♫ I will fight in the name of Rose Quartz, and everything that she believed in! ♫
|—We Are The Crystal Gems (short)|
"Pearl" is a main protagonist in Steven Universe.
One of Rose Quartz's closest followers, Pearl is one of the last surviving Gems on Earth who joined the Crystal Gems in their rebellion against the Gem Homeworld. Pearl would afterwards protect the Earth over the next several millennia alongside her friends, while later teaching Rose's son, Steven, the ways of her people.
Pearl is like a Samurai. She is, like, incredibly precise.
Pearl is a perfectionist with a sizable amount of knowledge on various topics who values organization and has a penchant for symmetry (going so far as to impale M.C. Bear Bear to maintain the symmetry of a pile of appliances and school supplies).
Despite her perfectionism and occasional bragging, Pearl suffers from low self-confidence. In "Friend Ship", she admits she is very dependent on others to validate her, which loops into a strong inferiority complex. According to Amethyst in "Reformed", she needs everyone's constant approval to feel secure. Without anyone to tell her what to do or to depend on her, Pearl feels lost and without meaning or value. Pearl admits she often feels extremely weak and/or useless when compared to others who appear better than her, going so far as to describe herself as ineffective on her own; always in need of a leader she can follow. Her self-destructive behavior stems from the Homeworld caste values, where pearls are viewed as property rather than Gems. This has led her to take drastic actions in order to prove herself — though, thanks to Garnet's encouragement in "Friend Ship", she has started to take initiative instead of letting others' words define Pearl herself. It appears Pearl has taken this to heart, as she asserted herself against Peridot when she treated Pearl in a degrading tone. Pearl even went as far as physically punching Peridot to show that she was an individual, not a piece of property.
Pearl is easily flustered and overwhelmed when confronted by something she does not understand or when her plans fail, which can lead to her judgement being clouded or cause her to act on impulse instead of rational thinking. Her inner turmoil over her love for Rose (and her subsequent absence) has made Pearl lash out at Steven more than once. Her fierce desire to feel "strong" and have more victories as a Crystal Gem even caused her to betray Garnet's trust and basic principles so they could keep forming Sardonyx. When realizing how much she hurt others, Pearl will apologize and try as hard as she can to set things right, working psychotically hard in order to counteract the damage she may have inflicted.
Out of all the Crystal Gems, Pearl is the most poorly adjusted to life on Earth, being unaware of human social conventions and culture, such as jokes, games, arcades, food, and birthday parties. Pearl has expressed a great desire to leave Earth in "Space Race", going so far as to risk her and Steven's lives. Pearl also has a pessimistic view of humanity, as evidenced by her statement in "Keep Beach City Weird".
Humans just live short, boring, insignificant lives, so they make up stories to feel like they're a part of something bigger. They want to blame all the world's problems on some single enemy they can fight, instead of a complex network of interrelated forces beyond anyone's control.
|—"Keep Beach City Weird"|
In spite of her defeatist perspectives, Pearl is extremely dedicated to her cause in protecting humanity more or less out of her love, loyalty, and admiration for Rose Quartz. She does, however, find certain aspects of Earth rather amazing. Regardless of her poor understanding of human society, she was able to pay for the Cookie Cats Amethyst and Garnet stole in "Gem Glow", drive Greg's van in "Ocean Gem", and repair it in "House Guest". She also watches the New Year's Eve fireworks show in Maximum Capacity.
In "Back to the Barn", it is revealed that Pearls are not supposed to fight, but respond to orders. However, Pearl trained to fight with Rose. Peridot also describes her kind, a.k.a. Pearls, as items that are meant to be put on display and do simple tasks, although Pearl's appearance fits this standard.
Pearl has a slender, thin build, pale cream-colored skin, sky-blue eyes, a pointed nose and thin lips. She has a light peach-pink, pixie-cut hairdo. Pearl is usually drawn without eyelashes or pupils, although they have been seen in some (or a select few) close-ups. She is a near equal height (with hair) to Garnet's chin. Pearl's gem is located on the middle of her forehead.
