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Steven Quartz Universe

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Voiced by: Zach Callison

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"I will fight to be everything
that everybody wants me to be when I'm grown!"

"Everybody always tells me how great Mom was. I just don't feel like I can ever measure up to her."

Steven is the lovable, half-human and half-Gem boy who is still figuring out how to harness his powers from the Gem he inherited from his mother. He's goofy, energetic and optimistic. He takes his role as a Crystal Gem seriously, learning all his lessons, and taking his discipline with good humor when the situation calls for it. He is very much in touch with his emotions, and does not shy away from saying how he feels. He is as impulsive as any other boy his age might be, but counts on his Gem family to keep him safe.


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    A-C 
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: This happened in "Steven and the Stevens" where he used a "time-thingie" to grab his past selves and form a band, when his dad has to cancel on Beachapalooza. The original Steven calls himself the handsome one, tries to boss his other selves to the point where they sing about him being a "meanie zucchini", and he bullied another past self into giving him the time orb. Steven then had a Jerkass Realization on seeing how scared his past self was and destroyed the orb, essentially choosing to die.
  • Acrofatic: Steven can really move for an overweight kid in sandals. His dexterity doesn't suffer much either. He even lampshades this in "Together Breakfast".
    Steven: (after catching his stack of breakfast on his plate) SKILLS!
    • Given as he's half Quartz and we've seen how strong and bulky both he and Quartz warriors are, it's likely that much of the 'fat' is actually compressed muscle, much the same as a sumo wrestler. Even more so with The Reveal he's actually half Diamond.
  • Action Survivor: Emphasis on the 'action'. He starts the show with no control over his potentially vast powers, and has to rely on his wits and above-average physicality to avoid dying.
  • Adorkable: Steven is an enthusiastic, dorky kid who is awkward about introducing himself to Connie, gets really excited about things like birthdays or breakfasts, and will adopt as his new best friend virtually anything that sits still long enough, even acid-spewing bug monsters or fully-grown lions.
  • Aesop Amnesia:
    • Both "The New Lars" and "Restaurant Wars" showed that sometime after "Love Letters", Steven seemed to have forgotten that he shouldn't be trying to butt into other people's relationships and be more careful about setting up romantic ploys (even fake ones).
    • He constantly advises other people to talk about their problems and gets this lesson himself in "Mindful Education". However, Steven still has a habit of repressing his emotions.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Amethyst often calls Steven "Ste-Man".
    • Greg calls Steven "Stewball".
    • Mayor Dewey calls him "Carwash-Kid".
    • White Diamond calls him "Starlight".
  • All-Loving Hero: Steven hasn't met a person he didn't try to make friends with. It's something he has in common with Rose, and seems to be the reason both of them have healing powers. He even shows some concern for enemies, as seen when Peridot is crushed by a falling injector in "Keeping it Together" and he asks if she's alright. The only exception is Jasper, who he knew he couldn't become friends with the moment he saw her, and even that's based more out of fear than hate - the first thing Jasper did when she saw him was beat him unconscious. Even with Jasper, he shows concern when she falls into the Earth and covers for her in Hit the Diamond by lying to the Rubies that she's on Neptune. He also tries to heal Jasper when the latter becomes corrupted. In fact this is shown to be his greatest strength because his desire to see the best in everyone meant he managed to turn Lapis and Peridot into his friends and allies of the Crystal Gems. Heck, he manages to get the Cluster to be his friend. So far, there are only two people that Steven flat-out hates, and those are Marty (a manipulative and neglectful jerk even to people he claims to care for) and Kevin (a condescending, egotistical jerk who got really pushy about propositioning Stevonnie) — especially the latter, whom he can't stand to the point that he won't even be civil towards him.
  • Always Someone Better: Reveals in "Steven vs. Amethyst" that he sometimes feels this way about Rose.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: He's based off Steven Sugar, the brother of the series' half-Jewish creator Rebecca Sugar. Not to mention his Jewfro and the fact that his father's original last name, "DeMayo", is a Sephardic Jewish name.
  • Ancestral Weapon: He inherited his mother's gem, and in "The Test," Pearl makes note that both his shield and bubble abilities were Rose's as well. He also has his mother's sword, but due to not liking fighting he mostly leaves it with Connie.
  • Animal Motifs: Cats always seem to pop up in Steven's life somewhere. Examples include Steven's Cookie Cat admiration, his adventures in spawning cats from his body, his Tiger Millionaire persona, the tiger bell on his bike, his alarm clock, his lion, and the facial hair he grew when aged into a teenager looks like cat whiskers. Even the scratches on his cheeks he gained during fight with Bismuth resemble whiskers. Which is slightly odd, because personality-wise, Steven doesn't really fit most cat tropes. It could, though, fit in that he can be pretty cunning and curious.
  • Anti-Magic: Maybe. It's worth noting that whenever Steven uses his shield against a Gem's innate abilities, such as Pearl's holograms or Lapis' clones, a shockwave dispels them instantly.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Even when forced to fight, he often shouts a warning to his opponents before his attack connects, as he does in his fights against Bismuth and Jasper.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Asks more than one to the Diamonds in "Change Your Mind".
  • Astral Projection: Can project himself into Watermelon Stevens. And as it turns out, other people.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Not so much "Steven", but his full name definitely qualifies. Connie's mother even makes the off-hand remark that she doesn't think "Steven Universe" is a real name (not even knowing his middle name is "Quartz"), even though his father's name is indeed "Greg Universe".
    • As of Gem Harvest, it's revealed that Universe is his real last name (Greg had his last name legally changed to Universe prior to Steven's birth) and that Steven's ancestral last name is DeMayo. Ironically, Steven thinks DeMayo is a cooler than Universe.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Zigzagged. It's played straight in that Steven is the youngest of the Crystal Gems. By several thousand years. However, as he grows in maturity and learns more about the dysfunction of the Crystal Gems, he becomes the "adult", which has been noted repeatedly to stress him out.
  • Back from the Dead: Steven's tears bring Lars back to life, but strangely change the color of his skin and hair pink. "Lars' Head" explores why this happened. The end result is Steven turning Lars into a familiar, just like Lion. He even travels through the void to return to Earth through Lion, then back again through Lars.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Connie when they're not fused as Stevonnie. They briefly take on Pearl in “Sworn to the Sword” and both take out two Gem Monsters together in “Nightmare Hospital”.
  • Badass Adorable: Definitely. He's a cute child who manages to help save Earth on a daily basis.
  • Badass Pacifist: Steven is an adorable little kid who is the son of a member of an alien race of crystalline warrior women. Unlike his mother (who was a Martial Pacifist), Steven absolutely hates fighting and tries to solve every conflict he faces non-violently. So far, he has succeeded, up to talking down the Cluster from destroying Earth and convincing it to be his friend instead.
  • Bad Liar: Because he's a kid who wears his heart on his sleeve, Steven is a very bad liar. Whenever he tries to lie, it always comes across as awkward, and it doesn't take a lot of pressing to get the truth out of him.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Most of Steven's power fit his protective and nurturing nature, but he's also able to possess others and take control of their bodies. For obvious reasons, he doesn't use this very often—and one of the times he did, he heavily regretted it. Arguably, this does still fit (and make him realize) one of his major personality flaws, namely how his desire to help people can be invasive.
  • Bag of Holding: His Cheeseburger Backpack can carry a number of things (including a full-sized raft, and the party's entire inventory in Attack the Light).
  • Bare Your Midriff: Steven's gem is located in his navel. His shirt is often lifted, damaged, or removed to draw attention to this fact.
  • Barrier Warrior: Steven's Gem magic manifests as shields of various forms, either regular a hand-held one or spherical forcefields.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Heavily downplayed. He still needs to breathe, but he seems to be able to function in non-oxygenated environments (such as in outer space in "Warp Tour", and inside Lion's pocket dimension in "Lion 3") longer than you'd expect an ordinary human to. "Ocean Gem" (where he stayed conscious longer than Connie did when they were trapped in Doppel!Steven's water spheres) indicated this may apply to underwater situations as well. This is explained that since he's half gem, he needs significantly less oxygen and heat than a normal human does, but still needs some.
  • Battle Aura: Like the other three Diamonds, he has one which is rippling pink with flower patterns in it. This belonged to Pink Diamond, and is so unique to her the other Diamonds instantly recognize it as hers and believe Steven is telling the truth.
  • Battle Couple: The Shield to Connie's Sword.
    Steven: We're a team! She's the strawberry...
    Connie: ...and he's the biscuit!
    Steven: And that makes us... jam!
    Connie: Buds!
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: For most of the series, Steven has always talked to others about talking about their feelings when they need to and stopping other from performing suicidal-like Heroic Sacrifices (i.e., Connie in "Sworn to the Sword"). However, after going through one Break the Cutie moment after another from seasons 3 and 4, Steven has begun to internalize his own trauma as not burden other and even performed a Heroic Sacrifice at the end of season 4 by pretending to be Rose Quartz so they would leave his friends alone.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • In the beginning, all Steven wanted was to live up to the huge name of his deceased mother. But learning about her Dark Secrets one after another gave him a bunch of Broken Pedestal moments. And in the season four finale, "I Am My Mom", he pretends to be his mother in order to protect his friends he accidentally endangered.
    • In season five, after realizing thanks to Defense Zircon that it's highly likely that Rose was framed, and after getting a vision of Pink Diamond, he expresses hope that Pink is alive and thus his mother is innocent. He's even willing to accept that Pearl shattered Pink because Pearl was a liberated slave, and not a hypocrite like his mother was purported to be. Then he finds out that Pink was alive; she was his mother, and faked her death with Pearl's help. Which means he is a Diamond. Steven looks miserable after he finds out.
  • Benevolent Boss: When Steven takes on the role of his mother Pink Diamond in the "Diamond Days" arc, he treates the Pebbles quite kindly and finds them cute, acts informal towards Blue and Yellow Pearl and helps them discover what they like to do for fun, and tries to get the Homeworld Gems to refer to him by his actual name instead of his mother's.
  • Berserk Button:
    • His first onscreen display of true anger was when Lars called his mom 'weird'.
    • Someone betraying his faith in them sees him at his angriest. Peridot's seemingly betrayal brings it out.
    • Kevin's mere existence brings out feelings of pure hatred in Steven, and any of the civility and kindness that makes Steven so Steven-y is thrown completely out the window towards him.
    • If you are even rude to Connie, he will get furious.
  • Beta Couple: He and Connie have this dynamic when in comparison with Lars and Sadie's relationship. The Steven Universe: Art & Origins described Steven and Connie's romance as a "pure and innocent love" while the romance between Lars and Sadie is more "teenaged-ridden, angst". In the case of himself and Connie it's more along the lines of two people who understand each other perfectly. They just "get" each other.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Steven is the sweetest, nicest kid you'll ever meet, and it takes a lot to even make him annoyed, but when you manage to get him angry... it's not pretty.
    • Steven's true gem form is not nearly as talkative or happy as his human shell. He can only exist for a few minutes at a time without killing Steven, but he's more powerful than Pink Pearl, The Crystal Gems and all three of the Diamonds put together.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Steven is a lovable goofball who can pull off surprising stunts when push comes to shove...
  • Beyond the Impossible: Normally, it's impossible for gems to fuse with humans. Due to being half human, however, he's able to break that rule in two. Also, if you think about it, he technically is a gem fusion already. According to Rebecca Sugar, this goes one step further and Steven can fuse with organics in general, theoretically including animals like Lion.
  • Big Fun: Fun all around. Though he seems to be trying to lose weight. We see a fitness book in his house in "Sworn to the Sword", and he is generally drawn as skinnier and less round than he was at the start of the show.
  • Big Good: As Character Development increases, Steven seems to fill Rose's role (combined with being The Heart). The Episode "Lion 3: Straight to Video" implies that Rose believed that Steven would assume her place once she was gone. The latter is disproved in Lion 4: Alternate Ending when it's revealed that Rose had no such beliefs about Steven, and in fact had no plans for him beyond him living his life (she didn't even plan out what his gender would be, as she and Greg had a name picked out if he turned out to be a girl). He does become a Big Good in the long run though, being able to empathize and reason with people, including characters that others believe can't be reasoned with, and becoming a Hope Bringer to those around him. Even in the most dire of circumstances, he's able to bring everyone together.
  • Big "NO!": The first line of "Gem Glow," courtesy of him. He repeats it several times as the show goes on.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has the biggest eyebrows out of all of them.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Jamie — He shares several quirks and tendencies like him, making the two good friends.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Zigzagged. He celebrates his 14th birthday in "Steven's Birthday". And when he comments on if the Crystal Gems should be celebrating despite having to deal with the Cluster, they all respond that they need a break. And while there is no outside, antagonistic force, Steven goes through internal anguish throughout his birthday because he now realizes he hasn't physically aged since he was 8 and overhears his father and Connie discussing this. As such, he magically forces himself to be look physically older, but the constant strain causes him to regress to his baby form. And he continues to cry over his current form, until Connie reassures him that no matter what their age, she'll always be his friend.
