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Star Butterfly, The Underestimated

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"Mewni should be a place of peace and unity for everyone. But for that to happen, we need to stop following the old ways. We need to be the change we want to see."
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Voiced by: Eden Sher (English), Kana Ueda (Japanese)

"Star the Underestimated
was queen for just four days.
Her one decision on the throne:
To give it all away."

A magical princess from the other-dimensional Kingdom of Mewni who is sent to Earth by her parents for safety's sake in lieu of sending her to St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses after misusing the magic wand she received on her fourteenth birthday. Lives with her earthly hosts, the Diaz Family.

She also loves to fight against monsters, but eventually comes to realize that monsters aren't so much as mindless enemies, but rather an entire race of people who have been systematically mistreated by Mewni's government. In turn, she resolves to fix the government's mistakes by trying to bridge the gap between monsters and Mewmans, being a very forward-thinking princess. She eventually abdicates the throne for Eclipsa, the rightful queen at the time, and becomes her primary advisor.

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  • 0% Approval Rating: Due to a mix of revealing that she had lost the Spell Book and Glossaryck to Ludo and abdicating the throne and the wand to the pro-monster Eclipsa, as well as having pro-monster opinions in a Mewman-Monster segregated society, Star Butterfly has become something of an object of ridicule and hatred to Mewmans enough for her to be chased out of a town with torches and pitchforks the moment they realize who she was in Season 4. On the flip-side, monsters have developed an adoration towards her.
  • Abdicate the Throne: At the end of season three, Star gives the throne (and wand) back to Eclipsa, who had technically been the legitimate ruler for the last three hundred years. A moot point after the Grand Finale, because there is no longer a Mewni to be the queen of when Earth and Mewni are fused together.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Ironically, since Star has a poor understanding of magic's rules and limitations, she occasionally ends up overcoming those limits without even realizing it. Special mention goes to reaching through the All-Seeing Eye spell without causing it to explode and reviving the Realm of Magic after Glossaryck said it was impossible. Even her "normal" spells qualify, as Glossaryck points out that they aren't in the spellbook yet somehow function anyway.
  • Action Girl: Magic is actually new to her, but she has been kicking monster butt for a long time.
  • Adorkable: Star is a bundle of energy who is astounded by everything.
  • Aesop Amnesia: The Aesop in "Storm The Castle" was that she shouldn't endanger the lives of others (mainly Marco's) when she's on one of her thrill seeking adventures, or when she's reckless on the pair's dimensional travels. However, in season 2, she regularly forgets this and has gotten Marco and herself in a lot of danger.
  • Alien Catnip: Star loves sugar and likes to put massive quantities of it onto everything — inventing the "sugarrito" (a burrito smothered in sugar). Her favorite cereal on Earth seems to also be an example based on the name: "Captain Blanche's Sugar Seeds". Justified as Mewni's main food staple (to a ridiculous degree) is corn. Cornbread, popcorn, corn on the cob - but nothing sugary, even candy corn. Having such a low sugar diet until coming to Earth likely helped accentuate Star's sugar sprees.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted. Star falls head over heels for Oskar after learning he has a record, and her ex Tom is a demon. However, she mentions breaking up with the latter because of his anger issues and gets over her crush with the former when she starts to fall for Marco and then renews her relationship with Tom when he matures.
  • All-Loving Heroine: As she matures, Star becomes more and more determined to have Mewmans and Monsters be friends with one another.
  • Ambiguous Situation: At the end of "The Battle for Mewni" Star is trapped inside Ludo's wand fragment and Toffee shatters it with her still inside. Shortly after this happens, Star has a conversation with Glossaryk (who was also recently killed) in an empty black void before rediscovering her magic and popping back into existence. It is hard to tell whether Star died and was talking to Glossaryck from beyond the grave or if she was put in some sort of limbo after the fragment was destroyed. "Deep Dive" reveals that it was actually neither. Star was in a place called "The Realm of Magic" which is apparently where all magic in the universe comes from. Glossaryck's ambiguous status still holds true, though.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Star is mostly interested in guys, such as Tom, Oskar and Marco, but she is pretty comfortable with StarFan13's crush on her and has seen some women through Crush Filter, such as Chloe and Brunzetta, the latter of which she is hinted to be interested in, since her cheek marks crush when she says she doesn't remember her.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Her wand has been passed down a very, very long line in her family.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Star confesses her crush on Marco in "Starcrushed" and admits that she initially suppressed her feelings for him because she hoped that they would go away.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: She's not exactly one for strategy and relies heavily on her wand and fighting skills. Showcased in "St. Olga's Reform School For Wayward Princesses" where her main plan to save Pony Head was to rush in and blast everything. Marco has to convince her to use infiltration and stealth for most of the trip since that would bring the entire school's guards on them. She only falls back on it when Marco is captured in order to free him and to pull a quick escape.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: In Seasons One and Two, she was firmly against the idea of becoming queen and having to accept responsibility, to the point that she nearly mauled an innocent mermaid she knew by name to get out of being queen. Come season four, when given a vision that her destiny is to destroy the realm of magic to stop Mina and save the monsters, Star reluctantly decides to do it because it's the only solution as opposed to waiting out the apocalypse in a tavern, though it will mean she and Marco will be separated forever, and Glossaryck will die again.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In season two, she hated being told that she would become queen of Mewni, no matter what she did, because it would mean having to be responsible like her mother. Come season three, she longer has to worry about that...because she finds out she's not related to Eclipsa, the rightful heir to the throne and in fact gives the throne back to her. She comes from the Pie Folk instead.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Downplayed. While she isn't ignorant of Glossaryck's negative traits, she also admits that he's still an important person to her because he trusted her judgement and didn't try to tell her what to do like what many others try to.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: A goofy teen who has experience kicking monsters' butt on a daily basis.
  • Beyond the Impossible: At the end of "The Battle for Mewni" she manages to come back to life after being trapped in The Realm of Magic and drowning in Toffee's corruption.
  • Blood Knight: Even before receiving her magic wand, she enjoyed kicking monster butt. Apparently her parents used the Royal Guards, all of whom are trained warriors in their own rights, as her babysitters. It's no wonder she grew up thinking violence and battle are fun when those guys taught her how to snap the necks of her stuffed animals when she was a toddler.
  • Bodyguard Crush: She has unknowingly developed a crush on Marco and only started to subconsciously act on it in "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown." Marco was originally trusted to be Star's guide to Earth culture when Star's parents asked the principal to find a guide for her. Marco also protects her and the wand from Ludo and other villains or when she gets herself into trouble due to misunderstanding Earth culture.
