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Starfire (real name, Princess Koriand'r) is an alien-human-like 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.
The design of the character (Koriand'r) incorporated aspects of many existing characters. Artist George Pérez, in explaining the creation of the character, stated:
“...I figured based on the description, was Red Sonja in outer space, so she ended up having a visual cue from that. When Joe Orlando passed by and saw the character sketches he suggested that maybe her hair should be longer. That I took to the ninth degree and gave her the Mighty Mouse contrail.”
Fictional character biography
Marriages and other relationships
Countdown to Adventure
Rann-Thanagar Holy War
Justice League and R.E.B.E.L.S.
Red Hood and the Outlaws
Starfire is shown to be 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 things. Presumably because English is not her first language, she 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 team members (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.
She 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 dissatisfied to the point of snubbing her teammates when she believes they do not care for her friendship or company. Above all, she wishes to be friends with everyone she meets and for everyone to get along. This is in part probably, as before coming to Earth, she didn't have real friends apart from 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 since 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 behavior change suggests she truly was, at heart, a somewhat friendly, kindhearted person. The reckless behavior seen at the beginning of the episode might lend some credence to why Tamaraneans are so feared throughout the galaxy: their strength is not easily matched. However, it also proves that she is not afraid to "kick the butt".
While naive, she is extremely wise. 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. She 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 both Cyborg and Beast Boy in the episodes Forces of Nature and Deception.
She cares about each of her friends, but there is one person whom she cares about more than anyone on Earth: Robin. Since the day they met, she 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 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 her 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 appears to be a beautiful slender girl with bright orangish-fair skin, long fiery-red hair that reaches her waist with straight bangs, matching small eyebrows, and green eyes with light green scleras.
Her entire outfit is violet with silver trimmings. She wears a sleeveless crop top showing her midriff, a stem stalk mini-skirt with a silver belt, and thigh-high boots with silver collars and soles. In addition, she wears a silver neck corn collar and gauntlets with green jewels. She even wears a silver armband on her right arm.
Powers and abilities
Starfire is a Tamaranean, and as such, her physiology is designed to constantly absorb ultraviolet radiation. The radiation is then converted to pure energy, allowing her to fly at supersonic speeds. Originally, Starfire could use this power to fly in space and even go fast enough to cross several solar systems in minutes to seconds. However, it is established in Red Hood and the Outlaws #2 and #27 that the rebooted Starfire cannot fly without the effects of gravity, leaving her unable to travel in space unaided. However, this energy also gives her incredible superhuman strength and durability. Combined with her fighting skills, this strength allowed her to defeat the much stronger Donna Troy about two out of three times during purely hand-to-hand matches. She later proved strong enough to fight against Wonder Woman for a short period and, during a fit of rage, was so strong that Donna Troy was unable to restrain her without the help of Mon-El and in the TV series, she was strong enough to shake the whole city with a single hit. After being experimented on by the alien Psions, Starfire gained the ability to release her absorbed energy into incredibly powerful blasts called "starbolts."
As shown in the "Insiders" crossover story arc (Teen Titans and Outsiders), Starfire can also release nearly all of her stored energy as a powerful Omni-directional explosive burst, many times stronger than her standard blasts. The released energy leaves her in a weakened state. She's also shown that she can consciously absorb ambient Ultraviolet and Solar Energy to weaken a Kryptonian's physical abilities. Starfire also demonstrated more control over her powers in the New 52 reboot, having used her internal energy to melt the metal of Jason Todd's gun when it came into contact with her skin. Starfire, and all Tamaraneans, are capable of assimilating languages through physical contact with another person. When Starfire attempts to do so with a male, she typically does so by kissing because it is "more fun" for her. Starfire is also proficient in hand-to-hand combat, having been trained by the Warlords of Okaara. She also doesn't need to eat, drink, sleep and doesn't require an atmosphere to breathe, though she has to if she is low on ultraviolet energy.