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* AbandonShipping:
** All the Garnet pairings sunk with three words: "Three's a crowd.", referencing the fact that Garnet herself is a fusion of two Gems that are in love. However, others continued shipping [[OneTrueThreesome Garnet/Pearl/Amethyst]] under the justification that "three's a crowd, but four's a party".
** A lot of Pearl/Rose Quartz shippers began to reconsider the pairing after "Sworn to the Sword" and "We Need to Talk", which showed a darker side to Pearl's devotion to Rose.
** Pearl/Garnet:
*** Many shippers were excited for "Cry for Help" seeing as their fusion, Sardonyx debuted in that episode, however the episode itself did a number on the Pearl/Garnet relationship: it is revealed that Pearl was the one who kept repairing the Communications Hub so she could continue to fuse with Garnet. The episode ends with them not being able to speak to one another. Some still stay aboard, but many Pearlnet shippers had jumped, only for interest to have reignited with the airing of "Friend Ship", where they finally are able to talk out their problems and come to a closer understanding of each other than before. Them being steadily forced closer together by a shrinking room until their faces are just inches from each other and escaping through the formation of Sardonyx likely contributed.
** While there are still people who are willing to ship her with other characters, plenty Pearl related ships have been abandoned after "Cry for Help" due to many believing that at this point in her life she just wouldn't be capable of a healthy romantic relationship for now.
*** Pearl and Amethyst seemed like a possible ship, but since Peridot and Amethyst seem to bond a lot, and the reasons mentioned above, a few shippers abandoned the variant with Pearl.
*** After "Last One Out of Beach City", many fans have changed their tune and see her as ready for a relationship again...and most of the ships are ''still'' unpopular because her canon one with Mystery Girl is so compelling in its own right.
* AcceptableTargets: Jersey, an obvious spoof of New Jersey, is portrayed as a polluted, noisy town with apparently rude people. Steven even says they "hate the earth." [[SelfDeprecation The writer of this scene is also from New Jersey.]]
* AlasPoorScrappy:
** Ronaldo losing his girlfriend in "Restaurant Wars" did earn him some sympathy from a few fans.
** Lars temporarily [[spoiler:dies at the end of "Off Colors", and his is the first on-screen human death of the series. His death being just after him owning up to some of his flaws and getting some well needed CharacterDevelopment (added with Steven crying over him) makes it heartbreaking]].
* AntiClimaxBoss: A few fans felt this way about [[DiscOneFinalBoss Lapis']] fight with the Crystal Gems in the mid-season one two-parter. Lapis has shown an intense hatred towards the Gems, sans [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe Steven]], and unleashed a group of unstoppable water clones that nearly ''succeeded'' at bringing the heroes to their knees. However, she's ultimately stopped when Steven [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath simply talks her down]] in less than a minute, heals her broken gem, and allows her to leave peacefully.
** Some fans also feel this way toward the [[spoiler:the defeat of the Cluster considering that the show spent half a season building up how much a threat it was to the planet and how important it was to destroy it (not helped by the overly long hiatus that preceded it). The fact that Steven once again just talked the threat down was seen as a bit of a cop-out]].
* AntiShippingGoggles: Some fans feel this way about the Sadie/Lars couple. While Sadie is a genuinely good person who tries to see the best in Lars, many people find him to be a BastardBoyfriend who is bad for her and shows no concern whatsoever for her well-being. Others also find that Sadie's (well-intentioned) actions in "Island Adventure" also prove that Sadie is likewise unhealthy for Lars.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Morals and messages are rarely handled subtly on this show, especially with its themes of love and equality, and can seem a bit on-the-nose for adult viewers. For the most part, however, it's [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped not without reason]]. The only straight example seems to be "Rocknaldo," which comes off as preachy and [[DontLikeDontRead openly mocks the show's critics]].
* ArcFatigue: Some feel that the current Homeworld arc is starting to drag on, due to various episodes that have no purpose to said arc and the show's very slow pace despite having an 11-minute runtime.
* AuthorsSavingThrow:
** For fans not fond of the ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' crossover, the fact that it went out of its way to state within the first two minutes that it's not to be considered canon, and that it was more of an [[BreatherEpisode excuse to cut loose for the sake of one-off humor]] greatly helped its reception in the fandom.
** To some fans, the moral of "Love Letters" that there's no such thing as real LoveAtFirstSight conflicted with how Greg and Rose's relationship had been portrayed. "We Need to Talk" shows that after the initial infatuation wore off, they needed to have a serious discussion about how they could realistically work as a relationship.
** A lot of fans were getting weary of Steven simply talking many of his foes out of hostilities during season 2 and feared that Steven's AllLovingHero status was being taken to unrealistic levels, especially after [[spoiler: he dealt with the Cluster by simply talking it down]]. As a result, many viewed Steven being forced to learn during his encounters with [[spoiler: Bismuth, Jasper, and Eyeball]] that TalkingTheMonsterToDeath doesn't work with every foe he faces and that [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop there is going to be times that he'll be forced to resort to violence in order to survive dangerous encounters]] as a breath of fresh air.
** Many criticisms of the show talk about how Steven usually manages to make friends or get on passable terms with the Gems he encounters, especially after [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeating them]]. [[spoiler:"Room for Ruby" has Navy [[ExploitedTrope take complete advantage]] of that mindset and stab Steven in the back.]]
*** 'Room for Ruby' also addresses another criticism. [[spoiler:The Rubies suffering AFateWorseThanDeath being left to drift in the cold void of space was seen as needlessly cruel by some. Steven promising to rescue them at the start of the Zoo arc, only to not do that, just added onto it. This episode not only implies that they will all be rescued by Navy, something confirmed come Wanted, but the way Navy goes about acquiring the means to do that involves playing Steven like a fiddle as a revenge scheme.]]
** Blue Diamond's BadassDecay in the Zoo arc [[spoiler:by being portrayed as TheEeyore in an attempt to create a morally-grey character, especially in compared to her ruthlessness in 'The Answer', was an issue with people hoping for her to be as dangerous and threatening as Yellow Diamond. This is remedied when she is portrayed as a menacing authority in the Wanted arc while downplaying, but not erasing, her sorrowful traits.]]
* AwesomeEgo:
** Sardonyx clearly loves being herself, inflated ego and all, and her fans feel the same.
** [[spoiler:Smoky Quartz]] literally explodes into their first scene, and just gets more badass from there.
*** Subverted in "Know Your Fusion"; turns out that underneath the big talk they've [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex inherited self-esteem issues]] from ''both'' their components.
** Aquamarine, who is just as prideful as she is [[CreepyCute creepy]].

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Steven's line in "Adventures in Light Distortion" promising to pick up the Ruby Squad on the way back to Earth. He doesn't do it, and their next appearance is completely unrelated, leaving fans mystified as to why that line was put in.
* BizarroEpisode:
** "Garnet's Universe", where Steven has an extended ImagineSpot depicted in [[ArtShift a mix of various Shonen anime and retro gaming animation styles]] that features Garnet and her talking frog and bunny friends going on a ClicheStorm of an adventure to fight an evil fox man. It's about as far from the main style of the show as possible, but [[TropesAreNotBad some fans love it for exactly those reasons]].
** "Say Uncle", an explicitly non-canon crossover with ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' that kills Pizza Steve[[note]]though not the first time he's died, nor is it the first time he's been eaten offscreen (both happening in "The History of Wrestling" courtesy of Wrestling/RicFlair)[[/note]] and by implication Lars and Sadie. The episode mostly consists of Uncle Grandpa doing bizarre things to help teach Steven how to use his shield, and later sending him into his RV. It's also the first time in the series that fourth wall jokes are used.
** "Know Your Fusion", where [[spoiler:Steven and Amethyst introduce Pearl and Garnet to their fusion Smoky Quartz, resulting in the other two forming Sardonyx and taking the conversation to her own room in the temple, which she treats like a talk show.]] There's fourth wall breaking jokes aplenty, and unlike the previous two, this one ''is'' fully canon.
* CargoShip: Peridot grows ''very'' attached to the tape recorder Steven gives her, eventually saying after lamenting how nothing is going right for her lately, "At least I still have you, tape recorder."
** After [[spoiler:Lapis breaks the recorder]], Peridot grows equally attached to a tablet computer that Steven gave her, unhealthily screaming that "it's all that I am" when Amethyst takes it from her.
** In "Too Short to Ride", Peridot spots a plush of a green alien and immediately develops a connection to (and obsession with) it. The fandom took notice, and shippy fanart of the two immediately sprung up. [[spoiler: Hilariously enough, it is shown in "Beta" that she viciously torn off part of it (a red bowtie, but given that it's a plush, it was attached) and threw the plush itself into a fish tank.]] So much for that romance.
* CatharsisFactor:
** For some it can come across as a [[FunnyMoments funny moment]], but Lapis punching [[spoiler:Jasper]] into the sky feels particularly rewarding for those that have had to deal with abusive friends/family/partners.
** Steven letting Rose have it for all the shadier actions he's learned about over the past couple seasons in "Storm in the Room". Especially gratifying is how it's finally confirmed that her seeming hypocrisy regarding the morality of shattering Gems was indeed deliberate.
* 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 haven't 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.
* CrackPairing:
** Lapidot (Lapis Lazuli and Peridot) ''used'' to be this; it sprung up surprisingly strong after "Warp Tour", [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight and before they ever even met or had any meaningful interactions]]. After [[spoiler:"Barn Mates"]], this has moved on to a classic {{Tsundere}} dynamic.
** Pearl x Mayor Dewey, to the point where people seem divided over whether this is even a crack ship: on one hand, he's obviously canonically interested, and on the other hand, she obviously canonically isn't.
** With the ''Uncle Grandpa'' crossover, there is now the potential for [[CrossoverShip crossover ships]] with all of those characters, including Lion x Giant Realistic Flying Tiger.
** Jamie x Kevin popped up right away after Jamie's DayInTheLimelight episode, "Love Letters", aired.
** Jaspearl (Jasper x Pearl) also has a few supporters. Some of the appeal comes from the trope of [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Huge Girl, Tiny Girl]].
** Yellow Diamond x Peridot sprung up almost immediately after she was revealed, despite Peridot reacting in fear to her name being mentioned in The Return.
** Peridot has been shipped with both Jasper and Lapis, as well. There's even been fanart of Jasper, Peridot, and Lapis in a [[{{OT3}} triad]].
** We now have Amethyst x Music/TPain, after he said he's a fan of the show and that she's his favorite Gem.
** Many fans immediately shipped Bismuth with Jasper due to them being the hugest, buffest Gems. That Bismuth is a radical Crystal Gem while Jasper is a fanatical Homeworld loyalist could also lead to lots of FoeYay.
** A small subset of fans ship Peridot and Eyeball. The only real thing they have in common is that they both serve (or in Peridot's case, served) Yellow Diamond.
** Greg and Blue Diamond pretty much exploded in popularity after "Steven's Dream", due to their shared grief in losing a loved one and coming to something of an understanding over it. It's not uncommon to find [=AUs=] where Greg fell in love with Blue Diamond instead of Rose Quartz, or even some of Blue becoming Greg's SecondLove.
** [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Despite the two having never met in canon,]] there's good number of fans who ship Lapis and Jamie. It even has [[http://jamie-x-lapis.deviantart.com its own Deviantart group!]]
** Jasper x Andy has sprung up in certain circles, based on the fact that, well, Andy can fly.[[labelnote:note]]For the curious; of the things Jasper says were great about Malachite, she puts specific emphasis on the fact they could fly.[[/labelnote]]
* CreepyAwesome:
** Malachite is one of the most intimidating combinations to ever combat the Gems, but is also very impressive a fighter.
** Alexandrite is incredibly tall, has six limbs, a blood red face, and a nasty looking second mouth under her jaw. She's also the single most powerful being we've seen so far - a Fusion of four different Gems.
* CreepyCute: Malachite is a deformed, monstrous abomination with a [[VoiceOfTheLegion demonic double-voice]] as the result of her components hating each others' guts and being bound by revenge, and she also shares Jasper's rather grotesque, detailed expressions. Nonetheless, she's still half-Lapis and can be quite adorable, such as when the Watermelon Stevens attack her and she starts giggling.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: The show, being what it is, consciously avoids any and all kinds of humor than could be even interpreted as derisive. However, the few times it wants you to laugh at something "wrong" will undoubtedly be hilarious.
** In "Watermelon Steven", [[PlantPerson Baby Melon]] attacks Steven [[HeroicSacrifice in order to get the other Watermelon Stevens to stop attacking the Gems. This gets Baby Melon killed]], and Steven picks up the remains and cradles them in his arms. He then yells at the remaining Watermelon Stevens about how noble Baby Melon was and sends them away. The Gems gather around him to comfort him in his loss. Before the IrisOut, [[BlackComedyCannibalism Steven takes one of Baby Melon's remains and eats it.]] The Gems look appropriately disturbed.
*** From the same episode, earlier, Amethyst is ''sobbing for mercy'' as the Watermelon Stevens hold her down. Some of the other Watermelon Stevens are digging a hole ''to bury her''. And then, a Watermelon Steven brings a bouquet of purple flowers over.
-->'''Amethyst''': ''(still sobbing)'' '''Those flowers are lovely!'''
** In "The Return", Steven telling Lion to stay with Greg since he'll need a new son if he doesn't come back.
** After the DramaBomb of Lapis Lazuli and Jasper fusing into Malachite, followed by Lapis seizing control and dragging them into the ocean to protect Steven, Garnet's remark that "Those two are really bad for each other" is a nice way to laugh away the tears [[MoodWhiplash for how abrupt it is]].
** In "Keystone Motel", Greg goes to pick up some car wash rollers from a man selling them on the internet. Before he goes, he tells Steven:
-->''"If I'm not back in an hour, ''call the police''."''
** [[spoiler:Peridot pushing Greg]] off the roof normally wouldn't be funny, if it weren't so abrupt for those that miss the FiveSecondForeshadowing of [[spoiler:Peridot wondering if all Earth creatures are like ladybugs and can fly, and how she crouches like a cat in silence for a few minutes before doing it]]. Garnet saying that [[spoiler:Peridot can't do that is also funny the way she says Greg is "Fragile and soft", and he mentions that a six pack wouldn't save you from that height.]]
** In the short "Video Chat", the writers manage to turn Lapis's trauma of being trapped in a mirror for several thousand years into a comedy bit between her, Steven [[spoiler:and Peridot ]], due to Lapis thinking that Steven is trapped in [[spoiler:Peridot's tablet and tries to smash him free]].
** In "Gem Harvest", Steven accidentally scares [[spoiler:the cute little pumpkin dog he made by carving a jack o'lantern for Lapis and Peridot, cutting a face into the pumpkin flesh and hollowing it out. To the pumpkin dog, with Steven covered in orange pumpkin guts, it looks like his maker has committed murder.]]
* CrossoverShip:
** Pearl x [[Manga/{{Cyborg 009}} Jet Link aka Cyborg 002]] is pretty popular, due to the fact that [[ThemePairing they have similar noses, hair color and style (although Pearl's hair is lighter and shorter), and love to dance.]]
** After the events of "Arcade Mania", fans began shipping Garnet with [[Manga/DragonBall Tien]] [[Anime/DragonBallZ Shinhan]] because they both have a ThirdEye.
** [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Bill Cipher]] has started being shipped with Peridot. There's a consistent joke in the Gravity Falls fandom that Bill resembles a Dorito, and the same joke has been applied to Peridot as well.
** "Say Uncle" briefly teased Lion x [[WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa Giant Realistic Flying Tiger]].
** And now we have Lapis X [[http://masterofnintendo.deviantart.com/art/Love-Long-Lost-Remastered-546014546 Godzilla.]] [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} Not even ]] [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction joking.]] Eh, [[BeastAndBeauty at least it's kinda cute.]] And there's [[https://static1.e621.net/data/0a/fa/0afaccb55bf97131b17e274f0fdede22.png porn of it now. NSFW.]]
