Get open, get honest, invent yourselves together. That's fusion.
|—"We Need to Talk"|
"Garnet" is a main protagonist in Steven Universe.
She is the fusion of Ruby and Sapphire, and is considered the current, de-facto leader of the Crystal Gems. Along with the rest of the team, Garnet is one of the last surviving Gems on Earth who joined the Crystal Gems in their rebellion against the Gem Homeworld to stop their invasion of the planet. Following 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 on how to use his powers. Though often stoic and few of words, her most recent adventures has left her more jovial and outspoken.
Garnet is definitely the leader of the team. She is totally in control of everything everyone does.
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. In addition, she makes a reckless decision to fuse 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 defusion and eventual refusion of Ruby and Sapphire in The Return/Jail Break appears to have had an impact on Garnet's 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. In "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies" she does not enjoy the camera filming her.
While not nearly as nervous or reluctant to the idea of fusion as Pearl, she clearly believes fusion to be a sacred thing. This is shown in "Keeping it Together," as she was fine with answering Steven's personal questions regarding Ruby and Sapphire. However, seeing Peridot's experiments disturbed and frightened her so immensely that she nearly separated from the shock, displaying pure fear and despair for the first time that her fallen comrades were fused against their will.
Garnet is the tallest of the remaining Crystal Gems, but the second-shortest fusion. (Stevonnie, the fusion of Steven and Connie, stands inches shorter than Garnet.) She stands at about 7 feet (2.1 m), and is the most muscular gem of the group. Her left eye is a bright ruby-red, her right a bright sapphire-blue, while the center third eye is a reddish-violet, resembling the combination of blue and red. Her gemstones are embedded in her palms. Garnet also appears to blush dark red as shown in the episode "Story for Steven."
She had dark, reddish-brown skin, and curly, soft black hair styled into a cube-shaped afro. She almost always wore triangular futuristic red orange tinted 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.
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/marroon 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, and different light sources cause different colors to reflect off of them. Her shoulder pads are also oval-like instead of cubes, and both are a dark orchid/eggplant color as well as her arms and gloves. This costume lacks more contrast in colors than the pre-regeneration outfit does.
|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 an upside-down triangle colored maroon and magenta. The star was instead a connection to her sash. She had more circular cubic shoulder pads and wore pale-red pumps with gold stripes around them. Her gauntlet weapons were smaller and golden colored, resembling armor.||"Pilot"|
|Garnet wears Steven's Birthday Suit.||"So Many Birthdays"|
|Garnet wears large pants with a plaid design. They previously belonged to Greg Universe.||"Rose's Room"|
|Garnet wears a greenish-grey jacket. On the back of the jacket is a guitar along with the words "Cool Dad". It previously belonged to Greg Universe. It was intended to be thrown away but Steven gave it to Garnet instead.||"Maximum Capacity"|
|In the black & white sitcom dream sequence, Garnet is human with two eyes, sunglasses, and an outfit similar to "The Fonz" from "Happy Days". She has a star on the back of her jacket, rolled up jeans, and flats.||"Chille Tid"|
|She wears a dark red tunic with a light pink lightning stripe through it and a blue outline, hot pink shoulders with leggings that reach up to her abdomen, the leggings are solid black and every beneath it is hot pink shoes. Her shades are white and red, resembling her pre-regeneration shades, albeit they are rounded rather than pointed. Her coloration is similar to pre-regeneration Garnet in nighttime lighting.||"Story for Steven"|
|Garnet shapeshifts her hands to make them larger and more stretchable, resulting in giant hands.||"Steven and the Stevens"|
|Garnet shapeshifts into Steven to play Steven Tag with Amethyst.||"Keep Beach City Weird"|
|Garnet wears a two-piece with a dark red top, with a pink outline and a slanted black skirt with a red stripe that stops slightly above her knees.||"Beach Party"|
|Garnet shapeshifts part of her bodysuit into a lifejacket.||"Chille Tid"|
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.|
Like all Gems, Garnet can shape-shift, fuse, summon a weapon, and retreat to her gemstones.
