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"Off-colored" Gems are Gems who are considered to be purposeless and inefficient to Homeworld's ideals and goals due to defects or outlawed fusions, often also not fitting in any of the Diamonds' courts. For this reason, they are looked down upon, and any Off Colors are to be immediately exterminated on-sight, causing some to become fugitives.
This page specifically details the off-colored Gem group introduced in the opening episodes of Season 5.
- Alice Allusion: As this post demonstrates, the Off Colors each have similarities to different characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Rutile Twins, being Single-Minded Twins who are always together, are like Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Rhodonite is a complete Nervous Wreck who is constantly bent out of shape, not unlike the March Hare, as depicted in Alice in Wonderland (2010). Padparadscha suffers from a severe case of Delayed Reaction, so you could say that she's always late, a nod to the White Rabbit. Fluorite is a wise person who happens to be shaped like a gigantic caterpillar, similar to, well, the Caterpillar. Steven and Lars also meet them after going deeper and deeper into Homeworld's underground. And, to top it off, you could say that Yellow Diamond and Blue Diamond bear parallels to the Queen and King of Hearts respectively.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: They've been on the run for their lives for so long that they don't know anything else. This is taken to such an extreme that they don't even understand what a compliment is, and when they meet Garnet for the first time they are confused by her enthusiasm and assume she is mocking them.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Their treatment draws a lot of parallels to eugenics of the 20th century.
- Fantastic Slurs: Off-Colors is a derogatory term for those who don't fit into Homeworld's rigid Fantastic Caste System.
- Foil: To the Crystal Gems, a group of aberrant, rebellious Gems centered around a not-quite-human teenager (both of whom owe their current existence to Rose Quartz). The Off-Colors recently became active, taking the fight to Homeworld led by the fearless Captain Lars; the Crystal Gems' own rebellion ended millennia ago, and they protect and mentor Steven.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Sanguine - Padparadscha is the most positive and optimistic of the group.
- Choleric - The Rutile Twins are the most driven and actively seek out and rescue other off-color gems.
- Melancholic - Rhodonite is nervous and has a very pessimistic outlook on life.
- Phlegmatic - Fluorite is very calm, wise, and accepting of others.
- Heroic Bystander: They don't seem to have any combat ability (or at least know they don't stand a chance of fighting back), but they try to help other outcasts and fugitives, and eventually plan to navigate through Homeworld with Lars, despite the risk of robonoids and other security detail on the lookout for fugitives. This is especially so now that "Rose Quartz" is supposedly on the loose on Homeworld. Ironically, their escort, Lars, is (mostly) a human, yet he's the one who has to defend them.
- Hive Caste System: They don't even fit in Homeworld's caste system, because as "undesirables" (taboo fusions, defective gems), they're not supposed to.
- Kill on Sight: Both wandering Shattering Robonoids and loyal Homeworld Gems will kill them on sight. Because of this, they're stuck hiding deep beneath Homeworld in the old abandoned Kindergartens, fearing for their lives.
- Meaningful Name: They're called "off-color" because their entire existence as defects/taboo fusions makes them societal outcasts in the eyes of Homeworld Gems. More literally, their Gem colors don't seem to strictly fit the color theme of any court held by the Diamonds.
- The Promised Land: Once they find out Earth was not devastated by the Diamond attack, they immediately make it a goal to reach it just by merit of it being a life-supporting planet where everyone isn't trying to kill them. They could have gone immediately through Lars and Lion's portals, but they didn't want to leave Lars behind.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They're a small group of undesirables, made out of two permafusions, two defective Gems and one (mostly) human teenager who now must navigate through Homeworld's underground in an attempt to avoid capture.
- Space Pirate: Has become a small crew of this with Lars acting as their captain, particularly stealing ships from Emerald, a high-ranking Gem.
- Time Abyss: Apparently, according to Fluorite, at least some of them have been hiding out on Homeworld for eons.
- True Companions: Despite the option of leaving each other for dead being readily available, they choose to stick together and help one another. They don't see the other members of the group (except for themselves) as liabilities, instead just trying to work around it.
- You Are Not Alone: They've made companions out of each other, and the Rutile twins are willing to help other Gem fugitives escape Homeworld's eye and let them join the group.
Left Twin: We survived because all the other Rutiles ran away when we emerged.
Right Twin: We survived... because they were afraid of us.
