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Koriand'r
Starfire
of the Teen Titans and the Outsiders


Koriand'r, who is better known by her super-heroic codename "Starfire," was a longstanding core member of the Teen Titans (later known simply as the "Titans"). She is an alien from planet Tamaran. She worships the god X'Hal.

For more information about Starfire, including her ethnic and religious background, click here.

Discussion

From: "Who is your religious superhero" discussion board, started 14 March 2006, on "Ship of Fools: The Magazine of Christian Unrest" website (http://forum.ship-of-fools.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=006489; viewed 24 April 2006):
Spiffy da WonderSheep
Posted 21 March, 2006 18:34

Is it scary I'm going down the list and saying, "Well, what about Starfire and Raven? Why aren't they on these lists?"

(Starfire worships X'Hal, you know...)

From: "Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters" message board, started 28 March 2006 on Comic Book Resources website (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?t=116753; viewed 4 June 2006):
3-28-2006, 01:51 PM
Sir Tim Drake

Other characters not [yet] on the [Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters] list:
Shadow Lass - ancestor worshipper
Element Lad - New Age
Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl - at least one of them was some kind of Christian, since their first child was baptized
Starfire - X'Halist
Conan - Deist (he believes that Crom exists but doesn't care about him)
Red Sonja - Tarimist
Nexus - Christian (not sure if his church was ever specified)
Bacchus (the Eddie Campbell version) - pagan

From: "Superman Wedding -- why a Christian ceremony?" newsgroup discussion started 11 October 1996 in rec.arts.comics.dc.universe (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.dc.universe/browse_thread/thread/4d17a1ff0ee9c715/d141c36005b90ea4; viewed 5 June 2006):
From: Jon Ingersoll
Date: Wed, Oct 23 1996 12:00 am
Email: Jonathan.Ingers...@yale.edu

re: "Just out of curiosity, is there any major character in the DC Universe definitely shown as being Jewish?"

For that matter, what characters have been portrayed as having any definite religion?

...Some others are, I would guess not followers of any religion found on our Earth. I'm thinking of any alien who came here after childhood like J'onn J'onzz, the pre-Crisis Hawkman, Starfire, etc. This also would apply to Aquaman depending on what his current continuity says about when he left Atlantis.

From: "Religious Inclinations of heroes" message board, started 1 March 2005 on StarDestroyer.net website (http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?t=63632; viewed 8 June 2006):
Ghost Rider
Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:54 pm

Strangely most of DCU [DC Universe]... with the exception of the Amazons and a few others, should believe in God. But not out of faith, but the fact he really does exist. Though worship is another matter entirely.

And before one goes "Light show." Does it matter, if it's some uber being or really the divine. This version of God actually for all intents and purpose, doesn't care for worship (though I hated that Wonder Woman arc that tried to go DnD Diety power....which makes no sense because if you only require basically a small island of chicks believeing in you to be able to blow up small moons...then how does that leap to 1 billion yabbo allowing to render creation asunder....hate to see what X'Hal [the deity worshipped by Starfire] is given she has a entire star Cluster worshipping her... guess she outranks God.) and is really that strong. He does many deeds to prove to the average yabbo he is God. And for the most part, man isn't going to question a being that does squash you.


neoolong
Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 3:13 am

In the DC-verse isn't there some weird thing where most if not all the religions are true if enough people believe? Or was that only for Vertigo?


Ghost Rider
Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:12 am

They tried to do it in the God War for Wonder Woman.

Basically it was a way to justify how the heck the Greek Gods exist as gods, because they are worshiped, and why the Judeo-Christian God is so powerful.

Also like I said in my post, it makes no sense given that all he has is one planet, and cause things to affect universally, while X'Hal has a star system or two and can only squash a few worlds and stars.


18-Till-I-Die
Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:11 pm

Maybe there is a defined difference in Gods. X'Hal and God being two seperate creatures, shouldnt be really comperable just cause they inhabit the same environment. A shark and a sea turtle inhabit the same environment but who would argue they're the same, the shark simply developed far more power.

From: "Catholic Clix - Comic info needed!" forum discussion started 3 May 2003 on HCRealms website (http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-40338.html; viewed 24 May 2007):

thornnspear
05/03/2003, 21:04

Ok, so in recent films it's been apparent that Daredevil and Nightcrawler are Catholic...

So, who else out there could be fielded in a "Catholic" Heroclix team?


BigSoph
08/17/2003, 15:10

...Most aliens would probably not have an Earth religion unless they were raised here, including Starfire, most of the Green Lantern corps and such...

From: "TT Religions" forum discussion, started 1 November 2004 on "Titans Go" website (http://forums.titansgo.net/viewtopic.php?t=668; viewed 1 June 2007):

Azarath Princess
Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:25 pm

What religions do you think the Titans are?

Here's mine:
...Starfire: whatever Tamaranians believe in...


Sonic Titan
Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 6:09 pm

Oh mein gaut. Are you serious, or was it a joke?

Here's my take:
robin sez: "Christian."
cyborg sez: "Catholic"
raven sez: "There is no god"
star [Starfire] sez: "Glorp!"


Guile
Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 7:07 pm

Ah ha! I've got some:

...Starfire: Some freaky-deaky Tamaranian religion that involves dancing around naked with a chicken...


The Muffin Man
Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 8:04 pm

...Starfire would either have a Tamaranian God/dess or agnostic.


catspee
Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 10:57 pm


...Starfire: A space version of people who respect mother nature...

kiyo-chan
Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2004 10:45 pm

Mad Mod worships Monty Python. And the Beatles. There's enough evidence in the chase scenes alone and crashing feet to prove that.

