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Voiced by: Estelle
"I will fight for the place where I'm free
to live together and exist as me!"
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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, and is the Gems' unarmed combat expert. A Gem of few words, Garnet is the most aloof member of the 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.


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  • The Ace: She's the fastest, strongest, biggest, toughest, and most unflappable of the Crystal Gems, and she (almost) always knows exactly what to do.
  • Afro Asskicker: She's the unofficial leader of the Crystal Gems, has the Power Fist, and her hair is a cube-shaped, curly afro.
  • Aliens of London: Garnet is the only one of the Crystal Gems we've seen so far with a British accent, albeit flavored by some African because of Estelle's roots. What's even odder about this is neither of Garnet's two halves, Ruby and Sapphire, have a similar accent. The accent carries over into Sardonyx.
  • Always Someone Better: In addition to their admiration of Rose, Amethyst and Pearl do have one trait they share in that they both look up to Garnet for being so much stronger than they are, which is why the absolutely relish any chance they have to fuse with her. This actually creates the secondary conflict in "Cry for Help", when it is revealed that Pearl kept repairing the communications hub, distracting the Crystal Gems while Peridot was still loose, because she loved the feeling of being strong that fusing into Sardonyx gave her.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: She's the embodiment of Ruby and Sapphire's love for each other.
  • Art Evolution: In early Season 1 episodes, her eyes (when uncovered) were simply white spheres with black dots for pupils. Starting from "Future Vision", her eyes took on a more detailed appearance with properly colored irises, the top one being purple, the left being red, and the right being blue.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She's in charge, and she can fight and defeat Pearl and Amethyst, quite literally, single-handedly, at the same time.
  • Backported Development: Flashbacks to before the beginning of the series give her a characterization more similar to her current self than to The Stoic seen in earlier episodes, though it's possible that the character development in the series' present day is partially just Garnet returning to the way she was before Rose's death.
  • Badass Boast: "Stronger Than You" is this in song form. Garnet puts who she is, the love she represents, and how Jasper is never going to truly win against her, in the form of a song. Her doing this while both giving and receiving punches just makes it better.
  • Badass in Charge: The leader of the Crystal Gems, and considering her incredible strength and speed, for good reason.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Due in part to her being The Comically Serious. During "Tiger Millionaire", she fakes being hit by a punch by tipping over like a felled tree, and her improvised heel speech is about as wooden. When she pretends to be "Mum Universe", the first story she tries to come up with is about the children playing with swords and dying.
  • Bad Liar: Sometimes. As leader of the team, she's not beyond occasional white lies or manipulation to get the job done, though she ultimately she prefers her brand of blunt honesty. But she's not great at lying on the spot, and when suddenly forced to be dishonest it shows that she inherited Sapphire's habit of freezing when caught unprepared and Ruby's habit of saying whatever comes to mind to make up for it. See also Bad "Bad Acting".
  • Bare Your Midriff: Garnet's casual outfit in "Beach Party" and her training attire in "Garnet's Universe".
  • Battle Couple: An interesting variation: She IS a couple and kicks a lot of butt.
  • Belly Buttonless: Whenever Garnet wears midriff baring clothes, she appears not to have a present bellybutton, possibly due to the fact that Gems (let alone Fusions) aren't born at all like humans.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Most cases of abuses of fusion. Once the initial shock and horror passes, Garnet is furious in "Keeping It Together" at what the Homeworld Gems have done, both with using fallen Crystal Gems as test subjects for the experiments, fusing their Gem shards together, and at the experiments themselves, which she feels is a perversion of the Fusion Dance technique. She was incensed at Pearl for distracting her with the communications hub problem just to give an excuse for them to form Sardonyx, betraying the trust fusion is based on and wasting time they could have spent hunting down Peridot (who was involved with the fusion experiments). It would take her four episodes to finally calm down.
    • Insubordination in a highly dangerous situation. The other Gems fear making Garnet angry, and Steven finds out why in "Mirror Gem" when he defies her orders and refuses to hand over the eponymous mirror, whacking her in the face and knocking off her glasses to show a three-eyed Death Glare. A similar problem arises in "Cry for Help", with Pearl using the very serious problem of Peridot sending out a distress call to Yellow Diamond as an excuse to repeatedly fuse with Garnet and feel better about herself as a result. Combine that with the above and you get one very angry Garnet...
    • Saying fusion is inferior to a Homeworld Gem will reward you with a very uncomfortable time-out.
    • Do not speak ill of Rose Quartz or denigrate the Earth and its life forms. Peridot learned this the hard way in "It Could've Been Great".
      Garnet: You, listen to me, now. You are talking about things that you do not understand.
    • Do not try to hurt Steven with Garnet around.
