" Penetrating the darkness of night, streaking through the atmosphere, resounding truth, we are three shooting stars! "
The Starlights consist of
Their search for their princess brings them into conflict with the senshi of Earth, specifically with the outer soldiers Sailor Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, who want the invaders to leave their planet and leave Usagi alone. The reason they are so interested in her, specifically Star Fighter, is because Usagi carries the scent of Princess Kakyuu due to an incense burner that Chibi Chibi has.
In the manga
The Sailor Starlights were searching for Princess Kakyuu, the princess of Kinmoku. They traveled the galaxy and eventually came to Earth to find their princess. Together, in their civilian forms, they created the band "Three Lights". They disguised themselves as men by wearing men's clothing in their civilian forms so it would make more sense that their songs spoke about "finding their princess", as well as to get more publicity for their band. In the manga they were portrated as females which in anime it is the opposite.
In the anime
The Sailor Starlights are more or less the same in the anime as in the manga. One big difference, however, is that they disguise themselves on Earth as biological men, and only became females when they take their Senshi forms.
- Their portrayal as men in the anime angered Naoko Takeuchi, who specifically decreed that only women could be Sailor Senshi.
- This occurred back in the mid-1990s and is ironic in light of current scientific research, which reveals that (thusfar in 100% of cases) the main components of male-to-female transgenders' brains are in fact entirely female, even if their physical bodies are biologically male. The "female only" rule of the Sailor Senshi would thus still apply to the Starlights even when they are (externally) physically male.
- However, the rule doesn't apply to certain episodic villains such as "Sailor Guts/Sailor Football".
- In the manga, each of them can grow a pair of angelic wings.