History Characters / GravityFallsMysteryShack

22nd May '18 3:31:10 PM BaconManiac5000
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* ButtMonkey: Heavily implied she'll become this in high school after a teacher pronounces her name wrong during school registration.
8th May '18 6:44:25 PM Ninamarie124
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:: • [[Characters/GravityFallsDipperPines Dipper Pines]]\\
• [[Characters/GravityFallsMabelPines Mabel Pines]]\\
• [[Characters/GravityFallsGrunkleStan Grunkle Stan]]

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5th May '18 4:20:15 PM DipperPines
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:: • [[Characters/GravityFallsDipperPines Dipper Pines]]
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5th May '18 3:44:49 PM DipperPines
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![[center:'''[[Characters/GravityFalls Index]]''': '''The Mystery Shack''' | [[Characters/GravityFallsMysteryShackTheAuthor The Author]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsMainAntagonists Main Antagonists]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsBillCipher Bill Cipher]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsAdults Adults of Gravity Falls]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsYouth Youth of Gravity Falls]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsCreaturesAndOtherOddities Creatures and other Oddities]] ]]

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![[center:'''[[Characters/GravityFalls Index]]''': '''The Mystery Shack''' ([[Characters/GravityFallsDipperPines Dipper Pines]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsMabelPines Mabel Pines]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsGrunkleStan Grunkle Stan]]) | [[Characters/GravityFallsMysteryShackTheAuthor The Author]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsMainAntagonists Main Antagonists]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsBillCipher Bill Cipher]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsAdults Adults of Gravity Falls]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsYouth Youth of Gravity Falls]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsCreaturesAndOtherOddities Creatures and other Oddities]] ]]Oddities]]]]




!Pines Family
:: • [[Characters/GravityFallsDipperPines Dipper Pines]]
:: • [[Characters/GravityFallsMabelPines Mabel Pines]]
:: • [[Characters/GravityFallsGrunkleStan Grunkle Stan]]

!Mystery Shack Employees and Animals




[[folder:Dipper Pines]]
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[[caption-width-right:190:''"Yes! Time to show Grunkle Stan how a real mystery hunter does it. Dipper out!"'']]
->'''Voiced by''': Jason Ritter\\\
''"When life gives you lemons, extract the juice and use it to draw a treasure map in invisible ink. That really works! Seriously!"''

Dipper is a curious, clever, inventive 12-year-old. With his (older) twin sister Mabel along for the ride, he dares to uncover the secrets of Gravity Falls.

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\n[[folder:Dipper Pines]]\n[[quoteright:190:http://static.[[folder: Jesus "Soos" Alzamirano Ramirez]]
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[[caption-width-right:190:''"Yes! Time to show Grunkle Stan how [[caption-width-right:200:"My wisdom is both a real mystery hunter does it. Dipper out!"'']]
blessing and a curse."]]
->'''Voiced by''': Jason Ritter\\\
''"When life gives you lemons, extract
Creator/AlexHirsch\\\
''"I have a new mission now. Protecting these kids!"''

Handyman at
the juice and use it to draw a treasure map in invisible ink. That really works! Seriously!"''

Mystery Shack. Soos often accompanies Dipper is a curious, clever, inventive 12-year-old. With his (older) twin sister and Mabel along for the ride, he dares to uncover the secrets of Gravity Falls.on their adventures. He acts much like OneOfTheKids, though you'll find he's actually quite intelligent.



* For tropes related to him, see [[Characters/GravityFallsDipperPines here]].
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[[folder:Mabel Pines]]
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[[caption-width-right:200:''"Check it out Dipper, I successfully bezazzled my face! Blink! Ow..."'']]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/KristenSchaal\\\
''"When life gives you lemons, draw faces on those lemons and wrap them in a blanket. Ta-daaa! Now you have Lemon Babies."''

Dipper's twin sister. Energetic and optimistic, Mabel makes the best of every situation, with a big goofy smile, while at the same time annoying her twin.
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* For tropes related to her, see [[Characters/GravityFallsMabelPines here]].
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[[folder:Great Uncle "Grunkle" Stan Pines]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Sounds like something a responsible parent wouldn't want you doing... Good thing I'm an uncle!"'']]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/AlexHirsch\\\
''"When life gives you lemons, you call them 'yellow oranges' and sell them for double the price."''

Stan Pines, also known as Great-Uncle Stan and Grunkle Stan, is Mabel and Dipper's sly great-uncle. He runs The Mystery Shack, a tourist trap full of questionable oddities. When he's giving tours or asleep on the couch, Dipper and Mabel sneak out to explore the town’s secrets.
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* For tropes related to him, see [[Characters/GravityFallsGrunkleStan here]].
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[[folder: Jesus "Soos" Alzamirano Ramirez]]
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/soos_appearance.png]]
[[caption-width-right:200:"My wisdom is both a blessing and a curse."]]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/AlexHirsch\\\
''"I have a new mission now. Protecting these kids!"''

Handyman at the Mystery Shack. Soos often accompanies Dipper and Mabel on their adventures. He acts much like OneOfTheKids, though you'll find he's actually quite intelligent.
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3rd May '18 1:17:42 AM annette12
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![[center:'''[[Characters/GravityFalls Index]]''': '''The Mystery Shack''' | [[Characters/GravityFallsDipperPines Dipper Pines]] |
[[Characters/GravityFallsMysteryShackTheAuthor The Author]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsMainAntagonists Main Antagonists]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsBillCipher Bill Cipher]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsAdults Adults of Gravity Falls]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsYouth Youth of Gravity Falls]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsCreaturesAndOtherOddities Creatures and other Oddities]] ]]

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[[Characters/GravityFallsMysteryShackTheAuthor The Author]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsMainAntagonists Main Antagonists]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsBillCipher Bill Cipher]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsAdults Adults of Gravity Falls]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsYouth Youth of Gravity Falls]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsCreaturesAndOtherOddities Creatures and other Oddities]] ]]
3rd May '18 1:17:02 AM annette12
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![[center:'''[[Characters/GravityFalls Index]]''': '''The Mystery Shack''' | [[Characters/GravityFallsMysteryShackTheAuthor The Author]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsMainAntagonists Main Antagonists]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsBillCipher Bill Cipher]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsAdults Adults of Gravity Falls]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsYouth Youth of Gravity Falls]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsCreaturesAndOtherOddities Creatures and other Oddities]] ]]

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![[center:'''[[Characters/GravityFalls Index]]''': '''The Mystery Shack''' | [[Characters/GravityFallsDipperPines Dipper Pines]] |
[[Characters/GravityFallsMysteryShackTheAuthor The Author]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsMainAntagonists Main Antagonists]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsBillCipher Bill Cipher]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsAdults Adults of Gravity Falls]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsYouth Youth of Gravity Falls]] | [[Characters/GravityFallsCreaturesAndOtherOddities Creatures and other Oddities]] ]]
3rd May '18 1:08:27 AM annette12
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* ActingYourIntellectualAge: A mild case, but Dipper is rather intelligent, and doesn't have many friends his own age. His best friend is 15 year old Wendy, and the plot of "The Inconveniencing" is partially put in motion when he tries to befriend her group of friends.
* ActionSurvivor: He's not as tough in a fight as Mabel is and prefers keeping out of conflict as much as possible, but he's still more than capable of holding his own when he has to.
** UpToEleven in "Weirdmageddon Part 1", where [[spoiler:he's the only member of his family and one of the only people in town confirmed not to have been captured or killed by Bill's nightmares during the three day TimeSkip. To put that into context, Gravity Falls had literally become HellOnEarth during those three days due to an ApocalypseHow; there was little available food, no real shelter, the water had turned to blood, and Bill's drones and creatures were specifically looking for him]].
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: He's 12 but tends to act much older, though there are times he acts exactly like the preteen he is.
* {{Adorkable}}: Often comes across as awkward and unsure, but is adorable.
* AffectionateNickname: Mabel occasionally calls him "Dipping Sauce" or "bro-bro".
* AgentMulder: Dipper kicked off the plot when he found Journal #3 and immediately began using it to identify the supernatural in everything around him. Although she came around after the incident with [[spoiler: the gnomes]], Mabel indicates in "Tourist Trapped" that Dipper was like this even before he came across it.
-->'''Mabel''': Norman and I are going on a date at five o'clock and I'm going to be ''adorable'' and he's going to be ''dreamy'' and I'm not going to let you ruin it with one of your crazy CONSPIRACIES!!!
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: He is known to have been teased about his birthmark by other children until he started hiding it, which may be how he earned his nickname when he was no older than five.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: "Little Dipper" reveals that he's this to Mabel since he's usually beaten her at everything. The fact that she's now taller than him meant that she was finally first/better than him at something. Ironically, WordOfGod says he apparently sees Mabel as this to him.
* AnimalEaredHeadband: In "Boss Mabel", Dipper wears a headband with wolf ears as part of his Pre-Teen Wolf Boy costume.
* AntiHero: A ClassicalAntiHero as all the social awkwardness tropes would suggest; but also has shades of the more [[KnightInSourArmor modern]] [[GoodIsNotNice variety]] in that, while willing to make great sacrifices for the people he cares for, he's pretty cynical and willing to get his hands dirty for personal gain.
* TheAntiNihilist: Dipper knows that the world can be an unfriendly place, but decides to live in it because it's the ''people'' in it that make it worth living.
%%* ApologizesALot: Towards the latter half of the second series, he gets this habit of blaming himself and apologizing for things, whether he actually did anything wrong or not.
* AppropriatedAppellation: He disliked when Soos called him and Mabel "Mystery Twins" in "Headhunters". By "Irrational Treasure", it's grown on him.
* AuthorAvatar: He's based off of Alex Hirsch from when he was a kid. To wit, during a series of tweets where Hirsch joked about going mad with power, he claimed [[https://twitter.com/_alexhirsch/status/535308630178807810 he'd be able to add a self-insert OC into the show with no resistance]] before remembering that he already had one in the form of Dipper.
* BadassAdorable: Though you may not want to mention the adorable bit where he can hear you. He takes on supernatural beings on a weekly basis, and trumps them regularly. He and Soos also went toe to toe with Grunkle Stan in "Not What He Seems", a man who beat three government agents. Eventually lampshaded by [[spoiler: The Author/Grunkle Ford when he asks Dipper to be his apprentice]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Ford''']]: How many other twelve-year-olds do you think are capable of doing what you've just done?
* BadassBoast: He says one in the trailer for the series finale.
-->'''Dipper''': [[RousingSpeech Bill wants us to be afraid. He wants us to hide. Those are our friends, and if we don't do something, it'll be our entire universe! So I say we band together and take the fight to him!]] [[Film/PacificRim We are cancelling the Weirdpocalypse!]]
* BadassBookworm: Dipper is often seen reading either the journal or the newspaper. Despite that, he's very capable of putting up a fight. In "Headhunters", he has an epic sword fight with [[spoiler:wax Sherlock Holmes, and even tricks him to go outside so that the sun can melt him. This kid right here, outwitted Sherlock bleedin' Holmes.]] In "Dipper vs. Manliness", he [[spoiler: completes 49 tests of manliness from the [[TestosteronePoisoning testosterone-poisoned Manotaurs]], then for the final test he fights a [[BearsAreBadNews huge multi-headed bear monster]] with only a crude bone spear ''and wins''...then stands up to the [[ALoadOfBull Manotaurs]] when he refuses to kill Multi-Bear.]] And in "Fight Fighters", Dipper manages to [[spoiler:live even after getting beat up by Rumble [=McSkirmish=], an {{Expy}} of Ryu from Franchise/StreetFighter, and still stands up to Robbie's challenge afterward.]] And of course, in "Gideon Rises", [[spoiler: jumps off a cliff onto a giant robot to take down Gideon and save his sister.]]
* BadassInANiceSuit: In ''Northwest Mansion Mystery'', when the Northwests make him dress up.
* BadassNormal: Dipper relies entirely on his wits and his resourcefulness in order to defeat foes and overcome obstacles.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' call him adorable or imply that he isn't smart enough to solve something.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Don't make him angry. He's not afraid to step up when someone he loves is in danger.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Although the younger twin, put his sister in danger, and his usually cool head goes straight out the window. Sometimes he takes it [[KnightTemplarBigBrother a little too far.]]
* BrainsAndBrawn: Usually the Brains to Mabel's Brawn, but both he and Mabel function as the Brains to Soos's, Wendy's, or Stan's Brawn, depending on who's with them at the time. On a rarest occasion, though, he proves he's fully capable of fulfilling the Brawn dynamic himself, but only if you [[BewareTheNiceOnes really]] push him.
%%* BrainyBrunette: He's a very intelligent, brown-haired kid.
* BrotherSisterTeam: With Mabel.
* CannotTellAJoke: {{Discussed|Trope}}; according to Soos, his jokes are terrible.
* TheCassandra: Almost no one believes him about the strange things going on in Gravity Falls. Subverted after ''Society of the Blind Eye'', though, since the memory-censoring Society of the Blind Eye was taken down. By ''Northwest Mansion Mystery'', the paranormal is relatively common knowledge in the town, and Dipper's adventures even make it into the newspaper.
* CharacterDevelopment: His time in Gravity Falls has changed him greatly.
** Throughout most of season 1 and in the first episode of season 2, Dipper would use the journal to try and fix whatever problem he had, either to get back at someone else or be taken seriously. However, for the rest of the season 2 he stops doing such rash actions after experiencing the disastrous results that came with them.
** In an earlier episode he states that he could never win in a fight, but [[spoiler:Dipper managed to protect Ford by taking on an alien machine.]]
* CharacterTics:
** He has a habit of clicking his pen repeatedly when in deep thought, or when very excited.
** He also has an OralFixation, and has been seen chewing pens until they burst while thinking. In "Sock Opera" it was revealed by Mabel that, on occasion, when Dipper gets incredibly sleep deprived he will unknowingly eat his own shirt.
* ChickMagnet: No really, [[spoiler: this actually happened in "Roadside Attraction". After taking advice from Stan on practicing to talk to girls, he manages ''three girls'' to give him their email addresses, without making a joke of himself, and they all seem eager to keep in touch with him. Due to increase in confidence, he manages to unintentionally woo ''Candy''. However, Stan's advice turns out to be bad when all girls catch him on a date with Candy, thus his charms to get them went as quickly as it came...as for now. There's also the fact that, during a time travel incident, a younger Wendy thought he was cute. Then there's Pacifica who shows signs of having feelings for him]].
* ChildProdigy: Dipper is undoubtedly a genius, which is how he is able to understand the game ''Dungeons, Dungeons and more Dungeons''.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: He often plays this to Mabel with varying degrees of success, although on some occasions he's just as goofy as she is.
-->'''Dipper''': I just feel like I'm one puzzle piece away from figuring out everything.\\
'''Mabel''': Don't worry, Dipper. (''picks up Waddles'') Lord Mystery Ham is on the case! "I play by me own rules! Wot wot?"\\
'''Dipper''': I don't know why I tell you things.
* TheComicallySerious: Anytime he attempts to look smart and mature, expect it to be ruined by Mabel's or Soos' antics or his own hidden goofiness. Take a look at [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6exv7UqwH1r9fbo4o3_1280.png these images]] [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7yeu5zpF11qzkzzfo1_1280.jpg for proof]].
* ComingOfAgeStory: Several of Dipper's experiences in Gravity Falls include learning about himself, defending a first crush, and boldly standing up for what is right, all elements of this trope.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Dipper sees supernatural secrets and hidden conspiracies wherever he looks. In "Tourist Trapped", Mabel asserts that he's been like this even before they came to Gravity Falls. Considering the town he's in, however, he more often than not is ProperlyParanoid.
* ControlFreak: Justified. Dipper's over-attention to detail, general trust issues, and occasional irritation with Mabel and Soos lead him to be insistent on his own direction of things. However, when the other two members of the group are a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and a ManChild, someone has to take charge or nothing will ever get done. "Double Dipper" deconstructs Dipper's ControlFreak tendencies by pitting him against himself with devastating consequences to his social life.
* CrazyPrepared: Dipper brings seventeen disposable cameras for a monster hunt in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker". This is because he's smart enough to realize that cameras keep getting destroyed or lost during monster hunts. Sure enough, by the end he was down to one camera.
* CryCute: [[http://78.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m74cff48SN1rnf5opo4_1280.gif In "Dipper vs. Manliness"]].
-->'''Woman''': ''*bumped into by Dipper*'' Oh, I'm sorry. I was looking for the mailman.\\
'''Dipper''': Oh, what? Are you saying I'm ''not'' a male man? Is that what you're trying to say? I'm not male, I'm- I'm not a man? Is that- is that what you're getting at?\\
'''Woman''': Are you ''crying''?
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Due to the art style it's usually impossible to tell the characters' eye colors, but Dipper's are brown as [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/260514979969646592 confirmed by Alex Hirsch.]]
* TheCynic: A mild example in contrast with Mabel's eternal idealism. Dipper nearly always suspects something to go wrong, or things are not what they appear. This stems from his ProperlyParanoid side. It's because of this that Dipper is grounded enough to see reality.
* DeadpanSnarker: Quick witted and calm, normally in response to the silliness going on around him.
* DealWithTheDevil: In "Sock Opera", Dipper desperately and begrudgingly makes a deal with the dream demon Bill Cipher. The laptop containing the secrets he's been looking for is about to erase all data due to too many failed entries. Bill appears in the nick of time, requesting a puppet for his end of the bargain. [[spoiler: This lets [[DemonicPossession Bill take Dipper as his puppet]].]]
* DeathGlare: Occasionally when he's severely unamused. His usual targets are Stan and Mabel.
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler: Of "Northwest Mansion Mystery", acts as the main character for the majority of the episode before falling victim to the MonsterOfTheWeek, leaving Pacifica to save the day.]]
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Dipper admits in "Society of the Blind Eye" that he sometimes uses big words he doesn't actually know the meaning of.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:Gets his [[GrandTheftMe body stolen]] by Bill in "Sock Opera". In order to communicate with Mabel, he had to possess a sockpuppet of his likeness.]]
* {{Determinator}}: In "Weirdmageddon Part 1", he gets the crap knocked out of him when Wendy's truck overturns. Upon spilling out of the side door, covered in bruises, he looks up to see how close he is [[spoiler: to Mabel's prison bubble]] and starts [[UndyingLoyalty dragging himself toward it.]]
** In "Weirdmageddon Part 2", he [[spoiler:resists Mabel's prison, a LotusEaterMachine that grants the captive's deepest desires, something that Bill stated [[HeroicWillPower required a will of titanium]] to do]] to rescue Mabel.
* DistinguishingMark: The birthmark shaped like the Big Dipper on his forehead.
* DistressedDude: In "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", where [[spoiler:Gideon uses magic to capture him and try and cut his tongue out.]]
** He is also captured by Probilatator who plans to eat his brain.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Deconstructed. One of his reoccurring flaws is that he constantly seeks validation and acceptance, usually to the detriment of himself and others. A lot of his mistakes stem from his fear that he's actually unwanted or useless to the people around him, which Stan and Mabel's frequent InnocentlyInsensitive comments don't exactly help with. As shown in "Society of the Blind Eye", he sees his intelligence as his only worthwhile quality and doesn't know who he is without it, and thus takes being disregarded as not smart enough [[BerserkButton very badly]]. Unfortunately for him, his attempts to prove he's worthy of the acceptance and appreciation he desires are [[NiceJobBreakingItHero usually what causes the episode's conflict]]. [[spoiler:Everything he's learned ultimately pays off in the end, and he's recognized as the hero of Gravity Falls]].
* EmbarrassingFirstName: According to the Bill Cipher AMA, this applies to Dipper, being one of the reasons he decided to adopt the nickname. According to WordOfGod, his true name is similar to Mabel's in a way. According to the {{Defictionalization}} of Journal 3, [[spoiler: Dipper's real name is Mason]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Known only by his nickname, which came from the birthmark on his forehead. [[spoiler: His real name is Mason.]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: His crush on Wendy wasn't exactly subtle because Mabel knew the crush first after Dipper was awkwardly speaking to Wendy, Soos caught on pretty fast and clumsily admitted to Wendy about Dippers crush but tried to change it to eucalyptus trees in Gideon Rises. [[spoiler: In Into the Bunker Wendy actually knew the whole time that Dipper had a crush on her because she kept hearing the things he says about her under his breath.]]
** Even while this has been debated on and reduced to ship tease. His responses to Mabel's claims that he has a crush on Pacifica are poorly/awkwardly constructed or behind a thin veil. When writing about Pacifica in Journal 3, he seems to get lost in memory and comments on the way she smelled and how there might have been a vibe going on between the two. Even if the relationship is platonic, Dipper often has his heart on his sleeve.
* ExhaustedEyeBags: He sports these at all times. They're so bad that [[spoiler:even Mabel's body gets them when he and her switch bodies in "Carpet Diem".]] They even somehow get even worse in "Sock Opera", when he [[spoiler:stays up for days trying to hack into a laptop.]]
* FacialMarkings: Dipper gets his nickname from a birthmark on his forehead shaped like the Big Dipper. Interestingly, children being "marked" with an affinity for the supernatural by being born with stars on their foreheads is an old FairyTale trope (Aarne-Thompson 407) that's survived into modern fantasy literature (''Literature/SmithOfWoottonMajor'', ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterOfHed'').
* FatalFlaw:
** Dipper's desire to be taken more seriously often puts himself and others in harm's way for much of season one, culminating in the zombie rampage in "Scary-oke".
** Dipper's severely lacking confidence and self-worth and his general insecurity over whether he is actually valued by his friends and family has driven many of the conflicts centered around his character. Actually, this is likely the direct cause the above flaw.
** He also at times can have a defeatist mentality due to said insecurities, something that can damage his ability to fight back in tough circumstances. He's so far only been able to overcome this mentality when others are in danger and need him, something that again ties in with his doubts over his worth.
* FireForgedFriends: A DoubleSubversion in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". At first it seems he and Pacifica are becoming friends as a result of saving her from the ghost, but when he learns [[spoiler:the ghost was haunting the Northwest family for holding extravagant parties and not keeping their promise of inviting the townsfolk and that they knew this all along,]] he reverts and says she's just as bad as her parents. Later still however, after seeing that she's genuinely upset by her family's history, he makes amends and the two get past their animosity.
* {{Foil}}:
** To Mabel, the two heavily contrast in personality, maturity, goals and philosophical outlook. While Dipper is cynical and struggles with self-confidence issues, he can be very determined when push comes to shove. Mabel, on the other, tends to look on the bright side, has an inflated view of her own importance, and can totally lose it when things don't go her way.
** To the Author, his [[spoiler:Grunkle Ford. They are both dedicated to unlocking the secrets of Gravity Falls. The difference is that Ford isolated himself to conduct his studies, while Dipper has so far preferred having his friends and family by his side when going on an adventure]].
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The responsible to Mabel's foolish. Dipper is always the one most concerned about the others and his own safety, worried about the implications of what will occur (except on occasions where his pride blinds him) and prepared to deal with the consequences. His big picture anxieties and Mabel's small picture optimism begin to clash more in season 2.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Realist. Dipper is mostly reasonably cynical, he always suspects something will go wrong and is distrusting till proven a reason to trust. However he's also not so far gone that he can't appreciate the wonder of the things they find or be taken by the sheer joy of activities he likes.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic: Independent, organized, and analytic.
* GenerationXerox: Discussed in "A Tale of Two Stans". [[spoiler:Dipper has similar interests and talents to his Great-Uncle Ford, while Mabel more closely follows in their Grunkle Stan's footsteps. Mabel is afraid that this means she and Dipper will eventually grow apart, while Stan is worried that Dipper will end up in danger because of his obsession with the supernatural, just like Ford did. While Dipper tries to reassure Mabel, she's still worried--and, in the very next episode, we see that Mabel's incessant teasing of Dipper (shown, in "Little Dipper", to stem from her own insecurities) has ''already begun'' to drive a wedge between them.]]
* GeniusSlob: Robbie states that he wears the same pair of shorts everyday. He even wears the same shirt and shorts when sleeping. During "Carpet Diem" he argues that he's too busy and has too much to do to waste time with laundry.
* GoodWithNumbers:
** "The Time Traveler's Pig" shows him doing [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120828050759/gravityfalls/images/c/c7/S1e9_dipper_doing_math.png complex equations]]. Though the math he uses is a lot simpler than it looks (sums, exponents, and a dizzying amount of bracketed functions), the equations are ultimately nonsense (though if he bothered to define his variables, he might have been on to something).
** The titular Tabletop RPG in "Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons" uses an extremely convoluted and complex mathematical system for standard play. Naturally, Dipper loves it.
* GuileHero: Dipper commonly relies on his wits and cunning. He's also not above manipulation and trickery to achieve his goals or defeat his opponents. For instance, "Headhunters", when he [[spoiler:tricks wax Sherlock Holmes onto the roof of the Mystery Shack so that the rising sun will melt him.]]
%%* GuiltComplex: Implied to be developing one in the second season, what with his habit for apologizing for everything starting after the events of "Not What He Seems". His faith in himself seems to have hit new lows.
* GuiltyPleasures: In "Dipper vs. Manliness", Dipper is embarrassed to admit that he enjoys listening to Icelandic pop sensation BABBA, an {{Expy}} of Music/{{ABBA}}.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: With Mabel. Downplayed, as they dress and act differently and have different hair cuts.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Downplayed at the end of "Into the Bunker". [[spoiler: Having confessed his feelings to Wendy, Dipper is left feeling awkward and itchy for a moment by the fact that she doesn't reciprocate, but the two quickly agree to remain friends and leave on a high note.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: His crush on Wendy. The [[http://www.reddit.com/r/gravityfalls/comments/315yoy/im_bill_cipher_i_know_lots_of_things_ask_me/cpyopty?context=3 Bill Cipher AMA]] states that redheads dominate his internet history as well.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Despite having done some seriously amazing things for a twelve-year-old and occasionally acting pretty cocky, Dipper [[HiddenDepths actually has trouble seeing anything good about himself besides his brains]]. He also has the awful tendency to internalize this and bottle it up until the absolute worst moments, because he genuinely thinks his family and friends would rather laugh at him than take his feelings and concerns seriously (as shown in the story he made up in "Bottomless Pit").
* HeroicWillPower: [[spoiler: He alone is able to resist the lures of Bill's prison bubble, while everyone else succumbed easily.]]
* HeroWithAUniqueName: Dipper [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname goes by an unusual nickname]] as his real name [[NoNameGiven is never spoken on screen]]. [[spoiler: Journal 3 reveals his name is Mason Pines]].
* HiddenDepths: He can play the sousaphone.
** If his drawings in [[Literature/GravityFallsJournal3 Journal 3]] are any indication, Dipper is actually a pretty talented artist.
* HopelessSuitor: His crush on Wendy.
* IconicOutfit: Dipper is always seen in a blue cap with pine tree on it; and his orange shirt, blue vest, and grey shorts. {{Lampshade}}d by Robbie, who teases him for wearing the same shorts every day.
* ImprobableInfantSurvival: Just ''barely'' played straight in the most literal sense; for every brush with death he's worked his way out of in the series proper, a conversation with Stan in ''VideoGame/GravityFallsLegendOfTheGnomeGemulets'' reveals that Dipper was born with his umbilical cord (or possibly Mabel's) wrapped around his neck, nearly killing him via asphyxiation.
* InASingleBound: After training with the manotaurs Dipper gains a DownPlayed (but still quite impressive for a twelve year old) version.
* TheInsomniac: Tends to forget sleep when more pressing concerns engage his attention, as highlighted in "Sock Opera" when he pulled a string of all-nighters in an attempt to crack the laptop code.
-->'''Mabel''': Don't stay up all night, Dipper. Last time you got this sleep-deprived you tried to eat your own shirt.\\
'''Dipper''': ''(spits out shirt collar)''
* InsufferableGenius: Light example. He's one of the more intelligent members of the main cast and ([[NotSoAboveItAll often]]) shows a lot more common sense. His neurotics can be irritating, however, and he can be a bit prideful if over aware of his logic to cover up his low self-esteem, not to mention he's an apt DeadpanSnarker.
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: A plot point in "Dipper Vs Manliness" is he enjoys bubble gum pop music.
* IWantToBeARealMan: The A plot of "Dipper vs. Manliness" is Dipper's quest to learn masculinity from the Manotaurs. [[spoiler: Eventually, he learns to be his own man and not let the expectations of others define him.]]
* JerkassBall:
** In "The Land Before Swine", Dipper vocally complains about Soos' frequent mistakes throughout the episode and eventually snaps at him, blaming Soos for getting them lost and deeply hurting his feelings when Dipper tells him he didn't want to bring him along.
** Dipper shows shades of this at the beginning of "The Love God" when he joins Wendy's friends in treating Thompson like a ButtMonkey.
* JerkassFacade: Invoked trope. Dipper tries to become this to flirt with girls in "Roadside Attraction", but he never actually pulls it off since he's pretty genuine and friendly to all the girls he talks to (the worst thing he actually does when talking to them is almost drop a girl's camera, and the "jerk" comment there is a joke). [[spoiler:When the flirting attempts backfire on him he stops trying this]].
* JustFriends: He has a crush on Wendy, who considers him a great friend that really livened up the summer but nothing more. [[spoiler:When he finally confesses to her, she casually admits she always knew, but he's just too young for her.]]
* KidDetective: He's 12, and he's investigating the weirdness in Gravity Falls.
* KidHero: Despite being only 12 years old, Dipper regularly saves the day on his adventures. Saving his great-uncle's brain from demons, defending outcasts from overbearing Manotaurs, and beating up a giant robot are all in a day's work.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Sometimes crosses into this when people pick on Mabel, holding offenses against her far more personally than Mabel herself does and holding long grudges against those who actually manage to hurt her. He actually seems to take insults to Mabel more personally than he does insults to himself.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: When Dipper finally meets the Author of the Journals, he can barely contain his excitement. [[spoiler: In "[[OriginsEpisode A Tale of Two Stans]]", he lets out a high-pitched squeal of joy when Ford's story reaches the point where he began writing in the Journals.]]
-->'''The Author''': I began to keep a Journal.\\
'''Dipper''': (''squee'') THE JOURNALS!!! ...sorry, sorry. I just got excited there. About the Journals. ...keep talking.\\
'''The Author''': I began to keep a Journal--\\
'''Dipper''': (''squee'')\\
'''The Author''': …Just going to ignore that.
* LaughOfLove:
** In "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E5TheInconveniencing The Inconveniencing]]", Dipper chuckles nervously while bidding Wendy goodbye as she leaves with her friends, which results in the following exchange:
--->'''Mabel''': Uh-oh!\\
'''Dipper''': ''[defensively]'' What?\\
'''Mabel''': ''[pokes Dipper in his cheek]'' Somebody's in ''lo-ove!''
** In "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E15TheDeepEnd The Deep End]]", when Wendy says that being lifeguard lets her have the best seat in the house, Dipper remarks [[DoubleEntendre "Yeah, you do!"]] and laughs for [[OverlyLongGag an overly-long time]]. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when he says in a mortified whisper, "I've been laughing for too long."
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Towards Mabel, especially apparent in the final episodes. [[spoiler: When she realizes how much school is going to suck, and that she'll have to leave her friends behind, she consoles herself with the knowledge that at least she'll have Dipper by her side. ...Then he takes up Ford's offer to be his apprentice and stay in Gravity Falls while she goes back home. The possibility of them being separated is one of her motivations for trying to prevent the future by ''freezing time'' (she fails, but it results in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt instead).]]
* LivingMacGuffin: [[spoiler:He is one of ten who can truly defeat Bill Cipher]].
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Being with Wendy tends to cause lapses in his sense of judgment.
** In "Double Dipper", Dipper concocts a long-winded master plan to try to win Wendy's affections, rather than simply talk to her as a person. To accomplish it, he creates several clones of himself to do the work and ensure everything goes off without a hitch. [[spoiler: This backfires miserably; Dipper finally realizes that he and Wendy get along great if he just talks to her normally, but the clones don't experience the same epiphany and remain determined to follow the ridiculous plan, even if they have to circumvent Dipper to do it.]]
** In "Into the Bunker", all Dipper has to do is confess his feelings to Wendy and Mabel will open the door to safety. With a giant monster bearing down on him, Dipper chooses to grab Wendy and flee the opposite direction in hopes of finding some other exit rather than just say the words that will solve everything.
* MagneticHero: In spite of his own cynicism, he's willing to see the good in people and attract even the most unlikely of friends throughout the series. Of all people, Pacifica Northwest and Gideon Gleeful redeemed themselves because of Dipper.
* MeaningfulEcho: The way he says that "everything hurts" after he [[spoiler: gets his body back from Bill]] in "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E4TheSockOpera Sock Opera]]" neatly mirrors the way Stan said the same line after fighting off a horde of zombies with a baseball bat and brass knuckles in "Scary-oke", right down to clutching his back and hunching over slightly.
* MeaningfulName: His nickname comes from a birthmark on his forehead that's shaped like the Big Dipper. [[spoiler: His real name, Mason, is also one of these, as Ford points out that the free'''masons''' are an incredibly famous secret society. It matches with the Stans' both stone themed names, as 'Mason' means 'Worker with stone'. He worked with both of them. And also, all of them are not easily swayed: hard as stone. There's also the fact that '''Ma'''son and '''Ma'''bel's names are also counterparts to '''Stan'''ly and '''Stan'''ford]].
* MoralityPet:
** Shares this role with Mabel to Stan. While he and Stan don't always get along and Mabel is closer to their great uncle, Dipper does bring out Stan's softer side. [[spoiler:It's his and Mabel's teamwork that makes Stan and Ford realize how petty their antagonism towards each other is and work together to stop Bill.]]
** Is this to [[SpoiledBrat Pacifica]] in ''Northwest Mansion Mystery''. He ends up acting as her conscience and in turn, Pacifica does respect him and didn't argue when he spoke his mind.
* {{Nephewism}}: His and Mabel's summer caretaker is their great uncle aka "Grunkle Stan". Their parents are known to be alive and well, they just sent them there to get them out of their hair for the summer. Stan is more like a surrogate grandfather than anything else, so would it be called "Great-Nephewism?"
* NerdsLoveToughSchoolwork: Despite actual homework being out of the *ahem* [[{{Pun}} equation]], his favorite RPG, Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons, uses highly complex math as part of it's game mechanics, to the point that Mabel disparagingly compares it to homework.
* NiceGuy: While Dipper is flawed, he is usually friendly and kindhearted.
* NiceHat: After his first one was [[ItMakesSenseInContext taken by a gnome]], he chooses a white and blue trucker cap with a blue pine tree from the Mystery Shack gift shop. It also hides the birthmark on his forehead. [[spoiler: His hat is now in Wendy's possession, and vice versa.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: In "The Deep End", Dipper becomes a pool assistant to spend more time with lifeguard Wendy. However, his sister inadvertently causes trouble by trying to rescue merboy Mermando, stealing pool supplies to do so and smashing two holes in the fence. Given the choice between his job and Mabel's latest crush, Dipper surrenders the pool's megaphone so that Mermando's voice can reach the ocean. This costs him his job.
* NoRespectGuy: Tends to be made fun of by those closest, despite usually being the most down to earth one. He's becoming a deconstruction, as this treatment has fed into a lot of his insecurities throughout the series, particularly in ''Little Dipper,'' ''Bottomless Pit,'' and "Dreamscaperers". By "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons", Mabel seems to realize that her and Stan's constant jokes at Dipper's expense is driving him away from them now that he isn't entirely reliant on them for company and has finally found someone with his interests who doesn't make fun of him.
* NotSoAboveItAll: He tries hard to act like an adult... but he's still a kid at heart.
* NotSoDifferent: A major plot point of "Dreamscaperers" is that, despite being frequently at odds with each other and having entirely different interests, Stan and Dipper are actually a lot alike, something Stan is at least partially aware of. They're both highly determined individuals with low self-esteem that they cover up with prideful bluster and cynicism. They're both willing to do some pretty underhanded things to achieve their goals, but they ultimately prioritize their family before everything else. [[spoiler:It's also made clear later that both feel like the lesser-liked and lesser-valued of their respective twin sets.]]
* ObsessedAreTheListMakers: In "Double Dipper", Dipper makes a long, complicated checklist of steps toward his goal of dancing with Wendy, the girl he has a crush on. Items on the list include wearing fitted clothing, describing how she smells, and making her laugh.
--> '''Mabel''': Why can't you just walk up and talk to her like a normal person?\\
'''Dipper''': Step 9, sister! ''(points to Step 9 on list: "Talk to her like a normal person")''
* OccultDetective: Gravity Falls is a very unusual place, and Dipper's trying to get to the bottom of its mysteries.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: As revealed in "Double Dipper", Dipper's name isn't his real one, being a nickname derived from a birthmark on his forehead in the shape of the Big Dipper constellation. His birth name is unknown in the series, but is revealed in the tie-in Journal 3 book to be [[spoiler:Mason Pines.]]
* ThePigPen: As he's just begun going through puberty, jokes are frequently made about how sweaty he is. Also in "Carpet Diem", Mabel complains about how little he bothers to wash his clothes. [[spoiler: Ford's entry on the boy in Journal 3 has him note strong B.O., indicating a lack of general hygiene, likely from Dipper being busy with his Paranormal Investigations]].
-->'''Dipper''': Washing clothes is a waste of time - I'm a busy guy!
* PolarOppositeTwins: While both of them are generally good-natured, he and his sister contrast in personality. Mabel is a CloudCuckooLander Pollyanna while Dipper is serious and snarky. Dipper often seeks validation and acceptance, while Mabel does her own thing regardless of what anyone else says. Both of these outlooks on life have their virtues and flaws. [[spoiler: These differences become more pronounced after Ford comes to stay them.]]
* PrecociousCrush: Downplayed with his crush on Wendy. She's only 15 years old, but Dipper's 12. She's not an adult, but she's still too old for him.
* ProperlyParanoid: Usually a straight example, but this trope is notably played with in "Tourist Trapped". Dipper quickly identified Mabel's boyfriend as a zombie based on his general appearance. [[spoiler: He was wrong and right; he wasn't a zombie, but he was a mystical creature. Or rather, creatures; they were a group of gnomes.]]
* RealityEnsues: Stan and Mabel's constant teasing exacerbates his insecurities, and when coupled with Dipper's own frequent mistakes and often brutally-learned episodic lessons, this eventually causes him to have serious emotion and confidence issues. Over time this evolves into an increasing tendency for Dipper to hold himself accountable for ''everything'' that goes wrong and equally increasing distance between him and the members of his family.
* RedOniBlueOni: Dipper is (usually) calm and collected, opposed to Mabel's off the wall wackiness.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Non-romantic example: Dipper is the Savvy Guy to Mabel’s Energetic Girl. Dipper's cynical and stern personality makes a contrasting pairing with Mabel's cheerful and upbeat one.
* SeekerArchetype: Dipper's primary motivation is to uncover Gravity Fall's secrets.
* SeriesGoal: To find Gravity Falls’ mysterious author of the journals so he can learn the secrets of the strange neighborhood.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Sensitive Guy to Grunkle Stan's Manly Man. Dipper regularly longs to come across as stronger and more manly, however his few more feminine interest aside, he is quite a sympathetic and compassionate guy. He's also not above periods of sadness or insecurity.
* ShipTease: In "Northwest Mansion Noir", Dipper bonds with Pacifica Northwest while hunting a ghost. Midway through the episode, they share a hug and then awkwardly back off from each other. After that point, Pacifica takes Dipper's opinion of her very seriously. When Dipper turns on her over the discovery of the ghost's intentions, his scathing words are enough to convince her to turn her life around, standing up to her abusive parents and taking charge of her life in the process. [[spoiler: Journal 3's entry that Dipper wrote about that night has him mention she looks "okay" in an evening dress and that she smells like champagne and flowers, the latter information [[{{BelligerentSexualTension}} crossed out]]. The last sentence, also crossed out, is him wondering if there was some vibe going on. He even draws a picture of Pacifica in the same style as a drawing he made of Wendy while he chronicled the events of "Into The Bunker".]]
-->'''Pacifica''': We did it!\\
(''Pacifica hugs Dipper, then awkwardly pulls away. Avoiding eye contact, she holds out a dollar toward him'')\\
'''Pacifica''': (''clears throat'') Can I… pay you to pretend that never happened?
* ShorterMeansSmarter: One millimeter shorter than Mabel and one of the smartest members of the main cast.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Robbie V, his short-lived rival for Wendy's affections.
* TheSmartGuy: An odd deconstruction. Dipper's certainly the bright one of the group and takes it as a point of pride. In spite of his many insecurities, his role as TheSmartGuy has come to mean everything to him, to the point where he admits to using large words he doesn't understand in order to keep up appearances. It's implied that this is because Dipper doesn't feel proud about anything else about himself, and so measures his self-worth in his intelligence.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: In "Little Dipper", Dipper's proficiency at chess is used to illustrate the intellectual gap between him and Mabel.
-->'''Mabel''': Little guy to black space nine!\\
'''Dipper''': It's a pawn, that's not your color, and stop stealing the tiny horses!
* SociallyAwkwardHero: Dipper is courageous enough to regularly face danger in the course of his supernatural investigations, but tends to avoid social situations and is easily flustered in the presence of [[PrecociousCrush his crush, Wendy]]. Or girls in general, really.
* StrongFamilyResemblance:
** The resemblance between Dipper and Grunkle Stan becomes apparent when the former dresses up like the latter in "Boss Mabel".
** In "Dreamscaperers" one of Stan's memories show that Stan as a kid looked a lot like present day Dipper. [[spoiler: Likewise, "A Tale of Two Stans" shows the same resemblance with Stan's Twin/The Author]].
* StrongGirlSmartGuy: With Mabel. He's the logical twin who is a GuileHero and she's the one more accustomed to fighting.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Tries to invoke this trope on himself in "Dipper vs. Manliness". Dipper seeks the assistance of the burly Manotaurs to teach him how to be a real man.
* TookALevelInBadass: Definitely steps up a lot more in Season 2, which is lampshaded by [[spoiler: Stanford and why he asks him to be his apprentice.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: His general, everyday life isn't really that happy to begin with, considering he's often Mabel and Stan's insecurity-riddled ButtMonkey and every mistake he makes is payed for in an insane amount of self-blaming and self-doubt, but "Weirdmageddon Part 1" takes the cake. [[spoiler:His family is captured or scattered, an ApocalypseHow occurs and the world becomes HellOnEarth, and Dipper survives on the streets alone for days, hunted, starving, and believing the horrifying Apocalypse unfolding around him is all his fault.]]
* ThemeTwinNaming: M[[spoiler:ason]] and Mabel Pines.
* TheUnfavorite: He was convinced he was this to Stan until the conclusion of ''Dreamscaperers.'' He still appears to have this mindset at times.
-->'''Dipper''': He's always picked on me and now I know why. Stan hates me!
* TheUnreveal: We never do learn his first name in the show itself, but it is revealed to be [[spoiler: Mason]] in Journal 3.
* VocalDissonance: Ritter makes no attempt to sound younger than his own age. [[WordOfGod Alex Hirsch]] has joked he was hired for his "natural puberty squeak".
* WeirdnessMagnet: Somewhat justified considering their environment. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Robbie in "Fight Fighers".
* WellDoneSonGuy: As seen in "Dreamscaperers", but it turns out that Grunkle Stan had good intentions--he was trying to protect his nephew, but in his own, crazy way (toughening up so that when the world hits, he can hit back).
* WellExcuseMePrincess: His relationship with Pacifica has shades of this in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". For the first half of the episode, they [[SnarkToSnarkCombat argue and exchange catty behavior]] while trying to rid Northwest Manor of a homicidal ghost. However, once the ghost is dealt with, their opinions of each other change and they eventually become friends.
* WhatTheHellHero: Every character in the main cast has a moment like this, but Dipper gets these the most often as his flaws are the most in-focus to the audience. A terrifying example comes from "Scary-oke", [[spoiler:when, as zombies close in on them, Mabel yells at Dipper for summoning them.]]
-->'''Mabel''': Dipper, what's the one thing I asked you not to do tonight?\\
'''Dipper''': [[spoiler:(Sounding ashamed) Raise the dead.]]\\
'''Mabel''': [[spoiler:And what did you do?]]\\
'''Dipper''': [[spoiler:(Sounding ashamed) Raised the dead.]]
%%** Interestingly, he seems to becoming a deconstruction of this as well. It's implied in the latter half of the second season that he's beginning to assume most things ''are'' his fault, as he frequently will apologize for anything that went wrong during the episode, even when the fault was not his own and/or he had little to do with causing whatever happened.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Subverted. "Dipper" has been revealed to be a nickname due to a birthmark he has that resembles the Big Dipper.
-->'''Wendy''': (after seeing said birthmark) The Big Dipper? ''That's'' where you got your nickname! I thought your parents just hated you or something.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Wiki/TheOtherWiki uses this exact phrase to describe him. He tends to take matters more seriously than Mabel or Soos on their adventures, and generally takes on a leadership role when they investigate the paranormal. He's also placed himself in no small amount of harm to fix a problem, and tends to take full blame/responsibility when it's a problem [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he himself created.]] When [[spoiler: Ford finally reads the entries he made in Journal 3 following the events of "Dungeon, Dungeons, & More Dungeons", he puts it thusly]]:
-->'''[[spoiler: Ford]]''': [[spoiler: Sure, he's rough around the edges (and [[LoveMakesYouDumb prone to romantic distraction]]), but he possesses bravery, cleverness, imagination, and drive far beyond his years]].

