♫ I will fight in the name of Rose Quartz, and everything that she believed in! ♫
"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 and strategist who values thought and reason. She is very intelligent, graceful, and controlled, having a wide range of knowledge on many topics (although she gets easily flustered when her plans fail). Pearl is very caring and motherly toward Steven, to the point of occasionally being overbearing, though she always has good intentions. She is also very supportive. Despite her intelligent and calm demeanor, she has been known to be flustered and overwhelmed when confronted by an unknown force, ability, or situation she does not understand. Sometimes, simply being put under too much pressure can break her façade. She is rather organized, impaling M.C. Bear Bear to maintain symmetry in a pile of various appliances and school supplies. She can sometimes let more slip out than she means to, and end up backing herself into a corner when interrogated.
Despite her perfectionist ways, Pearl feels quite the opposite about herself deep down as shown in "Friend Ship." She is very dependent on others in the sense that she needs others to judge her own worth and strengths, which unfortunately loops around into a strong inferiority complex due to her lack of self-confidence. 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, admitting she often feels weak or like nothing when compared with others and even that she is useless on her own. This has lead her to take drastic actions in order to prove herself- though, thanks to Garnet's encouragement in "Friend Ship," she has begun to try being strong for herself and follow her own path rather than let herself be defined by others.
While Pearl tries to remain composed, there are times where she lets her emotions get the better of her or rule her judgment, causing her to be unthoughtful and irrational. Her inner turmoil over her love for Rose and her subsequent absence has made her lash out at Steven more than once; her desire to feel stronger made her betray Garnet's trust and principles so they could keep forming Sardonyx. When realizing how much she hurt others, Pearl will apologize and try everything she can to set things right.
Out of the Crystal Gems, Pearl appears to be the most poorly adjusted to life on earth, generally being unaware of human social conventions and activities, such as jokes, games, arcades, food, and birthday parties. She expressed a great desire to leave Earth in Space Race, going so far as to risk her and Steven's life. Pearl seems to have 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.
Despite this, she is dedicated to her cause in protecting humanity more or less out of her love, loyalty and admiration to Rose Quartz. She does, however, find certain aspects of Earth rather amazing, and despite 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," then subsequently fix it in "House Guest."
In the past, Pearl's personality was drastically different. She was very arrogant and viewed herself and the Crystal Gems as superiors to humans. This was best shown in "We Need to Talk", as she viewed Greg as insignificant, doubting he could ever fuse with Rose. However, this eventually changed over time.
AppearancePearl is slender, with a pale-white with slight hints of a cream skin tone. Her hair is pale peach/tangerine, and styled into a pixie-cut. She has sky-blue eyes, a pointy nose and thin lips. She is usually drawn without eyelashes or pupils, however they are seen in some closeups. She is a few inches shorter than Garnet.
When she debuted, she wore a sky-blue tunic that had a diaphanous chest and transferred into a ballet skirt on the lower half. She also wore short peach-colored leggings, light green socks, and flats that match her tunic.
Pearl currently wears a bright teal tunic with a turquoise satin sash ribbon around her waist. She wears short mustard yellow leggings, salmon pink colored socks, and narrow ballet flats that match her tunic.
|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, and blue flat-pumps with a pink underside. Her skin was also a blue-like tint to white.||"Pilot"|
|In Steven's black and white sitcom dream sequence, Pearl is human, with no gem, light-colored jeans and a lighter-colored short-sleeved shirt and flats. Her hair is also right-parted.||"Chille Tid"|
|A small, "chibi-like" version of Pearl.||"What Are Gems?"|
|Pearl in the RPG game, Attack the Light.||"Attack the Light"|
|Pearl wears Steven's Birthday Suit.||"So Many Birthdays"|
|Pearl wears a argyle-esque sweater over her clothes||"Maximum Capacity"|
|Pearl wears a yellow life vest over her regular outfit.||"Chille Tid"|
Pearl wore a low-cut, strapless outfit colored sky blue at the top, and a pastel blue color downwards, underneath loose, collared, sleeveless diaphanous dress. She wore shorts and sky-blue boots.
|Pearl wore a blue tunic with lighter greenish blue on the tips of the sleeves, she wears pink pants and grayish purple boots, her hair is curly and is tied with a gray bow.||"So Many Birthdays" (painting)|
Pearl wore a light-blue top with a white, see-through, poncho-like shawl around it. She wore lilac shorts, and light-blue flats with long, pink leg-warmers. She was also not as tall as her present form.
|Pearl wore a flowing, sky-blue sundress extending to her knees with a white shawl around her shoulder area.||"Beach Party"|
|Pearl wears a powder-blue jumpsuit with white, pink, and dark-blue futuristic designs. She also has orange, knee-high flat boots. There is a pink diamond where the star is on her normal outfit.||"Space Race"|
Pearl possesses standard Gem abilities, including weapon-summoning, shape-shifting, bubbling, regeneration, fusion, agelessness, and superhuman strength/durability. She can fuse with Amethyst to form Opal, Amethyst and Garnet to form Alexandrite, Rose Quartz to create Rainbow Quartz, and Garnet to create Sardonyx.
