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"I will fight for the world I was made in!
The Earth is everything I've ever known!"
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Pearl: Ugh, you are just so childish!
Amethyst: Yeah, yeah, don't forget reckless, vulgar, loudmouthed; and that's just what makes me so awesome!

Amethyst is the youngest of the Crystal Gems (not counting Steven) and the resident Wild Child of the team. She loves to instigate pranks and act ridiculous even in the face of danger, which can sometimes result in innocents like Steven getting caught in the middle of her antics. Having been 'born' on Earth, her behavior is the most human-like of the group, and she has happily adopted human customs like eating and sleeping (neither of which Gems actually need to do). Due to her unruly nature, she often chafes under the discipline of the two older Gems. As the series progresses, her rebellious, moody attitude is revealed to stem from an inferiority complex she feels when compared to her teammates, including Steven.


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  • Acrofatic: Yes, she is curvy, but she can run and jump in sync with her teammates and can move at impressive speeds, especially when doing a Rolling Attack. She's also somewhat of a specialized case: as a Quartz soldier she should normally be about seven feet tall, but due to her taking too long to emerge from the kindergarten her growth was stunted, so instead of growing up, she grew out.
  • Aliens Love Human Food: Amethyst loves to eat, although she doesn't need to, and will scarf down practically anything, from moldy burritos to engine oil.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: The least mature of the Crystal Gems has a drum set as her instrument of choice.
  • Always Someone Better: Is revealed to feel this way about Steven in "Steven vs. Amethyst". Perhaps this is the most defining aspect of her personality as a defective lab experiment who despises her origins.
  • Animal Motif: Not blatantly obvious, but Amethyst seems to (like Steven) have a general cat motif going on. She has a Cat Smile, has transformed into a cat a few times, has a wrestler persona called the Purple Puma, and has an extremely independent attitude and curious nature one would expect from a cat. To drive the point further, the intro of the pilot showed her resting on top of a couple of big cats, and her whips tend to have multiple ends, like a cat-o-nine-tails.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Before Steven came around, Amethyst was the youngest Crystal Gem. Her Shapeshifter Default Form even looked much younger right before Steven was born, despite the time since then being a very small part of her current lifespan. She is also the youngest Earth Quartz because she emerged late.
  • Bad Impressionists: Amethyst's attempts to disguise herself as other people are hampered both by Morphic Resonance and her consistently terrible impersonations. She barely makes her voice sound any different, lazily parrots some words she remembers them saying, doesn't bother to remember basic personal details (up to the names of the people she's trying to fool), and vocally tries to affirm her supposed identity ("It's cool, I totally work here!").
  • Berserk Button:
    • Rubbing her origins in her face.
    • Being betrayed.
    • Hurting Steven.
    • Mocking Rose.
  • Berserker Tears: Cries during her fight with Pearl in "On the Run".
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She's usually quite laid-back and goofy, but when she gets upset, she gets upset.
  • Big Eater: To the point where she tries to chase Steven down in an attempt to get her hands on the Together Breakfast he made. It's noted that since she's a Crystal Gem (and the one born on Earth instead of Homeworld), she doesn't actually need to eat, but she likes to do it anyway. She'll also pretty much eat anything, with no table manners: as a late-night snack she is seen eating macaroni and cheese powder — not the macaroni but just the powder, straight from the packet, and just shoving it into her mouth with her hand. She thinks it's delicious and asks Steven if he'd like some. One Season 1 episode sees her happily chowing down on a five-year old tuna burrito. Oddly enough, this actually made her sick, and this is someone who drinks motor oil.
  • Big Fun: Quite stocky and pudgy, and she's easily the most laid back and fun loving member of the Crystal Gems sans Steven.
  • The Big Guy: She's smaller than Garnet by default, but Amethyst is the one most likely to rely on brute force. This is because she's a Quartz Gem, the soldier/warrior caste, and even though she's half the size she was supposed to be, she still has a Quartz's strength.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Amethyst is the closest to having a sisterly relationship with Steven and is quite protective of him. Also doubles as Mama Bear. In a twist of irony, as Rose was actually Pink Diamond, Amethyst's "mother" in as close of a way Gems can have, Steven in a way is her little brother.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Vidalia. One reason why she and Amethyst are such great friends because they're both free spirits.
  • Black Bra and Panties: Her first outfit clearly shows a black shoulder strap on whichever side her tunic slips down (usually on her right). Though, when she's sketched by Pearl and Peridot in her underwear in "Back to the Barn", it's shown to be pretty modest, consisting of a sports bra and boxer-briefs.
  • Blank Slate: In the Movie, she's hit with the rejuvenator, a weapon that causes Gems to revert back to their original personalities. Amethyst uniquely loses any knowledge or ability to do things besides imitating others. It's implied that this is what she was like when she first emerged and that the other Crystal Gems had to teach her everything, including how to talk. It is also implied that this state was caused by her having been in the ground for longer than normal, as Gems usually emerge knowing how to talk, what kind of Gem they are, and their role in Homeworld's caste system.
