Headscratchers / Steven Universe

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Together Breakfast
  • The smoke monster from the scroll in Together Breakfast is a bit of an enigma: Every other monster has been a corrupted gem or a minion made by a gem such as the baby centipeetles or the watermelon Stevens. If it was a minion made by a corrupted gem, how scary is that gem!? If not then what exactly was it and where did it come from?
    • Another alien race? Home world gems seem to acknowledge that there are several different races to the extent to consider humans as vermin. Perhaps it is a vengeful inhabitant of a planet that had been conquered.
    • Maybe it was something a human magic user summoned?
    • Joe Johnston, one of the storyboard artists, implies that the ink used to write the scroll was made using crushed gems.

Cat Fingers
  • What's the extent of the Gems's transformation powers? I mean, by all logic, they should be tremendously useful, but are hardly used apart from when Amethyst wants to prank someone. For example, in the episode "Laser Light Cannon" the Gems have to destroy an evil eye slowly approaching Earth, but can't get near it. So, while Steven searches for his mother's cannon, the Gems try having Garnet physically throw Amethyst towards the thing. Now, granted, Garnet's super strong and can throw tremendously long and hard, but why don't one of the gems try turning into a cannon themselves, or a giant slingshot or something? And, even if that particular instant could be disputed, there are numerous other occasions when transforming into something would be useful, but are completely ignored (even when discounting every monster fight in which all they'd have to do was to turn into Godzilla or something). I'd wager that the transformations were completely cosmetic—and thus only useful for things like disguising and pranking—but that's clearly not true since in the episode the tranformation powers were introduced, "Cat Fingers", Steven accidentally turn his body into cat heads that work independently from himself. Thus, the transformations are more than just cosmetic. So, again, why don't the Gems use their transformation powers more often?
    • Even if the Gems could transform into a physical duplicate of Rose's cannon, it's doubtful they could replicate the sheer power of the cannon. Basically, while their shapeshifting is highly versatile, it's likely it can't significantly enhance their combat potential. Sure, fusing two gems comes with a powerup to match because two gems are in one body, but one gem must have limits.
    • Forming into a sling shot or any sort of mechanical object would place their body under stresses that they're likely not able to handle. And shapeshifting in combat just places you in a body that you're not trained in using. Overall strength likely wouldn't change, and it's possible overall weight and density wouldn't either (which would make large forms really impractical).
      • Stressing and potentially cracking and/or corrupting Gems by shape-shifting into over-clocked energy weapons is a VERY VERY BAD idea in the SU 'verse, since it can create Gem monsters or outright kill the Gem in question.
      • Shapeshifting requires a great deal of focus. To the point where Gems can't do it at all if they're too emotional. Combine that with the other limitations listed above and you can see why it's not useful enough for combat purposes.
    • It's such a significant use of energy compared to the output.
      • A thought on this: Amethyst is the only Crystal Gem who eats regularly, which is what gives humans energy. It's possible that gems can also gain at least a marginal amount of energy from eating. Since only Amethyst eats, only she has the tiny energy bump necessary for her constant play with shapeshifting.

Bubble Buddies
  • In Bubble Buddies, why didn't Steven simply ask somebody else to walk up the hill and inform the Gems that he and Connie were trapped in the bubble?
    • This is the kid who suggested getting hit by a roller coaster as a way to break out. He may just have been so far on the track of "gotta break this bubble" that such a simple solution didn't occur to him. And Connie didn't know the Gems all that well and was mostly following Steven's lead.
    • It's also possible that Steven simply wasn't taking their predicament seriously. He's been in much more dangerous situations than this, and he was reasonably sure the Gems would get him out eventually.

Tiger Millionaire
  • Why doesn't the crowd think it's weird that Purple Puma has a woman's voice? I don't think Amethyst actually said much when she was wrestling but she still grunts and stuff, right...?
    • The crowd isn't that close, she doesn't talk much, looks hyper masculine, and her voice is deep enough to pass for grunts and yells. I don't see any plot holes here.
      • OP here. Yeah, looking at the episode again, she's actually pretty much completely silent as The Purple Puma. She doesn't even grunt or yell like I thought I remembered her doing. BUT there is that one instance where she's arguing with Pearl and Garnet when they interrupt the match. Shouldn't the audience have heard that?
      • They probably did, but didn't care too much. They've seen and heard weirder.
      • A bit of a stretch, but considering the general reaction to Stevonnie (like Ronaldo automatically using "they" instead of he or she as pronouns for them on the Keep Beach City Weird blog), it's possible that Beach City is just generally more open to those who identify as gender neutral than in the real world, and as such care less about if someone's voice "matches" their gender presentation.
      • That doesn't work. Stevonnie's gender (possibly lack there of) is difficult to tell. Everyone just assumed they were either a girl or very pretty boy and the fused kids didn't think to correct them. Ronaldo uses "they" as the pronoun for Stevonnie only after learning of who they are on his blog. Most likely, the people of Beach City are so accustomed to weirdness that they didn't mention the few time the Purple Puma actually spoke as not fitting. If they accepted the purple skin, I could see them allowing the voice to slide.

Giant Woman
  • In "Laser Light Cannon," when attempting to destroy the Red Eye before it could come to Earth, why didn't Pearl and Amethyst try fusing into Opal and shooting an arrow at it. While Pearl and Amethyst may not get along, with a dangerous force threatening to destroy them, Steven and their home, you'd think they'd be able to push their pride aside and work together to fuse. In "The Return," they were able to fuse into Opal in an attempt to fight against the Homeworld ship, so why couldn't they have done the same for the Red Eye, especially when throwing Amethyst at it wasn't doing anything?
    • Several possible explanations: a)Since Steven took some time to go for the cannon, it could be that they had already tried fusing, realized they didn't have much range, and decided to try to throw Amethyst (Garnet might be stronger than Opal). b)The problem was not range, but the strength of the arrow(They know their weapons, and realized it would do nothing) or c)They simply couldn't fuse because Steven wasn't there/in immediate danger.
    • And of course the meta reasons is just that they weren't ready to introduce her in "Laser Light Canon". That would have made this episode somewhat pointless.
  • Where'd the Heaven Beetle get the tiny furniture and game console?
    • At the local flea market?

So Many Birthdays
  • So the old-timey picture in "So Many Birthdays": is it supposed to just be a parody of Watson and the Shark the Gems had done or in the Steven Uni-verse were they the ones to save Brook Watson and be the subjects of the painting? Yes, I'm aware how Garnet saying "the hard part was getting the shark to pose" leans on the side of parody.
  • If Steven's age fluctuates depending on his mood, does that mean he could be immortal, too, as long as he's young at heart? (Or as long as he doesn't start feeling old enough to die.)
    • It means he's probably as immortal as the gems, as soon as he learns to master his shapeshifting.
    • That or that since he lacks control over the powers of his gem, it was the source of fluctuation.
    • As of Steven's Birthday we know that he hasn't actually changed physically in several years. Presumably, when his powers manifested, he stopped aging unconsciously without realizing. Since a handful of years mean nothing to Gems and they aren't all that clear on human development, none of the Crystal Gems noticed. Greg may have, but he could easily have assumed that Steven was just short for some reason. That or he could have been somewhat willfully blind since he doesn't want his child to grow up too quickly. Since Steven is so unique, nobody could tell exactly how his body is supposed to work.
    • Greg most likely didn't realize that Steven wasn't aging because he didn't socalize with the other parents and seen their children (Steven is homeschooled). It wasn't until Connie pointed out that Steven looked identical for 4 years in a row that Greg clued in. Greg also wouldn't be able to tell either since he's watched Steven grow up, and you never notice someone slowly growing if you've been there the entire time (which is why only your distant relatives can see the difference).
  • Okay, if Steven's age depends on how young he feels, is it possible for him to age backwards? (i.e. an infant)
    • Presumably. If his age fluctuation was a result of inexperience with his powers rather than his biology, then probably not.
    • At the end of "Too Many Birthdays," I thought Steven looked a little smaller and sounded a little squeakier than usual. I'm assuming he can go backwards based on that ending.
    • In "Steven's Birthday", Steven aged back into a baby after he forced himself to look older all day.
  • Do the events of So Many Birthdays mean that Steven IS immortal? I mean if an old body can kill him even if he's young, doesn't that mean that a young body WOULDN'T kill him even if he's old? Once he gains control over his shapeshifting, can't he keep himself young forever?
    • Most likely. But we see him aging mentally, so Steven will probably grow up continuously without thinking about it. Maybe he'll start slowing down in his late fifties or so?

Onion Trade
  • Did the chars said same guy or game guy in the latest ep?
    • The figurine was Dave Guy, and the one Steven wanted was Ranger Guy.

Steven the Sword Fighter
  • Pearl has previously stated that gems can die if fatally wounded. If that was the case, why can Pearl regenerate after being stabbed?
    • Probably because it wasn't an instantly fatal wound, but a grievous injury nonetheless. Also, Garnet explains the Gem's regeneration mechanism shortly afterwards.
    • A fatal wound for a Gem is more likely to be actually getting their gemstone destroyed, rather than the chest wound Pearl wound up with.
  • Pearl normally wields her spear with her left hand, yet she sword-fights with her right?
    • Maybe she's ambidextrous?
      • And even if she's not like that naturally, knowing Pearl, she'd likely train herself to fight with both hands.
    • In the episode Ocean Gem, Pearl's seen Dual Wielding two spears. So it looks like ambidextrous is confirmed.
    • Some Ambidextrous people can't actually perform the same tasks with both hands, but each hand can perform a task better than the other (which is why they use both hands equally, as opposed to relying on one hand for all tasks). Maybe Pearl is simply better at swordfighting with her right hand, while her left hand is better with the spear.
    • It's also possible that, being as a gem's body is only a hard-light hologram, the concept of left/right-handedness simply doesn't apply.
    • Pearl is thousands of years old. She had more than enough time to train herself with both hands.
  • Why would anyone make a sparring partner that would stab you in the chest or even try to kill you at all?
    • Guess she figured it made for better training, but yeah, it is dangerous.
    • If Pearl loses, she just spends a couple weeks regenerating. Dangerous, yes, but far less so than it would be to a human, and it can't be disputed that the risk factor would provide incentive to improve.
    • Pearl has a big head and didn't think she'd ever lose to the hologram.
    • Pearl just likes it hard and rough.
    • She's about a thousand years old and has presumably accumulated more sword fighting experience than any human ever could. If Holo-Pearl can slice apart a tree with a balloon sword, and real Pearl can defeat it with relative ease, she has to be at level where non-lethal sparring just doesn't cut it anymore.
    • Being stabbed through the chest isn't fatal for a Crystal Gem. As long as the sparring bot is incapable of targeting or damaging her gem, it's incapable of killing her, at worst causing injuries with a lengthy recovery. Also, it only stabbed Pearl because she stopped to have a conversation. Very much a lucky shot.
    • In Sworn to the Sword, it's shown that Pearl doesn't exactly value her life that much, especially since she can regenerate. It's not a stretch to think she developed the holo-pearl specifically for lethal situations, so that she may better train herself to make the ultimate sacrifice for Rose, repeatedly.
    • You'll note that The Terror Pearl (After The Answer, that's the name I use to differentiate between her and other pearls) also goes straight to training with real weapons with Connie. Gems are really hard to hurt in any kind of meaningful way, so concepts like safety equipment just don't occur to them readily.
    • While a 'fail-safe' built into the holo-Pearl probably would have been a good idea, it's also worth mentioning that at the time the holo-Pearl was just constantly repeating three actions. It just happens that on the third action, Pearl was distracted. It wasn't trying to kill her, it just seemed to have the right timing. Or wrong? As for killing Steven, I doubt Pearl's holos would aim for anything but a gem. But this one wasn't made to fight Steven, and isn't programmed not to fatally wound an organic body.
  • So Gems lose they bodies and them regrow from their gems... except that Garnet has two gems. What would happen if they were separated from each other?
    • Maybe they would be sort of magnetically connected to each other until Garnet's body healed? That way you couldn't just pull them apart, and they could stay that way until Garnet's body was restored.
    • Or maybe Garnet is a fusion of two Gems.
      • This is confirmed as of 'Jail Break'.

Lion 2: The Movie
  • Has it ever been specifically stated whether or not Greg and Rose got married? A lot of people have said they were on here and other places, but as far as I can tell, they're only making assumptions.
    • Who would perform the ceremony? Would it even be legal, given that Rose isn't human and the applicable laws probably don't account for Starfish Aliens? Which raises the question, what *is* the legal status of the Crystal Gems? They don't hide their presence at all, so the government must know about them (even though, if Beach City's local gov't is any indication, they are even less competent than in real life).
    • 'Gem Harvest' confirms that Greg and Rose never married.
  • What is the deal with the giant penny in Rose's armory in "Lion 2: The Movie"? I mean, seriously, why does Rose's secret armory have a giant penny in it? Is there any possible explanation for it, or is it just a straight-up BLAM thrown in as a joke?
    • It's a Batman reference.
  • Remember in "Laser Light Cannon" where they had to find the titular cannon in Greg's storage unit? Later, in "Lion 2: The Movie" We see the Quartizine Trio and in "Rose's Scabbard" the place where we find it is in Rose's Armory. If the Gems didn't have that much faith in Greg having the Laser Light Cannon, then why didn't Pearl just take Steven to his mother's armory and get the Quartizine Trio?
    • Rose's armory isn't precisely close(a portal trip, a three hour hike and then a 90° climb) and by the time of "Laser Light Cannon", it's probable that the Gems assumed Steven wasn't able to activate the whole thing to take the cannons out. And even Pearl looked fairly surprised at what Rose stored in her armory, so it's possible she didn't know the Quartizine trio were there.
      • Put simply, they didn't have time. It took less than an hour for Steven and Greg to find the cannon barely in the nick of time, and considering the armory is a six-hour rond-trip, it would not have worked.

Rose's Room
  • Why did Rose's Room try to create the whole town rather than just send him out there? Is the room stupid or does Steven just suck at programming magical cloud rooms?
    • Steven didn't phrase his wish properly, so the room tried grant his request the best it could: by recreating the entire town. If he had specified that he actually did want to leave the room for real, it would probably have just opened up for real. Given how the Gems tried to warn Steven away from it, we can assume that they knew getting it to properly respond to your desires is more difficult than it seems.
    • The room does actually give Steven exactly what he wanted: to go out and get donuts, and not see the Crystal Gems. With Garnet standing right outside the door, that would only be possible by creating an entire Beach City with no Crystal Gems for Steven to have to see.
    • The room was made for someone who understood exactly how it worked. The possibility that someone might have both the security clearance to control it and no idea what its limitations were just wasn't on the table before Steven happened.

Coach Steven
  • There's something that really confuses me about fusion. Let's look at Sugilite; she shows a callous disregard for Steven's safety, something neither Amethyst nor Garnet would do, and when she splits up, both Amethyst and Garnet refer to her in the third person ("Sugilite overworked our bodies"). So when two gems fuse, a new consciousness takes over the fused body, right? But then Fusion Cuisine comes around, and you can clearly see the three Crystal Gems fighting amongst each other while they're fused into Alexandrite. So... which is it? Do they retain their original consciousnesses, or are their minds fused into one?
    • The whole minds fused into one thing was only because they spent so long as Sugilite. Pearl even directly says: "You've been fused for too long! You're losing yourselves!"
    • Sugilite has likely been used several times before, and so has formed a consciousness of her own. Maybe Alexandrite has very rarely been used (for several obvious reasons), and more to the point is formed of a highly unstable mix of personalities.
      • Yeah Alexandrite does seem like something that was rarely used, I thinking they either use two being fusions or four being fusions with rose, a three being fusion is basically like that time in power rangers dino thunder where the megazord only had two out of three of it's components, incomplete and really never used except in desperation as something to fight with on that level.
      • Well to be fair, it is a four being fusion between Amethyst, Pearl, Ruby and Sapphire.
      • Yeah fair enough I just consider garnet an individual all of herself, but I guess we'll never know if it be any different if sapphire and ruby fused indivdualy on this.
    • Honestly, Sugilite doesn't show much of a disregard to Steven as it seems. She shows about as much disregard as Amethyst would over something Pearl would react more strongly too. If anything, Sugilite seemed to carry a good deal of Amethyst's big sis vibe towards Steven, what with asking him if he wants to see something cool and letting him pick where she starts smashing.
    • It indeed seems that two gems being fused for a long time results in the fusion becoming its own consciousness and taking over, Garnet herself being an example. If she refers to Ruby and Sapphire, she refers to them as "they", never "me", for instance: "I'm the embodiment of Ruby and Sapphire's love for each other"/"I'm sure Ruby and Sapphire would like to meet you, Steven, but I'm not un-fusing for laundry", when telling Pearl about her un-fusing in "Keystone Motel" she says in an upset voice "I came undone!" like she herself disappears when un-fusing. My impression of all that was that Garnet indeed is her own person "created" from Ruby and Sapphire, rather than being the constant collective actions and words from the two. Only when Garnet gets really freaked out or angry such as in "Keeping it together" and "Keystone motel" does her personality "unravel" to withdraw back to Ruby and Sapphire.
  • Can the Gems bleed? I'd say no because their bodies are just projections from their gems, but then why can they blush?
    • Simply adjusting the color in their cheeks. As to 'why' they blush... it's always struck me as odd how much of their tech (the heart of the temple, the hand spaceship with its veins...) is based on organic life, and the curiously organic nature of their bodies. Gems do seem to emulate biological life, though I could only speculate as to why.
    • I'm sure they have actual blood in their projections, since Amethyst can get sick from food poisoning, Rose can develop a baby in her uterus, and Pearl mentions food "passing through you". Not to mention the gems can cry and sweat in their human forms. So I think it wouldn't be a stretch that they have actual blood that they do not really need.
      • Blushing is probably more of a social function than a biological one. Gems seem to have many of the same emotions as humans so they can express them similarly; they imitate blushing in that their skin changes color but they don't have blood itself. Rose canonically shapeshifted a womb to form Steven, but having organs and blood all the time would be a disadvantage since they're unnecessary parts that can get injured/infected and slow the Gem down. Also, Pearl didn't bleed at all when stabbed, and Garnet just sort of shattered with a distinctively non-bloodlike ooze that disappeared when her physical form was destroyed. So it seems like they can copy biological processes without actually having biological parts. As for the hand ship (and Red Eye), it's been speculated that they have tech that can merge together into a giant humanoid form, though it's unknown why they'd pick that formation.
    • Pearl ended up with a bunch of red scratches during her fight with Sugilite. It might not be literal blood, but she'd got some kind of red substance inside her body, along with blue stuff for blushing.
  • You know Garnet being excited to fuse with Amethyst is kind of weird considering what we know now. I mean later she does say that three is a crowd...going with the fusion is sex metaphor...did garnet just wanted to add some spice into her "bed" so to speak that day.
    • Fusion being analogous to sex is pure Fanon and not supported by show canon. The Crystal Gems had no problem teaching Steven to fuse, with the intention that he'd do so with them (not knowing fusions with humans were possible); while some of the fusions have a suggestive nature to them, others don't at all- Ruby and Sapphire's fusion is simply a Twirl of Love. Also the situations when the Gems fuse are almost invariably because they needed the fused individual- it's yet another tool in the Gem's arsenal. Garnet wanted to fuse with Amethyst because Sugilite's raw destructive force was exactly what they needed for that situation- and, given Sugilite loudly declares "I forgot how great it feels to be me!" upon appearing, chances are pretty good that Amethyst isn't the only one who gets a kick out of being a towering, Nicki Minaj-voiced engine of destruction every now and then.
    • Fusions have been displayed as being very intimate, but that doesn't have to mean romantic or sexual.
  • Speaking of what it takes to make a gem "poof", why is it that Pearl poofs when stabbed through the gut, yet she's still able to stand after someone as strong as Sugilite beats her up?
    • A wound inflicted by a stab may have disrupted her form. As aforementioned, their forms are essentially holograms but with mass and they seem to be able to ingest food and 'pass' it. Stabbing a Gem's physical form would be far more lethal than slamming with a fist - the damage is being spread out over her entire form and isn't penetrating into her body, disrupting it.

Steven and the Stevens
  • As much I appreciate the story, they honestly don't explore the Gems' mission as heroes enough. Like, why do they need to gather these strange artifacts? Most of them (like the Time-Glass) seem perfectly safe where they are.
    • Safekeeping. Would you rather leave extremely powerful magical artifacts sitting out in the open on Earth or locked away in your nearly impenetrable fortress that nobody but you can enter? Besides, if, for some reason, it became necessary for you to use the item, you'll have access to it.
    • It's pretty obvious they're lying to Steven. At the very least just not mentioning some key aspects of their lives. He didn't even know the monster gems were once like Garnet, Pearl, and Amethyst, and were somehow corrupted into being like they are now. It's better to keep them somewhere safe where they can't cause any harm to anything, with the possibility of healing them at a later date still on the table.
    • As of the reveal of the Homeworld Gems, the answer seems to be that they're collecting all those artifacts in case the Homeworld Gems return.
  • Way back in Steven and the Stevens, what was up with the water in the climax? At the start of the episode, Garnet had maybe 3 spare seconds to grab Steven; but when all the time-clones start showing up, suddenly they've got a minute and a half to duke it out, give a speech, and all disintegrate, before the ocean comes down on the Sea Shrine?
  • Why is the water even a problem? Gems don't need to breathe. They could have just left Steven at home (because they've done this before and know what happens if you make the wrong choice).

An Indirect Kiss
  • In "Indirect Kiss", Connie has her eyesight healed by Steven's saliva and no longer needs her glasses. In the next episode, she's still wearing them. Why?
    • Did you actually watch "Indirect Kiss" all the way through? She just pops out her lenses and keeps wearing the frames.
    • Ah, yes, sorry. I missed that. But that was to keep her parents from getting suspicious, right? Wouldn't they have eventually noticed when, I dunno, lights didn't reflect off the in existent lens?
      • You can get fake lenses.
    • You're missing the point. The symbolism of the scene is that Connie's lenses were ROSE-COLORED. So now she's seeing things in a new light, both figuratively AND literally. If you pay attention to the general theme(s) of the show this should come clear; it's not a scene meant to be taken at face value (similar to how Greg's mantra about pork chops and hot dogs isn't really true in practice but the point still remains). Going back to the rose-colored lenses, this is indicating a change in Connie's character. To see the world through rose-colored glasses is essentially a form of "nostalgia goggles" which means you're seeing the world in a more idealistic, feel-good light rather than the matter-of-fact or in some cases unfortunate way things really are. TL;DR symbolism and character development.
    • In Nightmare Hospital, it's shown that her parents are so overprotective of her and busy with their lives that they didn't notice that her glasses were lense-less.

Mirror Gem
  • So if all of the Monster Gems are "normal" Gems that have been corrupted, what's going to happen when Steven eventually heals (because we all know it's heading in that direction) the one he "tamed?"
    • Probably a similar situation as with Lapis. I'd wager that at least some of the corrupted Gems aren't going to be happy about having been kept in bubbles for so long, which may cause conflict, but it seems reasonable that the Gem that was the centipeetle would be loyal to Steven.
    • As of monster reunion, they will probably be happier with the crystal gems capturing than with the diamonds corrupting. Also, it was stated in The kindergarten kid that gems in bubbles are in a kind of stasis.
  • Do the gems have no ethical issue with using their own kind to power magical artifacts, obviously Lapis didn't take kindly to it, so why and how is it done?
    • The Homeworld Gems were fine with harming Earth in the past, so they don't seem to have been much for the rights of living things. Rose Quartz doesn't seem like the kind of person that would use someone like that, but she apparently didn't have an issue with leaving Lapis in there. We still don't know why Lapis was turned into a magic mirror, so we don't know how common that is, or whether it was some kind of punishment, or what. All we know is that none of the Gems wanted to free Lapis, so whatever ethical concerns they have are not strong enough for them to go around freeing Gems that were made into artifacts.
    • Given she flew home as soon as she could, and Homeworld Gems came back not long after, their fears seem perfectly justified for not releasing her.
    • Pearl didn't seem to know the mirror's gem was still sentient in there, otherwise she wouldn't have given the mirror to Steven. This headscratcher still applies, however, for the Crystal Gems' reactions when it later showed signs of having a mind of its own.
      • Given that all the other Gems on the planet were corrupted at this point, they might have assumed the same of Lapis. I always figured that part of that horror they showed was because they didn't realize the Mirror Gem could still be... sane?
    • Could this hint at tactics used during the war between the gems.I mean could it be possible that Rose purposefully turned enemy gems into objects in order to not have to kill them. Then again it is basically known that Lapis was put into the mirror before the war erupted, because Pearl did say the things that the mirror should have seen about the home world (unless what would have been shown would be lapis's memories by extension).
    • If sealing gems inside artifacts neutralizes them, it's a far better alternative than outright killing them. Considering Lapis is on the wrong side and seriously powerful but not objectively a bad person, maybe Rose considered it the best way to deal with her. Thinking about it, that might have been what gave her the idea of implanting her gem into Steven.
    • In "Same Old World", it's revealed that Lapis was placed in the mirror by a homeworld soldier. Rose had nothing to do with it, and she likely never realized that the Lapis-mirror was sentient.

