Mask Island is an island that first appeared in the episode "Island Adventure".
The island consists of a giant waterfall, multiple lakes, a beach, many trees, and multiple crystal clusters and geodes. It is inhabited by creatures such as worms and ocean fish with strange mask-like faces and glowing eyes.
"Island Adventure" and "Marble Madness"
Steven, Lars, and Sadie were trapped on the island after Sadie hid the island's warp pad to prevent Lars from leaving. They quickly became familiar with the land, being able to cook and catch fish and build a hut to live in. After fighting the Invisible Gem Monster, they leave.
The island briefly reappears in "Marble Madness", when one of Peridot's Plug Robonoids crash-lands on the island while trying to locate the Prime Kindergarten Control Room. The Crystal Gems warp there to fight it.
At some point after this, the Watermelon Stevens arrive on the island and develop a small civilization. They advance remarkably quickly and appear to have knowledge of the wheel, basic metallurgy, ballistics and even gliders.
During the final hours before the drilling operation to confront The Cluster, Steven inadvertently controls the body of a Watermelon Steven while sleeping. He explores the island and befriends a watermelon dog. During his exploration on the watermelon village, he is selected by the village elder to stand upon a cliff overlooking the ocean with a flower crown. Steven does so, only to be attacked by Malachite, sending him back to his waking body. He urges the crystal gems to go to Mask Island and fight Malachite, stating that she is causing the earthquakes. The Crystal Gems depart via Warp Pad, appearing on the island and quickly forming Alexandrite to combat the rogue fusion. During the battle, Steven assumes control of another Watermelon Steven and encourages the civilization to come aid Alexandrite against Malachite. The villagers attack, armed with spears and catapults, distracting Malachite long enough for Alexandrite to gain the upper hand in the conflict. After a long-winded battle, Alexandrite manages to split Malachite back into Jasper and Lapis, catching the two as defeated and unconscious gems. Exhausted, Alexandrite splits back into Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl upon reaching the shore.
After Malachite is defeated, earthquakes begin rocking the island and creating fissures in the ground, threatening to swallow Jasper and Lapis. The Crystal Gems manage to save Lapis but lose Jasper as she slides into a fissure and vanishes from sight. Garnet realizes The Cluster must be taking form, but the island's warp pad was already destroyed, leaving the Crystal Gems with no quick way to return to the barn. Finding Steven among the gathered Watermelons, Garnet orders Steven to wake up and return to his true body to help Peridot stop The Cluster. While Steven and Peridot begin drilling through the Earth towards The Cluster's location, The Crystal Gems retreat from the island with Lapis.
It's shown that Mask Island and Watermelon Stevens have survived the Cluster incident. The mountain on the island, however, has broken into two, thus changing the landscape.
The Watermelon Stevens in this episode have been separated into two factions:
- Watermelon Stevens with stars on their bellies among other places boasting peaceful behaviors and attitudes.
- Tribal-esque Watermelon Stevens armed with more aggressive behaviors and spears among other offensive tools, possibly as preparation for another attack on the scale of Malachite.
- The island's name was revealed by Garnet in the episode "Marble Madness".
- Everything living on or nearby the island has a constant happy expression on their face, akin to a comedy mask. When cooked, these expressions become sad, similar to a tragedy mask.
- This could explain how Mask Island got its name.
- While Mask Island's warp pad was destroyed in "Super Watermelon Island", the Crystal Gems are later seen warping back to the Barn in "Gem Drill", which may suggest that there is a warp pad located within several hours of the island.
- The Watermelon civilization has an intriguing mixture of technology.
- Mark Island design is similar to the island in the Yoshi Island (N64 and DS remastered version) game title screen.