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Rose Quartz

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Voiced by: Susan Egan

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"Isn't it remarkable, Steven? This world is full of so many possibilities. Each living thing has an entirely unique experience: the sights they see, the sounds they hear, the lives they live are so complicated... and so simple! I can't wait for you to join them."

Rose Quartz was the founder and previous leader of the Crystal Gems. She found Amethyst and brought her into the group. About sixteen years before the series began, she met and fell in love with Greg Universe. She became pregnant with Steven, but since the holder of the magic gem can only be one person, Rose, as Greg puts it, "gave up her physical form to bring Steven into the world". Although she could fight as well as any Gem, she was full of love and compassion for every living thing she ever encountered.

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  • The Ace: Rose is always described as being exceptional at whatever she did. It's not an image she lives up to, because no one could.
  • Acrofatic: Rose is easily one of the larger Gems we've seen onscreen; she canonically wears a size XXL shirt. That doesn't prevent her from being able to jump quite high and land so gracefully that she's practically floating. "Steven Floats" explains that she had the power to regulate her descent speed, hence her grace when landing. Played with on The Reveal her "Rose Quartz" form is actually a shapeshifted disguise and her true form as Pink Diamond, while certainly a large Gem as befitting her kind, is built rather proportionally. Her powers likely still played a role in how she can move so gracefully, however.
  • Adipose Rex: Played with, since Rose is actually Pink Diamond in disguise. Her Diamond form is much thinner and taller, though.
  • Adorkable: The goofy, confused grin she gives Greg when he first gives her his t-shirt lets you know exactly why he fell in love with her almost instantly.
  • All-Loving Heroine:
    • Rose is always described and remembered as a Gem full of love towards every living being and the world they lived in. She held her fellow Gems, Greg, and Steven especially dear and the video she left for Steven highlights it, thanks to her monologue. She even comments how she looks forward to Steven's birth despite knowing full well that she'd die as a result.
    • A good example of this happens in "The Answer"; she meets the recently rebelled (and fused) Garnet, whom all previous Gems mentioned was unnatural and should be destroyed:
      Garnet: I don't... upset you?
      Rose Quartz: (happily) Who cares how I feel? How you feel is bound to be much more interesting.
    • This behavior is ultimately why she poofed and bubbled Bismuth, whose weapon, "the Breaking Point", would've led to much higher and much more permanent casualties, especially on Homeworld's side, Bismuth's Pay Evil unto Evil contrasting heavily with Rose's desire to see Homeworld's forces merely pushed back rather than destroyed outright (Bismuth also implies she attacked Rose as a result of this).
    • "A Single Pale Rose" and "Now We're Only Falling Apart" revealed that she developed this mentality as Pink Diamond when she grew to love the Earth.
  • Always Someone Better: Steven reveals in "Steven vs. Amethyst" that he sometimes feels like he'll never be as great as her.
  • Anime Hair: Big, poofy, and styled in tubelike ringlets.
  • Anti-Hero: For all her compassion, she isn't perfect. As Pink Diamond, she created the Rose Quartz alter-ego, instigated a rebellion, and faked her own assassination with the goal of ending the Gem colonization of Earth, having come to cherish Earth's organic life. However, she deceived her followers for millennia and placed a Geas on Pearl that prevented Pearl from ever revealing the truth, which caused Pearl no end of anxiety. While her intentions were noble, she caused her friends to live a lie and unwittingly brought down doom on countless Gems after her "assassination". It goes to show that not even the Diamonds' Token Good Teammate is flawless.
    • In general, Rose's idealism is tempered by a profound aversion to solving difficult moral problems, which can lead to a unintentional thoughtlessness. That Bismuth was thrown in a bubble to be ignored indefinitely is probably the biggest illustration, as is the fact she never tried to resolve Pearl's feelings for her. Plays into and goes hand in hand with being The Atoner, down below.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: A possible explanation of Greg's comment that she "gave up her physical form." The home movie she left behind for Steven states that she became half of him.
  • The Atoner: It's implied by Greg that she's not exactly proud of a lot of things she's done. Given she was the Diamond who began the colonization of Earth and the corruption attack was due to a mistake on her part, it's easy to see why.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Was the leader of the Crystal Gems, and extremely strong. For reference, she effortlessly takes out a triple Ruby fusion in one pace bare handed. Makes sense once you learn that she's Pink Diamond.
  • Badass in Charge: She curbstomped three fused Rubies in the past with her bare hands, and she was The Ace of the Gems back when in the war for Earth.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her dress had a star-shaped hole cut over her stomach to leave her navel-mounted gem exposed.
  • Barrier Warrior: Pearl notes that Steven's shield and bubble were inherited from her, which would logically make her this. "The Return" implies that her defensive abilities were more valued than her strength in battle.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: It's believed she had to violate her Thou Shalt Not Kill policy and shattered Pink Diamond to save the Crystal Gems and humanity. Except she didn't. Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond, and enlisted Pearl to fake her own death at the hands of her alter ego, thinking it was the only way to make the gem war stop.
  • The Beastmaster: Was noted in Buddy Buddwick's personal journal to have lived (or at least spend time) amongst a pride of seven lions (three lions and four lionesses) as if they were housecats at least 200 years prior to the series. She also was the previous partner/owner of Lion, who has partnered with her son/reincarnation Steven after Rose "died".
  • Becoming the Mask:
    • Rose sees Steven as a way to become human in a way and experience humanity for herself.
    • Pink Diamond also chose to permanently become Rose after faking her own shattering.
    • Word of God is that she dearly, consciously wanted to be an All-Loving Hero capable of great empathy, but coming from a place of such power it was very hard for her to truly relate. Steven has no such issue.
  • Being Good Sucks: Even though she was against killing, she had to endure warfare against Pink Diamond because in Garnet's words "The Earth belonged to Pink Diamond. Destroying her was all Rose could do... for Amethyst to be herself... for Pearl to be free... for me to be together... for [Steven] to exist." The truth turns out to be more complicated. However, trying to be good has brought Rose a fair share of pain. Word of God is that she painted the most negative image possible of Pink Diamond to her followers, and so created an environment in which all of her chosen friends kept essentially telling her to destroy herself. And she did.
  • Benevolent Boss: Was this to the Crystal Gems, especially compared to the Homeworld Gems. This is most clear concerning Pearl, who on Homeworld would've been treated as a pretty thing to own rather than a person, and Garnet whom Blue Diamond tried to kill half of simply for fusing into her doing her job. Even Amethyst, who would have been seen as a 'overcooked runt' and defective on Homeworld, was never treated any different.
    • It becomes even more heartwarming when it turns out that she's actually Pink Diamond, who previously wanted to be a Bad Boss like her sisters.
    • Also partially Deconstructed. While Rose did genuinely care about the Earth and the Crystal Gems, her Heel–Face Turn could not overwrite thousands of years of conditioning to believe she was superior to other gems. While Rose payed lip service to freedom and free will, she still tended to assume she knew best and made many decisions without consulting the others. In fact, seconds after she promised to "free" Pearl, Rose still chose to put Pearl under an involuntary Geas to keep her identity hidden. In addition to her identity as Pink Diamond she kept many secrets from the other Crystal Gems, particularly the existence of Lion and the fact that she bubbled Bismuth for advocating use of lethal force.
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Archie" for Pearl's "Betty" (Rose's bodyguard and very first ally in the war against Homeworld) and Greg's "Veronica" (aspiring human musician).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a loving, kindhearted person and All-Loving Hero, but she also did lead a armed rebellion against a cosmic empire. She's also physically strong enough to smash the metal controls for a Ferris Wheel with one punch, then stop said Ferris Wheel in its tracks just by jumping in front of it and grabbing it.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: She's stated to be at least eight feet tall, is considerably heavier and rounder than the rest of the Gems (her shirt size is XXL, and it's pretty snug on her), has a 100% Adoration Rating, and is gorgeous. Her animation and voice acting also alludes to this; she speaks very gently and eloquently, and her animation is very subtle and fluid, with her hair shifting and bouncing with the smallest movement. Played with on The Reveal she's actually Pink Diamond, whose flashback show that, while certainly large and beautiful, is also quite a bit thinner and taller than her Rose Quartz disguise.
