- There will always be people who say mean words because you are different. And sometimes their minds cannot be changed. But there are many more people that do not judge people based on how they look, or where they came from. Those are the people whose words truly matter.
- — Starfire about racism in "Troq"
Starfire ("Star" for short) is an alien princess from the distant world of Tamaran, and one of the five founding members of the Teen Titans. She is also Robin's main love interest and finally becomes his girlfriend in the series finale movie.
Starfire was born and raised on the distant planet Tamaran before arriving on Earth and joining the Teen Titans. The Tamaraneans are an emotional race who see feelings and sensations as the force that drives their very livelihood and strengthens their abilities. In fact, it's their emotions that further increase their natural abilities of flight, and projection of pure ultraviolet energy. Because of this, Starfire is inherently the most sensitive member of the Titans.
Starfire was cared for as a child by Galfore, who first appeared in Betrothed. Starfire's only family of which we know in the series is her evil big sister Blackfire. Later, in the comic Teen Titans Go, it's revealed she also has a younger brother named Wildfire, who was sent away when the Gordanians attacked Tamaran, and that her parents had died from grief after she was traded as a slave by Blackfire to the Gordanians in order to bring peace to a war-torn Tamaran.
Starfire came to Earth as Koriand'r, a Tamaranean princess being transported by Gordanians, in exile as a slave to the Citadel. Through the use of her innate Tamaranean superhuman strength and incredible agility, she broke free from the brig aboard a Gordanian ship and landed in Jump City. While attempting to free herself of the handcuffs with which she had been laden, she ended up both destroying buildings and cars, and running into four young teenagers with whom she would later fight crime.
Raven suggested that fighting may not be the answer, and only then did Robin notice the handcuffs. Carefully, he talked the mysterious girl down and took off the handcuffs. She grabbed and kissed him to learn the English language, and warned him to leave her alone if they do not wish to be destroyed. (This falls in line with how Tamaraneans learn a spoken language through lip contact with another life form.) And then Cyborg said that she knows how to leave a mark.
Once fully released, she sought out food in the form of popcorn and candy at the local video store.
Having been tracked by the Titans, she reunited with them and fought off the wave of Gordanians sent to recapture her. Angered at Lord Trogaar's promise of destruction, she yelled at Robin, reminding him that she told him to leave her alone. The two got into an argument, but the situation was quickly defused after they apologized to each other, and the decision was made to work as a team to save the city from the Gordanians' particle weapon. The five teenagers founded the Teen Titans shortly after.
Starfire is shown to be very beautiful. Her eyes, nose, lips, mouth, hair, skin, and outfit view her as colorful in comparison to Raven. Her long fiery-red hair is down to her waist and straight with bangs. She has small eyebrows, and green eyes with light-green scleras (or in other words, the whites of her eyes are colored light-green). She is tall, with bright orange skin, (or it seems to have a yellowish skin tone in the comic strip above), and her outfit is mostly violet with a glowing belt, her neck collar and gauntlets being silver with green jewels compared to Blackfire's black outfit. She also wears a silver armband on her right arm. She wears a sleeveless crop top showing her midriff, a giant corn growing stem stalk mini-skirt, and thigh-high boots all in violet, and her tight-high boots have white stockings. As a Tamaranean, she has alien physiology which includes a long violet tongue and nine stomachs, (probably for storing food during meager times). She also seems to resemble some Japanese girls, inheriting similar eyebrows and very shiny hair.
Despite her beauty, Starfire is very cheerful and sweet, yet somewhat naive and considerably insecure, but her naivete is not to be mistaken for stupidity. An alien and an outsider, she is still rather new to Earth and its customs. (For example, she did not understand what a boy meant when he asked if she was "diggin' the scene" when she was at a party, and stated, confused, "I did not know we were supposed to bring shovels.") This leads to much confusion for her and others, such as the awkwardness in casually drinking mustard as a beverage, and thinking cotton candy and cotton balls are the same thing. Presumably because English is not her first language, Starfire speaks without contractions and misuses idioms (e.g. "Kick the butt!" as opposed to "Kick butt!" or "The mall of shopping" instead of "shopping mall" as well as "lobstery" instead of "crabby"). Additionally, she uses several Tamaranean nouns, such as "bumgorf" (term of endearment towards one's own child), "K'norfka" (parent or guardian), "clorbag valblernelk" (insulting term), "G'lufnog" (bless you; said after one sneezes), and "shlorvak" (dream). She also insists on sharing her own customs with other members of the team (such as providing a crown of raw meat to be worn on one's birthday), but doesn't generally take offense when they don't understand or refuse her. In one instance, she lies about a holiday celebrated by destroying drapery and blows up a window to explain an accidentally torn curtain; an act that barely registers as odd behavior by the others.
Starfire takes friendship very seriously, and is easily distressed when others, especially her friends, argue or fight. She is arguably the most social of the Titans, regularly meditating with Raven, or lifting weights with Cyborg. She can also be particularly indignant to the point of snubbing her teammates when she believes they do not care for her friendship or company. Above all, Starfire wishes to be friends with everyone she meets, and for everyone to get along. This is in part probably, as before coming to Earth, Starfire didn't have real friends apart of her adoptive father, as she mentioned in Go! to Robin that "nice" is not a common word in her planet and that no one had been so nice with her apart of him and her own guardian.
