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Quote1 I will get out of jail, little sister! And I will get even! Quote2
Blackfire vowing her vengeful return. [src]
Blackfire
Blackfire
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Real Name Komand'r
Aliases Blazin' B (by Beast Boy)
Sister (by Starfire)
Place of Origin Tamaran
Headquarters N/A
Species Tamaranean
Affiliations Gordanians (formerly)
Partners Gordanians
Glgrdsklechhh
Relatives Starfire (younger sister),
Wildfire (younger brother)
Galfore (surrogate father)
Myand'r (father; deceased)
Luadn'r (mother; deceased)
Powers & Abilities FTL flight (TV series only)
Energy projection (colored light lilac)
Blackbolt blasts
Blackbolt shields
Blackbolt beams
Blackbolt bursts
Blackbolt waves
Blackbolt eye beams
Superhuman strength
Superhuman durability
Superhuman agility
Superhuman reflexes
Superhuman condition
Radiation immunity
Cold resistance
Extended longevity
Slowed aging process
Language assimilation (via lip contact)
Master manipulator
Mastery of deception and subterfuge
Enhanced combat
Expertise in alien martial arts
Weapon Jewel of Charta (later destroyed)
Goal To become much stronger and more powerful than Starfire
Exact revenge upon her little sister
Rule all of Tamaran with an iron fist (as tyrannical Empress)
Get rid of her sister at any lengths to obtain great power
First Appearance Sisters
Voiced By Hynden Walch (English), Mayumi Asano (Japanese)

Blackfire is Starfire and Wildfire's older sister, the firstborn princess, and eldest daughter of the long-dead King and Queen of Tamaran. She is the former Grand Ruler/Empress of Tamaran. She serves as Starfire's arch-nemesis. 

Personality

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Blackfire

Though she is Starfire's older sister, the two are polar opposites. She also has the optimum qualities of a villain, and she is cunning, deceitful, immoral, sadistic and unremorseful. The two almost never get along well, except when Blackfire tricks Starfire into thinking she's being nice. Blackfire is constantly trying to, in some way, do away with Starfire, first with getting her arrested and then trying to marry her to an ooze alien. Blackfire loves fighting her sister and rubbing the fact that she is older and stronger in her little sister's face. The two of them are poster children for sibling rivalry. She has a very sarcastic sense of humor and always hurts Starfire's feelings. Blackfire is also quite vain and loves telling stories about herself. Blackfire is also quite pretty, and she knows it and uses it to her advantage when around boys. This is seen in the second episode, Sisters when she developed a crush on Robin upon meeting him and tried to gain his attention and affection, but this could also have been a ploy in further isolating her sister.

Background

Blackfire first appeared when she arrived on Earth in the second episode Sisters. She gave Starfire a centauri moon diamond and pretended to enjoy being reunited with her. Blackfire won the Teen Titans' support by having fun with them and telling them stories of adventures she had throughout her travels in the galaxy.

The Titans seemed to like her so much, Starfire was beginning to think they wouldn't need her around anymore. She was especially unhappy with her sister's attempts at flirting with Robin. When Starfire thought of leaving Earth, the Centauri Police showed up and captured her. The Titans rescued her and explained to the Centaurians that they have captured the wrong Tamaranean. The Titans then discovered that Blackfire had framed Starfire for crimes by giving her a stolen jewel from the Centauri System. Blackfire, who was leaving Earth at that exact moment, was defeated by Starfire after her right hand was hit by Starfire's starbolts. She was about to attack again however, the Centauri Police catch her from behind and she's taken to prison, swearing revenge on her little sister for shaming and humiliating her.

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Blackfire, when she first arrived on Earth.

Blackfire later broke out from prison and wrested control of Tamaran as its new Grand Ruler. Blackfire attempted to get revenge on Starfire by forcing her to marry Glgrdsklechhh, a hideous alien. This was actually part of an elaborate plot between Blackfire and Glgrdsklechhh; by marrying Starfire to Glgrdsklechhh, he would reward Blackfire with a very powerful jewel. When her ruse was uncovered, Blackfire was once again defeated by Starfire and banished from Tamaran.

Blackfire was one of the only villains missing from the lineup of the Brotherhood of Evil, suggesting that she was not out to get all the superheroes, or even the Titans, but simply to just take out Starfire.

Teen Titans Go!

