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* Blue Diamond is an obvious example, despite being the [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds destroyer of worlds type]]. Having spent 6000 years grieving for her sister Pink Diamond, it's almost impossible not to sympathize with her, especially considering the result is that she's become so broken inside that just about anything can make her cry. So much so that Yellow, the only person that could open her eyes, doesn't cause she's afraid of breaking Blue even further. discovering that [[spoiler: Reunited even reveals that, despite her unreasonable aggression towards the crystal gems, it only worsened her desire to see Pink again.]]

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* Blue Diamond is an obvious example, despite being the [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds destroyer of worlds type]]. Having spent 6000 years grieving for her sister Pink Diamond, it's almost impossible not to sympathize with her, especially considering the result is that she's become so broken inside that just about anything pertaining to her sister can and will make her cry. So much so that Yellow, the only person that could open her eyes, doesn't cause she's afraid of breaking Blue even further. discovering that [[spoiler: Reunited even reveals that, despite her unreasonable aggression towards the crystal gems, it only worsened her desire to see Pink again.]]

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* Blue Diamond is an obvious example, despite being the [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds destroyer of worlds type]]. Having spent 6000 years grieving for her sister Pink Diamond, it's almost impossible not to sympathize with her, especially considering the result is that she's become so broken inside that just about anything can make her cry. So much so that Yellow, the only person that could open her eyes, doesn't cause she's afraid of breaking Blue even further. discovering that [[spoiler: Reunited even reveals that, despite her unreasonable aggression towards the crystal gems, it only worsened her desire to see Pink again.]]


** In “Growing Pains” it turns out that Steven is suffering from a severe case of C-PTSD, due to his untreated trauma from everything that happened to him in the original series, that causes him, because of his Gem-half,to glow pink and to randomly swell whenever he is in a emotional distress, and his body reacts as if he is in a life threatening situation, even when it’s just a minor problem. He tries to solve his issues in his own ways, but they all fail and put himself and everyone around him into danger (like crashing the van after a fight with his dad, shattering Jasper by accident, and trying to shatter White Diamond only to injure himself), as his mental state gets worse. It reaches a breaking point in “Everything’s Fine”, when he, at first, goes into manic state, and then after the Crystal Gems, Connie and Greg finally decide to confront him about what’s going to him, he confesses everything and, after hearing his mistakes aloud, he comes to the conclusion that he’s no longer the sweet kid he used to be, but he thinks himself as a fraud, and a monster. Unfortunately, this believe corrupts him and turns him into a literal monster. Luckily he gets better.

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** In “Growing Pains” it turns out that Steven is suffering from a severe case of C-PTSD, due to his untreated trauma from everything that happened to him in the original series, that causes him, because of his Gem-half,to glow pink and to randomly swell whenever he is in a emotional distress, and his body reacts as if he is in a life threatening situation, even when it’s just a minor problem. He tries to solve his issues in his own ways, but they all fail and put himself and everyone around him into danger (like crashing the van after a fight with his dad, shattering Jasper by accident, and trying to shatter White Diamond only to injure himself), as his mental state gets worse. It reaches a breaking point in “Everything’s Fine”, when he, at first, goes into manic state, and then after the Crystal Gems, Connie and Greg finally decide to confront him about what’s going to him, he confesses everything and, after hearing his mistakes aloud, he comes to the conclusion that he’s no longer the sweet kid he used to be, but he thinks himself as a fraud, and a monster. Unfortunately, this believe corrupts him and turns him into a literal monster. Luckily he He gets better.better, thanks to his loved ones (and therapy).


** In “Growing Pains” it turns out that Steven is suffering from a severe case of C-PTSD, due to his untreated trauma from everything that happened to him in the original series, that causes him, because of his Gem-half,to glow pink and to randomly swell whenever he is in a emotional distress, and his body reacts as if he is in a life threatening situation, even when it’s just a minor problem. He tries to solve his issues in his own way, but they all fail and put himself and everyone around him into danger (like crashing the van after a fight with his dad, shattering Jasper by accident, and trying to shatter White Diamond only to injure himself), as his mental state gets worse. It reaches a breaking point in “Everything’s Fine”, when he, at first, goes into manic state, and then after the Crystal Gems, Connie and Greg finally decide to confront him about what’s going to him, he confesses everything and, after hearing his mistakes aloud, he comes to the conclusion that he’s no longer the sweet kid he used to be, but he thinks himself as a fraud, and a monster. Unfortunately, this believe corrupts him and turns him into a literal monster. Luckily he gets better.

