YMMV / Steven Universe

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  • Abandon Shipping:
    • 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 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.
  • Acceptable Targets: Jersey, an obvious spoof of New Jersey, is portrayed as a polluted, noisy town with apparently rude people. In Steven's world, they "hate the earth."
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Is Greg a better parent than the Gems themselves? On the one hand, he's somewhat of a slacker, living in his van which is perpetually full of junk, seemingly misplacing as many things as he finds, can be forgetful at times, and it's somewhat unclear that despite being a human himself, he'd give Steven a proper education and upbringing. On the other, he definitely gets serious whenever Steven is facing a problem or life-threatening situation, and is otherwise a fun-loving, supportive good parent. Episodes such as "Laser Light Cannon", "Cat Fingers", "Ocean Gem", "Space Race", "The Message", etc, show that Greg is actually quite competent in 'normal' matters, even if he's all too aware of how out of his depth he is at magical things. Not to mention he lives in a van because they essentially kicked him out of the house he built for his dead wife and child. He even gives the Crystal Gems a small What the Hell, Hero? when he points out that they "never give up on anything, except for [him]". It's been later revealed that Greg took care of Steven as a baby and the Gems took custody of him as he got older, and that even now Greg is the one paying for all of Steven's living expenses, raising further question of who should be living with whom.
    • After "Coach Steven", Sugilite's character has been subject to some amount of interpretations. Is her personality a result of Garnet and Amethyst's mindsets at the moment of fusion, or is it a reasonable mixture of their own distinct traits? Was it an example of the Ruby and Amethyst parts of her just getting wildly out-of-control? Was her lashing out at Pearl an indication that the amount of time she spent fused was causing her to go out of control, or was she justifiably hurt that Pearl left her behind?
    • With later revelations that Amethyst was meant to be twice as big and much more intimidating than she is right now (she's a runt because she apparently 'birthed' 500 years too late), and Sugilite being unconventionally larger than other fusions, could Sugilite's size and attitude be a manifestation of Amethyst's true form/potential? Garnet herself believes their mindsets at the time coupled with both of them having aggressive tendencies was a wreckless idea in hindsight.
    • Lapis Lazuli. Was she a threat that could've seriously hurt everyone around her? Or was she just a homesick Gem that was just severely injured and didn't want to be on the planet anymore? After the events of "The Return/Jailbreak" and beyond, is her willingness to sacrifice her freedom, and even her identity for Steven the result of Steven's personality making her a better person? Or is she doing this purely for his sake, and couldn't care less about her home planet, the Earth, other Gems both Crystal and otherwise, and even herself? While anger about her being captured and tormented by Jasper was part of it, after defusing, Lapis seems to have done it for Steven's sake and her own self-destructive issues.
    • Pearl and Amethyst's amusement at humans' short lifespans: are the Gems really an advanced race of warriors, or just a group of Smug Super thugs and that Lapis may have had a point in her argument? Or alternatively, are the Crystal Gems simply Noble Bigots in comparison to the rest of the Gem race? Lapis herself seemed to show little regard for the Earth and its inhabitants herself, and the modern Homeworld Gems are if anything, even worse. The end result appears to be that as insensitive and unintentionally condescending as they can be, they've grown to genuinely believe in protecting Earth and is the best defense humanity has.
    • Connie's parents? Decent parents or, in the case of Connie's mom, a full blown Jerkass Abusive Parent? Dr. Maheswaran (Connie's mom) is the more divisive of the two Maheswaran parents; whether she's Good Parents, an Abusive Parent or just My Beloved Smother, is extremely debatable. She appears to be some degree of overprotective of Connie, even forbidding her from watching a medical television show for being unrealistic, and comes down very hard on her when she learns Connie lied to her about Steven's family. She refers to Greg's "because we love you" explanation as a "shut-down" and compliments it as such, which strikes some viewers as a red flag. However, she also isn't as close-minded as Connie seems to think, as she was rather quick to form a rapport with the Crystal Gems (over their decision to harshly punish Steven). "Nightmare Hospital" suggests she wasn't aware of the damage she was doing to her daughter, and thought since Connie wasn't talking about her feelings meant she was doing her job as a protective mother. She's resolved to push back on her rules and is trying to keep an open mind when it comes to Connie's adventures with the Crystal Gems. Just so long as Connie is honest with her.
    • Sadie. Misunderstood teenager with a crush, or a Yandere who goes to excessive and cruel lengths to get back at Lars for simple pettiness? Or somewhere in between, as a cheerful if somewhat obsessive girl that although sometimes cruel to a guy that's more than cruel to her back, still is a positive influence?
    • Lars. Jerk with a Heart of Gold who really does care about Sadie, or Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk who likes to toy around with her feelings for him, and is only jealous when she spends time with Ronaldo because she's paying attention to someone who isn't him? Or maybe he's just one really screwed up kid with attachment issues.
    • The exact relationship between Amethyst and Greg as shown in 'Maximum Capacity'. Was Amethyst's reaction in this episode akin to a child who's working through the grief of her mother-figure getting into a new relationship and then dying? Or, as another fan contingent suggests, was there also something romantic/sexual going on between the two of them? Similarly, the fandom is also split between those who feel that despite her cruel actions in the episode, Amethyst was still sympathetic considering her back-story (and apology), and those who felt she crossed a line.
    • "Rose's Scabbard" has shed new light on Pearl. Was her relationship with Rose an adoring kind of Hero Worship? Was Pearl the Gem equivalent of a stalker who wanted to know all of Rose's secrets? Or was their relationship something a little less platonic?
    • "Sworn to the Sword" certainly brought up even more questions on the exact nature of Rose and Pearl's relationship especially after its implied that Pearl is significantly younger than Rose. There is also the possibility that Pearl's devotion to Rose was rather unhealthy, for Pearl herself most of all. Both of these implications might explain why Rose kept some distance between herself and Pearl.
    • Matt Burnett has confirmed on his Twitter that Pearl's feelings were not platonic. This answers one question, but the debate over whether Rose herself saw her as a lover or friend still leaves the matter open to multiple interpretations.
    • Could many of Pearl's character traits be the result of being (the Gem equivalent of) autistic? She displays numerous traits typically associated with Asperger Syndrome in particular: taking hyperbole, sarcasm, and humor literally (e.g: Steven's "Butter-fly" joke); an inability to pick up on social cues, difficulties empathizing with those she doesn't have a close connection with (i.e: most humans), being ultra-logical most of the time but highly anxious and emotional in stressful situations, and trouble understanding other people's perspectives - such as Amethyst's in "On the Run". Given that the other Gems can seem to glean a basic understanding of earth and its inhabitants, Pearl's behavior may not be explainable by reference to her outsider status alone. Many autistic SU fans see Pearl as autistic or the Gem version thereof.
    • "We Need to Talk" shows Rose having an alien mindset, laughing hysterically at Greg when he asks her if she takes him seriously but moments later being put-off when he laughs at her and then starts crying, completely ignoring Pearl's jealousy and anxiety, singing about how she likes "playing along" with humans, and implying she's had human lovers (and possibly something with Pearl) but had no idea what being "in love" is like.
    • "Catch and Release" reveals that rather than being a flat-out antagonist, she truly thinks of the Crystal Gems as traitors and expresses fear of them, to the point where she assumes every mundane object they own is a weapon they could use to harm her. She even refers to Garnet as a "filthy war machine" as part of her indoctrination regarding Homeworld's taboo against inter-Gem fusion. Peridot may be a sort of metaphor for autism. Blunt, literal, issues understanding other people's feelings, thinks normal things are weird, she even fits into the another planet metaphor.
    • Is Ronaldo a jerk who would risk the safety of Beach City for his conspiracy theories, or are his conspiracy theories all he has as a coping mechanism for being friendless?
      • It Could've Been Great raises another very interesting possibility: that Ronaldo is aware that he alone knows the truth about the world and all that it entails, because in point of fact, he does: his theory about "Polymorphic rocks that follow the Diamond Authority and plan to hollow out the earth" is fact. He also indirectly stumbled on to the not entirely inaccurate conclusion that the Gems bring most of Beach City's problems with them.
    • After "Hit the Diamond," some fans suspect being permanently fused is actually a quite unhealthy way for gems to live, as Ruby and Sapphire seem utterly starved for each other's attention and can't stop themselves from aggressively flirting even as it risks them being discovered by Homeworld Gems.
    • Are the people of Beach City Apathetic Citizens that don't really care about the Gems or are they Conditioned to Accept Horror while quietly resenting the Gems for the trouble they bring? "Rising Tides/Crashing Skies" shows the people largely unconcerned about the invasion by Homeworld but other episodes imply that they don't like the Gems for the trouble that happens around town.
