History TearJerker / GravityFalls

25th Apr '18 6:00:59 PM DipperPines
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** This one is born more from FridgeHorror than anything actually spelled out in the episode, but it's worth noting that this episode was ''supposed'' to come out and presumably [[AnachronicOrder set before]] "Not What He Seems" (hence Ford's absence), and therefore before "The Last Mabelcorn." This means despite Dipper's assurances to the contrary, he's ''still'' not over Wendy. Was Dipper telling the truth at the time, and flirting with all those other girls only a temporary reprieve from thinking about Wendy, or did he lie to Grunkle Stan about his lingering feelings for Wendy just so he wouldn't keep worrying about him after everything else that happened in the episode?

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** This one is born more from FridgeHorror than anything actually spelled out in the episode, but it's worth noting that this episode was ''supposed'' to come out and presumably [[AnachronicOrder set before]] "Not What He Seems" (hence Ford's absence), and therefore before "The Last Mabelcorn." This means despite Dipper's assurances to the contrary, he's ''still'' not over Wendy. Was Dipper telling the truth at the time, and flirting with all those other girls only a temporary reprieve from thinking about Wendy, or did he lie to Grunkle Stan about his lingering feelings for Wendy just so he wouldn't keep worrying about him after everything else that happened in the episode?



** Turns into FridgeHorror and a bigger TearJerker when you realize all Stan might have done was get Waddles on the bus, and not talk to their parents. Just because Waddles was on the bus doesn't mean their parents will want Waddles to stay. So she still may have to let him go when they get home, or take effort to convince them that they will have to deal with Waddles.
** Especially bad if you've ever read [[http://markmak.deviantart.com/art/Waddles-480771827 this]].



* When you think about it, it's pretty sad that Dipper didn't get a girlfriend or receive any form of romantic actions. There were entire episodes devoted to his romantic interests and ShipTease, alongside the ShipTease in the [=McGucket=] puppet short called "Relation Shipping," and in ''VideoGame/GravityFallsLegendOfTheGnomeGemulets''. But in the end, it was rather futile. It was the one thing he didn't get for everything he's done for the people of Gravity Falls. Granted, he's still got a long life ahead, but many shippers felt crestfallen and cheated.
** This is somewhat bittersweet because if the past episodes have said enough, then it means that Dipper isn't ready for a relationship, especially since [[RealityEnsues he was twelve.]] In "Roadside Attraction," he learned how to flirt, but he didn't understand the romantic complications that come after. He is arguably better off single in this case as he still has much to learn.
** However in the real life Journal 3, it heavily implies that Dipper could have developed a crush on Pacifica due to the events of "Northwest Mansion Mystery," as he clumsily made comments on her dress, the way she smelt like flowers and champagne and finally wondering if there was a vibe going to which the former and the latter comments were both crossed out. If the Dipper and Pacifica shippers aren't happy with the fact that nothing developed on screen between the two after "Northwest Mansion Mystery," then they might as well take this moment from the book and get some form of satisfaction from it despite how little it is.
21st Apr '18 8:54:12 AM LordOfTheSword
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** Her parents literally use [[BehavioralConditioning Pavlovian training]] on her... It's to the point that she's terrified to so much as step ''foot'' on their expensive carpet with dirty shoes and would rather take her chances with a vengeful Lumberjack Ghost.

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** Her parents literally use [[BehavioralConditioning Pavlovian training]] on her... It's to the point that she's terrified to so much as step ''foot'' on their expensive carpet with dirty shoes and would rather take her chances with a vengeful Lumberjack Ghost. She never had a ''choice'' in betraying Dipper. [[AbusiveParents Her father and mother chose for her]].
21st Apr '18 8:52:00 AM LordOfTheSword
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** Listen to her saying "Dipper, you came back!" before he starts accusing them all of what they did. She has genuine ''joy'' in her voice, since someone she actually considers a friend might party with her. And then there's a split second shot of her before she apologizes, with her face filled with regret at being faced with betraying one of the few people who actually ''cared'' about her.
13th Apr '18 1:19:01 PM Roxkstargirl
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7th Apr '18 8:20:01 PM DipperPines
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** Mabel being forced to choose between trusting her brother or great uncle. The reversed gravity makes it clear that she's in tears.

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** Mabel being forced to choose between trusting her brother or great uncle.uncle—a case of logic vs feelings. The reversed gravity makes it clear that she's in tears.



* Fiddleford was the only person Stanford became friends with while he was in college, and was the only person he trusted to help with researching alongside him on all the weirdness residing in Gravity Falls. After Fiddleford accidentally catches [[EldritchLocation a glimpse of the other side of the portal]], he quits working on the Interdimensional Portal with Ford after [[VaguenessIsComing seeing the repercussions of the it fully functioning.]] Ford thereafter slowly begins to lose his sanity and becomes a disheveled, tremendously paranoid wreck—he adds a "STAY OUT" and a "NO TRESPASSING!" signs along with fences and wiring around the cabin, and doesn't want anyone to visit him asides from Stan. Ford was doing the the most significant note he wrote in Journal 3: '''TRUST NO ONE!'''

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* Fiddleford was the only person Stanford became friends with while he was in college, and was the only person he trusted to help with researching alongside him on all the weirdness residing in Gravity Falls. After Fiddleford accidentally catches [[EldritchLocation a glimpse of the other side of the portal]], he quits working on the Interdimensional Portal with Ford after [[VaguenessIsComing seeing the repercussions of the it fully functioning.]] Ford thereafter slowly begins to lose his sanity and becomes a disheveled, tremendously paranoid wreck—he adds a "STAY OUT" and a "NO TRESPASSING!" signs along with fences and wiring around the cabin, and doesn't want anyone to visit him asides from Stan. Ford was doing the the most significant note he wrote in Journal 3: '''TRUST NO ONE!'''
7th Apr '18 12:15:44 AM DipperPines
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** Even worse is Mabel's increasingly desperate insisting that the whole thing is just one big, horrible misunderstanding.



