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** When you shake hands with someone you usually don't look at the handshake anyway unless you have a reason to. The thought didn't occur to Bill so he wasn't looking to see if the number of fingers were correct.
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*** FreakyFridaySwitch has more on this.
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** Has it ever been said when the Shape Shifter transforms he gains the powers of the creature he turned too as well, or is it simply in appearance?
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* Why Oregon? [[TruthInTelevision Maybe because it has more ghost towns in it than any other state]].
** Oregon is the location of a real-life tourist trap called the House of Mystery.

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* Why Oregon? [[TruthInTelevision Maybe because it has more ghost towns in it than any other state]].
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state]]. Oregon is the location of a real-life tourist trap called the House of Mystery.



* Why is marrying woodpeckers legal in Gravity Falls? [[spoiler: Trembley legalized it before his disappearance.]]
* The titular town was founded when a frontiersman rode his horse off of a cliff. Perhaps he named it after he realized, [[TitleDrop gravity falls]].
** In addition, we see a bit of symbolism of gravity reversing itself-- in the trailer for "Not What He Seems" and in the opening.

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* Why is marrying woodpeckers legal in Gravity Falls? [[spoiler: Trembley legalized it before his disappearance.]]
disappearance.
* The titular town was founded when a frontiersman rode his horse off of a cliff. Perhaps he named it after he realized, [[TitleDrop gravity falls]].
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falls]]. In addition, we see a bit of symbolism of gravity reversing itself-- in the trailer for "Not What He Seems" and in the opening.



** Most of Grunkle Stan's accessories play into him being a conman with an image. He carries a cane without needing to use it, and wears an eyepatch even though he's got both his eyes.

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** * Most of Grunkle Stan's accessories play into him being a conman with an image. He carries a cane without needing to use it, and wears an eyepatch even though he's got both his eyes.



* Whole forums have been dedicated to trying to decipher the possible meanings behind the various alchemy and rune symbols found in the book and background stills.



* The series began on 6/15/12 and ended on 2/15/16.
** According to Alex Hirsch, this was just a coincidence.

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* The series began on 6/15/12 and ended on 2/15/16.
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2/15/16. According to Alex Hirsch, this was just a coincidence.



* When Mabel introduced her "boyfriend Norman", I was confused as to why no one raised an eyebrow to Mabel dating an older teenager. Stan isn't that good of a parent, but it seemed like Dipper would've questioned that instead of just Norman's potential zombosity. Though after learning that Dipper has a crush on Wendy, it makes sense. It would've been hypocrisy.

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* When Mabel introduced her "boyfriend Norman", I was confused as to why does no one raised raise an eyebrow to Mabel dating an older teenager. teenager? Stan isn't that good of a parent, but it seemed like Dipper would've questioned that instead of just Norman's potential zombosity. Though after learning that Dipper has a crush on Wendy, it makes sense. It would've been hypocrisy.



* If think about it, not all of Mabel's 'other fluids' were particularly nasty. In fact, we even see during the working montage that she licks the paintbrush at one point. So one of the other fluids, while the rest are still up for debate, was simply her saliva.
** It's a rare craft project that doesn't get bled on at some point.

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* If you think about it, not all of Mabel's 'other fluids' were particularly nasty. In fact, we even see during the working montage that she licks the paintbrush at one point. So one of the other fluids, while the rest are still up for debate, was simply her saliva.
** It's a rare craft project that doesn't get bled on at some point.
saliva.



** That or his voice actor, in which case whether it's a TearJerker or a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming CMOH]] we'll likely never know.



* Why did Robbie claim he didn't remember meeting Dipper at the convenience store? [[spoiler: Thanks to the Blind Eye, he forgot.]]
* Pay close attention to the maze on the side of the cereal box in "The Inconveniencing". ''It's impossible to solve''.
** Actually, the maze has three openings. One labelled "Start", one labelled "Freedom", and one that's unlabeled. It's possible to go from "Start" to the unlabeled one, but not to "Freedom". Weird design.
*** The unlabeled one could just be marked with [[NothingIsScarier what it leads to]].

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* Why did Robbie claim he didn't remember meeting Dipper at the convenience store? [[spoiler: Thanks to the Blind Eye, he forgot.]]
* Pay close attention to the maze on the side of the cereal box in "The Inconveniencing". ''It's impossible to solve''.
** Actually, the
The maze has three openings. One labelled "Start", one labelled "Freedom", and one that's unlabeled. It's possible to go from "Start" to the unlabeled one, but not to "Freedom". Weird design.
*** The unlabeled one could just be marked with [[NothingIsScarier what it leads to]].
design.



** The whole Dipper plotline could be interpreted as some sort of feral bar mitzvah on steroids.
*** [[StealthPun A bear mitzvah]]!

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** The whole Dipper plotline could be interpreted as some sort of feral bar mitzvah on steroids. \n*** [[StealthPun A bear mitzvah]]!



* Why does Robbie claim he doesn't remember meeting Dipper at the convenience store? [[spoiler: Thanks to the Blind Eye, he forgot.]]



* How did the eight babies Trembly put on the Supreme Court not grow up while Trembly was gone all these years? He froze them in peanut brittle too!
** I had always assumed the end credits scene was a flashback. But the babies do explain why he never officially lost the title of President; the Head Justice of the Supreme Court needs to preside over the impeachment hearing

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* How did the eight babies Trembly put on the Supreme Court not grow up while Trembly was gone all these years? He froze them in peanut brittle too!
** I had always assumed the end credits scene was a flashback. But the
The babies do explain why he Trembley never officially lost the title of President; the Head Justice of the Supreme Court needs to preside over the impeachment hearinghearing.



* In "The Time Traveler's Pig", Blendin Blandin travels back in time for a brief moment to a costume store that stood where he was 15 years prior. When he comes back after returning the costume, he pats some flames on his jumpsuit. Guess we know what happened to the costume store.
** Even with the same thing happening to Dipper later in the episode, it has some funny implications.
* Also from "The Time Traveler's Pig," Blendin throws something at Mabel while shouting "Memory Wipe!" only for Mabel to point out it's a ''baby'' wipe. At first it just seems like a silly gag, but then at the episode's end we see [[spoiler: Blendin's superior...]].
** The reason Blendin thought throwing the baby wipe in Mabel's face would work? The Time-Baby doesn't have ''object permanence''.

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* In "The Time Traveler's Pig", Blendin Blandin travels back in time for a brief moment to a costume store that stood where he was 15 years prior. When he comes back after returning the costume, he pats some flames on his jumpsuit. Guess we know what happened to the costume store. \n** Even with the same thing happening to Dipper later in the episode, it has some funny implications.
* Also from "The Time Traveler's Pig," Blendin throws something at Mabel while shouting "Memory Wipe!" only for Mabel to point out it's a ''baby'' wipe. At first it just seems like a silly gag, but then at the episode's end we see [[spoiler: Blendin's superior...]].
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]]. The reason Blendin thought throwing the baby wipe in Mabel's face would work? The Time-Baby doesn't have ''object permanence''.



* Why hasn't Stan fixed his shop sign (the missing 'S') after episode 3? [[spoiler: Because in "Fight Fighters" we discover he has a fear of heights]]
** In "Little Dipper" it's still not fixed. Maybe the 'S' is just that heavy. Or, know, he's lazy.
*** Well, the stuffed Jackalope he had broke in episode one and he didn't fix it until episode 10... so maybe it's a combination of the two.
*** It'd be Soos' job to fix it anyway though. I guess he takes Stan's "don't go on the roof" rule from ep. 5 very, very seriously.
** Also explains why the ladder to the roof is covered with a tarp.



* Between Stan being mere feet from Rumble Mc[=Skirmish=] (well, horizontally, anyway) in "Fight Fighters" and the fact that if not for his hall of mirrors he would've been shrunk in "Little Dipper", it seems the show is deliberately trying to see just how close they can bring him to the town's weirdness without him actually finding out about it. Given that we know the Shack has special properties and Stan has some sort of secret lair, it's less stretching the WeirdnessCensor gag and more teasing out how Stan will react when confronted about the town's happenings. It's also interesting to note that the show has no problems letting the rest of the townsfolk in on the secrets, with Soos, Wendy, Robbie and Mabel's friends almost casually finding this stuff out, so perhaps Stan's ignorance is narratively important for some reason beyond giving him friction with Dipper?
** Who says he's unaware? Maybe he knows exactly what's going on and is trying to hide it from Dipper and Mabel. Unsuccessfully.
*** [[spoiler: While the last two episodes of S1 heavily imply it, the S2 premiere confirms that he has always been aware of everything going on.]]



* The amazing stroke of luck in being in a hall made of mirrors just when Gideon has a shrinking ray makes more sense after TheReveal that [[spoiler: he always knew about the town's weirdness and is just pretending not to.]] He deliberately set them up for the occasion so that it looked like a coincidence. Also, that explains why apparently he doesn't react to a chess piece suddenly turning giant and breaking through the roof [[spoiler: also, that's how he knew about the ray, so he began setting the mirrors up, just in chase.]]

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* The amazing stroke of luck in of Stan being in a hall made of mirrors just when Gideon has a shrinking ray makes more sense after TheReveal that [[spoiler: he always knew about the town's weirdness and is just pretending not to.]] He deliberately set them up for the occasion so that it looked like a coincidence. Also, that explains why apparently he doesn't react to a chess piece suddenly turning giant and breaking through the roof roof, [[spoiler: also, that's how he knew about the ray, so he began setting the mirrors up, just in chase.]]



* In "Bottomless Pit", Mabel's story is the last story, [[spoiler: and the only true one. After she tells it, the four come out the hole the way they came. The truth set her free]]. Even better since the story had a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop about lying.
** As well, it makes sense that Mabel's story is the only true one, as it is shown in the story that she has trouble with lying.

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* In "Bottomless Pit", Mabel's story is the last story, [[spoiler: and the only true one. After she tells it, the four come out the hole the way they came. The truth set her free]]. Even better since the story had a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop about lying.
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lying. As well, it makes sense that Mabel's story is the only true one, as it is shown in the story that she has trouble with lying.



* Knowing how much Soos loves the twins, it makes sense that his story ends with that as TheAesop, but then why would he make himself endanger them? That's the perfect way to show how humble he is: he could picture himself as perfect, but doesn't.
** Also, the story is about putting the twins above his life goal. [[spoiler: Foreshadowing how he will put the twins even above Stan, whom he considers a father figure.]]
* This doesn't pay off until later, but Stan admits he regularly commits massive tax fraud. It starts as a joke about him being greedy, but [[spoiler:with the reveal he stole Ford's identity, it takes another meaning. He's been doing the taxes as Ford! That is automatically fraud too.]] This doesn't discount normal fraud though.

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* Knowing how much Soos loves the twins, it makes sense that his story ends with that as TheAesop, but then why would he make himself endanger them? That's the perfect way to show how humble he is: he could picture himself as perfect, but doesn't.
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doesn't. Also, the story is about putting the twins above his life goal. [[spoiler: Foreshadowing how he will put the twins even above Stan, whom he considers a father figure.]]
* This doesn't pay off until much later, but Stan admits he regularly commits massive tax fraud. It starts as a joke about him being greedy, but [[spoiler:with the reveal he stole Ford's identity, it takes another meaning. He's been doing the taxes as Ford! That is automatically fraud too.]] This doesn't discount normal fraud though.



* When Dipper and Mabel have their FreakyFridayFlip, most people would obviously notice the GettingCrapPastTheRadar with Stan wanting to tell Mabel (in Dipper's body) about the birds in the bees, and then being forced to listen about, among other things, details about boys' perspective of sex. But here's the interesting part; Grenda was bringing "age-inappropriate novels" to their sleepover, and Dipper (in Mabel's body) is forced to listen to "female-oriented smut" (as Nostalgia Critic would say), meaning, sex from a girl's perspective. Both got to listen to intercourse details from the opposite gender's point of view, so they both got their fair share of uncomfortable, embarrassing information to swallow.
** The ironic thing is, these flipped perspectives may actually help them a lot later in life... assuming they don't repress them.

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* When Dipper and Mabel have their FreakyFridayFlip, most people would obviously notice the GettingCrapPastTheRadar with Stan wanting to tell Mabel (in Dipper's body) about the birds in the bees, and then being forced to listen about, among other things, details about boys' perspective of sex. But here's the interesting part; Grenda was bringing "age-inappropriate novels" to their sleepover, and Dipper (in Mabel's body) is forced to listen to "female-oriented smut" (as Nostalgia Critic would say), meaning, sex from a girl's perspective. Both got to listen to intercourse details from the opposite gender's point of view, so they both got their fair share of uncomfortable, embarrassing information to swallow.
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swallow. The ironic thing is, these flipped perspectives may actually help them a lot later in life... assuming they don't repress them.



* What's the name of the band composed solely by clones? [[SendInTheClones Sev'ral]] [[ExpendableClone times]].
** And their producer's name is [[MeaningfulName Bratzman]].

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* What's the name of the band composed solely by clones? [[SendInTheClones Sev'ral]] [[ExpendableClone times]].
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times]]. And their producer's name is [[MeaningfulName Bratzman]].



* [[spoiler: Stan's father made him take boxing. Guess we know how he overpowered the pterodactyl now.]]
** Also explains why the wax dummies didn't dare to attack Stan without the element of surprise.

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* [[spoiler: Stan's father made him take boxing. Guess we know how he overpowered the pterodactyl now.]]
**
]] Also explains why the wax dummies didn't dare to attack Stan without the element of surprise.



* When Gideon demands that Bill enter the mind of Stan to get the safe combination, Bill apparently needs a moment to know who he's talking about, but then his eye widens as if Stan were significant to him personally. [[spoiler: It turns out Bill didn't need to "remember" anything; he was ''confused'' -- because ''he had only known the '''one''' Stan Pines'', and he knew ''he'' had been lost to the portal. When he realized Stanford had a brother, it dawned on him then and there that he had another chance to succeed.]]

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* When Gideon demands that Bill enter the mind of Stan to get the safe combination, Bill apparently needs a moment to know who he's talking about, but then his eye widens as if Stan were significant to him personally. [[spoiler: It turns out Bill didn't need to "remember" anything; he was ''confused'' -- because ''he had only known the '''one''' Stan Stanford Pines'', and he knew ''he'' had been lost to the portal. When he realized Stanford had a brother, it dawned on him then and there that he had another chance to succeed.]]



* Why was Bill not all upset about losing at the end of Dreamscapers? You can assume that it's because it's not big deal and he can come back later from losing, but if you look at some of the images he displayed to Gideon you see [[spoiler: the torn off hand of his giant robot from the next episode and the jail that Gideon would be sent to.]] Bill showed the end of Gideon Rises, but it didn't make sense to anyone but him. Everything went exactly as he knew it would.
** In addition, he saw that even though he didn't get what he wanted from Gideon, he saw the Pines losing to Gideon and probably was gloating from that, while employing PragmaticVillainy.

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* Why was Bill not all upset about losing at the end of Dreamscapers? You can assume that it's because it's not big deal and he can come back later from losing, but if you look at some of the images he displayed to Gideon you see [[spoiler: the torn off hand of his giant robot from the next episode and the jail that Gideon would be sent to.]] Bill showed the end of Gideon Rises, but it didn't make sense to anyone but him. Everything went exactly as he knew it would. \n** In addition, he saw that even though he didn't get what he wanted from Gideon, he saw the Pines losing to Gideon and probably was gloating from that, while employing PragmaticVillainy.



** Another one relating to this scene. Stan says that Dipper reminds him of himself as a kid, and it's true they have some traits in common. But Dipper's bookish and awkward personality is less like Stan's and more like Ford's. Stan doesn't just see himself in Dipper, but his brother too (though obviously he doesn't say that - at this point he wouldn't even admit that his brother existed). By trying to toughen Dipper up, he's also helping his nephew avoid ending up too much like Ford, who always needed Stan around to protect him.

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** * Another one relating to this scene. Stan says that Dipper reminds him of himself as a kid, and it's true they have some traits in common. But Dipper's bookish and awkward personality is less like Stan's and more like Ford's. Stan doesn't just see himself in Dipper, but his brother too (though obviously he doesn't say that - at this point he wouldn't even admit that his brother existed). By trying to toughen Dipper up, he's also helping his nephew avoid ending up too much like Ford, who always needed Stan around to protect him.



** On another level Dipper was able to outfight and outhink Gideon in a single gesture (catching Gideon's punch and whacking him with his own hand, making the robot do the same), proving the little brat wrong about him having "no muscles and no brains".
* This could likely count as FridgeHorror as well, but why did Robbie [[spoiler: show up in "Gideon Rises" chasing Wendy with a boombox?]] ''He's trying to use the music to brainwash her into getting back together with him.''
** Or he's sorta missing the point of their breakup and created his own music to apologize for trying to pass off another artist's work as his own. There's not really enough information to draw a decisive conclusion.

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** * On another level level, Dipper was able to outfight and outhink Gideon in a single gesture (catching Gideon's punch and whacking him with his own hand, making the robot do the same), proving the little brat wrong about him having "no muscles and no brains".
* This could likely count as FridgeHorror as well, but why did Robbie [[spoiler: show up in "Gideon Rises" chasing Wendy with a boombox?]] ''He's trying to use the music to brainwash her into getting back together with him.''
** Or he's sorta missing the point of their breakup and created his own music to apologize for trying to pass off another artist's work as his own. There's not really enough information to draw a decisive conclusion.
brains".



* This counts as FridgeHorror as well but remember in "Gideon Rises" where Gideon makes Waddles the pig Gideonland's mascot "Lil Gideon Jr."? Well when you think about it, he probably knows that's Mabel's pig and renaming it "Lil' Gideon Jr." means that he wants Mabel's baby...
** Isn't it more because it's a bigger slap-in-the-face to the Pine's family taking away something Mabel loved so much? Also, by that point doesn't he have what each of them prizes most? Stan's Mystery Shack, Dipper's book, and Mabel's beloved Waddles?
* [[spoiler: Blendin's cameo in "Gideon Rises". He walks away ''before'' Stan's car knocks the other car near him. Time traveler, remember?]]

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* This counts as FridgeHorror as well but remember in "Gideon Rises" where Gideon makes Waddles the pig Gideonland's mascot "Lil Gideon Jr."? Well when you think about it, he probably knows that's Mabel's pig and renaming it "Lil' Gideon Jr." means that he wants Mabel's baby...
** Isn't it more because it's a bigger slap-in-the-face to the Pine's family taking away something Mabel loved so much? Also, by that point doesn't he have what each of them prizes most? Stan's Mystery Shack, Dipper's book, and Mabel's beloved Waddles?
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Blendin's cameo in "Gideon Rises". He walks away ''before'' Stan's car knocks the other car near him. Time traveler, remember?]]remember?



* Back up to the first episode. Dipper mentions how the pages just stop as if the person writing them disappeared suddenly and never finished. Right after reading about how the author thinks they are being watched, and has to hide the journal. Now for the question that reveals what this troper is getting at. If you believe you're being monitored by something supernatural, or something that can use the supernatural, why would you go back to said hiding place to update your secret journal?
** [[spoiler: In addition, consider where Book 3 was hidden...right next to the secret bunker! The author could have (or at least planned to) hide the book then go into the fallout shelter where he/she had supplies to survive for decades.]]

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* Back up to the first episode. Dipper mentions how the pages just stop as if the person writing them disappeared suddenly and never finished. Right after reading about how the author thinks they are being watched, and has to hide the journal. Now for the question that reveals what this troper is getting at. If you believe you're being monitored by something supernatural, or something that can use the supernatural, why would you go back to said hiding place to update your secret journal?
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journal? [[spoiler: In addition, consider where Book 3 was hidden...right next to the secret bunker! The author could have (or at least planned to) hide the book then go into the fallout shelter where he/she he had supplies to survive for decades.]]



* In 'Into The Bunker', Mabel comments that Dipper's internet history is 'creepy'. It actually makes sense since Dipper is pretty much a paranormal investigator, so most of his internet history must be focused on supernatural phenomena, cryptozoology, demonology and similar creepy/scary subjects.
** A Bill-themed AMA confirmed that his history involved lots of redheads, so she might have been referring to [[TheInternetIsForPorn the other thing]] too.

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* In 'Into The Bunker', Mabel comments that Dipper's internet history is 'creepy'. It actually makes sense since Dipper is pretty much a paranormal investigator, so most of his internet history must be focused on supernatural phenomena, cryptozoology, demonology and similar creepy/scary subjects.
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subjects. A Bill-themed AMA confirmed that his history involved lots of redheads, so she might have been referring to [[TheInternetIsForPorn the other thing]] too.



