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Steven had a normal life. He lived in an ancient temple with a four-armed giant woman, a stoic blue future-seer, and a hotheaded warrior, and he had a pink Gemstone where his belly button would be. A walk in the park - that's what he thought. But as of late, he's being proven wrong. With Opal, Sapphire, and Ruby, Steven is determined to protect the planet Earth!

This story takes place in the Opal AU.

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Opal, Sapphire, Ruby, and STEVEN! is a Steven Universe Alternate Universe Fic on Archive of Our Own and fanfiction.net by iamconstantine. Also has an Ask Blog.

A sequel can be found here and here.


Tropes for Opal, Sapphire, Ruby, and Steven include:

  • Action Girl: The Gems, naturally.
  • All There in the Manual: The ask blog has extra little tidbits and info, like Garnet being one Steven taller then she is in canon, or that the thing in Sapphire's room is a transportation device.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: It's an Opal AU fic, where Opal is the Permafusion, not Garnet.
  • And I Must Scream: In "The Stoic", during Sapphire's Brainwashed and Crazy situation, she knew that she was attacking Steven but had no control over her own body.
  • Beach Episode: "The Beach Party".
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "The Room", While Connie and Steven are reenacting "The Blank Tombstone" (Connie's favorite mystery novel) in Rose's Room, the latter wishes that they "could do this forever". Rose's Room is very Literal-Minded, so guess what happens.
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  • Berserk Button: Moonstone, the Fusion of Opal and Sapphire, is a perfectly sweet mother-like person...until you tell her to unfuse.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Sapphire and Ruby both to Steven.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Opal. Her favorite food is pizza with cinnamon on top.
  • Body Horror:
    • When Steven loses control of his powers in "The Shapeshifter". It's actually kind of worse than "Cat Fingers", as, instead of turning into an amorphous blob of cats, he gets several different body parts from the people he turned into.
    • And when Ruby cracks her gem. Imagine what happened to Amethyst in "An Indirect Kiss", but weirder.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Sapphire, after she got stung by the scorpion monster.
  • Broken Bird: "The Lost" proves that Opal fits this role, just not to the extremity of Pearl in canon.
  • The Cameo: The girl Steven and Sapphire save in "The Super Fancy Dinner Party"? Connie.
  • Catch-Phrase: Steven writes down the Gems' in the first chapter, though they don't appear quite as often as a normal catchphrase would.
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    • Opal: "What were we talking about?"
    • Sapphire: "Hm".
    • Ruby: "Ugh!" Although she also says "I can handle this" quite a lot.
  • Disappointed in You: Opal's response to Steven after he sets Lapis free.
  • Forgetful Jones: Opal has a tendency to forget things, even while doing them (ex., pulling on the strings of an apron while wondering where said apron is).
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Opal shows Steven a photo album of the Crystal Gems' time on Earth, but immediately shuts it once she gets to a picture of Pearl and Amethyst.
  • Fusion Dance: Take a guess.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: What Sapphire's Heroic Sacrifice in "The Regeneration" consists of.
  • Harmless Freezing: Ruby during most of the second half of "The Regeneration", after she triggered a booby trap during a mission.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Technically (Since Gems can't actually die) Sapphire, during "The Regeneration".
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: All of the names Steven gives his time clones follow some kind of pattern, except the 26th one, who's name is Garry.
  • Mood Whiplash: Everything goes downhill once Opal finds the Mirror. Though considering the story was told by a greatly distraught and discouraged Steven, this was to be expected.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ruby, after she burns a photo that was taken by Rose.
  • Mythology Gag: Sapphire's outfit after she regenerates is almost exactly like her canon outfit, but with half a star on the bottom of her ribbon.
  • Not So Stoic: Sapphire is The Stoic of the group, but she, like everyone else, breaks down in "The Thorn". She's also pretty worked up after being Brainwashed and Crazy in "The Stoic".
