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** White Pearl is constantly disgusted when she hears the things that Blue Pearl has to do for Steven- carrying him, making his food, reading to him, calling her "His Pearl"! Part of it is that she's incredibly biased against Blue Diamond, but she doesn't understand that these are normal things that one needs to do for a young human.


* CasanovaWannabe: Rose Quartz has a tendency to flirt with most humans she meets, trying to kindle something with Greg and then [[spoiler:flirting with Priyanka and Doug.]] Granted, it is very likely that she does not even know that she does it half the time due to having NoSocialSkills despite her {{Charisma}}.

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* CasanovaWannabe: Rose Quartz has a tendency to flirt with most humans she meets, trying to kindle something with Greg and then [[spoiler:flirting with Priyanka and Doug.]] Granted, it is very likely that she does not even know that she does it half the time due to having NoSocialSkills despite her {{Charisma}}.natural charisma.


* HeelRealization: Greg and Steven are both horrified when they learn that Blue Pearl is essentially a slave, and they didn't realize for over a decade.


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* HeelRealization: Greg and Steven are both horrified when they learn that Blue Pearl is essentially a slave, and they didn't realize for over a decade.

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** He openly tells Amethyst and Garnet that he thinks Kindergarten is a good thing... before it's established that he means "The level of school before first grade," and not the Gem Creation center.


* BornIntoSlavery: All Pearls, as in canon. Blue Pearl was offered freedom by Pearl during the rebellion, but rejected it due to not knowing anything else. Even with Blue Diamond gone, she treats her son as her new master.

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* BornIntoSlavery: All Pearls, as in canon. Blue Pearl was offered freedom by Pearl during the rebellion, but rejected it due to not knowing anything else. Even with Blue Diamond gone, she treats her son as her new master. One of the ongoing plots of the story is Blue Pearl, Greg, and Steven dealing with the reality of this.



** In terms of physical strength, Lapis and Blue Pearl are no match for Garnet, who defeats and captures them pretty quickly when she catches them at the healing fountain. It doesn't help that the only ammunition that Lapis has, in terms of water to manipulate, are Rose's healing tears- which heal wounds. It's like getting into a fight where the only weapons you have are healing potions.

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** In terms of physical strength, Lapis and Blue Pearl are no match for Garnet, who defeats and captures them pretty quickly when she catches them at the healing fountain. It doesn't help that the only ammunition that Lapis has, in terms of water to manipulate, are Rose's healing tears- which heal wounds. It's like getting into a fight where the only weapons you have are healing potions.potions (and the enemies aren't the undead, of course).

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* AdaptationalSuperpowerChange: Steven has different powers from his canon version. He can talk to animals, see into the past, and he can have an effect on corrupted gems, though not the same as canon Steven's healing spit- Blue Steven's powers just make them not animalistic anymore, though doesn't bring back their memories.


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** The two Pearls try to talk a few times, but the first time they do it's from the perspective of a Pearl who values freedom highly and has had thousands of years to get used to the idea of "I can do what I want," and Blue Pearl who still sees herself as property of Steven and Greg- albeit willing property. This leads to an argument between the two and helps kick off Blue Pearl's character arc of learning how not to be a slave.


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** A broader version of this is why Garnet and Sapphire didn't see Steven's arrival, or that Rose is Pink Diamond- there's an element of bias to Future Vision, and if they don't expect to see something, or look for it specifically, they can miss important details (like a certain Ruby trying to sacrifice itself for her Sapphire and creating a fusion).


** In terms of physical strength, Lapis and Blue Pearl are no match for Garnet, who defeats and captures them pretty quickly when she catches them at the healing fountain.

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** In terms of physical strength, Lapis and Blue Pearl are no match for Garnet, who defeats and captures them pretty quickly when she catches them at the healing fountain. It doesn't help that the only ammunition that Lapis has, in terms of water to manipulate, are Rose's healing tears- which heal wounds. It's like getting into a fight where the only weapons you have are healing potions.



* ForWantOfANail: Greg didn't stay in Beach City, but went on to become a major music star. Not only does this mean that he meets Blue Diamond in Korea, it means that they way that the residents of Beach City look at him is completely different from canon- instead of "Steven's Dad" or "That guy who runs the Car Wash," they see him as a literal rock star.

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* ForWantOfANail: Greg didn't stay in go to Beach City, but went on to become a major music star. Not only does this mean that he meets Blue Diamond in Korea, it means that they way that the residents of Beach City look at him is completely different from canon- instead of "Steven's Dad" or "That guy who runs the Car Wash," they see him as a literal rock star.star.
** It's implied that since Greg didn't go to Beach City, Marty never went either, thus never met the future Onion family, and therefore Sour Cream doesn't exist in this world.

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* CasanovaWannabe: Rose Quartz has a tendency to flirt with most humans she meets, trying to kindle something with Greg and then [[spoiler:flirting with Priyanka and Doug.]] Granted, it is very likely that she does not even know that she does it half the time due to having NoSocialSkills despite her {{Charisma}}.