** Pearl/[[WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty Rick]] has become a common CrackPairing in some circles. It's generally agreed that their Fusion would be named "Prick."
** A few people have taken to shipping Pearl/[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Grim]], or "[[IdiosyncraticShipNaming CrystalSkull]]", as they call it. There's even [[http://crystalskull-love.deviantart.com a club dedicated to the pairing]] on Website/DeviantArt!
%%** For reasons yet to be explained, there is someone who ships Lapis with [[WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder Wander.]]
* CryForTheDevil:
** Jasper is probably one of the most loathed Gems in the series, but after her [[SanitySlippage reappearance]] in "Chille Tid", a lot of people felt [[BreakTheBadass some measure of sympathy for her]]. [[spoiler: In "Alone at Sea", even with her being portrayed as an abusive ex, she's been absolutely ''broken'' by the experience of Malachite by developing StockholmSyndrome.]]
*** After the episode "Earthlings" TheOneWith [[spoiler: Smoky Quartz]], Jasper is on the edge of breaking down, lamenting nobody wants to stay fused with her [[spoiler: after another failed attempt with a corrupted gem monster.]] She practically goes on a motive rant explaining why, despite being created on Earth, she hates it so, and that Rose Quartz is responsible for her losing her servitude to her Diamond.
** Peridot, as seen in "Catch and Release", could very well be the Gem equivalent of a child in a completely foreign surrounding and is being hunted by people who expressly want to harm her.
** Blue Diamond and Yellow Diamond are tyrannical despots either directly or indirectly responsible for untold suffering across the universe (something the fifth Steven Bomb does ''not'' shy away from showcasing)...but they genuinely miss their sister(?), Pink Diamond, and, even thousands of years later, still have trouble coping with her death. While Yellow Diamond tries to repress her feelings (unfortunately for Earth, that means destroying everything that reminds her of Pink Diamond), Blue Diamond spent all her time after Pink Diamond trapped in depression.

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* DieForOurShip: Hilariously, there is an InUniverse example. Peridot becomes a fan of the teen drama show "Camp Pining Hearts", and, according to her [[CharacterBlog Twitter]], she hates a character named Paulette so much that she wrote a ''672-page long essay'' about it (and plans to make it 1001 pages). That's probably because Paulette is the canonical love interest of Percy, while [[YaoiFangirl Peridot]] thinks that Percy and Pierre would make the best couple.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Peridot. While she has been revealed to only had been checking up on the Cluster and is starting to redeem herself and forming a friendship with Steven, people seem to forget that, while she might not have had a hand in the experiments, she still displayed a chilling LackOfEmpathy about it, and was even amused while explaining to Steven what they are, spouting lines like "Sadly, I wasn't there for that". She also was willing to leave everyone on Earth to be shattered by the Cluster until she was stuck on it herself. It also doesn't really excuse her Season 1 antics back when she was a villain, such as being willing to [[WouldHurtAChild crush Steven]] in "Marble Madness" and attempting to blast the Crystal Gems to death with her space ships FingerGun in "The Return" (in fact she seemed more [[LackOfEmpathy annoyed that Jasper didn't do it instead]]).
** Lapis Lazuli is a complicated case. While understandably sympathetic, she's painted as a Hero and martyr, as some fans have a tendency to overlook the fact she stole all the water on Earth, disregarding billions of lives who need it, tried to drown Steven and Connie, and broke Greg's leg. While she does get some redemption for her HeroicSacrifice, it should be noted that it was done mostly because of her friendship with Steven and a desire for revenge against her captor, not for the sake of the Earth. On the other hand, she's been subject to [[RonTheDeathEater the opposite extreme]] by others. Most fans are willing to forgive her imperfections because of the [[IronWoobie sheer amount of crap she's been put through for the last several thousand years]].
** Ronaldo gets some of the worst among the fandom. His conspiracy antics and [[Blog/KeepBeachCityWeird hilarious blog]] make some fans forget his more selfish and [[LackOfEmpathy apathetic moments]]. Especially compared with Lars, who although not a ray of sunshine either, at least feels guilt for what he does and is implied to be aware of what people think of him to the point of feeling deeply insecure.
** Jasper, from what we've seen so far, is the biggest case in the fandom. Some go so far as to say she's only called abusive or evil because she's bulky, and is a cuddly JerkWithAHeartOfGold who's not given a chance.
** [[spoiler:While Bismuth is intended to be sympathetic, many have already began saying how Rose 'betrayed' her causing her to go berserk and portray her as the one in the right. Bismuth, by her own admission, was the one who ''attacked'' Rose over her not wanting to use the Breaking Point, and in the present tried to outright ''murder'' Steven.]]
** The Diamonds have gotten some of this [[spoiler:with the reveal of Pink Diamond's death]], with people using it as the prime justification for their behavior. While there could be some sympathy there, it doesn't change the fact the Diamonds were ''already'' genocidal conquerors who treat their people horribly [[spoiler:and there's no indication Pink Diamond was any better.]]
*** Pink Diamond herself is also one. A lot of fans make her the TokenGoodTeammate of the Diamond Authority. However, Garnet said she would've never of stopped until the Earth was turned into a colony, so she probably wasn't any better than the other three Diamonds.
*** Blue Diamond, after TheBusCameBack in Season 4, spends most of her screentime mourning Pink Diamond and is depressed all the time, complete with a sad face that could rival [[TheEeyore Eeyore himself]]. While her love for her sister and her grief are real and are meant to evoke sympathy, some people take it too far. For instance, some comments on YouTube turn her into a pure [[TheWoobie woobie]] that just needs a hug. It's forgetting that, if EvenEvilHasLovedOnes, Blue Diamond is still an EvilOverlord with a BlueAndOrangeMorality. She doesn't "save" Greg, didn't spare the other Rose Quartz and didn't keep the defective Gems from the Beta Kindergarten out of the goodness of her heart. She did it because they used to be Pink Diamond's "possessions" and she wants to keep them as a living memory of her. Also, when Sapphire arrives and it looks like someone of her court did something without her permission, she goes from depressed to harsh in a microsecond.
** As of "Room for Ruby", [[spoiler: Navy. Some fans go on about how she was only trying to save her crew, which does seem likely (what she was going to use the ship for was never revealed), but they tend to ignore how she [[ForTheEvulz deliberately led Steven and co. on]] [[ItAmusedMe purely to see their reactions]].]]
* EarWorm: Lots:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9oUEvZ_O9Q All I wanna do, is see you turn into, a giant woman!]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfKUdmTq2MI We]], well, you know the rest. Yes, it's just that catchy that the tune will already be in your head.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvTFIBrhb1E Why do you have to look up to her, aside from in a literal sense]]?
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i-Yqsnhngo I'm made of love, and it's stronger than you]]!
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLmu9lCN0Ps Life and death and love and birth...]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RD5pTxXCXE The sun is bright, our shirts are clean, we're sitting up above the sea...]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[EnsembleDarkhorse/StevenUniverse Now has its own page.]]
* EvilIsCool: The Homeworld Gems all have evolved to the point of utilizing {{Magitek}} in their forces and prove to be mysterious and interesting opponents to combat our heroes.
* EvilIsSexy: Some fans feel that [[HollywoodHomely Jasper]] looks like a beautiful amazon warrior whilst combating the Gems in brutal fist-fights.
** Holly Blue Agate also has some fans in that area, due to her domineering attitude.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop:
** From ''Steven vs Amethyst''; despite the old saying "You can be anything you set your mind to", sometimes RealityEnsues and you just ''can't'' be something you are just not physically or mentally capable of doing. Amethyst has to accept that she will never be a huge Quartz soldier like Jasper, and only after accepting that does she start to accept the things she ''can'' do, which still makes her pretty great.
** In a straighter example, we get "running away from the cops is cool", from ''Last One Out of Beach City''.
-->'''[[https://twitter.com/rebeccasugar/status/774094726685270017 Rebecca Sugar:]]''' And then Pearl guns it through the red light.
-->'''Deedee Magno Hall:''' Oh no! My kids are going to see this!
** From "The Zoo", [[spoiler:even if you make other people unhappy, you have to establish boundaries and consent. Greg is completely in the right to reject the rest of the Zoomans for Choosening him, even though they become miserable.]]
** Steven's confrontations with Bismuth, Jasper and Eyeball teach the very harsh Aesop that, sometimes, reasoning and showing kindness won't be enough to convince someone to do a HeelFaceTurn and that [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption sometimes you have no choice but to resort to violence]]. Later, [[spoiler:Navy's betrayal]] goes one step further by showing [[TheFarmerAndTheViper that some people will even take advantage of your kindness, only to stab you in the back later]].
* FandomBerserkButton:
** Drawing a Gem with a body type that differs from their canon body type, with drawing a heavyset Gem thin being the major offender.
*** This also extends to cosplay as well. If a thin or even average sized girl tries to cosplay as a heavyset Gem like Amethyst or Rose Quartz, you can expect angry fans to complain that she ''can't'' do that. This also extends to races, even if Gems are aliens who more often than not have unnatural skin colors (for example, since Garnet is voiced by Estelle, who is black, they will consider Garnet to be black as well). To some, however, the idea of someone painting their skin to cosplay Garnet feels uncomfortably close to blackface. This is even worse with Bismuth, whose dreadlocks provide an additional bit of black coding.
** While you're free to ship the Gems with male characters, don't insist they're straight. Shipping Pearl with Mayor Dewey is an exception to some parts of the fandom, due to the fact that Pearl has rather [[LesYay obvious feelings for Rose Quartz and Mystery Girl]] and has shown clear dislike for him.
** For some people, drawing porn of any of the characters lands them in water warmer than the surface of the sun, mostly from the more morally-concerned fans who're worried about children finding smut while looking up what is potentially their favorite cartoon.
** Referring to any of the full Gems with male or gender-neutral pronouns, and referring to Stevonnie and Smoky Quartz with gender-specific pronouns.
*** Especially singling out Gems subject to ViewerGenderConfusion (like the Rubies, Jasper, or Bismuth) as "not really female" and referring to them as male or ambiguous.
*** Made worse by the fact that in certain countries, such as Russia, Ruby ''is'' male because of censorship laws, so people not familiar with the source material will innocently refer to her as such.
*** Arguing that Ruby, Sapphire, and/or Pearl can't ''really'' be lesbians because [[DiscountLesbians they're genderless space rocks]], which is pretty much moot when you remember that people can identify as both non-binary and lesbian.
** In general, casually mentioning or having obvious avatars of non-Crystal Gems such as Lapis or Jasper can annoy some fans, as many are desperately trying to keep their identities hidden for the sake of those trying to watch the show without being spoiled.
** Saying that [[OfficialCouple Ruby and Sapphire]] are "JustFriends", "gal pals", "besties", or anything else thereof. In a figurative sense, the original French version of "Stronger Than You" and a certain promo for the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' Boomerang cartoon have learnt this the hard way.
** And to top it all off, there's a ''Fandom'' Fandom Berserk Button towards fans who are overzealous about the above-mentioned topics, almost as a meta-{{Deconstruction}} of what happens when a fandom can get angered by so many things. Many fans who are much more laid back and follow Rebecca Sugar's advice to allow viewers to explore and express their adoration of the show in their own ways have grown to hate parts of the Steven Universe fandom because of this. It's a real sticking point that because of this, whenever the general public discuss a "toxic fandom", the top three pieces of media that always seem to be brought up are ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'', and ''Steven Universe''. Ironic, considering the themes of the three are about love and friendship.
* 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.
* FanficFuel: If ''any'' two Gems have yet to Fuse on the show, it's not hard to find a ton of stuff about what their Fusion would look like, what her name would be, and how their weapons could combine into one. There are even ''blogs'' [[http://freefusions.tumblr.com specifically]] [[http://su-fusions.tumblr.com for]] [[http://drawingeveryfusion.tumblr.com this]].
* {{Fanon}}:
** It's a pretty common fan-theory that if Steven were to retreat into his gem, he would end up regenerating as Rose due to Steven inheriting her gem (or being "his own mother" as he puts it). However, many also dispute it, since there's been no indication Steven can even be poofed, and Rose returning would cheapen all of the previous drama of her being gone.
*** But think about it, if Steven poofs and turns back into Rose Quartz, Rose will be alive, [[TearJerker but Steven will cease to exist]].
** It has become popular belief that Greg is, well, [[WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall Greg.]] They're both chubby, brown haired, and musically inclined male characters. It helps that it has been established that Greg didn't come to Beach City until he was an adult, therefore eliminating one counter argument. Also if the two Gregs are one in the same it could help explain why he's so adaptable to the weird Gem related things happening around him.
** While it was there before the episode premiered, Peridot having blue eyes under her visor absolutely ''skyrocketed'' after "Log Date 7 15 2" showed she has blue blush, and someone [[http://charlesoberonn.tumblr.com/post/137141719866 even tried to see what Peridot's eye color might look like because of it]].
** It's typically accepted that the Orange Great North Monster from "Gem Hunt" and "Crack The Whip" is Biggs Jasper (possibly the same one mentioned by Bismuth), and the Green Snow Monster that also appears in these episodes (as well as "Earthlings") is often said to be Ocean Jasper.
*** [[https://www.reddit.com/r/stevenuniverse/comments/56c4su/nycc_followup/ At NYCC 2016]], it was confirmed that these two Gems were indeed Jaspers, though it is still uncertain if the general consensus was correct on the specific ''types'' of Jasper.
** Despite the fact that we don't see enough of them to judge whether if it's accurate, the [[spoiler: Carnelian and skinny Jasper]] seen in "That Will Be All" are commonly depicted as best friends and/or pseudo-sisters due to [[spoiler: their shared Beta Kindergarten origins and each of them being defective in some way]].
** A good amount of people take to the idea that Smoky Quartz has three arms because Steven is half human. Following this idea, fanart of Rose and Amethyst's Smoky usually gives her four arms, while fanart of Steven and Pearl's Rainbow Quartz usually gives them three eyes.
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Garnet/Pearl was at one point pretty popular. However, this ship was essentially [[ShipSinking sunk]] in "Love Letters", where it's revealed that since Garnet is a fusion between two Gems who are in a relationship, she has no interest in entering a relationship with anyone herself. The pairing has now been moved into more of an "intimate friendship" territory, as has Polygems (Garnet/Amethyst/Pearl).
** Amethyst/Pearl is also popular in some circles.
** Pearl/Rose Quartz had a jolt in popularity after the episode "Rose's Scabbard", which strongly suggested that Pearl was in love with Rose. Later episodes have cast a darker light on Pearl's devotion, which drew a lot more attention to the ship, but at the same time created a BrokenBase.
** Lapidot, the pairing of Lapis with Peridot. It started off as a crack ship (with fans immediately shipping them once Peridot appeared) but has gotten more and more popular, becoming the most popular ship with both characters, especially after Peridot has her HeelFaceTurn. The fact that they're now roommates and getting along smoothly as of "Beta" has cemented its place. The ship is easily one of the most vocal in the fandom, possibly even ''the'' most vocal out of any non-canon pairing besides Steven and Connie themselves.
** Lapis and Jasper are described as having the "worst relationship imaginable" and are used to provide AnAesop about unhealthy relationships. Despite this, Jasper/Lapis gained a large following after "Jailbreak" and even after the very {{Anvilicious}} ShipSinking of "Alone at Sea." Many are drawn to it ''because'' [[FoeYayShipping it's awful]], while others ship it in LighterAndSofter AU situations. The aforementioned "Alone at Sea", and possibly the surge of popularity in the Lapidot shipping, have lowered its following immensely, but it still has its fans.
** Steven/Peridot has its fans, due to Steven being the first to believe in Peridot turning to the good side, and eventually being the [[LoveRedeems driving force behind her]] HeelFaceTurn.
** Amethyst/Peridot has also become very popular thanks to the large amount of ShipTease given to them in "Too Far", and because they are the two most emotionally stable Gems right now that aren't already taken. It helps that Amethyst is by far the Crystal Gem with the most positive interaction with Peridot besides Steven himself, with the two featuring in episodes such as "Too Short to Ride" and "Beta"/"Earthlings" where none of the other Crystal Gems besides Steven are present.
