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[[caption-width-right:300:[[TagLine Believe in Steven]].[[note]]Counter-clockwise from top-right: [[{{Badass}} Garnet]], [[{{Tomboy}} Amethyst]], and [[ThePerfectionist Pearl]]--AND [[CheerfulChild STEVEN]]![[/note]]]]

->''"We... are the Crystal Gems, we'll always save the day,\\
and if you think we can't, we'll always find a way!\\
That's why the people of this world believe in\\
Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl - AND STEVEN!"''
-->--''Steven Universe'' [[ExpositoryThemeTune theme song]]

'''''Steven Universe''''' is a Creator/CartoonNetwork show from Rebecca Sugar, an ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' alum who also created ''ComicBook/PugDavis''. It is also the first Cartoon Network original created solely by a woman.

The show is about the misadventures of a boy named Steven, the youngest of a team of magical guardians of humanity: the Crystal Gems. Steven may not be as powerful as the other Crystal Gems. Or as savvy. And he doesn't have much control over his powers, which originate from the gem in his bellybutton inherited from his late mother. But that doesn't stop him from joining Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl on their magical adventures and somehow finding a way to save the day!

A comic book series began in August of 2014 (Announced before the show was even ''set to air''. Yeah, CN was so confident in the show they gave it a comic book right off the bat). A short teaser story was released in the ''ComicBook/AdventureTime 2013 Spooktacular''.

''Steven Universe'' had a ([[FakeCrossover noncanon]]) CrossOver episode with ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa''.

A standalone mobile game, ''[[VideoGame/AttackTheLight Steven Universe: Attack The Light]]'' was released on April 2nd, 2015 for [=iOS=] and Android. It features a self-contained story written by Rebecca Sugar and turn-based RPG gameplay along the lines of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' and ''VideoGame/PaperMario''.

There is a [[Recap/StevenUniverse recap]] page, as well as a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/StevenUniverse Best Episode Crowner.]] A [[TheWikiRule wiki]] is [[http://steven-universe.wikia.com/wiki/StevenUniverse_Wiki here.]]

'''Warning: Unmarked spoilers ahead (not all spoilers are unmarked, just some of them). Proceed at your own risk!'''

!!These are the Crystal Tropes:

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* AbsenteeActor:
** Garnet and Amethyst do not appear in "Frybo". They both appear in "Lion 3: Straight to Video" but have no dialogue.
** Pearl and Garnet are absent in "Joking Victim".
** Amethyst and Pearl are not in "Garnet's Universe", although their voices are in the characters of Hoppy and Hopper. They are also absent in "Love Letters".
** Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl aren't in "Horror Club" and "Open Book".
* {{Acrofatic}}: Steve knows how to hoof it when he needs to. His dexterity doesn't suffer much either. He even lampshades this after reassembling his Together Breakfast after it flies through the air by catching each piece one by one back on the plate.
-->'''Steven:''' SKILLS!
* ActionGirl: Every single Gem, although technically they're not really girls, but agendere female-presenting beings.
** Sadie. She's the first human to take down a Gem monster, and she does it ''alone'' and armed with nothing but a wooden spear.
** Connie, who trains with a sword to become a knight.
* {{Adorkable}}: About 90% of the characters.
* AdultsAreUseless: In "Island Adventure", after getting trapped on the island, Steven is sure that the Gems will come to find him. A week later there's no evidence the Gems even know he's missing.
* AdultFear:
** Of course, because this is a show targeted towards children, Steven doesn't get killed or even seriously injured, but the fact is that a good chunk of the series so far has a young optimistic boy get thrown into repeated life-threatening situations, some more jarringly dark than others, while the Crystal Gems try their best to keep him safe. "So Many Birthdays," "Space Race," and "Cat Fingers" are the most prime examples, but there are plenty of others.
** On the flip side of the above, we have Steven's occasional self-esteem issues, worrying that he may never be able to hold his own in said life-threatening situations due to his lack of powers. "An Indirect Kiss" displays this when, after hoping to have [[HealingHands Healing Tears]] like his mother and finding out he doesn't, he relates the story to Connie as Pearl mocking him for his lack of powers and claiming that the gems want nothing to do with him.
-->'''Connie''': She didn't ''really'' say that.\\
'''Steven''': No, but that's what it felt like.
** In the turning point of "The Test," the Crystal Gems admit to each other that they don't really know what they're doing and are worried they can't raise Steven well without his mother.
--> '''Amethyst''': We're ''bad'' at this.\\
'''Garnet''': Steven is ''not'' just a Gem. There's never been anyone like him. We don't know ''what'' he needs.
** Greg having to let Steven go back and try to help the Crystal Gems in "The Return", knowing that he may never see him again (in addition to his more general reservations about Steven going on missions). In "Full Disclosure" Greg has a FreakOut bordering on a HollywoodHeartAttack when he hears about Steven's abduction.
** In "Joy Ride", not only does Steven reveal that he sometimes thinks that the Gems blame him for Rose's death, they ''attack him'' while he's in Peridot's pod, as they think he's her.
** In "Say Uncle", they are understandably worried when UG shows up, especially after he fires weapons at Steven, and even attack him because they believe he's a threat to Steven.
** In "Sworn to the Sword", Steven is legitimately afraid that Connie's going to get herself killed to protect him, and that Pearl's instilling an unhealthy mindset.
* AerithAndBob: The Gems, of course, are named after gemstones. But the humans have names like Greg, Steven, Connie, Onion, Sour Cream...
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Steven receives one from Garnet in the first opening. In the second opening, Amethyst and Pearl join in.
* AllThereInTheManual
** Initially, only the {{Tumblr}} CharacterBlog "Keep Beach City Weird" confirmed that the show is set in the [[http://keepbeachcityweird.tumblr.com/post/77096876346/someone-broke-teens-of-rage Delmarva Peninsula on the United States East Coast.]] This would indicate the show most likely takes place in the Delaware region, which makes sense given Rebecca Sugar herself based Beach City off of beach towns in that region, or possibly a fictional state named Delmarva--WordOfGod would later state to the latter to be the case.
** There is now going to be an actual manual released in October 2015, written by the show's creator from Steven's perspective.
* AlternateHistory: There are subtle signs that the long-term presence of the Gems [[AlienSpaceBats has slightly altered Earth's history]]. WordOfGod confirms this.
** "Delmarva Peninsula" isn't just a geographical location, but a state in this setting--a window on the Big Donut that has the words "Beach City, DV"; DV is presumably the abbreviation for "Delmarva."
** In "Arcade Mania" a modified Department of Justice seal with a broken up snake on it can be seen, likely based on a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Join,_or_Die famous political cartoon]] by Benjamin Franklin. Money is printed with the same symbol on one side and a diamond on the other taking the place of the Eye of Providence. The snake symbol is also on the coins.
** In [[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E13SoManyBirthdays So Many Birthdays]] we're shown that the Gems have changed human history at least once when Steven finds a painting of the Gem's rescuing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brook_Watson Brook Watson]] from a shark attack in Amethyst's room.
** A high-altitude view of North America in "Jail Break" shows that ''something'' caused Florida to break off from the mainland.
** In "Story for Steven", Marty talks about taking Greg's tour to "Empire City" and Ronaldo's blog makes mention of going to a convention in "Charm City". In real life these are nicknames for New York City and Baltimore, respectively, but the way they're said implies those are the cities ''actual names'' in-show, or at least used much more commonly.
** Judging from some comments in "Love Letters", the American entertainment industry in this world isn't based in California, it's based in ''Kansas''.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: The Crystal Gems have been on Earth for over a thousand years and have had time to master the language. [[spoiler:Homeworld Gems like Peridot, however, still speak English on their own planet.]]
** Given the AlternateUniverse nature of the series and the length of time gems have been on Earth, it's possible that the Gems influenced the language spoken by humans.
* AmazonBrigade: The Crystal Gems. Even Pearl, the lankiest of them, can kick a boulder apart with ease.
* AmusingInjuries: Sometimes. For example, after [[spoiler:her Gem is cracked]], Amethyst's body starts doing a ton of crazy things. However, more often than not, injuries will be treated seriously. [[spoiler:This is understandable, as if a Gem is injured, they'll retreat into their gem to regenerate.]]
* AncestralWeapon: Steven's shield is inherited from his mother, as well as his gem powers.
* AnAesop: Not always present, since this show is more directed at the actual plot, but they can be found in a few. For example, "Love Letters" teaches that sometimes, it's probably better to be straightforward rather than give the wrong idea.
** A few episodes get some humour out of immediately subverting it. The ultimate example being Steven the Sword Fighter where he hasn't even finished delivering the moral when he reverses it.
-->'''Steven:''' [[spoiler:You know, I might miss Pearl a whole lot, but you know, sometimes you just have to accept things for how they are before you- ''(Pearl regenerates)'' Never mind! Pearl's back!]]
* AnimeHair: There's Pearl's pixie cut, Garnet's cubic afro, Rose Quartz's RegalRinglets, and Peridot's triangular 'do.
* AndIMustScream:
** "Ocean Gem" reveals that [[spoiler: the gem monsters the Gems fight used to be Gems themselves]]. To make matters worse, [[spoiler: one of these Gems, Lapis, was trapped in a mirror, essentially enslaved and only able to communicate with recorded reflections. One of which happens to be Steven screaming.]]
** Another example of this is when Lapis [[spoiler: fuses with Jasper to form Malachite. Once they are fused, Lapis drags the two of them to the bottom of the ocean using her power over water.]] Why is this an example? [[spoiler:Fusions normally split apart in the case of any disagreemet, which Jasper ''tries''. Lapis holds her into the fusion- so now Jasper is trapped inside her own body and hauled into a place where Lapis has complete control of the situation.]]
