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    Season 1 
He's a frozen treat with a whole new taste
'Cause he came to this planet from outer space
A refugee from an interstellar war
But now he's at your local grocery store!
Cookie Cat! He's a pet for your tummy
Cookie Cat! He's super duper yummy!
Cookie Cat! He left his family behind!
Cookie Caaaat!
(Now available at Gurgens off Route 109!)
The Cookie Cat Rap, "Gem Glow"

This is Garnet
Back together
And I'm never going down at the hands of the likes of you because I'm so much better
And every part of me is saying "Go get her"
The two of us ain't gonna follow your rules
Come at me without any of your fancy tools

Let's go, just me and you
Let's go, just one on two

Go ahead and try and hit me if you're able
Can't you see that my relationship is stable?
I can see you hate the way we intermingle
But I think you're just mad 'cause you're single
And you're not gonna stop what we made together
We are gonna stay like this forever
If you break us apart, we'll just come back newer
And we'll always be twice the gem that you are

I am made

This is who we are
This is who I am
And if you think you can stop me
Then you need to think again
'Cause I am a feeling
And I will never end
And I won't let you hurt my planet
And I won't let you hurt my friends

Go ahead and try and hit me if you're able
Can't you see that my relationship is stable
I know you think I'm not something you're afraid of
'Cause you think that you've seen what I'm made of
But I am even more than the two of them
Everything they care about is what I am

I am their fury.
I am their patience
I am a conversation

I am made O-o-o-o-of
And it's stronger than you

And it's stronger than you
And it's stronger than you
Garnet, "Stronger Than You"


"If every pork chop were perfect, we wouldn't have hotdogs!"
Greg Universe, "Laser Light Cannon"

Peedee: This seahorse used to make me so happy. Now it's just giving me whiplash. I feel like there's just no point to it, y-y'know what I mean?
Steven: (shaking on jellyfish ride) I just feel tingly-y-y-y-y!
Peedee: (sighs) You'll understand when you have a job.
Steven: I do have a job! I protect humanity from magic and monsters and stuff!
Peedee: I mean a real job that you get paid for.
Steven: I'm paid in the smiles across the town's faces.
Peedee: I don't see anyone smiling. You pick up a job to buy a house, or raise kids, or to... impress your dad. You work away your life, and what does it get you?
Steven: Smiles in faces?
Peedee: No! You get cash. Cash that can't buy back what the job takes. Not if you rode every seahorse in the world...

    Season 2 
[Pearl] You do it for him
And you would do it again
You do it for her, that is to say
You'll do it for him

Keep your stance wide
Keep your body lowered
As you're moving forward
Balance is the key

Right foot; left foot
Now go even faster
And as you're moving backwards
Keep your eyes on me

[Connie] Keep my stance wide (Good)
Keep my body lowered (Right)
As I'm moving forward (Concentrate!)
[Pearl] Don't you want him to live!?

[Connie] Right foot; left foot
[Pearl] Yes, but put your whole body into it!
Everything you have, everything you are
You've got to give–

On the battlefield
When everything is chaos
And you have nothing but the way you feel, your strategy and a sword
You just think about the life you'll have together after the war!

And then you do it for her
That's how you know you can win,
You do it for her, that is to say
You'll do it for him.

Deep down you know
You weren't built for fighting,
But that doesn't mean
You're not prepared to try

What they don't know
Is your real advantage
When you live for someone
You're prepared to die.

[Connie] Deep down I know
That I'm just a human (True)
[Connie] But I know that I can draw my sword and fight
(But you know that you can draw your sword and fight)

With my short existence (Good)
I can make a difference (Yes, excellent!)
I can be there for him
I can be his knight

I can do it for him,
[Both] You'd do it for her
[Pearl] Okay, now do that again (Yes, ma'am.)
You do it for her, and now you say:
[Connie] I'll do it for him.
Pearl and Connie, "Do It For Him/Her"


"Love at first sight doesn't exist. Love takes time and love takes work. At the very least, you have to know the other person. And you literally have no idea who or what I am."
Garnet, "Love Letters"

    Season 3 
I was fine with the men
Who would come into her life now and again
I was fine 'cause I knew
That they didn't really matter until you

I was fine when you came
And we fought like it was all some silly game
Over her, who she'd choose
After all those years, I never thought I'd lose

It's over, isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it over?
It's over, isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it over?
You won, and she chose you, and she loved you, and she's gone
It's over, isn't it? Why can't I move on?

