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Villain Overview
Hey, are you Steven Universe?... Perfect.
~ Spinel finding Steven
You know, I came here to take my anger out on a bunch of strangers, but now that I know you, I wanna kill you even more.
~ Spinel telling and expressing her hatred for Steven.
Just can it, won't ya?! You can't just make everything better by singing SOME STUPID SONG!
~ Spinel fighting Steven.

Spinel is the main antagonist of the 2019 Cartoon Network animated television film Steven Universe: The Movie. She is Pink Diamond/Rose Quartz's former best friend of the Homeworld Gems, who was abandoned by Pink in order to turn Earth into a colony for Homeworld. After realizing Pink was not going to come back to her and after hearing about Steven Universe, she decided a plan to destroy Earth, all organic life, and everything Steven loves. 

She is voiced by Sarah Stiles.

Appearance

Spinel's appearance is seemingly based off an old-fashioned cartoon. When Spinel became evil, she has a dark pink complexion, magenta eyes, a small pointy nose, and magenta hair that is styled into a pair of pigtails that are messy. She has three black lines underneath both of her eyes, reminiscent of running mascara. Her clothing consists of a dark magenta top, pointy dark hot pink sleeves, dark magenta shorts, dark hot pink wrist-length gloves, white stockings and a pair of magenta knee-high boots that are pointy at the top. her eyelashes are hidden underneath her bangs. Overall, her appearance is similar to that of an old-fashioned cartoon.

Her gemstone is located in the center of her chest, cut in the shape of a heart. When she became evil, her heart-shaped gemstone turned upside-down. Before she became evil, she had puffy hot pink sleeves, and her pigtails were shaped like hearts. In addition to her former appearance, she had a vibrant pink complexation. Her eyelashes were more visible. Her boots were not pointy at that time (the time of before she became evil).

Personality

Originally, Spinel had a goofy, fun-loving and a rather innocent personality, being Pink Diamond's best friend to the point of being clingy. She greatly enjoyed her time with Pink Diamond and viewed her as her best and only friend. This friendship turned into practically undying loyalty, as she did not hesitate to wait 6,000 years for Pink Diamond when she was told by her it was part of a game.

However, upon seeing Steven's message, she realized that Pink had completely forgotten about her and started a new life with family and friends and left Spinel alone, not even bothering to send her back to Homeworld or formally tell her that Pink didn't want to bring Spinel with her. Upon realizing this, Spinel was heartbroken and brought to tears, utterly devastated with this information.

It was because of this event that she became filled with unyielding rage and hatred. Out of spite and anger towards Steven and the other Crystal Gems for their close relationships with Pink Diamond, she decided to get a drill with poisonous bile that would destroy all organic life on Earth. While fueled by rage, she still retained her humor and jovial nature, even while fighting the Crystal Gems. She took sadistic joy in knowing that Earth would be destroyed and stated that after knowing Steven, she wanted to kill him even more.

Despite her more evil nature, she still longed for a friend, and upon seeing that Steven was willing to be there for her, she decided to stop her plan at destroying the Earth and became momentarily redeemed. Upon being reformed, she appeared rather nervous around the other gems and constantly hid behind Steven.

After having her innocence broken and her faith in Pink Diamond shattered, she became much more paranoid and on-guard, which was why upon hearing Steven saying that once Garnet's memories and his powers were restored, they could live "happily ever after", she viewed the remark as meaning she'd be excluded and left alone once again. Then, when she saw Steven had her scythe in his pocket, Spinel immediately viewed it as proof that once she did what Steven wanted of her, he would get rid of her when her back was turned. This caused her to once again return to her former evil self and resume her destruction of all organic life on Earth.

As she continued fighting with Steven, she became overwhelmingly enraged by Steven attempting to reason with her and convincing her she could change, believing that he didn't understand how she felt and that he couldn't change how she felt. She began acting purely on rage, pummeling Steven with endless punches and attacks; while doing this, she openly admitted that she had changed for the worse, going so far as to say before, she wasn't good enough for Pink Diamond, but now, she wasn't good enough at all.

After seeing how far she'd fallen, how violent she'd become, how much she wanted to hurt Steven, and how Steven had actually liked her, Spinel began to crumble under her pain and sadness, realizing how far she had fallen and how monstrous she had become, remembering that all she wanted was to be a friend. Once she came to accept her sins and Steven's friendship, Spinel became fully redeemed, now dedicated to making new friends and starting from scratch.