    • Is Ronaldo actually as socially incompetent as he appears or does he have an average off-screen social life? While his Conspiracy Theorist antics seem to isolate he is seen to travel in some of the same circles as the Cool Kids when "off the clock" and can even rope others into his plots at times. "Restaurant Wars" also shows him as the first teenager on the show to actually have a girlfriend, implying that he's more social savvy than he lets on.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: A few fans felt this way about Lapis' fight with the Crystal Gems in the mid-season one two-parter. Lapis has shown an intense hatred towards the Gems, sans 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 simply talks her down in less than a minute, heals her broken gem, and allows her to leave peacefully.
  • Anti-Shipping Goggles: 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 Bastard Boyfriend 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.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • For fans not fond of the Uncle Grandpa 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 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 Love at First Sight 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.
  • Awesome Ego: Sardonyx clearly loves being herself, inflated ego and all, and her fans feel the same.
  • Awesomeness Withdrawal: The show's most universal complaint is its inconsistent schedule. The series has had several hiatuses in its run, and although the Stevenbombs are beloved, they've been taking an increasingly long number of months to air.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Pearl has a somewhat mixed reputation; some fans finding her quirks (she's a clean freak, and is extremely protective towards Steven) to be annoying, others find them funny or endearing. And while she sincerely means well, she commits several Kick the Dog moments in Season 2 which have made her very divisive.
    • Pearl's feelings for Rose Quartz have divided the fanbase further. Initially regarded as sweet, as more light has been shed on the nature of their relationship, fans are debated as to whether it makes Pearl even more of The Woobie or whether it makes her an unsympathetic Jerk Ass Crazy Jealous Girl, or a mix of both. It doesn't help that she seems to be completely unable to think about anything or anyone else once she goes into "Rose mode." In "Rose's Scabbard", she's so distraught that when Steven misses his last jump and nearly falls to his death she doesn't even try to help him climb back up. Then in "Sworn to the Sword," she convinces Connie that her life is worth nothing when it comes to protecting Steven, seeming to forget that she's human and will not simply retreat into her gem if her body is injured. Over all it seems that Pearl has some very serious issues to work through, but doesn't truly mean any harm. The events of "Cry for Help" have done her even more damage. She repairs the Communication Hub, lies that Peridot did it, and uses it so that she and Garnet will continue fusing into Sardonyx. Some Pearl-haters now despise her even more, because she used a serious situation for a selfish purpose and used Garnet while doing so, and her attempts to make up for it afterwards caused even more problems. Others defend her, acknowledging that what she did was wrong, yes, but that doesn't make her a bad person. "Back to the Barn" might just smooth over a lot of her detractors given we learn that in the Gem hierarchy, Pearls are made-to-order servants and designed to be obedient, and Pearl idolized Rose as her "owner". It puts several of her conversations and actions in a different context.
    • Amethyst's carefree attitude. She's always had her fair share of fans who enjoyed seeing her let loose and have fun with her powers. Others found her misuse of her powers grating and obnoxious, making her the least popular of the Crystal Gems, particularly in the first half of season 1. This largely died down after her hidden insecurities and self-worth issues were explored in "Tiger Millionaire", and especially after "On the Run". Focus episodes after the revelation of her being created in Kindergarten during the war made her much more sympathetic even to those that disliked her.
    • Lars. He often acts like a selfish Jerkass, and any time an episode ends with him learning humility, it completely gets forgotten by the next episode. However, he still has his fair share of fans and has been involved with some of the show's Heartwarming Moments. This clip sums Lars up perfectly. He has his Jerkass moments, but deep down inside, he does actually care, as evidenced by when he gives Sadie his shirt at the end for her to keep warm. "Island Adventure" accentuates this, with a lot of people either hating on Lars and glorifying Sadie (for Lars coming across as even more of a jerk than usual for a lot of the episode) or vice versa (for Sadie taking matters into her own hands to "help" Lars without asking him, which may have just ended up hurting him and their relationship).
    • Jasper. Depending on who you ask, she's either an unrepentant sadist for her lust for fighting, complicated and abusive treatment of Lapis, and her single-minded determination for revenge that still has Hidden Depths to her personality, or a Blood Knight that could still be persuaded to fight for the Crystal Gems as a Noble Demon that isn't really bad/should be befriended given the show's usual tendencies. There's very little neutral ground.
    • Ronaldo, full stop. Some people hate him because of his callous disregard for the safety of others, and his very disturbed mind makes him more of a villain than he appears. Others see him as a well-intentioned idiot, Others like him because of his jerkassery, and others say he works better only in very small doses.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • "Garnet's Universe", where Steven has an extended Imagine Spot depicted in a mix of various Shonan anime and retro gaming animation styles that features Garnet and her talking frog and bunny friends going on a Cliché Storm of an adventure to fight an evil fox man. It's about as far from the main style of the show as possible, but some fans love it for exactly those reasons.
    • "Say Uncle," an explicitly non-canon crossover with Uncle Grandpa that kills Pizza Stevenote  and by implication Lars and Sadie. The episode mostly consists of Uncle Grandpa doing bizarre things to help teach Steven how to use his shield, and later sending him into his RV. It's also the only time in the series that fourth wall jokes are used.
  • Broken Base:
    • The show moved to a slightly looser and less detailed style after it was picked up, which understandably upset fans of the pilot. There's a small handful that liked or even preferred their designs, but it's usually regarded as inconsistent and more than a little stiff.
    • It became increasingly debated by fans as more episodes came out whether or not Greg is actually a better role model than the Gems for a variety of reasons. The Gems themselves even question if they're capable of teaching Steven and providing for him in "The Test".
    • "Alone Together". Either it was a sweet episode and a unique Fusion, or it was a little uncomfortable due to the characters' barely teen ages.
    • As soon as the crossover with Uncle Grandpa was announced, the fandom split into those who were excited about the idea, those who were indifferent, and those who thought it was the worst idea in history. Even after the episode came out, the Fandom Nods and irreverent tone in poking fun at the show garnered mixed reactions of their own, with some finding it mean-spirited and others finding it hilarious, and exactly what the joke was.
      • Within the same episode, the fandom became split over whether Pearl's Flanderized behavior in said episode was either gut-bustingly funny or a disservice to her character.
    • Garnet's behavior in "Love Letters" to Jamie. While the majority of the fandom agree that she wasn't required to go on a "pity date" with him, a few people think that she was a bit too blunt in how she felt, and that she should've just explained to Jamie that she was already in a relationship.
    • The fandom is split over what, exactly, fusion is a metaphor for. Some argue that it's a straight forward metaphor for sex. Others see it as a metaphor for any and all kinds of intimacy within relationships, including friendly and familial ones. Which view you subscribe to will understandably affect how you think about Steven possibly fusing with any of the Gems or with Connie.
    • Sardonyx's design (not Sardonyx herself) has fans split. Some like her 'dapper' tuxedo and gap-toothed smile, finding it to be a unique and appealing design. Others dislike/hate the design, as it doesn't quite look like a fusion of Garnet and Pearl would be expected to—the clothes are entirely different and the color palette is largely black.
    • Ronaldo's theories: is his theory of there being a Diamond Authority a case of "a broken clock is right twice a day," or are all of his theories true in some strange, roundabout way?
    • As a fandom example, the shutdown of the tumblr blog didyouknowstevenuniverse, which posted fake parody facts about the show. Put simply, some people took the facts seriously and harassed Rebecca Sugar to the point that Steven Universe crew member Ian Jones-Quartey had to get involved. When the blog immediately stopped posting, there were two bases on the matter: those who understood why it was taken down, because it could cause confusion for some viewers and it caused Sugar to be harassed. Then there were those who were upset because they believed that the blog was perfectly harmless, and that Ian Jones-Quartey was a bit rude in the matter (not accepting the blog runner's apology until the blog was taken down.)
    • The idea of a male Gem appearing on the show has the fanbase split. According to Word of God, the Gems are a race that have no gender whatsoever. Conceivably this could mean that all of the Gems shown so far have just coincidentally decided to take the form of females and could just as easily be male. Some fans would like to see a male Gem, while others are strongly against the idea. Discussion of the topic sometimes results in feuds between fans (see Fandom Berserk Button below).
      • Some also argue that Steven is a male Gem while others state that, because he's half-human, he's not technically a full Gem.
    • The townies' nonchalance regarding the magical elements of the show, in particular Connie's parents almost non-reaction to anything Gem related. Some fans are fine with it, and chalk it up to Rule of Funny. Other fans can't maintain their suspension of disbelief, and think it clashes badly with the general tone of the show and the fact that characters usually have more realistic reactions to any other plot development.
    • In regards to Peridot, the fanbase was also increasingly divided between those who wanted her to have a redemption arc, and those who thought she made for a much better character as a dorky villain. Now that Peridot is a Crystal Gem whether she likes it or not, this has evolved into people who are content with her being a member of the team and those expecting her to betray the Gems at the first opportunity, or at the very least leave with Lapis or Jasper after the Malachite fiasco is taken care of.