  • Born as an Adult: Downplayed; Amethyst was born physically grown like most gems, but her emerging 500 years late meant she was born a Blank Slate not knowing how to do anything, or even how to talk. As seen in The Movie, newborn Amethyst was about as close to a human infant as a Gem can get.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Amethyst had much shorter hair around the time Greg and Rose first met, reflecting her tomboyish personality and her status as The Baby of the Bunch before Steven was born.
    • The Movie reveals she emerged from the Kindergarten with this hair.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Amethyst is the "rebellious teen" of the Crystal Gems and frequently at odds with Pearl, the "mother" of the team.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Extremely strong, but she doesn't think much of training, preferring to improvise. A one-on-one battle with Jasper quickly leads her to reconsider.
  • Brutal Honesty: She'll often make harsh statements, even dire revelation, bluntly and sometimes enthusiastically.
  • Butt-Monkey: Being encased in a block of ice, repeatedly thrown at the Red Eye, blasted by Lion's sonic roar... Amethyst is a prime target for most of the show's physical humor.
  • Cain and Abel:
    • The Abel to Jasper's Cain, as both were born from Earth Kindergardens (different ones, but still). Amethyst even refers to Jasper as "sis" after Jasper's physical form was destroyed.
    • Thankfully averted with the "Famethyst", the other Quartzes from Earth, who inmediately accept her as part of them.
  • Carpet of Virility: Not her default form, but her Purple Puma wrestler persona has a very thick carpet of chest hair.
  • Cat Smile: It's more because of the way her lips are drawn when it's closed, but when she smiles, it looks like this. Given the fact that her lips are always like that regardless of whether she's smiling, and the revelation that she came out "defective" due to a malfunction at the Kindergarten where she was made, it could be a reference to an actual cleft lip.
  • Character Development:
    • Amethyst's maturity increases in very small increments, as does her self-awareness; both likely benefit from her very gradually working through her underlying self-loathing. Because of this, she has also gained better control of her emotions when someone pushes her Berserk Button — compare how she handles it in "On the Run" and later in "Too Far". Probably the biggest change to her character happens late in Season Three; her insecurities of being an inferior Quartz Gem come to a head when Jasper mops the floor with her and Steven's skill and fighting ability matches hers. She's since then become more serious, more open to accept help from others and has shed her Brilliant, but Lazy traits.
    • Then there was her meeting the "Famethyst". She saw that she was loved by the Gems of Homeworld for who she is, regardless of her size or skills. And this is what gives her the courage to give up wrestling because she doesn't need it anymore.
    • Sometime before "What's Your Problem?", Amethyst has taken notice of how much responsibility Steven has taken on over the last few seasons, so she decides she won't dump her emotional baggage onto Steven anymore and spends the episode trying to get Steven to open up about his own issues and feelings. This is partially so he can still be a kid, and partially because Amethyst has realized that she needs to step up maturity-wise with Garnet literally falling apart over the "Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond" reveal and Pearl being too close to the issue to actually deal with it. Steven takes note of her development and points out she's somehow become the most mature of the Crystal Gems, much to her comical horror.
    • Likewise, for the first three reasons she idolized Rose and put her on a pedestal. Jasper mocks her for how Rose said that Amethyst was perfect the way she was, and Amethyst starts to realize how much the Quartz's legacy is burdening Steven after they have a friendly sparring match. When the Pink Diamond reveal happens, Amethyst is shocked but starting to reason it, and realizes that Rose meant well but was flawed with her actions. She admits that she and Steven are left holding the burden of that legacy and it's not fair to either of them.
  • Characterization Marches On: In an early episode, she throws up after eating a moldy burrito. She never gets sick from eating anything else over the course of the series, no matter how weird or inedible it is.
  • The Chew Toy: In almost every mission, she takes the most physical abuse. Sometimes it's simply because she runs directly into it.
    Amethyst: [A Gem having to regenerate] just happens sometimes! Usually to me.
    Garnet: Always to you.
    Amethyst: Hey, I'm scrappy, whaddaya want?
  • Color Motif: Purple.
  • Companion Cube: She adopted rocks as friends during her early years in a canyon with no one else around to be a friend.
  • Cool Big Sis: Rather than a Parental Substitute like Garnet and Pearl, Amethyst is more like Steven's cool and rebellious older sister figure who likes to have fun with him. Given her age compared to the other Gems, she's also chronologically much closer to being a "teenager" by their species' metric. Ironically, as Rose was actually Pink Diamond, essentially Amethyst's "mother" in a sense, she actually is Steven's older sister.
  • Crazy-Prepared: After being left in the dust multiple times by Peridot's helicopter-fingers, she taught herself off-screen to shapeshift into a fully-functional helicopter in preparation to chase her down again if necessary.
    Amethyst: [after Peridot flees the barn in her giant robot] Oh-ho-hokay! I've gotten ready for this! [transforms into a helicopter] GET IN!
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Amethyst is hedonistic and childish, but can hold her own against the more disciplined and mature Pearl in combat.
  • Cuddle Bug: Amethyst is very outwardly affectionate.
  • Destructive Savior: The Gems in general don't care about accidental property damage, but Amethyst seems to cause some deliberately — she whips a dumpster in half in "Gem Glow" just to demonstrate, and Lars complains that it isn't the first time.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her dialogue in "On the Run" is reminiscent of an unplanned child.