History

Previously belonging to Pink Diamond, Spinel was abandoned by her for thousands of years, left waiting alone in the garden. After 6,000 years of waiting, Spinel finally had gotten news on what has become of her Diamond. She learns that Pink Diamond no longer exists and had given up her physical form to give birth to her son, Steven. After learning this and also realizing the fact that her Diamond abandoned her, she changed her appearance and swore vengeance on Steven and Pink's "new friends".

Later on that same day, Spinel arrived on Earth on a massive injector, that she then injected into the ground. As the injector began filling the ground with poison, Spinel began to fight against the Crystal Gems and poofed Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl in the process with her Gem Rejuvenator. Furious, Steven manages to grab hold of her weapon and poofs Spinel with it as well.

After the battle, Steven brings the poofed gems (including Spinel) to the temple where he learns, after the Crystal Gems had reformed, that they have lost their memory. Not too long after this revelation, Spinel reforms too and acts oddly friendly and playful towards Steven, calling him her new best friend.

Throughout the movie, Spinel would follow Steven everywhere he went and would "help" him get his friends' memories back. While doing so, she would also try to play with him, but never got to chance to, due to him being too focused on helping his friends. After helping Amethyst, Steven and the other remaining Crystal Gems learned that the only one who can stop Spinel's injector is Spinel herself, but in order to do that they need her to remember who she is and since Pearl is the only one who seems to know her, the group decides to help her next. That evening, Spinel would join Steven and the other Crystal Gems at the Abandoned Warehouse, where they would try to get Pearl to regain her memories by listening to a song written by Sadie Killer and the Suspects ("Disobedient"). When that didn't work, Steven figured out that the only way Pearl would be able to think for herself, as well as regain her memories, is if her owner "disappeared", just like Rose did. In order to do just that, Steven fuses with Greg (who Pearl thought was her owner) and forms a new fusion named, Steg. Steg then sings a song ("Independent Together") that helps Pearl remember who she is and later duets with him (as Opal).

Although the song had succeeded in helping Pearl, it caused Spinel to see that Steven cares more for his friends than her. Upset, she flees to Pink Diamond's Garden, where she tells Steven the story of her past as well as her abandonment, causing her to return to her former self. Steven, feeling bad for Spinel, befriends her and brings her back to the Gems and Connie, who, after initially being wary, agree to let Spinel help Steven in deactivating the Injector.

Upon deactivating it, Spinel is once again hurt by Steven's reaction. She then claims that he only needed her for the Injector, and did not want to be her friend. Thinking he will betray her as his mother did, she resorts back to her old behavior and attacks Steven, this, however, causes Garnet to regain her memories as well. Spinel then retreats to the top of the Injector and is soon followed by Steven, who then tries to talk to her. This further infuriates her, causing them to fight, until it becomes apparent she has lost her motivation to destroy him and regrets her actions up until that point. Steven, now fully reunited with his powers, comforts her and claims she can start fresh with new people to be her friends. The Injector then explodes due to the battle, and Steven saves Spinel by entrapping her in his bubble alongside him. Steven then attempts to comfort her again, as Spinel decides she has created too much damage and must leave.

The Diamonds then arrive, ready to confront Steven about where they will live and Steven introduces Spinel to them, thus giving her the new friends he promised. Spinel then says goodbye to Steven and leaves Earth with alongside the Diamonds.

