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* AbandonShipping:
** All the Garnet pairings sunk with three words: "Three's a crowd.", referencing the fact that Garnet herself is a fusion of two Gems that are in love. However, others continued shipping [[OneTrueThreesome Garnet/Pearl/Amethyst]] under the justification that "three's a crowd, but four's a party".
** A lot of Pearl/Rose Quartz shippers began to reconsider the pairing after "Sworn to the Sword" and "We Need to Talk", which showed a darker side to Pearl's devotion to Rose.
** Pearl/Garnet:
*** Many shippers were excited for "Cry for Help" seeing as their fusion, Sardonyx debuted in that episode, however the episode itself did a number on the Pearl/Garnet relationship: it is revealed that Pearl was the one who kept repairing the Communications Hub so she could continue to fuse with Garnet. The episode ends with them not being able to speak to one another. Some still stay aboard, but many Pearlnet shippers had jumped, Only for interest to have reignited with the airing of "Friend Ship", where they finally are able to talk out their problems and come to a closer understanding of each other than before. Them being steadily forced closer together by a shrinking room until their faces are just inches from each other and escaping through the formation of Sardonyx likely contributed.
** While there are still people who are willing to ship her with other characters, plenty Pearl related ships have been abandoned after "Cry for Help" due to many believing that at this point in her life she just wouldn't be capable of a healthy romantic relationship for now.
*** Pearl and Amethyst seemed like a possible ship, but since Peridot and Amethyst seem to bond a lot, and the reasons mentioned above, a few shippers abandoned the variant with Pearl.
*** After "Last One Out of Beach City," many fans have changed their tune and see her as ready for a relationship again...and most of the ships are ''still'' unpopular because her canon one with The Mystery Girl is so compelling in its own right.
* AcceptableTargets: Jersey, an obvious spoof of New Jersey, is portrayed as a polluted, noisy town with apparently rude people. In Steven's world, they "hate the earth."
* AlasPoorScrappy: Ronaldo losing his girlfriend in "Restaurant Wars" did earn him some sympathy from a few fans.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Is Greg a better parent than the Gems themselves? On the one hand, he's somewhat of a slacker, living in his van which is perpetually full of junk, seemingly misplacing as many things as he finds, can be forgetful at times, and it's somewhat unclear that despite being a human himself, he'd give Steven a proper education and upbringing. On the other, he definitely gets serious whenever Steven is facing a problem or life-threatening situation, and is otherwise a fun-loving, supportive good parent. Episodes such as "Laser Light Cannon", "Cat Fingers", "Ocean Gem", "Space Race", "The Message", etc, show that Greg is actually quite competent in 'normal' matters, even if he's all too aware of how out of his depth he is at magical things. Not to mention he lives in a van because they essentially kicked him out of the house ''he built for his dead wife and child.'' He even gives the Crystal Gems a small WhatTheHellHero when he points out that they "never give up on anything, except for [him]". It's been later revealed that Greg took care of Steven as a baby and the Gems took custody of him as he got older, and that even now Greg is the one paying for all of Steven's living expenses, raising further question of who should be living with whom.
** Lapis Lazuli. Was she a threat that could've seriously hurt everyone around her? Or was she just a homesick Gem that was just severely injured and didn't want to be on the planet anymore? After the events of "The Return/Jailbreak" and beyond, is her willingness to sacrifice her freedom, and even her identity for Steven the result of Steven's personality making her a better person? Or is she doing this purely for his sake, and couldn't care less about her home planet, the Earth, other Gems both Crystal and otherwise, and [[DespairEventHorizon even herself]]? While anger about her being captured and tormented by Jasper was part of it, [[spoiler:after defusing]], Lapis seems to have done it for Steven's sake and her own self-destructive issues.
** After "Coach Steven", Sugilite's character has been subject to some amount of interpretations. Is her personality a result of Garnet and Amethyst's mindsets at the moment of fusion, or is it a reasonable mixture of their own distinct traits? Was it an example of the Ruby and Amethyst parts of her just getting wildly out-of-control? Was her lashing out at Pearl an indication that the amount of time she spent fused was causing her to go out of control, or was she justifiably hurt that Pearl left her behind?
*** With later revelations that Amethyst was meant to be twice as big and much more intimidating than she is right now (she's a runt because she apparently 'birthed' 500 years too late), and Sugilite being unconventionally larger than other fusions, could Sugilite's size and attitude be a manifestation of Amethyst's true form/potential? Garnet herself believes their mindsets at the time coupled with both of them having aggressive tendencies was a reckless idea in hindsight.
** The exact relationship between Amethyst and Greg as shown in 'Maximum Capacity'. Was Amethyst's reaction in this episode akin to a child who's working through the grief of her mother-figure getting into a new relationship and then dying? Or, as another fan contingent suggests, was there also something romantic/sexual going on between the two of them? Similarly, the fandom is also split between those who feel that despite her cruel actions in the episode, Amethyst was still sympathetic considering her back-story (and apology), and those who felt she crossed a line.
** "Rose's Scabbard" has shed new light on Pearl. Was her relationship with Rose an adoring kind of HeroWorship? Was Pearl the Gem equivalent of a stalker who wanted to know all of Rose's secrets? Or was their relationship something [[LesYay a little less platonic?]]
** "Sworn to the Sword" certainly brought up even more questions on the exact nature of Rose and Pearl's relationship especially after its implied that Pearl is significantly younger than Rose. There is also the possibility that Pearl's devotion to Rose was rather unhealthy, for Pearl herself most of all. Both of these implications might explain why Rose kept some distance between herself and Pearl.
** Matt Burnett has [[https://twitter.com/mcburnett/status/6-11651923100307456 confirmed]] on his Twitter that Pearl's feelings were not platonic. This answers one question, but the debate over whether Rose herself saw her as a lover or friend still leaves the matter open to multiple interpretations.
** Could many of Pearl's character traits be the result of being (the Gem equivalent of) autistic? She displays numerous traits typically associated with AspergerSyndrome in particular: taking hyperbole, sarcasm, and humor literally (e.g: Steven's "Butter-fly" joke); an inability to pick up on social cues, difficulties empathizing with those she doesn't have a close connection with (i.e: most humans), being ultra-logical most of the time but highly anxious and emotional in stressful situations, and trouble understanding other people's perspectives - such as Amethyst's in "On the Run". Given that the other Gems can seem to glean a basic understanding of earth and its inhabitants, Pearl's behavior may not be explainable by reference to her outsider status alone. Many autistic ''SU'' fans see Pearl as autistic or the Gem version thereof.
** "We Need to Talk" shows Rose having an alien mindset, laughing hysterically at Greg when he asks her if she takes him seriously but moments later being put-off when he laughs at her and then starts crying, completely ignoring Pearl's jealousy and anxiety, singing about how she likes "playing along" with humans, and implying she's had human lovers (and possibly something with Pearl) but had no idea what being "in love" is like.
** "Catch and Release" reveals that rather than being a flat-out antagonist, Peridot truly thinks of the Crystal Gems as traitors and expresses fear of them, to the point where she assumes every mundane object they own is a weapon they could use to harm her. She even refers to Garnet as a "filthy war machine" as part of her indoctrination regarding Homeworld's taboo against inter-Gem fusion. Peridot may be a sort of metaphor for autism. Blunt, literal, issues understanding other people's feelings, thinks normal things are weird, she even fits into the another planet metaphor.
** As of "Alone at Sea,"[[spoiler:Jasper is seen as either like a drug or sex addict regarding fusion, a masochist desperate to be under Lapis' power, or even not changed at all and putting on an act to try to make Lapis still feel like the one at fault.]]
** Because of the shows propensity to deftly move up and down the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness on a regular basis, the behavior and attitudes of several characters have been subject to rigorous debate.
*** Pearl and Amethyst's amusement at humans' short lifespans: are the Gems really an advanced race of warriors, or just a group of SmugSuper thugs and that Lapis may have had a point in her argument? Or alternatively, are the Crystal Gems simply [[NobleBigot Noble Bigots]] in comparison to the rest of the Gem race? Lapis herself seemed to show little regard for the Earth and its inhabitants herself, and the modern Homeworld Gems are if anything, even worse. The end result appears to be that as insensitive and unintentionally condescending as they can be, they've grown to genuinely believe in protecting Earth and is the best defense humanity has.
*** Connie's parents? [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Decent parents]] or, in the case of Connie's mom, a full blown {{Jerkass}} AbusiveParent? Dr. Maheswaran (Connie's mom) is the more divisive of the two Maheswaran parents; whether she's GoodParents, an AbusiveParent or just MyBelovedSmother, is extremely debatable. She appears to be some degree of overprotective of Connie, even forbidding her from watching a medical television show for being unrealistic, and comes down ''very'' hard on her when she learns Connie lied to her about Steven's family. She refers to Greg's "because we love you" explanation as a "shut-down" and compliments it as such, which strikes some viewers as a red flag. However, she also isn't as close-minded as Connie seems to think, as she was rather quick to form a rapport with the Crystal Gems (over their decision to harshly punish Steven). "Nightmare Hospital" suggests she wasn't aware of the damage she was doing to her daughter, and thought since Connie wasn't talking about her feelings meant she was doing her job as a protective mother. She's resolved to push back on her rules and is trying to keep an open mind when it comes to Connie's adventures with the Crystal Gems. Just so long as Connie is honest with her.
*** Sadie. Misunderstood teenager with a crush, or a {{Yandere}} who goes to excessive and even cruel lengths to get back at Lars for simple pettiness? Or somewhere in between, as a cheerful if somewhat obsessive girl that although sometimes cruel to a guy that's more than cruel to her back, still is a positive influence?
*** Lars. JerkWithAHeartOfGold who really does care about Sadie, or JerkWithAHeartOfJerk who likes to toy around with her feelings for him, and is only jealous when she spends time with Ronaldo because she's paying attention to someone who isn't him? [[TakeAThirdOption Or maybe he's just one really screwed up kid with attachment issues]].
*** Is Ronaldo a jerk who would risk the safety of Beach City for his conspiracy theories, or are his conspiracy theories all he has as a coping mechanism for being friendless?
*** ''It Could've Been Great'' raises another very interesting possibility: that Ronaldo is aware that he alone knows the truth about the world and all that it entails, because in point of fact, he ''does'': his theory about "Polymorphic rocks that follow the Diamond Authority and plan to hollow out the earth" is fact. He also indirectly stumbled on to the not entirely inaccurate conclusion that the Gems bring most of Beach City's problems with them.
*** After "Hit the Diamond," some fans suspect [[spoiler:being permanently fused is actually a quite unhealthy way for gems to live, as Ruby and Sapphire seem utterly ''starved'' for each other's attention and can't stop themselves from aggressively flirting even as it risks them being discovered by Homeworld Gems. It doesn't help that in Alone At Sea, Jasper has become addicted to the power-high that fusion brings, and is desperate to re-fused with Lapis. This is the same Jasper who detested fusion and would have never even lowered her eyes to that of another gem, much less get on her knees and beg.]]
*** Are the people of Beach City ApatheticCitizens that don't really care about the Gems or are they ConditionedToAcceptHorror while quietly resenting the Gems for the trouble they bring? "Rising Tides/Crashing Skies" shows the people largely unconcerned about the invasion by Homeworld but other episodes imply that they don't like the Gems for the trouble that happens around town.
*** Is Ronaldo actually as socially incompetent as he appears or does he have an average off-screen social life? While his ConspiracyTheorist antics seem to isolate he is seen to travel in some of the same circles as the Cool Kids when "off the clock" and can even rope others into his plots at times. "Restaurant Wars" also shows him as the first teenager on the show to actually have a girlfriend, implying that he's more social savvy than he lets on.
** Jasper's had a DracoInLeatherPants reputation in the fandom for a while, but ''Earthlings'' is the first episode to show her in a somewhat sympathetic light. She's desperate to find some semblance of control on a planet she despises, [[spoiler:all of her corrupted Gem "army" heads for the hills once they get out, she gets beaten by a fusion ''again'', and then resorts to fusing with one of the corrupted Gems just to try and get a leg up only to start corrupting after they de-fuse]]. Just to add the cherry on the world's shittiest sundae for her, she is only as adamant about fighting "Rose" as she is because of ''something'' Rose did to Jasper's [[spoiler:original Diamond, Pink Diamond]]. So, is she still an AxCrazy warrior bent on unjustified revenge against someone that doesn't exist anymore, or is Jasper another victim of Homeworld's [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinism]] with a legitimate beef against Rose Quartz that she'll never get to resolve?
** The Mystery Girl's lack of any lines (that we can hear, at least) is a natural well for fans to project any kind of personality they want onto her (and how similar or not she is to Rose besides her looks).
** [[spoiler:Pink]] Diamond. Some theories/fanfics centered around her interprete her as a TokenGoodTeammate for the Diamond Authority, for instance using a theory that Gems with their gem located on their navel tend to display caring and loving personalities and have a fascination towards life (like Rose Quartz herself). However, there aren't a lot of informations about her and Garnet said she would've never stopped until the Earth was turned into a colony. So, was she an AssholeVictim and an EvilOverlord? ALighterShadeOfBlack compared to her fellow Diamonds? An AffablyEvil TokenGoodTeammate?
* AntiClimaxBoss: A few fans felt this way about [[DiscOneFinalBoss Lapis']] fight with the Crystal Gems in the mid-season one two-parter. Lapis has shown an intense hatred towards the Gems, sans [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe Steven]], and unleashed a group of unstoppable water clones that nearly ''succeeded'' at bringing the heroes to their knees. However, she's ultimately stopped when Steven [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath simply talks her down]] in less than a minute, heals her broken gem, and allows her to leave peacefully.
** Some fans also feel this way toward the [[spoiler:the defeat of the Cluster considering that the show spend half a season building up how much a threat it was to the planet and how important it was to destroy it (not helped by the overly long hiatus that preceded it). The fact that Steven once again just talked the threat down was seen as a bit of a cop-out]].
* AntiShippingGoggles: Some fans feel this way about the Sadie/Lars couple. While Sadie is a genuinely good person who tries to see the best in Lars, many people find him to be a BastardBoyfriend who is bad for her and shows no concern whatsoever for her well-being.
** Others also find that Sadie's (well-intentioned) actions in "Island Adventure" also prove that Sadie is likewise unhealthy for Lars.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Morals and messages are rarely handled subtly on this show, especially with it's themes of love and equality, and can seem a bit on-the-nose for adult viewers. Of course, this [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped is not without reason]].
* AuthorsSavingThrow:
** For fans not fond of the ''Uncle Grandpa'' crossover, the fact that it went out of its way to state within the first two minutes that it's not to be considered canon, and that it was more of an [[BreatherEpisode excuse to cut loose for the sake of one-off humor]] greatly helped its reception in the fandom.
** To some fans, the moral of "Love Letters" that there's no such thing as real LoveAtFirstSight conflicted with how Greg and Rose's relationship had been portrayed, "We Need to Talk" shows that after the initial infatuation wore off, they needed to have a serious discussion about how they could realistically work as a relationship.
** Some fans began to feel that Steven was undergoing {{Flanderization}} as an AllLovingHero, and were getting weary of Steven simply talking many of his foes out of hostilities (with the worst example being from "Gem Drill"). It got to the point that some began to suspect (with more cynicism than others) that Jasper and Yellow Diamond would eventually be convinced by Steven to pull a HeelFaceTurn. Season Three rectified this as it's main StoryArc for Steven revolves around him learning that there will be some foes he simply ''can't'' talk down and will be forced to fight back in self-defense, and finally learning what Greg really meant when he lamented the severity of war. It gives him some vital CharacterDevelopment and also gives the show, with its setting being the aftermath of a brutal war, even more depth and realism and satisfied many fans who felt Steven's qualities were being taken to unrealistic levels.
* AwesomeEgo:
** Sardonyx clearly loves being herself, inflated ego and all, and her fans feel the same.
** [[spoiler:Smoky Quartz]] literally explodes into their first scene, and just gets more badass from there.
* AwesomenessWithdrawal: The show's most universal complaint is its inconsistent schedule. The series has had several hiatuses in its run, and although the Stevenbombs are beloved, they've been taking an increasingly long number of months to air. Though it was finally subverted ''big time'' with the Summer of Steven, aka the Stevennuke, with the majority of Season 3 airing on consecutive weekdays, followed ''immediately'' by a weekly schedule for Season 4.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Virtually ''everybody''.
** Pearl is probably the biggest one; some fans find her quirks (she's a [[SuperOCD clean]] freak, and is [[TeamMom extremely protective towards Steven]]) to be annoying, others find them funny or endearing. And while she sincerely means well, she commits several KickTheDog moments in Season 2 which have made her very divisive.
*** Pearl's feelings for Rose Quartz have divided the fanbase further. Initially regarded as sweet, as more light has been shed on the nature of their relationship, fans are debated as to whether it makes Pearl even more of TheWoobie or whether it makes her an unsympathetic JerkAss [[CrazyJealousGuy Crazy Jealous Girl]], or [[JerkassWoobie a mix of both]]. It doesn't help that she seems to be completely unable to think about anything or anyone else once she goes into "Rose mode." In "Rose's Scabbard", she's so distraught that when Steven misses his last jump and nearly falls to his death she doesn't even try to help him climb back up. Then in "Sworn to the Sword," she convinces Connie that her life is worth nothing when it comes to protecting Steven, seeming to forget that she's human and will not simply retreat into her gem if her body is injured. Over all it seems that Pearl has some very serious issues to work through, but doesn't truly mean any harm. The events of "Cry for Help" have done her even more damage. She repairs the Communication Hub, lies that Peridot did it, and uses it so that she and Garnet will continue fusing into Sardonyx. Some Pearl-haters now despise her even more, because she used a serious situation for a selfish purpose and used Garnet while doing so, and her attempts to make up for it afterwards caused even more problems. Others defend her, acknowledging that what she did was wrong, yes, but that doesn't make her a bad person. "Back to the Barn" might just smooth over a lot of her detractors given we learn that in the Gem hierarchy, Pearls are made-to-order servants and designed to be obedient, and Pearl idolized Rose as her "owner". It puts several of her conversations and actions in a different context.
** Amethyst's carefree attitude. She's always had her fair share of fans who enjoyed seeing her let loose and have fun with her powers. Others found her misuse of her powers [[TheScrappy grating and obnoxious]], making her the least popular of the Crystal Gems, particularly in the first half of season 1. This largely died down after her [[HiddenDepths hidden insecurities and self-worth issues]] were explored in "Tiger Millionaire", and especially after "On the Run". Focus episodes after the revelation of her being created in Kindergarten during the war made her much more sympathetic even to those that disliked her.
** Steven himself is also a pretty big one too. One half of the fanbase absolutely adore him thanks to being an AllLovingHero who initially tries to bring peace rather than hate and war. The other half finds him deeply annoying and thinks his All-Loving Hero status is a tad too excessive on accounts that he usually just tries to talk his enemies down rather than fighting them, or not fighting them at all.
** Lars. He often acts like a selfish {{Jerkass}}, and [[AesopAmnesia any time an episode ends with him learning humility, it completely gets forgotten by the next episode]]. However, he still has his fair share of fans and has been involved with some of the show's HeartwarmingMoments. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUehidtJCD4 This clip]] sums Lars up perfectly. He has his {{Jerkass}} moments, but deep down inside, [[{{Tsundere}} he does actually care]], as evidenced by when he gives Sadie his shirt at the end for her to keep warm. "Island Adventure" accentuates this, with a lot of people either hating on Lars and glorifying Sadie (for Lars coming across as even more of a jerk than usual for a lot of the episode) or vice versa (for Sadie taking matters into her own hands to "help" Lars without asking him, which may have just ended up hurting him and their relationship).