    Amethyst: You want to pretend none of this ever happened! You think I'm just a big mistake!
    • Her disconnection from Garnet and Pearl on various pieces of their race's history, and how much friendlier she is to the natives of Earth, is also similar to how second generation immigrants who feel a stronger connection to their new home, compared to the older generations who see their original 'country' (e.g. Homeworld) still as their true 'home'. She doesn't get the cultural, racial, or even language barriers that normally comes with these types of families, though.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Amethyst feels that both Garnet and Pearl don't respect her, which feeds into her self-hatred over being a Kindergarten-made Gem.
  • Elite Mook: Amethyst and Quartzes like her are the rank-and-file soldiers on Homeworld. However, due to being raised by the Crystal Gems, Amethyst is much better at improvising and using abilities that other Gems take for granted like shapeshifting.
  • Epic Flail: Her whip after being upgraded by Bismuth with spiked spheres like the head of a morningstar.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In one scene of "Gem Glow", as her leitmotif begins playing, she explains to Steven that rigorous training to summon weapons is "no fun" when he inquires about summoning weapons, and that she can use her gem whenever she needs to do so. She then provides a convincing demonstration by casually summoning her whip with her eyes closed and breaking a dumpster in half while munching on a doughnut with crass chewing sounds. This pretty much establishes her personality as the Brilliant, but Lazy Wild Child of the group.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Before Steven was born, Amethyst's hair was shorter, reaching near her chin. Her current hairstyle a longer version of her old one, though considering that Gems have complete control over their physical appearance, she may have just decided at some point that she looked "cooler" with longer hair.
    • It could have been due to her hanging out with Greg and Vidalia, both of whom had long hair.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Since she eats only for the enjoyment of it, she's tried some strange things. She swallowed a whole cloud, which caused her to swell up and inflate like a balloon, and scarfed down a decades-old moldy burrito (although said burrito did make her violently sick). She also enjoys engine oil on sandwiches as she scarfs it down while licking the oil.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Downplayed, as her tank top itself is symmetrical, but she always has the right shoulder strap slightly off to the side. When she regenerates, her new top fits on both shoulders, to Pearl's delight. Her first form also has a small tear in the pants above the left knee, which is still visible on the "patched up" pants on her second form.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • She has serious anger issues and can forget what skill she does have when she becomes mad enough.
    • Beneath her anger issues are her insecurities and shame from knowing that she was originally meant to be an evil Gem, and that she is a runt.
  • Fat and Skinny: The fat one with Pearl.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Thief of the group, who depends on unpredictable tactics like shapeshifting.
  • Flight: She is the only Gem who has been shown shapeshifting into a form capable of flight. When she needs to fly, her preferred form is an owl, but she can also turn into a helicopter.
  • Foil:
    • Pearl and Amethyst play off each other by being opposites in every respect. Pearl is well-mannered, dainty, hard-working, and protective; Amethyst is a slob, ill-mannered, lazy, fun-loving, and irresponsible. Physically, Pearl is skinny while Amethyst is fat. Pearl's weapon is rigid and pierces while Amethyst's is flexible and crushes. Their differences can even be seen in the way they sit.
      Steven: Where did you get these? I thought they stopped making them!
      Pearl: Well, we heard that too, and since they're your favorite...
      Amethyst: We went out and stole a bunch!
      Pearl: [annoyed grunt] I went back and paid for them.
    • She's revealed toward the end of Season 3 to also be this to Jasper. Amethyst was the last and smallest Gem to come from Earth's primary Kindergarten, which was otherwise planned and executed as an ideal facility, but still came out as "an overcooked runt" according to Jasper. Jasper was from the Beta Kindergarten (which was brought online during the War with the sole purpose of producing Cannon Fodder), but is, in Peridot's own words, "the ultimate Quartz".
    • She's also one to Steven. Both are fun-loving and jokey and generally considered the most childish of the Crystal Gems, but whereas Steven is positive and optimistic Amethyst does it out of her insecurities and self-loathing.
  • Force and Finesse: The force to Pearl's finesse.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Deconstructed throughout "Reformed": Amethyst is a bit self-conscious due to the personality quiz Steven was trying to get her to participate in, and each time she gets "poofed" by the monster, she regenerates with a poorly thought-out form based on what she thinks other people want of her. She ultimately takes a form like her old one, but switched the color of her top and pants, because it "feels right" — basically a form she is comfortable with.
  • Freakiness Shame: Amethyst is ashamed of her "Kindergarten" origins, which differentiate her from the other Gems. Pearl comforts her by telling her that she always thought Amethyst was the one good thing to come out of Kindergarten. As of "Too Far", it seems she's no longer ashamed of being made on Earth, but rather that she came out small from being in the ground too long, instead of the behemoth she was supposed to be.
  • The Gadfly: She sometimes likes to poke fun at her fellow Gems just to get a rise out of them. She'll also delight in some of the chaotic situations occurring in Beach City, even when she should be doing something to help:
    Steven: Amethyst!
    Amethyst: Hey! Why is doughnut guy breathing fire?
    Steven: I tried to prank Lars but I used too much fire salt!
    Amethyst: Steven... that's hilarious.