War and glory, reinvention
Fusion, freedom, her attention
Out in daylight, my potential
Bold, precise, experimental

Who am I now in this world without her?
Petty and dull with the nerve to doubt her?
What does it matter, it's already done.
Now I've got to be there for her son.

It's over, isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it over?
It's over, isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it over?
You won, and she chose you, and she loved you, and she's gone!
It's over, isn't it? Why can't I move on?

It's over, isn't it? Why can't I move on?
Pearl, "It's Over Isn't It"


Bismuth: You should have shattered me back then. At least, if I were in pieces, I wouldn't have to know how little I mattered to you. (crying) You didn't even tell them. You bubbled me away and didn't ever tell your friends. My friends!
Steven: (also crying) I'm going to tell them! I'm gonna tell them everything. (Beat)
Bismuth: (sad chuckle) Then you really are better than her. (poof!)

Amethyst: Steven, I can't win... no matter what I do, no matter how hard I work, she came out right.. and I came out wrong.
Steven: That's just what Jasper thinks, and she's the only one who thinks you should be like her. Stop trying to be like Jasper, you're nothing like Jasper, you're like me! Because we're both not like anybody. And yeah, it sucks. But at least I've got you... and you've got me. (tearing up) So stop leaving me out of this.
Amethyst: (also tearing up) Us worst gems gotta stick together right?
Steven: That's why we're the best. (they hug—and fuse into Smoky Quartz)

    Season 4 


[Yellow Pearl and Blue Pearl] Aah haa haa, aah haa haa
Aah ha aah ha, aah haa haa
Aah haa haa, aah haa haa
Aah haa haa haa haa haa haa haa haaaaa...

[Yellow Diamond] Why would you want to be here?
What do you ever see here
That doesn't make you feel worse than you do?
And tell me, what's the use of feeling, Blue?

Why would you want to employ her
subjects that destroyed her?
Why keep up her silly zoo?
Oh, tell me what's the use of feeling, Blue?

An army has a use, they can go and fight a war
A Sapphire has a use, she can tell you what it's for
An Agate terrifies, a Lapis terraforms
Where's their Diamond when they need her, Blue?
You've got to be a leader, Blue!

Yes, of course, we still love her
And we're always thinking of her
But now there's nothing we can do
So tell me

What's the use of feeling?
What's the use of feeling?
What's the use of feeling, Blue?

How can you stand to be here with it all
([Yellow and Blue Pearl] Here with it all)
Drowning in all this regret
Wouldn't you rather forget her?

Won't it be grand to get rid of it all?
([Yellow and Blue Pearl] Rid of it all)
Let's make a plan of attack
Start looking forward and stop looking back

Yes, of course, we still love her
And we're always thinking of her
Don't you know I miss her too?

But tell me
What's the use of feeling?
What's the use of feeling?
What's the use of feeling-!?

Hmm hmm hmm, hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmmmmm...
Yellow Diamond, "What's the Use of Feeling (Blue)"

[Garnet] Take a moment to think of just
flexibility, love, and trust.
Take a moment to think of just
flexibility, love, and trust.

Here comes a thought
that might alarm you.
What someone said
and how it harmed you.

Something you did
that failed to be charming.
Things that you said are
suddenly swarming

and, oh. You're losing sight. You're losing touch.
All these little things seem to matter so much
that they confuse you.
That I might lose you.

Take a moment. Remind yourself to
take a moment and find yourself.
Take a moment to ask yourself if
this is how we fall apart.

But it's not. But it's not. But it's not. But it's not. But it's not.
It's okay. It's okay. It's okay. It's okay. It's okay.
You've got nothing. Got nothing. Got nothing. Got nothing to fear.
I'm here. I'm here. I'm here.

