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♫ I will fight in the name of Rose Quartz and everything that she believed in. ♫

—"We Are the Crystal Gems"
Pearl
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Nickname(s)
Characteristics
Race

Gem

Weapon(s)
  • Spear
  • Sword (non-summoned)
Gender

Genderless

Pronouns

She/Her

Traits
Gemstone

Pearl

Professional Status
Occupation(s)

Guardian

Team
Personal Status
Status

Active

Friend(s)
Media
Debut

"Pilot"

Music Theme

Pearl's Theme

Voice Actor

Deedee Magno-Hall

"Pearl" is a main protagonist in Steven Universe.

One of Rose Quartz's closest followers, Pearl is one of the last surviving Gems on Earth who joined the Crystal Gems in their rebellion against the Gem Homeworld. Pearl would afterwards protect the Earth over the next several millennia alongside her friends while later teaching Rose's son, Steven, the ways of her people.

Abilities

Pearl possesses standard Gem abilities, including weapon-summoning, shape-shifting, bubbling, regeneration, fusion, agelessness, and superhuman strength/durability.

Fusions

Pearl is shown to be quite knowledgeable in human engineering, despite her naivete towards human culture overall; she was able to repair and upgrade Greg's destroyed van and was able to construct a spaceship out of scrap.

Pearl is shown to be considerably tough too, as she can take many hits before succumbing to her wounds. In "Coach Steven," she took a headbutt from Sugilite, and could still move, given Steven's encouragement. In "On the Run," she took an explosion from Amethyst's whip directly and was fine almost immediately after, despite being briefly immobilized and scratched.

Skillset

Pearl Rapid Fire

Pearl, firing a charged blast.

  • Spear Proficiency: Pearl is very skilled in the art of spear-wielding, and goes in tandem with her pattern of fighting that involves dancing. She moves gracefully and swiftly, attacking with grace and poise. She handles herself well in melee skirmishes.
    • Dual Wielding: Pearl is capable of wielding dual spears in battle, implying she may be ambidextrous.
    • Energy Projection: Pearl can fire arrow-like blasts of energy from the tip of her spear. This can be done as rapid-fire, or charged to unleash a more powerful blast. In Attack the Light, this ability is named "Fireball".
  • Swordsmanship: Pearl possesses expert knowledge and skill with a sword, and, like her spears, can wield two at once.

Unique Abilities

  • Holographic Projection: Pearl can project holographic images from her gemstone, which she uses mainly as a visual aid when lecturing Steven. While most of the holograms seem to be intangible, some, like Holo-Pearl, are able to interact with solid matter. Furthermore, the holograms can function without Pearl's presence up to two weeks, implying that her holograms can live independently. In "Chille Tid" it is shown Pearl's dreams are projected as holograms as she sleeps.
  • Psammokinesis: Pearl is shown manipulating a small amount of sand to create figurines in "Giant Woman". It is currently unknown how much sand she can control at one time.
  • Water-Walking: Pearl can walk on water, as seen in "Together Breakfast".
  • Pocket Dimension: By performing a specialized dance, Pearl can summon and store objects with her gemstone. However, in "Sworn to the Sword", she did this with no dance.
  • Nubikinesis: In "Sworn to the Sword", Pearl is able to channel clouds in the direction of her choice. Able to gather clouds surrounding the arena around her to create a fine mist, reducing visibility and able to quickly dissipate it.
  • Photokinesis: In "Keeping it Together" Pearl can be seen using her gem like a flashlight. In "Chille Tid", she shows that she can project her dreams through this ability.

