede spell, altering its progenitor to produce many Warnicorns instead of just one.
  • Time Master: Based on the events of Freeze Day, she not only created the spell that could bring time to a standstill, but was capable of performing it in such a way that it wouldn't free Father Time from the Wheel of Progress. The inscription on her portrait implies that she pioneered this particular type of spellcraft. She also used time magic to escape a party her mother, Lyric, threw so she could find Skywynne a husband.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: She dipped down during an extremely upsetting point in her life, and her pent-up anger provided the boost her magic needed to blow up another dimension.
  • Unrequited Love: Skywynne's chapter in The Magic Book of Spells mentioned her huge crush on a mewman noble, Sir Gem-robin. After dealing with lazy, ungrateful subjects as well as monsters attacking her kingdom for food, she considered the last straw to be learning that Gem-robin had a girlfriend. Fortunately, after gaining some assertiveness, she married Gem-robin after he was single again.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Her mother was a ditzy, foppish ruler who abdicated the throne early because she got bored of ruling. Also, when the castle was burning she rushed back in to save a book of fashion instead of the Book of Spells. Skywynne's successful rule was motivated by her desire to be a better queen than her mother.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: It's implied in Jushtin's chapter that Skywynne celebrating the birth of her daughter Solaria was a facade to hide her sorrow at making her son relinquish his claim to the throne. She always believed that Jushtin was destined for greatness, but because Mewni is matriarchal, having a male heir to the throne wouldn't please her subjects.

    Jushtin the Uncalculated 
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"He was just a boy,
but he could dream.
So goes the sad tale
of Jushtin the un-queen."

True to his title, Jushtin was never crowned queen, as he was superseded in favor of his younger sister, Solaria. He was the only son and first-born child of Queen Skywynne and the older brother of Queen Solaria.


  • Abdicate the Throne: Due to Mewni being completely matriarchal, he was superseded in favor of his sister, Solaria, after his mother, Skywynne, announced she was having a daughter. Jushtin doesn't blame her for doing so since she was keeping up appearances, and he was rather disinterested in ruling anyway. Ironically, Solaria proved to be a worse ruler than he would have been.
  • Aerith and Bob: With the Butterfly queens all named after stars and other cosmic-related things, "Jushtin" seems rather normal in comparison, even with the extra 'h' put in to make it sound more exotic.
  • Agent Peacock: He reaped the benefits of being queen and certainly looks the part. He was one of Solaria's diplomats to ally the Butterfly family with the Pony Head and Lucitor families against the monsters in the Mewman-Monster War, despite Mewni being deep in anti-monster prejudice.
  • All-Loving Hero: He was able to make friends with different kingdoms and races. He was also able to make long-lasting alliances with Lucitor's and Pony Heads.
  • Befriending the Enemy: For all his flaws, Jushtin was definitely a Magnetic Hero. He made long-lasting alliances and had hopes that he could end the monster-mewman war peacefully. Too bad Mewni couldn't make an exception for him.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: Subverted. He fits the "Benevolent" part, as his ability to make friends from different kingdoms and races with ease would've made him an ideal King of Mewni. However, Mewni being completely matriarchal, combined with Jushtin's lesser magical powers compared to his mother, sister, and niece, meant that he was unfit to rule and once his mother became pregnant with his sister, Solaria, he was superseded in favor of her.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Despite being a fop who was more interested in hanging out with his "crew" than ruling or (presumably) learning magic, he was also a mathematics prodigy. And if his time as diplomat was to go by, he is very charismatic with astounding social skills that netted his family two powerful allies.
  • Camp Straight: Was very flashy and flamboyant, but had a crush on his math tutor and eventually married a Spiderbite duchess.
  • Classy Cane: His magic wand took the shape of an alligator-headed striped cane, befitting his former title as a Butterfly prince. The alligator head was somewhat sentient as it tended to bite people, except for him.
  • Drink Order: Implied; one of his likes is "soda".
  • Facial Markings: His are shaped like four-leaf clovers, which are seen as symbols of luck.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: The reason why Jushtin was made heir to the throne was because his mother, Skywynne, wanted him to succeed her and achieve great things, including becoming a powerful mage like her. Ironically, he ended up failing both expectations because Skywynne was pressured into having a daughter and superseding Jushtin's claim of succession in favor of the "rightful" heir.
  • For Want of a Nail: Had Skywynne refused to let the public sway her into having a daughter, Jushtin would've fulfilled his mother's expectations of becoming Mewni's first King as well as the first male Butterfly mage.
  • Goal in Life: His initial goal as the official heir to the throne was to turn Mewni into a tourist destination for both mewmans and monsters. Sadly, he never got to, since his claim of succession was superseded in favor of Solaria.
  • Hot Teacher: His chapter included a photo of an attractive woman who was his math tutor, which may explain how he became so good at math.
  • Hot for Teacher: Implied; his chapter had a photo of his math teacher, who was an attractive woman. The photo also had hearts doodled around it. This trope might be why Jushtin became so good at math.
  • Improbable Weapon User: While he doesn't have anything on Rhina, Jushtin's wand appears to have been topped with the head of a lizard that's somewhat sentient; it's known to bite people.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Jushtin had the makings of a great king but he had to abdicate because of his sex. Since Mewni has always been ruled by a queen and the kingdom was unsettled by a change in tradition.
  • Irony:
    • His cheek markings are four-leaf clovers, which are symbols of good luck and fortune. He would have been the first male ruler in Mewni's history, although he was superseded in favor of his younger sister, Solaria.
    • He turned out to be a much better person to have had on the throne, because he was a talented negotiator who was able to make friends with monsters, such as the Pony Heads and Lucitors. On the other hand, his sister Solaria was a warmongering, racist queen who advocated for monster genocide, and was killed by the monsters in turn.
    • His mother, Skywynne, wanted him to succeed and achieve great things in his life. He ended up being known as the only Butterfly "un-queen", whose dreams were dashed because of his gender. And unlike the other queens, who were immortalized in tapestries, none of his accomplishments were celebrated or officially recorded, either.
    • Skywynne also wanted Jushtin to be a "mighty magic wielder" like her. He ended up with innate magic that was weaker than his female relatives' because of his preference in hanging out with his friends, and because his claim to the throne was superseded in favor of Solaria.
  • Large and in Charge: Subverted. Jushtin was one of the more taller members of the royal bloodline, standing at 6 feet, one inch shorter than Festivia whose height was 6'1". Because Mewni is matriarchal, he was superseded in favor of his sister Solaria after Skywynne became pregnant, and Solaria became even taller than him, standing at 6'3".
  • Magic Staff: His wand took the form of a red and white-striped cane with an alligator head.
  • Magnetic Hero: Implied and justified; Jushtin had better social skills than Solaria did, and his friends consisted of princes and nobles from different kingdoms. When he became a diplomat during Solaria's reign, he was able to ally the Butterfly family with the Pony Heads and the Lucitors. It's saying something when the alliances manage to stay strong in the present day, despite Mewni's rampant monster prejudice.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Jushtin is the foppish Feminine Boy, while his younger sister Solaria is the warmongering Masculine Girl.
  • Momma's Boy: Implied; he deeply loves his mother, Skywynne, and his writings have notes like "LUV U 2 MOM". He also doesn't resent her for superseding his claim to the throne in favor of his younger sister, Solaria, as he was rather disinterested in ruling, anyway; he suspected that Skywynne was only putting up appearances for her subjects, and his only request was for her to take off her public mask and grieve with him.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: In Jushtin's case, he's the "Male" part of the trope. His innate magic was abysmal compared to his mother, a chronomancer, and his sister, who weaponized magic to new levels. This trope may be justified as Jushtin was more interested in hanging out with his friends than ruling or learning magic, and is partially why he was forced to give up his claim of succession to Solaria.
  • Nice Guy: Implied. One of Jushtin's friends was a poor, elderly man named Whizzbag, whose arthritic knees motivated the creation of the Creaky Knees Spell, which created comfortable seats for people to sit on. He also included Whizzbag in his "Boy-Prince Cru" entourage, despite Whizzbag not being royalty or rich. The sentient alligator head on Jushtin's Magic Wand, which he called "Gator Agate", refused to bite him "cuz he luv his dad". In his diplomatic career, Jushtin managed to ally his family with the Pony Head and Lucitor families, which stayed strong in the present day.
  • Nice Hat: He took to wearing a fancy, wide-brimmed hat with lots of colorful feathers on it. His niece, Eclipsa, takes after him by wearing a wide-brimmed hat of her own.
  • The Paragon: Despite Jushtin's disinterest in being king and being denied the throne. He was essential to creating alliances with the underworld and Pony Head kingdom. He was also idealistic in his pursuit of monster-mewman peace.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Jushtin and Star have a few in common despite not being related by blood. For one, they both preferred to have fun with their friends rather than be saddled with a royal position they wouldn't be satisfied with. And they're both compassionate to people of different races (once Star gets her Character Development, that is).
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Jushtin is a Magnetic Hero who built long-lasting alliances with the other kingdoms. While his sister Solaria was a warmonger who nearly destroyed those kingdoms in her war with the monsters.
  • Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality: Skywynne wanted Jushtin to succeed her as Mewni's first King and become a powerful mage like her, so she named him her heir. However, after she was pressured into becoming pregnant with Solaria, Jushtin was superseded in favor of his younger sister. Then he was demoted to Solaria's diplomat during the Monster-Mewman war; while he managed to ally the Butterflys with the royal Pony Head and Lucitor dynasties, his accomplishments are only a footnote in history compared to his female relatives and successors, and were never celebrated or officially recorded, either.
  • Spare to the Throne: Because Mewni is a matriarchy, he was never intended to be queen, although his mother, Skywynne, wished for him to succeed her and named him her heir, giving him the royal Magic Wand and the Book of Spells. Despite this, when Skywynne became pregnant with his younger sister, Solaria, Jushtin was superseded in favor of her; Skywynne took the wand the book back from him and then gave them to Solaria when she came of age. His tapestry's story even refers to him as an "un-queen" who was barred from the line of succession simply because of his sex. While Skywynne was overjoyed to finally have a daughter as her heir in public, she deeply regretted cutting her son's time as heir short in private, because she always believed that Jushtin was destined for greatness from the moment he was born.
  • Stealth Pun: Jushtin is a mathematical genius who was able to make friends with different kinds of people, even the Pony Heads and Lucitors. He's a social butterfly.
  • Sweet Tooth: Like many teenagers, Jushtin likes soda.
  • True Companions: Implied with Jushtin's "Boy-Prince Cru" group, as he spent more time hanging out with them than ruling Mewni. Prince Sazmo was his "BFF", and a poor, elderly, arthritic man named "Whizzbag" was also included despite not being royalty. He also had the uncanny ability to turn other people into this, as the Pony Head and Lucitor families continued being allies of the Butterfly family long after his death.
  • The Unfavorite: Skywynne favored his sister Solaria over him in accordance to Mewni's matriarchal traditions, but it's subverted as it was only a public facade. In private, she deeply loved her son as well, and was saddened that he was superseded in favor of Solaria as she had had high hopes for him.
  • Unperson: If the "Un-queen" quote is anything to go by. Rhina's tapestry description also has this bit: "Seven [queens] came before Rhina (if you subtract the boy)", suggesting that Mewni wanted to forget that Jushtin was ever considered liable to inherit the throne.
  • Unluckily Lucky: His chapter revealed that his astrology sign in Mewni was the Bog-Slug, an animal associated with bad luck. He was the first and only male heir to the throne in the history of Mewni, however, as soon as his sister was born, he was superseded in favor of her. He's also said to be disinterested in ruling Mewni, and after Solaria was crowned queen, he served as a diplomat and allied the Butterflys with the Pony Heads and the Lucitors. He's the reason why Star Butterfly and her father River have close friendships with members of the Lucitor family.
  • The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: Since Mewni is matriarchal, Jushtin was seen by the public as unfit to rule by virtue of his gender and weaker magic, and was only allowed to hold the throne because he was the only Butterfly royal available. Ironically, Jushtin may have proved to have been a better candidate than the racist, genocidal sociopath that was sister, as he was a charismatic young man who allied his family with the Pony Heads and Lucitors.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has purple hair.