  • Blessed with Suck: His powers are controlled by his emotions, something he's not happy about as he often has to figure what emotion on his own and at the most inconvenient time.
    Steven: (concerning his ability to control his fall speed) Oh, it's controlled by my emotions. Just like all my stupid powers!
  • Blue And Orange Contrast: In "Mindful Education", Connie's vision of her problem is tinted blue, and later, Steven's shameful thoughts are tinted orange.
  • Body Horror:
    • He experiences this in "Cat Fingers". It's pretty cute to have kitty heads on his fingers. It's Resident Evil/Junji Ito territory once said kitty heads grow in and out from all over his body in unthinkable places, making him a twisted mass of constantly shifting kitty heads.
    • In "A Single Pale Rose" it's revealed that his gem is actually a diamond with its flat side facing outward. This wasn't a big deal for the light-embodied Rose, but for Steven it means he's had a large, sharp point sticking deep inside his belly his whole life with no idea.
    • In Change Your Mind White Diamond forcibly removes his Gem, rendering the fully human Steven pale, weak, and completely unable to move under his own power.
  • Bodyguard Crush: He has a mutual crush with his knight, Connie.
  • Book Worm: Becomes one after getting an extremely-long ban from watching TV as a punishment. The No Home Boys (and, later, the Spirit Morph Saga) are particular favorites. The first time he ever went to a library, he actually shouted with joy after seeing so many books in one place.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • The fallout from the season one finale does a doozy on his fun-loving, innocent perspective on life. It's matured him quite a bit, but it'll take more than a near-death in a spaceship to chip away at his idealism.
    • The main theme of Season 3 is Steven's optimism and childlike view of the world doesn't serve him well against all his opponents. First he has to poof Bismuth in self-defense since she's too consumed with hate. Then Jasper brushes off his attempts to help her since he carries Rose's gem - because Rose killed Pink Diamond. Finally Eyeball attempts to murder him to bring his gem back to Homeworld, and he's force to abandon her in space to save himself.
      • All of this inevitably culminates into a legitimately hard to watch breakdown in "Mindful Education". Steven carries a massive amount of guilt that none of the above gems would let him help them, and how he never wanted to hurt anyone. Most tragically, all of his negative thoughts merge into one image that he seems to fear over everything else - Rose Quartz.
  • Break Them by Talking: Steven's true weapon of choice is his words. He hates fighting, and has bested enemies several times his own size and power with words alone.
    • How Steven defeated all three Diamonds in The Battle of Heart and Mind. Even White couldn't defeat his stubborn insistence to speak what's in his heart.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl:
    • Gender Inverted with Lapis — Steven is the energetic, optimistic Gentle Boy to Lapis' troubled, grumpy Brooding Girl.
    • Downplayed and played straight with Connie — While Steven still remains The Pollyanna Nice Guy who is open about his emotions, he has a habit of not talking about the fear he feels of what could happen if he doesn't becomes what the Crystal Gems expect him to be or the intense guilt he feels over not successfully helping Bismuth, Jasper, or Eyeball. At both times Connie has been the one he opens up to about said feelings and trauma, while she provides him with needed emotional support.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not even he's safe from this trope despite his kindhearted personality.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: In season 4, Steven starts to learn that his mother, Rose Quartz, wasn't the saintly paragon he was always told she was, and that she had secrets she kept even from the other Crystal Gems. When Steven dreams of a palanquin he knows is connected to those secrets in "Steven's Dream", he gets angry at Garnet and Pearl when they're clearly trying not to tell Steven something. He tells them that he, as Rose's son, deserves to know the truth if anyone does. A few episodes later in "Storm in the Room", Steven goes into Rose's room in the temple and uses its ability to conjure illusions from his mind to actually interact with his mother on some level, which eventually turns into calling her out on leaving Steven to deal with her messes.
  • Camp Straight: He is In Touch with His Feminine Side and the most sensitive of the Crystal Gems, whose members except him are sexless beings with feminine appearances. He likes cute and huggable things, constantly wears a pink t-shirt with a star on it, and has no problems wearing a dress for a concert performance. He also wears his heart on his sleeve and does not like fighting. However, he is in love with Connie. Justified, as he was raised mainly by the Crystal Gems, with two of them being lesbians.
  • Can't Live Without You: When Steven's gem and human halves are separated by pulling out his gemstone, the latter is severely weakened, and will most likely die soon if they don't get back together. And while his gem half seems fine physically, he's more or less The Soulless, and most definitely doesn't want to stay that way.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Downplayed. Steven can lie, with mixed results, but usually tells the truth. However, this has led to some Too Dumb to Live moments. One example is telling Jasper in "Crack the Whip" (who has two corrupted Gems) that Garnet and Pearl aren't home.
  • Character Development:
    • As the episodes progress, he becomes more emotionally mature as he displays a Wise Beyond His Years attitude when dealing with the personal problems between the other Gems, but he's still, you know, Steven. By the end of Season 1, he's gone beyond mainly seeing his Gem life as something cool or fun, seeing it more as a legitimate danger to himself and the people he cares about, as he, bit by bit, grasps the full gravity of the situation and his destiny to step into his mom's shoes. As Season 2 progresses, he becomes more of a core member of the team, often serving as the moral and emotional linchpin. However, Season 3, (specifically "The New Lars" and "Beach City Drift") remind us that Steven is still a child and his childlike view point of the world can lead him to make mistakes.
      Lars: When did you get so mature?
      Steven: Somewhere in between learning to summon my shield and finding out my mom is a war criminal.
    • After learning about his mother's less than noble actions (especially that she shattered Pink Diamond though this has since been proven false), Steven has become more independent and rebellious towards the other Crystal Gems and their authority over what he is supposed to know. In "Steven's Dream", he openly argues with Garnet for not telling him why he shouldn't find the broken Palanquin, figure out his dream, and why he is shedding a constant flow of tears.
    • This is actually discussed in the episode Pool Hopping as Steven maturing so much caught Garnet off guard and now she doesn't know what's coming up in their particular timeline.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the pilot, Steven was more of a Deadpan Snarker, and he and Lars seem to have a mutual dislike of each other. In the actual show, he's more or less oblivious of Lars not liking him that much.
  • Character Tics:
    • Steven puts his hands on his cheeks when he finds something cute and/or awesome.
    • Steven has a tendency to clutch his shirt (either near his chest or near his stomach) whenever he's thinking and/or talking about his mother.
  • Cheerful Child: He's quite the energetic youngster, that's for sure.
  • The Chessmaster: Becomes an emotional variant of this by Season 3, similarly to his mother Pink Diamond. However, while Pink Diamond uses her chessmastering ways to stage a rebellion against Homeworld, Steven uses his chessmastering ways to bring peace between Homeworld and Earth.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: A young Steven has one as seen in the short "We Are The Crystal Gems", here. It, combined with his Blush Stickers, makes him look even cuter and more innocent than usual.
  • Child Prodigy: invoked Steven has been outright said by Word of God to be this, at least as far as music goes. Given the kid is excellent with a sizable number of instruments and and is shown to have perfect pitch (the ability to recognize notes instantly), it definitely shows. This may be another benefit of his half-gem physiology, as gems are shown to be quite musical by nature. Having a musician as a father is another contributing factor. One of the comic books shows what would happen if Steven went to school - he'd be second only to Connie in terms of aptitude, and by only the smallest margin.
  • Children Are Innocent: He doesn't quite get how dangerous Peridot and the Homeworld Gems are. He even tries to make friendly conversation with Peridot. By season two he's smartened up quite a bit, but it's still a prominent character trait.
  • The Chosen One: Subverted. At first, it looks like Steven has some "big magical destiny" planned for him, as it is repeatedly stated by the Crystal Gems and Connie. That, and him being an All-Loving Hero, Magnetic Hero, and Messianic Archetype make it seem like he does have a grand destiny ahead of him...except, he doesn't, as "Lion 4: Alternate Ending" clears up. Rose never had any ulterior plans for him and only wanted him to be whoever he wanted to be.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Deconstructed over time. Steven has an intense desire to help other and their problems, but this causes him more than not to push his boundaries, do and/or say something insensitive, or even outright manipulate people or the situation to his advantage.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His thought processes are a little weird sometimes.
    Steven: I guess I'm just too tough to cry.
    Pearl: Just today, you were crying about snakes.
    Steven: (teary-eyed) They don't have any arms...
    • The "Pensive Moments with Steven Universe" series of online shorts showcases his odd thought processes.
  • Combat Medic: Steven's healing spit and shield give him potential as a Combat Medic, but for now he is the Support Party Member (literally so in the Attack the Light game).
  • Combo Platter Powers: Downplayed. He inherited all of his mom's powers, but he uses almost none of them other than his shields due to his lack of control and the shenanigans that resulted in the episodes they are revealed.
  • Condescending Compassion: While Steven is a definite All-Loving Hero with great empathy, he has an earnest belief that he knows what others need in order to be happy. This mindset has gotten him into trouble, as he's not above doing morally wrong actions (i.e., lying, manipulating, or taking over someone's body), to follow it.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Rose Quartz's healing powers are so iconic and unique to her that Steven using them to heal Eyeball instantly tips her off that he's Rose's son/reincarnation. This comes to bite him back after he gets captured and sent to Homeworld, and put on trial before Yellow and Blue Diamond. Regardless of his intentions, the fact that he can heal is proof enough that he is Rose Quartz.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Steven's a naive goofball, but if the situation calls for it, he can be just as competent as the rest of the Gems. As of Season 3, he's shown to be at least as good a fighter as Amethyst, and that's before he starts fusing.
  • Cuddle Bug: He'll hug anything he can fit his arms around.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Black hair and eyes.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Has a weakness for baby-sized things, even if they're baby-sized monsters. He even doesn't hide his adoration when seeing how tiny Peridot is without her Artificial Limbs, much to her annoyance.
  • The Cutie: Friendly, innocent, playful, optimistic, compassionate, and lover of all things cute and fluffy - Steven's about as lovable as it gets.

    D-H 
  • Dead Guy Junior: Downplayed. Steven gets his middle name from his mom.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype:
    • Of the All-Loving Hero — Steven is a kind kid who tries to befriend everyone he meets. The show never says that Steven's wrong to have these beliefs (and nobody In-Universe attempts to discourage it), but they do run into very realistic flaws. Long story short, Steven's optimism and willingness to see the best in everyone is one of his best virtues, but just like everybody else on the show, he's still a flawed character.
      • First, Steven's peaceful tactics have worked sometimes, as characters like Lapis, Peridot, and even the monstrous Cluster were all stopped by him showing them kindness. However, as the series goes on, his caring philosophy often clashes against the morally complex world around him. Characters like Bismuth and Jasper who show a sympathetic side outright reject and even try to kill him when he extends an arm to them. Eyeball was simply a bad person, and Steven's attempt to reason with her did nothing except give her the opportunity to almost murder him. Navy in "Room for Ruby" exploited his Defeat Means Friendship beliefs in order to steal back the Roaming Eye for the Ruby Squad (though in Navy's defense, he did shoot her out into space with her crew and never bothered to rescue them afterwards). In other words, while Steven's caring nature has helped a number of people, that doesn't mean he can help everyone, the people who he's trying to help have every right to reject him, and there are instances where Steven has no choice except to fight back against those trying to hurt him.
      • Second, following from the above problem, Steven's desire to help people leads him to repressing his own emotional trauma and not addressing it because he worries more about their needs than his own. Episodes like "Mindful Education" and "Storm in the Room" show that his inability to help them weighs heavily on Steven's psyche as his caring worldview has let him down when confronted with these dilemmas.
      • Third, while Steven is genuinely caring, he still has the mentality of a child (even though he's a teenager), so many of his attempts to help others can do more harm than good. There's several moments where he can be insensitive or even condescending, making situations worse or more strained than they already are.
      • Fourth, "Beach City Drift" proves that despite Steven caring for everybody, including his enemies, he is still capable of hatred. When he and Kevin cross paths again after the latter harassed him and Connie when they were fused as Stevonnie in "Alone Together", Steven can barely contain his anger. After he leaves, Steven outright declares that he hates him, something that absolutely shocks his father as he never heard Steven say anything bad about anybody.
    • Of the Half-Human Hybrid — Being the only Gem/Human hybrid in the world may grant Steven a variety of unique powers, but it can also lead to several weaknesses as well — For example, Steven is significantly tougher than an average human, but can be easily overpowered by a much stronger Gem, he can breathe in space but for a limited time, and he can empathize with both humans and Gems but that doesn't mean he can always solve their problems. And being the only known human/Gem hybrid among his peers, can cause him loneliness and insecurity over not being able to fully understand what others go through or be able to consult with another hybrid who understands his feelings.
