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Steven *AU*niverse: Ask White Pearl and Steven (almost!) anything is a Steven Universe Fan Webcomic by Chekhov.

Set in an Alternate Universe where Steven's mother was actually White Diamond instead of Rose Quartz. After running away from his abusive foster family, Steven runs into a mysterious woman with only one eye. They soon get separated and Steven finds himself in Beach City and under the watch of the Crystal Gems.

The Webcomic can be read on Tapas here and their Tumblr account here.


Ask White Pearl and Steven (almost!) anything provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Quite a few of the foster parents Steven lived with were abusive in a variety of ways. When Steven ran away, one of the parents could he heard screaming he was "[a] Fucking Unicorn."
  • Accidental Truth: When Steven is training with Rose he accidentally poofs her, revealing her gem is a Pink Diamond. Pearl is catatonic, but Reality Ensues and Steven is only concerned about having possibly hurt Rose. Both Pearl and Rose (begrudgingly) admit that it was possibly best that he be the one to poof her.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Steven here has been in and out of foster care and is currently on the run. Some of the foster homes he grew up in were also abusive.
  • Adult Fear: The author confirms Greg is still Steven's father. And when White Pearl brings a sick Steven to Greg, he doesn't even know he's his son, with terrifying implications.
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  • All of the Other Reindeer: As Steven was growing up, people often kept their distance from him because of his 'horn'.
  • Alternate Universe Fic:
    • Steven's mother was White Diamond. No word on what happened to his father (confirmed to be Greg). Later on, Greg shows up at the end of Season 2 in Beach City... and he has no idea who Steven is.
    • There is no Big Donut, but there is a Big Bagel.
  • And I Must Scream: White Pearl has been trapped in this state for thousands of years. Steven manages to free her, though she's still half white, signifying that the connection isn't completely severed.
  • Anime Hair: Steven's hair is naturally spiky and roughly resembles a five-pointed star, much like White Diamond's hair.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Played With. Steven can control what White Pearl says to various degrees. But he has no idea that he's mind controlling her. When he finds out the truth, he has a breakdown and begs to not have the power anymore, practically freeing White Pearl.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: Steven technically does not have a brain. Since his mother was monolithic in scale, her gem was very large as well, only a tiny fraction visibly exposed on Steven's head. Here's proof.
  • Body Horror: As stated, Steven has no brain. The entirety of his head is filled with the whole diamond.
  • Cassandra Truth: Rose refuses to believe Steven is anyone other that White Diamond in disguise and playing a mind game although this is likely due to her past experience with White and a lack of understanding of Steven's true nature.
  • Character Blog: A majority of the comics involve Tumblr messages directed towards Steven.
  • Clarke's Third Law: The show leaves it vague whether or not Gems use magic and Magitek or if they use the term "magic" to simplify things for Steven. Here, Crystal Gem Pearl clarifies that they are not magic.
  • Cool Shades: Steven buys White Pearl a variety of sunglasses after reading a comment on his blog.
  • Creepy Good: White Pearl's propensity to stare at Steven was off-putting for him at first.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When Rose reveals who Steven (supposedly) is and intends to "free" White Pearl from his "control", the emotionally distraught Steven unintentionally releases a One-Hit Kill Agony Beam shockwave that poofs Garnet, Amethyst and Crystal Gem Pearl instantly.
  • Curb-Stomp Cushion: When Steven unleashes his One-Hit Kill attack, Rose was the only one able to withstand it, her shield blocking the attack while the others were poofed instantly.
  • Death Glare:
    • Rose gives one to Steven and White Pearl after she (incorrectly) realizes that Steven is White Diamond.
    • White Pearl, now free from Steven's unintentional control, gives one to Rose after she attacked Steven.
  • Dramatic Irony: The readers know that Steven is the half-human son of White Diamond, but nobody in-universe does (except maybe White Pearl, who is unable to tell anyone).
  • Driving Question: Three:
    • For Steven: Who is White Pearl and what happened to his family? He gets a half answer in the Season 2 Finale.
    • For the Crystal Gems: who and what is Steven? They tragically get a simple answer in the Season 2 Finale.
    • And overall: Who, what, where, when, how, and why did White Diamond of all people have a son?
  • Eating Optional: Pink Pearl is briefly shown drinking from a cup of iced coffee.
  • Eye Scream: White Pearl still has her damaged eye. Steven buys her numerous sunglasses to help hide it.
  • Fantastic Racism: While discussing what Steven is, Garnet and Pearl casually bring up he might be Off-Color. Rose shushes them in case Amethyst hears them, and tells them that it doesn't matter.
  • The Fashionista: Steven possesses an interest in fashion, in contrast to the canon Steven's Limited Wardrobe.
  • Foster Kid: Steven has been passed across different foster homes before landing with an abusive foster family before he runs away before White Pearl finds him.