* AnimationBump:
** Lapis has far more flowing, graceful animation than most of the main cast, reflecting both her aqueous nature, and how much more serious she is than them. Especially apparent when she's alone with Steven, whose jerky animation and childlike personality contrast hers.
** Rose also has carefully animated hair, as her large curls are detailed and can often be seen moving and bouncing with the smallest movements of her head. This helps portray Rose's sublime beauty, which many characters refer to throughout the series.
* {{Animesque}}: Like its spiritual counterpart, ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Steven Universe takes a lot of aesthetic and thematic hints from anime. Fittingly, whereas ''AdventureTime'' is an American [[ShonenDemographic Shounen]] series, Steven Universe is an American [[ShoujoDemographic Shoujo]] series.
* AnotherDimension: The Gems' temple door is described as "omni-dimensional", so it could be assumed that this is their case.
* AprilFoolsDay: In 2015, Steven Universe had a Cross Over with [[spoiler: Uncle Grandpa]]. While it aired on April 2 (as to fit with the pattern of airing new episodes on Thursday), the episode itself says "April Fools'" in it. Part of the prank also included one of the staff members considering it a canon episode, although the episode says otherwise.
* ArcSymbol:
** The hot dog Steven eats in the opening: see ArcWords.
** The five-pointed star is implied to have some sort of connection to the crystal gems as it appears in all of their designs in one form or another. (Steven and Pearl have it on their shirts, Garnet has it on her top as well as her gauntlets, Amethyst has it in the holes in her pants, Rose Quartz's dress had a large star shape cut out from the midriff, and Lion displays it as his mane)
** [[spoiler:The Homeworld Gems]] seem to be associated with a rhombus/diamond shape. Lapis's clothes have a triangle design, that together form a diamond. Peridot's design seems to incorporate a lot of diamond shapes, implying an association with Lapis. Hers and Jasper's clothes include a yellowish diamond shape on the torso, [[spoiler: possibly signifying their position under Yellow Diamond]] or that they are modern Gems.
** Flowers, especially roses, which are associated both with Steven and his mother Rose Quartz. Rose also seems to have had a connection with a pink triangle symbol.
** There's also a symbol of three triangles within a larger triangle. It can be seen on the floors of [[spoiler:Peridot's ship]] and on the floor of the temple in "Serious Steven."
** In "Sworn to The Sword" [[spoiler:a version with a ''fourth'', '''''pink''''' diamond shape appears. Notably, the pink shape is broken on two of three versions we see, and in nearly the same way, as if it was deliberately defaced]].
* ArcWords:
** "If every pork chop were perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs." A saying of Greg that gets repeated a few more times through the show, which represents the shows theme that nobody is perfect, and that this makes the world a nicer place.
** "Believe". The show's tagline says to "believe in Steven", the theme-song says "the people of this world believe in" the Crystal Gems, and Lapis says that she "never believed in this place [Earth]". As of "The Test", Steven becomes frustrated because he thinks the Gems don't believe in him. But in the end, he realizes they don't believe in themselves when it comes to raising and training him properly.
** "Let me do this for you!", and variations thereof. Multiple characters have expressed a willingness to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice themselves for someone else's sake]], even if the person in question doesn't want them to; first in "Sworn to the Sword", with [[spoiler:Pearl insisting on putting herself in danger instead of Rose]], then with [[spoiler:Connie, willing to lay down her life for Steven, echoing Pearl's sentiment]]. The phrase shows up again in "Chille Tid", this time from [[spoiler:Lapis Lazuli, telling Steven not to come looking for her while [[SealedEvilInADuel she struggles to keep Jasper at bay]]]]. Minor character Sadie has a variation of "Why won't you let me help you?!"
* ArtEvolution: Very slightly. While the animation and backgrounds in the show were usually pretty impressive to begin with, the designs became less prone to being OffModel and more attention was given to the backgrounds bit by bit.
* TheArtifact: The opening sequence showed the Gems with their debut outfits, despite gaining new ones since. Once all three Gems received a redesign, the opening was brought up to date.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Steven lives in a house at the base of a seaside cliff, and at least one episode involved a Gem being damaged from falling off of that cliff. In real life, the Delmarva Peninsula is as flat as a board. See AlternateHistory above for more detail.
* ArtMajorPhysics: Peridot's ship in "Jailbreak". In reality, it should have caught fire sometime in the atmosphere, and the impact of the ship on the Earth would wipe out Beach City ''at least.''
* AsleepForDays: When Gems regenerate, they ought to take careful time to consider what form they'll take when they return. For Amethyst, when she isn't rushing it, the longest time has been four hours. The regeneration of Pearl's we've seen took weeks.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Occasionally the show reminds the audience that Pearl and Amethyst don't really hate each others guts.
* BadassBoast
** Pearl gives Sugilite a verbal beatdown at the end of "Coach Steven" after spending a good portion of the episode saddened that she wasn't as strong as the latter.
** [[spoiler:"I'm ''Lapis Lazuli''! And you can't keep me here ''anymore!''"]]
** Jasper does this quite a bit. She's disappointed not to see Rose because she wanted to beat her into the ground.
** "Stronger Than You" is an entire song of this:
-->'''Garnet:''' [[spoiler:''If you break us apart, we'll just come back newer\\
And we'll always be twice the Gem that you are'']]
* BackStoryHorror: The Gems are very reluctant to talk about it to Steven, but whatever the Homeworld Gems did in the past, it terrifies ''all'' of them, including [[TheStoic Garnet.]]
* BadassFamily: The Gems act as one toward Steven, with Amethyst like his sister and Pearl and Garnet as his aunts.
* BadBadActing: Garnet:
-->'''Garnet:''' Yes, the children are playing swords. Sorry, playing with swords. They're bleeding. Oh no, they are dead.
* BeachEpisode: "Beach Party"
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: The Crystal Gems are all good guys, and they've been stated once or twice to be considered attractive--or "hot", at least--especially the gorgeous BigGood Rose Quartz. Peaceful fusions like Opal, Rainbow Quartz, and Stevonnie are beautiful, while the hot-headed Sugilite [[spoiler:and the destructive Malachite]] are pretty monstrous. [[spoiler:Lapis Lazuli is also fairly pretty and doesn't quite fall into villain territory. Jasper, on the other hand, has a SlasherSmile and more masculine features, and she and Peridot are the only straightforward villains we've seen so far.]]
* BeneathTheMask: One of the main themes of the show is showing the Gems' true colors bit by bit. [[spoiler:Amethyst acts laid-back and lazy, but is actually very upset at how Garnet and Pearl demean her. Pearl acts like a perfectionist, but has underlying self-esteem issues regarding physical strength and is still suffering from Rose's death. Garnet is a [[TheStoic Stoic]] more often than not, but is actually emotional within herself.]]
* BerserkButton: For all the Crystal Gems, hurting Steven.
** Steven: Insulting his mother.
** Garnet: Being hit, surprisingly.
** Pearl: Untidiness.
** Amethyst: Rubbing her origins in her face.
* BettyAndVeronica: Played with. While Rose is unambiguously Archie, Pearl is the [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend unlucky longlife friend]] who considered herself [[TheConfidant the closest]] to her, but with [[ClingyJealousGirl a nasty attitue towards her rivals]], while Greg was the exotic one thanks to being human, but [[NiceGuy he took Pearl's remarks with patience]] and [[InsecureLoveInterest actually was unsure if he was good enough for Rose]].
* BigBad: [[spoiler:The Homeworld Gems along with their presumed leader Yellow Diamond.]]
* BigEater Steven and Amethyst. More often than not they will scarf down any and all available food.
* BigNo: Practically Steven's CatchPhrase, and the first thing he ever says on the show. Generally it's just him being melodramatic, but taken to creepy levels when a magic mirror [[spoiler: containing the imprisoned Lapis Lazuli]] expresses its horror by replaying it on a loop. [[spoiler:Steven also does this when Lapis fuses with Jasper.]]
* BigSisterInstinct: Amethyst to Steven.
* BittersweetEnding: The first season narrative finale "Jail Break" ends with [[spoiler:Steven and the Gems managing to save the Earth from Peridot and Jasper, but Lapis had to sacrifice herself by trapping herself and Jasper at the bottom of the ocean, Peridot managed to escape and is somewhere on the planet, along with the possible appearance of a new villain called Yellow Diamond.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: Magical being like the Gems and the monsters they fight do not bleed, merely disappearing in puffs of smoke when mortally wounded, leaving behind a gem which will eventually regenerate into the original being.
* BodyHorror: If a Gem has their gemstone cracked, their body starts to uncontrollably lose, gain, or rearrange body parts. Some of the fusions also have some strange bodily features, such as extra eyes or limbs, but what really gets into BodyHorror is Alexandrite's second mouth. The entire rest of her face swings upwards like a mask to reveal a gaping throat filled with fangs.
** When Steven shapeshifts his fingers into cats, he loses control of the power and all his limbs turn into cat heads. He eventually has cat heads boiling out of every part of his body in a manner that wouldn't be out of place in a horror movie.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: "If every pork chop were perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs!" is ostensibly Greg's line, but it's been used more times by other people, including Steven and Pearl.
* BrokenBird: Rose has been gone for eleven years, and Pearl still isn't taking it well. "Sworn to the Sword" hints at outright Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from her loss.
* BuildingOfAdventure: Pearl insists (multiple times) that there are several rooms in the Gem Temple that aren't safe for humans, so you just ''know'' that even something as simple as a coffee run could get the blood pumping in your ears.
