Steven is the lovable, half-human and half-Gem boy who is still figuring out to harness his power – the Rose Quartz gem he inherited from his mother. The ultimate "little brother", he's goofy, energetic and positive about everything. Steven is always the center of attention, and when he's not he'll fight to be back in the spotlight.
Acrofatic: Steven can really move for an overweight ten-year-old in sandals. His dexterity doesn't suffer much either. He even lampshades this after reassembling his Friendship Breakfast after it flies through the air by catching each piece one by one back on the plate.
Ancestral Weapon: He inherited his mother's gem, though it seems his weapon isn't the same.
Animal Motifs: Cats always seem to pop up in Steven's life somewhere. Examples include Steven's Cookie Cat admiration, his adventures in spawning cats from his body, his Tiger Millionaire persona, and his lion.
Lars: Now I'm never going to be friends with these guys, all because of your WEIRD MOM! (couple of beats, Steven scowls, Lars looks surprised) Steven: What do you know about my mom? IDIDN'T EVEN GET TO KNOW MY MOM!!! But I do know she saw beauty in everything, even in stuff like [this moss], and EVEN IN JERKS LIKE YOU!
Body Horror: He experiences this in Cat Fingers. It's pretty cute to have kitty heads on his fingers. It's Resident Evil territory once said kitty heads grow in and out from all over his body at unthinkable places.
Defence Mechanism Superpower: His deflector shield first manifested in "Bubble Buddies" to protect Connie from a falling boulder. Unfortunately, Steven doesn't know how to turn it off, and when it finally turns off by itself, they happen to be underwater (thankfully, it wasn't too far down).
Deflector Shield: He's also capable of creating a spherical energy shield with his gem. It resisted getting hit with a roller coaster and a harpoon gun, but a Gem training robot was able to blast through it.
The Ditz: Often doesn't make the smartest decisions.
Genius Ditz: As out there as his behavior may be, the plans he comes up with often involve inventive, outside the box thinking that his sisters can't necessarily replicate.
Flower Motifs: Inherited from his mother. His shield has a rose pattern on the front and his Deflector Shield emerges from a rose that grows over him.
Heroic BSOD: After Steven becomes dejected that his intentions of celebrating a birthday party for the Gems seem childish, he starts moping around town. He's completely unaware that he's magically physically aging up the more he sulks and dwells on the issue of maturity.
How Do I Shot Web?: He struggles to learn to use any of his Gem magic voluntarily. It tends to activate and deactivate on its own.
Jumped at the Call: He may not be ready to help save the universe, but that won't stop him from trying.
The Load: Played with. The major cause of the problems faced by the heroes in each episode (save for episodes such as "Laser Light Cannon") tends to be Steven himself, usually in a well meaning, but misguided attempt to help people. Granted, Steven does try (and succeed) to help solve said problems, but you can't deny that he's this at times.
The Millstone: He has a tendency to cause the conflicts of the show, either directly or indirectly.
Missing Mom: His mother gave up her physical form so Steven could be born.
Nice Guy: Steven is a Cheerful Child, who loves his father and the Gems deeply; he defends the latter against the daily insults of Lars. Also, despite Amethyst and Pearl saying, in their own way, that Steven's dad wouldn't be helpful, Steven didn't give a snarky comment, act like a Bratty Half-Pint, or even get angry. He wants to help the Gems protect the world. He's just a sweet and cool kid to be around with.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If something goes wrong in an episode, he's often the one to blame. However, he does usually find a way to fix it.
Odd Name Out: For the record he's replacing his mother, Rose Quartz, incidentally "Quartz" happens to be his middle name.
Plot-Relevant Age-Up/Rapid Aging: While Steven discovers that the Gems are agelessly eternal, the Gems find out that because of his half human/half Crystal Gem heritage, Steven's physical age is directly controlled by his state of mind. He's literally only as young as he feels.
Power Incontinence: When he does manage to activate his powers, he usually has trouble turning it off, like when he grows multiple cat heads on his body in an attempt to shapeshift into a cat.
Stout Strength: He's significantly stronger than a boy his age should be, likely due to his Gem heritage.
