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A collection of memes that have generated either from or around the show. Please remember, if you add a meme to the page, please include an explanation as to why it's a meme. Zero Context Examples are not allowed.

Due to the massive amount of memes relying on spoilers, all spoilers for all seasons, The Movie, and Future are unmarked. Read at your own risk.

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  • WE. Explanation 
  • This video splicing a Nicki Minaj song to Garnet and Amethyst's fusion into Sugilite.
  • The theory that Onion is either a Gem (possibly even Yellow Diamond) or Satan, which all started due to the fact that he has no ears.
    "GOD DAMN IT."
  • Ronaldo's explanation of, "Snake people or, sneople" being used as a template to snowclone other portmanteaus on that pattern. Crossed over a bit with a very similar meme known as snemes (snail memes) which developed independently on Tumblr. Keep Beach City Weird even had a post about their similarity.
  • Long post chains over the internet of nothing but "MA-YOR DEW-EY, MA-YOR DEW-EY." Usually with images.
  • "(Character)'S FUCKING PISSED."Explanation 
  • Because of the variety of "X Mom" snowclones for nicknames for the Crystal Gems, people eventually started coming up with "(Something) Mom" names for other characters, even if they are male, a child, or Steven himself.
  • "Stronger Than You" has reached memetic levels of popularity. "This is Garnet/Back together" is particularly the piece that's used for memes.
  • Threads will often quote Garnet's line from "Keeping It Together" about the forced fusion experiments: "So this is what Homeworld thinks of fusion!" alongside pictures from other shows depicting bodies mashed together, usually monstrously or painfully.
    • Another variation quotes Lapis Lazuli from "Chille Tid" instead: "We're Malachite now."
  • Jasper's claim that "Fusion is just a cheap tactic to make weak Gems stronger" is often snowcloned with various other things being declared "just a cheap tactic to make" them like something else, like "Mega Evolution is just a cheap tactic to make weak Pokémon stronger!"
  • MomswapExplanation 
  • QuartzswapExplanation 
  • The Crystal JamiesExplanation 
  • After seeing two different-looking Pearls in "The Answer" and "Message Received", many fans started to draw different Pearls and even make their own "Pearlsonas", which are much like Gemsonas, only with Pearls.
  • Yellow Pearl's shit-eating grin when Yellow Diamond is reprimanding Peridot. The resemblance to the Grinch has not gone unnoticed.
  • Since season two, fans have been playfully mocking the series's notoriously erratic schedule.
  • What we really are...Explanation 
  • Sadie's butt singing Explanation 
  • The insane amount of leaks Leaks?  leading up to the "In Too Deep" special event is gaining notoriety in the fandom.
    • Because of this: "I can't believe Cartoon Network leaked the entire X", followed by an entirely fake "leak". "Funny Aneurysm" Moment 
  • Steven Universe episode 1: Steven sings a song about his favorite ice cream. Steven Universe episode X: [insert whatever angst or Nightmare Fuel that happened in a later episode here] Explanation 
    Gem Glow: A young boy discovers he gets magical powers by eating ice cream.
    Off Colors: Lars fucking dies.
    • It's starting to be done in the reverse order as well, with the first episode put in a serious light while the most recent episode is put in a silly light, or using a silly moment from the episode that had little to no effect on the plot.
  • RIP Jasper/Jasper's fucking dead.Explanation 
  • Since "Super Watermelon Island" saw the advent of an entire society of watermelon Stevens, Melonsonasnote  are starting to become a thing.
  • Woolie gem.Explanation 
  • Who's Connie? Explanation 
  • Referring to the Gems as "Gay/Lesbian Space Rocks".
  • Pepe's Burgers. Explanation 
  • Photoshopping Centipeetle's drawing so it looks like something else instead.
  • Baby Sour Cream is literally the ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)/Lenny Face.Explanation 
  • Anytime the show drops a Drama Bomb or Tear Jerker moment (especially if the episode was written by creator Rebecca Sugar), expect to see fans posting a reaction image of Catbug from Bravest Warriors shouting "REBECCAAA!"
