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Just wait until she starts shooting meteors and frickin' galaxies.

"May the seven stars bring judgement upon you. Seven Star Sword, GRAND CHARIOT!"
Jellal Fernandes, Fairy Tail

Related to Lunacy and The Power of the Sun, Star Power is magic fueled by, of course, the stars.

Generally comes in one of three forms: "Classical," "Lovecraftian" and "Aesthetic." "Classical" star power, derived from the traditional use of the stars and the motions of the planets to predict the future, is concerned primarily with fate and divination. "Lovecraftian" star power takes its cues from H. P. Lovecraft (of course) and evokes the unfathomable otherness and distance of the stars and whatever inhabitants they may have. "Aesthetic" star power uses stars as a motif and a visual for light, heat and energy, but doesn't take cues from either of the above sources.

Don't be surprised if your Star Powered-character refers frequently to constellations, perhaps referring to the influence of the Western Zodiac and other planetary bodies. As an offense, the stars may be helpful to Light 'em Up. Causing meteors to fall from the sky to strike your opponents is not out of the question for either type. On the opposite side of the scale, this may extend itself to power that comes from galaxies or even the entire universe.


Often the reasoning behind using something made of Thunderbolt Iron. If the person who uses Star Power is actually made of stars, see Celestial Body.

For related "space" powers, see Gravity Master and Reality Warper. Not to be confused with the webcomic Star Power or that other Star Power.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Cardcaptor Sakura, the whole second series is about her having to transfer the Clow Cards from their old energy source (The Sun and the Moon, which her predecessor used) over to her power source - the power of her star.
  • EDENS ZERO: Both Elsie Crimson and Justice (both Expies of Erza Scarlet and Jellal respectively) use the Ether Gear Star Drain, which absorbs the ether/magic/life force of the planets they're on to fashion armors and weapons. According to Justice, this Ether Gear was known during the Dark Ages as "Heavenly Body Magic", a power that could control the stars. They both even use similar spells, such as Grand Chariot.
  • Fairy Tail
  • As shown in the image, Cure Twinkle "the Princess of Twinkling Stars" from Go! Princess Pretty Cure uses stars as her primary powers. She also uses Moon-based shields.
  • HappinessCharge Pretty Cure! has a star-themed heroine with Cure Fortune, whose introductory phrase is "The star of hope that glitters in the night sky".
  • Viviano Westwood from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean has the Stand, Planet Waves, which summons meteors towards his location, using them to hit his opponents.
  • Nanoha Takamachi from Lyrical Nanoha has two themes: Stars and a Feather Motif. To perform her Starlight Breaker, she gathers the residual energy left by magical attacks in a battlefield in form of thousands of starlights. Other characters who know Breaker magic are Reinforce Eins, who copied it from Nanoha, Teana Lanster, who learned it from Nanoha, and Miura Rinaldi, who also has a star themed Intelligent Device with the name Star Saber. In Miura's case, her attacks are mostly close-ranged based and her two most powerful attacks have the names Bakken: Seiōha ("Sword-draw: Starbright Blade") and Bakken: Tenshō Seiōha ("Sword-draw: Heaven-piercing Starbright Blade").
  • Saint Seiya is built on this early on, with both heroes and villains taking their powers from a constellation (From Pegasus Seiya to Gemini Saga). Later enemies had other sources for their powers, though.
  • In the manga version of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Kaiser's monsters are all named after stars, specifically those of the constellation Draco.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, every known resident of the Barian World is loosely named after one of the stars of the Big Dipper: Durbe after Dubhe, Alit after Alioth, Misael after Mizar, Gilag after Merak and Vector after Phecda.
  • Pamoon, one of the Millennium Mamodos from Zatch Bell!, has spells revolved around this.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • Some White spells reference starlight.
    • A few "Star" artifacts offer this power in the form of mana. For example, Chromatic Star adds one mana of any color while North Star allows you to cast a spell by paying its cost with any type of mana.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Members of Sacred/Constellar archetype are named after stars, clusters of stars, or in a few cases, whole galaxies. Most of them are named after stars in the constellations of the Western Zodiac.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU has had several characters powered by the stars, in about the same way Superman is powered by the Sun: Starman (in the golden age), Hawkman (at some period in silver/bronze age), and Dr. Regulus (A Legion Of Superheroes villain).
  • In a Hellboy/Batman/Starman crossover comic, a group of neo-Nazis build a machine to collect power from the stars in order to awaken an Eldritch Abomination.
  • X-Men: In Emperor Vulcan, Vulcan knocks Havok out of a space station. Instead of dying, Havok absorbs power from a star and defeats Vulcan.