Tag Along Kid: Though as opposed to many examples, he's actually pretty helpful in a fight when he needs to be.
The Team Normal: Unless he can be able to control his powers, he might as well be this.
Tender Tears: When he sees Pearl get stabbed through the chest with a sword.
Throwing Your Shield Always Works: When Steven first successfully summons his shield, he shouts in joy and causes it to shoot out, bouncing around the room until it destroys the TV.
Trademark Favorite Food: Steven loves fry bits. Not fries, just the bits. He also loves Cookie Cat ice cream sandwiches, but unfortunately for him, they become discontinued in the first episode.
Tuckerization: Named after and inspired by Rebecca Sugar's brother Steven, who is also one of the show's background designers.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Amethyst teaches him to use shapeshifting in "Cat Fingers", but Steven lacks the discipline to properly control it.
Wingding Eyes: When he's really happy, his eyes have stars in them.
Voiced by: Estelle
Garnet is the unofficial, mysterious leader of the Crystal Gems. She's a powerful, strong and disciplined warrior. A Gem of few words, Garnet is the most aloof member of team. However when she does speak, everyone listens.
Action Girl: She's a powerful, strong and disciplined warrior.
Batman Gambit: It's implied that the reason she insults Steven when the electric skull attacks in the pilot is so he can use a Comeback Tomorrow to travel back in time and bring back strategic intel—she hates Amethyst and Pearl teasing Steven under normal circumstances, and she's only slightly surprised ("You did it!") when Steven does manage to go back in time.
British Stuffiness: Garnet is noticeably less uptight than most examples, but her stiff upper lip and accent certainly fit this trope.
Funny Afro: Her afro is notable in that it's cube-shaped rather than spherical.
Fusion Dance: She can do one with Amethyst to form the giant warrior, Sugilite.
Gamer Chick: She gets addicted to a rhythm arcade game called "Meat Beat Mania" after Steven introduces her to it and thoroughly creams him at it after she's had some practice. Turns out something about her third eye puts her in a trance state when she's playing, though, so there are draw-backs.
Genre Savvy: See Batman Gambit for an example. Another would be her act of immediately taking Steven's cellphone to destroy it when he innocently snaps a picture of a cursed scroll.
Gentle Giant: Sort of. She's not afraid to fight and can really hit hard, but she gives off this vibe around Steven what with the way she'll gently ruffle his hair or go along with whatever wacky thing he wants to do.
Hartman Hips: Just look at them! Steven actually calls attention to this in "Rose's Room", saying she would fit into Greg's baggy golf pants. Which she does.
The Leader: Unofficial but defacto leader of the Crystal Gems, since she is the only one that can sense incoming threats.
Not so Above It All: What with Garnet's personality as The Comically Serious, it's easy to assume she is 'above' the other's antics, and she does sometimes have a no-nonsense attitude. But while she may keep a stoic demeanor, she often willingly goes along with weird things Steven or Amethyst want to do without the slightest hint of complain. She's also the one to instantly make up a wrestling match persona once she realizes Amethyst actually needs it and urges Pearl to play along, tells Steven she is having fun in the teacup ride, and is often wearing some silly garment Steven gave her (like the crown and cape in "So Many Birthdays" and the golf pants in "Rose's Room")
Steven: "If they got to spend some time with you, they'd realize how fun, and smart, and mysterious you are!
Garnet: "Hehe, 'mysterious.'"
"Coach Steven" is the first episode in which her decision-making is shown outright to be fallible. Specifically, her decision to form the powerful but reckless Sugilite results in the former's personality overtaking herself and Amethyst, forcing their remaining teammate (Pearl) to figure out a way to physically separate them.
Not So Stoic: Lost it pretty badly when it seemed like Steven was going to wither away and die of old age right before her and the others. Not as outwardly frantic or weepy as Pearl, but desperately tried shaking Steven out of it with gritted teeth, sounded very lost when she explained herself and seemed to be in a shocked daze when the other two yelled at her for it.
Notably, she is seen crying into her hand under her shades in this episode, the only time she's shown such a burst of emotion.
Super Strength: Seems to be the physically strongest of the Gems; she's able to hold back a mother centipeetle's tail and chuck Amethyst hundreds of feet away, neither of which required using her weapon.
