Enthralled by the beauty of Earth, Rose led her friends and allies in a rebellion against the Gem Homeworld over 5,000 years prior to the events of the series, successfully preventing the Gem invasion of the planet. Rose eventually got involved in a romantic relationship with Greg Universe before giving up her physical form in order to give birth to their son, Steven, who inherited her gemstone.
Rose Quartz had very long, huge, curly, pink hair styled in thick ringlets. She had defined lips with a light pink color and a heavier build than the other Crystal Gems, and light pinkish-peach skin. In "Story for Steven", she was shown to be similar in height to Garnet, and stood at eight feet. In "Lion 3: Straight to Video", she was shown to have had black eyes. Rose wore a strapless, floor-length, lilac-trimmed, tiered white and in some appearances a white and pink dress that had multiple layers that resembled the petals of a rose, and had a star-shaped cutout in the stomach area, specifically where her gem was located.
A natural leader, Rose Quartz is indicated to have had a caring and loving personality. In "An Indirect Kiss", she was said to be very empathetic when her loved ones were hurt, with her empathy probably leading to her rebellion in the first place. She was also said to have seen beauty in everything "no matter how gross," showing that she treated everyone as equals. In "The Return", it is revealed by Jasper that Rose Quartz was a masterful tactician, a skill that earned her respect. Despite her role, in "Story for Steven", she was shown to have (at least later) a personality greatly resembling her son's personality. Rose showed some ambivalence toward her role in the war; when Greg said he knew little about her, she described this as "a good thing."
Rose did not fully comprehend the depths of human love in the early stages of her relationship with Greg. This led Pearl to initially believe that there wasn't much between Greg and Rose, and that their love was only a phase. She confronted Greg with this idea. Seeing Rainbow Quartz, gave Greg the idea to fuse with Rose, which he'd hoped would help them understand each other. When Greg's fusion attempt failed, Rose started laughing at the thought in a way that he considered to be distant. When asked to talk like a real person, Rose confessed that her sense of love was a facade, and she had no idea how human love worked. Greg and Rose began to talk, leading to a deepening of their relationship. After their talk, it can be assumed that she'd learned from Greg how to be genuinely romantic like a human.
Rose possessed standard Gem abilities, including shape-shifting, weapon-summoning, fusion, bubbling, regeneration, and superhuman strength/durability. Though she has yet to be seen in battle, it has been implied by Jasper that she was quite powerful, and her skills on the battlefield proved to be a winning factor for the Crystal Gems during their first war for Earth.
The original bearer of the rose quartz gemstone, which is currently in possession of her son, Rose Quartz would have had all of the abilities that Steven has- and perhaps even more.
- Healing: Rose manifests her ability to heal through her tears. Her tears could heal broken gems, and heal other creatures of general injuries.
- Phytokinesis: Rose had the ability to grow sentient flora that acted as her guardians.
- Rose's Sword: Rose possessed a sword that she had used during battle, and is currently housed by Lion.
|Rose wears a cream-colored tunic, a tan vest, a scarf and a shoulder belt over her dress.||"So Many Birthdays" (painting)|
|She wore a XXL Mr. Universe Shirt over her dress.||"Story for Steven"|
Statues and wall paintings of Rose can occasionally be found in Gem ruins, indicating she was looked upon favorably by Gems at one point. This may indicate that she had a high status among gemkind.
The Crystal Gems often reminisce about Rose, and express their gratitude for her actions. Greg often laments over her departure with seemingly similar reasons.
While pregnant with Steven, knowing that she could never meet him personally, Rose made a video with the intent of posthumously expressing her love for him.
At one point about 5,000 years prior to the events of the series, Rose led
the Crystal Gems in a rebellious war against the Homeworld Gems on the Gem Battlefield and won. It is stated by Jasper that, although they fought on different sides, she respected the military tactics that Rose used during the war.
As seen in "Story for Steven", the Crystal Gems (excluding Rose) did not wear stars on their outfits at the time that Rose met Greg. This implies that the symbol may have been adopted as a sign of respect for Rose after she gave up her physical form.