  • Break the Cutie: Hoo boy. The multiverse seems intent on breaking her naivete at every possible opportunity. Over the course of the series she has seen her best friend brainwashed by a corrupt boarding school, been forced to destroy her wand under threat of having her other best friend brutally murdered in front of her, seen her friend and tutor abducted right in front of her and was helpless to stop it, set up her friend with another girl only to realize that she has feelings for him, had said crush revealed in front of her entire kingdom, and been left to die in an ocean of corrupted magic. Last but not least, she learns in "Butterfly Trap" that her family are illegitimate heirs to the throne and her entire identity as a princess is a lie.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: "Baby" reveals that Star's magical aptitude is on par with Queen Eclipsa, but her lack of discipline makes her spells extremely chaotic and unfocused. The only time that she can reliably get her magic to do what she wants is when something important is on the line. Star also never bothered to learn basic magic, because it bored her, noted since the apple test in "Baby" is geared (as shown in "The Hard Way") to be easily passed using Levitato, literally the most basic spell in the book. Instead Star skipped to much more advanced stuff and even created dozens of her own spells (even ones that create life from nothing) without giving the slightest thought to how they worked, as seen at the end of "Raid the Cave" when Star begins writing her own notebook of spells, she had to cast a Narwhal Blast before writing the entry because it comes so naturally to her that she'd never paid any attention to the mechanics of the spell before.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • "Mewnipendence Day" has Star realizing that the holiday in question is a case of Written by the Winners and the conclusion that her people have been annually celebrating the slaughter of innocent monsters proves upsetting, to say the least.
    • At the beginning of "Starstruck", Star deems Mina Loveberry, the greatest warrior to ever live. She turns out to be just as crazy as Marco said she was. Star admits this as well by the end of the episode, calling her "a lady with no marbles". She regretfully admits during a late episode in season 4 that she used to look up to her.
    • To Moon, when she is revealed to have been behind the things that the Magic High Commission and Mina caused. Although Moon tries to explain how she was trying to de-radicalize them by finding less violent solutions, Star refuses to hear her or to forgive her. Of course, their mother-daughter relationship has never been the best to begin with, and when it came down to that moment, Star felt like her mom just ruined her life in general. However, Star learned from this experience and from her own experience with Eclipsa that mothers are flawed, and that she should not be quick to condemn her mother as a bad person just because she made a bad decision. Star later concludes that her mother needs to be reminded that she should always have her family to help her through when she makes these kinds of mistakes.
  • Brought Down to Badass: She's unable to use her wand for most of "Quest Buy," but still manages to run and fight circles around Ludo and his thugs. Happens again in "Marco Grows a Beard" when her wand is caught up in a mass of Marco's beard that she overgrew and that she had to both navigate through and contend with Ludo and his minions to retrieve it.
  • Calling Your Attacks: She usually says what she wants her magic wand to do or summon out loud. Occasionally a spell backfires (or just fizzles) if she says the wrong thing.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: When Star is interacting with or even thinking about a crush then she can't compose her sentences correctly, which has caused her problems when she tried to speak to Oskar and only acted out on her crush during "Mewberty." This also applies to Marco, though in this case it's to preserve the friendship and allow Marco to be with Jackie. In "Starcrushed," when interrogated, Star reluctantly half-confesses to her friends, and only gives Marco the truth when it's seemingly the last time they'll see each other.
  • Catchphrase: Star's is "So cute!" and "Hugs!"
  • Character Tic: Chewing on her wand seems to be her tic considering how often she does it. She doesn't do it as much in season 2, hasn't happened once in 3.
  • Cheerful Child: Despite being 14 years old, Star has the charisma and energy of a little child. This becomes subdued by the end of Season 2, where she is forced to marute more.
  • Childhood Friends: She and Pony Head have known each other since they were toddlers.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown" when Marco actually goes out on a date with Jackie, Star gets increasingly jealous, calling him 57 times, and it gets to the point that it causes her to lose control of her magic. She even used her magic to spy on their date, and inadvertently caused them to crash on Jackie's skateboard.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: Her magic glows different colors depending on the situation. Normal spells cast using her wand are pink, dark magic spells glow green, and spells she casts by "dipping down" are light blue. At the end of "The Battle for Mewni" when she reclaims her magic from Toffee it turns bright yellow.
  • Color Motifs: Yellow. Star has blonde hair, it's one of her two favorite colors (besides blue), and when she "dips down", Star glows bright yellow, as well as her controlled mewberty version being yellow with some orange tones.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has absolutely no problems using what ever advantage presents itself, during fights.
  • Comically Invincible Hero: During season one, she was this. Ludo's forces were laughably compared to her, who could blast them with or without her wand, the result of the fights were usually having Ludo's army comically battered. Season 2 onwards subvert this, as more powerful and complex enemies appear to her, such as Ludo's powered version, Meteora and so on.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Star does this a lot, but it's justified because she's not entirely aware of how things work on Earth. For example, she once thought that a football game was going to be an actual battle since everybody around her made it sound like it was going to be a battle, when really they were just being metaphoric to pump up the hype.
  • The Conscience: In season 4, Star becomes a sort of impromptu royal advisor to Eclipsa.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Star is very good at combat magic, but she apparently skipped over a lot of basic and practical spells to focus solely on fighting bad guys. This comes back to bite her in the ass hard during her magical evaluation with Baby when she spends all day trying and failing to move an apple a few feet. To make matters worse, that particular test is designed to be easily passed by casting literally the most basic spell in existence, Levitato.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Star may seem a bit like a ditz with hardly any control over her wand, but when it comes to fighting, she's surprisingly competent to the point that she can use the wand without mucking up anything. And she's quite good at fighting without the wand, having done so for most of her life before inheriting the wand on her 14th birthday.
  • Cuddle Bug: Gives out "Hugs!" to her friends and loved ones on a regular basis.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Star Butterfly herself looks like a fourteen year old girl with heart tattoos on her cheeks. She transformed temporarily into a monsterous butterfly-like form during mewberty, yet still looked adorable despite being terrifying. Her controlled transformation is considerably less monstrous.
  • The Cutie: Star has the mindset, energy, and innocence of a child. This becomes subdued by the end of season 2.
  • Damsel out of Distress: In "Blood Moon Ball", Marco heads to the titular ball in what he thinks is a rescue, only for Star to one shot a furious Tom to save Marco.
  • Destructive Savior: When she attacks, few things will be left unharmed, including Marco.
  • Dimensional Traveler: Originally from Mewni, a kingdom in another dimension. She casually travels between different dimensions using magic scissors she has. When she gets control over her mewberty form, it's revealed she can open portals at will.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: When seeing adult Marco in "Running With Scissors", she barely listens to him, is entirely focused on his six pack and couldn't compose her sentences. In "Ransomgram", Star is outright fawning over Marco's adult form and Brunzetta.
