The need for kind and caring savior,
even if "only" a cartoon
"Pick your hero . Jesus? Prometheus? The Buddha? Donald Trump? Steven Universe? I'll take Steven. If he could talk or hug his way out of any problem, he would. He believes in relational power. He adjusts to any new situation, always trying to understand the pain. And he's enough of a goofball that I can identify with him. I don't need a savior who scares me into goodness. I need a savior who inspires me to become my better self. I find Jesus in Steven.
- Imaginary Next Door Neighbor who loves Cartoons
"A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man."
- Joseph Campbell
"There’s a growing audience of kids and kids at heart who are treating Steven Universe’s adventures like sacred scripture, and the world might just be a more humane place if we all looked to its starry brightness for guidance."
- Micah Bucey
"One of the great things about Steven is he's often not fighting to simply defeat his antagonist. He's trying to understand their pain, help them through it and win them over in the process. As the opponents and their pain grow through the series, so Steven has to grow to help them. It's what makes his character arc so fascinating. He is constantly changing and reacting to the needs of those around him. You will not meet a kinder, more gentle cartoon soul than Steven Universe."
-- Courtney Lanning