    • Peridot's Heel–Face Turn in "Message Received" and whether or not it happened too fast. Some feel that it contradicts her characterization in the previous episode, where she still doesn't understand why the Gems wouldn't want the Earth hollowed out, and that it doesn't make sense for her to insult Yellow Diamond to her face given how much she worshiped her. Others feel that it does make sense, and Peridot turning against Yellow Diamond may have been not so much out of appreciation for Earth as it was Yellow Diamond showing she wasn't as logical as Peridot believed, and insulting her was more of a kneejerk reaction than a conscious act of rebellion.
    • Predictably, Lapis/Jasper is one of the most popular ships in the fandom. But since it's the definition of a toxic, unhealthy relationship, it has a very prominent hatedom with the reasoning that it's glorifying abuse.
    • There's a heavy backlash against Rule 34 (not exclusive to this fandom, but getting a lot of steam here), mostly for the fear of making it difficult for the intended audience of children to search for show online without coming across adult content, as has happened with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (also tying into Fandom Rivalry.) It varies from "keep it on a separate tag" to "drawing porn of a children's show is basically pedophilia." That said, this fandom is definitely not short of smut, and according to Ian JQ, the crew is not only okay with it but "the writers room talks we have about the actual canon is waaaay sicker than stuff I see on tumblr. So shine on you crazy diamonds. Get weird."
    • Because Garnet is literally the embodiment of a lesbian relationship, many fans see Garnet as a lesbian herself. But her statement of "Three's a crowd" in "Love Letters" has led to many interpreting her as an aromantic asexual, with the argument that Ruby and Sapphire are lesbians but Garnet is not, and may see any ships involving Garnet as erasure. Debates around this can get heated.
    • It's a relatively common fan-theory that if Steven was to retreat back into his gem, Rose would be the one to regenerate, due to the fact that Steven inherited her gem. While some people approve of this theory, and find it to be a mixture of heartwarming and tearjerking (mostly the latter), others dislike it, as they feel it would cheapen the sacrifice Rose made in order to give birth to Steven.
    • In "Barn Mates", many viewers felt that Lapis was being unreasonably cruel to Peridot by refusing to even consider she's changed. Many other viewers felt Peridot was Easily Forgiven and the episode gave a Broken Aesop of how victims aren't allowed to be angry at those who hurt them if it's at the expense of their friends, especially after Peridot apologized to Amethyst for being Innocently Insensitive in an earlier episode.
    • After "Hit the Diamond" put an end to the "Barn Arc", the following episodes returned to the slice-of-life, episodic nature that were common during the first half of Season 1. These episodes once again placed the focus on the humans of Beach City, with the Crystal Gems (sans Steven) appearing very little, and never all of them at once (in fact, after "Steven Floats", Garnet spend five episodes in a row without any onscreen appearance). While some people appreciate the return to its roots, a very vocal segment of the fandom openly disliked this change of direction, preferring more plot-heavy episodes focused on the gem characters that was the norm during Season 2. There is another portion of the fandom who like the plot heavy episodes focused on the Gems but are open to the show returning to its roots and focusing more on the human characters after being away from them for so long, but feel the episodes after "Hit the Diamond" were mediocre.
  • Cargo Ship: 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."
  • Continuity Lockout: 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 "Mirror Gem" however, and you'd better have a working knowledge of the show's mythology to grasp the significance of characters' actions. After season one, if you've not seen every episode by this point, you're going to be lost as the show expects viewers to recognize locations and plot points that have only appeared once, dozens of episodes previously. To the point where most fans suggest newcomers not to watch Cartoon Network, as it's all too easy to be spoiled by random episodes.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • After The Reveal in "Ocean Gem" that the monsters the Gems have fought the entire time are actually corrupted Gems, on top of the pre-existing fact the Gems can survive as long as their gem is intact, fans have compared the show to Puella Magi Madoka Magica. For a number of reasons:
      • Both are Deconstructional takes on the Magical Girl genre where the Monster of the Week was once one of their own.
      • They both star idealistic main characters that eventually learn just how dangerous their job really is.
      • Both series have main characters display relationship problems and mental issues, though here, it is toned down a little to cater to a younger audience.
      • The characters of both series are actually the gemstones that are on their bodies, with the rest of their form being a Made of Iron proxy.
      • Not to mention how similar Rose Quartz is to an Ascended Madoka.
      • Pearl's undying dedication and love towards Rose Quartz draws parallels to Homura's love for Madoka, especially in "Sworn to the Sword".
      • Ruby's wild attitude and love towards Sapphire, who's pretty much an aloof girl with a Pimped-Out Dress who can see the future parallels Kirika and Oriko from the spin-off Puella Magi Oriko Magica.
      • Even the characters can be compared:
      • Steven/Rose - Madoka
      • Connie - Sayaka
      • Garnet - Mami
      • Amethyst - Kyoko
      • Pearl - Homura
    • The Crystal Gems also share a surprising amount of similarities with the various protagonists of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, particularly parts 3 and 4:
      • Steven & Josuke Higashikata: good-hearted teenagers who hardly look their age, with poofy hair and healing abilities.
      • Garnet & Jotaro Kujo: Stoic but kind leader figures who have an association with punching-based attacks; Garnet also shares one aspect with the SBR-verse "Josuke Higashikata" in the fact that they're both the product of a Fusion Dance.
      • Amethyst & Joseph Joestar: Fun-loving right-hand fighters with wickedly awesome senses of humor, but are willing to be serious when they need to; Amethyst's whip also shares similarities with HERMIT PURPLE in both appearance and applications in combat.
      • Pearl & Jean-Pierre Polnareff: Honorable sword-fighters who've been immensely burdened by the deaths of their loved ones (Rose Quartz and Cherrie Polnareff, respectively) and have an association with whitish colors. Both also defected from the main villain early on in the story.
    • Jasper's muscular build, long hair, brutish nature, and role as a member of the main characters' race who came back to attack them led to a lot of jokes comparing her to Raditz from Dragon Ball. Similar are comparisons of her to Nappa and Peridot to Vegeta, which the show's creative director found very amusing.
      • We can also start comparing Yellow Diamond to Frieza, being their leader and a genocidal racist.
    • Peridot overseeing unethical experiments on Gems fused against their wills initially drew some comparisons to Shou Tucker.
    • Despite only appearing for a very brief moment in the extended intro, Yellow Diamond's stance, colour scheme and history with Steven's mother have already led to a few comparisons between her and Dio Brando, in pieces such as This.
    • Mysterious Evil Overlord that wears a long hooded cloak, known for being very cruel and unforgiving, whose empire is being challenged by a rebellion. Is Blue Diamond Darth Sidious's gemsona?
    • Rose Quartz can be compared to Rosalina, in that they're both very large, beautiful, motherly women who originally came from space and are incredibly old despite appearances. They also have star motifs and even have similar sounding names.
    • Steven and the Gems can be seen similar to the main characters of Neo Ranga.
      • Steven is Joel.
      • Garnet is Minami.
      • Amethyst is Yuuhi.
      • Pearl is Ushio.
    • Lapis Lazuli to Flame Princess. While opposite elements, they're both Woobies who have been kept locked up, aren't aware of their impact on damage around them, and they're both created by Rebecca Sugar.
    • Lapis Lazuli to this lookalike-villain with similar personalities from the old anime Golden Bat.
    • Steven has been compared to another Steven, both of them being genuinely sweet Nice Guys who care about others' well-being and for using shields as their Weapons of Choice.
    • Peridot with her sleek, cubical design, having an Arm Cannon and wall-jumping abilities, makes her resemble Mega Man X, with a variant of green armor. The Crystal Gems resemble Maverick Hunters in fighting their own kind that have gone rogue with insanity.
    • Connie is a girl with South Asian ancestry with two overbearing parents who force her to be an overachiever. She's also the girlfriend of a chubby, Adorkable boy and is clearly the smarter and more boyish of the two. Are we talking about Connie Maheswaran or Connie Souphanousinphone?
    • A tech-reliant Gadgeteer Genius antagonist, in a trio with a long-haired brute and a sympathetic girl with destructive magic powers, is the youngest and smallest of them, wears a dark green suit with neon green eyewear, utilizes robotic limbs to accommodate their size, is a snotty, bratty, self-absorbed jerkass with a grating, nasal voice and likes to taunt and trash talk the protagonists with weird insults. Also makes a lot of exaggerated sharp-toothed expressions. Did we describe Peridot or Gizmo?
    • The Crystal Gems (minus Steven) are pretty similar to The Powerpuff Girls:
      • Garnet is Blossom & Buttercup (Garnet is the leader and the strongest of the Crystal Gems).
      • Amethyst is Buttercup & Bubbles (Amethyst gets a bit aggressive from time to time, but she provides the most fun).
      • Pearl is Blossom & Bubbles (Pearl feels a bit weaker than the other Crystal Gems, but she's also the most tidy).
