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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"

When something or someone is, or looks like their are, made of stars. Perhaps it's part of their nature, perhaps they've acquired it somehow, but one way or the other they either have a body patterned uncannily light the night sky or actively have cosmological bodies within themselves.

The manner in 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. The most extreme cases forgo an "overlay" effect entirely are instead something closer to Energy Beings, with bodies made out translucent or transparent energy patterned with floating lights.

The owner of the Celestial Body itself can come in many forms, from relatively mundane beings who so happen to be walking around with pictures of the universe on their skin 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. Some are night-themed magical creatures or wizards, while others are celestial beings who descended from the stars and to the earthly world. 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.


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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.
  • 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.
  • Ayakashi Triangle: When corrupted Lippy uses her technique Love Wave, she lifts her skirt to shows a galaxy underneath it

  • Codex Inversus: Stargazing cows are livestock raised in the Angelic Unison that have blue-black fur studded with faintly glowing pinpricks.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • Astral Dragon is covered entirely by a luminous star field, with the brighter connected by constellation lines.
    • 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 have fields of darkness filled with stars and nebulae covering every part of their bodies that would normally be in shadow (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 
  • The DCU:
    • Teen Titans: Pre-New 52, Solstice was just a girl in flowing golden robes, but after the reboot she gets redesigned as looking sort of like a human-shaped black nebula with bluish Volcanic Veins.
    • The Sandman: Overture: The Anthropomorphic Personification of Night appears to have dark blue skin with stars and other cosmic objects shining through it. The story also includes personifications of individual stars, but they are each just one solid glowing color.
    • 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.
  • 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 whose body and hair are a solid, star-speckled blue.
    • Avengers: Back to Basics: In the final issue, the future, cosmically-empowered Kamala has night-dark skin dotted with twinkling stars.
    • The Black Vortex: Side-effects of submission to the Black Vortex include all shading being replaced with a starry night sky.
    • 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.
    • Eternity, the living embodiment of the universe, is an exaggerated example — his body is essentially a humanoid window into the cosmos, bearing only simple facial features superimposed over a dark field of stars, nebulae, planets, and spiral galaxies.
  • The Sandman: Overture: The personification of Night has dark blue skin with stars and other cosmic objects shining through it. The story also includes personifications of individual stars, but they are each just one solid glowing color.
  • Shakara: Void is a sentient humanoid dwarf galaxy who is recruited by Valentine to hunt down Shakara.

    Fan Works 
  • Codex Equus: The three Cosmic Sovereigns each appear to be composed of part of a star's life cycle. Genesis is a nebula, Perpetuity is a healthy star, and Void is a black hole.
  • Eigengrau Zwei: Die Welt Ist Grau Geworden: The Celestial inhabitants of the Forge of Fate are living constellations. At least, that's how Blackbird contextualises them.
  • The Kaskade Region: The body of the Space Whale Endram-Odai is made of glowing stellar energy patterned with abstract constellation diagrams.
  • Pony POV Series: The two Alicorn Elders have this. Justified, as they're the personifications of the Existence and Life. In both cases, the stars are implied to to be souls residing inside them. The Father is Heaven and thus looks like the night sky in the shape of a pony, Fauna Luster is the source of all souls and looks like a nebula in the shape of a pony.
  • Pure Light: The Starwing clan of dragons are characterized by a pattern on their wings that resemble a starry night sky.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse:
    • As in canon, Princess Luna's mane and tail, though it's a minor spell that she generally leaves on at all times rather than her natural hair.
    • Also, the Star Beasts. Most dwell in the heavens, but the Ursas Major and Minor have taken up residence in the Everfree Forest for some reason.
  • Sharing the Night: After bonding with the stars, Twilight's mane and tail become flowing fields of night-black magic sparkling with stars, similar to Luna's. Luna's mane, in turn, ceases to be this and instead becomes a silvery-white field similar to the surface of the moon.
  • SporeWiki Fantasy Universe: Infinitum's body resembles the night sky, with stars shining across its surface and with a pair of particularly bright ones serving as her eyes.
  • Tantabus Mark II: The second Tantabus looks like a piece of the night sky shaped to resemble an alicorn.
  • To Be A Female Eminence In Shadow: In Chapter 50, Arisa creates a gigantic angel-like construct Made of Magic whose body is patterned after the night sky. After it disappears, hundreds of its feathers are left, having the same night sky patterns on it.

