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"Star" redirects here. If you were looking for the type of ranking, see Star Ranks.

The Starman, as it appears in Mario Kart Wii.
Description These stars make the player invincible.
Rarity 6th-12th place
First appearance Super Mario Kart
Latest appearance Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

A Starman (also known as a Star or a Super Star) is a rare item in the Mario Kart series that turns a racer invincible.



Stars as they appear in Mario Kart 8.

When a player is behind in a race, these items will appear, and if a player gets one, they will become temporarily invincible. The player's speed will also vaguely increase, helping to catch up with other drivers. However, you may be invincible, but you will die if you fall off the course, regardless if you have the star. If an impact is made with another kart, the kart will be knocked over. In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, the rear character will be knocked off the kart. Upbeat music will play as these items are used, and the player's kart will flash rainbow (or yellow if in Double Dash!!). While the Starman is a useful item, it is usually only given to characters who are in sixth place and below when they contact the item box, though in later games, karts with good item stats are sometimes able to get a Starman in 5th place.

Storing the Star can be a good defensive tactic as well, firing it off when incoming shells and POW blocks are on the verge of impact. The Star's speed boost makes it a viable means of reaching off-road ramps and shortcuts too though.


Other Appearances

Stars debuted in Super Mario Bros., where they granted the player invincibility from all hazards except lava and falls. They have kept this general function in many subsequent appearances, sometimes adding a boost of speed as is done in the Mario Kart series. In the Mario RPGs, the Mario Party series, Super Mario 64, and Super Mario Galaxy, Stars are given more important roles as collectibles or characters.

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