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And we will protect your kind
And we will protect your Earth
And we will protect your Earth
And we will protect you!
A group of warriors that rebelled against their former Homeworld to protect the planet Earth in the distant past, led by Steven's mother, Rose Quartz. Though there were many casualties, the Crystal Gems saved the Earth. The few survivors of the war have continued to protect the Earth from monsters and other threats through the ages.
- Amazon Brigade: They're the self-appointed defenders of Earth. Though they are sexless, they look like and are referred to as female.
- Always Lawful Good: Okay, it's more Always Chaotic Good since they don't follow human laws and can cause a lot of destruction in their attempts to protect humanity sometimes even unnecessary, but they have dedicated themselves to the protection of Earth.
- Subverted with the introduction of Bismuth, a Well-Intentioned Extremist who advocates shattering gems as a first resort and attacked Rose when Rose nixed it, caring less about protecting Earth and more on revenge, implying there may be more Crystal Gems willing to put their own personal goals above lives.
- Anti-Hero Team: They may have made a vow to protect Earth and the humans, but they're dismissive towards humans at best and are also a massive bundle of unresolved issues.
- Arc Symbol: The five-pointed star appears on all the Crystal Gems' usual outfits except Peridot's (and even she wonders where she's gonna "put the star" after her HeelFace Turn). And come "Change Your Mind", her new outfit has several obvious stars on it and a couple more implied, with a subtler star design on Lapis Lazuli's new outfit as well.
- The Atoner: They've been trying to make up for what other Gems did to the Earth for millennia.
- Badass Adorable: All adorable in one way or another, and fight to protect Earth.
- Badass Family: Make no mistake, despite their different looks, barely-compatible personalities, and lack of any blood relations (or blood for that matter), they are a family, and they fight like one too.
- Bad Bad Acting: Every. Single. Goddamn one of them. Whenever the Crystal Gems are required to commit some form of subterfuge, they either tell hilariously ridiculous lies, go full on Large Ham, or just act really... weird. Fortunately, most of the people they need to fool are often really, really dumb. Ruby is probably the worst of the bunch.
- Barrier Warrior: All Crystal Gems have the ability to use bubbling on corrupted or captured Gems so they don't regenerate. However, Rose Quartz and Steven are the only ones who have shields as an explicit ability.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: A number of them seem to have joined simply because the Crystal Gems and Rose Quartz in particular are much nicer and kinder to the Gems on her side than the Homeworld was.
- Been There, Shaped History: It's implied that the show's Alternate History and geography is due to the Gems, either via For Want of a Nail or more direct interactions with humans. In "Historical Friction", after hearing about Mayor Dewey's script for his play, Pearl rewrote it to be historically accurate by including the interactions of Dewey's ancestor with the Crystal Gems. The play explains how a giant woman with four arms rescued the boat and brought Dewey safely to the land that would become Beach City. The general shape of the prop used in the play makes it hard to say if it was Opal, Sardonyx, Sugilite, or another Fusion that hasn't been revealed yet.
- Berserk Button: The Crystal Gems have been defending Earth for thousands of years. This is something they take both VERY seriously and VERY personally. When Peridot insinuated that all of their actions just made things worse well, Steven tried to step in as all three Crystal Gems were so ticked off that when Steven tried to intervene Garnet smacked Steven out of the way and threatened Peridot!
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Garnet, Pearl, and Amethyst respectively.
- Broken Bird: All the Crystal Gems have been emotionally crippled by the war, and much more when Rose left. Amethyst is the only one who doesn't have war issues, but that's just because she wasn't around for the war and her issues revolve around her lack of self-esteem stemming from her circumstances of emergence.
- Containment Field: All the Crystal Gems have demonstrated a capacity to "bubble" objects in small fields and teleport them to a predetermined location, preventing dormant gems from regenerating. Some Homeworld gems have shown they can do the same, though they more commonly use other forms of containment (when they don't try to shattered their enemies on the spot).
- Culture Clash:
- The Crystal Gems simply don't get human culture half the time, both because of their inorganic bodies and long lifespans. More significantly, until Rose met Greg, they kept themselves aloof from humans, rarely speaking to or trying to understand them.
- It goes the other direction with Homeworld Gems, as they side closer to humanity than the advanced empire their kind had evolved into.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The Crystal Gems sans Amethyst were involved in a horrific war against Homeworld. Countless Gems on both sides were shattered, and only Rose Quartz and her closest companions survived.
- Dark Secret: Throughout the first season, the Crystal Gems have kept Steven in the dark about the existence of other Gems and why they're bubbling monsters. It's only after Lapis Lazuli is freed from her mirror, the discovery of Peridot and her robonoids traveling through the Warp, and the Kindergarten that they're forced to let Steven in on the secret piece by piece. Steven eventually calls them out on this by the fourth season, after which they've treated him as a full member of the team.
- Rose Quartz kept darker, more horrifying secrets from everyone else, which even her closest allies are not privy of.
- Rose shattered Pink Diamond. Something Garnet and Pearl were aware of, but was kept from Steven and Amethyst.
- However, the darkest secret of the Crystal Gems is that Rose didn't shatter Pink Diamond, but rather, she was Pink Diamond. Not even Garnet knew this; only Pearl did, and that was because Pearl helped fake her death. This is pivotal, because it was this decision that led to the other Diamonds corrupting all the remaining gems on Earth and attempting to destroy the planet throughout the series.
- Destructive Savior: They often wreck up huge parts of the town while fighting Gem monsters, though it's still better than what would have happened without them.Amethyst: Steven! You just saved most of Beach City!
- Emotional Maturity Is Physical Maturity: Amethyst, Garnet, and Pearl were less mature emotionally when Greg and Rose first met. The forms they've taken since then are visibly older as well, despite the amount of time passing being extremely small fractions of their lives. Presumably having to continue on without Rose and dealing with Steven helped.
- Amethyst became more independent but less hyperactive. Her appearance changed from child age to late teens.
- Garnet became more serious and reserved, having taken on the mantle of leader after Rose's passing. Her appearance changed from late-teens or early-twenties to an adult.
- Pearl became significantly less bratty. Her appearance changed from early-to-mid teens to adult.
- Steven involuntarily changes in age depending on how old he feels in "So Many Birthdays", where he has a The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body moment and suddenly ages until he becomes an elderly man on the verge of death. He then remembers how to have fun and reverts to his kid form.
- The Exiles: Of a sort. The Crystal Gems defected from their kin, even if it meant they could never return to their home. Garnet chose to defect, as Earth is the only place that would allow her to exist as a fusion, while Pearl was utterly dedicated to Rose Quartz. Amethyst was not born until after the war.
- False Flag Operation: It is revealed in "A Single Pale Rose" that the Crystal Gems - the rebellion created to fight against Pink Diamond and free the Earth - was actually created by Pink Diamond in a plot meant to allow her to leave the Earth alone and let it thrive rather than let it be destroyed like all other colonies. When this failed to deter the other Diamonds, she faked her own death to become Rose Quartz permanently.
- Fatal Flaw:
- Except for Steven and Rose, the Crystal Gems' attitudes towards anyone of non-Gem origin is a major one; while they don't share the Fantastic Racism of the Homeworld Gems, they don't think that humans have the capacity for maturity and consideration as they do, which is usually seen with their relationship with Greg. They didn't think that Rose would leave the laser light cannon to someone like him. The Red Eye would've destroyed Beach City and the Gem Temple if not for Steven's search through Greg's storage locker and the faith that he'd know how to help. Again with Greg, the Gems didn't have any faith in him in deciphering a Gem message. While he did manage to help, if the Gems had a little more patience, they would've known sooner.
- The Crystal Gems, again, sans Steven and Rose, also seem to have a knee-jerk hostility to anything they don't know about, opting to just destroy instead of finding out about it.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The three older Gems all fit: Garnet (Fighter) depends primarily on her absurd physical strength and durability, Pearl (Mage) uses her mental talents and projections, while Amethyst (Thief) is most likely to use unusual abilities like shapeshifting.
- Fire-Forged Friends: The Crystal Gems develop this relationship with Peridot over time. Initially the Crystal Gems were very antagonistic towards Peridot as she was a willing member of the Homeworld Gems and tried to kill them on multiple occasions. However during their time working together creating the drill needed to reach The Cluster Peridot slowly bonded with them and they, in turn, tried to teach her the meaning of life on Earth. Their relationship with her takes a massive hit when she insults Rose and (indirectly) everything she fought towards but Peridot proves in "Message Received" that she does care for the Crystal Gems and decides to burn her connections in Homeworld when Yellow Diamond refuses to neutralize The Cluster. Afterwards the Crystal Gems accept Peridot as the newest member of the team.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Rebecca Sugar has compared them to a related concept of stages of emotional development.
- Sanguine: Steven; energetic, expressive, and compassionate.
- Choleric: Amethyst; independent, rude, and often the first to lead the charge.
- Melancholic: Pearl; artistic, formal, and a perfectionist.
- Phlegmatic: Garnet; calm, quiet, and dependable.
- Freudian Trio:
- The Kirk: Garnet, literally a fusion between Fire and Ice. Despite also being the stoic, she's the one who comes down as the tie breaking vote between Pearl and Amethyst, and the final decision maker. She's also fairly impartial to them. And has outbursts of being Not So Stoic when she's mad or excited.
- The McCoy: Amethyst. She's impulsive, emotional, and often puts having a bit of fun at the expense of others before her own duties.
- The Spock: Pearl. She tries to put logic before emotion, though her emotions sometimes get the best of her. Most of the time she's the one to come up with a plan, play by the rules, and scold Steven and Amethyst both in a motherly fashion.
- Gem Tissue: All of them have a gem some where on their bodies.
- Good Is Not Nice: They are dedicated to protecting Earth and the human race, but they see no reason to apologize for causing massive property damage or power outages or even clean up the messes from their battles. When Ronaldo points out that the Gems are the primary reason Beach City is always in danger, Pearl brushes it off more or less with "we were here first".
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: When Gems are made they pop out of the ground fully grown and knowing exactly what they are supposed to do and are expected to do that for the rest of their existence. Each member of the Crystal Gems were just regular Gems that were originally performing their duties, but when they came to Earth they met Rose Quartz, and she showed them that they could do more than just what they were made to do, they could do whatever they wanted to do.
- The Hecate Sisters: As confirmed in the Art and Origins artbook, the three crystal gems represent the three relationships a boy like Steven would have with an older sibling.
- Garnet represents the Crone. She is wise yet distant, and her Third Eye gives her special knowledge.
- Amethyst represents the Maiden. She is carefree, teasing, and has the least inhibitions.
- Pearl represents the Mother. She is bossy and controlling, but also protective.
- Heroes of Another Story: Early on, the Gems frequently went on missions without Steven, either because they thought he wasn't emotionally mature enough, couldn't use his powers well enough to contribute, or more rarely, that they're working in areas that would be difficult or impossible for Steven to navigate (i.e. Garnet goes alone to get the Geode Beetle of Earth because it's at the bottom of a lava lake). Averted after the first story arc, when they start bringing him along as they learn to trust in him. This is all but dropped by season two, where Steven is seen working with them with little to no comment, save for the odd instance where it would be more practical to go it by themselves.
- Heroes With Bad Publicity: Downplayed. Their anti-social behavior and Destructive Savior tendencies require Steven to be the middle man between the Gems and the town. This would matter more if the citizens of Beach City cared enough to be bothered by them aside from the occasional annoyance.
- Hidden Depths: Beneath their seemingly mysterious and perfect exteriors, they all have their own anxieties, fears, and trauma with the past they try to keep from Steven.
- I Do Not Drink Wine: The Gems, being holographic projections, don't actually need to eat, although they still have the capability to do so, as enthusiastically demonstrated by Amethyst. Garnet eats on occasion, but Pearl refuses to eat. Played for Laughs in "Beach Party":Nanefua: Aren't you girls hungry? You've barely touched your food!
Garnet: We don't need to eat.
Nanefua: Oh, you young people and your experimental diets.
Garnet: I am much older than you.
- Identically Powered Team: They have some unique powers, but tend not to use them very much, at least not in combat. They all mostly rely on the same combination of superhuman physical abilities, weapon summoning, and gem bubbling. Amethyst at least uses her shapeshifting fairly often and has a Rolling Attack for battle, and Garnet uses her future vision to aid the team out of combat.
- La Résistance: They were formed to be this to Homeworld.
- Large and in Charge: Steven is the youngest and shortest. Amethyst is only slightly taller than Steven. Pearl is taller but much skinnier. Garnet is essentially the leader, is even taller than Pearl and the largest over all. Rose Quartz was even taller and larger than Garnet.
- Amethyst is a subversion of this, as explained by Peridot that by all rights Amethyst, as a Quartz Gem, should be at least twice her current height and leading the remainders of the Crystal Gems. However, Amethyst as mentioned above is half as tall as she should be and is a subordinate to Garnet.
- Last of Their Kind: It was implied that Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl, and Rose Quartz were the last living Crystal gems prior to Steven's birth. Which is true, technically speaking. While Ocean Gem and later Warp Tour confirm that there are more Gems out there, the Crystal Gems are a specific group of which the main Gems are the sole survivors (Except for Bismuth, who was bubbled away until Season 3). This is because the war the Crystal Gems were involved with ended with the Diamonds releasing an attack that corrupted all the remaining Crystal Gems (and any Homeworld gems who didn't evacuate in time), and Rose was only able to protect herself, Garnet, and Pearl. Amethyst emerged after the war ended and was adopted by the Crystal Gems. Meanwhile Bismuth was secretly bubbled in Lion's Mane
- Leeroy Jenkins: Their default reaction to a problem is often attacking them until they can be destroyed, bubbled, or both. For example, in "Marble Madness", they cared more about destroying the Robonoids in the short term than figuring out why they were coming to Earth, and only tried to find out due to a combination of Steven's curiosity and their frustration with continually fighting them.
- Light Is Good: Their physical bodies are basically light with mass, and nine times out of ten using a given power will make at least a part of them glow. Light visually enhances their look as heroes, and their former leader, Rose Quartz, was downright saintly looking and held to be perfect. Ultimately subverted, however, as their faults and mistakes (including Rose's) are revealed, and they need to be solved through relating and communicating, not by blind worship. They are still heroes who protect Earth, though.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Rose Quartz kept an unknown number of things hidden from the other Gems, including Lion's existence. She also hid the fact that she killed Pink Diamond, except from her closest friends: Pearl and Garnet. And even then, the complete truth, that she was actually Pink Diamond all along, was hidden to all but Pearl.
- Logical Weakness: If you "poof" a Gem, they will come back alive and well after some time and isn't fatal; but if an antagonist wanted to destroy them once and for all, they would shatter their gemstone, since that is the most lethal thing to happen to them, being the harshest, most devastating equivalent of a Gem's death, as noted in the "Bismuth" episode.
