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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** The second episode has some of this regarding the Gems. Is their request that Greg not involve himself in magical matters out of concern for him, or do they see him as a bad role model and made the request to limit his influence on Steven? Or Greg is actually not responsible enough to be a full time parent? Or does he resent Steven for losing Rose Quartz? As of "Cat Fingers", it may be more because of how inherently dangerous the fledgling powers of a Gem are (learning to use his VoluntaryShapeshifting powers resulted in Steven turning into an [[BodyHorror amorphous blob of cats]] and nearly destroying himself), and Steven's dad just is not up to task to keep Steven safe from harming others, or himself. "So Many Birthdays" further supports this interpretation, as Steven almost ''died'' when he couldn't control his powers, even with the Gems there to help him.
*** Later episodes actually show that Greg is actually quite competent in 'normal' matters, even if he's useless at magical things. He even gives the Crystal Gems a small WhatTheHellHero when he points out that they "never give up on anything, except for [him]".
** 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 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?
** Lapis Lazuli of "Mirror Gem" and "Ocean Gem". Was she a threat that could've seriously hurt everyone around her? Or was she just some homesick gem that was just severely injured and didn't want to be on the planet anymore?
** 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?
** Pearl and Amethyst's amusement at humans shorts 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 and as of Warp Tour, it appears to be the case that [[spoiler: the Crystal Gems really, really don't want other gems to come back to Earth]]. "On The Run" explains this further. [[spoiler: The episode reveals that the the Gem Race were willing to destroy earth in order to create new Gems. Rose, Pearl, and Garnet rebelled because they didn't want to end life on earth.]]
** Connie's parents? [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Decent parents]] or, in the case of Connie's mom, a full blown {{Jerkass}} AbusiveParent?
** Sadie. Misunderstood teenager with a crush, or {{Yandere}} who goes to excessive and cruel lengths to get back at Lars for simple pettiness?
** 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?]]
** Could many of Pearl's character traits be the result of having (the Gem equivalent of) high-functioning autism? She displays numerous traits typically associated with AspergerSyndrome in particular: taking hyperbole, sarcasm, and humour literally (eg: Steven's "Butter-fly" joke); an inability to pick up on social cues, difficulties empathising with those she doesn't have a close connection with (ie: 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 behaviour may not be explainable by reference to her outsider status alone.
* BaseBreaker:
** Steven. Mostly for the fact that he unintentionally causes most of the episode's problems with his lack of forethought. Of course, considering that Steven is supposed to be 'the ultimate little brother' he is supposed to be annoying, so perhaps this is fridge brilliance. This has also begun to die down as the series has progressed, with Steven generally becoming more competent and mature.
** Pearl has received a somewhat mixed reactions from fans. Some fans find her quirks (she's a bit of [[SuperOCD clean]] freak, and is [[TeamMom extremely protective towards Steven]]) to be boring or annoying, others find them funny or endearing.
** Amethyst managed to break the base with her carefree attitude. Some fans enjoy seeing her let loose and have fun with her powers. Others find her misuse of her powers obnoxious and wish she would be more responsible.
** 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.
* BrokenBase:
** The show moved to a slightly looser and less detailed style after it was picked up, which understandably upset fans of the pilot.
** Whether or not Steven should be the main protagonist. Some think that the show would be far more interesting if it focused on the adventures of the three adult Crystal Gems rather than his ComingOfAgeStory, while others argue that the entire heart of the show is in the relationships of the characters and in particular between Steven and his mentors/guardians/family.
** As more and more episodes come out, it's become increasingly debatable among fans 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 boring copout of an episode.
** As soon as the CrossOver with ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' was announced, the fandom split into those who are excited about the idea, those who are indifferent, and those who think it is the worst idea in history.
* CounterpartComparison:
** After TheReveal in Mirror Gem/Ocean Gem that [[spoiler:the monsters the Gems have fought the entire time are actually corrupted Crystal Gems, on top of the pre-existing fact the Gems can survive anything so long as their gem is intact]], some fans have compared the show to [[spoiler:a LighterAndSofter ''PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.]]
** 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.
* CrackPairing:
** There's Pearl x Lars.
** And [[LesYay Amethyst x Connie]]
** Amethyst x Sadie
** [[HoYay Lars x Buck Dewey]] has been growing in popularity as of late.
** [=LapiDot=] (Lapis Lazuli and Peridot) sprung up surprisingly strong after "Warp Tour", [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight and before they ever even met]].
** Pearl x Mayor Dewey is nearly half-canon, due to Dewey describing Pearl as being 'the hot one'.
* 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.]]