A defective Rutile that formed two near-separate bodies rather than one. When they emerged from their Kindergarten, they escaped persecution due to the other Rutiles fleeing at the sight of the double-bodied Rutile.
- Bifauxnen: Besides their voices, they have very few feminine-presenting traits.
- Conjoined Twins: Two individuals with a single gem is apparently the Gem equivalent.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Have a habit of both saying the same thing differently.Left Twin: It's okay, Rhodonite.
Right Twin: Relax. We brought them here.
Left Twin: They're with us.
- The Dividual: By virtue of sharing a body.
- Does Not Like Shoes: They wear a one-piece leotard-like outfit that leaves their toes bare.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Much like Padparadscha, the Rutile Twins can be seen as analogous to differently abled individuals, in their case being a physical abnormality.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: If they're not rephrasing what the other said.Left Twin: Come, this way.
Right Twin: This way, come.
- Foil: Like the Gem Mutants of season 2, they are a permafusion caused by two gems becoming permanently physically joined. However, the Rutile twins were born this way and are two (mostly) whole gems joined together, and not the artificial joining of multiple agonized gem fragments. This being the case, they are fully in control of their body and faculties as opposed to the constant pain, anger and confusion the Gem Mutants displayed.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: A rare non-visual example. Despite sharing the same voice actor, Lefty has a slightly higher-pitched voice while Righty has a lower voice.
- Meaningful Name:
- The geological term for a bifurcated mineral is crystal twinning. So their type of gem is actually called a Rutile twin.
- It is said that the real life Rutile gives off an aura of safety and calmness. Lars and Steven first met the twins while escaping from shattering robonoids, and they quickly provide them a safe spot in the kindergarten and, up until said robonoids pop up, remain calm through the episodes.
- Noodle People: Their upper bodies are very skinny, likely because their mass is split in two.
- The Noseless: Neither of them have a nose.
- Only Sane Woman: Between Rhodonite's nervousness, Padparascha's ditzy demeanor and Fluorite's slow speech, they are most grounded personality-wise.
- Significant Double Casting: A pair of twins who share the same voice actress.
- Single-Minded Twins: Since they share a gem (which is the Gem equivalent of a brain), their thoughts seem to be synchronized.
- Truth in Television: Some rutiles can form with two protrusions.
- Two Beings, One Body: They share the same body but are still clearly two distinct individuals.
You can't just walk around on the surface like that! You're off-color, just like the rest of us.
A fusion of a Ruby and a Pearl. The duo used to work under a Morganite until their fusion was discovered, which got them kicked out and replaced.
- Big Sister Instinct: She seems to be protective of Padparascha, calling for her to hide from the Robonoids, carrying her out of danger, and covering her eye when the Rutile twins are about to be shattered.
- Call-Back: She looks similar to the Crystal Gems' Sardonyx except for the elements of a Sapphire, since Rhodonite is only made up of a Ruby and Pearl.
- Cowardly Lion: Because of her Nervous Wreck tendencies and a well-founded fear of persecution, she's afraid of doing anything in case it attracts attention and gets her and her companions killed.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It's a little vague, but we know so far that Rhodonite's Ruby and Pearl used to work together under Morganite, but they realized they enjoyed fusing, then were discovered, kicked out, and left to fend for herself, and replaced.
- The Ditherer: One of her main flaws. While she is capable of coming up with multiple solutions to a threat or problem on her own, she lacks the courage or conviction to commit to any of them.
- Extra Eyes: Like Rainbow Quartz, she has two pairs of eyes on the top and bottom of her face. Unlike her, though, the top pair belong to the Ruby component, while the bottom eyes belong to the Pearl component.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: She has one short pant leg and one long one, as well as a diagonal stripe that runs through her hair, possibly to visually emphasize that she is a fusion.
- Foil: To Garnet, despite both of them being love-based perma-fusions. Garnet is The Stoic because her components are Ruby and Sapphire, so they cancel each other out. Rhodonite is a nervous wreck because her component Pearl and Ruby personalities enable each other's negative traits and are magnified by fusing.
- Heroic Build: Her design combines a Ruby's muscular build with a Pearl's tall and slender frame.
- Hesitant Sacrifice: She initially wanted to take up Lars's offer to leave him behind on Homeworld, but the Rutile twins shut her down, and Rhodonite changes her mind shortly after.
- Ironic Name: Rhodonite is said to decrease anxiety, and she's a Nervous Wreck.