Ocean Gem
  • Why is Lapis so ungrateful to Steven after he not only freed her from the mirror, but also fixed her gem to let her fly home? She just takes off and leaves him to die from falling off the tower. If it wasn't for Lion, I highly doubt that Steven's gem could have survived a fall from that height, to say nothing of his human side. I know the Gems can be cold sometimes, but nearly killing someone you called a friend, who fixed your problems TWICE!? I mean, maybe she assumed that Steven could save himself, but seeing as how he was completely ineffectual in the fight until he learned how to summon his conflict ceasing shield....
    • Maybe she felt betrayed and confused? you got to remember that When Steven got Lapis out of the mirror, She was confused that there was another crystal gem that had helped her, much to Steven's surprise then the gems come out with their weapons and are threatening her. and so the situation becomes this. "I'm leaving and I want you to come with me" "I don't know what you're talking about!?" "You have a choice, them.. or me" "But..." "Fine you made your choice!" I mean when you think about it that way, Lapis thought her new friend would come with her only to end up seemingly betray her... that and you got the whole confusion of the situation.
    • She might have wanted to go home as quickly as possible - she'd been stuck in a mirror for who knows how many years and had just been fighting the crystal gems, and simply left assuming Steven would be alright (either one of the other gems could catch him, or he could help himself).
    • Another thing to consider is that Steven never told her that he's part human, just that he's a Gem. So, maybe she just figured that he's like all other gems and in full control of his powers (remember, Gems are both age and sexless, so they may not even go through the child-stage of development the way humans do). If so, she might have assumed he'd just summon his shield and land uncomfortably, but entirely safely.
  • Pearl was driving Greg's van in "Ocean Gem", does she have a driver's licence? It's illegal to drive without a licence. Did Pearl go to driver's ed? How did she find the time? I hope Pearl's not illegally driving without a licence.
    • Really?
    • Wait, that's actually an interesting question. I remember that in "Gem Glow", when Amethyst said that she stole a bunch of cookie cats with the other crystal gems, Pearl said right after that she went back and paid for them, which made me believe that unlike the other gems, Pearl does care about the legal systems of earth. So I suppose she would have a driver's license, and also the other forms of documentation that a driver's license requires. But that raises another question: why does she know how to drive a car in the first place? Not only gems have much advanced means of transportation (warp pads), but they can also shapeshift into flying animals and objects (well, at least Amethyst does it all the time). I think it makes sense that Pearl would want to know how a car works, but why did she felt the need to actually learn how to drive one? And thinking about it... where did she get that money?
    • I guess the car thing, she probably went through a phase where she was actually addicted to driving (kind of like Garnet being addicted to "Meat Beat Mania" in "Arcade Mania") where she must drive, then somehow got over it. And the money, I guess there was a period of time where it was just Amethyst and Garnet going on missions so she was bored to tears then decided to get a paying job to pass the time until she's needed again. I guess it was during Rose Quartz pregnancy then after baby Steven was born, taking care of him was enough to keep her busy so she quit her paying job.
    • When Pearl was playing the arcade driving game in "Arcade Mania", she asked which button the turn signal was, impying she knows at least the basics of driving.
    • In recent episodes she's seen repairing the car with Greg, and was able to build a space ship out of scrap parts. Maybe vehicles is just her thing; Amethyst likes to eat so maybe Pearl's mundane human activity is car enthusiasts.
    • Well, "Last One out of Beach City" reveals Pearl doesn't have a driver's license because she is a 6,000-year-old being from another planet and probably wouldn't qualify to be a U.S. citizen. She had to evade the police because she's unlicensed.
  • This is probably just a nitpick, but during the battle scene in "Ocean Gem", why didn't Pearl just summon Holo-Pearl to help her when she noticed that the water doppelganger she was fighting split in two? Wouldn't that be more effective than fighting both at the same time with two spears?
    • Holo-pearl probably is not very useful in a real fight. It is fine for a sparring match because they can have a by-the-book sparring match, but in a real battle pearl probably has to do quick last second life-or-death decisions against enemies she isn't familiar with and that may be too complex for her hologram to handle.
    • Steven beat her remember? She lost to a really impractical and telegraphed attack, just because she wasn't programed to handle it. Also consider the fact that if the theory of Pearl taking so long to regenerate because the hologram was active is true, it would drain strength from her to use it.
  • So, is there actually a difference between Gems and Crystal Gems, or is one just the long name? Because Steven and the Crystal Gems use the terms interchangeably, and Lapis didn't exactly stick around long to explain if there was a difference.
    • I'm guessing "Gems" is the species, while the Crystal Gems are simply a specific group of Gems, since Lapis says "They're the Crystal Gems!" as if she's not also one.
  • If the trapped Gems can be healed with Steven's (not to mention Rose, before the show) powers, then why haven't they freed all of them yet?
    • Actually, they can only heal broken gems. There hasn't yet been an actual occasion of them healing a monster gem.
    • Not to mention that it is stated that even Rose couldn't help the fully corrupted gems.
    • It's most likely that Rose's magic can only heal physical ailments. Whatever drove the corrupted gems insane is not a physical defect, therefore Rose's magic can't fix them. Garnet was just speaking metaphorically when she said Rose tried to "heal" them.
    • That or they collectively forgot. It has happened before.
    • Attempted and failed as of 'Monster Reunion'.
  • Why didn't Lapis just drop a ginormous block of water on them, or at least send a super fast stabbing attack? We know she has the power for the giant block, and the speed as seen in the Garnet Vs. Water Clone Garnet fight, and the ruthlessness is shown with the drowning attack on Steven and Connie, so... what gives?!?
    • Lapis just wanted to get back to homeworld, only lashing out at the crystal gems because they were pursuing her, so it's possible she only intended to beat them back, instead of more lethal tactics. Its possible that lapis only created the constructs to slow them down. As far as the drowning tactic, honestly not sure. Given that the attack seems to hold Steven and Connie in place, it might be that it was only intended to immobilise them, Lapis just forgot (or didn't know) that humans need air.
House Guest
  • Is there any particular reason that the Greg doesn't live in the house along with Steven? The Gems don't really use it for much other than hanging out, and it would almost certainly be more comfortable than living in his van. It's an especially weird setup when you take the Word of God from above into account where it's stated that he basically built the house and pays for the utilities. Sure, it would inconvenience the Gems slightly, but... for all practical purposes it's his house.
    • Greg himself has repeatedly mentioned how he's not comfortable with magic stuff, and more importantly his relationship with the gems is still very awkward. They all still feel some resentment towards him for taking Rose from her.
    • I seriously can't imagine him not living with his own son just because he's uncomfortable with magic stuff, especially given he fakes injury in this episode to live with him longer. The show really doesn't provide a reason for it at all.
      • Seems a good enough reason to me. Come on, the very first episode had the entire house being attacked by baby Centipedles. I doubt Greg would have wanted to be there for that. He's shown again and again that he respects the Gems and what they do, but just feels like he's in the way a lot. This was a short-term thing, implying that he would be back in his van conceivably when the 'break' wore off. Long-term would likely be too much for all of them.
  • Along the same lines, is it weird to anyone else that the Gems regularly leave Steven alone in the house? I mean, during the day it's no big deal, but at night they all head into the temple, essentially leaving Steven alone every night. It's especially gratuitous when they know for a fact that the temple is occasionally attacked by monsters. Heck, in "Catch and Release" he straight up gets kidnapped because they couldn't be bothered to keep an eye on him even when they know that there are enemies around.
    • Actually, Pearl tends to sneak into Steven's room at night to watch him sleep once he's gone under; she just hadn't come in yet. They still got to him in less than two minutes, though.
    • Also, Garnet can see the future, and is explicitly stated to always be watching for dangers to Steven. It's entirely likely that the kidnapping only happened because she saw it would happen, saw that Steven would be safe, and saw that it would let them capture Peridot, which was enough for her to allow it to happen.

Space Race
  • Something that hasn't come up, but just realized... what is the status of Greg's parents? He has mentioned his aunt and uncle as being pilots and in regards to the barn, but nothing about his parents themselves. Are they deceased or is he on just that bad of terms with them??
    • Greg did tell Steven that if anything happened to him he would be "fresh out of family". So yes I'd say much of Greg's immediate family is either deceased or don't talk to him.

Island Adventure
  • In "Island Adventure," Sadie gets bitten by a fish and afterwards gets the wound bandaged. Fridge logic starts to set in when you remember that Steven has healing powers that he can use at will. Why didn't Steven just use that?
    • Maybe Sadie just thought having someone's saliva in her wound was too gross or something.
    • In the episode "House Guest", Steven initially forgets about his healing powers. They're pretty new, and he's not yet used to having powers, so he likely forgot.
      • Confirmed in "The Test" when Pearl says that Steven has lost the confidence to use his healing powers.

Fusion Cuisine
  • So, in "So Many Birthdays" Pearl says she likes pie. But later in "Fusion Cuisine" we find out she thinks eating is disgusting. I... CANNOT COMPREHEND.
    • She said she likes pie, not that she likes eating pie. Maybe she just likes baking pies, or looking at them, or smelling them (I'm pretty sure it's the former, though). Maybe she used to bake them just to sell. That would explain where she got that money.
      • Word of God confirms this. Though it was probably just a sloppy retcon.
    • We all have our guilty pleasures.
    • She may enjoy pie enough that she's willing to endure the digestion process to taste it.
    • Or maybe she doesn't digests the pie. She just puts it in her mouth, chews a little, then spits it out. (A common tactic among the eating-disordered. Lbr, Pearl's other neuroses contribute to an Ambiguous Disorder that could encompass aspects of several human disorders.)
    • Or she could have said she likes it just to make Steven happy.
    • The plot wouldn't have worked if they couldn't find an excuse for Pearl not to go.
    • Pearl only says she likes pie, whereas there are several food related episodes where she is visibly disgusted, Frybo and Together Breakfast already indicated she didn't enjoy food.
    • Her visible disgust at food only starts after she re-forms in Steven the Swordfighter, in Together Breakfast she says she wants to go for pizza and that it's good. We interpreted her reaction to Frybo as being the mess of the ketchup on her, rather than that it's food. In Rebecca Sugar's AMA on Reddit, she said that when Gems die, a new version of them – with differences extending beyond their appearance – is what comes out at the end.
  • This may sound gross but, if they gems don't need to eat, do they still go to the bathroom? It makes me wonder that because when Amethyst eats, where does the food go? Does she ever get rid of the "waste"? And I think I saw Garnet drinking in one episode (which makes since how she and Pearl were able to produce tears and saliva) For Garnet too, the juice (water or whatever it was) that Garnet drank, where does it go?
    • They can vomit, that's one way to get it out. They may also be able to assimilate it wholesale and use their magic to convert it to energy.
    • It's probably safe to assume that their human bodies include digestive systems. No reason they shouldn't be able to replicate that.
    • On a rewatch, both Pearl and Amethyst vaguely mention "passing" things back out. It stands to reason they can digest and excrete like humans can. Pearl just finds it horrible.
    • In Fusion Cuisine, Pearl mentions that they can, but derive no nutrients from it. However they can feel it physically passing through their bodies, which disturbs Pearl to no end and Amethyst apparently finds it fun. The way she describes it, it sounds like she has to make a conscious decision to pass it through her body, so it doesn't even sound like normal human digestion.
  • Steven said his reason for not bringing just one of the gems to pose as his mother was "that would be a lie". While bringing Alexandrite isn't technically any better, it's understandable since Steven views all the gems as being like moms to him anyway. Still, if being honest was such a concern to him, why was he so quick to lie to the Maheswarens about everything else?
    • Bringing Alexandrite was a really poorly thought out solution to the problem of picking a Gem to pose as his mother, when he couldn't decide. He tried to justify it to Connie that he couldn't pick just one since that would be a lie, but I don't think that was the real reason. Saying Alexandrite is his mother is just as much of a lie and he knows it. Although he is normally very honest, and, as this episode shows, he is really bad at coming up with convincing lies when he does lie, he was willing to lie to Connie's parents out of fear that they wouldn't let him hang out with Connie if they found out his family situation. Honesty wasn't the real issue. I think the real reason he begged them to fuse is that the idea of having to pick just one made him very uncomfortable. In his mind, he subconsciously felt like picking one over the others would have been like choosing favorites, or saying that one of them was more worthy than the others to be his mother figure, or that one of them was more important to him than the others. This made him really uncomfortable and he probably proposed bringing all three — in the form of Alexandrite — as a way to avoid the issue. The fact that he pushed the idea so hastily and didn't stop to consider that it was a really poor solution (having an 80-foot-tall, 6-armed, mentally unstable monster woman pose as your mother isn't really a good way to convince someone you have a normal family) is probably because he came up with it as a way to avoid making a very uncomfortable decision.
    • I have to wonder why the option of telling Connie's parents that Steven's mom was dead or some child friendly variation of the word was never brought up. Rose may not actually be dead since all she did was give up her physical form, but as far as humans care she may as well be gone forever. Telling the Maheswarens that Rose was dead wouldn't have worked best, they certainly would keep Connie from seeing Steven just because his mom is gone.
    • The truth of the matter is Connie panicked. Steven is her first friend ever, she's desperate to keep him, but Steven is also pretty weird and her parents are very strict. She was afraid they'd disapprove and so she tried to make Steven sound as normal as possible. As we see Connie's parents are only really concerned that Steven's guardians are responsible so they can trust that Connie will be safe but they couldn't tell the truth without exposing Connie's lie, which Connie thinks will mean she won't be able to keep seeing Steven. The whole mess could have been easily dealt with but Connie lied and then Steven made things worse by trying to follow the lie.
      • I highly doubt the Maheswarans would be so uptight as to not let Connie see Steven because one of his parents is deceased. Something that everyone has to experience at some point in their lives.
      • Of course they wouldn't. The point was Connie was afraid they'd freak out over his situation, and she's afraid to tell them anything because of how strict they are, and things just escalated.

Watermelon Steven
  • Why was Amethyst panicking when the Watermelon Stevens were gonna bury her? She's a gem, who doesn't need air and she could easily dig herself out afterwards.
    • Sand can actually be really hard to move out of once you're surrounded on all sides. It's possible she thought she wouldn't be able to be found.
    • Most likely just for comedic effect.
    • This might be a long shot, but considering that Amethyst spent most of her life alone in the kindergarten, underground and with no-one to talk to, she might be afraid of going back underground as it would remind her of the loneliness she felt before she joined up with the crystal gems.

Lion 3: Straight To Video
  • If Rose died while giving birth to Steven, then does that mean that gems can't have babies or reproducing isn't good for their bodies? (e.g. like if Garnet had a child, she'd die too?)
    • There's really no way of knowing. Steven is already unusual being the only known human/Gem hybrid, so even if we did know how he was born, we couldn't use him to judge normal Gem reproduction or even if they usually reproduce normally at all. It's good that the show avoids As You Know exposition dumping to make interactions more natural sounding, but it is a little frustrating to get information on important parts of the setting so rarely.
    • Rose didn't die giving birth to Steven, she literally gave up her physical form to give birth to Steven. Steven is still a very strange case, but basically Rose is the gem part of him and Steven himself is the human part. But to answer your question, I don't think children really exist among the Gems as they are practically immortal and have no need to procreate. If the other gems attempted to create a child by themselves, most likely they'd just be reborn as a child if they do actually start off as children. If they were trying recreate a child with another gem, it would just be a fusion. The only way to create a child is the way Rose Quartz did, by having one with a human, which is why she sounded so happy in the Happier Home Movie to say that Steven would be human.
    • As for the example question of Garnet having a child: She'd need to have a sexual relationship with a human man (which, let's be honest, seems incredibly unlikely). Since she's a fusion, she would likely pass one of her gems on to the child and revert to whichever gem was not passed on. This is all assuming that Ruby and Sapphire are a) willing to unfuse, possibly for good, and b) willing for one of them to give up her form to become part of a half-human body, the effects of which are still unknown.
    • At least some infomation has been gained on Gem reproduction. The area known as the Kindergarden is apparently where at least some types of gems are produced. The Classroom Gems shorts also include one that describes that means of gem production, and no others. This suggests to me that all standard gems are grown in the ground. Rose's decision to basically reincarnate herself in to this new kind of gem that uses living human tissue instead of a hard-light hologram is something entirely new to gemkind (at least Garnet thinks so, see episode: The Test).
  • Not sure if this was answered above, but the video shows that Rose was literally pregnant as she has a protruding belly. Are they implying that she and Greg procreated normally? How does that work when she technically doesn't have a human body, or even if she had the "parts" required for having sex, how would she have all the inner workings of an actual baby growing inside of her when again, her human body isn't "real"?
    • The official answer is that she created a womb inside herself.
  • What's the deal with the bubbled Bismuth in Lion's mane? Are metals going to be counted as Gems in this show, or is it going to be revealed to be from a separate species?
    • It could be any number of things. We've seen Gem technology that looked more like old rock than anything before. All we can say is that it's presence implies that Rose intended Steven to have it at some point, just like the tape and her sword. The problem is that since he knows so little about being a Gem that he doesn't recognize it as anything significant and nobody else can inform him otherwise while it's in Lion's mane.
    • There are lots of artifacts that the gems have. Although many of them are powered by gems, there are some that clearly are not, such as the stone from "the message".
    • Pearls aren't technically 'gems' either.
    • Bismuth as we recognize it (in stepped squares and highly regular) is the crystalline form of bismuth (which just means it has a regular molecular structure).
    • Resolved as of "Bismuth" (kudos to whoever identified the gem, by the way)
  • How did Rose know she would become part of Steven when he's born? She sounded certain, but to be certain, wouldn't it mean this happened before? It makes me wonder if there is another gem/unknown alien race hybrid out there, since it's confirmed that Steven is the first human/gem hybrid.
    • Probably because she did it on purpose. If she wanted Steven to have her powers, it would have been a necessity.
    • I don't doubt she did a lot of calculations and research beforehand. Given what she did was similar to Lapis being placed in the mirror, there is precedent for implanted gems granting power and personality.
    • It explains how Steven has his gem on his navel; it's exactly where they had to pull his crystallized umbilical cord.
  • I believe somewhere it is explained that the way Rose gave birth to Steven was she shape-shifted organs to make/give birth to Steven. Could she not have just made a regular child and not give up her gem and her physical form?
    • Being that Rose is a polymorphic construct created by a space rock, She most likely gave birth to steven in a human method, and then let herself be used as his gem. Gems don't normally reproduce at all, and never tried until Rose did
    • My assumption would be that, the way described in the Lion III episode, Rose wanted Steven to be something special, something great. She created a being that had no likeness in the universe. The effects of the knowledge of a hybrid on the homeworld gems is currently unknown, and may be seen in the future.
    • The recent episode showed that Rose realized she will never understand what it means to be human as long as she is a Gem. Combined with her lines from Lion 3, it sounds like she wanted to be reborn in Steven, so that she can know what it is like to be a human.
    • It's also quite possible that Rose wanted to experience pregnancy, not caring or really thinking about what it could do to her. She may have only found out what would happen when it was too late and she didn't want to perform an abortion on herself. In addition, for all we know Rose's life creation abilities may just be limited to creating plant soldiers and things like Lion to serve her. The only way for her to have a human child may have been to simulate the human reproduction process as closely as possible.
  • So, Steven's father is white, his mother had pale pink skin that can sorta pass for a white person, and Steven is white. So it remains a mystery: did he inherit his skin color from both parents, like a normal human baby would, or just his father? If his mother were a gem with some far-out color like red, purple, blue, or green, would he too have a not-possible-in-normal-humans skin tone, or would he still just be a regular white guy like his dad anyway?
    • It's like when two people who have completely different skin tones have a kid; the tone of the child's skin will be in-between. Steven's skin tone was more like his dad's than his mom's, but lighter.
    • It's not just her skin color, everything about Rose, except her height, was extremely humanlike by gem standards. Like, what if Sapphire was his mother? How would the blue skin/one eye/possibly no legs thing have been inherited by Steven?
    • Steven didn't inherit any genetics from Rose, Rose has no genetics to pass on, her body was a projection of light. Steven is genetically a clone of Greg that also is infused with Rose's Gem. His mother could have been any other Gem and he would have looked exactly the same, just with different powers.
      • Actually Gems do carry DNA or something similar to it as it has been stated already, its within their gem, its also heavily implied that Steven has received his curly hair and slightly stocky build from his mother,(Greg had a slightly skinnier build in his younger days so I don't think Steven got it from him) So I think Steven would look mostly the same with the minor differences if he had a different gem as a mother.
  • So, I get that it's an alternate universe where aliens have openly existed on Earth for millenia, but are we really supposed to believe that there's a camcorder that writes to full-size VHS (so mid-90's-early 00's tech), but that can do custom effects like the star-shaped iris out at the push of a button, in real time? And don't tell me Rose made it, because she's literally figuring out how to use it as she's making the tape. As someone who worked in film in the 90's, it bothers me.
    • You just answered your own question. Alternate universe. Alternatively, it could be that Dvds or similar media were not created until recently and thus video is much more developed. Or that them method for reading what is on the video works by a different method, allowing edits to be made.

Warp Tour
  • Not related to the actual plot, but... is it just my imagination, or is Peridot's design based on a certain blue robot?
    • It's been confirmed already.
  • Okay regarding Warp Tour...how were Peridot's robots able to get to Earth in the first place if all the warps were broken? It can be assumed that Lapis Lazuli informed the gem homeworld about Earth's status, but the robots were clearly using a warp. Did Peridot send a robot through other means to fix a few warps and the Crystal Gems didn't notice or something? If this is the case, then repeatedly breaking the warps is only going to put off the inevitable.
    • One crashed into Steven's house. It can be assumed Peridot launched them there conventionally, then had them use the active local warps to reach the Homeworld Warp.

Alone Together
  • How does Steven's fusion with other humans even work within the context of gem fusion? Now admittedly this is all pure conjecturd, but it seems like Gem fusion more or less works by more or less Using the power of both the gems to project a more powerful form. It is established that gem's bodies are more or less "illusions" but Steven's body and definitely Connie's body are not illusory…I just imagining if this series had a higher content rating a screw up could result in some body horror.
    • Fusion probably just works differently for Steven, being a half Gem and all.
    • Gem powers have never shown any problems emulating or creating organic bodies before. Garnet has called their bodies illusions, but they are certainly more complicated than just a structure-less image, and have always acted like human bodies.
    • Apparently, human bodies are just as illusory as gem bodies.
    • It seems from "Cat Fingers" that Steven's gem can create a living organic being with a brain, it's own personality, a digestive system, bone structure, and senses. This is probably how he can fuse with humans, his gem literally reorganizes all the cells in his and Connie's body to become a brand-new fused being.
    • There's also a theory out and about that he can only do it with Connie because of their 'Indirect Kiss'.
  • So... Can Gems other than Steven fuse with humans? Pearl thought that Steven fusing with a human was impossible, but she was obviously incorrect about that. Gems might be more compatible with humans than she thought.
    • Most likely Steven was able to do that because he was a hybrid. Granted, there's no direct proof to prove it, but...
    • From the Gem's reaction, either they've never attempted it before, logically so since fusion is difficult for even Gems and only used for emergency power boosts, or it's supposed to be impossible for a human. A Gem hybrid's powers seem to genuinely function differently than those of a full-blooded Gem, as we've seen with his aging and healing. Since there's never been another known Gem hybrid besides Steven, nobody can say exactly how the rules work for him.
      • On that note, are a hybrid's powers actually different, or is Steven just using them in ways that non-hybrid gems haven't tried?
    • Jossed in We Need To Talk. Greg, upon seeing a fusion, did try to do it, but it turns out he can't (no matter how much he resonated). The only reason Connie can fuse with Steven is because Steven is half human.
      • Not sure it was Jossed. Sure GREG tried to fuse, but Rose didn't ever attempt to. It would be likely that to fuse with a human the GEM would have to be trying to initiate the fusion. Or blunder into it as with Steven and Connie.

Future Vision
  • This troper is having a hard time pinning down the limitations of Garnet's Future Vision. She explained that she sees probabilities or something like that, but there are many times in earlier episodes where it would have come in handy. For example, why could she not foresee Steven's shape shifting powers going out of control, or in the Birthday episode, his aging. Why didn't she foresee Steven fusing with Connie? For non-Steven related things, why did she not foresee any probability of Peridot's arrival, or Lapis Lazuli's freedom from the mirror? Any idea, folks?
    • She probably does not use it all the time. It is not addressed but it's probably that constantly seeing ALL the possible outcomes could be too stressful, so she may limit herself to a few possibilities when they are not in a mission. it is also possible she cannot see the future of something she is completely unaware of. Returning to the example of Peridot. it is possible she was able to rescue Steven because her visions told her he was in trouble, but she was unable to see Peridot coming because her very existence was not something Garnet was aware of so she was unable to check for the possibility of another gem. With Lapis Lazuli, she was only aware that it was a gem artifact, not an actual Gem, so she did not feel it was necessary for her to check all possibilities of the outcome with Steven. Same with Connie. she believed it was possible for Steven to fuse, So chances are she saw a future here Steven fused with one of them. However. she never thought of the possibility of a gem/human fusion as it was the case with Connie and so, she did not bother to check for possibilities were Steven fused with a human. With the shapeshifting abilities she either didn't think it would go that bad and just did not bother to check, or she saw it coming but her visions told her Steven was not in any real danger at the time. being able to see multiple futures at once does not necessarily mean she is omniscient.
    • In Winter Forecast, we see how it works in person. Garnet sees a possible future, then another one, and then another one, until she wants to stop. This means that if a future is really unlikely or would require a really specific combination of events she's unlikely to see it. If she did a really exhaustive search she'd be able to find even really strange possible futures, but of course she doesn't know in advance that she needs to do an exhaustive search for a particularly unlikely possible future.
    • In Marble Madness, Garnet takes a few moments before answering a question. If she's seeing the future, it probably takes a few seconds to process the information. Since Garnet was fighting Jasper at the time, taking a few seconds to read the future could have been fatal.

On the Run
  • Is Steven getting skinnier? In 'On the Run', there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it close-up of Steven with a single facial hair. Is this him maturing (aging) as well?
    • I think Steven looked pudgier in the earlier episodes, but I don't know if that was just the way he was drawn at the time. An in-universe explanation would be that while Steven's a big eater, he also exercises and goes on missions more often.
  • Maybe it'll be elaborated upon later, but why did Gems have to infect Earth in particular to make new gems? Even if one isn't a paragon of good or anything, it seems kind of needlessly cruel to hollow out an already inhabited planet when there's already an infinite amount of uninhabited ones out there. Was it something special about the Earth's composition itself?
    • The soil in the Kindergarden looks dry and dead, chances are, whatever is needed to create new gems, it may need to be done in fertile soil and the process ends up destroying the ecosystem. it would probably not work in an uninhibited planet because there needs to be life in there in order to do so successfully. It is also implied it was done a long time ago, maybe even before the first big civilization was settled. it is possible the gems came, started to harvest, they discovered intelligent life, and decided they were too advanced in the operation to stop now. that was when Rose and the other rebelled.
      • Ah, that sounds plausible enough. Makes sense that some sort of life was necessary to the gem-making process.
    • Maybe it needs to be a planet with organic life.
    • Do the Gems did need Earth in particular, or is it just a known exploitable planet with a warp pad? Maybe they've drained every other suitable planet that they've found. We don't know anything about why they chose Earth, or what their long term plans were. The existence of sapient life on Earth and the phrase "Gem Dominated" raise some unpleasant possibilities, though.
    • I don't get why they couldn't have gotten the materials from somewhere else either if they are capable of creating gems in this manner to start with earth isn't that special geologically or organically speaking when you consider to plethora of planets elsewhere and the fact homeworld gems seem to have no issue with FTL travel. In fact I'm surprised Peridot didn't jump the moment she saw Steven with modern clothing or any sign humans had managed to reach an information/industrial revolution. It is just as unsettling is that humans seem to be completely fine with the gems taking care of such affairs and are never asked for assistance themselves despite perhaps having a better understanding of ranged weaponry or practical modern warfare.
      • Maybe certain types of planets yield certain types of gems because of their geology? I mean yes the universe is big but nobody said Homeworld has estabilished warp pads and connection to every part of it, and in real life quartzes (the type Homeworld seems to have used the Kindergarten on Earth for) are one of the most common type. As for the question about why the Crystal Gems don't ask the humans for help, probably they would feel it would mix the humans even more up in the whole mess than they already are and well they did swore to protect them.
    • Consider this: There are four terrestrial planets in Solar System. Mercury and Mars are fairly small, but the question is: how about Venus? It's almost the size of Earth. If it exists, did Gems try to convert it?
      • Maybe they have converted the other terrestrial planets of our solar system. Maybe that's why all the other planets are lifeless. Maybe Earth is just the last local planet to face conversion...
    • The problem with this question is that it assumes the gems needed Earth specifically and Earth is special. It's entirely possible, if not most likely, that an imperialistic culture like Homeworld's does this to every single planet they know they can possibly get resources from, and the native species or organic life in general just doesn't matter to them.
    • From It Could Have Been Great, Peridot states that earth was to be the site of a new Homeworld colony. Its also later stated that Homeworld is the seat of the Gem Empire, following this, it's likely that Gems simply expand, making colonies on suitable worlds. The criteria for these colony worlds just happens to be similar to the ones for life to appear. The Earth Colony is only opposed because there is already life on it. Other prospective colonies may have been similar to earth, but life may not have developed yet, leaving it ripe for the taking. Unfortunately we don't yet know why
  • How have no humans noticed the Kindergarten yet? Weirdness Censor or not, the existence of a giant gorge filled with creepy human shaped holes and giant mechanical viruses is impossible to just gloss over.
    • Who says they don't notice? We never see humans in the Kindergarden or know if their any human settlements nearby. Maybe it like one of those places your not suppose to go, but you still find thrill seekers, urban explorers, and teenager smoking pot if you know where to look
    • We know Humanity has some knowledge of Gems from Buddy's Book, following this it is possible that there are old legends about the Kindergarden, or people are simply steered away from it by some gem device or primal instinct.
  • Why are there a lot of Gem temples and artifacts on Earth if the Homeworld Gems were going to use it for Kindergarten? Or is it that at some point the Gems colonized on Earth before deciding to use the Kindergarten?
    • Peridot does refer to earth as an "abandoned crystal system colony planet" in "Cry For Help"
    • Wiping out local life doesn't necessarily make a planet uninhabitable to gems. Heck, they may find it more comfortable.
    • In It Could Have Been Great, we see what the colony would have been if completed: there was far more than just Kindergartens planned.
    • Considering there was a war fought there, It doesn't seem to much of a stretch for installations to have been built there. Its also possible that they are the initial parts of Gem colonisation, completed right before the Rebellion.