  • Defence Mechanism Superpower: His deflector shield first manifested in "Bubble Buddies" to protect Connie from a falling boulder. Unfortunately, Steven didn't know how to turn it off, and when it finally turns off by itself, they happen to be underwater (thankfully, it wasn't too far down).
  • Deflector Shield: He's capable of creating a spherical energy shield with his gem. It resisted getting hit with a roller coaster and a harpoon gun, but a Gem training robot was able to blast through it.
  • Didn't Think This Through: A recurring character flaw that gets Steven, and occasionally the people around him, in trouble.
    • "Bubble Buddies", he tries to pop the bubble he and Connie were trapped in by getting onto the tracks of a roller coaster and let the ride hit them. Connie of course realizes they'll probably be flattened by the ride, but Steven is oblivious.
    • "Fusion Cuisine", he needs to bring one of the Gems posing as his mother. In fairness, he thought it through to see they each had motherly traits but flaws that would turn off Connie's parents. So he urged the Gems to fuse into Alexandrite. Connie calls out how terrible an idea this was, but Steven doesn't seem to grasp why her parents would be terrified by a giant multi-armed monster.
    • Steven spends most of "Bubbled" convincing Eyeball that he is Rose Quartz and he manages to do that. He fails to take into consideration that Eyeball has a grudge against his mother (and seems to have not taken into account the negative reactions being mistaken for his mother would be) and how they are stuck inside his bubble in the void of space.
    • While he did have a point that Garnet and Pearl hiding secrets from him is wrong, his impatience over wanting to learn more about Pink Diamond leads to his father being kidnapped by Blue Diamond in "Steven's Dream".
    • Again, his impatience in wanting to rescue Greg had Steven mess with the ship's controls and nearly cause it to crash in "Adventures in Light Distortion".
    • In "Dewey Wins", Connie calls him out on giving up so easily against Aquamarine and the Topaz duo and turning himself into them so he could be put on trail on Homeworld, instead of trying to come up with a better plan. It's also made clear that he didn't think of how his loved ones would be hurt and terrified by his Heroic Sacrifice, especially since they had no way to save him and he only got back to Earth on a massive stroke of luck. There's also the fact that it led to Lars' Disney Death and Lapis abandoning Earth and Peridot out of fear of being caught up in the chaos of war again. Steven later acknowledged in "Gemcation" that he really messed up with that decision.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He asks White Diamond what's her excuse for being childish, which actually embarrasses White enough to make her blush.
  • The Dividual: "Change Your Mind" shows that Steven's human half and his gemstone are two separate entities in a symbiotic relationship. Neither is completely functional without the other, as the human half can barely stand and nearly dies in the two minutes that they are separated, and the gemstone does not appear to have a real personality nor restraint of its powers, acting on a single-minded drive to reunite with Steven.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Steven doesn't like "Lion Lickers", partially because they replaced his favorite snack "Cookie Cats".
  • Dream Walker: "Chille Tid" reveals that he can connect to other Gems through his dreams, and this seems to be an ability totally unique to him (and apparently not inherited from his mother, though it can't be proven since Gems usually don't even try to sleep). Comes in handy when he is able to mentally link with the Cluster.
    • Steven has also revealed the ability to transport his mind into a Watermelon Steven in his sleep. And can do so intentionally.
    • He later learns he can enter the dreams of other humans (or even transport his mind into their sleeping bodies) as he sleeps. In each case, it's discovered accidentally and caused by a conscious concern for the "target" as he falls asleep.
  • Emotional Powers: His powers are controlled primarily by his mood - his shield and bubble are powered by love and compassion, he can sense and be affected by the moods of those around him, and when he jumps he can slow his descent through feelings of joy.
  • Emotions vs. Stoicism: The openly emotional and expressive attitude (Emotions) contrasts Connie's logical and more serious demeanor (Stoicism).
  • The Empath:
    • In "Horror Club", he is able to sense the feelings of the Gem animating the lighthouse. This also ties in with some of his Dream Walker powers, as he was able to project his mind to talk to The Cluster after feeling their discomfort.
    • He also unknowingly psychically connects with Blue Diamond after she arrives on Earth, seeing what she sees and experiencing her grief, which makes him cry uncontrollably.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As kind and empathetic as Steven is, even he has his limits when it comes to Lars' jerkass behavior, Onion's disturbing or illegal activities, and Kevin's creepiness.
  • Face: As Tiger Philanthropist.
  • Fatal Flaw: Steven has three primary flaws — Loving, confidence, and impatience.
    • Steven's All-Loving Hero nature can prove fatal on occasion:
      • He often puts the emotional well being of others (especially the Crystal Gems) ahead of his own, even if this will hurt himself more than it helps them. He also tends to avoid thinking about his emotional problems until they overwhelm him all at once.
      • His idealistic perspective on life has had consequences, the biggest example being when he amicably reveals himself to Peridot in "Marble Madness", believing that she won't try to harm him. This is quickly proven false and the Crystal Gems have to save him, which gives away that they are still alive on Earth and starts the plot of the Homeworld Gems returning to Earth, knowing that they're active. Occurs once again, more painfully, in "Bismuth", when the title character tries to murder him while he is trying everything he can, and fails, to talk her down.
      • Steven's All-Loving Hero personality means he's absolutely traumatized when he has to hurt someone. And being a nice kid with no one to really talk to about this, he keeps it to himself, which leads to even more trauma.
    • Steven's powers are directly tied to his confidence in himself, which is shown to be realistically fragile for a child his age. This leads to him losing his healing spit after Greg causes him the slightest bit of doubt in his abilities, and not getting it back for two seasons even after realizing he had no reason to doubt himself.
    • Even after Character Development, Steven's impatient nature when it comes to learning more hidden truths causes more problems.
  • Fat and Skinny: The round and chubby Fat to Connie's slim and lean Skinny.
  • Flower Motifs: Steven has a rose motif inherited from his mother. His shield has a rose pattern on the front and his Deflector Shield emerges from a rose that grows over him. It's not drawn in the animation, but the Funko Pop! figurine of Steven shows that the back of his hair forms into the shape a rose.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Averted with Connie. He mentions in "Bubble Buddies" that he remembered from last year's Beach City parade float after she dropped her glowing bracelet. He found and wanted to return it to her but she long gone. And after he mentioned their indirect meeting, Connie also remembers him on being on one of the parade floats...with soap bubbles in his hair.
  • For Want of a Nail: There is at least one timeline where he died, according to "Steven and the Stevens". It's only because the original timeline Steven had a Jerkass Realization that it never came to fruition.
  • Free-Range Children:
    • Steven went missing for days at one point, and the Gems and Greg didn't seem worried because it's something that Steven usually does.
    • Additionally, Steven, along with Sadie and Lars, got trapped for weeks on a monster-inhabited desert island, and the Gems neither sent help nor seemed to realize he was gone.
  • Friendly Enemy: Steven eventually recognizes Peridot as an enemy, but still shows her a lot of amiability, which she reciprocates with confusion and disgust.
    Peridot: I almost feel sorry for you. Nyaah!
    (Peridot warps away)
    Steven: ...Have a great weekend!
    (Amethyst, Pearl, and Garnet stare at Steven)
    Steven: I mean... I hope her weekend is not so great?
  • Friend to All Living Things: Shows signs of this in "Monster Buddies". Though initially afraid of the Centipeetle, he tries to befriend it after it doesn't attack him, and ultimately is able to tame it to some extent. He even defied Garnet in order to protect a magic mirror that he befriended, and when said mirror turned to be another Gem, he's willing to help her too despite the Crystal Gems' protests. In "Gem Drill" he proves to be this to The Cluster, by telepathically connecting to it and convincing the various shards to befriend each other and help him to bubble it.
  • Fun Personified: Cheerful, friendly, Steven is just about as fun he can be.
  • Fusion Dance: In "Change Your Mind" he is briefly separated from his Gemstone, causing it to form a solid light body separate from his organic one. The organic half is so weak that he is physically incapable of moving, while the gem half retains his powers but appears to be missing large parts of his personality. The two quickly re-fuse and assume their half-gem form again.
  • Gem Tissue: Has his mother's gem where his belly button would be.
  • Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand: Steven is an emotional healing Gentle Touch to Connie's brutally honest, no-nonsense Firm Hand.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: A boy variant. Steven (a young boy) has a variety of different stuffed animals he sleeps with.
  • The Glomp: Gives one to his dad upon returning from Homeworld in "Change Your Mind", which knocks him off his feet and sends him sliding back several feet.
  • God in Human Form: Half human and half Diamond.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil:
    • Steven doesn't get the idea of someone in real life being pure evil. The worse he can say about the Homeworld Gems is that they're "mean" and that's after they've locked him and the rest of the Crystal Gems up in prison cells on their spaceship. He even thinks Peridot will change her mind about attacking Earth after she sees how beautiful it is, even though she tried to personally kill him. He is eventually proven kind of right about Peridot when she joins and helps them, though being proven right in one instance seems to have made it harder for him to accept instances where he's wrong.
    • Seems to be something of a running theme where Steven's willingness to believe in people and things thought to be evil has paid off. This has been noticed with how he tamed the dangerous Centipeetle, how he saved Lapis from the mirror and healed her when she posed a threat (which ended up with her not only helping warn him of the Homeworld Gems' arrival, but her later joining of the Crystal Gems), his noted helping of Peridot, and most recently his helping and bubbling the Cluster. Only time will tell if this trend is able to continue.
    • This eventually becomes a problem when he discovers that his own mother had to do some pretty 'evil' things to save her friends, and then he has to hurt some people in order to save himself. Committing these 'evil' acts himself causes him a tremendous amount of confusion, guilt, and shame.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Steven is a goofball (dangerously so in the first few episodes) and is quite empathetic, but he's quite smart for his age. Even the tech-savvy Peridot lampshades it.
  • Grand Theft Me: Is able to take over the bodies of the Watermelon Stevens. As it turns out later, he can do it to other humans, and does it to Lars. He of course returns to his own body at the end. Being Steven, he doesn't use this for anything bad. "Escapism" explores this ability in more detail and reveals that Steven can possess beings from lightyears away. However, it also appears that once he possesses a body, he is stuck in it until either his main body wakes up or the possessed body expires.
  • Green Thumb:
    • In "Watermelon Steven", he creates an army of sentient watermelons by putting seeds into his mouth and spitting them out. Unfortunately, he can't control them, and they start attacking anyone who they perceive to be a threat.
    • In "Gem Harvest", he recalls this ability and uses it to make a single pumpkin creature, after Lapis and Peridot grow a field full of plants (via mundane means, besides perhaps Lapis using her powers to water them) and wind up disappointed that the plants don't move on their own. He was almost able to convince the two that they made the pumpkin, until the pumpkin ran straight for Steven himself.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Steven's Character Development tends to skew this way. He starts off as a naive child who just wants to join in on the missions and be considered a full Crystal Gem. Slowly he gets his wish, but with great physical and emotional pain. He goes from seeing his mother as a great unbelievably perfect person to someone flawed and whose past he himself has to keep dealing with. When his powers first manifest it was a great and exciting time, but the slowly changed into annoyance and self-deprecation as his control of them never seemed to get better.
  • Guilt Complex: He takes more responsibility for things than he should. He blames himself for Lapis Lazuli stealing the ocean in the episode "Ocean Gem" ("I was the one who let Lapis out of the mirror. It's my fault the ocean's gone."), he blames himself for the fight between Ruby and Sapphire in "Keystone Motel" ("I don't understand, is it... Is it me?"), and the episode "Mindful Education" reveals he most likely blames himself for the corruption, poofing and being launched into space of Jasper, Bismuth and the Eyeball-Ruby respectively. This is shown as Stevonnie (the fusion of Steven and Connie) begins to vividly hallucinate the three surrounding them, looking helpless. This complex likely stems from the fact that Rose Quartz (the former leader of the Chrystal Gems, and Steven's mother) had to give up her physical form to make Steven. "Joy Ride" reveals that Steven feels that the rest of the Gems sometimes blame him for her not being around anymore, and he seems to be pretty hung up about it as well. Amethyst finally calls him out on it in "What's Your Problem?", bluntly telling Steven that he is not responsible for other people's actions, and blaming himself for the bad things that happen to everybody is not only unfair to himself, but is extremely emotionally unhealthy.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted with Connie — while he mainly fights defensively and supportively, with his attacks being either magical disabling effects or throwing his shield, Connie uses a BFS.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Played with in that Homeworld gems discriminate against Steven by failing to acknowledge Steven as a hybrid, merely seeing him as his mother Rose in a new form. Though if they did understand his true nature, there would doubtless be an extremely negative reaction—Peridot called him a "hybrid abomination" after forming a tenuous friendship, while Jasper was disgusted by "Rose" even fusing with a human. Luckily, the Crystal Gems managed to catch on relatively fast and humans are Fantastically Indifferent to gems in general, so he's been able to live most of his life free of such persecution.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He's part-Gem on his mother's side.
