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Here we are in the future!

We, we, we, we, we... are in the future!
Here we are in the future and it's bright!
I can't believe we've come so far!
Steven Universe Future, here we are!
Steven Universe Future~

Steven Universe: Future is a Cartoon Network action/adventure limited series created by Rebecca Sugar. As the name implies, Future serves as both a sequel series and an epilogue to Steven Universe. The series premiered on December 7, 2019.

A few months have passed since the events of Steven Universe: The Movie. The universe has finally been freed from the tyrannical rule of the Gem Empire and the Earth now officially considered a independent planet. With new endeavors in place to acclimate Gems to the brand new status quo, 16-year-old Steven Universe aims to continue helping everyone as best he can. However, as he enters adulthood and runs out of other people’s problems to solve, he finds himself realizing that the only major challenges left are his own. From lingering mother issues, to various Gems not being very fond of Era 3, to the surprise development of more new Diamond abilities, Steven discovers that there's still a lot of troubles solve and things to learn even in the midst of his happily ever after.


Steven Universe Future has examples of:

  • Audience Surrogate: In the first episode, Steven explains to a newly-restored Cherry Quartz about the new status of the Gem Empire and what his friends have been doing lately.
    Cherry Quartz: I have no idea who you're talking about.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The theme song starts with Garnet singing the word "We" exactly the same way as in "We Are The Crystal Gems". But instead of Pearl and Amethyst continuing with "are", they sing another "we", followed by Steven, Bismuth, Peridot and Lapis joining in before transitioning into a new rendition of "Happily Ever After".
  • Bootstrapped Theme: The theme song is a shortened version of "Happily Ever After" from Steven Universe: The Movie, with slightly different lyrics.
  • Botanical Abomination: Cactus Steven, seen in the opening and "Prickly Pair," was accidentally created by Steven with his Green Thumb powers. He starts out as a cute cactus version of Steven's head, but grows into a giant monster with massive arms and multiple heads.
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  • Central Theme: Like The Movie it's set after, Future centers on the theme of accepting change, especially change one is not entirely comfortable with.
  • Cerebus Callback: During the early start of the movie, Steven states that he wants things to stay exactly as they are without ever changing. As time passes with others moving on, Steven starts to develop problems as he's uncomfortable with what's transpiring.
  • Cringe Comedy: In "Rose Buds", Steven meets with three Rose Quartzes (one of whom looks exactly like his mother) and ends up inviting them over for dinner and a slumber party. "Awkward" doesn't even begin to describe it.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Applies to pretty much all of the uncorrupted Gems, who retain some unusual color combinations and traits like claws, horns and spikes from their corrupted forms.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Even after the mass uncorruption of corrupted Gems that were held in the Temple at the end of the original series, there are still some that need to be healed and brought up to speed on what they've missed over the past few millennia.
  • Gainax Ending: The ending of "A Very Special Episode". After overworking himself by switching between being Rainbow Quartz and Sunstone for different people multiple times, Steven collapses in front of Pearl, Amethyst, and Garnet, the latter of which gives out a somewhat flat Big "NO!". Then the scene pauses, and it's revealed that the episode's event's were just a big Sunstone PSA playing on a TV. Sunstone themself then delivers, in a Totally Radical style, the episode's Aseop of not exhausting yourself by giving your time to too many people at once. Roll credits.
  • Genius Loci: The Reef is an AI programmed with the ability to converse with visitors, opinions of its own, and the power to try enforcing those opinions on anyone inside its walls besides a diamond.
  • Horns of Villainy:
    • The intro and "The Future Is Here" teaser show that Jasper still has horns on her head from her time corrupted. While not a villain, per se, she's still antagonistic towards Steven, unwilling or unable to accept the changes that have happened.
    • The giant, menacing serpentine creature that towers over the other antagonists in the intro has two big horns on the sides of its head, and a smaller one on top.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In the first episode, Jasper gives Steven a lecture about how he's defined entirely by his need to help people and how when nobody needs him, he's nothing. She's exactly right, at least as far as his emotional state goes, and this is a major part of the problems he has in later episodes.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Steven realizes that calling both Crystal Gem Pearl and Pink Pearl "Pearl" will get confusing, so he decides to give Pink Pearl a nickname. He settles on "Volleyball" after taking a look at the volleyball game going on nearby.
  • Lyric Swap: The opening song takes the refrain of "Happily Ever After" and replaces the Title Drop for the song with the name of series itself.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, the Zoomans' impromptu visit in "Rose Buds" is not the first time a bunch of Greg's ex-lovers have shown up.
  • Not in Front of the Parrot: Cactus Steven learns to repeat everything Steven says, which comes back to bite the latter hard when he vents his bottled-up thoughts right in front of the plant.
