25 years ago - Koriand'r is born the princess of Tamaran.
15 years ago - 10-year-old Kori is sent with her sister Komand'r to begin her warrior training with the warlords of Okaara.
12 years ago - 13-year-old Kori's sister Komand'r tries to kill her in a fit of jealousy during a sparring match.
10 years ago - 15-year-old Kori volunteers herself as a slave to the Citidel when they attack Tamaran after being given key defensive information by Komand'r. While her sacrifice kept the rest of Tamaran from enslavement, she is given as a prize to the Psions who experiment with her energy absorption abilities. she escapes to Earth and fends off her attackers with the help of the newly formed Teen Titans but remains in exile for fear of negating the treaty with the Citadel. She joins the Titans as Starfire, and imprints herself onto Dick Grayson.
8 years ago - when the Teen Titans are infiltrated and destroyed, 17-year-old Kori begins to focus on her new modeling career and on her relationship with Dick Grayson, accepting his marriage proposal.
7 years ago - 18-year-old Kori's wedding planning is interrupted by the arrival of General Phy'zzon of Tamaran who reveals that Kori's sister Komand'r is now ruling Tamaran for the Citadel, who are using the people as slaves despite the treaty with Kori's parents. Kori & Dick Grayson free Tamaran, as well as Citadel prisoner Toni Moretti, but Kori must marry Phy'zzon to legitimize him as Tamaran's new ruler.
5 years ago - 20-year-old Koriand'r protects Buddy Baker from Lobo alongside Adam Strange, and helps him get back to Earth. She stays with him for a while, working as a nanny for his children.
4 years ago - 21-year-old Koriand'r joins the reformed Titans, sometimes staying with Buddy Baker, sometimes with Dick Grayson, although their relationship is complicated.
3 years ago - 22-year-old Koriand'r moves into the new Titans Tower when Vic Stone forms a new Titans team & becomes a mentor to the new members.
2 years ago - 23-year-old Koriand'r tries to follow Dick Grayson to the new Outsiders, but realizes that he has moved on, and departs back to Tamaran.
1 years ago - 24-year-old Koriand'r helps all the surviving Titans venture into space in order to save Donna Troy.
Starfire's story is tied to two problematic ideas. The first is that she was deliberately built to be Dick Grayson's girlfriend, a character that is clearly written everywhere else as destined to be with Barbara Gordon. The second is that she was built around an idea about a woman being empowered by her own sexuality that seems to be antithetical to the way most writers approach their work. Otherwise, the story of Starfire is a very fun one; the idea of a warrior princess from space is hard one to screw up.
Solving the first problem involves carefully tweaking the way her relationship with Dick unfolds, starting with the moment they meet, when she learns English by kissing him. This can easily also mean that she imprints on him, that her idea of language and human interaction is based on Dick, making her a sort of ideal mate for him. From then on, their relationship follows course, up until the moment they have to end their engagement so she can marry General Phy'zzon to legitimize his rule and save Tamaran, which is absolutely something she would do, given that she willingly gave herself up to slavery to save her people. This actually fits with Dick's timeline, because it's at this time that Dick leaves his whole life behind and moves to Bludhaven, something that makes a good deal more sense if he's just had his heart broken. When she follows Animal Man back to earth and rejoins the Titans, it actually makes sense that she would be trying to reconnect with Dick, but realizes that he has finally managed to move on. She can finally leave earth, letting go of her connection to him.
The deliberate sexuality of the character is actually one of her greatest strengths, because when she's written correctly, she's completely in control of her choices and her life, and that's exactly how a character should be. The problem comes when male writers have no idea how to depict a sexually empowered woman, and she comes across like a slightly muted porn star. Her depiction in the New 52 was an exercise in advanced, professional-level misogyny.
Frankly, she was created as a teenage character, and the level of sexuality in her design is probably a little bit inappropriate. The animated Teen Titans cartoon (the original one, not the weird one for younger audiences) created a completely re imagined version of the character that was as refreshing as it was entertaining... and that should absolutely be how she is depicted in her early career with the Titans.
She's had a variety of bathing suit-style costumes over the years, and I like to imagine that she wears them primarily when she returns to her home planet, where that sort of thing feels a bit more organic. Her original costume could easily be the one she wears when she first returns to Tamaran. The costume I chose to put at the very top of this page is one of my absolute favorites, and makes a lot of sense as her most modern costume that she wears as a warrior defending her planet from the forces of Lady Styx alongside the Omega Men.
I absolutely refuse to show first New 52 costume because someone's kids might read this page, and it is THAT bad. Her costume was eventually redesigned into this sleeves & hot pants looks, an outfit that might be the least sexualized look she's ever had in mainstream continuity. The comic manages to somehow minimize and weaken the character, but at least she's not being used as a walking sex joke. The costume is actually a pretty solid one, and would make a lot of sense as the costume she wears when she returns to earth, first as a nanny to Animal Man's children, and then as a mentor to the new Teen Titans. it's still sexually empowering, but doesn't seem quite so deliberately designed for the male gaze.