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* AbandonShipping:
** All the [[spoiler: Garnet]] pairings sunk with three words: [[spoiler:"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 [[spoiler: "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 [[spoiler: their fusion, Sardonyx debuts in this episode]], however the episode itself did a number on the Pearl/Garnet relationship: it is revealed that Pearl [[spoiler: 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 have jumped.
*** Interest seems to have reignited with the airing of "Friend Ship", where they [[spoiler: 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, most 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 [[spoiler: Peridot]] and Amethyst seem to bond a lot, and the reasons mentioned above, a few shippers abandoned the variant with Pearl.
* 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 who.
** After "Coach Steven", Sugilite's character has been subject to a vast amount of varying 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 [[spoiler: 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]]?
** 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]]? Or is she just using the idea of protecting Steven, "Do it for Him", as an excuse and really just wants revenge?
** Lapis brings up one for the Crystal Gems: Are they heroic protectors of Earth, creatures whose personalities are based on instinct? Or heartless jailers imprisoning wayward gems regardless of their intent? As of "Keeping It Together", it's made clear they're securing Gem shards purely to protect them from getting in the hands of innocent humans, and worse still as a source for the Homeworld's twisted experiments.
** 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 [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: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 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]].
** 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.
** [[spoiler:"Catch and Release" brings up the possibility that rather than being a flat-out antagonist, she 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," which may also be a clue as to why Homeworld dislikes fusion.]]
** Peridot's age is often the subject of speculation. She was made after the rebellion, which could still be a very long time ago, but theories have been floating around that she's practically a child, maybe even younger than Steven! This is supported by her general immaturity, seeming cluelessness (even surprise) regarding the functions of her tools, irritation at working with Gem tech from 5000 years ago, ignorance of anything not immediately necessary to her job (such as assuming a towel and a toothbrush are weapons), and her tendency to throw childish tantrums. She's clearly experiencing many things for the first time, but is that due to chronological age alone, or has the MechanisticAlienCulture of the Gems just isolated her to the extreme?
*** 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.
** 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: [[spoiler: that being 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.]]
* AuthorsSavingThrow:
** For fans not fond of the ''Uncle Grandpa'' crossover, the fact that it went out of it's 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.
** After some complaints that 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 their relationship and how it could work.
* AwesomeEgo: Sardonyx clearly loves being herself, inflated ego and all, and her fans feel the same.
* 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.
* BaseBreaker:
** Pearl has a somewhat mixed reputation; some fans finding 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. [[spoiler: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. Other characters in the show seem to represent the different reactions to Pearl's behavior as well.]] While yet to really take hold the events of "Back to the Barn" and "Too Far" might just smooth over a lot of the problems some fans have with pearl given we learn [[spoiler: Pearl may have no choice in the matter of her feelings regarding rose, her obsessive nature, and her occasional breakdowns because her entire gem type are made to order servants programmed to be obedient to a fault. Now her owner is gone and she's in a situation she literally isn't built to be able to handle, frankly it's a miracle she holds together so well.]]
** Amethyst's carefree attitude. She's always had her fare 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 [[spoiler:being created in Kindergarten during the war]] made her much more sympathetic even to those that disliked her.
** 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 [[spoiler: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 a badass, cool antagonist with a rather creative design, or a boring, clichéd GeneralRipper archetype that just can't compare to the other non-standard antagonists like the [[TheComicallySerious comical]] Peridot or the [[AntiVillain sympathetic]] Lapis Lazuli. There's very little neutral ground.
** Jamie, in "Love Letters". Was his infatuation with Garnet funny and cute, or annoying and unjustified? Was he sympathetic in his heartbreak, or was he trying to be emotionally manipulative to get his way?
** Ronaldo. 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 [[DracoInLeatherPants jerkassery]]. Others say he works better only in very small dozes.
* BizarroEpisode: "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 only time in the series that fourth wall jokes are used.
* 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 are 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 straight forward metaphor for sex. Others see it as a metaphor for ''any'' and ''all'' kinds of intimacy within relationships, including friendly and familial ones. Which view you subscribe to will understandably affect how you think about Steven possibly fusing with any of the Gems [[spoiler:or with Connie]].
** 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 Beserk 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.
** 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.
** 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. [[spoiler: 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.]]
** Peridot's [[spoiler: 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's the definition of a toxic, unhealthy relationship, it has a very prominent {{hatedom}} with the reasoning that it's glorifying abuse.
** There's 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."
** The episode "The Answer", caused a portion of the fanbase to find the pacing to be much too quick, making it seem like Ruby and Sapphire fell in LoveAtFirstSight, this lead to claims that Garnet is a hypocrite due to her speech in Love Letters.
