- “I'm a magical princess from another dimension!”
- ―Star introducing herself to Marco[src]
Princess Star Butterfly is the main protagonist of Star vs. the Forces of Evil. She is a teenage princess of the Kingdom of Mewni (located in another dimension) sent to Earth by her parents in order to learn how to use the royal magic wand. In seasons 1-2, she lives with her earthly hosts, the Diaz family.
Star is very energetic and friendly. She loves having fun and usually has an optimistic outlook on life. She loves to help others and whenever she sees that someone is upset, she does her best to cheer them up. Strangers, in her eyes, are just friends she has not met yet, and she feels bad if she hurts someone's feelings, whether intentionally or not. Star has a happy-go-lucky attitude and always tries to put a smile on everyone's faces. She also works very hard towards her goals, so much so that she will sometimes end up greatly sleep-deprived, as shown in "Monster Arm".
Owing to her rather sheltered upbringing, Star's optimism and enthusiasm can border on recklessness, to the point of endangering the people around her with her madcap antics. She has rather simplistic views on concepts such as leadership and responsibility, believing that prioritizing fun above all else matters the most. All this, coupled with her lack of understanding of Earth customs, often puts her and Marco in strange, dangerous situations. While rarely ever angry, she does express annoyance towards people who do not take her seriously or give her the attention she wants. Although she treats her friends kindly and rarely holds grudges against them, she is usually brutal towards her enemies.
In earlier episodes, she also holds a prejudice against monsters, believing they are "born bad", though this opinion softens a little as of "Mewnipendance Day". As the series continues however, her prejudice softens more or is gone completely, shown by her being friends with Buff Frog and his tadpoles and her disapproval of her mother's own prejudice in Star vs. the Forces of Evil: The Battle for Mewni.
She sometimes chews on the top of the wand, in something of a tic.
As the series progresses, Star becomes less prone to resorting to magic to fix a situation, and she shows a willingness to become stronger and more serious and not run away from her problems, despite this sometimes resulting in her underestimating her enemies.
Star is a fourteen-year-old girl of medium height. She has fair skin, light blue eyes and long blonde hair that goes down to her knees. Most of the time Star's bangs overlap her eyes and eyebrows, possibly due to how large her eyes are drawn.
Her cheeks normally have posh pearl pink hearts on them. The heart marks on her cheeks sometimes change into other things to reflect her emotions, such as hourglasses when she is bored, grey skulls when she is pumped for battle white skulls when she is depressed, or light bulbs when she has an idea. Considering that her mother's cheeks have purple diamond-shaped marks and other queens of Mewni have borne similar marks, it is logical that this is a genetic trait.
When going through mewberty, purple hearts appear on Star's skin (including her forehead and ears) although she is able to peel them off. Eventually, she turns completely purple and acquires an insect-like appearance. Her hair turns pale lavender and is twisted into two buns. Her eyes are replaced with glowing hearts, and she gains four extra arms and large purple butterfly-like wings. At the end of her mewberty phase, she reverts back to normal but with a smaller pair of wings.
In her second mewberty form, Star's eyes become yellow diamonds, her skin becomes a lighter shade, and she gains an extra two pairs of arms like before along with large fiery gold wings. Her hair also appears as a lighter shade of blonde in two long bun braids.
Star's wardrobe consists of every color of the rainbow. She usually wears a red hairband with devil horns and lets her hair down, but she sometimes uses her magic wand to change into other hairstyles like pigtails or ponytails (and on one occasion, to change her hairband into other kinds of headgear).
While Star has many different outfits, she mainly wears four recurring outfits:
- A sea green dress with a white collar, white lace on the sleeves and skirt and a cute pink octopus on the front. She also wears pink and orange stockings, dark magenta boots with a rhino design, and a little yellow star-shaped side bag with a face.
- A teal sleeveless dress with four colorful stripes on the chest, white lace on the bottom, and a white bear face on the left side towards the bottom. She also wears pale light sea green and bluish green-striped stockings, pink boots with white bunny faces and dark pink bottoms, and a silver bracelet with spikes.
- A sky blue sleeveless short dress with a tied string at the neckline. Around the waist, the dress has a peach-colored line and a red belt that is slanted towards the right. She also wears a little gray cloud-shaped bag with a face, striped blue stockings that are dark blue at the top and become lighter with each lower stripe, light blue sneakers with white tips, and fuzzy light blue leg warmers.