  • Big Good: Her actions before and after Steven was born indicate this. Several episodes indicate that she dedicated her life towards benevolence, such as healing broken Gems, defending her newly adopted Homeworld and even bonding with a human which resulted in her giving up her own existence just so that Steven may live. But since this story is about Steven, her legacy and subtle guidance is what drives him forward.
  • Bi the Way: Rose was romantically involved with Greg in the recent past and Pearl sometime before that, though she and Pearl are genderless.
    • "Story for Steven" hints that Rose has had human lovers before, but generally avoids doing it because it makes a Mayfly–December Romance given the human lifespan vs. the Gem lifespan, and she felt that humans shouldn't throw away their dreams to be with her.
    • "Mr. Greg" reveals that she had male lovers in the past, but being before Greg, they'd all been passing fancies at most, and that Pearl had always "won," with Rose's genuine feelings for Greg coming as a genuine shock.
    • "Now We're Only Falling Apart" shows that Rose had female human lovers in the past, too.
  • Blood Knight: "The Answer" shows that she took a certain amount of satisfaction in combat. However, she didn't actually kill anyone and is her usual kind and loving self outside of battle.
  • Boobs of Steel: She was the largest and most physically powerful of the Crystal Gems, and is the only gem drawn with distinct breasts; this also emphasizes her maturity relative to the other Crystal Gems and, from a meta standpoint, might be to make her look more motherly. Considering how much she loves humans, it could also be a trait she added to look more human-like.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Bismuth and Rose's argument over the Breaking Point. Bismuth argued that, since Homeworld doesn't fight fair or hold back, they shouldn't either. Rose argued that this would make them no different from the Gems they were fighting, and was against everything they stood for. Granted, it has become more complicated than that since the Diamonds are hiding plenty of secrets about the war, including from each other. It's eventually revealed that Rose didn't want to shatter the Homeworld Gems because she was one of them — Pink Diamond — and didn't want to hurt her sisters, or any of the Homeworld armies.
  • Broken Ace: As time goes on and we get more of an insight into what Rose was like when she was alive, it becomes very clear that she was... less than perfect. While Rose did love humanity, her behavior towards them was more like seeing them as pets instead as individual beings, she seems to have handled the Greg/Pearl Love Triangle poorly (and, before Greg came along, is strongly implied to have had a long series of human lovers that she only ever toyed with), and her tendency to keep secrets (most prominently the fact that she came to blows with, poofed and bubbled fellow Crystal Gem Bismuth over a political dispute) left the remaining Gems in the dark on at least a few important issues. We soon learn why; her original identity, Pink Diamond, was a Womanchild who was doomed to remain perpetually immature. Rose pretended to be a mature, wise figure but had the mentality of a desperate, overburdened and self-loathing teenager.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • A downplayed one in "Rose's Scabbard", Pearl had always thought of herself to be Rose's closest confidant, so when she finds out there are some secrets Rose never told Pearl such as Lion's existence, she goes into a heartbroken denial over it and takes it out at her friends, especially Steven. This is elaborated on much later: Pearl was the only person to know she was actually Pink Diamond, and naturally imagined this meant she was Rose's one true confidant for everything.
    • Her failure to reveal Bismuth's imprisonment caused what left of Bismuth's faith in her to shatter to the point she accused Rose of being manipulative.
    • The reveal that she shattered Pink Diamond crushed Steven. His opinion of her reaches an all-time low in "Storm in the Room", where he confronts an image of Rose and outright calls her a liar, hypocrite, and coward, thinking she only turned into him so she could escape facing the consequences of her actions. Steven is relieved that Rose didn't actually shatter Pink, but still deeply uncomfortable after learning that Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond, which means he is a Diamond.
    • Became this to Sapphire in "Now We're Only Falling Apart", once it is revealed that she used to be Pink Diamond, with Garnet breaking apart from the revelation; Ruby was used to not knowing everything about someone, but Sapphire trusted Rose enough to not look into her.
      Sapphire: SHE LIED TO US!
  • Caring Gardener: She gardens magically through the use of her Green Thumb powers, and she's the one that led the Crystal Gems and cared for them as a Team Mom.
  • Cat Smile: Is drawn with one in "A Single Pale Rose." While this is a common trait of Quartzes, she had one as a Diamond as well.
  • Character Development:
    • Despite her sympathy and compassion, Rose's "love" of humans is compared to thinking of them as cute pet animals, and not worthy of equal respect, though she does show a desire to respect their wishes. Her interaction with Greg taught her to see and value humans in a more respectful way. It's implied she also had this when she came to Earth and learned the value of humans and her fellow Gems, as she formerly seemed to have the same views of organics as her fellow Diamonds.
    • In a heavily ironic way, Rose Quartz eventually does become the more mature leader that White, Yellow, and Blue always wanted Pink Diamond to be. By the end of her life, she still had Pink's cheerfulness and desire to support and connect with others, but she also exuded wisdom and composure, all tied into a deep fondness for almost everything and everyone—and the maturity to face her flaws with grace and sincere attempts to improve. Though her character did start out immature and silly, and does continue to have flaws throughout her life that are never resolved, eventually Rose does mature into a style of leadership which can best be described as "motherly." (Further ironically, her actual biological child is the only one she was never able to lead and guide this way).
  • Color Motif: Pink.
  • Combat Medic: Rose had healing and defensive abilities along with martial prowess apparent by her collection of weaponry.
  • Consummate Liar: Steven sadly acknowledges this over the series, the more that he learns about his mother. Rose hid lots of secrets from the people she loved, including Pearl and Greg, whom she cared about deeply. She lied about poofing and bubbling Bismuth, telling the Crystal Gems she was worried Bismuth had been captured or shattered to spare their feelings about the latter's betrayal. She also lied about Pink Diamond being cruel and unwilling to spare the Earth. After he gets over the initial shock of her biggest lie — that she shattered Pink Diamond but instead was Pink Diamond and faked her shattering— he admits to Amethyst that he shouldn't have been surprised because he knew Rose was a liar. She actually gets this trait from her fellow Diamonds' strict and neglectful treatment towards her, making it hard to reveal anything about herself out of fear of disappointment from her friends and family.
  • Cool Sword: Her sword, which would later be used by Steven and Connie. Not only does it look cool, Bismuth considered it her finest creation. It's designed to be able to slice through any Gem's physical form in one slash, including gems with Super Toughness like Garnet or Bismuth. However, it's specially designed to always leave their Gem unharmed.
  • Create Your Own Villain: In a sense. Most of the rebellion's animosity towards Pink Diamond comes from Rose's stories of her as a cruel and uncaring monarch, creating a "villain" for them to rise together against. It's a complete fabrication. Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond, and slandered her own name, fought her own army, and rallied the Crystal Gems against herself to try and change things for the better. Much of Homeworld's animosity for the Crystal Gems also stems from Rose's shattering of Pink Diamond. Though the shattering was faked.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Rose's backstory before starting the rebellion is unknown, with Bismuth stating matter-of-factly that Rose was made on Earth's soil. However, Rose's talk with Greg while they were dating seems to imply that she lived on Homeworld, as she tells him that she never misses it. This seemingly minor reference calls into question whether the origin story she gave to the majority of the Crystal Gems is true, and what her true origins even are, seeing as her relationship with Bismuth was part of a reveal that it was in Rose's character to lie. The discrepancy turns out to be foreshadowing.
  • Culture Clash: Had trouble understanding the human version of relationships at first.
