Follow TV Tropes


Creator / Rebecca Sugar

Go To
Not to be confused with Samantha Pepper.

"These things have so much to do with who you are, and there’s this idea that these are themes that should not be shared with kids, but everyone shares stories about love and attraction with kids. So many stories for kids are about love, and it really makes a difference to hear stories about how someone like you can be loved, and if you don’t hear those stories, it will change who you are. It’s very important to me that we speak to kids about consent and we speak to kids about identity and that we speak to kids about so much. I want to feel like I exist and I want everyone else who wants to feel that way to feel that way, too."
Rebecca Sugar summing up the mission statement of her entire career at San Diego Comic-Con 2016

Rebecca Sugar (born July 9, 1987) is an animator, writer, composer, musician, comic book artist, and director, best known for creating the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, for which she has earned a Primetime Emmy Award. She previously worked as a storyboard artist, writer, and composer for Adventure Time, for which she earned two Primetime Emmys. She also created, wrote and illustrated the Science Fiction dramedy comic Pug Davis.

Sugar is a proud alumnus of The School of Visual Arts, her thesis film for which, Singles, can be viewed here. It was here that she met her longtime professional collaborator Ian Jones-Quartey; they have also been in a romantic relationship since 2008, and got married on December 4, 2019.

She also worked with Genndy Tartakovsky as a storyboard artist on Hotel Transylvania. Tartakovsky directed the animation for the Steven Universe pilot, which was used to pitch the show to Cartoon Network.

Sugar came out as bisexual in 2016, and in 2018 clarified further that she identifies as non-binary, saying that she accepts the use of both "she/her" and "they/them" pronouns.

She has accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit, the lattermost containing thorough breakdowns of her thoughts and anecdotes regarding her various works in responses to fans.

In 2023, Sugar announced the release of her first collection of songs Spiral Bound, due for November that year. Her next project will be co-writing an animated fantasy film at Sony Pictures Animation with Matt Braly, who will direct the film.

Rebecca Sugar has worked on:


  • Chubby Mary Floated in Space
  • Pug Davis
  • Don't Cry for Me, I'm Already Dead


Rebecca Sugar has referenced or paid homage to:

Rebecca Sugar and her work contain examples of the following tropes:

  • Approval of God: Ed, Edd n Eddy creator Danny Antonucci has seen her Rule 34 art of Eddy and Double D, and apparently liked it as much as any other fanart he gets for the show.
  • Coming of Age: Much of her personal work is about the trials of growing up.
  • Creator Couple: With Ian Jones-Quartey, creator of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes and former supervising director/co-executive producer on Steven Universe. Both met as animation students in New York and have been living together since 2008, often collaborating on each other's projects. They would eventually marry at the end of 2019.
  • Nice Girl: She's kind, she's friendly and it takes a lot to piss her off.
  • The Power of Friendship: A reoccurring theme in her work. It's the main subject of her one-shot comic "Don't Cry For Me, I'm Already Dead", about two brothers who love quoting The Simpsons nonstop and are able to continue communicating through quotes when one of them experiences brain damage.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Her characters feel very much like real people dealing with real trauma and their emotions. Morality in her stories is Grey-and-Gray Morality at worst.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: Her thesis film, Singles, features a lot of shots that either play with or animate perspective. Apparently, this was because it was her worst subject in college and she wanted to force herself to get better.
  • She Also Did:
    • Designed the album cover for Estelle's True Romance. Estelle, of course, plays Garnet.
    • Years before working on family friendly animation, she drew Rule 34 art of Ed, Edd n Eddy and Ratatouille when she was a teenager.
    • Most of her indie comics are fairly tame (if dark), but Pug Davis has some very sexual and violent content: One story is titled "Mindfuck", and as uses the phrase as literally as possible. Another has the title character cut an alien open to stomp on its innards. The colored reprint has an introduction specifically warning that it is not-at-all child-friendly.
      I'd like to start by putting this book in context.
      This is an underground comic by a teenager.
      If you are a fan of my current work, please know THIS IS NOT FOR KIDS!
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Her work, especially Steven Universe, is more on the idealistic end of the scale.
  • Thin-Line Animation: One of its most notable proprietors. Not surprising, as she worked on the two shows that solidified its popularity in the West.
  • Write What You Know:
    • As a child, Rebecca forgot her stuffed bunny in her garden and found it half a year later with its stomach faded as it was bleached by the sun. This anecdote inspired the song Everything Stays for Adventure Time, and Spinel's backstory and song "Drift Away" for Steven Universe: The Movie.
    • When she was 22, she was assaulted but she managed to get away. At first she thought that nothing happened since she escaped, until she started to have serious panic attacks. She admits that in Steven Universe: Future, Steven's Pink State and his random swelling are based on her feelings of anxiety and panic attacks as result of her trauma.


Video Example(s):


Rebecca Sugar in Amphibia

Rebecca Sugar makes 3 appearences in the season 3 episode "A Froggy Little Christmas" singing a song about Christmas.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (16 votes)

Example of:

Main / TheCameo

Media sources: