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Pink Diamond

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WARNING! This character is a Walking Spoiler. Potential unmarked spoilers for season 5 and beyond!

Voiced by: Susan Egan

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"Welcome to Earth!"

The youngest Diamond and the third mentioned in the series, prior to her appearance she initially was only inferred due to differences in symbols in the background of various episodes — older Gem locations have a symbol with white, blue, yellow, and pink Diamonds forming a larger diamond, newer ones have a triangular arrangement of white, blue, and yellow triangles. The third season confirms that she did exist, was the ruler of Earth when it was a Gem colony, and that Rose Quartz shattered her to liberate the Earth. The fifth season reveals what her relationship with the other Diamonds was like, and shows the true circumstances behind her supposed shattering.

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  • 100% Adoration Rating:
    • While not the most powerful or feared Diamond, many Era I Gems, even those serving under other Diamonds, loved her. note Given that she was a Benevolent Boss unlike her (presumed), mother and sisters, this is justified.
    • She is also this to Gemkind in general. Aside from the ones who don't know her, every gem, Crystal Gem or Homeworld Gem, loves (or at least admires) at least one of her two (three if you include Steven) identities. Being an All-Loving Hero likely helps.
    • The Diamonds rule using fear. Those that follow them do so because they will be shattered (killed) if they fail to fulfill the role they were created for, or even for simply going against the social order. Pink Diamond was the exception to this, as the Gems that knew and were loyal to her followed her out of love and respect rather than fear.
  • Accidental Hero: By giving up her physical form and giving birth to Steven, who she only intended to live happily, she finally established peace between Homeworld and Earth, gave the Homeworld Gems more rights to their own individuality, repaired the Diamonds' bond and caused them to undergo a Heel–Face Turn as she did, freed Pink Pearl from White Diamond's control, allowed Pearl to finally move on from her, and caused the Corrupted Gems to finally be cured. She would have been so happy if she got to know about all this.
  • Actually I Am Her: While she was leading an open rebellion against herself, she had to listen to her Crystal Gem comrades believing that she was a cruel, cowardly tyrant and that their ultimate goal was to shatter her and the rest of the Diamonds to liberate all of Gemkind, such as Garnet and Bismuth. Additionally, she presumably also had to listen to her subjects vowing to shatter her other identity, Rose Quartz, believing that Rose was a monster who popped out of the Earth and vowed to destroy all of Gemkind.
  • Adorable Evil Minions: More like Adorable Evil Leaders. Despite being a Diamond, she's depicted as cuter than the others. After her Heel–Face Turn, the "Evil" part is taken out, though even before her turn it would be a stretch to call her 'evil'.
  • Adorkable:
    • She shows shades of this, worshipping Yellow and messing with her control panel or jumping straight off a tower rather bothering to use stairs because she's excited. Even as Rose, she gets ridiculously excited over just about anything new, geeking out over living on Earth, hanging out with her "fellow" Quartzes, and seeing a fusion of two different Gems for the first time.
    • In "Legs From Here to Homeworld", it's demonstrated that she was hilariously awful at driving her own Leg Ship (a deliberate contrast from Blue and Yellow's Arm Ships) when Steven awkwardly steers his way into the Bay to take off for Homeworld. He apologizes to Pearl and the other Diamonds, saying that his mother/Pink was probably more graceful than he is at driving the ship, and all Pearl can say is a fond "Heh. No... not really." and all the while Yellow has her eyes shut in exasperation while Blue simply has a goofy grin on her face remembering Pink's antics.
    • According to Pearl and the flashback-dream from "Together Alone", she is also fond of juggling.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Heartwarmingly enough, this is what she becomes after her Heel–Face Turn. She loved Earth and its inhabitants even though they serve no purpose to her, and even secretly rebelled against the other Diamonds to protect them. This is a trait she passes onto her other identity, Rose and her son, Steven.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-universe, the Diamonds and Crystal Gems have very different perspectives on Pink and her legacy. Garnet describes her as cruel, cowardly, and cold, like the other Diamonds, in "Your Mother and Mine". Garnet also claims that Rose only killed Pink as a last resort when reasoning with Pink didn't save the Earth, and when the Crystal Gems were fighting in the war. Her subordinates like Jasper and Eyeball have a 100% Adoration Rating for her and think of her as The High Queen. And Yellow and Blue Diamond meanwhile treated Pink like an Annoying Younger Sibling who couldn't grow up. Understandably, Steven is confused. We later find out that she passed herself off as a Rose Quartz, and for all her faults, she genuinely did want to save the Earth and its inhabitants, though Garnet (or rather, Sapphire) still hung on to her belief that Pink was an evil tyrant and genuinely believed Rose to be the same upon finding out since they were the same person, only for Sapphire to realize that she was thinking backward and changes her interpretation of Pink Diamond altogether. White Diamond tries to break Steven's spirit by saying that he only exists as a human vessel for Pink, and she surrounded herself with "flawed" Gems to make herself the best of the bunch and that she didn't really care about anyone. Fortunately, Steven proves her wrong by showing he is his own person.
  • Always Someone Better: Despite being a Diamond and therefore, in theory, an equal to Yellow and Blue, she was, in fact, the lowest one on the Diamond status and she would perpetually find herself overshadowed and overruled by her sisters, who forced her to run Earth how they wanted.
  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • The events of "The Trial" turn her supposed demise into one. The observations done by Blue Zircon, mainly that she died close to her palanquin, and the info revealed by Blue Diamond, who says she was shattered by Rose's sword, which can only poof gems and not shatter them, makes it clear that Rose was scapegoated, and that a fellow diamond is a more likely culprit, but everything else is thrown into question. Steven is also confused when Stevonnie while asleep receives a vision from Pink's point-of-view. He only can do that with living beings (although gem shards are still semi-alive). In "A Single Pale Rose", we get to see what happened. Pink Diamond was Rose Quartz, an identity she took on because the other Diamonds wouldn't let her spare Earth. She conspired with her Pearl to have herself "shattered" as Pink Diamond and live on as Rose Quartz in order to break the Diamond resistance to her rebellion. She made and swallowed some fake gem shards to be a "body" left behind, and had Pearl shapeshift into Rose Quartz, poof her with Rose's Sword, and secretly swipe her gem.
    • Considering that Pink faked her death once to shed the Pink Diamond persona forever, and then gave up her Rose Quartz form to have Steven, it's unclear if Pink Diamond was suicidal or if she really believed she was making a sacrifice for the greater good. There is the fact that Pink wanted to become Rose Quartz permanently, effectively "killing" her old identity. It's also been noted that Pink was really excited and eager about faking her death, though she claimed it was so that she and the Crystal Gems could win their freedom and save the Earth from Blue and Yellow's colonization. Steven questioned Cloud!Rose about how she just "disappeared" and left him with her problems, and Pearl doesn't understand why Rose would give up her form when all the Crystal Gems loved her.
  • Ambiguously Evil:
    • She was clearly a brat, but there's no real malice behind her actions, just childishness. A lot of her behavior also seems to stem from being treated as inferior by her maternal figure, Yellow Diamond. It is worth noting that the Rose Quartz line (which she created) is the only Gem type which has healing and defense as their Gem power while other Quartzes (like Amethyst and Jasper) are more geared towards offensive assaults. Garnet describes her as an Evil Overlord in "Your Mother and Mine", but we have yet to see a first-hand proof of it.
    • It's later revealed that she is Rose, and faked her death in the hopes that the other Diamonds would leave Earth alone. Though this just opens another can of worms about what her motivations actually were, or how she viewed other people. It's later revealed that she didn't realize the damage creating Gems did to the planet until she saw it herself.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Downplayed and deconstructed. While she often annoyed Yellow and Blue by constantly begging them to give her her own colony, she was also the only thing that truly made them happy, with her games and silly actions lightening up their mood and making them laugh. Unfortunately, this ensured that they (especially Yellow) don't take her seriously, even dismissing her pleas to spare the Earth, causing her to leave them by faking her death and deciding to live on Earth.
  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: The white pom-poms on her feet look like they're floating and don't seem to be attached to anything.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: She was already practically a deity. Yet in the most cosmic inversion of this trope possible, she became what she was enamored with - to be human and experience change over time, she's half of Steven Universe.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance:
    • Pink Diamond was the youngest Diamond at the time of her demise; her appearance as shown in the "Jungle Moon" flashback and a keychain of her show that her outfit, including poofy sleeves and pants, a tutu, and Tinkerbell-like shoes, makes her look younger than the others.
    • Her small size among the Diamonds and her ballerina motif also has elements of the Pearls, who are basically tiny ballerina-like Gems and the lowest caste in the Gem hierarchy. This adds some element to her assumption that her 'sisters' didn't love her at all.
    • Her Gem, unlike the other Diamonds, has a flat bottom, indicating that she was a base of support for the Diamonds as well as the Crystal Gems and the family she made with Greg and Steven, which may explain why she was depicted at the bottom of the old Diamond logo. Remove that, and you shatter everything else. Her ship is also a pair of legs, compared to Blue and Yellow's arms and White's head and torso. Without her, the other diamonds can't move on.
    • Her old Diamond mural depicts her leaping up, reaching for Earth and its moon. It represents her goal to have her first colony and falsely to control it by all means possible.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: She is evidently the youngest of the Diamonds and the smallest, and is around four-tenths Yellow and Blue's height. The first time we see her, she acts like a whiny kid demanding stuff from her "sibling" Yellow, and her first colony wound up being her last, but by her own choice.
  • Badass Adorable: An Adorkable Cheerful Child, but still a Diamond. She masterminded and personally led an army of rebel gems against her sisters, becoming feared as the most powerful member of the rebellion, and subsequently faked her death, which fooled everyone.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her dress has a pentagon-shaped cutout right where her belly would be, which shows off her gem and is aligned with its profile.
  • Becoming the Mask: She could never stand up to her older siblings Blue and Yellow in protecting Earth's biosphere, but as her alias Rose Quartz on the other hand. In the end, she embraced this disguise as her new identity.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Pink demanded an army and a colony from Yellow, as a means of getting her attention. She got a colony of soldier-caste Quartz gems, but then one of them killed her to protect the colony. Or so it seems. The real "be careful what you wish for" part is that she wished she could stop the colonization of Earth once she saw it for herself, allowing humans and outcast Gems to live there freely. She got what she wanted, but not without a price...
  • Beneath Suspicion: A variant; due to Pink being a Diamond, that is a supreme ruler with a planet to colonize, Blue and Yellow never considered the possibility that Pink was sabotaging herself so that her Rose Quartz identity could save the Earth. Defense Zircon mentions that Pink's Agates, Sapphires, and Pearl should have seen Rose Quartz approaching the Palanquin to shatter Pink, especially since it was an army, and only a Diamond would have the authority to dismiss the Gem soldiers. Of course, even Defense Zircon, when pointing out the holes in Pink's death, didn't consider that Pink might have committed suicide — framing Rose Quartz for the deed — or faked her death —which is what happened— and instead assumed that one of the other Diamonds staged an assassination.