  • Handshake Substitute:
    • He and Jamie share one as of "Historical Friction". Both high-five and proclaim out "Acting!" to each other.
    • Briefly had one with Lars where they would high-five each other in the chest.
  • Has Two Mommies: While Greg helps out, Steven is primarily raised by the three Gems. During "Steven's Birthday", it is shown though that Steven grew up initially with only his dad as a single parent. The extended intro for Season 2 shows that Greg gave the full responsibility of raising Steven to the Gems when he was somewhere between 10 and 13. The complicated family situation is really highlighted in "Fusion Cuisine", where Connie is terrified that her parents won't accept Steven because his family isn't a nuclear one, so all the Gems decide to fuse into one giant mom.
    • Also, metaphorically true after he discovers that his mother, Rose Quartz, is none other than Pink Diamond.
  • Healing Hands: He finds out he has healing spit in "An Indirect Kiss", which renders Connie's glasses obsolete. His tears bring Lars back to life.
  • The Heart:
    • He is the emotional core of the Crystal Gems, and often helps them with their personal issues. The thought of him dying terrifies the other Gems. His status as this to them is a central theme of Season 5's final Story Arc, fittingly titled "Heart of the Crystal Gems".
    • Steven tends to fulfill this role to the townspeople of Beach City as well. He manages to calm down a riot against Mayor Dewey with a Rousing Speech on how talented they all are in "Political Power".
  • Heel: As Tiger Millionaire. Then he has an in-universe Heel–Face Turn and becomes Tiger Philanthropist.
  • The Hero: Steven is the main protagonist and often saves the world on a daily basis.
  • Heroic Bastard: "Gem Harvest" reveals that Greg and Rose were never legally married.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • After Steven becomes dejected that his intentions of celebrating a birthday party for the Gems seem childish, he starts moping around town. He's completely unaware that he's magically aging his body up the more he sulks and dwells on the issue of maturity.
    • Happens again in "An Indirect Kiss" when he learns that he did not inherit his mother's healing tears, making him wonder if he will ever develop magical powers. It takes a pep talk from Connie and the revelation that he has healing spit to pull him out of it.
    • He goes through a doozy of a one in "Full Disclosure" having to come face to face with just how dangerous being a Gem really is.
    • He almost enters another one when he is confronted with Peridot's betrayal, though he doesn't have much time to really brood about it and gets proven right in the end.
    • After seemingly unaffected by a series of traumatic events concerning the truth behind Bismuth, his first-hand witnessing of Jasper's corruption, and a murder attempt by Ruby (Eyeball), "Mindful Education" shows Steven absolutely broken over mentally-manifested versions of them.
      • Coupled with the fact that all of those events revolve around an unbelievable act apparently committed by Rose Quartz, Steven's emotions must be amazingly conflicted.
    • In "A Single Pale Rose", he comes out of Pearl's memories sitting in a Troubled Fetal Position, looking absolutely miserable, after learning that his mother is not actually a Quartz, but Pink Diamond masquerading as one.
    • After he and Connie get locked up as punishment for fusing during the ball and the other Crystal Gems get poofed, Steven starts believing that their plan to save the corrupted Gems by enlisting the Diamonds' help was an impossible act and blames himself for everything. But then assurance from Connie keeps him from entering the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Hero with a Unique Name: Steven's full name is unlike any full Gem or human: he has a regular human first name, a gemstone for a middle name, and a (very unusual) surname when Gems have a three part production code with the Crystal Gems going by a Race Name Basis. This was even lampshaded by Dr. Maheswaran.
    Dr. Maheswaran: [holding out phone] Connie? The Steven Universe boy would like to speak with you. [To self as she walks out of the room] I swear that's not his real name.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Several episodes show him to be a competent ukulele player, and he's pretty good at making up lyrics on the fly. He clearly follows his dad in that respect.
      • Steven's actually a much more accomplished musician than even that; as demonstrated across several episodes, he's proficient in the ukulele, guitar, drums, and piano. He also has perfect pitch and is able to identify specific notes just by hearing them. Not bad for a 14-year-old kid with no formal education to speak of.
    • Behind the Cheerful Child there's a scared little boy who holds a lot of doubts: he thinks he'll never be able to control his powers and step into Rose's shoes and the other Gems will want nothing to do with him. He even suspects that the Gems blame him for Rose's death.
    • "Restaurant Wars" shows that he's quite the culinary genius. It's to the point where a single dish each caused both Kofi and Fryman to end their war for the sake of mutual, economic safety. One has to wonder how good he'd be if he got a formal education in the culinary arts.
    • "Made Of Honor" demonstrates that he's also a romantic who's really into weddings and has spent the entirety of his life making a wedding planning book.
  • Holding Hands: Will usually do with his friends, father, and Connie. And speaking of Connie, he does this with her especially since they do it to fuse into Stevonnie.
  • Hollywood Nerd: He reads Sailor Moon, has a Cloud Strife action figure, and has a Nintendo 64 and a Dolphin.
  • Homeschooled Kids: Steven is homeschooled, though it doesn't seem to be a formalized education; in "Mirror Gem", Steven only even finds out what a school is like from Connie, then he gets Pearl to set up a classroom. The lesson gets put on hold because of equipment malfunction, then Steven celebrates because he could say he was taking summer break. His actual level of education isn't known, but he's literate enough to read the whole Spirit Morph Saga without any trouble. This question is directly addressed in the comic Too Cool for School, where he briefly enrolls in Connie's school. The answer, apparently, is extremely well, as Steven passes his first major test with a score second only to Connie herself.
  • Honor Before Reason: In "Change Your Mind", Steven refuses to apologize for fusing with Connie, because he's not sorry for it, even though he risks getting the two of them locked up until they starve to death. Luckily, this helps make Blue Diamond realize how terrible Pink has suffered under White's rules.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Steven had no idea how to activate his Crystal Gem or control the powers that would manifest every once and a while. After "Ocean Gem", and "The Return", this changed, mostly, and he is now able to easily use his force field and shield weapon. Other powers are still a little hit or miss. By "Too Short To Ride" he's mostly gained control of his shapeshifting capacity. By "Steven vs Amethyst" he has gained control of his ability to control his descent.
  • Human Dad, Non-Human Mom: His mother is a Gem; his father is human.
  • Hybrid Power: Initially, being half-human seems entirely detrimental compared to being a full Gem: his powers and body develop slowly instead of being like that from the beginning, he needs to eat and sleep, he might be as short-lived as a human (and can even accidentally cause his own death by old age prematurely though he can also seemingly reverse it) and may not be able to regenerate his body like full Gems do. Later, it's revealed his body has some advantages no Gem has had before, including being able to fuse with humans (and according to Rebecca Sugar, organic beings in general, theoretically including animals like Lion) and immunity to technology that destroys Gems' bodies. He also has the power to talk to other Gems in his dreams, which is something totally unique to him since Gems don't even need to sleep. But perhaps the biggest advantage has nothing to do with his powers at all: being raised with Gems and humans leaves him as basically the only one in the world who can easily understand and empathize with both. This ties into another major ability he has: Gems are expected to never change and have that drilled into them by Homeworld's society, but being human, Steven's natural state is change. And as shown with the Crystal Gems, this makes him very capable to instigate change and growth in Gems on a level even his mother couldn't do. Notably, Rose considered this the most amazing thing Steven's hybrid nature would give him. The power displayed by Pink Steven suggests that his true potential might exceed White Diamond.

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  • I Am Not My Mother: Steven's situation is less about him wanting to move away from his mother's legacy, and more about his realization that he can't live up to that legacy when everyone expects him to. The heartbreaking part is that Steven admits this not by saying "I'm not my mother", but by saying "I'm not Rose Quartz", because he has never known her as a mother. Once he learns about Rose's more questionable decisions, such as shattering Pink Diamond and imprisoning Bismuth without a trial, he starts to question with whether or not he wants to be like her.
  • Iconic Outfit: His pink t-shirt with the yellow star, blue jeans, and pink sandals.
  • Ideal Hero: Subverted, surprisingly. Steven's charisma, kindness, and devotion to his loved ones make him perfect for this trope. Except, one of the aesops of the show is that there is no such thing as a perfect person, which also applies to Steven. While he's a genuinely good person, he's also prone to making mistakes or reckless decisions that come from his own set of flaws, flaws that don't make an "ideal hero".
  • Idiot Hero: For the first half of the series, Steven is this — A small, naive child who is easily manipulated by the adults around him, he doesn't even realize his entire race is from another planet until the end of the first season. His childish antics frequently get him and the rest of the cast in trouble. However, as the series goes on and Steven learns more about combat and the minds of other people, he eventually (very gradually) grows out of this trait, and emerges as a Warrior Therapist with only occasional moments of weakness.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Rarely, but sometimes he wishes he was was a regular guy because not only would it mean he'd age naturally, he'd also get to be raised by both parents.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Steven wants to have magical powers like his mom because he wants to continue being with the Crystal Gems.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: Steven can change the size and shape of his bubble shield into more complicated constructs with focus.
  • In a Single Bound: "Steven Floats" reveals he can control the speed of his ascent and descent to jump incredible heights/distances and then land safely, much like his mother.
  • Innocence Lost: After the events of season one, he stops thinking as his duties as a Gem as something fun and begins seeing them as a dangerous burden. Though it seems it was actually more just the stress of everything that happened in the season 1 finale and he still seems to enjoy going on missions though he is much more competent now.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Justified. Steven is an All-Loving Hero and is the most emotionally thoughtful and sensitive among the Crystal Gems, but he is still a 14-year-old boy who occasionally lets his own feelings get in the way of the feelings of others. Plus, like everyone else, Steven is a flawed person capable of hurting others, intentionally or not. This is a trait that he inherited from his mother, Rose Quartz a.k.a Pink Diamond.
    • When Connie is visibly upset over having her eyesight healed by his healing spit in "An Indirect Kiss", he doesn't notice and is just happy to have healing powers like his mom.
    • "Reformed" has him asking questions that visibly upset Amethyst, but he doesn't notice it until much later.
    • At the climax of "Sadie's Song", Steven realizes that Sadie never really wanted to sing, and that he and Barb were unwittingly pressuring her into it.
    • Even though Peridot is extremely and visibly distraught over speaking against Yellow Diamond in "Message Received", Steven is just happy she's a Crystal Gem.
    • While he just wanted Lapis and Peridot to get along, Steven also (accidentally) gave Lapis a minor guilt trip for not giving Peridot a chance, even though she has some very good reasons as to why she won't.
    • "The New Lars" has Steven deciding to be a "new Lars", but he ends up making Sadie feel hurt again, and just the fact that Steven kept pretending to be Lars while possessing his body was a major violation on Lars' consent and he was righteously furious once he woke up.
    • His attempt to cheer up Amethyst in "Steven vs. Amethyst" by losing a video game on purpose is from a good place, but she quickly catches on to him, stating that his action, however good-intentioned, only makes her feel worse.
    • After returning from Homeworld in "Dewey Wins", Connie is upset with him for willingly turning himself into Homeworld. She explains that him doing that felt like he didn't trust her or their training. Steven continues to argue that she's fine and that he had to. Connie becomes frustrated over him not understanding and leaves, with a slightly annoyed Steven mumbling that she should've been telling him how brave he was. He does eventually have a Jerkass Realization of his behavior after Mayor Dewey's campaign failed, but by that time, Connie is so upset with him for brushing off her feelings that she refuses to talk to him until "Kevin's Party".
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Onion, Connie, and Peedee are about the only kids around Steven's age who live in or near Beach City, so Steven hangs out with older kids a lot, and he is very popular amongst Beach City's teenage crowd, simply because he's such a fun and nice guy to be around. It's later revealed that he's actually fourteen years old, he doesn't act or look it. The lone exception is Lars, although Steven's completely oblivious to this. Eventually, he manages to become friends with Lars as well.
  • Internal Reformist: When he realizes that the Diamonds don't understand that he is Pink's son, not Pink Diamond in another form, he decides to make the best of his position to convince White Diamond to heal the Corrupted Gems, and to end the practice of invading other planets. The problem is that Pink never had much power as it was, no one else will listen to him and when Steven tries to do things his way when hosting a party so that White will finally attend, Blue and Yellow Diamond micromanage the whole thing and White doesn't bother to show up. Then when he accidentally fuses with Connie and causes Blue and Yellow to turn against Stevonnie, prompting the Crystal Gems to fuse into Garnet and Opal respectively to protect them and inspires a random Jade pair to join them and fuse into a bigger Jade, Yellow poofs the lot and locks up Stevonnie as punishment.
  • Interspecies Romance: Steven (half-human, half-Gem) has a mutual crush on Connie (human).
  • Intertwined Fingers: With Connie, especially when they fuse into Stevonnie.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Due to being raised by the laid-back and understanding Greg and by three (four if you are counting Ruby and Sapphire) One-Gender Race alien women, Steven is very much this and is very open about it.