Quotes

Well, well, well, well, well. Lemme get a look at the menagerie. You must be Amethyst, you must be Garnet, and Pink Diamond's Pearl! Well, She took you with her. Isn't that just ... SWELL?
~ Spinel meeting the Crystal Gems.
Ohoho, but it can be. And it is! I got a new style and a few new toys that are gonna put an end to your Happily ever after ONCE AND FOR ALL!
~ Spinel returning to end the Crystal Gems
Yeah yeah yeah, I've heard. I've had your little message to the universe on loop! I just LOVEEE that part where Pink Diamond spends the rest of her days on this NOWHERE planet with a bunch of NOBODIES!
~ Spinel summarizing Pink's time on Earth.
Who am I? WHO AM I?! What are you even saying? I'm the loser of the game you didn't know you were playing!
~ Spinel after Steven ask who she is.
Aw, what's the matter, Steven? Miss your friends already? Well, don't worry... you're right behind 'em!
~ Spinel poofing the Crystal Gems before getting ready to poof Steven.
You don't poof, do you...? Figured as much. Just wait! Your human half won't stand a chance against my injector... not after what I just did to your ge-em! You weren't always a powerful hero, were you?
~ Spinel's last words to Steven before poofing.
NO!
~ Spinel refusing to let Steven leave without her.
This was our garden. A special world, built just for Pink and I. On Homeworld, Pink was so lonely and sad, but not here. Here, we would play for hours. Every day was so much fun. At least, that's what I thought. Pink wanted a colony more than anything. One day, her wish came true! Blue and Yellow gave Pink her very own planet: Earth! I was so excited! A brand new place to play!
~ Spinel about her past.
Yeah, you must know all about her life without me! Rub it in, why don't ya?!
~ Spinel angry at Steven and Pink Diamond
What about me? (Steven: Huh?) Is that all you needed me for? To turn off my injector? (Steven: No. Well... Sort of, but...) Well, what now? I-I did what you wanted. That's it? (Steven: Well yeah. We can just forget this whole thing ever happened.) How are you going to forget with me around? I'm the source of all your problems. Don't pretend you want me here. What's your plan for me, huh? You gonna put me somewhere? You gonna leave me somewhere? You gonna leave me alone?!
~ Spinel's mental breakdown
Why do you have that?... We can just forget this ever happened. You mean, 'I' can just forget this ever happened!... Wow! What a plan! I turn off the injector, and then the moment my back is turned, BAM! PRESTO! CHANGE-O! PROBLEM SOLVED! Well, think again. You're not getting rid of me that easy... I'm not letting you get one over on me, Steven Universe!
~ Spinel feeling betrayed.
You know, this is pretty twisted, but I'm a little flattered you liked the old me. Innocent, loving... Stupid. If that's your thing, why don't you leave her like this? (Steven: Get away from her.) Oh, you're so protective of your real friends, and you're so careless with your fake ones! (Steven: Stop it.) Then stop me! You wanna attack me, just admit it. Or better yet, just try it! (Steven: No.) WHY NOT?! (Steven: Because it's not the truth.)
~ Spinel provoking Steven.
I don't wanna play anymore.
~ Spinel losing all sense of fun.
Ha. Wow! I knew I was going to set you back, but this is how you started? The legend, Steven Universe? You gotta be kidding me. How did a powerless loser like you, become savior of the galaxy?!
~ Spinel mocking and questioning Steven.
All that stuff's easy for you to say! When you change, you change for the better! When I CHANGE, I CHANGE FOR THE WORSE! I used to be Just! Not! Good enough! JUST! NOT! GOOD ENOUGH FOR PINK, But now... Now... I'M NOT GOOD AT ALL! That's funny, right? At least you found me entertaining. *tears run down her face* You actually... liked me... didn't you? What am I doing? *crying* Why do I wanna hurt you so bad? I'm supposed to be a friend! ...I just wanna be a friend...
~ Spinel's villainous breakdown.

Trivia

  • In gemology, spinels represent positivity, wealth and happiness.
    SpinelGem

    Spinel's Gem

    • For this, her gem is in the shape of a heart. The most common spinels are shaped as a water droplet. In order to be heart-shaped, both spinels are together side by side.
  • Her appearance is based on Jenny Wakeman (or XJ9), the main heroine from My Life as a Teenage Robot.
  • It is unknown why Pink abandoned Spinel after instigating the rebellion. There are two possible reasons for that: Pink completely forgot about Spinel as she focused on the rebellion or she left Spinel behind as an act of mercy from the horror of the Gem War.
  • She represents Pink's worst action in the series.  
  • Blue Diamond stated that Spinel is one of Pink Diamond's lost treasure, which means that there might be Gems out there like her.
  • In a way, she actually serves as the deuteragonist of the film. She was the one that ultimately funded a way to revert Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl to their original selves. Sure, she was angry at some parts, such as when she was the deuteragonist such as her screaming "NO!" at Steven when he said that she had to stay with the other gems. Thankfully, she reverted back to her happy self after Steven said she can go with him. Thus, she should be considered the true deuteragonist of the film and not the rest of the main crystal gems (Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl), since they were not their original selves for most of the film.

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