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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
"Serious Steven"
"Steven's Lion"

"Tiger Millionaire" is the ninth episode in the first season of Steven Universe and the ninth episode overall.


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


The episode begins with the Gems returning to the temple. Pearl is yelling at Amethyst because she was being too childish on their mission. Steven is covered in mud which he considers fun at first. But it eventually hardens and prevents him from movement. He asks for help, but the others are busy arguing and ignore him for the rest of the evening. Steven remains covered in mud overnight and falls asleep standing in the kitchen. He is woken by Amethyst leaving the house. He falls over with surprise, breaking the mud 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 Blogster" 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 knocks 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.

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 begin chanting for a fight between the two groups. Garnet replies "no," saying she and Pearl are "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 and Amethyst apologize to each other. The episode closes with Sadie wondering if Tiger Millionaire was actually Steven, and Lars softly stating, "I love you, Tiger Millionaire" and 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 Garnet is noticeably upset by Amethyst's antics.
  • 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. Just look at how he spends his Thanksgiving.
    • Additionally his outfit bears resemblance to that of "Irwin R. Schyster" (also known as IRS,) Ted DiBiase's partner in a tag team.



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ve Episode List
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 RunHorror ClubWinter ForecastMaximum CapacityMarble MadnessRose's Scabbard
Limbo Episodes Open BookShirt ClubStory for StevenThe MessagePolitical PowerThe ReturnJail Break
Miscellaneous PilotSay Uncle

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