** Jasper. Depending on who you ask, she's either an unrepentant sadist for her lust for fighting, complicated and abusive treatment of Lapis, and her single-minded determination for revenge that still has HiddenDepths to her personality, or a BloodKnight that could still be persuaded to fight for the Crystal Gems as a NobleDemon that isn't really bad/should be befriended given the [[AllLovingHero show's usual tendencies]]. There's very little neutral ground.
*** As of "Crack The Whip", more people are turning their backs on Jasper, due to what she did to [[TheWoobie Amethyst]]. Although, ''Earthlings'' allowed her to regain some sympathy by showing her HiddenDepths and her FreudianExcuse.
** Ronaldo, full stop. Some people hate him because of his callous disregard for the safety of others, and his very disturbed mind makes him more of a villain than he appears. Others see him as a [[LawfulStupid well-intentioned idiot]], Others like him because of his jerkassery, and [[RuleOfThree others]] say he works better only in very small doses.
** Bismuth, [[spoiler:another Crystal Gem who Rose bubbled due to her becoming HeWhoFightsMonsters and designing a weapon that could permanently kill any Gem. Many fans disagreed with the show presenting her in the wrong and accused it of victim-blaming after she'd been a slave on Homeworld, and pointed out Rose lying to the others about the fight as if she knew she'd been wrong (and which is clearly presented as the wrong thing to do), while others note that Bismuth desired ''genocide'' rather than just using lethal force, and it's strongly implied she started the fight that led to her being bubbled, and instantly turns on Steven and tries to kill him when he says that nobody should use the Breaking Point.]]
** Andy [=DeMayo=] is either a well-rounded character with a very moving HeelRealization, or an unsympathetic bigot who needed way more of a comeuppance for his hateful statements. It ''really'' didn't help that he was introduced just one week after the 2016 US presidential election, meaning many fans were in no kind of mood to give any slack to a guy ranting about hippies and immigrants destroying society. Others still have used the election to point out that SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped, as if more people had tried to reach out and build bridges with people like Andy rather than left them feeling alone and forgotten, the result of the election might have been different.
* BizarroEpisode:
** "Garnet's Universe", where Steven has an extended ImagineSpot depicted in [[ArtShift a mix of various Shonen anime and retro gaming animation styles]] that features Garnet and her talking frog and bunny friends going on a ClicheStorm of an adventure to fight an evil fox man. It's about as far from the main style of the show as possible, but [[TropesAreNotBad some fans love it for exactly those reasons]].
** "Say Uncle," an explicitly non-canon crossover with ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' that kills Pizza Steve[[note]]though not the first time he's died, nor is it the first time he's been eaten offscreen (both happening in "The History of Wrestling" courtesy of Wrestling/RicFlair)[[/note]] and by implication Lars and Sadie. The episode mostly consists of Uncle Grandpa doing bizarre things to help teach Steven how to use his shield, and later sending him into his RV. It's also the first time in the series that fourth wall jokes are used.
** "Know Your Fusion", where [[spoiler:Steven and Amethyst introduce Pearl and Garnet to their fusion Smoky Quartz, resulting in the other two forming Sardonyx and taking the conversation to her own room in the temple, which she treats like a talk show.]] There's fourth wall breaking jokes aplenty, and unlike the previous two, this one ''is'' fully canon.
* BrokenBase:
** The show moved to a slightly looser and less detailed style after it was picked up, which understandably upset fans of the pilot. There's a small handful that liked or even preferred their designs, but it's usually regarded as [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness inconsistent]] and more than a little [[UncannyValley stiff]].
** It became increasingly debated by fans as more episodes came out whether or not Greg is actually a better role model than the Gems for a variety of reasons. The Gems themselves even question if they're capable of teaching Steven and providing for him in "The Test".
** "Alone Together". Either it was a sweet episode and a unique Fusion, or it was a little uncomfortable due to the characters' barely teen ages.
** As soon as the crossover with ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' was announced, the fandom split into those who were excited about the idea, those who were indifferent, and those who thought it was the worst idea in history. Even after the episode came out, the {{Fandom Nod}}s and irreverent tone in poking fun at the show garnered mixed reactions of their own, with some finding it mean-spirited and others finding it [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]], and exactly what the joke was.
*** Within the same episode, the fandom became split over whether Pearl's [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] behavior in said episode was either [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments gut-bustingly funny]] or a disservice to her character.
** Garnet's behavior in "Love Letters" to Jamie. While the majority of the fandom agree that she wasn't required to go on a "pity date" with him, a few people think that she was a bit too blunt in how she felt, and that she should've just explained to Jamie that she was already in a relationship.
** The fandom is split over what, exactly, fusion is a metaphor for. Some argue that it's a straightforward metaphor for sex. Others see it as a metaphor for ''any'' and ''all'' kinds of intimacy within relationships, including friendly and familial ones (aided by [[spoiler:Steven and Amethyst fusing in a moment of mutual understanding and support, more akin to sibling relationships]]). Which view you subscribe to will understandably affect how you think about Steven possibly fusing with any of the Gems or with Connie.
*** Everything WordOfGod has said about fusion is firmly consistent with the idea that it's a metaphor for any kind of close interaction between people, with Rebecca Sugar herself describing it as "The space between characters becoming a character."
** Sardonyx's design (not Sardonyx herself) has fans split. Some like her 'dapper' tuxedo and gap-toothed smile, finding it to be a unique and appealing design. Others dislike/hate the design, as it doesn't quite look like a fusion of Garnet and Pearl would be expected to--the clothes are entirely different and the color palette is largely black.
** Ronaldo's theories: is his theory of there being a Diamond Authority a case of "a broken clock is right twice a day," or are all of his theories true in some strange, roundabout way?
** As a fandom example, the shutdown of the tumblr blog didyouknowstevenuniverse, which posted fake parody facts about the show. Put simply, some people took the facts seriously and harassed Rebecca Sugar to the point that ''Steven Universe'' crew member Ian Jones-Quartey had to get involved. When the blog immediately stopped posting, there were two bases on the matter: those who understood why it was taken down, because it could cause confusion for some viewers and it caused Sugar to be harassed. Then there were those who were upset because they believed that the blog was perfectly harmless, and that Ian Jones-Quartey was a bit rude in the matter (not accepting the blog runner's apology until the blog was taken down.)
** The idea of a male Gem appearing on the show has the fanbase split. According to WordOfGod, the Gems are a race that have no gender whatsoever. Conceivably this could mean that all of the Gems shown so far have just coincidentally decided to take the form of females and could just as easily be male. Some fans would like to see a male Gem, while others are strongly against the idea. Discussion of the topic sometimes results in feuds between fans (see Fandom Berserk Button below).
*** Some also argue that Steven ''is'' a male Gem while others state that, because he's half-human, he's not technically a ''full'' Gem.
*** And then there is the issue of Amethyst's transformations as a "dumb policeman", a wrestler and (along with Garnet) as Steven count as male forms or simply female forms that look male (although a guide suggested the former).
** The townies' nonchalance regarding the magical elements of the show, in particular Connie's parents almost non-reaction to anything Gem related. Some fans are fine with it, and chalk it up to RuleOfFunny. Other fans can't maintain their suspension of disbelief, and think it clashes badly with the general tone of the show and the fact that characters usually have more realistic reactions to any other plot development.
*** The justification for this nonchalance is also a broken base, as to whether humans have [[SeenItAll had years of experience wit hthe gems and are thus used to them]] or its a case of ApatheticCitizens.
** In regards to Peridot, the fanbase was also increasingly divided between those who wanted her to have a redemption arc, and those who thought she made for a much better character as a dorky villain. Now that Peridot is a Crystal Gem whether she likes it or not, this has evolved into people who are content with her being a member of the team and those expecting her to betray the Gems at the first opportunity, or at the very least leave with Lapis or Jasper after the Malachite fiasco is taken care of. So far, it seems like she's here to stay.
** Peridot's HeelFaceTurn in "Message Received" and whether or not it happened too fast. Some feel that it contradicts her characterization in the previous episode, where she still doesn't understand why the Gems wouldn't want the Earth hollowed out, and that it doesn't make sense for her to insult Yellow Diamond to her face given how much she worshiped her. Others feel that it does make sense, and Peridot turning against Yellow Diamond may have been not so much out of appreciation for Earth as it was Yellow Diamond showing she wasn't as logical as Peridot believed, and insulting her was more of a kneejerk reaction than a conscious act of rebellion.
** [[FoeYayShipping Predictably]], Lapis/Jasper is one of the most popular ships in the fandom. But since it is a toxic, unhealthy relationship, it has a very prominent {{hatedom}} with the reasoning that it's glorifying abuse. After [[spoiler:"Alone at Sea"]] it becomes even more polarizing.
** There's been a heavy backlash against RuleThirtyFour (not exclusive to this fandom, but getting a lot of steam here), mostly for the fear of making it difficult for the intended audience of children to search for show online without coming across adult content, as has happened with ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' (also tying into FandomRivalry.) It varies from "keep it on a separate tag" to "drawing porn of a children's show is basically pedophilia." That said, this fandom is definitely not short of smut, and according to [[https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/498677336389066752?lang=en Ian JQ,]] the crew is not only okay with it but "the writers room talks we have about the actual canon is waaaay sicker than stuff I see on tumblr. So [[Music/PinkFloyd shine on you crazy diamonds.]] Get weird."
** Because Garnet is literally the embodiment of a lesbian relationship, many fans see Garnet as a lesbian herself. But her statement of "Three's a crowd" in "Love Letters" has led to many interpreting her as an aromantic {{asexual|ity}}, with the argument that Ruby and Sapphire are lesbians but Garnet is not, and may see any ships involving Garnet as erasure. Debates around this can get heated.
** It's a relatively common fan-theory that if Steven was to retreat back into his gem, Rose would be the one to regenerate, due to the fact that Steven inherited her gem. While some people approve of this theory, and find it to be a mixture of heartwarming and tearjerking (mostly the latter), others dislike it, as they feel it would cheapen the sacrifice Rose made in order to give birth to Steven.
** In "Barn Mates", many viewers felt that Lapis was being unreasonably cruel to Peridot by refusing to even consider she's changed. Many other viewers felt Peridot was EasilyForgiven and the episode gave a BrokenAesop of how victims aren't allowed to be angry at those who hurt them if it's at the expense of their friends, especially after Peridot apologized to Amethyst for being InnocentlyInsensitive in an ''earlier'' episode.
*** Lapis and Peridot's new friendship has even caused contention with Lapis fans. Some love it for Peridot being sensitive and respectful to Lapis' trauma and doing her best to help her recover after Malachite. Other Lapis fans are still upset that Peridot was forgiven for hurting Lapis so quickly, and feel like Lapis' CharacterDevelopment, especially with the other Crystal Gems, has been hijacked in favor of the writers pushing their relationship.
** After "Hit the Diamond" put an end to the "Barn Arc", the following episodes returned to the slice-of-life, episodic nature that were common during the first half of Season 1. These episodes once again placed the focus on the humans of Beach City, with the Crystal Gems (sans Steven) appearing very little, and never all of them at once (in fact, after "Steven Floats", Garnet spend ''five episodes in a row without any onscreen appearance''). While some people appreciate the return to its roots, a very vocal segment of the fandom openly disliked this change of direction, preferring more plot-heavy episodes focused on the gem characters that was the norm during Season 2. There is another portion of the fandom who like the plot heavy episodes focused on the Gems but are open to the show returning to its roots and focusing more on the human characters after being away from them for so long, but feel most of the episodes after "Hit the Diamond" and before "Monster Reunion" were [[SoOkayItsAverage mediocre]].
*** The episodes following "Alone at Sea" have brought more character and plot development. However, these episodes, too, have caused a divide in the fandom, depending on whether or not you find the episodes to be too "rushed" or not. Some finds don't mind it or don't notice it and are just happy to see what the episodes give. Others think the episodes cram too much into the last few minutes without lingering on them long enough. The most obvious examples being the ones where Jasper makes an appearance as most of the time she would only show up within the last few minutes despite the show clearly making a far bigger deal regarding her presence.
** Related to the above example, discussions on if the episodes focused on humans that sometimes don't even feature the Crystal Gems should be considered {{filler}} or not can get rather heated. Episodes like "The New Lars", "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service", and "Future Boy Zoltron" are among the biggest points of contention.
** Is the habit of episode titles referring to something serious but turning out to be light hearted (like Hit The Diamond) funny trolling, or tricks to get us to watch those episodes?
** After "Crack the Whip," fans are heavily divided on [[spoiler:Amethyst's new look after being poofed. The all-white shirt is a jarring departure from her two previous outfits, and some think it's a far worse look for her. Though it may actually be the point, as it's implied she rushed through her regeneration to get back in the fight.]]
** After it was revealed in "Bismuth" that Rose Quartz [[spoiler:bubbled her comrade Bismuth because she created a weapon that could instantly shatter any gem and intended to end the war against Homeworld with it]] the fandom almost instantly became divided on their opinions of not just [[spoiler:Bismuth, but Rose Quartz as well.]]
** Pearl's crush on the Mystery Woman. While most fans are genuinely enthusiastic about the potential relationship and are intrigued about how it will play out, their opinions on Pearl's crush differ. Some fans think it's cute and that she's finally gotten over Rose, especially since Mystery Woman and Rose seem worlds different, but other fans cite that fact that she [[IdenticalStranger looks similar to Rose]] and she crushed on her without ever getting a full word in with her until the end of the episode as the reason ''why'' it's so skeevy, and see it as [[TheMourningAfter Pearl not truly moving on]].
** Malachite is an obvious metaphor for an abusive relationship, but as the show's portrayal is a little nuanced and ambiguous, the fandom is often split on ''which'' of the components was the abusive one. While [[spoiler:Jasper's treatment of Lapis has been consistently aggressive and the "I can change" line from "Alone at Sea" is commonly attributed to abusers, Lapis ''was'' the one in control of the fusion and in the episode mentioned "being terrible to [Jasper]" and taking everything out on her]]. Some fans claim that [[spoiler:Jasper in "Alone at Sea" was manipulating Lapis into thinking she was in the wrong]], others claim that Jasper is only considered the abuser because of her unfeminine traits while Lapis is more traditionally feminine, and some even claim it was mutually abusive. Debates about this get ''very'' heated, to say the least.
* CargoShip: Peridot grows ''very'' attached to the tape recorder Steven gives her, eventually saying after lamenting how nothing is going right for her lately, "At least I still have you, tape recorder."
** After [[spoiler:Lapis breaks the recorder]], Peridot grows equally attached to a tablet computer that Steven gave her, unhealthily screaming that "it's all that I am" when Amethyst takes it from her.
** In "Too Short to Ride", Peridot spots a plush of a green alien and immediately develops a connection to (and obsession with) it. The fandom took notice, and shippy fanart of the two immediately sprung up. [[spoiler: Hilariously enough, it is shown in "Beta" that she viciously torn off part of it (a red bowtie, but given that it's a plush, it was attached) and threw the plush itself into a fish tank.]] So much for that romance.
* CatharsisFactor: For some it can come across as a [[FunnyMoments funny moment]], but Lapis punching [[spoiler:Jasper]] into the sky feels particularly rewarding for those that have had to deal with abusive friends/family/partners.
* ContinuityLockout: The first half of season one isn't too bad as it's episodic enough that watching in order isn't required to understand the premise. Everything after [[WhamEpisode "Mirror Gem"]] however, and you'd better have a working knowledge of the show's mythology to grasp the significance of characters' actions. After season one, if you've not seen every episode by this point, you're going to be lost as the show expects viewers to recognize locations and plot points that have only appeared once, dozens of episodes previously. To the point where most fans suggest newcomers not to watch Cartoon Network, as it's all too easy to be spoiled by random episodes.
* CounterpartComparison:
** There [[http://matereya.tumblr.com/post/125472136127/the-original-firebender-x-waterbender-ship have been comparisons]] [[http://c-sushi.tumblr.com/post/139001203015/%E3%83%AE-too-much-lovecannot-contain made between Ruby/Sapphire]] and [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Zuko/Katara]] due to their [[PlayingWithFire elemental]] [[MakingASplash powers]] and [[RedOniBlueOni color schemes]]. It seems like all red/blue ships will eventually be compared to Zutara in some way due to them being the first massively popular FanPreferredCouple in WesternAnimation with that type of color contrast, to the point where "red and blue ships" has almost become a [[MemeticMutation meme]] within cartoon fandoms. The [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra/Asami]] ship is often compared to Ruby/Sapphire as well because of it.
** After TheReveal in "Ocean Gem" that the monsters the Gems have fought the entire time are actually corrupted Gems, on top of the pre-existing fact the Gems can survive as long as their gem is intact, fans have compared the show to ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. For a number of reasons:
*** Both are {{Deconstruction}}al takes on the MagicalGirl genre where the MonsterOfTheWeek was once one of their own.
*** They both star idealistic main characters that eventually learn just how [[InnocenceLost dangerous their job really is.]]
*** Both series have main characters display relationship problems and mental issues, though here, it is toned down a little to cater to a younger audience.
*** The characters of both series are actually the gemstones that are on their bodies, with the rest of their form being a MadeOfIron proxy.
*** Not to mention how similar Rose Quartz is to [[spoiler:an Ascended Madoka]].
*** Pearl's undying dedication and love towards Rose Quartz draws parallels to Homura's love for Madoka, especially in "Sworn to the Sword".
*** Ruby's wild attitude and love towards Sapphire, who's pretty much an aloof girl with a PimpedOutDress who can see the future parallels Kirika and Oriko from the spin-off PuellaMagiOrikoMagica.
*** Even the characters can be compared:
*** Steven/Rose - Madoka
*** Connie - Sayaka
*** Garnet - Mami
*** Amethyst - Kyoko
*** Pearl - Homura
** The Crystal Gems also share a surprising amount of similarities with the various protagonists of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', particularly parts 3 and 4:
*** Steven & Josuke Higashikata: [[NiceGuy good-hearted]] teenagers who [[YoungerThanTheyLook hardly look]] [[OlderThanTheyLook their age]], with poofy hair and healing abilities.
*** Garnet & Jotaro Kujo: [[TheStoic Stoic]] but kind leader figures who have an association with punching-based attacks; Garnet also shares one aspect with the ''SBR''-verse "Josuke Higashikata" in the fact that they're both [[spoiler:the product of a FusionDance]].
*** Amethyst & Joseph Joestar: Fun-loving right-hand fighters with wickedly awesome senses of humor, but are willing to be serious when they need to; Amethyst's whip also shares similarities with HERMIT PURPLE in both appearance and applications in combat.
*** Pearl & Jean-Pierre Polnareff: Honorable sword-fighters who've been immensely burdened by the deaths of their loved ones (Rose Quartz and Cherrie Polnareff, respectively) and have an association with whitish colors. Both also defected from the main villain early on in the story.
** Jasper's muscular build, long hair, brutish nature, and role as a member of the main characters' race who came back to attack them led to a lot of jokes comparing her to Raditz from ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}''. Similar are comparisons of her to Nappa and Peridot to Vegeta, which [[http://ianjq.tumblr.com/post/113496118594/anthrocon1997-so-we-meet-at-last-this-is-so the show's creative director]] found very amusing.
*** Thanks to "Gem Hunt" and "Crack the Whip", several people have been comparing Jasper to Vegeta.
*** We can also start comparing Yellow Diamond to Frieza, being their leader and a genocidal racist.
** Peridot overseeing unethical experiments on Gems fused against their wills initially drew some comparisons to [[Manga/FullMetalAlchemist Shou Tucker]].
** Despite only appearing for a ''very'' brief moment in the extended intro, Yellow Diamond's stance, colour scheme and history with Steven's mother have already led to a few comparisons between her and [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]], in pieces such as [[http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/992/223/a44.jpg This.]]