    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.

  • 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.
  • Avesta of Black and White: When the Archdemon Khvarenah reveals his more combat ready Astral Body he is shown to be in possession of a cape woven from the fabric of 500 galaxies leading to this effect whenever it is shown.
  • The Belgariad: Zandramas' flesh becomes more and more starry as the series continues, much to her dismay. When Cyradis chooses the other side, her body tears apart and the stars within it fly off to repair the Accident. It's not clear if she's still sentient at this point.
  • 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:
    • 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.
  • The Divine Comedy: The Eagle of Justice who speaks from Jupiter is made from the sapient soul-stars of the just kings, who shine as strongly as the Sun itself.
  • Good Omens: The wings of Azrael, the angel of death, are described as black holes cut out of space with a scattering of lights gleaming in the darkness, which might be stars or might be something else entirely.
  • Heralds Of Rhimn: Alluari, Goddess of the Stars, is implied to look likes this through her fountain statues, which are made out of black quartz with bright flecks like stars.
  • 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.
  • The Kane Chronicles: The sky goddess Nut has deep blue skin studded with stars, and her body forms the vault of the night sky.
  • 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 Stormlight Archive: Highspren appear as human-shaped voids through which starry skies can be seen.
  • 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.
  • Warrior Cats: The spirits of the deceased cats in StarClan have stars in their pelts.

    Live-Action TV 

    Myths & Religion 
  • Egyptian Mythology: The sky goddess Nut was traditionally depicted with stars across her skin, and may have been the Ur-Example.
  • 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.


  • 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 
  • Battlezoo: Temporal manifestations appear as roughly humanoid-shaped voids filled with images of the night sky. The images are that of time moving in all directions at once: stars dying and being reborn, galaxies expanding and collapsing, universes forming from a singularity then dissipating into a cold, lifeless, dark ending.
  • Call of Cthulhu: In the 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:
    • Maws of Acamar, avatars of the corpse-star of the same name, look like humanoid starscapes clad in tattered robes.
    • Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition: Circle of Stars druids can transform themselves into living constellations for short periods of time instead of the usual druid powers of transforming into animals. To start with, the Starry Form allows them to simply take on a few characteristics of their constellations, mainly joints that shine like stars and are connected by glowing lines; high-leveled star druids eventually become somewhat intangible as they more fully become cosmic beings, with accompanying resistance to all mundane forms of attack while in constellation form.
  • Tabletop Game//Exalted: While the Unconquered Sun has taken on many forms, such as his current appearance as a kingly human with four arms as a mark of respect to humanity or his previous guise of a Draconic Humanoid in tribute to the Dragon Kings, his true form is implied to be a golden and pitch-black dragon studded with supernovas.
  • 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.
  • Midgard: A void dragon is seemingly formed of the night sky and has bright white stars for eyes. Lesser stars twinkle in the firmament of its body.
  • Numenera: Nepenths — AI-like entities that serve as the tenders and guardians of the vast simulated world of the Thon Iridescence — resemble cloaked humanoids whose hood contain only a lonely starscape.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Crownbound constellations are roughly humanoid beings made out of swirling blue energy and dotted with stars.
    • 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 
  • Bayonetta: The final boss, Jubileus, shows this effect when Bayonetta starts breaking away her Sculpted Physique. This is in contrast to most enemies from Paradiso, who are normally a mess of Gorn and Eyes Do Not Belong There.
  • Cookie Clicker: Antimatter Grandmas are grandmother-shaped blobs of starry sky texture.
  • 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.
  • Diablo: Trag'oul is described as a dragon whose entire body is made from stars, and who bears the world on his spine.
  • DragonFable: Isiri's torso is seemingly made of stars. This is probably to underline her connection with the Empress.
  • Fire Emblem Heroes: Ginnungagap, the ruler of the nothingness, has skin made of the void of outer space, due to being an Eldritch Abomination that is one with the nothingness itself.
  • Fortnite: The "Galaxy" costume, one of the default male outfits, gives the character it's applied to an indigo-to-violet gradient palette dotted with stars, with tow addition lights orbiting around the head.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Loop Hero: The Lich Omicron has a void filled with stars inside his ribcage and skull. When killed, the void and stars pour out of him.
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime: The constellations fought as bosses at the end of each level have a faint pattern of stars over their robotic bodies.
  • Marco & 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.
  • Oddity: The Modern Mind enemy has a glowing ball of energy for a head and stars dotted over its humanoid form.
  • Spyro the Dragon: Many Dream Weavers have feathered wings patterned to look like the night sky with stars.
  • Starbound plays with this in regards to the Novakid race. Rather than being full of stars like most examples, they're made of a 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.
  • Terraria: The Twilight dye gives armor a moving overlay of the night sky.
  • Tiny Bird Garden: Nova's body is textured to resemble a starry sky.
  • Touhou Project: 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.
  • Valley of Unicorns: Mystic Void alicorns have blue fur and feathers patterned with stars and nebulae.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • Algalon is one of the constellars, massive humanoids who resemble living constellations — in-game, he's a translucent, glowing blue figure patterned with stars connected by glowing lines — and were entrusted to observe Titan-ordered planets.
    • The Celestial Steed and the Astral Cloud Serpent are, respectively, a winged horse and Chinese dragon made out of uniform, translucent blue, star-patterned energy. A boss version of the latter, Elegon, is fought in Mists of Pandaria. His battlefield even turns players into Human model that follows the same aesthetic.
    • 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.