  • Cultured Badass: Rose was more familiar with human culture than the other Gems, and had an appreciation for music. The reason she met Greg was solely because she couldn't resist hearing him play, and she excitedly whispered to the other Gems about his gimmick when he came to give her a shirt he'd promised. That said, as "We Need To Talk" has proven, she wasn't an expert on humans nor on their relationships, which became a large block in her relationship with Greg.

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  • Dark and Troubled Past: She led the Crystal Gems in a long and violent war, and by the end of it all, most of her followers were either dead or insane. Discussed in this conversation:
    Greg: I barely know you.
    Rose: That's a good thing.
    • It's expanded a bit in "Earthlings", according to Jasper she did something to Pink Diamond. At first we don't know what, but Jasper hates her for it, even after thousands of years. We find out what in "Back To The Moon". Rose Quartz shattered Pink Diamond. And then "A Single Pale Rose" shows she actually was Pink Diamond, which really makes her life look like a mess in hindsight.
  • Dark Secret: She killed Pink Diamond. Many Homeworld gems knew, and Crystal Gems that fought in the war with her, but she kept this from Amethyst, and Garnet and Pearl kept it from Steven. Actually, her real dark secret is that she was Pink Diamond herself. Pearl shapeshifted into Rose to help the real Rose fake her own death.
  • Death by Childbirth: Rose Quartz "gave up her physical form to bring Steven into the world", as Greg puts it. It turns out that she became half of Steven, since she and Steven can't both exist at the same time.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: If she can be considered truly "dead" is a somewhat philosophical question, but she's not able to directly be there for Steven regardless. It turns out to be deconstructed harshly while still played straight as the show goes on; Rose was The Ace and an All-Loving Hero with a 100% Adoration Rating... but she wasn't as perfect the Crystal Gems made her out to be. She had flaws, her own Character Arc and her loss is far more than the window-dressing for Steven's story. Bereavement doesn't magically disappear immediately, and no inherited legacy (however awesome) can replace a dead parent.
    • Especially deconstructed in regards to Steven. She genuinely possessed all of the positive traits that those who knew her remember but that only puts more pressure on Steven to live up to her legacy and causes him to have several doubts about himself and his relation to the Gems.
    • Finally the trope is subverted as of "Steven Floats": the pressure Steven feels, and the emotional scars he sees that Rose left in both the Crystal Gems and his dad, make him unable to summon happy thoughts when thinking about her, instead having complicated thoughts.
    • Another aspect of this is when an Awful Truth about her comes to light, she's no longer there to be able to explain to Steven why she did what she did or her side of the story.
  • Defector from Decadence: Led the other Crystal Gems in splitting away from the Homeworld Gems after the Homeworld Gems planned to do something that would have hurt the Earth. Turns out she is Pink Diamond, and thus an even bigger example.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: "Back to the Moon" confirms that Rose Quartz shattered Pink Diamond. "A Single Pale Rose" confirms that she didn't. She IS Pink Diamond in disguise. She faked her own death.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She wears a floor-length gown, so it's not immediately apparent, but "Story for Steven" shows that she goes barefoot.
  • The Dreaded: It's obvious that her rebellion truly terrified Homeworld, even before she shattered Pink Diamond. Makes sense, considering it's a rebellion started and led by a Diamond.
  • Dude Magnet: "We Need To Talk", "Mr. Greg" and "Your Mother and Mine" imply that she had relationships with several other men before Greg.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: She walked around barefoot and was a Friend to All Living Things.
  • Easily Forgiven: "Now We're Only Falling Apart" shows that not only does Ruby, unlike Sapphire, take the news of her being Pink Diamond well, but feels okay after talking it over for a couple of hours with Greg. In "The Question", Greg relates to her because, as he says, "I never told her I used to be Gregory DeMayo." Amethyst hasn't really gotten over Rose lying to everyone, but refuses to dump "another thousand year old complex" on Steven, a fourteen year old child. Even Bismuth, though she was shocked that the rebellion was a "sham", at least understood now why Rose bubbled her over the Breaking Point.
  • Eternal Love: Had this with Pearl (confirmed here by Raven M. Molisee). Unfortunately for Pearl, there's a lot of ambiguity about how romantic their relationship really was. Rose shows some confusion about the difference between Eros and Agape in "We Need To Talk" and Pearl's song "It's Over, Isn't It?" in "Mr. Greg" sees her sadly acknowledge that her romance with Rose wasn't everything she thought it was. Whether Rose thought of her relationships with Greg and Pearl were not mutually exclusive or whether Greg was her Second Love/"last guy" is a Riddle for the Ages.
  • Evil All Along: Subverted. She is actually Pink Diamond, but Pink Diamond became her because she'd already had a Heel Realization and decided to save Earth and give it to the Crystal Gems and humanity.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Played With. She was actually Pink Diamond, but at that point she genuinely did want to save Earth's organic life and give it to the Crystal Gems and humanity. So she wasn't who she said she was, but she was still heroic. Sapphire in particular does NOT take this revelation well.
  • Fatal Flaw: Due to Rose being dead, this only shows up in medias res. While Rose was genuinely good-natured, she had troubles dealing with consequences of her actions and could only come up with short-term solutions at best. In the present, her son has to try and clean up the mess she left behind when she just disappeared to give birth to him; something even he eventually wants to call her out on. Rose also wasn't good at understanding others' feelings and trusting them fully. Her Innocently Insensitive nature and tendency to hide the truth away ended up seriously hurting those close to her such as Greg, Pearl, Bismuth, and Sapphire.
  • Flower Motifs: As befitting someone named Rose. Most evident with her Laser Light Cannon, which blooms into a flower to fire, then fires a flower-shaped beam which then blooms into the shape of Rose herself. This was passed onto Steven, as the design on his shield is the same as the rose design on the bottom of the cannon.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Apparently, Rose saw beauty in everything and cared for things that most others would find gross or unattractive. In "Lars and the Cool Kids" it's revealed that she tended a garden of some nasty-looking sentient moss. In "Monster Buddies", after Steven has some success taming a centipeedle, the Gems reveal that she also attempted to tame the monsters they came across. In "Buddy's Book", we see that Rose had a pack of lions as companions in the desert some time during the founding of Beach City.
  • Foil: To her son, Steven. Both are friendly, charismatic Quartz Gems who try to see the best in everyone, serve as an emotional support to the other Crystal Gems, have an Interspecies Romance with an insecure human, and have the same powers. However, as more secrets are revealed about Rose, it turns that unlike Steven who is a Badass Pacifist, Rose was a deconstruction of Martial Pacifist with her actions eventually bringing trouble for her son. Also, while Rose had trouble handling people's feelings and had an (initial) paternalistic attitude towards humans, Steven is surprisingly emotionally mature for his age and even when he's Innocently Insensitive, he will (mostly) know when he stepped out of line and apologize; plus, he doesn't see humans as inferior species since he did grow up with them. Additionally, Steven Cannot Tell a Lie, yet Rose has kept a lie for millennia (and even then she never intended for the truth to be known). Also, Steven has never doubted the Gems' love for him, whereas Rose, who was Pink Diamond, believed the Diamonds never cared for her at all; and on that note, Steven even forgave the other Diamonds themselves, something Rose would clearly never do.
  • Foreshadowing: There's a huge number of hints towards her and Pink being the same being, like how she has so many different Gem powers, her sword seemingly shattering Pink despite being unable to shatter any Gems, Pearl being so loyal to her, implying to Greg in flashbacks she's been to Homeworld despite others saying she was born on Earth, being the only character other than Pink with a pink colored gem, and so on.
  • Former Teen Rebel: As Pink Diamond, at least in her "earlier" years.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • Her opinions on humanity before meeting Greg, while seeming somewhat condescending by human standards, are a product of her environment, who as a whole view organic life as pests to be exterminated at best. She's actually remarkably kind towards organics by Gem standards, trying to turn away an impulsive Greg who she thinks is abandoning his dreams.