    Fan Fiction 
  • In RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse, Princess Luna can summon meteor strikes as a counter to Corona's ability to summon solar flares to roast things that displease her.
  • In Pokédex, Ledian gain their energy by absorbing starlight, relying on the strange wavelengths of distant stars.

  • Dante's Paradiso keeps with ancient cosmologies in attributing the creation of all of Earth's elements to the power of the stars. They have this unique influence due to being directly created by God, making it so that they could never be corrupted or destroyed (again, in keeping with astronomy of the time). The only thing on Earth created in the manner of the stars is the human soul, which is why it remains immortal even if the body dies for a little while.
  • In My Brother Is A Superhero, Zack gets three glowing stars on his chest when he's given his powers, and thus takes on the hero name "Star Guy."note  It turns out that he needs exposure to starlight or his powers begin to fade.
  • The Stars, a semi-divine race in The Orphan's Tales. Their magic is powerful, but also drawn from their very essence, so that as time goes by, the Stars collectively grow weaker and weaker, and hide themselves away more often.
  • In The Silmarillion, this was the domain of Valar Varda, the lady of stars. Afterwards, the elves became always associated and very fond of starlight ("Eldar" more or less means "of the stars" in Quenya), though sadly few show such magic.
  • In Star Darlings, the Starlings live on a star, use their magic to grant wishes to humans, and travel to Earth as shooting stars.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Kamen Rider Fourze, both heroes and villains are powered by cosmic energy, but the villainous Zodiarts fit best because they're themed after constellations.
  • The Uchu Sentai Kyuranger draw their power from constellations.

     Mythology and Religion 

  • The villains of Sequinox are literally stars taking humanoid form, so of course they can access this.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • One type of warlock in fourth edition is the Star Pact warlock, which gains its powers by making a pact with an Eldritch Abomination that lives among the stars.
    • Conceptually, at least, the Master of the Starry Night paragon path from the Arcane Power supplement is all about cutting out the eldritch abomination middleman in favor of discovering and harnessing the presumably more natural power of the stars themselves.
    • Greyhawk: Celestian is the deity of space and the stars. He has a number of space/star related powers, including Aurora Borealis, Comet, Meteors, Space Chill, and Starshine.
    • When the Sky Falls, a third party sourcebook, revolves around adding meteors and celestial bodies to a player's campaign setting. Naturally, it has a ton of new star-themed spells for wizards, up to including a whole new "plasma" damage typenote .
  • Exalted: The Sidereal Exalted get a variant on this, especially in the form of Astrology, where they can weave alternate fates that grant them benefits to certain tasks based on the constellation they're using.
  • Pathfinder sorcerers can choose Starsoul as a bloodline, which means their inherent magical powers come from some hereditary link to the stars and the empty void. They get space-oriented bonus spells and even eventually develop physiological changes, such as immunity to cold or no longer needing to breathe, to let them survive in the void of space.
  • Warhammer: One of the eight Winds of Magic is Azyr, the Wind of Heavens, whose lore is sometimes called Astromancy. It's mostly the Classical (fate manipulation and divination plus meteors) type, but with added aeromantic and lightning-based spells for combat — in classical thought, meteors and comets were considered sub-lunar (atmospheric, in our terms) phenomena, and thus fundamentally similar to lightning, wind and weather.

  • In BIONICLE, the Toa Inika were transformed via a bolt of energy from the Red Star. "Inika" means "energies of a star" in their language. However, in practice all this means is that Shock and Awe is added to their usual elemental abilities.