- A dark green-blue dress with a mint green trim, with pink striped leggings, a spider necklace, and white boots with yellow stars on the heels, hot pink bottoms, and pale pink tips. Her devil horns headband is magenta instead of red.
RelationshipsPony Head threatened him.
Star appreciates Marco's help, advice, and kindness whenever she needs it, and she always finds ways to help him out when she sees she can. However, she has been shown to be resentful whenever Marco thinks she can't handle something herself, and has on several occasions clashed with Marco over the differences between her adventurous personality and his cautious tendencies up to the point where she questions their friendship. Nonetheless, their friendship remains unbreakable, as demonstrated in "Gift of the Card" when they are prepared to die in each other's arms. They also are usually quick to make amends if they end up in a fight or disagreement.
In "Blood Moon Ball", Star and Marco briefly dance together under the light of the Blood Moon, which according to legend binds their souls together for eternity.
In "Sleepover", Star's feelings for Marco are implied to be something more than just friendship, as when she yells out his name in frustration, the Truth or Punishments Box remarks "Truth. Star Butterfly has a crush on..." before being, ironically, crushed.
In "Naysaya", she is extremely happy that Marco finally managed to ask Jackie out and continues to be happy for them when Jackie does the same in "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown", but after seeing them together, she becomes dismayed. During a dead clown séance with Janna, she is constantly distracted by thoughts of Marco and Jackie's date. She tries to call Marco repeatedly and even resorts to using a dark magic spell to spy on him and Jackie. When Star sees Marco and Jackie together, her jealousy causes her spells to go out of control. She is further shown to be jealous of Marco and Jackie's relationship in "Just Friends".
In "Running with Scissors", Star is briefly enamored with Marco's adult physique, barely being able to speak.
In "Face the Music", Ruberiot's song for Star's Song Day reveals that Star harbors a secret crush on Marco. This creates a strain in their friendship, upon which they start avoiding one another. In "Starcrushed", Star struggles with her growing feelings for Marco, and with the threat of Toffee looming closer, she confesses that she indeed has a crush on him before tearfully leaving Earth.
In "Return to Mewni" and "Toffee", Star is casual about referring to Marco several times as "cute", uses the All-Seeing Eye spell to see him from afar, and uses things that he taught her in order to survive in the Mewnian wilderness. When Marco later rescues her from a castle dungeon, they reunite with a hug, indicating they still deeply care about each other despite the circumstances of their separation in "Starcrushed".Amethyst Arcade and lies about it to Star. Star forgives Pony Head after she saves Marco while being doomed to go to St. Olga's. In "St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses", Star shows that she cares enough for Pony Head to break her out of St. O's, the place she fears most, for her best friend's birthday, even when she seemed too broken by the school's harsh teaching. In "Pizza Thing" Star invites Pony Head to "Friendship Thursday", a regular event that she enjoys with Marco, and wanted Pony Head to be a part of too. Star Comes to Earth". Ludo is always trying to steal Star's wand away from her, and Star is always fighting with him and his army because of it. While disliking Ludo, Star does not see him as a huge threat that she can not defeat. She finds a lot of his plans ridiculous, and she does not appreciate it whenever Ludo and his army are making trouble or ruining things for her. Despite the dislike she holds towards him, she is willing to cooperate with him when necessary, such as in "Toffee" when she tries to help him get Toffee out of his wand and when she tosses him into the void at his request. She even sends him on his way with a bag of Gold'n Crispz and wishes him good luck. Diaz Family Vacation" causes her to realize her dad is cooler than she originally thought. Her dad finds out about her going to dimensions outside of Earth, while she learns he lied about his lectures, so for one time, King Butterfly promises not to tell, and the two embrace over it. Star and her father share a reckless and playful personality (as shown in "Royal Pain" and "Camping Trip") as well as a need to fight monsters. However, Star cannot stand her father's messiness in the aforementioned "Royal Pain".