    • He has a love of schmaltzy things, disagreeing with Connie on the Weddings for Everyone ending of her favorite book series, primarily the details of the cake.
    • While he finds fighting monsters and doing missions awesome at first, he at heart believes that gems should not fight gems and only ever really gets involved in a battle if he absolutely has to, especially against fully-sentient gems.
    • He has no problem putting on a dress and going up on stage for a concert performance. The rest of the town have no problem either. Though they would also presumably prefer a dress to going naked, which is apparently what he did two years ago.
    • He is not afraid to cry. Boy does he cry. This is even lampshaded in "The New Crystal Gems" when Connie's lack of crying was a detriment to her Steven impression.
    • Steven appointed himself as the official wedding planner of Ruby and Sapphire's wedding, revealing that he has compiled a "Dream Wedding Journal" for Ruby and Sapphire to look through for themes and details to make their perfect wedding. When Sapphire questions him on how long he has been working on it, he answers "my entire life."
    • Word of God has stated that Steven's gender identity, particularly during the Steven as "Princess" Pink Diamond arc is a lengthy metaphor for growing up as a non-binary/genderqueer person in a society with rigid gender expectations.
  • It Gets Easier: In "Space Race", Steven mentions that his life has been put in danger so many times that he's gotten used to it and it doesn't really surprise him anymore. In "Horror Club", his reaction to the lighthouse coming to life and trying to kill everyone is "It happens." It's only in "Full Disclosure" that he finally realizes the effects of what he goes through on a regular basis.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: In "Full Disclosure", Steven tries to do this with Connie and take up the whole brooding, anti-hero shtick when he's finally realized just how much danger he can get in, because he doesn't want her to get hurt. He ultimately decides not to break up with Connie; otherwise, she would have ended up friendless and heartbroken, and he values their relationship too much to go through with it.
  • Jumped at the Call: Nothing will stop him from trying to protect his family and his home.
  • Just a Kid: Deconstructed. Steven is so determined to be viewed as a Crystal Gem that he often hides his own fears and trauma in order to reassure the others that's he's capable of any task. This is made even more depressing because the Crystal Gems are unaware of the psyche of human children (besides the concept), and expect Steven to just bounce back from any emotional trauma that happens to him.
    • Garnet is the exception. She apologized profusely both times she realized that Steven was in emotional distress because of the Gems.
      • The first time was in "Future Vision" when she believed revealing her precognition to Steven would bring them closer, but it only turned him into a nervous wreck freaked out about the future. Garnet took off her shades to apologize to Steven.
      • The second time was in "Warp Tour" when the Gems blew off Steven's concerns about seeing creatures in the warp stream. He became insomniac; and the more the Gems scoffed at him, the surlier he became. When his concerns were proven true, Garnet apologized profusely.
    • Played with in "Joy Ride", when the Cool Kids give the Gems a What the Hell, Hero? speech about how they expect so much from Steven when he is just a young child. The Gems apologize for straining him so much, yet at no point make it seem like they lost confidence in his abilities.
    • Brought to the forefront in 'Steven vs Amethyst', when he admits that he trains hard because he's "not Rose Quartz".
    • This is what he inherited from Pink Diamond, who wanted a colony of her own to prove herself to the other Diamonds much like how Steven tries to prove himself to the Crystal Gems. Tragically, it led to Pink's 'death', and the Crystal Gems had no idea how much of the Diamonds they are emulating in regards to Steven.
  • Keet: Steven is a very sweet, cheerful and optimistic boy.
  • Kiddie Kid: Justified. "Steven's Birthday" reveals that he's been 13 up until this episode, in which he turned 14. However, due to his Gem heritage he seemingly stopped aging after 8. Zig-Zagged in that while he often acts like an energetic 8-year-old, he's just as often Wise Beyond His Years. He does feel insecure about his appearance when the issue comes to attention.
  • Kid Has a Point: Despite being the youngest and most naive, Steven can make a very good point once in a while.
    • This bit of dialogue in "Warp Tour".
      Pearl: Nothing on Earth can access the Warp points but us!
      Steven: Yeah? Well... what if it came from space!?
      Pearl: I... don't like your tone.
    • He points the futility of the Crystal Gems continuously destroying the robonoids since they didn't know why they were coming.
    • Steven gives Garnet and Pearl a lashing out in "Steven's Dream" when they keep on hiding information about Pink Diamond from him because that's what Rose wanted, and he accurately points out that since Rose was his mom he deserves to know all of the truth, good or bad, about her.
  • Kid Hero: He protects the Earth along with the Gems.
  • Lady and Knight: The Lord to Connie's Knight.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Because Steven's gem was the source of his mother's power (and was his mother), he'll probably develop all of the powers Rose/Pink Diamond had.
  • Last of His Kind: He is the last free Rose Quartz Gem. The others were all bubbled by Pink Diamond due to his mother's rebellion. Steven would be the last Rose Quartz Gem period if it weren't for Blue Diamond keeping the bubbled gems around as mementos of Pink Diamond. Yellow Diamond, on the other hand, wants to shatter them and forget about Pink Diamond. Subverted in that he's not actually a Rose Quartz at all: he's a Diamond.
  • Laugh of Love: Has romantic laughs with Connie during their moments together, including the first few times they fused.
  • The Leader: Bismuth considers Steven to be the true leader of the Crystal Gems since he was able to keep the rest of the Gems together even after they found out the truth about Pink Diamond being Rose Quartz.
  • Like Brother and Sister: His relationship with Amethyst. Steven is the cute little brother who looks up to Amethyst and likes to have fun with her and Amethyst is the cool, rebellious older sister who can be both a good and bad influence on him, but still cares about him. Although if one considers gems made on the same planet for a single Diamond siblings, as Amethyst did for Jasper and the "Famethyst" in the Zoo, her and Steven actually are related—the Rose Quartzes were apparently also made on Earth, making Amethyst the gem equivalent of Steven's aunt. It turns out that his mother was Pink Diamond, who is the 'Gem Matriarch' Amethyst was made for. This means for all intents and purposes, he and Amethyst are half-siblings.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Steven takes after both his parents in different ways.
    • Like Greg, he shares an inclination for music. In the extended opening, Steven is the one who wrote the Gems' song, and he appeared to be quite young when he did it. Also like Greg, he is as pure a pacifist as can be, but can step up when needed.
    • Like Rose, he is an All-Loving Hero and Friend to All Living Things. Rose and Steven even have the same laugh and their pupils both turn into stars when either gets really happy or excited. On a darker note, both have a tendency to assume that they know what's best for others and make choices without consulting them, causing them to be both insensitive and condescending.
  • Liminal Being: Steven is half human and half Gem, combining the abilities and needs of both.
  • Limited Wardrobe: With a few exceptions, he's always depicted wearing a pink t-shirt with a yellow star in the middle. "Story For Steven" reveals that they are most likely from the boxes upon boxes of unsold Mr. Universe merchandise Greg owns, as a box of identical t-shirts can be seen in his van during the episode.
  • Literal Split Personality: In "Change Your Mind" White Diamond removes his gemstone. Instead of reverting to Rose Quartz, it forms "Pink Steven", who seems to represent his determination and full magical potential. Pink Steven also does not seem to care about the collateral damage of his actions, as the Crystal Gems are caught up in his shockwave as well.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Steven functions as this to a number of characters.
    • To Greg. In fact, hearing what almost happened to Steven in "Full Disclosure" sent Greg into a near heart attack.
    • To the Crystal Gems to the point of Deconstruction: it's a lot of pressure to put on a small child. Steven is increasingly the Gems' crutch, doing all he can to help them overcome their issues as much as possible, but he simply doesn't have the knowledge, resources or emotional maturity to cope with that. He's looking at the people he loves struggle with abandonment issues, self-esteem problems and grief, he knows they have these issues ("Joy Ride" makes this perfectly clear), but the harsh truth is that he's not equipped to deal with it. He's not a therapist; he's a child who regularly has to watch his guardians fight with themselves and each other. Poor kid has to feel at least a little bit trapped on occasion.
    • To Connie. Due to being her first friend, Connie's willing to do anything to be with him and to help him, and it's a feeling he shares with her. Deconstructed once again in episodes like "Sworn to the Sword", where she's willing to do too much for Steven to be comfortable with.
    • To Lapis. She sees Steven as this due to him basically being the only good thing that's ever happened to her in the past five millennia.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: It's apparent the other Gems are withholding a fair amount of relevant backstory from him, and seem reluctant to even reveal anything unless Steven stumbles upon it by himself. The entire conflict of "Mirror Gem"/"Ocean Gem" stems from the fact that they weren't willing to tell him the true nature of the Gem monsters they fight until after Steven made the situation worse by releasing one in a misguided attempt to help. Steven eventually confronts them on this, causing Garnet to admit that they're scared of what may come. In a much less serious example, Garnet says they kept the fact that she's a fusion secret because they wanted it to be a nice surprise for his birthday. His habit of forgetting to ask questions (probably as a result of the Gems withholding information) leads to him accidentally being locked out of the loop at several points.
    Steven: Why do I never ask follow-up questions?!
  • Love at First Sight: Downplayed. It was more like "attracted at first sight" when he first saw Connie a year prior to the series, but he had to spend time with Connie before coming to the conclusion he loved her.
  • Love Bubbles: A literal variant with Connie (his Implied Love Interest) in "Bubble Buddies". They spent almost the entire episode stuck in his magical bubble (thanks to Power Incontinence) and a lot of their interactions come off as Ship Tease, especially since, in the beginning, Steven endearingly behaves like a boy trying to talk to his crush.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Deconstructed and subtle example. Steven cares about his friends and family and wants their happiness and safety. However, he tends to go overboard in trying to do both, usually involving the expense of either his physical or mental health.
  • Love You and Everybody: After Steven first meets Connie, Amethyst teases him because he likes her. Steven protests that he likes everybody. Played for Laughs whenever he casually inserts himself within Lars and Sadie's relationship, even when there arguably isn't a relationship there in the first place.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: His Weapon of Choice, summoned from the gem on his stomach. Steven starts out not knowing how to summon it, to being able to shrug off ship-based cannons and using it offensively.
  • Made of Good: If Garnet is a living embodiment of romantic love, Steven could be seen as a living embodiment of self-love. This is emphasized in the climax of "Change Your Mind" when Steven does a Twirl of Love with his gem self.
  • Magical Boyfriend: Performs this role for Connie by bringing her into his magical life away from her bored, lonely world.
  • Magnetic Hero:
    • Like his mother, he appears to be very charismatic, easing a raging crowd in "Political Power" and motivating his friends and father in working out and Pearl to find strength to fight Sugilite in "Coach Steven".
      Garnet: (to Steven) But the truth is, we rely on you. Your voice inspires us, binds us, reminds us why we promised to protect the planet. You need to be that voice. For them.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when he defeats the Cluster by befriending it and convincing its component shards to be friends with each other and staying in the planet's mantle with each other.
  • Male Might, Female Finesse: While Steven's skills have become more refined, his powers consists of super-human strength, super-human durability, and heavy hits with his shield; Connie's strengths lies in her practiced sword technique, fast attacks, and quick thinking.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: Steven is the literal magical half-Gem boy bringing excitement to the life of bored, lonely Connie.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Zig-zagged. Connie and Steven do present some type of femininity and masculinity, respectively. However, Connie prefers to fight with a sword and likes action/adventure; Steven prefers using his shield and has a liking towards romances.
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child: Steven worries that the Crystal Gems may secretly blame him regarding the death of their leader, Steven's mother Rose Quartz. Chances are he developed the notion after witnessing Pearl's outburst in "Rose's Scabbard" or Amethyst's argument with Greg during "Maximum Capacity".
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: In-Universe. The lovable and happy-go-lucky Steven gets into professional wrestling as a heel character, the rude and ruthless Rich Bastard Tiger Millionaire.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Steven" is Greek for "that which surrounds or encompasses" — a magnetic personality, acts as an emotional support for many, and he brings out the softer side of characters with hard defensive shells.
    • A more figurative meaning of Greek translation is "crowned." As the reincarnation of Pink Diamond, Steven is Homeworld's equivalent to royalty.
    • "Steven" is also a variation of "Stephen", the name of a Christian martyr who was stoned to death for denouncing the Jewish authorities. Like his namesake, Steven tries to go above and beyond to help others, often to his physical and mental detriment.
  • The Medic: His spit can heal stuff. On top of that, he's the only one in the Mobile RPG that can provide healing, either with items or encouraging words. His tears can bring humans back to life, with powers of their own.