- Magical Girl Warriors: The Crystal Gems are heavily inspired by the Magical Girl Warrior flavor of Magical Girl. Unlike most examples, however, the Crystal Gems look like adults (and are actually much older than that), are explicitly non-human, sexless but referred to and presented as female, and one of them is male (technically the only one with a gender at all).
- Magnetic Plot Device: The Gem Monsters are specially attracted to the Crystal Gems' magic.
- Mama Bear: All of the other Gems towards Steven. Threatening him with anything even remotely dangerous, even things he'd probably be able to defend himself from like the local nutcase Ronaldo, will immediately send them into full-on battle mode. This has often been deconstructed because they often will try to protect Steven even though it may go overboard, causing Steven to become exasperated at their violent actions.
- Midseason Upgrade: In Season 3, Pearl, Amethyst, and Garnet get upgrades to their weapons from Bismuth. Though it seems using the upgrade is optional, as Amethyst has used both versions of her whip since she got it, and Garnet and Pearl only saw fit to use their default versions on the Corrupted Gems Jasper had caught. All of them use them to fight the Diamonds, though whether or not this is due to Bismuth's redemption removing any emotional pain associated with the upgrades or the seriousness of the situation is unknown.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Homeworld's crappy treatment of them is shown to be a key factor in the defection of some members. Garnet defected because Ruby would have been shattered for accidentally fusing into her with Sapphire, and Bismuth defected because her caste was basically enslaved as construction workers. Peridot also joins when Yellow Diamond refuses her logical arguments to spare the Earth and tries to kill her for an insult.
- The entire reason why Rose founded the Crystal Gems and rebelled against Homeworld was this trope. Back when she used to be a Diamond, the others were borderline abusive and controlling her life choices because she was the youngest. Despite their love for her, it was not unconditional and they were willing to use force to keep her in line. Is it any wonder why she betrayed Homeworld?
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Gems as a whole appear to be extremely imperialistic, even fascist, with a tremendous disdain for anyone weak. The Crystal Gems turned against that to defend mankind.
- The Needless: While Steven is an exception due to being a Half-Human Hybrid, the other Gems are shown to not need to eat or sleep due to basically being magic holograms. They can still eat if they so desire(Amethyst loves doing so, Garnet's willing to but doesn't make a habit out of it, Pearl finds it disgusting), and "Chille Tid" showed that sleep is a valid recovery option if a Gem is sufficiently exhausted from continuous activity, even it isn't a strict requirement.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Lampshaded when Steven's "Uncle" Andy calls them this in "Gem Harvest":Andy: Wait a minute. Those mysterious constructions, your weird appearance, your strange jewels. I know what you are. You're hippies! I heard about you on AM radio. What are you doin', comin' in here, socializin' this fine, American barn?
- Noble Bigots: The Crystal Gems are a far cry from their Homeworld counterparts and their blatant, callous disregard for Earth life, and have even dedicated their lives to protecting Earth from other Gems. However, the Crystal Gems really haven't bothered to learn much about human culturenote and show some disdain for the parts they don't understand. They're also one step above not caring at all about the collateral damage they cause to Beach City. Even Rose, who loved humans the most, could be unintentionally condescending to them, at least before she really got to know Greg. Steven seems to be the only exception to this attitude. He grew up around humans, after all.
- No Social Skills: Any time they interact with the residents of Beach City it is obvious that they barely know anything about human society, to the degree that they don't know what school is. They can understand the concepts perfectly well, they just don't bother learning about them. Flashbacks show that they've actually made a lot of progress so far, as at least they're trying to communicate and express bewilderment toward human culture, rather than completely ignoring them altogether before Rose met Greg.
- Not So Different: To the Homeworld Gems. They originally shared Homeworld's view of humans lacking the same intellectual capabilities as Gems, and are apathetic towards what destruction they cause. The key difference is that the Crystal Gems have taken a stand against them, dedicating their lives to protecting humanity and are Noble Bigots by comparison, doing their best to learn and understand Earth and the life it contains. Bismuth takes it one step further: she doesn't hold much pro-Earth sentiment at all, and her main motivation is opposing Homeworld, and ignores how this drives her to take actions similar to those she hates.
- Not Worth Killing: Inverted. "I Am My Mom" confirms that the Homeworld Gems have known about their existence since "Marble Madness" but don't think of them as a real threat without Rose. As far as Homeworld is concerned, the Cluster is going to blow up the Earth, taking the Crystal gems with it (they don't know that it's been neutralized ever since Gem Drill.
- Opposed Mentors: Each of the Gems have their own approach to mentoring Steven, although the only real conflict is between Pearl and Amethyst. Any time Garnet intervenes, they'll both defer to her judgement.
- Parental Substitute: All of them act this way to Steven in their own way: Pearl is the most motherly, Amethyst is a cool bigger sister who shares adventures with him and Garnet is an even cooler big sis.
- Parents as People: While the Crystal Gems love Steven dearly, they aren't perfect even as parents. They often doubt themselves if they are raising Steven right, especially since they don't have Rose to guide them. Besides that, they make occasional and impacting slip ups about how much they miss Rose or how things could be easier if she were around in front of Steven, leading him to think they blame him for her "death".
- Rose herself has also gained a lot of this type of characterization, if only through flashbacks. While she was a genuinely kind and loving Gem, she was also headstrong and somewhat childish, had to get a metaphorical smack from Greg before she started understanding humans on the same level as Gems, and had a really bad habit of keeping secrets.
- Planet Of Copy Hats: We find out each is of one of a type of gem they share significant similarities with. However, despite being designed to be interchangeable, the Crystal Gems are also defined by how they diverge from these roles.
- Platonic Declaration of Love: They always take time to tell Steven that they love him.
- Poor Communication Kills: While their inability to openly talk about their feelings hasn't led to deaths, it has led to some of them internalizing their emotional problems. A big example is "Steven's Dream" — the plot would not have happened if the Crystal Gems, particularly Garnet and Pearl, just came clean about Rose and Pink Diamond instead of continuing to treat him like a child who won't understand what he's told. While it was Steven's fault for going off unprotected, Garnet and Pearl withholding crucial information from Steven did play a major part in Greg's kidnapping by the visiting Blue Diamond.
- If Pearl had told Steven that Rose Quartz didn't shatter Pink Diamond, she was Pink Diamond, a lot of grief could be avoided. Of course, this wasn't really her fault, as Pink had put a Restraining Bolt on her so that she literally couldn't speak of it, and she had to abuse a loophole to show Steven what happened.
- Quality over Quantity: The Crystal Gems were greatly outnumbered and outgunned by Homeworld in the rebellion, but matched them regardless. Homeworld's own history appears to paint this purely due to Rose's healing powers letting them repair cracked gems. If you ask Bismuth, she'd say it was because the Crystal Gems show everything that gems can be instead of what Homeworld wants them to be. Of course, having Pink Diamond on their side probably helped a lot.
- Race Name Basis: As shown when Peridot contacts Yellow Diamond, a Gem's full "name" is comprised of their Gem Type, a Facet Code, and a Cut Code - for example, Peridot is Peridot Facet-2F5L Cut-5XG and Amethyst is Amethyst Facet-5 Cut-8XM. However, with the remaining Crystal Gems on Earth being the only ones of their kind not shattered or corrupted, they stick to being called simply by their Gem Types.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Early on, the viewer is led to think of the Crystal Gems as a group of glorious intergalactic warriors, Protectors of Earth. But little by little, we learn about their flaws and weaknesses. This likely played a large part in why they became Crystal Gems to begin with, finding it easier to empathize with the weak inhabitants of Earth. In "The Return" one of their foes regards the team this way:Jasper: But this is all that's left of her army? Some lost, defective Pearl, a puny overcooked runt [referring to Amethyst], and this shameless display [referring to Garnet]? [glances at Steven] What is that?
- It's also Deconstructed in that same episode. As supremely skilled as the Gems are at dealing with Gem Monsters, or the latest threat to Beach City... they're completely also completely helpless against Peridot and Jasper's ship, which isn't even a fraction of Homeworld's strength.
- The Remnant: Garnet and Pearl are all that remains of Rose's forces who fought against the Homeworld with her, with Amethyst having been born after the war. It is made clear later on that there were many thousands, or even millions, of Crystal Gems. All of the others that survived the war became Gem Monsters. The fate of those Gems captured by Homeworld is even worse, with the fragments of their shattered Gems (which are essentially corpses) being used in Homeworld's forced fusion experiments to create the Cluster.
- Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Zig zagged. While Steven is technically The Hero of the series, he's the Sidekick when it comes to the older Crystal Gems. And while the elder members aren't complete jerks, they are prejudiced against humans and don't hide it either. With Steven veering into Token Good Teammate territory at times.
- Secretly Selfish: On a general level, all of the Gems dote on and care for Steven, and are perfectly willing to risk their lives for him...but that's partly because Steven is their Living Emotional Crutch, and their behaviour often forces Steven to handle issues that, as a child, he shouldn't really have to cope with. However, that does not mean that they're bad parents, even if they think this is the case.
- Pearl, the most maternal Gem, wouldn't let so much as a cold wind blow on Steven if she could help it... but a big part of that is the psychological hangover from being his mother, Rose's, self-proclaimed protector. She's been utterly bereft after losing that part of her identity, and really wants it back.
- Garnet falls foul of this in "Future Vision". Letting Steven know how her power works initially seems to be her usual humoring of Steven's curiosity, but at the end of the episode she admits that really, she wanted Steven to understand her better so that she could be closer to him.
- Interestingly, Amethyst rarely falls into this because she's open about her feelings.
- Sixth Ranger: Peridot, as of the events of "Message Received".
- Lapis also sort of fills this role as the sixth member of the group as of "Reunited".
- Smug Super: Steven aside, the Crystal Gems have high opinions about themselves compared to humans. Flashbacks have shown that even Rose, the kindest and most compassionate of them all, wasn't immune to this, and it was only once she formed a relationship with Greg that her views finally changed.
- Survivor Guilt: All three Gems were hit hard by Rose giving up her life to give birth to Steven.
- The Team: Several formations that we see over the course of the series.
- The Leader: Rose Quartz, the commander of the renegade Crystal Gem faction.
- The Lancer: Pearl, her first recruit and most devout follower
- The Big Guy: Garnet, a powerhouse stoic fusion
- Tagalong Kid: Amethyst, the youngest gem, born on earth after the end of the war who they tried to raise as a free spirit without the stigma of Gem culture.
- The Leader: Garnet, A calm headed powerful warrior, and wise strategist due to her future vision.
- The Lancer: Pearl, Garnet's responsible Number Two.
- The Big Guy: Big Fun Amethyst, the most reckless and eager to fight.
- The Heart: Steven, who they all vow to protect in honor of Rose Quartz, and who begins to truly endear them to humanity.
- As of "Reunited":
- The Leader: Steven, the Magnetic Hero that keeps the team together.
- Number Two: Garnet, who can still take command if needed but fully believes in Steven.
- Proper Lady: Pearl, still practical and orderly and increasingly reasonable after being able to tell her long hidden secrets.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Amethyst, the most down to earth and likely to goof off.
- The Smart Guy: Peridot, who knows all kinds of information about Era 2 Homeworld technology and culture that the other Gems missed out on after living on earth for so long.
- The Big Guy: Bismuth, physically the largest, equal parts blacksmith and weapons specialist.
- Ineffectual Loner: Lapis, who finally comes around after being in and out of the team at various points working out her own issues.
- The Chick: Connie, the leader's good natured, supportive best friend who keeps him grounded despite all the magic.
- Power-Up Mount: Lion, who comes and goes at his own whim and provides the team with additional support in battle, transportation through portals, and storage with the Pocket Dimension in his mane.
- Team Pet: Pumpkin, a living doglike gourd, and Cat Steven, a one eyed cat. And Lion above as well.
- Honorary True Companion: Team Dad Greg Universe, Steven's father and a compassionate human who can only lend his charm.
- Town Girls: Pearl is Femme, Amethyst is Butch, and Garnet is Neither - appropriate, as she is the fusion of Ruby and Sapphire.
- True Companions: In all ways but biology, they're a family.
- Turned Against Their Masters: All gems are born into a certain task for the sake of serving the Diamonds. The Crystal Gems decided they can do more than what they were made for and don't have to follow the Diamonds' orders, especially when they harm the lives of themselves or others. Their stated goal isn't actively hostile toward Homeworld, but they will fight to protect the Earth. Unfortunately, Bismuth cared less about protecting the weak and more about getting back at their creators, and she probably wasn't alone.
- Un-person: Their existence is implied to be kept secret from most Homeworld Gems save those who fought in the war against Earth, the records merely saying that the planet was abandoned as a viable Gem colony. "Your Mother and Mine" confirms that most Homeworld gems saw Rose Quartz as an Urban Legend at best.
- Weak, but Skilled: As a whole, fusions aside, the current Crystal Gem teammembers are all on the lower side of average power by Gem warrior standards and their arsenal is primitive at best compared to modern Homeworld technology. They have managed to hold their own despite this thanks to a combination of thousands of years of experience, fusion, exploitation of their unique abilities, and their trust in each other.
- What Does She See in Him?: The other Gems wonder what made Rose fall in love with Greg, although flashbacks have helped shed light on it.
- You Are Not Ready: Garnet and Pearl not telling Steven about Homeworld because of their assumptions that he's not emotionally mature enough to process the information for three seasons eventually comes back to bite them in the gem in "Steven's Dream"; their refusal to talk about what he assumes is Pink Diamond (but is actually Blue Diamond visiting Earth, according to Garnet) causes Steven to snap and lash out at them for keeping secrets, and go off to Korea with Greg to find out for himself... which leads to Greg getting kidnapped by Blue Diamond.
- You Can't Go Home Again: The Crystal Gems can't go back to the Gem Homeworld; their sinister plans for Earth leading to Rose Quartz and the others deciding to stay and protect it. Garnet goes so far as to smash Earth's connection to the Galaxy Warp after Peridot repairs it, with the implication that they were the ones that broke it the first time. Peridot winds up in the same boat as them and becomes a Crystal Gem after the events of "Message Received".
Steven Quartz Universe
"Gems shouldn't fight each other."
Steven is the lovable, half-human and half-Gem boy who is still figuring out to harness his power from the Gem he inherited from his mother. He's goofy, energetic and optimistic. He takes his role as a Crystal Gem seriously, learning all his lessons, and taking his discipline with good humor when the situation calls for it. He is very much in touch with his emotions, and does not shy away from saying how he feels. He is as impulsive as any other boy his age might be, but counts on his Gem family to keep him safe.
See here for tropes regarding him.
Pearl: If we were supposed to fight a 'giant foot,' Garnet would let us know.
