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See the constellation ride across the sky!
No cigar, no lady on his arm, just a guy made of dots and lines!
They Might Be Giants, "See the Constellation"
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When something or someone is literally made of stars. Perhaps it's part of their nature, perhaps they've acquired it somehow, but one way or the other they have cosmological bodies within themselves. They range from having a "mere" planet to all of existence within themselves.

The degree to which this trope manifests can vary. Some cases will simply have twinkling stars or nebulas overlaying otherwise normal body parts, while more extreme cases will seem to somehow be made of, or to be living windows into, the cosmos. Stars are the most common celestial object to feature and the likeliest to appear by itself and in the more sedate cases. More spectacular examples may also display nebulas, comets, planets, galaxies, and other dramatic celestial objects and phenomena. The background color will generally be black or deep blue, but more unusual shades such as purple may also manifest.

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The owner of the Celestial Body itself can come in many forms, from a seemingly average looking guy, to a marble, to an impossible thing that considers us to be insignificant insects at best. No matter the form, they may also invoke Bigger on the Inside.

Such characters will generally have some connection to the night or the cosmos. The most extreme ones tend to be Reality Warpers/Reality Warping objects of cosmic scale. Regardless of power, they may also have a Stellar Name.

Commonly overlaps with Unmoving Plaid. See Star-Spangled Spandex for what someone with a Celestial Body usually seems to wear.

Not to be confused with angels or gods, whose celestial bodies (if they even have bodies) need not be a Celestial Body, nor should it be confused with a term for naturally occurring objects in space. Or Uma Thurman.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: In Episode 12, after Madoka becomes the goddess "Ultimate Madoka", she and Homura have a scene where they appear like this.
  • In Revolutionary Girl Utena, Anthy is seen lying under Akio's body when he's drawn this way, which besides tying into a repeating motif in the series related to stars references his name, which literally means "morning star" and hints at his other role in the story.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • Celestial Ancient, a birdlike elemental from Ravnica that seems to embody the night sky itself.
    • The gods of the plane of Theros and their servants also have these (which serves a dual purpose, triune if you add "looking really cool", in that it serves as visual shorthand for "enchantment creature"). The mortal locals refer to this as being "infused with Nyx", Nyx being the land of the night sky and the home of the gods which mortals visit through dreams.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has Astrograph Sorcerer (whose anime lore states he governs space-time to boot), and to a minor extent Ido the Supreme Magical Force, that looks the role but is actually based on the Id of Freudian psychology.

    Comic Books 
  • Last Man Standing has Hex, who has the entire universe in him in a Star-Spangled Spandex version of this trope.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • A-Force: Singularity, a heroine introduced in 2015 comic, is a living pocket universe.
    • The Brood Saga: Carol's transformation into Binary leaves her with glowing, deep-red skin and fiery corona emanating from her skin, likening her to a red giant star.
    • The Infinity Gauntlet: For a few pages, but one large spread in particular, Thanos takes on this appearance after defeating Eternity and assuming his position as embodiment of the universe.
  • Shakara: Void is a sentient humanoid dwarf galaxy who is recruited by Valentine to hunt down Shakara.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Nemesis' form is a female humanoid made of shadow with flecks of starlight scattered throughout and two strips of bright light in place of eyes.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Fantasia: At the end of the Pastoral Symphony sequence, it's not clear whether the night is Nyx's body or her mantle.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Secret Garden (1993): Discussed with the story Mary tells Colin regarding a boy who had a whole universe down his throat, which he says is stupid and impossible.

