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Starman (EarthBound)

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This article is about the EarthBound enemy. For other uses, see Starman (disambiguation).
Official clay model of Starman from "EarthBound".

Official papier mâché model of Starman from EarthBound.

Universe EarthBound
Debut Mother (1989) Japan
Smash Bros. appearances Melee
Most recent non-Smash appearance EarthBound (1994)
Console/platform of origin Famicom
Species Starman
Created by Shigesato Itoi
Article on WikiBound Starman

The Starman (スターマン, Starman) is an enemy from the EarthBound series.


Starmen originated in Mother (EarthBound Beginnings outside of Japan) and later reappeared in EarthBound in several variants, both as regular enemies and as bosses. They are part of Giygas's army in both games. There are many different kinds of Starmen in the games, the ones featured in Smash are the regular Starmen. Their teleportation ability is a reference to how they move in the overworld of EarthBound.

The "SMAAAASH!!" graphic appearing when a Starman is defeated is a reference to the message which appears in the EarthBound series when an attack deals a critical hit.

PK Beam being used in MOTHER.
Ana using PK Beam γ in Mother.

PK Beam is a PSI attack featured only in EarthBound Beginnings, where it was used by Starmen, as well as Ana. PK Beam has four levels, being α, β, γ, and Ω. All levels up to Ω are single-target with increasing strength (γ being a one-hit KO on non-mechanical enemies) and Ω targets everyone on the opposing side.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

A Starman appears as a trophy. It can be obtained through the Trophy Lottery and the single-player Regular Matches.


Starman trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Starman's trophy in Melee
Just one kooky subset of the diverse cast of enemies in EarthBound, these strange creatures are aliens in the employ of Giygas. Variations of the Starman race include Starman, Starman Jr., Starman Deluxe, and Starman Super. They all use PSI powers, but their strength differs depending on the level on which they're found.
EarthBound (6/95)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The Starman's only appearance in Brawl is as a sticker.


Name Game Effect Fighter(s)
Starman EarthBound AttackPK+010TypeIcon(PK).png Attack +10 Ness Lucas NessHeadSSBB.pngLucasHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Starman (EarthBound).png

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

An Assist Trophy Starman being hit by Ness.

A Starman appears both as a Smash Run enemy and as an Assist Trophy, with the same behavior. It teleports around and attacks with two possible variants of PK Beam: PK Beam γ, which is a single focused beam attack, and PK Beam Ω, which is a barrage of beams in all directions. The beams can be reflected and absorbed.

The Assist Trophy Starman can be defeated, and when it is, it is sent flying with a "SMAAAASH!!" graphic appearing. The "SMAAAASH!!" graphic also appears if the Smash Run version of Starman is hit by its reflected PK Beam, which will also defeat it in one hit.


The Starman trophy appears in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is part of the Mother Series Trophy Box.

Starman's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
PalStarman (EarthBound/Mother)
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS These alien henchmen serve Giygas, the chief villain of EarthBound. In Smash Bros., the assist trophy Starman will teleport around and fire off PSI moves like PK Beam γ or PK Beam Ω. You can defeat one summoned by an opponent, but they won't go down without a fight.
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Wii U These alien henchmen serve Giygas, the chief villain of EarthBound. In Smash Bros., the Assist Trophy Starman will teleport around and fire off PSI moves like PK Beam γ or PK Beam Ω. You can defeat one summoned by an opponent, but they won't go down without a fight.
SNES: EarthBound (06/1995)
PAL Starmen, the evil Giygas's henchmen in the Mother series, are renowned alien space assassins. Summon one in this game, and it'll teleport about, firing off attacks like PK Beam γ, which targets a foe, and PK Beam Ω, which fires across the whole stage in up to four directions. Starmen can be taken out, but...not easily.
Famicom: Mother (1989 (JP))
Super Famicom: EarthBound (1994 (JP))

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Starman returns as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, acting similarly to how it did in Super Smash Bros. 4, albeit KOing it now earns a point. Training Mode describes their Assist Trophy with the following: Warps around the stage, firing shots created from PSI. It cannot be summoned on Garreg Mach Monastery, King of Fighters Stadium, Mushroomy Kingdom, Norfair, nor Spear Pillar.


No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
From the game's files
★★ 2 1740 6963 815 3260 767 3070 PSI Attack ↑ EarthBound Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese スターマン, Starman
UK English Starman
France French Starman
Germany German Starman
Spain Spanish Starman
Italy Italian Starman
China Chinese Starman
South Korea Korean 스타맨, Starman
Netherlands Dutch Starman
Russia Russian Стармен


  • The Assist Trophy and Smash Run versions use different skins. They use their grey colours from EarthBound as an Assist Trophy, and their white colours from EarthBound Beginnings in Smash Run.
  • The PK Beam projectiles look similar to the ones that Ness and Lucas shoot from their PK Fire projectile.
  • Starman was the only new Assist Trophy in SSB4 to not be officially revealed before the release of the game.
  • A reflected PK Beam γ KO'ing Starman in one hit in Smash Run may be a reference to the original EarthBound Beginnings. In that game, PK Beam γ is a one-hit KO move that Starman can use, and one strategy to defeat it is to reflect its PK Beam γ back at it with the Franklin Badge.
  • Appearing in the first Mother game, Starman is the only Assist Trophy that is older than any playable characters from the series it's from, since Ness first appeared in Mother 2 (EarthBound) and Lucas in Mother 3.