** Many fans took an interest in Eyeball/Leggy based on their behavior towards each other[[note]]Leggy spent most of the episode hiding behind Eyeball, with her arms around Eyeball's shoulders. Leggy also seems to turn to Eyeball when she's confused about something. On her side, Eyeball doesn't show any anger or annoyance at this, despite ''growling'' at Steven when he touches her arm. Eyeball can also be seen glaring at Lapis when she and Leggy smile at each other, though admittedly this was likely just because Leggy was fraternizing with the enemy.[[/note]] in "Hit The Diamond". It helps that they have an OppositesAttract appeal to them.
** Eyeball with Jasper definitely has fans, with some even theorizing Eyeball has something of a crush on the warrior Gem, thanks to her immense admiration for Jasper even relative to any of the other Rubies during "Back to the Moon", with her teary-eyed expression upon seeing "Jasper" allowing Doc to sit in her lap in particular being noted as potential evidence. Some even claim that she mouths "I love you" during the scene.
** Mr. Smiley/Mr. Frowney immediately sprang up after the latter's introduction in "Future Boy Zoltron"; Their dialogue suggests that they were more than just comedy partners (not to mention how they act after they reconcile), and their entire OppositesAttract dynamic has won over a lot of the fanbase.
** Pearl/Mystery Girl immediately blew away just about every other Pearl ship once it was introduced. Not bad for a character we have yet to hear a single line from.
** After the episodes "Off Colors" and "Lars' Head", new fan-favorite Padparadscha instantly gained some shipping attention, with some people liking the pairing of her and Lars, mainly due to his saving of her in the former episode. The idea of her with Leggy, the least experienced, ditziest member of the Ruby Squad, has also gained some fanart and discussion, due to their similarly adorably oblivious natures, and also due to the fact that, being a Sapphire and a Ruby, romance between the two would give a very nice parallel to the most prominent Gem couple in the show.
* FountainOfMemes:
** Check out every entry related to Peridot on [[Memes/StevenUniverse the show's Memes page]]. Almost every time she appears, a meme is born.
** Yellow Diamond became one on her first appearance. Her angry face after Peridot calls her a clod and her ridiculous long neck are the most prominent.
* FranchiseOriginalSin:
** There was a sudden storm of people criticizing the show's animation and citing it as incredibly OffModel during Season 4, even though it's always been like that, even in the first season.
* 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''.
*** That very song and its parodies (due to how popular the parody was vs how popular the original was, along with some other things), however, sparked a war that'd have placed it under FandomRivalry. Since the end of 2016, or somewhere around there, however, it's back to being friendly, though some unfriendly jabs are made here and there.
** Among older fans, there's an overlap between the fandom of this show and ''Series/MysteryScienceTheatre3000''. It's the fact that both shows feature Joel Hodgson, as well as an uptight, intelligent mom named Pearl (although Joel never interacted with the other Pearl).
** Lately it seems that the ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' Fandom can be added to this list, especially with comparisons between Zim and Peridot being made. The fact that Rebecca Sugar also is a big IZ fan and even used to write IZ fan fiction helps all the more so.
** An overlap is starting to come up between SU fans and ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' fans, the impetus of which is likely Rebecca Sugar confirming that Amethyst is a fan of the game's soundtrack. A good bit of fanart crossing over the two series has cropped up.
** ''Steven Universe'' and ''Gravity Falls'' have become especially close after the premiere of "A Tale of Two Stans" and the beginning of the 3rd Stevenbomb (Recap/StevenUniverseS2E14CryForHelp) both aired on July 13th, especially since both episodes were very emotionally charged. There were a lot of jokes that the creators did this intentionally to mess with the fans.
** There is a rather amusing one between fans of ''Steven Universe'' and fans of Music/DaftPunk, largely due to the AwesomeMusic and the feel-good[=/=]happy atmospheres.
** And now, with the [[WesternAnimation/WeBareBears We Bare Bears]] fandom as well, largely due to the fact that Estelle (Garnet) sings the theme song, not to mention that Charlene Yi (Ruby) voices Chloe Park. Many comparisons have been drawn between the three bears and the Crystal Gems as well.
** As of later developments, fans of Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt have taken note of the similarities between the two leads of the respective media--Antimony Carver and Steven. This extends to both of their mothers dying due to passing on a power that the child would inherit, and only being somewhat human.
** While the {{Creator/Disney}} and {{Franchise/Pokemon}} fandoms overlap with pretty much every other fandom out there, there's a few crossover comparisons that crop up regularly: Steven and [[{{Film/LiloAndStitch}} Lilo]] (plays a stringed instrument, chubby, lives on the beach, and has multiple surrogate parents of the same gender, some of which might be gay. For Lilo, it's Jumba and Pleakley, as well as Cobra Bubbles and Nani's boyfriend David), and for Steven, it's all of the Gems. Sapphire and [[{{Disney/Frozen}} Queen Elsa]] are also compared (TrueBlueFemininity, AnIcePerson). After the events of Keystone Motel, Sapphire and [[{{Film/MonstersInc}} Mike Wazowski]] (both are [[{{Cyclops}} cyclopes]]) and Ruby and [[{{WesternAnimation/InsideOut}} Anger]] (small, red, and occasionally BurningWithAnger) tend to pop up. Meanwhile, Ruby and Sapphire draw parallels to ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' (for obvious reasons).
** One is starting to crop up with the WebAnimation/HomestarRunner fandom. The consensus seems to be that Steven is Homestar (cheerful protagonist, star shirt), Jasper is Strong Mad (loud, tall, angry, muscles), Peridot is Strong Bad (small, angry, thinks they're more of a threat than they actually are), and Lapis is Strong Sad (sad, quiet, abused).
** If the audiences at conventions are any indication then there would appear to be an overlap between fans of Steven Universe and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, loathe as some are on both sides to admit it.
** And friendliness between the SU fans and the fandom surrounding ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'', likely due to Rebecca Sugar admitting to liking the series back in the 90s, and it showing up on Uncle Grandpa's checklist at the end of "Say Uncle" (and possibly indirectly beginning a revival Kickstarter from the creators themselves).
** When ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama: The Ridonculous Race'' premiered, old and new fans of Total Drama who are current fans of Steven Universe quickly grew accustomed to each other, as for two weeks, its Thursday slot shared ''Steven Universe'''s. Fans also compared the Ruby and Sapphire ship to [=MacArthur=] and Sanders.
** There seems to be a bit of one developing with the fandom of ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''; both are Anime-influenced MagicalGirl series with male protagonists, and several pieces of fanart have cropped up with Steven and Connie as Ladybug and Cat Noir (though who's dressed as who sometimes varies).
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** At the end of "Steven's Lion", Garnet justifies her decision to let Steven keep the lion by cracking "We kept Amethyst.", which Pearl laughs at excessively. It suddenly becomes less amusing when "On The Run" reveals that Amethyst was born and grew up alone until the Crystal Gems found her, possibly in a somewhat feral state. She's also rather ashamed of her origins, and Garnet and Pearl making a joke like that speaks to how ignorant they were of such feelings.
** In "Cat Fingers", Amethyst offers to teach Steven about shapeshifting and messes with Greg by turning into Steven. Greg cringes, saying he's not comfortable around Amethyst when she's shapeshifting. In "Maximum Capacity", Amethyst lashes out at Greg by taking Rose's form, hurting him deeply, and it's implied she did the same thing before.
** In "Watermelon Steven", Amethyst's hysteria towards the prospect of being buried seems like a comedic overreaction. Then in "On The Run" we learn her backstory and it suddenly looks much darker.
** Much of Pearl's MyBelovedSmother moments towards Steven become a lot more heartbreaking after "Rose's Scabbard", where it's shown [[HeroWorship just how much Pearl looked up to]] [[HomoeroticSubtext and adored]] Rose and the fact that she sees a lot of Rose in Steven.
** Peridot's increasing annoyance at the Crystal Gems constantly hassling her in previous episodes may have made for some funny moments, but it takes a decided turn for the tragic in "Catch and Release", where it's revealed that not only is she basically powerless without her ArtificialLimbs, but her increasing desperation was due in no small part to the fact that she is completely isolated on Earth, has received no contact from Yellow Diamond and has no Robonoids to help her, and is scared out of her mind at the prospect of still being around when The Cluster hatches and wipes out everything on Earth. Let the CryForTheDevil reactions ensue. It gets worse when she seizes an opportunity to contact Yellow Diamond and get off the planet, but due to Yellow Diamond wanting the Earth to die, Peridot calls her boss a "clod" and has officially severed ties with Homeworld.
** Garnet's comedic bit of TranquilFury putting Peridot on a tether in "Too Far" for asking Garnet to un-fuse becomes downright heartbreaking after seeing her origin story in "The Answer": that Ruby accidentally Fused with Sapphire to save her life, and Ruby nearly died for it due to FantasticRacism among the Homeworld Gems. As a result of her good deed, Ruby lost her home, her station in life, and her purpose, and had to rediscover it with Sapphire as a Fusion. Peridot's InnocentlyInsensitive request must have triggered a lot of flashbacks.
** The Gems' panic in "Steven's Birthday" when Steven reverts to being a baby is a lot sadder after watching "Three Gems and a Baby": [[spoiler:not knowing that Rose was gone forever, they kidnapped Steven when his gem started to glow, believing that Rose was somehow trapped inside of him.]]
** In seasons 1-3 when a Crystal Gem takes a human or disappears with them, like when the Crystal Gems [[spoiler:kidnapped Steven as a baby and when Rose vanished with baby Sour Cream]], it's PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler:Then in season four Blue Diamond kidnaps Greg to "save" him from the Cluster, ignoring his pleas to put him down. Then to aid Blue in her grief, Yellow Diamond orders Aquamarine and Topaz to kidnap more humans. These happened to be Steven's friends.]]
** All of the LighterAndSofter Lars episodes becomes this when due to Lars's fear [[spoiler:he hides on his captors' spaceship rather than charge for the exit, and gets taken with Steven to Homeworld. When Steven calls him out for not helping in their escape, Lars breaks down and admits that he envies how brave and kindhearted Steven is.]]
** In "Steven and the Stevens", when Steven and the Gems are singing "Steven and the Crystal Gems", he sings "I learned to stay true to myself / By watching myself die..."; in "Off Colors" and "Lars' Head", Lars dies and makes a HeroicSacrifice to destroy the robonoid and save Steven and the off-color gems, with Steven resurrecting him from death afterwards, which makes the song seem DarkerAndEdgier in retrospect.

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* GeniusBonus: A lot of characterization and the design of Gems are derived from sometimes obscure mineralogical information.
** Garnet's cube-shaped afro; the target audience couldn't reasonably be expected to know that the crystalline structure of actual garnet is cubic.
** Peridot certainly seems alien compared to the main Gems (even though they are all alien), and actual peridots can be found in meteorites. Regarding her later descent into hysterics, accordingly peridots are known to quickly erode on the Earth's surface.
*** Similar to Garnet, Peridot's hair is also significant. It is a tetrahedral shape, which is the same as the crystalline structure of actual peridot.
*** As of "Too Short to Ride", [[spoiler:Peridot's magnetism powers. In real life, peridots are indeed magnetic.]]
** The large devices strewn throughout the Kindergarten resemble bacteriophages, viruses which infect bacteria and hijack their own machinery to reproduce, killing them in the process. A rather apt metaphor for what the Kindergartens do to Earth.
** The recurring diamond symbol for the Gem leaders, shown on sites predating the war between the Crystal and Homeworld Gems, is identical to the widely used [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFPA_704 fire diamond]], with some of the colors swapped around.
*** More specifically, ''yellow'' diamonds are also known as "Industrial Diamonds", which are artificially created and used for industrial purposes, rather than aesthetic ones. It is fitting of the followers and gadgetry of Yellow Diamond having a colder, more functional appearance.
** In "Space Race", Pearl casually asks Greg if there's a shop in town that carries "F-1 single-nozzle liquid-fueled rockets". The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocketdyne_F-1 Rocketdyne F-1]] was in fact a single-nozzle liquid-fuel engine (the largest ever built) - five of them were in the first stage of each Saturn V moon rocket.
** In "Hit the Diamond", as the [[spoiler:squad of five Rubies]] power up their spaceship to leave for Neptune, it produces a warping effect that looks cool. They're using an AlcubierreDrive to compress Negative Mass with a miniature black hole, something few outside of quantum mechanics and astrophysics enthusiasts could be expected to recognize.
** In "Three Gems and a Baby", baby Steven becomes upset when Garnet "disappears" by unfusing into Ruby and Sapphire. Babies do not possess an understanding of object permanence (the knowledge that things continue to exist even when they're unseen).
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: There's a strong, devoted Latin American fandom (mostly around Facebook and YouTube), and many Korean and Japanese fanartists around Twitter and Tumblr, which has received quite the ApprovalOfGod. Many characters, ships and episodes that are hated or [[BrokenBase base-breakers]] in the English-speaking fandom receive warmer reception from ESL fans, mostly due to not being caught up on drama.
* GirlShowGhetto: Averted, oh so much. Despite 85% of the characters are presented as female[[note]]Even though the Gems are stated to be sexless[[/note]] it's gradually growing to be the most popular and well-liked Cartoon Network show of TheNewTens and has both female and male fans.
* GrowingTheBeard:
** "Mirror Gem" and "Ocean Gem". The ending of which implies much more serious matters will occur. So much so that the creators apparently consider this as the show's "true" beginning.
** "The Return" and "Jail Break" introduce Jasper, a completely psychotic KnightOfCerebus SmugSuper soldier Gem whose tactics and strength are absolutely ''ruthless''. While she was eventually defeated, her arrival also introduces BigBad Yellow Diamond, whom the Gems will have to focus on fighting soon in the future.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** After the reveal that all Gem Monsters are in fact Gems trapped in a different form, "Monster Buddies" just got a whole extra layer of TearJerker. Mmm, bittersweet.
** Steven's quote in "Onion Trade" is meant to be a SpoofAesop about creating new memories and not clinging to the past. [[BreakTheCutie Fast-forward to Season 3...]]
--> '''Steven''': It was more about the memories than the toy. Now I have new memories! Horrible, horrible memories.
** Amethyst's complaints in about Pearl and Garnet being "on [her] back all the time", like in "Tiger Millionaire", have a ''lot'' more weight after "On the Run" reveals how Amethyst joined the Crystal Gems.
** In "Coach Steven", Pearl breaks down in tears because she isn't strong enough "to do anything." In Season 2's "Sworn to the Sword", it was shown that Pearl constantly tried to protect Rose in battle, but was always defeated due to being weaker.
** Also from "Sworn to the Sword", Pearl tells Connie and Steven that she got through the war by thinking about the life that she and Rose will have afterwards. Flashback to "Rose's Scabbard"...
--->'''Pearl:''' Everything I ever did, I did for her. Now she's gone, but I'm still here.
*** Even worse, "Friend Ship" has Pearl having a breakdown after admitting to Garnet that she tries to be strong because no matter how hard she tries, as a pearl she feels lost without someone telling her what to do.
** Pearl training Connie to be fanatically devoted to Steven in "Sworn to the Sword" was disturbing of itself, but it's even more disturbing with the revelation that back on Homeworld a CultOfPersonality exists around the Diamond Authority.
** In "Warp Tour" Peridot contemptuously crushes one of her damaged robonoids underfoot, establishing a distinct lack of empathy for her minions. Cut to "Keeping it Together" where we see what the Homeworld does to broken things (specifically ''Gems'') and this scene starts to come across in a different light. Specifically, TheReveal that shattered Crystal Gems were buried inside the Injectors and left to fuse over thousands of years until they became an abomination of body parts that seems to be aware of what the experiments did to them. Checking on the experiments' progress was Peridot's entire mission for going to Earth, and despite many setbacks, her primary mission has been accomplished. If this is indicative of how coldly Homeworld thinks of fusion, this lends a lot of context to Jasper's own initial contempt for fusion. And makes it all the more unsettling, that she would then embrace fusion for the sake of beating the Crystal Gems.