    • There are four main characters who are centered around the mysterious disappearing pink-haired leader who preaches about love and peace, and a trio of opposing aligned antagonists; the chartreuse-haired one is the most shrill and petty and prone to tantrums, the white-haired one is tough and physical, the blue-haired one is the Token Good Teammate, pushed around by other two, and is close friends with the youngest of the four protagonists. Homeworld Gems or The Misfits?
    • Diminutive green alien sent to conquer and/or destroy the earth, a fairly gifted technician reliant upon advanced technology and robotic helpers (and hapless when deprived of them), uses artificial limbs to increase her speed and reach, views humans as pests, becomes hilariously screechy and petty when things go wrong, when called upon a ham to end all hams, picks up strange notions about much of Earth's culture, and a combination of genuine threat and pathetic. In short: minus some IQ points and Peridot would be a mineral Invader Zim. Since Rebecca Sugar is a fan of the show, it's very likely some of these similarities were deliberate.
    • Jasper is a humanoid alien warrior with some feline traits such as striped orange skin, amber eyes and outrageously big hair. So though she's a Gem, she wouldn't look out of place among Thunderians.
    • Short person with diamond-shaped gem on their forehead, a strong association with computers, and a generally hostile attitude towards everyone, though they are slowly starting to warm up to the star-shirted guy they claim to hate. They also have tried to flush themselves down the toilet at one point. Peridot or Strong Bad?
    • A kind mother of her group who wears a bow around her waist, and is infatuated with a girl named Rose. Pearl or Kanaya? This post only further proves this.
      • Taking this further: small, adorable aliens with green color schemes, cat motifs, shipping charts, and the occasional aggressive tendency. Peridot or Nepeta?
    • Aliens of a No Biological Sex that have fought against one another over different opinions and are able to transform their bodies and combine themselves to become stronger. Are these the Gems or The Transformers? Not only that, Rose Quarts have some similar traits to Optimus Prime as they are both powerful warriors who believe all life is precious.
    • A short, red-colored character with a violent temper that causes them to literally give off heat. Ruby or Anger?
    • The Gems are often compared to the Rock Humans from Jojolion in the fact that they're both mineral beings with superpowers and both contain a vaguely homoerotic fusion.
    • Franklin and Bear to Steven and Connie. A young male protagonist created by women, Franklin has an ordinary and unique name instead of being named after an animal like how Steven is the only one not named after a gem. Bear and Connie are the very close best friends who both have mothers which happen to be doctors. They both share a deep friendship that practically borders on Puppy Love.
    • The plot to Gem Drill: A sentient alien cluster threatens to destroy the Earth on its journey for harmonic linking and taking form for survival as our protagonist and his enemy-turned-friend pilot a new machine and try to reach for the core. Then said protagonist ends up having a mental connection to the core, nearly overloading his mind but managing to engage the collective in communication, find a solution through understanding them and thus saves the day. This is pretty much the climax to A Wakening of the Trailblazer minus the all-out interspecies war!
    • From "Hit The Diamond", the band of five Rubies, each with distinct personalities, which includes our Ruby have been compared to the Sextuplets from Osomatsu-san.
    • To some, Jamie bears a striking resemblance to Aladdin.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • There's Pearl x Lars.
    • Amethyst x Sadie.
    • Lars x Buck Dewey
    • LapiDot (Lapis Lazuli and Peridot) sprung up surprisingly strong after "Warp Tour", and before they ever even met or had any meaningful interactions. After "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 crossover ships with all of those characters, including Lion x Giant Realistic Flying Tiger.
    • Jamie x Kevin popped up right away after Jamie's Day in the Limelight episode, "Love Letters", aired.
    • Jaspearl (Jasper x Pearl) also has a few supporters. Some of the appeal comes from the trope of 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 triad.
    • We now have Amethyst x T-Pain, after he said he's a fan of the show and that she's his favorite Gem.
  • Creepy Awesome: Malachite is one of the most intimidating combinations to ever combat the Gems, but is also very impressive a fighter.
  • Creepy Cute: Malachite is a deformed, monstrous abomination with a 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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    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 Drama Bomb 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 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."
  • Crossover Ship: Pearl x Jet Link aka Cyborg 002 is pretty popular, due to the fact that they have similar noses, hair color and style (although Pearl's hair is lighter and shorter), and love to dance.
  • Cry for the Devil:
    • Jasper is probably one of the most loathed Gems in the series, but after her reappearance in "Chille Tid", a lot of people felt some measure of sympathy for her.
    • 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.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • 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 Lack of Empathy 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 crush Steven in "Marble Madness" and attempting to blast the Crystal Gems to death with her space ships Finger Gun in "The Return" (in fact she seemed more 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 Heroic Sacrifice, 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 the opposite extreme by others. Most fans are willing to forgive her imperfections because of the 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 hilarious blog make some fans forget his more selfish and 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 Jerk with a Heart of Gold who's not given a chance.
  • Ear Worm: Lots:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Just about every time a new Gem appears, she will automatically become popular for a period of time.
      • Despite appearing in only a handful of episodes, Lapis Lazuli is very popular, particularly since she's The Woobie on a Trauma Conga Line, the first non-Crystal Gem to make an appearance, and her enigmatic personality endeared her to fans even while other Gems came to gain more appearances than her.
      • At the time, Ruby and Sapphire appeared in just one episode at the Season 1 finale, but they quickly became extremely popular subjects for fanart of the series. The fact that they're Garnet's fusion components helps too, which endears them a lot to the LGBT community. Their surprise reappearance in "Keystone Motel" made the fandom descend into a collective squee fest. And when their past was shown in "The Answer", well...
      • Stevonnie is a popular fusion for their androgyny, as well as representing the relationship between Steven and Connie with a personality that's an adorable mix of the two's traits. Their spotlight episode was warmly welcomed by the show's LGBT demographic and was met with much rejoicing for their five seconds of screentime in "We Need to Talk".
      • Sardonyx became overwhelmingly popular practically overnight, due to her Large Ham personality and being the long-awaited fusion result of Garnet and Pearl.
      • And now we have Blue Diamond's Pearl, who has been getting quite the amount of fan art within moments of her surprise appearance in "The Answer."
      • From "Message Received" we have Yellow Diamond's Pearl who, much like Blue Pearl above has garnered a lot of fanart for her approximate one to two minutes worth of screen time in said episode (probably thanks in no small part to her hilariously bitchy and smug attitude).
      • Opal seems to be the most popular Fusion (sans Garnet), which is quite impressive considering she's only had three lines in the entire series. "Hopal for more Opal!" is a common cry in the fandom, and whenever she does make a cameo, it gets a good number of cheers - her sighing in "Log Date 7-15-2" was one of the most popular moments in an already popular episode.
      • The five Rubies that came to Earth in "Hit the Diamond" are this, not only do they have differing personalities, but they're collectively a Quirky Miniboss Squad that completely subverted expectations.
    • The Beach City civilians have a lot of love, namely the cool kids (Jenny Pizza, Buck Dewey, and Sour Cream).
    • Sadie Miller is one of the few Beach City cast that doesn't get a Love It or Hate It response. Being perky, helpful to Steven, occasionally getting in some of the action as the only human sans Connie to defeat a corrupted Gem on her own, and singing what's become a hit song with the fanbase with her own shyness and insecurities, even her crush on Lars ultimately doesn't detract from this.
    • Vidalia from the episode "Story for Steven". Appears for a fraction of a minute, generates quite a bit of fanart from people fond of her "80's bad girl" design, as well as triggering many theories about her being Sour Cream and Onion's mother, due to the Theme Naming going on in the show.
      • "Onion Friend" showed this to be the case, and even as obviously older as she is in the present, she's now got the cool mom look going for her.
    • Peedee became quite popular after his debut in "Frybo", and many fans agree that he should have more episodes focused on him. His cynical realism when juxtaposed to Steven's upbeat optimism makes for an interesting dynamic. Not to mention his disillusioned commentary on having a job really hit home for a lot of fans, who in return want him to be happy. Plus, he's also just downright adorable.
    • Frybo is very popular for a Monster of the Week.
    • Centipeetle has been in demand for another appearance after her reintroduction in "Monster Buddies". Her endearingly gross design and adorable dog-like behavior, coupled with her touching sacrifice to protect Steven won her many fans. Helped along is that she was the first tragic element depicted onscreen that couldn't be resolved at the end of the episode, establishing the first of the show's darker storylines.
  • Evil Is Cool: 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.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Some fans feel that Jasper looks like a beautiful amazon warrior whilst combating the Gems in brutal fist-fights.

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  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • Drawing Rose Quartz, or any Gem, with a body type that differs from canon triggers this for some fans.