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** In “Growing Pains” it turns out that Steven is suffering from a severe case of C-PTSD, due to his untreated trauma from everything that happened to him in the original series, that causes him, because of his Gem-half,to glow pink and to randomly swell whenever he is in a emotional distress, and his body reacts as if he is in a life threatening situation, even when it’s just a minor problem. He tries to solve his issues in his own way, ways, but they all fail and put himself and everyone around him into danger (like crashing the van after a fight with his dad, shattering Jasper by accident, and trying to shatter White Diamond only to injure himself), as his mental state gets worse. It reaches a breaking point in “Everything’s Fine”, when he, at first, goes into manic state, and then after the Crystal Gems, Connie and Greg finally decide to confront him about what’s going to him, he confesses everything and, after hearing his mistakes aloud, he comes to the conclusion that he’s no longer the sweet kid he used to be, but he thinks himself as a fraud, and a monster. Unfortunately, this believe corrupts him and turns him into a literal monster. Luckily he gets better.


** In “Growing Pains” it turns out that Steven is suffering from a severe case of C-PTSD, due to his untreated trauma from everything that happened to him in the original series, that causes him, because of his Gem-half,to glow pink and to swell randomly whenever he is in a emotional distress, and his body reacts as if he is in a life threatening situation, even when it’s just a minor problem. He tries to solve his issues in his own way, but they all fail and put himself and everyone around him into danger (like crashing the van after a fight with his dad, shattering Jasper by accident, and trying to shatter White Diamond only to injure himself), as his mental state gets worse. It reaches a breaking point in “Everything’s Fine”, when he, at first, goes into manic state, and then after the Crystal Gems, Connie and Greg finally decide to confront him about what’s going to him, he confesses everything and, after hearing his mistakes aloud, he comes to the conclusion that he’s no longer the sweet kid he used to be, but he thinks himself as a fraud, and a monster. Unfortunately, this believe corrupts him and turns him into a literal monster. Luckily he gets better.

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** In “Growing Pains” it turns out that Steven is suffering from a severe case of C-PTSD, due to his untreated trauma from everything that happened to him in the original series, that causes him, because of his Gem-half,to glow pink and to swell randomly swell whenever he is in a emotional distress, and his body reacts as if he is in a life threatening situation, even when it’s just a minor problem. He tries to solve his issues in his own way, but they all fail and put himself and everyone around him into danger (like crashing the van after a fight with his dad, shattering Jasper by accident, and trying to shatter White Diamond only to injure himself), as his mental state gets worse. It reaches a breaking point in “Everything’s Fine”, when he, at first, goes into manic state, and then after the Crystal Gems, Connie and Greg finally decide to confront him about what’s going to him, he confesses everything and, after hearing his mistakes aloud, he comes to the conclusion that he’s no longer the sweet kid he used to be, but he thinks himself as a fraud, and a monster. Unfortunately, this believe corrupts him and turns him into a literal monster. Luckily he gets better.


** In “Growing Pains” it turns out that Steven is suffering from a severe case of C-PTSD, due to his untreated trauma from everything that happened to him in the original series, that causes him, because of his Gem-half,to glow pink and to swell randomly whenever he is in a emotional distress, and his body reacts as if he is in a life threatening situation, even when it’s just a minor problem. He tries to solve his issues in his own way, but they all fail and put himself and everyone around him into danger (like crashing the van after a fight with his dad, shattering Jasper by accident, and trying to shatter White Diamond only to injure himself), as his mental state gets worse. It reaches a breaking point in “Everything’s Fine”, when he, at first, goes into manic state, and then after the Crystal Gems, Connie and Greg finally decide to confront him about what’s going to him, he confesses everything and, after hearing his mistakes aloud, he comes to the conclusion that he’s no longer the sweet kid he used to be, but he thinks himself as a fraud, and a monster. Unfortunately, this believe corrupts him and turns him literally into a monster. Luckily he gets better.

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** In “Growing Pains” it turns out that Steven is suffering from a severe case of C-PTSD, due to his untreated trauma from everything that happened to him in the original series, that causes him, because of his Gem-half,to glow pink and to swell randomly whenever he is in a emotional distress, and his body reacts as if he is in a life threatening situation, even when it’s just a minor problem. He tries to solve his issues in his own way, but they all fail and put himself and everyone around him into danger (like crashing the van after a fight with his dad, shattering Jasper by accident, and trying to shatter White Diamond only to injure himself), as his mental state gets worse. It reaches a breaking point in “Everything’s Fine”, when he, at first, goes into manic state, and then after the Crystal Gems, Connie and Greg finally decide to confront him about what’s going to him, he confesses everything and, after hearing his mistakes aloud, he comes to the conclusion that he’s no longer the sweet kid he used to be, but he thinks himself as a fraud, and a monster. Unfortunately, this believe corrupts him and turns him literally into a literal monster. Luckily he gets better.


