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How do you know I'm not undercover right now?

—"Doug Out"
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Doug Maheswaran is Connie Maheswaran's father and Priyanka Maheswaran's husband. He is first mentioned by Connie in "Bubble Buddies" and made his debut, alongside Priyanka, in "Fusion Cuisine".


Doug has a dark tan complexion with short, carefully combed black hair and a pair of glasses. He commonly wears a tan, button-up shirt with a navy blue tie to go with it. He wears pale navy blue dress pants with black dress shoes. He also wears a pale brown jacket with fur inside and a patch on the left sleeve.


Doug is a strict but loving parent. At times, his restrictive nature verges on being overprotective and causes Connie to miss out on ordinary pleasures most kids her age enjoy. For example, Connie is originally forbidden from consuming food with high trans fat content; consequently, she has never eaten a donut before "Crack the Whip". That being said, he's not as strict and restrictive as his wife, however, and has a much more goofy side that he shares with his daughter.

Connie is concerned that her father and mother would find the Crystal Gems weird and forbid her from seeing Steven. While Mr. Maheswaran was visibly uncomfortable during the strange circumstances of the dinner in "Fusion Cuisine", he attempted to alleviate the awkward situation with a joke. Despite his uneasiness, he attempts to be cordial with Greg and Alexandrite, by asking what they do for a living. He finds common ground with Greg and the Crystal Gems when he observes the way they responsibly reprimand Steven for his actions and even admires Garnet's "sense of humor".

In "Doug Out", Doug showed a more sensitive side, trying to impress his daughter by taking up a "more serious job" and investigating a "dangerous stake-out." Overall, this episode showed that Doug is often very silly and fun-loving with his daughter.


"Bubble Buddies"

Doug is mentioned by Connie, who tells Steven that he is a private security guard and that he works for a bunch of different beaches which is why Connie's family moves around all of the time.

"Fusion Cuisine"

Doug appears with his family for dinner at the Crab Shack, where he meets Greg and Steven. He and his wife are surprised to meet Steven's "mother" and are shocked at her appearance. After Alexandrite defuses, Connie and Steven decide to run away so they can be friends without having to worry about his and his wife's disapproval. As they are leaving on a bus, the enraged Gems (fused back as Alexandrite) catch up to them and force them to return. The Gems angrily chastise Steven in front of the Maheswarans, and they are impressed with the Gems' parental abilities, and allow Connie to hang out with Steven. Steven, overjoyed, hugs Connie, and he promptly separates them.

"Winter Forecast"

Doug appears in three different alternate timelines, imagined and predicted by Garnet showing Steven her "future vision".

In the first timeline, Doug is angry at Greg for bringing Connie and Steven to his house, "blue" from the coldness. He rudely tells Greg "I think you know where the door is.". After Greg announces that he crashed his van, Doug is annoyed and sets up the pullout couch.

In the second timeline, Doug calls Connie to tell her that he is going to pick her up before the snowstorm. He tells her to start putting her shoes on since he is almost at Beach City. In the snowy weather, however, his car begins to swerve, and he crashes.

In the third (and real) timeline, Greg, Connie, and Steven successfully make it to the Maheswaran Residence to drop off Connie. Doug compliments Greg's sweatshirt and tells him and Steven that they shouldn't go back out due to the weather, so he invites them to stay for the night.

"Nightmare Hospital"

Dr. Maheswaran mentions Doug when stating that the two of them will calculate how grounded Connie is for having a sword in her possession.

"Gem Hunt"

Doug is indirectly mentioned when Steven tells Pearl that Connie's parents wanted him to take lots of pictures of her first mission. At the end of the episode, Connie tells Pearl that her parents see all of her pictures.

"Doug Out"

Doug is hired by Harold Smiley as a security guard at Beach City Funland, as there have been recent reports of loiterers causing trouble.

On a stake-out, Doug is helped by Connie and Steven to try to find the mysterious culprits wreaking havoc after-hours. During the course of events, he admits that he wanted to impress Connie and Steven since they save the world and his wife Priyanka saves lives at the hospital but he rarely sees any action in his security guard job. After chasing them down, the perpetrator seems to be Onion, who in reality was chased by two unknown shadowy figures, later revealed to be Topaz and Aquamarine.