** Even worse is Mabel's increasingly desperate insisting that the whole thing is just one big, horrible misunderstanding.



** Stan desperately pleading that everything he did, he did for the sake of the Pines family, even as he acknowledges that he did some bad things. No matter what, Stan does truly love Dipper and Mabel (and his brother), and you can feel how much it hurts him that the twins are doubting that, especially Mabel judging by the pain in his voice when he asks, "You really believe I'm a bad guy?"

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** Stan desperately pleading that everything he did, he did for the sake of the Pines family, even as he acknowledges that he did some bad things. No matter what, Stan does truly love Dipper and Mabel (and his brother), and you can feel how much it hurts him that the twins are doubting that, especially Mabel judging by the pain in his voice when he asks, "You really believe think I'm a bad guy?"



** When Stan asks for a thank you from Ford for saving him, and Ford replies with bottled up resentment. Stan ''nearly'' reciprocates a punch back and calls Ford ungrateful.

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** When Stan asks for a thank you from Ford for saving him, and Ford replies with how dangerous the whole action was and with bottled up resentment. resentment over the incident with his old high school project. Stan calls Ford ungrateful and ''nearly'' reciprocates a the punch back and calls Ford ungrateful.back.



** And lastly, an already harsh moment made even harsher. Remember how heartbroken Stan was when asking Mabel if she really believed him to be a bad guy? Aside from the bond he formed with the twins being close to be broken, turns out that a member of his family ''believing'' he was a bad guy caused him to lose his brother, and it was really close to happening ''again''.

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** And lastly, an already harsh moment made even harsher. Remember how heartbroken Stan was when asking he asked Mabel if she really believed him to be thought he was a bad guy? Aside from the bond he formed with the twins being close to be broken, it turns out that a member of his family ''believing'' ''thinking'' he was a bad guy caused him to lose his brother, and it was really close to happening ''again''.



** It's worth noticing that [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/512779b0b932f9af79b0ec54716cc49a/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo1_r1_500.jpg unlike the swing set in Stan's mindscape]] the swing set in Ford's dream is in good condition: It reflects how Ford assumed Stan was fine during their childhood.

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** It's worth noticing that [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/512779b0b932f9af79b0ec54716cc49a/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo1_r1_500.jpg unlike the swing set in Stan's mindscape]] mindscape]], the swing set in Ford's dream is in good condition: It reflects how Ford assumed Stan was fine during their childhood.
6th Apr '18 8:09:37 PM DipperPines
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** Dipper's horrified reaction when the mirror breaks and releases the Lumberjack Ghost.

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** Dipper's horrified reaction expression when the mirror breaks and releases the Lumberjack Ghost.Ghost, realizing that he inadvertently put Mabel (and everyone else) in danger.
6th Apr '18 7:31:06 PM DipperPines
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** Her parents literally use [[BehavioralConditioning Pavlovian training]] on her... It's to the point that she's terrified to so much as step ''foot'' on their expensive carpet with dirty shoes and would rather take her chances with a vengeful Lumberjack Ghost.



** Dipper's horrified reaction when the mirror breaks and releases the ghost, who heads back to the party, putting Mabel in danger.

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** Dipper's horrified reaction when the mirror breaks and releases the ghost, who heads back to the party, putting Mabel in danger.Lumberjack Ghost.
6th Apr '18 7:12:38 PM DipperPines
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* Grunkle Stan brings Dipper and Mabel to Lake Gravity Falls to go fishing with the twins, specifically to have family bonding time with them. He even gives both of the kids fishing hats complete with their names (allegedly) hand-stitched on the hats. When Dipper and Mabel opt to search for the Gobblewonker instead, Stan ends up bothering other people to not feel as lonely: he tells a joke to a couple and gives fishing tips to someone else’s child. He even jealously boos a CopyCatSue grandfather and twins for their [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]].

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* Grunkle Stan brings Dipper and Mabel to Lake Gravity Falls to go fishing with the twins, specifically to have family bonding time with them. He even gives both of the kids fishing hats complete with their names (allegedly) hand-stitched on the hats. When Dipper and Mabel opt to search for the Gobblewonker instead, Stan ends up bothering other people to not feel as lonely: he tells a joke to a couple and gives fishing tips to someone else’s else's child. He even jealously boos a CopyCatSue an OddballDoppelganger grandfather and twins for their [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]].




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--->'''Sev'ral Timez:''' ''(singing)'' Mabel girl, we know you love us so!\\
'''Mabel:''' [[HeelRealization And that's why I've got to let you go...]]



*** It's worth noting that the right swing is broken—that's Stan's swing. It's a subtle representation of how Stan felt that his childhood wasn't all that great.



** When Stan talks to Soos about why Stan is so strict with Dipper: he explains that he used to be considered the "biggest wimp on the playground" and was bullied. He toughened up thanks to to his dad bringing signing him up for boxing, and believes that Dipper needs be toughened up too. "So when the world fights, he fights back."
** [[NoodleIncident Whatever happened between]] Bill and Ford that took their relationship from "Bill has proven himself to be one of the friendliest and most trustworthy individuals that I've ever encountered in my life. What a guy! I honestly can't trust him more. Not evil in any way, Bill is a true gentleman", to large bloody red letters reading "Can't Be Trusted!" and "DO NOT SUMMON AT ALL COSTS!" must have really hurt Ford. Thinking about how Ford must have felt when "the friendliest and most trustworthy individual" he knew had betrayed him is honestly heartbreaking.