Pearl wore a sleeveless, sky blue top that had a translucent chest and transferred into a transparent silk ballet skirt around her waist. Pearl wore short salmon pink-colored leggings, light-green socks, and slip-on ballet flats to match.
As of "Steven the Sword Fighter", Pearl wears a aqua-blue tunic-leotard with a small gold star on the center of her chest and a lighter satin sash-ribbon around her upper waist. Her leggings are a mango-orange color. Pearl wears pink socks with faded blue slip-on ballet flats (as described in the "Guide to the Crystal Gems").
|Pearl wore a flowing, sleeveless white sundress extending to her knees. She had a pair of light gold rectangular earrings. Her hair is styled into a quiff, like her Pilot design, although it has a lighter hue. Her outfit comprises no footwear. Her skin is an opaque white.||2012 Concept Poster|
|Pearl had a pale-salmon quiff. She wore a dark-green, collared shirt with cuffed sleeves. She wore a black belt with a silver buckle around her waist. She wore striped, deep-green denim pants. Pearl also wore a pair of silver, dangling earrings. She wore silver rings on her index fingers, and white ankle-boots.||2013 Concept Poster (Pre-Pilot)|
|Her hair was rose-pink, and was styled into a quiff. She wore a dark-gray tank-top underneath a blue sleeveless jacket/vest with a brown button. Pearl wore a salmon, baggy skirt with bright-orange leggings. She also wore yellow-green bead-earrings, one with a star dangling from it, and blue flat-pumps with a pink underside. Her skin was also a powder blue.||"Pilot"|
|Pearl had light peach hair that was styled very similarly to her debut design. She wore a ballet skirt, like her debut design, although this skirt is colored peach. She also wore a medium blue tunic with a miniature yellow star on the chest. Her gemstone, like all her previous designs, has a dark gold ring around it. Her irises are colored sky blue, also much like her debut design. Her skin has a lighter blue tinge.||2013 Concept Poster (Post-Pilot)|
|In Steven's black and white sitcom dream sequence, Pearl is a human rather than a Gem, with light-colored jeans and a lighter-colored short-sleeved polo shirt, what appear to be slacks cuffed at the bottom, and flats. Her hair is also right-parted.||"Chille Tid"|
|A small, Chibi like version of Pearl.||"What Are Gems?"|
"How Are Gems Made?"
|Steven's interpretation what Pearl might look like as a baby.|
She has a bright teal sailor shirt with a lime-green tank top underneath, frilly amber-colored pants and bright teal ankle boots.
|"How Are Gems Made?"|
|Pearl in the RPG game, Attack the Light.||"Attack the Light"|
|Pearl dressed in Steven's Birthday Suit.||"So Many Birthdays"|
|Pearl wears the oversized beige shirt and big green trousers from Steven's clown costume over her main clothes.|
|Pearl wears the oversized tank top and green long pants from Steven's clown cosplay over her main clothing, as well as a clown wig.|
|Pearl wears an argyle-esque sweater over her regular outfit.||"Maximum Capacity"|
|Pearl wears a dark brown top hat with a black ribbon and several yellow, blue, and red handkerchiefs tied around her neck.||"Rose's Scabbard"|
|Pearl wears a yellowish green life jacket over her usual attire.||"Chille Tid"|
|Pearl wore a sleeveless leotard divided into a lighter upper half and a darker lower half, with a sheer outer frill attached at the border between the light and dark halves, and knee-high boots. In the show, the outfit is only seen in a blue hologram flashback, however art by Katie Mitroff depicts her with pinkish-peach hair, a blue bodysuit and pink shoes.||"Sworn to the Sword"|
|Pearl wore a pastel violet-blue tunic with sky blue on the cuffs of the sleeves. She is only seen from the waist up, so the rest of the outfit is unknown. Her hair is curly and is tied with a sky blue bow.||"So Many Birthdays" (painting)|
|Pearl wore a sky-blue top with a half size multi-colored, transparent, shawl around it. She wore lilac shorts, and light-blue flats with long, pink leg-warmers.||"Story for Steven"|
|Pearl wore a flowing, sky-blue sundress extending to her knees with a white epaulet around her shoulders.||"Beach Party"|
|Pearl wears a powder-blue jumpsuit with white, pink, and dark-blue futuristic designs with yellowish-green stripes. She also has orange, knee-high flat boots. There is a pink diamond where the star is on her normal outfit.||"Space Race"|
"Back to the Barn"
|Pearl's color palette at the Kindergarten.|
|Pearl's color palette in the Prime Kindergarten Control Room.|
|Pearl's color palette at the Galaxy Warp during nighttime.|
|Pearl's color palette at The Desert.|
|Pearl's green light color palette, from the Gem Warship.|
Gemstone Color Palettes
|Color Palette at the Kindergarten.|
|Color Palette in the Prime Kindergarten Control Room.|
|Color Palette at the Galaxy Warp.|
|Color Palette at The Desert.|
|Color Palette in green light, from the Gem Warship.|
I am a Gem of many talents. A dedication to fact is just one of them.
