Could you please do an analysis of Steven's main character flaws?
I can try, I guess?
Steven’s hitting a point where he’s gotten… meddlesome. After a large portion of the show where his greatest feature is how he brings people together and helps everyone figure out their problems, he’s now having a little trouble with the realization that he doesn’t always know best, and his attempts to help are not always wanted. We see it in Sadie’s Song and The New Lars, where he assumes his standards and desires are the same as everyone else’s, and ends up making them stressed and miserable trying to deal with his imposed standard. We see its more malicious side in Bubbled, where his assumptions of what Eyeball needs to warm up to him results in nearly getting murdered.
I think a lot about Message Received, and how he almost learned the lesson that Not Everyone Wants To Be Saved. However, Peridot immediately overturned that lesson before it had the chance to sink in, and Steven went back to thinking everyone can be helped. Instead of that slow buildup and realization to a truth with Peridot, Steven now is learning through painful crash courses via Bismuth, Jasper, and Eyeball.
It all stems from a kind and caring place, of course. And when you have it in your head that you want so badly to fix everyone’s problems, it becomes harder to focus on your own. I don’t think I need to belabor the point with Mindful Education, since it’s pretty painfully clear: the kid puts everyone’s stress before his own, sees their struggles as more important and more worth worrying about, and as a result isn’t dealing with his very real and very frightening trauma. He’s becoming scared to rock the boat for his own sake, and puts others’ freedoms and revelations first.
It’s a distressing conflict: he assumes that what he likes and wants and sees as freedom is the same for everyone else, but at the same time he’s putting himself second. As he’s starting to learn the former better, it may lead to even bigger problems with the latter.