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After discovering an ancient Gem weapon in the Strawberry Battlefield, Steven Universe finds himself separated from the Crystal Gems and ends up in the most unlikeliest of places: the boat of the "Mr. 5 Pair" of the deadly Baroque Works organization. Now Steven must try to reactivate the weapon and return home from the Grand Line...but not before enjoying an adventure that will change his life forever!

A Gem in the Rough is a crossover fanfic between One Piece and Steven Universe by Drillmaster with additional story ideas by jmr46718 and Cyanide Oreo. It can be found on both AO3 and It currently has one sequel, Gems Without Measure; A Pirate's Treasure (which is also found at AO3 and, with at least four more planned...unfortunately, the author has claimed the story is on hiatus for the time being (although he does wish to return to writing eventually). This hiatus ended in the summer of 2020 with one final chapter before the author announced that the story is dead as of February 4th, 2022.

The story has its own Tumblr devoted to it, which can be found here, and Cyanide Oreo's official art can be found at here.

A Gem in the Rough and Gems Without Measure; A Pirate's Treasure contains the following tropes:

  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • Zoro misremembers Bellamy's name as “Bullwinkle.” Sanji calls him out on it immediately.
    • Luffy continued to call Ruby "Rudy" despite being corrected by both Sapphire and Nami.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Steven himself...on a technical level. While the Steven of the source material has been in fights before, he typically takes a pacifist stance and rarely fights offensively. Which in the one piece world is downright self destructive to one’s survival on the grand line. After Luffy has a serious pep talk with him after the first confrontation with Wapol, he has been put in situations that have required him to fight back. The most notable fight Steven participated in offensively was against Crocodile in the desert, but it did little good for him.
    • Greg actually helps bring down Miss Doublefinger using quick thinking and is the one who manages to get the Gems and Connie away from General Grevious when they end up in the Clone Wars. This was all before he ate a Devil Fruit.
  • All-Loving Hero: Steven, of course. He believes anyone can be redeemed and tries to appeal to the betterment of everyone he meets. This extends even to Crocodile, whom he believes can be rehabilitated for his crimes. That being said, he is not the biggest fan of the man or of Mr. 3 due to their actions, but he sees their potential for good with time. Unfortunately this trait seemed to be downright dangerous for steven, as he couldn’t fully comprehend that some villains in one piece, were genuinely bad people that couldn’t be redeemed. And spandam perfectly embodies this, when the madman threatened to torture and abuse robin and immediately decides to beat steven till he was barely breathing.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Based on comments by the Gorosei and Spandam, Gems have had some kind of presence in their world...but the details of it are unknown. And with the story dead, those secrets will never be revealed.
  • Amnesia Episode: By virtue of adapting the Ocean's Dream filler, this comes into play. The only characters unaffected by memory loss are Robin, Connie, and the Gems minus Amethyst.
  • Announcer Chatter: During the Davy Back Fight, we get three announcers giving us lovely commentary on every round: Itomimizu (Foxy's commentator), Greg Universe (who doesn't really have any idea what is going on but wants to be involved), and Connie Maheswaran (who was only given permission by her parents to watch the games and not compete).
  • Aura Vision: Steven gains this ability around the time of the “Ocean's Dream” arc. He uses it to locate Noko in the woods and later ends up seeing and sensing the literal emotions of the crew after the duel between Luffy and Usopp, causing him to leave the ship in a fury of emotions. Although not confirmed in the story yet, the author has confirmed that this is Observation Haki.
  • Bag of Holding: Connie possesses one of these thanks to Uncle Grandpa.
  • Baths Are Fun: Steven is very impressed with the royal bathhouse in Alabasta, although he is confused when he discovers that both the men and women share a bathhouse.
  • Batman Gambit: Steven leaves the Baroque Works trio in the desert on their way to Spiders Cafe after Damian and Petrea won't stop fighting with each other. It turns out he is expecting them to realize how childish they are acting and to snap out of it. Sure enough, it works.
    Steven Universe: “I know they won't just stop when they came this far, no matter how angry or upset they are. They just need to snap out of it and realize what's important before it's too late to do anything about it!"
    Genevieve: "'re teaching them a putting your life on the line?"
    Steven Universe: "Garnet does stuff like this all the time when Pearl and Amethyst nag at each other. I still have faith they'll stop whatever that is and save it for after the mission.”
    Genevieve: “You're odd for a boy."
    Steven Universe: "And you're weird for a painter. Come on; let's walk a little faster. If I'm right, they should start running to catch up to us aaaaaaany...”
    Damian/Petrea: "WAIT!"
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • The Baroque Works trio's reason for tagging along with Steven is because of this, especially for Petrea/Miss Valentine.
    • Steven is convinced that Robin is a good person because she was nice enough to give him a towel while imprisoned in the Seastone cage.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call Phil's staff a stick. He doesn't like that.
  • Big Bad: Crocodile for AGITR and Spandam for GWM;APT.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Luffy to Steven, Zoro for both Connie and, to an extent, Pearl, and Nico Robin for Peridot.
  • Big Entrance:
    • Besides the traditional ones from canon (like the assault on the Franky House or even catching Peridot off-guard at the Galaxy Warp), the Crystal Gems provided quite the Grand reappearance in the story at the end of "The Seastone Cage": Steven and the Straw Hats have been captured by Crocodile and Sanji has just been knocked out by Mr. 3. Just when Crocodile is confident that nothing will stand in his way, Mr. 3 reveals that he understands the price of what failure in Baroque Works means and has brought partners who are most eager to talk to him. With that, the ceiling comes crashing down and said partners adopt a battle stance, ready to take on the Shishibukai.
