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♫ I'm tired of the fighting. I'm tired of the blame. That mirror was a prison and fusion was the same! ♫
|—"Why So Blue?"|
Lapis Lazuli, or Lapis for short, is a member of the Crystal Gems. During her alignment with the Gem Homeworld, she was caught in the crossfire of The Rebellion and got poofed by Bismuth so Homeworld mistook her for one of the Crystal Gems and imprisoned her within a magical mirror. She would remain in the mirror for thousands of years until she eventually convinced Steven to free her. Once she returned to Homeworld she was forced back to Earth by Peridot and Jasper, the latter of whom she fused with into Malachite to imprison, protecting Steven and taking her own anger out on. After she unfused and decided she had no other choice but to live on Earth, as she trapped a highly regarded soldier, she lived at The Barn with the reformed Peridot until the threat of another war became a reality. She left Earth and took the Barn with her to the Moon until Steven found her and convinced her to come back but she decided to leave the Moon after he had another vision of The Great Diamond Authority. However, she returned to Earth to fight against the Diamonds in "Reunited" becoming a Crystal Gem in the process. She made her debut in "Mirror Gem".
Years later, she now lives with Bismuth and Peridot in Little Homeworld. She is shown to be more cheerful throughout the movie though still retains a dark sense of humor, like when she jokingly claims to still be on the fence when they talk about how long it took for them to stop wanting to hurt Steven.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 History
- 4 Abilities
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Episode Appearances
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gemstone
- 9 Galleries
- 10 References
Lapis has a slim figure and is considerably tall, being about the same height as Pearl. She has cyan skin, cobalt blue chin-length hair with long bangs and fringe that covers her entire forehead, which occasionally looks messier and rounded, and royal blue eyes. Her gemstone is embedded in her back, which takes the form of a water droplet.
Lapis wore a backless blue halter crop top with an upward-facing navy triangle, which ties into a blue sash ribbon on the back of her shoulders. She also wore a flowing cobalt blue skirt, which is calf-length with a downward-facing navy triangle around the waist, and wore no shoes.
Before Steven healed her cracked gemstone, Lapis had reflective eyes without pupils and appears with a blue navy tone.
After regenerating shortly before the event of "Change Your Mind", Lapis wears a backless, halter crop tank top that is blue on top and navy on the bottom resembling half a star. She also wears puffy dark-blue pants, which represent the second half of the star tied up by a bronze-gold ribbon, and matching sandals.
It can be noted that Lapis' hair and skin colors are slightly different shades. Her hair is longer and messier in the back and fringe, while the bangs on the sides of her face are a little shorter. Her summoned wings have a darker shade of blue now, but it isn't confirmed if it is intentional or a mistake.
Before Lapis's incarceration in the mirror, she had no qualms over terraforming planets, holding little value for organic life and seeing them as inferior, much like other Gems. However, the suffering of being trapped for over nearly 6,000 years has changed her deeply. It was a recurring theme for her to be used by others and these experiences have cemented in her a general mistrust of others. Furious and unable to easily let things go, she initially harbored hatred and mistrust for the Crystal Gems since they knew she was in the mirror but never helped. She had a strong dislike towards Peridot because she had dragged her back to Earth, being unforgiving and grumpy when she didn't accept her apologies and rudely destroying her gifts. In "Room for Ruby" it is shown Lapis doesn't trust strangers when she meets them, being skeptical of "Navy"'s appreciative behavior when she lived in the barn due to her being unappreciative and worried when she first arrived. On the other hand, Lapis opened up to Steven for showing kindness towards her, being the one to free her and healing her cracked gem. After talking with him she eventually warms up and defends Peridot and Steven from the Rubies showing that she is starting to forgive and be friendlier with others. In "The New Crystal Gems" it is shown that Lapis is neutral and somewhat indifferent, barely recognizing Connie until she came to respect Connie in how she could deal with Steven's life.
In "Alone at Sea" Lapis reveals a cynicism about herself which borders on self-hatred, harboring a deep regret for her actions as Malachite and those in "Ocean Gem", particularly her belligerence against Steven and Jasper. She briefly doubts whether she is different from Jasper but gathers the resolve to avoid reigniting their abusive relationship with Steven's encouragement. Having been captured several times, Lapis was constantly grappling for control as Malachite not only for Steven but for her reasons. Still, though, she shows a profound fear of responsibility, immediately rebuffing Greg's offer for her to be captain of the boat before Steven reassures her by insisting that they all be first mates and share responsibility. Furthermore, Lapis felt insecure about taking a long time to understand how things work on Earth while "Navy" was able to do it on the first try, being glad to find out that "Navy" was still loyal to Homeworld and everything she did was a charade to get back the Roaming Eye.
When confronted with an enemy stronger than herself, Lapis usually displays a defeatist and pessimistic approach, believing that putting up a struggle can only make the situation worse. She delivers a frantic message to Steven about the approaching invasion and begged him to submit to Homeworld should they cross paths in "The Message", giving similar advice when Steven stumbled across her in "Jail Break" by mentioning that Homeworld might go easy on them if they follow orders. In "Raising the Barn", she packs up the Barn and flees Earth to avoid another war at the hands of the Diamonds, still not being comfortable enough defending the planet from a Homeworld attack. She wanted Steven and Peridot to flee Earth with her, but she decided to leave on her own and took the Barn (her comfort zone) when they refused. However, in "Reunited" Lapis makes a surprisingly brave appearance and officially proclaims herself to be a Crystal Gem, joining the fight against Blue Diamond and Yellow Diamond showing she would rather be with her new friends than alone anymore.