*** The cold and calculating ruler of a galaxy-spanning empire, perhaps the strongest being in the universe, treats genocide as a business and often sends underlings to conquer planets instead of doing so personally. Treats those same underlings as little more than pawns. Also shown to be exceptionally petty and spiteful despite having a classy exterior. Yellow Diamond, or [[Manga/DragonBallZ Frieza?]]
*** Large, hammy EvilOverlord [[EvilMatriarch Matriarch]] with CombatStilettos, spends her free time as a CorruptCorporateExecutive, sports a [[ContraltoOfDanger deep voice]], acts as leader of a hostile alien race and will probably [[BrightIsNotGood blind you with]] [[LightIsNotGood her fashion sense alone]]? Yellow Diamond or [[Anime/KillLaKill Ragyo Kiryuin]]?
** Mysterious EvilOverlord that wears a [[InTheHood long hooded cloak]], known for being very cruel and unforgiving, whose empire is being challenged by a rebellion. Is Blue Diamond [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Sidious]]'s gemsona?
** Rose Quartz can be compared to [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy Rosalina]], in that they're both [[StatuesqueStunner very large, beautiful]], motherly women who originally came from space and are [[TheAgeless incredibly old despite appearances]]. They also have star motifs and even have similar sounding names.
** Steven and the Gems can be seen similar to the main characters of ''Anime/NeoRanga''.
*** Steven is Joel.
*** Garnet is Minami.
*** Amethyst is Yuuhi.
*** Pearl is Ushio.
** Lapis Lazuli to [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Flame Princess]]. While opposite elements, they're both [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Woobies]] who have been kept locked up, aren't aware of their impact on damage around them, and they're both created by Rebecca Sugar.
** Lapis Lazuli to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDvkGNMMbzU this lookalike-villain]] with similar personalities from the old anime ''Anime/GoldenBat''.
** Steven has been compared to [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica another Steven]], both of them being genuinely sweet {{Nice Guy}}s who care about others' well-being and for [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe using shields]] as their [[WeaponOfChoice Weapons of Choice]].
** Peridot with her sleek, cubical design, having an ArmCannon and wall-jumping abilities, makes her resemble ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', with a variant of green armor. The Crystal Gems resemble Maverick Hunters in fighting their own kind that have gone rogue with insanity.
** Connie is a girl with South Asian ancestry with two overbearing parents who force her to be an overachiever. She's also the girlfriend of a chubby, {{Adorkable}} boy and is clearly the smarter and more [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy boyish]] of the two. Are we talking about Connie Maheswaran, or [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Connie Souphanousinphone]]?
** A tech-reliant GadgeteerGenius antagonist, in a trio with a long-haired [[TheBrute brute]] and a sympathetic girl with destructive magic powers, is the youngest and smallest of them, wears a dark green suit with neon green eyewear, utilizes robotic limbs to accommodate their size, is a snotty, bratty, self-absorbed {{jerkass}} with a grating, nasal voice and likes to taunt and trash talk the protagonists with [[UnusualEuphemism weird insults]]. Also makes a lot of exaggerated sharp-toothed expressions. Did we describe Peridot or [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Gizmo?]]
** The Crystal Gems (minus Steven) are pretty similar to ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
*** Garnet is Blossom & Buttercup (Garnet is the leader and the strongest of the Crystal Gems).
*** Amethyst is Buttercup & Bubbles (Amethyst gets a bit aggressive from time to time, but she provides the most fun).
*** Pearl is Blossom & Bubbles (Pearl feels a bit weaker than the other Crystal Gems, but she's also the most tidy).
** There are four main characters who are centered around the mysterious disappearing pink-haired leader who preaches about love and peace, and a trio of opposing aligned antagonists; the chartreuse-haired one is the most shrill and petty and prone to tantrums, the white-haired one is tough and physical, the blue-haired one is the TokenGoodTeammate, pushed around by other two, and is close friends with the youngest of the four protagonists. Homeworld Gems or [[WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} The Misfits]]?
** Peridot being a slightly smarter female (or [[NoBiologicalSex female-identifying]]) version of WesternAnimation/InvaderZim is a comparison that has all but been stated to be deliberate: diminutive green alien sent to conquer and/or destroy the earth, a fairly gifted technician reliant upon advanced technology and robotic helpers (and helpless when deprived of them), uses artificial limbs to increase her speed and reach, views humans as pests, becomes hilariously screechy and petty when things go wrong, when called upon a ham to end all hams, picks up strange notions about much of Earth's culture, and a combination of genuine threat and pathetic. Heck, they even have similar voices (although hammy as she may be, Peridot doesn't [[NoIndoorVoice speak in screams as frequently]]). Rebecca Sugar is not only a fan of ''Zim'', but used to write fanfiction for it, and Peridot's characterization is said to be Sugar's interpretation of Zim.[[note]]There is something fascinatingly ironic that [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism a show as optimistic as this one has a character based on the title character of one of the most cynical cartoons ever]].[[/note]]
*** Short, green, hyper-intelligent ham who teeters between threatening and pathetic? There might even be a little of [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Plankton]] in there!
** Jasper is a humanoid alien warrior with some feline traits such as striped orange skin, amber eyes and [[EightiesHair outrageously big hair.]] So though she's a Gem, she wouldn't look out of place among [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats Thunderians.]]
** Short person with diamond-shaped gem on their forehead, a strong association with computers, and a generally hostile attitude towards everyone, though they are slowly starting to warm up to the star-shirted guy they claim to hate. They also have tried to flush themselves down the toilet at one point. Peridot or [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]]?
** A [[NiceGirl kind]] [[TeamMom mother of her group]] who wears a bow around her waist, and is [[HoYay infatuated with a girl named Rose]]. Pearl or [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Kanaya?]] This [[http://the-sleepy-bastard.tumblr.com/image/135736704576 post]] only further proves this.
*** Taking this further: small, adorable aliens with green color schemes, cat motifs, shipping charts, and the occasional aggressive tendency. [[http://cishetuppermiddleclasswasp.tumblr.com/post/136912920432/something-i-have-noticed Peridot or Nepeta?]]
** Aliens of a NoBiologicalSex that have fought against one another over different opinions and are able to transform their bodies and combine themselves to become stronger. Are these the Gems or Franchise/TheTransformers? Not only that, Rose Quartz have some similar traits to Optimus Prime as they are both powerful warriors who believe all life is precious. With the more divisive reactions towards [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime recent]] [[WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise2015 animated]] [[WebAnimation/TheTransformersCombinerWars entries]] in the franchise, some ''Transformers'' fans have lauded ''Steven Universe'' as the best ''Transformers'' series since ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''.
** A short, red-colored character with a violent temper that causes them to literally give off heat. Ruby or [[WesternAnimation/InsideOut Anger]]?
** The Gems are often compared to the Rock Humans from [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Jojolion]] in the fact that they're both mineral beings with superpowers and both contain a vaguely homoerotic fusion.
** [[Literature/{{Franklin}} Franklin and Bear]] to Steven and Connie. A young male protagonist created by women, Franklin has an ordinary and unique name instead of being named after an animal like how Steven is the only one not named after a gem. Bear and Connie are the very close best friends who both have mothers which happen to be doctors. They both share a deep friendship that practically borders on PuppyLove.
** The plot to Gem Drill: [[spoiler: A sentient alien cluster threatens to destroy the Earth on its journey for harmonic linking and taking form for survival as our protagonist and his enemy-turned-friend pilot a new machine and try to reach for the core. Then said protagonist ends up having a mental connection to the core, nearly overloading his mind but managing to engage the collective in communication, find a solution through understanding them and thus saves the day.]] This is pretty much the climax to [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer A Wakening of the Trailblazer]] minus the [[PoorCommunicationKills all-out interspecies war]]!
** From "Hit The Diamond", the band of [[spoiler: five Rubies, each with distinct personalities, which includes our Ruby]] have been compared to the Sextuplets from ''Anime/OsomatsuSan''.
** To some, Jamie bears a striking resemblance to ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
** Snarky, moody OnlySaneMan who feels used, is sympathetic but selfish, quite powerful and implied to be part of an elite before she got screwed over, gets vindictive to violent levels but feels huge amounts of guilt and self-hatred about her actions afterwards, gets involved in a toxic relationship with someone who's AxCrazy and brings out the worst in her [[spoiler: and ends up obsessed and stalking her]], befriends someone she used to be against to recover from her destructive past, always wears blue and has a blue ColorMotif. You mean Lapis Lazuli or [[Film/{{Heathers}} Veronica]] [[Theatre/{{Heathers}} Sawyer]]?
** A few people (particularly those on Tumblr) have compared Peridot to [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Mandark]], since they are both {{Adorkable}} [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]] (although Peridot's less a scientist and more just tech-savvy) who aren't all bad (Peridot pulls a HeelFaceTurn and Mandark's usually more like Dexter's jerk of a rival than an actual villain). On top of all that, there's the fact that Shelby Rebara's voice for Peridot sounds pretty much like a female Creator/EddieDeezen.
** Magical, [[KillerYoyo yo-yo weilding]], BigFun [[spoiler:Smoky Quartz]] has been likened to [[VideoGame/{{Earthbound}} Ness]] by quite a few fans.
** Marty's present day look has been compared by some to [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Mr. Burns]].
** Bismuth is a friendly, passionate, [[BigFun heavyset]] BoisterousBruiser with hair in [[DreadlockRasta dreadlocks]] and a headband, who [[MistakenIdentity mistakes a friend for an enemy]] and attacks them. This also describes [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia APH]] [[NationsAsPeople Cuba]].
* CrackPairing:
** There's Pearl x Lars.
** [[LesYay Amethyst x Sadie.]]
** [[HoYay Lars x Buck Dewey]]
** [=LapiDot=] (Lapis Lazuli and Peridot) sprung up surprisingly strong after "Warp Tour", [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight and before they ever even met or had any meaningful interactions]]. After [[spoiler:"Barn Mates"]], this has moved on to a classic tsundere dynamic.
** Pearl x Mayor Dewey, to the point where people seem divided over whether this is even a crack ship: on one hand, he's obviously canonically interested, and on the other hand, she obviously canonically isn't.
** With the ''Uncle Grandpa'' crossover, there is now the potential for [[CrossoverShip crossover ships]] with all of those characters, including Lion x Giant Realistic Flying Tiger.
** Jamie x Kevin popped up right away after Jamie's DayInTheLimelight episode, "Love Letters", aired.
** Jaspearl (Jasper x Pearl) also has a few supporters. Some of the appeal comes from the trope of [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Huge Girl, Tiny Girl]].
** Yellow Diamond x Peridot sprung up almost immediately after she was revealed, despite Peridot reacting in fear to her name being mentioned in The Return.
** Peridot has been shipped with both Jasper and Lapis, as well. There's even been fanart of Jasper, Peridot, and Lapis in a [[{{OT3}} triad]].
** We now have Amethyst x Music/TPain, after he said he's a fan of the show and that she's his favorite Gem.
** Many fans immediately shipped Bismuth with Jasper due to them being the hugest, buffest Gems. That Bismuth is a radical Crystal Gem while Jasper is a fanatical Homeworld loyalist could also lead to lots of FoeYay.
* CreepyAwesome: Malachite is one of the most intimidating combinations to ever combat the Gems, but is also very impressive a fighter.
* CreepyCute: Malachite is a deformed, monstrous abomination with a [[VoiceOfTheLegion demonic double-voice]] as the result of her components hating each others' guts and being bound by revenge, and she also shares Jasper's rather grotesque, detailed expressions. Nonetheless, she's still half-Lapis and can be quite adorable, such as when the Watermelon Stevens attack her and she starts giggling.
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** In "Watermelon Steven", [[PlantPerson Baby Melon]] attacks Steven [[HeroicSacrifice in order to get the other Watermelon Stevens to stop attacking the Gems. This gets Baby Melon killed]], and Steven picks up the remains and cradles them in his arms. He then yells at the remaining Watermelon Stevens about how noble Baby Melon was and sends them away. The Gems gather around him to comfort him in his loss. Before the IrisOut, [[BlackComedyCannibalism Steven takes one of Baby Melon's remains and eats it.]] The Gems look appropriately disturbed.
*** From the same episode, earlier, Amethyst is ''sobbing for mercy'' as the Watermelon Stevens hold her down. Some of the other Watermelon Stevens are digging a hole ''to bury her.'' And then, a Watermelon Steven brings a bouquet of purple flowers over.
-->'''Amethyst''': ''(still sobbing)'' '''Those flowers are lovely!'''
** In "The Return", Steven telling Lion to stay with Greg since he'll need a new son if he doesn't come back.
** After the DramaBomb of Lapis Lazuli and Jasper fusing into Malachite, followed by Lapis seizing control and dragging them into the ocean to protect Steven, Garnet's remark that "Those two are really bad for each other" is a nice way to laugh away the tears [[MoodWhiplash for how abrupt it is]].
** In "Keystone Motel", Greg goes to pick up some car wash rollers from a man selling them on the internet. Before he goes, he tells Steven:
-->''"If I'm not back in an hour, ''call the police''."''
** [[spoiler:Peridot pushing Greg]] off the roof normally wouldn't be funny, if it weren't so abrupt for those that miss the FiveSecondForeshadowing of [[spoiler:Peridot wondering if all Earth creatures are like ladybugs and can fly, and how she crouches like a cat in silence for a few minutes before doing it]]. Garnet saying that [[spoiler:Peridot can't do that is also funny the way she says Greg is "Fragile and soft," and he mentions that a six pack wouldn't save you from that height.]]
** In the short "Video Chat," the writers manage to turn Lapis's trauma of being trapped in a mirror for several thousand years into a comedy bit between her, Steven [[spoiler:and Peridot ]], due to Lapis thinking that Steven is trapped in [[spoiler:Peridot's tablet and tries to smash him free]].
** In "Gem Harvest", Steven accidentally scares [[spoiler:the cute little pumpkin dog he made by carving a jack o'lantern for Lapis and Peridot, cutting a face into the pumpkin flesh and hollowing it out. To the pumpkin dog, with Steven covered in orange pumpkin guts, it looks like his maker has committed murder.]]
* CrossoverShip: Pearl x [[Manga/{{Cyborg 009}} Jet Link aka Cyborg 002]] is pretty popular, due to the fact that [[ThemePairing they have similar noses, hair color and style (although Pearl's hair is lighter and shorter), and love to dance.]]
** After the events of "Arcade Mania", fans began shipping Garnet with [[Manga/DragonBall Tien]] [[Anime/DragonBallZ Shinhan]] because they both have a ThirdEye.
** [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Bill Cipher]] has started being shipped with Peridot. There's a consistent joke in the Gravity Falls fandom that Bill resembles a Dorito, and the same joke has been applied to Peridot as well.
** "Say Uncle" briefly teased Lion x [[WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa Giant Realistic Flying Tiger]].
** And now we have Lapis X [[http://masterofnintendo.deviantart.com/art/Love-Long-Lost-Remastered-546014546 Godzilla.]] [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} Not even ]] [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction joking.]] Eh, [[BeastAndBeauty at least it's kinda cute.]] And there's [[https://static1.e621.net/data/0a/fa/0afaccb55bf97131b17e274f0fdede22.png porn of it now. NSFW.]]
** Pearl/[[WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty Rick]] has become a common CrackPairing in some circles. It's generally agreed that their Fusion would be named "Prick."
** A few people have taken to shipping Pearl/[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Grim]], or "[[IdiosyncraticShipNaming CrystalSkull]]", as they call it. There's even [[http://crystalskull-love.deviantart.com a club dedicated to the pairing]] on Website/DeviantArt!
* CryForTheDevil:
** Jasper is probably one of the most loathed Gems in the series, but after her [[SanitySlippage reappearance]] in "Chille Tid", a lot of people felt [[BreakTheBadass some measure of sympathy for her]]. [[spoiler: In "Alone at Sea", even with her being portrayed as an abusive ex she's been absolutely ''broken'' by the experience of Malachite by developing StockholmSyndrome.]]
*** After the episode "Earthlings" TheOneWith [[spoiler: Smoky Quartz]], Jasper is on the edge of breaking down, lamenting nobody wants to stay fused with her [[spoiler: after another failed attempt with a corrupted gem monster.]] She practically goes on a motive rant explaining why, despite being created on Earth, she hates it so, and that Rose Quartz is responsible for her losing her servitude to her Diamond.
** Peridot, as seen in "Catch and Release", could very well be the Gem equivalent of a child in a completely foreign surrounding and is being hunted by people who expressly want to harm her.
* DieForOurShip:
** Hilariously, there is an InUniverse example. Peridot becomes a fan of the teen drama show "Camp Pining Hearts", and, according to her [[CharacterBlog Twitter]], she hates a character named Paulette so much that she wrote a ''672-page long essay'' about it (and plans to make it 1001 pages). That's probably because Paulette is the canonical love interest of Percy, while [[YaoiFangirl Peridot]] thinks that Percy and Pierre would make the best couple.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Peridot, while she has been revealed to only had been checking up on the Cluster and is starting to redeem herself and forming a friendship with Steven, people seem to forget that, while she might not have had a hand in the experiments, she still displayed a chilling LackOfEmpathy about it, and was even amused while explaining to Steven what they are, spouting lines like "Sadly, I wasn't there for that". She also was willing to leave everyone on Earth to be shattered by the Cluster until she was stuck on it herself. It also doesn't really excuse her Season 1 antics back when she was a villain, such as being willing to [[WouldHurtAChild crush Steven]] in "Marble Madness" and attempting to blast the Crystal Gems to death with her space ships FingerGun in "The Return" (in fact she seemed more [[LackOfEmpathy annoyed that Jasper didn't do it instead]]).
** Lapis Lazuli is a complicated case. While understandably sympathetic, she's painted as a Hero and martyr, as some fans have a tendency to overlook the fact she stole all the water on Earth, disregarding billions of lives who need it, tried to drown Steven and Connie, and broke Greg's leg. While she does get some redemption for her HeroicSacrifice, it should be noted that it was done mostly because of her friendship with Steven and a desire for revenge against her captor, not for the sake of the Earth. On the other hand, she's been subject to [[RonTheDeathEater the opposite extreme]] by others. Most fans are willing to forgive her imperfections because of the [[IronWoobie sheer amount of crap she's been put through for the last several thousand years]].
** Ronaldo gets some of the worst among the fandom. His conspiracy antics and [[Blog/KeepBeachCityWeird hilarious blog]] make some fans forget his more selfish and [[LackOfEmpathy apathetic moments]]. Especially compared with Lars, who although not a ray of sunshine either, at least feels guilt for what he does and is implied to be aware of what people think of him to the point of feeling deeply insecure.
** Jasper, from what we've seen so far, is the biggest case in the fandom. Some go so far as to say she's only called abusive or evil because she's bulky, and is a cuddly JerkWithAHeartOfGold who's not given a chance.
** [[spoiler:While Bismuth is intended to be sympathetic, many have already began saying how Rose 'betrayed' her causing her to go berserk and portray her as the one in the right. Bismuth, by her own admission, was the one who ''attacked'' Rose over her Rose not wanting to use the Breaking Point and had genocidal intentions, and in the present tried to outright ''murder'' Steven.]]
** The Diamonds have gotten some of this [[spoiler:with the reveal of Pink Diamond's death]], with people using it as the prime justification for their behavior. While there could be some sympathy there, it doesn't change the fact the Diamonds were ''already'' genocidal conquerors who treat their people horribly [[spoiler:and there's no indication Pink Diamond was any better.]] Not to mention that [[spoiler:the other three Diamonds gave Pink Diamond the UnPerson treatment after her death, leaving it ambiguous whether or not they even ''cared'' about her at all.]]
*** Pink Diamond herself is also one. A lot of fans make her the TokenGoodTeammate of the Diamond Authority. However, Garnet said she would've never of stopped until the Earth was turned into a colony, so she probably wasn't any better than the other three Diamonds.