    Garnet: "I'm going to tell you this once: Give. Us. Steven!"
    • Peridot herself gets one later on in the story during the assault on Ratchet's castle. Luffy is engaging Ratchet's giant mechanical robot armor. Although he has the situation under control, not even Garnet was able to predict the Peribot Mark 2 bursting from the floor to assist in the final battle.
    Peridot: Get away from my captain, you clod!"
  • Big "WHAT?!": It's a One Piece story. It is bound to happen QUITE a bit.
  • Bland-Name Product: Steven gives Tashigi a Game Child gaming system with three games (Soviet Block Revolution, Super Mueo. Land 2, and Pokkettomon: Red Version) after she shows interest in playing Smash Pals Scuffle on his Sumy Dolphin.
  • Blush Sticker: Miss Goldenweek/ Genevieve has these as per Oda's character design. After eating the Color-Color Fruit, her's gain the ability to grow in size based on emotion and to change color, becoming her palette for Color Traps.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Both averted and played straight with Crocodile. Crocodile does initially spare Steven and the Baroque Works trio after they nearly drown in Rain Dinners so he could interrogate them, which Steven calls him out on. Later on in the desert, Crocodile has captured Steven and has a change of heart on his original plan, which was to allow Nico Robin to hold on to him while he took care of the Straw Hats. His new plan? Just kill the half-Gem.
    Crocodile: "I've been thinking about what you said, Tiger Millionaire; specifically about how I am a 'bad guy.' It occurred to me that keeping you alive is exactly what a 'bad guy' would do and would lead to their downfall. As such, I plan on killing you right here”
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Given the inclusion of Uncle Grandpa in this story, it is a given.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Steven has this happen quite a bit throughout both the Ocean's Dream arc and Water Seven arc. Thankfully, he always finds a way to bounce back…for now.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Genevieve is quite the talented painter and cunning in her own way, but she is lazy to the point that she needs help getting objects that are mere inches in front of her. Still, she manages to accumulate quite a bit of money for the group by painting portraits on the boardwalk with Vidalia, which shocks the entire crew.
    Roronoa Zoro: " what point did the lazy painter become the breadwinner for us?"
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Steven taunts Crocodile from inside of the Seastone cage, telling him how he deserves to go to jail for his crimes. Crocodile is more amused than annoyed until he realizes that Vivi and the others are alive.
    • Peridot and Luffy keep making fun of Ratchet's machines, which only infuriates him.
  • The Bus Came Back: After leaving to go on their own adventure in Chapter Twenty-One of GWM;APT, the Baroque Works trio make a surprise reappearance in Chapter Twenty-Eight on the Puffing Tom disguised as Marines under Captain T-Bone's command, who has been secretly been affected by Genevieve's Color Traps.
  • The Cake Is a Lie: Ratchet promises the Straw Hats the Golden Crown if they join him on his quest to decipher the "Swaying Song." It turns out he only wanted to weaponize the island and did not believe the Golden Crown existed.
  • Call-Back: Peridot finally answers the question Garnet posed to her in “The Dream Island” during her verbal threatening of Spandam in “The Call On The Private Line.” The consequences of this action have yet to fully be revealed.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Priyanka cannot comprehend why Pearl would think letting Connie duel Zoro and Tashigi would be a great idea and lets her know it.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Pearl tells Zoro that doing this is not a good idea in battle. However, she and the other Gems all start doing it while on the Grand Line.
    Pearl: "I must admit: it's catchy!"
    Roronoa Zoro: "See? Don't knock it until you try it."
  • Came from the Sky: How Steven begins his journey on the Grand Line, landing near the boat of the "Mr. 5 Pair." Of course, since it is at sea, there is no crater to be found...but bonus points for Steven being half-alien!
  • Canon Foreigner: There are not many in this story, but the few that stick out are Apollo (a gorilla Mink that hangs around with Nero in Water Seven), Eirney Heca (who is claiming to be Kalifa's "half-sister"), Phil (a character created for the long-running One Piece fan fiction Luffy's Renewed Adventure with joint coordination from the author), Florido Zuke (a young woman who looks like a thirteen year old girl and dresses like a 50's housewife), and Lamar (an arms dealer Petrea and Damian are on friendly terms with). The first two are new recruits of CP9 while Phil was a member of the Foxy Pirates and the former Mr. 6 of Baroque Works, with Zuke being his partner: Miss Mother's Day.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Luffy's catchphrase in this story is simple and to the point with multiple variations depending on whom he is talking to:
    Monkey D. Luffy: "I'm gonna kick your ass!"
    • Whenever Genevieve sees something beautiful, she always responds with "I want to paint that." This is taken to its logical conclusion when she loses her memories due to the events of "Ocean's Dream."
    Genevieve: "I want to paint these."
    Connie Maheswaran: "You did, Genevieve!"
    Genevieve: "Oh...then I want to paint a painting of the paintings then."
  • Chekhov's Gag: When on the Den-Den Mushi with Crocodile in Mr. 3's house, Steven gives Sanji the name "Obi-Wan Kenobi." Later on, Steven and the others are trapped in Rain Dinners. Sanji manages to call Crocodile (just like in canon under the famous "Mr. Prince" guise) and retained Steven's given name. As such, Steven then calls out for help in a very familiar way:
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Genevieve's paintings and the pictures Connie gives her as reference are important to gain the crew's trust after they lose their memories.