    Solaria the Monster Carver 
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"A castle stormed is a hero born
with might as strong as steel.
Kneels the void before her
and the crushing force she wields."

A queen that fought monsters just like Star did, only with a lot more killing involved. Her wand was a Laser Blade with a red-hot lightning bolt.


  • Abusive Mom: Downplayed, she did love her daughter Eclipsa but was filled with rage and shame when she discovered the relationship bewteen Eclipsa and Globgor. She was in full denial of it and believed that Eclipsa would finish her monster annihilation spell. Not only that, Solaria arranged a marriage between Eclipsa and Shastacan.
  • Aggressive Categorism: More so than most queens. She hates monsters with a burning passion and wants them all annihilated.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Solaria's muscular compared to the other queens, but that doesn't hinder her looks.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Her goal to commit monster genocide both consumed and destroyed her.
  • A Mother to Her Men: She had strong leadership skills and developed a fondness towards Mina. As she hoped Mina would survive the Solarian procedure.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Solaria, a genocidal warmonger, is the daughter of Skywnne.
  • Badass in Charge: She was the general of the Solarians, whom she created and was always in the front-lines during the Mewman-Monster war.
  • Bald of Awesome/Evil: Her most defining feature.
  • Bald Woman: Rather surprising for a Queen of Mewni, since most of them have long elegant hair. It also presents how aggressive she is.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: She went to war against the monsters because she believed it was the only solution. Overtime, she started believing that the monsters were welcoming of death and even made a guide on how to kill them.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: Subverted, as she's an example of why someone as racist as her shouldn't be in charge at all. She desired the deaths of all monsters (which ironically included the monster allies Jushtin gained during his diplomatic career), and disdained the other queens for being too soft. Eventually, her extremism caused her to be killed by the monsters in turn.
  • BFS: Her wand was a large Laser Blade that was called the Wand of Aggression.
  • Blood Knight: While Mewmans are a Proud Warrior Race, Solaria stands out in the Butterfly line of queens because she was not a Lady of War. This is deconstructed as final entries in her chapter reveals that her talent became less needed when battles began to decreased. Despite the decline of monster retaliation, Solaria still wanted the monsters exterminated rather than choosing a peaceful resolution to cease the bloodshed.
  • Braids of Action: In The Magic Book of Spells, an artwork of her depicts her with long braided hair, presumably before she shaved it entirely.
  • Brawn Hilda: Solaria was 6ft 3, a queen and a warmonger.
  • The Caligula: Solaria advocated genocide and created an army of bloodthirsty mutants to do so.
  • The Chains of Commanding: She only became queen because of her sex. The mewman public didn't want Jushtin as a leader and forced Skywynne to have another child.
  • The Corrupter: Solaria's experiments transformed Mina into a super soldier with an uncompromising bloodlust to match.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-Universe, when Solaria goes into detail about how to kill monsters she states that septarians can be killed via dismemberment and scattering the parts before they reform. Septarians are borderline immortal due to their regeneration abilities. In the case of Toffee, they can be killed but with a spell that can stop their regeneration.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Solaria started out trying to peacefully resolve the conflict, but failures resulted in her going the violent route. By the time it was over, she'd become a complete genocidal nutcase. She even hoped that Eclipsa will finish her annihilation spell, despite Eclipsa wanting nothing to do with Solaria's agenda. If Solaria was the one to complete the annihilation spell then she would have killed the Pony Heads and Lucitors in the crossfire, which could have lead to another war between Mewni and those 2 factions.
  • Defiant to the End: Solaria died fighting in a monster ambush.
  • Destructive Savior: Solaria planned to use her monster annihilation spell to exterminate all monsters, despite the possibility of killing the Pony Head and Lucitor kingdoms in the crossfire.
  • Determinator: One of her defining traits in her card is called 'Cold Determination' and it's very high.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Her plan to create a Total Annihilation spell, if finished, would've killed the Pony Head and Lucitor families, undoing all of Jushtin's diplomacy and robbing the Butterfly dynasty of two powerful allies. Luckily for everyone, she died before she could carry it out.
  • Does Not Like Men: She had a low view of men, apparently saying that husbands were only means to sire a princess after which they were no better than "throne candy" to be objectified for their beauty. She never married and only dated Alphonse the Worthy to sire an heir.
  • The Dreaded: Her methods in dealing with monsters were so extreme that even Glossaryck admits that Solaria scares him.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Solaria may have been a monster, but Eclipsa loved her mother and mourned her premature death.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though more morally grey than completely evil, Solaria had a few people close to her heart despite having a huge hatred for monsters to the point of wanting them all dead.
    • She was fond of her daughter, Eclipsa, and was either oblivious or in denial about her dating a monster. One of Solaria's most treasured possessions was a childhood drawing Eclipsa did of herself and her mother when she was seven-years-old, and she would often carry it to battle with her as if it was a prized lucky charm.
    • Her Magic Wand's millhorse, Bartholomew the Brave, was personally described by her as "the finest millhorse any queen could ask for", and that his love for him is "unconditional loyalty above all else!"
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Solaria was enraged and ashamed when she discovered the relationship between Globgor and Eclipsa. She went as far as to arrange a marriage between Eclipsa and Shastacan and hope that Eclipsa finishes the Total Annihilation Spell.
  • Evil Is Bigger: While more morally grey than completely evil, Solaria was 6 feet and 3 inches tall, making her the tallest ruler of Mewni.
  • Facial Markings: Solaria has ones shaped like lightning bolts on her cheeks.
  • Fallen Hero: Solaria initially wanted peace with the monsters but decided that peace was no longer an option. By the end of her chapter, she was working on a genocide spell that would kill all of the monsters and her own allies in the crossfire.
  • Fantastic Racism: Taken to an extreme than other queens. She only believed the worst about monsters and wanted to eradicate the entire species from the face of Mewni. She even thought monsters were better off dead, with her descriptions of how to dispatch them ending with assurances that the monsters will be happier once they've been killed.
  • Fiery Redhead: In The Magic Book of Spells, an artwork of her depicts her with red hair and she's a rather aggressive character.
  • Final Solution: Even when her army successfully drove the monsters back to the Forest of Certain Death, it wasn't enough for her. In addition to her being less needed in battles, Solaria decided to create a spell in secret, called the "Total Annihilation Spell" - this would transform her wand into a weapon of mass destruction that she would then use to finally kill all monster kind. Fortunately, she failed, but hopes her daughter, Eclipsa would finish her incomplete spell.
  • Flaming Sword: Her wand resembles a flaming sword.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Had her "Total Annihilation Spell" been finished, the Butterfly family would lose two powerful allies, undoing all of Jushtin's diplomacy. Star's respective friend and boyfriend, Pony Head and Tom Lucitor, wouldn't have been born.
    • Had Skywynne refused to let the public sway her into having a daughter, Solaria wouldn't have existed at all. Instead, her older brother, Jushtin the Uncalculated, would have ruled in her place as Mewni's first Butterfly mage king.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her reason for declaring war on all monsters is that unlike Jushtin, she did try resolving things the peaceful way, only to fail horribly every time. She was also essentially thrown onto the throne the very moment she was of age more or less sent directly into an ongoing war with the monsters.
  • General Ripper: She devoted herself to war and founded the "Solarian Army" to fight the monsters.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Solaria was a bloodthirsty and ruthless ruler who wanted all monsters dead.
  • Ghostapo: Solaria's "Solarian Army" was essentially a group of magical supersoldiers created to fulfill her mission of expanding territory and monster genocide.
  • Genocide Backfire: Her attempts to kill all the monsters on Mewni got her killed when the survivors of her actions ambushed and killed her.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: It was because of her that countless people like Mina Loveberry were brainwashed and mutated into racist supersolders. It's also because of her that the Mewmans became even more prejudiced against monsters.
  • Hate Sink: She was a monster in every sense of the word. She advocated genocide, created unstable super soldiers and planned to kill her own allies in her war against the monsters. The consequences of her reign are still in effect.
  • Heart Symbol: On her armor.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: In-universe example. Her tapestry portrays her as a valiant and determined hero who'd defend Mewni from invading monsters, while still looking ruthless. In actuality, Solaria was a racist extremist who battled with the monsters, who only want to reclaim their stolen land, to war— intending to eradicate them all.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Solaria only went to war with the monsters because she believed it was the only option. Overtime, it devolved to racism and insanity.
  • Improbable Weapon User: The first Butterfly queen to weaponize the wand itself, turning it into a powerful Laser Blade once she got ahold of it.
  • Irony:
    • Eclipsa, the notorious "monster lover", was the daughter of Solaria, Mewni's most ruthless monster fighter.
    • Solaria's older brother Jushtin turned out to be a better candidate for the throne despite the line of succession being strictly matrilineal because he had the social skills and charisma to potentially bring the anti-monster wars to an end. Solaria on the other hand, only made things worse by advocating monster genocide, the repercussions of which would be felt by future Butterfly queens long after her death.
    • Symbolism wise, the sun themed Solaria was considered the worst of the Butterfly family and a representation of the darkest aspect of mewman history. While her daughter Eclipsa, refused to follow in her footsteps and is perceived a two-faced villainess for wanting peace with the monsters.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Her final chapter describes her plan to kill her own allies in the war against the monsters.
  • Karmic Death: She was slain by the very monsters she sought to kill in her genocidal mission.
  • Kick the Dog: After one of her battles, she ordered her people to burn the bodies of the monsters and proceeded to dance around the pyre with her fellow soldiers.
  • Knight Templar: She believed that monsters were a menace to Mewni and that the previous Queens were too soft when dealing with them. She even created 'The Solarians' by experimenting on her people to gain the advantage in the war against the monsters, and her last entry stated she was attempting to create a Total Annihilation Spell, which was intended to wipe all monsters out. She failed.
  • Laser Blade: Her wand took the form of an energy sword with a red-hot lightning bolt (called the Wand of Aggression).
  • Large and in Charge: Solaria's card states that she's 6'3" tall, making her the tallest queen of Mewni.
  • Light Is Not Good: Solaria is themed around sunlight and she was devoted to war.
  • Madness Mantra: Solaria's chapter in The Magic Book of Spells includes a guide on how to kill monsters, along with her concluding (multiple times) that the monsters are "happier this way".
  • Magic Knight: Her wand resembles a sword and her reign was devoted to war.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The warmongering, genocidal Masculine Girl to contrast her older brother, who is the foppish yet intelligent and friendly Feminine Boy. Looks like she overdid it on the masculine part considering her title.
  • Missing Mom: In "The Battle for Mewni", Eclipsa mentions how she lost her mother at a young age like Moon. The Magic Book of Spells reveals that she was Eclipsa's mother and that she lost her life during a nighttime monster ambush.
  • Motifs: Sunlight. Her name comes from the Latin "Solaris," meaning "of the sun", and she prefers to burn her enemies. She also burned the corpses of her enemies and danced around the pyre with her allies.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: She's not called "The Monster Carver" for nothing.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Her "Solarian Army" are Nazis in all but name.
  • Never My Fault: In The Magic Book of Spells, she believed the monsters were at fault for the problems that happened, even jealous of the founding of the Butterfly Family rather than seeing them as victims of her family's misdeeds. This was also why her relationship with Glossaryck was strained.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her actions created Mina Loveberry. An uncompromising, genocidal super soldier so devoted to the mission Solaria gave her that she wouldn't hesitate to turn against the Butterfly family to carry it out.
  • Not So Different: From Toffee and the Septarians. Just like the Septarians believed all mewmans must be killed, Solaria believed all monsters must be killed for the good of her people. Like Toffee, her negotiations were little more than a front to kill the enemy. Her extremist actions and unwillingness to make peace ended up bringing more hardship to Mewmans and resulted in her being killed by the enemy she helped create. Toffee assassinated Queen Comet right before a peace treaty in favor of war - all for not as he was killed by his enemy anyway.
  • One Riot, One Ranger: Her tapestry story depicted her as a One-Man Army who made her enemies kneel before her with brute force and magical power.
  • Our Founder: She founded and empowered the Solarian Army to combat and eradicate the monsters. One of them was Mina Loveberry.
  • The Paladin: In-universe, she was portrayed as a stalwart defender who devoted her duties to slaying the monsters, but was ultimately revealed to be a genocidal psychopath when she was alive.
  • Parental Neglect: She only cared for Eclipsa as an heir, not as a daughter.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Solaria was a force to be reckoned with and her spell would have eradicated all monsters, Pony Heads and Lucitors if she succeeded in her annihilation spell.
  • Predecessor Villain: While the other queens will apply to this, Solaria is the reason why the war with the monsters has escalated so badly.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Solaria used to have a very long braided ponytail before she had it completely shorn from her head.
  • Red Baron: "Monster Carver", earned for her warmongering and extreme methods against monsters.
  • Red Is Violent: The only Butterfly queen to wear red, and is a genocidal, warmongering extremist.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She refused to compromise and chose to create a final solution spell.
  • Sanity Slippage: Solaria initially wanted peace with the monsters but after failing repeatedly, she devoted herself to war and genuinely believed that monsters were happy to die. She also created the final solution spell which would have killed her allies in the crossfire.
  • Saved for the Sequel: This might not be the last time we've heard of Solaria's annihilation spell. In "The Spell With No Name", the unknown spell is most likely Solaria's annihilation spell. Due to its destructive abilities.
  • Screaming Warrior: Implied; her tapestry shown in her folder image shows her uttering a battle cry while in the middle of slaying monsters.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied. She was more or less thrown straight into a war from the moment she got the wand and ascended to the throne, and by the end, it's clear her sanity didn't come out intact.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: Her war against monsters made her far worse than them.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She's a serious, warmongering queen who hated monsters with a passion, resulting in her death by monsters when she took her racism too far. Her older brother was a dandy whose intelligence was hidden by a foppish veneer and was more interested in hanging out with his friends than ruling, yet was capable of making friends from different races.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Never appears beyond her portrait, yet evidence indicates it was Solaria's war against the monsters that led to ordinary peasant girl Mina to become... Mina. Solaria's actions as a queen, in general, would later haunt her successors, even those who genuinely want peace because by then some monsters have become deeply entrenched in hatred towards the royal family to accept racial coexistence.
  • Stellar Name: Her name is derived from Solaris, meaning "of the sun".
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Solaria's annihilation spell would have wiped out all monsters from the face of Mewni, including her own allies.
  • Tomboy: She was a sword-wielding, relentless queen who is almost always shown wearing her battle armor and had no problem with shaving her head bald. Out of all the queens she is definitely the most masculine of them all.
  • Tragic Villain: While a racist psychopath, the way she got that way prevents her from being completely unsympathetic. She was handed the wand and throne the moment she was of age solely because of her gender, during a time of war and her attempts to make peace failed completely. Things with the monsters did legitimately get out of hand, as they even overran the Pony Heads' kingdom. By the time the war ended, it's understandable how she turned out a monster hating psycho.
  • Unstoppable Rage: She would have destroyed the Lucitor kingdom and Pony Head kingdom with her "Final Solution" spell. If the monsters didn't succeed in ambushing her.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: She believes the monsters should be extinct for the prosperity of Mewni, despite her monster annihilation spell being a threat to her allies as well.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Her war against monsters did not discriminate, as it included monsters who were totally innocent. It's taken farther with her Total Annihilation spell, which would've killed every monster on Mewni, both good and bad. Naturally, this resulted in her being assassinated by monsters who wanted the persecution to stop.
  • Villain Protagonist: Of her chapter in the The Magic Book of Spells. She has a guide on how to kill various types of monsters, and genuinely believes that all monsters welcome death.
  • Villainous Legacy: Played straight, and Inverted, as Solaria has both a villainous legacy and a heroic legacy. To the mewmans, she was a devoted protector of Mewni and considered one of the most heroic queens. Whereas, the monsters saw her as the stuff of nightmares and the worst of the Butterfly's.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: She was a genocidal warmonger who was lionized as the heroic defender of Mewni.
  • Warrior Princess: Back when she was a princess, presumably. It is worth noting that, unlike the rest of the queens, her version of the Wand was a Laser Blade instead of, well... a wand.
  • Women Are Wiser: Inverted; at the end of the day, her warmongering, genocidal actions naturally deepened the monsters' grudge towards the Butterfly family, which resulted in her death. Her older brother, Jushtin, was compassionate enough to see the strength in forming interracial friendships, earning the Butterfly family two powerful monster allies, the Pony Heads and Lucitors.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": She sought the extinction of all monsters, and even created a line of super-soldiers and a genocidal spell just to achieve this.
  • The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: By merit of Mewni's matrilineal descent and their respective sexes, Jushtin was superseded in favor of Solaria. He grew up to be an effective diplomat. She became a genocidal psychopath.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Solaria had no qualms about killing her own allies with her final solution spell.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: In Mewni, she was regarded as a great warrior queen who seeked to protect her people from the monsters who wanted to eradicate them. In reality, she was an uncompromising monster who revelled in genocide and seeked to destroy any non-mewman who crossed her.

