Western Animation Steven Universe Discussion

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Yoyomom
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06:50:57 AM Sep 8th 2016
A question about the first episode:

I was gonna call this "No prologue", but I fell "No introduction" is a more fitting title. I don't think the first episode feels like a first episode. Steven already knows about the Chrystal gems, that he's half Gem, and the conflicts. Now I know there are shows that don't give us a proper introduction, but those shows usually have episodes with little to no connection to each other. Most if not all of Steven Universes episodes are non-filler. I guess you can say the Pilot is more of an introduction.

Is there a trope for No introduction, or am I just nitpicking?
Skylite
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07:26:48 AM Aug 18th 2016
Question re fusions:

Do we have a firm and hard policy that all fusions are referred to as "they"?

I thought only Stevonnie and Smoky Quartz were given the "they" pronoun.

I understand "they" is appropriate because Fusions are multiple entities, but the reason I'm asking for clarification is that Opal, Sugilite, Rainbow Quartz, Alexandrite, Mega-Ruby, and Sardonyx are all fusions of gems who take the pronoun "she" and prefer to be thought of as female, whereas Stevonnie and Smoky have a participant who takes the pronoun "he" and prefers to be thought of as male.

Where would such a policy be if there is one and I've missed it?

Tabs
06:15:14 PM Aug 26th 2016
edited by Tabs
Fusions not involving Steven are referred as "she"/"her" - Opal is a giant woman; Pearl says of Sugilite, "She can find her own way home"; etc. A fusion becomes one entity. One Gem. No one in the show has spoken of fusions like they're more than one, aside from instances when they talk about the components rather than the fusion. We don't need a policy because we're obeying what the show has established.
TheTropper
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10:47:47 AM Jul 25th 2016
We might need to have a discussion about Spoilers, one of the show's writers, Matt Burnett made a post begging fans to not look at any Spoilers related to the third and fourth week of "Summer of Steven". I think we should remove any leaks spoilers that were to added to the main pages.
Larkmarn
11:20:29 AM Jul 25th 2016
Leaked spoilers are not supposed to be on works pages. That's an explicit rule violation.
Elosva
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07:59:49 AM Jul 3rd 2016
edited by Elosva
i was trying to come up with rules for a steven universe drinking game thought i'd spitball some ideas here, just till there's enough rules to start a page for it

heres a few ideas i had

every time peral acts salty take a drink

every time you recognize them parioding or copying an anime chug your drink

everytime a character acts self deprecating take a drink

everytime a character cries take a drink

everytime a character breaks out into song take a drink

take a sip if it's not the first character in that song
Crossover-Enthusiast
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12:11:47 PM Apr 4th 2016
edited by Crossover-Enthusiast
I've noticed that a lot of SU fics are getting their own pages, so should there be a Fan Works page made?
Crossover-Enthusiast
12:15:57 AM Apr 9th 2016
So since nobody responded, I went ahead and made a Fanworks page.
JudgementDay
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04:37:02 PM Mar 24th 2016
A page for Rebecca Sugar has been created, along with a link in the opening paragraph.
Rognik
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10:25:54 PM Jan 15th 2016
Protagonist-Centered Morality: When Pearl later deceives Garnet as to her reasons for wanting to fuse, Garnet was extremely upset and it was treated like a major violation by all involved. When Lapis Lazuli deceives Jasper as to her reasons for wanting to fuse, Garnet displayed no particular objection, despite Jasper's obvious discomfort and Lapis refusing to break the fusion over Jasper's clear desire to do so. The story treats it like Lapis Lazuli is making a Heroic Sacrifice and Jasper's feelings are completely swept under the rug.

Originally, I was going to try and repair the example of this trope, but in thinking about it, I found I was having trouble. The situations are quite different, with vary different motivations that doesn't really make it a case of hypocracy.

First off, Jasper and Lapis Lazuli fusing happened at the end of Season 1, while Pearl tricking Garnet happened about midway into Season 2. The writing staff might have had a change of heart in how the situation would be interpreted and are working up to explaining it.

Second, Pearl tricked Garnet into fusing with her not once, but twice, and was trying to do so a third time. That makes it a serial offense, one that required planning and effort. That was a big part of how Garnet's trust was betrayed.

