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Steven to Amethyst

"Onion Trade" is the 15th episode of the first season of Steven Universe, and the 15th episode overall.

Official Synopsis

A toy trade between Steven and Onion escalates to epic proportions.


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Steven finds Amethyst outside and tells her that he lost his "G.U.Y.S." toy. After hearing this, Pearl tells him that he can't find his things due to his messy room. She then opens his window, allowing a seagull to fly out. Amethyst stands up for Steven, stating her room is just as messy, and she is still able to find everything she is looking for. This remark causes an argument between Amethyst and Pearl, as Steven quietly leaves. He walks solemnly to the car wash, and when he gets there, his father sprays him with the hose, ready to play with him. However, Steven, who is not in the mood to play right then, tells Greg that he lost his toy that Greg got him last summer. Greg, who is unable to remember this toy, decides to give Steven a bag of quarters so he can win himself a new "Ranger Guy" from Funland Arcade.

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After numerous attempts to obtain "Ranger Guy", Steven has only won several "Dave Guys". He then realizes that Onion has the "G.U.Y." he is looking for. He follows him with the hopes of trading all the toys he has for the "Ranger Guy". After Onion refuses to trade, Steven goes back to the Temple and talks with Amethyst, who gives him Pearl's Replicator Wand.

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Steven once again attempts to trade for "Ranger Guy" by replicating "Dave Guy". Eventually, Onion comes to Steven asks him for the wand instead. Ultimately, Steven gives in, handing Onion the wand for "Ranger Guy". The wand is to Onion's liking, and he accepts the trade. As time passes, Onion begins to replicate countless numbers of G.U.Y. toy balls. When the Gems question the situation, Steven reveals how he traded the wand for Ranger G.U.Y., and Pearl asks why he did not just use it to replicate the toy. The Gems, bombarded by Onion's attacks, fail to coerce Onion into handing over the Replicator Wand. While the Gems are distracting him, Steven is able to jump on Onion and make him drop the wand. He realizes that Onion had stolen his Ranger Guy, but lets him keep it because he realizes all Onion does is "sit around and wait for his dad". Garnet destroys the Replicator Wand, which results in the disintegration of every replicated item.

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Amethyst then asks if all the stuff she copied disappeared as well, to which Pearl confirms, leaving Amethyst disappointed. As the Gems walk-off home, Greg approaches his son and compliments him on his actions. Greg then asks him why he went through all that trouble for a toy. Steven responds that he wanted it for the memories but states that he now has "new memories — horrible, horrible memories".






Instrumental Songs


  • According to Matt Burnett, G.U.Y.S. are trendy collectibles from the eighties, currently back in production as part of an 80s nostalgia wave.

Cultural References

  • The ketchup packets Onion threw had "Hynes" written on them. This is a reference to the popular condiment manufacturer, Heinz, as well as the last name of the character designer, Danny Hynes.
  • Steven's advice for surviving Onion's Dave Guy pool is to "try and act like a rich duck", referring to Scrooge McDuck and his ability to swim through the money in his massive vault, like in theme to the show DuckTales.
  • The G.U.Y.S. (Guys Under Your Supervision) toy line of rubber figures may be a reference to M.U.S.C.L.E. (Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere), a similar toy line based on the Kinnikuman manga.
    • As with G.U.Y.S. and its spinoff of "G.A.L.S.", M.U.S.C.L.E. also had a female-based spinoff line known as "C.U.T.I.E."
  • While Steven is telling Amethyst about G.U.Y.S., showing his head in the center surrounded by their portraits, this may be a reference to Mega Man (specifically the Mega Man 3 stage select).
  • The G.U.Y.S toy Eye Guy shares its name with one of the alien forms of Ben Tennyson from the Ben 10 franchise, as well as a monster from the early days of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
  • Steven marks his toys' feet with his initials, similar to Andy in the 1995 animated Disney/Pixar movie Toy Story.


  • Onion is shown riding and later wrecking the same moped that he won in "Arcade Mania".


  • In the first scene, after Steven opens the front door, the door is suddenly closed in cuts to close-up shots, then it re-opens itself in overhead shots.
  • When Greg sprayed Steven with hose water, on the next scene, the place became flooded, which is impossible since the amount of hose water sprayed onto Steven isn't enough to flood the place.
  • In one scene, Ruby's gem was on Garnet's right hand.
    • Garnet's gem was on her gauntlet, while it should be on the palm of her hand.
    • The star on it was also missing.
  • When Garnet tells Onion that the wand did not belong to him, the middle finger part of her left glove is missing.
  • Ranger Guy disappears for a split second after Steven's failed attempt at destroying the wand.


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