Her personality changed dramatically from her first meeting with the Titans in Go!. She demonstrated her power and strength as she escaped from the Gordanian ship. While others saw rampant destruction without a cause, Raven saw her trying to free herself from her handcuffs. As mentioned above, Tamaraneans learn language through lip contact, and having gotten what she wanted from Robin, she leaves him with a warning to leave her alone, she flies away knowing full well that the Gordanians were still hot on her trail. As she fought against the Gordanians with the four other young heroes, her personality calmed dramatically, and she eventually apologized for the destruction she had caused during her escape. This change in behavior suggests Starfire truly was, at heart, a somewhat friendly, kindhearted person. The reckless behavior seen in the beginning of the episode might lend some credence to why Tamaraneans are so feared throughout the galaxy: their strength is not easily matched. It also proves that Starfire, when the time is right, is not afraid to "kick the butt".
While naive, Starfire is extremely perceptive. As shown in Apprentice - Part 2, while knowing Robin and Slade had similar personalities, she refused to believe he had gone to be Slade's apprentice of his own accord, spending hours looking for him. Later, she states that she "cannot live in a world where they must fight," showing that she values her friends more than anything. Starfire has also shown that she has a lot of wisdom, most notably in Snowblind, when she got Red Star to embrace his powers. She has also taught lessons to both Cyborg and Beast Boy in the episodes Forces of Nature and Deception.
Starfire cares about each of her friends, but there is one person whom she cares more than anyone on Earth: Robin. Since the day they met both her and Robin have had romantic feelings for each other, which are obvious to everyone including a few villains. There have been multiple hints throughout the show showing how much they care about one another (as evidenced in Sisters, Date with Destiny, Betrothed, Stranded, Go! and finally in Trouble in Tokyo); but Robin and Starfire didn't admit their strong romantic feelings for each other until the series finale movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. At that time they share a few scenes with each other and have attempted to kiss twice. By the end of the movie, Robin and Starfire finally reveal their feelings for each other and they finally share a real romantic kiss. They are seen the next day holding each other's hands, confirming that they have finally become a couple.
Starfire is close to all her friends, but the most important person that she loves more than anyone is her best friend Robin. Starfire has secretly harbored romantic feelings for him ever since they first met, though what she doesn't know is that Robin feels the same way about her. Until the events of the series finale movie, both were too afraid to confess how they really feel about each other, even though it was obvious to all of their friends and even enemies.
Since Starfire is still new to Earth and its customs, Robin takes the time to help her learn to adjust to life on Earth which also strengths their bond with each other. On occasion this had led to dates (or date-like events) - for example, at the beginning of Sisters, where Robin explains to her that fireworks are not a signal of an impending attack whilst they are riding a Ferris wheel. Starfire enjoys Robin's teachings to no end and they get along very well.
There are many hints throughout the show that they have feelings for one another. One significant example is when Robin fights and easily defeats the other Titans when Slade commands him to (The Apprentice). However, it's shown that he actively avoids battling Starfire, and when forced to face her, he refuses to strike her down even when Slade repeatedly orders him to. Robin also defies Slade's orders to be silent, saying Starfire's name before he can stop himself.
Robin is usually the first to jump in and save Starfire when she is in trouble, often catching her when she falls, or shouting her name when she is in danger. There are many times when Robin saves her from falling or being hit by something. Equally, Starfire saves Robin just as often; usually by grabbing him and flying out of danger. Since they are allies and part of a team, these acts are rarely given second thoughts, but Starfire and Robin save one another significantly more often than they save the others - but that doesn't mean that they do not care for the rest of their team, however.
Having such strong feelings for him, Starfire often gets extremely jealous when other girls flirt with Robin, such as Blackfire and Kitten, as shown in Sisters and Date with Destiny respectively. Robin has also been shown to become equally (if not more) jealous whenever Starfire appears to be interested in someone else or when boys flirt with her - Red X is a prime example, often calling her 'Cutie' and flirting with her as they battle. This tends to happen more often, as it is frequently mentioned by various villains (with varying degrees of interest in Starfire) that Star is very beautiful - this is even noted in the opening monologue in Transformation.
Throughout the series there have been crucial moments to the growing bond between Starfire and Robin, even having five episodes which focus primarily on their feelings for one another: Sisters, Date with Destiny, Betrothed, Stranded and Go!. The show's finale film Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo also had their romance as a major plot point.
Sisters, is the first episode to show that Robin and Starfire have strong romantic feelings towards each other. At the start of episode, Robin and Starfire are on a Ferris wheel, enjoying a fireworks display together. Starfire is still having a hard time to adjusting to life on Earth, but is enjoying herself. During the ride, she is suddenly snatched by an alien robot. The Titans destroy the robot, and when they return to the Tower they find a surprise visitor: Starfire's older sister Blackfire.
Starfire is at first very happy to see Blackfire, however she soon starts to become upset as Blackfire quickly makes herself popular on the team, due to her rebellious lifestyle and better understanding of Earth. Starfire tries to spend time with her friends, but is blown off as they prefer to hang out with Blackfire. However, Starfire only becomes truly upset when Blackfire is shown to be constantly flirting with Robin.
Later on, they all go to a nightclub. Blackfire and the Titans are really enjoying themselves, except Starfire. She goes onto the roof of the club and starts to think that maybe she doesn't belong on Earth after all, seeing that sister fits in much better. Then, to her surprise, Robin appears and ask what's wrong, Starfire tries to avoid the subject, but Robin can easily see that she is distressed. Eventually Starfire explains she is unhappy because she doesn't fit in and is nothing like her older sister. Robin begins to console her, but is suddenly interrupted and (literally) dragged off by Blackfire who wants to dance with him, leaving Starfire by herself on the roof. Later she is attacked by three robots like the one from the Ferris wheel. When Blackfire destroys them practically single-handedly, she is offered the chance to become a Teen Titan. At this, Starfire decides that it's best that she leave the team, thinking that Blackfire is better suited for the job.