[Stevonnie] Here comes a thought
that might alarm me.
What someone said
and how it harmed me.

Something I did
that failed to be charming.
Things that I said are
suddenly swarming

and, oh. I'm losing sight. I'm losing touch.
All these little things seem to matter so much
that they confuse me.
[Both] That I might lose me.

Take a moment. Remind yourself to
take a moment and find yourself.
Take a moment and ask yourself if
this is how we fall apart.

But it's not. But it's not. But it's not. But it's not. But it's not.
It's okay. It's okay. It's okay. It's okay. It's okay.
I've got nothing. Got nothing. Got nothing. Got nothing to fear.
I'm here. I'm here. I'm here.

And it was just a thought. Just a thought. Just a thought. Just a thought. Just a thought.
It's okay. It's okay. It's okay. It's okay. It's okay.
We can watch. We can watch. We can watch. We can watch them go by.
From here. From here. From here.

[Stevonnie] Take a moment to think of just
flexibility, love, and trust.
Take a moment to think of just
flexibility, love, and trust.
Garnet and Stevonnie, "Here Comes a Thought"


"I finally know the truth! I know what you are! You're a LIAR! I thought you never wanted to hurt anyone, but you hurt EVERYONE!!! How could you just leave Garnet and Amethyst and Pearl and dad alone?! They don't know what to do without you! Maybe they didn't matter to you as much as hiding from the mess you made! And that's why I'm here, isn't it?! Did you make me just so you wouldn't have to deal with all your mistakes?! Is that all I'm here for?"
Steven, "Storm In The Room"

    Season 5 
It all became so lovely
Those bluest skies above me
Those funny feelings I had never felt before I met you
I thought I’d stay awhile
I tried to learn to smile
So many colors I had never even known
Maybe I'll find myself sitting on that distant shore
Maybe I'm not alone

Then I see the colors fading
Gentleness of light escaping
Shadows of my fear invading
Have I seen this all before
I know that there is something residing
A terror deep inside me
I couldn't understand
How you could be so bold

Maybe I'll find myself smiling on that distant shore
Maybe I'm not alone
Lapis Lazuli, "Distant Shore"

This ol' Ruby rider
Is Ruby ridin' alone
She's a sturdy
Solitary stone

This ol' Ruby rider
Not a fusion no more
Now the dirt and the dust
And the danger is my new home

I used to think I
Would always be by your side
But lately you’ve been rather cold

One look in your eye
Could make an honest Gem cry
But Ruby Rider don’t need no one to hold


This ol’ Ruby rider
Is Ruby ridin’ alone
She’s a sturdy
Solitary stone
Ruby, "Ruby Rider" ("The Question")

[Steven] Mom was a Diamond who invaded Earth
saw it’s beauty, and it’s worth
Mom made an army and she fought herself
Did that even end up mattering
when she faked her own shattering?
Mom lived in hiding, by the name of Rose
with the friends she made, and the form she chose
Now, all that’s left of her exists in me
and I think that we can all agree
that is a little bit upsetting
I’d rather think about... a wedding!

Let’s think about cake! Let's think about flowers!
Let’s think about dressing up and dancing around for hours!
There’s an awful lot of awful things we could be thinking of
but for just one day, let’s only think about love!

[Ruby] Okay Sapphire! I gotta get dressed up for our big day now, so no peeking! And no future vision either!

[Sapphire] (laughs) Okay!

[Pearl] Oh Steven, I just wish I could’ve said something sooner about Rose, and Pink.

[Steven] We could think about lies
that we told in the past ([Pearl] I took it so hard...)
we could think about hurt feelings
and how long they can last ([Pearl] How can we move on?)
We could think about hope, ([Pearl] Hope?)
you know I’ve been hopin' ([Pearl] About what?)
that everything’s better now that everything's out in the open!

Bismuth, is that what you're wearing to the wedding?

[Bismuth] It’s the nicest thing I own.

[Steven] Lookin' sharp!