  • The Ditz: Downplayed, as she isn't really stupid, just incredibly naive and childish. At others times though...
  • Dork Knight: Star is an excitable teenager who is learning to use her magical wand and is a notable warrior against several enemies of her kingdom.
  • Dub Name Change: In many dubs, either her first name or last name is translated to the word for "star" or "butterfly". In the Norwegian dub, her name is "Sara".
  • Dude Magnet: Quite a few boys have crushes on her, with Tom, Marco and Oscar being the main ones, though it's clear that several background character also find her notably attractive.
  • Dumb Blonde: She's not dumb per se, but she is quite scatterbrained in that she has the behavior of a child and tends to interpret figures of speech literally.
  • Easily Impressed: Due to being a Funny Foreigner from another dimension, she's utterly dazzled by even the must mundane of Earth customs, which includes electricity.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: In "Running with Scissors", Star is left dazed as she stares at the toned torso of an adult Marco.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Was capable of kicking serious butt even before getting her wand. Even without it, she's quite the possible fighter and by season 4, she uses magic without her wand pretty freely.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: StarFan13 admits to having a crush on Star in "Sleepover".
  • Everyone Can See It: Star's emotions are visible through her cheeks and often move and glow depending on her emotions. Her crush on Oskar is seen by everyone due to this and she is incapable of being subtle around him even to a point where she can't talk to him without displaying her emotions. She also confirms this in "Sleepover" where she says that everybody knows that she has a crush on Oskar. This is downplayed in Marco's case as she isn't aware of her complex crush on him suggesting her emotions are shown when she is aware of them but her wand was subconsciously effected by her envy in "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown".
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Star is the princess of another world. Her best friend, Pony Head, is a princess as well. To some extent, this trope is defied due to the Destructive Saviour nature of Star.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Star frequently makes rainbows appear from her wand, sometimes helpful, sometimes catching on fire.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Star enjoys things that sparkle and has at least one spell that includes the words "sparkle" and "glitter" at the same time.
  • Expressive Accessory: Her Facial Markings function like this, as they've changed according to her mood in various episodes. For example: skulls when she's sad or violent, light bulbs when she gets an idea, or spinning hourglasses similar to a loading icon for a computer mouse when she's bored. This gets subdued in later seasons, but can still happen occasionally.
  • Expy: Basically an American version of Lum.
  • Fallen Princess: After giving Eclipsa back her throne, Star is not the acting queen or princess, having apparently removed herself entirely from the line of succession (or rather, honored that she and the last several queens were never technically part of it). However, Star still has magic she can perform without the wand and Queen Eclipsa lets her stay in the castle anyway, and hopes her decision worth it. Indeed, despite being her senior, Eclipsa treats Star much like a very trusted adviser, which convinces Star to stay even when her parents move away.
  • Fantastic Racism: Initially believes monsters to be the most ruthless of creatures with no shred of goodness in them at all. However, in "Lobster Claws" she starts to have some second thoughts after her interactions with the titular monster. More notably, in "Mewnipendence Day" she realizes the people of Mewni weren't completely innocent in their feud with the monsters, and she treats monsters like Buff Frog better in "Storm the Castle". Come season 3, Star has dropped her previous racist beliefs of monsters and is now attempting to improve relationships between monsters and Mewmans.
  • Fight Magnet: The source of most of the combat in the show is villains simply trying to get her wand and rule the multiverse.
  • Fish out of Water: During her first day on Earth, Star treated a light switch as if it was magical, mistook a drinking fountain for a hostile creature, and failed to see a connection between Mr. and Mrs. Diaz and Marco, despite knowing his surname, because she just assumed that all Earthlings had the same surname.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: How Star's passed off at Echo Creek Academy. She's certainly "foreign" all right.
  • Forgot About Her Powers: Inverted, Star is or was very dependent on her magic, so much so that she forgot the fact that she was kicking arse and taking names well before receiving the wand. This is best shown in "Marco Grows a Beard" where she only learns this after having a dream about one of the laser puppies reminding her about her love of bare-knuckle fighting.
  • Former Bigot: Star started off the series having a very skewed view towards monsters, being that they're all evil. A part of her character arc is dropping these biases. By the series finale, Star has made friends with monsters as well as becoming a supporter of the species.
  • Friend to All Children: Star has shown a friendly, playful, soft side whenever she is near babies and/or small children.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She is often friendly and affable to others, even if she's just met them. The end credits song sung from her perspective even has the line "I think that strangers are just friends you haven't met."
  • Fun Personified: Star is the living embodiment of fun.

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  • Genius Ditz: Toes the line between this and Brilliant, but Lazy. Glossaryck mentions that none of Star's spells are in his spellbook, so all of her unique spells are things she came up with on instinct. At the same time, she knows next to nothing about magic and routinely flops at getting her magic to do what she wants outside of combat. She also once nearly erased the multiverse to avoid doing a math problem.
  • Genki Girl: Star is usually full of energy and excitedly examines her surroundings while waving hello to strangers. In season 2 she developed a love for sugar and becomes far more energetic.
  • Girlish Pigtails:
    • "School Spirit" showed that she had these when she was a toddler.
    • Her hair is styled in braided pigtails in her Mewberty form and when she's in her Golden Super Mode.
  • Girly Bruiser: Star wears lots of different dresses, likes adorable creatures, and is very good at beating up monsters.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She loves anything cute, wears a plethora of different dresses, and tends to blast very cutesy (but dangerous) rays from her wand... but she also really enjoys fighting monsters and going on adventures. There's a reason she's the page image.
  • Glass Cannon: Downplayed. She's very capable of fighting even without the wand, but the wand is her primary source of major offensive firepower, so against tougher enemies she can sometimes get into trouble if she's attacked directly (or worse, if she loses the wand).
  • Golden Super Mode: During the climax of The Battle for Mewni, Star reclaims the remnants of The Realm of Magic not tainted by Toffee, purifying Toffee's corruption. When she emerges from the void, she takes on a gold and white mewberty form similar to her mother's. She then fires a golden beam of magic that disintegrates Toffee. Later, she gains the ability to use this form at will after visiting The Realm of Magic a second time. It's so powerful it's one of the very few things capable of fighting on par with Meteora.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Star's tried to be a matchmaker for Marco so he can go into a relationship with Jackie. She was successful in pairing Marco and Jackie but develops a complicated crush on him and only seems to slightly realise it after seeing him with Jackie.
  • Gorgeous Garment Generation: She can use her wand to conjure new outfits out of nothing, usually either to act as disguises or just to look really cool.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a headband with little horns on it; according to the Magic Book of Spells, they're a souvenir from her first date with Tom. In "Freeze Day" she swaps it out for a green one with little cactuses.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has blonde hair, and so far all the messes she's caused were magical accidents from trying to help others.