Some of Lapis' notable characteristics are her strong willpower and her lack of hesitation to anyone who stands against her: Even with a cracked gemstone, she managed to control the Earth's entire ocean through sheer determination to return to Homeworld which she considers "home" though she can be rather inconsiderate and indifferent in her ways as this act could damage the human race or the planet. Once her gemstone was healed she flew a vast distance through space to eventually reach Homeworld. Her strength of mind is so great that she suppressed the equally resolved Jasper for months on end. Detrimentally though she can be stubborn and hesitant in cooperation or accepting any kind of help from others unless she has no other choice, refusing to be set free by Steven in "Jail Break" or doesn't want to tell the Crystal Gems her location for them to find her and aid in the situation in "Chille Tid". However, most of these situations stem from returning a favor to help Steven without involving him in more dangerous situations or simply mistrust towards others from previous encounters.
Having gone through several traumatizing events, Lapis gradually showed a more dour and deadpan side to her, especially after facing Peridot again. She is upset when she discovers that Peridot has been keeping information that she had deemed too substantial, suggesting that she considers herself emotionally stable enough to overcome most of her past traumas. She was able to resist Blue Diamond's pathogenesis thanks to how much trauma she has been through, barely shedding a tear upon being hit by the aura. However, Lapis ranges from being deadpan to emotional throughout the show as seen in "Alone in the Sea" where she appears to be more lively and cheerful out of curiosity towards Earth but seems less enthusiastic in "Beta" possibly due to her encounter with Jasper as implied by Peridot's reluctance to mention her name around her.
After overcoming the majority of her traumas Lapis' true personality seems to be extremely laid back, almost blasé and even somewhat lazy. She seems to be barely fazed towards events like the Rubies' return and Andy DeMayo yelling at her, being typically seen sitting or lounging around while watching Camp Pining Hearts or reading. Similar to Amethyst she has a habit of sleeping despite not having to, resting on an amp like a pillow while everyone is gathered on the beach at the end of "Change Your Mind" with Peridot noting that she snores. "Beta" shows that Lapis has acclimated to living in the barn. Although she is still dour to an extent, she has helped renovate the barn and become comfortable living with Peridot, creating pieces of art they call "meep-morps" and helping to do a farm through her hydrokinesis.
In The Steven Universe Podcast, Rebecca Sugar described Lapis as a vulnerable character who is taken advantage of constantly but interested in opening up to people who offer her kindness, like Steven. In the same podcast, she says that Lapis is constantly grappling for some kind of control, but once she has it she is scared that she will do something bad with it. It was when she was Malachite that she exercised control to take out her hate on Jasper, and then when they separated, she started to harbor regrets for that desire. She is unable to find direction because she can't see a big part of herself even when it is exposed to everyone else. During her time with Peridot, Lapis was still living in fear as she doesn't see the difference between leaving Earth and hiding like a refugee on the planet. She has more fear because she has experienced the horror Homeworld can dish out, unlike Peridot who hasn't had such conflict that she lost to. Being a realist, Lapis acknowledges that Homeworld is targeting Earth so her first instinct is to flee the planet to not be caught in the conflict or have any interaction with the Diamonds again. Peridot and Steven support the idea of fighting back, but she tries to solve problems for herself instead due to having trouble asking and using this assistance, leading to her fleeing the planet with the barn.
The decision to face her fears and choosing to face the Diamonds with her friends instead of fleeing signals a change in Lapis; this is indicated after reforming and joining the Crystal Gems with her being much more relaxed and braver than she used to be. This is especially true during the events of Steven Universe: The Movie as while living in a time of peace she is shown to be downright chipper and exuberant while assisting Bismuth and Peridot in the construction of Little Homeworld. "Why So Blue?" shows her happy, confident, and joyful while visiting another planet with Steven though she is aggressive and abrasive when dealing with other Lapis Lazulis willing to put them through "a little torture" to get them to stop. She also shows regret for the destruction she wrought when still terraforming worlds and the other Lapis Lazulis made her angry by reminding her of this. According to herself, she was once like most of her former Homeworld peers in that she was openly dismissive of and callous towards non-Gem life before meeting Steven; before having her gemstone healed she stated she "never believed in" Earth as a planet.
Lapis Lazuli possesses standard Gem abilities, including fusion, superhuman strength/durability, and agelessness. She is exceptionally powerful, especially when she is near the ocean. She could create duplicates of the Crystal Gems to fight them off while her gem was cracked, as well as became the dominant personality when she fused with Jasper and imprisoned them both and stabilize her fusion-form, despite the Gems' lack of synchronization, to whereas any forms of mismatch would usually cancel the fusion. Despite this, Jasper was able to push Lapis around effectively though this could have been purely psychological, due to her insecurity and lack of hope in herself during her imprisonment aboard Peridot's ship. This was seen again when Jasper caught and restrained her as she attempted to fly away, though this also may be partly due to her injuries from the ship's destruction. "Why So Blue?" shows she is extremely powerful even for a Lapis Lazuli as she overwhelms two other Lapis Lazuli at the same time. In "I Am My Monster" she is shown to be able to restrain and even knock back a monster-transformed Steven, who easily resisted the Diamonds' powers.
- When fused with Jasper, they form Malachite.
- Enhanced Durability: Lapis appears to be rather durable, surviving the crash of Peridot's spaceship without needing to retreat into her gemstone to heal.
