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—"Little Graduation"

Shep is the romantic partner of Sadie Miller. They first appeared in "Little Graduation".

Appearance

Shep has a light brown skin color and dark brown hair. They also sport a white crop top with some colorful abstract designs on it, some slightly big purple joggers and blue and white high tops. They have a backward hat, white with red on the end, a gold nose ring and four bracelets on their arms (blue and green on the right and yellow and pink on the left). They also wear a dark green backpack.

Personality

They appear to be laid-back and level-headed, as shown by how they react to being trapped by Steven's powers. They also appear to be understanding and observant of others' feelings, showing this when talking to Steven while trapped inside the dome he created.

They also have shown an interest in music, so much so that they even carry cassette tapes of their music, one of which is given to Steven. They also seem to be very easy to get along with, able to help Steven calmly assess his emotions while inside the dome, and show no further hostility towards Steven after the incident.

History

"Little Graduation"

Shep is first brought up inside Lars's bakery, where Lars asks Sadie about her relationship. At this point, Sadie reveals they've been dating for nearly two months and leaves. Steven then further asks Lars about Shep, where Lars admits Shep and Sadie met while Sadie was on tour.

Shep first appears during the graduation of the Off Colors, where they happily greet Steven when he goes to speak with Sadie. It is also revealed that Shep and Sadie have prepared a duet for the graduation (rather than it being The Suspects like Steven assumed). Later into the graduation party, Sadie and Shep perform "Looking Forward" to the crowd.

Shep, along with the others, gets trapped inside Steven's diamond-like dome created during his pink-state. During this, Steven calls out Lars to explain his feelings towards Sadie, where Sadie admits the two tried but "grew apart", and it's assumed that sometime during this Shep entered the picture and Sadie began dating them. Shep shows some happiness when Lars compliments their relationship.

When Steven's dome begins closing inwards with the threat of crushing everyone, Shep is able to assess the situation. Despite Steven's panic and inability to read his emotional state, Shep manages to calmly explain to Steven that, since his powers are based on his emotions, it's likely the dome is a manifestation of his anxiety over his friends leaving. Steven remains incredulous as Shep continues to try and help Steven realize that, while Steven is feeling confused and wants his friends for help, he ultimately needs to let them live their lives. Thanks to Shep, Steven inadvertently drops the dome.

Following this, Steven admits to Sadie and Shep that they are a good couple. Shep, showing no ill will over the prior events, happily offers Steven a copy of their music when Steven asks and even carries copies of their music on tape cassettes. Shep and Sadie then leave.

Relationships

Sadie Miller

They met Sadie while Sadie was on a tour with her band, Sadie Killer and the Suspects. As of "Little Graduation", they have been dating for two months and seem to be pretty close. The two play music together as shown with the song "Looking Forward".

Lars Barriga

Lars and Shep do not have much interaction, however, Lars does show that he knows about Shep, and he's entirely calm about the relationship they have with Sadie. Lars even compliments Shep on being such a good partner to Sadie (possibly due to the admitted poor relationship history between Sadie and Lars).

Steven Universe

Steven, at first, seems somewhat hostile towards Shep's existence within his circle of friends. He is unable to understand why Lars and Sadie aren't together and shows a passive-aggressive attitude at first when meeting Shep. Shep doesn't seem to react heavily to this but is noticeably aware.

When Steven traps everyone in a dome during his pink-state, it is ultimately Shep who calms Steven down and tries to help him work through his feelings, which results in everyone telling Steven they'll stay friends, and Steven finally being able to drop the dome. Following this, Shep happily hands Steven a cassette tape of their and Sadie's music and doesn't seem to harbor any anger towards Steven for the incident. Steven also admits the two are a great couple and shows guilt at his actions.

Episode Appearances


Trivia

  • The musical instrument that Shep plays in "Little Graduation" is known as an Electronic Wind Instrument, or EWI.
  • They are the first non-binary character in the franchise that isn't a Gem fusion.
    • Their voice actor, Indya Moore, is also non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.

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References

ve Characters in Steven Universe
Crystal Gems Human-Gem Hybrids: Steven

Unfused Gems: PearlAmethystRubySapphireBismuthPeridotLapis LazuliBiggs JasperSnowflake ObsidianLarimar
Gem Fusions: AlexandriteGarnetObsidian (Rose fusion)OpalRainbow QuartzSardonyxSugiliteCrazy Lace AgateMega Pearl
Hybrid Fusions: Obsidian (Steven fusion)Rainbow Quartz 2.0Smoky QuartzStevonnieStegSunstone
Inactive Gems: Rose Quartz
Humans: Connie Maheswaran
Pets: LionPumpkinCat Steven

Homeworld Gems Unfused Gems: CombyEmeraldPebblesPeridotsSapphiresSpinel

Fusion Gems: MalachiteTopazZebra JasperGiant RubyRuby (triple fusion)Lemon JadeBluebird Azurite
Inactive Gems: Pink Diamond