** In “Growing Pains” it turns out that Steven is suffering from a severe case of C-PTSD, due to his untreated trauma from everything that happened to him in the original series, that causes him, because of his Gem-half,to glow pink and to swell randomly whenever he is in a emotional distress, and his body reacts as if he is in a life threatening situation, even when it’s just a minor problem. He tries to solve his issues in his own way, but they all fail and put himself and everyone around him into danger (like crashing the van after a fight with his dad, shattering Jasper by accident, and trying to shatter White Diamond only to injure himself), as his mental state gets worse. It reaches a breaking point in “Everything’s Fine”, when he, at first, goes into manic state, and then after the Crystal Gems, Connie and Greg finally decide to confront him about what’s going to him, he confesses everything and, hearing his mistakes aloud, he comes to the conclusion that he’s no longer the sweet kid he used to be, but he thinks himself as a fraud, and a monster. Unfortunately, this believe corrupts him and turns him literally into a monster. Luckily he gets better.

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** In “Growing Pains” it turns out that Steven is suffering from a severe case of C-PTSD, due to his untreated trauma from everything that happened to him in the original series, that causes him, because of his Gem-half,to glow pink and to swell randomly whenever he is in a emotional distress, and his body reacts as if he is in a life threatening situation, even when it’s just a minor problem. He tries to solve his issues in his own way, but they all fail and put himself and everyone around him into danger (like crashing the van after a fight with his dad, shattering Jasper by accident, and trying to shatter White Diamond only to injure himself), as his mental state gets worse. It reaches a breaking point in “Everything’s Fine”, when he, at first, goes into manic state, and then after the Crystal Gems, Connie and Greg finally decide to confront him about what’s going to him, he confesses everything and, after hearing his mistakes aloud, he comes to the conclusion that he’s no longer the sweet kid he used to be, but he thinks himself as a fraud, and a monster. Unfortunately, this believe corrupts him and turns him literally into a monster. Luckily he gets better.

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** In “Growing Pains” it turns out that Steven is suffering from a severe case of C-PTSD, due to his untreated trauma from everything that happened to him in the original series, that causes him, because of his Gem-half,to glow pink and to swell randomly whenever he is in a emotional distress, and his body reacts as if he is in a life threatening situation, even when it’s just a minor problem. He tries to solve his issues in his own way, but they all fail and put himself and everyone around him into danger (like crashing the van after a fight with his dad, shattering Jasper by accident, and trying to shatter White Diamond only to injure himself), as his mental state gets worse. It reaches a breaking point in “Everything’s Fine”, when he, at first, goes into manic state, and then after the Crystal Gems, Connie and Greg finally decide to confront him about what’s going to him, he confesses everything and, hearing his mistakes aloud, he comes to the conclusion that he’s no longer the sweet kid he used to be, but he thinks himself as a fraud, and a monster. Unfortunately, this believe corrupts him and turns him literally into a monster. Luckily he gets better.


** Just when it seems like Steven can finally catch a break in ''[[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseFuture Future]]'', problems just keep popping up that he either has to or feels like he ''needs'' to deal with, [[spoiler:including Jasper [[RedemptionRejection still being against him]] [[HazyFeelTurn (at first)]], continuing to have his mother's past and mistakes smack him in the face, Eyeball and Aquamarine seeking {{Revenge}} against him and attempting to use his own father against him, and everybody moving on and changing without him.]] In addition, his going through the typical trials of growing into an adult and dealing with change are complicated by his powers overreacting to the wild emotional roller coaster that comes with being a teenager, making his very feelings ''dangerous'' and him even more unwilling to try and handle them.

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** Just when it seems like Steven can finally catch a break in ''[[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseFuture Future]]'', problems just keep popping up that he either has to or feels like he ''needs'' to deal with, [[spoiler:including Jasper [[RedemptionRejection still being against him]] [[HazyFeelTurn (at first)]], continuing to have his mother's past and mistakes smack him in the face, Eyeball and Aquamarine seeking {{Revenge}} against him and attempting to use his own father against him, and everybody moving on and changing without him.]] In addition, his going through the typical trials of growing into an adult and dealing with change are complicated by his powers overreacting to the wild emotional roller coaster that comes with being a teenager, as well as the trauma he acquired throughout the original series, making his very feelings ''dangerous'' and him even more unwilling to try and handle them.


