Kory - Starfire In a CBR Batman board poll in regards to Dick's soulmate, I voted for Barbara but now I have regrets.
After watching Teen Titans animated movies , Teen Titans vs. Justice League and Judas Contract, I prefer Kory being hooked by the latter movie. And after going back and reading some of the New Titans comic books and realized how long and deep their romantic / relationship history is, I totally change my mind and wished that I voted for Kory on CBR poll.
I chose Barbara because I was more familiar with her and thought that Kory didn't fit well with Dick because she was an alien with no secret identity. But I changed my mind and think that I was being too narrowminded. And any poll that I see for now on, I am going to vote for Kory. I hope that they get reunited in the comics.
I also want to add that I think Starfire is one of those characters that a lot of people misunderstand.
They give too much of a sexual emphasis on her, and I think that it's because of her attire as a superhero. With this, people have gone to to refer to her as a wholesome version of a prostitute, or being a nympho, and you can't forget the slut names too.
What I gathered from the comics that I read, is that she was designed to be an outerspace version of Red Sonja -- being an alien warrior princess who was enslaved for 6 years, force to endure horrible pain (physical and emotional). She escaped from a slave ship and was recaptured, but the Teen Titans rescued her. On her planet Tamaran, people are barely dressed, which goes along with the fact that she's a solar-powered being. The Sun gives her strength and power and her star-bolt power came from torturing experimentation by her slavemasters. I think some people don't understand the character and just judge her by her appearance, which is a crime, because there is a lot more to her than what she's wearing. She is actually very smart along with being strong, tough, brave, fierce, loyal, deep, emotional, sensitive, caring, and compassionate. Most of all, she is a survivor. What didn't kill her made her stronger.
She has been shown to have an extreme resistance to physical pain and immense willpower. She had a lot of aggression in her because of her past as a slave and her training as a warrior. As a Tamaranian, she lives through her passions and emotions, and she helped Dick with those. The Teen Titans cartoon doesn't touch on the traumatic,abusive past like the comics do. Tales of the Teen Titans #4 is a comic issue about Kori/Starfire's past.
Sorry, I needed to fix that. It was bugging me.
But you, for the most part, are right. Kory is such an underrated character who people like to thrust sexual desires onto because she was "the bombshell" of the NTT group. Her looks were played up for easy jokes, being naive about Earthly customs and what not. But, as you mentioned, she is so much more than appearances.
But I don't think her being a great, yet underrated character is a reason that she and Dick are meant to be together. Though, I do agree that I would love to see the two of them have some kind of relationship again. There needs to be a reason why they get together - there needs to be a story behind it. I don't want to just start reading a comic and it's bam. They are dating. Because the fans preferred her over Babs.
I need to be able to see Kory and Dick reconcile their differences and be like "you know, we had it great. But we should take this slow. Because we know how it went, and how it ended. And now that we are older, we know how to do this properly" sort of situation.