    • Greg's lightsaber.
    • The Belly Bag Badge.
    • The Rifting Stone.
    • The Black Den-Den Mushi.
    • Peridot’s scrap pile.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Smoker and Tashigi show up for the first time after “The Return To The Status-Quo” in “The Call On The Private Line” to set up their eventual return to the story in a quest to arrest Luffy for child endangerment.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Amethyst has had a new outfit since reforming in "The Reluctant Handshake."
    • Genevieve gives Steven the two paintings she made for him earlier in the story to hang in his room.
    • Connie learns about who Kuina was because of Amethyst spying on Zoro and Tashigi in "The Return To The Status Quo."
    • When we check in on Damian in the beginning of GWM;APT, he is still working on the Fryman's shop after it burned down in the previous story.
    • Nami and Usopp are the only two to know that Garnet is a fusion because they were the only ones listening to her in Alabasta.
    • Luffy figures out who Sapphire is purely because she addressed him as "Pirate Captain Luffy."
    • Pearl uses the Talisman of Cloth from “The Bubbles And The Dinner” multiple times in the Grand Line, most notably for Steven Tag and to replace Petrea’s dress.
    • Luffy reminds Steven of the talk they shared in "The Bored Painter" when he begs him to call off the duel.
    • Greg is revealed to have nightmares about his fight with Miss Doublefinger long after said fight occurred.
    • Robin compares the concept of visualizing one’s memories as a film reel slide show using the same terminology Steven and Connie use to describe what a movie is back in Beach City.
    • The mnemosurgery Steven undergoes forced him to replay memories from both past episodes of the show and from the entire story in general (including scenes implied, but not fully shown, like Steven’s first time boarding the Going Merry).
  • Contrived Coincidence: After leaving Alabasta, quite a few things happen in a convenient manner for our heroes:
    • Pressing the Belly Bag Badge causes them to go straight to Beach City instead of the U.G.R.V. like it was supposed to.
    • Vidalia manages to cause Amethyst to reform after taking quite a long period of time to do so.
    • Capturing Peridot the night after they come back.
    • Greg eating the Rhythm-Rhythm Fruit, which was found by Onion stuck to the hull.
    • All of this turns out to have a logical explanation: Garnet accidentally turned on the "Plot Contrivance Mode" of the Belly Bag Badge, which Uncle Grandpa turned off for them.
  • Crossover: Besides the two obvious ones this story features Uncle Grandpa, Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Toonami as a whole.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Petrea (Miss Valentine) and Damian (Mr. 5) both have tragic backstories. To subvert this trope, Genevieve (Miss Goldenweek) does not appear have one. In fact, she is the only one who has not lost a parent of the bunch...possibly even the entire crew (discounting Connie, of course).
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: "We Are The Crystal Gems" is performed numerous times in the story. Steven sings the pilot version to the "Mr. 5 Pair" when he first meets them in "The Surprise Guest Of The 'Mr. 5 Pair," Genevieve tries to remember the words of it after painting Steven's snowman in "The Would-Be King," the Straw Hats used it to tell Crocodile who they were in "The Gauntlets In The Sand,” and (most faithfully to the original opening) the Gems sing it as their entrance song for the Davy Back Fight (with Peridot joining in) in "The Straw Hat Reserve Team." That's not the only theme song that is spotlighted... the 4kids Rap is performed in its entirety with extra verses to include Robin, the Baroque Works trio, Smoker, and Tashigi.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Fusion, of course! Sanji and Damian comment on it in Dr. Kureha's castle, confusing a naive Steven and Luffy.
    Sanji: "Are we just that terrible?"
    Damian: "Our minds are clearly in the gutter."
  • Easily Forgiven: Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine are easily forgiven by Luffy for trying to kill him earlier after he hears about Miss Valentine's dream. All it took was Steven asking him for them:
    Steven Universe: "Please forgive them!"
    Monkey D. Luffy: "Okay!"
    Usopp: "WHAT?! JUST LIKE THAT?!"
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Crocodile does not see the world in terms of good and evil, so a person like Steven completely baffles him. He is in layman’s terms, a paradox for the warlord.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Damian's new revolver is a blue gun that looks like a cork-gun, just like in the 4kids dub!
  • Fanboy: Greg and Connie get Batman's autograph because they are both huge fans. Steven is later jealous.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Damian bursting through the fire to save the Straw Hats is the first indication that his dream is to be a fireman.
    • The Straw Hats fail to notice Mr. 3's ship docked in Alabasta.
    • Several mentions are made of Onion trying to give something to Petrea... specifically, a Devil Fruit.
    • Peridot discusses how objective Yellow Diamond is.
    • CP9 is mentioned in Robin's internal soul searching well-before their first appearances.
    • This line:
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Given the plethora of characters, this is a given. Two examples stick out:
    • In "The Day After The Rave," we get Steven attempting to take the crew out into Funland, Luffy and Smoker joining Garnet in the Kindergarten, Connie taking Nami and Robin to a bookstore, and Pearl training Zoro and Tashigi.
    • There are four spotlighted subplots happening during the introductory scenes of Water Seven: Greg and Robin at a cafe with Peridot and Chopper, Pearl and Garnet searching for a newspaper, Steven and Connie on a date, and the main part dealing with the gold exchange and Galley-La.
  • Freak Out: During his confrontation with the Gems, Steven ends up getting a barrage of emotions that seem to overcome him, causing him to become somewhat unstable.