Just before leaving, however, she is stopped by Robin. Starfire flies down to him and is about to explain to him why she has decided to leave, but is suddenly attacked and kidnapped by two aliens. As the aliens are about to leave, they are attacked by Robin, who grabbed on to the underside of the ship (saying "no one's taking [Starfire] away"). After fighting the aliens, they then learn the truth: the aliens are police, and are after a Tamaranian who has committed many crimes on their home planet: Centuari. Starfire reveals she has never been to the Centuari Moons, but Robin remembers that Blackfire has. The two realise that it's really Blackfire the aliens are after, and she came to Earth so Starfire could take her place in jail. Starfire then soon confronts her sister, fights her and wins. Blackfire is taken away, but not before she swears revenge.The next morning, Starfire is sitting on the Tower's roof. When Robin joins her and asks how she's doing, Starfire replies saying she is sad about her sister, but is glad that the truth was discovered before she was replaced. Surprised, Robin asks what Starfire means. She explains that everyone liked Blackfire so much that it seemed she would take Star's place. However Robin states "your sister was interesting, but she could never take your place. No one could ever take your place." The episode ends with both Robin and Starfire watching the sunrise together on the rooftop.
Date with Destiny is the second episode that focuses on Robin and Starfire's relationship. The villain Killer Moth threatens to release an army of mutant moths on the city unless Robin takes his daughter, Kitten, to her junior prom. Starfire is horrified at the arrangement, but with no other ideas on how to stop them, Robin is forced to agree. Later, Robin tells the Titans to investigate Kitten and find out what her connection to Killer Moth is (unaware that they are related) and Starfire, having found a loophole in "investigating Kitten" acquires a dress and goes to the prom too. Robin is very surprised (and happy) to see Starfire; spending a long time admiring her. When Kitten arrives, he is considerably less pleased, smiling through gritted teeth at Kitten's orders. Starfire becomes enraged with jealousy seeing Robin and Kitten walking into the dance together - so much so that she punches the hood of Kitten's limo so hard, that it immediately becomes destroyed.Throughout the entire episode, Starfire is shown to be out of her mind with jealousy seeing Robin and Kitten together - she even melts a punch bowl and scares a couple when she sees Robin and Kitten dancing. When Robin finds out that the Titans are taking down Killer Moth he immediately dumps Kitten (which makes Starfire very happy). However, to their utter surprise, Kitten reveals herself to be Killer Moth's daughter, as well as the fact that she has the controller that will release the moths. She threatens to release them on the city, unless Robin kisses her. Robin is as disgusted as Starfire is horrified. Just as Kitten is about to kiss him, Robin puts his finger against her lips and tells her "not even if you paid me." He tries to get the controller, but is interrupted by the arrival of Kitten's boyfriend, Fang (a teenaged boy with a massive spider for a head) who bats Robin away from her. Starfire then shoots a Starbolt at Fang and asks Robin if he is alright. At the end of the episode after Fang, Kitten and Killer Moth are defeated, the DJ declares Robin and Starfire as the Prom King and Queen. Robin had earlier told Kitten that he did not dance, but at this point he smiles, takes Starfire's hand, and says one more couldn't hurt. Thus, Robin and Starfire share their first romantic dance together.
Betrothed, is the third episode that focuses on their relationship. Robin is extremely disturbed and distraught when Starfire announces that she is to marry someone - especially to someone that she's even never met. Upon arriving on Tamaran, Starfire is discovered to be a princess - second in line for the throne - and introduces her friends to her guardian, Galfore, and discovers her sister, Blackfire, is now ruler, as well as the person responsible for her upcoming marriage. Later, when Starfire mistakes a handsome Tameranian for her groom, Robin's reaction of intense disapproval and comical jealousy contrasts to Starfire's approval. When Robin and the other Titans find out more about what's happening, Robin climbs Starfire's balcony and tries to talk her out of the wedding. Starfire tells him she has to get married for the good of her people. Starfire then tells Robin that it's better if he not attend the wedding, knowing full well that Robin doesn't approve of the arrangement. However, before Robin can say anything he is kidnapped. Starfire (having not witnessed or heard him being taken away) sees that Robin is gone and sadly walks back to her room to prepare for the ceremony.
However, even though Robin can't fully see it, Starfire is not happy with the situation either, as she is forced into marrying someone she doesn't love. She is willing to go through it, though, because it will save her people. Later, after Blackfire's plot is discovered and Starfire has won the crown, she tells her people that she fought her sister because Blackfire was not best for Tamaran, but neither is she herself. She gives the crown to Galfore, knowing he will care for her planet as he cared for her. Before leaving, Starfire tells him that when she is ready to be married "I shall choose my own husband. Who is to know? Perhaps there is a groom for me on Earth," as she bids Galfore goodbye, and walks side by side with Robin back to the ship, a clear foreshadowing of the future.
Stranded is the fourth episode. It is also considered to be one of the most important, as Robin and Starfire came very close to finally admitting how they truly feel about each other. At the start, the Titans are attacked by a shrieking alien monster. They are overwhelmed until only Robin and Starfire remain able to fight. They defeat the monster, and whilst they congratulate each other, Cyborg teases Robin about his and Starfire's relationship by calling Starfire his girlfriend.Robin becomes both shocked and embarrassed at the suggestion and starts to hyperventilate. He also notices that everyone (minus Raven) have smug looks on their faces revealing that they are all fully aware of how Robin and Starfire truly feel about each other. Still embarrassed, he yells "SHE'S NOT MY GIRLFRIEND!" which shocks Starfire so much that she falls to the ground. She becomes confused and very angry, but as Robin starts prepare himself from some uncomfortable questions from her, they hear a loud shriek: the alien monster is revealed to have survived the fall and starts to destroy the station. The Titans are able to escape the station before it explodes, but the monster eventually causes them to land separately on an alien planet.