    • While you're free to ship the Gems with male characters, do not insist that they are straight. The fandom will tear you a new one. Although, shipping Pearl with Mayor Dewey is known to infuriate some parts of the fandom, most likely due to the fact that Pearl has rather obvious feelings for Rose Quartz.
    • For some people, drawing porn of any of the characters lands them in hot water warmer than the surface of the sun in the eyes of the fandom, mostly from the more morally-concerned fans who are worried about children finding smut whilst looking up what is potentially their favorite cartoon.
    • Referring to any of the full Gems with male or gender-neutral pronouns and referring to Stevonnie with gender-specific pronouns are both surefire ways to anger many fans, even and especially if you try to justify this with the fact that full Gems have No Biological Sex.
      • If you have no problem referring to the feminine Gems with she pronouns but single out Gems subject to Viewer Gender Confusion, like the Rubies or Jasper as "not really female" and refer to them as male or ambiguous, it won't be pleasant. And if you try to argue that Ruby, Sapphire or Pearl can't really be lesbians because they're genderless space rocks, you're gonna have a bad time, especially when there are people who 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. Some users take this to such an extreme that many newcomers to the fandom who coincidentally have these characters as their avatars are frequently ostracized or even threatened with violence for doing so.
    • Saying that Ruby and Sapphire are "Just Friends", "gal pals", or "besties", or anything else thereof. In a figurative sense, the original French version of "Stronger Than You" and a certain promo for the new Peanuts Boomerang cartoon have learnt this the hard way.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • 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 Periphery Demographic of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. 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 Beach City Bugle, some effort has been made to bridge the gap. Now the two are some weird conglomeration between this and Friendly Fandoms, 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 network sweetheart Teen Titans Go!, thanks to its excessive airtime. For a while, it also had one with The Amazing World of Gumball when re-runs of the show took over Steven's own re-runs without much warning. In that case, however, the re-run slots were later returned and that rivalry has mostly fizzed out.
  • Fanon:
    • It's a pretty common fan-theory that if Steven were to retreat into his gem, he would end up regenerating as Rose due to Steven inheriting her gem (or being "his own mother" as he puts it). 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.
    • It has become popular belief that Greg is, well, 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 even tried to see what Peridot's eye color might look like because of it.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Garnet/Pearl is pretty popular. However, this ship was essentially sunk in "Love Letters", where it's revealed that since Garnet is a fusion between two Gems who are in a relationship, she has no interest in entering a relationship with anyone herself. The pairing has now been moved into more of an "intimate friendship" territory, as has Polygems (Garnet/Amethyst/Pearl).
    • Amethyst/Pearl is also popular in some circles.
    • Pearl/Rose Quartz had a jolt in popularity after the episode "Rose's Scabbard", which strongly suggested that Pearl was in love with Rose. Later episodes have cast a darker light on Pearl's devotion, which drew a lot more attention to the ship, but at the same time made it more of a Base-Breaking Character.
    • Lapis/Peridot. It started off as a crack ship (with fans immediately shipping them once Peridot appeared) but has gotten more and more popular, becoming the most popular ship with Lapis, especially after Peridot has her Heel–Face Turn. But to this day, their interaction has been minimal.
    • Lapis and Jasper are described as having the "worst relationship imaginable." Despite this, Jasper/Lapis has a large following. Many are drawn to it because it's awful, while others ship it in Lighter and Softer AU situations.
    • Steven/Peridot is starting to pick up some steam, due to Steven being the first to believe in Peridot turning to the good side, and eventually being the driving force behind her Heel–Face Turn.
    • Amethyst/Peridot has also become very popular thanks to the large amount of Ship Tease given to them in "Too Far", and because they are the two most emotionally stable Gems right now that aren't already taken.
  • Fountain of Memes:
    • Check out every entry related to Peridot on the show's Memes page. 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.
  • Freud Was Right: It doesn't take much imagination at all to interpret fusion as a direct analogy for, among other things, sex. This was deliberate on Rebecca Sugar's part, to convey deeper themes of consent and bonding through a fantasy lens. To elaborate:
    • It requires two (or more) individuals who trust, care, or at least, temporarily agree with each other.
    • It's explicitly depicted as an intimate act, allowing both individuals to experience something new and learn about one another.
    • The closer the individuals are, the easier it is to achieve and the better the results.
    • Manipulating somebody into it is considered unhealthy and morally atrocious; outright forcing it is considered utterly unforgivable.
    • It results in a new individual with the combined traits of both parties.
    • The Gem establishment sees fusing for reasons other than its intended purpose (war) to be disgusting, prompting rebellion.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With the Gravity Falls fandom and, to a lesser extent, the Over the Garden Wall 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 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 Legend Of Korra. While the two shows are very different in tone and content, they are both plot-driven, anime-inspired action cartoons with 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. It also helps a lot that after Korra opened the door to portrayals of homosexuality in American cartoons with its final scene, Steven Universe was one of the most notable shows to pick up that baton and keep going with it.
    • They were pretty friendly before but as of 'Jail Break' Steven Universe and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 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 who gets hit with a The Dog Bites Back moment and is trapped at the bottom of the ocean.
    • Fans of Steven Universe seem to enjoy 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 "I Am" Song is especially popular thing and has countless parodies due to the refrain referencing being made of love, which is a plot point in Undertale.
    • Among older fans, there's an overlap between the fandom of this show and Mystery Science Theatre 3000. It's the fact that both shows feature Joel Hodgson, as well as an uptight, intelligent mom named Pearl (although Joel never interacted with the other Pearl).
    • Lately it seems that the Invader Zim 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 Jet Set Radio 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 (Steven Universe S 2 E 14 Cry For Help) 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 Daft Punk, largely due to the Awesome Music and the feel-good/happy atmospheres.
    • And now, with the 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 Gunnerkrigg Court 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 Disney and Pokémon fandoms overlap with pretty much every other fandom out there, there's a few crossover comparisons that crop up regularly: Steven and 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 Queen Elsa are also compared (True Blue Femininity, An Ice Person). After the events of Keystone Motel, Sapphire and Mike Wazowski (both are cyclopes) and Ruby and Anger (small, red, and occasionally Burning with Anger) tend to pop up. Meanwhile, Ruby and Sapphire draw parallels to Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (for obvious reasons).
    • One is starting to crop up with the Homestar Runner 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 SWAT Kats, 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 Total Drama: 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 Miraculous Ladybug; both are Anime-influenced Magical Girl series with male protagonists, and several pieces of fanart have cropped up with either Steven or Connie as either Ladybug or Chat.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • 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 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 My Beloved Smother moments towards Steven become a lot more heartbreaking after "Rose's Scabbard", where it's shown just how much Pearl looked up to 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 (and possibly a child) without her Artificial Limbs, 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 Cry for the Devil reactions ensue.
    • Garnet's comedic bit of Tranquil Fury 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 fused with Sapphire to save her life, and that Ruby nearly died for it due to Fantastic Racism 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 Innocently Insensitive request must have triggered a lot of flashbacks.
  • Genius Bonus: A lot of characterization and the design of Gems are derived from sometimes obscure mineralogical information.
    • Garnet's cube-shaped afro; the target audience couldn't reasonably be expected to know that the crystalline structure of actual garnet is cubic.
    • Peridot certainly seems alien compared to the main Gems (even though they are all alien), and actual peridots can be found in meteorites. Regarding her later descent into hysterics, accordingly peridots are known to quickly erode on the Earth's surface.
      • Similar to Garnet, Peridot's hair is also significant. It is a tetrahedral shape, which is the same as the crystalline structure of actual peridot.
    • The large devices strewn throughout the Kindergarten resemble bacteriophages, viruses which infect bacteria and hijack their own machinery to reproduce, killing them in the process. A rather apt metaphor for what the Kindergartens do to Earth.
    • The recurring diamond symbol for the Gem leaders, shown on sites predating the war between the Crystal and Homeworld Gems, is identical to the widely used 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 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 squad of five Rubies power up their spaceship to leave for Neptune, it produces a warping effect that looks cool. They're using an Alcubierre Drive to compress Negative Mass with a miniature black hole, something few outside of quantum mechanics and astrophysics enthusiasts could be expected to recognize.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: There's quite a few Korean and Japanese fanartists on Twitter and Tumblr. There's also a large Spanish-speaking fandom around Facebook.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: Averted, oh so much. Despite 85% of the characters are presented as femalenote  it's gradually growing to be the most popular and well-liked Cartoon Network show of The New Tens and has both female and male fans.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • "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 Knight of Cerebus Smug Super soldier Gem whose tactics and strength are absolutely ruthless. While she was eventually defeated, her arrival also introduces Big Bad Yellow Diamond, whom the Gems will have to focus on fighting soon in the future.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • After the reveal that all gem monsters are, in fact, Crystal Gems trapped in a different form, "Monster Buddies" just got a whole extra layer of Tear Jerker. Mmm, bittersweet.