  • Friendly Enemy: Smoker and Tashigi after ending up in Beach City, albeit reluctantly for the Straw Hats who are not Steven.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Peridot, of course. She manages to take scrap and discarded mechanical parts and turns them into a giant piloted robot and a device that can amplify the range of a Den Den Mushi.
  • Gambit Roulette: Steven creates an overly complicated plan to break into Spiders Cafe and bring down Crocodile. The plan hinges on Crocodile making mistakes only a typical villain would make and has several contingency plans for several different outcomes. It works.
  • Giving Up on Logic: Upon entering the Grand Line, Peridot began to see just how illogical the Davy Back Fight was. Robin offered her this valuable piece of advice:
    Nico Robin: “The first thing you need to know about the Straw Hats is to throw logic out of the window."
    Peridot: "…oh…that is more logical than it has any right being.”
  • Goal in Life: The Straw Hats and Gems list their's off in "The Dream Island."
  • Gratuitous Japanese: While the majority of the attacks and terminology are taken from the official English translations, the story features a great deal of terms retaining their Japanese names, like "Den Den Mushi," "Shichibukai," or "nakama" (which was deliberately used as a nod to the old fansubs of the early 2000's, which used the term exclusively). In an instance of both subverting this trope and playing it straight, "Rokushiki" is called by both that title AND by "Six Powers."
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Pearl has been given a copy of The Devil Fruit Encyclopedia. Also, Uncle Grandpa's cellphone, which can apparently pull up the story that he is in DURING the story.
  • Hand Wave: After Damian announces his intention to become a Beach City fireman, we get this lovely exchange:
    Connie Maheswaran: "Wait...can you even stay here? You don't have a Social Security Card or money or...well, anything!"
    Damian: "Don't worry about it. Mayor Dewey told me he would help me become a citizen abusing some kind of legal loophole or something."
    Connie Maheswaran: "That raises more questions!"
  • Heel–Face Turn: Steven manages to convince Mr. 5, Miss Valentine, and Miss Goldenweek to abandon Baroque Works. This leads to them joining along with the Straw Hats for the remainder of the story.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Steven suffers one dealing with witnessing the death and destruction of the Alabasta conflict. Connie shakes him out of it with a solid pep talk.
    • Later on, Connie has one during the movie night when she keeps thinking about General Grevious slaughtering Jedi. This time, it is Steven who shakes her out of it.
    • Amethyst has a major one in "The Internalization Of Amethyst" when she learns about the death of Rose after she loses her memories.
    • Steven and Usopp both have one in "The Barrage Of Emotions."
  • The Hero's Journey: AGITR is basically one giant one for Steven. This is discussed more in the commentary.
  • Hidden Depths: Surprising even himself, ZORO of all people is really good at giving motivational pep talks. He gives one to Connie and one to Pearl, with each time ending with somebody pointing out how he doesn't seem to be the kind of person to be doing such things.
    Pearl: “How is it possible that someone who has such a poor sense of direction could be so perceptive?"
    Roronoa Zoro: "The hell if I know."
  • Hope Spot: While on the Puffing Tom, the heroes are clearly in a much better place than they were in canon. The Baroque Works Trio was present, Genevieve ate a Devil Fruit and was currently controlling Captain T-Bone and his men, and their enemies were clearly outnumbered by a large margin. Unfortunately, their combined efforts could not have predicted Robin’s persistence of remaining captured and her subsequent attack on Genevieve and Sogeking.
    • Along those same lines, Robin holds onto the hope that she can convince Spandam to release Steven since he should technically be free as per the terms of their arrangement. Needless to say, Steven is still captured and brought to Enies Lobby with her.
  • Hot Witch: What Eirney Heca describes herself as instead of a “crone”...despite not looking remotely like a crone. It turns out her real appearance is actually that of a woman resembling a crone, but take on a youthful disguise to feel sexier using her Devil Fruit powers.
  • How We Got Here: "The Adventures Of The Baroque Works Trio" explains just how Genevieve, Petrea, and Damian managed to get onto the Puffing Tom in Marine uniforms.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Zoro discovers that he is not old enough to legally drink in Beach City. This displeases him greatly.
    Priyanka Maheswaran: "In need to be at least twenty-one to drink alcohol!"
    Roronoa Zoro: "...kill me...kill me slowly..."
    • Spoken verbatim by Petrea after her long train ride on the Puffing Tom almost immediately after she arrives on Backslide Island.
  • In-Joke:
    • Usopp’s tall-tale to Ronaldo is literally describing Monet and the giant children from Punk Hazard, keeping up with the joke that Usopp’s tall-tales eventually happen in the story proper in some capacity.
    • Since the Gorosei have yet to be given official names, the author decided to have their names merely be the names of their Japanese voice actors.
    • Literally every new location and character introduced in "The Adventures Of The Baroque Works Trio" that was not already mentioned in the story is named after a different member of the Crewniverse's first or last name (with the arms dealer Lamar directly based off of Lamar Abrams).
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Petrea and Damian do not mind that Steven is far younger than they are and truly see him as a good friend. By the same token, Steven, Connie, and Genevieve all get along with the older members of the crew quite well. On the other hand, this trope also unnerves Priyanka Maheswaran when she first meets the Straw Hats, but she warms up to them in time.
  • Internal Reveal: Practically ALL of "The Internalization of Amethyst" and "The Barrage of Emotions."
