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Pearl (Pilot)

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Nickname(s)
Characteristics
Race

Gem

Weapon(s)

Spear

Gender

Genderless

Traits
Gemstone

Pearl

Professional Status
Occupation(s)

Guardian

Team

Crystal Gems

Personal Status
Status

Alive

Friend(s)
Media
First Appearance

"Pilot"

Music Theme

Pearl's Theme

Voice Actor

Deedee Magno-Hall


"Pearl" is one of the main protagonists in Steven Universe. One of Rose's closest followers, Pearl is one of the last surviving Gems on Earth who rebelled against the Gem Homeworld to stop their invasion of the planet. Joining the Crystal Gems, Pearl would protect the Earth over the next several millennia alongside her friends while later teaching Rose's son, Steven, in the ways of her people.

Appearance

Pearl has a thin, crane-like body and pale white skin with a bluish-greenish tint. Her short hair is light peach and is stylized to a point like pixie cut. She has large light blue eyes and a pointy, cone-shaped nose. Pearl's gemstone is a large pearl embedded in her forehead. She is a few inches shorter than Garnet.

Pre-regeneration (debut)

Prior to the end of "Steven the Sword Fighter" she wore a strapless sky-blue top with a pale blue (almost as her skin, but darker) tank top underneath, a small yellow star on her chest, and short coral pink leggings under an iridescent blue and lime green transparent skirt together with a cyan bow. Her shoes were light blue with lime green socks. It looked very dancer-like, but in a different style than the post-regeneration outfit.

Post-regeneration (current)

Pearl now wears a pale turquoise tunic with a slightly larger yellow star and a large turquoise sash tied around her waist. She has light-orange short leggings, pink socks and pale turquoise flat pumps. It looks similar to a dancer’s outfit.

Casualwear

In "Beach Party", she wore a flowing sky-blue sundress with a white frill around her shoulder area, the dress reaches down to a little bit below her knees. She also goes barefoot.

Space Suit

She wears a powder-blue unitard/jumpsuit, that has white, pink, and dark blue futuristic designs on the top half, and above the knees, and orange knee high flat boots as her space suit in "Space Race". Unlike the rest of the Crystal Gems' outfits, Pearl's space suit has a pink diamond. It is unsure of what this means, as diamonds are symbols of the Gem Homeworld.

Pilot

In the Pilot, Pearl had a different design. Her hair was rose-pink, instead of peach, which was styled into a quiff. She wore a dark gray top underneath, blue sleeveless jacket or vest with a brown button, a salmon baggy skirt with bright orange short leggings, yellow-green bead-earrings, and blue flat pumps with a pink underside.

Personality

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 from the history of Gemkind to Rocket Science. Although she gets easily flustered when her plans fail, or when Amethyst says something she doesn't think Steven should hear, she is very caring and motherly toward Steven, to the point of occasionally being overbearing, but always well-meaning. Out of all 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, as well as showing a great desire to leave Earth and return to space in "Space Race" (going so far as to risk her own and Steven's life in an attempt to leave Earth, only until it was clear they wouldn't make it did she agree to bail). Pearl also seems to have a generally negative view of humanity as evidenced by her statement in "Keep Beach City Weird" "Humans just lead 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."

Abilities

PearlGemClear

Pearl's gemstone.

All Gems have the ability to summon a weapon, shapeshift, fuse with other Gems and retreat into their gemstone to heal. Activating her gemstone summons a magic spear. She can fuse with Amethyst to create Opal, though is only willing to in dangerous situations. She can also fuse with Amethyst and Garnet to form Alexandrite.

Pearl is shown to be quite knowledgeable in human engineering, despite her naiveté towards human culture overall, as she was able to repair and upgrade Greg's destroyed van and was able to construct a spaceship out of scrap. It is possible that Pearl is the most educated of the Crystal Gems, since she seems to excel in aeronautics and aerospace engineering.