Blackfire appears a few more times in the comics. In Issue #7, she return apparently reformed and challenges Starfire to a race. However the whole thing is a trap to dispatch the Titans and take revenge on Starfire, but the Titans overcome her tricks and she is forced to flee the planet.

She appears again in #36 as leader of the Gordanians (the same aliens from the episode "Go!") and uses them to capture the Titans and their allies. The plans thwarted when the few remaining managed to sneak aboard her ship and she defeated by Wonder Girl. Seeing the Gordanians surrendering, she mutters that she should've hired Czarnian Bounty Hunters.

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Blackfire enjoying dancing at an Earth nightclub

Her final appearance is in #46, her Tamaranean origin is revealed along with Starfire's. It's unclear of the sister-brother relationship between her and her younger brother Wildfire was, but by the look on her face when he was sent away after the Gordanian invasion, it can be assumed that she could have mistreated and ignored him. The reason for her being evil was because of long-held jealousy. Although she was the most talented and more experienced combatant, her parents favored Starfire more because she was kinder. And although she is the eldest child, Wildfire was next in line for the throne after their father. It could also be hinted, however, that her general appearance was another factor: her purple eyes and black hair made her different in comparison to the dominant green eyes and red and brown hair of other Tamaraneans, and thus deemed "impure and unworthy" for the Tamaranean throne, which further surfaced her inner fury and thirst for vengeance on her people.

In the issue, it is revealed that she sent the shapeshifting Madame Rouge into the Teen Titans' base disguised as Wildfire (who has supposedly returned after several years of absence). After a heartbroken and outraged Starfire discovers this deception, she furiously confronts Blackfire in her prison and renounces her as her older sister for pulling such a cruel stunt. Starfire then swears to find Wildfire one day because "he is the only family she has left". Since Blackfire has an idea of what Wildfire might look like at that time, that also means that she knows where he's been and what he's been doing all this time. Its also in this issue we learn about their past and that it was Blackfire who had given Starfire to the Gordanians as a bargaining chip to keep them from invading Tamaran, indirectly setting up the event in "Go!" and the subsequent forming of the Teen Titans.

She also appears in the final issue but is a product of an illusion from a villain name Phobia who was causing the Titans to face their worst nightmares.

Appearances

Teen Titans

Teen Titans Go!

Teen Titans Go! (TV series)

  • Mr. Butt
  • Cool School (name seen on DC book)
  • Yearbook Madness (in a photograph)

Video Game

Weakness

  • Blackfire's arrogance has always been her downfall in combat. Since she thinks she's the better fighter simply because she is older, she often underestimates Starfire, believing her little sister cannot compete with in terms of fighting, yet Starfire has defeated her every time they fought.

Powers and Abilities

Power

Blackfire with the mighty Jewel of Charta.

  • Superhuman Strength & Enhanced Durability: Being a Tamaranean like her younger sister, Blackfire is far much stronger than she appears to be. She could damage Cyborg's mechanical hand with just a simple handshake. In "Betrothed", she seemed to be physically stronger and more powerful than Starfire, as she was able to lift a large pillar, which only came as a result of the Jewel of Charta. After Starfire destroyed the gem, her superhuman abilities were reduced to their normal power-levels.
  • Superhuman Stamina: She can work continuously for days at a time without tiring out.
  • Superhuman Agility & Enhanced Reflexes: She is also quite agile, nimble and has quick reflexes, which greatly perfect her own combative skills.
  • Semi-Invulnerability: Like her younger sister, Blackfire has moderate invulnerability to physical harm, heat, cold, and high-intensity radiation. At one point, she was able to withstand a barrage of Starfire's unusually strong starblasts; due to wearing the mystic Jewel of Charta which greatly increased her natural abilities.
  • FTL Flight: Like her younger sister, Blackfire can fly through the air under her own power at the speed of light. In the comic books, however, she does not possess this ability whatsoever which is one of the reasons why her people less favored her.
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Blackfire's pale lilac-colored "blackbolts" in Sisters

Ultraviolet Energy Projection: Blackfire can project incredibly strong and destructively effective bursts of pure lilac-colored "blackbolt" energy from the palms of her hands (instead of "starbolts", which are named after Starfire; even though they not black but purple).