  • Heartbroken Badass: She developed a crush on Marco but became heartbroken after she gave him enough confidence to become a couple with Jackie. He only caught onto her crush on him when it was spelt out to him and confirmed by Star.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: In seasons 1 and 2 the citizens of Mewni mainly remember Star as the princess that set fire to the kingdom. Her reputation starts to get better in season 3 after she settles down and starts to finally take her royal responsibilities seriously, only for all that good will to go down the drain when she decides to Abdicate the Throne to Eclipsa.
  • Heroic BSoD: Happened twice so far.
    • "St Olga's Reform School For Wayward Princesses": When Marco is captured and she can't seem to break Pony Head free from her brainwashed state, making her feel powerless to do anything. Attacking a poster manages to snap Pony Head back to normal who convinces her to keep going.
    • "Marco Grows A Beard": When she felt she couldn't continue on without her wand. During a nap, her subconscious takes the form of one of the Laser Puppies to convince her she was already tough without the wand and didn't need it for everything (which ironically is what Marco was trying to tell her earlier).
  • The Heroine: The series revolves around Star's adventures in defeating the forces of evil while learning how to properly use her magical wand.
  • The Hero's Journey: Star goes through one in the first and second seasons. Finishing in the first half of the third season;
    • Miraculous or unusual circumstances around the Hero's conception or birth: Star displays a strong ability with magic, somehow being able to compose her own spells. According to Baby, only Eclipsa has ever been able to do this.
    • Begins in the ordinary world of the Hero's hometown: The story starts with Star being her usual Blood Knight self in the magical kingdom of Mewni, looking for fights with the monsters.
    • The Herald brings a Call to Adventure: She inherits the wand from her mother and is shown to be dangerously inept with it.
    • Crossing the First Threshold: Out of fear for the kingdom's safety, her parents send her to another dimension so she can learn and improve with her magic.
    • The Land of Adventure: Despite some initial misunderstandings, Star does make Earth her home until she learns how to master her magic. She befriends Marco Diaz and makes some other friends along the way, as well as meet Glossaryk, who guides her on how to use magic.
    • The Spiritual Death and Rebirth: Star starts going through emotional complications. She starts learning about the true history of her kingdom. Toffee also becomes the main villain of this part of the story and is shown to be significantly different from Star's usual enemies. Through Toffee and this discovery, Star starts to mature.
    • Road of Trials: Star starts taking steps to improve the relations between Mewman and monsters while also starting to fear Toffee. She starts by befriending her former enemy Buff Frog and when Toffee starts to reemerge, Moon evacuates Star from earth.
    • Night Sea Voyage: Star and Moon start finding a way to defeat Toffee, they first try to resurrect the commision and when this doesn't work, Star resorts to finding Buff Frog.
    • Time out just before the big battle: Star starts composing a plan to defeat Toffee and she does make her way back to the kingdom. Only to find out that Ludo has taken over and has seemingly executed her father. She also reunites with Marco and the pair have a heartfelt reunion.
    • Fight against the Big Bad / Apotheosis: Star returns to battle and discovers that Toffee has been using the wand fragment to control Ludo. She convinces Ludo to let her help him and uses the Whispering Spell to de-power his wand, simultaneously transporting herself to the Realm of Magic to confront Toffee. She discovers that Toffee has been corrupting the Realm of Magic and using the magic drain to weaken his enemies. Toffee tricks Moon into releasing him and he promptly traps Star in the Realm of Magic by shattering the wand crystal. She does eventually escape from the Realm of Magic by absorbing the last bits of untainted magic and transports herself back to Mewni. She promptly disintegrates Toffee and he's finished off by Ludo. Putting an end to Toffee, seemingly, once and for all.
    • Crossing the Return Threshold: With Toffee defeated and Star now having mastered her magic. Star can now stay in Mewni.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Pony Head; "Freeze Day" shows that the two have been friends since they were toddlers.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In "Diaz Family Vacation", in a few seconds she manages to make a fairly detailed unicorn head paper cutting, possibly indicating that she has a talent for making paper cuttings.
    • "Wand to Wand" shows that she enjoys building model ships in bottles.
    • In "Lint Catcher", she sings about how much she enjoys her burrito. She's good at singing (she sung the outro song but this is her officially singing in the series).
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Downplayed. Star is the protagonist of the show and has development separate from her love life, but she is also boy-crazy (especially in season 1) and gets excited at the chance of seeing 30-year-old Marco's Hunk body.
  • Horned Hairdo: In "The Other Exchange Student" and "Sleep Spells", when Star has a sleep mask on her forehead, it pushes her bangs up into devil's horns, mimicking her headband.
  • Horse Archer: She's able to fight on horseback by using her wand to cast spells.
  • Horseback Heroism: Star is a skilled equestrian. She tames wild unicorns, favours the warnicorn stampede spell and planned to be horsekeeper who raised warnicorns. She's also capable of combat on horseback.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Star doesn't fully understand how to operate her magic wand yet. She's mostly OK in combat with it, though.
  • Human Alien: Star looks human, but she's an alien princess from another dimension. The alien aspect is emphasized in the episode "Mewberty". The Magic Book of Spells reveals that she also has some demon blood from her great-great-great grandfather, Lord John Roachley. Marco's interpretation of the ancient inscriptions in "Mama Star" strongly implies that Star and the rest of the Mewman species are humans after all, just after centuries of magic-based mutations (and occasional interbreeding with non-humans).
  • Humanity Is Infectious: In the beginning she was reckless with her magic, a lover of violence and had strong, prejudiced views on monsters. Through her time on earth with Marco she started using her magic responsibly, using her words rather than violence and started being an advocate for monster equality. If she didn't come to earth then she would have repeated the history of her ancestors.
  • I Am Not My Mother: She refuses to rule Mewni in the same manner as her mother and when she realizes that she has to be queen regardless of her choice, she tries to ruin her chances until Marco calms her down and tells her that she can make her own choices when ruling.
  • I Am Who?: She does not take the news of being a Pie Folk well.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Star couldn't admit to Marco that she had a crush on him because she knew he didn't feel the same way, and she didn't want to lose him as a friend.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Notable only in that Star tends to flip flop between this and I Just Want to Be Special for various reasons. In this case, Star's been shown on several occasions to be terrified of one day becoming Queen, and all that it involves because she'll have to give up the endless freedom she's grown used to her whole life in exchange for ruling. What Star seems to want over all is to be more normal than someone from Mewni, but more special than someone from Earth, while either society seems bent on tugging her one way or the other.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: In "The Hard Way", Glossaryck reveals that most of Star's spells aren't really spells at all. Star is just using her imagination to make stuff up and her wand makes it real.