Third, Lapis was pressured into fusing with Jasper, and concedes more than agrees because Jasper held her by the wrist. Once fused, Lapis asserted dominance in her Heroic Sacrifice, taking Jasper with her and sealing her on the bottom of the sea. If Lapis did have any other alternative, she probably would've taken it.

If you still think the morality is skewed in the protagonist's favour, explain why and I'll try to help rewrite it so it is better reflected in the article.
Eagal
10:22:02 AM Jan 23rd 2016
edited by Eagal
The writers changing their minds doesn't make it not hypocrisy. Maybe they'll explain it later, maybe they won't. Doesn't matter. Pearl deceiving Garnet: Bad. Lapis deceiving Jasper: Something to joke about.

Unless they're going to reveal that Jaspers totally have the ability to Mind Control their victims and Lapis only broke out of the mind control via Heroic Willpower after they were already fused, I'm not seeing how Garnet is not a hypocrite.

And do you believe that Garnet would have been any less upset if Pearl's deception had been revealed at the time of the first rebuild? I don't see how the number of times it happened matters, because the problem is still that Pearl deceived Garnet.

No, Lapis was not pressured into fusing with Jasper. Lapis chose of her own free will to fuse with Jasper for her own reasons.

Motivation is immaterial to hypocrisy. Especially as Garnet is the hypocrite in question, not Lapis.
Skylite
07:22:25 AM Aug 18th 2016
Lapis was pressured into fusing by Jasper. She grabbed Lapis by the wrist and then browbeat her with "reasons" she should want to fuse with Jasper. As for free will? I can't support the idea it was a free decision.

Keep in mind that Lapis was Jasper's prisoner, and Jasper was clearly going to force her to fuse if she didn't "just say yes". (We see that Jasper has no compunction against fusing by force in Earthlings, hearkening back to this first time we see Jasper fuse).

Nobody asked Lapis what her reasons were for fusing. Jasper assumed that Lapis would want to fuse to kick the Gems' asses in a brawl. She never considered that Lapis would want revenge against her captor and jailer, so those reasons were never inquired into. Jasper also assumed that she would be strong enough to control the fusion since Lapis is a tiny weakling in her eyes. That's not deceit. That's simply Jasper failing to get all pertinent information because she was only interested in fusion so she could win.

Lapis does have Heroic Willpower but there's no mind control. She spent thousands of years as a mirror and either never went insane from that situation, or went insane and came back to being sane.

I'm not sure how Garnet is a hypocrite. Garnet, Amethyst, Steven and Pearl's lives were all endangered by Malachite forming, and they were in no shape to fight back. She went on record right away as saying the fusion was bad. She said it in a jokey way out of relief that Lapis prevented them from having another huge fight when the Gems were already running on empty, but she was not saying anything untrue or that it was okay that Lapis seized control of the fusion to save the Crystal Gems. "Those two are really bad for each other" is accurate. Further, Garnet went on to say that the longer the fusion continued, the worse and more dangerous it would be, and immediately sought to separate them. There were several episodes or parts of episodes dedicated to her trying to find Malachite and de-fuse her/them.

TheTropper
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08:17:10 PM Jan 5th 2016
Should a page be made for the comics? Or just make a new folder for it?
SeptimusHeap
01:35:31 AM Jan 6th 2016
New page, if you have enough examples.
Skylite
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07:28:08 PM Sep 17th 2015
edited by Skylite
After watching Nightmare Hosital and Sadie's Song back to back, it occurs to me that the two episodes have a central element in common.

Connie's mother was stifling her from being who she truly is by so tightly restricting her every move, and controlling her to the point where Connie felt she couldn't do anything she wanted without risking her mother taking it away from her.

Sadie's mother is so gung-ho that she prevents Sadie from being who she truly is by taking any activity Sadie shows curiosity or slight interest in, and pushing Sadie into it full force until Sadie either no longer finds it interesting, or gets kicked out by her mother's overbearing attitude.

Is there a trope for when two episodes have a single central element like that that ties them together?

