- The entire scene of Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl beating the snot out of the hoard of baby Centipeetles.
- Steven laments that he can't figure out how to summon his weapon, and he says at least he has Cookie Cat. He takes a bite... Cue his gem glowing like crazy, the Gems' shocked responses, and the theme song blasting in the background to reveal...Pearl: Steven... It's a shield!
- When Steven fearlessly stands up to the Centipeetle Mother saying "LEAVE THEM ALONE!" holding ice cream and ready to kick ass.
- When he realizes his powers suddenly no longer work, he uses the smashed freezer to electrocute the Centipeetle mother, giving the Gems an opening to destroy it.Garnet: Gems! Weapons! (They summon their weapons.) Let's do it.
- When he realizes his powers suddenly no longer work, he uses the smashed freezer to electrocute the Centipeetle mother, giving the Gems an opening to destroy it.
Laser Light Cannon
- Steven activating the light cannon and using its power to destroy the red eye. And the beam the cannon shot formed a shape that looked like Rose Quartz. That whole damn climax was pretty awesome.Garnet: BRACE YOURSELVES!
- The shot of the Red Eye exploding reflected in the eyes of the main characters is like something out of an anime series.
- When the Gems can't figure out how to get past a magical whirlpool which has gravity several times higher than normal, Steven ropes together some spare sweaters, loops them to the other side, then climbs the wall by himself. Even Pearl, who is extremely concerned for his safety, admits that was cool.Amethyst: (Carrying Pearl and Garnet) Steven-style!
- Garnet casually knocking down a pillar with ease to make a makeshift bridge.
- Steven shoves his demonically-possessed breakfast into a melting pool after it's mutated into a giant monster and taken out the other Gems.
- Steven commanding his clothing to defeat Frybo.
- Steven manages to beat the giant worm by tricking it into wrapping itself around the dock, which then collapses from the strain and crushes the worm. Particularly, he was able to move quite nimbly, showing off Acrofatic at its finest.
- Summoning the titular bubble, to save Connie from a collapsing chunk of cliff.
- Garnet dragging away the nosy Amethyst and Pearl. Not to mention her line:"Don't mess with his funky flow!"
- Onion knowing how to operate a harpoon gun despite his very young age, and his hilariously nonchalant/triumphant reaction as his boat is sinking.
- One for Steven. His bubble can take a direct harpoon gun blow and deflect it without harming the bubble.
- It may be a small moment, but Connie can write backwards. That's a hard skill for most people.
- Garnet saving Steven from falling into a pit of fire by planting her feet ankle-deep into a chunk of solid stone.
- Garnet's off screen moment of awesome as she carried Steven over a room covered in spikes, guillotine and pouring lava.Garnet: I carried you while you took a nap.
- As soon as Steven figures out what's going on, Garnet turns and starts punching the floor without a word.
- Steven figuring out what the rooms are doing, on his own, is pretty awesome on its own.
- The short but oh-so-awesome smackdown between Garnet and Amethyst.
- The fact that Amethyst took the beating from Garnet (who is at an almost unfair advantage— being older and exceptionally strong, even by Gem standards) and was ready to fight back. Honestly, she was only mildly dazed. Moment of Awesome indeed.
- Watching The Purple Puma ruthlessly pwn everybody is not only entertaining to watch, it's oddly satisfying as well. Steven getting to help out too was also cool, since he barely has control of his Gem powers at this point and is relying almost solely on ingenuity.
- In a great piece of Foreshadowing for the show's famous use of non-heteronormative representation, Amethyst's wrestling persona is a man, which absolutely no one comments on or seems to find strange at all.
- The whole sequence after Steven throws the desert glass on the beach and then he tries to get it back with all these structures shifting around in this big sandstorm and Steven's climbing on stuff and oh no he's going to fall on those spikes. Then the Pink Lion swoops in and The Awesome hits the fan. It starts the awesome train by ROARING AWAY a bunch of Sand Structures that even Garnet couldn't make a dent in, using one of the structures it broke to get up to high ground, leaps like 15 feet through the air and bursts through the structure the Desert Glass made to protect itself using its roar and looking cool doing it.
- Garnet's brief but epic beat-down against the monster at the beginning.
- It's mostly off screen, but there's a brief few moments of the Gems moving in complete tandem as they presumably lay waste to the smaller parasites.
- Opal versus the giant bird, with the background music combining both Pearl and Amethyst's themes.
- When the bird splits apart into hundreds of attacking birds, Opal orders Steven to stay low and then proceeds to fuse Amethyst's whip and Pearl's spear into a bow and arrow, which she launches to destroy all of the birds simultaneously. And all while en pointe, no less.
- Pearl's finishing move against Amethyst in their game of checkers.
- Pearl and Amethyst display incredibly fast teamwork to save Steven when he almost falls to his doom.
So Many Birthdays
- Assuming Steven will age in real life like he did when his Gem "malfunctioned", looks like he'll grow up to be a tall, muscular, still adorable, and frankly pretty awesome looking guy.
- The efforts of the Gems to revert Steven to his proper age are quite admirable when given the extremely bleak circumstances. Special mentions to Amethyst, who never gave up and kept trying to motivate the other Gems as well as Pearl, who despite being in the midst an obvious breakdown, realized that Steven's age was fluctuating based on his moods and therefore provided the key to his eventual age reversal.
Lars and The Cool Kids
- Steven verbally tearing into Lars when he blames the magic moss on Steven's "Weird mom".Steven: (pokes at Lars' chest) What do you know about my Mom?! I DIDN'T EVEN GET TO KNOW MY MOM! But I do know, she saw beauty in everything! Even in stuff like this *points at moss* and even in jerks like you! *Lars looks away ashamedly, Steven sighs* Now help me get them to the car.
