Characters / Steven Universe

Characters found in Steven Universe. Warning: Unmarked spoilers ahead for both Season 1 and 2. It is highly recommended that you keep up with each new episode before reading these sheets. Proceed at your own risk!
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    Gems in general 
Pearl: Our bodies are just projections generated by our gemstone. Think of it like a hologram, but with mass.
Amethyst: Nice mass.
Garnet: I know.
The Classroom Gems, "What are Gems?"

A race of immortal, shape-shifting mineral-based aliens originating from a place only known as the "Gem Homeworld".
  • Achilles' Heel: Destroy or damage their gemstones and they're screwed. Even "merely" cracking a gemstone greatly increases the likelihood that it will break completely, both because of how easily the crack spreads and the incapacitating effects on their bodies.
  • The Ageless: Gems do not age, and are born as adults.
  • All-Natural Gem Polish: As described in Bizarre Alien Reproduction below, gems such as Amethyst are sprouted directly from the ground and all so far appear to be worked into unique cuts. Possibly justified by the apparent artificial nature of their creation.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Humans are portrayed with skin colors that are either realistic or slightly off from real life, but Gems have all kinds. Amethyst is purple and Pearl is pearly white. Rose has peachy pink skin. Lapis Lazuli is a deep, vivid blue, Peridot is lime green, and Jasper is orange with a red tiger-stripe pattern. Downplayed by Garnet, who is brown, but with a red tint matching her color scheme not seen in any dark-skinned human character; this also subtly avoids the tendency for this trope to only apply to light-skinned characters. When Ruby and Sapphire fuse back into Garnet, her skin has a more purple tint, reflecting the mix of red and blue from her component gems.
  • Asexuality: The Gems have No Biological Sex and are genderless ("Just Gems"), and normally don't reproduce at all (with whatever Rose Quartz did to produce Steven being highly unusual), though they can still form romantic relationships among themselves or with non-gems, like Sapphire and Ruby, or Greg and Rose.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: While it's mostly evident in their color palettes, the Gems' designs incorporate aspects of their namesake. For example, Garnet's afro is cubed-shaped (the common form of actual garnets), Jasper has tiger-stripe patterns over her skin, Rose Quartz's dress has a slight petal design in the folds, etc.
  • Belly Buttonless: Seems to be standard for all Gems, as Garnet's beach outfit and Lapis Lazuli show. It's a sign that their bodies are constructs of their gemstones, not born from another living being. Steven, the only gem born from another gem, has his gem where a normal human's navel would be.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The staff have confirmed that the Gems don't bleed (as seen when Pearl was stabbed) but they can blush, as well as cry. They're also seen gasping for air in "Cheeseburger Backpack", but indicate they don't actually need to breathe like Steven does when going on an underwater mission. Their bodies are merely constructs created by their gems, they don't need to eat nor sleep (although they can choose to eat, and can feel fatigue and require rest), and they can literally fuse with members of the same species. They also come out of holes in solid rock.
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: Gems, notably explored with Amethyst, literally pop out of the ground after being "made". Because they use the life energy of the planet they are formed on to develop, this process will eventually make said world uninhabitable to biological lifeforms. This is the only known way gems make more of their kind, though it raises the question of how they first came to be.
    • In "Gem Drill", Peridot notices the peridotite in the Earth's mantle and mentions that she formed from the same substance on Homeworld. Whether this type of method holds true for all gem types has not been revealed.
  • Body Motifs: The Gems' gems locations can be tied to their personalities and habits:
    • Pearl's gem is located on her forehead; she's very much the intellectual of the group, and acts with her mind. So far, she is also the only known Pearl with her gem in this location. Despite being built as a servant, this gem can think for herself.
    • Amethyst's gem is on her chest, and she's very quick to act on instinct or intense emotion (her bout of acting out as Purple Puma, for instance); she acts according to her heart. She also has very sexually liberal clothing and dances, and one could interpret the placement of her gem reflects that too.
    • Garnet's gems are in the palms of her hands; while she's also very intelligent, she's more a gem of action, and the placement on her hands could be seen as a metaphor for being willing to get her hands dirty. As a fusion, her two former personas could just as easily be renamed her 'left arm' and her 'right'.
    • Steven's inherited rose-quartz is located in his stomach; he goes by gut instinct. Rose Quartz's was also in the same place and one could think of the gem being near her womb.
    • Lapis' gem is located on her back; her main goal is looking back and wanting to return home.
    • Peridot's gem is also on her forehead. She's logical to a nearly robotic level, with little time for things like mercy and kindness.
    • Jasper's gem is located where her nose would be. She's clearly stubborn, uncompromising, and generally a tough customer... in other words, she's hard-nosed.