** The long-anticipated arrival of Sardonyx isn't all that hyped anymore thanks to the rift Pearl caused in the group because of it.
** When Sugilite appears in "Coach Steven", her first line is "I forgot how great it feels to be me!" When "Cry for Help" reveals that Pearl and Amethyst get a PowerHigh from fusing with Garnet, this line, along with Sugilite's refusal to defuse, get an extra layer of painful. Not to mention Amethyst's song contains the line "I forgot how great it felt to be us, guess I got carried away..."
** "Why would I ever want to go home if you're here?" at first simply shows Pearl's deep devotion (and feelings) for Rose, but after "Back to the Barn" confirms Pearl's status as a ServantRace back at Homeworld, it then implies that Pearl wanted to escape what could have been an abusive past.
** Jasper forcefully unfusing Garnet into Ruby and Sapphire in "The Return". In "Too Far", we learn that back on Homeworld, Garnet is considered a freak for being a permanent Fusion, and would not be allowed to exist. Which makes Garnet's solo spot in the extended theme: " I will fight for the place where I'm free, to live together and exist as me!" even more heartwarming than heartbreaking in hindsight.
*** Also, Steven's horror and fear on seeing this forcible unfusing is downright TearJerker in "Three Gems and a Baby", where, due to babies not having object permanence [[spoiler:Steven thought Garnet had disappeared when she unfused, and he got upset]].
*** In "Jail Break" when Sapphire asks Ruby if she's fine, she replied with "Who cares?" In "The Answer", when Sapphire points out that coming back to Blue Diamond's court would result in Ruby's gem being shattered, killing her off for real, she replies with "Who cares? There's tons of me!".
** Pearl demanding that the mirror show her the Galaxy Warp in "Mirror Gem" becomes harsher when you learn that [[spoiler:the Galaxy Warp was where Lapis was broken and abandoned for thousands of years, and she was so shaken by the mere sight of it that she nearly dropped Steven into the ocean. No wonder she didn't obey Pearl!]]
** While Homeworld's [[spoiler: experiments with forcible fusion of shattered Crystal Gems from the war]] was already horrific in its own right, the revelations surrounding Lapis' backstory in "Same Old World" actually manages to make it even worse. Specifically, the revelation that [[spoiler: Lapis was a non-combatant that was accidentally caught up in the fighting and forced back into her gem by an attack and was then placed into the mirror as a means of interrogating her. All under the mistaken belief that she was a Crystal Gem.]] This suggests that the Homeworld has never been one to actually do much to ''confirm'' that captured Gems are actually who they think they are before subjecting them to terrible things. How much more difficult would it be to sort Crystal Gem shards from the shards of Homeworld gems? How many entirely loyal Homeworld Gems were utilized in [[spoiler: Homeworld's horrific Cluster experiments and the like]] without anyone even being concerned that they might have been tormenting their own?
** Lapis' initial hatred of the Crystal Gems is first presented as a misunderstanding, as they simply didn't know she was trapped in the mirror and didn't bother to find out who she was. Then it's revealed [[spoiler:it actually ''was'' a Crystal Gem (Bismuth to be exact) who poofed her in the first place, albeit Lapis doesn't know this since she was grabbed from behind.]]
** Jasper referring to Yellow Diamond by name rather than referring to her as "My Diamond" (a ''huge'' sign of disrespect among Homeworld Gems) and causal disregard for Yellow Diamond's orders for a personal grudge against Rose takes a more tragic turn after "Earthlings" and "Back To The Moon", [[spoiler: where in the former it is revealed Pink Diamond was Jasper's original diamond and in the latter we find out Rose personally shattered Pink Diamond.]]
** The fight between Rose Quartz and Bismuth over the conception of Breaking Point and the morality of shattering their enemies becomes this [[spoiler: when you find out in "Back To The Moon" that Rose ''shattered'' '''Pink Diamond'''.]]
** Peridot asking Pearl who she belongs to, along with Pearl's response of, "Nobody!" becomes this when it's repeated word-for-word with [[spoiler: Bismuth]]. When the latter asked, it was playful and obviously meant to give Pearl a moment to reaffirm her status as a free Gem rather than somebody's servant, and the way it's played out gives the impression that they went through the exchange frequently. It must have stung Pearl horribly to be reminded not only of her supposed "purpose" in Gem society, but also of her old friend - who, as far as Pearl knew at that point, she might never see again.
** In "Steven Floats", Steven can't use Rose to give himself positive emotions to stop his falling as "those feelings are complicated." Season 3 would go on to complicate his feelings about his mother even further, ultimately leading to his falling from a fatal height ''again'', this time risking Connie's life as well.
** Garnet (and Ruby and Sapphire) initially not telling Steven she's a Fusion until "Jailbreak" makes more sense after "Three Gems and a Baby", where it's shown that the first time Garnet unfused in front of Steven, he started crying. Granted, he was upset because he missed Garnet, but it clearly left the three of them very startled and confused.
** Pearl's verse in the extended theme is a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming where she promises that the Gems will protect the Earth, its humans, and Steven. It becomes a TearJerker [[spoiler:Pearl sobs in the season four finale where the Gems fail to save the humans captured, and Steven gives himself up to keep his friends from being taken to Homeworld. The Gems are unable to protect the Earth, or Rose's son.]]
** Jasper mistaking Steven for Rose seems like an understandable mistake, since Jasper is a galactic ChildSoldier that doesn't have much knowledge about humans. Then it turns out she's not the only one who makes that mistake: [[spoiler:Bismuth, Eyeball, and even the Crystal Gems when Steven was a baby have mistaken him for Rose. Rose also has garnered a reputation as an intergalactic criminal that has done some terrible things, to protect the Earth and her friends, while also hurting them by disappearing. It's also not wrong, since Steven has Rose's gem and her powers. It's come to a head where Steven admits he's Rose Quartz to save his friends, and after finally meeting face-to-face, the Diamonds in the don't seem to realize that Steven is a human-Gem hybrid.]]
* HeartwarmingInHindsight:
** The episode "Jailbreak" not only revealed that [[IKnewIt Garnet is a Fusion]], but it also revealed why: she's the Fusion of two Gems who love each other so much that they're happy to be together as one being forever. That makes Garnet's very presence as a main character this. Also, her overjoyed reaction to Stevonnie becomes even more heartwarming.
*** Likewise, Garnet's {{Squee}} reaction for Stevonnie in "Alone Together" becomes even more heartwarming when watching the end to "The Answer": Ruby and Sapphire admit they had never fused with a different Gem type, and hadn't even known that it was possible, making them pioneers. Rose and Pearl then greet the newborn Garnet with compassion, telling her BeYourself and imply that ThePowerOfLove brought them together.
** In spite of the Crystal Gems' occasional SmugSuper and NobleBigot moments towards humans, [[HiddenHeartOfGold it slowly becomes clear over the course of the series exactly how much they've sacrificed to protect humanity.]] For starters, they opposed the Gem Homeworld's plans for Earth six-thousand years ago because they felt it was unfair to humanity, and thus became pariahs who can never return home. All for a [[PunyEarthlings quirky little species]] that they ''still'' don't understand half the time.
** Pretty much every scene of Pearl and Greg working together and getting along after the events of "We Need to Talk".
** Steven once suggested that when Peridot saw [[TheWorldIsJustAwesome what Earth and its people were like]] she would stop attacking it. Come "When It Rains", where she experiences rain for the first time, she places her trust in Steven and starts working with the Crystal Gems to save the world, it seems he was ultimately right.
*** Furthered in "Message Received", where Peridot argues for the safety of Earth and its life to her superior, Yellow Diamond, and even calls her a clod when she refuses to listen to Peridot's logical arguments why it deserves to survive.
** The fact that Rose refers to Pearl as "my Pearl" in "Rose's Sword" becomes very sweet after Peridot repeatedly refers to Yellow Diamond as "my Diamond", because this implies that in Gem culture referring to another Gem as "my X" is a way of showing loyalty or respect.
** Garnet telling Pearl how proud she should be of all she's accomplished on her own in "Friend Ship", after it's revealed that Pearls are a ServantRace who aren't believed to have any intelligence beyond following their orders. Crystal Gem Pearl's very existence is in defiance of countless years of this kind of thinking.
** Pearl's awestruck reaction to Steven pulling out his shield in the very first episode, once you know exactly how much seeing that shield again means to her.
** Peridot's argument that she and Steven [[spoiler: could stop the Cluster]] all by themselves without help from the others comes across as this since in "Gem Drill" the two of them ultimately do just that.
** Amethyst's insecurity over not being able to Fuse in "Cry For Help" is a lot easier to watch knowing [[spoiler:she'll become the first Gem able to Fuse with Steven, letting her have one of her own when Sardonyx is around.]]
** Steven's enthusiasm and love for [[spoiler: Ruby and Sapphire]] becomes even more heartwarming after "Three Gems and a Baby" showed [[spoiler: Garnet feeling distressed because baby Steven cried when she unfused[[note]]It was because he didn't understand object permanence and thought Garnet had disappeared[[/note]]]]. Especially since this is probably the reason why the Gems [[spoiler: waited so long to tell him that Garnet was a Fusion.]]
** Amethyst promises in "Beta" that she'll fight on behalf an all of the "deformed" Gems like her in the Beta Kindergarten. [[spoiler:In "That Will Be All", she gets to meet her Beta and Prime Kindergarten sisters, who are all NotSoDifferent from her.]]
** All of the episodes focused on the Beach City Residents become this when [[spoiler: Steven sacrifices himself to Aquamarine and Topaz so that the Gems won't take his friends to Homeworld. It shows how much of a positive influence Steven has had on the town. Instead of being WhatTheHellTownspeople, ''all'' of the humans that make it off the ship are more worried for Steven than for their own safety.]]
** In "Greg The Babysitter", flashback Vidalia warns Greg that he better hope Rose's magic can bring people back from the dead if anything happens to baby Sour Cream. It turns out Rose [[spoiler: actually ''is'' able to do so, as Steven revives Lars with his tears, and it's implied Rose did the same with Lion]].
* HeReallyCanAct: Pretty much the only thing fans can agree on about "The New Lars" is that Matthew Moy was fantastic as [[spoiler: Steven pretending to be Lars]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Back in 2012, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYB5DrH67eI this vid]], a mock-opening sequence of a supposed cheesy Hebrew dub of a Ď70s/Ď80s anime, using the opening sequence of ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999''ís and ''Manga/TigerMask''ís anime series, achieved minor [[MemeticMutation memetic]] status in Israel. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Itís about a business man named Esteban Jiménez who got hit by a special ray from planet Zorigon V, which changed his molecular structure and turned him into a business man in the day and crime fighter by night.]] In Ď[[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E9TigerMillionaire Tiger Millionaire]]í, Steven adopts the persona of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a filthy rich tiger]]. Even better, the eponymous Tiger Mask is a heel in the manga/anime, too, and Stevenís powers also come from outer space, [[spoiler:and the BiggerBad in both series come from where these powers originate]].
** And in 2010, Zach Callison (the voice of Steven) had [[WesternAnimation/SupermanShazamTheReturnOfBlackAdam voiced another kid hero who wears red and yellow]] for [=TimeWarner=].
** In the [[Recap/StevenUniversePilot pilot episode]], Lars is confused as to how [[TheOneGuy Steven]] is a member of the Crystal Gems when all the others appear to be female, telling him "Youíre not exactly a hot girl." In "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E37AloneTogether Alone Together]]", Steven [[FusionDance fuses]] with Connie to become a beautiful [[AmbiguousGender feminine but most likely non-binary person]] that Lars is awe-struck just looking at.
** In "Fusion Cuisine", Steven said Garnet would be a good mom substitute to have dinner with Connie's parents but she's not the best at conversation. In "Jailbreak", Garnet describes herself as a "conversation" between the two Gems that form her.
** Amethyst calls Garnet "G squad" as a joke. When Garnet is revealed to be a fusion, the joke stops being a joke, but it's still funny, if not funnier.
** "[[{{VideoGame/XCOM2}} Snake people, or sneople, control our government at the highest level]]"
** In "Fusion Cuisine", Garnet claims that Connie and Steven are [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E9SwornToTheSword playing with swords.]]
*** Even better, if one remembers Garnet's ability to see possible futures, she may have saw "Sworn To The Sword" when she was talking to Connie's mom. Maybe her awkwardness in conversation made her blurt out what she was currently seeing.
** ''VideoGame/RosenkreuzStilette'' features a girl/girl pairing with Zorne and Trauare. A red-themed tomboy with a short temper, with fire powers, a gauntlet on one hand as her primary weapon, and speaks in a raspy, high-pitched voice (Zorne), and a deep blue, ice-themed counterpart who frequently calms down her partner with a graceful and detached personality (Trauare).
** In late 2013, a fan made a [[http://lambitymoon.deviantart.com/art/Pearljection-420279990 picture]] that featured Pearl asleep, unbeknownst that her gem is projecting a hologram of her dream (which is about her and Rose). Then comes Chille Tid in 2015, which shows Pearl pretty much doing the exact same thing (albeit with a different dream).
** This [[http://i.imgur.com/1K4Fat2.png screencap]] shows how similar looking Peridot's current form as of "Catch and Release" and Plushtrap in [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4 FNaF's]] "Thank You!" image in those poses.
** [[http://fav.me/d9bqwiy This comic]] basically predicts exactly what happens when Peridot finally manages to contact Yellow Diamond again.
** Being gem-themed warriors that can fuse into more powerful forms, Gems would not look out of place in the [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gem-Knight Gem-Knight]] [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh archetype.]]
*** In a similar vein, many Gem Monsters would fit in pretty well with the [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Crystal_Beast Crystal Beast]] archetype.
** Steven isn't [[Literature/{{Franklin}} the first young male protagonist with a unique name and species]] who has a very close best friend whose mother happens to be a doctor, in a series that was created solely by women.
** [[http://i.imgur.com/hToJvje.jpg This old viral image]], with a rude message telling someone named Greg to stop coming by their house, had a resurgence of popularity as it sounds exactly like something [[ClingyJealousGirl Pearl]] would have said back when Rose and Greg were falling in love.
** All the memes involving Peridot being a gamer girl were made even funnier when "Gem Drill" shows her operating a laser gun with a UsefulNotes/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 post]] about finally learning about Lapis' backstory in the form of a novel, a few hours before "Same Old World" aired. "Same Old World" was the episode where we ''actually'' learned about Lapis' backstory.
** January 2016, a [[https://youtu.be/3WMB7swPEqk?t=37 fanimation]] (Warning Ė expletives) of Pearl and Peridot conversing (using audio from a WebVideo/GameGrumps episode) is posted:
-->'''Peridot''': ďWho called me a clod the other day? And I was like, where did you get that?! Itís like, '''thatís my w-'''; you canít have that!Ē
*** Four-and-a-half months later, "Hit The Diamond" airs:
-->'''Peridot''': I disobeyed a direct order from Yellow Diamond, and I called her a clod... to her face!
-->'''Pearl''': Oh, honestly, you call everyone a clod.
-->'''Peridot''': Yes, but not everyone has command over all the armies of Homeworld waiting for the word to shatter me!
-->'''Steven''': Peridot! We won't let them get you.
-->'''Peridot''': Haven't I caused you enough trouble...?
-->'''Garnet''': Donít worry, Peridot. Itís our sworn duty to protect anything that calls this planet home. And that includes clods like you.
-->'''Peridot''': Thatís my word...
** After the controversy over Pearl and Rose's relationship being neutered in the British airing of "We Need to Talk", Europe got to redeem itself a bit when France aired "Hit the Diamond", the episode with perhaps the most explicit gay content in the show's history, a couple weeks early and completely intact.
