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The UK have censored several episodes of Steven Universe. Lots of scenes and lines were cut due to being too inappropriate for children. Most of these contain sexual references or innuendos.

The censorship of the season 2 episode "We Need to Talk" became EXTREMELY controversial, as LGBT themes were censored.

Note that not all episodes have been tested, and there's probably several more that were censored that weren't on this list.

Season 1 Edit

"Frybo"Edit

  • The part where Steven says "Your move, Frybo. Attack!" and eats a fry, before Steven's pants hit Frybo, was cut.

"Steven's Lion"Edit

  • Ronaldo exclaiming "Steven's pregnant?!" is cut out, cutting directly to "I have a giant pet lion right outside!", and again when Ronaldo remarks "I bet you're not even pregnant".

"Arcade Mania"Edit

  • The arcade game "Meat Beat Mania" becomes simply "Beat Mania".
  • All instances of Steven saying the name "Meat Beat Mania" are cut entirely.

"So Many Birthdays"Edit

  • Steven's line "That was fun, but a boy on the cusp of manhood can't spend the whole day whackering" is cut out from the episode.

"Steven the Sword Fighter"Edit

  • The scene where Pearl drops her sword after being stabbed by Holo-Pearl (also In Steven's Flashback).
  • Shaved time - 4.5 seconds.

"Coach Steven"Edit

  • Steven's line "You can beat up Lars and you don't have to starve to death if Sadie divorces you!" followed by Lars' "We're not MARRIED!" are both removed, cutting directly to Greg on the beach.
  • Shaved time - 6 seconds.

"Joking Victim" Edit

  • The shots containing the lyrics "Take both hands! Push below the diaphragm!" during the Big Donut training videotape are removed.
  • The part where Steven is performing the Heimlich maneuver on Lars.
  • Shaved time - 6 seconds.

"Monster Buddies" Edit

  • Garnet yelling "Steven!" then kicking the Centipeetle in the ice cave is cut.
  • The Centipeetle Mother getting crushed under the stalactite, and the closeups of it closing its mouth/its gem dimming.
  • Shaved time - 12 seconds.

"Island Adventure"Edit

  • The scene where Sadie and Lars hug during the song "Be Wherever You Are" is shortened, cutting the scene where Lars pushes Steven out of the hug.
  • Lars' and Sadies' exaggerated kiss, specifically the back-rubbing and moaning sounds, is removed. Only Lars' lips touching Sadie's is seen before the scene cuts off.
  • The line "Use your fish murdering skills!" is muted.
  • Shaved time - 7 seconds.

"Horror Club"Edit

  • Lars' line, "Ugh, that social napalm?" is cut. 
  • Steven saying "I think you should stop being such a dink to Ronaldo" was cut.
  • Shaved time - 7 seconds.

"Story for Steven"Edit

  • The line "See, Greg, this is your problem. You want one huge woman, when you could have multiple small ones." was changed to "See, Greg, this is your problem. Don't get distracted by these smalltown girls. They don't matter".
  • Rose's line "...and I really wanna play with you" is cut.
  • Shaved time - 2.5 seconds.

"The Message"Edit

  • Pearl's comment: "I can't believe my flipping eyes" is cut out, and cuts straight to Lapis' message.
  • Shaved time - 3 seconds.

"The Return"Edit

  • In the scene where Garnet is poofed, her visor and body snapping and breaking is cut, as well as Amethyst and Pearl screaming is also cut, moving straight to her "poof" cloud.
  • Shaved time - 7.5 seconds.

"Jail Break"Edit

  • When Jasper hits Garnet.
  • When Garnet hits Jasper and smashes her crash helmet.
    • Both the above scenes are replaced by bright flashes of white light (none of the song is cut though).
  • Shaved time - None.

Season 2Edit

"Rising Tides, Crashing Skies" Edit

  • Ronaldo saying "Ah, that's right, I did it! Thanks to me, the Gems are gone forever!" was cut for some reason.

"Keeping it Together" Edit

  • Garnet saying the Earth would become "janked", along with Amethyst's "Garnet! That mouth!" is cut.
  • Shaved time - 10 seconds.

"We Need to Talk"Edit

  • The scene where Greg shivers after Rose says his name is cut.
  • The part of Rainbow Quartz's fusion dance where Pearl gives Greg a devilish smile while she's hanging upside down.
  • Rainbow Quartz's dance where she drops down in front of Greg is also cut out.
  • The censorship of this episode caused massive controversy.