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* ActingYourIntellectualAge: A mild case, but Dipper is rather intelligent, and doesn't have many friends his own age. His best friend is 15 year old Wendy, and the plot of "The Inconveniencing" is partially put in motion when he tries to befriend her group of friends.
* ActionSurvivor: He's not as tough in a fight as Mabel is and prefers keeping out of conflict as much as possible, but he's still more than capable of holding his own when he has to.
** UpToEleven in "Weirdmageddon Part 1", where [[spoiler:he's the only member of his family and one of the only people in town confirmed not to have been captured or killed by Bill's nightmares during the three day TimeSkip. To put that into context, Gravity Falls had literally become HellOnEarth during those three days due to an ApocalypseHow; there was little available food, no real shelter, the water had turned to blood, and Bill's drones and creatures were specifically looking for him]].
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: He's 12 but tends to act much older, though there are times he acts exactly like the preteen he is.
* {{Adorkable}}: Often comes across as awkward and unsure, but is adorable.
* AffectionateNickname: Mabel occasionally calls him "Dipping Sauce" or "bro-bro".
* AgentMulder: Dipper kicked off the plot when he found Journal #3 and immediately began using it to identify the supernatural in everything around him. Although she came around after the incident with [[spoiler: the gnomes]], Mabel indicates in "Tourist Trapped" that Dipper was like this even before he came across it.
-->'''Mabel''': Norman and I are going on a date at five o'clock and I'm going to be ''adorable'' and he's going to be ''dreamy'' and I'm not going to let you ruin it with one of your crazy CONSPIRACIES!!!
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: He is known to have been teased about his birthmark by other children until he started hiding it, which may be how he earned his nickname when he was no older than five.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: "Little Dipper" reveals that he's this to Mabel since he's usually beaten her at everything. The fact that she's now taller than him meant that she was finally first/better than him at something. Ironically, WordOfGod says he apparently sees Mabel as this to him.
* AnimalEaredHeadband: In "Boss Mabel", Dipper wears a headband with wolf ears as part of his Pre-Teen Wolf Boy costume.
* AntiHero: A ClassicalAntiHero as all the social awkwardness
For tropes would suggest; but also has shades of the more [[KnightInSourArmor modern]] [[GoodIsNotNice variety]] in that, while willing to make great sacrifices for the people he cares for, he's pretty cynical and willing to get his hands dirty for personal gain.
* TheAntiNihilist: Dipper knows that the world can be an unfriendly place, but decides to live in it because it's the ''people'' in it that make it worth living.
%%* ApologizesALot: Towards the latter half of the second series, he gets this habit of blaming himself and apologizing for things, whether he actually did anything wrong or not.
* AppropriatedAppellation: He disliked when Soos called him and Mabel "Mystery Twins" in "Headhunters". By "Irrational Treasure", it's grown on him.
* AuthorAvatar: He's based off of Alex Hirsch from when he was a kid. To wit, during a series of tweets where Hirsch joked about going mad with power, he claimed [[https://twitter.com/_alexhirsch/status/535308630178807810 he'd be able to add a self-insert OC into the show with no resistance]] before remembering that he already had one in the form of Dipper.
* BadassAdorable: Though you may not want to mention the adorable bit where he can hear you. He takes on supernatural beings on a weekly basis, and trumps them regularly. He and Soos also went toe to toe with Grunkle Stan in "Not What He Seems", a man who beat three government agents. Eventually lampshaded by [[spoiler: The Author/Grunkle Ford when he asks Dipper to be his apprentice]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Ford''']]: How many other twelve-year-olds do you think are capable of doing what you've just done?
* BadassBoast: He says one in the trailer for the series finale.
-->'''Dipper''': [[RousingSpeech Bill wants us to be afraid. He wants us to hide. Those are our friends, and if we don't do something, it'll be our entire universe! So I say we band together and take the fight to him!]] [[Film/PacificRim We are cancelling the Weirdpocalypse!]]
* BadassBookworm: Dipper is often seen reading either the journal or the newspaper. Despite that, he's very capable of putting up a fight. In "Headhunters", he has an epic sword fight with [[spoiler:wax Sherlock Holmes, and even tricks him to go outside so that the sun can melt him. This kid right here, outwitted Sherlock bleedin' Holmes.]] In "Dipper vs. Manliness", he [[spoiler: completes 49 tests of manliness from the [[TestosteronePoisoning testosterone-poisoned Manotaurs]], then for the final test he fights a [[BearsAreBadNews huge multi-headed bear monster]] with only a crude bone spear ''and wins''...then stands up to the [[ALoadOfBull Manotaurs]] when he refuses to kill Multi-Bear.]] And in "Fight Fighters", Dipper manages to [[spoiler:live even after getting beat up by Rumble [=McSkirmish=], an {{Expy}} of Ryu from Franchise/StreetFighter, and still stands up to Robbie's challenge afterward.]] And of course, in "Gideon Rises", [[spoiler: jumps off a cliff onto a giant robot to take down Gideon and save his sister.]]
* BadassInANiceSuit: In ''Northwest Mansion Mystery'', when the Northwests make him dress up.
* BadassNormal: Dipper relies entirely on his wits and his resourcefulness in order to defeat foes and overcome obstacles.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' call him adorable or imply that he isn't smart enough to solve something.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Don't make him angry. He's not afraid to step up when someone he loves is in danger.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Although the younger twin, put his sister in danger, and his usually cool head goes straight out the window. Sometimes he takes it [[KnightTemplarBigBrother a little too far.]]
* BrainsAndBrawn: Usually the Brains to Mabel's Brawn, but both he and Mabel function as the Brains to Soos's, Wendy's, or Stan's Brawn, depending on who's with them at the time. On a rarest occasion, though, he proves he's fully capable of fulfilling the Brawn dynamic himself, but only if you [[BewareTheNiceOnes really]] push him.
%%* BrainyBrunette: He's a very intelligent, brown-haired kid.
* BrotherSisterTeam: With Mabel.
* CannotTellAJoke: {{Discussed|Trope}}; according to Soos, his jokes are terrible.
* TheCassandra: Almost no one believes him about the strange things going on in Gravity Falls. Subverted after ''Society of the Blind Eye'', though, since the memory-censoring Society of the Blind Eye was taken down. By ''Northwest Mansion Mystery'', the paranormal is relatively common knowledge in the town, and Dipper's adventures even make it into the newspaper.
* CharacterDevelopment: His time in Gravity Falls has changed him greatly.
** Throughout most of season 1 and in the first episode of season 2, Dipper would use the journal to try and fix whatever problem he had, either to get back at someone else or be taken seriously. However, for the rest of the season 2 he stops doing such rash actions after experiencing the disastrous results that came with them.
** In an earlier episode he states that he could never win in a fight, but [[spoiler:Dipper managed to protect Ford by taking on an alien machine.]]
* CharacterTics:
** He has a habit of clicking his pen repeatedly when in deep thought, or when very excited.
** He also has an OralFixation, and has been seen chewing pens until they burst while thinking. In "Sock Opera" it was revealed by Mabel that, on occasion, when Dipper gets incredibly sleep deprived he will unknowingly eat his own shirt.
* ChickMagnet: No really, [[spoiler: this actually happened in "Roadside Attraction". After taking advice from Stan on practicing to talk to girls, he manages ''three girls'' to give him their email addresses, without making a joke of himself, and they all seem eager to keep in touch with him. Due to increase in confidence, he manages to unintentionally woo ''Candy''. However, Stan's advice turns out to be bad when all girls catch him on a date with Candy, thus his charms to get them went as quickly as it came...as for now. There's also the fact that, during a time travel incident, a younger Wendy thought he was cute. Then there's Pacifica who shows signs of having feelings for him]].
* ChildProdigy: Dipper is undoubtedly a genius, which is how he is able to understand the game ''Dungeons, Dungeons and more Dungeons''.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: He often plays this to Mabel with varying degrees of success, although on some occasions he's just as goofy as she is.
-->'''Dipper''': I just feel like I'm one puzzle piece away from figuring out everything.\\
'''Mabel''': Don't worry, Dipper. (''picks up Waddles'') Lord Mystery Ham is on the case! "I play by me own rules! Wot wot?"\\
'''Dipper''': I don't know why I tell you things.
* TheComicallySerious: Anytime he attempts to look smart and mature, expect it to be ruined by Mabel's or Soos' antics or his own hidden goofiness. Take a look at [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6exv7UqwH1r9fbo4o3_1280.png these images]] [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7yeu5zpF11qzkzzfo1_1280.jpg for proof]].
* ComingOfAgeStory: Several of Dipper's experiences in Gravity Falls include learning about himself, defending a first crush, and boldly standing up for what is right, all elements of this trope.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Dipper sees supernatural secrets and hidden conspiracies wherever he looks. In "Tourist Trapped", Mabel asserts that he's been like this even before they came to Gravity Falls. Considering the town he's in, however, he more often than not is ProperlyParanoid.
* ControlFreak: Justified. Dipper's over-attention to detail, general trust issues, and occasional irritation with Mabel and Soos lead him to be insistent on his own direction of things. However, when the other two members of the group are a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and a ManChild, someone has to take charge or nothing will ever get done. "Double Dipper" deconstructs Dipper's ControlFreak tendencies by pitting him against himself with devastating consequences to his social life.
* CrazyPrepared: Dipper brings seventeen disposable cameras for a monster hunt in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker". This is because he's smart enough to realize that cameras keep getting destroyed or lost during monster hunts. Sure enough, by the end he was down to one camera.
* CryCute: [[http://78.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m74cff48SN1rnf5opo4_1280.gif In "Dipper vs. Manliness"]].
-->'''Woman''': ''*bumped into by Dipper*'' Oh, I'm sorry. I was looking for the mailman.\\
'''Dipper''': Oh, what? Are you saying I'm ''not'' a male man? Is that what you're trying to say? I'm not male, I'm- I'm not a man? Is that- is that what you're getting at?\\
'''Woman''': Are you ''crying''?
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Due to the art style it's usually impossible to tell the characters' eye colors, but Dipper's are brown as [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/260514979969646592 confirmed by Alex Hirsch.]]
* TheCynic: A mild example in contrast with Mabel's eternal idealism. Dipper nearly always suspects something to go wrong, or things are not what they appear. This stems from his ProperlyParanoid side. It's because of this that Dipper is grounded enough to see reality.
* DeadpanSnarker: Quick witted and calm, normally in response to the silliness going on around him.
* DealWithTheDevil: In "Sock Opera", Dipper desperately and begrudgingly makes a deal with the dream demon Bill Cipher. The laptop containing the secrets he's been looking for is about to erase all data due to too many failed entries. Bill appears in the nick of time, requesting a puppet for his end of the bargain. [[spoiler: This lets [[DemonicPossession Bill take Dipper as his puppet]].]]
* DeathGlare: Occasionally when he's severely unamused. His usual targets are Stan and Mabel.
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler: Of "Northwest Mansion Mystery", acts as the main character for the majority of the episode before falling victim to the MonsterOfTheWeek, leaving Pacifica to save the day.]]
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Dipper admits in "Society of the Blind Eye" that he sometimes uses big words he doesn't actually know the meaning of.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:Gets his [[GrandTheftMe body stolen]] by Bill in "Sock Opera". In order to communicate with Mabel, he had to possess a sockpuppet of his likeness.]]
* {{Determinator}}: In "Weirdmageddon Part 1", he gets the crap knocked out of him when Wendy's truck overturns. Upon spilling out of the side door, covered in bruises, he looks up to see how close he is [[spoiler: to Mabel's prison bubble]] and starts [[UndyingLoyalty dragging himself toward it.]]
** In "Weirdmageddon Part 2", he [[spoiler:resists Mabel's prison, a LotusEaterMachine that grants the captive's deepest desires, something that Bill stated [[HeroicWillPower required a will of titanium]] to do]] to rescue Mabel.
* DistinguishingMark: The birthmark shaped like the Big Dipper on his forehead.
* DistressedDude: In "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", where [[spoiler:Gideon uses magic to capture him and try and cut his tongue out.]]
** He is also captured by Probilatator who plans to eat his brain.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Deconstructed. One of his reoccurring flaws is that he constantly seeks validation and acceptance, usually to the detriment of himself and others. A lot of his mistakes stem from his fear that he's actually unwanted or useless to the people around him, which Stan and Mabel's frequent InnocentlyInsensitive comments don't exactly help with. As shown in "Society of the Blind Eye", he sees his intelligence as his only worthwhile quality and doesn't know who he is without it, and thus takes being disregarded as not smart enough [[BerserkButton very badly]]. Unfortunately for him, his attempts to prove he's worthy of the acceptance and appreciation he desires are [[NiceJobBreakingItHero usually what causes the episode's conflict]]. [[spoiler:Everything he's learned ultimately pays off in the end, and he's recognized as the hero of Gravity Falls]].
* EmbarrassingFirstName: According to the Bill Cipher AMA, this applies to Dipper, being one of the reasons he decided to adopt the nickname. According to WordOfGod, his true name is similar to Mabel's in a way. According to the {{Defictionalization}} of Journal 3, [[spoiler: Dipper's real name is Mason]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Known only by his nickname, which came from the birthmark on his forehead. [[spoiler: His real name is Mason.]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: His crush on Wendy wasn't exactly subtle because Mabel knew the crush first after Dipper was awkwardly speaking to Wendy, Soos caught on pretty fast and clumsily admitted to Wendy about Dippers crush but tried to change it to eucalyptus trees in Gideon Rises. [[spoiler: In Into the Bunker Wendy actually knew the whole time that Dipper had a crush on her because she kept hearing the things he says about her under his breath.]]
** Even while this has been debated on and reduced to ship tease. His responses to Mabel's claims that he has a crush on Pacifica are poorly/awkwardly constructed or behind a thin veil. When writing about Pacifica in Journal 3, he seems to get lost in memory and comments on the way she smelled and how there might have been a vibe going on between the two. Even if the relationship is platonic, Dipper often has his heart on his sleeve.
* ExhaustedEyeBags: He sports these at all times. They're so bad that [[spoiler:even Mabel's body gets them when he and her switch bodies in "Carpet Diem".]] They even somehow get even worse in "Sock Opera", when he [[spoiler:stays up for days trying to hack into a laptop.]]
* FacialMarkings: Dipper gets his nickname from a birthmark on his forehead shaped like the Big Dipper. Interestingly, children being "marked" with an affinity for the supernatural by being born with stars on their foreheads is an old FairyTale trope (Aarne-Thompson 407) that's survived into modern fantasy literature (''Literature/SmithOfWoottonMajor'', ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterOfHed'').
* FatalFlaw:
** Dipper's desire to be taken more seriously often puts himself and others in harm's way for much of season one, culminating in the zombie rampage in "Scary-oke".
** Dipper's severely lacking confidence and self-worth and his general insecurity over whether he is actually valued by his friends and family has driven many of the conflicts centered around his character. Actually, this is likely the direct cause the above flaw.
** He also at times can have a defeatist mentality due to said insecurities, something that can damage his ability to fight back in tough circumstances. He's so far only been able to overcome this mentality when others are in danger and need him, something that again ties in with his doubts over his worth.
* FireForgedFriends: A DoubleSubversion in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". At first it seems he and Pacifica are becoming friends as a result of saving her from the ghost, but when he learns [[spoiler:the ghost was haunting the Northwest family for holding extravagant parties and not keeping their promise of inviting the townsfolk and that they knew this all along,]] he reverts and says she's just as bad as her parents. Later still however, after seeing that she's genuinely upset by her family's history, he makes amends and the two get past their animosity.
* {{Foil}}:
** To Mabel, the two heavily contrast in personality, maturity, goals and philosophical outlook. While Dipper is cynical and struggles with self-confidence issues, he can be very determined when push comes to shove. Mabel, on the other, tends to look on the bright side, has an inflated view of her own importance, and can totally lose it when things don't go her way.
** To the Author, his [[spoiler:Grunkle Ford. They are both dedicated to unlocking the secrets of Gravity Falls. The difference is that Ford isolated himself to conduct his studies, while Dipper has so far preferred having his friends and family by his side when going on an adventure]].
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The responsible to Mabel's foolish. Dipper is always the one most concerned about the others and his own safety, worried about the implications of what will occur (except on occasions where his pride blinds him) and prepared to deal with the consequences. His big picture anxieties and Mabel's small picture optimism begin to clash more in season 2.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Realist. Dipper is mostly reasonably cynical, he always suspects something will go wrong and is distrusting till proven a reason to trust. However he's also not so far gone that he can't appreciate the wonder of the things they find or be taken by the sheer joy of activities he likes.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic: Independent, organized, and analytic.
* GenerationXerox: Discussed in "A Tale of Two Stans". [[spoiler:Dipper has similar interests and talents to his Great-Uncle Ford, while Mabel more closely follows in their Grunkle Stan's footsteps. Mabel is afraid that this means she and Dipper will eventually grow apart, while Stan is worried that Dipper will end up in danger because of his obsession with the supernatural, just like Ford did. While Dipper tries to reassure Mabel, she's still worried--and, in the very next episode, we see that Mabel's incessant teasing of Dipper (shown, in "Little Dipper", to stem from her own insecurities) has ''already begun'' to drive a wedge between them.]]
* GeniusSlob: Robbie states that he wears the same pair of shorts everyday. He even wears the same shirt and shorts when sleeping. During "Carpet Diem" he argues that he's too busy and has too much to do to waste time with laundry.
* GoodWithNumbers:
** "The Time Traveler's Pig" shows him doing [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120828050759/gravityfalls/images/c/c7/S1e9_dipper_doing_math.png complex equations]]. Though the math he uses is a lot simpler than it looks (sums, exponents, and a dizzying amount of bracketed functions), the equations are ultimately nonsense (though if he bothered to define his variables, he might have been on to something).
** The titular Tabletop RPG in "Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons" uses an extremely convoluted and complex mathematical system for standard play. Naturally, Dipper loves it.
* GuileHero: Dipper commonly relies on his wits and cunning. He's also not above manipulation and trickery to achieve his goals or defeat his opponents. For instance, "Headhunters", when he [[spoiler:tricks wax Sherlock Holmes onto the roof of the Mystery Shack so that the rising sun will melt him.]]
%%* GuiltComplex: Implied to be developing one in the second season, what with his habit for apologizing for everything starting after the events of "Not What He Seems". His faith in himself seems to have hit new lows.
* GuiltyPleasures: In "Dipper vs. Manliness", Dipper is embarrassed to admit that he enjoys listening to Icelandic pop sensation BABBA, an {{Expy}} of Music/{{ABBA}}.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: With Mabel. Downplayed, as they dress and act differently and have different hair cuts.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Downplayed at the end of "Into the Bunker". [[spoiler: Having confessed his feelings to Wendy, Dipper is left feeling awkward and itchy for a moment by the fact that she doesn't reciprocate, but the two quickly agree to remain friends and leave on a high note.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: His crush on Wendy. The [[http://www.reddit.com/r/gravityfalls/comments/315yoy/im_bill_cipher_i_know_lots_of_things_ask_me/cpyopty?context=3 Bill Cipher AMA]] states that redheads dominate his internet history as well.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Despite having done some seriously amazing things for a twelve-year-old and occasionally acting pretty cocky, Dipper [[HiddenDepths actually has trouble seeing anything good about himself besides his brains]]. He also has the awful tendency to internalize this and bottle it up until the absolute worst moments, because he genuinely thinks his family and friends would rather laugh at him than take his feelings and concerns seriously (as shown in the story he made up in "Bottomless Pit").
* HeroicWillPower: [[spoiler: He alone is able to resist the lures of Bill's prison bubble, while everyone else succumbed easily.]]
* HeroWithAUniqueName: Dipper [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname goes by an unusual nickname]] as his real name [[NoNameGiven is never spoken on screen]]. [[spoiler: Journal 3 reveals his name is Mason Pines]].
* HiddenDepths: He can play the sousaphone.
** If his drawings in [[Literature/GravityFallsJournal3 Journal 3]] are any indication, Dipper is actually a pretty talented artist.
* HopelessSuitor: His crush on Wendy.
* IconicOutfit: Dipper is always seen in a blue cap with pine tree on it; and his orange shirt, blue vest, and grey shorts. {{Lampshade}}d by Robbie, who teases him for wearing the same shorts every day.
* ImprobableInfantSurvival: Just ''barely'' played straight in the most literal sense; for every brush with death he's worked his way out of in the series proper, a conversation with Stan in ''VideoGame/GravityFallsLegendOfTheGnomeGemulets'' reveals that Dipper was born with his umbilical cord (or possibly Mabel's) wrapped around his neck, nearly killing him via asphyxiation.
* InASingleBound: After training with the manotaurs Dipper gains a DownPlayed (but still quite impressive for a twelve year old) version.
* TheInsomniac: Tends to forget sleep when more pressing concerns engage his attention, as highlighted in "Sock Opera" when he pulled a string of all-nighters in an attempt to crack the laptop code.
-->'''Mabel''': Don't stay up all night, Dipper. Last time you got this sleep-deprived you tried to eat your own shirt.\\
'''Dipper''': ''(spits out shirt collar)''
* InsufferableGenius: Light example. He's one of the more intelligent members of the main cast and ([[NotSoAboveItAll often]]) shows a lot more common sense. His neurotics can be irritating, however, and he can be a bit prideful if over aware of his logic to cover up his low self-esteem, not to mention he's an apt DeadpanSnarker.
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: A plot point in "Dipper Vs Manliness" is he enjoys bubble gum pop music.
* IWantToBeARealMan: The A plot of "Dipper vs. Manliness" is Dipper's quest to learn masculinity from the Manotaurs. [[spoiler: Eventually, he learns to be his own man and not let the expectations of others define him.]]
* JerkassBall:
** In "The Land Before Swine", Dipper vocally complains about Soos' frequent mistakes throughout the episode and eventually snaps at him, blaming Soos for getting them lost and deeply hurting his feelings when Dipper tells him he didn't want to bring him along.
** Dipper shows shades of this at the beginning of "The Love God" when he joins Wendy's friends in treating Thompson like a ButtMonkey.
* JerkassFacade: Invoked trope. Dipper tries to become this to flirt with girls in "Roadside Attraction", but he never actually pulls it off since he's pretty genuine and friendly to all the girls he talks to (the worst thing he actually does when talking to them is almost drop a girl's camera, and the "jerk" comment there is a joke). [[spoiler:When the flirting attempts backfire on him he stops trying this]].
* JustFriends: He has a crush on Wendy, who considers him a great friend that really livened up the summer but nothing more. [[spoiler:When he finally confesses to her, she casually admits she always knew, but he's just too young for her.]]
* KidDetective: He's 12, and he's investigating the weirdness in Gravity Falls.
* KidHero: Despite being only 12 years old, Dipper regularly saves the day on his adventures. Saving his great-uncle's brain from demons, defending outcasts from overbearing Manotaurs, and beating up a giant robot are all in a day's work.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Sometimes crosses into this when people pick on Mabel, holding offenses against her far more personally than Mabel herself does and holding long grudges against those who actually manage to hurt her. He actually seems to take insults to Mabel more personally than he does insults to himself.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: When Dipper finally meets the Author of the Journals, he can barely contain his excitement. [[spoiler: In "[[OriginsEpisode A Tale of Two Stans]]", he lets out a high-pitched squeal of joy when Ford's story reaches the point where he began writing in the Journals.]]
-->'''The Author''': I began to keep a Journal.\\
'''Dipper''': (''squee'') THE JOURNALS!!! ...sorry, sorry. I just got excited there. About the Journals. ...keep talking.\\
'''The Author''': I began to keep a Journal--\\
'''Dipper''': (''squee'')\\
'''The Author''': …Just going to ignore that.
* LaughOfLove:
** In "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E5TheInconveniencing The Inconveniencing]]", Dipper chuckles nervously while bidding Wendy goodbye as she leaves with her friends, which results in the following exchange:
--->'''Mabel''': Uh-oh!\\
'''Dipper''': ''[defensively]'' What?\\
'''Mabel''': ''[pokes Dipper in his cheek]'' Somebody's in ''lo-ove!''
** In "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E15TheDeepEnd The Deep End]]", when Wendy says that being lifeguard lets her have the best seat in the house, Dipper remarks [[DoubleEntendre "Yeah, you do!"]] and laughs for [[OverlyLongGag an overly-long time]]. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when he says in a mortified whisper, "I've been laughing for too long."
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Towards Mabel, especially apparent in the final episodes. [[spoiler: When she realizes how much school is going to suck, and that she'll have to leave her friends behind, she consoles herself with the knowledge that at least she'll have Dipper by her side. ...Then he takes up Ford's offer to be his apprentice and stay in Gravity Falls while she goes back home. The possibility of them being separated is one of her motivations for trying to prevent the future by ''freezing time'' (she fails, but it results in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt instead).]]
* LivingMacGuffin: [[spoiler:He is one of ten who can truly defeat Bill Cipher]].
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Being with Wendy tends to cause lapses in his sense of judgment.
** In "Double Dipper", Dipper concocts a long-winded master plan to try to win Wendy's affections, rather than simply talk to her as a person. To accomplish it, he creates several clones of himself to do the work and ensure everything goes off without a hitch. [[spoiler: This backfires miserably; Dipper finally realizes that he and Wendy get along great if he just talks to her normally, but the clones don't experience the same epiphany and remain determined to follow the ridiculous plan, even if they have to circumvent Dipper to do it.]]
** In "Into the Bunker", all Dipper has to do is confess his feelings to Wendy and Mabel will open the door to safety. With a giant monster bearing down on him, Dipper chooses to grab Wendy and flee the opposite direction in hopes of finding some other exit rather than just say the words that will solve everything.
* MagneticHero: In spite of his own cynicism, he's willing to see the good in people and attract even the most unlikely of friends throughout the series. Of all people, Pacifica Northwest and Gideon Gleeful redeemed themselves because of Dipper.
* MeaningfulEcho: The way he says that "everything hurts" after he [[spoiler: gets his body back from Bill]] in "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E4TheSockOpera Sock Opera]]" neatly mirrors the way Stan said the same line after fighting off a horde of zombies with a baseball bat and brass knuckles in "Scary-oke", right down to clutching his back and hunching over slightly.
* MeaningfulName: His nickname comes from a birthmark on his forehead that's shaped like the Big Dipper. [[spoiler: His real name, Mason, is also one of these, as Ford points out that the free'''masons''' are an incredibly famous secret society. It matches with the Stans' both stone themed names, as 'Mason' means 'Worker with stone'. He worked with both of them. And also, all of them are not easily swayed: hard as stone. There's also the fact that '''Ma'''son and '''Ma'''bel's names are also counterparts to '''Stan'''ly and '''Stan'''ford]].
* MoralityPet:
** Shares this role with Mabel to Stan. While he and Stan don't always get along and Mabel is closer to their great uncle, Dipper does bring out Stan's softer side. [[spoiler:It's his and Mabel's teamwork that makes Stan and Ford realize how petty their antagonism towards each other is and work together to stop Bill.]]
** Is this to [[SpoiledBrat Pacifica]] in ''Northwest Mansion Mystery''. He ends up acting as her conscience and in turn, Pacifica does respect him and didn't argue when he spoke his mind.
* {{Nephewism}}: His and Mabel's summer caretaker is their great uncle aka "Grunkle Stan". Their parents are known to be alive and well, they just sent them there to get them out of their hair for the summer. Stan is more like a surrogate grandfather than anything else, so would it be called "Great-Nephewism?"
* NerdsLoveToughSchoolwork: Despite actual homework being out of the *ahem* [[{{Pun}} equation]], his favorite RPG, Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons, uses highly complex math as part of it's game mechanics, to the point that Mabel disparagingly compares it to homework.
* NiceGuy: While Dipper is flawed, he is usually friendly and kindhearted.
* NiceHat: After his first one was [[ItMakesSenseInContext taken by a gnome]], he chooses a white and blue trucker cap with a blue pine tree from the Mystery Shack gift shop. It also hides the birthmark on his forehead. [[spoiler: His hat is now in Wendy's possession, and vice versa.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: In "The Deep End", Dipper becomes a pool assistant to spend more time with lifeguard Wendy. However, his sister inadvertently causes trouble by trying to rescue merboy Mermando, stealing pool supplies to do so and smashing two holes in the fence. Given the choice between his job and Mabel's latest crush, Dipper surrenders the pool's megaphone so that Mermando's voice can reach the ocean. This costs him his job.
* NoRespectGuy: Tends to be made fun of by those closest, despite usually being the most down to earth one. He's becoming a deconstruction, as this treatment has fed into a lot of his insecurities throughout the series, particularly in ''Little Dipper,'' ''Bottomless Pit,'' and "Dreamscaperers". By "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons", Mabel seems to realize that her and Stan's constant jokes at Dipper's expense is driving him away from them now that he isn't entirely reliant on them for company and has finally found someone with his interests who doesn't make fun of him.
* NotSoAboveItAll: He tries hard to act like an adult... but he's still a kid at heart.
* NotSoDifferent: A major plot point of "Dreamscaperers" is that, despite being frequently at odds with each other and having entirely different interests, Stan and Dipper are actually a lot alike, something Stan is at least partially aware of. They're both highly determined individuals with low self-esteem that they cover up with prideful bluster and cynicism. They're both willing to do some pretty underhanded things to achieve their goals, but they ultimately prioritize their family before everything else. [[spoiler:It's also made clear later that both feel like the lesser-liked and lesser-valued of their respective twin sets.]]
* ObsessedAreTheListMakers: In "Double Dipper", Dipper makes a long, complicated checklist of steps toward his goal of dancing with Wendy, the girl he has a crush on. Items on the list include wearing fitted clothing, describing how she smells, and making her laugh.
--> '''Mabel''': Why can't you just walk up and talk to her like a normal person?\\
'''Dipper''': Step 9, sister! ''(points to Step 9 on list: "Talk to her like a normal person")''
* OccultDetective: Gravity Falls is a very unusual place, and Dipper's trying to get to the bottom of its mysteries.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: As revealed in "Double Dipper", Dipper's name isn't his real one, being a nickname derived from a birthmark on his forehead in the shape of the Big Dipper constellation. His birth name is unknown in the series, but is revealed in the tie-in Journal 3 book to be [[spoiler:Mason Pines.]]
* ThePigPen: As he's just begun going through puberty, jokes are frequently made about how sweaty he is. Also in "Carpet Diem", Mabel complains about how little he bothers to wash his clothes. [[spoiler: Ford's entry on the boy in Journal 3 has him note strong B.O., indicating a lack of general hygiene, likely from Dipper being busy with his Paranormal Investigations]].
-->'''Dipper''': Washing clothes is a waste of time - I'm a busy guy!
* PolarOppositeTwins: While both of them are generally good-natured, he and his sister contrast in personality. Mabel is a CloudCuckooLander Pollyanna while Dipper is serious and snarky. Dipper often seeks validation and acceptance, while Mabel does her own thing regardless of what anyone else says. Both of these outlooks on life have their virtues and flaws. [[spoiler: These differences become more pronounced after Ford comes to stay them.]]
* PrecociousCrush: Downplayed with his crush on Wendy. She's only 15 years old, but Dipper's 12. She's not an adult, but she's still too old for him.
* ProperlyParanoid: Usually a straight example, but this trope is notably played with in "Tourist Trapped". Dipper quickly identified Mabel's boyfriend as a zombie based on his general appearance. [[spoiler: He was wrong and right; he wasn't a zombie, but he was a mystical creature. Or rather, creatures; they were a group of gnomes.]]
* RealityEnsues: Stan and Mabel's constant teasing exacerbates his insecurities, and when coupled with Dipper's own frequent mistakes and often brutally-learned episodic lessons, this eventually causes him to have serious emotion and confidence issues. Over time this evolves into an increasing tendency for Dipper to hold himself accountable for ''everything'' that goes wrong and equally increasing distance between him and the members of his family.
* RedOniBlueOni: Dipper is (usually) calm and collected, opposed to Mabel's off the wall wackiness.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Non-romantic example: Dipper is the Savvy Guy to Mabel’s Energetic Girl. Dipper's cynical and stern personality makes a contrasting pairing with Mabel's cheerful and upbeat one.
* SeekerArchetype: Dipper's primary motivation is to uncover Gravity Fall's secrets.
* SeriesGoal: To find Gravity Falls’ mysterious author of the journals so he can learn the secrets of the strange neighborhood.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Sensitive Guy to Grunkle Stan's Manly Man. Dipper regularly longs to come across as stronger and more manly, however his few more feminine interest aside, he is quite a sympathetic and compassionate guy. He's also not above periods of sadness or insecurity.
* ShipTease: In "Northwest Mansion Noir", Dipper bonds with Pacifica Northwest while hunting a ghost. Midway through the episode, they share a hug and then awkwardly back off from each other. After that point, Pacifica takes Dipper's opinion of her very seriously. When Dipper turns on her over the discovery of the ghost's intentions, his scathing words are enough to convince her to turn her life around, standing up to her abusive parents and taking charge of her life in the process. [[spoiler: Journal 3's entry that Dipper wrote about that night has him mention she looks "okay" in an evening dress and that she smells like champagne and flowers, the latter information [[{{BelligerentSexualTension}} crossed out]]. The last sentence, also crossed out, is him wondering if there was some vibe going on. He even draws a picture of Pacifica in the same style as a drawing he made of Wendy while he chronicled the events of "Into The Bunker".]]
-->'''Pacifica''': We did it!\\
(''Pacifica hugs Dipper, then awkwardly pulls away. Avoiding eye contact, she holds out a dollar toward him'')\\
'''Pacifica''': (''clears throat'') Can I… pay you to pretend that never happened?
* ShorterMeansSmarter: One millimeter shorter than Mabel and one of the smartest members of the main cast.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Robbie V, his short-lived rival for Wendy's affections.
* TheSmartGuy: An odd deconstruction. Dipper's certainly the bright one of the group and takes it as a point of pride. In spite of his many insecurities, his role as TheSmartGuy has come to mean everything
related to him, to the point where he admits to using large words he doesn't understand in order to keep up appearances. It's implied that this is because Dipper doesn't feel proud about anything else about himself, and so measures his self-worth in his intelligence.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: In "Little Dipper", Dipper's proficiency at chess is used to illustrate the intellectual gap between him and Mabel.
-->'''Mabel''': Little guy to black space nine!\\
'''Dipper''': It's a pawn, that's not your color, and stop stealing the tiny horses!
* SociallyAwkwardHero: Dipper is courageous enough to regularly face danger in the course of his supernatural investigations, but tends to avoid social situations and is easily flustered in the presence of [[PrecociousCrush his crush, Wendy]]. Or girls in general, really.
* StrongFamilyResemblance:
** The resemblance between Dipper and Grunkle Stan becomes apparent when the former dresses up like the latter in "Boss Mabel".
** In "Dreamscaperers" one of Stan's memories show that Stan as a kid looked a lot like present day Dipper. [[spoiler: Likewise, "A Tale of Two Stans" shows the same resemblance with Stan's Twin/The Author]].
* StrongGirlSmartGuy: With Mabel. He's the logical twin who is a GuileHero and she's the one more accustomed to fighting.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Tries to invoke this trope on himself in "Dipper vs. Manliness". Dipper seeks the assistance of the burly Manotaurs to teach him how to be a real man.
* TookALevelInBadass: Definitely steps up a lot more in Season 2, which is lampshaded by [[spoiler: Stanford and why he asks him to be his apprentice.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: His general, everyday life isn't really that happy to begin with, considering he's often Mabel and Stan's insecurity-riddled ButtMonkey and every mistake he makes is payed for in an insane amount of self-blaming and self-doubt, but "Weirdmageddon Part 1" takes the cake. [[spoiler:His family is captured or scattered, an ApocalypseHow occurs and the world becomes HellOnEarth, and Dipper survives on the streets alone for days, hunted, starving, and believing the horrifying Apocalypse unfolding around him is all his fault.]]
* ThemeTwinNaming: M[[spoiler:ason]] and Mabel Pines.
* TheUnfavorite: He was convinced he was this to Stan until the conclusion of ''Dreamscaperers.'' He still appears to have this mindset at times.
-->'''Dipper''': He's always picked on me and now I know why. Stan hates me!
* TheUnreveal: We never do learn his first name in the show itself, but it is revealed to be [[spoiler: Mason]] in Journal 3.
* VocalDissonance: Ritter makes no attempt to sound younger than his own age. [[WordOfGod Alex Hirsch]] has joked he was hired for his "natural puberty squeak".
* WeirdnessMagnet: Somewhat justified considering their environment. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Robbie in "Fight Fighers".
* WellDoneSonGuy: As seen in "Dreamscaperers", but it turns out that Grunkle Stan had good intentions--he was trying to protect his nephew, but in his own, crazy way (toughening up so that when the world hits, he can hit back).
* WellExcuseMePrincess: His relationship with Pacifica has shades of this in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". For the first half of the episode, they [[SnarkToSnarkCombat argue and exchange catty behavior]] while trying to rid Northwest Manor of a homicidal ghost. However, once the ghost is dealt with, their opinions of each other change and they eventually become friends.
* WhatTheHellHero: Every character in the main cast has a moment like this, but Dipper gets these the most often as his flaws are the most in-focus to the audience. A terrifying example comes from "Scary-oke", [[spoiler:when, as zombies close in on them, Mabel yells at Dipper for summoning them.]]
-->'''Mabel''': Dipper, what's the one thing I asked you not to do tonight?\\
'''Dipper''': [[spoiler:(Sounding ashamed) Raise the dead.]]\\
'''Mabel''': [[spoiler:And what did you do?]]\\
'''Dipper''': [[spoiler:(Sounding ashamed) Raised the dead.]]
%%** Interestingly, he seems to becoming a deconstruction of this as well. It's implied in the latter half of the second season that he's beginning to assume most things ''are'' his fault, as he frequently will apologize for anything that went wrong during the episode, even when the fault was not his own and/or he had little to do with causing whatever happened.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Subverted. "Dipper" has been revealed to be a nickname due to a birthmark he has that resembles the Big Dipper.
-->'''Wendy''': (after seeing said birthmark) The Big Dipper? ''That's'' where you got your nickname! I thought your parents just hated you or something.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Wiki/TheOtherWiki uses this exact phrase to describe him. He tends to take matters more seriously than Mabel or Soos on their adventures, and generally takes on a leadership role when they investigate the paranormal. He's also placed himself in no small amount of harm to fix a problem, and tends to take full blame/responsibility when it's a problem [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he himself created.]] When [[spoiler: Ford finally reads the entries he made in Journal 3 following the events of "Dungeon, Dungeons, & More Dungeons", he puts it thusly]]:
-->'''[[spoiler: Ford]]''': [[spoiler: Sure, he's rough around the edges (and [[LoveMakesYouDumb prone to romantic distraction]]), but he possesses bravery, cleverness, imagination, and drive far beyond his years]].
see [[Characters/GravityFallsDipperPines here]].