Maximum Capacity
  • When exactly was Greg and Amethyst friends. It's implied that they were before Greg and Rose were romantically involved, but I'm hearing talk that it was after Rose had died.
    • It was likely that they became friends before Greg became romantically involved with Rose. After Rose and Greg became a "thing" Amethyst became resentful of Greg as Rose became more involved with him.
      • Greg mentioned that him and Amethyst used to watch "Lil Butler" when Steven was just born. It's probable that the stresses of losing a wife/sister/mother figure caused some tension between Greg and Amethyst at first, especially since Amethyst and Greg appear to be the most dependent on Rose's support. Once they started interacting they ended up bonding over the show, Amethyst tried to shapeshift into rose in some attempt at attention, and Greg decided to stop talking to her.
      • Given their horror at being seen by Steven, it's possible that things went a lot further than that; at the very least, Amethyst (who, while she probably understands humans better than any of the other gems, still doesn't understand them very well) may have shapeshifted into Rose to try and physically comfort Greg, and may even have tried to sleep with him. Worse, given that Greg wouldn't have been in the best state back then, he might have given in (or nearly given in.)

The Return
  • Why didn't the gems try to fuse into their Alexandrite to try to destroy the ship? Was Opal the only one with a range attack or is their some disadvantage that is was unseen about that fusion?
    • Opal's range attack is likely more powerful than anything Alexandrite could pull out, considering she seems to be specialized in it. It's also a bad idea to merge the entire unit into one, huge, slightly clumsy target when there's a fully armed battleship with weapons trained on you.
    • Yeah I suppose that makes sense, just part of me was thinking they should have been using the most powerful form they had at their disposal, not that it would have really made that much of a difference with the Gem destabilizer.
    • Alexandrite, as we saw in "Fusion Cuisine" is very unstable and probably wouldn't be worth the risk.
    • It's one of the hardest Fusions to keep as it has Pearl's calm combined with Garnet's stoic and Amethyst's wildness.
    • Now that we've seen all the fusions of the three full Crystal Gems, it's shown that Opal is the only one of the four forms that has such a long distance attack. Every form that Garnet is involved in uses melee weapons, which are powerful, but completely useless against an aerial opponent like the ship.
      • Contrariwise, though, Alexandrite's weapon is listed as "all of them". She probably could use Opal's bow.
    • Maybe they would have tried that next if Steven hadn't showed up and distracted them.

Jail Break
  • Is there any oxygen inside the handship? I mean, Steven seems to be breathing just fine, but it has been stated that Gems doesn't breath at all, so it's quite confusing to me that a Homeworld ship has a breathable atmosphere.
    • It could have picked up oxygen when it landed or there happens to be oxygen on the home world.
    • No atmosphere means no sound as well. Alongside that the ship had plenty of holding cells, it's possible Gems aren't the only thing they would need to hold.
      • Except Steven made it clear that the cells couldn't hold anything except gems by escaping easily. But yeah, they may keep air around because they need it to talk.
  • So back in Space Race Pearl wanted to take Steven to space and show him all the Gem-planets. Except everything we've learned about offworld Gems is overwhelmingly negative, and they threat their possible return and the corrupted Gems represents to the earth is very real. While it is true that the threat of the homeworld Gems coming to earth may have been far out of mind before the incident with Peridot, Lapis had escaped to space at that point and they were clearly worried about that! So is Pearl a complete traitor willing to betray the earth (which she already betrayed her species for), her teammates and Rose herself by abandoning the planet she swore to protect and taking Steven with her?
    • While she mentioned homeworld in the episode, it seemed like she was more missing space itself rather than gem society, even when she was actually taking Steven away, she simply said the "wonders of the cosmos". Space is an awesome, vast, and beautiful place and being restricted to just one boring planet for centuries ((or even millennia)) afterwards must have been agonizingly dull. There is a lot of space out there— she was probably planning on taking Steven on a quick tour of some relatively safe places.
      • Not to mention that the Gem Controlled planets could be her referring to planets that are protected by other gems like the Crystal Gems.
    • You'll note that Pearl mentions seeing "just from a distance what's been going on without [her]." She doesn't want to return to Gem society, just visit the wonders of space and maybe look from a distance at what all her friends and family she undoubtedly left behind for Earth have been doing.
    • It's also likely that after the Gem War there was some sort of ceasefire going on between Homeworld and Earth gems, such that she probably could have gotten away with warping there and coming back quickly.
    • If you look closely at her outfit, it doesn't have the star pattern usually associated with Crystal Gems, but the diamond pattern common on Peridot and Jasper...
      • But Pearl's diamond was pink where Peridot's and Jasper's were yellow. It's not unrealistic to assume the colour of the symbol denotes which Diamond you're in the court of. Pearl's diamond could be a holdover from an older spacesuit design she wore, a sign of allegiance to an ancient homeworld monarch who wasn't as horrible, or she changed the colour to represent her loyalty to Rose. The diamond symbol means *something* in gem culture, but it's in no way indicative of her intentions in that episode.
  • Can gems get stronger? I mean fusion is one thing. But Jasper was Garnet's equal in their fight even though she was explicitly not a fusion. I mean Jasper comes back even if she's un-fused the gems are gonna be in big trouble if their single (sorta) strongest gem is only equal to her. I mean any one of them could fuse, but the Homeworld Gem's tech can easily counter that, their opponents can fuse, and the Fusion Dance itself takes some time unless the Gems fusing are VERY close. As was the case with Ruby/Sapphire > Garnet.
    • It could be that some Gems are just naturally stronger than others. Peridot is apparently a weakling, as are Ruby and Sapphire.
      • No, Ruby is one of the more physically powerful gems. This is shown in Jail Break where she punches the wall and causes Steven to fall over from the shock of the force.
      • Strong for her size, but nowhere near the level of a Quartz. Rubies are soldiers, but apparently very low-ranking ones.
    • The Crystal Gems may have an advantage now they didn't when this began: Pearl interfaced with the Hand ship, so she may have a bunch of information from its data banks. The other thing I'd expect to see now is Amethyst and Garnet working on fusing into Sugilite and finding a way to rein in her overzealousness until Jasper shows again, at which point they can be like "Ok, let loose." I will be a little disappointed if they don't consider Sugilite as tactical move against Jasper.
    • Another advantage they might have is they still have all the wreckage of Peridot's ship and the technology in it. It's been shown that Pearl was at least able to rebuild one of her drones, so it's not impossible to imagine they could reverse engineer it.
    • As far as gem power goes, Pearl seems extremely weak and has to heavily complement her natural attributes with skill and intelligence. And I wouldn't count Peridot out yet, as she seems somewhat similar with somewhat limited physical abilities being made up for with tactical skill and advanced technology. Steven caught her off guard by being immune to her one hit kill weapon, I don't see her making that mistake again.
      • Without her limb enhancers, Peridot is much weaker than Pearl by a wide margin.
    • I think that the key to figuring out the growth of strength in gems depends on how it is how obtained/used, which is largely seems to be confirmed since the first episode that it is different for each gem.
    • Well, there can be gemstones (the mundane kind that humans deal with) that are more stable, pure, or just generally well-formed than other stones of the same mineral; the way they are cut or polished can also impact their "quality". The way Jasper referred to Pearl as "defective", the way Amethyst was literally created, seems to imply that a gem's power is determined when the stone is formed, and a "better" gemstone will make for a more naturally powerful gem. Not sure if Steven is an exception, being organic, but there seems to be a need to practice in order to control powers—for example, Lapis probably had to train to get that good with her water magic. Pearl and Peridot also show that gems can rely on knowledge, tactics, and experience to be more formidable in a fight. In terms of pure physical strength and power, the most likely answer is that it's, quite literally, set in stone.
      • On this note, Jasper's strength is probably pretty standard for a Quartz that isn't "defective", but in addition to that, she also seemed to be a battle-hardened veteran with probably millenia of combat experience. She wasn't very good at using the destabilizer, presumably a new tech, and only succeeded with it the first time due to sheer surprise value. But once she reverted back to fighting using her helmet and fists, her experience with them, combined with her raw strength, was what let her keep up with Garnet.
      • "Beta" reveals that Jasper is basically the ultimate Quartz and is much stronger than is normal for them.
  • If a fusion's weapon is a combination of the weapons that make up the fusion then what were Ruby and Sapphire's gem weapon?
    • When a fusion summons a weapon, what we see is her summoning the individual weapons and then combining them, with this in mind, Ruby's weapon was probably a smaller version of the gauntlets Garnet uses while the goggles are Sapphire's the same way Jasper had a helmet.
    • There's also the possibility that Sapphire might be similar to Lapis and Peridot and have no weapon, or at least not seem to. Instead, she could have most of Garnet's special powers such as the future vision or her electrokinesis.
    • In Keystone Motel, we see Ruby's weapon, which appears to be a smaller gauntlet that is missing the star and the knuckles. So we can infer that Saphire provides the missing part.
      • Ruby also only summoned one gauntlet. This troper assumed they both had a single gauntlet, so Garnet get's two that's an aesthetic mix of the two of them. The reason she doesn't need to go through the process of building them like the other fusions do is either because her fusion is so strong or because the weapons are so similar they don't need prep time.
      • Ruby's weapon appears to be a boxing glove. The reason she doesn't summon two is her gem is only on one hand.
      • The reason she didn't summon two is because she didn't need to summon two. We've seen, repeatedly, the gems summon as many of their weapons as they need with no restrictions. All Ruby would have had to do to summon two gauntlets is touch her hands together. And Sapphire doesn't have a weapon at all.
  • Since the Jailbreak, we know that fusions can fuse, but that raises another question : does the order of the fusions counts ? We have for example seen Sugilite, fusion of Amethist with Garnet, herself fusion of Ruby and Sapphire, but what if Ruby fused with Amethyst first, and then with Sapphire ? Or if they executed a three-gem-at-once fusion ? Would the result be the same ?
    • Probably not, since when Alexandrite un-fused we saw the silhouettes of both Ruby and Sapphire, suggesting that Garnet was treated as two individuals for fusion purposes. However, Ruby-Amethyst fusion without Sapphire would probably be different from the alternative.
    • Matt Burnett confirms that the order of the fusion doesn't matter in reference to Alexandrite, stating that Amethyst fusing with Sardonyx or Pearl fusing with Sugilite would still form Alexandrite.
  • At the end of "Jailbreak" Why didn't Lapis take advantage of the ocean right beside her to incapacitate Jasper?
    • That's an interesting question. Though she looks relatively small and weak, her near unlimited ability to manipulate water means that, with access to that quantity of water nearby, she is easily the most powerful gem there. Incapacitating Jasper shouldn't have required fusing with her. But here's a possible explanation. Lapis, having despaired of finding happiness simply by getting back to the homeworld, is so unhappy and angry that she sees nothing better to do with the rest of her life than spend it holding Jasper prisoner.
      • Gem (semi)suicide. Nice.
    • Not to mention Jasper was right next to her and could have snapped Lapis like a twig before she could use her hydrokinesis.
    • Personally, I see it as both protecting Steven and taking revenge. Lapis doesn't really have a home anymore thanks to the homeworld's implied significant changes and the fact that neither she nor the Crystal Gems trust one another. After all she's been put through, she decided to lash out at someone and Jasper threatening her only friend made the choice in targets easy.
  • Why did Garnet break the destabilizer after taking it away from Jasper? She could have used it against her instead, shortening the fight and avoid wrecking the ship, allowing them to capture it to their own advantage. With her future vision she should have known that the fight would wreck the ship. The only way this makes sense is if Garnet predicted something worse possibly happening if she had acted differently. Or if her desire to show up Jasper by winning in a fair fight clouded her judgement. Or... something.
    • Of course if you think too hard about it, there are very few plots that the ability to see the future can't break.
    • Attacking Jasper with a weapon she's not trained in would be just asking Jasper to take it back.
    • It could be just a matter of pride. Ending the fight with a cheap shot like the destabilizer wouldn't do much to prove Jasper wrong. Beating her at her best in a fair fight would be much more satisfying.
    • That may have been her best option. Even after breaking Jasper's visor it didn't slow her down that much.
    • Garnet's song seems to supply all the motivation for why she'd want to beat Jasper in a fair fight as opposed to "fancy tools"
      • But if she knew it would crash a very powerful ship they could otherwise capture, it still seems rather shortsighted to put this above a long-term strategic advantage.
      • ^Perhaps she foresaw that, if she didn't destroy the destablizer, then Jasper would steal it back and use it against her and win the fight and then the Crystal Gems would be defeated. Or, ya know, maybe she just didn't have the energy to actually use Future Vision in the middle of a fight like that.
      • The fight didn't start anywhere near the engine. It only ended up there because Jasper plowed them both through multiple decks of the ship after the disrupter was destroyed.
  • So, are there more than one of the same gem, as in would it be possible that they will meet up with another Amethyst or Pearl ? I mean Jasper did call Pearl "defected" as if "Pearl" is a model and she is just one acting out of character. Further more would that mean that all the other gems made at the kindergarten are also "Amethysts" ?
    • "Defected" has more than one meaning. She could have been talking about Pearl abandoning Homeworld. That said, many gems have variations of themselves, so I wouldn't be too surprised if we saw another Pearl or Amethyst some time in the future.
    • Jasper said defective, not defected. Defective has only one meaning, so Jasper's use of it could confirm the existence of other Pearls.
    • In "Friend Ship," Pearl blames the fact that she is "just a Pearl" for her dependence on others. This is a pretty strong hint that Pearls, if not all Gems, are not unique and seen as beneath other Gems in their society.
      • Confirmed in "Back to the Barn". Gem society has a Caste system, with Quartz gems as soldiers and Pearls as made to order servants that stand around and look pretty. Not sure how Garnet, Lapis and Peridot factor in.
      • Garnet is a fusion, so she's outside the caste system. As of "The Answer", we see multiple Rubies, so Ruby is clearly a type of low-ranking bodyguard gem. In the same episode, Sapphire is referred to as "rare", so there's probably not many Sapphire-type gems. As far as Peridot, in her conversation with Yellow Diamond, Yellow Diamond asks her "which Peridot?", and Peridot gives a serial number so there's definitely multiple Peridots. I don't know about Lapis, though.
      • Peridot appears to be the equivalent of Tech support. Lapis is unknown, however given her powers, appearance and backstory (this is all pure speculation) She is likely a member of Blue Diamond's court (or at least of a similar ranking) that was created before the rebellion. Given that she can control water, its possible Lapis' are used in either construction (similar to Bismuth's) or some other purpose.
      • Lapis probably was a member of BD's court. It has been explicitly stated that Lapises are used for terraforming.
    • Multiple Amethysts and Pearls confirmed as of That Will Be All.
  • Back in "Jailbreak", given that she was willing to kill them before Steven showed himself, why did Jasper bother with taking the other Crystal Gems as prisoners at all? If she was going to interrogate them, why was she willing to kill them before knowing anything about Rose's whereabouts?
    • Rose is well known for her compassion. Jasper knows that Rose isn't weak, so capturing some of her friends to use as leverage would be the easiest way to make her talk. As for why she was initially willing to blow up the other Crystal Gems, she probably just assumed that if Rose wasn't fighting alongside them, she'd fallen victim to whatever killed or twisted every other Gem on the planet. We still don't know what that was, but as Peridot was surprised there was ANY survivors it was probably bad.
  • Why didn't Malachite unfuse? Every other episode shows pretty clearly that fusions need to have at least a shared purpose to remain stable. When they disagree on the next course of action or disagree majorly they split. But Lapis and Jasper fused, and stayed fused even when Jasper didn't want to be in the fusion and demanded to get out of it. And if fusing like that just required the stronger presence of mind, Jasper would have tried to force-fuse with Lapis instead of asking her permission. Will this get explained later?
    • The fusion DID start breaking down: you can see that when Malachite is being dragged into the ocean, her face starts coming apart and then immediately reforms. Jasper was probably just too tired and damaged from her fight with Garnet to fight back properly.
    • A bit of Fridge Horror: it's revealed that Homeworld Gems were researching into artificially fusing two Gems together, with their physical Gems haphazardly merged into one. However this is done, this might be how Jasper was able to fuse with Lapis so easily; Jasper might have whatever device that artificially merges Gems together in her, as she just wanted the power. She probably thought that Lapis was too broken to put up a fight in their mind, so she would permanently have control over Malachite. She didn't count on Lapis being as strong willed as she was, and the temporary breaking up was probably a reflex, but once the two fused, it's permanent. Lapis might have known this too, which is why she allowed the fusion to happen, so that Jasper will never be able to escape her.
    • It's possible that the chains Lapis used to pull them down into the ocean are so restrictive that they prevent Malachite from unfusing. After all, you can't split apart if something's forcing you together. As long as Lapis keeps the chains on and doesn't get overpowered by Jasper, they'd be able to stay there forever.
    • 'Chille Tid' confirms that's exactly what Lapis is attempting to do. To maintain the fusion and keep Jasper imprisoned, she has given up her identity as Lapis Lazuli, saying "We're Malachite now". Naturally, Steven is still determined to save her.
  • Here's something that's bugged me for a while; most fusions don't seem to have anything that isn't drawn from their components in some way, or at least makes sense. So how come both Ruby and Sapphire have American accents, while Garnet has an English accent?
    • Since she has been fused for a long time, is entirely possible she adopted the accent in some way or another
    • She might have even done it intentionally to distinguish her fused personality from Ruby and Sapphire.
    • Garnet's been around for thousands of years, long before either country existed. Garnet doesn't have an English accent, the English have a Garnet accent.
  • Why were the Gems waiting until Steven's birthday to reveal that Garnet was a fusion? Wouldn't they have no qualms about revealing such things? Or is it considered too "adult" for a child? Or did they do something like: "What can we do for Steven's birthday... Hey Garnet, does Steven know you're a fusion?" "Yeah, I told him about ten years ago." "Wait... humans can't remember things from their early development stages." "Oh... well then, that's something we can surprise him with."
    • Steven doesn't find out about the more dramatic aspects of the Gems and their abilities like fusion and regeneration until the events of the series. He's pretty young—it's reasonable for the Gems to hide the equivalents of love/sex and death from him until this age. And the birthday in question is probably just the first one following "Giant Woman", so there's no reason to keep it a secret anymore, but Steven's the type of kid who would love that sort of surprise on his birthday.
    • 'Three Gems and a Baby' confirms that Garnet had unfused in front of Steven as a baby, but as he was too young to grasp why Garnet had vanished, his immediate reaction was to burst into tears. In all likelihood, the Gems (particularly Garnet, Ruby, and Sapphire) were unwilling to risk upsetting him that way again. Once they knew he understood the concept of fusion and saw how excited he was by it, they probably thought it would just have been a really nice surprise for him so Garnet decided to tell him for his birthday.
  • In Jailbreak, when Jasper was strong arming Lapis to fuse with her to defeat the Crystal Gems, why do the gems just stand there and not intervene? Sure, they may not like or care about Lapis but I doubt they’d like to face off against a fusion with Jasper’s strength and Lapis’s water control particularly when both have reason to hate the Crystal Gems. If they were focused on protecting Steven and making sure he didn’t intervene and get hurt or killed, one or two of them could stayed behind to hold him back while the others charged Jasper which couldn’t be too hard since Garnet was able to go toe to toe with Jasper earlier and Jasper didn’t the gem destabilizer to incapacitate them. Heck, they could have had Lion use his sonic roars to blast away Jasper from Steven until she poofed or her gem shattered. It just seems weird that they would just stand there when their usual shtick always seems to be Attack! Attack! Attack! which would’ve been really useful in this case. And if they were expecting Lapis to refuse Jasper’s demand to fuse, then it makes it seem they were fine with letting Lapis be poofed or shattered by a vengeful Jasper, which would’ve been traumatic for Steven to watch given that he does care about Lapis.
    • Pretty much exactly the reason you said - Lapis isn't entirely their enemy, and she was basically Jasper's hostage. Plus, Jasper herself took the full brunt of Garnet's attacks, and was only inconvenienced. Jasper was still a threat as powerful as Garnet and Rose, and she had Lapis within her grasp; they were probably worried that Jasper would actually break Lapis if the Gems attacked.
  • Based off of earlier gem fusions, a fusion has an amount of arms equal to the gems making the fusion (for example, Opal has two sets of arms, given two gems make the fusion; same goes for Alexandrite, three gems make her, so she has three sets of arms). However, how does Garnet only have one set of arms, despite being a fusion of Ruby and Sapphire?
    • Fandom consensus is that duplicate body parts on a fusion are a sign of instability. Garnet could stay fused forever and only had a third eye. Opal took some effort and compromise to make, so she's a bit less humanoid. Sugilite (three gems) was hard to control, and Alexandrite (four gems) broke down quickly, so they were even more messed up. Malachite was an abomination whose minds weren't in sync at all. The only perfect fusion seen so far (unless there's another we don't know about) is Stevonnie, judging by Garnet's reaction.
    • The crew behind the show stated that a way fusion looks has no set rules as long as they have "extra" of something. For example Garent and Rainbow Quartz only have extra eyes, while Opal only has extra arms.
  • According to one of the supplementary materials, same-type gem fusion creates a larger, stronger version of that gem (Ex. Pearl + Pearl = Bigger Pearl). Rubies and Sapphires are, essentially, the same gem (corundum) with minute atomic differences... so is this a factor in the stability of Garnet as a semi-permanent, relatively powerful (compared to quartz-type gems) fusion? Given that rubies and sapphires are barely different structurally seems to be a logical factor in the fusion mechanics of Garnet.
    • I'm pretty sure that her stability is a result of their strong love for one another. Different gem types in a fusion probably grant more strength, but stability seems to be purely relationship-based.
    • "Gem type" in the show seems to be closer to "race", meaning the same gem. So even though Ruby and Sapphire are the same gem chemically they are still different gems and are considered a different gem type.
  • Would a fusion of Ruby, Sapphire and a third gem make a different fusion than Garnet and that other gem?
    • No, because it's still the same three components. All that matters is the individual Gems involved, their current combination is irrelevant: Garnet dancing with Opal or Sardonnyx with Amethyst would still make Alexandrite. Even though Garnet is closer than any other fusion known, to the point that she retains her personality as part of Alexandrite, she's still treated as two Gems as far as fusion is concerned.
  • What was the point of Jasper/Peridot putting the Crystal Gems and Lapis into the yellow forcefield prison cells on the ship? Couldn't they have just bubbled them instead? (Except Steven, of course.)
    • Interrogation, Jasper wanted info and they needed the prisoners intact to get answers. Steven broke them free before they got around to it.
      • Hmm... I had always assumed that the intention was to interrogate them after they all got back to Homeworld.
    • It could also be that they don't actually know how to bubble. There's only two gems running the ship as far as it's known, and Peridot doesn't seem to know any sort of Gem magic whatsoever. She's that useless combat-wise that without her limb enhancers or a fancy robot, she resorts to using weapons out of house utilities and slapping Steven after finding out it "hurts" him. Even had she known some gem magic I suspect that her limb enhancers would essentially nullify that until taken off and bubbles seem to vary from gem to gem in strength (Garnet states as such that her bubbles were fine as is when it's suggested they might have needed a bigger bubble for Peridot.) As for Jasper, it's uncertain but likely that she wouldn't know how to bubble either as bubbling is either used for protection or storage, two things that Jasper probably wouldn't do taking into account the fact that she's prideful, boastful and likes to take things head-on in favour of defensive tactics. In the end it didn't really matter anyway as they had a way of keeping the gems confined with no escape, so why fix something that isn't broke? They just couldn't account for Steven is all.
      • Alternatively, it is possible that the bubbling technique was invented by one of the Crystal Gems (likely Rose) for the specific purpose of containing the corrupted gems. In contrast, a utilitarian Homeworld gem would simply shatter the corrupted gem and avoid the extra trouble, so they never had a reason to learn the bubbling technique.
      • The above appears to be Jossed as of "Gem Drill" where the Cluster is seen bubbling themselves en masse, although it's unclear whether they already knew how to or if Steven's demonstration helped.
      • Why would that Joss it? The Cluster is maninly composed of former Crystal Gems.
      • Completely Jossed as of "That Will Be All". Every Rose Quartz is bubbled.

    Season 2 

Joy Ride
  • How did Peridot's escape pod land just outside of coastal American Beach City, if the handship fired said escape pod towards what looked like either inland Ontario or inland Quebec?
    • Well, several factors can be put into consideration. Among them are how fast the ship/escape pod was falling, as well as the movement of the earth which any manner of flight must take into consideration.
    • The escape pod had a flight system. Peridot could have just set it on course towards the temple's general area.
      • Probably in the hopes of rendezvousing with Jasper and Lapis Lazuli, whose state she wouldn't be aware of. She'd probably also want access to the wreckage of the Hand-ship.

Say Uncle
  • Why is Uncle Grandpa crossing over with this show? With the comedy and animation style of UG, it would make more sense to cross over with Teen Titans Go! or The Amazing World of Gumball.
    • Well, it was probably up to the creators when it came to choosing the other show. Whoever was approached first with the pitch of a crossover (whether it was UG's creator or Rebecca Sugar) probably got to choose the show they'd eventually get to crossover with. Or maybe the creators themselves came up with the idea together and pitched it to the network.
    • It's Rebecca Sugar's idea. Might have to do with the fact Crewniverse loved Uncle Grandpa and that the she and Peter Browngardt were friends.
  • Is it possible that UG's canon skit has more meaning than on first appearance?
    • It definitely pointed at the possibility that Steven's shield is activated by different emotions than his bubble. Bubble activates when he wants to protect himself and maybe someone else. Shield activates Specifically when he wants to protect someone dear to him.
  • I keep seeing complaints, both on tumblr and this very wiki that Pearl was out of character in "Say Uncle". How? This is the Gem who went completely nuts over the fact that a fountain she liked had a bunch of weeds in it, I think breaking down after being trapped in a featureless void is perfectly in character for her.
    • Maybe not so much out of character, but a lot of people who canon her as autistic and identify with that thought it was too exaggerated or her only trait in that episode.
    • But freaking out over change is a well documented sign of autism (and one that I suffer from). And change doesn't get much worse than being in a completely different reality.
    • Pearl was upset about the fountain because of her devotion to Rose, not because she's autistic.