* CannotTellAJoke: Steven to the Crystal Gems. It comes from a mix of one of them being TheStoic and another being LiteralMinded.
* CastOfSnowflakes: All of the characters, human or Gem, have very unique designs with distinctly different faces and body types. Appropriately however, characters who are directly related to one another do share some clear resemblances (such as Steven and Greg, Connie and her parents, the Fryman and Pizza families, etc.)
* CelebrityParadox: Rebecca Sugar has stated that Garnet's favorite music artist is Estelle, whom she is voiced by.
* CentralTheme:
** Most episodes tend to converge on themes of mixing magic with reality, accepting or embracing imperfection, and/or finding beauty in the ugly. Rebecca describes the show as "reverse-escapism," where magical beings are fascinated with the mundane. Steven is the epitome of the magic-and-reality theme, as he is half-human (normal) and half Crystal Gem (magic). A standard way they mix magic with reality is solving a magic problem a "mundane" way, like Steven using a glow bracelet (normal/mundane) to lure a worm gem monster (magic) to its death, or using standard household duct-tape to patch up an enormous geode that's about to "leak" out a devastating magical storm.
** The PowerOfLove and [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]], and how relationships, though difficult to manage, make people stronger.
** Putting in all your effort in everything you do and making contributions for people, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant it is.
* CerebusRetcon:
** TheReveal in "Ocean Gem" that [[spoiler:the monsters the Gems fight are actually corrupted Gems]] casts the whole series in a different light.
** The background which is given in "Warp Tour" and "On The Run" about [[spoiler:the Crystal Gems being renegades from the homeworld after a huge war to protect the Earth from their own kind, and Amethyst having ''been created'' as a soldier for that war]]...
* CerebusRollercoaster: While the show has a few lighthearted episodes, most of them take a 90° turn into drama that quickly changes the tone of the story.
* CharacterBlog: [[http://keepbeachcityweird.tumblr.com/ Keep Beach City Weird]], run by Ronaldo Fryman since slightly before the show started and updating for most new episodes. He first mentions it in-universe when he takes [[http://keepbeachcityweird.tumblr.com/post/68115977116/stevens-fingers-what a picture of Steven's cat fingers]], and brings it up multiple times after that.
* CharacterDevelopment: As the series progresses:
** Steven becomes more self-confident, less naive, and really grows into his role as TheHeart.
** Connie learns to become more independent and self-confident, standing up to others.
** Garnet gradually becomes less stoic, showing more and more emotion.
** [[spoiler: Lapis Lazuli starts out disliking the earth and hating the Crystal Gems. After meeting Steven, she is willing to make a HeroicSacrifice to protect the earth just to keep him safe.]]
* CharacterTitle: The show is named after the eponymous Steven.
* ChekovsGun: Numerous times an object will be introduced, seemingly just as a plot device for an individual episode, then become important down the line.
** In "Gem Glow", you can briefly see a glow stick in Steven's freezer. This ends up being the catalyst for his and Connie's friendship.
** In "Rose's Room", the Crystal Gems bring back a 'wailing stone', which accidentally destroys Steven's TV. In "The Message", it activates when [[spoiler: Lapis sends them a warning from the Homeworld.]]
** In "Monster Buddies", the main characters go to collect a 'shooting star'. When Steven asks what it does, Amethyst sarcastically responds, "''You shoot it, duh''". Turns out she wasn't just joking-- shooting stars are literally powerful bombs, which [[spoiler: the Crystal Gems apparently use to destroy the Galaxy Warp once and for all]].
* CityOfAdventure: Beach City. The presence of the Gems and their temple apparently attracts much unwanted magical attention.
* ClarkesThirdLaw: The Gems' abilities amount to what most would call "magic". They are also entities from outer space, suggesting that at least some their "magic" is actually extremely advanced technology. See also: SufficientlyAdvancedAliens and {{Magitech}}. Some gems, like [[spoiler:Peridot]] almost exclusively use technology. Other displays of magic, such as Rose Quartz's healing tears and [[spoiler:Lapis Lazuli]]'s complete [[ElementalPowers elemental control]] [[MakingASplash over water]], suggest no technology could ever exist to mimic them.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Pearl during Rose and Greg's relationship, to the point where she fuses with Rose in the middle of Greg's music video to make him jealous. To be fair, she's known Rose for thousands of years, and if the characters' statements are anything to go by, this has happened before. Pearl refers to Greg as "a phase."
* CoincidentalBroadcast: Most entries on "Keep Beach City Weird" are made alongside an episode of the show and have something to do with it, generally implying that Ronaldo is posting them in-universe around the same time. While some entries are Ronaldo's viewpoint of events that occurred in the episode or him encountering their aftermath, and rarely they have absolutely nothing to do with the episode, often it's about some element of the episode or thematically related without any causal link. For instance, right after Steven uses time travel to make copies of himself in "Steven and the Stevens", Ronaldo makes a post about alternate timelines. Steven is inspired to live on the road by a book series in "On the Run", then Ronaldo posts a review of the graphic novel adaptation. "Winter Forecast" is about Steven experiencing the same events over and messing up more each time, and is followed by a post about life's biggest regrets.
* ContinuityNod:
** This series has some pretty amazing continuity in terms of small details. For example, Steven's cheeseburger backpack, which he got in an episode of the same name, is seen or referenced in many of the later episodes. More specific examples can be found in the recap pages for each episode.
** The first season follows the progression of an entire year, with the halfway "Mirror Gem/Ocean Gem" two-parter mentioning the beginning of summer vacation, "Horror Club" apparently being a Halloween episode, the following "Winter Forecast" showing [[CaptainObvious the beginning of winter]] and "Maximum Capacity" being set in New Year's Eve.
* CoolHouse: The Crystal Gems' home is explored in "Together Breakfast." The whole thing is a [[http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/195gccfnfdchhjpg/original.jpg wooden house that is attached to a giant statue (the temple).]] That wooden house part? ''That's Steven's room.'' The Crystal Gems get the temple, which is a magical, intricate facility with long hallways, tunnels, floating platforms, crystals galore, and even ''magic waterfalls''.
-->'''Garnet:''' We inhabit the inner sanctums... only accessible through [[PortalDoor magical, extra-dimensional doors]].
* CreativeClosingCredits: The music that plays during the end credits tends to change:
** Throughout the first half of season 1, the theme evolved, adding more instruments each time, through [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SXBhAfGK1s five different]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCgcijaU0Bw variations.]] By the second half (which was early on considered season 2), the piece [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7HYtK03BuI got a new melody.]] Said melody gets a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoR3FXkleEA drum solo remix starting with "Watermelon Steven"]]. [[note]]It briefly switches back to the piano melody for "Lion 3" and only that episode. [[/note]]
** The episode "Winter Forecast" introduces a [[http://artemispanthar.tumblr.com/post/111549942842/download-the-ending-theme-to-winter-forecast new theme]], with something of a swinging jazz feel to it. [[note]] It reverts to the drum solo for "Maximum Capacity" but only for that episode [[/note]] In "[[http://artemispanthar.tumblr.com/post/113348870417/artemispanthar-download-the-ending-theme-to The Message]]" and "[[http://artemispanthar.tumblr.com/post/113391448287/download-the-ending-theme-to-political-power Political Power]], only now it's a DarkReprise with [[LastNoteNightmare the sound of space-ship engines and static overlaid]]. [[note]] after "Political Power" premiered composer Aivi Tran released [[http://waltzforluma.tumblr.com/post/113413075876 this]] [[/note]] Following that, "Jail Break" [[http://artemispanthar.tumblr.com/post/113497256697/download-the-ending-theme-to-jail-break-is brought back]] the season 1a theme WithLyrics. The first episode of the second season then uses the lyrical version shorted from two stanzas to one.
** "Say Uncle" has it's own [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmwVEheOVSg remix of Love Like You]] done in the style of the Uncle Grandpa theme.
* {{Crossover}}: With ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa''. he helps Steven with summoning he shield.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: In the middle of the first season, the episode Keep Beach City Weird ends with Ronaldo going on a tangent about "''polymorphic sentient rocks'' coming to ''hollow out the Earth'' part of the ''Great Diamond Authority''". By the end of the season, it was revealed that he was ''100% correct''.
* ADayInTheLimelight: While there are plenty of Steven-centric and Crystal Gems-centric episodes, some focus on a specific Crystal Gem or a citizen of Beach City.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Different storyboard artists for the show each have their own varying styles. This is most obvious in any episode storyboarded by Ian Jones Quartey, whose storyboarding style is at time ''very'' different than anyone else's.
* DisproportionateRetribution: After trying to run away with Connie in "Fusion Cuisine", Steven is punished with 1,000 years of no T.V. Only disproportionate from a human point of view. The Gems are all but immortal so a thousand years is barely the blink of an eye to them. This is a far kinder punishment than the initial "No dinner for 1,000 years."
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:After being imprisoned by Jasper for an unknown period of time, Lapis takes full control of their fusion and drags them into the ocean.]]
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The opening credits are sung by the Crystal Gems, plus Steven.
* DownerEnding: "The Return" continues into "Jailbreak", but the former ends with [[spoiler:Garnet being forced into her gems for regeneration, thus leaving the others weak and open for attack, and Steven unconscious due to Jasper.]]
* DramaBomb
** "Steven the Sword Fighter" seems like it'll be the usual 'Steven must learn something' episode...until [[spoiler:Pearl is suddenly stabbed ''onscreen'' and is forced to regenerate in her gem. The hologram she left behind tries to kill Steven repeatedly.]]