    • Her fellow Diamonds gave her very little emotional attention at all and apparently ignored what she wanted when she did see them, to the point she genuinely believed they didn't give a darn about her, but also were rather forceful that she needed to act like a proper Diamond and put on a proper appearance for her subjects. Her problems with empathy and difficulty letting others see the unsavory parts of herself make a lot more sense with that in mind...
  • Friend to All Living Things: Rose loved every living being and saw the beauty in all things, no matter how "gross" or undesirable others might view them.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: As Bismuth stated, Rose was "just another Quartz soldier, made right here in the dirt". And Rose eventually became a Rebel Leader who killed Pink Diamond. Later subverted - Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond all along, and her origin story as told to everyone else was a lie, though you could say that Rose was originally just a fake identity created by Pink Diamond so she can have fun and explore the Earth, but later became... something more.
  • Genki Girl: In "Now We're Only Falling Apart", she is overjoyed to see the newly formed Amethysts while disguised as one, the beauty of the newly-formed planet Earth, and is elated when she sees gem fusions, which inspires her and Pearl to unsuccessfully attempt fusion.
  • Girly Bruiser: She wore a long, frilly white dress at all times, sported pink Rapunzel Hair in Regal Ringlets, lived in a room made entirely of pink clouds, and loved flowers, animals, and humans so completely as to put a Disney princess to shame. She was also the leader of a bloody rebellion against her home planet and goes into battle with a pink shield and matching pink sword, having been made to be a warrior.
  • Godzilla Threshold: According to Garnet, she shattered Pink Diamond because it was the only way to free the Earth from her. When she was Pink Diamond, she tried and failed to get the other Diamonds to abandon Earth every other way she could think of, including outright telling them she didn't want to kill off life on Earth. She chose to fake her own shattering because she took Blue Diamond's words to mean that the only way that Earth could survive was if she removed herself from the equation.
  • Going Native: She grew enamoured with Earth and all of its little wonders and eventually led a civil war against Homeworld for its independence.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong:
    • Quartz Gems are made to be warriors for Homeworld. Rose turned against Homeworld, and appears to be the least combative Quartz ever produced: her main weapon is a defensive shield (though she had Bismuth make her a sword), she had healing tears, and hated killing in general: she would poof but never break Gems, which serves as an early clue that she didn't actually shatter Pink Diamond.
    • She's actually Pink Diamond and faked her death under the belief that the other Diamonds don't give a darn about her and if she 'died', Earth would be left alone and forgotten by the Diamonds for the humans and Crystal Gems to live in peace. Unfortunately for everyone, she completely underestimated how much the others cared for her and this utterly backfired.
  • Good Bad Girl: While it's unknown whether this trope was intentionally meant to be invoked, Rose Quartz is an All-Loving Hero and Friend to All Living Things, but allegedly had various human lovers over the course of her years on earth, and acts very flirtatious towards the people she loves.
    • For example, this quote to Greg:
      Rose: You're really cute, and I'd love to play with you.
    • Another example is her fusion dance with Pearl.
    • However, the implications of the trope are explored. While she does care a lot about her loved ones, her relationship with Greg stood out from the rest because Greg realized they both rushed into the relationship. Both had the spark but didn't know each other that well and Rose didn't really see Greg as his own individual person until he brought it up and revealed her own insecurities and lack of knowledge in it. However, this talk helped move forward their relationship (symbolized how she called him by the first name for the first time) and both made the steps to have a relationship as equals. It's this Character Development prompted by Greg that explains why he became the one for her, which contrasts him to Pearl. Pearl did not mind much of Rose's escapades because she would outlive them. However, her putting Rose on a pedestal because of her own problems and her own lack of understanding of intimacy is why she couldn't become Rose's one as opposed to Greg.
  • Good Costume Switch: She used to wear a standard quartz warrior uniform when she served Pink Diamond but when she started the rebellion, she changed into the white dress she's been wearing since. Even bigger one, as she used to be Pink Diamond and Rose Quartz as a whole actually is a Good Costume Switch for Pink Diamond.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: Played With. Rose Quartz was well-known for her healing powers. And from the perspective of Homeworld, she was the worst criminal in Gemkind's history, a revolutionary and eco-terrorist who committed high treason and regicide. If only they knew...
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: The Crystal Gems still follow her mission and became the people they are because of her influence, on top of being Steven's mother, but she's been dead for over a decade.
  • Green Thumb: Rose has an affinity for plants, as demonstrated by the moss in "Lars and the Cool Kids" and the brambles that defend her fountain in "An Indirect Kiss". "Watermelon Steven" confirms that she had the power to grow and command plant life. Though in truth, this seems to just be a specific application of a broader Biomanipulation ability.
  • Healing Hands: Rose's tears have immense healing potential, strong enough to even mend a cracked gem.
  • The Heart: She was the emotional core of the Crystal Gems. Without her, they struggle for guidance and are usually fighting amongst each other (more like Amethyst and Pearl fight, while Garnet and Steven try to keep things together).
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her deep sympathy and real love for every living creature is what empowered the healing properties of her tears.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Although Rose knew that she'd have to pass her gem to Steven upon his birth and sacrifice all of her physical presence, she still chose to shapeshift herself a womb so she and Greg could have him. Deconstructed; Greg and the Gems grieve Rose, while Steven regrets that he can never meet her. There's also the fact that, without her around, the Crystal Gems have no leader, and Steven nearly gets killed due to being mistaken for her, multiple times.
  • Heroines Prefer Swords: While her shield seems to have been her actual Gem weapon that she could conjure at any time, she also wielded a rose-themed sword forged by Bismuth and considered her finest creation. It's also designed to be devastating to Gems' BODIES but not able to accidentally destroy their gem.
  • Hippie Parents: The show's creator has specifically described Rose as a "hippie parent" toward Amethyst, leaving Amethyst ignorant of what Homeworld made her for, and how she differed from most Amethysts, so she wouldn't feel any kind of limitations about what she could be. Despite not being there to raise Steven, Rose had the same attitude for him, wanting him to be whatever he wanted to be. This backfired to a degree, as both are left feeling like they don't have any purpose at all.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Rose loved humans very much and wanted to be just like them but could not quite fully grasp how emotionally complex they are. She wanted to share in human culture and even be a human herself partly leading her to have Steven.
  • Humans Are Special:
    • According to her tape in "Lion 3: Straight to Video", she held this view. Though "We Need to Talk" revealed that she had a very condescending view about humans, regarding them at maximum as pet animals in comparison to Gems, and it was her interaction with Greg what taught her to see and value humans in a more respectful way. Of course by Gem standards, viewing organic life as anything more than pests to be ignored at best is a gigantic improvement.
    • She's also amazed by, and seemingly a little envious of, how humans are able to change, grow, and find their place in the world, while Gems are Born as an Adult, made to fit predetermined roles as cogs in the Diamond Authority's machine.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes: Rose admits to Greg in "Greg The Babysitter" that it took her a long time for her to realize human adults and human infants were the same species and still doesn't have a good understanding of human infants. This is because from her viewpoint, humans have Bizarre Alien Reproduction as Gems literally don't have an infant stage. She's also completely amazed by humanity's ability to change and grow, as it's something Gems simply don't do.
  • Hypocrite: She loved humans, but according to Greg she didn't even know how to take him seriously until he called her out for being insensitive about his desire to have a serious relationship for her, and she didn't know that babies needed a lot of care and watching. Bismuth took issue with how Rose wanted the Crystal Gems to be free and choose their own path, but wasn't willing to fight dirty for them when Homeworld had no such qualms. Steven calls out a hologram version of Rose in the Room for her Double Standard with how she poofed Bismuth and hid her away for wanting to shatter Homeworld Gems, while he assumes she probably used Bismuth's Breaking Point to shatter Pink Diamond. The last point at least was a lie that Rose perpetuated; Pink Diamond faked her death to assume the Rose Quartz identity permanently, ordering Pearl to never tell anyone.