  • Messianic Archetype: Steven bears many of the criteria for this trope. He is the son of a human (Greg) and a transcendent otherworldly being (Rose Quartz, who is even referred to as a "goddess" by Vidalia in one episode) who comes into his own and learn how to control his otherworldly power, including the power to create food (grow plant life), heal the injured (healing spit) and ultimately revive the virtuous (brings Lars back to life). He befriends and converts followers of his celestial parent's doctrines (Peridot and Lapis Lazuli) and is willing to sacrifice himself to his people's enemy (the Diamonds) and save his world in the process. This is especially telling in "Three Gems and a Baby", where three ancient beings (Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl) come bearing gifts for Steven and his weathered human parent (Greg) in a place that is not their own (Vidalia's house) set in December. In an interesting inversion of the trope, at the end of the fourth season, he sacrifices himself not to atone for the sins of humanity, but for those of his "divine" parent. Taken Up to Eleven in season 5 with the reveal that his mother was secretly Pink Diamond.
  • Metaphorgotten: He has a tendency to get carried away.
    Steven's a big fat meanie!
    A big fat meanie zucchini!
    Let's chop it up! Chop-chop it up!
    And serve it with linguini!
    Al denteee! Al denteee! Al denteee! Al denteeeee!
  • The Millstone: Zigzagged. A fair portion of the episodes usually have Steven being the cause of whatever threat the Gems are facing, usually in a well-intentioned, but misguided attempt to help people. What keeps him from being a straight example is that Steven just as often fixes the problems he creates. As of season 2, he appears to be slowly growing out of this after having a better grasp on his Gem abilities.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: His shapeshifting powers give him an inverted case of this. His physical age is apparently dependent on the way he feels and behaves. He is literally as old as he feels.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: It's a blink and you'll miss moment but in "An Indirect Kiss" Steven is reflected in Amethyst's gem and instead of the five pointed star he had in his eyes, the reflection shows the four pointed star of a diamond. This was foreshadowing his mother's true identity as Pink Diamond.
  • Morality Pet: Steven tends to bring out the best in a number of people, humans and Gems.
    • The Crystal Gems will often indulge in whatever human activity he thinks up simply because he asks.
    • He is the only one Sugilite shows a kinder side to.
    • The Centipeetle will begin to calm herself if Steven is near.
    • Steven is the only Crystal Gem that Lapis will listen to.
    • Despite his Jerkass behavior, Onion truly values his friendship with Steven.
    • Steven's kindness toward Peridot is eventually returned, making him the first person she's expressed concern for besides herself.
    • He later becomes one to his Uncle Andy, bringing the guy around to accepting the Gems as part of the family.
    • He even manages to become this to Blue and Yellow Diamond, something his mother tried and failed to do!
    • He also manages to become this to White Diamond, albeit after he makes her realize she's not perfect.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: He (a magical Half-Human Hybrid) is romantically interested in Connie (a human).
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Greg is kidnapped by Blue Diamond, and Garnet arrives after the fact, he realizes she had a very good reason for telling him not to go, and that he probably should have listened.
  • Mysterious Past: As of Season 4, it has not been revealed just exactly what Steven is, or how he became a human-gem hybrid. Fusion is mentioned to be part of the process, but none of the other characters know what he is, or why Rose chose to create/be a part of him.
  • Never My Fault: Zigzagged. Usually Steven takes responsibility for his actions, but recently tends to believe that whatever bad things his mother did are also his fault. However, there are times when he tends to view the actions of others a complete mystery even though he was partly responsible for it (i.e., being genuinely shocked at Navy's betrayal even though he and the others continuously tricked her and her team).
  • New Superpower: Many episodes deal with Steven trying to deal with the emergence of powers he inherited from his mom, and gradually mastering them as the show progresses.
  • Nice Guy: Steven is an amicable, outgoing, and carefree boy with a happy-go-lucky attitude that is appreciated by many of the citizens of Beach City in one way or another. Steven is also very kindhearted and compassionate, something which Pearl notes he has inherited from his mother, and he deeply loves his friends and family. He is friendly toward almost everyone he meets, rarely holds grudges, and is very non-discriminatory, never treating anyone with prejudice. No matter the situation, Steven will always go out of his way to support his loved ones, even if it means putting his life on the line, and he will avoid resorting to violence. The one time where he was even just the slightest bit mean was when he teased Peridot by flicking her nose, which is remarkable seeing that she tried to kill him earlier and slapped him after his flick. He's one of the nicest guys in cartoon history.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If something goes wrong in an episode, he's often the cause. However, he does usually find a way to fix it.
  • No-Sell: As seen in "The Return"/"Jail Break", Homeworld Gems have access to weapons and force fields that can instantly disrupt other Gems, leaving them without a body for hours... but since Steven has an organic body rather than a construct, they don't do much more than make him feel strange.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Steven tends to get be rather "touchy-feely" with others.
  • No Social Skills: Zigzagged. Steven is the only member of the gems that knows how to function in human society and often guides the others in how to do so, but he is clueless about personal relationships beyond friendship, such as his being a Moment Killer in "Island Adventure". He outright says that it's a result of his upbringing.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Steven used to age normally until he turned eight and he's been stuck there for six years. It may be due to his Gem powers, but it's all but stated that his current state has become his Shapeshifter Default Form.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: Discussed and dealt with in "Steven's Birthday". After it's pointed out that Steven hasn't changed at all since entering adolescence, Steven tries to use his magic to "stretch" his body and make him look like he's grown. When confronted by the others about it, Steven worries that he'll look like this forever, staying a kid while watching Connie grow up. After a little mishap with his powers forced him to revert back to a baby against his will, he eventually returns to normal, but discovers there is hope for him yet— his first facial hair came in. Though "Too Many Birthdays" shows that Steven's physical age is at least partly connected to his emotional age, and that he is not growing up physically because he still has the mind of a child. In this episode, he grows old rapidly when he feels old. It's possible that this may have a bearing on his life expectancy, potentially even rendering him immortal.
  • Not Quite Flight: "Steven Floats" explains that Rose Quartz had the ability to jump extremely high, and then control how fast she came down, and as could be guessed, Steven discovers this power as well.
  • Not So Above It All: One that is more serious than most. Steven is genuinely sweet and friendly person, but he does have moments of being insensitive, immature, impatient, and having a dangerous mindset that he knows what's best for others to keep them happy and safe.
  • Odd Name Out: For the record he's replacing his mother, Rose Quartz; incidentally "Quartz" is his middle name. He's also the only Diamond without the word Diamond anywhere in the title.
  • Older Than He Looks: Steven looks and largely behaves like a curious, excited child, so Connie does a Spit Take upon learning Steven is actually fourteen, and therefore a little over a year older than her. It turns out that Steven's half-Gem nature has been impeding his growth since entering adolescence. Greg's photo album shows Steven's appearance has barely aged since he was eight.
  • Only Friend:
    • To Connie after they first meet.
    • This also applies to Lapis, as she is seen as a traitor to her Homeworld and considers the rest of the Crystal Gems as enemies.
    • He becomes this to Peridot, after she is forced to live with the Crystal Gems. Unlike the others, Steven openly treats her nicely. Becomes slowly averted as also Garnet and Amethyst show honest attempts to be friends.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Steven is a cheerful, optimistic, boy who rarely gets angry at anyone and tries to see the best in those he meets. So, if he drops any of the above, it's a sign that something has gone very wrong.
    • In "Lars and the Cool Kids", Steven gets angry for the first time on-screen. He proceeds to call Lars, who Steven is usually nice to, a jerk after the latter called his mom "weird". Even Lars was shocked by this.
    • He spends most of "Warp Tour" extremely irritated because of a possible threat about to happen. Part of it is from sleep deprivation and the other part is from the Crystal Gems being condescending to him. He even gets into a fight with Pearl, the one who acts like a mother to him the most.
    • Steven goes through a major emotional uproar in "Full Disclosure" — having to face how the Homeworld Gems are a real threat almost made him cut ties with every human he knows, including his father and Connie. Thankfully, that didn't happen.
    • When Ruby and Sapphire's bad mood ruin the road trip in "Keystone Motel", Steven gets angry - really angry. It snaps them out of it immediately, more concerned for Steven's state of mind than arguing.
    • "It Could've Been Great" has Steven almost as furious over Peridot insulting Rose as the Gems are. When Steven is pissed off by what you've done, you know you've screwed up royally.
    • Steven looks legitimately pissed when he locks Peridot in the truck and interrogates her about the diamond she took from the moon base in "Message Received".
    • Steven, unusually for him, shows no desire to befriend Marty in "Drop Beat Dad", largely since he remembers his dad's story about him.
    • Upon seeing Kevin again for the first time since "Alone Together," his first reaction is a vicious snarl, and Greg gets taken aback when Steven declares actual hatred towards Kevin.
    • In "Steven's Dream", Steven gets so upset at Garnet and Pearl for keeping more secrets from him regarding Pink Diamond that he starts yelling at them.
    • In "Kevin's Party", he and Connie both realize they're really desperate to see each other if they're willing to come to Kevin's party to do so.
  • Opposites Attract: Steven (outgoing, rash, and confident) has a mutual crush on Connie (shy, rational, and doubts herself).
  • Orc Raised by Elves: It is revealed that his mother was actually Pink Diamond, the White Sheep of the Galactic Conquering Diamond Authority, Steven himself being raised by gems who have rebelled against Homeworld's oppressive empire.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Steven's the first known Half-Human Hybrid in the series, making the extent of his abilities a mystery even to himself.

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  • Papa Wolf: Inverted. During the "Out of this World" event, Greg is kidnapped by Blue Diamond and Steven is determined to save him at whatever cost. Whether it's traveling at the speed of light, entering into a (presumably dangerous) human zoo, or ready to fight those he perceives as trying to keep his father against his will.
  • Personality Powers: Steven's powers thus far have mostly been protective or healing in nature, which is very fitting for a sweet and caring Nice Guy like him.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Inverted. Steven's associated colors are pink, while Connie's associated colors are blue (specifically, teal).
  • Pink Means Feminine: Steven inherited his mother's pink gem, so he has a collection of pink powers despite being The One Guy of the whole Gem species. He doesn't seem to mind. Steven does have a number of stereotypically feminine qualities but isn't overtly effeminate.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In the beginning of the show, he's much weaker than Garnet, Amethyst or Pearl, but the little guy's strong enough to activate a car's airbag just by punching it. He's also been shown lifting a road case twice his height when stood on one end that took two grown men (and roadies at that, a job in which being strong is a requirement due to moving heavy equipment for the band) to carry.
    • The episode "Steven vs Amethyst" shows just how much he has has grown since the start of the show. In this episode, he not only does better than Amethyst in every training routine, but also has an all-out duel with her, which ends in a draw. During the duel, Amethyst uses her whip to drop Steven to the ground with so much force that it creates crater in the stone floor of the ruins, burying him under the rocks. He still manages to get up, throwing away a rock bigger than himself and nearly hitting Amethyst in the process.
      Amethyst: See?! I dropped you from the sky, but you almost just won, using a rock!
    • If that's not enough indication, in "Bismuth," he managed to defeat the titular character, a powerful gem herself that is able to fight the other Crystal Gems on even footing, by himself despite the fact that she was genuinely trying to kill him and he was holding back because he didn't want to fight her.
    • In the episode "Lars' Head," Steven manages to fairly effortlessly move a huge boulder several feet that several gems - one a fusion of two and the others conjoined twins - could hardly even budge altogether.
    • Justified, as he's actually the son/reincarnation of Pink Diamond.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: He uses his Gem powers in "Steven's Birthday" to look the part for being 14 years old, but this backfires horribly, as Amethyst warned him that stretching his body (or rather aging as he also changed his voice) for a long period of time has consequences. Said consequence is regressing him to his baby appearance, and after a while he turns back to normal.
  • The Pollyanna: Despite some of emotional problems of the other Crystal Gems that he has to deal with (including the belief he has about them blaming him for Rose's "death") and some issues he himself needs to work out, Steven is continually optimistic and hopeful.
  • Positive Friend Influence: There's almost nobody in Beach City whose life hasn't gotten better by befriending Steven. He gets Connie out of her shell and she grows more confident in herself, helps Amethyst through her self-esteem issues which leads to their fusion into Smoky Quartz, is a great emotional support to Pearl's PTSD, helps Kiki to be open to her sister about the things she is and isn't willing to do for her, helps Sour Cream and Buck to deal with their Daddy Issues and so on.
  • Power Incontinence: The first time he activates one of powers, he often has trouble turning it off, like when he grows multiple cat heads on his body in an attempt to shapeshift into a cat. When fretting about his age, Steven's shapeshifting kicks in and causes Rapid Aging. In "Alone Together", he fuses for the first time by accident. In "Bubble Buddies", he summons his bubble force field for the first time and is unable to dismiss it, while in "Steven Floats" his slow-falling ability leaves him trapped in midair.
  • Power Limiter: "Change Your Mind" implies that his human body limits his abilities to some degree, as "Pink Steven" is shown shattering solid stone and disorienting White Diamond with a power scream, deflecting a coordinated assault from the Diamond Authority and possessed Crystal Gems with his shield, and knocking them all down with a shockwave.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Played with; he's got blue jeans and a yellow star on his shirt, but his shirt, sandals, and weapon are pink, a color he inherited from his mother.