  • Gasshole: Because of her horrible table manners and bizarre culinary tastes, she let out a loud burp (she even breathed fire while burping) after drinking three bottles of cooking oil before a meal.
  • Gender Bender: While Gems are sexless, they tend to default to female. Amethyst, however, is perfectly fine assuming explicitly male forms, as pointed out by the guidebook.
  • Genki Girl: Loud and full of laughter, she finds everything amusing, but can be very emotional and isn't afraid to act on impulse.
  • Given Name Reveal: Though Gems lack conventional names, her "Gem Identification Code" is revealed by the Amethyst Guards from the Human Zoo: Amethyst Facet-5 Cut-8XM.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Inverted. Amethyst wears purple clothing and even has purple skin, but is pretty much the opposite of graceful.
  • Handicapped Badass: When her gem was cracked in "An Indirect Kiss", she was still able to protect Steven from the sentient thorns.
    • She is, for all intents and purposes, constantly 'handicapped'. Being a runt, she is significantly smaller and weaker than most 'regular' Amethysts, but it doesn't stop her from being a brave and effective fighter. And that's before she starts fusing with her friends.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Lion knocked her across the room with a roar, and she just told Steven to keep it down. And she doesn't even have to sleep or get tired, indicating she just didn't like to be interrupted while enjoying herself.
  • The Hedonist: Amethyst spends most of her time off-mission indulging herself in one way or another. Crystal Gems don't need to eat or sleep, but Amethyst likes to because she thinks they're fun.
  • Heel: She plays one in her "Purple Puma" wrestling persona, and gets pretty well into the role.
  • Height Angst: Extremely short due to her delayed emergence, which she's insecure about to the point of being a Berserk Button.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • When Pearl shows up in Kindergarten while Amethyst is showing Steven her origins, Pearl confronts the situation with an attempt to be level-headed. However, the way Pearl words her argument sparks a BSOD in Amethyst as she recklessly fights Pearl to a stand-still before escaping to return to the hole she literally came out of.
    • Goes into one after being defeated by Jasper, who Stevonnie then manages to defeat without her.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Due to her dark past, she bears a tremendous amount of self-hatred and sometimes feels out of place among the other Gems despite maintaining a cheerful, happy-go-lucky personality. She thinks that the other Gems look down on her as well. She thought when Steven learned of her past that he might look down on her, too. She gets this particularly bad in "Steven vs. Amethyst" after her defeat at Jasper's hands.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Thanks to Steven, after she failed to seriously damage Jasper with her upgraded whips, which allows them to fuse into Smoky Quartz.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Vidalia as of "Onion Friend". They're very close and Vidalia's house is full of paintings of Amethyst.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • She is good at reading people's emotions and keeping the group stable during a crisis, as seen in episodes "So Many Birthdays" and "Steven the Sword Fighter". Taken even further in "An Indirect Kiss", where if you reverse her backward dialogue when her gem is damaged and she's becoming undone at the seams, it's revealed that she's trying to calm down Steven and assure him that she's going to be fine.
    • All the way back in "Tiger Millionaire" there are hints that Amethyst is very insecure about how others, especially Pearl and Garnet, perceive her. This is explored further as the series goes on.
      • "On the Run" provides her backstory; she was made on Earth in "the Kindergarten", where "bad" Gems were once made. She harbors unresolved stress from being reminded that she's supposed to be "bad" and she's kept this hidden until this episode.
      • "Reformed" shows that she worries about living up to Garnet's standards. It also shows she's deeply insecure about her past and how people see her.
      • "Cry for Help" has her regret Sugilite getting out of control in "Coach Steven", feeling that she was the one responsible for Sugilite's destructive nature and that Pearl is a better fusion partner for Garnet than her, and defends Pearl repairing the hub as an excuse to fuse with Garnet again, since she also understands the Power High that results.
    • She is the first of the Crystal Gems (outside of Steven) to act friendly to Peridot. And she obviously valued their friendship, considering she was as upset as Steven when they believed Peridot was planning to betray them in "Message Received".
    • While Amethyst is like this on an individual level, heightened empathy may also be a latent characteristic of her entire cut of Gem. When Greg breaks the collective hearts of the entire Human Zoo population by refusing to choosen any of them, the Amethysts immediately offer them shoulders to cry on and genuine words of comfort.
    • "Restaurant Wars" reveals that Amethyst is a surprisingly skilled cook, making food so good that it causes Kofi and Mr. Fryman to end their feud so Steven would shut down his make-shift restaurant.
    • In "What's Your Problem?", Amethyst tries to apply her usual fun-loving antics in order to distract Steven. When probed, she acknowledges that Steven is always taking responsibility for everyone's problems (especially in regards to her, Garnet and Pearl) and that she doesn't want to keep doing that to him. Steven calls her the most mature of the Crystal Gems for this.
  • Hypocrite: Amethyst has no problem with Peridot making insensitive comments about her friends. However, the moment Peridot does the same thing to her, she becomes greatly offended.
  • I Am a Monster: Being a result of the Kindergarten, a project which tore the Gem civilization apart and nearly killed the Earth, Amethyst believes she was made to be evil. It's made clear that her past deeply burdens her and makes her feel as though she's an embarrassment to the Crystal Gems.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She believes she's an embarrassment — a "monster" — due to Kindergarten, the place she was "born".