Doug attends Garnet's wedding alongside his wife.

"Legs From Here to Homeworld"

Doug is seen standing next to his wife while she is talking to Connie and Pearl about Connie's trip to Homeworld.

"Change Your Mind"

He and Priyanka are seen greeting Connie during Steven's performance.


He is a private security guard, but Connie refers to him as a cop. Connie mentions that he has worked on other beaches in the past. Connie and her family have frequently moved throughout her life to accommodate her father's job, making it difficult for her to make friendships.


Connie Maheswaran

Doug is very protective of his daughter, Connie, which is demonstrated when he abruptly separates Steven and Connie when he hugged her unexpectedly in "Fusion Cuisine".

Priyanka Maheswaran

He is the husband of Priyanka. They share somewhat similar personalities and perspectives on Connie's academic obligations, but Doug is easier going and willing to be silly.

Greg Universe

Doug seems to be on good terms with Greg and sees him as a responsible parent. He compliments his cherry sweater in "Winter Forecast". In the same episode, he happily invites Steven and Greg to stay overnight to avoid driving in the blizzard, showing that he cares about Greg's well-being.

Episode Appearances


  • He is less talkative than his wife.
  • He is very concerned with "safety precautions".
  • Ian Jones-Quartey revealed that his first name is "Doug".[1]
  • According to Ian Jones-Quartey, Doug is of Indian descent.[2]
  • In "Winter Forecast", he is revealed to be terrible at driving in snowy weather, to the point of crashing into Greg's parked van while trying to locate Connie. Despite this, he will vehemently deny it if brought up, insisting on the opposite.
  • Doug has expressed an interest in comedy, complimenting Garnet at the end of "Fusion Cuisine" on her line "no dinner for one thousand years" and telling Steven and Connie several jokes in "Doug Out".


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Crystal Gems Human-Gem Hybrids: Steven Universe

Unfused Gems: AmethystBiggs JasperBismuthLapis LazuliLarimarPearlPeridotRubySapphireSnowflake Obsidian
Fusion Gems: AlexandriteCrazy Lace AgateGarnetMega PearlObsidian (Rose Quartz Fusion)OpalRainbow QuartzSardonyxSugilite
Hybrid Fusions: Obsidian (Steven fusion)Rainbow Quartz 2.0Smoky QuartzStegStevonnieSunstone
Inactive Gems: Rose Quartz
Humans: Connie Maheswaran
Pets: LionPumpkinCat Steven

Homeworld Gems Unfused Gems: CombyEmeraldPebblesPeridotsSapphiresSpinel

Fusion Gems: MalachiteTopazZebra Jasper (fusion)Giant RubyRuby (triple fusion)Lemon JadeBluebird Azurite
Inactive Gems: Pink Diamond

Off Colors Unfused Gems: PadparadschaRutile Twins

Fusion Gems: FluoriteRhodonite
Humans: Lars Barriga

Other Gems (Formerly) Corrupted Gems: AlbiteAngel Aura QuartzBig Bird • Biggs Jasper • BixbiteBlue ChalcedonyBlue Lace Agate • Cherry Quartz • ChrysocollaDesert GlassEarth BeetleGrossular DiopsideHeaven Beetle • Jasper • Lace Amethyst • Larimar • Moonstone • Nephrite • Ocean JasperOrange Spodumene • Snowflake Obsidian • Tongue MonsterUnknown Giant Gem MonsterWater BearWatermelon TourmalineWhite TopazZebra Jasper (singular)Minor Corrupted Gems

Other Gems: Minor GemsUnknown Gems (Morganite • Nephrite-XJ Cut-763 • Unknown Quartz Warrior • Blue Diamond's Court • Pink Diamond's EntourageUnknown Crystal Gems67 Elite CitrinesPyritesHessonites, Demantoids, and PyropesKyanites)

Forced Fusions: Cluster Gems (The Cluster)

