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Connie Maheswaran

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Voiced by: Grace Rolek

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"I want to be a part of your universe."

Steven's supportive, good-natured best friend. Due to her father's work as a security guard, she traveled around frequently with her family, until they moved to a town near Beach City. As a result, Connie didn't have any friends until she met Steven at a local parade, a year prior to the series. Steven saved her glow bracelet before even meeting her officially. Their real introduction comes in "Bubble Buddies", when he protects her from falling rocks, accidentally leaving them in a shield bubble. After their adventure, the two become inseparable good friends. While she's not always around to participate in Steven's life with the Crystal Gems, she does so with enthusiasm when the opportunity arises.

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  • Action Girl: There were a couple instances in Season 1 (fighting the training robot and rescuing Steven from Lapis's tower), but she takes a major spike in badass after beginning to learn sword fighting from Pearl early in Season 2.
  • Action Girlfriend: Downplayed. While Connie trains to be a knight under Pearl, she and Steven aren't a couple, but do have a mutual affection for one another.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Connie is very mature for her age, knowing some things that most adults don't know of.
  • Adorkable: Connie is often shy and doubting of herself, but after meeting Steven, she shows a much more vibrant and energetic side around him. She discusses her favorite books with glee and shows an absolutely adorable eagerness to join Steven in his adventures.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: In the 1st and 2nd Season intros, at least. In the first season, when she was a bit more shy and awkward, she was shown with a skirt, a short-sleeved shirt, boots, and a big floppy sunhat, carrying what appears to be A Wrinkle in Time. In the revised second season intro, starting with "Sworn to the Sword" (in which Pearl starts training her in swordfighting), she's wearing shorts, a sleeveless polo, sneakers, and no hat; and she's carrying a book under her arm and Rose's sword over her shoulder (which unintentionally spoils her receiving the sword in "Nightmare Hospital").
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • "Miss Knight" from Steven.
    • "Swashbuckling Swashbuckler" from her dad.
  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Downplayed. Connie's main fighting style is swordsmanship, but "Mindful Education" shows that she has some teaching in hand-to-hand combat because she regrets misusing it on a classmate from her school.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: In "Alone Together", she shows signs of possibly having social anxiety — fear of being judged in public, worrying about embarrassing herself, fear that others will notice she's anxious, and the Performance Anxiety under her section that contributed to Stevonnie defusing.
    • In her "Bubble Buddies" debut, when she's sharing Steven's bubble shield, she worries about Dying Alone without making a friend with only her parents noticing that she's missing and no one else appears to care about her, and then Steven offers to be her friend.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Averted unlike the some of the other characters who play it straight (like Lars and Jamie). Word of God has stated that she's Indian, even though there may have been some speculation from her debut in "Bubble Buddies", until the "Fusion Cuisine" episode, where her last name was revealed to be Maheswaran. invoked
  • The Apprentice: Connie becomes Pearl's swordfighting apprentice in the second season. At first Pearl was also teaching her other, decidedly less healthy lesson (namely that her own life is nothing compared to the one they want to protect), but Steven is able to talk them out of that part.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Started off as a fan of high fantasy who idolized the Gems, then becomes one of their closest allies and fights alongside them.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Her last name means "Lord of the Universe". It's also one of the titles for the god Shiva.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Inverted. While Connie is the youngest member of the Crystal Temps (besides Pumpkin), she's also arguably the most mature and rational, in addition to her being the only human member.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Steven when they’re not Fused as Stevonnie. They briefly take on Pearl in "Sworn to the Sword", both take out two Gem Mutants together in "Nightmare Hospital", and fend off two corrupted Jaspers in "Gem Hunt".
  • Badass Adorable: Connie is a dorky, book-loving child around Steven's age. She also has proved to be quite badass when the situation calls for it.
  • Badass Bookworm:
    • Lends her tennis skills to help Steven wield a giant sword in "Lion 2: The Movie"; and not only charges into battle against Lapis Lazuli in "Ocean Gem," but afterwards saves Steven from a mile high fall by teleporting up to grab him on Lion's back.
    • In "Open Book," her first reaction to seeing Steven harassed by the Connie doppelgänger generated by Rose's room is to start fighting it with her sword.
    • Proves to be quite the capable swordswoman, in a relative short amount of time, after learning how to fight from Pearl.
      • From the same episode as above, Connie also shows herself to be an impressive musician, with considerable skill at both the violin and singing. She can even do said tasks at the same time, which takes quite a bit of practice to get right. Then she uses the bow to fend off some seagulls before they eat her and Steven's lunches.
  • Badass Normal: She's a normal person, but is still willing to jump into the fray to help Steven.
  • Battle Couple: The Sword to Steven's Shield.
    Steven: We're a team! She's the strawberry...
    Connie: ...and he's the biscuit!
    Steven: And that makes us... Jam!
    Connie: Buds!
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Ever since she met the Crystal Gems, Connie has wanted to go on their magical adventures with them, getting involved in the action. She gets her wish in "Gem Hunt," but is, understandably, frozen in shock when she sees a Corrupted Gem for the first time.
  • The Beastmaster: She is actually more prone to riding Lion in combat than Steven, especially after Steven learns to control his floating powers and becomes more mobile around the battlefield. After Blue Diamond shatters Rose's Sword in "Reunited", Connie switches to directing Lion and attacking with his claws and magic roar.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Connie's friendship with Steven began because he said they could be friends after Connie's emotional breakdown in "Bubble Buddies" from being stuck in the titular bubble and the thought of dying in it without anyone but her parents even noticing.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't act like a overgrown kid during an important mission around Connie. She'll give you the chewing out of your life. Just ask Lapis and Peridot.
    • Don't underestimate her skills or leave her out of missions to stay behind on Earth when she can offer emotional support; she doesn't take it very well, as noted in "Full Disclosure" and "Dewey Wins".
  • Best Friend: She is not only Steven's Implied Love Interest, but also his best friend, as he clearly states in "Onion Gang".
  • Beta Couple: She and Steven have this dynamic when in comparison with Lars and Sadie's relationship. The Steven Universe: Art & Origins described Steven and Connie's romance as a "pure and innocent love" while the romance between Lars and Sadie is more "teenaged-ridden, angst". In the case of himself and Connie it's more along the lines of two people who understand each other perfectly. They just "get" each other. ... Though it must be said, Steven still does things now and again that defy logic to her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Connie is usually a polite, reserved, and friendly person. However, she is strong enough (and later skilled enough) to wield a BFS and can become significantly angered when she loses her temper, just ask her mother in "Nightmare Hospital", or Peridot and Lapis in "The New Crystal Gems".
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: While she's reserved and quiet in contrast to Steven that doesn't mean she's any less skilled than he is.
  • Beyond the Impossible: It was considered impossible for a Gem and human to fuse. Connie with Steven are able to do so because of the latter is also half-human.
  • Be Yourself: Tells Peridot and Lapis this at the end of "The New Crystal Gems".
    Connie: It's impossible trying to solve problems if we are just trying to copy other people. What's the point of this? We'll never be the Crystal Gems. We are just the Crystal Temps. But we have our own way of doing things. So let's go back to that to fix this mess we made.
  • BFS: The second opening shows her with Rose's sword, which is a normal-sized sword... For the 8-ft tall Statuesque Stunner Rose Quartz. She finally starts using it in "Nightmare Hospital", with it becoming her standard weapon when she goes into action. This sword is destroyed by Blue Diamond, and replaced by Bismuth with a sword more properly proportioned for her height.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Very similar to Steven's.
  • Big "NO!": Let's one out when Steven gets his gem forcibly removed by White Diamond.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Gives an exasperated "WILL YOU TWO CAN IT?!" to Lapis and Peridot after getting fed up with their attempts at playing the roles of Amethyst and Garnet instead of being themselves.
