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♫ I will fight for the place where I'm free! To live together and exist as me! ♫
|—"We Are the Crystal Gems"|
Garnet is the fusion of Ruby and Sapphire and the current de-facto leader of the Crystal Gems. Garnet is one of the last surviving Gems on Earth who joined the Crystal Gems in the Rebellion against the Gem Homeworld and afterward assisted her friends in protecting the Earth over the next few millennia. After Rose Quartz gave up her physical form to give birth to her son, Steven Universe, Garnet took over as the leader of the group.
Years later, Garnet is still an extremely stable fusion, living a loving and peaceful life among the Crystal Gems and their uncorrupted allies. This life came under threat when Spinel returned and struck her with a Gem Rejuvenator, wiping her memories and separating Ruby and Sapphire. The two then fuse accidentally and are subsequently restored when she is reminded of the value of truth and love. Garnet no longer feels pressured or overwhelmed due to her future vision which had caused her to once be stoic and distant, but instead is ready to face the future as it naturally unfolds.
Garnet is currently the second tallest of the remaining Crystal Gems and the fourth-shortest fusion. She has three eyes, which are usually hidden behind shades. Her right eye is a medium ruby-red, her left a medium sapphire-blue, while the center third eye is an eggplant color. Her gemstones are embedded in the palms of her hands. Like Ruby, she has a deep violet cube-shaped afro and a magenta skin tone, while her facial features more closely resemble Sapphire's.
In "The Answer", Ruby and Sapphire fuse into Garnet for the first time. Garnet has curly hair that is mostly light blue with the left side being mostly hot pink instead and magenta skin. Their bodysuit is split diagonally. The right side resembles Ruby's bodysuit but colored light pink with medium length sleeves. The collar and sleeve on the right side have a dull indigo cuff/collar. The left side resembles Sapphire's dress, but colored dull indigo, with a slightly puffy pale blue sleeve. She also has a dull indigo glove on her left arm starting from her elbow and covering her entire hand. Her dull indigo half-dress stops a little below her hips, where it extends out a bit. Her leggings are hot pink on her right leg and dull indigo on her left. She has a tall dull indigo boot on her right foot and no left boot, and she also does not have a visor like her later regenerations. This form reappears in a flashback from "Now We're Only Falling Apart" and Steven Universe: The Movie, when Garnet re-fuses.
In "Story for Steven", "We Need to Talk", and "Greg the Babysitter", episodes that flashback to around the 1980s, Garnet's bodysuit is red, white, and black. The top half is maroon with a misty rose collar and zigzag design, with crimson puffy sleeves. The bottom half is black with mulberry-colored heels and toes of her feet. Her shades are tinted blue and yellow, her hair is the same length as her current design but the same size as her debut design, and she is not wearing gloves. Her gauntlets are also the same as her debut design.
She had medium, red skin, and black hair styled into a cube-shaped afro. She almost always wore triangular futuristic, translucent peach-tinted shades, which covers all three of her eyes. She wore a black and crimson bodysuit, with cubic shoulder pads (the right one being brink pink, the left one being crimson), and a pale pink star with a brink pink outline on her chest. She also wore long, elbow-length black gloves that covered her middle fingers. This form also appears in the flashback of "Three Gems and a Baby", and briefly in Steven Universe: The Movie.
From "Jail Break" to "Together Alone", Garnet continued to wear the same bodysuit, but with a different color scheme and pattern. As opposed to crimson and black, her bodysuit became more colorful. Her right half was covered in a midnight stocking, and her left was covered in a dark orchid stocking. Her skin tone also changed, now a soft cerise color rather than red. Her weapons became a dark crimson color. However, there is a ring of black on the outside closest to her arms, and the glowing aura that appears when summoning them became pale magenta. Instead of a gold star on the end facing her arms, they are just plain orange. The star on her top's color also changed - instead of a pink star with a magenta outline, it became an amaranth-colored star with a soft-pink outline. Her hair was changed from black to dark-purple and became shorter and smaller than before. Her shades, instead of pale-orange and white, became a soft-pink and pale-blue. Her shoulder pads were pear-like instead of cube-like, and both were a dark orchid color as well as her arms and gloves. This costume lacked contrast in colors compared to her pre-regeneration outfit. The two halves of her lower body were separated straight down the middle as opposed to the left thigh before regeneration. Her shades also changed colors from pale red to blue frequently to indicate Ruby or Sapphire's impulse in Garnet.
After her reformation in "Reunited", she wore a copper ring on her left ring finger and a tin ring on her right ring finger to indicate Ruby and Sapphire's marriage.
As of "Change Your Mind". Garnet's shades are now marigold and takes the shape of the top of a star. The shape of her suit is unaffected, but the coloring is. The upper torso is now cerise with a pale pink, almost white, 4-pointed star on top with an orchid-colored outline which also now faces sideways. The abdominal area is magenta on the left side and cobalt blue on the right. The legs are now completely midnight blue and hot magenta at the toes. Her shoulder pads are also phlox-colored, and she keeps her gloves and wedding rings. She keeps this regeneration after regenerating in Steven Universe: The Movie. Not noticed by many, her skin tone is slightly darker.
Garnet is definitely the leader of the team. She is totally in control of everything everyone does.
Though she is often the most pragmatic and straightforward of the Crystal Gems, Garnet tends to act on intuition rather than seriously analyzing a situation, as often seen throughout the series. As the leader, Garnet is often the peacemaker of the Crystal Gems, especially when Pearl and Amethyst start arguing. She demands the utmost respect from the other Crystal Gems and is not hesitant to berate team members should they refuse to follow an order.
Equable and mellow, Garnet is capable of remaining composed in most situations – this characteristic is derived from Sapphire. This is displayed in the episode, "The Return", where Amethyst and Pearl were at a loss for words when they tried to explain to Steven why he was forbidden from fighting alongside them at the Gem Warship's landing. Garnet was the only Crystal Gem who was able to effectively get their point across and convince Steven to join Beach City's evacuation. She was able to remain strong and act practically despite the dangerous and uncertain situation.
Garnet demonstrates a fierce, competitive spirit. This is best seen while she is playing volleyball in "Beach Party", "Steven Tag" in "Keep Beach City Weird", and arcade games in "Arcade Mania". Garnet also tends to act in extremes, either maintaining her very reserved nature or lashing out with strong emotion. Both of these personalities come from her two constituent Gems, the conservative Sapphire and passionate Ruby. Despite this, it should also be noted that Garnet can be seen with emotions neutral to these, but it is a rare occurrence.