* [[IronWoobie 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. Also, despite it all being self-defense, in "Mindful Education" it's revealed he outright blames himself for doing what he did against Bismuth, Eyeball, and Jasper, and is suffering from a severe BrokenPedestal a la his mom. He has a serious GuiltComplex because of this. And then he discovers that Rose [[spoiler: was Pink Diamond]], so now he feels like he has to live up to the expectations of [[spoiler: the rest of the Diamond Authority]] too. Overall, underneath that sometimes genuine cheerful smile and attitude is a sad, traumatized, possibly depressed little boy who hates himself.

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* [[IronWoobie [[StoicWoobie 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. Also, despite it all being self-defense, in "Mindful Education" it's revealed he outright blames himself for doing what he did against Bismuth, Eyeball, and Jasper, and is suffering from a severe BrokenPedestal a la his mom. He has a serious GuiltComplex because of this. And then he discovers that Rose [[spoiler: was Pink Diamond]], so now he feels like he has to live up to the expectations of [[spoiler: the rest of the Diamond Authority]] too. Overall, underneath that sometimes genuine cheerful smile and attitude is a sad, traumatized, possibly depressed little boy who hates himself.



* Another WoobieSpecies are the [[spoiler:bubbled Rose Quartzes in the zoo. They had nothing to do with the rebellion; it wasn't their fault Pink Diamond and Pearl impersonated one of them and faked her death]]!
* If we take one of Steven's visions at face value, [[spoiler:[[StoicWoobie White/Pink Pearl]] becomes this. According to the dream, she once belonged to Pink, and they loved each other but had to hide their fun from the Diamonds, this later gets confirmed and somehow made worse in Future as it's revealed that Pink caused her damaged face accidentally, not to mention that she tries to act out that everything is fine despite that she was psychologically traumatized by the experience as shown in the Reef scene]].

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* Another WoobieSpecies are the [[spoiler:bubbled Rose Quartzes in the zoo. They had nothing to do with the rebellion; it wasn't their fault Pink Diamond and Pearl impersonated one of them and faked her death]]!
death! When three of them visit Steven in "Rose Buds", the Crystal Gems [[InnocentlyInsensitive unintentionally]] make them feel unwelcome.]]
* If we take one of Steven's visions at face value, [[spoiler:[[StoicWoobie [[spoiler:[[IronWoobie White/Pink Pearl]] becomes this. According to the dream, she once belonged to Pink, and they loved each other but had to hide their fun from the Diamonds, this later gets confirmed and somehow made worse in Future as it's revealed that Pink caused her damaged face accidentally, not to mention that she tries to act out that everything is fine despite that she was psychologically traumatized by the experience as shown in the Reef scene]].


** Just when it seems like Steven can finally catch a break in [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseFuture ''Future'']], problems just keep popping up that he either has to or feels like he ''needs'' to deal with, [[spoiler:including Jasper [[RedemptionRejection still being against him]] [[HazyFeelTurn (at first)]], continuing to have his mother's past and mistakes smack him in the face, Eyeball and Aquamarine seeking {{Revenge}} against him and attempting to use his own father against him, and everybody moving on and changing without him.]] In addition, his going through the typical trials of growing into an adult and dealing with change are complicated by his powers overreacting to the wild emotional roller coaster that comes with being a teenager, making his very feelings ''dangerous'' and him even more unwilling to try and handle them.

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** Just when it seems like Steven can finally catch a break in [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseFuture ''Future'']], ''[[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseFuture Future]]'', problems just keep popping up that he either has to or feels like he ''needs'' to deal with, [[spoiler:including Jasper [[RedemptionRejection still being against him]] [[HazyFeelTurn (at first)]], continuing to have his mother's past and mistakes smack him in the face, Eyeball and Aquamarine seeking {{Revenge}} against him and attempting to use his own father against him, and everybody moving on and changing without him.]] In addition, his going through the typical trials of growing into an adult and dealing with change are complicated by his powers overreacting to the wild emotional roller coaster that comes with being a teenager, making his very feelings ''dangerous'' and him even more unwilling to try and handle them.

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** Just when it seems like Steven can finally catch a break in [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseFuture ''Future'']], problems just keep popping up that he either has to or feels like he ''needs'' to deal with, [[spoiler:including Jasper [[RedemptionRejection still being against him]] [[HazyFeelTurn (at first)]], continuing to have his mother's past and mistakes smack him in the face, Eyeball and Aquamarine seeking {{Revenge}} against him and attempting to use his own father against him, and everybody moving on and changing without him.]] In addition, his going through the typical trials of growing into an adult and dealing with change are complicated by his powers overreacting to the wild emotional roller coaster that comes with being a teenager, making his very feelings ''dangerous'' and him even more unwilling to try and handle them.