Trivia

  • In the transition from the pilot to the series, Pearl underwent the most drastic change of the three Gems. Among these changes are:
    • Removal of gold ring around her gem
    • Removal of earrings
    • Skin color changed (from blue to white)
    • Pointy nose
    • Different overall body structure
    • Drastically different outfit
    • Different hairstyle
    • Rose-pink hair color to peach
    • Eye color changed (black to a light blue)
    • Removal of hearts on slippers and slipper color changed (dark blue to light blue)
  • In "Together Breakfast," it is revealed that Pearl owns a wide collection of swords.
  • In "So Many Birthdays," Pearl revealed that all Gems (excluding Steven) are ageless.
  • It is shown that when Pearl blushes, she blushes light blue. This was first seen in "Cat Fingers."
  • The Gems' fighting style's are based off of dancing styles. Pearl's fighting/dancing style is ballet.1
  • In "Fusion Cuisine", Pearl states that she hates eating.
    • Pearl agrees to consume human food, expresses interest in eating, or admits to a preference for certain foods in "Together Breakfast", "Bubble Buddies", "Serious Steven", and "So Many Birthdays". These episodes all take place before "Steven the Sword Fighter". This could mean that Pearl used to like human food.
    • In a Twitter response to a fan, Matt Burnett explained that Pearl likes the process of pie, aka baking, rather than the consumption of it.[1]
  • She is shown to enjoy tea, however, as shown when she brings a teapot to Funland in "Serious Steven", and when she talks about finding out Connie's favorite tea in "Bubble Buddies".
  • There is more than one Pearl, as Jasper called her a lost, defective pearl.
  • Rebecca Sugar confirmed Pearl is a lot like her.
  • In "Keep Beach City Weird", Pearl has shown a reluctance to shapeshift and is the only Crystal Gem who has not shown an ability to shapeshift outside regeneration.
  • Pearl had a replicator wand which was destroyed in "Onion Trade" by Garnet and currently still has a collection of swords and a battle axe.
  • In "Steven and the Stevens", she is seen playing the violin.
  • It was shown in "Monster Buddies" that Steven keeps a framed picture of Pearl on the side of their fridge. It was later destroyed by the Centipeetle Mother.
  • Pearl appears to have her face on several coin-types.
  • In "Lion 3: Straight to Video", Pearl admits that she often watches Steven sleep.
  • "Warp Tour" is the first episode Pearl and Steven have an argument.
  • It was Pearl who revealed that the Crystal Gems chose Earth over their true home.
  • It's confirmed by Steven in "Steven the Sword Fighter" that organizing messes is one of Pearl's favorite hobbies.
  • Considering the fact that Garnet is a fusion, Pearl is the second tallest non-fused Crystal Gem, right next to Rose Quartz.
  • It is revealed in "Reformed" that Pearl was always irked by Amethyst's crooked shoulder strap.
  • Pearl is ambidextrous.
    • This is shown in "Mirror Gem" when Pearl is shown to be able to wield two spears at a time.
    • In terms of which hand she uses, she writes in cursive, as shown in "Keeping it Together".
  • Rebecca Sugar stated in an interview that the crystal gem Steven knows the least about at this point is Pearl.[2]
  • In "Sworn to the Sword", Pearl says she was only a few thousand years old when she began fighting alongside Rose Quartz.
    • It was on Earth that Pearl learned of sword fighting.
    • In a flashback, it appears that Pearl engaged a gem (similar to Jasper) multiple times for Rose Quartz.
    • In "Chille Tid" Pearl shows her dreams via her gem.

Gemology

Gemstone Information


  • Pearls are the birthstone for those born in June, and are also used to commemorate the third and thirtieth anniversaries. Pearl is also an astral gemstone for the signs, Gemini and Cancer.
  • In gemstone mythology, pearls are often associated with virginity, beauty, modesty, purity, and happiness.
  • Pearls are organic gemstones that are formed by shelled mollusks, mainly bivalved oysters and mussels.
  • Pearls are available in a variety of colors. Colors of pearls include the following: White, pink, silver, cream, golden, green, blue and black. Some pearls exhibit iridescence, which is known as orient.
  • Chemical Formula: CaC03

Gemstone

Image Description
PearlGemClear
Pearl's gemstone is located in the center of her forehead. Her gemstone is smooth and does not have any facets, however it has a middle ring.

Related Theories

References

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