The Shrouded in Myth fourth seat of The Great Diamond Authority that ended the Gem War and started Era 3.
The "half-human" son of Pink Diamond, the first and only fusion of a Gem and an organic being.
For tropes concerning the canon version of this character, go here.
- Ambiguous Gender: One of his halves is an unambiguously genderless construct of light, which calls his physical gender into question, not to mention his "human" half's questionable biology.
- Benevolent Boss: In Diamond Drop, SHIELD tries to negotiate with him for remains of The Destroyer armor, which Bismuth and Peridot are researching. As a Diamond, their Diamond, he could simply order them to surrender their research. But knowing how they value the project (even sounding like a proud dad when talking about it with the agents), he insists that the decision does not fall to him, and that the SHIELD agents should directly negotiate with Bismuth/Peridot themselves.
- Bizarre Alien Biology:
- His heartbeat is negligible by mortal standards, similar to Lars and Lion.
- He speaks in gemsong, the natural Gem language, which contains a variety of sounds that a human mouth physically cannot make.
- He is also confirmed to have his mother's diamond pupils, which can constrict into an even more alien crosshair shape.
- When he sleeps, he's apparently nearly indistinguishable from a dead body, lacking the natural movements and breathing of human sleep.
- There's also the fact that his body fluids- such as sweat, saliva, and tears- can repair objects and organic tissue, create sentient life, and resurrect the dead.
- As is typical to Gems, he has semi-retractable fangs.
- Character Tics: Tends to clutch the clothes around his Gem when stressed. He also has a slightly more worrying habit when he is trying to watch his words or censor himself- covering his mouth, referred to as "strangling his mouth", with enough pressure to harm a normal human.
- His halves, Sten and Vendan, have their own quirks to indicate if one is fronting.
- He tends to default to "we" when stressed, upset, or confused, a sign that his fusion is falling mentally out of sync.
- Compelling Voice: Implied to have this in Diamond Drop, where his voice alone threw a small crowd of SHIELD workers into a daze and he... "convinced" them to leave their posts so he could have a private conversation with Jane Foster.
- Dissonant Serenity: Steven post-SU:F grows up to become this (except around a select few people), apparently being a polite Perpetual Smiler who borders on The Stoic, able to suppress negative emotions at the drop of a hat.
- The Dividual: The fusion of an Ambiguously Human scaffold and the former Pink Diamond's gem.
- Drunk on Milk: Weapons designed to destroy a Gem's form interfere with a Gem's cognition. Since Steven cannot dissipate his form, such a weapon renders him disoriented/concussed.
- Epithet: Formally titled as Asteria Diamond.
- Fantastic Honorifics: "My Diamond" is standard for Gems, but non-Gems are not permitted to address him as such, and must use alternate forms of address such as "Your Radiance".
- Fertile Feet: His aura occasionally bleeds out by manifesting flowers/petals around himself or causing pre-existing plants to overgrow.
- God King: Outright referred to as "an alien god king" by Agent Coulson.
- High-School Sweethearts: Married to Connie around the time she finishes high school.
- Humanoid Abomination: On the softer end of the spectrum, but still qualifies, considering the sheer scale of his powers and the Uncanny Valley aspects of his physical form. Not to mention his status as a codependent symbiotic Dividual.
- Interspecies Romance: Steven, a half-Diamond, dates and eventually marries Connie, a human.
- Non-Human Non-Binary: The content tags of Godspeed You Stargirl reveal that he identifies as nonbinary, though he still uses male pronouns.
- The Nth Doctor: After Steven comes back from space in Country Warps, Take Me Home, he's drastically taller and broader, with a more Gem-like appearance. He explains it as Sten and Vendan's fusion of him becoming more balanced, giving him more Gem features.
- Past-Life Memories: As of Like A Word, A Sound, A Song, he possesses Rose/Pink Diamond's memories, though it causes him to suffer Time Dissonance, and he has difficulty distinguishing between his and his mother's memories.