Pearl possesses traits and abilities that are common among all Gems.
Throughout the series, Pearl has been shown to have knowledge in multiple aspects of technology, from fixing Greg's Van, making a semi-functioning spacecraft out of leftover machine parts, creating a functional robot to battle Peridot, to fixing Peridot's Escape Pod and even reverse-engineering it to track Peridot's Warp Pad movements. In Back to the Barn, it is implied that Pearl's engineering skills are mostly self-taught.
While Pearl is lithe and quite graceful, she has surprising resilience to injury. In "Coach Steven", she took a headbutt from Sugilite and could still move, given Steven's encouragement. In "On the Run", she took an explosion from Amethyst's whip directly and recovered almost immediately after being briefly immobilized and scratched.
In "Historical Friction", she mentions that one of her talents is a dedication to fact. She has shown this skill in the past while displaying examples using her holograms. Her immortality and attention to detail have allowed her to recall historical events as they truly happened, such as the beginning of the Crystal Gems's rebellion and the founding of Beach City.
- When fused with Amethyst, they form Opal.
- When fused with Rose Quartz, they form Rainbow Quartz .
- When fused with Ruby and Sapphire (or Garnet), they form Sardonyx.
- When fused with Ruby and Sapphire (or Garnet) and Amethyst, they form Alexandrite.
- Spear Proficiency: Through her many years of training, Pearl is able to summon her weapon, a pearlescent spear. Pearl is very skilled in the art of spear-wielding and goes in tandem with her pattern of fighting that involves formal (ballet) dancing. She moves gracefully and swiftly, attacking with grace and poise. She stays calm and collected during melee battles, duels, and skirmishes. Pearl also has great skill in throwing her spear. This was proven in Giant Woman, and Beach Party.
- Dual Wielding: Pearl is capable of wielding dual spears in battle, implying she is ambidextrous.
- Energy Projection: Pearl can fire arrow-like blasts of energy from the tip of her spear. This can be done as rapid-fire, or charged to unleash a more powerful blast. In Attack the Light, this ability is named "Fireball".
- Swordsmanship: Pearl possesses expert knowledge and skill with a sword. For one on one dueling Pearl's preferred weapon is a standard Training Sword. Pearl's parry's are tight and minimalist, her offense is a pattern that is specific to the environment. This pattern consists of lunges, thrusts, and horizontal slashes.
- Engineering: On multiple occasions, Pearl has demonstrated a high level of skill in mechanical engineering, ranging from reverse-engineering Flask Robonoids to constructing a combat-ready robot on short notice, and constructing a rocket in an attempt to get back to Homeworld, proving herself able to compete with an "expert" mechanic such as Peridot.
- Holographic Projection: Pearl can project holographic images from her gemstone, which she uses mainly as a visual aid when lecturing Steven. While most of the holograms seem to be intangible, some, like Holo-Pearl, are able to interact with solid matter. Furthermore, the holograms can function without Pearl's presence up to two weeks, implying that her holograms can live independently. In "Chille Tid", it is shown Pearl's dreams are projected as holograms as she sleeps.
- In the show she has only been shown to be capable of creating independent (i.e not being continuously projected by her Gemstone) holograms of herself, Holo-Pearls. In the official flash game "Sword Dancers" she is shown to be capable of creating independent holo-clones of Connie as well (see Holo-Connie). However, the games (much like the comics) are of questionable canon so it is unknown if she is capable of this outside of the game.