* {{Adorkable}}: In a [[PluckyGirl Plucky]] GenkiGirl package.
* AesopAmnesia:
** In "Sock Opera" she learns not to push aside important people in her life for a guy and to appreciate her brother's efforts to make her happy. However, she backslides in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", again pushing aside important people in her life for a guy and talking her brother into taking a potentially dangerous job offered by people they know are corrupt so she and her friends can go to a fancy party.
** In "The Last Mabelcorn", despite being informed that doing good deeds just to look good isn't good at all, she goes right back to trying to think of a good enough deed to make her "pure of heart."
** Downplayed in "Roadside Attraction". Despite proclaiming that she has a plan to set up Candy and Dipper (clearly going against her lesson from "The Love God") she doesn't much act on this plan besides making them share a seat and her forgetting the previous aesop is neither the driving force nor the focus of the conflict that occurs.
** In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", [[spoiler: this is Deconstructed. Despite her acknowledging the two Aesops of "if I love it set it free" ("Boyz Crazy"), or that she shouldn't always expect Dipper to give up everything he cares about for her sake ("Sock Opera"), neither of the two seem to have stuck in Mabel's head. Mabel becomes distraught after learning how hard growing up is going to be and can only take solace in knowing Dipper is going to be there for her, so she flips out when learning he might pursue his dreams away from her--while also not understanding that her often insensitive treatment is what drove him away to Ford to start with, which she had briefly acknowledged in "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons".]]
** Perhaps a bit of RealityEnsues given her age and that real people can struggle with these kinds of problems for decades even while fully aware of their tendencies. Her lack of forethought doesn't help any, either.
* AffectionateNickname: Soos occasionally calls Mabel "Hambone". Stan calls her "sweetie" or, more rarely, "pumpkin".
* AllLovingHeroine: She tries to cool down her rivalry and get on good terms with Pacifica, as well as help Robbie with his love life, even though he'd been threatening to her brother all summer. She was even still willing to overlook Gideon's creepy tendencies and remain friends with him [[spoiler:until he tried to murder Dipper with a pair of lamb shears]]. In general, she tries to be nice and friendly to everyone.
* AllWomenAreLustful: A non-sexual example (sort of). She's crazy about boys, a huge fangirl of Sev'ral Timez, likes to read trashy romance novels ("[[ShoutOut Wolfman Bare Chest"]]), plays dating board games and practiced kissing with a leaf blower. Need we go on?
* AllTakeAndNoGive: This, along with [[InnocentlyInsensitive Innocent Insensitivity]], is her FatalFlaw. Mabel has a problem with selfishness and often takes advantage of her brother's love to try to get him to put aside his own wishes and goals and do what she wants, usually without realizing (until [[HeelRealization far later]], if at all) that what she's doing is manipulative or damaging. This is subverted in "Sock Opera" [[spoiler:by sacrificing her puppet show performance to defeat Bill]].
* AmbiguouslyJewish: This is mostly due to the fact that Mabel occasionally uses Yiddish phrases like "mazel tov" and lines like "sweet Moses!" Puts a rather interesting spin on the fact that she adopted a pet pig and refused to eat lobster. Creator/AlexHirsch originally stated that [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/547218052178145280 the Pines family is not canonically Jewish]], but after the release of Journal 3 stated that the Pines Twins probably had a similar upbringing to his own, with [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/758547032554344448 Stan being raised Jewish while Dipper and Mabel were raised fairly non-religiously]], though both Christian and Jewish holidays are celebrated at Mabel's insistence.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: From time to time. Ironically, she's the older twin, having been born five minutes before Dipper. She never lets Dipper forget this.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Not as bad as Soos but chances are she will be distracted by something, the more shiny, unusual, or animal the better.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext After the 8 1/2th President was released from his Peanut Brittle-caused hibernation]], he dubbed her a Congresswoman.
* BadassAdorable: A cutey patooty with a mean right hook.
* BadassDriver: As seen in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" when she takes up driving Soos' boat.
* BadassNormal: Like Dipper, except her wits are a lot more... unconventional.
* BalloonBelly: In "The Inconveniencing" after eating too much Smile Dip.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", [[spoiler:she makes a wish for time to stop so she wouldn't have to face her problems and Dipper wouldn't leave her so soon. [[DemonicPossession "Blendin"]] offers her a "Time Bubble" to do just that, if only she'd hand over a [[SealedEvilinACan mysterious item]] in her brother's possession. She does, is immediately sealed inside a bubble, and gets her wish fulfilled [[ApocalypseHow in the most brutal way possible]]. It's even worse--she's trapped in a LotusEaterMachine that creates the perfect paradise that it would be ''too hard'' for Mabel to reject it]].
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: The Beauty to Candy's Brains and Grenda's Brawn. Also the Beauty to Dipper's Brains and Soos's Brawn.
* BenevolentBoss: Mabel starts as this in "Boss Mabel" until she snaps at Wendy's idleness and Soos' mediocrity.
* BerserkButton: In episode 1, getting between her and a cute boy was one. [[LoveMakesYouEvil She definitely still has problems with this]], but after this instance she stops reacting so violently to it.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mabel is the sweetest person you could hope to meet, but she's something else whenever she gets angry.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: More than capable of backing Dipper up, but she will also bedazzle her entire face for kicks. The point of "Irrational Treasure"'s plot is that she was able to solve the mystery because of how she approached it in a silly, unorthodox way.
* BigSisterInstinct: Not as protective of Dipper as he is of her, but comes fairly close.
* BlitheSpirit: To both Stan and the townsfolk, though sometimes for her own selfish gain.
* BlushSticker: Seems to have perpetually rosy cheeks.
* BookDumb: In contrast to her more academically gifted twin.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Usually the Brawn to Dipper's Brain, but both he and Mabel function as the Brains to Soos's, Wendy's, or Stan's Brawn, depending on who's with them at the time.
* BrainyBrunette: Not Dipper's book smarts and strategic tactics, but Mabel has proven to be a lot more clever than she lets on.
* BreakTheCutie:
** In "The Time Traveler's Pig", Mabel comes into possession of a pig she calls Waddles. She spends about five minutes with him, then has to re-win him over and over again as her brother attempts to correct a poorly-done throw from his past. The attempt where he succeeds [[spoiler:involves her not getting her pig, and she spends what is implied to be a month standing in the same place banging her head against a totem pole before he fixes it.]]
** In "Not What He Seems", she finally breaks down in tears over [[spoiler: the secrets uncovered, the life-threatening situation everyone's in, and the stress of having to choose to listen to Stan or Dipper. There was practically a fandom revolt because the episode made Mabel cry. She eventually chose Stan.]]
** In "A Tale of Two Stans", she's visibly afraid of the idea that she and Dipper will grow apart, despite his reassurances that they won't. Even after he falls asleep, she's shown lying awake, still thinking about it.
** In the next episode, she becomes visibly upset at the realization that she may have already caused the start of this by [[InnocentlyInsensitive jokingly picking]] on Dipper with Stan all summer.
** In "The Last Mabelcorn", she is told by Celestebellebethabelle that she is not "pure of heart" enough to be given some of her hair. It gets worse when Mabel performs good deeds to try to make herself more pure and Celestebellebethabelle tells her that performing good deeds just to look good isn't pure of heart at all, after which Mabel spends most of her time [[HeroicBSOD curled up and struggling to list reasons why she might be considered impure of heart]].
** The entirety of "Dipper and Mabel vs. The Future" is this for her: Wendy breaks it to her how awful High School is, Candy and Grenda are going to be unavailable for her 13th Birthday, Dipper [[spoiler: has accepted a position as Ford's apprentice that will mean she's going alone at the end of the summer]], and to top it all off she [[spoiler: causes the apocalypse by giving a time-space rift to a Bill-possessed Blendin Blandin]].
* BrokenPedestal: Mabel loved unicorns all her life. Then she actually met one [[spoiler:and soon realized what awful, pretentious and judgmental creatures they actually are.]]
* BrotherSisterTeam: A rather refreshing one with Dipper, in that they're not constantly bickering and actually make quite a remarkable team. [[spoiler:This lack of bickering is deconstructed in the latter half of the second season, as them ceasing to discuss their problems with each other results in PoorCommunicationKills]].
* CheerfulChild: Rare are the moments when she doesn't have a smile on her face.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Mabel has an... interesting way of thinking. Deconstructed in Irrational Treasure. Pacifica makes fun of her for being silly, so she tries to be more serious. However, her {{Cloudcuckoolander}} tendencies end up saving the day.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: In "Irrational Treasure". Justified, because the mystery was set up by [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike another]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* CoolLoser: Not to the same extent as Dipper, but she's easily as cool, if not cooler than AlphaBitch Pacifica.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: And when it happens, ''watch out''. In the pilot alone [[spoiler:she takes down a hundred gnomes using nothing but a leaf blower.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Due to the art style it's usually impossible to tell the characters' eye colors, but Mabel's are brown as [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/260514979969646592 confirmed by Alex Hirsch.]]
* CuteAndPsycho: Mabel is a mild version of this trope, but she's definitely a high-intensity-low-stability kind of girl. [[http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/358/300/83a.gif Who else could wield an axe with a great big grin on her face?]]
* CuteBruiser: Cute kid. Will beat you up in without the need for WaifFu, thank you very much.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Bill Cipher, under the guise of Blendin Blandin, offers to freeze time in Gravity Falls if Mabel would give him the mysterious orb in her brother's possession. Mabel, having spent the entire day being convinced of how awful her future is going to be, agrees. She hands it over, he breaks it, [[WhamEpisode and the world promptly]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt begins to end]].]]
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:In "The Inconveniencing" by the convenience store ghosts.]]
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Emotional and energetic, Mabel rarely, if ever, re-considers her actions before doing them. She just throws herself, sometimes literally, in whatever weird and wacky thing that pops into her head, a stark contrast to Dipper and his tendency to over-think things. This, typically, causes more than a fair share of problems. In "Soos and the Real Girl", her random decision to just eat candy, wrappers and all, nearly causes her to choke. When Wendy tried to point out that using LaserGuidedAmnesia to forget failed romances might not be a good idea, Mabel declared, "All ideas are good ideas!" [[spoiler: Ultimately, it's her thoughtlessness that causes Weirdmageddon; When Blendin Blandin offers to freeze time in exchange for a weird thing her brother has, so Mabel won't have to grow up and face the future, she doesn't pick up on the warning signs or consider the implications and only learns after the fact that Bill was playing her like a violin.]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: She tries to be friendly with everybody and tolerant of the eccentricities of others, but there's only so much bad behavior (Gideon, [[spoiler:formerly]] Pacifica, etc.) and weirdness (Toby Determined, Poolcheck, etc.) she can take.
* ExposedToTheElements: Inverted. She regularly wears sweaters even though the show takes place during the summer. The only time the weather bothers her is in "The Deep End" when there's a heat wave. Though to be fair, the town does appear to be in a mountainous area of the state, meaning that the temperatures usually stay moderate even during the peak of the season.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Inferred in "Fight Fighters" when we see one of Mabel's drinks contain a strange cyclops Troll Doll and several dice, all in a green fluid. An episode in the next season represents the drink as pink and with plastic dinosaurs in it.
** She also once ate a whole tube of toothpaste just because it was sparkly.
** She once had to go to the hospital because she ate [[http://www.reddit.com/r/gravityfalls/comments/1kgq85/i_am_alex_hirsch_creator_of_gravity_falls_ask_me/cbotn79 scratch and sniff stickers]]. However, this didn't stop her from eating a sticker in "The Golf War" in an attempt to stop the Lilliputtians from fighting over it. Of course, it was only one sticker and wasn't a scratch-and-sniff.
** The intro for the "Mabel's Guide to Dating" short has a clip of "Mabel's Guide to Eating Non-Foods", where she eats a leaf.
** Inverted: after being given a lot of candy from the vending machine in "Blendin's Game", she declares her intent to eat it all with the wrappers still on. Seconds later, she's choking on the still-wrapped candy, calling her plan a mistake, and whacking herself in the gut in order to cough it all back out.
* FatalFlaw:
** Selfishness. Mabel often gets so wrapped up in her intense feelings about her own creative ideas, wants, needs and emotions that she neglects to consider the needs, ideas and emotions of others around her, which causes a lot of her conflicts throughout the show. This flaw is portrayed throughout the series but not openly discussed as a problem until ''Sock Opera'', and it takes many more plot-heavy episodes for Mabel to start growing out of it.
*** [[spoiler:This comes to a head in "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", when she puts her misery and fear of growing up over Dipper's desire to make decisions for his own future, throwing a fit over it. She attempts to make a deal with Blendin Blandin using [[SealedEvilInACan the mysterious orb in Dipper's backpack]] to freeze Gravity Falls in time so she wouldn't lose Dipper and could have a little more time for Summer. The deal doesn't work, but only because Blendin was actually possessed by Bill, who takes advantage of Mabel's various weaknesses to jumpstart the Apocalypse]].
** Both ''Little Dipper'' and ''Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons'' point out that Mabel's [[InnocentlyInsensitive insensitivity]] crosses into this. Mabel loves picking on Dipper with Grunkle Stan to get a laugh whenever the situation arises and often even builds on those jokes [[RunningGag for long periods]] at Dipper's expense ("Alpha Twin", anyone?), which (since Dipper is a [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] ButtMonkey) alienates Dipper from the both of them and damages his trust in her. Oddly, she never really apologizes for this in either episode despite recognizing how much this hurts her brother, instead trying to justify her actions in the former and simply going silent in the latter.
* FlowerInHerHair: In "The Time Traveler's Pig".
* {{Foil}}: To Dipper, the two heavily contrast in personality, maturity, goals and philosophical outlook. While Dipper is cynical and struggles with self-confidence issues, he can be very determined when push comes to shove. Mabel, on the other, tends to look on the bright side, has an inflated view of her own importance, and can totally lose it when things don't go her way.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The foolish to Dipper's responsible. Of the two Mabel is the more interested in having fun, and often rushes into things without fully thinking through the potential consequences and implications. In essence, she's the 'small-picture' kind of girl, focusing on what's directly in front of her rather than the big picture or future, in direct contrast with Dipper's generally big picture concerns and tendency for extensive planning and preparedness.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Optimist, Mabel is highly optimistic and tries to be near constantly cheerful. She always expects the best out of others and often hopes that there supernatural adventures will play out in a way she would like.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine: Outgoing, optimistic, and a bit of a space case.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: She saved a lobster that was going to be eaten at a restaurant, allowed the goat that lives by the shack to chew on her sweater, and owns a pet piggy named Waddles. She's also hugging a cat at the beginning of the HowWeGotHere moment of the pilot.
* FunPersonified: A very cheerful and silly character, warm welcomes and excitement typically follow her everywhere she goes.
* {{Gasshole}}: Never demonstrated such tendencies on screen, but in "Society of the Blind Eye" she claims she can burp the alphabet.
* GeniusDitz: She seems like your average {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but "Headhunters" shows that she's an incredibly talented artist and is capable of keeping up with [[BrainyBrunette Dipper]] when they're investigating what happened to Grunkle Stan's wax statue. She also is capable of solving a puzzle others have been trying to solve for centuries, though admittedly most of the clues were discovered on accident while she was goofing off.
* GenkiGirl: She's very energetic and outgoing, and isn't afraid to go her own way when the world tries to push her in another direction.
* AGirlAndHerX: A girl and her pig. Mabel and Waddles were inseparable the moment they met. Dipper learned the hard way when he assumed Waddles was just another of her passing fancies.
* GirlyBruiser: Very girly and energetic, but she packs a mean punch. She gave Dipper two black eyes in "Tourist Trapped" (accidentally while trying to get a viscous gnome off his face) and even made a gnome throw up after she kicked him in the stomach. It comes in full force in "Headhunters". Also, as Stan learned in "Little Dipper", Mabel high fives HARD. A conversation with Stan in ''VideoGame/GravityFallsLegendOfTheGnomeGemulets'' even reveals that her very first act as a newborn was to punch the doctor who delivered her.
* GlurgeAddict: Mabel loves anything cute and/or colorful, no matter how sickening other characters find it. It comes out in full force in "Weirdmageddon Part 2: Escape from Reality" where her imaginary world [[spoiler:that Bill Cipher has trapped her in]] is brightly colored, constantly blaring cheerful 80's style music and populated by cute little creatures and walking, talking stuffed animals.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Mabel may be the goofy, energetic one between her and Dipper, but she has her own brand of intellect that's just as useful as his.
* GrapplingHookPistol: One of her iconic items, gained as a gift from Stan.
* HairDecorations: She wears a different colored hairband depending on what sweater she's wearing. During parties, like in "Double Dipper" and "Scaryoke", she wears an oversized bow instead.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: With Dipper. Downplayed, as they dress and act differently and have different hair cuts.
* HeroicBSOD:
** [[spoiler:After losing Waddles, her pet pig in "The Time Traveler's Pig", Mabel goes through one that lasts ''at least'' a month.]]
** Not to mention in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel" [[spoiler:when Mabel hides in her sweater and refuses to come out, saying she's "in Sweater Town".]]
** Spends much of the later half of "Not What He Seems" freaking out over [[spoiler: feeling betrayed by Grunkle Stan when she and Dipper find out he's been lying to them all summer, most notably her blank stare when she realizes the real Stan might have died over thirty years ago, and that the Stan they live with is an imposter]].
** As noted above, when Mabel is told by Celestebellebethabelle that she's far from pure of heart, she falls into a deep depression, complete with TroubledFetalPosition.
** Goes right back to sweater town at the end of "Dipper and Mabel vs. The Future", where after a full day of nothing going right for her, Dipper tops it all off by [[spoiler: choosing to stay in Gravity Falls as an apprentice to The Author]].
* HiddenDepths: [[WordOfGod Alex Hirsch]] has stated in an interview that this was the reason for having her pick the grappling hook from the gift shop in the first episode: to show that Mabel, in addition to loving boys, sweaters, and pink, is more than willing to take a "crazy ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' gadget" when she gets the chance.
** Being boy-crazy, Mabel has a long list of crushes, including Xyler and Kraz, a pair of TotallyRadical dudes from her favorite movie, ''Dream Boy High''. In addition to being pretty, they have law degrees and can quote Jean-Paul Sartre. Considering they're her idea of the perfect boys, Mabel has very high standards.
* HistoryRepeats: [[spoiler:In "A Tale of Two Stans", we learn that the rift in Stan and Ford's relationship began when Stan, fearing being abandoned, messed with one of his brother's things and ended up causing much more disaster than he intended. In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", out of fear of being abandoned, Mabel also messes with her brother's things in a big way to keep him from leaving her. She ends up causing a [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Pandora]]-level catastrophe.]]
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Averted with Mabel's sweaters. She knits them herself and enjoys wearing them regularly.
* IconicOutfit: Mabel is hardly ever seen without a turtleneck sweater of some kind.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: When she's not kicking and punching, she tends to [[ImprovisedWeapon grab whatever's handy]]. She uses a leaf blower [[spoiler:to blow away a hundred gnomes back into the woods]] in "Tourist Trapped" and in "Headhunters", uses [[spoiler:candles and wax Coolio's head to take down a group of wax statues that had her surrounded.]] In "Scary-Oke" she uses a Karaoke machine.
* InLoveWithLove: One of her goals is to have an "epic summer romance", and she's very keen on [[TheMatchmaker helping other people get their own romance]] as well. However, she seems to have a pretty poor idea of how love works, considering how often she tries to force love when it isn't there. In one of the shorts, she exclaims that if Love doesn't work, "force it."
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Why she bullies Dipper in "Little Dipper". His tendency to brag after winning when playing games with her makes her feel insecure, so she responds by picking on him about being 1 millimeter shorter than her for the rest of the episode, joking that it was proof she was evolving into the "Alpha Twin".
* InnocentlyInsensitive:
** Can sometimes be this, like in "The Deep End" when it came to Mermando's heritage and inability to walk.
** Comes up again in "Sock Opera" when she realizes that her expecting Dipper to just roll with whatever her new-found obsession may be is actually quite selfish of her and causes Dipper to sacrifice a lot more for her than she does for him.
** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] briefly by Dipper in "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons". Despite Mabel honestly believing her quips are funny and charming, many of the jokes she and Stan make at Dipper's expense have actually hurt him deeply over the series.
* {{Irony}}: At the end of "A Tale of Two Stans", [[spoiler: Mabel is extremely worried about Dipper and her growing distant or even antagonistic to each other like Stanley and Stanford. She makes Dipper promise he won't "get stupid" like they did, and he jokingly replies, "Not stupider than you." The very next episode has distance developing between them, largely because Mabel's BigSisterBully tendencies throughout the series start catching up to her--when Dipper gets someone to play with who shares his interests (Ford), he admits the best thing about Ford is that he doesn't make fun of him like Stan or Mabel.]]
** [[spoiler:In "Not What He Seems", Dipper is afraid of what will happen when the Portal opens and wants to shut it down, but Mabel decides to trust in Grunkle Stan despite his seemingly evil actions and opens it anyways. At the end of the very next episode, Dipper seems content with what happened and trusting in the future, and Mabel is afraid of what will happen, since this is her first episode realizing the future may hold consequences she won't like.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Shares this flaw with [[spoiler:''Ford'']], of all people. Like him, she has a problem with selfishness and a tendency not to consider the value of other people's opinions or desires if they differ from her own. She usually considers her way of doing things to be 100% correct (even at one point proclaiming to her brother that she "do[es] everything right, all the time!") and has to go through tough [[JerkassRealization Jerkass Realizations]] to even consider that whatever she's done maybe wasn't the best thing after all. Unfortunately, she also shares [[spoiler:Ford's]] tendency towards [[AesopAmnesia forgetting hard-learned lessons]], so she slips back into this just as often.
** Dipper possibly [[spoiler:leaving to become the Author's apprentice and chase his dreams by himself]] actually scares her into admitting that she doesn't care if it's a good opportunity for Dipper, what matters is if it's a good opportunity for ''her''. This was, of course, after she had a really awful day, and she tried to get over it after "Weirdmageddon".
* JerkassBall: In "Sock Opera", where she breaks her promises to her brother and walks all over him in order to impress her guy of the week, and in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", where she breaks her promise with Grenda not to hit on another cute boy in order to conspire with Candy to get said boy's attention.
** Pretty much any time Mabel's given an object of affection to adore, actually. See LoveMakesYouEvil.
* JerkassRealization:
** She has one during "Sock Opera", realizing that the combination of Dipper's relative passiveness and her own [[InnocentlyInsensitive oblivious]] [[FatalFlaw selfishness]] often results in her own desires being put before her brother's. Mabel appears to be trying to correct for this by the end of the episode, but she still tends to forget this lesson when she gets extremely emotional or excited, resulting in the AesopAmnesia noted above.
** She has another during "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons" Dipper, when talking about [[spoiler: Ford]], mentions that one of the best things about him is that he doesn't make fun of him like Mabel and Stan do. When Mabel laughs and says he should just give [[spoiler:Ford]] time with that, Dipper simply turns his head away from her in disappointment. Mabel's face shows she realizes how hurtful what she's said actually is, the most she can do is give a little "you got me there" and turn over in bed.
* KarmaHoudini: Downplayed, rare protagonist example. Mabel never does anything outright malicious, but she does frequently team up with Stan to make fun of her brother throughout the series and often uses Dipper's dedication to making her happy to get him to do what she wants, even if it's at great inconvenience to him. All of these flaws have been known to negatively effect her brother but rarely result in negative consequences for Mabel herself (and while Dipper has done things like this too, he usually [[HumiliationConga pays dearly]] [[YankTheDogsChain if he does]]). Also, no one found out that [[spoiler:she (unknowingly) gave the rift to Bill]].
* KidDetective: Same case as Dipper, often accompanying him in his investigations.
* KidHero: She's twelve like her brother and one of the heroes.
* TheLancer: Secondary character to Dipper and more than willing to put Dipper in his place if he needs it.
* LargeHam: Sometimes she can be really over the top. [[http://www.reddit.com/r/gravityfalls/comments/1kgq85/i_am_alex_hirsch_creator_of_gravity_falls_ask_me/cbosagy The creator even describes her as this.]] She's especially like this around her pet '''pig''', Waddles.
* LaughOfLove: In "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E15TheDeepEnd The Deep End]]", Mabel laughs and says "You're so funny!" when Mermando, a merman she develops a crush on, jokingly compliments her on her lack of water wings. Soon afterwards, Mermando laughs as she combs his hair, which causes her to think that he likes her.
* LethalChef: Literally. Her "Mabel Juice" has plastic dinosaurs in it.
* LetsGetDangerous: Whenever something pushes her to far, such as her brother being put in danger or someone manipulating her, she'll always step up and often the results aren't pretty.
* LittleMissBadass: Mabel's a twelve year old girl who loves nature, animals and everything feminine. She's also quite capable against the calamities that Gravity Falls throws at her on a regular basis.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: To Dipper. While it doesn't reach to unhealthy standards like Mabel, Dipper relies on Mabel for emotional support.
* LivingMacGuffin: Her importance is revealed in the finale: [[spoiler:She is one of ten who can defeat Bill Cipher]].
* LoveMakesYouEvil: It should be noted that many of Mabel's worst {{Jerkass}} moments are when there's a cute guy on the line. It starts in "Boyz Crazy", when she basically decides to keep Sev'ral Timez oblivious prisoners. In "Sock Opera" she breaks her promise to help Dipper so she can obsess over Gabe Benson, even [[MomentOfWeakness momentarily]] giving into Bill Cipher's demands to have a shot at him. And then [[AesopAmnesia despite supposedly learning from this in "Sock Opera",]] she knowingly and willingly isolates Grenda to hit on a cute rich guy because she thinks Grenda will get in her way of flirting with him. She gets HeelRealization usually at the end, but still.
* MagicSkirt: For some reason her skirt stays in place despite the crazy stunts she does.
* MagneticHero: Lampshaded by [[spoiler: Ford]], who claims he once watched her become pen-pals with a pizza delivery man in the span of a minute.
* TheMatchmaker: She really wants to be this, but her attempts to pair people (and animals) up usually fail due to her rather... forceful methods. The only successful match she's made thus far is [[spoiler:Robbie and Tambry]], and it's debatable as to whether it was a genuinely good match or morally unethical {{Squick}}, [[spoiler:since she drugged them both with a Love Potion]].
* MeaningfulName: Mabel means "lovable", and pretty much everyone in the show adores her. Too much, in the case of Gideon.
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* MoralityPet: To Stan, even before his CharacterDevelopment. He genuinely adores her, and treats her incredibly well, comforting her when she's upset and calling her by affectionate nicknames. [[spoiler:It's her and Dipper's teamwork that makes Stan and Ford realize just how petty their antagonism towards each other is and work together to stop Bill.]]
* MotorMouth: Downplayed. She's loud, chatty, opinionated, and has no trouble saying whatever comes to mind no matter how strange or unsettling, but it's not the extreme example common for this trope.
* MsImagination: Is prone to wild flights of fancy.
* {{Nephewism}}: Her and Dipper's summer caretaker is their great uncle aka "Gruncle Stan". Their parents are known to be alive and well, they just sent them there to get them out of their hair for the summer. Stan is more like a surrogate grandfather than anything else, so would it be called "Great-Nephewism?"
* NiceGirl: Although she can be [[InnocentlyInsensitive insensitive]] at times, Mabel is a very compassionate person and generally tries to help others, though her methods don't always produce the ideal results.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", [[spoiler:Ford talks Dipper into becoming his apprentice, which would require Dipper to stay in Gravity Falls after the summer is over. Mabel, freaking out already over how terrible everyone older than her says growing up is, tries to freeze Gravity Falls in time with Blendin Blandin's help so Dipper can't leave her to grow up alone. Only problem is, Blendin was possessed by Bill and used Mabel's desperation to get [[SealedEvilInACan the Rift]], which he then used to start the Apocalypse.]]
* TheNoseKnows: Mabel has sensed Robbie coming in "The Time Traveler's Pig" due to smelling a gallon of body spray and "Fight Fighters" due to smelling anger and hormones.
* NoIndoorVoice: She tends to get loud when she's excited--[[ThePollyanna which is nearly always]].
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: She has the habit of punching and poking other people when she's being friendly, mostly Dipper.
* OccultDetective: Not as much as her brother, but she's perfectly comfortable investigating the strange occurrences in Gravity Falls.
* OnlyFriend: Heavily implied to be Dipper's closest and most trusted friend pre-series. Which is sad, considering [[WordOfGod Alex Hirsch]] has stated they weren't as close then as they are in Gravity Falls.
* TheOnlyOneITrust: While Dipper has yet to truly be betrayed by anybody, the journal he finds warns him not to trust anyone in Gravity Falls. Dipper decides that there is one person he can always trust: Mabel. In "Not What He Seems", [[spoiler: she ends up betraying that trust by letting the portal beneath the shack activate, choosing to place her faith in Stan's convictions over Dipper's caution. Dipper doesn't seem to hold it against her, though]].
* OutdoorsyGal: A rare girly girl example. She enjoys being out in nature considerably more than Dipper.
* ParentalFavoritism: Is obviously shown this from Grunkle Stan, who is far more familial with her than with nearly anyone else at the Shack.
* PerpetualSmiler: Takes a lot to wipe the smile off her face.
* PluckyComicRelief: Not always, but she has no problems fulfilling this role.
* PluckyGirl: Although wacky, Mabel is very resourceful and will use whatever is on hand to help with the problems.
* PolarOppositeTwins: While both of them are good-natured, they contrast in personality. Mabel is a CloudCuckooLander Pollyanna while Dipper is serious and snarky. Dipper often seeks validation and acceptance, while Mabel does her own thing regardless of what anyone else says. Both of these outlooks on life have their virtues and flaws. [[spoiler: These differences become more pronounced after Ford comes to stay with them.]]
* ThePollyanna: Mabel has been described as a "glass half full" kind of girl. Best shown in "Not What He Seems", when, despite Dipper imploring her to [[spoiler: shut down Stan's portal on the grounds that Grunkle Stan's duplicitous nature could endanger the universe]], she instead chooses to [[spoiler: let the portal activate completely, trusting that Stan loves her and only wants what's best]].
** [[spoiler:Subverted when she finally begins considering her and Dipper's possible future and begins growing paranoid over it. Notably, this paranoia [[SelfFulfillingProphecy causes]] a good portion of the emotional conflict that develops between Dipper and Mabel, because she's so hysterical by the time Dipper learns about her concern that she refuses to actually talk with him about it, instead yelling at him and running away]].
* ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler: Her fears that she and Dipper will eventually drift apart like Ford and Stan, which Dipper brushes off, begin to be show themselves as legitimate as Dipper starts to spend most of his time with Ford, while Mabel spends even more time with Stan, Grenda, and Candy. But rather than any dislike towards each other, it's more a case of PoorCommunicationKills--neither of them are talking to each other about their deeper concerns due to outside forces and inner issues, so when problems between them arise, they're both internalize it rather than discuss it and thus aren't made aware of what bothers the other. See SelfFulfillingProphecy, however, for how she caused some of these fears to happen herself.]]
* PsychicPowers: For a brief instance in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", while she was holding [[spoiler:Gideon's amulet]].
* RapunzelHair: Her hair is long enough that when Dipper flipped it over, it covered her whole face. Even considering their cartoony proportions, her hair goes at least all the way down her back.
* RedOniBlueOni: Dipper is (usually) calm and collected, as opposed to Mabel's off the wall wackiness.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Non-romantic example: Mabel is the Energetic Girl to Dipper's Savvy Guy. Mabel's cheerful and upbeat personality makes a contrasting pairing with Dipper's cynical and stern one.
* SarcasmBlind: On occasion.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Mabel does this on a fairly regular basis.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Mabel's fear that [[spoiler:her relationship with Dipper will become more distant actually does start to manifest in reality; however, one of the major reasons Dipper stops spending as much time with her is because he gains the option to spend time with someone who doesn't [[BigSisterBully make fun of his hobbies, interests and quirks like she does]]. Also, when Dipper's ''finally'' made aware of Mabel's fear of drifting apart and tries to talk to her and work things out, Mabel's so upset at him for unknowingly forcing her to confront this fear that she refuses to talk with him, instead yelling at him and running away crying, which quite literally causes the Rift between them to go from manageable and controllable to uncontainable and unpredictable.]]
* SerialRomeo: Unlike Dipper, who had a crush on Wendy for all the first season and [[spoiler:got a ShipTease with Pacifica in Season 2]], Mabel has the largest amount of {{Temporary Love Interest}}s, as it's her goal to have an "epic summer romance." She flirts a lot trying to find "the one" and when things don't go well she moves on to another boy. But unlike other examples, she remembers her affections for every boy she took a shine to, as seen by the illusions made by the Love God.
* ShipperOnDeck: A self-proclaimed matchmaker.
** Mabel helped Soos find a girlfriend.
** She "married" Waddles the Pig with Gompers the Goat.
** ''The Love God'' also shows that she ships Dipper with her friend Candy, and Grunkle Stan with Soos's grandmother.
** Mabel and Candy agree to be "co-bridesmaids" at Grenda and Marius' future wedding.
** ''VideoGame/GravityFallsLegendOfTheGnomeGemulets'' reveals she knows about Dipper and Pacifica hugging in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" and teases them about it.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: In a lesser extent than her brother, but still. Particularly so in the "Mabel's Guide to Life" shorts.
* SmallNameBigEgo:
** In "Tourist Trapped", she believed she was "irresistible" to guys, in spite of the {{Montage}} showing her heavy-handed attempts at flirting failing miserably.
** In "The Love God", she considered herself "the world's greatest match-maker", even though she has a very poor idea of how love works.
** In "The Last Mabelcorn", she fully believed she was of "pure, perfect heart."
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Ford doesn't seem to have considered how badly Mabel would take his offer to essentially raise Dipper (''[[ParentalFavoritism just]]'' Dipper) through his teenage years in Gravity Falls. Her ItsAllAboutMe response and subsequent desperate deal with Blendin Blandin to try to freeze time (thus preventing her ''or'' Dipper from growing up for as long as she wanted) screwed over Dipper and Ford's hard-won solution to the slowly cracking Rift ''and'' led directly to the start of the Apocalypse they were trying to prevent, because as it turns out, Blendin was possessed by Bill.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her name is often misspelled as "Mable", even though her name appears in the opening credits.
* StrongGirlSmartGuy: With Dipper. She's the one more accustomed to fighting, he's the logical twin who is a GuileHero.
* StunnedSilence: In the EstablishingSeriesMoment in the pilot, this was her reaction to finding out that her new boyfriend was actually a bunch of gnomes standing on top of each other. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Notably, this is the only time in the whole series that Mabel's rendered speechless.]] (Though it makes sense, considering this was her first-ever encounter with the supernatural. After ''that'', it's safe to assume not much would shock her anymore.)
* SweetTooth: She's a twelve-year-old girl, so there are plenty of indications that she has this:
** One piece of promo art shows her lying on the floor with a popsicle stuffed in her mouth.
** In "The Inconveniencing" she eats an entire stack of Smile Dip.
** In "The Time Traveler's Pig" she has two cones of cotton candy and is pissed when Robbie takes a chunk out of one of them. Though she dropped them when she was distracted by the "win a pig" sign.
** In "Mabel's Guide to Stickers" she trades Stan a "Baby on Board" sticker for an ''industrial-sized'' bucket of sprinkles. We don't see her eat the whole thing, but she definitely plans to.
-->'''Mabel''': ''[grinning]'' I'm gonna get ''so sick''.
** In "Little Dipper", she ate a gummy bear the size of a large teddy bear (except for the head, which she saved for later).
* SympathyForTheDevil: Mabel feels this way toward Pacifica at the end of "The Golf War", and even Dipper concedes that she really is just a kid like them... except utterly, ridiculously rich, in which case sympathy is mixed with envy.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The GirlyGirl to Wendy's {{Tomboy}}. On the other-hand she is more the {{Tomboy}} to Pacifica's light GirlyGirl.
* TookALevelInBadass: In "Headhunters", she beats the majority of the evil wax figures mostly by herself.
* TookALevelInJerkass:
** In "Little Dipper", Mabel sees her brother's slightly cocky behavior after winning a board game as him rubbing his victories in her face. She responds by bullying him about being 1 millimeter shorter than her for the rest of the episode, deciding that this height difference is indicative of her evolving into a being superior to him, and [[UpToEleven proclaiming herself the "Alpha Twin".]] She doesn't even have a JerkassRealization at the end like the other examples, instead justifying her actions by claiming he made her feel bad first.
** In "Boyz Crazy", she keeps Sev'ral Timez prisoner in her bedroom until Candy and Grenda can talk her out of it.
** In "Sock Opera", she puts her desire for her BoyOfTheWeek over her promise to help her brother decrypt the laptop password, pushes Dipper into promising to help her construct a puppet show on the fly to impress said boy, and steals Journal 3 to use as a prop in her play, almost giving it to Bill Cipher for the play's success before having her JerkassRealization.
* TownGirls: The Femme to Candy's Neither and Grenda's Butch. Of the group Mabel is the most feminine, practically personifying a girly girl.
* ThemeTwinNaming: M[[spoiler:ason]] and Mabel Pines.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Became so frightened by the idea of growing up and being separated from her brother that she [[spoiler:gave [[SealedEvilInACan the Rift]] her brother and Uncle tried so hard to protect over to Blendin Blandin, who promised he would use it to freeze time for her so she and the rest of Gravity Falls would stay the same as long as she wanted. Instead, Blendin revealed himself to be possessed by Bill, who promptly broke it and began the Apocalypse.]] It's kind of played with, actually, [[spoiler:because while she didn't intend for the Apocalypse, her intention to freeze time and force everyone to stay the same in Gravity Falls is pretty doom-worthy in and of itself if she couldn't reverse it]].
* UngratefulBastard: Dipper sacrificed everything just for her and with the sole exception of ''one'' single moment where Bill straight up calls her a selfish person, Mabel never returns the favor. This reached the peak in "Dipper and Mabel vs the future" where despite everything Dipper has done for her, the moment when she realizes that Dipper is leaving her for what he wants, she decides to selfishly force him to stay, completely ignoring any lesson in maturity in the process.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Though she always wears turtleneck sweaters, they all have different patterns. Mabel switches sweaters every episode and if the episode takes place over the course of a few days she'll switch. She wears ''at least'' 6 sweaters in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel" alone.
** Though everytime before bed, she does always wear the nightgown with the image of a 3.5 floppy disk on it. FridgeLogic being that she is perhaps saving at the end of each waking day?
* UnwantedAssistance: She frequently tries to "help" people by coercing others into taking up her methods. While she does this in many areas, it's most prominent in romance, where she's gone to extreme lengths to "support" others in relationships that she approves of.
** In "Into the Bunker", she locks her brother into a closet with Wendy and refuses to let them out until Dipper confesses his love to her, after he told her he was giving up on his crush and asked her to leave it alone. This nearly gets them killed, because it wasn't a closet, it was the chamber of a very deadly (and now loose) experiment.
** In "Roadside Attraction", when Dipper's still not over his rejection, she supports the idea that Dipper should get into a rebound relationship and tries to hook him up with her friend Candy, only to blame him when he was uncomfortable with Candy's ''really'' forward advances and gets angry at him for [[MistakenForCheating "betraying"]] Candy by talking to other girls before Candy even asked him out.
* WeakWilled: Her focus and dedication to a matter can easily be broken if she sees something she wants (especially if it's a boy).
* WeaponOfChoice: A grappling hook she got in the very first episode, which becomes a ChekhovsGun in the first season finale and began to be used more often in the second season.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Possibly moreso than her brother. Weird stuff is always gravitating toward her—-the gnomes and Gideon, for instance—-and, in The Inconveniencing, [[spoiler:she was possessed, rather than 'punished' by the ghosts.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Bringing Stan up to the water tower to cure his fear of heights, shoving Dipper and Wendy into a closet to make Dipper confess his crush, shouting at women to leave the bathroom and talk to Soos to get him a date, that sort of thing. The first two end up accidentally putting people in life-threatening peril.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:''[[BlueAndOrangeMorality Bill]]'']] of all people gives this to her in "Sock Opera", after she brushes off her promises to Dipper, makes him put his own plans on hold to help her win over her guy of the week, and even takes Journal 3 without permission to use as a prop.
-->[[spoiler:'''Bill''']]: How's about you hand that book over?\\
'''Mabel''': No way! This is Dipper's! I'd never give it away!\\
[[spoiler:'''Bill''']]: Hmm, you didn't seem to have a problem taking it for your own play or ditching him when he needed you. So come to your senses. Gimme the book or your play is ruined. (Mabel sighs and begins to hand over the journal) [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame There it is. I mean, who would sacrifice everything they've worked for just for their dumb sibling?]]\\
'''Mabel''': ...''[[JerkassRealization Dipper]]'' [[HeroicResolve would]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: She has a phobia of Claymation that she realizes is perfectly rational in ''Little Gift Shop of Horrors'', though it's unknown if she really has this fear or if it was just part of Stan's story.
* WideEyedIdealist: Tends to believe the best of everyone and that any situation will have a happy outcome. It's put to the test in "Not What He Seems".
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Though she is ignorant of a lot of the complexities of others and often accidentally offends without meaning to, WordOfGod says she understands that Dipper's desire to grow up fast is inherently childish.
* WrongGenreSavvy: In "Sock Opera" towards the end:
-->'''Mabel''': Don't worry, I have seen enough movies to know this is the part where the audience thinks this was all part of the show and loves it. Cue applause!\\
''(audience boos and leaves)''

