The Universes/The DeMayos
Greg Universe (formerly Gregory DeMayo) was a one man band. He didn't have much success, but seems happy enough in his simple life. Rose Quartz fell in love with him, and they had Steven together. While Steven lives at the temple with the Gems, Greg lives out of his van and owns Beach City's car wash: It's A Wash. He loves his son dearly and the two of them hang out quite often, sharing their musical talents.
For his tropes, see his page.
Steven Quartz Universe
Steven is the lovable, half-human and half-Gem boy who is still figuring out how to harness his powers from the gem he inherited from his mother. He's goofy, energetic and optimistic. He takes his role as a Crystal Gem seriously, learning all his lessons, and taking his discipline with good humor when the situation calls for it. He is very much in touch with his emotions, and does not shy away from saying how he feels. He is as impulsive as any other boy his age might be, but counts on his Gem family to keep him safe.
See here for tropes regarding him.
Greg's long-lost cousin and Steven's uncle (Steven being his first cousin once removed). He shows up one day thinking that a bunch of hippies moved into his barn, but Greg sets him straight. He eventually starts to warm up to the Gems, and especially Steven.
- Ace Pilot: Spent much of his life flying and is able to maneuver a plane to catch Steven after he falls off it.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Like the rest of Greg's side of the family, DeMayo is a Sephardic Jewish last name. He also does a fair bit of griping about what he perceives is Greg's lack of effort to preserve family traditions and speaks with a clearly Jewish American dialect.
- Big Fun: Downplayed. A tall and stout man like Greg, Andy is initially shown as a Troubled Sympathetic Bigot, but proves to be good guy when he acts as a Cool Uncle to Steven.
- The Cameo: Makes a non-speaking appearance in "Reunited" as a guest at Sapphire and Ruby's wedding.
- Cool Uncle: He's a great pilot who roams around the country, and pretty happy to find out Greg had a kid. And despite technically being Steven's first cousin once removed, he insists Steven call him "Uncle".
- To Greg — While Greg is open-minded, even-tempered, forgiving, makes no big deal of change for the most part, and is usually willing to compromise with others, Andy is the exact opposite — judgmental, hot-tempered, willing to hold onto a grudge, staunchly traditionalist, and stubborn-minded.
- To Bismuth — Bismuth was an old friend who had a falling out with Steven's mother, while Andy is a member of Greg's family who had a falling out with him. Both have have allowed themselves to become bitter and spiteful over said falling out, and ultimately lash out because of it. Whereas Bismuth was a warm, caring person on the outside and a brutal Knight Templar on the inside, Andy seems like a xenophobic jerk on the outside, but is actually a good-hearted person on the inside. Both blame Steven's parent for the falling out despite having just as much if not more fault in the situation. The difference is that, unlike Bismuth, Andy is able to realize his folly and reconcile. Also, while Bismuth tried to kill Steven for refusing to use the Breaking Point and prefers to be "shattered" or at least poofed, Andy saves Steven's life and suffers a Jerkass Realization.
- As of "A Single Pale Rose," to Yellow and Blue Diamond. They are both in a way traditionalists (the gems actually uphold the strict Gem hierarchy) who end up alienating their loved ones due to being stuck in their ways (his extended family for Andy, Pink Diamond for Yellow and Blue). They also share a nephew/nephew figure in Steven who they both don't initially know of or recognize. The differences so far is that Andy eventually reconciled with his family before it was too late while Pink Diamond felt so alienated she faked her death and took up a new identity in the hope of bringing some change. Another thing to note is that they both initially didn't recognize Steven as their nephew/a Diamond and had initial hostility towards him - although Andy quickly learned the truth while the Diamonds are still unaware. Also, Andy's reactions to Steven's Gem family (Peridot, Lapis, and later the other Gems) was initially very hostile, while Blue's first meeting with Steven's human family (Greg) was warm as they discussed their shared loses.
- Grumpy Old Man: He's a man in his forties or fifties with a great fear of change.Andy: You're hippies! I heard about you on AM radio!
- Innocently Insensitive: While Andy initially comes off as a Jerkass and bigoted, when he makes a couple of thoughtless remarks trying to guess which of the Gems is Steven's mother, forcing Greg to admit that Rose is "no longer with us", Andy is immediately regretful and apologizes.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While Andy makes a lot of prejudiced comments and is unreasonable about Greg being unable to contact him, he is right that Greg should have told Steven about his DeMayo roots, especially since Steven didn't even know he had an uncle. Greg looks visibly guilty when Andy calls him out for that.
- Jerkass Realization: He eventually realizes his obsession with everything staying the same made him the one who neglected his family rather than the other way around, as he had a plane and could've visited them whenever he wanted.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Andy acts like a xenophobic jerk upon introduction, but later proves to have a good heart.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Is completely unaware of anything that's happened with Greg over the last twenty years. Ultimately a deconstruction, as he was locking himself out by not visiting his family despite, you know, having a plane.
- Logical Latecomer: For the first time in the series, we get to see how a non-Beach City resident who doesn't know about Steven's heritage and extensive power set react to the kind of situations Steven regularly puts himself into...and Andy, not the most sympathetic character so far, does what a responsible human adult would do; immediately rushes to Steven's rescue, and yells and cries when Steven reacts as he usually does to these kinds of situations. Looking at the situation from Andy's perspective means realizing just how much danger Steven is put in on a regular basis without proper adult support by a human parental figure (the Gems notwithstanding, and Greg just trying his best despite being a Non-Action Guy) and how much Steven has normalized that, despite being a kid.
- Manly Tears: Gets these after plucking Steven out of a mid-air free fall in his vintage biplane. Steven is enthusing to him about how amazing Andy's flying is...only for Andy to cut him off, angry and in tears, because he thought Steven was going to die.
- Never My Fault: Complains that Greg never told him about Steven or anything else. Greg points out he couldn't, as Andy never gave him any way to contact him. Andy realizes that this is true in the end, and the same goes for losing touch with the rest of his family—even with them living all across the country, he could have just flown to them.
- Nice Hat: He wears a pilot hat.
- Old Retainer: He becomes one when his piloting skills come in handy when rescuing Steven:Steven: That was a close one, Uncle Andy! You sure are good at-Andy: Do you have any idea what could have happened to you?! What good are you to me as family if you're— [Andy relents when he sees tears in Steven's eyes] Sorry. Look I just— I'm just glad you're safe.
- Papa Wolf: Andy doesn't hesitate to save his nephew from nearly falling to his death.
- Pet the Dog: He acts quite sweet and friendly to Steven.
- Real Men Eat Meat: Implied by this line from "Gem Harvest"."Ah, don't let them get to ya' Steven. I'll get yah a pepperoni stick for your birthday."
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The ill-tempered, loud Manly Man to Greg's thoughtful, forgiving Sensitive Guy.
- Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: Despite his bad temper and conservative leanings, Andy isn't that bad of a guy. He's mostly angry because his family drifted away after Greg left home, and he lost touch with everyone because he was so set in his ways.
- Tuckerization: He's named after the show's animation director, Nick DeMayo.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Looks like Greg mostly through the eye, nose, and mouth shapes.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Double Subverted—he freaks out when he finds out that the Gems are aliens...because he doesn't like "illegals". Bear in mind, his dialogue makes it very clear that he knows they mean aliens as in "from outer space". Either way, his shocked reaction is more out of anger that his cousin had been living with people who weren't even legally American citizens than anything else (let alone Greg having a son that was born out of wedlock with one of them).
The Big Donut
Laramie "Lars" Barriga
Lars is a slacker who works at Steven's favorite snack shop, the Big Donut. He is a sullen, angry teen, overly concerned with being thought of as cool, and disdaining anything he sees as uncool. Following him getting stuck on Homeworld, Lars went through some Character Development, got christened an Off Color, and is now working on a way to get him and the rest of the Off Colors back to Earth.
For his tropes, see his page.
Sadie is a clerk at the Big Donut. She's supportive of Steven's adventures, if weirded out by the other Gems, and has a crush on Lars.
- Action Girl: She took down a giant, invisible Gem monster by herself, while already injured and armed with nothing but a crude wooden fish spear.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Downplayed. Sadie has a huge crush on the grumpy, sarcastic, lazy, and selfish Lars. However, she has her limits over how much of Lars' jerkiness she can take and believes he's actually a nice person underneath his apparently unpleasant personality (which may be true given Lars' spotlight episodes). However, it gets deconstructed in "The New Lars" — while Sadie may have a crush on him, his negative traits make it hard for her to know if he genuinely cares for her or just wants to be with her when he wants to.
- Author Avatar: Rebecca Sugar stated that Sadie is what she was like during her time at college.
- Badass Normal: She's the first full human shown to have beaten a corrupted Gem by herself, and with a handmade wooden spear no less. Even when completely unarmed, she manages to break out of the grip of an enormous Homeworld gem by biting her.
- The Bartender: The donut shop is very near to the Gem temple, so Sadie is often the first to see Steven's latest power manifestations. She usually takes them in stride, and he knows he can confide in her.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: What Sadie and Lars's bickering amounts to from Steven's point of view.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Sadie is a friendly and helpful person. She was also able to take down a gorilla-sized Corrupted Gem and can be scary when angered (i.e., her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Lars).
- Big Beautiful Woman: Sadie is a chubby young woman in her late teens and is quite cute.
- Big Fun: Downplayed. She's chubby and is on the reserved side, but is quite friendly and willing to help others.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The friendly and nurturing Gentle Girl to Lars' grumpy and extremely insecure Brooding Boy.
- Burger Fool: She becomes extremely dissatisfied with her job after Lars gets abducted by Homeworld gems and she has to take over all his shifts at the Big Donut. In "Sadie Killer" she finally becomes fed up with it and leaves to join a band with Buck, Jenny, Sour Cream, and Steven.
- Calling the Old Woman Out: In "Sadie's Song", Sadie breaks down and finally tells to her mom how much she hates how Barb goes overboards on whatever Sadie shows an interest in, never considering how she feels or letting her do things her way.
- Character Development:
- By "The Good Lars", Sadie comes to understand that she can't force Lars to be happy (like what she did in "Island Adventure") and instead focuses on her life instead of trying to help with Lars' problems.
- In "Sadie's Song", she was very nervous over performing to an audience, though it's mostly from her mother unintentionally pressuring her. By "Sadie Killer", she can sing in front of an audience with little nervousness.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Sadie became very upset with Lars when she caught him hanging out with Jenny and the cool kids, after lying to her to get out of work.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts like one to Steven, showing a lot of patience with his antics and likes hanging out with him after work.
- Cute Bruiser: She's quite a cutie and can handle herself in action-packed moments.
- Damsel out of Distress: With one of the Topazes kidnapping her and Lars running away in fear, Sadie opts to break free by biting the Gem's hand.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Joking Victim," "Island Adventure" and "Sadie's Song." Particularly "Sadie's Song," the first one that doesn't heavily involve her crush on Lars and her only major role in Season 2.
- Dogged Nice Girl: Downplayed and deconstructed. For the former, Lars does like her back in the same way she does, but is too insecure and selfish to actually admit it. And for the latter, it's because of his constant change in attitude, which is usually being a sour jerk, that has Sadie wondering if he even cares about her at all.
- Dude Magnet: Her Belligerent Sexual Tension with Lars notwithstanding, her interest in his rare horror film gained her the favor of Ronaldo.
- Fat and Skinny: The chubby Fat to Lars' lean Skinny.
- Friend to All Living Things: Implied. One of Steven's cat fingers took a liking to her.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Inverted. Sadie loves horror movies, and keeps an extensive collection of them. A trait she shares with Jenny Pizza as discovered in "Sadie Killer".
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: In "Sadie's Song", she's shown to have a veritable mountain of plush toys in her bedroom. She doesn't seem to actually like them, but they're all gifts from her mom so she just doesn't want to get rid of them.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: After getting attacked by a big fish while she, Steven and Lars were walking on the beach in "Island Adventure", Sadie sports a tiny scar under her left eye.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Sadie has blonde and is much nicer to Steven than Lars is.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Has a major crush on Lars.
- Hidden Depths:
- It turns out that she loves horror movies.
- Starting in season 5, she becomes the lead singer/songwriter for a band with Buck, Jenny, Sour Cream, and Steven.
- Hopeless Suitor: Zigzagged. While it's clear in some moments that Lars has feelings for Sadie, his selfishness causes their relationship to suffer. There's also how her trapping both of them and Steven on an island just to get closer to Lars would understandably upset him, which made their already strained relationship even more so. And even with all that she clearly cares more about Lars than he cares about her, much to her chagrin. Emphasis on "clearly".
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's much shorter than Lars. In fact, despite being in her late teens, she's barely any taller than Steven.
- Hypocrite: Sadie becomes greatly upset with Lars about lying to her in "Joking Victim", but tries to justify her lying to him in "Island Adventure".
- Hypocrite Has a Point: In spite of how Hypocritical it was of her to lie to Lars in "Island Adventure", she was not entirely wrong in that Lars needed the experience as it did help him open up to her more.
- I Can Change My Beloved: Implied and deconstructed. For the former, it's not stated outright, but in "Island Adventure" she exasperatedly and angrily asks Lars why he won't let her help him, implying she wants to make him a better person; it's further implied in "The Good Lars" when she admits she wishes she could force him to be happy. As for the latter, no matter your intentions, you can't force someone to be happy or change their ways, doing so would only make things worse.
- Irony: Initially, Sadie wasn't all that interested in befriending the Cool Kids, and they barely knew her, unlike Lars who desperately wanted to be their friend and was acquainted with them. By season 5, Sadie has become closer friends with any of them than Lars was.Sadie: [Lars] wants to be in with them so much. It's funny. I never thought I'd be the one hanging out with them.
- Large Ham: Becomes one when singing with Steven and the Cool Kids.
- Love Hurts:
- Breaks into tears when she sees that Lars ditched his job to spend time with Jenny and the other kids. Steven thinks she's just upset that he lied, but what makes her more upset is that she thinks that Lars is interested in Jenny.
- It hurts to the point that when a Steven-possessed Lars tells her he loves her, she refuses to believe it and instead believes he's just trying to hurt her.
- In "I Am My Mom", Sadie is left visibly distraught over Lars abandoning her when she was subdued by Topaz.
- Love Martyr: Downplayed and deconstructed. For the former, while she does try to help Lars, she has her limits when it come to his attitude. As for the latter, even with her attempts of being nice to him, it won't mean anything because she has become fed up with his jerkiness as well as the fact she can't force Lars to change.
- Nice Guy: Sadie's usual attitude is very warm and friendly, and she is generally very patient when it comes to putting up with Lars.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She loves horror movies and she was able to improvise lyrics to a zombie-themed song on the spot, even slipping into an impromptu zombie costume in the process.
- Not So Above It All: While Sadie is genuinely nice, she can do very flawed actions.
- Only Friend: Outside of Steven, Sadie is one of the few who actually likes Lars.
- Out of Focus: During almost the entirety of Seasons 2 (barring "Sadie's Song") and 3.
- Performance Anxiety: Struggles with this in "Sadie's Song" after Steven talks her into performing in Beachapalooza. "Sadie Killer" has her beginning to overcome it as she joins a band as lead singer/songwriter with Buck, Jenny, Sour Cream, and Steven.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite being a short teenager, Sadie can take on and win against a corrupted Gem.
- Plucky Girl: She is always friendly to Steven and does her job with great enthusiasm.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Usually give these to Lars in regards to his selfish behavior and only hanging around her when he feels like it.
- Scars Are Forever: Has a scar on her cheek ever since the events of "Island Adventure".
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Quits her job at the Big Donut to become the frontman of a band with Jenny, Buck, Sour Cream, and Steven at the end of "Sadie Killer".
- Shipper on Deck: Chastised Lars for embarrassing Steven in front of Connie in "Bubble Buddies".
- Ship Tease: With Lars. At one point, Steven thinks they are married already and some of their dialogue can be construed as romantic tension.
- Stout Strength: She's noticeably chubby, and also one of the strongest humans on the show. She can easily overpower Lars, and even stagger a Gem Monster with her bare hands. We find out later that she was active in sports when she was younger.
- Straight Man: More sensible and down to earth than Steven or Lars.
- The Southpaw: As seen in "Coach Steven", Sadie is left-handed.
- Take This Job and Shove It: At the end of Sadie Killer.Sadie: And I can come to practice, and I can come to the next show, and the show after that!Steven: But Sadie, don't you have work?Sadie: Hah! (Sadie takes off her work uniform) I QUIT!
- Teens Are Short: While it's unknown what her exact age is, it's presumed to be in her mid to late teens. Plus, she's around the height of Steven.
- Took a Level in Cynic: When Lars is abducted by Topaz and Aquamarine, she becomes the only employee of the Big Donut. The near-constant shifts and soul-crushing tedium causes her to become much more negative and irritable than usual.
- Trademark Favorite Food: As seen in "Joking Victim" and confirmed by Word of God, Sadie likes oyster crackers.
- Tsundere: Normally sweet as pie, but can lose her patience with Lars on occasion.
- Transplant: Sadie and Lars were both characters created for comics Rebecca Sugar drew in college before being reused for Steven Universe. The main difference was that they were college students instead of apparently high-school aged coworkers.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Lars can be a jerkass to her, but if you hurt him, then Sadie will hurt you. In fact, she once defeated what would equal a grown gorilla to protect him.
- Woman Scorned: When Steven suggests they prank Lars by putting a little fire salt in his doughnut in retaliation for his lying, she stops him at first, questioning whether or not pranking for revenge would make her sink to his level. When Lars walks in pulling the same lie to skip more work moments later, she grows quiet and dumps the entire container into the pastry, causing Lars to breathe actual fire from the spiciness.
Beach Citywalk Fries
Frycook and owner of Beach Citywalk Fries.