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  • I Choose to Stay: Chose to stay on Earth and defend it, despite knowing that if she did, she could never return to Homeworld, and that she would be killed if she lost.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Subverted. Rose never regretted her actions in kick-starting the rebellion, or ever confided in anyone else her failures. Everything she did, she did for the sake of the Earth, and all living things upon it. It's Steven on the other hand who needs answers and justifications when he discovers his mother killed Pink Diamond. As Garnet explained to him, she didn't always do what she thought was right for her, but right for the Earth. If she had done nothing, Amethyst, Pearl, Ruby, and Sapphire could not be free... whereas Steven and Greg along with all present-day humans, wouldn't even exist. Steven finally gets his answer in "A Single Pale Rose", where it turns out his mom was Pink Diamond all along, but her faking her death was indeed for the reasons Garnet stated.
  • I Hate Past Me: She felt deeply guilty that her past naïve actions led to things like the destruction of parts of Earth and the corruption of so many Gems that just wanted to be free. She also performs a massive Historical Villain Upgrade on her old self, Pink Diamond, after the war, to the point Garnet and Amethyst attribute most of the Jerkass actions the other Diamonds hit Pink with to Pink herself.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Her relationship with Greg has shades of this: what really wins her heart is him putting his foot down and being willing to stand up to her on his terms. Given her past as Pink Diamond this is even more this trope: the other Diamonds would stand up to her, but weren't very good at actually showing her love despite feeling it for her, none of her other human lovers ever did what Greg did, and her subjects loved her because they were made to love her, a problem even Pearl had to some degree. In general, she genuinely loved Greg as much as she did because he both genuinely loves her and because he's willing to assert himself and put his foot down, a combination no one else in her extremely long life had ever shown her.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Rose laughs at Greg's attempts to fuse with her in order to get intimate in the same way she can with Pearl, and she saying that she loves humans because they're all so funny. When Greg asks in complete seriousness if she respects him, Rose still thinks he's trying to be funny. She wasn't trying to be insulting, and in fact by her species' standards was being remarkably loving (as most Homeworld Gems view humans as pests to be exterminated at best), she just genuinely didn't realize she was being such. However, she seems to have largely outgrown this by the time she was pregnant with Steven, if her speech in "Lion 3: Straight to Video" is any indication. With that said, she disregarded how people would feel when she gave up her form to have Steven; Pearl knew and was sobbing about it in private because she didn't want to lose Rose.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Back when she and Greg were dating, Rose was very unsure of their relationship and felt that the relationship wasn't a real one; Greg also felt the same way. It eventually definitely became real.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • With Greg. It's deconstructed in a surprisingly realistic fashion; despite their relatively similar appearance, they actually have to iron out some pretty big culture differences to make their relationship really work. Not to mention their biological differences meant Rose literally had to make a womb to have a child with him, and the process was ultimately fatal for Rose as her kind simply aren't made to reproduce that way.
    • Rose dated or at least had flings with numerous men on Earth before Greg, though the relationships never lasted, as hinted in "We Need To Talk" and confirmed in "Mr. Greg" by Pearl.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Rose finds humans and Earth life in general fascinating, and doesn't miss her home planet at all. The darker side of this is that she tended to think of humans collectively, so she initially failed to appreciate Greg as an individual rather than as just a human.
  • Just the Way You Are: She fell for Greg because he had the free will to stand up to her when she made mistakes, communicated that she was worth loving despite her flaws, and treated her like an adult rather than like a paragon or a spoiled child as Pink. Pearl was made to love Pink, who wanted her courtesan to have free will, Garnet idolized her, and Amethyst saw Rose as a mother figure.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Her default outfit is a white dress/gown that she wore even in battle.
  • Killed Off for Real: The process of forming Steven effectively erased herself from existence. Confirmed in "Change Your Mind" when Steven is separated from his gemstone and it reforms into a holographic duplicate of Steven, not Rose Quartz.
  • Lack of Empathy: It seems that Rose, for all of her admiration of humans, couldn't really understand what made them special to begin with; as showcased with Rose's interactions with Greg, this naturally resulted in an inability to form a healthy long-term relationship until she grew out of it. This also extended to other gems and it was her wrong assumption of how the other Diamonds would react to Pink Diamond's "death", which lead to the attack that corrupted all the remaining gems on Earth as well as the creation of The Cluster.
  • Lady of War: She was gentle and graceful in life, and her shield, sword, and rose cannon clearly showed that she was no stranger to combat. Not accounting for the massive armory she had hidden away.
  • Large and in Charge: She was the founder of the Crystal Gem faction and was at least a head taller than even Garnet. Even more so as Pink Diamond who was taller than her Rose Quartz persona and was going to be ruler of Earth before she secretly rebelled.
  • Last of Her Kind: In a sense. "That Will Be All" reveals that all other Rose Quartzes are being held in bubbles at Pink Diamond's human zoo after what she did, and if Yellow Diamond had her way, they'd all be shattered.
    • Later subverted. She isn't even a Rose Quartz at all, she's a Diamond.
  • The Leader: Before her "death", Rose was the leader of the Crystal Gems.
  • Light Is Good: Rose wore a strapless, white dress and is the closest thing to being the Big Good. Everyone who remembers her idolizes her thoroughly, presenting as an angelic, flawless being. But, eventually, her flaws come to light, and this perception of her is held to be unhealthy.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Deconstructed. She was this to the Gems, who are just beginning to accept her death. Amethyst saw her as a mother figure and resented Greg for taking Rose away from her after they began a relationship. Pearl was deeply in love with her and appears to have the hardest time dealing with her death because of this. Her "death" led to all of them not knowing how to go on without her, especially Pearl. They constantly admit to feeling lost and deal with their emotional turmoil in unhealthy manners.
  • The Lost Lenore: To both Greg and Pearl. While Greg clearly misses Rose, he handles his grief well. Pearl has a much harder time with it.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Even though many Crystal Gems, such as Garnet and presumably Bismuth, hate and fear Pink Diamond and the Diamonds in general, they adore and idolize Rose Quartz. The same is true in reverse for the Homeworld Gems.
  • Love You and Everybody: She was a very sympathetic Gem, full of love for every living creature she encountered. This is slightly deconstructed: though she had a deep, agape love for everyone, she also had the tendency to love both Gems and humans collectively, making it difficult for her to love Greg as an individual instead of as a human, despite considering him "her favorite human". She also didn't appear to properly address the less healthy parts of Pearl's love for her. "We Need to Talk" implies that she loved everyone, but didn't understand the human concept of being in love until forming an actual relationship with Greg (note that this is exclusive of Rose since Garnet, Ruby, Sapphire, and Pearl all understand the concept of being in love and exclusivity). On a more subtle note, this was partially why she and Pearl never really ended up as a permanent item, since this attitude probably extended to her Gems (she cared about them as individuals, but did not romantically love Pearl like she did with Greg.)
  • Loving a Shadow: Rose's singing in "We Need To Talk" implies she loved the concept of human beings, giving some red flags to Greg about the nature of their relationship. Greg also realizes he doesn't know anything about her. They both get better.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Pearl notes in "The Test" that Steven's shield is the same as hers. "The Return" reveals that the Crystal Gems pretty much survived the war thanks to her shield being the only thing able to protect them all from powerful attacks.
  • Magical Barefooter: She was a very powerful Gem with several magical powers such as healing and she went around barefoot.
  • Magical Girlfriend: Was this to Greg. Vidalia even calls her this in "Greg the Babysitter".
  • Magic Knight: "The Test" reveals that she wielded both her sword and her shield in addition to using healing and plant-control powers.