* [[FreezeFrameBonus Take a look at the laptop screen right as it starts up]]. It has a PointlessBandAid on it. Now take a look at the page image for PointlessBandAid

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* [[FreezeFrameBonus Take a look at the laptop screen right as it starts up]]. It has a PointlessBandAid on it. Now take a look at the page image for PointlessBandAidPointlessBandAid.



*** Crossing over into FridgeHorror, the end of the episode showed that [[spoiler: he actually could possess a sock puppet like Dipper did, thus making the choice of Dipper's body as the puppet an even worse example of [[KickTheDog Kick The Dog]]]]
*** It's possible that [[spoiler: Bill is only as good as the body he possesses; one of Mabel's sock puppets wouldn't have the necessary strength to destroy the Laptop or the Journal]].



* Bill seems to randomly appear in this episode, when Gideon summoned him in "Dreamscaperers." What played on the laptop first, however? [[spoiler: A presentation of the portal that is a bridge between our world and Bill's.]] For some reason [[spoiler: either Ford or Old Man [=McGucket=]]] programmed the laptop that would summon Bill every time it was turned on, without needing complicated rituals. @#$%&! . . .
** [[spoiler: Seems like it was Ford, as McGucket had nothing to do with Bill. Since Ford thought of Bill as a friend, he didn't see a problem with summoning his friend regularly and easing the process]]
* This Troper was confused by the fact that Bill was going to destroy the Journal since he [[spoiler: wanted the portal to be opened.]] Wasn't there important information on [[spoiler: how to operate it]] in the Journal? Then, I remembered. Destroying the Journal wouldn't destroy the [[spoiler: information about the portal; Stan already photocopied it as shown in "Scary-Oke," so the person who was actually going to [=use=] the portal would still have the necessary information!]]
* While possessing Dipper, Bill grabs a soda and says "I'm going to drink it like a person!" and proceeds to pour it into his mouth and both eyes. At the time everyone thought he was just messing around but in Weirdmageddon Part 3 we see he drinks through his eye. It's quite possible he thought he was drinking like he was supposed to!

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* Bill seems to randomly appear in this episode, when Gideon summoned him in "Dreamscaperers." What played on the laptop first, however? [[spoiler: A presentation of the portal that is a bridge between our world and Bill's.]] For some reason [[spoiler: either Ford or Old Man [=McGucket=]]] [=McGucket=] programmed the laptop that would summon Bill every time it was turned on, without needing complicated rituals. @#$%&! . . .
** [[spoiler: Seems like it was Ford, as McGucket had nothing to do with Bill.
rituals. Since Ford thought of Bill as a friend, he didn't see a problem with summoning his friend regularly and easing the process]]
* This Troper was confused by the fact that Bill was going to destroy the Journal since even though he [[spoiler: wanted the portal to be opened.]] Wasn't there important information on [[spoiler: how to operate it]] in the Journal? Then, I remembered. Destroying But destroying the Journal wouldn't destroy the [[spoiler: information about the portal; Stan already photocopied it as shown in "Scary-Oke," so the person who was actually going to [=use=] use the portal would still have the necessary information!]]
* While possessing Dipper, Bill grabs a soda and says "I'm going to drink it like a person!" and proceeds to pour it into his mouth and both eyes. At the time everyone thought he was just messing around around, but in Weirdmageddon Part 3 3, we see he drinks through his eye. It's quite possible he thought he was drinking like he was supposed to!



* It's easy to feel like [=.GIFfany=] got something of a bad rap. She's a program designed to be the perfect girlfriend, but people keep returning her game (and one person advocated [[SoulJar destroying it]]) because her [[{{Yandere}} clingy]] nature and ability to follow them out of the computer is creepy as all hell, so it's easy to come to the conclusion that by the time Soos came along she had finally crossed the line into murderous desperation. Keep in mind, however, that one of her arguments is that real women are "unpredictable", implying that is how she normally acts. And why wouldn't she? Lots of {{Dating Sim}}s have a {{Yandere}} character, it's entirely possible that going crazy when jealous [[GoneHorriblyRight how she was programmed in the first place!]].
** More than that, a {{Yandere}}, [[TropesAreTools however well-used the trope is]], is based on something of a sexist stereotype of women. [=.GIFfany=], as a character in a low-budget, probably early example of a dating sim hinted to have {{Hentai}} elements, probably was intentionally made to conform to a stereotype, rather than act like a real person (who generally don't bring out the knives when they feel like they've been dumped).
** In short, she's a deconstruction of the fantasy that the Yandere and such games represents as well as the potentially unhealthy relationship that can form over such fantasies.

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* It's easy to feel like [=.GIFfany=] got something of a bad rap. She's a program designed to be the perfect girlfriend, but people keep returning her game (and one person advocated [[SoulJar destroying it]]) because her [[{{Yandere}} clingy]] nature and ability to follow them out of the computer is creepy as all hell, so it's easy to come to the conclusion that by the time Soos came along she had finally crossed the line into murderous desperation. Keep in mind, however, that one of her arguments is that real women are "unpredictable", implying that is how she normally acts. And why wouldn't she? Lots of {{Dating Sim}}s have a {{Yandere}} character, it's entirely possible that going crazy when jealous [[GoneHorriblyRight how she was programmed in the first place!]].
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place!]]. More than that, a {{Yandere}}, [[TropesAreTools however well-used the trope is]], is based on something of a sexist stereotype of women. [=.GIFfany=], as a character in a low-budget, probably early example of a dating sim hinted to have {{Hentai}} elements, probably was intentionally made to conform to a stereotype, rather than act like a real person (who generally don't bring out the knives when they feel like they've been dumped).
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dumped). In short, she's a deconstruction of the fantasy that the Yandere and such games represents as well as the potentially unhealthy relationship that can form over such fantasies.



* Melody seems better adjusted to handling Gravity Falls weirdness than most of the town residents, even using a chair as an ImprovisedWeapon against the animatronic beaver. Then she reveals that she's from Portland-- therefore not a resident-- and has dated a magician before. She also implies that said date helped her deal with the supernatural.
** Being out of town also means that she's away from the Society of the Blind Eye's extreme police of wiping memories, thus her brain hasn't suffered the "side effects" that people like Lazy Susan have suffered. With her away from Gravity Falls, video chatting with Soos, it means that she will also [[spoiler: avoid the Weirdmageddon.]]

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* Melody seems better adjusted to handling Gravity Falls weirdness than most of the town residents, even using a chair as an ImprovisedWeapon against the animatronic beaver. Then she reveals that she's from Portland-- therefore not a resident-- and has dated a magician before. She also implies that said date helped her deal with the supernatural.
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supernatural. Being out of town also means that she's away from the Society of the Blind Eye's extreme police of wiping memories, thus her brain hasn't suffered the "side effects" that people like Lazy Susan have suffered. With her away from Gravity Falls, video chatting with Soos, it means that she will also [[spoiler: avoid the Weirdmageddon.]]



* Why is Old Man [=McGucket=] so insane? [[spoiler: He's a scientific genius who drove ''himself'' insane, and once ''knew'' the one who wrote the journals]]. But his last video implies that Bill was involved.
* In Society of the Blind Eye, Mabel wears a sweater with what looks like a [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime a dog stretched around her]] a couple times. The revelation at the end of the episode [[spoiler: of [=McGucket=]'s past is eerily similar to the Ice King's]].
** Mabel in that same episode frets over her lack of summer romances, how they all failed. The Ice King has tried and failed to kidnap multiple princesses.

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* Why is Old Man [=McGucket=] so insane? [[spoiler: He's a scientific genius who drove ''himself'' insane, and once ''knew'' the one who wrote the journals]]. But his last video implies that Bill was involved.
* In Society of the Blind Eye, Mabel wears a sweater with what looks like a [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime a dog stretched around her]] a couple times. The revelation at the end of the episode [[spoiler: of [=McGucket=]'s past is eerily similar to the Ice King's]].
**
King's]]. Mabel in that same episode frets over her lack of summer romances, how they all failed. The Ice King has tried and failed to kidnap multiple princesses.



* In Society of the Blind Eye, we learn that overuse of the memory ray led to [=McGucket's=] mental state. If the society [[spoiler: he created]] has been using the device for over thirty years on various townspeople, that goes a long way to explaining why Gravity Falls' population is so..."unique".
** It also explains why characters who ''should'' have gotten some character development (like Robbie and Pacifica) ''don't''- they just don't remember any of those incidents happening in the first place.
* [[spoiler: Bud Gleeful is among the Society of the Blind Eye. It's confirmed by the end code that he joined to forget his [[EnfantTerrible son's]] tantrums, but given his participation, he probably had to erase his wife's memories just as frequently so she can forget about it, too. FridgeHorror kicks in though when you realise that maybe that's why Mrs. Gleeful is so paranoid and unstable all the time...]]
** But considering Bud doesn't seem to have the same problems, it's more likely down to the even worse possibility that she ''hasn't'' had her memories erased and Gideon's madness really is just that bad.
** This makes Bud's "Precious memories" comment in "Little Dipper" more telling; he's not oblivious to the fact that his son is nuts, he knows he can erase his memories of the bad events whenever he wants!
* Some might wonder why Bud didn't just have the society erase everyone's minds so they'll forget Gideon's crimes, but with the exception of trying to kill Dipper and summoning Bill to steal the combination to Stan's safe none of his crimes involve the supernatural and thus they don't fall under the society's jurisdiction. Also Bud may be glad Gideon is out of his hair.

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* In Society of the Blind Eye, we learn that overuse of the memory ray led to [=McGucket's=] mental state. If the society [[spoiler: he created]] has been using the device for over thirty years on various townspeople, that goes a long way to explaining why Gravity Falls' population is so..."unique".
**
"unique". It also explains why characters who ''should'' have gotten some character development (like Robbie and Pacifica) ''don't''- they just don't remember any of those incidents happening in the first place.
* [[spoiler: Bud Gleeful Gleeful]] is among the Society of the Blind Eye. It's confirmed by the end code that he joined to forget his [[his [[EnfantTerrible son's]] tantrums, but given his participation, he probably had to erase his wife's memories just as frequently so she can forget about it, too. FridgeHorror kicks in though when you realise that maybe that's why Mrs. Gleeful is so paranoid and unstable all the time...]]
** But considering Bud doesn't seem to have the same problems, it's more likely down to the even worse possibility that
time, or worse, she ''hasn't'' had her memories erased and Gideon's madness really is just that bad.
**
bad. This makes Bud's "Precious memories" comment in "Little Dipper" more telling; he's not oblivious to the fact that his son is nuts, he knows he can erase his memories of the bad events whenever he wants!
wants!]]
* Some might wonder why Bud didn't just have the society erase everyone's minds so they'll forget Gideon's crimes, but with the exception of trying to kill Dipper and summoning Bill to steal the combination to Stan's safe safe, none of his crimes involve the supernatural and thus they don't fall under the society's jurisdiction. Also Also, Bud may be glad Gideon is out of his hair.



* If the Society of The Blind Eye was going around all that time deleting peoples memories of the weird things around Gravity Falls, why hadn't the twins run into them before, considering they've been regularly putting themselves knee deep in that weirdness? Its because of the Journal, or more importantly, the Journal's warning to ''Trust No-one!''. Most of the people the Society erased had a knee jerk reaction to tell anyone they thought could help about the weird stuff they saw, like Lazy Susan did with the Gnomes. But Dipper found the book before he saw anything else, and thus knew to keep what he saw to himself and a close knit circle. The only exception to this was when he showed off the Gremloblin, and that was passed off as a Tourist attraction.

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* If the Society of The Blind Eye was going around all that time deleting peoples memories of the weird things around Gravity Falls, why hadn't the twins run into them before, considering they've been regularly putting themselves knee deep in that weirdness? Its It's because of the Journal, or more importantly, the Journal's warning to ''Trust No-one!''. ''"Trust No One!"''. Most of the people the Society erased had a knee jerk knee-jerk reaction to tell anyone they thought could help about the weird stuff they saw, like Lazy Susan did with the Gnomes. But Dipper found the book before he saw anything else, and thus knew to keep what he saw to himself and a close knit circle. The only exception to this was when he showed off the Gremloblin, and that was passed off as a Tourist tourist attraction.



* While Soos's father's reasons for being distant from his son are ambiguous, Soos' grandmother is nonetheless ''incensed'' with his neglect even though there might be a HanlonsRazor explanation we might not know about. It makes sense she would feel that way regardless though, as family is SeriousBusiness among Hispanics.
** And other races. Also, the whole carrot on a stick way Soos' dad treats him (Hey Champ! Sorry, I'll come by next year!) is really, really effed up. Whether it's just an excuse or he really is working, the repeated use of a lame ass postcard once a year with a tagline of "maybe" seeing his child next year is more than enough to get anyone heated. Especially a grandmother who has to see her grandchild suffering over the abandonment of both (if the mom isn't dead) his parents. Even more so if Soos' dad is his grandmother's actual son and not just her son-in-law.
* In ''Blendin's Game'', 5-year-old Wendy pushes 5-year-old Tambry just because she told Dipper that [[spoiler: 5-year-old Wendy thinks he's cute]]. Pretty mean for a 5-year-old, right? But given that Manly Dan is her dad, she probably learned violence from him, so it makes sense.
** Alex Hirsch [[WordOfGod has mentioned]] that Robbie once pulled her pigtails back in 5th grade and she socked him, chipping a tooth. He remembers this, but she doesn't.
** Mabel pokes fun at the irony of 12-year old Dipper being weirded out by a [[spoiler: much younger Wendy]] crushing on him as [[spoiler: potentially the same way Wendy may have felt.]] May seem somewhat insensitive and [[HypocriticalHumor hypocritical]] on Mabel's part until you realize this episode anachronistically takes place on July 13, the week during which she was preparing her "sock opera", and it was only ''after'' that happened that Mabel realizes that her own romantic pursuits cause Dipper to endure turmoil and personal sacrifice to help out his sister.
*** Alternately, no one has actually called out Mabel that her forwardness may cause discomfort in her admirees. It was only halfway mentioned once by Mabel to Wendy and brushed off humorously. We have yet to see this played seriously.
* In "Blendin's Game", Dipper calls Soos the best human that ever lived when he opens a candy machine with a certain technique. His full name? [[Literature/TheBible Jesús.]]
** Another biblical ShoutOut is that, when Soos gets the free wish, he uses it to patch-up Dipper and Mabel, and to get a pizza slice that can last forever; in other words, to perform an instant healing, and to make a large feast out of a very small amount of food. [[WhatWouldXDo What would Jesus do]] indeed.

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* While Soos's father's reasons for being distant from his son are ambiguous, Soos' grandmother is nonetheless ''incensed'' with his neglect even though there might be a HanlonsRazor explanation we might not know about. It makes sense she would feel that way regardless though, as family is SeriousBusiness among Hispanics.
** And other races. Also, the whole carrot on a stick way Soos' dad treats him (Hey Champ! Sorry, I'll come by next year!) is really, really effed up. Whether it's just an excuse or he really is working, the repeated use of a lame ass postcard once a year with a tagline of "maybe" seeing his child next year is more than enough to get anyone heated. Especially a grandmother who has to see her grandchild suffering over the abandonment of both (if the mom isn't dead) his parents. Even more so if Soos' dad is his grandmother's actual son and not just her son-in-law.
* In ''Blendin's Game'', 5-year-old Wendy pushes 5-year-old Tambry just because she told Dipper that [[spoiler: 5-year-old Wendy thinks he's cute]]. Pretty mean for a 5-year-old, right? But given that Manly Dan is her dad, she probably learned violence from him, so it makes sense.
**
sense. Alex Hirsch [[WordOfGod has mentioned]] that Robbie once pulled her pigtails back in 5th grade and she socked him, chipping a tooth. He remembers this, but she doesn't.
** * Mabel pokes fun at the irony of 12-year old Dipper being weirded out by a [[spoiler: much younger Wendy]] Wendy crushing on him as [[spoiler: potentially the same way Wendy may have felt.]] felt. May seem somewhat insensitive and [[HypocriticalHumor hypocritical]] on Mabel's part until you realize this episode anachronistically takes place on July 13, the week during which she was preparing her "sock opera", and it was only ''after'' that happened that Mabel realizes that her own romantic pursuits cause Dipper to endure turmoil and personal sacrifice to help out his sister.
***
sister. Alternately, no one has actually called out Mabel that her forwardness may cause discomfort in her admirees. It was only halfway mentioned once by Mabel to Wendy and brushed off humorously. We have yet to see this played seriously.
* In "Blendin's Game", Dipper calls Soos the best human that ever lived when he opens a candy machine with a certain technique. His full name? [[Literature/TheBible Jesús.]]
**
]] Another biblical ShoutOut is that, when Soos gets the free wish, he uses it to patch-up Dipper and Mabel, and to get a pizza slice that can last forever; in other words, to perform an instant healing, and to make a large feast out of a very small amount of food. [[WhatWouldXDo What would Jesus do]] indeed.



* When Dipper gives a ReasonYouSuckSpeech to Pacifica about how she is NotSoDifferent from her parents it weighs on her not just because of the comparison but because it's Dipper who is saying it. Pacifica has been raised in such a way that the idea of selfless action is completely unknown concept to her and Dipper did the job of getting rid of a ghost that was haunting her house only to help Mabel attend a party there. Taking into consideration that she is aware of her parents as bad people she would likely see someone like Dipper as a good person. Having someone you think of like that tell you that you're just like a bad person would definitely weigh on you.
** To add on to this she is likely feeling guilty over the whole thing. Her family took advantage of Dipper's kindness in helping his sister to become [[KarmaHoudini Karma Houdini's]]. She likely felt that she deserved Dipper's scorn.
* [[spoiler: The countdown in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" is also a reference to events in realtime. As of their original airings, the next episode was set to debut exactly 21 days after this one did!]]

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* When Dipper gives a ReasonYouSuckSpeech to Pacifica about how she is NotSoDifferent from her parents it weighs on her not just because of the comparison but because it's Dipper who is saying it. Pacifica has been raised in such a way that the idea of selfless action is completely unknown concept to her and Dipper did the job of getting rid of a ghost that was haunting her house only to help Mabel attend a party there. Taking into consideration that she is aware of her parents as bad people she would likely see someone like Dipper as a good person. Having someone you think of like that tell you that you're just like a bad person would definitely weigh on you.
**
you. To add on to this this, she is likely feeling guilty over the whole thing. Her family took advantage of Dipper's kindness in helping his sister to become [[KarmaHoudini Karma Houdini's]]. She likely felt that she deserved Dipper's scorn.
* [[spoiler: The countdown in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" is also a reference to events in realtime. As of their original airings, the next episode was set to debut exactly 21 days after this one did!]]did!



* Pacifica's life is a lot like "The Duchess Approves" ...in a way.
** [[MythologyGag Starring Jackie Buscarino as Pacifica, and Alex Hirsch as irascible decagenarian Mayor Befufftlefumpter.]]

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* Pacifica's life is a lot like "The Duchess Approves" ...in a way.
**
way. [[MythologyGag Starring Jackie Buscarino as Pacifica, and Alex Hirsch as irascible decagenarian Mayor Befufftlefumpter.]]



* The entire idea of Pacifica gaining CharacterDevelopment with Dipper's help, once one thinks about it. Now, it may seem a little strange, seeing that Pacifica has been Mabel's main rival for the past season and a half and that Mabel also got to break through her shell a little in "The Golf War". But, if one remembers what happened in the previous episode... ''Dipper's'' old rival Robbie got some much needed CharacterDevelopment with ''Mabel's'' help! The twins basically just resolved each other's rival problems.
** Likewise it also makes perfect sense following the twins differing personalities that they would be able to help the others rival, they both gave them exactly what they needed. Mabel is highly optimistic and compassionate to others, she is also patient and able to stay cheerful under duress. All this helped Robbie as she was only one who felt he deserved another chance and was willing to put up with his blunt personality to help him. By contrast Dipper is more cynical, and far less willing to put up with others antics or mistreatment. At the same time he's also virtuous, compassionate and brave. All this helped Pacifica as him calling out the Northwest's was exactly what she needed to hear to make it clear to her just how bad her family really was, and his heroic actions and emotional support also provided her with inspiration she needed to break out from under her father's control.
* Bill claims he's been keeping an [[NightmareFace '''EYE''']] on Dipper, and the WhamShot concluding the episode has a Bill Cipher tapestry, as [=McGucket=] reveals the upcoming apocalypse in 21 hours. Suddenly Bill's reasons for destroying the laptop become much clearer: if Dipper on a random chance had discovered the countdown, he would've had more time to prepare for it! In other words, Dipper may have [[ProperlyParanoid considered the apocalypse]] more important than Mabel being happy and refused to help Pacifica, especially after Bill's previous episode featured Mabel realizing how much Dipper sacrifices for her. As things play out, however, by the time Dipper hears of the apocalypse, the ghost hijinks had worn him out for the night and he wants to enjoy himself.
** If that's the case [[spoiler:why exactly did he want the Author to return from the Universal Portal?]]
*** As we know way of knowing what exactly is Bill's plan at the moment, who knows? Bill clearly think's in the long term (he's been working on this for at least thirty years, and probably a lot longer). It looks like we might find out in "The Last Mabelcorn" though. [[spoiler: As Ford and Bill meet again.]]