** "Monster Buddies" takes a sad turn once [[spoiler:the Centipeetle goes berserk, forcing the Gems to attack it.]]
** "Mirror Gem" gets dark the second that Steven [[spoiler:slaps Garnet. And it's all downhill from there.]]
** "Warp Tour" introduces [[spoiler:yet another Gem. This time, however, she's not setting to ''leave'' Earth. She's setting to do something ''terrible'' to it.]]
** "On The Run" when Steven and Amethyst enter the [[spoiler:Kindergarten.]]
** "Rose's Scabbard". The group finds the titular scabbard for Rose Quartz's sword, and Pearl learns that she wasn't Rose's sole confidante. The episode slowly more dramatic as Pearl worries more and more, but it reaches its peak when she suddenly smashes the wall with her fist.
** "So Many Birthdays" . This episode plays with the consequences of warping time, until it gets to a point where Steven gets to a deathly age and can't warp back.
** "The Message". [[spoiler:Homeworld Gems are headed straight for Earth, as revealed by an ending message from Lapis Lazuli.]]
** Pearl's WrongNameOutburst in "Sworn to the Sword."
* {{Dramedy}}
* DualWielding: Garnet on a regular basis with her gauntlets. Amethyst and Pearl usually only sport one whip and one spear respectively, but they can do this if they please.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Amethyst pointing out to Pearl, usually the more knowledgeable of the two, that light-years measure ''light'', not ''years.''

[[folder:E - M]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: Many of the secondary Beach City Residents make brief cameos in earlier episodes before they are properly established, such as Mr. Smiley staring at the Red Eye in Laser Light Canon and the cool kids being attacked by Frybo.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Other than the extremely different designs, there are a good many differences between the actual series in the pilot. Steven was a bit rougher around the edges (going back in time to insult Lars), Pearl joined in on Amethyst's ribbing of Steven, and the entire episode felt more like ''Regular Show.''
* EldritchLocation: The Gem Temple has water which doesn't obey gravity, areas where gravity isn't consistent, and is implied to be ''[[GeniusLoci alive]]'' (it has numerous body parts and a heart).
** In "Serious Steven" the Gems freak out because the pyramid they've entered appears to be one of these; no matter which direction they go, they always seem to end up in the same room. It turns out that the outer edges of the temple were merely rotating to give this impression, however.
* EpisodeTitleCard: Every episode has a title card displaying the same view of the beach near the Gem Temple with one of the temple's hands in the foreground, holding a washing machine and a clothesline with some of Steven's clothing on it. Various details, such as the weather and time of day, are changed to reflect how it would look at the start of the episode, usually a blue and pink day time palette, with the most common variants being [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSyaXG5XsN0 a pinkish orange morning/evening palette]] and the nighttime blue pallette used in the credits. The one exception so far is "Jail Break", which instead shows outer space [[spoiler:because the Crystal Gems begin the episode as prisoners in a spaceship]].
* EvilCounterpart: Jasper to Rose. Rose was enormous, beautiful, loved everything and everyone, and fought for Earth. Jasper is enormous, garish, tries to kill the Crystal Gems in their first meeting, and wants to destroy Earth.
* EvolvingCredits: Following "Reformed", the series gets a new opening that has the new outfits of the Crystal Gems, the Warp Pad they start at being in space, all three Gems giving Steven an AffectionateGestureToTheHead and not just Garnet, more Beach City residents outside and the Big Donut, like Jamie sitting across the street from it, Connie with Rose Quartz's sword and a book following the van to the beach party, Greg leaning against Lion and playing on an electric guitar, and the three Gems coming up behind Steven as the title appears. See [[http://maybeiwasserious.tumblr.com/post/121700953859/justsimplyobsessed-then-now-steven-universe here]] for a side by side comparison.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The Crystal Gems purpose and names are all laid out in the twenty second long theme song, as at the top of the page.
* FantasticallyIndifferent: Gems have been on Earth since at least the beginning of recorded human civilization (one comment by Pearl in "Political Power" implies they've been on Earth since before humans started moving away from hunting and gathering 12,000 years ago). The citizens of Beach City at least are largely indifferent to them and Ronaldo considers their activities as an explanation for all the weirdness in town as too simple and mundane.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** One of the lyrics to Greg's single in "Laser Light Cannon" is "I know I'm not that tall". When we finally see Rose in "Lion 3: Straight to Video", it turns out she is a ''[[TinyGuyHugeGirl lot]]'' taller than Greg.
** The fact that the Red Eye in "Laser Light Cannon" doesn't ''quite'' operate like what the show establishes as the usual MonsterOfTheWeek (i.e. not leaving behind a gem to be collected) hints that there's more to it. As in, [[spoiler:it was a probe, not a gem monster]]
** One of the transformations Amethyst cycles through in "Cat Fingers" is her Purple Puma wrestler persona from "Tiger Millionaire".
** Also in "Cat Fingers", Steven asks how to change into a huge lion. A few episode later, he ''meets'' a huge lion.
** The bright, pink setting that Steven slides down in "Together Breakfast" ("Hey... This isn't so bad.") is later revealed to be Rose's former room in "Rose's Room". The same background music even plays. Pearl warned the heart was connected to the most ''dangerous'' rooms in the temple. She wasn't kidding.
** One of the locations the Stevens go to in "Steven and the Stevens" is a desert-like landscape where nautical vehicles can be seen. This foreshadows the events of "Ocean Gem" where [[spoiler:the ocean disappears]]. So the Stevens went into the future.
** In "Monster Buddies", the Centipeetle can be seen trying to [[spoiler: take the shape of a woman]] when it is first released. [[spoiler: A few episodes later "Ocean Gem" confirms that they were once sentient.]]
** In "Steven the Sword Fighter", when [[spoiler: Pearl]] is gravely injured she reverts back to a pure Gem to recuperate in much the same way the monsters the Crystal Gems fight do, [[spoiler: come later in "Ocean Gem" it's revealed that the monsters the Gems fight are gems themselves.]]
** The Cookie Cat theme-song from "Gem Glow" -- overall an ordinary, meaningless advertising tune, except for the lines; "''a refugee of an interstellar war''" and "''he left his family behind''" -- or, what appears to be [[spoiler:the back-story of the Crystal Gems when they separated from the Homeworld Gems]]. Cookie Cat shows up again in "Future Vision", appearing to Steven's imaginary self. Chibi-Steven gets zapped, and declares "''I never considered you might be EVIL!''" [[spoiler:Although "Warp Tour" hinted at it, only after "Marble Madness" was it clear that the Homeworld Gems don't have warm feelings toward humanity]].
** Another from "Gem Glow": Connie's bracelet appears in the freezer next to all the Cookie Cats.
** In "Cheeseburger Backpack" Amethyst tries to cheer Steven up after he messed up the mission by telling him 2 out of 4 of his ideas worked, saying he got 50% as if she was describing a test score. In "The Test", we find out it actually was a test.
** In "Warp Tour", Peridot mentions that she plans to reactivate an area called "Kindergarten". "On The Run" reveals what it is, and "Marble Madness" sees her trying to gain access. Later in "Jail Break", she complains to Jasper about overriding her mission, stating that her whole reason for coming to Earth was "''to check on the clusters''". "Keeping it Together" sheds some light on her true objective.
** Cross media example. On Ronaldo's "Keep Beach City Weird" blog on Tumblr, he opened questions for Halloween 2014. One question asked what his first encounter with the paranormal was; he answered an incident with a piece of wood. Another asked if he was friends with Lars; he simply answered "No". Fast forward to February 2015, when the show's Halloween episode aired, where we find out the history behind both those answers.
** In "Lion 2: The Movie" Lion brings Steven and Connie to a cave filled with magical weapons. In "Rose's Scabbard" it is revealed to be Rose Quartz's armory.
** The lead-up to TheReveal in "Jail Break" that [[spoiler:Garnet is a gem fusion]] was rather extensive:
*** [[spoiler: Garnet has a gem on each hand (both cut into different shapes), three eyes that are all different colors, and is far bigger and stronger than Amethyst or Pearl.]]
*** In the episode "Fusion Cuisine", one can ''very'' [[FreezeFrameBonus briefly]] see [[spoiler:Sapphire and Ruby when Alexandrite de-fuses.]]
*** In "Alone Together," Garnet's advice to Stevonnie (the fusion between Steven and Connie) makes it seem like she's speaking from experience. [[spoiler:Because she ''is''; she's a fusion between two lovers (which just so happens to be what Stevonnie is).]] She makes another comment in the same episode.
---->'''Amethyst:''' [Fusing is] really hard, even for us.\\
'''Garnet:''' Not for me.
*** The opening sequence hints at the truth: [[spoiler:at the end, when each Crystal Gem gets their own shot, ''two'' shooting stars can be seen in the background behind Garnet.]]
*** The door to the rooms of the Crystal Gems [[spoiler: has one of their characteristic stars on it. Each point of the star has a miniature colored gem on it that represents the owner of the room; Rose/Steven has a pink gem, Pearl has a white gem, and Amethyst has a purple gem; Garnet, however, uses both the red and blue gem to go to her room, hinting at her status as a fusion.]]
*** In "Monster Buddies," Amethyst nicknames Garnet [[spoiler:"the G-squad."]]
*** In Garnet's introduction during the intro of the series PilotEpisode, [[spoiler:[[http://ianjq.tumblr.com/post/113530028684/did-you-always-mean-for-garnet-to-be-a-fusion-or she is standing between two large chunks of ruby and sapphire.]]]] This, of course, means that [[spoiler:Garnet was likely a fusion]] ''since her conception as a character'', or at least before the pilot was finished.