  • Big "YES!": Connie shouts this after revealing her eyesight was fixed.
    Dr. Maheswaran: What, your eyesight just "magically" got better?
    Connie: YES!
  • Birds of a Feather: With Pearl - Both are intelligent, have an attention to detail, and have a tendency to be overly hard on themselves in the face of perceived failure.
  • Blade Across The Shoulder: The second opening shows her carrying Rose's sword this way.
  • Blind Without 'Em: She couldn't see well without her glasses, and when Steven tries them on, it's clear that they're quite strong... at least until "An Indirect Kiss" where getting an Indirect Kiss from Steven through sharing his juice, Steven's healing spit cured her eyesight.
  • Blood Knight: While she's fairly reserved, Connie has a love for battle and adventures.
  • Blue And Orange Contrast: In "Mindful Education", Connie's vision of her problem is tinted blue, and later, Steven's shameful thoughts are tinted orange.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Many of Connie's outfits consist of blue and she's a Kid Hero.
  • Blunt "Yes": Combined with a Big "YES!" in "Nightmare Hospital", when Connie reveals to her mother that her glasses no longer have lenses because her vision has been restored (by Steven, in "An Indirect Kiss"). See the Big "YES!" section for the dialogue.
  • Bodyguard Crush: She is training to be Steven's protector and has a crush on him.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Connie is training to be Steven's knight. And while Connie is definitely skilled in swordsmanship, Steven has an array of magical powers, superhuman strength, and much more.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Contrasting with her normally studious and cool-headed behavior, she tends to be loud and energetic in fights.
  • Bollywood Nerd: Downplayed. She's not as stereotypical as most examples, but she is still nerdy. Connie is Indian-American and "Buddy's Book" shows both Connie's studiousness and independence in that she originally goes to the library with Steven to study and prepare for the upcoming school year, only to instantly halt her studies when Steven shows her Buddy's journal.
  • Bookworm: In both the opening sequence and her debut episode, Connie is seen in the company of a book. She even got Steven into being one as well.
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • When she and Steven are stuck inside his magical bubble, she reasons that they should probably stay and wait for the Crystal Gems to come and help them. While it wasn't done, it would've been a better plan.
    • Still stuck inside Steven's bubble, the duo ask for some help from Onion to use a harpoon gun to set them free. Steven draws a complicated picture, Connie just writes the word "HARPOON". Onion was able to understand the latter.
    • When she has to work with Lapis and Peridot in "The New Crystal Gems", Connie makes the wise decision that the trio should stop trying to be like the original Crystal Gems and handle things their own way as themselves.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She's a Tomboy with a Girly Streak and as of "Kevin Party", had her waist-length Rapunzel Hair cut into a chin-length bob with bangs.
  • Braids of Action: Downplayed. While Connie wears her hair braided (her hairstyle is a braid typically worn by female Kalaripayattu practitioners) and engages in action from time to time, she only styles her hair in a braid during her sword training with Pearl.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has dark, brown hair. She is also one of the most sensible characters in the series and a Child Prodigy.
  • Break the Cutie: In "Full Disclosure", after Steven, who had just managed to escape Jasper's ship, left a panicky message on Connie's home phone , which made Connie worry about Steven's safety. After a few more elusive voice messages and texts suggesting that they should break up, a tearful and upset Connie dares Steven to break up with her in person on a face-to-face basis; subverted when Steven reconciles with her and decides to continue being friends with Connie:
    Connie: Steven, I know you're here! Why are you hiding from me? [Steven sends her a text saying "I don't want to be friends anymore." ]
    Connie: Steven?
    Steven [over the phone]: I can't be with you anymore, I have a destiny.
    Connie [tearfully]: Say it to my face! Say you don't want to be friends anymore! If you can do that - If you can do that, I'll leave you alone. And I'll just go back to having no friends. But I won't believe it until you say it to my face! [Steven climbs down and agrees to talk to Connie in person]
    Connie: Well?
    Steven [tearfully]: I still wanna be friends!
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Downplayed with Steven — While he still remains The Pollyanna Nice Guy who is open about his emotions, he has a habit of not talking about the fear he feels of what could happen if he doesn't become what the Crystal Gems expect him to be or the intense guilt he feels over not successfully helping Bismuth, Jasper, or Eyeball. At both times Connie has been the one he opens up to about said feelings and trauma, while she provides him with needed emotional support.
  • Brutal Honesty: When it doesn't involve lying to her parents about her secret life (which was resolved in "Nightmare Hospital"), Connie prefers to get to the point whenever possible.
  • But I Read a Book About It: Averted, the knowledge she gained from reading a survival help book proves entirely useful in "Gem Hunt".
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: Gives her mom an epic calling out at the climax of "Nightmare Hospital," right in the middle of being attacked by gem mutants.
  • The Cameo: Connie had a cameo in the Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade OVA.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Be prepared".
    • "That's the rules" and variations thereof.
  • Character Development:
    • Starting out shy and nervous around others at the beginning of the series, Connie slowly grows to become more independent and self-confident, standing up to others and participating in Steven's Gem life when she can. "Mindful Education" further highlights her growth and confidence when she tells Steven how she instinctively attacked a schoolmate who bumped into her, and later how she apologized to him, made friends with him and took a selfie with him, something the Connie in the beginning of the series would have never done.
    • Subtle, but the way Connie manages her anxiety has improved. Before, her anxiety would consume her until she finally couldn't handle it (i.e., "Alone Together", "Mindful Education", etc). But after the latter episode, Connie learns it's better to express her fears instead of holding them in.
    • Connie's relationship with her parents has significantly improved. In the beginning, Connie would lie to her parents out of fear that they would forbid her from being friends with Steven. After the events of "Nightmare Hospital", Priyanka promises to become more open-minded as long as Connie would stop the lying.
    • As to be expected, when Connie went on her first Gem mission in "Gem Hunt" she froze up when dealing with a Corrupted Gem because up until then she always Steven as a partner and only dealt with Pearl's clones or mindless force-fused Gems. She gets better at reacting appropriately in "I Am My Mom" when she fights off Topaz and Topaz, especially when Steven becomes distracted.
    • Subtle, but Connie tended to emulate a "better" version of herself in hopes of being more special (i.e., "Sworn to the Sword", "The New Crystal Gems") but after the latter episode, Connie concludes that she should just be herself instead of trying to be a fake version of herself or someone else.
    • When Kevin invites her and Steven to his party in hopes they'll form Stevonnie, she shows up with a new haircut and a stylish dress. She's later seen chatting amiably with the party guests and fitting in with Kevin's cool friends perfectly, even though she and Steven are the youngest ones there. You would never imagine her doing this at the beginning of the series, but she's grown so much we don't even question it. It is briefly subverted later on, however, when she retreats into a corner of the party out of agitation and confusion and sits in solitude after witnessing Steven deliberately ignore all of her attempts to get his attention so they could reconcile (on Kevin's advice to bait her into making the first move), and hang out with Kevin and his inner circle for the entire party.
    • During the battle against Blue Diamond, when Steven and the rest of the Crystal Gems are incapacitated by Blue's pathokinesis attack (in which she forces others to feel her most-powerfully felt emotion at the time), Connie, unaffected by it (due to being a fully organic being), takes charge and with the help of Lion (who is also unaffected), attempts to attack Blue Diamond to free them. While the attack ultimately fails and results in the destruction of her sword, she continues to fight alongside the others to the end.
  • Character Tics: Tends to put her hands on her head when feeling stressed.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Her glow bracelet, which first appears in "Gem Glow", is essential in distracting the worm monster in "Bubble Buddies", her debut episode.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Had a prominent appearance in the first opening, but doesn't appear until the seventh episode, "Bubble Buddies".