- Enhanced Strength: Lapis has slightly superhuman strength, enabling her to lift fragments of Peridot's warship while injured and to crush her recorder without effort. Lapis is also stronger than two of ther other Lapis gems seen in the show despite not being a gem made for combat.
- Hydrokinesis: Lapis Lazuli has immense power over water and liquid material. She also can control liquids that are only partially composed of water, such as orange juice. She used the Earth's entire ocean to her advantage, even weighing opponents down. Lapis can form water into various constructs that she can control, including hands to smite enemies or use as a platform, chains to entangle or trap enemies with, divide the sea to make a path, and form a section of the Atlantic Ocean[ 2] into a space elevator. Her power is enough to stun Blue Diamond for a short period and restrain Steven while he was transformed into a giant gem monster.
- Water Generation: In addition to manipulating existing liquid, Lapis can generate a certain amount of water from her gem. It is unknown whether the water is somehow stored within her gemstone, or if she simply condensed the water molecules in the air into a liquid form.
- Matter State Manipulation (Cryokinesis): Lapis can change the state of matter of water, causing it to turn into ice. This is first shown when she creates an ice wall when fused as malachite to protect herself from the arrows fired by Alexandrite in the episode "Super Watermelon Island". She can also manipulate the density of the ice formed, as the water weapons created by the clones were strong enough to contend with the actual weapons of the Crystal Gems.
- Thermal Manipulation: In the episode "Ocean Gem", the water clones of the crystal gems she created had their weapons made out of condensed hot/boiling water (steam starts to form), meaning that she can change the temperature of water to do some more damage and, "Pack an extra bunch."~Bismuth ("Bismuth")
- Hydromimicry: Lapis can use her control over water to create flawless, powerful Water Clones of her enemies, akin to Pearl's Holo-Pearls, which possess the same fighting styles as the originals (water Garnet's strength, water Amethyst's constant shapeshifting, etc.) They also can regenerate when damaged and even split to create new clones, making them effectively invincible against most attacks. The only thing that has been shown damaging them was a sound wave from Steven's shield.
- Water Bubbles: Lapis can form water bubbles that can contain objects. These bubbles are similar to standard Gem Bubbles but instead, hold liquid. She uses them in the episode to contain the rubies in the episode "Earthlings".
- Water-Walking: In "Ocean Gem", it is shown that Lapis can walk and run on the surface of the water using her Hydrokinesis, she also managed to let Steven walk in the water for a while.
- Water Wings: Lapis can summon and remove water wings-like constructs, which can propel her at high velocities as an evasive maneuver or as a method of transportation. Her wings have allowed her to fly between planets and reach Homeworld from Earth in less than a year. Unlike her other abilities, Lapis cannot summon her wings with a cracked gem.
- Water Fists: In "Change Your Mind", Lapis was shown altering the shape of her water wings (i.e. into fists)
- Memory Projection: Lapis can project any of her memories onto a mirror-like surface, an ability she was still able to use while trapped in the mirror. While she uses this ability, her eyes lose their pupils and become silvery and reflective, similar to how they looked when her gemstone was cracked.
- Pathokinesis Resistance: Due to the variety of traumatic and stressful experiences she has been through, Lapis is shown to be left virtually unaffected by Blue Diamond's incapacitating emotional waves, claiming "I've felt worse." Also, she is mentally strong enough to overtake and subdue Jasper for a long time when they were fused.
♪ It all became so lovely ♪
|—Lapis, "Can't Go Back"|
Lapis Lazuli became friends with Steven in "Mirror Gem" when Pearl gave him Lapis' mirror, which was supposed to inform Steven of Gem history. Soon after, Lapis began to talk to Steven via the recordings of the mirror, and they became good friends. She wanted to get out of the mirror, and she told Steven how to help her out. After she was free, she warned Steven not to trust the Crystal Gems. However, in "Ocean Gem", her actions were driven by desperation and thirst for revenge for the years locked in the mirror. This caused her to act violently towards Steven and his acquaintances, nearly drowning him. Steven is greatly upset by her unwillingness to have a civil conversation about her predicament and summons his shield for the second time ever, something he only does in extreme emotion. This conflict is solved when the two can talk, and Steven gets to see Lapis' side of the story. After getting a clear understanding of Lapis' dilemma, he heals her gemstone with his saliva, therefore restoring her to her true form. She thanked Steven before s
he flew back to Homeworld.
In "The Message", Lapis was shown to care for Steven enough to warn him of impending danger from Homeworld and, due to their advanced technology, advised him to not put up a fight, as they would not stand a chance against the Homeworld Gems. In "The Return", she tried to convince Jasper that Steven was just a human and had no connection with the Crystal Gems. When Jasper discovered that Steven has Rose Quartz's power, Lapis begged her not to hurt him, showing that she greatly cares for Steven's well-being. In the episode "Jail Break" Lapis chose to be imprisoned despite the attempts made by Steven to help her. Later, she fuses with Jasper despite Steven trying to convince her but only to double-cross Jasper to protect Steven by putting herself in the bottom of the ocean as Malachite. In "Chille Tid", she somehow connects to Steven via dreams. She rejects Steven's multiple offers for help before scaring him as Malachite. In that same episode, she told Steven that the decision to imprison Jasper as Malachite was to keep him safe.