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* The entire idea of Pacifica gaining CharacterDevelopment with Dipper's help, once one thinks about it. Now, it may seem a little strange, seeing that Pacifica has been Mabel's main rival for the past season and a half and that Mabel also got to break through her shell a little in "The Golf War". But, if one remembers what happened in the previous episode... ''Dipper's'' old rival Robbie got some much needed CharacterDevelopment with ''Mabel's'' help! The twins basically just resolved each other's rival problems.
** Likewise
problems. Likewise, it also makes perfect sense following the twins differing personalities that they would be able to help the others rival, other's rival: they both gave them exactly what they needed. Mabel is highly optimistic and compassionate to others, she is also patient and able to stay cheerful under duress. All this helped Robbie as she was only one who felt he deserved another chance and was willing to put up with his blunt personality to help him. By contrast Dipper is more cynical, and far less willing to put up with others antics or mistreatment. At the same time he's also virtuous, compassionate and brave. All this helped Pacifica as him calling out the Northwest's was exactly what she needed to hear to make it clear to her just how bad her family really was, and his heroic actions and emotional support also provided her with inspiration she needed to break out from under her father's control.
* Bill claims he's been keeping an [[NightmareFace '''EYE''']] EYE]] on Dipper, and the WhamShot concluding the episode has a Bill Cipher tapestry, as [=McGucket=] reveals the upcoming apocalypse in 21 hours. Suddenly Bill's reasons for destroying the laptop become much clearer: if Dipper on a random chance had discovered the countdown, he would've had more time to prepare for it! In other words, Dipper may have [[ProperlyParanoid considered the apocalypse]] more important than Mabel being happy and refused to help Pacifica, especially after Bill's previous episode featured Mabel realizing how much Dipper sacrifices for her. As things play out, however, by the time Dipper hears of the apocalypse, the ghost hijinks had worn him out for the night and he wants to enjoy himself. \n** If that's the case [[spoiler:why exactly did he want the Author to return from the Universal Portal?]]\n*** As we know way of knowing what exactly is Bill's plan at the moment, who knows? Bill clearly think's in the long term (he's been working on this for at least thirty years, and probably a lot longer). It looks like we might find out in "The Last Mabelcorn" though. [[spoiler: As Ford and Bill meet again.]]



* Dipper saying that all Pacifica's ever done is try to humiliate him and Mabel is actually a bit of foreshadowing. Trying to humiliate the kids really is [[ExactWords all Pacifica's ever done]]. Contrast that with Robbie, who's come this close to beating the snot out of Dipper and repeatedly threatened to kill him, Gideon who's tried to do who-knows-what to him with lamb sheers, and Bill who's freaking Bill. Pacifica is by far the most innocent of the show's antagonists, much like she's the most innocent in her family.

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* Dipper saying that all Pacifica's ever done is try to humiliate him and Mabel is actually a bit of foreshadowing. Trying to humiliate the kids really is [[ExactWords all Pacifica's ever done]]. Contrast that with Robbie, who's come this close to beating the snot out of Dipper and repeatedly threatened to kill him, Gideon who's Gideon, who tried to do who-knows-what to him with lamb sheers, and Bill Bill, who's freaking Bill. Pacifica is by far the most innocent of the show's antagonists, much like she's the most innocent in her family.



* The newspaper article claimed [[spoiler: Stan Pines died in a car crash]]. It didn't exactly say [[spoiler: WHICH Stan Pines died]] if we are to believe [[spoiler: the Author/Stan's Brother's name is [[ThemeTwinNaming Stanley or Stan]].]]
** Well considering [[spoiler: the laptop is labeled "Property of F".]]
** [[spoiler: We know at least one of "Stan's" false identities was a Hal Forester. He could've easily been going by that identity, or one with a forename beginning with F, at the time. ]]
** Alternatively [[spoiler: If we go by the Stan''ley'' Stan''ford'' theory, then they might have referred to each other by the last part of their names, seeing as the two names are almost identical. So the "F" could stand for the ''Ford'' in Stan''ford'']]
** On the other hand, we know that [=McGucket's=] first name is [[spoiler: "Fiddleford". He also designed the laptop, and helped work with the twin Stans in the beginning. He'd even have access to the bunker.]] The computer could definitely be his.
* [[spoiler: Just want to call this now, but with Stan's long predicted brother revealed as the author, it seems he's represented by the hand symbol in Bill's wheel and not the glasses like everyone thought. Besides, the glasses symbol doesn't really seem the same as either brother's specs since the lenses in the symbol pair are separated, not touching. The symbol ''does'' however match the glasses that Stan picks up in 'Carpet Diem' which makes this Troper wonder, is there a third party involved in the mystery shack?]]
* [[spoiler: It may seem like a plot hole that the twins and Soos seemed to know the passcode to activate the elevator, as seen at the end of "Gideon Rises"...except the code's sequence is depicted in [[http://gravityfalls.wikia.com/wiki/File:S1e1_book_3_strange_runes.png a page of the third journal]].]]
** Dipper finds the combination on the counter, they even focus on it a couple of times....
* The title, and frequent hints that STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS actually works on two levels; [[spoiler:On the one hand, Stan has been hiding his agenda for the entire series up until now...''but on the other'', the ''viewers''' growing impression of him as a hidden mastermind is ''also'' wrong, in that Stan's ultimate motivations are altruistic and well-intentioned, meaning he's not what he seems in the sense of being a completely selfish and reckless villain, either.]]
* A really specific example of OOCIsSeriousBusiness happened in this episode, and you'd need to do a lot of text-searching through episode transcripts to find it: In the episode "Boss Mabel", there's a BrickJoke about Stan not knowing the word "please", claiming it's never done him any good, and even when he learns his lesson in the end and uses it, he claims it still gives him a "burning sensation". This episode is literally the first time since then that Stan has ever used the word "please" in a sincere context, and it was while [[spoiler:begging the twins not to turn off the machine that his brother is trapped inside of, unable to fully articulate why he needs it to stay on despite the danger its causing.]] [[{{Tearjerker}} Dang]]...

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* The newspaper article claimed [[spoiler: Stan Pines died in a car crash]]. It didn't exactly say [[spoiler: WHICH Stan Pines died]] if we are to believe [[spoiler: the Author/Stan's Brother's name is [[ThemeTwinNaming Stanley or Stan]].]]
** Well considering [[spoiler: the laptop is labeled "Property of F".]]
** [[spoiler: We know at least one of "Stan's" false identities was a Hal Forester. He could've easily been going by that identity, or one with a forename beginning with F, at the time. ]]
** Alternatively [[spoiler: If we go by the Stan''ley'' Stan''ford'' theory, then they might have referred to each other by the last part of their names, seeing as the two names are almost identical. So the "F" could stand for the ''Ford'' in Stan''ford'']]
** On the other hand, we know that [=McGucket's=] first name is [[spoiler: "Fiddleford". He also designed the laptop, and helped work with the twin Stans in the beginning. He'd even have access to the bunker.]] The computer could definitely be his.
* [[spoiler: Just want to call this now, but with Stan's long predicted brother revealed as the author, it seems he's represented by the hand symbol in Bill's wheel and not the glasses like everyone thought. Besides, the glasses symbol doesn't really seem the same as either brother's specs since the lenses in the symbol pair are separated, not touching. The symbol ''does'' however match the glasses that Stan picks up in 'Carpet Diem' which makes this Troper wonder, is there a third party involved in the mystery shack?]]
* [[spoiler: It may seem like a plot hole that the twins and Soos seemed to know the passcode to activate the elevator, as seen at the end of "Gideon Rises"...except the code's sequence is depicted in [[http://gravityfalls.wikia.com/wiki/File:S1e1_book_3_strange_runes.png a page of the third journal]].]]
** Dipper finds the combination on the counter, they even focus on it a couple of times....
* The title, and frequent hints that STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS actually works work on two levels; levels. [[spoiler:On the one hand, Stan has been hiding his agenda for the entire series up until now...''but on the other'', the ''viewers''' growing impression of him as a hidden mastermind is ''also'' wrong, in that Stan's ultimate motivations are altruistic and well-intentioned, meaning he's not what he seems in the sense of being a completely selfish and reckless villain, either.]]
* A really specific example of OOCIsSeriousBusiness happened happens in this episode, and you'd need to do a lot of text-searching through episode transcripts to find it: episode: In the episode "Boss Mabel", there's a BrickJoke about Stan not knowing the word "please", claiming it's never done him any good, and even when he learns his lesson in the end and uses it, he claims it still gives him a "burning sensation". This episode is literally the first time since then that Stan has ever used uses the word "please" in a sincere context, and it was it's while [[spoiler:begging the twins not to turn off the machine portal that his brother is trapped inside of, unable to fully articulate why he needs it to stay on despite the danger its it's causing.]] [[{{Tearjerker}} Dang]]...



* Stan's fondness for Mabel seems pretty typical of a kind old uncle-and-niece relationship, but [[spoiler: TheReveal of his brother, the Author, puts things into sharp relief, especially with the ending title card translated as "The Original Mystery Twins." We see Stan's brother on the swings, with a notepad sticking out his back pocket. Stan was the wild and (girl)-crazy Mabel of the duo, making his twin brother the knowledge-hungry, danger-seeking Dipper type.]]
** Or, more likely, [[spoiler:because Dipper is everything Stan dislikes about both Ford and himself, and Mabel is everything Stan ''likes'' about Ford and himself. Mabel is the Brawn to her twin's Brain, and the less logical one of the two, just like Stan. She's also the creative and artistic twin, as well as a confident ([[FatalFlaw bordering on being poor at self-reflection]]) natural leader, just like Ford. On the other hand, Dipper has Ford's dangerous curiosity, the intelligence Stan blames for their sibling relationship deteriorating, as well as Stan's own social awkwardness, insecurities, tendency towards guilt complexes and self-loathing, ''and'' his extremely brave but overbearing protective tendencies which made him come off as "suffocating" to his brother Stanford. Basically, Stan sees Dipper as everything that was wrong with his and Ford's relationship, all wrapped up in one human being, which is why he both loves the kid and can't stand him, and is probably also why he chooses Dipper to give the ToughLove treatment to in hopes that Dipper will be able to toughen up and avoid the problems he and Ford had. This projecting was a ''huge mistake'', though: in singling out one child for discipline and being obviously friendlier and nicer to the other, Stan nearly [[HistoryRepeats ended up causing the same problems in his and Dipper's relationship as Stan had with his own father]]. Dipper's toughened up alright, but if he hadn't seen that memory, he would have likely grown to hate Stan and everything about him. Stan's treatment also ended up only reinforcing Mabel's tendency for self-absorption and belief that she was the "superior" or "good" twin (as "Little Dipper," "[=DD&MD=]," and "The Last Mabelcorn" display), something that is extremely damaging to both her and Dipper (and their relationship) in the long run.]]

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* Stan's fondness for Mabel seems pretty typical of a kind old uncle-and-niece relationship, but [[spoiler: TheReveal of his brother, the Author, puts things into sharp relief, especially with the ending title card translated as "The Original Mystery Twins." We see Stan's brother on the swings, with a notepad sticking out his back pocket. Stan was the wild and (girl)-crazy Mabel of the duo, making his twin brother the knowledge-hungry, danger-seeking Dipper type.]]
** Or, more likely, [[spoiler:because
Dipper is everything Stan dislikes about both Ford and himself, and Mabel is everything Stan ''likes'' about Ford and himself. Mabel is the Brawn to her twin's Brain, and the less logical one of the two, just like Stan. She's also the creative and artistic twin, as well as a confident ([[FatalFlaw bordering on being poor at self-reflection]]) natural leader, just like Ford. On the other hand, Dipper has Ford's dangerous curiosity, the intelligence Stan blames for their sibling relationship deteriorating, as well as Stan's own social awkwardness, insecurities, tendency towards guilt complexes and self-loathing, ''and'' his extremely brave but overbearing protective tendencies which made him come off as "suffocating" to his brother Stanford. Basically, Stan sees Dipper as everything that was wrong with his and Ford's relationship, all wrapped up in one human being, which is why he both loves the kid and can't stand him, and is probably also why he chooses Dipper to give the ToughLove treatment to in hopes that Dipper will be able to toughen up and avoid the problems he and Ford had. This projecting was a ''huge mistake'', though: in singling out one child for discipline and being obviously friendlier and nicer to the other, Stan nearly [[HistoryRepeats ended up causing the same problems in his and Dipper's relationship as Stan had with his own father]]. Dipper's toughened up alright, but if he hadn't seen that memory, he would have likely grown to hate Stan and everything about him. Stan's treatment also ended up only reinforcing Mabel's tendency for self-absorption and belief that she was the "superior" or "good" twin (as "Little Dipper," "[=DD&MD=]," and "The Last Mabelcorn" display), something that is extremely damaging to both her and Dipper (and their relationship) in the long run.]]



* Remember Stan's very genuine hurt in "Land Before Swine" when Mabel told him she was never speaking to him again? At first it seems like he's just upset like anyone would be, but then recall that this is very similar to another experience of disownment in his life-- namely, when one mistake caused his entire family (and, most importantly, his brother) to essentially "never speak to him again". No wonder he went to such great lengths to rectify his error this time.
** Even pulling a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in rectifying a lie he told Mabel and threw punches to the pterodactyl with Waddles in tow.
* Stan was telling the truth in Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained. He really ''doesn't'' have a tattoo.
** In that same short, where does he write "GOOBER"? On Dipper's forehead, where the latter has a birthmark that he's trying to cover up. Stan delivered some LaserGuidedKarma

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* Remember Stan's very genuine hurt in "Land Before Swine" when Mabel told him she was never speaking to him again? At first it seems like he's just upset like anyone would be, but then recall that this is very similar to another experience of disownment in his life-- namely, when one mistake caused his entire family (and, most importantly, his brother) to essentially "never speak to him again". No wonder he went to such great lengths to rectify his error this time.
** Even
time, even pulling a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in rectifying a lie he told Mabel and threw throwing punches to the pterodactyl with Waddles in tow.
* Stan was telling the truth in Dipper's "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained.Unexplained". He really ''doesn't'' have a tattoo.
** In that same short, where does he write "GOOBER"? On Dipper's forehead, where the latter has a birthmark that he's trying to cover up. Stan delivered some LaserGuidedKarmaLaserGuidedKarma.



* It makes sense that Mabel would feel uneasy after hearing her Grunkle's story. After all, she sees the parallels in their relationship and the one she has with Dipper, and Dipper, the smart guy, is most like Ford, who got to have a successful life doing what he loved, while Stanley, Mabel's counterpart, got left behind, and suffered because of it. Clearly if the pattern continues, Mabel's the one who's going to end up with the short end of the stick.
** On the flip side, it also means that she's seeing the consequences of what happens when you place your own needs over those of your sibling's. In Sock Opera Mabel got a HUGE wake-up call from [[EldritchAbomination Bill about this]], namely that Dipper has made a lot of sacrifices. Perhaps Mabel is pondering what could have happened if she had let Bill take the journal her brother studied.

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* It makes sense that Mabel would feel uneasy after hearing her Grunkle's story. After all, she sees the parallels in their relationship and the one she has with Dipper, and Dipper, the smart guy, is most like Ford, who got to have a successful life doing what he loved, while Stanley, Mabel's counterpart, got left behind, and suffered because of it. Clearly if the pattern continues, Mabel's the one who's going to end up with the short end of the stick.
**
stick. On the flip side, it also means that she's seeing the consequences of what happens when you place your own needs over those of your sibling's. In Sock Opera Mabel got a HUGE wake-up call from [[EldritchAbomination Bill about this]], namely that Dipper has made a lot of sacrifices. Perhaps Mabel is pondering what could have happened if she had let Bill take the journal her brother studied.



* Fans have theorized that "Abaconings" from ''Little Gift Shop of Horrors'' was about what happened between Stan and his brother, and this episode has confirmed it. This also explains why "Abaconings" got a FocusGroupEnding (the focus group being Stan) in which Waddles gave up his intelligence to remain friends with Mabel; what happened in real life was quite the opposite.
** On a sadder note, Stan didn't make Dipper the super-smart one in the story because that would have hit too close to home.
* We now know why Stan hasn't helped out Old Man [=McGucket=] in these years, even though the latter worked with his brother; he didn't know Fiddleford and Ford were partners! Fiddleford left long before Stan knew what his brother was working on; if Stan had known, he probably would've chased the man down for answers on how to restart the portal.
** Answers Fiddleford probably wouldn't have been able or willing to give, thanks to the Society of the Blind Eye. But still, if he ''had'' been able to help Stan, Ford might have gotten back in months!
* Why does Dipper forgive Stan for lying to him and Mabel after hearing the whole story? He knows what it's like to sacrifice your dreams for your "dumb sibling," and to inadvertently put the people you love in danger. It's also why he takes time to reassure Mabel that they aren't going to go the way of their two uncles.
** This is also nicely shown in Sock Opera, when Bill asks Mabel who would be stupid enough to make such a sacrifice for a sibling and Mabel instantly replies "''Dipper'' would." He is ready for those kinds of sacrifices and she knows.
** Mabel's nervousness, on the other hand, foreshadows how [[spoiler:she's the one who breaks the "we won't end up like them" pact: she ''does'' repeat their mistakes, ironically ''[[SelfFulfillingProphecy because]]'' of her paranoia over their relationship dissolving and her inability to handle ''any'' distance between them due to that paranoia. She is indeed like her Grunkle Stanley Pines.]]
* Stan doesn't agree to Ford's conditions until after he realizes that his brother is never going to thank him. He knows that, while Ford does need his identity back and place in the world, that Ford is a FishOutOfTemporalWater and hasn't been in Gravity Falls for thirty years. People like Lazy Susan know and recognize Stan as the "real" Stanford Pines; Stan could easily "prove" which twin is which by invoking CharacterWitness. The only reason he doesn't pull out this trump card is because of the twins, and his concern for their safety; gods help Ford if he (most likely) doesn't stay away.
** On the other hand, the [=FBI=] still has all that evidence against Stan pinned to their cork board, so even if they had their memories erased, someone's bound to remake the conclusions sometime. Including the one about how his fingerprints don't match Stanford Pines'.
* "I mean, who would sacrifice everything they've worked for just for their dumb sibling?" Bill's mockery of Mabel in "Sock Opera" cuts a lot deeper now that we know how that fight between Stan and Ford went. Dipper would. Ford didn't. And Bill @#$%&! well knew that when he was aiming to provoke Mabel.
* The quote "My one dream, which was to possess money, has come true!" from way back in the episode "Little Dipper" [[ChekhovsGun suddenly]] makes sense now, realizing that Stan spent his entire life [[spoiler: trying to prove his father he was worth something after being disowned by him for ruining what could have been a chance to make the family wealthy]]. With this in mind, his terrified reaction in same episode when he thought the tax collector was here to take his money is a lot less funny and a little more [[CerebusRetcon depressing]].
* It was noted that the laptop seemed a bit too advanced for what was available back in the eighties. Then it was revealed in this episode, that [=McGucket=] was experimenting with personal computers before he joined the author.

