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


Steven finds some unusual new allies.[3]


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

Steven and Lars run behind a wall, with Lars admitting how afraid he is. Suddenly an arm belonging from below tells them to come over, and although Lars resists, the robonoid attacks and Steven tells them 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.

Bewildered by the odd-looking Gem, Steven and Lars walk 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 rogue group of Gems, being outcast from Homeworld society for being defective, abnormal, or "off color". Rhodonite also explains if they were found by anyone, or the robonoids, they would all be shattered.

Soon, another group of Robonoids follow them to the kindergarten, 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 it was okay to be scared, and he calms down.

Lars turns around and sees the Rutile Twins about to be scanned, and says someone had to do something. He runs out, grabs a rock and throws it onto one of the Robonoids, interrupting its scanners. The two Robonoids then scan Lars again, who stands still, knowing it was okay to be afraid. However, Steven finds out that since Lars is organic and has no gemstone, he is completely invisible and unrecognized to the Robonoids' gemstone scanners.

Padparadscha goes out of Rhodonite's sight and makes a late prediction in front of Lars, oblivious, to the Robonoid that scans her, but Lars manages to save her by kicking it away its blast and moving her away.

Steven tries to avoid being scanned again by putting up his shield, but the scanner still notices his gemstone. Lars then grabs a large rock shard and starts batting away the Robonoids. One escapes from him and blasts Steven, but is deflected by his shield, and sent to the other Robonoids, destroying one after another.

Rhodonite tries to warn Padparadscha until she realizes she is being scanned, but, Lars jumps in front and blocks her exposed gemstones from the scanners. Finally, Lars jumps on top of the Robonoid and starts attacking it with a stick. The Robonoid begins shooting all over the place, nearly hitting Steven. Lars finally stabs the stick into the lens and the robonoid explodes, knocking him hard back into the wall twice, unconscious.

Steven runs to Lars, to check if he's okay, but Lars doesn't move to his shock. The Gems, not knowing of Lars' injury, are happy and impressed of Lars saving them from the Robonoids. Steven places his ear into Lars' chest, trying to listen for a heartbeat, but hears silence. Steven gasps, realizing the explosion had killed him, and he had saved them all.

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's 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. Surprised that Lars has come back to life and him questioning what just happened, the episode ends with Padparadscha making another late prediction.






Instrumental Songs

  • TBA


  • This is the first time a human character dies and is resurrected
  • Steven demonstrates the ability to resurrect people with his healing tears.
  • This episode reveals that if "Off Colors" are spotted on the surface of Gem Homeworld, then they'll be shattered.
  • This episode confirms the existence of perma-fusions living in Homeworld, although they are abominated.

Cultural References

  • Lars makes a reference to Jurassic Park when he says for him and Steven to not move so the scanners won't detect them. He later refers to it as seeing a "dinosaur movie".
  • While they were wandering around Gem Homeworld, Steven and Lars stop under a giant sword that's similar to the elucidator of Kirigaya Kazuto from Sword Art Online. The only differences are the sizes and the symbols.



  • 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.


View the episode's transcript here.


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ve Episode List
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
Film Steven Universe: The Movie
Steven Universe Future Little HomeschoolGuidanceRose BudsVolleyballBluebirdA Very Special EpisodeSnow DayWhy So Blue?Little GraduationPrickly PairIn DreamsBismuth CasualTogether ForeverGrowing PainsMr. UniverseFragmentsHomeworld BoundEverything's FineI Am My MonsterThe Future
Shorts Lion Loves to Fit in a BoxThe Classroom Gems: What Are Gems?We Are the Crystal GemsThe Classroom Gems: How Are Gems Made?UnboxingThe Classroom Gems: FusionCooking with LionGem KaraokeSteven ReactsVideo ChatSteven's Song Time

Start a Discussion Discussions about Off Colors (episode)

  • The off colors could be back very quickly

    2 messages
    • Steven can just poof the off colors and bubble them back to earth, and as we seein monster buddies the gems can do that with humans.
    • True but then Steven would be stuck in space because let's face it he doesn't know how to pilot the ship. And even if he did bubble t...
  • Would it be possible for a Gem to become off coloured?

    4 messages
    • Most processes that change a gems color are artificial industrial processes, generally to 'fake' a more valuable gem.  For example m...
    • ImpalerWrG wrote: Most processes that change a gems color are artificial industrial processes, generally to 'fake' a more valua...
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