We could think about flowers
we could think about cake!
We could think about wonderful promises
we have the power to make!
There's an awful lot of awful things we could be thinking of
but for just one day, let's only think about love!

[Amethyst] Maybe I shouldn't have picked up roses, might be a little... controversial.

[Steven] We could all rethink
how we feel about Rose
when it comes to Pink and the things that she did
and the past, I suppose. ([Amethyst] Yeah.)
Or we could both feel better!
and we could think about how!
and we could think about us
or, we could think about now!

[Amethyst] Well, if we don't use these, we’re gonna need something else.

[Steven] No worries, Peridot's gathering more flowers right now! I'll go get 'em! (humming) But for just one day let’s only think about... Peridot?

[Peridot] What if Lapis was right? Sooner or later the Diamonds are gonna come for the Cluster. We’re all gonna die here.

[Steven] We could think about war
we could think about fighting
we could think about long-lost friends we wish we were inviting
We could think about the broken gems in the Cluster at the planet's core
or we could think about the bubble we made so that they can't be hurt
so that they can’t be hurt anymore!
We could think about joy!
We could think about pain!
We could think about sunshine!
We could think about rain!
There’s an awful lot of awful things we could be thinking of
but for just one day, let's only think about-
[All besides Steven] Just one day, let's only think about!
[All] Just one day, let's only think about
[Steven] Lo-o-o-o-ove
Steven, "For Just One Day Let's Only Think About (Love)" ("Reunited")


Lars: But you've gotta go back!
Steven: But it doesn't feel right to just leave you here!
Lars: You said yourself that everyone on this planet is out to get you! You won't be safe until you're back on Earth!
Steven: But, Lars-
Lars: Don't argue with me! You're always trying to help me! You brought me back to life! Just let me be someone who deserved it.
"Lars' Head"

Steven: (To Lars who is still staring at Steven's phone) Do you hear that? Your crew needs you.
Lars: You don't get it, do you, Steven? (starts to cry) It should be me. I'm the one that should be hanging out with the Cool Kids! She's getting back at me for everything I've done!
Connie: (Walks up beside Steven) Do you really think Sadie is living her life just to get back at you?
Lars: Why else would she be having so much fun without me?!
Steven: Because life goes on, no matter what happens. She was so upset when she found out you'd be stuck in space, Lars. She really misses you, but she can't stay sad forever. She started hanging out with the Cool Kids. She quit the Big Donut (Lars looks up in surprise) all because she needed to do something to feel better.
Connie: And look at you! Steven said you'd be hiding in some cave on Homeworld, but you're not. You're out here fighting for freedom with all your new friends in tow! Are you doing any of this to hurt Sadie?
Lars: No! I'm doing this because I have to. (Tearing up) I'd never do this to hurt Sadie because—
Steven: Because!
Connie: Because!
Steven and Connie: (they grasp hands) Because you're best friends! (They Fuse.)
Stevonnie: And best friends wouldn't do anything to hurt each other.
"Lars Of The Stars"

Steven: (to Pearl after he exits her gemstone) I know.
Pearl: (softly, crying) I've wanted to tell you for so long...!
Amethyst: (standing right behind him) WHAAAAAAAT?!
"A Single Pale Rose"

Ruby: Someone else told us that we were the answer. But... I don't believe that anymore. At least, not 'till I hear it from you. (takes Sapphire's hand and gets on one knee) Sapphire... Will you marry me?!
Sapphire: What? (giggles) Marry you?
Ruby: Yeah! This way, we can be together even when we're apart! This time, being Garnet will be our decision! What do you say?
Sapphire: (smiles) Of course.
Ruby: YEE-HAW! (bear-hugs Sapphire)
"The Question"

Yellow Diamond: When we thought Pink was shattered, when she abandoned us, I alone was there for you, and you would use your power against ME?!

White Diamond: What is this? Where is Pink?!
Pink Steven: She's gone.
White Diamond: What did you say?! Answer me!!