Amethyst: Yeah, Garnet's the boss.
Pearl: Well, we're all a team. Garnet just has heightened perception that guides us towards our mission objective.
Amethyst: Yeah, she's the boss.
Garnet is the de facto leader of the Crystal Gems, having taken over after the departure of Rose Quartz. She's a powerful, strong and disciplined warrior. A Gem of few words, Garnet is the most aloof member of team. However, when she does speak, everyone listens. She is usually very introspective, but living with Steven, she is beginning to come out of her shell a little.
See her page for tropes regarding Garnet.
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 Wild Child of the Crystal Gems. 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. 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.
See her page for tropes regarding Amethyst.
"Humans just live short, boring, insignificant lives, so they make up stories to feel like they're part of something bigger. They want to blame all the world's problems on a single enemy they can fight, instead of a complex network of interrelated forces beyond anyone's control."
A perfectionist and intellectual strategist, Pearl is the mental powerhouse of the Gems. She strives for structure and logic and gets easily flustered when things don't go as planned. She is driven to keep things orderly, and is most protective of Steven. The slightest hint of endangering Rose's son will immediately result in Pearl seeking to get him to safety. She also is a little nervous, has some trouble speaking emotionally when others are upset, and is a little quietly resentful that her strengths are not ones Steven considers admirable.
See her page for tropes regarding Pearl.
"Isn't it remarkable, Steven? This world is full of so many possibilities. Each living thing has an entirely unique experience: the sights they see, the sounds they hear, the lives they live are so complicated... and so simple! I can't wait for you to join them."
Rose Quartz was the founder and previous leader of the Crystal Gems. She found Amethyst and brought her into the group. Twenty years ago, she met and fell in love with Greg Universe. She became pregnant with Steven, but since the holder of the magic gem can only be one person, Rose, as Greg puts it, "gave up her physical form to bring Steven into the world". Although she could fight as well as any Gem, she was full of love and compassion for every living thing she ever encountered.
See her page for tropes regarding Rose.
"I am an eternal flame, baby!"
A small, red Gem that is always Fused with Sapphire. Described by the creators as "someone who cares a lot", she often lets her anger and frustration get the best of her, and so is complemented well by her more reserved partner Sapphire.
- Unlike Garnet or Sapphire, she wears her heart on her sleeve most of the time. So when she's upset in "Keystone Motel", half of her angry expressions are very cute and cartoonish. And she is openly and mushily affectionate with Sapphire after they make up, kissing on her, holding her bridal style, and calling her "Laughy Sapphy" much to the (joyful) embarrassment of Sapphire and (regular) embarrassment of Steven.
- In "The Question", she's giddy when she decides to become a cowboy.
- Afro Asskicker: She was built to be a foot soldier, and her hair looks like a square 'fro.
- Angrish: Frequently and with gusto.
- Bad Liar: "Hit the Diamond" confirms that about the only person in the history of fiction she's a better liar than is Invader Zim. She does get away with it, but mostly because the people she's lying to are bungling morons who quite literally cannot count past six.
- Battle Couple: With Sapphire, as they are always fused as Garnet.
- Berserk Button: Screwing around with fusion. It makes her literally fume.Sapphire: You're choosing to take it personally.
Ruby: IT'S FUSION, SAPPHIRE!! WHAT'S MORE PERSONAL TO US THAN FUSION?!?
- Bodyguard Crush: Originally one of three Rubies assigned to the "rare aristocratic Gem, Sapphire."
- Boyish Short Hair: Her short hair contrasts with Sapphire's Long Hair Is Feminine.
- Break the Cutie: Happens to her when Sapphire denounces their relationship as being based on one of Rose's lies and leaves.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: "Keeping It Together" had Garnet's red-colored eye openly crying at the sight of the fusion experiment monster and during the ensuing dialogue between Ruby and Sapphire, Ruby's outrage seems to stem from being unable to save her former allies from this fate. In "Keystone Motel", when it seems like nothing will calm Ruby down, she stops dead in her tracks when Steven asks if her and Sapphire arguing is his fault.
- Burning with Anger: In "Keystone Motel", her anger over the events of "Cry for Help" get her so mad that she causes an entire pool to evaporate with her heat powers while standing in it.
- Butch Lesbian: A Discount Lesbian with a masculine design.
- Character Tics: Whenever Ruby feels agitated, panicked, and/or angry, she places both of her hands on the side of her head.
- Comical Angry Face: Makes several of them in "Keystone Motel" while furious over Pearl's betrayal, complete with bugged-out eyes and clenched teeth while she's shaking a diner table.
- Common Law Marriage: Ruby and Sapphire have shared a committed, monogamous love for over five millennia (pretty long even by gem standards), but weren't married as this is a concept foreign to gems. On Steven's suggestion, they hold a wedding as a way to commemorate their relationship even when they're apart from each other.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror:
- Downplayed heavily, but still implied in "The Answer", in which she states that she doesn't care if she dies, due to there already being a ton of other Rubies. Though this belief may have changed over time.
- It's implied that she has a bit of this mentality left over in "Jail Break," where she openly considers her own well-being as unimportant compared to Sapphire's.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Spends most of "Hit the Diamond" focusing on Sapphire rather than the job at hand.
- The Dividual:
- In the most literal sense possible. She and Sapphire have spent a long, long time fused into a single being, and their first priority when separated is to find each other again. This defines her perfectly as a "syndividual".
- But Ruby, unlike Sapphire, also started out as a "twindividual". She was so utterly identical to other Rubies that when she fused with them, she barely noticed because she still had exactly the same mind and personality—like herself "but bigger".
- Explored in "The Question", when Garnet breaks apart due to Sapphire's shock at Rose Quartz's greatest secret. Ruby goes off to do a bit of soul searching, reasoning she'd spent so long as Garnet she didn't really know who she was. It doesn't take her long to discover she likes being Ruby but loves being with Sapphire. Her and Steven's solution is for her and Sapphire to get married, with the implication they might unfuse more often but still be together symbolically.
- Dumb Muscle: Subverted. She calls herself stupid when she is actually impulsive/emotional, probably because Rubies are expected to be dumb on Homeworld. Most are, but our individualized Ruby was the only Gem who thought Amethyst was using her powers too much during the baseball game. When Amethyst comments that Rubies are dumb, Garnet notes that not all of them are.
- She even learned to play guitar in less than ten minutes!
- Eternal Love: With Sapphire. To be specific, for 5,750 years.note
- Expendable Clone: Initially considered herself to be essentially this, as seen in "The Answer".Sapphire: They were gonna break you!
Ruby: Who cares? There's tons of me!
- It's implied that she may still think of herself this way to a certain extent. In "Jail Break," she responds with a "Who cares?!" when Sapphire asks if she's hurt. Another example is in "Gem Heist", where she rants angrily about why she hates Blue Diamond: she hates fusion and love and tried to punish Sapphire. Notably, Ruby never brings up that Blue Diamond tried to kill her.
- Expy: Design-wise, of K.O. during his series' conceptualization, per Word of God, on the Cartoon Network Twitter.
- Fiery Redhead: Ruby is the "fury" according to "Stronger Than You", and her hair has a reddish tint. Oh, and her skin is literally red.
- Foil: With Sapphire. Ruby is hot-headed and emotional, and it's implied that she constantly hurts herself trying to get out of her cell in "Jailbreak." Sapphire is calm and collected and simply sings to calm Ruby down. They're also red and blue respectively. "Keystone Motel" further exemplifies this; both are angry enough with Pearl that they're suffering from Power Incontinence, but Sapphire is already prepared to forgive Pearl for tricking them, while Ruby is literally fuming with rage over it. The reason being that Ruby gets so emotional that she's essentially stuck in the present, only thinking about how mad she is rather than any actual solutions. Sapphire on the other hand focuses too much on the future where the problem has already been solved and didn't notice the emotional strain that exists before the actual resolution. It's practically taken Up to Eleven with the reveal that Ruby and Sapphire appear to have fire and ice themed powers, respectively. Even their designed places in the Gem caste system are opposites, Ruby is a Red Shirt, Sapphire is a Blue Blood.
- Funny Afro: Like Garnet, her afro is cube-shaped rather than spherical. It appears to be a Ruby trait.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Much like Pearl, our Ruby was born and bred to be just another expendable, inconsequential member of her class. Most of her early interactions with Sapphire in "The Answer" reflect this—she's genuinely confused that Sapphire cares about her as a person, because there are tons more like her. While this is also evident to an extent with Sapphire, for Ruby especially becoming Garnet reflected becoming more than what she was expected to be—and in the current day, she seems much better adjusted than Pearl was despite starting with the same issues.
- Guest-Star Party Member: She and Sapphire defuse for three episodes straight to help infiltrate the Zoo.
- Heroic Build: Her stocky design makes her look quite muscular (especially if you compare her side by side with Sapphire).
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She puts Sapphire in much higher regard than herself and often lets herself be blamed for things. Sapphire is not happy when she does this though.
- From "Jail Break":Ruby: Are you okay? Did they hurt you?
Sapphire: No. Did they hurt you?
Ruby: Who cares?!
Sapphire: I do!
- From "Keystone Motel".Ruby: Sapphire... No, no no no no no no no! This is all my fault! I-I didn't want to look for a solution, I-I just wanted to be mad! Y-You're right! You're always right! I was being stupid!
Sapphire: I don't think you're stupid!
- From "Jail Break":
- Hero of Another Story: Specifically, a love story with Sapphire (which was explored in "The Answer").
- Hidden Depths: While calling herself dumb, she actually learned to play guitar very quickly - in less than ten minutes!
- Hot-Blooded: She feels all her emotions intensely. When she gets mad, she gets furious, and when she's upset, she's horrified.
- Immortal Immaturity: She's at least 5,750 years old and is still prone to throwing violent tantrums when she gets really mad. As of "Now We're Only Falling Apart", she seems to be working on it, as she handles the reveal that Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond all along in a much calmer fashion than Sapphire.
- Immune to Fate: Apparently she's so spontaneous that Sapphire sometimes has trouble predicting her actions with future vision.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Like Garnet, Ruby has a square afro.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Rebecca Sugar incorporated a lot of Charlyne Yi's physical antics into Ruby's mannerisms.
- Ironic Name: While most of the Ruby gemstone mythos fits her very well, there's one big exception: Real life rubies are associated with nobility, and are actually more valuable than diamonds, while Homeworld has rubies (including Crystal Gem Ruby) as an expendable Red Shirt Army caste.
- I Will Find You: Ruby has a single desire when they're separated: find Sapphire.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very downplayed. Despite her hot temper, she's usually caring, brave, selfless, and loving.
- Klingons Love Shakespeare: Really likes cowboys, to the point of deciding to dress and act as one during the events of "The Question".
- Large Ham: Ruby has a tendency to over-exaggerate with her face and gesticulations, particularly when aggravated.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She just runs through the ship screaming Sapphire's name, with no apparent concern that she might instead run into Jasper or Peridot.
- Martial Arts Headband: She's a fighter who wears a red headband which visually distinguishes her from any other Ruby.
- MasculineFeminine Gay Couple: A Discount Lesbians example with Sapphire. While Sapphire is a refined Proper Lady, Ruby is dressed like a fighter and has a one-track mind in finding Sapphire, no matter what gets in her way. Ironically, during their wedding Ruby dons a dress and Sapphire a suit.
- Meaningful Name: In gemstone mythos, rubies encourage closeness and commitment and it deepens a couples relationship, reflecting how Ruby's whole world revolves around Sapphire. They also sharpen the mind, bringing a heightened awareness and excellent concentration, showing her focus on one thing at the time to the point of one-track mindness and how she amplifies Sapphire's precognition as Garnet. They are used for protection (often against the paranormal and psychic/psychological attacks), which goes with Ruby's job as a bodyguard. Rubies are also associated with fire and the sun, and she has fire powers.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Her views on Sapphire saving her in "The Answer" in a nutshell; that Sapphire shouldn't have cared because there are tons of her. Sapphire obviously disagreed.
- Morphic Resonance: When fused with Sapphire into Garnet, Garnet gains her skin tone (mostly in her first form, less so with the second), general outfit design, meaty legs, afro, and eye shape from Ruby. Interestingly, where Garnet's afro has its indent is around the same place where Ruby's headband is, making their hair frame their face in the same square fashion. She is also apparently the source of Garnet's gauntlets, as she materializes one herself (which does not have a star on it).
- No Indoor Voice: If angry. Oddly quiet otherwise.
- Non Sequitur: When trying to distract Holly Blue Agate she screams "EXPLOSION!!" before explaining that her ship might explode.
- Official Couple: With Sapphire. Confirmed here by Joe Johnston.
- One True Love: Sapphire's, shown by Garnet being such a perfect, stable fusion.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to the other Ruby Guards she was assigned with in "The Answer" (and indeed, most of the other Rubies seen so far), she's noticeably more levelheaded and intelligent.
- Opposites Attract: She could not be more opposite of Sapphire or more devoted to her.
- Personality Powers: The classic hot-head with fire powers.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite her small size, Ruby has shown several feats of surprising strength, such as smashing a table hard enough to send it across the room. Since Rubies are the foot soldiers of the Gem empire, it would make sense that she would be stronger than she looks.
- Playing with Fire: She can emit extreme heat, and does so unconsciously when emotional—enough to leave burning footprint and boil a whole swimming pool full of water in a few hours.Ruby: I am an ETERNAL FLAME, BABY!
- Power Fist: Like Garnet, her weapon armors up her fist. The design is slightly different, though. Whereas Garnet's fists are essentially one large block, Ruby's wrist armor is larger, her hand doesn't increase in size, and the back lacks a star and spikes, making it more like a boxing glove rather than a gauntlet. Interestingly, she summons it on her right hand, which doesn't have a gem.
- Red Is Heroic: Her main color scheme is red and she's one-half of the fusion for Garnet.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Sapphire's blue. Ruby's passion and concern helps Sapphire to stay in the present instead of peering into the future when the matters have been resolved and thus grow distant and complacent.
- Red Shirt: ''The Answer" reveals her place in the Gem caste system as an expendable low level soldier.
- The Runaway: She runs away after Sapphire yells at her over Rose turning out to be Pink Diamond to the point of calling their whole relationship a lie. According to Steven, however, she means this literally.
- Say My Name: "SAPPHIIIRE!"
- Screw Destiny: In contrast to Sapphire's Fatalist attitude in "The Answer", Ruby can't bring herself to accept a future where Sapphire gets poofed. By leaping in front of her and forming Garnet for the first time, she's able to derail Sapphire's prediction and leave her amazed in the process.
- Shout-Out: Visually, her design is based on K.O., the protagonist of Ian Jones-Quartey's other series, OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: When not fused or fighting with Sapphire, Ruby is so openly affectionate that it makes Steven blush and cover his eyes. In "Hit the Diamond" they're flirting so heavily that they can't focus on the game at all.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Ruby's outfit has no sleeves.