Story for Steven
  • Taking Greg's own challenge to heart in his song: "Some say I have no direction. That I'm a lightspeed distraction. But that's a knee-jerk reaction." Okay, Greg - you left college with I assume some talent in music to become a musician, and had a chance at success. Rose came along, you were rather smitten for her, and then you made a car wash? While that is a direction towards love, it's not exactly like everything went well for you afterwards, did it? I mean, you're a car wash owner and you seemed to never got off the ground, right? Things must have been really tough for Steven growing up until he went to live with the Gems, I'd say.
    • There's nothing wrong with being a car wash owner and he'd already given up his dream of making it big because he wanted to be with Rose. Steven is provided for with food, clothes, a cellphone, etc. Since the Gems don't work, Greg is probably providing for him. Meaning he's earning enough money to support himself and Steven. So things probably weren't that tough I'd say. And even if they were, considering that he has a son who he has a good relationship with, and before that, got to enjoy years with the woman he was in love with, it seems things DID go pretty well for him.
      • Now to figure out why a man running what seems like an economically sustainable business still lives in his van.
      • Seems pretty obvious to me; he gives most of his money to Steven and the gems. None of them have jobs, yet Steven has electricity, water, food, multiple (albeit old) video game consoles and video games, lots of toys, a smartphone, and his constant patronage of the Big Donut, the french fry place, Fish Stew Pizza...
      • That makes sense. Being Pearl, Amethyst, and Garnet likely don't have jobs. I just assumed since of course the temple doesn't use electricity and no one is going to argue with the superpowered space rocks with who owns the temple, the house that Steven stays in is off the grid and just uses the temple's power and maintenance, but having every dime he has go to Steven's well-being being Greg does have a somewhat successful business makes sense.
      • Actually old video games may be a sign that there plenty of money being made. Anyone who collects old video games can tell you that they gotten more expensive than modern games due to increased demand.
      • Maybe Greg had those "old" videogames since he was young, and gave them to Steven after growing up.
      • Yeah, it was actually confirmed on Twitter that Greg pays for everything; food, electricity, etc. Also in the extended theme song he builds the house himself. Greg gives literally every cent he makes to Steven while he lives in the van.
      • My question is why do the gems make Greg out to be a completely inept loser? I at first figured Greg was just some stray Rose picked up and liked for what was inside, but Greg is responsible, caring, smart, talented, and an all around good dude. And he was sort of attractive. I get there is some animosity because of what happened with Rose, but i don't get why they need to paint him as a mess, when he is probably the best parent steven has. Greg is stable, understanding, way more emotive, responsible, and understands human child needs. One thing that Greg is not is a mess.
      • Greg is a successful human, and the gems have never really been good at understanding what that means. They don't eat, so providing for a dependent is something they forget. They don't need money, so earning it has no value. Their reproductive cycle doesn't HAVE children, so they don't appreciate their unique needs. Greg was initially considered a mess because he balks at the things that they consider mundane (eg: raise a magic child and punch monsters into space).
    • Greg lives in the van because he wants to (this is made explicit in "Mr. Greg" when he has the money to buy a house but refuses to do so; but even before then, he owns the car wash and it's clearly a large enough building that he could convert part of it into a home if he wanted to.) Regarding why the Gems think Greg is a loser, though, remember that none of them are impartial observers, since they blame him for Rose's "death".
  • I understand that Greg wanted to be with the love of his life and "success is how you define it" or whatever, but i don't understand why he hates Dad Sourc-I mean Marty so much. Greg definitely could have made it. Before this episode it was implied that Greg wasn't that great, but he could write songs and sing and definitely could have made it if he made it to Empire city. I'm mostly just wondering why he gave up on his dream so quickly for a woman he didn't even know the name of.
    • Given what we saw of Marty and the turnout of one for Greg's concert, I think it's safe to say that he was a terrible excuse for a manager. On top of leeching out a ridiculous 75% of all earnings and forcing Greg to do all the work, he completely failed bring in an audience. All he did was have sex with one groupie and drive. After all that and demanding that he abandon the woman of his dreams, it only seems right for Greg to cut him out of his life entirely.
    • Also, consider that Marty is a deadbeat dad for Sour Cream, if Sour Cream even knows him at all! Not only is Vidalia gone, Marty's not a part of his son's life. A big-hearted guy like Greg would never let that go, especially considering his choice to stay with Rose and Steven.
    • Possibly an unpopular opinion, but I don't think we should judge Marty or Greg's chances of making it big based on his own flashbacks. The fact Marty was portrayed with pointed teeth and not given a single nice line makes me think Greg was exaggerating a lot of what happened in that episode.
      • Since Vidalia has the same opinion of Marty as Greg does ("dunno where that fool is! Don't care either"), we can assume that Marty really was as bad as the flashback portrayed. Also, in "Mr. Greg", he featured in a hamburger commercial and still has the sharp teeth.
  • Why did Amethyst (and Pearl, for that matter) look shorter and younger in Greg's flashback? Amethyst is six thousand years old, and we know from the fact that she still fits perfectly in her hole that she hasn't grown or shrank an inch since popping out of the kindergarten.
    • Both of them simply altered their default appearances, likely after regenerating at some point prior to the start of the series. In Pearl's case, maybe she just added a little bit of height.
    • One theory could be that they changed their appearance to look older as Steven was growing up.
      • How does Amethyst still fit in her hole, then, if she's been changing her appearance as Steven ages?
      • Amethyst has always been short. Amethyst as she is now looks much older due to changing her clothes and mannerisms, but she's still about Steven's height. She probably didn't get much taller at all.
      • But she did grow. Her, Pearl, Garnet, and Rose are a little shorter than when the show is taking place and before Rose died. I guess when they re emerge from their gems and get new clothes they grow an inch too? Rose is the only gem that always has the same outfit everytime we see her, so because of her greater combat abilities and being the leader she doesn't reform as much. But then the picture during the American revolution Amythest has all her hair and they all look the right height. Who knows
      • Actually, someone on Tumblr [1] did a post where they showed the Gems are about the same height and even look the same, they only look younger because A) Outdaded 80's clothes and B) Everyone looks tiny next to Rose because she's like, 8 feet tall!
      • Amethyst and Pearl still have much "younger" proportions (e.g. Pearl's enormous head) though.
      • Gems are as old as they feel, correct? When Greg met Pearl, Garnet and Amethyst, they were enjoying their salad days. Amethyst had time to explore and be a kid, Pearl could be youthful and dote on Rose, and Garnet could be a full-time action hero without worrying about a child's welfare. The Homeworld Gems were long defeated, and the team had Rose as an anchor. Losing Rose and caring for Steven has forced them all to "grow up" - if not in actual height, then in appearance and attitude.
    • It's just animation errors, in some shots the proportions were off-model.
      • I wrote off my initial reaction to them looking younger as the psychological influence of them wearing intentionally 80s clothing and hairstyles, but the artists involved have stated explicitly that they don't care about staying on model. As long as the heights of all the characters are more or less proportional to each other the actual animation will allow them to grow or shrink as much as is necessary to fit the mood of the scene. We also gotta consider that their "young" selves are only ever seen in Greg's flashbacks, and human memory is imperfect. He thinks of them as being younger and remembers them looking younger as a result.
  • In "Story for Steven", Marty asks Greg whether he's been sticking pennies in the van's tape player again ("you weirdo"). Is there any reason anyone who's not a small child would do that?
    • As an adult with ADHD, I can say that I do a lot of weird shit when I'm not bothering to try to check my impulse control. That's not the only possible explanation, of course, just one possibility.
  • Backstory confusion: If Marty is in fact Sour Cream's father, and he was conceived in the back of Greg's van that night, how old is present-day Sour Cream supposed to be? Steven is about 12 or 13 years old, so at least that much time has passed. Greg is most likely in his late teens or early twenties during that flashback, and looks to be in his early or mid-forties present day, so the events of the flashback may have happened around twenty or twenty-five years ago. So is Sour Cream in his early twenties? Or did Greg just age really hard?
    • The whole "Marty and Vidalia are Sour Cream's parents" thing is pure Fanon.
      • Not as of Onion Friend!
      • I guess Greg just aged really hard.
    • It was never stated when Sour Cream was born so it's possible it happened a few years after Story For Steven.

Love Letters
  • Okay, so with "Love Letters", Garnet suggests that Love at First Sight does not exist. Funny, since in order to maintain her fusion, Garnet and Sapphire's fusion cannot lessen or in any way diminish to maintain it's perfect cohesion. Since that's true, their love must have incredible staying power, something which initial attraction must account for. Therefore, either Garnet and Sapphire have no argument...or there's something about their relationship which accounts for it, and therefore does not separate them regardless? And in that case, are we assuming that attraction doesn't have a place for love? Not sure that message really connects that easily. And if she's trying to say that True Love isn't a thing, I want to introduce her to both Greg and Rose Quartz.
    • Not believing in love at first sight in no way prevents her from believing in strong, lasting emotional bonds. It just means that she believes that love grows over time.
    • Greg thought that Rose was cute at first, but he didn't develop an infatuation when he first saw her. Jamie didn't learn a thing about Garnet before writing that letter. Not the same situation.
    • Garnet did not at any point say that True Love does not exist. What she was saying was that the initial infatuation, what is known as Love at First Sight, is not love. It's just attraction, infatuation, lust maybe. Love on the other hand is something that requires time and work. Something that requires the two people to know each other very well and accept their good and bad sides. Love at first Sight Could develop into real Love, but in itself is not true Love.
      • A better question would be, why does Garnet say love-at-first sight does not exist and you have to know a person to love them, when Greg and Rose barely know each other before he quits his whole career for her and this is treated as romantic?
      • Technically, did Greg quit his whole career, or just fire his crappy manager? And Greg is "kind of a mess", remember. He's a good guy but he's hardly meant to be the show's unilateral role model for viewers. And it's possible for the show to have a certain lesson in mind without having every single character follow it.
      • Well, the second flashback episode, We Need To Talk, does go into this exact thing. After a few months both Greg and Rose realized that a relationship based on that initial infatuation was unfulfilling, and they didn't really know each other. What they did was talk to each other, work things out and slowly build a proper, loving relationship. They worked at it. So Garnet may very well have been thinking about that as a perfect example for why "love at first sight" was an unrealistic idea. Not to say a first-infatuation relationship can't lead to one of true love, but it takes effort for it to do so.

  • If there bodies are more or less solid light projections from their gems, now I think in one episode Amethysts got digestion problems from eating rotten food. Why would the gem bother making organs for their bodies, it seems like those would only just give you weak spots in a fight.
    • They probably don't have organs and Word of God says they don't need to eat or sleep. That being said, they probably still have some way of absorbing the stuff they consume in case they want to do it.
      • In Fusion Cuisine Pearl says she hates how food goes through her. I think their physical constructs are more than light projections. They are probably authentically "human" bodies, but since they make their own energy to power their shape shifting bodies they just don't need to eat. Since Amethyst got sick it is likely they have actual human organs that they do not have to use, but when in use can be vulnerable to typical human ailments.
      • Not to mention Rose Quartz must have had some certain body parts to be pregnant with Steven. So the question remains is why do they need to make organs when they project a human body.
    • Have the Gems' bodies ever been considered hard light? They've always been treated as organic.
      • I thinking the idea came from the episode where Amethyst gem cracked and her body did all the weird stuff that looked more like a hologram malfunction then anything a physical body would do.
      • The short "What Are Gems?" has Pearl describe their humanoid forms as being similar to holograms, but with mass.
  • Amethysts seemed to be really fragile in Reformation, It took Pearl getting stabbed to force her back into the gem. I don't know I just think we've seen Amethyst take harder blows then that and stay formed.
    • It did look as though the Slinker managed to 'poof' Amethyst very quickly, when she's previously been shown to be pretty tough. That said, Garnet is both strong and skilled, and even she was wary of fighting the Slinker, not even attempting to intervene when Amethyst managed to get the thing in the open for a short time. Perhaps Amethyst getting forced back into her gem so quickly on all three (four?) occasions was a sign of how dangerous the Slinker is; stealthy and powerful.
    • Also, a lot of Amethyst's forms were hastily constructed, and may not have been as hardy as Amethyst's usual body.
  • How did Amethyst have Pizza Steve's sunglasses in Reformed, despite Say Uncle not being canon according to the producers? Is it possible that it is partly canon for the Steven Universe episodes due to Steven mastering his shield to save Uncle Grandpa, and partly canon for Uncle Grandpa due to him helping a kid as per usual. The plot hole is probably the reason she has them due to being in an unknown realm, possibly canon, possibly not, which can explain somewhat the reason Amethyst has his sunglasses
    • Uncle Grandpa didn't invent sunglasses, and Amethyst has a ton of junk that references other fiction. How did she get a Mario item block? Who cares, it's a cartoon.
  • Amethyst ate a lot of food before they went to find the Slinker. So why didn't the food reappear when she got poofed? Gems can't digest food after all, they just pass it all through.
    • Considering the Crew doesn't seem to like closely examining how disgusting it can be for Gems to eat (cf. that cut joke where Amethyst describes eating to Peridot), I'm guessing they either didn't think about it or didn't feel like animating a soggy bolus slapping onto the floor.

Sworn to the Sword
  • Where are people getting the idea that Pearl is suffering from PTSD? Because she shouted Rose's name instead of Steven's? Uh... isn't that already a common trope in fiction? It's not always indicative of someone having PTSD.
    • Because, more than once Pearl has had emotional breakdowns in regards to Rose? Despite acknowledging the brutality of the war, she seems determined to remember it as something glorious and right? She's almost obsessively protective of Steven, and seems to have some fairly severe self-esteem issues? And the blurting out the name thing suggests she's trying to project her own relationship, or what she perceived as her relationship, with Rose onto Steven and Connie. Which is itself, not that healthy.
      • Eh, I always interpreted it as grief. OP here, serious question: is it even possible to get PTSD from relationships (that are not abusive)?
      • There's probably quite a bit of overlap in Pearl's case, between the grief and PTSD, as she made it explicitly clear that she only stayed on Earth and fought for Rose.
      • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can come from anything traumatic, it's most commonly associated with survivors of war because war is usually traumatic for everyone.
  • How in the actual heck is Connie the strawberry and Steven the biscuit? Steven has a pink gem, wears a pink shirt, and is the sweetest child in the history of the universe. Heck, roses and strawberries are in the same family Rosaceae!!! I think we all need to just admit that Steven is the strawberry and Connie the biscuit here and accept that that's the way it is and there is nothing wrong with that.
    • Strawberries are pretty feminine fruits when you think about it. There's nothing feminine about a biscuit though. The real question is why Connie is a strawberry instead of jam.
      • Since when does this show care about strict, obsolete gender roles? Since never. Steven is the clear choice for strawberry.
      • And Connie isn't? In any way? At all? They seemed to care about gender here and Steven ISN'T the clear choice. Because she's the strawberry and he isn't. If he really was "the clear choice", the writers WOULD have made him the strawberry and we wouldn't be here. Besides, Gems don't HAVE a biological gender; they just LOOK female. We're talking about a human and a hybrid that HAVE genders here. Why don't you ask Rebbeca or any one of the creators on their Twitter and find out for yourself why Connie's the strawberry and Steven's the biscuit?
    • I think you're looking at this the wrong way. Steven is the biscuit because he, like Rose, is what holds people together (in addition to a biscuit being similar to a shield in that it protects what it houses). Their family is an amaglamation of a lot of different flavors (let's say meats (Garnet) and vegetables (Pearl) and dressings/extras (Amethyst) but without the bread/biscuit to hold it together and give them a reason of being there, they're just random stuff. For Connie in particular, the strawberry jam, that's not really something that's eaten on its own. Before she met Steven, she felt alone (unused on a shelf) and through her friendship with Steven, she found more purpose.

Keeping It Together
  • Why do the Homeworld Gems not know about the Crystal Gems, I mean at least one of them could have fled from Earth to make a report, or was every gem assumed to be killed/corrupted?
    • Peridot doesn't know about the Crystal Gems. What the Homeworld Gems as a whole know is still unknown. Peridot apparently didn't even know why Earth was cut off, so she doesn't seem to have much intelligence besides Earth having a kindergarten on it.
    • Jasper seems quite familiar with the Crystal Gems. It seems the Homeworld Gems left Earth after losing the war. Peridot reveals that the Red Eye from the first episode was scanning the planet for Gems, but since it got destroyed she didn't get data that the Crystal Gems were there.
    • It's starting to sound like the war ended with both sides basically being nuked, with Garnet, Amethyst, Rose, and Pearl surviving solely because of Rose's shield. Every other member of both sides burned. There would have been no one to report back to Homeworld, and when Homeworld eventually sent the Red Eye to check, the Crystal Gems destroyed it before it could do anything.
      • Jasper personally fought against Rose. I think she and some other Gems abandoned earth once the Crystal Gems started winning, whether or not there was also a "nuke" element near the end. Homeworld probably figured that Earth was just too much trouble at the time, and they could wait a few millennia and re-invade it at their convenience.
    • Turns out all these answers are a bit right. When the war ended Homeworld Gems left, but it's strongly implied that they used a weapon to corrupt all gems on earth. Thus the only gems left after Homeworld left are the crystal gems because Roses shield protected them. Homeworld hasn't been back to see the crystal gems survived and so didn't expect any non-corrupted gems.
      • It seems as if Homeworld erased all records of the rebellion and that the Diamonds assumed that the Crystal Gems had all been corrupted.
  • This troper is always frustrated when the Gems don't use more of their unique ability's in situations when they really should have. For example, when Peridot escaped in "Keeping it Together" She was being chased by Amethyst and Pearl, why didn't Pearl just use that laser ability she used on the crab monster and the Watermelon Stevens to shoot her down or why did they not try to fuse into Opal to shoot her down, or have Garnet shoot her Gauntlets at her....
    • Peridot's a small, fast moving target who would probably be hard to hit.
    • Even then, why couldn't they shapeshift into something that could fly to go after her? We saw Amethyst doing it before, and Pearl said all gems could shapeshift. Maybe Peridot can fly faster than them, but they don't know that. Why didn't they even try?
    • Burnett answered this on Twitter, albeit jokingly. The answer was basically because the plot demanded it.
  • Before Peridot gets interrupted, she's noting that the fusion experiments are "developing properly". Like, going according to plan. Those random-limbed monsters did not look anything remotely like a success to me. What the heck do they even think they've accomplished here?
    • Proof of concept that merging broken gem fragments creates permanent forced fusions. Also not how the gem shards themselves were merged together. The technique or technology used to do so could be used to repair shattered gems by correctly attaching the shards, or when perfected could be used to create a Frankenstein's Monster-esque super gem. Of forcibly merge a broken gem with an intact one as a Gem Resources Power up, most likely triggering a One-Winged Angel form for the gem that tries it. But that's just a theory. A HORRIFYING theory. Thanks for reading!
    • That line can mean multiple things. One possibility is merely that the process of gluing them together has worked, rather than meaning that the entity that Garnet encountered was the desired end result.
    • Peridot had what she came for, she took the working experiment and ran. What we see are the 'aberrations'.
    • Maybe they are developing properly, and they take some time to fully merge into a more humanoid form?. Garnet and Steven interrupted the process early.
  • So… Are the fusion experiments the only way to create gem monsters? Because Garnet knew that the gem monsters used to be gem people, but was completely surprised by the nature of the one in this episode.
    • Obviously not because they definitely state Gem monsters are due to "Corruption".
  • How come Pearl and Amethyst aren't nearly as freaked out about the fusion experiments as Garnet was? Those are clearly the living body parts of their dead comrades!
    • Did Garnet even tell them about the experiment on screen? I thought that they only showed up after Garnet bubbled the amalgamation creature. Anyway, they aren't a fusion, so it would probably have somewhat less of an impact.
    • Rewatch the scene. Garnet didn't react in horror until she actually saw that they were gems forced together. Pearl and Amethyst didn't know they were gems just by looking at them.

We Need To Talk
  • Why didn't Garnet get upset at Pearl tricking Rose Quartz into fusing with her?
    • She didn't trick her?
      • Pearl told Rose Quartz she wanted to fuse with her in order to give some flair to Greg's music video when, in actuality, she did it to make Greg jealous. That sounds like tricking Rose to me.
      • Simply put, neither Garnet or Rose Quartz knew Pearl was scheming, Garnet didn't even realize Pearl was doing it during "Cry for Help" until she admitted it. Presumably they just never found out.
      • I wouldn't call it tricking, they both were on the same page 'fuse into Rainbow Quartz and show off for Greg', they just did so for different reasons. It's not enough to anger Garnet but Garnet made her opinion on the matter clear when she decided to give Greg advice and not Pearl.

Chille Tid
  • Why does Pearl like watching Steven sleep? What did it mean when she told the others that they'd have to take over for her?
    • For the second one, it was because Lion was sleeping on his face. She needed to make sure Lion didn't suffocate him.
    • She's extremely anxious and watching him means nothing bad can happen; might also just bring back good memories of Rose. As for telling the others they'd have to take over, she thought the issue was that SHE was watching him while he slept.
  • It's been well established that the Gems get all the energy needed for living from their gemstones, to the point where Pearl's lived for thousands of years, part of which where spent fighting in a war, without ever sleeping. So why did the Gems all get tired out in "Chille Tid"?
    • It's hardly the first time the Gems have shown fatigue. Even Garnet was too weary to move after Sugilite spent over a day constantly overworking her components bodies. It could probably be assumed that even if Gems don't need to sleep, they still can't run at all capacity indefinitely. At some point, they would need to rest, if for nothing other than to relieve mental exhaustion.
  • Does Pearl's dreams of pizza (and someone dressing in drag as Rose) suggest that the Uncle Grandpa episode might just be a little more canon than the writers said it was?
    • It wasn't about pizza or drag, it was resentment at Greg for taking Rose away from her.
    • I'm pretty sure the logic there was pizza = food, food = disgusting, Greg + food = disgusting.
  • Does Pearl truly care about Steven as a person or only because of Rose?
    • Of course she does. There are tons of moments where she's looked after him, she's still allowed to have issues regarding Rose though.
  • OK, so a small fall will crack a gem as was the case with Amethyst. How would a number of small weak spots deal with the massive pressure of the ocean? Is Lapis somehow controlling the water surrounding Malachite so the pressure doesn't immediately crush all those gemstones to a pulp? And if she is, since she doesn't show any sort of regard for herself, what's stopping her from letting the pressure effectively kill both her and Jasper?
    • It wasn't a small fall, but a long fall and direct impact with a hard surface. Plus, we don't know how deep down Malachite is. It's entirely possible she's at a depth that a rock could survive unscathed.
      • Not only was it a long fall with a direct impact, but she had the entire weight of her body coming down on top of it. If her gemstone had been falling by itself (for example, if she was poofed beforehand), it might not have cracked.
    • Lapis is certainly capable of controlling water pressure. Steven walked into the base of her ocean-tower, and then was lifted from that point into space in less time than it took him to run out of air. As neither of those flattened him, it's clear Lapis can ignore whatever water physics rules she wants.
    • While Gems are based off actual gemstones (ore similar) That doesn't meant that they are actual stones I.E. Pearl is not an actual pearl. Following this, its possible that they naturally resist high pressures, but cannot handle sudden impact. Also Lapis not showing regard for her own safety is not the same as her having Death Seeker tendencies. Similarly she may not have the stomach to outright kill Jasper, settling for trapping her instead.

Cry for Help
  • If Pearl likes fusing into Sardonyx so much, why didn't she just ask? You'd think that no two gems would understand fusing just to feel good about yourself than Ruby and Sapphire.
    • Shyness, probably.
      • She did, in "Coach Steven," only to be blown off by Garnet.
    • That was for the sake of a mission. If rejection was a problem, this episode should've fixed that the first time Garnet asked to fuse.
    • Gems can only fuse if they're mentally, physically and emotionally in sync. Even if Garnet was willing to fuse just so Pearl could have fun and feel better about herself it would still fail because Garnet doesn't feel those things. That's why Pearl kept rebuilding the communications hub, to give them a clear goal they could both agree on.
      • Precisely, Garnet would no more "pity fuse" with Pearl than she would "pity date" Jamie. It would hurt more than help, for reasons that she explains in "Friend Ship."
  • How did Garnet not see Pearl's betrayal in Cry For Help? One would think that she would have been at least somewhat aware of that possibility.
    • She couldn't predict Peridot coming to Earth either. It could be that her future vision is limited to her present knowledge and what questions she is seeking the answers to. She didn't consider the possibility of anyone else reconstructing the tower and focused completely on Peridot, so she didn't see the outcome where Pearl was the culprit. Note that she did say that believed Peridot was evading her future vision.
    • The above may be true but in the episode Future Vision didn't Garnet say that she sees multiple outcomes like Steven various injuries or even when she let Steven borrow her future vision so he could figure out when to bring Connie back to her parents. In the case of Cry For Help, i'd guess that Garnet probably saw Pearl fixing the tower but found it to be so outrageous that she didn't even consider it.
      • Just because she can see multiple outcomes doesn't mean she can see all outcomes.
    • Sapphire's future vision only shows her what she personally will see and experience in the alternate futures. So she probably could see that the tower was going to be reactivated, but she couldn't see that it was Pearl doing it because she wasn't going to be there, so she just assumed Peridot was doing it using some approach that she couldn't figure out how to cover.
  • Fusion Gems generally seem to have a combination and/or balance of their components' personalities. So where exactly does Sardonyx get her hamminess? That doesn't sound like either Garnet or Pearl.
    • Pearl likes to show off her skills (especially to Steven) when she's not being neurotic. Garnet likes to be stoic and mysterious, but is clearly emotional (even while dead-panning) and solves problems with violence (as she lamented in "So Many Birthdays"). Combine those two and you have the perfect recipe for a Large Ham (and if you throw in Pearl's precision and dexterity and Garnet's ability to predict how things turn out, the perfect stage performer).
      • There's other examples of Pearl's tendency to show off, too: doing a ridiculous dance and chant to summon a simple roll of police tape; her grandiose boast about "the perfect battle" and "we shall let our swords decide" when fighting Holo-Pearl; etc.
    • Most of what we've seen of Ruby has been in situations warranting her anger, but she's definitely quite an expressive gem, and she does seem to have softer moments. Pearl's also quite excitable and more of a Dance Battler than other gems, and even Sapphire, it would later be shown, has a iggly side ("There's my Laughy Sapphy!"). So expressive Ruby, dancer Pearl, and giggly Sapphire = Large Ham Stage Magician Sardonyx. Alternatively, considering the theory that Sugilite's personality is based on Sapphire getting overpowered by Ruby and Amethyst, Sardonyx may be angry Ruby getting shushed by Pearl and a giggly Sapphire.
  • If fusions have the memories as their components, how did Garnet not know Pearl was using her?
    • Fusions carry common memories of their component gems, such as knowledge of certain people, emotional association etc. But they do not share every possible thought each fusee has. Also I feel that Sardonyx would have to actually be actively thinking about Pearl's scheme to keep fusing for Garnet to find out.
  • We see from Sardonyx knocking out the top pillar of the hub that said pillar is necessary for the entire hub to work. Why not just hide that part in Lion's mane so that the hub can't be repaired again?
    • And who is the Gem most likely to think of that? Pearl. And which Gem is deliberately leaving things intact so she can keep fusing? Pearl.

Keystone Motel
  • In Keystone Motel, why didn't anyone offer to go with Greg if he was so worried about the guy he was buying from being dangerous? Any of the Gems would've done it. Even if Garnet defused, Ruby and Sapphire could've defended Greg. Hell, if the strength Steven shows sometimes isn't typical of other humans, even he could've handled an axe-crazy human.
    • I think he was mostly joking about being worried about the risk of the online salesman being a psycho murderer. The main reason he brought Steven along at all was in hope he might enjoy staying at a motel, so he didn't want to use him as a bodyguard over probably-unwarranted worries about a very unlikely risk.
  • In Keystone Motel, why did Greg even bother booking a motel room in the first place? He's already accustomed to living out of the back of a van, so why would he suddenly feel the need to have a real bedroom when traveling?
    • For Steven to have a nice time.
    • He still likes beds, even if he's used to not having one.