So far as the other Titans go, considering that Robin grew up around Batman, who doesn't believe in God, and also considering that Robin thinks a lot, he's probably agnostic. I can see Cyborg being of some Christian sect. He's a little too perky to a Jehovah's Witness or Southern Baptist and eats too much to be Mormon (no offense to any Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses out there...), I'd say he's just good old Baptist or Catholic or something. Raven is probably something along the lines of a Azarathian equivalent of Wicca (and real Wicca....not just someone who walks around saying they are so because it's cool and trendy these days.), Beast Boy being an earth-y boy might be Buddhist (He's vegetarian too so that fits as well...), and Starfire is something weird and weirder. I'm out of ideas. Those last few were kinda half-efforted heh.

Actually, I don't think the Titans have any time to even bother with a religion, with the exception of Raven since her powers seem to be based upon whatever it is she practices, but it's a fun thought...


kindpastor
Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2004 8:03 pm

...my religion pics (don't worry, they're real)


...Starfire: Religious Scientist (because they're into that huggy lovey "lets be friends" crap)...

[http://forums.titansgo.net/viewtopic.php?t=668&postorder=asc&start=25]

BBsBro
Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2004 10:45 pm

...Starfire = Tamaranian religion. You notice all the holidays and festivals she celebrates?

Blackfire= "Reli...gion? Oh yeah! I think they had that at this one big place with pointy towers that I stole stuff from!"...


BBFan
Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2004 7:06 pm


...Starfire - Tamaranian...

TTgirl56
Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 4:03 pm


...Starfire: Vegan (have no idea what that is but I think I remember reading it somewhere)...

Yeah, Ok, I know, this sounds boring, but to me it only makes sense. Well except for the fact that I think I believe that Cyborg doesn't have a religion either, But I think Starfire has one, and by the way it looks I think Raven has one too, anyway, this pretty much sums up my ideas.


Karakeha
Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 4:41 pm


...Starfire: In the comics, she always says "Thank Xhal". So, I'd say she is Xhalian. XD...

Undr
Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 8:50 pm


...Starfire: whatever is on her homeplanet...

savetheyak
Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 5:12 pm


...Star [Starfire] = Orthodox Tamaranian religion.
Blackfire = Same as Starfire, but only if it doesn't interfere with her fun.

Poison in the Blood
Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 10:15 pm


...Starfire - The Tamaranian equivilant to Christianity...

Sutoraikaa the Wolf
Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2005 2:15 pm

...Starfire: I'm not touching that one...


sky.davis
Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 8:12 pm

Hmm... I think--
...Starfire: The religion on Tamaran, however, going with Earth religions I would say Christian...


Nightwing11
Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 2:32 pm

Robin: Either Shinto or Atheist
...Starfire: Tamaranian religion...


Ayria
Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 4:50 pm


...Starfire: Whatever religion exists on Tamaran...

Windspark
Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 8:52 pm

Isn't X'Hal or whatever Starfire's Tamaranian religion or somethin like that?


CyDude12
Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 9:18 pm


...Starfire: Tamaranian...

Neko
Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 9:39 pm

Windspark wrote: Isn't X'Hal or whatever Starfire's Tamaranian religion or somethin like that?

X'Hal is the Goddess of Victory/War, something akin to the Greek's Athena (or Nike, if you go with the victory part). This makes sense, because the Tamaranians are a warlike people.


Unbridled Joy of Flight
Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 12:27 am

Like I said, I need to macro this. Summary of X'hal (and other things Tamaranian) from TitansTower.com. Should be added that X'hal is insane.


Pirate Squirrel
Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:31 am


...Starfire: Tamaranian based religion...

Neko
Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:24 pm


...Starfire- Those crazy Tamaranians worship X'hal, so... yeah. I guess that could be considered Pagan on Earth...

DemonicCrow
Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 10:02 pm

Here's my views:
...Starfire-Some Tamaranian religion...


Roar the Mighty
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:08 am

Anyway this is what I'm thinking...
- Starfire: Some wierd Tamarainian religion that requires her to marry a large green blob at the tender age of 16...


Wymsical
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:26 pm

It can be easy in some ways to know which religions Robin, Cyborg and Beastboy may believe in, but as for Starfire and Raven, they are a lot harder. I guess the prehaps follow the Gods of their own homeworlds.


[http://forums.titansgo.net/viewtopic.php?t=668&postorder=asc&start=75]

Enoch
Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2005 5:21 am

based on the way they act I would say that they are all aethiests


FocusedShadow
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 6:29 pm


...Starfire: Whatever religion there is on Tamaran. We know that all of the people there worship X'Hal, though...

[Stellar]
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 11:05 am


...Starfire: Whatever the Tamaranian religion is, I think she's referred to some sort of deity during the show, something about 'Soandso the all seeing'...

From: "Superheroes/villains and their religions" forum discussion, started 16 March 2006 on "Animation Insider" website (http://www.animationinsider.net/forums/archive/index.php?t-17835.html; viewed 28 June 2008):

Daikun
03-16-2006, 05:16 AM

Someone pointed this out at another forum. I found it to be quite amusing that someone would actually have enough time on their hands to ponder about this.

http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html


Tasermon's Teammate
03-17-2006, 06:22 AM

...The only TT [Teen Titans] member the mentioned that I saw was Aqualad. And of course he's Atlantean.


Dr. Killbydeath
03-17-2006, 03:03 PM

Well, as far as the Titans go, Raven is obvious. Superboy is the same as Superman. Wonder Girl is the same as Wonder Woman. Kid Flash is the same as Barry Allen... Starfire follows the Tamaranian religion.


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