** The fact that the Gems are aliens is kept a secret until "Ocean Gem"; afterwards, the many references to space, such as the star-symbols and even the name 'Universe' makes it seem like it should have been obvious that they weren't from Earth.
* FreezeFrameBonus: There are often very small, easy to miss details, which usually take the form of cute shout-outs to other media, or plot relevant details.
** In "Steven The Sword Fighter", when Pearl re-forms her physical form, her body fluctuates slightly before settling on her new costume. During the fluctuation, if one looks closely, her form seems to take on several different silhouettes very quickly, including her clothing in "Story for Steven" and her design in the pilot.
** See {{Foreshadowing}} about "Fusion Cuisine".
** In "Serious Steven" the Gems discover a pyramid with hieroglyphs on the walls inside depicting Rose Quartz protecting tiny humans from the attack of another Gem (who is shown again surrounded by giant hands like the space ship that appears in later episodes), but this is only on screen for a few seconds.
*** Also in "Serious Steven" (also a RewatchBonus): The four-triangle symbol on the floor of the pyramid is the same as the one in [[spoiler:Peridot's ship.]]
* FusionDance: Multiple Gems are capable of fusing into a larger and stronger one through dance.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: [[spoiler:The Gemstone Amalgamations]] beneath the the Kindergarten. The Homeworld wanted to find a way to use [[FusionDance Gem fusion]] just to get more power, but [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint rather missed the point of it]].
* GreatOffscreenWar: Pearl, Garnet, and Rose Quartz were all part of a great galactic gem war long, long ago. When it was revealed that the Gems were planning on doing something that would seriously harm the Earth, they decided to fight back to protect the Earth, even if it meant exiling themselves and cutting off access to the planet from other Gems.
* HairFlip: Amethyst flips her RapunzelHair in the original opening song.
* HardLight: Gem bodies are this; they can regenerate or transform easily as long as their [[HeartDrive gem]] is okay.
* HeroInsurance: While the townspeople certainly don't ''like'' the Gems occasionally destroying their property, they don't usually do anything about it--the most that seems to have ever happened is [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction the Gems getting banned from Fish Stew Pizza for wrecking the storefront]]. The Gems themselves outright don't care; their job is to kill the monsters, and property is collateral.
-->''(after the Gems accidentally cause an EMP and Mayor Dewey is begging Steven for help)''\\
'''Steven:''' We'll help you clean up!\\
'''Garnet:''' ''(offscreen)'' No we won't!
* HeroicSacrifice: In the wars, Pearl would constantly do this for Rose. Unfortunately, due to being much smaller and weaker than the opposing Gems, she'd be consistently defeated.
* HiddenDepths:
** Despite his cheerful personality, Steven is worried that the Gems will reject him if he doesn't obtain his powers, along with that he also thinks that they blame him for his mother Rose being gone.
** Amethyst seems like the cool, laid-back slacker of the group, but episodes that focus on her reveal that she is insecure and quick to get angry, to the point where she thinks everyone is out to get her.
** Pearl acts like a perfectionist and acts self-confident at times, but inside, she's very insecure about her physical strength.
* HighSchoolAU:
** Promo art for [[http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/901/633/fd9.jpg "The Test"]], and [[http://hilaryflorido.tumblr.com/image/111995713713 "Maximum Capacity"]] were confirmed by WordOfGod to be [[http://the-world-of-steven-universe.tumblr.com/post/112728711306/ravennowithtea-i-wanted-to-do-a-little-advert this.]] Notably, Steven is [[AdorablyPrecociousChild a super-professional, ten-year-old teacher]] in it.
** [[http://hilaryflorido.tumblr.com/post/112235677873 Even more stuff]] from the same week as “Maximum Capacity.”
** For [[http://stevencrewniverse.tumblr.com/post/113321766832/hilaryflorido-stevenbomb-katie-and-i-are-up-to “Political Power”]] Mayor Dewey is the principal and giving an announcement.
** In [[http://hilaryflorido.tumblr.com/image/113979414993 "Open Book"]] [[spoiler:Ruby and Sapphire]] are also students, and Connie is the school's librarian.
** [[http://stevencrewniverse.tumblr.com/post/114633782227/hilaryflorido-its-that-time-again-you-know "Joy Ride"]] has Steven telling the cool kids to get to class.
** For [[http://hilaryflorido.tumblr.com/image/121859156263 "We Need to Talk",]] Some of the characters are studying in the library. Paradoxically, [[spoiler:Stevonnie]] appears as a student, despite Steven and Connie also being present in the scene.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Downplayed example. In Jailbreak, Peridot calls Amethyst and Pearl 'clods'. While calling someone a clod is a mundane insult, the literal definition of the word is 'a worthless chunk of dirt', which gives it extra meaning in the context of one Gem insulting another, given that they are sentient minerals.
* HomeOfMonsters: "Kindergarten" is where [[spoiler:Amethyst]] was created. It's a desolate canyon filled with large drilling machines shaped like [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteriophage bacteriophages]].
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Gems don't always ''get'' a lot of human habits and behaviors, something which is often played for both laughs and drama. Pearl especially seems to get confused by some of the things that these short lived, organic creatures do.
* IncrediblyLamePun: This gem (no pun intended here) from "Together Breakfast".
-->'''Steven:''' (about the breakfast) It's not exactly healthy, but it's in a stack...so I guess you can say it's a...''balanced breakfast.''
-->'''Garnet:''' (Disapproving face)
-->'''[[http://41.media.tumblr.com/8ee2d0878d53bbb1a81ec270f3c85751/tumblr_nj04fwCvvc1u9bhcro1_400.jpg Steven]]'''
* InterspeciesRomance: Greg and Rose Quartz. As Rose [[PosthumousCharacter begins making more appearances]], the relationship is [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] thoroughly. Gems are, after all, [[BizarreAlienBiology gemstones with "bodies" made of hard light]], [[BlueAndOrangeMorality have very different views on love and relationships]], and [[TimeAbyss live on a geologic time scale]], which naturally makes them view humans as something lesser, [[NobleBigot whether they mean well or not]]. Can beings with so little in common truly fall in love? What would prevent the human from seeing the alien as a god, or the alien seeing the human as a plaything? These factors are all huge strains on their relationship, and are all examined in "We Need To Talk".
* IrisOut: Most episodes end with an IrisOut in the shape of the star on Steven's shirt and a playful "pop" noise accompanied by mini stars. The ones that don't usually end on a more serious/ominous note.
* IWasQuiteALooker: "Story for Steven" reveals that Greg was pretty attractive in his twenties.
* LadyAndKnight: This is exactly how Pearl describes the relationship between herself and Rose. She then trains Connie to follow in her footsteps towards Steven.
* LadyOfWar: Pearl's signature style, as well as her fusion with Amethyst, Opal.
** From the brief flashbacks we've seen, Rose Quartz also embodied this trope.
* LampshadeHanging: Keep Beach City Weird stopped posting during the summer of 2014, [[http://keepbeachcityweird.tumblr.com/post/95404315941/keep-beach-city-weird-is-back-ive-been-off-the but returned late that August]] with the promise of up to six more posts, mirroring Cartoon Network's scheduling of the show through the end of the first production order.
** After the broadcast of "Marble Madness", Ronaldo noticed one of the marbles entering earth, so his plans for the next week involve watching the [[FunWithAcronyms C.A.R.T.O.O.N.]] [[note]] Comet/Asteriod [sic] Research Telescope Observing Objects Nationwide[[/note]] NETWORK, a comet-detecting service for commercial airliners, every day at 5 P.M., with the relevant points bolded.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Most major characters have their own. Steven has [[https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-stevens-shield#t=0:26 an instrumental version of the theme song]]. Pearl has [[https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-pearls-theme a calm and elegant piano theme]], Amethyst has a hip-hop beat, and Garnet has a distinctive bass synth. Greg has a simple, laid-back theme, while Rose has [[https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-lions-mane#t=0:37 a soft piano piece]]. Lion has [[https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-lions-theme a simple, childlike glockenspiel theme]]. [[spoiler:Lapis Lazuli]]'s theme [[https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-i-am-lapis has two segments]]: a melancholy rolling theme with a water motif, and an aggressive theme that sounds like the crashing of waves.
** [[FusionDance Gem fusions]] come with their own leitmotifs, which combine their component Gems' signature instruments: Opal (Amethyst + Pearl) has [[https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-opal an energetic jazz piano theme]], Sugilite (Garnet + Amethyst) has [[https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-sugelite a menacing synth beat]], and Alexandrite [[https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-alexandrite incorporates elements from all three]]. Battle music also tends to incorporate elements from each character involved.
* LargeHam: Jasper. "You...have FAILED!"
* LikeFatherLikeSon: If not for Greg's anxiety when it comes to Gem matters, he and Steven would basically be differently-aged copies of one another.
* LicensedGame: ''VideoGame/AttackTheLight.''
* LimitedWardrobe: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]; "Story for Steven" reveals that Steven's shirt(s) were once merchandise Greg would sell at concerts during his rockstar days. Meanwhile, the Gems' bodies are merely projections, and since their clothes are as fake as the rest of them, they tend to stick to a single outfit. The one real exception to the LimitedWardrobe is Connie, who wears a different outfit in practically every single one of her appearances.
** Steven's actually kind of a sneaky subversion- though he is extremely attached to his pink star shirt and has multiple versions, he does wear a number of different outfits throughout the episodes, including hoodies, jackets, and tank tops. Many of them have a star in the same place and are the same shade of pink- so at a glance he seems to be wearing the same outfit. A lot of the background characters also have several different outfits they change between.
