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You can't just walk around on the surface like that! You're off-color - just like the rest of us!


"Off Colors" is the 3rd episode of the fifth season of Steven Universe and the 131st episode overall.

Official Synopsis

Steven finds some unusual new allies.[3]


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After managing to escape Yellow Diamond's attacks in the aftermath of Steven's trial, Steven and Lars wake up on the ground at the crashed palanquin. Lars tells Steven his bones are only a little broken thanks to his bubble, and he agrees to the same. The two begin to run, but they both realize they have no way of getting off the planet. Lars also expresses his hunger, but they are interrupted by a Shattering Robonoid coming towards them. The two try to avoid it, but its scanner identifies Steven's gemstone, and the Robonoid begins to attack them.

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Steven and Lars run behind a wall, and Lars admits how afraid he is. Suddenly, an arm coming from a hole in the ground tells them to come over. Although Lars is initially skeptical, the Robonoid attacks and Steven tells him they have no choice. They jump into a tunnel and thank the stranger who saved them. The stranger reveals herself to be a conjoined pair of Rutiles, which surprises Lars. They are bewildered by the odd-looking Gem, but Steven and Lars decide to trust her. The Rutile Twins lead them from the tunnel to a large abandoned Kindergarten. They meet the rest of the rogue Gems hiding in the Kindergarten (a Padparadscha who makes late predictions, and fusions Rhodonite and Fluorite), who explain themselves to be a group of outcasts in Homeworld society for being defective, abnormal, or "off-color". They also explain if they are found by anyone, such as the Robonoids, they will all be shattered.

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Soon, another group of Robonoids finds the Off Colors' cavern, and Steven tells everyone to hide to avoid being scanned. Steven and Lars hide inside an empty Kindergarten hole, and Lars begins to hyperventilate. Steven reassures Lars, telling him it is okay to be scared, and he calms down. Lars turns around and sees the Rutile Twins about to be scanned, and says someone has to do something. He runs out, grabs a rock, and throws it at one of the Robonoids, interrupting its scan. The two Robonoids scan Lars again, who stands still, knowing that it's okay to be afraid. However, Steven realizes that since Lars is organic and has no gemstone, he is not recognized by the Robonoids' gemstone scanners. Padparadscha leaves Rhodonite and approaches Lars, informing him of her late prediction of his invisibility to the Robonoids, oblivious to the Robonoid that scans her. Lars manages to save her by kicking the Robonoid away and moving Padparadscha to safety.

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Steven tries to avoid being scanned again by putting up his shield, but the scanner still notices his gemstone. Lars grabs a large rock shard and starts batting away the Robonoids. One escapes from him and blasts Steven, but its beam is deflected by his shield to the other Robonoids, destroying two of them. Rhodonite tries to warn Padparadscha until she realizes she is being scanned. Lars quickly leaps in front and blocks her exposed gemstones from the scanners, preventing her from being detected. Lars then jumps on top of the Robonoid and attacks it with a rock. The Robonoid begins shooting all over the place, nearly hitting Steven. Lars finally stabs the rock into the Robonoid's lens and it explodes, sending Lars flying into the wall and seemingly knocking him unconscious.

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Steven runs to Lars to check if he is okay, but Lars does not move to his concern. The Gems, not aware of Lars' injury, are happy and impressed that Lars saved them from the Robonoids. Steven places his ear onto Lars' chest, trying to listen for a heartbeat, but hears silence. Steven gasps, realizing the explosion had killed him. Distraught at Lars' death, Steven bursts into tears. Everyone stands around in silence. Steven picks Lars up and a drop of his tears drips onto Lars' cheek. Lars' body begins to glow and turn pink from head to toe, and to their shock, he wakes up with a scar on his right eye. As Lars questions what happened, the episode ends as Padparadscha makes another late prediction.






Instrumental Songs


  • This episode has a different title card than the others shown so far. It has a view from Homeworld with White Diamond's ship in the background. The same title card is seen in the following episode, "Lars' Head".
  • The scene where Lars flies backward hits his head on the wall of the Kindergarten and falls to his death after exploding the Shattering Robonoid has been censored in many countries.