She appears to have telekinetic abilities. Garnet can fuse with Amethyst to form Sugilite, and with Pearl and Amethyst together to form Alexandrite, but her fusion with only Pearl alone is yet to be seen. 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.
- Gauntlet Proficiency: 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 and is 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." As shown in "Reformed," Garnet's hands are detached from her body after she uses Rocket Gauntlets, and her gems are moved to the stubs of her arms.
- 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. This was also hinted during "Garnet's Universe" and could also suggest that Steven knew about it before its proper debut.
- 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 and Sapphire was able to locate Ruby in a matter of seconds.
- Temporary Power Transfer: In "Winter Forecast" and "Jail Break," it is shown 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 cars 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.
Steven, I know you don't think we trust you. I know more often than not we treat you like a human child. But the truth is, we rely on you. Your voice inspires us, binds us, reminds us why we promised to protect the planet. You must now be that voice, for them.
|—Garnet in "The Return"|
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 provides various ways on how Steven could get hurt while trusting Steven to live while making the right choices on his own.
Shut down by the G-Squad!
|—Amethyst in Marble Madness|
While Amethyst is seen to chafe at being told what to do, she will follow orders from Garnet. 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 except in serious situations. However, Garnet is not beyond scolding Amethyst when Garnet feels her reckless actions impact the integrity of the team.
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.
"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.
Let me tell you something, Mr. Universe. I think you can do it, but it won't work if you dance like Pearl. You have to dance like you. You have to fuse your way. Get open, get honest, invent yourselves together. That's fusion.
|—Garnet in "We Need to Talk"|
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 taste in music, humorously flinging herself out of the van as soon as he started playing one of his CDs.
"The Message" reveals that she is the Crystal Gem who has the most faith in Greg, telling him not to feel bad
that he failed to decode the message as well as convincing Pearl to give him a second chance at it. In "We Need to Talk" she also seems to think favorably of him as she supported his and Rose's relationship, revealing that that she already thought highly of him back then. She even goes so far as to give him some advice on how to have a closer connection with Rose and encouraged him not to give up at trying to learn how to fuse with her.
The end of the episode reveals that she knew (with her Future Vision) that Greg wouldn't have been able to fuse with Rose, but by confronting her over it he would force her to talk about their relationship and the two would come out of the argument closer to each-other.
Garnet also casually revealed to him that she has three eyes as she lowered her shades to wink at him.
You make a very convincing lovesick fool. You convinced these children, you even convinced yourself. You're a fantastic actor.
|—Garnet in "Love Letters"|
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.
They were forced together... They were forced to fuse! This is wrong! Uh, uh, I'm sorry.
|—Garnet in "Keeping it Together"|
Garnet shows a deep fear of the Cluster, as it is composed of the shards of former Crystal Gems. The sight of it unsettles her to the point that the Fusion between Ruby and Sapphire is almost undone. At the same time, she is sympathetic to them, and instead she directs her fury against the Homeworld which she believes did this to them as a cruel punishment for the rebellion.
She mentions intimate details of their previous lives such as the fact that they were buried together after having gone missing after the war, stating that the Crystal Gems had searched for them but couldn't find them. That combined with her strong reaction to the sight of them, implies that she knew them personally when they were alive.
You gotta lotta nerve taking refuge here. Of all places! But I don't know where you get off attacking defenseless humans in your dead-beat escape pod. And if you think you're safe here, well I got news for you. You lost! Now! Stay off my planet!
|—Garnet in "Joy Ride"|
Garnet was initially wary of Peridot's appearance in "Warp Tour" since her arrival signaled the Homeworld gems to Earth. As seen in "Joy Ride," Garnet was about to destroy Peridot's escape pod in blind fury because the actions in "The Return" and "Jail Break." She states that Peridot is not really a physical threat in "Keeping it Together" since she assures Pearl that Steven can come along but she is surprised by Peridot's abilities when chasing her.