- Anime Hair: His blond hair looks like a stack of fries. One would think that it is part of his hat until he takes his hat off and reveals otherwise. "Restaurant Wars" shows he doesn't seem realize this, as when Steven brings it up he doesn't understand what Steven's talking about.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has thick eyebrows, unlike his sons.
- Butt-Monkey: He gets his sign ripped off by strong gusts, his car crushed by Red Eye debris, and his restaurant attacked by its own mascot.
- Enemy Mine: The reason why the last Restaurant War between him and Kofi Pizza ended.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": His last name is Fryman and he owns and operates a restaurant that seemingly exclusively serves variations on french fries. The same goes for his sons.
- Improbable Hairstyle: How does his hair stay up like that even without his visor?
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not exactly one of the most emotionally tuned parents in the series to his sons, but does have moments where it's clear he loves his kids.
- Nice Guy: Always indulges Steven's love for fry bits even if he exasperated by it and he was the first to see if Greg and Steven were okay after their car swerved off the road in "The Return".
- Nice Hat: A red visor hat.
- Parental Obliviousness: Until the end of "Frybo", Fryman seemed ignorant of Peedee's depression and hatred of wearing the Frybo costume. He also doesn't seem to have done anything about Ronaldo's borderline-psychotic behavior.
- Parents as People: While he does love his sons, Fryman expects them to want to follow in his footsteps and reacts negatively when they don't.
- Unnamed Parent: He's only referred to as Mr. Fryman. Even Kofi only calls him "Fryman", despite Fryman calling Kofi by his first name.
Steven: Smiles on faces?
Peedee: No. You get cash. Cash that can't buy back what the job takes.
Fryman's younger son. Tends to have a gloomy but pragmatic outlook on life.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Appears to be somewhere between eleven and thirteen years old, yet is already cynical about work and the nature of a job.
- Ambiguous Disorder: His mention of odd numbers "feeling cleaner" and, later, his desire to alphabetize the condiments at Beach Citywalk Fries may imply he has OCD.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His blond dreadlocks look like potato wedges.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Inverted. While he may be the youngest of his family, he is also the most responsible and level-headed. Basically, he acts as the adult for his own father and older brother.
- Big Brother Worship: Peedee is dearly devoted to his older brother, and while he doesn't necessarily believe in Ronaldo's conspiratorial theories, he indulges his interest in order to ensure he stays happy. When he helps Ronaldo interrogate a snake-person (really Steven in disguise), he breaks down when Ronaldo suggests that Peedee might have to "take [Ronaldo] out" should he become infected with "amphibinoids." When Ronaldo's theories about the snake-people are disproved, he is emotionally devastated. Upon seeing this, Peedee quickly leads Ronaldo in a new direction with his research, revitalizing his brother's spirit.
- Burger Fool: His job consists mostly of playing Frybo, the Beach City Fries mascot. He hates every minute of it. By "Cat Fingers" he's been promoted to working the fryer and/or taking orders, which he seems to consider a more dignified position.
- Character Tics: He tends to clench his shirt in his hands when nervous or worried.
- Childish Tooth Gap: Inverted. While Peedee does have a slight gap in his teeth, he's also a cynical Adorably Precocious Child who is more responsible than his older brother.
- Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder: To his brother - "Keep Beach City Weird" suggests he knows how bizarre his behavior is.
- The Cynic: Working for his father caused Peedee to develop a cynical outlook on life. Just see the character quotation above.
- The Dutiful Son: Peedee is the responsible son of Fryman. Unlike Ronaldo, he doesn't shirk his duties at the store.
- The Eeyore: His job has left him sad and cynical. After he reconciles with his dad and moves to a more dignified post, he seems considerably better adjusted.
- Family Theme Naming: His name is a play on Speedee, the original mascot of McDonalds.
- Foil: To Steven. He's the first child around Steven's age introduced, they both come from families where a lot of responsibility is placed on them, and they both have Missing Moms. However, Peedee's cynical world-weariness exactly mirrors Steven's boundless energy and optimism.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He's much more responsible than his older brother Ronaldo. Even Fryman says as much, acknowledging that Peedee will do fine during a power outage but doesn't think the same of Ronaldo. However, Peedee is also convinced of Ronaldo's "snake people" theory by Steven's terrible costume in "Keep Beach City Weird", either because he's that gullible or because he desperately wanted his brother to be right so he'd stop being so depressed. He also takes his job so seriously that his dad needs to drag him away from the stand while the town is being evacuated.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He wishes he could be a kid like everyone else, but, for a long period, his desire for his father's approval kept him from being able to fully enjoy his childhood.
- Leitmotif: "Peedee's Blues".
- Neat Freak: Peedee was tasked with cleaning some condiment bottles twice, but cleans them three times because "odd numbers just feel cleaner".
- Nice Guy: In spite of his cynical outlook on life, Peedee is a responsible and trustworthy person.
- Out of Focus: In comparison to Lars and Connie, whom Peedee debuted not long after, Peedee isn't seen very often past his debut, and when he does and has lines, it's usually near/in relation to his job as a fry cook. If he appears outside the Beach Citywalk Fries, it's usually in a non-speaking role, and past the Frybo incident, he has yet to go on an adventure with Steven as opposed to Lars, Connie, or even Sadie or the Cool Kids.
- Rank Up: Between "Frybo" and "Cat Fingers", he graduates from mascot to working the deep fryer.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Viewers often mishear his unusual name as "Petey" or "PD". The show's storyboards even use "PD" for short.
- Toothy Issue: Peedee is missing an upper tooth.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He clearly wants to be seen as a valuable member of his dad's business. He succeeds when his dad realizes how much his son hates being a mascot.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Peedee may be a young kid but he's got an old soul, which leads to moments of profound contemplation.
- The Workaholic: Whatever the weather, Peedee seems to always be working. He's so devoted to the Beach Citywalk Fries that his father has to literally pull him away from the restaurant during an alien invasion in "The Return".
Fryman's elder son, and Peedee's older brother. He runs a blog, called "Keep Beach City Weird", about the strange happenings around Beach City. He seems to be obsessed with the supernatural, to the exclusion of pretty much all else.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Is apparently held in low regard around Beach City, with Lars' line during their childhood flashback being an indicator that he's always been the subject of mockery.Young Ronaldo: Why do you care so much what other people think!?
Young Lars: You wouldn't say that if you knew what other people say about you!
- Ambiguous Disorder: Given his need to feel special and his I Reject Your Reality beliefs, there appears to be something genuinely off with him. Whenever someone debunks his "theories", he goes into a meltdown that leads to severe depression.
- Agent Mulder: Parodied; Ronaldo is a firm believer in the supernatural in a world affected by magic aliens. Problem is he's almost always wrong about which parts are supernatural, or in what way if they are.
- Anti-Villain: Ronaldo has a tendency to only think about himself, can be a Jerkass on occasion, and some of his endeavors to search for "the truth" have put either himself or others in harm's way. However, a few of his episodes point out that he does this because he wants to feel important, and after Steven calls him out on the former two, he realizes how much of a jerk he can be, and promises to work on it.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Has fry-like hair like his dad and brother, though his are more reminiscent of curly fries. In Keep Beach City Weird, he even calls them "frylocks".
- Attention Whore: When sentient watermelon people start attacking him, he's less concerned with his own safety than getting it on video for his livestream.
- Birds of a Feather: "Restaurant Wars" shows that he and his girlfriend, Jane, are both anime-loving, overly dramatic people.
- Butt-Monkey: Out of everyone in Beach City, Ronaldo seems most prone to misfortune.
- Character Blog: Keep Beach City Weird.
- Character Development: "Rocknaldo" takes all of his negative traits and puts them on full display, then calls him out on them. By the end of the episode, he's a more considerate individual who has decided to help out the Crystal Gems by handing out pamphlets informing people about how they can help and get along. He asks Steven how he feels about putting in some personal info, and when Steven refuses, he doesn't push it.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Appeared in the background in "Frybo" before his first speaking role in "Cat Fingers." In a meta example, his blog was started several weeks before the show actually began to air.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's a bit... odd, even by Beach City's standards. Case in point; the first thing he assumes when Steven buys a pizza for two is that he's pregnant. Taken Up to Eleven in "Keep Beach City Weird", where he almost kills Steven under the belief that he's a snake person.
- Conspiracy Theorist: He seems to be the only person in town who actually pays attention to the weird stuff going on, but he also thinks they're caused by things like vampire spaceships from the 1960s. Also deconstructed in "Keep Beach City Weird", which shows his beliefs as actually being dangerous to himself and those around him, not to mention that he's mainly a conspiracy theorist so he can feel like he's special. He gets depressed when Steven points out that he and the Gems are responsible for all of it, and Steven and Peedee end up trying to get him back on the wagon just to get him back to normal. At the end of said episode, he comes to the conclusion that all these things were caused by polymorphic sentient rocks, ignorant of the fact that he's technically described the Gems. The thing is that he seems to be a competent investigator... but the Gems have been around so long that everyone's used to them and they're considered a normal part of Beach City, so his pathological need to discover things that are "weird" makes him blind to considering them as the cause of any problems.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Among his dozens of rambling theories, a few turn out to be shockingly accurate:
- He expresses a fear of a "Diamond Authority" of polymorphic sentient rocks hollowing out the Earth to drain its resources. 6000 years ago, the Homeworld Gems (whose leaders are indeed called the Diamond Authority) did try to suck up Earth's resources to make more Gems and hollow out the remains for a new colony and now plan to turn it into a giant "geo weapon".
- He correctly realizes that most of the supernatural dangers to Beach City are a result of the Gems living there (even if he misses the larger point that they're protecting the earth as a whole)... though this one isn't that hard to figure out.
- His presentation in "Sadie's Song" seems to be making an association between said "rock people", Peridot, the Injectors in the Kindergarten, and the Homeworld symbol. Said things are all closely related, despite no clear means for Ronaldo to have even seen the latter two.
- Back in Rising Tides, Crashing Skies, Ronaldo at one point asks Steven if Homeworld came back to put the Beach City citizens in a human zoo. It turns out as stated by Pearl in "Adventures in Light Distortion", that Homeworld specifically Blue Diamond collected humans 5,000 ago to put in a human zoo.
- In "Rocknaldo", he asks why Steven alone doesn't go by his gem name. It's oddly prescient once it's revealed Rose wasn't using her real gem name either.
- In "Keep Beach City Weird" he tries to attack the Crystal Gems with his "psychic ghost powers". While he was wrong about himself being a psychic, it turns out that Steven has Psychic Powers due to his Diamond heritage that allow him to astral project and possess other beings like a ghost. Steven even describes his psychic encounter with the Diamonds as a "standard psychic ghost situation", implying that Ronaldo's idea stuck with him.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: A Conspiracy Theorist version would apply. He's quite imaginative and would make for a pretty good science fiction author if he weren't such a nutcase.
- Dumbass Teenage Son: Ronaldo isn't a complete idiot, but he does make rash, delusional choices that show he lacks basic common sense.
- Expressive Accessory: As can be seen on his blog, his "Loch Ness Blogster" that matches his expression before and after his wrestling match with the Purple Puma.
- Family Theme Naming: Is named after Ronald McDonald, sharing a McDonalds theme with his brother.
- Foil: To Lars. Both slackers with a certain degree of egotism, but have otherwise opposite personalities and character flaws. Lars is unpleasant but more or less functional and so obsessed with being seen as cool that he ends up hurting the people he's closest to. Ronaldo is more friendly but mentally unstable and cares so little about what people think that he's a social outcast. Years ago they were friends, but their different priorities ended up putting an end to that.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Despite being a lot older than Peedee, he's definitely the foolish one. Besides the conspiracy theories, he's constantly shirking from work, when Peedee still does his share even if he doesn't like it. Even Fryman says as much, acknowledging that Peedee will do fine during a power outage but doesn't think the same of Ronaldo.
- Freaky Is Cool: His blog is called "Keep Beach City Weird" for a reason.
- Friendless Background: He doesn't really have any friends in Beach City. He was friends with Lars when they were kids but they had a falling out. The closest thing he has to friends are Peedee, Steven, and Sadie.
- Has a Type: Ronaldo appears to like girls who share the same interests as him. He wanted to get closer to Sadie after finding out she liked horror films and has a girlfriend, Jane, who liked anime as much as him.
- Heroic BSoD:
- Goes into a severe depression when he realizes that all of the weird stuff happening in Beach City is actually connected to Steven instead of him.
- Has another one when his girlfriend walks in on Steven's plan of him faking love for Kiki to get their fathers to stop fighting. He spends the rest of the episode either trying to contact her or crying about it.
- Hidden Depths:
- Is a big fan of horror films and anime. He quickly develops a crush on Sadie when he finds out she loves horror films too and proves to be rather charming to someone with similar interests to his (Who would have pegged Ronaldo as an effective flirt?).
- He apparently has an encyclopedic knowledge of cars (even though he gets around on a scooter).
- I Just Want to Be Special: When it comes down to it, the main reason he's a Conspiracy Theorist and an Agent Mulder is a desire for something about/in his life to be "important".
- I Reject Your Reality: He gives a speech to Steven that his idea of "truth" is just looking for even the smallest evidence that a gut feeling is right while ignoring any facts that might contradict it.
- It's All About Me: He's mainly a conspiracy nut because he wants to feel important. Key indicator is his woefully inaccurate definition of what the truth he's seeking is.Ronaldo: Peedee, Peedee, Peedee! You gotta look at the big picture here! Something important is finally happening to me!
- Jerkass Realization: He finally shows awareness of his own egotism in "Rocknaldo" after Steven calls him out on his selfish, Hypocritical behavior.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Given that he owns one and his Occidental Otaku nature, he seems to be a believer in this. He's tried to use it as a weapon a few times, never successfully.
- Keet: A teen example. Ronaldo is highly excitable and is prone to being overly-enthusiastic in his research endeavors.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: About a lot of topics, but one moment that sticks out is a bit in "Reunited" where he's shown proudly talking to Bismuth while wearing armor and a sword, with the latter looking at him with confused disgust. Though the dialogue isn't heard, it's not a stretch to speculate he was trying to explain his crappy replica armor to an Ultimate Blacksmith.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Happens in "Restaurant Wars" when his girlfriend Jane shows up the moment a fake romance between Ronaldo and Kiki is otherwise having the intended result of their parents breaking off their feud. Jane mistakes this as Ronaldo actually cheating on him and dumping him, leading him to expose the entire plot in order to keep her from leaving him, but doing nothing more than getting Kiki's dad to resume the ban.
- Narcissist: His ego tends to be a defining trait of his, and his main motivation for pursuing conspiracy theories. He even turns being a social outcast into something that sounds a lot like ego-stroking, saying "even among outsiders, I am the ultimate outsider."
- Noodle Incident: Going by his blog Rolando apparently has a tattoo that he regrets getting.
- Occidental Otaku: Comments on his blog and in "Keep Beach City Weird" indicate that he's an anime fan, particularly of Magical Girlfriend anime; one of his favorite anime is about an otaku who sells his soul for a girlfriend.
- Proud to Be a Geek: Ronaldo frequently (and loudly) talks about the supernatural, anime, and horror movies, both online and in person.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: He refers to the Moon Base as Steven's, assuming he owned it basically just because he knew about it. Turns out, as Steven is actually the son of Pink Diamond, it actually is his moon base.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: His glasses go opaque when he's attempting to be pensive in "Full Disclosure".
- Shipper on Deck: He refers to Connie as Steven's girlfriend in "Rocknaldo", although this was part of an unreasonable complaint that Steven was showing favoritism toward her.
- The Slacker: He tends to slack on his chores at work when he thinks he found a lead.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Zig zagged. Ronaldo is a slacker who makes erroneous theories, but he is right about supernatural beings and magic existing, but that's from guessing instead of actual investigation.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks very highly of himself and wants others to know it too. It gets especially bad in "Rocknaldo", to the point where Steven can't take it anymore and blows up at him.Steven: You're just a guy with a blog!
- Stout Strength: He's got enough muscle under that pudge to overpower Lars, lift him up over his head, and bodily throw him across a room. He also takes on the Gems and... well, gets his ass kicked. But he survives getting kicked across the room and having a barrel broken over his head without any apparent injury, and knocked out Steven with a potato.
- Too Dumb to Live: His blog mentions him leaving the gas on the stove then laying down in a closet to try and astral project. When pinned under a fridge but with his phone in reach, he only attempted to contact his family through posts in his blogs instead of just calling emergency services.
- Unreliable Narrator: Take what he says with a grain of salt because it's likely he's just spouting utter nonsense just to feel important.
- We Used to Be Friends: He and Lars were friends when they were kids. They had a falling out because Ronaldo took a picture that was proof of something supernatural but Lars tore it up because it would also have embarrassed him (and broke their promise about their club being a secret).
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He's quite right that magic, supernatural beings, and aliens exist, but his theories about them being involved in some sort of secret, world-controlling conspiracy—like the "Snake People"—are dead wrong. His theory about a Diamond Authority that controls polymorphic sentient rocks who want to hollow out the Earth (i.e. the Homeworld Gems) is actually right, but that's due to dumb luck rather than actual investigation or deduction. The center of his biggest problem is that he NEEDS to find "weird" things, but the clearly magical and alien Crystal Gems are mundane to the public eye, so he ignores them as the cause of most problems just because it's too obvious to him. It's even possible that he was correct about the Homeworld Gems actually because he is a very capable investigator, but was only able to form such a clear picture because he didn't realize they were the same species as the "mundane" Crystal Gems and dismissed the idea.
Steven's supportive, good-natured best friend. Due to her father's work as a security guard, she traveled around frequently with her family, until they moved to a town near Beach City. As a result, Connie didn't have any friends until she met Steven at a local parade, a year prior to the series. Steven saved her glow bracelet before even meeting her officially. Their real introduction comes in "Bubble Buddies", when he protects her from falling rocks, accidentally leaving them in a shield bubble. After their adventure, the two become inseparable good friends. While she's not always around to participate in Steven's life with the Crystal Gems, she does so with enthusiasm when the opportunity arises.
