I couldn't stay away. If they're gonna punish me like a Crystal Gem, I might as well be one, right?
Lapis Lazuli is a member of the Crystal Gems who made her debut in "Mirror Gem". During her alignment with the Gem Homeworld, Lapis was caught in the Rebellion and got poofed by a Bismuth; Homeworld imprisoned her within a magical mirror after mistaking her for a Crystal Gem. She would remain in the mirror for thousands of years until she eventually convinced Steven to free her. Lapis returned to Homeworld, only to be forced back to Earth by Peridot and Jasper. She fused with Jasper into Malachite to imprison and take her anger out on her, only to later unfuse and decide she has no other choice but to live on Earth, due to trapping a highly-regarded Quartz soldier. Lapis lived at the Barn with the newly reformed Peridot until the threat of another war became a reality. She left Earth and took the Barn with her to the Moon. Steven finds her in "Can't Go Back" and convinces her to come back, but after he has another vision of the Diamonds, Lapis decides to leave the Moon. However, in "Reunited", she returns to Earth to fight against the Diamonds, becoming a Crystal Gem in the process. She was poofed by Yellow Diamond. She is currently being watched over by Bismuth, along with Peridot.
Lapis Lazuli has a slim figure, cyan skin, and a cobalt blue chin-length hairstyle, arranged in almost the same as that of Pearl, although her bangs are longer, with a fringe that covers her entire forehead, and it occasionally looks messier. She is also about the same height as Pearl.
She wears a flowing skirt, the same color as her hair, which is calf-length with a downward-facing navy triangle. She also wears a backless, blue halter crop top with an upward-facing navy triangle that ties into a blue sash ribbon on the back of her shoulders. She has a blue lapis lazuli gemstone embedded in her back, in the form of a water droplet, from which she is able to summon and remove wings created out of water at will.
Before Steven healed her, she had reflective eyes without pupils. After Steven heals her gemstone, her eyes are discovered to be royal blue.
While it is unknown what Lapis was like before being trapped in a mirror, the suffering of being trapped for over 5,000 years has changed Lapis deeply.
Lapis initially harbored a hatred for the Crystal Gems, being vindictive and mistrusting since they knew she was in the mirror but never helped. She also felt that the Crystal Gems only cared about themselves and the Earth. On the other hand, she adored Steven for being the one to free her and heal her cracked Gem.
Along with resenting Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl, Lapis initially had a strong dislike towards Peridot because she had dragged her back to Earth during the events of "The Return" and "Jail Break", In "Barn Mates", Lapis was shown to be furious and unforgiving towards Peridot, not accepting her apologies or gifts, and still clung on to the fact that she was sent back to Earth because of her, showing that she is angered easily and cannot let things go, going as far as being grumpy the entire episode, and even rudely destroying Peridot's tape recorder. However, after having a talk with Steven, she eventually warms up to her and does a good deed by defending her and Steven from the Rubies, showing that she is slowly starting to forgive and be friendlier with the Crystal Gems.
When confronted with an enemy stronger than herself, Lapis usually displays a defeatist and worried approach. She believes that putting up a struggle can only make the situation worse. In "The Message", she delivers a frantic message to Steven about the approaching invasion, begging him to submit to Homeworld should they cross paths. In "Jail Break", she gives similar advice when Steven stumbled across her, mentioning Homeworld might go easy on them if they follow orders. In "Raising the Barn", Lapis packs up the Barn and flees Earth in order to avoid another war at the hands of the Diamonds. However, in "Reunited", Lapis makes a surprise appearance and officially proclaims herself to be a Crystal Gem, joining the fight against Blue and Yellow Diamond showing that she does care about her friends and that she'd rather be with them than be alone anymore, showing a more braver side of her personality.
Lapis wanted nothing more than to return to how things were on Homeworld, being very desperate in her attempt to return home such as stealing the Earth's ocean. In doing so, she shows that she can be rather inconsiderate and indifferent, as she does not care about the human race nor the Earth, except Steven. Overall, Lapis is a passionate Gem, who does not hesitate to fight anyone who stands against her.
One of Lapis' notable characteristics is her strong willpower. Even with a cracked gemstone, through sheer determination, Lapis managed to control an entire ocean and, once her gemstone was healed, fly a vast distance through space to eventually reach Homeworld. Lapis' strength of mind is so great that she suppressed the equally resolved Jasper for months on end. Detrimentally, however, she is also shown to be very stubborn and hesitant in cooperating or accepting help from others unless she has no other choice, seen in both "Jail Break", when she refuses to be set free by Steven, and in the events of "Chille Tid", where she does not want to tell the Crystal Gems her location for them to find her and aid in the situation.