* [[IronWoobie 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. Also, despite it all being self-defense, in "Mindful Education" it's revealed he outright blames himself for doing what he did against Bismuth, Eyeball, and Jasper, and is suffering from a severe BrokenPedestal a la his mom. He has a serious GuiltComplex because of this. And then he discovers that Rose [[spoiler: was actually Pink Diamond]], so now he feels like he has to live up to the expectations of [[spoiler: the rest of the Diamond Authority]] too. Overall, underneath that sometimes genuine cheerful smile and attitude is a sad, traumatized, possibly depressed little boy who hates himself.
** Steven is put through the emotional-ringer in [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseTheMovie the movie]]. The Earth is under threat form an injector that will kill all organic life, Steven [[BroughtDownToNormal loses his powers]], the Crystal Gems [[IdentityAmnesia all lose their memories an revert back to when they first formed]], and the gem responsible for this whole mess, who's the only one who can stop the injector, Spinel, has lost her memories too! So now Steven has to restore all of their memories, without any of his powers, with the knowledge that the world will end if he doesn't. That sounds bad on it's own, but then Steven learns that Spinel [[spoiler:was once Pink Diamond's playmate, but Pink abandoned her when she got her colony and forced Spinel to wait for her return, which never happened, for 6'000 years! Once again, Steven is forced to face the consequences for his mother's actions.]] Steven effectively has to relive all of the terrible things that happened in his life over the course of ''maybe'' one full day, if that long. Steven puts it best himself:
-->'''Steven:''' ''I don't get it!'' Why aren't my powers back?! Aren't I reliving every horrible thing that's ever happened to me?! A Gem I barely know is trying to kill me! I'm paying for stuff my mom did that had ''nothing'' to do with me! I'm struggling with my powers! The world's about to end! ''What piece could I be missing?! THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LIFE!''

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* [[IronWoobie 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. Also, despite it all being self-defense, in "Mindful Education" it's revealed he outright blames himself for doing what he did against Bismuth, Eyeball, and Jasper, and is suffering from a severe BrokenPedestal a la his mom. He has a serious GuiltComplex because of this. And then he discovers that Rose [[spoiler: was actually Pink Diamond]], so now he feels like he has to live up to the expectations of [[spoiler: the rest of the Diamond Authority]] too. Overall, underneath that sometimes genuine cheerful smile and attitude is a sad, traumatized, possibly depressed little boy who hates himself.
** Steven is put through the emotional-ringer in [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseTheMovie the movie]]. The Earth is under threat form from an injector that will kill all organic life, Steven [[BroughtDownToNormal loses his powers]], the Crystal Gems [[IdentityAmnesia all lose their memories an a revert back to when they first formed]], and the gem responsible for this whole mess, who's the only one who can stop the injector, Spinel, has lost her memories too! So now Steven has to restore all of their memories, without any of his powers, with the knowledge that the world will end if he doesn't. That sounds bad on it's its own, but then Steven learns that Spinel [[spoiler:was once Pink Diamond's playmate, but Pink abandoned her when she got her colony and forced Spinel to wait for her return, which never happened, for 6'000 years! Once again, Steven is forced to face the consequences for his mother's actions.]] Steven effectively has to relive all of the terrible things that happened in his life over the course of throughout ''maybe'' one full day, if that long. Steven puts it best himself:
-->'''Steven:''' ''I don't get it!'' Why aren't my powers back?! Aren't I reliving every horrible thing that's ever happened to me?! A Gem I barely know is trying to kill me! I'm paying for stuff my mom did that had ''nothing'' to do with me! I'm struggling with my powers! The world's worlds about to end! ''What piece could I be missing?! THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LIFE!''



* 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 definitely 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 TheAtoner for their entire species.

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* 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 definitely qualify. Later episodes also show that they're the last survivors of a massive Gem war, war and that they are protecting Earth to try and act as TheAtoner 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 [[SenselessSacrifice 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 [[WhatTheHellHero lies and betrays Garnet's trust]], making her so angry as to stop talking to her for several episodes; [[TheAtoner this is something she clearly regrets with all her being]]. Then in "Back to the Barn" we discover that Pearl is one of a ServantRace of Pearls on Homeworld, where they're treated as an object or slave than as an individual if Peridot's mindset is the norm.

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* 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, 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 woobism 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 [[SenselessSacrifice 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 [[WhatTheHellHero lies and betrays Garnet's trust]], making her so angry as to stop talking to her for several episodes; [[TheAtoner this is something she clearly regrets with all her being]]. Then in "Back to the Barn" we discover that Pearl is one of a ServantRace of Pearls on Homeworld, where they're treated as an object or slave than as an individual if Peridot's mindset is the norm.