Onion Friend
  • Okay, Onion Friend reveals that Vidalia is Onion's mother, and is still living with them. Quick question though: why the heck has she not disciplined Onion yet? And she can't not know about it, because Onion once tried to drown the town in toys, which would be hard for him to cover up.
    • She could just be a very laissez-faire parent who doesn't believe in discipline.
    • The replicator incident only lasted a few minutes and all evidence disappeared when Garnet smashed the wand, Vidalia probably has no idea it happened at all.

Friend Ship
  • Peridot's newly unveiled Shock and Awe powers would've been real useful to pull when Amethyst was literally standing on her in Jailbreak- especially since she explicitly uses them to get out of Amethyst's whip a second time. Though she does wriggle her arms around to get one of her fingers touching the whip, when the first time, her arms were locked behind her back and such re-positioning wasn't possible. It could be she can only release electricity through her fingers, rather than just lighting up her whole body.
    • It's entirely possible that Peridot only brushed up on combat skills after she was separated from her giant warrior escort.
  • Can Peridot not use the warps to go back to homeworld? They don't seem to be one way paths, so why doesn't she just go back?
    • All the warps not shattered on Earth are local. The giant homeworld warp was broken precisely to keep that from happening.
  • Am I stupid, or was the ruined ship in "Friend Ship" standing at a significant angle, while its interior seemed perfectly level? Peridot fires her arm cannon straight up through the center of the dome, which is not facing up in exterior shots. I can only assume the ship's artificial gravity had been turned on the entire time.
    • I noticed that too. The only ideas I can offer is artificial gravity like you said, or they just didn't think about it.
  • How did Garnet and Pearl fuse when there wasn't enough room to dance?

Nightmare Hospital
  • How could anyone ever mistake the shard fusions for regular people? They're literally twisted masses of mismatched limbs.
    • Maybe she mistook it for some sort of birth defect?
    • But a regular human wouldn't be able to survive that kind of birth defect. They have no face, so wouldn't be able to breathe or eat!
    • Doctor Maheswaren has already met Alexandrite, and she didn't even react when they turned into three smaller women. It's been shown several times that humans are actually rather nonchalant about gem stuff, which makes sense since gems have been on Earth for thousands of years. Granted, humans often try to avoid it, and I don't think it was ever common for human doctors to take in gems as patients, but they're still used to it. The gem mutants are obviously in a lot of pain and they look humanoid enough to not be admitted to a veterinary hospital. And Doctor Maheswaren probably takes the Hippocratic Oath very seriously.
    • Possibly more horrifying, magic is known and relatively common and humans don't generally panic when it comes involved, pairing this with the forced fusion creatures being admitted to a hospital and being treated as human. Maybe humans being magically distorted and mangled used to be a common problem?
  • I might be interpreting this the wrong way, but does it seem to anyone else like Dr. Maheswaran doesn't really care about Steven's safety?
    • I don't know where you got that idea. I don't think she particularly LIKES Steven, but wanting him to die is completely out of character.
      • Not caring about his safety is not the same as wanting him to die. The few times we've seen her during a dangerous situation, she doesn't seem to consider Steven's safety even in passing. Naturally she'd be more concerned for her own daughter, but many adults will attempt to protect their child's friends if they are present, so her lack of visible concern for Steven stands out a bit.

Catch and Release
  • Are the gem's clothing a part of their body? I assuming their clothing was also generated by their gem like their body.
    • It's probably a part of their projected identity, if not truly parts of their body. Given that shapeshifting seems to be a fairly common power, appearance is probably just a matter of preference and propriety.
    • We have seen Garnet take off her glasses and show they are mundane objects. it would probably be more accurate to guess they are like their weapons. constructs made by them, but not actually a part of their bodies.
    • It seems to depend on the gem. Garnet, as mentioned above, can freely take her glasses off, but Peridot has to ask what a shirt is in "Catch and Release".
      • Peridot doesn't know what Earth inhabitants call fingers, though. The best answer to this is in Chille Tid where Garnet chooses to shapeshift a lifejacket in her colours instead of wearing the one matching the others.
  • Why didn't Peridot make her own spaceship pre-"Catch And Release"? She wouldn't have had trouble stealing components from human dwellings.
    • I assume it because there really nothing to build a FTL engine with? My evidence being that Pearl didn't manage to put one her rocket.
    • Peridot finds ancient Gem technology painfully archaic to work with. She probably would have even harder time building something as complex as a space ship from human components; even Pearl's turned out to be a failure and she's worked with human tech for much longer. Yes, they were able to make a robot suit from junk in the matter of minutes, but that was a case of Rule of Funny and relatively simple requirements; something breaking halfway through won't mean fiery death for everyone involved.
  • Why didn't Peridot's foot disintegrate after being disembodied? Gems are made of light, and their gemstones are the source of said light, so why is it that Peridot's foot stayed in its physical form after being cutoff from Peridot's gemstone? These aren't gem weapons.
    • It could be that the foot wasn't truly a part of her body, but rather a prosthetic. Which does raise some interesting questions about why Peridot would need a set of prosthetic legs.
      • Sapphire doesn't seem to have feet, either. Might be that some gems just don't make a complete body. Or Maybe she screwed up when she built her body?
      • Sapphire does indeed have feet as stated by Rebecca Sugar
    • Do gem body parts fade when separated from their gemstones? We haven't any of the Crystal Gems get a limb lopped off, but some of the gem monsters had smaller minions that survived remotely. If the injury isn't enough to force her to retreat into her gemstone to heal, the body part might just stay intact, wherever it is.
    • Or her foot might have faded after the scene ended.
    • Garnet can fire her fists off like rockets, and they don't disappear until they explode. So, this isn't the first time that we've seen a gem detach their body parts.
    • Maybe Peridot isn't really a gem. Maybe she's an android.
    • It is worth noting that gem technology has really advanced, and none of the Crystal Gems understand it very well. Peridot might be working by completely different rules.
    • "Catch and Release" reveals that her feet and hands are prosthetic limbs, which can be detached and are separate from her gem body.
  • Peridot seems very ashamed/disturbed of how small she is to the point that she got limb enhancers to counteract this...but her body's a construct of light, and the Gems can shapeshift. So why doesn't Peridot just shapeshift into a taller/bigger form?
    • The Gems probably have an upper limit to what kind of size they can support without collapsing that varies by the type. There was an episode where Amethyst took her Purple Puma form for a serious fight, though I can't remember which one, but she got poofed out of it almost immediately. Peridot probably can't assume a much larger form and it would be pretty unstable, too.
    • That was in Ocean Gem, and Amethyst did indeed lose that fight. Moreover in Reformed she tried to regenerate with a larger body but it didn't last.
    • Aside from the problems with making a larger default form than you can sustain, Peridot doesn't seem to know how to use any of her powers, not even shape shifting.
  • In "Catch and Release", how did Peridot know Steven was the one who fixed Lapis' gem? Just as she claimed in "The Message", we know for a fact that Lapis didn't tell Peridot of Steven's existence (as she didn't recognize Steven in "Marble Madness" nor did she know that the Crystal Gems were still on Earth). So how does Peridot know this? How did she know Lapis had a broken gem in the first place?
    • Lapis' broken gem was clearly visible on the mirror she was encased in, and given what Pearl said about the mirror, it was an often used method of teaching so Peridot might have come across a picture. Also they had Lapis in captivity: she said nothing about Steven and even denied he is affiliated with the Crystal Gems when Jasper identified them, but she might have told about her gem having been cracked and healed. After all, there were bound to be questions about where she was for all that time.
      • If that is he case, then assuming Rose Quartz's healing tears were common knowledge, this would explain why Jasper was expecting Rose on Earth. Once Peridot learned that Steven is the Rose Quartz gem, she put two and two together and came to the conclusion that the Steven is the one who healed Lapis.
    • Peridot could have interrogated Lapis between Garnet's destabilization and Steven breaking out.

When It Rains
  • More of a curiosity than anything, but since the bubble shield seems to do a decent job of providing protection and entirely encircles those within, is there any particular reason why Rose's shield seems to be considered a better option? There's some subtle implication in the show that Rose's shield is stronger/more durable than Steven's bubble, but has it been established officially at any point (perhaps by Word of God) that this is the case? Or is it simply that Rose's shield has greater mobility and therefore is more useful in combat?
    • Probably just mobility. rolling around in a hamster ball isn't exactly useful in combat.
      • Indeed, considering there's not much you can do while inside the bubble, it seems to be more useful for escaping and hiding (or staying in place, but, y'know, not getting hit) than combat proper.
    • Perhaps the bubble- being much larger than the shield- consumes more energy.
    • We've seen the bubble burst/pop on multiple occasions, whereas the shield only seems to go away when Steven runs out of energy for it.
    • The shield also has other abilities (which Steven hasn't fully figured out), disrupting Lapis' water clones, and also capable of being used as a throwing weapon.
    • As of When it Rains, it seems that the bubble starts to give way when enough force is applied, while the shield can stop the main gun of a huge spaceship without a scratch.
  • In "When it Rains" Steven is explaining his parentage to Peridot she asks if he's a hybrid. She asks this question already suggesting this, as if she understands what a gem hybrid is. Then when Steven attempts to explain, she immediately says she does not care as is this is nothing new or special. The Crystal Gems can barely comprehend Steven themselves, and Rose didn't seem to know much about how he would turn out before he was born, besides being half of him. This troper finds this suspicious. Not only that has anyone ever noticed how completely useless Peridot is? Without her enhancers she is a complete liability, she doesnt seem to have any weapon or powers at all. Get Ruby or Sapphire mad and by themselves they can cause a lot of damage, without even moving, so it isn't because she's small. She's even more useless than Steven, the human/gem hybrid. What exactly is Peridot? Could she also be a hybrid?
    • Pearl isn't that far above human strength, and she's confirmed that she wasn't built for battle. Peridot seems to be this taken to the extreme, with the addition of having barely any combat experience to back it up. They both appear to be some sort of servant or scientist class gems, never meant to engage opponents themselves. I also wonder if, without earth to form gems in, the Authority have been forced to grow substandard gems on other, less promising planets.
    • Remember that the Crystal Gems have not had any contact with Homeworld for thousands of years, so there could've been a few hybrids that were created during the time that they remained separated.
    • She might just be trying to pretend she already knows just for the sake of her ego. There are a lot of things she doesn't know, so she wants to pretend she at least knows about gem hybrids.
    • When she said she didn't care, that might have been less saying that she was already familiar with gem/organic hybrids, and more that she didn't care to have it explained at the moment, given that they were kind of in the middle of something.

Back to the Barn
  • Is it just this troper, or did Pearl seem to unnecessarily blush a lot during the most recent episode "Back to the Barn"? I don't see the reason why she was intensely blushing at the mention of other pearls.
    • Imagine if somebody started to casually explain to your surrogate son the fact that not only are you not a unique individual, but your predetermined purpose was to be little more than property. You'd be humiliated and flustered too.
  • So, Peridot revealed a lot about Gem society and racial boundaries. Pearls are servants, Quartz are warriors and leaders, fusion is not meant to last forever. Question: What type of gems are Ruby and Sapphire? They aren't Quartz gems like Amethyst or Rose, they are minerals. What could their use have been in gem society? Especially with the immense power either of them have.
    • It could be that Ruby and Sapphire were meant to venture or act in extreme environments that most gems couldn't deal with. Ruby seems to be more than immune to most any level of heat, with the same being true of Sapphire and cold. There are a lot of planets with extreme conditions, but that would otherwise be rich in resources, and I doubt the Homeworld would let them go untapped. In fact, Lapis Lazuli might be meant for something similar. Some of Peridot's comments have suggested that the Homeworld doesn't have much water, so she might have been meant to serve on planets that have a lot of water on them like Earth.
      • "The Answer" has, funnily enough, the answer! Rubies are common and physically strong, so they serve as soldiers and bodyguards. Sapphires on the other hand, are rare and prophetic, so they serve as aristocrats and fortune tellers.
  • How did Peridot manage to singlehandedly build the giant robot in "Back to the Barn"? Yes, I know she's supposed to be a genius engineer, but she's also by far the weakest full Gem shown so far (even weaker than Steven, in fact), and it looks like a lot of the parts that the robot was built out of would be way too heavy for her to lift. Compounding this is the fact that not only the parts, but also the tools, she had to use in the build were human-made, and at that point she had so little experience with such things that she didn't even know how to hold a power drill correctly. Put all that together, and it seems pretty strange that she singlehandedly managed to build it so quickly (or at all, for that matter).
  • Why is Pearl so strong? She was created to be a fancy, largely decorative handmaiden, yet she has extreme superhuman abilities.

    Granted, for a long time she was still the weakest gem we'd seen, and much of her effectiveness comes from her Dance Battler fighting style that taps into aptitudes that it makes sense for her to have, since a fancy maidservant/butler/whatever to the highest ranking gems would be expected to be graceful.

    But she still has abilities that technique alone can't account for, and Peridot's out-and-out wimpiness compared to her (and even to Steven) shows that it can't be explained away as Gems having such a high "baseline" strength that even the weakest of them can be expected to be as strong as Pearl.

    Why were Pearls given super strength? Was it an accidental side effect of Pearls being made in small batches or one at a time using different processes than regular Kindergartens (Peridot mentioned there only being a few hundred of them)? Were Pearls deliberately better-made, cutting fewer corners, than a lot of other mass-produced civilian gems, since Diamonds and such can't be seen with ones that were less well made? Or was it so that they could carry the aristocrats' heavy luggage without straining? Why?
    • Maybe Pearls are actually very weak by Gem standards. We've never seen Pearl use much of her strength, and certainly not to the upper limits that some of the others have shown. They probably did design Pearls to be comparatively weaker, it's just that that still seems powerful by our standards as humans. But it's as low as Homeworld thought was reasonable. Being an entire race with superpowers, it's understandable that they would have some different standards about that sort of thing than we do.
      • Except she's still much, much stronger physically than Peridot, who is hardly superhuman at all. Pearl hardly represents the lower bound on Gem strength; even if she's weaker than warrior-class gems, she still massively outclasses at least some of the other "civilian" gems. However... Peridot is the only Gem we've seen so far that's weaker than Pearl, and she is much newer. Maybe Pearl's success in the rebellion caused them to pre-empt such a thing from happening again by deliberately making all new civilian Gems from then on much weaker. Maybe at the time she was made, Pearl was at the lowest level of strength known to any Gem? Maybe making extra-weak Gems like Peridot requires substantial changes to the Kindergarten equipment, and at the time they made Pearl they thought so little of the possibility of uprising that they just didn't bother.
    • One fairly obvious possible explanation: Peridot specifically said that Pearls' responsibilities include holding their master's stuff for them, so maybe Pearls are made stronger than other civilian gems just because sometimes their duties might include carrying something rather heavy. A Peridot-strength Gem of Pearl's size couldn't lift a Diamond's toothbrush.
    • Pearls do not have super strength, Pearls are weak by Gem standards. The fact that Peridots are weaker doesn't change that, it just means they lack normal Gem strength as well.
    • This is explained in "Too Short to Ride" as being because Peridot is an Era 2 gem, they are less well made than Era 1 gems like Pearl, which would explain their lesser innate strength.
Also as a status symbol, a relatively strong pearl (as long as it was still graceful, attractive and intelligent) might be desirable by larger gems like the Diamonds and more senior Quartz gems as a sign that they could afford a high quality servant/accessory (As well as because larger gems might use equally large equipment that would need to be carried and stored at times by their Pearls in their gemstones)

Too Far
  • Why does Peridot refer to body parts with complicated terms, like "touch stumps" for fingers or "gravity connectors" for feet, when she referred to her robot parts with regular terms like fingers or foot?
    • It'd be like calling one of those claw grabber things your hand. You're using it for what your hand does but it's not really your hand. As to why she uses the more complicated terms for her real body, she's an alien. Who knows how Gem culture came to name their parts.
    • I guess it sort of shows how she felt better about her robot parts than her actual body, since she felt bad about how small, weak, and clumsy her actual body is by Gem standards. She preferred her robot body to the extent that in her mind, the limb enhancers were her "real" fingers and feet, and the actual parts of her light-body are just irrelevant underlying components. It may not be that terms like "touch stumps" and "gravity connectors" are standard terminology amongst homeworld gems, it may instead be that those are idiosyncratic technical jargons that Peridot invented to refer to her own limbs by since she had mentally dissociated from them and preferred to think of her bionic enhancements as her actual limbs.

The Answer
  • Why does Sapphire only have one eye when every other gem has at least two?
    • Maybe all Sapphires have one eye as a side effect of having future vision. This is most likely a reference to Greek mythology where Cyclopes had sacrificed their second eye in order to see into the future.
  • Why does Sapphire's gem turn red when she and Ruby form Garnet?
    • Same reason Ruby's turns purple when they form Sugilite with Amethyst
    • All fusions change the color of their component gems to match. Opal's gems are all rainbow-colored, Malachite's gems are all green, etc.
    • I was always under the impression that the gems on this show were actual specimens of the gemstones the characters are named after. It's not just that they're changing color. The gem in Sapphire's hand is an actual sapphire and the gem in Ruby's hand is an actual ruby, and when they become Garnet, they both magically transform into actual garnets. Which happen to be red.
  • There seems to be some discrepancy as to how competent Pearl was during the war. In "The Answer", she was described as "terrifying" and was shown singlehandedly taking down two quartzes at once with her swords. Granted, they may not have been battle hardened veterans like Jasper, but that's still impressive. But in "Sworn to the Sword", it showed her as hopelessly outmatched by foes of such scale, such that her repeated attempts to intervene in fights between Rose and such enemies were completely unhelpful and just resulted in getting herself poofed immediately. Similarly, "The Answer" showed Rose and Pearl exhibiting actual decent teamwork, as opposed to how "Sworn to the Sword" portrayed their battlefield dynamic as Pearl always trying to "defend" Rose in an utterly inept way.
    • It's worth noting that all cases of Pearl being poofed in "Sworn to the Sword" were shown in the same animation style as Steven's insane speculation about the risks he faced in "Future Vision". That makes Pearl's incompetence the same level of canonicity as Cookie Cat being evil or the magic wasps. Garnet said that Pearl took fearless pride in sacrificing herself, but it's just Steven's imagination (and his worries about Connie being hurt in a similar situation) that made it a regular occurrence.
      • I suppose that's possible, but Garnet's phrasing seemed suggestive of Pearl often making some really poor choices on the battlefield.
    • Gems are ridiculously long lived, and we don't really know how much the war went on. It is completely possible that the "Sword to the Sword" scenes was early in the war, with Pearl just learning to fight and being overzealous on Rose's safety(And maybe still "obeying" her "program" to be an accessory to her owner) while "The Answer" might be later(some months, some years, a few decades, etc). She might even be relating to Connie how bad she was when she started, and while she still tried to protect Rose, she changed from "Get all the hits meant for Rose" to "Eliminate everything before they have a chance to hit Rose"
      • I always assumed "The Answer" was near the beginning of the war, since Rose hadn't built up her army yet and seemed to literally have no followers at the time besides Pearl. Also if Pearl learned her lesson about how to support Rose in a more sensible way, you'd think she wouldn't be teaching Connie to emulate her own mistakes as to how to approach the situation if she acknowledged and corrected them herself. Also, if Pearl's incompetence was all prior to "The Answer", then Garnet wouldn't have known about it because she hadn't joined yet.
      • I assumed it was the "last" of the first wave, as they are well known. Most of their first allies destroyed/captured and them making a last attempt at Blue Diamond. And then they got reinforcements. Pearl isn't good judging human behavior, so she might have wanted to make sure Connie would defend Steven first, besides as much as she loves him, she though Steven wasn't much of a fighter
      • As far as Pearl's tutelage of Connie goes, in between "Pearl learns pragmatism" and "Pearl teaches Connie" there was "Rose died". Rose, the person Pearl was obsessed with protecting at any cost, died in a way she could do absolutely nothing to prevent. Deep seated emotional issues can be managed but rarely "fixed", and Rose's death would have been the perfect catalyst to wake them up.
    • Another consideration: the opposition shown in STTS looks FAR more impressive than in The Answer; a huge, thirty-foot tall, vicious looking Gem that I'm going to assume is likely a fusion of three or more Jasper-grade Quartzes. Seriously bad odds there. It's possible that against the kind of odds we see in The Answer (a few surprised Quartzes and a single three-Ruby-fusion) Pearl did a perfectly fine job serving as a deadly and level-headed sidekick to Rose, but when up against something huge and terrifying like that, Pearl would have a panic attack, flip the hell out, and think something to the effect of, "YUP, NOT LETTIN' ROSE FIGHT THAT THING, LEEEEEEEEERRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOYYYYYYYYYYY!"
      • If you look at it Pearl has the same strategy in both scenarios: throw herself at the most dangerous Gems around and poof them so Rose won't be in danger. It's just that in The Answer the enemy forces were within her competence zone so her attack was successful.
  • Why did Sapphire tear up after defusing from Garnet for the first time?
  • Why are rubies (precious stones) considered "common" and low enough to just serve as foot soldiers that can be easily spared when Sapphire is "rare"?
    • Because Rubies, the magical Gem kind, are common with unimpressive powers while Sapphires are rare with highly useful abilities. There's no reason an alien species would follow the values humans have assigned gems. You'll notice there were only four Diamonds when on Earth there's tons of them.
    • Yes, of course, but there's also tons of sapphires on Earth. Sugar seems to have mirrors alien gem culture after actual earth gems- diamonds are the most valuable and strongest, quartz gems are plentiful, pearls are high-class accessories, etc. I just found it strange, then, that a precious stone here would be common as dirt on Homeworld.
  • Why are two of the Ruby guards so childish when they're thousands of years old, trained soldiers?
    • Because that's how Rubies act. We've seen our Ruby act just as childish.

Steven's Birthday
  • Why was Steven struggling to stretch out his limbs in Steven's Birthday? Why couldn't he just FEEL old, like in So Many Birthdays?
    • He was trying to look how he thought someone his age was supposed to look. But at the end he IS supposed to look the way he does, meaning if he tried to "feel" 14 he'd look the same.
    • Two possible reasons: 1. He thought of stretching because he saw Amethyst do it earlier to hang the banner and it didn't occur to him that there was another way; 2. he did consider it, but remembered that the last time he used emotion to change his age, it nearly killed him, so he went with what he thought was the less risky option.
    • He COULDN'T have just "felt older", because not feeling old enough was the entire problem.
  • It seems really hard to reconcile "So Many Birthdays" with "Steven's Birthday". In the former, it is established that Steven's age is based on his state of mind. This point is then forgotten and never spoken of again, and his age is never again shown to fluctuate.

    When "Steven's Birthday" finally rolls around, the applicability of this point is not brought up, and instead of trying to use this to make himself older, he simply tried shapeshifting himself to look taller and therefore older, although he couldn't sustain this.

    The strain he puts on himself has an effect that sort of brings up his weird aging, but instead of being based on his state of mind, it seems that he reverted to an infant simply as a half-gem alternative to poofing, from straining his gem too much by shapeshifting too big a form.

    At the end he's shown to have sprouted his first facial hair, which suggests that he was actually aging normally after all and doesn't grow because he just has dwarfism or something, even though his adult forms in "So Many Birthdays" were taller than his usual form and of average adult height.

    Is their any interpretation where these two episodes make sense together, or am I forced to just chalk "So Many Birthdays" up to Early Installment Weirdness and/or Broad Strokes?
    • Steven's involuntary aging and shapeshifting are separate powers. Him being unable to maintain his older-looking body was because he was using shapeshifting instead of the age he was mentally. Him turning into a baby was a result of overexertion, not mentally being a baby. His facial hair at the end shows that he has grown a little mentally.
      • That doesn't really seem to address the fact that the whole conflict of the episode is caused by anxiety that seems like it wouldn't exist if anyone remembered what they learned about Steven's aging in "So Many Birthdays". The episode came across as if how Steven's aging worked was still a mystery to everyone.
      • You're acting like he can easily control how old he feels. Can you control how old you feel? Nobody can just turn a certain state of mind on and off at a whim, and before anyone counters with him doing that in "Too Many Birthdays", I would point out that that was a more adrenaline-charged situation; feel younger now or DIE. On his 14th birthday, there is no such risk. And no, the shapeshifting and aging aren't really different powers at all; they both come back to the basic fact that Gem bodies are hard-light holograms projected with a certain, limited amount of energy, and that they can reconfigure those forms at will. Hell, even Fusion is basically the same thing, they just meld their holograms into each other.
      • A) It's not so much that he's merely unable to control his feeling-based age shifting, as that everyone in "Steven's Birthday" (including himself) seems totally unaware of it. It's not brought up.
        B) Steven's body is not entirely a hologram like the other gems, he's partly-biological.
        C) Age-shifting in "So Many Birthdays" didn't strain him like deliberately shapeshifting a larger form did, so it seems to be somewhat different in nature (at least for him).
        D) What saved him from dying of age in "So Many Birthdays" wasn't an adrenaline rush for fear of his own death, but seeing the gems freaking out about it made him spontaneously feel like (therefore become) a healthy adult to scold them to calm down.
        E) Another sub-headscratcher: if his age-shifting powers from "So Many Birthdays" are still fully canon and not just some discarded relic of before the writers had quite figured out where they were going with this, why didn't he suddenly grow older during "Full Disclosure" when he was hit with the realization of how serious the situation was? (Yes, I know he still responded to it rather immaturely, but his aged forms in "So Many Birthdays" weren't very mature either, the point is he felt older).
      • (Hoo boy, I just realized that this page is getting freaking LONG. I think we're gonna need to break it apart soon like with WMG.)
        A) Maybe they didn't bring it up because it's irrelevent. Everyone there who knows about it knows enough of the rules to realize that it's not worth mentioning.
        B) True, but we've seen clearly that in many aspects, it still behaves like a gem body, otherwise he wouldn't be able to fuse or 'shift at all. In this case, I think we just need to wait for canon or Word of God to better explain how Steven's body specifically works.
        C) That's because of the timeframe. This was explained pretty clearly: a Gem's body has a set limit of how much energy it should put into the size of it's form, which they can exceed via 'shifting, but they run the risk of hurting themselves if they do it too long. In "Birthday", Steven's trying to maintain his larger form for the better part of a day (looked to me like at least from about mid-morning to late afternoon, so let's call it eight hours.), but in "Birthdays", he was only doing it for about fifteen minutes or so, just long enough for his stroll down to the Big Donut and back. Not enough tume to cause any backlash.
        D) True, I did forget that, but it only further proves my point that "how old you feel" is not something you can control.
        E) Hmmm, dunno, that's a good question. Maybe after the adventure on the ship, his body didn't have enough energy and couldn't be bothered to shapeshift until later, and by that time, Connie had talked him down into feeling a bit more like a kid again.
    • The two episodes don't contradict one another at all - in fact, they end up complimenting each other. In "So Many Birthdays," Steven began physiologically aging due to a subconscious reaction to how old he was feeling - his body adjusted his "age" to match how he old he felt. In "Steven's Birthday," Steven was consciously trying to transform himself so that he could remain with Connie, and, as conscious actions tend to be, was much more physically taxing (bending your arm is simple, while flexing your bicep will tire you out fairly quickly, and the harder & longer you do it, the more tired you become). His transformation into a baby was twofold: one, a snapback from overexerting himself; two, a subconscious image of himself and his fears that Connie will continue to grow while he remains a child forever (personified as he being a "baby"). Later, after he returns to his normal age after Connie's reassurance that she'll never leave him plus a good night's rest, Steven's subconscious again alters his body... only this time, it's a very subtle age-up, one that reflects how Steven view Connie age-wise. Simply put: Steven's desire is to grow up together with Connie, and so his body will (subconsciously) do exactly that - cause Steven to age at the exact same perceivable rate as Connie for the rest of their lives.
  • This one requires a lot of thinking (probably way too hard) about the timeline. Mirror Gem takes place near the beginning of summer (which we learn about after Steven talks to Connie), and the barn episodes seem to take place in summer as well (in Same Old World, Steven notices the trees starting to change). This means Steven's birthday must be late summer, correct? Now, Winter Forecast happened in between, so the two summers mentioned before must be different years. Now, in this episode Connie acts surprised to learn that Steven is fourteen. But... when we piece together all the previously-stated facts, she must have at least known about Steven's off-camera thirteenth birthday. Did she really not ask or hear about his age then?
  • Steven is show to be immersed in popular culture, and several of his friends are teenagers... So how come he never realised he doesn't look like a typical kid of his age before Connie pointed that out?

