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    A 
  • Abandon Shipping:
    • All the Garnet pairings sunk with three words: "Three's a crowd.", referencing the fact that Garnet herself is a fusion of two Gems that are in love. However, others continued shipping Garnet/Pearl/Amethyst under the justification that "three's a crowd, but four's a party".
    • Pearl/Rose Quartz:
      • A lot of Pearl/Rose shippers began to reconsider the pairing after "Sworn to the Sword" and "We Need to Talk", which showed a darker side to Pearl's devotion to Rose.
      • Even more so in "A Single Pale Rose," which confirmed Rose Quartz was actually Pink Diamond all along, that Pearl was in fact owned by her, and was fully aware and complicit with her plans. Many Pearl/Rose shippers were attached to the idea that Pearl's devotion to Rose was her own choice and she had been rescued or liberated from a different Gem or the fate of being an objectified servant, and were very unhappy with the tones of Happiness in Slavery. That Rose had also been responsible for Pearl being forcefully silenced didn't help matters.
    • Pearl/Garnet:
      • Many shippers were excited for "Cry for Help" seeing as their fusion, Sardonyx debuted in that episode, however the episode itself did a number on the Pearl/Garnet relationship: it is revealed that Pearl was the one who kept repairing the Communications Hub so she could continue to fuse with Garnet. The episode ends with them not being able to speak to one another. Some still stay aboard, but many Pearlnet shippers had jumped, only for interest to have reignited with the airing of "Friend Ship", where they finally are able to talk out their problems and come to a closer understanding of each other than before. Them being steadily forced closer together by a shrinking room until their faces are just inches from each other and escaping through the formation of Sardonyx likely contributed.
    • While there are still people who are willing to ship her with other characters, plenty Pearl related ships have been abandoned after "Cry for Help" due to many believing that at this point in her life she just wouldn't be capable of a healthy romantic relationship for now.
      • Pearl and Amethyst seemed like a possible ship, but since Peridot and Amethyst seem to bond a lot, and the reasons mentioned above, a few shippers abandoned the variant with Pearl.
      • After "Last One Out of Beach City", many fans have changed their tune and see her as ready for a relationship again...and most of the ships are still unpopular because her canon one with Mystery Girl is so compelling in its own right.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • "Her fingers were too fast for us!"
    • In "Future Vision":
    Steven: Do I choke on a pickle?
    Garnet: You don't choke on a pickle.
    Steven: That means something else happens with the pickle!
  • Acceptable Targets: Jersey, an obvious spoof of New Jersey, is portrayed as a polluted, noisy turnpike with apparently rude people. Steven even says they "hate the earth." The writer of this scene is also from New Jersey.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy:
    • Ronaldo losing his girlfriend in "Restaurant Wars" did earn him some sympathy from a few fans.
    • Lars temporarily dies at the end of "Off Colors", and his is the first on-screen human death of the series. His death being just after him owning up to some of his flaws and getting some well needed Character Development (added with Steven crying over him) makes it heartbreaking.
    • Many vocal Pearl haters gained a lot of sympathy for her and her actions when it was revealed Rose had actually owned her when she was Pink Diamond, and was oblivious to how much forcefully silencing her had an effect on her.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • A few fans felt this way about Lapis' fight with the Crystal Gems in the mid-season one two-parter. Lapis has shown an intense hatred towards the Gems, sans Steven, and unleashed a group of unstoppable water clones that nearly succeeded at bringing the heroes to their knees. However, she's ultimately stopped when Steven simply talks her down in less than a minute, heals her broken gem, and allows her to leave peacefully.
    • Some fans feel this way toward the the defeat of the Cluster considering that the show spent half a season building up how much a threat it was to the planet and how important it was to destroy it (not helped by the overly long hiatus that preceded it). The fact that Steven once again just talked the threat down was seen as a bit of a cop-out.
  • Anvilicious: Morals and messages are rarely handled subtly on this show, especially with its themes of love and equality, and can seem a bit on-the-nose for adult viewers. For the most part, however, it's not without reason. The only straight example is "Rocknaldo", which openly mocks the show's critics.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Most of the episodes that made up the "Heart of the Crystal Gems" Stevenbomb addressed a lot of concerns that fans had been having about the show for quite some time:
    • A common criticism of the Crystal Gems is their tendency to let their own issues fall on Steven's shoulders, with varying degrees of intent. In "What's Your Problem?", Amethyst refuses to do, and Steven calls her the most mature Crystal Gem for it. Additionally, she tells him that he doesn't need to deal with other people's problems, something that many fans had been wanting to tell him for years.
    • "The Question" was one for Garnet even though she didn't even appear. Ever since "Hit the Diamond", many fans noted how unhealthy it was that Ruby and Sapphire couldn't spend a minute apart without each other. Ruby notes how in her whole existence she's never really had any time by herself; she thoroughly enjoys it, and Steven helps her realize that her desire for independence and her wanting to be with Sapphire aren't mutually exclusive. By the episode's end it's implied that from now on she'll want to spend more time by herself, and she excitedly tells Sapphire that being married will mean they're always together — even when they physically aren't.
    • When Rose Quartz was revealed to have been Pink Diamond all along, the fanbase exploded, with many people questioning why exactly Pink decided to take on a persona rather than simply rebelling as herself or talking to the other diamonds about her concerns, saying that by choosing to become Rose Quartz she showed an extreme degree of irresponsibility at best and callous disregard for anyone but herself and her desires at worst. Later episodes try to address these questions, showing that Pink did attempt to have conversations about her misgivings and essentially had no power within their hierarchy despite holding a respected position in their society. They also acknowledged the viewpoint that Pink's plan was deeply flawed in-universe.
  • Awesome Art:
    • An early indicator of the series' general animation quality is the beach scene in "Laser Light Cannon," which features a gorgeous wash of peach and orange across the entire screen as the sun sets. This was in the series' second episode. The colorful, expressive character designs and hand-painted backgrounds at times look absolutely stunning.
    • The comics based on the series also have an impressive art style.
    • The Dove Self-Esteem Project x Steven Universe shorts are beautiful, with lineless, fluid character animation and a gorgeous color palette.
  • Awesome Ego:
    • Sardonyx clearly loves being herself, inflated ego and all, and her fans feel the same.
    • Smoky Quartz literally explodes into their first scene, and just gets more badass from there. "Know Your Fusion", however, shows that they've inherited self-esteem issues from both their components.
    • Aquamarine, who is just as prideful as she is creepy.

    B-C 
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • "Garnet's Universe", where Steven has an extended Imagine Spot depicted in a mix of various Shonen anime and retro gaming animation styles that features Garnet and her talking frog and bunny friends going on a Cliché Storm of an adventure to fight an evil fox man. It's about as far from the main style of the show as possible, but some fans love it for exactly those reasons.
    • "Say Uncle", an explicitly non-canon crossover with Uncle Grandpa that kills Pizza Stevenote  and by implication Lars and Sadie. The episode mostly consists of Uncle Grandpa doing bizarre things to help teach Steven how to use his shield, and later sending him into his RV. It's also the first time in the series that fourth wall jokes are used.
    • "Know Your Fusion", where Steven and Amethyst introduce Pearl and Garnet to their fusion Smoky Quartz, resulting in the other two forming Sardonyx and taking the conversation to her own room in the temple, which she treats like a talk show. There's fourth wall-breaking jokes aplenty, and unlike the previous two, this one is fully canon.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Peridot grows very attached to the tape recorder Steven gives her, eventually saying after lamenting how nothing is going right for her lately, "At least I still have you, tape recorder."
    • After Lapis breaks the recorder, Peridot grows equally attached to a tablet computer that Steven gave her, unhealthily screaming that "it's all I am" when Amethyst takes it from her.
    • In "Too Short to Ride", Peridot spots a plush of a green alien and immediately develops a connection to (and obsession with) it. The fandom took notice, and shippy fanart of the two immediately sprung up. Hilariously enough, it's shown in "Beta" that she viciously torn off part of it (a red bowtie, but given that it's a plush, it was attached) and threw the plush itself into a fish tank. So much for that romance.
    • In "Lars of the Stars", Emerald is very attached to her spaceship The Sun-Incinerator to the point where she initiated her pursuit of the Off-Colors because of it, and ultimately cannot bring herself to destroy it even with her enemies inside. Tellingly the episode has Sadie and Lars and Steven and Connie referred to as "best-friends," a term which is applied to Emerald and her ship.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • For some it can come across as a funny moment, but Lapis punching Jasper into the sky feels particularly rewarding for those that have had to deal with abusive friends/family/partners.
    • Steven letting Rose have it for all the shadier actions he's learned about over the past couple seasons in "Storm in the Room". Especially gratifying is how it's finally confirmed that her seeming hypocrisy regarding the morality of shattering Gems was indeed deliberate.