After landing, Robin starts to look for the others, and he comes across Starfire's pod first. Inside it, however, he finds a slug creature. Believing the monster to have done something to Starfire, Robin attacks it, but it's slimy body makes it difficult for him to fight and it almost eats him. Luckily, Robin is saved by Starfire. He runs towards her, relieved that she's alright, but to his surprise Starfire doesn't act like her usual self; stand-offish and indifferent. Starfire then says they should start looking for the others, and for the most part, ignores Robin.While searching for the others, Starfire keeps moving away from Robin every time he gets to close to her. Starfire reveals she is giving Robin "the space" as he requested back at the station, which reveals to Robin that Starfire is still hurt. She suggests that they would have better luck looking for the others if they split up, Robin however is against the idea and asks if she could just talk to him. Star asks him if he is finally ready to explain why she isn't his girlfriend. This makes Robin nervous which makes Starfire go back to ignoring. Later, Robin almost falls into a lava-pit, but is saved by Starfire. Despite this, Starfire continues ignoring him. Thinking she has misunderstood what girlfriend means on Earth, Robin starts to explain, but to his surprise Starfire is revealed to already be aware of what girlfriend means. Robin and Starfire soon find themselves on different parts of the mountain and the ground beneath them breaks apart and the two of them end up falling, Robin is able to save himself, but to his surprise, Starfire reveals that she is unable to use her powers. Robin jumps down to save her and the two of them land safely in a cave. Now that they are safe, Robin asks Starfire why she was unable to use her powers to save them, and she reveals that her powers are connected to her emotions. She can't fly or shoot star-bolts is because she was upset and started to fear that their relationship won't be the same; since he won't admit how he really feels about her.
Robin starts to explain how he really feels about her, albeit somewhat awkwardly. He says that "it's awesome the way [she] shoots starbolts" and that "it's cool that [she's] brave and the strongest girl ever". Starfire asks him if he doesn't mind having a girlfriend, but before Robin can answer her they are suddenly attacked once again by the monster. As they fight, Starfire regains her powers. They are cornered onto the edge of a cliff, and with no way of escape Robin says it's time to fly, Starfire is nervous, but Robin reassures her by taking her hand and telling her as long as they're together, it will be okay. They both jump off the cliff and Starfire regains her flight abilities. They safely fly to the top of the mountain, look into each other's eyes and with Starfire having forgiven him, they share a hug.
Go!, is a prequel to the series and reveals how the Teen Titans first met and how they were first formed. It's also the fifth and final episode focusing on Robin and Starfire's love for each other and also reveals exactly how Robin and Starfire first met and how they both developed their strong romantic feelings for each other. When Robin and Starfire first met their relationship was rather rocky at the start since Starfire had been prisoner for so long and she was in a place that was still very new to her. However, by the end of the episode Robin and Starfire's relationship greatly improved and shows that they have both developed strong romantic feelings for each other.
At the beginning, Starfire is revealed to be a prisoner of the Gordanians and is fighting her way off of their ship, she quickly escapes and flies off on the planet Earth to get away from her alien captors. Robin (having just left Batman) decides to become a solo hero at Jump City and is fighting a thief when he notices a bright green light fast approaching the city, he soon finds himself an alien girl destroying everything around her and soon starts to fight her.Robin soon realizes that she is much stronger than she looks and that he can't handle her on his own. He soon finds himself getting help from his future teammates: Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven. Raven then realizes that the girl isn't trying to destroy the city, but she is merely trying to get out her restraints. At this, Robin begins to approach Starfire. She is very tired, but quickly becomes battle ready to defend herself, however Robin approaches her slowly and calmly explains to her that he just wants to help by showing his lock-pick. She lowers her starbolts and allows Robin to remove her restraints. When they are removed she grabs Robin and kisses him. Just as suddenly, Starfire then pushes him away and starts to speak English, she tells him "If you wish not to be destroyed, you will leave me alone!" and flies off leaving Robin still surprised over the kiss she gave him. Shortly after Starfire, Robin decides to track her down in his own to see if she is a threat to the city. However, the city is then invaded by Gordanians, and they find Starfire at a video store where she explains the situation.
During a fight, Starfire almost gets herself captured again, but is saved for the first time by Robin. The Gordanians retreat and their leader threatens the planet for the interferance. Starfire blames Robin as she told him to stay away from her. Robin however then becomes mad at her as he states "My fault?! You blast me, you KISS me, but you never stop to mention that they have a gigantic particle weapon?!". The fighting eventually stops and the group again resume their fight against the Gordaians to stop them from destroying the city by sneaking into their ship.
Once they are inside the ship, the Titans go to look for the Control Room. While searching for the room, Robin and Starfire share a private moment where they both apologize to each other for the fight they had earlier. Starfire claims that on Tameran the only person to ever show her kindness was her guardian and Robin explains to her that things on Earth are very different and they share their first romantic moment together. However, they are interrupted by Beast Boy who then alerts them to the arrival of Gordanians.
Later on, long after they won the fight against the Gordanian's, Starfire appears, wearing clothing from her own world. Robin comes forward and says that he still doesn't know her name and she then explains that in English, she is called Starfire. Robin gives her a formal welcome to Earth and Starfire thanks them for their bravery and help. She says that she wishes to stay on Earth, and that even though the people appear strange, they are also very kind. Starfire and Robin start blushing from her comment knowing very well that she meant that she is also thanking Robin for the kindess that he has shown her the time she has spent on Earth so far. This marks as the beginning of not only of the Teen Titans, but also the beginning of a beautiful relationship that will someday blossom between Robin and Starfire.