  • Magnetic Heroine: Anyone who knew Rose always had something good to say about her, even her enemies. This is eventually subverted over time however with quite a few Gems; Bismuth became angry and bitter towards Rose after she refused to become a Knight Templar with her and bubbled her away without telling anyone, Jasper hated her for what she allegedly did to their sovereign Pink Diamond and of course Yellow Diamond wanted to blow up the Earth out of spite towards Rose.
  • Martial Pacifist: She's an All-Loving Heroine, but that doesn't stop her from effortlessly beating up a triple-ruby fusion with her bare hands if she decides it's necessary. Her personal sword was designed to be able to easily slice through the bodies of Gems but never destroy their actual Gem.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: A subtle one with Greg. She was the Masculine Girl with special powers linked to growth, protection and healing (he inherited the shield from her as well as healing, though spit instead of tears), but she was a Lady of War and she doesn't respond well to threats to the people she cares about; on the other hand, Greg, is the chill and laid-back Feminine Boy who is a good dad to their son.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: When Greg and Rose met he was a 22 year old traveling musician while she was a more than 6000 years old Lady of War from a race of sapient gems. Tragically subverted as Rose died a few years later, leaving Greg to care for their son. Turns out she's even more this trope, as she's a Diamond, meaning she may be far older than she seemed.
  • Meaningful Name: In gemstone mythology, rose quartz is associated with love and health. It is also said that giving a rose quartz to a baby will aid in its transformation from the spiritual world to its physical body. Let that sink in with everything else written on this page about her death.
  • Messianic Archetype: Through the series, she's treated as a saviour-figure who brought about social change and an almost divine reverence from her followers.
  • The Minion Master: In the past Rose used her powers over plants to have them fight for her. We see some of them in Rose's garden in the episode "An Indirect Kiss". In the episode "Watermelon Steven", Garnet says Rose's plants "lived to fight".
  • Missing Mom: By child-birth. She gave up her physical form so Steven could be born.
  • Morphic Resonance: Got around this aspect of Gem shapeshifting by rotating her Gem from its position in her Diamond form and switching her hair and skin colors.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: She (a magical Gem) and Greg (a human) were a couple when she was alive.
  • Mysterious Past: Very little about her past has been revealed so far. Back when their relationship was starting out, Greg expressed concern that he knew so little about her, and her only reply was "that's a good thing".
    • "A Single Pale Rose" reveals her true origins: she wasn't made as a Rose Quartz; she used to be Pink Diamond.
  • Nice Girl: Rose Quartz is indicated to have had a caring and loving personality. In "An Indirect Kiss," she was said to be very sympathetic when her loved ones were hurt. She had been said to have seen beauty in everything "no matter how gross," showing that she saw value in things others dismissed.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: During the war against Homeworld, Rose shattered Pink Diamond so as to protect Earth and the Crystal Gems. In retaliation, Homeworld forces unleashed the Corruption, permanently corrupting several rebel Gems and any Homeworld Gem who failed to evacuate Earth in time. Even when it turns out that Rose and Pearl staged the murder, this trope still applies because she severely underestimated how much her siblings cared about her. She placed a geas on Pearl that prevented Pearl from revealing the truth about Pink Diamond's fake assassination, which caused Pearl a great deal of grief and nearly got Rose's son killed. It's also implied that Rose/Pink intentionally made the Beta Kindergarten defective, which condemned most of the kindergarten's flawed gems to a life of marginalization.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: Averted realistically. The very first time a Crystal Gem and a human successfully reproduce, the process is lethal to the Gem. Conversely, "ordinary" Gem reproduction which involves a terrestrial environment is lethal to that environment.
  • Non-Humans Lack Attributes: Notable aversion; she's the only Gem drawn with cleavage. Possibly justified since her form of Rose Quartz is artificially shapeshifted and she's infatuated with humans, so she chose to have breasts.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Her character design is far more clearly human than any other Gem we've seen, rather than the slightly-abstracted character designs of other Gems. This includes eyes that are wider and narrower than anyone else's and are the only ones with a visible gleam (making them look more like an anime character's), eyebrows that are always visible, and a ton of shading/highlighting.
  • Not Quite Flight: As demonstrated in "Story for Steven" and "The Answer," and outright stated in "Steven Floats," she was able to control how fast she could fall through the air, and was able to use this in conjunction with a talent for jumping good.
  • Not So Above It All: "We Need To Talk" revealed that she didn't fully appreciate Greg's feelings for her, nor the real concept of human love. She loved him, but by that point wasn't in love with him.
  • Not So Different: From the Homeworld Gems we've seen so far, at least at first. While they both have wildly different views on humanity and its existence, they share a common lack of regard for humans as intelligent creatures that can reason and think on a level Gems do. This manifests in the Homeworld Gems seeing humans as pests at best and an infestation on a potentially mineable planet at worst, while it manifests in Rose as seeing humans like we see domesticated animals; fun, cute, occasionally helpful and capable of being loved, with wills and intentions of their own that they should pursue, but also as a curiosity and a novelty. It takes Greg explaining the difference between loving something and being in love with someone on an emotional and mental level that pulls her out of this. She actually was a Homeworld Gem, Pink Diamond, once upon a time, and was consciously trying to be different but had difficulty with truly relating to others.

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  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Dialog from "The Return" and "Monster Reunion" reveals that she saved Pearl and Garnet from the Diamonds' final attack on Earth with her shield. One that apparently took all three Diamonds to perform and corrupted every other Gem on the entire planet. We later see her doing this in "Your Mother and Mine". It makes sense that she's able to do this, considering she's Pink Diamond.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: Her sword is about five feet long. A size comparison. It works for her because she's eight feet tall.
  • One-Hit Kill: Her sword was able to poof other Gems.
  • Only Flesh Is Safe: Her sword is designed to slice through nearly anything and poof other Gems in one hit...but never their Gem, making it only capable of a Nonlethal KO on a Gem. This is even more impressive as it's not that it's designed to not be sharp enough to cut through a Gem, but that it simply can't cut through Gems. This is shown when it was capable of even poofing her, a Diamond, whose durability is so immense that attacks that'd shatter a normal Gem outright won't even poof them.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Rose in most of the flashbacks is shown to be a Perpetual Smiler that occasionally lapsed into surprise or wistful sadness; even when attacking Blue Diamond's army, she looked happy. The Crystal Gems also tell Steven that Rose saw the beauty in everything, even stuff that seemed "gross". Steven could only imagine her angry, while hallucinating as Stevonnie. We've only seen Rose seriously angry or disgusted twice: when Yellow and Blue Diamond shut down her attempts to cancel the Earth colony peacefully, making her adopt the Rose persona as a figure of rebellion; and when she told Pearl that they had to fake "Pink Diamond"'s shattering because Blue and Yellow didn't actually care about what she wanted in either persona.
  • Parental Substitute: Some of her interactions with Amethyst can be interpreted as one between a mother and daughter. Considering how she's Pink Diamond, the Gem Amethyst was made to serve, she's basically the closest equivalent in Gem terms to one Amethyst could have.
  • Peerless Love Interest: A Discount Lesbians example and deconstructed as well. Pearl clearly saw Rose as her "liege" and made it her purpose in life to follow and protect her. These feelings became unhealthy during the war, however, given how Pearl would needlessly sacrifice herself for Rose during battle (something that Rose was very much against), convinced that her own life was worthless in comparison to Rose's. Her love for Rose also made Pearl blind to Rose's flaws, something that was explored in "Rose's Scabbard", where she became very unhinged after learning that Rose had kept secrets from her. Makes sense why Pearl would act like this since she's the only other Gem, other than Rose herself, to know the truth that Rose is Pink Diamond and that Our!Pearl was her assigned Pearl. It also makes sense why Pearl would grow unhealthy protection of Rose/Pink, after all, if "Rose" ever poofed, everyone, Homeworld or Crystal Gem, would instantly know the truth.