- Self-Duplication: Aside from Holo-Pearls, which are projected through her gem, Pearl can also replicate herself several times into hologram-esque clones of herself, as seen in "Beach Party".
- Psammokinesis: Pearl is shown manipulating a small amount of sand to create figurines in "Giant Woman". It is currently unknown how much sand she can control at one time. This ability has only been shown once so far.
- Levitation: Pearl temporarily levitates to battle Sugilite in "Coach Steven". She shares this ability with the other two remaining Crystal Gems.
- Nephelokinesis: In "Sworn to the Sword", Pearl is able to channel clouds in the direction of her choice, able to gather clouds surrounding the arena around her to create a fine mist, reducing visibility and able to quickly dissipate it.
- Photokinesis: In "Keeping it Together" Pearl can be seen using her gem like a flashlight.
- Gem-tech Interfacing: While not to the extent of Peridot, she was first shown in "Jail Break" and later shown in "Friend Ship", able to interface and control Gem technology such as the Gem Warship and, to a greater extent, Peridot's escape pod. When she interfaces with Gem-tech, her eyes become overlapped with what looks like programming code.
- Water Walking: Pearl can walk on water, an ability she shares with Opal, Lion, Steven and Lapis Lazuli.
- Swords: In "Together Breakfast", Pearl retrieves a sword that she accused Amethyst of stealing, but it was later revealed that it fell down the waterfall that starts in her room.
- Inside Pearl's room located on the top of the main (middle) waterfall summons a vast collection of swords in her room consisting of cutlasses, Persian talwars, and sabers.
- Pearl's preferred sword when teaching sword fighting lessons is a standard Adult Training Saber, as seen with Connie and Steven.
- Battleaxe (mentioned only): In "Onion Trade", Pearl demands Amethyst to reveal the location of her battleaxe.
- Replicator Wand (formerly): In the same episode, Pearl had a wand that would make identical copies of any physical object. However, Garnet destroyed it because she didn't want to individually destroy/poof the millions of Dave G.U.Y.S. that Onion made.
All that matters is that Steven is happy.
Pearl acts as a kind but overprotective mother towards Steven. She loves teaching Steven about Gem history and culture, as well as teaching him other things such as the art of sword-fighting.
As opposed to Garnet's more pragmatic and Amethyst's more fun-loving personalities, Pearl acts as a mentor. She always tries to speak gently to him and is usually the first to show concern when taking him on a dangerous mission. However, in "Space Race", she allows her own interest in returning to space to cloud her better judgement despite trying to attain her original goal of showing Steven the cosmos.
Pearl also tends to patronize Steven and frequently underestimates his abilities, expressing maternal feelings towards him and treating him as a fragile child rather than a fellow Crystal Gem, although, over time, she does respect the fact he is growing up. She is surprised to find that Steven is able to summon his shield in "Gem Glow", return to normal after transforming his fingers into cats in "Cat Fingers", think of strategies to escape the obstacles that they encounter in "Cheeseburger Backpack", as well as the Pyramid Temple in "Serious Steven". She ignores Steven when he brings up the idea of everyone eating breakfast together in "Together Breakfast". She also does not feel that Steven is prepared to learn about the dark side of Gem history, when she tells Amethyst that Steven "isn't ready" to learn about the harsher reputation of Gems in "On the Run". In "Sworn to the Sword", it is shown Pearl's maternal feelings towards Steven stems from her love and admiration for Rose Quartz, and she views Steven as a crucial asset to the Crystal Gems.
Despite recent events and her guilt, she is shown to support Steven and his endeavors in "Historical Friction". She compliments him on his wisdom when he says the flaws and working through them are important in anyone. She helps rewrite the play to be more accurate and is the only Gem to watch it, being very enthusiastic to see Steven onstage.