  • Protagonist Title: His first and last name are the title of show.
  • Psychic Powers: Has Telepathy and can connect to the minds of others. He can also project his mind into the Watermelon Stevens and into the minds of other humans and telepathically control them. "Reunited" implies that these abilities come from his Diamond heritage, as Yellow and Blue are able to recognize him as Pink from his psychic aura.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Steven's power tends to hinge on The Power of Love. Every time he's used it successfully, it's been in the defense or service of someone he cares for or loves. But since "House Guest", he is also concerned that his self confidence affects his abilities as well. His newly gained floating powers are controlled by yet another aspect of his emotional balance; he's able to speed up his descent with sad thoughts, and slow himself down by thinking about things that make him happy, like the Crystal Gems.
  • Pungeon Master: Steven loves to make his awful puns.
  • Puppy Love: With Connie; they're close friends (given that they're both early-pubescent), and they trust and care about each other a lot. In "Steven's Birthday" he reveals that he expects to marry Connie when they both grow up (and that he expects her to become the President).
  • Quirky Curls: He has curly, dark brown hair and is quite the energetic one.
  • Quirky Ukulele: Steven is a quirky, slightly feminine boy who lives with his magical guardians, the Crystal Gems. A ukulele is his signature instrument, and most of the songs he composes In-Universe are played with one.
  • Raised as a Host: Rose Quartz died passing on her Heart Drive to her son, Steven, which makes most gems think they're the same person. White Diamond, in particular, proclaims that Rose created Steven not to be her son and his own person, but as an organic vessel for her to hide from her old life. Subverted; she is swiftly proven wrong after White pulls her gem from his body, only for it to reform as a construct of Steven.
  • Raised by Dudes: Inverted. While his father is in his life, Steven lives with and is primarily raised by the Crystal Gems, members of an alien race who are femme presenting. Played straight when Steven was a baby.
  • Rapid Aging: Steven can cause this on himself with his Gem powers. This is because his physical age is controlled by his state of mind. Thus, he is literally only as young as he feels. Steven's lack of aging is noticed and discussed between Greg and Connie in "Steven's Birthday", where Greg notices he hasn't changed at all ever since entering adolescence while looking through a photo album. Steven's physical age isn't completely controlled by his state of mind though, as there are other factors, such as "magically stretching" his body, that can force him to change against his will.
  • Rare Male Example: He is a boy on a team of Magical Girl Warriors, and follows more traditional Magical Girl tropes than any of them (All-Loving Hero, Friend to All Living Things, healing powers, pink magic, etc.)
  • Really Royalty Reveal: Turns out to be the son of Pink Diamond, the fourth member of the Diamond Authority and Gem royalty.
  • Rebel Prince: As a reincarnation of Rose Quartz/Pink Diamond, he is essentially gem royalty, and yet is opposed to Homeworld.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Steven is goofy, outgoing, and wears a pinkish-red shirt, while his best friend Connie is more quiet, intellectual, and wears blue in the first intro and several episodes (for example, "Alone Together").
  • Reincarnation: "Lion 3: Direct to Video" reveals that his birth involved his mother's gem becoming part of his body. He could be considered both Rose Quartz's son and reincarnation. He's actually not one for Rose Quartz; he's a reincarnation of Pink Diamond.
  • Replacement Goldfish: It's implied that Pearl sees him as some sort of replacement for Rose, which possibly fueled Steven's beliefs that the Crystal Gems resent him for Rose not existing anymore. It's unclear if the others see him this way. In "Diamond Days" the Diamonds essentially do the same thing by forcing Steven to fill his mother's role and constantly referring to him as "Pink" despite his obvious discomfort.
  • Rescue Romance: With Connie. They have mutual crushes on each other, protect one another from danger, and their relationship started after Steven saved her from falling boulders.
  • The Roadie: His father having been a rock star, one of Steven's secret dream-jobs is to be a roadie, being able to live out that dream for Sour Cream's raves in "Drop Beat Dad". He only seems half good at doing it, being capable of carrying a large box that would require two human adults to lift while forgetting how to properly do a mic-check.
  • Royal Blood: As the son of Rose Quartz Pink Diamond, he is the second generation of the diamonds, (yet ironically he is the only one with blood.)
  • Samaritan Syndrome: Deconstructed. Steven is so use to helping other and solving their problems, that it has become a part of his identity. So, when he fails to get through to someone, he will be devastated.
  • Save the Villain: While Steven is able to successfully help other Gems (i.e., Peridot), that also means that there are others who simply don't want his help for a variety of reasons, but due to his All-Loving Hero nature, he becomes distraught over the idea of not successfully helping out someone.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Gender Inverted, as Steven tends to play the "energetic guy" with Garnet, Pearl, Sadie, Connie, or Lapis as the "savvy girl".
  • Say My Name: A consistent receiving to this trope, to the point of being a Phrase-Catcher.
  • Secret Handshake: Sorta, with Lars. Instead of high-fiving, they high-five each other's chest. It's not as Ho Yay as you might think.
  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: His empathy is so powerful that he was able to see and experience what Blue Diamond is going through, despite her being on the other side of the Earth.
  • Semantic Superpower: His "healing" spit is extremely versatile, being able to improve another's vision, restore broken bones, fix cracked gems (thus healing Gems), and fix broken objects.
  • Semi-Divine: The Diamonds are treated as gods by the other Gems, and it's revealed Rose was Pink Diamond, which essentially makes Steven the Gem equivalent of a Demi-God.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy (openly emotional, friendly All-Loving Hero) to Lars' Manly Man (rude, abrasive Grumpy Bear).
  • Shared Family Quirks: Compassion runs in Steven's family, and as mentioned above, he got it from both his father Greg, and his deceased mother Rose. In regards to Rose, he has the tendency to get starry-eyed when excited and/or happy, and go out of his way to help people in need. And like Rose, who is actually Pink Diamond, Steven struggled to fulfill his family's expectations of him, which went to tragic extremes in Pink's case when she was alive.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Jasper and Peridot really did a number on Steven's emotional health. That's not counting his encounters with Bismuth and Eyeball.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • He doesn't only wish Lars and Sadie was romantically involved, he once assumed they were married already. This gets deconstructed in "The New Lars" where after accidentally possessing Lars, Steven decides to pretend to be Lars in order to get him and Sadie together. However, due to the couple's previous problems, she flips out.
    • After learning that Garnet is a fusion between Ruby and Sapphire, Steven wants to know more and more about them and tried to help some relationship problems they were having.
    • He also encourages Pearl to go talk to Mystery Girl a.k.a. 'S'.
  • Ship Tease: With Connie. They have many romantic-like moments together and a lot of people ship them.
  • Significant Birth Date: Steven's birthday is on August 15th, which is the same day when Rebecca Sugar's brother was born.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: He normally wears a pink shirt with a star, which was left over from his dad's music days and also signifies he is a Crystal Gem. In the "Diamond Days" arc, he has to switch to Pink Diamond's outfit while fulfilling her duties. While he doesn't seem to mind, it's unnerving that the Diamonds expect him to be the same family member who can fit into the social cog, when Pink rebelled to escape that role. His shift back to his usual outfit in the four-part arc finale is also significant in itself, as it shows Steven is done trying to play by Homeworld's rules.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Rose's legacy as leader of a rebelling faction is far from perfect, and Steven now has to deal with the consequences.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: While Steven becomes more competent and is Wise Beyond His Years, he still has an overly idealistic mindset that sometimes causes more trouble than good.
  • Smarter Than You Look: As out there as his behavior may be, the plans he comes up with often involve inventive, outside the box thinking that the other Gems can't necessarily replicate. It's implied, especially in "The Test", that Gems underestimate Steven's abilities and intelligence. Whenever he learns some new tidbit of the Awful Truth, there seem to be subtle hints that he has better understanding of what is hidden from him than the other Crystal Gems give him credit for, and he's also good at understanding why some secrets are kept.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • The Homeworld Gems did not count on Steven's existence, and one of them put their plans on hold to figure out exactly what he is. They also didn't see his ability to No-Sell their disruptors coming.
    • Peridot wasn't expecting him to grab onto her leg while she tried to get away in "Friend Ship."
    • Had he not shown kindness to Peridot, the Crystal Gems would have never learned about Yellow Diamond's plan to use the Cluster to destroy the Earth. Her eventual Heel–Face Turn as a result is an even bigger blow to it, as she chooses to help save Earth when she could have gotten a ride back home and ultimately is crucial to defeating the Cluster.
    • His Telepathy proved to be the killing blow to Yellow Diamond's five thousand year long Long Game with the Cluster, as he manages to convince it to bubble itself as a result.
  • Starring Smurfette: Steven is the youngest of the team and the main protagonist, the only male member of the team, and the only male Crystal Gem (and only Gem with an actual sex) ever to exist.
  • Stepford Smiler: "Mindful Education" reveals that Steven has started slipping into this trope when his Fusion with Connie reveals he's begun hiding large amounts of guilt and uncertainty over recent events behind his smile and jokey demeanor.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Steven is something of a Shoujo-esque take on the archetype. He's an excitable Large Ham All-Loving Hero who wears his heart on his sleeve, tends to act without thinking, extends a kind hand to anyone, and cherishes his family and friends above all else. That said, his energy is more Keet than Hot-Blooded, he's In Touch with His Feminine Side, and is also The Heart who prefers to make friends with his enemies rather than fight them, which works since the series places a lot of emphasis on love and understanding.
  • Stock Shoujo Heroine: Steven is a Rare Male Example between this and a Stock Shōnen Hero. He's an excitable boy who is In Touch with His Feminine Side and is an All-Loving Hero. He also has a pink color motif that he inherited from his deceased mother.
  • Stone Wall: Steven's shields have shown incredible durability, enough to withstand even the strongest of Gem weaponry, but he has yet to display any form of offensive ability, meaning he must depend on others to actually end a fight.
    • As of Season 3, not only can he throw his shield as an offensive move, his bubble can protrude spikes.
    • The season 5 finale takes this up to eleven with Pink Steven against White Diamond, who casually shields a combined attack from the possessed Blue Diamond, Yellow Diamond, Pink Pearl, the main Crystal Gems, and White Diamond herself.
  • Stout Strength: A Big Fun kid who possesses superhuman strength.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: According to Pearl and Vidalia, Steven takes after both his parents Rose and Greg respectively. In "Too Many Birthdays", his physical resemblance to his father is painfully obvious while a lot of his behavior, his star-eyes, and even his giggle are directly inherited from his mother.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Zigzagged with Connie. Steven is very mature of his age, but has a tendency to make rash decisions unlike the level-headed Connie; plus, both are prodigies. And while he may be physically stronger than her, she's the most aggressive of the two.
  • Super Spit: Rose Quartz could heal people with her tears. Steven has the same ability, but with his spit.
  • Super-Strong Child: Being half-Quartz Gem, Steven is significantly stronger than a boy his age should be. He effortlessly catches Amethyst and manages to keep Lars from being crushed; he is able to offset the imbalance of the laws of physics inside the Gem palace with little difficulty, including hugging onto a pillar that drops into a Bottomless Pit while one of his hands is still holding the plate of pancakes; and he's able to effortlessly rappel up a wall once he gains his footing, even with an exceptionally powerful gravitational force trying to suck him down.
    • In "The Return", he hits the dash on Greg's van hard enough to set off the airbag.
    • In "Joy Ride" he picks up Jenny Pizza and moves her away from Peridot's pod.
    • In "Nightmare Hospital" he is able to hold back a 7-foot tall Gem Mutant with nothing more than his shield and effortlessly fling Connie through the air as they fight.
    • When acting as Sour Cream's roadie in "Drop Beat Dad", he is able to lift a heavy box with one hand and little-to-no apparent effort, while Sour Cream himself can barely lift it with both hands. He later single-handedly moves a road case twice his height that required two adults to carry with little effort, causing a shocked Marty to ask "What's [Greg] feeding that kid!?"
    • In "Bismuth", he is slammed into a wall by a large, heavy metal statute thrown by Bismuth, and is able not only to withstand the blow with no serious injury, but is also able to lift the statue and hurl it back at the gem.
    • In "Tiger Philanthropist", after Amethyst quits their tag-team wrestling duo, Steven keeps fighting adult tag-team wrestlers solo. And wins constantly. (Though by the end of the episode, he deliberately throws his final match.)
  • Superior Successor: While not there yet, there's some indication his abilities may ultimately surpass Rose's once fully mastered. He has shown on occasions to develop powers she never had on top of hers. He's already surpassed her at healing Corrupted Gems, as he's succeeded in getting much further than she ever did with Centipeetle. Bismuth already considers him morally better than Rose for being willing to reveal the Awful Truth about her when Rose couldn't. That's on top of, due to his half-gem heritage, him being able to fuse with Connie while Greg (being a full human) failed to fuse with Rose.