While mostly level-headed, Garnet can still lose her cool. When Steven began rapidly aging in "So Many Birthdays", Garnet started violently shaking him in her desperation, believing that violence might be the answer. Another example of this can be seen in "Fusion Cuisine" as she panics under pressure when talking to Connie's mother over the phone, leading her to claim that Steven and Connie had died while playing with swords. In "Steven's Dream", when Greg has been captured, she is constantly apologizing to Steven about how she should have told him about what was going to happen since the beginning.
The de-fusion and eventual re-fusion of Ruby and Sapphire in "The Return" and "Jail Break" appear to have had an impact on Garnet's personality (which might be due to hiding her fusion status from Steven); in consequent episodes, she appears much more outspoken, lively, and engaging. In "Jail Break", she shows great enthusiasm when reunited with Steven and in her fight with Jasper, as opposed to her reserved façade pre-regeneration. When looking at the events of "Joy Ride", she speaks the most out of the three, again contrasting with pre-regeneration Garnet. In "When It Rains", before the gems leave on a mission Garnet forms a heart with her hands and tells Steven she loves him. "Log Date 7 15 2" is the greatest example of Garnet's change as she talks to Peridot with openness, compassion, and warmth, even offering to fuse with her to help them understand each other. She has also slowly become more fun-loving. In "Kindergarten Kid", she reveals she and the Gems stayed to watch Steven and Peridot because Peridot's plans would be funny. In "Know Your Fusion", she expresses both shock and joy at Steven and Amethyst fusing, picking up and shaking Pearl while screaming in happiness. In "Mindful Education", she made a "fusion sign" to cheer on Stevonnie.
Garnet is also the most encouraging of the Crystal Gems and is usually the first to give Steven the chance to try out his ideas (particularly in "Marble Madness"). She prefers to emphasize when her show of trust causes a breakthrough, such as when Greg Universe helped in "The Message" and even considers someone's willingness to try something – whether or not they are capable of it – as a form of success on their part. However, when Garnet feels betrayed, such as in "Mirror Gem" or "Cry for Help", she can lash out with a temper that is rarely seen. This was an additional source of tension in "Cry for Help" onwards. "Future Vision" turned things on its head, as Garnet found she had betrayed Steven's trust in her, and subsequently felt self-remorse.
Garnet believes fusion to be sacred and personal. She tells Stevonnie in "Alone Together" that fusion is considered neither one person nor two people, but rather an experience. She was also open enough to answer Steven's personal questions regarding Ruby and Sapphire in "Keeping It Together". As such, any form of misuse of fusion greatly upsets Garnet and is one of the few things that breaks her otherwise calm and controlled demeanor; seeing Homeworld's experiments disturbed and frightened her so immensely that she nearly separated from the shock. Also in "Cry for Help", she was mad at Pearl for fixing the Communication Tower, causing them to fuse into Sardonyx for no good reason, and she refused to forgive her for a while. Her belief in fusion leads to her extreme reaction to seeing Smoky Quartz for the first time, but it also allows her to aid Steven and Connie, and by extension Stevonnie, work through their negative emotions.
Garnet has demonstrated that she takes her position as a leader seriously and has a strong moral compass. In "Cry for Help", Garnet is deeply disturbed by Pearl lying to her about Peridot rebuilding the Communication Tower so they can form Sardonyx, and for wasting time in finding Peridot. Although she has a sense of morality and takes the team's ethic seriously, Garnet's silent and stoic nature does sometimes interfere with expressing her thoughts and feelings to her teammates. This has happened multiple times, as seen with Amethyst in "Reformed" with Amethyst racing to satisfy Garnet's demands and with Pearl in "Friend Ship" while Pearl was trying to make amends with Garnet by finding Peridot. Garnet's anger rendered her inarticulate enough that she was unable to tell Pearl that being tricked into repeated fusion without a real purpose left her feeling extremely violated. Garnet tends to be very independent, and she will often go on missions by herself even if others want to join her. She can be oblivious and stubborn, as seen with Pearl's warning in "Coach Steven" and to Steven's explanation of his dream in "Chille Tid". It also shows in "Steven's Dream", Garnet attempts to change subjects as she is afraid of how Steven will react to more information about his mother.
While Garnet is usually serious and hardworking, she can sometimes act quirky and off-putting. For example, when Steven tells the Crystal Gems about their tired look in "Chille Tid", Garnet says they look "awesome" instead. According to Steven in "Fusion Cuisine", Garnet is blunt during conversations and lacks an empathetic foresight for others, usually hurting their feelings in the process. An example is in "Love Letters" where she rejects Jamie's romantic advance, making him feel very hurt, and curating a letter with Steven and Connie for Jamie that rejects him with the simple straightforward words, "no, the end, forever and even after that."
This blunt attitude is also expressed non-verbally by Garnet on several occasions. In "Together Breakfast", she confiscates Steven's smartphone without his permission and proceeds to incinerate it after he takes a picture of the Evil Spirit Scroll she was going to burn.
Steven Universe: The Movie shows Garnet at her most open and fun-loving after three years of peace with the uncorrupted Gems and Off-Colors. When she refuses after being hit by Spinel's Rejuvenator, she shows uncertainty and naivety similar to when she formed the first time. When she regains her memories, she hugs the other Crystal Gems while singing "True Kinda Love".
Steven Universe Future continues with Garnet being open, blunt, and unafraid to speak her mind, such as stating how weird it is to have the Rose Quartzes around, and humorously scaring the gems of her home safety class by telling them how they were going to die in "A Very Special Episode". "Snow Day" shows her continued openness, playfulness and teasing nature as she and Amethyst play Steven tag while also trying to continue to care for Steven despite how much he's grown.
Garnet possesses standard Gem abilities: bubbling, shapeshifting, fusion, regeneration, agelessness, and superhuman strength/durability.
Garnet has a high tolerance for pain, as shown in "So Many Birthdays" when she displays no visible reaction, let alone discomfort when Amethyst blindly swings a baseball bat at the side of her head. This is explained and justified since she is a fusion of two Gems. While not outright invincible, it is shown that Garnet is more physically durable than Pearl or Amethyst. It is shown that she endures different levels of damage almost daily, withstanding falling cars, scuffles with Jasper, and various other forms of physical force.
