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When Amethyst quits pro-wrestling, Steven tries to go solo as "Tiger Philanthropist".

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  • Accidentally Accurate: While there is a lot inaccurate about its depiction of pro wrestling, there's one thing that they got right; classically, a wrestler is supposed to lose their final match
  • An Aesop: Sometimes it's not worth trying to please someone else if they don't know what they want, and you should do what makes you happy.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Lars is unable to answer what he really wants when Steven just plain asks him, since he isn't happy with the changes.
  • Clark Kenting: Lars has gone from not knowing that Steven and Tiger are the same person to actively denying it, even when Sadie tells him how obvious it is. His denial reaches the point of self-delusion, claiming that Tiger Millionaire is some kind of muscular giant.
  • Conspicuous CGI: Tiger Philanthropist at one points throws his money into the air, and dollar bills floating down are clearly CG animated.
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  • Continuity Nod: Thanks to Amethyst discovering the Famethyst and overcoming most of her emotional baggage about being "defective," she doesn't need to wrestle anymore.
  • Cross-Referenced Titles: To "Tiger Millionaire".
  • Curbstomp Battle: Steven's solo matches end easily in his favor, even when it's two on one. He and Amethyst get this courtesy of their opponents, mainly because they threw the fight on purpose.
  • Evil Is Cool: In-universe, it's pretty clear Lars's loss of interest in Tiger Millionaire when he becomes Tiger Philanthropist comes from him not being a heel (or at least a unscrupulous face) anymore.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In-Universe, Tiger Millionaire goes from acting like a smug heel to a philanthropic face.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Amethyst realizes that quitting wrestling suddenly neglected to consider Steven's feeling, as he thought it was the one thing they did together.
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  • Invincible Hero: Since Pro Wrestling Is Real and Amethyst and Steven are superpowered (half)-aliens fighting Puny Earthlings, they've apparently remained undefeated their whole careers. They eventually decide to throw their last match, if only so someone else can carry the belt without seeming inferior.
  • In the Hood: Steven wears a cloak before revealing himself as Tiger Philanthropist.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Lars, who complains about whatever Tiger Millionaire/Philanthropist does no matter what, gets so upset at Tiger Millionaire and Purple Puma losing that security drags him out of the arena for trying to interfere with the match.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "It's like the sequel nobody wanted!"
  • Mic Drop: Amethyst drops a mic and her belt after announcing she quits wrestling. Like Greg before him, Mr. Smiley complains about how irresponsible this is with expensive mic equipment.
  • Money to Throw Away: As Tiger Philanthropist, Steven decides to give all of Tiger Millionaire's money away. This often takes the form of showering his defeated opponents in money, telling them to use it to pay their medical bills.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Steven handles himself well against ordinary humans, while for actual Gem combat he has to learn battle strategies from Pearl.
  • Pandering to the Base: In-universe, Steven tries taking Lars's suggestions about wrestling as Tiger Millionaire. It doesn't work, mostly because Lars—by his own admission—doesn't really know what he wants.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: This episode highlights how strong Steven actually is compared to your average human: so strong that he can completely overpower several adults single-handedly and throw them around with very little effort.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Not even having it pointed out to him outright will get Lars to realize Steven and Tiger are the same person.
  • Sequel Episode: To "Tiger Millionaire".
  • Shouldn't You Stop Stealing?: Subverted; Amethyst only wrestled as a means to vent her pain and feelings of inferiority. Thanks to her Character Development, she doesn't need the outlet anymore; as such, wrestling doesn't do much for her anymore, so she quits at the episode's beginning.
  • Super-Strong Child: Steven is able to completely dominate several athletic human adults on his own, to the point of being able to throw them around with little effort.
  • Take That, Audience!: Lars grimaces that Tiger Millionaire coming back without Purple Puma is "the least he could do," a jab at people who believe that their favorite entertainers owe them something.
  • They Changed It, So It Sucks: In-Universe, Lars is disappointed when Steven changes his gimmick after coming back to the ring.
  • Unpleasable Fanbase: In-Universe, Lars gets depressed when Amethyst and Steven quit, but when Steven comes back with an overall minor change in his gimmick, Lars declares They Changed It, So It Sucks. When Steven asks him what he actually wants, he can't answer.

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