    Amethyst: I never asked for it to be this way. I NEVER ASKED TO BE MADE!
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A platonic version in "Cry for Help", where she feels that Pearl is a better fit to fuse with Garnet after her role in Sugilite going out of control in "Coach Steven".
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She was very close to Rose, so when Rose began her relationship with Greg she was deeply hurt. It says something that she's usually seen hanging out with Steven (who in a way is Rose) and not Pearl or Garnet. It's possible she feels this way because she lived in an empty canyon, adopting rocks as friends, for the majority of her lifetime thus far. She likely latched on to the person (Rose) who saved her from that.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Amethyst is about 5,000 years old, yet still mostly acts like a teenager. This is probably because she's younger and less traveled than Garnet, Pearl, or Rose, having been born on Earth and spent much of her early years (possibly an entire millennium) with nothing but an empty canyon for company. In "Story for Steven", she acts and dresses like she's seven. The events of the series do inspire Amethyst to mature, to the point Steven tells her in "What's Your Problem?" that that she's the most mature Crystal Gem.
  • Ironic Name: In gemstone mythology, amethyst stones are used to increase spirituality, sobriety and balance. The character Amethyst is all about enjoying the earthly pleasures for the kicks, likes physical fighting, and is the most prone to mischief.
  • Irony: Amethyst is the most prone to damage of the three Gems and is even stated to have her body destroyed most often, yet she is the last one to "poof" and change her design on-screen.
  • Jabba Table Manners: She tends to eat loudly and obnoxiously with little regard for table manners.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Amethyst steals, is quick with insults, and is the first one to laugh at misfortune, yet pals around with Steven the most and was the first to willingly befriend Peridot. In general, while she can be generally brash, she is a sympathetic friend who knows how to be sweet and comforting when her friends need it, especially if it's Steven and even Pearl.
  • Kick the Dog: Amethyst is prone to hurting people due to her hedonism conflicting with what other people want and causes unnecessary tension with others, but the most blatant example is when Amethyst, when upset that Greg wanted to spend time with Steven instead of binging a show with her, turns into Rose and proceeds to taunt him to try to look at at the form of his dead lover while Greg could do little to stop it. If Steven hadn't been there, things could have only gotten worse.
  • Knight of Cerebus: A heroic example, it was only in "On the Run" that it was revealed she was made in the Earth-destroying Kindergarten, and does not take it very well, to the point of actually fighting Pearl over it. Let's just say it was NOT one of her more comedic moments.
  • The Lad-ette: The laziest, crudest, and most hedonistic of her fellow Gems. She picks her nose in public, shapeshifts into the guise of a mean, boisterous male wrestler for the heck of it, pees in the ocean, and eats without any table manners.
  • Late to the Tragedy: She emerged long after the Gem war has ended, and is also the last gem to emerge from the Prime Kindergarten, a symbol of everything bad the Gem Empire has done to Earth and countless other planets.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: The downside of her impulsiveness is that Amethyst tends to jump into battle against stronger enemies without any strategy, most notably against the Slinker and Jasper. The former poofed her four times in close succession and the latter nearly shattered her gem after beating her into a pulp.
  • Leitmotif: Her music usually consists of a distinct rhythm made by a synth-drum and some accompanying bass.
    • In contrast to the other Gems’ leitmotifs, there is no single, fixed melody that has been definitively labeled "Amethyst's Theme" because no two instances of her music are exactly the same, which reflects her loose cannon nature.
  • Like Brother and Sister: While Pearl and Garnet act more as Parental Substitutes to Steven, Amethyst's relationship to him is more sisterly, as they both viewed Rose Quartz as a parental figure.
    • Amethyst is not only the youngest of the full Crystal Gems, she was also born on Earth, long past the Gem War. Because of this, she doesn't have the Fantastic Racism or hangups of Gems from the previous 'generation', and is far more (pardon the pun) down-to-earth, like Steven. Because of this, she and Steven relate to each other much better, as each are still trying to find their place in the world, and she also sees Steven's problems from his perspective much easier than Garnet or Pearl. This is part of the reason why she ends up being the first gem Steven fuses with.
    • Although if one considers gems made on the same planet for a single Diamond siblings, as Amethyst did for Jasper and the "Famethyst" in the Zoo, her and Steven actually are related — the Rose Quartzes were apparently also made on Earth, making Amethyst the gem equivalent of Steven's aunt. Then it turns out Rose Quartz was actually Pink Diamond, who all the Earth-born Gems were made for, so they're "like" (half)-siblings in more than one sense.
  • Literal-Minded: She thinks grounding Steven means burying him until he learns his lesson.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Until Peridot told her in "Too Far", she had no idea about how she would place in the Homeworld Hive Caste System. Also, the other Crystal Gems never told her about Bismuth or Rose supposedly shattering Pink Diamond, and when White Diamond is mentioned and the other Crystal Gems react in horror, she lets out a confused "What?"