Comic Gems: Ant Gem MonsterClock Tower GemFrozen FragmentGlass GhostInvisible Manta RayMole Gem MonsterMolluskMonster Lizard GemObeliskOld Book GemPlant MonsterPerils of PweepweeRainbow Cloud MonsterRed Bird Gem MonsterRed Eel MonsterScorching ShardSlime Gem MonsterSlug MonsterSnowbeastTentacle MonsterUnknown Giant BirdVine Monsters

Other Major Characters Humans: Greg UniverseSadie Miller
Recurring Characters Humans: Andy DeMayoBarbara MillerBill DeweyBuck DeweyBuddy BuddwickDante and Martha BarrigaDoug MaheswaranPriyanka MaheswaranHarold SmileyJamieJaneJenny PizzaKevinKiki PizzaKofi PizzaMartyMr. FrymanMystery GirlNanefua PizzaOnionPeedee FrymanQuentin FrowneyRonaldo FrymanShepSour CreamSuitcase SamVidaliaYellowtailZoomans (F-3Jay-TenU-12Wy-Six)

Other: Baby MelonBlue CrabsCactus StevenHolo-PearlMagic MossSteven Jr.Watermelon Stevens

Minor Characters Humans: The Best Diner in the World's WaitressEmpire City Wildlife Rehabilitation Center EmployeeGaryGreg's family (Aunt and Uncle • Aunt DebGrandfatherParentsGreat-aunt Gregargia) • Hospital Employees (Dr. GeroDr. StrombergDr. West) JeffKhajima, Jaime, and BrandishMarty's RoadiesMayoral BodyguardsMike KrolOnion's Friends (Garbanzo • Pinto • Soup • Squash) • Patricia and DanielRickySabinaSteven's BabysitterSunshine JusticeWilliam Buford BuchananWilliam DeweyMinor Human Characters

Animals: Butt LobsterCrystal BasiliskDogMask Island FishOnion's MouseOnion's SnakeParty GuyRaccoonSeagullsSnakeSteven The ThirdSusanMinor Animal Characters
Aliens: Beetle AliensBird Blob AliensUngulate AliensWorm AliensFlower-Like AliensMinor Alien Characters

Fictional Characters Cookie CatDogcopterMearlPizza JennyMinor Fictional Characters

Camp Pining Hearts: PaulettePercyPierre
"Garnet's Universe": FoxmanHopperHoppyRingo
Golf Quest Mini: AceAce's Father
Li'l Butler: Li'l ButlerMr. MoneyMrs. MoneyDaughter Money • Dirtbike Money
Lonely Blade: Evil JanitorLonely BladeLonely Blade's Brother
Rose's Room: Cloud ConnieTiny Floating Whale
The Spirit Morph Saga: ArchimicarusLisaPlinkmanWind Lizard

Antagonists CentipeetlesCrab MonstersCrystal ShrimpDrill ParasitesElectric SkullsFryboRed EyeRobot Shooty ThingSmoke Monster
Alter Egos Billy Bank AssetsChunk TruckConcrete HeatDashing Danny DooberHandsome Hank HackleschmidtHowl JonesLoch Ness BloggsterPurple PumaSea WaspShark-O-ManiaTiger Millionaire
Attack the Light Blue LightGreen LightIndigo LightOrange LightRed LightViolet LightWhite LightYellow Light

Groups: Light ArmyBlue Monsters • Green Monsters • Indigo MonstersOrange MonstersRed Monsters

Save the Light Hessonite • SquaridotHessonite's Citrines
Unleash the Light DemantoidPyrope
The Phantom Fable Fable • Lonely PearlJasper (Eyeball)
Groups The Cool Kids • Crystal Gems • Crystal Temps • "Famethyst" • The Great Diamond Authority • Homeworld Gems • Off Colors • Pebbles • Sadie Killer and the SuspectsSecret Team • Steven and the Stevens • Water Clones • Zoomans • Species
Gem Types Aquamarines • BismuthsDiamonds • GarnetsJades • Lapis Lazulis • Nephrites • Pearls • Pebbles • Peridots • Quartzes • Rubies • Sapphires • Topazes