  • Inept Mage: So inept, in fact, she was shipped off to Earth before she caused any more natural disasters from her inability to gauge what she's capable of actually pulling off with that wand. Most of the time she actually does get the effect she wants from her spells, the problem being that they're way more powerful than intended and thus cause massive collateral damage. Outside of battle when she's not trying to blow anything up or set anything on fire... she frequently does so anyway.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Symbolizing her youthfulness, friendliness, and naivete.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Downplayed, Star was in a previous relationship with Tom, a half-demon and half-Mewman. Star herself is also part demon, as her great-great-great grandfather was one.
    • She's crushing on Oskar Greason, a human. And eventually, she develops a crush on Marco.
  • Insistent Terminology: After Moon disappears while fighting Meteora, Star is forced to take her place. However, she continuously reminds others that she is acting queen when they refer to her as Queen Star.
  • It Runs in the Family: Star comes from two families of gifted people. Her magical powers come from her mother's side, while her strength, toughness, and passion for combat comes from her father's.
  • It Was a Gift: The wand was bestowed upon her on her fourteenth birthday.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Deconstructed. Star is trying to invoke this by being a Shipper on Deck but leaves herself no outlet to deal with her own feelings and is just stuffing them down.
  • Just Friends: "Sleepover" and "Naysaya" show that Marco is not lying about his crush on Jackie and that he only sees Star as a "great friend". Star, on the other hand, has developed genuine feelings for him. Even Star herself is aware of this when she gives her Anguished Declaration of Love to Marco in "Starcrushed".
  • Kamehame Hadoken: One of Star's new abilities in Season 4 is this, which involves blasting a heart from her cupped hands.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Wears a fancy dress in her intro while sliding down railings, beating up monsters, and then taming a wild unicorn.
  • Kiddie Kid: Star is a 14-year-old with the mindset of a 7-year-old. Her spells are rather child-like too. She is certainly impulsive and often doesn't think her ideas through.
  • Kid Has a Point:
    • Star calls out Moon in "Starcrushed" for making decisions about her life without talking to her, whether it was coming to Earth or going back to Mewni.
    • When Eclipsa returns in "Stranger Danger", Star makes a number of accurate points in regards to Eclipsa and whether she deserves punishment. First, while it may have been selfish to abandon her kingdom, the fact that the Magic High Council and Moon want to imprison without evidence or a trial is unfair. Second, Star sarcastically calls out her mother that it was ultimately her choice to ask Eclipsa about the spell to destroy Toffee, and Eclipsa didn't force or trick her. Third, while she blatantly tells Eclipsa she doesn't trust her, the former Queen should still be treated fairly.
    • In "Butterfly Trap", Star rightfully admonishes the Magic High Council and their hypocrisy for wanting others to follow the rules they set but refuse to do the same.
    • When Eclipsa tries to force her way to setting Globgor free by taking over Rhombulus' body in "Swim Suit", Star correctly states that if she does such a dubious and morally wrong action, then no one (Star included), would be able to trust her.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Star is a lot better at physically fighting than magic, though she is decent with combat magic. Any other time, she is very much an Inept Mage.
  • Light 'em Up: Star can generate light from her wand, and has also used spells that produce sunshine and rainbows. This ability is even prominent in the opening theme.
    • She has a tendency to weaponize rainbows, such as with the "Rainbow Fist Punch" and "Rainbow Flytrap" spells. Some of her rainbows also have an unfortunate habit of catching on fire.
    • She also created the laser puppies, which appear in the outro.
    • In "Sleep Spells", she uses the "Mega Explosive Crystal Laser"... which is just a laser pointer.
    • In Battle for Mewni its revealed that magic takes the form of a golden liquid, which she tries to desperately recover. When she does, she goes through an angelic transformation sequence and blasts Toffee with a searing, unforgiving sunlight.
  • Light Is Good: She tends to associate with light, such as in her name and abilities, and for the most part is a friendly, heroic individual. This goes one step further at the end of Battle for Mewni, when she acquires a golden angelic form and blasts Toffee with a Holy Hand Grenade, apparently a decent alternative to Eclipsa's dark spell.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: Has this bond with Eclipsa, since Star has a troubled relationship with Moon and Eclipa's daughter is missing. And even after the reveal that they aren't related, Eclipsa still thinks of Star as her (grand)daughter and the latter reciprocates.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Star got her monster-fighting prowess from her father.
  • Limit Break: She gains one in "By the Book" in the form of her Warnicorn Stampede spell. On one hand, it requires an entire kata before the spell cast. On the other hand, this is the result.
  • Literal-Minded: She often takes figures of speech literally, like responding to "Wouldn't you like to know?" with "Yes, that's why I asked." And when asked what she sees in an inkblot test, she says "An inkblot! I win!"
  • Little Miss Badass: Star has been kicking monster butt for a long time, even before she received her magic wand.
  • Loss of Identity: The revelation that all of Star's ancestors up to Festivia are not blood to Queen Eclipsa, but an illegitimate line imposed by the High Commission to keep Eclipsa's monster-Mewman hybrid daughter from the throne shakes Star to the core.

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  • Magical Girl: Her backstory has elements of the original definition of "magical girl", being a princess of a magical kingdom in another dimension who's sent to live on Earth. Instead of having to pass a Magical Girl Queenliness Test, it's because she nearly destroys her kingdom shortly after getting her Magic Wand. She also has more modern elements of the trope, like how her Golden Super Mode has a Transformation Sequence that looks like it came straight from Sailor Moon.
  • Magical Girlfriend: Her relationship with Marco pretty much epitomizes the core of how this plot device works: Star is the magical princess from another dimension who suddenly changes Marco's boring life when she moves in with him and starts dragging him into her adventures. However, Marco wasn't exactly enthusiastic when Star first entered his life (just the opposite actually), but gradually came to warm up to her.
  • Magical Girl Queenliness Test: Parodied; Star is sent to Earth precisely because she's proven she can't handle the inherited wand very well. This is more for her education than anything. Once she loses Glossaryck, her mom had to resort to calling in Baby as an alternative means of evaluating her. After defeating Toffee, Star has proved herself worthy to return to Mewni, and can finally move on to the next chapter as future Queen of Mewni.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Star uses her magic wand to fight evil, even though she doesn't completely understand it. She can even fight reasonably well without her wand.
  • Magnetic Hero: Despite only being on Earth for a short time, Star manages to win over Marco's parents and her entire school (sans Brittney).
  • The Maker: The unicorns living in The Realm of Magic see her as this, since she triggered the rebirth of their dimension after it was destroyed by Toffee. In "Mama Star" she calls The First One her daughter.
  • Mama Bear: Inverted. Star has shown to be very protective of her parents, and later, Eclipsa.