- Spanner in the Works: Though unintentionally, by saving Sapphire, she prevented Pearl and Rose from being captured which would result in the Rebellion's collapse and would allow the Homeworld Gems to have their way with Earth.
- Springtime for Hitler: In "Hit the Diamond" she infiltrates the team of Homeworld Rubies and tries to sabotage their chances of winning the baseball game from within by playing horribly. She does all right for the most part, but at one point she accidentally hits a home run when she is distracted by Sapphire waving at her.
- Straight Man: As opposed to her preceding appearances, she was this to her fellow Rubies during "The Answer".
- Super Strength: She angrily punches the wall of her cell so hard the vibration knocks Steven over.
- Tomboy: To Sapphire's Girly Girl.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Quite unexpectedly, she's the one who wears a dress at her wedding to Sapphire.
- Twirl of Love: She and Sapphire love each other and being fused so much that they don't even need to do an elaborate dance, they just twirl and the fusion happens naturally.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Hurt Sapphire and Ruby will end you.
- Visual Pun: Her status in Homeworld society as a Red Shirt.
- Wacky Marriage Proposal: Proposes to Sapphire with one right out of a Spaghetti Western in "The Question".
- Walk, Don't Swim: In "Keystone Motel" Ruby paces along the bottom of the pool until it completely evaporates.
- Walking Spoiler: Her existence reveals Garnet is a fusion, though now it's a Late-Arrival Spoiler.
"I can see the path of fate as it stretches toward the horizon."
A small blue Gem that is always fused with Ruby. Possessing ice powers and Future Vision, she can often be very withdrawn and emotionally distant, and so is complemented well by her more open partner Ruby.
- Adorkable: Sapphire starts off calm and emotionless, but she's shown to be less stoic when she and Ruby are happy together. By "Hit the Diamond", amidst a baseball game with enemies from Homeworld, she's easily distracted by Ruby and is too busy flirting to hit or catch the ball.
- Affectionate Nickname: Laughy Sapphy. Given by Ruby of course. This may have a double meaning, if "sapphy" can be considered slang for "sapphic", another word for lesbian, derived from the poetess Sappho.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: When viewed from the bottom, the layers of her dress resemble a geode.
- Battle Couple: With Ruby, as they are always fused as Garnet.
- Berserk Button:
- Although she's more calm about it, Sapphire takes fusion seriously. So messing around with it will piss her off.
- In stark contrast to Pearl's tricking them into fusing, Sapphire is the one who flies off the handle and forces a de-fusion after learning Rose was really Pink Diamond and had lied to them for centuries. She even lashes out at Ruby more cruelly than anything Ruby dished out to her the last time, accusing her of never knowing anything.
- Blessed with Suck: Sapphire possesses Future Vision but can only see one course instead of alternatives (like Garnet). Also, her ability to see the future has also made her fatalistic.
- Blinding Bangs: Presumably she doesn't really need to see the present, because she can predict everything.
- Blind Seer: Sapphire has the ability to look into the future and her eye is completely covered.
- Blue Blood: "The Answer" reveals her place in the Gem caste system as a rare high level aristocrat, as well as an advisor for Blue Diamond. Bonus points for being literally blue, albeit not having any blood due to Gem biology.
- Blue Is Heroic: Her main color scheme is blue and she's one-half of the fusion for Garnet.
- Character Development: "Hit the Diamond" shows her more open to the various future possibilities, rather than deciding that one thing will absolutely happen. She also shows more interest in the present than in "Keystone Motel", though part of this might just be that the latter episode was an emotional low point for her. The most dramatic development is in her backstory; prior to meeting Ruby in "The Answer", she had her entire life mapped out via future vision, which Ruby's interference convinced her to willfully deviate from. While she's upset and running away from Ruby after learning the truth about Pink Diamond and tells Ruby she never knows what's going on, she makes sure to tell Ruby that she's angry about Rose's lie, and it has nothing to do with Ruby. This is in stark contrast to her bottling up her emotions in "Keystone Motel" and making Ruby think she didn't care.
- Character Tic: Her bangs tends to be removed from in front of her eye when she's distressed.
- The Comically Serious: Definitely has her moments of this, in part due to being more stoic than Garnet.Steven: Sapphire, the toilet's frozen.
Sapphire: Such is fate.
Steven: Am I fated to pee on the grass too? (Goes out the room.)
- Common Law Marriage: Ruby and Sapphire have shared a committed, monogamous love for over five millennia (pretty long even by gem standards), but weren't married as this is a concept foreign to gems. On Steven's suggestion, they hold a wedding as a way to commemorate their relationship even when they're apart from each other.
- Creepy Monotone: Doesn't show any emotion or variance in her voice when she speaks... except when being consoled by Ruby, or flirting with Ruby, or saying hi to Steven...
- Curtains Match The Windows: Light blue hair and eye.
- Cyclops: She has one large eye underneath her bangs.
- Defector from Decadence: Was a member of Blue Diamond's entourage before the war. Sapphires are "rare aristocratic Homeworld Gems", and she was addressed as "Your Grand Clarity" by Holly Blue Agate in "Gem Heist".
- Didn't See That Coming: Sapphire can correctly predict most things with her future vision, but it seems she can be caught off-guard by outcomes she never considered possible, such as Pearl fixing the communication hub as an excuse to keep fusing with Garnet, (Though that may be due to Garnet herself missing it, as her powers work slightly different due to Ruby's influence) or Rose Quartz actually having been Pink Diamond since she trusted Rose enough to not look into her future and question her.
- Dissonant Serenity: She almost always appears to be completely calm and stoic.Sapphire: (Completely monotonous) Can't you see I'm completely engulfed with rage?
- Distracted by the Sexy: Spends most of "Hit the Diamond" doing terribly because she's distracted by her beloved Ruby. Someone who can literally foresee where a baseball will come from cannot successfully hit it for most of the episode because she's busy flirting with the catcher.
- The Dividual: In the most literal sense possible. She and Ruby have spent a long, long time fused into a single being, and their first priority when separated is to find each other again.
- Emotionless Girl: Downplayed. Sapphire normally has a calm exterior, but also is seen laughing when being Sickeningly Sweethearts with Ruby, embarrassed when called by her pet name, and crying when she realizes how she's been unintentionally insensitive to Ruby's feelings and by extension upsetting Steven. By the time of "Hit the Diamond", she's just as flirty and distracted as Ruby is.
- Eternal Love: With Ruby. To be specific, for 5,750 years. note
- Everyone Has Standards: While she is fine with lying when there's a good reason for it, such as during the baseball game with the Rubies, she hates it when someone deceives her about an important issue because it messes with her Future Vision and is a breach of trust. Pearl's deception about the tower, which wasted the Crystal Gems' time and used Garnet for a power high, causes her to freeze up a room in anger, and she runs off in tears after learning that Rose lied to them about being Pink Diamond.
- Fatal Flaw: She has Future Vision that allows her to see threats and paths to the future and when such events have been resolved, which makes her neglect the equally important present, or occasionally have a panic attack.
- There's also the fact that her Future Vision isn't omniscient. She can't predict the future of something or someone unless she's specifically focused on it. She never realized Rose and Pink Diamond were one and the same because she never considered the possibility, and therefore never looked into possible futures that would have revealed the truth. Such a massive oversight devastated her when she found out.
- The Fatalist:
- Compared to Garnet, who insists that the future is not written and that her future sight is just a way of seeing possibilities that might happen, Sapphire seems to think that everything is inevitable. The fact that Ruby is able to derail her predictions in "The Answer" leaves her stunned, but apparently does little to change her way of thinking, as she still seems to think this way over 5,000 years later in "Keystone Motel", though part of that might have just been her trying to get Ruby to hurry up and make up with Pearl. She does seem to have moved closer to accepting possibilities by "Hit the Diamond", though, since she rolls with Steven's baseball-game ploy when it beats her predicted odds and ends up being the final option. In "Gem Heist" she bluntly states that the plan she's made will fail but then says they can change the future, albeit with a very crooked smile.
- Per a 2016 interview, Sapphire generally only sees one future possibility, because she herself is so passive. Ruby's more impulsive nature changes the certainties into a selection of possibilities, making Garnet's version less certain but more expansive.
- Flight: She at least possesses the ability to hover short distances.
- Foil: With Ruby, as detailed in Ruby's section above.
- Gamer Chick: Only a single eye was actively following the action when Garnet got addicted to a rhythm game. That said, Sapphire is a cyclops.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: Her dress has large, round sleeves to complete her very feminine image.
- Girly Girl: To Ruby's Tomboy.
- Good Costume Switch: She had a blue diamond on the front of her dress when she still served Blue Diamond. It became a normal stripe when we first see her.
- Guest-Star Party Member: She and Ruby defuse for three episodes straight to help infiltrate the Zoo.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Sapphire is an official relationship with Ruby.
- Heroic BSoD: She's very upset on learning Rose lied to them and was Pink Diamond the whole time, running off in tears despite Ruby calling for her. She has another one after finding out Ruby has run away because of her lashing out at her.
- Hero of Another Story: Specifically, a love story with Ruby (which was explored in "The Answer").
- Hidden Depths: In "Mindful Education", personal issues are represented as butterflies; Ruby seems to only have one, Sapphire has a swarm big enough to drown her.
- High Class Gloves: A white pair, giving her an old-fashioned feminine look.
- An Ice Person: She emits extreme cold when emotionally distressed, typically manifesting in ice forming around her feet. Properly focused, she can freeze entire rooms solid in a matter of minutes, or use sudden cold snaps to empower her physical blows.
- Innocently Insensitive: She constantly sees the imminent future, unconsciously forgetting that the problems that she sees resolved still exist in the present, and might require her personal action to be solved in the first place."I keep looking into the future, when all of this has already been solved, as if it doesn't matter how you feel in the present. No wonder you think I don't care!"
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Moves so fast, Steven's feet don't even touch the ground when he's pulled along, despite wearing a big poofy dress.
- Lipstick Lesbian: By default, being a Discount Lesbian with a feminine design.
- Logical Weakness: To see something with Future Vision, she has to be actively looking for it. She never knew that Rose Quartz was actually Pink Diamond because she trusted Rose implicitly and never looked into her personal future. She has a massive Heroic BSoD when she eventually does find out because she sees what Rose did as a betrayal of that trust.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Her long hair contrasts with Ruby's Boyish Short Hair.
- MasculineFeminine Gay Couple: A Discount Lesbians example with Ruby. Sapphire is calm and proper and dresses like a princess in contrast to Ruby who is Hot-Blooded and wears martial arts-inspired clothes. Ironically, during their wedding Sapphire wears a suit while Ruby wears a dress.
- Meaningful Name:
- In gemstone mythos, sapphires help to calm and focus the mind and increase the power of the Third Eye; Sapphire pretty much balances Ruby's impulsiveness and she's the Seer of the duo.
- Sapphires are also love stones, specifically attachment and fidelity and amplifies healing through the voice, explaining why Sapphire sings to calm Ruby from a distance.
- Throughout history, sapphire has symbolized truth, sincerity, and loyalty. Sapphire is always straightforward and honest with her predictions of the future, and she has remained in a monogamous, loving relationship with Ruby for thousands of years.
- Ruby's nickname "Laughy Sapphy", with "sapphy" possibly being a slang form of "sapphic", may be indicative of their sapphic, i.e. lesbian relationship, derived from Sappho, the Greek poetess from Lesbos who wrote about love between women.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The reason she joined the Crystal Gems is because the Homeworld Gems turned on her for fusing with Ruby by accident, and because Blue Diamond was willing to kill Ruby even though she saved Sapphire's life.
- Morphic Resonance: When fused with Ruby to make Garnet, Garnet gains her lip shape, tendency to leave her eyes covered (Blinding Bangs on Sapphire, Cool Shades on Garnet), a small part of her first form's skin tone (which is noticeably darker than Ruby's bright red), a larger part of her second form's skintone, her slender arms, gloves (reduced to one finger on each hand rather than a full glove), and her Giant Poofy Sleeves from Sapphire.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She becomes remorseful after remembering that she denounced her relationship with Ruby during her fit of rage upon discovering Rose was Pink Diamond, and when she discovers Ruby has run away as a result, she breaks down.
- Nerves of Steel: Even while in prison and separated from Ruby, Sapphire was calm in her cell. In "Keeping It Together", despite her side of their fusion's face looking more fearful, she seems to be trying to comfort both herself and Ruby, rationalizing that neither them nor Rose Quartz could've known about Homeworld's fusion experiments.
- Nice Girl: Even before she defected, Sapphire was nothing but nice and considerate.
- Nice to the Waiter: 5,000 years ago, she was shown to be very polite to her Ruby guards, who were considered common soldiers and ranked far below her, an aristocrat, in Homeworld's Hive Caste System.
- The Noseless: One would think her hair is covering a nose, but when it's pulled up you can see she doesn't have one.
- Not So Stoic:
- Despite her cool exterior, Sapphire finally breaks down when she realizes how she and Ruby have upset Steven and that she was ignoring Ruby's feelings, outright bursting into tears and having to be consoled by Ruby. She really only acts emotionless when she is actively suppressing her anger, otherwise, she can be just as Adorkable as Ruby.
- In "Now We're Only Falling Apart", she's so livid about learning that Rose used to be Pink Diamond, and thus lied to them all those millennia, that she defused and warped away in a rage... without Ruby.
- Official Couple: With Ruby.
- Omniscient Morality License: Sapphire has yet to do anything heinously amoral, but she does have a rather cold, utilitarian, and even condescending attitude she justifies as being because her Future Vision means she always knows what's going to happen. In "Keystone Motel", she admits to and apologizes to Ruby for ignoring how she felt in the present.
- One True Love: Ruby's, shown by Garnet being such a perfect, stable fusion.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: "Now We're Only Falling Apart" has her actually angry and in tears due to recent revelations. (See Not So Stoic above.) Yes, the calm-as-a-cucumber, Tranquil Fury Sapphire is showing genuine anger. This is especially jarring considering how calm she was after the whole "Pearl-lying-to-form-Sardonyx" event in Season 2.
- Opposites Attract: The complete opposite in personality, color, and elemental affinity of Ruby, whom she is completely devoted to.
- Parachute Petticoat: Uses this to land gently after jumping off the Cloud Arena and falling thousands of feet through the air with Ruby.
- Personality Powers: Has a very calm and withdrawn personality, as is befitting someone with ice-powers. Due to her ability to see the future, she often is very detached, and frustrates those around her due to knowing what's going to happen and acting like she's better than they because of it. This last element is also displayed by her ability to float; she thinks she's above others.
- Power Incontinence: When Sapphire freezes up, she involuntarily freezes herself to the floor.