  • Chekhov's Skill: Swordsmanship, mentioned in "Steven the Sword Fighter", becomes an essential part of accompanying Steven and the Gems on missions, starting with Pearl training her in "Sworn to the Sword".
  • Child Prodigy: Connie is very intelligent for her age, knowing a lot about boats, reading a variety of books (she enjoys reading fantasy novels like The Spirit Morph Saga and A Wrinkle in Time, but also non-fiction books for fact), having proficiency in tennis, violin playing, and sword fighting (the latter of which even Pearl, a master swordsman, was impressed with how quickly she picked it up), having an extensive vocabulary, and even managing to find loopholes in her parents' many rules. In "Gem Hunt", she is shown to be prepared and intelligent when it comes to surviving in the wilderness, thanks to reading a book about the subject.
  • Child Soldier: Was on her way to becoming something like the bodyguard version of this for Steven while training with Pearl in "Sworn to the Sword". Thankfully Steven snaps her out of it.
  • The Chosen Wannabe: Connie envies Steven's supposed "magical destiny" and wants to have one of her own, as seen with her interest in fantasy stories like "The Spirit Morph Saga".
  • Clark Kenting: Quips "Time to assume my secret identity" as she puts on the empty frames for the glasses she hasn't used since her eyes were healed.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Connie's main hindrance is her lack of self-confidence.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Steven, especially in the early seasons. She would often object to some of crazy and ill-thought out ideas.
  • Color Motifs: The majority of the clothing she wears is blue or green, and Word of God mentions that if Connie were a Gem, she'd be a teal one. invoked
  • The Confidant: To Steven. While he is generally open about his feelings, Connie is the one he's the most honest with about his doubts, insecurities, and fears. It's because of her Steven doesn't enter the Despair Event Horizon when both of them get locked up by Yellow Diamond for fusing.
  • Consummate Liar: If "Nightmare Hospital" is any indication, Connie is pretty good at lying under pressure, mostly because her parents are too strict to be honest with. This gets deconstructed in the same episode, as lying is still lying and it only serves to hamper her already strained relationship with her mother, who reconciles and asks her to be more honest with her, and her mother agrees to be more open-minded about Steven and issues involving the Gems.
  • Conversational Troping: Goes into a rant about consumerist mass-market appeal, Cliché Storm fantasy tropes, Executive Meddling, and invokes Fix Fic and Fanon Discontinuity in regards to the Spirit Morph Saga. invoked
  • Cooldown Hug: Gave this to Steven in "Full Disclosure" and "Mindful Education" when he was going through an emotionally stressful situation.
  • Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Zigzagged. Connie only admires breaking rules that are oppressive ones, she doesn't have a problem for fair and sensible laws.
  • Cool Sword: Connie wields Rose's Sword in combat and uses one of Pearl's during training.
    • After Blue Diamond shattered Rose's Sword in Reunited, Bismuth has forges her a new one that somewhat resembles He-Man's Power Sword and better proportioned to her.
  • Cosplay: Dresses up as Lisa from the Spirit Morph Saga in "Open Book".
  • Crazy-Prepared: Whether it is sneaking snacks into a movie theater, getting a head start on her schoolwork, or even being a Crazy Survivalist, Connie will most likely be prepared for it.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Connie is shown to have very impressive survival skills in "Gem Hunt", thanks to reading a book 20 times all about it. Thanks to her book, she has adapted these skills and because of this, she was perfectly able to locate a spot to hide from the Gem Monsters, and she was able to make a very healthy, vitamin C-rich tea out of pine needles.
  • Cultured Badass: Connie loves to read (see Genius Book Club), one of her other hobbies is playing tennis, and she can play the violin.
  • Culture Equals Costume: During her sword training with Pearl, Connie's outfit and fighting style were inspired by Kalaripayattu.
  • Cute and Psycho: Not Connie herself, but her cloud construct counterpart definitely is.
  • Cute Bookworm: She's adorable, shy, self-doubting, and commonly seen in the company of a book. Somewhat subverted, however, in regards to her friendship with Steven; she's comfortable enough around him to let a much more excitable side show.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's an adorkable, cute kid who can also easily wield a BFS.
  • The Cutie: Connie is a shy, dorky, polite, and adorable young girl.
  • Daddy's Girl: Zigzagged. In the beginning, Connie had a strained relationship with Doug to the same extent as Priyanaka because both of them having a similar overprotective, controlling nature, except Connie's strained relationship with her mother was given slightly more emphasis. But even before Doug's Character Development with his wife, he was shown to be very protective of his daughter, and they have a good relationship by the time of "Doug Out".
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She virtually had no friends because of her parents constantly moving around and wasn't allowed to enjoy life because her parents deemed "safety" more important, both of them unintentionally becoming Abusive Parents to her. She also gained many insecurities that makes her think she has a "boring" life.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • "Sworn to the Sword" focuses on her learning swordsmanship from Pearl, along with a few other less healthy ideas.
    • "Nightmare Hospital" has her share the spotlight with her mother and their relationship.
    • And while "The New Crystal Gems" is this for Connie, Lapis, and Peridot, she's the viewpoint character and protagonist of the episode.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rare, but she has her moments of being deadpan, such as when she jokes about cutting off Steven's hand in "Lion 2: The Movie" and in that same instance quickly understands that by poking/tickling Steven she could provoke a reaction from Rose's Secret Armory.
  • Declaration of Protection: Decon-Recon Switch. In "Sworn to the Sword", while she is being taught swordsmanship by Pearl, the older Gem also decided to have Connie believe that in order to protect Steven more efficiently, she would have to think she was nothing in comparison to him and suicidally protect him without regards to her own equally precious life. However, by the end, Steven manages to convince Connie (and Pearl) that they should protect each other as partners and not like a "master/servant" type of relationship.
  • Deuteragonist: For the most part, if an episode has Connie in it, she'll play secondary protagonist to Steven.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She laughs at White Diamond for being childish, which actually embarrasses White.
  • Divine Date: She's Steven's Implied Love Interest, and, Steven himself, being the son of a Diamond, is Semi-Divine. After all, a certain saying goes as, "Diamonds are a girl's best friend".
  • Don't Tell Mama: And Papa. When she's introduced into Steven's magical world/adventures, Connie is adamant of not telling her parents in fear that their reaction would be to separate her and Steven. This is deconstructed because lying to them only worsens their already strained relationship.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Receives this advice from Amethyst. She's so concerned about technique and practice she freezes up when it came time to fight a corrupted Jasper. Instead of worrying about something she can never be ready for, she should instead take the initiative.
  • Dork Knight: Downplayed. While Connie has a long way to go before officially becoming an Ace, she does have a few of the requirements — She's exceptionally bright and mature despite her age, is able to pick up swordsmanship relatively easy (something that Pearl complimented her on), and shows a knack for leadership when she reins in both Peridot and Lapis for their immature and destructive behavior. And, she doesn't hide her geeky, lovable side.
  • Dying Alone: When she entered into a Heroic BSoD in "Bubble Buddies", she wasn't worried about her actual death, she was more scared about dying without making any other friends or having anyone else besides her parents care about her dying.

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  • Early-Bird Cameo: She has a prominent appearance in the first opening song when she would not be introduced in the show proper until "Bubble Buddies".
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She can play the violin extremely well and mentioned that it was one of the few things she enjoyed in her life before she was introduced into Steven's magical world.
  • Emotions vs. Stoicism: Her logical and more serious demeanor (Stoicism) contrasts Steven's openly emotional and expressive attitude (Emotions).