  • The Internet Is for Porn: The first thing that Sanji does when he gets his hands on Steven's computer is to look up...well, the story does not say but it left Steven's computer with several viruses from no doubt very questionable sites…
  • Ironic Echo: As noted with Giving Up on Logic, Robin teaches Peridot that logic has no place on the Grand Line. Peridot consistently refers back to this to explain anything that is out of the ordinary. However, once Robin sides with CP9, it gets thrown back into her face:
    Nico Robin: "Peridot...shut up."
    Peridot: "...what?"
    Nico Robin: "You know nothing of what I am doing. Did the cook and doctor not tell you that I quit the crew? This includes severing all ties to you all, including you."
    Peridot: "! That makes no logical sense! You were happy before! There has to be a reason for this sudden tonal shift!"
    Nico Robin: "You seem to have forgotten the first lesson that I taught you on the Grand Line: throw all logic out of the window. If I am ever to achieve my dream in life, I need to sever all ties with you people."
  • Just a Kid: This trope is brought up quite a bit in regards to Connie and Steven's involvement in the story. There are several points where their presence is questioned, but they always prove themselves to be valuable members of the crew. This is best shown in the beginning of the story when the "Mr. 5 Pair" try to use this trope as a reason to not let him follow them in Little Garden. They eventually relent, but not before Steven pleads his case.
    Steven Universe: “Stop talking about me like I'm not here! Of course; just when Garnet thinks that I am ready for more dangerous missions, I get sent here! Why won't anyone give me a chance?!”
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The second major arc in GWM;APT is the infamous "Ocean's Dream" arc...albeit HEAVILY reworked.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: According to Genevieve, this is how the crew treats Dead End Adventure in order not to incur Nami's wrath over not receiving the prize money for the race. The same could be said for Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island although that only applies for Luffy and Genevieve, who was asked to repress those memories with her Color Trap hypnosis. The rest of the crew had those memories wiped away when the adventure ended.
  • Literal-Minded: Peridot, to great comedic effect.
    Nami: "This is everything I have ever dreamed of! A large treasure chest! By itself! Without anyone around to question our valid claim to it! Somebody pinch me!."
    Peridot: "An odd request, but alright."
    (She pinches her.)
    Nami: "I wasn't being literal!"
    Peridot: "How was I supposed to know that?!"
    Nami: "It doesn't matter! I'm going to be rich! Rich, I tell you!"
  • Literary Allusion Title: Gems Without Measure; A Pirate's Treasure is derived from the poem "The Dragon is Withered" found in The Hobbit. This is further alluded to when Connie asks Luffy in the first chapter if he is there to share in a great adventure with her and calls him "Luffy the Grey."
  • The Load: Being this is Greg's biggest concern towards his place in the story, especially during the fight with Miss Doublefinger. This feeling continues even after he eats his Devil Fruit, but he is doing everything he can not to be a complete liability despite his preference to maintain a non-violent approach to his confrontations.
  • Loan Shark: Nami to anyone who asks for more money than they should be allotted (outside of Steven as a birthday present and for Garnet for a one time minor loan to buy a newspaper). This is seen when she discovers just how much money the Baroque Works Trio have sold the Golden Crown for:
    Nami: “For your crimes against common sense and monetary value, you had better get a move on. I may get happy and joke with you as we continue on after we save Robin and Steven, but know this: I NEVER forget matters involving money. I don't care if you live in Beach City or Water Seven; I expect berries, not whatever currency you get paid in back there!”
  • Local Hangout: Besides Spiders Cafe in Alabasta, Mr. Smiley runs a bar called, fittingly, Smiley's. It is basically the Cheers bar if it were located in Beach City, with locals like Greg, Barb Miller, Nanefue Pizza, and Mayor Dewey as regulars. There really isn't much drinking going on, but everybody is more than happy to get away and just have a good time...even Captain Smoker, much to his surprise.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Zoro is too pleased with his ability to cut steel to acknowledge the fact that he is probably more injured than Pearl has ever seen human before.
    Nami: “Zoro! What happened to you?!”
    Pearl: “He lost liters upon liters of blood! He suffered multiple stab wounds and refuses to lie down in peace!"
    Roronoa Zoro: "I cut steel!"
    Pearl: "That doesn't change the fact you need proper medical attention!”
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: The power of the Rhythm-Rhythm Fruit as eaten by Greg Universe. Currently, he has only demonstrated the ability to create music out of thin air, emulate various instruments using only his hands, and vocal mimicry.
  • Mind Rape: Eirney Heca’s specialty.
  • Mistaken Identity: Peridot confuses Franky for Jasper solely due to their similar looking noses.
    Amethyst: "It's his nose! She…she thinks that his silver nose is Jasper's gem! That's rich!"
    Pearl: "'re joking. Peridot, you can't be serious!"
    Peridot: "Why not?! Look at him! Can you tell me with certainty that this cyborg is NOT a reformatted Jasper?! This is the Grand Line, is it not? Anything is possible here!"
  • Mood Whiplash: "The Dream Island" starts out with the Straw Hats asking Garnet questions, Luffy talking with Pearl, and Steven entering Luffy's dreams where he ends up on an island of meat with younger dream versions of Luffy, Ace, and Sabo. Everything seems like it is going to be an innocent, fun time exploring Steven's dream powers...until Steven finds a door hidden in some rocks. Inside, Steven finds some interesting trinkets, like Arlong's shark teeth and Crocodile's hook. Steven is already unnerved when he comes across a small, talking flower... The rest of the chapter is one punch in the gut after another.