    Visual Novels 
  • Shinza Bansho Series: The Gods all have bodies such as these on the inside. While it normally isn't visible, when they get seriously injured the universal sky can be visible from the wounds.

  • 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, and have bodies patterned with star fields and galaxies.
    • In places where Snowman's body is in shadow, it's covered in white stars and small galaxies.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons: While the outside of Aspected Chaos' body is slate-gray, it is formed of ribbon-like strips that shift around her; the inside is a void full of stars.
  • Nedroid: Reginald tries to pick up a lady by asking if she's wearing space pants as a set up for a pick-up line, but it turns she's actually wearing space pants covered in stars, which her astronaut boyfriend got for her.
  • Xenobiosis: The female being in the prologue is shown to have such a body, blending in with the starscape she walks and sits upon.

    Web Original 
  • Higherworld OCT: The denizens of the constellation island, the Constels, are animal-like creatures with constellations glowing on their bodies.

    Web Video 
  • Dollightful:
    • Nova of the Stock Box series was created with a "Galaxy" theme, the first chosen by fans. Her body is a mix of dark blue and purple, dotted with dozens of stars.
    • Nyx, the first official dragon of the Dragon series, has a similar colour palette, with multiple constellations stitched into her wings.
  • Origins SMP: The Starborne origin, held by Smajor and Sparklez, is essentially a sentient shooting star. They have the ability to launch themselves through the air, fire a laser that deals 3 hearts of damage, and have a number of status effects when outside at night. They also take double fire damage, take more damage when not outside at night, have a chance to get Blindness and Slowness X for 6 seconds any time they take damage, and explode upon death (done by automatically summoning a charged creeper that instantly explodes).

    Western Animation 
  • Ben 10: Celestialsapiens have 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.
  • The Dragon Prince: Signifying his connection with the heavens, the fallen Startouch Elf, Aaravos, appears to have a pattern resembling a glimmering field of stars across his body.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Ursa Major and the Ursa Minor 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tutenstein: Nut's skin is composed of the night sky, dotted with white stars.


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Alternative Title(s): Body Of Stars



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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