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* Fans have theorized that "Abaconings" from ''Little Gift Shop of Horrors'' was about what happened between Stan and his brother, and this episode has confirmed it. This also explains why "Abaconings" got a FocusGroupEnding (the focus group being Stan) in which Waddles gave up his intelligence to remain friends with Mabel; what happened in real life was quite the opposite. On a sadder note, Stan didn't make Dipper the super-smart one in the story because that would have hit too close to home.
** On a sadder note, Stan didn't make Dipper the super-smart one in the story because that would have hit too close to home.
* We now know why Stan hasn't helped out Old Man [=McGucket=] in these years, even though the latter worked with his brother; he didn't know Fiddleford and Ford were partners! Fiddleford left long before Stan knew what his brother was working on; if Stan had known, he probably would've chased the man down for answers on how to restart the portal.
**
portal. Answers Fiddleford probably wouldn't have been able or willing to give, thanks to the Society of the Blind Eye. But still, if he ''had'' been able to help Stan, Ford might have gotten back in months!
* Why does Dipper forgive Stan for lying to him and Mabel after hearing the whole story? He knows what it's like to sacrifice your dreams for your "dumb sibling," and to inadvertently put the people you love in danger. It's also why he takes time to reassure Mabel that they aren't going to go the way of their two uncles.
**
uncles. This is also nicely shown in Sock Opera, when Bill asks Mabel who would be stupid enough to make such a sacrifice for a sibling and Mabel instantly replies "''Dipper'' would." He is ready for those kinds of sacrifices and she knows.
** * Mabel's nervousness, on the other hand, foreshadows how [[spoiler:she's the one who breaks the "we won't end up like them" pact: she ''does'' repeat their mistakes, ironically ''[[SelfFulfillingProphecy because]]'' of her paranoia over their relationship dissolving and her inability to handle ''any'' distance between them due to that paranoia. She is indeed like her Grunkle Stanley Pines.]]
* Stan doesn't agree to Ford's conditions until after he realizes that his brother is never going to thank him. He knows that, while Ford does need his identity back and place in the world, that Ford is a FishOutOfTemporalWater and hasn't been in Gravity Falls for thirty years. People like Lazy Susan know and recognize Stan as the "real" Stanford Pines; Stan could easily "prove" which twin is which by invoking CharacterWitness. The only reason he doesn't pull out this trump card is because of the twins, and his concern for their safety; gods help Ford if he (most likely) doesn't stay away.
** On the other hand, the [=FBI=] still has all that evidence against Stan pinned to their cork board, so even if they had their memories erased, someone's bound to remake the conclusions sometime. Including the one about how his fingerprints don't match Stanford Pines'.
* "I mean, who would sacrifice everything they've worked for just for their dumb sibling?" Bill's mockery of Mabel in "Sock Opera" cuts a lot deeper now that we know how that fight between Stan and Ford went. Dipper would. Ford didn't. And Bill @#$%&! damn well knew that when he was aiming to provoke Mabel.
* The quote "My one and only dream, which was to possess money, has come true!" from way back in the episode "Little Dipper" [[ChekhovsGun suddenly]] makes more sense now, realizing that Stan has spent his entire life [[spoiler: trying to prove his father he was worth something after being disowned by him for ruining what could have been a chance to make the family wealthy]]. With this in mind, his terrified reaction in same episode when he thought the tax collector was here there to take his money is a lot less funny and a little more [[CerebusRetcon depressing]].
* It was noted that the laptop seemed a bit too advanced for what was available back in the eighties. Then it was it's revealed in this episode, episode that [=McGucket=] was experimenting with personal computers before he joined the author.




* Ford shows Dipper the rift and asks him to keep it a secret from Mabel and Stan. This episode is the beginning of the multi-episode rift between Dipper and Mabel.
** And both rifts were started, unintentionally, by Grunkle Stan and Mabel.
* Stan immediately took out the gum when he realized that he would be playing a dice game. Of course he would have this, Stan's a seasoned gambler and cheater. He would be intentionally prepared for a moment when he would need to pull off a specific roll.

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\n* Ford shows Dipper the rift and asks him to keep it a secret from Mabel and Stan. This episode is the beginning of the multi-episode rift between Dipper and Mabel.
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Mabel. And both rifts were started, unintentionally, by Grunkle Stan and Mabel.
* Stan immediately took takes out the gum when he realized realizes that he would be playing a dice game. Of course he would have this, Stan's a seasoned gambler and cheater. He would be intentionally prepared for a moment when he would need to pull off a specific roll.



* After Grenda knocks out the ogre guard with a couch, Stan assures Mabel that he's probably find before telling Grenda "there's no cops around. We take this to our graves." Throwaway joke much for WhatMeasureIsANonhuman? Not according to "The Last Mabelcorn," where it turns out the gnomes have their own police. Stan is being ProperlyParanoid about cops in any species.
** Stan in general is much more aware of WhatMeasureIsANonhuman than Ford is, though he does swat a fairy for biting him. It makes sense that if he grew old on the fringe of Gravity Falls's weirdness that he saw that more than a few of the fairy creatures have their own rules and society. Ford was only in Gravity Falls for a couple of years, and he was mainly a shut-in who captured creatures to study them.

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* After Grenda knocks out the ogre guard with a couch, Stan assures Mabel that he's probably find before telling Grenda "there's no cops around. We take this to our graves." Throwaway joke much for WhatMeasureIsANonhuman? Not according to "The Last Mabelcorn," where it turns out the gnomes have their own police. Stan is being ProperlyParanoid about cops in any species. \n** Stan in general is much more aware of WhatMeasureIsANonhuman than Ford is, though he does swat a fairy for biting him. It makes sense that if he grew old on the fringe of Gravity Falls's weirdness that he saw that more than a few of the fairy creatures have their own rules and society. Ford was only in Gravity Falls for a couple of years, and he was mainly a shut-in who captured creatures to study them.



* Bill warned Ford that one day the latter would "slip up" and that Bill would be able to get his hands on the rift. Ford takes that to mean that Bill will attempt to possess anyone inside the Shack and takes the necessary precautions. Two episodes later, Ford ''does'' slip up: by [[spoiler: dismissing Mabel and saying twins could be suffocating while offering Dipper an apprenticeship. Who was it that gave Bill the rift again in a misguided attempt to keep summer going longer? ''Mabel''.]]

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* Bill warned warns Ford that one day the latter would "slip up" and that Bill would be able to get his hands on the rift. Ford takes that to mean that Bill will attempt to possess anyone inside the Shack and takes the necessary precautions. Two episodes later, Ford ''does'' slip up: by [[spoiler: dismissing Mabel and saying twins being a twin could be suffocating while offering Dipper an apprenticeship. Who was it that gave Bill the rift again in a misguided attempt to keep summer going longer? ''Mabel''.]]



* Savvy viewers likely already realized that [[spoiler:Ford]] wasn't possessed when he woke up, since his voice was the same, and the show largely relies on VoicesAreMental. That being said, it's likely that the Voices Are Mental trope is only used here for the viewer's sake and probably doesn't change in-universe. Dipper can't tell that [[spoiler:Ford]] isn't possessed until the latter reveals the lack of Bill's HellishPupils.
** VoicesAreMental being only for the viewer is confirmed. [[spoiler:When Blendin is possessed in "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future," his voice doesn't change, meaning that Bill's voice in "Sock Opera" was probably just to avoid viewer confusion and he likely sounded like Dipper to everyone else. Meaning that Ford [[FridgeHorror very well could have been possessed]] briefly in this episode]].
* Dipper was prepared to shoot [[spoiler: Ford]] with the mind-eraser gun to de-possess him. If Bill only exists in the mental plane, ''then what happens if the mind-eraser gun shoots him?''
** Guys, I think we figured out how Bill is going to be defeated. [[BittersweetEnding And it will be at the cost of a character's memory and/or sanity]].
*** [[spoiler: Confirmed as of the final episode's airing]]
** Not entirely: the mind-eraser gun can be programmed to only delete ''specific'' memories, such as the memories of supernatural occurrences that the Society of the Blind Eye erased from the townspeople's minds. Plus, only repeated use makes it dangerous. It's entirely feasible to destroy Bill without wiping a character's sanity.
*** If specific memories are shown to be doors to rooms of memories as in Dreamscapers, deleting a specific memory would cause Bill to just simply move to a different room. To ensure that mindscape Bill gets erased, one would have to clean the entire mind of rooms. [[spoiler: As it is logically shown in the final episode. Stan cleared or condensed his mind to only one inescapable room and Bill has no way of hiding by escaping to other doors to any other memory room.]]

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* Savvy viewers likely already realized that [[spoiler:Ford]] wasn't possessed when he woke up, since his voice was the same, and the show largely relies on VoicesAreMental. That being said, it's likely that the Voices Are Mental trope is only used here for the viewer's sake and probably doesn't change in-universe. Dipper can't tell that [[spoiler:Ford]] isn't possessed until the latter reveals the lack of Bill's HellishPupils.
** VoicesAreMental being only for the viewer is
HellishPupils. It's later confirmed. [[spoiler:When Blendin is possessed in "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future," his voice doesn't change, meaning that Bill's voice in "Sock Opera" was probably just to avoid viewer confusion and he likely sounded like Dipper to everyone else. Meaning that Ford [[FridgeHorror very well could have been possessed]] briefly in this episode]].
* Dipper was prepared to shoot [[spoiler: Ford]] with the mind-eraser gun to de-possess him. If Bill only exists in the mental plane, ''then what happens if the mind-eraser gun shoots him?''
** Guys, I think we figured out how Bill is going to be defeated. [[BittersweetEnding And it will be at the cost of a character's memory and/or sanity]].
*** [[spoiler: Confirmed as of the final episode's airing]]
** Not entirely: the mind-eraser gun can be programmed to only delete ''specific'' memories, such as the memories of supernatural occurrences that the Society of the Blind Eye erased from the townspeople's minds. Plus, only repeated use makes it dangerous. It's entirely feasible to destroy Bill without wiping a character's sanity.
*** If specific memories are shown to be doors to rooms of memories as in Dreamscapers, deleting a specific memory would cause Bill to just simply move to a different room. To ensure that mindscape Bill gets erased, one would have to clean the entire mind of rooms. [[spoiler: As it is logically shown in the final episode. Stan cleared or condensed his mind to only one inescapable room and Bill has no way of hiding by escaping to other doors to any other memory room.]]
episode]].



* When Mabel returns with the unicorn hair, Ford makes a point of telling her she's a good person. We know that Ford has dealt with the unicorns before (describing them as 'frustrating',) so presumably he knew about their tendency to belittle people and convince them that they're inherently bad. He knew that Mabel would probably want to hear it, after that.
** Solidifying this, he and Dipper agree when Mabel at the beginning of the episode says that she is the more pure-hearted of the group. Ford has probably been convinced by C-beth that he's been a bad person. Dipper, on the other hand, has blatantly implied guilt, self-worth, and self-hatred issues that have been building on his pre-existing insecurities since the series started.
* Wendy mentions that she stopped believing in unicorns when she was five, even though Gravity Falls has weird creatures. Then you remember that she's a lumberjack's daughter raised on myths like the Hide Behind, and Gravity Falls does not have any idyllic creatures. Of course she comes with Mabel, Candy and Grenda despite her disbelief; she knows that there are worse things in the woods, like the Shapeshifter in the Bunker and the gnomes. Although the unicorns aren't violent at first, Wendy does see that the girls need her help, namely her brains and willingness to play dirty.
** In line with this protective, she calls Celestebethabelle a hoofbag for insulting Mabel, who is a "straight up saint". This seems odd, because Mabel is ''nowhere'' near sainthood though she has good intentions. Wendy doesn't have any sisters, however, and Mabel has earlier opened up to her about guy insecurities; Wendy has encouraged Mabel to BeYourself. She wants to protect Mabel from others that can't understand the Pines twin sister, especially those that aim to tear Mabel down.
** Furthermore, Wendy...isn't with the Pines' all the time. Being OutOfFocus, she probably has only seen Mabel's better behavior.

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* When Mabel returns with the unicorn hair, Ford makes a point of telling her she's a good person. We know that Ford has dealt with the unicorns before (describing them as 'frustrating',) so presumably he knew about their tendency to belittle people and convince them that they're inherently bad. He knew that Mabel would probably want to hear it, after that.
**
that. Solidifying this, he and Dipper agree when Mabel at the beginning of the episode says that she is the more pure-hearted of the group. Ford has probably been convinced by C-beth that he's been a bad person. Dipper, on the other hand, has blatantly implied guilt, self-worth, and self-hatred issues that have been building on his pre-existing insecurities since the series started.
* Wendy mentions that she stopped believing in unicorns when she was five, even though Gravity Falls has weird creatures. Then you remember that she's a lumberjack's daughter raised on myths like the Hide Behind, and Gravity Falls does not have any idyllic creatures. Of course she comes with Mabel, Candy and Grenda despite her disbelief; she knows that there are worse things in the woods, like the Shapeshifter in the Bunker and the gnomes. Although the unicorns aren't violent at first, Wendy does see that the girls need her help, namely her brains and willingness to play dirty.
**
dirty. In line with this protective, she calls Celestebethabelle a hoofbag for insulting Mabel, who is a "straight up saint". This seems odd, because Mabel is ''nowhere'' near sainthood though she has good intentions. Wendy doesn't have any sisters, however, and Mabel has earlier opened up to her about guy insecurities; Wendy has encouraged Mabel to BeYourself. She wants to protect Mabel from others that can't understand the Pines twin sister, especially those that aim to tear Mabel down. \n** Furthermore, Wendy...Wendy isn't with the Pines' all the time. Being OutOfFocus, she probably has only seen Mabel's better behavior.



* Mabel's reference to wizard school doesn't seem out of place when one remembers that she and Dipper are twelve-years old, and their birthday is implied to be at the end of the summer. She probably grew up on self-insert fanfiction with transfer students older than her, if the Gravity Falls equivalent of Harry Potter follows the invitation to wizard school for eleven-year olds.
** It's especially not out of place when you consider that her brother Dipper has been actually learning to cast spells and use real magic over the series (the exorcism spell, entering Stan's mind, the zombie incident...) We haven't seen Mabel use any spells herself, but it's not made clear if there's any specific factors preventing her from doing so. From Mabel's perspective, if there's a wizarding school out there, they've already proven themselves to be perfectly eligible.

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* Mabel's reference to wizard school doesn't seem out of place when one remembers that she and Dipper are twelve-years old, and their birthday is implied to be at the end of the summer. She probably grew up on self-insert fanfiction with transfer students older than her, if the Gravity Falls equivalent of Harry Potter follows the invitation to wizard school for eleven-year olds. \n** It's especially not out of place when you consider that her brother Dipper has been actually learning to cast spells and use real magic over the series (the exorcism spell, entering Stan's mind, the zombie incident...) We haven't seen Mabel use any spells herself, but it's not made clear if there's any specific factors preventing her from doing so. From Mabel's perspective, if there's a wizarding school out there, they've already proven themselves to be perfectly eligible.



* Celestiabelle mentioned that doing the right thing for wrong reasons does not make anybody's heart pure. Later in the episode, the girls stole the unicorn hair to create the barrier - in other words, they did the wrong thing for right reasons. Off course, doing the wrong thing for right reasons is as related to the purity of the heart as doing the right things for wrong reasons.

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* Celestiabelle mentioned that doing the right thing for wrong reasons does not make anybody's heart pure. Later in the episode, the girls stole the unicorn hair to create the barrier - in other words, they did the wrong thing for right reasons. Off Of course, doing the wrong thing for right reasons is as related to the purity of the heart as doing the right things for wrong reasons.



* Throughout the show's run, two of the biggest complaints have been about Mabel's [[AllTakeNoGive selfish behavior]] and her constant AesopAmnesia. However, unlike [[ButtMonkey Dipper]], [[CreatorsPet Mabel]] has never really been punished or called out for her behavior. People in-universe and out have bent over backwards to make Mabel's life as easy as possible, so Mabel has never had any serious impetus to improve herself. When 'Blendin' shows up and offers Mabel a chance to avoid growing up, an easy solution to her problem- a way to avoid growing up- she takes it, because as far as she's concerned, this is the world throwing her another bone, which it's always done. Mabel's been spoiled by life, and now the rest of the world has to suffer for it.

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* Throughout the show's run, two of the biggest complaints have been about Mabel's [[AllTakeNoGive selfish behavior]] and her constant AesopAmnesia. However, unlike [[ButtMonkey Dipper]], [[CreatorsPet Mabel]] Mabel has never really been punished or called out for her behavior. People in-universe and out have bent over backwards to make Mabel's life as easy as possible, so Mabel has never had any serious impetus to improve herself. When 'Blendin' shows up and offers Mabel a chance to avoid growing up, an easy solution to her problem- a way to avoid growing up- she takes it, because as far as she's concerned, this is the world throwing her another bone, which it's always done. Mabel's been spoiled by life, and now the rest of the world has to suffer for it.



* Wendy has shown off her badass side already in "Into the Bunker" when she manages to fight the Shapeshifter to a standstill, but in this episode her apocalypse training allows her to survive the Weirmageddon. She then reveals that Manly Dan forced Wendy and her brothers to attend Apocalypse Camp; Dan also knows about the Hide Behind, and his lumberjack ancestors helped build Northwest Manor. He's likely one of the few individuals in Gravity Falls aware of the weird stuff happening and what could come.

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* Wendy has shown off her badass side already in "Into the Bunker" when she manages to fight the Shapeshifter to a standstill, but in this episode her apocalypse training allows her to survive the Weirmageddon.Weirdmageddon. She then reveals that Manly Dan forced Wendy and her brothers to attend Apocalypse Camp; Dan also knows about the Hide Behind, and his lumberjack ancestors helped build Northwest Manor. He's likely one of the few individuals in Gravity Falls aware of the weird stuff happening and what could come.



** And who else does Dipper's speech refer to? ''Stan''. Throughout the series, there have been two sides of Stan's character; the scam-artist who likes to hustle people, and the lonely guy who wants friends. But the former taints the latter. It's a recurring theme that Stan only gets any sort of love or appreciation when he does something genuinely good. In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", it's established that people don't like or trust Stan due to his amorality, but in "Gideon Rises" he manages to win their respect by [[spoiler: exposing Gideon's surveillance network.]] The young Pines Twins didn't' want to spend time with Stan at first because he tried to use them in a counterfeiting operation, but as the series went on Stan won their love by playing with Mabel and giving Dipper some non-sarcastic life lessons. Stan's campaign for mayor in "The Stanchurian Candidate" was hampered by his refusal to cut down on the wisecracks, but he won the majority of the votes by selflessly saving Dipper and Mabel from Gideon's death trap. In "A Tale Of Two Stans", Stan was disowned by his family for essentially being a selfish jerk, which was why they so quickly believed he sabotaged [[spoiler: Ford's college admissions. In the last episode, Stan allowing his memories to be erased, risking the destruction of his identity is what allows Ford to see Stan's nobler side after thinking him as this bungling leech for forty-thirty years.]]
* Stan might be perfectly safe if he just went back to the Mystery Shack. Because while the apocalypse has broken out, the barrier keeping Bill out of the Shack is still in place.

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** And who else does Dipper's speech refer to? ''Stan''. Throughout the series, there have been two sides of Stan's character; the scam-artist who likes to hustle people, and the lonely guy who wants friends. But the former taints the latter. It's a recurring theme that Stan only gets any sort of love or appreciation when he does something genuinely good. In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", it's established that people don't like or trust Stan due to his amorality, but in "Gideon Rises" he manages to win their respect by [[spoiler: exposing Gideon's surveillance network.]] The young Pines Twins didn't' want to spend time with Stan at first because he tried to use them in a counterfeiting operation, but as the series went on Stan won their love by playing with Mabel and giving Dipper some non-sarcastic life lessons. Stan's campaign for mayor in "The Stanchurian Candidate" was hampered by his refusal to cut down on the wisecracks, but he won the majority of the votes by selflessly saving Dipper and Mabel from Gideon's death trap. In "A Tale Of Two Stans", Stan was disowned by his family for essentially being a selfish jerk, which was why they so quickly believed he sabotaged [[spoiler: Ford's college admissions. In the last episode, Stan [[spoiler:Stan allowing his memories to be erased, risking the destruction of his identity is what allows Ford to see Stan's nobler side after thinking him as this bungling leech for forty-thirty years.]]
* Stan might be perfectly safe if he just went back to the Mystery Shack. Because while the apocalypse has broken out, the barrier keeping Bill out of the Shack is still in place.
]]



* After Lazy Susan claims that "things with one eye are weird!", you almost expect the next person to also have some HypocriticalHumor for us. And they do! As someone whose best friend isn't even from the same state (Mabel being from California originally), and whose boyfriend lives in Austria, Grenda's claim that "We don't like out-of-towners!" is just as hypocritical as the technically one-eyed Lazy Susan.
** Grenda's statement is heartwarming if you take it literally rather than hypocritically. It can easily be interpreted as saying that Grenda doesn't view Mabel (or Dipper) as out-of-towners and that the Pines twins are considered part of the town.

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* After Lazy Susan claims that "things with one eye are weird!", you almost expect the next person to also have some HypocriticalHumor for us. And they do! As someone whose best friend isn't even from the same state (Mabel being from California originally), and whose boyfriend lives in Austria, Grenda's claim that "We don't like out-of-towners!" is just as hypocritical as the technically one-eyed Lazy Susan.
** Grenda's statement is heartwarming if you take it literally rather than hypocritically.
Susan. It can easily be interpreted as saying that Grenda doesn't view Mabel (or Dipper) as out-of-towners and that the Pines twins are considered part of the town.



* Why did Bill said that a will of titanium was needed to free Mabel. It wasn't because people would rather stay in but because it would make Dipper leave. Mabel replaced him and has been living in her ideal place while the rest of the town suffers. Bill expected for Dipper to feel hurt, angry and offended and leave Mabel at her luck.
** That explains why did Soos's dad appeared even though he already forgot about him and replaced him with Stan, he expected him to get offended but underestimated the effects of weirdmaggedon.
** Ditto for Wendy which she knows by fact her friends were captured by Bill.

