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Tiger Millionaire
Season 1, Episode 9
Broadcast Information
Airdate January 20, 2014
Production no. 009
Viewers 1.566[1]
Written by Raven M. Molisee and Paul Villeco
Directed by Ian Jones-Quartey (Supervising)
Yong Seop Jeong (Animation)
Storyboard by Raven M. Molisee and Paul Villeco
Episode Guide
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"Tiger Millionaire" is the ninth episode of the first season of Steven Universe, and the ninth overall episode of the series.

Official Synopsis

Steven joins Amethyst in an underground wrestling league.[2]


The episode begins with the Gems transporting back to the temple. Pearl is yelling at Amethyst because she was being too childish on their mission. Steven is covered in mud which he believes is fun at first, but then it hardens and he becomes stuck and cannot move anymore. He asks for help, but the others pay no attention to him because they're too busy arguing. Steven is stuck in the mud overnight and falls asleep. He is woken up by Amethyst leaving the temple. He then falls over and the mud breaks, which then sets him free.

Steven follows Amethyst very far away from the temple and they go to a wrestling match. Steven looks through the window and sees Amethyst go up into the rink, and shape shifted into a giant wrestler that is named "Purple Puma". Ronaldo goes up there dressed as the "Loch Ness Blogster" and tries to fight her, but she takes him down easily. After the fight is over, Amethyst leaves the building and shape shifts back into her true form. Steven jumps up on Amethyst and Amethyst flips him forward onto the ground. Amethyst is shocked to see Steven there and Steven asks if she is secretly a wrestler.

Amethyst tells him that she secretly is a wrestler and this excites Steven. Amethyst tells him that often times, she comes over here and does this because here, nobody tells her what to do and she can do whatever she wants and everybody loves it. Steven asks if he can join in, and she says that he can become her tag-mate so long as he does not tell Pearl and Garnet. Later that night, Steven dresses up as a tiger and calls himself "Tiger Millionaire" and he and Amethyst go back to the wrestling match and fight another guy. At first, Steven is not much of a help to Amethyst. But after he tricked an opponent with a fake bribery, he used his suitcase and knocked him out, Steven begins to start helping Amethyst the only way he knows how.

After dozens of other victories, Steven knocks a bunch of drinks on the floor that were meant for the crowd. Lars, not knowing that was Steven, asks him to sign his drink, not before Steven knocks his drink to the floor, hurting Lars' feelings. After many more attempts to avoid Garnet and Pearl, they find out at the final match from Steven's flyers. After she scolds them, Garnet tells them to go back to the temple in an angry voice, with Amethyst pushing her saying she doesn't want to. They began to fight until Steven interrupts and tells


Garnet VS. The Purple Puma (A.K.A Amethyst)

them about Purple Puma's back story. Pleading for everyone to wrestle, Garnet replies "no", saying she and Pearl are wrestling haters, the four then fake fight and the two opponents let Tiger and Puma win, chanting for them. Garnet and Amethyst apologize to each other and the episode ends with Sadie wondering if Tiger Millionaire was really Steven and Lars saying "I love you, Tiger Millionaire.", shedding a tear.


Production Notes



  • This is the first time the title card appears at night besides the credits.
  • Garnet and Pearl were acting as antagonists for the first time, pretending to be the Notorious Order of Wrestling Haters, or N.O.O.W.H.
  • This is the first time Garnet is upset about Amethyst's antics.
  • This is the first time that two Gems fight each other.
    • According to Pearl, Gems can still get hurt and die, but it is a bit contradictory since Garnet attacked Amethyst with her main weapon and with all her power. Even after that, Amethyst did not look affected by any damage. 

Cultural References

  • Steven's wrestling identity could be a reference to Tiger Mask, a Japanese masked wrestler from the self titled manga/anime Tiger Mask. Not to mention, both Steven and the main character, Tiger are both wrestling characters whose stage identity are depicted as bad guys, and both characters regretted having such identities and later turned into heroes.
  • It could also be a reference to the professional wrestler, Ted "Million Dollar Man" DiBiase, who was known for flaunting his wealth, being a jerk, and stuffing dollar bills in his opponents' mouths after they lost. Just look at how he spends his Thanksgiving.
  • Additionally, his outfit bears a resemblance to "Irwin R. Schyster" (also known as IRS), who was actually Ted DiBiase's partner in a tag team.



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Season 1 Gem GlowLaser Light CannonCheeseburger BackpackTogether BreakfastFryboCat FingersBubble BuddiesSerious StevenTiger MillionaireSteven's LionArcade ManiaGiant WomanSo Many BirthdaysLars and the Cool KidsOnion TradeSteven the Sword FighterLion 2: The MovieBeach PartyRose's RoomCoach StevenJoking VictimSteven and the StevensMonster BuddiesAn Indirect KissMirror GemOcean GemHouse GuestSpace RaceSecret TeamIsland AdventureKeep Beach City WeirdFusion CuisineGarnet's UniverseWatermelon StevenLion 3: Straight to VideoWarp TourAlone TogetherThe TestFuture VisionOn the RunBeach City Horror ClubMaximum CapacityWinter ForecastMarble MadnessRose's SecretsOpen BookShirt ClubStory for StevenThe MessagePolitical PowerThe ReturnJail Break
Miscellaneous Pilot

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