  • Original Character: Moonstone, the Fusion of Opal and Sapphire, since said Fusion has not appeared in-canon yet.
    • Chrysocolla, the Fusion of Lapis and Peridot.
    • Sunstone, the Fusion of Opal and Ruby, plays with this - while there IS a canon Sunstone, she's nothing like the one described in the fic.
  • Running Gag: Not too often, but variations of "Booby traps? More like... Ruby traps." crop up on occasion.
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  • Stations of the Canon: A strange case; While most of the current plot points have happens/happened, the way they happen is very different, as some episodes are combined together, some are original, and some are really different compared to the original. For example:
    • "The Weapon"'s premise is completely different from "Gem Glow". Instead of getting sad that Cookie Cats got discontinued, he shows Sadie and Lars his completed album of G.U.Y.S. trading cards, and later makes cards for Opal, Ruby, and Sapphire.
    • "The Backpack" takes place at the Aerial Tower instead of the Sea Spire, and this time, Steven remembers to bring the thing they need... Only for a bird to steal it at the last second, making the tower crash anyway. And because they don't have a raft, it takes them three days to get home, not three hours.
    • "The Beach Party" is a mix of "Beach Party" and "Lars and the Cool Kids".
    • "The Room" is a mix of "Rose's Room" and "Open Book" (Or what might've happened had Steven waited for Connie).
    • "The Spotlight" is basically "Coach Steven", with Ruby taking Pearl's place and Moonstone taking Sugilite's, though instead of wrecking the Communication Hub, they retrieve the Wailing Stone.
    • "The Hourglass" is almost like another episode compared to "Steven and the Stevens", with the only similarities being the Hourglass, the time travel, the multiple Stevens, and the Sea Shrine sinking ( The first time around, anyway).
    • The beginning of "The Fountain" is the end of "Serious Steven", with everything after they get home being "An Indirect Kiss". It's also in real time, instead of being a story Steven tells to Connie, which also means that Connie's eyes haven't been healed yet.
    • "The Mirror" is mostly the same, minus the fact that Steven finds it in Lion's Mane instead of one of the Gems giving it to him, he and Lapis spend more time together before he sets her free, and that the chapter, like "An Indirect Kiss", is framed as a story Steven tells to Connie.
    • "The Ocean" is the counterpart to "Ocean Gem", but instead of driving out to a sea tower created by Lapis, the group rides on a boat to a giant whirlpool she creates. Steven realizes he has healing powers when he and Connie share a drink of water.
    • "The Watermelons" is a mix of "House Guest" and "Watermelon Steven".
    • "The Secret" is a mix of "Secret Team" and "Monster Buddy".
    • "The Blog" is based on "Keep Beach City Weird".
    • "The Families" is mostly the same as "Fusion Cuisine", except the Gems don't fuse into Alexandrite until Steven and Connie try to run away. Also, Steven and Connie try to run away on a rubber raft instead of a bus.
    • "The Warp" is a mix of "Warp Tour" and "Marble Madness", but the Kindergarten is introduced, as in "On the Run".
    • "The Future" is the counterpart to "Future Vision", with Sapphire in Garnet's role.
    • "The Common Soldier" is based on "On the Run", with Ruby taking Amethyst's place, but focuses on discovering something from Ruby's past.
    • "The Drive" is based on "Winter Forecast" and "Maximum Capacity" combined with the ending of "The Message".
    • "The Invasion" is based on "The Return" with a little bit of "Political Power."
    • "The Jailbreak" is mostly the same as "Jail Break", but Amethyst and Pearl have swapped places with Ruby and Sapphire and Lapis is forced to fuse with (and imprisons) Peridot instead of Jasper.
    • "The Starchild" is Greg's story from "Story for Steven", but Greg meets Rose while he's busking, instead of at a concert.
  • The Stoic: Sapphire and Garnet. Heck, Chapter 8 is even named "The Stoic".
  • The "The" Title: While the original show sometimes does this, OSRS has this for all chapter titles, ala The Amazing World of Gumball or Wander over Yonder.
  • We Used to Be Friends: "The Drive" shows that Greg and Ruby were close friends back in the day, and used to hang out often. Following Rose's passing, however, they drifted away, and Ruby's frustration and sadness about it comes out as anger.

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