* {{Seers}}: Steven is capable of Past Vision.



* {{Seers}}: Steven is capable of Past Vision.

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* {{Seers}}: Steven is capable {{Squee}}: [[spoiler:It turns out that Connie's dad was a big fan of Past Vision.Greg Universe from back when he was a rock-star, so he goes to great lengths not to fanboy on him when they invite the Universe family over for dinner.]]

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* RealityEnsues: Blue Diamond mellowed out a lot once she met Greg. They spent years together, and she learned to love and treasure the Earth and the humans on it. This does not mean that she didn't spend literally millennia as a brutal tyrant and dictator of her people, whose atrocities are legend. Greg and Steven are horrified when they find out.


** The reason Greg is spying on the Crystal Gems is partially because Blue Diamond asked him to, and partially because he's terrified that if they find out about his son, they'll try to shatter him first without asking questions. Later on, they capture him and nearly do this, which he finds out when he sees Steven in the Temple inside a cage.



* BothSidesHaveAPoint: Lapis calls out the Gems for being imprisoned for thousands of years, which they fire back that they weren't the ones who imprisoned her, Homeworld was. Lapis states that the Gems didn't even try to free her, but the Gems thought that all Gem-based items (like Lapis' mirror) were "dead" gems that didn't have a personality or memories, so they had no reason to do so. Lapis being imprisoned when she could have been freed was wrong, but the Gems didn't know she was there.



* ForWantOfANail: Greg didn't stay in Beach City, but went on to become a major music star. Not only does this mean that he meets Blue Diamond in Korea, it means that they way that the residents of Beach City look at him is completely different from canon- instead of "Steven's Dad" or "That guy who runs the Car Wash," they see him as a literal rock star.



* InnocentlyInsensitive: It's not that Steven is trying to insult Pearl or Garnet. It's simply that all he knows about Gem culture he learned from Blue Pearl.

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: It's not that Steven is trying to insult Pearl or Garnet. It's simply that all he knows about Gem culture he learned from Blue Pearl. And once he does learn what he's done is not correct, he does try to make up for it.



** It's expanded on in canon that Future Vision also requires at least some bias at what the user is looking for, otherwise [[spoiler: Sapphire or Garnet could have found out about Rose being Pink Diamond ''much'' earlier]]. Garnet in this story says that now that Steven is something she knows about, she can predict him again.



** Subverted with Greg, however, much to Pearl's continued surprise (and slight envy).

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** Subverted with Greg, however, much to Blue Pearl's continued surprise (and slight envy).



* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Steven does, but does clarify that this only counts for animals that communicate verbally. Things like insects, which communicate via pheramones or through motion, he can't speak.

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* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Steven does, but does clarify that this only counts for animals that communicate verbally. Things like insects, which communicate via pheramones pheromones or through motion, he can't speak.


* HappinessInSlavery: A complicated case with Blue Pearl. She clearly was not happy in Blue Diamond's service, just numb. She's in a much better state with Steven and Greg, but is still struggling under that weight, and it's unclear how much they truly understand the situation. Once Steven and Greg make it clear that she is ''not'' their slave, Pearl has trouble figuring out what to do with herself.

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* HappinessInSlavery: A complicated case with Blue Pearl. She clearly was not happy in Blue Diamond's service, just numb. She's in a much better state with Steven and Greg, but is still struggling under that weight, and it's unclear how much they truly understand the situation. Once Steven and Greg make it clear that she is ''not'' their slave, Pearl has trouble figuring out what to do with herself. A major subplot is the three of them trying to work out exactly how to deal with this information, eventually deciding on letting her help out (but not doing all the work herself or doing all the work for her) and trying to foster her individuality.


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* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Steven does, but does clarify that this only counts for animals that communicate verbally. Things like insects, which communicate via pheramones or through motion, he can't speak.

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* DeadManWriting: Before she gave up her physical form to have Steven, the very pregnant Blue Diamond left holographic messages for her son and fellow Diamonds within the database of her spaceship.


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* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: When he explores his mother's ship for the first time, he is given the chance to receive a message left to him from his mother, similar to the video tape left to his canon counterpart in "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E35Lion3StraightToVideo Lion 3: Straight to Video]]". [[spoiler:Unlike Canon!Steven, Steven does not take the message his mother left for him nearly as well, Blue Diamond bringing up how she expects him to become a Diamond, with his own court and his own colonies and his own legion of followers. With all of the character development he has been through and [[BrokenPedestal learning about who his mother really was]], he is left in a near sobbing mess by the time the message ends. Even though Blue's words came from a place of unconditional love, "InnocentlyInsensitive" does not even begin to cut it.]]

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* HeelRealization: Greg and Steven are both horrified when they learn that Blue Pearl is essentially a slave, and they didn't realize for over a decade.

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* GriefSong: "Sky Blue Goddess (dark reprise)" in chapter 23 is a variation where Greg mourns the Blue Diamond he knew, after finding out that she had kept Pearl a slave, among other things she had done as part of the Diamond Authority.


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* ImageSong: "Faded Blue" for Blue Pearl.

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