Pearl is shown to be considerably tough too, as she can take many hits before succumbing to her wounds. In "Coach Steven", she took a headbutt and a direct hit from Sugilite's mace, 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 up. However, she had to retreat to her gem after being stabbed through the stomach in "Steven the Sword Fighter".

She is shown to be an exceptional swordswoman that moves quickly, and seems to incorporate elements of dancing into her fighting style.

Unique Abilities

  • NewSpear

    Pearl's spear.

    Weapon Proficiency: Spear. By using Pearl's years of training and dedication, she is able to summon her gem 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, specifically ballet. She moves gracefully and swiftly throughout the battlefield and attacks with spear in hand with grace and poise. She handles herself well in melee skirmishes, able to hold up against two water clones of herself whilst wielding dual spears.
    • Energy Blasts:Pearl can fire arrow-like blasts of energy from the tip of her spear. This can be done rapid-fire or charged to create a more powerful blast.
  • Holograms: 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. They typically function as distractions in battle.
  • Psammokinesis: Pearl is shown manipulating a small amount of sand to create figurines of herself and Amethyst in "Giant Woman". It is currently unknown how much sand she can control at one time.
  • Floating/Flight: In Coach Steven, she is seen jumping or flying a large distance in an attempt to hit Sugilite, and after hitting off Sugilite's glasses, she is seen floating until she is knocked down.
  • Pocket Dimension: Using a specialized dance, Pearl can summon and store objects with her gemstone.

Relationships

Steven Universe

Pearl acts as a kind, motherly 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 always the first to show concern when taking him on a dangerous mission. Although as shown in "Space Race" she can allow her own interests to get in the way of her relationship with Steven and even jeopardized his well being for the sake of returning to space until Steven talked her out of it. Pearl also frequently underestimates Steven's abilities, expressing surprise that Steven could even summon a shield in "Gem Glow", and that Steven made his cat fingers go away seemingly by himself in "Cat Fingers". 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". Pearl may also harbor some occasional feelings of resentment towards Steven because of her love for Rose Quartz; although she obviously tries to conceal this, they sometimes slip through when she is especially emotional, such as in "Rose's Scabbard".

Garnet

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. Although when there are signs of danger Pearl usually turns to Garnet, often hiding behind her or holding onto her arm.

Amethyst

The two share a strained relationship likely due to their contrasting personalities, Pearl is often seen scolding Amethyst and in return, Amethyst teases her. Despite them fighting often it's revealed that Pearl sometimes think she is getting through to Amethyst ("Tiger Millionaire"). Regardless of their differences, Pearl and Amethyst sometimes manage to put their issues to one side and work together well. For example, in "Secret Team", Pearl and Amethyst are forced to fight together, and complement each others' skills, even sharing appreciative smiles; and in "Warp Tour" they praise and admire each others' fighting techniques. We also see in "On the Run" that despite their differences and frequent fights, the two really do deeply care about each other.

Sugilite

Pearl dislikes Sugilite due to her violent actions. Pearl almost admits that she's jealous of Sugilite's strength (in a song), but she cuts herself off before finishing the line.

Rose Quartz

Pearl had a very close relationship with Rose, closer than any other. She believed herself to be Rose's "sole confidant" and that Rose shared all her secrets with her. Pearl 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. She's shown to love Rose so much that she was willing to stay on Earth and defend it with her because going back to the homeworld planet would mean being without Rose. Like Amethyst, she grew emotional when they spoke of their relationship with Rose.

Quotes

See Pearl/Quotes.

Trivia

  • Pearlpic

    Pearl's evolution.