- The Power of Love: Ruby's love helped Sapphire learn that the most likely future isn't always the future that will happen, and that she needs to understand and empathize with people in the present instead of living in the future where everything is solved.
- Prescience Is Predictable: Constant use of her Future Vision has rendered her fatalistic and complacent about outcomes. It leaves her with having a cold, patient and dissociated personality. She does seem to be dialing it back more recently, though.
- Pride: Hinted at in "Keystone Motel", which might be where Garnet gets it.Ruby: YOU'RE NOT AS ABOVE THIS AS YOU THINK YOU ARE!
Sapphire: Yes. I am.
- Rapunzel Hair: Granted, she's much shorter than an average human being, but Sapphire's hair still reaches down to her knees.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Ruby's Red. She happens to be one of the few people that can keep Ruby cool and collected when the two aren't in conflict with each other. As several of their fusions have shown this balance can easily be thrown off.
- Seers: In a blink-and-you'll-miss moment in her first appearance, you can see her come to a stop exactly where Ruby would be able to see her a second before she appears. In her later appearance she uses it more blatantly. However, her Future Vision originally wasn't as advanced as Garnet's; while Garnet can see multiple outcomes, Sapphire only saw one outcome for the rebel attack in "The Answer". This appears to be a consistent flaw with Sapphire's version of future vision as in "Gem Heist" when asked if the plan will work her answer is a definitive no before quickly stating that they would change fate. However, Sapphire has moved closer to Garnet's own mindset, acknowledging that even though she can not see other possibilities independently fate is not as set as she originally believed.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Apparently, the reason why her visions always came true before "The Answer" was that she was so passive she went along with everything that happened, assuming it was set in stone.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Ruby, at least when they're not a) a single being or b) fighting. Witness they're making up in "Keystone Motel" and Steven covers his eyes so as not to witness the incredible sappiness. In "Hit the Diamond", they're flirting so heavily that they can't focus on the game at all.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She's only in love with her Ruby.
- Stepford Smiler: Heavily implied in "Mindful Education", considering that, as opposed to Ruby's single mental-baggage butterfly, she has an entire swarm. Which would make sense as she is constantly exposed to the most likely futures at any given time, including ones where everything and everyone she cares about are destroyed.
- The Stoic: Sapphire doesn't really emote much: her voice is quiet and monotone even when she's livid, and her calm and collected demeanor only adds to it.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Sapphire is usually cold and distant with others, a trait that is sometimes reflected in Garnet. However, it's very clear that Sapphire is very compassionate, fair and level-headed on top of having a lot of patience.
- Super Speed: She grabs Steven and then speeds through the corridors of the ship in seconds to find Ruby. Seen again when escaping Blue Diamond's court with Ruby in "The Answer".
- Tranquil Fury: She doesn't show emotion. When she says that she's furious at Pearl after "Cry For Help", you have to take her word for it (though the Power Incontinence is a big clue that she's telling the truth). It makes her lividity at The Reveal that Rose Quartz and Pink Diamond were the same person all the more jarring.
- True Blue Femininity: Much like Lapis, but with more white.
- Twirl of Love: She and Ruby love each other and being fused so much that they don't even need to do an elaborate dance, they just twirl and the fusion happens naturally.
- Uptown Girl: "The Answer" reveals that Sapphire was an aristocratic Blue Blood, while Ruby was a common low level soldier.
- Visual Pun:
- Her status in Homeworld society as a Blue Blood.
- Sapphire's hair is a light blue color, almost white, and poofy like a cloud. In her early appearances, she is constantly thinking about the future and is not very grounded in reality, due to her future vision—in other words, she has her head in the clouds.
- Walking Spoiler: Her existence reveals Garnet is a fusion, though after Season 1 it's a Late-Arrival Spoiler.
- Was It All a Lie?: Ruby and Sapphire held Rose in high esteem for letting them exist as a fusion, and for liberating the Earth from the Diamond Authority. Sapphire as a result is quite upset when she and the other Crystal Gems learn that Pink Diamond and Rose Quartz were the same person, because it appears that everything Rose said was just a big lie and that many Gems died as some kind of cruel game for her. Turns out the lie was Pink/Rose's only option; she tried to do everything as Pink but was stopped by Blue and Yellow. Originally other Gems weren't part of the plan at all, but then she met Garnet and was following her lead instead; realizing this lets Sapphire forgive Rose/Pink.
- Weather Manipulation: It's implied in "We're Only Falling Apart" that Sapphire's out-of-control ice powers are causing the snowy weather at Rose's fountain. When she starts calming down, it starts warming up.
- When She Smiles: Ruby is about the only person who can get Sapphire to smile, and Ruby herself goes nuts for it.
- You Can't Fight Fate: She saw herself getting poofed by the Crystal Gems, and accepted it as fate. Ruby jumping in and fusing with her surprised her, as she never imagined her destiny could be changed.
"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.
See here for tropes regarding her.
"I won't do it! I can tell you with certainty that there are things on this planet worth protecting!"
A Gem technician from Homeworld who's been fixing Warp Pads in order to get an easy way to check on the Cluster. Having recently been stranded on Earth, her objective is now to avoid capture by the Crystal Gems and escape back to Homeworld... or it was, until she got captured and developed a friendship with "the Steven". Deprived of any chance to escape Earth, she forms a tenuous alliance with the Crystal Gems to stop the Cluster. Eventually, she defected from Homeworld to become a full member of the Crystal Gems.
See here for tropes regarding her.
"I couldn't stay away. If they're gonna punish me like a Crystal Gem, I might as well be one."
A Gem formerly of Blue Diamond's court with water-manipulating powers that was once poofed, and trapped in a mirror after being mistaken with a Crystal Gem during the war, and used as a tool for around 5,000 years, but fortunately she was set free by Steven. Her release was the focus of both "Mirror Gem" and "Ocean Gem". She used to despise Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl for forgetting she was trapped in a mirror and for being the reason why Homeworld mistook her for a Crystal Gem, but after her liberation in "Super Watermelon Island", she has more or less put her resentment of them aside for the time being. She loves and respects Steven and has become fiercely protective of him after freeing her. While originally extremely fearful of the prospect of being caught up in another war, after forming bonds with the others and coming to see the Earth as her home, she officially joined the Crystal Gems.
See here for tropes regarding her.
"We are powerful! We are important! We are the CRYSTAL GEMS!"
One of the original Crystal Gems from over 5,000 years ago, and an old comrade to Garnet and Pearl.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: After being bubbled in her eponymous episode, Bismuth is freed and rejoins the Crystal Gems in the final arc of Season 5.
- Anti-Villain: Has good intentions, but her Pay Evil unto Evil tendencies regarding Homeworld and her developing The Breaking Point was the Breaking Point for Rose to bubble her away, having become too aggressive to allow her on the battlefield any longer. As of "Made in Honor", this no longer applies.
- The Atoner: She eventually becomes this for attempting to kill Steven, fearing the other Crystal Gems won't accept her back. Ultimately, they do.
- Be All My Sins Remembered: Learning that Rose never told the other Crystal Gems about what really happened to her, despite knowing what that would mean if they knew, was what really set her off, and it's the reason she decides Steven is better than Rose when he promises to tell them everything.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Bismuth was furious with Rose for not wanting to shatter Pink Diamond to end the war early. She finds out six thousand years later that Rose did take her advice . . . by faking the shattering because she was Pink Diamond. Then White, Blue and Yellow unleashed the Corruption Beam and hurt all of the surviving Crystal Gems, who were Bismuth's friends. Bismuth when she realizes what she inspired Rose to do is horrified and guilty..
- Berserk Button: Hoo boy, if you value your life, don't lie to Bismuth. Another button that is on 24/7 is Bismuth's hatred for Homeworld, especially the "Elite" of Homeworld. That one burns with the intensity of the lava she forges with. And for the love of all that is holy, never let her believe you have any sympathy for the enemy.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's a big, sweet, loving Gem who's quick with a joke and full of sincere encouragement. She's also an utterly brutal fighter. And she tried to kill Steven, and Rose in the past. This is shown again in the fight against Blue Diamond.
- The Big Guy: Of the original Crystal Gems, seemingly, being a Blood Knight with strength matching that of Garnet's as well being the physically largest Gem besides Rose.
- The Blacksmith: Bismuths are builders and architects, but after siding with the Crystal Gems, this Bismuth used that talent to make weapons. She forged every physical weapon used by the Crystal Gems during the war, and in the present provides the remaining Crystal Gems with upgrades for their Gem weapons. Her forge is in the base of a volcano, like Hephaestus, and she starts on weapons by dipping her bare hands into lava and hammering the red hot ingot with her hands shapeshifted into hammers.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Aside from her hammer, she shifts her hands into large blades for combat.
- Blood Knight: In a flashback to the war, she jumped into a crowd of fleeing Gems and immediately attacked the first Gem near her—the small, pencil-thin Lapis Lazuli, who didn't even have a chance to defend herself. She's actually rather chatty and friendly when around other Crystal Gems, though.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She's jovial, loud, and the most muscular Gem seen yet.
- Bright Is Not Good: She's a vividly colorful Gem with a cheerful demeanor and a Blood Knight side. After her HeelFace Turn, this no longer applies, and she becomes as good as she is bright.
- Broken Ace: She is viewed as the most awesome member of the team until it's revealed that she's not the same hero they so fondly remembered.
- Broken Pedestal:
- The other Crystal Gems thought of her as still fiercely loyal to their cause of protecting the Earth and a potential leader in Rose's absence, but when Steven explains what happened between her and Rose (that the former tried to kill the latter over a disagreement of ethics), they become heartbroken and betrayed that their old friend has become a violently unstable and hateful person willing to even kill Rose to achieve her own personal goals over protecting the innocent.
- This also happened with Bismuth herself toward Rose. Bismuth idolized Rose for promoting her views that any Crystal Gem could be their own individual, outside of their caste system. When Rose tried to prevent Bismuth from fulfilling her crusade of vengeance, however? Rose fell from grace in Bismuth's eyes, to the point where she attempted to murder her. After Bismuth's return she calms down about that, but still considers Steven to be superior to Rose as he's dealing with the problems she didn't or wouldn't face, including Bismuth herself.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Bismuth is very in touch with her emotions, is not afraid to cry in front of others, and over time with Steven develops more empathy and compassion for her enemies. She can't stop herself from tearing up when she sees Pearl crying, and struggles not to cry when Sapphire and Ruby make their wedding vows.
- The Bus Came Back: In "Made of Honor", Steven manages to convince her that what she tried to do to him is a thing of the past and that the other Crystal Gems missed her despite her worries for trying to shatter Steven. Turns out they missed her a lot, much to her surprise.
- Cathartic Scream: Upon finding out Rose and Pink Diamond were the same person she takes a moment to do this...under lava.
- Character Development: As of "Legs from Here to Homeworld," she has gone from being a Fallen Hero who wanted to shatter the Diamonds to trusting her "leader" to negotiate with them, and advising him to "roar" in their language. Steven is grateful for the advice, and that she chose to stay on Earth.
- Cry Cute: As malevolent as she turned out to be, seeing her cry after Steven impales her with Rose's sword and tell him that in the end, the incident with Rose makes her feel unimportant can earn her some legitimate sympathy points.
- Death by Irony: Non-fatal of course, due to being a Gem. She ends up defeated by Steven after he stabs her with Rose's sword, the very weapon she constructed for her heroic leader. But then Steven unbubbles her later.
- Death Seeker: When Steven refuses to use or let anyone use the Breaking Point, she tells him to shatter her. Steven, of course, refuses, and she changes her mind when Steven informs her she wouldn't cover up her disappearance like Rose did.
- Determinator: As clearly seen in the fight against Blue and Yellow Diamond.
- Dreadlock Rasta: She wears her hair in rainbow-colored dreadlocks, signifying her rebellious nature.
- Dreadlock Warrior: Has an awesome hairstyle and is a highly competent warrior.
- Drop the Hammer: Can form her fist into a mallet, which she uses both for combat and blacksmithing.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She appears as a semi-distinct silhouette in "Same Old World", and her bubbled gem was one of the objects seen in Lion's Mane in "Lion 3: Straight to Video".
- Easily Forgiven: On the receiving end of this from Steven (who is used to befriending Gems that tried to kill him) as well as the Crystal Gems. Pearl, Sapphire and Ruby are just happy to have her back.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- When she learns that Pink Diamond was Rose Quartz and faked her shattering, it puts Rose's questionable strategy in light, and Bismuth abandons her idea of the Breaking Point when she realizes that Rose did take her advice, and faked Pink Diamond's shattering. She also apologizes to Steven for trying to kill him and mistaking him for Rose..
- The reason why she doesn't want to initially attend Ruby and Sapphire's wedding is because she believes the Gems are justified to not trust her after she nearly killed Steven, since he is their leader. Steven tells her that he forgives her, and the others follow suit.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: A Gem with the most obvious range of colors to her palette. Even her shapeshifting has a visible rainbow flare.
- FaceHeel Turn: Downplayed. She's still a Crystal Gem, but she turned into a Knight Templar and tried to murder Steven when he gets in her way of escalating the war by aiming to shatter Homeworld's leaders outright (and was heavily implied to have attacked Rose when she disagreed with her on this). But see HeelFace Turn below.
- Fallen Hero: She was once regarded as the best Crystal Gem on the team, and fought by Rose's side neck and neck, until her hatred of and lust for revenge against the abuses of the Homeworld elite twisted and hardened her. As of "Made of Honor" she's risen above this trope.
- Fatal Flaw: Wrath beyond a shadow of a doubt. The hatred Bismuth carries for high-class Homeworld Gems, the Diamonds especially, and her insatiable desire to see them all shattered is what drove Rose to poof and bubble her, ally or not. She ultimately realizes her folly when she sees exactly what would've happened if she had shattered a Diamond.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Has been 'out' since the war, and thus missed a lot. She confuses the house built outside the temple for a "base made out of wood", and (more tragically) she was completely unaware of the fact she, Garnet, and Pearl are the only Crystal Gems who survived the rebellion until Pearl told her. She didn't even know about the corrupted Gems, or Pink Diamond's "shattering".
- To Jasper. Both are muscular Gems with long hair who love to fight, and will use any means necessary to defeat their enemies. However, they're on opposite sides of the war. Most notably, Jasper respected Rose's tactics, dismissed her ideals, and saw Steven as a tinier, weaker form of Rose. Bismuth adored Rose's new ideas of being your own person, but felt she wasn't brutal enough. She's also largely supportive of Steven and eventually sees him as better version of Rose. Tellingly though, both of them concluded that Rose was only pretending to be Steven and believed they were attacking "her", albeit Bismuth got better. Also, Bismuth thinks that shattering the Diamonds will help free the lower classes from the Diamond's tyranny, while Jasper is filled with a massive amounts of rage and self-loathing largely because she thinks her Diamond was shattered. The biggest difference, however, is Bismuth ultimately accepts Steven's offer of redemption.