This is a trait unique to her, as all other Tamaraneans project bright green ultraviolet energy. Blackfire also went through the Tamaranean puberty (referred to as the "the Transformation"), Blackfire is mentioned to have turned purple for two days. She also has the power and ability to channel her lilac-colored energy as thin narrow beams from her eyes similar to "heat vision." at one point, her blackbolts turned red when she had the Jewel of Charta in her possession, which greatly strengthened her natural Tamaranean abilities to even greater power-levels.

  • Blackbolt Shields/Force-Fields: When empowered with the mystical Jewel of Charta, she was capable of creating powerful red force-fields capable of withstand Starfire's bright green starbolts.[1]
  • Survival in Outer-Space: Blackfire also has the ability to survive in the hostile conditions of space without any sort of protection or special gear.
  • Extended Longevity: Like the rest of her kind, Blackfire is capable of living hundreds of years; far above the normal human being.
  • Decelerated Aging: Like all Tamaraneans, Blackfire can remain young and beautiful for many, many years to match her extended lifespan.
  • Alien Martial Artist: She demonstrated some high-level moves of alien martial arts to Robin. Knowing much more combative moves than Starfire, she considers herself the better fighter.
  • Master Manipulator and Deceiver: Blackfire is very well at manipulating others to do her bidding willingly and manages to control their actions through her "kind and friendly" words.

Trivia

  • Had there been a sixth season, it would probably have shed more light on the extraterrestrial origins of Starfire, and the "first appearance" her younger brother, Wildfire, and Blackfire's third attempt at revenge.
  • In the comic books, Blackfire has the same hair color and eye color as Starfire. The idea of giving her black hair may be a reference to the evil sister on "I Dream of Jeannie."
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    Blackfire is equally amused by Beast Boy's good sense of humor.

  • Blackfire is the only Tamaranean in the DC comics that could not fly under her own force of willpower; however, in the animated series, she can.
  • Blackfire is twice referenced by her younger sister in the episodes Transformation, and The End, Part II.
  • Blackfire is much more vengeful and lethal in the comics.
  • In the comics, Tamaraneans were able to fly due to their absorbing of tremendous amounts of pure ultraviolet energy. Starfire and Blackfire were subjected to an experiment to see how much ultraviolet energy they could contain before expiring. They were freed, but the experiment altered their physiology to allow them to concentrate the ultraviolet energy into green/purple-colored starbolts or blackbolts. However, Blackfire was subjected to the experiment slightly longer than Starfire, therefore hers are light purple and far much stronger and more effective. This made them the only Tamaraneans capable of creating such energy, while the cartoon implies that all Tamaraneans could do so.
  • It is unknown how Blackfire learned English, but she is able to speak the language quite well, implying that Blackfire, during her visit to Earth, kissed someone many times who speaks English.
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    Blackfire

  • Both Blackfire and Starfire were voiced by Hynden Walch.
  • Blackfire is a playable unlocked character in the video game, but she has no dialogue.
  • Blackfire was one of the villains that didn't join the Brotherhood of Evil.
  • Blackfire and Starfire are almost identical, except for their hair color, eye color, and eye shape.
  • Ironically, by trading her sister to the Gordanians, Blackfire is indirectly responsible for creating the Teen Titans, the same group which would end up opposing her on several occasions. 
  • Unlike other English-speaking Tamaraneans, Blackfire speaks with contractions.
  • Blackfire's Tamaranean name, Komand'r, sounds like "commander," and Starfire's, Koriand'r, sounds like "coriander", which is a flowering herb. Yet Ryand'r (the Tamaranean name of their younger brother, Wildfire) has no same-sounding word.
  • Unlike the other Tamaraneans, the whites of Blackfire's eyes aren't colored.
  • Beast Boy appears to be somewhat attracted to her. When Starfire asks Cyborg and Beast Boy where Blackfire is, Beast Boy mentions that Blackfire "rules at [video games]." Hearts appear on his eyes and float above his head to imply he may have a small crush on Blackfire.
  • It's heavily implied she wanted a relationship with Robin, since she dragged him back to the party while he tried to console Starfire. Of course, this could have been done to further make Starfire feel inadequate.
  • Blackfire had turned purple for two days during her natural Transformation cycle, which may be referenced the purplish color of her blackbolts, which could imply that they were indeed black originally.
  • It is speculated that, had it been produced and aired before the series' cancellation, the sixth season the main antagonist would've been Blackfire. The previous five had Slade, Brother Blood, Trigon and The Brotherhood of Evil.
  • In one goof scene in Sisters, Blackfire is animated with a navel.
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References

  1. Betrothed

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