Hello! So I don’t usually do these kinds of posts, but the newest Steven Universe episode really got my brain working and I couldn’t hold back this time around. A few warnings before we continue, though, this post will contain spoilers for the Steven Universe episode Legs From Here to Homeworld. If you don’t want to be spoiled, please just scroll past this!!! I wish I could put this under a read more link, but sadly I’m on mobil and can’t do that. Next disclaimer is that this is all just for fun and so that I can get some thoughts out there. Nothing too serious!
Now that that’s out of the way, lets start.
What I want to talk about in this post is White Diamond and what kind of person she seems to be from what we have seen, and what kind of relationship she may have had with Pink Diamond. I have so many ideas and theories but I have narrowed it down to what might be the three most probable possibilities. The first two are rather bland, but the third is personally my favorite to think about.
First thought: White Diamond is exactly as she seems on the surface; she’s a passive aggressive villain who just plans to trap Pink on Homeworld. There isn’t much to say here, the way she acts, not letting Steven speak, using condescending language to mock how trivial she thinks Pink sees this whole ordeal as, all points to her being exactly as her first impression leads us to believe.
Second thought: She genuinely doesn’t understand the horror of the situation. She is mentally unstable, and judging by how even the crystal gems know of it, and Yellow and Blue never say it was Pink’s fault, she had always been that way. They act like she is not someone who can be spoken to or reasoned with, implying that she doesn’t have empathy.
The way she talks about everything only further proves this fact. “As for this latest little game of yours, thank the stars it’s over.” This could either just be her going by my first thought, or it could be a sign that she truly doesn’t grasp the weight of this whole ordeal like the other diamonds do, calling everything Pink instigated a “little game”.
Now, my third and final thought. The one that I personally have the most evidence behind, and the one I really like speculating about.
White Diamond is acting as a mother figure to Pink in her own way, a way that outsiders might find rather unsettling.
The first clue that hint toward this is the way she speaks to Steven, or, in her mind, Pink.
“Pink! There you are~ Hello, starlight, you certainly gave everyone a scare. They’re all just thrilled to see you safe and sound. As for this latest little game of yours, thank the stars it’s over. Did you have fun? Did you get everything out of your system? Good, good. Everyone is so relieved. Welcome home, Pink.”
First off, she greets Steven by saying “There you are”, as one might greet a child after having played a game of hide and seek. I’ll speak more about this later on. Not only that, but she calls Steven “starlight”, which seems like a cute pet name you might call a kid. She acts like she’s talking to a child, not losing her temper, not shouting, using little words to over simplify the situation, calling everything a game and acting like it was all just to let Pink get her rebellious energy out of her system.
On top of this, Yellow and Blue seemed terrified of upsetting White, acting like her anger would surely be a rampage, something loud and dangerous, not…. whatever that was. This could be one of two things, either White Diamond is that mother figure whose disapproval is the worst punishment, or she is the type of mother who blames the older siblings for the misadventures of the younger sibling, letting the littlest one off with a stern talking to while the eldest get a long lecture about how they should have been looking out for their own.
Her cheery demeanor also strongly resembles that of a parent who is trying to deal with her child who is acting up in public, a parent who doesn’t want to cause a scene and escalate the situation by shouting. In most cases, to avoid embarrassment, the parent would act with a forced sort of cheer to let their kid know they aren’t pleased without advertising to the world that they’re in trouble. White really seems to be practicing this sort of technique.
Even the way she dismisses Steven shows this; the way she says welcome home and sends him out safely in a bubble…. it’s almost like she is putting him in time out, or getting him out of the way before she does something nasty like yell at Yellow and Blue.
I just have one more thought, and it actually ties into my first clue regarding how she acts like this was all a game of hide and seek. Did you notice how rehearsed her monologue sounded? The way she gave Steven no time to speak, how perfectly she retained this practice sort of cheer, it all made me believe we were listening to a prerecorded message at first. Even her Pearl seemed ready and prepared to escort Steven to White Diamond. That wouldn’t make sense, though, because for that to be the case, she would have had to already know that Pink wasn’t dead the whole time, and there was no way for her to know that information until they arrived on Homeworld, right?
But you know how children like to play this game where they hide, but they tend to pick silly and rather obvious places? Under the blanket, behind a box that isn’t nearly big enough to conceal them, under a table with a short tablecloth…. most parents would play along, making a show of looking for them, acting dramatically distraught at having lost their child, playing along until they have their fill of the game and reveal themselves.
When their child finally comes out of hiding, a parent might say “There you are!”. A parent might feign relief at seeing their child “safe and sound”. A parent might tell their child they “gave everyone a scare”.
White Diamond did call this whole thing a little game, didn’t she?