    • Being deceived by people she trusts makes her emotionally distraught enough to split back into Ruby and Sapphire, first during the aforementioned incident with Pearl and again when she finds out Rose had secretly been Pink Diamond the whole time.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Garnet is the nicest of her friends (sans Steven). That being said... do not make her angry.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: As stoic and reserved as she is, Garnet is the strongest and fastest of the Crystal Gems and heaven help you if you make her angry.
  • Black Boss Lady: The de-facto leader of the Crystal Gems and has a humanoid avatar with African-styled features, a nod to her voice actress being of African and Afro-Caribbean descent.
  • Blessed with Suck: She can predict and sort through all the likely events in the near future, which is incredibly useful. In "Future Vision", she implies it has a pretty horrible downside: she is constantly seeing, in vivid detail, the terrible consequences of every wrong choice she could possibly make.
    Garnet: Steven, I see so many things that can hurt you.
  • British Stuffiness: Garnet is noticeably less uptight than most examples, but her stiff upper lip and smooth British accent certainly fit this trope.
  • Broken Ace: Discussed. Garnet explicitly states in "Friend Ship" that she's not as perfect as everyone thinks she is and she has her own weaknesses, but tries to stay strong because she knows she has an impact on her friends.
  • Broken Pedestal: In "Now We're Only Falling Apart", she (or at least Sapphire) does not take the news about Rose's real identity as Pink Diamond very well, since Sapphire still believes every one of the Diamonds to be the evil tyrants that should've been shattered to liberate all of Gemkind, until she realizes that Pink Diamond formed the Crystal Gems because Ruby and Sapphire's (accidental) fusion inspired her to do so.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Despite her being a hardened Gem warrior, Garnet has a caring and close relationship with her friends.
  • Brutal Honesty: Garnet is more deadpan than blunt, but she expressed her dislike for Greg's music quite brutally: by jumping out of the (still moving) van and deciding to spend the rest of the trip on top of the car's roof. This is turned on its head in "The Message", when, after the titular message is translated by Greg, Garnet very firmly thanks Greg for his assistance. The "brutal" part comes from her just as firmly silencing the other Crystal Gems so she could make that thanks, who were panicking over what the message actually told them. The jury is out if this was Garnet's attempts to stay calm herself, though.
  • Casting Gag: Garnet's voice actress, Estelle, was born on January 18, and the garnet is the traditional birthstone of people who are born in January, which may make Garnet a Meaningful Name.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Her favorite music is by her voice actress, Estelle.
  • Celibate Heroine: She has no interest in pursing a romance with anyone because she IS a relationship (the embodiment of one, to be more specific).
  • The Chains of Commanding: She's an effective and loving leader, but does not know how to manage the emotional well-being of her teammates. This becomes a problem in "Cry for Help" when a insecure Pearl develops an addiction to the power she feels when she and Garnet fuse. Garnet eventually tells Pearl that contrary to what the other Gems think she does have flaws, but she doesn't let them define her since she's the leader and sometimes she looks up to Pearl for strength. She actually joins Steven and Greg on their road trip so she can have her (quite literal) emotional breakdown out of their sight.
  • Character Tics: Tends to adjust her visor often, usually as an outward indication of using her Future Vision. It's also a sign that she's stressed.
  • Cold Ham: She's The Stoic, but can pull some very dramatic lines and body language without changing her usual tone of voice.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Garnet uses her future vision to assist the Crystal Gems in their future fights.
  • The Comically Serious: Silly things sometimes happen to/around her, and she never stops being serious.
    Garnet: [hair covered in feathers; deadpan] Hello, Steven.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her voice carries authority.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • This is the nature of Garnet's relationship with Steven. While Amethyst is Steven's partner in mischief and Pearl is more of a mother figure, Garnet is like a big, smart sister to Steven, always giving him good advice (usually with more bluntness and less personal opinion than Amethyst and Pearl) and serving as a role model. Garnet also lets Steven make his own mistakes and learn his own lessons when possible, like when she took Steven with him when the team had to split up in "Serious Steven". Finally, she's usually the one most in tune with Steven's emotional needs, like when she gave him the advice to just talk to Connie and making sure Amethyst and Pearl didn't interfere.
    • It is also common to interpret her relationship with Steven as motherly, just in a different way than with Pearl. Many moments have the two interact in a mother-son way such as Garnet going along with Steven's playing hide and seek with her, calling him "cutie pie", always being the Gem targeted by his "puppy eyes" which she can't say no to, saying he's grounded when she's mad at him, their hugs are very tender (usually when Garnet saves him), Steven may be casually seen sitting on her lap when interacting with the Gems, etc. There's also the adorable part in "When It Rains" where Garnet, not in any life-threatening situation but simply because she wants to, shapes her hands into a heart and tells Steven she loves him before going on a mission.