- When fused with Amethyst, they form Sugilite.
- When fused with Pearl, they form Sardonyx.
- When fused with Pearl and Amethyst, they form Alexandrite.
- When fused with Pearl, Amethyst, and Rose Quartz, they form Obsidian.
- When fused with Steven, they form the hybrid fusion Sunstone.
- When fused with Pearl, Amethyst, and Steven, they form the hybrid fusion Obsidian.
- Gauntlet Proficiency: When channeling the collective power of the universe through her gemstones, Garnet can summon a pair of gauntlets. Garnet is highly proficient when using her gauntlets and is extremely skilled in hand-to-hand combat. She can deal massive strikes that can deal a heavy amount of damage and deliver swift blows with lightning speed. As of "Bismuth", Garnet's gauntlets have had spiked brass knuckles added onto them.
- Rocket Gauntlets: Garnet takes aim with her gauntlets and shoots them as projectiles in "Watermelon Steven". In "Reformed", after Garnet launches her gauntlets, her hands are detached from her body, and her gemstones are moved to the stubs of her arms.
- Weapon Size Augmentation: Garnet can increase the size of her gauntlets, easily quadrupling their size, and deal increased damage at the cost of reduced speed. This was hinted during "Garnet's Universe". Being an imaginary story, that means Steven knew about that power before the real debut in "Warp Tour".
- Deflection: Garnet can use her gauntlets as shields as seen in "Onion Trade" to deflect a volley of Dave Guys. They are also used in "Catch and Release" to block Peridot's electrokinetic discharge in Amethyst's whip, although it is unknown whether Garnet simply prevented the electric current using her gauntlets or absorbed it with her electrokinesis.
- Shock Wave Emission: As seen in "Gem Harvest", Garnet can pound her gauntlets into something and create a shock wave strong enough to make something, such as carrots, fly out of the ground.
- Photokinesis: In "It Could've Been Great", Garnet can be seen using Photokinesis, an ability she shares with Pearl, "Doc", "Eyeball", Peridot, and the Rutile Twins. This might be a power that every Gem can use or a power inherited from Ruby.
- Gem Storage: Garnet can materialize different items out of her gemstone(s), similarly to Pearl. In "Serious Steven", she summoned the key to the Pyramid Temple and in "Giant Woman and Love Letters", she summoned her goggles.
- Fusion Realm: In the episode "Mindful Education", Garnet was shown to have helped Stevonnie gain a deeper connection to themself; the way this was done was apparently through a quite easily gained meditative state in which Garnet guided Stevonnie throughout. When Garnet and Stevonnie entered this realm Garnet showed Stevonnie how to keep in touch with themself and how to gain a deeper understanding of both their sides and how to resist falling apart by being honest to themself.
No one can see the future. I can see options and trajectories. Time is like a river... that splits into creeks, or pools into lakes, or careens down waterfalls. I have the map, and I steer the ship.
|—Garnet explaining her future vision, . "Future Vision"|
- Future Vision: Garnet can see multiple future outcomes and probabilities with her third eye. This includes extremely unlikely and ridiculous outcomes, as a considerable amount of her available visions depict Steven's (and possibly other individuals') demise at the hands of mundane tasks or objects regularly. Future vision must be used consciously and takes some time to use, as Garnet has been shown in a thinking position when activating it. During that time, someone can alter the future, as seen in "Marble Madness", when Steven ruined the plan to learn about Peridot by going up to her while Garnet was still using future vision. Garnet must also consciously seek out specific details and judge which possible futures are most probable, which means she can overlook some possibilities, such as Pearl deceiving her in "Cry for Help". Garnet's visor improves her clarity and focuses while using future vision, but she can still use the ability with it off, as demonstrated in "Reunited" when she foresaw the Diamonds' arrival.
- Garnet's future vision comes from Sapphire, as confirmed in "Keystone Motel", although Sapphire's future vision is different from Garnet's. Due to Sapphire's passive personality, she can only see one future where she does not intervene. Garnet has Ruby's impulsive influence, so she can see multiple futures where she does intervene.
- Temporary Power Transfer: In "Winter Forecast", "Jail Break", and "Future Boy Zoltron" it is shown that she can temporarily pass on her future vision ability to others through lip contact. While Garnet has only been seen using lip-to-forehead contact to transfer her power, it is unknown if this is the only method. As she has only been seen sharing her power with Steven, her affection could say bias on how she chooses to transfer the power.
- Heat Resistance: Her invulnerability is often displayed in her extreme resistance to heat, from when she had scalding-hot coffee splash onto her without flinching in "Future Vision" to when she left to retrieve the Earth Beetle (which required her to swim in active lava) in "Giant Woman". It has also been said that she could swim in the core of the Sun and survive. This may be because of Ruby's thermo-regulation.
- Enhanced Calculations: Garnet mentions her ability to sense structural integrity in "Cheeseburger Backpack".
- It is currently unknown whether this is a unique power, a separate portion of her heightened senses like her future vision, or just a simple observation.
- Electrokinesis: Garnet can generate electricity, as seen in "The Message" when she used it to charge the battery of Greg's van, "Catch and Release" when she was tangling with Peridot, and "Arcade Mania" when she restarted "Meat Beat Mania" after Steven unplugged the game. Garnet has this ability due to the combination of Ruby's pyrokinesis and Sapphire's cryokinesis.
- Electric Resistance: Garnet is impervious to electricity, as seen in "Future Vision" when she easily deflected a lightning bolt that was about to hit her and Steven with her gemstone. It is seen again in "Catch and Release" when she stopped Peridot's electricity from traveling down Amethyst's whip, only to send her electricity back at her. It was also used in "That Will Be All" when she caught Holly Blue Agate's electric whip in her hands to stop it from hitting Greg and Steven
- Electric Jump: In "When It Rains", Garnet uses her electrokinesis on the offensive for the second time, generating electricity and releasing it on impact with the ground, where the energy then travels to the target. This particular move is long-ranged.
- Super Speed: In "Arcade Mania", Garnet karate chops the inner arms of the Gem Cave Creature and shakes Meat Beat Mania's ham controllers at incredible speeds. In "The Message", Garnet quickly places couch cushions around the Wailing Stone. In "Bismuth", Garnet engages Bismuth in combat with an immensely fast approach. She inherited this ability from Sapphire.