  • Meep-morpExplanation 
  • The Stevennuke. Explanation 
  • Steven's Knife. Explanation 
  • "Connie/Rebecca, I'm bald!" Explanation 
  • "Make it gayer". Explanation 
    • Similarly, we have "Sugar can't possibly make this gayer," followed by the gayness levels undergoing Serial Escalation per major episode.
  • Greg fucked a rock/Greg's "Murder Cock".Explanation 
    • Murdercock 2.0 Explanation (Movie spoilers) 
  • Referring to Mystery Girl as Punk Diamond and Rose's replacement. The fact that Rose was actually Pink Diamond made the nickname all the more fitting.
  • Using the outro of "Last One Out of Beach City" at embarrassing, awesome, and inappropriate moments with either the unlucky or lucky focus getting a funny nickname for their situation.
    • Alternatively, playing "Love Like You" at inappropriate times has also become quite popular. Especially when it makes it seem as if the episode in question ends on a (often really lame) cliffhanger.
  • Official Twitter Accounts, which are roleplay blogs that cropped up after Peridot's actual real life twitter account was revealed to be a thing. See here for a taste of the shenanigans the community gets up to.
  • Singing and Crying Explanation 
  • "They pulled the football away." Explanation 
  • Lars's heartbeat. Explanation 
  • BINGO BONGO Explanation 
  • PARTY GUY Explanation 
  • Steven holding a sign. Explanation 
  • Greg having a fetish for giant women. Explanation 
  • Since "A Single Pale Rose" came out only 2 weeks after the equally dramatic and emotionally devastating Infinity War, there has been a lot of crossover of fans of both freaking out over them at the same time.
  • EVERYTHING is foreshadowing. Explanation 
  • "The Ol' Universe Charm." Explanation 
    • Greg rolls to seduce. Explanation 
  • Steven is a Disney Princess!Explanation 
  • The line said "Don't worry, I can fix it!" by Bismuth in the episode "Reunited" became popular on YouTube videos.
  • "EVERYONE IS HERE!!!" Explanation 
  • Everyone, prepare yourselves emotionally... Explanation 
  • Sunstone Sez Explanation 
  • Rainbow Quartz 2.0 is Taako… you know, from TV? Explanation 
  • "Who wants to go on a ROAD TRIP???" Explanation 
  • Steven After Not SurvivingExplanation 

    The Movie 
  • I can't believe Jenny Wakeman/Dee Dee/Pinkie Pie is the Movie's villain! Explanation 
  • NECK STEVEN Explanation 
  • "You can't just make everything better by singing some STUPID SONG!!" Explanation 
  • LET GREG SAY "SHIT". Explanation 
  • Steg is Josuke Explanation 
  • Steg is making everyone question their sexuality. Explanation 
  • Pink Diamond went out to get cigarettes. Explanation 
    • Anyone: (Forms an emotional attachment to Pink Diamond)
      Pink: IGHT IMMA HEAD OUT Explanation 
  • "Let's go in the garden/You'll find something waiting/Right there where you left it/Lying upside down..." Explanation 
  • She's still in the Garden. explanation 
  • I can make a... TASTY DONUT! explanation 
  • Cursed images of Spinel. explanation 
  • "When we said we wanted an irredeemable villain, we didn't mean Pink Diamond, goddammit!" explanation 
  • "That's right, I've heard the story over and over again..."Explanation 
    • "I've had [x] ON LOOP!" Explanation 
    • "...and over and over and over and over and over and over..." Explanation 
  • It's common in fan art to depict Spinel's present and past forms as an older and younger sister, respectively.

    Steven Universe Future 
  • Steven Universe: Shippuden Explanation 
  • Eyeball and Aquamarine bonded over hating Steven.Explanation 
  • #PinkDiamondIsOverParty Explanation 
  • "Pink Pearl has two hands" Explanation 
  • Steven Universe Fear Explanation 
    • "Here we are in FEAR, and it's AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"
    • "I can't! I can't! I can't, I CAN'T."