    • She was already adamant over going back to Mewni to fight Toffee, but listened to her mother to not to... until she learned from Buff Frog that Ludo had imprisoned her father. She immediately snuck out and went to angrily confront Ludo over what he did to her father.
    • She imprisons Eclipsa because her interference in Moon and Meteora's fight led the former to go missing.
    • Star is aggressive in her approach to find the culprit(s) who tried to yada-yada Eclipsa and who kidnapped her in "Yada-Yada Berries" and "Queen-Napped", respectively.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Deconstructed. While Star does make Marco's life more interesting, the show is more about her growing as a character by toning down her chaotic overenthusiasm by being with the safety-minded, levelheaded Marco.
  • Marked Change: When Star taps into her true power, her Facial Markings glow.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: The only outward physical difference between the Mewman Star and all the humans is she has heart-shaped markings on her cheeks.
  • Matchmaker Crush: Attempts to set up Marco with Jackie, but ends up developing a crush on Marco.
  • The Missus and the Ex: Despite Marco and Star only being friends, Marco and Tom have this dynamic in "Mr Candle Cares". They started getting along because Marco and Tom talked about how Star always changes the rules so that she can win.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Star is very nice, but the reason she was sent to Earth was because she set fire to her own kingdom.
  • Mook Maker: Can turn ordinary animals into grotesque and powerful versions of themselves.
  • Morality Pet:
    • To her best friend of Mewni, Princess Pony Head, as Star is the only person that Pony Head is never mean or obnoxious to, at least intentionally.
    • To Tom especially after they start dating again, and Star reminds Tom the best way to better himself as a person.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. Ruberiot's song will never leave Star. Especially the stanza where it goes into a mortifying description of her crush on Marco. Because of this, everyone in the kingdom already believes they're dating, from Tom to even the squires.
  • Never My Fault: Star solely blames Ruberiot for her Song Day disaster, claiming he's good at "ruining people's lives with songs", even though she was the one who willfully gave him the information to write the song that revealed her crush on Marco and the fact that she had lost Glossaryck and the Book of Spells.
  • New Transfer Student: How she is introduced in the first episode and is the main reason she and Marco met because she was new to the school (and Earth in general) and needed a guide.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown" Star's jealousy causes her wand to malfunction at the worst possible time, forcing Marco to abandon his efforts to retrieve the magic book from Ludo and go rescue Star. On a more minor note, Star's jealousy at seeing Marco and Jackie riding a skateboard together is what causes them to crash... and that crash is what leads to their first kiss.
  • Nom de Mom: Star's last name comes from her mother, which implies that the Queen is the actual ruler while River is a King Consort.
  • Not Herself: In Season 3, Star keeps dropping the statement that she wants to focus on being a better princess to explain her current situation. It would sound like much-needed Character Development, but not only is it not like her to do so, it's almost too convenient that she's said it in rather awkward situations (i.e. having to dance with Tom, Marco suddenly returning). If her conversation with Eclipsa in "Lint Catcher" is of any indication, Star is undoubtedly hiding something and avoiding it.
  • Oblivious to Love: "Sleepover" reveals that Star has a crush on Marco, but also implies that she might be unaware of it. As of "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown", however, she seems to be more aware of her feelings.
  • Official Couple: With Tom and, eventually, with Marco.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • When Marco is captured in "Storm the Castle" she loses her usual Blood Knight attitude and settles into Tranquil Fury.
    • A combination of losing her family's spell book and seeing Marco with Jackie leads the cheerful Star crying.
    • Star, who was the number one supporter for Eclipa's innocence has the latter imprisoned because she indirectly led to her mother's disappearance.
  • Oral Fixation: Star has a tendency to nibble on her wand whenever she gets particularly excited.
  • Parental Title Characterization: Star usually refers to her parents as "mom and dad", but whenever she is truly scared, she will often refer to her parents as "mommy" and "daddy".
  • Perky Goth: Star's wardrobe seems to be a mish-mash of cutesy, bright colors and spiked accessories. She always sports a hairband with devil horns, owns a pair of military boots with a horn sticking up from the toe of each, and wears a spiked bracelet. And has a mace.
  • Playing Card Motifs: Star has heart-shaped markings; her mother has diamond-shaped markings, her implied Long-Lost Relative Miss Heinous has club-shaped ones and her ancestor Eclipsa had spade-shaped ones.
  • Plucky Girl: Being a goofy, zany, individualistic, free spirited and unrestrained wild child with a big heart and even wilder imagination than most princesses you'll ever meet, Star is the epiphany of joy and excitement given form.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: She starts out as a Fantastic Racist, believing monsters to be Always Chaotic Evil. However, throughout the course of the seasons, she eventually drops her previous racist beliefs of Monsters and is now taking steps to improve relationships between Monsters and Mewmans.
  • The Pollyanna: Star is very optimistic.
  • Power Floats: When she learns how to "dip down" and cast spells without the Wand in "My New Wand!", Star floats into the air and her whole body glows a deep blue.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Star's Mewberty form has a pair of large golden butterfly-like wings.
  • Power Incontinence: Her main issue; she's quite spell-happy on her own merits, but she's extremely bad at avoiding unintentional aspects to her creations (rainbows that set themselves on fire are a big thing with her).
  • Power Limiter: At the end of the day, her wand was really meant to only help her channel and focus her magic and spells, as Moon stated. It's even stated by Baby that Star could be more powerful than what she's observed.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: A princess in a nice dress with a big pink heart on it, and Star knows how to fight without the wand, either fighting physically or using a weapon, like a mace.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Downplayed, while she may like the color pink well enough, her wardrobe consists of the entire rainbow, and prefers a sea green dress for everyday use.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Eight of her outfits (including non-recurring ones) she wears tights underneath her dress or skirt.
  • Protagonist Title: Star vs the Forces of Evil.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: Star loves beating the snot out of monsters, and it would appear that many Mewnian virtues and traditions revolve around antagonizing them. One of the greatest lesson Star must learn to mature as a person is that there's a fine line between "Warriors" and "Thugs."
  • Psychoactive Powers: "Wand to Wand" reveals that her new wand is affected by her emotions. If she's feeling angry or frustrated, the spells she cast won't work right. But if she feels more positive emotions (like concern for Marco), her spells will work the way she wants them to.
  • Raised by Dudes: In a sense. The Mewni's Royal Guards were her babysitters.
  • Randomly Gifted: Star rivals Eclipsa for the greatest magic potential in the Mewni royal line, apparently just by random variance, which is made doubly coincidental by the revelation that Star and Eclipsa aren't even related.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Star's hair goes down to her knees when loose, and it's bigger than her whole body.
  • Read the Freaking Manual: A constant issue with Star, as many of the issues of the show could be solved much quicker if Star read her wand's manual before rather then after she had started blasting. The fact that it's a completely disorganized mess with a living glossary named Glossaryck (who isn't very helpful) doesn't make reading it easy though.
