- Steven using a time travel device to make insult comebacks. Sure, he could have used it for more emergency situations but this is a far more frequent and often more satisfying use.
- The way Steven leaps ahead of Garnet and the others in the theme song.
- Anytime the show focuses on the older Gems fighting instead of turning it into an Offscreen Moment of Awesome.
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"Laser Light Cannon"
- Steven shoves his demonically-possessed breakfast into a melting pool after it's mutated into a giant monster and taken out the other Gems.
- Garnet saving Steven from falling into a pit of fire by planting her feet ankle-deep into a chunk of solid stone.
- Not to mention her off screen moment of awesome as she carried Steven over a room cover in spikes, guillotine and pouring lava.
- As soon as Steven figures out what's going on, she turns and starts punching the floor without a word.
- Steven figuring out what the rooms are doing, on his own, is pretty awesome on its own.
- The short but oh-so-awesome smackdown between Garnet and Amethyst.
- The fact that Amethyst took the beating from Garnet (who is at an almost unfair advantage— being older and exceptionally strong, even by Gem standards) and was ready to fight back. Honestly, she was only mildly dazed.  indeed.
- Watching The Purple Puma ruthlessly pwn everybody is not only entertaining to watch it's oddly satisfying as well.
- The whole sequence after Steven throws the desert glass on the beach and then he tries to get it back with all these structures shifting around in this big sandstorm and Steven's climbing on stuff and oh no he's going to fall on those spikes. Then the Pink Lion swoops in and The Awesome hits the fan. It starts the awesome train by ROARING AWAY a bunch of Sand Structures that even Garnet couldn't make a dent in, using one of the structures it broke to get up to high ground, leaps like 15 feet through the air and bursts through the structure the Desert Glass made to protect itself using it's roar and looking cool doing it.
- Garnet's brief but epic beat-down against the monster at the beginning.
- It's mostly off screen, but there's a brief few moments of the Gems moving in complete tandem as they presumably lay waste to the smaller parasites.
- Opal versus the giant bird, with the background music combining both Pearl and Amethyst's themes.
- When the bird splits apart into hundreds of attacking birds, Opal orders Steven to stay low and then proceeds to fuse Amethyst's whip and Pearl's spear into a bow and arrow, which she launches to destroy all of the birds simultaneously. And all while en pointe, no less.
- Pearl's finishing move against Amethyst in their game of checkers.
- Pearl and Amethyst display incredibly fast teamwork to save Steven when he almost falls to his doom.
"So Many Birthdays"
- Assuming Steven will age in real life like he did when his gem "malfunctioned", looks like he'll grow up to be a tall, muscular, still adorable, and frankly pretty awesome looking guy.
- The efforts of the Gems to revert Steven to his proper age are quite admirable when given the extremely bleak circumstances. Special mentions to Amethyst, who never gave up and kept trying to motivate the other gems as well as Pearl, who despite being in the midst an obvious breakdown, realized that Steven's age was fluctuating based on his moods and therefore provided the key to his eventual age reversal.
"Lars and The Cool Kids"
- Steven verbally tearing into Lars when he blames the magic moss on Steven's "Weird mom".
Steven: *pokes at Lars' chest* What do you know about my Mom?! I DIDN'T EVEN GET TO KNOW MY MOM! But I do know, she saw beauty in everything! Even in stuff like this *points at moss* and even in jerks like you! *Lars looks away ashamedly, Steven sighs* Now help me get them to the car.
- Steven saves the day without any help from the Gems whatsoever this time, and manages to snap Lars out of his freakout to get him to help the other kids.
- The utterly beautiful sight of the quartz flowers over Beach City is one for the makers of the show.
"Steven the Swordfighter"
- Pearl's sparring match with Holo-Pearl is a genuine treat to behold, and the music is equally fitting.
- Despite being in shock and likely lots of pain, Pearl's first instinct after being stabbed is to frantically try and reassure a traumatized Steven that she'll be fine before she disintegrates.
- Steven defeats Holo-Pearl using the boomerang blade technique.
"Lion 2: the Movie"
- The Gems working together with the Pizzas to take down the puffer-fish monster.
- And who came up with the plan? Grandma Pizza. On the spot. Using nothing but the volleyball net and the technique they saw Garnet use earlier.
- Everyone had a helping hand in taking down the pufferfish monster, but special mention goes to Nanafua for being the one to put the whole thing in motion.
- Garnet spiking the ball so hard it bursts into flames! Not only that, but when it impacts the sand it superheats it, turning it into a glass spire. (thank you for that explanation, Grandma Pizza.)
- Sugilite's first appearance is undoubtedly Badass, as well as the transformation sequence leading up to it. The way she effortlessly demolished gigantic crystal pillars is certainly a sight to behold.
- When a large chunk of debris comes flying towards Pearl and Steven, she kicks it in half.
- Pearl has to fight Sugilite, the extremely powerful combined form of Amethyst and Garnet who is as tall as a building, when she goes out of control. And Pearl wins.
- The entirety of the episode's song Strong In The Real Way, especially Pearl's half. Not only is it the first time we hear the elder Gems sing on their own, but it lends to some subtle yet great Character Development.
- Steven successfully manages to somewhat tame the centipeetle from the first episode after he accidentally un-bubbles it, enough that it actually performs a Heroic Sacrifice for him.
- After that, Steven successfully bubbles the centipeetle's gem (and the bag of Chaaaps) with his Gem powers. Intentionally!
"An Indirect Kiss"
- Steven accidentally healing Connie's vision. And it sticks.