    • Blue Diamond and Yellow Diamond both have gems on their chests, but unlike Amethyst, they’re both rather cold. You could say that given that their gems are positioned over their hearts and are, well, diamonds, they're pretty hard-hearted. Their Pearls both have gems in the same place as their respective masters as a Servant Race form of Uncatty Resemblance.
  • Born as an Adult: Gems do not experience adolescence "in the human sense" and the hole Amethyst was born from is the same size as she is now. Both of these suggest that the Shapeshifter Default Form gems take is the same physical age at birth as it will be for their entire lives. In the "How are gems made?" short, Garnet and Amethyst specifically state they were never babies. On the other hand, gems choose their default form, so they can look younger if they want to, as the Crystal Gems did in the past. Amethyst and Peridot's youthful forms in comparison to the other Gems indicates their behavior still needs to go through a relatively human-like maturity curve which, though probably a coincidence in-universe, their appearance will reflect. Peridot is able to describe her own creation, implying they are at least fully cognizant at birth.
    Peridot: I didn't exist. Then I did.
  • Color-Coded Stones: The color of their gems themselves are those most heavily associated with their namesake, and the color schemes of their bodies follow from there. Gem fusion even makes the gemstones change color to match the fusion's namesake.
  • Combo Platter Powers: There doesn't seem to be a particular overarching theme to the various unique abilities the characters sport. Amethyst can run a fiery energy through her whip, but her other shown ability is a Rolling Attack. She also favors shapeshifting more than the other Gems, enough to actually use it in combat.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Gems are polymorphic sentient rocks taking human female forms, although not always conventionally attractive ones.
  • Data Crystal: Besides being a Heart Drive, a Gem's jewel seems to have some computer-like functions, such as a hologram projector. Gems that have been damaged to the point of no longer being sentient can be used for storing data, basically being their equivalent of a Wetware CPU. This has also happened to a still-living gem at least once.
  • Eating Optional: Gems can eat and drink, but they have no need to do so. Guide to the Crystal Gems states that, to even be able to eat/drink/breathe, gems have to deliberately make a Shapeshifter Default Form with the relevant organs systems. The Crystal Gems have all done so because Rose thought it would make it easier to relate to humans.
  • Emotional Powers: Each Gem activates their power by relying on a different emotion which is why Steven initially had a lot of trouble learning how to use and activate his gem; the advice the other Crystal Gems gave him was tailored-fit for their powers only, Steven has to rely on love to activate his powers.
  • Everyone Has A Special Move: Each gem has a power unique to them, usually a weapon. Some have one or more other abilities specific to them as well.
  • From a Single Cell: As long as the gem is intact, the entire rest of their body will eventually be regenerated if damaged. This regeneration is slower than most examples, as a gem may take time to reformat their Shapeshifter Default Form. A gem like Pearl may take two weeks whereas someone like Amethyst would rush through it in seconds with mixed results. The only way to actually kill a Gem seems to be destroying the gemstone itself...and even then, fragments will still survive and come to life as disembodied limbs. Gems are hard to kill.
  • Hard Light: Their physical forms are just projections made of light, but they can interact with the world around them as if they were solid. In the "What Are Gems" segment, Pearl even states that their bodies are essentially holograms with mass.
  • Heart Drive: They don't just have magical gemstones- they literally are magical gemstones. Any other part of them can be replaced, but a damaged gem apparently won't heal by itself and affects their ability to maintain a physical form. Should any damage befall their gemstones, a Gem's body will undergo uncontrollable glitches that worsen until the damage is repaired. A gem breaking is fatal.
  • Heavyworlder: Their physical forms are capable of adjusting to the gravity of any planet.
  • Human Outside, Alien Inside: They seem mostly human on the outside, with the Crystal Gems' bodies resembling humans even more from the inside, to the point of having many organ systems rendered redundant because they're The Needless and don't reproduce. However, their bodies are just constructs which, in the Crystal Gems' case, were made to be more humanlike on the inside. Their gems, which are their "real" bodies, couldn't bear any less resemblance to humans.
  • Human Resources: They seem to have a habit of recycling other Gems (or their pieces) to power their technology, blurring the line between organic and inorganic equipment. Examples include Lapis Lazuli's mirror and the gem shards from "Frybo".
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: Regular gems are all non-aging and don't reproduce at all. Rose Quartz is the exception, creating a womb to birth the half-Gem Steven, at the cost of her own existence as her Gem became part of him, making this quite an inexplicable occurrence from a Gem perspective. It's eventually shown they can be made artificially from the earth, at the cost of draining all life from the surrounding area.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Thus far, the only times a Gem has changed their clothing has either been temporary or after they reform from damage. Even then, the permanent changes tend to be fairly minor, such as Pearl exchanging her skirt for a longer shirt or Garnet shifting her color scheme from predominantly red to predominantly purple.