  • "Aren't you tired of being nice? Don't you just wanna go apeshit?" Explanation 
  • The biggest plot twist is Greg cutting his hair Explanation 
  • I can't believe Steven is fucking dead Explanation 
  • Screaming Steven Explanation 
  • Steven needs therapy/a therapistExplanation 
  • Why Connie doesn't appear much in SU Futureexplanation 
  • "I AM DEAD ROSE QUARTZ!"Explanation 
  • Blip! Gone. Explanation 
  • Replacing Steven's painful memories as Dr. Maheswaran explains the concept of trauma in "Growing Pains" with something else upsetting to the fandom, such as Rule 34.
  • The Alaskan Bull Worm being the Fan Nickname of the dragon worm that appears in the opening sequence who happens to be big, scary and pink.
  • Chad Steven Explanation 
  • The initial reaction to Steven about to shatter Jasper from "Fragments" is to scream a Big "NO!" over and over and over again.
    • Alternatively, having an image of Pink Steven with the scene from "Say Uncle" when Pearl shouts, "THAT'S NOT MY BABY!"
  • "Everything is not fine" note 
  • Worm Theory note 
  • Wormy Boi note 
  • I don't think it's him. I think he'll just straight up die by the end of the show. I think it'll end with it cutting to his grave next to Greg's with one of the gems shadows over it, maybe even Rose's note 
  • Since Nephrite was inexplicably absent, some fans have decided to simply crudely photoshop her into the background of several scenes.
  • Stupid fork Explanation (spoilers!) 

    Crystal Gems 
  • Referring to their positions as maternal authority figures in Steven's life, each of the Gems has a different "Mom" nickname:
    • Garnet is most commonly "Square Mom". Following "Jail Break", she's also "Mom Squared".
    • Pearl is Bird Mom, mostly due to her pointy nose being her most easily-noticed feature.
    • Amethyst, being the one most likely to go along with whatever Steven is doing, will be either Fun Mom or occasionally Sister Mom. "Grape Mom" is another one of her more common nicknames, due to her being purple, plump, and an occasional source of whine.
  • Rose Quartz being portrayed as a goofy magnet for awkwardness, in a Like Mother Like Son relation with Steven.
  • Amethyst's line of "Who wants to watch a cartoon about people crying?" coupled with images of SU characters crying quickly grew popular after "Reformed". It's also sometimes used to playfully mock Tearjerkers.
  • People just love drawing their One True Pairing's in the style of a particular scene of Ruby and Sapphire sitting together in a booth at The Best Diner In The World (originally with Ruby ranting angrily and Sapphire sitting quietly, they are often replaced with couples from other shows).
  • "I'M AN ETERNAL FLAME, BABY!" Explanation 
    • Subsequently, some refer to Ruby as an Eternal Flame-Baby.
  • "Ruby the Hedgehog", after Ruby was inexplicably drawn with Conjoined Eyes in the short "Fusion".
  • Steven's weird face in "Together Breakfast", mostly used to denote the use of a bad pun. Also, shopping it over Rose's face after Pearl said that Steven looked like her.
    • And by extension, drawing Rose with some of Steven's other exaggerated expressions.
    • Steven's melty face as he eats bread in "An Indirect Kiss" became quite memetic years after that episode aired, wth people photoshopping his weird face onto other characters or other characters onto the bread.
  • "If you defuse Garnet, the Crystal Gems are just Pearl standing over a bunch of child-sized munchkins." Explanation 
  • Referring to Ruby as "The Red Macaroon". Also, her blank facial expression seen here hasn't gone unnoticed.
  • Referring to Ruby as Sports Crab.
  • In "Historical Friction", Jamie dresses up in a variety of Cheap Costumes to play the Crystal Gems (except for Amethyst, who was a gem stuck on a mop end). This inspired a lot of redrawing or Photoshopping of scenes to replacing the Crystal Gems (or even other characters) with Jamie dressed as them.
