I'm going to stay and fight for this planet. If we lose, we'll be killed, and if we win, we can never go home.
"Rose Quartz" was a Gem, and the former leader of the Crystal Gems. Entailed by the beauty of Earth, Rose led her friends and allies in a rebellion against the Gem Homeworld over 5,000 years prior to the events of the series, successfully preventing the Gem invasion of the planet. Rose eventually entered a romantic relationship with Greg Universe before giving up her physical form in order to give birth to their son, Steven, whom she passed her gemstone onto as well.
Rose Quartz had very long, shiny, curly pink hair styled in thick ringlets. She had pink lips and a heavier build than the other Crystal Gems, and light pinkish skin. She is also known to have been considerably tall. Rose wore a strapless, floor-length, lilac-trimmed, tiered white dress with a star-shaped cutout in the stomach area, specifically where her gem was located (as seen in "Together Breakfast"). In "Lion 3: Straight to Video," she is shown to have had black eyes.
A natural leader, Rose Quartz is indicated to have had a caring and loving personality. In "An Indirect Kiss," she was said to be very empathetic when her loved ones were hurt. She had been said to have seen beauty in everything "no matter how gross," showing that she treated everyone as an equal. In "The Return," it is revealed by Jasper that Rose Quartz was a masterful tactician that earned her respect.
All Gems have the ability to summon a weapon, shape shift, fuse with other Gems, and are able to retreat into their gemstones after becoming "mortally" wounded in order to heal.
One of Rose's weapon was a pink, circular shield with a spiraling vine pattern on the front. The shield could vary in size depending on her situation. Rose also possessed a sword with a similar design to accompany this shield, though the sword does not seem to be summoned from her gemstone but, It is held in her lion.
The original bearer of the rose quartz gemstone that is currently in possession of her son, Rose Quartz would have had all of the abilities that Steven has- and perhaps even more.
- Healing: Rose manifests her ability to heal through her tears. Her tears could heal broken gems, and heal other creatures of general injuries.
- Phytokinesis: Rose had the ability to grow sentient flora that acted as her guardians.
Statues of Rose can occasionally be found in Gem ruins, indicating she was looked upon favorably by Gems at one point. The Crystal Gems often reminisce about Rose, and express their gratitude for her actions. Greg often laments over her departure for similar reasons. While pregnant with Steven, knowing that she could never meet him personally, Rose made a video with the intent of posthumously expressing her love for him.
At one point, about 5,000 years prior to the events of the series, Rose led the Crystal Gems in a rebellious war against the Homeworld Gems on the Gem Battlefield and won. It is stated by Jasper that, although they fought on different sides, she respected the military tactics that Rose used during the war.
- "Laser Light Cannon" (Mentioned and Pictured)
- "Together Breakfast" (Pictured)
- "Frybo" (Pictured)
- "Bubble Buddies" (Mentioned)
- "Serious Steven" (Pictured)
- "Giant Woman"(Pictured)
- "So Many Birthdays" (Pictured)
- "Lars and the Cool Kids" (Vision)
- "Steven the Sword Fighter" (Pictured)
- "Rose's Room" (Mentioned and voiced the Tiny Floating Whale)
- "Coach Steven" (Pictured)
- "Steven and the Stevens " (Pictured)
- "Monster Buddies" (Mentioned)
- "An Indirect Kiss" (Mentioned and seen as a statue)
- "Secret Team" (Mentioned)
- "Fusion Cuisine" (Mentioned)
- "Garnet's Universe" (Pictured)
- "Watermelon Steven" (Mentioned)
- "Lion 3: Straight to Video" (First "major appearance" in a VHS tape)
- "The Test" (Mentioned)
- "On the Run" (Mentioned)
- "Maximum Capacity" (Transformed Amethyst)
- "Rose's Scabbard" (Mentioned, pictured, and hologram)
- "The Return" (Mentioned)
- "Open Book" (Mentioned)
Steven Universe is the son of Rose Quartz. Rose gave up her physical form in order to bring Steven into the world. Steven doesn't know much about his mother apart from what the members of the Crystal Gems and his father have told him, and as a result he doesn't always know what to think of her. However, Steven becomes furious when Rose is insulted, indicating that Steven definitely cares about his mother.