Like the other Gems, Pearl respects and follows Garnet's orders without question. She does, however, believe that the Gems are a team and may not exactly see Garnet as the leader, most likely because she will always see Rose Quartz as leader despite her being gone. When there are signs of danger, however, Pearl usually turns to Garnet, often hiding behind her or holding onto her arm when worried. In "Secret Team", it is clear that she shares an unprecedented fear towards her with Amethyst, so afraid of Garnet's disapproval (as well as what she would do if she found out) that both she and Amethyst willing to put past their differences to keep the popped Gem-bubble a secret. She has known about her true identities for several thousand years. In "Cry for Help", it is apparent that Pearl looks up to Garnet as she was excited to fuse into Sardonyx in order to destroy the Communication Hub that Peridot rebuilt. Pearl enjoyed fusing with Garnet so much that she rebuilt the Communication Hub twice so she and Garnet could just fuse into Sardonyx resulting in Garnet getting very angry at Pearl and refusing her apologies, causing Pearl to be sad afterwards. In "Friend Ship" Pearl makes up with Garnet. She is shown to idolize Garnet, or rather Ruby and Sapphire's relationship, as in that same episode she claims that they are the perfect relationship and she wanted to fuse so badly because she craved being a part of a stable relationship.
Pearl has not been shown interacting with either Ruby or Sapphire individually. However, during "Keystone Motel", Ruby is greatly angered by Pearl's trickery regarding the Communication Hub, whereas Sapphire is more willing to forgive. This conflict led to Garnet temporarily defusing.
I hope you can forgive me...You're the one good thing that came out of this mess, I always thought you were proud of that.
|—Pearl in "On the Run"|
The two have a strained relationship which is likely due to their contrasting personalities. Pearl is often seen scolding Amethyst, who often teases Pearl in return. Regardless of their differences, Pearl and Amethyst have been shown to be able to put their differences aside on multiple occasions in order to work together. For example, in "Secret Team", Pearl and Amethyst are forced to fight together, and complement each other's skills, even sharing appreciative smiles; in "Warp Tour", they praise and admire each other's fighting techniques; in "On the Run", the two reveal that they really do deeply care about each other, despite their differences and frequent fights. In "Story for Steven" they are shown having a much closer relationship before the events of the series, close enough to be perfectly content hugging and resting in each other's arms. It can be assumed that Rose's departure and Steven's birth somehow lead to their relationship deteriorating with time, as Amethyst implies that they used to fuse more often in "Giant Woman". Their relationship seems to have been slowly improving through the course of the series.
Greg is... nice, Steven, but I doubt Rose would've entrusted someone like him with such a powerful weapon.
|—Pearl in "Laser Light Cannon"|
She is on speaking terms with Greg and has shown to at least try to be civil towards him, even fixing his van after it was wrecked in "Ocean Gem". In "House Guest" she was anxious about him living with the Crystal Gems and she is usually the first (and often the only one) of the Crystal Gems to get irritated or even mad at him as shown in "The Message". Because of Pearl's close relationship with Rose Quartz it is possible that her negative view of Greg stems from her blaming him for his part in Rose's "death" in giving birth to Steven, much like she harbors a similar resentment towards Steven as revealed in "Rose's Scabbard".
In "Reformed", however, the two are seen casually tinkering with his van together and seemingly getting along very well, showing an improvement of their relationship.
The episode "We Need to Talk" further explores their relationship in the past when Rose was still alive. Pearl is shown to be very jealous of Rose's new-found affection for him and goes to great lengths of trying to challenge him and dissuade him from pursuing a relationship with Rose. This, combined with the fact that she sees Greg partially responsible for Rose's demise, explains why she seems to be uncomfortable, condescending and resentful towards him in episodes set in the current time.
In "Chille Tid", Pearl has a dream in which she suggests to Rose that they forget about Greg and explore the galaxy together. Much to her horror, Rose's face turns into Greg's.
You're just too much!
Pearl dislikes Sugilite due to her reckless and violent nature. Pearl almost grudgingly admits that she's jealous of Sugilite's strength (in a song), but she cuts herself off before finishing the line. Her dislike for Sugilite also stems from concern over Garnet and Amethyst as she believes it is dangerous for them to stay fused for longer periods of time; they might start losing their own individuality. Since Amethyst and Pearl care for each other deep down and Pearl looks up to Garnet it is possible for Sugilite and Pearl to care about each other.