- Pronoun Trouble: When talking about himself he may switch between we and I (used in both a singular and plural way), with unusual wording such as "I saw myself", similar to the Topaz fusion from the Wanted arc in the show proper. Even the narration itself switches between he and they when he mentally splits.
- Shrouded in Myth: So shrouded, in fact, that the non-Gem public doesn't even know his true name.
- Small Steps Hero: The actions of Asgard in Thor(an unmet foreign power trespassing on a Gem colony) are politically tense and borderline warlike. Steven's first concern, however, is for the New Mexico town that was ruined by The Destroyer, making sure to fully tend to the town before taking any action against Asgard, and the Aesir's seeming disregard for human life appears to be his chief complaint rather than their disrespect of his authority.
- Superior Successor: Was able to end the Gem War and save the corrupted Gems. As well as being of equal or perhaps greater strength to White Diamond, he helps oversee the entire Gem Empire, and one of Lars' throwaway lines in Diamond Drop suggests he may directly control colonies other than Earth.
- Truly Single Parent: To the Watermelon Stevens, and later Casimir.
The "human" half of Steven's fusion.
- Ambiguous Gender: Uses male pronouns, but falls into this category with the ambiguity of his biology.
- Ambiguously Human: Appears to be human, but requires symbiotic fusion with Vendan to survive, and physically manifests Steven's Bizarre Alien Biology. He is also never explicitly referred to as human by the narration, only euphemistically labelled a "scaffold". He also speaks in gemsong, which a normal human cannot do.
- Can't Live Without You: Cannot survive without Vendan fused with him.
- Character Tics: His voice in gemsong is described as wavering, bordering on a Speech Impediment. This may be due to his individual physical frailty.
- Gallows Humor: Like A Word, A Sound, A Song implies he has a penchant for this, trying to reassure Greg by sneaking in an Incredibly Lame Pun while half-delirious from the effects of a Gem weapon.
- Literal Split Personality: Physically and mentally makes up of half of Steven.
- The McCoy: To Vendan's Spock. The more emotionally aware and empathetic of the halves, though when it comes to extreme emotions, he is actually the more composed and rational one.
- Meaningful Name: The name Sten means "stone". He's the physical, grounded part of Steven, and the foundation that allowed their powers to grow and change as Rose/Pink Diamond never could. Also fits with being half of a Gem fusion.
- He was also named by Connie.
- Painting the Medium: His voice and thought text are rendered in italics.
- Talking to Themself: Sten and Vendan's conversations, seeing as they share the same body and mind.
The former Pink Diamond's gem, the other half of Steven's fusion.
For tropes concerning the canon version of this character, go here.
- Ambiguous Gender: Uses male pronouns, but has no physical gender.
- Can't Live Without You: Not in a literal sense, but Vendan cannot function as a full person without the drive and stability that Sten provides, and additionally cannot exist as Steven without his half.
- Creepy Good: A singleminded, unstoppable Humanoid Abomination... who only wants to protect and cherish the people he loves.
- Character Tics: Speaks in a condensed, formal way, which extends to how he addresses people (calling Greg "father" instead of "dad"). When fronting, Steven's emotional affect freezes or disappears entirely.
- Humanoid Abomination: In Connie's own words, a walking glitch.
- Literal Split Personality: Physically and mentally makes up half of Steven.
- The Spock: To Sten's McCoy. Less empathetic to others, concerned with possibilities and future courses of action, as well as more outwardly stoic to anyone that isn't Sten. However, his realist thinking makes him more inclined to worry and melancholy, and he is the one that externalizes Steven's stronger, more negative emotions.
- Meaningful Name: The name Vendan means "king". Fitting for a Diamond, the creators and highest authorities of Gemkind. He's also more authoritative and willful than Sten.
- He was named by Connie.
- Painting the Medium: His voice and thought text are rendered in bold font.