As soon as Lapis was free of Jasper and safely moved to the barn, Steven showed considerable concern for her well-being, frequently checking on her while she recovered. Shortly after awakening and preparing to leave again, Lapis explains that she feels she does not belong on Earth. Steven, though feeling dejected, understands, and wishes Lapis good luck. A little while later Lapis returns to the barn, realizing that while she does not feel right on Earth, she cannot return to Homeworld since she deceived Jasper. Steven, discovering her in her depressed state, decides to show her that the Earth is not a bad place to live, showing Lapis the serene country, dazzling Empire City, and disillusioned Jersey. Ending at the Galaxy Warp, Lapis, re-experiencing the trauma of the last time she was there, decides to tell Steven about how she came to be trapped in the mirror. After releasing some tension Lapis returns Steven to the barn, deciding that though she can not go home, she is no longer trapped and chooses to live on Earth. In "Barn Mates", Lapis shows that she only really responds to Steven, mostly talking only to him directly or coming when he calls. It's also shown that despite her trust in Steven, she is not above criticizing him and his choices. In "Hit the Diamond", she participates in the baseball game because Steven asked her to despite saying the plan "sucks". "Alone at Sea" shows her laughing and happy as Steven leads her by the hand, and goes on the boat because he asks her to. She also blames herself for the trip being a disaster, wanting to enjoy it because Steven wanted her to.
In "Video Chat", it is shown that when Peridot had shown the current video chat screen to Lapis, she rushed to the computer, thinking he was trapped and tries to "free" him, meaning she deeply cares about him and will try her best to save him if he is trapped. In "Raising the Barn", Lapis offers Steven the chance to flee Earth with her and Peridot to remain safe from the Diamonds. Steven declines the offer but affirms that he won't try to talk her and Peridot out of it if they don't feel safe on Earth. In "Can't Go Back", after Ronaldo discovers the presence of the barn on the moon, Steven immediately goes to check it out. Lapis is surprised that he came and explains that she felt incredibly lonely once she left the galaxy. She also reveals she had been watching the others via an old Diamond observation device. Steven almost successfully talks Lapis into going back, explaining how things can and will be okay. Lapis is convinced to return until Steven has a dream about the Diamonds and immediately perceives it as a vision of future events and flees. In "Reunited", Lapis returns to Earth and hugs Steven, declaring herself a Crystal Gem.
"Why So Blue?" shows that the two work well together as a team with a deep understanding of each other.
"I Am My Monster" shows her concern for Steven as she seeks to restrain him in the ocean and flies in to hug him with everyone else, even apologizing to him for attacking him. "The Future" shows how sad she is when he is leaving, and overjoyed at the art set he gives her. She then joins Bismuth and Peridot and hugs him with streaming tears.
While the two never met face-to-face until "Alone at Sea", Lapis left a deep impression on Greg. Being the first time he followed his son on a mission involving "magical Gem stuff", he was already apprehensive when they set out on their mission. When Lapis created water duplicates that attacked them - and wrecked his van - he became terrified of her. This is later reflected in "The Message", where he sings a short intro of a song he has written called "Water Witch". The song initially portrays Lapis in a negative light as a villain, until Steven objects, and explains that Lapis was not mean at all; she only wanted to go home. In "Alone at Sea", Greg is shown getting along with Lapis and even helps Steven surprise her with a trip on a boat he had rented. However, when introducing himself to her, he carelessly reminds Lapis about how she injured his leg during their first encounter, though he seems to have for the most part put the past behind him and seems willing to give her a second chance. He even teaches Lapis how to fish. He is also shown to be amazed by Lapis' power when she uses her power over water in an attempt to catch fish, though Greg suggests they fish the old-fashioned way.
If they're gonna punish me like a Crystal Gem, I might as well be one, right? You got room for one more?
Lapis was initially shown to have a deep-seated distrust of the Crystal Gems, going so far as to warn Steven not to trust them, saying they only cared about Earth and not their kind, referring to their part in the war, whereas she says "I never believed in this place." As shown in "Same Old World", while the Crystal Gems didn't directly imprison Lapis inside the mirror, their rebellion led to her being "poofed" and turned into a tool by her fellow Homeworld Gems, who mistook her for a Crystal Gem: Given that the mirror in which she was imprisoned was known to the Crystal Gems (having most recently been stored in Pearl's gem), it wasn't clear how much about Lapis they knew. However, one of the sources of her anger was the likelihood that they didn't know about her, as she angrily shouted at them "You three knew I was in there. Did you even wonder who I used to be?"
Although her animosity is towards the Crystal Gems as a group, Lapis shared negative feelings towards Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl specifically, as they didn't help her after they had found her. She does seem to be warming up to them, as evident in "Hit the Diamond", where she happily returns Ruby's offer of a high-five and participates in gossip with Pearl and Amethyst about Ruby and Sapphire flirting. Later in "Gem Harvest", Lapis is on good terms with the Crystal Gems helping them make dinner for Andy and sat down with them at dinner and joked with them. Lapis also agreed to stay on Earth with Peridot to protect Beach City when Garnet asked them to in "Adventures in Light Distortion".
Later, during the events of "The New Crystal Gems", Lapis seems to have no problem standing in as a Crystal Gem, acting like them or being associated with them, attempting to stand in for Amethyst by imitating her mannerisms and styling her bangs over her left eye, though she shows more interest towards Garnet. However, Lapis demonstrates that she isn't seriously committed to the Crystal Gems' mission of protecting Earth in "Raising the Barn", choosing instead to leave the planet in anticipation of a Homeworld attack. However, in "Reunited" she makes a surprise return to Earth, deciding to stand by and support her friends against their common enemies. She is warmly welcomed back by the Crystal Gems, officially joining their ranks and aiding them in their fight against the Diamonds. Steven Universe: The Movie shows how happy and content she is as a Crystal Gem while helping build Little Homeworld, and "Why So Blue?" shows she has fully adopted the Crystal Gems mission of protecting worlds when she works to stop two other Lapis Lazulis from terraforming a planet.