* EarWorm: Lots:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9oUEvZ_O9Q All I wanna do, is see you turn into, a giant woman!]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfKUdmTq2MI We]], well, you know the rest. Yes, it's just that catchy that the tune will already be in your head.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvTFIBrhb1E Why do you have to look up to her, aside from in a literal sense]]?
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i-Yqsnhngo I'm made of love, and it's stronger than you]]!
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLmu9lCN0Ps Life and death and love and birth...]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RD5pTxXCXE The sun is bright, our shirts are clean, we're sitting up above the sea...]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Just about every time a new Gem appears, she will automatically become popular for a varying period of time.
*** Despite appearing in only a handful of episodes, Lapis Lazuli is ''very'' popular, particularly since she's TheWoobie on a TraumaCongaLine, the first non-Crystal Gem to make an appearance, and [[MysteriousPast her enigmatic personality]] endeared her to fans even while other Gems came to gain more appearances than her.
*** At the time, Ruby and Sapphire appeared in just one episode at the Season 1 finale, but they quickly became extremely popular subjects for fanart of the series. The fact that they're Garnet's fusion components helps too, which endears them a lot to the LGBT community. Their surprise reappearance in "Keystone Motel" made the fandom descend into a collective squee fest. And when their past was shown in "The Answer", well...
*** Stevonnie is a popular fusion for their androgyny, as well as representing the relationship between Steven and Connie with a personality that's an adorable mix of the two's traits. Their spotlight episode was warmly welcomed by the show's LGBT demographic and was met with much rejoicing for their five seconds of screentime in "We Need to Talk".
*** Sardonyx became overwhelmingly popular practically overnight, due to her LargeHam personality and being the long-awaited fusion result of Garnet and Pearl.
*** And now we have Blue Diamond's Pearl, who has been getting quite the amount of fan art within moments of her surprise appearance in "The Answer."
*** From "Message Received" we have Yellow Diamond's Pearl, who, much like Blue Pearl above, has garnered a lot of fanart for her approximate one to two minutes worth of screen time in said episode (probably thanks in no small part to her hilariously [[AlphaBitch bitchy]] and [[SmugSnake smug]] attitude).
*** Opal seems to be the most popular Fusion (sans Garnet), which is quite impressive considering she's only had three lines in the entire series. "Hopal for more Opal!" is a common cry in the fandom, and whenever she does make a cameo, it gets a good number of cheers - her ''sighing'' in "Log Date 7-15-2" was one of the most popular moments in an already popular episode.
*** The five [[spoiler: Rubies]] that came to Earth in "Hit the Diamond" are this, not only do they have differing personalities, but they're collectively a QuirkyMinibossSquad that completely subverted expectations.
** Sadie Miller is one of the few Beach City cast that doesn't get a LoveItOrHateIt response. Being perky, helpful to Steven, occasionally getting in some of the action as the only human sans Connie to defeat a corrupted Gem on her own, and singing what's become a hit song with the fanbase with her own shyness and insecurities. Even her crush on [[BaseBreakingCharacter Lars]] ultimately doesn't detract from this.
** Vidalia from the episode "Story for Steven". Appears for a fraction of a minute, generates quite a bit of fanart from people fond of her "80's bad girl" design, as well as triggering many [[http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Steven_fcb482_5511377.jpg theories about her being Sour Cream and Onion's mother]], due to the ThemeNaming going on in the show.
*** "Onion Friend" showed this to be the case, and even as obviously older as she is in the present, she's now got the cool mom look going for her.
** Peedee became quite popular after his debut in "Frybo", and many fans agree that he should have more episodes focused on him. His cynical realism when juxtaposed to Steven's upbeat optimism makes for an interesting dynamic. Not to mention his disillusioned commentary on having a job really hit home for a lot of fans, who in return want him to be happy. [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Plus, he's also just downright adorable]].
** Frybo is very popular for a MonsterOfTheWeek.
** Centipeetle has been in demand for another appearance after her reintroduction in "Monster Buddies". Her [[UglyCute endearingly gross design]] and adorable dog-like behavior, coupled with her [[TearJerker touching sacrifice]] to protect Steven won her many fans. Helped along is that she was the first tragic element depicted onscreen that couldn't be resolved at the end of the episode, establishing the first of the show's darker storylines.
*** Centi's popularity increased after "Monster Reunion", which showcased her partially uncorrupted form and her [[DarkAndTroubledPast tragic backstory]].
** The Mystery Girl, aka "S". Despite not having any audible lines, this punk rocker who bears a distinct resemblance to Rose instantly became a favorite with the fans, with Pearl's obvious crush on her leaving the homosexual subtext even less room to hide than usual, and her whole design being fascinating.
** Onion's Gang. Not only does one of them look like Frisk, but the way they humanize and interact with Onion is downright adorable.
** Andy [=DeMayo=] is popular on imageboards solely because he's voiced by Dave Willis using his [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Carl Brutananadilewski]] voice
* EvilIsCool: The Homeworld Gems all have evolved to the point of utilizing {{Magitek}} in their forces and prove to be mysterious and interesting opponents to combat our heroes.
* EvilIsSexy: Some fans feel that [[HollywoodHomely Jasper]] looks like a beautiful amazon warrior whilst combating the Gems in brutal fist-fights.
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop:
** From ''Steven vs Amethyst''; despite the old saying "You can be anything you set your mind to", sometimes RealityEnsues and you just ''can't'' be something you are just not physically or mentally capable of doing. Amethyst has to accept that she will never be a huge Quartz soldier like Jasper, and only after accepting that does she start to accept the things she ''can'' do, which still makes her pretty great.
** From ''Last One Out of Beach City'', we get "running away from the cops is cool."
* FandomBerserkButton:
** Drawing [[BigBeautifulWoman Rose Quartz]], or any Gem, with a body type that differs from canon triggers this for some fans.
** While you're free to ship the Gems with male characters, do ''not'' insist that they are straight. The fandom will tear you a new one. Although, shipping Pearl with Mayor Dewey is known to infuriate some parts of the fandom, most likely due to the fact that Pearl has rather [[LesYay obvious feelings for Rose Quartz]].
** For some people, drawing porn of any of the characters lands them in hot water warmer than the surface of the sun in the eyes of the fandom, mostly from the more morally-concerned fans who are worried about children finding smut whilst looking up what is potentially their favorite cartoon.
** Referring to any of the full Gems with male or gender-neutral pronouns and referring to Stevonnie with gender-specific pronouns are both surefire ways to anger many fans, even and especially if you try to justify this with the fact that full Gems have NoBiologicalSex.
*** If you have no problem referring to the feminine Gems with she pronouns but single out Gems subject to ViewerGenderConfusion, like the Rubies or Jasper as "not really female" and refer to them as male or ambiguous, it won't be pleasant. And if you try to argue that Ruby, Sapphire or Pearl can't ''really'' be lesbians because [[DiscountLesbians they're genderless space rocks]], [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark you're gonna have a bad time]], especially when there are people who identify as both non-binary and lesbian.
*** Made worse by the fact that in certain countries, such as Russia, Ruby ''is'' male because of censorship laws. A viewer from said country might innocently refer to Ruby as male, and, [[FlameWar well]]...
** In general, casually mentioning or having obvious avatars of non-Crystal Gems such as Lapis or Jasper can annoy some fans, as many are desperately trying to keep their identities hidden for the sake of those trying to watch the show without being spoiled. Some users take this to such an extreme that many newcomers to the fandom who coincidentally have these characters as their avatars are frequently ostracized or even threatened with violence for doing so.
** Saying that [[OfficialCouple Ruby and Sapphire]] are "JustFriends", "gal pals", or "besties", or anything else thereof. In a figurative sense, the original French version of "Stronger Than You" and a certain promo for the new ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' Boomerang cartoon have learnt this the hard way.
** And to top it all off, there's a ''Fandom'' Fandom Berserk Button towards fans who are overzealous about the above-mentioned topics. Many fans who are much more laid back and follow Rebecca Sugar's advice to allow viewers to explore and express their adoration of the show in their own ways have grown to hate the "toxic Steven Universe fandom" for giving all fans a bad name. It's a real sticking point that because of this, whenever the general public discusses a "toxic fandom" the top three pieces of media that seem to always be brought up are ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'', and ''Steven Universe''.
* FandomRivalry:
** Some ''Adventure Time'' fans are upset that Rebecca Sugar left to create her own show and are demanding that she return. It didn't help in 2015 Comic Con when both shows shared a panel and Steven Universe fandom supposedly took over questions.
** A fairly intense (although mostly one-sided) one with the PeripheryDemographic of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. After a popular brony fan site announced it was launching a Steven Universe fan site along the same lines as Equestria Daily, Steven Universe fans revolted for fear of the "darker" side of the MLP fandom. Eventually the idea was called off, hypocrisy calls were made on both sides, moods were soured and now both fandoms are embittered with each other over the whole thing. Though of course, it doesn't mean they don't have a lot of shared fans due to their colorful art and very idealistic settings. After the site was eventually launched as [[http://beachcitybugle.com/ Beach City Bugle]], some effort has been made to bridge the gap. Now the two are some weird conglomeration between this and FriendlyFandoms, with [=SU=] and [=MLP=] fans generally getting along just fine in places like cons and non-show-specific tumblr blogs while still sniping at each other every now and then.
** Not unlike the fanbases of the other shows on Cartoon Network, ''Steven Universe'' fans dislike the [[AdoredByTheNetwork network sweetheart]] ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', thanks to its excessive airtime. For a while, it also had one with ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' when re-runs of the show took over Steven's own re-runs without much warning. In that case, however, the re-run slots were later returned and that rivalry has mostly fizzed out.
* {{Fanon}}:
** It's a pretty common fan-theory that if Steven were to retreat into his gem, he would end up regenerating as Rose due to Steven inheriting her gem (or being "his own mother" as he puts it). However, many also dispute it, since there's been no indication Steven can even be poofed, and Rose returning would cheapen all of the previous drama of her being gone.
*** But think about it, if Steven poofs and turns back into Rose Quartz, Rose will be alive, [[TearJerker but Steven will cease to exist]].
** It has become popular belief that Greg is, well, [[WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall Greg.]] They're both chubby, brown haired, and musically inclined male characters. It helps that it has been established that Greg didn't come to Beach City until he was an adult, therefore eliminating one counter argument. Also if the two Gregs are one in the same it could help explain why he's so adaptable to the weird Gem related things happening around him.
** While it was there before the episode premiered, Peridot having blue eyes under her visor absolutely ''skyrocketed'' after "Log Date 7 15 2" showed she has blue blush, and someone [[http://charlesoberonn.tumblr.com/post/137141719866/beastkonohaworld-misterpoptarts-ok-so-you even tried to see what Peridot's eye color might look like because of it]].
** It's typically accepted that the Orange Great North Monster from "Gem Hunt" and "Crack The Whip" is Biggs Jasper (possibly the same one mentioned by Bismuth), and the Green Snow Monster that also appears in these episodes (as well as "Earthlings") is often said to be Ocean Jasper.
*** [[https://www.reddit.com/r/stevenuniverse/comments/56c4su/nycc_followup/ At NYCC 2016]], it was confirmed that these two Gems were indeed Jaspers, though it is still uncertain if the general consensus was correct on the specific ''types'' of Jasper
* FanficFuel: If ''any'' two gems have yet to Fuse on the show, it's not hard to find a ton of stuff about what their Fusion would look like, what her name would be, and how their weapons could combine into one. There are even ''blogs'' [[http://freefusions.tumblr.com specifically]] [[http://su-fusions.tumblr.com for]] [[http://drawingeveryfusion.tumblr.com this]].
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Garnet/Pearl is pretty popular. However, this ship was essentially [[ShipSinking sunk]] in "Love Letters", where it's revealed that since Garnet is a fusion between two Gems who are in a relationship, she has no interest in entering a relationship with anyone herself. The pairing has now been moved into more of an "intimate friendship" territory, as has Polygems (Garnet/Amethyst/Pearl).
** Amethyst/Pearl is also popular in some circles.
** Pearl/Rose Quartz had a jolt in popularity after the episode "Rose's Scabbard", which strongly suggested that Pearl was in love with Rose. Later episodes have cast a darker light on Pearl's devotion, which drew a lot more attention to the ship, but at the same time made it more of a BaseBreakingCharacter.
** Lapis/Peridot. It started off as a crack ship (with fans immediately shipping them once Peridot appeared) but has gotten more and more popular, becoming the most popular ship with both characters, especially after Peridot has her HeelFaceTurn. The fact that they're now roommates and getting along smoothly as of "Beta" has cemented its place.
** Lapis and Jasper are described as having the "worst relationship imaginable" and are used to provide AnAesop about unhealthy relationships. Despite this, Jasper/Lapis gained a large following after "Jailbreak" and even after the very {{Anvilicious}} ShipSinking of "Alone at Sea." Many are drawn to it ''because'' [[FoeYayShipping it's awful]], while others ship it in LighterAndSofter AU situations.
** Steven/Peridot is starting to pick up some steam, due to Steven being the first to believe in Peridot turning to the good side, and eventually being the [[LoveRedeems driving force behind her]] HeelFaceTurn.
** Amethyst/Peridot has also become very popular thanks to the large amount of ShipTease given to them in "Too Far", and because they are the two most emotionally stable Gems right now that aren't already taken.
** Mr. Smiley/Mr. Frowney immediately sprang up after the latter's introduction in "Future Boy Zoltron"; Their dialogue suggests that they were more than just comedy partners (not to mention how they act after they reconcile), and their entire OppositesAttract dynamic has won over a lot of the fanbase.
** Pearl/Mystery Girl immediately blew away just about every other Pearl ship once it was introduced. Not bad for a character we have yet to hear a single line from.
* FountainOfMemes:
** Check out every entry related to Peridot on [[Memes/StevenUniverse the show's Memes page]]. Almost every time she appears, a meme is born.
** Yellow Diamond became one on her first appearance. Her angry face after Peridot calls her a clod and her ridiculous long neck are the most prominent.
* FreudWasRight: It doesn't take much imagination at ''all'' to interpret fusion as a direct analogy for, [[RuleOfSymbolism among other things]], sex. This was deliberate on Rebecca Sugar's part, to convey deeper themes of consent and bonding through a fantasy lens. To elaborate:
** It requires two (or more) individuals who trust, care, or at least, temporarily agree with each other.
** It's explicitly depicted as an intimate act, allowing both individuals to experience something new and learn about one another.
** The closer the individuals are, the easier it is to achieve and the better the results.
** Manipulating somebody into it is considered unhealthy and morally atrocious; outright ''forcing'' it is considered [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil utterly unforgivable]].
** It results in a new individual with the combined traits of both parties.
** The Gem establishment sees fusing for reasons other than its intended purpose (war) to be disgusting, prompting rebellion.
* FriendlyFandoms:
** With the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' fandom and, to a lesser extent, the ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' fandom. They are cartoons that set up a light and cheery tone with plenty of humor, but gradually become more depressing and horrifying. In the case of ''Gravity Falls'', they both have cheerful protagonists (and Dipper), triangular characters affectionately referred as Doritos [[spoiler:and have had their popular fan theories confirmed]]. Crossovers between them are frequent and are jokingly referred to as "Steven Falls Over."
** There's also a great deal of overlap with ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra''. While the two shows ''are'' very different in tone and content, they are both plot-driven, anime-inspired action cartoons with [[spoiler: LBGTQ canon characters]]. Fanart which depicts Korra and Asami fusing is particularly popular, since their color scheme is the same as Ruby and Sapphire's. Although with Korrasami, the blue one's actually the hothead, while the red one's more chill.
** They were pretty friendly before but as of 'Jail Break' Steven Universe and ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' fans have been getting along exceptionally well, especially with the introduction of Jasper as a tall, muscular, hot blooded, wild-haired character with a pompadour-looking helmet weapon [[spoiler:who gets hit with a TheDogBitesBack moment and is trapped at the bottom of the ocean]].
** Fans of Steven Universe seem to enjoy ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' a lot. Tons of crossover art of the two, including fusions and depictions of the characters together or in each other's setting, has been created, and the fandoms tend to get along very well. Garnet's IAmSong is especially popular thing and has countless parodies due to the refrain referencing being [[spoiler: made of love]], which is a plot point in ''Undertale''.
** Among older fans, there's an overlap between the fandom of this show and ''{{LiveActionTelevision/Mystery Science Theatre 3000}}''. It's the fact that both shows feature Joel Hodgson, as well as an uptight, intelligent mom named Pearl (although Joel never interacted with the other Pearl).
** Lately it seems that the ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' Fandom can be added to this list, especially with comparisons between Zim and Peridot being made. The fact that Rebecca Sugar also is a big IZ fan and even used to write IZ fan fiction helps all the more so.
** An overlap is starting to come up between SU fans and ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' fans, the impetus of which is likely Rebecca Sugar confirming that Amethyst is a fan of the game's soundtrack. A good bit of fanart crossing over the two series has cropped up.
** ''Steven Universe'' and ''Gravity Falls'' have become especially close after the premiere of "A Tale of Two Stans" and the beginning of the 3rd Stevenbomb (Recap/StevenUniverseS2E14CryForHelp) both aired on July 13th, especially since both episodes were very emotionally charged. There were a lot of jokes that the creators did this intentionally to mess with the fans.
** There is a rather amusing one between fans of ''Steven Universe'' and fans of Music/DaftPunk, largely due to the AwesomeMusic and the feel-good[=/=]happy atmospheres.
** And now, with the [[WesternAnimation/WeBareBears We Bare Bears]] fandom as well, largely due to the fact that Estelle (Garnet) sings the theme song, not to mention that Charlene Yi (Ruby) voices Chloe Park. Many comparisons have been drawn between the three bears and the Crystal Gems as well.
** As of later developments, fans of Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt have taken note of the similarities between the two leads of the respective media--Antimony Carver and Steven. This extends to both of their mothers dying due to passing on a power that the child would inherit, and only being somewhat human.
** While the {{Creator/Disney}} and {{Franchise/Pokemon}} fandoms overlap with pretty much every other fandom out there, there's a few crossover comparisons that crop up regularly: Steven and [[{{Film/LiloAndStitch}} Lilo]] (plays a stringed instrument, chubby, lives on the beach, and has multiple surrogate parents of the same gender, some of which might be gay. For Lilo, it's Jumba and Pleakley, as well as Cobra Bubbles and Nani's boyfriend David), and for Steven, it's all of the Gems. Sapphire and [[{{Disney/Frozen}} Queen Elsa]] are also compared (TrueBlueFemininity, AnIcePerson). After the events of Keystone Motel, Sapphire and [[{{Film/MonstersInc}} Mike Wazowski]] (both are [[{{Cyclops}} cyclopes]]) and Ruby and [[{{WesternAnimation/InsideOut}} Anger]] (small, red, and occasionally BurningWithAnger) tend to pop up. Meanwhile, Ruby and Sapphire draw parallels to ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' (for obvious reasons).
** One is starting to crop up with the WebAnimation/HomestarRunner fandom. The consensus seems to be that Steven is Homestar (cheerful protagonist, star shirt), Jasper is Strong Mad (loud, tall, angry, muscles), Peridot is Strong Bad (small, angry, thinks they're more of a threat than they actually are), and Lapis is Strong Sad (sad, quiet, abused).
** If the audiences at conventions are any indication then there would appear to be an overlap between fans of Steven Universe and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, loathe as some are on both sides to admit it.
** And friendliness between the SU fans and the fandom surrounding ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'', likely due to Rebecca Sugar admitting to liking the series back in the 90s, and it showing up on Uncle Grandpa's checklist at the end of "Say Uncle" (and possibly indirectly beginning a revival Kickstarter from the creators themselves).