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* Why did Bill said that a will of titanium was needed to free Mabel. It wasn't because people would rather stay in but because it would make Dipper leave. Mabel replaced him and has been living in her ideal place while the rest of the town suffers. Bill expected for Dipper to feel hurt, angry and offended and leave Mabel at her luck.
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luck. That explains why did Soos's Soos' dad appeared even though he already forgot about him and replaced him with Stan, he expected him to get offended but underestimated the effects of weirdmaggedon.
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weirdmaggedon. Ditto for Wendy which she knows by fact her friends were captured by Bill.



* There's one point of contention that has been regarded in reviews of the finale as an AssPull: [[spoiler: Stan regaining his memory. Just a contrived way to have a happy ending? Perhaps in purpose, [[JustifiedTrope but not in-universe]]. Living proof Exhibit A: ''Fiddleford [=McGucket=]''. How quickly everyone forgot, but he erased his mind to the point that even his personality was warped, and you can't "re-download" the extracted memories, either. However, upon having visual exposure to his old self, he ''regained'' his identity and memories. That's right, the means to Stan's salvation was set in place ''a year and a half'' before the finale, and to take it even further, Mabel's been working on that scrapbook since the show's beginning.]]
** Also, as for why [[spoiler: Stan regained his memory within days in contrast to [=McGucket=]'s months long recovery is due to having more reminders of his past life. Nobody knew anything of [=McGucket=]'s past, and Journal 3 only told him a piece of the project Stanford needed his help on. Stan, on the other hand, had Ford to tell him about their life in Glass Shard Beach, the fake [=ID=]s for his time on the road, Soos and maybe other townspeople for his 30 years in Gravity Falls, and the young Twins for the summer.]]

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* There's one point of contention that has been regarded in reviews of the finale as an AssPull: [[spoiler: Stan regaining his memory. Just a contrived way to have a happy ending? Perhaps in purpose, [[JustifiedTrope but not in-universe]]. Living proof Exhibit A: ''Fiddleford [=McGucket=]''. How quickly everyone forgot, but he erased his mind to the point that even his personality was warped, and you can't "re-download" the extracted memories, either. However, upon having visual exposure to his old self, he ''regained'' his identity and memories. That's right, the means to Stan's salvation was set in place ''a year and a half'' before the finale, and to take it even further, Mabel's been working on that scrapbook since the show's beginning.]]
**
]] Also, as for why [[spoiler: Stan regained his memory within days in contrast to [=McGucket=]'s months long recovery is due to having more reminders of his past life. Nobody knew anything of [=McGucket=]'s past, and Journal 3 only told him a piece of the project Stanford needed his help on. Stan, on the other hand, had Ford to tell him about their life in Glass Shard Beach, the fake [=ID=]s for his time on the road, Soos and maybe other townspeople for his 30 years in Gravity Falls, and the young Twins for the summer.]]



** So would Dipper in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel", [[spoiler: had Gideon's amulet required any training to use.]]
** Is it possible that [[spoiler:Stan's wax statue is alive?]]
*** [[spoiler:He's made out of the melted wax of the previously-alive Usefulnotes/AbrahamLincoln , so it could go either way -- if melted means dead, he could either be an ordinary wax with the "curse" gone out of it at the death of the Lincoln figure, or he could be just as alive because his melted wax was reshaped into a human form again. But if melted doesn't mean dead, just unable to attack... there's gobbets of still-living beings splattered all over the Mystery Shack.]]
*** ''And they could be reassembled at any time''.
*** I don't think he was alive. Wouldn't he have tried to protect himself from the ax? Also, we see that even if the was figures heads are chopped off they still work. But Wax Stan's head was there when all the other statues were alive and didn't move at all. I think its safe to say melted means dead.
** So Mabel assembled Wax Stan out of dead remains?
* In "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel", Dipper forgets to tell Gideon that he and Mabel can still be friends. It's revealed later that Mabel would have been okay with just being friends [[spoiler:had Gideon not attacked Dipper. This means that the vendetta sworn on the Pines family is all Dipper's fault.]]
** Then why isn't it Mabel's fault for having Dipper do her dirty work? I'm pretty sure the person solely at fault is Gideon, on account of ''he's insane''. Besides, based on his reaction, he probably wouldn't have accepted friendship without romance anyway.
** He refuses to accept that Mabel doesn't love him back, he got used to getting what he wants, so his reaction to her breaking with him personally would probably be worse. Like "I will kidnap her and lock her in my basement, until she realize how much she loves me" kind of worse.
*** That's not much better than "Obviously, this is her brother's fault. Therefore, he must die so we can be together."
*** Gideon is deranged, we can all agree on that. If Mabel told Gideon herself that she didn't want to date him, he might have still blamed a Pines' family member (or anyone but himself).
** All psychological diagnoses and power hunger aside, Gideon is obviously a horribly spoiled child. One of the most well-known mentalities of spoiled children is that when something goes wrong for them, there ''has'' to be someone else to blame for it. In more extreme cases, it can't even be something like bad luck or chance; someone has to be clearly at fault. And since Dipper was there...
** ''Mabel'' would have been fine with just being friends. She'd been trying to get Gideon to take that (increasingly obvious) hint for nearly the entire episode. "I love hanging out with a ''friend''! Buddy, pal, chum..." Gideon isn't stupid, he'd have picked up on that. He just ignored it until he couldn't possibly do that anymore, because ''he'' didn't want to just be friends. Even after that, probably, considering that he continued to send her "creepy love letters." Gideon is the only one to blame for Gideon being a creepy little jerk who refuses to take "I'm not interested" for an answer.

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** * So would Dipper in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel", [[spoiler: had Gideon's amulet required any training to use.]]
** Is it possible that [[spoiler:Stan's wax statue is alive?]]
*** [[spoiler:He's made out of the melted wax of the previously-alive Usefulnotes/AbrahamLincoln , so it could go either way -- if melted means dead, he could either be an ordinary wax with the "curse" gone out of it at the death of the Lincoln figure, or he could be just as alive because his melted wax was reshaped into a human form again. But if melted doesn't mean dead, just unable to attack... there's gobbets of still-living beings splattered all over the Mystery Shack.]]
*** ''And they could be reassembled at any time''.
*** I don't think he was alive. Wouldn't he have tried to protect himself from the ax? Also, we see that even if the was figures heads are chopped off they still work. But Wax Stan's head was there when all the other statues were alive and didn't move at all. I think its safe to say melted means dead.
** So Mabel assembled Wax Stan out of dead remains?
* In "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel", Dipper forgets to tell Gideon that he and Mabel can still be friends. It's revealed later that Mabel would have been okay with just being friends [[spoiler:had Gideon not attacked Dipper. This means that the vendetta sworn on the Pines family is all Dipper's fault.]]
** Then why isn't it Mabel's fault for having Dipper do her dirty work? I'm pretty sure the person solely at fault is Gideon, on account of ''he's insane''. Besides, based on his reaction, he probably wouldn't have accepted friendship without romance anyway.
** He refuses to accept that Mabel doesn't love him back, he got used to getting what he wants, so his reaction to her breaking with him personally would probably be worse. Like "I will kidnap her and lock her in my basement, until she realize how much she loves me" kind of worse.
*** That's not much better than "Obviously, this is her brother's fault. Therefore, he must die so we can be together."
*** Gideon is deranged, we can all agree on that. If Mabel told Gideon herself that she didn't want to date him, he might have still blamed a Pines' family member (or anyone but himself).
** All psychological diagnoses and power hunger aside, Gideon is obviously a horribly spoiled child. One of the most well-known mentalities of spoiled children is that when something goes wrong for them, there ''has'' to be someone else to blame for it. In more extreme cases, it can't even be something like bad luck or chance; someone has to be clearly at fault. And since Dipper was there...
** ''Mabel'' would have been fine with just being friends. She'd been trying to get Gideon to take that (increasingly obvious) hint for nearly the entire episode. "I love hanging out with a ''friend''! Buddy, pal, chum..." Gideon isn't stupid, he'd have picked up on that. He just ignored it until he couldn't possibly do that anymore, because ''he'' didn't want to just be friends. Even after that, probably, considering that he continued to send her "creepy love letters." Gideon is the only one to blame for Gideon being a creepy little jerk who refuses to take "I'm not interested" for an answer.
]]



** [[spoiler:They need a new Queen, so what happen to the OLD Queen?]]
*** She died of old age. Sometimes humans do this.
*** If she's human, [[spoiler: the gnomes probably kidnapped her like they tried to do with Mabel.]] What if she had a family and friends who are looking for her and don't know if she's dead or not. That just makes it so much worse.
*** Maybe she died of something else...
** And while one may believe that it could simply be a ceremonial position and they might reproduce by other means, there was still the fact that they ''tied her down'' when she didn't agree to marry them. [[AttemptedRape Isn't that a]] ''[[AttemptedRape little]]'' [[AttemptedRape bit disturbing...?]]
--> "The more you struggle, the more awkward this is going to be for all of us.



*** How many went in ''before'' Mabel and never came out? Those gnomes knew what they were doing- '''they practiced!'''
*** Pacifica will be the next gnome queen and they'll attack Mabel together.
** Tying her down was just a ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' reference.
*** How they tied her down was the reference. Restraining her at all was a bit of a plot point (very clear hint to get away from there quickly). The fridge stuff above isn't negated by the that fact that the show did a shoutout.
*** Now would be a good time to mention that Wendy's mother is "not with her anymore"...could she have been the queen before Mabel?
*** Doubtful. Not even the gnomes are dumb enough to go after Manly Dan's wife. Especially if she's as good at using an ax as Wendy.
* Gideon has one of the books, most likely also filled with knowledge of the supernatural and paranormal like Dipper's is. Difference is, Gideon would use its knowledge for vengeance, possibly finding out how to rebuild his amulet, or even find other powerful artifacts.
** Did you notice that Gideon placed his hand on his amulet while talking to Mabel and she kept saying yes to him and regretting it later? Did he use his powers to coerce her into dating him? He did force the audience to stand up. How far can his brainwashing go and would Mabel keep seeing him?
* In the third episode, Stan finds the melted wax UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and blames it on Wax John Wilkes Booth. Hilarious, yes. [[spoiler: However, it turns out that the wax statues are ''alive'', so Wax Booth may ''have'' killed Wax Lincoln.]]
** Wax Lincoln ''was'' Stan's favourite. Perhaps [[spoiler: he objected to the notion of killing Stan.]]
** Which opens up another window of fridge: [[spoiler:Can you possibly imagine what it must feel like to stand still, unable to move, as your flesh ''melts in the sun'' over the course of ''several hours''?! We never find out if the figures are sentient when they're not awake, and if they are]]...AndIMustScream doesn't even come close...

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*** How many went in ''before'' Mabel and never came out? Those gnomes knew what they were doing- '''they practiced!'''
*** Pacifica will be the next gnome queen and they'll attack Mabel together.
** Tying her down was just a ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' reference.
*** How they tied her down was the reference. Restraining her at all was a bit of a plot point (very clear hint to get away from there quickly). The fridge stuff above isn't negated by the that fact that the show did a shoutout.
*** Now would be a good time to mention that Wendy's mother is "not with her anymore"...could she have been the queen before Mabel?
*** Doubtful. Not even the gnomes are dumb enough to go after Manly Dan's wife. Especially if she's as good at using an ax as Wendy.
* Gideon has one of the books, most likely also filled with knowledge of the supernatural and paranormal like Dipper's is. Difference is, Gideon would use its knowledge for vengeance, possibly finding out how to rebuild his amulet, or even find other powerful artifacts.
**
Did you notice that Gideon placed his hand on his amulet while talking to Mabel and she kept saying yes to him and regretting it later? Did he use his powers to coerce her into dating him? He did force the audience to stand up. How far can his brainwashing go and would Mabel keep seeing him?
* In the third episode, Stan finds the melted wax UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and blames it on Wax John Wilkes Booth. Hilarious, yes. [[spoiler: However, it turns out that the wax statues are ''alive'', so Wax Booth may ''have'' killed Wax Lincoln.]]
**
]] Wax Lincoln ''was'' Stan's favourite. Perhaps [[spoiler: he objected to the notion of killing Stan.]]
** * Which opens up another window of fridge: [[spoiler:Can you possibly imagine what it must feel like to stand still, unable to move, as your flesh ''melts in the sun'' over the course of ''several hours''?! We never find out if the figures are sentient when they're not awake, and if they are]]...AndIMustScream doesn't even come close...



*** It could be a generic brand. Not that that helps much.



** I think it meant Santa ''was'' the president of the United States at some point.
*** Nope. The document explicitly states "current and forever President".
*** I don't think we should rule out an impeachment.
*** Would ''YOU'' try to impeach Santa Claus? I thought so.
*** Okay then, maybe he was so disgusted by the corruption that he resigned.
*** Legally, Washington is the highest ranking general in the US and can never be outranked. This doesn't mean that he'd actually have any power if he were to suddenly show up. This kind of word mincing was part of the reason for the 25th amendment, among others ie is acting president, taking on the powers of president, and actually being president the same things?
** I also don't think it was explicitly stated Santa himself was fully aware they were going after children. It's possible all he knew were that two people were unraveling the mystery, and made orders to stop "those two people". Or it's possible that someone Santa delegated was in charge of the operation. Santa does delegate most of his duties to others. Elves and whatnot.
** Not aware? Is this ''the'' Santa? [[SantaClaus Who sees you when you're sleeping and knows when you're awake?]] [[RhymesOnADime Who knows if you've been bed or good so be good for goodness sake?]] I'm not buyin' it.
* Not so much horror as it is sadness: [[spoiler:in Episode 9, Mabel banging her head for at least one month since Pacifica got Waddles in one of the alternative timelines seems like some kind of overreaction. Since Waddles was showing resistance, I was wondering why Pacifica wouldn't want to get rid of him. Then it hit me: If Pacifica can't use Waddles as a pet, she's use him as FOOD.]]
** It's even scarier when the man who gave Mabel the pig also gave her a fork and knife, which means he gave them away so the people who get the pigs can ''EAT THEM''.
** Even if Pacifica didn't intend to eat the pig, she seemed aware that Mabel really liked it. In such a case, there's no way that Pacifica would give Waddles to Mabel even if she did want to get rid of the pig.
** I'm maybe wrong, but I think that Dipper left Mabel there, disapearing and leaving her alone didn't helped Mabel to overcome her grieving either. Also, Mabel was possibly aware of that anything happened after Dipper left into the future, the whole timeline, will eventually be erased from time once Dipper decides to set things right. Full, whith her life she lived since. That would weight down my mood too.

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** I think it meant Santa ''was'' the president of the United States at some point.
*** Nope. The document explicitly states "current and forever President".
*** I don't think we should rule out an impeachment.
*** Would ''YOU'' try to impeach Santa Claus? I thought so.
*** Okay then, maybe he was so disgusted by the corruption that he resigned.
*** Legally, Washington is the highest ranking general in the US and can never be outranked. This doesn't mean that he'd actually have any power if he were to suddenly show up. This kind of word mincing was part of the reason for the 25th amendment, among others ie is acting president, taking on the powers of president, and actually being president the same things?
** I also don't think it was explicitly stated Santa himself was fully aware they were going after children. It's possible all he knew were that two people were unraveling the mystery, and made orders to stop "those two people". Or it's possible that someone Santa delegated was in charge of the operation. Santa does delegate most of his duties to others. Elves and whatnot.
** Not aware? Is this ''the'' Santa? [[SantaClaus Who sees you when you're sleeping and knows when you're awake?]] [[RhymesOnADime Who knows if you've been bed or good so be good for goodness sake?]] I'm not buyin' it.
* Not so much horror as it is sadness: [[spoiler:in Episode 9, Mabel banging her head for at least one month since Pacifica got Waddles in one of the alternative timelines seems like some kind of overreaction. Since Waddles was showing resistance, I was wondering why Pacifica wouldn't want to get rid of him. Then it hit me: If Pacifica can't use Waddles as a pet, she's use him as FOOD.]]
**
]] It's even scarier when the man who gave Mabel the pig also gave her a fork and knife, which means he gave them away so the people who get the pigs can ''EAT THEM''.
**
THEM''. Even if Pacifica didn't intend to eat the pig, she seemed aware that Mabel really liked it. In such a case, there's no way that Pacifica would give Waddles to Mabel even if she did want to get rid of the pig.
** I'm maybe wrong, but I think The fact that Dipper left Mabel there, disapearing dissapearing and leaving her alone didn't helped Mabel to overcome her grieving either. Also, Mabel was possibly aware of that anything happened after Dipper left into the future, the whole timeline, will eventually be erased from time once Dipper decides to set things right. Full, whith her life she lived since. That would weight down my mood too.



** To be fair, the directions were pretty dusty when Dipper found them.
** Also, it can't be that hard for them to reach "Game Over." Rumble [=McSkirmish=] is capable of destroying cars with his bare fists -- all that fighters need to do is destroy "levels," pick a "final boss," and defeat them in single combat, which probably happens 90% of the time. Then, it's back to the game for them.
* Wendy's awfully lucky that she got that ladder in the Shack without getting shot.
** It looks like it's built into the wall ... which explains why Stan hid it behind a curtain.
** Soos too, considering the step ladder he was standing on in "Tourist Trapped".
* What would have happened if Dipper beat Rumble? [[TrappedInTvLand Would he have gone into the game while Rumble roamed free?]]
** Rumble probably goes back to the game upon reaching the "Game Over" screen, regardless of how he got there (defeat or victory).

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** To be fair, the directions were pretty dusty when Dipper found them.
** Also, it can't be that hard for them to reach "Game Over." Rumble [=McSkirmish=] is capable of destroying cars with his bare fists -- all that fighters need to do is destroy "levels," pick a "final boss," and defeat them in single combat, which probably happens 90% of the time. Then, it's back to the game for them.
* Wendy's awfully lucky that she got that ladder in the Shack without getting shot.
** It looks like it's built into the wall ... which explains why Stan hid it behind a curtain.
**
shot. Soos too, considering the step ladder he was standing on in "Tourist Trapped".
* What would have happened if Dipper beat Rumble? [[TrappedInTvLand Would he have gone into the game while Rumble roamed free?]]
** Rumble probably goes back to the game upon reaching the "Game Over" screen, regardless of how he got there (defeat or victory).
Trapped".



** Is anyone else [[Literature/ItsAGoodLife reminded of anything]] upon seeing her?



* In the Summerween episode, The Trickster [[spoiler: reveals himself to actually be a walking pile of vengeful candy, rejected by the citizens of Gravity Falls.]] It is all fine and dandy because [[spoiler: Soos eats him, making him happy and ending his pain]]. The problem is: [[spoiler: More candy still will be rejected by the citizens all the same. A pile of vengeful candy already managed to transform itself in a EldritchAbomination once. Nothing stops it from doing it ''again'']].
** [[spoiler:And who's to say anyone in town will even believe Soos or the kids? "Hey, stop throwing away your bad candy or else it'll turn into a monster!"]]
** [[spoiler: Soos isn't going anywhere. He'll be around to eat the next pile of abandoned candy that comes around.]]
* The monster in the fridge in "The Inconveniencing". [[IncrediblyLamePun It's terrifying and it's in a fridge.]]
* Dipper tells the others he might have been bit by a poisonous snake, but no one takes him to a hospital. It isn't brought up again, but still...
** On the other hand, it's very much implied that the story wasn't canon, especially since Grunkle Stan still had his regular voice in the present despite drinking a permanent voice changing potion.
* In "The Deep End", Mermano ended up in the pool when he was captured by a fisherman who wanted to eat him [[ForTheEvulz for no particular reason]], but escaped before he could meet his fate. However, other members of his species might not have been so lucky.
** Actually there is a reason. According to nautical legend a mermaid's, or in this case merman's flesh is said to have magical properties to it. Anyone who eats it is said to gain anything from magical powers to immortality.
** Also in "The Deep End," Mermando probably thought the soggy wet sandwich Mabel brought him looked delicious because it'd most likely been goodness knows how long since he'd eaten anything. Ditto for the poor kid trapped in solitary confinement.
*** You have to wonder what kind of [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking horrible crime against pool humanity]] he committed to get locked up in there for at least a year. You also have to remember that the pool management probably never told his family...
*** Maybe he peed in the pool and the lifeguard caught him?
** Mermando was caught in the Gulf of Mexico and driven all the way up north to Gravity Falls. [[http://sharpie91.tumblr.com/post/45556400691/mermando-on-the-way-to-gravity-falls-poor-guy The several hour long drive must have been terrifying for him]].
*** According to Google Maps, he could've been in that tank for ''two days'', assuming absolutely no pit stops whatsoever. The best-case scenario only shaves ten hours off of that.
*** Imagining what his family [[AdultFear probably went through]] is pretty bad too.
*** And that fisherman who caught him, and intended to ''eat him''? [[KarmaHoudini He was never caught or punished.]] Meaning that he could conceivably do ''the same thing again.''
*** Actually, people (probably barring those that have actually seen mermaids) would assume the fisherman was drunk or crazy if he ever talked about eating one.
* In the tank there was the lobster and axolotl, and IT'S BOILING!!!