Star has a harder time getting along with her mother. Not fond of her mother's strict rules and traditional sensibilities, Star liked being sent to Earth, which allowed her to get some space from her. In her journal, she included an entry that stated "Mom's a poophead", further showing how much she doesn't like her mom's restrictions. At the same time, Star fully knows the danger of her mom finding out that she is being too reckless with the wand or exploring other dimensions without permission, which would lead her to be sent to St. Olga's. Regardless, the two love each other immensely. By season two, Star and Queen Butterfly's relationship is much stronger; Star is more comfortable approaching her mother with personal problems, such as in "Mr. Candle Cares", and Queen Butterfly is more appreciative of what makes her daughter special, as shown in "Game of Flags". Star has also shown herself to be more willing to stand up to her mother, initially refusing to return to Mewni with her in "Starcrushed" until Queen Butterfly informs her of Toffee's return and wanting to face Toffee in "Return to Mewni" until Queen Butterfly reveals that Toffee and his army killed her mother.
Rafael and Angie DiazWhen Star first arrives at the Diaz Household, she immediately wins over Marco's parents with her bubbly personality. The three get along well and enjoy all the time they spend together, demonstrated in "Diaz Family Vacation" (where Star calls the two of them "cool"). In "Hungry Larry", Star summons Hungry Larry to help Rafael make his haunted house scarier, and in Star and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every Dimension, Star says she considers Angie as her second mom. Mr. Candle Cares", when Tom uses Mr. Candle to tell Star that all she is good for is being queen, he later realizes that he cannot win Star's affections by force (with Marco's help), and apologized for trying to manipulate her. Although Star is on better terms with him after this, she still balks at the idea of spending time with him, as seen in "Friendenemies". Cheer Up, Star." She is highly impressed that he has "a record", and she fantasizes about being with him, much to Marco's annoyance when he is having a flashback. She gets upset when he doesn't call her, but she is happy again when he eventually does.
In "Mewberty", Oskar is the focus of Star's new found attention on boys. After her transformation into a purple butterfly-like humanoid, she kidnaps both Oskar and his car and lifts him up to the sky. Unexpectedly, she then drops Oskar and his car back to Earth, before returning to her normal state.
In "Star on Wheels", Oskar helps Marco save Star from a runaway bike ride. In the end, Star apologizes to Oskar about his broken car and offers him a ride home on Marco's bike. In "Girls' Day Out", Star is unable to even speak with Oskar without becoming incoherently lovestruck.In "Starcrushed", they both attend a party on the roof of the Stop & Slurp. While there, they share a conversation, and connect in a small manner. Star's revelation of her crush on Marco is a possible indication that she is no longer interested in Oskar. Monster Arm", they help wake her up so she could change Marco's mutated arm back to normal. In "Pixtopia", they accompany her and Marco to the pixie dimension, where she ends up having to save the two of them. Star seems to have drifted apart from them after the first season. In "Collateral Damage", she admits that she hasn't spoken to them "all year". In Deep Trouble #4, Star is weirded out by the fact that they regularly sneak into her room and play with her magical items while she and Marco are away on adventures. Mewnipendance Day Reenactment, making her one of the "heroic" Mewmans battling against the "evil" monsters. In "Sleepover", Star invites her to her first slumber party. In "Collateral Damage", Star declares StarFan13 "the second best [Star] there is", and in "Starcrushed", Star includes her in her circle of close friends. laser puppy Star had conjured for her birthday gift; she declares the act "not cool". In "Collateral Damage", Star declares that Brittney is judgmental and mean, but suggests that she acts as such in order to encourage her fellow students to continue being better than possums. Mewnipendance Day re-enactment, and have her play a Mewman), but they develop a stronger bond in "Girls' Day Out" after Janna proclaims her "mayor of detention". The two have hung out together regularly since, such as in "Sleepover" and "Face the Music", and Janna is included in Star's circle of close friends in "Starcrushed". Sleepover" and "Just Friends", but in "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown", she gets so distracted by thoughts of Marco and Jackie's date that she spies on them, and her jealousy unintentionally causes their skateboard ride to crash and mess up her Mystic Suck Room Transform spell.
In Star and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every Dimension, Star seems to speak a little passive-aggressively about and toward Jackie. In Jackie's bio, Star describes her as "pretty rad" and "supercool", but she acts uncomfortable during Jackie's interview about her feelings for Marco, and she awkwardly ends the interview afterward.By the Book", and becoming distraught when Ludo kidnaps him in "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown". In "Raid the Cave", Star tries to rescue him, but he refuses to go with her, which she harbors some resentment over in "Crystal Clear". She holds onto that resentment and expresses it towards him in "Toffee" when she reunites with him in purgatory.