** From the moment Lapis Lazuli appeared, some fans would jokingly depict her as a {{Jerkass}} DeadpanSnarker due to her reputation as a tragic BrokenBird. Fast forward to "Barn Mates" and "Hit the Diamond" and it's shown Lapis is ''indeed'' capable of being a snarky jerkass.
** In 2015, Ian JQ had Favorited an [[RuleThirtyFourCreatorReactions explicit]] fanart of Jasper and Lapis which was found in his (now private) tumblr likes. It consisted of Lapis making an imprisoned Jasper say "We're Malachite now", just as she did in "Chille Tid", while Jasper is on her knees [[GagPenis with an erection]]. [[spoiler:The events of "Alone at Sea", with Jasper developing StockholmSyndrome towards Lapis, getting on her knees and begging to form Malachite again]] could certainly explain why he would like this. Yes, someone's porn [[IKnewIt accurately predicted]] [[spoiler:the outcome of Malachite.]]
** Before the airing of "Earthlings", the fan blog Texts Between Gems [[http://textsbetweengems.tumblr.com/post/125549183077 correctly predicted]] that [[spoiler:Steven and Amethyst's Fusion weapon would be a yo-yo]].
** There's a saying when discussing DarkerAndEdgier stuff: "not even bismuth has this many edges". Well, [[KnightOfCerebus now Bismuth has some edges]].
** [[http://laurenzuke.tumblr.com/post/95968753889 A picture by storyboard artist Lauren Zuke]] inspired a series of fan arts of Pearl (who has a reputation as the uptight "mom friend" of the Crystal Gems) as a cigarette-smoking, leather-jacket-wearing delinquent. All that art of "Bad Pearl" seems amusingly prescient of the episode "Last One Out of Beach City", where Pearl goes around in a leather jacket and skinny jeans, trying to act tough and cool, and even [[spoiler: runs a red light and dodges the police]].
** "Onion Gang" has a character in the titular group that looks quite a bit like [[Videogame/{{Undertale}} Frisk]] with a pot on their head. The episode came out on September 15, which was the original release date for the game. If this isn't on purpose, then it must be one hell of a coincidence.
** In Erica Luttrell's guest appearance as a villain on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', she's on the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle quite visually similar to the one Garnet dishes out to Jasper.
** In the early days of the show, there was a fanfic where a Mother of Pearl was the ruler of Gemkind, and Pearl was a princess. The show eventually revealed that ''Diamonds'' were the rulers, while Pearls themselves were one of the lowest (if not ''the'' lowest) Gems in the hierarchy.
** In 2012, a year before Steven Universe started airing, a manga known as ''Manga/HousekiNoKuni'' came into existence. The plot centers around genderless gem humanoids, with the main focus being on Phosphophyllite, the weakest of these gems. Given the nature of these characters, a lot of names are shared, although roles and personalities are obviously different. In a way, the timing factor of when these two series came about can be similar to a modern day equivalent to the fact there are two comic-based characters known as Dennis the Menace. In 2017, Kodansha translated the manga into English and took advantage of the fact this cartoon is a thing by adding the caption of "An elegant new action manga for fans of Steven Universe!" to the back cover.
** Shortly after Lars [[spoiler:became a space pirate]], Matthew Moy appeared on ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' as an alien rebel against the show's evil empire.
** In "Rose's Room", Steven plays a golf-themed RPG. This was long before ''VideoGame/GolfStory'' existed.
* HollywoodHomely: Jasper, with her masculine features, sneering, {{Slasher Smile}}s, and rude, aggressive personality, is probably not meant to be attractive. A noticeable part of the fandom [[AmazonianBeauty disagrees]], to say the least.
* HolyShitQuotient:
** Many people were shocked to see Pearl actually get stabbed and temporarily die onscreen in "Steven the Sword Fighter".
** "Mirror Gem". Many people were really shocked at the appearance of Lapis Lazuli, especially considering the previous very faint implication that the main cast was the last of the Gems.
** The appearance of Peridot, a Gem from Homeworld shown to be repairing Earth's connection to the Galaxy Warp in "Warp Tour".
** The all-out fight between Amethyst and Pearl in "On The Run". Amethyst's tragic backstory took many by storm.
** The half-hour special "The Return" and "Jailbreak" dropped several bombs on the fandom with the reveal of Garnet being a fusion, a fight scene with Jasper, ''another'' Homeworld Gem, and Opal getting a cameo.
** "Keeping it Together", ''gracious''. For one thing, Peridot reappears after being missing since the season 1 finale. Despite many setbacks, she continues her mission unchanged which was checking up on the Kindergarten to check on some horrifying experiments: turns out the Crystal Gems who were captured in the war were shattered and melded together to create [[AndIMustScream screaming masses of bodies seemingly aware of what's been done to them]].
** Is "Chille Tid" about the Crystal Gems having a slumber party? Yes... but that's not all. Apparently, Steven can use his dreams to form mental links with other (Gems?)--an ability he uses to speak with Lapis, who is struggling to keep her and Jasper imprisoned in the ocean. The fans that were awaiting Lapis's return were... jarred, to say the least.
** "Cry for Help": Peridot sending a message to Homeworld was only slightly acknowledged to the rest of the episode. Pearl repairs the Hub to keep fusing with Garnet, which was surprising in and of itself. Then Garnet is ''furious'', to the point that it looks like Pearl is legitimately frightened that Garnet is about to hit her. In a fit of rage, Garnet fuses with Amethyst into Sugilite, which she had banished at the beginning of the episode. It's the first episode with a straightforward DownerEnding.
** "Keystone Motel" wasn't exactly a WhamEpisode, but it dropped some bombs on the fandom itself. After being unseen since "Jailbreak", Ruby and Sapphire return due to a disagreement about the previous episode's events. We get to see more of their characters and their relationship. It seems that Ruby and Sapphire have fire and ice related powers, respectively. Ruby's weapon is revealed. Sapphire is confirmed to have only one eye. Though these may not seem major, they're questions that have been long-asked.
** As a non-episode example, the material released at San Diego Comic-Con 2015. It elicited a ''fantastic'' response from the crowd and other fans, as the Crewniverse not only gave us a look at Sardonyx, now confirmed to be Pearl and Garnet's long-awaited fusion, but an incredible [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pSurtUXamM extended theme song]] that had everyone give a solo for their reason for fighting, and... wait... holy crap, ''was that Yellow Diamond?!''
** "Message Received": In which Peridot manages to make contact with Yellow Diamond, tries to convince her to destroy the Cluster and spare Earth, and, when she refuses, ''calls her a clod to her face''. The episode ends with Steven calling Peridot a [[HeelFaceTurn Crystal Gem]].
** The three-part stretch from "Beta" to "Back to the Moon" (but especially the middle episode, "Earthlings") gives us [[spoiler:Jasper being made on Earth, Steven and Amethyst bonding leading to the former fusing for the first time and the resolution of the latter's StoryArc, Jasper getting corrupted, a confirmation of the existence of Pink Diamond, and later the revelation that Rose shattered her]].
** Stevenbomb 5 abruptly drops [[spoiler:a modern day appearance by Blue Diamond, leading to a huge increase in information about what's happening on Homeworld, and even some deeper characterization for the Diamonds themselves]].
** Stevenbomb 6 gives us [[spoiler: the introduction of two new KnightOfCerebus Gems that [[AlienAbduction abduct humans]] and [[CurbStompBattle wipe the floor with the Crystal Gems]]. It ultimately culminates in Steven ''surrendering'' to them, meaning that he's being taken to Homeworld itself.]]
** "Off Colors" ends with [[spoiler: ''Lars '''dying on-screen''','' before getting [[DisneyDeath revived by Steven's tears]]... and turning pink as a result.]] "Lars' Head" follows that up by revealing [[spoiler: he's got Lion's powers - and, after getting Steven the opportunity to go home, [[HeroicSacrifice stays behind on Homeworld with the Off Colors.]]]] It's exacerbated by "The Trial" hitting hard with the reveal that [[spoiler: Rose couldn't have been the one to be able to shatter Pink Diamond, with a WhamLine implicating '''a Diamond had to have done it.''']]
* HypeBacklash:
** Not the show itself, but many fans felt this about Stevenbomb 3. Before it aired the crew made a big point about it being the most emotionally-impacting yet compared to the prior ones. While no one is going to call it bad and it has quite a fair few {{Tearjerker}} moments, many feel that for all it was talked up about, it didn't have the result people had been hoping for. Namely, more plot developments and story progression involving the Homeworld Gems.
** Another fandom reaction cropped up from "Gem Harvest", a half-hour special with a title that implied something ominous. When it turned out to be a thanksgiving episode with no plot advancements and a BaseBreaker in Andy, the general consensus was muddled, to say the least.
** Yet another occurred following "Rocknaldo", when the day before the episode aired, Cartoon Network released a teaser image of a bloodstone done in the show's style, making many believe that a new Gem would be appearing. Instead, Bloodstone turns out to be nothing more than Ronaldo's Gemsona, with the aforementioned gemstone not even appearing in the episode, and the episode itself ends up being a prime example for why Ronaldo is considered a {{Scrappy}}.

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* 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.
** This is narrowly averted in [[spoiler: "Are You My Dad?" due to the luck of Aquamarine and Topaz coming to Beach City to collect humans]].
* InternetBackdraft:
** The ''Steven Universe''/''Uncle Grandpa'' crossover episode got this a lot when it was announced.
** The decision to reduce the number of reruns in favor of more ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' reruns. The amount of backlash was large enough to make Cartoon Network reverse this only for a while. It got so bad that at one point, the show had very few reruns in November 2015 and no reruns at all the following month. Currently, the only time reruns are shown are in a two hour block on Sunday nights.
** Cartoon Network UK censored "We Need to Talk" by removing Rose and Pearl's fusion dance because it was "gay content". The fan community exploded in outrage over this "homophobic censorship", and launched a petition to revert the edit. A similar edit on Cartoon Network France also spawned a petition, which actually succeeded in changing CN France's minds.
*** Then the Swedish dub of "Hit the Diamond" removed Lapis' line describing Ruby and Sapphire's behavior as flirting, though amusingly enough, [[DubText they couldn't do anything about the obvious body language]], creating an effect similar to the infamous "cousins" from ''Manga/SailorMoon''.
** At the end of "I Am My Mom", Steven gets [[spoiler:taken to Homeworld... With Lars, assumingly meaning that he'll be a very important and prominent character for the next few episodes.]] Unfortunately, [[spoiler: [[TheScrappy Lars is arguably the most hated character on the show besides Ronaldo]], and him being a major player in the long awaited Homeworld arc utterly '''broke''' the fanbase.]] After the episodes aired, however, the reception was much better.
** The inclusion of the unused character [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DEk4dTCWsAARjq8.jpg Concrete]] in the "Art Of" book raised a considerable stink when many fans deemed her {{blackface}}-like appearance and character description ("Has a wicked shoe collection," "Can't read") to invoke racist stereotypes of Black women. Rebecca Sugar immediately apologized for any hurt it caused and promised that the character would be removed from all future printings of the book.
* ItWasHisSled:
** Whenever something major gets revealed (e.g, the Crystal Gems are from space, the monsters they fight are former Gems that have been Corrupted, Garnet is a Fusion [though the last one is now considered a LateArrivalSpoiler], etc) ''everyone'' talks about it, and it doesn't take long for someone to come across a spoilery image, textpost, or video. Though the fandom has tried very hard to keep these under wraps for newcomers.
** The existence of Gems other than the Crystal Gems also falls under this. It's hard to keep this hidden with the increasingly important roles of Peridot, Lapis Lazuli, and (to a lesser extent) Jasper.
** Whenever something leaks, be it big or small (though big leaks do spread faster), it will always go viral within a few minutes, making it very difficult for fans who don't want to see leaks seeing them anyway.
* ItsShortSoItSucks: One of the most common complaints about the show is it's eleven minute run-time, which makes several episodes too short to properly tell their stories, and instead makes them feel rushed.
** "Story for Steven", the episode showing how Greg and Rose first met is sometimes said to be too short. While what the episode does have is well-liked, numerous people feel that it doesn't delve deeply enough into Greg and Rose's relationship, and that it doesn't properly explain why Greg was so quick to give up his music career for her. This is lightened when it was confirmed this episode was intended to air before "The Message", which would have given the episode more of a punch as opposed to its somewhat out-of-place slot in season 2.
*** Mediated with the follow-up flashback episode "We Need to Talk", where Greg and Rose both acknowledge that they rushed into the relationship and needed to work on it harder.
** Even though "Mr. Greg" is easily the most well-liked episode from the first week of "Steven's Summer Adventures", there are a few fans (who do like it) that say it would've benefited more from being a full half-hour rather than the usual 11 minutes.
** Pretty much all the episodes with Jasper from "Alone at Sea" through "Earthlings" which built up [[spoiler: her Corruption in the latter]]. The biggest problem with these episodes that several people had was that she would only show up for the last few minutes of most of them (with "Gem Hunt" being the worst offender) despite the show clearly making a far bigger deal regarding her presence and how much of a threat she was to Steven and company, despite the fact that most of the Crystal Gems have been able to easily fend her off with Fusion.
** Ironically, this reaction has become rather inverted as of late, with many fans becoming frustrated by the show's increasingly slow pace and feel that the Homeworld Arc is undergoing ArcFatigue.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips:
** As you can tell from a few entries on here, Pearl.
** Peridot also qualifies, thanks to the multiple {{Ship Tease}}s her and the rest of the Gems get after she loses her limb enhancers.
* LGBTFanbase: The show has garnered a sizable one, thanks to the LesYay between the Gems and [[AmbiguousGender Steven and Connie's Fusion Stevonnie]] being non-binary and using they/them pronouns, as well as Ruby and Sapphire being a canon gay couple and Pearl having romantic feelings for Rose. A lot of people were also delighted by the end of "Sadie's Song", where Steven happily dressing in drag and singing the song is completely accepted.
* LoveToHate: Jasper's actions in "The Return/Jail Break" have made her the most loathed character in the show thus far. But that's exactly why she's so memorable, and fans can't wait for her inevitable reappearance. [[spoiler:Then "Super Watermelon Island" came along, she falls into a crevice, and people had to wait over a dozen episodes to see her again in [[TheBusCameBack "Alone at Sea"]]]].
** A few other Homeworld Gems get this reaction, too, such as Yellow Pearl, who is comically uppity and the laughable lackey to Yellow Diamond's vile villain.
* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler: Navy in "Room For Ruby". She pretends to befriend Steven, Lapis, and Peridot and be interested in living on Earth while secretly just wanting to locate her ship and get it up and working again, but draws out the time spent as Steven and the two Gems' new friend just to mess with them and make it all the more priceless when they realize they'd been had. By the episode's end, not only has she pulled it off, but she's gotten away with it as well!]]
* MemeticBadass: [[spoiler: Lars, ever since the SDCC 2017 sneak preview, for managing to crash land a gem shuttle, impersonate a gem officer, stealing a gem spaceship, and gaining the AwesomeMcCoolName "Lars of the Stars" has cemented him as one in the eyes of the fans.]]
--> '''Lars''': Bingo bongo!
* MemeticLoser: Pearl's [[DidNotGetTheGirl thirst]] for Rose is the subject of many jokes.
* 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.
* MisaimedFandom: If fanart is to be believed, a lot of people took Steven's comment during "Storm In The Room" about dying his hair pink as if he said "I'd look so pretty with pink hair", as opposed to "everybody expects me to live up to my mom so much that I might as well forsake my own identity to be more like her".
* {{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}}.
*** Baby Steven, especially when he's laughing or giggling.
** [[OppositesAttract Ruby and Sapphire]]. Whether it be their [[SuperDeformed small size]] or their [[SickeninglySweethearts dangerously adorable interactions]], the two have stolen the collective heart of the fandom.
** Toddler-sized Amethyst. Apparently after being born at her present height, as implied by "On the Run", she changed her height to make herself look like a child. This results in a very cute design, coupled with an adorable dog-like personality.