    Eclipsa the Queen of Darkness 
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"I did what I had to do for me. If the Magic High Commission and your mother think that's evil, call me a villainess."
Voiced by: Esmé Bianco

"Eclipsa, Queen of Mewni
to a Mewman king was wed,
but took a monster for her love
and away from Mewni fled."

Originally thought to be Star's ninth great-grandmother, Eclipsa was revealed to be the last queen of the original Butterfly dynasty before being succeeded by a line of usurpers. She was a rebellious queen and became infamous for tampering with dark magic and leaving the kingdom and her husband to elope with a monster. She had a daughter before she and her monster husband were both crystallized a full three centuries before the start of the series. Her wand was a parasol.


  • Adorkable:
    • The first thing she does when Rhombulous temporarily frees her to speak to Moon is to ask for a candy bar from the vending machine. It's really weird, yet it's actually quite endearing to see her acting childishly.
    • She's also shown to be a passionate guitarist and headbangs like a rock star while whaling on an air guitar.
  • Adult Fear: Eclipsa's life as a mother was not a good one. She and her husband were separated from their baby daughter and crystallized for hundreds of years, while said daughter, Meteora, was basically kidnapped, completely erased from all records, and dumped in a strange place by racist people who were disgusted by the thought of having a hybrid child on the throne. Eclipsa was completely unaware that Meteora was psychologically and emotionally abused far away where she can't see until she was turned into a Tragic Monster.
  • Advertised Extra: Eclipsa's return and her participation in the plot was heavily advertised during the brief hiatus between the Battle of Mewni and the rest of season 3, with her being a constant presence in teasers and promos, hinting at her being a key player in the season. She is, but not until the second half of the season, after another hiatus.
  • Always Save the Girl: One of the ways Eclipsa's selfishness manifests is the way she puts her loved ones ahead of others. When her daughter Meteora is on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, Eclipsa interferes with Moon's attack meant to stop her. Though she regrets doing so and is ultimately willing to kill Meteora herself, this is arguably just because Eclipsa grew attached to Moon and Star, and realized she could save them even if Meteora is lost.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Eclipsa is preceded by a terrible reputation, but from questionable sources—the most specific and repeated "crime" attributed to her was miscegenation. Once freed, Eclipsa practically turned herself in and showed a lot of goodwill to Star and others, but doesn't care if people consider her evil, is openly selfish, and encourages Star and Moon to abuse their power for their own convenience.
    • "Butterfly Trap" shows that there's no proof she's done anything evil besides dabble in dark magic. In the final conflict of the third season, Eclipsa starts out putting Meteora's wellbeing ahead of the kingdom's, but eventually recants—if not out of altruism, then at least to protect Star. And while that leaves her character off in a generally positive light overall, the slightly ominous ending of "Conquer" opens up the possibility that Eclipsa was manipulating Star and Moon to free herself, get back her wand, and release Globgor, who doesn't look like an especially friendly guy...
    • Things are even more ambiguous in Season 4. Eclipsa needs a lot of coaching from Star to suppress her selfish and impulsive side, but she seems to want to learn to be better. In “Swim Suit,” she inflicts a host of horrible dark spells on Rhombulus and then forces a "Freaky Friday" Flip on him in an effort to free Globgor, but stops herself when Star convinces her that no one will ever trust her if she goes through with it. However, “Surviving the Spiderbites” suggests that Eclipsa might have a serious moral blindspot where Globgor is concerned and ends with Star herself wondering whether Eclipsa is entirely trustworthy.
  • Anti-Regeneration: One of her spells is capable of killing an immortal. Even if it doesn't score a killing blow, it will inflict a Wound That Will Not Heal. She taught it to Moon to kill Toffee, though Moon used it to blow off his finger instead. According to The Magic Book of Spells, this spell was created specifically to kill Septarians, the race the Toffee belongs too, and that she had made it after Globgor expressed his concern over the Septarians amassing an army of sorts.
  • Arranged Marriage: Her marriage to King Shastican was this, per the wishes of her mother Solaria.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • In "Lint Catcher" She asks Star "Do you want him to stay?". Through the episode Star has been trying to distance herself from Marco and it seems that she is angry about Marco arriving unannounced and uninvited. However her response to Eclipsa seems to suggest that there's more to this than she lets on.
    • An even better example of this trope is used in "Butterfly Trap" when she asks the Magical High Commission about her daughter.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: She's an immensely powerful magic user and the spells she demonstrates are absolutely devastating against Meteora. However, its implied she doesn't know the consequences of what every spell does given her surprise Meteora turned into a baby and, as mentioned below, she never learned how to cast spells without her wand. Given that the wand is Star's inheritance, Eclipsa's magical powers are essentially gone for good. Until she gets it back in the Season 3 finale.
  • Awful Wedded Life: From her disgusted reaction of seeing Shastacan's hologram during her trial, it can be suggested that they didn't have a happy marriage. Further reinforced in Magic Book of Spells, where he was condescending to her opinions.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Glossaryck's warning about how "spying leads to crying" hints that whatever Eclipsa saw with the All-Seeing Eye didn't exactly please her.
  • Black Sheep: Eclipsa took a monster as her lover and fled Mewni, forsaking her responsibilities as a queen, and mothering his child. She is known and feared for her use of dark magic and seems to be rather selfish as far as matters go, with her main focus being in doing what's best for her.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Allegedly, she's powerless without the wand and never learned to "dip down", although it's hard to tell if this is true considering that Baby mentioned she was one of the most powerful Butterfly queens.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Played with. At absolute worst right now, she is Ambiguously Evil, however she tells Star that she was just doing what was best for herself in the past, and she says that Star can absolutely call her a "villainess" if Star's superiors (the Magic High Commission and Queen Moon) think Eclipsa is evil. However, she does not consider herself evil, simply selfish and full of different ideas from everyone else.
  • Casting a Shadow: Most of her dark magic spells are dark in a literal sense, being focused on manipulating darkness or purple flames.
  • Cat Smile: Eclipsa has a tiny one in her portrait, although there appears to be nothing lighthearted or mischievous about her.
  • Character Development: Eclipsa was noted, even by herself, to be very selfish and only did what was best for her. This gets deconstructed in "Tough Love", when she chooses to save Meteora from Moon's attack...which leads half of the latter's soul being taken. Come "Conquer", Eclipsa was ready and prepared to kill her daughter to protect Star and the Mewni kingdom. And while she does resort to some underhanded methods to free Globgor in "Swim Suit", she ultimately stops because of Star's influence. And "Surviving the Spiderbites" shows Eclipsa now trying to recreate the Magic Book of Spells not to free Globgor but to learn spells for her kingdom... Or at least that's what she claims.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: The Magic Book of Spells reveals that Eclipsa and Globgor have been secretly friends since they were kids, the two would leave messages around the kingdom for each other to find, and eventually they fell in love.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander:
    • She asks Moon to free her in exchange for a spell... so that she can eat muffins.
    • In "Total Eclipsa the Moon", she makes a whole functional guitar out of skeleton bones, and uses it to play loud rock music.
    • In "Tough Love", it turns out that she can speak pigeon.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Eclipsa doesn't mess around in combat. Her spells are designed to be lethal, compared to Star's largely incapacitating arsenal.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: The top priority for Eclipsa upon escaping prison was to find out what happened to her daughter. Along the way, she becomes quite attached to her descendants Moon and Star, even after discovering they aren't related to her. These feelings come into conflict when Meteora comes to destroy the royal family of Mewni, possible the whole kingdom, and are ultimately resolved when Eclipsa sides with Star and Moon, reasoning that there was nothing more she could do for Meteora.
  • Connected All Along: Heinous turns out to be Meteora, Eclipsa's daughter with her monster lover.
  • Cool Old Lady: While Eclipsa isn't visibly old thanks to her crystallization, she's technically a grandmother. She's also charming and gives a lot of sound advice to Star and develops a nice relationship with Moon, though they're only honorary relationships, as Eclipsa, Moon and Star aren't really related.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Despite being an incredibly powerful sorceress, she does not know how to "dip down" and use magic without a wand. Justified; since Eclipsa was imprisoned at the peak of her power for 300+ years, she never had to learn how. "Swim Suit" shows that she also doesn't know how to reverse her own spells and she needed Star to coach her on how to do it.
  • Crystal Prison: She's spent the last few centuries as one of Rhombulus' crystallized prisoners.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She dishes one out to Meteora, who had just taken everything Star can throw at her with nary a scratch.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her mother died when she young thus having her become Queen at the same age. She was then arranged to marry Shastacan. Eclipsa ran off and married her monster lover, Globgor and the two had a daughter. At one point, the Magic High Council discovered their home and imprisoned her and Globgor. And then took away her daughter.
  • The Dark Arts: Infamous for it, and her epithet is Queen of Darkness.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite creating quite a few dark spells in her chapter and being Ambiguously Evil for a long time, Eclipsa is really just an eccentric ex-queen that desperately wants to find out what happened to her daughter, while having a nice relationship with both Moon and Star, her honorary grandchildren. And in the season 3 finale, when Star fails to defeat Meteora, Eclipsa takes up the wand and strikes down her own daughter in order to save Mewni, before being pleasantly surprised that the spell somehow reverted Meteora back to infancy.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: The Magic Book of Spells reveals that her mother was Solaria, who probably didn't approve of her dating monsters.
  • Dead Man Switch: She managed to create one through the deal Moon made with her, stating that if Toffee is killed, she will be set free. Since Ludo killed the last bit of Toffee, it weakened her prison.
  • The Dreaded: Her spells and additions to the Butterfly family spellbook are constantly referred to with caution at best, and outright fear at worst, with implications that most Butterflies have never even seen said chapter. Noticeably, Hekapoo and Lekmet of the Magic High Commission, flip out when they see Star's about to read one of her pages. Considering what they did to her and her daughter, along with the fact they never bothered to even read her chapter, it's hard to tell how much of this is warranted.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After everything that has happened to her and tearfully fighting her own daughter, she unintentionally reverts Meteora to infancy and is given her throne back. This gives her the opportunity to raise her daughter as she wanted and the resources to hopefully release her husband.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • When Star grabs Toffee's severed finger, several images flash on the screen, including one shot of Eclipsa's face, implying a connection between the two of them. As it turns out, it was her magic power that severed said finger to begin with.