* 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/{{Dragon Ball}} Tien]] [[Anime/{{Dragon Ball Z}} Shinhan]] because they both have a ThirdEye.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Maybe not quite ''abuse'' per se, but Sadie's behavior in "Island Adventure" would seem a whole lot less sympathetic if she and Lars had their genders swapped.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** While Lapis is undoubtedly a sympathetic character, she still performed an act that, at best, would cripple the world economically and is apathetic towards humanity.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Peridot seems to be one of the most popular characters due to her {{Adorkable}} qualities, despite being a villain. The shape of her head quickly became a meme as well, earning her the FanNickname of "The Dorky Dorito". Anyone care for a bag of Peritos?
** 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.]]
* FandomBerserkButton: Drawing [[BigBeautifulWoman Rose Quartz]] svelte at all will trigger this, as many fans see her chubbiness not only as an endearing trait of her character, but a positively portrayed one as well.
* FandomRivalry:
** Only a few episodes in and the fandom is locking horns with the fanbases of ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' and ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. ''Uncle Grandpa'' fans are mad that ''Steven Universe'' took its previous Monday timeslot, and ''Adventure Time'' fans see it as somewhat of a ripoff due to its superficial similarities. Ironically, ''Steven Universe'' was created by Rebecca Sugar, a former writer and storyboarder for ''Adventure Time'', and thus, many ''Steven Universe'' fans are also Adventure Time fans as well. On the other hand, a lot of ''Steven Universe'' fans see ''Uncle Grandpa'' as terrible, thus fueling the rivalry. To add even MORE fuel to the rivalry, a crossover between Uncle Grandpa and Steven Universe has been confirmed.
** Some ''Adventure Time'' fans are upset that Rebecca Sugar left to create her own show and are demanding that she return, especially the ones that feel Season 5 has been a downward slide since her departure.
** With reruns of ''Steven Universe'' [[http://www.nickandmore.com/2015/01/19/cartoon-network-removes-steven-universe-repeats/ now being pulled]] and replaced with ''The Amazing World of Gumball'' reruns, a rivalry between the fandoms of both shows is virtually inevitable. It doesn't help that [[ExecutiveMeddling the reruns were pulled with NO explanation]], and that TV guides for services like DirecTV still listed ''Steven Universe'' in the timeslots when the show currently airing was, in fact, ''Gumball''.
** A fairly intense (although mostly one-sided) one with the PeripheryDemographic of 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. Eventually the idea was called off, hypocrisy calls were made, moods were soured and now both fandoms are embittered with each other over the whole thing.
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Garnet/Pearl is pretty popular.
** Amethyst/Pearl is also popular in some circles.
** Steven/Pearl is quickly becoming popular as well.
** Pearl/Rose Quartz had a jolt in popularity after the episode Rose's Scabbard, [[spoiler:which hinted that the two may have been a couple in the past, with Pearl very much still in love with her.]]
* 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.
* 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.]]
** Much of Pearl's MyBelovedSmother moments towards Steven [[spoiler:become a lot more heartbreaking after "Rose's Scabbard" where its shown [[HeroWorship just how much Pearl looked up to]] [[LesYay and adored]] Rose and the fact that she see's a lot of Rose in Steven.]]
* GeniusBonus:
** 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.
** 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.
* GrowingTheBeard:
** The series really picks up once it starts dealing with its MythArc in "Lion 2: The Movie", seventeen episodes in.
** "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" introduces Jasper, a completely psychotic KnightOfCerebus SmugSuper soldier gem who's tactics and strength is absolutely ''ruthless''. While she was eventually defeated, her arrival also introduces a BigBad that the Gems will have to focus on fighting sooner or later 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.
* 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.]]
** 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.
* HeReallyCanAct
** Music/NickiMinaj is a surprisingly decent voice actress.
** Deedee Magno-Hall is pretty heartbreaking as Pearl in "Rose's Scabbard"
* HellIsThatNoise:
** "Maaaayor Deeeewey, Maaaayor Deeeewey, Maaaayor Deeeewey..."
** The mirror screaming in Steven's voice.
--> "Nooooo! Nooooo'''NOOOOOO'''ooooo! '''NOOOOOOOOO!'''"
** The mirror's laugh is incredibly creepy.
** [[spoiler:WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In the pilot episode, Lars is confused as to how [[TheOneGuy Steven]] is a member of the Crystal Gems when all the others are female, telling him "You’re not exactly a hot girl." In "Alone Together", [[spoiler:Steven [[FusionDance fuses]] with Connie to become a... ''[[AmbiguousGender something]]'' 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.]]
* 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 [[spoiler:main cast was the last of the Gems.]]
** The all-out fight between [[spoiler: Amethyst and Pearl]] in 'On The Run'.
** 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 Peridot, ANOTHER Homeworld Gem, and Opal getting a cameo.]]
* InternetBackdraft: The upcoming Steven Universe/Uncle Grandpa seems to be getting this a lot.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: As you can tell from a few entries here, Pearl.
* LGBTFanbase: The show has garnered a sizeable one, thanks to the LesYay between the Gems and [[AmbiguousGender Steven and Connie's fusion Stevonnie]] being interpreted as nonbinary by many fans.