** Peridot's arms and legs are revealed to be prosthetic "limb enhancers". Without them, she is ''tiny''.
** Padparadscha Sapphire's quirk of finding anything she [[DelayedReaction "predicts"]] as [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway wondrous and exciting]] has immediately caused fans to want to adopt and protect her.
* MoralEventHorizon: "Keeping It Together" reveals that the ''entirety'' of Gem Homeworld's command chain seems to have crossed this pre-series. While they were already perceived to be a threat, having fought a large-scale war and colonized Earth with little regard to the people who already lived there, the depth of their cruelty and disregard for life hadn't been clearly shown until this episode when it's revealed they have been creating forced fusions out of shattered Gems, essentially committing necrophilic rape on millions of other Gems. It gets even worse in "When It Rains" when it's revealed that they had given up on the Earth Kindergarten to instead use the Earth as an incubator for a gigantic forced fusion that will destroy all of Earth once it hatches.
** Yellow Diamond crosses it in ''Message Received'' when she ignores Peridot's suggestion for finding an alternative for the Cluster, stating that she would gladly let all Earth life die for her own goals. This is what motivates Peridot to turn on her when she had just earlier in the episode gushed over her perfection. This later turns out to be an even ''bigger'' crossing with the reveal [[spoiler:the Homeworld is suffering from resource shortages and making imperfect Gems because of it]], meaning Yellow Diamond ignoring Peridot's suggestions is even more heartless.
** The Diamond Authority as a whole ''definitely'' crossed it when they [[spoiler:decided to unleash an attack on the Earth to corrupt all remaining Gems into Gem Monsters, all simply because they refused to just leave Earth to the Crystal Gems. They basically condemned countless members of their own kind to a FateWorseThanDeath (including their ''own soldiers'' who were rushing to make it off world up until the blast went off) out of ''spite''.]]
** Bismuth for much of her titular episode came off as a friendly, if a bit aggressive TragicHero who as a by-product of the war has had several of her close allies die by the Homeworld's hands. However when she tries to kill Steven with the Breaking Point and heavily implies she tried to do the same to Rose when she turned her down it becomes apparent that [[HeWhoFightsMonsters she hasn't become much different than the monsters she fights]].
** Eyeball (one of the Homeworld Rubies) crosses it in "Bubbled" when [[spoiler: she finds out Steven has Rose Quartz's Gem. Unlike Jasper's breakdown, which occurred two episodes earlier, Jasper is [[UndyingLoyalty loyal]] to Homeworld and her thirst for vengeance is justice for Pink Diamond's murder; there is an a tragic undercurrent to Jasper's downfall. As Eyeball mentally cracks, she draws out her weapon to kill Steven; not for justice for the Diamond she witnessed the brutal murder of, but for {{Greed}}. She starts muttering she'll go down in history despite the fact Homeworld HAS NO KNOWLEDGE of her plight. [[{{Lust}} She even gleefully wonders if she'll be given a Pearl.]]]]
** Only one episode after her debut in "Are You My Dad?", [[spoiler:Aquamarine crossed it big time in "I Am My Mom". In order to try and get Steven to tell her where she can find "My Dad" as part of her mission of retrieving six "Types" of humans, she threatens to '''''murder''''' the ones that she and Topaz have already captured (Connie, Sadie, Jamie, Onion and Lars) because [[LoopholeAbuse Homeworld never specified whether they wanted the humans they were ordered to retrieve alive or dead]]!]]
* MostWonderfulSound:
** Many Gem weapons being thrown or summoned, especially the low bass of Garnet's.
** The futuristic sounds of a Warp Pad activating.
** Any time Pearl sings is going to be nice on the ears.
** Any time Lapis Lazuli gives a sincere laugh or sounds happy, if only because [[BrokenBird they're so rare]].
* {{Narm}}:
** The Mutant Gem Clusters from "Keeping It Together" and "Nightmare Hospital"? [[NightmareFuel Terrifying]]. The ones from "When It Rains"?... not too much. Especially the one with the goofy-looking head.
** Malachite comically inflating to an even bigger size after Alexandrite defeats her in "Super Watermelon Island", especially her face after she is fully inflated, qualifies.
** [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M7mprd2qFPU The ending scene of "Bubbled"]] is considered to be one of the most heartwarming and heartwrenching scenes in Season 3... with the possible exception of Pearl and Amethyst's cartoonishly exaggerated crying.
** The fact that someone feels the need to shout "Ruby! Sapphire!" ''every single time'' [[spoiler:Garnet unfuses]].
* NarmCharm: Some found Alexandrite -- the combined form of the three Gems-- [[http://steven-universe.wikia.com/wiki/File:MoUMulj.png to look]] rather ridiculous. But the situation she first appears in--posing as Steven's mother while having dinner with Connie's parents--wouldn't be half as funny or awkward if she didn't. Plus, taking the Gem's contrasting personalities into account, it's fitting that their combined form would be a complete mess.
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Many people love to portray Lapis as somebody who really, ''really'' loves to do fart noises, or sometimes just being a general prankster, despite only doing it in two episodes.
*** Rather more seriously, many fans will never forgive her for [[spoiler:destroying Peridot's tape recorder, despite Peridot herself seemingly forgiving her for it by her next appearance]].
** [[AllThereInTheManual The Guide to the Crystal Gems]] has stated that Opal is only ''occasionally'' forgetful. Fans, however, ran with this and have portrayed Opal as being constantly forgetful, up to the point of ''[[UpToEleven forgetting that she's a Fusion]]''[[labelnote:*]]To be fair, we don't have that much information about Opal's personality anyway, and a lot of them are just taking what they can get[[/labelnote]].
** Despite all the character development she's had since in later episodes, Pearl is still often portrayed as a nervous wreck whose obsession with Rose makes her a danger to everyone around her (though most of the time, it's PlayedForLaughs).
** Amethyst, to a lesser extent, also hasn't lived down her shapeshifting into Rose in "Maximum Capacity" for a lot of people. Despite her and Greg resolving the issue and the character getting some good development, changing into Rose to screw with his head is [[DudeNotFunny a]] ''[[DudeNotFunny really]]'' [[DudeNotFunny messed up thing to do]]!
** Cartoon Network monumentally screwing up the release of Stevenbomb 5, putting all five episodes rather than just the first one on the show's app for a few hours before fixing it. By then, spoilers were all over the Internet, causing even many people determined to wait for the proper release to track down pirated versions just to be sure they wouldn't be spoiled in the meantime. This led to concerns that the viewing numbers for the episodes' legitimate release could be seriously affected, though for his part Matt Burnett told the fans to just enjoy them.
*** Made worse when it was [[http://www.polygon.com/tv/2017/1/5/14177940/steven-universe-leaks-2017 eventually discovered]] that Cartoon Network actually released them intentionally as a limited-time sneak preview on their smartphone app. [[UpToEleven And it doesn't stop there]], as the Crewniverse apparently had no knowledge that the episodes were even released!
** Despite being RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap, there are still some fans who continue to hate Lars just as much as they did before, usually for the way he acted in the majority of episodes that he appeared in prior to "The Good Lars".
* NightmareRetardant: The face that [[https://36.media.tumblr.com/ee356c7746ca35c870db07b04cb48471/tumblr_o0m8geWlvp1ubg1ayo1_1280.png Yellow Diamond makes]] at Peridot after Peridot's betrayal is supposed to be a NightmareFace, but many fans have found it to be pretty goofy looking.
* NoYay: Post-Stevenbomb 3.0, a lot of people feel this way towards Pearl, believing that in her current state she's not capable of having a healthy relationship with any of her potential shipping partners... Until Mystery Girl's introduction in "Last One Out of Beach City", anyway.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: A race of people who: take their names from gem stones, are actually the gem stones that can be found on their bodies, are immortal as long as said gems remain undamaged, and have the ability to heal humans and gems with their tears? [[LegendOfMana Sounds vaguely familiar...]]
* OneTruePairing:
** Steven/Connie, after the events of "Bubble Buddies". This was only enforced after episodes like "Lion 2: the Movie", "An Indirect Kiss", and "Alone Together" showed them to have a lot of heartfelt chemistry together.
*** "Sworn to the Sword" also showcases their potential as a BattleCouple, with Connie as the Sword and Steven as the Shield.
** Sapphire/Ruby has not only become almost universally accepted by the fandom, but was [[WordOfGod confirmed]] to be ''canon'' by the storyboard artist of "Jailbreak".
* {{OT3}}:
** A large number of people ship the Cool Kids as {{Polyamory}}.
** Garnet/Amethyst/Pearl is also very popular, and often given the nickname 'Polygems'.
** Pearl/Blue Pearl/Yellow Pearl became an instant favorite after the latter two were introduced, despite the fact that neither of them interacted with each other onscreen or Pearl even stating outright that she doesn't know Yellow Pearl since "not all Pearls know each other".
** The Homeworld Gems, Peridot/Jasper/Lapis, is also fairly popular.
** Lapis/Peridot/Amethyst, in part due to the heavy ShipToShipCombat between Lapidot and Amedot.
* PainfulRhyme
** Steven's song in the pilot/extended intro.
--> ''Cause we're good and evil never beats'' '''us'''\\
''We'll win the fight and then go out for piz'''''zas'''
** At one point in "Stronger Than You":
--> ''This is who I'' '''am'''\\
''...Then you need to think'' '''again'''.
** Shortly after,
--> ''I am even more than the two of'' '''them'''.\\
''Everything they care about is what I'm'' '''am'''.
** The chorus involves heavily forced phrasing, too:
--> ''Go ahead and try to hit me if you're able'',\\
''Can't you see that our relationship is stable?''
** "Here Comes a Thought" has this one:
--> ''Something you did that failed to be'' '''charming''',\\
''Things that you said are suddenly'' '''swarming'''.
* PeripheryDemographic: Though clearly a children's program, several factors (such as the creator being a well known former member of the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' crew, the flawed yet lovable characters, the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic impressive soundtrack]], the [[TearJerker surprisingly]] [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments touching drama]], and jokes that would fly [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar way over most kids' understanding]]) have made it quite popular outside its target demographic.It might even be likely that it's more popular among teens and adults than kids.
** There is also the fact that show is [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena inspired off]] [[Anime/FutureBoyConan various anime]] with [[ShoutOut countless references]], which gained an audience from Anime fans. Also, the show has an [[LGBTFanbase LGBT Fanbase]], due to having [[HoYay LBGTQ characters]] and willingness to break gender stereotypes.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Lots:
** Fans often called the Steven/Connie ship "Stevonnie" - which became complicated when an actual character with that name showed up (Stevonnie being the result of a literal FusionDance between the two, to be precise). Since then, fans have taken a liking to "Connverse".
** "Larsadie" or "Sars" for Lars and Sadie.
** While the Ruby/Sapphire ship also has an IdiosyncraticShipName, Garnet (their Fusion), to distinguish between the character and the pairing, many fans prefer to call their pairing Rupphire or something similar.
** Pearlmethyst for Pearl/Amethyst.
** Lapis Lazuli/Peridot is popularly called Lapidot.
** Jasper/Peridot is Jaspidot.
** Jasper/Lapis is often rendered as Jaspis.
** The ever popular Pearl/Garnet ship is referred to as Pearlnet.
** Pearl/Rose is sometimes called Prose, which has the added benefit of fitting their refined, elegant relationship quite well. It is sometimes called Pearlrose as well.
** Amethyst/Peridot is generally rendered as Amedot.
** Fans of Ronaldo/Lars often call the ship "Ronlars".
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** Jamie the mailman had a [[BaseBreakingCharacter mixed reception]] in his first proper episode, "Love Letters". His idealized crush on Garnet was seen to be a bit creepy and possessive to some. After Garnet deconstructed his false notions of romance, fans hoped he'd move on and take up acting as a healthier alternative. Come "Historical Friction", and he seems to have done just that. He's made an adorable friendship with Steven, his [[LargeHam melodramatic antics]] were funny, and his conflict with the mayor earned him a lot of fans' sympathy.
** Onion, if not topping the list of disliked characters, was at least on the top three with Lars and Ronaldo. His CreepyChild personality and destructive tendencies made him pretty off-putting for many. "Onion Friend" has patched some things up, making his friendship with Steven more obvious, confirmation as being related to [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan favorites Vidalia and Sour Cream]], and choosing to give Explorer Gal to Steven seemingly to apologize for the Ranger Guy fiasco made him easier to like. Not a favorite by any means, but a good deal of fans tolerate him at least.
*** "Onion Gang" went even further, showing his interactions with his other friends and his growing friendship with Steven.
** Peridot was (and still is) a major BaseBreakingCharacter, but after revealing herself to be terrified of the Cluster emerging on Earth, showing a kinder side to Steven and being generally more {{adorkable}} and {{harmless|villain}} without her limb enhancers, she became more endearing and has been seen as more of a JerkassWoobie. It helps that she has been shown to trust Steven more and because of [[MoralityPet him]], she finally cooperates with the Crystal Gems.
** Ronaldo was slowly getting there in Season 3, showing his more redeeming qualities like his vast technical knowledge (cars, anime, etc) and also showing him have more normal relationships and friendships with the people around Beach City. The TakeThatScrappy moments he got also seemed to help. Sadly, due to him being incredibly obnoxious and a jerk to Steven, "Rocknaldo" pretty much undid all of this.
** [[DownPlayedTrope Downplayed]] with Lars. While there are still plenty of fans who dislike him after "The Good Lars" and "Stuck Together" because of his earlier actions, both episodes having him own up to the flaws that make him so unlikable in the eyes of many has (at the very least) "promoted" him to a more BaseBreakingCharacter rather than an outright [[TheScrappy Scrappy]]. The last two episodes of "Wanted", "Off Colors" and "Lars' Head", have rescued him even further: [[spoiler: in the former, he acknowledges his mistakes, such as how he's unable to stick for anybody, not even himself, and later takes advantage of his lack of a gemstone to fight and destroy the robonoids chasing Steven and the Off Color Gems, resulting in a very moving HeroicSacrifice. And in the latter, Steven's tears resurrect him and gave him abilities akin to Lion. He then urges Steven and the Off Color Gems to use Lars' link to Lion's pocket dimension to go back to Earth, even if it means he'll be stranded on Homeworld indefinitely, claiming he wants to be somebody ''deserving'' of being given a second chance at life.]] The aftermath of these episodes had many fans professing their love for him, a far cry from his previous reputation.
* RewatchBonus:
** Amethyst is silent for the first two minutes of "On the Run", and looks upset when Pearl talks about Homeworld. Considering the events in the episode, this makes a lot of sense. If you pay close attention when the conversation is about Homeworld Gems, Pearl mentions "and then there's Gems like me and Garnet who stayed here to protect Earth". The absence of Amethyst's name is a big clue that something is wrong and it's also the same moment she makes an upset face. This moment also encapsulates the entire conflict that's brought up at the end. Pearl's comment was only intended literally, that she and Garnet chose to stay and defend Earth and that Amethyst was likely either not born yet or too young to make that sort of decision at the time. Amethyst instead interpreted it as an exclusion like she wasn't a real part of the team and winces as it comes up. Pearl meant well, but also completely misses how it affects Amethyst, which all comes up when they finally talk at the end.
** Pearl's admiration of Rose, especially moments like her gushing over her "healing lachrymal essence" in "An Indirect Kiss", gain stronger subtext after "Rose's Scabbard" and especially "Mr. Greg" made her feelings more obviously romantic.
** Garnet's excitement about Steven and Connie Fusing into Stevonnie makes a lot more sense in light of the events in "Jailbreak" and "The Answer".
** Lapis' fairly surprised reaction to Steven's healing powers ("You have ''healing powers?''") now carries more weight in "The Return", in which Jasper accuses her of knowing that Steven had Rose Quartz's powers, to which Lapis replies "It wasn't relevant to the mission!"
*** This gets even more heft after "Bubbled", which reveals that Rose Quartz' healing powers were both completely unique and incredibly well-known; using them in that episode immediately identified him as Rose Quartz' son, so it's likely that Lapis recognized the connection as soon as he demonstrated them on her.