Medictf2
07:38:10 PM Sep 17th 2015
Probably would be Curtsins Match The Window.
MidnightTerra
05:36:50 AM Sep 18th 2015
edited by MidnightTerra
What? No. Curtains Match the Window is about hair and eye color matching. Nothing to do with this.
Rognik
10:29:48 PM Jan 15th 2016
No trope springs to mind, but you might try searching for articles talking about how the A plot and B plot reflect two different sides of a similar issue. These episodes are only 11 minutes long, which is comparable to half a show. If the two episodes originally aired back-to-back, or were intended to be viewed in the same half-hour, it would certainly have a similar effect.
Erdrik
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10:25:34 AM Aug 20th 2015
edited by Erdrik
Chekov's Gun: In "Monster Buddies", the main characters go to collect a 'shooting star'. When Steven asks what it does, Amethyst sarcastically responds, "You shoot it, duh". Turns out she wasn't just jokingó shooting stars are literally powerful bombs, which the Crystal Gems apparently use to destroy the Galaxy Warp once and for all.

Actually, the galaxy warp was shown to be quite intact in Friendship. Im pretty sure the scene with the Crystal Gems using the shooting star to destroy the Galaxy Warp was an alternate timeline of the Future Vision that never actually happened.

Fantastically Indifferent: Gems have been on Earth since at least the beginning of recorded human civilization (one comment by Pearl in "Political Power" implies they've been on Earth since before humans started moving away from hunting and gathering 12,000 years ago). The citizens of Beach City at least are largely indifferent to them and Ronaldo considers their activities as an explanation for all the weirdness in town as too simple and mundane.

Pearl's comment only implies she witnessed humans hunt and gather, not that she witnessed them during a time when that was all they did. This is an important distinction to make because up until as little as a few hundred years ago there was an entire continent that featured nothing but a mix of hunter gatherer tribes and cultures, and that very continent is the same one on which the Crystal Gems Temple happens to reside.
FossilsDaDaDa
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07:40:57 PM Aug 16th 2015
Since when did we stop putting character tropes on the main pages? Is this something new that I haven't caught on to?
SeptimusHeap
01:57:44 AM Aug 17th 2015
When there is a character page, it's preferred for character tropes to be there.
Rognik
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04:59:40 AM Jul 13th 2015
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Garnet's reaction on seeing Peridot's experimental fusions is depressingly similar to how The Hedonist would react the first time anyone proved the concept of rape. Seeing such a violence almost destroyed her own definition of fusion as an experience to the point of defusion.

Is this really true? I'm not sure it really applies to Garnet, and I'm not sure you could call the forced fusion of the Gem fragments rape either. The forced fusion appears to be a Frankenstein's monster level of combination, and while Garnet is a happily fused pairing (a sort of symbolic marriage), I don't think it's the same as having sex. Not to mention that there are many ways to interpret that scene and Garnet's reaction to seeing it, not just a specific inference.
emeriin
07:07:57 AM Jul 13th 2015
There are a lot of interpretations, but with Garnet's "they weren't asked permission", I can see why rape might be on people's minds.
Erdrik
10:18:55 AM Aug 20th 2015
I agree there is a bit of connotation involving rape from Garnet's perspective. (and any fusion resulting from romantic partners)

But Fusion is not the same thing as sex. If we were to associate fusion with a human analog, I think 'relationship' would be closer. A relationship can be many things, all of which can be associated with fusion. Positive examples of which can be platonic and romantic and even professional. Garnet and Rainbow Quartz are the most up front examples of romantic Fusion, but we've seen each of the others in the show as well. Opal, Sugalite, and Alexandrite are all varying mixes of platonic and professional. Tho mostly professional, as each was done for the purpose of accomplishing a mission or goal.

I think we need to look to Malachite to see what Garnet meant with "weren't asked permission". Jasper's intent here is not even remotely 'sexual' or romantic in nature. Her motivations may be revenge, and she may have changed the mission goals, but ultimately she still wants to accomplish that mission. And the Malachite fusion represents the strength to do so. It's important to note here that Jasper put a lot of effort into convincing Lapis to fuse. The motivations were wrong(an Lapis ultimately betrays her), but she still asked for permission. Even tho the fusion wasn't romantic, or even platonic.

Even in a professional context asking permission is expected.