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** When Stan talks to Soos about why Stan is so strict with Dipper: he explains that he used to be considered the "biggest wimp on the playground" and was bullied. He toughened up thanks to to his dad bringing signing him up for boxing, and believes that Dipper needs be toughened up too. "So when the world fights, he fights back."
** [[NoodleIncident Whatever happened between]] Bill and Ford that took their relationship from "Bill has proven himself to be one of the friendliest and most trustworthy individuals that I've ever encountered in my life. What a guy! I honestly can't trust him more. Not evil in any way, Bill is a true gentleman", to large bloody red letters reading reading, "Can't Be Trusted!" and "DO NOT SUMMON AT ALL COSTS!" must have really hurt Ford. Thinking about how Ford must have felt when "the friendliest and most trustworthy individual" he knew had betrayed him is honestly heartbreaking.



* "Gideon Rises" starts off with the Pines family staying over in Soos's Abuelita's house after getting kicked out of the Mystery Shack in "Dreamscaperers.” It also reveals Soos's depressing and somewhat unkempt living condition: the walls of the house are cracked and missing paint, some of the floorboards are broken, the kitchen cabinets are battered and missing nails, there's cockroaches, a broken toaster, and there isn't even any batteries for Soos's race car set. Soos's grandma saying, "This is not good. I cannot feed such a big family." was no joke either especially with Soos suddenly being jobless—[[EmptyFridgeEmptyLife there was only less than a cup of milk in the fridge.]]
* When Wendy briefly arrives in front of the Pines and Soos, and explains that she would be forced to move to work at her cousin's logging camp if she's jobless. Dipper's expression and speechlessness during the fade transition really reflects how much Gideon owning the Mystery Shack is taking it's toll on everyone that worked and lived there.

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* "Gideon Rises" starts off with the Pines family staying over in Soos's Abuelita's house after getting kicked out of the Mystery Shack in "Dreamscaperers." It also reveals Soos's depressing and somewhat unkempt living condition: the walls of the house are cracked and missing paint, some of the floorboards are broken, the kitchen cabinets are battered and missing nails, there's cockroaches, a broken toaster, and there isn't even any batteries for Soos's race car set. Soos's grandma saying, "This is not good. I cannot feed such a big family." was no joke either especially with Soos suddenly being jobless—[[EmptyFridgeEmptyLife there was only less than a cup of milk in the fridge.]]
* When Wendy briefly arrives in front of the Pines and Soos, and explains that she would be forced to move to work at her cousin's logging camp if she's jobless. Dipper's expression and speechlessness during the fade transition really reflects how much Gideon owning the Mystery Shack is taking it's its toll on everyone that worked and lived there.



** Old Man [=McGucket=]'s first name is actually is Fiddleford, and he was actually sane before constantly using the memory gun to erase unsettling memories. He [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone had been so traumatized]] from what he had [[VaguenessIsComing found out in a previous project]] he was working on that he ends up creating the memory gun and established the [[MemoryWipingCrew Blind Eye Society]] so that he and others [[LaserGuidedAmnesia could forget bad or disturbing memories]], or to [[WeirdnessCensor remain unaware of the weirdness]] in Gravity Falls.

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** Old Man [=McGucket=]'s first name is actually is Fiddleford, and he was actually sane before constantly using the memory gun to erase unsettling memories. He [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone had been so traumatized]] from what he had [[VaguenessIsComing found out in a previous project]] he was working on that he ends up creating the memory gun and established the [[MemoryWipingCrew Blind Eye Society]] so that he and others [[LaserGuidedAmnesia could forget bad or disturbing memories]], or to [[WeirdnessCensor remain unaware of the weirdness]] in Gravity Falls.



--->GIDEON’S TANTRUMS, MISSPELLED TATTOOS,
--->SHANDRA’S REJECTIONS, SOCIETY’S VIEWS

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--->GIDEON’S --->GIDEON'S TANTRUMS, MISSPELLED TATTOOS,
--->SHANDRA’S --->SHANDRA'S REJECTIONS, SOCIETY’S SOCIETY'S VIEWS



** Thompson's pleas to the group to not break apart, saying he'll be alone again without them.

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** Thompson's pleas to the group to not break apart, saying he'll be alone again without them. them—it's sadder given that he's deliberately been the ButtMonkey of Wendy's group.



** Her parents literally use [[BehavioralConditioning Pavlovian training]] on her... It's to the point that she's terrified to so much as step ''foot'' on their expensive carpet with dirty shoes and would rather take her chances with a vengeful lumberjack ghost.



** In retrospect, Stan's comment about Dipper and Mabel: "It’s unnatural for siblings to get along as well as you do." Does this imply that Stan was not a good friend to his brother before he disappeared? Worse; "A Tale of Two Stans" shows that they got along famously as kids, but one accident and several years of mutual bitterness completely destroyed whatever friendship they had before. It's as if Stan has forgotten what a good sibling relationship is supposed to look like.

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** In retrospect, Stan's comment about Dipper and Mabel: "It’s "It's unnatural for siblings to get along as well as you do." Does this imply that Stan was not a good friend to his brother before he disappeared? Worse; "A Tale of Two Stans" shows that they got along famously as kids, but one accident and several years of mutual bitterness completely destroyed whatever friendship they had before. It's as if Stan has forgotten what a good sibling relationship is supposed to look like.



* First off, there's a lot of things about this episode that has a massive amount of TearJerker moments that make earlier gags and one-off moments HarsherInHindsight or {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s, to the point you could say a non-canon tagline for the episode is "[[CerebusRetcon it's not funny anymore]]." Good luck looking at almost anything involving Stan, or [[WhamEpisode watching the show at all]] [[TheEndingChangesEverything without feeling sad inside after this...]]

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* First off, there's a lot of things about this episode that has a has massive amount amounts of TearJerker moments that make earlier gags and one-off moments HarsherInHindsight or {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s, to the point you could say a non-canon tagline for the episode is "[[CerebusRetcon it's not funny anymore]]." Good luck looking at almost anything involving Stan, or [[WhamEpisode watching the show at all]] [[TheEndingChangesEverything without feeling sad inside after this...]]