  • Cool Shades: Garnet has a nice pair of reflective shades that take up half her face. Turns out they conceal a third eye. She can also transform them into goggles for swimming.
  • Cutting the Knot: When Pearl and Amethyst's plans inevitably fail, Garnet will resort to hitting things. It usually works.
  • Dance Battler: Not her most common style, but her battle with Jasper has her dancing and swaying to music.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She'll occasionally make jokes, maintaining her usual tone of voice.
    Pearl: Are we really going to let him keep that?
    Garnet: We kept Amethyst.
  • Death Glare: Steven learned in "Mirror Gem" just how angry she can be when she got backhanded.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: With the reveal in "The Answer" that cross-Gem type fusions are considered forbidden abominations on her homeworld, it's hard not to read Garnet's fusion as a metaphor for gay, inter-caste or interracial marriage. Driven home in her part of the full opening song; when the Gems are singing their motivations for protecting Earth, hers is "I will fight for the place where I'm free / To live together and exist as me."
  • Duality Motif: Garnet has three eyes, one red, one blue and one violet, because she's a fusion of Ruby, who has two eyes, and Sapphire, who is a Cyclops. The violet eye is them finding balance.
  • Dub Name Change: Averted. Garnet is among the few gems who the Latin American dub doesn't change her name to the faithfully correct translation, granate. She shares this with Peridot.
  • Eternal Love: Ruby and Sapphire fell in love with each other over 5,700 years ago. Garnet is their relationship given form, and is one of, if not the, most stable fusions of different Gems (as opposed to the multi-Ruby or Topaz fusions).
  • Extra Eyes: Garnet has three eyes, the right one is red, the left one is blue and the middle one is violet.
  • Fangirl: Garnet's favorite music is the works of Estelle according to Rebecca Sugar, appropriate considering Estelle is her voice actress.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry:
    • Both her outfits show some asymmetry in their designs and colors, most likely due to her nature as a fusion. The second has a distinct red and blue tint on opposing sides.
    • The first couple of times Ruby and Sapphire fused, Garnet invoked this to an even greater extent; Her outfit was a literal fusion of pieces of clothing from her components. On top of that, her hair was an uneven mix of pink and blue.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Fighter of the group who depends on physical strength and durability the most.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Sorta does all three on her own. Garnet has lightning powers, Ruby has fire powers, and Sapphire has ice. It's noteworthy that a combination of hot air and cold air form storm clouds.
  • Flanderization: Once Garnet is revealed as a fusion, Garnet has a lot less focus as an individual and is instead often considered Ruby and Sapphire and is often brought into focus when the topic of fusion comes up in some shape or form. And since major emotional moments cause Garnet to destabilize, so she is mainly characterized by her The Stoic nature.
  • Foil: To Malachite. Malachite is a fusion born of hate and desperation, while Garnet is a fusion born of love and compassion. Additionally, as "The Answer" shows, both she and Malachite were created by a snap decision. However, whereas Malachite was born out of Jasper's scorn and desire for vengeance, Garnet was born from Ruby's need to protect Sapphire.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Not on her own, but two of her fusions with Pearl and Steven give her the ability to reference the show itself or the audience, possibly an increased version of her future vision that goes beyond in-universe.
  • Funny Afro: Her afro is notable in that it's cube-shaped rather than spherical, and she's had it since she first fused at the dawn of human civilization. In "Historical Friction", Jamie plays her by putting his head in a cardboard box with an afro drawn on with marker.
  • Genius Bruiser: Garnet is the strongest of her friends and the most savvy. This is lampshaded by Steven in "Keeping It Together".
    Steven: Oh. Oh! You're brains and brawn! The whole package!
  • Gentle Giant: Sort of. She's not afraid to fight and can really hit hard, but she gives off this vibe around Steven what with the way she'll gently ruffle his hair or go along with whatever wacky thing he wants to do.
  • Good Parents: While all of the Gems care about Steven, Garnet is the one who has the most faith in him, believing he can and will control his Gem powers in good time. In return, Garnet is often the first Gem he turns to when he needs advice and comfort.
  • Glasses Do Something Unusual: As revealed in her otherwise non-canon appearance in the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes episode "Crossover Nexus", Garnet's visor helps her Future Vision. (They're also prescription.)
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: After Ruby and Sapphire re-fuse, Garnet now has a purplish color theme.