** Many fans are still shipping Garnet around, or see her as a lesbian because [[spoiler:she's literally the embodiment of a lesbian relationship.]] But her statement of [[spoiler: "Three's a crowd"]] in "Love Letters" has led to many interpreting her as an aromantic {{asexual|ity}}, and seeing all ships with her 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.
* 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."
* 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:
** After TheReveal in "Ocean Gem" that [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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
** Jasper's muscular build, long hair, brutish nature, and role as a member of the main characters' race who came back to attack them lead 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.
*** We can also start comparing Yellow Diamond to Frieza, being their leader and a genocidal racist.
** Peridot [[spoiler: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, [[spoiler: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]]?
** Diminutive green alien sent to conquer and/or destroy the earth, a fairly gifted technician reliant upon advanced technology and robotic helpers (and hapless 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. In short: minus some IQ points and Peridot would be a mineral WesternAnimation/InvaderZim. Since Rebecca Sugar [[OneOfUs is a fan of the show]], it's very likely some of these similarities were deliberate.
** 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 is also the 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 themselve to become stronger. Are these the Gems or Franchise/TheTransformers? Not only that, Rose Quarts have some similar traits to Optimus Prime as they are both powerful warriors who believe all life is precious.
** 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 [[spoiler: 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 sentinent 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: six Rubies, each with distinct personalities, which includes our Ruby]] have been compared to the Sextuplets from ''Anime/OsomatsuSan''.
* 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]]. Though they have shared some scenes, they're yet to actually interact on-screen.
** 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]].
** [[spoiler: Yellow Diamond]] x Peridot sprung up almost immediately after she was revealed, despite Peridot [[spoiler: 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.
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** In "Watermelon Steven", [[spoiler: [[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 [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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''."''
* 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.]]
** Pearl/[[WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty Rick]] has become a common CrackPairing in some circles. It's generally agreed that their Fusion would be named "Prick."
* 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: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.]]
* 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]]).
** This also applies to Lapis. 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 nearly killed Greg as he saved them. While she does get some redemption [[spoiler: for her HeroicSacrifice]], it should be noted that it was done because of her friendship with Steven and her own desire for revenge against her captor, not for the sake of the world. Those who see her [[spoiler: sacrifice]] as a [[LoveMartyr selfless act of love and devotion for Steven]] are also forgetting that [[spoiler: she deliberately chose the riskiest option despite having nigh-infinite water powers and options to use against Jasper. If she fails at keeping complete control of Malachite, the fusion could endanger Steven far more than Jasper alone, and Lapis' desire to keep herself imprisoned is likely a [[MartyrWithoutACause martyr complex]] even if she'll claim it's all for Steven.]]
** 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.
** Even Jasper occasionally gets this; some go so far as to say she's only called abusive or evil because she's masculine.
* 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...]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Just about everytime a new Gem appears, she will automatically become popular for a period of time.
*** Despite appearing in only a handful of episodes, Lapis Lazuli is ''very'' popular, particularly since she's TheWoobie on a TraumaCongaLine.
*** 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. [[spoiler: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.
*** Sardonyx became overwhelmingly popular practically overnight, due to her LargeHam personality and [[spoiler:being the long-awaited fusion result of Garnet and Pearl]].
*** And now we have [[spoiler: Blue Diamond's Pearl]], who has been getting quite the amounts of fan art within moments of her surprise appearance in "The Answer."
*** From "Message Received" we have [[spoiler: Yellow Diamond's Pearl]] who, much like [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: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, most likely not only do they have differing personalities, but they're also a QuirkyMinibossSquad.
** The Beach City civilians have a lot of love, namely the cool kids (Jenny Pizza, Buck Dewey, and Sour Cream).
** 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 mom look going for her.
** Frybo is very popular for a MonsterOfTheWeek.
* EvilIsSexy: While it remains to be seen if she's "evil" given [[RousseauWasRight just what kind of show]] ''Steven Universe'' is, Jasper is the most upfront brutally antagonistic character in the entire series so far who isn't a corrupted Gem monster or a semi-berserk fusion with emotional issues, a professional soldier/warrior who doesn't hesitate for a split second to order the Crystal Gems blown off the face of the earth, headbutt a little boy in the face, beat [[TheBigGuy Garnet to a pulp]], and [[CombatPragmatist use any means necessary to take her opponents down]]. And a significant portion of the fandom finds this ''incredibly hot''. The [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty unfortunate overtones]] to her initial fusion dance with Lapis Lazuli, for a lot of fans, only added fuel to the fire, as did her turning up soaking wet and in chains during "Chille Tid", SanitySlippage regardless; one Tumblr user even remarked that Jasper was probably going to wind up being a lot of female fans' bisexual awakening. It probably doesn't help that she's voiced by Kimberley Brooks.
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* 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 favourite cartoon.