See here for tropes regarding her.
Dr. Priyanka Maheswaran
Connie's mother and a medical doctor, Dr. Maheswaran is a rather strict authority figure and initially seems skeptical of her friendship with Steven, but eventually eases off of her and seems to warm up to him.
- Abusive Parent: Not physically or intentionally, but her Control Freak tendencies and very harsh punishments (calculated by the use of an abacus) have made Connie very afraid of her reactions. Thankfully, she realizes how damaging her behavior is to both Connie and their relationship in "Nightmare Hospital", and promises to ease back.
- Action Survivor: In "Nightmare Hospital", Dr. Maheswaran maintains a considerable amount of composure when the Gem Clusters have her, Connie, and Steven cornered. Of course, she was completely oblivious about Gems and the like, but even when fear struck her, she still remained calm. She even rammed the door with a Gem Cluster behind it using a stretcher and shoves the stretcher down the hallway to distract the cluster, allowing her and the children to escape. She earns bonus points for being strong enough to knock the Cluster back, considering that Gems, in general, are much stronger than humans.
- Anti-Villain: She may be a Control Freak, but it is shown that she does love her daughter and that the fear Connie has of her was completely unintentional.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: She has trouble believing that Connie's eyesight was magically healed, despite being under assault by horrific abominations and protected by a magical bubble generated by a thirteen-year-old.
- Badass Normal: Possesses enough physical strength to ram a Gem mutant with a stretcher and knock it back, and as a human with no experience, there's the fourth most impressive feat against a Gem in the entire series (the first being Sadie taking down a Gem with a spear in "Island Adventure", Greg ramming Lapis' water clones with his van in "Ocean Gem", and Jenny standing in the path of Garnet's fist to save Steven in "Joy Ride").
- Birds of a Feather: Implied to be this with her husband since they share similar personalities and perspectives.
- Character Development: Along with her husband, she lessens her strict nature in regards to raising Connie, becoming more open-minded.
- Control Freak: Claims that she knows all of Connie's activities until Connie gives her a huge call out.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Downplayed. Her tone in "Nightmare Hospital" implies that she is more bothered by the fact that Connie is hanging out with Steven than she is about her sword training or the fact that a fully-grown magical pink lion is involved. Granted, Steven is the the reason Connie is involved with both of the later.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Parent: While she looks like one from her first introduction, the truth is a bit more complicated. Additionally, she's shown to be able to handle dinner at a restaurant with a giant eight-limbed monster that turns into three smaller aliens, an enormous pink lion, no less than two Cluster Gem monsters as patients, and Connie training with a giant magic sword, without kicking up too much of a fuss.
- Her mothering is a stark contrast to Roses, though to what degree is only obvious once we get a better idea of Roses character. Mrs. Maheswaran oversees Connies life constantly, and has done everything she can to make sure her child has a successful future. Rose couldn't be there for Steven, which has left him with obvious issues, and wanted her child to have their own life even before they were born.
- Yellow Diamond is a better example, regarding their similar parenting skills on Connie and Pink Diamond, respectively. "Jungle Moon" makes it symbolic by having her portray Yellow and Stevonnie as Pink in the latter's dream, showing that Yellow's dismissive attitude and strict chiding nature towards Pink makes it somewhat similar to her treatment to her daughter. However, while Priyanka managed to see the error of her ways and change herself for the better by the end of "Nightmare Hospital", Yellow (along with Blue) refused to relent on Pink regarding on her decision to give up her colony according to the flashback in "Can't Go Back".
- Hartman Hips: She has rather wide hips.
- Hidden Depths:
- While Dr. Maheswaran is described as being uptight, she didn't seem all that put-off after meeting Alexandrite and was only upset because Connie lied to her.
- The first part of "Nightmare Hospital" shows her to be extraordinarily overanxious, controlling, and strict to the point of verging on abusive. When Connie confronts her about how little her mother knows about her and how desperately she's been hiding all of her magical sword-fighting adventures out of fear that her mother would force her to stop being friends with Steven, Dr. Maheswaran is genuinely shaken. Upon realizing that she has driven her daughter away with her strictness and unbending parenting, she admits that she only wanted Connie to be safe and that she loves her, and comes up with a compromise: that she'll try to accept that hanging around with Steven has changed Connie's life for the weirder, as long as Connie is honest with her about those changes.
- Hypocritical Humor: She believes that Universe cannot be Steven's real last name (in a way, she guesses correctly—Greg's original last name was DeMayo before he legally changed it). A Bilingual Bonus shows that theirs is even more outlandish.
- Innocently Insensitive: Doesn't realize how much her daughter resents her being a Control Freak and is genuinely shocked to find out.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- She was technically in the right to be mad about Connie lying to her about Steven's family in "Fusion Cuisine".
- Her reaction towards seeing Connie with a sword in "Nightmare Hospital" may seem over the top, but she makes good points on how swords are dangerous.
- And like the first example, Dr. Maheswaran was right of how Connie's lies to her and Doug only furthered the relationship troubles between the three.
- Jerkass Realization: In "Nightmare Hospital" she eventually realizes she's being a Control Freak that Connie resents and is afraid to open up to and tell about certain... important changes in her life.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Controlling and smothering as she is, all she wants is for Connie to be safe. And when Connie told her that her My Beloved Smother tendencies were hurting her, Dr. Maheswaran agreed to become more open-minded as long as Connie wouldn't lie.
- Lawful Stupid: Despite the rapidly worsening situation in "Nightmare Hospital", she keeps refusing to go back on her rule and give Connie the sword. That said, this does make sense, since she had no idea that Connie was actually experienced enough to use such a weapon without endangering herself.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Connie kept her in the dark about Gem stuff, until an encounter with one of the Fusion experiments forced Connie to tell her what's been happening.
- Mama Bear: In "Nightmare Hospital", despite her extremes in parenting and punishment, she truly does love Connie and genuinely wants the best for her. The Mama Bear aspect comes in when she rams a Gem Cluster with a testing table to clear the way for them to escape.
- My Beloved Smother: Dr. Maheswaran is overprotective of Connie to an arguably abusive extent, forbidding her from watching a medical television show for being unrealistic and coming down very hard on her when she learns Connie lied to her about Steven's family. She refers to Greg's "because we love you" explanation as a "shut-down" and compliments it as such, which strikes some viewers as a red flag. She absolutely flips out when she finds that Connie and Steven brought Rose's Sword into her home. She's convinced Connie will wind up with her entire face cut off, and grounds her for bringing it into the house... using an abacus to determine how long Connie is grounded for. Unsurprisingly, this causes Connie to be afraid of her mother and not be open about the magical happenings in her life.Connie: I hate that abacus.
- Odd Name Out: Of her family, she has a traditional Indian name.
- Open-Minded Parent: In "Nightmare Hospital", after Connie tells her the truth about the Gems and shows off her sword skills, she admits she's been too harsh and will try to be more open-minded from now on.
- Out of Focus: In Season 3, she was only mentioned. She returned in "Storm in the Room" the following season for a minute appearance.
- Parental Obliviousness: She thinks she knows everything her daughter does but never found out on her own about any of the supernatural goings-on Connie'd gotten involved in. Connie calls her out on not noticing that her glasses no longer had lenses for almost a year.
- Parents as People: She really wants to be a good mother to Connie and make sure she's safe, but she really goes overboard with it. Fortunately, she vows to work on getting better.
- Skewed Priorities: She seems more wary of Steven than she is of Rose's sword and Lion. Subverted to a degree, since when you really think about it, Steven could be a very dangerous influence on Connie.
- Unfazed Everyman: She initially doesn't find it the least bit suspicious that two of her hospital patients are Gem Clusters. After learning the truth, she thought it was a bit suspicious that they didn't have a pulse.
- Unnamed Parent: Her first name is not stated in the show or credits. According to Ian Jones-Quartey, it's "Priyanka".
- Villainy-Free Villain: She's not an active threat towards Connie or Steven, but posed as a small obstacle to them due to her differing opinion on their activities.
- Weirdness Censor: Not finding a heartbeat on a completely inhuman looking body that is moving under its own power and blaming it on the stethoscope means she either has this or is Too Dumb to Live, which is not very likely.
Connie's father, who is a bit more laid back compared to her mother. He has a job as a private security guard for various beaches in and around Beach City.
- Abusive Parents: Like his wife, while not physically or intentionally, his authoritarian and disciplinarian tendencies have made Connie fearful of him, particularly in regards to if he finds out about the secret side of her life. He and his wife use an abacus to determine how long to ground their daughter. Like Priyanka, he's dialed back on this.
- Adorkable: When trying to impress Connie, he takes on a ridiculous By-the-Book Cop persona while working security. Which includes praising the abilities of his flashlight, dropping one-liners left and right, and dramatically taking off his glasses... and then putting them back on.Doug: Just kidding. I need these to see.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Connie inherited her thick eyebrows from him.
- Birds of a Feather: Implied to be this with his wife since they share similar personalities and perspectives.
- Character Development: Along with his wife, he lessens his strict nature in regards to raising Connie, becoming more open-minded. By the time he gets his own episode, he's much goofier, while still occasionally asking Steven if he should be "eating garbage before dinner".
- Deadpan Snarker: Shows signs of this when he first meets Alexandrite."I hope this place has unlimited breadsticks."
- Drives Like Crazy: He is specifically terrible at driving in snow, and completely in denial about it.
- Glasses Pull: He removes his glasses for dramatic effect in "Doug Out" and quickly puts them back on because he can't see without them.
- Hardboiled Detective: Parodied. He talks like a jaded detective from a crime drama, but most of his work involves chasing teenagers away from the theme park.Doug: I can't believe this. They're mocking us! What is it that you want here?! Prizes? Fun? You think this is the place to get your kicks? You sick monster. Destroying the sanctity of this land of fun!
- Hidden Depths:
- Like his wife in "Fusion Cuisine", despite meeting Alexandrite (a 50-foot giant) and his sarcasm, he is very cordial towards her and her "husband".
- In the same episode from above, Doug has expressed an interest in comedy, complimenting Garnet on her line "no dinner for one thousand years" and telling Steven and Connie several jokes in "Doug Out".
- In the same above episode mentioned above, he demonstrates a much more playful personality when he's alone with Steven and Connie, implying that he's either loosened up or most of Connie's strict childhood was Priyanka's doing.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He starts to take a dim view of his security job when both his wife and his daughter save people for a living.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Connie kept him in the dark about Gem stuff. He was apparently let in the know somewhat sometime between "Nightmare Hospital" and "Gem Hunt", as Connie mentions both her parents knew she was on a mission with the Crystal Gems, but "Doug Out" shows he has no idea what Gem Monsters or Gem Mutants are, or what Homeworld is.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: His surname is Tamil, while his given name is American.
- Out of Focus: Unlike his daughter and wife, Mr. Maheswaran does not appear in Seasons 2 or 3, and is only mentioned. He finally gets an episode to himself in "Doug Out".
- Overprotective Dad: Doug seems somewhat less strict than his wife, but still goes along with her. He also separates Connie and Steven when they hug in "Fusion Cuisine".
- Parents as People:
- In a similar vein to his wife — Mr. Maheswaran is a strict but loving parent. His restrictive nature verges on being overprotective and causes Connie to miss out on ordinary pleasures most kids her age enjoy. For example, Connie is forbidden from consuming food with high trans fat content; consequently she has never eaten a donut. But, he just wants her to be safe.
- "Doug Out" shows that, like Connie, he feels insecure and ignored by the world at large.
- Unnamed Parent: His first name is not stated in the show and only shows up in credits in the fourth season (which is odd, as the one episode he's in is named after him).
- "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: He spends most of "Doug Out" trying to impress Connie with his job, as he admits his being a security guard is less exciting than practicing medicine like his wife or Connie's adventures with the Crystal Gems. He accepts that it doesn't really matter, as Connie enjoys spending time with him while she can relax.
Beach City Funland Amusement Park & Arcade
Harold Smiley, who seems perfectly willing to live up to the mood his name implies, is a Jack of All Trades. He runs the Funland amusement park, but also during his younger days, did the safety video for Big Donut (which is still in use today). He also is the Master of Ceremonies for Beach City's underground wrestling league.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Thick, black eyebrows.
- Glory Days: A former actor and R&B singer (though his only major credit so far is for an instructional video used to train new employees at Beach City's doughnut shop). Don't remind him about the former part. Had a comedy act with a man named "Mr. Frowney" (real name Quentin).
- Ink-Suit Actor: The training video at Big Donut even has Mr. Smiley with Sinbad's 80s-90s flattop. Coincidentally, he bears a striking resemblance to Colton Dunn as well.
- Large Ham: He is very expressive and even has a "job" (which he probably isn't being paid for) as a Large Ham Announcer.
- Meaningful Name: He is often seen smiling, and he continues smiling even while furious.
- New Jobs As The Plot Demands: First, he's seen working the rides at Funland. He's also the Large Ham Announcer for the small-town underground wrestling ring in "Beach City". Then he works at the Funland Arcade, apparently running it by himself. He used to sing educational videos back in the 80's. The list goes on. Lampshaded in Too Short to Ride.
- Nice Guy: He's a pretty friendly guy.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The only time he stops smiling entirely is when he hears Mr. Frowney is in town and still suffering from depression. His expression immediately morphs into one of genuine concern.
- Perpetual Smiler: He'll often continue to smile even when his words and body language make it clear he's upset.
- Stepford Smiler: It's often implied that underneath his smiling demeanor is someone who's stressed and overworked.
- The Unsmile: Sometimes his smiles look a bit...unnatural.
- Word of Gay: Storyboard artist Raven Molisee has stated that he is gay.
Fish Stew Pizza
Kofi is the cranky owner of Fish Stew Pizza. He has two daughters, Jenny and Kiki. His mother, Nanafua, also assists with the pizza. He doesn't care for the Gems because of all the violence and destruction their presence causes in Beach City and to his business, particularly.
- Angry Black Man: He is mostly in an uptight foul mood.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His topknot looks like a slice of pizza.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Kofi has the thickest eyebrows of his family.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": His family's last name might be "Pizza"—Steven calls Kofi "Mr. Pizza" and the family "the Pizzas" a few times, but it's unclear if this is their actual family name or just a nickname. Word of God has stated Kofi and his mother emigrated from Ghana, so it's possible that he legally changed his surname to something that he thought Americans would like.
- The Hyena: When he and Garnet score a point in a volleyball game, he starts laughing a lot.
- Improbable Hairstyle: How does Kofi's hair stay in that shape without something supporting it?
- Jerkass: Seems to think of the Gems as an obnoxious, reckless circus act rather than heroes and is generally antagonistic. He also forced Jenny to throw her volleyball matches with him by angrily threatening to ground her if she touched the ball.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Jerk he may be, Garnet did wreck his shop's sign then leave without so much as a word, and she never really cared about the damage she caused even toward the end of the episode.
- Like Parent Unlike Child: Unlike his joking and flighty mother, and fun-loving kids, Kofi is very serious and high strung.
- The One Guy: Kofi is the only male of his family.
- Perpetual Frowner: Most of the time Kofi is seen frowning.
- Pet the Dog: While he may have been outraged at the Gems (specifically Garnet) for destroying his sign without even a proper apology, but he asked Steven how such a "nice boy" could be raised by them.
- Serious Business: His rivalry with Fryman in "Restaurant Wars" gets to the point of insisting that customers sign a giant slab of paperwork and accept a "VIP card" that's mounted on the end of a hot branding iron. Before the episode's halfway point.
- Unknown Rival: In "Beach Party", the Gems barely even remember the restaurant they've been banned from exists, nor do they care on account of not needing to eat (Amethyst, the only one who likes to eat, says the pizza isn't that good, anyway). Even at the end, they cannot recall what store the family owns after being unbanned.
- Visual Pun: His name is Kofi and his hair is shaped like a coffee pot. And he could probably use less of it to be honest.
- Would Hurt a Child: Played for Laughs. During his feud with Fryman in "Restaurant Wars" he attempts to brand Steven.
Daughter to Kofi and twin sister of Kiki. She is friends with Buck and Sour Cream.
- Always Identical Twins: She and Kiki are not specified as being identical, but the only way to tell them apart is their different clothes and hairstyles.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In "Restaurant Wars", Jenny motivated Ronaldo into pretending to be Kiki's boyfriend saying he'll get to hang out with the cutest girl in town (not second, considering Jenny knows she's very attractive) while kissing Kiki's cheek. In "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service", Jenny gladly accepted to do Kiki's duties so her twin could have a free day.
- Bifauxnen: During "The Big Show", she rocks the tux she's wearing.
- Big Sister Instinct: Seems to have this a bit for Steven, at least during "Joy Ride", particularly when she puts herself in harm's way to protect him when the Gems mistake him for Peridot due to being in Peridot's pod at the time.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Downplayed, but it's there in her second appearance with her back-talking to Kofi but otherwise she's a Nice Guy.
- Even Bad Women Love Their Mamas: Of the irresponsible teen variety. Despite her flaws, Jenny has shown to love her grandmother dearly and gets along well with her.
- Evil Twin: She actually refers to herself as one to Kiki in "Joy Ride", though it's in the Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling context rather than literal.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Jenny mentions that she's always pointing out that Kiki is the nice sister of the two of them, even calling herself the "evil twin"."It's like, 'don't ask me for help with your homework, I'm at some metal concert!'"
- The Freelance Shame Squad: In "Sadie's Song", she admits that she'd find amusement in an accident that resulted in an injury during the talent show, no matter how badly it was. She also said she'd get it on camera for good measure.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Inverted. "Sadie Killer" shows she shares Sadie's love of horror movie, even being surprised she managed to get a copy of the rare "The Lurch" movie.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: She's the fun-loving, Ms. Fanservice "Beautiful Sister" to Kiki's dutiful, responsible "Smart Sister". Averted since despite their personality differences they care about one another.
