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  • Acting for Two:
    • Alan Tudyk voices King Butterfly and Ludo.
    • Grey DeLisle voices Queen Butterfly and Jackie.
    • Adam McArthur voices Marco Diaz and the Big Chicken in Season 1.
    • Pamela Adlon, Laura Silverman, and Bresha Webb voice all of Pony Head's sisters.
    • Jeff Bennett voices Gemini and King Shastacan and is more noticed by their speech and accent making it ironic that Meteora killed someone with the same voice as the king who striped her birthright. He also voices Principal Skeeves.
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Adam McArthur is an avid martial artist who occasionally competes in tournaments, much like Marco, though he specializes in Judo and wushu, not karate.
    • Ruberiot the songstrel is voiced by Fall Out Boy lead vocalist Patrick Stump. In the Japanese dub, the same character is voiced by Kenichi Suzumura, who is a professional singer as well.
  • Adored by the Network:
    • Disney ordered a second season of the series before the first season began to air. Then they did the same thing with the third season. And the fourth one. As such, it's one of the rare non-preschool Disney series in the 2010s to receive a fourth season.
    • The series received a weekday strip after five episodes.
    • After Gravity Falls ended, the Disney XD social media set all its efforts to turn Star into the new flagship show.
    • The first four episodes of Season 3 aired as a 2 hour TV movie called Star vs. the Forces of Evil: The Battle for Mewni.
  • Banned Episode:
    • "The Banagic Incident" is the only episode of Star vs. the Forces of Evil that is not allowed to air in England.
    • Subverted with the Season 2 episode "Just Friends", which was briefly pulled from both broadcast rotation and the website for unknown reasons. It was strongly believed to be because of the four same-sex couples kissing onscreen in a Freeze-Frame Bonus, but there was no official statement from Disney or evidence to support this, and it was quickly returned to rotation unchanged after fan backlash.
  • Banned in China:
    • When talking about the Getting Crap Past the Radar moments in the show at the Star vs. the Forces of Evil panel during the Gallery Nucleus art show, Daron Nefcy stated that "The Banagic Incident" did not get past England's radar and is the first Banned Episode of the show anywhere.
    • The entire show got banned in Kenya in 2017 due to its depictions (implied or otherwise) of gay couples, as homosexual relations are illegal in that country.
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  • Billing Displacement: In "Crystal Clear"/"The Hard Way", Kevin Michael Richardson, who voices Rhombulus in the first segment, is merely credited under "additional voices" despite his character playing a major role. On the flip side, Michael C. Hall is given top billing as Toffee in the latter segment despite not appearing until the end.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
    • Eden Sher makes her voice acting debut as Star Butterfly.
    • Patrick Stump voices Ruberiot.
    • Michael C. Hall voices Toffee.
    • Jessica Walter voices Miss Heinous.
    • Jenny Slate as Pony Head.
    • Eclipsa is voiced by British actress Esmé Bianco.
    • Zosia Mamet as Hekapoo.
  • Channel Hop:
    • The sneak preview aired on Disney Channel, but the series officially premiered on its sister network Disney XD.
    • The Season 4 episodes premiered on Disney Channel before they reran on Disney XD.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Some fans were irritated by the review by Marcy Cook of The Mary Sue, in which she complained about Marco's "retconned" personality from the pilot, claiming that he "goes from overly safety conscious to martial arts expert looking for adventure." In actuality, Marco was already a martial arts expert and excited at the idea of adventure even in the pilot. Although his "safety conscious" aspect is somewhat downplayed later on, he's still shown to be a rather cautious and careful character. Both of these aspects are present in the pilot:
    Marco: Are there gonna be monsters attacking us all the time?
    Star: Yeah, probably.
    Marco: All right! Sounds so dangerous! Whoa! Let's cross at the light.
  • Creator Backlash: Tom's voice actor, Rider Strong, wasn't very happy with how his character was handled in the latter half of Season 4, mainly the fact that he broke up with Star with a poor excuse just so she could get together with Marco in the end.
  • Creator's Pest: Downplayed. Alfonzo and Ferguson were created by the request of executives who wanted Marco to have male friends. Daron Nefcy admits she had no idea what to do with the characters, and thus ignored them after Season 1. She confirmed, however, that the two would show up again in Season 3, which they did.
  • Descended Creator:
    • Daron Nefcy voices Sabrina and StarFan13.