** In general, Season 1 is very rewarding with a rewatch, where the Gems' every other line suddenly gains a ton of depth and laced with foreshadowing, and nearly every joke, odd line, or character quirk becomes much more meaningful when you have the context.
* RonTheDeathEater:
** Pearl has gotten many fans theorizing that she secretly hates Steven, or only likes him because he reminds her of Rose, despite the fact that besides her actions in "Rose's Scabbard", where she was caught up in her own grief, she's been nothing but [[ParentalSubstitute motherly]] to him for the whole series. [[https://twitter.com/mcburnett/status/613036161066340352 Even the writers]] have said that if you hate Pearl, you've missed the point. Her actions in "Cry for Help" definitely haven't helped. [[spoiler:This has further grown upon "Three Gems And A Baby" with people claiming that Pearl tried to kill baby Steven, despite it being obvious that Pearl merely thought Rose was trapped inside Steven's gem, before she stopped and told herself it's what Rose wanted. She didn't even hurt him, by the way; She just grabbed his gem.]]
** Lars is a {{Jerkass}}, most definitely, but much of the fandom makes him out to be a malicious, abusive monster, as opposed to being a lonely kid with a mean streak.
** Rose Quartz has been getting some of this as well. Many fan theories abound of her possibly having a hand in the Cluster's creation, or in not being honest about her reason for betraying Homeworld.
** Ronaldo on the other end of the BrokenBase. While he is definitely far from a saint, most of his more malicious acts can be blamed on [[ChaoticStupid stupidity]] and cluelessness rather than straight up villainy.

[[folder: S]]
* TheScrappy: Ronaldo is easily one of the least liked characters in the show, due to his annoying personality and general lack of positive qualities (unlike Lars and Onion, who also have their fair share of haters but have been given sympathetic portrayals). [=YouTuber=] WebVideo/PhantomStrider talked about how disliked Ronaldo is in his [[https://youtu.be/kb37Zx7onDw Top 10 Worst Episodes of Good Cartoons]].
* SeasonalRot: Opinion is definitely split, but many fans feel that the show began entering this sometime during Season 3, either after the barn arc concluded early in, or after the Jasper arc concluded near the end of the aforementioned season. Reasons include too many episodes focusing on Beach City residents or other humans instead of the Gems, the lack of any real development in the Homeworld plot, a general frustration at the show's very slow pace, and the large chunk of time where the show lacked an overarching villain/threat once the Jasper arc concluded but before [[spoiler: Aquamarine and Topaz began kidnapping people in Beach City]].
* SelfFanservice:
** Canonically, the only Gem who has ever been drawn with a visible bust in the show is Rose Quartz, but artists frequently add them elsewhere. Some characters in particular tend to get this treatment:
*** Jasper's canon design is buff and muscular with no visible bust, or even cleavage despite her low neckline, but lots of fanart give her one hell of a BoobsOfSteel treatment. In addition, she may also look far more feminine and leaner than she is (Quartzes tend to be on the [[StoutStrength thicker]] side, and she's no exception).
*** Pearl, being canonically as flat as a board, inexplicably gets an average to large bust in a lot of fanart, and Amethyst, whose own chest is modest, often ends up looking like she's smuggling balloons under her shirt.
*** Lapis also gets a fair amount of this, being almost completely flat in-series but often bumped up to at least a mid-size chest.
** Peridot has a long face, jagged teeth, an unflattering triangle ImprobableHairstyle and she's frankly rather strange looking, androgynous and usually UglyCute. You wouldn't know that from the fan depictions, which often make her much more conventionally cute.
*** Her design with Limb Enhancers got this as well, though as actual {{Fanservice}} and not just making her cute.
** In an odd example of this, Rose Quartz is often drawn with a fat, protruding stomach to further underline her BigBeautifulWoman status - something she only had in canon while ''pregnant''.
* ShipMates: Amedot to Pearlnet and Pearlapis, Lapidot to Pearlmethyst...of course, this is a show where just about every two full Gems have LesYay or are commonly shipped together, so it gets ''way'' more complicated than that.
** Lapis/Steven shippers will often also pair Peridot/Connie to get around the (so far) canon OTP.
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight:
** Pairing {{Fusion|Dance}}s with each other is not only this trope in the usual way, but in some cases, like Opal/Sugilite, it is ''physically impossible'' for the two to exist at the same time.
** Blue Pearl, Yellow Pearl, and Pearl never interacted - heck, Blue Pearl didn't even speak until "Steven's Dream" - however, fans instantly began shipping combinations of them together.
** Greg/Jasper (termed "Grasper") is a somewhat common ship - not only have they never interacted, but one of them is an alien who probably doesn't have a high opinion of humans. It seems to mostly stem from a mix of PairTheSpares and Greg's well-established love of women with Jasper's build.
** Jasper and Pearl has a following as well, despite the extremely minimum interaction between them in Season 1. Many fans enjoy the contrast in their characters and their size difference.
*** After "Cry For Help" and "Earthlings", people are starting to see parallels between Jasper and Pearl as [[NotSoDifferent profoundly lonely and broken individuals]] who use Fusion as a crutch to empower themselves, and whose treatment of their Fusion partners is portrayed as unhealthy, but some fans see the two healing via a [[HurtComfortFic hurt-and-comfort dynamic]]. Interestingly, their Fusion partners were the teams' respective foils of one another: Leaders Garnet and Jasper, and waif-like Pearl and Lapis.
** Kiki Pizza and Ronaldo Fryman. Some of the few scenes where they are together, (dancing together during Steven's song with the Gems, their family restaurants being next door to each other, Ronaldo including Kiki and titling her as a Pizza Heiress in his documentary) along with some comments about Kiki from Ronaldo's blog on tumblr, provide "proof" for fans of this ship. Although this is more likely a JustFriends seen via ShippingGoggles.
*** Funnily enough, this was fueled in "Restaurant Wars" when the two faked being in love to fool their fathers into stopping their feud. However, this same episode also [[ShipSinking sunk the ship]] to a degree, as not only are neither of them particularly enthusiastic, it is almost immediately revealed that Ronaldo had an actual girlfriend.
** Peridot/Ronaldo is surprisingly easy to find, despite the fact that the two of them have not shared any scenes together.
** There's also Kevin/Jamie, despite the fact that, like the above, the two haven't been in the same scene, much less the same episode.
* ShipToShipCombat: After "Warp Tour" introduced Peridot, she was immediately shipped with Lapis, the only other Homeworld Gem currently introduced. However, in the lengthy hiatus following "Too Far", a sizable portion of the fandom operated under the assumption that Peridot and Amethyst would become love interests, and began shipping them as such. "Barn Mates" brought back the possibility of "Lapidot", and the two factions have been in cold contempt ever since.
** In an attempt to diffuse the situation, storyboarder Lauren Zuke attempted to explain her perspective in January 2017, stating that she wrote Lapis and Peridot as if they were in a growing relationship, and Amethyst and Peridot as Peridot having a crush a Amethyst that led to them becoming close, intimate friends, and that her stance on it might not be the other writers/storyboarders' stance on it. This [[FromBadToWorse didn't actually help the situation at all]].
* 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.
* SnarkBait: Not the show itself (though it does have quite a few detractors who view it as such), but the crew's tendency of giving normal and mundane episodes serious sounding titles (e.g. "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies", "Last One Out Of Beach City", "Gem Harvest"), at least on Website/YouTube, is not well liked. Expect to see someone say "*Episode with a serious name* is actually about *something incredibly mundane*" on videos that talk about future episodes that only have their titles (and sometimes, synopsis) revealed.
* SoOkayItsAverage:
** "Onion Friend" isn't exactly ''hated'', and fans appreciated a breather episode from the otherwise tearjerking Stevenbomb 3 plotline. But the episode was agreed to feel incredibly short and didn't have any impact on the current matter at hand. The sole purpose of the episode seemed to be to show how Amethyst felt about Pearl and Garnet arguing, but it was completely overshadowed by Steven hanging out with Onion.
** Stevenbomb 3 as a whole. Many felt that the drama between Garnet and Pearl was great, but it wasn't focused on enough and having a rushed conclusion, the episodes being LighterAndSofter compared to previous bombs, and less plot progression. The fact that Sardonyx only appeared in two episodes despite it being hailed as the "Week of Sardonyx" also didn't help.
** The first week of the "Summer of Steven" event is considered this as a whole by most fans. One one hand, people absolutely ''adored'' "Mr. Greg", for being an amazing MusicalEpisode that focused on Greg and Pearl's rocky relationship (with Steven trying to make them reconcile with each other), Pearl's feeling for Rose and her inability to move on, and was quite a powerful {{Tearjerker}}. On the other hand, there's "The New Lars", considered to be not only the worst episode of that week but also one of the worst episodes of the ''entire series'' with "Steven Floats" (the first episode of the event) not faring too well either despite being more of a BrokenBase episode. In between, there is "Drop Beat Dad", which the general reaction was pretty much this trope and "Too Short To Ride" and "Beach City Drift", considered better but far from spectacular. Thankfully, things picked up in the second week starting with "Monster Reunion".
** "The Zoo". While it is more preferred than some of the other episodes that focus more on the human characters, when compared to the other episodes of the "Out of This World" arc, it comes across as more basic and plain.
** Stevenbomb 6 as a whole. While the episodes shown are considered to be better than a good chunk of the ones from earlier in Season 4, some feel that most of the episodes presented are still lacking, and that "Are You My Dad?" and "I Am My Mom" were the only ones from that week worth writing home about.
* SpiritualAdaptation:
** At the very least, WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter considers this a better successor to ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' than ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', its ''actual'' successor.
** It also has [[http://su-theories.tumblr.com/post/151008525292/snapbacksteven-leeshajoy-snapbacksteven much in common]] with ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''.
* {{Squick}}: Though PlayedForLaughs, Steven mentions that he knows that 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.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: Even though the overall reception of "The Good Lars" ranges from mediocre to OK, most can agree that it's definitely better than "The New Lars" and possibly the best Lars episode to date for not following all the trappings of previous Lars episodes (or at least, not being able to thanks to the episode ending with [[spoiler:Lars being kidnapped rather than [[AesopAmnesia once again learning to not be such a jerk]].]])
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong:
** The verses of "Stronger Than You" has a similar chord progression and tempo to, appropriately enough, "Just The Two Of Us" by Bill Withers.
** The opening has parts that sound very similar to Music/DavidBowie's Space Oddity.
* SweetDreamsFuel: When it's not [[NightmareFuel/StevenUniverse scaring the daylights out of you]] or [[TearJerker/StevenUniverse tearing you apart inside]], the show's central message that all of Earth's living creatures matter and deserve acceptance, not to mention a cast of characters who, despite their problems, love each other nonetheless, can fill one with such a sense of joy while watching it.

* TakeThatScrappy:
** A few in "Say Uncle". Pizza Steve, one of the biggest {{Base Breaking Character}}s in Uncle Grandpa, gets eaten by Amethyst. And despite the TakeThatAudience undertones of the crossover, it's worth noting that the Crystal Gems (arguably the stand ins for Uncle Grandpa's hatedom) beat up Uncle Grandpa before the end of the episode.
** In "Keep Beach City Weird", the Crystal Gems beating Ronaldo is satisfying for those who don't like him.
*** In "Garnet's Universe", the character of Ringo is made in Ronaldo's likeness, is cast as the villain of Steven's story, gets the crud beat out of him by Garnet and is left imprisoned in his own dimension forever. Many wished they could see this happen with the real Ronaldo.
*** Yet again in "Rocknaldo", when Steven finally calls Ronaldo out on his self-important bullshit and gives him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. Afterwards, Ronaldo loses energy due to lack of sleep and passes out on the floor, with Amethyst remarking that Steven "truthed him so hard he ''died''."
** "The New Lars" was basically one big HumiliationConga for Lars. One in particular is when it's revealed that the Cool Kids [[TheFriendNobodyLikes actually find him annoying]] and prefer him when Steven accidentally possesses him. Unfortunately, this didn't stop people who hated the episode (most of whom already don't like Lars to begin with) from despising it.
** Onion being visibly [[EvenEvilHasStandards freaked out]] by [[FreakyFridayFlip Steven in Lars' body]] from the same above episode can be seen as this.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Creator/RebeccaSugar [[WordOfGod has said]] that a world where people are naturally good and kind is [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief no less believable than one with gem-based aliens]], and that ''Steven Universe'''s world is just that. While most agree that this is ultimately why the show's message of inclusiveness works, other feel that a world without even some humans being irrationally hateful ''[[HumansAreFlawed is]]'' [[HumansAreFlawed less believable than aliens]], and that this [[{{Glurge}} makes the show a little too "nice" for it's own good]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** The fact that the series is shown from Steven's point of view means that sometimes we will miss potentially more interesting stories that don't focus on him or not feature him at all. Some of the most prominent examples:
*** "Onion Friend". Showing how Amethyst was dealing with the drama between Pearl and Garnet along with rekindling with Vidalia is sidelined in favor of focusing on Steven and Onion.
*** Because the focus of Steven Bomb 5 was on Steven rescuing Greg from the Zoo, it meant that we got the SoOkayItsAverage episode "The Zoo" while being left in the dark about how Amethyst met her sisters and the initial reactions they had to meeting each other. This is an especially weird choice since Amethyst meeting and being supported by her sisters is largely why she gained a confidence boost and quit wrestling in "Tiger Philanthropist."
*** Subverted, however, in "Jail Break". If this episode followed the above examples, we would have missed the ''incredibly epic'' Garnet vs Jasper fight, as well as the former singing "Stronger Than You", considered one of the best songs of the entire series, for the sake of seeing Steven releasing Pearl and Amethyst from their cells. This marks the first, and so far only time in which the show dropped Steven's perspective... At least at first. After a cut back to Steven, Pearl, and Amethyst, the show goes back to the fight when Steven looks at the monitor showing it, technically putting it in his perspective. Nonetheless, some fans wonder why don't they do away with it already, given that it often results in this trope, as well as missing what other characters do or how they behave whenever Steven isn't around.
** "Beach Party" was the first episode to focus on the fact that the Gems don't understand humans, or really even seem to empathize with them at all. While all the stuff with the Pizza family is entertaining, the episode sidesteps the deeper issue of how the Gems view humans, to be saved for future episodes.
** "Chille Tid" has both this issue and ItsShortSoItSucks. Steven's ability to speak with Lapis mentally is used for all of three minutes, and in the end, we never learn where she and Jasper are or if Garnet found anything important, and the subplot of finding the Fused Homeworld Gems was put on hold until "Super Watermelon Island", where they finally get defused.
** "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, and the plot is instead about Ruby and Sapphire arguing about the events previous episode, not realizing the way they're acting is affecting Steven.
** Quite a few fans were disappointed that Vidalia didn't have any interactions with Marty in "Drop Beat Dad", considering their history together.
** "The New Lars" wastes two ideas:
*** Sadie's belief that a FreakyFridayFlip was happening would've been extremely interesting, given that Lars doesn't understand Steven as much as Steven doesn't understand him.
*** Steven being shown to still have some growing up to do despite how much he's matured as of late would've worked a lot better in a different episode (and involve at least one of the other Gems).
** "Bismuth". Despite it's extra running time, many fans were severely disappointed by how it was never once acknowledged that [[spoiler: Bismuth was the Gem that poofed Lapis]].
*** Given that we knew that Rose Quartz must have sealed away Bismuth for a reason, the reveal was rather obvious. Keeping Bismuth around, at least for a couple of episodes, maybe even a plot arc, would have made the reveal a lot more painful.
** After "Bubbled," the Crystal Gems [[spoiler:acquire a spaceship by stealing it from the Rubies.]] Pearl used to show interest in space travel, and wanted to show Steven distant galaxies. While Pearl's CharacterDevelopment from what happened in "Space Race" is commendable, we could have gotten a story arc in Season Four about Steven and the Gems visiting other parts of space, and seeing planets that Homeworld colonized. Peridot could have also served as an expositor on how Gem culture has changed. [[spoiler:Instead, the Gems use the ship once to rescue Greg, and afterward Navy steals it back from them.]]