Pearl is shown to be quite knowledgeable in human engineering, despite her naivete towards human culture overall; she was able to repair and upgrade Greg's destroyed van and was able to construct a spaceship out of old airplane materials and scrap.
Although Pearl is quite graceful, she also possesses 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 was fine almost immediately after, despite being briefly immobilized and scratched.
In "Historical Friction" she says one of her talents is detail to facts. She has shown this skill in the past usually coupled with 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 Gem Rebellion and the founding of Beach City.
- 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 dancing. She moves gracefully and swiftly, attacking with grace and poise. She handles herself well in melee skirmishes.
- Dual Wielding: Pearl is capable of wielding dual spears in battle, implying she may be 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, and, like her spears, can wield two at once.
- Technological Knowledge: Throughout the series Pearl has been shown to have knowledge in multiple aspects of technology, from fixing Greg's van, to making a functioning space shuttle out of leftover machine parts, to fixing Peridot's escape pod and even reverse engineering it to track Peridot's movements.
- 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.
- Self-Duplication: Aside from Holo-Pearls, which are projected through her gem, Pearl can also replicate herself several times into hologram-like 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".
- 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. In "Chille Tid", she shows that she can project her dreams through this ability.
- Gemtech 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.
- Swords: In "Together Breakfast", Pearl retrieves a sword that Amethyst took, then summons a collection of swords in her room. She also uses multiple swords when teaching sword fighting lessons.
- Battleaxe: In "Onion Trade", Pearl asks Amethyst to return her battleaxe.
- Replicator Wand (former): In the same episode, Pearl had a wand that would make identical copies of almost anything. However, Garnet destroyed it because she didn't want to get rid of the millions of copies that Onion made.
All that matters is that Steven is happy.
|—Pearl in "Gem Glow"|
Pearl acts as a kind, and sometimes overprotective maternal figure 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, thus viewing him more as a child than as 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 bad history 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.
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. She is excited to see Steven on stage, so much that she waves and calls out to him.
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 a 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 others' skills, even sharing appreciative smiles; in "Warp Tour", they praise and admire each others' 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.
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 it is possible, although unlikely, that deep down Pearl and Sugilite 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 was with Rose. 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. In "Story for Steven", when Rose bragged about Greg's singing, Pearl is quick to note as soon as he is out of earshot that she can also sing, much to the amusement of the other three Crystal Gems. "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"|
- In the transition from the pilot to the series, Pearl underwent the most drastic change of the three Gems. Among these changes are:
- Removal of gold ring around her gem
- Removal of earrings
- 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 peach
- Eye color changed (black to a light blue)
- Removal of hearts on slippers and slipper color changed (dark blue to light blue)
- 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.1
- 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.
- She is shown to enjoy tea, however, 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 her.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Pearl is ambidextrous.
- This is shown in "Ocean Gem". 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.
- 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 to fuse 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!"
- Pearls aren't exactly "gems", as pearls are created underwater by living things.
- 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.
- Pearls are the birthstone for those born in June, and are also used to commemorate the third and thirtieth anniversaries. Pearl is also an astral gemstone for the signs, Gemini and Cancer.
- In gemstone mythology, pearls are often associated with virginity, beauty, modesty, purity, and happiness.
- Pearls are organic gemstones that are formed by shelled mollusks, mainly bivalved oysters and mussels.
- Pearls are available in a variety of colors. Colors of pearls include the following: White, pink, silver, cream, golden, green, blue and black. Some pearls exhibit iridescence, which is known as orient.
- Pearl's chemical formula is CaC03•C30H48O11N9•n(H2O)•X. This is because pearls are made of:
- Aragonite (CaC03)
- Conquiolin (a protein made by molluscs) (C30H48O11N9)
- Unknown amount of Water (n(H2O))
- An unknown base-like object. Molluscs create pearls around this intruder object in their body.
|Pearl's gemstone is located in the center of her forehead. Her gemstone is smooth and does not have any facets, however it has a middle ring.|
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