** When ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama: The Ridonculous Race'' premiered, old and new fans of Total Drama who are current fans of Steven Universe quickly grew accustomed to each other, as for two weeks, its Thursday slot shared ''Steven Universe'''s. Fans also compared the Ruby and Sapphire ship to [=MacArthur=] and Sanders.
** There seems to be a bit of one developing with the fandom of ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''; both are Anime-influenced MagicalGirl series with male protagonists, and several pieces of fanart have cropped up with either Steven or Connie as either Ladybug or Chat.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** At the end of "Steven's Lion" Garnet justifies her decision to let Steven keep the lion by cracking "We kept Amethyst.", which Pearl laughs at excessively. It suddenly becomes less amusing when "On The Run" reveals Amethyst was born and grew up alone until the Crystal Gems found her, possibly in a somewhat feral state. She's also rather ashamed of her origins, and Garnet and Pearl making a joke like that speaks to how ignorant they were of such feelings.
** In "Cat Fingers", Amethyst offers to teach Steven about shapeshifting and messes with Greg by turning into Steven. Greg cringes, saying he's not comfortable around Amethyst when she's shapeshifting. In "Maximum Capacity", Amethyst lashes out at Greg by taking Rose's form, hurting him deeply, and it's implied she did the same thing before.
** In "Watermelon Steven", Amethyst's hysteria towards the prospect of being buried seems like a comedic overreaction. Then in "On The Run" we learn her backstory and it suddenly looks much darker.
** Much of Pearl's MyBelovedSmother moments towards Steven become a lot more heartbreaking after "Rose's Scabbard", where it's shown [[HeroWorship just how much Pearl looked up to]] [[HomoeroticSubtext and adored]] Rose and the fact that she sees a lot of Rose in Steven.
** Peridot's increasing annoyance at the Crystal Gems constantly hassling her in previous episodes may have made for some funny moments, but it takes a decided turn for the tragic in "Catch and Release", where it's revealed that not only is she basically powerless (and possibly a child) without her ArtificialLimbs, but her increasing desperation was due in no small part to the fact that she is completely isolated on Earth, has received no contact from Yellow Diamond and has no Robonoids to help her, and is scared out of her mind at the prospect of still being around when The Cluster hatches and wipes out everything on Earth. Let the CryForTheDevil reactions ensue.
** Garnet's comedic bit of TranquilFury putting Peridot on a tether in "Too Far" for asking Garnet to un-fuse becomes downright heartbreaking after seeing her origin story in "The Answer": that Ruby fused with Sapphire to save her life, and that Ruby nearly died for it due to FantasticRacism among the Homeworld Gems. As a result of her good deed, Ruby lost her home, her station in life, and her purpose, and had to rediscover it with Sapphire as a fusion. Peridot's InnocentlyInsensitive request must have triggered a lot of flashbacks.
** The Gems' panic in "Steven's Birthday" when Steven reverts to being a baby is a lot sadder after watching "Three Gems and a Baby": [[spoiler:not knowing that Rose was gone forever, they kidnapped Steven when his gem started to glow, believing that Rose was somehow trapped inside of him.]]
* GeniusBonus: A lot of characterization and the design of Gems are derived from sometimes obscure mineralogical information.
** Garnet's cube-shaped afro; the target audience couldn't reasonably be expected to know that the crystalline structure of actual garnet is cubic.
** Peridot certainly seems alien compared to the main Gems (even though they are all alien), and actual peridots can be found in meteorites. Regarding her later descent into hysterics, accordingly peridots are known to quickly erode on the Earth's surface.
*** Similar to Garnet, Peridot's hair is also significant. It is a tetrahedral shape, which is the same as the crystalline structure of actual peridot.
*** As of "Too Short to Ride", [[spoiler:Peridot's magnetism powers. In real life, peridots are indeed magnetic.]]
** The large devices strewn throughout the Kindergarten resemble bacteriophages, viruses which infect bacteria and hijack their own machinery to reproduce, killing them in the process. A rather apt metaphor for what the Kindergartens do to Earth.
** The recurring diamond symbol for the Gem leaders, shown on sites predating the war between the Crystal and Homeworld Gems, is identical to the widely used [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFPA_704 fire diamond]], with some of the colors swapped around.
*** More specifically, ''yellow'' diamonds are also known as "Industrial Diamonds", which are artificially created and used for industrial purposes, rather than aesthetic ones. It is fitting of the followers and gadgetry of Yellow Diamond having a colder, more functional appearance.
** In "Space Race", Pearl casually asks Greg if there's a shop in town that carries "F-1 single-nozzle liquid-fueled rockets". The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocketdyne_F-1 Rocketdyne F-1]] was in fact a single-nozzle liquid-fuel engine (the largest ever built) - five of them were in the first stage of each Saturn V moon rocket.
** In "Hit the Diamond", as the [[spoiler:squad of five Rubies]] power up their spaceship to leave for Neptune, it produces a warping effect that looks cool. They're using an AlcubierreDrive to compress Negative Mass with a miniature black hole, something few outside of quantum mechanics and astrophysics enthusiasts could be expected to recognize.
** In "Three Gems and a Baby", baby Steven becomes upset when Garnet "disappears" by unfusing into Ruby and Sapphire. Babies do not possess an understanding of object permanence (the knowledge that things continue to exist even when they're unseen).
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: There's a strong, devoted Latin American fandom (mostly around Facebook and YouTube), and many Korean and Japanese fanartists around Twitter and Tumblr, which has received quite the ApprovalOfGod. Many characters, ships and episodes that are hated or [[BrokenBase base-breakers]] in the English-speaking fandom receive warmer reception from ESL fans, mostly due to not being caught up on drama.
* GirlShowGhetto: Averted, oh so much. Despite 85% of the characters are presented as female[[note]]Even though the Gems are stated to be sexless[[/note]] it's gradually growing to be the most popular and well-liked Cartoon Network show of TheNewTens and has both female and male fans.
* GrowingTheBeard:
** "Mirror Gem" and "Ocean Gem". The ending of which implies much more serious matters will occur. So much so that the creators apparently consider this as the show's "true" beginning.
** "The Return" and "Jail Break" introduce Jasper, a completely psychotic KnightOfCerebus SmugSuper soldier Gem whose tactics and strength are absolutely ''ruthless''. While she was eventually defeated, her arrival also introduces BigBad Yellow Diamond, whom the Gems will have to focus on fighting soon in the future.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** After the reveal that all Gem Monsters are in fact Gems trapped in a different form, "Monster Buddies" just got a whole extra layer of TearJerker. Mmm, bittersweet.
** Steven's quote in "Onion Trade" is meant to be a SpoofAesop about creating new memories and not clinging to the past. [[BreakTheCutie Fast-forward to Season 3...]]
--> '''Steven''': It was more about the memories than the toy. Now I have new memories! Horrible, horrible memories.
** Amethyst's complaints in about Pearl and Garnet being "on [her] back all the time", like in "Tiger Millionaire", have a ''lot'' more weight after "On the Run" shows how Amethyst joined the Crystal Gems.
** In "Coach Steven", Pearl breaks down in tears because she isn't strong enough "to do anything." In Season 2's "Sworn to the Sword", it was shown that Pearl constantly tried to protect Rose in battle, but was always defeated due to being weaker.
** Also from "Sworn to the Sword", Pearl tells Connie and Steven that she got through the war by thinking about the life that she and Rose will have afterwards. Flashback to "Rose's Scabbard"...
--->'''Pearl:''' Everything I ever did, I did for her. Now she's gone, but I'm still here.
*** Even worse, "Friend Ship" has Pearl having a breakdown after admitting to Garnet that she tries to be strong because no matter how hard she tries, as a pearl she feels lost without someone telling her what to do.
** Pearl training Connie to be fanatically devoted to Steven in "Sworn to the Sword" was disturbing of itself, but it's even more disturbing with the revelation that back on Homeworld a CultOfPersonality exists around the Diamond Authority.
** In "Warp Tour" Peridot contemptuously crushes one of her damaged robonoids underfoot, establishing a distinct lack of empathy for her minions. Cut to "Keeping it Together" where we see what the Homeworld does to broken things (specifically ''Gems'') and this scene starts to come across in a different light. Specifically, TheReveal that shattered Crystal Gems were buried inside the Injectors and left to fuse over thousands of years until they became an abomination of body parts that seems to be aware of what the experiments did to them. Checking on the experiments' progress was Peridot's entire mission for going to Earth, and despite many setbacks, her primary mission has been accomplished. If this is indicative of how coldly Homeworld thinks of fusion, this lends a lot of context to Jasper's own initial contempt for fusion. And makes it all the more unsettling, that she would then embrace fusion for the sake of beating the Crystal Gems.
** The long-anticipated arrival of Sardonyx isn't all that hyped anymore thanks to the rift Pearl caused in the group because of it.
** When Sugilite appears in "Coach Steven", her first line is "I forgot how great it feels to be me!" When "Cry for Help" reveals that Pearl and Amethyst get a PowerHigh from fusing with Garnet, this line, along with Sugilite's refusal to defuse, get an extra layer of painful. Not to mention Amethyst's song contains the line "I forgot how great it felt to be us, guess I got carried away..."
** "Why would I ever want to go home if you're here?" at first simply shows Pearl's deep devotion (and feelings) for Rose, but after "Back to the Barn" confirms Pearl's status as a ServantRace back at Homeworld, it then implies that Pearl wanted to escape what could have been an abusive past.
** Jasper forcefully unfusing Garnet into Ruby and Sapphire in "The Return". In "Too Far", we learn that back on Homeworld, Garnet is considered a freak for being a permanent Fusion, and would not be allowed to exist. Which makes Garnet's solo spot in the extended theme: " I will fight for the place where I'm free, to live together and exist as me!" even more heartwarming than heartbreaking in hindsight.
*** Also, Steven's horror and fear on seeing this forcible unfusing is downright TearJerker in "Three Gems and a Baby", where, due to babies not having object permanence [[spoiler:Steven thought Garnet had disappeared when she unfused, and he got upset]].
** In "Jail Break" when Sapphire asks Ruby if she's fine, she replied with "Who cares?" In "The Answer", when Sapphire points out that coming back to Blue Diamond's court would result in Ruby's gem being shattered, killing her off for real, she replies with "Who cares? There's tons of me!".
** Pearl demanding that the mirror show her the Galaxy Warp in "Mirror Gem" becomes harsher when you learn that [[spoiler:the Galaxy Warp was where Lapis was broken and abandoned for thousands of years, and she was so shaken by the mere sight of it that she nearly dropped Steven into the ocean. No wonder she didn't obey Pearl!]]
** While Homeworld's [[spoiler: experiments with forcible fusion of shattered Crystal Gems from the war]] was already horrific in its own right, the revelations surrounding Lapis' backstory in "Same Old World" actually manages to make it even worse. Specifically, the revelation that [[spoiler: Lapis was a non-combatant that was accidentally caught up in the fighting and forced back into her gem by an attack and was then placed into the mirror as a means of interrogating her. All under the mistaken belief that she was a Crystal Gem.]] This suggests that the Homeworld has never been one to actually do much to ''confirm'' that captured Gems are actually who they think they are before subjecting them to terrible things. How much more difficult would it be to sort Crystal Gem shards from the shards of Homeworld gems? How many entirely loyal Homeworld Gems were utilized in [[spoiler: Homeworld's horrific Cluster experiments and the like]] without anyone even being concerned that they might have been tormenting their own?
** Lapis' initial hatred of the Crystal Gems is first presented as a misunderstanding, as they simply didn't know she was trapped in the mirror. Then it's revealed [[spoiler:it actually ''was'' a Crystal Gem (Bismuth to be exact) who poofed her in the first place, albeit Lapis doesn't know this since she was grabbed from behind.]]
** Jasper referring to Yellow Diamond by name rather than referring to her as "My Diamond" (a ''huge'' sign of disrespect among Homeworld Gems) and causal disregard for Yellow Diamond's orders for a personal grudge against Rose takes a more tragic turn after "Earthlings" and "Back To The Moon," [[spoiler: where in the former it is revealed Pink Diamond was Jasper's original diamond and in the latter we find out Rose personally shattered Pink Diamond.]]
** The fight between Rose Quartz and Bismuth over the conception of Breaking Point and the morality of shattering their enemies becomes this [[spoiler: when you find out in "Back To The Moon" that Rose ''shattered'' '''Pink Diamond'''.]]
** Peridot asking Pearl who she belongs to, along with Pearl's response of, "Nobody!" becomes this when it's repeated word-for-word with [[spoiler: Bismuth]]. When the latter asked, it was playful and obviously meant to give Pearl a moment to reaffirm her status as a free Gem rather than somebody's servant, and the way it's played out gives the impression that they went through the exchange frequently. It must have stung Pearl horribly to be reminded not only of her supposed "purpose" in Gem society, but also of her old friend - who, as far as Pearl knew at that point, she might never see again.
** In "Steven Floats," Steven can't use Rose to give himself positive emotions to stop his falling as "those feelings are complicated." Season 3 would go on to complicate his feelings about his mother even further, ultimately leading to his falling from a fatal height ''again'', this time risking Connie's life as well.
** Garnet (and Ruby and Sapphire) initially not telling Steven she's a Fusion until "Jailbreak" makes more sense after "Three Gems and a Baby", where it's shown that the first time Garnet unfused in front of Steven, he started crying. Granted, he was upset because he missed Garnet, but it clearly left the three of them very confused and startled.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight:
** The episode "Jailbreak" not only revealed that [[IKnewIt Garnet is a Fusion]], but it also revealed why: she's the Fusion of two Gems who love each other so much that they're happy to be together as one being forever. That makes Garnet's very presence as a main character this. Also, her overjoyed reaction to Stevonnie becomes even more heartwarming.
*** Likewise, Garnet's {{Squee}} reaction for Stevonnie in "Alone Together" becomes even more heartwarming when watching the end to "The Answer": Ruby and Sapphire admit they had never fused with a different Gem type, and hadn't even known that it was possible, making them pioneers. Rose and Pearl then greet the newborn Garnet with compassion, telling her BeYourself and imply that ThePowerOfLove brought them together.
** In spite of the Crystal Gems' occasional SmugSuper and NobleBigot moments towards humans, [[HiddenHeartOfGold it slowly becomes clear over the course of the series exactly how much they've sacrificed to protect humanity.]] For starters, they opposed the Gem Homeworld's plans for Earth six-thousand years ago because they felt it was unfair to humanity, and thus became pariahs who can never return home. All for a [[PunyEarthlings quirky little species]] that they ''still'' don't understand half the time.
** Pretty much every scene of Pearl and Greg working together and getting along after the events of "We Need to Talk".
** Steven once suggested that when Peridot saw [[TheWorldIsJustAwesome what Earth and its people were like]] she would stop attacking it. Come "When It Rains", where she experiences rain for the first time, she places her trust in Steven and starts working with the Crystal Gems to save the world, it seems he was ultimately right.
*** Furthered in "Message Received", where Peridot argues for the safety of Earth and its life to her superior, Yellow Diamond, and even calls her a clod when she refuses to listen to Peridot's logical arguments why it deserves to survive.
** The fact that Rose refers to Pearl as "my pearl" in "Rose's Sword" becomes very sweet after Peridot repeatedly refers to Yellow Diamond as "my diamond," because this implies that in Gem culture referring to another Gem as "my X" is a way of showing loyalty or respect. Possibly subverted with the reveal that all "Pearls" are ''made'' to serve and show off the status of higher ranking Gems, like Quartzes like Rose tend to be, and as Pearl's former "owner" is unclear at the moment it may have been [[{{Foreshadowing}} a bit more]] [[ServantRace literal]] depending on circumstances.
** Garnet telling Pearl how proud she should be of all she's accomplished on her own in "Friend Ship," after it's revealed that Pearls are a ServantRace who aren't believed to have any intelligence beyond following their orders. Crystal Gem Pearl's very existence is in defiance of countless years of this kind of thinking.
** Pearl's awestruck reaction to Steven pulling out his shield in the very first episode, once you know exactly how much seeing that shield again means to her.
** Peridot's argument that she and Steven [[spoiler: could stop the Cluster]] all by themselves without help from the others comes across as this since in "Gem Drill" the two of them ultimately do just that.
** Amethyst's insecurity over not being able to fuse in "Cry For Help" is a lot easier to watch knowing [[spoiler:she'll become the first Gem able to fuse with Steven, letting her have one of her own when Sardonyx is around.]]
** Steven's enthusiasm and love for [[spoiler: Ruby and Sapphire]] becomes even more heartwarming after "Three Gems and a Baby" showed [[spoiler: Garnet feeling distressed because baby Steven cried when she unfused[[note]]It was because he didn't understand object permanence and thought Garnet had disappeared[[/note]]]]. Especially since this is probably the reason why the Gems [[spoiler: waited so long to tell him that Garnet was a Fusion.]]
* HeReallyCanAct: Pretty much the only thing fans can agree on about "The New Lars" is that Matthew Moy was fantastic as [[spoiler: Steven pretending to be Lars]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Back in 2012, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYB5DrH67eI this vid]], a mock-opening sequence of a supposed cheesy Hebrew dub of a Ď70s/‘80s anime, using the opening sequence of ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999''ís and ''Manga/TigerMask''ís anime series, achieved minor [[MemeticMutation memetic]] status in Israel. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Itís about a business man named Esteban Jiménez who got hit by a special ray from planet Zorigon V, which changed his molecular structure and turned him into a business man in the day and crime fighter by night.]] In Ď[[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E9TigerMillionaire Tiger Millionaire]]í, Steven adopts the persona of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a filthy rich tiger]]. Even better, the eponymous Tiger Mask is a heel in the manga/anime, too, and Stevenís powers also come from outer space, [[spoiler:and the BiggerBad in both series come from where these powers originate]].
** In the [[Recap/StevenUniversePilot pilot episode]], Lars is confused as to how [[TheOneGuy Steven]] is a member of the Crystal Gems when all the others appear to be female, telling him "Youíre not exactly a hot girl." In "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E37AloneTogether Alone Together]]", Steven [[FusionDance fuses]] with Connie to become a beautiful [[AmbiguousGender feminine but most likely non-binary person]] that Lars is awe-struck just looking at.
** In "Fusion Cuisine", Steven said Garnet would be a good mom substitute to have dinner with Connie's parents but she's not the best at conversation. In "Jailbreak", Garnet describes herself as a "conversation" between the two Gems that form her.
** Amethyst calls Garnet "G squad" as a joke. When Garnet is revealed to be a fusion, the joke stops being a joke, but it's still funny, if not funnier.
** "[[{{VideoGame/XCOM2}} Snake people, or sneople, control our government at the highest level]]"
** In "Fusion Cuisine", Garnet claims that Connie and Steven are [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E9SwornToTheSword playing with swords.]]
*** Even better, if one remembers Garnet's ability to see possible futures, she may have saw "Sworn To The Sword" when she was talking to Connie's mom. Maybe her awkwardness in conversation making her blurt out what she was currently seeing.
** ''VideoGame/RosenkreuzStilette'' features a girl/girl pairing with Zorne and Trauare. A red-themed tomboy with a short temper, with fire powers, a gauntlet on one hand as her primary weapon, and speaks in a raspy, high-pitched voice (Zorne), and a deep blue, ice-themed counterpart who frequently calms down her partner with a graceful and detatched personality (Trauare).
** In late 2013, a fan made a [[http://lambitymoon.deviantart.com/art/Pearljection-420279990 picture]] that featured Pearl asleep, unbeknownst that her gem is projecting a hologram of her dream (which is about her and Rose). Then comes Chille Tid in 2015, which shows Pearl pretty much doing the exact same thing (albeit with a different dream).