  • Benevolent Boss: Compared to her sisters, she was this, especially in regards to her Pearl, who's supposed to be her slave that she can boss around as much as she wants. She effectively treats her Pearl as her friend than as her servant. It's shown most prominently when Pink gives Pearl a bone-crushing hug as thanks for the idea to visit the Earth in disguise, and later tells Pearl that it was good she saw what the colony would do to the organic life. Yellow makes it clear that Pearls have to make their Gems happy, but Pink found the truth more important. The way her Pebbles react to 'her' return implies she was kinds even to the Gems she was expected to treat like objects. As Rose she genuinely intended to give Earth to the Crystal Gems and humanities as a world to be free.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't ever underestimate her and her role as a Diamond. She gets better.
    • After her Heel–Face Turn, don't ever interfere with her plans to save the Earth and its organic life.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Implied. Her takeover of Earth wasn't too hostile but "Jungle Moon" has her angrily shatter a glass in a fit of rage. Then we learn she was The Chessmaster and created the Rose Quartz identity, managing to save the Earth while faking her death.
  • Bi the Way: Lipstick Bisexual specifically, as she dresses in pink, wears a tutu and Tinkerbell-like shoes, and reciprocated Pearl's attraction to her—especially as "Rose Quartz" (although both are actually genderless). That said, she ultimately had a child with Greg.
  • Big Fun: She takes on this appearance when in disguise as Rose Quartz, but not as Pink Diamond herself.
  • Big Good: She was Rose Quartz all along!
  • Big Sister Worship: The flashback in "Jungle Moon" has her excitedly watching Yellow Diamond work. It's likely that she had this attitude towards Blue Diamond as well. That said, she eventually becomes disillusioned with them and ended up secretly rebelling against them. From what we see in "Now We're Only Falling Apart", it's easy to see why.
  • Biomanipulation: Pink is able to alter both organic and gem lifeforms in various ways. She's used it to heal injuries, resurrect and empower recently decease organic lifeforms, and even create new life from non-living minerals (without the machines or ecologically devastating effects of a Kindergarten).
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Well, back when we first see her anyway, she was the Diamond equivalent of a child, and if her tantrum at Yellow in the flashback of "Jungle Moon" is any indication, she had some serious attitude problems when it came to things not going her way. Granted, this was before she got Earth and it is not known how long ago that was. When we see her again in "A Single Pale Rose", it's clear she's grown out of it. "Now We're Only Falling Apart" shows her growing out of it.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: The flashback in "Jungle Moon" shows her acting like this in front of Yellow by whining about wanting her own colony and chafing at having to listen to Yellow, and she certainly looks like a young teenager in appearance. It's clear, however, that she was only trying to get Yellow's attention. She eventually grows out of it.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • She has a moment of this when Blue and Yellow refused to let her spare the Earth.
    • In a dream sequence in "Change Your Mind", she tears up as she says "I know. I'm sorry." to Blue after the latter scolds her for bringing caterpillar-like organic life to a ball.
  • Character Development: While Yellow and Blue initially remain rather static in their roles, Pink changes noticeably as we learn more about her. She goes from a needy spoiled child who only cares about herself to developing a surprising amount of empathy for her subjects and the life on Earth.
  • Cheerful Child: For all the Spoiled Brat she presented herself as, Pink was happy to see Yellow in the latter's control room and even seemed to worship her. It's clear where Steven gets it from.
  • Cheery Pink: Her name is Pink Diamond, and the flashbacks of "Jungle Moon" and "Now We're Only Falling Apart" shows just how cheerful and excitable she could be (when she wasn't angry).
  • The Chessmaster: Rare benevolent example: she took the guise of Rose Quartz, which fooled everyone and had Pearl help her fake her death so the Diamonds would leave Earth alone. It didn't work, but she did have them fooled, along with all the Crystal Gems and Homeworld Gems, and nobody, not even Defense Zircon, suspected a thing.
  • Child Prodigy: Once allowed to have her chance to shine, she created the Rose Quartz line, magical soldier Gems unlike any other in the universe. While this may be a case of Skilled, but Naïve for her sisters (if they sincerely believe one of the latter killed her) they were deemed more than worthy enough to be preserved by Blue, against Yellow's calls for their shattering. She also flawlessly staged a fake rebellion against herself under Blue and Yellow's noses, culminating in faking her own shattering and managing to keep the exact truth hidden from everyone (except possibly White Diamond) for 6,000 years.
  • Combat Medic: The power to heal other gems, and even organics, is hers. This power alone enabled her to simultaneously fight the courts of Blue and Yellow Diamond as well as her own court as Rose Quartz.
  • Compensating for Something: She only has one small planet in her mural, so of course they made the circle that's behind her head three times the size of the circles that are behind the heads of the other Diamond murals. And unlike her gigantic sisters, she was only tall by human standards.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Literally. Pink Diamond is the creator of the entire Rose Quartz Gem type and as a result, the Crystal Gem Rose who ultimately opposed and killed her. Or so the official story goes. "The Trial" points out there's a lot of holes in that line of logic. And then it turns out she was actually her own "hero".
  • Cynicism Catalyst: She was this for the Diamonds literally and figuratively; her death "shattered" the old Diamond logo formation and left Yellow and Blue psychological wrecks. She also was this for the surviving Crystal Gems, who still struggle to move on after she had Steven.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Her Pink Diamond clothing possesses darker shades of pink, but she is ultimately responsible for protecting humanity by faking both her death and the Gem War.
  • Death by Irony: Pink wanted a planet and an army of her own above all else. Lo and behold, once she gets said planet (Earth) and an army (in the form of Rose Quartz's line), a member of the army supposedly killed her in order to protect the planet she used to own. Except that it all was a ruse planned by Pink and Pearl to fake the former's death so she could take the identity of Rose Quartz and set themselves and the whole colony free from the authority of the other Diamonds.
  • Death Seeker: Implied. She seems overly happy about the idea of faking her death, even though her reasons are so that she, Pearl and the Crystal Gems can win their freedom and save the Earth. Pearl in the meantime is trying to logically reason out how much this would change the status quo, because if everyone thinks Pink is dead, then Pink would lose her status and Pearl her purpose. Pink can only see the positive side of that, while Pearl is uncomfortable and sobbing after she poofs Pink.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Other than her other identity Rose being this for Steven, it's implied that her former court members saw her like this. Except that she was never really shattered.
  • Delinquent Hair: Subverted. While her mural depiction shows her with what looks to be a spiky mohawk, which looks more like a smaller version of White Diamond's hair in Garnet's flashback, it's actually an in-universe example of Artistic License. Pink's actual hair is very poofy.
  • Defector from Decadence: She essentially went from being one of four unquestioned leaders of an intergalactic empire to a quartz among renegades on a planet left ruined but capable of being rebuilt - partially because she was tired of being treated like she was nothing by her own family (they actually loved her but saw her as a bratty, naive kid), and partially because she loved Earth too much to let it be used by Homeworld. Odds are the Crystal Temple was a downgrade and she could not be happier.
  • Determinator: She would never leave the Earth in peace, as it was her colony. This allegedly left her rebelling subject Rose, unable to drive her off the planet, with no choice. Or actually the other way around: she was willing to slander her own name, fight against her own sisters, and even fake her own death to make the other gems leave Earth in peace. Needless to say, once she got an idea in her head, no one else could make her back down.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In "Can't Go Back", Steven has a past vision of Blue Diamond scolding Pink for her supposed ungratefulness and attempts to sway the others into giving up on colonizing Earth, while Yellow stands coldly with her back towards Pink. After Blue and Yellow leave, Pink continues standing in her spot with her head bowed, looking the most depressed than she had ever been, not noticing her Pearl approaching her with Rose's sword, presumably to give it to her.
  • Dirty Coward: Her asking for help from the other Diamonds to handle the situation on Earth is seen as a cowardly move by Garnet. Seemingly subverted with the fact that she created the situation herself and that Yellow and Blue offered Unwanted Assistance to her. However, Homeworld Gems like Eyeball ironically also refer to her other identity as a coward, and Steven does wonder if all she did was run away from her mistakes.
  • Double Weapon: Held a pair of double-ended Gem destabilizers during the one known time she decided to face off against the Crystal Gems. One of them appears among her possessions in "Familiar".
  • Dual Wielding: The flashback in "Gemcation" depicts her holding a pair of double-ended destabilizers while facing off against a small group of Crystal Gems, including Pearl, Garnet, and Bismuth.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?:
    • Despite being a Diamond, she was at best treated as an annoying child rather than as an equal — at least by Yellow. It gave her anger issues.
    • In "Can't Go Back", Blue and Yellow had effectively taken control of the colony efforts during the Rebellion. This led her to believe that they didn't care for her at all, and she ended up faking her death in the hopes that they would leave Earth alone like she had tried to get them to.
    • In "Now We're All Falling Apart" she literally got on her knees and begged her sisters to let her spare the Earth when she realized what the Gem terraforming would do to the Earth. Yellow flat out told her to continue her work, while Blue created the Human Zoo as a way to compensate her. Pink got fed up, so she created the persona of Rose Quartz — somebody they couldn't ignore.
    • "Together Alone" only continues this trend. In Blue and Yellow's eyes, their beloved sister has been presumed dead for thousands of years and they still just think of her as an annoying child. Despite Pink supposedly being one of the almighty Diamonds, they can still openly chastise her, threaten and hurt her friends, and toss her in a dark room for what they perceive as poor behavior. Note that it isn't actually Pink, but Steven/Stevonnie, who they assume to be her.
    • "Change Your Mind" has Blue outright attack Steven, whom she still believes to be Pink, when he pushes her too far, proving just how much she looks down on Pink. Steven later makes Blue realize that her treatment of Pink was caused her to abandon Blue and the other Diamonds. While Blue has her Heel Realization, she can never truly apologize to Pink for what she had done, since Pink is truly gone.
  • Dramatic Irony: She assumed that the other Diamonds wouldn't care what happens to her if she would get shattered and they would be more focused on the Earth. Long after her supposed "shattering", it's shown that despite their harsh treatment, the Diamonds did genuinely care about her, as they're both continuing to grieve over her.

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  • Easily Forgiven: Upon finding out that Pink grew fond of organic life and faked her shattering to save the Earth, which caused them to grieve for millennia over nothing, Yellow and Blue are just happy to have her back (as Steven), Yellow only expresses slight frustration by her betrayal at first. This seems to be the case with White on the surface, but her tone, unwillingness (or lack of care) to listen to Steven/"Pink", and how quickly she shuffles him off to Pink's room suggest otherwise. In "Change Your Mind", it turns out that Yellow is actually very aware that Pink "abandoned" her and Blue, but eventually realizes why Pink chose to leave her.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Subverted. When she ordered her Pearl to never reveal that Rose Quartz was once Pink Diamond, she assumed that if she were ever outed that she'd be forced to resume her old form and they would have to return to their old life. Which seems like a logical conclusion given how Blue and Yellow are a Control Freak duo, but Pink underestimated how hated Rose Quartz would become, let alone at how much the Diamonds would be affected by her death. If she had lifted the Geas before Steven was born, Steven and Pearl could have avoided so much anguish. Then we find out that she was Properly Paranoid; the minute Steven is outed as Pink Diamond and decides to return to Homeworld, he has to take on Pink's duties in an attempt to change White's mind and save the corrupted Gems; and the minute he does something unDiamond like — dancing and then fusing with Connie — Yellow and Blue become a pair of Abusive Parents and he's locked away in a tower.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: This is what Blue Zircon believes to be behind Pink Diamond's death in "The Trial" - because Pink Diamond died so near her palanquin on Earth, Blue Zircon deduces that she could've only been shattered by someone close and important enough that her, her army, court, and her Pearl to have all lowered their guards let the assassin get close enough to strike. Considering Diamonds only act so casually around each other, Zircon concludes that the only way that Pink could've been shattered was if one of the Diamonds betrayed her. However, none of them thought of the possibility that Pink herself planned her "shattering" to occur, meaning it was actually the other way around; Pink was the one who betrayed the Authority, not any of them.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Both Yellow Diamond and Blue Diamond are still grieving her death despite it happening millennia ago. Blue Zircon theorizes in "The Trial" that Pink Diamond was not betrayed and killed by one of her own court, but by another Diamond like herself, but it turns out that the "killer" was Pink herself. However, while Blue, Yellow, and White did love Pink, they did not respect her, much to her dismay.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • The only other pink-colored Gem known aside from Rose Quartz, and both had their Gems located in their navels. However, while Pink Diamond wanted to turn the Earth into another Gem colony, Rose fought to protect the planet. Later, it's revealed that they're actually the same person, making this a subversion.
