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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The second episode has some of this regarding the Gems. Is their request that Greg not involve himself in magical matters out of concern for him, or do they see him as a bad role model and made the request to limit his influence on Steven?
** Or Greg is actually not responsible enough to be a full time parent? Or does he resent Steven for losing Rose Quartz?
** As of "Cat Fingers", it may be more because of how inherently dangerous the fledgling powers of a Gem are (learning to use his VoluntaryShapeshifting powers resulted in Steven turning into an [[BodyHorror amorphous blob of cats]] and nearly destroying himself), and Steven's dad just is not up to task to keep Steven safe from harming others, or himself. "So Many Birthdays" further supports this interpretation, as Steven almost ''died'' when he couldn't control his powers, even with the Gems there to help him.
* BaseBreaker:
** Steven. Mostly for the fact that he unintentionally causes most of the episode's problems with his lack of forethought. Of course, considering that Steven is supposed to be 'the ultimate little brother' he is supposed to be annoying, so perhaps this is fridge brilliance.
** Pearl has received a somewhat mixed reactions from fans. Some fans find her quirks (She's a bit of [[SuperOCD clean]] freak, and is [[TeamMom extremely protective towards Steven]]) to be boring or annoying, others find them find them funny or endearing.
** Amethyst managed to break the base with her carefree attitude. Some fans enjoy seeing her let loose and have fun with her powers. Others find her misuse of her powers obnoxious and wish she would be more responsible.
* BrokenBase:
** The show moved to a slightly looser and less detailed style after it was picked up, which understandably upset fans of the pilot.
** Whether or not Steven should be the main protagonist. Some think that the show would be far more interesting if it focused on the adventures of the three adult Crystal Gems rather than his ComingOfAgeStory, while others argue that the entire heart of the show is in the relationships of the characters and in particular between Steven and his mentors/guardians/family.
** As more and more episodes come out, it's become increasingly debateable among fans whether or not Greg is actually a better role model than the Gems for a variety of reasons.
* CrackPairing: Pearl with any of the other Gems (except for maybe [[ScrewYourself Opal]], Sugilite, and Rose for now) seems to be growing in popularity.
** There's even Pearl x Lars.
** And [[LesYay Amethyst x Connie]]
** Amethyst x Sadie
** [[HoYay Lars x Buck Dewey]] has been growing in popularity as of late.
* CrossoverShip: Pearl x [[Manga/{{Cyborg 009}} Jet Link aka Cyborg 002]] is pretty popular, due to the fact that [[ThemePairing they have similar noses, hair color and style (although Pearl's hair is lighter and shorter), and love to dance.]]
** After the events of "Arcade Mania", fans began shipping Garnet with [[Manga/{{Dragon Ball}} Tien]] [[Anime/{{Dragon Ball Z}} Shinhan]] because they both have a ThirdEye.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Quite a few of the side characters.
** Greg and Rose seem to be very popular.
** Many fans took quite a liking to Onion, too.
** Lars and Sadie. Frybo. Peedee.
** The biggest one thus far has been Opal.
* FandomRivalry: Only a few episodes in and the fandom is locking horns with the fanbases of ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' and ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. ''Uncle Grandpa'' fans are mad that ''Steven Universe'' took its previous Monday timeslot, and ''Adventure Time'' fans see it as somewhat of a ripoff due to its superficial similarities. Ironically, ''Steven Universe'' was created by Rebecca Sugar, a former writer and storyboarder for ''Adventure Time'', and thus, many ''Steven Universe'' fans are also Adventure Time fans as well. On the other hand, a lot of ''Steven Universe'' fans see ''Uncle Grandpa'' as terrible, thus fueling the rivalry.
** Some ''Adventure Time'' fans are upset that Rebecca Sugar left to create her own show and are demanding that she return, especially the ones that feel Season 5 has been a downward slide since her departure.
* FanPreferredCouple: Surprisingly, Garnet/Pearl is pretty popular.
** To a lesser extent, Amethyst/Pearl is also popular in some circles.
* FauxSymbolism: The series often uses motifs from Hinduism, such as the multiple arms seen in the Gems' temple statue and the two fused Gems (Opal and Sugilite). [[http://stevencrewniverse.tumblr.com/post/78156709869/from-storyboard-artist-joe-johnston-some Opal was also originally planned to form a swastika with her hands when summoning her bow]]. Sugilite, with her four arms, scary-looking fangs and BloodKnight personality, strongly resembles the Hindu goddess [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali Kali]].
* HolyShitQuotient: Many people were shocked to see Pearl actually get stabbed and temporarily die onscreen in "Steven the Sword Fighter".
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: As you can tell from a few entries here, Pearl.
* {{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.
* LesYay: The girl's gem fusions so far have varying degrees [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar of sexuality to them]]. Predictably the fan base has exploded.
* {{Moe}}: Steven. He's not called the "ultimate little brother" for nothing.
* {{Narm}}: For some, a lot of the genuinely heartwarming moments can be ruined by the art style, which can border on GagLips at times.
* OneTruePairing: Steven/Connie, after the events of ''"Bubble Buddies"''.
* 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 [[AwesomeMusic impressive soundtrack]], the [[TearJerker surprisingly]] [[HeartwarmingMoments touching drama]], and jokes that would fly [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar way over most kids' understanding]]) have made it quite popular outside its target demographic.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: "New Thursdays" have not been kind to Season 1, with just over 3 months passing between episodes 19 and 20[[note]]scheduled, as of August 2014[[/note]].
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Many viewers assumed Pearl was going to be male due to her haircut and flat chest.
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: Not in a bad way, but an odd way. The voice cast is a offbeat gathering of teen stars, pop singers, and radio personalities. It's almost as if a bunch of old friends in the entertainment industry had a reunion.
** Music/NickiMinaj as Sugilite in particular surprised many.
* TheWoobie: Connie. She constantly moves from town to town because of her dad's job, and, as a result, has no friends to keep in touch with, something which drives her to tears when she thought [[DyingAlone nobody (but her parents) was going to miss her if she drowned in the ocean]]. Which makes Steven reaching out to her a particularly poignant CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
** Steven. He tries so hard, and it's impossible to not feel bad for him when he messes something up. There's also the fact that he never got to know his mother.
** Amethyst too on occasion, especially in the episode "Tiger Millionaire". She doesn't act like it, but she clearly takes Pearl and Garnet's criticisms to heart.
* WhatAnIdiot: During Onion's rampage, Pearl tells Steven basically what the viewers were thinking at the time: that he could have easily used the Replicator Wand to replicate Ranger Guy instead of giving the device to Onion.
-->'''Steven:''' ''({{facepalm}})'' DANG IT!
** Starting to happen frequently with Amethyst.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: A number of moments could qualify the show for this, but the most notable examples would probably be Steven almost aging himself to death or Pearl being stabbed through the gut and temporarily dying.
* WinBackTheCrowd: When Cartoon Network put the show on a three month hiatus, fans got worried. Then the network revealed that not only did they add more episodes to the first season, they also renewed for a big second season. The result was that Steven Universe would have a total of ''104'' episodes for it's first two seasons. Such news put the fans' minds at ease.