It Could've Been Great
  • It Could Have Been Great: it’s obviously done for the sake of plot since Steven otherwise wouldn’t have been able to come with them, but why would the gem base on the moon have a breathable atmosphere if Gems are The Needless?
    • The Gems communicate with spoken language. Spoken Language requires sound, and sound requires an atmosphere. Presumably they took gasses from Earth to put an atmosphere in the moon base. Or Steven doesn't actually need to breath but he and the gems thinks he does, there've been some hints along those lines.

Message Received
  • Why on the earth did the gems not immediately bust the diamond communicator as soon as Steven brought it to them?
    • They probably were taking their time since they thought Steven successfully subdued Peridot.
    • They weren't even entirely sure what it was and how it worked. For all they knew, attempting to destroy it could've made it explode, or something. So they were being careful.
  • Ok so,It seems that Each Pearl's gem placement corresponds to the placement of the gem they belong to. Both Pearls that belong to a Diamond have their gem's on their heart, matching them, and matching their color. Pearl is not the same color as Rose, who also has her stone on her stomach, while Pearl's gem is on her head. It's also getting clear that Rose is not an Ex-Diamond, she was probably just the erased Pink Diamond's soldier. So who did Pearl belong to?
    • It is possible that Pearl was a reject, and Rose toke Pearl underneath her wing. As in the other Pearl's seem to be a lot more submissive then Pearl seems too be.
    • Alternatively, the gem placement is largely coincidental. This seems be vindicated by the Rubies in "The Answer" who all had their gems in different places.
    • There are also theories that she used to belong to White Diamond, who did have her gem on her forehead.
    • Given Peridot is quite effusive on the glories of Blue and Yellow Diamond, but has nothing to say about White or Pink, there's definitely something up with White. As many people have noted, our Pearl is pretty much white in color.
  • This is a really weird question, but what is up with Yellow Diamond's absurdly long neck? And she didn't have it in the extended intro, meaning they apparently looked back at that design and decided it'd look especially sinister for whatever reason.
    • Her neck looks about the same in the extended intro actually, accounting for the weird perspective (Peridot and Lapis look almost as tall as Jasper).
  • Why does Yellow Diamond not know about the Crystal Gems? When Peridot first saw Steven (before she came to Earth) she saw and was introduced to the Crystal Gems. That's why YD ordered a Jasper to accompany her in the first place, because Peridot put them in her report. Why did she even have to ask Peridot what happened to the ship, when she was told there were rebels?
    • Maybe Peridot never actually dealt with her directly, and Yellow Diamond's orders to Jasper were "Find out what this idiot tech wants and get her to stop wasting my time".
    • Even if Yellow Diamond knew of/remembered the Crystal Gems, them destroying the ship wasn't the only possibility. Mechanical failure, accident, or even Lapis breaking out were all potential reasons it might have been damaged. Remember that the ship was invulnerable to any Crystal Gem weapons, and they were only able to reach the reactor because Jasper took them aboard (something that wasn't in the original mission plan). Yellow Diamond knew rebels were a possibility, but decided to ask Peridot what happened and didn't anticipate she'd have any reason to lie.
  • So what exactly is the gem hierarchy? We know that Diamonds are the top of the food chain, but where does that leave everyone else? Are Pearls higher than Rubies since they directly serve the Diamonds, or are Rubies higher since they're soldiers and Pearls are treated as nothing more than decoration; according to Peridot? What about Jasper's and Peridot's relationship, it seemed that Jasper was in charge of the mission to earth; but Yellow Diamond said that she assigned Jasper to Peridot as though she had control.
    • I imagine it's not totally that simple, that each type of Gem was made for a different task and a different spectrum of authority. Jasper is a high ranking military Gem and would likely be able to boss around Rubies all day, along with being able to command military expeditions. She's not however technically Peridot's boss, as Peridot is a civilian tech. Jasper was purely escort... until they bumped into the crystal gems and Jasper personally identified them, at which point it became a military mission that she was in charge of (and Peridot is still clearly annoyed that she's being bossed about and told what to do). Pearls on the other hand seem to me like secretaries, their rank secondary to the practical authority they gain from their job. As they control access to the top rank of gem society, even Jaspers would have to give them respect unless they want that Pearl to be whispering in a Diamond's ear about the merits of reassigning them to the deepest regions of space. No doubt Peridot has good reason to be a little snotty with Pearls, especially if the levels of smug we saw from Yellow Diamond's is normal.
      • Pearls have no authority at all, they're not even considered actual people, they're accessories to the Gems that own them. So far the hierarchy as we've seen it goes Diamonds on top, rare gems with great or unusual powers as their court (Saphire and Lapis), Quartz gems, Rubies, Peridots and with Pearls beneath everyone. Basically the rarer and more powerful you are the higher up the caste system you're placed. Although it seems there's some slight wiggle room depending on the type of mission they're on, as Peridot seemed in charge of the Cluster mission until Jasper identified Rose Quartz.
  • So, Gems' physical forms are projections and they all have the ability to shapeshift. But it has been shown that most Gems are disgusted by humans and look down on them. In fact, they were around long before humans even existed. With all of that in mind, why do all of them look so much like human women, even in distant flashbacks? Don't get me wrong, I appreciate it from a meta, Most Writers Are Human standpoint, but in-story, the logic just isn't there.
    • Since Gems were around long before humanity maybe they're disgusted by us because they see us as an inferior knockoff or something. Gems don't look like humans, humans look like Gems. And the Gems don't like that.
    • This is flat-out WMG territory, but it it's possible that the first gems were created by advanced Human Aliens (which may not exist anymore) for some purpose, and they decided to make them look like women by default, which remained standard in Gem culture.

    Season 3 

Barn Mates
  • While it was understandable why Lapis was reluctant to forgive Peridot for interrogating her and bringing her back to Earth but considering the fact that she is currently living with the Crystal Gems and is friends with Steven, someone who has forgiven her for how she tried to drown him and his friend Connie, broke his father's leg, assaulted his adoptive parents twice and almost doomed all life on Earth by stealing its water isn't it a little unfair for her to have been holding that grudge especially since her being trapped in the bottom of the ocean with Jasper was her own fault because there was no reason for her to even do that because of how powerful she is?
    • How is she just going to suddenly be as forgiving and trusting as Steven after being trapped alone in a mirror for thousands of years, discovering that the place she considered home no longer really exists, and then being fused with a psychopath for a minute straight (whether or not she chose to do it doesn't mean it wasn't an enormous strain)?
    • No one is saying that she has to suddenly be forgiving, but Steven wasn't wrong when he told her that she wasn't giving Peridot a chance, and she WAS acting a little bratty when she was complaining about Peridot being there even though Lapis came after she was already there.
    • Her gem was cracked, meaning she was probably on the verge of corrupting. Also, given that Jasper (and Peridot) dragged her back to Earth then 'interrogated' her about Steven, yeah...
      • Amethyst's gem cracked as well and she wasn't on the verge of corrupting. Has it even been established that cracked gems lead to corruption (no really, I'm asking)? Peridot also explained that she just needed Lapis for information. She didn't hold her prisoner, and it wasn't even her idea. It was a higher up gem (likely Yellow Diamond) and Peridot was just following orders.
      • As of Monster Reunion, it has been proven it doesn't. (Fingers off that spoiler blocker button, this troper didn't say what did...)
    • Lapis has flaws, namely she's fairly self absorbed (understandable after what she went through) and holds grudges. Peridot dragged her back to Earth, where she'd spent five thousand years trapped and had only just got free, and interrogated her, which likely wasn't a pleasant experience, was manhandled by Jasper the whole time and then spent months in a toxic fusion. Of course she's holding serious resentment towards Peridot. Honestly, I'm surprised she had enough control not to attack her.
    • Not to mention that if she hadn't fused with Jasper, it was very possible that Jasper would attack both her and the Crystal Gems (including Steven, the least experienced and ready to fight out of all of them). She believed she was dragging both of them under to protect Steven. Of course, as was revealed in 'Alone at Sea,' she eventually began using Jasper as a living stress ball.

Hit The Diamond
  • In "Barn Mates"/"Hit the Diamond", I can understand that since Rubies are not expected to be very smart, they would only be given simple orders with little background information, explaining why they only knew they were supposed to find Jasper and had no awareness of the Crystal Gems or Peridot. But this raises a bigger question: why would Rubies be deployed as scouts/a search party to begin with? They seem terribly unqualified, and it seems strange that Homeworld would deploy members of its soldier caste that's not supposed to be good for much besides fighting, on a search and rescue mission.
    • Given that they were sent to find Jasper, a super solider, and the only hostile Gem they knew of was the nearly harmless Peridot, who they probably didn't even know was alive, it was assumed that the mission would be very simple. Homeworld doesn't seem to think too highly of organic life, so humans aren't considered a threat, and they don't know for sure that the Crystal Gems are still alive. Sending five physically powerful gems ready to fuse into one larger, more powerful form would be sufficient to scare the information out of Peridot and their ship was all that was needed to retrieve Jasper.
  • Speaking of "Hit the Diamond", why didn't they just have Peridot sneak out the back while the Rubies were distracted by the baseball game? Depending on how long the game took, they could have even gotten Greg to drive up and move her somewhere else. Additionally, why did they need Sapphire to hit a home run? She could get a single and let Pearl or Amethyst drive them home, or (if Lapis actually gives a crap for a few minutes), do a sacrifice play to tie it up and go into extra innings.
    • Peridot wanted to stick around, in case things like Rubies-fusing-and-threatening-her-friends happen. Sapphire's home run was for sake of simplicity and to preserve drama. They can't explain the intricacies of baseball and still have the show be interesting to most viewers. Notice Steven only talks about hitting the ball, running around the bases, strikes, and home runs. Bringing in more strategy than that would go over most viewers' (and probably the Rubies') heads.
  • What would have been the worst case scenario if the Gems had told the Rubies the truth, that Jasper was missing somewhere on Earth but they weren't sure where, and volunteered to help find her so that she could return to Homeworld and the Rubies would leave? While Jasper holds a grudge against "Rose," and Lapis isn't safe around the latter, the season three finale was a complete fiasco as it was. I understand why Steven lied in the heat of the moment, but apart from doing a lot of search and rescue missions that Steven could have opted out of to help Lapis, what could have possibly gone wrong by being honest?
  • How did the rubies forget that that they had two or three gems in their sights(not sure if [insert Fry picture here] their scanners saw Steven as a gem or not) and a giant hand of water smacked them out of the sky, and eyeball looked right at the entire group of gems, and they were just like, "OK, let's look for gems!" There's a difference between stupidity and being blind/Dory.

Steven Floats
  • Amethyst keeps jumping up to Steven so he can tell her the next part of what he's trying to say — despite the fact that in multiple earlier episodes she's shapeshifted into something that can fly.
    • Forgot About His Powers? Maybe she just wanted to jump high like Steven because it looked like fun. She may as well have turned into a small object Steven can hold in his hands while he explains, but didn't.

Too Short To Ride
  • How is Peridot able to read English? It's established that Gems are either speaking English or some sort of Translation Convention is happening, since even ordinary humans are able to understand Homeworld Gems, but "Monster Reunion" established that the Gem's written language is different from English. The Crystal Gems have been on Earth longer than any living language, so they've had ample opportunity to learn to read English, but Peri has only been around for a short time, and might not have ever seen written English until Steven showed her the internet.

Beach City Drift
  • In "Beach City Drift" Connie was concerned about breaking the law because kids can't drive. And their solution was to fuse into the adult Stevonnie. But Aren't they still breaking the law since Stevonnie doesn't have a driver's license?
    • They are, but they're far less likely to be pulled over when they at least APPEAR to be an adult. If a cop saw two kids driving a car with no adult supervision, he'd pull them over no questions asked. But Stevonnie appears to be an adult, so the cop wouldn't have any reason to pull them over and ask for a licence unless they were speeding or something.
  • How exactly was Stevonnie able to drive as well as they did? Both Connie and Steven are too young to have a driver's license, and we've never seen them practice driving, not to mention that the skill they exhibit would take way more than just sitting behind the wheel of their parents' cars every now and then.
Crack the Whip
  • Why was Stevonnie barefoot when both Steven and Connie were wearing shoes?
    • It was shown in "Alone Together" that Steven and Connie's shoes are too small for Stevonnie's feet.
  • Why was Amethyst's fight with Jasper such a Curb-Stomp Battle? Amethyst was stated (I don't recall where) to have been holding her own against Garnet during "Tiger Millionaire", and Garnet was able to beat Jasper in "The Return", so wouldn't it make sense for Amethyst to at least be evenly matched with Jasper?
    • Four reasons: 1) Garnet and Amethyst weren't really trying to hurt each other, 2)Amethyst was in her Puma form, which makes her stronger but also tires her out, 3) she got emotional which made her sloppy and 4) Amethyst relies entirely on brute force in combat and since Jasper was stronger and tougher than her is the worst tactic to take.

  • Bismuth says Rose was "made right here in the dirt", which would mean she was made on Earth like Amethyst. But didn't what Rose said to Pearl in "Rose's Scabbard" imply that she was from Homeworld?
    • I don't remember what Pearl said, but since Rose has kept secrets from the Crystal Gems, it's possible that she lied to either Pearl or Bismuth.
    • I don't think she was being quite that literal. Bismuth likely just meant she was just an ordinary quartz, made the same way they all are, as opposed to the Diamonds who likely have other origins (the Diamonds are the ones who created the other gems to serve them).
    • It's possible that Rose was, in fact, made on Earth, but was shipped to actually work on Homeworld because her specialization was needed there. If this is the case, then she may have viewed returning to Earth as a homecoming, of sorts, which could have prompted her fascination with the native ecosystem in the first place.
      • But if she was made on Earth, wouldn't she have come from one of the kindergartens? She can't be from the prime one because Pearl said Amethyst was the only good thing that came out of it, and she can't be from the beta one because Peridot said that was started halfway through the rebellion.
      • What's the question? Beta is the second one before the Prime kindergarten; not necessarily the first kindergarten.
      • As was revealed in Earthilings, Jasper served Pink Diamond and so did Rose Quartz at a time. Since Jasper was also made from the Earth and Pink Diamond was the one heading colonisation of the Earth and Jasper even states that Pink Diamond was Rose's Diamond, it's heavily implied that Rose is also an Earth gem. It can also be inferred that like Jasper, Rose was then taken to Homeworld and likely defected after that.
  • Why do the gems not question why Bismuth was bubbled in Lion's mane, a place only Rose knew about? You'd think that would raise some red flags.
    • They were two overjoyed at the notion of another of their comrades having surprised to question things too much. If things had gone on for a little while longer they might have started wondering, but this was someone they cared about that they had every reason to believe was gone forever that had returned.

  • How could Peridot tell which hole was Jasper's specifically?
    • The size of the hole itself. While the trio is passing all of the holes all of them are actually pretty small. It was the only one that was big enough for Jasper.
    • Kindergartens are Peridot's specialized area of expertise. She knew Jasper's exact composition and measurements, and just compared them to those of the hole.
  • Why did Peridot have as much trouble as she did using her metal powers? In Beta, she was shown to be able to use them with ease. Is there any reason other than Rule of Funny?
    • She was probably too panicky and distracted by the fighting to properly focus, and it was a rather big piece. So far we've only seen her handle small objects on screen one at a time. Remember how in Beta she completely dropped all the instruments the moment she actually tried to play? Even then she beaned herself on the head with an empty can when she got distracted. It's implied all Gems and not just Steven can fudge their powers when in stressful situations (e.g. Amethyst saying she can't transform when she's freaking out)
      • Another possible reason could be that Peridot can only move things relative to how strong she herself is. So far we've only seen her moving things a person could normally move around with their own hands, nothing more than that. From what I could see in this episode, she was trying to dislodge a piece of iron bar that was forcefully buried into the ground by Jasper (the big strong quartz) so it was probably pretty deeply embedded. So Peridot couldn't use her powers to dislodge it much the same way she probably couldn't have dislodged it using her bare hands. Once the bar fell to the ground on its own near the end though, she was able to levitate and throw it with ease using her powers.
  • How exactly DID Jasper get corrupted?
    • She fused with a corrupted Gem, and it spread. Seems simple enough.
      • I thought so, but I just wanted to be sure.
Back to the Moon
  • Why didn't Amethyst use her whip to lasso Steven back in? He was easily in grabbing distance...
    • Maybe with the spiked weights the whip now has at the end, she's not savvy enough at safely grabbing someone yet to risk it.
      • The Gems can summon their weapons, with or without upgrades.
    • Amethyst isn't really known for her fast reflexes, and she was likely frozen in horror for too long to be able to grab him.
  • Why did the Crystal Gems even go to the Moon Base? They knew the diamond communicator was destroyed, as they themselves were responsible for that. Also, based on what happened when Peridot used the communicator, it seemed like it's not supposed to be used for reports like this anyway. So it would have made sense for the gems to simply tell the Rubies to go give the report in person right off the bat instead of going to the base just to humor them.
    • Hell, why didn't they just poof them?! I can understand not telling them that they had poofed Jasper, since that would just invite reinforcements, but the original plan from "Hit the Diamond" was to send them to Neptune (i.e. stall). Bubbling them would be like stalling forever!
    • They weren't planning on using the Diamond communicator. The Diamond line is special, they were planning on using the normal equipment to contact Homeworld and leave a report. Granted, Garnet had smashed the equipment but they were just making it up as they went. Also, back to the Diamond Line, the big problem was that Peridot wasn't authorized to use it, Jasper might have had a high enough rank to be able to use it.
  • Related to the above, how did the Crystal Gems expect to get home once the rubies left? It's a little odd that the rubies thought of that but not Garnet, Pearl, Amethyst, or Steven.
    • They probably hadn't given it much thought, but they still had several options: 1) Steven goes to sleep and contacts Lapis or Peridot for help 2) Same as 1, only this time he possesses one of the citizens of Beach City and uses them to get Lion to portal up there 3) The Gems form Alexandrite, Steven bubbles himself, and they jump down to Earth (they've already survived one orbital crash in an exploding spaceship, this wouldn't be much different) 4) combine 1 with 3 and have Lapis stretch the ocean to catch them and reduce how far they fall. They're not great options, but they were there.

  • Eyeball says she saw Rose Quartz use her sword to shatter Pink Diamond, when Bismuth claimed that said sword could cut through a Gem's physical form but not shatter their gem. Of course, the real head-scratcher would be: is this inconsistency accidental... or deliberate?
    • None of the above. Ruby never said that. She saw Rose shatter Pink Diamond, and she remembers Rose using her sword in combat, the two are not connected.
  • Unless Steven and the Rubies are moving REALLY fast. The asteroid belt is a little too close to the moon. Is there another asteroid belt in the solar system of the alternate history Steven Universe takes place in... for example did the Gem War destroy Mars?
    • Not exactly, there are pockets of space debris that are smaller than the Asteroid Belt that orbit planetary bodies: in-fact there are four "pockets" of these asteroid belts in orbit around Earth's orbital pattern, so it's not that hard of a stretch to imagine that Steven and Eyeball are passing through one of them in this episode (remember: Space is really, really, really,

    Season 4 

Know Your Fusion
  • This episode establishes that fusions have their own rooms in the temple, but only while the fusion exists. Garnet's room happens to contain all of the bubbled gems. What happens to the bubbles when Garnet splits up?
    • The burning room isn't Garnet's room.
    • For that matter, why didn't Sardonyx' room just transform back into Garnet and Pearl's rooms?
      • Because the Temple didn't combine their rooms together, it made a new one for Sardonyx, just like in The Test when they made the challenge rooms for Steven.
  • What was the point of the yo-yo trick prior to Smoky Quartz's grappling tactic?
    • An attack?
    • It could be Smoky has tied certain tricks to certain things the Yo-Yo can do as such they used that trick to use it like a grappling Hook. Kinda how Walk the Dog seems to be a bludgeon attack

  • If Stevonnie is the 2nd/3rd strongest Fusion and Steven and Connie are still training does that mean that if they reach their peak potential Stevonnie might be as strong if not stronger than Sugilite? Or is the power gap just too great for that to happen? It'd make for one heck of a episode seeing cute old Stevonnie beat down Sugilite or even draw with her.
    • Stevonnie is the weakest fusion. It goes Alexandrite, Sugilite, Sardonyx, Opal, Garnet/Smokey Quartz and then Stevonnie. Stevonnie is not even as strong as an ordinary Quartz and while they might get stronger as they age/train it won't increase by a significant amount since gem strength is so much greater than human.
      • I have to disagree with them not being as strong an ordinary quartz. Stevonnie beat Jasper (pretty much the perfect quartz) pretty easily back in "Crack the Whip". One key point Garnet brought up in Keeping It Together is that a fusion is more than just the sum of her parts. So yeah, Stevonnie does have the potential to become really strong (maybe not as strong as Alexandrite or Malachite, but still).
      • It's measuring 'physical strength', not overall combat capability. Note Stevonnie is fast, agile and skilled, where as Sugilite is none of those things (hence getting beaten by Pearl).

Future Boy Zoltron
  • Steven had multiple options for fixing that Zoltron fortune telling machine. Why didn't he use any of those, instead of being a stand-in earning back the money to pay for it a quarter at a time? Options include:
    Using his healing spit, to fix the thing, since we know it works on inanimate objects.
    Get Pearl to fix it, with her mechanical aptitude, it wouldn't take more than a few minutes.
    Greg's still reasonably loaded and the machine is only a few thousand, he could just pay for a new one.
    • Steven is young...Smiley quickly roped him into dressing up as Zoltron and Steven was probably too awkward or was caught too off-guard to articulate any resistance.

Last One Out of Beach City
  • Couldn't Amethyst shapeshift into a car or a helicopter instead of walking after the Dondai ran out of gas?
    • She probably didn't think of it. It happens.

Onion Gang
  • So, if Connie is getting ready for school,what exactly went down in Mindful Education? Cause it sure looked like a school she busted up a kid in.
    • Teachers often hand out class-specific supply lists the first day of school, she could have already started school and still need to do some shopping.
    • Either Mindful Education was months ago, before summer break, or Connie and that kid were at school in summer for some reason (Knowing Connie's mom, sending her to summer classes wouldn't be odd)
  • Why didn't Steven check up on Lapis or Peridot if he needed somewhere to hang?
    • He was specifically thinking about hanging out with people around his own age. None of the gems fall into that category.

The Zoo
  • All of the Zoomans appear to be young adults. Are the older and younger Zoomans kept in separate mini-zoos? If so, then why were Greg and Steven put with this set? If not, then... well, where are they? Are their numbers and breeding really so controlled that there's only ever one generation at a time? (Which seems like a really good way to have zero humans after the several thousand years that have passed.) The Zoomans have no issue understanding that Steven is not to be part of the "Choosening", implying that they have some level of experience with humans of other age groups...
    • There's an old woman in the "The bits! The bits! The bits!" scene, so they are there, and apparently with no real barriers separating them. Greg probably happened to only hang out with certain Zoomans.
    • This might squick some people, but Steven is 14 years old biologically and has already begun puberty, even if his shapeshifting alter his appearance. He might have been placed in this particular group because the machines that inspected him determined he was capable of reproducing, and the zoomans excluded him because he really doesn't look his age (and is most certainly not emotionally mature enough yet).
    • How can the Zoomen have no concept of hurt? Reproduction alone would necessitate childbirth in all its painful glory. And that completely disregards random accidents (which apparently do happen), illness, etc.

That Will Be All
  • How come Blue Diamond didn't recognise Ruby and Sapphire as the same two gems how fused at the Sky Arena?
    • Because there are a lot of Rubies, and almost certainly another one with the same gem placement. As for Sapphire, there could be another Sapphire with her gem on her hand out there, or that could just be the norm for all Sapphire's. It's not like they have any other defining features.
    • Not to mention that it has been thousands of years, and Blue Diamond has undoubtedly punished many, many Gems during that time. There's no reason for her to recall the accidentally fused pair, especially if it's common for Sapphires to have Ruby bodyguards, as it is pretty plainly implied.

  • In Yellow Diamond's song, she says that Lazuli are made for terraforming. If that's so then why was Lapis on Earth then?
    • More than likely to terraform. As humans know the word it would be "forming places/planets to be more Earth-like or hospitable." In science fiction, it would be considered shaping the planet to be hospitable to whatever alien life had decided to take residence there. Lapis Lazulis probably shaped the Kindergartens and might have even been commissioned to hollow out the Earth, had Homeworld been successful in colonization.
    • I think Lapis mentions in Same Old world, that she went to Earth because she was curious after hearing stories about it, not because she was ordered to be there , and ended up getting caught in the war after she got there, so I think that is why she happened to be there. But as the above troper said, that is the reason any Lapis Lazuli would be on Earth strictly speaking. Our Lapis just wasn't one of the ones who was supposed to be there.

  • Why did none of the gems working at the zoo want to join the Crystal gems? Considering how they're mistreated you'd think at least 1 would want to leave.
    • They likely have no idea what the Crystal Gems are up to and where they're heading - Amethyst doesn't seem to be the explaining type. Perhaps despite their mistreatment, they feel it's safer to all remain at the zoo and take care of the humans. Also, they watch out for each other. Even one leaving would draw suspicion from the Diamonds and likely get the rest punished for letting her escape.

  • Why are the Zoo Jaspers' gemstones different from the one on Earth's?
    • I don't think it's ever been affirmatively stated that Gems have to have identical stones.

  • Was Rose the prototype for the cut of Rose Quartzes currently bubbled in Blue Diamond's chambers?
    • ...Maybe? This doesn't seem like a very headscratchers question.

  • Why are the diamonds just grieving Pink when we've seen a gem-made time machine before? And keep in mind this was relatively ancient gem tech. So why aren't they bending space and time to save Pink Diamond and prevent the rebellion?
    • That was the only one, and they don't know how it was made?
    • The fact that it existed means that time travel is possible in this series. Homeworld had 5,000 years to make a new one, and pretty much eternity to get it right.
    • We saw from that very episode what happens when time travel is attempted; to put it lightly, it doesn't cooperate with your plans. The Diamonds are the ultimate rational mind of the universe here, they should know it'll cause a Grandfather Paradox.