    • If you think about it, the Pink Diamond depicted in "Your Mother and Mine" by Garnet is the Evil Counterpart of the actual Pink Diamond.
    • On the other hand, her first appearance in "Jungle Moon" paints Pink as one to Steven, both being the youngest, most inexperienced member of their respective 'families' and desperate to prove themselves and be taken seriously. However, while Steven is an Adorably Precocious Child who wants to help people, Pink is a Bratty Teenage Daughter who wanted to be an Evil Overlord. At first, anyway.
  • Evil Matriarch: All the Diamonds are this is some capacity, but Pink Diamond even more so, seeing as she created Rose Quartz's entire Gem Type and all Earth-born Gems, and thus the closest thing Rose, Amethyst and others had to a mother figure until "A Single Pale Rose", where it is learned that she and Rose were the same person, and she was really more of a well-meaning screw-up of a parent than an actually evil one.
  • Evil Overlord: She was the ruler of the Earth during its time as a Gem colony. This is the reason Rose had to kill her to save the planet according to Garnet. Subverted when we learn that Pink was The High Queen for her colony, and assumed Rose Quartz's facade until ultimately faking her death with Pearl's help.
    Eyeball: The Earth was Pink Diamond's colony. Everything was going smoothly at first. Kindergartens were incubating their first soldiers. Big warm pieces of quartz, like this mound over here, were being created from its rich minerals with great success. Then, BAM! One of Pink Diamond's very own Quartz soldiers started a rebellion and took it too far.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Like all other Diamonds, she has diamond-shaped pupils.
  • Extreme Doormat: Played With. She certainly wouldn't let the other Diamonds push her around and even talks back at them, but she still has to do what they say because they're more powerful than her. So she created Rose Quartz as an identity to actively push back against them when they wouldn't allow her to abandon her colony. On the other hand, she doesn't mind being a doormat to her subjects.
  • Faking the Dead: She and Rose are one and the same, and she had Pearl poof her and grab her Gem, leaving behind fake Gem shards she'd swallowed to make it seem like she'd been shattered. She'd hoped that the Diamonds would leave the Earth alone after that, but things didn't work out like she'd planned.
  • Famous Last Words: In a sense, before Pearl poofs her and she takes on the identity of Rose Quartz for good.
    Pink: No one can ever find out we did this. I never want to look back. So, for my last order to you as a Diamond: please, let's never speak of this again. No one can know.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pink's flaw was her determination to prove herself, along with her Innocently Insensitive attitude, and to prove she is worthy of love while believing Yellow and Blue don't care about her. She gets a colony, and decides she loves it so much that she's going to save it. Going from one extreme to the other, no longer selfish she became selfless, tragically underestimating how much Yellow and Blue loved her, so much that they almost destroyed the Earth in revenge. She underestimates how much the Crystal Gems and Greg love her as they are, and causes them to grieve when she sacrifices herself to give birth to Steven.
  • Fist of Rage: After being scolded by Yellow Diamond for demanding an army and a planet, Pink forms one of these after walking towards a glass wall, before punching it with said arm, cracking it in pieces and showing a shattered reflection of Pink Diamond as well, foreshadowing her eventual Faking the Dead.
  • Five Stages of Grief: It's made clear that she's in the Acceptance stage of not having her own colony and having to live in the shadow of her fellow Diamonds and has been for thousands of years. The flashback in "Jungle Moon" depicts her as being in the Anger and Bargaining stages.
  • Flower Motifs: Associated with pink flowers, particularly Hibiscus syriacus, the national flower of South Korea where she was supposedly shattered. A bush with pink flowers has grown around her abandoned palanquin, the palanquin itself is shaped like a flower, her zoo has flower symbols on its walls, the signing poster for San Diego Comic-Con 2017 represents her with a pink flower, and the 2016 signing poster shows Jasper wearing a hibiscus to show her connection to Pink Diamond while Steven and Greg wear roses to show their connection to Rose Quartz. Tying into how she is an alternate identity of Rose Quartz, Hibiscus syriacus is commonly called Rose of Sharon or Rose Mallow. In "A Single Pale Rose", Pink gives Pearl a pink hibiscus, a single pale rose.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Yellow and Blue (responsible) and Pink (foolish). After Pink's Heel–Face Turn, the roles are reversed. Later revealed to be deconstructed as Blue and Yellow's condescending treatment of Pink for supposedly being ungrateful led to the Crystal Gem rebellion and her "death".
  • Frame-Up: Her last-ditch attempt to save the Earth was to ask her Pearl to shapeshift into Rose Quartz and poof her, leaving behind fake Diamond shards. In other words, Pink framed herself for the murder of herself.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • From what was seen in "Jungle Moon", it appears Pink's attachment to Earth as a colony was to help prove herself worthy to her "big sis" (or maternal figure) Yellow, and her seeming lack of respect for humanity and other organic life likely came from watching Yellow previously order the extermination of organic life without caring. It's worth noting that Pink was responsible for the Rose Quartz line of Gems, whose sole representative seen has been shown to have a very supportive and motherly personality.
    • As of the revelations in "A Single Pale Rose", it seems that Yellow Diamond's aloof nature and Blue ignoring/misunderstanding her wish to spare Earth helped convince her that the other Diamonds didn't care about her personally and would retreat after she faked her death, instead of taking revenge.
    • While her early life has yet to be seen, the only person who knew her personally besides the other Diamonds was her Pearl, and she appeared to have constantly been ignored or told Not Now, Kiddo by the other Diamonds. Her issues with understanding the emotions of others and being Innocently Insensitive make more sense when you realize that her family constantly ignored her and what she thought/wanted, and the only person she could really talk to was her personal servant/slave.
    • In "Greg the Babysitter", it's implied that she admires humans for being able to change themselves physically and mentally because she, as a Diamond, was born into her role, and no amount of shapeshifting was going to change that. This is what largely led to her decision of having Steven, so she could see what it's like to live as a human.
    • It's implied that her desire to give all Gems the freedom to do what they wanted stemmed from having her friendship with her first Pink Pearl fall apart because the other Diamonds forbade such relations. When they caught Pink and her Pearl goofing off like close friends, they told White Diamond, who permanently turned Pink Pearl into White Pearl and gave Pink a sycophantic replacement Pearl.
  • Fun Personified: In "Familiar", Yellow notes that Pink always managed to make her laugh. Pearl also explained to Steven that she threw huge parties to celebrate the Diamonds' achievements, and knew how to juggle balls.
  • Gambit Roulette: Faking her death turns out to be this in hindsight. After begging Yellow and Blue to let her stop the Earth colony, starting the Crystal Gem rebellion, and fighting an increasingly bloody war, she basically took Bismuth's rage filled suggestion that "all our problems could be solved if we just shattered a Diamond!" and staged her own death by swallowing some fake diamond shards, and then having Pearl shapeshifted to look like Rose poof her... in a place Rose could never reach without alerting Pink's entire court, with a sword that can't shatter any gem, let alone a Diamond. As Defense Zircon points out during Steven's trial, the whole thing seems like a sloppy attempt to frame Rose Quartz.
  • Gemstone Assault: Subverted, as Pink showed some ability to create/modify non-living crystal pieces, but the only instance we see wasn't for a combat situation. She managed to turn some dirt into fake Gem shards and swallowed them to make it look like she was shattered when Pearl poofed her.
  • Genki Girl: In "Now We're Only Falling Apart", she's so thrilled that she can't wait to see how the colony of Quartzes will turn out, and later on, when she decides to shapeshift and disguise herself as one of them, she is so bubbling with enthusiasm at seeing the colony and Earth that her Pearl has to help keep her emotions in check.
  • Gentle Giant: She's noticeably taller than the average Gem, and turns out to be Good All Along in "A Single Pale Rose".
  • The Ghost: She had only been described and portrayed in art until she appeared in "Jungle Moon" in a flashback dream with Yellow Diamond. Okay, she's actually had multiple flashbacks to herself as Rose Quartz, but her Pink Diamond identity was this for a while.
  • God Is Good: She's the only Diamond who was a Benevolent Boss to her people, and ultimately was willing to give up all her prestige and greatness to save Earth.
  • Good All Along: Pink Diamond wasn't trying to crush the Crystal Gems' rebellion, she started it.
  • The Good King: She was adored by her subjects on Earth and her concern for the planet's living beings was so strong that it ultimately pushed her to fake her death, assume the identity of Rose Quartz, and rebel against Homeworld.
  • Good Costume Switch: When she goes from her pink ballet entourage to the Rose Quartz persona in a white dress, with a steaming Death Glare, you know she means to fight to save the Earth.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The only part of faking her death to end the war early that ended up working was that the Diamonds and their armies came to believe that Rose Quartz shattered Pink Diamond, and the only person who can tell the truth was put under a Geas. Unfortunately, the "death" of one of their own drives the Diamonds into attacking Earth directly, ending the war by annihilating nearly all the combatants. It also means that her former soldiers — Jasper and Eyeball— try to murder Steven when they mistake him for Rose. Then when Steven turns himself in and says he is his mother, the Diamonds put him on trial for murdering Pink with a helpless Pearl unable to say otherwise.
  • Got the Whole World in My Hand: A variant; all of the murals in the moonbase have the other three Diamonds surrounded by solar systems' worth of planets they've colonized, but Pink Diamond has only a single planet and its satellite: the Earth and Moon. And unlike the other Diamonds, who are shown to be holding planets, Pink's mural depicts her actively reaching out for her planet.
  • Has Two Mommies: Yellow Diamond and Blue Diamond, who basically raised Pink a lot like a daughter. The inclusion of White Diamond in the dynamic reduces Yellow and Blue to more of a big sister duo keeping an eye on their younger sister while mother (White) loomed large over all three of them.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Presumably, after an implied Heel Realization. Later seen fully in "Now We're Only Falling Apart".
  • Heel Realization: She'd spent the early stages of the colony on the moon base, seeing things from a distant view where she couldn't see the damage she was doing. Once she first assumed her Rose Quartz form, she came down and looked around, seeing the life she was destroying and only then realized what she was actually doing.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Non-fatal example: she was willing to give up the colony and army she had begged Blue and Yellow so long for so the Earth could be free.
  • Hero of Another Story: Two stories actually; when she took the guise of Rose Quartz, she was the Big Good of the Crystal Gem Rebellion, and the Deuteragonist of the love story between herself and Greg.