Everything I ever did, I did for her. Now she's gone... but I'm still here.
|—Pearl in "Rose's Scabbard"|
Pearl's closest relationship before the series started was with Rose Quartz. She was loyal enough to fight alongside her against her own Homeworld at the Gem Battlefield, before they even found Amethyst, and believed herself to be Rose's "sole confidant" and privy to all her secrets. She became jealous and eventually devastated upon learning that this was not the case. Pearl looked up to Rose for guidance and support and often speaks very fondly of her, being shown to love her enough to stay on Earth and defend it instead of returning home alone. Like Amethyst, she grew emotional when they spoke of their relationship with her.
"Sworn to the Sword" reveals that she was so devoted to protecting Rose that she sacrificed herself constantly for her, having adopted the human title of a "knight" to heart to the point of obsessive recklessness.
"We Need to Talk" further explores the relationship between the two. Set in the 80's like the previous episode "Story for Steven" it reveals that Pearl was very jealous of Greg, constantly trying to persuade him that Rose's affections for him were just a "phase" because as a human he was eventually going to pass away while Rose, being a Gem, would live on. She also challenges him by defiantly convincing Rose to fuse with her in front of Greg, and later rubbing it in his face that as a human he would never know such intimacy with Rose. This jealousy, when put into perspective along with other episodes involving Pearl's affection for Rose, seemed to imply that her feelings for Rose were, like those between Ruby and Sapphire, of the romantic kind. This was later confirmed by show writer Matt Burnett via a tweet after the episode aired. As such, Pearl carries a great deal of grief for her loss, but finds comfort in her son, Steven.
It is not currently known whether Rose Quartz reciprocated Pearl's romantic feelings, however, when asked if Pearl's feelings for Rose were supposed to be a one-sided crush, Matt Burnett described the situation as "much more complicated". In any case, their relationship was a very close one, as they easily and casually fused into Rainbow Quartz.
In "Chille Tid" Pearl has a dream in which she suggests to Rose that they forget about Greg and explore the galaxy together.
Originally, Pearl saw Lion as just an average wild animal, being a little uneasy about Steven keeping him because of his probably dangerous nature. However, in "Rose's Scabbard", she gains a different kind of unease due to him containing Rose's Sword and thus having some connection to Rose. This knowledge distressed her greatly as Rose supposedly told her everything, causing her to resent Lion a bit to the point where she ran away with Rose's Scabbard to the Gem Battlefield. After gaining encouragement from Steven, she seems to respect Lion a bit more while still feeling tenuous about him in general.
Remember, Connie. In the heat of battle, Steven is what matters. You don't matter.
|—"Sworn to the Sword"|
Pearl originally saw Connie as just Steven's friend, but in "Sworn to the Sword", Pearl was touched by Connie's willingness to defend Steven, thus mentors her in the art of sword fighting, and related Connie to herself and Steven to Rose during the training. She had begun to teach her the way that she had taught herself; to risk her own life to protect Steven. But she soon learned from her mistake. Now, Pearl thinks that Connie is an expert on sword fighting and that she and Steven can be great knights together.
HA! A Peridot with a Pearl... What would they say back home?!
|—"Back to the Barn"|
Before the events of "When It Rains" Peridot was perceived as an enemy of Pearl and the Crystal Gems.Pearl showed great disdain and anger towards Peridot until she came on even terms during the episode "When It Rains" and formed somewhat of an alliance with Peridot. During the events of "Back to the Barn" Pearl was treated as an inferior being to Peridot, as the gemstone pearl was revealed to be a servant class on Homeworld. This caused Pearl to become rather angry at Peridot during the episode, to the point of punching her in the face after Peridot's continuous jabs and belittling. Eventually, the two are on even terms after the events of the "Robolympics".
- In the transition from the pilot to the series, Pearl underwent the most drastic change of the three Gems, to the point she is almost unrecognizable to seasoned viewers seeing the pilot for the first time. Among these changes are:
- Removal of gold ring around her gem.
- Removal of earrings (and visible ears altogether).
- Skin color changed (from blue to white).
- Pointier nose.
- Rounder face.
- Slimmer, more cartoonish build.
- Drastically different outfit.