** In "Dreamscaperers," [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/512779b0b932f9af79b0ec54716cc49a/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo1_r1_500.jpg part of Stan's mindscape has a creepy]] AbandonedPlayground. At the end of "Not What He Seems," we see the playground again... [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/eb67214ed8b013f1c86b7273adff73bb/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo2_r2_500.gif where Stan and his brother sat together and watched the sunset as children.]]

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** In "Dreamscaperers," a [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/512779b0b932f9af79b0ec54716cc49a/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo1_r1_500.jpg part of Stan's mindscape has a creepy]] AbandonedPlayground. At the end of "Not What He Seems," we see the playground again... [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/eb67214ed8b013f1c86b7273adff73bb/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo2_r2_500.gif where Stan and his brother sat together and watched the sunset as children.]]]]



** Stan’s interest in the SadClown portrait from "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel" falls into CerebusRetcon for two reasons: Stan had overheard his principal ''actually call him a clown'' and hammered down with BrutalHonesty about Stan's bleak future, and Stan’s spontaneous dark response about life in the "Bottomless Pit!" short, "Trooth Ache," happened while he, Dipper, and Mabel was watching a ''[[TrollingCreator certain someone]]'' juggling and riding a unicycle on the television. Although Stan doesn't admit it, it's safe to assume that he liked the portrait because he relates to it—he feels as if ''he's the SadClown.''

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** Stan’s Stan's interest in the SadClown portrait from "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel" falls into CerebusRetcon for two reasons: Stan had overheard his principal ''actually call him a clown'' and hammered down with BrutalHonesty about Stan's bleak future, and Stan’s Stan's spontaneous dark response about life in the "Bottomless Pit!" short, "Trooth Ache," happened while he, Dipper, and Mabel was watching a ''[[TrollingCreator certain someone]]'' juggling and riding a unicycle on the television. Although Stan doesn't admit it, it's safe to assume that he liked the portrait because he relates to it—he feels as if ''he's the SadClown.''



** Remember when Stan was [[ComicalOverreacting hilariously overreacting]] to The Duchess Approves from "The Inconveniencing" episode? Specifically, that scene where he sobs, "It's just like my life!" as the Duchess ends up disagreeing with her mother? There's a chance it's bringing up painful memories of being disowned.

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** Remember when Stan was [[ComicalOverreacting hilariously overreacting]] to The "The Duchess Approves Approves" from "The Inconveniencing" episode? Specifically, that scene where he sobs, "It's just like my life!" as the Duchess ends up disagreeing with her mother? There's a chance it's bringing up painful memories of being disowned.



** [[MarkOfShame Stan's tattoo.]] He ''wasn't'' lying when he said he didn't have a tattoo—because it's a ''brand''. [[ScarsAreForever It's the mark of his final, stupid argument with his brother.]] In addition, when rewatching the "Dipper's Guide" short, "Stan's Tattoo," after watching "A Tale of Two Stans," Stan getting angry at Dipper for trying to see his "tattoo" is '''not''' funny anymore.

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** [[MarkOfShame Stan's tattoo.]] He ''wasn't'' lying when he said he didn't have a tattoo—because it's a ''brand''.''burn scar''. [[ScarsAreForever It's the mark of his final, stupid argument with his brother.]] In addition, when rewatching the "Dipper's Guide" short, "Stan's Tattoo," after watching "A Tale of Two Stans," Stan getting angry at Dipper for trying to see his "tattoo" is '''not''' funny anymore.



** Stan being fairly lenient with Wendy, Soos, and Gompers suddenly makes sense, since he's probably feeling sympathetic for them, even he's often indirect about it.

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** Stan being fairly lenient with Wendy, Soos, and Gompers suddenly makes sense, since he's probably feeling sympathetic for them, even he's despite often being indirect about it.



* Stanford—that's not Grunkle Stan, his real name is Stanley—created a perpetual motion machine, and Grunkle Stan ended up accidentally breaking it by angrily pounding on the table that it was displayed on. This made Stanford lose a college scholarship, and ruined his chances to go to his dream school. In response, the Pines family disowned him, claiming that he wouldn't be allowed back into their home until he made up for the money they would have gained. As a result, Stanley was left homeless, and worked as a traveling SnakeOilSalesman just to survive. This continually failed, leaving him with only about a peso to his name.

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** When Stan asks for a thank you from Ford for saving him, and Ford replies with bottled up resentment. Stan ''nearly'' reciprocates a punch back and calls Ford ungrateful.
* Stanford—that's In their senior year of high school, Stanford and Stanley was brought to the principal's office with their parents—but Stanley's told to wait outside. Stanford is told by the principal that he's a genius, his future's bright, and that the admissions team of his dream college is coming to look at his latest experiment, and this makes his not Grunkle Stan, easily impressed father proud. When their mother asks about ''Stanley's'' chances of success, the principal responds with a dismissive "That clown?", and says that at the rate he's going, "he'll be lucky to graduate high school," and that he'd probably be stuck in their New Jersey town, in a dead-end job (scraping barnacles off of a saltwater taffy store on a dock), for the rest of his real name is Stanley—created life. Unbeknownst to any of them, Stanley overhears the ''entire conversation'' and just sits huddled against the door, crushed emotionally and almost on the verge of tears.
* Stanford created
a perpetual motion machine, machine for the science fair for an opportunity to go to his dream college, and Grunkle Stan ended up accidentally breaking it by angrily pounding on the table that it was displayed on. This made Stanford lose a college scholarship, and ruined his chances to go to his dream school. In response, the Pines family disowned him, claiming that he wouldn't be allowed back into their home until he made up for the money they would have gained. As a result, Stanley was left homeless, and worked as a traveling SnakeOilSalesman just to survive. This continually failed, leaving him with only about a peso to his name.



