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Stories from Steven's Future is a Steven Universe Next-Gen Fic written by KujaroJotu. It can be found on his Deviantart page here. There's also an ask blog, which can be found here.

The series focuses on Rose and Vihaan (Steven and Connie's daughter and son, respectively), their friends, and the adventures they have in Beach City. As the series goes on, it slowly morphs into a Massive Multiplayer Crossover (with the writer citing Grim Tales from Down Below as inspiration), with more and more characters appearing or being alluded to.

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Because of the nature of the series, all spoilers from Steven Universe and other properties involved are unmarked.

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  • Admiring the Abomination: Mystery tries to intimidate a group of potentially hostile kids using his kitsune form, but gets this reaction instead. To be fair, he had no idea they were residents of Halloweentown.
  • Alternate Universe: There are some things in the fic's backstory that happen differently from how they did in canon (for example, Jasper underwent a Heel–Face Turn instead of getting corrupted).
  • An Arm and a Leg: Jackie-Lynn Thomas lost her left arm years ago.
  • Anti-Villain: As far as Diamond!Steven knows, he's trying to rescue his wife and daughter from the "evil" Crystal Gems. All of his actions are the result of him being fed lies by AU!Yellow Pearl.
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  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Steven's mission jacket is "bulletproof, fireproof, and machine-washable", according to him.
  • Astral Projection: Steven's powers related to this have improved to the point that he can go inside of his gem and communicate with his mother, Pink Diamond. He can also bring other people with him.
  • The Atoner: Jasper hasn't quite forgiven herself for her attitude pre-Heel–Face Turn. Beating the living daylights out of her still-villainous Mirror Universe counterpart turns out to be rather therapeutic.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: It's done more often in the ask blog than the stories, but it's present in both.
  • Contrived Coincidence: In "Through the Prism", the Quartz soldiers that capture both Pearls and Amethysts–and, later, come in as AU!Peridot's backup–turn out to be the AU counterparts to the Famethyst...and just as friendly and fun-loving as their prime counterparts.
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  • Dark and Troubled Past: AU!Connie was in love with Diamond!Steven at one point, and they even married and had kids. However, when she learned what kind of a man Diamond!Steven really was (not knowing that AU!Yellow Pearl had set the whole thing up), she took her kids and abandoned Homeworld.
  • Do I Really Sound Like That?: Peridot asks this upon meeting her AU counterpart.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: In the Halloween special, Rose, upon meeting Oogie Boogie, laughs and calls him a Pillsbury Dough Boy knockoff. This enrages him into launching sharp objects at the group.
  • Don't Celebrate Just Yet: Near the end of "Through the Prism", after the new Gem base is destroyed, everyone is too preoccupied with AU!Connie and Diamond!Steven's reunion and Prime!Rose and Prime!Vihaan's blatant disregard of the rules to remember the monstrous Gem cluster AU!Yellow Pearl released...until Prime!Garnet runs up to them and tells them that they're in trouble.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: AU!Yellow Pearl uses Diamond!Steven to continue her Diamond’s legacy. To that end, she had Blue and White Diamond assassinated, secretly authorized fusion experiments, and purposely drove AU!Connie away when she feared that Diamond!Steven was becoming soft because of her.
  • Easily Forgiven: AU!Connie is quick to forgive Diamond!Steven for everything that happened once she learns the truth.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Steven and Peridot pull one on AU!Yellow Pearl, broadcasting her tirade across every Gem communication channel.
  • Epic Fail: Celeste once froze Rose in a block of ice...with a spell that was supposed to change her eye color.
  • Evil Counterpart: Diamond!Steven, AU!Peridot, and AU!Jasper to their prime counterparts.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Rose and Vihaan, respectively.
  • Foreshadowing: Steven's use of magic in "Through the Prism" alludes to his time spent with Star and Marco, who don’t appear until the next chapter.
  • Forgotten Anniversary: Steven apparently forgot his and Connie's wedding anniversary in the beginning of "Through the Prism". Turns out that this was a ruse; as soon as she leaves the house, Steven starts preparing a surprise for her.
  • Generation Xerox: Celeste comes to Earth to train with her magic, just like her mother did when she was her age.
    • Dylan looks almost exactly like his mother, Jackie-Lynn Thomas. And just like her, he’s befriended a magical princess from another dimension.
  • Gilligan Cut: In one ask response, Star expresses confidence that her daughter can use magic responsibly. Cut to Celeste and Steven being attacked by a giant, monstrous apple.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Crystal, a fusion between every current member of the Crystal Gems. They're only formed in the most extreme of circumstances. They end up being used to fight against Project C during the climax of "Through the Prism".
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Rose and Vihaan are both a quarter Gem, Celeste is a human/mewman hybrid, and Violet is half-ghost.
  • Halloween Episode: The aptly-named Halloween Special, in which the kids travel to Halloweentown for some epic trick-or-treating.
    • A second Halloween special came a year later, in which Vihaan and Violet travel to Japan to visit a relative of the latter, and end up dealing with a yuki-onna. It also marks the official debut of Violhann, the fusion of Vihaan and Violet.
  • Happily Married: Just about every married couple in the story is one to some degree.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Jasper underwent one between "Earthlings" and the present day of the fic.
    • Yellow and Blue Diamond also underwent one in the rewritten version.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: AU!Bismuth pulls one in the prologue to "Through the Prism" to buy AU!Connie time to get to an alternate universe.
  • Honorary Uncle: Star, Marco, and Celeste are honorary relatives to the Universe family, and vice versa.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Violet initially acts like this, since her half-ghost status has caused her family to move several times in the past. She eventually grows out of it with Vihaan's help.