However, even though their relationship is not the focus of every episode, there are subtle hints and affirmations in most episodes. For example, when Mad Mod is explaining to Starfire why her starbolts aren't working, Robin becomes protective of her and tells Mad Mod to get away from her. In For Real, Control Freak jealously claims that Starfire is "too good for Robin, he'll never appreciate her!" to which Más y Menos (who also have crushes on Starfire) agree (incidentally, the only time these two brothers fight is when they compete against one another for her affections). In Revolution, when Mad Mod takes Robin hostage, Starfire is shown to more worried about him than any of the other Titans. When the Titans are deciding over which course of action they should take, Starfire thinks that it's best that they find Robin and restore his youth so that he may lead them to victory. When the Titans decide to go with Starfire's plan first, they track Robin through his communicator. The Titans seemed to have found him and when Starfire goes to hug him, they find that "Robin" is nothing more than a hologram. Later, when the Titans have successfully defeated Mad Mod and restored Robin's youth, Starfire is shown hugging Robin, happy that he is back to normal.
In The End - Part 2 when Starfire was fighting her Nega self, she was using Starfire's inner feelings against her so while she was fighting her, her Nega self taunted Starfire regarding her feelings for Robin and kept telling her when the fight was over, Robin would be "all hers". In Snowblind, Starfire leaves by herself to track down the monster on her own, Robin, worried for her safety yells her name, but she ignores him. Later, before she collapses in the snow, she weakly murmurs "Robin...". It is later shown the rest of the Titans waiting near the broken down T-Ship, Robin decides to go after her, but the other are against the idea as he wouldn't be able to survive in the storm, though he listens to his friends Robin remains very worried about Starfire. While Starfire is missing, Robin is looking around the area seeing if Starfire has come back yet, Raven tries to assure him by telling him Starfire can take care of herself, and Robin replies, "That doesn't mean I can't worry." When they find her at Red Star's home, Starfire hugs Robin before looking to see the rest of her friends.In the movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, it not only served as the series finale to the show, but it also served as a vital part in the growing relationship between Robin and Starfire. At the beginning when the Titans are chasing after the villain Saico-Tek, he attacks Starfire and makes her fall out of the sky, but luckily Robin saves her when he grabs her hand and they both ride on his R-Cycle together to catch Saico-Tek.
When the Titans first arrive in Tokyo they have some trouble with the language since non of them are able to speak Japanese. However, Starfire claims that she might be able to help and, to the shock and surprise of her friends she suddenly grabs a teenaged stranger and kisses him. Out of all the Titans, Robin is the most shocked, and he becomes very jealous that Starfire kissed the boy, even though it was for a reason. Robin also seems to realize that the reason why Starfire kissed him when they first met was just so she could learn to speak English, which makes him more upset, as he most likely believed it was an entirely romantic action. When the Titans decide to explore Tokyo separately, Starfire and Robin go to explore Tokyo together.By sunset they have explored a great deal of the city, and retreat to the rooftop of the Tokyo Tower. There, Starfire mentions about the kiss she shared with the boy earlier, while also discussing the kiss they shared with each other on the day they first met. They start to discuss the topic and its uses on Tamaran and Earth. Where on Tamaran it is merely a way to transfer certain amounts of information and knowledge, but now Starfire has now learned that on Earth it means "more".
Robin and Starfire then start to get more comfortable about the subject and they finally start to express their true feelings for each other. Just as they are about to share their first true kiss together, Robin backs away at the last moment just having discovered a new thought about Brushogun. Robin then states that he is a hero only and that there is nothing between them. This greatly upsets Starfire and she flies away crying.
Later on, Starfire is seen in front a store watching two robot mice kiss each other, making her depressed. A little girl comes up to her and tries to ask what's wrong. Starfire says that everything is fine but as the girl leaves Starfire starts to follow her and finally admits that she has had feelings for Robin ever since the day the two of them first met. Starfire then starts to say that maybe she was foolish to think such things, to think there was anything between her and Robin. The little girl then gives her a hopeful smile and Starfire finally realizes that there has always been something more between her and Robin and that she won't give up on them.
When Robin goes into hiding to avoid being captured by Commander Daizo and the Tokyo Troopers, he takes on the disguise as a mugger and goes to find information about Brushogun. However he is soon discovered by them and Robin gets into a car chase. Robin almost gets himself captured again, but thankfully Starfire saves Robin and the both fly off together to a secret hideout.
While there Starfire explains to Robin about the current situation and gives him a fresh copy of his uniform. Starfire is about to leave, but Robin grabs her arm just before she goes. They both share another tender moment and attempt to kiss again, but are interrupted by the arrival of Beast Boy and the other Titans who barge in on them. When they defeat Commander Daizo, Robin then tries to reveal his true and strong romantic feelings for Starfire but getting the message she silences him by simply saying "Robin... stop talking," and they finally share their real kiss. In the end, Robin and Starfire are seen holding hands and have finally become a romantic couple.
When they accidentally switched bodies with one another, they discover more about each other and finally, Raven learns to respect Starfire and her optimism, just as Starfire has accepted Raven and her gloominess. After that, Raven and Starfire are seen meditating together and they hang out when the boys are together. Sometimes, if Starfire is worried about a girl thing, she talks to Raven and tells her about her newly-found pimple. One thing the two have in common is that they both fawned over Aqualad together. In some battles, Starfire and Raven combine their powers. They do this again to stop the Brotherhood of Evil. Despite their rocky start at the beginning and their different traits, the girls have become close friends.
- On my planet we have a name for people who do such horrible things! you are a...a klorbag varbelnek!
