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Koriand'r is an alien princess from the planet Tamaran who lived in peace and happiness until her home planet was conquered. Banished from Tamaran, Koriand'r was enslaved and experimented on, granting her extraordinary powers which she used to lead a rebellion and liberate herself and her fellow slaves from their captors. She became known throughout the cosmos as Starfire, and settled on Earth, where she became a member of the superhero teams the Outlaws and the Teen Titans.

Origin and Early Career

Princess Koriand'r was the youngest daughter born to the First House of Tamaran. She lived a happy and peaceful life until her home planet was attacked by the alien conquerers, the Citadel, who operated under the orders of the evil Dominators. The Citadel killed Kori's family, with the exception of her older sister Komand'r, and enslaved the entire population of Tamaran, including Kori. They appointed Komand'r as the leader of Tamaran, seeking to use her as a figurehead to appease the planet's people. However, in an attempt to take away the people of Tamaran's will to fight back, they forced Komand'r to publicly banish her sister from the planet.

Kori was taken by the Citadel and was the subject of numerous painful experiments at the hands of the Psions. She was discarded in Takron, a savage prison populated by aliens from the various planets the Citadel had conquered. The Citadel suspected she would perish quickly, but she survived motivated by her rage. After lashing out against a Citadelian guard offering sympathies, Kori projected huge amounts of energy from her body, and realized the experiments conducted on her had unintentionally given her incredible powers. She was restrained and further experimented on, enslaved and drugged to keep her compliant.

Eventually, Kori was forced to work on a slave ship called the S.S. Starfire, where she met Orn, a rebel Citadelian who had been enslaved by his own people. He showed Kori kindness and love, and smuggled food for her. She began training in secret with Orn, and eventually managed to empower the slaves on her ship to overthrow their captors, leading a rebellion that freed the aliens from their captors. Kori took control of the ship she had been enslaved upon, liberated the people of Tamaran, and became known throughout the galaxy as Starfire.[1]

She traveled to Earth, where she became a member of the Teen Titans and lived in Titans Tower for a time. Over time, she developed an affinity for fellow Titan Dick Grayson, and the pair began an relationship. Eventually, through an ostensible betrayal by Komand'r, Tamaran was destroyed, resulting in a great deal of guilt on Koriand'r's part, as she blamed herself for not stopping her sister.[2]

New 52

Red Hood and the Outlaws

Kori lived on Earth for some time and used her powers to fight for justice, before suddenly losing her memories. She found herself in her alien ship on an island in the Caribbean, not knowing how she had got there. She lived solemnly until she discovered an injured Jason Todd, who had washed up on the island's shores. Jason reminded Kori of her former lover Dick Grayson, and she decided to use her ship's Tamaranean technology to nurse him back to health. Jason told her of his history as Robin and his superhero identity as Red Hood, and the two quickly grew fond of one another.

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Starfire during her time with the Outlaws

Jason lived with Kori for a short time until he learned that Roy Harper was scheduled to be put to death as punishment for protesting in Qurac.[3] Jason requested Kori's help in rescuing him by slaughtering his pursuers, and Red Hood and Starfire succeeded in their mission. The trio traveled back to the Caribbean, and Kori and Roy began a sexual relationship. They later decided to band their efforts, forming a mercenary team called the "Outlaws".[4]

One of the team's earliest adventures led them to encounter an alien hunter named Crux. Crux had targeted Koriand'r after discovering a photograph of her on the internet, and wanted to drain her powers away and gain them for himself. Starfire was attacked by Crux, who used Tamaranean technology against her in attempt to strip her of her powers.[5] He failed to do so, as Starfire had grown resistant to the technology after the experiments she had undergone by the Citadel, though Crux did severely wound her in the process. Kori was rescued by Arsenal, who managed to fend off Crux while she gathered her strength. Together they overpowered the alien hunter, and Kori was about to kill Crux until she and Roy were forced to retreat after Jason arrived, followed by an angry mob who were intent on chasing him.[6]

The team traveled to Gotham City to rescue civilians who were being held hostage in Gotham General Hospital by Jason's former adversary Suzie Su. Shortly afterwards, their ship intercepted a message sent from Alfred Pennyworth to the Batman Family, which explained that the Court of Owls had sent multiple Talons loose across Gotham where they were targeting forty people of interest. The Outlaws decided to stay and help, and attempted to protect one of the Court's targets: Mister Freeze.[7] Starfire and Arsenal were tasked with keeping Freeze safe, while Red Hood pursued the Talon that had been sent for him. The heroes managed to defend Freeze and delivered him to Batgirl before they left Gotham.[8]