** Referring to any of the full Gems with male or gender-neutral pronouns (though especially if you single out {{butch| lesbian}} gems such as Ruby or Jasper as "not really female") 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.
** In general, casually mentioning or having obvious avatars of [[spoiler:non-Crystal Gems such as Lapis or Peridot]] 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 ''ComicBook/{{Peanuts}}'' Boomerang cartoon have learnt this the hard way.
* 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).
** 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]].
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Garnet/Pearl is pretty popular. [[spoiler: 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 BaseBreaker.
** 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 Lapis, especially after Peridot [[spoiler: has her HeelFaceTurn.]] But to this day, their interaction has been minimal.
** Lapis and Jasper are described as having the "worst relationship imaginable." Despite this, Jasper/Lapis has a large following. 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 [[spoiler: 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.
* FountainOfMemes:
** Check out every entry related to Peridot down in MemeticMutation. Every time she appears, a meme is born.
** [[spoiler: Yellow Diamond]] became one on her first appearance. Her angry face [[spoiler: 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]] (though this particular point is smudged by Lapis Lazuli being treated as sympathetic when she's forcing Jasper to remain fused against Jasper's will).
** 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.
* 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 [[spoiler:"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. [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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", [[spoiler: 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 possibly wipes out everything on Earth. Let the CryForTheDevil reactions ensue.]]
** Garnet's comedic bit of TranquilFury [[spoiler: 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": [[spoiler: 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, [[spoiler: Ruby lost her home, her station in life, and her purpose, and had to rediscover it with Sapphire as a fusion.]] [[spoiler: Peridot's]] InnocentlyInsensitive request must have triggered a lot of flashbacks.
* 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.
** 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.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: There's quite a few Korean and Japanese fanartists on Twitter and Tumblr. There's also a large Spanish-speaking fandom around Facebook.
* 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 [[spoiler: all gem monsters are in fact, crystal gems trapped in a different form]], "Monster Buddies" just got a whole extra layer of TearJerker. Mmm, bittersweet.
** 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 [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: 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.]]
** In "Jail Break" when [[spoiler: 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!]]
* HeartwarmingInHindsight:
** The episode "Jailbreak" not only revealed that [[spoiler:[[IKnewIt Garnet is a fusion]]]], but it also revealed why: [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Garnet's very presence as a main character this.]] Also, [[spoiler:her overjoyed reaction to Stevonnie becomes even more heartwarming.]]
*** Likewise, Garnet's {{Squee}} reaction for [[spoiler: Stevonnie]] in "Alone Together" becomes even more heartwarming when watching the end to "The Answer": [[spoiler: 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.]] [[spoiler: 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. [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: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.
* 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 ‘70s/‘80s anime, using the opening sequence of ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999''’s and ''Manga/TigerMask''’s anime series, achieved minor [[MemeticMutation memetic]] status in Israel. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext It’s 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 ‘[[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E9TigerMillionaire Tiger Millionaire]]’, 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 Steven’s 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 "You’re not exactly a hot girl." In ‘[[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E37AloneTogether Alone Together]]’, [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler:In "Jailbreak", Garnet describes herself as a ''conversation'' between the two Gems that form her.]]
** Amethyst calls Garnet "G squad" as a joke. [[spoiler: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.
** 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 [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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.]]
** 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.
* 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 [[spoiler:the appearance of Lapis Lazuli]], especially considering the previous very faint implication that the [[spoiler:main cast was the last of the Gems.]]
** The appearance of [[spoiler:Peridot, a Gem from Homeworld shown to be repairing Earth's connection to the Galaxy Warp]] in "Warp Tour".
** The all-out fight between [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: the reveal of Garnet being a fusion, a fight scene with Jasper, ''another'' Homeworld Gem, and Opal getting a cameo.]]
** "Keeping it Together", ''gracious.'' [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: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": [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: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 Comic-Con. It elicited a ''fantastic'' response from the crowd and other fans, as the crewniverse not only gave us a look at Sardonyx [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceTurn Crystal Gem]].]]
* HypeBacklash: Not the show itself which is subverting the trope 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 awhile. It got so bad to the point where 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.
* ItWasHisSled:
** [[spoiler:The Crystal Gems are from space.]] [[spoiler:The monsters they fight are former Gems that have been corrupted.]] Also, [[spoiler:Garnet is a fusion]] (now considered a LateArrivalSpoiler), though the fandom has tried very hard to keep these under wraps for newcomers.
** [[spoiler: 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: "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.
* 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 [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: 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.
* 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.
** [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: 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.]]
** [[spoiler: Yellow Diamond]] crosses it ''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 [[spoiler: motivates Peridot to turn on her when she had just earlier in the episode gushed over her perfection]].
* {{Narm}}:
** For some, a lot of the genuinely heartwarming moments can be ruined by the art style, which can border on GagLips at times.