- "Laser Light Cannon" (pictured, mentioned)
- "Together Breakfast" (pictured)
- "Frybo" (pictured)
- "Bubble Buddies" (mentioned)
- "Serious Steven" (pictured)
- "Giant Woman" (pictured)
- "So Many Birthdays" (pictured)
- "Lars and the Cool Kids" (mentioned)
- "Steven the Sword Fighter" (pictured)
- "Rose's Room" (mentioned)
- "Coach Steven" (pictured)
- "Steven and the Stevens " (pictured)
- "Monster Buddies" (mentioned)
- "An Indirect Kiss" (mentioned)
- "Secret Team" (mentioned)
- "Fusion Cuisine" (mentioned)
- "Garnet's Universe" (pictured)
- "Watermelon Steven" (mentioned)
- "Lion 3: Straight to Video" (video message, minor appearance)
- "The Test" (mentioned)
- "On the Run" (mentioned)
- "Maximum Capacity" (indirectly mentioned, mimicked through shape-shifting)
- "Rose's Scabbard" (mentioned, pictured)
- "The Return" (mentioned)
- "Jail Break" (mentioned)
- "Open Book" (mentioned)
- "Say Uncle" (cosplayed, mentioned)
- "Story for Steven" (flashback, major appearance)
- "Joy Ride" (mentioned)
- "Sworn to the Sword" (mentioned, pictured)
- "We Need to Talk "(flashback, video tape, major appearance)
- "Chille Tid" (dream)
- "Historical Friction" (mentioned)
- "Friend Ship" (mentioned)
- "Nightmare Hospital" (mentioned)
Steven Universe is Rose Quartz's son. Rose gave up her physical form in order to bring Steven into the world. While she never got to meet her son, Rose cherished Steven, showing nothing but pride and happiness for the kind of person he would become, and trusted him to carry on her mission after her passing. Even when she knew it would mean the end of her existence to create Steven, she showed no fear and could not wait for him to join them. She also assured Steven in a video she left behind that, when he loves being himself, it is really Rose loving Steven and loving being a part of him.
Rose Quartz was previously the leader of the Crystal Gems before she brought Steven into existence. The group seems to hold her in high esteem. In the episode "Laser Light Cannon" for instance, Amethyst is quoted as saying, "If Rose were here, this would be so easy!" The members of the group seem to mourn her disappearance from the world after she gave up her physical form to create Steven, though they do not hold Steven accountable for the loss.
In an in-character interview with Newsarama, Pearl seems to confirm that Rose Quartz was a leader of the Crystal Gems, noting, "Brilliant leaders do brilliant things, that’s why you look to them for answers, answers no one else could have, that’s why you trust them, even when you can’t understand why they chose… Greg".
Pearl was also Rose's second-in-command and confidant in the battle against the Homeworld Gems on the ancient battlefield. Matt Burnett has described their relationship as "complicated". Pearl claims that she was closer to Rose than the other Gems were, and as such, Rose trusted her with information she did not tell Garnet and Amethyst. Pearl seems to value this connection highly, as she became very angry upon realizing that there was information that Rose kept even from her in "Rose's Scabbard". In "Sworn to the Sword", it is stated by Pearl that Rose made her "feel like [she] was everything," and it is explained by Garnet that, during the war, Pearl was extremely protective of Rose to the point of ignoring all logic and reason, and was willing to ris
Greg Universe was the romantic partner of Rose Quartz until she brought Steven into the world. Greg and Rose seemed to have had a very good relationship, but most of what we know is from Greg's point of view. The two of them met at one of his one-man band concerts in Beach City, where she was the lone attendee. He said that they became inseparable, yet he had no idea "what a magical lady like her ever saw in a plain old dope like [him]." Rose used Greg's catchphrase as the activation words for her Light Cannon, reflecting her feelings towards him.
It has was shown in the episode "Lion 3: Straight to Video" that Lion had a some sort of deep connection to Rose. Lion has belongings of Rose stored inside Lion's Dimension such as a VHS tape from Rose, a Mr.Universe T-shirt, Rose's Battle Flag and Rose's Sword. This connection was further explored in "Rose's Scabbard".
- Main article: Rose Quartz/Quotes
- As seen in "Story for Steven," as well as in "We Need to Talk," Rose was barefoot.
- Rose's symbol appears repeatedly throughout the series, such as when the door appears to her room, in the middle of Steven's shield, in the handle of her sword, and the Crystal Gem's war flag back when they fought for the Earth.