- Different hairstyle, covering ears and pointing backwards instead of forwards.
- Rose-pink hair color to light peach.
- Eye color changed (black to a light blue).
- Removal of hearts on slippers and slipper color changed (dark blue to light blue).
- Higher-pitched voice.
- Different personality (in the pilot, she readily joined Amethyst in heckling Steven).
- In "Back to the Barn" It was confirmed that there are multiple Pearls on Homeworld. It was also confirmed that the pearl gemstones on Homeworld were considered inferior and as Peridot put it, "Made to order servants."
- In "Together Breakfast", it is revealed that Pearl owns a wide collection of swords.
- In "So Many Birthdays", Pearl revealed that all Gems (excluding Steven) are ageless.
- It is shown that when Pearl blushes, she blushes light blue. This was first seen in "Cat Fingers".
- The Gems' fighting style's are based on dancing styles. Pearl's fighting/dancing style is ballet.
- In "Fusion Cuisine", Pearl states that she hates eating.
- Pearl agrees to consume human food, expresses interest in eating, or admits to a preference for certain foods in "Together Breakfast", "Bubble Buddies", "Serious Steven", and "So Many Birthdays". These episodes all take place before "Steven the Sword Fighter". This could mean that Pearl used to like human food.
- In a Twitter response to a fan, Matt Burnett explained that Pearl likes the process of pie, aka baking, rather than the consumption of it.
- However, she is shown to enjoy tea, as shown when she brings a teapot to Funland in "Serious Steven", and when she talks about finding out Connie's favorite tea in "Bubble Buddies".
- Rebecca Sugar confirmed Pearl is a lot like herself.
- In "Keep Beach City Weird", Pearl has shown a reluctance to shapeshift and is the only Crystal Gem who has not shown an ability to shapeshift outside regeneration.
- Despite having sung the most songs of any full Crystal Gem yet, she has yet to sing anything other than a duet during an episode("Strong in the Real Way" was sang with Steven and "Do It For Her" with Connie). She does, however, sing a solo in the full opening of season 2.
- Pearl's weaponry includes a replicator wand, which was destroyed in "Onion Trade" by Garnet, and currently owns a collection of swords and a battle axe.
- Pearl's ability to store things in her gem may be unique for Pearls, since Peridot did say in "Back to the Barn" that Pearls hold "stuff" for their leader assigned for them, more likely for easier liability.
- Pearl is the first Gem that's actually shown retreating into her gemstone to regenerate after sustaining serious injuries, as seen in "Steven the Sword Fighter".
- She is also the first Gem in the series to have a gemstone on her forehead (the second being Peridot).
- Pearl sings for the first time in the episode "Coach Steven".
- "Joking Victim" is the first episode in which Pearl does not make an appearance, the second being "Garnet's Universe".
- In "Steven and the Stevens", she is seen playing the violin.
- It was shown in "Monster Buddies" that Steven keeps a framed picture of Pearl on the side of their fridge. It was later destroyed by the Centipeetle Mother. In "When It Rains", it was then replaced by a new picture of her, but with her new clothes.
- Pearl appears to have her face on several coin-types.
- Pearl is the first gem shown to be able to harness energy within their weapon for an attack in "Watermelon Steven".
- In "Lion 3: Straight to Video", Pearl admits that she often watches Steven sleep.
- Though stating during the same episode that Steven no longer wishes her to watch him sleep, she is observed intently watching him sleep when he wakes up from his first dream during "Chille Tid".
- "Warp Tour" is the first episode Pearl and Steven have an argument.
- It's confirmed by Steven in "Steven the Sword Fighter" that organizing messes is one of Pearl's favorite hobbies.
- Considering the fact that Garnet is a fusion, Pearl is the second tallest non-fused Crystal Gem, right next to Rose Quartz.
- It is revealed in "Reformed" that Pearl was always irked by Amethyst's crooked shoulder strap.
- All of her fusions have her pointed nose and slim build, also after her regeneration all of her fusions share her sash ribbon around their waists too.
- Pearl is ambidextrous, this is shown in "Ocean Gem", where Pearl is shown to be able to wield two spears at a time.
- Rebecca Sugar stated in an interview that the Crystal Gem Steven knows the least about at this point is Pearl.