  • Rebellious Princess: Star is not thrilled at the idea of being a "well-behaved princess" and does everything in her power to rebel against it. She's even explicitly referred to as a "rebel princess" in the episode "Raid the Cave." In Season 3, she's not being rebellious for the sake of it. She's realized that, for centuries, her family cruelly treated monsters like they were abominations. She wants to change that and put an end to their prejudice.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With her boyfriend Tom, as he is more connected to voicing his anger. whereas Star is more collected about her thoughts and actions. In "Monster Bash", Star was the one that was trying to take a logical approach to handling the Mewman and Monster prejudices whereas Tom was more emotional by trying to spend time with Star. Extra points go to their respective kingdoms, Mewni is blue whereas the underworld is red.
  • Relationship Upgrade:
    • Star broke up with Tom in the past because of his anger issues (among other things). As of Season 3's "Lava Lake Beach", after Tom's Character Development, they've decided to give things another chance and gotten back together again.
    • As of Season 4's "Here to Help", Star and Marco are officially a couple, after several season's worth of Ship Tease.
  • Royal Brat: When she was younger, she would pull a lot of mean pranks on her servants, such as putting Noxy Frogs in their beds on her 10th birthday.

    S-Y 
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: For some (as of now) unexplained reason, Star can't do basic magic, all the spells she casts are advanced.
  • Scylla and Charybdis: Her pursuit of monster equality hasn't been as simple as she wanted it. She discovered that she's part of a line of ancestors who were imposed by the High Commission to keep Eclipsa's monster-Mewman hybrid daughter from the throne. She's now stuck with a very difficult decision. If she maintains her role as Princess then she betrays her ideals, if she allows Meteora to take the throne then she loses her identity as a princess, and Meteora is clearly completely insane and unfit to lead. Fortunately for her, Eclipsa doesn't care about the throne as much as she just wants her daughter back, and after Meteora is magically regressed back into a baby, she wants to give her daughter another chance at growing up.
  • Shamu Fu: One of her favorite spells is "Narwhal Blast", which drops living narwhals on her foes.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While Star is generally not unpleasant at look at, she really spruces herself up for the Blood Moon Ball. When she's finished, Marco tells her she looks "amazing".
  • She's Got Legs: At least Marco seems to think so.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Takes it upon herself to hook Marco up with Jackie when she learns of his crush on the girl. Though during "Sleepover", she attempted to push both Jackie's and Janna's faces towards Marco's. And then she develops feelings for him. Oops.
    • She gives a romantic "aww" sound when she sees a hologram of Eclipsa with her monster husband, Globgor.
  • Signature Move: Star's favorite spells are the following: Spider with a Top Hat, Narwhal Blast, and Rainbow Fist.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • Star has subconsciously developed a crush on Marco. Considering how good a dude he is, it's unsurprising.
    • In season 3, she gets back together with Tom, after the latter shows better control over his temper and is trying to become a better prince after being inspired by Star's attempts to be a better princess.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Star is a descendant of a peasant who was placed on the throne to hide Meteora for being a monster hybrid. Star is in deep trouble with Meteora who (understandably) wants to take her rightful place on the throne. Not only that but Star is dedicated to solving the monster-Mewman prejudice which was caused by both the original butterfly family and Star's ancestors.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Unwittingly this to Brittney.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: To a much lesser degree than Marco, but Star meets her fair share of Amusing Injuries, too.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Given her age and boy-craziness, Star can become quite smitten when she gains a crush on someone.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Is this to Toffee's plan along with Ludo. Toffee had hoped to ransom her in exchange for his finger, which would fully revive him complete with the magic power of Ludo's wand in his hand. But Star gets through to Ludo and performs the Whispering Spell on his wand, destroying it and being pulled into The Realm of Magic along with Toffee. So while Toffee still ransoms her for his finger and is resurrected, it is without magic power, and thus Star is able to defeat him when she achieves her Super Mode.
    • She also served as this for the Magic High Commission. Star and her ancestors' eligibility for the throne of Mewni was the result of the MHC's meddling and "erasing" Meteora, the rightful heir, from the line of inheritance, all because she was half-monster. But if it had not been for Star's actions, Eclipsa would've remained imprisoned, which had a lot of influence in unearthing the Government Conspiracy.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Despite being a princess, Star is a friendly, helpful, and kindhearted individual.
  • Stepford Smiler: Remarkably good at it. In "Just Friends", Star goes to the Love Sentence concert with Marco and Jackie, surrounded by couples, Marco and Jackie kiss, and Star leaves, but she never stops smiling. Then she blows up the concert sign with green magic, which is powered by negative emotions.
  • Stellar Name: Her name is Star.
  • Summon Magic: Can summon narwhals, dragons, snakes, and other creatures as allies or to supplement her Frickin' Laser Beams. Amusingly, while they do vanish on their own after the spell is cast, sometimes they stick around and have to crawl back to wherever they came from.
  • Super Cute Super Powers: Her combat spells blast enemies with rainbows, hearts, and jellybeans to devastating effect.
  • Super Mode: She briefly turns into a bright yellow butterfly-human hybrid at the end of "The Battle for Mewni" and blasts Toffee with enough power to severely weaken him. Later she starts transforming in her sleep and creating portals to other dimensions. After she successfully reaches The Realm of Magic a second time she gains the ability to transform at will.
  • Superior Successor: Queen Moon was a bit older than Star when she first "Dipped Down".
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Star's Mewberty makes purple heart markers pop all over her body and when she's completely under the effect of Mewberty, her hair, skin and even clothing is purple.
  • Super Strength: Despite Star being a skinny, 14-year-old teenage girl, she's able to easily kick, punch, or simply overpower monsters that are more muscular and bigger than her. She also on occasion wields a mace or sword that's bigger than she is, with no apparent effort. Quite possibly, this is a trait she shares with her people.
  • Superpower Lottery: In a setting with all sorts of mythical monsters, magical creatures, and skilled fighters, Star outshines them all with her wand. With it, she can summon various beasts, create and alter massive constructs, unleash powerful energy blasts, and theoretically destroy the universe. The main thing holding her back from being a story-breaker is her lack of experience and discipline. Naturally, the villains tend to make the wand their primary objective. It's eventually revealed that Star has incredible magic power even without the wand, in addition to superhuman strength and durability.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Non-villainous example. In "Divide", she becomes increasingly agitated at her castle staff's complete inability to think for themselves, up to the point that the chefs don't know how to write a menu. Downplayed because it is implied that they are used to Moon micro-managing everything and they usually do just fine as long as they have clear directions.
  • Taught by Experience: She can easily kick the butts of Ludo's henchmen around, because, prior to getting the family wand, she would spend her time fighting monsters (and taming wild unicorns).