** All the gems are nonbinary as they technically have NoBiologicalSex, and any pairing between two Gems is going to be somewhat queer as the Gems as a species (except Steven) don't have a traditionally defined gender; even though they display appearances coded as female by humans.
** A popular new theory is that Lars is trans, with heavy support from the episode "Horror Club".
* MemeticMutation:
** Pearl's nose/Bird Mom.
** Calling Garnet "Square Mom." Following 'Jail Break' she is "Mom Squared".
** Rose Quartz being portrayed as a goofy magnet for awkwardness, in a [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother Like Son]] relation with Steven.
** Peridot is:
*** A lime-flavored Dorito.[[labelnote:explanation]]This seems to be a trend with triangular characters these days, since the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' fandom is in on it as well.[[/labelnote]] And in a variation of the previous, relating her with Mountain Dew (color scheme), an Xbox (vague color scheme; X on her chest), and combining ''all the previous'', portray her as a stereotypical neckbeard or gamer girl. Memetic ''mutation'' indeed.
*** A rapper. [[labelnote:*]]When she yelled "DON'T TOUCH THAT" over [[spoiler:Garnet's song]] totally on the beat, apparently more than one viewer expected her to drop some sick rhymes. [[http://magicgirlkyubey.tumblr.com/post/113625881057/yes-i-absolutely-did-lyrics-are-by-miketooch-if Now in audio form!]][[/labelnote]]
*** Canadian. [[labelnote:*]]Her Escape Pod in Jailbreak is seen flying just slightly northeast of Lake Ontario estimated to have landed in western New York or, more popularly, Canada, leading to fanart of her in stereotypical Canadian situations.[[/labelnote]]
*** A Worm. [[labelnote:*]]After she's tied up by Amethyst's whip, she wriggles her way to an escape pod. This moment, as well as a shot of her with a dazed expression on her face when the ship starts falling out of orbit hasn't gone unnoticed by the fandom.[[/labelnote]]
** Calling Jasper:
*** An angry Cheeto. She's the "Big Buff Cheeto Puff".
*** A [[BaraGenre bara]] character (referred to as Bara Gem, Bara Mom, Bara Waifu, etc.)
** Referring to Ruby as "The Red Macaroon". Also, her blank facial expression seen [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/steven-universe/images/b/b1/NewRuby.png/revision/latest?cb=20150314231344 here]] hasn't gone unnoticed.
** Editing (read: [[WikiVandal vandalize]]) the Steven Universe [[TheWikiRule wikia]] for it to call Peridot a Dorito, or in the case of Jasper, a "Big Buff Cheeto Puff", among others.
** [[spoiler:"If you defuse Garnet]], the Crystal Gems is just Pearl standing over a bunch of child-sized munchkins."
** The [[WildMassGuessing theory]] that Onion is either a Gem (possibly even Yellow Diamond) or {{Satan}}, which all started due to the fact that he has no ears.
-->''"ONION THEORY STILL REAL"''
-->''"'''GOD DAMN IT'''"''
* {{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.
* {{Moe}}: Steven. He's not called the "ultimate little brother" for nothing.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Peridot crossed it when she attempted to reactivate the Kindergarten which Pearl says would eventually destroy all life on the Earth. She later tries to smash Steven with a giant hand even after getting information out of him.
** Jasper crossed it when she headbutted Steven into unconciousness and gave him a black eye, something which contributed to him being traumatized in ''"Full Disclosure"'', and cemented her in many fan's eyes as a true villain.
* {{Narm}}: For some, a lot of the genuinely heartwarming moments can be ruined by the art style, which can border on GagLips at times.
* 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.
* OneTruePairing:
** Steven/Connie, after the events of "Bubble Buddies".
** [[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 "The Jailbreak".
* 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.']
* RewatchBonus: In the first two minutes of "On the Road", Amethyst is silent for the first two minutes and looks upset when the 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.]]
** Garnet's excitement about [[spoiler:Steven and Connie fusing into Stevonnie]] makes a lot more sense in light of the events in Jailbreak.
* {{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.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** "Beach Party" was the first episode to focus on the fact that the Gems don't understand humans, or really even seem to emphathize with them at all. While all the stuff with the Kofi 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.
* 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!]]
* 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).
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: Not in a bad way, but an odd way. The voice cast is a offbeat gathering of teen stars, pop singers, 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 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!
** Starting to happen frequently with Amethyst.
** Sadie in "Island Adventure". [[spoiler: Good intentions or not, hiding the transportation 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.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: A number of moments could qualify the show for this, but the most notable examples would probably be Steven almost aging himself to death or Pearl being stabbed through the chest and temporarily dying.
* 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.
* 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 conscious about it himself). 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.
** Amethyst on occasion, especially 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 saw her as something good that came out of it.]]
-->"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 for eternity.]]
** 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 acting 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.]]
** 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.]]
** 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 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 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.