I might have overreacted about the Diamonds... I've done so much because I was afraid. I left Peridot behind. I took the Barn and her morps.
|—"Can't Go Back"|
As revealed in "Cry for Help", Lapis was initially summoned to be Peridot's informant during her invasion of Earth and was held a prisoner in her spaceship. She seemed to be very scared of her and/or the advanced technology at her disposal, in "The Message". In "Same Old World", Lapis is surprised and upset to see Peridot and tells her that the barn is her home now, being angry with the latter for having interrogated her and using her. With the help of Steven, Peridot tries to make it up to her with gifts and cards in "Barn Mates", but Lapis still harbors resentment and doesn't accept them. Peridot admits that she identifies with Lapis' loneliness and asks her what she wants, which Lapis tells her to leave. Peridot does since she knows it is for the best, but Steven asks why Lapis will not give Peridot a chance as she is trying, to which Lapis skeptically asked him of his trust in Peridot until Steven explained Peridot has changed. A Homeworld tracking vessel then arrives chasing Peridot and soon is ready to shoot her, but Lapis then steps in front of the Peridot and uses her hydrokinesis to protect her. She later asks if Peridot is okay, showing she is slowly learning to forgive Peridot's actions and give her a chance. In "Hit the Diamond", Lapis nonchalantly agrees to play baseball against the Rubies to get them to leave, proving that she somewhat cares about Peridot's safety.
In "Beta", the two appear to be closer, sharing some interest like watching Camp Pining Hearts, making modern art (or "meep morp", as they call it), and making music to impress their visitors, Steven and Amethyst. In "Gem Harvest", Lapis enjoys farming with Peridot using her hydrokinesis. During the feast, the latter is the only o
ne who laughs at Lapis' jokes with her and even predicts when Lapis is willing to high-five her. Peridot seems to be considerate of Lapis' feelings, trying not to use the "J Word" (Jasper) around her and clings onto her when Amethyst (shapeshifted as Jasper) asks them if they wanted to be her prisoners when the rubies returned. Lapis is also more willing to respond to Peridot's calls, responding when Peridot tells her she is going out and asks whether she needs anything, and reaching out to try to catch Peridot's bow tie when she threw it, though it sailed over Lapis' head.
Lapis and Peridot eventually "adopt" Pumpkin, an ambulatory semi-intelligent pumpkin Steven creates that acts like a dog. In "Room for Ruby", they are shown at sunrise sitting on the tractor with Pumpkin nested in Peridot's arms, looking for shooting stars to wish on. Though she jokes about how Lapis' snoring, Peridot becomes more concerned and sympathetic of her feelings toward "Navy", who was able to adapt Earth's operations quickly, the opposite of Lapis' experience. Peridot rushes after Lapis after she runs into the barn, reassuring her that there was nothing wrong with thinking the way she has.
"Raising the Barn" reveals that Peridot had been moderating her speech when around Lapis to avoid upsetting her. Lapis was upset when she learned this, presumably having believed that Peridot was always honest with her. She wanted and expected Peridot to flee Earth with her, but left without her when Peridot makes clear that she will stay and fight with the Crystal Gems. In "Can't Go Back" when Steven attempts to persuade Lapis to return, she asks "what would Peridot say?", proving she values Peridot's opinion highly and is concerned about how Peridot views her. When Lapis finally returns to Earth in "Reunited", she seems nonchalant to see Peridot, unlike the latter, who eagerly runs up to talk to her. As of Steven Universe: The Movie, they seem to be on friendly terms again and work together with Bismuth.
Though the gem that poofed Lapis in the gem war was Bismuth, they do not recognize each other in the present day, as Lapis did not get a good look at the Gem who poofed her, and Bismuth had poofed other Lapis Lazulis than just Lapis during the rebellion. When they first formally meet in "Reunited", they barely interact at all. Bismuth pushes Steven and Lapis aside while they are hugging, but she doesn't seem to be offended by this as she likely knows the seriousness of the situation. When Lapis is later poofed by Yellow Diamond, Bismuth took care of her and Peridot while the other Crystal Gems are on Homeworld. When Lapis, Peridot, and Bismuth later show up on Homeworld in Yellow and Blue Diamonds arm ships in "Change Your Mind", their relationship seems to have evolved immensely, such as when Bismuth helps Lapis land safely on the ground after they come out of the ships. Later in the episode, Lapis is shown holding Bismuth while they attack the Diamond Mech. Steven Universe: The Movie shows they have formed their team with Peridot, and she is seen holding Bismuth's arm when the injector explodes.
What we had wasn't healthy. I never want to feel like I felt with you. Never again! So just go!
|—"Alone at Sea"|
When Lapis returned to Homeworld, she was forced into helping to defeat/capture the Crystal Gems. Jasper was made her superior and didn't seem to care much for her, having no problems with imprisoning her after finding out Lapis withheld information from her. The former also called her "a brat" after she tried to escape from the destroyed Gem warship. However, Jasper coerces Lapis to fuse into Malachite to fight the Crystal Gems, but Lapis double-crossed Jasper by using her power to control the water and imprison both of them at the bottom of the ocean.