Having gone through several traumatizing events, Lapis gradually showed a more dour and deadpan side to her, especially after facing her interrogator Peridot again. However, she ranges from being deadpan to emotional throughout the show too, as seen in "Alone at Sea", where she appears to be more lively and cheerful, 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. Whether this is a sign of her wounds healing or not is not made clear. As shown in "Reunited", Lapis is able to resist Blue Diamond's pathokinesis thanks to how much trauma she has been through, barely shedding a tear upon being hit by the aura.
In "Alone at Sea", Lapis reveals a cynicism about herself which borders on self-hatred. She harbors a deep regret not just for her actions as Malachite but those in "Ocean Gem" as well, particularly her belligerence against Steven and Jasper. She briefly doubts whether she is different from Jasper, but with Steven's encouragement, she gathers the resolve to avoid reigniting their abusive relationship. It was a recurring theme for Lapis to be used by others, usually for her extraordinary power, and these experiences have cemented in her a general mistrust of others. In the same episode ("Alone at Sea") 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. The contradiction between her strong will and self-doubt is not yet understood.
"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, watching Camp Pining Hearts together with her, and creating pieces of art they call "meep morps". In "Back to the Moon", her relationship toward the Crystal Gems seems to have improved.
After overcoming the majority of her traumas, Lapis' true personality seems to be extremely laid back, almost blasé. Events such as the Rubies' return and Andy DeMayo yelling at her, seems to barely faze her and she is typically seen sitting or lounging around while watching Camp Pining Hearts or reading.
In "The New Crystal Gems" and "Room for Ruby", it is shown that Lapis is neutral and does not trust strangers when she meets them, as she was indifferent towards Connie, barely recognizing her and most of the time ignoring her. When Navy was living in the barn, she was skeptical of her appreciative behavior, believing she was lying. While she has come to respect Connie in how she was able to deal with Steven's life, she was glad to find out that Navy was still loyal to Homeworld and everything she did was a charade to get back the Roaming Eye. In "Room for Ruby", Lapis also 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. During the events of "Raising the Barn", it is shown that Lapis is still traumatized by her experiences in the war for Earth to be comfortable defending the planet from a Homeworld attack. She wants Steven and Peridot to flee Earth with her, but when they refuse, she decides to leave on her own, taking the Barn, her comfort zone, with her. Lapis is upset when she discovers that Peridot has been keeping information that she had deemed too substantial, suggesting that Lapis considers herself emotionally stable enough to overcome her past traumas. However, being in seemingly immediate danger of a Diamond attack is too much for her to handle.
But, in spite of her traumas, the repercussions of the war and the horror of the gigantic power of the diamonds, in "Reunited" she confronted her demons and went to face with bravery her former superior attacking her surprisingly, after overcoming all her doubts and fears, she finally began to accept and fight for her "real home", and for her "new family".
In the podcast, Rebecca Sugar describes Lapis as being 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's scared that she'll do something bad with it. It was when she was Malachite that Lapis 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 clearly even when it's 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 with Peridot. Lapis has more fear because she's 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, and 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 since Lapis has trouble asking and actually using this assistance, she tries to solve problems for herself instead, leading to her fleeing the planet with the barn.
Lapis possesses standard Gem abilities. Her physical strength is at least slightly superhuman, enabling her to lift fragments of Peridot's warship while injured and to crush her recorder without effort. She also appears to be rather durable, surviving the crash of said spaceship without needing to retreat into her gemstone to heal. In addition, she is mentally strong, as she was able to overtake and subdue Jasper for a long time when they were fused. Her long and tormented imprisonment also enable her to resist Blue Diamond's Radiated Pathokinesis.
- When fused with Jasper, they formed Malachite.
- Hydrokinesis: Lapis appears to have immense power over water and liquid material, demonstrated by her ability to divide the sea to create a path and form a section of the Atlantic Ocean into a space elevator. Lapis can control liquids that are only partially composed of water, such as orange juice.
- Flight: When Lapis' gemstone was healed, it was shown that Lapis can fly using water-wings that extend from her gemstone. These particular water constructs 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, although it is unknown whether she flew directly to Homeworld. She can not summon her wings with a cracked gem, unlike her other abilities.
- Water Generation: In addition to manipulating existing liquid, Lapis can generate a certain amount of water from her gem. However, it is unknown whether the water is somehow stored within her gemstone, or if, as an extension of her hydrokinesis, she simply condensed the water molecules in the air into a liquid form.