  • Hidden Eyes: During the flashback of her in "Jungle Moon", she displays them briefly after being scolded by Yellow Diamond.
  • The High Queen: For Earth's colony. She was well respected by her subjects and tried her best to protect Earth's living beings' survival from Homeworld's destructive methods. Ultimately that led to her cutting ties with Homeworld, becoming Rose Quartz, the leader of the rebellion against it, and faking her death.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: In-Universe. In Garnet's retelling of Rose Quartz's origin story, Pink Diamond was presented as a despicable monster who didn't care about the life on Earth and openly mocked Rose Quartz for questioning her. She was also a Dirty Coward who called her fellow Diamonds for help when her back was against the wall. In order to stop the war, Rose was forced to shatter her. In reality, Pink Diamond was Rose Quartz. Everything Rose learned about humanity were actually things Pink learned. She created the Rebellion and faked her death in an elaborate scheme to save the Earth and free herself from her duties as a Diamond. Presumably, the story Garnet told was the version Rose gave the Crystal Gems, making it an Invoked Trope
  • Hypocrite: She wanted Pearl to be free, but gave her a final order to never tell anyone that Pink faked her death and was living as Rose Quartz, as well as pressure Pearl to poof her when Pearl was uncomfortable with even harming her Diamond. On the other hand, given The Reveal of her true identity and how it makes Pearl's dedication to her look, she may have been trying to give Pearl Tough Love. Furthermore, Pink valued human life, but she didn't realize how fragile it was and confessed to Greg that she took some time to understand how babies work, though this was more out of ignorance. Subverted with Steven's own worst fears: that Rose was a murderer who was against Bismuth showing off the Breaking Point.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Above most others, Pink Diamond desired for autonomy for her own life and for her to be who she wanted to be. It's later shown that while the Diamonds loved her, they also saw her akin to someone who would stay the same. She organized balls and created parties, but she was never allowed to do things her way and her decisions and choices were disregarded, seen as how her first Pearl would be taken from her and warped into White's mindless herald and get a more sycophantic Pearl, the one we all know and love. This attitude would have Pink Diamond try and get her own colony, both to be seen as responsible and possibly for her own freedom. Upon discovering the beauty of life on Earth, the changing nature of humanity and how the Gems could be their own thing, she created the Rose Quartz persona, all in the hopes of creating a new world for the unaccepted gems to be who they want to be and living amongst the humans. Despite the massive costs, it did work. However, it is implied being in a leadership position with no one as an equal wore down on her until she met Greg.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Her other main driving motivation, but more specifically: she wanted someone to love her for who she was and out of choice rather than because of her standing or because they were made to. Someone who would express that love freely, accept her Just the Way You Are, and as true equals with both parties equally respecting one another. Looking at her past relationships, it becomes clear as to why:
    • Yellow and Blue went between ignoring her, lecturing her to act more like a Diamond or denying her viewpoint and decisions. While they ultimately love her, they did not fully respect her and it was clear they looked down on her. Even in "Familar" showed they treated her as someone who wouldn't change. Not a healthy dynamic and it would explain Pink's behavior toward them when it came to demands of respect and feeling inadequate.
    • "Together Alone" revealed that she had a friend in Pink Pearl, her first Pearl. The two shared a casual yet close friendship that was frowned upon by the other Diamonds; when the two were caught, White Diamond permanently turned Pink Pearl into an Empty Shell that serves only as her current Diamond's mouthpiece, White Pearl. She then gave Pink Diamond a new Pearl, one who was made to be a Sycophantic Servant...the Pearl would become a member of the Crystal Gems.
    • Meanwhile, her other subordinate gems, like her second Pearl, Jasper and Eyeball, were made to love Pink. A very large case could be seen with her second Pearl, which would become the one we would all know and love. She seemed to have been as more of a servant so she wouldn't befriend Pink like what happened with her predecessor. However, they still became close because Pearl had enough autonomy to council Pink Diamond and give her advice. While Pink Diamond grew to love Pearl, they lacked the casualness of her first Pearl and Pearl's inherent nature of servant kept them from going further, something which Pearl seems to not grasp.
    • As Rose Quartz, Pink took on many human lovers, but it's implied that they were not equal relationships (presumably because the humans looked up to her like most of Gemkind did as well as her not understanding humanity back then).
    • Ultimately, she ended up in a loving, respectful, affectionate and long-lasting relationship with Greg because not only did he see her as equal to him (or at least that they deserved to be treated equally, given his admission of not knowing what a "magical lady" like her saw in a "dope like him), but he also demanded that she see him as equal to her. Pink didn't only meet up with someone she can love and be loved by on the same level, but also helped her grow as a person to truly love, respect and appreciate people, seeing all of them as equal and worthy of respect.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In a particularly sad way. She constantly had to live in the shadow of her fellow Diamonds and desired to be acknowledged by them; when she finally got a colony of her own, a member of her army rebelled, something that likely never happened with the other Diamonds, and even supposedly shattered her. To sum it up, the other Diamonds got to have numerous colonies without interference, but Pink was allegedly killed before she could even complete one. She eventually let go of her wish to be like the other Diamonds, and wanted to become human so that she could grow and change, and become better than what she was.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Pink found sitting round the Moon base all the time incredibly dull and monotonous. She wanted to socialize with her new Gems from the Prime Kindergarten, but knew Blue and Yellow would never approve, considering such actions unbecoming for a Diamond. This forced her to assume the Rose Quartz identity just to get out and have fun. In "Together Alone", her friendship with her first Pearl fell apart because Homeworld forbade such relations; White Diamond turned that Pearl into an Empty Shell and gave Pink a replacement one that would become the Crystal Gems' Pearl.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Acted like a Royal Brat despite her implied age of centuries at the youngest. Justified, as centuries is only a short time for the Diamonds. Eventually, Pink became aware of this and hated that she couldn't mature as fast as she wanted. Cue the sophisticated, motherly Rose Quartz identity, goodbye Pink Diamond.
  • Inconsistent Dub: The Latin American dub can't decide if her name is "Diamante Rosa" or "Diamante Rosado". Both are correct translations, but the inconsistency is still there.
  • Informed Poverty: As a Diamond, she's the Homeworld equivalent of royalty, making her a princess while her older 'sisters' and 'mother' are the queens. However, in the Diamonds' eyes, the fact that she doesn't have a single colony under her name makes her "worthless", something that frustrated her in the beginning.
  • Innocence Lost: She lost some of her Innocently Insensitive nature when she realized her colony would mean the destruction of all life living on it. Pink saw Gems weren't creating life from nothing - they were taking life, and leaving nothing behind.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Justified, deconstructed, and played for drama. This trope is big flaw of Pink's; while she was compassionate and genuinely cared about others, she had difficulty understanding how others felt, and especially how they felt about her. On the other hand, there were various instances that rationalized and explained her behavior and reasoning:
    • Her faking her own shattering went wrong because she thought that because the other Diamonds' aloof, Tough Love treatment of her meant they didn't actually care about her. Her death caused them to release the Corruption in revenge, and drove Yellow and Blue Diamond to become the petty Jerkass and perpetually grieving wreck in the present day. On the other hand, Pink had been reduced to a Puppet Queen by her own sisters and thus could not just give the Earth to the Crystal Gems, meaning diplomacy was out of the window, especially since they showed not to listen to her and she could not keep the war up forever.
    • She also didn't consider how the Gems of her own court would feel about her supposed "death" - both Jasper and Eyeball devoted all their efforts to avenge their Diamond, never realizing that Pink and Rose were actually the same person, and that Steven is also technically Pink by virtue of being her "son", making their quests All for Nothing. However, as noted by the Puppet Queen status, it's likely she could not inform them of her decision (that or perhaps feared their loyalty to her would not be enough to get them to turn against Homeworld).
    • As Rose Quartz, while she deeply loved humans, she initially saw humans as cute animals to be coddled with no sapience or feelings of their own, until Greg pointed this out to her. On the other hand, this could be Fair for Its Day, given how she still saw humans as important enough to live in peace and not be killed by the Gems. It was more than what virtually every other Gem thought of humanity initially.
    • She appeared not to have realized how important she was to the Crystal Gems, and assumed they would automatically be okay with her having a baby despite knowing having Steven would essentially lead to her death. Instead, they still struggle with her absence, especially Pearl.
    • She was also the recipient of this trope while she grew up - Blue and Yellow raised her with good intentions, but never seemed to realize how badly they were affecting her by isolating her from Gems of lower castes, brushing her off as if she was second priority to their empire, and treating her as ungrateful when she asked to let Earth go shortly after begging them for a colony of her own. White presumably treated her the same way, despite being her favored 'child'. While it made her sympathetic, she also never realized how she emulated her Diamond 'sisters' until she was called out by Greg, which drove her to improve herself for his sake.
    • While she did love Pearl and Steven dearly, Pink essentially forced the former into silence with a vocal Geas instead of merely asking her to keep her old identity and actions secret, dooming her once-servant and biggest supporter to a lifetime of anguish; the latter was left growing up in his deceased mother's shadow and wondering if he was born as a way for her to run away from her own mistakes - all because Pink thought Earth was completely safe from Homeworld's shadow only for Steven to find out it actually wasn't. At the same time, Pink Diamond had various reasons to be concerned and her secrecy all reveal her to be Properly Paranoid. Furthermore, Pink Diamond has made it clear in her video that Steven was not created with any grander goal in life besides being him and living his life.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Her feelings on the matter were unknown, but given her Human Zoo, and the Rose Quartz line being capable of healing living things (even resurrecting them), she seemed benign at the very least. Mankind couldn't expect similar or better treatment from Yellow and probably White or Blue.
    • Not merely intrigued, but a firm believer in Humans Are Special. This eventually changed into something much more benevolent to the point of throwing away her status, then "killing herself" to save Earth.
  • Irony:
    • Blue Diamond notes to Greg the irony of someone as powerful as Pink Diamond dying on Earth whereas the "fragile" humans were able to survive living on the same planet.
    • In the same episode they bond a bit over their shared feelings of loss, unaware that the people they're grieving for are really the same person.
    • Yellow told off Pink for being immature and to start acting like a Diamond. Pink upon seeing the Earth was the first Diamond to value organic life and fight for it, as well as to give her Pearl autonomy on realizing Pearl was a slave. So technically, Pink matured faster than Yellow and Blue, though "Change Your Mind" reveals that Yellow and Blue did realize the error of Homeworld's ways at some point.
  • Jerkass Façade: An interesting variant. As Rose Quartz, she spread stories about how Pink Diamond was a cruel and cowardly tyrant out of Self-Deprecation. She also lies that Pink Diamond created a Zoo to preserve humans as trophies of her conquests, when really it was Blue who created it when Pink expressed her desire to preserve the life on Earth.

    K-N 
  • King Incognito: Gender-inverted.When she was ruling Earth, she wanted to go see the Kindergarten and meet her Amethyst soldiers, but her older sisters would not let her. So her Pearl suggested that she shapeshift to look like a Quartz soldier herself, and thus her "Rose Quartz" persona was born. She would eventually renounce her identity as Pink Diamond and become Rose permanently during the war to save the Earth from Homeworld.
  • Killed Off for Real: Double Subverted. Back during the Rebellion, Rose was reported to have shattered Pink Diamond as it was the only thing she could do to free Earth from Pink Diamond's control. This is something Jasper and Eyeball are still very bitter about. Steven brings up the possibility that she could still be alive later in the series, but it's ultimately revealed that she was actually Rose Quartz, meaning she survived her alleged death only to "die" thousands of years later by sacrificing herself to give birth to Steven.