- Levitation: While controlled by White Diamond, Garnet can, indirectly, suspend her body.
- White Burst: While controlled by White Diamond (probably via the same), Garnet is capable of shooting, through her eyes, a white energy beam equivalent to White Diamond aura, in which it can also control, mentally, the affected Gems.
- Gauntlet Punch: Garnet does a one-two punch with her gauntlets. Does medium damage and takes 2 Star Points.
- Shield Breaker: Garnet smashes the ground to create a defense-lowering shield-breaking wave of energy. If you hit the red spot, it does damage. Takes 3 Star Points.
- Rocket Punch: Garnet aims her gauntlets and fires, dealing high damage and creating an explosion. Upgrades increase the size of the explosion and reduce the Star Point cost to 4.
- Six-Punch Combo: Garnet punches the enemy multiple times depending on how many timed commands the player successfully does. Takes 6 Star Points.
- Fuse: Garnet fuses with Pearl and Amethyst to form Alexandrite and smashes the enemies with a fist multiple times for lots of damage. This move lowers attack and defense, takes 9 Star Points, and requires all Gems to have full harmony to use. All the Crystal Gems, except Steven, can activate this.
Steven, I know you don't think we trust you. I know more often than not we treat you like a human child. But the truth is, we rely on you. Your voice inspires us, binds us, reminds us why we promised to protect the planet.
|—Garnet in "The Return"|
Steven respects Garnet as a leader and a responsible motherly figure. In return, Garnet tends to have more faith in Steven's plans and ideas than Amethyst and Pearl. She also protects him from their antics and bickering. She loves Steven deeply, and rarely gets mad at him unless he disobeys an order such as in "Mirror Gem". It is evident that Garnet holds a high amount of trust in Steven and his judgment, listening to his ideas in "Cheeseburger Backpack" and "Marble Madness". This trust is notably displayed in "Future Vision": her future vision informs her of various ways of how Steven could get hurt, but she decides to trust Steven to make the right choices on his own. Regardless, she has grounded him numerous times. She also cares for him deeply, as shown in "So Many Birthdays" when she is visibly distressed when Steven starts aging uncontrollably and in "Bubbled" when she is overjoyed to the point of tears when she, along with Pearl and Amethyst, finds Steven after he was cast out in space in "Back to the Moon".
Steven Universe Future shows that Garnet still cares for Steven like she always has, but has come to trust and rely on him more, such as in "A Very Special Episode" when she needed him to fuse with her into Sunstone. In "The Future", Garnet is glad Steven is opening a new chapter of his life by moving out, but when he gives her, Amethyst and Pearl a final goodbye, her tears explode and she gives him a hug, admitting that he will always be a part of the family.
As seen in Pilot, Garnet called Steven a "Butt face", this means, Garnet showed great rudeness to Steven in this episode. That's why their relationship in this episode got a little sour. But besides Pilot, Garnet of course respects and supports Steven.
♫ Go ahead and try to hit me if you're able. Can't you see that my relationship is stable? I can see you hate the way we intermingle. But I think you're just mad 'cause you're single. ♫
|—Garnet, during the song "Stronger Than You", "Jail Break"|
Ruby and Sapphire are Garnet's component Gems. It is revealed in "The Answer" that Ruby and Sapphire met 5,750 years ago (and 8 months), and that their first fusion into Garnet was accidental.
As described by Steven in "Love Letters", Garnet is the embodiment of Ruby and Sapphire's relationship, which is again demonstrated in "Reunited" as Steven declares them "Garnet" instead of wives during their wedding. According to the podcast, a good analogy for understanding Garnet is to think of her a bit like Ruby and Sapphire's child, with attributes of both but completely different from both as her person.
During times of great conflict of opinion, Ruby and Sapphire can talk to each other through Garnet, as seen in "Keeping It Together" and "Keystone Motel", before they start to de-fuse.
It was confirmed by Writer/Storyboard Artist Joe Johnston, via his Tumblr that Garnet being such a strong fusion of Ruby and Sapphire is meant to reinforce the romantic affections they have for one another. The song "Stronger Than You" also reinforces the romantic nature of their relationship; yet they were also greatly influenced by Rose Quartz's view of Garnet, which causes a fallout in the "Heart of the Crystal Gems" arc, said fallout, however, leading to Ruby and Sapphire's marriage so Garnet becomes "[their] decision".
In "Together Forever" Garnet refers to them as "hopeless romantics" and believes they shouldn't be trusted with relationship advice.
Shut down by the G-Squad!
|—Amethyst in "Monster Buddies"|
While Amethyst chafes at being told what to do, she will follow orders from Garnet. Amethyst respects Garnet's leadership abilities and judgment, even referring to her as "the boss". Garnet has also been shown to be much more willing to play along with Amethyst's jokes than Pearl except in serious situations. However, Garnet is not beyond scolding Amethyst when she feels her reckless actions impact the integrity of the team. Amethyst also appears to depend on Garnet's strength, expressing hurt when it looked like Garnet enjoyed fusing with Pearl more than fusing with her.
There are times when I look up to you for strength. You are your own Gem. You control your destiny. Not me, not Rose, not Steven. But you must choose to be strong so we can move forward. So I can trust you again.
|—Garnet, "Friend Ship"|
Like Amethyst and Steven, Pearl respects Garnet's leadership abilities. While she is occasionally patronizing and condescending to the other Gems, Pearl treats Garnet as an equal. In "Cry for Help", however, her relationship with Pearl sours after it is revealed that Garnet was duped into forming Sardonyx multiple times without finding Peridot. Following the events in "Keystone Motel", after Ruby and Sapphire makeup, she finally speaks to Pearl again, even if only to wave her off, meaning Ruby still hesitates to forgive Pearl. In "Friend Ship", Garnet talked to Pearl, saying that she looks to her and wants her to be strong; this eventually led to Pearl's full redemption with Garnet. It was revealed in "The Answer" that Garnet had found her to be 'terrifying'. In fact, in their second encounter, Garnet had begun to beg Pearl (as well as Rose Quartz) for mercy, after being pinned down by Pearl's sword. Pearl had shown surprise upon seeing her for the first time, especially after the reaction of all of the Homeworld Gems. However, it was then revealed that Pearl (along with Rose) had accepted Garnet for who she was, understanding that she was a fusion of love. It is evident that after Garnet had joined the Crystal Gems, her relationship with Pearl had improved. In "Back to the Moon", Garnet and Pearl are seen easily fusing into Sardonyx, suggesting their relationship has been completely repaired. This is seen again in "Know Your Fusion", when Garnet and Pearl fuse into Sardonyx and remain in that form for a substantial amount of time, only unfusing when they realize they have stolen Smoky Quartz's chance to impress them.