- To Peridot. Both are builders of sorts, but while Peridot pulled a HeelFace Turn, Bismuth pulled a slight FaceHeel Turn. While Peridot conceded her plan to destroy the Cluster when Steven suggested looking for another option, when Steven said that there had to be an alternative to using Bismuth's Breaking Point, she tried to kill him. Amusingly, they become fast friends in "Reunited", with Bismuth saying that she likes how Peridot doesn't quit. We also see their contrasting responses to Greg; Peridot saw him as an interesting human at first, and she sees him as a friend. While Peridot pushed Greg off the barn roof to see if he could fly, while he was repairing it back in season 2, Bismuth is sawing up wood to help him repair the house and Temple. Justified in that Peridot didn't know humans were "fragile and soft", while Bismuth does, and Bismuths are made for construction work.
- Forgiveness: It's not clear if she's forgiven Rose, but when Bismuth learns Rose was Pink Diamond she admits Rose was justified in the actions Bismuth had previously been unable to understand. She still considers Steven better than Rose, though.
- Freudian Excuse: Being a member of a Servant Race gave her one to start with, but the horrors of the war and hatred for the Diamonds ultimately twisted her into a Knight Templar.
- Gentle Giant: She's initially very friendly and gentle when first meeting Steven, and even later when her warlike tendencies become apparent she's still very warm and even caring. Then, her Berserk Button is pushed, and she ain't so gentle no more.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: In "Made of Honor", after learning that Rose and Pink Diamond were the same, she dunks her head under lava and screams before pulling up and shouting "OH MY GOSH!"
- Graceful Loser: Admits that Steven is better than Rose after her defeat.
- HeelFace Turn: She returns in "Made of Honor", where she sees what would have happened had she used the Breaking Point. After admitting she was wrong, Steven convinces her to rejoin the Crystal Gems.
- Heel Realization: Has one in "Made of Honor", when she is informed of the complete story and realizes how her suggestion of the Breaking Point sounded to Rose ("Hey Rose! Check out this cool weapon I made, I'm gonna shatter you with it!"). She also sees the fate of the corrupted Crystal Gems and realizes her plan would've backfired catastrophically. The biggest one, however, is realizing Steven isn't Rose and thus she tried to murder a completely innocent person in her rage.Bismuth: I blew it! Everything was different, and I didn't believe it.
- Hero of Another Story: Was one during the First Gem War. At one point she talks with fellow veterans Garnet and Pearl over their feats such as defeating multiple Quartz battalions, and hijacking enemy ships as if they were routine for them. She also implies that she went through her own development as a hero after meeting with Rose Quartz not unlike Pearl.
- Heroic Build: She's a Crystal Gem, and about as ripped as a male bodybuilder.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Hates Homeworld and the Gem elite with a passion, moreso after learning how many friends were killed or corrupted in the war. While her intentions are good, she is willing to go to extremes Rose would never go to, which led to the conflict between them. Seems to have toned down once the effects of her planed course of action, the truth about Rose, and meeting some former Homeworld gems at least to not being openly homicidal.
- History Repeats: Unfortunately for Steven, he had no idea by telling the blacksmith Gem "It's not right." when refusing to use the Breaking Point to win the war, was the exact same words his mother Rose told Bismuth thousands of years ago, right before their confrontation. Bismuth snaps, thinking "Steven" is yet another one of 'Rose's lies' to her. Their confrontation directly after goes exactly the same as it did with Rose: Bismuth attacks and ends up being poofed and bubbled in self-defense.
- I Gave My Word: Bismuth is someone who takes her oaths seriously. She helps Greg repair the house and temple since she promised to fix it, and makes steady progress before Steven sends them a distress call.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Heavily implied by her above quote, especially if Bismuth equates "be her own Gem" instead of "what the Diamonds and Homeworld made her to be" to special. She relays this to Steven after he defeats her, telling him it's important that Steven be himself rather than struggling to live up to whatever legacy and role was left to him by Rose.
- I Knew There Was Something About You: She feels upset but vindicated after she learns to the truth about Pink Diamond Running Both Sides of the war, explaining Rose Quartz's adherence to a relatively passive strategy.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Steven defeats her by stabbing her with Rose's sword.
- Innocently Insensitive: Her telling Rose to use the Breaking Point to shatter the Diamonds is essentially her telling Rose to use the Breaking Point to shatter herself and her sisters. After she learns the truth, Bismuth admits to this.
- As she admitted with a bitter laugh, she told Rose to shatter Pink Diamond with the Breaking Point, not knowing they were one and the same. Then after all their fight and Bismuth getting bubbled, Rose took her advice, and the war's aftermath went south for the Crystal Gems.
- More seriously, she has the most faith that Steven can actually negotiate with the Diamonds after he managed to reach them in a psychic plane and call for a ceasefire. Then she finds out from a Watermelon Steven that the Crystal Gems on Homeworld, including Steven, are in trouble and need help.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- While Both Sides Have a Point in regards to her and Rose's disagreement, Steven completely agrees with her that Rose not telling the Crystal Gems about the outcome was a mistake, and corrects it after being forced to imprison her again.
- It's done again when everyone finds out Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond. Bismuth claimed that Rose Quartz's strategy made no sense and seemed to be befuddle Bismuth as to how a more passive, merciful, and forgiving strategy was even working against great odds. Steven admits at such But when it turns out that Pink Diamond was controlling both sides of the early stages of the rebellion...
- Steven also doesn't argue with Bismuth says she's staying on Earth because she doesn't trust the Diamonds on Homeworld, and someone needs to watch over the planet, the temple, and a poofed Lapis and Peridot. It turns out Bismuth made the right call because when the Diamonds turn on the Crystal Gems, Steven uses a Watermelon Steven to send a distress call to Lion, Bismuth, and Greg.
- Knight Templar: Steven notably winces upon seeing some of the brutal enhancements she adds to the other Gems' weapons for the return of the Homeworld Gems. She also developed a Pile Bunker-style weapon for Rose during the war, capable of shattering Gems in one blow — an act that would break their minds — and voiced her intent to take it to Homeworld and shatter the Diamonds herself if her "gift" wasn't accepted. Rose refused it because it was against everything they stood for, and, it's implied, ended up defending herself against Bismuth. Bismuth would later attempt to force the deadly weapon on Steven, and turned on him when he refused it too. Eventually, she realizes the error of her ways.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- If she was the same Bismuth who was indirectly responsible for Lapis being trapped in the mirror, she suffered a similar fate when Rose kept her bubbled for millennia after the former attempted to kill her and never told anyone about her true fate because she was too dangerous and wanted to spare their friends' feelings about her betrayal.
- A more positive sort; Steven with the Power of Friendship convinces her to attend Garnet's wedding, and to reunite with the Crystal Gems after she thinks that they'd be right not to trust her. Bismuth is more than happy to attend and help out by making rings. Afterward, due to choosing to stay on Earth while the others go to Homeworld, she actually gets a few days of peace and a chance to help Steven when he sends a distress call.
- Leitmotif: She's associated with electric guitar riffs and a rough-sounding synth rhythm.
- Literal-Minded: In "Made of Honor", Steven says Bismuth can be the maid of honor for Ruby and Sapphire's wedding. Bismuth, barely knowing what a wedding is, assumes Steven meant she was actually made of honor.
- Locked Out of the Loop: When she returns in "Made of Honor" it's shown she wasn't told about the corrupted Gems or that Pink Diamond was (seemingly) shattered. (For that matter, it's confirmed she was bubbled before Rose/Pink faked her death). Steven has to catch her up on a lot, plus the fact that Pink Diamond and Rose Quartz were one and the same. Later episodes show she still doesn't know about some more recent events, like what The Cluster is or the Watermelon Stevens, and is given a quick summary.
- Meaningful Name: Bismuth crystals in the stairstep style that Bismuth's is in are generally crafted artificially rather than naturally found, lending to the fact that Bismuths are generally carpenters, construction workers, and blacksmiths. Bismuth is also a metal with low thermal conductivity, which would explain her being used to the scorching heat of her forge. In a darker way, Bismuth was originally thought to be the element with the highest atomic mass possible before becoming unstable, but is in fact very weakly radioactive, hinting towards Bismuth's more destructive and unsavory tendencies.
- Missing Steps Plan: She and Rose had their disagreements. Bismuth's entire plan for defeating the Diamonds and freeing the lower classes was to take one handheld weapon and just slaughter her way through the entire Gem nobility, with her rage blinding her to any complications or morality. When she returns in "Made of Honor" she encounters a corrupted Gem for the first time and learns what her plan would have resulted in.
- Multicolored Hair: Her dreadlocks are a rainbow of colors, just like with real life bismuth crystals.
- Mundane Utility: She can form her arms into a rolling pin/tray to cook and serve pizza.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- After learning the truth about Rose/Pink, she is horrified to realize that she must have given Rose the idea to fake her shattering, as well as the fact shattering a Diamond would've merely resulted in the corruption attack.
- Realizing that Steven truly isn't Rose also causes this reaction, as Bismuth realizes she attempted to murder a completely innocent person who'd only tried to be her friend while lost in her hatred.
- My Greatest Second Chance: She greatly regrets that her suggestion to shatter a Diamond led to all her friends being corrupted, and she regrets attempting to murder Steven in a fit of rage. At the wedding, she fights as hard as she can to protect her friends, but the real second chance comes when Steven sends a distress call to her, Greg and Lion from Homeworld. She repairs the Diamonds' ships with Lapis and Peridot's help, flies to Homeworld, and provides a much needed aerial assault against the Diamonds to save Steven, Connie, and the others.
- Never My Fault: While she has a point that Rose should have told the others about what happened to her, she ultimately refuses to take responsibility for attacking Rose and forcing her to poof her in self-defense in the first place, instead blaming Rose for 'leaving her no choice' by refusing to use the Breaking Point. However, she accepts responsibility later.
- The Nicknamer: Referred to three other previously unmentioned Crystal Gems as Biggs, Crazy Lace, and Snowflake. However, it remains unclear if these are nicknames or actual names, as they correspond to varieties of jasper, agate, and obsidian, respectively. She affectionately calls Peridot "Tiny" as well and initially called Steven a "meatball".
- Non-Humans Lack Attributes: The only thing she wears on her top half is an apron, and like most gems, shows no signs of having breasts. Her second form makes it even more obvious, as her top has no straps and a low neckline in the center
- Odd Name Out: Unlike all other known Gems who are named after gemstones, she's named after a metal, albeit one that can form into a highly-decorative crystal. Given how Bismuth forms this also gives her a unique Gem that sticks into her person in a square indent.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She, Peridot and Lapis work together to repair the Diamonds' hand ships, and navigate them to Homeworld to help Steven!
- One-Hit Kill: Her secret weapon originally developed for Rose, "The Breaking Point", a diamond-sharp pointed piston that could purportedly shatter a Gem's gem in one blow.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: She was one of the greatest followers of Rose's ideology that Gems could be more than just what Homeworld made them, but became consumed with revenge towards Homeworld's elite.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: The purpose of The Breaking Point. Her exact reasoning for making it was to match Homeworld's unfair tactics. She eventually realizes this would've merely escalated things further if she'd managed to shatter a Diamond.
- Pile Bunker: "The Breaking Point" is a forearm-mounted one of these designed for the sole purpose of shattering the gems of enemies. Steven throws it into the lava in the hidden portion of Bismuth's forge to get rid of it.
- The Power of Friendship: Steven releases her to attend Garnet's wedding, and convinces her that the Crystal Gems trust him enough to forgive her. This allows her to attend Garnet's wedding, mend ties with her friends, and mount a rescue when Steven sends a distress call from Homeworld.
- The Power of Legacy: It's implied that Rose kept the fight between her and Bismuth a secret to prevent her memory from being tainted, although Bismuth ultimately saw this as even worse since it meant Rose lied about her fate to her friends. Bismuth herself does the same to preserve Rose's at first, though ultimately she reveals the truth to Steven.
- Power Trio: Among the Crystal Gems, she forms one with Peridot and Lapis. The three serve as the reinforcements for Steven during the Diamond Days event, with Bismuth able to easily repair the Diamond's ships and forge a new sword for Connie to use.
- Properly Paranoid: Bismuth was the only Crystal Gem who chose to not travel to Homeworld with Steven and the Diamonds, since she still did not trust them. This turns out to be a smart move, since the Diamonds betrayed the Crystal Gems when Steven accidentally angered them by fusing with Connie in front of them and they poof the other gems and lock him and Connie away. Steven manages to send a message to Bismuth, knowing she is the only gem not poofed, and tell her, Greg, and Lion they need help.
- Pungeon Master: Bismuth is very fond of making puns, most often using her own name in place of "business", but she enjoys giving Garnet more punch for her gauntlets and suggesting Pearl try a trident. Her last weapon, the Breaking Point, even ended up having shrewd word play.
- Put on a Bus: She remains on Earth rather than go with the Crystal Gems and the Diamonds to Homeworld, both out of still existing animosity towards the Diamonds, and needing to remain for when Peridot and Lapis finally reform. And to rebuild the house, hopefully.
- Red Herring: The commercials heavily hyped her as a new member of the Crystal Gems meant to stay until at the end of her debut she was poofed and bubbled due to wanting to shatter Steven with the Breaking Point...until this is all subverted when she does come back in "Made of Honor" and does stay with no violent intentions.
- Remember the New Guy?: Lampshaded by Amethyst, since her appearance in-episode is the first either she or Steven hears of her. Justified, as Rose wanted the Crystal Gems to remember the warm, funny, and boisterous weaponsmith, not the ruthless warlord she turned into. This later occurs to Peridot when she meets her in "Made of Honor."
- Reformed, but Rejected: In "Made of Honor", she admits she was in the wrong but thinks the Crystal Gems won't take her back. Subverted, since they're overjoyed to see her.
- Revenge Before Reason: She is so determined to pay Homeworld's elites back for their treatment of lower Gems that she insists on escalating the war with lethal force and disregards warnings that the Crystal Gems are more outnumbered and outgunned than ever. She threatens to take her weapon and attempt to shatter the Diamonds on her own if necessary. She eventually realizes her mistake.
- Rip Van Winkle: She has been "out" for over 5,300 years, missing the end of the rebellion and subsequent peace.
- Rotten Rock & Roll: Not so much as rotten so much as morally-challenged, but her electric guitar theme becomes much more ominous during the Breaking Point scene.
- Rubber Man: She can stretch her limbs to aid in combat.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Rose sealed her bubbled Gem in her space in Lion's Mane for some reason. It turns out Rose didn't approve of the Breaking Point, seeing it as a weapon that would've made the Crystal Gems no better than the Homeworld. Rose ended up poofing and sealing her away because the disagreement ended up turning physical, as Bismuth implied to Steven. It ended so badly that Rose apparently never told Garnet or Pearl what actually happened.