  • Morality Pet: Steven Universe for the Baroque Works trio (and technically Mr. 2 as well).
  • The Music Meister: In a nod to the Trope Namer, Genevieve's newest ability "Color Trap: Musical Deep Blue" forces whomever is inside of her range to break out into spontaneous song and dance...despite there being no musical accompaniment. This can even effect strong-minded people like Captain Hina, who used the lyrics to show her disgust at the situation. Unfortunately, this includes her herself as well, much to her own embarrassment.
  • The Multiverse
  • Mythology Gag: Quite a few to the source material:
    • The Crystal Gems are consistently noted that to always saving the day.
    • Koza's way of discovering that King Cobra was actually Mr. 2 was asking him what his childhood nickname for the king was. It turns out to be "Nebra," which was 4kids' inexplicable name change for the character.
    • Ronaldo owning the Beautiful Girlfriend Satan blade and his thoughts about Virtua Teens of Rage are taken from Keep Beach City Weird.
    • Sadie is urged to participate in Beach-A-Palooza like she did in canon.
    • Zoro is called "Zolo" twice. He does not approve.
    • Greg sings his old song "Comet" at Smiley's Bar. Nanefua notes how the song sounds familiar, setting up its resurgence for the Pepe's Burger jingle.
    • The Crying Breakfast Friends episode Steven shows the crew has the Pearl-analogue quote the end of "Sworn To The Sword," with Steven calling it "poignant drama."
    • Greg composes the actual music in-story for the Gems to fuse to (as in, the Aivi and Surasshu tracks themselves with their appropriate names) and performs them using his Devil Fruit powers.
    • Foxy wanted to play the Run Roller Around game from the anime before switching to Steven's choice of a game: Steven Tag.
    • During Luffy's nightmare, the petals of the Lilly Carnation turn into white butterflies, evoking imagery from "Mindful Education."
    • Nami tells Usopp to do his “marksman thing” and open up the treasure chest the crew finds. Usopp openly questions just how doing so constitutes as anything related to marksmanship, but he is promptly shut down and ignored.
    • Pearl dismisses Connie's suggestion that gorgons exist on the Grand Line.
    • "The Adventures Of The Baroque Works Trio" features Genevieve, Petrea, and Damian encountering a vacationing Hina and her subordinates (with Petrea getting captured by her) and escape thanks to a dance-like attack, just like in the cover story featuring Miss Goldenweek (bonus points for its chapter happening at the exact same point in the story that the cover story started being published).
    • Eirney Heca’s Past-Past Fruit powers allow for her to view memory in the same manner as Charlotte Pudding (a film strip), although she does not have the ability to alter memories like Pudding does, but can use them to her own advantage.
    • The mnemosurgey showcases scenes from various season one and two episodes of Steven Universe verbatim, specifically Peridot explaining the Cluster (with Damian and Petrea added given their new presence), the duel between the Jam Buds and Pearl, the dream connection between Lapis and Steven, the forming of Malachite, Pearl’s lament about Rose after almost letting Steven die, and Rose’s last words recorded for Steven on the VCR tape.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: Steven covers his ears in the story after Sanji discovers just who ate the ship's food supply before reaching Alabasta. As such, the readers do not get to know just WHAT Sanji calls Usopp and Karoo, but we know it has to be quite colorful.
  • Noble Bigot: Pearl's character arc is seemingly to overcome this. Even though she respects and admires the humans in the Grand Line (especially Zoro, whom she even emulates his Santoryu style during the fight with Mr. 1), she truly believes that Gems are stronger than any human. It takes the combination of a dream version of Mihawk and Admiral Aokiji to make her realize how wrong she is.
    • Garnet also falls victim to this trope, but nowhere near as severe as Pearl. She is far more open to the strength of humanity, but is still highly overconfident in combat.
  • Noodle Incident: SOMETHING happened when Genevieve and Mr. 3 went to recruit Phil for Baroque Works. We don't know what it is, but it involves him calling her a "finger painter" and is enough to send the usually calm, laid back Genevieve into sheer anger.
  • No-Sell: Steven attempts to appeal to Mr. 3's good nature to stop fighting the Straw doesn't work.
  • No Sense of Direction: Zoro’s famous lack of direction transcends dimensions in this story.
    Priyanka Maheswaran: “My husband found this one wandering the streets near our neighborhood around four in the morning as he was heading home from his shift. He figured that it was safer to bring him with us than let him wander around aimlessly. I was sure he was turns out he was just lost."
    Usopp: "His lack of direction is legendary. It's kind of hilarious.”
  • Not So Above It All: Despite claiming multiple times that he would not sing or engage in music, Zoro is seen to be humming the tune of “If You Wish To Be Our Shipwright” to himself. He immediately stops when he realizes he is doing it for fear of Steven’s reaction.
    Roronoa Zoro: “…damn it. I have that stupid song stuck in my head. I can't let the kid know or I'll never hear the end of it.”
  • O.C. Stand-in: The Baroque Works Trio (Miss Valentine, Mr. 5, and Miss Goldenweek). None of these characters were given much personality in the manga (even with a cover story dedicated to them!), but they were given dreams, which served as the basis for their character motivations. Beyond that and some general bits of canon behavior (Miss Goldenweek’s laziness and Miss Valentine’s sadism), everything else is developed purely by the author.
    • Noko and Tatsu from the “Ocean’s Dream” arc also qualify as their characters don’t even use the same motivations as their canon (to the anime, at least) counterparts. While the concepts of the seahorse using its powers to control Noko and its desire to gain power by siphoning dreams are present, Noko is given an actual backstory and Tatsu is overhauled from wanting to become a Millenial Dragon to actually being a Corrupted Gem that somehow made it to the Grand Line years before the story began.