    • In "Crystal Clear", the large collection of imprisoned rogues that Rhombulus has captured over the years has a crystal containing Eclipsa in the background.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When Young!Moon unthaws her from the crystal prison and the audience meets her for the first time, the first thing Eclipsa asks for is a chocolate bar from the vending machine that happens to be behind them. She is then sympathetic to Moon losing her mother and being torn between two suitors, and offers to teach her the magic she needs, but for a price. Even then though, she makes it clear this magical contract isn't to be taken lightly. All of this provides hints that she may not be as bad as the rumors about her would have you believe.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While she may or may not actually be evil, it's shown that she truly did love her half-monster daughter Meteora and her own monster husband. And, even though she isn't blood related to Star, she still regarded Star as family.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Again, she's Ambiguously Evil. The Black Magic contained in Eclipsa's chapter of the Book of Spells is pretty dangerous, including things like a surveillance spell that inevitably backfires and an Anti-Regeneration killing spells that taints the user. Despite this and her belief that "all knowledge is good knowledge", there were things even she refused to leave written down. She flat-out calls the earlier drafts that contained them "evil".
    • Eclipsa found Meteora's rampant destruction on Mewni to be wrong.
  • Evil Mentor: With Glossaryck in an unfitting mental state, Eclipsa has taken the role of Star's magic mentor. In this case, it's an Ambiguously Evil example of the trope, as whether Eclipsa has any ill intentions is not clear.
  • Exact Words: Her contracts appear to work on this. She gives Moon a spell capable of killing Toffee in exchange for her freedom after Toffee is destroyed. Moon manages to evade this by crippling Toffee instead of killing him, but the contract comes back into play when he is killed by Star and Ludo. Of course, this works against her because she never specified permanent freedom, which means recrystallizing her is still possible.
  • Facial Markings: Eclipsa had ones shaped like spades on her cheeks.
  • Family of Choice: Despite finding out that she isn't actually related to Star and Moon, she continues to treat them like family members anyway. She offers Star and Marco a place to stay in her castle and she even cries Tears of Joy when she sees Moon return safe and sound.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses. Eclipsa's favorite place in the Mewni Castle was the rose garden and her first scene in season 4 was her decorating her new castle with a number of them.
  • Foil: To Moon. Eclipsa is a carefree and selfish woman, who is always calm and joyful despite what happens around her; her advices to Star tend to surround the theme of doing what's best for her, focusing on self-discovery and self-empowerment; she also believes that all knowledge is good knowledge, which prompts her to meddle with Dark magic; she was known to empathize with monsters and even fell in love with one. Moon is devoted to her duties as a Queen, who carries herself sternly and proudly; while advising Star, her focus is in self-improvement so Star can become the best queen possible; she tends to keep things hidden from others when she notices it might cause trouble and has loathed the dark magic chapter of the spell book Eclipsa wrote; she also harbors the same Fantastic Racism as the rest of her family also share. In regards to being mother, Eclipsa was unable to be there for most of her daughter's life (Miss Heinous/Meteora) while Moon has always been there during Star's life. Also, while Moon is prone to nagging and smothering Star, her advice is generally sound and focused on making Star a better future queen. In contrast, Eclipsa tends to overlook her child's flaws and has trouble saying no to her.
  • Freudian Excuse: While Eclipsa has selfish tendencies and a hair-trigger for dangerous and immoral magic, it's worth mentioning that her mother was much worse. Given that Solaria was a genocidal Mewman supremacist she likely did not offer much in the way of moral guidance.
  • Girls Love Chocolate: She demands chocolate immediately after being let out of stasis. When released, in "Stranger Danger", she shows to have eaten a bucket worth of chocolate and admits self-control issues.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her tapestry portrait has them at least. It's especially noticeable because the top half of her face is cast in shade from her hat.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: Wears all black, creates a guitar from a skeleton, and is well-versed in powerful dark magic.
  • Happily Married: It's implied her relationship with her monster husband, Globgor, was loving, sweet and very heartwarming. She even blushes upon seeing an image of him in "Butterfly Trap", and wonders how anyone could not fall for his smile.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Eclipsa really is conflicted on where she stands morally, and has to make a tough choice. On one hand, she loves her daughter, who is bat-crazy evil and refuses to let any harm come to her, but on the other hand, her loyalty to Moon and Star is because of how they bailed her out during her trial, and they are still her Family of Choice. In Season 4 she tries very hard to be a queen worthy of Star's respect, but she is increasingly torn between her desire to free Globgor and her responsibility towards her subjects.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Eclipsa is preceded by a reputation of being a user of dark magic who abandoned her kingdom to be with a monster. Eclipsa is very honest about her use of dark magic and she openly admits to being selfish. However, without Eclipsa, Mewni would have been taken over by Meteora and the monsters wouldn't have been allowed access to Mewni. Tensions with Eclipsa are still high to the point that they perceive her as a Falsely Reformed Villain and the level of distrust towards her and Globgor are yet to be warranted. Star has made it her goal to prove everyone wrong and redeem Eclipsa in their people's eyes.
  • Hidden Depths: She's a capable guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and she has surprisingly modern taste in music for someone who has been Taken for Granite for centuries.
  • High Class Gloves: Wears a pair of long gray gloves. They hide the corruption on her lower arms from using dark magic.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Similarly to Tom's parents, it's unknown how exactly Eclipsa was able to produce viable offspring with a monster that was at least 20 times her size. She was willing to give some details in "Total Eclipsa the Moon", but Moon preferred not to know that.
    • In The Magic Book of Spells, Eclipsa states that her beloved Prince of Darkness, Globgor, is a type of monster called a size shifter.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Eclipsa's monster lover was so big and muscular that she could use his forearm as a seat.
  • I Am Not Your Father: She is not Star's actual ninth great-grandmother, as initially believed. Star is saddened by this, as she genuinely bonded with her. By the season finale though, Eclipsa fully accepts Star as her honorary granddaughter, even going out of her way to protect her. Note that they could still have a more distant blood relation, depending on their extended families.
  • I Did What I Had to Do:
    • When asked by Star if she's evil or not, Eclipsa ambiguously, but honestly responds that she did what she had to do...for herself, and asks Star to call her a villainess if it makes her evil.
    • The Magic Book of Spells implies that this is the reason she created the Darkest Spell. It was made to specifically kill Septarians, who did not want peace between Mewmans and monsters and couldn't be killed in any other way because of their regeneration abilities. She didn't even give it an official name because of how dangerous it was towards both the victim and the caster of the spell.
    • Played tragically when she steps up and kills the insane Meteora (or so she thought) to save Star and Mewni. When Star asks what she's done, Eclipsa has the same response, only this time it's clear she would've wanted anything but that.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When Eclipsa first meets Moon, she quickly comments on how Moon is too young to be queen unless her mother was dead. Moon's reaction quickly confirms Eclipsa's fears and she immediately apologizes for stepping on that emotional land mine.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • She fell in love with a monster, Globgor (who was a Size Shifter), and left Mewni with him.
    • The Magic Book of Spells reveals that she dated many kinds of monsters, and even had a rating system of dateability written down. She also has had a friendship with the Prince of Darkness, her eventual husband, since she was a child, and the two would leave messages around the kingdom for each other to find.
  • It's All About Me: Her main vice is selfishness— she studied Dark Magic and abandoned her kingdom and Mewman husband to run away with her monster lover (whom she had a daughter with) because she wanted to do what was best for her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In "Tough Love", while talking with Meteora, Eclipsa makes a comment about how she was imprisoned and tried by "mean and backwards-thinking people", meaning she was talking about the Magic High Council and Moon (who is offended). But despite the unwarranted comment, Eclipsa's description wasn't incorrect given that the Council imprisoned her because she fell in love with a monster and Moon backed out of their deal and initially agreed with the Council's decision.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. Eclipsa is played up as "evil" by others, including the Magic High Council, but her conversation/deal with a young Moon shows her an empathetic individual. Her subsequent appearances show that while Eclipsa may be selfish person with questionable morals, she is by no means "evil" and hardly qualifies as a straight up "jerk".
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Subverted. In the season 3 finale episode, "Conquer", Eclipsa attacks and, ultimately, kills her daughter, Meteora. But given how her daughter was sucking the souls out of Mewmans, causing rampant destruction, and was about to murder Star, Eclipsa's decision was the right one. And she was bereft with what she had to do. And even more happy when Meteora somehow survived and reverted back into a baby.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even though it hasn't been proven that she herself is evil, the series nonetheless took a darker turn with her return due to the various twists resulting from her backstories, such as the rise of her daughter Meteora.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Eclipsa is an expert in dark magic, wears dark purple and a wide-brimmed hat reminiscent of a Wicked Witch, but she is still an attractive woman with an air of sophistication. She's also said to be one of the most powerful queens in Mewni's history and only Star has as much magical potential as she does. This is proven when she takes back the wand to defend Star from Meteora in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After being a spectator for much of her time onscreen Eclipsa takes up the Wand once more to defend Star and Mewni from Meteora's wrath, delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle in the process.
  • Like Mother Unlike Daughter: Her mother was Solaria the Monster Carver a Mewni's most ruthless monster fighter, who only believed the worst about monsters and wanted to Kill 'em All. She even thought monsters were better off dead. While she was a monster lover who was able to see the monsters as people. Her mother was a warrior queen while she was a dark magic mage.
  • Love Across Battlelines: She dated Globgor while her mother was on her mission of genocide.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: What Eclipsa decides to do in season 4 thanks to Character Development. Initially, she was willing to take over Rhombulus' body in order to free Globgor, but Star's insistence that she doesn't, otherwise no one (Star included) would trust Star, reaches Eclipsa. She decides that the kingdom's well-being must come first, no matter how much Eclipsa misses her trapped husband.
  • Love Triangle: During a flashback, she makes a brief comment (though a case of Ambiguous Syntax) that implies that her situation between her husband and monster lover was more complex than simply cheating on her husband and fleeing with a monster.
    Moon: I can't even decide which boy I like!
    Eclipsa: I know how you feel.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Most likely the reason why she fled Mewni. Mewni has a strong prejudice against monsters, so Eclipsa leaving her Mewman husband to take a monster for her lover probably was source of some outrage.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Eclipsa drops her usual cheeky attitude to give a Death Glare to the Magic High Council when they lie about what they did to her daughter.
    • Deconstructed in "Tough Love", when Moon and Meteora are in a fight and the former is about to kill her daughter, Eclipsa intervenes...which leads to half of Moon's soul being drained and Meteora continuing her rampage to Mewni.