    • Writer and producer Dominic Bisignano voices the "Bearded Hipster" character in one episode.
  • Dueling Shows: With the move to Disney Channel for Season 4, the show competed against Tangled: The Series, another Disney show about a plucky, blond haired princess. This was especially true since the first half of Season 4 aired on the same day as the rest of Season 2 of Tangled.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • A positive example. The original pitch for the series had Star as a grade school girl who believed she had magical powers due to an overactive imagination. A Disney Animation executive suggested to Daron Nefcy that she should give Star real magical powers, something which both Nefcy and the Disney execs ended up loving.
    • Alfonzo and Ferguson were added because Disney requested Marco have male friends. Daron Nefcy resented this and used them as little as possible.
  • Fake Brit:
    • American Grey DeLisle gives Queen Moon a British accent.
    • Alan Tudyk, an American, also voices King River with a British accent.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Fred Tatasciore, an American, voices Buff Frog with a Russian accent.
    • Rob Paulsen, an American, uses a Scandinavian accent when voicing Gustav. Though it becomes subverted when it's revealed that Gustav is actually an American kid, with Rob Paulsen using his natural voice. It's then played straight again when he pretends to be a French kid, with Rob still doing the accent.
  • Fake Mixed Race: Marco is biracial but is voiced by a Caucasian actor.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Marco's fans are called "Meatballs" by Adam McArthur, Marco's voice actor, on his Twitter account.
  • Fandom Nod:
    • "Starco" is the Portmanteau Couple Name for Star/Marco in the fandom, and it's intensely popular. Then comes Season 2's "Mr. Candle Cares", in which Mr. Candle and Marco explicitly say it.
    • While not mentioned in the show itself, the first piece in the musical suite for the climax of "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown" is titled "Jarco Interrupted", named after the Portmanteau Couple Name for Jackie/Marco.
  • Fan Nickname: The tent village of displaced Mewmans that springs up around Moon and River's yurt starting in "Down by the River" has been called the "Moon Colony".
  • Flip-Flop of God: An amusing example of this; Kristen Gish claimed that storyboard artists such as herself have no authority over the characters' sexual orientations, to which fellow storyboard artist Sabrina Cotugno responded that Everyone Is Bi.
  • God Does Not Own This World: When storyboard artist Kristen Gish was asked by a fan if Marco is bisexual, Gish stated that storyboard artists don't have authority over the sexual orientations of the characters. This was hilariously contradicted not long afterward by another storyboard artist, Sabrina Cotugno, cheerfully declaring that Everyone Is Bi in response.
  • He Also Did:
    • Marco's bouncy, happy "Space Unicorn" ringtone? It's by Parry Gripp, the frontman of Nerf Herder, who wrote and performed the theme song to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • Star Butterfly is the first and so far only animated voice acting credit of Eden Sher, best known as Sue Heck in The Middle.
    • Storyboard artist Sabrina Cotugno is also the creator of a webcomic called The Glass Scientists.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Many fans correctly guessed that the lizard guy from the Season 2 opening was an agent hired by Miss Heinous to track down Marco.
    • Many correctly guessed that Toffee was the voice inside the wand that kept speaking to Ludo throughout Season 2 rather than some delusion or third party.
    • Many guessed correctly that the voice in the teaser for The Battle for Mewni was that of a young Queen Moon.
    • "Monster Bash" confirmed the theory that Miss Heinous is Eclipsa's daughter with her monster lover, which was part of an older, more general theory concerning the character being a lost member of the royal family. The episode also reveals that her real name is Meteora Butterfly.
    • A very unpopular former queen comes again to power after what amounts to the deposing of the next-to-last member of an alternate line of rulers, that had been appreciated by their people partly on the basis of said queen's villification, and many malcontents decide to build a community around the figure of said deposed ruler without the latter doing anything to discourage them except at the very start. So yeah, the signs of Moon's Face–Heel Turn were there.
  • In Memoriam: Hazel Hammersley, daughter of series director Aaron Hammersley, died during Easter weekend 2018. The Season 4 premiere was dedicated to her memory.
  • Jossed:
    • Downplayed. Many fans thought that Eclipsa was Queen Butterfly's mother or grandmother.note  However, "Page Turner" reveals that Eclipsa is actually Queen Butterfly's eighth great-grandmother. In a similar ballpark, but not completely accurate to predictions.