Log Date 7 14 2. I have attempted fusion with the fusion Garnet. I had hoped to gain a better understanding of fusion; instead, I gained a better understanding of Garnet.
|—Peridot, "Log Date 7 15 2"|
Garnet was initially wary of Peridot's appearance in "Warp Tour", identifying her as a Homeworld Gem. Since Peridot's return to Earth and subsequent stranding on the said planet in "Jail Break", Garnet viewed Peridot as an enemy and sought to capture her. As revealed in "Keeping It Together", Garnet suspected Peridot had ill intentions toward the Earth, specifically regarding the reactivation of the Kindergarten. As of "Catch and Release", Garnet is willing to tolerate Peridot living in Steven's Bathroom due to her having critical information regarding the Cluster, though she finds her irritating. In "Too Far", Garnet reacted to Peridot's request for her to unfuse by humorously leashing her to a fence, denying her free-roam of the barn. She also did not trust Peridot to wander off alone, instructing that she must have a chaperone at all times. In "Message Received", Garnet officially accepted Peridot as a Crystal Gem, though she jokingly made it out like it was a forced-upon position. In "Log Date 7 15 2", Garnet has shown some sympathy towards Peridot's situation on Earth, likely as she also found Earth to be a very confusing place. She also respects that Peridot attempted to fuse as a way of understanding why Garnet remains a fusion.
She was going to scare every Gem off the planet. But everything changed when she saw your fusion.
|—Pearl to Sapphire in "Now We're Only Falling Apart"|
Garnet was a major catalyst in defining Rose Quartz's goal in making Earth a haven for gems to discover themselves and be free. As shown in "The Answer", Rose is one of the first Gems to accept and understand who Garnet really is—a fusion between two Gems who love each other—and it is primarily for this reason that Garnet holds Rose in high regard. This respect runs so deep that, when Peridot insulted Rose and blamed her for the Cluster's creation in "It Could've Been Great", Garnet was provoked into visibly threatening to harm Peridot.
This relationship is further detailed in "Now We're Only Falling Apart" and "The Question". At first, Rose Quartz's primary goal was to repel every Gem off the Earth, but her goal was redefined when she and Pearl saw Garnet forming for the first time. Furthermore, their first contact as pictured in "The Answer" seems to have defined Garnet's behavior for the next millennia up until the present time, staying fused without ever questioning why. This falls apart during the "Heart of the Crystal Gems" arc, where Ruby and Sapphire realize that they had not formed Garnet out of their whole free will all this time and that both Gems were greatly influenced by the admiration they felt towards Rose in doing so.
Let me tell you something, Mr. Universe. I think you can do it, but it won't work if you dance like Pearl. You have to dance like you. You have to fuse your way. Get open, get honest, invent yourselves together. That's fusion.
|—Garnet in "We Need to Talk"|
When she first met Greg, she treated him as an intruder in the temple and intended to evict him by force, intimidating him however she could. While not being openly opposed to or in favor of Greg, she does say that Steven should be in contact with him.
"The Message" reveals that she is the Crystal Gem who has the most faith in Greg, telling him not to feel bad that he failed to decode the message as well as convincing Pearl to give him a second chance at it. In "We Need to Talk", she also seems to think favorably of him as she supported his and Rose's relationship, revealing that she thought highly of him back then.
She even goes so far as to give him some advice on how to have a closer connection with Rose and encouraged him not to give up on trying to learn how to fuse with her. The end of the episode reveals that she knew (with her future vision) that Greg would not have been able to fuse with Rose, but by confronting her about it, he would force her to talk about their relationship and the two would come out of the argument closer to each other.
Garnet also casually revealed to Greg that she has three eyes as she lowered her shades to wink at him. Also, Greg knew that Garnet was a fusion in "Keystone Motel", meaning that Garnet showed him Ruby and Sapphire at some point, something not even Steven knew about until "Jail Break".
In "Steven's Dream", after Greg was captured by Blue Diamond, Garnet tells Steven that "We're going to space. We're going to get him back," which suggests that she cares about Greg.
You make a very convincing lovesick fool. You convinced these children, you even convinced yourself. You're a fantastic actor.
|—Garnet in "Love Letters"|
Jamie's first encounter with Garnet left him infatuated with her; Garnet did not return the sentiment, already being a relationship in and of herself. After bluntly turning him down and breaking his heart, she calmly explained to him that he had confused his feelings for those of true love. Seeing his potential as a great stage actor, she then encouraged him to take up work at a local theater.
They were forced together... They were forced to fuse! This is wrong!
|—Garnet in "Keeping It Together"|
Garnet is deeply disturbed by the Hand Cluster, and the sight of it unsettles her to the point that she almost unfuses. At the same time, she is sympathetic to it, and instead, she directs her fury against Homeworld, which she believes did this to them as a cruel punishment for the Rebellion.
She mentions details of their previous lives such as the fact that they were buried together after having gone missing after the war, stating that the Crystal Gems had searched for them but could not find them.
♫ If you break us apart we'll just come back newer, and we'll always be twice the Gem that you are! ♫
|—Garnet, "Jail Break"|
Jasper looks down on Garnet for being a fusion, which she considers a cheap tactic used to make weak Gems stronger. Garnet, however, thinks nothing of Jasper's provocation and proceeds to fight her "one on two".
After Garnet emerges victorious, Jasper fuses with Lapis Lazuli to form Malachite and is subsequently trapped at the bottom of the ocean. Up until the events of "Super Watermelon Island", Garnet regularly searched for Malachite within the Earth's oceans. After learning of Malachite's location at Mask Island, Garnet fused with Amethyst and Pearl to form Alexandrite to combat the rogue fusion in a massive battle. Most likely Jasper talking through Malachite reveals that she no longer considers fusion a cheap trick, but now sees it as a viable combat tactic. With the help of Steven, who had entered the mind of a Watermelon Steven and rallied the rest to defend themselves, Alexandrite managed to defeat Malachite, and upon the rogue fusion poofing, catches Jasper as well as Lapis Lazuli in mid-air. The Crystal Gems save Lapis Lazuli, but Jasper is last seen falling into a fissure caused by the massive earthquakes from The Cluster attempting to emerge.