    • For many years, fans have been wanting to tell Steven that he doesn't need to deal with other people's problems and he is not responsible for his mother's actions. Amethyst finally telling him this during "What's Your Problem?" received much rejoicing.
  • "Common Knowledge":
    • The Burning Room is not Garnet's room in the Crystal Temple, as proven by Steven accessing it when Ruby and Sapphire are unfused in "Made of Honor", whereas Sardonyx's room only exists when she does. This misconception most likely stems from Garnet being the only one to open the door to it onscreen, and Garnet's actual room never being seen in the show.
    • "Sheena" isn't Mystery Girl's official name; it's a name Lauren Zuke used while designing her. Her actual name hasn't been revealed yet.
    • Lion and Lars are not immortal. They're most likely ageless, but they, like the Gems, can still get hurt and die.
    • No one can seem to find any evidence of foreign language dubs making Ruby a male character to erase the homosexual romance between her and Sapphire. As far as anyone can tell, it seems that this started out as just a suspicion of how a localization trying to tone down the show's homosexual content could do it, which then got talked up so much that people started thinking it had actually happened, especially after Ruby wearing the dress at her and Sapphire's wedding was suspected to be specifically designed to prevent it.
  • Continuity Lockout: The first half of season one isn't too bad, as it's episodic enough that watching in order isn't required to understand the premise. Everything after "Mirror Gem", however, and you'd better have a working knowledge of the show's mythology to grasp the significance of characters' actions. After season one, if you haven't seen every episode by this point, you're going to be lost as the show expects viewers to recognize locations, plot points, and sometimes even characters that have only appeared once, dozens of episodes previously. To the point where most fans suggest newcomers not to watch Cartoon Network, as it's all too easy to be spoiled by random episodes.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Lapidot (Lapis Lazuli and Peridot) used to be this; it sprung up surprisingly strong after "Warp Tour", and before they ever even met or had any meaningful interactions. After "Barn Mates", this has moved on to a classic Tsundere dynamic.
    • Pearl/Mayor Dewey, to the point where people seem divided over whether this is even a crack ship: on one hand, he's obviously canonically interested, and on the other hand, she obviously canonically isn't.
    • With the Uncle Grandpa crossover, there is now the potential for crossover ships with all of those characters, including Lion/Giant Realistic Flying Tiger (which actually gets teased a bit).
    • Jamie/Kevin popped up right away after Jamie's Day in the Limelight episode, "Love Letters", aired.
    • Jaspearl (Jasper/Pearl) also has a few supporters. Some of the appeal comes from the trope of Huge Girl, Tiny Girl.
    • Yellow Diamond/Peridot sprung up almost immediately after she was revealed, despite Peridot reacting in fear to her name being mentioned in "The Return".
    • Peridot has been shipped with both Jasper and Lapis, as well. There's even been fanart of Jasper, Peridot, and Lapis in a triad.
    • We now have Amethyst/T-Pain, after he said he's a fan of the show and that she's his favorite Gem.
    • Many fans immediately shipped Bismuth with Jasper due to them being the hugest, buffest Gems. That Bismuth is a radical Crystal Gem while Jasper is a fanatical Homeworld loyalist could also lead to lots of Foe Yay.
    • A small subset of fans ship Peridot and Eyeball. The only real thing they have in common is that they both serve (or in Peridot's case, served) Yellow Diamond.
    • Greg and Blue Diamond pretty much exploded in popularity after "Steven's Dream", due to their shared grief in losing a loved one and coming to something of an understanding over it. It's not uncommon to find AUs where Greg fell in love with Blue Diamond instead of Rose Quartz, or even some of Blue becoming Greg's Second Love.
    • Despite the two having never met in canon, there's good number of fans who ship Lapis and Jamie. It even has its own Deviantart group!
    • Jasper/Andy has sprung up in certain circles, based on the fact that, well, Andy can fly.note 
    • Biggs/Bismuth has been joked sometimes, since Bismuth speaks very highly of her, and she has a very enthusiastic reaction on seeing her uncorrupted. It's not exactly known if there is any romance between them, since they could've simply been very close friends. Biggs' reaction to Bismuth after being uncorrupted could mean anything, however she was most likely simply shocked.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Malachite is one of the most intimidating combinations to ever combat the Gems, but is also very impressive a fighter.
    • Alexandrite is incredibly tall, has six limbs, a blood red face, and a nasty looking second mouth under her jaw. She's also the single most powerful being we've seen so far - a Fusion of four different Gems.
    • White Diamond and her Pearl, who are rather uninstalling with unnerving behavior and Non-Standard Character Design and have that much more presence because of it.
  • Creepy Cute: Malachite is a deformed, monstrous abomination with a demonic double-voice as the result of her components hating each others' guts and being bound by revenge, and she also shares Jasper's rather grotesque, detailed expressions. Nonetheless, she's still half-Lapis and can be quite adorable, such as when the Watermelon Stevens attack her and she starts giggling.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Cry for the Devil:
    • Jasper is probably one of the most loathed Gems in the series, but after her reappearance in "Chille Tid", a lot of people felt some measure of sympathy for her. In "Alone at Sea", even with her being portrayed as an abusive ex, she's been absolutely broken by the experience of Malachite by developing Stockholm Syndrome.
      • After the episode "Earthlings" The One with... Smoky Quartz, Jasper is on the edge of breaking down, lamenting nobody wants to stay fused with her after another failed attempt with a corrupted gem monster. She practically goes on a motive rant explaining why, despite being created on Earth, she hates it so, and that Rose Quartz is responsible for her losing her servitude to her Diamond. Of course, on Season 5 we then find out that Pink Diamond faked her death to become Rose Quartz permanently, which only makes Jasper's situation seem more tragic. Amethyst then fills in Jasper on what happened when the later is purified in "Change Your Mind".
    • Peridot, as seen in "Catch and Release", could very well be the Gem equivalent of a child in a completely foreign surrounding and is being hunted by people who expressly want to harm her.
    • Blue Diamond and Yellow Diamond are tyrannical despots either directly or indirectly responsible for untold suffering across the universe (something the fifth Steven Bomb does not shy away from showcasing)... but they genuinely miss their "sister", Pink Diamond, and, even thousands of years later, still have trouble coping with her death. While Yellow Diamond tries to repress her feelings (unfortunately for Earth, that means destroying everything that reminds her of Pink Diamond), Blue Diamond spent all her time after Pink Diamond trapped in depression.
    • Bismuth. Yes, Bismuth created a weapon that would permanently shatter a Gem, and she attacked Rose and Steven when they refused to use it. But considering she was made to be a slave, like Pearl was, and that she felt Rose was a Hypocrite to want to liberate Gems but not fight dirty for them, one can't help but pity her especially when it's implied she was trying to get either Quartz to shatter her so she'd no longer feel grief or shame. Steven sobs as he's forced to poof her, and promises to tell the Gems why Rose poofed and his her away. Then she no longer becomes a devil in her next appearance, and she's horrified that she inspired Pink Diamond to fake her death and nearly killed an innocent person — Steven.

    D-E 
  • Death of the Author:
    • The human focused episodes are often accused of being needless filler by certain fans, ignoring that the Beach City episodes are usually for world building, character development, and/or a cooldown for the audience and the characters, and despite the staff's insistence that Steven Universe has no filler and every episode is important.
    • Both Rebecca and several side pieces refer to Fusion as the relationship of the Fusees given physical form. A chunk of the fandom still considers it to be the Gem version of sex. That fusion serves as a frequent vehicle for Aesops pertaining to consent and communication (and some fusions are raunchier than others) doesn't particularly help matters.
  • Die for Our Ship: Hilariously, there is an In-Universe example. Peridot becomes a fan of the teen drama show "Camp Pining Hearts", and, according to her Twitter, she hates a character named Paulette so much that she wrote a 672-page long essay about it (and plans to make it 1001 pages). That's probably because Paulette is the canonical love interest of Percy, while Peridot thinks that Percy and Pierre would make the best couple.
  • Epileptic Trees: The opening of Steven Universe Future, released at New York Comic-Con 2019, includes a scene of the villains for the series, and fans immediately ran wild with theories on just what and who they are. The ones that have the least amount of speculation regarding them are Jasper, the Cacti Steven abomination, and the two Lapis Lazulis, though there are still some theories for the latter on why they're antagonists. As for the rest:
    • The Pink White Diamond is either an even more insane/Brainwashed and Crazy White (due to her furiously clutching at her hair), a new Pink Diamond created in White's image, White Fused with Jasper (due to the lighting making it look like her nose is glowing) or White from before she split parts of herself off to create the other Diamonds.