Storm In The Room
  • Wouldn't Rose's Room be able to provide more than its usual dream chamber capabilities regarding Rose? It's shown hints of having its own intelligence with Rose's voice, and perhaps her personality. While Steven may have no more memories of Rose than we have seen, couldn't the Room tap into his gem as well as its own memory files to provide something more substantial than the version of Rose Steven gets... (unless it meant this as another one of its Tough Love lessons.)
    • Who's to say it didn't? And if it didn't, then that can just be attributed to "Steven didn't ask enough". If he asks "to see Rose, as realistically as possible", then that would happen.
    • Indeed. For a room without it's own sentience, Cloud|Rose asked some awfully pointed questions. They could be Steve's unconscious thoughts to be sure, but it's just as possible they could be resonance of Rose, or a fragment of her consciousness within the room, too.

Room for Ruby
  • We've been given no indication that the Gems' gems are somehow stronger than regular rocks, and since Eyeball and Amethyst's gems broke simply from being hit with enough force, how exactly did Navy go through atmospheric reentry without having her gem disintegrated? The point of the atmosphere is to burn up rocks so they don't hit the earth.
    • Maybe it's because Rubies have heat resistance. Garnet can swim in lava because of Ruby, after all.
    • Also remember that in Amethyst and Eyeball's cases, their gems were directly hit with force without any protection, which caused them to crack. Navy knew she had to brace for impact when she was able to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, so she had to fall on her back to minimalize the damage caused to her gem. In short, Amethyst was too much in her "fun mood" to properly defend her gem when she fell onto the rock, Eyeball was too cocky to notice the meteoroid going for her gemstone, and Navy had enough time to prepare herself for exposed re-entry.
    • It actually has been established that Gems are much more durable than ordinary Gems. In one of the shorts I believe. As for Navy, Rubies are fire based gems so re-entry won't burn them up and their bodies adjust to the local gravity so she would have been near weightless as she entered the atmosphere so she wouldn't actually hit the Earth that hard.
  • Why exactly didn't the Crystal gems pick up the rubies? Steven said they'd get them on their way back to Earth after saving Greg, yet they never follow through.

Lion 4: Alternate Ending
  • How did the Nora tape wind up in Rose's trash dump? Rose herself wouldn't have been able to put it there after Steven had been born, and unless Garnet figured out Steven's gender before then, she wouldn't have known which tape to dump and which to put in Lion. Did Lion drop it there for some reason? Did Greg or the other Gems know about the trash dump?
    • You can tell the sex of a baby months before it's born and it's likely Rose was getting some sort of check ups to make sure her baby was alive and safe. We don't know how far along she was when she made the tapes but there should have been plenty of time to figure out the baby's gender and stash the spare tape. Or, if that's not enough, Garnet, Amethyst or Pearl may have stashed it after Steven was born, it was in what amounted to Rose's trash dump and the place was missing three walls so they wouldn't have needed Lion or the key. (there's always the chance that Lion's mane isn't a pocket dimension but actually leads to a real place somewhere, the Gems have never gone inside Lion so we don't know if they'd recognize anything there).

Doug Out
  • After discovering Onion in Funland, why did Doug, Connie and Steven decide to just leave him there? Even without the threat of Homeworld Gems kidnapping humans, taking Onion back to his home would be the responsible thing to do as it makes sure he gets home safely as there's plenty of things that could happen to a young child alone at night. If they didn't want Onion to get in trouble with his parents, they couldve at least made sure he got to the door, then left. End result: Onion gets taken.
    • Beach City is a pretty safe place, and Onion got there himself just fine. Steven and Connie are around the same age as him and go into combat all the time, walking home is already a safe activity that is nothing compared to the routine dangers 2/3 of the characters present face. It would be hypocritical of them to think it was too dangerous for him to go home themselves.
      • There don't seem to be any kidnappers or the like, I'd point out that Beach City does have fairly routine monster attacks. And Onion was clearly terrified. Just leaving him alone inside Funland seems a little negligent just on an instinctual human level. And while it could be argued that taking him all the way home might have been a bit excessive, wasn't it Doug's job to at least escort him off the property?

I Am My Mom
  • This episode reveals that the humans (Lars, Sadie, Connie, Jamie and Onion) taken by Aquamarine and Topaz were based on the names Steven mentioned to Peridot back in "Marble Madness." First, how did Homeworld know to send two gems to Beach City to pick humans up since Steven never mentioned where his dad and friends lived nor did Steven and Peridot's confrontation take place near Beach City? Second, why would Homeworld waste time and effort trying to take six specific humans rather than taking as many humans as they could gather especially when the Earth was as far they knew due to blow up at any moment.
    • They knew the location because of Lapis, she may not have told them everything she knew but she told them enough to land right on their front lawn. As for the list, it came from Yellow Diamond, who is only interested because it'll make Blue feel better, and she wants a good variety as fast as possible because she thinks the Earth could be destroyed any day now.
    • They aren't trying to get six specific humans, they assumed that each "specific" humans was a type of human. That is to say a "Connie" would be like a "Ruby", there are a ton of them running around making them easy to find.
  • What could a Topaz's role in the caste system be? They seem intelligent enough to fly a modern spaceship, but Aquamarine treats her Topaz associate like a complete dolt and they certainly don't look like they're built for tasks like that. Especially intelligent Gems like Peridot or Sapphire seem to be made visually unimposing, while the "dumb muscle" Gems like the Amethysts and Jaspers on the Kindergarten are made large and intimidating. Could Topazes possibly be like "best of both worlds" Gems?
    • Given Pearl's reaction to learning her identity Topaz is likely high ranking, high enough that pearl assumed she was sent personally by Yellow Diamond, possibly the top ranking for warrior type gems. Aquamarine seems to be even higher ranked and being higher ranked can treat even someone close to her rank as poorly as she wishes, just like Holly Blue Agate could treat the quartzes like garbage even though all our information has indicated that quartzes are decently high ranked and would usually receive a fair amount of respect.
    • Homeworld ships seem to be fairly intuitive to drive, since a batch of Rubies (who are... not the brightest Gems), managed to pilot the Roaming Eye just fine. The Topazes would not need to be incredibly skilled to drive the ship.
    Season 5 

The Trial
  • This episode revealed that it's possible that Rose Quartz may not have been the one to shatter Pink Diamond. This is apparently because at the time Pink Diamond was shattered, she wasn't with her court, which would include Agates to protect her, Sapphires to warn her of Rose approaching, and her Pearl to let out a distress cry at the sight of her. Plus, apparently all Rose Quartzes were removed from the Diamonds' courts, so Rose couldn't blend in with them to get close enough to do the deed. All that makes it seem like something that would legitimately shine some doubt on Rose Quartz. Except for one thing. In Back To The Moon, Eyeball said she was there to see Rose Quartz shatter Pink Diamond. So, doesn't that kind of invalidate Defense Zircon's entire claim?
    • First, nobody ever said she was away from her guards and attendants. They said that whoever did it was someone they'd trust enough to allow access to her, which Rose wasn't. Second, she could be lying, she could be delusional, she could believe the claim that Rose shattered Pink and think she was there to witness it when she wasn't.
    • It's also possible that another Gem shape-shifted to look like Rose, or it was another Rose Quartz. Eyeball undoubtedly has some greater connection to this entire thing. It is worthy of note, however, that the Rose Quartzes were only removed AFTER the shattering of Pink Diamond as this was taken as evidence of the whole lines fault. This Troper also finds it highly suspicious that we have heard nothing of the other diamond, White Diamond, who would also be a suspect (but I digress).
      • Actually its heavily implied that the other Rose Quartzes were bubbled after CG Rose became a recognized threat for several hundred years, as Blue Zircon says that there were no Rose Quartz solders in Pink Diamond's entourage or guard, making it unlikely that a Rose Quartz could've possibly have gotten close enough to shatter Pink Diamond without anyone seeing her approach.

Lars' Head
  • Now that Lars' hair and Lion's mane pocket dimension are inter-connected, due to physical limitations they obviously cannot enter their own respective portals, but what would happen if Lars entered Lion's mane? Or vice versa, if Lion entered Lars' hair?
    • Maybe they'd only see each others' dimensions? Or they'd see both dimensional islands but only be able to exit the one that isn't theirs.
    • What if Lars goes into Lion's mane with Steven, and then Steven goes into Lars' hair while they're both inside Lion?
    • Pretty sure that'd be the same as dividing by zero.
    • Actually... there's no problems with entering. If Lars enters Lion's mane, Lars ends up in the Pink Dimension. His hair is still a portal to the Pink Dimension. If Steven is also in the Pink Dimension and enters Lars' hair, Steven just pops up in the pink grass a few yards away. He can keep repeating this as many times as he wants, and he can leave the Pink Dimension at any time by leaving via Lion's grass. The one and only paradox is if Lars enters through Lion's mane and tries to leave through his own grass. It would mean that Lars exits through his own head, which is impossible. There is no problem with a portal going through another portal. There is only an issue when a portal goes through itself.
      • This troper isn't a science buff, and it hurts their head less if they think of doors. Like if you took your front door off, and walled it over, you could bring it through your back door, but you couldn't then go through the wall.
  • How could Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl not know about Rose Quartz's ability to resurrect organic life? Given how compassionate she was, surely Rose would have brought many animals, including humans, back to life over the millennia spent on Earth in front of them, especially during the war.
    • You'll notice that Rose's healing powers came from her tears while Steven's healing comes from his spit. Steven resurrects Lars with his tears so if the pattern persists then Rose would resurrect with her spit. It's unlikely she was aware she had that power since she probably didn't go around licking corpses, at least not until she used it on Lion whom she likely gave a goodbye kiss too. As for why she didn't say anything about resurrecting Lion, she seems to have been keeping everything she did in that desert a secret, I'm sure we'll learn why eventually.
  • Garnet is still going with the Rose killed Pink Diamond line and trying to rationalize it to Steven. Ignoring for the moment that Steven may not have told the Gems about the trial, is there a reason the Gems are holding onto this story... or is this another example of Rose not telling them everything?
    • Because Rose really did it? Nothing that was brought up in The Trial proved she didn't, only that there was more to the story than the Diamonds or Steven was aware of. While there's almost certainly going to be a few twists to the story odds are Rose is still the one who shattered Pink, Garnet and Pearl have never had a reason to lie about it and Eyeball Ruby and Pink's entire entourage saw it happen first hand.
  • So, do the gems not even know what exactly happened to Steven on Homeworld? Their questioning seemed a bit...vague compared to Lapis's more visceral reaction in Raise the Barn.
    • They probably know the vague details, it's likely Steven focussed more on what happened to Lars and they were probably trying to give him space to recover.
    • But, they're the Crystal Gems. Their love of Steven and Fear of homeworld are 2 of their most defining traits. Being career soldiers during the rebellion, shouldn't they have a good opinion on Steven's Heroic Sacrifice? Haven't they been in relation with each other and with him long enough for something deeper like, "Don't ever do that again, it had us so worried!" or something like that? Don't you think it's weird at all that Steven told his friend gems before his parent gems what exactly happened?
      • You have to keep in mind what happened right after he got back: he had his fallout with Connie. It was already the middle of the night so he probably just gave them a quick outline of events and went to bed (after what he'd been through letting him have a good night's sleep in his own bed isn't much to ask) and next we see he's letting Lars' loved ones in his status, gets sidetracked trying to help Dewey and figures out why Connie's so upset. Now, as we saw in this very episode, the Gems and Greg want to know more but Steven's very clearly upset and not giving them details. The Connie thing has consumed him completely, the only reason Peridot and Lapis got information about the Diamonds and the trial is because they happened to ask while Steven was finally starting to ease up on the Connie thing.
      • "Don't you think it's weird at all that Steven told his friend gems before his parent gems what exactly happened?" Not at his age.

Back to the Kindergarden
  • SUNFLOWERS!??? You gotta be kidding me! Why in the world would they use Sunflowers in a shaded canyon!?? I can get Amethyst and Peridot not knowing better, but surely Steven wouldn't be so stupid as to not recognize that with the word SUN in the name, they'd plant a different kind of flower for this.
    • What makes you think Steven knows anything about plants? The kid hadn't even heard about school until the previous year. And even if it was a bad idea they still shouldn't have withered that bad in a day.

Lars of the Stars
  • Lars says that he stole his cape. From whom? Gem clothing is holographic.
    • Maybe the gem was one from earth who escaped. Maybe she liked it and took it for a souvenir, as a high-level gem she might have been allowed and exception or maybe gems were too scared to tell the diamonds that she was wearing human clothes. Or maybe she syas that the clothes are part of her hologram and no-one cares to check. That is, if the cape was from the gem who owned the ship.
    • Hell, maybe some influential gems get clothes made for them, maybe illegally.

Jungle Moon
  • How is Stevonie accessing Pink's memories? The last time Steven had "Diamond Dreams" it was Blue Diamond, who was very much alive and on Earth. Considering Steven can't even tap into Rose Quartz's memories, even though he has access to her Gem, does getting memory playbacks from Pink put another question mark next to the current state of Pink Diamond?
    • Yes, another indication Pink could still be alive.
    • How I see it, either Rose is Pink Diamond after all, or Stevonnie has some kind of ramped up version of Steven's empath abilities (much like how Garnet's future vision is better than Sapphire's) allowing them to access those memories somehow .
    • While the dream power enhancement idea is the most likely there's also the chance that Stevonnie was picking up YELLOW's memories. Yellow is the other person in the dream, she's still alive and they were sleeping in her moon base and it's possible she was relatively nearby.
      • Why would they be experiencing Yellow's memories from Pink's point of view?
      • Steven's dream powers are weird, as long as he's not possessing them he seems to be able to maintain a separate perspective (such as when he was in Kiki's mind). Plus Connie's mind is in there to scramble things further.
  • As devestating and horrific the sight of the shattered planet is, shouldn't a finished world look more like the schematics Peridot showed the Crystal Gems in It Could Have Been Great? What happened that forced Yellow Diamond to leave a colony unfinished, (or shattered in another fit of pique) Would it be the same reason the Diamond Tower is abandoned in the first place?
    • This is more something for WMG.
    • Honestly, I think it was finished. Not every colony is going to look like Earth was, Earth was Pink's first colony and likely was planned to be the seat of her power away from Homeworld not a typical colony. Most likely Yellow had this colony stripped of recourses and then left when she was done.

Pool Hopping
  • This one could be addressed in a future episode, why was the possibility that Steven could use his powers to fix Cat Steven's missing eye never suggested?

  • How on Earth did Steven not pick up on hints that Garnet was a fusion until she split up the first time? It stands to reason that he should have realized sometime between the time he learned about fusion in "Giant Women" and the time he met Ruby and Sapphire in "Jail Break." She has two gems in plain view. Every other gem, himself included, has one. When she opens the temple door, two circles light up. He even knows she has three eyes, while every other non-fusion gem he knows has the normal human number of every body part. He's a smart kid, he should have realized.
    • He only knows three Gems, which are wildly different from each other, and for basically all his life he didn't knew about fusions, so even when he learned that Gems were able to do that, he had no reason to think Garnet was any different from Pearl or Amethyst, it was just how Garnet was.
      • Steven is smart, but he's also not at all inquisitive and his deep love and trust in the Crystal Gems made him completely miss the idea that they could be hiding things from him or possess hidden flaws until said things came up in intense situations, despite numerous signs ahead of time.
    • Steven might be smart, but you're forgetting that there was a significant portion of the fandom that actually denied Garnet was a fusion. I'd wager a good portion of them are smart, too. It was "obvious" to us, and yet for some people it just wasn't a possibility, or even something they consciously made note of.