* In their senior year of high school, Stanford and Stanley was brought to the principal's office with their parents—but Stanley's told to wait outside. Stanford is told by the principal that he's a genius, his future's bright, and that the admissions team of his dream college is coming to look at his latest experiment, and this makes his not easily impressed father proud. When their mother asks about ''Stanley's'' chances of success, the principal responds with a dismissive "That clown?", says that at the rate he's going, "he'll be lucky" if he finished high school, and that he'd probably be stuck in their New Jersey town, in a dead-end job (scraping barnacles off of a saltwater taffy store on a dock), for the rest of his life. Unknown to any of them, Stanley overhears the ''entire conversation'' and just sits huddled against the door, crushed emotionally and almost on the verge of tears.



*** This was partially mitigated when some of the people of Gravity Falls garner interest in him and mistake him for Ford, the “mysterious owner” of the cabin. Stan's in a lot of discomfort at the positive claims, but after they mentioned that they're willing to pay for tours of Ford's cabin, [[DirtyBusiness he knew he had to utilize his conman experience.]] The pauses in his response and his sorrowful expression as he says his name is Stanford really seals in how much remorse he has for this decision.

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*** This was partially mitigated when some of the people of Gravity Falls garner interest in him and mistake him for Ford, the “mysterious owner” "mysterious owner" of the cabin. Stan's in a lot of discomfort at the positive claims, but after they mentioned that they're willing to pay for tours of Ford's cabin, [[DirtyBusiness he knew he had to utilize his conman experience.]] The pauses in his response and his sorrowful expression as he says his name is Stanford really seals in how much remorse he has for this decision.



* Mabel's fear that she and Dipper will [[ArmorPiercingQuestion end up like Stan and Ford.]] Even after Dipper reassures her, [[BittersweetEnding you can still tell it bothers her.]]

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* Mabel's fear that she and Dipper will [[ArmorPiercingQuestion she and Dipper will end up like Stan and Ford.]] Even after Dipper reassures her, [[BittersweetEnding you can still tell it bothers her.]]



** He specifically feels [[SuccessfulSiblingSyndrome overshadowed by Ford]], and had felt Soos and the kids was going to end up favoring Ford over him (just like his parents did).

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** He specifically feels [[SuccessfulSiblingSyndrome overshadowed by Ford]], and had felt Soos and the kids was going to end up favoring Ford over him (just like his parents did). It's made worse when he originally didn't want Ford anywhere near the twins, whom he felt was the "only family" he has left.



* [[BadDreams Ford's dream]] at the beginning of this episode has [[https://i.imgur.com/AMTTKry.png a swingset, what seems to be a broken variant of the original Stan O' War, and a partially deconstructed Interdimensional Portal behind him]]—they're all symbolic shames of moments Ford regrets the most in an endless sea of wheat, quietly looming in the murky, polluted sky and reflecting how much Ford is even subconsciously upset over [[WeUsedToBeFriends his broken relationship with Fiddleford and Stan]], especially Stan...

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* [[BadDreams Ford's dream]] at the beginning of this episode has [[https://i.imgur.com/AMTTKry.png a swingset, what seems to be a broken variant of swing set, the original Stan O' War, and a partially deconstructed Interdimensional Portal behind him]]—they're all symbolic shames of moments Ford regrets the most in an endless sea of wheat, quietly looming in the murky, polluted sky and reflecting how much Ford is even subconsciously upset over [[WeUsedToBeFriends his broken relationship with Fiddleford and Stan]], especially Stan...Stan...
** It's worth noticing that [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/512779b0b932f9af79b0ec54716cc49a/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo1_r1_500.jpg unlike the swing set in Stan's mindscape]] the swing set in Ford's dream is in good condition: It reflects how Ford assumed Stan was fine during their childhood.



* This is the episode where the twins' relationship falls apart. To say this episode is a tear jerker is a huge understatement.

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* This is the episode where the twins' relationship falls apart. To say this episode is a tear jerker is a huge ''huge'' understatement.



** This is particularly worse for Mabel since Dipper doesn’t actually hear his sister saying this, as his walkie-talkie wasn’t functioning properly at the time. So he wasn’t aware of how upset she was, nor was he able to comfort her.

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** This is particularly worse for Mabel since Dipper doesn’t doesn't actually hear his sister saying this, as his walkie-talkie wasn’t wasn't functioning properly at the time. So he wasn’t wasn't aware of how upset she was, nor was he able to comfort her.



* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, but this is possibly the lowest point in the series. The end of the world has come; the journals are destroyed; his family is scattered; his mentor is gone; he's spent several days living on the streets during an Apocalypse, hunted by living nightmares--and amongst all this, Dipper decides that the one thing he needs most is Mabel.

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* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, but this is possibly the lowest point in the series. The end of the world has come; the journals are destroyed; his family is scattered; his mentor is gone; he's spent several three days living on the streets by himself during an Apocalypse, hunted by living nightmares--and nightmares—and amongst all this, Dipper decides that the one thing he needs most is Mabel.



** Ford's treatment in general can be this, considering how much of his [[{{Jerkass}} less-friendly]] tendencies developed as coping mechanisms from growing up held to the highest standards and, later on in life, having been betrayed (or so he thought, at least) by the three people he trusted the most (Stanley, Fiddleford, and Bill, in that order; Ford didn't know that Stanley hadn't actually broken his project on purpose). And yet, much of the trauma he's endured is consistently treated as superficial and lesser—and even in the end, it's never properly adressed. As Journal 3 revealed, he hated himself at the end of the show and was [[ItsAllMyFault blaming himself for what happened just as much as everyone else]].

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** Ford's treatment in general can be this, considering how much of his [[{{Jerkass}} less-friendly]] tendencies developed as coping mechanisms from growing up held to the highest standards and, later on in life, having been betrayed (or so he thought, at least) by the three people he trusted the most (Stanley, Fiddleford, and Bill, in that order; Ford didn't know that Stanley hadn't actually broken his project on purpose). And yet, much of the trauma he's endured is consistently treated as superficial and lesser—and even in the end, it's never properly adressed.addressed. As Journal 3 revealed, he hated himself at the end of the show and was [[ItsAllMyFault blaming himself for what happened just as much as everyone else]].