  • Not Me This Time: When Steven finds poorly drawn pictures of himself in his bag of chips, he assumes that Bluebird, who's been pranking him all episode, drew them to make fun of him. When he shows them to Amethyst, however, she says that it was actually her that drew them, and feels hurt over Steven calling her drawings bad.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Steven in the original series was an All-Loving Hero who used non-violent solutions even when dealing with villains. Here, however, whenever he gets too stressed, he starts glowing pink and becomes more angry and violent. Why this is happening is currently unknown.
  • Power Glows: A new power of Steven's; whenever he gets too stressed, Steven gains a distinct power boost heralded by a pink glow that covers his entire body, making him resemble his Gem half from "Change Your Mind".
  • Promotion to Opening Titles:
    • Peridot, Lapis, and Bismuth are now shown prominently along the main Crystal Gems as they ride through town and hang out on the beach.
    • The opening shot includes basically every Gem that lives on Earth (including the Off Colors and uncorrupted gems), the Diamonds, and Spinel. The shot of Beach City now includes several other cured gems, several Rubies acting as Nanefua's bodyguards, Vidalia, Yellowtail, and Lars' parents.
  • Redemption Rejection:
    • Downplayed with Jasper. In the last scene of "Change Your Mind", she is cured together with the other corrupted Gems, and is comforted by Amethyst, implying a Hazy Feel Turn. However, come "Little Homeschool", she just can't accept everything that transpired in her absence; she'd rather live alone.
      Jasper: You may have Pink Diamond's gem, but you are not my Diamond!
    • When Bluebird, the fusion of Aquamarine and Eyeball Ruby, suddenly arrives at Little Homeworld, Steven and the gems are skeptical of her apparent Heel–Face Turn coupled with the odd pranks she pulls on Steven, but they do decide to give her a chance in case she's really being sincere. She's not, as proved when she's spotted holding Greg by his hair off the roof of Steven's house, threatening to attack him. Aquamarine and Eyeball unfuse before Greg uses Eyeball's knife to cut himself free, and the two find it difficult to re-fuse again due to their frustration. Eventually they re-fuse over their shared hatred of Steven, and leave the episode vowing revenge together.
  • Sequel Series: Though fans do often refer to Future as being the sixth season of its parent show, it is officially a separate series set after the events of Steven Universe: The Movie. Unlike most sequel series, Future was meant from the beginning to only last a single season and serve as an epilogue instead of a traditional continuation.
  • Ship Sinking: "Little Graduation" shows that Sadie and Lars are not a couple. Sadie found someone else and Lars is actually completely okay with it.
  • Sanity Slippage: Steven suffers a nasty case of this trope throughout the series.
    • Beginning with "Little Homeschool", we are shown that Steven has an unhealthy amount of repressed anger, resulting in him getting a new power where he turns pink and gains violent tendencies whenever he's angry. This trend continues throughout the series. Steven also seems to have an unhealthy obsession with helping people, which comes back to bite him later.
    • In "Rose Buds" and "Volleyball", Steven is shown to be experiencing repressed trauma related to the whole Pink Diamond/Rose thing and all the horrible things she did, which seems to be the other major trigger for Pink Steven mode. As usual, Steven bottles up his feelings.
    • In "A Very Special Episode", Steven runs himself ragged trying to help multiple people at the same time, eventually collapsing from exhaustion. Unlike the other examples on this page, it's Played for Laughs, and it's ambiguous how much of this episode is even canon anyway.
    • In "Snow Day", it's revealed Steven has a constantly-busy schedule and refuses to ever take a day off.
      Amethyst: Man, you had a better work-life balance when the Diamonds were trying to kill the planet.
    • Steven's sanity takes a nosedive in "Little Graduation". He discovers that several people are moving on without him and has a mental breakdown because of this, and accidentally uses his powers to trap everyone in a dome. The cherry on the cake is that Steven projects his issues onto Lars instead of admitting that he's the one who needs help. No wonder he leaves Little Homeschool, which makes it worse as he now feels that he has no purpose anymore.
    • In the next episode, which is an even bigger Wham Episode, Steven has taken up gardening, except he named all his plants after people he knows and talks to them. This is Played for Laughs, but the rest of the episode is not. Steven's pet cactus gets used as an emotional punching bag for Steven to vent his bottled-up feelings on. This comes back to bite him when the cactus learns to talk and starts repeating the things that Steven's said about the gems... right in front of them. This causes Steven to get mad at and abuse the cactus, who does not take it well and attacks him, mutating into a botanical monstrosity. At the end of the episode, Steven learns that he shouldn't talk about his problems at all. The most heartbreaking part is that the Gems know something is wrong and keep reaching out to Steven, but he rejects their help because he feels like he can't talk to them.
      Pearl: Is there anything you need to talk about?
  • Traumatic Haircut: Greg slices off most of his hair with Eyeball Ruby's knife to free himself from Aquamarine's grasp in "Bluebird". Humorously, he actually mourns the loss of it to the point of tears, and gives the hair a sendoff by letting it drift off to sea, not unlike a viking funeral.


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