    • Deconstructed again in "Conquer". This time Eclipsa is this for Star as she battles Meteora to protect her and ends up killing her with a powerful dark spell...and Eclipsa is devastated.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her name comes from 'eclipse,' a phenomenon where a celestial body, like the Sun or Moon, is obscured in shadow. All signs point to Eclipsa's reign, and the woman herself, invoking Dark Is Evil.
    • "Eclipse" also literally means "to abandon", in reference on how ancient times believed the sun abandoned the earth during a solar eclipse. Eclipsa abandoned her people to run off with her monster lover.
  • Missing Mom: To Miss Heinous aka her long lost daughter, Meteora. At some point, they were forced away from another due to Eclipsa's imprisonment and Meteora being brainwashed into forgetting her identity.
  • Nice Hat: A black kentucky derby-style hat with a wide brim, decorated with white feathers and what appears to be brambles. She's not the only one, as her uncle Jushtin was also fond of wearing a feathered, wide-brimmed hat.
  • Noble Demon: For all the Magic High Commission fears her, she's perfectly capable of empathizing with Moon the moment she realizes that a queen as young as her can only mean something terrible happened to her mother, especially since she herself became queen under somewhat similar circumstances.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Her eyes are oval-shaped, whereas a majority of the humanoid characters have round eyes. Also, more subtle, her pupils are tiny while her iris is large, an inversion of how a majority of the other characters eyes are drawn.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: A lot of her actions are sympathetic, and those accusing her of evil deeds, mostly the Magic High Commission, are bigots against her husband and not really the epitome of good morals they claim to be, leading Star to believe Eclipsa to be this. She basically mentions this when asked about the her chapter in the Magic Book, she was never the one that named her chapter "the evil chapter", it was the Magic High Commission.
  • Not So Different:
    • To Moon. Their similarities include being pushed into similar situations in their life, situations that are hard and help them quickly bond when she is briefly released from the crystal. This include how she mentions that she too was forced to be a queen at a young age due to her mother's demise and being torn on their feelings for two different men. Both also are fiercely protective of their families, to the point that they are willing to endanger the rest of their kingdom to keep their daughters safe.
    • And to Star, being a rebellious royal who follows her heart without thinking of the consequences, and has a more open mind toward monsters.
  • Obliviously Evil: The third season finale confirms that, at the worst, Eclipsa is this. She has no malicious intentions to hurt anyone or conquer Mewni, and the main problem with her is that she follows her heart and doesn't think of the consequences. Her motivation for everything she did was to reclaim the wand so that she could free her monster husband, a pure goal but one that might cause trouble given how angry said monster husband probably is with Mewni.
  • Odd Friendship: Glossaryck of all people is the only one to respect Eclipsa and have a form of friendship with her. After Eclipsa's battle with Meteora, Glossaryck leaves with her willingly. invoked
  • Odd Name Out: Most of the other queens have the names of celestial bodies, but Eclipsa's refers to a cosmic phenomenon. Fitting for the Black Sheep of the Mewni queens.
  • Offing the Offspring: Not at first, as she wanted another way to stop Meteora, but only after Moon and Star were endangered did she resort to killing her own daughter. She even looked close to breaking down after doing the deed. Fortunately, Meteora was magically regressed to a baby, giving both her and her mother a second chance at life again.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Despite being mostly a Mellow Fellow, she showcases a lot of emotions in "Butterfly Trap". She makes a blushing face when seeing her husband, anger and resentment towards the Magic High Commission and grief over seeing how her daughter was treated when she wasn't there. In "Conquer", she cries when she's forced to fight and defeat her rampaging daughter.
  • Parasol of Pain: Her wand took the form of an elegant parasol, with the head and wings as it's ferrule.
  • Parental Substitute: It's becoming evident that Eclipsa is this to Star, due to Star and her mother not seeing eye to eye. Even though she isn't biologically related to Star, she still thinks of Star as the (grand)daughter she never had. Star otherwise reciprocates. In Season 4, Eclipsa has also become one to Marco, even helping Marco with his conflicting feelings between Star and Kelly, and gives him a hug.
  • Perky Goth: She dresses in black, wields powerful dark magic and fashions a guitar out of a skeleton, but is generally a quirky, cheerful individual who acts more like The Gadfly than anything else.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Fittingly for her Cloud Cuckoolander persona, she rarely changes expression. Even when held hostage by Omnitraxus Prime. It adds an unnerving tone for her character.
  • Playing Card Motifs: She had spade-shaped markings. Her entire room has spades-like symbols too and even the door to Meteora's room has a huge Spades symbol in it.
  • Purple Eyes: Hers are a greyish shade of lavender, and suit her status as one of the mightiest spellcasters in Mewnian history.
  • Rebellious Princess:
    • After her release, she's shown to possess a few of the stereotypical mannerisms of a mildly rebellious teenager, such as a habit of sneaking out of her room after dark, giggling at ancient crawlspaces being 'dirty', and playing an instrument that looks and sounds like an electric guitar. Her love for the Monster King is implied to have a hint of Dating What Daddy Hates not just towards her mother, but also towards the whole of Mewni.
    • The Magic Book of Spells shows that Solaria thought her daughter was being kidnapped by a monster when she was a child. In reality Eclipsa had snuck out of the castle when she wasn't allowed to come to a parley and met with him instead. She kept this friendship going for many years in secret, and eventually they fell in love.
  • Red Herring: Built up as the likely Big Bad of Season 3. It actually turns out to be her daughter, Meteora.
  • Red Right Hand: Her gloves conceal her hands have been blackened by dark magic. Making a deal with her causes the darkness to spread to Moon as well.
  • Retired Monster: Eclipsa may not be evil after being released from her prison, but she has practiced deadly dark magic and did a lot of selfish and amoral things in the past that she does not regret. However, it seems like she does want to change for the better in Season 4.
  • Sad Clown: Admits to Moon that she uses humor to hide her feelings sometimes.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Eclipsa has very questionable ethics regarding her magic, especially related to spells that alter the mind. Her immediate suggestion upon getting caught breaking into the royal archives is to Mind Wipe the guard. Taken a step further in "Swim Suit" when she uses a "Freaky Friday" Flip spell on Rhombulus in an attempt to free Globgor. Star convinces her to abandon this plan, as no one is going to trust a queen who uses her powers like that.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: The most feared of Mewni's queens is recognizable through her dark green hair and dark purple Victorian outfit.
  • Seeker Archetype: Most of Mewni consider Black Magic better off forgotten, but Eclipsa researched it heavily under the belief that "All knowledge is good knowledge." The same attitude may well be why she familiarized herself with monsters enough to fall in love with one.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Eclipsa preferred Globgor over Shastacan because the former was apparently nicer and a better husband than the latter. This gets murky when we see Globgor's questionable background, suggesting Eclipsa thought she could make him a better person—even if that meant turning a blind eye to his previous misdeeds.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Created the All-Seeing Eye Spell which allowed her to spy on anyone she wished and even smite them from afar.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Averted. Eclipsa wouldn't be wholly wrong to be furious with Star and Moon's family for usurping the royal bloodline, striking her daughter from the record, and for going back on their word to free her. But Eclipsa is ultimately warm and cordial to both of them, considering them part of her family despite not being related to them at all (it helps that Star and Moon's family were actually puppet rulers, and thus not actually the usurpers, but the High Magic Council was.) Both of them also go to great lengths to help Eclipsa out and neither are happy to find out the truth. She's also horrified when in trying to protect her daughter, she causes Moon to lose half her soul, begging her to come back, and ends up attacking Meteora to defend Star and save Mewni.
  • Stealth Expert: Besides knowing secret passageways in the Butterfly castle, she also describes herself as "sneaky".
  • Stellar Name: Named after the astronomical term "eclipse".
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Due to being crystallized for 300 years, she ends up looking younger than her daughter Meteora in the present day, but it's subverted in that Meteora's default appearance is just how she looked even when she was younger, resulting from her stealing the emotions from students at St. Olga's.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: From what little we see of her genuinely heartwarming interactions with her monster husband and how much of a jerk is her Hate Sink Mewni husband, it's not hard to see and support her decision to leave the latter for the former. Specially when his involvement in Meteora's fate is revealed. On the other hand, this, this also raises questions on the Love Triangle aspect as mentioned above with Eclipsa and thus, bringing questions if her Mewman husband was originally like this or became embittered.
  • Sweet Tooth: The first thing she does after being semi-released from her prison is ask Moon for a candy bar.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Snookers candy bar. It's the first thing she asked for from a young Moon and she was eating a large amount of them after being freed. She has eaten a bucket of them since her releasing.
  • Tritagonist: A role she shares along with Moon during the second half of Season 3. Her desire to find her daughter Meteora and Moon and Star's goals of proving her innocence drive the deeper Myth Arc of the Season.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Eclipsa retained her beauty in both of her marriages. And while Globgor is no less ugly than Shastacan, he's a better husband.
  • Unholy Nuke: Her most powerful on-screen spell is "Black Velvet Inferno", a spell that envelops the target in impenetrable darkness and shatters them.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: As per her own admittance, she never learned how to cast magic without a wand. That said, she has access to powerful Dark Magic that can slay immortals.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to find information about her without coming across lots of spoilers regarding the end of The Battle of Mewni and the truth about the Butterfly family's legitimacy to the throne.
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: Even though she's not biologically related to Star, it doesn't change the fact that she still thinks of Star as a (grand)daughter. In Season 4, Eclipsa knows she owes it to Star for giving her another chance, and wants to prove she is still worthy of the respect.
  • Wild Card: She is really nice to Star, and has even saved her life once already, as well as warning her about Marco's peril squiring for Sir Lavabo. Glossaryck seems to think positive of her as well. However, Moon and the Magic High Commission are very wary and afraid of her, believing her to be evil. Her allegiance and morality at this point are unknown.
  • World's Strongest Woman: Baby and other things point towards her having been the most powerful of the Butterfly Queens to ever live. The only other Butterfly to ever have sheer magical power comparable to her is Star, and due to being much more experienced Eclipsa is still way stronger.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Downplayed. Eclipsa admits that she only hurts teenagers. And only psychologically and she claims those she hurt deserved it.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Eclipsa has teal-colored hair.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She left her Mewman husband after she fell in love with a monster and ran away with him, which was one of Rhombulus' justifications for crystallizing her. Considering how much of a Jerkass her ex-husband was and how fondly she remembers Meteora's father, there is a reason for this trope.