** After JK Simmons has played so many strong, tough characters, it's incredibly jarring to hear him sounding like he's genuinely about to cry on the line "You're our hero, Stanley."

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** After JK Simmons Creator/JKSimmons has played so many strong, tough characters, it's incredibly jarring to hear him sounding like he's genuinely about to cry on the line "You're our hero, Stanley."
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''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', being a show made by Creator/{{Disney}}, is expected to have a lot of [[TearJerker really sad]] moments.

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''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', being a show made by Creator/{{Disney}}, is expected ->''"Mabel, how can everything be so amazing and so terrible all at the same time?"''
-->-- '''Dipper Pines''', "Into the Bunker"

While Dipper and Mabel's summer in [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Gravity Falls]] was often chock full of [[Funny/GravityFalls hilarious]], [[Heartwarming/GravityFalls heartwarming]], and sometimes [[NightmareFuel/GravityFalls downright terrifying]] moments, it wasn't uncommon for the twins and others
to have a lot of rough times that [[TearJerker really sad]] moments.evoked sympathy]]. [[UpToEleven These heartbreaking bits get cranked up during Season Two]] as more mysteries are solved—and suddenly, some of the breezy PlayedForLaughs of previous adventures [[CerebusRetcon might not seem as funny anymore...]] '''Beware of unmarked spoilers!'''

[[TearJerker/GravityFallsJournal3 Click here for Tear Jerker]] from ''[[Literature/GravityFallsJournal3 Gravity Falls: Journal 3]].''



* Grunkle Stan brings Dipper and Mabel to Lake Gravity Falls to go fishing with the twins, specifically to have family bonding time with them. He even gives both of the kids fishing hats complete with their names hand stitched on the hats. [[spoiler: When Dipper and Mabel opt to search for the Gobblewonker instead, Stan ends up bothering other people to not feel as lonely: he tells a joke to a couple and gives fishing tips to someone else’s child. He even jealously boos a CopyCatSue grandfather and twins for their [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]].]]
---> '''Shmipper: '''[[spoiler: Maybe he has no one who wuvs him, Pop Pop.]]
** He shortly after gets [[spoiler:soaked by the Gobblewonker and the boat Dipper and Mabel are on]], and angrily then [[https://i.imgur.com/WRsobDe.png depressively sulks on the rickety boat.]] The shot is [[HarsherInHindsight extremely harsher in hindsight]] once you find out [[spoiler:[[IJustWantToBeLoved how badly Stan is pained by Shmipper's words]]- [[DarkAndTroubledPast even the name of the boat has a story.]]]]
* The [[WackyParentSeriousChild relationship]] between Old Man [=McGucket=] and his son, Tate [=McGucket=]. [[spoiler: Tate is ashamed of Old Man [=McGucket=] for being a [[CloudCuckooLander "local kook"]] and doesn't visit his father. He even sprays Old Man [=McGucket=] with a spray bottle at the start of the episode because he didn't want his dad scaring away customers. [[IJustWantToBeLoved It got to the point where Old Man [=McGucket=] resorts to creating the Gobblewonker to try to get Tate's attention.]]]]
** Old Man [=McGucket=] also reveals that [[spoiler:his wife and his friend Ernie left him due to him creating dangerous robots.]]
*** [[spoiler:All of the above is the main reason why Old Man [=McGucket=] often gets involved in group events even when people don't want him to in later episodes: [[HatesBeingAlone he hates being alone.]]]]

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* Grunkle Stan brings Dipper and Mabel to Lake Gravity Falls to go fishing with the twins, specifically to have family bonding time with them. He even gives both of the kids fishing hats complete with their names hand stitched (allegedly) hand-stitched on the hats. [[spoiler: When Dipper and Mabel opt to search for the Gobblewonker instead, Stan ends up bothering other people to not feel as lonely: he tells a joke to a couple and gives fishing tips to someone else’s child. He even jealously boos a CopyCatSue grandfather and twins for their [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]].]]
moment]].
---> '''Shmipper: '''[[spoiler: ''' Maybe he has no one who wuvs him, Pop Pop.]]
Pop.
** He Stan shortly after gets [[spoiler:soaked soaked by the Gobblewonker and the boat Dipper and Mabel are on]], on, and angrily then [[https://i.imgur.com/WRsobDe.png depressively sulks on the rickety boat.]] The shot is [[HarsherInHindsight extremely harsher in hindsight]] once you find out [[spoiler:[[IJustWantToBeLoved [[IJustWantToBeLoved how badly Stan is pained by Shmipper's words]]- [[DarkAndTroubledPast words]]—[[DarkAndTroubledPast even the name of the boat has a story.]]]]
]]
* The [[WackyParentSeriousChild relationship]] between Old Man [=McGucket=] and his son, Tate [=McGucket=]. [[spoiler: Tate [[TheStoic Tate]] is ashamed of Old Man [=McGucket=] for being a [[CloudCuckooLander "local kook"]] and doesn't visit his father. He even sprays Old Man [=McGucket=] with a spray bottle at the start of the episode because he didn't want his dad scaring away customers. [[IJustWantToBeLoved It got to the point where Old Man [=McGucket=] resorts to creating the a robotic Gobblewonker to try to get Tate's attention.]]]]
** Old Man [=McGucket=] also reveals that [[spoiler:his wife and his friend Ernie left him due to him creating dangerous robots.
]]
** Old Man [=McGucket=] also reveals that his wife and his friend Ernie left him due to him creating dangerous robots.
*** [[spoiler:All All of the above is the main reason why Old Man [=McGucket=] [[AttentionWhore often gets involved in group events even when people don't want him to to]] in later episodes: [[HatesBeingAlone he hates being alone.]]]]
episodes.