- Servant Race: Bismuths are a servant race on Homeworld, building what the "elite" Gems wanted them to build.
- Shadow Archetype: She represents what the Crystal Gems would have become if they sided with her beliefs over Rose's; if they still won the war against Homeworld, they would have been more cruel and merciless towards their enemies but also become more thoughtless that even Steven might become more like her: from destroying corrupted monsters, Lapis Lazuli, and possibly even Amethyst instead of trying to help them, to shattering Peridot without a thought of why she came to Earth.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Bismuth is able to morph her limbs into any form she needs, such as hammers, blades, badminton rackets, rolling pins... Combined with her extremely tough body, her limbs are as tough as any Gem weapon.
- Shipper on Deck: When Bismuth learns that Garnet unfused over learning the truth about Rose and Pink Diamond, Bismuth is devastated, wailing that Garnet was her favorite couple. She then bursts into Tears of Joy at the wedding after hearing Ruby and Sapphire's vows and nearly misses her cue.
- Ship Tease: Given her affection towards Biggs, and glomping her in "Change Your Mind," it's possible that Bismuth and Biggs were more than fellow rebels.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: While she's not exactly a traitor, her first appearance fits this trope. She is introduced as a powerful new member of the Crystal Gems, and then she gets into an argument that causes her to attack Steven. In the end, she is poofed, bubbled, and placed with the corrupted Gems, returning things to the status quo. And then "Made of Honor" happens, and she becomes an Eleventh-Hour Ranger (see above).
- Slasher Smile: Wears a pronounced grin/grimace and two bright, mirror-like circles for eyes during her first on-screen appearance, a result of the simplified design. Interestingly, her mirror-like pupil-less eyes are very much like Lapis' eyes when her gem was cracked.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- Her poofing Lapis was only a small action in the Rebellion, but it had a large effect on the future, shaping much of the story prior to her appearance. However, given that Bismuth and Lapis had no reaction to seeing each other after the latter drops the barn on Blue Diamond, it's possible it was a different Bismuth.
- She told Steven that she made Rose's sword, and that Rose asked for it to only poof and not shatter Gems. This is what made Steven suspicious when Blue Diamond screamed that Rose Quartz shattered Pink Diamond with a sword, and more so when Defense Zircon pointed out all the holes in the story of the shattering. All the hints led to him concluding that someone else shattered Pink Diamond, and to The Reveal that Rose was Pink.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Was revealed to have been this after she reveals the real reason why Rose had her imprisoned. Bismuth and Rose started to grow apart after she decided to actually permanently murder any enemies in her path with the Breaking Point weapon, which her noble leader absolutely refused to use. This led to their inevitable battle, forcing Rose to lock her away forever.
- Stepford Smiler: She may seem happy on the surface, but she's a dark Knight Templar disillusioned with Rose underneath.
- Straight for the Commander: Her desire was to shatter the Diamonds and the nobility to overthrow them. Rose refused to use the Breaking Point to do so, arguing it'd make them no different than Homeworld. Bismuth, feeling she had no choice, went straight for her commander.
- Stripperiffic: She doesn't wear a shirt in her first appearance, just an apron. It's not very sexy, though, since Non-Humans Lack Attributes.
- Suicide by Cop: Is hinted to have attacked Rose, whose battle prowess she would have seen up close and personal, when they disagreed about using the Breaking Point. When Steven tries to talk her out of a fight with him, she urges him to shatter her with her own weapon.
- Super Strength: She can match Garnet in brute strength, blocking her fists and then swatting her aside with one of her hammer arms in a sparring match.
- Super Toughness: She can bathe in lava, and her shapeshifted limbs can clash evenly with Gem weapons. It takes Rose's Sword to poof her.
- Survivor's Guilt: Bismuth's attack and apparent Suicide by Cop attempt on Steven is implied to be because she feels guilty over not being able to save her friends in the war, saying that it would have been better if Rose had shattered her then.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In her debut, she was a very brutal Knight Templar disillusioned with Rose, but after she was unbubbled in "Made of Honor" and learned about the Corrupted Gems and Rose Quartz being Pink Diamond the whole time, she became much nicer and rejoined the Crystal Gems.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Rare female example - she has a huge, broad chest, wide shoulders and thick arms, and relatively short legs. A concept design shows her with even bigger arms and skinny legs.
- Tragic Villain: While she's a vicious Knight Templar who tried to kill Rose and Steven over a disagreement in tactics, she's the way she is because of her mistreatment as a member of a Servant Race, being twisted by the horrors of war, and her own hatred of the upper-crust for what they've done.
- True Companions: Despite the issues she had with Rose, she deeply cares for all her Crystal Gem teammates, including the members that joined after she was imprisoned, including Amethyst, Peridot, and Lapis.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: Due to being a Bismuth with a natural affinity for crafting, she became the Crystal Gems' weaponsmaster, arming the entire rebellion and doing so magnificently. Notably, the sword she made for Rose can poof a Diamond, who are otherwise Nigh Invulnerable.
- The Unfettered: Bismuth lacks Rose's ideals, believing that you should do whatever you can to win against your enemies. Best exemplified while they were watching a Lonely Blade movie, asking why Lonely Blade shouldn't use the Demon Sword if it grants infinite power, despite the fact that it was cursed.
- Unscrupulous Hero: Like Homeworld, she is perfectly willing to shatter enemies, but is on the side of the Crystal Gems and does it for a good purpose.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Is understandably horrified when she realized that she might have given Pink/Rose the idea to fake her shattering, and the corruption that followed.
- Walking Armory: Instead of using a single summoned weapon, Bismuth prefers to shapeshift her arms into whatever weapon best fits the situation, effectively making her this.
- Walking Spoiler: Bismuth was featured in a Cartoon Network promo and Entertainment Weekly article about a month before her episode debut. Not only is she a Crystal Gem that hasn't been active in over five thousand years, but she's also the Gem who poofed Lapis, thus being indirectly responsible for Lapis' imprisonment and a huge chunk of her character arc, which also indirectly led to Homeworld learning about the Crystal Gems again. Bismuth walking around in the present is also a spoiler in and of itself. The Reveal of her true nature brings with it even more spoilers. Then there's her subsequent return and full Heel-Face Turn near the end of Season 5.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Just like the other Crystal Gems, Bismuth's goal is the liberation of lower-class Gems from the tyranny of the Diamonds. The only problem is she's eager to use violence beyond what is necessary—and attack her own allies if they try to stop her.
- We Used to Be Friends: To Rose Quartz. Bismuth adored her teachings (asserting a Gem's identity, governing their own destiny), and still does in many ways. To her, Rose's refusal to fight fire with fire against Homeworld was unforgivable, resulting in her attacking Rose in rage when Rose refused to use the Breaking Point and severing that relationship. The blacksmith really thought she mattered so little to Rose that she didn't even tell her closest friends about their fight after bubbling her away, and thought all the talk about "her being important" when they first met was all just a cruel lie.
- Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: Invoked; she asks Steven why the Crystal Gems would trust her after she nearly killed him. He responds that he forgives and trusts her, and if he does then the Gems will follow suit.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Being made to be a slave and treated like trash by the higher up Gems, along with the friends she lost, inspired a desire to violently overthrow them, attack Rose, and try to murder Steven.
- Worthy Opponent: Admits that Steven is better than Rose after her defeat.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has absolutely no problem with the idea of murdering Steven for rejecting her proposition. Granted, she thought Steven was just Rose trying to trick her, but her reasons for thinking were highly irrational. Since Gems are all made fully-grown, though, it's unlikely she even understood what children are.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Steven feels he can never measure up to how great his mother was, but Bismuth tells he could be even better. By seeking to put right her mistakes by telling the Gems the painful truth, Bismuth tells him that he already is better than she. She later seems to full-on view him as a Superior Successor to Rose.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or rainbow-colored dreadlocks, in her case.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Bismuth describes her as "loved by everyone".
- Baleful Polymorph: Along with all the other Corrupted Gems, her body and mind were warped beyond recognition.
- Blinding Bangs: Much like Sapphire, her eyes are covered over by her hair.
- In-Series Nickname: Is referred to as just "Biggs" by Bismuth.
- Nice Girl: Bismuth describes her as being a friendly and extremely well-liked Crystal Gem.
- The Noseless: Doesn't have a nose.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: She gets uncorrupted in "Change Your Mind" along with all the other Uncorrupted Gems and Bismuth responds by glomping her.
"If every pork chop were perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs."
Greg Universe was a one man band. He didn't have much success, but seems happy enough in his simple life. Rose Quartz fell in love with him, and they had Steven together (though she had to give up her physical form for her son to be born, as only one living being can be attached to the gem at a time). While Steven lives at the temple with the Gems, Greg lives out of his van as a reminder of his prime and owns Beach City's car wash: It's A Wash. He loves his son dearly, and the two of them hang out quite often, sharing their musical talents.
For his tropes, see his page.
Steven: WHY DON'T YOU TELL ME YOU CAN DO THESE THINGS YOU DO?!
Lion: [no response because he's a lion]
A mysterious, silent, magical lion that Steven found in the desert. After following him home and helping destroy a Gem that Amethyst had forgotten to bubble, he decided to stay.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Lion is obedient to Steven's commands... to a point. He is a cat.
- All Animals Are Domesticated: He's as tame as a house cat, though it's justified since he's a magical being. "Lion 2: The Movie" suggests he has some connection to Rose Quartz, which would certainly justify him being friendly (and pink).
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Lion is pink.
- Badass Adorable: He may be a magical lion, but he's very docile, cuddly, fluffy and pink.
- Came Back Strong: Steven bringing Lars Back from the Dead gave him very similar powers and appearance to Lion, strongly suggesting Lion was just an ordinary lion until Rose imbued him with gem magic by resurrecting him.
- Cast From Stamina: Very long-range (i.e. Earth to moon) teleportation tires Lion out immensely.
- Cats Are Lazy: Unless it's Gem-related, Lion will usually ignore Steven's attempts at treating him like a common pet.
- Character Development:
- Has gradually become more willing to indulge Steven's silliness as the series goes on, even letting the boy store things in his mane. He also serves as a confidant for Steven's worries about his mother, and is usually there to provide clues about who she was, or to assist Steven when he needs it, such as in "Escapism" when Lion finds him in the body of a Watermelon Steven drifting out in the ocean, and takes him to Greg and Bismuth to relay a message for help.
- He's also developed a ton of Undying Loyalty towards Connie. This shown primarily during Season 5; for example, he sided with Connie during the argument in "Dewey Wins" because he was also furious at Steven for his Heroic Sacrifice and his blasé attitude towards all the emotional anguish he caused everybody with it. During the resulting estrangement, while it was mainly done as a way to teach Steven a hard lesson for taking Connie and his other loved ones for granted, he also stayed with her in order to give her companionship and comfort during those long few weeks, and only returned to Steven after he acknowledged his mistake and apologized in "Kevin Party". He also allowed Connie to use him as a steed during the battle against Blue Diamond in "Reunited".
- Cool Pet: It doesn't get any cooler than a pinkish red lion that lets out sonic roars that can cut though stone and create portals and has a hammerspace dimension in his mane.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Lion in this case.
- Eating Optional: Lion will eat things, including tuna, Lion Lickers, and crystal lizards, but Lars suddenly losing his appetite when he becomes like Lion suggests he may be like Amethyst, in that he can eat if he wants but doesn't need to. An interview, one of the crew staff suggested Lion actually does need to eat, but very little and very rarely.
- Even the Dog Is Ashamed: In "Dewey Wins", Lion's Disapproving Look to Steven just before he leaves with Connie shows he's just as angry as she is for the former's Heroic Sacrifice, especially when Steven innocently brushes off the anguish it caused everybody and insensitively ignores her feelings about it in order to avoid facing his own for the time being. He stays with Connie for a few weeks after that, presumably to give her comfort and companionship during her and Steven's estrangement, as well as to teach Steven a hard lesson about taking his loved ones for granted, and returns to him only after they reconcile in "Kevin Party".
- Extra-Dimensional Shortcut: His Pocket Dimension is upgraded to act as one of these thanks to Lars being linked to it after Steven resurrected him, as in the dimension it's just a short walk between the two entrances even if they're galaxies apart in the outside world.
- Familiar: For Steven. It's implied he was this for Rose, too, but since she kept his existence hidden from the other Gems we really can't be sure when she made him.
- Food as Bribe: Steven eventually realizes that he can get Lion to do what he wants by feeding him Lion Lickers.
- Free-Range Pets: Steven says Lion pretty much does his own thing when he isn't helping Steven with anything Gem related. Nobody in Beach City seems to bat an eye at a lion walking around town by itself. In "Escapism", Lion was walking on water in the middle of the ocean, miles away from Beach City, before finding Steven in a Watermelon Steven's body and bringing him to Greg.
- Hidden Depths: Lion is always there for Steven when he needs him, and as such, has saved him multiple times. When Steven is in no peril, he does whatever he wants and wanders off, much like a loving house-cat.
- Intellectual Animal: Lion is intelligent enough to understand English, and seems to take deliberate efforts to help Steven's growth. He doesn't always respond to what Steven says, but this is seemingly just because he doesn't care what Steven is talking about half the time.
- Kids Prefer Boxes: A supplementary video shows Lion breaking a tiny box while trying to sit in it, and sliding across Steven's room into some larger boxes. It's an explicit parody of the Maru videos, complete with the same white-on-black text.
- King of Beasts: A lion that's somehow connected to Rose Quartz, the original leader of the Crystal Gems.
- Leitmotif: "Lion's Theme". It's meant to sound both cute and mysterious, and uses samples of noises made by cat toys.
- Locked into Strangeness: Being resurrected by Rose Quartz most likely turned him pink, among other things.
- Long-Lived: The show's staff have stated Lion does age, but very slowly.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His roars release sonic waves that can slice though stone and create portals. People hit by it are only knocked around.
- Mundane Utility: In "Rose's Scabbard", Steven uses Lion's Pocket Dimension to store his things, such as a bike.
- Mysterious Past:
- It's implied Rose created him, but since she never told anyone it's not really clear why, although he seems to help guide Steven. She hid a bunch of things inside his Pocket Dimension, most importantly a tape to Steven and her sword. He'll respond to certain requests if they have some bearing on Steven's Gem powers (manifesting the sword, taking him to Rose's armory, etc.), though not much else.
- We get a small clue in "Buddy's Book", where we see that Rose Quartz had a pack of ordinary-looking lions as companions in the desert sometime during the founding of Beach City. However, the exact circumstances leading to the origin of Lion are still unknown.