Lapis shows a lot of mistrust, hatred, and fear towards Jasper, mostly due to Jasper's aggression towards Steven and her ill-treatment of her, projecting all her anger and indignation on being a constant prisoner on her. She has no problem with being fused with her if it means the protection of Steven, sacrificing her freedom, taking Jasper underwater, and mentally tangling with her for even temporary control of their unstable fusion to keep him safe. Even after Jasper gains enough control over Malachite to break her chains, Lapis continues to struggle for control, causing Malachite to hesitate in her thoughts for a short time.
Despite the nature of their fusion and the antagonistic relationship they had while fused, Lapis is shown to be struggling to adjust to no longer being fused with Jasper, as she had been together with her for so long that she missed her (a common symptom of being within an abusive relationship) until meeting with her again. Since she is the one who kept Jasper stuck with her as Malachite for the majority of their time as a fusion, the aforementioned symptom borders on Lima Syndrome: Jasper is shown to be desperate to fuse back into Malachite, even attempting to persuade Lapis to fuse with her again and states she has changed. However, Lapis came to realize that what she missed about Jasper was not her company but a person she despised enough to take her anger out on, refusing to fuse. Understanding that their relationship is unhealthy, Jasper blames Steven and attempts to shatter him, but Lapis, fortunately, punches her away into the ocean.
In "The New Crystal Gems", Lapis Lazuli is stern but neutral toward Connie since it is the first time they have met in person. Connie tries to remind her who she is, saying that she almost drowned her when she stole the ocean though Lapis responded: "I almost drowned a lot of people." After some time as the Crystal Temps, Lapis began to understand and respect Connie more, especially since Connie's speech near the end was on the level of Steven's speeches.
I wish I hadn't done that. It's just... they reminded me so much of myself. It's infuriating.
|—"Why So Blue?"|
Lapis first encountered these two fellow Lapis Lazulis in "Why So Blue?". The pair was still terraforming planets even after receiving Steven's message of peace. Initially, she wanted to fight them to stop the destruction, but Steven quickly convinced her to attempt a more peaceful way of negotiation. Together with him, she attempted to convince the other two Lapis to consider other opportunities of self-expression such as art, and attempts to give examples through singing and dancing, to no avail.
As "Mean" Lapis and "Nice" Lapis mock her behavior, Lapis becomes greatly upset to the point of attacking them anyways, and rapidly overpowers them, ultimately changing their mind over terraforming through force; However, she quickly feels guilt over her actions and retreats back to Little Homeschool. A while later, "Nice" Lapis ends up warping to Little Homeschool as well and timidly expresses her interest, to Lapis' delight.
Steven, this makes no sense. Why would she wanna live here? We've been awful to her. She must hate us.
|—"Room for Ruby"|
In "Room for Ruby", Lapis was willing to teach "Navy" how the Earth functioned out of comradeship. When "Navy" grows quickly accustomed to the Earth's wonders, she grows more suspicious of the behavior until she succumbs to distress over "Navy"'s outpacing adaptation, breaking down into fury and remorse. However, Lapis is relieved in the end when "Navy" admitted to acting out her behavior and laughs joyfully knowing her slow adaptation is normal.
Knock her off this beach!
|—Lapis to Steven and the other Crystal Gems in "Reunited"|
Before her entrapment in the mirror, Lapis presumably served under Blue Diamond. It is unknown what her opinion was on the Diamonds before she was freed from her prison, but she does try to return to Homeworld promptly afterward. However, by "Reunited", it is shown that Lapis' view of the Diamonds has diminished greatly, as she defends the Earth against Blue Diamond (who is appalled to see Lapis Lazuli as a traitor). She is also the only Gem that can withstand Blue Diamond's pathokinesis, offering the simple explanation, "I've felt worse." During "Change Your Mind", she seemed fine with the idea of fighting all three Diamonds at once.
|1. "Gem Glow":||Absent||14. "Lars and the Cool Kids":||Absent|
|2. "Laser Light Cannon":||Absent||15. "Onion Trade":||Absent|
|3. "Cheeseburger Backpack":||Absent||16. "Steven the Sword Fighter":||Absent|
|4. "Together Breakfast":||Absent||17. "Lion 2: The Movie":||Absent|
|5. "Frybo":||Absent||18. "Beach Party":||Absent|
|6. "Cat Fingers":||Absent||19. "Rose's Room":||Absent|
|7. "Bubble Buddies":||Absent||20. "Coach Steven":||Absent|
|8. "Serious Steven":||Absent||21. "Joking Victim":||Absent|
|9. "Tiger Millionaire":||Absent||22. "Steven and the Stevens":||Absent|
|10. "Steven's Lion":||Absent||23. "Monster Buddies":||Absent|
|11. "Arcade Mania":||Absent||24. "An Indirect Kiss":||Absent|
|12. "Giant Woman":||Absent||25. "Mirror Gem":||Debut|
|13. "So Many Birthdays":||Absent||26. "Ocean Gem":||Appears|
|27. "House Guest":||Absent||40. "On the Run":||Absent|
|28. "Space Race":||Absent||41. "Horror Club":||Absent|
|29. "Secret Team":||Absent||42. "Winter Forecast":||Absent|
|30. "Island Adventure":||Absent||43. "Maximum Capacity":||Absent|