- And that was it; one angry outburst and then it was just done and gone.
- Steven saves the day without any help from the Gems whatsoever this time, and manages to snap Lars out of his freakout to get him to help the other kids.
- The utterly beautiful sight of the quartz flowers over Beach City is one for the makers of the show.
- Onion riding a moped and making it explode.
- While on a villainous note, seeing Onion, a mere kid (albeit one with a special tool), be a legit threat against the Gems is also awesome in a creepy way.
Steven the Swordfighter
- Pearl's sparring match with Holo-Pearl is a genuine treat to behold, and the music is equally fitting.
- Despite being in shock and likely lots of pain, Pearl's first instinct after being stabbed is to frantically try and reassure a traumatized Steven that she'll be fine before she disintegrates.
- Steven defeats Holo-Pearl using the Boomerang Blade technique, the very technique Pearl had said was impractical!''
- Holo-Pearl somehow cuts down a tree with a balloon sword.
Lion 2: the Movie
- Steven and Connie riding Lion across the ocean is a sight to behold. Connie agrees:Connie: That was really cool.
- The secret weapons room/armory, which all signs point to being owned by Rose Quartz. It makes it clear she was a pretty badass lady (if not a bit of a goofball, when you take into account she also owned a gigantic penny).
- Near the end, Steven pulls a magic rose-themed sword out of Lion's head, and he and Connie use the sword to repel the death machine's blasts back at it.
- The Gems working together with the Pizzas to take down the puffer-fish monster.
Nanefua: I'm not afraid of that thing!
- And who came up with the plan? Grandma Pizza. On the spot. Using nothing but the volleyball net and the technique they saw Garnet use earlier.
- Everyone had a helping hand in taking down the pufferfish monster, but special mention goes to Nanafua for being the one to put the whole thing in motion.
- Garnet spiking the ball so hard it bursts into flames! Not only that, but when it impacts the sand it superheats it, turning it into a glass spire. (Thank you for that explanation, Grandma Pizza.)
- Sugilite's first appearance is undoubtedly badass, as well as the transformation sequence leading up to it. The way she effortlessly demolished gigantic crystal pillars is certainly a sight to behold.
- When a large chunk of debris comes flying towards Pearl and Steven, Pearl kicks it in half.
- Pearl has to fight Sugilite, the extremely powerful combined form of Amethyst and Garnet who is as tall as a building, when she goes out of control. And Pearl wins.
- And who got the fight in her? Steven, of course! Through an awesome Rousing Speech!Sugilite: YOU WANT SOME MORE?
- Remember how every time Pearl threw her spear in the past episodes, it did nothing? Not this time. She strikes the cliff edge that Sugilite's standing on, causing her to fall and get knocked out by her own enormous weapon.
- Pearl's resilience when fighting Sugilite counts; she's repeatedly knocked about and sent flying, but still continues to stand and fight.
- In a villainous example, Sugilite's half of the battle is just as awesome.Sugilite: You think you're something? YOU! AIN'T! NOTHING!
- And who got the fight in her? Steven, of course! Through an awesome Rousing Speech!
- The entirety of the episode's song Strong In The Real Way, especially Pearl's half. Not only is it the first time we hear the elder Gems sing on their own, but it lends to some subtle yet great Character Development.
- Steven successfully manages to somewhat tame the Centipeetle from the first episode after he accidentally un-bubbles it, enough that it actually performs a Heroic Sacrifice for him.
- After that, Steven successfully bubbles the Centipeetle's gem (and the bag of Chaaaps) with his Gem powers. Intentionally!
An Indirect Kiss
- Steven accidentally healing Connie's vision. And it sticks.
Mirror Gem"/"Ocean Gem
- Lapis controlling the ocean enough to part it in two, Moses-style.
- Greg ramming the Steven copy with his van. He may not have magic, but that won't stop him if his son is in danger.
- Steven getting fed up with Lapis hurting his friends and summoning his shield, instantly dispelling the water clones and protecting Connie and his dad from the rotating orb of water.Steven: Lapis. I don't wanna fight anymore. (Steven's water clone prepares to throw more water.) I said... I don't... WANNA FIGHT!! (summons shield, stops fight)
- The display of Lapis' gem powers in this episode is stunning. She's so powerful that she could make a tower to the heavens made of ocean water, and that's when her gem's cracked! What is she capable of when she's fully healed?
- How about the Crystal Gems vs. their water clones?
- Garnet and Water Garnet fighting with Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs and cracking the ground with the force of their punches.
- Amethyst tossing enormous boulders at Water Amethyst with her whip and transforming into the Purple Puma before throwing herself into the fray
- Pearl slices her clone in half down the middle. When the halves split into separate clones, she summons a second spear to Dual Wielding. All with excessively fancy spear twirling.
- It seems that Pearl consistently has the upper hand against her clone compared to her teammates, presumably due to being more skilled than anything Lapis can conjure. Note that unlike the others, we never see her get hit, and she actually succeeds in landing a solid strike that temporarily disables her opponent. She also only displays brief shock after her clone duplicates before responding with mild irritation and the conjuring of a second spear.
- Also notice that when the the clones disapate, Garnet is still locked in combat with hers and Amethyst has been tied up by hers, but Pearl's CLONES are already puddles on the ground. Pearl WON.
- Connie taking the initiative by using Lion to rescue Steven from the collapsing water tower.
- Honestly, Steven's sheer determination to get the ocean back and not resort to hurting his new friend is pretty darn awesome. And what's more, he succeeds on both objectives by healing Lapis' gem with his magic spit.
- Not to mention, going straight to Lapis, trusting that his new friend won't try and harm him, as well, all to prevent his friends being hurt. Given the power she showed, and the (somewhat understandable) rage she exhibited, this was damn impressive.