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Nickname(s)
Characteristics
Race

Gem

Gender Pronoun

She/Her

Traits
Gemstone

Garnet

Professional Status
Occupation(s)

Guardian

Team

Crystal Gems

Personal Status
Status

Active

Friend(s)
Media
First Appearance

"Pilot"

Music Theme

Future Vision (Song)

Voice Actor

Estelle


"Garnet" is a main protagonist in Steven Universe.

She is a fusion of Ruby and Sapphire, and is considered the current, unofficial leader of the Crystal Gems. Along with her team, Garnet is one of the last surviving Gems on Earth who rebelled against the Gem Homeworld to stop their invasion of the planet. After the war, Garnet helped protect the Earth over the next 5,000 years. After Rose Quartz gave birth to Steven and lost her physical form, Garnet began to mentor Steven and help train him to use his powers.

Appearance

Garnet is the tallest of the Crystal Gems, but one of the shortest fusions. She stands at about seven feet, and is the most muscular of the group. Her right eye is a bright ruby-red, and her left is a bright sapphire-blue, while the center third eye is reddish violet. Her gemstones are embedded in her palms.

Pre-regeneration (debut)

She had dark, pinkish-brown skin, and curly, soft, black hair styled into a black cube-shaped afro. She almost always wore triangular futuristic orange tinged shades, which cover all three of her eyes. She wore a black and crimson bodysuit, with cubic shoulder pads (the right one being magenta, the left one being crimson), and a pink star with a magenta outline on her chest. She also wore long black gloves that covered her middle fingers.

Post-regeneration (current)

As of "Jail Break," Garnet still wears the same bodysuit, but with a different color scheme and pattern. As opposed to crimson and black, her bodysuit is now multiple colors. Her right half is covered in a vivid blue-violet stocking, and her left is covered in a deep orchid/eggplant stocking. Her skin tone is even different, now being cerise rather than pinkish-brown. Her weapons are still mostly red, but with a more cerise shade, however there is a ring of black on the outside closest to her arms, and the glowing aura that appears when summoning them is now pale magenta. Instead of a star on the end facing her arms, they are now just orange. The star's color also changed, instead of a pink star with a magenta outline, it is now an amaranth star with a soft pink outline. Her hair is now also no longer black, but rather a very dark heliotrope and also is shorter and generally smaller than before. Her shades are also now a soft pink and blue color, instead of pale orange, different light sources causing different colors to reflect off of them. Her shoulder pads are also an oval-like style, instead of cubes and both are a dark orchid/eggplant color as well as her arms and gloves.

Personality

Garnet is definately the leader of the team. She is totally in control of everything everyone does.

—Rebecca Sugar

Though she's often the most stable member and a mentor for Steven, Garnet tends to act on intuition rather than seriously analyze a situation. For the most part, this works out well, but it has lead to some disastrous outcomes. She loses her usual stoic demeanor when Steven began rapidly aging in "So Many Birthdays" and starts violently shaking him, she makes a reckless decision of fusing with Amethyst to form Sugilite in "Coach Steven," and creates an overly-exaggerated story while speaking to Connie's Mother over the phone in "Fusion Cuisine." 

While mostly level-headed, she occasionally demonstrates a fierce competitive spirit. This is best seen while playing volleyball, Steven Tag, and arcade games.

As the de facto leader, Garnet is often the peacemaker of the Crystal Gems, especially when Pearl and Amethyst start arguing. She demands utmost respect from the Crystal Gems, and is not hesitant to gain an attitude if the team members refuse to follow an order. The other Crystal Gems have even shown some fear towards Garnet because of her potential reactions to unwanted activity, as shown in "Secret Team."

The de-fusion and eventual re-fusion of Ruby and Sapphire in The Return/Jail Break appears to have had an impact on her personality; in consequent episodes she appears a lot more outspoken, lively and engaging. In "Jail Break" she shows a lot of emotion when reunited with Steven and in her fight with Jasper. She is later shown cracking a joke at Lapis Lazuli and Jasper's expense in the end. In "Full Disclosure" she is the only one who gives Steven any actual advice on how to deal with the situation ("Steven needs to see his friends and his father") and in "Joy Ride" she speaks the most out of the three. This is is a huge contrast with pre-regeneration Garnet, who rarely spoke or interacted with anyone outside of the Crystal Gems.