- Talking to Themself: His conversations with Sten are this, as two halves of a physical whole.
Tropes concerning the Gem race in general.
- The Ageless: Gems do not age in the mortal sense, and will not die of it, but a Gem's appearance is dependent on their mental state, and thus a Gem's body can reflect mental aging to an extent.
- Bee People: Though not insectoid by any means, Gemkind and their society is vaguely eusocial in structure, with division of labor between biological castes with drastic dimorphism, the sterile general populace, and how reproduction relies on a very small caste. The Diamonds, the royal/reproductive caste, are also the largest Gem type, similar to insect queens.note
- Bizarre Alien Reproduction: New gems are made by collecting the aura of all the Diamonds and inserting it into the ground of planets that bear organic life.
- Bizarre Alien Psychology: Implied Trope. Gems, over the course of the series, hint at a psychology that is at odds with how humans function.
- Biologically driven concepts like sexuality and beauty are incomprehensible to them- "beauty" as Gems know it is defined by the unique skills, personality, and experiences of an individual.
- A Gem in Aliens Steal Cable is shown to have trouble understanding concepts like theft or trash.
- Not even Steven is safe from this, showing a slight disregard/non-understanding of human government authority in Diamond Drop (emphasizing that the general populace approved of his actions) and a benign The End Justifies The Means attitude (if everything was fixed in the end and people are safe, does it matter what happened?)
- Capital Letters Are Magic: Gems are always written as a proper noun.
- Gender Rarity Value: Steven is the only Gem with a biological gender, as well as the only one that defaults to male pronouns.
- The Diamonds, the only Gems that can create more Gems, are 4 in number.
- Hard Light: Gem bodies/clothing/summoned weapons are made out of solid light projections emitted from their gemstone.
- Heart Drive: The gemstone of a Gem functions as their CPU, forming their thoughts and bodies.
- Hive Caste System: Gems have an extensive variety of biological castes.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: Many Gem colloquialisms are related to rocks and cosmology.
- Horde of Alien Locusts: The Gem race cannot sustain themselves, requiring the resources of life-bearing planets, essentially behaving as parasites to all life in the universe. This manner of lifestyle has presumably ended with the advent of Era 3.
- No Biological Sex: As Gems do not reproduce through sexual means, they possess no primary or secondary sex characteristics.
- One-Gender Race: Or rather, no-gender race. Though some Gem types superficially resemble human women, and gemsong translates their pronouns as female.
- Praetorian Guard: It's subtly implied, both in story and by Word of God, that the Era 3 Crystal Gems serve this function to "Asteria Diamond's" court, operating as his trusted council, guard and secret service all in one.
- Scary Teeth: Revealed in Like A Word, A Sound, A Song to have semi-retractable fangs strong enough to cut metal, with some Gems having multiple pairs.
- Starfish Language: The Gem language, gemsong, is a whalesong-like psychic language with no discernible structure. Due to it's psychic nature, it can translate itself into the language of its listeners if a Gem so desires. Listening to it for long periods of time, however, can lead to sickness.
- Technically Naked Shapeshifter: The clothes they wear is part of their projected bodies.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Most Gems can shapeshift, though some castes made in Era 2 do not possess the ability due to resource scarcity.
One of the original Crystal Gems, now serving under Asteria Diamond's court.
- The Atoner: Seems to have developed this attitude toward Steven out of guilt for her (and by extension, the other Crystal Gem's) treatment of him in the past.
- The Blacksmith: She continues to work as a blacksmith, though with Peridot's help she seems to be branching into engineering and technological expertise as well.
- Gentle Giant: Boisterous Bruiser tendencies aside, she's very gentle with her friends and most of the humans she interacts with.
- Hero of Another Story: A Shrouded in Myth figure during Eras 1 and 2 on the level of Rose Quartz, a Crystal Gem war hero as well as the first polymath of Gem society.