    Literature 
  • In Animorphs, when the Ellimist takes A Form You Are Comfortable With, he appears as a fairly ordinary-looking person except for Pointy Ears and his eyes, which are filled with stars like looking into deep space.
  • ConSentiency: The Caleban species makes this particularly literal by being actual stars (as in, "giant gravity-powered fusion reactors with planets around them") that are sapient.
  • Discworld:
    • In Pyramids, one of the multiple (and simultaneous) mythological explanations of night in Djelibeybi is that the sky goddess arches her (moon-and-star-containing) body over the land.
    • Fate's eyes consist of a starry night sky.
  • In The Divine Comedy, the Eagle of Justice who speaks from Jupiter is made from the sentient soul-stars of the just kings, who shine as strongly as the Sun itself.
  • Heralds of Valdemar: The Star-Eyed Goddess Kalenel is named for the impression one gets when looking into her eyes, which appear as fields of endless stars somehow contained within her face. Her Avatars, once-mortal servants, also have these eyes.
  • ILLUMINATED: The Primordials. They could be as large as entire star systems. The youngest and last remaining one, however, is a vaguely humanoid cluster of stars no more than six inches across.
  • In The Kane Chronicles the sky goddess Nut is seen at night, and naturally sports this trope.
  • Malloreon: Zandramas, the Big Bad, has stars beneath her skin, which increase in number as the books go on. After her side is defeated, her body tears apart and the stars within it fly off to replace a missing galaxy.
  • The Orphan's Tales: The Stars, who also act as a sort of Fantasy Pantheon. First, they were lights in the sky. Most of them chose to come down to earth, but still claim to their homes in the firmament. On Earth they take various forms, some humanoid, some not, but most of them have a blazing white look to them, and when cut, they bleed powerful liquid magic.
  • Star Challenge: one path in "The Exploding Suns" book features a Hive Mind that has made a large body composed of the solidified energy of one thousand suns to explore another dimension.
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The wizards Coriakin and Ramandu are actually stars living on earth as either punishment or a sort of temporary retirement, respectively.
  • In Warrior Cats, the warriors of StarClan have stars in their pelts.

    Live-Action TV 

    Myths & Religion 
  • Classical Mythology: A lot of people and monsters were turned into constellations, the most famous being Orion.
  • Egyptian Mythology: The sky goddess Nut was traditionally depicted with stars across her skin, and may have been the Ur-Example.
  • In Hindu Mythology:
    • One interpretation of Vishnu's blue color is that he contains the entire universe within himself, and therefore resembles the night sky.
    • In one story of Krishna's incarnation as a Physical God, his human foster-mother Yashoda sees him eat dirt as a toddler, opens his mouth, and sees the entire cosmos and the primordial serpent Shesha within his body.

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    Podcasts 
  • Cool Kids Table: Void from The Chimera Program arc is a person-shaped black hole, though eventually their friends become able to see stars inside of their being.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Call of Cthulhu campaign The Fungi from Yuggoth, section "Day of the Beast". When the Sphinx is turned into the Beast (an avatar of Nyarlathotep) its face falls off, revealing a black oval void filled with whirling suns and galaxies.
  • Dragonstar features a space dragon that looks like a night sky.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: The Starborn, a race of extraplanar humanoids with black skin patterned with stars and constellations. They share this appearance with their creator god, Erreun, who takes the shape of a Starborn covered in golden stars.
  • Invisible Sun allows vislae to learn a spell that summon a low-level Starlight Servant to help them out. The being is made of starlight in the rough outline of a body and can perform basic tasks, like making tea or bringing the caster books.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Mix couatls' scales and feathers range from deep blues and violets to blacks deeper than the night, interspersed with white spots like stars and red stripes like the rays of the setting sun.
    • A pleroma's body appears as nothing so much as a roughly humanoid portal to a field of stars, nebulas and galaxies, constantly burning bright, flickering out and shining back out of the darkness, again and again and again.
    • Black Butterfly, an empyreal lord associated with the night, has pure black skin dotted with white points and wings that resemble sheets of the night sky shaped like butterfly wings.

