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When something/someone of tremendous power wants to show off, they may reveal themselves to be literally made of stars. A... Celestial Body, if you will. Perhaps it's part of their nature, perhaps they've acquired it somehow, but they invariably have cosmological bodies within themselves. They range from having a "mere" planet, to having have an entire Universe inside them. Or even more.

The Celestial Body itself comes in many forms, from the seemingly average looking guy, to a marble ball, to an impossible thing from the beyond. No matter the form, they always invoke Bigger on the Inside.

They tend to be Reality Warpers/Reality Warping objects of cosmic scale, and may occasionally also have a Stellar Name.

See Star-Spangled Spandex for what someone with a Body of Stars usually seems to wear, but actually is.

Not to be confused with angels or gods, whose Celestial Bodies need not be a Celestial Body.


Examples

Anime

  • In the last episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, after Madoka becomes a god/force of nature/whatever, Madoka and Homura have a scene where they appear like this.

Comics

Literature

  • In Pyramids, one of the multiple (and simultaneous) mythological explanations of night in Djelibeybi is that the sky goddess arches her (moon-and-star-containing) body over the land.
    • Another Discworld example is Fate, whose eyes consist of a starry night sky.
  • Zandramas, the Big Bad of the Malloreon, has stars beneath her skin, in increasing number. After her side is defeated, she is transformed to replace a missing galaxy.
  • In Warrior Cats, the warriors of StarClan have stars in their pelts.

Live Action Television

Mythology and Religion

  • The Egyptian sky goddess Nut may have been the Ur Example.
  • On a related note, a lot of people in Classical Mythology were turned into constellations, the most famous being Orion.
  • In Hinduism, one interpretation of Vishnu's blue color is that he contains the entire universe within himself, and therefore resembles the night sky.

Music

  • Marina of Marina and the Diamonds has her body painted like this during portions of I am not a robot

Tabletop Games

Video Games

  • Trag'oul, a dragon/deity in Diablo lore, is described as a dragon whose entire body is made from stars, and who bears the world on his spine.
  • Algalon of World of Warcraft, along with a lot of the Titan architecture. He also drops daggers that look like this.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 features the Cosmic Guide, a creature who resembles Rosalina (the goddess who helped Mario/Luigi on his quest to save both Peach and the entire galaxy from Bowser in the first Super Mario Galaxy game), but her body is made of stars, who helps the player complete a certain level only after it is failed too many times. Unfortunately, the Guide thinks that that's cheating, and as a result once she completes the level for you she will immediately give you a bronze Power Star because of your ineptitude.
    • The first Super Mario Galaxy game also featured creatures that either resembled Mario or Luigi, but his body also appeared to be made of stars.
  • Utsuho the Hell-Raven from Touhou has a cape that has the starry depths within them.
  • The King of All Cosmos from Katamari Damacy
  • Guild Wars: Factions has the Nahpui Quarter. To become Closer to the Stars, a necessary step in the main plot, the heroes must defeat four celestial spirits who embody this trope.

Web Comics

  • Homestuck has anyone with First Guardian powers, who seem to have their entire bodies be full of stars when they use them.
    • The Genesis Frogs bred by players of each Sburb session take it further, in that each is literally an entire universe. Similarly, Snowman appears to have such a link to the Alternia universe; killing her caused the universe's destruction.
  • In Nedroid, Reginald tries to pick up a lady with space pants.

Western Animation

  • The Ursa Major and the Ursa Minor of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic are made of stars (Their two namesake constellations to be precise).
    • Nightmare Moon's mane and tail are shadowy clouds full of stars.
    • In Luna Eclipsed Luna has regained this trait partially.
  • The three generals of the Beast Planet in War Planets appear to be made out of this (it's actually antimatter).
  • In Fantasia, Nyx (at the end of the Pastoral Symphony sequence) might qualify, as it's not clear whether the night is her body or her mantle.
  • Alien X from Ben 10 Alien Force has a black body resembling space with tiny white stars scattered throughout. According to Word of God, it belongs to a race known as Celestialsapiens. It is by far the strongest of Ben's Omnitrix aliens, with full-on Reality Warper powers, but unless two-thirds of the personalities residing within Alien X (Ben himself, the aggressive and rage-filled Bellicus, and the loving and passionate Serena), Alien X remains completely still as it needs an order to do so much as walk. Ben is forced to be the Ego and negotiate between the two, to ill-effect. Since it was The Load, Ben vowed to never use Alien X again after his first transformation, although he eventually reuses it in Ultimate Alien. The results there were somewhat better, although it still ended up backfiring.
  • Nocturne, the ghost of sleep in Danny Phantom, has his entire body except his eyes and face-mask as stars in space.
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