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I predict Lars will change in hue. What a mystery!

—"Lars' Head"
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Padparadscha is an unaligned Gem. After escaping an abandoned Kindergarten facility on the Gem Homeworld, she is now on her way to Earth on board the Sun Incinerator alongside Lars Barriga and other defective and abnormal Gems known as the Off Colors. While Sapphires are supposed to have visions into the future, Padparadscha's visions are of events that have occurred in the recent past. She made her debut in "Off Colors".

Appearance

Padparadscha is a Gem with a very similar appearance to Sapphire. She is short, roughly the same height as Steven. She has a peachy orange complexion, plump lips, and shoulder length, pale peach hair, with bangs covering her eye and a cowlick on top of her head. Her attire consists of a white, peach and orange floor-length gown, with a white collar, shoulder pads, and elbow-length gloves. The skirt is peach, and it has an orange upper layer with an off-white trim and is tied back into a bow, as well as a flower-like design. Her gemstone is located on the back of her right hand.

Personality

Padparadscha has a cheerful and kind personality. Despite being a Sapphire, her predictions are always late, leading her to announce events that have already transpired as if they have yet to happen. She seems to rely heavily on her predictions, causing her to have delayed reactions to things happening around her. This was shown to be detrimental to her safety when the Off Colors were under attack, with Lars, Steven, and Rhodonite having to protect her. Despite actually witnessing the events she "predicts", her visions always seem to surprise her, making it possible her vision and sense of time as a whole are delayed.

History

Padparadscha was considered defective and cast aside due to her visions being of events that have already occurred, rendering her visions useless. Eventually, she joined a group of other defective Gems, hiding with them in the tunnels of an abandoned Kindergarten to avoid being shattered and residing there for eons.

"Off Colors"

Padparadscha first appears from behind a pillar when Steven and Lars enter the Kindergarten. She then predicts that the Rutile Twins will bring two strangers to their current location. Fluorite later explains that Padparadscha can only predict things that just happened. When the Shattering Robonoids appear again, she warns the others that they are about to be found. When Lars is scanned, but not detected, she predicts that Lars is safe from the Robonoids, which only target gems. Padparadscha's delayed reaction causes herself to be scanned, but she gets saved from the blast by Lars. When Lars is just brought back to life, she predicts that something incredible is going to happen to him.

"Lars' Head"

After Steven, Rhodonite, and the Rutile Twins leave Lars to block the entrance, Padparadscha predicts Lars will change in hue. She then warns the others to block the entrance after they already did that. When Steven comes back from Earth through Lars' Head, she tries to tell the Off Colors that Steven is back, although the others already have moved on from that topic. Padparadscha shouts the Off Colors can't leave without Lars when the rest already decided they won't leave without him.

"Lars of the Stars"

Padparadscha, along with the rest of the Off Colors and led by Lars Barriga, escape the Homeworld Kindergarten and go on the run. They steal an Emerald's personal shuttle before crashing it on the planet Upsilon 9, travel to various planets, "impersonate imperial officers during a cosmic jubilee," and later sneak past sixty-seven elite Citrine guards to steal Emerald's fastest ship (the "Sun Incinerator") from a docking bay on the planet Klavius 7. While Emerald contacts them through the ship, Padparadscha (now a 'technical advisor' under 'Captain Lars') makes an oblivious late prediction that Emerald will discover and contact them. After Emerald threatens them, Lars has the Rutile Twins pilot the ship into taking off in hyper-speed. Away from Emerald, Padparadscha continues to make her late predictions throughout the episode and seems unfazed by the chaos going on around her.

"Your Mother and Mine"

Padparadscha tells Lars that the ship is going to lose power from attempting to run the Nova Thrusters on the ship right after it happens. She then reacts late to Garnet shapeshifted into Steven emerging from Lars' hair. She appears to be more subdued with her predictions, and when Garnet starts complimenting each of the Off Colors, by the time Garnet reaches Padparadscha, she correctly deduces how the others have been feeling uncomfortable with how Garnet has been praising them. She reacts late again when Garnet mentions Rose Quartz after the other Off Colors recite stories that have been told about her. Garnet tells them how Rose Quartz started the rebellion and led all the Crystal Gems through the war, with Padparadscha giving a prediction that the story does not have a happy ending after Garnet tells the Off Colors that the Diamonds attacked the Earth with the Diamond's corruption power. After Garnet provides a speech to improve the morale of the Off Colors, Lars commands his crew to return to fixing the thrusters and engine. Again, Padparadscha makes a deduction that Lars was not pressing a correct button on his panel, and they manage to get the systems online.

