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The Hot Girls You Don’t Know About: Starfire

It’s official, I’m in love with Starfire. Not the one from the comics. Not the adult one who got wrenched into a sex object, revamped into a tiny costume and huge tracts of land.

Yeah, not that one. The one from the Teen Titans cartoon.

That’s right. The cute redhead with bangs and a more (although not that much more) modest outfit. She reminds me a little of Gadget. She’s adorkable, but where Gadget is a scatterbrained mechanic, Starfire is an alien. She mixes words up, she drinks mustard, she has a native language that sounds like Dr. Seuss wrote it. She’s just so darn cute. Out of all of them, she resembles the scatterbrained anime girl the most. I can see why Robin is in love with her.

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Strange… her uniform in the XD Teen Titans Go! is more conservative.

I think it’s just me, but one of the archetypes I often fall for is the naïve newcomer. But don’t mistake being naive for stupid. She’s remarkably perceptive. And as faithful and loyal as a puppy. And this works both ways. Mess with her friends and she goes BSOD, but it also means she’s unwilling to fight Robin when he goes to the dark side.

Where most science fiction shows use “the other” as a medium to analyze the human condition (Star Trek, for example), Starfire embraces both her old and new world. She often tries to encourage her teammates to celebrate her Tamaranian holidays or foods (often for comical effect), but she’s always willing to learn about Earth customs.

She wants to be friends with everyone. In fact, there’s an episode where she goes forward in time twenty years and sees that the other Teen Titans have separated and gone dark. I never expected her to be the tie that bound them all together. It seems like it’s either “The Beast Boy & Cyborg Show” or “Robin is a Dick”.

My biggest problem with her is the ambiguity of her powers. She doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses. She can fire starbolts all day long. Even from her eyes, which makes most restraints useless. She can fly, like Raven, so ground-based enemies are matchless. She has superior strength to Cyborg. It makes me wonder why she needs her teammates, except companionship or guidance. It’s not like her alien origin makes much of a difference during battles. Remind me why Slade was such a problem again? He was just an army dude with a sword and one eye. I may have to watch that one again to see what the problem was.

But Starfire’s a good character. One of the female superheroes that deserves more attention, thanks to the animated show.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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