    Eyeball: I was there. I saw with my own eye. I watched the leader of the Crystal Gems, Rose Quartz, shatter Pink Diamond!
    • "Change Your Mind" further seals the deal. Her gem reforms into Pink Steven instead of herself when pried out of Steven's stomach, signifying that she is never coming back.
  • Large and in Charge: Downplayed; her murals give the impression she's similarly sized to the other Diamonds, but in reality, she only comes to around Blue or Yellow's thigh-height.
  • Large Runt: Though much smaller than Yellow or Blue, Pink Diamond still seems to be considerably larger than a human.
  • Leitmotif: A down-keyed and funereal variation of the Diamonds' theme... Except not really. It's actually in a major key to better dovetail into Rose's established theme.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Steven inherited her compassion, heavy sense of responsibility, self-loathing, and martyrdom. Steven like Pink tries to be everything that the Crystal Gems want him to be, the way she tried to prove herself to her sisters. It gets to the point where, like his mother, Steven sacrifices himself in the hopes of saving the people he loves, only for it to backfire terribly. Steven's lucky that only one person died and managed to come back and he just had to deal with a few of his friends being pissed off at him when he did his sacrifice; Rose lost all of the Gems on Earth except for Pearl, Garnet, Bismuth, Amethyst and Lapis in her sacrifice. Mind that Lapis survived due to being trapped in a mirror, Bismuth was poofed and bubbled in Lion's mane, and Amethyst was deep in the Earth when the Corrupting Light hit; at the time, Rose thought that Garnet and Pearl were the only ones she had left.
  • Little Sister Heroine: She's the youngest Diamond who decided to take her way to save the Earth by becoming Rose Quartz.
  • Lonely at the Top: Her driving motivation, along with Baby Of The Bunch. While her and the other Diamonds cared for one another, Pink had no one to relate to or speak of as equals, unlike Blue and Yellow, who had each other. White meanwhile was so above everyone, even the other Diamonds feared her. "Together Alone" implies that when Pink managed to befriend her first Pink Pearl, White Diamond turned Pink Pearl into a completely subservient Empty Shell as punishment, and gave Pink Diamond a replacement Pearl. It was these factors, along with her second Pearl's advice, that led her to take the guise of Rose Quartz and hang out with other Gems.
  • The Lost Lenore:
    • Her death still deeply influences most of Blue Diamond's actions, who spent centuries in a perpetual state of grief and depression and who still looks after the Human Zoo in her memory.
    • Seemingly subverted with Yellow Diamond, who never openly grieves and tries to convince Blue Diamond to stop, but it becomes patently clear that she's just repressing her emotions to an extremely unhealthy degree and is just as broken over losing Pink as Blue is.
    • She's also one to Greg as "Rose Quartz"; despite having moved on and continuing to raise Steven, Greg still feels grief for his lost wife, something that allows him to emotionally connect with Blue Diamond while she's on Earth.
    • She's also one to the Crystal Gems' Pearl as well. Pearl's first love was Pink Diamond, and the fact that she "replaced" her with a human created quite a bit of resentment for Greg. Pink's death made things worse, and despite Pearl loving Steven like her own son in the present day, it's implied that she also blames Steven on some level.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She is Steven's mother since Pink and Rose Quartz are actually the same person.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Seemingly subverted with her Pink Diamond army. Pink faking her death traumatized the soldiers that she had created or were made for her, including Jasper, though it's likely that she just didn't consider how they would feel if she died. On the other hand, given how she was reduced to Puppet Queen in the Gem War, it's likely she was not able to communicate with them in the first place since they were taking their orders from Blue and Yellow. There is the fact that the Famethyst Gems were shunted off to her zoo, with only each other for support. As of now, her opinion of her Homeworld army is quite obscure.
    • Do not underestimate her love for the Crystal Gems, the Earth, its life and human beings, even if you're Blue or Yellow Diamond. There is the fact that she posed as a dangerous rebel and threatened her sisters and their armies as Rose Quartz, knowing that if she were ever outed that the consequences would be dire.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Even before her Heel Realization she shows signs of this, especially the first time she ever took on her Rose Quartz persona, having done so to play with her newly formed Quartz soldiers without the other Diamonds finding out.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Pink Diamonds symbolize love, creativity, and romance, things she would need (well, the first two at least) in order to both own the Zoo and maintain the humans trapped inside it. And she is the only Diamond known to have romanced someone.
    • Pink Diamonds are also one of the more mysterious types of colored Diamonds, which is quite fitting for a character that was (and, to an extent, still is) quite a big mystery in the show's lore.
    • White Diamond's Affectionate Nickname for her, Starlight, may be a reference to the Pink Star diamond, the largest vivid pink diamond in the world. This is doubly meaningful, as the diamond has also been called the Pink Love diamond.
  • Messianic Archetype: One can see parallels between Pink Diamond and other divine figures who incarnate as humans. She was a member of the Diamond Authority, whose members were worshiped as near-gods by the gem race. After fighting to free Earth and its inhabitants from oppression, she incarnated in human form as Steven.
  • Mistaken for Own Murderer: She faked her death as Pink Diamond and made Rose Quartz the hero who shattered the Diamond oppressor. This means that when Steven is tried as Rose Quartz, the Diamonds have no idea that Pink Diamond is the tiny human child.
  • Mister Big: She's a Diamond... less than half the size of the other Diamonds, quite possibly dwarfed by White. Albeit, she is almost twice as tall as her Pearl.
  • Modest Royalty: Despite having been a Royal Brat, she is disdainful of the Gem caste system and quite informal with her subjects, especially Pearl, who is supposed to be her servant but she treats her like her closest friend. She was also implied to be best friends with her first Pearl in the past until White Diamond permanently turned her Pearl into an Empty Shell and gave Pink a replacement one. She even admits that she finds the Diamond salute to be "dumb" and doesn't mind being pushed around by her Amethysts. She eventually throws away her royalty status to start a new life on Earth as Rose Quartz.
  • Mood-Swinger: One minute, she's having a blast looking around Yellow as she prepares to invade a planet. Barely a couple of seconds later, she's throwing a temper tantrum demanding to have a planet and army of her own. Downplayed in that Yellow manhandled her for playing with the communication console, and injured her. Later episodes show she grew out of this.
  • Morality Pet: Like her son, she functions as this to a lot of characters.
    • Yellow and Blue Diamond are still mourning her death despite it happening thousands of years ago and obviously loved her very much. Yellow Diamond was physically gentler when handling her in life than she would be with other Gems, while Pink had her bratty moments. "A Single Pale Rose" shows that she attempted to be this to the other Diamonds after her Heel–Face Turn, but they refused to let her give up her colony simply because she begged them for it, to the point of accusing her of being ungrateful. And while they do care about her, they didn't show it very well, instead pushing her to take responsibility of her colony even if she won't. "Change Your Mind" has Blue finally realize that her abusive treatment of Pink was what caused her to abandon Blue and live on Earth, and she makes up for it by helping Steven and Connie return to Earth.
    • Jasper has Undying Loyalty towards her and is willing to avenge her thousands of years after her supposed demise.
    • Eyeball has a large amount of respect towards her and refers to her faked death as a tragedy.
    • Despite her Noble Bigot tendencies, Pearl is extremely loyal to her Diamond and will do anything for her.
    • And she has a 100% Adoration Rating amongst Homeworld.
  • Morton's Fork: Either she would have to colonize the Earth, destroying the life and humans she loved, or Blue and Yellow would take over and do the destroying. It's hard to blame Pink for taking desperate measures to save the Earth.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She truly regrets her actions as ruler of the Earth, to the point that she spread rumors about herself being cold and cruel, and faked her death because Pink Diamond as an identity was worth sacrificing.
  • Necromancer: Her tears have the ability to bring dead organisms back to life. Subjects of such resurrection appear in shades of pink with white hair that links to Pink's personal pocket dimension, don't have to eat or drink and may be granted other powers, such as Lion's dimensional warping.
  • The Needs of the Many: She values the organic life on Earth over her status as a Diamond. She was the leader of both her court and the rebellion against her, with her ultimate goal being to save the Earth from Homeworld and hand it to the Crystal Gems and humanity, and the only other person who knew the truth was her faux assassin, the Crystal Gems' Pearl. It's worth noticing that, in the course of 6000 years, despite the holes in the official story, nobody on Earth or Homeworld ever figured this out until Pearl showed Steven what happened.
  • Nice Girl: Given that she and Rose Quartz/Steven are the same person, it's a guarantee.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Yellow (mean) is a short-tempered Bad Boss, Blue (in-between), while initially as bad as Yellow, seems to have Took a Level in Kindness in recent years thanks to Pink Diamond's "death", and Pink (nice) is an All-Loving Hero and a Benevolent Boss who cherishes and wishes to protect organic life.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Rose Quartz claimed that Pink Diamond was wicked and dismissive towards her for suggesting to end the colony, a lowly Quartz who dared express an opinion. It turns out Rose lied since she was Pink Diamond; she was very courteous and polite to her Pearl, even when Pearl's blind obedience annoyed her, and saw the Kindergarten Quartzes as potential friends. In fact, once she realized that the fusion Garnet was in danger after the rush of seeing that sort of fusion wore off, she decided to go rescue her. In "Familiar", the Pebbles take Steven taking the time to thank them as proof that he's Pink Diamond.
  • The Nicknamer: According to Blue Diamond, she had the tendency to nickname things. She was apparently the one to originally give Pyrite the nickname "Fool's gold".
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: In "Your Mother and Mine", Garnet's retelling of Rose Quartz's origin story says Pink Diamond "laughed a wicked, empty sound" at Rose Quartz's request to spare Earth's life, and the visual shows her sticking her fingers out in front of her face. Given that Rose and Pink Diamond were one and the same, this was probably made up by Rose.
  • No Cure for Evil: Downplayed: She seems to have been the least evil of the Diamonds, and the Rose Quartz line (which she invented), seem to have been the only Gems with the power to fix other Gems. Averted when we discover Rose Quartz is actually her fake identity. However, it turns out all the diamonds have some sort of healing powers.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Her faked assassination was done with the best intentions, as she hoped that with her "death" the other Diamonds would cut their losses with Earth, leaving her, the Crystal Gems, and humanity alone to live their lives as they wished in freedom. Instead the Diamonds cut their losses, pulled out their forces and essentially dropped a nuke from orbit that caused the Crystal Gems to be corrupted en masse save for Rose, Garnet, Pearl and the still incubating Amethyst because they did care about her. On top of that, the revelation of what she did and the subsequent exposure of her identity caused strife among her surviving companions who didn't have the context of her actions.
  • No Respect Guy: The "Diamond Days" arc reveal that even if her sisters loved her, it wasn't the same as personal respect; the events of "Together Alone" show that even after several millennia that when push comes to shove the other Diamonds still don't value what Pink wants or her wishes. Blue is saddened, to say the least, when Steven points out that her treatment of Pink was what caused her to rather live on Earth in the first place.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: On the receiving end; Yellow Diamond didn't pay much attention to her even when Pink was calling for her. She literally had to beg Yellow for her own colony and army. That proved to be a costly and ultimately fatal mistake Later on after sneaking down to the colony to see it firsthand, and realizing Earth already has life that will die if they continue, she tries to reason with Yellow and Blue into stopping, who dismiss her wishes entirely and demand she continue, with Blue making the Human Zoo instead, likely believing it to be sufficient to her wishes to "save the life on earth".