Designs

Image Description Appearance(s)
PilotGarnet2
Her skin had a more reddish tint. She had straight black hair, wore maroon shades, a bodysuit colored purplish-red on the top, and grey and black on the legs. The star also wasn't present in the chest area, it was just an upside-down triangle colored maroon and magenta. The star was instead a connection to her sash. She had more circular cubic shoulder pads, gold gauntlets, and wore pale red pumps with a gold stripe around it. "Pilot"
YoungGemGarnet
She wears a dark purple tunic with a pink lightning stripe through it with leggings that reach up to her abdomen, the leggings are solid black and every beneath it is hot pink shoes. She still has her regular hairstyle (shorter) and the shades appear to be a different pastel-beigish color. Like the other gems, hers lacks the star motif seen on their current outfits. "Story for Steven"
KingGarnet
Garnet wears the "King Costume". "So Many Birthdays"
Garnet Beach Transparent
Garnet wears a two-piece with a dark red top, with a pink outline and a red-striped black slant skirt that stops slightly above her knees. "Beach Party"

Transformations

Image Description Appearance(s)
GiantHands
Giant Hands "Steven and the Stevens"
"Secret Team"
GarnetSteven
Steven "Keep Beach City Weird"

Abilities

No one can see the future. I can see options and trajectories. Time is like a river...that splits into creeks, or pools into lakes, or careens down waterfalls. I have the map, and I steer the ship.

—Garnet explaining her future vision.

NewGauntlets

Garnet's gauntlets.

Garnet Rocket Gauntlets

Garnet firing her gauntlets.

Like all Gems, Garnet can shape-shift, fuse, summon a weapon, and "separate" to regenerate.

She appears to have telekinetic abilities. Garnet can fuse with Amethyst to form Sugilite, and fuse with Pearl and Amethyst to form Alexandrite. In addition, she seems to have extreme tolerance towards pain, as shown in So Many Birthdays. Garnet currently has the most unique abilities out of all the Crystal Gems. This is explained and justified due to the fact that she is a fusion of two gems. Out of all of the Crystal Gems, it is clear that Garnet is the strongest physically, but just how strong is currently unknown. 

Unique Abilities

  • Weapon Proficiency; Gauntlets: When channeling the collective power of the universe through her gem, Garnet is able to summon her gem weapon, a pair of red gauntlets. Garnet is highly proficient when using her gauntlets as well as being extremely skilled in hand to hand combat. She is able to deal massive strikes that can easily shatter the earth and deliver swift blows with lightning speed. This is due to her being a fusion.
    • Rocket Gauntlets: Garnet takes aim with her gauntlets and shoots them as projectiles, as seen in "Watermelon Steven".
    • Weapon Size Augmentation: In "Warp Tour", Garnet is able to increase the size of her gauntlets, easily quadrupling their size, and deal increased damage at the cost of reduced speed.
      GarnetGoggles

      Garnet's Lava/Swimming Goggles.

  • Future Vision: Garnet can see multiple future outcomes and probabilities with her third eye, as revealed in "Future Vision". This includes extremely unlikely and ridiculous outcomes, as a considerable amount of her available visions depict Steven's (and possibly other individuals') demise at the hands of mundane tasks or objects on a regular basis. The ability does take some time to use as she has been shown in a "thinking" position when activating it. During that time someone can alter the future as seen in "Marble Madness" when Steven ruined the plan to learn about Peridot by going up to her while Garnet was still using Future Vision.
    • She may get this power from Sapphire based on the fact that she is a fusion gem and Sapphire was able to locate and run to Ruby in a matter of seconds.
  • Temporary Power Transfer: In "Winter Forecast" and "Jail Break", it is revealed that she can temporarily pass on her future vision ability to others through lip contact.
  • Invulnerability: While not outright invincible, it is shown that Garnet is the most physically durable of the Gems. She endures all sorts of different levels of damage from falling rocks to fighting Jasper and various other forms of physical force.
  • Heat Resistance: Her invulnerability is most commonly displayed in her extreme resistance to heat, from when she had scalding-hot coffee splash onto her without flinching in "Future Vision" to when she left to retrieve the Earth Beetle (which required her to swim in active lava) In "Giant Woman".
  • Electrokinesis: Garnet can manipulate and generate electricity, as shown in "Arcade Mania" when she produced electricity in order to power up the Meat Beat Mania game and again in "The Message" when she jump starts Greg's van. She was even able to deflect a bolt of lightning with her bare, ungloved hand in "Future Vision". She has been shown to use this ability to release an electromagnetic repulsion to dry herself off, as seen with coffee in "Future Vision" and water in "Love Letters".
  • Structural Sensation: In "Cheeseburger Backpack", it is stated that she is able to sense structural integrity.
    • It is currently unknown whether this is a unique power, a separate portion of her heightened senses like her future vision or just a simple observation.

Potential Abilities

  • Super Speed: While not shown using it, it's possible she inherited this skill from Sapphire.

Relationships

Steven

That's a lie, your middle name is cutie pie.