- Humanity Is Infectious: In a darker application of this trope, Bismuth gets the idea of the Breaking Point by witnessing the human concept and process of death.
- Immortals Fear Death: Hoped to invoke this with the Breaking Point and other weapons like it, believing that introducing mortal consequences to the war would break the stalemate they had fallen into.
- The Medic: As an experienced combatant with technological expertise, she is able to serve as one to Gems since they're are essentially Hard Light AI.
- Secret Art: Developed a process to destroy the data and programming inside a Gem's, well, gem, creating the closest thing the Gem race could have to true death.
- Secret Keeper: Seems to serve as one to Steven to a certain extent. In Like A Word, A Sound, A Song, Lion automatically goes to her when Steven has a medical emergency, and she in turn knows to keep it under wraps and involve as few Gems as possible. Steven also displays a level of vulnerability with her that he refuses to show to Garnet, Amethyst, or Pearl, and trusts her not to disclose such moments with the three.
Formerly a decorated Quartz soldier, now living in a state of semi-retirement on Earth, occasionally doing tasks for Steven.
- Accidental Misnaming: Has a habit of misnaming or over-generalizing organic creatures, such as calling flowers "dogs".
- Admiring the Abomination: After hearing of how Steven could lift Spinel's injector while dying, she internally expresses hope that she'll be able to see his full power in person someday.
- Bash Brothers: With Steven.
- Character Tics: Has a minor habit of scratching at her horns and corruption scars.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her dialogue swerves between Brutal Honesty and getting verbal hits whatever chance she gets.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Invoked Trope by the author. Steven and Jasper's relationship is rough, physical, intimate, and private, based on a shared need. The author specifically framed the surface dynamic of their relationship to resemble a love affair. The part of the series specifically dedicated to their relationship is even called A Love Affair, But Exit Left.
- Everyone Has Standards: She likes fighting with Steven, for the virtues of having a mutually indestructible punching bag, and just having a quality brawl, but she very quickly draws the line at Steven possibly using her as a vehicle to hurt himself.
- Hidden Depths:
- In Diamond Drop she proves to be very pragmatic, able to judge the soundness of Steven's choices for the diplomatic team while offering sound advice.
- She doesn't seem to genuinely appreciate her physical superiority over other Gems the way she acts to, being rather ambivalent about it as well as other Gems' reactions to it.
- When thinking about Steven's strength, she appreciates his mental strength before noting his physical strength.
- She only enjoys mutual fighting. If someone can't fight anymore, she stops.
- Not So Different: Aside from finding a rare physical equal, Steven and Jasper aren't so emotionally different. They both have the shared past of Broken Aces born into Pink Diamond's war, suffering the consequences of her deception. They also both resent their exalted status, and on a more sinister note, share a kind of repressed wrath over the mental/physical restraint they have to exercise on a daily basis because of their power.
- Only Friend: Doesn't like to socialize and outright avoids interaction for the most part, with the sole exception of Steven.
- Percussive Therapy: She and Steven engage in this. As a Diamond and a perfect cut Quartz respectively, they're pretty much the only Gems that they can freely vent at without destroying the other.
- Strength Equals Worthiness: Her friendship with Steven began with him proving his strength to her. She admires his power for what it is, but more deeply appreciates that it makes him an equal, something she sorely lacks in other Gems.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Jasper and Steven fight- in every way. Which is exactly why they're friends.
- You're Not My Father: Refuses to acknowledge Steven as her Diamond, forgoing any of his titles or even his actual name, using Insults Of Endearment to refer to him instead. At least until Chapter 11, occurring post-SU:F, where Jasper starts referring to him as her Diamond, though she isn't above using the same petty names as before.
A Crystal Gem, as well as wife/first knight to Asteria Diamond.
Tropes for the canon version of this character are found here.