* TheLoad: Steven started off like this to the Gems. He really did try to help, but he'd get everyone into trouble more often than not. Nowadays he's ''far'' more capable of handling himself.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Utilized on occasion, but the show [[PlayedWith hardly plays it straight]]:
** Jamie says he has this with Garnet, but she rebuffs him, saying that love at first sight [[AvertedTrope doesn't exist]] and that love takes time and work.
** Rose Quartz and Greg, though it was more like ''attraction'' at first sight, considering the example above. The episode "We Need To Talk" goes further by slightly deconstructing Rose and Greg's initial attraction towards each other, with both of them realizing (and overcoming) the fact that they're ''[[CultureClash very]]'' different from one another, [[RealityEnsues enough for them to worry about their future together]].
* LoveTriangle: Pearl vs. Greg for Rose; though she didn't mind showing affection towards both, the existence of Steven indicates that Greg "won" in the end.
* LuminescentBlush: As with the {{Animesque}} feel of the show. Pearl is especially prone to it, but for her it's blue in color.
* {{Magitek}}: A lot of the magic in the show seems like a form of technology. For example, Pearl's hologram is voice-activated and can touch things, but bugs out with static. Rose's room is like a gaming processor that can't handle areas that are too big. The room also responds to voice commands. Rose's armory does as well. Crystal shards (as seen in "Frybo") ''also'' respond to voice commands.
* MaleGaze: There are several moments in the show where the camera pulls this on Pearl's backside, which is drawn a lot more shapelier than usual in those particular shots. Examples include the final act of "Laser Light Cannon" and, more blatantly, Amethyst's taunting in "Cat Fingers", where she morphs into Pearl, sticks out her rear and begins slapping it while going "Womp! Womp!".
* MamaBear: The Crystal Gems to Steven. Harming him is their shared BerserkButton.
* ManlyTears: Greg falls victim to this a lot. You can't really blame the guy--he's already lost his wife and his only son risks his life on a daily basis.
* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild: The Gems and Greg all love Steven very much, but they're also aware that Rose effectively gave up her life so he could be born. Tragically, Steven himself begins to pick up on this, and starts to feel guilty.
* MissingMom: Besides Steven, about half of the cast's mothers aren't seen.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Downplayed. There are monsters with gems in their bodies that the Gems need to stop from reaching the temple but they rarely are the focus of the episode. [[spoiler:It turns out these monsters are actually corrupted Gems.]] There are also the occasional monster that differs, such as the spirit in "Together Breakfast" and the Red Eye in "Laser Light Cannon" which was [[spoiler:a space probe sent by Peridot.]] Later on, this becomes even less of an emphasis as the focus shifts to a MythArc.
* MoodWhiplash: The show does have moments to change from funny to seriousness in a matter of minutes.
* MundaneUtility: All the Gems have shown that they're quick to use their magic for relatively normal matters.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: As shown above with the ThemeTuneRollCall, Steven Zoidberg's himself in. And in the pilot it was Steven who wrote the song in the first place.
* MusicalWorldHypotheses: Most of the time, when songs come up, they seem Diegetic. Steven (and to a lesser extent, Greg) are musically talented, and often enjoy performing or improvising songs. Occasionally, though, they're obviously something different, such as Pearl's monologue of "Strong in the Real Way" or Garnet's BadAssBoast in "Stronger Than You", which she sings ''during battle'' and continues to be audible as Garnet ceased visibly singing. [[spoiler:Ruby finds Sapphire by her siren-like vocalizing, which has the tune of "Stronger Than You", so it might be internal.]]
* MythArc: "Mirror Gem" and "Ocean Gem" hint at a far wider conflict than merely monsters randomly attacking Beach City. [[spoiler:All those monsters are corrupted Gems, and the Crystal Gems seem to fear whatever might come from their homeworld.]]
** This came back in "Warp Tour" when [[spoiler:ball-like machines travel through the warp streams to get to the Intergalactic Warp pad so they can fix it and give another new Gem, Peridot, access to it.]] This also reveals that [[spoiler:the Earth-bound Gems actively destroyed that particular warp pad to prevent more of their kind from reaching Earth.]] Why that is has not yet been revealed, but it actively terrifies Garnet.
** In "On the Run," we learn that [[spoiler:the Gems from their homeworld were trying to use Earth to create other Gems, which would be dangerous for the humans already living on Earth. Amethyst was one of the Gems created here.]]
** After the season 1 finale, [[spoiler: Peridot manages to escape to Earth, and there's the looming threat that Homeworld is going to notice that she, Jasper and Lapis have gone missing and come to investigate.]]

[[folder:N - R]]
* NeverSayDie: Characters ''do'' say "killed" and other synonyms for death, but when it comes to Rose Quartz, they say that she "gave up her physical form." [[spoiler:This was actually because [[SubvertedTrope Rose didn't exactly die]], but she became half of Steven.]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: Do not let the goofy episode teasers fool you. There are some seriously dark undertones to this show and a fair share of heart wrenching moments.
* NewContentCountdownClock: On the day of the premiere, there was a clock in the corner of Cartoon Network's programs counting down to the premiere of ''Steven Universe''.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Gems often nonchalantly reveal an ability they haven't shown before without much comment- which makes sense, as different situations call for different skills- the first time we see a particular power in action, such as Amethyst's RollingAttack, is simply the first time they were in a situation where they needed it. Some were even alluded to before they were seen (Opal's bow fires arrows made of light, with the same color as Pearl's ranged lasers)
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore:
** [[WhamEpisode "Mirror Gem"/"Ocean Gem"]] has this effect: [[spoiler:Steven releases the Mirror Gem, revealing her to be [[ThereIsAnother another Gem]] named Lapis, which prompts the reveal that ''all'' the gem monsters were corrupted Gems, turning the dynamic on its head. At the end, Steven heals Lapis and she goes into space, but the Gems imply this might have repercussions in the future and it expands the setting from just Earth to space.]]
** "On the Run" puts nearly ''everything'' in regards to [[spoiler:Amethyst]] in a whole new light. [[spoiler:She was born on Earth in the Kindergarten to be a "bad," parasitic Gem, and she still has negative feelings about this, which were not addressed until "On the Run."]]
** "Jail Break" does the same with [[spoiler: Garnet. She's a fusion between Ruby and Sapphire.]]
* OddlySmallOrganization: The Big Donut's only known employees are Sadie and Lars, who work there every day, all day, and more or less run the entire place by themselves. A manager or owner has yet to be seen.
* OhCrap: Happens very often to the characters.
* OffModel: This happens in the show very often and Ian Jones-Quartey has actually stated that [[http://ianjq.tumblr.com/post/113622786144/re-watching-the-scene-when-jasper-and-lapis-fuse the show creators are aware of this]] and [[http://ianjq.tumblr.com/post/82410447959/steven-expressions-episodes-1-10-su-is-never make no apologies about doing so]], because cartoons are meant to be fluid, expressive and funny.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The Crystal Gems are often elsewhere on the planet fighting evil. As Steven isn't ready to join them, they don't take him along. In "Cheeseburger Backpack", for example, they've just returned from fighting a giant bird, and in "Cat Fingers", they journey off to another mission, leaving Steven behind to deal with his problem himself.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Pearl and Garnet look like they're in their twenties or early thirties, while Amethyst looks like a teenager. In reality, Amethyst is 6,000 years old ''at least'', and Pearl and Garnet are older.
* PacManFever: The show's creators are clearly video game fans, but this trope is still applied [[TropesAreTools most likely for practical reasons]].
** Nearly every video game seen in the show has simplified graphics (probably most akin to the SNES or 90's arcade machines) but have gameplay mechanics that make sense, are portrayed believably and are reflective of real gaming trends.
** Which makes things slightly strange since Steven has a Nintendo 64 and a GameCube in his room, along with game boxes which are clearly ''AnimalCrossing'' and ''TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
* PsychoactivePowers: Gem abilities and their use seem to be keyed to the user's emotions. Steven loses control of his shapeshifting when he starts to get upset and has difficulty summoning his shield because each of the Gems gives him a different explanation for how to do so: [[TheSmartGuy Pearl]] suggests mental focus and rigorous discipline, Amethyst advocates 'just feeling it' and Garnet talks about tapping into the harmony of the universe. Steven's method, while not verbally espoused, seems to stem from [[ThePowerOfLove compassion]] and a desire to protect.
* PoliceAreUseless: Beach City [[ExaggeratedTrope doesn't even seem to HAVE any form of law enforcement]]: none are present, even in situations where they logically should be, such as when a blackout nearly causes a riot or when the there's a massive evacuation.
* PortalDoor: The door at the Gem monument leads to the Gem temple, and opens to specific areas depending on which Gem activates it.
* PortalNetwork: The crystal platform in front of the PortalDoor links to other platforms of similar construction. There's a larger version of this called the Galaxy Warp that connects to an interplanetary network.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: It is implied that many gem artifacts, including the Desert Glass and the pyramid in "Serious Steven", [[spoiler:are powered by sentient Gems. Lapis Lazuli herself powered a magical mirror.]]
* ThePowerOfLove[=/=]ThePowerOfFriendship: The show's central theme is the love and relationships between characters. Steven in particular is primarily motivated by the need to care for and protect others. Fusions between gems also work far better if the gems legitimately love and care for one another.
** Garnet is the embodiment of ThePowerOfLove, since Ruby and Sapphire love each other so much they can't stand to be separated. Garnet even sings a song about how she's made up of love and that makes her stronger than her opponent.
* RuleOfFunny: Per [[https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5vSGHuLDz2BelloOVd4NmY4ZWM/ Word Of God]], the reason the people of Beach City take the magical goings-on around them in stride.