    • Many fans assumed that Tom's father was a demon due to the revelation that he gets his anger issues from him. However, the Comic-Con 2017 clip for the rest of Season 3 shows that it is Tom's mother who is a demon while his father is a Mewman.
    • After it was revealed that Eclipsa is not related to Festivia, some fans believed that the latter took an active part on the Government Conspiracy and was at least Ambiguously Evil. "Butterfly Trap", however, shows that she was Switched at Birth with Meteora, most likely dying without any information about her heritage.
  • Lost Episode: While a few screenshots and gifs exist, the original Star and the Forces of Evil pilot has never been released to the public.
  • No Budget: Averted with the show, but played straight with the Marco Live Chat videos which were animated in real-time using Stock Footage from the show and were overall limited in terms of actual animation.
  • The Other Darrin: Keith David replaces Jeffrey Tambor as Glossaryck due to the sexual harassment allegations facing the latter, starting in the Season 3 finale. This is lampshaded by Star after Glossaryck reveals he's been perfectly fine all along:
    Star: Is his voice different?
  • Out of Order:
    • Technically, the only episodes to fall victim to this is "Hungry Larry"/"Spider with a Top Hat", but not only were they written with this in mind, as "Hungry Larry" is the Halloween special, and thus would be premiered around Halloween regardless of how far along the rest of the season was, but they don't make chronological sense where they do fall.note 
    • There's "Stump Day/Holiday Spellical", which aired two weeks after "Monster Bash", but was produced before it. This was to coincide with Christmas.
  • Recycled Script:
    • "St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses" is similar to the Phineas and Ferb episode "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted". It helps that they share one of the same writers, Piero Piluso.
    • The 2 part season 3 finale borrows heavily from "Secret Of The Sundrop" from Tangled: The Series.
    • "Monster Bash" is very similar to the Elena of Avalor episode "Masks of Magic" in that they both focus on throwing an important social gathering to unite various groups/species. The only difference is that Elena's ends happily while Star's doesn't.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
    • Adam McArthur, who plays Marco, and Artt Butler, who plays Mr. Diaz, previously voiced Prince Lee-Char and his military Aide Captain Ackbar on Star Wars: The Clone Wars Mon Cala arc in Season 4.
    • Dennis and Jeremy Birnbaum are Ono and Bunga.
    • In the Japanese dub, Kana Ueda (Star) and Aya Hisakawa (Queen Moon) already worked together in the Lyrical Nanoha franchise as Hayate Yagami and Lindy Harlaown, respectively.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Jeffrey Tambor lost his job voicing Glossaryk before the Season 3 finale following sexual harassment allegations. Keith David took over the role from the Season 3 finale onwards.
  • Rule 34 – Creator Reactions: Sabrina Cotugno has expressed discomfort with the existence of NSFW fan art of the underage characters and the excitement some older fans have over said fan art:
    Cotungo: It's just weird when people make disturbingly on-model sex scenes of children's cartoon characters and talk about how hot it is
  • Schedule Slip: "Is Another Mystery" and "Marco Jr." were originally slated to air on January 22, 2018, but were delayed until March 17 for unknown reasons.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: A peculiar example that technically applies to many more Disney cartoons than this one, but was revealed by an example involving this show in particular. According to Adam McArthur in this video, there's actually a legal obligation of some sort that forbids any crossovers between Disney's animated television properties; at most, they can put in a few references to each other. This came up when he spoke to fans about the (im)possibility of a crossover between Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Gravity Falls.note 
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • The show fell into this in late 2018. Reruns were greatly reduced as it kept going.
    • Moving from Disney XD to Disney Channel didn't mean anything since new episodes aired on Sunday mornings at 8:00 before moving to 7:00, with only Disney XD airing reruns. Also, despite being seen as one of network's best shows, Disney was surprisingly quick to get rid of it after the series finale aired.
  • Talking to Himself: The squares in "Party With a Pony" all have the same voice. It's not that easy to tell, though, since they don't say much in the episode.
  • Teasing Creator:
    • Daron Nefcy once put out pictures of herself and her husband, who Marco is based off of, kissing while cosplaying as Star and Marco.
    • A few hours before "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown" made all Starco shippers cry tears of blood at Jackie and Marco going on a date and kissing, Daron Nefcy tweeted this.