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Inverted. Amethyst has hair that reaches her ankles, but tends to be a lazy and careless slob. By contrast, Pearl's hair doesn't even reach her shoulders, but is the most conventionally feminine of the group.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Throughout the series, it is implied that she had a mild mother/daughter relationship with Rose Quartz, making her like an older sister to Steven. With the reveal that Rose Quartz was really Pink Diamond — the gem that commissioned Amethyst's creation — an argument can be made that she actually was her mother (or at least the closest thing to a mother gems can have).
  • Mad Eye: Amethyst's left eye has a subtle but consistent squint after she reforms from Jasper poofing her in "Crack the Whip", most likely as a result of her rushed regeneration.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: She considers the many other Quartz gems made on Earth as sisters (her "Famethyst").
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The amethyst stone is often associated with the Greek god Dionysus, the god of wine and partying, appropriate considering Amethyst's hedonistic and counterdependent personality.
    • The "What in the Universe" book says that amethyst attracting positive energy and giving people peace of mind fits her, since she needs to learn to be more positive about herself.
  • The McCoy: She's impulsive, emotional, and often puts having a bit of fun at the expense of others before her own duties.
  • Mini Mook: Quartzes like Amethyst are the standard soldiers on Homeworld, but due to a staying in the ground too long Amethyst came out much smaller than intended. However, she is also much faster and more agile than other Quartzes, and she is much better at shapeshifting than most Gems shown in the series.
  • Morphic Resonance: When shapeshifted into any of her many forms, in addition to the usual skin color and gem, she usually also retains her characteristic Cat Smile and full lips.
  • The Muse: Vidalia and Amethyst are long-time friends. Vidalia has taken up painting, and admits to Amethyst being her biggest inspiration.
  • My Greatest Failure: In "Cry for Help", she feels responsible for and extremely ashamed at Sugilite's destructive rampage in "Coach Steven". This makes her even more depressed when she has to form Sugilite again to break the communications hub beyond repair.
  • The Nicknamer: Tends to call people she's fond of by affectionate nicknames. When mad at Peridot for the perceived betrayal by the green Gem, she angrily states she's "taking back all the cool nicknames she thought up for her" and plans to call her mean ones. And after Peridot reveals she was trying to SAVE Earth and insults Yellow Diamond to her face for the latter's refusal to listen, she happily calls Peridot "Peridactyl" while exclaiming how cool what she did was.
  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: Along with Steven, Garnet and Pearl, she is one of the four main protagonists of the show. But said show is exclusively told from Steven's perspective.
  • Nose Nuggets: She revels in picking her nose, and in "Fusion Cuisine" pulls out a strand of mucus while doing so.
  • Objectshifting: Unlike other Gems, Amethyst has used shapeshifting to fully turn into objects, though she'll always have a face visible somewhere. She's duplicated functioning machines and even electronics, including a helicopter that carried multiple people. Sometimes this is practical, often it's for pranks, and sometimes it's just a bizarre hobby in of itself.
    Amethyst: (Believing Rose shapeshifted into Steven) But it's been so long, like months! That's longer than I was a toilet!
  • Odd Couple: With Pearl. Amethyst is the disorganized, messy, and instinctive counterpoint to Pearl's precise, careful neat-freak personality. When they stop antagonizing each other they make a great team, and even better friends.
  • Old Friend: With Vidalia. They used to hang out together a lot, but they drifted away for a while before meeting up again in "Onion Friend".
  • One of the Kids: She's the one who most often pals around with Steven, and has a very amiable relationship with Connie as well.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Amethyst is the kind to sit by minor crises while having a snack, such as during Greg and Pearl's conversation, the mech fight with Pearl and Peridot, or Lars running around breathing fire — which she was partially responsible for. She even offers popcorn to Connie during one of these moments.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair usually covers one of her eyes (most often the left), though wind and various movements regularly uncover it. Twice in "On the Run" they cover both of her eyes.
  • Personality Powers:
    • Amethyst admits that her weapon-summoning is an act of impulsivity. This not only fits in with her being a gem from a warrior caste — thus summoning a weapon would come natural to her more than the others — but fits her carefree and thoughtless lease on life.
    • While all gems (sans Peridot) can shapeshift, Amethyst favors this ability more so than most other gems, using it both in and out of battle in a variety of ways. This can be read as a hint at her insecurities as an off-colored gem, constantly changing her appearance in small and big ways out of a need to fit other people's standards.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: She was originally created on Earth alongside other Gems, but instead of joining the Gems from Homeworld she ended up joining Rose and the other Crystal Gems in defending Earth. Justified, considering she emerged long after the war had ended, the Crystal Gems the only remaining gems populated the planet aside from the Corrupted Gems.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She's barely taller than Steven, but she is strong enough to split solid rock. This is because she's a Quartz Gem, designed to be a soldier/warrior, and while she's technically "an overcooked runt", she still has some of that power at her disposal.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: She looks like she might have this dynamic with Greg, if "Maximum Capacity" is of any indication (plus, she's the Gem he's known the longest outside Rose). Their personalities are quite compatible, up to a point, but Greg will abandon his hedonism when he needs to be responsible for something, whereas the even-more-hedonistic Amethyst would manipulate him just so they could keep watching an old sitcom together, even becoming violent or emotionally cruel whenever he wanted to leave.