** This [[http://i.imgur.com/1K4Fat2.png screencap]] shows how similar looking Peridot's current form as of "Catch and Release" and Plushtrap in [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4 FNaF's]] "Thank You!" image in those poses.
** [[http://fav.me/d9bqwiy This comic]] basically predicts exactly what happens when Peridot finally manages to contact Yellow Diamond again.
** Being gem-themed warriors that can fuse into more powerful forms, Gems would not look out of place in the [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gem-Knight Gem-Knight]] [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh archetype.]]
*** In a similar vein, many Gem Monsters would fit in pretty well with the [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Crystal_Beast Crystal Beast]] archetype.
** Steven isn't [[Literature/{{Franklin}} the first young male protagonist with a unique name and species]] who has a very close best friend whose mother happens to be a doctor, in a series that was created solely by women.
** [[http://i.imgur.com/hToJvje.jpg This old viral image]], with a rude message telling someone named Greg to stop coming by their house, had a resurgence of popularity as it sounds exactly like something [[ClingyJealousGirl Pearl]] would have said back when Rose and Greg were falling in love.
** All the memes involving Peridot being a gamer girl were made even funnier when "Gem Drill" shows her operating a laser gun with a Nintendo64 controller.
** All those fanarts of Peridot looking tall, mature, and sexy (thanks to her limb enhancers) are now funnier because they can no longer be taken as seriously considering that she's really a childlike, funny little munchkin.
** Did You Know Steven Universe, a blog known for posting incredibly fake facts about the show, made a [[http://didyouknowstevenuniverse.tumblr.com/post/144616900020/source-xdid-you-ever-wonder-who-i-used-to-be post]] about finally learning about Lapis' backstory in the form of a novel, a few hours before "Same Old World" aired. "Same Old World" was the episode where we ''actually'' learned about Lapis' backstory.
** January 2016, a [[https://youtu.be/3WMB7swPEqk?t=37 fanimation]] (Warning Ė expletives) of Pearl and Peridot conversing (using audio from a WebVideo/GameGrumps episode) is posted:
-->'''Peridot''': ďWho called me a clod the other day? And I was like, where did you get that?! Itís like, '''thatís my w-'''; you canít have that!Ē
*** Four-and-a-half months later, ''Hit The Diamond'' airs:
-->'''Peridot''': I disobeyed a direct order from Yellow Diamond, and I called her a clod... to her face!
-->'''Pearl''': Oh, honestly, you call everyone a clod.
-->'''Peridot''': Yes, but not everyone has command over all the armies of Homeworld waiting for the word to shatter me!
-->'''Steven''': Peridot! We won't let them get you.
-->'''Peridot''': Haven't I caused you enough trouble...?
-->'''Garnet''': Donít worry, Peridot. Itís our sworn duty to protect anything that calls this planet home. And that includes clods like you.
-->'''Peridot''': Thatís my word...
** After the controversy over Pearl and Rose's relationship being neutered in the British airing of "We Need to Talk," Europe got to redeem itself a bit when France aired "Hit the Diamond," the episode with perhaps the most explicit gay content in the show's history, a couple weeks early and completely intact.
** From the moment Lapis Lazuli appeared, some fans would jokingly depict her as a {{Jerkass}} DeadpanSnarker due to her reputation as a tragic BrokenBird. Fast forward to "Barn Mates" and "Hit the Diamond" and it's shown Lapis is ''indeed'' capable of being a snarky jerkass.
** In 2015, Ian JQ had favorited an [[RuleThirtyFourCreatorReactions explicit]] fanart of Jasper and Lapis which was found in his (now private) tumblr likes. It consisted of Lapis making an imprisoned Jasper say "We're Malachite now", just as she did in "Chille Tid", while Jasper is on her knees [[GagPenis with an erection]]. [[spoiler:The events of "Alone at Sea", with Jasper developing StockholmSyndrome towards Lapis, getting on her knees and begging to form Malachite again]] could certainly explain why he would like this. Yes, someone's porn [[IKnewIt accurately predicted]] [[spoiler:the outcome of Malachite.]]
** Before the airing of "Earthlings", the fan blog Texts Between Gems [[http://textsbetweengems.tumblr.com/post/125549183077/night-blogger-steven-recalls-something-painful#tumblr_notes correctly predicted]] that [[spoiler:Steven and Amethyst's fusion weapon would be a yo-yo]].
** There's a saying when discussing DarkerAndEdgier stuff: "not even bismuth has this many edges". Well, [[KnightOfCerebus now Bismuth has some edges]].
** [[http://laurenzuke.tumblr.com/post/95968753889 A picture by storyboard artist Lauren Zuke]] inspired a series of fan arts of Pearl (who has a reputation as the uptight "mom friend" of the Crystal Gems) as a cigarette-smoking, leather-jacket-wearing delinquent. All that art of "Bad Pearl" seems amusingly prescient of the episode "Last One Out of Beach City", where Pearl goes around in a leather jacket and skinny jeans, trying to act tough and cool, and even [[spoiler: runs a red light and dodges the police]].
** "Onion Gang" has a character in the titular group that looks quite a bit like [[Videogame/{{Undertale}} Frisk]] with a pot on their head. The episode came out on September 15, which was the original release date for the game. If this isn't on purpose, then it must be one hell of a coincidence.
** In Erica Luttrell's guest appearance as a villain on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', she's on the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle quite visually similar to the one Garnet dishes out to Jasper.
* HollywoodHomely: Jasper, with her masculine features, sneering, {{Slasher Smile}}s, and rude, aggressive personality, is probably not meant to be attractive. A noticeable part of the fandom [[AmazonianBeauty disagrees]], to say the least.
* HolyShitQuotient:
** Many people were shocked to see Pearl actually get stabbed and temporarily die onscreen in "Steven the Sword Fighter".
** "Mirror Gem". Many people were really shocked at the appearance of Lapis Lazuli, especially considering the previous very faint implication that the main cast was the last of the Gems.
** The appearance of Peridot, a Gem from Homeworld shown to be repairing Earth's connection to the Galaxy Warp in "Warp Tour".
** The all-out fight between Amethyst and Pearl in "On The Run". Amethyst's tragic backstory took many by storm.
** The half-hour special "The Return" and "Jailbreak" dropped several bombs on the fandom with the reveal of Garnet being a fusion, a fight scene with Jasper, ''another'' Homeworld Gem, and Opal getting a cameo.
** "Keeping it Together", ''gracious''. For one thing, Peridot reappears after being missing since the season 1 finale. Despite many setbacks, she continues her mission unchanged which was checking up on the Kindergarten to check on some horrifying experiments: turns out the Crystal Gems who were captured in the war were shattered and melded together to create [[AndIMustScream screaming masses of bodies seemingly aware of what's been done to them]].
** Is "Chille Tid" about the Crystal Gems having a slumber party? Yes... but that's not all. Apparently, Steven can use his dreams to form mental links with other (Gems?)--an ability he uses to speak with Lapis, who is struggling to keep her and Jasper imprisoned in the ocean. The fans that were awaiting Lapis's return were... jarred, to say the least.
** "Cry for Help": Peridot sending a message to Homeworld was only slightly acknowledged to the rest of the episode. Pearl repairs the Hub to keep fusing with Garnet, which was surprising in and of itself. Then Garnet is ''furious'', to the point that it looks like Pearl is legitimately frightened that Garnet is about to hit her. In a fit of rage, Garnet fuses with Amethyst into Sugilite, which she had banished at the beginning of the episode. It's the first episode with a straightforward DownerEnding.
** "Keystone Motel" wasn't exactly a WhamEpisode, but it dropped some bombs on the fandom itself. After being unseen since "Jailbreak", Ruby and Sapphire return due to a disagreement about the previous episode's events. We get to see more of their characters and their relationship. It seems that Ruby and Sapphire have fire and ice related powers, respectively. Ruby's weapon is revealed. Sapphire is confirmed to have only one eye. Though these may not seem major, they're questions that have been long-asked.
** As a non-episode example, the material released at San Diego Comic-Con 2015. It elicited a ''fantastic'' response from the crowd and other fans, as the Crewniverse not only gave us a look at Sardonyx, now confirmed to be Pearl and Garnet's long-awaited fusion, but an incredible [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pSurtUXamM extended theme song]] that had everyone give a solo for their reason for fighting, and... wait... holy crap, ''was that Yellow Diamond?!''
** "Message Received": In which Peridot manages to make contact with Yellow Diamond, tries to convince her to destroy the Cluster and spare Earth, and, when she refuses, ''calls her a clod to her face.'' The episode ends with Steven calling Peridot a [[HeelFaceTurn Crystal Gem]].
** The three-part stretch from "Beta" to "Back to the Moon" (but especially the middle episode, "Earthlings") gives us [[spoiler:Jasper being made on Earth, Steven and Amethyst bonding leading to the former fusing for the first time and the resolution of the latter's StoryArc, Jasper getting corrupted, a confirmation of the existence of Pink Diamond, and later the revelation that Rose shattered her]].
* HypeBacklash: Not the show itself, but many fans felt this about Stevenbomb 3. Before it aired the crew made a big point about it being the most emotionally-impacting yet compared to the prior ones. While no one is going to call it bad and it has quite a fair few {{Tearjerker}} moments, many feel that for all it was talked up about, it didn't have the result people had been hoping for. Namely, more plot developments and story progression involving the Homeworld Gems.
* InferredHolocaust:
** In the episode "Ocean Gem", the water from all the world's oceans are magically taken to form a pillar reaching into outer-space. Although Steven does manage to fix this issue, it appears to have taken at least a day to do so; one can only imagine the effect that would have on the Earth's environment and economy.
** The spaceship hand in the half-hour special "The Return" and "Jailbreak" crashing into the Crystal Gem Headquarters could have been this if it weren't cleaned up so easily.
* InternetBackdraft:
** The ''Steven Universe''/''Uncle Grandpa'' crossover episode got this a lot when it was announced.
** The decision to reduce the number of reruns in favor of more ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' reruns. The amount of backlash was large enough to make Cartoon Network reverse this only for a while. It got so bad that at one point, the show had very few reruns in November 2015 and no reruns at all the following month. Currently, the only time reruns are shown are in a two hour block on Sunday nights.
** Cartoon Network UK censored "We Need to Talk" by removing Rose and Pearl's fusion dance because it was "gay content". The fan community exploded in outrage over this "homophobic censorship", and launched a petition to revert the edit. A similar edit on Cartoon Network France also spawned a petition, which actually succeeded in changing CN France's minds.
*** Then the Swedish dub of "Hit the Diamond" removed Lapis' line describing Ruby and Sapphire's behavior as flirting, though amusingly enough, [[DubText they couldn't do anything about the obvious body language]], creating an effect similar to the infamous "cousins" from ''Manga/SailorMoon''.
* ItWasHisSled:
** The Crystal Gems are from space. The monsters they fight are former Gems that have been corrupted. Also, Garnet is a fusion (now considered a LateArrivalSpoiler), though the fandom has tried very hard to keep these under wraps for newcomers.
** The existence of Gems other than the Crystal Gems falls under this. It's hard to keep this hidden with the increasingly important roles of Peridot and Lapis Lazuli.
* ItsShortSoItSucks: One of the most common complaints about the show is it's 11 minute run-time, which makes several episodes too short to properly tell their stories, and makes them feel rushed.
** "Story for Steven", the episode showing how Greg and Rose first met is sometimes said to be too short. While what the episode does have is well-liked, numerous people feel that it doesn't delve deeply enough into Greg and Rose's relationship, and that it doesn't properly explain why Greg was so quick to give up his music career for her. This is lightened when it was confirmed this episode was intended to air before "The Message", which would have given the episode more of a punch as opposed to its somewhat out-of-place slot in season 2.
*** Mediated with the follow-up flashback episode "We Need to Talk", where Greg and Rose both acknowledge that they rushed into the relationship and needed to work on it harder.
** Even though "Mr. Greg" is easily the most well-liked episode from the first week of "Steven's Summer Adventures", there are a few fans (who do like it) that say it would've benefited more from being a full half-hour rather than the usual 11 minutes.
** Pretty much all the episodes with Jasper from "Alone at Sea" through "Earthlings" which built up [[spoiler: her Corruption in the latter]]. The biggest problem with these episodes that several people had was that she would only show up for the last few minutes of most of them (with "Gem Hunt" being the worst offender) despite the show clearly making a far bigger deal regarding her presence and how much of a threat she was to Steven and company, despite the fact that most of the Crystal Gems have been able to easily fend her off with fusion.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: As you can tell from a few entries here, Pearl.
** Peridot qualifies as well, after she joined the team she has gotten multiple ShipTease moments with all the Gems.
* LGBTFanbase: The show has garnered a sizable one, thanks to the LesYay between the Gems and [[AmbiguousGender Steven and Connie's fusion Stevonnie]] being non-binary and using they/them pronouns, as well as Ruby and Sapphire being a canon gay couple and Pearl having romantic feelings for Rose. A lot of people were also delighted by the end of "Sadie's Song", where Steven's happily dressing in drag and singing the song is completely accepted.
* LoveToHate: Jasper's actions in "The Return/Jail Break" have made her the most loathed character in the show thus far. But that's exactly why she's so memorable, and fans can't wait for her inevitable reappearance. [[spoiler:Then "Super Watermelon Island" came along, she falls into a crevice, and people had to wait over a dozen episodes to see her again in [[TheBusCameBack "Alone at Sea"]]]].
* MemeticLoser: Pearl's [[DidNotGetTheGirl thirst]] for Rose is the subject of many jokes.
* MemeticMutation: Now has [[Memes/StevenUniverse its own page.]]
* MemeticTroll: Amethyst will gladly watch you suffering. "Joking Victim" practically makes her one in universe, as all she does in that episode is start the conflict and laugh while watching the chaos unfold with no attempt to help whatsoever.
* {{Misblamed}}:
** There were rumors going around that the show's design change from the pilot episode was because of ExecutiveMeddling and apparently low budgets. In reality, the change was done by the show's creator, Rebecca Sugar, and was created and finalized long before the pilot was leaked. In fact, the show's budget is much higher than the pilot's.
** Some who have been dissatisfied with Stevenbomb 3.0 have criticized the crew for hyping an underwhelming week, but it is a) their job to build hype b) most of the things expected to happen were a result of assumptions made on what the crew said rather than what was actually said and c) the crew doesn't get to decide when Stevenbombs happen, [[ExecutiveMeddling Cartoon Network does so]]. The episodes thus were most likely intended to air on a weekly basis, and just so happened to have a five part arc that could fit into a single Stevenbomb week.
* {{Moe}}:
** Steven. He's not called the "ultimate little brother" for nothing.
** [[CuteBookworm Connie]] as well, her enthusiasm and dorky personality are endearing, to say the least.
** Younger Steven, as seen in the extended intro. The audience's reaction at Comic Con was a mutual {{Squee}}.
** [[OppositesAttract Ruby and Sapphire]]. Whether it be their [[SuperDeformed small size]] or their [[SickeninglySweethearts dangerously adorable interactions]], the two have stolen the collective heart of the fandom.
** Toddler-sized Amethyst. Apparently after being born at her present height, as implied by "On the Run", she changed her height to make herself look like a child. This results in a very cute design, coupled with an adorable dog-like personality.
** Peridot's arms and legs are revealed to be prosthetic "limb enhancers." Without them, she is ''tiny''.
* MoralEventHorizon: "Keeping It Together" reveals that the ''entirety'' of Gem Homeworld's command chain seems to have crossed this pre-series. While they were already perceived to be a threat, having fought a large-scale war and colonized Earth with little regard to the people who already lived there, the depth of their cruelty and disregard for life hadn't been clearly shown until this episode when it's revealed they have been creating forced fusions out of shattered Gems, essentially committing necrophilic rape on millions of other Gems. It gets even worse in "When It Rains" when it's revealed that they had given up on the Earth Kindergarten to instead use the Earth as an incubator for a gigantic forced fusion that will destroy all of Earth once it hatches.
** Yellow Diamond crosses it in ''Message Received'' when she ignores Peridot's suggestion for finding an alternative for the Cluster, stating that she would gladly let all Earth life die for her own goals. This is what motivates Peridot to turn on her when she had just earlier in the episode gushed over her perfection. This later turns out to be an even ''bigger'' crossing with the reveal [[spoiler:the Homeworld is suffering from resource shortages and making imperfect Gems because of it]], meaning Yellow Diamond ignoring Peridot's suggestions is even more heartless.
** The Diamond Authority as a whole ''definitely'' crossed it when they [[spoiler:decided to unleash an attack on the Earth to corrupt all remaining Gems into Gem Monsters, all simply because they refused to just leave Earth to the Crystal Gems. They basically condemned countless members of their own kind to a FateWorseThanDeath (including their ''own soldiers'' who were rushing to make it off world up until the blast went off) out of ''spite''.]]
** Bismuth for much of her titular episode came off as a friendly, if a bit aggressive TragicHero who as a by-product of the war has had several of her close allies die by the Homeworld's hands. However when she tries to kill Steven with the Breaking Point and heavily implies she tried to do the same to Rose when she turned her down it becomes apparent that [[HeWhoFightsMonsters she hasn't become much different than the monsters she fights]].
** Eyeball (one of the Homeworld Rubies) crosses it in "Bubbled" when [[spoiler: she finds out Steven has Rose Quartz's Gem. Unlike Jasper's breakdown, which occurred two episodes earlier, Jasper is [[UndyingLoyalty loyal]] to Homeworld and her thirst for vengeance is justice for Pink Diamond's murder; there is an a tragic undercurrent to Jasper's downfall. As Eyeball mentally cracks, she draws out her weapon to kill Steven; not for justice for her Diamond she witnessed the brutal murder of, but for {{Greed}}. She starts muttering she'll go down in history despite the fact Homeworld HAS NO KNOWLEDGE of her plight. [[{{Lust}} She even gleefully wonders if she'll be given a Pearl.]]]]
* MostWonderfulSound:
** Many Gem weapons being thrown or summoned, especially the low bass of Garnet's.
** The futuristic sounds of a Warp Pad activating.
** Any time Pearl sings is going to be nice on the ears.
** Any time Lapis Lazuli gives a sincere laugh or sounds happy, if only because [[BrokenBird they're so rare]].
* {{Narm}}:
** The Mutant Gem Clusters from "Keeping It Together" and "Nightmare Hospital"? [[NightmareFuel Terrifying]]. The ones from "When It Rains"?... not too much. Especially the one with the goofy-looking head.
** [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M7mprd2qFPU The ending scene of "Bubbled"]] is considered to be one of the most heartwarming and heartwrenching scenes in Season 3... with the possible exception of Pearl and Amethyst's cartoonishly exaggerated crying.
* NarmCharm: Some found Alexandrite -- the combined form of the three Gems-- [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20141107145953/steven-universe/images/2/26/MoUMulj.png to look]] rather ridiculous. But the situation she first appears in--posing as Steven's mother while having dinner with Connie's parents--wouldn't be half as funny or awkward if she didn't. Plus, taking the Gem's contrasting personalities into account, it's fitting that their combined form would be a complete mess.
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Many people love to portray Lapis as somebody who really, ''really'' loves to do fart noises, or sometimes just being a general prankster, despite only doing it in two episodes.
*** Rather more seriously, many fans will never forgive her for [[spoiler:destroying Peridot's tape recorder, despite that Peridot herself doesn't seem that upset over it.]]
** [[AllThereInTheManual The Guide to the Crystal Gems]] has stated that Opal is only ''occasionally'' forgetful. Fans, however, ran with this and have portrayed Opal as being constantly forgetful, up to the point of ''[[UpToEleven forgetting that she's a Fusion]]''[[labelnote:*]]To be fair, we don't have that much information about Opal's personality anyway, and a lot of them are just taking what they can get[[/labelnote]].