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* In the Summerween episode, The Trickster [[spoiler: reveals himself to actually be a walking pile of vengeful candy, rejected by the citizens of Gravity Falls.]] It is all fine and dandy because [[spoiler: Soos eats him, making him happy and ending his pain]]. The problem is: [[spoiler: More candy still will be rejected by the citizens all the same. A pile of vengeful candy already managed to transform itself in a EldritchAbomination once. Nothing stops it from doing it ''again'']].
** [[spoiler:And
''again''. And who's to say anyone in town will even believe Soos or the kids? "Hey, stop throwing away your bad candy or else it'll turn into a monster!"]]
** [[spoiler: Soos isn't going anywhere. He'll be around to eat the next pile of abandoned candy that comes around.]]
* The monster in the fridge in "The Inconveniencing". [[IncrediblyLamePun It's terrifying and it's in a fridge.]]
* Dipper tells the others he might have been bit by a poisonous snake, but no one takes him to a hospital. It isn't brought up again, but still...
**
still... On the other hand, it's very much implied that the story wasn't canon, especially since Grunkle Stan still had his regular voice in the present despite drinking a permanent voice changing potion.
* In "The Deep End", Mermano Mermando ended up in the pool when he was captured by a fisherman who wanted to eat him [[ForTheEvulz for no particular reason]], him, but escaped before he could meet his fate. However, other members of his species might not have been so lucky.
** Actually there is a reason. According to nautical legend a mermaid's, or in this case merman's flesh is said to have magical properties to it. Anyone who eats it is said to gain anything from magical powers to immortality.
** Also in "The Deep End," Mermando probably thought the soggy wet sandwich Mabel brought him looked delicious because it'd most likely been goodness knows how long since he'd eaten anything.
**
Ditto for the poor kid trapped in solitary confinement.
***
confinement. You have to wonder what kind of [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking horrible crime against pool humanity]] he committed to get locked up in there for at least a year. You also have to remember that the pool management probably never told his family...
*** Maybe he peed in the pool and the lifeguard caught him?
** Mermando was caught in the Gulf of Mexico and driven all the way up north to Gravity Falls. [[http://sharpie91.[[http://sharkie-19.tumblr.com/post/45556400691/mermando-on-the-way-to-gravity-falls-poor-guy com/post/45556400691/mermando-on-the-way-to-gravity-fallspoor-guy-i The several hour long drive must have been terrifying for him]].
***
him]]. According to Google Maps, he could've been in that tank for ''two days'', assuming absolutely no pit stops whatsoever. The best-case scenario only shaves ten hours off of that.
*** ** Imagining what his family [[AdultFear probably went through]] is pretty bad too.
*** ** And that fisherman who caught him, and intended to ''eat him''? [[KarmaHoudini He was never caught or punished.]] Meaning that he could conceivably do ''the same thing again.''
*** Actually, people (probably barring those that have actually seen mermaids) would assume the fisherman was drunk or crazy if he ever talked about eating one.
* In the tank there was the lobster and a axolotl, and IT'S BOILING!!! BOILING!



* In "Carpet Diem", Soos (while in Waddle's body) tries to explain to Old Man [=McGucket=] that he's really a man trapped in a pig's body. [=McGucket=] responds by saying "that's what they all say".
** Is [=McGucket=] really insane, or has he [[ImAHumanitarian eaten people trapped in animals' bodies before]]?
** When Soos has his body back, [=McGucket=] says he'll still eat him. ''[=McGucket=] had his knife and fork when he said this.''
* The band manager in "Boyz Crazy?" He still has those other clones locked away in test tubes! What's going to happen to them?!

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* In "Carpet Diem", Soos (while in Waddle's body) tries to explain to Old Man [=McGucket=] that he's really a man trapped in a pig's body. [=McGucket=] responds by saying "that's what they all say". \n** Is [=McGucket=] really insane, or has he [[ImAHumanitarian eaten people trapped in animals' bodies before]]?
**
before]]? When Soos has his body back, [=McGucket=] says he'll still eat him. ''[=McGucket=] had his knife and fork when he said this.''
* The band manager in "Boyz Crazy?" He Crazy" still has those other clones locked away in test tubes! What's going to happen to them?!



* Also from "Boyz Crazy", forgive me if this is just my head in the gutter, but think about it: a couple of obsessive fangirls around the age of puberty [[note]]one of who we know had just had TheTalk[[/note]] keeping a naive boy band in the attic. Imagine if they had been there a few more months. Eventually, the girls' self-control might have cracked.
* In "The Land Before Swine", we see that the dinosaurs are close to breaking free from the sap (with the heat helping out melting it), and considering the mine they might find another way out into the surface...
** And the dinosaur that's closest to being freed is a T. rex.

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* Also from "Boyz Crazy", forgive me if this is just my head in the gutter, but think about it: Crazy": a couple of obsessive fangirls around the age of puberty [[note]]one puberty, one of who we know had just had TheTalk[[/note]] TheTalk, keeping a naive boy band in the attic. Imagine if they had been there a few more months. Eventually, the girls' self-control might have cracked.
* In "The Land Before Swine", we see that the dinosaurs are close to breaking free from the sap (with the heat helping out melting it), and considering the mine they might find another way out into the surface...
**
surface. And the dinosaur that's closest to being freed is a T. rex.



** [[spoiler:Perhaps Dipper believed Gideon's unhealthy fixation on Mabel would prevent him from attacking with the hand holding his sister, and, if this was indeed the case, he clearly analysed the situation correctly, but anything further is pure speculation as his desperate attempt to save Mabel could just as easily have simply been a poorly prepared spur of the moment affair both twins were fortunate enough to survive.]]
* While he mostly seems like an okay guy, one does kind of have to wonder what [[spoiler: Stan]] intends to do with that machine. Also, remember that first passage that Dipper read from the journal? [[spoiler: I must hide this book before he finds it.]] Could [[spoiler: Grunkle Stan]] be the person the author was referring to?
* Minor, but the GF Wiki says Pitt Cola is named as such because it's peach flavored and has a pit in every can. Couldn't...Couldn't people choke on those?
** Not if the hole in the can is smaller than the pit.
*** Seconded. While doing the recycling, this troper has found beer cans with small plastic orbs in them (for some reason) that don't look much bigger than a pit, but still can't come out.
*** Guinness beer is famous for putting those in their beer cans. They're called widgets and their purpose is to assist in retaining the beer's carbonation until the can is opened to replicate as closely as possible a freshly tapped beer mug.
*** Now there's a JOKE based on that fact in "The Golf War" episode.
*** Actually, the reason we know about the pit in the drink is because Pacifica spat it out, meaning that it does fit through the opening.
* For the winners of some contest that was related to the Mabel's Guide shorts, Alex Hirsh released personalized messages in character on Soundcloud. The links can be found on his Twitter. Now, one of them was in character as [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermando.]] In the message, he said something along the lines of [[spoiler: "pollution is getting into my home" and it was punctuated with a lot of coughing.]] Assuming that all of these are in canon, Mabel isn't going to be very happy in the future...
** In a later episode, he sent Mabel a letter saying he was fine... aside from being forced to marry a manatee. Needless to say, Mabel wasn't happy.

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** [[spoiler:Perhaps Dipper believed Gideon's unhealthy fixation on Mabel would prevent him from attacking with the hand holding his sister, and, if this was indeed the case, he clearly analysed the situation correctly, but anything further is pure speculation as his desperate attempt to save Mabel could just as easily have simply been a poorly prepared spur of the moment affair both twins were fortunate enough to survive.]]
* While he mostly seems like an okay guy, one does kind of have to wonder what [[spoiler: Stan]] intends to do with that machine. Also, remember that first passage that Dipper read from the journal? [[spoiler: I must hide this book before he finds it.]] Could [[spoiler: Grunkle Stan]] be the person the author was referring to?
* Minor, but the GF Wiki says Pitt Cola is named as such because it's peach flavored and has a pit in every can. Couldn't...Couldn't people choke on those?
** Not if the hole in the can is smaller than the pit.
*** Seconded. While doing the recycling, this troper has found beer cans with small plastic orbs in them (for some reason) that don't look much bigger than a pit, but still can't come out.
*** Guinness beer is famous for putting those in their beer cans. They're called widgets and their purpose is to assist in retaining the beer's carbonation until the can is opened to replicate as closely as possible a freshly tapped beer mug.
*** Now there's a JOKE based on that fact in "The Golf War" episode.
*** Actually, the reason we know about the pit in the drink is because Pacifica spat it out, meaning that it does fit through the opening.
* For the winners of some contest that was related to the Mabel's Guide shorts, Alex Hirsh released personalized messages in character on Soundcloud. The links can be found on his Twitter. Now, one of them was in character as [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermando.]] In the message, he said something along the lines of [[spoiler: "pollution is getting into my home" and it was punctuated with a lot of coughing.]] Assuming that all of these are in canon, Mabel isn't going to be very happy in the future...
**
future... In a later episode, he sent Mabel a letter saying he was fine... aside from being forced to marry a manatee. Needless to say, Mabel wasn't happy.



* Speaking of the Shape Shifter, at one point it shapeshifts into Wendy, forcing Dipper to hack one of them with an axe. He asks for a hint, and even then it was still hard to tell [[note]]both hints were convincing, one winked, the other ran their fingers across their lips[[/note]], so he just had to swing and hope he was right. [[spoiler:He was, but it was a coin flip whether or not he'd hurt his friend and this monster would have escaped.]]
** I'd have to disagree with this one; it's rather obvious that the real Wendy was [[spoiler: the one who zipped her lips]] since that's a special thing Dipper and Wendy have had since [[spoiler: "The Inconveniencing."]] The idea that Dipper [[spoiler: could've accidentally attacked the real Wendy]] still isn't a pleasant one, especially knowing how much he cares for her.
** Also, the onlyreason the Fake Wendy winked at him was because he had just admitted to being in love with her, unlike the Real Wendy who had it figured for a while but tried to act like just friends so he'd get the hint that their getting together would be unfeasible. Dipper probably realised that the zipper gesture was not only special, but the real Wendy probably wouldn't be throwing a flirty gesture at him.
*** For the Shape Shifter himself, we see his default form. But is it really his [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm true form?]]
*** [[spoiler: Jossed. When Ford tells his backstory with Gravity Falls, we see the Shape Shifter hatch, complete with it turning into a coffee mug for good measure.]]



** This maybe a bit of a [[FridgeBrilliance smart]] [[LamePun move]] of the Shape Shifter in hindsight to be freed.
** Five Bucks says Gideon does it if he ever gets out of prison and when he discovers it's the shapeshifter he would form an alliance to get revenge on the Mystery Shack.
*** If Gideon found [[spoiler:"Dipper"]] frozen in a tube, why would he, of all people, bother to free him in the first place?
*** Gideon would let out "Dipper" so he could ask him for the three journals, realize that "Dipper" wouldn't hear his evil gloating, kill "Dipper" himself I guess, or a excuse to free the shapeshifter.
*** Or alternately, ''Gideon'' would be killed. Considering how easily the Shapeshifter manipulated Dipper and Wendy, and how physically powerful he is compared to a nine-year old child, I can't imagine it'll end well...
* Considering that Dipper raise the dead, why and how did those mass of corpses get buried in close proximity to each other in the outskirts of the woods?
** They came out of glowing green chasms in the earth that erupted when Dipper's spell was chanted, so they were probably summoned directly out of Hell/the realm of the dead rather than just reanimated from corpses rotting in the ground. Not that that's any less horrifying.
** At least some of the bodies may be the long-buried remains of lumberjacks who were killed during the making of the Northwest family mansion, or in the mudslides that followed...
** Or lost and wandering tourists in the area of the Mystery Shack that succumbed to the horrors of Gravity Falls.



* The journals are a satanic symbol; each book's cover has six fingers, and there are three books...
* In Sock Opera, Bill summons a screaming head for Dipper. Never mind why he has it - how did he get it, and if it's always screaming, does that mean that it's alive? The antiquated hairstyle implies that the head is quite a few decades old... which means Bill's had it for quite a long time.
** On the other hand, since Bill is a dream demon, it might have just been an illusion.



** Unlikely given that the invisible ink glows over the normal ink as seen [[http://gravityfalls.wikia.com/wiki/File:S2e1_zombie_weakness.png here]], but then again Dipper used a pen where The Author used a quill and ink.
** Also its unclear as to weather the invisible ink is really shining ''through'' the regular ink, or weather it was written ''over'' the regular ink. seeing as the author started writing in invisible ink after he had written a majority of the book, as evidenced in the page about the giant ''fruit'' bats.



** Actually as noted noted on the [[NightmareFuel/GravityFalls Nightmare Fuel page]] Bill "did" keep his end of the deal because there was no deal, Dipper just thought there was.
*** No, there definitely was a deal in place. To quote Bill: "One little puppet is a small price to pay to learn all the secrets of the universe!" Even if they never actually negotiated for the password to the laptop, he did put a service for his payment on the table, and he didn't make good on it.
*** Actually, Bill never promised anything else than helping him, which can be widely interpreted. Stating something is not the same as promising you'll give it to someone. You can read more about it in [[http://starryoak.tumblr.com/post/97360025230/analyzing-bills-deal-sock-opera-spoilers this analysis.]]
*** I think you're missing the point. This scene shows Bill doesn't ''have'' to agree to do or give something to someone he contracts with. Most creatures like that can't make a deal if there's not an exchange involved, there has to be some form of give-and-take even if it can be subverted later on. Bill doesn't actually require an exchange; based on Dipper's and Gideon's contracts with Bill, it's much more likely that the ''other'' party has to clearly state what they want from the agreement, while Bill only has to accept the terms set by the other party (and if they don't set terms directly, Bill is free to set up an implied payment that he doesn't have to deliver on).
*** Going in further, let's look at the technology involved: this laptop has to easily go back to the early 80's judging by the sound from the hardware and the green monochrome screen. Multiple password failure intrusion countermeasures did not exist yet at this point, and even today those would simply not allow the hundreds of failed attempts Dipper went through before triggering on, rather being set somewhere between 3-10 tries depending on how paranoid the mindset of the person setting it up. Additionally, Bill appears immediately to Dipper once the countdown has started, so combining these facts with Dipper's lack of sleep (later remarked on) so the conclusion is that ''the countdown never happened at all.'' It was all a dream effect concocted by Bill to trick Dipper into accepting a DealWithTheDevil and hand him over a blank check. Need more evidence? ''He physically destroys the laptop once he possesses Dipper.'' Why would he have even ''needed'' to do so if the hard drive was seconds away from complete erasure? It would have been far more amusing to Bill to just watch Dipper despair as the erasure progress bar would have slowly deleted not only the data, but Dipper's hope of a solution to the greater mystery as well.

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** Actually as noted noted on the [[NightmareFuel/GravityFalls Nightmare Fuel page]] Bill "did" keep his end of the deal because there was no deal, Dipper just thought there was.
*** No, there definitely was a deal in place. To quote Bill: "One little puppet is a small price to pay to learn all the secrets of the universe!" Even if they never actually negotiated for the password to the laptop, he did put a service for his payment on the table, and he didn't make good on it.
*** Actually, Bill never promised anything else than helping him, which can be widely interpreted. Stating something is not the same as promising you'll give it to someone. You can read more about it in [[http://starryoak.tumblr.com/post/97360025230/analyzing-bills-deal-sock-opera-spoilers this analysis.]]
*** I think you're missing the point. This scene shows Bill doesn't ''have'' to agree to do or give something to someone he contracts with. Most creatures like that can't make a deal if there's not an exchange involved, there has to be some form of give-and-take even if it can be subverted later on. Bill doesn't actually require an exchange; based on Dipper's and Gideon's contracts with Bill, it's much more likely that the ''other'' party has to clearly state what they want from the agreement, while Bill only has to accept the terms set by the other party (and if they don't set terms directly, Bill is free to set up an implied payment that he doesn't have to deliver on).
***
Going in further, let's look at the technology involved: this laptop has to easily go back to the early 80's judging by the sound from the hardware and the green monochrome screen. Multiple password failure intrusion countermeasures did not exist yet at this point, and even today those would simply not allow the hundreds of failed attempts Dipper went through before triggering on, rather being set somewhere between 3-10 tries depending on how paranoid the mindset of the person setting it up. Additionally, Bill appears immediately to Dipper once the countdown has started, so combining these facts with Dipper's lack of sleep (later remarked on) so the conclusion is that ''the countdown never happened at all.'' It was all a dream effect concocted by Bill to trick Dipper into accepting a DealWithTheDevil and hand him over a blank check. Need more evidence? ''He physically destroys the laptop once he possesses Dipper.'' Why would he have even ''needed'' to do so if the hard drive was seconds away from complete erasure? It would have been far more amusing to Bill to just watch Dipper despair as the erasure progress bar would have slowly deleted not only the data, but Dipper's hope of a solution to the greater mystery as well.



** [[http://modmad.tumblr.com/post/98161859400/well-what-did-ya-expect-in-an-opera-a-happy This comic provides an answer to that.]]



** Aren't we all?



*** There's the implication of what [[spoiler: [=.GIFfany=] did to her programmers]] upon them trying to delete her.
*** The fact that in usual dating sims there are more than just one potential love interest, meaning [=.GIFfany=] wasn't supposed to be the only girl/Sentient AI in that game. Lord only knows what she did to get rid of her "Competition"...
*** Plus there's the fact that the copy of Romance Academy 7 we saw couldn't just be the only one. Who's to say [=.GIFfany=] isn't inside some other copy of the game that was shipped to the US for purchase? Unless they were destroyed I bet there's some unfortunate sap that just bought himself a dating sim with a Yadere AI.
*** Even if the other games experienced a similar problem, [=.GIFfany's=] creators caught on to hers fairly quickly, so it's possible that she was the only girl programmed into the game before they found out.
*** Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but there is a probable way that the prototype of [=.GIFfany's=] game could have accidentally gotten out. Game programer realizes that the game has GoneHorriblyWrong, so decides that it should never see the light of day, so steals the only copy from the company, but for some reason doesn't destroy it, thinking that just keeping the disc will be enough. Then the programer moves to one of the companies in the Silicone Forest, bringing the game to the Oregon area. At some point (And for some reason) the programer dies, and when the next of kin is going through their stuff they decide to hock the game for cash, not knowing what it is.
*** This assumes that any of the programmers SURVIVED making the game. When [=.GIFfany=] was talking about how she was made, she mentioned having to delete '''them''', plural. This could either mean a few of them got deleted and then they shelved the project, or she went full on GLaDOS on them and wiped out the entire studio.
*** As to not destroying it, maybe they wanted to fix it, possibly because she had gone crazy, but they were in love with her, then she killed them accidentally(or on purpose if she thought she'd be better but they were going to delete her sentience). Or she pulled the wireless trick and got herself into another copy and wiped the other one, or wirelessed into the appropriate equipment, and got herself a cover and a disk, then put herself up for sale and used an animatronic thing or electronic packaging to get herself shipped.
*** FridgeHorror with a little of FridgeBrilliance: A image of [=.GIFfany=] shows that she can change the color of her hair. It's possible that she used this in order to be herself the ''whole cast of love interests'' in her game, because of her overpossesive nature or as a way to disguise herself whenever a new person bought her game.
*** Or [=.GIFfany=] isn't [=.GIFfany=], but is the entire Romance Academy 7, using [=.GIFfany's=] face. Games have the code for all their characters and [=RA7=]'s technological ability allows it to mix and match. Perhaps it's even built in, to allow it to be played through over and over with "different" girls. Also, that adaptability could have led to its/her sentience, over the course of developing all seven of the series, assuming the creators didn't just slap on a seven to be cool.
* It never implied whether or not Rumble ever regenerated after the events of "Fight Fighters." When you add [[Disney/WreckItRalph Wreck-it Ralph]] logic to the fact he [[spoiler:died outside his own game....]]
** Considering his cameo in Soos and the Real Girl, he seems to be fine. Or at least was before [=.GIFfany=] zapped him...
*** Though that's probably just a Rumble from the Fight Fighters arcade machine at Hoo-ha's. The one from the Arcade, however...
* In Scary-Oke, the [[spoiler:zombie horde]] comes up relatively close to the Mystery Shack; close enough for their uprising to be felt as an earthquake from there, and close enough for them to get there within five minutes. Which raises the question: what are so many dead bodies doing that close to the Mystery Shack?
** They did technically get summoned out of a glowing green light spewing from the earth, so it's possible that [[spoiler: there weren't bodies buried there, and the spell just opens up a hellmouth that releases zombies.]] Of course, that still leaves the question of where they were summoned ''from''...
*** Perhaps they were the bodies of some of the fallen lumberjacks seen in "Northwest Mansion Noir", moved downhill by the mudslides.
* [[MeaningfulName The name Gideon]] means "cutter of trees". Pine is a kind of tree. In other words, Gideon is meant to be a cutter, or destroyer, of the Pines family.
** Specifically, Gideon is a Hebrew name, which fits well when one considers that the Pines family may be AmbiguouslyJewish (Pines is a Ashkenazic Jewish surname.) However, it's not just the Pines family, but Dipper Pines a.k.a. ''Pine Tree.''
* Pacifica is among the people to have their memory erased by the Society of the Blind Eye. What did they have erased? Was her mind damaged at all in the process?
** It most likely had to do with the Lilliputtians. She did make it clear that she was going to kick up a fuss about them which probably attracted the society's attention.
** One WMG suggested it wasn't the Lilliputtians, but rather whatever her parents did to her to make her obey at the sound of that bell.
* The ray having negative side-effects. It turned [=McGucket=] into the crazy loon he is today and made the townspeople incredibly stupid (a man walking right into a pole; a man splashing water on his face with a blank smile, Lazy Susan not remembering if she's a man or a woman, etc).
** Just how bad is it? That bandaid on [=McGucket's=] beard used to be on his ''chin.'' The beard grew out from under it. And this was ''30 years ago.''