* RuleOfSymbolism: The series often uses motifs from Hinduism, such as the multiple arms seen in the Gems' temple statue and fused gems (including Opal and Sugilite). [[http://stevencrewniverse.tumblr.com/post/78156709869/from-storyboard-artist-joe-johnston-some Opal was also originally planned]] to form a clockwise swastika symbol with her hands when summoning her bow, a symbol associated with Vishnu. Sugilite, with her four arms, scary-looking fangs and BloodKnight personality, strongly resembles the Hindu goddess [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali Kali]] (who is associated with the counterclockwise swastika).
* RunningGag:
** Steven often falls flat on his face after teleporting. Connie is shown falling flat on her face as well on "Sworn To The Sword" due to Steven being already used to teleport.
** The TV in Steven's room has broken several times.
** When something magical happens to Connie and Steven, Connie will usually say something along the lines of, "Is this usual?" to which Steven will reply, "No. This is new."
** Steven, in some way, [[ShipTease mentioning that Lars and Sadie probably like each other.]]
** Mr. Universe's van suffering abuse.
--> '''Greg''': ''No! Not the van!''
** The Gems ground Steven by forbidding him to watch TV for 1000 years in "Fusion Cuisine", and it keeps coming up again in future episodes. In the episode "Joy Ride", [[spoiler:Garnet ungrounds Steven from TV.]]

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* SceneryPorn:
** The series has gained a name thanks to its [[http://stevencrewniverse.tumblr.com/post/77314174734/a-selection-of-backgrounds-from-the-steven gorgeous artwork]].
** The scene in "Ocean Gem" with the sea tower reaching into space is ''breathtaking''.
* ScienceFantasy: While some of the stuff the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Gems]] have and can do is depicted as technology, a good portion of said technology seems to be {{Magitek}} of some kind, and the rest is straight up described as magic, and has no apparently technology behind it.
* SealedEvilInADuel: [[spoiler: Jasper and Lapis, within Malachite's body. Lapis is able to trap Jasper in the fusion using the weight of the ocean and her own willpower, but she must actively restrain Jasper at every moment or Jasper will escape, or worse, Malachite will.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler:In "The Test", it's revealed that the mission to the Sea Spire was one of these for Steven. He's much better now, but at the time, he didn't do very well at all.]]
* SerialEscalation
** Frybo in his titular episode. He has a permanent smile on his face, and when Pearl jabs him in the eye with her spear, ketchup pours from the wound like blood. He doesn't even ''speak''. UncannyValley for sure.
** [[spoiler:For some, Malachite in "Jail Break". She has Jasper's SlasherSmile, four huge eyes, a raspy EvilLaugh, and tries to smash the heroes with a giant hand made out of water.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: All the Crystal Gems seem to ship [[PuppyLove Steven and Connie.]]
* ShipSinking
** What seems to be the case for Sadie/Lars, at the moment, at least. It seems to have come from a mix of Lars' attitude and Sadie's actions in "Island Adventure." This was even made fun of in "Say Uncle", where Lars and Sadie are on a sinking boat.
--> '''Lars:''' Our ship!
** Any Garnet ships ([[spoiler:sans Sapphire and Ruby, obviously]]) are now completely sunk, as Garnet isn't interested in ''any'' relationships.
--> '''Garnet:''' [[spoiler:Three's a crowd.]]
* ShipTease
** Connie and Steven as a ToyShip.
** Rose x Pearl has been implied since "Rose's Scabbard."
** In "Warp Tour", Pearl and Amethyst seem to be downright flirting with each other.
** Sadie and Lars.
* ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow: Steven has never had a formal education, being home schooled by the Gems. Up until Connie told him about it he had never even heard the word "school".
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/StevenUniverse A whole page's worth.]]
* ShowWithinAShow:
** ''L'il Butler'', a parody of series' like TheNanny that seemingly ended decades ago. Greg has an entire collection of VHS tapes.
** ''Crying Breakfast Friends[[ExcitedSeriesTitle !]]'', a cartoon [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin about crying]] [[AnthropomorphicFood breakfast foods]] that Steven loves but leaves Greg utterly baffled. "Reformed" essentially indicates ''Crying Breakfast Friends!'' is the ''Steven Universe'' equivalent of ''[[SelfDeprecation itself]]'', even having counterparts for each cast member.
* ShutUpHannibal
** Near the end of "Lars and the Cool Kids", Lars snaps from pressure and unreasonably blames the situation on Steven's "weird mom". Steven...[[BerserkButton doesn't react well.]]
-->'''Steven:''' What do you know about my mom? ''I didn't even get to know my mom!'' But I ''do'' know, she saw beauty in ''everything''....even in jerks like ''you!''
** In "Jail Break", "Stronger Than You" is pretty much a ShutUpHannibal ''song.'' While beating up Hannibal to boot.
* SimilarSquad: The Cool Kids to the Crystal Gems. There's Sour Cream's calm and organized demeanor as Pearl, Jenny Pizza's playful personality as Amethyst, and Buck Dewey's somewhat TheQuietOne personality to Garnet. Bonus points for there being physical similarities as well.
* SleepCute: Steven. [[SurpriseCreepy Pearl often watches him sleep.]]
* SlowMotionFall: [[spoiler:Garnet at the end of "The Return".]]
* SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom: One of the rooms in "Serious Steven."
* SpaceAgeStasis: [[AvertedTrope Nope!]] [[spoiler:The Homeworld Gems have continued to advance in the thousands of years they've been cut off from Earth, to the point that the most powerful weapons the Crystal Gems have are useless against their technology]].
* SpecialEditionTitle: "Jail Break" has the title card on a starry background rather than a beach.
* SpecialPersonNormalName: Steven.
* SpoilerTitle: "Jail Break" gives away that at least one (or all) of the Gems ends up captured after "The Return".
* {{Squee}}: Garnet's reaction to [[spoiler:[[PuppyLove Steven and Connie]] fusing.]]
* StressVomit: Steven mentions almost succumbing to this in "Serious Steven."
* SurpriseCreepy
** The show is usually a lighthearted comedy, which makes the occasional foray into [[NightmareFuel terrifying]] BodyHorror [[MoodWhiplash all the more effective.]]
** Steven's dream in "Chille Tid" starts off as a 50's sitcom parody...[[spoiler:until he opens the door to reveal Lapis Lazuli, with water pouring from her eyes and mouth.]]
* {{Surrealism}}: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], but it's there and not always PlayedForLaughs (for example, the [[spoiler:Homeworld Gems arriving in a giant hand-shaped spaceship for apparently no reason]]), though the show does sometimes veer into SurrealHumor.
* TalkingToThemself: [[spoiler: Garnet]] at the end of "Keeping it Together". Upon seeing gem shards fused together, she has split feelings on the issue [[spoiler:to the point where she nearly split apart]].
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The Gems employ Warp Pads to get around from place to place on Earth, crystal pads activated by a Gem's thought or by a convenient WarpWhistle. They transport more than the Gems themselves, but a normal human can't activate one on their own. Those who are transported by a pad go through "Warp Space", a space where all the streams from the warp pads run through. The other streams are visible if one sticks their head out, [[SpaceIsCold but as warp space lacks heat, air and gravity, it is not advisable]].
** There are larger versions known as the Galaxy Warp, to get from planet to planet, though the one to and from Earth is broken. [[spoiler:The Crystal Gems make sure it stays that way too, and for good reason.]]
* TemptingFate: "I may get eaten by a giant bird!" *chomp*
* ThemeTuneExtended: There is an extended version of the show's theme ("We Are the Crystal Gems") even longer than the pilot version. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1xQxZ8k-BM The version that can be found online]] has some parts censored with "dah dah dah" and such, because those are apparently [[{{Spoiler}} spoilers]]. Here's the extra lyrics that ''haven't'' been censored for spoilers:
--> ''If only you could know what we really are\\
We were surprised to find your beauty and your worth\\
We will protect your kind, we will protect your Earth\\
We will protect your Earth''
* ThemeTuneRollCall: Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl, AND STEVEN!
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Steven really needs one after the Season One finale.
** Both Amethyst and Pearl have some ''extreme'' self-esteem issues, along with attachment issues in Pearl's case, which have been allowed to go on for literal millenia.
* [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich They Wasted a Perfectly Good Breakfast]]: Though to be fair, its predecessor did try to kill them.
* ThrivingGhostTown: Beach City is home to less than two dozen people, for an area that should charitably require five times as many. Greg lampshades this when Steven says how the whole city will be at the concert he wants them both to attend. Greg says that's like 15 people, tops.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: A downplayed example with Rose and Greg. Greg is taller than average but Rose is HUGE. It may have actually been part of the reason for the attraction, as hinted in "Story for Steven".
-->'''Greg:''' I-I just can't stop thinking about that woman at the show.\\
'''Marty:''' Oh, here we go. How big was she?
* TitleDrop: Occurs in "Story for Steven" and "Chille Tid".
* TitleThemeDrop: The theme song is often played in the background in clever ways, such as just using the basic chords from the theme, or remixing the melody very slightly.
* {{Tomboy}}: Amethyst.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Amethyst and Pearl, respectively.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: Most previews focus on the show's more happy-go-lucky, comedy elements, leaving its MythArc to the viewer's discretion.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: When Cartoon Network aired sent-in reactions from fans, some were reactions to [[spoiler:Ruby and Sapphire fusing into Garnet.]]