Return to Tamaran

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Koriand'r pilots the H.M.S.S. Starfire once again

Kori was awoken to a visit from her friend Orn, who had helped her overthrow her captors when she was a slave. Orn informed her that Tamaran had been taken over by the Blight, a parasitic alien race, and requested she return to her former role as the former commander of the H.M.S.S. Starfire to defeat them. Orn teleported Starfire, Red Hood and Arsenal to the ship,[9] however Kori was hesitant to rescue her people once again, feeling that they had never attempted to help her. Roy convinced Kori to fight the Blight, but he was eventually captured by members of the alien race, forcing Starfire to return to her home planet.[10] Kori successfully rescued Roy and was reunited with her sister Komand'r, who had been forced to work with the Blight to stay alive. The two tearfully reconciled and worked together with the Outlaws to take on the Blight.[11] They succeeded in protecting their home planet, and Komand'r offered Koriand'r the chance to join her on the throne and rule Tamaran together. Kori kindly declined her offer, choosing to return to Earth with the Outlaws instead.[12]

As later stories established that Tamaran was destroyed prior to the events of this story, it is possible that this story has been removed from continuity, or that this was a new world colonized and renamed Tamaran in its honor.[13]

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Helspont

Koriand'r later found her home planet of Tamaran from being invaded again, this time by the Helspont. When the Outlaws arrived on the planet they discovered that Komand'r had sided with the Helspont in order to ensure the safety of her people and had ensured that Tamaran was spared. Koriand'r was devastated to learn of her sister's apparent betrayal, however, Komand'r heard her sister's pleas and betrayed Helspont, destroying him and nearly killing herself in the process. This led Kori and Roy to break up - though purely out of necessity - as Koriand'r was forced to return to Tamaran to ensure that Komand'r could get the medical attention she needed. The two shared a kiss, and Koriand'r promised to remember Roy for "forever and a day".

Like with the incident involving the Blight, as later stories established that Tamaran was destroyed prior to the events of this story, it is possible that this story has been removed from continuity, or that this was a new world colonized and renamed Tamaran in its honor.[14]

Key West

Starfire would eventually return to Earth and started to live in Key West, a small island town. She desired to experience a normal human life and appeared to have no interest in heroism or her former life. She befriended the local Sheriff, Stella Gomez, who helped her find a place to live and constantly dealt with Kori's naiveté regarding human culture. Kori also got to know Stella's widowed brother, Sol (who happened to bear a striking resemblance to Dick Grayson), and later began dating him. Starfire later met Atlee, a waitress who was secretly a super-powered woman from a civilization living below the Earth's surface. Despite no longer wanting be a hero, trouble continued to find Kori in her new home and she was forced to defend Key West from various threats. After a trip to Atlee's home, Starfire decided that she should once again use her powers to help others. She left her friends in Key West and tried her hand at being a hero once again.

DC Rebirth

Teen Titans

Inspired by her earlier life as a slave, Starfire had begun investigating a human trafficking ring going on in the East Coast. She managed to locate the base of the operation on an island, but while talking to a person who had information she needed, she was knocked unconscious by an unknown person. She awakened in an unknown location surrounded by the other young heroes Beast Boy, Raven and Kid Flash. The identity of their captor was revealed to be Robin, who kidnapped Koriand'r and the others with the intention of creating a new team of Teen Titans.[15] Damian then reveals that Ra's Al Ghul has sent a team of assassins after them.

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Forming Team Mystery

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Starfire alongside Team Mystery

Brainiac launched an attack against Earth, focusing his forces on the Justice League, Suicide Squad, Titans and the Teen Titans. The heroes were captured and divided them into mis-match teams to fight the Omega Titans, who had emerged after the Source Wall fell. Starfire was drafted into Team Mystery alongside Superman, Sinestro, Starro and the Martian Manhunter. As the newly formed teams gathered, and whilst Brainiac was informing them of the situation, his head suddenly exploded.[16][17]

After Brainiac's death, the teams traveled to Colu in order to receive the Tree of Wisdom, Tree of Entropy, Tree of Mystery and the Tree of Wonder. Starfire found her planet, Tamaran, in Colu's World Nursery alongside multiple other worlds stolen by Colu. The planet was attacked by the Omega Titan, Wisdom. It was destroyed, despite Team Mystery and Team Wonder's efforts. As the Omega Titans arrived on Earth, the teams and the Green Lanterns worked together to draw them away from Earth. Due to these events, Starfire left the Teen Titans to go to the Ghost Sector with Cyborg.[18][19][20]

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Starfire joined the Justice League Odyssey, a team formed to bring order to the newly created space sector known as the Ghost Sector.

