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These entries chronicle the characters' lapses in judgement, decisions that were not thought out, or just plain stupidity within the context of Steven Universe.BEWARE OF UNMARKED SPOILERS!

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  • Gems are Nigh Invulnerable humanoid rock creatures from outer space. Rose Quartz led a rebellion to protect humans and all organic life on Earth from being wiped out, since a Gem colony destroys planets from the inside out.
    You'd Expect: Given Rose's love for humans that she and the surviving Crystal Gems would learn all about them, namely that humans believe in autonomy if they aren't captured and conditioned over five thousand years to live in a zoo, and that they are relatively fragile compared to Gems.
    Instead: The Gems isolate themselves from humanity after the war and don't bother to learn more than cursory facts about them. Despite the fact that Rose is protecting humans and the Earth, she knows little to nothing about them. Pearl mentions that Rose has had human lovers, but Rose didn't know that humans grew from babies for a while, for example, or that tiny humans are "fragile and soft". This naturally causes a lot of problems when Rose "dies" to have Steven, a Gem-human hybrid, and the Gems have to work with her lover Greg to figure out how to rear a baby and help him grow.
  • After Steven is born, the Gems and Greg alternate in caring for him. He lives with his dad at the van and It's A Wash until the Gems and Greg build a house extension of the temple suited for raising a child. Greg makes sure Steven is well cared for, and has educated him a fair amount about the Earth.
    You'd Expect: The Gems to educate Steven about their culture to the fullest extent of their ability, despite their guilt, as he gets older. There is a whole planet fathoms away with different music, language, writing, and history. There's also the fact that Steven doesn't go to regular school, so he should at least get more of an education.
    Instead: More often than not, Steven is Locked Out of the Loop. The Gems operate on a need-to-know basis, especially since Steven is a goodhearted Friend to All Living Things. In Season One, much of what he learns comes from missions where his guardians dismantle dangerous technology or Corrupted Gems, and it gets to the point where he nearly has an anxiety attack on learning what his mother did to Pink Diamond. Even after this, it takes great effort for the Gems to communicate with Steven.
    As a Result: Steven kicks off multiple arcs due to his ignorance (such as freeing Lapis from the mirror, alerting enemy Homeworld Gems to the Crystal Gems' location) and his mounting annoyance on not being told anything (and subsequently trying to find the answers himself) is the prime cause of the Zoo arc.
  • Garnet has Future Vision. This allows her to see multiple futures at the same time, often at a dizzying rate.
    You'd Expect: She would use this more often than she does, especially in dangerous situations. For example, when Peridot is coming to Earth with an unknown ally and upgraded technology.
    Instead: She doesn't, especially to see things that could threaten the Gems' lives. Granted, Steven has tried her powers and knows that sometimes there is no happy outcome, and there are some things her Future Vision cannot predict, but still.
  • Meanwhile, the Diamond Authority has conquered countless planets. In fact, Earth is the only colony we see that was an utter failure thanks to Rose Quartz. Yellow Diamond reveals she has no regard for organic life, the way Rose does.
    You'd Expect: They would keep tabs on sentient life forms, organic or otherwise, especially since humans are chaotic beings. A Peridot who is trained to keep reports would be good at the job, for example. With the humans, it's revealed that Pink Diamond kept a human zoo which reveals a relatively small sample size, for example.
    Instead: Diamonds and Gems in general treat humans and other organic as pets at best and nuisances at most. In addition, they don't bother learning more than cursory facts they observe; Peridot makes her first report on humans based on Steven telling her the names of his friends, and she assumes they are different types of humans, the way there are different types of Gems. Blue Diamond in season four, after she talks to Greg, decides to take him without his consent to the people zoo to "save" him from the Cluster. Yellow Diamond then tries to cheer up Blue Diamond by having an Aquamarine and Topaz kidnap Steven's friends, to bring them to the zoo. If not for the duo being a Knight of Cerebus pair, they would have been found and busted immediately by the townsfolk and the Crystal Gems.