She easily overpowers Amethyst (as Purple Puma, who one-shots almost everyone in the ring before hand) in "Tiger Millionaire".
Super Toughness: She reveals that she can swim in lava in "Giant Woman", and is the only one of the three that can.
Team Mom: She scolds the other Gems for mocking Steven in the pilot.
Third Eye: Has one covered by her shades, possibly allowing her to sense incoming threats.
When She Smiles: Garnet seems to be slowly, but surely allowing her emotions to show through her usually stoic nature. So whenever you see her smiling (for example, in Rose's Room), it's this trope.
Voiced by: Michaela Dietz
Amethyst is the wild child of the Crystal Gems. She loves to instigate pranks and act ridiculous even in the face of danger, which can sometimes result in innocents like Steven getting caught in the middle of her antics.
Big Eater: To the point where she tries to chase Steven down in an attempt to get her hands on the Together Breakfast he made. It's noted that since she's a Crystal Gem she doesn't actually need to eat, but she likes to do it anyway.
The Hedonist: Outside of missions; Crystal Gems don't need to eat or sleep, but Amethyst likes to because she thinks they're fun.
Heel: She plays one in her "Purple Puma" wrestling persona. It would explain why she's so nonchalant about taking criticism. She's used to people hating her guts! Is a little criticism really going to phase you all that much when you've experienced an entire crowd booing you?
Freudian Excuse: Though it's implied she only enjoys being a heel because of the criticism piled on her by Garnet and Pearl. The detachment and validation of the ring is all she cares about.
Hidden Depths: Due to being the most expressive of the Crystal Gems, she is good at reading people's emotions and keeping the group stable during a crisis, as seen in episodes "Too Many Birthdays" and "Steven the Swordfighter".
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Amethyst seems to fit this role; she steals, is quick with insults, and is the first one to laugh at misfortune yet pals around with Steven the most.
The Kirk: She tries to balance out logic and emotion. Most of the time she's the one to come up with a plan, but she also doesn't mind engaging in cheering Steven on or scolding him in a motherly fashion.
The Lancer: She acts as the second-in-command to the less talkative Garnet.
Lady of War: Given how she incorporates ballet and swordplay into her fighting style, she's easily this.
Large Ham: Shows shades of this when she and Garnet pretend to be a Heel tag team that wants to "destroy all wrestling". She even throws in a maniacal laugh for good measure.
Male Gaze: You might not think it due to her looking less shapely than her teammates, but a couple of episodes seem to go out of their way to show that she has a pretty curvy derriere. Amethyst even taunts her in "Cat Fingers" by morphing into her and slapping her own rear:
Mama Bear: Expect her to flip out if Steven is ever in danger.
Master Swordsman: Her sword collection isn't just for show. Still, her weapon of choice remains a spear.
Mental Picture Projector: She doesn't need a machine; she can do this on her own, as seen in "Cheeseburger Backpack" and "Serious Steven".
My Beloved Smother: Downplayed, and she's not Steven's actual mother, but she can act this way towards him. If there's even the slightest whiff of danger she wants to take Steven back home while the rest of the Gems do the dangerous stuff. While it doesn't help Steven grow as a Gem, she has a point considering how many times he's almost gotten himself killed.
Noodle People: She's the slimmest of all the Gems and could probably hide behind a post if so inclined.
Only Sane Man: Garnet normally takes this role when they're all together as a team as Pearl is usually Not so Above It All, but when only with Amethyst and Steven, she tends to come off as one.
Parental Substitute: Out of all the Gems, she fits this trope the most for Steven. In the absence of Rose Quartz, Pearl often behaves like a standard mother would towards Steven, such as occasionally scolding him, being the first to panic when he's in potential danger, and is mentioned to help him clean his room on a regular basis.
Weak, but Skilled: She's not the best Gem in hand-to-hand combat, as she lacks sheer strength. Pearl is conscious of it and compensates with tactical thinking and precision. In "Coach Steven", she feels both jealous and insecure because Steve looks up to Sugilite's raw strength and suffers a Break the Cutie moment when she's unable to stop the gem fusion alone.