    • The Aquamarine-looking Gem is speculated to be a Fusion of our Aquamarine and a Ruby (most commonly Eyeball, though Navy is also talked about), due to having the same gem placement as Aquamarine, with her four legs and mishmash design being reminiscent of Rhodonite or Garnet when she first formed.
    • The giant snake/dragon/worm creature looming over everyone else is, depending on who you ask, either an alien from another race (most commonly Sneople), or a Corrupted Steven.
  • Evil Is Cool: The Homeworld Gems all have evolved to the point of utilizing Magitek in their forces and prove to be mysterious and interesting opponents to combat our heroes.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Diamonds are already incredibly beautiful-looking in their own league, but fans often prefer to give special attention to Blue Diamond, possibly for her, uh, "assets" and her soothing Irish accent.
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    F 
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • From Steven vs Amethyst; despite the old saying "You can be anything you set your mind to", sometimes Reality Ensues and you just can't be something you are just not physically or mentally capable of doing. Amethyst has to accept that she will never be a huge Quartz soldier like Jasper, and only after accepting that does she start to accept the things she can do, which still makes her pretty great.
    • In a straighter example, we get "running away from the cops is cool", from Last One Out of Beach City.
    Rebecca Sugar: And then Pearl guns it through the red light.
    Deedee Magno Hall: Oh no! My kids are going to see this!
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception:
    • Referring to any of the full Gems with male or gender-neutral pronouns, and referring to Stevonnie and Smoky Quartz with gender-specific pronouns. Especially singling out Gems subject to Viewer Gender Confusion (like the Rubies, Jasper, or Bismuth) as "not really female" and referring to them as male or ambiguous.
    • Saying that Ruby and Sapphire are "Just Friends", "gal pals", "besties", "sisters", or anything else thereof. In a figurative sense, the original French version of "Stronger Than You" and a certain promo for the Peanuts Boomerang cartoon have learnt this the hard way. It's even sillier to do that now that the two are, as of "Reunited", officially married. In the same vein, the fandom won't tolerate anyone trying to deny that Pearl was in love with Rose.
    • Most are forgiving if someone confuses Fusion for a point-blank metaphor for sex, given how several if not most of the Fusion Dances (but not the Fusions themselves for the most part) have sexual connotations to them, and will offer a simple correction. However, claiming that Fusion is sex outright and saying that Stevonnie and Smoky Quartz (and any other Steven Fusions) are Squick-y as a result will get a much more... negative response. This got even more uncomfortable when “Change Your Mind” revealed that it can be used to bring Gems back to their physical form, which according to that analogy, would be like raping someone in a coma. This came to a point after the movie due to the fusion between Steven and Greg, a father and son and explicit adult and minor.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Some Adventure Time fans were upset that Rebecca Sugar left to create her own show and demanded that she return. It didn't help in 2015 Comic Con when both shows shared a panel and Steven Universe fandom supposedly took over questions.
    • A fairly intense (although mostly one-sided) one with the Periphery Demographic of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. After a popular brony fan site announced it was launching a Steven Universe fan site along the same lines as Equestria Daily, Steven Universe fans revolted for fear of the "darker" side of the MLP fandom. Eventually the idea was called off, hypocrisy calls were made on both sides, moods were soured and now both fandoms are embittered with each other over the whole thing. Though of course, it doesn't mean they don't have a lot of shared fans due to their colorful art and very idealistic settings. After the site was eventually launched as Beach City Bugle, some effort has been made to bridge the gap. Now the two are some weird conglomeration between this and Friendly Fandoms, with SU and MLP fans generally getting along just fine in places like cons and non-show-specific tumblr blogs while still sniping at each other every now and then.
    • Not unlike the fanbases of the other shows on Cartoon Network, Steven Universe fans dislike Teen Titans Go!, thanks to its excessive airtime. For a while, it also had one with The Amazing World of Gumball when re-runs of the show took over Steven's own re-runs without much warning. In that case, however, the re-run slots were later returned and that rivalry has mostly fizzed out, but some still have some grudge with Gumball for the same reason (especially since SU had little reruns in 2017-early 2018 while Gumball reruns were a lot more plentiful).
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • If any two Gems have yet to Fuse on the show, it's not hard to find a ton of fanart and even some fanfic about what their Fusion would look like, what their name would be, and how their weapons would combine. There are even blogs specifically for this.
    • At the end of "Room for Ruby", after Navy betrays Steven and proceeds to dump him, Peridot, Lapis, and Pumpkin off the ship, Garnet shows up with two balloons. One says "Welcome to the Party!" and the other says "Sorry for your loss". She pops the former and says "It was still worth a shot", implying that there was at least one future where Navy truly joined them.
    • "Lion 4: Alternate Ending" presented the idea of Steven if he was born as a girl, in which case he would have been named Nora.
    • The appearance of Hessonite in Save the Light confirms in-story that there are single-Gem versions of cross-Gem Fusions on Homeworld. This opened the door for fan interpretations of what those single Gems would look like, and even what Fusion versions of non-Fusion Gems would look like and what their components would be.
    • The portrayal of Pearl's subconscious in "A Single Pale Rose" brings up the question of whether every Gem's mind is also like this, with a copy of themselves representing each aspect of their psyche, which can be entered.
    • What happened after certain Gems, especially Homeworld Gems, were Put on a Bus is a common thing to speculate about.
  • Fountain of Memes:
    • Check out every entry related to Peridot on the show's Memes page. Almost every time she appears, a meme is born.
    • Yellow Diamond became one in her first appearance. Her angry face after Peridot calls her a clod and her ridiculously long neck are the most prominent.
  • Franchise Original Sin:
    • There was a sudden storm of people criticizing the show's animation and citing it as incredibly Off-Model during Season 4, even though it's always been like that, even in the first season.
    • The feelings of Arc Fatigue, a criticism of later seasons, have always been there. In Season 2, the search for Malachite, despite all the buildup, is put on hold about halfway through and had to be resolved in the next season. The difference there is that the season still had plenty of story episodes, and the threat of the Cluster and Peridot's Heel–Face Turn are still considered to be two of the show's best storylines. Seasons 3 and 4, on the other hand, both had a series of Slice of Life Beach City episodes in-between the main Story Arcs, which took up roughly half of the episode count, making this problem far harder to ignore.
    • As Robobuddies argues in "The Steven Universe Rant", the show had a habit of subverting many genre tropes by turning them on their head. While this worked for the more overused and obnoxious tropes along with the more dramatic ones in small doses as jokes, the latter became far more frequent, meaning there would just be more and more wasted potential for interesting plotlines and killing off any sense of drama.

    G-H 
  • Genius Bonus: A lot of characterization and the design of Gems are derived from sometimes obscure mineralogical information.
    • Garnet's cube-shaped afro; the target audience couldn't reasonably be expected to know that the crystalline structure of actual garnet is cubic.
    • Peridot certainly seems alien compared to the main Gems (even though they are all alien), and actual peridots can be found in meteorites. Regarding her later descent into hysterics, accordingly peridots are known to quickly erode on the Earth's surface.
      • Similar to Garnet, Peridot's hair is also significant. It is a tetrahedral shape, which is the same as the crystalline structure of actual peridot.
      • As of "Too Short to Ride", Peridot's magnetism powers. In real life, peridots are indeed magnetic.
    • The large devices strewn throughout the Kindergarten resemble bacteriophages, viruses which infect bacteria and hijack their own machinery to reproduce, killing them in the process. A rather apt metaphor for what the Kindergartens do to Earth.
    • The recurring diamond symbol for the Gem leaders, shown on sites predating the war between the Crystal and Homeworld Gems, is identical to the widely used fire diamond, with some of the colors swapped around.
      • More specifically, yellow diamonds are also known as "Industrial Diamonds", which are artificially created and used for industrial purposes, rather than aesthetic ones. It is fitting of the followers and gadgetry of Yellow Diamond having a colder, more functional appearance.
    • In New Age parlance, rose quartz is seen as a stone associated with motherhood and love, pearls are associated with undying loyalty, and garnets with strength and fortitude.
    • In "Space Race", Pearl casually asks Greg if there's a shop in town that carries "F-1 single-nozzle liquid-fueled rockets". The Rocketdyne F-1 was in fact a single-nozzle liquid-fuel engine (the largest ever built) - five of them were in the first stage of each Saturn V moon rocket.
    • In "Hit the Diamond", as the squad of five Rubies power up their spaceship to leave for Neptune, it produces a warping effect where a small black mass appears above the ship, creates a warp-hole, and sphaghettifies through it. They're using an Alcubierre Drive to compress Negative Mass with a miniature black hole, something few outside of quantum mechanics and astrophysics enthusiasts could be expected to recognize.