  • Perpetual Smiler: The flashbacks featuring Rose show her as generally happy, or smiling even when she's wistful. Which makes it ironic that when she seriously rebelled, she looked furious.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Rose Quartz was the textbook example of femininity among the Crystal Gems: she was amicable, graceful and loving. Her powers, weapons, and temples associated with her have a pink motif.
  • Polyamory: While the details are scarce since she's a Posthumous Character, Rose was in a relationship with Pearl and Greg simultaneously. "Mr. Greg" states that she'd had several lovers over the course of history and Pearl claimed she didn't mind until Greg came along and got into a deeper relationship with her, and the same episode confirms that she loved them both and saw no reason to choose.
  • Poor Communication Kills: While good at many great things, she is not good at being open with others and kept a great many secrets up to and including her true identity as Pink Diamond. These secrets caused her a great deal of trouble, and would ultimately come to haunt Steven long after her death. Bismuth explicitly lists lacking this fault as proof he's superior to his mother.
  • Posthumous Character: She functions as one regardless of whether or not one considers her dead. What we know about her is mostly from flashbacks, videotapes, and the descriptions from Greg and the Gems. As of Change Your Mind, it's confirmed that she truly is gone forever. Even if all that was left of Steven was his gem, it would reform as Steven, not Rose.
  • Pragmatic Hero:
    • In spite of being a Friend to All Living Things, Rose still started a war and led forces in battle against the Homeworld Gems for the sake of saving the Earth. And, when it came down to it, her anti-shattering stance had one exception: Pink Diamond, whom she destroyed to secure the fate of Earth, its creatures, and her allies or so it seems.
      Greg: She gave up everything just to stop what they started here and drive the invading Gems off of Earth.
      Steven: So she saved the world, that's good!
      Greg: No such thing as a good war, kiddo. Gems were destroyed. People, too.
    • She kept a lot of secrets from the other Crystal Gems, the biggest probably being that she was the one who poofed and bubbled Bismuth after learning about the Breaking Point (and Bismuth's words implying that Rose was attacked by the Gem in response for disagreeing with her). As some have noted, the other Gems learning about the weapon could've not only caused a schism in the ranks of the Crystal Gems but could have also caused Homeworld to retaliate even harder than they already did - which is saying something when they make their exit with a Fantastic Nuke.
      • Turns out that isn't the biggest secret, with that being she was Pink Diamond herself, having defected from the Diamond Authority to save Earth's organic life.
  • Queen Incognito: When she was co-leading as Pink Diamond, she disguised herself as one of the Amethysts with Rose Quartz's pink ringlets when visiting the colony in "Now We're Only Falling Apart". It's implied she pretended to be Rose Quartz for a while before abandoning her Diamond identity.
  • Quirky Curls: Her hair is all styled in curls except for her bangs, and while the hair resembles the trope, her personality also lines up with Regal Ringlets - her calming dignity being tempered by some of the free-spirited joie de vivre that she would later pass on to Steven.
  • Race Fetish: Sort of, when Greg expresses his worries that being human drives a wedge between them, she tells him that she "loves humans because they're all so funny" and it seems she believed that was enough for a romantic relationship to work. After Greg stands up to her, however, she starts to realize that if a relationship is going to last there needs to be more than just fascination with the species.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Rose had very long, curly pink hair styled in thick, tube-like ringlets that reached past her waist.
  • Reality Ensues: Even if Rose had the best of intentions, she still lied to the Crystal Gems, excluding Pearl, about who she was. Of course Sapphire is furious upon learning that Rose lied thousands of years later.
  • Really Gets Around: Downplayed. She apparently had several human lovers over the years prior to meeting Greg, but given her line about "playing along" with humans and how long it took her to grasp human reproduction in general it's up in the air whether there was a sexual component or not. Seeing as she did shapeshift a womb for Steven, she could have had conventional sex if she wanted.
  • Rebel Leader: Led a rebellion against the Gem Homeworld to save the Earth. She won.
  • Regal Ringlets: Her hair is this Up to Eleven, consisting of long, thick pink ringlets that reach all the way down to the backs of her legs.
  • The Reveal: She is central to the very biggest surprise of the series. Rose is and always was a shapeshifted Pink Diamond, who started a rebellion and later faked her own death thinking it would make Yellow and Blue Diamond to leave Earth alone. By extension, this means Pink Diamond was never shattered, but simply sacrificed her a physical form to bring Steven into the world.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Rose Quartz was, by far, the sweetest Gem of the group, loving everything (including ugly things) for their inner beauty. She was the emotional core of the Crystal Gems and had shimmering bubblegum pink hair to emphasize the goodness of her heart.
  • Running Both Sides: Turns out she's Pink Diamond and started a rebellion against...herself. She wasn't in charge of the whole Gem Empire though, so her Diamond "allies" were still a threat.
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  • Satan is Good: Where do we even begin? She's a rebel challenging the in-universe analog to God to favor freedom, self-expression and nature. With the reveal that she's Pink Diamond, the parallels get tighter since she's a "fallen" representative of "heaven", as well as a massive liar.
  • The Scapegoat: Made her Rose Quartz identity one of these for the shattering of Pink Diamond.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Pink Diamond was the creator of the entire Rose Quartz Gem type. Rose ultimately had to kill her. More heroic than most example, as Pink Diamond was Earth's Evil Overlord and she could only free the planet by doing so. Subverted, as Pink Diamond was Rose Quartz all along.
  • Set Swords to "Stun": According to Bismuth, Rose's sword can destroy a Gem's physical body but not their actual gem.
  • Shared Family Quirks: As the show goes on we learn that Rose had a lot of Steven's traits. In addition to the big ones, like their love for all things, they also share minor traits like stars in their eyes when they get emotional. "Now We're Only Falling Apart" establishes she used to laugh like Steven.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: After abandoning her Pink Diamond identity, Rose Quartz was "the form she chose" for centuries.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: In "Now We're Only Falling Apart", Sapphire is enraged at Rose's lies, believing her to be Evil All Along with the reveal that she's Pink Diamond and that she manipulated her fellow Crystal Gems into a fake war for her own selfish purposes. Pearl and Steven, however, help Sapphire realize that the ideals Pink expressed as Rose were still genuine and that Pink/Rose was inspired by her fellow Crystal Gems instead of using them. At the end of the episode, Sapphire understands.
  • Shrouded in Myth: On Homeworld, propaganda has turned her into a terrifying anti-Christ figure, to the point that some think she's an urban legend.
  • Smug Super: Not a mean or dismissive way, but "We Need To Talk" shows her love of humans as being less respect and more thinking they're cute puppies, though in "Story For Steven" it's clear she does believe that humans should prioritize their dreams and aspirations over playing with her. Greg brings this up to her though, and it's safe to assume she got better.
  • The Southpaw: In "Sworn to the Sword", Pearl's hologram shows Rose using her shield in her right hand and her sword in her left. Given that her shield is usually referred to as her primary weapon, the right hand might actually be the dominant one.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's at least 7 to 8 feet tall, towering over her lover Greg by at least 2 to 3 feet. And her true form as Pink Diamond is even taller.
  • Stepford Smiler: It's revealed that Rose was genuinely cheerful and kind, but she was hiding from everyone, including Greg, that she actually used to be Pink Diamond and gave up her true form so as to free the Earth and end the war early. Then she found out that in revenge the Diamonds sent the Corruption Beam, which ended up hurting most of the Gems remaining on both sides, and she could only save Pearl and Garnet. She had to poof Bismuth after the latter attacked her with the Breaking Point because Rose didn't want to murder her sisters or their soldiers, even if she had spun the story to make others view her as a killer. We also learn that as Pink Diamond she believed that her sisters didn't love her and that they wouldn't miss her if she was gone, hence the faked shattering. Rose coped with her self-loathing and guilt for five thousand years by finding and bubbling the corrupted gems, taking on human lovers, and supporting plant life. During one of the few times, she's vulnerable with Greg, she admits that she finds it amazing that humans can grow and change because Gems are expected to be static.