  • Teens Are Short: Averted. Star is 5'2" tall, which would be considered average for a 14-15 year old girl.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Star tends to spam various magical attacks at her enemies, most notably "Narwhal Blast" which fires large numbers of live narwhals at opponents. Perhaps the best example is how she dealt with Toffee. While her mother used a special spell provided by Eclipsa intended to kill immortal beings, Star just hit him with an attack so powerful it burned off most of his flesh and left him on the brink of death.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • While still girly in her own right, compared to her mother Star is the unladylike, hot-blooded, messy tomboy to Moon is the proper, calm, and neat girly girl.
    • She is the girly girl to Janna's tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: The events of Seasons 3 and 4 shake her faith in Mewni's authority figures and even magic itself, to the point that she decides that the best way to stop Mina and produce true equality between Mewmans and monsters is to destroy all magic in existence.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the beginning of Season 3, her experiences on Earth have made Star much more empathetic and willing to talk things out instead of mindlessly rushing into battle. She also becomes the first royal in generations to recognize her family's horrific treatment of monsters and take steps to rectify relations between Mewmans and monsters, unlike her ancestors and parents. She is even willing to risk her life to free Ludo (her arch-enemy) of Toffee's control, which is what ultimately gives her the strength to beat Toffee as described above.
  • Touched by Vorlons: After returning from The Realm of Magic in "Toffee" Star starts to develop abilities that go beyond normal Mewman magic, including creating portals without dimensional scissors and going into her Super Mode without the years of training normally required to do so.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Downplayed. When Star has to leave Earth, she keeps one of Marco's hoodies so she can remember him. Marco isn't dead but the two are close friends and being forced into hiding was a tragic moment for her.
  • Training from Hell: Her father taught her how to survive in the wilderness for 11 days straight without food... or clothing.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her princess dress is light blue and her casual wear is bluish-green.
  • Truly Single Parent: Star is this to the First One, as she created her after triggering the rebirth of The Realm of Magic. Star even calls herself the First One's mother in "Mama Star".
  • Tsundere: In "Battle for Mewni", Star watched Marco from her wand and spoke aggressively about him but still showed signs of her crush on him. The primary example being that she called him a "cute idiot".
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Downplayed; she has a few different outfits which she cycles through, and distinctly wears a new one every time a day passes in an episode. It's still only about four outfits, less than a real person would have, but more than the average cartoon character. Every other character in the show plays the trope straight, making her stand out even more.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Star won the Superpower Lottery with her wand, but starts out dangerously inexperienced. For this reason, she's sent to Earth in the first place. Even more so given she has the same potential as Eclipsa, but her lack of experience makes it clear Eclipsa is still way stronger.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her party at the monster temple in "Monster Bash" lead Miss Heinous to Marco and to her true identity. From then on Meteora ended up losing the rest of her identity and leading an assault on St. Olga's. Which lead to Ponyhead getting her horn ripped off and then becoming the single, most powerful foe that Mewni has ever faced.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Her voice sounds a bit more mature than how she looks and acts.
  • Voice of the Legion: She gets a deep, reverberating voice in her Golden Super Mode. Though only the first time, subsequent times, she keeps her normal voice. The Book of Spells reveals that their are different levels of the form, and she never got the diamond eyes or yellow skin tone during any of the times she willingly entered this mode, suggesting the voice is connected to that version only.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Inverted with Star and her mother, Moon. 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.
  • Was It All a Lie?: The sincerity of Star and Tom's relationship was in a grey area for pretty much its entire run. It was implied that Star was initially using Tom to move on from her crush on Marco. Then it's eventually shown that Star still had some genuine feelings for Tom, after he showed her how much he's changed and how far he's willing to go to be a good person. Then Booth Buddies happens, and then Lake House Fever reveals that Star never intended to tell Tom about what happened in Booth Buddies.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: "Sleep Spells" reveals that Star has issues regarding living up to the enormous pressure her mother puts on her to be the future Queen of Mewni. She often fluctuates between wanting to be nothing like her mother and desiring to be better than her.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Star wishes to put an end to the systemic racism against monsters and stop the Solarian Army from eradicating them. However, her plan to do so involves getting rid of ALL the magic from across the ENTIRE multiverse.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She and Rhombulus established a pretty strong friendship given their similar traits of rushing into things without thinking and not being taken seriously. However, their friendship diminishes when its uncovered that he, along with the other Magical High Commission members, erased Meteora's existence from history. And after Eclipsa took over his body in an attempt to free Globgor, their relationship has become so bitter that they even have a physical fight. And needless to say when Rhombulus tried to frame Eclipsa and Globgor, putting innocents in danger, whatever good feelings she had for him is gone.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Even Star herself admits can't find the reason why she dated Tom the first time around. When she began dating him again under the same circumstances that got them together the first time, it's different. Star at first wanted to get over her feelings for Marco, but began to fully appreciate Tom's attempts to be a better person for her, even though he was going to hurt himself for it. Tom even shows he cares by paying attention to important details like how to celebrate her birthday and is willing to admit when he's not a good boyfriend. That being said, Star really does enjoy Tom being around and she is happier with him than she was when they first dated.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Star's greatest fear is anything to do with St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses. The very name of the said school sends her into panic screaming.
    • She also has coulrophobia (a fear of clowns), as shown in "Cheer Up Star" (though that might have just been because of the unintentionally creepy way that Marco went about with his clown routine). But by "Royal Pain", she seems to have gotten over it, since there was a clown creature in her room, and she didn't seem to mind it. By "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown" this fear has all but disappeared to the point where she's ready and willing to perform a dead clown seance.
  • Windmill Crusader: Zig-Zagged in season 1. Star is from a dimension that's set in the medieval era and non-human beings exist. So when she comes to Earth, she misunderstands several concepts and believes that Earth is home to similar mystical elements. Sometimes, it's a case of believing in a place called "a better store" or believing that a magician is a vampiric being.
  • Winged Humanoid: Grows insectoid wings when going through "mewberty", and she retains them (albeit in greatly reduced size, and without flight capability) after it's over. They're not really visible afterwards because her knee-length hair falls over them. In "Star on Wheels", she manages to get a small burst of flight out of them when she needs to pass over a sinkhole. In season 3, she's able to attain a full mewberty form like her mother, Queen Moon after purifying The Realm of Magic of Toffee's influence.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Her tree spell from "Baby" glows both pink and green, implying that it uses a combination of both Star's light and dark magic.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Star kisses Marco while she's dating Tom. Tom takes it surprisingly well, but it's possible it's because he knew that the Curse of the Blood Moon had something to do with it. It turns out Marco told him about the goblin later. He still took it pretty well before he knew that, though.
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