- Good Bad Girl: Jenny is the irresponsible daughter of her family and shirks her responsibilities, but she's all around fun and good-hearted person (see her Big Sister Instinct, Even Bad Women Love Their Mamas, and Nice Guy sections).
- Hidden Depths:
- "The Good Lars" shows she can play the keyboard with a clarinet-like piece.
- She's a fan of horror films and can play bass as revealed in "Sadie Killer".
- In-Series Nickname: Her full name is "Jennifer" but she's regularly referred to as "Jenny".
- Metalhead: She mentioned going to a lot of metal concerts (one of which is called "Uber Rage"). Jenny doesn't match the looks or demographics of a stereotypical metal head, but she definitely has the rowdy attitude.
- Ms. Fanservice: Jenny is regularly portrayed as one of the most attractive people on the show, and wears a lot of outfits that accentuate her figure."I don't need sleep to look pretty!"
- Nerves of Steel: You have to give her props for stepping into the path of Garnet's fist in order to save Steven and prevent Garnet from destroying the escape pod, warning her that Steven was inside. Considering Jenny has witnessed how much damage Garnet can do, she definitely has the stones to put herself in danger to save someone.
- Nice Guy: Jenny is selfless, brave, and friendly.
- Odd Name Out: Is entirely removed from her dad and sister's name scheme.
- Polar Opposite Twins: The partying, carefree twin sister to Kiki's responsible, studying attitude.
- Sassy Black Woman: Downplayed. Jenny is sassy, but not so much to play this trope straight.
- Similar Squad: Quite a few fans have noticed how she and Amethyst have some very similar traits, including lip and eye shape, personality, and few fashion choices (they both seem to prefer some sort of tank top.)
- Smurfette Principle: The only girl in the Cool Kids.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Justified. She and Kiki look exactly alike because they're identical twins.
Daughter of Kofi and twin sister of Jenny.
- Always Identical Twins: She and Jenny are not specified as being identical, but the only way to tell them apart is their different clothes and hairstyles.
- Ambiguously Bi: In "Restaurant Wars", Kiki was willing to pretend to be Ronaldo's girlfriend in order to get their parents to stop fighting, even blushing when the idea was brought up. In Issue #2 of the comics however, she ends up asking Stevonnie to be her date at her school's local dance. Considering Stevonnie's androgynous nature (and the fact that they bonded over trying out dresses), it is just as likely that Kiki sees Stevonnie as a woman as she would see them as an effeminate man.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service", Kiki overworked herself in a misguided attempt to not let Jenny down, but, if her dream, pizza-made version of Jenny is to be taken, Kiki knows that her twin will be more annoyed over working than actually mad at her and will understand if she says no to her.
- Bad Dreams: In "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service", her letting Jenny push off her responsibilities onto her give her recurring nightmares about being dragged by cheesy hands down into pizza and drowning.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service" focuses on her.
- Does Not Like Shoes: When not dressed for work, or out having a run, she goes barefoot.
- The Dutiful Daughter: Kiki takes her job at her family's establishment quite seriously.
- Extreme Doormat: Lets Jenny push off her responsibilities onto her because she doesn't want to let her twin down, despite the stress it causes her. Steven helps her stand up for herself.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Kiki is always seen working at the shop while Jenny is hanging out with her friends.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: She's the dutiful, responsible "Smart Sister" to Jenny's fun-loving, Ms. Fanservice "Beautiful Sister". Averted since despite their personality differences they care about one another.
- Hair Decorations: Kiki usually wears a pink ribbon to hold up her hair.
- Hopeless Suitor: Gets a crush on Stevonnie in the 2017 comic, only for the Fusion to let her down gently.
- Neat Freak: Downplayed, Kiki isn't as extreme as most example, but while playing volleyball in "Beach Party", she tries to stay clean.
- Nice Guy: Holds no hard feelings for the Gems destroying Fish Stew Pizza and seems to enjoy Steven's company.
- Polar Opposite Twins: The responsible, studying twin sister to Jenny's partying, carefree attitude.
- Ship Tease: When Steven suggests she should pretend to be Ronaldo's girlfriend to end their family's feud, she blushes.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Justified. She and Jenny look exactly alike because they're identical twins.
Mayor Nanefua Pizza
Mother of Kofi, grandmother to Kiki and Jenny, and, as of "Dewey Wins", newly-minted Mayor of Beach City.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In "Political Power", she eggs on the mob to tip over Mayor Dewey's car and encourages them to attack him. Taken Up to Eleven in "Dewey Wins" when she uses public discontent with Dewey after the kidnappings to launch a mayoral campaign and effectively oust him as mayor.
- Cool Old Lady: Often jokes around, to the delight of her granddaughters. Her first appearance has some amazing one-liners, and ends with her leading as the Gems and the Pizzas team up to defeat a giant pufferfish.
- Dirty Old Woman: She congratulates Jamie on a successful play by getting his autograph and giving him a slap on the ass. She's also seen reading a somewhat saucy-looking romance novel at the library in "Buddy's Book".
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Upon seeing the building damage Garnet caused, Nanefua gives an understated "Cheese on bread!"
- Like Parent Unlike Child: Nanefua acts as a foil to Kofi's high strung personality, being calm and playful while he is hot-headed and dead serious.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: She's about the same height as Steven and much shorter than her son and granddaughters. She's so small, in fact, that she and Kiki actually once did a talent show act where she sat on Kiki's lap and pretended to be a ventriloquist dummy.
- Nice Guy: Nanefua is a peaceful woman and is concerned with keeping harmony in her family and defusing stressful situations.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: After becoming mayor, she sets up plans to warn the town in the case of a Gem-related emergency and keep food rations.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: She wears oval-shaped glasses and was the strategist behind her family and the Crystal Gems taking down the puffer-fish Gem.
- The Social Expert: She is very intelligent and knows exactly what to say to get people on her side. In "Dewey Wins", she delivers such a Rousing Speech that Mayor Dewey resigns on the spot and gives the job to her.
- Specs of Awesome: She wears glasses and is an expert strategist.
- The Strategist: In "Beach Party", she immediately organizes a plan to take out the puffer-fish Gem.
Mayor Bill Dewey
Mayor Dewey holds the highest title in Beach City and is currently running for re-election. He does not seem terribly shaken by the presence of the Crystal Gems or the weirdness they bring to his town except when it might affect revenue. He has stepped down from the Mayor's office as of "Dewey Wins".
- Adorkable: Tends to blush and stutter through his public speeches, and is a horrifically embarrassing father towards Buck in his attempts to sound cool.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Buck consistently shows resentment and annoyance towards his father, being exasperated at his father's attempts to seem cool and hip.
- Ambiguously Brown: Dewey has coral-brown skin, but his last name implies English or Scottish ancestry.
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat: "Political Power" shows that he takes it upon himself to clean up the after-effects of most Gem-related damage that hits Beach City. It certainly explains why he seems to be so stressed.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Thick, round, and brown eyebrows.
- Bread and Circuses: His preferred tactic to keep the citizens of Beach City distracted from the fact that their town is regularly threatened with destruction due to being immediately adjacent to an alien temple. Everyone else sees right through it, but appreciate Dewey's efforts to make life easier. After Homeworld Gems commit a series of kidnapping of Beach City residents, everyone realizes they need to do more — including Dewey, who resigns because he knows Nanefua would be a better leader.
- The Chains of Commanding: Is very aware of the downsides of being in charge and hit with it often, commenting how if things go wrong, people usually blame the Mayor. To the point that he eventually steps down from the position, abdicating the seat to Nanefua Pizza and admitting she'd do a much better job at running the town.
- Characterization Marches On: He isn't as mean and uptight as he was in his first few appearances, and more recent episodes show him to be rather goofy and high-strung, which could either be a case of Hidden Depths or him taking a level in kindness.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Dewey is cynical and somewhat egotistic, but still does everything he (thinks he) can do to help the city.
- The Cynic: Dewey believes his job as mayor is to distract people from their problems, because he thinks that's all the mayor can do.
- Family Theme Naming: Both his and his son's first name are related to money. A "bill" and a "buck" are slang terms for paper currency. It may also be a reference to President Truman's famous maxim about politicians taking responsibility (not to mention Truman's main opponent in the 1948 presidential election, Thomas E. Dewey).
- Foil: To Greg. Both are loving fathers, but Greg gave up a promising music career and often hangs around with Steven during his day job. Meanwhile, Buck resents his dad for spending all his time on his political career. Also, Greg entered a relationship with Rose Quartz while Mayor Dewey is too awkward in his attempts to make a move on Pearl, who wouldn't be interested anyway.
- Heroic BSoD: Mostly played for laughs, but he breaks down sobbing and tries to refill the ocean with a hose when it disappears.
- Hidden Depths: He seems to consider government jobs essentially useless in the larger scheme of the world. However, he sees his role as mayor as someone who keeps the people of Beach City happy and content, even when things are a mess.
- Hopeless Suitor: He's attracted to Pearl, but she barely knows him. Even once she shows an attraction to a human, it's a FEMALE human.
- Incoming Ham: His arrival is often accompanied by a siren-like "May-or Dew-ey, May-or Dew-ey" from his car.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He resembles his voice actor quite a bit.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When he goes around lying to people during the blackout in "Political Power", Steven is skeptical (and it's obvious that at least some of his motivation is political, since he also hands out campaign buttons); but Mayor Dewey's argument that the most important thing is to avoid a riot is entirely reasonable.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: "Political Power" shows that he does genuinely care for his constituents, despite his gruff exterior. In "The Return" he wastes no time (well, a little when he was pondering a catchy slogan) in helping the evacuation, when everyone would have expected him to become flabbergasted at the potential political fallout from it.
- Mayor Pain: We don't see much of his actual political actions, but his campaigning suggests he's very much an incompetent blowhard. Ultimately subverted, though, as he knows how weird and dangerous Beach City can get and is concerned about keeping people from rioting/getting hurt/not reelecting him because of it.
- Meaningful Name: His name probably comes from Dewey Beach, one of the small coastal towns in Delaware that Beach City is based on.
- Out of Focus: Outside of a fantasy sequence in "Steven Floats", he was completely absent for all of Season 3, and was only mentioned in Season 4.
- Parental Neglect: His son Buck implies he cares more about his political career than him, although Buck actually seems glad for this.
- Parents as People: While it's clear that Bill does love his son and want to look cool to him, Buck resents Bill for spending all his time with his political career.
- Politicians Kiss Babies: Does so very demonstratively in "Lars and the Cool Kids".
- Propaganda Machine: A consummate politician, Dewey slaps a "Dewey for Mayor" slogan on anything even remotely related or connected to him. Ironically, his constant electioneering doesn't even seem necessary, as from all evidence he seems to run unopposed and is fairly popular (though this is in spite of his boostering, rather than because of it).
- Small Name, Big Ego: Zigzagged. He sees walking on the beach beneath him and chews out Greg for playing with Steven instead of washing his car. Furthermore, comforting the citizens in his mind seems to involve political schmoozing, handing out free buttons with his face on it, and making sure the townspeople see his Mayor Dewey mobile. On the other hand, he does seem to genuinely believe this is the method to keep the Beach City residents content and puts their happiness first. He's also cynical about attempting any actual government change and sees the comfort of the town as his true job. Most of his ego seems to revolve around believing that's what the people want to see. In "Historical Friction", he's surprised when the townspeople enjoy the true-to-life, struggling hero that was William Dewey, rather than the Marty Stu Dewey initially wrote.
- Sweat Drop: Exaggerated. You'd be hard-pressed to find a scene where his perspiration remains invisible. Maybe it's because he's a Nervous Wreck. Maybe it's because he's wearing that blazer all the time in the middle of the summer. Probably both.
- Too Important to Walk: Rides around in a car with a giant model of his head on top. Everywhere. Even in the sand.
- Totally Radical: Often tries (poorly) to use teenage slang in order to appeal to the youth of Beach City.
- Two First Names: Something he shares with his son — "Dewey" can be used as a first name.
Lars: That's rough, bro.
Buck: Not really. The lack of daddy kisses in my life made me who I am.
The son of the mayor. Friends with Jenny and Sour Cream.
- Ambiguously Brown: Like his father, Buck has brown-coral skin.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: His mayor father is utterly dedicated to keeping Beach City in line, and kissing babies to further his career — and in the process neglects to manage or show affection to Buck himself.
- Commander Contrarian: Most of his dialogue in "Lars and the Cool Kids" seems to serve entirely to contradict and confuse Lars.Lars: Check out MY shirt!
Buck: Oh, that snake is nasty.
Lars: ...Oh, haha! Yeah, I hate snakes!
Buck: Oh, what? That's too bad, some snakes are pretty cool.
- Cool Shades: Wears a pair of blackish-grey sunglasses.
- Curtains Match the Windows: Buck has dark brown eyes and dark brown hair.
- The Cynic: He is a bit of a cynic, finding Steven's naive love for his father "funny" and saying that Steven offers a counterpoint to his cynical worldview.
- Family Theme Naming: Both his and his father's first name are related to money. A "buck" and a "bill" are slang terms for paper currency.
- Hidden Depths: Buck has attended a Montessori school in the past. These involve an alternative educational approach designed to teach children who have difficulty learning in a typical, regimented classroom environment.
- Hipster: In "Shirt Club", Buck actually wanted to put the "Guitar Dad" design Steven made on shirts because he thought it was funny that Steven liked his dad. Steven helps him appreciate sincerity again.
- Mellow Fellow: His general laid back and calm personality mimics that of Garnet's, along with his voice.
- Nice Guy: Buck is a pretty relaxed individual whose favorite activity is hanging out with his friends. He keeps an open mind and appreciates other people's points of view...most of the time. And when he realizes that he takes something too far, he's not afraid to admit it and apologize.
- Similar Squad: More than a few fans have noted how he and Garnet have some very similar traits, including personality, eyewear, lip and nose shape, laugh, and associated color. In one of the pictures from "Joy Ride", he's seen standing besides Garnet, doing the exact same pose, highlighting their similarities.
- Spoiled Sweet: Occasional hiccup aside, he's generally a good dude who's genuinely friends with Steven. As for the spoiled side, there is the fact that his dad's the mayor.
- Sunglasses at Night: His glasses stay on at all times of day. We've only seen him without them a few times, one of which◊ being because they fell off while Frybo was throttling him.
- Two First Names: Something he shares with his dad — "Dewey" can be used as a first name.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: "Shirt Club" heavily implies that Buck had a closer relationship with his father when he was younger.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Subverted. While Buck has a distant relationship with his dad, he credits it as making him the person he is today. That said, he shows annoyance in "Joy Ride" that his father chastises a lot of what he does because of how it'd reflect back on him.
Fish & Chips
A young boy seen around town who doesn't seem to talk to anyone but his parents. He is often bored, and driven by boredom to commit acts ranging from minor vandalism to outright mayhem. Sour Cream's half-brother and Vidalia's son.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Onion has never spoken or vocalized beyond the gibberish he speaks to his parents, and he doesn't seem to understand the pictorial diagram that Steven drew. This heavily implies that Onion has selective mutism. His inability to interact with other children without being perceived as bizarre or frightening has been compared to how "normal" children perceive those with mental disorders. Even Steven, who doesn't have a mean bone in his body, is often unsettled and put off by Onion's seemingly incomprehensible behavior, even when Onion doesn't appear to mean any harm.
- Ambiguously Human: He doesn't have ears or eat food, and even Steven himself was originally unsure if Onion was human. The video tape of Onion being born proved that, if nothing else, he came into the world through human methods.Steven: Oh no, there's lots of humans! My dad, Connie, Lars and Sadie, the mailman, Onion—I think...
- Anatomy Anomaly: Like the Gems, he has no eyebrows and he and his father are the only human characters with no ears.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: With his chubby round body, pale skin and tufty hair, he actually looks like an onion. The one time an onion actually gets brought up in conversation, it has his face on it.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Onion is the baby of his family, and may be the youngest known character in Beach City.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Onion, on his own, is just a bored little kid. Give him the power of a mystical replicator though, and he will pose a challenge even to the Gems, and with a totally deadpan expression. See also when he quietly stared at Mayor Dewey in "Political Power" while brandishing a baseball bat.
- Birds of a Feather: A platonic example — He's a Creepy Child, has an Ambiguous Disorder, and loves to Troll the residents of Beach City whenever possible. So, it's unsurprising that he has friends who are a lot like him.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: The only food he actually seems to like is Guacola, a drink that everyone else finds disgusting.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Given his lack of morals, and his just bizarre tendencies he seems to function on this.
- A Boy and His X: "Onion Friend" reveals that Onion has a pet python.
- Bratty Half-Pint: It's implied that Onion is younger than Steven and he almost caused destruction to Beach City simply out of boredom.
- Cheerful Child: He seems pretty peppy and eager to help in "Bubble Buddies".
- The Collector: He enjoys collecting GUYS and GALS figurines. All that trouble he caused in "Onion Trade" was because he really enjoys collecting them. One of his most prized possessions is a chest filled with them.
- Creepy Child: Bordering on an Enfante Terrible with his remorseless theft of basically anything he wants, and apparent lack of anything resembling human morals. He has a tendency to give Steven rather disturbing looks whenever he's in the mood for chaos.
- Early-Bird Cameo: While his first proper appearance was "Bubble Buddies", he first appeared in the opening, far in the background to the right of Connie. Mr. Smiley catches him trying to steal tickets. Even within the show proper he first made a cameo in "Laser Light Cannon".
- Eating Lunch Alone: Seen doing this in "Steven's Lion".
