Kirby: Squeak Squad artwork
Starman is a rare type of enemy native to Dream Land. They are currently the only enemies in the series that bestows the Hi-Jump ability when inhaled. They resemble tan, star-shaped creatures wearing a lengthy blue superhero cape tethered together by red brooch.
Starmen are usually encountered walking around peacefully, and may jump when least expected. They are also seen heroically gliding around the sky at times.
Starmen appears in the sub-game Kirby Brawlball as a board element. Their appearance remains unchanged from previous games. In fact, some of their sprites are the same ones used in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Kirby: Squeak Squad. Though there are new animations that were added.
Starmen act much like they do in other games, but they now fly in a bit straighter path and are a much rarer enemy. They also appear in the Hi-Jump Challenge.
- The name Starman may reference the enemy of the same name from the Mother video games (most notably EarthBound, which HAL also worked on). It also shares a name with a power-up from the Mario video games.
- In the sub-game Megaton Punch in Kirby Super Star and its remake, some Starmen can be spotted in the crowd. They're hard to see, though.
- Starman could be a reference to the superhero Superman. Starman and Superman both wear a cape, Starman's name is similar to Superman's, and Starman takes off and flies in a similar fashion to the superhero.