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Tiger Millionaire
Season 1, Episode 9
Broadcast Information

January 20, 2014

Production no.



1.566 [1]

Written by

Raven M. Molisee, Paul Villeco

Directed by

Yong Seop Jeong (animation)
Kevin Dart (art)
Ian Jones-Quartey (supervising)

Storyboard by

Raven M. Molisee, Paul Villeco

Episode Guide
"Serious Steven"
"Steven's Lion"

"Tiger Millionaire" is the 9th episode of the first season in Steven Universe, and the 9th episode overall.


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


The episode begins with the Gems returning to the temple. Pearl is then seen yelling at Amethyst because she was being too childish on their mission. Steven is covered in slime from a blood polyp which he considers fun at first, but it eventually hardens and prevents him from moving around. He asks for help, but the others are busy arguing and ignore him for the rest of the evening. Later, Steven remains covered in blood overnight and falls asleep standing in the kitchen. He is woken by Amethyst leaving the house. He falls over with surprise, breaking the blood and setting him free.

Steven follows Amethyst from the house to a wrestling match. He looks through the window and sees Amethyst enter the rink and shape shift into a giant wrestler named "Purple Puma". Ronaldo meets Amethyst in the ring dressed as the "Loch Ness Bloggster" and tries to fight her, but she takes him down easily. After the fight ends, Amethyst leaves the building and returns to her previous form. Steven jumps on Amethyst, and Amethyst flips him forward onto the ground. She is shocked to see Steven there, and Steven asks if she is secretly a wrestler.

Amethyst reveals that she is indeed a secret wrestler, and this excites Steven. She tells him that she participates in matches because in the ring 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 if he agrees not to tell Pearl and Garnet. Later that night, Steven dresses up as a tiger and calls himself "Tiger Millionaire". He and Amethyst return to the match and fight a new contender. At first Steven is little help to Amethyst in the matches. But after he distracts an opponent with a fake bribery and uses his suitcase to knock him out, Steven becomes a strong asset to her.

After dozens of victories, Steven drops several drinks on the floor meant for the crowd. Lars, without knowing Tiger Millionaire's true identity, asks him to sign his drink. Steven knocks his drink to the floor, hurting Lars' feelings. Immediately afterwards, Steven begins to regret his decision as the crowd looks on disappointed.

Garnet and Pearl discover Amethyst and Steven's nighttime occupation when they find the flyers Steven created to advertise the final match. After scolding them, Garnet demands they to return to the temple. Amethyst refuses, and they begin fighting. Steven interrupts and tells the crowd Purple Puma's "backstory," helping Garnet and Pearl understand Amethyst's reasons for wrestling. The audience begins chanting for a fight between the two groups. Garnet replies "no", saying she and Pearl are "The Notorious League of Wrestling Haters". The four pretend to fight in order to please the crowd; Garnet and Pearl let Tiger and Puma win ending the match. Garnet, who has been dubbed as "Captain Square", and Amethyst apologize to each other. Sadie states that she is confused by what just happened and turns to Lars, who softly states, "I love you, Tiger Millionaire" while shedding a tear.





Production Notes




  • This is the first time the title card appears as a nighttime scene.
  • Garnet and Pearl act as antagonists for the first time, pretending to be the "Notorious Order Of Wrestling Haters".
  • This is the first time that two Gems fight each other.

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. Both Steven and Tiger Mask are wrestlers whose stage identities are "bad guys", and both characters regret these aliases and later become "heroes".
  • The character may 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.
    • Additionally, his outfit bears resemblance to that of "Irwin R. Schyster", Ted DiBiase's partner in a tag team.


  • Amethyst has transformed into Purple Puma before in "Cat Fingers" and transforms into him again in "Ocean Gem" and "Maximum Capacity".
  • This is one of the first episodes to hint at the fact that Sadie has feelings for Lars, which is not revealed until "Island Adventure." After Lars becomes a fan of Tiger Millionaire, she appears have gotten bored of wrestling after attending multiple matches and only smiles when she sees Lars happy.


  • Throughout the match, Lars is seated next to Sadie and behind a dark skinned man with beard and sunglasses. However when Steven offers the bribe to Handsome Hank, Lars is seated between this man and a red haired woman.


View the episode's transcript here.


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ve Episode List
Season 1 A: 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 Gem

B: House GuestSpace RaceSecret TeamIsland AdventureKeep Beach City WeirdFusion CuisineGarnet's UniverseWatermelon StevenLion 3: Straight to VideoWarp TourAlone TogetherThe TestFuture VisionOn the RunHorror ClubWinter ForecastMaximum CapacityMarble MadnessOpen BookStory for StevenShirt ClubRose's ScabbardThe MessagePolitical PowerThe ReturnJail Break

Season 2 A: Full DisclosureOpen BookJoy RideSay UncleStory for StevenShirt ClubLove LettersReformedSworn to the SwordKeeping it TogetherRising Tides/Crashing Skies
Misc. Pilot

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