Cultural References

  • Lars makes a reference to Jurassic Park when he says the Robonoid's scanner will not detect them if they do not move. His reasoning is that he "saw it in a movie, once." Unsuccessful, Lars admits "that movie was about dinosaurs."
  • While they were wandering around Gem Homeworld, Steven and Lars stop under a giant sword that is similar to the elucidator of Kirigaya Kazuto from Sword Art Online. The only differences are the sizes and symbols.
  • Steven using his tears to revive Lars is very similar to Belle reviving the Beast with her love from the 1991 Disney film, Beauty and the Beast. It is also similar to another Disney film, Tangled, where Rapunzel revives Flynn Rider with her tears near the end of the movie. It is also similar to the film, Pokémon: The First Movie when the Pokémon use their tears to revive Ash Ketchum at the end.



Note: Time is displayed in [mm:ss]; [00:00] refers to the point after the title card is displayed and before the episode's start.


  • [04:51] When Lars first sees Fluorite, the circular gem on her forehead has a pentagonal facet. For the rest of the episode, the facet is triangular.


  • When the Rutile Twins respond to Steven asking what "off-color" means, the left twin's voice is used for both of the twins when saying "flawed".


View the episode's transcript here.


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Pilot Pilot
Season 1 A: Gem GlowLaser Light CannonCheeseburger BackpackTogether BreakfastFryboCat FingersBubble BuddiesSerious StevenTiger MillionaireSteven's LionArcade ManiaGiant WomanSo Many BirthdaysLars and the Cool KidsOnion TradeSteven the Sword FighterLion 2: The MovieBeach PartyRose's RoomCoach StevenJoking VictimSteven and the StevensMonster BuddiesAn Indirect KissMirror Gem/Ocean Gem

B: House GuestSpace RaceSecret TeamIsland AdventureKeep Beach City WeirdFusion CuisineGarnet's UniverseWatermelon StevenLion 3: Straight to VideoWarp TourAlone TogetherThe TestFuture VisionOn the RunHorror ClubWinter ForecastMaximum CapacityMarble MadnessRose's ScabbardOpen BookShirt ClubStory for StevenThe MessagePolitical PowerThe Return/Jail Break

Season 2 Full DisclosureJoy RideSay UncleLove LettersReformedSworn to the SwordRising Tides, Crashing SkiesKeeping It TogetherWe Need to TalkChille TidCry for HelpKeystone MotelOnion FriendHistorical FrictionFriend ShipNightmare HospitalSadie's SongCatch and ReleaseWhen It RainsBack to the BarnToo FarThe AnswerSteven's BirthdayIt Could've Been Great/Message ReceivedLog Date 7 15 2
Season 3 Super Watermelon Island/Gem DrillSame Old WorldBarn MatesHit the DiamondSteven FloatsDrop Beat DadMr. GregToo Short to RideThe New LarsBeach City DriftRestaurant WarsKiki's Pizza Delivery ServiceMonster ReunionAlone at SeaGreg the BabysitterGem HuntCrack the WhipSteven vs. AmethystBismuthBetaEarthlingsBack to the MoonBubbled
Season 4 Kindergarten KidKnow Your FusionBuddy's BookMindful EducationFuture Boy ZoltronLast One Out of Beach CityOnion GangGem HarvestThree Gems and a BabySteven's DreamAdventures in Light DistortionGem HeistThe ZooThat Will Be AllThe New Crystal GemsStorm in the RoomRocknaldoTiger PhilanthropistRoom for RubyLion 4: Alternate EndingDoug OutThe Good LarsAre You My Dad?I Am My Mom
Season 5 Stuck TogetherThe TrialOff ColorsLars' HeadDewey WinsGemcationRaising the BarnBack to the KindergartenSadie KillerKevin PartyLars of the StarsJungle MoonYour Mother and MineThe Big ShowPool HoppingLetters to LarsCan't Go BackA Single Pale RoseNow We're Only Falling ApartWhat's Your Problem?The QuestionMade of HonorReunitedLegs From Here to HomeworldFamiliarTogether AloneEscapismChange Your Mind
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