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* {{Adorkable}}: In a [[PluckyGirl Plucky]] GenkiGirl package.
* AesopAmnesia:
** In "Sock Opera" she learns not to push aside important people in her life for a guy and to appreciate her brother's efforts to make her happy. However, she backslides in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", again pushing aside important people in her life for a guy and talking her brother into taking a potentially dangerous job offered by people they know are corrupt so she and her friends can go to a fancy party.
** In "The Last Mabelcorn", despite being informed that doing good deeds just to look good isn't good at all, she goes right back to trying to think of a good enough deed to make her "pure of heart."
** Downplayed in "Roadside Attraction". Despite proclaiming that she has a plan to set up Candy and Dipper (clearly going against her lesson from "The Love God") she doesn't much act on this plan besides making them share a seat and her forgetting the previous aesop is neither the driving force nor the focus of the conflict that occurs.
** In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", [[spoiler: this is Deconstructed. Despite her acknowledging the two Aesops of "if I love it set it free" ("Boyz Crazy"), or that she shouldn't always expect Dipper to give up everything he cares about for her sake ("Sock Opera"), neither of the two seem to have stuck in Mabel's head. Mabel becomes distraught after learning how hard growing up is going to be and can only take solace in knowing Dipper is going to be there for her, so she flips out when learning he might pursue his dreams away from her--while also not understanding that her often insensitive treatment is what drove him away to Ford to start with, which she had briefly acknowledged in "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons".]]
** Perhaps a bit of RealityEnsues given her age and that real people can struggle with these kinds of problems for decades even while fully aware of their tendencies. Her lack of forethought doesn't help any, either.
* AffectionateNickname: Soos occasionally calls Mabel "Hambone". Stan calls her "sweetie" or, more rarely, "pumpkin".
* AllLovingHeroine: She tries to cool down her rivalry and get on good terms with Pacifica, as well as help Robbie with his love life, even though he'd been threatening to her brother all summer. She was even still willing to overlook Gideon's creepy tendencies and remain friends with him [[spoiler:until he tried to murder Dipper with a pair of lamb shears]]. In general, she tries to be nice and friendly to everyone.
* AllWomenAreLustful: A non-sexual example (sort of). She's crazy about boys, a huge fangirl of Sev'ral Timez, likes to read trashy romance novels ("[[ShoutOut Wolfman Bare Chest"]]), plays dating board games and practiced kissing with a leaf blower. Need we go on?
* AllTakeAndNoGive: This, along with [[InnocentlyInsensitive Innocent Insensitivity]], is her FatalFlaw. Mabel has a problem with selfishness and often takes advantage of her brother's love to try to get him to put aside his own wishes and goals and do what she wants, usually without realizing (until [[HeelRealization far later]], if at all) that what she's doing is manipulative or damaging. This is subverted in "Sock Opera" [[spoiler:by sacrificing her puppet show performance to defeat Bill]].
* AmbiguouslyJewish: This is mostly due to the fact that Mabel occasionally uses Yiddish phrases like "mazel tov" and lines like "sweet Moses!" Puts a rather interesting spin on the fact that she adopted a pet pig and refused to eat lobster. Creator/AlexHirsch originally stated that [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/547218052178145280 the Pines family is not canonically Jewish]], but after the release of Journal 3 stated that the Pines Twins probably had a similar upbringing to his own, with [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/758547032554344448 Stan being raised Jewish while Dipper and Mabel were raised fairly non-religiously]], though both Christian and Jewish holidays are celebrated at Mabel's insistence.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: From time to time. Ironically, she's the older twin, having been born five minutes before Dipper. She never lets Dipper forget this.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Not as bad as Soos but chances are she will be distracted by something, the more shiny, unusual, or animal the better.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext After the 8 1/2th President was released from his Peanut Brittle-caused hibernation]], he dubbed her a Congresswoman.
* BadassAdorable: A cutey patooty with a mean right hook.
* BadassDriver: As seen in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" when she takes up driving Soos' boat.
* BadassNormal: Like Dipper, except her wits are a lot more... unconventional.
* BalloonBelly: In "The Inconveniencing" after eating too much Smile Dip.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", [[spoiler:she makes a wish for time to stop so she wouldn't have to face her problems and Dipper wouldn't leave her so soon. [[DemonicPossession "Blendin"]] offers her a "Time Bubble" to do just that, if only she'd hand over a [[SealedEvilinACan mysterious item]] in her brother's possession. She does, is immediately sealed inside a bubble, and gets her wish fulfilled [[ApocalypseHow in the most brutal way possible]]. It's even worse--she's trapped in a LotusEaterMachine that creates the perfect paradise that it would be ''too hard'' for Mabel to reject it]].
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: The Beauty to Candy's Brains and Grenda's Brawn. Also the Beauty to Dipper's Brains and Soos's Brawn.
* BenevolentBoss: Mabel starts as this in "Boss Mabel" until she snaps at Wendy's idleness and Soos' mediocrity.
* BerserkButton: In episode 1, getting between her and a cute boy was one. [[LoveMakesYouEvil She definitely still has problems with this]], but after this instance she stops reacting so violently to it.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mabel is the sweetest person you could hope to meet, but she's something else whenever she gets angry.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: More than capable of backing Dipper up, but she will also bedazzle her entire face for kicks. The point of "Irrational Treasure"'s plot is that she was able to solve the mystery because of how she approached it in a silly, unorthodox way.
* BigSisterInstinct: Not as protective of Dipper as he is of her, but comes fairly close.
* BlitheSpirit: To both Stan and the townsfolk, though sometimes for her own selfish gain.
* BlushSticker: Seems to have perpetually rosy cheeks.
* BookDumb: In contrast to her more academically gifted twin.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Usually the Brawn to Dipper's Brain, but both he and Mabel function as the Brains to Soos's, Wendy's, or Stan's Brawn, depending on who's with them at the time.
* BrainyBrunette: Not Dipper's book smarts and strategic tactics, but Mabel has proven to be a lot more clever than she lets on.
* BreakTheCutie:
** In "The Time Traveler's Pig", Mabel comes into possession of a pig she calls Waddles. She spends about five minutes with him, then has to re-win him over and over again as her brother attempts to correct a poorly-done throw from his past. The attempt where he succeeds [[spoiler:involves her not getting her pig, and she spends what is implied to be a month standing in the same place banging her head against a totem pole before he fixes it.]]
** In "Not What He Seems", she finally breaks down in tears over [[spoiler: the secrets uncovered, the life-threatening situation everyone's in, and the stress of having to choose to listen to Stan or Dipper. There was practically a fandom revolt because the episode made Mabel cry. She eventually chose Stan.]]
** In "A Tale of Two Stans", she's visibly afraid of the idea that she and Dipper will grow apart, despite his reassurances that they won't. Even after he falls asleep, she's shown lying awake, still thinking about it.
** In the next episode, she becomes visibly upset at the realization that she may have already caused the start of this by [[InnocentlyInsensitive jokingly picking]] on Dipper with Stan all summer.
** In "The Last Mabelcorn", she is told by Celestebellebethabelle that she is not "pure of heart" enough to be given some of her hair. It gets worse when Mabel performs good deeds to try to make herself more pure and Celestebellebethabelle tells her that performing good deeds just to look good isn't pure of heart at all, after which Mabel spends most of her time [[HeroicBSOD curled up and struggling to list reasons why she might be considered impure of heart]].
** The entirety of "Dipper and Mabel vs. The Future" is this for her: Wendy breaks it to her how awful High School is, Candy and Grenda are going to be unavailable for her 13th Birthday, Dipper [[spoiler: has accepted a position as Ford's apprentice that will mean she's going alone at the end of the summer]], and to top it all off she [[spoiler: causes the apocalypse by giving a time-space rift to a Bill-possessed Blendin Blandin]].
* BrokenPedestal: Mabel loved unicorns all her life. Then she actually met one [[spoiler:and soon realized what awful, pretentious and judgmental creatures they actually are.]]
* BrotherSisterTeam: A rather refreshing one with Dipper, in that they're not constantly bickering and actually make quite a remarkable team. [[spoiler:This lack of bickering is deconstructed in the latter half of the second season, as them ceasing to discuss their problems with each other results in PoorCommunicationKills]].
* CheerfulChild: Rare are the moments when she doesn't have a smile on her face.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Mabel has an... interesting way of thinking. Deconstructed in Irrational Treasure. Pacifica makes fun of her for being silly, so she tries to be more serious. However, her {{Cloudcuckoolander}} tendencies end up saving the day.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: In "Irrational Treasure". Justified, because the mystery was set up by [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike another]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* CoolLoser: Not to the same extent as Dipper, but she's easily as cool, if not cooler than AlphaBitch Pacifica.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: And when it happens, ''watch out''. In the pilot alone [[spoiler:she takes down a hundred gnomes using nothing but a leaf blower.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Due to the art style it's usually impossible to tell the characters' eye colors, but Mabel's are brown as [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/260514979969646592 confirmed by Alex Hirsch.]]
* CuteAndPsycho: Mabel is a mild version of this trope, but she's definitely a high-intensity-low-stability kind of girl. [[http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/358/300/83a.gif Who else could wield an axe with a great big grin on her face?]]
* CuteBruiser: Cute kid. Will beat you up in without the need for WaifFu, thank you very much.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Bill Cipher, under the guise of Blendin Blandin, offers to freeze time in Gravity Falls if Mabel would give him the mysterious orb in her brother's possession. Mabel, having spent the entire day being convinced of how awful her future is going to be, agrees. She hands it over, he breaks it, [[WhamEpisode and the world promptly]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt begins to end]].]]
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:In "The Inconveniencing" by the convenience store ghosts.]]
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Emotional and energetic, Mabel rarely, if ever, re-considers her actions before doing them. She just throws herself, sometimes literally, in whatever weird and wacky thing that pops into her head, a stark contrast to Dipper and his tendency to over-think things. This, typically, causes more than a fair share of problems. In "Soos and the Real Girl", her random decision to just eat candy, wrappers and all, nearly causes her to choke. When Wendy tried to point out that using LaserGuidedAmnesia to forget failed romances might not be a good idea, Mabel declared, "All ideas are good ideas!" [[spoiler: Ultimately, it's her thoughtlessness that causes Weirdmageddon; When Blendin Blandin offers to freeze time in exchange for a weird thing her brother has, so Mabel won't have to grow up and face the future, she doesn't pick up on the warning signs or consider the implications and only learns after the fact that Bill was playing her like a violin.]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: She tries to be friendly with everybody and tolerant of the eccentricities of others, but there's only so much bad behavior (Gideon, [[spoiler:formerly]] Pacifica, etc.) and weirdness (Toby Determined, Poolcheck, etc.) she can take.
* ExposedToTheElements: Inverted. She regularly wears sweaters even though the show takes place during the summer. The only time the weather bothers her is in "The Deep End" when there's a heat wave. Though to be fair, the town does appear to be in a mountainous area of the state, meaning that the temperatures usually stay moderate even during the peak of the season.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Inferred in "Fight Fighters" when we see one of Mabel's drinks contain a strange cyclops Troll Doll and several dice, all in a green fluid. An episode in the next season represents the drink as pink and with plastic dinosaurs in it.
** She also once ate a whole tube of toothpaste just because it was sparkly.
** She once had to go to the hospital because she ate [[http://www.reddit.com/r/gravityfalls/comments/1kgq85/i_am_alex_hirsch_creator_of_gravity_falls_ask_me/cbotn79 scratch and sniff stickers]]. However, this didn't stop her from eating a sticker in "The Golf War" in an attempt to stop the Lilliputtians from fighting over it. Of course, it was only one sticker and wasn't a scratch-and-sniff.
** The intro for the "Mabel's Guide to Dating" short has a clip of "Mabel's Guide to Eating Non-Foods", where she eats a leaf.
** Inverted: after being given a lot of candy from the vending machine in "Blendin's Game", she declares her intent to eat it all with the wrappers still on. Seconds later, she's choking on the still-wrapped candy, calling her plan a mistake, and whacking herself in the gut in order to cough it all back out.
* FatalFlaw:
** Selfishness. Mabel often gets so wrapped up in her intense feelings about her own creative ideas, wants, needs and emotions that she neglects to consider the needs, ideas and emotions of others around her, which causes a lot of her conflicts throughout the show. This flaw is portrayed throughout the series but not openly discussed as a problem until ''Sock Opera'', and it takes many more plot-heavy episodes for Mabel to start growing out of it.
*** [[spoiler:This comes to a head in "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", when she puts her misery and fear of growing up over Dipper's desire to make decisions for his own future, throwing a fit over it. She attempts to make a deal with Blendin Blandin using [[SealedEvilInACan the mysterious orb in Dipper's backpack]] to freeze Gravity Falls in time so she wouldn't lose Dipper and could have a little more time for Summer. The deal doesn't work, but only because Blendin was actually possessed by Bill, who takes advantage of Mabel's various weaknesses to jumpstart the Apocalypse]].
** Both ''Little Dipper'' and ''Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons'' point out that Mabel's [[InnocentlyInsensitive insensitivity]] crosses into this. Mabel loves picking on Dipper with Grunkle Stan to get a laugh whenever the situation arises and often even builds on those jokes [[RunningGag for long periods]] at Dipper's expense ("Alpha Twin", anyone?), which (since Dipper is a [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] ButtMonkey) alienates Dipper from the both of them and damages his trust in her. Oddly, she never really apologizes for this in either episode despite recognizing how much this hurts her brother, instead trying to justify her actions in the former and simply going silent in the latter.
* FlowerInHerHair: In "The Time Traveler's Pig".
* {{Foil}}: To Dipper, the two heavily contrast in personality, maturity, goals and philosophical outlook. While Dipper is cynical and struggles with self-confidence issues, he can be very determined when push comes to shove. Mabel, on the other, tends to look on the bright side, has an inflated view of her own importance, and can totally lose it when things don't go her way.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The foolish to Dipper's responsible. Of the two Mabel is the more interested in having fun, and often rushes into things without fully thinking through the potential consequences and implications. In essence, she's the 'small-picture' kind of girl, focusing on what's directly in front of her rather than the big picture or future, in direct contrast with Dipper's generally big picture concerns and tendency for extensive planning and preparedness.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Optimist, Mabel is highly optimistic and tries to be near constantly cheerful. She always expects the best out of others and often hopes that there supernatural adventures will play out in a way she would like.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine: Outgoing, optimistic, and a bit of a space case.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: She saved a lobster that was going to be eaten at a restaurant, allowed the goat that lives by the shack to chew on her sweater, and owns a pet piggy named Waddles. She's also hugging a cat at the beginning of the HowWeGotHere moment of the pilot.
* FunPersonified: A very cheerful and silly character, warm welcomes and excitement typically follow her everywhere she goes.
* {{Gasshole}}: Never demonstrated such tendencies on screen, but in "Society of the Blind Eye" she claims she can burp the alphabet.
* GeniusDitz: She seems like your average {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but "Headhunters" shows that she's an incredibly talented artist and is capable of keeping up with [[BrainyBrunette Dipper]] when they're investigating what happened to Grunkle Stan's wax statue. She also is capable of solving a puzzle others have been trying to solve for centuries, though admittedly most of the clues were discovered on accident while she was goofing off.
* GenkiGirl: She's very energetic and outgoing, and isn't afraid to go her own way when the world tries to push her in another direction.
* AGirlAndHerX: A girl and her pig. Mabel and Waddles were inseparable the moment they met. Dipper learned the hard way when he assumed Waddles was just another of her passing fancies.
* GirlyBruiser: Very girly and energetic, but she packs a mean punch. She gave Dipper two black eyes in "Tourist Trapped" (accidentally while trying to get a viscous gnome off his face) and even made a gnome throw up after she kicked him in the stomach. It comes in full force in "Headhunters". Also, as Stan learned in "Little Dipper", Mabel high fives HARD. A conversation with Stan in ''VideoGame/GravityFallsLegendOfTheGnomeGemulets'' even reveals that her very first act as a newborn was to punch the doctor who delivered her.
* GlurgeAddict: Mabel loves anything cute and/or colorful, no matter how sickening other characters find it. It comes out in full force in "Weirdmageddon Part 2: Escape from Reality" where her imaginary world [[spoiler:that Bill Cipher has trapped her in]] is brightly colored, constantly blaring cheerful 80's style music and populated by cute little creatures and walking, talking stuffed animals.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Mabel may be the goofy, energetic one between her and Dipper, but she has her own brand of intellect that's just as useful as his.
* GrapplingHookPistol: One of her iconic items, gained as a gift from Stan.
* HairDecorations: She wears a different colored hairband depending on what sweater she's wearing. During parties, like in "Double Dipper" and "Scaryoke", she wears an oversized bow instead.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: With Dipper. Downplayed, as they dress and act differently and have different hair cuts.
* HeroicBSOD:
** [[spoiler:After losing Waddles, her pet pig in "The Time Traveler's Pig", Mabel goes through one that lasts ''at least'' a month.]]
** Not to mention in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel" [[spoiler:when Mabel hides in her sweater and refuses to come out, saying she's "in Sweater Town".]]
** Spends much of the later half of "Not What He Seems" freaking out over [[spoiler: feeling betrayed by Grunkle Stan when she and Dipper find out he's been lying to them all summer, most notably her blank stare when she realizes the real Stan might have died over thirty years ago, and that the Stan they live with is an imposter]].
** As noted above, when Mabel is told by Celestebellebethabelle that she's far from pure of heart, she falls into a deep depression, complete with TroubledFetalPosition.
** Goes right back to sweater town at the end of "Dipper and Mabel vs. The Future", where after a full day of nothing going right for her, Dipper tops it all off by [[spoiler: choosing to stay in Gravity Falls as an apprentice to The Author]].
* HiddenDepths: [[WordOfGod Alex Hirsch]] has stated in an interview that this was the reason for having her pick the grappling hook from the gift shop in the first episode: to show that Mabel, in addition to loving boys, sweaters, and pink, is more than willing to take a "crazy ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' gadget" when she gets the chance.
** Being boy-crazy, Mabel has a long list of crushes, including Xyler and Kraz, a pair of TotallyRadical dudes from her favorite movie, ''Dream Boy High''. In addition to being pretty, they have law degrees and can quote Jean-Paul Sartre. Considering they're her idea of the perfect boys, Mabel has very high standards.
* HistoryRepeats: [[spoiler:In "A Tale of Two Stans", we learn that the rift in Stan and Ford's relationship began when Stan, fearing being abandoned, messed with one of his brother's things and ended up causing much more disaster than he intended. In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", out of fear of being abandoned, Mabel also messes with her brother's things in a big way to keep him from leaving her. She ends up causing a [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Pandora]]-level catastrophe.]]
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Averted with Mabel's sweaters. She knits them herself and enjoys wearing them regularly.
* IconicOutfit: Mabel is hardly ever seen without a turtleneck sweater of some kind.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: When she's not kicking and punching, she tends to [[ImprovisedWeapon grab whatever's handy]]. She uses a leaf blower [[spoiler:to blow away a hundred gnomes back into the woods]] in "Tourist Trapped" and in "Headhunters", uses [[spoiler:candles and wax Coolio's head to take down a group of wax statues that had her surrounded.]] In "Scary-Oke" she uses a Karaoke machine.
* InLoveWithLove: One of her goals is to have an "epic summer romance", and she's very keen on [[TheMatchmaker helping other people get their own romance]] as well. However, she seems to have a pretty poor idea of how love works, considering how often she tries to force love when it isn't there. In one of the shorts, she exclaims that if Love doesn't work, "force it."
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Why she bullies Dipper in "Little Dipper". His tendency to brag after winning when playing games with her makes her feel insecure, so she responds by picking on him about being 1 millimeter shorter than her for the rest of the episode, joking that it was proof she was evolving into the "Alpha Twin".
* InnocentlyInsensitive:
** Can sometimes be this, like in "The Deep End" when it came to Mermando's heritage and inability to walk.
** Comes up again in "Sock Opera" when she realizes that her expecting Dipper to just roll with whatever her new-found obsession may be is actually quite selfish of her and causes Dipper to sacrifice a lot more for her than she does for him.
** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] briefly by Dipper in "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons". Despite Mabel honestly believing her quips are funny and charming, many of the jokes she and Stan make at Dipper's expense have actually hurt him deeply over the series.
* {{Irony}}: At the end of "A Tale of Two Stans", [[spoiler: Mabel is extremely worried about Dipper and her growing distant or even antagonistic to each other like Stanley and Stanford. She makes Dipper promise he won't "get stupid" like they did, and he jokingly replies, "Not stupider than you." The very next episode has distance developing between them, largely because Mabel's BigSisterBully tendencies throughout the series start catching up to her--when Dipper gets someone to play with who shares his interests (Ford), he admits the best thing about Ford is that he doesn't make fun of him like Stan or Mabel.]]
** [[spoiler:In "Not What He Seems", Dipper is afraid of what will happen when the Portal opens and wants to shut it down, but Mabel decides to trust in Grunkle Stan despite his seemingly evil actions and opens it anyways. At the end of the very next episode, Dipper seems content with what happened and trusting in the future, and Mabel is afraid of what will happen, since this is her first episode realizing the future may hold consequences she won't like.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Shares this flaw with [[spoiler:''Ford'']], of all people. Like him, she has a problem with selfishness and a tendency not to consider the value of other people's opinions or desires if they differ from her own. She usually considers her way of doing things to be 100% correct (even at one point proclaiming to her brother that she "do[es] everything right, all the time!") and has to go through tough [[JerkassRealization Jerkass Realizations]] to even consider that whatever she's done maybe wasn't the best thing after all. Unfortunately, she also shares [[spoiler:Ford's]] tendency towards [[AesopAmnesia forgetting hard-learned lessons]], so she slips back into this just as often.
** Dipper possibly [[spoiler:leaving to become the Author's apprentice and chase his dreams by himself]] actually scares her into admitting that she doesn't care if it's a good opportunity for Dipper, what matters is if it's a good opportunity for ''her''. This was, of course, after she had a really awful day, and she tried to get over it after "Weirdmageddon".
* JerkassBall: In "Sock Opera", where she breaks her promises to her brother and walks all over him in order to impress her guy of the week, and in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", where she breaks her promise with Grenda not to hit on another cute boy in order to conspire with Candy to get said boy's attention.
** Pretty much any time Mabel's given an object of affection to adore, actually. See LoveMakesYouEvil.
* JerkassRealization:
** She has one during "Sock Opera", realizing that the combination of Dipper's relative passiveness and her own [[InnocentlyInsensitive oblivious]] [[FatalFlaw selfishness]] often results in her own desires being put before her brother's. Mabel appears to be trying to correct for this by the end of the episode, but she still tends to forget this lesson when she gets extremely emotional or excited, resulting in the AesopAmnesia noted above.
** She has another during "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons" Dipper, when talking about [[spoiler: Ford]], mentions that one of the best things about him is that he doesn't make fun of him like Mabel and Stan do. When Mabel laughs and says he should just give [[spoiler:Ford]] time with that, Dipper simply turns his head away from her in disappointment. Mabel's face shows she realizes how hurtful what she's said actually is, the most she can do is give a little "you got me there" and turn over in bed.
* KarmaHoudini: Downplayed, rare protagonist example. Mabel never does anything outright malicious, but she does frequently team up with Stan to make fun of her brother throughout the series and often uses Dipper's dedication to making her happy to get him to do what she wants, even if it's at great inconvenience to him. All of these flaws have been known to negatively effect her brother but rarely result in negative consequences for Mabel herself (and while Dipper has done things like this too, he usually [[HumiliationConga pays dearly]] [[YankTheDogsChain if he does]]). Also, no one found out that [[spoiler:she (unknowingly) gave the rift to Bill]].
* KidDetective: Same case as Dipper, often accompanying him in his investigations.
* KidHero: She's twelve like her brother and one of the heroes.
* TheLancer: Secondary character to Dipper and more than willing to put Dipper in his place if he needs it.
* LargeHam: Sometimes she can be really over the top. [[http://www.reddit.com/r/gravityfalls/comments/1kgq85/i_am_alex_hirsch_creator_of_gravity_falls_ask_me/cbosagy The creator even describes her as this.]] She's especially like this around her pet '''pig''', Waddles.
* LaughOfLove: In "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E15TheDeepEnd The Deep End]]", Mabel laughs and says "You're so funny!" when Mermando, a merman she develops a crush on, jokingly compliments her on her lack of water wings. Soon afterwards, Mermando laughs as she combs his hair, which causes her to think that he likes her.
* LethalChef: Literally. Her "Mabel Juice" has plastic dinosaurs in it.
* LetsGetDangerous: Whenever something pushes her to far, such as her brother being put in danger or someone manipulating her, she'll always step up and often the results aren't pretty.
* LittleMissBadass: Mabel's a twelve year old girl who loves nature, animals and everything feminine. She's also quite capable against the calamities that Gravity Falls throws at her on a regular basis.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: To Dipper. While it doesn't reach to unhealthy standards like Mabel, Dipper relies on Mabel for emotional support.
* LivingMacGuffin: Her importance is revealed in the finale: [[spoiler:She is one of ten who can defeat Bill Cipher]].
* LoveMakesYouEvil: It should be noted that many of Mabel's worst {{Jerkass}} moments are when there's a cute guy on the line. It starts in "Boyz Crazy", when she basically decides to keep Sev'ral Timez oblivious prisoners. In "Sock Opera" she breaks her promise to help Dipper so she can obsess over Gabe Benson, even [[MomentOfWeakness momentarily]] giving into Bill Cipher's demands to have a shot at him. And then [[AesopAmnesia despite supposedly learning from this in "Sock Opera",]] she knowingly and willingly isolates Grenda to hit on a cute rich guy because she thinks Grenda will get in her way of flirting with him. She gets HeelRealization usually at the end, but still.
* MagicSkirt:
For some reason her skirt stays in place despite the crazy stunts she does.
* MagneticHero: Lampshaded by [[spoiler: Ford]], who claims he once watched her become pen-pals with a pizza delivery man in the span of a minute.
* TheMatchmaker: She really wants to be this, but her attempts to pair people (and animals) up usually fail due to her rather... forceful methods. The only successful match she's made thus far is [[spoiler:Robbie and Tambry]], and it's debatable as to whether it was a genuinely good match or morally unethical {{Squick}}, [[spoiler:since she drugged them both with a Love Potion]].
* MeaningfulName: Mabel means "lovable", and pretty much everyone in the show adores her. Too much, in the case of Gideon.
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* MoralityPet: To Stan, even before his CharacterDevelopment. He genuinely adores her, and treats her incredibly well, comforting her when she's upset and calling her by affectionate nicknames. [[spoiler:It's her and Dipper's teamwork that makes Stan and Ford realize just how petty their antagonism towards each other is and work together to stop Bill.]]
* MotorMouth: Downplayed. She's loud, chatty, opinionated, and has no trouble saying whatever comes to mind no matter how strange or unsettling, but it's not the extreme example common for this trope.
* MsImagination: Is prone to wild flights of fancy.
* {{Nephewism}}: Her and Dipper's summer caretaker is their great uncle aka "Gruncle Stan". Their parents are known to be alive and well, they just sent them there to get them out of their hair for the summer. Stan is more like a surrogate grandfather than anything else, so would it be called "Great-Nephewism?"
* NiceGirl: Although she can be [[InnocentlyInsensitive insensitive]] at times, Mabel is a very compassionate person and generally tries to help others, though her methods don't always produce the ideal results.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", [[spoiler:Ford talks Dipper into becoming his apprentice, which would require Dipper to stay in Gravity Falls after the summer is over. Mabel, freaking out already over how terrible everyone older than her says growing up is, tries to freeze Gravity Falls in time with Blendin Blandin's help so Dipper can't leave her to grow up alone. Only problem is, Blendin was possessed by Bill and used Mabel's desperation to get [[SealedEvilInACan the Rift]], which he then used to start the Apocalypse.]]
* TheNoseKnows: Mabel has sensed Robbie coming in "The Time Traveler's Pig" due to smelling a gallon of body spray and "Fight Fighters" due to smelling anger and hormones.
* NoIndoorVoice: She tends to get loud when she's excited--[[ThePollyanna which is nearly always]].
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: She has the habit of punching and poking other people when she's being friendly, mostly Dipper.
* OccultDetective: Not as much as her brother, but she's perfectly comfortable investigating the strange occurrences in Gravity Falls.
* OnlyFriend: Heavily implied to be Dipper's closest and most trusted friend pre-series. Which is sad, considering [[WordOfGod Alex Hirsch]] has stated they weren't as close then as they are in Gravity Falls.
* TheOnlyOneITrust: While Dipper has yet to truly be betrayed by anybody, the journal he finds warns him not to trust anyone in Gravity Falls. Dipper decides that there is one person he can always trust: Mabel. In "Not What He Seems", [[spoiler: she ends up betraying that trust by letting the portal beneath the shack activate, choosing to place her faith in Stan's convictions over Dipper's caution. Dipper doesn't seem to hold it against her, though]].
* OutdoorsyGal: A rare girly girl example. She enjoys being out in nature considerably more than Dipper.
* ParentalFavoritism: Is obviously shown this from Grunkle Stan, who is far more familial with her than with nearly anyone else at the Shack.
* PerpetualSmiler: Takes a lot to wipe the smile off her face.
* PluckyComicRelief: Not always, but she has no problems fulfilling this role.
* PluckyGirl: Although wacky, Mabel is very resourceful and will use whatever is on hand to help with the problems.
* PolarOppositeTwins: While both of them are good-natured, they contrast in personality. Mabel is a CloudCuckooLander Pollyanna while Dipper is serious and snarky. Dipper often seeks validation and acceptance, while Mabel does her own thing regardless of what anyone else says. Both of these outlooks on life have their virtues and flaws. [[spoiler: These differences become more pronounced after Ford comes to stay with them.]]
* ThePollyanna: Mabel has been described as a "glass half full" kind of girl. Best shown in "Not What He Seems", when, despite Dipper imploring her to [[spoiler: shut down Stan's portal on the grounds that Grunkle Stan's duplicitous nature could endanger the universe]], she instead chooses to [[spoiler: let the portal activate completely, trusting that Stan loves her and only wants what's best]].
** [[spoiler:Subverted when she finally begins considering her and Dipper's possible future and begins growing paranoid over it. Notably, this paranoia [[SelfFulfillingProphecy causes]] a good portion of the emotional conflict that develops between Dipper and Mabel, because she's so hysterical by the time Dipper learns about her concern that she refuses to actually talk with him about it, instead yelling at him and running away]].
* ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler: Her fears that she and Dipper will eventually drift apart like Ford and Stan, which Dipper brushes off, begin to be show themselves as legitimate as Dipper starts to spend most of his time with Ford, while Mabel spends even more time with Stan, Grenda, and Candy. But rather than any dislike towards each other, it's more a case of PoorCommunicationKills--neither of them are talking to each other about their deeper concerns due to outside forces and inner issues, so when problems between them arise, they're both internalize it rather than discuss it and thus aren't made aware of what bothers the other. See SelfFulfillingProphecy, however, for how she caused some of these fears to happen herself.]]
* PsychicPowers: For a brief instance in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", while she was holding [[spoiler:Gideon's amulet]].
* RapunzelHair: Her hair is long enough that when Dipper flipped it over, it covered her whole face. Even considering their cartoony proportions, her hair goes at least all the way down her back.
* RedOniBlueOni: Dipper is (usually) calm and collected, as opposed to Mabel's off the wall wackiness.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Non-romantic example: Mabel is the Energetic Girl to Dipper's Savvy Guy. Mabel's cheerful and upbeat personality makes a contrasting pairing with Dipper's cynical and stern one.
* SarcasmBlind: On occasion.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Mabel does this on a fairly regular basis.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Mabel's fear that [[spoiler:her relationship with Dipper will become more distant actually does start to manifest in reality; however, one of the major reasons Dipper stops spending as much time with her is because he gains the option to spend time with someone who doesn't [[BigSisterBully make fun of his hobbies, interests and quirks like she does]]. Also, when Dipper's ''finally'' made aware of Mabel's fear of drifting apart and tries to talk to her and work things out, Mabel's so upset at him for unknowingly forcing her to confront this fear that she refuses to talk with him, instead yelling at him and running away crying, which quite literally causes the Rift between them to go from manageable and controllable to uncontainable and unpredictable.]]
* SerialRomeo: Unlike Dipper, who had a crush on Wendy for all the first season and [[spoiler:got a ShipTease with Pacifica in Season 2]], Mabel has the largest amount of {{Temporary Love Interest}}s, as it's her goal to have an "epic summer romance." She flirts a lot trying to find "the one" and when things don't go well she moves on to another boy. But unlike other examples, she remembers her affections for every boy she took a shine to, as seen by the illusions made by the Love God.
* ShipperOnDeck: A self-proclaimed matchmaker.
** Mabel helped Soos find a girlfriend.
** She "married" Waddles the Pig with Gompers the Goat.
** ''The Love God'' also shows that she ships Dipper with her friend Candy, and Grunkle Stan with Soos's grandmother.
** Mabel and Candy agree to be "co-bridesmaids" at Grenda and Marius' future wedding.
** ''VideoGame/GravityFallsLegendOfTheGnomeGemulets'' reveals she knows about Dipper and Pacifica hugging in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" and teases them about it.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: In a lesser extent than her brother, but still. Particularly so in the "Mabel's Guide to Life" shorts.
* SmallNameBigEgo:
** In "Tourist Trapped", she believed she was "irresistible" to guys, in spite of the {{Montage}} showing her heavy-handed attempts at flirting failing miserably.
** In "The Love God", she considered herself "the world's greatest match-maker", even though she has a very poor idea of how love works.
** In "The Last Mabelcorn", she fully believed she was of "pure, perfect heart."
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Ford doesn't seem to have considered how badly Mabel would take his offer to essentially raise Dipper (''[[ParentalFavoritism just]]'' Dipper) through his teenage years in Gravity Falls. Her ItsAllAboutMe response and subsequent desperate deal with Blendin Blandin to try to freeze time (thus preventing her ''or'' Dipper from growing up for as long as she wanted) screwed over Dipper and Ford's hard-won solution to the slowly cracking Rift ''and'' led directly to the start of the Apocalypse they were trying to prevent, because as it turns out, Blendin was possessed by Bill.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her name is often misspelled as "Mable", even though her name appears in the opening credits.
* StrongGirlSmartGuy: With Dipper. She's the one more accustomed to fighting, he's the logical twin who is a GuileHero.
* StunnedSilence: In the EstablishingSeriesMoment in the pilot, this was her reaction to finding out that her new boyfriend was actually a bunch of gnomes standing on top of each other. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Notably, this is the only time in the whole series that Mabel's rendered speechless.]] (Though it makes sense, considering this was her first-ever encounter with the supernatural. After ''that'', it's safe to assume not much would shock her anymore.)
* SweetTooth: She's a twelve-year-old girl, so there are plenty of indications that she has this:
** One piece of promo art shows her lying on the floor with a popsicle stuffed in her mouth.
** In "The Inconveniencing" she eats an entire stack of Smile Dip.
** In "The Time Traveler's Pig" she has two cones of cotton candy and is pissed when Robbie takes a chunk out of one of them. Though she dropped them when she was distracted by the "win a pig" sign.
** In "Mabel's Guide to Stickers" she trades Stan a "Baby on Board" sticker for an ''industrial-sized'' bucket of sprinkles. We don't see her eat the whole thing, but she definitely plans to.
-->'''Mabel''': ''[grinning]'' I'm gonna get ''so sick''.
** In "Little Dipper", she ate a gummy bear the size of a large teddy bear (except for the head, which she saved for later).
* SympathyForTheDevil: Mabel feels this way toward Pacifica at the end of "The Golf War", and even Dipper concedes that she really is just a kid like them... except utterly, ridiculously rich, in which case sympathy is mixed with envy.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The GirlyGirl to Wendy's {{Tomboy}}. On the other-hand she is more the {{Tomboy}} to Pacifica's light GirlyGirl.
* TookALevelInBadass: In "Headhunters", she beats the majority of the evil wax figures mostly by herself.
* TookALevelInJerkass:
** In "Little Dipper", Mabel sees her brother's slightly cocky behavior after winning a board game as him rubbing his victories in her face. She responds by bullying him about being 1 millimeter shorter than her for the rest of the episode, deciding that this height difference is indicative of her evolving into a being superior to him, and [[UpToEleven proclaiming herself the "Alpha Twin".]] She doesn't even have a JerkassRealization at the end like the other examples, instead justifying her actions by claiming he made her feel bad first.
** In "Boyz Crazy", she keeps Sev'ral Timez prisoner in her bedroom until Candy and Grenda can talk her out of it.
** In "Sock Opera", she puts her desire for her BoyOfTheWeek over her promise to help her brother decrypt the laptop password, pushes Dipper into promising to help her construct a puppet show on the fly to impress said boy, and steals Journal 3 to use as a prop in her play, almost giving it to Bill Cipher for the play's success before having her JerkassRealization.
* TownGirls: The Femme to Candy's Neither and Grenda's Butch. Of the group Mabel is the most feminine, practically personifying a girly girl.
* ThemeTwinNaming: M[[spoiler:ason]] and Mabel Pines.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Became so frightened by the idea of growing up and being separated from her brother that she [[spoiler:gave [[SealedEvilInACan the Rift]] her brother and Uncle tried so hard to protect over to Blendin Blandin, who promised he would use it to freeze time for her so she and the rest of Gravity Falls would stay the same as long as she wanted. Instead, Blendin revealed himself to be possessed by Bill, who promptly broke it and began the Apocalypse.]] It's kind of played with, actually, [[spoiler:because while she didn't intend for the Apocalypse, her intention to freeze time and force everyone to stay the same in Gravity Falls is pretty doom-worthy in and of itself if she couldn't reverse it]].
* UngratefulBastard: Dipper sacrificed everything just for her and with the sole exception of ''one'' single moment where Bill straight up calls her a selfish person, Mabel never returns the favor. This reached the peak in "Dipper and Mabel vs the future" where despite everything Dipper has done for her, the moment when she realizes that Dipper is leaving her for what he wants, she decides to selfishly force him to stay, completely ignoring any lesson in maturity in the process.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Though she always wears turtleneck sweaters, they all have different patterns. Mabel switches sweaters every episode and if the episode takes place over the course of a few days she'll switch. She wears ''at least'' 6 sweaters in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel" alone.
** Though everytime before bed, she does always wear the nightgown with the image of a 3.5 floppy disk on it. FridgeLogic being that she is perhaps saving at the end of each waking day?
* UnwantedAssistance: She frequently tries to "help" people by coercing others into taking up her methods. While she does this in many areas, it's most prominent in romance, where she's gone to extreme lengths to "support" others in relationships that she approves of.
** In "Into the Bunker", she locks her brother into a closet with Wendy and refuses to let them out until Dipper confesses his love
tropes related to her, after he told her he was giving up on his crush and asked her to leave it alone. This nearly gets them killed, because it wasn't a closet, it was the chamber of a very deadly (and now loose) experiment.
** In "Roadside Attraction", when Dipper's still not over his rejection, she supports the idea that Dipper should get into a rebound relationship and tries to hook him up with her friend Candy, only to blame him when he was uncomfortable with Candy's ''really'' forward advances and gets angry at him for [[MistakenForCheating "betraying"]] Candy by talking to other girls before Candy even asked him out.
* WeakWilled: Her focus and dedication to a matter can easily be broken if she sees something she wants (especially if it's a boy).
* WeaponOfChoice: A grappling hook she got in the very first episode, which becomes a ChekhovsGun in the first season finale and began to be used more often in the second season.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Possibly moreso than her brother. Weird stuff is always gravitating toward her—-the gnomes and Gideon, for instance—-and, in The Inconveniencing, [[spoiler:she was possessed, rather than 'punished' by the ghosts.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Bringing Stan up to the water tower to cure his fear of heights, shoving Dipper and Wendy into a closet to make Dipper confess his crush, shouting at women to leave the bathroom and talk to Soos to get him a date, that sort of thing. The first two end up accidentally putting people in life-threatening peril.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:''[[BlueAndOrangeMorality Bill]]'']] of all people gives this to her in "Sock Opera", after she brushes off her promises to Dipper, makes him put his own plans on hold to help her win over her guy of the week, and even takes Journal 3 without permission to use as a prop.
-->[[spoiler:'''Bill''']]: How's about you hand that book over?\\
'''Mabel''': No way! This is Dipper's! I'd never give it away!\\
[[spoiler:'''Bill''']]: Hmm, you didn't seem to have a problem taking it for your own play or ditching him when he needed you. So come to your senses. Gimme the book or your play is ruined. (Mabel sighs and begins to hand over the journal) [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame There it is. I mean, who would sacrifice everything they've worked for just for their dumb sibling?]]\\
'''Mabel''': ...''[[JerkassRealization Dipper]]'' [[HeroicResolve would]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: She has a phobia of Claymation that she realizes is perfectly rational in ''Little Gift Shop of Horrors'', though it's unknown if she really has this fear or if it was just part of Stan's story.
* WideEyedIdealist: Tends to believe the best of everyone and that any situation will have a happy outcome. It's put to the test in "Not What He Seems".
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Though she is ignorant of a lot of the complexities of others and often accidentally offends without meaning to, WordOfGod says she understands that Dipper's desire to grow up fast is inherently childish.
* WrongGenreSavvy: In "Sock Opera" towards the end:
-->'''Mabel''': Don't worry, I have seen enough movies to know this is the part where the audience thinks this was all part of the show and loves it. Cue applause!\\
''(audience boos and leaves)''
see [[Characters/GravityFallsMabelPines here]].



