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In the ring nobody can tell me what to do! And if they try, I hit them in the face with a chair!

Amethyst, in "Tiger Millionaire"

The Purple Puma is Amethyst's pro-wrestler persona who was first featured in the episode "Tiger Millionaire".

Appearance

The Purple Puma retains Amethyst's skin color with large tufts of pale lavender hair sprouting from the head, chest, and armpits. Amethyst's gem is visible through the chest hair. Purple Puma wears a simple black leotard, a dark-mauve mask, mauve wristbands, and a pair of white boots.

Designs

Image Description Appearance(s)
Purple Puma - AtL
Purple Puma's design in the RPG, Attack the Light Attack the Light

Abilities

Purple Puma, being Amethyst in disguise, possesses standard Gem abilities, including weapon-summoning, bubbling, shape-shifting, fusion, regeneration, agelessness, and superhuman strength/durability.

This is naturally an immense advantage over human wrestling opponents (or as Mr. Smiley puts it, "victims"). When Pearl and Garnet discover the nightly wrestling escapades in the episode "Tiger Millionaire", Pearl promptly scolds Amethyst for being careless and reckless enough to use her Gem powers against ordinary humans.

Unique Abilities

  • Wrestling Proficiency. Amethyst is more inclined to use martial arts and unarmed tactics against her enemies in battle, such as using her hair as a blade to cut opponents with. When shape-shifted into the Purple Puma, however, she strictly sticks to traditional human wrestling moves (most likely due to her being sworn not to hurt any humans) - even if she is fighting outside the ring, as seen in "Ocean Gem".

Episode Appearances

"Cat Fingers"

The Purple Puma makes his first brief appearance as Amethyst is demonstrating her shape shifting abilities to Steven by rapidly shifting between a myriad of different forms - one of them being The Purple Puma.

"Tiger Millionaire"

Puma's first and, so far only, major appearance as Amethyst's wrestling alter-ego.

After she is harshly scolded by both Garnet and Pearl for her behavior during a mission, Steven discovers Amethyst sneaking out of the Crystal Temple one night and follows her. They end up at the Beach City Underground Wrestling fight in the Abandoned Warehouse where she shape-shifts into The Purple Puma.

Pumped Puma

The Purple Puma shows off to the crowd.

When she explains that she needs the outlet of wrestling to endure Pearl and Garnet constantly being on her case all the time, Steven admits to feeling the same, and he joins her in the ring as his own wrestling alter-ego, "Tiger Millionaire". When asked for an explanation for creating the Purple Puma persona, Amethyst simply replies that "Pumas are cool." Steven invents a unique back-story for the alter-ego: Puma's wild behavior drove everyone away, convincing Purple Puma to leave home and find a place to fit in.

Steven's story helps Garnet and Pearl understand Amethyst's need for an outlet.

"Ocean Gem"

During the fight against the water duplicate of her created by Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst shapeshifts into the Purple Puma and performs a high-flying knee drop move.

"Maximum Capacity"

A dumbbell owned by Greg catches her eye as they are clearing out the storage unit. When Greg says he doesn't really need it anymore, Amethyst grabs the dumbbell and shapeshifts into the Purple Puma, jokingly asking him if he wouldn't rather want to get "yoked" with it. She then tackles Steven and the two playfully wrestle on the ground.

"Back to the Barn"

After watching Pearl fight Peridot in a giant robot battle, Amethyst comments how Pearl should go wrestling with her sometime, a possible allusion to her Purple Puma persona.

"Log Date 7 15 2"

After the drill is almost finished, Pearl requests to get the drill up on the wood stands. Amethyst shape shifts into Purple Puma indicating that she can lift it, and Pearl suggests that "we should be more careful", so Amethyst shape shifts back into her original form and fuses with Pearl to form Opal.

"Steven Floats"

Amethyst shape shifts into Purple Puma to add weight to Steven, in an attempt to help him fall faster.

"Steven vs. Amethyst"

During her fight with Steven, she shape shifts into the Purple Puma.

"Bismuth"

Purple Puma makes a brief appearance when Amethyst transformed into Purple Puma to spar against Bismuth.