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Subverted. One price of saving the Earth was leaving all the humans in the zoo to her sisters' collective mercy. It's unclear if Pink consciously made the choice to abandon them or if she was just unable to rescue them (given how Homeworld would immediately pull out for the Diamonds use their combined attack, it could be the latter.
  • Not Quite Dead: Subverted. It turns out that she had faked her shattering with the help of her Pearl, which caused everyone to only think that she was shattered. However, thousands of years later, she, as Rose Quartz, gave up her physical form so Steven could be born.
  • Not So Different:
    • Between Pink Diamond and Rose Quartz, before learning that they were in fact the same person, her two public personas had very similar ideals:
      • Both Pink Diamond and Rose Quartz were attached to Earth, but while Rose saw Earth as her home and protectorate, Pink Diamond saw it as her colony.
      • Both Pink Diamond and Rose Quartz found humans fascinating, but while Rose cherished and protected humans, Pink Diamond just collected them for her Zoo. It's later revealed that Blue made the Zoo, misunderstanding Pink's wishes. Again, Rose and Pink are the same person.
      • The apparent deaths of both Pink Diamond and Rose Quartz devastated their loved ones for many years after the fact.
    • She is this to Steven as well. Both Pink Diamond and Steven wanted to be like the other Diamonds and Crystal Gems, respectively, and were shown to be quite excitable as long as nobody went against their goals. But while Steven has slowly matured over the course of the series, it's unknown if Pink got the same luxury before kicking the bucket. She did, and considering she is Steven's mother, it is Generation Xerox.
    • Both Pink Diamond and Amethyst were the immature runts in their respective groups, and had inferiority complexes as a result. They also both showed surprising maturity when compared with the others while being the most drawn to Earth.
    • Both Pink and Blue Diamond share a similar appearance, being feminine in looks and having lighter hair than their colored eyes, not to mention that they were both scolded or otherwise reprimanded by Yellow Diamond. But while Blue Diamond is a normal Diamond, and Yellow reprimands her because her constant grief over Pink is affecting her leadership, Pink Diamond was vastly different than the other Diamonds, and Yellow snapped at her for acting like a spoiled little brat. Both of them also tend to be nicer than White and Yellow.
    • Her relationship with her fellow Diamonds can be compared to Connie's relationship with her parents before their Character Development, best exemplified in Stevonnie's dream in "Jungle Moon", where Dr. Maheswaran portrays Yellow Diamond. Not only that, but "Can't Go Back" further shows that Pink being a Puppet Queen to her sisters resembles Connie's parents Control Freak nature on her life choices despite caring about them respectively, forcing them to hide secrets of their personal lives out of fear of disappointing them, from Connie's magical adventures with Steven to Pink disregarding her identity entirely and becoming Rose Quartz. In a more amusing note, Connie often gets Wingding Eyes when excited that look like Pink's own eyes (which is used as a subtle joke in "Together Alone" when Stevonnie is taking Pink's place in a memory). Connie also ends up using one of her weapons.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Rose or another Gem (possibly another Diamond) managed to shatter her. Subverted in that she's actually Rose, and her shattering was faked. Although doing did show it was possible to poof her.

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  • Obliviously Evil: She genuinely had no idea the damage she was causing the Earth, as she was stuck on the Moon Base by order of the other Diamonds and never actually saw life on Earth at all until she came down and saw it first hand.
  • Only Sane Woman: She is the only one of the Diamonds who sees the error in Homeworld's ways, and creates the Rose Quartz alter ego in hopes of saving the Earth and its organic life. Furthermore, she seems to be the only one who may understand that the Static Character nature of Gems is detrimental to them.
  • Parental Favoritism: White Diamond seems to prefer her over Blue and Yellow, much to Yellow's frustration.
  • Parents as People: As "Rose Quartz", she loved Steven dearly, to the point where she posthumously recorded videos of herself just to tell her son how much he's cherished. But many of Steven's issues stemmed from the incredible pressure the Crystal Gems put on him to fill her shoes, and his gradual discovery that his mother was a war criminal, a betrayer, and a liar - all because Pink assumed Earth was completely safe from Homeworld's reach, when it actually wasn't. Understandably, Steven starts to resent her on some level, and even wonders if Pink had a child just to run away from her own mistakes.
  • Penny Among Diamonds: Sheer irony of the trope name aside, being the smallest and lowest of the Diamonds means she didn't even have one single world to her name in the beginning. Not being allowed to have one, while the other Diamonds had so many to themselves, and never winning Yellow's approval, frustrated her.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Even before her Heel–Face Turn, Pink Diamond was shown to be kind to her first Pearl, as she gave her free autonomy and played games with her. She was also nice to the Pebbles, who were created through her tears, to the point where they take Steven thanking them as proof that he's Pink Diamond.
    • Despite taking humans for her own personal Zoo, she at least did give them a pretty nice place to live, like a good pet owner. That's because she ended up loving them.
  • Pink Is Feminine: From what's seen in the "Jungle Moon" and "A Single Pale Rose" flashbacks, Pink Diamond is the second most feminine diamond after Blue Diamond.
  • Please Spare Him, My Liege!: A variant; from what we know, Pink tried her hardest to convince Blue and Yellow Diamond that the organic life on Earth was valuable, willing to fight for itself, and worth saving. It didn't work, and both the onscreen and offscreen circumstances forced Pink to take more drastic measures. "Now We're Only Falling Apart" even shows her getting on her knees and desperately begging Blue to spare the Earth, to no avail. Interestingly enough, she spread the story that Pink was the one who had to be convinced to spare the Earth and cruelly refused Rose Quartz.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Pink, infatuated with Earth and its natives, had no idea just how much the older Diamonds loved her. When Pink decided to spare Earth, she tried to convince her fellow Diamonds that Earth life was worth protecting...but they refused to listen. She wrongly assumed once news of her demise reached the other Diamonds they'd give up and leave. She was half-right, Homeworld began leaving, but the Crystal Gems didn't understand what they were evacuating for. Judging by her reaction Pink didn't either... until it was too late to do anything but shield Pearl, Garnet and herself.
  • Posthumous Character: She was reported to have been killed by Rose during the Gem War thousands of years ago, but still has a great effect to those who know her: she's the true reason why Jasper is so obsessed with fighting Rose and the reason Yellow Diamond hates Earth so much she'd rather see it destroyed outright than try to harvest it for resources again. She didn't actually die then, but gave up her physical form thousands of years later as Rose Quartz for Steven to be born. And as revealed in the Season 5 Finale, Pink ceased to exist when she did that, with Steven becoming the new Pink Diamond in her place - a completely separate entity.
  • Power Misidentification: As Rose, she pretended she could only turn plants into sentient helpers. In fact, she can do the same even to non-living rocks.
  • Predecessor Villain: She was the original ruler of the Earth colony and thus the first of the Diamonds the Crystal Gems had to contend with. Except she wasn't, she assumed the identity of Rose Quartz to lead the rebellion against Homeworld herself and faked her death..
  • Present Absence: She's been gone for millennia, but her effect on the story continues to be felt through the actions of those left behind after she died. The mysterious circumstances surrounding her death are touched on at the beginning of Season Five, as "The Trial" all but confirms that the Gem who shattered her if she was really shattered at all, was (most likely) not Rose Quartz. Eventually, the final piece of the puzzle is revealed to Steven: Rose Quartz couldn't have killed Pink Diamond because Rose Quartz is Pink Diamond. She faked her death by consuming fake gem shards and having Pearl (disguised as Rose) poof her, making Homeworld think she's been shattered. Her true "death" came from having Steven, as she couldn't exist without one or the other.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: She's the youngest of the Diamond "royalty" and entirely pink in color.
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: Despite being the equivalent of Gem "royalty", she eventually grew to care for life on Earth (humans in particular), so much that she was willing to give up her status to become the planet's protector.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • From Blue and Yellow Diamond's point of view, she is this for worrying about Rose Quartz and the Crystal Gems, as she kept pleading and begging them for help to the point where they both had to assume authority over the Earth colony. Much to their grief, however, she eventually got shattered by Rose Quartz. In reality, she is Rose Quartz and started the Rebellion herself.
    • She told her Pearl that if the Diamonds ever found out that Rose and Pink were the same, then she and Pearl would be forced to resume their old lives as puppet Gems with no freedom. When Steven reveals he has Pink Diamond's Gem and returns to Homeworld to reason with White Diamond, the Diamonds expect him to adopt Pink's abandoned duties and fulfill "her" role, while Pearl is once more relegated to being Steven's "object" rather than his parental figure. While Steven seems willing to prove himself, it's still unnerving that Pink's fears proved valid. Becomes even more intense in the "Diamond Days" arc, where it just showed that Yellow, Blue and White still look down on Pink and not taking Steven seriously as a result. Steven's attempts at "fixing" what he perceived were his mother's mistakes just backfire big time to where Steven ends up having to fight to save his friends.
  • Puppet Queen: Steven's flashback in "Can't Go Back", and later in "Now We're Only Falling Apart" shows that Yellow and Blue were pretty much running the colony during the Rebellion. Blue even tells her that all she needs to do is smile and wave to her subjects. It also explains many of her decisions since, lacking any real influential role, her options were limited.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Pink wanted to have a colony of her own, in order to emulate her sisters in the hopes of getting attention. When she is given Earth to colonize, she quickly discovers that it's actually the Homeworld equivalent of a rather boring and lonely desk job, with only her Pearl for the company. On the other hand, her relationship with her 'sisters' was already aloof and she would get the opportunity to interact with other Gems.
    • Pink wanted to have some friends, but Blue and Yellow would scold her for it since she is essentially royalty intermingling with the peasantry. So, on Pearl's suggestion, she decides to disguise herself as a Quartz so she could talk with the other Quartzes unnoticed.
    • After discovering what Homeworld is doing to Earth and planets like it, Pink tries to be a different ruler than her sisters, both of whom are older and extremely powerful Control Freak matriarchs. They then seized control of the colony from her just because things have to be done the same. Pink may have been part of the elite level on the caste system, but she was still the youngest. In the eyes of her sisters, her wishes were something they really did not understand nor fully respected. As such, they dismiss her suggestions and excuses to leave Earth, seeing it as immature and ungrateful, thus ruling out diplomatic responses as a solution. She also fakes her death, thinking they wouldn't care. Pink was very wrong. While Yellow and Blue were dismissive of her, they were still family, and they reacted to her "death" like any family member would.
    • As Rose Quartz, she spread rumors of Pink Diamond being as cruel and merciless as her sisters. It convinced Garnet and Bismuth, who never met Pink. But who didn't it convince? Eyeball and Jasper, who knew her in life as a Benevolent Boss.
    • Pink then tries to change her identity and destroy her old one to save the Earth and deal with her increased self-loathing at realizing that colonization will hurt the planet she loves beyond repair. She's unable to mend her self-loathing merely by changing her outer appearance, as Rose demonstrates Self-Deprecation.