  • Enmity with an Object: Connie hates an abacus her parents use to calculate how long she's grounded.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While she may have hated the ending to "Spirit Morph Saga", she wasn't going to let it come between her friendship with Steven, who did like it.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: For most of the series, Connie had waist-length Rapunzel Hair. However, in "Kevin Party", she is revealed to have cut/had someone cut her hair down to chin-length with bangs. This change happened at some point following Steven's return from Homeworld in "Lars' Head", and their ensuing fight in "Dewey Wins" over the aftermath of his surrender, which led to an estrangement between them that lasted a few weeks.
  • Extreme Doormat: Due to her parents' strict nature, she is fearful of ever upsetting them if she does something she thinks they won't approve of.
  • Eye Motifs: She wore big-rimmed glasses over her eyes for the first half of the series before Steven accidentally gave her perfect vision via his magical healing saliva. Her cosplay of Lisa has an Eyepatch of Power over her right eye. And, see her Rule of Symbolism section.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Invoked. In her cosplay of Lisa from the Spirit Morph Saga series, Connie's outfits consists of an eyepatch over her right eye.
  • Facial Profiling: Averted. Before it was confirmed that she was of Indian heritage, Connie was speculated long before of being Indian due to her dark skin and prominent nose.
  • Fangirl: She loves the Spirit Morph Saga, although she didn't like the ending. To a lesser extent, Under the Knife.
  • Fatal Flaw: Insecurity. Connie is insecure about her place in Steven's supposed magical destiny and honestly doesn't see why he would want someone as mundane as she in his life. This comes to a head in "Sworn to the Sword" when the insecure Pearl projected her own feelings of insecurities onto Connie, teaching to not care about herself in order to protect the "more important" Steven, thus worsening her already low self-esteem. Character Development helps erase this bit by bit.
  • Fat and Skinny: The slim and lean Skinny to Steven's round and chubby Fat.
  • Foil:
    • To Steven — As one of the people around Steven's age and his closest friend, she functions as one to him (also doubling as The Lancer). In contrast to Steven's control-free, magical-filled upbringing, Connie grew up in a very restrictive household and had a normal life. In terms of personality - Steven is energetic, not good at lying, nonviolent in every way, and has a healthy amount of confidence; Connie has proven to be an efficient Consummate Liar, is usually mellow in comparison to Steven, likes action and adventure more than Steven, and (initially) has low self-confidence.
    • To Pearl — Both are the Insecure Love Interests to someone who is a Quartz Gem (Pearl with Rose, Connie with Steven), with said relationships starting because the Quartz Gem showed some form of kindness to them. Other similarities include a Dark and Troubled Past with control playing a factor in it (Pearl's "role" in Homeworld, Connie having overly restrictive parents), having a desire to be special, being knights to the Quartz Gem, skilled in swordsmanship, Badass Bookworms/Cultured Badasses, they learn to develop more confidence over time. However, while Pearl hides her insecurities with arrogance, Connie is more open about them. And while Pearl thought of Rose as a goddess-like figure and is only coming to terms that Rose wasn't perfect, Connie is aware of Steven's positive and negative qualities right from the start. And on a more subtle note, Pearl teaches Steven about Gem culture but Connie introduces him to human culture.
    • To Greg — Both are the human allies of the Crystal Gems, have an Interspecies Romance with one of them (Greg with Rose, Connie with Steven), and are insecure about the place they have in a magical world. However, while Greg prefers to not get involved in magic Gem business (unless if the situation calls for it), Connie jumped at the chance to go on magical adventures. Also, while the Crystal Gems took a long time to come to respect and actually be nice to Greg (especially Pearl), it didn't take as long with Connie (Pearl was even happy to be her teacher).
    • To Peedee — They are both mature for their age and have proven to be slightly more cynical in regards to Steven's endless optimism. Peedee is more cynical, while Connie is realistic (not entirely overly optimistic, not completely cynical).
    • To Ronaldo — Both are humans who have a desire to be special and an interest in the abnormal (Connie with high fantasy/magic, Ronaldo with the paranormal activity). While Ronaldo actively seeks out a chance to be part of the magical world, he never really gets directly involved in the source (i.e., the Crystal Gems) while Connie never did seek it out, but the magical world opened up to her.
    • To Pink Diamond — Of all people, concerning their relationship with their parental figures. They both tend to be submissive of their respective parents' controlling nature and secretly act out their personal lives out of fear of disappointing them. However, while Connie manages to stand up to her parents and change them for the better, Pink failed to convince Yellow and Blue to let her relinquish her own colony and continues to rebel against them without their knowledge.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Downplayed with Steven. He mentions in "Bubble Buddies" that he remembers her from last year's Beach City parade float after she dropped her glowing bracelet, which he found and wanted to return, but she was long gone. Though she initially didn't recognize him, once Steven mentioned the parade she remembers him being on one of the parade floats...with soap bubbles in his hair.
  • Free-Range Children: Deconstructed. The only reason Connie is able to go on dangerous missions with Steven and the Crystal Gems is because she lies about where she's going because of her fear of her parents forbidding her from hanging out with Steven if they found out. This comes to a head in "Nightmare Hospital" when both she and her mother discuss their own faults in the relationship (Priyanka and Doug's overly strict attitude and Connie's lying). After the events of the episode, this is reconstructed — Connie is allowed to on missions as long she keeps her parents informed of her whereabouts and doesn't lie to them anymore.
  • Freudian Trio: Of the Crystal Temps, she is the rational and mature Ego to Peridot's overly logical Superego and Lapis's emotional Id.
  • Friendless Background: She never had a single friend before she met Steven. It's implied that it's due to her family moving around a lot, but her shyness may have been a factor as well.
  • Fusion Dance: Connie is apparently the first human ever to fuse with a Gem; Steven is half-human/half-Gem, so this may have something to do with it.
  • Gamer Chick: Connie might be a gamer, as seen in the short Video Chat, her laptop has Colonization V, a spoof of the real-life video game Civilization V (the real Colonization has no sequels). She also has Empires & Eras II and Conqueror Kings II which are spoofs of Age of Empires II and Crusader Kings II, respectively. She also has Grid, a spoof of the popular gaming platform Steam.
  • Genius Book Club: She has a copy of A Wrinkle in Time in the opening and The Catcher in the Rye in her first appearance.
  • Genki Girl: Downplayed. She's still quite reserved, but can be very enthusiastic about going on adventures.
  • Genre Savvy: Being a fantasy geek herself, Connie's clearly aware that Steven, not her, is the main character of the story. Deconstructed, in that it caused her to develop an inferiority complex, which in turn led her to embrace Pearl's ideas about sacrificing her life for Steven, but Steven defies this trope and insists that Connie fight as his equal. On a lighter note, she demonstrates an expansive understanding of young adult novel tropes.
  • Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand: The brutally honest, no-nonsense Firm Hand to Steven's emotional healing Gentle Touch.
  • The Glasses Come Off: A unique example. Connie's eyes were improved by Steven's healing spit and only puts them on to not make her parents suspicious, but takes them off during her adventures with Steven. From "Nightmare Hospital" onward she goes without them altogether, having shown her mother that she was only wearing them to fool her.
  • The Glomp: Gives one to Steven after he reunites with his gem.
  • Glory Seeker: Wants to something extraordinary in her perceived uninteresting life.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: A sweet, dorky girl who's mature for her age and can be quite logical.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Especially after Character Development. While she is usually reserved and polite, when the chips are down or when her patience has run out, she shows that is not one to take lightly.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Cheerfully says "Itadakimasu!" before eating a breakfast Greg cooked up in his van. Justified as it's a traditional greeting before a Japanese meal, and she's been shown to be knowledgeable on a variety of topics.