- Made of Good: Fusions are the personification of the bond between their components, and she's a love based permafusion not unlike Garnet.
- Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Rhodonite is a Permafusion between a Pearl (who are traditionally feminine-looking) and a Ruby (who are traditionally masculine-looking).
- Meaningful Name: Rhodonite is said to decrease anxiety, and also symbolize unconditional love, self-love and growth, and service to mankind. Rhodonite is the result of presumably the love between a Ruby and a Pearl, and like the other Off Colors, she chooses to stay behind to help Lars escape Homeworld, though not initially.
- Morphic Resonance: Conjecturing from traits seen in other Pearls and Rubies, her shoulder ruffles, bottom eyes, tall height, thin lower arms and pointy nose are from her Pearl half, while her black/grey afro, dark pink skin, muscular build, thick upper arms, and top eyes are from her Ruby half.
- Multicolored Hair: Has a mixture of grey and black hair.
- Nervous Wreck: Is very panicky and frantic about just about everything that happens. Considering some Pearls seem to be timid and some Rubies are anxious of their mistakes, it makes sense.
- Properly Paranoid: As a fugitive, her fears of other fugitives being led back to their main hiding spot and other ways Homeworld security could track them down are justified.
- Later when they steal the Sun Incinerator, Lars puts her in charge of the radar, shields, and weapons systems to essentially weaponize her paranoia.
- Romantic Fusion: Is a Pearl/Ruby Permafusion.
- Skunk Stripe: She has a diagonal streak of greyish-pink through her black afro.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Is described as this in "Lars Of The Stars".
- The Strategist: Played with. While she is listed as the "Head of Strategic Operations" for her team and she is very adept at coming up with plans on the fly, she has trouble choosing which plan to commit to. It's implied that she usually plays an advisory role and ultimately lets Lars make the big decisions instead.
Everyone, a wondrous prediction has come before me. The twins of Rutile will bring one, no, two strangers to our current place of hiding!
A defective Sapphire variant. She is considered defective due to only being able to predict events after they have already occurred.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Like the Crystal Gems' Sapphire, her skirt resembles a geode when seen from below. In addition, the shape of her hair somewhat resembles a lotus, which are what padparadscha sapphires are named after.
- Awesome, but Impractical: It's implied that her past "prediction" ability could be used to make true statements about things nobody else has noticed, such as Lars pressing the wrong button in "Your Mother and Mine," but its usefulness is highly specific.
- Blessed with Suck: She is able to predict events...that have already happened.
- Blinding Bangs: Like Sapphire of the Crystal Gems, her hair covers her eye. This may be a trait of Sapphires in general.
- Captain Oblivious: Her future-vision "predicts" the very recent past rather than the future, to the point that she seems genuinely unaware of what's going on in the present.
- Captain Obvious: Constantly reporting on the events of about thirty seconds ago.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Comes off as this, due to her past vision making her a bit slow on the uptake and leaving her blissfully serene at all times.
- Delayed Reaction: Padparadscha can only see things that have already happened, causing the information she gives to be this. She also reacts several seconds after the others, as seen when Steven asks for room during "Lars' Head", and it's a few seconds after everyone else moved back before she does the same.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Much like the Rutile Twins, the Padparadscha can be seen as analogous to differently abled individuals, in her case being those with a mental or behavioral disorder.
- Failed a Spot Check: Often misses what is going on in the present. This turns out to be quite dangerous, as she delivers one of her visions to Lars while failing to notice a destroyer Robonoid targeting her gem.
- Foil: To the Crystal Gems' Sapphire. Padparadscha is a Perpetual Smiler, while Sapphire is usually The Stoic (at least whenever Ruby isn't around). Their overall color schemes are even direct complements of one another. Sapphire is a prime example of what a gem of her type and station should be in Homeworld, while Padparascha was labeled defective and cast out of society due to her broken future vision. The circumstances of why they are Homeworld outcasts also differ - Sapphire left willingly (to protect the Crystal Gems' Ruby from being shattered), Padparadscha was shunned for simply being born with something out of her control.
- Genki Girl: Unlike the more reserved Crystal Gem Sapphire, Padparadscha is very excitable and instantly blurts out whatever "future" she sees.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: Her ballgown has them, like the Crystal Gems' Sapphire.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: More of a light orange, but the trope still fits. Despite being Blessed with Suck, she still tries to be helpful and is always excited to share her visions with her friends.