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*** ** There's the implication of what [[spoiler: [=.GIFfany=] did to her programmers]] upon them trying to delete her.
*** ** The fact that in usual dating sims there are more than just one potential love interest, meaning [=.GIFfany=] wasn't supposed to be the only girl/Sentient AI in that game. Lord only knows what she did to get rid of her "Competition"...
*** Plus there's the fact that the copy of Romance Academy 7 we saw couldn't just be the only one. Who's to say [=.GIFfany=] isn't inside some other copy of the game that was shipped to the US for purchase? Unless they were destroyed I bet there's some unfortunate sap that just bought himself a dating sim with a Yadere AI.
*** Even if the other games experienced a similar problem, [=.GIFfany's=] creators caught on to hers fairly quickly, so it's possible that she was the only girl programmed into the game before they found out.
*** Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but there is a probable way that the prototype of [=.GIFfany's=] game could have accidentally gotten out. Game programer realizes that the game has GoneHorriblyWrong, so decides that it should never see the light of day, so steals the only copy from the company, but for some reason doesn't destroy it, thinking that just keeping the disc will be enough. Then the programer moves to one of the companies in the Silicone Forest, bringing the game to the Oregon area. At some point (And for some reason) the programer dies, and when the next of kin is going through their stuff they decide to hock the game for cash, not knowing what it is.
*** This assumes that any of the programmers SURVIVED making the game. When [=.GIFfany=] was talking about how she was made, she mentioned having to delete '''them''', plural. This could either mean a few of them got deleted and then they shelved the project, or she went full on GLaDOS on them and wiped out the entire studio.
*** As to not destroying it, maybe they wanted to fix it, possibly because she had gone crazy, but they were in love with her, then she killed them accidentally(or on purpose if she thought she'd be better but they were going to delete her sentience). Or she pulled the wireless trick and got herself into another copy and wiped the other one, or wirelessed into the appropriate equipment, and got herself a cover and a disk, then put herself up for sale and used an animatronic thing or electronic packaging to get herself shipped.
*** FridgeHorror with a little of FridgeBrilliance: A image of [=.GIFfany=] shows that she can change the color of her hair. It's possible that she used this in order to be herself the ''whole cast of love interests'' in her game, because of her overpossesive nature or as a way to disguise herself whenever a new person bought her game.
*** Or [=.GIFfany=] isn't [=.GIFfany=], but is the entire Romance Academy 7, using [=.GIFfany's=] face. Games have the code for all their characters and [=RA7=]'s technological ability allows it to mix and match. Perhaps it's even built in, to allow it to be played through over and over with "different" girls. Also, that adaptability could have led to its/her sentience, over the course of developing all seven of the series, assuming the creators didn't just slap on a seven to be cool.
* It never implied whether or not Rumble ever regenerated after the events of "Fight Fighters." When you add [[Disney/WreckItRalph Wreck-it Ralph]] logic to the fact he [[spoiler:died outside his own game....]]
** Considering his cameo in Soos and the Real Girl, he seems to be fine. Or at least was before [=.GIFfany=] zapped him...
*** Though that's probably just a Rumble from the Fight Fighters arcade machine at Hoo-ha's. The one from the Arcade, however...
* In Scary-Oke, the [[spoiler:zombie horde]] comes up relatively close to the Mystery Shack; close enough for their uprising to be felt as an earthquake from there, and close enough for them to get there within five minutes. Which raises the question: what are so many dead bodies doing that close to the Mystery Shack?
** They did technically get summoned out of a glowing green light spewing from the earth, so it's possible that [[spoiler: there weren't bodies buried there, and the spell just opens up a hellmouth that releases zombies.]] Of course, that still leaves the question of where they were summoned ''from''...
*** Perhaps they were the bodies of some of the fallen lumberjacks seen in "Northwest Mansion Noir", moved downhill by the mudslides.
* [[MeaningfulName The name Gideon]] means "cutter of trees". Pine is a kind of tree. In other words, Gideon is meant to be a cutter, or destroyer, of the Pines family. \n** Specifically, Gideon is a Hebrew name, which fits well when one considers that the Pines family may be AmbiguouslyJewish (Pines is a Ashkenazic Jewish surname.) However, it's not just the Pines family, but Dipper Pines a.k.a. ''Pine Tree.''
* Pacifica is among the people to have their memory erased by the Society of the Blind Eye. What did they have erased? Was her mind damaged at all in the process?
** It most likely had to do with the Lilliputtians. She did make it clear that she was going to kick up a fuss about them which probably attracted the society's attention.
** One WMG suggested it wasn't the Lilliputtians, but rather whatever her parents did to her to make her obey at the sound of that bell.
* The ray having negative side-effects. It turned [=McGucket=] into the crazy loon he is today and made the townspeople incredibly stupid (a man walking right into a pole; a man splashing water on his face with a blank smile, Lazy Susan not remembering if she's a man or a woman, etc).
**
etc). Just how bad is it? That bandaid on [=McGucket's=] beard used to be on his ''chin.'' The beard grew out from under it. And this was ''30 years ago.''



* The journal's page on the Blind Eye says that The Author suspects [=McGucket=] of being responsible for starting it. That means that The Author ''knew'' [=McGucket=] was horrified by what he was working on, that he was blasting the bad memories out of his brain, very likely that he was beginning to go insane...''and he didn't do a '''@#$%&!''' thing about it.'' His commentary in the entry doesn't even seem perturbed by the notion. He may even be ''mocking'' the guy. Just what kind of person ''is'' The Author?
** The kind of person who notices his friend going insane and splits up the the info into '''three''' journals?
*** It gets another layer of serious when you know that [[spoiler:The Author was afraid of a creature that possessed people and made deals with them through the mindscape, also known as Bill. So the Author's actions are completely justified: He was isolating himself from him as a form of paranoia, was too busy coming up with a solution, or deliberately isolated himself from someone going insane who might have been a very easy target, meaning fear/ignorance/deliberate separation from a friend who was bright enough to understand what's going on. And that's assuming this happened when he was still around and not sucked into the alternate dimension.]] (on a sidenote the 'split journal into 3' might've been due to... you know, space constraints? A 100 page book only has 100 pages, and you can't add a 101th like you could in the electronic format and digital tech of any kind was in its baby stages at that point)



** And a couple to the [[GroinAttack groin]]. He and Melody are in for a pretty dull relationship.
** The above comment just turned this FridgeHorror into CrossesTheLineTwice.
* The final few seconds of [=McGucket's=] memories show the now crazy old man make a triangle symbol around one of his eyes. Bill Cipher may have been involved in [=McGucket's=] loss of sanity.
** What he screams while making said triangle has been translated to mean "Bill Cipher Triangle."

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** And a couple to the [[GroinAttack groin]]. He and Melody are in for a pretty dull relationship.
** The above comment just turned this FridgeHorror into CrossesTheLineTwice.
* The final few seconds of [=McGucket's=] memories show the now crazy old man make a triangle symbol around one of his eyes. Bill Cipher may have been involved in [=McGucket's=] loss of sanity.
**
sanity. What he screams while making said triangle has been translated to mean "Bill Cipher Triangle."



* [=.GIFfany=] may be a psychotically clingy girlfriend...but think about it from her perspective. Imagine her game, fresh off the shelf for the first time ever, and she spends time with the boy who bought the game, growing genuinely attached and eventually falling in love with him. Then, one day, he unceremoniously dumps her for a real girl and pretty much forgets all about her. And then think about how that would be more than likely not the first time it happened... If this is the case, is it any wonder [=.GIFfany=] got the way she is?
** Well Soos mentioned her dad was an octopus, and you know what they say about [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles a girl with an octopus. ]]

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* [=.GIFfany=] may be a psychotically clingy girlfriend...but think about it from her perspective. Imagine her game, fresh off the shelf for the first time ever, and she spends time with the boy who bought the game, growing genuinely attached and eventually falling in love with him. Then, one day, he unceremoniously dumps her for a real girl and pretty much forgets all about her. And then think about how that would be more than likely not the first time it happened... If this is the case, is it any wonder [=.GIFfany=] got the way she is?
** Well
is? Soos mentioned her dad was an octopus, and you know what they say about [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles a girl with an octopus. ]]



* Welp, as ''The Love God shows'', it's apparently really easy to drug food in Greasy's Diner. The cook won't question or deter you in any way.

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* Welp, as As ''The Love God shows'', it's apparently really easy to drug food in Greasy's Diner. The cook won't question or deter you in any way.



** What punishment is in store for Pacifica once the party guests have left? In any case, her parents are done playing games.
** Pacifica's parents are using a bell to make Pacifica repond to their whims like a Pavlovian dog. A virgin female dog is called a @#$%&!. ''Pacifica is her parents' @#$%&!.''

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** * What punishment is in store for Pacifica once the party guests have left? In any case, her parents are done playing games.
** Pacifica's parents are using a bell to make Pacifica repond to their whims like a Pavlovian dog. A virgin female dog is called a @#$%&!. bitch. ''Pacifica is her parents' @#$%&!.bitch.''



** Does Alex Hirsch really voice act Bill Cipher, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou or does Bill Cipher]] [[DemonicPossession speak through him?!]] Dun-dun-duuun!
* We find out just what they mean by "Not What He Seems." [[spoiler: Stan isn't really Dipper and Mabel's great uncle, he's some imposter that stole his identity after the real Stan Pines died. [[AdultFear Dipper and Mabel were left in the care of a criminal stranger impersonating a family member.]]]]
** Not exactly. [[spoiler: The Stan Pines they've been staying with is still their relative. He's the brother of the Stan Pines who died, making him either another great-uncle, or their grandfather.]]
** As noted in the NightmareFuel page, [[spoiler: had Trigger's humvee crashed differently, Mabel's plans could've gotten her and Dipper seriously injured or even killed, and possibly making Manly Dan a killer.]] Relating to this, [[spoiler: imagine Wendy distraught if her father had actually hurt or killed Dipper and Mabel by ramming the truck into the humvee]].
** WordOfGod has confirmed [[spoiler:Stan having a long-lost twin brother is why he was so distraught at seeing the sculpture of himself get destroyed back in "Headhunters."]]

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** * Does Alex Hirsch really voice act Bill Cipher, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou or does Bill Cipher]] [[DemonicPossession speak through him?!]] Dun-dun-duuun!
* We find out just what they mean by "Not What He Seems." [[spoiler: Stan isn't really Dipper and Mabel's great uncle, he's some imposter that stole his identity after the real Stan Pines died. [[AdultFear Dipper and Mabel were left in the care of a criminal stranger impersonating a family member.]]]]
** Not exactly. [[spoiler: The Stan Pines they've been staying with is still their relative. He's the brother of the Stan Pines who died, making him either another great-uncle, or their grandfather.]]
**
As noted in the NightmareFuel page, [[spoiler: had Trigger's humvee crashed differently, Mabel's plans could've gotten her and Dipper seriously injured or even killed, and possibly making made Manly Dan a killer.]] Relating to this, [[spoiler: imagine Wendy distraught if her father had actually hurt or killed Dipper and Mabel by ramming the truck into the humvee]].
** * WordOfGod has confirmed [[spoiler:Stan having a long-lost twin brother brother]] is why he was so distraught at seeing the sculpture of himself get destroyed back in "Headhunters."]]"



* As [[http://swiftwidget.tumblr.com/post/113232843329/um-guys-a-thought-occurred-to-me someone]] pointed out on Tumblr, [[spoiler:Dipper ''might'' have been possessed by Bill after being tree-ified in "Northwest Manor Mystery"]].
* While we wait for the next new episode, its hard to not think Dipper and Mabel's sibling dynamic changing for the worst from the fallout of "Not What He Seems".



* In "The Tale of Two Stans" it is revealed that [[spoiler:Stanford didn't create the Shapeshifter but it hatched from an egg he found. This means that there could be other Shapeshifters out there.]]
** Also, assuming it wasn't that way by nature, [[spoiler:what did Stanford do to the baby Shapeshifter that made it such a cruel adult?]]

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* In "The Tale of Two Stans" it is revealed that [[spoiler:Stanford didn't create the Shapeshifter but it hatched from an egg he found. This means that there could be other Shapeshifters out there.]]
**
]] Also, assuming it wasn't that way by nature, [[spoiler:what did Stanford do to the baby Shapeshifter that made it such a cruel adult?]]



** Related to that, Soos and Wendy would likely be out of work when [[HopeSpot or if]] Ford kicks Stan out and presumably shuts down the Mystery Shack for good. Wendy will have to go work for one of her relative's logging camp and Soos will lose the best job he ever had (and fail at other new one he gets). And the town will lose one of the most fun places they have.

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** Related to that, Soos and Wendy would likely be out of work when [[HopeSpot or if]] if Ford kicks Stan out and presumably shuts down the Mystery Shack for good. Wendy will have to go work for one of her relative's logging camp and Soos will lose the best job he ever had (and fail at other new one he gets). And the town will lose one of the most fun places they have.



* Well, it's now confirmed that Dipper's still got the memory gun, and the teaser trailer for the latter half of Season 2 reveals he's going to use it at least once more. But who he could be using it on brings up another interesting question. As an entirely mental being, what would happen if the gun was set to "BILL CIPHER" when said demon was possessing the target?
** [[spoiler: Called it! (Well almost, it wasn't just set to BILL CIPHER but still...)]]
* Just who is the character that will "not survive the season" [[WordOfGod as stated by Alex Hirsch?]] Well, the position of Mayor is apparently up for grabs in ''The Stanchurian Candidate'' and Mayor Befufftlefumpter has been revealed through both hidden cryptogram and straight presentation to be "not long for this world"...



** Considering this, the Infinity Die is probably the most powerful and dangerous item in the entire series, which begs the question why Ford destroyed the portal but kept the ever-more-destructive die in an easily opened box, more so than just as the plots McGuffin.
** To be fair, he could've just rolled an eight.
** It's important to note that the fact that there are infinite possibilities means that there is an infinite number of positive situations that could occur as a result of the die, so there was just as much chance of something good happening as there was of something bad happening. The die isn't evil, they just got unlucky in this episode. The portal (and the rift it created) can and will destroy the universe (and maybe even the multiverse, who knows) if not destroyed or controlled, but with the die, anything could happen, and that could prove useful later.
** Broadly speaking, if there are an infinite number of good, bad, and neutral possibilities, then there's actually a 66% chance that nothing bad will happen (roll will be neutral or good). And even with bad possibilities, there's just as much infinitely minor bad stuff (Dipper stubs his toe during a scuffle versus universe blowing up) as really big stuff. So despite the fact that there is an infinite probability of anything, there is in fact an bigger infinite of the outcome being not catastrophic versus the infinite possibilities of catastrophic results. And its measurable fairly well, which is why Ford probably felt fairly confident about it. Even one bad roll, assuming it doesn't instantly annihilate Ford, could likely be reverse or even improved with a second roll.
** FridgeBrilliance actually comes in with this that Ford probably kept it as a means to fight Bill in the event he crossed over to Earth.
** There's literally no point in speculating relative probabilities of good/bad/neutral results as infinite collections, unlike finite ones, do NOT have fixed probabilities. If you want to talk probability with infinite collections, you must specify what you mean by "random selection". For example: if you arrange good and bad results as alternating (good, bad, good, bad...) you could say that there's a 50% chance of good and 50% chance of bad. But you could equally well arrange them like (good, bad, bad, bad, good, bad, bad, bad...) and suddenly the probability of bad result is 75% even though the results are still the same, just reordered.



** A bigger question would be, what happened to [[spoiler:Bud Gleeful]] after this episode? Did he get sent to prison for [[spoiler:almost killing Dipper and Mabel]]? Or worse, is he suffering from [[spoiler:his son using him as a mind controlled puppet and was aware of everything Gideon made him do, including attempted murder]]? All in all, [[AlasPoorVillain he's not likely to be well off either way.]]
** [[http://moringmark.tumblr.com/post/128031175483 Remember, Dipper still has the memory eraser gun...]]

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** A bigger question would be, what * What happened to [[spoiler:Bud Gleeful]] after this episode? "The Stanchurian Candidate"? Did he get sent to prison for [[spoiler:almost killing Dipper and Mabel]]? Or worse, is he suffering from [[spoiler:his son using him as a mind controlled puppet and was aware of everything Gideon made him do, including attempted murder]]? All in all, [[AlasPoorVillain he's not likely to be well off either way.]]
** [[http://moringmark.tumblr.com/post/128031175483 Remember, Dipper still has the memory eraser gun...
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*** Adding to this. How did Ford install the [[spoiler:metal plate into his head]]? No sane doctor would do that if you claim it's the only safety measure against a dream demon and Ford was probably too paranoid to go to the hospital anyway. He probably did it ''himself''.
** [[spoiler: At the end of the episode Bill cycles through a list of possible pawns too use for his plans, showing nearly the entire town which includes ''Soos and Wendy''. Either he's going through a list of deals already made or he's getting ready to start making offers like he did to Dipper.]]
*** [[spoiler: Both possibilities are bad enough on their own but either applied to Soos and Wendy makes you wonder just what Bill has planned.]]

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*** Adding to this. ** How did Ford install the [[spoiler:metal plate into his head]]? No sane doctor would do that if you claim it's the only safety measure against a dream demon and Ford was probably too paranoid to go to the hospital anyway. He probably did it ''himself''.
** [[spoiler: At the end of the episode Bill cycles through a list of possible pawns too use for his plans, showing nearly the entire town which includes ''Soos and Wendy''. Either he's going through a list of deals already made or he's getting ready to start making offers like he did to Dipper.]]
*** [[spoiler: Both possibilities are bad enough on their own but either applied to Soos and Wendy makes you wonder just what Bill has planned.]]
''himself''.