  • The short "What are Gems?" showed Garnet as a head with what appeared to be little feet coming out of her afro. Fans immediately jumped on this.
  • "Sorry, I panicked."Explanation 
  • The motivations for fighting Homeworld that Garnet, Pearl and Amethyst sang about in the extended opening tend to be loosely summarized as such:
    Garnet: I will fight for the freedom to be gay.
    Pearl: I will fight for the one I was 1000% gay for.
    Amethyst: I live here.
  • The exchange:Explanation 
    Steven: You look exhausted.
    Garnet: We [Gems] look awesome.
  • Cotton Candy Garnet. Explanation 
  • Hopal for Opal. Explanation 
  • Holding Baby Steven. Explanation 
  • Grumpy Garnet AU, inspired by this post. Similar edits to other Gems have also been made.
  • Amethyst swallowing things.Explanation 
  • In "Bismuth", there is a frame where Bismuth's pants are mistakenly colored like her body just as Pearl is lunging toward her. This has not escaped the notice of fans.
  • In the same vein of jokes that makes Peridot a Dorito, and Jasper a cheese puff, Bismuth's rainbow hair has gotten some people to associate her with the multi-colored Skittles candy.Explanation 
  • HOW STRONG IS GARNET Explanation 
    • Stronger than Stevonnie, but not as strong as Opal.Explanation 
  • Rose "hate wont end hate uwu" QuartzExplanation 
    • Someone owes Bismuth an apology.Explanation 
      • SOMEONE owes Bismuth an apology... again. Explanation 
  • The penny farthing.Explanation 
  • "Last One Out of Beach City" is essentially a Scott Pilgrim vs. The World plot for the fandom.
  • "Why don't we all marry each other?" Explanation 
    • Following on this, "Every ship is canon now".
  • "I KNOW WHAT HURT IS!" Explanation 
  • "Let Steven have his distinguished khakis!" Explanation 
  • Sapphi
    re Explanation 
  • "Amethyst is the most mature Crystal Gem." Explanation 
  • Ruby's letter to Sapphire has been the victim of many photoshops.
  • Lapis' non-reaction towards Blue Diamond's Emotion Bomb in "Reunited" led to a wave of memes on how Lapis weaponized her horribly traumatic backstory, as seen here.
  • Happy Lappy.Explanation 
  • La-pissed Lazuli.Explanation 
  • When people saw this Lapis-lookalike from this old anime called Golden Bat, well... let's just say the servers blew up.
  • Detractors and self-aware fans will often snark about Steven using Talk no Jutsu to reference how he has solved all his problems without fighting.
  • "She's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!!!" explanation 
    • "You won, and she chose you, and she loved you and she's GOOOOOOOOOONE!" Explanation 

  • Pearl's nose/Bird Mom/Pointy Mom.Explanation 
  • Bad PearlExplanation 
  • A Pearl/Rick fusion referred to as "Prick", stemming from this expression.
  • Leg Pearl.
  • Pearl: Mr. Steal-Yo-Girl. Explanation 
  • "Pearl is so thirsty/Pearl is so salty." Explanation 
  • LET PEARL SAY "FUCK". Explanation 
  • Pikipek and Pearl. Explanation 
  • "Pearl's Secret Rap Career"Explanation 
    • The latest edition of the meme had a compilation of many characters reacting to Magno's verse, featured a mashup of the verse from LA with a verse from Estelle's "American Boy", and ended with Deedee Magno-Hall herself reacting to the video along with the members of her new music group, The Mama Bares.
    • Becomes an Ascended Meme in "The Future", because the Crystal Gems rap the "Cookie Cat" song, and Pearl is given the most exposure.