    • Amethyst's complaints in about Pearl and Garnet being "on [her] back all the time", like in "Tiger Millionaire", have a lot more weight after "On the Run" shows how Amethyst joined the Crystal Gems.
    • In "Coach Steven", Pearl breaks down in tears because she isn't strong enough "to do anything." In Season 2's "Sworn to the Sword", it was shown that Pearl constantly tried to protect Rose in battle, but was always defeated due to being weaker.
    • Also from "Sworn to the Sword", Pearl tells Connie and Steven that she got through the war by thinking about the life that she and Rose will have afterwards. Flashback to "Rose's Scabbard"...
      Pearl: Everything I ever did, I did for her. Now she's gone, but I'm still here.
      • Even worse, "Friend Ship" has Pearl having a breakdown after admitting to Garnet that she tries to be strong because no matter how hard she tries, as a pearl she feels lost without someone telling her what to do.
    • Pearl training Connie to be fanatically devoted to Steven in "Sworn to the Sword" was disturbing of itself, but it's even more disturbing with the revelation that back on Homeworld a Cult of Personality 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, The Reveal 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 Power High 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 Servant Race 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.
    • 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 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 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 Lapis was a non-combatant that was accidentally caught up in the fighting and forced back into her gym 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 Homeworld's horrific Cluster experiments and the like without anyone even being concerned that they might have been tormenting their own?
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • The episode "Jailbreak" not only revealed that 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 Be Yourself and imply that The Power of Love brought them together.
    • In spite of the Crystal Gems' occasional Smug Super and Noble Bigot moments towards humans, 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 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 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. Possibly subverted with the reveal that all "Pearls" are made to serve and show off the status of higher ranking Gems, like Quartzes like Rose tend to be, and as Pearl's former "owner" is unclear at the moment it may have been a bit more literal depending on circumstances.
    • Garnet telling Pearl how proud she should be of all she's accomplished on her own in "Friend Ship," after it's revealed that Pearls are a Servant Race 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 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.
  • He Really Can Act: Pretty much the only thing fans can agree on about "The New Lars" is that Matthew Moy was fantastic as Steven pretending to be Lars.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Back in 2012, this vid, a mock-opening sequence of a supposed cheesy Hebrew dub of a ‘70s/‘80s anime, using the opening sequence of Galaxy Express 999’s and Tiger Mask’s anime series, achieved minor memetic status in Israel. It’s about a business man named Esteban Jiménez who got hit by a special ray from planet Zorigon V, which changed his molecular structure and turned him into a business man in the day and crime fighter by night. In ‘Tiger Millionaire’, Steven adopts the persona of a filthy rich tiger. Even better, the eponymous Tiger Mask is a heel in the manga/anime, too, and Steven’s powers also come from outer space, and the Bigger Bad in both series come from where these powers originate.
    • In the pilot episode, Lars is confused as to how Steven is a member of the Crystal Gems when all the others appear to be female, telling him "You’re not exactly a hot girl." In "Alone Together", Steven fuses with Connie to become a beautiful 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.
    • "Snake people, or sneople, control our government at the highest level"
    • In "Fusion Cuisine", Garnet claims that Connie and Steven are playing with swords.
      • Even better, if one remembers Garnet's ability to see possible futures, she may have saw "Sworn To The Sword" when she was talking to Connie's mom. Maybe her awkwardness in conversation making her blurt out what she was currently seeing.
    • Rosenkreuz Stilette 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 detatched personality (Trauare).
    • In late 2013, a fan made a 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 screencap shows how similar looking Peridot's current form as of "Catch and Release" and Plushtrap in FNaF's "Thank You!" image in those poses.
    • 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 Gem-Knight archetype.
    • Steven isn't 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.
    • 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 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 Nintendo 64 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 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 fanimation (Warning – expletives) of Pearl and Peridot conversing (using audio from elsewhere) is posted:
    “Peridot”: “Who called me a clod the other day? And I was like, where did you get that?! It’s like, that’s my w-; you can’t have that!”
    • 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: Don’t worry, Peridot. It’s our sworn duty to protect anything that calls this planet home. And that includes, clods like you.
    Peridot: That’s 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.
    • When Lapis Lazuli had little character development beyond being a Broken Bird, some fans would depict her as a Jerkass Deadpan Snarker, either as a Take That towards many fans' treatment of her as Incorruptible Pure Pureness, or just because making characters OOC is funny. This comic by happyds is the most famous example. Cut to "Barn Mates" and "Hit the Diamond" and Lapis is indeed capable of being a snarky jerkass. Her tsun personality has gained the Fan Nickname of "Dick Squad Lapis" after this fan comic.
  • Hollywood Homely: Jasper, with her masculine features, sneering, Slasher Smiles, and rude, aggressive personality, is probably not meant to be attractive. A noticeable part of the fandom disagrees, to say the least.
  • Holy Shit Quotient:
    • 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 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 Downer Ending.
    • "Keystone Motel" wasn't exactly a Wham Episode, 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 Comic-Con. 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 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 Crystal Gem.
  • Hype Backlash: 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.
  • Idiot Plot: Admittedly, more than a few of the conflicts arise in the show because Steven or another character catch the Idiot Ball or the Jerkass Ball.
  • Inferred Holocaust:
    • 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.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • 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 Teen Titans Go! 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.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • The Crystal Gems are from space. The monsters they fight are former Gems that have been corrupted. Also, Garnet is a fusion (now considered a Late-Arrival Spoiler), though the fandom has tried very hard to keep these under wraps for newcomers.
    • The existence of Gems other than the Crystal Gems falls under this. It's hard to keep this hidden with the increasingly important roles of Peridot and Lapis Lazuli.
  • It's Short, so It Sucks:
    • "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 Adventure", 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.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: As you can tell from a few entries here, Pearl.
    • Peridot qualifies as well, after she joined the team she has gotten multiple Ship Tease moments with all the Gems.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The show has garnered a sizable one, thanks to the Les Yay between the Gems and 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's happily dressing in drag and singing the song is completely accepted.
  • Love to Hate: 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.
  • Memetic Loser: Pearl's thirst for Rose is the subject of many jokes.
  • Memetic Mutation: Now has its own page.
  • Memetic Troll: Amethyst will gladly watch you suffering. "Joking Victim" practically makes her one in universe, as all she does in that episode is start the conflict and laugh while watching the chaos unfold with no attempt to help whatsoever.
  • Misblamed:
    • There were rumors going around that the show's design change from the pilot episode was because of Executive Meddling 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, 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.
    • 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!.
    • Ruby and Sapphire. Whether it be their small size or their 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: "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 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 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 Fate Worse Than Death (including their own soldiers who were rushing to make it off world up until the blast went off) out of spite.
  • Narm:
    • For some, a lot of the genuinely heartwarming moments can be ruined by the art style, which can border on Gag Lips at times.
    • The Mutant Gem Clusters from "Keeping It Together" and "Nightmare Hospital"? Terrifying. The ones from "When It Rains"? ...not too much. Especially the one with the goofy-looking head.
  • Narm Charm: Some found Alexandrite— the combined form of the three Gems— 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.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • 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 destroying Peridot's tape recorder, despite that Peridot herself doesn't seem that upset over it.
    • 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 forgetting that she is a fusion.
    • Despite all the character development she's had since in later episodes, Pearl is still often portrayed as a nervous wreck whose obsession with Rose makes her a danger to everyone around her.
    • Amethyst, to a lesser extent, also hasn't lived down her shapeshifting into Rose in "Maximum Capacity" for a lot of people, again despite her character development and the fact that she makes up and is forgiven for it in the same episode.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The face that Yellow Diamond makes at Peridot after Peridot's betrayal is supposed to be a Nightmare Face, but many fans have found it to be pretty goofy looking.
  • No Yay: 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.
  • One True Pairing:
    • 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 Battle Couple, with Connie as the Sword and Steven as the Shield.
    • Sapphire/Ruby has not only become almost universally accepted by the fandom, but was 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.
  • Painful Rhyme
    • Steven's song in the pilot.
    Cause we're good and evil never beats us
    We'll win the fight and then go out for pizzas
    • 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.
  • Periphery Demographic: Though clearly a children's program, several factors (such as the creator being a well known former member of the Adventure Time crew, the flawed yet lovable characters, the impressive soundtrack, the surprisingly touching drama, and jokes that would fly 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.

    Q-Z 
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Jamie the mailman had a 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 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 Creepy Child 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 fan favorites Vidalia and Sour Cream, and choosing to give Explorer Gal to Steven seemingly to apologize for the Ranger Guy fiasco made him easier to like. Not a favorite by any means, but a good deal of fans tolerate him at least.
    • Peridot was (and still is) a major Base-Breaking Character, 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 without her limb enhancers, she became more endearing and has been seen as more of a Jerkass Woobie. It helps that she has been shown to trust Steven more and because of him, she finally cooperates with the Crystal Gems.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • Amethyst is silent for the first two minutes of "On the Run", and looks upset when Pearl talks about the Gem 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.