  • 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)
    • Pointy nose
    • Different overall body structure
    • Drastically different outfit
    • Different hairstyle
    • Rose-pink hair color to a peach one
    • 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", its 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, as revealed in "Serious Steven."
  • The Gems' fighting style's are based off of 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.
      • It is questionable in most of the above episodes if Pearl has any intention of actually consuming the food. For example in "Together Breakfast" Pearl simply agrees to order a pizza; not to eat it. Seeing all the trouble Steven went through for them to sit down together she might simply be agreeing to order the pizza for his sake without having any intention of partaking of said pizza.
    • 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.[1]
      • Again in "Together Breakfast" Pearl seems to enjoy preparing the new breakfast meal with Steven and the other Crystal Gems which goes along with the explanation that while she dislikes eating, she does enjoy preparing food.
  • She is shown to enjoy tea, however, as shown when she brings a tea-pot to Funland in "Serious Steven", and when she talks about finding out Connie's favorite tea in "Bubble Buddies".
    • It's possible that Pearl finds drinking to be much less disgusting than eating, or not disgusting at all.
  • Rebecca Sugar confirmed Pearl is a lot like her.
  • Pearl has the ability to house objects within her gemstone, as first demonstrated in the episode "Lars and the Cool Kids."
  • 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.
  • Pearl had a replicator wand which was destroyed in "Onion Trade" by Garnet.
    • Also, Pearl owns a magic 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."
  • Temple Door Pearl

    Pearl's door.

    "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 "So Many Birthdays", we see that Pearl is extremely emotional in serious situations.
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Pearl wielding dual spears

  • It was revealed in "Ocean Gem" that Pearl is capable of wielding dual spears in battle, confirming her to be ambidextrous.
  • In "Space Race", it was revealed that Pearl does not like being confined to Earth and deeply wishes to revisit space, much like Lapis Lazuli. When presented with an opportunity to leave, Pearl has no qualms about leaving behind her fellow Gems (with the exception of Steven, who she wanted to "show the cosmos").
    • Unlike Lapis Lazuli, however, Pearl only shows interest in revisiting space, and harbors no desires to return home.
  • It is revealed that Pearl can use ranged attacks such as the energy blast she created with her spear in "Watermelon Steven".
    • Pearl uses her energy blast attack for a second time against Amethyst in the episode "On the Run".
  • In "Lion 3: Straight to Video", Pearl admits that she often watches Steven sleep.
  • "Warp Tour" is the first episode Pearl and Steven have an argument.
  • Pearl can sometimes let more slip out than she means to, and end up backing herself into a corner when interrogated, as seen in "The Test", when she accidentally lets out that the Sea Spire mission was a test for Steven and makes the situation worse the more she talks.
  • It's revealed by Pearl that the Crystal Gems chose Earth over their true home.
  • It's confirmed by Steven in "Steven the Sword Fighter" that organizing messes is one of Pearl's favorite hobbies.
  • According to Pearl, she fought alongside Rose Quartz at the Strawberry Battlefield. This was before they found Amethyst.
  • Pearl was Rose's closest friend and confidant, telling her the majority of her secrets.
  • In "Political Power," it's shown that the gems plan on using the Quartizine Trio as a weapon against Peridot. It is unknown if the other gems helped her, forcing Pearl to show them Rose's Secret Armory, or if she was strong enough to retrieve it herself.
  • In the episode, "The Return", Pearl is the only gem still alive that Jasper refers to by name. "Some lost, defective Pearl", this heavily implies that there may be more than one type of pearl on the Homeworld or that they have met before considering Pearl fought closely alongside Rose during the war.
  • Considering the fact that Garnet is a fusion, Pearl is the second tallest non-fused Crystal Gems, right next to Rose Quartz.
  • When Pearl pulls her weapon, her spear appears to be short, but when she swings the spear, it seems to elongate.

Gemology

Learn about the pearl gemstone here.

  • Pearl is the birthstone of June.[2]
  • In gemstone mythology, pearls are often associated with virginity, beauty, modesty, purity, and happiness.
  • Pearls are light pink or white gemstones, similar to the one "Pearl" has on her forehead.

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References

ve Crystal Gems

Garnetgem Amethystgem Pearlgem Stevegem RubyGem SGS

ve Characters in Steven Universe
Crystal Gems
Unfused: StevenAmethystPearlRubySapphireRose Quartz
Fusions: AlexandriteGarnetOpalStevonnieSugilite
Gems
Major Characters
ConnieGregLarsSadieLion
Minor Characters
Antagonists
Alter Egos

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