White Diamond: This can't be happening, I can't have a flaw, I'm supposed to be flawless! If I'm not perfect then... who am I? If you're not Pink, then, who are you? Who-who is anyone?
Steven: Ya know, if you just let everyone be whoever they are, maybe you could let yourself be whoever you are too.
White: But I'm not supposed to be like this! I'm supposed to know better, I'm supposed to be better, I'm supposed to make everything better!
Steven: You can! But first, you're gonna have to leave your own head.
"Change Your Mind"

Cold palace walls
And endless empty halls
Haunted by echoes of laughter
You gave a pull
And suddenly they're full
You've thrown the gates open after you
And swept in with the throng
Comes this wonderful song
My little reason why
I'll never make you cry
Oh, I have got the sweetest things to tell you every day
My little reason why
You make me want to try
Loving yo-o-o-o-u
Blue Diamond, "My Little Reason Why" ("Homeworld Bound")


Steven: How do I live life when it always feels like I'm about to die?
"Growing Pains"

Steven: It wasn't that important, you guys! You're making a big deal out of nothing! Have I done some things wrong? Sure! I trashed the house today, I broke an anvil- What teenager hasn't? Dad and I had a little disagreement, but that's practically a rite of passage! It would be weird if we didn't, right? And, maybe I've had a not-so nice thought or two about, like, you know, slamming White Diamond's head through a pillar, but it's not like I actually went through with it, ha! I only actually shattered Jasper!
[Pearl, Garnet, Greg, and Connie gasp in horror.]
Amethyst: WHAT?!
Connie: You-You're joking, right?
Steven: Don't worry, I fixed that too! I can fix anything! I can just keep messing up, and fixing things forever, and you'll never have to know or think about any of it!
Garnet: Steven...
Steven: How messed up is that? That I've gotten away with this for so long? You have no idea how bad I am! You think I'm so great and I'm so mature and I always know what to do, but that's not true! I haven't learned a thing from my problems. They've all just made me worse! You think of me as some angel but I'm not that kid anymore! I'm a fraud. (falls to his knees) I'm a fraud. I'M A MONSTER!
"Everything's Fine"

    Which Crystal Gem Are You? Quiz 
"You are a strong and confident leader, but you're also a kid at heart. You love having fun and cracking jokes with your friends. You're the best at bringing people together - both to celebrate the joy in life and offer help to anyone who needs it. You're a strong and loyal friend, and you're always making new friends!"
I'm a... Steven

"Just like this powerful fusion of Ruby and Sapphire, you're cool, confident, and sometimes mysterious. You're not afraid to be a leader and you'll speak up when you really believe in something. You can be calm and collected, but you are also very passionate. You usually trust your gut instincts and are quick to act on them!"
I'm a... Garnet

"You're always a fun person to be around, especially when people need cheering up! You're perfectly happy just chilling with your friends or going on big exciting adventures. You are a free spirit, and even though it may have taken awhile - you're confident and happy with the person you are."
I'm an... Amethyst

"You've got a brilliant mind for organization and reason, and an emotional and caring heart. You are very devoted to your friends, and can be incredibly brave and daring. You pour your whole heart into everything you do, and you often get amazing results!"
I'm a... Pearl

"You have a very feisty and intelligent personality. Your passion and smarts can make you quick to anger, but your open heart and blunt honesty makes you a really great friend! You love learning as much as you can about something, binge-watching your favorite show, and expressing yourself through art. Your laughter is infectious!"
I'm a... Peridot

"You're mysterious and sometimes hard to read, but you have a very commanding personality. You want to be closer to your friends, but sometimes your secrets keep them at a distance. You are very protective of nature and are always championing your cause. When you talk, people are drawn to you - you have a great presence!"
I'm a... Rose Quartz

"You are the incredible fusion of Steven and Connie - you are the epitome of friendship! You are intelligent and quick-thinking, with a spirit for adventure. Like Stevonnie, you can get a little overwhelmed, but you're able to keep it together through some tough times. You're a supportive friend and a lot of fun to be around!"
I'm a... Stevonnie

"You're the elegant fusion of Amethyst and Pearl! You always do your own thing, and you don't need to surround yourself with others to be happy. You are playful but determined, sharp-minded but laid-back. You have lots of balance in your life, which keeps you a pretty chill person."
I'm an... Opal