    • In "Three Gems and a Baby", baby Steven becomes upset when Garnet "disappears" by unfusing into Ruby and Sapphire. Babies do not possess an understanding of object permanence (the knowledge that things continue to exist even when they're unseen).
  • Genre Turning Point: With its open and generally positive portrayal of LGBT-related topics, it's been argued that this show, alongside Adventure Time and (maybe) The Legend of Korra, helped push for more open LGBT representation in western cartoons.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: There's a strong, devoted Latin American fandom (mostly around Facebook and YouTube), and many Korean and Japanese fanartists around Twitter and Tumblr, which has received quite the Approval of God. Many characters, ships and episodes that are hated or base-breakers in the English-speaking fandom receive warmer reception from ESL fans, mostly due to not being caught up on drama.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Averted, oh so much. Despite 85% of the characters are presented as femalenote  it's gradually growing to be the most popular and well-liked Cartoon Network show of The New '10s and has both female and male fans.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • "Mirror Gem" and "Ocean Gem". The ending of which implies much more serious matters will occur. So much so that the creators apparently consider this as the show's "true" beginning.
    • "The Return" and "Jail Break" introduce Jasper, a completely psychotic Knight of Cerebus Smug Super soldier Gem whose tactics and strength are absolutely ruthless. While she was eventually defeated, her arrival also introduces Big Bad Yellow Diamond, whom the Gems will have to focus on fighting soon in the future.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Pretty much the only thing fans can agree on about "The New Lars" is that Matthew Moy was fantastic as Steven pretending to be Lars.
    • It can be argued that Steven Universe brings out the best in Joel Hodgson's acting ability, even more so than in Mystery Science Theater 3000.
    • Amy Sedaris as both Defense and Prosecution Zircon gives a suspenseful and comedic performance, given that one of her characters is a Gem lawyer who's a Nervous Wreck but still manages to uncover a strange conspiracy in the span of a few minutes. Defense Zircon has her humorous moments, but she shows great emotional range.
    • Susan Egan is already an amazing actress as Rose Quartz, but she takes it Up to Eleven in "Now We're Only Falling Apart" as childlike Pink Diamond maturing from a bored immortal teenager to a rebel dedicated to save the Earth, punctuated with delighted squeals and laughter as she sees more of the world and its wonders.
  • Hollywood Homely: Jasper, with her masculine features, sneering, Slasher Smiles, and rude, aggressive personality, is probably not meant to be attractive. A noticeable part of the fandom disagrees, to say the least.

    I-N 
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Shipping the Zircons is often known as "Courtship", or, less commonly, "Lawsbians".
  • Inferred Holocaust:
    • In the episode "Ocean Gem", the water from all the world's oceans is magically taken to form a pillar reaching into outer-space. Although Steven does manage to fix this issue, it appears to have taken at least a day to do so; one can only imagine the effect that would have on the Earth's environment and economy.
    • The spaceship hand in the half-hour special "The Return" and "Jail Break" crashing into the Crystal Gem Headquarters could have been this if it weren't cleaned up so easily.
    • This is narrowly averted in "Are You My Dad?" due to the luck of Aquamarine and Topaz coming to Beach City to collect humans. If they had gone anywhere else, they would've gotten away with six unsuspecting humans scot-free.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Whenever something major gets revealed (e.g, the Crystal Gems are from space, the monsters they fight are former Gems that have been Corrupted, Garnet is a Fusion [though the last one is now considered a Late-Arrival Spoiler], etc) everyone talks about it, and it doesn't take long for someone to come across a spoilery image, textpost, or video. Though the fandom has tried very hard to keep these under wraps for newcomers.
    • The existence of Gems other than the Crystal Gems also falls under this. It's hard to keep this hidden with the increasingly important roles of Peridot, Lapis Lazuli, and (to a lesser extent) Jasper.
    • Whenever something leaks, be it big or small (though big leaks do spread faster), it will always go viral within a few minutes, making it very difficult for fans who don't want to see leaks seeing them anyway.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: One of the most common complaints about the show is it's eleven minute run-time, which makes several episodes too short to properly tell their stories, and instead makes them feel rushed.
    • "Story for Steven", the episode showing how Greg and Rose first met is sometimes said to be too short. While what the episode does have is well-liked, numerous people feel that it doesn't delve deeply enough into Greg and Rose's relationship, and that it doesn't properly explain why Greg was so quick to give up his music career for her. This is lightened when it was confirmed this episode was intended to air before "The Message", which would have given the episode more of a punch as opposed to its somewhat out-of-place slot in season 2.
      • Mediated with the follow-up flashback episode "We Need to Talk", where Greg and Rose both acknowledge that they rushed into the relationship and needed to work on it harder.
    • Even though "Mr. Greg" is easily the most well-liked episode from the first week of "Steven's Summer Adventures", there are a few fans (who do like it) that say it would've benefited more from being a full half-hour rather than the usual 11 minutes.
    • Pretty much all the episodes with Jasper from "Alone at Sea" through "Earthlings" which built up her Corruption in the latter. The biggest problem with these episodes that several people had was that she would only show up for the last few minutes of most of them (with "Gem Hunt" being the worst offender) despite the show clearly making a far bigger deal regarding her presence and how much of a threat she was to Steven and company, despite the fact that most of the Crystal Gems have been able to easily fend her off with Fusion.
    • Ironically, this reaction has become rather inverted as of late, with many fans becoming frustrated by the show's increasingly slow pace and feeling that the Homeworld Arc is undergoing Arc Fatigue.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A minor case, but several fans prefers to watch episodes that are mostly focused on the Gems, while the episodes that focuses more on the "townies", the other inhabitants of Beach City, tend to be among the lowest rated episodes of the show.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • As you can tell from a few entries on here, Pearl.
    • Peridot also qualifies, thanks to the multiple Ship Teases her and the rest of the Gems get after she loses her limb enhancers.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The show has garnered a sizable one, thanks to the Les Yay between the Gems and Steven and Connie's Fusion Stevonnie being non-binary and using they/them pronouns, as well as Ruby and Sapphire being a canon gay couple and Pearl having romantic feelings for Rose. A lot of people were also delighted by the end of "Sadie's Song", where Steven happily dressing in drag and singing the song is completely accepted.
  • Love to Hate:
    • Jasper's actions in "The Return/Jail Break" have made her the most loathed character in the show thus far. But that's exactly why she's so memorable, and fans can't wait for her inevitable reappearance. Then "Super Watermelon Island" came along, she falls into a crevice, and people had to wait over a dozen episodes to see her again in "Alone at Sea".
    • A few other Homeworld Gems get this reaction, too, such as Yellow Pearl, who is comically uppity and the laughable lackey to Yellow Diamond's vile villain.
    • Aquamarine deserves special mention, considering how she's by far the most irredeemable of all of the Homeworld Gems shown so far, yet has the appearance of a small child. Fans love her for her no-nonsense attitude and condescending view on humans and lower-caste gems and being a surprisingly threatening with her wand weapon. Some people were disappointed that she had only two episodes centered around her.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Homeworld Gem nicknamed Navy is a member of the Ruby Squad. Appearing to be nothing more than a bumbling imbecile, Navy is sent to Earth on a mission to retrieve Jasper. After getting separated from her team and becoming stranded on Earth, Navy fakes redemption, exaggerating her personality to win over the Crystal Gems. After ingratiating herself into the group, Navy reclaims the Roaming Eye whilst gleefully pulling the rug from under the Crystal Gems her upbeat attitude never faltering.
  • Memetic Badass: Lars, ever since the SDCC 2017 sneak preview, for managing to crash land a gem shuttle, impersonate a gem officer, stealing a gem spaceship, and gaining the "Awesome McCool" Name "Lars of the Stars" has cemented him as one in the eyes of the fans.
    Lars: Bingo bongo!
  • Memetic Loser: Pearl's thirst for Rose is the subject of many jokes.
  • Memetic Troll: Amethyst will gladly watch you suffering. "Joking Victim" practically makes her one in universe, as all she does in that episode is start the conflict and laugh while watching the chaos unfold with no attempt to help whatsoever.
  • Misaimed Fandom: If fanart is to be believed, a lot of people took Steven's comment during "Storm In The Room" about dying his hair pink as if he said "I'd look so pretty with pink hair", as opposed to "everybody expects me to live up to my mom so much that I might as well forsake my own identity to be more like her".
    • If youtube comments are to be believed, then some people theorize that Pink Steven is actually Pink Diamond/Rose, who merely took Steven's form to defy White's expectations. Instead of it being a confirmation that Pink is truly gone, as well as the culmination towards Steven's character growth regarding his identity and self-love — both of which he had a hard time developing due to the expectations he faced by friends and family alike who expected him to be like his mother.