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After Superman was framed and rendered comatose, Starfire joined the group of heroes heading towards Mars to confront their mysterious enemy. The heroes met and engaged Doctor Manhattan, but they were easily defeated.[21]

Infinite Frontier

Titans Academy

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Starfire battling for Earth 3

Starfire, along with her teamates Raven, Beast Boy, Nightwing, Cyborg and Donna Troy formed an academy in honor of Roy Harper after his death, to train new Titans.[22] Starfire and the Titans went to war against the Suicide Squad and Amanda Waller's version of the Crime Syndicate on Earth 3. Starfire and the Titans were asked for help by the Suicide Squad in stopping Amanda Waller taking over Earth 3 by manipulating both the Crime Syndicate and the Suicide Squad, and the young heroes accepted and make their way to Earth 3. As the war between the teams was raging, Amanda Waller persuaded the Titans to leave Earth 3 by kidnapping the students from the Academy.[23][24][25][26][27]

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Powers

  • Tamaranean Physiology:
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    Starfire using her Starbolts

    Koriand'r has green eyes with no pupils, orange skin and fiery hair. When she is using her abilities in full force, her hair seems to glow and react like fire. However, this is simply an illusion.[11] The experiments she endured in captivity altered her physiology to be different from the average Tamaranean, making her immune to technology that would normally remove her powers and granting her additional abilities.[28]
    • Superhuman Strength: Starfire is superhumanly strong.
    • Superhuman Durability: Starfire is so durable, she can resist the vacuum of space. Jinx's energy blasts also fail to cause any damage, leaving her unfazed.[29]
    • Energy Projection: Koriand'r can project her 'Starbolts' at her opponents in a variety of ways and generate massive levels of heat at will. The energy she can generate is burning hot and melts or destroys most metal objects and skin in an instant. It is unknown where this energy comes from.[4] She has been described as a "walking nuclear reactor" in regards to the amount of heat and energy she is capable of exuding.[30]
      • Optic Blast: Koriand'r has learned to emit her starbolts through her eyes similarly to a Kryptonian's heat vision, generating extremely precise and powerful blasts of energy.[31]
    • Flight: Koriand'r can use her energy to push herself through the sky. This only works when gravity is affecting her, and she cannot fly unaided in space.[32][33]
    • Superhuman Stamina[34]
    • Linguistic Assimilation: Starfire is capable of assimilating other languages through physical contact with another person. She usually chooses to use this power in the form of a kiss.
    • Energy Absorption
    • Self-Sustenance
    • Photokinesis: Starfire can generate solar radiation of the same wavelength as "yellow" sunlight from her body.[35]

Abilities

  • Aviation: Koriand'r is highly skilled at piloting alien spacecraft. She stole and refitted the spacecraft she had been enslaved on, the H.M.S.S. Starfire, which she became the commander of.[12]
  • Firearms: Koriand'r has been using guns since she was first imprisoned, and has used them against her captors and enemies since. However she prefers to use her Starbolts rather than guns.[36]
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Koriand'r was taught basic combat moves as a young girl and continued to train throughout her enslavement and beyond. Although highly trained, she is prone to brutally attacking her opponents with reckless abandon when she is angered.[32]
  • Swordsmanship: Koriand'r has been seen using swords on a number of occasions. She prefers to use her own fists or her Starbolts to weapons, but her skill with swordsmanship once allowed her to chop the hands off an opponent before he could even react.[37]
  • Medicine[3]
  • Intimidation[37]
  • Leadership[9]
  • Tactical Analysis[11]

Other Characteristics

  • Drug Addiction (Formerly): When she was a slave, Kori was addicted to the drugs that were forcefully given to her by her captors. She managed to overcome her addiction, however.[1]
  • Selective Amnesia (Formerly)[38]


Transportation

  • H.M.S.S. Starfire (Destroyed): The Starfire was a former slave spacecraft that was repaired, commandeered and crewed by Starfire and then used by her to travel through space.


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