* "Mabel's not here. She's in sweater town."
* Anyone that's ever felt pressured to go out with a "[[DoggedNiceGuy nice guy/girl]]" by both the guy/girl him/herself and the people around them can probably shed a tear for Mabel here. This is a situation incredibly upsetting for adults, and here's Mabel having to deal with it at the age of ''twelve''.

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* It's pretty rough seeing [[GenkiGirl Mabel]] become so emotionally overwhelmed that she screams and runs off to be alone to sit and hide in her sweater. When Dipper finds Mabel, she gloomily replies with, "Mabel's not here. She's in sweater town.Sweater Town."
* ** Anyone that's ever felt pressured to go out with a "[[DoggedNiceGuy nice guy/girl]]" by both the guy/girl him/herself and the people around them can probably shed a tear for Mabel here. This is a situation incredibly upsetting for adults, and here's Mabel having to deal with it at the age of ''twelve''.



* In a sort of screwed up way: [[spoiler: "It's better this way for Paper Jam Dipper."]]
** It's kind of hard not to feel bad for [[spoiler: Tyrone when he dies.]]
---> '''Tyrone:''' [[spoiler: It's okay, dude. I had a good run.]]\\
'''Dipper:''' [[spoiler: Tyrone! You were the only one who understood.]]
** It's even sadder in "The Last Mabelcorn", when Dipper's thoughts reveal he still misses Tyrone, even after all this time. The poor kid really needs more friends who understand him. Then again, Dipper needs friends in general.

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* In a sort of screwed up way: [[spoiler: "It's "[[MercyKill It's better this way way]] for [[CloneDegeneration Paper Jam Dipper."]]
**
]]"
*
It's kind of hard not to feel bad for [[spoiler: Tyrone when he dies.]]
dies.
---> '''Tyrone:''' [[spoiler: It's okay, dude. I had a good run.]]\\
\\
'''Dipper:''' [[spoiler: Tyrone! You were the only one who understood.]]
understood.
** It's even sadder in "The Last Mabelcorn", Mabelcorn," when Dipper's thoughts reveal he still misses Tyrone, even after all this time. The poor kid really needs more friends who understand him. Then again, Dipper needs friends in general.



* In "The Time Traveler's Pig", [[spoiler:Dipper and Mabel meet a time traveler, and Dipper uses the time traveler's device to go back in time to ensure that [[ItMakesSenseInContext he doesn't hit Wendy on the eye with a baseball so Robbie wouldn't ask her out]]. However, this requires Mabel's help, and because of this, Mabel misses out on winning a pig who became her best friend. She's so distraught about it that she ends up ''losing her mind'' and left banging her head against a totem pole for at ''least'' a month (most likely ''far'' longer, if not permanently) until Dipper decides to set things right and lose out on a chance with Wendy.]]
** As Dipper tries to [[spoiler:indirectly apologize in advance before letting the baseball hit Wendy]]...
---> '''Wendy:''' Dude, you lost me.\\

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* In "The Time Traveler's Pig", [[spoiler:Dipper Pig," Dipper and Mabel meet a time traveler, and traveler named Blendin Blandin. Dipper uses the time traveler's device to go back in time to ensure that [[ItMakesSenseInContext he doesn't hit Wendy on the eye with a baseball so Robbie wouldn't ask her out]]. However, this requires Mabel's help, and because of this, Mabel misses out on winning a pig who became her best friend. She's so distraught about it that she ends up ''losing her mind'' and left banging bangs her head against a totem pole for at ''least'' ''at least'' a month (most likely ''far'' longer, if not permanently) until Dipper decides to set things right and lose out on a chance with Wendy.]]
Wendy.
** As When Dipper tries to [[spoiler:indirectly indirectly apologize in advance before letting the baseball hit Wendy]]...
Wendy...
---> '''Dipper:''' ''(Sigh)'' Wendy, I just wanted to say that, well I just wanted say that people makes mistakes, and when they do, you should forgive them. And also that tight pants are overrated.\\
'''Wendy:''' Dude, you lost me.\\



** Poor [[ButtMonkey Blendin Blandin]]. Nothing goes right for him. That said, [[AuthorsSavingThrow things get better for him in his next episode.]]

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** Poor [[ButtMonkey Blendin Blandin]]. Nothing All he was trying to do was prevent time anomalies... nothing goes right for him. That said, [[AuthorsSavingThrow things get better for him in his next episode.]]



* Mabel's confession in "Little Dipper" that the reason she kept lording her extra millimeter of height over Dipper is because he is so much better than her at so many other things, and it was the first time she ever felt like she was winning at anything between them. Extra points for Dipper going through his scoreboard of all the games he has completely trounced her at over the summer.

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* Mabel's confession in "Little Dipper" is a big case of HeightAngst. Dipper becomes insecure of his height when Soos notices Mabel is one millimeter taller than him... it doesn't help that Mabel and Stan was making fun of Dipper being shorter. He's upset enough that he resorts to looking for and using one of the altering crystals mentioned in Journal 3 to make himself taller.
* Mabel's confession:
the reason she kept lording her extra millimeter of height over Dipper is because he is so much better than her at so many other a lot of things, and it was the [[SuccessfulSiblingSyndrome first time she ever felt like she was winning at anything between them. them.]] Extra points for Dipper going through his scoreboard of all the games he has completely trounced her at over the summer.



* Mabel giving Dipper the cold shoulder in "Summerween", because she thought Dipper didn't care about her as much as he did for Wendy.

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* Mabel giving Dipper the cold shoulder in "Summerween", "Summerween," because she thought Dipper didn't care about her as much as he did for Wendy.



