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"Tiger Millionaire" is the 9th episode of the first season in Steven Universe, and the 9th episode of the series overall.

Official Synopsis

Steven joins Amethyst in an underground wrestling league.[2]


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The episode begins with the Gems returning to the temple. Pearl is seen yelling at Amethyst for being too "childish" on their mission. Steven is covered in gunk from a blood polyp, which he considers fun at first, but it eventually hardens and prevents him from moving. He then asks for help, but the others are busy arguing and ignores him for the rest of the evening. Later, Steven remains covered in the gunk overnight, and he falls asleep standing in the kitchen. He is woken up when Amethyst leaves the house. He falls over with surprise, breaking the blood polyp shell and setting himself free.

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Steven follows Amethyst from the house to a wrestling match. He looks through the window and sees Amethyst enter the ring, shape-shifting into her wrestling persona, the "Purple Puma". Ronaldo meets Amethyst in the ring dressed as the "Loch Ness Bloggster" and attempts to fight her, but she takes him down without much effort. After the fight ends, Amethyst leaves the building and returns to her previous form. Steven jumps on Amethyst, and Amethyst reflexively flips him forward onto the ground. She is shocked to see Steven there, and Steven asks if she's secretly a wrestler.

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Amethyst reveals that she is indeed a secret wrestler, and this excites Steven. She tells him that she participates in matches because in the ring, she can do whatever she wants and everybody loves it. Steven asks if he can join in, and she says that he can become her tag-mate if he agrees not to tell Pearl and Garnet. Later that night, Steven dresses up as a tiger and calls himself "Tiger Millionaire". He and Amethyst return to the match and fight a new contender. At first, Steven is of little help to Amethyst in the matches. But after he distracts an opponent with a fake bribery and uses his suitcase to knock him out, Steven becomes a strong asset to her and a popular heel.

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After dozens of victories, Steven drops several drinks on the floor meant for the crowd. Lars, without knowing Tiger Millionaire's true identity, asks him to sign his drink. Steven knocks his drink to the floor, hurting Lars' feelings. Immediately afterward, Steven begins to regret his decision as the crowd looks on, disappointed.

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Garnet and Pearl discover Amethyst and Steven's night-time occupation when they find the flyers Steven created to advertise the final match. After Amethyst scolds them for ruining her wrestling, Garnet demands her and Steven to return to the temple. Amethyst refuses, and she begins fighting Garnet. Steven interrupts and tells the crowd Purple Puma's "backstory", helping Garnet and Pearl understand Amethyst's reasons for wrestling. The audience begins chanting for a fight between the two groups. Garnet replies "no", saying she and Pearl are "The Notorious Order of Wrestling Haters". The four pretend to fight in order to please the crowd; Garnet and Pearl let Tiger and Puma win, ending the match. Garnet, who has been dubbed as "Captain Square", and Amethyst apologize to each other. Steven and Amethyst claim the tag team medals while Sadie states that she is confused by what just happened and turns to Lars, who softly states, "I love you, Tiger Millionaire", while dramatically shedding a tear.






Instrumental Songs


  • Steven's voice actor, Zach Callison, stated in a San Diego Comic-Con interview that this is his favorite episode of season one.
  • The poster of Steven and Amethyst was drawn by Nick DeMayo 's daughter, according to Steven Universe: Art and Origins.
  • This is one of the first episodes to hint at the fact that Sadie had feelings for Lars: after he becomes a fan of Tiger Millionaire, she appears to have gotten bored of wrestling after attending multiple matches and only smiles when she sees Lars happy.

Cultural References

  • The character of Tiger Millionaire has many subtle references to real-world professional wrestling. The name of the episode might be also a reference to a YouTube video named Namer Hakesef (in translation from Hebrew: The tiger of money). Also Steven called Esteban in this episode that may refer to Esteban Himenez, the alter ego of The tiger of Money.
    • The primary reference is likely to the professional wrestler, Ted "Million Dollar Man" DiBiase, who was known for flaunting his wealth, being a jerk, and stuffing dollar bills in his opponents' mouths after they lost.
    • Additionally, his outfit bears resemblance to that of "Irwin R. Schyster", Ted DiBiase's partner in a tag team.
    • The usage of a tennis racket bears resemblance to professional wrestling manager Jim Cornette, whose signature foreign object is the tennis racket.
    • The usage of an oversized cell phone bears resemblance to professional wrestling manager "Paul E. Dangerously", also known as Paul Heyman, who regularly struck people with an oversized cell phone.
    • The usage of coconuts is likely a reference to professional wrestling bad guy "Roddy Piper", who broke a coconut over an opponent's head in a famed moment.



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.


[03:55] Throughout the match, Lars is seated next to Sadie and behind a dark-skinned man with a beard and sunglasses. However, in [04:41], when Steven offers the bribe to Chunk Truck, Lars is seated between a man and a red-haired woman.


[03:29] When Amethyst says "Pumas are cool", her gem is missing.

[TBA] When Pearl announces that she and Garnet were not there to fight, the middle finger part of Garnet's left glove is not colored in.


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
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