  • The Strategist: Aside from being the leader of the rebellion, she was also their first tactician. Jasper remembers the war and respects her for her strategies. Possibly subverted, since she was Pink Diamond, and basically sabotaging Homeworld's side from within. On the other hand, Pink being a Puppet Queen for Yellow's and Blue's control over the actual invasion could mean Rose actually was The Strategist against the war plans of the far more experienced Diamonds.
  • Superpower Lottery: Out of all the Gems, Rose seems to have the most abilities beyond shapeshifting and summoning a weapon; she had healing tears that could completely heal pretty much any injury or disability and even resurrect the dead, Not Quite Flight, and the ability to grow sentient or sapient plants to act as her defenders. This was foreshadowing the fact she was Pink Diamond, as she had a far more versatile power set than normal.
  • Super Soldier: Quartz Gems are the warrior elite of Gem society, and Rose is no exception. She's a strong warrior, leader, tactician, and likely Combat Medic thanks to her healing tears. Except she's not a Quartz, she's a Diamond.
  • Super Strength: Easily smashes a Ferris wheel's control panel into oblivion, and later grabs the Ferris Wheel itself and brings it to a dead stop.
  • Swiss Army Tears: Rose Quartz's tears are the only thing that can repair a cracked gem (until Steven inherits this power... in his saliva). Given that the gems are basically their "soul", this was possibly her greatest power.

    T-W 
  • Team Mom: She's a charismatic rebel leader who every member of her squad, considered a combination mother, leader and mentor. Sadly she gave up her physical form to give birth to Steven before the series began, and it becomes increasingly obvious that the team is struggling to cope without her. Garnet and Pearl try to step up as replacements.
  • That Man Is Dead: Rose's shattering of Pink Diamond was not all it appeared. It was orchestrated precisely because Rose was Pink Diamond. Faking her own shattering gave Rose the chance to shed that identity forever.
  • The Tragic Rose: Rose died shortly after achieving true emotional maturity, and the decisions she made beforehand resulted in tragic consequences for those she left behind.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Double Subverted. We see in the season three episode "Bismuth" that, while she led the rebellion against Homeworld, she never considered an option meant to kill/shatter her enemies. In fact, her sword was specially made so that it could only harm the body (VERY effectively) but never the Gem. She eventually did kill one person—Pink Diamond—when she absolutely had to. Only she didn't even kill her; Rose was Pink Diamond, and staged her death with Pearl's help. She actually didn't want anyone to be hurt, which was why she didn't want Bismuth to use the Breaking Point.
  • Time Abyss: She's over 6000 years old. It turns out she's Pink Diamond, and thus likely far older than that even as the youngest Diamond.
  • Time Dissonance: Sometimes, she felt that things on Earth moved too fast for her.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Greg is a pretty big guy, but he only stands eye level with Rose Quartz's chest because she's about eight feet tall. Even more so, given her true form, Pink Diamond, is much larger.
  • True Beauty Is on the Inside: She was a big believer in this trope. She saw the inner beauty in everything, from moss to monsters to Greg Universe.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: She and Pink Diamond are the same person.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Just look at her compared to Greg! Greg was better looking when they first met though.
  • Ultimate Lifeform: She's actually a Diamond, which is described as such in universe.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Rose told Garnet that she was born from the Earth, came to love humans, and pleaded with Pink Diamond to spare the Earth, and Pink Diamond cruelly refused her. Rose lied; she was from Homeworld due to being Pink Diamond, came to love Earth's organic life in general, and pleaded with Yellow and Blue Diamond to spare the Earth. When they refused, and ignored her because Pink Diamond was their little sister and not worth listening to, she became Rose Quartz to make sure they couldn't ignore her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Not only did her actions unintentionally cause Steven to go through events that would lead to him being a Shell-Shocked Veteran, it's suggested that her allegedly shattering Pink Diamond is part of why Yellow Diamond wishes to destroy Earth out of spite (instead of the methods Peridot suggested, which would preserve the planet while serving Homeworld's needs).
    • She had hoped that her death as "Pink" would convince the Diamonds to leave Earth alone. She severely underestimated their feelings for her and they instead invaded the planet with their armies with the full intent of avenging her "death" and slaughtering everything in their way.
    • She ordered Pearl to never tell anyone that she was Pink Diamond and that her death was faked, placing Pearl under a binding Geas. This causes a lot of problems when Steven thinks that his mother is a murderer and turns himself in to save his friends.
  • Uptown Girl: To Pearl, who was a member of the lowest caste of servant Gems. Taken Up to Eleven when it's revealed Rose was actually Pink Diamond and Pearl was originally her personal servant. It seems Pearl never grew out of her servant mentality even after Pink Diamond gave up her status.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: "Greg the Babysitter" shows Rose had this reaction concerning Greg, specifically when the control box of a Ferris wheel was causing him distress.
    Leave Greg alone!
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: As with all Gems, this is a natural ability. She shapeshifted herself a womb so Steven could be conceived.
    • Her form that she’s maintained for thousands of years is in fact an example since she’s really Pink Diamond.
  • Walking Spoiler: A lot of information about her in later seasons starts inching towards this for newer viewers, especially after we learn that she and Pink Diamond were one and the same.
  • Wave Motion Gun: She possessed and could operate a Laser Light Cannon, which basically works as the name suggests. Her armory had three more Laser Light Cannons called the Quartizine Trio.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Pearl certainly wonders this. She fell in love with Greg for reasons unknown. When he was holding a concert, she was the only one who showed up... and from there they hooked up. "Lars and the Cool Kids" notes that she saw the inner beauty in all things, which is probably what drew her to Greg. "Story For Steven" shows her flirting with him a bit at the concert, and his advances at the end of the episode sufficiently charmed her.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Her relationship with Greg was a little rocky at the start because of the differences between human and Gem relationships, especially since she couldn't fuse with him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Greg called out Rose for being insensitive to what he wanted out of their relationship in "We Need to Talk". He had just risked his dignity to attempt fusing with her. As he puts it, she was an alien who doesn't understand that he's not just a toy, and that they both need to think about how to fall in love when they don't even know each other. Much later on, in "Greg the Babysitter," he asks with horror why she let baby Sour Cream climb a Ferris Wheel, especially since Rose has been on Earth for thousands of years.
    • Bismuth was furious with Rose for being a Hypocrite about not wishing to fight dirty for other Crystal Gems, when Homeworld would fight dirty. She's also hurt that Rose poofed her and hid her away, believing that Rose was ashamed of Bismuth. She tells this to Steven, who she believes in a fit of rage is Rose in disguise.
  • Wingding Eyes: Steven gets his habit of getting star-shaped eye gleams when emotional from her, as shown in her response to Greg's flirting at the end of "Story for Steven", the kiss he gave her in "We Need To Talk", and the sight of baby Sour Cream in "Greg the Babysitter".
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Ironically for a Rebel Leader who chose to reject her own throne, Rose actually becomes this in all but title. Initially Rose's purpose was for Pink Diamond to be able to socialize with others and experience freedom from the restraints of her class, but since her decision to spearhead the Rebellion, she had to become whatever necessary for her fellow rebels to believe in her competency in leadership and maintain unity in the cause. She had a lot of personal baggage that probably would have torn the Rebellion apart if her secrets had been known and led to the doom of the Earth and the rebels, so she hid her flaws under a graceful, perfect, wise, infallible veneer in order to keep the Rebellion together. Which ironically though not uncoincidentally, reflects many traits in the facade propagated by the Diamond Authority about their own leadership.

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