  • Every time Pearl says [Character's name].Explanation 
  • Pearl in a tux.Explanation 
    • Pearl is Tuxedo Mask. Explanation 
    • Pearl looks good in everything. Explanation 
  • Pearl Points and the Pearl Prize Pouch.Explanation 
  • Pearl has a type Explanation 
  • Pearl and Pearl. Explanation 
  • Pearl and Hilda Berg. Explanation 
  • "Pearl Hates The Irish" Explanation 
  • "MASSIVE BALLS" Explanation 
  • Pearl sings the Family Guy theme.note 

    The Diamonds 
  • Before Yellow Diamond showed up in person, she was visible in silhouette, and the prominent shoulderpads on her outfit made people conclude she was a 1980s businesswoman. Turns out it's more or less canon, based on her demeanor, the look of her headquarters, and her Pearl's role as "secretary".
  • Yellow Diamond's angry (and hilariously Off-Model) face when Peridot betrays her had become quite popular all in a matter of a few minutes.
  • Yellow Diamond is a giraffe. Explanation 
  • Blue Diamond is a Dark Souls boss. Explanation 
  • Who killed Pink Diamond?Explanation 
  • Within hours of "Jungle Moon" airing, an episode that revealed Pink Diamond to be quite the Spoiled Brat, the following exchange (based on a vine) between Yellow and Pink became popular.
    Pink: Can we stop at McDonald's?
    Yellow: Pink, I'm making dinner at home.
    Pink: ... [teary] I hate this fucking family...
  • Greg killed Pink Diamond!Explanation 
  • Similar to drawing Rose on Steven's expressions, since the revelation in season five that Rose is Pink Diamond, people have been replacing Rose with Pink Diamond in screenshots.
  • "No, I am your Diamond!"Explanation 
  • Also on the big Season 5 twist, Rose is Pink Diamond's gemsona.
  • Rick Sanchez is White Diamond. DIAMOND RICK!!!Explanation 
  • Taylor Swift is the voice of White Diamond.Explanation 
  • The Diamonds doing fun things. Explanation 
  • T-posing to assert dominance. Explanation 
  • White Diamond is GLaDOS. Explanation 
  • White Diamond is Ragyo Kiryuin. Explanation 
  • Green Diamond is Marge Simpson. Explanation 
  • Stop it Blue. Stop using your powers on me. Explanation 
  • All the Diamonds collectively share three brain cells (Steven has one, White has one, and Yellow and Blue share one). Explanation 
  • "Era 3 & Me", The pamphlet with that title shows the Diamonds with ridiculously cartoonish faces. It's common to photoshop said faces onto screenshots of the Diamonds, with hilarious results.
  • Blue Diamond is a stoner. Explanation 

    Homeworld Gems 
  • Calling Jasper:
    • An angry Cheeto. She's the "Big Buff Cheeto Puff".
    • A bara character (referred to as Bara Gem, Bara Mom, Bara Waifu, etc.).
    • Her enormous build, arrogant personality, and fighting style have lead to comparisons to any of number of professional wrestlers.
  • Editing (read: vandalizing) the Steven Universe Wiki for it to call Peridot a Dorito, or in the case of Jasper, a "Big Buff Cheeto Puff", among others.
  • "STOP SINGING!!" Explanation 
  • Give Eyeball a girlfriend. Explanation 
    • NO NOT LIKE THAT Explanation 
  • "Fucking Amethysts" Explanation 
  • Navy Redemption Arc? "Sorry for your loss". Explanation 
  • Colin Howard's concept art for Jasper is so strange and radically different than her final design that people have taken to redrawing Jasper's scenes with it, usually with every other character being incredibly freaked out.
  • DO I LOOK LIKE– Explanation 
  • "Who is this sassy lost child?" Explanation 
  • Aquamarine and Topaz are Darla Dimple and Max. Explanation 
  • Blue Zircon: Ace/Space Attorney Explanation 
  • Padparadscha is Internet Explorer. Explanation 
    • Alternatively, she is Princess Daisy.
    • Or a Slowpoke.
    • I predict (thing that already happened)! Explanation 
    • Her overly complicated name has also caused many people to refer to her as Parappa Sapphire, Pepperoni Sapphire, and other such variations.