    The Result: Homeworld is completely unequipped to deal with a rebellious human like Lars, who comes back from the dead and can No-Sell most of the detectors because he lacks a Gem. He ends up busting out with refugee Off-Color Gems, stealing the fastest Gem ship in Homeworld, and making their soldiers look ridiculous. It also means they have less effective means of dealing with Steven, a Gem-human hybrid, who flees a courtroom on realizing that the Diamonds won't spare Lars, who was captured for the zoo and is used as evidence of Rose Quartz's guilt.

     Season One 
  • "Island Adventure": Steven wants to hang out with his friends and relax. He knows of an island he can take them to via Warp Pad.
    You'd Expect: For Steven to at least scout out the island first to make sure there aren't any hazards his fully human friends wouldn't be able to handle. The Gem Monster in question has a habit of being invisible and the Gems are just assuming it left the island without really checking to make sure.
    Alternatively: If Steven was aware that there was a Gem Monster on Mask Island from the start and is just operating under the assumption that the invisible monster was driven off, than maybe Steven would check for multiple areas to take Lars and Sadie to, just in case.
    Instead: He doesn't and the group gets attacked by a Gem Monster. If not for Sadie's quick thinking, they all could have died.
  • "Marble Madness": Steven and the Crystal Gems discover an underground base of operations. The technology in the base flickers online and Peridot makes system checks. Garnet tells Steven that Peridot is an enemy they don't know with technology they don't understand.
    You'd Expect: For Steven to keep quiet and not alert the enemy to his presence, and look at the area afterwards for information.
    Instead: Steven walks right up to Peridot's field of vision and introduces himself.
    As a Result: Peridot almost crushes Steven, and the Crystal Gems have to reveal themselves to save him. This alerts the Homeworld Gems to their presence and kicks off the events of later episodes. Steven doesn't get much information from the encounter.

    Season Three 
  • "Back to the Moon"
    • The Rubies return, still seeking Jasper. Steven, Peridot and Amethyst worked together to fight and poof Jasper, who has become corrupted. Jasper is now in the Temple in a bubble.
      You'd Expect: Honesty would be the best policy. Steven and Peridot could explain that they lied because they know that a Corrupted Gem would likely become shattered by the Diamond Authority. The Rubies could decide if they want to risk Jasper being shattered on returning her to Homeworld, or to return and explain that Jasper has "died", for all intents and purposes.
      Instead: Amethyst impulsively tries to deceive them by posing as Jasper, before Steven can even consider telling the truth. It goes terribly south when the Rubies catch her in the act of shapeshifting at the moon base.
      As A Result: The Rubies and Steven get stranded in space, with the former getting stuck out there for quite a while.
  • "Bubbled"
    • Steven is out in the middle of space with a Homeworld Ruby he calls Eyeball, a veteran of the original Gem War fought for Earth. Eyeball tells him that she was hoping that Jasper knew where Rose Quartz was, but is disillusioned that it was another cheap trick. When Steven tells her what happened to his mother, Eyeball expresses disbelief that Steven is Rose Quartz, the leader of the Gem War that fought for Earth's freedom.
      You'd Expect: For Steven not to convince a member of an opposing faction that he's the opposing general in the middle of space with nobody else around. Especially since she doesn't believe that Rose changed since the war.
      Instead: Steven keeps insisting that he's Rose Quartz.
      Inevitably: Eyeball attempts to murder who she believes is Rose Quartz after he heals her gem, which finally gives her the hint.
      Even Worse: Due to Eyeball wanting to murder Steven, he had to throw her out of the bubble he was protecting himself in, expelling a lot of oxygen in the process. By the time the Gems find him, he's already blacked out (presumably from lack of oxygen). He very easily could've asphyxiated due to his insistence of being Rose Quartz. Much later in season five, Eyeball is summoned as a witness to identify Rose Quartz during a trial on Homeworld.

    Season Four 
  • "Kindergarten Kid"
    • Peridot laughs when the Crystal Gems fail to capture a feisty, flighty Gem Monster. When an annoyed Amethyst suggests Lets See You Do Better, Peridot ready takes to the task. There is just one problem: while her wiring up old Gem tech would work on normal monsters, this monster happens to be Smarter Than You Look and doesn't fall for any of the Peri-Plans.