    • Garnet's excitement about Steven and Connie fusing into Stevonnie makes a lot more sense in light of the events in "Jailbreak" and "The Anwser".
    • Lapis' fairly surprised reaction to Steven's healing powers ("You have healing powers?") now carries more weight in "The Return", in which Jasper accuses her of knowing that Steven had Rose Quartz's powers, to which Lapis replies "It wasn't relevant to the mission!"
    • In general, season 1 is very rewarding with a rewatch, where the Gems' every other line suddenly gains a ton of depth and laced with foreshadowing, and nearly every joke, odd line, or character quirk becomes much more meaningful when you have the context.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • 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 motherly to him for the whole series. Even the writers have said that if you hate Pearl, you've missed the point. Her actions in more recent episodes, such as 'Cry for Help', definitely haven't helped.
    • 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 Broken Base. While he is definitely far from a saint, most of his more malicious acts can be blamed on stupidity rather than straight up villainy.
  • The Scrappy:
    • For some fans, Onion. A creepy child with no good qualities and a regular Karma Houdini. His actions in "Onion Trade" where he steals, dupes Steven, is perfectly willing to crash a motorcycle for no good reason, nearly killed Greg and destroyed the town don't help.
    • Ronaldo is easily one of the least liked characters in the show, due to his annoying personality and general lack of positive qualities (unlike Lars and Onion, who also have their fair share of haters but have been given sympathetic portrayals). YouTuber PhantomStrider talked about how disliked Ronaldo is in his Top 10 Worst Episodes of Good Cartoons.
    • Lars is generally disliked for his arrogance, his selfishness, and his inability to learn a lesson.
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • 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 Boobs of Steel treatment. In addition, she may also look far more feminine and leaner than she is (Quartzes tend to be on the 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 Improbable Hairstyle and she's frankly rather strange looking, androgynous and usually Ugly Cute. 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, with some art depicting her in a very sexy way.
    • In an odd example of this, Rose Quartz is often drawn with a fat, protruding stomach to further underline her Big Beautiful Woman status - something she only had in canon while pregnant.
  • Ship Mates: Amedot to Pearlnet and Pearlapis, Lapidot to Pearlmethyst...of course, this is a show where just about every two full Gems have Les Yay or are commonly shipped together, so it gets way more complicated than that.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Lapis/Peridot is an oddly common ship given the closest they've gotten to interacting is being in the same shots. This is largely due to them being the only known Homeworld Gems for a while until Jasper showed up.
    • Pairing fusions with each other is not only this trope in the usual way, but in some cases, like Opal/Sugulite, it is physically impossible for the two to exist at the same time.
    • Blue Pearl, Yellow Pearl, and Pearl never interacted - heck, Blue Pearl doesn't even speak! - however, fans instantly began shipping combinations of them together.
    • Greg/Jasper (termed "Grasper") is a somewhat common ship - not only have they never interacted, but one of them is an alien who probably doesn't have a high opinion of humans. It seems to mostly stem from a mix of Pair the Spares 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.
    • 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 Just Friends seen via Shipping Goggles.
    • Peridot/Ronaldo is surprisingly easy to find, despite the fact that the two of them have not shared any scenes together.
  • Slow Paced Beginning: 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 Myth Arc 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 Character Development and World Building the show's known for.
  • So Okay, It's Average:
    • "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 Lighter and Softer 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 Musical Episode 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 Broken Base 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.
  • Squick: Though Played for Laughs, 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.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • A few in "Say Uncle". Pizza Steve, one of the biggest Base Breaking Characters in Uncle Grandpa, gets eaten by Amethyst. And despite the Take That, Audience! 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.
    • "The New Lars" was basically one big Humiliation Conga for Lars. One in particular is when it's revealed that the Cool Kids actually find him annoying and prefer him when Steven accidentally possesses him.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • "Beach Party" was the first episode to focus on the fact that the Gems don't understand humans, or really even seem to empathize with them at all. While all the stuff with the Pizza family is entertaining, the episode sidesteps the deeper issue of how the Gems view humans, to be saved for future episodes.
    • Instead of following the Gems minus Steven on an underwater adventure, "Island Adventure" is wasted on a Wangst-filled teenage romance plot with Lars and Sadie.
    • Ronaldo trying to determine whether the Gems are safe for Beach City could have been interesting as a more serious plot than "Rising Tides/Crashing Skies."
    • "Chille Tid" has this issue alongside It's Short, so It Sucks. Steven's ability to speak with Lapis mentally is used for all of three minutes, and in the end, we never learn where she and Jasper are nor if Garnet found anything important.
    • "Keystone Motel". Steven, Garnet and Greg take a road trip to a neighboring state. It could have given Garnet and Greg a chance to get closer, or given us a good look at a part of the world beyond Beach City. Instead, Greg is just a side character for the episode, which is just eleven minutes of Ruby throwing an exaggerated temper tantrum and both her and Sapphire being oblivious to how their behaviors (and powers) are hurting Steven.
    • "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.
    • "Historical Friction". Many fans expected to see stylistic flashbacks of the 19th century Crystal Gems and how they interacted with the first Beach City humans. Instead, the episode focuses around a play that shows little to nothing about the history of Beach City.
    • Quite a few fans were disappointed that Vidalia didn't have any interactions with Marty in "Drop Beat Dad", considering their history together.
    • "Too Short to Ride". Quite a number of fans were expecting Peridot to fuse with either Amethyst or Steven in order to become taller to ride the rides.
    • "The New Lars" manages to waste two ideas:
      • Some fans think Sadie's belief that a "Freaky Friday" Flip is happening would've been extremely interesting, given 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).
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The Centipeetle may be an acid spewing mouth eyed bug monster, but her interactions with Steven in "Monster Buddies" are downright adorable. She's even more cute in "Monster Reunion", with her partially-healed form.
    • Sapphire when her massive, single eye is shown.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • 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. 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 Off Model when compared to the newer episodes. "Cheeseburger Backpack" is probably the worst offender of 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 Nightmare Fuel. Or both.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Ronaldo at times. He sees no problem with ignoring a person's personal liberties or feelings to validate his conspiracies. While this can be put down to being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander 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.
    • Lars in "The New Lars". While he had every right to be angry about Steven possessing his body but it's hard to feel bad for him when we get a peek at his relationships: his parents seem to be afraid of him, the cool kids barely tolerate him, and Sadie constantly thinks he's up to something.
    • Peridot in "Barn Mates." She won't take a hint that a very depressed Lapis wants nothing to do with her after she plays a role in Lapis' Trauma Conga Line, keeps annoying her throughout the episode, and Lapis is treated as an Emo Teen-esque Jerkass for not opening up to a freshly redeemed Peridot.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Many viewers assumed Pearl was going to be male due to her haircut and flat chest (especially in the pilot episode, where her original design looked more androgynous than the version shown in the actual series). Even some of the episode synopses on Hulu refer to Pearl as male.
    • Both Ruby and Jasper are often considered male due to their masculine design and masculine personalities.
    • All of the Gems get this to some degree, seeing as they're technically not human but mostly appear female and use female pronouns.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: 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. Nicki Minaj as Sugilite in particular surprised many, as her voice for Sugilite sounds almost exactly like the voice actress for Amethyst.
  • What an Idiot:
    • During Onion's rampage, Pearl tells Steven basically what the viewers were thinking at the time: that he could have easily used the Replicator Wand to replicate Ranger Guy instead of giving the device to Onion.
      Steven: (facepalm) DANG IT!
    • Sadie in "Island Adventure". Good intentions or not, hiding the warp pad because she thinks it's good for Lars wasn't the smoothest move.
    • In "Marble Madness", Garnet specifically tells Steven that Peridot is an enemy they don't know with technology they don't understand, and tells him and the others that they must stay hidden. So naturally, Steven waltzes right up to the enemy to chat like they're old friends. While he admits afterwards that it was a poor plan, his main goal was to try and coax information out of Peridot, and he was able to do so to an extent.
    • In "Joy Ride", Steven and the Cool Kids find Peridot's escape pod. Steven wants to inform the Gems immediately but the Cool Kids think it's a great idea to play around with unknown, potentially dangerous technology. It almost gets them all seriously hurt.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Although the show is able to keep a fairly lighthearted and child-friendly tone most of the time, it has used metaphors for lots of fun subjects such as losing a loved one, abusive relationships, consent, racism/sexism/homophobia, and intercourse.
    • Quite possibly the biggest example of this is the episode "Keeping It Together" where Garnet gets on the verge of a mental breakdown after witnessing the remnants of the mass destruction of innocent Crystal Gems who were forced to fuse together, an allegory for non-consensual sex. Oh, and there's lots of Body Horror for the whole family there, too.