  • Mis-blamed:
    • There were rumors going around that the show's design change from the pilot episode was because of Executive Meddling and apparently low budgets. In reality, the change was done by the show's creator, Rebecca Sugar, and was created and finalized long before the pilot was leaked. In fact, the show's budget is much higher than the pilot's.
    • Some who have been dissatisfied with Stevenbomb 3.0 have criticized the crew for hyping an underwhelming week, but it is a) their job to build hype b) most of the things expected to happen were a result of assumptions made on what the crew said rather than what was actually said and c) the crew doesn't get to decide when Stevenbombs happen, Cartoon Network does so. The episodes thus were most likely intended to air on a weekly basis, and just so happened to have a five part arc that could fit into a single Stevenbomb week.
  • Moe:
    • Steven. He's not called the "ultimate little brother" for nothing.
    • Connie as well, her enthusiasm and dorky personality are endearing, to say the least.
    • Younger Steven is absolutely adorable, with a Childish Tooth Gap and Blush Sticker, as seen in the extended intro. The audience's reaction at SDCC was a collective Squee!.
      • Baby Steven, especially when he's laughing or giggling.
    • Ruby and Sapphire. Whether it be their small size or their dangerously adorable interactions, the two have stolen the collective heart of the fandom.
    • Toddler-like Amethyst from when Greg and Rose were together. Apparently after emerging from the ground with her present appearance, as shown in "Buddy's Book" and the painting in "So Many Birthdays", she changed her appearance to make herself look like a child. This results in a very cute design, coupled with an adorable puppy-like personality.
    • Peridot's arms and legs are revealed to be prosthetic "limb enhancers". Without them, she is tiny.
    • Leggy has a very endearing and cute personality, due to being shy, timid, nervous, and unsure of herself. According to her concept art, she is also the youngest member of the five-Ruby squad.
    • Padparadscha's quirk of finding anything she "predicts" as wondrous and exciting has immediately caused fans to want to adopt and protect her.
    • After prior episodes implied and had us believe Pink Diamond was evil, one would be surprised at how cute and bubbly she was in "Now We're Only Falling Apart". Guess that's where Steven gets it from.
    • Blue Pearl was always seen as this, but after she expresses her love for drawing, her Moe-levels hit through the roof.
    • Spinel's "default" form (the one she was in for most of the movie after being hit with the Rejuvenator.) Just look at her! D'aww...So cute. Adding to this is the fact that she moves and acts like a a rubberhose cartoon character. Makes you feel really bad when you see what Pink put her through...
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • "Keeping It Together" reveals that the entirety of Gem Homeworld's command chain seems to have crossed this pre-series. While they were already perceived to be a threat, having fought a large-scale war and colonized Earth with little regard to the people who already lived there, the depth of their cruelty and disregard for life hadn't been clearly shown until this episode when it's revealed they have been creating Fusions out of shattered Gems, essentially forcing already broken minds into endless suffering while formed. It gets even worse in "When It Rains" when it's revealed that they had given up on the Earth Kindergarten to instead use the Earth as an incubator for a gigantic forced fusion that will destroy all of Earth once it hatches.
    • Eyeball (one of the Homeworld Rubies) crosses it in "Bubbled" when she finds out Steven has Rose Quartz's Gem. Unlike Jasper's breakdown, which occurred two episodes earlier, Jasper is loyal to Homeworld and her thirst for vengeance is justice for Pink Diamond's murder; there is an a tragic undercurrent to Jasper's downfall. As Eyeball mentally cracks, she draws out her weapon to disembowel Steven and take his gem; not for justice for the Diamond she witnessed the brutal murder of, but for Greed. She starts muttering she'll go down in history despite the fact Homeworld HAS NO KNOWLEDGE of her plight. She even gleefully wonders if she'll be given a Pearl.
    • Only one episode after her debut in "Are You My Dad?", Aquamarine crossed it big time in "I Am My Mom". In order to try and get Steven to tell her where she can find "My Dad" as part of her mission of retrieving six "Types" of humans, she threatens to murder the ones that she and Topaz have already captured (Connie, Sadie, Jamie, Onion and Lars) because Homeworld never specified whether they wanted the humans they were ordered to retrieve alive or dead!
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • Many Gem weapons being thrown or summoned, especially the low bass of Garnet's.
    • The futuristic sounds of a Warp Pad activating.
    • Any time Pearl sings is going to be nice on the ears.
      • Same thing goes for Estelle's hushed, smooth voice when she sings or gets particularly philosophical
    • Any time Lapis Lazuli gives a sincere laugh or sounds happy, if only because they're so rare.
    • The little "bling!" sound that plays whenever Steven gets stars in his eyes.
  • Narm:
    • The Mutant Gem Clusters from "Keeping It Together" and "Nightmare Hospital"? Terrifying. The ones from "When it Rains"?... not too much. Especially the one with the goofy-looking head.
    • Malachite comically inflating to an even bigger size after Alexandrite defeats her in "Super Watermelon Island", especially her face after she is fully inflated, qualifies.
    • The ending scene of "Bubbled" is considered to be one of the most heartwarming and heartwrenching scenes in Season 3... with the possible exception of Pearl and Amethyst's cartoonishly exaggerated crying.
    • The facial expressions Yellow and Blue Diamond made during their fight in the season five finale. They were well drawn, but were so overdone that it was hard not to chuckle a bit.
    • Despite how horrific Pink Steven's "SHE'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!" scream is, his calm facial expression throughout the whole shout makes it look as if that visceral, earth-shattering scream is just the normal volume of his voice, which is strangely hilarious in its own way.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Some found Alexandrite — the combined form of the three Gems— to look rather ridiculous. But the situation she first appears in—posing as Steven's mother while having dinner with Connie's parents—wouldn't be half as funny or awkward if she didn't. Taking the Gem's contrasting personalities into account, it's also fitting that their combined form would be a complete mess.
    • Despite the act that some people found White Diamond's appearance to be a bit silly as she is literally T-Posing, many still found her to be incredibly menacing with the fact that she glows completely white, is the biggest Gem so far, and had a rather careless attitude toward Steven.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Many people love to portray Lapis as somebody who really, really loves to do fart noises, or sometimes just being a general prankster, despite only doing it in two episodes. Rather more seriously, many fans will never forgive her for destroying Peridot's tape recorder, despite Peridot herself seemingly forgiving her for it by her next appearance. There's also some people who won't forgive her for trying to steal the ocean, almost drowning Connie and Steven, and breaking Greg's leg.
    • Despite all the character development she's had since in later episodes, Pearl is still often portrayed as a nervous wreck whose obsession with Rose makes her a danger to everyone around her (though most of the time, it's Played for Laughs).
    • Amethyst, to a lesser extent, also hasn't lived down her shapeshifting into Rose to taunt Greg in "Maximum Capacity" for a lot of people. Despite her and Greg resolving the issue and the character getting some good development, changing into Rose to screw with his head is a really messed up thing to do!
    • Cartoon Network monumentally screwing up the release of Stevenbomb 5, putting all five episodes rather than just the first one on the show's app for a few hours before fixing it. By then, spoilers were all over the Internet, causing even many people determined to wait for the proper release to track down pirated versions just to be sure they wouldn't be spoiled in the meantime. This led to concerns that the viewing numbers for the episodes' legitimate release could be seriously affected, though for his part Matt Burnett told the fans to just enjoy them.
      • Made worse when it was eventually discovered that Cartoon Network actually released them intentionally as a limited-time sneak preview on their smartphone app, an act that the Crewniverse wasn't even aware of.
      • An even bigger case of this occurred on the first of May 2018, where CN released clips in a documentary podcast from "Legs From Here to Homeworld" that revealed some pretty massive spoilers about the show in a move deemed to be done by "some careless jerk who doesn't even work in our timezone", as Ian JQ described them, causing even those who don't mind SU leaks to try and keep these spoilers from spreading. The video was quickly taken down from YouTube for re-editing and some members of the Crewniverse issued apologies on Twitter, but by then the spoilers were everywhere.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The face that Yellow Diamond makes at Peridot after Peridot's betrayal is supposed to be a Nightmare Face, but many fans have found it to be pretty goofy looking.
  • No Yay: Post-Stevenbomb 3.0 ("Week of Sardonyx"), a lot of people feel this way towards Pearl, believing that in her current state she's not capable of having a healthy relationship with any of her potential shipping partners... Until Mystery Girl's introduction in "Last One Out of Beach City", anyway.

    O-R 
  • Older Than They Think:
    • A race of people who: take their names from gem stones, are actually the gem stones that can be found on their bodies, are immortal as long as said gems remain undamaged, and have the ability to heal humans and gems with their tears? Sounds vaguely familiar...
