Stella's artwork.

Stella (Sandy in Japan) is a character in Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies. She is a tan fairy who assists the hero of the game in achieving his or her goal of returning to the kingdom of angels.


Many Dragon Quest fans criticized Square Enix's decision to implement Stella in Dragon Quest IX because of her distinct resemblance of "gyarus" (or gals), a term used in Japan to refer to fashion-obsessed girls who often tan themselves. Several negative reviews posted on Japan's Amazon site are speculated to have been so negative due to Stella.