- Ambiguous Disorder: In addition to displaying shades of the anxiety disorder her canon counterpart shares, her blunt, impulsive, and occasionally socially unaware behavior may land her on the autism spectrum. Her proposal is even framed as an infodump, a common behavior when autistic people become passionate/excited about something.
- Action Girlfriend: And later Action Wife. Her strength and skill in combat is explicitly stated to be part of why Steven is attracted to her.
- Audience Surrogate: Serves as the primary one for Like A Word, A Sound, A Song, which specifically focuses on Connie's interactions with the alien aspects of Steven and other Gems.
- Bifauxnen: In Diamond Drop, Thor describes her as very tall and handsome, as well as dressed like a prince.
- Bollywood Nerd: She graduates high school as a valedictorian, and is accepted into Columbia and NYU, both high-profile universities.
- Boring, but Practical: Her reason for marrying Steven so young? Not out of love, per se (though love him she does), but to game the FAFSA tax calculation system so she can get better financial aid for college.
- Ditzy Genius: Her curiosity makes her impulsive. Case in point, in Like A Word, A Sound, A Song she sticks her hand into Steven's mouth after seeing his semi-retractable fangs.
- Divine Date: Considering how Diamonds are revered as the progenitors and borderline gods of the Gem race, her relationship with Steven can be seen as this.
- Interspecies Romance: Eventually marries Steven, a half-Diamond.
- Knife Nut: Has a collection of human and alien knives, apparently frequently carries one. Not to mention the sword.
- Statuesque Stunner: Grows up to be around Thor's height by Diamond Drop(Chris Hemsworth is 6'3", mind you).
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Downplayed Trope, since Steven isn't exactly short by human standards, but Connie is still stated to be taller than him.
- Too Much for Man to Handle: Discussed Trope. Stevonnie possesses Steven's alien anatomy and senses, but Connie retains very little sense memory of it once she unfuses, due to her human mind physically being unable to process it.
- Touched by Vorlons: It's not yet shown to what extent Steven's healing has modified her, but at the very least she has now become totally immune to the high/low frequency effects of gemsong, and she can interface with Gem technology to some extent.
- Wacky Marriage Proposal: She proposes to Steven in a rather unromantic way, spouting off a Wall of Text about FAFSA tax calculations and joint income while he's half drunk at her eighteenth birthday/Christmas party. This ends rather predictably, with Steven fainting from the combined shock of alcohol/emotional stress, and her parents panicking about the earliness of the proposal.
Thor Odinson, God of Thunder, Chosen of Mjølnir, Heir to the Throne of Asgard.
- The Alcoholic: Post-Thor 1, he's started to slip into this, a habit which he hides from his parents. The aftermath of Loki's (supposed) death, the increased stress of Asgard's political situation, and Odin's declining health have started to take its toll.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Thor's narrative voice is pessimistic, anxious, and downright despairing at times, resembling the thoughts of someone with depression/anxiety.
- Big Brother Instinct: For all his Big Brother Bully habits, Loki's seeming suicide hit him very hard, to the point where it's all but stated that the events of Thor 1 legitimately traumatized him.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He challenges Steven to a holmgang over some information that Thor possesses, with them both agreeing that Thor was to lose the match. But Thor was so enthusiastic to find out that Steven could match his strength at every turn that it turned into a real duel anyway.
- Hidden Depths:
- This incarnation of Thor is willing to be more crafty and socially aware, since the looming political presence of Gemkind has motivated him to be more proactive.
- He's fully aware that Odin uses him as a political pawn, but as of Diamond Drop has started to become increasingly uncomfortable with simply following orders without question.
Connie's floor mates in her dorm.
- Aerith and Bob: Names ranging from Peggy Samson to Lorelai Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele.
- Cast of Snowflakes: All of Connie's floormates are introduced in a single chapter, and manage to have distinct personalities, ethnicities, and gender identities.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Connie's dorm floor has 26 girls, all of which are named characters.
- Official Fan-Submitted Content: The dorm girls were named by the author's fan Discord.