Starfire (Princess Koriand'r) created by Marv Wolfman and
George Perez in DC Comics Presents #26 (Oct 1980)
Second in succession to the throne of Tamaran, she and her
sister were kidnapped, and her father sold her off to ensure
After enduring several years of slavery and sexual torture, she
was experimented on by being subjected to ever-increasing energy
levels, which gave her the ability to release energy blasts from
her hands, as well as fly - her sister (who had also undergone the
experimentation, and was more powerful) attacked her, however, and
had her sentenced to execution
She escaped and made her way to Earth, where she took the name
Starfire (the Earth translation of Koriand’r) and joined the Teen
Twice married to Tamaranian men, once for politics and once for
love - both died
Almost married Dick, until a possessed Raven interrupted the
Went missing after Infinite Crisis, although she was one of the
heroes who helped defeat Alexander Luthor
Alongside Adam Strange & Animal Man, gets stranded on an
unknown planet - the three of them fight alongside each other
During Blackest Night, a psychic attack reveals her greatest
desire is to marry Dick Grayson
New 52 - Backstory is essentially the same, but now she’s one
of the Outlaws alongside Jason Todd & Roy Harper - close
friends with Dick Grayson, who avoids romantic feelings for
Rebirth - Rejoins the Titans, and becomes leader after Damian
Wayne is removed from the role
Killed by her sister Komand’r (Blackfire), who believes she
will eventually come back to life
In-universe - Use her energy projection powers to help show her
emotional state at any given time
Out of universe - (32:33)
Hello Starfire, I’m Dr. Issues. -Greetings, doctor. Just to be
clear, “Starfire” is a media creation. Please, call me
My apologies, Koriand’r. So, what can I do for you? -Others
have told me that I am a bit of an...energetic spirit. I get too
rough. I would disagree, but it has been said so many times that I
wonder if there is some truth to it.
In what context? -All of them.
*sigh* Um, can you give an example? -Suppose there is a
powerful enemy at your door right now, and I am with a team. At
least one of them stands slack-jawed, another one tries to start a
conversation or say something to defuse the situation. By the time
they realized what has happened, I have already thrown the first
punch. It is a bit of a blur after that, and we have won, but at
least one other person is yelling at me for being too hasty.
I’ve heard that so many times. “Ready, Fire, Aim.” -More like
“Aim and Fire before they are ready.” I am not careless, just
And you want the others to match your efficiency? -I know they
cannot. I do not want them to resent me for doing what works. This
may sound perverse, but it is actually fun to fight and win!
I do my homework, Koriand’r. I don’t think it’s your fighting
that really upsets anyone, at least not as much as you think. -Then
what is it?
I’m not certain, but maybe your...uh...style? -*sound effect,
charging up?* I LOVE MY STYLE!
*clearly shaken* And you SHOULD! I’m not criticizing it! I’m
saying...on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most flamboyant,
you’re an 11. -Thank you so much! It is a compliment to be seen as
a bright shining beacon on Tamaran.
*ahem* You’re...welcome? Hoo boy...look, you do you, alright?
I’m trying to tow the line between discretion and blatancy. -I am
not some… what is the word, a head of air! Just because I only know
what one of those words meant does not mean you can try and make me
*deep breath* Let’s try again. I want to be kind, but I also
want to be honest. I’m thankful that you are proud of who you are.
Nobody can take that from you. But understand that being so intense
in every sphere of your life is going to burn others out if you’re
not careful once in a while. However, I may be wrong if you’ve
cultivated the best circle of friends and family already. That
would make my point moot. -*pause, less intense than before* It is
Which part? -Definitely family. My sister. I love her.
That’s a good thing. -No...I should not. Not after what she did
to me. Several times. But I have forgiven her. Too many people have
told me that was a dumb thing to do...that she will betray me
There’s no point in regaining pain. There are enough burdens in
our lives that we shouldn’t add extra. Love is an amazing thing.
-But at what cost? I have traded many different types of
love...some not truly of my choice. Raven says I should be bitter
after what I have endured...but I am not. Sometimes I do not
understand why I feel this way, but, what it is it is. I think that
is the Earthen expression.
You are clear with that. Your smile literally lights up a room!
I’m glad that you have someone like that to confide in -She was one
of the “traded loves” I talked about. At first I would consider her
an enemy. But I do not have the type of bond that I truly long
That would be… - *awestruck* Dick.
*flustered* erm...I’m not that kind of therap - *oblivious,
still awestruck* Grayson.
OH THANK GOD. I mean, thank goodness we can talk about someone
so important to you. -He is better than before, you know. He has
said some things about you. That is why I came here. Can you find a
way for us to be together? It is so very complicated! Some of the
times, I wish to have better understanding of Earthen
relationships. Other times, I feel it is better to be in the
Sorry, my role is not to be a matchmaker, or directly “fix”
relationships. Only you two can do that. What I CAN do, is work
with you to process your emotions and behaviors so that whatever
happens, your experiences get better over time. -Wonderful! This
calls for a Tamaranian hug!
*panic* NO! *calms down* No, I’m not a hugger as a
professional. -But that is the best way to share joy with
See, that’s what I’m talking about. It’s best for YOU...not
everyone. Sure, there are plenty of people who agree with you, but
I’ll admit, I’m a bit weird. Respecting my wishes would bring me
joy. Save that joy for Raven...or Dick...or whomever is used to it.
-Raven has said the same thing. But in the end, hugs will win the
day! Come on, Doctor of the Issues, you will see for yourself.
*sound of bones crunching* Ugh…*whispering agony* my spine…I
see what you mean by “too rough” -Oops. Your training seems to be
weak. I will be more careful next time.
Recommended reading: OG Teen Titans by Wolfman & Perez
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