** In "Steven's Dream," though he gives them a ride, [[spoiler:Andy doesn't join Steven and Greg when they finally find the palanquin from his dream. We don't even know where he is. It might have been interesting to see his interactions with Blue Diamond, another "illegal alien", and ''hilarious'' to see him in the Zoo with Greg and Steven.]]
** "The New Crystal Gems":
*** Many fans were disappointed that the plot was about the B Team impersonating the A Team and running a car wash rather than doing what Steven and the other Gems asked: keeping Beach City safe from, say, a Corrupted Gem or two. They could easily have learned the same lesson about being themselves instead of emulating the A Team while fighting a Gem Monster, which still could've involved the car wash by means of one attacking it.
*** Some fans wish that the episode had been a POVSequel instead of a WholeEpisodeFlashback.
** One of the reasons Ronaldo is TheScrappy is because of the many wasted or botched opportunities to develop his character. One example is "Horror Club," where the reveal that he and Lars used to be friends hasn't come up since it aired. They could have had Lars and Ronaldo sort out their differences and he could have learned to be a better person. Another one is in "Rocknaldo", where Ronaldo realizes that he's misjudged the Crystal Gems and decides to join them so that he can truly understand them and help their cause. But when the Gems go on a mission, they don't allow Ronaldo to join for fear of him becoming TheLoad, which leads to him spending the whole episode acting like {{Jerkass}} to Steven, which leads to Steven [[WhatTheHellHero calling him out]]. While the Gems' decision [[JustifiedTrope was understandable]], and he still learned something by the end, not allowing him to come effectively squandered a golden opportunity for Ronaldo to see what the Gems do first hand, gain deeper respect for them, and allow for positive CharacterDevelopment for him.
* ToughActToFollow: After three episodes of build-up, "The Zoo" left several fans disappointed with how basic and plain it was when compared to out episodes from the "Out of This World" event. Luckily, the very next episode (as well as the last one of the event) "That Will Be All" made up for it.
* UglyCute:
** The Centipeetle may be an [[HollywoodAcid acid]] [[BreathWeapon spewing]] [[EyesDoNotBelongThere mouth eyed]] [[BigCreepyCrawlies bug monster]], but her interactions with Steven in "Monster Buddies" are downright adorable. [[spoiler: She's even more cute in "Monster Reunion", with her partially-healed form.]]
** Sapphire when her massive, single eye is shown.
* UncannyValley:
** Many of the things seen in Rose's Room when it was glitching out, which was probably the point.
** One that sticks out the most in "Jail Break" is Garnet's expression after she gets re-fused. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR503vVAPlA Yikes!]]
** While not so egregious, Sapphire's single eye can be this.
** The pilot's art style, to some. Especially seeing as Steven looks like a teenager or adult but has a small child's voice and most of the characters have catlike pupils.
** Several of the characters in the earlier episodes look very OffModel when compared to the [[ArtEvolution newer episodes]]. "Cheeseburger Backpack" is probably the [[http://68.media.tumblr.com/50fe27873528cc1c2f171414abdadcde/tumblr_nlolg7hcdv1ur1c32o4_1280.png worst]] [[http://steven-universe.wikia.com/wiki/File:CheeseburgerBackpackPreview01.png offender]] [[http://steven-universe.wikia.com/wiki/File:Vlcsnap-2013-12-24-22h22m49s205.png of]] [[http://steven-universe.wikia.com/wiki/File:Stevengasp.JPG this]].
** Yellow Diamond can be... unsettling. She has an unusually long neck, haunting eyes, and lines in her face that other Gems don't have. The face she makes when Peridot calls her a "clod" is either funny or NightmareFuel. Or both. It's even more jarring when you look at the extended intro, which features her in a style more in line with the other characters.
** Most fusions escape it with their numerous extra body parts, but Smoky Quartz looks mostly normal, except they have a left arm that splits into two at the elbow.
* UnexpectedCharacter: From "Say Uncle", Uncle Grandpa pulls out a checklist of other Cartoon Network series he's visited, and smack dab in the middle are the ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'', who aren't children [[VigilanteMan and are instead serious vigilantes]], (though Chance/T-Bone seemed to be somewhat of a ManChild), [[FunnyAnimals aren't human]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking aired on]] Creator/{{TBS}}.
* UnfortunateImplications: The Steven Universe Art Book has been accused of [[https://twitter.com/rebeccasugar/status/886298820459483136 racial]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_ByeaoWyv4 stereotyping]] as the design of one of the characters, a Gem named Concrete, includes her having dark skin and oversized lips, which some people believe resembles {{blackface}}.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Ronaldo in "Restaurant Wars". Having his girlfriend break up with him was probably meant to be a TakeThatScrappy, but if you combine his family giving him NoSympathy and the fact that he [[DesignatedMonkey did nothing to warrant his abuse in that episode]], he becomes too pitiful to laugh at.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic:
** Ronaldo when he's not painted as the ButtMonkey. He sees no problem with ignoring a person's personal liberties or feelings to validate his conspiracies. While this can be put down to being a CloudCuckooLander and as such just unaware of how his actions affect someone he will still do so despite knowing how they feel about his actions.
** Onion in "Onion Trade". Sure, he misses his father and he barely sees him. But to pass the time waiting for him, he steals, dupes Steven, is perfectly willing to crash a motorcycle for no good reason, and nearly destroyed the town. If anything, Onion came across as a psychopathic child.
** All the characters have moments of this to some extent. Particular shout outs to: Amethyst in "Too Far" in essentially encouraging/getting Peridot to insult others only to get angry when she herself was the aim of said jokes, and Pearl during the Week of Sardonyx who hurts Garnet in a deeply emotional way and then has multiple episodes that focus on why we should feel bad for Pearl and Garnet the one she hurt should forgive her.
*** "Three Gems and A Baby" didn't help, [[spoiler: starting with the fact that the three Gems ''kidnapped'' baby Steven when his gem start glowing (believing it's Rose inside there calling for help), Pearl almost ripping off Steven's gem in a misguided attempt to "free" Rose, and neither Garnet or Amethyst stopping her. Thankfully, Pearl doesn't go through with it, and all three of them realize that Rose wanted to have a baby. Even if they don't truly understand why, they were willing to respect her wish in the end.]]
** Steven has fallen into this whenever he tries to make people happy, but his attempts can come across as condescension then actual compassion.
* ViewerGenderConfusion:
** Many viewers assumed Pearl was going to be male due to her haircut and flat chest (especially in the pilot episode, where her original design looked more androgynous than the version shown in the actual series). Even some of the episode synopses on Hulu refer to Pearl as male.
** Both Ruby and Jasper are often confused for male due to their muscular designs and aggressive personalities.
** All of the Gems get this to some degree, seeing as they're technically not human but mostly appear female and use female pronouns.
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] with any of the fusions that Steven is part of, who are more overtly agender/non-binary, and are addressed by decidedly gender neutral pronouns like "they" and "them" as a way of working canonically genderless characters into the show.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Despite still mostly operating on a TV budget, it has some of the best-looking hand-drawn animation on TV ever, with several [[AnimationBump bursts of more fluid character animation]], extremely tight layouts, especially with fight and dance scenes, and [[AwesomeArt stellar designs]].
** The entirety of Lapis Lazuli's battle with the Gems, from the fluid movements of the water clones, Steven summoning his shield, the water tower in space with stars in the background, and Lapis being healed and regaining her wings.
** Garnet's fight with Jasper on the Hand ship.
** The creepy majesty of the Cluster as it first forms with psychic projections of its Gem shards, and when Steven goes inside its mind with the minimalist flashing orbs of light.
** Pearl's musical sequence in "Mr. Greg" with Empire City's lights and crowds below as Pearl fluidly dances and spins in full rotation, complete with spinning backgrounds and ingenious use of perspective shots.
** It's a minor thing, and most people would not have noticed it, but "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies" has very realistic hand camera drift, something quite time consuming to do in an animated work.

* 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. Another big issue is how hiring such big names as the Fusions severely limits how much they can be used, beyond brief appearances where they don't speak, which of course compromises how much personality they can show (most severely, we're ''still'' waiting to get a bead on what Opal is like outside of when she's in action).
* WhatAnIdiot:
** In "Onion Trade", Steven is desperate to trade for a rare Ranger Guy that Onion possesses. Steven has a device the Gems gave him that can replicate anything.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Steven to replicate Ranger Guy with the Replicator Wand and take the spare.\\
'''Instead:''' Steven trades his Replicator Wand for Ranger Guy and Onion goes on a replicating rampage. When the Gems have to fight the ensuing chaos, Pearl tells Steven the above solution. The Replicator Wand ultimately gets destroyed to get rid of the mess.
--->'''Steven:''' ''({{facepalm}})'' DANG IT!
** "Island Adventure": Sadie wants to help Lars feel better. Steven takes the both of them to a tropical island via a Warp Pad.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Sadie to relax and hang out with Steven and Lars, and maybe spend some time with Lars alone. This is an unknown island with unknown dangers.\\
'''Instead:''' Sadie covers the Warp Pad with leaves, hiding it from Steven and Lars and stranding the three of them on the island for a few days. Her relationship with Lars becomes strained as a result.\\
'''Also:''' Steven wants to hang out with his friends and relax. He knows of an island he can take them to via Warp Pad.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Steven to at least scout out the island first to make sure there aren't any hazards his fully human friends wouldn't be able to handle.\\
'''Instead:''' He doesn't and the group gets attacked by a Gem Monster. If not for Sadie's quick thinking, they all could have died.\\
'''To Be Fair:''' Said Gem Monster was invisible, and Steven was operating on the assumption that it left the island.
** In "Love Letters", Jamie the mailman falls in love with Garnet and sends her a love letter. Garnet, being a permafusion of two Gems, doesn't feel the same way. Connie and Steven know Garnet's feelings on the matter. When Connie encourages Garnet to write a letter back, Garnet writes him, "No."\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Connie and/or Steven to tell Garnet to let Jamie down gently or at the very least give him a reason why she doesn't feel the same way. If she didn't want to explain the whole permafusion thing, she could say she loves someone else. Jamie is prone to overacting and is a pretty emotional character, which could easily be explained to Garnet (as Ruby is much the same way).\\
'''Instead:''' She doesn't. Garnet's next letter to Jamie is brutal as a result.\\
'''Then:''' Connie and Steven decide to write their own letter to Jamie to let him down easily.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That they'd courteously but clearly tell Jamie in the letter that Garnet doesn't love him.\\
'''Instead''': They try to communicate Garnet's feelings by replicating both Jamie's YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe style and a SoapOpera.\\
'''As A Result:''' Jamie gets the idea that Garnet loves him back and gets pretty hurt when Garnet corrects him.\\
'''But Hey!''' Garnet gives Jamie a talk and encourages him to continue acting, which he does in later episodes.
** "Marble Madness": Steven and the Crystal Gems discover an underground base of operations. The technology in the base flickers online and Peridot makes system checks. Garnet tells Steven that Peridot is an enemy they don't know with technology they don't understand.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Steven to keep quiet and not alert the enemy to his presence, and look at the area afterwards for information.\\
'''Instead:''' Steven walks right up to Peridot's field of vision and introduces himself.\\
'''As a Result:''' Peridot almost crushes Steven, and the Crystal Gems have to reveal themselves to save him. This alerts the Homeworld Gems to their presence and kicks off the events of later episodes. Steven doesn't get much information from the encounter.
** In "Joy Ride", Steven and the Cool Kids come across Peridot's escape pod. Steven wants to alert the Gems of this, but the Cool Kids want to mess with the escape pod.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Steven to understand that this is alien and dangerous technology and that messing with it haphazardly could get someone seriously injured or killed, and to alert the Gems of the pod as soon as possible.\\
'''Instead:''' Steven allows the Cool Kids to mess with the pod.\\
'''Even Worse:''' Steven climbs in the pod himself to check it out.\\
'''As a Result:''' The pod closes and starts firing all over the place. The Gems arrive to take care of the pod and believe that Peridot is attempting to escape, leading to Garnet beating up the pod. The Cool Kids manage to stop Garnet before she completely destroys the pod, and Steven gets reprimanded.
** Also from "Joy Ride", Garnet comes to investigate the crashed pod. Garnet has Future Vision.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Garnet would forsee some instances of Steven or one of the Cool Kids climbing into and messing with the pod and would take caution not to hastily attack.\\
'''Instead:''' Garnet and the Gems immediately beat up the pod with Steven still inside it, and would have sent it into orbit if the Cool Kids hadn't intervened.
** Beginning with "Catch and Release", Peridot is taken captive by the Crystal Gems. Because Peridot has knowledge of the Cluster, the Gems offer a deal: If Peridot helps the Gems stop the cluster, she'll be released from the bathroom she's been hiding in.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Peridot would at least try to make an effort to act considerate around her captors and not, say, attempt to assert dominance over them. Peridot makes it clear that her limb enhancers were her weapon, and now they're not at her disposal.\\
'''Instead:''' ''Two episodes later'', Peridot attempts to force Pearl to serve her, repeatedly stating that Pearl is a slave meant to serve others and that she should obey her.\\
'''Even Worse:''' Peridot grabs Pearl's robot while shouting "You are beneath me! I'll always be better than you!"\\
'''As a Result:''' [[LaserGuidedKarma Peridot gets punched in the face.]]
** "Bubbled": Steven is out in the middle of space with a Homeworld Ruby he calls Eyeball, a veteran of the original Gem War fought for Earth. Eyeball expresses disbelief that Steven is Rose Quartz, a leader of the Gem War fighting for Earth's freedom.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Steven not to convince a member of an opposing faction that he's the opposing general in the middle of space with nobody else around.\\
'''Instead:''' Steven keeps insisting that he's Rose Quartz.\\
'''Inevitably:''' Eyeball attempts to murder who she believes is Rose Quartz.
** In "Steven's Dream", Garnet has a vision of Steven going to Korea and encountering Blue Diamond. Steven is becoming increasingly agitated about being left out of the loop and wants to go look for answers on his own.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Garnet to be upfront and tell Steven that a massive alien overlord is at the place he's going to wind up at, and it could have massive repercussions.\\
'''Instead:''' Garnet does nothing except ask Steven not to go, which Steven disobeys.\\
'''As a Result:''' Greg gets kidnapped by Blue Diamond. Steven and the Crystal Gems have to risk capture once again to save him, and Steven nearly gets himself killed on the way there.\\
'''To Be Fair:''' Garnet saw at least one possibility where Steven still went despite being told that Blue Diamond was there.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Although the show is able to keep a fairly lighthearted and child-friendly tone most of the time, it has used [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything metaphors]] for lots of fun subjects such as losing a loved one, abusive relationships, consent, [[FantasticRacism racism/sexism/homophobia]], and intercourse.
** Quite possibly the biggest example of this is the episode "Keeping It Together" where Garnet ''gets on the verge of a mental breakdown after witnessing the remnants of the mass destruction of innocent Crystal Gems who were forced to Fuse together''. Oh, and there's lots of BodyHorror for the whole family there, too.
** We've also had the abomination of nature that is [[AndIMustScream the]] [[TragicMonster Cluster]] with some explicit abortion and birth imagery that wouldn't be out of place in a horror story, survivors of the Gem War suffering from the trauma of so much death or being corrupted, Steven and Connie getting over their feelings of the equivalent of sexual harassment, lovers still mourning their lost loves, and a mutually toxic relationship that draws equal paralells between psychological and drug abuse with horrific accuracy.
** On the flipside, the [[{{Anvilicious}} on-the-nose]] messages, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything thinly-veiled metaphors]] and simple dialogue make a lot more sense when you realize that it's specifically designed to teach kids subjects that are either [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped dense or never discussed anywhere else]].
* 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.