- In "Sworn to the Sword", Pearl says she was only a few thousand years old when she began fighting alongside Rose Quartz.
- It was on Earth that Pearl learned of sword fighting.
- In a flashback, it appears that Pearl engaged a gem (similar to Jasper) multiple times for Rose Quartz.
- Pearl's gem represents a cabochon, a gem that has not been faceted but has been polished.
- Pearl is one of three Gems to have made the most fusions, four, (Opal, Alexandrite, Rainbow Quartz, and Sardonyx); Ruby and Sapphire are the other Gems to have made four fusions.
- All of Pearl's fusions have been dubbed Giant Woman or something similar by Steven with the exception of Rainbow Quartz.
- However, this may be due to Steven not being present at the time.
- In most if not all of her fusions, Pearl seems to be dominant with more features being attributed to her than her fusing partner.
- Pearl is the first (and only) Gem shown fusing with every non-corrupted Crystal Gem, except Steven.
- Pearl's reason for protecting Earth is to carry on Rose's fight.
- Her lines from the extended opening are "I will fight in the name of Rose Quartz! And everything that she believed in!"
- Pearl finds life jackets very lame, puny, and unnecessary, as shown in "Chille Tid" as they are used to prevent drowning which opposes to pearls being formed underwater.
- Her dancing is similar to how Princess Tutu dances from Princess Tutu.
- Rebecca Sugar has stated Pearl represents the group-dependency stage in the human emotional development spectrum.
- When asked what songs would be on the Crystal Gems' playlists, Rebecca Sugar listed Sunmi's "24 Hours" and William Bolcom's "Graceful Ghost Rag".
- To date, Pearl has had the most appearances out of all the Gems, excluding Steven.
- Pearl is the second gem to be capable of psammokinesis.
- The first is the Desert Glass.
- In "Back To The Barn", it is stated that Pearls are used as servants on Homeworld who can be "owned".
- In "Too Far", Peridot has stated that Pearl is prone to spontaneously singing while crying.
- This is a tongue in cheek reference to how much characters cry and sing on Steven Universe.
- A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers.
- Pearls being considered lesser Gems could be based off the fact that pearls are not "real" gemstones, but are instead organic, being formed by mollusks.
- As organic gemstones, pearls belong to the same group as ammolite, coral, ivory, jet and amber. These are all formed as a result of biological processes.
- Pearl is the official birthstone for the month of June as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. It is also the birthstone for the Sun Signs of Gemini and Cancer. Pearls are also given on the third and thirteenth anniversaries.
- Pearl is the national gemstone of the Philippines.
- The name "pearl" is said to have originated from the Middle English word "perle", which in turn came from the Latin word "perna", meaning "leg", thought to be due to the ham-leg shape of the bivalve mollusc.
- Pearls vary in color from white to those with a hint of color, often pink, to brown or black. Each coloration will depend on the type of mollusk and the water where the mollusk lived.
- Pearls come in white, off-white, cream, golden, peach, pink, black, silver, lavender, and blue.
- Some pearls exhibit iridescence, which is known as orient. Orient can be predominantly one color such as green or pink, or consist of a rainbow of colors in weak, moderate, or strong appearances.
- The colors of pearls also have sometimes been associated with certain qualities: black or gold with wealth, blue with love, pink with success.
- Pearls have been harvested and cultivated primarily for use in jewelry, but in the past were also used to adorn clothing. They have also been crushed and used in cosmetics, medicines and paint formulations.
- Pearls are thought to give wisdom through experience, to quicken the laws of karma and to cement engagements and love relationships. They are thought to keep children safe.
- Pearls are quite "soft" and range between 2.5 and 4.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Because the nacre is organic, pearls are very sensitive to extreme heat, acids, dryness, and humidity.
- Although pearls are relatively soft, they are extremely compact, which makes them durable and resistant to being crushed.
|Pearl's gemstone is located in the center of her forehead. As seen in "Steven the Sword Fighter", the front and back are symmetrical, and it has a light blue ring around it, which is usually hidden inside her body unless she's regenerating. It is a smooth ellipsoid with no facets.|
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