"Onion Friend"Edit

  • Amethyst's line "Do you ever hear from Ol' Farty Marty?" was changed to "Do you ever hear from Ol' Marty?"

Season 3 Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • The part where the watermelons jump out of the sky and cover each of Malachite's eyes, then punch her in the eye is cut on Cartoon Network UK's website, but sometimes not on TV for some reason.

TriviaEdit

  • "Island Adventure" got heavily censored in every non-US country. The UK amazingly came off quite lightly with the censorship of this episode, with only 7 seconds of the episode being cut.
  • Despite the censorship in "The Return", the same scene is shown in a flashback in "Full Disclosure" uncensored.
  • Sadie and Lars kissing is censored, however, Ruby and Sapphire's kissing in both "Jail Break" and "Keystone Motel" are uncensored.
  • Amazingly, the entire birth tape scene from "Onion Friend" was left intact. It was censored in many other places.

Censorship testsEdit

Episode

Tested?

Censored?
Gem Glow No
Laser Light Cannon No
Cheeseburger Backpack No
Together Breakfast No
Frybo Yes Censored
Cat Fingers No
Bubble Buddies No
Serious Steven No
Tiger Millionaire No
Steven's Lion Yes Censored
Arcade Mania Yes Censored
Giant Woman Yes Inconclusive
So Many Birthdays Yes Censored
Lars and the Cool Kids No
Onion Trade No
Steven the Sword Fighter Yes Censored
Lion 2: The Movie No
Beach Party No
Rose's Room No
Coach Steven Yes Censored
Joking Victim Yes Censored
Steven and the Stevens No
Monster Buddies Yes Censored
An Indirect Kiss No
Mirror Gem No
Ocean Gem Yes Inconclusive
House Guest No
Space Race No
Secret Team No
Island Adventure Yes Censored
Keep Beach City Weird No
Fusion Cuisine No
Garnet's Universe No
Watermelon Steven Yes Inconclusive
Lion 3: Straight to Video Yes Inconclusive
Warp Tour Yes Inconclusive
Alone Together Yes Inconclusive
The Test Yes Inconclusive
Future Vision No
On the Run No
Horror Club Yes Censored
Winter Forecast No
Maximum Capacity Yes Inconclusive
Marble Madness No
Rose's Scabbard Yes Inconclusive
Open Book No
Shirt Club No
Story for Steven Yes Censored
The Message Yes Censored
Political Power No
The Return Yes Censored
Jail Break Yes Censored
Full Disclosure Yes Inconclusive
Joy Ride No
Say Uncle No
Love Letters No
Reformed No
Sworn to the Sword Yes Inconclusive
Rising Tides, Crashing Skies Yes Censored
Keeping it Together Yes Censored
We Need to Talk Yes Censored
Chille Tid Yes Inconclusive
Cry for Help Yes Inconclusive
Keystone Motel Yes Inconclusive
Onion Friend Yes Censored
Historical Friction No
Friend Ship No
Nightmare Hospital No
Sadie's Song Yes Inconclusive
Catch and Release Yes Inconclusive
When it Rains No
Back to the Barn Yes Inconclusive
Too Far Yes Inconclusive
The Answer Yes Inconclusive
Steven's Birthday No
It Could've Been Great No
Message Received No
Log Date 7 15 2 No
Super Watermelon Island Yes Censored
Gem Drill No
Same Old World No
Barn Mates No
Hit the Diamond Yes Inconclusive
Steven Floats Yes Censored
Drop Beat Dad No
Mr. Greg No
Too Short to Ride Yes Inconclusive
The New Lars Yes Censored
Beach City Drift No
Restaurant Wars No
Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service No
Monster Reunion No
Alone at Sea No
Greg the Babysitter Yes Censored
Gem Hunt No
Crack the Whip No
Steven vs. Amethyst No
Bismuth Banned Banned
Beta No
Earthlings Yes Censored
Back to the Moon No
Bubbled No
Kindergarten Kid Not aired
Know Your Fusion Not aired
Buddy's Book Not aired
Mindful Education Not aired
Future Boy Zoltron Not aired
Last One Out of Beach City Not aired
Onion Gang Not aired
  • Where "Inconclusive" means the episode was tested but no censorship was found. Either the episode was entirely uncensored, or there was censorship but us, being human, missed it, and it could change to "Censored" (though unlikely, most cuts are obvious).

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