- Idiot Hair: Has a three pronged tuft of hair on top of her head, which resembles a crown.
- Impoverished Patrician: Sapphires are typically high-ranking aristocratic gems, but thanks to her defect she now lives underground with others cast out from their society.
- Ironic Name: Padparadscha sapphires are one of the rarest gems in the world - mostly found in Sri Lanka - and are among the most valuable varieties of sapphires. The first one we meet in the show is considered an undesirable in Homeworld's system, though it might just be this one specifically. Because padparadschas are rare in the real world, buyers often have to settle for less desirable "cloudy" padparadschas, which may be why this one has "cloudy" vision.
- The Load: Constantly has to be dragged/carried out of danger due to her delayed predictions and utter obliviousness to what is taking place directly in front of her.
- Meaningful Name:
- Padparadschas are associated with moving forward in life and grounding one in both reality and confidence. Padparadscha can only see what has already happened, but compared to most Sapphires, she acts far more happy with her life.
- "Padparascha" is derived from the Sanskrit/Sinhalese words "padma ranga", meaning lotus colored, a reference to the aquatic lotus blossom whose color it resembles.
- Mysterious Past: Since about all her lines so far are late predictions, we don't know anything about her past other than she probably got in trouble for her defect.
- Nice Girl: Has yet to show any malice to any of the characters and has been nothing but sweet.
- The Noseless: Like CG's Sapphire, she doesn't seem to have a nose.
- Oxymoronic Being: Padparadscha's entire being is more or less a contradiction, with her "future" sight only giving her visions of events that have already taken place.
- Perpetual Smiler: She seems perpetually happy, even when under attack.
- Pimped-Out Dress: She wears a multicolored ballgown with Giant Poofy Sleeves, suggesting that her place in the Homeworld caste system likely would have been quite high-ranking if not for her disability. Sapphires were previously mentioned to be "rare aristocratic gems".
- Plucky Comic Relief: Is the main source of humor in the episodes that she appears in.
- The Pollyanna: Despite being born with defective powers, being hunted by her own people, and being forced to hide in an underground cavern, she still finds a way to smile.
- Power Incontinence: She never stops using her past-viewing powers, no matter how much it hinders her. So either she can't turn it off, or she just finds looking into the past so fascinating that it distracts her from the present.
- Prescience Is Predictable: Inverted; while Sapphire's Future Vision causes her to act detached, Padparadscha's delayed vision makes her find everything pleasantly surprising.
- Running Gag: Whenever something important comes up, she only announces that it will happen about half a minute later after it already has happened.
- The Seer: Inverted. Padparadscha's future sight is broken, so she can only see things that have already happened. She's also a lot more openly emotional and happier than Sapphire.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: So far her ability to predict the past has come in useful exactly twice—once when she used it to let Lars know he was pressing the wrong button to restart their ship, the other when she revealed the reason Emerald wasn't trying to destroy the Sun Incinerator.
- Shout-Out: Her short hair with three little hairs resembling a crown, her dress' design, and her coloration seem to be based on Princess Daisy from the Mario franchise. At SDCC 2017, the crew called her "the Daisy to Sapphire's Zelda"
- Smarter Than You Look: Though Padparadscha's late pronouncements make her come off as unintelligent, she sometimes notices things other people missed, either through mundane deduction or preternatural insight. When Emerald fired on the Sun Incinerator, she was the first one besides Lars who realized she missed on purpose. While everyone is trying to get the ship back online, she intuits that Lars is pressing the wrong button on a control panel, something he didn't realize himself until being told. She also notes that Garnet is making everyone uncomfortable with her compliments, which Garnet herself failed to notice in her excitement.
- Superpower Disability: She can only see the recent past, a "flaw" in the forward-advancing Homeworld society.
- Visual Pun: Because she focuses so much on the past, she is blind to the present.
Rhodonite: But my story's nothing! I mean Fluorite, how many Gems are you now?
Fluorite: Six. Maybe more, if we find the right Gem.
A fusion of six Gems.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Fluorite has a very accepting and open-minded view on relationships and is herself made of six Gems, both of which is represented by her multi-colored body. She is also the wisest of the Off-Color Gems, and she looks like a senior among them (due to her puffy light hair, and her bottom-most eyes usually being closed and looking like age lines).