      You'd Expect: Peridot to eventually realize the creature is intelligent after so many failed attempts.
      Instead: She doesn't. Her final plan, to push a rock down it, requires that the Monster would be "dumb" enough to stand in the right spot. Steven has to tell her bluntly that the Monster is smarter than Peridot thinks, after both suffer Amusing Injuries.
    • Peri-Plan 1: Peridot tries to make an injector wedged into a cliff fall on the Monster. The injector doesn't budge an inch, however, even after she makes all of its legs fall.
      You'd Expect: Peridot would be careful after her plan fails.
      Instead: She goes directly under the ejector and starts kicking the cliff to make it fall. Steven warns her and she moves away, but she's still in the line of fire when it crushes her right after she gets flattened by boulders.
    • Peri-Plan 2: Peridot rewires an injector to become a rudimentary cannon, using boulders as ammo. She uses one boulder to demonstrate.
      You'd Expect: Peridot would reload when she sees the monster again.
      Instead: Peridot tries to shoot the unloaded cannon at the Gem Monster. The backlash knocks her against a cliff, which leads to more rocks falling on her.
    • Peri-Plan 3: Peridot decides to shove a boulder down the cliff, from a great height, when the monster walks below. Steven immediately sees the problem: how will they get the monster to stand directly in the path of the boulder? Then the monster shows up behind them. It scares them off the cliff and pushes the boulder down after them.
      You'd Expect: Steven to quickly bubble the two of them while they're falling. He can float, but Peridot can't.
      Instead: Steven floats down while Peridot crashes. Then the boulder falls on her.
  • In "Steven's Dream", Garnet has a vision of Steven going to Korea and encountering Blue Diamond. Steven is becoming increasingly agitated about being left out of the loop and wants to go look for answers on his own.
    You'd Expect: Garnet to be upfront and tell Steven that a massive alien overlord is at the place he's going to wind up at, and it could have massive repercussions. Garnet explains later that she saw futures where explaining didn't work, but that doesn't mean that explaining would definitely be pointless.
    Alternatively: Garnet could give Steven a bit of her Future Vision to show him the potential consequences.
    Instead: Garnet does nothing except ask Steven not to go, saying that he'll only want to go more if she tells him why he shouldn't go, which Steven disobeys.
    As a Result: Greg gets kidnapped by Blue Diamond. Steven and the Crystal Gems have to risk capture once again to save him, and Steven nearly gets himself killed on the way there.

    Season Five 
  • "Stuck Together"
    • Topaz decides to help Steven and Lars after being moved by their talk. Topaz brings up an escape pod so they can return to Earth.
      You'd Expect: That Steven and Lars would understand the gravity of the situation and escape as quickly as possible. They have absolutely no idea what conditions Homeworld has, and it's unlikely that there would be anything resembling food there.
      You'd Also Expect: That Topaz would go with them. She's just stated that she feels horrible about having to do missions all the time but is petrified by the thought of being split up. Allowing prisoners to escape would be seen as treason, which would at best mean that the two Topazes would be reassigned/split up, and at worst, shattered.
      Instead: Steven and Lars argue about Steven not wanting to escape. Topaz makes no motion to get in herself.
      As a Result: The escape attempt fails, and Topaz is caught red-handed by Aquamarine.
      Then: Aquamarine chastises Topaz, causing Topaz to slam her up against a wall with a destabilizer in hand. Aquamarine threatens Topaz by saying that if Homeworld found out about this, she'll be split apart.
      You'd Then Expect: Steven to counter Aquamarine's threat by offering Topaz freedom on Earth. Maybe explain to her that one of the Gems she had been fighting in the previous episode was in fact a Fusion that had chosen to stay on Earth for the exact same reasons Topaz has: she wants to remain a Fusion.