Garnet, remember when you and I took on a battalion of Quartz soldiers? We walked out with our stones shining brighter than when we walked in.
Garnet is shown to be openly friendly towards Bismuth, having been close comrades during the Rebellion. Upon being reunited for the first time since the war, the two are shown joking and laughing together. At the Gem Battlefield, Garnet comforts Bismuth when the latter learns of the results of the war. They also reminisce about a battle they had fought together in. Garnet, along with the other Crystal Gems, feel sadness when they learn the truth about what happened to Bismuth before placing her bubbled gem in the burning room. Following the revelation that Rose had secretly been Pink Diamond and Garnet's unfusing due to shock, Ruby and Sapphire eventually refused at their wedding for which Bismuth served as maid of honor upon being unbubbled by Steven. Garnet and Bismuth are shown to be on friendly terms once again, the former even using the weapons enhancements the latter made for her, which Garnet had stopped using previously while Bismuth was still bubbled.
Garnet's first reaction to meeting Lapis was to attack her, as she was a part of Homeworld. This caused their relationship to start pretty badly. After the events of "Jail Break", Garnet seems to no longer have any hostility towards Lapis because of her efforts to subdue Jasper. This is seen in "Gem Drill" when Garnet and the other Crystal Gems recover Lapis after defeating Malachite and bring her to the barn so she could recuperate. While their current views of each other are unknown, Ruby has shown an effort to be friendly with Lapis in "Hit the Diamond" by offering a high-five, to which the latter accepts.
Garnet? Does that call herself a Garnet?
|—Blue Diamond, "Together Alone"|
Before they were fused, Ruby and Sapphire were both parts of Blue Diamond's court but fled due to fusing into Garnet. When Blue Diamond arrives on Earth in "Reunited", she recognizes Garnet as the fusion of the two Gems who disrupted her court. In "Legs From Here to Homeworld", although Blue is not hostile towards Garnet or any of the Gems once Steven's identity is confirmed, Garnet still harbors some hatred towards her (likely stemming from Ruby), only calming down when Bismuth consoles her.
Garnet was seen observing the Pebbles as they built a couch in Pink Diamond's Room.
|1. "Gem Glow":||Debut||14. "Lars and the Cool Kids":||Appears|
|2. "Laser Light Cannon":||Appears||15. "Onion Trade":||Appears|
|3. "Cheeseburger Backpack":||Appears||16. "Steven the Sword Fighter":||Appears|
|4. "Together Breakfast":||Appears||17. "Lion 2: The Movie":||Appears|
|5. "Frybo":||Absent||18. "Beach Party":||Appears|
|6. "Cat Fingers":||Appears||19. "Rose's Room":||Appears|
|7. "Bubble Buddies":||Appears||20. "Coach Steven":||Appears|
|8. "Serious Steven":||Appears||21. "Joking Victim":||Absent|
|9. "Tiger Millionaire":||Appears||22. "Steven and the Stevens":||Appears|
|10. "Steven's Lion":||Appears||23. "Monster Buddies":||Appears|
|11. "Arcade Mania":||Appears||24. "An Indirect Kiss":||Flashback|
|12. "Giant Woman":||Appears||25. "Mirror Gem":||Appears|
|13. "So Many Birthdays":||Appears||26. "Ocean Gem":||Appears|
|27. "House Guest":||Appears||40. "On the Run":||Appears|
|28. "Space Race":||Appears||41. "Horror Club":||Absent|
|29. "Secret Team":||Appears||42. "Winter Forecast":||Appears|
|30. "Island Adventure":||Appears||43. "Maximum Capacity":||Appears|
|31. "Keep Beach City Weird":||Appears||44. "Marble Madness":||Appears|
|32. "Fusion Cuisine":||Appears||45. "Rose's Scabbard":||Appears|
|33. "Garnet's Universe":||Appears||46. "Open Book":||Absent|
|34. "Watermelon Steven":||Appears||47. "Shirt Club":||Appears|
|35. "Lion 3: Straight to Video":||Non-speaking||48. "Story for Steven":||Flashback|
|36. "Warp Tour":||Appears||49. "The Message":||Appears|
|37. "Alone Together":||Appears||50. "Political Power":||Appears|
|38. "The Test":||Appears||51. "The Return":||Appears|
|39. "Future Vision":||Appears||52. "Jail Break":||Appears|
|1. "Full Disclosure":||Appears||14. "Historical Friction":||Mentioned|
|2. "Joy Ride":||Appears||15. "Friend Ship":||Appears|
|3. "Say Uncle":||Appears||16. "Nightmare Hospital":||Absent|
|4. "Love Letters":||Appears||17. "Sadie's Song":||Absent|
|5. "Reformed":||Appears||18. "Catch and Release":||Appears|
|6. "Sworn to the Sword":||Appears||19. "When It Rains":||Appears|
|7. "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies":||Appears||20. "Back to the Barn":||Appears|
|8. "Keeping It Together":||Appears||21. "Too Far":||Appears|
|9. "We Need to Talk":||Flashback||22. "The Answer":||Appears|
|10. "Chille Tid":||Appears||23. "Steven's Birthday":||Appears|
|11. "Cry for Help":||Appears||24. "It Could've Been Great":||Appears|
|12. "Keystone Motel":||Appears||25. "Message Received":||Appears|
|13. "Onion Friend":||Mentioned||26. "Log Date 7 15 2":||Appears|
|1. "Super Watermelon Island":||Appears||13. "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service":||Absent|
|2. "Gem Drill":||Appears||14. "Monster Reunion":||Appears|
|3. "Same Old World":||Appears||15. "Alone at Sea":||Absent|
|4. "Barn Mates":||Non-speaking||16. "Greg the Babysitter":||Flashback|
|5. "Hit the Diamond":||Appears||17. "Gem Hunt":||Mentioned|
|6. "Steven Floats":||Appears||18. "Crack the Whip":||Appears|
|7. "Drop Beat Dad":||Absent||19. "Steven vs. Amethyst":||Appears|
|8. "Mr. Greg":||Absent||20/21. "Bismuth":||Appears|
|9. "Too Short to Ride":||Absent||22. "Beta":||Absent|
|10. "The New Lars":||Absent||23. "Earthlings":||Non-speaking|