You need to leave immediately!
|—Garnet in "The Return"|
Garnet was de-fused by Jasper in "The Return". Jasper looks down on Garnet for being a fusion, which she considers a cheap tactic used to make weak gems stronger. Garnet and Jasper eventually fight, with Garnet as the victor.
See Garnet's Quotes.
- Garnet is rarely seen consuming food or drinking, much like Pearl. This is probably not out of disgust (as with Pearl), but simply because Gems don't need to eat/drink and has no practical reason to do so.
- Garnet is the second shortest fusion so far, behind Stevonnie.
- Garnet was the first fusion to appear on-screen.
- Garnet has had the most screen-time of any fusion.
- Garnet is the first fusion shown shape-shifting.
- Garnet is the second Gem whose body has been critically injured. The first was Pearl, who was impaled by Holo-Pearl's sword.
- 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 (and so far only) regenerated Gem to have the pattern on her weapon change.
- Garnet has sung the longest song in the series.
- Garnet is the second fusion to sing and have her own theme song, right after Opal.
- She is the only fully stable fusion, being able to maintain fusion for possibly thousands of years. This is because of the close romantic relationship between the two original Gems.
- She is also the first fusion without extra limbs (similar to Stevonnie).
- "Frybo" is the first episode that neither Garnet nor Amethyst appeared in.
- Garnet wears shades to conceal her third eye.
- 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.
- Purple is a combination of red and blue, which represents Ruby and Sapphire.
- 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 is seen shapeshifting for the first time in "Steven and the Stevens."
- In "Steven and the Stevens" and "We Need to Talk", it is shown that Garnet knows how to play the keytar, and that Greg may have taught her how to play it.
- Garnet seems to be very intolerant to arguing. In "An Indirect Kiss", she launched a rock through thick bramble when Pearl's overexertion caused her and Amethyst to argue, stating "I needed that."
- In "Fusion Cuisine", Garnet aggressively hits Pearl and Amethyst with her gauntlets after they argue once again.
- According to Rebecca Sugar, Garnet's fighting and dancing style is based off of Waacking. 
- Garnet's favorite music is the works of Estelle according to Rebecca Sugar, appropriate considering Estelle is her voice actress.
- 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.
- 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, as a subtle hint that she is a fusion.
- 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 involves two active lights, red and blue, unlike the other members of the Crystal Gems who only have one active light each. The red light is for Ruby, while the blue light is for Sapphire.
- As she stated in "Love Letters," Garnet does not believe in love at first sight.
- In "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies," Garnet is camera shy.
- Garnet was almost forcefully unfused in "Keeping it Together."
- Garnet seems to not have emotion, but says she is a symbol of love.
- Garnet has dark red blood, as seen by her blush in Story for Steven.
- Garnet is the traditional birthstone for January, the zodiacal stone for Aquarius and the second anniversary stone.
- 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 available in a veritable plethora of colors, such as yellow, orange, peach, green, red, purple, blue (rare), brown and pink.
- However, the most commonly occurring color is red and the rarest is blue.
- Garnet is not a single mineral, but a group containing closely related, isomorphous minerals that form a series with each other, which fits with the fact that she a fusion of two gems.
- However, if we look at Garnet like a Pyrope, it fits with the color scheme and its relation to love: a gem used to demostrate love to another person, usually between young people.
- Garnet's chemical formula is X3Y2(SiO4)3, where X and Y are different minerals that make all the varieties of Garnet.
- Pyrope's chemical formula is Mg3Al2(SiO4)3
|Sapphire's gemstone on Garnet; it has a triangular facet. As seen in The Return and the flashback in Jailbreak, it has a light blue ring around the edge (normally hidden inside her hand), and is flatter on the back.|
|Ruby's gemstone on Garnet; it has a square facet. As seen in The Return and the flashback in Jailbreak, it has a pink ring around the edge (normally hidden inside her hand), and is flatter on the back.|
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