** The [[spoiler:Mutant Gem Clusters]] from "Keeping It Together" and "Nightmare Hospital"? [[NightmareFuel Terrifying]]. The ones from "When It Rains"? ...not too much. [[spoiler:(Especially the one with the goofy-looking head)]]
%%** Connie worrying about how her parents are going to react about her fixed eyesight is a valid concern. Connie worrying about her ''optometrist's'' reaction? Not so much.
* 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.
** [[AllInTheManual 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 is a fusion]]''.[[labelnote:*]]To be fair, we don't have that much information about Opal's personality anyway.[[/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.
** Amethyst, to a lesser extent, also hasn't lived down her [[spoiler:shapeshifting into Rose]] in "Maximum Capacity" for a lot of people, again despite her character development and the fact that she makes up and is forgiven for it ''in the same episode''.
* NightmareRetardant: The face that [[spoiler: [[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.
** [[spoiler: 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.
* 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.'''
* 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 [[BaseBreaker 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.
** Peridot was (and still is) a major BaseBreaker, but after [[spoiler: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.]]
* RewatchBonus:
** Amethyst is silent for the first two minutes of "On the Run", and looks upset when Pearl talks about the Gem Homeworld. [[spoiler:Considering the events in the episode, this makes a lot of sense]]. If you pay close attention when [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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!"
** 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 more recent episodes such as 'Cry for Help' have not helped this situation.
** 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.
* 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). WebVideo/{{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, and his [[AesopAmnesia inability to learn a lesson]].
* SelfFanservice:
** 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.
** 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. You wouldn't know that from the fan depictions, which often make her much more conventionally {{moe}}.
** 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.
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight:
** Lapis/Peridot is an oddly common ship given the closest they've gotten to interacting is being in the same shots. This is largely due to them being the only known [[spoiler:Homeworld gems]] for a while until Jasper showed up.
** Pairing {{fusion|Dance}}s with each other is not only this trope in the usual way, but in some cases, like Opal/Sugulite, 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 warlord with an interest in wiping out the other's entire species. 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 despite the extremely minimum interaction between them in season 1. Many fans enjoy the contrast in their characters and their size difference.
** 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.
* 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 [[spoiler: only appeared in two episodes]] despite it being hailed as the "Week of Sardonyx" also didn't help.
* {{Squick}}: Though PlayedForLaughs, Steven mentions that he knows that [[spoiler:Peridot]] has used his toothbrush.
* {{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.
* TakeThatScrappy: A few in "Say Uncle". Pizza Steve, one of the biggest {{Base Breaker}}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.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** "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.
** Instead of following the Gems minus Steven on an underwater adventure, "Island Adventure" is wasted on a {{Wangst}}-filled teenage romance plot with Lars and Sadie.
** Ronaldo trying to determine whether the Gems are safe for Beach City could have been interesting as a more serious plot than "Rising Tides/Crashing Skies"
** "Chille Tid" has this issue alongside ItsShortSoItSucks. [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: 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.
* UglyCute:
** The Centipeetle may be an [[HollywoodAcid acid]] [[BreathWeapon spewing]] [[EyesDoNotBelongThere mouth eyed]] [[BigCreepyCrawlies bug monster]], but it's interactions with Steven in "Monster Buddies" are downright adorable.
** [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: re-fused.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR503vVAPlA Yikes!]]
** While not so egregious, [[spoiler: 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]].
** [[spoiler: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.]]
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic:
** Ronaldo at times. 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.
* 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 considered male due to their masculine design and masculine 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.
* 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". [[spoiler: Good intentions or not, hiding the warp pad because she thinks it's good for Lars wasn't the smoothest move.]]
** In "Marble Madness", [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: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'', an allegory for non-consensual sex. Oh, and there's lots of BodyHorror for the whole family there, too.
* 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.
** 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.
** 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". [[spoiler: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. ''[[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: 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., the only person to ever show her any kindness.]] As of "Chille Tid" it is revealed that [[spoiler: 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 and poofed by a Homeworld warrior. 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.]]
** Given the reveal that accompanies Lapis' appearance, [[spoiler:i.e. that the monsters the Gems are fighting are ''corrupted members of their own species'' who they're ''incapable'' of healing]], the Crystal Gems could 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 [[spoiler: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" [[spoiler: 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 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.
** 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.
** Lars, of the [[JerkassWoobie jerkass variety]], especially in "Island Adventure" where he [[spoiler:breaks down crying because he thinks they're going to be stuck on the island forever.]] There's also Sadie in that episode who [[spoiler: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.
** Rose Quartz. [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: Sure, it was already corrupted, but it's clearly not aggressive like most of the monsters they 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.]]
** The [[spoiler: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.
** [[spoiler: ''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", [[spoiler: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.]]
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