"Adventures in Light Distortion"

Amethyst shape-shifts into Purple Puma to see if the Gems can shape-shift back into their normal selves while the Roaming Eye is calibrated for Rubies. When it doesn't work, and Amethyst remains as a tiny Purple Puma, she calls the form "Puma Cub".

Trivia

  • Purple Puma and Tiger Millionaire are seen on a poster Steven creates while he is in the Big Donut's break room, as seen in "Joking Victim".
  • By winning the Tag Team Belt, The Purple Puma becomes the ruling champion in all classes of Beach City Underground Wrestling, as Amethyst had previously won all but the tag-team belt until Steven's agreement to be her partner for the event.
  • Purple Puma is a "Heel", which is a wrestling term for a "bad-guy" wrestler. The way Amethyst simply relishes the boos she gets from an audience means she is a Heel wrestler (A good-guy wrestler is called a "Face" or "Babyface").
  • According to the Guide to the Crystal Gems, Purple Puma is one of the "male" forms that Amethyst has experimented with.

Gallery

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ve Characters in Steven Universe
Crystal Gems Half: Steven

Unfused: AmethystBismuthPearlPeridotRose QuartzRubySapphire
Gem Fusions: AlexandriteCluster GemsGarnetOpalRainbow QuartzSardonyxUnknown Fusion GemSugilite
Hybrid Fusions: Smoky QuartzStevonnie

Homeworld Gems Unfused: Blue DiamondBlue PearlHolly Blue AgatePink DiamondRuby (Army)Ruby (Doc)Ruby (Eyeball)Ruby (Leggy)Ruby (Navy)Yellow DiamondYellow Pearl

Fusions: MalachiteCorrupted Jasper Fusion
Corrupted: Jasper

Other Gems Corrupted: Big BirdCentipeetle MotherClock Tower GemCrab Gem MonsterDesert GlassEarth BeetleGem Cave CreatureGlass GhostHeaven BeetleIce MonsterInvisible Gem MonsterInvisible Manta RayJasperLighthouse Gem MonsterObeliskOld Book GemOrange Great North MonsterPyramid Temple GemThe Perils of PweepweePlant MonsterRainbow Cloud MonsterThe SlinkerSlug MonsterSnowbeastSnow MonsterWater BearWatermelon TourmalineWorm MonsterUnknown Bird Gem MonsterUnknown Giant BirdTongue Monster

Unaffiliated Gems: The ClusterLapis Lazuli
Other Gems: Minor Gem CharactersUnknown Gems

Major Characters Human: Connie MaheswaranGreg UniverseLarsSadie Miller

Other: Lion

Minor Characters Humans: Andy DeMayoBarbara MillerThe Best Diner in the World's WaitressBill DeweyBuck DeweyBuddy BuddwickDanteGreg's Aunt and UncleHarold SmileyJamieJaneJeffJenny PizzaKevinKiki PizzaKofi PizzaMartyMarty's RoadiesMayor Dewey's BodyguardsMarthaMr. FrymanDoug MaheswaranDr. Priyanka MaheswaranMike KrolMystery GirlNanefua PizzaOnionOnion's FriendsPeedee FrymanRickyRonaldo FrymanSour CreamQuentin FrowneySuitcase SamVidaliaWilliam Buford BuchananWilliam DeweyYellowtailZoomans

Other: Baby MelonBlue CrabButt LobsterHolo-PearlMagic MossMask Island FishOnion's SnakePumpkinRaccoonSteven Jr.Steven The ThirdSusanWatermelon Stevens
Fictional: AceAce's FatherCookie CatDogcopterFoxmanHopperHoppyRingoWind LizardLi'l ButlerMr. MoneyMrs. MoneyDaughter MoneyDirtbike Money
Rose's Room Creations: Cloud ConnieTiny Floating Whale

Antagonists CentipeetlesCrab MonstersCrystal ShrimpDrill ParasitesElectric SkullsFryboRed EyeRobot Shooty ThingSmoke MonsterVine Monsters
Alter Egos Chunk TruckConcrete HeatDashing Danny DooberHandsome Hank HackleschmidtLoch Ness BloggsterPurple PumaTiger Millionaire
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