—Garnet in "Future Vision"

Steven respects Garnet as a leader and a responsible motherly figure. In return, Garnet tends to have more faith in Steven's plans and ideas than Amethyst and Pearl. She also protects him from their antics and bickering. She rarely gets mad at Steven, unless he disobeys an order. It is clear that Garnet holds a high amount of trust in Steven and his judgement, listening to his ideas in "Cheeseburger Backpack" and "Marble Madness". This trust is mostly displayed in "Future Vision", her future vision always providing various ways Steven could get hurt while trusting Steven to live while making the right choices on his own. 

Amethyst

Shut down by the G-Squad!

—Amethyst

While Amethyst is seen to chafe at being told what to do, she will follow orders from Garnet. This shows that Amethyst respects Garnet's leadership abilities and judgment, even so far as referring to her as "the boss". Garnet has also been shown to be much more willing to play along with Amethyst's jokes than Pearl.

Pearl

Like Amethyst and Steven, Pearl respects Garnet's leadership abilities. While she is occasionally patronizing and condescending to the other Gems, Pearl treats Garnet as an equal.

Ruby & Sapphire

"Go ahead and try to hit me if you're able. Can't you see that my relationship is stable? I can see you hate the way we intermingle. But I think you're just mad 'cause you're single."

"I am their fury, I am their patience, I am a conversation. I am made O-o-o-o-of Lo-o-o-o-ove. (of Love)"

—Garnet, during the song Stronger Than You

"We're gonna stay like this forever." implies that Ruby and Sapphire wish to remain forever fused, due to their deep feelings for each other.

Garnet represents the close intimate/love-bond shared between Ruby and Sapphire and is the physical embodiment of their love. It was confirmed by Writer/Storyboard Artist Joe Johnston, via his tumblr, that Garnet being such a strong fusion of Ruby and Sapphire is meant to reinforce the romantic affections they have for one another. The song "Stronger Than You" also reinforces the romantic nature of their relationship.

Greg

When she first met Greg, she treated him as an intruder in the temple and intended to evict him by force, intimidating him whenever she could. While not being openly opposed to or in favor of Greg, she does admit that Steven should be in contact with him. In "Ocean Gem", it is revealed that she does not like his music, comedically flinging herself out of the van as soon as he started playing one of his CDs. Since ""The Message", Garnet has begun to put more trust in Greg and respect him as Steven's father. 

Jamie

When Jamie first met her, he felt incredibly enamored while Garnet being a relationship was not interested. Despite this, after hurting Jamie's feelings she encouraged him to take up local theater as she felt he was such a good actor he fooled himself into thinking he was truly in love with Garnet.

Quotes

See Garnet's Quotes.

Trivia

Garnet (Distance Model)

Garnet's far-distance render.

Garnetpic

Garnet's evolution.

Garnet - Stronger Than You
NewGarnetDoor

Garnet's door.