** Despite all the character development she's had since in later episodes, Pearl is still often portrayed as a nervous wreck whose obsession with Rose makes her a danger to everyone around her (though most of the time, it's PlayedForLaughs).
** Amethyst, to a lesser extent, also hasn't lived down her shapeshifting into Rose in "Maximum Capacity" for a lot of people. Despite her and Greg resolving the issue and the character getting some good development, changing into your friends' dead wife and mother, respectively, to screw with their heads is [[DudeNotFunny a]] ''[[DudeNotFunny really]]'' [[DudeNotFunny messed up thing to do]]!
* NightmareRetardant: The face that [[https://36.media.tumblr.com/ee356c7746ca35c870db07b04cb48471/tumblr_o0m8geWlvp1ubg1ayo1_1280.png Yellow Diamond makes]] at Peridot after Peridot's betrayal is supposed to be a NightmareFace, but many fans have found it to be pretty goofy looking.
* NoYay: Post-Stevenbomb 3.0, a lot of people feel this way towards Pearl, believing that in her current state she's not capable of having a healthy relationship with any of her potential shipping partners.
* OneTruePairing:
** Steven/Connie, after the events of "Bubble Buddies". This was only enforced after episodes like "Lion 2: the Movie", "An Indirect Kiss", and "Alone Together" showed them to have a lot of heartfelt chemistry together.
*** "Sworn to the Sword" also showcases their potential as a BattleCouple, with Connie as the Sword and Steven as the Shield.
** Sapphire/Ruby has not only become almost universally accepted by the fandom, but was [[WordOfGod confirmed]] to be ''canon'' by the storyboard artist of "Jailbreak".
* {{OT3}}:
** A large number of people ship the Cool Kids as {{Polyamory}}.
** Garnet/Amethyst/Pearl is also very popular, and often given the nickname 'Polygems'.
** Pearl/Blue Pearl/Yellow Pearl became an instant favorite after the latter two were introduced, despite the fact that neither of them interacted with each other onscreen or Pearl even stating outright that she doesn't know Yellow Pearl since "not all Pearls know each other".
** The Homeworld Gems, Peridot/Jasper/Lapis, is also fairly popular.
** Lapis/Peridot/Amethyst, in part due to the heavy ShipToShipCombat between Lapidot and Amedot.
* PainfulRhyme
** Steven's song in the pilot.
--> ''Cause we're good and evil never beats'' '''us'''\\
''We'll win the fight and then go out for piz'''''zas'''
** At one point in "Stronger Than You":
--> ''This is who I'' '''am'''\\
''...Then you need to think'' '''again.'''
** Shortly after,
--> ''I am even more than the two of'' '''them.'''\\
''Everything they care about is what I'm'' '''am.'''
** The chorus involves heavily forced phrasing, too:
--> ''Go ahead and try to hit me if you're able,''\\
''Can't you see that our relationship is stable?''
** "Here Comes a Thought" has this one:
--> ''Something you did that failed to be'' '''charming,'''\\
''Things that you said are suddenly'' '''swarming.'''
* PeripheryDemographic: Though clearly a children's program, several factors (such as the creator being a well known former member of the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' crew, the flawed yet lovable characters, the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic impressive soundtrack]], the [[TearJerker surprisingly]] [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments touching drama]], and jokes that would fly [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar way over most kids' understanding]]) have made it quite popular outside its target demographic.It might even be likely that it's more popular among teens and adults than kids.
** There is also the fact that show is [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena inspired off]] [[Anime/FutureBoyConan various anime]] with [[ShoutOut countless references]], which gained an audience from Anime fans. Also, the show has an [[LGBTFanbase LGBT Fanbase]], due to having [[HoYay LBGTQ characters]] and willingness to break gender stereotypes.
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* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** Jamie the mailman had a [[BaseBreakingCharacter mixed reception]] in his first proper episode, "Love Letters". His idealized crush on Garnet was seen to be a bit creepy and possessive to some. After Garnet deconstructed his false notions of romance, fans hoped he'd move on and take up acting as a healthier alternative. Come "Historical Friction", and he seems to have done just that. He's made an adorable friendship with Steven, his [[LargeHam melodramatic antics]] were funny, and his conflict with the mayor earned him a lot of fans' sympathy.
** Onion, if not topping the list of disliked characters, was at least on the top three with Lars and Ronaldo. His CreepyChild personality and destructive tendencies made him pretty off-putting for many. "Onion Friend" has patched some things up, making his friendship with Steven more obvious, confirmation as being related to [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan favorites Vidalia and Sour Cream]], and choosing to give Explorer Gal to Steven seemingly to apologize for the Ranger Guy fiasco made him easier to like. Not a favorite by any means, but a good deal of fans tolerate him at least.
*** "Onion Gang" went even further, showing his interactions with his other friends and his growing friendship with Steven.
** Peridot was (and still is) a major BaseBreakingCharacter, but after revealing herself to be terrified of the Cluster emerging on Earth, showing a kinder side to Steven and being generally more {{adorkable}} and {{harmless|villain}} without her limb enhancers, she became more endearing and has been seen as more of a JerkassWoobie. It helps that she has been shown to trust Steven more and because of [[MoralityPet him]], she finally cooperates with the Crystal Gems.
** Ronaldo is slowly getting there in Season 3, showing his more redeeming qualities like his vast technical knowledge (cars, anime, etc) and also showing him have more normal relationships and friendships with the people around Beach City. The TakeThatScrappy moments he gets might also help.
* RewatchBonus:
** Amethyst is silent for the first two minutes of "On the Run", and looks upset when Pearl talks about the Gem Homeworld. Considering the events in the episode, this makes a lot of sense. If you pay close attention when the conversation is about Homeworld Gems, Pearl mentions "and then there's Gems like me and Garnet who stayed here to protect Earth". The absence of Amethyst's name is a big clue that something is wrong and it's also the same moment she makes an upset face. This moment also encapsulates the entire conflict that's brought up at the end. Pearl's comment was only intended literally, that she and Garnet chose to stay and defend Earth and that Amethyst was likely either not born yet or too young to make that sort of decision at the time. Amethyst instead interpreted it as an exclusion like she wasn't a real part of the team and winces as it comes up. Pearl meant well, but also completely misses how it affects Amethyst which all comes up when they finally talk at the end.
** Garnet's excitement about Steven and Connie fusing into Stevonnie makes a lot more sense in light of the events in "Jailbreak" and "The Anwser".
** Lapis' fairly surprised reaction to Steven's healing powers ("You have ''healing powers?''") now carries more weight in "The Return", in which Jasper accuses her of knowing that Steven had Rose Quartz's powers, to which Lapis replies "It wasn't relevant to the mission!"
*** This gets even more heft after "Bubbled", which reveals that Rose Quartz' healing powers were both completely unique and incredibly well-known; using them in that episode immediately identified him as Rose Quartz' son, so it's likely that Lapis recognized the connection as soon as he demonstrated them on her.
** In general, Season 1 is very rewarding with a rewatch, where the Gems' every other line suddenly gains a ton of depth and laced with foreshadowing, and nearly every joke, odd line, or character quirk becomes much more meaningful when you have the context.
* RonTheDeathEater:
** Pearl has gotten many fans theorizing that she secretly hates Steven, or only likes him because he reminds her of Rose, despite the fact that besides her actions in "Rose's Scabbard", where she was caught up in her own grief, she's been nothing but [[ParentalSubstitute motherly]] to him for the whole series. [[https://twitter.com/mcburnett/status/613036161066340352 Even the writers]] have said that if you hate Pearl, you've missed the point. Her actions in "Cry for Help" definitely haven't helped. [[spoiler:This has further grown upon "Three Gems And A Baby" with people claiming that Pearl tried to kill baby Steven, despite it being obvious that Pearl merely thought Rose was trapped inside Steven's gem, before she stopped and told herself it's what Rose wanted. She didn't even hurt him, by the way; She just grabbed his gem.]]
** Lars is a {{Jerkass}}, most definitely, but much of the fandom makes him out to be a malicious, abusive monster, as opposed to being a lonely kid with a mean streak.
** Rose Quartz has been getting some of this as well. Many fan theories abound of her possibly having a hand in the Cluster's creation, or in not being honest about her reason for betraying Homeworld.
** Ronaldo on the other end of the BrokenBase. While he is definitely far from a saint, most of his more malicious acts can be blamed on [[ChaoticStupid stupidity]] rather than straight up villainy.
* TheScrappy:
** For some fans, Onion. A creepy child with no good qualities and a regular KarmaHoudini. His actions in "Onion Trade" where he steals, dupes Steven, is perfectly willing to crash a motorcycle for no good reason, nearly killed Greg and destroyed the town don't help.
** Ronaldo is easily one of the least liked characters in the show, due to his annoying personality and general lack of positive qualities (unlike Lars and Onion, who also have their fair share of haters but have been given sympathetic portrayals). [=YouTuber=] [=PhantomStrider=] talked about how disliked Ronaldo is in his [[https://youtu.be/kb37Zx7onDw Top 10 Worst Episodes of Good Cartoons]].
** Lars is generally disliked for his arrogance, his selfishness, his tendency to take advantage of Sadie, and his [[AesopAmnesia inability to learn a lesson]]. It's very telling that many fans didn't seem to notice or even care about the fact that he was absent for virtually all of the 2nd & 3rd seasons. It's gotten to the point where after "The New Lars" some fans have said that they wish he was just [[PutOnABus removed from the show altogether]] as they've grown tired of the repetitiveness of the episodes dealing with him.
* SelfFanservice:
** Canonically, the only gem who has ever been drawn with a visible bust in the show is Rose Quartz, but artists frequently add them elsewhere. Some characters in particular tend to get this treatment:
*** Jasper's canon design is buff and muscular with no visible bust, or even cleavage despite her low neckline, but lots of fanart give her one ''hell'' of a BoobsOfSteel treatment. In addition, she may also look far more feminine and leaner than she is (Quartzes tend to be on the [[StoutStrength thicker]] side, and she's no exception).
*** Pearl, being canonically as flat as a board, inexplicably gets an average to large bust in a lot of fanart, and Amethyst, whose own chest is modest, often ends up looking like she's smuggling balloons under her shirt.
*** Lapis also gets a fair amount of this, being almost completely flat in-series but often bumped up to at least a mid-size chest.
** Peridot has a long face, jagged teeth, an unflattering triangle ImprobableHairstyle and she's frankly rather strange looking, androgynous and usually UglyCute. You wouldn't know that from the fan depictions, which often make her much more conventionally cute.
*** Her design with Limb Enhancers got this as well, with some art depicting her in a very sexy way.
** In an odd example of this, Rose Quartz is often drawn with a fat, protruding stomach to further underline her BigBeautifulWoman status - something she only had in canon while ''pregnant''.
* ShipMates: Amedot to Pearlnet and Pearlapis, Lapidot to Pearlmethyst...of course, this is a show where just about every two full Gems have LesYay or are commonly shipped together, so it gets ''way'' more complicated than that.
** Lapis/Steven shippers will often also pair Peridot/Connie to get around the (So far) canon OTP.
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight:
** Pairing {{fusion|Dance}}s with each other is not only this trope in the usual way, but in some cases, like Opal/Sugilite, it is ''physically impossible'' for the two to exist at the same time.
** Blue Pearl, Yellow Pearl, and Pearl never interacted - heck, Blue Pearl doesn't even speak! - however, fans instantly began shipping combinations of them together.
** Greg/Jasper (termed "Grasper") is a somewhat common ship - not only have they never interacted, but one of them is an alien who probably doesn't have a high opinion of humans. It seems to mostly stem from a mix of PairTheSpares and Greg's well-established love of women with Jasper's build.
** Jasper and Pearl has a following as well, despite the extremely minimum interaction between them in Season 1. Many fans enjoy the contrast in their characters and their size difference.
** After "Cry For Help" and "Earthlings," people are starting to see parallels between Jasper and Pearl as [[NotSoDifferent profoundly lonely and broken individuals]] who use fusion as a crutch to empower themselves whose treatment of their fusion partners is portrayed as unhealthy but fans can see the two healing via a [[HurtComfortFic hurt-and-comfort dynamic.]] Interesting, their fusion partners were the teams' respective foils of one another. Leaders Garnet to Jasper, and waif-like Pearl to Lapis.
** Kiki Pizza and Ronaldo Fryman. Some of the few scenes where they are together, (dancing together during Steven's song with the Gems, their family restaurants being next door to each other, Ronaldo including Kiki and titling her as a Pizza Heiress in his documentary) along with some comments about Kiki from Ronaldo's blog on tumblr, provide "proof" for fans of this ship. Although this is more likely a JustFriends seen via ShippingGoggles.
** Peridot/Ronaldo is surprisingly easy to find, despite the fact that the two of them have not shared any scenes together.
* SlowPacedBeginning: The series can be a disorienting experience for newcomers, as the first ten episodes or so provide only the smallest of hints that something bigger than a boy with a gem for a bellybutton and his mother figures having seemingly random adventures is going on. The series really picks up once it starts dealing with its MythArc in "Lion 2: The Movie", seventeen episodes in. It only gets better after the show's first two-part episode, which would then go on to produce a steady string of high quality episodes containing the rich CharacterDevelopment and WorldBuilding the show's known for.
* SoOkayItsAverage:
** "Onion Friend" isn't exactly ''hated'', and fans appreciated a breather episode from the otherwise tearjerking Stevenbomb 3 plotline. But the episode was agreed to feel incredibly short and didn't have any impact on the current matter at hand. The sole purpose of the episode seemed to be to show how Amethyst felt about Pearl and Garnet arguing, but it was completely overshadowed by Steven hanging out with Onion.
** Stevenbomb 3 as a whole. Many felt that the drama between Garnet and Pearl was great, but it wasn't focused on enough and having a rushed conclusion, the episodes being LighterAndSofter compared to previous bombs, and less plot progression. The fact that Sardonyx only appeared in two episodes despite it being hailed as the "Week of Sardonyx" also didn't help.
** The first week of the "Summer of Steven" event is considered this as a whole by most fans. One one hand, people absolutely ''adored'' "Mr. Greg", for being an amazing MusicalEpisode that focused on Greg and Pearl's rocky relationship (with Steven trying to make them reconcile with each other), Pearl's feeling for Rose and her inability to move on, and was quite a powerful {{Tearjerker}}. On the other hand, there's "The New Lars", considered to be not only the worst episode of that week but also one of the worst episodes of the ''entire series'' with "Steven Floats" (the first episode of the event) not faring too well either despite being more of a BrokenBase episode. In between, there is "Drop Beat Dad", which the general reaction was pretty much this trope and "Too Short To Ride" and "Beach City Drift", considered better but far from spectacular. Thankfully, things picked up in the second week starting with "Monster Reunion".
* {{Squick}}: Though PlayedForLaughs, Steven mentions that he knows that Peridot has used his toothbrush.
** Fusion has sexual undertones. [[spoiler:Steven fused with Amethyst, who is basically something like an older sister to him (not to mention the fact that Steven is only fourteen while Amethyst is thousands of years old). Though this is softened a bit by the fact that Steven and Amethyst don't seem like they need to preform a fusion dance, instead doing a much more platonic handshake.]]
* {{Starboarding}}:
** Ronaldo starts to develop a crush on Sadie in "Horror Club".
** Comes up in "Political Power", where it's revealed that Mayor Dewey is rather smitten with Pearl, referring to her as "the hot one" of the Gems.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The verses of "Stronger Than You" has a similar chord progression and tempo to, appropriately enough, "Just The Two Of Us" by Bill Withers.
* SweetDreamsFuel: When it's not [[NightmareFuel/StevenUniverse scaring the daylights out of you]] or [[TearJerker/StevenUniverse tearing you apart inside]], the show's central message that all of Earth's living creatures matter and deserve acceptance, not to mention a cast of characters who, despite their problems, love each other nonetheless, can fill one with such a sense of joy while watching it.
* TakeThatScrappy:
** A few in "Say Uncle". Pizza Steve, one of the biggest {{Base Breaking Character}}s in Uncle Grandpa, gets eaten by Amethyst. And despite the TakeThatAudience undertones of the crossover, it's worth noting that the Crystal Gems (arguably the stand ins for Uncle Grandpa's hatedom) beat up Uncle Grandpa before the end of the episode.
** In "Keep Beach City Weird", the Crystal Gems beating Ronaldo is satisfying for those who don't like him.
*** And his distraught reaction to losing his [[GirlfriendInCanada girlfriend]] in the episode "Restaurant Wars". It's ''hilarious''.
*** In "Garnet's Universe", the character of Ringo is made in Ronaldo's likeness, is cast as the villain of Steven's story, gets the crud beat out of him by Garnet and is left imprisoned in his own dimension forever. Many wished they could see this happen with the real Ronaldo.
** "The New Lars" was basically one big HumiliationConga for Lars. One in particular is when it's revealed that the Cool Kids [[TheFriendNobodyLikes actually find him annoying]] and prefer him when Steven accidentally possesses him. Unfortunately, this didn't stop people who hated the episode (most of whom already don't like Lars to begin with) from despising it any less.
** Onion being visibly [[EvenEvilHasStandards freaked out]] by [[FreakyFridayFlip Steven in Lars' body]] from the same above episode can be seen as this.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Averted with the show overall, which is by no means gentle when it comes to handling important messages or raising the stakes for it's characters. However, it's overtly optimistic messages can seem a little too "nice" for it's own good when viewed on excess.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** The fact that the series is shown from Steven's point of view means that sometimes we will miss potentially more interesting stories that don't focus on him or not feature him at all. Some of the most prominent examples:
*** Since Steven can't go with the rest of the Gems on an underwater mission, "Island Adventure" is wasted on an obnoxiously {{Wangst}}-filled teenage romance plot with Lars and Sadie.
*** "Onion Friend". Showing how Amethyst was dealing with the drama between Pearl and Garnet along with rekindling with Vidalia is sidelined in favor of focusing on Steven and Onion.
*** Subverted, however, in "Jail Break". If this episode followed the above examples, we would have missed the ''incredibly epic'' Garnet vs Jasper fight, as well as the former singing "Stronger Than You", considered one of the best songs of the entire series, for the sake of seeing Steven releasing Pearl and Amethyst from their cells. This marks the first, and so far only time in which the show dropped Steven's perspective... At least at first. After a cut back to Steven, Pearl, and Amethyst, the show goes back to the fight when Steven looks at the monitor showing it, technically putting it in his perspective. Nonetheless, some fans wonder why don't they do away with it already, given that it often results in this trope, as well as missing what other characters do or how they behave whenever Steven isn't around.
** "Beach Party" was the first episode to focus on the fact that the Gems don't understand humans, or really even seem to empathize with them at all. While all the stuff with the Pizza family is entertaining, the episode sidesteps the deeper issue of how the Gems view humans, to be saved for future episodes.
** Ronaldo trying to determine whether the Gems are safe for Beach City could have been interesting as a more serious plot than what "Rising Tides/Crashing Skies" actually was.
** "Chille Tid" has this issue alongside ItsShortSoItSucks. Steven's ability to speak with Lapis mentally is used for all of three minutes, and in the end, we never learn where she and Jasper are nor if Garnet found anything important.
** "Keystone Motel". Steven, Garnet and Greg take a road trip to a neighboring state. It could have given Garnet and Greg a chance to get closer, or given us a good look at a part of the world beyond Beach City. Instead, Greg is just a side character for the episode, which is just eleven minutes of Ruby throwing an exaggerated temper tantrum and both her and Sapphire being oblivious to how their behaviors (and powers) are hurting Steven.
** "Historical Friction". Many fans expected to see stylistic flashbacks of the 19th century Crystal Gems and how they interacted with the first Beach City humans. Instead, the episode focuses around a play that shows little to nothing about the history of Beach City.
** Quite a few fans were disappointed that Vidalia didn't have any interactions with Marty in "Drop Beat Dad", considering their history together.