  • Magic Pants: They are explicitly shown to be able to change their clothing along with the rest of their bodies using their Voluntary Shapeshifting, and these clothes are implicitly a product of the same shapeshifting that makes their bodies. They can even use their powers to change clothing by itself.
  • Mental Picture Projector: Pearl, Peridot and a dormant Gem have all demonstrated the ability to project holograms of their design. Pearl's at the least are demonstrated to be Hard Light.
  • Morphic Resonance: Despite their ability to shapeshift, Gems maintain traits such as their coloration, voices, and gemstone in any form they take. As shown in "Reformed", the gems have a "default" appearance that they must choose when they regenerate from their gemstones.
  • The Nameless: It's easy to overlook because several gemstone types are acceptable human names, but the Gems are called by their type rather than being indicative of individual names. They introduce themselves by declaring who they are rather than saying "My name is...".
    • While the Crystal Gems are so few that it causes little trouble, it becomes relevant when Yellow Diamond asks Peridot which Peridot she is, forcing Peridot to state a long codename to specify. It also makes the group at some points call Pearl our Pearl.
  • The Needless: Their gems provide their bodies with energy, meaning they don't need to sleep, eat, drink, or even breathe, although they can make bodies that are capable of doing so if they wish to. Amethyst embraces all of them with gusto. However, overworking themselves still causes physical and mental exhaustion that sleeping would best take care of.
  • No Brows: Full Gems except Rose and Jasper lack eyebrows, something Steven and all the human characters have. They may gain thin eyebrows as necessary to make certain facial expressions.
  • No Biological Sex: Gems lack the need for physical, organic bodies, instead creating constructs as proxies. Theoretical, those bodies can have primary sexual characteristics, but Guide to the Crystal Gems implies they usually don't: it's specifically stated the Crystal Gems had to deliberately make organs for bodily functions that aren't necessary for gems, including Rose giving birth.
  • Non Humans Lack Attribute: Unless they shapeshift, they don't have visible nipples or genitalia due to having No Biological Sex, no matter how revealing their clothing is.
  • One-Gender Race: All Gems are technically genderless, but consistently refer to and respond with female pronouns; they resemble women as well.
  • Only One Name: All gems of the same kind go by the same name, i.e. all Peridots are called Peridot and all Pearls are called Pearl. Homeworld seems to have a codename attached to at least some gems though since Peridot gives a row of numbers when Yellow Diamond asks her which Peridot she is.
  • Organic Technology: Ironically, despite Gems being inorganic lifeforms, both the "old" Gem technology left on Earth and the modern type currently used by the Homeworld Gems have a lot of parts like bodily organs: the Crystal Temple has a giant heart with arteries, the gem-producing Injectors in the Kindergarden look like bacteriophage filled with viscera, and Peridot's ship is shaped like a human hand and has a bunch of vein-like tubes running through it.
  • Person of Holding: Gems (most often demonstrated by Pearl) can store objects in their gems. This is described by Amethyst as, "like a wallet but more infinite". It's a world unto itself in there.
  • Power Glows: A gem's jewels often glow when they activate their powers.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Most of them (sans Steven) have been around for centuries, if not millennia. Amethyst, the youngest Crystal Gem apart from Steven, was "born" about 5000 years ago. As of only a few years ago when Greg first met Rose, Amethyst looked like a 7 year old herself. While it's not known how much older Sapphire and Ruby are, Garnet herself is officially 5750 years old, as it was that many years ago from Steven's 14th Birthday that Ruby and Sapphire first fused together.
  • Rock Monster: Technically, their gems are their actual bodies and everything else is just a construct.
  • Rock Theme Naming: All but Steven are named after a kind of gemstone, usually similar to the kind they have in their body, and even Steven's middle name is Quartz. This caused Peridot to assume Steven was a type of rock, and that Stevens had replaced humans as the dominant race.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: They look like humans with impossible hair and skin tones and gems embedded in them. They are actually living gemstones who use shapeshifting to create bodies that deliberately mimic the structure of human ones, technically making them Starfish Aliens.
  • Self-Constructed Being: Their gem creates the rest of their body. Pearl describes it as "like a hologram with mass".