  • Playing with Fire: She can coat her whips with purple flames that can create large explosions.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: Although Amethyst's frequent use of shapeshifting generally fits her spontaneous personality, it's also ironic in that she's terrible at lying and acting (she can't even understand the concept of improv).
  • The Prankster: One of the main things she uses her shapeshifting for is pranking. This can be seen when she joins in Greg and Steven's water-hose fight while in the shape of a cat to confuse them and with her "Dumb Police" prank which involved shape-shifting into a policeman and spraying Steven with a water gun for allegedly being dumb.
  • Pungeon Master: Makes puns at every opportunity, including when giving people nicknames.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Can fight Pearl to a stand-still while being still relatively new to the group, and her skin and clothing are purple.
  • Raised by Orcs: Amethyst was created by the Homeworld Gems' attempt to make new Gems at the cost of the Earth. The first people she ever meets and ends up joining are the Crystal Gems, who wanted to protect the Earth from the Homeworld Gems. The irony of this situation is not lost on her, and has resulted in some self-esteem and self-loathing issues, to the point she believes she's a monster or parasite because she was made by the very situation those closest to her fought to stop.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The impulsive, care-free Red Oni to Pearl's Blue Oni.
  • Rolling Attack: Uses one against Pearl in their fight at the Kindergarten in "On the Run", the first time it's shown clearly (there's a hint of it in "Watermelon Steven"). This serves as foreshadowing when it's revealed that another Quartz, Jasper, also has this ability. In later seasons, Amethyst uses her spin dash a lot more frequently, even when masquerading as a human, to Steven's annoyance.
  • The Runt at the End: Jasper calls her an "overcooked runt". In "Too Far", Peridot states that, as a Quartz Gem, she should be at least twice as tall as she is now, and she came out several hundred years later than she should have.
    • A subversion. Jasper is considered "perfect" by Homeworld's standards. But Rose (who is really Pink Diamond, and both their Diamond and maker) regarded Amethyst as her ultimate creation: a Gem free from the restrictions and prejudices of Gem society they rejected.
  • Sad Clown: Despite her happy-go-lucky gig as the team's comic relief, as the series trudges on, it's revealed that Amethyst actually has quite the fair share of burdens. In fact, her sarcastic, rebellious attitude is rooted in her feeling inadequate and defective compared to her fellow Gems.
    • "On the Run" reveals that Amethyst has some unresolved issues over her Kindergarten origins that she hid so successfully Pearl had no idea they were as bad as they were.
    • "Maximum Capacity" reveals that she resents Greg for "stealing" Rose away, since after she met Greg, she wasn't there for Amethyst anymore.
    • "Reformed" shows that, as laid back as she acts, she's very easily upset by introspection and worries that she doesn't live up to Garnet's standards.
      Steven: ...She doesn't want to think about herself.
  • Sense Freak: She likes eating, even though she doesn't have to, because it "feels weird" (she basically eats for "shits and giggles" in its purest and most literal sense, since she not only likes eating for pleasure only, she also likes the sensation of when the "mush" passes through her body i.e. digesting food and excreting bodily waste).
  • Sentient Vehicle: She can shapeshift into a kiddie car ("So Many Birthdays"), a helicopter ("Message Received"), and presumably other types of vehicles as well.
  • Shapeshifting Trickster: Amethyst uses shapeshifting more than almost any other gem, often to pull pranks and make jokes (though she's not very good at actually deceiving people).
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Like Pearl and Garnet, she ships Steven and Connie.
    • She (with Steven) encourages Pearl to talk to Mystery Girl.
  • Sizeshifter: Can shrink so small that her Gem takes up at least as much of her body as the rest of her.
  • Snobs Vs Slobs: The source of friction between her and Pearl, where she's the slob.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Yes, applied to a cartoon character. "Story for Steven" tells of when Greg first met Rose Quartz. He also met the other Gems, with Amethyst still looking, acting, and being treated like a 7-year-old. She's several thousand years old. Presumably her interaction with Greg and/or Vidalia helped her mature a bit.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Wise Guy to Pearl's Straight Man more or less any time they're onscreen together.
  • Stepford Smiler: In almost every episode that isn't focused on her, she behaves hedonistic and rebellious, though the show progresses to reveal that she's had a very troubled past, from being alone in the Kindergarten for a millennium, to the loss of Rose Quartz, and the fact she's a product of Homeworld's kindergarten.
  • Stout Strength: Were you expecting anything less from a Quartz warrior, even if she is defective?
  • Supreme Chef: "Restaurant Wars" reveals that Amethyst is a surprisingly skilled cook, making food so good that it causes Kofi and Mr. Fryman to end their feud so Steven would shut down his make-shift restaurant. She is the only one of the Crystal Gems (besides Steven) who eats regularly, so of course she would have a sense of what tastes good and what doesn't.
  • Swapped Roles: In the early seasons, Amethyst is the Cool Big Sis to Steven's naive Cheerful Child. By the time of the movie, Steven has matured into a young adult and Amethyst unexpectedly gets hit by the Rejuvenator, reverting her to an infant-like Blank Slate. During the song "No Matter What," to help Amethyst get her memories back, Steven leads her around Beach City showing her all the things they usually do together, acting like a supportive and loving older brother the entire time.