    • The concept of stability in a fusion was first explored in a Doraemon episode, 'The Ultra Mixer', which depicted Doraemon and Nobita using the titular gadget to fuse into Nobiemon; as they preferred eating a whole dorayaki instead of having a half each. Their fused form had a different seiyuu and started developing a personality of its own while being focused on eating, but quickly became unstable after that because Doraemon wanted to play while Nobita tried to take a nap. They argued with each other, using their original voices, and later each one tried to take control of their shared body to force the other into doing what they wanted.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • S., or Mystery Girl. She only had one major appearance in "Last One Out of Beach City", one where she didn't even speak, yet she grew very popular very quickly.
    • The two Jades that Fuse and declare they will fight with Stevonnie and the Crystal Gems in "Together Alone" immediately became favorites despite their combined one minute of screentime.
  • One True Pairing:
    • Steven/Connie, after the events of "Bubble Buddies". This was only enforced after episodes like "Lion 2: the Movie", "An Indirect Kiss", and "Alone Together" showed them to have a lot of heartfelt chemistry together.
      • "Sworn to the Sword" also showcases their potential as a Battle Couple, with Connie as the Sword and Steven as the Shield.
      • "Open Book" features Cloud Connie in a white wedding gown, a possible foreshadowing of Steven and Connie being married in the future.
      • Steven implies in "Steven's Birthday" that he sees him and Connie getting married in the future.
      Steven: When Connie grows up and becomes president, what's that gonna make me? First boy!?
    • Sapphire/Ruby has not only become almost universally accepted by the fandom, but was confirmed to be canon by the storyboard artist of "Jail Break".
  • OT3:
    • A large number of people ship the Cool Kids as a Polyamory, usually referred to as "Poly Cool Kids".
    • Garnet/Amethyst/Pearl is also very popular, and often given the nickname 'Polygems'.
    • Pearl/Blue Pearl/Yellow Pearl became an instant favorite after the latter two were introduced, despite the fact that neither of them interacted with each other onscreen or Pearl even implying that she doesn't know Yellow Pearl since "not all Pearls know each other". However, "Now We're Only Falling Apart" reveals that Pearl, as Pink Diamond's Pearl, did know Yellow and Blue Pearl and used Exact Words to avoid answering when Steven asked who Yellow Pearl was. Later, it's also revealed she not only knows White Pearl as well, she finds her strange compared to other Gems.
    • Pre-"Alone at Sea" (and even somewhat afterward), shipping Peridot, Jasper, and Lapis together was fairly popular.
    • Lapis/Peridot/Amethyst, in part due to the heavy Ship-to-Ship Combat between Lapidot and Amedot.
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • Though clearly a children's program, several factors (such as the creator being a well known former member of the Adventure Time crew, the flawed yet lovable characters, the impressive soundtrack, the surprisingly touching drama, and jokes that would fly way over most kids' understanding) have made it quite popular outside its target demographic. It might even be likely that it's more popular among teens and adults than kids. It was even nominated for the Teen Choice Awards in 2016-2018.
    • There is also the fact that the show is inspired by various anime with countless references, which gained an audience from anime fans. Also, the show has an LGBT Fanbase, due to having LBGTQ characters and willingness to break gender stereotypes.
    • This has gotten to the point where Toonami aired its very own promo for the movie, despite SU being part of regular CN and not part of the adult-oriented Adult Swim/Toonami.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Lots:
    • Fans often called the Steven/Connie ship "Stevonnie" - which became complicated when an actual character with that name showed up (Stevonnie being the result of a literal Fusion Dance between the two, to be precise). Since then, fans have taken a liking to "Connverse".
    • "Larsadie" for Lars and Sadie.
    • While the Ruby/Sapphire ship also has an Idiosyncratic Ship Name, Garnet (their Fusion), to distinguish between the character and the pairing, many fans prefer to call their pairing "Rupphire" or something similar.
    • "Pearlmethyst" for Pearl/Amethyst.
    • Lapis Lazuli/Peridot is "Lapidot".
    • Jasper/Peridot is "Jaspidot".
    • Jasper/Lapis is often rendered as "Jaspis".
    • Pearl/Garnet is referred to as "Pearlnet".
    • Pearl/Rose is sometimes called "Prose". It's also called "Pearlrose" to distinguish it from actual prose.
    • Amethyst/Peridot is generally rendered as "Amedot". There's also the much less used "Perithyst".
    • Fans of Ronaldo/Lars often call the ship "Ronlars".
    • Greg/Rose is either "Gregrose" or "Grose".
    • Mystery Girl/Pearl is "Mystery Pearl".
    • Blue Diamond/Yellow Diamond is "Bellow Diamond".
    • Blue Pearl/Yellow Pearl is "Bellow Pearl".
    • Bismuth/Peridot is "Bisdot" or "Bismidot".
    • Lars (Laramie)/Emerald is "Laremmy".
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Jamie the mailman had a mixed reception in his first proper episode, "Love Letters". His idealized crush on Garnet was seen to be a bit creepy and possessive to some. After Garnet deconstructed his false notions of romance, fans hoped he'd move on and take up acting as a healthier alternative. Come "Historical Friction", and he seems to have done just that. He's made an adorable friendship with Steven, his melodramatic antics were funny, and his conflict with the mayor earned him a lot of fans' sympathy.
    • Onion, if not topping the list of disliked characters, was at least on the top three with Lars and Ronaldo. His Creepy Child personality and destructive tendencies made him pretty off-putting for many. "Onion Friend" has patched some things up, making his friendship with Steven more obvious, confirmation as being related to fan favorites Vidalia and Sour Cream, and choosing to give Explorer Gal to Steven seemingly to apologize for the Ranger Guy fiasco made him easier to like. Not a favorite by any means, but a good deal of fans tolerate him at least.
      • "Onion Gang" went even further, showing his interactions with his other friends and his growing friendship with Steven.
    • Peridot was (and still is) a major Base-Breaking Character, but after revealing herself to be terrified of the Cluster emerging on Earth, showing a kinder side to Steven and being generally more adorkable and harmless without her limb enhancers, she became more endearing and has been seen as more of a Jerkass Woobie. It helps that she has been shown to trust Steven more and because of him, she finally cooperates with the Crystal Gems.
    • Ronaldo was slowly getting there in Season 3, showing his more redeeming qualities like his vast technical knowledge (cars, anime, etc) and also showing him have more normal relationships and friendships with the people around Beach City. The Take That, Scrappy! moments he got also seemed to help. Sadly, due to him being incredibly obnoxious and a jerk to Steven, "Rocknaldo" seems to have undid all of this.
    • Downplayed with Lars. While there are still plenty of fans who dislike him after "The Good Lars" and "Stuck Together" because of his earlier actions, both episodes having him own up to the flaws that make him so unlikable in the eyes of many has (at the very least) "promoted" him to a more Base-Breaking Character rather than an outright Scrappy. The last two episodes of "Wanted", "Off Colors" and "Lars' Head", have rescued him even further: in the former, he acknowledges his mistakes, such as how he's unable to stick for anybody, not even himself, and later takes advantage of his lack of a gemstone to fight and destroy the robonoids chasing Steven and the Off Color Gems, resulting in a very moving Heroic Sacrifice. And in the latter, Steven's tears resurrect him and gave him abilities akin to Lion. He then urges Steven and the Off Color Gems to use Lars' link to Lion's pocket dimension to go back to Earth, even if it means he'll be stranded on Homeworld indefinitely, claiming he wants to be somebody deserving of being given a second chance at life. The aftermath of these episodes had many fans professing their love for him, a far cry from his previous reputation.
      • Increased in "Lars of the Stars", where Lars is seen having become a confident leader of the Off Colors, turning them from a group of Gems hiding from danger into a crew of Space Pirates who openly thumb their noses at the high-ranking Gem Emerald, including stealing her most prized spacecraft.

    S 
  • The Scrappy:
    • Ronaldo is easily one of the least liked characters in the show, due to his annoying personality and general lack of positive qualities (unlike Lars and Onion, who also have their fair share of haters but have been given sympathetic portrayals). YouTuber PhantomStrider talked about how disliked Ronaldo is in his Top 10 Worst Episodes of Good Cartoons.
    • Onion is probably second only to Ronaldo in the amount of hate he gets from the fanbase. Even with later episodes trying to give him some Hidden Depths, the fans don't consider it enough and still despise him as an extremely Creepy Child Karma Houdini.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 4 is easily the least liked season. While it does have its bright spots like "Mindful Education" or the Zoo arc, most fans feel the negative points outnumber them. Reasons include too many episodes focusing on Beach City residents or other humans instead of the Gems, who had their screentime greatly reduced, the lack of any real development in the Homeworld plot, a general frustration at the show's very slow pace, extremely inconsistent animation (the staff's attempts to defend said inconsistencies did not help at all), and lacking an overarching villain/threat for most of the season before Aquamarine and Topaz began kidnapping people in Beach City.