  • Grin of Audacity: Sports one for most of her fight against Jasper. Considering her usual demeanor, it's a pretty big deal when she breaks out that big, beautiful smile.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Compared to the other Crystal Gems. Pearl tends to worry and obsess over Steven while Amethyst is usually even less responsible than Steven and prone to getting him into trouble or following his misguided lead. Garnet is sensible enough to put her foot down and aware enough to guide him out of danger or trouble, but usually trusts Steven to make his own mistakes and draw his own conclusions. Perhaps best seen in Steven's interactions with Connie, where she gives them space to hang out and encourages them to enjoy fusion, while Amethyst teases and Pearl meddles and frets.
  • Happily Married: Garnet is the permanent fusion of Ruby and Sapphire, making her essentially a living incarnation of this trope. In "Reunited", Ruby and Sapphire actually get married, making her literally a living incarnation of this trope.
  • Hartman Hips: Just look at them! Steven calls attention to this in "Rose's Room", saying she would fit into Greg's baggy golf pants. Which she does. It has also been noted that one of her legs is larger than Pearl's whole body.
  • Heroic BSoD: Seeing the forced fusion of the missing Crystal Gems mangled together by the Homeworld is enough to utterly paralyze her, which leaves her vulnerable to breaking apart.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • She of all people turns out to really like video games.
    • Garnet gives really good love advice, which is to be expected when she's a relationship.
    • She and Greg are apparently really good friends and play tennis together regularly.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: No matter what happens, whether it's in a fight or swimming through lava, Garnet's square afro stays in place.
  • Inhuman Eye Concealers: Wears a visor to cover her Third Eye, possibly because humans could find it weird.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Whenever the need arises for a fusion she'll have to choose between Pearl and Amethyst, unaware that the other party is left feeling hurt and inadequate due to being left out.
  • Large and in Charge: She towers over her teammates at a minimum of seven feet tall.
  • The Leader: Unofficial but de facto leader of the Crystal Gems, since she is the only one that can sense incoming threats. Her levelheadedness also makes her well-suited to moderating the more polarized personalities in the team. She makes a point of respecting and listening to the other Gems, though, and Pearl (as seen in the header quote) seems uneasy about the idea of Garnet as a literal leader, suggesting that Garnet is reluctant to officially step into the role Rose Quartz left vacant.
  • Leitmotif:
    • Her associative instrument is a high, distinctive synth sound. After her regeneration in "Jail Break", a synth bass (different from Amethyst's) was added as well. Her instruments are most clearly demonstrated in her song from the same episode, "Stronger Than You".
    • The melody that Sapphire sings in "Jail Break" is closely tied to the fusion between her and Ruby. It's incorporated into "Stronger Than You", and in "The Answer" we are shown its origin during the song "Something Entirely New". Greg also plays it on guitar during their wedding in "Reunited".
  • Lightning Bruiser: Both the strongest and the fastest of the Gems.
  • Literal-Minded:
    • Thanks to her The Comically Serious demeanour, she takes some suggestions very literally which is Played for Laughs several times.
      Steven: [providing video game instructions] Just punch and you'll be fine.
      Garnet: [proceeds to punch the screen] I did it.
    • When she first met Rose, Garnet began spouting one question after another, processing about Earth and the reason behind her fusion from Ruby and Sapphire. After Rose tells her to never question her existence, she takes this to heart after Rose's passing. Since then, she rarely, if not ever, asked a single question about anything.
  • Living Emotional Crutch:
    • In a lesser extent than Steven, but both Amethyst and Pearl look out for Garnet in order to have some self-assurance on their own issues. See Always Someone Better above.
    • Ruby and Sapphire are both a crutch for each other, Ruby becoming next to useless with fear and self-doubt without Sapphire around to reassure her. Sapphire depends on Ruby just as much, but being rather stoic and having future sight, she is less obvious about it.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • Garnet's leadership style tends to be fairly reactive, which makes sense: Sapphire's powers of foresight are based on the actions of others, not her own, and Ruby tends towards hotheaded impulsiveness. However, as Peridot points out, this means the Crystal Gems often lack a real sense of direction or purpose when an enemy isn't on their literal doorstep.
    • Her future vision can also overload her with possibilities if she tries to see too many futures at once (like trying to predict the future for five cats), and just because she knows many ways things might go doesn't mean she knows which possibility will actually occur — the baseball game resolution of "Hit the Diamond" was an improbable future, sure, but it still ended up happening. Her interpretation of which future might occur is also limited by her personal biases — she is surprised by Steven giving himself up to Aquamarine because she was expecting Steven to act as he would pre-Character Development. Since she has to actively look to see the future, problems she wasn't aware of beforehand can also take her by surprise, like Homeworld gems' arrivals and the events of "Cry for Help" (she looks for the Crystal Gems finding Peridot, but the actual culprit was Pearl).