- We finally get some answers in "Off Colors" and "Lars' Head". When Lars is fatally injured in an explosion, he is brought back to life by Steven's tears, gaining a pinkish hue, and some very Lion-like powers, implying that Rose once mourned the death of an Earth lion, and brought it back to life as the superpowered Lion we know and love.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Lampshaded in "Lion 2: The Movie" where he reveals three new and completely arbitrary powers, each time eliciting a complaint from Steven that Lion should have told him he could do so.
- Not So Stoic:
- Lion gains Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises as a box he tries to sit in rapidly collapses underneath his feet.
- He's clearly enraged when battling against The Diamonds, instead of merely using his sonic attack he's snapping and roaring.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Lion is usually laid back and does his own thing, but becomes clingy to Steven in Lion 3. Turns out that Lion wanted to show Steven a home video Rose left for him in Lion's pocket dimension.
- Panthera Awesome: Sonic roars that can cut through stone and create portals, the ability to run on water and an expansive pocket dimension inside of his mane are just some of the things that make Lion so cool.
- Papa Wolf: Whenever he's around Steven and there's danger, Lion will protect him. This is best exemplified in his debut episode, as well as "So Many Birthdays" when Lion stumbles across a magically aged Steven, and immediately brings him to the Gems so they can de-age him.
- Person of Holding: When Steven asks him for help against a Gem training robot, he manifests a rose-themed sword that Steven draws from his mane. "Lion 3: Straight To Video" reveals that Lion's mane is the door to a Pocket Dimension which contains a pink grassy field and a hill holding a tree, on which rests the sword from "Lion 2: The Movie", a flag with a rose on it, a Mr. Universe t-shirt, a copy of the picture from "Laser Light Cannon", a mysterious chest, a bubbled gem later revealed to be Bismuth, and a VHS tape Rose left for Steven. It's later shown that Steven has started storing some of his own stuff in there, including his bicycle, as well as bottled water for long trips. "Lion 4: Alternate Ending" shows he can store stuff even without the Pocket Dimension, just by swallowing it.
- Pocket Dimension: His mane is a portal to a dimension that consists of a field of pink grass and one island, though not a breathable atmosphere. Steven and Rose Quartz before him are the only ones who can open it. When Lars dies and is resurrected by Steven, his hair and Lion's mane are now connected, complete with their own respective trees. A short walk from one to the another in this alternate plane of existence, brought Steven light-years across the cosmos from the Gem Homeworld, to Earth.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Because Lion was not introduced until the tenth episode and would have stuck out like a sore thumb among the other Early Bird Cameos, he was not included in the first opening. The second one adds him to the picnic in the last scene.
- Raising the Steaks: He's a lion that died and was resurrected as a semi-undead magical being.
- Silent Snarker: The closest he gets to showing emotion is when he rolls his eyes at Steven's antics.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Pearl finds his seeming disobedience rather annoying, and seems to resent him for being something Rose would keep secret from her.
- Sleepyhead: Usually when he isn't helping Steven, he's napping. Steven uses this as motivation in "It Could Have Been Great", saying that with no Earth there would be no more naps. Of course, real lions sleep for up to 20 hours a day.
- The Speechless: He's an animal, magical or not, and cannot talk. The voice actor just makes sound effects with his mouth.
- Stealth Mentor: Seems to be this in regards to Steven, since he can't talk. Most obviously in "Lion 2: The Movie", when he takes Steven (and Connie) to a temple that has training droids when Steven mentions he's not that well-trained at being a Crystal Gem.
- The Stoic: His expression barely ever changes. He is an animal, after all.
- Team Pet: For the Crystal Gems.
- Thinking Up Portals: He can open portals by roaring.
- Touched by Vorlons: At some point during Rose Quartz's life, he was a normal lion that died and was brought back to life.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He really likes "Lion Lickers".
- Tuckerization: "Lion" is also the name of Rebecca Sugar's pet cat.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Steven, of course, but Season 5 seems to show him displaying just as much if not more loyalty to Connie, to the point of him taking her side when she and Steven "break up" in the aftermath of the Wanted Arc (due to him sharing her anger at Steven for his surrender) and acting as her steed in the battle that occurs in "Reunited".
- Uplifted Animal: Before Rose resurrected Lion, he was apparently a normal animal. His humanlike intelligence is presumably another side effect of his empowerment.
- Vague Age: Lion had some connection to Rose during her lifetime, which makes him some amount older than Steven. The staff have confirmed Lion is aging slowly, so depending on how old he was when resurrected (regular lions reaching maturity in about three years), he may be little older than 17 or much, much older. Steven himself points out the uncertainty, as his written description of Lion includes the line "old??"
- Walk on Water: "Lion 2: The Movie" shows he can run on water. In "Kevin Party" we see he doesn't need to run, and can just leisurely stand on it.
A pumpkin dog grown by Steven using his Green Thumb spit to cheer up Lapis and Peridot after they're saddened to learn that, unlike Gems, fruits don't walk around after being grown.
- All Animals Are Dogs: A sentient four-legged pumpkin that barks, growls, and rolls in the dirt like a dog.
- Ambiguous Gender: Referred to with male pronouns by Steven in "Gem Harvest," but later referred to as female by Peridot in "The New Crystal Gems". This could be due to the latter's unfamiliarity with the concept of opposite genders, since all Gems use female pronouns. Then again, they're LITERALLY a fruit, so normal gender conventions probably don't apply to them.
- Berserk Button: Being a living pumpkin, she doesn't like seeing other pumpkins get carved up or turned into food. When she saw Steven carve up a pumpkin to make a Jack-o-lantern she ran to Lapis and Peridot for safety while growling at Steven and later freaks out when she sees him with a knife again. In the official comic series she destroyed several foods that had pumpkin as the main ingredient.
- Cephalothorax: Essentially the Planimal equivalent of Pumpkin Person, their body is a pumpkin that grew a face, four stubby limbs, and a leafy vine as "tail".
- A Dog Named "Dog": A pumpkin dog named Pumpkin.
- Empathy Pet: In "Raising the Barn", after Lapis and Peridot decide to leave Earth due to the incoming threat of the Diamonds, Pumpkin runs away, not wanting to leave Earth. After finding Pumpkin, Peridot realizes that she herself has become more attached to Earth than even she realized, and doesn't want to leave it either.
- Extreme Omnivore: She apparently tried to eat one of the figurines from the wedding cake the Gems bought. She also enjoys drinking soapy water from a bucket at Greg's carwash. Peridot approves, since at the time they were standing in for the main Crystal Gems (with Pumpkin acting as their Pearl) and Pearl likes soap.
- In-Universe Nickname: Peridot calls her "Veggie Head" in "Gem Harvest".
- Nurture over Nature: Though she starts off adoring Steven due to being made using Steven's Green Thumb spit, after watching Steven carve a pumpkin, she immediately leaps into Lapis' arms and growls angrily at Steven. Though she is shown to like him once again by "Room For Ruby".
- Planimal: She's basically a pumpkin dog. Rebecca Sugar has said she gets all her nutrients from the sun.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: She instantly ingrains herself in the hearts of Lapis, Peridot, and Amethyst (and the audience) mere moments after meeting them.
- Significant Double Casting: She has the same voice actor as Steven, who created her.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Invoked in "The New Crystal Gems". In an attempt to protect Beach City while the Crystal Gems are away, she, Lapis, Peridot, and Connie decide to mimic them. In this team, Pumpkin becomes the "new" Pearl, complete with a party hat as a makeshift nose.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She gained a fear of knives, after seeing Steven use one to carve up an ordinary pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern.
- Cute Kitten: An adorable one-eyed kitten.
- Eye Scream: She lost an eye, complete with scar through it, sometime during her life as a stray.
- From Stray to Pet: After making plans to take the homeless kittens to a safe shelter, Garnet decided to adopt it.
- Gender-Blender Name: Cat Steven is a female cat, as calicoes almost always are, though that didn't stop Garnet from giving her a masculine name.
- Head Pet: She likes sleeping on Lion's mane.
- Punny Name: On Cat Stevens, the Stage Name for the musician Yusuf Islam.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Like one half of her owner, she has a single blue eye.
- We Named the Monkey "Jack": Garnet adopts the kitten because Steven has grown independent and she "missed having someone cute and vulnerable to take care of", and so names the cat after him. Steven points out that would be confusing, so Garnet uncreatively names her "Cat Steven".
Steven's separated Gem half, which creates a pink Hard Light construct in his image when White Diamond tears Steven's gemstone from his body.
- 11th-Hour Superpower: During "Change Your Mind", White Diamond rips Steven's gem out, and the resulting being overpowers even her. Even more than that, his very existence is undeniable proof to White Diamond that Steven is not his mother, causing her Villainous Breakdown.
- Ambiguously Evil: One can interpret his actions (including nonfatally hurting the Gems White possessed) as pragmatic or downright amoral.
- Ambiguous Gender: As he lacks Steven's organic body, he has No Biological Sex like full Gems, but one can imagine he's male like Steven.
- Barrier Warrior: Besides blocking attacks, his shield can explode into a very powerful shockwave.
- Beehive Barrier: Instead of a bubble, his shield is formed by shard-like rhombuses coming together to make oblong coverings the instant he is attacked.
- Brutal Honesty: He's exceedingly blunt in telling White Diamond that Pink Diamond is "gone", first in a simple whisper and then in a full-on shout.
- Can't Live Without You: As powerful as he is, Pink Steven can't exist without Steven and vice versa. The two of them are two halves of a whole, and will do anything to get back together.
- Crater Power: When he gives his unholy shriek to White Diamond, the very act spontaneously creates a crater beneath him.
- Creepy Child: While Steven's human half keeps his personality but none of his power, Pink Steven keeps all of his power but none of his personality. As a result, he shows absolutely no emotion on his face throughout, even when he's screaming at the top of his lungs at White Diamond, loud enough to smash a giant crater into the concrete floor. He completely pulls a No-Sell on her attacks and indifferently turns her power back onto the possessed Diamonds and Crystal Gems, flinging them all across the room. This is a Steven without any compassion, love or care for others, a completely ruthless machine with a singular goal, and no qualms about hurting those he loves in order to reach it. He becomes less creepy the closer he gets to Steven's human half, suggesting that his emotionlessness is based on proximity.
- Creepy Good: Scary as hell, but still one of the Crystal Gems.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Not only does he manage to protect himself from all of White Diamond's attacks, he manages to beat her in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Dissonant Serenity: He shows absolutely no emotions on his face, but screams with so much hatred, rage, and loudness it knocks over White Diamond.
- The Disembodied: He's Steven's gem separated from his human body. Like a typical Gem, he can make a new one, but unlike them it's not a perfect replacement, just a means to the two halves to get back together.
- Good Is Not Soft: Does not hesitate to knock the crap out of White Diamond, and even the Gems she's controlling, after she attacks him, making Steven's human half beg him to stop.
- Humanoid Abomination: He has no facial expressions, walks on air like a glitched-out video game character, and when aggravated, lets loose an unholy wail that knocks three Diamonds over like discarded dolls. He's a being of raw power scrubbed of all traces of Steven's conscience, insecurities, and limitations.
- Literal Split Personality: When Steven's gemstone is pulled from his body, it forms Pink Steven. Steven's human half keeps his personality, but he's left horribly weakened, and most likely dying. Pink Steven is a Superpowered Evil Side with a single-minded focus on getting back together as quickly as possible.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: When he insists Pink is gone, he shouts the last word so hard he creates a crater beneath him, splits the ground in four, and staggers White Diamond by breaking her pedestal.
- Not So Different: His single-minded determination to reunite with Steven's human half recalls the Cluster Gems, who are likewise desperate to be whole.
- Not So Stoic: Screams at White Diamond that Pink Diamond is gone, and has a joyous expression on his face upon reuniting with Steven's human half.
- No Name Given: Not referred to by any name in-series, as he's just considered part of Steven. He's not even credited separately from Steven, though "Pink Steven" was used during production.
- No-Sell: White's Mind Control powers are unable to affect him due to his shields, even with all the Gems she was controlling joining in.
- The Quiet One: He's averse to talking, only making a two word sentence (and repeating it loudly) when White Diamond refuses to understand he isn't Pink Diamond, and laughing when reunited with his other half.
- Painting the Medium: The show is usually very liberal with how characters are drawn, but Pink Steven is deliberately designed to look as close to Steven's model sheet as possible, including and exaggerating the blank stare. It produces an unnaturally "neutral" look that highlights his disturbing lack of expression.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's the same size as regular Steven, so he's about the same size as a Ruby. He's still a Diamond, and incredibly powerful. White and all of the Gems she's controlling can't so much as touch him.
- Power Floats: He slowly floats to the ground when formed, and when he makes a crater below his feet, he remains level with the rest of the ground, walking ahead on thin air.
- Power Glows: Like White Diamond, he is visibly made of light, signifying enormous power.
- Pure Is Not Good: Being away from Steven's human half leave his gem in severe Heroic Safe Mode at best, and at worse comes off as sociopathic, even willing to hurt his allies if they're put in his way.
- Reincarnation: His appearance confirms that although Pink's gemstone remains along with some Past-Life Memories, he is completely his own being and that Pink is well and truly gone.
- Shapeshifter Swan Song: Inverted as is usual with Gems; while forming, he takes Pink Diamond's shape, then Rose's, then Steven's.
- The Soulless: Ironically, Pink Steven lacking his body gives him all the traits one associates with a character losing their soul: he's lost most or all of his emotion, empathy, and morality, and has a single-minded desire to get them back.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: He goes from being very quiet to shouting loud enough to crack the ground he's standing on when insists on asking where Pink is.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Without any of Steven's restraint, his Gem self proves more powerful than anyone imagined, even overpowering White Diamond herself.
- That Man Is Dead: Played with. He makes it terrifyingly clear to White Diamond that he is now Steven, and not (wholly) the Gem's previous resident. His appearance and outburst represent the end of Steven's arc in accepting himself as his own person, and not as Rose Quartz or Pink Diamond, who the Diamonds and other Gems had previously insisted he was.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: His eyes seem to always look off into the distance.
- Tranquil Fury: Even when he screams at the top of his lungs, his face remains expressionless.
- The Unfettered: His sole concern is reuniting with Steven's human half, ignoring anything that doesn't interfere and reacting violently towards anything that does.
- Unflinching Walk: Walks slowly and ceaselessly while trying to get back to Steven and merge together again, in spite of White Diamond's threats and attacks.
- Walking Spoiler: Pink Steven's formation answers a question fans have pondered for years as to the nature of Steven's being, proves demonstrably that Steven is not his mother and that Rose is truly gone, does not appear until a major confrontation at the end of the fifth season, and leads to the resolution of the show's major Myth Arc.
- When He Smiles: Upon reaching Steven's human half, they both share the same joyous expression as they merge back together.