  • Why does Onion not talk? Is he deaf? Autistic? Just quiet? Does he have an Ambiguous Disorder? Is he mute? What's up with this cute little kid?
    • He just doesn't feel like it.
      • Bigger question, where are his EARS? Everyone else has them and the Gems seem to hide theirs with their hair. What's Onion's excuse?
      • He's secretly a gem monster and the Big Bad. Dun dun dun!
      • Well, considering that his hair and skin are darker and lighter shades of the same color, which fits the rest of the Gems (even Steven's skin is somewhat pink/rose-colored), the theory that he's a Gem, good or bad, has some credibility.
      • What if he was made in the kindergarten?
      • Another name for synthetic diamonds is carbon onion.
    • Maybe he doesn't speak English? He speaks to his dad and it sounds like gibberish to Steven.
    • It seems most likely at this point that he's autistic. Onion would have grown up in Beach City, so even if he speaks some other language from his dad, he would have been immersed in English from the get-go. However, he's shown communicating by talking to his mother and having her repeat things to others. Being selective about who you speak to is not unheard of for people on the autism spectrum. The gibberish may just be artistic licence to help show that other people aren't supposed to hear what he says. He's still creepy for other reasons though.
    • It seems pretty much like a textbook case of Ambiguous Disorder.
    • Given Sour Cream's outburst in "Drop Beat Dad," it seems confirmed that the "Charlie Brown Language" that Onion and Yellowtail use is legitimate in the Steven Universe Universe
  • If Steven is in trouble, if all three Gems are there, why is it usually Pearl worried/saving him? Only on a few times does Amethyst or Garnet save him. It seems like her catchphrase is "STEVEN!" Almost every time, the other two just kind of stand there.
    • Well I can't attest for Amethyst who's overall mood sometimes is just "Whatever" most of the time. But Garnet seems to understand that Steven is more capable than what the audience is shown and what Pearl seems to believe. After while Steven does mess up a lot, he's also pulled through and solved many solutions in as Garnet puts it "his own Steve-y way".
    • Whenever Steven's really in danger, the Gems all do their best to protect him. Pearl usually is the quickest to react though, probably because she's always keeping an eye on him to make sure he doesn't hurt himself.
    • Pearl fusses over Amethyst a little as well. She's that sort of person.
      • Garnet can foresee that Pearl helping him has the best outcome for both of them in those cases. Amethyst knows this and also has experienced Pearl's maternal instincts herself. All three gems freak when there's really something to freak out about.
    • It also could just be an established role at this point. They know if things get dangerous they can't all rush to Steven. Amethyst is a bit too unreliable to fill that role herself, and Garnet is the strongest of the gems and is a bit too valuable to have to run off quite often. Pearl has heavy attention to detail and is the most agile member of the team. Plus Pearl would definitely argue for herself/have already been in the habit of doing it, due to her previous honor she took in protecting Rose at any cost to her own safety, which she has transferred over onto Steven.
  • Has anybody noticed that Pearl and Amethyst seem like they have a crush on each other? They seem Ambiguously Gay.
    • To me, their relationship seems to be more like sisters or a mother and daughter than anything romantic. Not every relationship between two females is romantic you know.
      • As someone who has a relationship with her sister that is pretty much identical to Amethyst and Pearl's (plus the fact that all the gems are supposed to represent aspects of Rebecca Sugar, who is the real Steven's older sister), I completely second the Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling vibe being what the show is going for.
      • I think "On the Run" especially showcased this dynamic.
    • It's always seemed to me like all three of the Crystal Gems have a complicated Ambiguously Gay relationship with each other.
      • How? Because I'm not seeing it.
      • Amethyst and Pearl's love-hate relationship (which really comes to a head when they try to fuse), Pearl and Garnet dynamic of being surrogate mothers to Steven, Amethyst's excitement to fuse with Garnet and Pearl's blushing reaction to said fusion dance. It's easy to not see anything there if you don't care to look, but they are all members of a seemingly One-Gender Race who've spent a long time together and Gems clearly aren't asexual, so there's no reason why there's couldn't be any romantic tension there.
      • During Pearl and Garnet's fusion dancing instructions, Pearl noticeably blushes, and the dance ends with Pearl up against a wall with Garnet's hands on either side of her head. Pearl also covers Steven's eyes like a mother shielding her child from something inappropriate when Garnet and Amethyst fuse into Sugilite.
      • One has to wonder why the only remaining possible fusion among the three gems—Pearl and Garnet—hasn't been so much as mentioned.
      • What love-hate relationship with between Pearl and Garnet? Amethyst really doesn't get along with Pearl so naturally, she would jump at the chance to fuse with someone else. Word of God seems to confirm the Gems are indeed asexual. The Gems have interesting dynamic with Steven; all three alternate the roles of both mother and sister to Steven. And really, if they've know each other for a long time, wouldn't that negate possible romantic tension.
      • Given that the title character of the show is the hybrid product of a romantic relationship between a Gem and a human, it seems safe to assume that the Gems aren't necessarily asexual.
      • Asexual people often have romantic orientations. Rose could have loved Greg romantically and wanted to have a child with him without feeling any sexual attraction.
      • What Word of God meant by asexual was that the Gems do not have a gender not a sexuality
      • That's REALLY not what asexual means.
      • Asexual has two meanings. The first is strictly biological and refers to an organism which reproduces without the blending of haploids, these are usually simple organisms such as amoeba and bacteria. But, some starfish are known to reproduce this way. The other meaning is Psychological/Sociological and refers to someone who doesn't experience sexual attraction to anyone. I assume the Crewnivese are referring to the former meaning.
      • The norm for Gems may be asexual instead of heterosexual, but that doesn't mean that gems can't have sexualities at all. Pearl's love for Rose was not hidden at all, and both she and Garnet have been confirmed to be gay (Well, Garnet is at least a product of two gay gems, but still.) And even if they are agender, they can still be gay, because they're all feminine-presenting and use the same pronouns.
      • Okay, I think it's time to clear some stuff up: an asexual is not attracted to any gender sexually. An agender does not identify as any gender. An aromantic (which is the key term that has been missing here) is not attracted to any gender romantically. As far as I can tell, all Gems are asexual (and probably agender), and most of them are aromantic to the point of not understanding the concept of romance. It seems like Garnet was a first romantic relationship in Gem history, but pearl's feelings for Rose are definitely romantic in my opinion, and Greg and Rose have a romantic relationship, so it's at least not unheard of on earth. But I really think it might be a Crystal Gem thing.
  • Why did people think Onion was a part of the Fryman family? Besides the food based name there's no actual proof.
    • ...You know what; I was one of those people and I'M not even sure why I thought that.
    • People probably saw that Onion had blond hair, a food related name, and head shape like Fryman and let their Headcanon do the rest.
    • Maybe he's related to Sour Cream.
      • Confirmed! At least, adopted. (Joy Ride)
      • Double-confirmed. As of Onion Friend, Onion is the son of Vidalia and Yellowtail (currently married), while Sourcream is the son of Vidalia and Morty.
  • So, does the "Gem cracking/breaking = Being Killed Off For Real" concerning the Gems not necessarily apply for every gem? I mean, we saw how bad it got for Amethyst in "Indirect Kiss", and it didn't even completely shatter. Yet in "Mirror/Ocean Gem", Lapis's Gemstone was cracked, and the only thing that did to her was make her eyes basically look like mirrors and stop her from creating Wings made of water and inhibit her ability to fly. She obviously wasn't in any immediate danger of dying or looking like she was getting any dramatic side effects from that and what not, given she was able to easily put up a fight against the Gems with the Ocean for half of the episode. Could it have to do with her being the Strongest Gem we've seen so far?
    • Maybe it works differently for different gems, or depends on how the damage occurred. She was probably sealed away whole and then took damage, corrupting her but still leaving her powers intact.
    • Lapis was pretty hostile when she came out of the mirror and didn't really calm down until Steven managed to talk some sense into her. Maybe her crack affected her mind and reasoning and she ended up dwelling on the fear of Crystal Gems?
    • Think of the gems as a computer and their body/mind/powers as a program the computer is running. Lapis's crack busted the fan and maybe loosened a few wires at worst, causing sub-optimal performance. Judging by how bad she got and how quickly she got there Amethyst's crack was more like snapping the motherboard in half, and it's a miracle she worked at all.
    • It's also implied that the stronger the willpower, the less difficult it is for the cracked gem to tear its body apart. Of all the single gems, Lapis likely has the strongest willpower. She was able to hold Malachite down for months without losing control, in spite of Jasper's strength. While her power is stronger than Jasper's, Jasper is physically stronger and, seeing as they were trapped under the ocean, she wasn't able to utilize any power other than her wings.
  • How much contact do the Crystal Gems have with the people of Beach City? They've been around for thousands of years and live in a very obvious temple in the shape of a giant, eight-armed woman and fight very destructive magical creature regularly. Despite this, the people not only fail to recognize them, but seem to have no understanding of who or even what they are on even a superficial level. The Gems, meanwhile, seem to be surprisingly ignorant of concepts as basic as birthdays and school despite regularly partaking in pop culture. I realize that the Gems don't go out of their way to interact with humans, but at least some information exchange should happen passively.
    • Birthdays can be justified by giving a difference between Knowledge you "need" to know and knowledge you are "interested" to know. Since the way Gems age seems to be completely alien to how human does (for starters, the concept of aging seems to be entirely psychological instead of biological), birthdays is not really a concept they can really understand since they don't seem to use years to define age, in other words, unless they had a deeper enough interest in human holidays and celebrations, they would not be able to tell a "birthday" apart from other dates were people give away gifts. School, on the other hand would be a little easier to explain since the concept of a school (A place were you go to learn) would fit the interests of someone like Pearl, who has a respect for history and knowledge as well as trying the hardest to be a mentor to Steven.
    • That doesn't explain why the people of Beach City seem to understand so little about the Gems. They've been around for potentially thousands of years, certainly longer than the town itself, and regularly go out in public as well as fight very noticeable battles with Gem monsters on a regular basis. Obviously you don't expect them to have all the details, but they should at least be able to recognize the Gems as either heroes or at least troublemakers with real powers.
      • I'm not so sure the citizens of Beach City are engaged or smart enough to care about or realize the implications of what goes on around them. Remember, these are the people who when the OCEAN suddenly disappeared worried about local tourism instead of, say, the global economy, the ecology, the Earth's climate, etc.
      • The aforementioned possibility of the gems having been in the area before Beach City was even founded may actually explain this. If the gems were already there, then it's possible that the resident humans simply take their actions for granted just because stuff like that has been happening there for longer than there's been recorded history; one also has to consider chances are the gems have consistently pushed away anyone who took interest in their activities for safety purposes, like how rose quartz wanted Greg to stay out of any magical business, so the general populace's ignorance on anything gem related may very well be due to the gems themselves wanting it that way.
    • They used to have a fence.
  • I actually have a related question. How come the presence of the Gems doesn't ever seem to draw the attention of anyone outside Beach City? You'd think, at the very least after the aforementioned ocean-stealing incident, the government, the military, etc. would be swarming the place looking for clues about what the Gems are, how they work, and whether they're a threat. But the closest we ever get to that is the city's mayor. Is the world really just that clueless, or do the Gems have some sort of Extra-Strength Masquerade that they're not telling us about?
    • Or they're aware and just don't give a damn?
    • Given that they've been around for 3000 years (i.e. longer than any human civilisation) and clearly not made any real attempt to hide, it's entirely possible that the government(s) of the world already know all they need to know about them and just let them do their thing.
  • So do the Gems need to breathe or not? Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl are shown gasping for air in Cheeseburger Backpack, but Steven and Lapis have a conversation at the outer edge of the earth's atmosphere, and Lapis is able to fly through outer space. This is made all the more confusing by the fact that Steven was nearly suffocated not two minutes before said conversation.
    • Maybe Lapis (and possibly other gems) can create a mini-atmosphere around herself?
    • Given that Steven was perfectly fine for that entire conversation and we know he has human limitations, we can only assume that they were low enough that there was at least some atmosphere or that the production crew simply didn't consider the issue. It's unknown if all Gems really need to breathe, but Lapis either doesn't or has some method of protecting herself from the dangers of space travel as she "flies" through it. Even if they don't need air to live, they certainly need it to speak, so they'd still have to take breaths.
    • There's also the possibility that the water column made by Lapis wasn't that tall, and Steven just had the impression of being at the outer edge of the earth's atmosphere. After all, if you think about it, if someone really used the entire ocean to create a tower to reach outer space and the tower collapsed, then all coastal areas of the planet (or at least the big majority of them) would be completely ravaged by tsunamis.
    • It's possible that it wasn't so much the problem that they don't need to breathe in space but can drown in water as it is the possibility of choking. In a vacuum, it's possible that they, like stated before, can form a small atmosphere around them, but in any drowning situation, they aren't given enough time to form an atmosphere and thus can choke on the water.
    • In "Island Adventure", the Gems tell Steven that he can't come back with them to the island. When Steven asks why, they tell him they're going underwater and Pearl remarks "And you do need air to breathe". Also, in "Giant Woman", Garnet has to swim in lava to retrieve the Earth Beetle, and she only brings goggles, so there seems to be an implication that gems don't need oxygen at all.
    • Confirmed in Lion 3: direct to video, the "space" inside lions mane has no oxygen in it, gems don't need air.
    • Also on Bubbled, Steven survives by making a bubble around himself while lost in space but Eyeball is outside the bubble and is doing fine, she is even able to talk.
  • How does Greg always have sunburn lines as if he's wearing a t-shirt and longer trousers? He only ever wears a tank top and yet his farmer's tan contradicts this.
    • It's indicated that he got the tan back when he was with Rose, when he wore clothing that would make a proper farmer's tan. You can see it in "Lion 3: Direct to Video".
      • Tan lines only last for, at most, maybe a month or two after a person changes their style of dress and/or stops getting as much sun, so it's pretty certain that Greg's tan lines didn't last for ten years. It's possible that he does wear outfits that would account for the tan-lines, just not too often when we see him. Or it could just be a little bit of Rule of Funny.
    • A common fan theory is that when Rose gave up her physical form, she erupted into light which gave Greg a permanent tan.
  • How the heck does Beach City keep returning to normal after each incident? When the Red Eye attacked, there was all that debris. When the puffer fish attacked, Garnet smashed the Fish Stew Pizza sign. And when those drillasites attacked, the Funland arcade got pretty messed up. What's happening?
    • Mayor Dewey is really good at keeping people from noticing...
    • Alternatively, people are just really use to all the weirdness at this point and just roll with whatever is happening.
    • It has been implied that the Earth in-show has some major differences from our own - for instance, Hollywood is in Kansas, according to Jamie. Maybe the Earth as a whole is just used to weird shit happening, because it's been going on since the Gems arrived on Earth (i.e. before the start of recorded history)?
      • Um, really surprised that I can't find any record of this here, but "Steven's Earth" is certainly far different than ours, especially considering THE GIANT HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF RUSSIA.
    • I bet the Crystal Gems help repair the local property damage, when they're not otherwise busy.
  • If their gems are more or less the thing you need to hit to kill them, then why aren't they like covered in heavy armor around them? Even the homeworld fighter like Jasper doesn't really have anything to protect their gem. I don't know it just seems like if you had the obvious a weak-point you would want to protect it better.
    • It does seem as if quite a few of their abilities require that their gem be exposed to work. Any power that needs to be projected from the gem, would likely be inhibited with the use of cumbersome armor. This would also be true for many of the gems, if they wanted to manifest their weapons.
    • There isn't much incentive to cover a "weak point" when enemies can pierce the rest of your body with a sharp wooden stick and have their way with you while you regenerate. Judging by the impact that caused Amethyst to slowly crack, space rocks are more durable than they appear.
      Though there is still the question of why they don't wear full-body armor. If I had to guess, I'd say a naturally polymorphic species just can't stand it.
  • Why do people keep complaining that this is a rip off of Adventure Time? The tone, setting, characters, and art style are all completely different.
    • I think there are similarities (I love both!), but mostly people who say that are just bitter about Sugar leaving AT.
  • What the unholy fudge-bunnies even is Lion? I've re-watched the episodes where he's prominent and even done what research online, and the most information we seem to have is that he's "connected to Rose somehow." Did Rose make it? Is it just a normal pet for gems? Shouldn't the gems be looking into this? Shouldn't they try and figure out what the living super-weapon has to do with their dead friend? Or is "not actively killing them" seriously the only prerequisite it needed to join their team?
    • Either the gems know fully what the fudge-bunnies Lion is and haven't bothered explaining, or it will eventually be part of an episode and they are leaving us wondering on purpose.
      • Pearl's reaction in "Rose's Scabbard" makes it pretty clear that the Gems don't know what Lion is or where he came from. Nobody does. As for why they let him live in the house, he's Steven's friend and doesn't have anywhere else to go.
      • If the presence of the video tape inside Lion's mane is any indication, Lion might be a recent creation that Rose made soon before having Steven, so he could have a physical way of relating to her.
      • With the latest group of episodes ending in Lars' Head, it's now apparent that Lion was a real lion, who was healed/resurrected by Rose.
  • So this is something that occurred to this troper fairly recently, but considering how physically superior many Gems are to a normal human, and the fact that the Crystal Gems in particular have dedicated themselves to protecting human kind, would that including protecting them from themselves? More specifically, say there's a radical extremist group like Al Qaeda or Boko Haram somewhere in the world, which it seems reasonable to assume there might be as of the show's timescale, particularly if the Gems aren't overly well-known about by humans in general, given that their presence on Earth over the last 5000 years hasn't exactly been flashy. Would the Gems have any desire to help deal with a group of this sort, given the obviously detrimental effect it would have on human culture, and if not, why not?
    • From what we've seen, the Crystal Gems just protect humans from other Gems and Gem-related things, as a way of making up for the invasion. They don't have even close to the numbers to fight crime in any meaningful way, anyway.
    • Not to mention that a group as baffled by human behavior as the Gems would have trouble deciding which side of a war to join. If one side says "we're freedom fighters" and one side says "they're terrorists" they don't have enough knowledge of humanity to know the difference. I can see the compassionate, loves-humans Rose as a person who'd listen to every side of the story and err on the side of avoiding war entirely than risk killing or harming the wrong person. Especially as from their perspective, human wars always sort themselves out on their own in a few years.
    • We've never really seen a human villain. There's been no mention of terrorists or dictators or whatnot. Maybe the humans of Steven Universe are just nicer than the humans of real life. Maybe their inherent kindness is part of what inspired Rose to defend them. Or maybe the Crystal Gems have been dealing with human bad guys, but after a few thousand years they managed to weed out most of that stuff and now its only Homeworld that poses any real threat.
  • General question here. How does a fusion know her new name after being fused for the first time? Does it just pop into their head when they first see their colour scheme and all? Or are the names given to them by those who witness their fusion, which is probably the same way normal gems get their names (from the gems overseeing the Kindergartens)?
    • They just have a degree of inherent knowledge. There's never been any indication of education or training involved in any Gem's life, except in Pearl's case which is specifically stated to be her reaching beyond her place in life.
    • Judging by Smokey Quartz's response to first being created, it takes a few moments to figure it out, but they do pretty much instinctively know their name.
    • Peridot mentions in "Gem Drill" that Gems are created knowing who they are and what their role is the minute they burst out of the ground. Maybe for the fusion it happens similarly, though not as instantaneously (As seen by Smoky Quartz), as Peridot implies.
  • OK, so when multiple different kinds of gems fuse, it creates a new form that, in addition to being bigger, combines aspects of the component's bodies. And when 2 or more of the same gem type fuse, you just get a bigger gem of that type. But what happens when a fusion is not completely homogenous, but also has more than one of the same gem type?
    Like if you added a second Ruby to Sugilite, would Sugilite just get a bit bigger, with it being the same since no new Gem types were added? Or, would it become something else entirely (with skin more towards the reddish side of the purple spectrum, a more Ruby-esque body shape, and named after a mineral whose color better matches the new skin) due to the proportions being thrown off (gone from 1/3 Ruby to 1/2 Ruby)?
    • It would have resulted in a slightly bigger, slightly stronger Sugilite. Gems of the same type just form a bigger stronger Gem of the same type, and since a fusion isn't affected by the order in which the Gems fuse then all that changes is size and power.
  • Where do Pearls come from in this universe? Space oysters?
    • Same place as most other gems, likely, just probably made on a smaller time scale due to the nature of their purpose.
  • What exactly is the point of including all those trivial little differences between this show's universe and the real world? Like "the state called Keystone." We see a picture of it and it is obviously Pennsylvania. Why not just call it Pennsylvania? I feel like any historical difference significant enough to make the state have a different name would also alter its border.
    • World Building; It's stated several times (Whether in the show or by Word of God) that Gems coming to Earth had major repercussions, both historically and geographically. The little tidbits tell us what's changed.
      • There's a Siberian Sea for starters...
  • If the Crystal Gems were originally just Rose Quartz and Pearl, why is Garnet now their leader even though Pearl has seniority on her?
    • Pearl explained it in one episode: Garnet has enhanced perceptions that let them find threats and figure out how to deal with them. Also she has actual leadership qualities unlike Amethyst and Pearl.
    • Pearl also has natural tendencies towards subservience, as noted by Peridot. Though she is insulted by the implications and tries to deny it, she does seem to feel more at ease when deferring to someone of greater authority.
  • This is a classic one, but why do the Homeworld Gems speak English? It's a somewhat more interesting question for this story, because the use of English (a language which has gendered pronouns) forces the gems to use gendered pronouns for themselves despite being a genderless race. It makes sense for the Crystal Gems, having lived on earth, to assume gendered pronouns for themselves (in this case, female-gendered because the default gem body looks broadly feminine to humans.) It doesn't make sense for Homeworld gems who have had no contact with Earth culture to do the same thing. Logically, Jasper, Peridot, and the Diamonds ought to find the idea of being gendered the way earth's biological creatures are to be weird and disgusting.
    • One possibility is that the language that the humans speak is actually Gem language (which they started using when the gems were colonizing their planet.) This would imply that its female pronouns were originally considered genderless, and that humans added male ones and turned it into a gendered language over time. (It wouldn't explain the total absence of any meaningful linguistic drift beyond that despite thousands of years of separation from the homeworld, though.)
    • Another possibility is that the homeworld gems don't speak English, and that the gems (intended for conquering a variety of worlds) have Translator Microbes built in.
    • It could also be the other way around. Gems seem to predate modern humanity, maybe early humans learned to speak gem (although they developed their own writing system) and it became the precursor language to English instead of say... Latin. Although more likely it's just translation convention because putting alien linguistics in a children's cartoon would be dull.
  • Assuming that the light/sound that Centi saw when she became corrupted is indeed what corrupted the gems on Earth, shouldn't Amethyst have also been corrupted when this happened?
    • She wasn't born yet.
      • Related to that, we also know that Lapis was on Earth at the time, too. She was just stuck inside of the mirror. I like to think of them as being akin to living computers. In some way or another, the mirror was like a firewall protected Lapis' "software" so she wasn't corrupted. Amethyst may have been similar in that way, in that her "hardware" wasn't completed, so her "software" wasn't installed and therefore was also not corrupted.
  • So, when 2 Gems of different types fuse, they form an entirely new type of gem. But could these fusion-gems also form naturally in the kindergartens? For example, can there be a gem that is actually born (for lack of a better term) as a Garnet (though, of course, having only 1 stone then) rather than being a fusion between a Ruby and a Sapphire?
    • Given that gems seem to be able to spot a fusion on sight I'm going to have to say no, fusions never grow naturally.
      • However it is possible for a single gem version of a fusion to exist, As proved with Hessonite from "Save the light" Whom has some body similarities with Garnet (Similar hair build, and heterochromia eyes), and in real life, Hessonite is a type of Garnet.
  • What are the the government and military doing during all this? You'd think if invading aliens are a proven thing then the worlds government would be going all watchmen and uniting against homeworld.
    • The people of the world know that gems exist and that magic and monsters exist but they don't have any details. It took them thirteen years just for Steven to find out they were aliens who invaded Earth, the gems don't bother talking to and especially not explaining themselves to humans in general. Remember, the gems have been on Earth for thousands of years, there's no new revelation on their parts, it's just how their world has always been.
    • It's been 6000 years since humans last saw any Gems aside from the 3 that live in Beach City—and those 3 kept human contact to a minimum before Steven. Aliens had a huge civil war on Earth 6 millennia ago? Sounds like conspiracy theory material.
  • How come when Steven fuses with Connie they both glow but when he fused with Amethyst it seemed like only Amethyst was glowing and Steven was himself? Would that mean Steven can't make a perfect fusion with them or is it in part that he's still getting the hand of fusion with someone other than Connie?
  • Why did the Diamonds just leave Earth be after causing the Corruption? Most of the Homeworld forces had been successfully evacuated, and they had every reason to believe that the opposition had been reduced to mindless monsters. You'd think the logical thing to do at that point was to return to the planet and resume the building of the colony.
    • Because they don't care about the resources or potential of the Earth, they want the planet to die. Rose Quartz tainted the Earth for them so they want to destroy it. Possibly out of grief over Pink Diamond.
    • Perhaps they were afraid of the Earth itself. Peridot and Jasper both very quickly came to the conclusion that it was something about the Earth's environment that was causing Gems to go "insane" (read: develop personalities). It's easy to imagine a group like the Diamonds, who stubbornly refuse to treat their fully sentient slaves as individuals, might treat the desire for freedom as some kind of environmental corruption and quarantine the planet that caused it. Even Garnet's implied once or twice that rejecting rules is just something that happens on Earth.
    • It was Pink's colony; neither Yellow nor Blue wanted to take over and finish the colony that killed someone they loved. Instead they planted the cluster so they could have a geowepon, thereby getting use out of the Earth without having to be near such painful memories.
  • Exactly how does Amethyst's stomach work? Is it the same as a human's or is it tougher and more resilient? We seem to get conflicting portrayals. In "So Many Birthdays" she eats a rotten old burrito and it's shown to make her violently ill, as anyone would get from eating nasty food; but "Reformed" seems to establish that she regularly eats motor oil with her sandwiches, which would probably also make her pretty sick, although (as Pearl did point out once) eating poison couldn't kill a gem. Is motor oil just so tasty that she tolerates the projectile vomiting?
    • I like to think that the Gems' digestive systems are basically plastic; there isn't anything going on beyond mechanical digestion and peristalsis. The motor oil is likely a lubricant to help it pass through, since the food probably can't form a proper bolus, chyme, or feces.

  • Why hasn't anyone sat down with Peridot and interviewed her on everything she knows about modern Homeworld that could be useful?
    • Who says they haven't? Such a conversation would not have included Steven, and since the show is almost entirely from his perspective he learns things as we learn them. Also it would take quite a while to figure out what she'd need to explain as she wouldn't know what has changed since they were around. They don't even seem to be aware of some of the things that were from their own time on Homeworld.
  • Here's my question: How in the wide world of sports do pearls work as a Power Crystal? Crystal Gems dope rock crystals with Life Energy to reproduce, correct? I assume the crystalline matrix of the jewel stores this energy and the rudiments of a personality, which then develops into a fully grown Gem. Pearls are neither crystalline nor minerals, being basically oyster snot hardened around a grain of sand. No matrix to store data or Liquid Assets in. And apparently, only precious stones work, so why do pearls count but rock salt, gallium, silicon, obsidian, or iron don't?
    • The engineering behind injector process for gem creation is not explained in much detail, only that it has a significantly draining effect on the area it is performed. Peridot explained that pearls are "made to order servants" and status symbols which probably means that they are made individually instead of using injectors. Pearls are principally composed of calcium carbonate, and have a minute crystalline form, and have concentric layers like a jaw breaker. That could be as usable of a matrix as anything else assuming one was necessary. Bismuth is the first elementally metallic "gem" that we see, and the hopper structure of her crystal is only possible in real life through an electrochemical process. This isn’t a unique feature of synthetic bismuth or even metals.
  • I know Rubys are both dumb and discouraged of thinking critically but, how did Eyeball and Doc failed to see the Crystal Gems/ the barn despite they were in their line of sight? Or the purple gem on "Jasper"'s chest?
    • They're that stupid, quite simply. They fell for Jasper being on Neptune.
    • There is a difference between stupidity and myopia, though.

  • Why do people assume Ruby only has one gauntlet and Sapphire the other? We've seen all the Gems summon as many weapons as they needed many times. Ruby only summoned one because she only needed one, did I miss something? Was there evidence elsewhere?
    • I think they don't have their own gauntlets, they inherit them from Garnet; also it would be kind of hard for them to summon more than one, seeing as the gauntlet surrounds the hand with the gem, it would not be easy to put the gauntlet on normally the way they are designed, they would have to shape-shift each time!
      • This doesn't work with what we've seen regarding fusions and their weapons. With every full-Gem fusion we've seen, the fusion's weapon(s) consists of the weapons and abilities of their components, potentially combined in various ways. There is no indication whatsoever that the reverse is possible. Also, the gauntlets are summoned magically. They form around Ruby/Garnet's hands rather than needing to be pulled on, so there's no difficulty in them being put on. We see this literally every time Ruby/Garnet summons their weapons. As for the initial question, a lot of people wrongly think a Gem only has one "copy" of their weapon. By that false logic, the "missing" gauntlet that Garnet has must come from Sapphire, and this makes sense to them because of how Garnet's narrative theme of duality is often linked to her being a fusion. They're just wrong about how Gem weapons work. There's been no indication that Sapphire has a gauntlet as a unique weapon, and it seems more likely that her Future Vision is her weapon the same way Lapis' hydrokinesis is (confirmed by Word of God) her weapon despite it not being a physical weapon.
      • Perhaps, Sapphire's cryokinesis allows her to form the knuckles, and that's what we see on Garnet's gloves.
    • Most of this has already been said above, so bear with me, Gems each from their own weapon so each type of Gem has their own weapon to form but individual gems have the same weapon (E.G. all Rubies (or would it be Ruby's?) have the same dagger). Each Gem can summon multiples of their weapon as required (as seen by Pearl summoning two swords or Amethyst summoning multiple whips). When two different gems fuse, their weapons also do (Pearl's sword and Amethyst's whip fusing into a bow), with the components of the weapon forming it (Pearl's sword forms the handle and limbs of the bow, with Amethyst's whip being the string). With this in mind, we can gather that The Ruby that makes up Garnet would put their dagger into the knuckles of the gauntlets, since they appear to be spiked. With this in mind, the dagger must make up those parts of both the gauntlets, since Sapphire would have a different weapon (although given the role of sapphires within Gem society, It seems more likely to be a tool (Hand of Fate, anyone?). Neither of them owns or creates one specific gauntlet, since they would then look very different to each other as they would each come from two very different Gems.
      • Incorrect. Gem types do not all have the same weapon, we have seen CG Ruby summon a gauntlet. That is her weapon, she has never even been implied to have the chisel-like dagger that Eyeball has. Bismuth essentially states that gem types don't all have the same weapon by being surprised that Amethyst has a whip. If all Amethysts had the same weapon, there would be no reason for Bismuth to react the way she did.
      • Bismuth's words were "Not any Amethyst could make a whip like this." She was amazed by the quality of the weapon, not the fact that Amethyst had one, this gives the idea that Amethysts commonly have whips. Of course there's good evidence that certain gems of the same type have different gems to each other. Our Ruby is seen having a gauntlet/glove in one episode. Eyeball is seen using a dagger. This makes sense with weapon placing, it wouldn't be much use to have a glove sticking out of your eye or having to put a hand inside your gem to summon a glove. This would also add to the deadliness of fusions since they could use multiple weapons with enough arms (or maybe with just two arms depending on the weapons). It still begs the question how weapon modifications work and why they're even needed.

  • It's stated that Homeworld is running out of resources and implied that the reason for their colonizing/harvesting of other planets is that they need more. But what does Homeworld need resources for? Gems appear to be perpetual motion people that don't consume anything, their technology likewise seems to run indefinitely, and barring serious injury or unlikely accidents they're functionally immortal. The only thing they need resources for is to make more gems, and the only reason they'd need more gems is to gather more resources. Is Homeworld just caught in a loop of unnecessary expansion? Are the diamonds keeping the lower gems focused on other problems to keep them from questioning authority?
    • The Crystal Gems live a very low tech existence, without any of the high technology we see from the others. They have to build those fancy ships from something, and power them with something. More to the point, almost all creatures are driven to multiply and expand, and being near immortal doesn't mean the Gems don't have the same urge (especially as their prominence in the murals indicates colonies are a symbol of great status). More to the point, Gems can still die. In fact it seems likely that their natural rate of reproduction is very slow, meaning one bad day could put a massive dent in their numbers.
    • Given how war-like their cast system is, and how much they want a planet-sized weapon it kind of feels like they are at war with some other galactic civilization, or else their pre-galactic/pre-unified world was so war-torn that they just never shook off the concept of needing to build the largest army possible.

  • Why isn't Opal's weapon a harpoon, instead of a bow?
    • Because Opal is a representation of the relationship between Amethyst and Pearl. The bow combines Pearl's spear (discipline) with Amethyst's whip (flexibility) to create something beautiful and stronger than either could manage on their own. Also because a bow is way cooler.

  • Why don't Ruby and Sapphire have stars on their outfits?
    • What's the point? They're always fused so nobody's ever gonna see them anyway. If anything, it helps them more because they can infiltrate enemy troops easier.
      • But temporary fusions such as Opal have stars on their outfits and they don't show up too often.
      • Yes, but all the temporary fusions are made out of gems that already use the star pattern in their forms. Remember, Ruby and Sapphire have abandoned their identities to live as Garnet, as far as they're concerned GARNET is their true form so they customize her with the star pattern.
    • Worth noting that the star pattern is new, and was likely adapted to honor Rose's death. They are not seen on their clothing in the flashbacks. The only time we've seen Ruby and Sapphire get poofed, they were under extreme stress to return to each other, so they likely did not think about adding a star to their design.

  • So, I can understand why Lapis has grown to become friends with Peridot, since they are roommates. But when did she forgive the other Crystal Gems? Last I checked, before "Back 2 The Moon", she was still pretty mad about the whole thousands of years in the mirror thing. Now, she's helping them against the Rubies, and is even now considered part of the family in "Gem Harvest". When did she forgive them, and why?
    • Peridot's a Crystal Gem, too. There was a lot of time for the two to bond and for Peridot to try to convince Lapis that the other Gems aren't that bad, or at least not be furious at them. She can still be angry about the mirror thing and bristle when offered to be taken "prisoner" without seeing the Crystal Gems as enemies.

  • Are the tears that Gems can shed real or made out of light too? If it's the former, how do Gems that don't ingest anything, like Pearl, cry? If it's the latter, how come they don't disappear the moment they fall of the Gem's face?
    • Presumably real, given that Rose Quartz had a fountain filled with them.
    • Everything a Gem does or produces is powered by her gemstone. They're light forms with mass and can physically interact with things, so an explanation for real tears is: magic Gem stuff.

  • Perhaps more important than the "How do gems speak English" question is "How do Homeworld gems read English?" "Monster Reunion" clearly establishes that the Gems have a different written language than English. Whether or not this applies to spoken languages is uncertain, but whatever translator microbes may or may not be involved here clearly don't work on the written word. How is Peridot, then, able to browse the human internet?
    • Peridot just learned the language, she's been on Earth for a while and she's highly intelligent with a near perfect memory.
    • The gems have been on Earth since humans were humans were hunter-gatherers. Maybe Our languages originated from the gems.

  • Why don't the Crystal Gems try to exploit Peridot and the various wreckage they've got (the remains of the Gem Warship and her robots she sent to Earth) to try and narrow the tech gap between them and Homeworld? They KNOW how outclassed they are in technological terms at this point, but ALSO have a mechanic that knows the tech inside and out AND have some of the tech left over, and even if they didn't they DO have plenty of Gem materials left over from the war (like the crashed ships we've seen). It's honestly getting frustrating that they're not even TRYING to be proactive.
    • If Peridot was capable of recreating modern Gem tech with the resources she had available she would have done so by now. She hates how primitive even the Crystal Gem's tech is and her limb enhancers were a very important part of her identity that she would have replaced ASAP. It's likely she can't replicate the power sources for Gem tech, it's not just normal tech but also magical.
    • It took Homeworld THOUSANDS OF YEARS to acquire the technological advantages they now have over the Crystal Gems, not to mention that they have a good bit more than just one Peridot on hand. It would definitely be nice to see the Gems make more of an effort to close said technology gap (Pearl trying to figure out how Peridot's Robonoids work in "Political Power" was a nice start, if inconvenient for the resident humans), but it will probably take more than one Peridot ("Smarter than other Peridots", albeit) working out of a barn for a few months to actually make meaningful progress on that front. Imagine trying to defend against atom bombs with rocks and sticks, and you'll see where I'm going with this.

  • Could Amethyst be genderfluid? She is feminine-presenting at most times and uses female pronouns, but is referred to with he/him pronouns when wrestling. It's Word of God that the gems are non-binary, but could that include gender fluidity?
    • In "It Could've Been Great", when Steven declares he is a 'moon boy', Amethyst then asks why she can't also be a moon boy. It's most likely only referring to how she wants to float like Steven, but it makes a little sense if they don't see gender as a fixed concept.
    • With the wrestling, she was pretending to be human so she could wrestle without the other Gems finding out or getting disqualified for being a superpowered alien rock beating on squishy humans. The only ones who used male pronouns for her were the crowd, who saw what appeared to be a man and Steven, who was playing along with the disguise himself.
    • It could be that they're non-binary because they're unitary. In gem society there's no children to raise, they reproduce by growing other gems in the ground, and your role in society is determined by the kind and cut of gem you are. Their bodies are made of light, meaning there's no biology or brain mapping behind their gender. One could argue that it doesn't matter, though it's interesting to speculate if it's possible.
    • Purple Puma is referred to with he/him pronouns when wrestling, so that's just a case of Amethyst cosplaying rather than making a statement regarding her identity.

  • How is it possible that the Crystal Gems have lived on Earth for thousands of years, yet they are completely ignorant of the most basic aspects of human life, such as the difference between babies and adults? In one episode Pearl doesn't even know what a phone number is! Their stated mission is to protect the Earth and humans from Homeworld, yet during those thousands of years they never cared to acquire even the most rudimentary knowledge of the ones they're protecting? Amethyst seems to be a bit more knowledgable of Earth habits than the others, which makes sense given her origins, but what exactly did Rose, Pearl, and Garnet do on their downtime before Steven was born?
    • They did exactly what they do now, interact with each other, fight gem monsters and retrieve gem artifacts from around the world. Rose's rebellion wasn't about humanity, but all life on Earth, we're no more special than dogs or ants or birds or anything else, no reason the gems would take special interest in our lives and culture. Besides, Rose wanted us to have the chance to learn and grow on our own, she loved that about us, so the gems stayed out of our way as much as they could.
    • Also, a lot of the things they are ignorant about are relatively new. The invention of the phone was a blink of an eye ago to a being who lives for millennia. Human culture is a mount of shifting sands to them; there's no point in trying to keep up with it.
    • More to the point, if the gems don't know what a phone number is, why do they have a phone? If Amethyst uses it, surely Pearl would have asked her about it, or Greg would have told them.
      • "They" don't have a phone, Steven has a phone. The entire house and everything in it is Steven's room and his stuff.