- Edible Theme Naming: Sour Cream and Onion. Their father is named after a fish. Their mother is named after a type of onion. Fish and chips.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: For everything else he does, Onion is very well behaved around his parents.
- Family Theme Naming: He and his family have Edible Theme Naming.
- Foil: To Steven. Both are given a lot of freedom for their age, they're the youngest of their families, and their fathers have some absence in their lives (moreso with Onion than Steven); they even share the same voice actor (their fathers also have the same VA as well). However, Steven is often seen helping out the citizens of Beach City and is very well behaved; Onion commits numerous illegal activities during his free time and has a weird set of morals. While Steven is a major Nice Guy, Onion is a jerk with a very-well Hidden Heart of Gold.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Downplayed. While his older brother, Sour Cream (responsible) is a rebellious teen, Onion (foolish) is more destructive and frequently causes mischief.
- Free-Range Children: Deconstructed. Onion is given no supervision and has committed numerous illegal acts in the process. His mother is the free-spirited Vidalia, who doesn't really care all that much. She's still a very loving mother, but doesn't really care about watching over him.
- Freudian Excuse: Onion's really lonely because a) he has a hard time connecting to other people and b) the only children that are his age and understand him only visit town during the summer.
- The Gadfly: Onion really gets a kick out of seeing other people's reactions to his antics. At one point during "Onion Friend", he shows a moan-filled video of his birth to Steven and just watches as the latter cringes and hides in horror and later fools him into thinking that he fed a mouse to his pet snake after offering to let Steven do the honors.
- Gag Haircut: His hair looks like the top tuft of an onion.
- Hidden Depths: "Onion Friend" shows he has a talent in art when he makes a potato sculpture of Steven.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: The way he ended up giving one of his toys to Steven in "Onion Friend" implies he actually tricked Steven into coming to his house because he wanted to be his friend. A possible explanation for all the torment he gives Steven is that he wants to be Steven's friend and is trying to impress the older boy in his own weird way. "Onion Gang" reveals he has a group of friends that are just like him... but they only visit during the summer, leaving him a lonely little boy during the rest of the year.
- It Amused Me: This seems to be the actual reasoning behind nearly everything he does. "Onion Trade" shows us a day in the life of Onion. He robs a vending machine, barters for a guy's lunch, rides his moped over a bunch of ketchup packets and then lets it explode, and finally trades Steven his own stolen toy for a powerful duplicator wand which he uses to rain destruction upon Beach City. All apparently because he gets bored waiting for his father.
- Jerkass: Onion steals with no sign of remorse and causes mayhem probably because it amuses him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Vidalia has told Steven that Onion really does value his friendship with him. At the end of "Onion Friend", he even gives one of his many Guy and Gal figures to Steven. It's implied in "Onion Gang" that he hangs out with Steven because he feels Steven is lonely and has no one his age to play with.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: "Onion Trade" ends on this note, with Steven coming up with an elaborate explanation for why Onion stole his figurine, saying Onion was bored and that the figurine was a symbol of a fatherly bond Onion wishes he could have with his own father. Onion indicates that only the first part is true. That said, "Onion Friend" goes back on this a bit and shows that he does have a genuinely kind side, even if it's really well-hidden and even if he's really weird.
- Karma Houdini: Despite causing a lot of mayhem in "Onion Trade", he doesn't get any kind of punishment for it. He also seems to regularly get away with stealing from vending machines and arcade machines.
- No Brows: Like the Gems, Onion has no eyebrows except when making certain facial expressions.
- Non-Standard Character Design: His appearance is rather strange even for the show's cartoony artstyle: his head is shaped like a vegetable, he has no eyebrows or ears, and his skin is actually a very pale shade of yellow. Steven casually mentions that he's not even sure if Onion is human. He is human, but he sure doesn't look like he would be.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- He normally has an unflinching reaction to everything, but he was seriously creeped out by Steven-as-Lars' overly happy behavior.
- The misunderstanding in "Doug Out" seriously terrifies the kid, to the point he runs to Steven for comfort and to try to communicate with him. He's noticeably relieved when he learns that he's safe. Only for him to be even more shaken by his encounters with Topaz and Aquamarine, vocally panicking just as much as everyone else.
- Perpetual Expression: His face almost never changes from a blank stare.
- Pet the Dog:
- In "Onion Friend", Onion's about to feed a mouse to his pet snake, but when he perceives that Steven is uncomfortable with that, he shows Steven, in a rather odd way, that the mouse is still alive.
- In "Onion Gang", he visits Steven because he thinks Steven is lonely, and he later shows that the kids spared the beetle after Steven was deeply uncomfortable with killing it.
- Phrase Catcher:Steven: ONION!!!
- Picky Eater: Exaggerated. He wastes all the food he's presented with, throwing it away or just plain spitting it out. The only thing he's been seen eating is Guacola, which everybody else finds disgusting, and popcorn in "Bubble Buddies". However, this may have changed somewhat, since he's seen eating Chaps in "Reunited".Steven: Why do you hate food?
- The Quiet One: He seemingly only speaks to his parents, and even then they only make sense to themselves.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Onion occasionally has red eyes, and a lot of the stuff he's done (filled the town with Dave Guys, tried to light the roller coaster on fire, is a frequent thief) makes him someone you should definitely keep an eye on.
- Significant Double Casting: Shares the same voice actor as his foil, Steven.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Onion really weirds Steven out, and often seems to be doing it deliberately. The fact that he's a Foil of Steven doesn't help. Driven home by Steven's frequent shout of "Ooooonion!" when dealing with his latest antics.
- Sticky Fingers: Seen to rob from the machines at the arcade twice and snuck into Steven's house to steal his Ranger Guy figurine. He can even be seen getting caught by Mr. Smiley in the opening trying to run off with an armful of tickets. "Onion Friend" begins with him hiding away in Steven's pantry and running off with a bag of chips.
- Token Evil Teammate: Out of his family, Onion is the one who commits illegal acts.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: His limelight episode, "Onion Trade", has him stealing, destroying property, and breaking into people's houses and almost annihilating Beach City. All because it amused him. Later on, in "Too Short to Ride", he attempts to burn down Funland's rollercoaster.
- The Unintelligible: Onion rarely ever speaks, yet when he does, it's solely in mumbles that only his family members can understand.
- Unusual Pets for Unusual People: A strange, creepy child who has a large snake for a pet. The comics also show him owning a crocodile.
Onion's father and Sour Cream's stepdad. A fisherman by trade who spends a lot of time at sea.
- Affectionate Nickname: As of "Drop Beat Dad", Sour Cream calls his stepdad "Yellowdad", compared to the disdainful "Yellowtail" before.
- All There in the Script: He's not referred to by name in-series until "Onion Friend"; before then his name was only in the credits for his second appearance in "Steven and the Stevens" (he was just called "Onion's Dad" for the credits in "Onion Trade").
- Anatomy Anomaly: His hat and hair cover it up, but an old photo shows◊ that Yellowtail, like Onion, has no ears.
- Berserk Button: For obvious reasons he does not like Marty spending time with Sour Cream.
- Character Development: The reason behind his and Sour Cream's strained relationship is the former wanting the latter to take over the fishing business but the latter wanting to be a DJ. By the end of "Drop Beat Dad", Yellowtail comes to accept his son's aspirations.
- Edible Theme Naming: A yellowtail is a type of fish. His sons are named Sour Cream and Onion. His wife is named after a type of onion. Hence, fish and chips.
- Family Theme Naming: He and his family have Edible Theme Naming.
- Family Man: He loves his family very much.
- Father Neptune: He's a fisherman who's always wearing a yellow raincoat and has a full Seadog Beard.
- Good Parents: Despite not always being there for his family, he does love them dearly and genuinely cares about their well-being.
- Happily Married: With Vidalia. She doesn't care for her ex-lover, Marty, and is happily content with Yellowtail. And a brief scene of them together in "Onion Friend" shows her taking portraits of him like a model.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Sour Cream understands him, at least.
- Meaningful Name: Yellowtail is named after the fish of the same name, corresponding to the fact that he is a sailor.
- Morality Pet: He and Vidalia are the only ones that Onion respects and will stop his mayhem when he's around either.
- Nice Hat: A bright, yellow rain hat.
- Papa Wolf: He's none too happy when Marty starts associating with Sour Cream, and he becomes furious when he finds out Marty had been using Sour Cream to gain a quick buck.
- Parents as People: He may not understand Sour Cream's desire to be a DJ, but he loves him anyway and he eventually comes around to accept it just because it makes his stepson happy.
- Seadog Beard: Just look at his picture.
- Second Love: To Vidalia, after her brief fling with Marty.
- Significant Double Casting: Shares the same voice actor as Greg.
- Strong Family Resemblance: A photo seen on the fridge in Vidalia's kitchen during "Onion Friend" shows that Yellowtail looked a lot like Onion when he was younger.
- The Unintelligible: While more talkative than his son, said talking is a string of murmuring gibberish. This is later implied to be an actual language, with Vidalia at least being shown to understand it, and both Sour Cream and Onion speaking it fluently.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: His job doesn't give him much time to spend with his family. Around his house, there's a piece of paper that lists him as only being home every other week.
A mellow teenager often seen hanging around town. He's Yellowtail's step-son, Onion's half-brother, and Greg's manager Marty's illegitimate son. He aspires to be a DJ.
- Big Brother Instinct: In "Are You My Dad?", Sour Cream is passing missing posters for Onion and is visibly worried over his little brother's disappearance.
- Calling Parents by Their Name: He has a somewhat strained relationship with his stepdad Yellowtail, who wants Sour Cream to follow in his footsteps and be a fisherman. Sour Cream even calls his dad by name a few times in "Drop Beat Dad", though after he helps salvage a rave that Sour Cream's biological father Marty bailed on, Sour Cream calls him "Yellowdad".
- Calling the Old Man Out: In "Drop Beat Dad," Sour Cream reunites with his absent father Marty, who offers to make up for lost time by upgrading his son's ramshackle rave into a full-blown concert. When it is revealed that Marty hijacked the show to shill disgusting soda, Sour Cream makes it know that he doesn't need Marty or his product endorsement to be a DJ — in the same gibberish language his stepfather and half-brother speak.
- Character Development: Due to Yellowtail disapproving of Sour Cream's aspiration to being a DJ, their relationship was strained, with Sour Cream often referring to Yellowtail as either his name or "stepdad". After the event of "Drop Beat Dad", which includes Yellowtail coming to terms with his son's passion, Sour Cream also begins to warm up to him and even refers to him as "Yellowdad".
- Catchphrase: "I could totally rave to this."
- Edible Theme Naming: Sour Cream and Onion. Their father is named after a fish. Their mother is named after an onion. Fish and chips.
- Family Theme Naming: He and his family have Edible Theme Naming.
- Follow in My Footsteps: Yellowtail wants him to be a fisherman, but Sour Cream only wants to be a DJ.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Downplayed. While Sour Cream (responsible) is a rebellious teen, he's nowhere near as destructive as Onion (foolish).
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Sour Cream has pale, blond hair and is one of the nicest characters in the series.
- Hairstyle Inertia: Sour Cream has the same point from his baby days.
- Heroic Bastard: His parents (Vidalia and Marty) conceived him out of wedlock. Thankfully, he's the exact opposite of his biological father.
- I Got Bigger: Pointed out by Amethyst in "Onion Friend".Amethyst: I can't believe how long it's been! I mean, check this guy out! I used to be bigger than him!
- Improbable Hairstyle: His pale blond hair is styled into a point similar to Pearl's.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: He has ice blue eyes and is one of the nicest characters in the series.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Can speak the same mumble-language as his half-brother and stepfather.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Like many of the teens he has one with Steven, mainly due to their love of music and performing.
- In the Hood: He wears a blue-grey hoodie.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: He is the exact opposite of his selfish ass of a biological father.
- Like Parent, Like Child:
- His interest in the music business, albeit in different aspects of it, is the only personality trait he shares with his father.
- "Greg the Babysitter" shows that he inherited his mother's laid back attitude.
- Meal Ticket: Marty briefly uses Sour Cream as one during their time together in "Drop Beat Dad." The second he hears about his son's rave, Marty turns it into a concert, which he then hijacks to promote Guacola. Even in their interactions, Marty strictly refers to Sour Cream with nicknames and his DJ status, showing that he sees him as a sucker to get rich off of rather than a son.
- Mellow Fellow: Very laid back, though he has issues with his stepdad's wishes for him. "Greg the Babysitter" reveals he's been like this since birth.
- Nice Guy: Sour Cream has a soft-spoken, easygoing, and honest personality and gets along with Steven.
- Parent with New Paramour: It's not known when exactly Vidalia entered a relationship with Yellowtail after Sour Cream was born, but besides the tension over Sour Cream's dream of being a DJ they seem to get along pretty well. If anything Yellowtail's desire to see Sour Cream continue the family fishing business suggests he draws no distinction between his biological and step children.
- Similar Squad: More than few fans have noted how he and Pearl have some very similar features, including hairstyle, skin tone, eye design, body type, and associated colors.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He looks a lot like his biological father, minus the shark teeth and age lines. That's the only thing they have in common.
- Vocal Dissonance: A noodle-skinny rave kid, with the fairly deep voice of Brian Posehn. He's also had that voice since he was a baby.
Sour Cream and Onion's mother. She's a long time friend of Amethyst. She likes to paint artwork (mostly of Amethyst, whom she considers inspiring) in her free time, when she's not looking after her sons.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: In the past, she had a fling with Marty and conceived Sour Cream from it. Single Woman Seeks Good Man nowadays, however, since she married Yellowtail.
- Anime Hair: Her hairstyle matches perfectly with that of a Vidalia onion.
- Birds of a Feather: With Amethyst — One reason why she and Vidalia are such great friends is because they're both free spirits.
- Cool Old Lady: She is roughly the same age as Greg and is just as cool, if not cooler than him (Amethyst's statement in "Onion Friend"). She's a loving family woman, paints as a hobby, and is not afraid to use a shotgun to protect her family.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Her brief appearance in "A Story for Steven" suggested she was rather cold and aloof, but photos of her with Amethyst show a softer side that's much more obvious when she's older.
- Edible Theme Naming: As with her two sons Onion and Sour Cream, she shares her name with the Vidalia onion. With her husband Yellowtail, the entire family is named after food.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In her youth, her hair was much longer. Nowadays, its chin-length.
- Family Theme Naming: She and her family have Edible Theme Naming.
- Former Teen Rebel: Her first appearance showed she was a snarky, punk-rock wearing Jerk with a Heart of Gold type of girl. In the present, she has become a mellowed out Nice Guy and responsible mother.
- Good Parents: She's supportive of Sour Cream's dreams to be a DJ, and she dotes on Onion.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blond hair and is one of the kindest characters in the show.
- Happily Married: With Yellowtail. Vidalia doesn't care for her ex-lover, Marty, and is happily content with him. And a brief scene of them together in "Onion Friends" shows her taking portraits of him like a model.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Marty implies Vidalia and her friends party pretty hard. Theories quickly popped up that she got pregnant with Sour Cream with Marty inside Greg's van while he was up on stage performing for Rose (and if she didn't, they were doing something that made Greg cringe). All this apparently changed when Sour Cream was born.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Was apparently once this with Amethyst, considering they chat up a storm after they meet again and all the paintings in her garage were of Amethyst.
- Housewife: She's Happily Married to Yellowtail, and watches over the house while he's out at sea. She doesn't see him too often, but this doesn't get her down. In terms of parenting her sons, she's very supportive and shows that she's a really great mother.
- Interspecies Friendship: Vidalia (a human) is close friends with Amethyst (a Gem).
- I Was Quite a Looker: While Vidalia is still pretty good looking, as a young adult she was stunning.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: During her younger days. She was sarcastic and aloof, but did her best to be a good mom to Sour Cream, tolerated Greg despite his being a freeloader, and was a good friend of Amethyst. She's evolved into a Nice Guy by the present time.
- Mama Bear:
- When she thinks someone is breaking into her house (not realizing it's Steven and Amethyst), she greets them with a double-barreled shotgun.
- In "Greg the Babysitter", she gives this line to Greg when he babysits Sour Cream for her.Vidalia: (to Greg) And if anything bad happens to my kid, you better pray your space goddesss magic can bring people back from the dead because I will destroy you.
- MayflyDecember Friendship: She's actually well-acquainted friends with Amethyst, but they haven't seen each other in a while. She's middle-aged since her introduction in "Story For Steven". Of course, Amethyst is 6000 years old and immortal.
- Mellow Fellow: Gender-flipped. Vidalia's laid back nature was passed down to her eldest son.
- Morality Pet: She and Yellowtail are the only ones that Onion respects and will stop his mayhem when he's around either.
- Nice Guy: She's very empathetic, listening to Amethyst talk about how Garnet and Pearl's fight has been affecting her. Even she was younger, she was exceedingly patient with Greg's habit of crashing at her house and eating her food.
- Odd Friendship: A bit unexpected to find that she's friends with Amethyst, but they are both free spirited, so it's easy to see how they did.
- Old Friend: With Amethyst. They used to hang out together a lot, but they drifted away for a while before meeting up again in "Onion Friend".
- Open-Minded Parent: She doesn't mind Sour Cream using up the house's electricity while DJing, while mentioning Yellowtail would be cross.
- Parental Obliviousness: Although she affectionately calls Onion a "little troublemaker", she seems completely oblivious to the mayhem and illegal antics that Onion commits on a regular basis.
- Rapunzel Hair: In her youth, Vidalia's hair reached her knees.
- Rebellious Spirit: She's settled down a little bit from her youth, but only a little; when Amethyst makes fun of her for wearing slippers, Vidalia jokes that Amethyst doesn't know what she's done in those slippers.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Despite having a brief fling with Marty, she ended up marrying Yellowtail, a mellow and hard working family guy.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Like her son Onion, she has an onion-shaped head, hair the same color and similar shape, similar skin tone, and the same nose. Her hair is not as long as it once was, but now out of all of her family, hers resembles an onion the most.
