Starmen are an alien race important in the Mother series, appearing in the two first games. They are one of the many types of extraterrestrial creatures who obey the main villain of both games, Giygas, and are some of the toughest enemies in the game itself as well. A Final Starman also appears in EarthBound's American box.
The first time a Starman is seen is in the Podunk Zoo in Mother. In the main building, a constant noise can be heard until the Starman Jr. there is defeated. It appears as a small, pink Starman figure, and its overworld sprite is a vitamin-like capsule. In Spookane's hotel, in a ghost town, a Starman is disguised as the owner, serving as a boss. Near Mt. Itoi, other Starmen can be found in the grass, while Blue Starmen block the caves. The peak of the mountain contains the Last Starmen, Mother's strongest version. No type of Starman shares the same color in this game.
In EarthBound, a Starman Junior, the only one, appears early in the game the same way. However, Buzz Buzz takes it down by themself because Ness is not strong enough to make an impact. Notably, this one is not pink, but silver like regular Starmen. At Stonehenge, Starmen and Starmen Super, gold like Mother's Last Starmen, are found guarding the secret base. The base's boss is Starman Deluxe, silver with spikes in its shoulder and head. Ghosts of Starmen, black with a neon pink aura, appear in Onett when it becomes invaded near the last part in the game, and later in the Cave of the Past, along with Final Starmen, pink (bronze in its clay model) with spikes like Deluxe's.
No information is given about how Giygas recruits Starmen, what they are looking for, how they reproduce or how they are created. However, it is known they are extraterrestrials, humanoids with robot-like characteristics. Their suits/skin vary in color, often to differentiate ranks. They are able to use PSI, but it can also be assumed Giygas is able to teach PSI to his men, as many different species and robots can use it as well. Their dialog contains beep sounds like that of a machine. In fact, what they say is displayed in Katakana in Japanese, which is commonly used to represent robot-like voices.
Ranks and stats
(+) Max HP: 52 - Max PP: 16 - Offense: 32 - Defense: 52 - Fight: 35 - Force: 30 - Speed: 35 - Strength: 18 - Wisdom: 20 - Exp.: 30 - Money: $5 - Item: None
(+) Max HP: 100 - Max PP: 80 - Offense: 74 - Defense: 120 - Fight: 40 - Force: 45 - Speed: 42 - Strength: 50 - Wisdom: 60 - Exp.: 150 - Money: $91 - Item: None
(+) Max HP: 200 - Max PP: 999 - Offense: 11 - Defense: 10 - Speed: 1 - Guts: 0 - Exp.: 16 - Money: $20 - No chance of getting an item
(+) Max HP: 1400 - Max PP: 418 - Offense: 143 - Defense: 186 - Speed: 27 - Guts: 43 - Exp.: 160524 - Money: $3827 - No chance of getting an item