* {{Troll}}: Meta example on Tumblr. The [[http://crystal-gems.tumblr.com/ Crystal Gems]] fanblog reblogged a post that [[http://keepbeachcityweird.tumblr.com/post/97849312646/crystal-gems-keepbeachcityweird-what-the-heck Ronaldo specifically said not to reblog.]] He calls them out on their failed attempt to troll him.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Played with in the case of Greg and Rose. Rose is beautiful and majestic every time we see her, with a [[AnimationBump lot more attention than usual]] given to her graceful movements and [[{{Animesque}} huge shiny hair]], and Greg is a schlubby middle-aged guy with a farmer's tan and receding hairline. But flashbacks show us that when he was young Greg was pretty good looking and cool, the somewhat well-known rock singer Mister Universe, with an awesome [[WildHair mane]] of hair that apparently inspired young!Amethyst to grow out hers.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Everyone in Beach City reacts like this towards the Gems. Despite their display of magical powers, no one seems to care. When [[ConspiracyTheorist Ronaldo]] finds out they're responsible for a bunch of strange events he attributed to TheReptilians, he finds this actual explanation too mundane to accept. This is justified when you consider that the Gems have been on Earth since practically the dawn of humanity, if not longer (Pearl casually states in "Political Power" that she can remember when humans used to be hunter-gatherers, implying that her presence on Earth predates the Neolithic Revolution of 10,000 B.C.E). As far as humans are concerned, the Gems have pretty much always been there; it's an old hat at this point.
** Played with in "Lion 2: The Movie". Connie is suitably amazed by the giant pink lion and gem magic, while Steven is used to it and is more excited about the movie with the cyborg heli-dog. Once the flying robot shooting up the street is defeated, the ticket lady doesn't even question what happened.
** "Beach Party" has Garnet explaining to the Pizzas exactly how the Gem Temple works. As she does so, the gem in her right hand sparkles.
--->'''Kofi:''' What is wrong with your hand?
** In "Ocean Gem", Mayor Dewey refers to the Gems as "those magical ladies", and while everyone is rather surprised the ocean has disappeared, they care less for this physical impossibility than they do the effect it will have on the town.
** When Alexandrite shows up to a family dinner with Connie's parents, their reaction to a giant, multi-colored, six-armed woman is mild surprise and stammering through the usual expected niceties.
** Played with during Greg's story of how he met Rose; he pays no attention to the fact he had a conversation with Amethyst, who was a giant purple owl with her gem in its chest, but is promptly shocked when the owl starts talking back.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Peridot and Jasper. Neither of them have any qualms about harming children, and their mission is to reactivate the Kindergarten, which will end life on Earth.
** [[BrokenBird Lapis]], during her stint as a villain, came down pretty dang hard, too, given she tried to drown Steven and Connie, and threw Greg's van with him in it, breaking his leg. She may be more sympathetic than the other two being [[spoiler: a badly wounded Gem that really just wanted to go home]] but her methods were brutal. For added punch, she was introduced long before the other two, as the first [[spoiler: humanoid]] Gem antagonist.
** Peridot and, by extension, the Homeworld Gems have picked up some extra evil points as of ''Keeping it Together.'' The episode reveals that [[spoiler: they have been conducting experiments in the Kindergarten involving forcibly fusing the remains of ''[[HeroKiller shattered Crystal Gems]]''.]] To put the gravity of this into perspective, this is basically a [[spoiler: Frankenstein scenario where all the parts can probably [[AndIMustScream still remember that they]] [[WasOnceAMan used to be people]], and with the way Garnet reacts combined with the sexual implications behind fusion in general, it's like they're in a ''[[FateWorseThanDeath permanent state]] [[RapeByProxy of rape.]]'']] [[NightmareFuel Holy]] [[BodyHorror mother]] [[MoodWhiplash of]] [[BrainBleach God...]]
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: Deconstructed in "So Many Birthdays". Garnet tries to shake Steven back to normal, and mournfully admits to incorrectly believing this trope. However, Pearl and Amethyst shouting at Garnet is what causes Steven to regain his personality.
* VocalEvolution: Steven's voice deepens as the show continues.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: When a fusion begins to break apart, or its components are unwilling to work together, the fusion's voice will change from one person's to the other's.
* WaveMotionGun: Rose Quartz's light cannon. It shoots a beam of light in the shape of a flower that blooms into a silhouette of Rose herself.
* WeaponOfChoice: The gems all have a different magical weapon that they summon through their gems.
** Garnet has a pair of [[PowerFist gauntlets]] that are projected out of the gems embedded in her hands.
** Pearl gets [[BladeOnAStick a spear]] and has a collection of swords in her room.
** Amethyst uses [[WhipItGood a whip]].
** The titular character Steven has [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe a shield]] that he inherited from his mother. His mother also used [[CoolSword a sword]] that is not projected out of a gem, but is instead summoned out of Lion.
** [[spoiler: Lapis Lazuli does not have a weapon. Instead, she has the power to [[MakingASplash control water]]. Her official summoned weapon appears to be her [[PowerGivesYouWings fluid wings]]]].
** [[spoiler: Jasper summons a CoolHelmet from the gem that is her nose.]]
** It's also worth noting that when two gems [[FusionDance fuse]] their weapons combine into a new one too:
*** Opal turns Pearl's spear and Amethyst's whip into the limbs and string of an EnergyBow.
*** Sugilite combines Garnet's gauntlets into a giant [[EpicFlail meteor hammer]] with Amethyst's whip as the chain.
* WeAreAsMayflies: In "Keep Beach City Weird!", Pearl muses that humans live "short, boring lives." Gems, on the other hand, do not age and are very hard to kill.
* WellIntentionedReplacement: In the comic story from the ''ComicBook/AdventureTime 2013 Spooktacular''. The Gems make a comic book for Steven after destroying Steven's pile of [[SomethingPerson [=GuyMan=]]] (and [[DistaffCounterpart [=GuyWoman=]]]) variants that a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting devious shape shifter]] turned itself into. Steven loves it.
* WhamEpisode:
** "Mirror Gem"/"Ocean Gem" two-parter. [[spoiler:Steven releases a new Gem named Lapis Lazuli (directly contradicting the Crystal Gems' wishes), it's revealed that Gems fought each other all the time, the various monsters fought over the course of the series are confirmed to be Gems that have become "corrupt", and Steven [[TookALevelInBadass appears to have more control summoning his shield.]]]]
** "Warp Tour." [[spoiler:Another Gem named Peridot makes an appearance after her robots land from outer space and fix the Warp Pad that leads to the Gem Homeworld. Whatever this means, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl are ''extremely'' distressed about the possibility of Homeworld Gems returning to Earth. It ends with Garnet smashing the Warp Pad, and raises even more questions about the Crystal Gems and why they seem to be in such a conflict with the others.]]
** "On the Run." [[spoiler:Pearl reveals that the trio (and Rose) were a group who defected from the rest of the Gem homeworld due to opposing a plan that would have damaged the Earth greatly, which involved a place called "Kindergarten." Later on in the episode, Amethyst reveals to Steven that she was actually created on Earth and was one of the ''many'' products of "Kindergarten."]]
** "The Return"/"Jailbreak" two-parter. [[spoiler:Peridot arrives on Earth in a giant handship from the Gem Homeworld. Steven and the Gems then face off against a new gem called [[KnightOfCerebus Jasper]] that fought with Rose Quartz's army in the war for Earth thousands of years ago. Also, it's revealed that Garnet is a fusion between two long awaited gems: Ruby and Sapphire. Finally, at the end of the episode, Jasper fuses with Lapis Lazuli into the malevolent Malachite, but in a huge twist to Jasper, Lapis Lazuli takes over and sends Jasper and her to the ocean (possibly) '''[[AFateWorseThanDeath forever.]]''' Peridot also managed to escape and is somewhere on Earth.]]
** "Keeping it Together", which has the Crystal Gems revisit the Kindergarten and learn that [[spoiler: the Homeworld Gems are interested in [[FusionDance fusion]], and have been ''forcibly fusing the Gem shards of '''''fallen Crystal Gems'''''' ''together!'']]
* WhamLine
** "Ocean Gem": [[spoiler:"All those monsters we fight used to be ''[[WasOnceAMan just like us!]]''"]]
** "Sworn to the Sword": [[spoiler:"''Why won't you just let me do this for you, [[WrongNameOutburst Rose?]]''"]]
** "Chille Tid": [[spoiler: No! I'm not Lapis. [[ThatManIsDead We're]] [[SplitPersonalityTakeover Malachite]] [[OhCrap now.]]]]
* WhamShot
** "Mirror Gem": [[spoiler:Steven freeing Lapis from the mirror.]]
** "Jail Break": [[spoiler:Ruby and Sapphire re-fusing into Garnet.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: What happens to Sugilite in "Coach Steven". The trope is lampshaded by Pearl.
-->'''Pearl:''' Can't you see that a power that big/Comes with a bigger expense?
* WorthyOpponent: Rose Quartz was this to her enemies, apparently.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Garnet to Jasper in "Stronger Than You":
-->'''Garnet:''' But I think you're just mad 'cause you're single.
* YourOtherLeft: Parodied in the episode "Rose's Scabbard". During a serious conversation between Steven and Pearl, we can hear Garnet and Amethyst in the background trying to maneuver an enormous battle axe through a doorway, and apparently no one ever taught Amethyst her directions.
--> '''Amethyst''': Turn it clockwise! No, your other clockwise! ... Yeah, lift it backwards. ... Not up, ''backwards''!
--> '''Garnet:''' You mean ''pull''?

->''"[[ClosingCredits If I could begin to be\\
Half of what you think of me,\\
I could do about anything\\
I could even learn how to love\\
Like you]]"''