    Video Games 
  • Diablo: Trag'oul is described as a dragon whose entire body is made from stars, and who bears the world on his spine.
  • In DragonFable, we have Isiri, whose torso is seemingly made of stars. This is probably to underline her connection with the Empress.
  • Guild Wars: Factions has the Nahpui Quarter. To become Closer to the Stars, a necessary step in the main plot, the heroes must defeat four celestial spirits who embody this trope.
  • In Heroes of Might and Magic VI Shades of Darkness, the upgrade of the Shadow Dragon, the Black Dragon, according to their in-game description, have on their wings "intricate patterns of light constantly dissolving, like galaxies being swallowed by the eternal darkness of space."
  • Marco and the Galaxy Dragon: Arco’s true form is a black dragon with stars and nebulae contained in both its wings and the miasma surrounding its body, and her Sleep-Mode Size form’s mouth is shown to contain a field of stars at one point. There’s also the Lizard Stone, which has a miniature galaxy swirling within its depths.
  • LEGO Dimensions: The Big Bad, Lord Vortech, appears to be a Lego Minifigure made out of an entire galaxy. This also applies to his mooks, who are versions of him without any of his clothing or his face.
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime: The bosses at the end of each world are constellations that come to life.
  • Starbound plays with this in regards to the Novakid race. Rather than being full of stars like most examples, they're made of star, singular, as in hot, swirling masses of gas and plasma (held together by a magnetic metal brand). To further the theme, old Novakid tend to grow bigger and fatter as their forces grow weaker, and adopt a reddish hue, like a red giant (don't call them that, though), and literally go supernova when they die (smaller scale, of course), to the point Novakid funerals have to be done on mountaintops, with friends and family staying below.
  • Super Mario Galaxy:
    • Cosmic Clones resemble Mario and Luigi, but appear to be made of stars.
    • Super Mario Galaxy 2: The Cosmic Guide resembles Rosalina (the woman who helped Mario/Luigi on his quest to save both Peach and the entire galaxy from Bowser in the first game), but her body is made of stars. She helps the player complete a certain level only after it is failed too many times. Unfortunately, the Guide thinks that that's cheating, and as a result once she completes the level for you she will immediately give you a bronze Power Star because of your ineptitude.
  • Tiny Bird Garden: Nova's body is textured to resemble a starry sky.
  • Touhou: Utsuho the Hell-Raven has a cape that has the starry depths within them. It represents her control of nuclear fusion, the power of the stars.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • Algalon is one of the constellars, massive humanoids who resemble living constellations and were entrusted to observe Titan-ordered planets. He also drops daggers that look like this.
    • Also various celestial mounts, such as the Celestial Steed, Gryphon and Wyvern.
    • Balance Druids can also use a glyph that allows them to transform into starry versions of their humanoid forms instead turning into big fat purple owlbears.
    • A similar boss appears in Mists of Pandaria; the Astral Cloud Serpent, Elegon. His battlefield even turns players into Human model that follows the same aesthetic.
  • Destiny 2 has the Carina Nebula cosmetic for the Graviton Lance pulse rifle, which changes part of the weapon (a copper conductor of some description) into fancy starstuff. It also uses parallax scrolling type effects to create an illusion of depth so that the piping looks almost like a 'window' that reveals an extradimensional space "behind" the weapon.

    Webcomics 
  • Hackbent: Blue Space Ghost's body seems to be made out of a blue galaxy.
  • Homestuck:
    • Anyone with First Guardian powers seems to have their entire bodies be full of stars when they use them.
    • The Genesis Frogs bred by players of each Sburb session take it further, in that each is literally an entire universe. Similarly, Snowman appears to have such a link to the Alternia universe; killing her caused the universe's destruction.
  • In Nedroid, Reginald tries to pick up a lady with space pants.
  • Xenobiosis: The female being in the prologue is shown to have such a body, blending in with the starscape she walks and sits upon.

    Western Animation 
  • Ben 10: Celestialsapiens have a black bodies resembling space with tiny white stars scattered throughout.
  • Danny Phantom: Nocturne, the ghost of sleep, has his entire body except his eyes and face-mask as stars in space.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Ursa Major and the Ursa Minor (once pictured above) are colossal, translucent bears with stars covering and/or inside their bodies. Notably, while the Ursa Minor is a fairly typical deep blue, the Ursa Major is purple instead.
    • Princess Luna and her Superpowered Evil Side Nightmare Moon have ethereal, deep blue manes and tails resembling flowing nebulae filled with stars, symbolizing their magical powers over the night.
    • The Tantabus, a nightmare entity created by Luna as a way to punish herself for her acts as Nightmare Moon, starts out as an amorphous cloud of inky blackness dotted with stars. It eventually grows into a towering, unicorn-like shape, but even then it still appears as a faceless, featureless outline containing nothing but darkness and scattered stars.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Omnitraxus Prime, the master of space-time, appropriately has a body made of space, with a visible galaxy and a few planets within.
  • Rick and Morty has Supernova, a superhero made of a collapsing star.
  • Shadow Raiders: The Beast Planet's generals, due to being constructs of null matter, all have translucent red bodies that seem to be filled with stars and nebulae.

 
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Lateef is a dragon who's wings and hair resembles a starry night. Considering he's a dragon from Dream Weavers, this is to be expected.

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