    Video Games 
  • Bloodborne has the A Call Beyond hunter tool. It's item description refers to it as creating a small exploding star, and it packs the power to back up that claim.
  • Disgaea has "star magic" and mages as a Non-Elemental spell element.
  • The "Astral" magic of Dominions. Among the heaviest users of Astral magic is the Illithids of R'lyeh.
  • Dungeons of Dredmor has the Astrology skill, which grants a number of star-themed spells. While mostly a defensive skill that grants buffs and traps, the capstone spell The Stars Aligned blasts everything around the caster for a lot of Aethereal damage.
  • EarthBound and Mother 3 have PK Starstorm, a powerful PSI technique that manifests itself as falling stars which deal massive damage.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • As part of Nirn's Alien Sky, the sun and stars are actually holes punctured between Mundus (the mortal realm) and Aetherius (the realm of magic) during the Dawn Era by Magnus and his et'Ada ("original spirit") followers (now known as the Magna Ge) when they realized that helping to create Mundus would severely weaken them and permanently bind them to it. Magic now flows into Mundus through the sun and stars, visible in the night sky as nebulae, which means that Nirn has literal star power behind its magic.
    • The extinct Ayleids (Wild Elves) believed that starlight was the most "sublime" form of magic, and venerated anything which fell from the heavens, particularly meteorite iron, which they would craft into their "Ayleid Wells" which channeled and restored magicka.
    • The Nedes, human ancestors to most of the modern races of Men, had the study and worship of the stars and constellations as a major part of their culture. They also worshiped beings known as "celestials." Exactly who or what they were is not known. (Theories posit that early forms of the Aedra, Magnus and the Magna Ge, or some other unknown set of divine beings are all possibilities.) Given that the Nedes were once slaves to the Ayleids, it is possible they picked up this cultural trait from them.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy XIV added the Astrologian job in its first expansion, Heavensward. In lore, Astromancy was originally developed in Sharlayan for divination, though it was later refined to draw upon the power of the stars to alter fate rather than merely predict it. In Stormblood, it is also revealed to form a powerful syngergy with Geomancy. Gameplay-wise, it's a healer job with an astrology flavour to its skill names and animations with the unique ability to draw random cards that give buffs to its teammates.
    • Olan/Orran from Final Fantasy Tactics, whose class is "Astrologist" and whose only skill prevents most enemies from acting.
  • In the Kirby series stars show up as a motif in many of Kirby's weapons and items (Warp Star, Star Rod, Triple Star) and in the design for his copy ability hats. The anime mentions at one point that Kirby's power comes from stars. Some of the Final Bosses have an association with stars as well, most prominently Nightmare and Galactic Nova.
  • In the world of League of Legends, the stars are tied to celestial beings whose powers extend far beyond the normal reach of humans, but have in some way made it onto their lands, most specifically the denizens around the skyscraping Mount Targon. As a result, a few playable champions have some ties to star magic.
  • Star Man from Mega Man 5. He was followed by Astro Man in Mega Man 8 (as well as Mega Man & Bass).
  • The Starburst spell from the Might and Magic series.
  • In Pokémon, there's a Normal-type special move called Swift, an attack that fires star-shaped rays to the opponent (or two opponents during double battle) and it cannot miss.
  • Otani Yoshitsugu from Sengoku Basara is astrology-obsessed (his title is "Sky Watcher") and believes in a red comet that is a harbinger of human misery and that he will invoke it. All his powers are astrology-themed, named after constellations, stars, planets, or mythological beings associated with stars.
  • Star Ocean: The Second Story, among its overload of elements, had "Star" as distinct from both "Light" and "Vacuum" (which itself was distinct from "Void"). Most of the Star-elemental spells were cast by Celine. When the PSP version greatly simplified the element system, Star-elemental spells were merged into Light.
  • Zerase from Suikoden V has the unique Star Rune, which uses Star Power to completely eviscerate foes from the early going.
  • The Super Mario Bros. franchise has always had a strong association with stars, starting with the Starman Invincibility Power-Up and strengthened by Star Shaped Coupons later on.
  • Terraria has the Star Cannon, a powerful pre-Hardmode weapon that uses Fallen Stars as ammunition. While somewhat impractical due to the rareness of Fallen Stars, a well-prepared Star Cannon can demolish most early bosses easily.
  • In Touhou, Marisa Kirisame uses spells themed around stars (and to a lesser extent, galaxies, comets, and so on). Likewise for Mima (who is widely assumed to be Marisa's teacher). And the fairy Star Sapphire is literally powered by starlight, as well as having a star-based spellcard theme.
  • Star Magic in Wizard101 places a bubble around the caster for four rounds, having an effect on all incoming and/or outgoing spells.
  • In Puyo Puyo and its parent series Madou Monogatari, Witch's spells (Meteor, Tachyon, Black Hole, Quasar, Big Bang) are mostly themed around stars and celestial bodies. Even the spells she uses that aren't inherently space-themed tend to have a star motif added to them; her version of Fire creates start-shaped blazes in Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician, and her Accelerate spell creates a small star animation that buzzes around its targets in Saturn Madou Monogatari.

    Web Comics 
  • Those with First Guardian powers in Homestuck. They get it from the Green Sun, a giant star that's twice the mass of the universe.
  • Star Power is pretty much an example of the "classic" type in a Space Opera setting.
  • Unknown Lands: Elves' intrinsic magic comes from and is tied to the stars, and their "starry death lands".

    Western Animation 

  • Apparently, stars fall under Metal in the Wuxing system.


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