"You're the awesome fusion of Garnet and Amethyst! You've got Garnet's strength and confidence, along with Amethyst's sense of humor! You like taking risks and having fun. You have a big personality and you're happy to be yourself no matter what. You have great inner strength!"
I'm a... Sugilite

"You are the energetic fusion of Steven and Amethyst - you're the life of the party! You always spring into action to help your friends, and you've always got a great pun on hand for any occasion. Sometimes you can be a little too hard on yourself, but you always work through it because you're totally awesome!"
I'm a... Smoky Quartz


"I've always been really interested in fantasy and escapism. I wanted to see if I could make it a show that sort of reversed the convention of escapism."
Rebecca Sugar, November 4th, 2013

"It's interesting to try and be subversive in a positive way. I think that's really my goal. Like, I want that to exist and I want everyone to internalize it. It doesn't have to be cruel to be funny. It can just be really great to spend time with someone you really care about. Which is what Steven is really to me."
Rebecca Sugar

"The Crystal Gems, they're made out to be a magical force while sidelining as Steven's three stepmothers. As you would in the perspective of a child, one is under the impression your parents are in total control of a situation and have all the answers. But as Steven matures, the realization chips away that they're just as flawed and clueless as to what's going on as anyone else. They're a broken family missing both a leader and Steven's real mom, confused to what Steven's existence really means."
Pan Pizza, explaining why the show has such a long Tear Jerker page.

"Even amidst all of the seriousness, Steven Universe is relentlessly, unabashedly childish. Steven is successful at protecting Earth not through the use of his powers or through muscle, but by following many of the simplest rules of a kindergarten class: listen to others when they're talking, try to be helpful, share your snacks. It's part of what Rebecca Sugar and Steven have in common – why the show is so relentlessly positive, and so willing to welcome fans with open arms."
Rolling Stone, June 7th, 2017

"It's a fantasy show. I think it's a fantasy that no one is truly evil. I don't know if that's true in reality, but it's certainly true in my fantasy. Why wouldn't it be?"
Rebecca Sugar during an interview with Rolling Stone on June 7th, 2017, when asked if anyone on Steven Universe is truly evil

"The thing about Steven Universe's particular message about love and acceptance that I find most interesting, and, I think, can be challenging, is the totality of it. Anything purely negative does not exist in the show. The antagonists are never evil–despite the terrible things they may do or the harmful views they may hold, we always try to present another side to them and humanize them."
Matt Burnett, Steven Universe Art & Origins, pg. 224

Honestly, we were super happy about it.
To us it meant that you guys were dialed into the show and were picking up all the vibes we were laying down. As writers, its not upsetting that someone would predict a twist, its flattering.
So thank you all of you for loving the show, and picking it apart for all its little breadcrumbs. We love leaving them for you!
And us.
We like making elaborate breadcrumb trails.
Joe Johnston's message to those who correctly predicted the big twist in "A Single Pale Rose".

"One of the things that’s really important to me about the show is that the Gems are all non-binary women...They’re coded female which is very important. I was really excited because I felt like I had not seen this. To make a show about a young boy who was looking up to these female-coded characters—they appear to be female, but they’re a little more representative of nonbinary women.

They wouldn’t think of themselves as women, but they’re fine with being interpreted that way amongst humans. And I am also a non-binary woman which is been really great to express myself through these characters because it’s very much how I have felt throughout my life."

"The other thing is that people would tell me often, "How are you getting these adult themes into your show?" And that would really strike me because love stories are not adult scenes. The idea that it is adult because it's queer, the gravity of that started to set in for me and the fear I had growing up myself came into focus for me. The things that I felt I couldn't talk about — even into my late 20s — came into focus for me. By including LGBTQIA content and characters in G-rated entertainment for kids, you tell kids when they're young that they belong in this world. You can’t not tell them that. There can't be only a certain group of kids that gets told someone will love you by all the entertainment that they see. It's just so unfair. By the time I reached 2016, I felt the weight of it so powerfully I would've risked everything just to get to say this to you now in this moment."
Rebecca Sugar during an interview with Entertainment Weekly in mid-August of 2018, on planning Ruby and Sapphire's wedding and risking her entire career for it.