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Unlike many other fusions so far, because Fluorite is made up of six gems, she looks like a humanoid caterpillar.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Believes that "Rose Quartz isn't real". And sure enough, Rose Quartz was actually an alias adopted by Pink Diamond.
- The Engineer: Is the Off Colors' engineer and keeps their stolen ship ship running, as well as repairs it in combat. She's very good at it, only needing five minutes to get the Sun Incinerator back to combat shape after Emerald disabled its shields and weapons systems.
- Extra Eyes: Has three pairs of eyes but often keeps the bottom most pair closed. This resembles age lines which fits her Granny Classic look.
- To the Cluster Gems as well as the Cluster. Speech impediment aside, Fluorite embodies the possibility of multiple Gems loving each other enough to fuse willingly, giving them a comfortable new form to act through; Fluorite even mentions a willingness to add another Gem if they are compatible. The Cluster Gems look quite monstrous in appearance by comparison and were made by shattering other Gems and forcibly and permanently fusing their remaining shards together with the Cluster being a planet-wide forced fusion, leaving the owners of said Gems in constant and immeasurable pain as they lash out in a desire to be whole again.
- To Malachite. They're similar in that both of them have highly warped inhumanoid forms. However, while Malachite's components hated each other and one spent an entire season trying to keep the other prisoner, Fluorite's components are in harmony and work together, albeit slowly.
- To Garnet. Both are love-based permafusions whose component Gems are equal in number, but Garnet (two Gems) is fairly exclusive ("Three's a crowd.") while Fluorite's components (six Gems) are in an open relationship that gladly accepts other compatible Gems.
- Fusion Dance: Is a six-Gem permafusion, making her the largest fusion seen thus far in the series (compared to Alexandrite's four).
- Gentle Giant: The largest of the Off Colors, and the kindest, most soft-spoken of the group.
- Granny Classic: Gives this impression due to her soft, quiet voice, gentle nature, and fluffy, pale blue hair.
- Large and in Charge: Seems to be the leader of the Off Colors and is gigantic by virtue of being a six Gem fusion.
- Made of Good: Fusions are the personification of the bond of their components, and she's a love based permafusion. As such, like Garnet, she's more or less made of love.
- Meaningful Name:
- Fluorite is associated with a clear mind. That may or may not be an Ironic Name, since the Fluorite fusion is made up of six Gems that have to agree on one action in order to carry it out, but she does seem to be rather wise.
- According to Wikipedia, fluorite is known as the most colorful mineral in the world. Fluorite has a colorful body and is made up of more gems than any other normal fusion.
- Metaphorically True: In "Your Mother and Mine", Flourite claims that Rose Quartz does not exist. While there was a vein of Rose Quartz, all of which were bubbled and held captive in the Human Zoo, the Rose Quartz actually is not real. In "A Single Pale Rose", it is revealed that Rose is actually just a guise fabricated by Pink Diamond herself, so technically the Rose Quartz does not actually exist.
- Mysterious Past: Since she talks very slowly and is taciturn, we don't know anything about her past other than she was probably made an outcast for being a fusion between several different Gems.
- Polyamory: She says she'd be willing to increase the number of Gems making up her fusion "if we meet the right Gem", implying that the relationship between the six is romantic. It's also implied that new Gems have entered the relationship more than once, as the others ask for a reminder of how many she consists of now. Word of God has confirmed that the relationship between the six is romantic.
- The Quiet One: Doesn't speak much, and what she says is very slow and to the point. Presumably, this is because the six Gems making up Fluorite have to agree on what to say.
- Team Mom: She's the closest the other off-colors have to a figure they can look up to.
- Terse Talker: She doesn't mince words; given how slowly she speaks, she likely knows she can't afford to.
- Unknown Character: The six component gems that make her up. Unlike with Rhodonite we have no idea who they are and Word of God hasn't said anything about them.
- Up to Eleven: She's six Gems. That's two more than Alexandrite and one more than any other fusion we know about.
"You're always trying to help me! You brought me back to life! Just let me be someone who deserved it."
Lars is a slacker who works at Steven's favorite snack shop, the Big Donut. He is a sullen, angry teen, overly concerned with being thought of as cool, and disdaining anything he sees as uncool. Following him getting stuck on Homeworld, Lars went through some Character Development, got christened an Off Color, and is now working on a way to get him and the rest of the Off Colors back to Earth.
See here for tropes regarding him.