Fusion cuisine
Crystal Temple Pilot
  • Garnet is rarely seen consuming food or drinking, much like Pearl. This is probably not out of disgust (as with Pearl) but simply because as Gems don't need to eat or drink she has no practical reason to do so.
    • It is shown (or rather it is heavily implied) that she takes a sip from a cup of soda in "Secret Team" when Steven meets her at Fish Stew Pizza so unlike Pearl she might eat or drink to indulge him.
  • Garnet is the second shortest fusion so far, behind Stevonnie.
  • Garnet has had the most screen-time of any fusion Gem.
  • Garnet is the second gem whose body has been critically injured. The first was Pearl, who was impaled by Holo-Pearl's sword.
    • Garnet was "split" back into Ruby and Sapphire by Jasper.
  • Garnet is the third gem to undergo a visual change after regenerating, or in Garnet's case, re-fusing, the first being Pearl and the second being Opal.
  • Garnet is the first regenerated gem to have the pattern on her weapon change. (From red and dark red spiral to slick black and red stripes)
  • Garnet has sung the longest song in the series.
  • In "Jail Break," Garnet is revealed to be a fusion between Sapphire and Ruby.
    • This makes her the first fusion ever to be shown in the series.
    • This explains why Garnet has two gems.
    • She is also the most stable fusion shown so far, being able to maintain fusion for possibly thousands of years. This could be because of the close romantic relationship between the two original gems.
    • She is also the first full-gem fusion shown without extra limbs (similar to Stevonnie).
    • Because she's a fusion, this means fusions can fuse with other gems as well. How many times a fusion can fuse is unknown.
    • Ruby and Sapphire's fusion dance is a reference to Pazu and Sheeta in Hayao Miyazaki's "Castle in the Sky." [1]
    • She was planning to show Steven that she's a fusion for his birthday.
  • The gemstone on her left hand has a square-shaped facet, and the gemstone on her right hand has a triangular-shaped facet each representing the respective facets of Ruby and Sapphire's gems.
  • When entering the temple, Garnet activates both the red and blue gemstone on the temple door. This is due to her being a fusion between Ruby and Sapphire.
  • "Frybo" is the first episode that neither Garnet nor Amethyst appeared in.
  • In the transition from the pilot to the series, Garnet underwent some changes. Among these changes are:
    • Removal of gold ring around gemstones.
    • Straight black hair to cubed black afro.
    • Golden gauntlets to red gauntlets.
    • Gray/black tights to red/black tights.
    • Dark red shades to light shades.
    • Top part of bodysuit simplified and bodysuit color changed (from purplish-red and grey to crimson and black).
    • High heel pumps to flats covered by her bodysuit.
    • Garnet wears her shades to cover up a third eyeball on her forehead.
  • Garnet has complete Heterochromia iridum, which means each of her eyes are a different color. The left eye navy blue (representing Sapphire), and the right eye dark red (representing Ruby), the top eye being purple, which are some of the colors a garnet can exhibit, with dark red being the most common, purple uncommon, and blue rare.
    • The third eye is also purple because purple is a mix of red and blue. Her other eyes are red and blue, which are the colors of her base Gems, Sapphire and Ruby.
  • Garnet believes that violence can solve most things, as shown when she tried to help a rapidly aging Steven in "So Many Birthdays" by shaking him violently.
  • Garnet, who is normally the most stoic of the Crystal Gems, gets emotional for the first time in "So Many Birthdays".
  • Garnet has the ability to move with "Bullet Time" motion (an ability concept introduced in The Matrix), most likely due to her third eye, and her being a fusion.
  • Garnet is seen shapeshifting for the first time in "Steven and the Stevens."
  • In "Steven and the Stevens," it is shown that Garnet knows how to play the keytar (and probably piano by extension).
  • Garnet seems to be very intolerant to arguing, as shown in "An Indirect Kiss," when she aggressively launched a rock through thick bramble when Pearl's overexertion caused her and Amethyst to argue, and in "Fusion Cuisine", when she hits Pearl and Amethyst with her gauntlets after they argue once again.
  • In "Fusion Cuisine," Garnet is apparently bad at socializing with strangers, as she panicked when talking to Connie's mother.
    • This trait could've also contributed to Alexandrite's social awkwardness.
  • According to Rebecca Sugar, Garnet's fighting and dancing style is based off of Waacking. [2]
  • It is revealed in "Warp Tour" that Garnet can control the size of her gauntlets, similar to that in "Garnet's Universe."
    • Upon closer examination, when she was summoning her gauntlets, her gloves merged with her gauntlet.
      • This is probably due to her having increased strength from being a fusion.
  • According to Ian Jones-Quartey, Rebecca Sugar planned Garnet to be a fusion long before the Pilot episode, which also includes the fact that Ruby and Sapphire would be the two Gems to make her.[3]
  • Several hints were given to show that Garnet was a fusion:
    • During the Crystal Gems' introductions in the Pilot, Garnet had chunks of ruby and sapphire gemstones laying around her.
      • Also during the Pilot, the original design of the Crystal Temple had Ruby and Sapphire Gemstones on its hands.
    • During the intro, Garnet has two shooting stars on her title card, while Pearl and Amethyst each have one.[4]
    • During the scene where Alexandrite breaks up in "Fusion Cuisine", Garnet's silhouette is shaped as two individual Gems (Ruby and Sapphire), while Pearl and Amethyst have normal matching silhouettes.
    • Garnet's door (seen above) involves two active lights, red and blue, unlike the other members of the Crystal Gems who only have one active light each.
    • During "Alone Together", Garnet is extremely pleased when seeing Stevonnie for the first time.
      • During the same episode Pearl and Amethyst both remark that "Fusion isn't easy, even for us" to which Garnet adds "Not for me."
  • Ruby and Sapphire's separate rooms in the temple, if they have them, have not yet made an appearance.
  • As she stated in "Love Letters", Garnet does not believe in love at first sight.

Gemology

Learn more about the garnet gemstone here.


  • Garnet is the birthstone of January.[5]
  • In gemstone mythology, garnets are known as stones that provide protection to their users from evil.
  • Garnets are gemstones associated with strength, bravery, love, determination and self-confidence, all characteristics that fit in with Garnet's personality.
  • Garnet is a deep-red or burgundy gemstone, similar to the stones she has on both of her palms.
  • Garnets are one of the few gemstones that naturally come in multiple colors. These colors include, but are not limited to: red, burgundy, green, and violet.
    • There are blue garnets, but they are incredibly rare.

Gemstones

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Ruby's gem (left palm) on Garnet, it has a Square Facet on it, when Garnet defuses it changes to deeper color Red.
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Sapphire's gem (right palm) on Garnet, it has a Triangle Facet on it, when Garnet defuses it changes to the color Blue.

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