  • Win Back the Crowd: When Cartoon Network put the show on a three month hiatus, fans got worried that the show was going to be Screwed by the Network. 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  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.
  • The Woobie:
    • 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 nobody (but her parents) was going to miss her if she drowned in the ocean. Which makes Steven reaching out to her another one of the particularly poignant Heartwarming Moments.
    • Steven. He tries so hard, and it's impossible to not feel bad for him when he messes something up (especially since he's self-conscious about it). There's also the fact that he never got to know his mother. Additionally, one can feel for the fact that he constantly feels pressured to measure up to her. He also thinks that Gems might resent him because he is the reason Rose is no longer around. And in "Steven's Birthday", we also learn that his physical age seems to be a state of mind, making it possible that he may never grow up, which could seriously harm his relationship with Connie in the long run.
    • Amethyst on occasion. This first started in the episode "Tiger Millionaire". She doesn't act like it, but she clearly takes Pearl and Garnet's criticisms to heart. Even more so in "On The Run". She was a by-product of a horrible event on earth, and as a result, has a major case of self-loathing until Pearl reassures her that the event was not her fault, and she sees Amethyst as the one good thing that came out of all this.
    "I never asked for it to be this way. I never asked to be made!"
    • Definitely Lapis Lazuli, and very much of the destroyer-of-worlds variety. She was trapped in a mirror for who knows how long and wants to go home so badly that she tried to use the entire ocean as a tower to reach it, but ultimately can't due to her damaged gem. When she finally arrives home, she discovers that she's now a Fish Out of Temporal Water, and that her home is nothing like she remembers it. Soon after she gets taken prisoner by Jasper and Peridot, forced to obey Jasper, and coerced into a fusion dance. Rather than get shoved around anymore, she decides to take control of the fusion, and trap both herself and Jasper at the bottom of the ocean to keep Steven safe, since he's the only person to ever show her any kindness. "Chille Tid" revealed that Lapis has been constantly struggling with Jasper for control, slowly but steadily losing her identity to Malachite.
      • Enter "Same Old World", we see how Lapis got there: She was visiting Earth when war broke out, was caught in the crossfire of a battle and poofed by a Homeworld warrior. Then Homeworld decided she was Crystal Gem, and was put in the mirror for interrogation about the Crystal Gems (which she knew nothing about). Then when it was clear that Homeworld was going to lose the war, she was dropped at the Galaxy Warp and her gemstone was cracked when another Gem stepped on it while running towards the Warp Pad. Then she spent the next thousands of years trapped in the mirror, looking at the Warp Pad, until Pearl (who was wearing her "eighties" outfit from the Rose and Greg flashbacks, which should give you an idea on how long Lapis spent alone trapped in the mirror) casually found her.
    • Given the reveal that accompanies Lapis' appearance, i.e. that the monsters the Gems are fighting are corrupted members of their own species whom the Gems are incapable of healing, the Crystal Gems could qualify. Later episodes also show that they're the last survivors of a massive Gem war, and that they are protecting Earth to try and act as The Atoner for their entire species.
    • Pearl in "Space Race". She so desperately misses her home that she flies Steven up to space in a rickety rocket that is literally falling apart around her, but refuses to give up until Steven talks her down. Made worse in "Rose's Scabbard", where it's revealed that she stayed behind on Earth because of Rose, and Rose says that if they win, Pearl will never be able to go home. Pearl asks "Why would I want to go home when you're right here?" Of course, Rose eventually dies/gives up her physical form and now Pearl has neither her Homeworld or the woman she so looked up to. Her complete and total breakdown cements it. Pearl's woobiism only increases as we learn more of her relationship with Rose and just how deep her feelings of inadequacy go. In "Sworn to the Sword" it is revealed that despite being far weaker than Rose and the Gems they faced, Pearl would throw herself at their enemies to defend her, getting "poofed" time and time again. After Rose started dating Greg, she and the other Gems seemingly ignored or laughed off Pearl's toxic jealousy. Then in "Cry for Help" Pearl becomes obsessed with fusing with Garnet into the strong, confident, charismatic Sardonyx to escape from herself, to the point that she lies and betrays Garnet's trust, making her so angry as to stop talking to her for several episodes; this is something she clearly regrets with all her being. Then in "Back to the Barn" we discover that Pearl is one of a Servant Race of Pearls on Homeworld, where they're treated as an object or slave than as an individual if Peridot's mindset is the norm.
    • Greg. The dude lost his wife, doesn't have custody of his own son, his musical career never took off, and he seems to be a loser in general, living all alone in his van. In spite of this, there's not a mean bone in the guy's body, and his constant upbeat attitude makes him incredibly endearing.
    • Lars, of the jerkass variety, especially in "Island Adventure" where he breaks down crying because he thinks they're going to be stuck on the island forever. There's also Sadie in that episode who went so far as to hide the warp pad because she thought Lars needed a vacation, and later risked her life to save Lars after he yelled at her. Same goes for "Sadie's Song", where she's constantly been pressured to live up to her mother's high expectations. It's implied she's given up trying her own interests and hobbies in fear that Barb would find out.
      • Both of the get this taken Up to Eleven in the New Lars. Sadie has apparently been jerked around by Lars so long that when Steven (in Lars body) tells her he loves her in a misguided attempt to bring Lars and Sadie together, she assumes he's either trying to get into her pants or hurt her. Lars meanwhile gets accidentally possessed by Steven and is understandably angry when he wakes up... only to find his friends and family defending Steven and saying they preferred Steven's version, leaving him utterly dejected the next day that almost no one in his life actually likes him.
    • Rose Quartz. She knew she'd cease to be when Steven was born. And despite her obvious happiness with Greg, there's an underlying current of sadness to the whole thing. The end theme implies that she always had self-doubts and considers herself a worse person than Steven.
    • The Centipeetle. Sure, it was already corrupted, but it's clearly not aggressive like most of the monsters the Crystal Gems fight. It only attacked when it was scared of the Gems' weapons, and it was really warming up to Steven, even enough to perform its final sacrifice to save him. Watching the Gems beat it up when it meant no harm, even though they're just protecting Steven, is extremely saddening to watch.
    • Centipeetle after Steven manages to partially heal her, at least partially restoring her sanity. The poor thing just seems lost and confused. However, when she starts recounting how she ended up how she did, she breaks down crying, revealing the reason she was caught in the Diamond's Fantastic Nuke was because she was desperately trying to find her crew. Her corruption begins to force her back into her monster form, and she non-verbally begs Steven to help her. When Steven can't, she spends the rest of her time in a partially uncorrupted state trying to reunite with what's left of her crew, even as her body painfully reverts back to her corrupted state. While she's able to at least keep her partially restored sanity, it's impossible not to feel bad for the poor thing.
    • The Gem Cluster Mutants. They are the corpses of Crystal Gems that were shattered in the war and then collected by Homeworld. As punishment for the Rebellion Homeworld decided to forcibly fuse various shards together to form eldritch like creatures made up of multiple body parts crammed together. Not only does the show stress that fusing with a partner under false pretences in not okay it's shown that the Gem Shards seem to retain some form of who they once were and are in perpetual agony. The Cluster may also count as this since it's not only made up of millions of Gem Shards (although some of them are stated to be artificial) by merely waking up it will destroy earth meaning the Crystal Gems have to effectively kill it before it's fully hatched.
    • "The Test" basically cements all three Gems as this. They're still lost without Rose to guide them, and have some deep insecurities about whether they can raise Steven.
    • Peridot gets elevated to Jerkass Woobie status in "Catch and Release". Her increasing desperation to get off world is fueled by the fact that whatever The Cluster is, it has the potential to destroy the planet and she doesn't want to die on some cold forgotten rock far from home. She has a striking similarity with Lapis in that regard. It also isn't helped that without her limb enhancements, she is basically as powerless as a child, is barely taller than Steven, and may very well be the Gem equivalent of a child. She hasn't even once shown to possess any kind of power, meaning that even Steven has more ways to defend himself from harm than her. One who was serving in the military and feels like she's been forgotten about on an unknown rock where the only people who even know she's there have wanted to kill her every time they see her. Kudos to her for holding together this long, but she was gonna snap eventually. Additionally, that she reverts to animalistic movements when parted from her limb enhancers carries some disturbing implications about her life on Homeworld.
      • And as of "Message Received", it's gotten even worse for her. After having been treated probably nicer than she ever has been before by Steven, she dials up Yellow Diamond in full expectation that she can see the value in keeping humans and maybe even the Crystal Gems around...only for Diamond's own psychotic hatred of Rose to get in the way, with all of her dreams of finally getting home thrown back in her face and deliberately crushed. Small wonder she spends the next episode in a Troubled Fetal Position.
    • Ronaldo, while a Jerkass Woobie due to past actions, gets this in "Restaurant Wars", losing his girlfriend over a scheme he didn't even want part of, with the rest of the cast showing him No Sympathy.
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