    • Pink's history of keeping secrets led to the Crystal Gems suffering from gradual Broken Pedestal towards her as some of her more unsavory actions came to light. And her decision to have Steven, thinking it safe to do so without Homeworld looming over, leads to Steven having to deal with the consequences of Pink's rebellion and the war with Homeworld alone, leading to a massive Guilt Complex and the incredible pressure to fulfill his mother's legacy, either as a great leader or a war criminal. Rather understandably, Steven is left embittered by this, and wonders if he was only born to help his mother run away from her own mistakes.
    • As Steven points out to Blue Diamond, just because Pink accepted being locked in a tower for ages doesn't mean that it's a right or good thing to do. At the time, Pink didn't know any other way of living, but Steven knows that getting locked up for accidentally breaking the rules is Disproportionate Retribution because he has a loving family.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: It's revealed that, contrary to what "Rose Quartz" told Garnet, Pink was this. While initially she merely wanted to mingle with the Quartzes to play with them and escape her lonely existence, she becomes serious about realizing that the colony will destroy the organic life on Earth. Pearl, who had suggested the idea, apologized for upsetting her Diamond, but Pink thanked her because she needed to see the damage. And as soon as she could, she tried to abort the colony and keep her sisters from taking over Earth's destruction. The fact that they usurped her power shows they were less reasonable than Pink.
  • Rebellious Princess: As she matured, she did lots of things unbecoming a Diamond, like creating the all-new Quartz gem line, making requests that caused Blue to start a human zoo for her, and so on. She also masterminded the entire Crystal Gem rebellion against Homeworld, fooling the other Diamonds, subjects and allies alike. Rescuing defective and off-color gems, uniting them to their cause; the freedom of Earth and all who live upon it. With her healing powers she matched Homeworld's vast armies even when hopelessly outnumbered.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • The red to Blue and Yellow's blue, as a much more emotional and carefree Diamond than her sisters.
    • Also the red to her Pearl's blue, as she was constantly trying to get her second Pearl to get out of her Sycophantic Servant tendencies and lighten up a little.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Neither the Diamonds or Defense Zircon never considered this possibility when pointing out the holes in the story of Pink being shattered. And despite the holes, and each knowing they aren't a murderer, Yellow and Blue never considered that Pink would destroy her old identity and hurt them so much.
  • The Reveal:
    • In "A Single Pale Rose", it turns out she never was shattered in the first place, she deliberately decided to fake her own death so that the Earth would be left alone by the Diamonds. And on top of that she and Rose Quartz are actually the same person.
    • In "Together Alone", it's implied that one of her friends on Homeworld was her first Pink Pearl, who shed much of her sycophantic behavior enough that she was able to act casually around her Diamond. But the other Diamonds found out, and as punishment for acting out of line, White Diamond permanently turned Pink Pearl into an Empty Shell and gave Pink Diamond a replacement Pearl. This incident explained why Pink Diamond felt uncomfortable with Pearl's sycophantism and tried to get her out of it.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She has light pink hair, and she shows the excitable and optimistic part of the trope (at first, at least). And then she fully grows into the trope as Rose Quartz.
  • Royal Brat: The youngest member of the Diamond Authority, and as shown in "Jungle Moon", she acted like a spoiled brat, demanding her own army and planet just because Yellow Diamond had a lot and she wanted her own. Being White Diamond's favorite child is likely the cause of this. Pink's later appearances show that she's mostly grown out of her brattiness.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • Subverted at first, when she's basically Blue and Yellow's puppet ruler on Earth's colony. She is seen fighting the Crystal Gems directly in "Gemcation," but various inconsistencies make its reliability questionable, and it may have just been how Steven imagined it.
    • Played straight later, when she fakes her death and assumes the identity of Rose Quartz to lead the rebellion that would set Earth free from Homeworld.
  • Rule of Empathy: She feels the grief Blue feels for her, causing Steven to cry involuntarily, yet not understanding why, until he seeks Blue Diamond out for himself. It's unclear if this has made her realize that Blue does care for her after all.
  • Running Both Sides: She was actually Rose, the leader of the Crystal Gems, meaning she essentially committed mass treason against herself. She wasn't the sole leader of the Gem Empire though, which is why she couldn't just hand it over to the Crystal Gems.
  • Sad Clown: Even if her actions gave the Diamonds' a lightened mood, they refused to adhere to what she wanted and continually lock her in a tower when she committed an act meant for fun. It seems like a lighter duty than colonizing a planet or producing more Gems, in actuality, it seems that Pink never wanted to return to the role once she realized she could have her freedom of Rose Quartz. Steven shares her frustration when he tries to talk to the Diamonds and they keep dismissing him.
  • Sadistic Choice: When she got her colony, she could either colonize the Earth herself, destroying all its organic life, or let her sisters quash the rebellion that she started, destroying all organic life. She decided to Take a Third Option and fake her death so that the Diamonds would leave the Earth alone.
  • Satan is Good: She's a being of light that rebelled against an unjust "Heaven" to champion freedom, self-expression, fusion and nature, making her similar to the Luciferian interpretation of Satan as a positive figure associated with liberty, individualism, homosexuality and paganism. She also formed her own rebellion as Rose Quartz, making her a sympathetic liar.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Averted much to her bitterness and resentment. Despite being a Diamond, she always had to do what the other Diamonds wanted rather than what she wanted — including how Earth ostensibly her colony, was to be ran. Blue states in "Change Your Mind" that Pink was right to leave Homeworld and live on Earth.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Steven eventually concludes that while she was able to fight as Rose Quartz, she ran away from Homeworld as Pink Diamond.
  • Self-Deprecation: As Rose Quartz, she spread stories of how Pink Diamond was cold and cruel. When she plans to fake her death, she looks happy to be shedding this identity for good.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • Interestingly, she is this to Connie, being what would happen if she continued to secretly rebel against her parents if they refused to relent their Control Freak mentality. Connie would've basically been like Pink if she believed her parents didn't love her at all and ran away from home for good when they never approve of her choices.
    • To her son, Steven. Steven and Pink had pretty much the same experiences growing up; they both were born with a role to play. Pink really wanted to be a Diamond but the Diamonds didn't think she was ready. Steven really wanted to be a Crystal Gem but the Crystal Gems didn't think he was ready. They both insisted until they were given an opportunity to prove themselves capable—they both failed. Pink's failure wasn't truly a failure; she simply wanted a different outcome for her colony, but that's a big failure in the Diamonds' eyes. The Diamonds didn't care about what she wanted, she fought as hard as she could but in the end they just took over her duties. Steven's failures were because he wasn't ready; however, the Crystal Gems encouraged him, even faking some challenges for him to help him gain confidence on his abilities (they didn't work as they planned; he instead realized how much he meant for the Crystal Gems). Finally, they both decide to make a stand and fight for what they loved. But for Pink, that meant fighting against her family. For Steven, that meant fighting with his family. Pink had to live under a fake Rose Quartz persona because her family didn't love her as she was. The only one who encouraged her was Pearl, who also loved her more as Rose Quartz. She surrounded herself with Gems who hated Pink Diamond, her true identity. In the end, she faked her own death, became Rose Quartz permanently, and lived the rest of her life being someone she really wasn't because she hated herself. She even said to Greg it was a good thing he didn't know who she really was; she thought Greg would hate Pink too. Steven was always loved by his dad, the Crystal Gems, his girlfriend, his friends, everyone in Beach City. He even got some enemies to love him too as soon as they get to know him. They always remind him how much they love him. Even when he was insecure about himself, who he really was, his purpose.... they keep telling him he's Steven and they love him as he is. All in all, Steven will be able to do things his mom couldn't, because he's surrounded by people who love him and encourage him to do anything.
  • She's Got Legs: Her mural depicts her with long and shapely legs, and before Season 3, they were the only part of it the audience got to see. It's even the form of her personal ship.
  • She Was Right There All Along: She was revealed to actually be Rose Quartz, who became half of Steven—meaning that while fans scrambled over theories of where the Diamonds could be, and, in later seasons, what happened to Pink Diamond, Pink Diamond's gem was actually the first and arguably most frequently seen gem seen in the entire series.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: As a Diamond she was excepted to stay on the Moon Base instead of mingling with her subjects. She first became Rose Quartz to defy this.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Tiny by Diamond standards, but she managed to make a very convincing cover story for her faked death and pull off a popular rebellion against her own people. Her short size also meant that she was 'closer' to the humans on Earth, making her learn the empathy for living beings that the other Diamonds lacked.
  • Significant Double Casting: In "Jungle Moon", she shares a voice with Stevonnie, who is portraying her in a dream. This serves to hide the spoilers that come with her real voice actress, Susan Egan, the same person who voices Rose Quartz.
  • Slave to PR: Outright defied, despite what the other Diamonds wanted. Blue and Yellow wanted her to just smile and wave at the Gems who adore her. Pink resented all of this, down to the "dumb" Diamond salute, because it wasn't who she was. She then changed the narrative and told the Crystal Gems that Pink Diamond was cold and cruel, while in her Rose Quartz guise. When Steven tries to fill in for Pink Diamond's duties, he understands better why she rebelled since he's not even allowed to dance at his own ball, set up balloons or party cannons.
  • Smarter Than You Look: At first, in "Jungle Moon", she seems to just be a brat who is demanding her army and planet. However, she did manage to create her own gem type, the Rose Quartzes. Then we learn she started a rebellion and was preparing to lose it so as to save the Earth, and not even the intellectual Blue Diamond saw through the deception.
  • Spanner in the Works: She is the only Diamond we know of that actively questioned the system that put her on top, and partly rebelled to save the Earth and partly to win her freedom. This obviously caused problems for her long before she gained a colony, and cost her the first Pink Pearl, but she kept at it. Pearl paved the way by suggesting that Pink visit Earth in disguise, but Pink did the rest of the work by starting the rebellion. The reason why the Earth rebellion took the Diamonds off-guard was because no one had the will to defy them and live to tell the tale before.
  • Spiky Hair: Subverted. Her stylized mural depicts her with a spiky hairstyle, but the flashback of her in "Jungle Moon" shows that she actually had soft, fluffy hair. The mural could be an attempt to make her look bigger and more threatening to other Gems.
  • Spoiled Sweet: After outgrowing her bratty behavior, she started hanging out with the other gems while disguised as Rose Quartz and even treats her Pearl with more respect and kindness.
  • Stepford Smiler: She has a semi-amused, semi-frustrated smile when telling her Pearl that Yellow and Blue wouldn't be happy if they found Pink Diamond playing with the Quartzes on Earth. The last time she had a close friendship with a Gem — her first Pearl — the other Diamonds took the first Pearl away and made her into an Empty Shell. It's unclear if our Pearl already knew that, or if Pink didn't want to scare her.
  • Stone Wall: While a Lightning Bruiser by the standards of other Gems, she's this among the Diamonds. She's the smallest and implied to be the weakest, but has defensive abilities none of the other Diamonds have. Whereas the other Diamonds have no defense against each other's attacks, Pink's shield was able to block the Corruption attack by all three other Diamonds at once.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: When she is first officially seen in "Jungle Moon", her character design looks not unlike that of Rose Quartz. Her hair has the same messy consistency, they have similar facial features and lips, and her gem-placement is on her navel as well. Considering that she is a Royal Brat and the Rose Quartz line of gems was created by her, this was probably done on purpose as a form of vanity. Then we discover she and the Crystal Gems' leader Rose Quartz are one and the same.
    • The top facets of the Rose Quartz line were apparently designed to look like the hidden top facet of her own Gem, which aided her well in her disguise as one.