I think THAT is the core of Garnets issue. It is just amplified because: A) fusion is romantic FOR HER, so her perspective on the lack of permission is more intense B) all the gems involved in the cluster experiments are Crystal Gems, not Homeworld Gems, which means these shards were once her friends and comrades.
Ironthread
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09:28:08 AM Jun 21st 2015
I'm not really certain if Never Say "Die" really applies; nobody has actually died yet, unless you count the monsters, and even they don't technically get killed. The primary example in the page is Rose Quartz, who doesn't really die either. Lastly, as of "Sworn to the Sword," Pearl has said "die," during the song "Do it for Him/Her":
Pearl: [singing] when you live for someone, you're prepared to die.
I feel this should be deleted, but I want more input on the topic, especially because the article for Never Say "Die" is rather difficult to follow when it comes to classifying when it does and does not apply.
Zeanobia
02:04:35 PM Jul 13th 2015
Does this count as an example?
PhysicalStamina
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04:49:16 AM Jun 7th 2015
"Steven Universe is an American Shoujo series."

I'm not sure I follow. Anyone care to explain how?
Rognik
05:42:01 PM Jul 13th 2015
I'm not sure if I would call it a shoujo series or not. Shoujo series feature a bunch of female characters. They tend to be more about relationships between characters, which is frequently depicted in this show. However, a series like Sailor Moon is a magical girl series, which is what this show most closely resembles. Although there is no transformation sequence, the Gems are magical beings and often have a Monster of the Week which invoke an emotional response in some way. So while I might not call it an American Shoujo, I guess you could call it an Americal Magical Girl series.
JoieDeCombat
10:39:08 AM Aug 20th 2015
edited by JoieDeCombat
I don't agree with the description of the show as either shoujo or a magical girl series. Magical girl shows are generally some form of coming-of-age story focused on a young girl or girls; while the Gems are mostly coded as feminine, they're also mostly presented as adults. The main viewpoint character and the subject of any coming-of-age plot arc in Steven Universe is Steven, a young boy.

Between the title character being male, the magical female cast being adults, and the lack of most of the usual trappings of the genre such as transformation sequences, I don't see any basis on which to call it a magical girl series other than "there are girls and they are magical," which is not what the magical girl genre actually means. (Fighting evil is not actually a required element of a magical girl show; Sailor Moon was in fact unusual at the time of its release for depicting magical girls as warriors, although the concept is now quite popular.)
TheTropper
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07:26:38 AM Apr 2nd 2015
Now that "Attack The Light" is out, will it soon have it's own page?
SeptimusHeap
08:08:32 AM Apr 2nd 2015
On VideoGame.Attack The Light? If someone starts working on it, sure.
truncatedchronologis
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01:53:44 PM Mar 20th 2015
I think that Idiot Ball should be added to the list of tropes, considering how the crystal Gems (esp Garnet) often don't notice very obvious solutions to problems so that Steven can be the one to save the day.
theharpyeagle
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01:07:05 PM Mar 16th 2015
edited by theharpyeagle
I think "Full Disclosure" has a subverted example of Break His Heart to Save Him, but I'm not sure if it follows that or It's Not You, It's My Enemies better. Maybe both?

Also, I'm pretty sure Island Adventure has either a subversion or Not a Subversion of No Cartoon Fish, but I can't decide what it would fall under.
GigaGuess
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09:09:07 PM Oct 1st 2014
Freudian Trio entry. I kinda think Garnet and Pearl should be swapped. While Garnet is pretty stoic, she's frequently shown to be not so above it all. And I mean, compare Opal and Sugilite, both fusions involving the far and away clear Id. Opal is very fragile in the fusion, underlining the stark contrast between the two, whereas Sugilite almost consumed Amethyst and Garnet, that's how strong the union between the two is. Look at the recommended gem training between the three are, as well. Pearl advocating long hours training and honing his skills, whereas Amethyst takes a feel, don't think approach. Garnet walks the middle ground between the two, saying that some will just need to come naturally, but Steven will need to hone his skills, too.
TheTropper
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05:07:47 PM Sep 16th 2014
edited by 64.121.53.75
New Updated Steven Universe Poster! I recommend replacing the page image with the updated one! http://33.media.tumblr.com/ 96a37d53504acc4cf6c63de7a0ba6679/tumblr_nbosqainbp1qliqrqo1_1280.jpg (Note that I added a space after .com/)
SeptimusHeap
12:51:35 AM Sep 17th 2014
You'll have to link to the image before we can even discuss a change.
TheTropper
04:10:54 AM Sep 17th 2014
I really don't know how to do that but I will try.

