- I always was the better fighter.
- — Blackfire[src]
|Aliases||Blazin' B (by Beast Boy)|
|Place of Origin||Tamaran|
|Relatives|| Starfire (younger sister), |
Wildfire (younger brother)
Galfore (surrogate father)
Myand'r (biological father [deceased])
Luadn'r (mother [deceased])
|Powers & Abilities|| Faster than light flight (TV series only)|
Energy projection (colored light lilac)
Starbolt eye beams
Language assimilation (via lip contact)
|Weapon||Jewel of Charta (destroyed)|
|Goal|| To become much stronger and more powerful than Starfire|
Exact revenge upon her little sister
rule all of Tamaran as tyrannical empress
|Voiced By||Hynden Walch (English), Mayumi Asano (Japanese)|
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.
Blackfire first appeared when she arrived on Earth in the 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 sister.
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.
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.
Her final appearance is in #46, her origin is revealed along with Starfire's. It's unclear of the relationship between her and her younger brother Wildfire was, but by the look on her face when he was sent away after the Gordainian invasion, it can be assumed that she could have mistreated and ignored him. The reason for her being evil was because of jealousy. Although she was the most talented, 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 appearace 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" for the throne.
In the issue, it is revealed that she sent Madame Rouge into the Teen Titans' base disguised as Wildfire (who has supposedly returned after years of absence). After Starfire discovers this deception, she confronts Blackfire in her prison and renounces her as her 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 has to know 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.
- Wrong Place Wrong Time
- How You Play the Game
- Secret Moves
- When Chibis Attack
- When There's Trouble...
- Calling All Titans!
- Titans Together
Powers and Abilities
Superhuman Strength: Being a Tamaranean, Blackfire is much, much stronger than she looks. 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, but it is unknown if that advanced superhuman strength came as a result of the Jewel of Charta.
Invulnerability: Like her younger sister, Blackfire has moderate invulnerability to physical harm, heat, cold, and high-intensity radiation.
Flight: Like her sister, Blackfire can fly under her own power at the speed of light. In the comics, however, she does not possess this capability like her younger sister does.
Bright-Purple Energy Projection: Blackfire can project incredibly strong and powerful bright purple bursts of "blackbolt" energy from the palms of her hands (instead of "starbolts", which are named after Starfire). This is a trait unique to her, as all other Tamaraneans project bright green energy. Blackfire also went through the Tamaranean puberty (referred to as the "Transformation"), Blackfire is mentioned to have turned purple for two days. She also has the power and ability to channel her starbolt energy as thin narrow beams from her eyes similar to Heat Vision. Blackfire's blackbolts turned red when she had the Jewel of Charta, which greatly strengthened and enhanced her Tamaranean powers and capabilities to even greater power levels.
Self-Sustenance: Blackfire also has the ability to survive in the hostile conditions of space without any sort of protection or special gear.
Alien Martial Arts: She demonstrated some alien martial arts to Robin in her first appearance.
- In the comics, 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."
- Blackfire is the only Tamaranean in the DC comics that could not fly; however, in the animated series, she can fly.
- Blackfire is much more lethal in the comics.
- In the comics, Tamaraneans were able to fly due to their absorbing of ultraviolet energy. Starfire and Blackfire were subjected to an experiment to see how much ultraviolet energy they could hold. They were freed, but the experiment altered their physiology to allow them to concentrate the ultraviolet energy into starbolts and blackbolts. However, Blackfire was subjected to the experiment longer than Starfire, therefore hers were purple and far more intense. This made them the only Tamaraneans capable of creating starbolts and blackbolts, 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, implying that Blackfire, during her visit to Earth, kissed someone who speaks English.
- 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 turned purple for two days during her Transformation.
- In one goof scene in Sisters, Blackfire is animated with a navel.