Voiced by: Susan Egan
Steven's mother and a previous Crystal Gem. Her gem was "passed on" to Steven, in a way.
Flower Motifs: As befitting someone named Rose. Most evident with her Laser Light Cannon, which blooms into a flower to fire, then fires a flower-shaped beam which then blooms into the shape of Rose herself. This was passed onto Steven, as the design on his shield is the same as the rose design on the bottom of the cannon.
Friend to All Living Things: Apparently, Rose saw beauty in everything and cared for things that most others would find gross or unattractive.
No Accounting for Taste/What Does She See in Him?: She fell in love with Greg for reasons unknown. When he was holding a concert, she was the only one who showed up... and from there they hooked up. "Lars and the Cool Kids" notes that she saw the inner-beauty in all things, which is probably what drew her to Greg.
Contralto of Danger: Despite how relatively high the voices of her two reagents are, Opal has a deep, soothing voice that could put even Garnet to shame.
Energy Bow: Combines Amethyst and Pearl's weapons to form a solid bow that shoots exploding energy arrows.
Emergency Transformation: Zigzagged. Pearl and Amethyst can fuse at anytime, but emergencies are the only times they agree on anything.
Fusion Dance: Literally, as Amethyst and Pearl form her through a synchronized dance. If they can't do it right, however, the fusion fails. In terms of personality, Opal is a mix of The Composite and Two Beings In One Body. While Opal has a different personality and voice than her two halves, both halves are still individually aware and capable of disagreeing, which cancels the fusion.
Lady of War: Opal inherit Pearl's perfectionist nerve; she's collected and composed and she battles with flowing, graceful and precise moves.
Leitmotif: "Opal" combines features of Amethyst's and Pearl's leitmotifs, utilizing Amethyst's synth drum and bass and Pearl's piano. Because of their "influences" on one another, Amethyst's swinging rhythm is turned into straight beats while Pearl's piano is more wild and dynamic.
Opposites Attract: Played straight and subverted. Pearl and Amethyst can become one person, in spite of being (or maybe because they are) complete opposites in personality. However, they have to maintain a single mindset. The moment Pearl and Amethyst disagree on a single idea, Opal suddenly comes apart.
Blood Knight: Sugilite loves trashing stuff. And the longer the fusion, the worse her temper gets.
Cool Big Sis: Interestingly enough, despite the fact that her reckless nature tends to unintentionally get him caught in the crossfire, she's fairly chill with Steven.
Emergency Transformation: Subverted. Garnet and Amethyst can fuse anytime and their transformation is easier than that of Pearl and Amethyst's, but as Sugilite can get out of control, they only fuse for situations where they need both size and strength.
Epic Flail: Her weapon of choice. A mega-sized Power Fist (or rather clasped fists) tethered by Amethyst's whip.
Extra Eyes: She has two eyes on each side of her face, plus Garnet's Third Eye on her forehead.
Fangs Are Evil: She has rather prominent fangs, and she's a lot less benevolent than the other Gems.
Foil: To Opal. Her fusion goes much smoother than Opal's, and her personality is the complete opposite.
Fusion Dance: Garnet and Amethyst seem to be able to fuse pretty easily, but the longer they're together, the more Sugilite's consciousness overwhelms their individuality.
Heroic RROD: Once Garnet and Amethyst manage to get separated from the fusion, their bodies are in a lot of pain because of all the physical work Sugilite forces their bodies to endure.
Punny Name: Along with being the name of a gem, there's no way her name—considering what she's best at—isn't also a play on "suggilate" (to brutally beat).
Split Personality Takeover: Inverted. Tecnically, once Amathyst and Garnet fuse into Sugilite, Sugilite becomes the prime personality, but with enough time she can overcome the other two, putting their minds in danger of being assimilated by Sugilite.
Sugilite: I am myself, and I'm sick of being split!
Super Strength: More so than her fellow Gem Fusion, Opal, because Sugilite possesses Garnet's power.
Make Me Wanna Shout: His roars release sonic waves that can slice though stone and create portals.