  • Grew a Spine: Part of her arc has her standing up to her controlling parents.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted with Steven — while she uses a BFS, Steven mainly fights defensively and supportively, with his attacks being either magical disabling effects or throwing his shield.
  • Handshake Substitute: She and Greg both high-five each other and say "human beings".
  • Hates Being Alone: Connie's greatest fear is being all alone in the world.
  • The Heart: Of the Crystal Temps. Doubling as acting as the group's Only Sane Woman, keeping them on track and encouraging them (through a "The Reason You Suck" Speech) that they should just be themselves.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: The episode "Sworn to the Sword" is about Pearl teaching her swordfighting, the second opening has her carrying Rose's sword, and after her debut, whenever we see Connie in battle against a supernatural opponent, it's with a sword.
  • Heroic Ambidexterity: Connie is shown to be ambidextrous in the episode "Sworn to the Sword". When she is training, she is seen holding her sword with her right hand, which is bandaged up her forearm to her elbow; when she fights Pearl with Steven, she is using her left hand occasionally. (Whether this is due to training or is inherent isn't made clear, and her other appearances show her favoring her right hand.)
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Goes through an emotional breakdown in "Bubble Buddies" after Steven's numerous attempts to set them free from his magical bubbles leads to possibly being trapped at the bottom of the ocean.
    • In "Mindful Education", when she had accidentally tossed a classmate over her to the floor as reflex out of a simple shoulder bump. Thankfully, Garnet helps her out from her funk.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Connie appears to have self-esteem issues; she doesn't think of herself as special, especially in regards to Steven's life.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Subverted. While Connie does admire the Gems, it's not because of their ideals, but more because of their fighting/adventure filled life.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • A line she gives in "Gem Hunt" reveals she's aware of the natural problems of humans, being not using alternative fuel sources.
    • In the same episode mentioned above, Connie is able to use a broken piece of wood to easily slide down a small slope in the snow-covered area. This small action indicates she may know how to snowboard.
    • The short "Video Chat" shows that Connie is a Gamer Chick.
    • "Are You My Dad?" has Connie shows her skill in art, as she comes the closest to drawing Steven's description of Aquamarine. Her art style is specifically in the anime style.
  • Hidden Eyes: In "Bubble Buddies", her glasses glare over seconds before she has a breakdown.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Most of her parents' overbearing attitude is played straight, but they use a freakin' abacus to estimate how long to ground her.
  • Holding Hands: Usually with Steven, especially when they fuse into Stevonnie.
  • Honorary True Companion: To the Crystal Gems. Because of her school life and tennis practice, she doesn't regularly go on missions with them, but is considered part of the team.
  • Hot Librarian: Downplayed and only applies to the High School A.U. promos — in this alternate universe, Connie appears to be the librarian as she is almost always in the library and at the head desk area. But since she's still a child in the promos, she's more like a "cute" librarian.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Downplayed. Connie doesn’t have any malice towards humanity, but believes that they are already heading towards their demise, as lampshaded in "Gem Hunt":
    Connie: Well, I like to be prepared. When civilization collapses and this world ends, I need to be ready to build the new one.
    Steven: Yeah, I guess if Homeworld invades Earth, things could get pretty crazy for humanity.
    Connie: Forget Gems, humans are already starting their own demise! Peak oil, Steven! How do we handle terminal decline without alternate energy sources?!
  • Humans Are Diplomats: Informed by Word of God. When asked what kind of Gem Connie would be, Rebecca Sugar replied a teal Gem — green for her fighting and blue for her diplomacy. invoked

    I-L 
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Almost said word-for-word in "Lion 2: The Movie". After Lion takes her and Steven to Rose's armory, Connie expresses doubts that she deserves to be there. And before that, she questioned why Steven, who has such a magic-filled life, would want to be with someone as normal as she.
  • Iconic Outfit:
    • Her first outfit she wore in the series — Short-sleeved t-shirt, blue-green dress with a bow to match, yellow socks, and orange boots.
    • Her Kalaripayattu outfit that she wears during her sword-training sessions.
  • If It Tastes Bad, It Must Be Good for You: Her logic for making the pine needle soup for her and Steven in "Gem Hunt" — it's not exactly the best tasting, but it's healthy and will keep them warm.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Subtle, but another reason why she enjoys going on adventures with Steven is because she is able to be free of her parent's strictness.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: A wholesome example in "Bubble Buddies"; she panics when trapped in Steven's bubble shield underwater, and is worried that only her parents will care about her being missing and Dying Alone. Steven offers to befriend her so she doesn't need to feel alone.
    • In "Full Disclosure", she is so distressed at what happened to Steven that she almost breaks into tears, only for Steven to admit he still wants to be friends with her, and she wants to be a part of his universe.
    • When he reverts to a baby in "Steven's Birthday", she resolves to be by his side no matter what the age difference, ready to help him at a moment's notice.
    • In "I Am My Mom", she is upset at Steven boarding Aquamarine's ship, believing he's the only one who can make things right between the Diamonds.
    • When he returns in "Dewey Wins", she is disappointed that Steven gave himself up without a fight when their combined skills as Stevonnie could have been more effective, given their special friendship.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In "Lion 2: The Movie" she tells Steven she's envious of him and his powers and doesn't understand why he would hang out with someone as uninteresting as she.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: While trapped at the bottom of the ocean, she laments to Steven how she doesn't have any friends and only her parents will miss her. Steven cheers her up by vowing to be her friend.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: In "Lion 2: The Movie," she uses tennis shots in order to bounce fireballs back at the berserk robot that launched them.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: She believes having seen a few episodes of a soap opera are sufficient for her to have "gotten the gist of" romance.
  • The Immune: Blue Diamond's spell of sorrow can only inflict Gems, which Connie can bypass with no problem. Unfortunately for her, she is still vastly outmatched by her opponent anyway.
  • Implied Love Interest: She has quite a bit of Ship Tease with Steven, and the Gems all ship the two of them.
  • Important Haircut: Cuts/has her long hair cut into a chin-length bob with bangs at some point between "Dewey Wins" and "Kevin Party" which makes her look like she's changed a lot since Steven last saw her.
    • Connie's voice actor, Grace Rolek, says in an episode of the show's podcast that Connie may have done this to help deal with "moving forward", and although her relationship with Steven is very important to her, she needed time to invest in her personal growth independently from a magical best friend. Connie herself even somewhat confirms this in the same episode, citing that she felt she needed a change from her signature long locks, and that taking a shorter hairstyle would allow her to unlock a new side of herself. invoked
  • In Harm's Way: Despite (or because) of her parents always being concerned with her safety, Connie really enjoys going on adventures with and getting into dangerous situations with Steven. When Steven narrowly manages to shield her from an exploding robot in "Marble Madness", her reaction is positively ecstatic.
    Steven: Are you OK?
    Connie: I love hanging out at your place!
  • Insecure Love Interest: She initially doesn't understand why Steven, who has such an interesting life, would ever want to be with someone as uninteresting as she. A few appearances later, this doesn't seem to bother her as much.
  • Instant Expert: Under Pearl's tutelage, Connie picks up swordmanship extremely fast. Pearl lampshades Connie's fast progress in "Gem Hunt".
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She comes to form this relationship with Greg — whenever she feels stressed about Gem life, he'll offer her emotional comfort and advice.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Excluding Steven, Connie is one of the few humans (besides Greg) to have an actual friendship with the Crystal Gems, especially Pearl.
  • Interspecies Romance: Connie (human) is mutually very fond of Steven (half-human, half-Gem).
  • Intertwined Fingers: With Steven, especially when they fuse into Stevonnie.
  • Jumped at the Call: She grew up as a huge fantasy geek, of course she'd be excited to become a proper heroine herself!