- Soul-Sucking Retail Job: When she raised Sour Cream alone she worked at a T-shirt shop. The uniform itself had a silly face on it.
Beach City Post Office
Beach City's mailman, and an aspiring actor.
- Adorkable: His relationship with Steven, his crush on Garnet, and his love for Shakespeare show off his more dorky tendencies.
- Ambiguously Brown: Jamie has olive-tanned skin and it's unknown what his exact ethnicity is.
- Art Evolution: In the early seasons, Jamie's nose was more prominent.
- Ascended Extra: He appeared in one early Season One episode for about a minute, appeared in a few crowd shots, then vanished. Come Season Two, he is given two starring roles. Lars didn't even receive a Season Two episode.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Jamie's eyebrows are quite thick.
- Birds of a Feather: With Steven — He shares several quirks and tendencies like him, making the two good friends.
- Bishōnen: Parodied in "Love Letters", when he takes on a hilariously exaggerated "bishie" face while gushing over Garnet.
- The Bus Came Back: In "Love Letters," he reveals that he actually did leave Beach City. He went to Kansas to become an actor.
- Camp Straight: Though effeminate in his acting and his expressions of love, he's clearly heterosexual because he thinks Garnet is a woman instead of a genderless alien.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He has an odd personality that comes out when he lets his hammy side come out.
- Cool Shades: Wears a pair in "Love Letters" that appear again in "Historical Friction" and "Hot Dog Duffle Bag".
- A Day in the Limelight: "Love Letters" is not only his first main role, but his first speaking role since "Cheeseburger Backpack." He would get this again in "Historical Friction".
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After losing his dream, and having his heart shattered, he learns a lesson on love from Garnet, and his play is such a hit that the mayor begs him to act in more productions.
- Enemy Mime: Averted. He does a mime routine in "Sadie's Song". This being Jamie, it's adorable rather than creepy.◊
- Foil: To Ronaldo. Both are Large Ham manchildren with big imaginations that have taken a bigger role among the Beach City citizens when it comes to the Crystal Gems (albeit inadvertently) that have a close, friendly relationship with Steven. Whereas Ronaldo is an attention-seeking Know-Nothing Know-It-All that shirks his responsibilities who's ego even gets on Steven's nerves, Jamie is an Adorkable idealist that tries to do good in his own melodramatic way.
- Friend to All Children: Jamie's relationship with Steven heavily implies this.
- Genius Ditz: He's undoubtedly as ditzy as Steven, and although his artistic pretensions are usually Played for Laughs, he seems to be genuinely good at acting and directing. He manages to pull off Pearl's play in "Historical Friction" while playing every character except the protagonist, and the crowd loves it. Garnet, of all people, also calls him a "fantastic" actor, although she might have done that just to get him off her back.
- Handshake Substitute: He and Steven share one as of "Historical Friction". Both high-five and proclaim out "Acting!" to each other.
- Hidden Depths: He is an aspiring actor. As noted above, he's not bad. Also, while he seems foppish, ridiculous, and over-dramatic while mooning after Garnet, in Historical Friction we see that he does have a fair amount of insight into good writing and characterization.
- Hopeless Suitor: Jamie's major crush on Garnet didn't happen because of two reasons: She isn't interested since she is a relationship. Secondly, Jamie's crush on her was solely based on Love at First Sight, a belief that Garnet defies and deconstructs simultaneously, explaining that love takes time and work, and requires both parties to actually get to know each other.
- Humans Are Flawed: Something he states in "Historical Friction".Jamie: To be human is to be flawed. A real hero must struggle!
- Large Ham: Drops into this occasionally. He calls it "the Drama Zone."
- Leitmotif: He has his own song when he shows up, based on Steven's little song about him in "Cheeseburger Backpack."
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: He seems to indirectly acknowledge his 52-episode absence between "Cheeseburger Backpack" and "Love Letters" when he tells Steven in the latter that he hasn't seen the boy in a while and has a great deal of deliveries to make.
- Love at First Sight: Feels this for Garnet, until she snaps him out of this.
- Master Actor: While Jamie is an amateur actor, it's shown on a number of occasions, specifically "Historical Friction", that Jamie is a talented amateur actor.
- Milking the Giant Cow: A habit of his whenever he's really laying on the drama.
- Nice Guy: Jamie is easygoing, friendly, kind, and (mostly) dedicated to his job.
- Nice Hat: A pith helmet.
- Not Good with Rejection: He is very sensitive at times and does not take rejection well. His failed attempts to make it big in Kansas were particularly difficult for him to deal with. He was also so heartbroken over Garnet not returning his affections he decided to give up the Beach House route so as to not have to face her again.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "I Am My Mom", Jamie is such a Big Ham that he loudly laments being stuck in Topaz as she's in the middle of a battle. When Topaz puts her hand around his head, ready to crush his skull, Jamie can barely break the Stunned Silence.Uh... S-Steven?
- Promotion to Opening Titles: A very minor version: the second opening features Jamie in the background among the citizens of Beach City, which he was absent from in the first.
- Put on a Bus: Literally, as he left Beach City on a bus in order to head to Kansas and try to make it big as an actor.
- Shipper on Deck: Jamie says Steven and Connie look cute together.
Sadie's mother, and Jamie's superior at the Beach City Postal Service.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: She's really enthusiastic to help out her daughter to prepare for Beachapalooza in "Sadie's Song". She shows Steven the tutu from when Sadie used to do Ballet, her swimsuit when she tried out swimming for a year, and ended up getting Sadie banned from the softball league after punching an umpire. The trope is downplayed though, as Sadie never reacts like she wants to drop off the face of the earth in response.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: She threatens to withhold Greg's mail if he backs out of an arrangement with her, "and she is not a woman of idle threats."
- Doting Parent: "Lion 3" has Sadie being originally uncomfortable with her insistence on always making her lunch.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Was first mentioned by Jamie all the way back in "Cheeseburger Backpack" and the KBCW entry that coincides with "Frybo". Her first physical appearance is next to Sadie in the crowd that goes to check on Steven and Greg in "The Return."
- Genki Girl: A rare adult example. Barbara is loud and overly enthusiastic about everything, especially if it is related to her daughter, Sadie. Energetic to a point where she's violent, strongly steeping around the house and pal-slapping Steven in "Sadie's Song".
- Innocently Insensitive: Barb obviously loves Sadie, but, for example, doesn't seem to have picked up on the fact that her college-aged daughter doesn't actually like the stuffed animals Barb buys her.
- Mama Bear: Barb once punched someone who she thought was not giving Sadie the respect she deserved.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Barb is a nice and caring person, especially to Sadie. She is also a very overbearing, especially to Sadie.
- My Beloved Smother: Like Dr. Maheswaran, Barb loves her daughter and wants the best for her. Unfortunately for the laid-back, easygoing Sadie, Barb's ambitions involve over-enthusiastically supporting, pushing into, and eventually completely taking over anything Sadie is remotely interested in, in hopes of Sadie excelling and becoming some kind of superstar. Barb also seems to enjoy buying stuffed animals and making lunches for Sadie, despite Sadie apparently having already graduated high school. The fact that Sadie doesn't eat the lunches and leaves the stuffed animals in a pile on her bedroom floor does not seem to have gotten through to Barb. It takes Sadie having a panic attack and lashing out at Barb after being stampeded into doing a stage act that would have wound up publicly humiliating Sadie to make Barb (and Steven) reconsider their position.
- Nice Guy: Flaws aside, Barb proves to be a decent and loving person who can properly apologize for her mistakes when called out on them.
- Open-Minded Parent: By the fourth season, she accepts that Sadie is an adult who can get along without her. When Sadie doesn't come home one night, Barb isn't worried the next day until presented with evidence that Sadie meant to come home.
- Shipper on Deck: She once assumes Sadie is spending time with "her boyfriend", clearly referring to Lars.
- Stage Mom: Though it's not malicious, Barb tends to push Sadie too hard in all of her interests, and tends to do things her own way rather than listening to what Sadie wants.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks like a taller, older version of Sadie.
- Vicariously Ambitious: A benevolent version, but the way Barb talks about wanting people to see what her daughter can do hints that she might be trying to live her own desires through Sadie, despite Sadie having a very different personality and approach to her interests.
Other Residents of Beach City
The eyepatched proprietor of Suitcase Sam's, where he sells various bags and cases.
- Alliterative Name: Suitcase Sam.
- Captain Obvious: The name of his business is literally Suitcase Sam's.
- Living Prop: His looks and business is all that's been revealed so far.
- Obfuscating Disability: He can see out of both eyes, but wears an eyepatch over his left. It flips up when Onion and his friends flash him.
- Recurring Extra: He's been seen throughout Beach City, most memorably trading his lunch to Onion in "Onion Trade".
- The Voiceless: Has never talked onscreen, barring his gasp of fear/shock in "Onion Gang".
A teen who works at Beach City's local movie theater.
- Affectionate Nickname: Jane is called "ohime-sama" by Ronaldo, which means "princess".
- Birds of a Feather: In just one scene, she proves herself to be just as over-dramatic and nerdy as Ronaldo.
- The Bus Came Back: Debuted in "Lion 2: The Movie" back in Season 1 and wasn't seen again until "Beach City Drift", two seasons later.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Of the Brick Joke variety. She only shows up twice in the series as a nondescript background character, only to be revealed as Ronaldo's girlfriend in her third appearance.
- Girlfriend in Canada: Neither Ronaldo's friends nor family were aware of her existence.
- Hair Decorations: Jane has a blue hair-clip on the right side of her head.
- Occidental Otaku: Just like her boyfriend, Jane is a non-Japanese fan of anime.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Shows up at the moment Ronaldo and Kiki are pulling off a fake romance to get their fathers to stop their feud and getting it to work, mistaking the former for cheating on her and dumping him, leading the attempt to go up in smoke when Ronaldo reveals the nature of the ploy. She still doesn't believe him, and worse, Kiki's father reinstates the feud.
Captain William Dewey
- Butt-Monkey: They called him a dunce back in his home country, and his voyage to find new land was almost catastrophic until the Crystal Gems intervened.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Mayor Dewey wrote a script that portrayed him as unfailingly hyper-competent and even literally superhuman. According to Pearl's personal accounts, William Dewey was lacking in most aptitudes except fortitude, and she rewrote Mayor Dewey's play to be more truthful.
- Non-Specifically Foreign: We're given no details about where he was from before landing in Beach City. His name suggests he's British or Scottish, but it's also possible he's from some part of America that was colonized earlier.
- Our Founder: Founded Beach City, and had a bronze statue erected in his honor.
- Two First Names: Something he shares with his descendants — "Dewey" can be used as a first name.
First mate of Captain William Dewey, the founder of Beach City. Buddy traveled the world and studied Gem locations in an attempt to make a name of his own.
- Alliterative Name: Buddy Buddwick.
- Badass Bookworm: Wrote enough books to fill a library, the Buddy Buddwick Public Library, to be specific.
- Badass Normal: He traveled the world, visiting and recording Gem locations, including places like the Lunar Sea Spire and Sky Spire. These places are difficult to get to for Gems, much less a normal human.
- A Day in the Limelight: The focus of the episode "Buddy's Book".
- Diary: He kept one that chronicled his adventures.
- Glory Seeker: His adventures were so he would be famous and remembered like Captain William Dewey. After he realizes he didn't actually discover anything, he instead becomes an author and gets the glory he wanted, a library full of his books named in his honor.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": In "Historical Friction", he is referred to as "First Mate Buddy". The clarification that "Buddy" actually is his name doesn't come until "Buddy's Book".
- Historical Beauty Update: Steven and Connie imagine him as looking like Jamie the mailman. His portrait in the library reveals he wasn't as good-looking as they imagined, and the two say they prefer their image of him.
- Large Ham: In his writings, he announced things with great gusto, and his Heroic BSoD was a crying fit about his failures (at least the way Steven and Connie imagined it).
- Nice Hat: His portrait showed he wore a small, blue hat.
- Posthumous Character: Lived 200 years before the start of the series.
- Too Dumb to Live: Wandered the desert in a thick coat, refusing to take it off so people would know he's an explorer despite knowing that doing so would give him relief.
A pompous pretty boy occasionally seen hanging with the cool kids of Beach City. Everyone seems to hate Kevin, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
- Ambiguously Brown: It was thought that, judging by this piece of art made by one of the crew, his skin isn't dark at all, it just seems that way because he's only been shown so far in a darkly-lit warehouse. As of "Beach City Drift", however, his skin is just about as semi-dark as it is in his character portrait.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Refuses to believe that Stevonnie is anything more than two kids standing on each other's shoulders. This is apparently reversed by "Kevin Party", as he'll actively consider Stevonnie a separate person from them—one who's great at everything, even though he thinks Steven and Connie are just kids.
- Attention Whore: Despite Kevin's claims to act the way he does because people's reactions are "funny", his motives seems more driven by an egotistic desire for people to think something about him. He apparently finds it easier to attract hate than love, and thus goes out of his way to infuriate people. It's only when people ignore him that he starts getting upset.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Kevin has thick eyebrows.
- Entitled to Have You: His attitude to Stevonnie was essentially "I'm hot and you're hot, so you have to be my girlfriend."Kevin: We're angels walking among garbage people. We're perfect for each other.
Stevonnie: How can you say that? You don't even know us!
- Establishing Character Moment: In his first episode, he's a jerk to Stevonnie who can't take no for an answer, and in "Beach City Drift", he insults Greg, then drives away without paying for his carwash.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- He may be an obnoxious jerk, but the minute he finds out that the hottie he's flirting with/harassing is actually two small children, he bails.
- Though Kevin originally assumed Stevonnie was female, he is later shown to respect and use their pronouns.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
- After Stevonnie is a Graceful Loser to him, he refuses to accept that they're not still obsessed with him and ends up screaming at their departing car, ironically showing that now they're the one inordinately taking up space in his head.
- When Kevin wants Stevonnie at his party, but Steven and Connie aren't talking to each other, he tries to get them to reconnect. After finding out they weren't dating, as Kevin assumed, he tries to think of how to treat a friend... and draws a blank.
- Foil: He has the same color scheme as Stevonnie (clothes, hair, and skin), encouraging the viewer to compare them directly. Even his name echoes Stevonnie's: it sounds like the first part of "Connie" and the second part of "Steven", instead of vice versa. However, while Stevonnie is the embodiment of respecting boundaries and is a component of two nice people, Kevin doesn't care about someone's space if he likes them and is a complete jerk.
- Forgotten First Meeting: In "Beach City Drift", it takes him a while to remember Steven and Connie/Stevonnie.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He may occasionally hang out with the Cool Kids, but they don't really like him. Kevin himself seems vaguely aware that, even though he has a wide social circle, no one he knows is actually his friend.
- Freudian Excuse: He was dumped in the past, possibly for unloading his feelings on his then-girlfriend, leading to at least some of his constant posturing.
- Hate Sink: Kevin is a chauvinistic jerk who constantly invades Stevonnie's personal space, even after they voice their discomfort. Even Steven's reaction to this guy is to genuinely snarl his name through gritted teeth when he shows up at It's A Wash, and he flat out states that he hates the guy not a minute later. The Cool Kids also don't seem to have much use for him either, during "Beach City Drift" they seem to even give Ronaldo more respect than Kevin.
- Hidden Depths: While he seems to possess some level of charisma, attracting a crowd to his party, he seems completely out of touch and unable to espouse any advice to Steven when he learns that Connie was his friend and not his girlfriend, implying that he has never had real friends. He also seemed generally upset when he accidentally mentions "Sabina".
- It's All About Me: He is very self-centered, and had a minor breakdown when Stevonnie stops responding to his taunts.
- Jerkass: To put it bluntly, Kevin is an unpleasant person.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Though Connie likely wouldn't have minded, Kevin has a point about Steven's Inelegant Blubbering in "Kevin Party".
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Kevin has a well-rehearsed sob story about a sick younger brother that he'll recite for sympathy, then immediately admit is a lie he tells to amuse himself.
- Manchild: He throws a childish temper tantrum when Stevonnie accepts defeat with humility, instead of fueling him with more hate to fill his ego.
- The Matchmaker: He spends "Kevin Party" trying to get Steven and Connie back together (for his own purposes), and had assumed they were already dating.
- Narcissist: Kevin has a high opinion of himself and is incredibly condescending to others. He can't seem to comprehend the idea that someone genuinely is ignoring him, and basically throws a temper tantrum when Stevonnie just walks off without paying attention to him.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He invades Stevonnie's space even after they express disapproval.
- Nominal Hero: In "Kevin Party", he attempts to get Steven and Connie back together after their fight, but only because he's still obsessed with Stevonnie, and by extension, them making him look cool. Even his more sincere moments don't peg him up high enough to a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever happened between him and his previous crush Sabina.
- Pretty Boy: Don't let it fool you though, he's not nearly as pretty on the inside.
- Rich Bastard: Kevin drives a modified high-performance sports car that lets him easily outrace everyone else with minimal effort. Given his age, it's very unlikely he paid for it himself. When he throws a party at his house, he refers to it as a "palatial estate" where Steven gets lost on the driveway.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Almost has this word-to-word reaction after he sees Stevonnie defuse into Steven and Connie.Kevin: That's two kids! I'm out.
- Slimeball: Approached Stevonnie as if he was this cool guy, but quickly revealed what a colossal jerkass he is.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's not very well-known as he thinks he is.
- Troll: He outright admits his condescension and mockery are because he finds the frustration of others to be funny. Steven and Connie realize the best response is to be congenial and ignore him.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Kevin races cars in the street, and the opportunity to gloat seems to be the main appeal to him. It's even implied that he slowed down so Stevonnie would see him win.