  • Blue Pearl is an artist. Explanation 
  • The Ruby Face. Explanation 
  • Topaz being referred to as "Big Thicc Lego Brick". Explanation 
  • Jasper the Sears Employee/"You need this refrigerator." Explanation 
  • Pink LasagnaExplanation 

When Peridot makes an appearance, she usually seems to bring a new meme with her.
  • Peridot is:
    • A lime-flavored (or alternatively, guacamole-flavored) Dorito. note 
      • D.Va wants to devour Peridot. note 
    • A rapper. note 
    • Canadian. note 
    • A Worm. note 
    • A helicopter/"Pericopter". note 
      • And from this spawned the trend to hang pictures of Peridot on ceiling fans.
    • Inspector Gadget. note 
      • Inspector Peridota. note 
    • A cactus. note 
    • Invader Zim. note 
    • A pirate/"Piratedot". note 
    • Smol Peridot/Smol Dorito/Tinydot. note 
    • An angry little slice of pie. note 
    • A cat. note 
    • The author of the journals. note 
    • A Troper/Shipper. note 
    • Karkat Vantas or Nepeta Leijon. note 
    • The Great Papyrus.note 
    • A traitor! A rebel! A Crystal Gemmmmmmmmmmmm. note 
    • The leader of the Crystal Gems. note 
    • A Metalbender/a Force User/Magneto. note 
    • Wile E. Coyote note 
    • A frog note 
    • The 11th Doctor. note 
  • When the crewniverse released Peridot's model sheet, they included in the corner a reference of her smiling brightly... except that the uncolored lines used to denote her neck were quickly mistaken for legs, leading to the creation of a small runabout Peridot head sometimes known as "Legidot."
  • Combined with the theme song meme above: replacing the "gems" in "We are the Crystal Gems" with "clods," while photoshopping Peridot's face into the intro.
    • The general use of "clod" as an insult is very prominent in the fandom now that it has pretty much become Peridot's Catchphrase.
  • "...Is that a weapon?" note 
    • Obviously, she is also often interacting with Patrick for asking this to begin with.
  • Ignoring the information about the Cluster and Earth's potential destruction revealed in "Catch and Release" because TINY PERIDOT IS SMOL.
  • Flushing Peridot down the toilet. note 
  • "Goodnight, ominous triangle at the foot of my bed." note 
  • Peridot adapting primitive Steven...I mean, human technology to reconstitute her limb extensions. This managed to be amazing prescient, as she ended up doing exactly this "Log Date 7 15 2" which was written long before such a meme would arise.
  • Peridot getting punched in the face. note 
  • The two episodes following "Catch and Release" focused on Peridot and Steven, Pearl and Amethyst, respectively, in which something important was revealed about either their past or the overall plot. So naturally, it didn't take long for people to make Garnet complaining about her being the only one who so far doesn't get "a field trip with Peridot".
  • Various love songs being played over Peridot's audio log from Log Date 7 11 2/"Too Far."note 
  • No!~note 
  • I can't believe Peridot killed Greg.note 
  • Peridot wearing shorts.note 
  • At her blackboard.note 
  • Peridot FM. note 
  • Hair-idot. note 
    • The storyboarder for the episode, Lamar Abrams, responded to this meme by apologizing and drawing a picture of Lapis and Peridot with even bigger hair.
  • "Why was this documented?" note 
  • Peridot and her Alien Doll. note 
  • "EW, THAT'S DISGUSTING!" note 
  • Remember when Peridot was intimidating?/The Evolution of Peridotnote 
  • Peridot, I choose you! note 
  • Lesbian Farmers note 
  • CLOGS! note 
  • Peridot collects girlfriends. note 
  • My drill is the drill that will pierce the heavens!note 
    • Alternatively: "I can't believe Peridot is a filthy Homestuck!"note 
  • Steven Universe Future~Explanation 

...and Steven!