  • Kid Has a Point: Lying to her parents notwithstanding, Connie was right on how their controlling nature was doing more harm than good to her and their relationship.
  • Kid Hero: While Connie may not save the world or hunt gem monsters on a daily basis, she's not afraid to do one or the other when it come times to.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Extra points for Connie deciding to be a knight for Steven. Besides that, Connie looks up to the Crystal Gems and will jump at any chance to prove herself to them.
  • Lady and Knight: Pearl encourages her to see herself as the Knight to Steven's Lord, a mindset Connie eagerly adopts. Unfortunately, Pearl went so over the top for it that she unintentionally made Connie's self-worth issues worse than they already were, until Steven realizes the problem.
  • The Lancer: To Steven, as she also acts as a deuteragonist to his protagonist whenever she appears - He is overly honest young man raised in a non-nuclear family and is accustomed to the magical happenings in his life; Connie is more secretive at times when she has to be, raised in a usual nuclear family, and is quite amazed at Steven's magic-filled life.
  • Large Ham: Has moments of this, as seen when she used her violin bow to scare off seagulls trying to get Steven's biscuits at the beginning of "Sworn by the Sword".
  • Laugh of Love: Has romantic laughs with Steven during their moments together, including the first few times they Fused.
  • Lead You Can Relate To: Some audience viewers may see their introverted shyness and yearning for friends from Connie's perspective and readily identify with her situation.
  • The Leader: Unofficially for The New Crystal Gems (later going by "The Crystal Temps"), as she is the Only Sane Woman of the bunch.
  • Leitmotif: "Connie".
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
  • Little Miss Badass: In "Sworn To The Sword". You have to give her credit for going toe-to-toe with Pearl when she and Steven took her on. They both lose, but Pearl's exhausted state afterwards indicates that Connie gave her a bit of hell.
  • Living a Double Life: After getting more involved with Steven's world, Connie also began hiding it from her parents, fearing that if they knew they would immediately forbid her from being friends with Steven. "Nightmare Hospital" deconstructs this lifestyle with Priyanka explaining that Connie hiding things from her and Doug is as wrong as the two of them being overly strict, and that all of them need to be honest with each other.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: It is subtly hinted that Connie is becoming one for Steven. First, after the events of "The Return/Jailbreak" he tells her about how scared and upset he is concerning the Homeworld Gems and Lapis' Fusion with Jasper; after his retelling of the story, she promises to be this for him when he needs to talk to someone. Second, in "Steven's Birthday", he overuses his stretching powers too much and reverses back to a baby; throughout his time as one, nothing calms him down...except Connie's reassurance to him that she'll be there for him when either his father or the Crystal Gems are busy. Third, when Steven has a catastrophic emotional breakdown over having to repeatedly fight and destroy his enemies in "Mindful Education", it was only Connie's comforting and wise words of it being okay to talk about the bad things he did plus a Cooldown Hug that calmed him down so they could fuse into Stevonnie
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The plot of "Full Disclosure" centers on Steven not letting her into the loop about what went down in "The Return/Jailbreak". It nearly ruins her friendship with Steven, but she eventually gets let in by the episode's end.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Downplayed. Connie had waist-length hair and likes some typical girly things, but not as much as Steven does.
  • Loophole Abuse: Despite her obedience to her parents, Connie is not above exploiting loopholes, such as not buying snacks at a theater and instead bringing them from Steven's home.
  • Lovable Jock: One of her hobbies include playing tennis and she's a shy, friendly girl.
  • Lovable Nerd: She's dorky, intelligent, a big fan of a fantasy-esque series, and is completely endearing.
  • Love Bubbles: With Steven (since she's his Implied Love Interest) in "Bubble Buddies". They spent almost the entire episode stuck in Steven's magical bubble (thanks to Power Incontinence) and a lot of their interactions come off as Ship Tease, especially since, in the beginning, Steven endearingly behaves like a boy trying to talk to his crush.
  • Love Makes You Stupid: In "Sworn To The Sword", Pearl's training and preying on Connie's desire to protect Steven eventually convinced Connie to sacrifice herself for whatever comes after Steven, similar to how Pearl would sacrifice herself for Rose. The thing is, Pearl can regenerate, Connie cannot, and Steven quickly realizes how detrimental that mindset is for Connie.
  • Luminescent Blush: Connie experiences a few throughout the narrative scenes of "An Indirect Kiss", and at the end, when sipping from Steven's juice box, her eyesight is magically healed by Steven's magical saliva which got into the juice box.

    M-R 
  • Male Might, Female Finesse: Connie's strengths lie in her practiced sword technique, fast attacks, and quick thinking; and while Steven's skills have become more refined, his powers consist of super-human strength, super-human durability, and heavy hits with his shield.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Zigzagged. Connie and Steven do present some type of femininity and masculinity, respectively. However, Connie prefers to fight with a sword and likes action/adventure; Steven prefers using his shield and has a liking towards romances.
  • Master Swordsman: Not yet, but she's on her way to becoming one thanks to Pearl's teaching and her own natural fast learning.
  • Mayfly–December Friendship: She is arguably the closest human to have a genuine friendship with The Ageless Crystal Gems.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Connie is friends with Steven Universe and her last name is Tamil for "Lord of the Universe." In addition, it's one of the names of the god Shiva, who's also known as Cosmic Dancer - considering that she can do a fusion dance with someone born to a human father and his mother was from another planet.
      • This is played for laughs and lampshaded in "Sworn to the Sword" when she starts sword training:
        Pearl: We begin with a bow, first to me, your teacher. [Connie bows] And now again, to your liege.
        Connie [bows to Steven]: Okay, my liege.
        Steven: Miss knight.
    • Her first name may be an English version of "Kahaani", which means "story" or "fable", and Connie seems very interested in stories.
    • "Connie" is Irish for "strong-willed", "wise", or "hero". With Character Development she becomes more confident and willing to call out others for their mistakes ("strong-willed"); a Brainy Brunette Child Prodigy who shows a surprising amount of maturity for someone her age ("wise"); gradually becomes a Kid Hero who helps protect Earth ("hero").
    • "Connie" is also a feminine derivative of "Constance", an alternate form of "Constans", an old Latin name meaning "constant", indicating her willingness to be by Steven's side, as noted in "Full Disclosure", "Sworn to the Sword", and "Steven's Birthday".
  • Meganekko: Her big, round glasses just make her more adorable. Even when her vision is fixed, she just pops out the lenses to keep the look so her family and optometrist won't know she had her vision cured through an Indirect Kiss with Steven, who has Healing Spit.
  • The Millstone: Averted. In "The New Crystal Gems", both Lapis and Peridot think Connie will be this with the former being the most skeptical of her help. But, it turns that Connie's level-headedness and leadership skills are the key when dealing the immature, destructive nature of the other two.
  • Morality Pet: To the Crystal Gems, especially Pearl. She is probably the first human they treat with respect and as a friend.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Downplayed. Connie isn't ruthless, but is certainly more aggressive than Steven is.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Of all of the characters, human and Gem, Connie is Steven's best friend.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: She (a human) is romantically interested in Steven (a magical Half-Human Hybrid).
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Her surname is Tamil, while her given name is American.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: She's a young, normal human with arms as thin as strings. That said, she's able to wield Rose's sword with relative ease and in "Mindful Education" easily swung a classmate roughly her size through the air and slammed him to the ground without a thought.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Went through a Heroic BSoD in "Mindful Education" because of the shame she felt for accidentally hurting a fellow classmate (Jeff).
  • Neat Freak: Keeps a tidy appearance and maintains a proper schedule whenever possible.