- Upper-Class Twit: In contrast to his wealth and looks, Kevin is not shown to be very bright, thinking that Steven's name was "Clarence" somehow, thinks Steven and Connie are half of their ages, referring to Lion as a dog (especially dumb, considering he is allergic to dogs) and espousing misguided advice to Steven that makes his situation worse.
- Villainous Breakdown: He basically throws a temper tantrum when Stevonnie just ignores him after he won their race rather than reacting to his taunting and boasting.
Greg's manager from when he was a celebrity musician, and Sour Cream's father.
- Animal Motifs: His facial features (especially the teeth) bear resemblance to a shark. With his reappearance in "Drop Beat Dad" it becomes a bit more apparent due to his mouth being elongated like a shark's snout, and his hair having the appearance of a shark's pectoral and dorsal fins.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His present physical appearance bears an ominous resemblance to Jack Nicholson.
- Disappeared Dad: He had an intimate but short relationship with Vidalia which ended up with her getting pregnant with Sour Cream. He seemingly had no part in raising Sour Cream and only saw him sporadically. He shows up in "Drop Beat Dad", after not having seen Sour Cream for nine years, for what are actually incidental reasons. Instead of really spending time with his son, he just wants to use his music to help peddle Guacola.
- Evil Old Folks: Even after aging into an old man, Marty's still a colossal jerkass.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: A realistic example; Marty was once a somewhat approachable guy before the stress of his financial failures caused him to age horribly.
- False Friend: Was essentially an insincere companion using Greg before revealing his true colors.
- Foil: To Greg. Greg was faithful and genuinely loving to his wife, a Good Parent to his son who he's supportive of, and an over all content and genuinely good person. Marty Really Gets Around, left the woman he got pregnant, is a thoroughly terrible parent to his son who he only uses as a means to get ahead, and is ultimately an awful, greedy person. Greg, despite not being wealthy at all, is content with his life while Marty, despite being rich, is still greedy for more money. It's even reflected in their character designs: Greg is Big Fun while Marty is Lean and Mean.
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: He already had a far-back hairline when we first saw him, and is sporting some serious male pattern baldness when he appears in "Drop Beat Dad".
- Hate Sink: While other unpleasant characters in the show usually show Hidden Depths at some point, Marty shows no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and seems to exist just to be hated. Both Greg and Vidalia, the people who primarily interacted with him, have expressed that they neither know nor care where Marty is today, with Greg adding that Marty was "dead to me". You know you're a bad person if Steven is distrustful towards you.
- He berates Greg for losing money by giving away stuff to a woman he likes. Marty abandoned the merchandise table in the middle of a concert to hang out with a woman in the back of Greg's van.
- Marty states that Greg is just a spaced out kid who needs Marty to point him in the right direction. About five seconds later, Marty nearly drives the van into an oncoming semi-truck, only averting the crash when Greg tells him to look where he's going.
- In "Drop Beat Dad", Marty lends Sour Cream some new equipment and helps him set up a rave on the beach, as a way of "making up for lost time", but when it starts Marty turns the whole thing into an advertisement for Guacola. When Sour Cream complains, Marty has the gall to accuse him of being selfish.
- Hypocrite Has a Point: As irresponsible as Marty himself is, he wasn't entirely wrong in his criticism of a young Greg when he called Greg "a spaced out kid" and said that Greg needed others to point him in the right direction. Future episodes would show that when Greg was young, despite occasional moments of insight and maturity, Greg was also an enormous Manchild with very little sense of responsibility and no idea of how to survive in the world.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Marty was always kind of creepy looking, but in his youth was able to present himself in a way that some women found attractive. Since then, he's aged way worse than Greg or Vidalia, becoming so skinny and wrinkly as to look almost skeletal.
- Jerkass: He sees women as objects, only took in Greg to make a quick buck, and is all but stated to have conned Greg out of the majority of any money he made, and he's a deadbeat dad who hasn't visited his son, Sour Cream, in nine years.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Despite saying he wants to make up for lost time with his son by helping him set up for his DJ rave, he really just planned on using the event to promote a new soda he's being paid to endorse.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesn't care about any of the women he picks up. He also isn't really concerned with having a good father-son relationship with Sour Cream.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: In the present, Greg described him as "dead to me" and Vidalia doesn't care what's happened to him either.
- Like Father, Like Son: His interest in the music business, albeit in different aspects of it, is the only personality trait he shares with his son.
- Manipulative Bastard: He exploited Greg's musical talents for his own personal gain, and later tried to do the same thing with Sour Cream.
- Mock Millionaire: In the flashback featured in "Story for Steven", Marty said he's going to make both himself and Greg rich "and as far as these saltwater saps" knew, they already were. Based on that episode's line about Marty getting 75% of whatever comes from selling Greg's merchandise and the ten million dollars he's legally obligated to give Greg in "Drop Beat Dad", the "Mock" part no longer applies.
- Non-Standard Character Design: In the present, he looks bizarrely like Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, including a Groening-style overbite, and his hands have an atypically high level of detail.
- Obviously Evil: Basically everything about Marty's appearance screams "creep"; he has very harsh, jagged features, including all-pointy teeth and usually sports a shit-eating grin.
- Parental Neglect: He vanished from his son's life for years, and when he returned to town in "Drop Beat Dad" for entirely unrelated business, he quickly tried to manipulate him for his own profit.
- Pet the Dog: For all of his foulness, even he can't resist liking Steven. He even gives Steven a roadie badge and allows him to help set up.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Greg's commercial failure as a musician, in spite of his obvious skill, seems to largely stem from Marty's managerial incompetence and negligence; Marty is shown to spend more time trying to pick up women than advertising Greg's concerts or selling their merchandise.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He disrespects women and spends both his major appearances as a manipulative antagonist.
- Really Gets Around: A few of his comments imply he wants to spend most of his tour time sleeping around with groupies, which he seems somewhat successful at. He gives Greg advice to do the same that he thankfully shoots down.
- Remember the New Guy?: Steven has never heard of him, despite Greg thinking that he'd mentioned him before when telling his son how he met Rose. Justified, as Greg hates the guy and likely wouldn't want to bring him up in the first place, even as an afterthought.
- Scary Teeth: Marty's teeth are all pointy during the scene at the Beach City concert. Strangely, he has normal teeth in Greg's photo and his next scene in the van. In the present, his teeth look pointy but not razor-sharp.
- Sell-Out: He's become a very shameless sponsor of a terrible product called "Guacola" which he claims that he "needs", either because he's in debt or has gotten used to an expensive lifestyle.
- Sinister Shades: He currently wears a visor now and still retains his egotistical attitude.
- Slimeball: Marty attempts to endear himself to everyone he meets, but it's only because he's always trying to get something from them.
- Small Role, Big Impact: In the first two seasons, he appears in two scenes with a combined screen time of about four minutes. If it weren't for him driving Greg away from touring, he would have never stayed in Beach City and Steven would have never been born.
- The Sociopath: Marty shows a lot of traits of a non-criminal but otherwise low-functioning sociopath. He saw Greg as nothing more than a Meal Ticket, couldn't care less about the women he sleeps around with, and seems fundamentally driven by his own hedonism.
- The Svengali: He bosses Greg around without much concern for his personal or artistic concerns, at the same time undermining his confidence with constant insults and taking 75% of his profits.
- Totally Radical: He uses outdated phrases to appeal to the "young crowd" in his advertisements.
- Nice Guy: Forgives Connie easily and quickly becomes her friend.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in a brief flashback and a picture, but the guilt Connie feels over hurting him serves as the focus of "Mindful Education". In addition, her anxiety causes Steven to think about his own anxieties.
- Tears of Fear: After Connie lays him out.
- Tuckerization: Named after series storyboarder and composer Jeff Liu, who worked on "Mindful Education".
A sad and pessimistic man who used to be partners with Mr. Smiley in a stand-up comedy act. He shows up in "Future Boy Zoltron" looking to get in touch with his old friend.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Given Mr. Frowney's perpetual sadness, he may have depression.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has thick, brown eyebrows.
- Color Motifs: Brown. There's his brown hair and most of his clothing is dark brown (sweater, jacket, and shoes).
- The Cynic: Mr. Frowney is not very positive about his life.
- The Eeyore: Mr. Frowney is as miserable as Mr. Smiley is cheerful.
- Eyes Always Shut: He almost never opens his eyes, adding to his forlorn appearance.
- Meaningful Name: Like how Mr. Smiley usually smiles, Mr. Frowney usually frowns.
- Messy Hair: Not as bad as most examples, but his hair is quite unkempt.
- Odd Couple: Used to be in one with Mr. Smiley.
- Perpetual Frowner: As can be expected with a name like "Frowney".
- When He Smiles: He finally gives a sincere smile when he realizes that Smiley still considers him a friend.
A pink-haired biker girl that Pearl gets a crush on. Pearl manages to get her phone number.
- Ambiguously Brown: She has light tanned skin, but her ethnicity is unknown.
- Anatomy Anomaly: She's one of few character, and the only human, who is normally drawn with eyelashes. This is presumably to emphasize her dark eye makeup.
- Bare Your Midriff: She has a white top that exposes her navel.
- Big Beautiful Woman: Her tall, stocky figure—and how this makes her resemble Rose—is part of what attracted Pearl to her. Though compared to Rose, she seems less fat (and just generally smaller) and a bit more muscular.
- Biker Babe: She has a motorcycle, and Pearl is smitten with her.
- Butch Lesbian: Has a somewhat butch look going on (especially when standing next to the petite Pearl), and gives her number to a female-presenting alien after some flirting.
- Hair Flip: Does this when she enters the Big Donut and again when Pearl starts talking to her.
- Identical Stranger: She looks like a human version of Rose gone wild. Steven even points it out.
- Interspecies Romance: She (a human) has a mutual attraction with Pearl (a Gem).
- MayflyDecember Romance: Pearl has a crush on her for all intents and purposes, but as a Gem, is obviously going to outlive her.
- No Name Given: She is credited simply as Mystery Girl. All we know besides that is that her name may start with an S, since it was on the paper she gave Pearl. Storyboard artist Lauren Zuke said they're "calling her 'Sheena' in [their] head."
- Replacement Goldfish: She looks like a human version of Rose and Pearl is instantly taken aback upon meeting her for the first time.
- Statuesque Stunner: She isn't as inhumanly huge as Rose, but she's still noticeably taller than Pearl, who seems to be taller than the average human woman.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Despite what Pearl may have thought, she wasn't bothered by Pearl mentioning that she was a Gem who saved Earth.
- Vague Age: Appearance-wise, she can be anything from a teenager to an adult in her 30s.
- The Voiceless: Only shown speaking when she and Pearl are out of earshot.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pink, though as Steven points out, that's because it's dyed.
Three kids Onion's age (and a baby) whom Onion hangs out with.
- Ambiguous Disorder: They all seem just as odd as Onion.
- Ambiguous Gender: Soup, Squash and Pinto's genders are never referred to.
- Birds of a Feather: A platonic example — They are a group of Creepy Children with an Ambiguous Disorder and a love for trolling unsuspecting people. It's no mystery why they and Onion get along so well.
- Creepy Child: Although their games are largely harmless (except to bugs), the kids are pretty creepy at times: most of them don't talk at all, they play a game that involves Garbanzo pretending to be killed in a car crash, and they race bugs and other little critters and smash the winner with a hammer.
- Edible Theme Naming: They're named Garbanzo, Pinto, Squash, and Soup. They, like Onion, are named after food, particularly foods placed in soup... except for Soup. This is Lampshaded by Steven, who guesses Pinto's name solely based on the fact that Garbanzo is named after a bean.
- Family Theme Naming: As mentioned and Lampshaded by Steven, Garbanzo and Pinto are both named after varieties of bean.
- Free-Range Children: Their parents aren't shown, and it's only known that they hang out in Beach City during the summer.
- Pokémon Speak: Throughout his first (and so far only) appearance, Garbanzo only says his name.
- Sticky Fingers: One of the kids tries to steal Steven's wallet offscreen.
- The Speechless: The only member of the group who talks is Garbanzo, and he speaks only in Pokémon Speak.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: One may guess that Garbanzo's baby sibling, Pinto, is a girl by the pink bow in her hair.
- Totem Pole Trench: They do this with Onion (and Steven). They proceed to walk up to Suitcase Sam and throw it open, taking a picture of him in his shock. Their pictures show they've done it to others, including Sour Cream and Garnet.
- Troll: The kids like messing with people, and are shown to have done their Totem Pole Trench gag with several Beach City citizens.
The descendants of humans put in Homeworlds People Zoo back when Earth was still a colony.
- Ambiguously Bi: While their concept of relationships is immature and stunted, they do have preferences. And when Greg introduces the concept of picking your own mate to them, they all immediately choose him.
- Barefoot Captives: The uniform they wear doesn't include shoes, and signifies how absurdly sheltered their lives are.
- Bureaucratically Arranged Marriage: They have a ritual called the Choosening, where the zoo chooses their partner for them.
- Cat Smile: Wy-Six has one.
- Creator Cameo: Wy-Six is voiced by storyboard artist Lamar Abrams.
- Gilded Cage: Everything is provided for them and they're left wanting for nothing, but the implications of them being prisoners for a highly-advanced alien race are still there.
- Ignorance Is Bliss: They live their lives contently, mostly because they're well-cared-for and don't have any concept of living life otherwise.
- In-Universe Nickname: "Zooman" is a nickname Greg uses for them once.
- Manchild: The Zoo's constant control of their life leaves them in a state of perpetual emotional immaturity. They don't even understand the concepts of pain or rejection and start bawling like children when introduced to them.
- My Nayme Is: The credits and closed captions spell their names phonetically instead of with letters or numerals (e.g. "Wy-Six" instead of "Y-6"), likely to demonstrate their ignorance that their "names" are just serial codes.
- Nice Guy: They are kind and welcoming, accepting Greg and Steven immediately.
- Not Good with Rejection: It doesn't exist in their society - every decision is made for them, which they accept without question. They are upset and confused when Greg rejects all of them choosing him during the Choosening.
- Perpetual Frowner: One of the males, seen while the rest chant "The bits, the bits!", is always frowning.
- Tragic Keepsake: Along with the Earth Quartzes, they are kept by Blue Diamond as living reminders of Pink Diamond.
- What Is This Feeling?: They have never felt sadness or pain before, to the point of lacking words to describe them, because their every need is taken care of in the zoo. When Greg gently rejects them during the Choosening (a mandated matchmaking period), they experience sadness for the first time and become almost inconsolably upset.Jay-Ten: (crying) I feel... not good! I feel... bad!
Wy-Six: (also crying) Could this be... is this... "hurt"?
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: They're still mutually comprehensible with modern humans after thousands of years, but they have strange intonations and pronounce Greg and Stevens names to sound more like their own alphanumerical designations.
- You Are Number 6: Like Gems, they lack individual names, each human instead of having a unique letter and number designation. They seem to have never been educated about the concept of letters or numbers, so they don't see it as unusual. In spite of this, Greg gets to keep his name, although the way they pronounce it is somewhat odd ("Gah-reg"). They also pronounce "Steven" as "Stee-van".
An old friend of Greg's from his days in the music industry. Provides Sadie and the Suspects their first big gig in Empire City.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Goes without saying—"Sunshine Justice" sounds more like a musician's Stage Name than a given name.
Laramie "Lars" Barriga
Lars is a slacker who works at Steven's favorite snack shop, the Big Donut. He is a sullen, angry teen, overly concerned with being thought of as cool, and disdaining anything he sees as uncool. Following him getting stuck on Homeworld, Lars went through some Character Development, got christened an Off Color, and is now working on a way to get him and the rest of the Off Colors back to Earth.
- All There in the Manual: Lars' last name was first revealed◊ in the tie-in book Keep Beach City Weird: You Can't Hide the Truth!, which is written as being from Ronaldo's perspective. It was later mentioned in-show in "Dewey Wins".
- Alone in a Crowd: Says he feels this way all the time to Sadie during "Island Adventure".
- Ambiguous Disorder: Ever since "Island Adventure", it's pretty much been all but stated that Lars is coping with a nasty case of depression. He's prone to mood swings and lashing out at others, which results in Lars alienating others around him, which further feeds into his complex about others not liking him. It's not until Season 5's "Stuck Together" that Lars finally admits his issues upfront. His worry of others not liking him and his fear of the Cool Kids finding out about his baking skills also seem to hint at social anxiety.
- Ambiguously Brown: His skin is darker than most of the clearly Caucasian members of the cast, and his pilot character design◊ was considerably darker with dark brown/black hair. Initially, the only thing any of the crew specified is that Lars is not white. His father is apparently of Filipino decent: he has brown hair and darker skin, his full name is "Dante Barriga", and Lars mentions a family ube recipe. Lars's mother has his same orange-ish hair and lighter skin, suggesting Lars is mixed race. Ian later confirmed that Lars actually is half Filipino.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: He works at a donut shop (more or less) and his floppy, stretch-pierced ears look quite a lot like donuts.
- Back from the Dead: Died briefly in "Off Colors" before being resurrected by Steven's healing powers.
- Badass Normal: Fends off most of the Robonoids sent to kill the Off Colors. However, unlike Connie and Sadie, his moment is deconstructed as the explosion from him destroying a Robonoid sends him flying to a rock hard enough to kill him.
- Bag of Holding: His hairdo now connects to Lion's Pocket Dimension.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: What Steven thinks Sadie and Lars bickering amounts to. Of course, he also refers to Lars as his BFF, so his interpretation should be taken with a grain of salt.Steven: [Lars] and Sadie run the Big Donut.
Connie: Do they get along?
(Sadie and Lars talk over each other arguing)
Steven: They're crazy about each other.
- Book Dumb: His report card in "The New Lars" shows he's failing almost every class, with the exception of two where he has a B and D. "Off Colors" has him painted as less Book Dumb and more that he's afraid to put in the work because he doesn't want to fail (including not cooking baklava because the recipe looked too hard).