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SeptimusHeap
05:12:44 AM Sep 17th 2014
TheTropper
11:57:59 AM Sep 17th 2014
Thanks, so how do I upload and change the page image on a ipad?
Gatordragon24
09:41:18 PM Sep 17th 2014
No need to worry, I changed the page image for you.
Gatordragon24
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12:01:36 AM Jul 17th 2014
edited by 132.170.34.245
There's this troper named Awesome Waffles who is vandalizing the Steven Universe pages by removing any example with Connie in it because apparently he doesn't like her for some reason. He even deleted her entire folder in the Character page. I reverted most of the changes but I fear he may strike again.
SeptimusHeap
12:08:19 AM Jul 17th 2014
Uh, yeah, reporting them.
Gatordragon24
12:11:21 AM Jul 17th 2014
I, uh, didn't know I could do that...
greatpikminfan
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12:46:38 PM Apr 24th 2014
Under Shout-Out:

  • Speaking of Utena, Amethyst's inflated form after eating a cloud and the way she has to be carried around by Garnet like a balloon is similar to this shot of Utena and Chu-Chu.

I know nothing about Utena but this sounds like it's incredibly reaching. Unless that balloon in the image is also a transformed person. Heck, I'm suspicious about the other two "references," even that one that provides a gif comparason to a lesser extent. (I feel like I've seen the general fighting style in a lot of other works too.) Should I cut at least this or is there some way to tell that this isn't just a coincidence?

Normally I wouldn't really care but I have read about some reaching Shout-Outs before. Like Death Note as a whole being a Code Geass reference/parallel. Or something about either a city in Blaz Blue being a reference to one in Pokemon Black and White or visa-versa.
greatpikminfan
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11:52:39 PM Mar 10th 2014
edited by 68.6.255.68
So the Wikia-wiki kind of added a ton of episodes to its episode list, some time around "Giant Woman." The problem is, I can't find any source of any of the ones that haven't aired yet becides "Onion Trade," and their listings of an episode with "Birthdays" in the title and one with "Lars and the Cool Kids" seemed accurate (just that they went under different, older names). And the person who added these new episodes to the wiki seemed to be an admin of it, too, so I don't think it was any vandalism or someone tossing in their fan fiction. My question is, where did this come from, and is it anything reliable enough to be mentioned at in this wiki? In case any upcoming episodes involve tropes in their premise?
Naivintage
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05:42:54 PM Feb 23rd 2014
The Cat Lady:

Did anyone notice how many cat-related things appear in the show?
supernintendo128
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09:56:29 PM Feb 12th 2014
In Serious Steven, when the gems land in a field of strawberries, I think of the song Strawberry Fields Forever. Should that count as a shout out?
SeptimusHeap
01:32:28 AM Feb 13th 2014
Way too speculative, in my mind.
mondenkindqueen
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12:44:45 PM Feb 11th 2014
My name is mondenkindqueen and I added a part to the WMG page about the lion steven has. I was new at the time and didn't know I was supposed to come here first and got a natter alert. So what do you guys think? Should I take it down or what?
Sherlockdetective99
05:36:43 PM Feb 20th 2014
Check out the programme note for WMG and the page for natter. If your entry doesn't match those, then there's no need to take it down.
DastardlyDemolition
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04:54:56 PM Nov 29th 2013
From the "Frybo" episode, should we add Body Horror, Eye Scream and Combat Tentacles? The Frybo costume get all three of those; the gross veins all over it's body, getting hit in the eye by Pearl's staff, and and the french fries grabbing and pulling people around.
tingitania
11:28:22 AM Dec 23rd 2013
Yeah, sure, go for it!
captainpat
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02:29:23 PM Oct 5th 2013
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Amethyst is short and chubby, but is considered as beautiful as the other Gems.

Leaving this example here so someone can explain who considers this character attractive. If it's just the audience then it's not Big Beautiful Woman.

Gatordragon24
02:51:44 PM Oct 5th 2013
One guy in the pilot episode said that Steven lives with a bunch of hot girls. Is that enough for the example?
captainpat
04:05:49 PM Oct 5th 2013
Honestly, I would wait until the show starts and there's more cases about her beauty specifically but if that's what you put down I'm kinda ok with it.
kyun
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09:00:29 AM Jul 17th 2013
The design changed! >:
DastardlyDemolition
04:52:11 PM Nov 29th 2013
I think it looks pretty good
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