  • Love at First Sight: Garnet tells Jamie in "Love Letters" that love at first sight doesn't exist because true love requires time and work and at least knowing each other. In "The Answer", we see that Ruby and Sapphire did somewhat fall in love within their first meeting, but their constant fusion over several millennia still affirms her statement that staying in love takes effort.
  • Love Freak: She's a fusion, a manifestation of Ruby and Sapphire's love for one another, though having no desire to extend that union, they naturally are going to have an affinity for romance and seeing others in love. The first look the audience got at a truly exuberant Garnet was her reaction to Stevonnie, and later her reaction to Smoky Quartz was even more dramatic. She was also fascinated with the Off Colors, particularly Rhodonite. Garnet described Fluorite, six gems in a relationship, as "beautiful".
  • Made of Good: Garnet sees herself as the embodiment of Sapphire and Ruby's love.
  • Mama Bear: Will occasionally become this for Steven. Special mention goes to "The Return", where she absolutely loses it towards Jasper for targeting him.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In gemstone mythos, garnets are known as stones that provide protection to their users from evil.
      Steven: Garnet, you keep us safe by scaring off the bad guys. Just like a mom would!
    • Estelle's birthdate is January 18, and people born in January have a garnet note  as their birthstone.
  • Monster Progenitor: Of a sort. "Now We're Only Falling Apart" reveals that she's the first known fusion of different gem types.
  • Morph Weapon: In "Warp Tour", Garnet is able to increase the size of her gauntlets, easily quadrupling their size, and deal increased damage at the cost of reduced speed. This was also hinted during "Garnet's Universe" and could also suggest that Steven knew about it before its proper debut.
  • Morphic Resonance: She has Sapphire's hourglass figure and puff sleeves, and Ruby's coloration and square afro.
  • Multiple-Choice Future: Garnet is established is having "Future Vision", an ability that allows her to see into many different probable futures. Many of these range from mundane to incredibly improbable (ranging from various comical deaths to chasing away the Ruby Squadron with a game of baseball) and are selected by the choices people involved in such outcomes make.
    "No one can see the future. I can see options and trajectories. Time is like a river that splits into creeks or pools into lakes or careens down waterfalls. I have the map, and I steer the ship."
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Her arms are as thin as sticks, yet she's the strongest of the Crystal Gems.
  • Nice Girl: While she does have her flaws, Garnet is the nicest of the Crystal Gems (sans Steven and Rose). She displays the most trust and respect in Steven and isn't as bigoted towards humans like Pearl and Amethyst; she even refers to Earth as her home.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: A big part of why Garnet seems to be Strong and Skilled compared to Pearl and Amethyst is due to the fact that she's actually a fusion and fusions of different types of gems are typically stronger than any single gem barring Diamonds and Quartzes. When it comes to comparing Garnet's feats to a fusion's, she's actually quite weak.
  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: Along with Steven, Amethyst and Pearl, she is one of the four main protagonists of the show. But said show is exclusivly told from Steven's Perspective.
  • No-Sell: She can swim in lava and is immune to electricity-based attacks (probably due to her own electricity-generating powers).
  • Not So Above It All:
    • What with Garnet's personality as The Comically Serious, it's easy to assume she is "above" the others' antics, and she does sometimes have a no-nonsense attitude. But while she may keep a stoic demeanor, she often willingly goes along with weird things Steven or Amethyst want to do without the slightest hint of complaint.
      Steven: If they got to spend some time with you, they'd realize how fun, and smart, and mysterious you are!
      Garnet: Hehe, "mysterious".
    • She was not happy when the Diamonds attacked Earth during Ruby and Sapphire’s wedding reception, shouting at Blue that it was supposed to be her special day.
  • Not So Stoic: As the series progresses, she starts to show facial expressions a little more often. Look at her in "Garnet's Universe"; she's smiling the whole time she's playing along with Steven's antics. This is especially the case regarding Steven learning fusions; her first noticeable facial expression is a huge grin at seeing Stevonnie, and she completely freaks out upon being introduced to Smoky Quartz.
  • Number Two: As Steven slowly steps up to control his powers and grow as a person, Garnet relinquishes her position to him in good faith, though she'll still take charge when the need arises.
  • Odd Friendship: Garnet and Greg, of all people, are rather good friends. She was highly supportive of his pursuit of Rose and according to Word of God they play tennis together regularly.
  • One True Love: The product of two Gems who truly and completely love each other.
  • One-Way Visor: Her sunglasses, which cover three eyes in a different color each.
  • Only Sane Woman: Being the most together Gem, she often has to rein in the others.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • When Garnet admits to being scared of Blue Diamond, it shows just how dangerous the Diamonds are.