Spoilers: The Second Butterfly Dynasty

    Festivia the Fun 
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"When the threat of monsters at the gate
has darkened out the sun,
let the kingdom find some peace and joy
in Festivia the Fun."

Festivia is Eclipsa's successor, and ruled Mewni during a war so terrible that her people were confined to the city surrounding the palace. She lifted their spirits with soothing revelries and protected their lives with devastating spells. Her wand was a goblet.


  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance:
    • Instead of the posh-looking Requisite Royal Regalia most of her family wears, her royal dress resembles a simple chiton toga worn by women. It's likely a callback to Greek society, hailed by many as the birthplace of modern democracy. Or, how Festivia is the progenitor of the second generation of new Butterfly queens.
    • On the other hand, her simple dress is a clue that she came from a simpler background. She was later revealed to be a peasant girl who was put on the Butterfly throne by the Magic High Commission out of disgust and fear towards having Eclipsa's half-monster daughter rule Mewni; Festivia could be unconsciously paying respects to her commoner origins. It's later revealed where she came from: Pie Island, home of the Pie Folk, a clan of pie baking con artists, liars and thieves.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She was called "Festivia the Fun", and was famed for her throwing wonderful parties for her citizens. Incidentally, she also had a "pretty wicked wand blast" and unlike the violence-ridden portraits of Solaria and Moon, hers is suspiciously peaceful well outside the city walls where the monsters besieging her city ought to be (or more likely, were).
  • Bread and Circuses: Instigated benevolent examples of this trope so her subjects wouldn't lose hope.
  • Cozy Catastrophe: She kept the people of Mewni protected from the monsters that were trying to kill them all while making sure they were happy.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Initially only appearing in side-material, Festivia is revealed in the show to have been a part of a cover up in which she was put on the throne rather than Eclipsa's legitimate daughter, Meteora.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: While it's mostly a dramatization, "Butterfly Trap" showed her as a baby inheriting Eclipsa's Magic Wand, as well as a crown that's clearly too big for her to wear. It resembled the high expectations for her to become queen right from the start, since the Magic High Commission didn't want a monster-mewman hybrid like Meteora on the throne.
  • Facial Markings: Festivia had ones shaped like four-pointed stars on her cheeks.
  • Foil: On the surface, she and Moon couldn't be any more different what with their attire and surface attributes, but they both used their wands to fight in horrible wars that threatened to destroy their kingdom, put on facades of strength and confidence to make their subjects feel secure, and possess similar Facial Markings.
  • Foreshadowing: Her clothes are rather simple and more Greek-influenced than the usual poofy princess appearance. She came from a family of peasants, so she might've been unknowingly channelling them. It gets worse when it's revealed she's a child of the Pie Folk, a clan of pie baking con artists, liars and thieves.
  • Fun Personified: It's in her title.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a headband with curved horns.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Subverted via Hidden Depths. Yes, her title was Festivia the Fun, and yes, her wand was a wine goblet, but she was still a brave and noble ruler who led her subjects through a tumultuous point in Mewni's history. Even better, her lavish parties became associated with symbols of hope and the ability to weather almost any kind of disaster.
  • Hope Bringer: Even with armies of Monsters literally at her doorstep, Festivia refused to allow herself, or her kingdom, to fall into despair. This is symbolized by her cheek marks, which resemble shining stars.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her wand took the form of a goblet which she used to perform magic and drink out of with equal vigor.
  • Lady Drunk: While the use of alcohol isn't shown or specified due to the network. Festivia is known for hedonism and for throwing parties for her subjects, while drinking wine from her goblet.
  • Life of the Party: According to Star and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every Dimension, she was Mewni's "original party girl."
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Gender-inverted. Festivia was a celebrated queen who loved to throw parties and spread joy. Her oldest daughter, Dirhhennia, was a morose, melancholic woman who was obsessed with balls, and was superseded in favor of her younger sister, Crescenta.
  • Meaningful Name: "Festivia" is an appropriate name for a queen who liked to throw parties and bring joy to her kingdom.
  • Missing Child: Not only was she one of the Pie Folk, she was also accidentally left behind on the way to the Pie Carnival. The Magical High Commission found her and raised her to be the next Queen of Mewni, not knowing and probably not caring who she really was or where she came from.
  • Modest Royalty: Compared to the other Butterfly queens, Festivia's dress is a simple chiton toga. This served as Foreshadowing to her commoner origins and the conspiracy surrounding the original Butterfly family.
  • Mythical Motifs: Festivia's design appears to be based on the Orphic version of Dionysus, a Greek demigod turned god of wine. She carries a goblet, is known for partying and hedonism, wears a headband with goat horns (Dionysus was interpreted as a faun or at least having goat-like features) and Greek-style clothes, and has grapes in her hair, a key ingredient of wine.
    • Interestingly, Festiva's connection to the throne correlates with Dionysus. It's said that Dionysus became an Olympian after Hestia, goddess of the hearth fire, gave up her position as the 12th Olympian to Dionysus to establish his godhood. However, it's uncertain if Dionysus supplanted Hestia or she gave up her throne since both are never in the same picture and there are conflicting stories of how he became an Olympian. This is very similar to how Festivia got the throne in the first place; Eclipsa gave up her position to be with Globgor, allowing Festivia to unknowingly supplant Meteora in the process.
    • Orphic Dionysus is also associated with death and rebirth. Festivia's placement as queen caused the "death" of the original Butterfly family and the birth a new generation of royals. The cult of Dionysus was formed as a way of rebelling against society, and Festivia lifted the spirits of her subjects by creating parties to help them cope with the war against the monsters.
    • Her horns could be associated with Pan, the god of the forest, shepherds, and the flock. He's the son of Hermes, the god of thieves. It fits considering Festivia is one of the Pie Folk, a group of mischievous pie baking thieves.
  • Our Founder: She unknowingly is the start of the new Butterfly bloodline that leads right up to Moon and Star. This is because because the Magic High Commission and King Shastacan erased Meteora Butterfly's existence and replaced her with a peasant girl out of racial disgust towards mewman-monster hybrids. Worse still, Festivia was actually the daughter of a family of Pie Folk, a clan of pie baking thieves and liars.
  • Nurture over Nature: Festivia was actually born amongst the Pie Folk, a clan consisting of thieves and con artists. Despite this, the evidence points towards Festivia being a noble and just queen.
  • Personality Powers: While a powerful mage-queen, most of her spells were designed to help her throw wonderful parties.
  • Rags to Royalty: "Butterfly Trap" reveals that she was born a commoner but took Meteora's place as the heir to the throne because both King Shastacan and the Magic High Commission refused to let a half-monster child become queen. Later it's revealed she's one of the Pie Folk, a clan of pie baking thieves and con artists. You can't get much more raggedy than that.
  • Sad Clown: Her demeanor and actions were not the result of ignorance, but of defiance towards the dangers plaguing her kingdom.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Festivia's love for fun and excitable energy would be later passed down to her many-times-great-granddaughter, Star, though initially the latter lacked the maturity and experience to accompany said traits.
  • The Siege: Mewni was under a heavy one during her rule, but she was evidently very good at keeping the monsters out.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Festivia's card states that she's 6'1" tall.
  • Switched at Birth: She was born a completely ordinary peasant girl but she was swapped with Meteora as a baby.
  • The Usurper: "Total Eclipsa the Moon" reveals that Festivia was installed as the queen in place of Eclipsa's real daughter, Meteora. Eclipsa didn't even recognize Festivia's name. "Butterfly Trap" has the High Magic Commission reveal that Eclipsa's Mewman husband refused to have anything to do with his ex-wife's daughter, so the MHC exchanged the infant Meteora with a random peasant child. Despite her dubious claim to the throne (which she did not know of), Festivia is remembered as a respected leader.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Really, what was she thinking when she named her older daughter Dirhhennia?
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Festivia had dark purple hair.