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • Canonically, the only Gem who has ever been drawn with a visible bust in the show is Rose Quartz, but artists frequently add them elsewhere. Some characters, in particular, tend to get this treatment:
      • Jasper's canon design is buff and muscular with no visible bust, or even cleavage despite her low neckline, but lots of fanart give her one hell of a Boobs of Steel treatment. In addition, she may also look far more feminine and leaner than she is (Quartzes tend to be on the thicker side, and she's no exception).
      • Pearl, being canonically as flat as a board, inexplicably gets an average to large bust in a lot of fanart, and Amethyst, whose own chest is modest, often ends up looking like she's smuggling balloons under her shirt.
      • Lapis also gets a fair amount of this, being almost completely flat in-series but often bumped up to at least a mid-size chest.
    • Peridot has a long face, jagged teeth, an unflattering triangle Improbable Hairstyle and she's frankly rather strange looking, androgynous and usually Ugly Cute. You wouldn't know that from the fan depictions, which often make her much more conventionally cute.
      • Her design with Limb Enhancers got this as well, though as actual fanservice and not just making her cute.
    • In an odd example of this, Rose Quartz is often drawn with a fat, protruding stomach to further underline her Big Beautiful Woman status - something she only had in canon while pregnant.
    • Blue Diamond becomes a more curvy, borderline-Big Beautiful Woman.
    • Connie's mother Priyanka is often depicted as a curvier attractive older woman.
  • Ship Mates:
    • Amedot to Pearlnet and Pearlapis, Lapidot to Pearlmethyst... of course, this is a show where just about every two full Gems have Les Yay or are commonly shipped together, so it gets way more complicated than that.
    • Lapis/Steven shippers will often also pair Peridot/Connie to get around the OTP that is Steven/Connie.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: After "Warp Tour" introduced Peridot, she was immediately shipped with Lapis, the only other Homeworld Gem currently introduced. However, in the lengthy hiatus following "Too Far", a sizable portion of the fandom operated under the assumption that Peridot and Amethyst would become love interests as "Amedot", and began shipping them as such. "Barn Mates" brought back the possibility of "Lapidot", and the two factions have been in cold contempt ever since. Occasionally Jaspis (Jasper/Lapis) gets dragged into it.
    • In an attempt to defuse the situation, storyboarder Lauren Zuke attempted to explain their perspective in January 2017, stating that they wrote Lapis and Peridot as if they were in a growing relationship, and Amethyst and Peridot as Peridot having a crush on Amethyst that led to them becoming close, intimate friends, and that their stance on it might not be the other writers/storyboarders' stance on it. This didn't actually help the situation at all, to the point where they eventually quit the show itself following constant fan harassment.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: The series can be a disorienting experience for newcomers, as the first ten episodes or so provide only the smallest of hints that something bigger than a boy with a gem for a bellybutton and his mother figures having seemingly random adventures is going on. The series really picks up once it starts dealing with its Myth Arc in "Lion 2: The Movie", seventeen episodes in. It only gets better after the show's first two-part episode, which would then go on to produce a steady string of high quality episodes containing the rich Character Development and World Building the show's known for.
  • Snark Bait: Not the show itself, but the crew's tendency of giving normal and mundane episodes serious sounding titles (e.g. "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies", "Last One Out of Beach City", "Gem Harvest"), at least on YouTube, is not well liked. Expect to see someone say "*Episode with a serious name* is actually about *something incredibly mundane*" on videos that talk about future episodes that only have their titles (and sometimes, synopsis) revealed.
  • So Okay, It's Average:
    • "Onion Friend" isn't exactly hated, and fans appreciated a breather episode from the otherwise tearjerking Stevenbomb 3 plotline. But the episode was agreed to feel incredibly short and didn't have any impact on the current matter at hand. The sole purpose of the episode seemed to be to show how Amethyst felt about Pearl and Garnet arguing, but it was completely overshadowed by Steven hanging out with Onion.
    • Stevenbomb 3 as a whole. Many felt that the drama between Garnet and Pearl was great, but it wasn't focused on enough and having a rushed conclusion, the episodes being Lighter and Softer compared to previous bombs, and less plot progression. The fact that Sardonyx only appeared in two episodes despite it being hailed as the "Week of Sardonyx" also didn't help.
    • The first week of the "Summer of Steven" event is considered this as a whole by most fans. On one hand, people absolutely adored "Mr. Greg", for being an amazing Musical Episode that focused on Greg and Pearl's rocky relationship (with Steven trying to make them reconcile with each other), Pearl's feeling for Rose and her inability to move on, and was quite a powerful Tearjerker. On the other hand, there's "The New Lars", considered to be not only the worst episode of that week but also one of the worst episodes of the entire series with "Steven Floats" (the first episode of the event) not faring too well either despite being more of a Broken Base episode. In between, there is "Drop Beat Dad", which the general reaction was pretty much this trope and "Too Short To Ride" and "Beach City Drift", considered better but far from spectacular. Thankfully, things picked up in the second week starting with "Monster Reunion".
    • "The Zoo". While it is more preferred than some of the other episodes that focus more on the human characters, when compared to the other episodes of the "Out of This World" arc, it comes across as more basic and plain.
    • Stevenbomb 6 as a whole. While the episodes shown are considered to be better than a good chunk of the ones from earlier in Season 4, some feel that most of the episodes presented are still lacking, and that "Are You My Dad?" and "I Am My Mom" were the only ones from that week worth writing home about.
  • Spiritual Adaptation:
  • Squick:
  • Kevin flirts with Stevonnie, who unbeknownst to him is the Fusion of a young boy and girl who are well below the age of consent. After Stevonnie defuses, Kevin has a reaction that sums it up quite well:
    Kevin: That's two kids! I'm out.
  • Starboarding:
    • Ronaldo starts to develop a crush on Sadie in "Horror Club".
    • Comes up in "Political Power", where it's revealed that Mayor Dewey is rather smitten with Pearl, referring to her as "the hot one" of the Gems.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The verses of "Stronger Than You" has a similar chord progression and tempo to, appropriately enough, "Just The Two Of Us" by Bill Withers.
    • "We Are The Crystal Gems" has the same chords as "Creep" by Radiohead (or, alternatively, the chorus of "Space Oddity" by David Bowie).
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: When it's not scaring the daylights out of you or tearing you apart inside, the show's central message that all of Earth's living creatures matter and deserve acceptance, not to mention a cast of characters who, despite their problems, love each other nonetheless, can fill one with such a sense of joy while watching it.
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  • Tainted by the Preview: Pre-series promos emphasized the comedy over action and drama and made Steven look like an Idiot Hero.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • A few in "Say Uncle". Pizza Steve, one of the biggest Base-Breaking Characters in Uncle Grandpa, gets eaten by Amethyst. And despite the Take That, Audience! undertones of the crossover, it's worth noting that the Crystal Gems (arguably the stand-ins for Uncle Grandpa's hatedom) beat up Uncle Grandpa before the end of the episode.
    • In "Keep Beach City Weird", the Crystal Gems beating Ronaldo is satisfying for those who don't like him.
      • In "Garnet's Universe", the character of Ringo is made in Ronaldo's likeness, is cast as the villain of Steven's story, gets the crud beat out of him by Garnet and is left imprisoned in his own dimension forever. Many wished they could see this happen with the real Ronaldo.
      • Yet again in "Rocknaldo", when Steven finally calls Ronaldo out on his self-important bullshit and gives him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Afterwards, Ronaldo loses energy due to lack of sleep and passes out on the floor, with Amethyst remarking that Steven "truthed him so hard he died."
    • "The New Lars" was basically one big Humiliation Conga for Lars. One in particular is when it's revealed that the Cool Kids actually find him annoying and prefer him when Steven accidentally possesses him. Unfortunately, this didn't stop people who hated the episode (most of whom already don't like Lars to begin with) from despising it.
    • Onion being visibly freaked out by Steven in Lars' body from the same above episode can be seen as this.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Rebecca Sugar has said that a world where people are naturally good and kind is no less believable than one with gem-based aliens, and that Steven Universe's world is just that. While most agree that this is ultimately why the show's message of inclusiveness works, others feel that a world without even some humans being irrationally hateful is less believable than aliens, and that this makes the show a little too "nice" for its own good.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: A minor case, but changing Steven's blue shirt into a black one between The Movie and "Steven Universe: Future" hasn't been recieved well, due to many liking how Steven alludes to all the Diamond's color schemes with it.