|11. "Beach City Drift":||Absent||24. "Back to the Moon":||Appears|
|12. "Restaurant Wars":||Non-speaking||25. "Bubbled":||Appears|
|1. "Kindergarten Kid":||Appears||14. "The Zoo":||Absent|
|2. "Know Your Fusion":||Appears||15. "That Will Be All":||Appears|
|3. "Buddy's Book":||Flashback||16. "The New Crystal Gems":||Non-speaking|
|4. "Mindful Education":||Appears||17. "Storm in the Room":||Non-speaking|
|5. "Future Boy Zoltron":||Appears||18. "Rocknaldo":||Appears|
|6. "Last One Out of Beach City":||Absent||19. "Tiger Philanthropist":||Absent|
|7. "Onion Gang":||Pictured||20. "Room for Ruby":||Appears|
|8/9. "Gem Harvest":||Appears||21. "Lion 4: Alternate Ending":||Mentioned|
|10. "Three Gems and a Baby":||Appears||22. "Doug Out":||Absent|
|11. "Steven's Dream":||Appears||23. "The Good Lars":||Absent|
|12. "Adventures in Light Distortion":||Appears||24. "Are You My Dad?":||Appears|
|13. "Gem Heist":||Non-speaking||25. "I Am My Mom":||Appears|
|1. "Stuck Together":||Absent||15. "Pool Hopping":||Appears|
|2. "The Trial":||Absent||16. "Letters to Lars":||Flashback|
|3. "Off Colors":||Absent||17. "Can't Go Back":||Non-speaking|
|4. "Lars' Head":||Non-speaking||18. "A Single Pale Rose":||Non-speaking|
|5. "Dewey Wins":||Non-speaking||19. "Now We're Only Falling Apart":||Appears|
|6. "Gemcation":||Appears||20. "What's Your Problem?":||Mentioned|
|7. "Raising the Barn":||Absent||21. "The Question":||Mentioned|
|8. "Back to the Kindergarten":||Absent||22. "Made of Honor":||Mentioned|
|9. "Sadie Killer":||Absent||23/24. "Reunited":||Appears|
|10. "Kevin Party":||Absent||25. "Legs From Here to Homeworld":||Appears|
|11. "Lars of the Stars":||Absent||26. "Familiar":||Non-speaking|
|12. "Jungle Moon":||Absent||27. "Together Alone":||Appears|
|13. "Your Mother and Mine":||Appears||28. "Escapism":||Pictured|
|14. "The Big Show":||Absent||29-32. "Change Your Mind":||Appears|
|Steven Universe: The Movie||Appears|
|1. "Little Homeschool":||Appears||11. "In Dreams":||Imagined|
|2. "Guidance":||Absent||12. "Bismuth Casual":||Absent|
|3. "Rose Buds":||Appears||13. "Together Forever":||Appears|
|4. "Volleyball":||Absent||14. "Growing Pains":||Flashback|
|5. "Bluebird":||Appears||15. "Mr. Universe":||Absent|
|6. "A Very Special Episode":||Appears||16. "Fragments":||Appears|
|7. "Snow Day":||Appears||17. "Homeworld Bound":||Appears|
|8. "Why So Blue?":||Absent||18. "Everything's Fine":||Appears|
|9. "Little Graduation":||Cameo||19. "I Am My Monster":||Appears|
|10. "Prickly Pair":||Appears||20. "The Future":||Appears|
|1. "Lion Loves to Fit in a Box":||Absent|
|2. "The Classroom Gems: What Are Gems?":||Appears|
|3. "We Are the Crystal Gems":||Appears|
|4. "The Classroom Gems: How Are Gems Made?":||Appears|
|6. "The Classroom Gems: Fusion":||Appears|
|7. "Cooking with Lion":||Absent|
|8. "Gem Karaoke":||Appears|
|9. "Steven Reacts":||Appears|
|10. "Video Chat":||Absent|
|11. "Steven's Song Time":||Absent|
- Garnet is rarely seen as consuming food or drinking.
- This is cited in "Keystone Motel", with the clarification that she does enjoy it from time to time.
- She later reveals in "Future Vision" that she enjoys coffee.
- She is also seen eating in some comics.
- Garnet has complete Heterochromia iridium, which means each of her eyes are a different color.
- In the crossover with OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, Garnet states that she wears her visor to enhance her future vision, and also because they're prescription. This is to be considered canon, as Ian Jones-Quartey stated in a podcast that a canonical fact about Garnet would be stated in the otherwise non-canonical crossover.
- In "Steven and the Stevens" and "We Need to Talk", it is shown that Garnet knows how to play the keytar and that Greg may have taught her how to play it.
- According to Rebecca Sugar, Garnet's fighting and dancing styles are based on Waacking.
- Garnet's favorite music is the works of Estelle, according to Rebecca Sugar.
- According to Ian Jones-Quartey, Rebecca Sugar planned Garnet to be a fusion long before the Pilot, which also includes the fact that Ruby and Sapphire would be the two Gems to make her.
- Several hints were given to show that Garnet was a fusion, which was not revealed until "Jail Break".
- During the Crystal Gems' introductions in the Pilot, Garnet had chunks of ruby and sapphire gemstones laying around her.
- During the Pilot, the original design of the Crystal Temple had ruby and sapphire gemstones on its hands.
- During the intro, Garnet has two shooting stars on her title card.
- During the scene where Alexandrite breaks up in "Fusion Cuisine", Garnet's silhouette is shaped as two individual Gems while Pearl and Amethyst have normal silhouettes.
- In "Steven and the Stevens", Garnet was playing a keytar, which is a fusion of a keyboard and guitar.
- In "Monster Buddies", Amethyst refers to Garnet as "the G-Squad," with the "Squad" most likely referring to Ruby and Sapphire.
- Garnet's door involves two active lights, red and blue, unlike the other members of the Crystal Gems, who only have one active light each. The red light is for Ruby while the blue light is for Sapphire.
- In "Alone Together", Garnet mentions she does not have trouble fusing.
- In "The Return", when Jasper poofs Garnet, she turns into two separate gemstones, Ruby and Sapphire.
- Throughout the series, Garnet has never asked a single question of any kind.
- In "Know Your Fusion", when Pearl asks Garnet to question Steven and Amethyst, she replies that she "can't", implying that this is an order rather than a choice.