Just as Cyborg serves as an older brother to Starfire, Beast Boy tends to act as her younger brother. He sometimes oversteps himself by taking his pranks too far and being insensitive about matters that are serious to Starfire, but the two are very close and trust each other in battle. Beast Boy has learned good things from Starfire. One time, Beast Boy plans to get revenge on Cyborg for pranking him, by throwing an oil balloon in Cyborg's face. When the balloon accidentally hits Starfire, an angry Starfire chooses to ignore Beast Boy. They soon reunite. Beast Boy realizes that Starfire taught him to be a good person. Starfire laughs at most of Beast Boy's jokes, even though they aren't funny and she doesn't get the majority of them, but they remain family, and Starfire is the first person of choice Beast Boy would entrust a very delicate secret to. Beast Boy also trusts Starfire enough to help hide his secret pet Silkie from the other Titans, and it is during this episode she forms her maternal bond to Silkie.
Next to Robin, Cyborg is the one Starfire confides the most in. For example, he was the first to find out the true meaning behind the word Troq, which is what their ally Val Yor called her, telling her she was inferior. In that same episode, Cyborg is shown to know just what to say to make Starfire feel better. Cyborg, along with everyone else is also well aware of Robin and Starfire's romantic feelings for each other and is known to make the most remarks. A good example would be when he called Starfire, Robin's girlfriend in Stranded or pointed out Robin is jealous when Starfire was forced into an arrange marriage in Betrothed. Aside from being aware of their feelings, he supports their relationship such as when Starfire and Robin had their first real kiss, Cyborg expressed his approval, saying, "Well, it's about time". The two of them are very social with each other, as seen in Overdrive, where Cyborg is shown to be lifting weights with Starfire and when he decides to learn Tamaranean from her.
Another episode showing their close friendship was Deception, where Cyborg was sent to infiltrate the H.I.V.E. academy by using a hologram to disguise himself. Prior to his departure, Starfire came to say goodbye to him in his room, where he was admiring the hologram. Here she concedes how much the hologram impresses her, but prefers the original version better, meaning the way she has always known him. After the mission was over, she visits him again, where he is sadly taking off the hologram. When he talks about how much he misses being normal, Starfire shows her ability to cheer people up by saying, "I did not know you before, so to me, you are normal," which made Cyborg feel better. Another episode where Cyborg is positively encouraged by Starfire is the adventure in How Long is Forever?, where Starfire was accidentally sent twenty years into the future during a fight with the time traveler Warp. Making her way to Titan's Tower, she found Cyborg in disrepair, but he still told her where to find Beast Boy and Raven. Later, when he receives Nightwing's distress signal, he chooses to help his old friend return back to the past. Overall, apart from the many villains they have to fight, little has been done to interfere with their friendship.
Blackfire dislikes her younger sister due to the fact that Starfire dethroned her on Tamaran, and left the crown to Galfore (her adoptive father and caretaker). Blackfire always challenged her to fights and believes herself to be better than Starfire in everything, yet Starfire has defeated her several times. After that, she was sent into exile. Yet Starfire, being the forgiving person that she is, always seems willing to make peace with her no matter how many times Blackfire has wronged her for her own selfish ends.
Some time later, an angry Blackfire hired Madame Rouge to toy with Starfire's feelings by masquerading as their long-lost younger brother, Wildfire. This attack ultimately failed and a furious Starfire finally snapped. Deeply hurt that Blackfire resorted even to staging their lost brother's "return" for the mere sake of revenge, Starfire went to Blackfire's prison and outrageously renounced Blackfire as her sister, and vows that she will go find Wildfire as he is "the only family she has left now."
When they first met, Starfire became instant friends with Terra, similarly to Beast Boy, and would often compete with him to hang out with or hug Terra. Starfire becomes hurt and angry after Terra betrays them to Slade, but does not realize at first. She blames herself when she allows Terra to trick her into believing that she is hurt, and thus allowing Terra to have a slight advantage. Starfire attempts to drop all remorse for Terra when Terra knocks her off a cliff with a boulder, but still shows concern for her after she flees a fight with the Titans, stating "she seems quite scared". But this may be a slight victory statement. Finally, when Terra overcomes her devotion to Slade and destroys him in molten lava, but subsequently turns to stone while trying to stop a volcano from erupting, Starfire is saddened, but proud of Terra's heroic sacrifice. She brings flowers to Terra's memorial/grave. Like the other Titans, Starfire is confused about whether or not Terra has truly returned.
After receiving a distress signal from Siberia, Starfire and the other Titans arrived to find a destroyed city. After exploring and searching for survivors, they learned from the locals that one of their own people was responsible for the destruction. During a search for the outcast in the T-Ship, Starfire and the Titans got attacked by a mysterious creature. After scanning the creature, Cyborg informed the others that the creature was giving off radiation levels that were off the scale, which was dangerous to all except Starfire, who was naturally immune to radiation. When the creature fled, Starfire chased after it in a blizzard; ultimately, the creature escaped and Starfire collapsed in the snow due to the cold. Fortunately, she was found and brought to safety by Red Star, who took her into the safety of his home. When Starfire woke up, she discovered that Red Star was not holding her prisoner. Instead, he was isolating himself from her because of a power he had inside him, but finally allowed Starfire to speak to him when she told him of the resilience of her people. After talking about the creature, Starfire learned that Red Star was not the creature she was looking for, but he was being blamed for the destruction it was causing.
However, because Red Star had little control of his power, he was prevented from trying to clear his name. Despite this setback, he was willing to let Starfire pursue the creature. As she was preparing to leave, Starfire found the other Titans and introduced them to Red Star, to whom she assured she owed her life to, though Red Star was modest. After explaining how he got his powers through a military experiment, the radiation monster attacked, in which Red Star displayed his power against the creature. Unfortunately, he was unable to stop the creature from amplifying its power with some of the canisters Red Star used to shed his power. Despite his guilty feelings, Starfire encouraged Red Star to embrace his power and help them fight the creature, to which he agreed and was made an Honorary Titan. When they returned to the city and the people tried to make Red Star leaved, Starfire refused to let him go, reminding the general that Red Star was not the only one to bear blame for the creature's existence. Before leaving to fight the creature, the general encouraged Red Star to do his best.