- Water Constructs: Lapis is capable of forming water into various constructs that she can control. She has shown to form hands out of water that she can use to smite enemies or use as a platform. She is also able to form chains to entangle or trap enemies with. Her power is strong enough to stun Blue Diamond for a short period of time.
- Water-Walking: Lapis can walk on water, an ability she shares with Opal and Lion.
- Hydromimicry: Lapis can use her control over water to create flawless, powerful water clones of her enemies. The clones appear to possess the same fighting styles as the originals, as demonstrated by water Garnet's strength and water Amethyst's constant shapeshifting. They also have the ability to 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.
- Matter State Manipulation: Lapis is able to change the state of matter of water using her hydrokinetic abilities, causing it to turn into ice. This is first shown when her Crystal Gem water clones create matching weapons of ice.
- Water Bubbles: Lapis is able to form water bubbles that can contain objects, similar to standard Gem Bubbles, but instead hold liquid.
- Memory Projection: As shown in "Same Old World", Lapis is able to 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.
- Pathokinetic Resistance: Unlike other Gems, 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."
Just let me do this for you!
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 are able to 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 she 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. 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.
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 the 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 "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.
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", Greg 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", he 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, 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 own kind, referring to their part in the war, whereas she says "I never believed in this place."
Given that the mirror in which Lapis was imprisoned was known to the Crystal Gems (having most recently been stored in Pearl's gem), it was not clear how much about Lapis they knew. However, one of the sources of her anger was the likelihood that they did not 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?"
As shown in "Same Old World", while the Crystal Gems did not 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. Although her animosity is towards the Crystal Gems as a group, she shared negative feelings towards Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl specifically, as they did not 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 a 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", she seems to have no problem standing in as a Crystal Gem, acting like them or being associated with them. She attempts to stand in for Amethyst by imitating her mannerisms and styling her bangs over her left eye.
In "Raising the Barn", Lapis demonstrates that she is not seriously committed to the Crystal Gems' mission of protecting Earth, 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.
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"|
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 "Cry for Help", it is revealed that Lapis was her informant.
In "Same Old World", Lapis is surprised and upset to see Peridot and tells her that the barn is her home now. In "Barn Mates", Lapis is angry with Peridot for having interrogated her and using her. Peridot, with the help of Steven, tries to make it up to her with gifts and cards. However, Lapis still harbors resentment and does not accept them. Peridot admits that she identifies with Lapis' loneliness and asks her what she wants. Lapis tells Peridot to leave, and Peridot does since she knows it is for the best. Steven asks why Lapis will not give Peridot a chance as she is really trying to which Lapis skeptically asked him of his trust in Peridot. A Homeworld tracking vessel then arrives chasing Peridot and soon is ready to shoot her. Lapis then steps in front of the Peridot using her hydrokinesis to protect her. Afterward, she 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. They seem to have the same interests, like Camp Pining Hearts, making modern art (or "meep morp", as they call it), and they both participated in making music to impress their visitors, Steven and Amethyst. Peridot seems to be considerate of Lapis' feelings as Peridot tries 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. 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.
In "Gem Harvest", Lapis enjoys farming with Peridot using her hydrokinesis. They also "adopt" Pumpkin, a living pumpkin Steven creates that acts like a dog. During the feast, Peridot is the only one who laughs at Lapis' jokes with her and even predicts when Lapis is willing to high-five her.
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. As Peridot jokes about how Lapis' snoring, she becomes more concerned and sympathetic of Lapis' 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 in order to avoid upsetting her. Lapis was upset when she learned this, presumably having believed that Peridot was always honest with her. Lapis wanted and expected Peridot to flee Earth with her, but when Peridot makes clear that she will stay and fight with the Crystal Gems, Lapis leaves without her.
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.
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. Jasper does not seem to care much for her, having no problems with imprisoning her after finding out Lapis withheld information from her. Jasper also called Lapis a brat after she tried to escape from the destroyed Gem warship. Jasper coerces Lapis to fuse into Malachite in order to fight the Crystal Gems. However, she 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 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 in order 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.
In "Alone at Sea", 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 actually missed her, a common symptom of being within an abusive relationship, until meeting with Jasper again, despite the nature of their fusion and the antagonistic relationship they had while fused. Since Lapis 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. Lapis, however, refuses to fuse, as she comes to realize that what she missed about Jasper was not her company, but having a person she despised to take her anger out on. Understanding that their relationship is unhealthy, Jasper blames Steven and attempts to shatter him. Fortunately, Lapis punches her away into the ocean using her hydrokinesis.