    • She was where Steven got his fluffy hair from, since her hair was very voluminous.
  • Super Strength: She could compress a clump of dirt into diamond shards with only her hands.
  • That Woman Is Dead: Her actual fate. She completely disregards her identity and status as a Diamond by faking her death, and permanently embraced becoming Rose Quartz of the Crystal Gems for her, her army, and her planet's freedom as individuals.
    Soon, it will be just Rose.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: She never actually wanted to hurt anyone, though her actions indirectly led to her hurting everyone — The Crystal Gems, the Diamonds, her soldiers, and Steven. Pink was reluctant to wipe out the plants, animals and humans on Earth, to the point where she faked a rebellion.
  • Token Good Teammate: Implied. She was a Royal Brat, which is already somewhat of an improvement to the other Diamonds, but also a Cheerful Child, and her attempt to colonize the Earth is mostly just an attempt to prove herself worthy of being a Diamond. See also White Sheep below. Confirmed with the reveal that she's Rose Quartz.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She went from an Annoying Younger Sibling to Blue and Yellow Diamond that couldn't be taken seriously, to a Chessmaster who masterminded the Crystal Gem rebellion against herself so the Earth could be free, and ultimately ended up cleverly faking her own death to accomplish this, which fooled everyone.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She went from a Royal Brat trying to get attention from Yellow to a compassionate leader trying to save all the life on her planet, organic and inorganic. To the point that she refused to kill anyone.
  • Trapped in Villainy: Her talk with Blue Diamond shows she was trying rather desperately to just 'surrender' Earth to the Crystal Gems and humanity for some time, but her sisters wouldn't permit her to do so. This is part of what made her decide to make her Rose Quartz Secret Identity rebel against herself, as well as ultimately fake her own death.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Boy does she go through trauma. She was constantly underestimated by her fellow Diamonds, and her first Pearl was taken from her by White. When she came to love the Earth, she begged Blue and Yellow to let her spare it, but they refused to let her do it. After she faked her shattering, the other Diamonds blasted the Earth, which corrupted all her friends except Pearl, Ruby, and Sapphire.
  • Tutu Fancy: Pink's outfit has a partial skirt sticking outward, making it resemble a tutu.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: It turns out she and Rose Quartz are the same person.
  • The Unfavorite: Genuinely believed herself to be this, as Blue and Yellow Diamond went between ignoring her and admonishing her for not being enough like a Diamond. She was actually viewed as the favorite by Yellow, or at least White's favorite. However, she wasn't actually respected by the rest of the Diamonds, meaning that while she may have been liked, she wasn't really treated as an equal, which would explain her behavior.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: She was accused of this by her fellow Diamonds as shown in "Can't Go Back", when they demand that she finish her colony she begged them for despite her various misgivings about hollowing life out of Earth that she grew fond of. This similarly leads Pink to believe they don't care about her at all, driving her to even more extreme behavior to the point where she decided to fully break ties, fake her death, and permanently become Rose Quartz.
  • Unperson: After her shattering, Yellow Diamond took steps to hide all references to her existence out of grief and desire not to be reminded of her lest it trigger more grief. Blue Diamond hoarded everything she could, maintaining Pink Diamond's Zoo, employing her Earth-born Quartzes, and even protecting the remaining bubbled Rose Quartzes from Yellow Diamond's wrath. White Diamond seems to have known all along about what happened, but kept it to herself because she believed Pink Diamond just throwing the equivalent of an extended temper tantrum and needed to get it out of her system. Newer Gems like Leggy aren't even aware of her existence, a fact that distresses Blue.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Based on the flashback in "Jungle Moon" and Pearl recounting how Pink Diamond begged her sisters to let her spare the Earth, it would seem that Pink was justified in thinking that the other Diamonds didn't actually care about her. However, it would then seen by their mourning that they did care about her, which clouds matters. Ultimately, it's revealed that while the Diamonds loved her, they did not respect her, and they took away her first Pearl when they transgressed normal Diamond-Pearl bonds. While she may have been a Diamond, the lack of respect makes the affection and sentiment seem hollow. Her Pebbles also adored her because she was kind to them, and fun. It still hammers in that Pink wanted someone to love and respect her of their free will and to not ignore her when she had something important to say.
  • Villainous Legacy: Long after her supposed shattering and giving up her physical form to give birth to Steven, Pink's loved ones remember her fondly and her legacy is the focus of most episodes.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Used this to become Rose, rotating her gemstone vertically to hide her identity.
  • Walking Spoiler: Anything concrete about her that was revealed in "Earthlings" and "Back to the Moon", including the very fact that she existed, is a total spoiler. Especially the revelation that she was actually Rose Quartz and always has been, and that Steven's her son.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In comparison to the other Diamonds, who appear to completely rely on being Unskilled, but Strong physically and letting their Powers Do the Fighting, she knows how to summon her gem weapon like her son Steven, and has at least some skill with weapons she can't summon like her sword, but her size, durability, and strength appear to be greatly lacking compared to theirs. Granted, this still makes her Strong and Skilled compared to nearly every other non-fused gem in the series.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: "Jungle Moon" shows her as rather desperate to have Yellow Diamond pay attention to her and treat her as an equal, which is presumably why she wanted a colony so badly. When she actually got a colony and became attached to it, she ended up growing past this and opposing them, having come to the (mistaken) conclusion that they didn't care about her. However, the "Diamond Days" arc shows that she was not really respected by her fellow Diamonds, which explains her desperation to be seen as more equal to them and indeed growing beyond them.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She was initially very close to Blue and Yellow, with her Fun Personified personality constantly lightening up their mood and making them laugh. Unfortunately, over time it became clear that did not respect her as an equal, something that became more prevalent over time and likely motivated her to do things like have her own colonized world. Her attempts at pleading with them to give Earth to the Crystal Gems and being reduced to a Puppet Queen when diplomacy failed seems to show when she became heartbroken with them. In "Change Your Mind", both Blue and Yellow finally realize how much their behavior has hurt Pink, which drives them to tears.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Rose supposedly called her out for not seeing the value of the Earth when begging for Pink to stop the colony. Rose lied; Pink gave herself the speech when she realized what the colony would do to the planet she loved.
    • Yellow Diamond, of all people, gives "her" one in "Legs From Here to Homeworld" for faking her death and causing her and Blue to grieve for millennia. Likewise, she states in "Change Your Mind" that Pink abandoned her and Blue, not acknowledging that it was her treatment of Pink that caused her to do so.
  • What You Are in the Dark:
    • Her public persona was that of a caring, but strong ruler, something Yellow and Blue tried to enforce on her. But she actually didn't want to have anything to do with Homeworld's methods, she wanted to set Earth free for earthlings and her subjects. The other Diamonds' rejection led to her leading a rebellion under the identity of Rose Quartz and faking her death.
    • We see this most prominently when she and Pearl, while they are in disguise on Earth, witness both the damage that the Kindergarten is causing as well as the organic life. Pink Diamond as Rose realizes that she's going to destroy life on the planet if this continues. Pearl apologizes, but Rose thanks her for showing her, and she decides to make the change to save the Earth because she wants to, not because anyone is pressuring her. The least cautious route would have been to sit back and watch the damage, but Pink didn't want to be cautious.
  • White Sheep: Interestingly, Pink Diamond has been explicitly shown to have not participated in the nastiest crimes against Gem and non-Gem-kind that the Diamonds have committed. She was out of the picture before the fusion experiments started and before the Diamonds corrupted nearly every Gem on Earth. She was also never able to complete even one colony, while her fellow Diamonds are shown from their murals on the moon base to have several under each of their belts. Not to mention the Human Zoo; while the way it treats its human occupants is unnerving and it shows that she might've thought of them as little more than animals, it's still more than any Diamond has been shown to do to preserve the species living on the planets they conquer. Confirmed with The Reveal; she was Rose, and for all her faults, she genuinely did want to free Earth for the Crystal Gems and humans. It also turns out that Blue had the Zoo made when she expressed concern about humanity not surviving the invasion.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Since she was only a child by Gem standards, her coming to realize the error of the other Diamonds' ways and love life on Earth means she matured faster than Yellow and Blue, who are both much older than her. This is a trait she would later pass on to her son, Steven.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The only reason why she tried to colonize the Earth was to prove herself worthy of being a Diamond and be acknowledged by the other Diamonds. After her Heel–Face Turn, she becomes a Woobie, Protector of Worlds.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • She was powerful by Gem and human standards, and skilled with a sword, as we saw in her Rose Quartz guise. But Blue and Yellow can easily pick her up, manhandle or even hurt her. Her power and status means nothing to her sisters, and they all but acknowledge their bad treatment of her in "Change Your Mind".
    • Rose's sword was able to poof even her, a Diamond. Though the blow only landed because Pink allowed Pearl, shapeshifted into Rose, to do it.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Notably the only Diamond who's primary abilities can fully effect non-Gems.
  • The Xenophile: A flashback in "Change Your Mind" hints that she always had a fascination with organic lifeforms, having apparently once released a group of alien creatures during a ball.
  • You Are Not Ready: She was constantly denied a colony because her sisters knew she wouldn't be able to handle the responsibility of running one. While Pink did receive the Earth, it was only because Yellow had enough of Pink's childishness and gave it to her so she would stop complaining.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Pink has had several presented designs throughout the show. Her mural presents her with massive hair that spiked forward, an adult-like figure (a noticeable chest and She's Got Legs), and a point-cut (diamond shaped) gem. Her first real appearance in "Jungle Moon" showed her as child-like, roughly Stevonnie's size, with uneven, fluffy hair and a brilliant-cut (the most common jewelry cut) gem. The "Gemcation" flashback shows her as over twice Garnet's height, with a point-cut gem and tall, spiky hair reminiscent of White Diamond's mural. Garnet's story in "Your Mother and Mine" has her about five times larger than Rose Quartz, with forward-swept hair. Her final design as seen in "A Single Pale Rose" (and before that a foam keychain) gives her a more even hairdo with five distinct bumps, poofy shorts and shoes with pom-poms, and shows her to be around twice Pearl's size. Of course, the flashbacks in "Gemcation" and "Your Mother and Mine" were from the point of view of someone who didn't know the details of her appearance In-Universe, the mural was likely subject to Artistic License (Blue Diamond's mural is noticeably spikier and more angular than her real look).
  • Your Size May Vary: The flashback in "Gemcation" depicts her as being only slightly shorter than Yellow and Blue Diamond, but in "Jungle Moon" she appears only around Stevonnie's height. Her actual size is more likely to be the latter given physical evidence found on the abandoned moon base of "Jungle Moon", as well as the smaller size of the chair in the Moon Earth base compared to the Jungle Moon one, although it's possible she somehow managed to permanently grow herself to the former height. Another possibility is that she wore limb enhancers like Peridot did, and "Jungle Moon" reveals her true form. It's also possible that the flashback in "Gemcation" could just be Steven's imagination. The flashback in "Your Mother and Mine" puts even more confusion over her height, as it shows that she's at least five times taller than Rose Quartz, yet if she's Stevonnie's height, she would have to be shorter than Rose; it could be that her height in her flashback was either Garnet or Steven's imagination. Her true height is about twice that of Pearl's, still huge but rather small compared to the other Diamonds. And like large fusions, her gemstone looks whatever size is necessary to be visible: When poofed or in Steven's body, it's small enough to fit in a human-sized hand. When she's in her usual form it seems to double in width.
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