- It is most likely dated back to "The Answer" when Garnet first met Rose Quartz, who told her to not question themselves and to ask "no more questions".
- In "Know Your Fusion", when Pearl asks Garnet to question Steven and Amethyst, she replies that she "can't", implying that this is an order rather than a choice.
- It has been shown in "Fusion Cuisine", "Know Your Fusion", and "I Am My Mom" that when a fusion involving Garnet falls apart, Ruby and Sapphire's forms can be seen holding onto each other before they re-fuse and completely take form.
- Ian Jones-Quartey's favorite Gem is Garnet.
- In the Guide to the Crystal Gems Garnet describes herself as "electric" because she is a combination of Ruby's "hot" and Sapphire's "cold."
- In real life, it is possible to form electricity from "hot" and "cold", when cold air and hot air meet in the sky, it causes the water in the clouds to rub against each other and form static electricity inside. After it has "charged up", super voltage electricity will break through the resistance of air and strike to the ground, which is lightning.
- Garnet's square-based design may likely be a reference to actual garnet gemstones, which are formed in the cubic crystal system.
- In "Steven's Birthday" Greg and Garnet are seen looking at a "Stella" album. The name and appearance references Shine, an album by Garnet's voice actor, Estelle.
- Garnet's bass was inspired by Michael Jackson.
- Additionally, her expanded musical palette utilizes synth bells and pads, specifically designed for her.
- Also, her music was reverse-engineered to create Ruby and Sapphire's instruments, which were seen in "Keystone Motel".
- Each of Garnet's forms seen so far appears to be based on different types of garnet gemstones.
- Her form when she first fused, with its light blues, pinks, and reds, greatly resembles the rarest form of color change garnet with the same colors.
- Her debut form, consisting of reds, blacks, and browns, resembled normal red, Almandine, or Pyrope garnet.
- Her current regeneration, with a new palette of dark purples, violets, and magentas, is extremely similar to Rhodolite, a variety of pyrope, which itself is a member of the garnet group.
- According to an interview statement from Lamar Abrams, she and Greg regularly play tennis.
- This is later shown in "Letters to Lars".
- In "Know Your Fusion", an illustration of Garnet is seen on a "test your strength" device. On this device, Garnet is considered stronger than Pearl and Stevonnie, but not stronger than Opal.
- In "Three Gems and a Baby", it is revealed that when Steven was a baby, after seeing his gem glow for the first time, Garnet believed that Steven was a unique Gem Fusion.
- In October 2016, Rebecca Sugar held a book signing for "The Answer" in NYC where she used a limited edition Garnet stamp of her design. It was retired afterward and printed only during that event.
- During the episode "Are You My Dad?", it is shown that she likes to draw herself.
- Rebecca describes in the podcast that Garnet's lack of question-asking is associated with a pact she made with Rose, which "[the show] will go into very soon."
- According to sketches in Steven Universe: Art & Origins, some names considered for Garnet were "Zircon" and "Onyx".
- Garnet is the traditional birthstone for January, the zodiacal stone for Capricorn and the second anniversary stone. Estelle, Garnet's voice actress, was born in January.
- Garnets are associated with strength, bravery, love, determination, and self-confidence, all characteristics that fit in with Garnet's personality.
- According to Rebecca Sugar in an interview, Garnet can see multiple futures, while Sapphire is only able to see one single main time stream.
- Garnet unfused once per season until the Season 5 episode "Together Alone".
- Garnet's orange star-shaped visors in her new form bear a resemblance to the glasses Simon wears as a way to honor Kamina, who Garnet shares her leadership role with, from the Mecha Anime Gurren Lagann.
- Garnet's wedding rings are seemingly part of her form now, as in "Change Your Mind", they did not drop when she was poofed and they reformed with her much like her visor. It may be from the fact that Bismuth forged the rings.
|Sapphire's gemstone on Garnet; it has a crimson red complexion with a triangular facet. As seen in "The Return" and the flashback in "Jail Break", it has a light blue ring around the edge (normally hidden inside her hand), and is flatter on the back. Its overall shape is circular. It is located on her right palm.
|Ruby's gemstone on Garnet; it has a crimson red conplexion with a square facet. As seen in "The Return" and the flashback in "Jail Break", it has a pink ring around the edge (normally hidden inside her hand), and is flatter on the back. Its overall shape is circular. It is located on her left palm.|
- "Crossover Nexus"
- The Steven Universe Podcast Garnet - Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Erica Luttrell, Joe Johnston, and Hilary Florido (Vol.2/Ep.10)
- "Keystone Motel"
Steven: Gems don't need to eat, Dad.
Greg: Eh... Well, Garnet likes to eat sometimes.
Q: "Hello! I remember seeing somewhere on the stevencrewniverse tumblr that each of the gems' fighting styles resembled a dance style - like Pearl and ballet. I haven't quite been able to figure out what Amethyst and Garnet's dance inspirations are specifically supposed to be. Could you explain that? Thank you, and I can't wait to watch more episodes of this wonderful show!"
A: "YES! Garnet's dancing is based on waacking. Lots of very fast hand and arm motions. Also I always look to Estelle's dancing. Amethyst's is dancehall and club dancing, pretty freeform, we're pretty loose with it! She does whatever feels right!"
- Comment thread on Reddit about Gems' playlists
Q: "did you always mean for garnet to be a fusion? or were ruby and sapphire a result of fan theories that caught on in the studio?"
A: "As much as I appreciate the fandom’s creative energy, Garnet’s been a fusion forever. Ruby and Sapphire were created and designed SO long ago. i’m talking pre-series here. Rebecca Sugar created Garnet to be a fusion before the pilot was even made. i mean- You saw the pilot right? In Garnet’s intro shot, those are chunks of Ruby and Sapphire. Right there! G’s dual nature is something we’ve been very aware of since we started writing- and all the clues we left were absolutely intentional. TBQH there was a time where I thought we were being even a little too obvious about it. but i’m happy to hear that some people were surprised! (Anyway, for future reference, the show can’t really appropriate ideas from the fandom because we work very VERY far ahead.)"
Q: "What were some other hints of Garnet being a fusion?"
A: "here’s a really subtle one that’s in EVERY episode: Garnet’s title card gets a double shooting star! that was rebeccasugar‘s idea btw!"
Q: "Who's your favourite gem? :3"