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 afterwards. However, by "Reunited", it's shown that her 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), being the only Gem that can withstand her pathokinesis.
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 in "Ocean Gem". Lapis responds to this by saying "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 speech.
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, Lapis grows more suspicious of the behavior until she succumbs to distress over Navy's outpacing adaptation, breaking down into fury and remorse. Lapis is relieved in the end when Navy admitted to acting out her behavior and laughs joyfully knowing her slow adaptation is normal.
|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":||Absent|
|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|
- Lapis Lazuli is shown to be exceptionally powerful, being able to control the entire ocean, making it into a giant tower-construct, and creating water-duplicates of the Crystal Gems to fight them off, all while her gem was cracked. She was also able to become the dominant personality when she fused with Jasper, and imprisoned them both, once again, using the entire ocean to her advantage by weighing them down. She was even able to stabilize her fusion-form, despite the Gems' lack of synchronization, whereas any forms of mismatch would usually cancel the fusion.
- Despite this, Jasper was able to push her around effectively, though this could have been purely psychological. Lapis was unsure and lacking hope in herself when Jasper imprisoned her aboard Peridot's ship. This was seen again when Jasper caught and restrained Lapis as she attempted to fly away, though this may be partly due to Lapis' injuries from the ship's destruction.
- There was a lot of attention to detail to her design/change during her introductory episode. When her gemstone was cracked, she did not have irises nor pupils in her eyes with her eyes being blank. However, after being healed by Steven, she gained dark blue irises with no visible pupils in her eyes. Another example would be the way she moves; compared to other characters, who have human-like, but still slightly jerky movements, her animation is very smooth and fluid. 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.
- 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.
- Lapis is one of the few known Gems able to fly. Other Gems include Aquamarine and various corrupted Gems.
- Lapis and Steven demonstrate that Gems are adaptable in the vacuum of space.
- Greg's drawing of Lapis Lazuli on the album cover for 'Water Witch' has a striking resemblance to Lapis' concept sketches.
- 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.
- As shown in "Monster Reunion", if Lapis had not been imprisoned in the mirror, she could have been corrupted by the attack of the Diamond Authority at the end of the Rebellion.
- 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 own reflection.
- A silhouette bearing a striking resemblance to Lapis appeared in "The Answer".
- However, it is not confirmed if it is really her or not.
- After "Jail Break", her gemstone has not been shown having the bottom round lighter blue color except for the flashback in "Same Old World". Whether this has been for simplicity or ease in the animation or some other reason is unknown.
- In the episode "Same Old World", Lapis officially relinquishes her affiliation to the Gem Homeworld; however, she is not a Crystal Gem either, making her a Gem with no alignment.
- When Lapis blushes, it is blue, as seen in "Barn Mates".
- During NYCC 2016, Jennifer Paz, her voice actress, describes her favorite moment in the series as the introduction of Lapis, specifically the first moment with the smackdown of the water hand in "Mirror Gem".
- In the song "What's the Use of Feeling (Blue)?", Yellow Diamond mentions that Lapis Lazulis are made to terraform worlds.
- Along with Bismuth, Carnelian, Holly Blue Agate, Watermelon Tourmaline, and Emerald, she is the sole Gem of her Gem type seen, (although a Gem resembling Lapis is seen in "The Answer", and a Gem resembling Bismuth is seen poofing Lapis in a flashback in "Same Old World").
- Like Amethyst, Lapis sleeps sometimes despite not having to, as revealed in "Room for Ruby". According to Peridot, she also snores when she sleeps.
- Rebecca states that Lapis' gem placement indicates having no control, lack of understanding of herself, and being vulnerable.
- Rebecca Sugar revealed that Lapis' character is based off of a comic character she made in high school named Margo, a troubled teenage girl with the support of a happy-go-lucky child.
- It was revealed in an interview on the Steven Universe Podcast that the reason Lapis doesn't wear shoes is because, 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 use 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 clearly depicted barefoot before she got poofed in her flashback in "Same Old World".
- In "Can't Go Back", Lapis Lazuli sings for the first time in the series.
- Lapis bears a strong resemblance to Penny from the anime Golden Bat.
|Lapis Lazuli's gemstone is located in the middle of her back. It appears to be cut like a pear cabochon. 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)
- Steven Selects episode 3
- 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."
- 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."
- File:Lapis and Peridot Crystal Gems.png