    • Garnet is the most stoic Crystal Gem, always seems to have her head on straight, and her fusion is completely and perfectly stable. When she involuntarily defuses, it is either a sign of extreme anger ("Keystone Motel"), fear and horror ("Keeping It Together"), or shock/sadness (when she discovers that Rose Quartz was actually Pink Diamond).
  • Open-Minded Parent: As opposed to Pearl, she's more willing to listen to Steven and let him figure things out by himself.
  • Out of Focus: In terms of character focus, Garnet has gotten the least out of the four main Crystal Gems. Arguably Garnet stopped getting development after Season 1, whereas Pearl, Amethyst and Steven have received tons of focus and character development. A stretch of seven consecutive episodes in Season 3 feature no dialogue from her whatsoever. She starts getting more development again in Season 5.
  • Overly Long Scream: In "Know Your Fusion", Garnet screams for 16 seconds straight when Smoky Quartz reveals themself and their destructive power. Not out of fear mind you, but sheer glee.
  • Personality Powers:
    • When asked to describe how she summons her gauntlets, she describes it as both a marriage between Pearl's overcomplicated and Amethyst's uncomplicated methods at the same time, as well as "link[ing] your mind with the energy of all existing matter, channeling the collective power of the universe through [her] gem[s]". This not only hints at her being a fusion from the radically different Ruby and Sapphire (creating the recurring dualistic themes surrounding her), but acts as an effective Establishing Character Moment for the stoic and zen Garnet.
    • Out of all of the Crystal Gems, Garnet is both the strongest and most durable, capable of taking max amount of physical punishment, knock back monsters that can flick the others away like popcorn, deflect lightning bolts and can even swim through lava. This reflects that compared to Pearl and Amethyst, she is the most stable and held-together, possessing an indomitable will and leveled head that makes her an effective leader.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Relatively speaking. She may be the second tallest Crystal Gem, but she is the fourth-smallest fusion in the entire series.
  • Playing with Fire: Though she never generates fire herself, she can swim through lava without issue, which is why she goes to retrieve the Earth Beetle. According to Word of God, this is an ice bath to her, while the core of the sun would be a hot tub. This ability comes from Ruby, who can generate extreme heat.
  • Power Fist: Her Weapon of Choice, summoned from the gems in her hands. Bismuth upgrades them to include spiked knuckles.
  • The Power of Love: As expounded upon in her "I Am" Song, Garnet is more than a mere fusion of Ruby and Sapphire. Their love for each other and their friends is what drives her. It's also what makes them such a perfect and long-lasting fusion. Just for comparison, it's a minor miracle if Pearl and Amethyst can maintain their fusion for six minutes. Ruby and Sapphire can maintain theirs indefinitely. The only things that can separate them are if they choose to, their body being destroyed, or a severe emotional conflict.
  • Power Palms: Both her gemstones are embedded in her palms.
  • Pride: A rare case of this being a good thing; her pride in her status as a fusion affirms her strength against Jasper. That said, she can occasionally take her pride in her abilities too far, which is part of why Sugilite is so unstable.
    Garnet: We don't need to be careful. We just need to be huge.
  • Promoted to Parent: In the flashbacks when Rose was still alive, Amethyst dressed and acted like a five-year-old child, while Pearl and Garnet acted more like they were teenagers. Now that's Rose gone, Garnet became the mother figure of the group — a role she struggles with since she's either unable or unwilling to help Pearl and Amethyst with their emotional issues, until they become problematic enough that they effect team missions.
  • Pronoun Trouble: Played with during her song "Stronger Than You". For most of the song, Garnet switches between "we" and "I" pronouns, likely because Ruby and Sapphire had just re-fused and she was still adjusting herself. But during the final verse, when she finally turns the fight around on Jasper, she switches to "I" and "me" exclusively, and refers to Ruby and Sapphire as separate to herself, cementing her complete re-fusion.
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Does this often, though not always, when she's focusing on Future Vision.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She has a couple of light purple elements the first color scheme we see in the series. After Ruby and Sapphire refuse into Garnet, her new color scheme has more of a purplish tint.
  • The Quiet One: She rarely speaks at all. When she does, she almost never uses more words than absolutely necessary to get her point across.
  • Rank Up: After Rose's death, Garnet became the leader of the Crystal Gems.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Garnet was formed about 5,750 years ago when Ruby and Sapphire accidentally fused. Her component Gems are even older than that.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Most willing to listen to, or at least humor, Steven and others out of the Crystal Gems.
  • Red Is Heroic: Her outfit is mostly red and she's The Leader of the main heroes.
  • The Reliable One: Out of the four Gems, she's the most reliable and careful. When the Gems get into trouble, a typical solution is to 'Go get Garnet'.