* AbusiveParents: About the worst thing you can say is that he occasionally overworks the twins and frequently mocks Dipper (partly because he feels the need to toughen him up and make him capable of fighting his own battles, but mostly because child labor has low overhead). But he still shows them a lot of affection, even if he is cheap. However, come "A Tale of Two Stans", and in hindsight there's something deeply unsettling about Stanley basing his treatment of Dipper off how his father treated him (most likely down to him misinterpreting Filbrick's abuse as simply trying to toughen him up).
* {{Adorkable}}: Surprisingly at times. Particular examples include his overeager attempts to make friends in "Legend of the Gobblewonker", and shyly attempting to flirt with Lazy Susan in "Dipper vs. Manliness".
* AdultsAreUseless: Subverted. When he's first introduced he's set up as your classic useless comedic cartoon adult who seems [[WeirdnessCensor practically blind]] to all the Weirdness going on in Gravity Falls. Later on, he would prove himself a lot more shrewd that you'd expect when dealing with Gideon, and even assist the kids on a few adventures like in "Boys Crazy" or "A Land before Swine"(where he ends up kicking major ass). In season 2, it's all revealed to be [[spoiler: an act he put up to discourage the kids from investigating the supernatural for their own safety, in part because of [[GoMadFromTheRevelation what happened to his brother]]. Turns out he knew all along, has his own share of dangerous secrets, and is generally more of a complex multidimensional character than you'd ever have expected from him.]]
* AgentScully: He adamantly doesn't believe that there is anything weird going on in Gravity Falls, telling Dipper that it's all drummed up by guys like him to sell merchandise to gullible tourists. Despite this he is willing to accept the existence of living dinosaurs, with the caveat of insisting that they "don't count" as supernatural because they're just big lizards. [[spoiler:However, this is just a ruse to hide his knowledge of the journals and all of the oddities related to it.]] As of the start of season 2, [[spoiler:he's dropped the ruse and admitted to the twins that he knows about the supernatural things going on. But he still hasn't told them about his secret room or his ultimate plans, although in "Not What He Seems", the twins discover the room on their own and Stan begins to confide in them.]]
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Was a victim of bullying in his youth, which, along with his father's mistreatment, contributed to the insecurities he carries to this day.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Has a history of going great lengths to assure that he and [[spoiler:his brother]] stay together, or get reunited, at great personal costs but also at the expense of everything else, including [[spoiler:what said brother himself might want]]. Stan even [[spoiler:spent 30 long years working to repair a portal that could destroy the universe]]. Unlike most examples, this winds up having serious repercussions as [[spoiler:the portal's reactivation ends up creating a dangerous rift in spacetime that gets his whole family targeted by Bill and is ultimately used to unleash [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Weirdmageddon]].]] Ironically, [[spoiler:said brother]] is very much a TheNeedsOfTheMany person and as such, absolutely ''furious'' at Stan for [[spoiler:reactivating the portal]]. It's later revealed that [[spoiler:Stanford]] also finds this trait of Stan's unbearably smothering.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: It does not help that one of the cryptograms in the show's ''opening'' reads "[[spoiler:STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS.]]" It only gets even more ambiguous in "Gideon Rises", where [[spoiler:his underground lab, equipped with a large portal generator,]] is finally shown. "Scary-oke" implies he's using it to search for something, and feels confident that he won't "get caught", implying questionable safety/legality at best (which is standard for Stan) or outright villainy at worst. "Society of the Blind Eye" leans towards the former in a WellIntentionedExtremist kind of way, as both a symbol substitution cipher in the Journals and [=McGucket's=] video logs reveal [[spoiler:the Author of the Journals believed that the portal could benefit all of mankind]], while Stan acknowledges that [[spoiler:[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the risks of activating the portal]]]] mean little to him in light of the possible rewards for doing so--specifically, [[spoiler:seeing his brother again.]] Taken UpToEleven in (the admittedly non-canon) "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" -- he apparently [[spoiler:drugs a customer and put him on display in the shack because he didn't buy anything]].
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Like the rest of the family. Creator/AlexHirsch originally stated that [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/547218052178145280 the Pines family is not canonically Jewish]], but after being questioned about Journal 3 stating that Stan had a Bar Mitzvah, he [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/758547032554344448 suggested that Stan was raised Jewish and became an atheist later in life]].
* AntiHero: He may be a greedy jerk and con artist, but he does have a soft spot in his heart for the twins.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In "Bottomless Pit!" Grunkle Stan still states that everyone's stories are far-fetched, even though he is falling through a bottomless pit even as he speaks, and even ''lived through'' one of the stories. [[spoiler:In "Scaryoke", it's made clear that this is an act, and he's very much aware of the strange goings-on around Gravity Falls.]]
* AttentionWhore: As seen in "Headhunters". The below quote is also the page quote
-->'''Grunkle Stan''': But enough about me. Behold, me!
** Also, in "Boss Mabel" when he's on Cash Wheel. In fact, he got on the show by using his "old man powers" to fake a heart attack.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Spent thirty years working to bring his brother Ford back from the portal, which Stan himself accidentally knocked him into during a fight.]]
* BadassNormal: He's just a normal guy with no special powers or cool tech, but he still punches pterodactyls in the face and kills zombies by punching them with brass knuckles.
* TheBarnum: Most of his revenue seems to come from swindling rubes in really obvious ways.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: In an epic moment of his career as a shyster [[spoiler:he gives [[DealWithTheDevil Bill Cipher]] a lousy deal of his own]].
** Very literal when he defeats Probabilitor in "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons".
* BerserkButton:
** "Irrational Treasure" shows that he ''really'' doesn't like Pioneer Day.
** Also he doesn't like being questioned about the tattoo on his back that he keeps denying, and will go nuts if someone tries to uncover it and video record it. [[spoiler: It's revealed it's actually from a burn on his back that he got in a fight with his brother, ending in his brother being sent into another dimension, which goes a long way towards explaining why he's so angry about it.]]
* BewareTheHonestOnes: Turns out Stan is much harder to deal with when he can only tell the truth as seen in "Bottomless Pit!".
* BigBrotherInstinct: He's shown to care a great deal about his twin just like Dipper for Mabel. [[spoiler:The last half of season 2 reveals that he invested a ''lot'' of time into bringing Ford back from another dimension.]]
* BigOlEyebrows: Has a practically huge grey pair.
* BookDumb: Academically miles behind [[spoiler:his brother]], [[spoiler:considered useless by his father]], no college education…still a brilliant scammer who can wring money out of anyone [[spoiler:and managed to fix the portal on his own]]. [[spoiler:In the finale, this trope ends up working to his advantage, because he literally had nothing Bill wants, which is what made his mind the perfect vessel to defeat Bill in]].
* BoxingBattler: His father made him take boxing lessons as a child, and he's shown to still have some moves in "The Land Before Swine" and "Scary-oke".
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He comes across as rather bumbling and silly over-the-top at times, but make no mistake, he's actually very sharp when he puts his mind into it, particularly as a salesman (and [[TheBarnum Con artist]]).
* BrainsAndBrawn: [[spoiler: Was the Brawn to his brother Ford's brains when they were children. Downplayed in the present, as although Stan is still the stronger of the two, he's also pretty bright in his own right and Ford is no push-over in a fight.]]
--> [[spoiler:"Good thing you got your smarts, Poindexter. I got the other thing. What's it called? Oh, right. Punching!"]]
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: His savings are stuffed inside a duffelbag hidden behind a painting in the Shack.
* BrilliantButLazy: Stan isn't stupid. He is, however, very good at making things up as he goes along, and managed to pick up enough know-how to [[spoiler: repair the portal in his basement.]] "A Tale of Two Stans" shows him being able to sell several of his con-products and later hold his own business, which is basically just one big con, which shows that he is an amazing salesman. If he had gotten a legitimate sales job he'd probably gotten rich a lot sooner.
* BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats: Stan's fez vaguely resembles those worn by the Shriners. He also remarks how "the boys from the lodge" won't go fishing with him.
** Journal 3 reveals that it's his father's fez, from "The Order of the Holy Mackerel".
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Stan may be a bruiser, but he's as soft as a marshmallow when it comes to his family... not that he wouldn't threaten to punch you for pointing it out.
* CarpetOfVirility: Shown off at the end of ''Dipper Vs Manliness''. Mabel attempts to trim it as part of her makeover for him to impress Lazy Susan, but it immediately grows back.
* CerebusRetcon: It's hard to look at him the same way again when you learn that [[spoiler:his love of money is the result of being disowned by his family after accidentally sabotaging his brother's future.]]
* TheCharmer: How he manages to get customers into the Shack despite it being nothing but junk. He's a fast-thinker, and can make a joke about just about anything, and the crowds love it.
* CloudCuckooLander: While certainly not as spacey as other examples on the show, you can tell where Mabel gets it from.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: It's a given when you own the Mystery Shack.
* CombatPragmatist: His fighting advice to Dipper is along those line.
-->'''Stan''': Just bonk him over the head. It's nature's snooze button!
** And when outnumbered by zombies, he's got no problems using a grandfather clock to even the odds.
** Best demonstrated by his method of [[spoiler:taking on and defeating three government agents]] in "Not What He Seems".
* ComicalOverreacting: Ties into cloudcuckoolander - he's known to frequently engage in LargeHam actions, and he apparently considers having a mullet to be [[FauxHorrific incredibly horrifying]].
-->'''Stan''': "You think you've got problems? I've got a mullet, [[spoiler: Stanford!]]
* CompanionCube: He becomes a bit overly attached to a wax statue of himself in "Headhunters", and the end credits of "Soos and the Real Girl" show him ''marrying'' the Old Goldie statue in Las Vegas. His concern over the wax statue took a bit of a darker turn when [[spoiler:we learn it was because Stan had lost his real twin to the Portal.]]
* ConMan: Not only does Stan fool tourists with the fake attractions at the Mystery Shack, but he also has a long record of financial crimes. [[spoiler: However it comes in handy in the finale when he manages to out-con ''Bill'']]
* ConsummateLiar: He's an inveterate shyster and proud of it. This trait comes back to bite him ''hard'' in "Not What He Seems". [[spoiler:Only Mabel, who bases her decisions primarily off emotions instead of facts, is willing to trust him still after the extent of exactly ''how much'' he's lied to everyone is revealed. Even ''Soos'', who sees Stan like a father, doesn't trust him anymore.]] This is also apparently one of the reasons his father threw him out of the house as a teenager. Eventually, however, this is subtly proven to be a subversion--even though Stan is excellent at lying, even he has his tells: [[spoiler: in situations that involve his missing brother or him trying to hide something he knows a lot about, Stan crosses his arms and looks up to the side.]]
* CoolUncle: For starters, he punched a pterodactyl in the face to rescue his great-niece's pet pig.
* CounterfeitCash: Has been shown paying for merchandise with "Stan Bucks", crudely drawn fake dollar bills with his face on them. A cutaway gag shows that he also roped in Dipper and Mabel into hand-painting actual counterfeit bills.
-->'''Mabel''': The county jail was ''so cold.''
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: A silly and lazy conman he may be. But, in "The Land Before Swine" he punched a pterodactyl in the face. ''Repeatedly''. Come Season 2, he continues to show how much of a badass he is by fighting off an entire horde of ravenous zombies, half of them with his ''bare hands''. In "Not What He Seems", [[spoiler: he takes out three government agents while he's handcuffed to a chair, using a gravitational anomaly to get the drop on the agents, and manages to steal one of their wallets in the process. He's even the one that deals the final blow to Bill in the finale of the show.]]
* CuttingCorners: How Stan operates ''all'' his business ventures. Especially his carnival.
-->'''Stan''': There she is, the cheapest fair money can rent! I spared every expense. (cable car falls from the sky next to the twins)
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Before his hair became gray. Due to the art style it's usually impossible to tell the characters' eye colors, but Stan's are brown as [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/260514979969646592 confirmed by Alex Hirsch.]]
* TheCynic: Much like Dipper, Stan is somewhat cynical and not up for idealism and wonder, which makes his conflicts with the similarly cynical Dipper and bonding with the upbeat Mabel especially humorous. It's later revealed in "Dreamscaperers" that he's harder on Dipper ''because'' Dipper reminds him of himself.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Bullied during his early childhood, was an academic failure, [[spoiler:accidentally cost his brother a scholarship to his dream school,]] was disowned by his parents, and was forced to go on the road to fulfill the impossible task of making up for what the Pines family lost because of his horrible mistake. He spent time as a SnakeOilSalesman and failed at it miserably, getting run out of towns all over the country - and possibly in more countries, considering he claimed to have been thrown in jail in three countries. He was also forced to somehow chew his way out of a car trunk, and before [[spoiler: going to the Mystery Shack to meet his brother]], he was in a rathole apartment with only a peso to his name, and he was behind on his rent. [[spoiler: Then he accidentally threw his brother into another dimension and spent 30 years trying to get him back. Oops.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: He wears an all-black suit, and while he may be a crook, he's one of the good guys.
* DeadpanSnarker: Much like Dipper, Stan posses a quick wit and never misses a chance to mock the silliness of those around him.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler: The real Stanford Pines, AKA The Author, has been trapped on the other side of a portal for 30 years. The Stan Pines we've been following is actually his twin brother, Stanley Pines.]] However, see "FakingTheDead" for more. [[spoiler:After Weirdmageddon was foiled, it's implied he's going by Stanley again, as the news refer to him as such]].
* DentedIron: He can throw some mean punches and is quite spry, but age has impaired his senses and a lifetime of bad eating habits has turned his body into a hot mess from the shoulders down.
* {{Determinator}}: When Stan puts his mind to it, nothing can stand in his way, be it pterodactyls, government agents, child psychos, or his own lack of knowledge of physics. The best example being how he [[spoiler:spent thirty years working on bringing his brother back from the other dimension he accidentally knocked him into. For this he completely self-taught himself how to maintain and work the Portal (all from his brother's Journal, with ''a third of the instructions'') and went as far as stealing toxic waste from the Government to pull it off.]]
* DidNotGetTheGirl: And trying to get her back didn't work out so well either, since according to him, [[spoiler:he deliberately ran his rival's car off a cliff.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In the Series Finale, [[spoiler: he punches Bill in the eye while they're both inside his mind, causing him to shatter into a million pieces.]]
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: [[spoiler: Nobody out-cons Stanley Pines. Not even Bill Cipher.]]
* DiscoDan: He still uses vinyl, doesn't understand texting and the interior of the Mystery Shack is straight out of the 1970s/early 80's.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: "Road safety laws, prepare to be ignored!" He also has cataracts and broken headlights. And then there's the time he let a bear drive the car... though [[BlatantLies he had a prescription from Doctor Medicine for that]].
* DumbassNoMore: Compared to how he was in his youth, where he relied on his GoodOldFisticuffs to stay ahead and [[spoiler:was unequivocally the Brawn to Stanford's Brains]], Stan's main strengths in the present is easily his craftiness and silver tongue. There is also the fact that he [[spoiler:taught himself enough theoretical physics to successfully repair the portal Ford was working on]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: ''Hot Belgian Waffles, did he!'' [[spoiler:After 10 years living on the streets, 30 years of working on the Portal, and Weirdmageddon, Stan finally reconciles with Ford, is named the town hero, and the two decide to travel the world together on the Stan-o-War II.]]
* EasilyForgiven: Despite the fact that Stanley outright lied to them about his intentions and deliberately withold information from them, as soon as Dipper, Mabel, and Soos heard his story, they immediately forgave him without any signs of distrust towards him. This is especially the case for the former considering that Dipper isn't really the type to let go of grudged easily as shown with Pacifica.
* ExactWords: Stan says he doesn't have a tattoo. He's not lying. [[spoiler: It's actually a ''brand'' burned into his back by accident.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: Wears a superfluous one while the Shack is open.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Stanley faked his own death and is the Stan Pines the headline "Stan Pines Dead" was about.]]
* FamilyThemeNaming: Stanly and Standford as well as their brother Shermie(Mabel and Dipper's grandfather)
* FanDisservice: Rips off his shirt in "Dipper vs. Manliness". Not pretty. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Dipper moments after.
* FatSlob: [[PlayedforLaughs Played for Laughs]] in "Dipper vs. Manliness". After telling Mabel she had to marry Gideon in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", to which she ran out of the room screaming, he assumed she was upset by his appearance.
-->'''Stan''': (calling after her) Bodies change, honey! Bodies change...
* FatalFlaw:
** In a way surprisingly similar to Dipper, it becomes apparent that Stan has issues with trust and confiding in others. He often lies to avoid having to do so, which comes back to bite him in ''Not What He Seems''. If he had trusted the twins with the truth earlier, the episode probably would have been far less traumatic for all of them.
** Stan's temper also proved to be another one, [[spoiler: it led to him accidentally destroying his brother's science project, ruining his chance of getting into his dream college, and severely damaging their relationship. It was this again which caused him to accidentally knock his brother into the Portal, meaning the two didn't see each other for thirty years. And this ''again'' very nearly led to Bill winning after Stan broke a magic circle to attack Ford over his grammar being corrected.]]
** The flashbacks in "A Tale of Two Stans" shows that he has (or [[CharacterDevelopment had]]) a familiar problem with oblivious selfishness. [[spoiler: He automatically assumed that his brother wouldn't want to go to the best college in the country, so they would stay together as they did as children, completely oblivious to what his brother actually wanted. When he finally realized Stanford was seriously considering the offer, he felt extremely threatened and hurt because he saw this as his brother choosing to leave him behind. His acting out over this is what started the collapse of their good relationship, and being reminded of this old pain is what causes his fits of anger listed above.]]
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: [[spoiler: Adding more parallels with Dipper and Mabel, flashbacks to their youth show that Stan was the foolish to the Author's responsible, showing The Author studying diligently on a test while Stan kicks his feet up on the desk one over. It's a bit more complicated in the present; Stan recognizes that the weird stuff in town is ''highly dangerous'', and that the kids should stay away from it. However, his method to do this was to put on an act of SelectiveObliviousness, shrugging any claims of monsters as imagination, while at the same time tinkering with the Portal, the most dangerous thing in Gravity Falls. Ford actually calls Stan out on his recklessness.]]
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: The Cynic. Stan is a reasonably cynical man, not one up for wonder and idealism, he prefers to focus on practical matters. It's down to his experiences he is like this, as a "Tale of Two Stans" shows he used to be lot more optimistic before [[spoiler:he lost his relationship with his brother]].
* FreudianExcuse: He's greedy for a reason, namely that [[spoiler:he got kicked out of the house before graduating high school, told he couldn't come back until he made his family a fortune, and left to fend for himself.]]
* FriendlessBackground: The only friends he seems to have made in life are [[spoiler: his twin brother]] and two Colombian criminals who hoped he died. Which might explain some of his {{Jerkass}} behavior.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric: Ambitious with a hair-trigger temper.
* GagNose: His nose looks like it belonged to a [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]].
* GeniusBruiser: Although old, Stan is still a powerful figure and likewise proves he can tangle with the best of them, being a brilliant fighter. He's likewise very strong and very quick for his age. However Stan also shows on multiple occasions he's highly intelligent, being an incredibly shrewd and cunning man, able to match wits with the likes of Gideon and Dipper, and win. Business skills aside, he's also clearly got a pretty good understanding of advanced science considering [[spoiler: how well he was able to operate and maintain the portal]]. Made all the more impressive with the reveal he [[spoiler:is completely self taught, in both science and showmanship.]]
* GoshDarnItToHeck: Suddenly having to hang around with two kids [[NotInFrontOfTheKid has forced him to tone down his language]]. This is addressed and parodied in a scene in "Not What He Seems".
* GottaCatchThemAll: [[spoiler: Stan's got Journal #1, and he's been looking for #2 and #3 for years to complete the set. He finally got all 3 at the end of Gideon Rises.]]
--->'''Stan''': After all these years... [[spoiler: Finally, we have them all.]]
* {{Greed}}: His desire to make money is the driving force behind his work ethic.
-->"''My one and only dream - which was to possess money - has come true!''"
** Played with in that it's revealed that a lot of the money he makes goes toward [[spoiler:repairing the portal in order to save Stanford. And he spent about ten years in continuous poverty.]]
* GrumpyOldMan: Very fond of complaining.
* GunNut: We never see them, but he claims to own ten guns [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext due to his fear of ladders.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: Stan has a quick temper, to the point he near ruined his commercial over him constantly mispronouncing a word. It is not a good idea to be on the receiving end of his temper.
* HeroAntagonist: In "Not What He Seems", Dipper and Mabel discover that Stan has been hiding a lot from them. [[spoiler: He has acquired multiple fake [=IDs=], assumed the identity of a dead man, stole radioactive waste from the government, been in possession of Journal #1 the entire time they've known him, and both constructed and activated the Universe Portal, a device capable of annihilating the entire planet. For the first time, the kids have to fight Stan himself. However, when Mabel chooses to trust Stan and allow the device to activate, his motives are quickly made clear.]]
--> '''Stan''': I wanted to say that you're gonna hear some bad things about me, and some of them are true, but trust me. Everything I've worked for, everything I care about, it's all for this family!
* HeroicBuild: Had one as a younger man and uses a dapper suit to make it look like he still does.
* HeroicBSOD: Had one after he [[spoiler:accidentally flung his brother into another dimension]]. He could have been in the shack for anywhere from weeks to months.
* HeroicComedicSociopath:
** His {{greed}} verges on this now and then, but his RefugeInAudacity on-screen criminal behavior and his ChildHater tendencies (toward Gideon - not his family) place him firmly in this territory.
-->'''Stan''': "Yes, yes... ''Burn the child''..."
** The various crimes he manages to pull off [[RefugeInAudacity on-screen]] also cross into this.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: He sacrifices his mind in the finale in order to trap and weaken Bill enough to destroy him. Thankfully, as shown with [=McGucket=] and having not been mindwiped long, he managed to regain his memory just due to being reminded of it thanks to Mabel's scrapebook.]]
* HeyYou: He often addresses Dipper and Mabel as "kid", apparently simply due to his gruff personality.
* HiddenDepths: Despite being considered an idiot by his parents and teachers, he was able to [[spoiler:secretly repair Ford's dimensional portal by himself with nothing but his brother's journals to aid him.]]
* HonestJohnsDealership: Most of the exhibits in his House of Mystery are fake. It's deconstructed, as "Boss Mabel" implies that while he could get real oddities for the Mystery Shack like Dipper did, they would be difficult (if not impossible) to control and would terrify and/or hurt customers.
* IHaveNoSon:
** [[spoiler: After it becomes clear that Ford has no interest in reconciling with his brother and won't even say "thank you" for bringing him back to our dimension, Stan point blank tells him that Mabel and Dipper are the only family he has left as far as he is concerned.]]
** [[spoiler:Stan himself was also disinherited because he accidentally ruined Ford's chance to get into his dream college]].
** Played for laughs when Stan warned the twins that if they started talking like pioneers on Pioneer Day, then he would disown them.
-->'''Stan''': "You're dead to me. DEAD TO ME!"
* IJustWantToBeLoved: [[spoiler:Stan's family disowned him when he accidentally broke Stanford's science project, so he treasures the relationship he has with Dipper and Mabel. He initially wanted to reconcile with Ford, but their combative behavior and mutual stubbornness makes it impossible for now]]. This is a driving force behind many of his decisions, such as announcing his candidacy for mayor.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker", he spends most of his time looking for fishing buddies.
* IndyPloy: Stan is almost preternaturally good at this. He survived for years with nothing but his wits and a baseball bat, has apparently escaped by the skin of his teeth ([[LiteralMetaphor perhaps literally,]] [[NoodleIncident given that he somehow chewed his way out of a car trunk]]) multiple times, and managed to turn his brother's house into a passable tourist trap and thriving business by making it up as he went along.
* IWasQuiteALooker: So much so that tumblr fans are calling his his younger self [[FanNickname "Hunkle Stan"]]. For reference, here's a flashback to him in the 70's. Hello, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_s1e17_stan_and_carla_dancin2_6100.png Handsome]].
* IconicOutfit: Grunkle Stan is usually seen in a fez and a black tuxedo. When sitting around the house, he is almost always dressed in nothing but a tanktop, blue-striped boxers, and the fez.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: InUniverse, he claims the picture in "Gideon Rises" of him in a devil suit in front of a wall of fire is this.
-->'''Stan''': That picture's taken out of context.
* JacobAndEsau: Downplayed. [[spoiler:His father seemed cold and resentful toward his "wimpy" sons in general but valued Stanford as his talents might make the family money, while his mother - possibly because of their similar personalities - seemed at least ''somewhat'' fond of Stanley, calling him her "little free spirit", but ultimately didn't lift a finger when her husband decided to throw him out of the house.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: In "Boss Mabel", it is shown that his iron handed rule over the Mystery Shack, use of fake exhibits in the museum and strict no-refunds policies are in fact necessary to run the Shack properly. When Mabel attempts to run things her way, Soos and Wendy either take advantage of her lax attitudes or screw up their jobs, putting real monsters in the Shack proves to be a disaster that hospitalizes two visitors, and Mabel's liberal refund policies ends up costing them nearly all their earnings.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Even though he's a greedy con artist and can be a bit of a {{Jerkass}} overall, deep down he truly does care about his niece and nephew.
** In "Double Dipper", he claps for Mabel when everyone was voting for her via applause. Granted, the other candidate, Pacifica, is a {{rich|Bitch}} AlphaBitch, but it goes to show that he really cares for Mabel and wanted to support her, even if he usually doesn't show it.
** And in "Dipper vs. Manliness" he's the one to tell Dipper that standing up for what he believed in was a manly thing to do.
** And in the very first episode, he let Mabel and Dipper choose something from the shop to cheer them up.
** Really shows through in "Boyz Crazy", where he not only immediately agrees to help Dipper expose [[spoiler:Robbie's mind control of Wendy through subliminal messaging in music (even if partially motivated by his own experiences as a young man)]], but also tells Dipper, [[spoiler:after Wendy angrily brushes him off, that he can just hang out with him until things sort out with Wendy.]] This is the best father figure moment for Stan in the series thus far. Plus, he was more than willing to give Dipper TheTalk in "Carpet Diem", when you'd think he'd be the kind of character to avoid doing that. [[spoiler:Even if it was Mabel in Dipper's body. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's an odd show.]]]]
** In "Land before Swine" he [[spoiler: saves Waddles from a pterodactyl]] out of sheer love for Mabel.
** "Dreamscaperers" shows that even though Stan is tough on Dipper by making him do terrible chores like cleaning the toilet and chopping firewood, [[spoiler: he does it to toughen him up so he learns to fight back.]]
** In "Gideon Rises", when he feels like he finally lost to Gideon, he's very disheartened that the kids have to suffer with him too, and while down on his luck and almost out of money, with what little he has left he buys bus tickets to send the twins home. Thankfully though, it got better, but still.
** "Not What He Seems" and his back story show [[spoiler: his conman career was ten years in barely surviving poverty without even a high school diploma trying to earn his way back into his family,]] and that the only reason he's even been living in Gravity Falls for the last thirty years is [[spoiler: to fix the portal his brother built and bring him back to atone for accidentally sending him through it in the first place.]]
* JerkassRealization: After his petty grudge with Ford ended up ruining the chance to truly stop Bill, Stan realizes just how much of petty jerk he is to Ford and blames himself for it. The latter, having the same realization, reassures him that it's not entirely his fault and in the end, they finally decide to bury the hatchet in order to stop Bill in the process.
* KleptomaniacHero: Stan will gleefully and shamelessly steal anything he wants or needs. [[BrutalHonesty Often while outright saying it straight to the rightful owner's faces.]]
-->'''Man''': These wax statues come at a ''terrible price!''\\
'''Stan''': $20? I'll steal them while you're distracted.\\
'''Man''': What?\\
'''Stan''': I said I'm going to rob you.
* LaResistance: [[spoiler:Though he only gets one brief scene in "Weirdmageddon", in "Weirdmageddon Part 2" it turns out Stan was alive and well, hiding out in the Shack and leading a holdout against Bill]].
* LanternJawOfJustice: Though the "Justice" part is definitely in question.
* LargeHam: Part-and-parcel of being a showman, he tends to ham it up during tours of the Mystery Shack... of course, not that he doesn't display similar tendencies ''outside'' of that.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Despite [[spoiler:the reveal of him knowing all about the general weirdness of the town, he still seems to have no idea of Bill Cipher's existence, or that it's why Ford was so angry at him for turning the portal back on. Stan ''chose'' not to care because of personal grievances against his brother]].
* LovableRogue: While immoral, shady and sometimes outright criminal, Stan remains a beloved character, and makes it clear that he is good at heart- to the audience. The people in-universe are far less lenient; It's stated as early as the second episode that Stan has no friends ("The guys at the lodge don't 'like' or 'trust' me."), due to his dishonest business practices. His campaign for mayor was torpedoed by his own crime record, [[spoiler: "A Tale of Two Stans" strongly implies that his amoral tendencies were the reason he got disowned by his family, the accidental ruining of Ford's college admissions being TheLastStraw. His attempts to get rich through various scams and swindles all ended in failure. The only place a blatant criminal like Stan can operate more-or-less unhindered is Gravity Falls with its stupid populace.]]
* MadeOfIron: In "Not What He Seems", he gets slammed into a metal pipe hard enough to buckle the metal and crack the stone wall behind it, and he's ''completely unharmed''. Its shown in "The Tale of Two Stans" he's had this from childhood, as he didn't even notice the multiple splinters in his hands (from breaking a plank) until he saw them.
* MeanBoss: He yells at his employees a lot, [[JustifiedTrope but his strictness is how he can keep things in order]]. When Mabel acted as the BenevolentBoss, she was taken advantage of by Wendy and run up the wall by Soos' ineptitude.
* MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler: He sacrifices himself to save everyone from the resident SatanicArchetype, and he gets better soon after, but he will forever be remembered for it]].
* MiserAdvisor: Stan sometimes takes this role with the twins, especially Dipper.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: [[spoiler: Stan's belief in this is why he's so tough on Dipper. It's also why Stan's father had him take boxing lessons.]] Starting to move towards a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]], as it's shown that [[spoiler: his father's treatment of him gave him huge and long-lasting emotional scars. Not only that, but him singling Dipper out to give him this treatment made their relationship crash so badly Dipper was convinced Stan legitimately ''hated'' him and it nearly drove him to [[StoppedCaring stop caring]] about Stan completely. Despite Dipper now knowing that Stan is trying to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this, it still causes major underlying emotional tensions that haven't been entirely dealt with.]]
* MoneyFetish: Stan's love of money, sometimes borders on obsession, he shamelessly (and unnecessarily) strips when he get an opportunity to go in the money shower.
* MysteriousPast: He claims to be from the east coast originally, and that Gravity Falls is the only town where the police don't know where he is. "Not What He Seems" shows that he's accrued a number of false [=IDs=] over the years. It's revealed later on that he's from New Jersey, in "the lead paint district." [[spoiler: That said, there's still things we don't know, like how he was jailed in three countries and escaped, what he did when he "went around the world", and why he escaped a car trunk by chewing his way out.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:He accidentally sent his twin brother through an interdimensional portal during the middle of a nasty fight. He had spent years living with that memory on his mind. He had been collecting the Journals, hoping to one day be reunited with his long-lost brother.]]
* MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe: [[spoiler: After losing his twin brother Stanford to an alien dimension 30 years prior to the series, Stan took on his name and identity so as not to arouse suspicion. As of the real Stanford's return, he has been given until the end of the summer to return his identity to its rightful owner.]]
* NeverMyFault: Shows shades of this in ''Land Before Swine'' when he claims "It's not my fault your pig's potentially delicious!". [[spoiler: That said, it's still an improvement over how he used to be, with him telling his brother he ruined his life, only for his brother to shoot back that yes, Grunkle Stan ruined his own life.]] He's [[CharacterDevelopment grown out of this as the show's progressed]], being fully willing to acknowledge that he's screwed up. As proof of this, [[spoiler: he doesn't even end up blaming anyone for his own misfortunes in ''A Tale of Two Stans''. In the present, anyway. However he constantly blamed Ford for causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Yes, Ford ''did'' build the portal and it was a huge mistake and was a potential for disaster, but Stan is equally accountable for blatantly disregarding ''every single written instruction'' by Ford ''not'' to use the portal for any reason whatsoever, even if it was to save him, and Stan's one use of the portal led to the left over rift that Bill was able to open. That said, after ruining the destiny circle which almost gave Bill complete victory, Stan does come to realize this and even blames himself after seeing Bill nearly kill Dipper and Mabel]].
* NerdGlasses: Started wearing glasses as part of [[spoiler:his attempts to impersonate Ford. Since he never ''stops'' wearing them, it's probable he legitimately needs them now.]]
** [[WordofGod Alex Hirsch]] [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/651585206982348800 has confirmed that Stan has always needed glasses]], [[JustifiedTrope he just refused to wear them]] ''[[JustifiedTrope because]]'' [[JustifiedTrope he thought they made him look lame]].
* NiceHat: He's never seen without his fez, except in "Little Dipper" and when he goes on vacation in "Boss Mabel".
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** [[spoiler: He manages to get enough material to re-power the portal and bring his brother back into the main dimension. But unwittingly created a dimensional rift in the process which is why Ford was angry at him upon returning as he knows Bill needs the rift to cross over. However Stan is never told this.]]
** In the finale, [[spoiler: Ford manages to make a destiny circle that could potentially defeat Bill. However Stan was needed for it and, just as it was being powered up, got into an argument with Ford over grammar. This gave time for Bill to return and stop them, nearly costing everyone. Luckily Stan made up for it.]]
%% * TheNicknamer
* NotInFrontOfTheKid: As revealed in a security tape from "Not What He Seems", his frequent use of "GoshDarnItToHeck" actually stems from him making an effort to watch his language when Dipper and Mabel are around. He's quite gleeful when he gets a chance to ''actually'' cuss when he's alone.
-->'''Stan''' ''(drops a barrel [[spoiler:of radioactive waste]] on his foot)'' Gah! HOT BELGIAN WAFFLES! Wait... I'm alone! I can swear ''for real! (takes deep breath)'' SON OF A-- ([[MoodWhiplash Dipper pauses the tape]] [[CurseCutShort while Mabel]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny covers her ears]])
* NotSoDifferent: From Bill. Both are theatrical conmen with tons of charisma and guided by a ''ruthless'' personal objectivity, to the point where in the Weirdmageddon version of the show's intro, Stan is replaced by Bill predominantly. [[spoiler: It's this very shared trait that spells the end for Bill.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: "Boss Mabel" hints that Grunkle Stan might know more than he lets on. [[spoiler: "Gideon Rises" confirms it. Stan has had Journal #1 the whole time, and in this episode manages to obtain #2 from Gideon and #3 from Dipper. He uses them to activate some sort of machine, which began to use to search for his brother as of "Scary-oke".]]
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: Stan, a man old enough to be a great uncle, vs Gideon, a psychopathic child, though admittedly Stan usually takes a unwitting backseat to the twins when fighting Gideon.
* OneManArmy: Wipes the floor with the zombies attacking the Mystery Shack.
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted - [[spoiler: his name is actually Stanley (see DeadPersonImpersonation) and his brother's name is Stanford, though his brother has thankfully dispelled any confusion by preferring to be known as Great-Uncle Ford.]] The show chalks this up to his father being unimaginative.
* OnlySaneMan: [[spoiler: He's the only one in Gravity Falls who recognizes that all of the weird and supernatural happenings are '''highly dangerous''', which is why he tries to dissuade Dipper from investigating them.]]
* OutOfFocus: Rather jarringly too considering he is one of the main characters, but after [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E12ATaleOfTwoStans "A Tale of Two Stans"]], most of his appearances aren't tied to the MythArc of the series and his two focus episodes are {{Filler}} at best. Averted in the series finale where he gets a ton of focus regarding his resentment of [[spoiler: his brother. He is even the one who comes up with the plan that ultimately defeats Bill by performing a HeroicSacrifice.]]
* PapaWolf: Despite having very questionable morals and standards, he does obviously care about Mabel and Dipper. Enough to [[spoiler: drop some heavy, extensive research it took him ''years'' to find,]] in order to protect the twins from a group of hungry zombies, and ''winning''. He also tells [[spoiler: his brother Stanford]] to stay away from the Twins, mainly because [[spoiler: his research could put them in danger]].
** In the series finale he [[spoiler:pulls the old TwinSwitch with Ford on Bill, allowing him to trap the demon in his mind when Bill enters his head while Ford uses the Memory Eraser gun to delete both Stan's mind and Bill. He even manages to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu deliver a punch that destroys Bill]] before his mind is fully erased.]] Why? Because [[spoiler:Bill]] made the mistake of messing with his family.
* ParentalFavoritism:
** Was at the less fortunate end of this as a child.
** Subverted with Dipper and Mabel. Because he's more permissive and openly affectionate toward the latter, both kids assume that Mabel is his favorite, with [[TheUnfavorite Dipper even doubting whether Stan cares about him at all]] at one point. The truth is a lot more complicated as [[spoiler:Stan's own father figure was emotionally distant and Dipper strongly reminds him of both his estranged brother and his own younger self, leading Stan to be harder on him to toughen him up and spare him both his and his brother's mistakes]]. He has actually got a real soft spot for the boy as we see whenever he tries to give him advice, or when Mabel (in Dipper's body) tries to annoy him to assure Dipper doesn't get the new room, only for Stan to react with ''fondness'' and praise "Dipper" for finally standing up to him.
* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler:After Soos realized that [[DisappearedDad his father]] [[ParentalAbandonment ran away from his family]], Soos began working for Stan so that he can have a new father figure in his life.]]
* PermaStubble: Never grows a beard but never seems to shave.
* PetTheDog: Grunkle Stan gets a moment like this after feeling guilty for insulting Dipper and Mabel and lets each of them take anything they want from the Mystery Shack. In true Grunkle Stan fashion, he tells them to do it before he changes his mind. He also saves Waddles because he wants Mabel to talk to him again and in "Dreamscaperers" when we find out why he's so tough on Dipper.
* PlayingGertrude: Stan is 60+ years old. His voice actor, [[DescendedCreator series creator]] Creator/AlexHirsch just turned 30 in 2015.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Stan is a greedy shyster, [[spoiler: contrast his super-genius brother, Ford, who appears to be well-intentioned.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner: Delivers a fantastic one in the series finale [[spoiler:to Bill.]]
--> '''Stan''': You're a real wise guy, but you made one fatal mistake. [[PapaWolf You messed with my family.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: His claim [[spoiler:to have denied the existence of the supernatural in Gravity Falls was because he believed it to be dangerous. Considering how many of the strange things and oddities have tried to hurt the twins, he's got a point.]]
* RageBreakingPoint: He goes through one when Gideon takes the best pool chair in "The Deep End".
--->'''Grunkle Stan''': '''''GIDEON!''''' '''GET OUT OF MY''' '''''CHAIR, KID!!'''''
* RealityEnsues:
** Stan gets away with A LOT of crime, mostly due to RuleOfFunny, but the buck decidedly stops at [[spoiler:stealing toxic waste from the United States Government. Theft of government property NEVER goes unnoticed]].
** Also, [[spoiler: his criminal record gets him disqualified from the election of Gravity Falls' new mayor]].
** Despite Stan's good intentions, his treating Dipper as TheUnfavorite to [[ToughLove toughen him up]] (by mocking Dipper whenever the opportunity hits, making Dipper do most of the hard and dangerous work around the Shack, and refusing to express any positive feedback towards him lest he "get a big head") drove Dipper to dislike him immensely and almost destroyed their relationship entirely.
* RealMenWearPink: After the BigNo, Stan gets really into ''The Duchess Approves'' (think ''Series/DowntonAbbey'') in ''[[GravityFallsS1E5TheInconveniencing The Inconveniencing]]'' (to the point of throwing the TV out the window out of rage at one of the plot elements).
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to [[spoiler:his twin brother Ford's]] blue.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: His real name is Stanley, and he has a twin brother named Stanford, who is the author of the journals. When Stanford got flung into the portal, Stanley faked his death and took on Stanford's name and identity.]]
* RockBottom: Has ended up at this ''[[JerkassWoobie three times that we've seen]]'' in the show - [[spoiler: the first was when he was disowned and kicked out of the house while he was still in high school, the second was when he threw his brother into AnotherDimension, and the third was when Gideon kicked him out of his own house.]]
** It is hard to say whether the Colombian jail sentence was one of those, as he seemed pretty chipper about something that would be the low point of anybody else's life.
* SandInMyEyes: Two of the times we've ever seen Stan get teary-eyed (once during the funeral for his wax replica and the other when Mabel knit him an "Our Hero" sash), Stan has the tendency to say he's got something in them rather than admit he's crying.
* ScarsAreForever: [[spoiler:His tattoo is actually a burn scar he received during a scuffle with his brother Ford 30 years ago.]]
* {{Schemer}}: Stan is a very cunning man, and normally concocts a variety of schemes, normally to help him make more money.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: He's rude, grumpy and money-grubbing and makes no secret of it. He's also old, so he can get away with it.
* ScrewySquirrel: In "Little Shack of Horrors".
* SelfMadeMan: [[spoiler: Was disowned by his father before he even graduated high school, he spent years trying to enter personal sales himself, and after many failures finally found one that worked, namely the Mystery Shack.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Dipper's Sensitive Guy. Of the two Stan's more gruff and unfeeling, preferring to focus on more practical matters, also when working or doing something serious he is highly dedicated and a no nonsense figure. Unlike Dipper, he's also far better at hiding his fears and concerns, though he has his tells.
* SharpDressedMan: His default outfit.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: If Dipper and Ford actually managed to seal the rift which directly prevents Bill from unleashing Weirdmageddon, Stanley would have surely suffered this fate. Basically, the entire reason he worked for 30 years in the Shack is that he hoped that he could bring back his brother from the other dimension, after he accidentally sent him to it following a fight. He hoped to make up with his brother after all he had done. What he gets instead is Ford greeting him with a punch and outright refusing to forgive, thank or even reconcile with him, completely ignoring the fact that he wasted 30 years just to save him. Instead Stan is demanded to relinquish ownership of his identity and house and abandon the whole Mystery Shack forever. As a result, everything Stanley had done felt like a complete waste of his time and he disowns his brother in the process. Weirdmageddon helps subverts this by having Stan finally reconcile with his brother, the very thing that he strived to do in the first place and go out into the sea with Ford as his childhood dream.
* SitcomArchNemesis:
** With Gideon; until the events of "Gideon Rises", Stan never treats Gideon as a serious threat (except to his bottom line), but rather an irritating little pest who has to be occasionally swatted out of the Shack with a broom. Whenever they meet casually in public, they're shown to antagonize one another in exceedingly petty ways, and Stan's dialogue in "Dreamscaperers" implies that he's been foiled off-screen as well.
** Bud, as Stan's direct business competitor when it comes to scamming the townspeople, also gets this treatment; when their "truce" falls apart, Stan even steals a velvet clown painting from Bud's home and runs off. It only gets worse in "The Stanchurian Candidate", when both run for mayor and Bud immediately resorts to cheap shots.
* SkywardScream: In "Irrational Treasure" after going through a HumiliationConga:
-->'''Stan''': '''PIONEER DAY!!!!'''
* SmallNameBigEgo: Generally not liked among the town, despite playing himself up as this grand mysterious figure. The town eventually [[spoiler:warms up to him a bit after the events of "Gideon Rises".]]
* TheSmartGuy: Much like Dipper, Stan is a lot smarter and more cunning than he lets on. Scenes from "Not What He Seems" even show his report card with consistent As, except in Gym class. [[spoiler:However, it seems that report card was actually his brother's, with a flashback in "A Tale of Two Stans" presenting him as a comparatively lazy and poor student in comparison. Never the less, through pure effort he managed to teach himself nearly everything he knows.]]
* SmarterThanYouLook: Managed to outwit Gideon in "Little Dipper", Dipper in "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained: Stan's Tattoo", and even [[spoiler: Bill in the finale]]. [[spoiler: He also managed to teach himself enough about theoretical physics and the fringe science Ford was working on to restore the portal to working use. He only really needed the journals in order to figure out how to turn it back on when he had done so.]]
* SmokeOut: He enjoys using smoke bombs, in his showmanship with the mystery shack, to further entertain and con the masses into giving him money.
* SnakeOilSalesman: Once tried to market shards of broken glass as rare and valuable crystals, and sells spray-painted rocks under the guise of them being gold nuggets. It's later revealed that he spent a lot of time as this before he came to run the Mystery Shack. It went horribly wrong, with him managing to become BannedFromArgo in almost every state in the country.
** [[spoiler: It's this quality that makes Ford believe Stan would've seen right through Bill Cipher's trickery at the very first moment.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler: The one Pines Bill never took interest in was the one Pines he should have always watched out for.]]
* StealthMentor: Making Dipper do difficult chores is Stan's sneaky way of preparing him to fight back as revealed in "Dreamscaperers". It seems to be working.
* StepfordSmiler: A minor case; Stan seems to genuinely love most aspects of his life, such as scamming people and spending time with his young charges, "A Tale of Two Stans" [[spoiler: hints that underneath it all is a man who's haunted by the guilt of sending his brother into another dimension. After Ford comes back and makes clear his intent to take back his house and name after the summer, Stan covers it up with his usual gruff nature.]]
* StreetSmart: As expected of any self-respecting carny, Stan is shrewd, has a knack for deception, and is good at thinking on his feet.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: "Dreamscaperers" shows that Stan looks a lot like his father. Kid Stan even looks a little like Dipper. [[spoiler: Stan and his brother also look extremely similar to each other, to the point where in the past it was possible to confuse them. And, as Bill discovers to his chagrin, even in the modern day after a clothes swap.]]
* SurroundedByIdiots: Especially when it comes to [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Soos]] and [[TheSlacker Wendy]].
--> I'd fire all of you if I could.
* TallDarkAndHandsome[=/=]TallDarkAndSnarky: Believe it or not. It's more noticeable in "Little Dipper", when he's seen without his fez.
* TechnologicallyBlindElders: He mistook a CD for a record player, and doesn't know what "texting a photo to someone" is. When Gideon claims to have kidnapped Dipper and Mabel in "Little Dipper" and offers to send him proof, Stan can't even understand him.
-->'''Gideon''': I have them in my possession! You don't believe me? I will text you a photo!\\
'''Stan''': "Text me a photo?" Now you're not even speakin' English!\\
'''Gideon''': But-\\
'''Stan''': (hangs up)
* ThemeTwinNaming: [[spoiler: He and his twin brother (The Author) are named Stanley and Stanford, respectively]].
* ThickerThanWater: Stan would risk causing the apocalypse to [[spoiler: bring back his brother.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: In his youth, he was severely picked on; Stan's dad had him take boxing lessons, and in his senior years, he still knows how to fight.
* TookALevelInKindness: He becomes a much nicer person in season 2, which must be due to his [[spoiler:confession knowing about all the weirdness in Gravity Falls all along.]]
* TopHeavyGuy: Cuts quite a triangular figure while wearing his tux; even without it on, he's been shown to have [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/gravityfalls/images/f/fe/S1e17_stocking_up_for_apocalypse.png a very broad chest and shoulders, thick arms, and skinny legs]] (it all just happens to get a little overshadowed by his gut).
* ToughLove: A [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstruction]]. Stan's father, Filbrick Pines, was an [[ParentalAbuse emotionally abusive]] {{Jerkass}}. Stan, however, seems to have read his actions as tough love even if it most definitely wasn't, and decided that following dad's example was the best way to toughen up Dipper. [[RealityEnsues It made their relationship crash so badly Dipper became convinced Stan hated him and wanted him gone]]. Even with knowing Stan does care, there are still signs Dipper's keeping a lot of bad feelings about this bottled up.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: He's shown in one episode to like Toffee Peanuts. It's to the point where, [[spoiler: in the very same episode, in a flashback to back when he and Ford were in high school, a bag of Toffee Peanuts at the scene was all Ford needed to incriminate Stan for sabotaging his science experiment]].
* {{Tritagonist}}: Stan gets the third largest amount of focus, after Dipper and Mabel.
* {{Tsundere}}: Shows shades of a platonic form of this towards the kids at times. He tries to continue this act during the series finale (in a [[TearJerker gut wrenching]] kind of way).
--> '''Stan Pines''': (tearfully) [[BlatantLies You kids were nothing but a nuisance and I'm glad to be ridda ya.]]
* TheUnfavorite: Was this in his family since he apparently didn't contribute to them as a teenager. And really got strengthened when his father threw him out of the house after he [[spoiler:accidentally broke Stanford's machine and ruined his chances to go to his dream college]]. His father even accused him of [[spoiler:riding on his brother's coattails]].
* UnreliableNarrator: In a number of his flashbacks, [[spoiler: he's designed to look like a composite between himself and Ford (not to mention his memories painting his dad as being not a heartless jackass).]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:All of Stan's efforts to bring his brother back (after having set in motion the chain of events that trapped him offworld in the first place) created a chain of bad events that lead up to the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. His efforts to bring Ford back left behind an unstable dimensional rift, every subsequent event related to that MacGuffin slowly created tension between Dipper and Mabel, especially with Dipper spending more time with Ford. Mabel's broken emotional state over the idea of being apart from Dipper made her vulnerable to Bill Cipher's manipulations. It doesn't help that Stan disregarded every warning against using the portal, and now everyone, including himself has to suffer the consequences of his foolishness. He also agitated the first signs of an emotional rift between Mabel and Dipper by joining with and at times even encouraging Mabel to pick on Dipper for the sake of "humorous" jokes. This alienated Dipper emotionally from both Stan and Mabel, adding to the reasons Dipper would choose to spend most of his time with Ford when he arrived--since not only was Ford his idol, but he also didn't pick on Dipper like the rest of the family. It's this choice that convinced Mabel her paranoia over their relationship was legitimate, which built until she reached her breaking point in "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future".]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Growing up, he wasn't much of a troublemaker. However, [[spoiler:getting disowned by his family]] forced him to become a criminal just to survive, resulting in the bitter old man that he is today.
* VanityLicensePlate: If you look closely, the plate on Grunkle Stan's car says "STNLY MBL." Which is odd, since according to Gideon, his full name is 'Stanford'. [[spoiler: His real name is actually Stanley, but he faked his death and took up his brother's name Stanford while he went missing in the portal]].
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving:
** He used to have a crush on Lazy Susan. But when he finally went out on a date with her, he decided that she looked "weird up close", and quickly bailed.
** [[spoiler: He spent thirty years desperately trying to rescue his brother from the portal, only to be reminded of how strained their relationship was once Stanford was back. It's not a total loss however, as Stan does want Dipper's happiness, and if his brother can make that happen, he won't stand in their way.]]
* WeirdnessCensor: [[spoiler: {{Subverted|Trope}}. If the end of "Gideon Rises" tells us anything, he knew about all the weird stuff. In "Scaryoke" he all out admits to knowing, but claimed otherwise in an attempt to keep Dipper and Mabel from getting too close and being in danger.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: [[spoiler:Disowned by his father for accidentally ruining their chance at a fortune, Stan spent years trying and make money to be accepted back. Fittingly, one of the books he owns is called ''Daddy Issues'']].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Was willing to [[spoiler:risk [[DivideByZero the destruction of the universe]] if it meant seeing his brother Ford again. He did, but as a result created an inter-dimensional rift capable of bridging the physical world with one of pure nightmare, which was why his brother was uncomfortable with Stan using the portal to save him in the first place. While Ford managed to contain the rift at first, Stan having saved him at all set off a chain of events that threw the Pines Family dynamic into disarray, ending with the rift getting released into the world anyway]].
* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler:In their childhood, Stan and his brother Stanford were each other's OnlyFriend and did everything together. Because of an accident and their father throwing Stan out for costing their family a fortune and Stanford his dream school, their relationship was strained. Over 10 years later, Stanford called Stan to Gravity Falls. It wasn't to reconcile, but to ask him to hide the last of his journals and he still blames him for ruining his chances, despite Stanford managing to still gain a [=Ph.D.=] and a large amount of money. Their fight landed Stanford in another dimension that Stan has been trying to free him from 30 years, only to receive no thanks and a demand that Stanford get his life back at the end of the Summer. As shown near the end of "A Tale of Two Stans", it seems the two want to reconcile (particularly Stan), but are too bitter over how their lives have gone, and Stanford being trapped in another dimension, have made this near impossible. Dipper seems to have hope they can repair this]].
* WhatTheHellHero: In "Not What He Seems", Dipper comes to his breaking point when Stan [[spoiler:begs them to trust him about the Portal despite having lied to them about everything else.]]
-->'''Dipper''': And I should trust you ''why?!'' After you [[spoiler:stole radioactive waste?]] After you [[spoiler:lied to us all summer?! I don't even know who you are!]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He was afraid of heights, though he has since been cured.
* WouldHurtAChild: He has no compunction with smacking Gideon around with a broom, although Gideon [[EnfantTerrible more than deserves it.]]
-->'''Stan''': Soos, broom.\\
'''Gideon''': Oh no, not the broom!
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Mild example. He's possibly 58 or, at most, in his early sixties. Darlene mistakes him for over seventy. It's only that noticeable as he has a [[spoiler: fraternal twin brother]] who looks exactly as you'd expect it from a reasonably active 58 year old[[note]] though it is possible that time moves differently beyond the portal and that Stanford is actually younger[[/note]], while Stan wound up with a lot more grey hair and health issues due to a life of stress, [[spoiler: on-and-off poverty,]] and the resulting bad habits. On top of that, he has FatSlob tendencies and has a tendency to be extremely lazy around the Shack.