      Alternatively: Steven or Lars could remind Topaz that Aquamarine's character is not at all trustworthy. The reason Lars is even on the ship at the moment is because Aquamarine went back on her word. There's absolutely no indication that Aquamarine wouldn't just turn around and out Topaz anyway the moment they return to Homeworld.
      Or Even: Topaz could realize that even if she returns to Homeworld, she'll have to keep repressing her true feelings about being a Fusion. Homeworld does not approve of Fusions other than for practical uses, and Topaz's situation would not be understood by any of her colleagues. There's also the fact that even if they returned at this point, Aquamarine now has a way to blackmail Topaz into doing whatever she wants at any given time.
      Instead: Nobody does any of this. Steven and Lars don't say anything about Aquamarine's remark.
      As a Result: Topaz gets back in line due to her fear of being split up being exploited. Steven and Lars get separated and taken away, Steven gets prepped for trial, and a series of events kicks off that ultimately leads to Lars' death and resurrection.
  • "The Trial"
    • A couple major ones for the Diamonds. Rose Quartz, the leader of a galactic rebellion and murderer of Pink Diamond, has been brought to trial.
      You'd Expect: For there to be a bit of security. This is a high-profile trial and the accused is being charged with what amounts to regicide.
      Instead: The only Gems present to keep the accused in line are the Diamonds themselves, with the accused being able to move around freely. This could be because one Diamond present has the power to lightning poof a Gem, but that still leaves a high risk of the perpetrator escaping should something distract the one/ few guards able to halt them..
      As a Result:...which occurs when one Diamond wants to continue the trial when the other wants to kill the accused, creating a distracting argument that (combined with the next point) allows an opportunity for the perpetrator to escape.
      Later: The defense lawyer, a Zircon, asks to bring up a Palanquin as evidence. A Palanquin is a walking throne mech that a Diamond uses to move around on other planets.
      You'd Expect: That there would be screens of the Palanquin brought up. Zircons have been shown to utilize holograms to conjure up images, as are the Pearls taking notes in the room. Either of these would be sufficient for what the Zircon is asking for.
      Instead: The fully operational Palanquin is brought into the trial room as evidence, within running distance from the unrestricted accused. This is the equivalent of bringing a running Mercedes into the trial room of a serial killer.
      As A Result: Due to both the ability of movement and the presence of a working vehicle in the vicinity, Steven and Lars are able to get into and start up the Palanquin in an attempt to escape when the two Diamonds capable of stopping them get into an argument with each other.
      Right After This: The Diamonds hear the Palanquin moving around and look to see that the criminal (and Lars) are attempting to escape.
      You'd Expect: That the Diamonds would stop the attempt. Yellow Diamond in particular could shoot lightning at the Palanquin to damage it and render it inoperable. Yellow Diamond has also been shown to not care much for the perpetrators in question, so she wouldn't worry about potential damage to them. As another option, Blue Diamond could release an emotional wave to incapacitate the drivers, so she wouldn't have to worry about damages or danger to the trial itself.
      Instead: They stand there and gawk at it.
      As A Result: A person considered to be a galactic criminal and Diamond murderer (and Lars) escapes the trial by running through the wall. Blue Diamond barely has any answers or closure and Yellow Diamond is denied the closure of seeing her sister's murderer die.
  • "Dewey Wins"
    • Dewey is running for re-election. It's his hardest campaign yet; the entire town is on edge after the kidnappings, and his opponent is rallying them against him. Steven sets up a town meeting to quell their anger and clear Dewey's involvement in the incident, as they are blaming him despite it being beyond his control. Sadie angrily brings up Lars still being stranded in space.
      You'd Expect: Dewey would say Beach City and the Crystal Gems will work together to bring Lars home, or at the least say that he'd do everything in his power to bring Lars back.
      Instead: Dewey claims that he'll do everything he can to get another employee for the Big Donut, completely missing the point.
      As A Result: The crowd, which includes Lars's grieving parents, becomes furious. Lars's mother tosses a tomato at Dewey's face, which leads to a humiliating TubeTube video and doesn't help Dewey's campaign or the town's opinion of him at all.