In the end, the creature lost control of the extra power it had obtained and was destroyed by Red Star. However, Red Star's power had reached high levels of power, requesting that Starfire take him to space to discharge himself, assuring her that he would no longer have to worry about being alone since he would no longer be shunned by his people. After he had discharged his power, Robin told Starfire he was proud of her for what she did for her. In response, she said she believed he would return the favor some day, which he did by helping defeat the Brotherhood of Evil.
Powers and Abilities
Tamaranean Physiology: All of Starfire's superpowers are native to her extraterrestrial species of the Tamaraeans. Though outwardly humanoid in appearance, she has several biological differences, like having nine stomachs, reddish hair and eyebrows, and very pale orange skin. All of abilities are tied to her emotional state, and generally can only be triggered when a specific emotion is focused on; because of this, her powers can be weakened or compromised when she is in emotional turmoil, like when she lost her ability to fly due to depression.
- Ultraviolet Energy Projection: As a result of being experimented on, Starfire can project bright green-colored energy from her hands, activated by righteous fury. Her energy attacks produce both thermal energy and highly explosive results on contact. She can augment the effectiveness of her punches by surrounding her hands in energy, and can also use this method to weld or carefully burn through obstacles with contact from her hands. A chiming sound is heard when using her stabolts.
- Starbolts: Starfire mainly discharges circular bolts of pure radioactive energy, which are usually launched as thrown circular projectiles.
- Starbolt Waves: She has also been shown to shoot this energy in the form of waves from her hands.
- Starbolt Shields: She can erect a strong defensive energy barrier and force-field around herself; as seen in The End, Part 1 and "Can I Keep Him?"
- Starblasts: Starfire is also able to shoot her energy in the form of powerful and large blasts from her hands.
- Laser-Eye Beams: After going through the Tamaranean version of puberty (a process referred to as "the Transformation"), Starfire gained the highly useful ability to emit beams of her bright green energy from her eyes. Though not as destructive as her regular starbolts, these beams can be fired continuously in a steady stream, are more precise in direction, and also give her the element of surprise for when her hands are restrained. They seem to be sightly larger than Blackfire's eye-beams.
- Starbolts: Starfire mainly discharges circular bolts of pure radioactive energy, which are usually launched as thrown circular projectiles.
- FTL Flight: By feeling unbridled joy, Starfire can achieve wingless flight under her own willpower faster than light itself. In space, she can travel at nearly light speed, and her superhuman strength is not diminished when airborne.
- Superhuman Strength: She is immensely strong. While the true extent is unknown, she is shown over four times stronger than Cyborg himself; in "Overdrive", she was seen effortlessly lifting with a single hand twice as much as what Cyborg struggled to with both hands. According to herself, Starfire is able to use her enhanced strength by using a feeling called boundless confidence.
- Superhuman Agility & Enhanced Reflexes: Starfire possesses highly advanced agility ans reflexes tenfold. Her natural fighting skills are much greater when in conjunction with her superhuman reflexes, durability, and agility. She is able to remain awake and battle for several hours on end.
- Superhuman Stamina: Starfire can remain awake for long days at a time before tiring out.
- Superhuman Endurance: She has supreme physical endurance; capable of surviving the most severe of snowstorms, but eventually wears down her endurance.
- Semi-Invulnerability: Like all of her kind, she is immune to most physical harm; capable of surviving a massively powerful explosion without taking much damage; as such has bulletproof skin.
- Radiation Immunity: Starfire is naturally immune and resistant to high levels of radiation, as stated in Snowblind.
- Space Survival Skills: Starfire can survive in the endless vacuum of outer space without the need of a spacesuit, as she can breathe and move normally in space.
- Language Assimilation: As a Tamaranean, Starfire can replicate all the acquired spoken knowledge of languages from other life-forms via lip contact; a process known as "the transfer of knowledge". To which, she gains as much fluency in the dialect and idioms as the target, but she still retains her natural accent grammar. Her current known languages are Tamaranian, English, and Japanese.
- Warrior Skills: Due to the war-like nature of her home world, Starfire is well trained in the martial arts of hand-to-hand combat and unarmed combat.
- Hand-to-hand Combat: Although she is not as skillful as her older sister, Starfire is an expert in high-levels of Tamaranean martial arts, being skilled enough to take down numerous Gordanian soldiers while her upper body was bound. She is also skilled in various fighting styles of hand-to-hand combat, such as kickboxing.
- Archery Skills: She is also versed in some weaponry, using a shortbow and arrow at one point with little effort.
Starfire, like many Tamaraneans, is allergic to metallic chromium. It gives her flu-like symptoms, and when she sneezes, she unleashes explosive starbolts out of her nose and mouth. Also, her powers are largely affected by how she feels, as Robin learns; if she is feeling down or confused, her abilities become severely diminished.
Like all Tamaraneans, she is not immune to her own energy blasts. Using her self-sustenance and resistance to extreme temperatures takes a lot of energy so she can't survive forever in space. She also does need to breathe though her self-sustenance can delay that for a while.
Because she is so naive, it is easy for several people to take advantage of or betray Starfire, as seen in the episode Transformation, where Starfire is lured into a trap and almost eaten by a hungry alien. Although few have exploited it, Starfire's relationship with Robin can be counted sometimes as a weakness. Once, it was inadvertently exploited by Killer Moth when he wanted Robin to take Kitten to prom, which angered Starfire beyond rational thought other than to protect Robin.