"Mirror Gem"/"Ocean Gem" (2-Parter)
- Greg Universe. Saving the day with duct tape.
- Pearl actually manages to fix Greg's van so it's as good as new.
- When Greg realizes Pearl is serious about building a spaceship to fly into space with Steven in tow, he puts his foot down and grounds the space flight.
- Pearl needs some credit for building an almost functional spaceship with zero funds and a barn full of scraps. Eat your heart out, Iron Man! And in the process they build a jet-powered ultralight, which Steven learns to fly like a pro in days! At least that one only falls apart when it's on the ground…
- After Pearl and Amethyst go at each other's throats over whose fault it is for letting some gem shards get loose, Steven tells on them to Garnet, who teaches the gems a lesson about teamwork they will never forget.
- After running away from a gem monster that was completely invisible except for its gem, Sadie, with nothing more than a sharp stick, defeats the monster single-handedly while it was still invisible, becoming the first full human to defeat a gem monster onscreen without a gem helping her.
- Steven manages to use his fusion powers- and does so with Connie, a human, at that!
- Steven just walking through the flames knowing they won't hurt him without even breaking a sweat
- Even if all the challenges were rigged, Steven didn't know that at first - meaning he willingly attempted to outrun a giant boulder, leap towards a vine to swing over a chasm, dodge giant bladed pendulums on a staircase and walk through a very specifically timed flame trap. That in itself is awesome. But note also that the only time the failsafes become noticeable is when he is about to get smashed by the giant pillar. Steven was either very close to being or already capable of completing the majority of these very challenges. That is pretty damn awesome for a 10-year old Gem in training.
- While it was after he found out that the tests were designed to be completely impossible to lose. Steven basically stopping a boulder mid-roll by glaring at it is still undeniably Badass.
"On The Run"
- When it's not being tragically sad, the Pearl VS Amethyst smackdown in the Kindergarten is undeniably awesome.
- The final move of the fight: Amethyst wrapping her whip around Pearl's spear and electrocuting her, sending the much more experienced Gem flying.
- Sadie performing a Diving Save and saving Lars from a flying coffee mug.
- Though he did it to sacrifice him to a gaping maw, Ronaldo picking up Lars and throwing him was pretty impressive.
- Steven using his bubble to save himself and Lars from a Gem.
- Steven using the knowledge from the vision to get Connie home safely.
- Steven stopping the argument between Greg and Amethyst.
- The Gems cleaning out Greg's garage overnight.
- Though it was an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, in a Great Offscreen War 5,000 years ago, if Pearl is anything to go by, Rose Quartz was quite the Badass during the fight.
- Garnet grabbing the picture of Rose Quartz before it hits the ground after Pearl's hissy fit dislodges it.
- When chasing after Pearl, Steven manages to jump across the Floating Platforms (if barely), and only falls short on the last one. And even then he manages to catch himself on some roots. He's come a long way.
- Steven being able to calm the angry townsfolk with a truly amazing Rousing Speech, and covering the mayor's ass while he's doing it.
"The Return"/"Jail Break"
- Steven using his shield to block the beam from Peridot's spaceship. Mind you, that same ship proved invulnerable to the most powerful weapons the Crystal Gems had.
- Garnet spontaneously bursts into song right before fighting Jasper. And then proceeding to beat her while reaffirming her own existence as a fusion.
- The fight between Garnet and Jasper:
- One thing that stands out is how the fight ends: when Jasper comes charging at Garnet, she gives a smirk before catching her and using her own momentum to throw her into the ship's power core. That smirk just screams 'Gotcha now!' Also worth mentioning is when Garnet hits Jasper's helmet from opposite sides with her fists, the blow powerful enough to shatter her visor from the force alone.
- Jasper keeps her Gem Disruptor on her during the fight...and Garnet disarms her of it. She catches it and holds it with a smirk before snapping it in two. Garnet could have used it back on Jasper, but chose to break it and prove that unlike the homeworld Gems, she doesn't need a fancy gadget to do her fighting for her.
- A villainous one for Jasper. Even though Garnet is a fusion, their second fight is pretty evenly matched
- Steven grabbing Peridot's gem disruptor to protect Pearl and Amethyst. By the next scene, Amethyst has her restrained.
- Lapis fusing with Jasper so she could drag them both into the ocean.
- Look closely during this scene and you'll notice that the fusion's face distorts a bit as if the transformation is trying to end itself before stabilizing. Fusions are dependent on the personalities staying synced but Lapis was able to keep the two of them forcibly fused despite Jasper trying to cancel it out!
- Steven finding a way to break himself, Ruby, and Sapphire out of the jail cell is awesome in itself. At first he trembles because he isn't used to it, but then he uses it to his advantage while breaking Ruby and Sapphire out.
- Steven realizing that once again, his poorly phrased wishes ended up with some trouble, and trying to fix it immediately.
- Connie leaping to fight the Fake Connie when she sees that Steven is in trouble.
- Jenny stepping in front of Garnet's punch in order to keep her from hitting the escape pod with Steven in it. Girl's got guts, especially once you remember "Beach Party" and realize she's seen what Garnet can do with her fists.
- The cool kids defending Steven from the Gems, and getting them to realize that they've been a bit hard on him.
- While seemingly a lesser example than most, you gotta hand it to Steven; figuring out how to pilot a Gem vehicle that he had not only never seen before, but is at least 5000 years more advanced than anything he may have run into before "The Return/Jailbreak" is pretty amazing.