|31. "Keep Beach City Weird":||Absent||44. "Marble Madness":||Absent|
|32. "Fusion Cuisine":||Absent||45. "Rose's Scabbard":||Absent|
|33. "Garnet's Universe":||Absent||46. "Open Book":||Absent|
|34. "Watermelon Steven":||Absent||47. "Shirt Club":||Absent|
|35. "Lion 3: Straight to Video":||Absent||48. "Story for Steven":||Absent|
|36. "Warp Tour":||Absent||49. "The Message":||Video|
|37. "Alone Together":||Absent||50. "Political Power":||Mentioned|
|38. "The Test":||Absent||51. "The Return":||Appears|
|39. "Future Vision":||Absent||52. "Jail Break":||Appears|
|1. "Full Disclosure":||Flashback||14. "Historical Friction":||Absent|
|2. "Joy Ride":||Absent||15. "Friend Ship":||Absent|
|3. "Say Uncle":||Absent||16. "Nightmare Hospital":||Absent|
|4. "Love Letters":||Mentioned||17. "Sadie's Song":||Absent|
|5. "Reformed":||Absent||18. "Catch and Release":||Mentioned|
|6. "Sworn to the Sword":||Absent||19. "When It Rains":||Absent|
|7. "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies":||Absent||20. "Back to the Barn":||Absent|
|8. "Keeping It Together":||Absent||21. "Too Far":||Absent|
|9. "We Need to Talk":||Absent||22. "The Answer":||Absent|
|10. "Chille Tid":||Appears||23. "Steven's Birthday":||Absent|
|11. "Cry for Help":||Mentioned||24. "It Could've Been Great":||Absent|
|12. "Keystone Motel":||Absent||25. "Message Received":||Absent|
|13. "Onion Friend":||Absent||26. "Log Date 7 15 2":||Absent|
|1. "Super Watermelon Island":||Non-speaking||13. "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service":||Absent|
|2. "Gem Drill":||Non-speaking||14. "Monster Reunion":||Absent|
|3. "Same Old World":||Appears||15. "Alone at Sea":||Appears|
|4. "Barn Mates":||Appears||16. "Greg the Babysitter":||Absent|
|5. "Hit the Diamond":||Appears||17. "Gem Hunt":||Absent|
|6. "Steven Floats":||Mentioned||18. "Crack the Whip":||Absent|
|7. "Drop Beat Dad":||Absent||19. "Steven vs. Amethyst":||Absent|
|8. "Mr. Greg":||Absent||20/21. "Bismuth":||Absent|
|9. "Too Short to Ride":||Absent||22. "Beta":||Appears|
|10. "The New Lars":||Absent||23. "Earthlings":||Non-speaking|
|11. "Beach City Drift":||Absent||24. "Back to the Moon":||Appears|
|12. "Restaurant Wars":||Absent||25. "Bubbled":||Absent|
|1. "Kindergarten Kid":||Non-speaking||14. "The Zoo":||Absent|
|2. "Know Your Fusion":||Absent||15. "That Will Be All":||Absent|
|3. "Buddy's Book":||Absent||16. "The New Crystal Gems":||Appears|
|4. "Mindful Education":||Absent||17. "Storm in the Room":||Absent|
|5. "Future Boy Zoltron":||Absent||18. "Rocknaldo":||Absent|
|6. "Last One Out of Beach City":||Absent||19. "Tiger Philanthropist":||Absent|
|7. "Onion Gang":||Absent||20. "Room for Ruby":||Appears|
|8/9. "Gem Harvest":||Appears||21. "Lion 4: Alternate Ending":||Absent|
|10. "Three Gems and a Baby":||Absent||22. "Doug Out":||Absent|
|11. "Steven's Dream":||Absent||23. "The Good Lars":||Absent|
|12. "Adventures in Light Distortion":||Non-speaking||24. "Are You My Dad?":||Absent|
|13. "Gem Heist":||Absent||25. "I Am My Mom":||Absent|
|1. "Stuck Together":||Absent||15. "Pool Hopping":||Absent|
|2. "The Trial":||Absent||16. "Letters to Lars":||Absent|
|3. "Off Colors":||Absent||17. "Can't Go Back":||Appears|
|4. "Lars' Head":||Absent||18. "A Single Pale Rose":||Absent|
|5. "Dewey Wins":||Absent||19. "Now We're Only Falling Apart":||Absent|
|6. "Gemcation":||Absent||20. "What's Your Problem?":||Absent|
|7. "Raising the Barn":||Appears||21. "The Question":||Absent|
|8. "Back to the Kindergarten":||Absent||22. "Made of Honor":||Absent|
|9. "Sadie Killer":||Absent||23/24. "Reunited":||Appears|
|10. "Kevin Party":||Absent||25. "Legs From Here to Homeworld":||Cameo|
|11. "Lars of the Stars":||Absent||26. "Familiar":||Absent|
|12. "Jungle Moon":||Absent||27. "Together Alone":||Absent|
|13. "Your Mother and Mine":||Absent||28. "Escapism":||Absent|
|14. "The Big Show":||Absent||29-32. "Change Your Mind":||Appears|
|Steven Universe: The Movie||Appears|
|1. "Little Homeschool":||Absent||11. "In Dreams":||Absent|
|2. "Guidance":||Absent||12. "Bismuth Casual":||Absent|
|3. "Rose Buds":||Absent||13. "Together Forever":||Absent|
|4. "Volleyball":||Absent||14. "Growing Pains":||Absent|
|5. "Bluebird":||Non-speaking||15. "Mr. Universe":||Absent|
|6. "A Very Special Episode":||Absent||16. "Fragments":||Absent|
|7. "Snow Day":||Absent||17. "Homeworld Bound":||Absent|
|8. "Why So Blue?":||Appears||18. "Everything's Fine":||Absent|
|9. "Little Graduation":||Absent||19. "I Am My Monster":||Appears|
|10. "Prickly Pair":||Absent||20. "The Future":||Appears|
|1. "Lion Loves to Fit in a Box":||Absent|
|2. "The Classroom Gems: What Are Gems?":||Absent|
|3. "We Are the Crystal Gems":||Cameo|
|4. "The Classroom Gems: How Are Gems Made?":||Absent|
|6. "The Classroom Gems: Fusion":||Absent|
|7. "Cooking with Lion":||Absent|
|8. "Gem Karaoke":||Absent|
|9. "Steven Reacts":||Absent|
|10. "Video Chat":||Appears|
|11. "Steven's Song Time":||Absent|
- There was a lot of attention to detail to her design/change during her introductory episode: She didn't have irises or pupils in her eyes with her eyes being blank when her gemstone was cracked but gained dark blue irises with no visible pupils in her eyes after being healed by Steven. Another example would be the way she moves in a very smooth and fluid way compared to other characters, who have human-like, but still slightly jerky movements. The contrast is seen best when Steven talks to Lapis atop her tower.