  • Tough Act to Follow: After three episodes of build-up, "The Zoo" left several fans disappointed with how basic and plain it was when compared to out episodes from the "Out of This World" event. Luckily, the very next episode (as well as the last one of the event) "That Will Be All" made up for it.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The Centipeetle may be an acid spewing mouth eyed bug monster, but her interactions with Steven in "Monster Buddies" are downright adorable. She's even more cute in "Monster Reunion", with her partially-healed form.
    • Sapphire when her massive, single eye is shown.
    • The Jade fusion is very strange looking, with two sets of eyes, a very visible tooth gap and arms which connect to both the shoulders and the waist, with the two elbows being connected. But the eyes are extremely expressive and her joy of finally being able to reveal herself endeared her to a lot of viewers.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Many of the things seen in Rose's Room when it was glitching out, which was probably the point.
    • One that sticks out the most in "Jail Break" is Garnet's expression after she gets re-fused. Yikes!
    • While not so egregious, Sapphire's single eye can be this.
    • The pilot's art style, to some. Especially seeing as Steven looks like a teenager or adult but has a small child's voice and most of the characters have catlike pupils.
    • Several of the characters in the earlier episodes look very Off-Model when compared to the newer episodes. "Cheeseburger Backpack" is probably the worst offender of this.
    • Yellow Diamond can be... unsettling. She has an unusually long neck, haunting eyes, and lines in her face that other Gems don't have. The face she makes when Peridot calls her a "clod" is either funny or Nightmare Fuel. Or both. It's even more jarring when you look at the extended intro, which features her in a style more in line with the other characters.
    • Most fusions escape it with their numerous extra body parts, but Smoky Quartz looks mostly normal, except they have a left arm that splits into two at the elbow.
    • Both White Diamond and her Pearl leap right into the valley with their unnerving behavior and Non-Standard Character Design.
  • Unexpected Character: From "Say Uncle", Uncle Grandpa pulls out a checklist of other Cartoon Network series he's visited, and smack dab in the middle are the SWAT Kats, who aren't children and are instead serious vigilantes, (though Chance/T-Bone seemed to be somewhat of a Manchild), aren't human, and aired on TBS (though they do appear on the Boomerang Network, which is a Cartoon Network property).
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • The "Steven Universe: Art & Origins" book has been accused of racial stereotyping, as the design of one of the unused characters, a Gem named Concrete, includes her having dark skin and oversized lips, which some people believe resembles blackface, with the descriptions next to her ("Has a wicked shoe collection", "Can't read"note ) being seen as stereotypical. The creators apologized and removed her from later printings.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • Ronaldo in "Restaurant Wars". Having his girlfriend break up with him was probably meant to be a Take That, Scrappy!, but if you combine his family giving him No Sympathy and the fact that he did nothing to warrant his abuse in that episode, he becomes too pitiful to laugh at.
    • All the members of Yellow Diamond's Ruby Squad. They were only sent to Earth on a mission to retrieve Jasper, and in the long run only wanted honest answers and not attacks/stallings out of self-defense from the Crystal Gems. It's hard to blame Navy for tricking Steven so as to steal the ship back and rescue her squad, as well as for Eyeball testifying against "Rose Quartz".
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Ronaldo when he's not painted as the Butt-Monkey. He sees no problem with ignoring a person's personal liberties or feelings to validate his conspiracies. While this can be put down to being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander and as such just unaware of how his actions affect someone he will still do so despite knowing how they feel about his actions.
    • Onion in "Onion Trade". He misses his father and he barely sees him. But to pass the time waiting for him, he steals, dupes Steven, crashes a moped he won for no reason, and nearly destroyed the town.
    • In "Too Far", Amethyst gets furious with Peridot after she calls her defective and says she came out wrong. However, Amethyst had been egging Peridot on to make cracks at the other Gems, including Steven, who was with them and could hear everything they said.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Many viewers assumed Pearl was going to be male due to her haircut and flat chest (especially in the pilot episode, where her original design looked more androgynous than the version shown in the actual series). Even some of the episode synopses on Hulu refer to Pearl as male.
    • Both Ruby and Jasper are often confused for male due to their muscular designs and aggressive personalities.
    • All of the Gems get this to some degree, seeing as they're technically not human but mostly appear female and use female pronouns.
    • Invoked with any of the fusions that Steven is part of, who are more overtly agender/non-binary, and are addressed by decidedly gender neutral pronouns like "they" and "them" as a way of working canonically genderless characters into the show.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Despite still mostly operating on a TV budget, it has some of the best-looking hand-drawn animation on TV ever, with several bursts of more fluid character animation, extremely tight layouts, especially with fight and dance scenes, and stellar designs.
    • The entirety of Lapis Lazuli's battle with the Gems, from the fluid movements of the water clones, Steven summoning his shield, the water tower in space with stars in the background, and Lapis being healed and regaining her wings.
    • Garnet's fight with Jasper on the Hand ship.
    • The creepy majesty of the Cluster as it first forms with psychic projections of its Gem shards, and when Steven goes inside its mind with the minimalist flashing orbs of light.
    • Pearl's musical sequence in "Mr. Greg" with Empire City's lights and crowds below as Pearl fluidly dances and spins in full rotation, complete with spinning backgrounds and ingenious use of perspective shots.
    • It's a minor thing, and most people would not have noticed it, but "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies" has very realistic hand camera drift, something quite time consuming to do in an animated work.

    W 
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Not in a bad way, but an odd way. The voice cast is a offbeat gathering of former teen stars, pop singers, musical theater performers, and radio personalities. It's almost as if a bunch of old friends in the entertainment industry had a reunion. Nicki Minaj as Sugilite in particular surprised many, as her voice for Sugilite sounds almost exactly like the voice actress for Amethyst. Another big issue is how hiring such big names as the Fusions severely limits how much they can be used, beyond brief appearances where they don't speak, which of course compromises how much personality they can show (most severely, we're still waiting to get a bead on what Opal is like outside of when she's in action).
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Although the show is able to keep a fairly lighthearted and child-friendly tone most of the time, it has used metaphors for lots of fun subjects such as losing a loved one, abusive relationships, consent, racism/sexism/homophobia, and intercourse.
    • Quite possibly the biggest example of this is the episode "Keeping It Together" where Garnet gets on the verge of a mental breakdown after witnessing the remnants of the mass destruction of innocent Crystal Gems who were forced to Fuse together. Oh, and there's lots of Body Horror for the whole family there, too.
    • We've also had the abomination of nature that is the Cluster with some explicit abortion and birth imagery that wouldn't be out of place in a horror story, survivors of the Gem War suffering from the trauma of so much death or being corrupted, Steven and Connie getting over their feelings of the equivalent of sexual harassment, lovers still mourning their lost loves, and a mutually toxic relationship that draws equal paralells between psychological and drug abuse with horrific accuracy.
    • On the flipside, the on-the-nose messages, thinly-veiled metaphors and simple dialogue make a lot more sense when you realize that it's specifically designed to teach kids subjects that are either dense or never discussed anywhere else.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • When Cartoon Network put the show on a three month hiatus, fans got worried that the show was going to be Screwed by the Network. Then the network revealed that not only did they add more episodes to the first season, they also renewed it for a big second season. The result was that Steven Universe would have a total of 104 episodes note  for its first two seasons. Such news put the fans' minds at ease, even if they later split up the second season.
    • While not perfect, "Say Uncle", the Uncle Grandpa crossover, was much better received than originally anticipated thanks to the number of fandom nods and in-jokes.
    • After the lackluster Season 4 left a lot of fans disenchanted with the series, Season 5, especially the second half, reversed it, with less episodes focused on the townies (and ones that were were tied to the plot), fleshing out Homeworld and the Diamonds, improved animation that was noticeably less Off-Model (which Season 4 became infamous for), the much awaited backstory of Rose Quartz, Pink Diamond, and the Rebellion, all of it leading into Stevenbomb 7 (titled "Heart of the Crystal Gems"), which many have said to be the best Stevenbomb so far. Which was even topped by the "Diamond Days" special, which every episode, with the exception of "Escapism" and especially "Change Your Mind" got an overwhelmingly positive reception. This helped the season to have a much warmer reception, rekindled interest in the series for fans that had given up on it, and had many others claiming that Season 5 was one of the best seasons so far.
  • Woolseyism: In "Message Received", Peridot and Yellow Pearl call Yellow Diamond "My Diamond" as a sign of respect towards one of the Diamond Authority. The Japanese dub, however, adds a bit of Cultural Translation by replacing "My Diamond" with "Your Majesty" in Japanese (heika).

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