- Forces of Nature
- The Sum of His Parts
- Deep Six
- Mad Mod
- Car Trouble
- Apprentice - Part 1
- Apprentice - Part 2
- How Long Is Forever?
- Every Dog Has His Day
- Only Human
- Fear Itself
- Date With Destiny
- Titan Rising
- Winner Take All
- Aftershock - Part 1
- Aftershock - Part 2
- The Beast Within
- Can I Keep Him?
- Bunny Raven... or ...How to Make A Titananimal Disappear
- Titans East - Part 1
- Titans East - Part 2
- Episode 257-494
- The Quest
- Cyborg the Barbarian
- Employee of the Month
- The Prophecy
- Mother Mae-Eye
- The End - Part 1
- The End - Part 2
- The End - Part 3
- Homecoming - Part 1
- Homecoming - Part 2
- For Real (no lines)
- Revved Up
- Calling All Titans!
- Titans Together
- Things Change
Teen Titans Go!
Main article: Starfire/Gallery
- Starfire appears in a total of sixty-three episodes of the series; one of which she has no spoken lines. In addition, she appears in the series finale, Trouble in Tokyo, and all video games based on the series.
- Her real name (Koriand'r) is said by Galfore in the episode Betrothed when they are yelling at each other in Tamaranean, although it can be hard to catch if you're not specifically listening for it.
- Starfire is more modest and kinder than her mainstream comic counterpart.
- Starfire's outfit is fairly different from her comic counterpart, being much less revealing in consideration of the younger audience. It is changed to a purple two-piece attire instead of a strap brassiere.
- In all her appearances, Starfire is animated without a navel, even though her animation sheet shows her with one.
- Her height is 5`6.
- Starfire is the most gullible out of the Teen Titans.
- Starfire is the only Titan in the series to not have a season's story arc specifically for her. Season 1's story arc focused on Robin and his obsession with Slade, Season 2 showcased Terra's arrival, return, betrayal and redemption, Season 3 displays Cyborg's growth and rivalry with Brother Blood, Season 4 explores Raven's past and destiny, and Season 5 explained Beast Boy's past with the Doom Patrol and his fight with the Brotherhood of Evil. Had there been a Season 6, it is more than likely her backstory would have been explored, and it is possible her younger brother would have been introduced.
- Although she was freed from the clutches of the Gordanians and the Citadel, her memories of her imprisonment still haunt her: upon seeing The Creature from Jones Lake, she screams in terror—possibly due to its resemblance to a Citadelian.
- Starfire's powers, like Raven's, are fueled by her emotions. As such, her power is determined by her emotional state. But the difference is that Starfire freely expresses herself to gain the power, while Raven needs to keep her emotions in check without completely suppressing them.
- In the comics, Tamaraneans could learn language through any physical contact (not just the lips), but Starfire had a personal preference for kissing. However in Teen Titans she can only do so via oral contact.
- In the early comics her race were descendants of cats. This was briefly shown when she cleaned silks with her tongue.
- Starfire is allergic to metallic chromium, also allergies to chromium are very common in Tamaran. It could be possible that Blackfire is allergic to it as well.
- In the episode Mother Mae-Eye, Starfire stated she has 9 stomachs, which may explain why she eats so much.
- She and Cyborg are the only Titans that Slade never taunted.
- There have been times where Starfire uses her lack of understanding Earth customs and strange habits to her advantage. For example, in Can I Keep Him?, when she was hiding Silkie, and Cyborg and Raven came to call, Raven saw that one of Starfire's curtains was torn. When asked about it, Starfire lied and said it was her people's festival of berating drapery and proceeded to destroy the rest of her curtains. Later in that same episode, Starfire was looking for Silkie and ran into Robin, who asked her if she had seen the sofa, which had been eaten by Silkie. Fortunately for Starfire, she was able to act like she didn't know what a sofa was and left.
- I did not know you before, so to me, you are normal.-Deception
- Never have I been so thankful to have nine stomachs.-Mother Mae-Eye
- I had no idea Earth people ate so many pigs, and insects.-Fear Itself
- If I am not your girlfriend, then what am I?-Stranded
- The greater the struggle against your power, the more it resists. Embrace what you have inside, let it become you, and you will find who you were meant to be.-Snowblind
- Please, no more Robin yelling at Robin.-Fractured
- Robin, we have not forgotten the last time you faced.... The Apprentice, Part 1
- We are your friends, Robin. We are not leaving without you.-The Apprentice, Part 2
- Raven is complicated. There are things about her we are not meant to understand.-Nevermore
- I wish to go the fish?-Winner Take All
- Hello, my little bungorf.-Can I Keep Him?
- Farewell, Sister. Although you did betray and attack me, it was still..very nice to see you.-Sisters
- "Oh, hello, my friend who I am missing already. The sight of you makes my eyes sore-Titans East, Part 1
- I am hopeful when this is over we may still be friends.-Titans East, Part 2
- Someone has disposed of all our blue, furry food.-Final Exam
- Yes, the next time I shall choose my own husband. Who is to know? Perhaps there is a groom for me on Earth.-Betrothed
- Kick the butt!-Only Human
- The lesson two: We never give up!-Titans Together
- Robin! You are unwrinkled!-Revolution
- This prom is some manner of duel, yes? Robin eagerly accepts!-Date With Destiny
- You may be the ruler of this planet, but you are not the ruler of me!!-Betrothed
- You may not value my life, but I still value yours.-Troq
- On Tamaran this merely translates as the transfer of knowledge, but on your world it means... More. Or so I've heard.-Trouble in Tokyo