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Gem Bubbles are created by Gems to contain corrupted Gems, gemstones, and other objects, like Chaaaaps.

Function and Use

The Crystal Gems primarily use Gem bubbles to contain the gems of corrupted Gem Monsters and Gem shards, which are then warped back to the Burning Room in the Crystal Temple. Steven first demonstrated the ability to bubble objects (and to warp bubbled objects back to the Crystal Temple) in "Monster Buddies".

Bubbling prevents a Gem from regenerating after retreating to her gemstone, putting it into stasis. In addition, the Gem loses all sense of time that passes while bubbled, as evident by Peridot finishing her interrupted sentence in "Catch and Release" as soon as she regenerates and Bismuth going into a fighting stance almost immediately after reforming. However, bubbles typically appear to be fairly fragile, as Steven has popped them from inside and outside. In "Together Breakfast", Garnet has difficulty containing the Smoke Monster from the Evil Spirit Scroll, which quickly escapes once she is distracted. Nevertheless, they seem to be a stable and secure form of containment as long as they are not disturbed.

Bubble color usually syncs with the Gem who made it. Garnet's bubbles are magenta red, Pearl's are mint cream, Steven's/Rose's are pink, Amethyst's are purple, and Peridot's are lime green.

Similar abilities

  • Steven can create a durable bubble shield, which seems to combine his bubbling and shield summoning abilities. This is proven in the episode "Bubble Buddies".
  • When Peridot summons her escape pod in "Jail Break", she is surrounded by a green bubble and then sinks into the floor.
  • Peridot's Limb Enhancers are capable of emitting a tractor beam with similar effects to a Gem Bubble, but they need conscious effort to be sustained unlike the natural ones.

Known Bubbled Objects

Gems

Objects

Gemology

Bubbles seem to be based in a mineralogy concept named bleb.

Trivia

  • Opal has demonstrated the ability to quickly bubble large numbers of defeated Gem monsters with her explosive arrows.
  • It appears that active Gems can be bubbled too, as Steven is bubbled in "Monster Buddies".
    • In the same episode, it is also shown that non-Gem items can be bubbled, as Steven bubbled a bag of Chaaaaps.
  • Some bubbles with shades of purple can be seen on the background, indicating that either Amethyst or Sugilite may have bubbled some Gems off screen.
    • However, in the episode "Steven's Lion", Pearl orders Amethyst to bubble the Desert Glass upon its defeat, to which Amethyst replies saying "my kill, my keep."
    • It is confirmed in "Earthlings" that Amethyst can, in fact, bubble Gems, as she is seen bubbling Jasper.
  • The only Gem monsters that are fought but have not been seen bubbled are the Water Bear, The Slinker, Watermelon Tourmaline, and Snow Monster.
  • Multiple Gems can be placed in a single bubble, such as the multiple Gem shards in "Frybo (episode)", "Secret Team", and the fusion experiment Gems in "Nightmare Hospital".
    • Opal's arrows bubbled each of the Big Bird's gemstones separately, despite (formerly) being one entity. However, this is most likely due to the sheer number of Gems.
  • As demonstrated in "Gem Drill" by the billions of shards that make up the Cluster, it is possible for Gems to bubble even when not in their physical form.
  • It is revealed in "Kindergarten Kid" that bubbles transport to wherever the Gem considers their "home".

Bubbles

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Food & Beverages Bagel SandwichBeastChaaaapsCheese BallsColonel Kernel's Classic Creamed CornCookie CatDog-NutDrink UpDurian JuiceFantastic FriesFire SaltFry BitsGuacolaHynes KetchupLion LickersMargarineNut-DogPop-PopPizza BagelPotato ChipsSadie's LunchesSpicy PretzelsSugar Shock Shut DownTogether BreakfastUbeWaflWhip It UpYummy Apple Juice
Magical Items Crystal HeartDiamond CommunicatorEternity ChaliceEvil Spirit ScrollGarnet's GogglesGem BubblesGem PedestalsGem ShardsGemstonesGeodeThe Heretic's AnguishThe HourglassThe Perils of PweepweeInjectorsThe MirrorMoon Goddess StatueObeliskOld Book GemReplicator WandRobot Shooty ThingShooting StarWailing StoneWarp Pad
Musical Instruments Amethyst's DrumsConnie's ViolinGarnet's KeytarGreg's GuitarPearl's ViolinSteven's UkuleleWarp Whistle
Weapons The Axes of AgesBreaking PointGem DestabilizerGem WeaponsLaser Light CannonPearl's SwordsQuartizine TrioRose's Sword
Holding Items Cheeseburger BackpackHot Dog Duffel BagRose's ScabbardRose's Treasure ChestTiger Millionaire's Suitcase
Vehicles Ancient Gem Colony ShipAquamarine's ShipBlue Diamond's PalanquinBlue Diamond's ShipEscape PodGem DrillGem SloopGem WarshipGreg's Dondai SupremoGreg's VanHandmade SpaceshipInflatable RaftJenny's CarMayor Dewey's VanOnion's MopedPearlbotPink Diamond's PalanquinRoaming EyeSteven's BikeS.S. MiseryThe Universe Mach 3Yellow Diamond's Ship
Rides The AppalachianHyper SpaceJelly JigglerThe TeacupsTsunami
Games Citchen CalamityGolf Quest Mini
Arcade Games Chrono Panic 4Meat Beat ManiaPunch BuddyRace RushRoad KillerSkee BallTeens of RageVirtua Teens of RageWhacker ManWhacker Man Jr.
Currencies CoinDollar BillGiant Penny
Props Cluster PuppetGiant Cellphone PropJungle BucksWall Street Newspaper Prop
T.V. Shows Camp Pining HeartsCanine CourtCrying Breakfast Friends!Li'l ButlerUnder the Knife
Books BrigandBuddy Buddwick's JournalCarrion Amongst The CloverFOINEHow to Talk to PeopleNOICEThe No Home BoysPassions of XanxorPretty HairstylistThe Spirit Morph Saga (The Unfamiliar Familiar)
Movies Dogcopter 3Evil Bear 2: Bearly Alive • Lonely Blade (Lonely Blade IVLonely Blade V)
Toys Bass Fish ToyCluster Puppet • Water GunMinor Toys

Plush Toys: Master of Ceremonies Bear Bear • M.C. Bear Bear • Mr. Queasy • Peridot's Alien • Playful KittySir Bearington
Action Figures: B.O.Y.S.G.A.L.S. (Explorer Gal) • G.U.Y.S. (Dave Guy • Ranger Guy)

Peridot's Machines Escape PodFlask RobonoidsHand RobonoidLimb EnhancersPeribotPlug Robonoids
Homeworld Machines Red Eye
Attack the Light Light Prism
Misc. Items The Armor of the FallenBeach City StageConnie's Glow BraceletChalkboardDuct TapeFryboGreg and Rose's PictureGreg's Music CollectionG.U.Y.S. dispenserHarpoon GunLubitz Cardioid Condenser 680Metal MuttMr. Universe ShirtNietzche's BreakdownOld Gem PaintingOnion's Birthday TapePearl's TreePeridot's Voice RecorderRonaldo's PhoneRose Quartz's Video TapeRose's Battle FlagSea PalsSpace Train to the CosmosSteven's Birthday SuitSteven's MugSteven's PhoneSteven's TVSteven's Video Game SystemsTag Team BeltTelescopeTemple GateTubeTubeT-Shirt CannonVIP(IZZA)Weirdstar.Stream