"The Tale of Steven is inspired by the experience of coming out to my family and friends as bisexual and nonbinary. As I spoke to various trusted figures in my life, I had an almost physical sensation of the world shifting under my feet: when someone was unsupportive I'd think, 'Maybe they're right, maybe this is unimportant, untrue, or inconvenient.' But when someone understood, I'd spin again, realizing how much it meant to me that they cared, and how badly I wanted to be seen. Ultimately, I realized that in my own mind, I was putting my story in the hands of people I trusted, but as long as they weren’t me, they could never be a truly reliable narrator."
Rebecca Sugar describing how the book The Tale of Steven makes use of multiple perspectives from different characters.

When we first meet the boy who would become Steven Quartz Cutie-Pie DeMayo Diamond Universe, he has the kind of life that any stereotypical preteen boy would want: he doesn't have to go to school, has superpowers, and is gradually being trained to fight monsters. His eagerness to do so isn't because he's an aggressive boy, it's because he wants to protect people and spend more time and be equal with his family. He does think its cool, but it's also because he kinda doesn't have anything else to do. When he's unable to spend time with his Gem family or his own father, he's constantly looking for alternative companionship, and between him easing the conflicts between his bickering Gem parents and attempting to befriend everybody in Beach City, including the antagonistic Lars, Steven becomes adjusted to the role of peacekeeper because everyone is more fun and willing to play with him if they're not yelling at each other.
Aside from all of the almost death, the greatest stressor of his young life is his feelings regarding his late mother that, even then, were complicated. He grows up hearing what an amazing, loving, caring, powerful, and overall seemingly perfect person she was, who literally sacrificed her life to bring him into the world. He admires her, but is also intimidated about living up to this messianic figure, as well as suffering the guilt that he only exists at the expense of her, and afraid his family blames him for her not being there, thus the tendency to blame himself for absolutely everything that goes wrong. Still, she inspires him to be both a brave fighter and a compassionate person, and only after experiencing multiple invasions, attempted kidnappings, and multiple near-death experiences, Ronaldo existing, and a heck of a lot of dead-naming, he learns that she was actually a Diamond in disguise, and that everything he and his family suffered, has been the results of her lies. There are things to say about Pink Quartz Rose Diamond, but that's... for another day. Suffice it to say for now that it's been a... fascinating unveiling of this fallen idol, both for Steven and for the fan-base. What's important is how Steven reacts to his struggles.
Steven has been one of the more... practical applications of the typical "Chosen One" trope, but he is not chosen by a random spin on a cosmic wheel or some prophecy BS, it's a more... literal kind of fate, that due to circumstances beyond his control, namely his birth, he inherited both the power and the burdens of his mother. While he has been "special" and "one-of-a-kind", he's not being trained for any specific grand purpose, and all of his training and attempting to reach certain power milestones is just a supernatural parallel to the trials of growing up. When Homeworld came to earth, he technically didn't have to do anything, but he eventually realized that he was literally the only one in a position where he could have made a substantial difference, whereas anyone else could not. Yes, this kind of story employs the typical allures of the Wish-Fulfillment trope, being overpowered, knowing better than all the adults, and being adored by everyone (which can be annoying, as I will say so), but it's not insignificant to have this kind of escapist story, but in a series written with queer children in mind, starring a male character that subverts many typical depictions of masculinity; the perseverance against a world that is constantly attacking you, and staying true to who you are and your beliefs despite everyone telling you you're wrong. The emotional climax of his arc isn't even when he topples the evil empire, it's when he's finally able to cast off the identity and expectations of what everyone wants him to be, and finally able to accept and reclaim his own life for himself.
But now, the impossible expectations of being his mom will now be replaced by the impossible expectations of himself.

Alternative Title(s): Dove Self Esteem Project X Steven Universe, Steven Universe Future