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The Wrath of Topaz is a Steven Universe fanfic written by Starcharter-75, concerning another Gem, Topaz, and his revenge against the Crystal Gems after a misunderstanding twelve years prior.

Had a work-in-progress sequel, The Pursuit of Happiness. Unfortunately, both fics have been deleted.

This fanfic uses the following tropes:

  • Accidental Murder: What starts as Topaz wishing Rose goodbye ends in this.
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  • Alas, Poor Villain: Topaz.
  • But Now I Must Go: Steven leaves Beach City, unsure of his plans for the future.
  • Darker and Edgier: Keeping in line with Star's Signature Style, the fic is a good deal darker than the source material.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Topaz steals Gem artifacts, melts Pearl's swords, organizes Amethyst's room, and proceeds to actually kill off the Crystal Gems all because one of Amethyst's pranks went too far.
  • Downer Ending: Even though Steven manages to defeat Topaz, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl all die in the process, Steven falls deeply into depression afterward, and Topaz is revealed to be Not Quite Dead.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Topaz. Yes, this has to be whited out.
  • Grey and Grey Morality: Topaz, while being the Big Bad, is played more as a Tragic Hero while The Gems are responsible for how he came to be.
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  • The Hero Dies: The Gems, though YMMV on how heroic they actually were.
  • Heroic BSoD: Steven ends up in one at the end of the story.
  • How We Got Here: The story starts with Steven wandering through an empty Beach City before shortly cutting to six weeks ago.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite the Disproportionate Retribution, Topaz's anger at the Crystal Gems is actually somewhat justified after having been kicked out of the Gems with little to no chance to explain himself after the accident that took Rose's life.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When you really get down to it, the Crystal Gems were the ones who actually screwed themselves over.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Though Topaz is ultimately defeated, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl die with him.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: For Steven.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: For The Gems.
  • Space Whale Aesop: If you prank somebody and it ends with them being punished for someone else's death, your victim will come after you and murder you.
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  • Tragic Hero: Topaz was a Nice Guy who simply didn't know the extent of his powers. After being yelled at for a prank on Amethyst's part, he accidentally kills Rose, winds up ostracized and corrupted, and plans vengeance.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Amethyst.
  • Villain Protagonist: The Gems.
  • Wham Line: Topaz tells Steven that everything the Crystal Gems ever told him was a lie, and that his side of the story will explain everything.
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