Mysterious Past: So far we know absolutely nothing about where he came from, why he was after the desert gem, why he avoided being seen by anyone until the climax or why he chose to stay with Steven at the end. "Lion 2: The Movie" has him bring Steven to a temple evidently owned by Rose Quartz when Steven made a poorly thought-out comment about being untrained, and he has a rose-themed sword stashed in his body.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Lampshaded in "Lion 2: The Movie" where he reveals three new and completely arbitrary powers, each time eliciting a complaint from Steven that Lion should have told him he could do so.
Leitmotif: He has a little song which is played most times he's in a scene.
Nice Guy: One of the nicest. A really upbeat, laid back, and kind guy. He always helps his son when he needs him.
Non-Action Guy: Greg is not a Crystal Gem. He does get involved when Steven specifically comes to him for help, though. So even if he's not the action type he's more than willing to stick his neck out for his son.
Ship Tease: With Sadie in the pilot episode. In the series proper, while Steven and Connie watch them argue, Steven claims they're crazy about each other. In "Tiger Millionaire" she looks adoringly at him when he's cheering for, well, Tiger Millionaire. In "Coach Steven", Steven asks them both to work out with him; Sadie so she can beat up Lars, and Lars won't starve when Sadie divorces him.
Teased even further in "Joking Victim" where Sadie is visibly crushed when she sees not only did Lars lie about an injury to get off of work but is hanging out with Jenny of the cool kids. Especially when she talked to Steven earlier about standing in line for seven hours to get a video game for him then spending the entire night with him in his room and asking him later if that meant nothing to him.
One of the pieces from the zine put out by several of the artists from the show implies Sadie has a crush on Lars.
They are seen flirting with each other in the original pilot. Though, she told him to lay off when he mocked Steven, so she's aware that he can be a jerk.
Woman Scorned: When Steven suggests they prank Lars by putting a little fire salt in his doughnut in retaliation for his lying, she dumps the entire container into the pastry, causing Lars to breath actual fire from the spiciness.
Nice Girl: Is much nicer to Steven in comparison to Lars.
Love Hurts: Breaks into tears when she sees that Lars ditched his job to spend time with Jenny and the other kids. Steven thinks she is just upset that he lied, but she what makes her more upset is that she thinks that Lars is interested in Jenny.
Plucky Girl: She is always friendly to Steven and does her job with great enthusiasm.
Ship Tease: With Lars. Made explicit in "Joking Victim", where Sadie tells a story that ends with her and Lars spending the night together, and her being absolutely heartbroken when she sees Lars with Jenny and the cool kids instead of helping her at work.
Straight Man: More sensible and down to earth than Steven or Lars.
Voiced by: Billy Merritt
Frycook and owner of Beach Citywalk Fries.
Anime Hair: His blond hair looks like a stack of fries. One would think that it is part of his hat until he takes his hat off and reveals otherwise.
I Just Want to Be Special: In "Lion 2: The Movie" she tells Steven she's envious of him and his powers and doesn't understand why he would hang out with someone as uninteresting as her.
I Just Want to Have Friends: While trapped at the bottom of the ocean, she laments to Steven how she doesn't have any friends and only her parents will miss her. Steven cheers her up by vowing to be her friend.
Only Sane Woman: In comparison to Steven, who's quick to act but doesn't think things through. It's Connie that gets through to Onion by simply writing "harpoon gun" instead of making a diagram like Steven, and she tries to call attention to the obvious problem of freeing themselves from Steven's shield bubble using a roller coaster.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: "Onion Trade" shows us a day in the life of Onion. He robs a vending machine, barters for a guy's lunch, rides his moped over a bunch of ketchup packets and then lets it explode, and finally trades Steven his own stolen toy for a powerful duplicator wand which he uses to rain destruction upon Beach City. All apparently because he gets bored waiting for his father.
Gag Haircut: His hair looks like the top tuft of an onion.
Karma Houdini: Despite causing a lot of mayhem in "Onion Trade", he doesn't get any kind of punishment for it. He also seems to regularly get away with stealing from vending machines and arcade machines.
Silent Snarker: He sighs in annoyance/frustration in "Steven's Lion" when he thinks that Steven lied about having a pet lion.
Sticky Fingers: Seen to rob from the machines at the arcade twice and snuck into Steven's house to steal his Ranger Guy figurine.