  • Trolling Creator: Trolling network in this case; someone in the social media/promotional department at Disney really knows how to mess with the fandom's head. The trailer for the Season 2 premiere had the "smooch buddies" line, while the trailer for the second half of said season had this shot of briefly mixed in at the end. This was done again with the San Diego Comic-Con 2017 sneak peek for Season 3, which showed Star and Tom's dance from "Club Snubbed" out of context. Though this did turn out to signal the rekindling of the duo's relationship a few episodes later.
  • Voices in One Room: Averted for the most part. Due to many of the actors being either famous and/or having busy schedules, cast members usually record separately. There are some exceptions where some of the cast can record together, like how Adam McArthur (Marco) and Rider Strong (Tom) recorded for the episodes "Frenemies".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The show was originally pitched to Cartoon Network's Cartoonstitute initiative, as well as Nickelodeon.
    • In earlier conceptual versions of the series, Star was a grade schooler who did not have magic powers, but believed she did. Minutes before pitching the series to Disney, an executive asked Daron Nefcy to make Star a teenager and give her real magic powers, with Nefcy adding the "princess from another dimension" aspect in the weeks following the pitch session.
    • Marco was originally going to be named Sol, be obsessed with shows like Dragon Ball Z, and be Star's rival instead of her best friend.
    • Nefcy wanted Pony Head's design to look like she was "drooling, and blood dripping out of the neck – but then really sparkly and really big eyes." She was also originally going to be an imaginary friend prior to actual magic becoming a part of the show's concept.
    • Mina Loveberry was originally going to be an even more overt reference to Sailor Moon. In particular, her theme music was initially written as a close enough copy that Disney's legal department required it to be changed.
    • Concept art for "Hungry Larry" shows some alternative costumes for Marco and Mrs. Diaz, and reveals Jackie was going to make an appearance in the episode wearing a mermaid costume.note 
    • According to this video, during the early stages of development, Grey DeLisle, Queen Moon and Jackie's voice actress, was one of the candidates for Star herself.
    • Nefcy posted a picture she drew of Jackie being possessed, an idea for an episode that was ultimately scrapped.
    • Season 4 hadn't been greenlit when the Season 3 finale, "Conquer", was written. Nefcy admitted in an interview that the cliffhanger ending with Eclipsa and Globgor was written out of cockiness, and if the series didn't get renewed, she would have argued for one more half-hour episode to wrap things up.
    • According to a Reddit AMA held with Nefcy and the show's writers after its conclusion, there were numerous attempts to write a follow-up episode to Season 1's "Monster Arm", but they couldn't figure out a satisfying story. According to Nefcy, the Monster Arm is more than likely still in Marco despite the destruction of magic and will reemerge one day, just not in the show itself.
    • An episode called "Red Riding Hoodie" was planned, but scrapped when the writers couldn't get the idea to work. It would have involved an evil wolf hypnotizing Marco into re-enacting the story of "Little Red Riding Hood", while Star tried to figure out what was happening. All that remains of it is a single concept drawing.
    • Dave Lucitor, Tom's humanoid father, was originally going to make an appearance in Season 1 as an anger demon. Both Tom and Dave were originally going to have an abusive father-son relationship.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: At the Star vs. the Forces of Evil panel during the Gallery Nucleus art show, a sneak peak of the new opening sequence for Season 3 was shown. The show's staff warned the audience that they probably wouldn't be able to give sneak peaks like that ever again if any of them recorded it and leaked it to the Internet. Unfortunately, someone did it anyway, albeit in extremely low quality, much to the disappointment of the trustworthy fans and Adam McArthur.
  • The Wiki Rule: Star vs. the Forces of Evil Wiki.
  • Word of Gay: Sabrina Cotugno has said that Rhombulus and Lekmet of the Magic High Commission "are totally live-in boyfriends with some communication issues to address." Cotugno also declared (probably jokingly) that Everyone Is Bi in response to another storyboard artist pulling a Shrug of God/God Does Not Own This World answer to a fan asking if Marco is bisexual.
  • Working Title: The series’s original title was Star and the Forces of Evil.
  • Write Who You Know:
    • According to Daron Nefcy, Star’s personality was based on hers, while Marco’s personality was based at least in part on her husband's.
    • According to Daron Nefcy on Twitter, Marco getting his high school equivalence to skip his junior and senior years was based on her doing the same thing.


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