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* AbusiveParents: About the worst thing you can say is that he occasionally overworks the twins and frequently mocks Dipper (partly because he feels the need to toughen him up and make him capable of fighting his own battles, but mostly because child labor has low overhead). But he still shows them a lot of affection, even if he is cheap. However, come "A Tale of Two Stans", and in hindsight there's something deeply unsettling about Stanley basing his treatment of Dipper off how his father treated him (most likely down to him misinterpreting Filbrick's abuse as simply trying to toughen him up).
* {{Adorkable}}: Surprisingly at times. Particular examples include his overeager attempts to make friends in "Legend of the Gobblewonker", and shyly attempting to flirt with Lazy Susan in "Dipper vs. Manliness".
* AdultsAreUseless: Subverted. When he's first introduced he's set up as your classic useless comedic cartoon adult who seems [[WeirdnessCensor practically blind]] to all the Weirdness going on in Gravity Falls. Later on, he would prove himself a lot more shrewd that you'd expect when dealing with Gideon, and even assist the kids on a few adventures like in "Boys Crazy" or "A Land before Swine"(where he ends up kicking major ass). In season 2, it's all revealed to be [[spoiler: an act he put up to discourage the kids from investigating the supernatural for their own safety, in part because of [[GoMadFromTheRevelation what happened to his brother]]. Turns out he knew all along, has his own share of dangerous secrets, and is generally more of a complex multidimensional character than you'd ever have expected from him.]]
* AgentScully: He adamantly doesn't believe that there is anything weird going on in Gravity Falls, telling Dipper that it's all drummed up by guys like him to sell merchandise to gullible tourists. Despite this he is willing to accept the existence of living dinosaurs, with the caveat of insisting that they "don't count" as supernatural because they're just big lizards. [[spoiler:However, this is just a ruse to hide his knowledge of the journals and all of the oddities
For tropes related to it.]] As of the start of season 2, [[spoiler:he's dropped the ruse and admitted to the twins that he knows about the supernatural things going on. But he still hasn't told them about his secret room or his ultimate plans, although in "Not What He Seems", the twins discover the room on their own and Stan begins to confide in them.]]
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Was a victim of bullying in his youth, which, along with his father's mistreatment, contributed to the insecurities he carries to this day.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Has a history of going great lengths to assure that he and [[spoiler:his brother]] stay together, or get reunited, at great personal costs but also at the expense of everything else, including [[spoiler:what said brother himself might want]]. Stan even [[spoiler:spent 30 long years working to repair a portal that could destroy the universe]]. Unlike most examples, this winds up having serious repercussions as [[spoiler:the portal's reactivation ends up creating a dangerous rift in spacetime that gets his whole family targeted by Bill and is ultimately used to unleash [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Weirdmageddon]].]] Ironically, [[spoiler:said brother]] is very much a TheNeedsOfTheMany person and as such, absolutely ''furious'' at Stan for [[spoiler:reactivating the portal]]. It's later revealed that [[spoiler:Stanford]] also finds this trait of Stan's unbearably smothering.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: It does not help that one of the cryptograms in the show's ''opening'' reads "[[spoiler:STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS.]]" It only gets even more ambiguous in "Gideon Rises", where [[spoiler:his underground lab, equipped with a large portal generator,]] is finally shown. "Scary-oke" implies he's using it to search for something, and feels confident that he won't "get caught", implying questionable safety/legality at best (which is standard for Stan) or outright villainy at worst. "Society of the Blind Eye" leans towards the former in a WellIntentionedExtremist kind of way, as both a symbol substitution cipher in the Journals and [=McGucket's=] video logs reveal [[spoiler:the Author of the Journals believed that the portal could benefit all of mankind]], while Stan acknowledges that [[spoiler:[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the risks of activating the portal]]]] mean little to him in light of the possible rewards for doing so--specifically, [[spoiler:seeing his brother again.]] Taken UpToEleven in (the admittedly non-canon) "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" -- he apparently [[spoiler:drugs a customer and put him on display in the shack because he didn't buy anything]].
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Like the rest of the family. Creator/AlexHirsch originally stated that [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/547218052178145280 the Pines family is not canonically Jewish]], but after being questioned about Journal 3 stating that Stan had a Bar Mitzvah, he [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/758547032554344448 suggested that Stan was raised Jewish and became an atheist later in life]].
* AntiHero: He may be a greedy jerk and con artist, but he does have a soft spot in his heart for the twins.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In "Bottomless Pit!" Grunkle Stan still states that everyone's stories are far-fetched, even though he is falling through a bottomless pit even as he speaks, and even ''lived through'' one of the stories. [[spoiler:In "Scaryoke", it's made clear that this is an act, and he's very much aware of the strange goings-on around Gravity Falls.]]
* AttentionWhore: As seen in "Headhunters". The below quote is also the page quote
-->'''Grunkle Stan''': But enough about me. Behold, me!
** Also, in "Boss Mabel" when he's on Cash Wheel. In fact, he got on the show by using his "old man powers" to fake a heart attack.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Spent thirty years working to bring his brother Ford back from the portal, which Stan himself accidentally knocked him into during a fight.]]
* BadassNormal: He's just a normal guy with no special powers or cool tech, but he still punches pterodactyls in the face and kills zombies by punching them with brass knuckles.
* TheBarnum: Most of his revenue seems to come from swindling rubes in really obvious ways.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: In an epic moment of his career as a shyster [[spoiler:he gives [[DealWithTheDevil Bill Cipher]] a lousy deal of his own]].
** Very literal when he defeats Probabilitor in "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons".
* BerserkButton:
** "Irrational Treasure" shows that he ''really'' doesn't like Pioneer Day.
** Also he doesn't like being questioned about the tattoo on his back that he keeps denying, and will go nuts if someone tries to uncover it and video record it. [[spoiler: It's revealed it's actually from a burn on his back that he got in a fight with his brother, ending in his brother being sent into another dimension, which goes a long way towards explaining why he's so angry about it.]]
* BewareTheHonestOnes: Turns out Stan is much harder to deal with when he can only tell the truth as seen in "Bottomless Pit!".
* BigBrotherInstinct: He's shown to care a great deal about his twin just like Dipper for Mabel. [[spoiler:The last half of season 2 reveals that he invested a ''lot'' of time into bringing Ford back from another dimension.]]
* BigOlEyebrows: Has a practically huge grey pair.
* BookDumb: Academically miles behind [[spoiler:his brother]], [[spoiler:considered useless by his father]], no college education…still a brilliant scammer who can wring money out of anyone [[spoiler:and managed to fix the portal on his own]]. [[spoiler:In the finale, this trope ends up working to his advantage, because he literally had nothing Bill wants, which is what made his mind the perfect vessel to defeat Bill in]].
* BoxingBattler: His father made him take boxing lessons as a child, and he's shown to still have some moves in "The Land Before Swine" and "Scary-oke".
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He comes across as rather bumbling and silly over-the-top at times, but make no mistake, he's actually very sharp when he puts his mind into it, particularly as a salesman (and [[TheBarnum Con artist]]).
* BrainsAndBrawn: [[spoiler: Was the Brawn to his brother Ford's brains when they were children. Downplayed in the present, as although Stan is still the stronger of the two, he's also pretty bright in his own right and Ford is no push-over in a fight.]]
--> [[spoiler:"Good thing you got your smarts, Poindexter. I got the other thing. What's it called? Oh, right. Punching!"]]
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: His savings are stuffed inside a duffelbag hidden behind a painting in the Shack.
* BrilliantButLazy: Stan isn't stupid. He is, however, very good at making things up as he goes along, and managed to pick up enough know-how to [[spoiler: repair the portal in his basement.]] "A Tale of Two Stans" shows him being able to sell several of his con-products and later hold his own business, which is basically just one big con, which shows that he is an amazing salesman. If he had gotten a legitimate sales job he'd probably gotten rich a lot sooner.
* BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats: Stan's fez vaguely resembles those worn by the Shriners. He also remarks how "the boys from the lodge" won't go fishing with him.
** Journal 3 reveals that it's his father's fez, from "The Order of the Holy Mackerel".
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Stan may be a bruiser, but he's as soft as a marshmallow when it comes to his family... not that he wouldn't threaten to punch you for pointing it out.
* CarpetOfVirility: Shown off at the end of ''Dipper Vs Manliness''. Mabel attempts to trim it as part of her makeover for him to impress Lazy Susan, but it immediately grows back.
* CerebusRetcon: It's hard to look at him the same way again when you learn that [[spoiler:his love of money is the result of being disowned by his family after accidentally sabotaging his brother's future.]]
* TheCharmer: How he manages to get customers into the Shack despite it being nothing but junk. He's a fast-thinker, and can make a joke about just about anything, and the crowds love it.
* CloudCuckooLander: While certainly not as spacey as other examples on the show, you can tell where Mabel gets it from.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: It's a given when you own the Mystery Shack.
* CombatPragmatist: His fighting advice to Dipper is along those line.
-->'''Stan''': Just bonk him over the head. It's nature's snooze button!
** And when outnumbered by zombies, he's got no problems using a grandfather clock to even the odds.
** Best demonstrated by his method of [[spoiler:taking on and defeating three government agents]] in "Not What He Seems".
* ComicalOverreacting: Ties into cloudcuckoolander - he's known to frequently engage in LargeHam actions, and he apparently considers having a mullet to be [[FauxHorrific incredibly horrifying]].
-->'''Stan''': "You think you've got problems? I've got a mullet, [[spoiler: Stanford!]]
* CompanionCube: He becomes a bit overly attached to a wax statue of himself in "Headhunters", and the end credits of "Soos and the Real Girl" show him ''marrying'' the Old Goldie statue in Las Vegas. His concern over the wax statue took a bit of a darker turn when [[spoiler:we learn it was because Stan had lost his real twin to the Portal.]]
* ConMan: Not only does Stan fool tourists with the fake attractions at the Mystery Shack, but he also has a long record of financial crimes. [[spoiler: However it comes in handy in the finale when he manages to out-con ''Bill'']]
* ConsummateLiar: He's an inveterate shyster and proud of it. This trait comes back to bite him ''hard'' in "Not What He Seems". [[spoiler:Only Mabel, who bases her decisions primarily off emotions instead of facts, is willing to trust him still after the extent of exactly ''how much'' he's lied to everyone is revealed. Even ''Soos'', who sees Stan like a father, doesn't trust him anymore.]] This is also apparently one of the reasons his father threw him out of the house as a teenager. Eventually, however, this is subtly proven to be a subversion--even though Stan is excellent at lying, even he has his tells: [[spoiler: in situations that involve his missing brother or him trying to hide something he knows a lot about, Stan crosses his arms and looks up to the side.]]
* CoolUncle: For starters, he punched a pterodactyl in the face to rescue his great-niece's pet pig.
* CounterfeitCash: Has been shown paying for merchandise with "Stan Bucks", crudely drawn fake dollar bills with his face on them. A cutaway gag shows that he also roped in Dipper and Mabel into hand-painting actual counterfeit bills.
-->'''Mabel''': The county jail was ''so cold.''
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: A silly and lazy conman he may be. But, in "The Land Before Swine" he punched a pterodactyl in the face. ''Repeatedly''. Come Season 2, he continues to show how much of a badass he is by fighting off an entire horde of ravenous zombies, half of them with his ''bare hands''. In "Not What He Seems", [[spoiler: he takes out three government agents while he's handcuffed to a chair, using a gravitational anomaly to get the drop on the agents, and manages to steal one of their wallets in the process. He's even the one that deals the final blow to Bill in the finale of the show.]]
* CuttingCorners: How Stan operates ''all'' his business ventures. Especially his carnival.
-->'''Stan''': There she is, the cheapest fair money can rent! I spared every expense. (cable car falls from the sky next to the twins)
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Before his hair became gray. Due to the art style it's usually impossible to tell the characters' eye colors, but Stan's are brown as [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/260514979969646592 confirmed by Alex Hirsch.]]
* TheCynic: Much like Dipper, Stan is somewhat cynical and not up for idealism and wonder, which makes his conflicts with the similarly cynical Dipper and bonding with the upbeat Mabel especially humorous. It's later revealed in "Dreamscaperers" that he's harder on Dipper ''because'' Dipper reminds him of himself.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Bullied during his early childhood, was an academic failure, [[spoiler:accidentally cost his brother a scholarship to his dream school,]] was disowned by his parents, and was forced to go on the road to fulfill the impossible task of making up for what the Pines family lost because of his horrible mistake. He spent time as a SnakeOilSalesman and failed at it miserably, getting run out of towns all over the country - and possibly in more countries, considering he claimed to have been thrown in jail in three countries. He was also forced to somehow chew his way out of a car trunk, and before [[spoiler: going to the Mystery Shack to meet his brother]], he was in a rathole apartment with only a peso to his name, and he was behind on his rent. [[spoiler: Then he accidentally threw his brother into another dimension and spent 30 years trying to get him back. Oops.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: He wears an all-black suit, and while he may be a crook, he's one of the good guys.
* DeadpanSnarker: Much like Dipper, Stan posses a quick wit and never misses a chance to mock the silliness of those around him.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler: The real Stanford Pines, AKA The Author, has been trapped on the other side of a portal for 30 years. The Stan Pines we've been following is actually his twin brother, Stanley Pines.]] However, see "FakingTheDead" for more. [[spoiler:After Weirdmageddon was foiled, it's implied he's going by Stanley again, as the news refer to him as such]].
* DentedIron: He can throw some mean punches and is quite spry, but age has impaired his senses and a lifetime of bad eating habits has turned his body into a hot mess from the shoulders down.
* {{Determinator}}: When Stan puts his mind to it, nothing can stand in his way, be it pterodactyls, government agents, child psychos, or his own lack of knowledge of physics. The best example being how he [[spoiler:spent thirty years working on bringing his brother back from the other dimension he accidentally knocked him into. For this he completely self-taught himself how to maintain and work the Portal (all from his brother's Journal, with ''a third of the instructions'') and went as far as stealing toxic waste from the Government to pull it off.]]
* DidNotGetTheGirl: And trying to get her back didn't work out so well either, since according to
him, [[spoiler:he deliberately ran his rival's car off a cliff.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In the Series Finale, [[spoiler: he punches Bill in the eye while they're both inside his mind, causing him to shatter into a million pieces.]]
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: [[spoiler: Nobody out-cons Stanley Pines. Not even Bill Cipher.]]
* DiscoDan: He still uses vinyl, doesn't understand texting and the interior of the Mystery Shack is straight out of the 1970s/early 80's.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: "Road safety laws, prepare to be ignored!" He also has cataracts and broken headlights. And then there's the time he let a bear drive the car... though [[BlatantLies he had a prescription from Doctor Medicine for that]].
* DumbassNoMore: Compared to how he was in his youth, where he relied on his GoodOldFisticuffs to stay ahead and [[spoiler:was unequivocally the Brawn to Stanford's Brains]], Stan's main strengths in the present is easily his craftiness and silver tongue. There is also the fact that he [[spoiler:taught himself enough theoretical physics to successfully repair the portal Ford was working on]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: ''Hot Belgian Waffles, did he!'' [[spoiler:After 10 years living on the streets, 30 years of working on the Portal, and Weirdmageddon, Stan finally reconciles with Ford, is named the town hero, and the two decide to travel the world together on the Stan-o-War II.]]
* EasilyForgiven: Despite the fact that Stanley outright lied to them about his intentions and deliberately withold information from them, as soon as Dipper, Mabel, and Soos heard his story, they immediately forgave him without any signs of distrust towards him. This is especially the case for the former considering that Dipper isn't really the type to let go of grudged easily as shown with Pacifica.
* ExactWords: Stan says he doesn't have a tattoo. He's not lying. [[spoiler: It's actually a ''brand'' burned into his back by accident.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: Wears a superfluous one while the Shack is open.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Stanley faked his own death and is the Stan Pines the headline "Stan Pines Dead" was about.]]
* FamilyThemeNaming: Stanly and Standford as well as their brother Shermie(Mabel and Dipper's grandfather)
* FanDisservice: Rips off his shirt in "Dipper vs. Manliness". Not pretty. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Dipper moments after.
* FatSlob: [[PlayedforLaughs Played for Laughs]] in "Dipper vs. Manliness". After telling Mabel she had to marry Gideon in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", to which she ran out of the room screaming, he assumed she was upset by his appearance.
-->'''Stan''': (calling after her) Bodies change, honey! Bodies change...
* FatalFlaw:
** In a way surprisingly similar to Dipper, it becomes apparent that Stan has issues with trust and confiding in others. He often lies to avoid having to do so, which comes back to bite him in ''Not What He Seems''. If he had trusted the twins with the truth earlier, the episode probably would have been far less traumatic for all of them.
** Stan's temper also proved to be another one, [[spoiler: it led to him accidentally destroying his brother's science project, ruining his chance of getting into his dream college, and severely damaging their relationship. It was this again which caused him to accidentally knock his brother into the Portal, meaning the two didn't
see each other for thirty years. And this ''again'' very nearly led to Bill winning after Stan broke a magic circle to attack Ford over his grammar being corrected.]]
** The flashbacks in "A Tale of Two Stans" shows that he has (or [[CharacterDevelopment had]]) a familiar problem with oblivious selfishness. [[spoiler: He automatically assumed that his brother wouldn't want to go to the best college in the country, so they would stay together as they did as children, completely oblivious to what his brother actually wanted. When he finally realized Stanford was seriously considering the offer, he felt extremely threatened and hurt because he saw this as his brother choosing to leave him behind. His acting out over this is what started the collapse of their good relationship, and being reminded of this old pain is what causes his fits of anger listed above.]]
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: [[spoiler: Adding more parallels with Dipper and Mabel, flashbacks to their youth show that Stan was the foolish to the Author's responsible, showing The Author studying diligently on a test while Stan kicks his feet up on the desk one over. It's a bit more complicated in the present; Stan recognizes that the weird stuff in town is ''highly dangerous'', and that the kids should stay away from it. However, his method to do this was to put on an act of SelectiveObliviousness, shrugging any claims of monsters as imagination, while at the same time tinkering with the Portal, the most dangerous thing in Gravity Falls. Ford actually calls Stan out on his recklessness.]]
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: The Cynic. Stan is a reasonably cynical man, not one up for wonder and idealism, he prefers to focus on practical matters. It's down to his experiences he is like this, as a "Tale of Two Stans" shows he used to be lot more optimistic before [[spoiler:he lost his relationship with his brother]].
* FreudianExcuse: He's greedy for a reason, namely that [[spoiler:he got kicked out of the house before graduating high school, told he couldn't come back until he made his family a fortune, and left to fend for himself.]]
* FriendlessBackground: The only friends he seems to have made in life are [[spoiler: his twin brother]] and two Colombian criminals who hoped he died. Which might explain some of his {{Jerkass}} behavior.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric: Ambitious with a hair-trigger temper.
* GagNose: His nose looks like it belonged to a [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]].
* GeniusBruiser: Although old, Stan is still a powerful figure and likewise proves he can tangle with the best of them, being a brilliant fighter. He's likewise very strong and very quick for his age. However Stan also shows on multiple occasions he's highly intelligent, being an incredibly shrewd and cunning man, able to match wits with the likes of Gideon and Dipper, and win. Business skills aside, he's also clearly got a pretty good understanding of advanced science considering [[spoiler: how well he was able to operate and maintain the portal]]. Made all the more impressive with the reveal he [[spoiler:is completely self taught, in both science and showmanship.]]
* GoshDarnItToHeck: Suddenly having to hang around with two kids [[NotInFrontOfTheKid has forced him to tone down his language]]. This is addressed and parodied in a scene in "Not What He Seems".
* GottaCatchThemAll: [[spoiler: Stan's got Journal #1, and he's been looking for #2 and #3 for years to complete the set. He finally got all 3 at the end of Gideon Rises.]]
--->'''Stan''': After all these years... [[spoiler: Finally, we have them all.]]
* {{Greed}}: His desire to make money is the driving force behind his work ethic.
-->"''My one and only dream - which was to possess money - has come true!''"
** Played with in that it's revealed that a lot of the money he makes goes toward [[spoiler:repairing the portal in order to save Stanford. And he spent about ten years in continuous poverty.]]
* GrumpyOldMan: Very fond of complaining.
* GunNut: We never see them, but he claims to own ten guns [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext due to his fear of ladders.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: Stan has a quick temper, to the point he near ruined his commercial over him constantly mispronouncing a word. It is not a good idea to be on the receiving end of his temper.
* HeroAntagonist: In "Not What He Seems", Dipper and Mabel discover that Stan has been hiding a lot from them. [[spoiler: He has acquired multiple fake [=IDs=], assumed the identity of a dead man, stole radioactive waste from the government, been in possession of Journal #1 the entire time they've known him, and both constructed and activated the Universe Portal, a device capable of annihilating the entire planet. For the first time, the kids have to fight Stan himself. However, when Mabel chooses to trust Stan and allow the device to activate, his motives are quickly made clear.]]
--> '''Stan''': I wanted to say that you're gonna hear some bad things about me, and some of them are true, but trust me. Everything I've worked for, everything I care about, it's all for this family!
* HeroicBuild: Had one as a younger man and uses a dapper suit to make it look like he still does.
* HeroicBSOD: Had one after he [[spoiler:accidentally flung his brother into another dimension]]. He could have been in the shack for anywhere from weeks to months.
* HeroicComedicSociopath:
** His {{greed}} verges on this now and then, but his RefugeInAudacity on-screen criminal behavior and his ChildHater tendencies (toward Gideon - not his family) place him firmly in this territory.
-->'''Stan''': "Yes, yes... ''Burn the child''..."
** The various crimes he manages to pull off [[RefugeInAudacity on-screen]] also cross into this.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: He sacrifices his mind in the finale in order to trap and weaken Bill enough to destroy him. Thankfully, as shown with [=McGucket=] and having not been mindwiped long, he managed to regain his memory just due to being reminded of it thanks to Mabel's scrapebook.]]
* HeyYou: He often addresses Dipper and Mabel as "kid", apparently simply due to his gruff personality.
* HiddenDepths: Despite being considered an idiot by his parents and teachers, he was able to [[spoiler:secretly repair Ford's dimensional portal by himself with nothing but his brother's journals to aid him.]]
* HonestJohnsDealership: Most of the exhibits in his House of Mystery are fake. It's deconstructed, as "Boss Mabel" implies that while he could get real oddities for the Mystery Shack like Dipper did, they would be difficult (if not impossible) to control and would terrify and/or hurt customers.
* IHaveNoSon:
** [[spoiler: After it becomes clear that Ford has no interest in reconciling with his brother and won't even say "thank you" for bringing him back to our dimension, Stan point blank tells him that Mabel and Dipper are the only family he has left as far as he is concerned.]]
** [[spoiler:Stan himself was also disinherited because he accidentally ruined Ford's chance to get into his dream college]].
** Played for laughs when Stan warned the twins that if they started talking like pioneers on Pioneer Day, then he would disown them.
-->'''Stan''': "You're dead to me. DEAD TO ME!"
* IJustWantToBeLoved: [[spoiler:Stan's family disowned him when he accidentally broke Stanford's science project, so he treasures the relationship he has with Dipper and Mabel. He initially wanted to reconcile with Ford, but their combative behavior and mutual stubbornness makes it impossible for now]]. This is a driving force behind many of his decisions, such as announcing his candidacy for mayor.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker", he spends most of his time looking for fishing buddies.
* IndyPloy: Stan is almost preternaturally good at this. He survived for years with nothing but his wits and a baseball bat, has apparently escaped by the skin of his teeth ([[LiteralMetaphor perhaps literally,]] [[NoodleIncident given that he somehow chewed his way out of a car trunk]]) multiple times, and managed to turn his brother's house into a passable tourist trap and thriving business by making it up as he went along.
* IWasQuiteALooker: So much so that tumblr fans are calling his his younger self [[FanNickname "Hunkle Stan"]]. For reference, here's a flashback to him in the 70's. Hello, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_s1e17_stan_and_carla_dancin2_6100.png Handsome]].
* IconicOutfit: Grunkle Stan is usually seen in a fez and a black tuxedo. When sitting around the house, he is almost always dressed in nothing but a tanktop, blue-striped boxers, and the fez.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: InUniverse, he claims the picture in "Gideon Rises" of him in a devil suit in front of a wall of fire is this.
-->'''Stan''': That picture's taken out of context.
* JacobAndEsau: Downplayed. [[spoiler:His father seemed cold and resentful toward his "wimpy" sons in general but valued Stanford as his talents might make the family money, while his mother - possibly because of their similar personalities - seemed at least ''somewhat'' fond of Stanley, calling him her "little free spirit", but ultimately didn't lift a finger when her husband decided to throw him out of the house.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: In "Boss Mabel", it is shown that his iron handed rule over the Mystery Shack, use of fake exhibits in the museum and strict no-refunds policies are in fact necessary to run the Shack properly. When Mabel attempts to run things her way, Soos and Wendy either take advantage of her lax attitudes or screw up their jobs, putting real monsters in the Shack proves to be a disaster that hospitalizes two visitors, and Mabel's liberal refund policies ends up costing them nearly all their earnings.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Even though he's a greedy con artist and can be a bit of a {{Jerkass}} overall, deep down he truly does care about his niece and nephew.
** In "Double Dipper", he claps for Mabel when everyone was voting for her via applause. Granted, the other candidate, Pacifica, is a {{rich|Bitch}} AlphaBitch, but it goes to show that he really cares for Mabel and wanted to support her, even if he usually doesn't show it.
** And in "Dipper vs. Manliness" he's the one to tell Dipper that standing up for what he believed in was a manly thing to do.
** And in the very first episode, he let Mabel and Dipper choose something from the shop to cheer them up.
** Really shows through in "Boyz Crazy", where he not only immediately agrees to help Dipper expose [[spoiler:Robbie's mind control of Wendy through subliminal messaging in music (even if partially motivated by his own experiences as a young man)]], but also tells Dipper, [[spoiler:after Wendy angrily brushes him off, that he can just hang out with him until things sort out with Wendy.]] This is the best father figure moment for Stan in the series thus far. Plus, he was more than willing to give Dipper TheTalk in "Carpet Diem", when you'd think he'd be the kind of character to avoid doing that. [[spoiler:Even if it was Mabel in Dipper's body. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's an odd show.]]]]
** In "Land before Swine" he [[spoiler: saves Waddles from a pterodactyl]] out of sheer love for Mabel.
** "Dreamscaperers" shows that even though Stan is tough on Dipper by making him do terrible chores like cleaning the toilet and chopping firewood, [[spoiler: he does it to toughen him up so he learns to fight back.]]
** In "Gideon Rises", when he feels like he finally lost to Gideon, he's very disheartened that the kids have to suffer with him too, and while down on his luck and almost out of money, with what little he has left he buys bus tickets to send the twins home. Thankfully though, it got better, but still.
** "Not What He Seems" and his back story show [[spoiler: his conman career was ten years in barely surviving poverty without even a high school diploma trying to earn his way back into his family,]] and that the only reason he's even been living in Gravity Falls for the last thirty years is [[spoiler: to fix the portal his brother built and bring him back to atone for accidentally sending him through it in the first place.]]
* JerkassRealization: After his petty grudge with Ford ended up ruining the chance to truly stop Bill, Stan realizes just how much of petty jerk he is to Ford and blames himself for it. The latter, having the same realization, reassures him that it's not entirely his fault and in the end, they finally decide to bury the hatchet in order to stop Bill in the process.
