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“I feel like we’re isolating ourselves from humanity. Why do we do that?”
— Steven, asking the hard questions.

The World is Your Oyster, The Universe is Your Namesake is a cancelled, now deleted Steven Universe fanfic by MHD, of web-serial like proportions. It diverges from canon after the events of Reformed (S. 2 Ep. 05,) when Steven asks the Gems why they live segregated from humanity.

When the answer proves to be unsatisfactory, he and Connie Maheswaran take it upon themselves to use Gem magic to help make the world a better place.


Along the way, in no particular order, the following happens:

  • Steven threatens to leave the Crystal Gems
  • Connie kills herself sixty times
  • Garnet splits up willingly
  • Amethyst acts as a voice of reason
  • Pearl comes to find humans interesting

Needless to say, the world is a complicated place, and there are several outstanding issues to be dealt with first, like the looming threat of alien invasion; and also a lot of questions that need answers, which Steven is more than happy to ask.


The World is Your Oyster, The Universe is Your Namesake provides examples of:

  • Aliens Speaking English: Discussed. Understandably, the Crystal Gems do, but Steven wonders why Peridot and Jasper do.
  • Alternate History: Henry Clay was president, and the Crystal Gems have done several notable things through history.
  • Alternate Universe:
    • From our Earth: The United States are different. Florida, for one, does not exist, the Delmarva peninsula is one state, and the capital of the USA is ‘Washington City’.
    • From Steven Universe canon: Obviously, since it did diverge from canon at Reformed, and the show has since Jossed the "Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond" theory, which this fic had went with. Unjossed as of "A Single Pale Rose.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Steven asks these regularly. See the page quote for one of the early examples.
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  • Berserk Button: Garnet reacts as well as you'd expect when the Maheswarans forbid Connie from Fusing ever again.
  • Capital Letters Are Magic: Gems (the magical space aliens) as opposed to gems (the precious stones.)
  • Chekhov's Gun: Frequent. The duplication wand makes an appearance early on, but gets utilized to full effect only many chapters later.
  • Cloning Blues: Played with. The duplicator wand works on humans. Duplicates are explicitly temporary, causing some issues.
  • Clarke's Third Law: Implied heavily.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: It is revealed that all Gems have this to some degree.
  • Continuity Nod: Constantly.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Chapter 38, Army of Me, is a fight scene to this effect. Chapter 74, Nightmare, has this Gone Horribly Right.
  • Deuteragonist: Connie. Stevonnie.
  • Driven to Suicide: Rose couldn't live with what she had done during the wars for Earth. Borders on Suicide Is Painless, making it even more tragic.
  • Expendable Clone: Taken to the logical extreme.
  • Foreshadowing: Hardly any subplot is abandoned.
  • Human Aliens: Discussed. All Gems look human, save for the odd color schemes. Steven wonders why.
  • I Invented X: Pearl, about fencing. Literally.
    Pearl: Well, I don't like to brag, but I had a hand or two in the formulation of fencing as an athletic discipline.
  • Invisible to Normals: Turns out the Gems have a giant world-spanning Somebody Else's Problem field in place, keeping humanity at large ignorant of magical things.
  • The Klutz: Subverted. Steven has all the innate grace of a Gem, but acts clumsily because he mistakenly thinks all clumsiness is intentional comedy. Needless to say, the realization that he's wrong hits hard.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Defying this trope is the entire point of the story.
    Steven: I think it's high time Steven gets in the know. I'm twelve years old already.
  • Mood Whiplash: Chapter 39, Whoopsie-Daisy.
  • Mundane Utility: Numerous cases.
    • Lion's teleportation power is used to travel back and forth between the beach house and Connie's home.
    • Using duplicator wand-clones for housework.
    • Duplicating furniture to host a party.
    • Magic ice cubes that are always −40 °F (which is also −40 °C) used to keep regular ice cubes cool.
    • Rose's Room, a veritable Star Trek-style holodeck, used as a spare shower.
  • Original Flavour: Considerable care is taken to emulate the canon voices of the characters.
  • Parents as People: The Maheswarans in particular.
  • Pseudocanonical Fic: To the point of accurately characterizing the Maheswarans' reaction to Connie's activities several months before Nightmare Hospital.
  • Rational Fic: Intended as such.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Many, such as Steven and Connie, Lars and Sadie, and Pearl and Amethyst.
  • Sword Fight: Chapter 16, This is the Chapter with a Sword Fight, Guys.
  • Time Abyss: Gems. Rose especially.
    Priyanka: That's— how old are you supposed to be?
    Pearl: Two hundred and eighty seven.
    Doug: Years?
    Pearl: Centuries.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: Subverted — The Crystal Gems face bureaucratic hurdles in their quest to integrate with humanity.
  • Upgrade Artifact: Circlets that give the wearer a weaker version of the Combat Clairvoyance native to Gems, and through that, Le Parkour.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: Rose built one during the first war. It is the reason why corrupted Gems exist.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Ronaldo Fryman thinks he lives in a Horror/Mystery world. Stevonnie manages to convince him he lives in a Sci-Fi.

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