    Dirhhennia the Heaped 
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"For some the troubles come in doubles,
in sadness greatly steeped.
And drawing balls upon the walls,
is Dirhhennia the Heaped."

Due to her oddness and obsession with balls, Dirhhenia was deemed unfit to rule Mewni and was superseded in favor of her younger sister, Crescenta. Her wand was topped with an 8-ball.


  • Abdicate the Throne: She was deemed unfit to rule because of her ball obsession, low magic ratings, and mental oddness, and was superseded in favor of her younger sister, Crescenta. Her mother, Festivia, took the wand and the Book of Spells back from her and then gave them to Crescenta when she came of age.
  • Admiring the Abomination: She kept a wanted poster for Bobipsa, the infamous baby-eater, and admired him for being "darker" than her.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: The fact that her chapter in the spell book is just a lot of drawings of different types of balls to the point of obsession, as well as her low stats, may imply this. Her writing in The Magic Book of Spells is also morose and melancholic, implying some form of depression.
  • Baleful Polymorph: She kept talking about "being a lone wolf," which annoyed Crescenta to the point that she turned her into an actual wolf, though the spell either wore off or Crescenta changed her back some time after.
  • Butt-Monkey: She was very short, she had by far the lowest stats of any queen (most of them being N/A), the only magic she seemed to create was ball-related, she was passed over for the throne in favor of her sister, and judging by her picture, she seemed rather depressed.
  • Call-Back: Her chapter contains a wanted poster for Bobipsa, the baby-eater Rhombulus confused with Eclipsa during her trial. Dirhhennia admired Bobipsa for being darker than her.
  • Emo Teen: Her mood, dark clothing, spiked bracelet, and wanting to paint her room black all suggest this.
  • Facial Markings: Hers were simple circles. Her mother Festivia insisted they were "Shade Moons", but she didn't seem to believe it.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: She was queen for a while but she had to pass the wand to her sister Crescenta. The reason why she had to do this was because of her mental health, her weak magic and unnerving strangeness.
  • Messy Hair: Her hair is very long, untrimmed, and messy, and resembles either a black rain cloud or a pile of sludge. It adds to her having an uglier appearance than the other queens and showing another sign of being depressed.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Dirhhennia flat-out stated that she couldn't stand Crescenta. Then there's the fact that Crescenta magically turned her into a wolf for annoying her.
  • Shout-Out: Among her ball drawings are pictures of the Death Star.
  • Unfortunate Names: Her name is basically "Diarrhea" made to sound like a name.
    • The meaning of her name is just as unfortunate, as it's a portmanteau of two possible names. "Dir" was a surname given to someone who lived on or near muddy land. Hennia could originate from "henna", an anglicized version of the Arabic name "Hanna" (حَنَّة meaning "blessed"), it can also take from the Biblical meaning of "hena", which means "troubling". Together her name can mean "Someone troubling lived on muddy land" or "Someone blessed lived on muddy land".

    Crescenta the Eager 
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"When the one before her proved unfit,
Crescenta the Eager took the role,
and along with her gal pal, Emily,
kept the monsters under Mewman control."

A queen with a ballerina-esque appearance to her. Her wand was topped with a heart and angel wings. She was named heir after her older sister, Dirhhennia, was deemed unfit to rule and was crowned queen after her mother, Festivia, abdicated.


  • Ambiguously Gay: It's all but stated that she and her "gal pal", Emily, had a romantic relationship. She also states that she didn't go boy crazy during Mewberty, which could also imply this.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: She once got so annoyed by Dirhhennia's ranting about being a "lone wolf" that she magically transformed her sister into an actual wolf. Dirhhennia also states that she can't stand her, further implying this.
  • Big Little Sister: Was a foot taller than her older sister Dirhhennia.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Crescenta was clearly adorable, with her megawatt smile and Tutu Fancy wardrobe. She was also an anti-monster crusader and used her sweet demeanor to manipulate her subjects and family. This is probably why Glossaryck couldn't stand her.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Crescenta's Facial Markings are bunnies.
  • Condescending Compassion: Her establishing the Avarius family as puppet rulers for the monsters comes off as her stepping in because the monsters supposedly couldn't look after themselves, rather than a genuine attempt to improve their lives.
  • Dainty Little Ballet Dancers: In her tapestry, she's dressed like a beautiful ballerina.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Downplayed. Despite being a control freak, Crescenta was close to her daughter Rhina.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: She appears as a cute and sweet ballerina-themed queen who enjoys scrapbooking, but behind her cheerful writing and façade hides an egotist who's condescending and manipulative to almost everyone.
  • Facial Markings: Hers are shaped like bunnies.
  • Fantastic Racism: Believed the monsters were at fault for their horrid living conditions, and made the Avarius family their puppet rulers.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Wears several pink ones.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: Her dress has these.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Downplayed. While not a tyrant, she threw anyone who didn't follow her new rules into the dungeon.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Despite her superior attitude, she was jealous of her older sister's ability to find happiness in something as simple as a date in a tent with her boyfriend.
  • Hair Decorations: In addition to flowers, she also wore ribbons in her hair.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Subverted. She has blonde hair but is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Magical Girl: While it's a requirement for all Butterfly queens to be powerful mages, she embodies this trope the most, with her tutu-shaped gowns and heart-themed magic wand looking like they came straight out of Cardcaptor Sakura.
  • Older Than They Look: She was in her twenties when she inherited the throne, yet due to her cutesy facade and her ballerina gown, she looks like a young girl.
  • Parody Sue: If one were to take her chapters in the Book of Spells at face value, then she was a beloved, perfect queen who created hundreds of thousands of spells and introduced many laws and changes that made Mewni better. Scratch the surface, however...
  • Pink Means Feminine: It's essentially the only color she's wearing.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: She's always depicted with her hair in a bun. She's a controlling and manipulative queen, and one of her dislikes is "chaos".
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Well, Queens in her case. The dress she's wearing in her tapestry is predominantly pink.
  • Royal Brat: She had a tendency to throw anyone who disagreed with her rules in the dungeon and was a bigot towards monsters. Glossaryck thought she was obnoxious and preferred her sister over her, and Dirhhennia also stated she can't stand her.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: For all her faults, even before becoming Queen, she was part of the Junior Castle Guard and helped improve the lives of the Mewni peasantry. She also founded the Future Leaders of Mewni club, which was populated by other princes and princesses like her.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Crescenta believed she was better than Dirhhennia in every way and that her sister was lazy and never meant to be queen.
  • Spare to the Throne: Crescenta is the only queen of Mewni to supersede her older sister, Dirhhennia the Heaped, due to the latter's oddness and obsession with balls.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She certainly has the look and personality of one.
  • White Man's Burden: She established the Avarius family as puppet rulers for the monsters because she believed the monsters were too uncivilized to look after themselves... which didn't work, as in the present day, many monsters are still in poverty, and Ludo's parents are shown to be terrible rulers and terrible people in general.

    Rhina the Riddled 
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"Seven came before Rhina
(if you subtract the boy)
Add four more reigns to her domain
and then what gets destroyed?"

A mysterious monarch with a knack for riddles and powerful spells.


  • Accidental Murder: She accidentally killed her husband by casting a spell to break his heart, which went a bit too literally.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: Rhina was very smart and studious, but her chapter of The Magic Book of Spells is loaded with notes to herself reminding her of various things.
  • Asexuality: Had no inclination towards anyone and thought romance was boring. She had to cast a spell on herself to fall in love with her future king. Unfortunately for her, her husband turned out to be a monster.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Being asexual, she had to cast a love spell on herself so she could marry Roachley. Roachley turned out to be abusive, so eventually she decided to end things by casting a heartbreak spell. She ended up murdering him by accident instead.
  • Disappeared Dad: She doesn't mention a father or her mother's gal pal Emily.
  • Domestic Abuse: It's all but said that her husband Roachley was abusive. She had to cast a heartbreak spell to end his cruelty. His death was an unforeseen consequence that only caused more trouble for the Butterflys and Lucitors.
  • Expy: Possibly. She's a redhead in glasses associated with the symbol for infinity, not unlike Tulip.
  • Facial Markings: Hers are shaped like lemniscates (the infinity symbol). They also resemble two pairs of glasses, much like the ones she wore in life.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Twice.
    • She tried to make a spell that would cause Reynaldo the Bald Pate to appreciate her riddles more. It worked a little too well, to the point where Reynaldo was compelled to speak only in riddles, forcing him to step down as a member of the Magic High Commission.
    • She got together with John Roachley via an Arranged Marriage, only to discover her husband was every inch the monster he was. While she was pregnant with Celena the Shy, she tried using a heartbreak spell so the abuse would end, except her magic took it literally and killed Roachley.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her wand seemingly took the shape of a rubik's cube. It required multiple millhorses at the same time because of it.
  • Riddle Me This: Rhina, as her epithet suggests, was inordinately fond of riddles. Her wand reflected this by taking on the shape of a rubik's cube, which technically is a riddle in the form of a toy.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: She was quite smart, she liked to solve riddles and create new ones, and she wore glasses.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Her accidental murder of her husband Roachley had massively bad repercussions for both her family and the Lucitors. But since Roachley was abusive to her in life during their marriage, it's hard not to feel sorry for her.

    Celena the Shy 
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"What hides behind the golden fan
her hand does sweetly hold?
A trove of cosmic secrets
that never will be told."

Star's great-great-grandmother, and the only child of Rhina the Riddled. She's known for her extreme shyness and secrecy, to the point of hiding her wand behind a fan.