- In "Laser Light Cannon", the light that came out of the cannon morphed to vaguely resemble her.
- Rose's gemstone was located where a human navel is - as such, Steven's gemstone is located on his stomach where his navel should be.
- This also makes sense because a mother and an unborn baby are connected by the umbilical cord, part of the navel.
- In "Rose's Room", when Steven was falling through space in Rose's room, a Tiny Floating Whale spoke to him in Rose's voice, saying, "What do you want, Steven?"
- Greg and Rose's backstory was first seriously looked upon in "Story for Steven".
- The Gem depicted on the Crystal Temple strongly resembles Rose.
- This Gem may be a fusion that includes Rose instead.
- Prior to the beach house, the location where Rose's gem would be was the entrance to the temple.
- In "Monster Buddies", Garnet told Steven that Rose tried to use her powers to save corrupted gems, although she was never able to heal them.
- As revealed in "An Indirect Kiss", Rose had a healing spring filled with her magical healing tears.
- Ian Jones-Quartey confirmed that Rose's skin color is based on a peachy light pink color, like some kinds of rose quartz stones.
- This also results in Rose appearing more human than any of the other full-blooded Gems.
- The Crystal Gems, including Pearl, were unaware of the possible connection Rose had with Lion until the events of "Rose's Scabbard".
- Garnet admits that it was fairly obvious in hindsight.
- "Lion 3: Straight to Video" marks the second time that Rose's voice is heard.
- This is also the first episode in which her eyes are shown open.
- This episode also reveals that Rose was physically pregnant with Steven.
- She was the only known Gem to conceive a child.
- It is also revealed that Rose is a part of Steven's gem.
- It is stated by Ian Jones-Quartey that Rose shape-shifted a womb for Steven to be born from.
- Greg gave a raw estimate on how tall Rose was, that being eight feet.
- Rose is so far the longest Gem to not have regenerated.
- During flashbacks in "Story for Steven" as well as "We Need to Talk" Rose's hair is shown to be ruffled in some places. In "Lion 3: Straight to Video", however, her hair is in perfect curls. This is probably an indication of her previous lack of experience with humans and her growth after learning to respect them.
- Rose has only one known fusion, Rainbow Quartz.
- This fusion was made with Pearl.
- Joe Johnston confirmed that Rose has tried to heal a corrupted Gem, but it didn't work.
- Interestingly, in "Ocean Gem", Greg has stated that Rose enjoyed hard rock, contrasting her quiet and loving personality.
- Strangely, when asked how she decided to kill off Rose, Rebecca Sugar cryptically replied "IS she dead?"
- This statement was most likely referring to the fact that Rose gave up her physical form to give birth to Steven, thus making her "still alive" as a part of Steven's gem.
- Rose admitted to having loved other humans before Greg.
- However, she later admitted to not understanding human love, casting doubt on this claim.
- She also had a fascination with humans, describing them as "funny".
- Rose Quartz is a gemstone has an association with healing, love, peace, compassion, empathy, beauty and heart, which perfectly describes Rose's personality.
- Rose Quartz is a rosy pink variety of quartz.
- Its color is usually soft, ranging from very light pink to medium pink in intensity.
- Rose Quartz is a cheap and abundant stone, and is frequently used for jewelry, often appearing in the shape of hearts and roses.
- It is often called "Love Stone".
- Rose Quartz is used to balance emotions and bring peace and calm.
- Rose Quartz's chemical formula is SiO2::Ti, where the titanium impurities make them have a pinkish-red coloration.
|Rose Quartz's gemstone is located on her naval, and summons a shield. This variety of her gemstone is also shown on Steven and Stevonnie. It is a circular gem with a pentagonal facet.|
Q: "Hello Matt Burnett! I have noticed a trend of ppl assuming Pearl + Rose's feels were one-sided. Can we get confirmation?"
A: "Much more complicated than that, and future episodes will continue to share their story."
- Sworn to the Sword
Garnet: "Back during the war, Pearl took pride in risking her destruction for your mother. She put Rose Quartz over everything; over logic, over consequence, over her own life."
- Sworn to the Sword
Pearl: "Why won't you let me do this for you, Rose!?"