** Both of the get this taken UpToEleven 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.
** The Wanted special just skyrocketed his Woobieness through the roof. After being [[spoiler:unluckily left behind in Aquamarine's ship, Lars understandably freaks out at the thought of never being able to go back home. He talks out his fears with Steven, derides himself for being a coward his entire life, and is then separated from Steven after they arrive on Homeworld. He's reunited with Steven and the two escape the custody of the Diamonds, and they later befriend the Off Colors - Gems that are considered unwanted and defective by Homeworld for their nature and choices. Their moment of peace doesn't last long, as the roboboids quickly locate them, and ''Lars'', Beach City's resident JerkAss, fights them off to save Steven and the Off Colors from being shattered, and ends up dying because of it. While he is brought BackFromTheDead, Lars is clearly disturbed by the implications of how Steven may have changed his life forever, and is desperate to find redemption in his new life, claiming that he never appreciated his life on Earth while he had it.]]

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** Both of the get this taken UpToEleven 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.
** The Wanted special just skyrocketed his Woobieness through the roof. After being [[spoiler:unluckily left behind in Aquamarine's ship, Lars understandably freaks out at the thought of never being able to go back home. He talks out his fears with Steven, derides himself for being a coward his entire life, and is then separated from Steven after they arrive on Homeworld. He's reunited with Steven and the two escape the custody of the Diamonds, and they later befriend the Off Colors - Gems that are considered unwanted and defective by Homeworld for their nature and choices. Their moment of peace doesn't last long, as the roboboids quickly locate them, and ''Lars'', Beach City's resident JerkAss, fights them off to save Steven and the Off Colors from being shattered, shattered and ends up dying because of it. While he is brought BackFromTheDead, Lars is clearly disturbed by the implications of how Steven may have changed his life forever, and is desperate to find redemption in his new life, claiming that he never appreciated his life on Earth while he had it.]]



* Centipeetle after [[spoiler:Steven manages to partially heal her, at least temporarily 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 Diamonds' FantasticNuke 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 and has finally found some members of her crew, it's impossible not to feel bad for the poor thing.]]

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* Centipeetle after [[spoiler:Steven manages to partially heal her, at least temporarily 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 Diamonds' FantasticNuke was because that 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 and has finally found some members of her crew, it's impossible not to feel bad for the poor thing.]]



* "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 JerkassWoobie 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 [[ArtificialLimbs 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.

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* "The Test" basically cements all three Gems as this. They're still lost without Rose to guide them, them and have some deep insecurities about whether they can raise Steven.
* Peridot gets elevated to JerkassWoobie status in "Catch and Release". Her increasing desperation to get off world 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 [[ArtificialLimbs 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.



* As of "Earthlings", we may add [[JerkassWoobie Jasper]] (of all people) to the list. She's revealed to be a vengeful, loyal soldier who had everything taken from her [[spoiler:by Rose Quartz: her colony, her planet and even Pink Diamond, and is desperately lonely when everyone she fuses with leaves her--and she doesn't understand ''why.'' Losing herself to Corruption, she's then bubbled by Amethyst, who sadly acknowledges her as a sister for the first time. On top of this, it's implied she's nothing more than the equal of a grown up ChildSoldier who's been indoctrinated from birth to think the way she does. And if that isn't enough, Rebecca confirmed in an interview that Jasper hates herself for being too weak.]] Then certain revelations in ''[[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E18ASinglePaleRose A Single Pale Rose]]'' shows that [[spoiler: a huge chunk of her motivation is entirely pointless, as not only did Rose not shatter Pink Diamond, but Pink Diamond was Rose all along, and that the rebellion was started by Pink herself in an attempt to dodge responsibility as well as save the Earth.]]
* [[spoiler:Andy [=DeMayo=]]] is a JerkassWoobie. An anti-immigrant traditionalist who treats everyone except Steven with abrasive distaste? Yes. [[spoiler:Regretful uncle[[labelnote:*]]actually first cousin once removed[[/labelnote]] who saves Steven's life and cries when calling him out for being reckless?]] Also yes.

