i think the gem fusion theory of “the better the relationship between 2 gems, the more ~human~ their fusion will look” is reallly boring, unsettling, and a lazy way of looking at a pretty cool gem thing?
there are cetain extremes where you can say, “yes, those two gems should not be fused!” (Malachite) or “these gems are so perfect together, their fusion is perfect! (garnet) but even then I still don’t think that “looking human” has anything to do with that…
like, for example, I’ve seen people saying that Sugilite, and Alexandrite are bad fusions for having multiple arms and eyes (and mouths for Alexandrite) and therefore the relationships are Bad and Abusive somehow… that’s a really unsettling line of thought , and besides that it kind of tosses aside everything special and interesting about fusion’s designs?
- in Sugilite’s case for example, she’s pretty huge, monsterous and powerful, so I see ppl call her a “bad” fusion… but I don’t think that’s the case, and I don’t think her being “less human” is bad at all!! she has four very large and strong arms for power, she has wild hair and a lot of eyes because she’s wild and she likes to be an unstoppable monster.
- and to look at other fusions similarly…
- Rainbow Quartz has a very human (2 arms 2 legs) body because she is graceful and awe inspiring, but 4 eyes because she is looking at things (Greg!) from 2 different sets of eyes/points of view
- Opal is a gem who is both powerful and graceful, with four strong arms that can pull her massive bow string and protect the people she cares about
- Alexandrite was made of four gems who have different personalities and motivations for attending dinner with the Maheswarans, and who were each trying to maintain control of the fusion themselves; we barely even got to see Alexandrite as herself before the Crystal Gems started fighting to control her, but I think her arms and mouths show the CG’s different motivations and control over her
- And then there’s Malachite, who I see people use as example the most. Because she has no legs and six arms, and is barely human, people have used Malachite as the backbone of the “humanoid=good fusion” argument.
but again, I think that is a really boring way of looking at her. Malachite is made of anger, vengeance and control. She is literally a fusion made for control. Her six arms are designed exactly for that- this is subverted when Lapis uses her water powers to restrain Malachite’s arms, in turn controlling her. Again, her four eyes show the two different personalities and motivations within her.
(Is Malachite a dangerous and bad fusion, and is Jasper/Lapis a bad/abusive ship? Definitely, I will not argue against that.)
Anyway, the theory that human shaped bodies = better fusions or better relationships seems completely wrong to me. It ignores the personalities, ambition, and inspiration of each fusion; half the time it seems to me that this kind of theory boils down to “here’s what ships I think are good or bad based on body form.” (I won’t go into why that’s a pretty nasty method of thinking in itself.)
We need to remember that fusions are not two people. Neither are they one person, but it is undeniable that each fusion has its own personality, its own thoughts and drive, its own reasons for what it does. And I think that, with as few times as we’ve seen most fusions (with Garnet, Opal, and Malachite appearing more than one time) we haven’t gotten the full picture on them yet anyway. We’ve seen each of them working towards one purpose at a time, with one reason for fusing. We can’t say for sure right now that their bodies don’t change when the reason for fusing changes. We’ve seen that gems can change dramatically (See- gems reforming throughout the series, Amethyst’s change from what is essentially a child to an adult) and I think that fusions can only change much MORE dramatically! Who are we to say that they’ll even look the same each time they fuse?