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The grumpy and extremely insecure Brooding Boy to Sadie's friendly and nurturing Gentle Girl.
- Butt-Monkey: Lots of bad things happen to him, which only fuel his sour attitude.
- Came Back Strong: After Steven resurrects him, his hair becomes a portal into the Pocket Dimension inside Lion's mane, and he no longer needs to eat. Whether or not he has the rest of Lion's powers isn't currently clear. It's possible he may even develop powers specific to himself.
- Cannot Spit It Out: His feelings towards Sadie. Whenever Steven jokes about it, Lars will break out into Angrish. When Lars actually does kiss her, he later retracts it by saying she made the move on him.
- Catchphrase: Steven fully believes "Bingo Bongo" is Lars's catchphrase, which Lars finds utterly embarrassing. Come his promotion to space fighter, he has absolutely no shame in using it as his catchphrase, and even has the targeting system in the Star Skipper tag targets with "Bingo Bongo".
- Character Development: The "Wanted" arc of season 5 is basically a character arc heavily focusing on him becoming a better person.
- Chubby Chaser: Going by his interest in Sadie, as well as a certain magazine in his room, he appears to have a type.
- Cowardly Lion: For the longest time, Lars would shrink away from any conflict involving the Gems. Lars initially comes off and even viewed himself as a Dirty Coward, but Season 5 finally transitioned himself into this.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: In "Horror Club" Lars laughs at Ronaldo's eagerness about horror movies and general weirdness, then starts to behave really nasty towards him after Sadie started to bond with Ronaldo over those same things.
- Curse Cut Short: In "Mirror Gem":Lars [after Steven bumps into him]: Er, watch where you're going, you little f— [Lars glances at Sadie] STEVEN!
- Cry Cute: Most notably in "Island Adventure".
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: A lighter example of this trope, his skin and hair being different shades of orange. He gets his skin tone and hair color from his mother.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Lars and the Cool Kids", "Island Adventure", "The New Lars", "The Good Lars", and the "Wanted" one-hour special put him in the spotlight.
- Deadpan Snarker: He snarks at Steven's expense a lot, although he's typically more angry than deadpan. Ronaldo calls him a "Local sarcasm dispenser" in his book.
- Delinquent Hair: Lars appears to shave the sides of hair to get a poofy kind of mohawk, which fits with his negative attitude.
- Demoted to Extra: Lars is one of the more recurring human characters throughout the first season, but Season 2 has him appearing only in crowd shots and one scene of "Sadie's Song", where he is completely silent (discounting "Shirt Club" and "Say Uncle", two episodes shown in the second season but written for the first). However, after following just one focus episode in Season 3 and a few minor appearances in Season 4, Lars gets another focus episode near the end of Season 4, and becomes Steven's Deuteragonist for the first four episodes of season five.
- Dreadful Musician: "Lion 3: Straight to Video" has him singing along badly to a song on his headphones, although it probably didn't help that he was eating a donut at the same time.
- Eating Optional: After being resurrected by Steven, he no longer needs to eat or drink.
- Embarrassing First Name: He doesn't like when his parents call him by his full first name, "Laramie".
- Empowered Badass Normal: After he came Back from the Dead, he becomes a human version of what Lion is: he has a pocket dimension in his hair, a slower metabolism, and presumably enhanced physiology.
- Expy: His Space Pirate ensemble includes a cape like that of Captain Harlock.
- Extra-Dimensional Shortcut: After his resurrection by Steven, Lars' hair now connects to Lion's Pocket Dimension, upgrading it to one of these. No matter how far apart the two are in the outside world, it's just a short walk from one to the other in the pocket dimension. This even applies when Lars is on Homeworld and Lion is all the way back on Earth.
- Eye Scream: He's implied to have lost an eye in the crash that killed him, given the scar running straight through it when Steven brings him back to life. Steven resurrecting him likely resulted in his eye being healed as well.
- Fanboy: Of Tiger Millionaire, who happens to be Steven's wrestling persona.
- Fatal Flaw: Lars' desire to be seen as cool has caused a lot of strain in his closer relationships, namely with Sadie. It's also the main reason his and Ronaldo's friendship ended and why he refuses to open up to others.
- Fat and Skinny:
- The lean Skinny to Sadie's chubby Fat.
- Likewise the lean Skinny to Ronaldo's big Fat when they were younger.
- Fiery Redhead: Zigzagged. He has orange hair, but his mood can go from aloofness to bursting anger in a moment.
- Foil: To Steven. They both try their hardest to be accepted into a group of three people (Cool Kids and Crystal Gems, respectively). Both also have their own share of insecurities. However, Lars is a grumpy jerk with hardly anyone really liking him, but does have a kind side. Steven is a Cheerful Child who is well-liked by nearly everyone, but is just as flawed as everyone else. This is confirmed in a podcast:Rebecca: Steven and Lars have always been.. counter to each other. Even in the pilot. As the show has gone on, it's become even and even more true. They are so opposed to each other; Lars is someone who just can't accept help and Steven just wants to help everyone. That's what makes them... have such a problem with each other. Lars is really putting on a facade all the time, and Steven is incapable of putting on a facade. That opposition that they have to each other is one of the oldest things in the show.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: The Cool Kids let him hang out with them, but pretty much nobody except Steven and Sadie really likes him, and even Sadie is deeply aware of how flawed he is. Which isn't to say the Cool Kids really dislike him, they just still don't know him because he won't open up to them.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He started as a cowardly jerk, then became a space pirate that ended up becoming the Arch-Nemesis of a high-level Homeworld Gem.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Gains a scar over his right eye in "Off Colors" as a result of his temporary death.
- Grumpy Bear: Lars' first reaction to most things is frowns and sarcasm.
- Handshake Substitute: Has one with Steven where they would high-five each other in the chest.
- Has a Type: Besides his Ship Tease with Sadie, a magazine that he was apparently reading in "The New Lars" implies he likes heavyset ladies.
- Hero of Another Story: In Season 5 somewhere in-between Steven Universe S5E4 "Lars' Head" and Steven Universe S5E11 "Lars of the Stars", Lars and the Off-Colors went from being trapped on Home World, into becoming Freedom Fighters in space, even getting his own personal Arch-Nemesis in Emerald.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Destroys one of the Shattering Robonoids to save Steven and the 'Off-Colors' at the cost of his own life. Steven manages to accidentally resurrect him, but he chooses to stay on Homeworld until he can escape the long way so Steven can get home.
- Hidden Depths:
- As far back as "Lars and the Cool Kids", we see that Lars is extremely desperate to fit in. Then there's his heartbreaking line in "Island Adventure"(teary eyed) Sadie... Do you ever get lonely... (cries harder) Even when you're around people?
- "Island Adventure" shows he can cook. "The Good Lars" goes into more detail, showing he's particularly good at baking pastries, but that it's another thing he hides out of a fear of being seen as uncool.
- "Horror Club" revealed that Lars has had these insecurities since childhood, and his fear of being laughed at was the main reason his friendship with Ronaldo turned sour.
- When we see his grades in "The New Lars", it's mostly comprised of Fs, with a lone D and B, meaning there must be something he's good at/kept his attention on. A fan talked to Raven, who confirmed that Lars' B was for either Art or Chemistry, though that just raises other questions.
- As far back as "Lars and the Cool Kids", we see that Lars is extremely desperate to fit in. Then there's his heartbreaking line in "Island Adventure"
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Sadie's belief about the more rotten side of Lars' personality is that he's putting up a front. A few of his spotlight episodes does back this up.Sadie: I can't get the thought out of my head that youre a good person.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Even though he's not that huge, he's much taller than Sadie.
- I Owe You My Life: Lars allows Steven to get back to Earth through his new pocket dimension hair while he's stranded on Homeworld because Steven resurrected him and he wants to be someone who actually deserved a second chance at life.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Judging by hair he had when he was younger, Lars' regular hairdo involves shaving everything but the very top of his head. Despite this, his hair remains the same even if he goes days without the means to cut it.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: For all his egoism and desire to be cool, Lars is paralyzed at the idea of opening up to others and frequently sabotages himself rather than try new things out of fear of being seen trying and failing.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Averted. He's about the only teen in Beach City who does not consider Steven their friend (not that Steven cares). This finally is played straight in the "Wanted" arc, where he and Steven bond as friends for real.
- "The New Lars" shows that if he was nicer to people - like Steven acted in his body - he'd finally get the respect and popularity he's always wanted.
- "The Good Lars" shows that the 'Cool Kids', whom he's so desperate to befriend and be accepted by, already readily accept and consider him a friend, he just needs to open himself up to them. Furthering the irony, when discussing him, the 'Cool Kids' specifically praise the qualities Lars seems most desperate to hide from them.
- After four seasons of being the person who wants the least to do with the weirdness around Steven, he ends up becoming the most directly involved of any human and gains some of Lion's powers, simply because he ran and hid from a gem fight.
- It's All About Me: Lars's main flaw is that he's quick to get short-sighted personal gains at the expense of others or to assume people are working against him. These causes any number of problems when episodes focus on him.
- Jerkass: Lars usually does nothing to Steven other than act rude and prickish towards him. He can act more civil or patient toward him on occasion and sometimes indicates there's more to him, but if there's a Hidden Heart of Gold it's definitely buried deep down. He loses a lot of it during the "Wanted" arc.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Lars was justified for being mad at Sadie for stranding him on an island without food, supplies, or an opportunity to contact friends or family.
- He is also more than justified when he flies into a rage after finding out Steven used him as a People Puppet for the better part of the day without his permission and then has his friends and family (minus Sadie) tell him how much they preferred the Steven version of him.
- In "Tiger Philanthropist", Lars makes a correct statement that Purple Puma quitting wrestling doesn't mean that Tiger Millionaire has to.
- Jerkass Realization: After Steven takes his body for a ride in "The New Lars", he realizes that everyone likes him better with Steven's personality, while Sadie is so jaded that she refuses to believe he would ever sincerely admit to being in love with her. It does inspire him to make an effort with Sadie, at least. By "The Good Lars", he openly says that he believes no one likes him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Eventually becomes this in Season 5's "Wanted" arc, to the point of willing to open up to Steven about his feelings. He even sacrifices himself to protect Steven and the Off Colors from Shattering Robonoids, and Steven resurrects him not long after. He then tells Steven and the Off Colors to go to Earth through his new power without him (though the Off Colors decide to stay with him).
- Leitmotif: Starting in "I Am My Mom", intense scenes where Lars is present tend to include a repeating four-note synth beat.
- Like an Old Married Couple: How Steven sees Lars' and Sadie's relationship in "Bubble Buddies":Sadie: Lars, quit being a jerk and help!
Lars: What? I'm helping Steven on his date.
Sadie: You're embarrassing him!
Lars: No, I'm not!
Sadie: Yes, you are!
Steven [in the bubble with Connie]: He and Sadie run the Big Donut.
Connie: Do... they get along? [Lars and Sadie continue to argue]
Steven: They're crazy about each other.
Steven: That's it! We all need a workout! Let's do it! Let's work out together! [to Sadie] You can beat up Lars, [to Lars] and you don't have to starve to death if Sadie divorces you!
- Lars sets Steven straight in "Coach Steven":
Lars: We're not married!
- Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: A fan of Tiger Millionaire, who is just Steven in a Paper-Thin Disguise.
- Locked into Strangeness: Turns pink after Steven brings him back to life following his death in "Off Colors."
- Loving a Shadow: A sort of platonic example; he admires Buck, Jenny, and Sour Cream because he thinks they're detached, aloof, and cynical, but they're actually outgoing, open-minded, and friendly. Sadie even points out that they are "the cool kids", but not for what Lars thinks is "cool".
- Master of the Mixed Message: To Sadie. In her words, he would act nice to her then treat her badly right after, making it difficult for her to truly know if he even cares about her. It turns out, Lars does love Sadie but it too insecure to admit it.
- MayflyDecember Friendship: Befriends the Off-Color gems on Homeworld, who are stated to have existed for 'eons'.
- Moral Myopia: After he turns against Tiger Millionaire, he directly says it's because he hurt him specifically.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: His Embarrassing First Name, "Laramie", is of French descent. His last name, "Barriga", is of Spanish descent.
- Naked People Are Funny: When Steven accidentally posesses Lars, the first thing he finds out about him is that he sleeps completely naked.
- Non-Action Guy: It's mostly noticeable because Sadie is one of the most physically capable humans on the show, but Lars is not remotely physically gifted, and not particularly brave either. When he finally takes a combat role in "Off Colors" he actually proves to be surprisingly courageous and does rather well... before Reality Ensues and what would be minor trauma to a gem kills him instantly.
- One Head Taller: He towers over Sadie, to the point they are a Huge Guy, Tiny Girl couple.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Lars" is actually short for "Laramie", but no one but his parents ever calls him that, and even that's just when they forget he doesn't like it.
- Only One Name: His last name was not mentioned until "Dewey Wins", though Keep Beach City Weird book mentioned it a while earlier.
- Out of Focus: Lars was essentially absent from the second season, and only in one episode of the third. This gets reversed in the fourth season, as he starts making minor appearances again, gets another Day in the Limelight, and ends up the sole ally of Steven's headed with him to Homeworld in the finale. Then in the fifth season he dies and becomes a human version of Lion after Steven accidentally resurrects him with his Swiss Army Tears.
- Pocket Dimension: When he dies and is resurrected by Steven, his hair and the dimension in Lion's mane are now connected, complete with their own respective trees. A short walk from one to the another in this alternate plane of existence, brought Steven light-years across the cosmos from the Gem Homeworld, to Earth. However, Lars is obviously unable to travel with him and has to stay behind, in the hopes of finding an alternate method home with the Off Colors.
- Prophetic Names:
- "Laramie" comes from "la ramée", French for "the leafy branch". When he comes back to life, he has a Pocket Dimension in his hair that has a leafy tree inside.
- Laramie can also mean "tears of love" in French. And Lars is resurrected by Steven's healing tears.
- Real Men Cook: Inverted. Lars likes cooking and he's good at it, but he's ashamed of it because he thinks it's uncool. Part of that is probably because he specifically likes baking pastries.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Steven gives Lars one of these in "Lars and the Cool Kids":Lars: This is all your fault! I knew if something went wrong today it would be because of you! Now I'm never going to be friends with these guys. All because of your... weird mom!
Steven: What do you know about my mom?! I didn't even get to know my mom! But I do know, she saw beauty in everything! Even in stuff like this, and even in jerks like you!
- Rule of Empathy: Season 5's "Off Colors" sees Lars develop an empathy to and a relation towards the Off Colors, to the point where he even briefly died protecting them from sensors in the Homeworld Kindergarden.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: A rude, abrasive Grumpy Bear to Steven, the openly emotional, friendly All-Loving Hero.
- Shipper on Deck: He kept making romantic inferences to Steven being in a bubble with Connie in "Bubble Buddies".
- Ship Tease: With Sadie. At one point, Steven thinks they are married already and some of their dialogue can be construed as romantic tension.
- The Slacker: He'll go so far as to fake an injury to get out of working.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: His grumpy attitude is implied to be a facade to cover up his self-esteem issues.
- Strong Family Resemblance: "The New Lars" shows he has his mother's hair color and skin complexion. And his head shape is similar to his father's.
- Supreme Chef: When it comes to baking pastries, as both Sadie and Steven can attest to.
- Teens Are Monsters: A definite example in a show that usually averts it. Lars is lazy, shortsighted, self-absorbed, abrasive, and confuses negativity for authenticity, which are all negative personality traits associated with teenagers. He mostly grows out it.
- Took a Level in Badass: After four seasons of being a cowardly jerkass, Season 5 strands him on Homeworld, where he faces his fears and leaps into danger to protect those weaker than him. He becomes the third human to destroy a Gem-related threat, and dies for his efforts, but is resurrected by Steven's tears, where he retains his personality and newfound courage, and seems to have gained Lion's skill set. After being forced to stay behind on Homeworld while Steven returns to Earth, he leads the Off Colors in successfully stealing the Sun Incinerator, Emerald's fastest ship, and uses it to head back to Earth.
- Touched by Vorlons: After dying and being brought back by Steven, he's turned pink, has a doorway to a Pocket Dimension in his hair, and many of his biological functions seem to have slowed dramatically, if not stopped completely, as his heartbeat is extremely slow and he seems to no longer require nourishment to survive.
- Transplant: Lars and Sadie were both characters created for comics Rebecca Sugar drew in college before being reused for Steven Universe. The main difference was that they were college students instead of apparently high-school aged coworkers. Lars also had a cameo in Pug Davis, an old comic of Rebecca's.
- Ultimate Job Security: Despite all his slacking and leaving the workload on Sadie, she doesn't seem to have it in her to have him fired. Given that he's a baker, it's likely that he leaves Sadie with most of the front-end and later-in-the-day work while Lars is just holding over from setting up the goods at the start of the day.
- The Unapologetic: Sadie claimed he was this in "The New Lars".Sadie: Okay, maybe you are Steven. Lars would never apologize to me.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Lars is pleasant and friendly to the point of being Adorkable in the flashback to his and Ronaldo's childhood (enough so that present Lars groans with embarrassment just from watching himself). He only starts to show hints of his present jerkass self when Ronaldo accidentally pushes his Berserk Button of having people make fun of him.
- Walking Spoiler: Much like with Lion, Lar's hair and skin post-resurrection shares the same color scheme as Pink Diamond.
- We Used to Be Friends: He and Ronaldo were friends when they were kids. They had a falling out because Ronaldo took a picture that was proof of something supernatural but Lars tore it up because it would also have embarrassed him (and broke their promise about their club being a secret).
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: After Steven resurrects him with his healing tears, Lars has pink hair.
- Young and in Charge: Became the leader of the Off Colors, whose other members are thousands of years older than him.