Rose Quartz was previously the leader of the Crystal Gems before she brought Steven into existence. The group seems to hold her in high esteem. In the episode "Laser Light Cannon," for instance, Amethyst is quoted as saying "If Rose were here, this would be so easy!" The members of the group seem to mourn her disappearance from the world after she gave up her physical form to create Steven, though they do not hold Steven accountable for the loss.
In an in-character interview with Newsarama, Pearl seems to confirm that Rose Quartz was a leader of the Crystal Gems, noting, "Brilliant leaders do brilliant things, that’s why you look to them for answers, answers no one else could have, that’s why you trust them, even when you can’t understand why they chose… Greg."
Pearl was also Rose's second-in-command, her confidant, in her battle against the Homeworld Gems on the ancient battlefield. Pearl claims that she was closer to Rose than the other Gems were, and as such, Rose trusted her with information she did not tell Garnet and Amethyst. Pearl seems to value this connection highly, as she became very angry upon realizing that there was information that Rose kept even from her.
Greg Universe was the romantic partner of Rose Quartz until she brought Steven into the world. Greg and Rose seemed to have had a very good relationship, but most of what we know is from Greg's point of view. He said that the two of them met at one of his one-man band concerts in Beach City, where she was the lone attendee. He also said that they became inseparable, yet he had no idea "what a magical lady like her ever saw in a plain old dope like [him]." Rose used Greg's catchphrase as the activation words for her Light Cannon, reflecting her feelings towards him.
- Rose's symbol appears repeatedly throughout the series, such as when the door appears to her room, in the middle of Steven's shield, and in the handle of her sword.
- In the episode "Laser Light Cannon," the light that came out of the cannon morphed to vaguely resemble her.
- A possible reason she fell in love with Greg was because of the song he wrote for her, "Let me Drive my Van into your Heart."
- In human mythology, rose quartz is associated with love and health.
- Rose's gem was located on her lower torso- as such, Steven's gemstone is located on his lower torso.
- In the episode "Rose's Room," when Steven was falling through space in Rose's room, a tiny floating whale spoke to him in Rose's voice, saying, "What do you want, Steven?"
- It is revealed that there will be more of Greg and Rose's backstory in future episodes.
- See the upcoming episode "Story for Steven".
- The Gem depicted on the Crystal Temple strongly resembles Rose.
- In "Monster Buddies," Garnet told Steven that Rose tried to use her powers to save some monsters, though she was never able to heal them.
- It may be possible the gem bubble in Lion's mane is one of the Gems she tried to heal.
- As revealed in "An Indirect Kiss," Rose had a healing spring filled with her magical healing tears.
- Ian Jones-Quartey confirmed that Rose's skin color is based off of a peach light pink color, like some kinds of rose quartz stones.
- Susan Egan, the voice actor for Rose, stated that she will be recording a song as Rose Quartz for the show.
- The Crystal Gems, including Pearl, were unaware of the possible connection Rose had with Lion until the events of "Rose's Scabbard."
- "Lion 3: Straight to Video" marks the second time that Rose's voice is heard.
- This is also the first episode in which her eyes are shown open.
- This episode also reveals that Rose was physically pregnant with Steven.
- It is stated by Ian Jones-Quartey that Rose shape-shifted a womb for Steven to be born from.
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|Characters in Steven Universe|
Unfused: Jasper • Lapis Lazuli • Peridot • Yellow Diamond
Corrupt: Big Bird • Centipeetles • Centipeetle Mother • Earth Beetle • Electric Skulls • Frybo • Gem Cave Creature • Giant Pufferfish • Heaven Beetle • Ice Monster • Invisible Gem Monster • Lighthouse Gem Monster • Worm Monster
|Minor Characters|| |
Humans: Mayor Bill Dewey • Buck Dewey • Greg's Uncle • Greg's Aunt • Kevin • Harold Smiley • Jamie • Jenny Pizza • Kiki • Kofi • Mr. Fryman • Mr. Maheswaran • Dr. Maheswaran • Nanafua • Peedee Fryman • Ronaldo Fryman • Sour Cream • Sadie's Mother • Steven Jr. • Suitcase Sam • Yellowtail • Onion • Uncle Grandpa
Other: Unnamed Fish • Watermelon Stevens • Baby Melon
Fictional: Dogcopter • Ace • Ace's Father • Foxman • Hopper • Hoppy • Ringo
Rose's Room Creations: • Tiny Floating Whale • Cloud Connie