Abilities

Presumably, Padparadscha possesses standard Gem abilities and traits of her Gem type.

Unique Abilities

  • Retrocognition: Rather than having visions of the future, Padparadscha's visions are of events in the recent past, making her predictions very late. Despite this, she has a heightened ability to deduce the events that have transpired, allowing her to relay important information that other characters might have missed.

Relationships

Steven Universe

Padparadscha is not wary of him when they first meet. She is friendly to him immediately and appears happy when Steven returns from Earth.

Lars Barriga

Padparadscha cares about Lars, shouting "we can't leave without Lars!" after the Off Colors assured him they would not leave Homeworld without him. She also happily predicted Lars being invisible to the Shattering Robonoids.

Fluorite

Padparadscha's relationship with Fluorite is very vague, although Padparadscha is as kind to her as to everyone else.

Rutile Twins

Not much is shown between Padparadscha's relationship with the Rutile Twins, as they have not exchanged dialogue yet.

Rhodonite

Padparadscha appears to have a mother-daughter relationship with her, with Rhodonite often protecting her because of her delayed sense of time.

Episode Appearances

Trivia

  • Padparadscha's design strongly resembles both Princess Peach and Princess Daisy from the Super Mario series.
    • Additionally, padparadscha sapphires are also sometimes known as "peach sapphires" in real life.
    • According to Rebecca Sugar, Sapphire is more Zelda-esque, while Padparadscha is more Peach-esque.[2]
  • Padparadscha's gemstone was located on her chest in her early concept sketches.[3]
  • Padparadscha responds to present events in a delayed manner, such as when Steven asks the Off Colors to stand back when he attempts to enter Lars' hair.
  • According to Garnet in "Your Mother and Mine", orange Sapphires are rare, possibly moreso than other Sapphires.

Gemology

Paddygem

A Padparadscha gem in real life.

Gemstone Information
  • While historically disputed, the term "padparadscha" is derived from multiple languages' (such as Bengali, German, Sanskrit and Sinhalese) usage on "padma (lotus) ranga (color)" which applies to various forms of diction regarding the color of the oriental lotus Nelumbo nucifera and the rare pinkish-orange variety of corundum.[4]
  • Padparadscha sapphires are mainly found in Sri Lanka, as well as Madagascar and Tanzania.
    • Some experts insist that true padparadschas can come only from Sri Lanka, which, for centuries, was the only source of this coveted stone.
  • The padparadscha sapphire is one of the rarest sapphires, having its price set higher than other forms of sapphire.
    • Its cost varies from the range of emeralds and rubies.

Gemstone

Image Description
Pad Gem
Padparadscha's gemstone is located on the back of her right hand, featuring a triangular facet. The front and back are symmetrical. It is an octahedron, specifically a truncated trigonal dipyramid.

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References

  1. ToonZone News: "For example, she said that someone had pitched the idea that Padparadscha would be a Sapphire that sees the past, and they all thought of jokes around the idea as well as how sweet that would be."
  2. ToonZone News: "Sugar added she was excited by the concept too since she always thought of Sapphire as Zelda-esque, so Padparadscha would be like Princess Peach to compliment that. This is also why Padparadscha has a little crown shape in her hair."
  3. "Early concept sketches for Padparadscha & Flourite" – Rebecca Sugar on Twitter
  4. "Padparadscha: What's in a Name?" - PDF file provided by GIA
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    • Does this look like a sapphire's gem to you? Or a Rose Quartz?
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    • Dark Boss 7 wrote: So basically, Garnet's future vision is completely useless... I don't see how you got that conclusion
    • Actually, thinking more about it?  She does say that Emerald "Will miss us on purpose".   Unless she was just drawing her ...