Pink Diamond’s Character Growth After Volleyball

Just when we thought we knew Pink Diamond’s full character arc, Steven Universe: Future gives us the episode Volleyball to add an even earlier event. What Pink did to hear Pearl was certainly bad, and the scars she left on her lasted for thousands of years, but it’s what started Pink Diamond’s character growth.

As we know from Steven Universe: The Movie, Pink hadn’t finished growing by the time she got the Earth colony – Spinel could tell you that – but after hurting her Pearl she completely changed how her gem’s powers manifested. Instead of throwing tantrums she would heal wounds—perhaps hoping she could somehow heal her Pearl?