Powers and abilities
- Royal magic wand: Star wields the Butterfly family's royal magic wand which grants her multiple magical powers, though she does not fully understand them yet. She can create many different creations or change anything she wants with the wand just by saying spells and pointing it. Star can also transform her wand into other things, like a mace or umbrella.
- Hand-to-hand/armed combat: Star also knows how to fight without the wand, either fighting unarmed or using a weapon. As a toddler, she was taught how to break a neck with her bare hands and the art of swordsmanship by the Mewni royal guard.
- Mewberty form: In "Mewberty", Star goes through mewberty and develops a "half-butterfly" form that grants her flight and web-shooting powers. As of The Battle for Mewni, Star's mewberty form becomes considerably more powerful after she gains a new wand.
- Innate magic: In "My New Wand!", Star learns to access the innate magic within her own body. According to Baby, Star is the strongest innate magic user since Queen Eclipsa. In "Toffee", Star proves powerful enough to restart magic throughout the universe by using her innate magic to birth a new Millhorse from the last fragment of magical energy in the universe.
- Temporary flight: In "Mewberty", Star grows a pair of small wings and can use them to fly temporarily. She is shown using these wings to cross over a sinkhole in "Star on Wheels".
- Creativity: Star has also demonstrated a talent for paper cutting, painting, and drawing. She also makes up her own spells using her imagination.
Names in other languages
|Mandarin Chinese|| 星蝶|
|Czech||Star Hvězduše Motýlova||Star Hvězduše Butterfly|
|Dutch||Star Vlinder||Star Butterfly|
|Hungarian||Pillangó Csillag||Star Butterfly*|
|Hebrew||סטאר באטרפליי||Star Butterfly|
|Korean|| 스타 버터플라이|
|Norwegian||Sarah Sommerfugl*||Sarah Butterfly|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Star Borboleta||Star Butterfly|
|Russian|| Звёздочка Баттерфляй|
|Little Star Butterfly|
|Romanian||Stea Fluture||Star Butterfly|
|Swedish||Ester Fjäril***||Ester Butterfly|
Xīngxīng Dié Wǔ
|Star Butterfly Dance|
*using Hungarian name order as "Butterfly Star"
**Was referred to as Star Princess in Flash games and other media.
***Addressed as this in character dialogue but called Star in the series title and synopses.
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- Star has appeared in every episode except "Is Mystery", "The Hard Way", "Moon the Undaunted", "Book Be Gone", "Marco and the King" and "King Ludo".
- In earlier conceptual versions of the series, Star was a grade schooler who did not have magic powers but believed she did. After someone suggested that she make Star older and have real magic powers, Daron Nefcy changed her into a princess from a different dimension.
- In an early concept of Star, she had a pet cat named Cashew.
- According to series creator Daron Nefcy, Star's favorite color is yellow. This is supported by the episode "Sleepover", although Star later states that her favorite color is constantly changing.
- In earlier conceptual versions of the show Star and Marco were enemies instead of friends, and Marco was named "Sol".
- Star herself has confirmed in "Mewnipendance Day" that she and the other people from Mewni are not humans. Rather, they are a humanoid species called "Mewmans".
- In "Ludo in the Wild", Star is shown jumping extremely high. However, this could be because she is on Mewni, she is a Mewman, or she is merely a hallucination of Ludo's.
- Star Butterfly's character was influenced by many anime heroines that Daron Nefcy admired, such as the female leads of Sailor Moon, Magic Knight Rayearth, and Revolutionary Girl Utena.
- Star is similar to:
- The titular character Momo of the first series of the Japanese anime Minky Momo Magical Princess Minky Momo.
- Nina Sakura from the Manga series Ultra Maniac. Both are magical teenage girls who come from magical kingdoms and are sent to live on Earth.
- Starfire from DC comics, also an alien princess unfamiliar with Earth customs who initially resembles humans but later undergoes a metamorphosis.
- Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire and the television series Game of Thrones. Despite being born into nobility, both girls favor combat and adventure over "traditional" feminine roles, but have to learn how to fight to survive in an unforgiving world.
- Steven Universe from the animated series of the same name. Both characters learn to control their developing magical abilities while regularly defending their homes against invading enemies. They also have deep-seated mother issues, and eventually find themselves finishing the conflicts their parents started.
- In the Korean dub, Star yells out, "Shabang Shabang!" before casting a spell.
- Star's birthday is on Stump Day.