|“||That's exactly what she said. That's exactly what you said. It is you, isn't it Rose?||„|
|~ Bismuth when she thinks Steven was Rose.|
|“|| Bismuth:...You shoulda shattered me back then...At least if I were in pieces, I wouldn't have to know how little I mattered to you...You didn't even tell 'em..You bubbled me away and didn't ever tell your friends...My friends...|
Steven: I'm going to tell them, I'm gonna tell them everything.
Bismuth: Heheheheh... Then you really are better than her...
|~ Bismuth's last words to Steven.|
Bismuth is a minor, yet pivotal antagonist in Steven Universe. She is a member of the Crystal Gems whom Rose Quartz sealed away due to her building a weapon called the Breaking Point in order to shatter (kill) other Homeworld Gems and the Diamonds. In regards to her background, the situation and her actions, her villainy is questionable but she is regarded as such in the show itself and in concept artwork. She was later regenerated and becomes a permanent member of the Crystal Gems as she redeems herself in "Made of Honor".
She is voiced by Uzo Aduba, who is known for portraying the character Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Netflix's original series Orange Is the New Black.
Bismuth was originally a builder for Homeworld, assigned to help construct the colony on Earth. However, after encouragement from Rose, she fought in the Rebellion alongside the Crystal Gems. She made the weapons used by the Crystal Gems during the Rebellion and also took part in the fighting herself.
At some point, before the war ended, she created the Breaking Point, a weapon specifically designed to shatter other Gems, and presented it to Rose, who disagreed with the weapon and Bismuth's intentions with it. Bismuth was poofed by Rose, bubbled, and placed inside of Lion's Pocket Dimension. Rose then lied to the other Crystal Gems about Bismuth having gone missing in battle.
5,300 years later, Bismuth is accidentally freed by Steven Universe as he was putting his Thunderbird shirt in Lion's mane. After the Crystal Gems ask Steven to bring Bismuth to them, he accepts. Garnet and Pearl welcome her back with open arms, and Bismuth is puzzled by the existence of Steven, a human merged with a gem. After Bismuth asks about all of her other Gem friends, Pearl tells her that she has been in Lion's mane for 5,300 years and that the rest of the other gems were wiped out during the Rebellion.
Bismuth then brings the Gems to the Forge, where she customizes Garnet, Pearl, and Amethyst's weapons and trains them in order to beat Homeworld. The group also partakes in fun activities, doing sports and relaxing together. As Steven and Bismuth are talking one night, Steven shows Bismuth the sword of his mother Rose Quartz, and she takes Steven back to the Forge where she shows him a secret weapon that would've ended the Rebellion dubbed the Breaking Point, a weapon capable of shattering gems.
Bismuth then has Steven try out the weapon on a dummy, which he refuses to do, as, according to Steven, that would put the Crystal Gems on the same level as Homeworld. Bismuth argues back that they would only be using it to support their cause - to free the subjugated gems from the gem dictators and win the war. Steven refuses and Bismuth accepts this and concludes that only she will be using the weapon. However, Steven throws the weapon behind him, telling her that nobody shall use the Breaking Point.
Angered after concluding Steven is Rose, after all, Bismuth attacks Steven with her shape-shifted arm. A fight ensues, in which Bismuth throws a dummy at Steven. Steven throws it back at her and grabs the Breaking Point. Bismuth believes that "Rose" is attempting to kill her. When Steven refuses to, telling her that "nobody deserves this", she takes the weapon and raises it at Steven. However, Steven manages to stab Bismuth with Rose's sword.
After showing her bitterness at Rose not telling her other Gem cohorts on being poofed, Steven promises to tell the other Gems what happened, enlightening Bismuth before she retreated to her gem. Her gem is then bubbled by Steven and taken to the Burning Room with the other gems. The Breaking Point is thrown into the lava of the forge by Steven.
In "Made of Honor", Bismuth is released from her bubble and told about Rose's true identity, and although she still has a distaste for Rose, she finally understands why she did the things she did. Bismuth was then invited to Garnet's wedding, and became a member of the Crystal Gems once more.