Off Colors Unfused Gems: PadparadschaRutile Twins

Fusion Gems: FluoriteRhodonite
Humans: Lars Barriga

Other Gems (Formerly) Corrupted Gems: Angel Aura QuartzBiggs JasperBixbiteBlue Lace AgateCherry QuartzJasperLace AmethystLarimarNephriteOcean JasperOrange SpodumeneSnowflake ObsidianWatermelon TourmalineZebra JasperDesert GlassBig BirdEarth BeetleFlower MonsterGem Cave CreatureHeaven BeetleInvisible Gem MonsterLighthouse Gem MonsterPyramid Temple GemPlant MonsterSlinkerTongue MonsterWater BearUnknown Giant Gem MonsterOthers

Other Gems: The ClusterMinor GemsMinor Corrupted GemsUnknown Gems (Morganite • Nephrite-XJ Cut-763 • Unknown Quartz Warrior • Blue Diamond's Court • Pink Diamond's EntourageUnknown Crystal Gems67 Elite CitrinesPyritesHessonites, Demantoids, and PyropesKyanites)

Gem Fusions: Cluster Gems (The Cluster)

Comics Gems: Ant Gem MonsterClock Tower GemFrozen FragmentGlass GhostInvisible Manta RayMole Gem MonsterMolluskMonster Lizard GemObeliskOld Book GemPlant MonsterPerils of PweepweeRainbow Cloud MonsterRed Bird Gem MonsterRed Eel MonsterScorching ShardSlime Gem MonsterSlug MonsterSnowbeastTentacle MonsterUnknown Giant Bird

Other Major Characters Humans: Greg UniverseSadie Miller
Recurring Characters Humans: Andy DeMayoBarbara MillerBill DeweyBuck DeweyBuddy BuddwickDante and Martha BarrigaDoug MaheswaranDr. Priyanka MaheswaranHarold SmileyJamieJaneJenny PizzaKevinKiki PizzaKofi PizzaMartyMr. FrymanMystery GirlNanefua PizzaOnionPeedee FrymanQuentin FrowneyRonaldo FrymanShepSour CreamSuitcase SamVidaliaYellowtailZoomans

Other: Baby MelonBlue CrabCactus StevenHolo-PearlMagic MossSteven Jr.Watermelon Stevens

Minor Characters Humans: The Best Diner in the World's WaitressEmpire City Wildlife Rehabilitation Center EmployeeGaryGreg's family (Aunt and Uncle • Aunt DebGrandfatherParents) • Hospital Employees (Dr. GeroDr. StrombergDr. West) JeffKhajima, Jaime, and BrandishMarty's RoadiesMayoral BodyguardsMike KrolOnion's Friends (Garbanzo • Pinto • Soup • Squash) • Patricia and DanielRickySabinaSteven's BabysitterSunshine JusticeWilliam Buford BuchananWilliam DeweyMinor Human Characters

Other: Blue CrabsButt LobsterCrystal BasiliskDogMask Island FishOnion's MouseOnion's SnakeParty GuyRaccoonSeagullsSnakeSteven The ThirdSusanMinor Animal Characters
Aliens: Beetle AliensBird Blob AliensUngulate AliensWorm AliensFlower-Like AliensMinor Alien Characters

Fictional Characters Cookie CatDogcopterMearlPizza JennyMinor Fictional Characters

Camp Pining Hearts: PaulettePercyPierre
Garnet's Universe: FoxmanHopperHoppyRingo
Golf Quest Mini: AceAce's Father
Li'l Butler: Li'l ButlerMr. MoneyMrs. MoneyDaughter Money • Dirtbike Money
Lonely Blade: Evil JanitorLonely BladeLonely Blade's Brother
Rose's Room: Cloud ConnieTiny Floating Whale
The Spirit Morph Saga: ArchimicarusLisaPlinkmanWind Lizard

Antagonists CentipeetlesCrab MonstersCrystal ShrimpDrill ParasitesElectric SkullsFryboRed EyeRobot Shooty ThingSmoke MonsterVine Monsters
Alter Egos Billy Bank AssetsChunk TruckConcrete HeatDashing Danny DooberHandsome Hank HackleschmidtHowl JonesLoch Ness BloggsterPurple PumaSea WaspShark-O-ManiaTiger Millionaire
Attack the Light Blue LightGreen LightIndigo LightOrange LightRed LightViolet LightWhite LightYellow Light

Groups: Light ArmyBlue Monsters • Green Monsters • Indigo MonstersOrange MonstersRed Monsters

Save the Light Hessonite • SquaridotHessonite's Citrines
Unleash the Light DemantoidPyrope
The Phantom Fable Fable • Lonely PearlJasper (Eyeball)
Groups Cool Kids • Crystal GemsCrystal Temps • "Famethyst" • Great Diamond Authority • Homeworld Gems • Hospital EmployeesOff ColorsOnion's FriendsPebblesSadie Killer and the SuspectsSecret Team • Steven and the Stevens • Water ClonesZoomansMinor Human CharactersMinor Animal CharactersMinor Fictional CharactersMinor Gem CharactersMinor Corrupted GemsSpeciesUnknown Gems
Gem Types Aquamarines • BismuthsDiamonds • GarnetsJades • Lapis Lazulis • Nephrites • Pearls • PebblesPeridots • Quartzes • Rubies • Sapphires • Topazes

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