* Warning: spoilers for Steven Universe up to and including the episode Reunited (the last episode of season 5) *
Have any of you seen the show Steven Universe? It is probably one of the gayest shows I have ever seen, if not the gayest. It’s a great show about an alien race made out of gems and a half-gem-half-human kid named Steven Universe. The gems are only female and are created by taking over a planet and draining it of life and resources. One gem named Rose Quartz decided to form a rebellion to save the Earth from the clutches of the Diamonds, the rulers of this alien species. Along with her followers, the Crystal Gems, she protects our planet and they decide to live here after winning the war. Rose then gives birth to Steven, dying in the process. The remaining Crystal Gems (Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl) take care of and raise Steven with some help from Greg Universe, Steven’s father.
Now that you all know the basics of the show, and hopefully you've all watched it and caught up on season 5, let me tell you about some of my favourite characters in Steven Universe.
One of the things I love about the show is something that gems can do: fusion. On Homeworld, the gems’ original planet, fusion is used between gems of the same kind as a combat tactic. Usually only the gems of the same kind - especially Rubies whose role is to fight and protect - can fuse to create a bigger and stronger version of these same gems. For example, five Rubies will fuse into one giant Ruby. However, one of the Crystal Gems is what is considered an “illegal” fusion as she is actually a Ruby and a Sapphire. Together, they become Garnet, my favourite character. Unlike normal fusions who fuse for strength, she is fused for love. They literally become one and are pretty badass. Plus, just recently, Ruby proposed to Sapphire, and they got married. So, Garnet for the win! ☺️
Another character I personally like is Rose Quartz, who is definitely at least bisexual. She clearly has some love for Pearl and was in love with Greg. Furthermore, according to Pearl, Greg wasn’t the only man Rose has loved. In fact, in a song that Pearl sings about Rose (It’s Over, Isn’t it?), she mentions: “I was fine with the men who would come into her life now and again…” Rose may not be my favourite character in the show, but she still adds a little bit more representation for the LGBTQ+ community.
Of course, we can’t forget Lapis and Peridot aka Lapidot! They may not be an official couple, however they are so cute together. In the episode Barn Mates, Peridot tries to befriend Lapis Lazuli but the latter is angry about Peridot keeping her as a prisoner, interrogating and using her. However, later in the episode, Lapis protects Peridot and Steven and then asks Peridot if she is alright. She answers with a huge smile, which makes Lapis blush. Then, in Gem Harvest, Lapidot are found farming vegetables together and they have a pumpkin who is alive and acts like a pet dog and they both try to teach it to talk, which shows that their relationship has gotten a lot better. Finally, in the episode Reunited, Lapis returned to Earth to be with the Crystal Gems and Peridot, which had me crying way too much. Lapis is a sad and depressed character, on top of being insecure and fearful of the Diamonds, but even on the moon, where she was hiding in case the Diamonds came to Earth for revenge, she was keeping an eye on Peridot. So, yes, to me and many other fans of the show, they are a couple. (Bite me if you disagree.)
The last character I want to mention is Pearl. She was left heartbroken by Rose and who, by being so hurt, breaks our hearts. Our very single Pearl who seems to have a lot of scraps of paper with phone numbers saying “call me” because people realise she is a catch. Now that she has a cellphone, will there be some calling these numbers? Maybe even the pink-haired girl who looks like Rose? Hopefully she finds love before I die watching her pine over a dead girl. I love Pearl and I had to put her in here because she adds to the gayness of the show without being too “in-your-face.” She is a normal character who goes on with her day to day alien lifestyle. Yes, there is the occasional mention of Rose where you can see she is clearly heartbroken and still in love with her, but it's still kind of subtle compared to other moments in this show.
Steven Universe is the most openly gay kids show I have watched up to now. Props to Rebecca Sugar for making this show so great for people of all ages. Hopefully, this show can help normalise LGBTQ+ people and content for kids, teens and adults alike, and help people understand us better as a community. Kids enjoying this show at a young age will most likely be more than okay when they hear that their friend has a crush on someone of the same sex in the future. This is one of the reasons why I adore Steven Universe.
Let me know what you guys think about the show!