  • Rocket Punch: She fires her gauntlets as projectiles in "Watermelon Steven".
  • Romantic Fusion: She's a fusion of two Gems so madly in love with each other that they stay fused all the time. Garnet is explicitly the embodiment of Ruby and Sapphire's love.
  • Rubber Woman: Garnet can use her shapeshifting powers to elongate and enlarge her arms.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The amount of Fashionable Asymmetry that manifests in her physical form seems to reflect the degree of unity between Ruby and Sapphire, her component parts. When they first fused, they were essentially a complete mishmash of red, blue, pink, and purple. As noted above, each time she refuses, she appears purpler overall, and by the end of the series, she's almost completely balanced on both sides, with only the belt-like structure around her waist in two different tones.

  • Seers: She seems to be aware of incoming danger and events, which is why Pearl and Amethyst prefer to do missions with her than without. Expanded upon in "Future Vision", where she describes her third eye as allowing her to see possible outcomes of future events and make the best choices given what she can see at the time. She seems to be able to command this vision at will as well.
  • She's Got Legs: Garnet has especially long, shapely legs and even shows them off in "Beach Party".
  • Shipper on Deck: A proffessional one, no less: she's made of ship.
    • In hindsight, her reaction to Stevonnie makes it clear she's one for Steven and Connie, after the reveal that she's a fusion of two lovers herself.
    • In "We Need to Talk", the flashback shows Garnet giving Greg love advice in regards to Rose.
    • She's also more than willing to provide useful pointers to right any existing ships that are taking on water and listing in front of her, regardless of what she thinks of the individuals involved (even if she knows they won't listen). But, when the relationship is listing, in flames and going down with all hands, be it a fusion or not, she'll also willingly attempt to help torpedo it out of its misery. If no saving it is possible or desirable on a moral or ethical level, that kind of ship is way better scuttled than saved, in Garnet's level-headed opinion.
  • Shock and Awe: She has electric powers as a result of Sapphire's ice and Ruby's fire. She can generate at least enough electricity to power an unplugged arcade game and charge a car battery, and is capable of redirecting lightning bolts. It took quite a while for this ability to actually be used in combat, but she eventually redirects an enemy's electrical attack and sends lightning across the ground as an attack.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Combines this with Giant Poofy Sleeves. Transfers this quality over when fusing into Alexandrite.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Apparently sees some sort of rivalry with Kofi Pizza:
    • She has a tendency to destroy his property without caring about his reaction. In "Steven Floats", when the Gems need a way to communicate with a floating Steven, Garnet breaks into Kofi's car and steals his phone.
    • In "Restaurant Wars", she puts all her cooking skills to create the greatest ketchup-infused french fries (a fusion of foods) ever cooked, siding with Mr Fryman in the process.
  • So Proud of You:
    • Her smile at the sight of Stevonnie, the proof of Steven being able of successfully fusing, after she stated that she believed he would be able to pull it off, has heavy undertones of being this trope.
    • After spending most of the episode arguing with Amethyst about not treating her form properly, she's visibly relieved and smiles in approval when the other gem finally chooses a form that she likes best.
  • The Spock: She's always calm and thinks logically.
  • Spirited Competitor: While mostly level-headed, she occasionally demonstrates a fierce competitive spirit. This is best seen while playing volleyball, Steven Tag, and arcade games.
  • Squee:
    • She had the biggest Squee when Steven and Connie fused into Stevonnie.
    • And when Steven and Amethyst fused into Smoky Quartz.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Garnet is the tallest of the group and at least one person considers her beautiful. Also the fact that she's a fusion created from a loving relationship between Ruby and Sapphire probably counts towards that as well.
  • The Stoic: Almost always keeps her cool.
  • Strong and Skilled: In comparison to Pearl and Amethyst, Garnet has plenty of combat skills and plenty of power to go with them solidifying her status as The Ace in the team.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's sugary nice towards Steven. The Ice part comes from her being The Stoic and The Quiet One most of the time, though she's never actually mean.
  • Sunglasses at Night: She wears her visor day or night and even in dark caves. Its main purpose seems to be covering her third eye so she doesn't freak out any humans she might encounter.
  • Super Empowering: She can temporarily pass along her visions with a kiss to the forehead, demonstrated with Steven.
  • Super Strength: Seems to be the physically strongest of the Gems; she's able to hold back a mother centipeetle's tail, chuck Amethyst hundreds of feet away, and easily overpowers Amethyst (even when she's taking her much larger Purple Puma form).
  • Super Toughness: She reveals that she can swim in lava in "Giant Woman", and is the only one of the three that can. Word of God states she's actually much tougher than this and the core of the Sun would be the equal of a hot tub to her.