Bismuth has a large, bulky body type with broad shoulders. Her head outlines the shape of the rest of her body, with a large jaw and noticeable cheeks similar to Steven. Her hair is styled in several dreadlocks in a mixture of several bright tones, all held back by a lilac headband. She has a periwinkle complexion, and she sports a single tattoo-like marking of a star pattern on her left shoulder in dark red. Her gemstone is located in the center of her chest and is noticeably concave.
She wore a black apron-like outfit, resembling a blacksmith, with a single brown attachment and a pinkish-red star-shaped belt around her waist. Her pants are a burgundy color, and she has dark brown boots.
After being unbubbled by Steven in "Made of Honor", Bismuth now has a backless and strapless black top that has a square cutout in the middle to reveal her gem. Beneath that is a long light red attachment with a light and dark red apron-like attachment under it, and both of these have a light red belt around them with a light-pink star that is tilted and cut off by the belt and black top. Her pants and boots are unchanged.
Sometime in between the events of "Change Your Mind" and the movie, Bismuth now wears purple overalls with gold clips at the base of the trousers with a red star on the back, but retains the same shoes from her last two forms.
Bismuth is determined, indefatigable, empathetic, and emotive. She is unafraid to speak and act her mind. Bismuth cares deeply for her friends and she also harbors an immense hatred for Homeworld elites that subjugated gems like her and her friends - specifically the Diamond Authority.
Bismuth displays her affection in vigorous ways. When she sees her friends Pearl and Garnet, she immediately pulls them in for strong hugs. She tends to encourage the people around her even after just getting to know them.
Bismuth is deeply devoted and authoritative to her friends. She makes them weapons to complement their existing skill-sets; she playfully teases them while they are alive, and she grieves for them when she learns they are dead. The fact that the remaining Crystal Gems did not know of her imprisonment within Lion's Dimension troubles and wound her. She has a playful side: she regularly creates puns out of the word "Bismuth" and habitually ribs the other Crystal Gems.
She enjoys fighting: she reminisces fondly on the battles she and Garnet fought together against Homeworld's army, for example, and she loves to spar.
Bismuth also relishes the freedom and possibility that results from being a Crystal Gem. She speaks with passion and wonders about Steven's ability to be himself (rather than a copy of Rose Quartz) and her own ability to differentiate herself from other Bismuths by doing what she wants rather than conforming to a prescribed role. Bismuth's passion for maintaining her own freedom and the freedom of others is what drives her to fight against Homeworld. She deeply resents the Homeworld elites for forcing her to do their bidding.
Bismuth is determined to win the fight against Homeworld at any cost. She sees it as her duty to free the gems that live under Homeworld's rule. Because of this conviction, she is willing to go to any length to obtain justice. This mentality leads her to build the Breaking Point, which she sees as the only way to defeat Homeworld. Steven forbidding her from using the Breaking Point also ultimately leads Bismuth to attack Steven, whom she believes to be Rose Quartz attempting to fool her.
When she was released by Steven from her imprisonment, her personality took a drastic turn for the better, and her previous murderous intent towards enemy gems significantly diminished when she realized that shattering a gem didn't solve everything like she thought it would. She showed deep regret for her actions and was reluctant to return to the rest of the Crystal Gems due to the fear of them rejecting her. However, they accepted her with open arms, and from this point on, she is a permanent member of the Crystal Gems.
- Bismuth is not a gem. In actuality, it is an element, a rare exception to the gem names of all the Gem species.
- She is the second Gem villain to not be a Homeworld Gem, the first being Sugilite.
- Bismuth might have been the same unknown gem that poofed Lapis Lazuli during the war in "Same Old World".
- Rebecca Sugar, the creator of the series, confirmed in an interview that she would appear again, although it was unclear at what point specifically. She finally returned in the show, in the episode "Made of Honor", where she finally redeemed herself.