    • In Change Your Mind, the full extent of Steven's potential is seen when White Diamond forcibly removes his Gem. Gem!Steven is capable of not only shrugging off White's People Puppet blasts with little effort, he can take a full powered blast from White, the other Diamonds, and the mind-controlled Crystal Gems at the same time. His battle aura alone is able to crack White's chamber and bring the Empress of Homeworld to her knees.
  • Super Toughness: A large rock to his face doesn't do more than scratch him. Steven has apparently never needed to go to a hospital and can withstand the weight of a fishing boat on his chest with no apparent distress. Being slammed from a great height into the ground hard enough to make a sizable crater in solid rock by Amethyst harms him, but he's able to walk it off. The only time he gets visibly injured is when another Gem attacks him without holding back.
  • Support Party Member: Like his mother, he has a shield as his weapon and the ability to heal others using spit. While not entirely useless in a fight (though this could be attributed to the fact that he's a child) his Gem doesn't give him any outstanding offensive capabilities.
    • He's not a defensive party member. He's the only defensive party member, and his powers have saved the Gems and Connie numerous times from attacks that would have destroyed them.
    • The later seasons show that, while he is still in a supporting role, he can annoy, distract, blindside, and sometimes combo with other fighters, like having them use his shield for a Fastball Special.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: The Sorcerer (is half-Gem with an array of magical abilities) to Connie's Sword (a human who uses a BFS for combat).
  • Sword/Shield Contrast: The shield to Connie's sword. He's a defensive person who wants to protect others, not hurt them, even if they're his enemies.
  • Tag Along Kid: He does have a much bigger role than most other tag along kids due to the fact that he has powers that could help, but he's unable to use them. Also, he's the main character so most of the stories center around him and he's actually pretty helpful in a fight when he needs to be.
  • The Team Normal: He was originally one at first, however as the series progressed, he grows out of this as he gets more and more control.
  • Tell Me About My Mother: Steven often talks to his father and Maternal Substitutes about his Missing Mom, Rose Quartz, who gave up her physical form when he was born. A later episode has Greg tell Steven the story of how he and his mother met, or more specifically the version where he didn't leave out his crappy former manager.
  • Tender Tears: Steven is generally very soft-hearted and cries when his emotions run high. See specific episodes for examples.
  • Telepathy: A unique ability of his that even Rose didn't have: he seems to be able to communicate with others mentally when he is unconscious, including entering their dreams if they're also asleep. Though given the other diamonds are familiar with Pink's "aura" when Steven talks to them telepathically, Rose may have just been hiding this power to keep her cover.
  • Terrible Artist: In "Shirt Club", Buck turns his "Guitar Dad" drawing, showing Greg impossibly buff with Cross-Popping Veins all over and meant to advertise his guitar classes, into t-shirts, not for Steven's intended purpose but as an art phenomenon showing how funny and naïve Steven's love for his dad is, much to his dismay.
  • Third Eye: While Steven doesn't actually have a third eye, Garnet kisses him where his third eye would be whenever she wants to grant him future vision.
  • Third-Person Person: Occasionally speaks in the third person. For instance, he provides the Title Drop in "Story for Steven" when asking his dad to tell him a story.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: He can do this with his buckler-sized shield. It's not terribly effective against most threats.
    • When Steven first successfully summons his shield, he shouts in joy and causes it to shoot out, bouncing around the room until it destroys the TV.
    • In "Friend Ship", he intentionally throws his shield at Peridot, hitting her in the face. It didn't hurt her, though.
    • As of "Crack the Whip", he's now capable of summoning at least two at once and has become more skilled at throwing them.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: While he knew his whole life he's half Gem, it wasn't until he saw Rose's Video Will that Steven understood himself to be as much her reincarnation as her son. Much later, Steven discovers he's actually half Diamond.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In "Ocean Gem", he's able to summon his shield at will and destroy a bunch of Ditto Fighter water constructs that were easily overpowering the other Crystal Gems.
    • In "The Return", he once again summons his shield, now much larger than before, to protect the Gems from a powerful blast by Peridot's ship. Doing so causes him to collapse, though.
    • In "Sworn to the Sword", Steven takes on several Pearl-Fighting-Holograms, demonstrating full control over both his shield and bubble techniques.
    • In "Friend Ship", he is able to summon his larger shield twice and his smaller shield once, even throwing the latter with enough accuracy to hit Peridot in the face (it did nothing but annoy her, but it was good aim). He does collapse after the summoning the large shield the second time, but that's still an impressive leap from his last major showing. He also grabs Peridot's leg while she's trying to escape by flying away. She has to detach her own foot in order to escape.
    • In "Crack The Whip", he and Connie spar, and they both do very well, Steven summoning multiple shields at once with no sign of fatigue.
    • In "Steven vs Amethyst", he and Amethyst go toe-to-toe in a brutal, no-holds-barred match that pushes them both to their limits.
    • In "Bismuth" he manages to survive against the far more experienced and powerful Bismuth, who was actively trying to kill him. He ultimately ends up defeating her by impaling her on Rose's sword in self-defense.
    • In "Earthlings" he fuses with Amethyst to form Smoky Quartz, proving that he can actually fuse with other gems.
    • In "Reunited", he puts up a good fight against Blue Diamond herself, serving as the Crystal Gems' defense/support while also attacking her. And while he was stomped unconscious by Yellow Diamond, he was able to defeat both Diamonds by telepathically reaching out to them and revealing his true identity as Pink Diamond, ending the fight.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Steven's involve lots of unhealthy junk food.
    • Steven loves "fry bits", the little bits of french fries that sink to the bottom of the fryer.
    • He loves Cookie Cat ice cream sandwiches, but unfortunately for him, they become discontinued in the first episode.
    • He seems to like strawberries a lot. Given that strawberries are in the same family as roses, this isn't completely surprising.
    • Other miscellaneous favorites are pizza, hot dogs and donuts (particularly pink-frosted with sprinkles).
  • Tuckerization: Named after and inspired by Rebecca Sugar's brother Steven, who is also one of the show's background designers.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: There have been times when people that he loves have hurt him (or even tried to kill him), but he is always quick to forgive them. And it's not because he's an idiot. He genuinely doesn't want to be angry at the people he loves. Or the people he knows. Or his enemies, for that matter.

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  • The Unchosen One: As opposed to Connie, the Gems, and the audience thinking Steven has some great, planned destiny ahead of him, Rose had no such expectations (not even in regards to his gender). She just wanted him to live life as him. Steven is shown taking comfort in this knowledge, since it means a huge weight has been lifted off his shoulders in regards to possibly not living up to some great destiny Rose had planned for him and disappointing her.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The Crystal Gems have often underestimated Steven's abilities and intelligence. Steven gets fed up with it in "Warp Tour", to the point he gets into an argument with Pearl, who is the most motherly to him. This has faded by season 2, where he's treated like a full member of the Crystal Gems.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: The biggest difference between him and Rose's upbringing is Rose received very little actual emotional attention and believed Pearl was the only one who truly cared about her, while Steven was raised with genuine love and affection by everyone around him. He also had Greg to raise him to be moral in places Rose lacked, ultimately making him more morally good than his mother.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Absolutely everything that happens in the show must be seen through the eyes of Steven, who never actually narrates. As such, things that Steven is uncomfortable about or doesn't want to talk about never make it into the story unless they're forced in by another character. In the episode "Steven's Birthday," it's revealed that Steven hasn't aged in many years, most likely since he stopped living with Greg, and he doesn't talk about it because he doesn't want Connie to know she'll continue aging without him. He's known this since the beginning of the series, when he already had a crush on Connie, but the audience doesn't find out until Steven overhears Greg talking to Connie about it in the episode before the 2A finale. The question of what else Steven may be hiding is still up in the air.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Not in a traditional sense, but Steven has multiple abilities that are both unique to him and potentially really useful, including a powerful shield, healing spit, a Green Thumb that can create hordes of monsters that can easily overwhelm the Crystal Gems, and now tears with seemingly life-restoring properties. He just lacks the know-how to use most of it, but he's getting better with each experience.
    • As evidence as to just how strong he truly is, in Change Your Mind, when his magical gem half is separated from his human half, it has enough power to effortlessly subdue the entire Diamond Authority.
  • Vague Age: For the first couple of seasons Steven's exact age is kept very unclear, and episodes can read with him being pretty young. In "So Many Birthdays", when the Gems tell him they don't celebrate birthdays he decides to take a stroll on the boardwalk, where he gets depressed and starts to change to a teenager, a young adult, middle-aged, and a bearded senior citizen with his age fluctuating based on his mood and the Gems decide to cheer Steven up to restore him back to normal. It's not until the episode "Steven's Birthday" that we find out he's fourteen but has seemingly stopped aging after he turned eight. The fact that he both looks and acts a lot younger than he really is, and what that could mean for him socially, is actually discussed seriously.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender Inverted and downplayed. Steven is very protective of Connie, but it's mostly Ship Tease since they're both so young and Steven is a pacifistic person. Nonetheless, you do not harm Connie. He even gave Pearl an angry look when she took Connie's sword training too far in "Sworn to the Sword".
    Steven: Keep your hands off my Connie!
  • Vocal Evolution: While he speaks with a high-pitched voice in the first 22 episodes of the series, Steven's voice pitch fluctuates depending on his shape-shifted age in "So Many Birthdays". As of "Monster Buddies", his high voice has changed permanently to a moderately deeper register. All this is a deliberate choice on the part of his voice actor, whose voice had already broken by the time he started the part.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Amethyst teaches him to use shapeshifting in "Cat Fingers", but Steven lacks the discipline to properly control it. He seems to have better control as of "Steven's Birthday": He manages to stretch his body for an entire day, but the strain eventually rebounds, temporarily turning him back into an infant.
  • Warrior Prince: The Diamond Authority are the God Emperors of Homeworld. That said, he's the son of Pink Diamond.
  • Warrior Therapist: Steven is starting to show shades of being one, especially in his encounters with the Centipeedle Mother and the Cluster.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Steven is the least physically powerful of the Crystal Gems, but he has a wide range of supportive or defensive powers that when used in conjunction with each other allows him to fight on par with at least Amethyst.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He easily gets sick in rotating objects (i.e. the teacups).
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
  • What Could Have Been: In-Universe. Had Steven been born a girl, his name would've been "Nora".
  • What Does He See in Her?: Connie wonders why a boy with superpowers who seems to be destined for bigger things would hang out with an ordinary girl like her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He calls out the Crystal Gems for constantly withholding answers about Rose and Pink Diamond thinking he's not ready yet, which leads to Steven going to Korea with Greg to find out for himself.
  • White Male Lead: Steven is a member of a team where most members are sexless, agender and female-presenting aliens who all have different body types, colors and ethnicity codings. Many of them are attracted to each other and to other female and feminine people, coding them as lesbians/wlw. The half-Gem Steven, by contrast, is white, uses he/him pronouns and has only expressed attraction to a girl. It's notable that he enjoys wearing female-coded clothing and make-up occasionally, and that when fused with others, they use a they/them pronoun set.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser:
    • In "Sadie's Song" he performs at Beachapalooza while wearing make-up, high heels and a very feminine dress that shows off his belly button. He not only pulls it off, nobody in the audience makes fun of his style or even bats an eye, and the only comment about his appearance is Nanafua telling Kiki that the "Special Mystery Guest" gimmick had Steven written all over it.
    • In "Diamond Days", he has the Pebbles make a version of Pink Diamond's outfit in his size for him to wear at the ball because he feels he should "dress for the occasion". He doesn't seem to mind wearing it.
  • Wingding Eyes: When he's really happy, his eyes have stars in them. They've occasionally turned into other things, like tear drops when he thought Steven Jr. (a goat he considered his son) died.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite his usual demeanor, he often displays a surprisingly high level of maturity when it really counts. A perfect example is provided in the episode, "Mr. Greg." Even Connie admits that Steven spends most of the time stuck "being the adult for a bunch of super-powered children" who are thousands of years older than he is.
  • You Are Not Ready: Steven's kept in the dark about Gem history, mostly because you can't walk ten feet through it with stubbing your toe on an Awful Truth. Pearl is the most adamant about it, while Amethyst has no trouble talking about it (though she doesn't actually know much more about it than Steven does, due to not experiencing the rebellion). Steven finally gets fed up with this in "Steven's Dream".
    • In "A Single Pale Rose", Pearl decides that Steven is finally ready for the truth. She sends him into her memories so that he can witness the circumstances surrounding Pink Diamond's shattering.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: One of Steven's catchphrases is an emphatic "Aw, come on!" Usually when something that should have been perfect goes totally pear-shaped.
  • Your Size May Vary: Sometimes he looks fairly large and bulky, sometimes he looks like a dwarf who needs a stool to reach the kitchen counter. In "Steven's Birthday", he attempts to shapeshift himself to look taller and more mature for Connie, who decides to be friends with him no matter what.
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