  • Nerd Action Hero: Started off (and still is) a Lovable Nerd who is very mature for her age. She Took a Level in Badass and is slowly becoming a Master Swordsman.
  • Nice Girl: Connie is respectful, brave, and a true friend to have.
  • Nice Hat: In the first title sequence she wears a sunhat.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Of the Crystal Temps, she is the "Nice" to Lapis's "Mean" and Peridot's "In Between". Of the trio, Connie is the most sensitive, mature, and thoughtful.
  • Not So Above It All: While Connie is often very level-headed, she has her moments of acting rash and impatient.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Up until "Nightmare Hospital", Connie pretended to still need her prescribed glasses even though Steven's healing spit gave her perfect vision.
  • Odd Name Out: Of the Crystal Temps, she is the only one with a human name.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: While Connie sometimes wields Rose's 8-foot sword with both her hands, she is capable of easily holding it with only one. Despite the sword's size, it doesn't appear to be particularly heavy.
  • One-Hit Kill: Rose's Sword allows Connie to easily poof Gems.
  • Only Sane Woman:
    • Particularly in the early part of the series in comparison to Steven, who's quick to act but doesn't think things through. It's Connie that gets through to Onion by simply writing "harpoon gun" instead of making a diagram like Steven, and she tries to call attention to the obvious problem of freeing themselves from Steven's shield bubble with a roller coaster.
    • She's also this to Peridot and Lapis in "The New Crystal Gems", thinking responsibly compared to their antics.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • In "Mindful Education", Connie is distracted and hardly interested in her training, a vast attitude change from previous episodes. She later admits to having accidentally hurt Jeff, a classmate from her school, and feels awful about it.
    • In "Kevin's Party", she and Steven both realize they're really desperate to see each other if they're willing to come to Kevin's party to do so.
  • Opposites Attract: Connie (shy, rational, and doubts herself) has a mutual crush on Steven (outgoing, rash, and confident).
  • Ordinary Middle School Student: Before meeting Steven and taking sword lessons, she would just go to school most of the time.
  • Part-Time Hero: Inverted. While she does go to school and tennis practice, she wants to make more time for heroics.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Downplayed. While "passionate" may be too strong of a word, Connie admits that playing tennis was one of the few things she enjoys in her life.
  • Performance Anxiety: In "Alone Together" she admits to Steven that despite wanting to go to a few of her school dances, the idea of so many eyes on her made her too anxious. With some help from Steven, she opens up to the idea. At the end of the episode, after they defuse out of Stevonnie, she's seen laughing and smiling with Steven as everyone stares.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Inverted. Connie's associated colors are blue (teal specifically), while Steven's associated colors are pink.
  • Plucky Girl: She shows subtle hints of this in the first season, bringing her own snacks to the movie theater in "Lion 2: The Movie" since her parents don't allow her to buy snacks at the theater, and having the Gems (as Alexandrite) pose as Steven's mom in "Fusion Cuisine", and more promninently so in the second season, ultimately convincing her mother that swords are not toys in "Nightmare Hospital" and agreeing to keep her parents more informed about her life activities (while not divulging Stevonnie's secret to them), and developing a strong friendship with Steven throughout the series.
  • Pointless Band-Aid: Inverted. Connie wears a band-aid during her sword training in "Sworn to the Sword", but it's useful given the strict and disciplined sword training Pearl was giving her.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Downplayed. The only time she wears anything red and blue is during her sword training with Pearl, with consists of a dark blue Kalaripayattu outfit with a red cummerbund on her waist.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: While she appeared in the original opening credits for a moment as the town flashes past, the second opening makes her appearance much more prominent, having her carrying Rose's sword, chasing after the van and appearing on the beach along with the other main characters at the end.
  • Prophetic Names: Her last name is Tamil for "Lord of the Universe". Guess who she befriends.
  • Puppy Love: With Steven. They have almost kissed, but are officially still just friends. In "Steven's Birthday", Steven is already assuming that they will get married when they're older.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Connie originally did need glasses, but as of "An Indirect Kiss", her vision was restored by Steven's healing spit. Not wanting to explain to her parents and optometrist how her sight was magically fixed, she pops out the lenses on her glasses and keeps wearing the frame, except when around Steven and the Crystal Gems. About a year later, she reveals this to her mom and stops wearing them completely.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Connie has waist-length, dark brown puffy hair. Starting with "Kevin Party", this is averted with her Expository Hairstyle Change.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Peridot and Lapis in "The New Crystal Gems" for acting like bratty children instead of their actual ages.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Justified and downplayed. For the former, she grew up with overly strict and controlling parents which gave her a desire to have some freedom in her life. For the latter, Connie is a law-abiding person who has no problem with following orders or laws, she just doesn't like oppressive ruling.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Connie is more quiet, intellectual, and often wears blue or blue-green, while her best friend Steven is goofy, outgoing, and wears a pinkish-red shirt.
  • Reflexive Response: After months of training to fight with the Crystal Gems, someone (Jeff) barely bumps into Connie while she's walking down the hallway at school. She reflexively grabs them and judo throws them through the air, slamming them into the ground before she realized what she was even doing. When she realizes exactly what she's done, she is horrified by the fact she reflexively attacked an innocent person for no reason.
  • Renaissance Man: Gender Inverted. She plays tennis, is a good singer and skilled violinist, is an amazing swordswoman, and is even an expert as a survivalist.
  • Rescue Romance: With Steven. They have mutual crushes on each other, protect one another from danger, and their relationship started after Steven saved her from falling boulders.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Before having her eyes healed by Steven, Connie wore pink-tinted glasses. And in the episode her eyes were healed, Steven is recalling a Gem mission that made him worried about his future with the Crystal Gems. And the last scene, has her taking out the pink lenses before placing them back on her face. In other words, prior to this point, Connie had a rose-colored view on Steven's adventures with the Crystal Gems. But, by the end, she is able to clearly see how stressful Steven's job is.
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    S-Z 
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Gender Inverted. Steven is the outgoing and emotional one, while Connie is more level-headed and reserved.
  • Say My Name: "STEEVEN!"
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: What happens in her debut episode when she reaches a breaking point from Steven continuously saying everything will be okay.
  • Secretly Selfish: While Connie's desire to protect the Earth is real, it's more her wanting to do something interesting in her life.
  • Ship Tease: With Steven. They have many romantic-like moments together and a lot of people ship them.
  • Shrinking Violet: Before her Character Development, Connie was usually a shy and reserved girl.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: For the first part of the series, Connie's attire usually consisted of dresses, t-shirts and skirts, and t-shirts and shorts. As she goes on more adventures with Steven and gains more confidence, she starts wearing less dresses, more shorts, and starts putting tank tops into her ensemble.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Connie is quite polite and reserved, especially when in comparison to Steven, but she has a determined attitude, sword skills, and is not one to take lightly.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Connie is extremely fond of Steven Universe — an upbeat, forgiving, and optimistic young man who promised to be her friend when they were first properly acquainted and later stated that he wants her to fight by his side as an equal.
  • Sixth Ranger: She's basically an unofficial Crystal Gem at this point, all things considered. In "Rocknaldo", Steven out-rightly states she is a member of the group.
  • Sleep Cute: Shown cutely snoozing on Steven's shoulder in "Ocean Gem".
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: From season 2 and onward, Connie usually sports sleeveless tops.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Connie has a small cameo in "Rocknaldo", but is the catalyst for Steven calling out Ronaldo for his egotism as well as being indirectly responsible for the latter's Character Development.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Wears oval-shaped glasses and has proven to be a Badass Bookworm and Only Sane Woman. Following the events of "An Indirect Kiss", Connie can now see normally without her glasses thanks to the healing powers in Steven's spit. However, in order not to agitate her parents and optometrist, she pops out the lenses of her glasses and puts the frames back on, only taking them off when her parents aren't around. She ditches them entirely after her mom finds out.