  • Supporting Leader: With Rose Quartz gone, Garnet takes the position of de facto leader of the Crystal Gems, but Steven is still the main protagonist of the series. Subverted as the series progresses and Steven slowly steps up and takes the position of leader himself, with Garnet becoming his Number Two. Though she will still step up if ever needed.
  • Take That Me: "You can't trust love advice from those two hopeless romantics."
  • Talking to Themself: A truly rare moment of weakness for a fusion like Garnet. Witnessing the horrific fusion experiments Homeworld is conducting is so traumatizing that Ruby and Sapphire end up letting out their individual fury and disbelief while still fused as Garnet. While this is going on, the camera flips to only show one side of her face at a time, each with different expressions. It happens again in "Keystone Motel" as she tries to handle Pearl's betrayal of her trust; unlike before, she ends up splitting into Ruby and Sapphire before she's done.
  • Taught by Experience: Garnet seems to be fond of this teaching method. Whenever Pearl starts being too overprotective, she puts her foot down and lets Steven work things out on his own.
  • Team Dad: She scolds the other Gems for mocking Steven in the pilot and in later episodes she will be the most likely to try and get Steven to solve problems on his own.
  • Third Eye: Has one covered by her shades, allowing her to see possible future outcomes at any given moment.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her existence is one for Ruby and Sapphire. Individually, they are a Red Shirt and Non-Action Girl respectively, but when fused, Garnet can go toe-to-toe with Quartzes like Jasper.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: She was also the first to thank Greg for deciphering the Wailing Stone's message in "The Message" while Pearl and Amethyst were going bonkers over Lapis' message about the Homeworld Gems coming to Earth, showing that she is starting to think less of him as a burden.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As she bonds with Steven, she becomes less stoic and starts showing more open affection and emotion while still maintaining her cool demeanor. By Season 2, not only does she smile more often than she did in Season 1, she's also more relaxed and playful like she was in the flashbacks.
  • Tough Love: How she leads the team, in contrast to Rose. She's caring and fair, but stern and no-nonsense. Unfortunately it has the unintentional side effect of exacerbating Pearl's and Amethyst's personal problems.
  • Triangle Shades: She almost always wears her triangular futuristic orange tinted shades, which cover all three of her eyes. After Ruby and Sapphire refused, her shades are now colored in a soft pink and blue color, instead of pale orange, and different light sources cause different colors to reflect off of them.
  • Trickster Mentor: Her preferred method of dealing with Amethyst and Pearl's emotional issues is to send them on a mission with Steven, so he can help them work through them. This approach has its limits since Steven is still fairly young after all, and he has issues of his own.
  • Two Beings, One Body: She's the result of two beings fused on a spiritual level. That doesn't happen even in this universe, at least not with same-Gem fusions.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Basically, there are things about the rebellion that Garnet was lied to about, meaning that many things she says about the rebellion, Pink Diamond and her Zoo are inaccurate.
  • Unreliable Narrator: She gives an inaccurate account of Pink Diamond's personality, story and demise, and her supposed disdain and apathy towards life on Earth is contradicted by the Human Zoo. Her death by Rose's sword contradicted by the fact it cannot shatter the gem itself, only slice through physical forms. With the latter, Steven is starting to suspect something is off. "A Single Pale Rose" reveals that she told the story as Rose told her, and she believed her account to be true.
  • Used to Be More Social: A mild example. Flashbacks show that Garnet still had no social skills with humans, but she was more emotionally open before Rose's "death".
  • War Is Hell: Unlike her fellow senior Crystal Gem Pearl, Garnet doesn't look back on any part of the war with the Homeworld fondly, even calling a major battle they won as "a maelstrom of destruction and death".
  • The Watson: Garnet was conceived by the show's creators to be a "reverse Watson" — instead of asking questions constantly, she never does at all.note  This turns out to be because Garnet did nothing but ask questions about herself when first formed, until she encountered Rose, who told her "No more questions. Don't ever question this." Notably, when stricken with Identity Amnesia in the movie, she asks even more questions than she did when first formed.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to most two-Gem fusions, Garnet is relatively weak and limited in offensive capabilities, but makes up for it in emotional stability and a more powerful future vision. "Relatively" being the key word here as she is a physical match for some of the strongest of single Gems.
  • Wolverine Claws: Bismuth upgrades her gauntlets to include these.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: She's essentially a walking one of these, with her fusion combining fire and ice both in personality and power-set. Word of God is that fusions that combine opposites like these produce a more powerful result than ones that don't.
  • You Are in Command Now: Became the leader of the Crystal Gems after Rose's death. Although she's a great battle commander, she does struggle when it comes to the team's emotional problems.