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"We... are the Crystal Gems, we'll always save the day, and if you think we can't, we'll always find a way!")
Debuting on November 4, 2013, Steven Universe is a Cartoon Network show from Rebecca Sugar, an Adventure Time alum who also created Pug Davis. It is also the first Cartoon Network original created by a team headed solely by a woman.
The show is about the adventures of a boy named Steven, the youngest of a team of magical guardians of humanity: the Crystal Gems. Steven may not be as powerful as the other Crystal Gems. Or as savvy. And he doesn't have much control over his powers, which originate from the gem in his bellybutton inherited from his late mother. But that doesn't stop him from joining Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl on their magical adventures and finding a way to save the day. And as Steven slowly starts to find out what exactly they're saving the day from, the plot comes to encompass much more than just one sleepy beach town.
This work uses the following tropes:
(When adding tropes, focus on the work itself and not on the drama.)
- Beach Episode: Steven lives in a place called Beach City.
- Color-Coded Characters: Many of the characters are personifications of real-life precious metals.
- Color-Coded Elements: Some of which possess elemental powers.
- Five-Token Band: The team started out with 5 members, two of which are a perma-fusion.
- Fusion Dance: In order to fuse, two or more Gems have to dance with each other.
- Gemstone Assault: Gems vs Gems.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Steven, Stevonnie, and Smoky Quartz
- Heel Face Turn: Peridot and Lapis defect from Homeworld during the transition between seasons 2 and 3 while Jasper becomes corrupted through an attempted fusion.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: "Mom was Pink Diamond..."
- Reference Overdosed: See for yourself.
- Type Caste: Gems on Homeworld follow a strict caste system based on their types, and will be shattered if they defy it.