  • The Southpaw: She carries Rose's sword with her left hand in the second opening. In "Sworn to the Sword", she's shown using her sword with either or both hands at various points, suggesting she's ambidextrous or hadn't figured out which arm she's more comfortable fighting with.
    • "Love Letters" suggests that she's ambidextrous rather than left-handed, as she is shown writing with her right hand.
    • Stevonnie's ability to hold Rose's sword and their shield in either hand suggests ambidexterity.
    • One of the Crew's official podcasts confirmed she is left-handed. It is possible, however, to train yourself to become ambidextrous, particularly since being left-handed is often a disadvantage, since most things are designed for right-handed people in mind. Given how seriously Connie takes life, it's perfectly plausible that she'd go through the effort.
  • Specs of Awesome: Zigzagged. On the "specs" part, she does wear glasses upon her introduction, but doesn't have to after "An Indirect Kiss" when Steven's healing spit gives her perfect vision. She decides to forget the lens and keep the frames. The "awesome" part is played as straight as possible especially after she learns proper swordfighting skills.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: This picture of Connie in "Storm in the Room" shows how much she resembles her mother, especially around the eyes with wrinkles and hair style. The only thing she got from her father are his Big Ol' Eyebrows.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Zigzagged with Steven. Steven is very mature of his age, but has a tendency to make rash decisions unlike the level-headed Connie; plus, both are child prodigyies. And while he may be physically stronger than her, she's the most aggressive of the two.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Connie is a Weak, but Skilled, scrawny, young human. But she's able to wield Rose's BFS with relative ease.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Thanks to her upbringing, she tends to be more serious than Steven and is usually more reserved, but is still very energetic and upbeat regardless.
  • Super Reflexes: A non-superhero example. As shown in "Mindful Education", Connie's reflexes have been honed to such an extent that she reacts to a perceived threat before she knows what's she's doing, as she attacked a fellow student who bumped into her without realizing it until after the fact.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Invoked in "The New Crystal Gems". In an attempt to protect Beach City while the Crystal Gems are away, she, Peridot, Pumpkin, and Lapis decide to mimic them. In this team, Connie becomes the "new" Steven complete with her dressing up in his Iconic Outfit.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: The Sword (a human who uses a BFS for combat) to Steven's Sorcerer (is half-Gem with an array of magical abilities).
  • Sword/Shield Contrast: The sword to Steven's shield. She's aggressive and willing to play aggressively when it's time to do so.
  • Tagalong Kid: Inverted. Of the Crystal Temps; Connie may be the only child of the group, but she acts as their unofficial leader.
  • The Team Normal: She's the only human who fights alongside the Crystal Gems.
  • Tell Me How You Fight: After taking swordsmanship training from Pearl, Connie style is similar to the Kalaripayattu technique. She gives quick and hard hitting moves while being light on her feet.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Crystal Temps. While Lapis and Peridot aren't exactly evil, they both can be astoundingly insensitive. Connie not only acts as the "token good", but also as the group's moral center, Only Sane Woman, and unofficial leader.
  • Token Human: Shares this spot with Greg. She and Greg acknowledge that they're the only pure humans working alongside the Crystal Gems. Perhaps even more so than Greg, since Connie is also the only purely human Crystal Gem (Steven being a human-Gem hybrid) with not only Steven calling Connie a 'Crystal Gem', but Pearl both training Connie to be Steven's partner in combat and allowing Connie to keep and wield Rose's sword.
  • Tomboyish Baseball Cap: She is occasionally seen wearing a red baseball cap backwards.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Connie likes adventure/action more than Steven, is the sword to his shield, and loves to train. She also wears girly dresses and enjoys playing the violin.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • She convinces Pearl to teach her to sword-fight so that she can fight by Steven's side on adventures, and proves to be a worthy pupil. She proves herself in "Nightmare Hospital", where she and Steven successfully fight off two Gem Mutants over her mother's objections. note 
    • Since her first appearance, Connie has had a fearful respect to her parents. But, after reaching a Rage Breaking Point in "Nightmare Hospital", Connie gives her mom a telling off on her controlling nature and how it affected their relationship.
    • When dealing with a corrupted Gem in "Gem Hunt", she freezes up in fear. But, when she faces off against a Gem Fusion from Homeworld, she keeps her cool and manages to win the fight.
  • Tranquil Fury: Discussed. When she and Steven are fuming over meeting Kevin again in "Beach City Drift" she stated that she was "thinking mad" in contrasts to Steven's openly emotional display of anger at the teen.
  • True Blue Femininity: Downplayed. She's mostly seen in blue or blue-green outfits and while she does enjoy stereotypical feminine interests, she has a slightly more masculine demeanor, especially when compared against Steven.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Unlike most of the other normal humans in Steven's life, Connie not only participates in a few adventures, but is enthusiastic about doing so.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: She is one of the few characters to have a different set of clothes in each appearance.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: A puppy love version. Connie's parents are very strict, overprotective and concerned over their daughter's education being the best, with little space left for imagination, even disallowing a medical TV show for being too unrealistic. Steven is a energetic, jovial boy that loves to daydream, lives with sentient rocks with superpowers who defend the planet from monsters and are very hands-off and open minded towards him.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Implied and downplayed. For the former, she shows a more aggressive side in "Sworn to the Sword" so she can better protect Steven; for the latter, her and Steven's relationship is mostly Ship Tease and they're just friends.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Downplayed. Unlike Steven, Connie goes to school like most children her age. And while she does help Steven and the Crystal Gems on their missions, it's not on a regular basis.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Connie is a human child, far weaker and more fragile than even the least combat worthy gem. She's made up for this for being extremely fast and agile, and with Rose's Sword (which is a One-Hit Kill weapon on Gems) her lack of strength doesn't matter.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: A teacher-student example. After beginning to train with Pearl, Connie is always eager to impress her teacher as seen in "Gem Hunt".
  • What Does She See in Him?: Steven considers himself a screw-up and can't see what a nice girl like her would see in him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Connie calls out Steven in "Dewey Wins" for handing himself over to Aquamarine and the Topazes back in "I Am My Mom", stating that it made her think that he didn't believe in them as a team. She also calls him out on him for brushing his loved ones' anguish for his actions.
    • She briefly scolds Steven when he bluntly refuses to apologize to Blue Diamond for fusing during the ball, since that would risk them getting locked up even longer. Subverted in that it becomes their ticket to escape instead.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: From Season 2 and onward, Connie now occasionally sports short pants.
  • Wingding Eyes: Connie's turn into diamonds when she's happy and excited.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Connie is barely a teenager, but knows things like how to survive in the wilderness or the problems with humans overusing fuel sources.
  • Wrecked Weapon: In "Reunited", the Rose Quartz sword is casually shattered by Blue Diamond using only her thumb, index, and middle fingers.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In "Sworn to the Sword", Connie begins to display the view that as an ordinary human, she's nothing compared to Steven's legacy and power (a byproduct of learning from Pearl, who unwittingly projects her own self-esteem issues onto Connie). Steven shuts that down right away, reminding her how they work best as a team, and how much he admires her.
  • Your Size May Vary: Her size tends to vary in certain shots. For example, she is usually taller than Steven, but at times she appears to be around the same height as him. In "Cat Fingers", we find out that Steven can shapeshift, and in "Steven's Birthday", he attempts to make himself look taller, and even reverts to a baby, and Connie decides to be friends with Steven and accept him as he is, no matter what his age will be.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Due to Adrenaline Makeover, she now wears this as a part of her clothing style and is a F-type.

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