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Their shape shifting can create and remove mass freely. They can even have their body "retreat into" their gem, leaving only the mass of the gem itself. In the "What Are Gems" short, Pearl even says their bodies have mass despite being made of light.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: Each one has a form and set of clothing they revert to when not consciously exerting themselves to shapeshift. It's an odd mix of both "preferred" and "true" form: Gems choose how they want to look when they regenerate from gem form, and this will add to the time it takes them to reform. There seems to be a ceiling to how much they can alter their physical forms, but things like wardrobe, coloration, and hair style appear to be minor enough to apply as their default. All of this is setting aside the fact that the only "real" part of their body is their gem, which does not shapeshift apart from changing color.
  • Shapeshifter Swan Song: Inverted; when gems regenerate, their appearance will cycle through all the previous default forms they've decided on as silhouettes before materializing their latest one.
  • Silicon-Based Life: Save for the Half-Human Hybrid Steven, the Gems are inorganic entities.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: If badly injured, the Gems are able to retreat into their gems to heal, during which they can take some extra time to redesign their default appearance. It's eventually revealed that Steven has a variation. Overuse of his shapeshifting powers reverts back to an infant to recharge and recover.
  • The Sleepless: They don't need to sleep, but doing so is still shown to be a quick way of treating exhaustion for them.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Gems can summon a Weapon of Choice from their gems. They can summon as many as they're willing to hold indefinitely if they break.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: Zig-Zagged: They're capable of regularly performing acts that defy human comprehension, but at the same time no one is going to mistake them for gods, and there are fairly well-defined limits as to what they can do. They refer to a lot of what they do as "magic", but they may be using that word just as a way to explain it in a way that humans and Steven can more easily wrap their head around. (See also: Clarke's Third Law.) They do have machines that they need to use for some purposes, but these machines don't really look like machines, but more like magical artifacts. None of them need to breathe, and some of them (though apparently not very many, with the only one being shown to have this ability so far being Lapis Lazuli) are capable of flying through space under their own power.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: They don't need to breathe, so they can spend indefinite amounts of time underwater.
  • Super Soldier: Quartz Gems are supposed to be huge and powerful soldiers. Amethyst stayed in the ground too long and missed out on the "huge" part as a result, though she's still pretty powerful.
  • Super Strength: Most varieties of Gems are stronger and tougher than humans to varying degrees. Even Steven seems stronger than a boy his age should be, for example, he is able to effortlessly fling Connie around during fights and pick up older teenagers to rescue them.
  • This Was His True Form: Seriously injuring a gem's body reduces them to their gemstone, which is their "true form". However, if a gem is actually broken (i.e. dead), the shards may or may not construct random body parts; shards have been shown to do either without any perceptible pattern. It's not yet explained how gems are corrupted, but they seem to lose sense of what their "true form" is and turn into Gem Monsters. And then there's the forced Gem Fusions...
  • Time Abyss: Amethyst is around 5000 years old, Garnet is established to be 5750, and Pearl at one point makes a remark about how humans used to hunt and gather (implying that she was around for the Neolithic Revolution of 10,000 B.C.).
  • Time Dissonance: Being thousands and thousands of years old, the Gems clearly don't view time the same way humans do. Once, they hardly seem to notice when Steven goes missing for a week, they treat centuries the way we may treat months, and they feel 1000 years without TV is a perfectly reasonable punishment for Steven misbehaving (it's clear in context that they mean "until we un-ban you"). At one point, Pearl makes a comment about how humans used to hunt and gather (implying that Gems have been on Earth for 12,000 years) similar to a comment a parent today would make about how they didn't use to have cell phones. When she takes Steven into space, she even playfully mentions that they'll be back in 50 years, totally ignoring that Greg may have died until then and that Connie would have been a grown woman entirely detached from Steven.
  • Treasure Is Bigger in Fiction: Their gems vary in size from about golf ball to softball sized, dwarfing even the largest (cut) terrestrial jewels.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: All Gems have the ability to change parts of their bodies or their entire bodies. Amethyst does it regularly, Garnet does it rarely, and Pearl never seems to. Changing to and maintaining a shape other than a gem's Shapeshifter Default Form takes concentrations and effort. Holding it for long time can lead to a loss of control and possibly other negative effects, especially if the altered form is bigger than the usual one. Peridot's comments seem to indicate that it's a practiced skill in and of itself.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As with Amazing Technicolor Population, this seems to be a thing for the Gems. Rose has pink hair, Amethyst's is pale purple, and Pearl's is orange (sort of). Garnet has black hair in the series, but in the pilot it seemed to be very dark red. From "Jailbreak" onward, Garnet's hair looks slightly purple in the front under normal lighting. Lapis has dark blue hair and Peridot has bright yellow hair. Jasper's hair is a very pale orange. Yellow Diamond and Blue Diamond have yellow and blue hair, respectively. Steven averts this by having black hair.

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