  • Internal Reveal: It isn't until the end of part 2 of "Through the Prism" that Steven learns that his own counterpart is the one attacking AU!Earth.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: In "Soul on Fire" Jasper attacks Lewis under the impression he's a corrupted Gem of some sort. Steven tries to stop her, but picks up the fight for her when Lewis knocks her out. It takes intervention from their kids to stop the fighting.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: At the end of "The Sweet Party", all the kids agree to forget that they just saw Steven take a break from...ah...having fun with his wife.
  • Mama Bear: Connie's a skilled warrior, so harming her kids is NOT a smart idea.
    • In this comic, Star makes it clear to Glossaryck that, if he abandons Celeste like he abandoned her, there will be consequences.
    • When someone on the ask blog lets it slip to Dr. Maheswaran that Steven gave his kids weapons, her response is to hunt him down and kick his butt.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The main stories are a crossover between Steven Universe, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, and Mystery Skulls Animated, with a number of other properties being referenced, mentioned, or brought in for one chapter.A complete list: 
  • Mirror Match: Jasper engages in one with AU!Jasper in "Through the Prism".
    • Steven also engages in one with Diamond!Steven during the arc's climax.
  • Mirror Universe: "Through the Prism" has our main characters travel to one where Steven is Yellow Diamond's son instead of Rose Quartz's.
  • MST3K Mantra: Invoked In-Universe, when Rose explains to the audience why Halloween exists in the fic when it doesn't in canon.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: When Vivi was pregnant with half-ghost Violet, she experienced complications such as floating in her sleep and uncontrollably breathing fire.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In "Diamond Is Eternal", Rose ignores Pearl's warnings and picks up a bubbled gem in the boiling room so that she can get a closer look at it. Sure enough, it gets unbubbled and reforms itself.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Damaging or insulting her hair is a very good way to get Rose to beat the living daylights out of you. In a unique variation of this trope, it's not because she's vain; it's because she sees it as a serious insult towards her grandmother and family in general.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, in Steven and Connie's absence, the Gems tried to turn the temple into a bed-and-breakfast.
    • "The Teacup Incident". Celeste compares one of her escapades to it, "but much bigger and on fire".
    • Vihaan mentions several past incidents when Celeste claims she and Rose haven't caused any trouble.
    • How exactly did Celeste get a minotaur in the dishwasher?
  • Overprotective Dad: Steven shows signs of being one, claiming that his daughter will never get "The Talk" and that she’ll only get to date when she's 45.
  • Papa Wolf: Steven to his kids; the minute the Slinker hurts Rose, he goes all-out on it.
  • Plot Hole: After the soft reboot, "Welcome Back, Bismuth" gains a major one. The story centers on how she finally returns to Earth after 24 years; however, with the reboot, she's been on Earth since the story's beginning.
    • It’s also present in "Through the Prism", where certain things don't match up with the rebooted stories (Steven not being able to fight his Diamond counterpart on equal footing when reboots of the earlier stories gave him abilities he could use to do just that, references to "Diamond is Eternal"'s pre-reboot plot, etc).
  • Puppy Love: Vihaan and Violet seem to have a crush on each other, even though they’re both only eight.
  • The Reveal: For "Through the Prism": AU!Yellow Pearl was using Diamond!Steven as a puppet ruler the entire time, and purposely drove AU!Connie away from him.
  • Retcon:
    • After certain revelations in Steven Universe, KujaroJotu gave the series a soft reboot in order to help keep its story close to that of the series. As a result, the original ending to Steven's conflict with Homeworld (Yellow Diamond was bubbled, only for the kids to accidentally release her in "Diamond Is Eternal") was changed to one where Yellow and Blue Diamond underwent a Heel–Face Turn after Garnet's wedding (with the kids accidentally releasing the corrupted Biggs Jasper instead). "Through the Prism" and "Welcome Back, Bismuth" are also awaiting reboots.
    • He was also forced to apply this to the Star Vs. side of things after the series finale, where magic was destroyed and Mewni and Earth were fused into one. One of the biggest changes as a result is that Celeste is now an apprentice keyblade wielder rather than the latest to inherit the magic wand, thus giving the series closer ties to Kingdom Hearts.
  • Serious Business: When they don't get as much candy after trick-or-treating as they expected, Mystery suggests to the kids that they can buy more candy. The response? "BLASPHEMY!"
  • Shipper on Deck: Everyone seems to want Vihaan and Violet to get together. Heck, even Grandma Yukino, after knowing Vihaan for less than a minute, tells Violet that she approves of her "boyfriend".
  • Shout-Out: For the Halloween special, Celeste dresses up as Sailor Moon, Vihaan dresses up as Yoshikage Kira, and Lewis and Vivi dress up as Victor and Emily.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In the Halloween special, when the kids fear they'll be trapped in Halloweentown forever (since their home dimension hasn't celebrated Halloween long enough to establish a stable portal between there and Halloweentown), one of Jack Skellington's kids points out that they could just go to a world that's celebrated Halloween longer and go to their own dimension from there.
  • Straight Gay: Memphis is gay, but he displays no obvious signs of his sexuality (except for the earring in his right ear, which is easy to miss).
  • Super Mode: Steven's gained one, which involves him tapping into his full power as a Diamond.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The summaries for the supplementary art often spoil major plot points (for example, AU!Yellow Pearl’s bio spoils the big reveal for "Through the Prism").
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Both Rose and Vihaan are this; it seems to be the only Gem power (besides bubbling) that they've developed so far.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In "Through the Prism", Bismuth has one when she finds out that she and Jasper are in a room dedicated to fusion experiments. Despite not having a stomach.
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