  • Odd Friendship: Robin and Peridot; Sadie and Captain Smoker.
  • Older Than They Look: Florido Zuke, the former Miss Mother's Day and Phil's old partner looks like a thirteen-year-old, dresses like a 50's housewife, and is actually close to thirty years old.
  • Operation: [Blank]: There are two of them besides Crocodile's "Operation: Utopia": "Operation: Discover Damian's Dream" and "Operation: Explore The Kingdom of Meat."
  • Orwellian Retcon:
    • At some point, all of Garnet's dialogue was rewritten to remove her asking questions following a statement by Rebecca Sugar that Garnet did not ask questions, period.
    • The names of Steven's video games were modified to match up with the established games in the show.
    • Steven and Luffy's personal talk at the end of "The Dream Island" was later completely rewritten to be more natural.
    • The ending of "The Call on the Private Line" was edited to include Vivi.
  • Pervert Dad: Averted by Greg, who points out just why the famous "Happiness Punch" scene would just not work in a story like this.
    Greg Universe: “Need I remind you blockheads that the painter-girl and Connie are over there?! There is no way I'm going to let that happen! Besides, this is not acceptable behavior for Steven to pick up!”
  • Precision F-Strike: Smoker gets the lone "F-Word" of the story when he is told to play nice with the Straw Hats while trapped in Beach City.
  • A Rare Sentence: Right before Greg has to go back and commentate on the last round of the Davy Back Fight, we get this gem:
    Greg Universe: "Not to be the interrupting kind of dad that you see on television all the time, but we don't have long before we have to get back on the bird...which is a sentence I just uttered.”
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Damian enjoys wearing his pink shirt, as does Steven.
  • Running Gag:
    • Steven being told he needs lessons in etiquette despite being the most polite person in the story.
    • Usopp's role in the crew being labeled as the crew's liar.
    • Steven yelling "Language!" when Sanji curses.
    • Genevieve's laziness, especially early on.
    • Greg's reactions about how he has no idea what is even going on around him.
  • Sadist: An ongoing debate in “The Adventures Of The Baroque Works Trio” is whether or not Petrea is a sadist despite turning over a new leaf. It is implied that yes, she is, although only when she is pushed to a certain point, like when General Maji destroyed her dress back during the adventures on Mecha Island. It doesn’t help that she has Amethyst to encourage her.
    Petrea: “Would you like to join me in beating him to the punch?”
    Amethyst: “Girl, I’d join you in any beating you want to give this creep! Let’s do this!”
    Petrea: “Oh, let’s do. Kyahahaha!”
  • Second-Person Narration: Employed in "The Internalization Of Amethyst" to see her point of view during the events of the previous chapter where it is revealed that she lost her memory and does not know that Rose Quartz is dead.
  • Series Fic
  • Shipper on Deck: Nami and Genevieve have both expressed how they like Connie and Steven together.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: In the beginning of Water Seven, Steven and Connie are relegated to having their own adventures while the drama between Luffy and Usopp doesn't end well.
  • Shout-Out: Oh boy...the Author Commentary lays out most of them. Due to the sheer volume of them, it now has its own page.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Sanji probably swears the most in this story. Steven used to point out his bad language, but stopped as time went on.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Sanji, as per the norm, much to the displeasure of the residents of Beach City.
  • Sneeze Cut: When Steven looked at the Snow-Garnet he made in Drum, it abruptly cuts to Garnet sneezing while fighting robots with Samurai Jack.
  • Song Fic: There are quite a few songs in this fan fiction, both original and reused. Some notable songs include "We Are The Crystal Gems," "With A Little Help From My Friends," "Don't Stop Me Now," "Jolly Holiday," "The Greatest Adventure," "When A Felon's Not Engaged In His Employment," and the 4kids rap. There are also a few original songs thrown in as well, most notably a summary of the entire story up until that point called "A Gem In The Rough" and the aforementioned "I Am The Very Model Of A Cunning Tiger Millionaire" (which were both set to the tune of "I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General," "Going To The Grand Line," and "If You Want To Be Our Shipwright" (both being set to the tune of songs from ''The Simpsons,'' specifically "Gonna Paint Your Wagon" and "Minimum Wage Nanny" as stated in the Author Commentary).
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Mr. 5, Miss Valentine, and Miss Goldenweek do not get trapped in Little Garden. Instead, they become main characters. This means that the events of the "Miss Goldenweek Cover Story" do not happen, requiring a new way for Mr. 2 and Mr. 3 to end up in Impel Down.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Onion develops a crush on Petrea and continually tries to show her affection. She is understandably disturbed by it.
  • Stations of the Canon: While the story does follow the narratives set forward by Oda and the Crewniverse, there are some major deviations, especially in regards to the Steven Universe side. The events of "Sadie's Song" are skipped in favor of Steven performing the 4kids rap during Beach-A-Palooza while the second half of "Catch and Release" happens off-page three-and-a-half chapters after Peridot gets bubbled. The biggest change on the One Piece side of things (outside of the early introduction of Garp) is the controversial defeat of Crocodile in the first fight, though Luffy still manages to find himself in the Royal Tomb in time to meet Robin and Cobra. The arc with the biggest changes to it, however, is "Ocean's Dream," which barely resembles the filler arc it is based on.