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* As of "Earthlings", we may add [[JerkassWoobie Jasper]] (of all people) to the list. She's revealed to be a vengeful, loyal soldier who had everything taken from her [[spoiler:by Rose Quartz: her colony, her planet and even Pink Diamond, and is desperately lonely when everyone she fuses with leaves her--and she doesn't understand ''why.'' Losing herself to Corruption, she's then bubbled by Amethyst, who sadly acknowledges her as a sister for the first time. On top of this, it's implied she's nothing more than the equal of a grown up grown-up ChildSoldier who's been indoctrinated from birth to think the way she does. And if that isn't enough, Rebecca confirmed in an interview that Jasper hates herself for being too weak.]] Then certain revelations in ''[[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E18ASinglePaleRose A Single Pale Rose]]'' shows that [[spoiler: a huge chunk of her motivation is entirely pointless, as not only did Rose not shatter Pink Diamond, but Pink Diamond was Rose all along, and that the rebellion was started by Pink herself in an attempt to dodge responsibility as well as save the Earth.]]
* [[spoiler:Andy [=DeMayo=]]] is a JerkassWoobie. An anti-immigrant traditionalist who treats everyone except Steven with abrasive distaste? Yes. [[spoiler:Regretful uncle[[labelnote:*]]actually the first cousin once removed[[/labelnote]] who saves Steven's life and cries when calling him out for being reckless?]] Also yes.



* [[spoiler:Topaz]], who is forced to do missions she hates and accept abuse from the likes of Aquamarine out of fear of being [[spoiler:seperated and shattered]]. [[spoiler:Steven and Lars' friendship is enough to get her crying and willing to help them escape, and is only stopped by Aquamarine's sudden arrival]].

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* [[spoiler:Topaz]], who is forced to do missions she hates and accept abuse from the likes of Aquamarine out of fear of being [[spoiler:seperated [[spoiler:separated and shattered]]. [[spoiler:Steven and Lars' friendship is enough to get her crying and willing to help them escape, and is only stopped by Aquamarine's sudden arrival]].



** The "Diamond Days" Arc makes her a straight up, Woobie: [[spoiler: it's not so subtly implied her first Pearl was taken from by White because the two were too friendly - and White turned said Pearl into her MeatPuppet. That and it's made abundantly clear that Blue and Yellow Diamond's love for Pink isn't unconditional and only goes so far as they still don't see her as an equal and become straight-up abusive when Steven[=/=]Pink doesn't conform to Homeworld's ways-- it's not hard to see why she betrayed them, faked her death, and became Rose permanently.]]
* The corrupted gems themselves count. It was some time ago, but at the time it was quite the revelation that every MonsterOfTheWeek had actually been a sentient gem no different from our main cast, their minds broken (by what was eventually revealed much later to be the Diamonds' FantasticNuke.) Some of them were completely loyal homeworld soldiers, as well, the Diamonds either not caring what happened to them or considering it punishment for failing to protect Pink. They're all in a perpetual state of confusion and fear, just sentient enough to suffer from losing what they were. The same goes for gem shards, which we didn't know at first were formerly-living gems, each piece of their shattered gemstones containing too little life to become a full person but enough to need to ''try,'' resulting in [[CerebusRetcon once-humorous]] moments like a killer french fry costume defeated with weaponized stripping becoming incredibly tragic. The Cluster and the experiments leading up to it are worse - described as 'artificial fusions,' but less Alexandrite and more a macabre Frankensteining of shards, shown in agony fighting to free themselves as they took form, rightfully horrifying even TheStoic Garnet. The same also goes for "gem-powered" items like the constantly-restructuring temple or the Desert Glass - sentient gems trapped for centuries and suffering (as with Lapis Lazuli who was still alive within the mirror) as their power is forcibly used in the object. Basically, a lot of gems are suffering a FateWorseThanDeath with little that can be done for them - some friends of our heroes that they can't save, and some who were rewarded for their loyal service to the Diamonds with ''centuries of hell'' by their uncaring leaders. There's a reason this show falls under WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids a lot!