  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance:
    • She wears long robes with draping sleeves that hide her body, has extremely long hair with Peek-a-Bangs, and often hid her wand and part of her face with her fan. She's an extreme Shrinking Violet who kept many secrets about herself.
    • She also bears elements of female Wiccan practitioners - women usually wear long, flowing robes, wear circlets on their heads, and let their hair down, giving themselves a mystical appearance. She also has moon-shaped cheek marks and a moon-shaped wand, and practices tarot card reading, charm-making and potionmaking, all trademarks of Wicca.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Her chapter mentions that her shyness is such that she apologizes to even inanimate objects if she bumps into them.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Out of the queens, she embodies this trope the most due to being the World's Most Beautiful Woman. Moon described her as being so beautiful that monsters were disarmed with just a sublime glance.
  • Cards of Power: Implied; Glossaryck mentions that she knows many ways to read tarot cards, indicating a skill at fortunetelling.
  • The Charmer: Implied; Moon claimed that she was so beautiful that a single glance from her made monsters pause.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied; she's the product of a loveless marriage between her mother, the previous Butterfly queen, and her demon husband John Roachley. Her father died before she was born, after her mother cast a heartbreak spell on him in an attempt to end his cruel abuse, only for her magic to take it literally. It's no wonder that Celena became so shy as an adult.
  • The Faceless: Downplayed. Her portrait doesn't show her covering her entire face, but she's the only one hiding her Facial Markings.
  • Facial Markings: While they are hidden behind her fan, her playing card reveals that hers are shaped like crescent moons.
  • Flower in Her Hair: She has rows and rows of flower circlets decorating her hair.
  • Foil: To Tom Lucitor, another hybrid with a Lucitor parent.
    • Celena is the picture of regal beauty and grace in Mewni, wearing long robes, having long hair, and being so beautiful that she could disarm monsters with a glance. Despite being royalty, the short-haired Tom usually dresses like a punk rocker and often acts like a Royal Brat with anger issues and the need to control others (pre-Character Development, that is).
    • Celena was born from a loveless, abusive marriage between her Mewman mother and Lucitor father, the latter who was accidentally murdered by a heartbreak spell before his daughter was born. Tom's parents are presumed to be Happily Married, with a Mewman father and Lucitor mother.
    • Celena dealt with her problems and insecurities by withdrawing into herself, ironically attracting more people who wanted to hear her secrets. Tom drove almost everyone away with his Hair-Trigger Temper despite not wanting to turn out like his similarly-tempered father, until he went through Character Development with some help.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She wears purple robes, her eyes are purple, and has pink hair (at least in the show; her playing card depicted her with orange hair). She's also the World's Most Beautiful Woman, and adorably shy.
  • Hidden Depths: She's a talented potion/charm maker and tarot card reader. Her chapter in The Magic Book of Spells is lined with poems and songs that she wrote herself.
  • High Class Gloves: Wears a pair of white gloves.
  • Hikikomori: Implied and justified; her tapestry depicted her being isolated in her room, away from the people who tried badgering her into revealing her secrets.
  • In-Series Nickname: Star calls her 'Great-Great-Grandma Shy'.
  • Irony:
    • She was an extremely shy and reclusive person in life, and never felt comfortable around people. But this just made people try to get close to her in order to learn her secrets, presumably because she was so beautiful and adorable-looking.
    • The Magic High Commission erased all mentions of Meteora because of her half-monster heritage. Celena was essentially half-monster, but since her father was specifically a Lucitor, this goes completely unquestioned.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Gender-inverted. Her daughter Estrella is equally shy and soft-spoken, yet she inherited her talent in the creative arts.
  • Meaningful Name: "Celena" is Gratuitous Greek for 'the moon' and she has crescent moons as Facial Markings.
  • Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Her mother Rhina was already pregnant with her when Rhina's demon husband, John Roachley, died from literal heartbreak, making her an apparent half-demon half-mewman hybrid. Unlike Tom, you wouldn't think she was anything but a Mewman from looking at her—at least, not the parts of her that she showed anyone.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covered her left eye, likely to reflect her shy nature.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Her card depicted her with a shy, withdrawn expression, assuming that's how she feels by default, since she often kept her mouth hidden with her fan.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She has very long pink hair and is shy.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Wore mostly purple, and was said to hold powerful secrets.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Currently the queen with the longest hair, going all the way down to her feet. Her great-granddaughter Moon only comes second.
  • Secret Keeper: She kept many secrets in her lifetime, including ones about herself. And judging from the long line of people bearing gifts outside her bedroom door on her tapestry, everyone wanted to get close enough to her for her to spill. And to Star's apparent disappointment, her chapter in The Magic Book of Spells further implies this as it wasn't full of secrets as Star thought.
  • Shrinking Violet: Her tapestry referred to her as "The Shy", and also depicted her hiding her wand and the lower half of her face with a fan. It's also likely that she was putting up an act. We may never know. Her shyness is even listed as a prominent trait in her chapter, being ranked at a staggering twenty.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Celena was described as being so beautiful that she could disarm monsters with a glance. However, Celena was extremely reclusive and private. She couldn't handle the attention from suitors and those who wanted to learn her secrets.
  • Stellar Name: Celena is a Greek/Latin name that means "Goddess of the Moon".
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: So much so that she didn't even show her mouth.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: According to Moon, she was so sublimely beautiful that she could disarm monsters with a single glance.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Celena had pink hair.

    Estrella the Drafted 
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"She cannot write, she cannot sing
But she can draw, her only thing.
Sketching late until the night...
But will she ever draw it right?"

Daughter of Celena the Shy, and a studious, artistic monarch. Her wand took on the form of a pen.


  • Ambiguously Brown: She has much darker skin than the other Queens, possibly inherited from her father.
  • Badass Bookworm: Studious and presumably a powerhouse in her own right. Her card showed that her intelligence and wisdom were her most prominent traits, with both of them rated at 16.
  • Facial Markings: Hers were shaped like flowers.
  • Irony: Her extreme focus on art during her reign would've been seen as a sign of incompetence as a queen, but the mewmans loved her because they hated changes to the status quo.
  • Like Father, Like Son: She inherited Celena's shyness, but like her mother, she's also very talented in the creative arts.
  • Modest Royalty: One of the modestly-dressed queens; she wore a flapper-style dress with a purple feather boa.
  • The Pen Is Mightier: Her wand took on the form of a pen and sometimes a paintbrush.
  • The Quiet One: Estrella rarely spoke aloud, and instead communicated through writing and her paintings. Her chapter in The Magic Book of Spells was instead written by Glossaryck.
  • Stellar Name: Much like her mother and her daughter, she's named after a cosmic body; Estrella means "star" in Spanish. While she didn't do much during her reign, she was a talented artist in life, and she was very popular among her subjects due the lack of changes.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Averted; Estrella didn't do much during her reign. However, that made her quite popular with her subjects, who hated change.
  • So Proud of You: In public, she disapproved of her daughter, Comet, making both the Magic High Commission and the war generals of Mewni fall asleep for four days after feeding them pie. But in private, she praised Comet's decision in making sure everyone was properly fed.

    Comet the Chef 
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"No magic on Mewni was greater
than Comet and her kitchen creations
but she was defeated by Toffee,
lizard prince of the dark monster nations."

Moon's mother, and Star's grandmother. A masterful chef and loving mother, she was adored by her daughter and her subjects. Her wand took the form of a rolling pin.


  • All-Loving Hero: Implied; as a Supreme Chef, she believed that monsters deserved to sit at the same table as mewmans because they both savor food. This is why she advocated for monster-mewman co-existence.
  • Ambiguously Brown: While not as brown as her mother's skin, Comet's skin is still darker than the other Queens and her daughter and granddaughter.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: In life, she was The High Queen and a Supreme Chef who believed in racial equality as long as everyone ate at the same table. Alas, she died too soon.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Her death caused Moon to ascend the throne too early, forcing her to mature until she became the queen Mewni wanted, and created a deep grudge towards monsters. It also caused Moon to be overprotective towards her daughter, Star, fearing that history would repeat again.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Moon adored her, and her loss affected her deeply. Moon's father, on the other hand, is estranged from her due to being divorced, not even showing up for her wedding.
  • Facial Markings: Hers are shaped like butterflies, symbolizing the fleetingness and fragility of life.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Comet genuinely wanted peace with the monsters, but Toffee killed her out of distrust and vengeance.
  • For Want of a Nail: Had someone stopped Toffee from killing her, many of the problems Moon and Star faced wouldn't have existed, as the monsters and mewmans would have been united.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: Her gown has these.
  • Good Parents: When she was alive. Whenever she's shown together with Moon, the latter always looks so happy. Her folder image depicted her looking adoringly at a baby Moon who's tugging at her dress.
  • The High Queen: She was this before her death. Unlike the queens before her, she tried to see monsters as equals and make lasting peace with them. However, Toffee put an end to that.
  • In the Blood: Her affinity for baking turns out to be, at least in part, from being descended from Pie Folk.
  • Meaningful Name: A "comet" is a rock that flings through space, leaving behind a trail of ice and cosmic dust as it disappears. Queen Comet was only alive for a short time before she was assassinated by Toffee when her daughter, Moon, was just a teenager. Her title "the Chef" is also a hint to her true lineage: the Pie Folk.
  • Missing Mom: To Moon, as she was murdered by Toffee when her daughter was still a teenager.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Her attempts to bring racial equality to Mewni resulted in her death as Toffee killed her out of vengeance and hateful bigotry.
  • Not So Different: She believes that both monsters and mewmans have the ability to savor food, so they deserved to sit at the same table as each other.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Her death at the hands of Toffee indirectly caused her daughter to seek out Eclipsa for help, Toffee to lose his finger, and so on.
  • Posthumous Character: She was killed by Toffee during the war against the monsters.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her card shows her with the Butterflys' trademark heart-shaped up-do, while the rest of her hair cascades behind her. Averted in the framed picture Moon keeps of her in "Moon the Undaunted", where her hair is kept short above the neck.
  • Rolling Pin of Doom: Her wand took the form of a Gem-Encrusted rolling pin. This is a sign for who she truly is: a descendant of the Pie Folk.
  • Supreme Chef: As expected of someone with the title "The Chef". Her chapter in The Magic Book of Spells has a few recipes, and she believed that everyone could be equal as long as they ate at the same table. Her card even shows a picture of her holding a baby Moon, who's eating a cupcake, presumably made by her. Glossaryck loved her because she always made food for him. It is also a sign of her true lineage as one of the Pie Folk.
  • Sweet Baker: She loved to bake and often did so with her daughter as Moon was growing up. She was a also a genuine example of the The High Queen (as opposed to many of Mewini's other queens who publicised the image to reasure their citizens but had personal failings and rarely lived up to it) as well as the one who tried to end conflicts with the Monsters going against centuries of prejudice and hate, and almost brought about a new world that would benefit all. Unfortunately her kind-hearted and trusting nature led to her underestimating how hate filled Toffee of the Sepitarians was, enabling him to murder her.
  • Through His Stomach: Downplayed; she believed that she could end racial inequality and bring monsters and mewmans together with food (and pie). This is also what she did to both the Magic high Commission and Mewni's war generals; they were so hungry that they fell asleep for four days after eating her pies.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: One of the more compassionate Butterfly queens who advocated racial equality between mewmans and monsters through food, during a time when monster prejudice was still deeply entrenched. She was murdered for her efforts by Toffee.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is light purple.

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