  • Freudian Slip: Rose's statements and questions toward Steven after she comes to believe that he's White Diamond start to be more rooted in her past as Pink Diamond. Steven naturally doesn't know what she's talking about and is both confused and saddened by it.
  • Friendless Background: Steven was always an outcast growing up and never had many friends, and the few friends he did have were also outcasts.
  • Glamour Failure: When Rose gets emotional when asking who she thinks is White Diamond why she is playing this "mind game" her pupil briefly takes on its original diamond shape.
  • Good with Numbers: Steven's favorite subject in school was math, and he's "apparently pretty good at it", liking puzzle books.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: As noted under Sibling Rivalry. Over time, Amethyst grows to resent Steven for all of the time Rose spends with him. Just as she concocts a plan to frame him for a corrupted gem being released, she overhears him talk to Connie about how he feels like she is justified in being jealous and quickly changes her mind.
  • Heroic BSoD: Steven does not take it well when he finds out that White Pearl is essentially acting as a mindless extension of his will.
  • Horned Humanoid: Steven's gem is located in his head (taking place of his brain as well) and gives off the impression of a horn. His previous foster family even called him a unicorn because of this.
  • How Did You Get It?:
    • When Steven finds a five dollar bill, he and White Pearl go to a convenience store. When Steven expresses interest in a shelf of snacks, White Pearl stores all of it in her gem when he is not looking. When he finds out about this later, he reprimands her and tells her they need to pay for food with money lest they get arrested. She then takes out a stack of dollar bills. Steven does not ask where she got it, but the look on his face shows that he knows he prefers not to know.
    • When Steven asks if White Pearl has an ID of some kind, she gives him one. It is not her's, but rather an out of date ID of an old Russian Man from the late-70's.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: In "Roommates", Pearl and Amethyst argue about having Steven bunk in Amethyst's room, Amethyst comparing it to babysitting while Pearl thinks that it will teach her responsibility, as well as the fact that Steven and Amethyst are similar. This goes on with Steven sitting between them.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When the gems all find out that Steven might have a crush on a girl (Connie), they all get excited about it. All except for Pearl, who instead takes the time to tell him that humans have the lifespan of mayflies compared to them and that it would be best if he did not pursue anything with her. This leaves an awkward silence for Steven and the others.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: As per canon, Steven is in touch with his feminine side, enjoying Tumblr fashion, and working out of a clothing store as one of his multiple jobs.
  • Like Mother Unlike Son: Steven could not be any more different from White Diamond (besides having a level of social anxiety).
  • Literal-Minded: When Steven instructs White Pearl on doing something, she always takes it literally. When he said that she had to eatnote  she responds by trying to eat the box of crackers she was holding.note 
  • Loophole Abuse: White Pearl, despite being in a more or less And I Must Scream situation, she is still able to find ways to communicate with Steven, such as when he was trying to figure out her name, she pointed to a display of Pearls for sale.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me:
    • When Rose and Pearl try to train Steven how to use his weapon, she asks that he attacks her. They demonstrate that her shield can take it by demonstrating its durability with Pearl’s spear and the lasers it fires. Unfortunately, when Steven fires a laser, it bounces off her shield, ricochets off of a pillar and almost hits Pearl. Rose throws her shield to save her, only for the laser to hit Rose instead.
    • When Steven tries shape-shifting for the first time, the grunting and straining causes Rose to manifest her shield, legitimately worried that he could explode.
    • It protects her from the attack Steven unleashes unknowingly when defending himself from them, but only her.
  • Magic Staff: Steven's weapon is a staff made of pure light with a gem near the top. It can change size and function both as a close combat weapon and a long range weapon. It's even able to unleash a powerful wide range shock-wave that can poof other gems instantly.
  • Meet Cute: Steven finds a job at a retail store, and finds Connie looking to buy a hat to hide her acne. Steven casually shows his gem, and immediately worries he might've scared her off. But the two quickly become friends, exchanging numbers.
  • More Than Mind Control: The author explained that while White Diamond simply could fully Mind Control White Pearl into doing whatever she wanted, Steven's presence means that she can actually have some influence over what she says and does. However, he's also capable of sometimes unintentionally influencing her to confirm things he wants to be true, and it's also been said that the border between what she wants and what Steven wants can be unclear.
  • Mythology Gag: Rose demonstrates shape-shifting to Steven by changing her hairstyle into different styles contrary to her own, including ones that resemble Garnet, Pearl, Greg (including his beard) and her original hair as Pink Diamond. When Steven tries it, his hair ends up looking like his canon counterpart's.
  • Not Brainwashed: After Steven frees White Pearl of his control (at least partially), her first act of free will in thousands of years is to carry the one who has been controlling her for an eon to safety after he collapses from a fever. Then staying by his side while he is out, and preventing Rose from harming him. All while having control of her own actions and every reason to abandon him. She might have been controlled by White Diamond, but her loyalty to Steven is her own choice.
