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  • Angst? What Angst?: For someone who endured six years of brutal slavery and torture at the hands of her cruel sibling, Starfire is a surprisingly well-adjusted and optmistic individual in general who easily befriends the Teen Titans.
  • Broken Base: While many are happy to see her with a solo series that doesn't just treat her as Ms. Fanservice, some find that the book plays around with the Fish out of Water idea a bit too much, to the point of Flanderization.
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  • Can't Un-Hear It: Thanks to the Teen Titans cartoon, you'll probably hear Hynden Walch as Kory.
  • Character Rerailment: After her controversial New 52 debut in the much-lambasted Red Hood and the Outlaws, her newest solo series features a less Stripperific costume, and a more bubbly and well-rounded personality.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With the Batgirl fandom. Both want their character to end up with Dick Grayson, and even the editors got in on this! While the comics these days prioritize Dick as a Bat character, Starfire fans dislike the tendency of both the fans and the writers themselves to handwave the Dick/Kory relationship as simply an outgrowth of youthful lust to make Babs seem like Dick's "one true love", thus invalidating one of Dick Grayson's most iconic love interests—who was instrumental to the character development that led to Dick becoming Nightwing—for the sake of uplifting the Batfamily (which many feel already gets too much favoritism from DC, especially at the expense of the Teen Titans).
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    • Starfire being a very affectionate person mixed with a different cultural attitude toward personal space and sex leads to this quite often. In her solo series her relationship with Stella Gomez and Atlee is full of this trope.
    • In Issue 9 Atlee has to help Stella adjust to Strata's atmosphere by blowing air into her lungs. It basically looks like a kiss.
    • Her first meeting with Jessica Cruz in Justice League Odyssey was framed very flirtatiously. It helps that Jessica is Ambiguously Bi.
    • Her relationship with Donna Troy has elements of this trope as well, especially in Perez/Wolfman years. There was also the time Kory went as far as attacking Superman due to a malfunctioning Superman robot killing Donna.
  • Moe: She's this in her solo series for some. Her fish out of water tendencies making her seem adorably awkward.
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  • Theiss Titillation Theory: Though her solo series redesign downplays this trope considerably, Starfire's original outfit could only be described as part-lingerie, part-bondage gear, and the New 52 managed to be even skimpier than that!
  • The Woobie: Kory has not had an easy life. She was sold into slavery and tortured by her sister. Her wedding was interrupted by a possessed Raven. Her home planet was destroyed. She's lost several friends to death including Donna Troy.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: The New 52 outfit that debuted in Red Hood and the Outlaws, taking an already Stripperiffic costume and turning it Up to Eleven and giving her less coverage as a superhero than she has in the string bikini she wears later on in the first issue. It was so over-the-top that it was derided by many fans as being ridiculous, and she was given significantly more modest redesigns later in her solo series and Rebirth.


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