I will fight for the place where I'm free! To live together and exist as me!
"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 gave up her physical form, Garnet started to mentor Steven and help train him on how to use his powers. Though often stoic and of few words, her most recent adventures have left her more jovial, outspoken, and emotional.
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 un-fusion and eventual re-fusion of Ruby and Sapphire in "The Return" and "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 stated that 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 and personal thing. This is shown when Garnet is telling a newly fused Stevonnie in "Alone Together" that she is considered neither a person nor two people, but rather an experience. She was even fine enough to answer Steven's personal questions regarding Ruby and Sapphire in "Keeping it Together". As such, any form of misuse of fusion greatly upsets Garnet and is one of the few things that breaks her otherwise calm and controlled demeanor; seeing Peridot's experiments disturbed and frightened her so immensely that she nearly separated from the shock, and Pearl tricking her into fusing with her both broke Garnet's trust in Pearl for a long time and lead to an inner turmoil that made her unfuse.
Garnet has demonstrated that she takes her occupation as leader seriously and has a strong moral compass. This is evident in the episode "Cry for Help", where Garnet gets angry at Pearl for lying to her about Peridot rebuilding the Communication Tower, and for wasting time in finding Peridot. Garnet does have a a difficult time trying to express her thoughts to her team mates as seen with Amethyst in "Reformed" since Amethyst was trying to please her and with Pearl in "Friend Ship" since Pearl was trying to make up to Garnet by finding Peridot but Garnet was too angry to tell her she was more upset at the lie. Garnet tends to be more independent as she will often go on missions by herself even if others want to join her. She occasionally does not listen to the team as seen with Pearl's warning "Coach Steven" and to Steven's explanation of his dream in "Chille Tid".
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 (with Sapphire's on her right and Ruby's on her left).
She had dark, maroon colored skin, and black hair styled into a cube-shaped afro. She almost always wore triangular futuristic translucent 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/maroon stocking. Her skin tone is even different, now being cerise rather than pinkish-brown. Her weapons are now a reddish-cerise color, 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 gold 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. The two halves of her lower body are now separated straight down the middle as opposed to the left thigh before regeneration.
|Her skin had a more reddish tint to it. 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"|
|In the black and 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"|
|A small, "chibi-like" version of Garnet.||"What Are Gems?"|
|Garnet wears Steven's Birthday Suit.||"So Many Birthdays"|
|Garnet wears large pants with a plaid design when golfing with the Crystal Gems. 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"|
|Garnet wears a brown pirate-style hat and white and maroon goggles. She has a black top and a crimson jacket with burgundy gloves. She has a ribbon above her waist which separates her top from her crimson-colored pants which are just below knee length. She also wears black, high boots.||"So Many Birthdays" (photo)|
|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 beneath them are hot pink shoes. Her shades are white and red, resembling her debut-regeneration shades, albeit they are rounded rather than pointed. Her coloration is similar to debut-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.|
- When fused with Amethyst, they form Sugilite.
- When fused with Pearl, they form Sardonyx.
- When fused with Amethyst and Pearl, they form Alexandrite.
She appears to have telekinetic abilities. 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 gems, 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: First seen 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.
- Shapeshifting: Like all Gems, Garnet can shapeshift. Garnet is particularly skilled at stretching and enlarging her limbs.
- 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. This power comes from Sapphire, as confirmed in "Keystone Motel". Her future vision seems to operate at will and with only specific details that she is looking for, as in "Cry for Help" when her future vision did not show her Pearl's actions or the consequences of her actions, instead only noticing that Peridot was in none of the potential futures.
- 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.
- While Garnet has only been seen using lip-to-forehead contact to transfer her power, it is unknown if this is the only method. As she has only been seen sharing her power with Steven, her affection could bias how she chooses to transfer the power.
- 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." She gets this power from Ruby's thermo-regulation.
- 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 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.
- Garnet's Structural Sensation may have been referenced when she observed that Lapis Lazuli's tower was coming down, though it may have been 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 Monster Buddies|
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 she feels her reckless actions impact the integrity of the team. Amethyst was really hurt and upset that Garnet liked fusing with Pearl better than with her.
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. In "Cry for Help", however, her relationship with Pearl sours after she finds out she's been being duped into fusing with her. Although after "Keystone Motel", after Ruby and Sapphire make up, she says "Not now", meaning Ruby still hesitates to forgive Pearl. In "Friend Ship", Garnet talked to Pearl saying that she looks to her and wants her to be strong, this eventually led to her and Pearl making up.
"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 their 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. In addition, Greg knew that Garnet was a fusion in "Keystone Motel", meaning that Garnet showed him Ruby and Sapphire at some point, something not even Steven knew about until "Jail Break".
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 already, 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.
If you break us apart we'll just come back newer, and we'll always be twice the gem that you are!
|—Garnet in "Jail Break"|
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, however, thinks nothing of Jasper's provocation and proceeds to fight her "one on two". After Garnet emerges victorious Jasper fuses with Lapis Lazuli in attempts to get revenge because she's convinced their first fight was unfair do to Garnet being a fusion. Her plan backfires and Garnet is currently searching the ocean for the dangerous and unstable fusion, Malachite, to protect the citizens of Beach City from further destruction.
- Main article: Garnet/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 have no practical reason to do so.
- Garnet is the second shortest fusion so far, behind Stevonnie.
- However Stevonnie is three-fourths human, which makes Garnet the smallest pure gem fusion.
- Garnet was the first fusion to appear on-screen.
- Garnet's third eye refers to her clairvoyance, as those with clairvoyance are often referred to as having a 'third eye'. The third eye comes from Sapphire and her one eye as well.
- This is further supported by her future vision ability.
- 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 (Stronger Than You) in the series.
- Garnet is the first fusion to sing (singing a part in the shows theme song), but she is the second to have her own theme song, 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 additional limbs (similar to Stevonnie).
- "Frybo" is the first episode that neither Garnet nor Amethyst appeared in.
- Garnet wears shades to conceal her third eye.
- Unlike most fusions having four eyes, Garnet only has three. This is because Sapphire only has one eye, as revealed in "Keystone Motel".
- 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 shape-shifting 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.
- Coincidentally or not, Garnet has a glove covering only her middle finger, while The Cluster has a glove covering every finger except the middle.
- 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 on 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.
- At the end of Steven and the Stevens (episode), Garnet is playing a keytar at the end, which is a fusion of a guitar and a keyboard.
- During "Alone Together," Garnet is extremely pleased when seeing Stevonnie for the first time.
- Earlier in the episode, Pearl and Amethyst both remark that "Fusion isn't easy, even for us," to which Garnet adds "Not for me."
- As she stated in "Love Letters," Garnet does not believe in love at first sight.
- It is revealed in "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies" that Garnet is camera shy.
- Garnet was almost forcefully unfused in "Keeping it Together".
- Garnet has dark red blood, as seen by her blush in "Story for Steven".
- All of Garnet's fusions have shades and shoulder pads.
- Garnet's reason for protecting Earth is because it is where she may live free as a fusion.
- Her lines from the extended opening theme are "I will fight for the place where I'm free! / To live together and exist as me!"
- Garnet is the traditional birthstone for January, the zodiacal stone for Capricorn 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.
- The name "garnet" comes from the Medieval Latin word, "granatum", which is an adjective meaning "dark-red"
- 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 demonstrate 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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