* In the latest episode, Roadside Attraction, there's this tourists attraction with [[spoiler: a giant human spider lady as one of the workers]] who apparently provides a few of the attractions, including daily new mummies and [[spoiler: the giant spider in the forest. She's been eating tourists and using the their corpse with her web to make the new mummies. Mummies that come in daily!]] However, while Pines family and Candy and Grenda manage to get out of there alive, the girls that Dipper flirted with were all there too. Along with possibly their families. We never see them after they confront Dipper!
* In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future," [[spoiler: Blendin']] made a deal with Bill. Problem: [[spoiler: Blendin']] was happy where we last saw him because [[spoiler: the twins petitioned the Time Baby to give Blendin' his job back as well as hair]]. What did Bill promise him?!
** Worse, did Bill spend a long time wearing him down mentally as a backup plan? Someone who can affect the dreamscape could easily prevent you from sleeping, and Bill knows it's easier to get deals out of the sleep-deprived Plus [[spoiler: Blendin']] fits his criteria of "outside the shack" nicely since he's normally [[spoiler: not even in the same time period]] possibly giving Bill even more time to work on him.
** In "Blendin's Game", didn't the guards say that no one had escaped Time Prison before Blendin tried? Maybe Bill helped him get out.
** Actually, "Weirdmagedon Part 1" shows him confused about what's going on after Bill left his body, freaked over what's happening, and enraged that Bill took over his body. This brings a new FridgeHorror into play. It seems that Blendin' didn't do anything to allow Bill to take over his body, meaning that it's possible that his powers grew, as Ford mentioned in "The Last Mabelcorn", to the point that he didn't need to make deals anymore to use DemonicPossession. This is actually foreshadowed in "The Last Mabelcorn" when Ford create a Bill-proof force field around the Mystery Shack to keep Bill from possessing anyone inside, even though ''no one'' in there would willingly make a deal with Bill for him to do so.
* The climax of Dipper and Mabel's falling-out is in direct parallel to their Grunkles' falling-out forty-plus years ago. Due to his high intelligence, Dipper is offered a golden opportunity for his future, but it requires him to abandon Mabel. Admittedly, he's far more reluctant to do this than Ford had seemed. He ultimately takes the opportunity, which Mabel overhears. After a confrontation, Mabel acts out and ends up doing more damage to Dipper's goals than she intended. The only question is; how understanding is Dipper going to be of this whole thing?
** To be fair, for all his brains, Dipper is more like Stan than Ford. And Weirdmageddon Part 1 features a clip of Dipper calling frantically over the walkie for Mabel to answer, at the very least, he seems to recognize that it's partly his fault they're in the mess because he did say [[ThatCameOutWrong exactly the wrong thing to defend his decision to stay with Ford]].
** Really, it's not even that Dipper said the wrong thing. His words weren't mean or harsh and were actually perfectly true, but his talk of inevitable change were the exact things Mabel was upset about earlier in the day, and he couldn't have known that was what she was afraid and in denial of because she's stopped talking to him about her fears since that brief conversation in "A Tale of Two Stans," just like Dipper's stopped confiding in her about the dangers they're in. It's PoorCommunicationKills on both sides.
* Stanley warned Ford to stay away from the kids, or at least keep them out of his investigation stuff. How would he react when he finds out that he's not only been enlisting the help of his nephew, bringing him into potential danger, but as well as his niece unknowingly starting the apocalypse out of pure sorrow and by the hands of the psychotic powerful enemy of Ford? [[AdultFear Not well,]] [[PapaWolf perhaps.]]
* Would it far fetched for Bill to [[spoiler:reveal to everyone that Mabel accidentally caused the weirdocalypse]]?
** Probably not since he's possibly counting on the Pines splitting apart as a family. Not to mention he was rather quick to point out Mabel's flaws during Sock Opera.
** Jossed... for now. He's so far put all blame on Ford, [[spoiler:not Mabel]] because Ford is the one Bill primarily had it out for. Though I wouldn't put it passed him to do it later, just to twist the knife and try to ruin Dipper and Mabel's relationship if they get close to beating him.

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* In the latest episode, Roadside Attraction, there's this tourists attraction with [[spoiler: a giant human spider lady as one of the workers]] who apparently provides a few of the attractions, including daily new mummies and [[spoiler: the giant spider in the forest. She's been eating tourists and using the their corpse with her web to make the new mummies. Mummies that come in daily!]] However, while Pines family and Candy and Grenda manage to get out of there alive, the girls that Dipper flirted with were all there too. Along with possibly their families. We never see them after they confront Dipper!
* In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future," [[spoiler: Blendin']] made a deal with Bill. Problem: [[spoiler: Blendin']] was happy where we last saw him because [[spoiler: the twins petitioned the Time Baby to give Blendin' his job back as well as hair]]. What did Bill promise him?!
** Worse, did Bill spend a long time wearing him down mentally as a backup plan? Someone who can affect the dreamscape could easily prevent you from sleeping, and Bill knows it's easier to get deals out of the sleep-deprived Plus [[spoiler: Blendin']] fits his criteria of "outside the shack" nicely since he's normally [[spoiler: not even in the same time period]] possibly giving Bill even more time to work on him.
** In "Blendin's Game", didn't the guards say that no one had escaped Time Prison before Blendin tried? Maybe Bill helped him get out.
** Actually,
"Weirdmagedon Part 1" shows him Blendin confused about what's going on after Bill left his body, freaked over what's happening, and enraged that Bill took over his body. This brings a new FridgeHorror into play. It seems that Blendin' didn't do anything to allow Bill to take over his body, meaning that it's possible that his powers grew, as Ford mentioned in "The Last Mabelcorn", to the point that he didn't need to make deals anymore to use DemonicPossession. This is actually foreshadowed in "The Last Mabelcorn" when Ford create a Bill-proof force field around the Mystery Shack to keep Bill from possessing anyone inside, even though ''no one'' in there would willingly make a deal with Bill for him to do so.
* The climax of Dipper and Mabel's falling-out is in direct parallel to their Grunkles' falling-out forty-plus years ago. Due to his high intelligence, Dipper is offered a golden opportunity for his future, but it requires him to abandon Mabel. Admittedly, he's far more reluctant to do this than Ford had seemed. He ultimately takes the opportunity, which Mabel overhears. After a confrontation, Mabel acts out and ends up doing more damage to Dipper's goals than she intended. The only question is; how understanding is Dipper going to be of this whole thing?
** To be fair, for all his brains, Dipper is more like Stan than Ford. And Weirdmageddon Part 1 features a clip of Dipper calling frantically over the walkie for Mabel to answer, at the very least, he seems to recognize that it's partly his fault they're in the mess because he did say [[ThatCameOutWrong exactly the wrong thing to defend his decision to stay with Ford]].
**
Really, it's not even that Dipper said the wrong thing. His words weren't mean or harsh and were actually perfectly true, but his talk of inevitable change were the exact things Mabel was upset about earlier in the day, and he couldn't have known that was what she was afraid and in denial of because she's stopped talking to him about her fears since that brief conversation in "A Tale of Two Stans," just like Dipper's stopped confiding in her about the dangers they're in. It's PoorCommunicationKills on both sides.
* Stanley warned Ford to stay away from the kids, or at least keep them out of his investigation stuff. How would he react when he finds out that he's not only been enlisting the help of his nephew, bringing him into potential danger, but as well as his niece unknowingly starting the apocalypse out of pure sorrow and by the hands of the psychotic powerful enemy of Ford? [[AdultFear Not well,]] [[PapaWolf perhaps.]]
* Would it far fetched for Bill to [[spoiler:reveal to everyone that Mabel accidentally caused the weirdocalypse]]?
** Probably not since he's possibly counting on the Pines splitting apart as a family. Not to mention he was rather quick to point out Mabel's flaws during Sock Opera.
** Jossed... for now. He's so far put all blame on Ford, [[spoiler:not Mabel]] because Ford is the one Bill primarily had it out for. Though I wouldn't put it passed him to do it later, just to twist the knife and try to ruin Dipper and Mabel's relationship if they get close to beating him.
Ford?



* If Mabel's [[spoiler:deal with Blendin hadn't been a trap, it still would have been ''utterly horrifying'' of the MindScrew Lovecraftian nightmare kind. Ignoring the very RealityBreakingParadox nature of eliminating an entire mass of land from the time stream, thus essentially removing Gravity Falls from the same dimension as the rest of the world, the most horrifying question raised by this possibility is whether anyone inside the TimeStop would even be able to ''realize'' that time wasn't passing right, because if no one realizes something's broken, ''it won't get fixed''. Whether it's a true 'total freeze' kind of TimeStop or a GroundhogDayLoop, the TimeStop Mabel's asking for would likely have lasted forever without anyone inside ''knowing'' it had lasted forever [[Catch22Dilemma since all forms of time measurement would be gone]]--which means that perhaps Bill's Apocalypse is the ''preferable'' fate for the town, since at least that appears slightly more comprehensible and thus likely fixable. If Blendin's offer had been legit, Mabel's plan would have been [[AFateWorseThanDeath far worse than the end of the world for Gravity Falls.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Becomes AscendedFridgeHorror because time ''does'' freeze in addition to everything Bill brought]].
* So, last we saw of [[spoiler: Preston Northwest, he no longer had a functional mouth due to Bill [[FacialHorror rearranging the functions of every orifice on his face]]. As of the last episode, we're three days into the Oddpocalypse. He hasn't been able to eat in three days as far as we know, so who's to say he hasn't starved/thirsted to death?]]
** Considering that Bill replaced his mouth his eye, it could be that his right ear was replaced with his mouth. Not that that's much better, but hey, at lest he ''could'' technically eat/drink.
** Not likely. The noises he made after his transformation are muffled by skin, meaning there's no opening for the sound, and thus no opening for sustenance. He's likely dead.
*** Don't forget Bill's twisted sense of humor. We all know Preston's been talking out of his own ass for years, Bill may have made this quite literal now.
* Mabel likely has no idea what's been going on in the world (having been locked up in that bubble and all), meaning she's going to emerge to a bombed-out shell of civilization--and have to deal with the fact that, intentionally or unintentionally, she caused it.
* [[spoiler:Remember that journal page that said "TRUST NO ONE". You know why Bill succeeded in opening the rift? '''Because Ford trusted Dipper with the rift.''']]
** Or rather, because he ''didn't'' trust anyone else with it. FatalFlaw, anyone?
* Here's a creepy thought to consider: Since Bill and his gang are now on Earth, what's to stop them from deciding to unfreeze the Shapeshifter in Ford's bunker and invite him to join them?
** What's to stop the refugees in the Mystery Shack from doing that?
** It gets worse if it's just left there. Remember that the last shape he took before being refrozen is Dipper's. At some point in the future, some poor unsuspecting soul will wander in there by accident, believe that some harmless child was frozen cryogenically and ''set loose the shapeshifter upon the world.''
* The refugees in the Mystery Shack include both Pacifica and the unicorn from ''The Last Mabelcorn''. A unicorn who wound Mabel up to think of herself as a bad person, even to the point of self-abuse, purely for it's own amusement. Not only does Mabel have a cleaner record of 'goodness' than the recently redeemed Pacifica, but Pacifica is also far more generally insecure than Mabel and has suffered a HeroicBSOD after being faced with the truth of her family line. One can only hope they've never spoken before.
** Candy and Grenda were also there, so they could've warned her about the unicorn's tricks.
** She didn't do that ForTheEvulz or even ForTheLulz, she did it so that they'd leave her alone. These are VERY different circumstances, so I doubt she would actually do it.

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* If Mabel's [[spoiler:deal with Blendin hadn't been a trap, it still would have been ''utterly horrifying'' of the MindScrew Lovecraftian nightmare kind. Ignoring the very RealityBreakingParadox nature of eliminating an entire mass of land from the time stream, thus essentially removing Gravity Falls from the same dimension as the rest of the world, the most horrifying question raised by this possibility is whether anyone inside the TimeStop would even be able to ''realize'' that time wasn't passing right, because if no one realizes something's broken, ''it won't get fixed''. Whether it's a true 'total freeze' kind of TimeStop or a GroundhogDayLoop, the TimeStop Mabel's asking for would likely have lasted forever without anyone inside ''knowing'' it had lasted forever [[Catch22Dilemma since all forms of time measurement would be gone]]--which means that perhaps Bill's Apocalypse is the ''preferable'' fate for the town, since at least that appears slightly more comprehensible and thus likely fixable. If Blendin's offer had been legit, Mabel's plan would have been [[AFateWorseThanDeath far worse than the end of the world for Gravity Falls.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Becomes
]] Becomes AscendedFridgeHorror because time ''does'' freeze in addition to everything Bill brought]].
* So, last we saw of [[spoiler: Preston Northwest, he no longer had a functional mouth due to Bill [[FacialHorror rearranging the functions of every orifice on his face]]. As of the last episode, we're three days into the Oddpocalypse. He hasn't been able to eat in three days as far as we know, so who's to say he hasn't starved/thirsted to death?]]
** Considering that Bill replaced his mouth his eye, it could be that his right ear was replaced with his mouth. Not that that's much better, but hey, at lest he ''could'' technically eat/drink.
** Not likely. The noises he made after his transformation are muffled by skin, meaning there's no opening for the sound, and thus no opening for sustenance. He's likely dead.
*** Don't forget Bill's twisted sense of humor. We all know Preston's been talking out of his own ass for years, Bill may have made this quite literal now.
* Mabel likely has no idea what's been going on in the world (having been locked up in that bubble and all), meaning she's going to emerge to a bombed-out shell of civilization--and have to deal with the fact that, intentionally or unintentionally, she caused it.
* [[spoiler:Remember
Remember that journal page that said "TRUST NO ONE". You [[spoiler:You know why Bill succeeded in opening the rift? '''Because Ford trusted Dipper with the rift.''']]
** Or rather, because he
''didn't'' trust anyone else but Dipper with it. the rift.''' FatalFlaw, anyone?
anyone?]]
* Here's a creepy thought to consider: Since Bill and his gang are now on Earth, what's to stop them from deciding to unfreeze the Shapeshifter in Ford's bunker and invite him to join them?
** What's to stop the refugees in the Mystery Shack from doing that?
** It gets worse if it's just left there. Remember that the last shape he took before being refrozen is Dipper's. At some point in the future, some poor unsuspecting soul will wander in there by accident, believe that some harmless child was frozen cryogenically and ''set loose the shapeshifter upon the world.''
* The refugees in the Mystery Shack include both Pacifica and the unicorn from ''The Last Mabelcorn''. A unicorn who wound Mabel up to think of herself as a bad person, even to the point of self-abuse, purely for it's own amusement. Not only does Mabel have a cleaner record of 'goodness' than the recently redeemed Pacifica, but Pacifica is also far more generally insecure than Mabel and has suffered a HeroicBSOD after being faced with the truth of her family line. One can only hope they've never spoken before.
** Candy and Grenda were also there, so they could've warned her about the unicorn's tricks.
** She didn't do that ForTheEvulz or even ForTheLulz, she did it so that they'd leave her alone. These are VERY different circumstances, so I doubt she would actually do it.
bunker?



* Here's something to think about: the memory gun was supposed to [[spoiler: erase both Bill Cipher and Stan's mind.]] If it didn't do the latter, what are the odds it did the former?
** The thing is, it ''did'' erase [[spoiler: both Stan's mind and Bill. The difference is, Stan's mind was ''brought back,'' like [=McGucket=]'s was. There is nothing of Bill that can be brought back and nothing that would be able to bring him back in the first place. Unless Bill's final, backwards message worked...]]
1st Apr '16 11:37:51 PM hamza678
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** They could have assumed that he was just tall for his age and not much older than Mabel.
** Actually, it could be more that it's expected for girls around that age to date guys a little older than them. Dipper didn't seem to get his crush until the episode it was first addressed in the fifth episode.
** In this show, a large size difference doesn't necessarily reflect a large age difference. Dipper and Mabel are a few months shy of 13, and they're a size that you would expect for small children where someone two years older than them (Wendy) is the size of an adult and Grenda, who's probably the same age as the protagonists, is in between. People in this show's universe apparently grow extremely quickly once they hit puberty. It probably wouldn't be a problem for him to claim that he was only a year older.
31st Mar '16 8:14:07 PM Jayalaw
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* We also see Mabel's fashion sense kick in; she and Candy are wearing empire dresses to create figures, while apple-shaped Grenda has a dress that gives her an inverse pyramid shape. The things that mess up the gowns' aesthetic gestalt are the hats and hair; Candy's up-do ponytail makes her look more childish, and Mabel's hat does the same with the exaggerated heart and large roses. In contrast, Pacifica's gown is simple and sleek except for the furry sleeves, to reflect the upper class fashion from red carpets, and she wears no hats or fancy hairdos.




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* Given Mermando kept sending bottles to Mabel, starting with a dozen shoved into the pool pipes he never actually broke off their relationship. Probably he was hoping to keep their romance long-distance, up until his [[spoiler: ArrangedMarriage to the Manatee Queen.]] Which means when Mabel was hitting on Gabe and wanted to see him after the puppet show, she might have accidentally cheated on Mermando!
31st Mar '16 6:50:22 PM Jayalaw
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* Why is Old Man [=McGucket=] so insane? It's already been leaked that [[spoiler: he's actually the one who wrote the journals, and according to book 3 he's had at least one run-in with Bill Cipher. Bill is the one that drove him insane.]]
** {{Jossed}}. [[spoiler: He's a scientific genius who drove ''himself'' insane, and once ''knew'' the one who wrote the journals]]. But his last video implies that Bill was involved.

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* Why is Old Man [=McGucket=] so insane? It's already been leaked that [[spoiler: he's actually the one who wrote the journals, and according to book 3 he's had at least one run-in with Bill Cipher. Bill is the one that drove him insane.]]
** {{Jossed}}.
[[spoiler: He's a scientific genius who drove ''himself'' insane, and once ''knew'' the one who wrote the journals]]. But his last video implies that Bill was involved.


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* As someone recreating Mabel's gown for a cosplay, one learns just how the creators have ShownTheirWork in making the girls' dresses, since Mabel expressly stating they're getting the "glue guns" and crafting them from scratch. Grenda and Mabel have flowers for their garments, and they would need glue to make a synthetic flower out of felt quickly, as opposed to folding a satin ribbon to get the same effect. That explains how Mabel has so many in her dress, as well as several large ones on her hat. As for the dresses themselves, Mabel has at least two sewing machines, so it makes sense that she could get them done quickly after doing a rush job on the sock puppets in "Sock Opera".
30th Mar '16 4:24:35 PM SnowyWolf
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* Dipper saying that all Pacifica's ever done is try to humiliate him and Mabel is actually a bit of foreshadowing. Trying to humiliate the kids really is [[ExactWords all Pacifica's ever done]]. Contrast that with Robbie, who's come this close to beating the snot out of Dipper and repeatedly threatened to kill him, Gideon who's tried to do who-knows-what to him with lamb sheers, and Bill who's freaking Bill. Pacifica is by far the most innocent of the show's antagonists, much like she's the most innocent in her family. * Dipper saying that all Pacifica's ever done is try to humiliate him and Mabel is actually a bit of foreshadowing. Trying to humiliate the kids really is all Pacifica's ever done. Contrast that with Robbie, who's come this close to beating the snot out of Dipper and repeatedly threatened to kill him, Gideon who's tried to do who-knows-what to him with lamb sheers, and Bill who's freaking Bill. Pacifica is by far the most innocent of the show's antagonists, much like she's the most innocent in her family.

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* Dipper saying that all Pacifica's ever done is try to humiliate him and Mabel is actually a bit of foreshadowing. Trying to humiliate the kids really is [[ExactWords all Pacifica's ever done]]. Contrast that with Robbie, who's come this close to beating the snot out of Dipper and repeatedly threatened to kill him, Gideon who's tried to do who-knows-what to him with lamb sheers, and Bill who's freaking Bill. Pacifica is by far the most innocent of the show's antagonists, much like she's the most innocent in her family. * Dipper saying that all Pacifica's ever done is try to humiliate him and Mabel is actually a bit of foreshadowing. Trying to humiliate the kids really is all Pacifica's ever done. Contrast that with Robbie, who's come this close to beating the snot out of Dipper and repeatedly threatened to kill him, Gideon who's tried to do who-knows-what to him with lamb sheers, and Bill who's freaking Bill. Pacifica is by far the most innocent of the show's antagonists, much like she's the most innocent in her family.
30th Mar '16 4:22:15 PM SnowyWolf
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* Dipper saying that all Pacifica's ever done is try to humiliate him and Mabel is actually a bit of foreshadowing. Trying to humiliate the kids really is [[ExactWords all Pacifica's ever done]]. Contrast that with Robbie, who's come this close to beating the snot out of Dipper and repeatedly threatened to kill him, Gideon who's tried to do who-knows-what to him with lamb sheers, and Bill who's freaking Bill. Pacifica is by far the most innocent of the show's antagonists, much like she's the most innocent in her family. * Dipper saying that all Pacifica's ever done is try to humiliate him and Mabel is actually a bit of foreshadowing. Trying to humiliate the kids really is all Pacifica's ever done. Contrast that with Robbie, who's come this close to beating the snot out of Dipper and repeatedly threatened to kill him, Gideon who's tried to do who-knows-what to him with lamb sheers, and Bill who's freaking Bill. Pacifica is by far the most innocent of the show's antagonists, much like she's the most innocent in her family.
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* Melody's cameo with Soos in the Mystery Shack reveals just how well Soos will do [[spoiler: as the new Mr. Mystery.]] Like Soos Melody hates being an adult, but she knows how to be responsible at paying bills and doing her job, as she revealed in her primary appearance. She can keep Soos grounded [[spoiler: while they run the Shack together.]]
* Soos earned his right to [[spoiler: inherit the Shack]] because unlike Dipper and Mabel, he has a strong desire to become the new "Mr. Mystery" and has been working at the Shack for ten years, to the point where it's become his second home. Dipper and Mabel learned the hard way how much work Stan does to turn a profit, which included dealing with troublesome employees, and Mabel refused to run the Shack for the rest of the summer because she didn't want to have to deal with it on her break. For Soos, given he was one of the troublesome employees that Mabel dealt with, and Wendy's off in high school, [[spoiler: he won't have the same troubles or disillusionment that Dipper and Mabel suffered.]]
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