  • Super Cell Reception: Peridot created a device using scrap salvaged during the Aqua Laguna to amplify a Den Den Mushi’s reception to reach Spandam’s private line. Thanks to a boosted charge from Nami’s “Thunder Tempo,” she claims that she was able to broadcast their conversation to every Den Den Mushi in the world (or at least the Grand Line) since she was not sure which one was his. Spandam, although amazed that she was able to call him, believes the Gem is bluffing. She isn’t. In fact, their conversation is listened to by at least Commodore Smoker and the Gorosei.
  • Team Mom: Nami takes this role for the Straw Hats and Steven. She even buys him a ukulele while in Alabasta and comforts him when he is sad.
  • The Teetotaler: Genevieve claims that she will be one when she gets older in order to keep her art pure.
    Genevieve: “Discounting the fact that I'm underage and have no intentions of being a functional alcoholic like Zoro, drinking isn't something I'll ever be interested in. As a painter, I need to keep my head clear. I'd rather focus on the art and not get sloppy [...] Crappy painters need an artificially created vision to get going. I'm different. I want my art to be purely me. Besides, most artists can't influence emotions using their paints. If I were to be out of it at all, the entire color and emotional spectrum would...well, it's too long to explain and I really don't have the energy to do so."
  • True Companions: This story, like several other One Piece stories, uses the terminology "nakama" to refer to how the other members of the Straw Hats view each other. The author has admitted that this choice was done so as a nod to the old fansubs of the early 2000's, which popularized the term and has been a constant source of discussion in the fandom for years. What this story does that others do not is actually ACKNOWLEDGE that the term is antiquated within the story itself in a logical way: older pirates from the times of Gold Roger were known to use the term "nakama" for the members of their crew. This practice seemingly stopped once the Great Pirate Era began after Roger's execution. Shanks, being a member of Roger's crew, picked up the phrase and it is from him that Luffy heard it used.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Happens on both sides in fights. The Crystal Gems underestimated Crocodile, Crocodile underestimated Sardonyx, Garnet and Pearl underestimated Admiral could make a drinking game out of it.
  • Unfortunate Names: What Damian thinks of the names of every main member of the Treasure Pirates (who are named Mad Treasure, Psycho P, and Naomi Drunk for reference's sake).
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Nobody outside of Ronaldo, the Gems, Connie, and Greg seem to notice or care that the sun mysteriously rose back in the sky when it was supposed to be setting.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: The "Mr. 5 Pair" and Miss Goldenweek have joined Baroque Works in the hopes of forming a utopia of their own (as with the canon version of One Piece). However, their belief in creating a perfect military state is shaken due to their meeting Steven, who explains to them just why it is a terrible idea and sets them up for a Face–Heel Turn against Crocodile and their former organization.
    Steven Universe: "Why do you listen to him?! Is your utopia really going to matter if you got it through violence and death?! You are better than that!"
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Zoro/ Sanji and Pearl/Amethyst, of course.
  • Voice Changeling: Greg Universe has this ability due to eating the Rhythm-Rhythm Fruit, but has not fully mastered it yet.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Amethyst, of course.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Garnet realizes that her electricity powers gives her a MAJOR advantage against Crocodile.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "The Broken Promise": The Gems realize they need outside help to get Steven back: Uncle Grandpa.
    • "The Avalanche": Luffy and Steven fuse to save Petrea.
    • "The Seastone Cage": The Crystal Gems arrive to save Steven from Crocodile.
    • "The Contrivance Factor": Greg eats a Devil Fruit.
    • "The Return To The Status Quo": Smoker realizes that Gems have a history in the Grand Line.
    • "The Soothing Mist": Tatsu the seahorse is actually a lost Gem named Bixbite. Oh, and Aokiji has finally caught up with them.
    • "The Barrage of Emotions": The duel between Usopp and Luffy finally happens. Steven has his date day with Connie ruined and freaks out on Garnet and Pearl.
    • "The Long-Dead Apprentice”: CP9 has acquired Robin, Franky, and Usopp as in canon, but also have captured Steven, who is wanted for his involvement in Alabasta and for his half-Gem status. Oh, and somehow the Baroque Works Trio managed to get aboard the Puffing Tom in disguise.
    • “The Call On The Private Line”: Peridot calls and threatens Spandam to release Steven, Robin, and Franky or else face the wrath of the Straw Hats in a conversation that is heard around the world, including by Smoker and the Gorosei.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In addition to Usopp freaking out on Luffy for wanting to abandon the Going Merry, Steven gives a major one to Garnet (for potentially being able to stop the duel between Luffy and Usopp using her Future Vision) and Pearl (for still not seeming like she cares about the Straw Hats) after the duel concludes. This causes Steven to quit the Crystal Gems.
    Steven Universe: "Is it true? Did you know?! It is, isn't it?! YOU SAW THEY WOULD FIGHT!"
  • World of Pun: Quite a few characters in the story are avid lovers of puns and drop them regularly. Steven and Damian in particular get the most enjoyment out of them, while Luffy, Chopper, and Usopp will almost always join in the laughter.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Spandam takes sick pleasure in beating Steven to a pulp in order to make Robin suffer more than she already is.
    Spandam: “You care about this brat, don't you?! Oh, psychological scars are almost as fun to inflict as physical ones! Lucci, our young captive here has a point. It will hurt Nico Robin far more to watch helplessly than to be hit's better this way.”
  • Would Hit a Girl: Spandam...again.

Garnet: "Pirates. Are. Awesome. Enough said."