You're awfully cute, and I really wanna play with you, but your life is short and you have dreams. I won't let you give up on everything you want.
Enthralled 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 on to 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-peach skin. In "Story for Steven". she was shown to be similar in height to Garnet, and stands at eight feet. In "Lion 3: Straight to Video", she is shown to have black eyes. In "Story for Steven", when she was suprised by Greg's decision to stay, white stars formed in the black of her eyes, a trait Steven inherited.
Rose wore a strapless, floor-length, lilac-trimmed, tiered white dress that has multiple layers that lay flat most of the time with a star-shaped cutout in the stomach area, specifically where her gem was located (as seen in "Together Breakfast"). She went barefooted at least by the time she met Greg Universe ("Story for Steven").
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. Despite her role, in "Story for Steven", she was shown to have (at least later) a personality greatly resembling her son.
Like all Gems, Rose can shapeshift, summon a weapon, and retreat to her gemstone to regenerate.
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.
- Rose's Sword: Rose possessed a sword that she had used during battle, and is currently housed by Lion.
|She wore the "Mr. Universe shirt" over her dress.||"Story for Steven"|
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.
As seen in "Story for Steven", the Crystal Gems (excluding Rose) did not wear stars on their outfits at the time that Rose met Greg. This implies that the symbol may have been adopted as a sign of respect for Rose after her passing.
- "Laser Light Cannon" (pictured/mentioned)
- "Together Breakfast" (pictured)
- "Frybo" (pictured)
- "Bubble Buddies" (mentioned)
- "Serious Steven" (pictured)
- "Giant Woman" (pictured)
- "So Many Birthdays" (pictured)
- "Steven the Sword Fighter" (pictured)
- "Rose's Room" (mentioned)
- "Coach Steven" (pictured)
- "Steven and the Stevens " (pictured)
- "Monster Buddies" (mentioned)
- "An Indirect Kiss" (mentioned)
- "Secret Team" (mentioned)
- "Fusion Cuisine" (mentioned)
- "Garnet's Universe" (pictured)
- "Watermelon Steven" (mentioned)
- "Lion 3: Straight to Video" (video message, minor appearance)
- "The Test" (mentioned)
- "On the Run" (mentioned)
- "Rose's Scabbard" (mentioned/pictured)
- "The Return" (mentioned)
- "Open Book" (mentioned)
- "Joy Ride" (mentioned)
- "Say Uncle" (cosplayed as and mentioned by Uncle Grandpa)
- "Story for Steven" (flashback, first major appearance)
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. The two of them met at one of his one-man band concerts in Beach City, where she was the lone attendee. He 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, in the handle of her sword and the Crystal Gem's war flag back when they fought for the Earth.
- In "Laser Light Cannon", the light that came out of the cannon morphed to vaguely resemble her.
- Rose's gemstone was located on her lower torso - as such, Steven's gemstone is located on his lower torso.
- In "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?"
- Greg and Rose's backstory was first seriously looked upon in "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.
- 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 recorded 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.
Learn more about the rose quartz gemstone here.
- Rose quartz is a gemstone associated with healing, love, peace, compassion, empathy, beauty and heart; which describes Rose's personality in a perfect way.
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|Characters in Steven Universe|
|Minor Characters|| |
Humans: Mayor Bill Dewey • Buck Dewey • Greg's Uncle • Greg's Aunt • Kevin • Harold Smiley • Jamie • Jenny Pizza • Kiki • Kofi • Marty • Mr. Fryman • Mr. Maheswaran • Dr. Maheswaran • Nanafua • Onion • Peedee Fryman • Ronaldo Fryman • Sour Cream • Sadie's Mother • Steven Jr. • Suitcase Sam • Uncle Grandpa • Vidalia • Yellowtail
Other: Unnamed Fish • Watermelon Stevens • Baby Melon • Belly Bag • Mr. Gus • Pizza Steve • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger
Fictional: Dogcopter • Ace • Ace's Father • Foxman • Hopper • Hoppy • Ringo • Wind Lizard
Rose's Room Creations: • Tiny Floating Whale • Cloud Connie