- Do not worry, my friends. I have no more need to be alone.
- ―Red Star[src]
Red Star was formerly a young recruit in the Russian armed forces. Originally frail and weak, his strength and muscular physique were bestowed to him in a government experiment for creating super-soldiers, but his powers were fueled by intense and dangerous radiation, which would sometimes go berserk under emotional stress. For this reason Red Star had been living in voluntary exile in an abandoned Siberian nuclear power plant, where he used the facilities to funnel his excess radiation into water capsules whenever his frustration and, therefore, the energy would build up too much. A leakage in the containment unit made the radiation melt up the snow outside, which seeped into a pond and eventually created a plasma monster which wreaked havoc on the surrounding settlements, acting out Red Star's latent resentments. Red Star got blamed for the creature's actions, partly because of the destruction he had inadvertently caused when his powers went berserk the first time.
In response to the damage the plasma creature was causing, the Teen Titans began pursuing it. After chasing it into a snowstorm, Starfire succumbed to the temperature extremes but was found by Red Star before she froze to death. Encouraged by Starfire to embrace his power instead of fighting it back, Red Star joined the Titans, fought the creature and destroyed it by pumping it full with an overdose of radioactive energy. However, the energy within his body thus rose to uncontrollable levels, and he asked Starfire to take him into space, where his power was released in a gigantic explosion. Before his departure, however, the Titans made Red Star an honorary member, and his fellow people, who have previously shunned and feared him, now viewed him as a hero.
Red Star made a minor cameo in "Lightspeed". The H.I.V.E. Five were stopped by an unknown speedster when they were trying to rob a museum. Back at their base, Jinx and Gizmo were scrolling through Honorary Titans, trying to make a match. Red Star was the last Titan depicted on the screen.
Red Star inexplicably reappeared alongside Starfire and Bumblebee in the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Evil to help the Titans fight the assembled supervillains. His reappearance remains unexplained, although in "Snowblind" it was hinted that the explosion was a catalyst to his gaining full control of his powers. He was seen slamming Mammoth into a wall and battling Steamroller. After their victory, Red Star socialized with the other Titans in Titans Tower and participated in the recapture of Doctor Light.
After rescuing Starfire from dying in a blizzard, Red Star got around to telling her how he got his powers and why he was shunned by his people. After hearing his story and getting to know him, Starfire encouraged him to accept his powers and to use it for the good of other people. At first, Red Star did not think he could accomplish this; however, Starfire did not give up on him, which gave him the motivation he needed. After destroying the radiation monster, Red Star maintained the confidence Starfire had given him.
Powers and Abilities
Red Star's primary powers intended to be bestowed upon him by the experiment were superhuman levels of strength, endurance & durability. While the experiment did successfully give them these attributes, it gave him much more.
- I have an energy within. It can be dangerous.
- ―Red Star[src]
In addition to the desired abilities, the experiments also gave Red Star unexpected metahuman abilities. Red Star has the ability to generate large amounts of radioactive energy and plasma. He initially found this too uncontrollable to use, and was forced to regularly vent excess energy and plasma, otherwise he would inadvertently vent immense explosions comparable to a nuclear bomb detonating. His emotional state also alters the amount of energy he can produce, with more energy being produced when he feels rage, frustration, fear, and excitement.
After he had come to accept his power, he learned he could utilize these abilities to fly, fire highly damaging energy blasts, withstand environmental extremes (including the the vacuum of space and reentry), and immunity to radiation damage, similarly to Starfire.
Also, note that Red Star has built many snowmobiles, as well as operated and maintained the nuclear facility for many years (implied to have been decades), displaying a high degree of technological aptitude. As a Russian military officer, it can be inferred he has some degree of skill in hand to hand combat, marksmanship, leadership, and tactical/strategic planning.
Red Star is pale, with completely blank green eyes (a side effect of his powers) and reddish hair. He is seen with a green hoodie on, as well as black pants, a fatigue top, and a military uniform. In addition, he can change into an energy form that is composed of red, shimmering plasma.
- I mean no disrespect. Most people have great fear of me.
- ―Red Star[src]
Red Star is a very kind, selfless and humble person and is only seen to develop a temper toward the radioactive monster his energy leaks created, though naturally, he felt some anger on the inside for his life of being locked in his home, which is what formed the destructive instinct of this monster. Of course, these are both completely understandable.
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- "Calling All Titans!" (Photograph only)
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- The "Perfect Soldier" experiments were run by Professor Chang, as seen in the flashback.
- Red Star debuted in the comics in 1968, going by the name of Starfire. He is not seen again until nearly 20 years later, which, by then, the Titans had already met Starfire from Tamaran, which is when Red Star got his current name. This may explain the close friendship the two share in the TV series.
- His powers and to a lesser extent his appearance differ from his original comic book counterpart. These changes include making his hair red, eyes green, and giving him the ability to fly and fire energy beams. This was likely done to make him more similar to Starfire to highlight their shared comic book history.
- Despite their similar abilities, Red Star's powers are more unstable than Starfire's. This is likely another reference to their development history, portraying Red Star's powers like older/less refined versions of Starfire's.
- In the comics, Red Star had a close relationship with Pantha and Baby Wildebeest, though this was never brought up in the show.
- His show costume resembles his first and third costumes from the comics.
- The power he releases into jars appears to be the basis for Zynothium. It is likely a precursor to Zynothium was used in the experiments that gave him his powers.
- He is one of the few Titans in the show whose true comic book name is known. He is addressed as Captain Kovar by Raskov. His original first and patronymic name, which are unmentioned, is Leonid Konstantinovitch.
- Andre Le Blanc is Red Star's enemy in the DC mainstream.
- In the comics, Red Star gained his powers after being exposed to the energy core of a space ship he found. His animated series origin is similar to the origin of Marvel Comics superhero Captain America from Marvel Comics.
- Likewise, his uniform looks similar to Marvel Comic's Bucky Barne's WWII uniform with Captain America's emblem and heavy USSR influences. When his powers are going critical, his visor also looks like Bucky's WWII era Domino Mask.
- When the H.I.V.E. Five were scrolling though Titans trying to match Kid Flash (who they were defeated by earlier), Red Star was seen on their screen, but in his radioactive form.
- Red Star's all green eyes may be a reference to Starfire's mainstream comic appearance.
- As shown in "Calling All Titans!", Red Star can speak fluent Russian.
- Red Star wasn't seen getting attacked by the Brotherhood of Evil in "Calling All Titans!". Oddly enough, he didn't appear in the episode at all.
- His design resembles green lantern's red son design.
- At the end of the episode "Snowblind", Starfire says in regard to Red Star "I believe he will return our kindness, someday" after Robin says she did a good job helping Red Star. He returned the kindness in this episode.