Almost every character in Steven Universe has an open heart, but almost none more so than Greg Universe. Despite living in a van and running a car wash, he's leading his dream life. His relationship with his son Steven and his other guardians Pearl, Amethyst and Garnet is a consistent presence throughout the animated series.
Now, CBR is taking a look back at the blessed life of Greg Universe, how he came into it and how it affects the people he cares about the most.
WHO IS GREG UNIVERSE?
Greg first came to Beach City, the primary setting for the series, while he was touring his one-man band. He dropped out of community college to pursue his passion for music and hited the shifty Marty as his manager.
While performing his song "Like A Comet" on the beach, he looked up to see just one person in the audience: a mysterious woman with curly pink hair. This was Rose Quartz, a nigh-immortal member of the Gems. Hailing from deep in the cosmos, Rose and her three remaining followers (known as the Crystal Gems) had come to Earth as part of an intergalactic war against the leaders of their race.
That conflict and the mythology around it forms much of the overarching plot of the series. But for Greg, he just saw a beautiful woman who enjoyed his music. He gave up an opportunity in the massive Empire City to remain in Beach City so he could get to know Rose. The two quickly fell in love, and their relationship grew even as Greg's fortunes waned. He ended up moving into his van full time and got a job at the local car wash so he could (barely) support himself. He quickly befriended Amythest, largely through watching TV, and developed a mutual respect with Garnet, although his relationship with Pearl was more fraught. Pearl also had feelings for Rose, which complicated her relationship with Greg.
STEVEN UNIVERSE'S DAD
Gems aren't meant to die,; they usually resurrect in new forms. But when Rose eventually became pregnant, she essentially gave her life to fuel their baby Steven. Along with the other Crystal Gems, Greg raised Steven to be a kind and loving boy. He and Steven had a very healthy relationship, even when Steven spent most of his time living with the more established home belonging to the Crystal Gems.
Because the Crystal Gems aren't human, they lack a lot of the basic knowledge needed to care for a child. This is where Greg came in, helping the three women take care of Steven and raising him to be the best person he can be. This is a big part of the reason Steven becomes as kind as he is. It's that empathy that Steven uses to turn many of his enemies into allies, and helps him to save the universe.
GREG UNIVERSE GETS RICH
Over the course of Steven Universe, Greg sees his lot in life improve immensely. Marty returns to Beach City, revealing to Greg that one of his former songs had been turned into a commercial jingle for hamburgers.
After receiving a massive royalty check for the song, Greg gets an instant, massive fortune. This doesn't change Greg, but it does allow him to bring Steven and Pearl on a vacation to Empire City. With Steven's help, he and Pearl manage to bury the hatchet and come to terms with their mutual bond over missing Rose. Greg's newfound wealth also allows him to bankroll Sadie and the Killers, the band formed by a handful of minor characters who live in Beach City.
Greg even gets taken out of Beach City and into space itself after encountering Blue Diamond and manage to connect with her over their shared grief. He's where Steven learnt to connect with the world around him, and that same mentality helped keep him alive. He's a one-of a kind guy, leading an extraordinarily unique life. Hopefully we'll get to see more of him in the upcoming Steven Universe movie set to be released later this year.