- Lapis Lazuli is the only Gem with a color scheme that consists of only four colors, making her the simplest-colored Gem thus far.
- When Lapis' gem is cracked, her color scheme is a darker shade of blue.
- However, as of her "Change Your Mind" regeneration, she has a color scheme containing more colors.
- After "Mirror Gem", her gemstone hasn't been shown having the bottom round lighter blue color except for "Jail Break", the flashback in "Same Old World", "Reunited", and "Legs From Here to Homeworld". Whether this has been for simplicity or ease in the animation or some other reason is unknown.
- During and after her comeback in "Change Your Mind", her lighter blue color in her gemstone repositioned to the top-right of the gemstone, appearing similar to Aquamarine's gemstone. It was also frequently shown more.
- It was revealed in an interview on the Steven Universe Podcast that the reason Lapis doesn't wear shoes is that, being trapped in a mirror for thousands of years, she never roamed an environment with hazards on the ground. When she was freed from the mirror, she had gotten used to traveling barefoot and never felt the need for footwear of any kind, partnered by the fact that she mostly flies everywhere she goes.
- This explanation seems to be somewhat inaccurate and may have been an afterthought on Rebecca Sugar's part as Lapis is depicted barefoot before she got poofed in her flashback in "Same Old World". When she reformed in "Change Your Mind", she now wears sandals, possibly meaning she didn't like traveling around barefoot anymore. Also as of "Why So Blue?" it shows that other Lapis go barefoot as well, which may be a standard habit of the gems as they tend to fly everywhere they go as stated earlier, and Lapis having sandals may be the exception.
- According to Aivi & Surasshu, Lapis' instrument is the Celesta. Her secondary palette includes strings, piano, and timpani. Lapis' music is inspired by the Romantic era of classical music.
- Ian Jones-Quartey revealed in response to a fan that Lapis' hydrokinesis is her weapon, making her the first Gem shown to use something other than a tangible item in combat.
- A silhouette bearing a striking resemblance to Lapis appeared in "The Answer". However, it is not confirmed if it is her or not.
- As shown in "Monster Reunion", Lapis could have been corrupted by the attack of the Diamond Authority at the end of the Rebellion if she hadn't been imprisoned in the mirror.
- According to Peridot, Lapis snores when she sleeps.
- Rebecca states that Lapis' gem placement indicates having no control, lack of understanding of herself, and being vulnerable.
- Greg's drawing of Lapis Lazuli on the album cover for 'Water Witch' has a striking resemblance to Lapis' concept sketches.
- Lapis bears a strong resemblance to Penny from the anime Golden Bat.
- Rebecca Sugar revealed that Lapis' character is based on a comic character she made in high school named Margo, a troubled teenage girl with the support of a happy-go-lucky child.
- Lapis' imprisonment in the mirror may be a reference to the story of Echo and Narcissus from Book III of the Metamorphoses.
- Echo was a nymph who was cursed so that she may only repeat what others say.
- Echo was enamored with Narcissus, who had fallen in love with his reflection.
- Lapis' current outfit contains some gold coloration. This is similar to real lapis lazuli, which usually contains small inclusions of gold pyrite.
- Rebecca Sugar confirmed at SDCC 2019 that Bismuth was the Gem who poofed Lapis in the flashback from "Same Old World"; however, she was not aware of Bismuth's identity. This would explain why Lapis does not bear any form of grudge towards Bismuth from events before the start of the show.
- As of "Why So Blue?", Lapis seems to speak in a more cheerful and high voice, accompanied by more exciting movements and facial expressions. This is likely due to her finally being free to live peacefully and get help with her problems.
|Lapis Lazuli's gemstone is located in the center of her back and is smooth without any facets. It is shaped like a teardrop. It has a silver ring, which is hidden inside her body.|
- The Steven Universe Podcast Lapis - Jennifer Paz, Hilary Florido, Rebecca Suger, and Ian Jones-Quartey (Vol.2/Ep.6)
- Surasshu on Tumblr
Q: "Hey, could you tell us what Lapis Lazuli's instrument is??"
A: '"'Lapis' secondary palette also includes strings, piano, and timpani–her sound is inspired by the Romantic era of classical music."
- Ian Jones-Quartey on Twitter
Q: "What are Lapis and Peridot's weapons?"
A: "Lapis' weapon is water control! You'll just have to keep watching to find out more about Peridot."