Dee Bradley Baker
"Lion" is a magical pink lion whom Steven befriends in "Steven's Lion." Lion protects Steven, as seen in "Steven's Lion" and "So Many Birthdays." It is reveled in "Lion 3: Straight to Video" that Lion had some sort of deep connection with Rose Quartz. This connection is explored further in the episode "Rose's Scabbard."
Lion has pink fur, a lighter pink star shaped mane and a dark pink nose. While Lion is performing magical abilities his eyes and mane emit a white glow. A tuft of light pink fur tips the end of his tail.
Lion is an enigmatic character whose sentience and sapience is somewhat questionable. Much like a normal animal he rarely changes his expression, but for the most part he is quiet and docile. Though he can be considered a "pet" for Steven, Lion looks after himself and often "does his own thing". While Lion does not seem to acknowledge Steven most of the time, he does seem to understand Steven to a certain extent, responding whenever Steven needs him in enigmatic ways. This is shown in "Lion 2: The Movie" when he takes him and Connie to Rose's Secret Armory when he remarked how he was not "trained very well", or how he nearly smothered Steven's face to show him the dimension in his mane when he said he wanted to know more about his mother in "Lion 3: Straight to Video."
- Concussive Roar: Lion has a powerful roar that can destroy/knock down structures, as seen by knocking down multiple sand constructions in "Steven's Lion."
- Dimensional Manipulation: Lion has the ability to manipulate dimensions with relative ease.
- Portal Creation: Lion can also produce roars that can open up pink portals connecting two non adjacent areas together; it is first seen in "Lion 2: The Movie" where he took Steven and Connie to Rose's Secret Armory.
- Pocket Dimension: Lion has a pocket dimension that is located and currently only accessible through his mane. Lion's Dimension is a vast pink savannah that stretches to a tall pink acacia tree atop a grassy hill. There is no breathable air in the dimension, and thus Steven must hold his breath when inside.
- Dimensional Storage: Rose had stored some of her important objects inside of Lion's mane for safe storage and relative ease in summoning back again. The pocket dimension is filled with Rose's belongings such as her sword, a photo of Rose and Greg, a videotape of her and Greg, a treasure chest, the Mr. Universe Shirt Greg gave her when they first met, a tattered flag with her symbol, and an unknown bubbled object; as well as some of Steven's belongings such as his bike, helmet, some magic tricks paraphernalia, soda, and probably many more.
- Supernatural Stamina: Lion has incredible stamina, as shown in "Ocean Gem" where Lion kept pace with Greg's Van for a whole day while carrying Steven and Connie. He has also been shown to be capable of leaping far distances.
- Water-Walking: Lion is able to walk on water as seen in "Lion 2: The Movie", when he takes Steven and Connie to Rose's Armory
- "Steven's Lion" (debut)
- "So Many Birthdays"
- "Steven the Sword Fighter"
- "Lion 2: The Movie"
- "Rose's Room" (cameo)
- "Monster Buddies"
- "An Indirect Kiss"
- "Ocean Gem"
- "Fusion Cuisine" (cameo)
- "Lion 3: Straight to Video"
- "The Test"
- "Rose's Scabbard"
- "The Message"
- "The Return"
- "Jail Break"
- "Full Disclosure"
- "Say Uncle"
- "Cry For Help"
- "Nightmare Hospital"
- Rebecca Sugar's pet cat is also named Lion.
- Lion's ability to teleport might have explained how he managed to follow the Crystal Gems back to the temple in "Steven's Lion."
- Lion usually sleeps near the house of the temple, as shown in "Fusion Cuisine" and in "Steven the Sword Fighter", when he is seen resting underneath the house.
- In "Lion 3: Straight to Video," Steven allows Lion to sleep in the house in a bed he made for him.
- One of the concept designs considered for Lion was an "unsettling, silent caricature of a lion, like an old medieval heraldry image. His face was frozen into an uncertain grin except for his eyes which would follow Steven around while he creeped out the other Crystal Gems. He might not be pretty and actually kinda suspicious, but Steven loved him."
- As revealed in "Rose's Scabbard," only Steven can go inside Lion's Mane. This is most likely because he has Rose Quartz's Gem, though it could also be a matter of Lion's preference.
- It is unclear how far Lion can teleport, and it is possible that he could be used as an alternative means of transport to Warp Pads. For example, in "Rose's Scabbard," Lion traveled on his own to the Strawberry Battle Field.
- He has been shown as an alternate means for warp pads, such as in Cry For Help