  • Tomboyish Voice: Her voice is a bit deep and raspy, courtesy of the naturally husky Michaela Dietz, which is more apparent when she yells.
  • Tranquil Fury: She's very clearly pissed in "Too Far" after Peridot (unintentionally) insults her by calling her defective, but (aside from using her whip to remove an injector's drill head) she keeps a cool head and chooses to give the other Gem the cold shoulder instead.
  • Transformation Exhilaration: Amethyst frequently transforms into just about any shape and enjoys every bit of it, much to Pearl's annoyance.
  • Trash of the Titans: Exaggerated. Amethyst's "room" (actually a large cavern) is filled with enormous heaping mounds of garbage that she's collected over the centuries.
  • The Unapologetic: Amethyst is very quick to admit to her faults and accept blame for mistakes, but she never apologizes for them. Instead, she either treats these issues like they're unimportant or takes it as a compliment.
    Pearl: Amethyst, I blame YOU for this.
    Amethyst: Eh, that's fair.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She is less experienced than the other Gems because she was born relatively recently, and she lacks Pearl's discipline, yet she is still able to fight Pearl to a standstill by relying on brute strength. This makes even more sense when you realize that she's a Quartz Gem, Homeworld's warrior/soldier caste, and while she's technically "defective" by their standards, she still has an edge against Pearl, whose own caste is essentially a Servant Race. Deconstructed in "Crack the Whip", where the skilled AND strong Jasper completely outclasses her and would have killed her had Stevonnie not stepped up. As a result, she begins making an effort to try and break out of this.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A mild example. A flashback in "On the Run" reveals that while Amethyst was still rambunctious, she wasn't as rebellious as she is in the present day. "Story for Steven" and "We Need to Talk" back this up, and "Onion Friend" implies that Vidalia had something to do with it.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Pulling her whip out of the gem on her chest evokes this.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Pearl and Amethyst spend almost all of their shared onscreen time arguing, but every once in a while there's a subtle indication that they do care about each other.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Most Gems can shapeshift, but she's one of the few who gets any mileage out of it, though Morphic Resonance still applies. Peridot's comments indicate that Amethyst is unusually skilled at this for a Gem.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Amethyst turns out to really value Garnet's approval, as seen in "Reformed".
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • As Pearl stated, she and Greg used to hang out all the time and usually watch Lil' Butler. Then, one day, they stopped doing so for unknown reasons. It's implied by their argument at the end of their recent viewing that Greg likely wanted to stop watching at some point to go see Rose and Amethyst interpreted it as him caring more about Rose than herself, since the argument was prompted by him trying to do the same to go see Steven.
    • To a milder extent, she and Pearl used to be very close, as seen in the flashback for "Story for Steven", but they're more antagonistic to each other now. This was also hinted at in "Giant Woman" where Amethyst says Pearl is no fun "anymore", which she regards as being the reason they never form Opal.
  • Whip It Good: Her Weapon of Choice, summoned from the gem in her chest. Either as a single whip or two if need be. Bismuth implies that whips, at least of the quality Amethyst produces, are rare among Quartz Soldiers, and upgrades the ends of it to act as an Epic Flail.
  • Wild Child: "On the Run" implies that, after she was "made", she just hung out around the place she popped out of the Earth until Rose Quartz found her after an unspecified period of time (implied to be at least 1000 years in "Rose's Scabbard"), explaining a lot of her Womanchild behavior. In flashbacks to when Rose and Greg dated, Amethyst acted like a combination of a hyperactive child and a dog, literally running after a thrown stick.
  • Womanchild: Some of her antics are reminiscent of a teenager acting out. Her yelling "I don't wanna!" when Garnet tells her to go back to the temple in "Tiger Millionaire" is a good demonstration. She's actually young in comparison to the other Gems, having been created on Earth instead of hailing from Homeworld. This is further enforced by the fact that during Greg's flashback in "Story for Steven" she's much younger in appearance than she is now.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: In "Tiger Millionaire", she's shown to be an underground wrestler. She takes the same form and begins using wrestling moves again in "Ocean Gem". Her verse in the extended theme takes place in the wrestling ring from "Tiger Millionaire".
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In the Kindergarten, Amethyst admits her self-loathing in a fit of both rage and sadness. When Pearl learns of Amethyst's hidden self-deprecation, she replies with:
    "You're the one good thing that came out of this mess. I always thought you were proud of that."
  • You Are Not Alone: Her self-hatred finally comes to an end when she meets the Famethyst in "That Will Be All"; all of them have been treated like dirt by Holly Blue Agate for being from Earth, a failed colony and the site of Pink Diamond’s death, and many are "defective" in similar ways to Amethyst — and because of this, they wholeheartedly accept her as one of them.
  • You Are Number 6: She learns that her original designation was Amethyst Facet-5 Cut-8XM when she meets her Kindergarten sisters. She's shown to be ecstatic about this revelation, since it means they all remember her.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry!: Amethyst is more prone to emotional outbursts than the other Gems, which can cause her to morph from a goofy prankster into a reckless berserker. This is how she managed to fight Pearl to a standstill, despite the fact that they both know that Pearl is more skilled.