** "Too Short to Ride". Quite a number of fans were expecting Peridot to Fuse with either Amethyst or Steven in order to become taller to ride the rides.
** "The New Lars" manages to waste two ideas:
*** Some fans think Sadie's belief that a FreakyFridayFlip is happening would've been extremely interesting, given Lars doesn't understand Steven as much as Steven doesn't understand him.
*** Steven being shown to still have some growing up to do despite how much he's matured as of late would've worked a lot better in a different episode (and involve at least one of the other Gems).
** "Bismuth". Despite it's extra running time, many fans were severely disappointed by how it was never once acknowledged that [[spoiler: Bismuth was the Gem that poofed Lapis causing her to be trapped inside the mirror]].
** The reveal that Ronaldo and Lars [[spoiler: [[WeUsedToBeFriends used to be friends]]]] has never come up since ''Horror Club.'' It could have been a good opportunity to develop both characters (Ronaldo with his anti-social behavior and Lars with his desire to be seen as cool). Though, that could be blamed on both characters' [[TheScrappy lack of popularity with viewers]].
* UglyCute:
** The Centipeetle may be an [[HollywoodAcid acid]] [[BreathWeapon spewing]] [[EyesDoNotBelongThere mouth eyed]] [[BigCreepyCrawlies bug monster]], but her interactions with Steven in "Monster Buddies" are downright adorable. [[spoiler: She's even more cute in "Monster Reunion", with her partially-healed form.]]
** Sapphire when her massive, single eye is shown.
* UncannyValley:
** Many of the things seen in Rose's Room when it was glitching out, which was probably the point.
** One that sticks out the most in "Jail Break" is Garnet's expression after she gets re-fused. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR503vVAPlA Yikes!]]
** While not so egregious, Sapphire's single eye can be this.
** The pilot's art style, to some. Especially seeing as Steven looks like a teenager or adult but has a small child's voice and most of the characters have catlike pupils.
** Several of the characters in the earlier episodes look very OffModel when compared to the [[ArtEvolution newer episodes]]. "Cheeseburger Backpack" is probably the [[http://40.media.tumblr.com/50fe27873528cc1c2f171414abdadcde/tumblr_nlolg7hcdv1ur1c32o4_1280.png worst]] [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/steven-universe/images/e/ed/CheeseburgerBackpackPreview01.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/640?cb=20151002234207 offender]] [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/steven-universe/images/3/3f/Vlcsnap-2013-12-24-22h22m49s205.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/640?cb=20151002235933 of]] [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/steven-universe/images/3/32/Stevengasp.JPG/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/640?cb=20151003121704 this]].
** Yellow Diamond can be... unsettling. She has an unusually long neck, haunting eyes, and lines in her face that other Gems don't have. The face she makes when Peridot calls her a "clod" is either funny or NightmareFuel. Or both. It's even more jarring when you look at the extended intro, which features her in a style more in line with the other characters.
** Most fusions escape it with their numerous extra body parts, but Smoky Quartz looks mostly normal, except they have a left arm that splits into two at the elbow.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Ronaldo in ''Restaurant Wars.'' Having his girlfriend break up with him was probably meant to be a TakeThatScrappy, but if you combine his family giving him NoSympathy and the fact that he [[DesignatedMonkey did nothing to warrant his abuse in that episode]], he becomes too pitiful to laugh at.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic:
** Ronaldo when he's not painted as the ButtMonkey. He sees no problem with ignoring a person's personal liberties or feelings to validate his conspiracies. While this can be put down to being a CloudCuckooLander and as such just unaware of how his actions affect someone he will still do so despite knowing how they feel about his actions.
** Onion in "Onion Trade". Sure, he misses his father and he barely sees him. But to pass the time waiting for him, he steals, dupes Steven, is perfectly willing to crash a motorcycle for no good reason, and nearly destroyed the town. If anything, Onion came across as a psychopathic child.
** All the characters have moments of this to some extent. Particular shout outs to: Amethyst in "Too Far" in essentially encouraging/getting Peridot to insult others only to get angry when she herself was the aim of said jokes, and Pearl during the Week of Sardonyx who hurts Garnet in a deeply emotional way and then has multiple episodes that focus on why we should feel bad for Pearl and Garnet the one she hurt should forgive her.
*** "Three Gems and A Baby" didn't help, [[spoiler: starting with the fact that the three Gems ''kidnapped'' baby Steven when his gem start glowing (believing it's Rose inside there calling for help), Pearl almost ripping off Steven's gem in a misguided attempt to "free" Rose, and neither Garnet or Amethyst stopping her. Thankfully, Pearl doesn't go through with it, and all three of them realize that Rose wanted to have a baby. Even if they don't truly understand why, they were willing to respect her wish in the end.]]
* ViewerGenderConfusion:
** Many viewers assumed Pearl was going to be male due to her haircut and flat chest (especially in the pilot episode, where her original design looked more androgynous than the version shown in the actual series). Even some of the episode synopses on Hulu refer to Pearl as male.
** Both Ruby and Jasper are often confused for male due to their muscular designs and aggressive personalities.
** All of the Gems get this to some degree, seeing as they're technically not human but mostly appear female and use female pronouns.
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] with any of the fusions that Steven is part of, who are more overtly agender/non-binary, and are addressed by decidedly gender neutral pronouns like "they" and "them" as a way of working canonically genderless characters into the show.
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: Not in a bad way, but an odd way. The voice cast is a offbeat gathering of former teen stars, pop singers, musical theater performers, and radio personalities. It's almost as if a bunch of old friends in the entertainment industry had a reunion. Music/NickiMinaj as Sugilite in particular surprised many, as her voice for Sugilite sounds almost exactly like the voice actress for Amethyst.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** During Onion's rampage, Pearl tells Steven basically what the viewers were thinking at the time: that he could have easily used the Replicator Wand to replicate Ranger Guy instead of giving the device to Onion.
--->'''Steven:''' ''({{facepalm}})'' DANG IT!
** Sadie in "Island Adventure". Good intentions or not, hiding the warp pad because she thinks it's good for Lars wasn't the smoothest move.
** In "Marble Madness", Garnet specifically tells Steven that Peridot is an enemy they don't know with technology they don't understand, and tells him and the others that they must stay hidden. [[SarcasmMode So naturally, Steven waltzes right up to the enemy to chat like they're old friends.]] While he admits afterwards that it was a poor plan, his main goal ''was'' to try and coax information out of Peridot, and he was able to do so to an extent.
** In "Joy Ride", Steven and the Cool Kids find Peridot's escape pod. Steven wants to inform the Gems immediately but the Cool Kids think it's a great idea to play around with unknown, potentially dangerous technology. It almost gets them all seriously hurt.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Although the show is able to keep a fairly lighthearted and child-friendly tone most of the time, it has used [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything metaphors]] for lots of fun subjects such as losing a loved one, abusive relationships, consent, [[FantasticRacism racism/sexism/homophobia]], and intercourse.
** Quite possibly the biggest example of this is the episode "Keeping It Together" where Garnet ''gets on the verge of a mental breakdown after witnessing the remnants of the mass destruction of innocent Crystal Gems who were forced to fuse together''. Oh, and there's lots of BodyHorror for the whole family there, too.
** We've also had the abomination of nature that is [[AndIMustScream the]] [[TragicMonster Cluster]] with some explicit abortion and birth imagery that wouldn't be out of place in a horror story, survivors of the Gem War suffering from the trauma of so much death or being corrupted, Steven and Connie getting over their feelings of the equivalent of sexual harassment, lovers still mourning their lost loves, and a mutually toxic relationship that draws equal paralells between psychological and drug abuse with horrific accuracy.
* WinBackTheCrowd: When Cartoon Network put the show on a three month hiatus, fans got worried that the show was going to be ScrewedByTheNetwork. Then the network revealed that not only did they add more episodes to the first season, they also renewed it for a big second season. The result was that Steven Universe would have a total of ''104'' episodes [[note]]52 half-hours[[/note]] for its first two seasons. Such news put the fans' minds at ease.
** While not perfect, "Say Uncle", the ''Uncle Grandpa'' crossover, was much better received than originally anticipated thanks to the number of fandom nods and in-jokes.
* TheWoobie:
** Connie. She constantly moves from town to town because of her dad's job, and, as a result, has no friends to keep in touch with, something which drives her to tears when she thought [[DyingAlone nobody (but her parents) was going to miss her if she drowned in the ocean]]. Which makes Steven reaching out to her another one of the particularly poignant SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments.
** [[IronWoobie Steven]]. He tries so hard, and it's impossible to not feel bad for him when he messes something up (especially since he's self-conscious about it). There's also the fact that he never got to know his mother. Additionally, one can feel for the fact that he constantly feels pressured to measure up to her. He also thinks that Gems might resent him because he is the reason Rose is no longer around. And in "Steven's Birthday", we also learn that his physical age seems to be a state of mind, making it possible that he may ''never'' grow up, which could seriously harm his relationship with Connie in the long run.
** [[IronWoobie Amethyst]] on occasion. This first started in the episode "Tiger Millionaire". She doesn't act like it, but she clearly takes Pearl and Garnet's criticisms to heart. Even more so in "On The Run". She was a by-product of a horrible event on earth, and as a result, has a major case of self-loathing until Pearl reassures her that the event was not her fault, and she sees Amethyst as the one good thing that came out of all this.
-->"I never asked for it to be this way. ''I never asked to be made!''"
** Definitely Lapis Lazuli, and very much of the [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds destroyer-of-worlds]] variety. She was trapped in a mirror for who knows how long and wants to go home so badly that she tried to use the entire ocean as a tower to reach it, but ultimately can't due to her damaged gem. When she finally arrives home, she discovers that she's now a FishOutOfTemporalWater, and that her home is nothing like she remembers it. Soon after she gets taken prisoner by Jasper and Peridot, forced to obey Jasper, and coerced into a fusion dance. Rather than get shoved around anymore, she decides to take control of the fusion, and trap both herself and Jasper at the bottom of the ocean to keep Steven safe, since he's the only person to ever show her any kindness. "Chille Tid" revealed that Lapis has been constantly struggling with Jasper for control, slowly but steadily losing her identity to Malachite.
*** Enter "Same Old World", we see how Lapis got there: [[spoiler: She was visiting Earth when war broke out, was caught in the crossfire of a battle, poofed, and picked up my a Homeworld soldier. Then Homeworld ''decided'' she was Crystal Gem, and was put in the mirror for interrogation about the Crystal Gems (which she knew nothing about). Then when it was clear that Homeworld was going to lose the war, she was dropped at the Galaxy Warp and her gemstone was cracked when another Gem stepped on it while running towards the Warp Pad. Then she spent the next thousands of years trapped in the mirror, looking at the Warp Pad, until Pearl (who was wearing her "eighties" outfit from the Rose and Greg flashbacks, which should give you an idea on how long Lapis spent alone trapped in the mirror) casually found her.]] "Alone At Sea" also reveals that [[spoiler:she has a lot of self-hatred at the things she's done in the past, and can't forgive herself even if Steven can. Also throw in all the back-and-forth abuse she had with Jasper as Malachite, and it's no wonder why she believes she doesn't deserve to be happy.]]
--> '''Lapis Lazuli''': I'm terrible! I did horrible things! I-I broke your dad's leg. I stole Earth's ocean! Go on! Tell me I'm wrong!
** Given the reveal that accompanies Lapis' appearance, i.e. that the monsters the Gems are fighting are ''corrupted members of their own species'' whom the Gems are ''incapable'' of healing, the Crystal Gems definitely qualify. Later episodes also show that they're the last survivors of a massive Gem war, and that they are protecting Earth to try and act as TheAtoner for their entire species.
** Pearl in "Space Race". She so desperately misses her home that she flies Steven up to space in a rickety rocket that is literally falling apart around her, but refuses to give up until Steven talks her down. Made worse in "Rose's Scabbard", where it's revealed that she stayed behind on Earth because of Rose, and Rose says that if they win, Pearl will never be able to go home. Pearl asks "Why would I want to go home when you're right here?" Of course, Rose eventually dies/gives up her physical form and now Pearl has neither her Homeworld or the woman she so looked up to. Her complete and total breakdown cements it. Pearl's woobiism only increases as we learn more of her relationship with Rose and just how deep her feelings of inadequacy go. In "Sworn to the Sword" it is revealed that despite being far weaker than Rose and the Gems they faced, Pearl would [[SenselessSacrifice throw herself at their enemies to defend her, getting "poofed" time and time again]]. After Rose started dating Greg, she and the other Gems seemingly ignored or laughed off Pearl's toxic jealousy. Then in "Cry for Help" Pearl becomes obsessed with fusing with Garnet into the strong, confident, charismatic Sardonyx to escape from herself, to the point that she [[WhatTheHellHero lies and betrays Garnet's trust]], making her so angry as to stop talking to her for several episodes; [[TheAtoner this is something she clearly regrets with all her being]]. Then in "Back to the Barn" we discover that Pearl is one of a ServantRace of Pearls on Homeworld, where they're treated as an object or slave than as an individual if Peridot's mindset is the norm.
** [[IronWoobie Greg]]. The dude lost his wife, doesn't have custody of his own son, his musical career never took off, and he seems to be a loser in general, living all alone in his van. In spite of this, there's not a mean bone in the guy's body, and his constant upbeat attitude makes him incredibly endearing. [[spoiler:It helps that eventually he hits the KarmicJackpot in season three and has enough money to settle him for the rest of his life; everyone agrees that he earned that ten million dollar royalty check, and deserved a night out.]]
** Lars, of the [[JerkassWoobie jerkass variety]], especially in "Island Adventure" where he breaks down crying because he thinks they're going to be stuck on the island forever. There's also Sadie in that episode who went so far as to hide the warp pad because she thought Lars needed a vacation, and later risked her life to save Lars after he yelled at her. Same goes for "Sadie's Song", where she's constantly been pressured to live up to her mother's high expectations. It's implied she's given up trying her own interests and hobbies in fear that Barb would find out.
*** Both of the get this taken UpToEleven in the New Lars. Sadie has apparently been jerked around by Lars so long that when Steven (in Lars body) tells her he loves her in a misguided attempt to bring Lars and Sadie together, she assumes he's either trying to get into her pants or hurt her. Lars meanwhile gets accidentally possessed by Steven and is understandably angry when he wakes up... only to find his friends and family defending Steven and saying they preferred Steven's version, leaving him utterly dejected the next day that almost no one in his life actually likes him.
** Rose Quartz. She knew she'd cease to be when Steven was born. And despite her obvious happiness with Greg, there's an underlying current of sadness to the whole thing. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6nvQc8So0s end theme]] implies that she always had self-doubts and considers herself a worse person than Steven.
** The Centipeetle. Sure, it was already corrupted, but it's clearly not aggressive like most of the monsters the Crystal Gems fight. It only attacked when it was scared of the Gems' weapons, and it was really warming up to Steven, even enough to perform its final sacrifice to save him. Watching the Gems beat it up when it meant no harm, even though they're just protecting Steven, is extremely saddening to watch.
** Centipeetle after [[spoiler:Steven manages to partially heal her, at least temporarily restoring her sanity. The poor thing just seems lost and confused. However, when she starts recounting how she ended up how she did, she ''breaks down crying'', revealing the reason she was caught in the Diamonds' FantasticNuke was because she was desperately trying to find her crew. Her corruption begins to force her back into her monster form, and she non-verbally ''begs'' Steven to help her. When Steven can't, she spends the rest of her time in a partially uncorrupted state trying to reunite with what's left of her crew, even as her body painfully reverts back to her corrupted state. While she's able to at least keep her partially restored sanity, it's impossible not to feel bad for the poor thing.]]
** The Gem Cluster Mutants. They are the corpses of Crystal Gems that were shattered in the war and then collected by Homeworld. As punishment for the Rebellion Homeworld decided [[MoralEventHorizon to forcibly fuse various shards together]] to form eldritch like creatures made up of multiple body parts crammed together. Not only does the show stress that fusing with a partner under false pretences in '''not''' okay it's shown that the Gem Shards seem to [[WasOnceAMan retain some form of who they once were]] and are [[AndIMustScream in perpetual agony]]. The Cluster may also count as this since it's not only made up of '''millions''' of Gem Shards (although some of them are stated to be artificial) by merely waking up it will [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy earth]] meaning the Crystal Gems have to effectively kill it before it's fully hatched.
** "The Test" basically cements all three Gems as this. They're still lost without Rose to guide them, and have some deep insecurities about whether they can raise Steven.
** Peridot gets elevated to JerkassWoobie status in "Catch and Release". Her increasing desperation to get off world is fueled by the fact that whatever The Cluster is, it has the potential to destroy the planet and she doesn't want to die on some cold forgotten rock far from home. She has a striking similarity with Lapis in that regard. It also isn't helped that without her [[ArtificialLimbs limb enhancements]], she is basically as powerless as a child, is barely taller than ''Steven'', and may very well be the Gem equivalent ''of a child.'' She hasn't even once shown to possess any kind of power, meaning that even Steven has more ways to defend himself from harm than her. One who was serving in the military and feels like she's been forgotten about on an unknown rock where the only people who even know she's there have wanted to kill her every time they see her. Kudos to her for holding together this long, but she was gonna snap eventually. Additionally, that she reverts to animalistic movements when parted from her limb enhancers carries some disturbing implications about her life on Homeworld.
*** And as of "Message Received", it's gotten even worse for her. After having been treated probably nicer than she ever has been before by Steven, she dials up Yellow Diamond in full expectation that she can see the value in keeping humans and maybe even the Crystal Gems around...only for Diamond's own psychotic hatred of Rose to get in the way, with all of her dreams of finally getting home thrown back in her face and deliberately crushed. Small wonder she spends the next episode in a TroubledFetalPosition.
** Ronaldo, while a JerkassWoobie due to past actions, gets this in "Restaurant Wars", losing his girlfriend over a scheme he didn't even want to be apart of, with the rest of the cast showing him NoSympathy.
** As of "Earthlings", we may add [[JerkassWoobie Jasper]] (of all people) to the list. She's revealed to be a vengeful, loyal soldier who had everything taken from her [[spoiler:by Rose Quartz: her colony, her planet and even Pink Diamond, and is desperately lonely when everyone she Fuses with leaves her. Losing herself to Corruption, she's then bubbled by Amethyst, who sadly acknowledges her as a sister for the first time. On top of this, it's implied she's nothing more than the equal of a grown up ChildSoldier who's been indoctrinated from birth to think the way she does. And if that isn't enough, Rebecca confirmed in an interview that Jasper hates herself for being too weak.]]
** [[spoiler:Andy [=DeMayo=] ]] is a JerkassWoobie. An anti-immigrant traditionalist who treats everyone except Steven with abrasive distaste? Yes. [[spoiler:Regretful uncle[[labelnote:*]]actually first cousin once removed[[/labelnote]] who saves Steven's life and cries when calling him out for being reckless?]] Also yes.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Despite still mostly operating on a TV budget, it has some of the best-looking hand-drawn animation on TV ever, with several [[AnimationBump bursts of more fluid character animation]], extremely tight layouts, especially with fight and dance scenes, and [[AwesomeArt stellar designs]].
** The entirety of Lapis Lazuli's battle with the Gems, from the fluid movements of the water clones, Steven summoning his shield, the water tower in space with stars in the background, and Lapis being healed and regaining her wings and eye color.
** Garnet's fight with Jasper on the Homeworld ship.
** The creepy majesty of the Cluster as it first forms with psychic projections of its Gem shards, and when Steven goes inside its mind with the minimalist flashing orbs of light.
** Pearl's musical sequence in "Mr. Greg" with the Empire City lights and crowds below as Pearl fluidly dances and spins in full rotation, complete with spinning backgrounds and ingenious use of perspective shots.
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