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** The "Diamond Days" Arc makes her a straight up, straight-up, Woobie: [[spoiler: it's not so subtly implied her first Pearl was taken from by White because the two were too friendly - and White turned said Pearl into her MeatPuppet. That and it's made abundantly clear that Blue and Yellow Diamond's love for Pink isn't unconditional and only goes so far as they still don't see her as an equal and become straight-up abusive when Steven[=/=]Pink doesn't conform to Homeworld's ways-- it's not hard to see why she betrayed them, faked her death, and became Rose permanently.]]
* The corrupted gems themselves count. It was some time ago, but at the time it was quite the revelation that every MonsterOfTheWeek had actually been a sentient gem no different from our main cast, their minds are broken (by what was eventually revealed much later to be the Diamonds' FantasticNuke.) Some of them were completely loyal homeworld soldiers, as well, the Diamonds either not caring what happened to them or considering it punishment for failing to protect Pink. They're all in a perpetual state of confusion and fear, just sentient enough to suffer from losing what they were. The same goes for gem shards, which we didn't know at first were formerly-living gems, each piece of their shattered gemstones containing too little life to become a full person but enough to need to ''try,'' resulting in [[CerebusRetcon once-humorous]] moments like a killer french fry costume defeated with weaponized stripping becoming incredibly tragic. The Cluster and the experiments leading up to it are worse - described as 'artificial fusions,' but less Alexandrite and more a macabre Frankensteining of shards, shown in agony fighting to free themselves as they took form, rightfully horrifying even TheStoic Garnet. The same also goes for "gem-powered" items like the constantly-restructuring temple or the Desert Glass - sentient gems trapped for centuries and suffering (as with Lapis Lazuli who was still alive within the mirror) as their power is forcibly used in the object. Basically, a A lot of gems are suffering a FateWorseThanDeath with little that can be done for them - some friends of our heroes that they can't save, and some who were rewarded for their loyal service to the Diamonds with ''centuries of hell'' by their uncaring leaders. There's a reason this show falls under WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids a lot!



* If we take one of Steven's visions at face value, [[spoiler:White Pearl becomes this. According to the dream, she once belonged to Pink, and they loved each other but had to hide their fun from the Diamonds, this later get's confirmed and somehow made worse in Future as it's revealed that Pink caused her damaged face accidentally]].

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* If we take one of Steven's visions at face value, [[spoiler:White Pearl [[spoiler:[[StoicWoobie White/Pink Pearl]] becomes this. According to the dream, she once belonged to Pink, and they loved each other but had to hide their fun from the Diamonds, this later get's gets confirmed and somehow made worse in Future as it's revealed that Pink caused her damaged face accidentally]].accidentally, not to mention that she tries to act out that everything is fine despite that she was psychologically traumatized by the experience as shown in the Reef scene]].



* [[spoiler:[[JerkassWoobie Spinel]]]] from TheMovie [[spoiler:wanted to make her only friend, Pink Diamond, happy. Pink abandoned her when she got her colony, leaving Spinel to wait for her return for 6,000 years. When she learned the truth, that Pink had moved on without her, she snapped and gunned it for Earth so she could destroy it. Even she recognized how far she's fallen and admits that she doesn't want to be so full of rage towards someone who wants to be friends with her.]]

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* [[spoiler:[[JerkassWoobie Spinel]]]] from TheMovie [[spoiler:wanted to make her only friend, Pink Diamond, happy. Pink abandoned her when she got her colony, leaving Spinel to wait for her return for 6,000 years. When she learned the truth, that Pink had moved on without her, she snapped and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge gunned it for Earth so she could destroy it. it.]] Even she recognized how far she's fallen and admits that she doesn't want to be so full of rage towards someone who wants to be friends with her.]]


[[caption-width-right:350:"I didn't ask for it to be this way! ''I didn't ask to be '''made'''!''"]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"I didn't ask never asked for it to be this way! ''I didn't ask never asked to be '''made'''!''"]]



* If we take one of Steven's visions at face value, [[spoiler:White Pearl becomes this. According to the dream, she once belonged to Pink, and they loved each other but had to hide their fun from the Diamonds]].

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* If we take one of Steven's visions at face value, [[spoiler:White Pearl becomes this. According to the dream, she once belonged to Pink, and they loved each other but had to hide their fun from the Diamonds]].Diamonds, this later get's confirmed and somehow made worse in Future as it's revealed that Pink caused her damaged face accidentally]].


* [[spoiler:Spinel]] from TheMovie is a JerkassWoobie type. She wanted to [[spoiler:make her only friend, Pink Diamond, happy. But Pink abandoned her when she got her colony, leaving Spinel to wait for her return for 6,000 years. When she learned the truth, that Pink had moved on without her, she snapped. Even she recognizes how far she's fallen and admits that she doesn't want to be so full of rage towards someone who wants to be friends with her]].

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* [[spoiler:Spinel]] [[spoiler:[[JerkassWoobie Spinel]]]] from TheMovie is a JerkassWoobie type. She wanted [[spoiler:wanted to [[spoiler:make make her only friend, Pink Diamond, happy. But Pink abandoned her when she got her colony, leaving Spinel to wait for her return for 6,000 years. When she learned the truth, that Pink had moved on without her, she snapped. snapped and gunned it for Earth so she could destroy it. Even she recognizes recognized how far she's fallen and admits that she doesn't want to be so full of rage towards someone who wants to be friends with her]].her.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Spinel:''' ''(in tears)'' What am I doing? Why do I wanna hurt you so bad? I'm supposed to be a friend. I just wanna be a friend...]]

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