Starlow (known as Chippy by Bowser) is a recurring character who debuted in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. She is a Star Sprite who helps Mario and Luigi by giving hints and holding items. She has a similar role and personality to Stuffwell from the previous game. Her name is a portmanteau of the words "star" and "yellow".
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Starlow is sent to Princess Peach's meeting as a representative of the Star Sprites. Starlow believes that the cause of the Blorbs was from Blorb Mushrooms sold by a man in a white cloak. Later, she is inhaled into Bowser, along with Mario, Luigi, and other citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom. When Mario finds her, she is trapped by an amoeba who is holding her inside him. She remarks on how the amoeba is tickling her with rage. She has the same purpose as Stuffwell does in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time: helping Mario and Luigi. Also like Stuffwell, she holds the Mario Bros. items and equipment. However, the difference between Stuffwell and Starlow is that she has a demo version of all the abilities learned throughout the game. She can combine her powers with Princess Peach to telekinetically control people, such as Bowser, and also help Mario and Luigi to perform certain action commands. Starlow often talks to Bowser from inside of him to give him information. Starlow uses Chippy as her name for Bowser, not wanting him to know that she is helping the Mario Bros. She also helps Mario and Luigi in their encounter with Bowser. She can also save the player from nearly unavoidable attacks from bosses like Bowser, the Dark Star and the Dark Star Core, by having Mario and Luigi grab her feet so she can fly up to the top screen.
Starlow appears to have negative feelings towards Luigi, and this negativity towards him sometimes generates humorous results, such as when Starlow angrily knocks Luigi into Alpha Kretin after Luigi suggests that Starlow fight it alongside Mario rather than him. She only demonstrates this when Luigi is acting particularly cowardly. Also at the cyrogenic chamber at Bowser's Castle, she teases him by saying that he supported his older brother by crying. However, she nonetheless cares about him, recognizes his courage, and even was surprised when, thanks to Mario, it was actually him who saved the day, which is particularly true, to the point where she apologizes
If the bros. travel to Bowser's Castle and engage in the optional boss fight against the Shroobs, Starlow expresses curiosity on how they handled this fight as babies. Starlow immediately expresses confidence that Mario was the one who came out on top overall. This somewhat upsets Luigi and Mario explains quickly that Luigi did just as much as himself. It is unclear how Starlow felt hearing this. It is unclear whether this gave her more confidence in Luigi's abilities or if she still lacks confidence in him based on his prior cowardly actions.
At the end of the game, when Bowser hears Starlow's voice, he easily recognizes her as Chippy and gets furious, deciding to pick a fight with the Mario Bros. and her. Once Bowser and Peach's Castle are remodeled, Starlow and Birdley deliver a present to Bowser from Peach as a thanks for all he did, and they have a small chat, ending with Starlow teasing him and him yelling at her to leave his castle, which she does.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Starlow returns in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. She was invited to Pi'illo Island to represent the Star Sprites. Like in the previous game, she acts as Mario and Luigi's partner and guide. She also causes Luigi's in-dream reactions by pulling and tapping on various parts of his face and moving his hand towards buttons. Her looking down on Luigi remains, and Luiginary Works are discovered when she pulls on Luigi's mustache because she is mad at him for causing all the trouble. However, chemistry develops between the two as the game progresses.
When Bowser is confronted at the top of Neo Bowser Castle at the very end of the game, together with Peach under Prince Dreambert's command, Starlow destroys the Dream Stone, only for its broken shards to be inhaled by Bowser, leading to his transformation into Dreamy Bowser.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Starlow reappears in the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series crossover, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. She is the only Mario & Luigi-exclusive character to appear in the game. Like in the previous games, she still acts as the brothers' guide. In this game, however, she is the one who gives out the fighting tutorial, unlike in the predecessors where it was Toadsworth instead. Starlow is also shown to be powerful when she attacks Larry and Ludwig in Twinsy Tropics Dungeon using her "Supernova Sparkle". She is even able to hold onto ledges using her teeth, when Kamek was trying to blow them away. In the mission Bombs Away, Starlow can accidentally be used as a projectile whenever she forgets to bring a bomb for the trio to use.
Starlow is generally a cheerful and kind character with a few perky traits to her. She is shown to get along with most people, even if she isn't acquainted with them. She is very intelligent, often shown through the help and advice she gives Mario and Luigi through their adventures, as well as Bowser during Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and also acts as a helpful guide, as well as helping Mario and Luigi by storing items and gear for them. However she does have a stubborn side to her and can get easily annoyed by certain characters, specifically Bowser and Luigi. Her stubbornness doesn't get in the way of having good relations with others, another trait mainly shown through her relationship with Luigi. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam show off a more arrogant side to her, going as far as to view herself as the leader of the group of heroes. In general, Starlow is portrayed as a sweet and kind character with a few feisty traits to her.
Mario and Luigi
Starlow admires Mario's bravery and treats him very kindly, although she doesn't hesitate to speak her mind if she needs to. Her relationship with Luigi starts out far colder in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, with her often expressing annoyance at his cowardice and focusing her attention on Mario. Even so, she acknowledges that he is a hero like his brother, and in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, she is much more open with him, saying he looks cute when he sleeps and expressing genuine concern when his dreams seem to be troubling him. Starlow claims she's jealous of Luigi's ability to sleep. Her attitude towards Luigi remains similar in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam as she treats Luigi with more respect while still taking the occasional jab at him.
Starlow shares a very good friendship with Peach, with the two being very like-minded and even being able to produce powerful combo attacks together. Starlow holds a high amount of respect for the Princess, and puts her safety before anything else. She also gets along well with Prince Dreambert, although his lapses in memory over key pieces of information cause her great frustration, leading her to even call him "Forgetbert" on occasion.
Starlow and Bowser's relationship is dominated by open hostility. She views him as a hotheaded monster and only works with him in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story out of necessity, even then knowing to hide her true identity in order to get him to cooperate. Calling herself "Chippy", Starlow directs Bowser from inside of him, but her bossy attitude irritates him as much as his stubbornness vexes her and the two bicker more often than not. Despite that, however, Bowser comes to think of Starlow as a reliable and useful ally and deems her an honorary member of the Koopa Troop, but eventually becomes enraged when he learns the truth about her. Starlow also showed a bit of concern for Bowser, such as when she was worried after Bowser got flattened by his own castle, and felt sorry for him when he was trapped inside his safe. In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team the two are enemies once again, and aside from Bowser's comment that he "hates [Starlow's] voice", no reference is made to their past teamwork. For her part, Starlow views Bowser with disgust and feels that he should give up while he can.
Powers and Abilities
Like Tippi, Kersti, Huey, Pixls, Pi'illos and Dreambert, Starlow has the ability to float, and she uses this ability to move around freely in midair. She can also open the Star Menu, which is similar to Stuffwell from the previous games, except it has demos of the special attacks Mario and Luigi have unlocked. In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Starlow is shown to be quite strong, as in three boss battles, she could carry both Mario Bros. easily. In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Starlow can summon a gust of wind, but this ability was only seen once in the entire game.
When she teams up with Peach, she can move heavy objects with telekinesis and shoot a pink laser from her star.
In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, she attacks Larry and Ludwig with a Supernova Sparkle.
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