  • Not So Stoic: White Pearl is normally totally without emotion and acts as little more than a robot. However their are moments when her true self does manage to break through. She might only be able to speak by repeating bits and pieces of Steven's sentences, but she is the one choosing to speak them, and when she first did it, it was clearly difficult or distressing her to do so. When Steven finally found out her name was Pearl, she cried a tear of relief. She also cried a single tear when she saw how much it hurt Steven after he found out she was just acting as his puppet, 'before' he has severed the connection between them and allowed her to be free again.
  • One Steve Limit: When Steven meets the Crystal Gem Pearl, he starts referring to White Pearl as "Earl" to avoid confusion.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • When Rose sees White Pearl, she drops all pretense of civility and fully intends on killing (or at least poofing and bubbling) Steven under the pretense that he is White Diamond. Justified, considering she had known both White Diamond and White Pearl personally and would know not to hesitate.
    • White Diamond has never apologized for anything, so when Steven apologizes to Rose for whatever made her hate him so much (having no memory of White Diamond's actions), this finally makes Rose doubt her certainty that Steven is just White pulling some cruel joke on her.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Garnet has a harder time getting a read on Steven's future than most others.
  • Pet the Dog: Even after learning the "truth" about Steven, Amethyst still cares about him, even returning Steven's phone to him when he was looking for it.
  • Precision F-Strike: Steven of all people shouts "Oh. My. Fucking god!" when he sees the Tongue Monster at the Beta Kindergarten. Since we hear his foster parents cussing up a storm when he was running away from them, it's safe to say that he grew up around a lot more crude language than the canon version did.
  • Prematurely Grey-Haired: Steven's hair is naturally grey.
  • Pun: The state that Steven had lived in before getting out of town was called "Oregano."
  • Reality Ensues: When Steven accidentally poofs Rose, Pearl worries over him finding out that she's Pink Diamond, but he's really just concerned if he hurt her. Steven is completely new to anything Gem related, so he naturally wouldn't know anything about that.
  • Red Right Hand: Played With. Steven has the tip of a White Diamond jutting out of his forehead, and the rest of the diamond in the entirety of his skull, lacking even a brain. Because of this, a lot of people kept a distance from him, from families worried about potential medical bills, to religious families considering it a sign of the devil. But Steven is a super nice kid. Among the Crystal Gems, it's just a normal part of him, so they don't mind, such as Pearl who has a giant pearl in her forehead.
  • The Runaway: Steven is a fourteen year old who ran away from his abusive foster parents and now travels from place to place with White Pearl. He doesn't stop moving around until he reaches Beach City and stays with the Crystal Gems.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Over time, Amethyst grows to resent Steven for all of the time Rose spends with him. Just as she concocts a plan to frame him for a corrupted gem being released, she overhears him talk to Connie about how he feels like she is justified in being jealous and quickly changes her mind.
  • Sickness Equals Redness: When Steven (partially) frees White Pearl, his face has a visible pink blush to it. While this meant a Luminescent Blush of embarrassment for Canon!White Diamond, in this case Steven is rendered sick, Greg noticing his fever when White Pearl leaves him in his care.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Justified, as neither Rose or any of the Crystal Gems understand that Steven is not actually White Diamond. However it is averted with White Pearl. After Steven breaks his connection to her and allowing her to be free, 'Pink' Pearl's first reaction after more than five thousand year of being trapped in her own body is to carry her 'tormentor' who is coming down with a fever to safety.
  • Slice of Life: Each season deals with several over-all themes, like the first season has Steven and White Pearl traveling through the country, and season two follows a somewhat In Spite of a Nail life with the Crystal Gems. And in between the major stories, is Steven just living his life.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Inverted - at the start of Season 3, Steven apologizing to Rose for anything that he might have done to upset her (since he has no idea who White Diamond is and what she's done) is what makes her start to think he's not White Diamond. Her words after that imply that White Diamond herself never apologized to Pink Diamond once in her entire life. While she's still confused, this is enough to convince her that Steven is at least telling the truth in that he has no idea about White Diamond.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Since Steven is not Rose's son, Rose (AKA Pink Diamond) is still alive.
  • The Voiceless: White Pearl is unable to speak on her own, only able to repeat words that Steven has already spoken similar to Lapis Lazuli in "Mirror Gem".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Steven's foster parents were originally just very neglectful and never outright physically abused him. Then the mother started drinking and got into arguments with the father, and he became an outlet for their anger.
  • Undying Loyalty: White Pearl toward Steven. At first, it's because she was under his (unintentional) control, but after she's freed, her immediate instincts are to save him after he falls ill. She even protects him from Rose, despite having every reason to just leave. It's clear that her devotion to Steven is her own choice.
  • White Mage: Whenever he is faced with a corrupted gem, Steven's eyes start to glow white and the corrupted gem starts to partially heal, slowly taking on a more humanoid form. Only to him, though. Everyone else still just sees a corrupted gem.


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