* KleptomaniacHero: Stan will gleefully and shamelessly steal anything he wants or needs. [[BrutalHonesty Often while outright saying it straight to the rightful owner's faces.]]
-->'''Man''': These wax statues come at a ''terrible price!''\\
'''Stan''': $20? I'll steal them while you're distracted.\\
'''Man''': What?\\
'''Stan''': I said I'm going to rob you.
* LaResistance: [[spoiler:Though he only gets one brief scene in "Weirdmageddon", in "Weirdmageddon Part 2" it turns out Stan was alive and well, hiding out in the Shack and leading a holdout against Bill]].
* LanternJawOfJustice: Though the "Justice" part is definitely in question.
* LargeHam: Part-and-parcel of being a showman, he tends to ham it up during tours of the Mystery Shack... of course, not that he doesn't display similar tendencies ''outside'' of that.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Despite [[spoiler:the reveal of him knowing all about the general weirdness of the town, he still seems to have no idea of Bill Cipher's existence, or that it's why Ford was so angry at him for turning the portal back on. Stan ''chose'' not to care because of personal grievances against his brother]].
* LovableRogue: While immoral, shady and sometimes outright criminal, Stan remains a beloved character, and makes it clear that he is good at heart- to the audience. The people in-universe are far less lenient; It's stated as early as the second episode that Stan has no friends ("The guys at the lodge don't 'like' or 'trust' me."), due to his dishonest business practices. His campaign for mayor was torpedoed by his own crime record, [[spoiler: "A Tale of Two Stans" strongly implies that his amoral tendencies were the reason he got disowned by his family, the accidental ruining of Ford's college admissions being TheLastStraw. His attempts to get rich through various scams and swindles all ended in failure. The only place a blatant criminal like Stan can operate more-or-less unhindered is Gravity Falls with its stupid populace.]]
* MadeOfIron: In "Not What He Seems", he gets slammed into a metal pipe hard enough to buckle the metal and crack the stone wall behind it, and he's ''completely unharmed''. Its shown in "The Tale of Two Stans" he's had this from childhood, as he didn't even notice the multiple splinters in his hands (from breaking a plank) until he saw them.
* MeanBoss: He yells at his employees a lot, [[JustifiedTrope but his strictness is how he can keep things in order]]. When Mabel acted as the BenevolentBoss, she was taken advantage of by Wendy and run up the wall by Soos' ineptitude.
* MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler: He sacrifices himself to save everyone from the resident SatanicArchetype, and he gets better soon after, but he will forever be remembered for it]].
* MiserAdvisor: Stan sometimes takes this role with the twins, especially Dipper.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: [[spoiler: Stan's belief in this is why he's so tough on Dipper. It's also why Stan's father had him take boxing lessons.]] Starting to move towards a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]], as it's shown that [[spoiler: his father's treatment of him gave him huge and long-lasting emotional scars. Not only that, but him singling Dipper out to give him this treatment made their relationship crash so badly Dipper was convinced Stan legitimately ''hated'' him and it nearly drove him to [[StoppedCaring stop caring]] about Stan completely. Despite Dipper now knowing that Stan is trying to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this, it still causes major underlying emotional tensions that haven't been entirely dealt with.]]
* MoneyFetish: Stan's love of money, sometimes borders on obsession, he shamelessly (and unnecessarily) strips when he get an opportunity to go in the money shower.
* MysteriousPast: He claims to be from the east coast originally, and that Gravity Falls is the only town where the police don't know where he is. "Not What He Seems" shows that he's accrued a number of false [=IDs=] over the years. It's revealed later on that he's from New Jersey, in "the lead paint district." [[spoiler: That said, there's still things we don't know, like how he was jailed in three countries and escaped, what he did when he "went around the world", and why he escaped a car trunk by chewing his way out.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:He accidentally sent his twin brother through an interdimensional portal during the middle of a nasty fight. He had spent years living with that memory on his mind. He had been collecting the Journals, hoping to one day be reunited with his long-lost brother.]]
* MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe: [[spoiler: After losing his twin brother Stanford to an alien dimension 30 years prior to the series, Stan took on his name and identity so as not to arouse suspicion. As of the real Stanford's return, he has been given until the end of the summer to return his identity to its rightful owner.]]
* NeverMyFault: Shows shades of this in ''Land Before Swine'' when he claims "It's not my fault your pig's potentially delicious!". [[spoiler: That said, it's still an improvement over how he used to be, with him telling his brother he ruined his life, only for his brother to shoot back that yes, Grunkle Stan ruined his own life.]] He's [[CharacterDevelopment grown out of this as the show's progressed]], being fully willing to acknowledge that he's screwed up. As proof of this, [[spoiler: he doesn't even end up blaming anyone for his own misfortunes in ''A Tale of Two Stans''. In the present, anyway. However he constantly blamed Ford for causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Yes, Ford ''did'' build the portal and it was a huge mistake and was a potential for disaster, but Stan is equally accountable for blatantly disregarding ''every single written instruction'' by Ford ''not'' to use the portal for any reason whatsoever, even if it was to save him, and Stan's one use of the portal led to the left over rift that Bill was able to open. That said, after ruining the destiny circle which almost gave Bill complete victory, Stan does come to realize this and even blames himself after seeing Bill nearly kill Dipper and Mabel]].
* NerdGlasses: Started wearing glasses as part of [[spoiler:his attempts to impersonate Ford. Since he never ''stops'' wearing them, it's probable he legitimately needs them now.]]
** [[WordofGod Alex Hirsch]] [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/651585206982348800 has confirmed that Stan has always needed glasses]], [[JustifiedTrope he just refused to wear them]] ''[[JustifiedTrope because]]'' [[JustifiedTrope he thought they made him look lame]].
* NiceHat: He's never seen without his fez, except in "Little Dipper" and when he goes on vacation in "Boss Mabel".
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** [[spoiler: He manages to get enough material to re-power the portal and bring his brother back into the main dimension. But unwittingly created a dimensional rift in the process which is why Ford was angry at him upon returning as he knows Bill needs the rift to cross over. However Stan is never told this.]]
** In the finale, [[spoiler: Ford manages to make a destiny circle that could potentially defeat Bill. However Stan was needed for it and, just as it was being powered up, got into an argument with Ford over grammar. This gave time for Bill to return and stop them, nearly costing everyone. Luckily Stan made up for it.]]
%% * TheNicknamer
* NotInFrontOfTheKid: As revealed in a security tape from "Not What He Seems", his frequent use of "GoshDarnItToHeck" actually stems from him making an effort to watch his language when Dipper and Mabel are around. He's quite gleeful when he gets a chance to ''actually'' cuss when he's alone.
-->'''Stan''' ''(drops a barrel [[spoiler:of radioactive waste]] on his foot)'' Gah! HOT BELGIAN WAFFLES! Wait... I'm alone! I can swear ''for real! (takes deep breath)'' SON OF A-- ([[MoodWhiplash Dipper pauses the tape]] [[CurseCutShort while Mabel]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny covers her ears]])
* NotSoDifferent: From Bill. Both are theatrical conmen with tons of charisma and guided by a ''ruthless'' personal objectivity, to the point where in the Weirdmageddon version of the show's intro, Stan is replaced by Bill predominantly. [[spoiler: It's this very shared trait that spells the end for Bill.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: "Boss Mabel" hints that Grunkle Stan might know more than he lets on. [[spoiler: "Gideon Rises" confirms it. Stan has had Journal #1 the whole time, and in this episode manages to obtain #2 from Gideon and #3 from Dipper. He uses them to activate some sort of machine, which began to use to search for his brother as of "Scary-oke".]]
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: Stan, a man old enough to be a great uncle, vs Gideon, a psychopathic child, though admittedly Stan usually takes a unwitting backseat to the twins when fighting Gideon.
* OneManArmy: Wipes the floor with the zombies attacking the Mystery Shack.
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted - [[spoiler: his name is actually Stanley (see DeadPersonImpersonation) and his brother's name is Stanford, though his brother has thankfully dispelled any confusion by preferring to be known as Great-Uncle Ford.]] The show chalks this up to his father being unimaginative.
* OnlySaneMan: [[spoiler: He's the only one in Gravity Falls who recognizes that all of the weird and supernatural happenings are '''highly dangerous''', which is why he tries to dissuade Dipper from investigating them.]]
* OutOfFocus: Rather jarringly too considering he is one of the main characters, but after [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E12ATaleOfTwoStans "A Tale of Two Stans"]], most of his appearances aren't tied to the MythArc of the series and his two focus episodes are {{Filler}} at best. Averted in the series finale where he gets a ton of focus regarding his resentment of [[spoiler: his brother. He is even the one who comes up with the plan that ultimately defeats Bill by performing a HeroicSacrifice.]]
* PapaWolf: Despite having very questionable morals and standards, he does obviously care about Mabel and Dipper. Enough to [[spoiler: drop some heavy, extensive research it took him ''years'' to find,]] in order to protect the twins from a group of hungry zombies, and ''winning''. He also tells [[spoiler: his brother Stanford]] to stay away from the Twins, mainly because [[spoiler: his research could put them in danger]].
** In the series finale he [[spoiler:pulls the old TwinSwitch with Ford on Bill, allowing him to trap the demon in his mind when Bill enters his head while Ford uses the Memory Eraser gun to delete both Stan's mind and Bill. He even manages to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu deliver a punch that destroys Bill]] before his mind is fully erased.]] Why? Because [[spoiler:Bill]] made the mistake of messing with his family.
* ParentalFavoritism:
** Was at the less fortunate end of this as a child.
** Subverted with Dipper and Mabel. Because he's more permissive and openly affectionate toward the latter, both kids assume that Mabel is his favorite, with [[TheUnfavorite Dipper even doubting whether Stan cares about him at all]] at one point. The truth is a lot more complicated as [[spoiler:Stan's own father figure was emotionally distant and Dipper strongly reminds him of both his estranged brother and his own younger self, leading Stan to be harder on him to toughen him up and spare him both his and his brother's mistakes]]. He has actually got a real soft spot for the boy as we see whenever he tries to give him advice, or when Mabel (in Dipper's body) tries to annoy him to assure Dipper doesn't get the new room, only for Stan to react with ''fondness'' and praise "Dipper" for finally standing up to him.
* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler:After Soos realized that [[DisappearedDad his father]] [[ParentalAbandonment ran away from his family]], Soos began working for Stan so that he can have a new father figure in his life.]]
* PermaStubble: Never grows a beard but never seems to shave.
* PetTheDog: Grunkle Stan gets a moment like this after feeling guilty for insulting Dipper and Mabel and lets each of them take anything they want from the Mystery Shack. In true Grunkle Stan fashion, he tells them to do it before he changes his mind. He also saves Waddles because he wants Mabel to talk to him again and in "Dreamscaperers" when we find out why he's so tough on Dipper.
* PlayingGertrude: Stan is 60+ years old. His voice actor, [[DescendedCreator series creator]] Creator/AlexHirsch just turned 30 in 2015.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Stan is a greedy shyster, [[spoiler: contrast his super-genius brother, Ford, who appears to be well-intentioned.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner: Delivers a fantastic one in the series finale [[spoiler:to Bill.]]
--> '''Stan''': You're a real wise guy, but you made one fatal mistake. [[PapaWolf You messed with my family.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: His claim [[spoiler:to have denied the existence of the supernatural in Gravity Falls was because he believed it to be dangerous. Considering how many of the strange things and oddities have tried to hurt the twins, he's got a point.]]
* RageBreakingPoint: He goes through one when Gideon takes the best pool chair in "The Deep End".
--->'''Grunkle Stan''': '''''GIDEON!''''' '''GET OUT OF MY''' '''''CHAIR, KID!!'''''
* RealityEnsues:
** Stan gets away with A LOT of crime, mostly due to RuleOfFunny, but the buck decidedly stops at [[spoiler:stealing toxic waste from the United States Government. Theft of government property NEVER goes unnoticed]].
** Also, [[spoiler: his criminal record gets him disqualified from the election of Gravity Falls' new mayor]].
** Despite Stan's good intentions, his treating Dipper as TheUnfavorite to [[ToughLove toughen him up]] (by mocking Dipper whenever the opportunity hits, making Dipper do most of the hard and dangerous work around the Shack, and refusing to express any positive feedback towards him lest he "get a big head") drove Dipper to dislike him immensely and almost destroyed their relationship entirely.
* RealMenWearPink: After the BigNo, Stan gets really into ''The Duchess Approves'' (think ''Series/DowntonAbbey'') in ''[[GravityFallsS1E5TheInconveniencing The Inconveniencing]]'' (to the point of throwing the TV out the window out of rage at one of the plot elements).
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to [[spoiler:his twin brother Ford's]] blue.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: His real name is Stanley, and he has a twin brother named Stanford, who is the author of the journals. When Stanford got flung into the portal, Stanley faked his death and took on Stanford's name and identity.]]
* RockBottom: Has ended up at this ''[[JerkassWoobie three times that we've seen]]'' in the show - [[spoiler: the first was when he was disowned and kicked out of the house while he was still in high school, the second was when he threw his brother into AnotherDimension, and the third was when Gideon kicked him out of his own house.]]
** It is hard to say whether the Colombian jail sentence was one of those, as he seemed pretty chipper about something that would be the low point of anybody else's life.
* SandInMyEyes: Two of the times we've ever seen Stan get teary-eyed (once during the funeral for his wax replica and the other when Mabel knit him an "Our Hero" sash), Stan has the tendency to say he's got something in them rather than admit he's crying.
* ScarsAreForever: [[spoiler:His tattoo is actually a burn scar he received during a scuffle with his brother Ford 30 years ago.]]
* {{Schemer}}: Stan is a very cunning man, and normally concocts a variety of schemes, normally to help him make more money.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: He's rude, grumpy and money-grubbing and makes no secret of it. He's also old, so he can get away with it.
* ScrewySquirrel: In "Little Shack of Horrors".
* SelfMadeMan: [[spoiler: Was disowned by his father before he even graduated high school, he spent years trying to enter personal sales himself, and after many failures finally found one that worked, namely the Mystery Shack.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Dipper's Sensitive Guy. Of the two Stan's more gruff and unfeeling, preferring to focus on more practical matters, also when working or doing something serious he is highly dedicated and a no nonsense figure. Unlike Dipper, he's also far better at hiding his fears and concerns, though he has his tells.
* SharpDressedMan: His default outfit.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: If Dipper and Ford actually managed to seal the rift which directly prevents Bill from unleashing Weirdmageddon, Stanley would have surely suffered this fate. Basically, the entire reason he worked for 30 years in the Shack is that he hoped that he could bring back his brother from the other dimension, after he accidentally sent him to it following a fight. He hoped to make up with his brother after all he had done. What he gets instead is Ford greeting him with a punch and outright refusing to forgive, thank or even reconcile with him, completely ignoring the fact that he wasted 30 years just to save him. Instead Stan is demanded to relinquish ownership of his identity and house and abandon the whole Mystery Shack forever. As a result, everything Stanley had done felt like a complete waste of his time and he disowns his brother in the process. Weirdmageddon helps subverts this by having Stan finally reconcile with his brother, the very thing that he strived to do in the first place and go out into the sea with Ford as his childhood dream.
* SitcomArchNemesis:
** With Gideon; until the events of "Gideon Rises", Stan never treats Gideon as a serious threat (except to his bottom line), but rather an irritating little pest who has to be occasionally swatted out of the Shack with a broom. Whenever they meet casually in public, they're shown to antagonize one another in exceedingly petty ways, and Stan's dialogue in "Dreamscaperers" implies that he's been foiled off-screen as well.
** Bud, as Stan's direct business competitor when it comes to scamming the townspeople, also gets this treatment; when their "truce" falls apart, Stan even steals a velvet clown painting from Bud's home and runs off. It only gets worse in "The Stanchurian Candidate", when both run for mayor and Bud immediately resorts to cheap shots.
* SkywardScream: In "Irrational Treasure" after going through a HumiliationConga:
-->'''Stan''': '''PIONEER DAY!!!!'''
* SmallNameBigEgo: Generally not liked among the town, despite playing himself up as this grand mysterious figure. The town eventually [[spoiler:warms up to him a bit after the events of "Gideon Rises".]]
* TheSmartGuy: Much like Dipper, Stan is a lot smarter and more cunning than he lets on. Scenes from "Not What He Seems" even show his report card with consistent As, except in Gym class. [[spoiler:However, it seems that report card was actually his brother's, with a flashback in "A Tale of Two Stans" presenting him as a comparatively lazy and poor student in comparison. Never the less, through pure effort he managed to teach himself nearly everything he knows.]]
* SmarterThanYouLook: Managed to outwit Gideon in "Little Dipper", Dipper in "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained: Stan's Tattoo", and even [[spoiler: Bill in the finale]]. [[spoiler: He also managed to teach himself enough about theoretical physics and the fringe science Ford was working on to restore the portal to working use. He only really needed the journals in order to figure out how to turn it back on when he had done so.]]
* SmokeOut: He enjoys using smoke bombs, in his showmanship with the mystery shack, to further entertain and con the masses into giving him money.
* SnakeOilSalesman: Once tried to market shards of broken glass as rare and valuable crystals, and sells spray-painted rocks under the guise of them being gold nuggets. It's later revealed that he spent a lot of time as this before he came to run the Mystery Shack. It went horribly wrong, with him managing to become BannedFromArgo in almost every state in the country.
** [[spoiler: It's this quality that makes Ford believe Stan would've seen right through Bill Cipher's trickery at the very first moment.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler: The one Pines Bill never took interest in was the one Pines he should have always watched out for.]]
* StealthMentor: Making Dipper do difficult chores is Stan's sneaky way of preparing him to fight back as revealed in "Dreamscaperers". It seems to be working.
* StepfordSmiler: A minor case; Stan seems to genuinely love most aspects of his life, such as scamming people and spending time with his young charges, "A Tale of Two Stans" [[spoiler: hints that underneath it all is a man who's haunted by the guilt of sending his brother into another dimension. After Ford comes back and makes clear his intent to take back his house and name after the summer, Stan covers it up with his usual gruff nature.]]
* StreetSmart: As expected of any self-respecting carny, Stan is shrewd, has a knack for deception, and is good at thinking on his feet.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: "Dreamscaperers" shows that Stan looks a lot like his father. Kid Stan even looks a little like Dipper. [[spoiler: Stan and his brother also look extremely similar to each other, to the point where in the past it was possible to confuse them. And, as Bill discovers to his chagrin, even in the modern day after a clothes swap.]]
* SurroundedByIdiots: Especially when it comes to [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Soos]] and [[TheSlacker Wendy]].
--> I'd fire all of you if I could.
* TallDarkAndHandsome[=/=]TallDarkAndSnarky: Believe it or not. It's more noticeable in "Little Dipper", when he's seen without his fez.
* TechnologicallyBlindElders: He mistook a CD for a record player, and doesn't know what "texting a photo to someone" is. When Gideon claims to have kidnapped Dipper and Mabel in "Little Dipper" and offers to send him proof, Stan can't even understand him.
-->'''Gideon''': I have them in my possession! You don't believe me? I will text you a photo!\\
'''Stan''': "Text me a photo?" Now you're not even speakin' English!\\
'''Gideon''': But-\\
'''Stan''': (hangs up)
* ThemeTwinNaming: [[spoiler: He and his twin brother (The Author) are named Stanley and Stanford, respectively]].
* ThickerThanWater: Stan would risk causing the apocalypse to [[spoiler: bring back his brother.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: In his youth, he was severely picked on; Stan's dad had him take boxing lessons, and in his senior years, he still knows how to fight.
* TookALevelInKindness: He becomes a much nicer person in season 2, which must be due to his [[spoiler:confession knowing about all the weirdness in Gravity Falls all along.]]
* TopHeavyGuy: Cuts quite a triangular figure while wearing his tux; even without it on, he's been shown to have [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/gravityfalls/images/f/fe/S1e17_stocking_up_for_apocalypse.png a very broad chest and shoulders, thick arms, and skinny legs]] (it all just happens to get a little overshadowed by his gut).
* ToughLove: A [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstruction]]. Stan's father, Filbrick Pines, was an [[ParentalAbuse emotionally abusive]] {{Jerkass}}. Stan, however, seems to have read his actions as tough love even if it most definitely wasn't, and decided that following dad's example was the best way to toughen up Dipper. [[RealityEnsues It made their relationship crash so badly Dipper became convinced Stan hated him and wanted him gone]]. Even with knowing Stan does care, there are still signs Dipper's keeping a lot of bad feelings about this bottled up.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: He's shown in one episode to like Toffee Peanuts. It's to the point where, [[spoiler: in the very same episode, in a flashback to back when he and Ford were in high school, a bag of Toffee Peanuts at the scene was all Ford needed to incriminate Stan for sabotaging his science experiment]].
* {{Tritagonist}}: Stan gets the third largest amount of focus, after Dipper and Mabel.
* {{Tsundere}}: Shows shades of a platonic form of this towards the kids at times. He tries to continue this act during the series finale (in a [[TearJerker gut wrenching]] kind of way).
--> '''Stan Pines''': (tearfully) [[BlatantLies You kids were nothing but a nuisance and I'm glad to be ridda ya.]]
* TheUnfavorite: Was this in his family since he apparently didn't contribute to them as a teenager. And really got strengthened when his father threw him out of the house after he [[spoiler:accidentally broke Stanford's machine and ruined his chances to go to his dream college]]. His father even accused him of [[spoiler:riding on his brother's coattails]].
* UnreliableNarrator: In a number of his flashbacks, [[spoiler: he's designed to look like a composite between himself and Ford (not to mention his memories painting his dad as being not a heartless jackass).]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:All of Stan's efforts to bring his brother back (after having set in motion the chain of events that trapped him offworld in the first place) created a chain of bad events that lead up to the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. His efforts to bring Ford back left behind an unstable dimensional rift, every subsequent event related to that MacGuffin slowly created tension between Dipper and Mabel, especially with Dipper spending more time with Ford. Mabel's broken emotional state over the idea of being apart from Dipper made her vulnerable to Bill Cipher's manipulations. It doesn't help that Stan disregarded every warning against using the portal, and now everyone, including himself has to suffer the consequences of his foolishness. He also agitated the first signs of an emotional rift between Mabel and Dipper by joining with and at times even encouraging Mabel to pick on Dipper for the sake of "humorous" jokes. This alienated Dipper emotionally from both Stan and Mabel, adding to the reasons Dipper would choose to spend most of his time with Ford when he arrived--since not only was Ford his idol, but he also didn't pick on Dipper like the rest of the family. It's this choice that convinced Mabel her paranoia over their relationship was legitimate, which built until she reached her breaking point in "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future".]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Growing up, he wasn't much of a troublemaker. However, [[spoiler:getting disowned by his family]] forced him to become a criminal just to survive, resulting in the bitter old man that he is today.
* VanityLicensePlate: If you look closely, the plate on Grunkle Stan's car says "STNLY MBL." Which is odd, since according to Gideon, his full name is 'Stanford'. [[spoiler: His real name is actually Stanley, but he faked his death and took up his brother's name Stanford while he went missing in the portal]].
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving:
** He used to have a crush on Lazy Susan. But when he finally went out on a date with her, he decided that she looked "weird up close", and quickly bailed.
** [[spoiler: He spent thirty years desperately trying to rescue his brother from the portal, only to be reminded of how strained their relationship was once Stanford was back. It's not a total loss however, as Stan does want Dipper's happiness, and if his brother can make that happen, he won't stand in their way.]]
* WeirdnessCensor: [[spoiler: {{Subverted|Trope}}. If the end of "Gideon Rises" tells us anything, he knew about all the weird stuff. In "Scaryoke" he all out admits to knowing, but claimed otherwise in an attempt to keep Dipper and Mabel from getting too close and being in danger.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: [[spoiler:Disowned by his father for accidentally ruining their chance at a fortune, Stan spent years trying and make money to be accepted back. Fittingly, one of the books he owns is called ''Daddy Issues'']].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Was willing to [[spoiler:risk [[DivideByZero the destruction of the universe]] if it meant seeing his brother Ford again. He did, but as a result created an inter-dimensional rift capable of bridging the physical world with one of pure nightmare, which was why his brother was uncomfortable with Stan using the portal to save him in the first place. While Ford managed to contain the rift at first, Stan having saved him at all set off a chain of events that threw the Pines Family dynamic into disarray, ending with the rift getting released into the world anyway]].
* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler:In their childhood, Stan and his brother Stanford were each other's OnlyFriend and did everything together. Because of an accident and their father throwing Stan out for costing their family a fortune and Stanford his dream school, their relationship was strained. Over 10 years later, Stanford called Stan to Gravity Falls. It wasn't to reconcile, but to ask him to hide the last of his journals and he still blames him for ruining his chances, despite Stanford managing to still gain a [=Ph.D.=] and a large amount of money. Their fight landed Stanford in another dimension that Stan has been trying to free him from 30 years, only to receive no thanks and a demand that Stanford get his life back at the end of the Summer. As shown near the end of "A Tale of Two Stans", it seems the two want to reconcile (particularly Stan), but are too bitter over how their lives have gone, and Stanford being trapped in another dimension, have made this near impossible. Dipper seems to have hope they can repair this]].
* WhatTheHellHero: In "Not What He Seems", Dipper comes to his breaking point when Stan [[spoiler:begs them to trust him about the Portal despite having lied to them about everything else.]]
-->'''Dipper''': And I should trust you ''why?!'' After you [[spoiler:stole radioactive waste?]] After you [[spoiler:lied to us all summer?! I don't even know who you are!]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He was afraid of heights, though he has since been cured.
* WouldHurtAChild: He has no compunction with smacking Gideon around with a broom, although Gideon [[EnfantTerrible more than deserves it.]]
-->'''Stan''': Soos, broom.\\
'''Gideon''': Oh no, not the broom!
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Mild example. He's possibly 58 or, at most, in his early sixties. Darlene mistakes him for over seventy. It's only that noticeable as he has a [[spoiler: fraternal twin brother]] who looks exactly as you'd expect it from a reasonably active 58 year old[[note]] though it is possible that time moves differently beyond the portal and that Stanford is actually younger[[/note]], while Stan wound up with a lot more grey hair and health issues due to a life of stress, [[spoiler: on-and-off poverty,]] and the resulting bad habits. On top of that, he has FatSlob tendencies and has a tendency to be extremely lazy around the Shack.
[[Characters/GravityFallsGrunkleStan here]].
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* OutNumberedSibling: Wendy has three brothers and is the only girl in the family.

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* OutNumberedSibling: OutnumberedSibling: Wendy has three brothers and is the only girl in the family.
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* MadeOfIron: In "Not What He Seems", he gets slammed into a metal pipe hard enough to buckle the metal and crack the stone wall behind it, and he's ''completely unharmed''. Its shown in "The Tale Of Two Stan's" he's had this from childhood, as he didn't even notice the multiple splinters in his hands (from breaking a plank) until he saw them.

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* MadeOfIron: In "Not What He Seems", he gets slammed into a metal pipe hard enough to buckle the metal and crack the stone wall behind it, and he's ''completely unharmed''. Its shown in "The Tale Of of Two Stan's" Stans" he's had this from childhood, as he didn't even notice the multiple splinters in his hands (from breaking a plank) until he saw them.



* OutOfFocus: Rather jarringly too considering he is one of the main characters, but after [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E12ATaleOfTwoStans "A Tale Of Two Stans"]], most of his appearances aren't tied to the MythArc of the series and his two focus episodes are {{Filler}} at best. Averted in the series finale where he gets a ton of focus regarding his resentment of [[spoiler: his brother. He is even the one who comes up with the plan that ultimately defeats Bill by performing a HeroicSacrifice.]]

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* OutOfFocus: Rather jarringly too considering he is one of the main characters, but after [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E12ATaleOfTwoStans "A Tale Of of Two Stans"]], most of his appearances aren't tied to the MythArc of the series and his two focus episodes are {{Filler}} at best. Averted in the series finale where he gets a ton of focus regarding his resentment of [[spoiler: his brother. He is even the one who comes up with the plan that ultimately defeats Bill by performing a HeroicSacrifice.]]



* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler:In their childhood, Stan and his brother Stanford were each other's OnlyFriend and did everything together. Because of an accident and their father throwing Stan out for costing their family a fortune and Stanford his dream school, their relationship was strained. Over 10 years later, Stanford called Stan to Gravity Falls. It wasn't to reconcile, but to ask him to hide the last of his journals and he still blames him for ruining his chances, despite Stanford managing to still gain a PHD and a large amount of money. Their fight landed Stanford in another dimension that Stan has been trying to free him from 30 years, only to receive no thanks and a demand that Stanford get his life back at the end of the Summer. As shown near the end of "A Tale of Two Stans", it seems the two want to reconcile (particularly Stan), but are too bitter over how their lives have gone, and Stanford being trapped in another dimension, have made this near impossible. Dipper seems to have hope they can repair this]].

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* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler:In their childhood, Stan and his brother Stanford were each other's OnlyFriend and did everything together. Because of an accident and their father throwing Stan out for costing their family a fortune and Stanford his dream school, their relationship was strained. Over 10 years later, Stanford called Stan to Gravity Falls. It wasn't to reconcile, but to ask him to hide the last of his journals and he still blames him for ruining his chances, despite Stanford managing to still gain a PHD [=Ph.D.=] and a large amount of money. Their fight landed Stanford in another dimension that Stan has been trying to free him from 30 years, only to receive no thanks and a demand that Stanford get his life back at the end of the Summer. As shown near the end of "A Tale of Two Stans", it seems the two want to reconcile (particularly Stan), but are too bitter over how their lives have gone, and Stanford being trapped in another dimension, have made this near impossible. Dipper seems to have hope they can repair this]].
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