*** And she seals off this by stating that she didn't realize until now that this one was going to be her last one. As if she's finally accepted that her brother is never going to trick or treat with her ever again. ''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Wow]]''...
---> '''Mabel:''' That's exactly why we need to, Dipper! We're getting older, there aren't that many Halloween's left... (sigh) I guess I didn't realize this was our last one...

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*** And she seals off this by stating that she didn't realize until now that this one was going to be her last one. As if she's finally accepted that her brother is never going to trick or treat with her ever again. ''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Wow]]''...
Wow...]]''
---> '''Mabel:''' That's exactly why we need to, Dipper! We're getting older, there aren't that many Halloween's Halloweens left... (sigh) ''(sigh)'' I guess I didn't realize this was our last one...



* While it was teaching an excellent lesson, the way Mabel struggles to keep her customers happy is a bit hard to watch, especially since the normally cool and big sister-ish Wendy kind of walks all over her instead of knowing when to work (with Soos, the revealing costume and lack of social skills makes his hesitation understandable). Everything that doesn't work, eventually comes to a distraught end when Mabel finally snaps, and realizes why Stan is so stern.

[[AC: Bottomless Pit]]
* Dipper taking everyone's teasing about his voice cracking to heart in "Bottomless Pit" and [[spoiler: drinking the tonic that changes his voice]] only to freak everyone out and still not be accepted. By the end of the story, he's crying, being chased, and miserable. It's impossible to not wanna hug him when he goes back to the junkyard.

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* While it was teaching an excellent lesson, the way [[BenevolentBoss Mabel struggles to keep her customers happy happy]] is a bit hard to watch, especially since the normally cool and big sister-ish Wendy [[TheSlacker Wendy]] kind of walks all over her instead of knowing when to work (with Soos, the revealing costume and lack of social skills makes his hesitation understandable). Everything that doesn't work, eventually comes to a distraught end when Mabel finally snaps, and realizes why Stan is so stern.

[[AC: Bottomless Pit]]
Pit!]]
* Dipper taking everyone's teasing about his voice cracking to heart in "Bottomless Pit" "Voice Over," and [[spoiler: drinking the a tonic that changes his voice]] voice only to freak everyone out and still not be accepted. By the end of the story, he's crying, being chased, and miserable. It's impossible to not wanna hug him when he goes back to the junkyard.



* Stan's downer speech about life while watching a tv show with the twins. Sure, it's hilarious in how abruptly out of nowhere it comes, but the thought that Stan secretly ponders such bleak things is pretty depressing.

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* Stan's downer speech about life while watching a tv show with the twins. twins in "Trooth Ache." Sure, it's hilarious in how abruptly out of nowhere it comes, but the thought that Stan secretly ponders such bleak things is pretty depressing.
-->'''Stan:''' Sometimes, I think. Is this all there is? Is life just some kind of horrific joke without a punchline? That we're all just biding our time until the sweet, sweet, release of death?



* That poor, poor kid stuck in solitary confinement in "The Deep End". He was completely forgotten about. For an ''entire year''.
** Mermando missing his family. It's hard not to feel for him when he makes that sad little dolphin squeak.

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* That poor, poor kid stuck in solitary confinement in "The Deep End". He was completely forgotten about. For an ''entire year''.
**
Mermando missing his family. It's hard not to feel for him when he makes that sad little dolphin squeak.



** It's a bit sad knowing, as she asks this it never occurs to her that this is how Dipper feels about Wendy, and never makes that empathetic connection throughout the whole series.

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** It's a bit sad knowing, as she asks this this, it never occurs to her that this is how Dipper feels about Wendy, and never makes that empathetic connection throughout the whole series.
* That poor, Pool Jail kid stuck in solitary confinement. He was completely forgotten about. For an ''entire year''.



* Dipper and Mabel's confession that they never wanted to move out of their rooms. It leads to Dipper telling Mabel how he feels when she brings Candy and Grenda over so he has nobody to hang out with. It makes Dipper realize that Mabel is the closest thing he has to a friend his own age anywhere in Gravity Falls, and probably everywhere he's been.

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* Dipper and Mabel's confession that they never wanted to move out of their rooms. It leads to room. Dipper telling tells Mabel how he feels when she brings Candy and Grenda over so over, and that he has nobody to hang out with. It makes Dipper realize that Mabel is the closest thing he has to a friend his own age anywhere in Gravity Falls, and probably everywhere he's been.



* After the secret room is discovered, not only does Stan seems to be irritated about it, but he also takes a pair of glasses on a dresser and puts them in his pocket. He is later seen looking rather painfully at them in the living room, and rubs the frames with his thumb, ignoring the television and the chaotic [[spoiler:body swapping]]. [[spoiler: Both the glasses and the room are later revealed to belong to his twin brother, Stanford, who was accidentally sent through the portal in the Mystery Shack decades ago.]]

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* After the secret room is discovered, not only does Stan seems to be irritated about it, but he also takes a pair of glasses on a dresser and puts them in his pocket. He is later seen looking rather painfully at them in the living room, room and rubs rubbing the frames with his thumb, ignoring the television and the chaotic [[spoiler:body swapping]]. [[spoiler: body swapping. Both the glasses and the room are later revealed to belong to his twin brother, Stanford, who was accidentally sent through the portal in the Mystery Shack decades ago.]]
ago.



* [[spoiler:Wendy's break-up with Robbie in "Boyz Crazy", and her response to Dipper after he asks her to hang out. Dipper treats it as his victorious moment without giving Wendy breathing space to deal with what is a tragic moment to her. Even if you rooted for Dipper from the beginning, you can't help but feel a little bad...]]
** In The Hand That Rocks The Mabel, Wendy casually gives Mabel a list of boys she's broken up with. Its length is PlayedForLaughs, [[CerebusRetcon but if you consider how hard she took it when]] [[spoiler:[[CerebusRetcon she broke up with Robbie... Wendy's been through]] ''[[CerebusRetcon a lot]].'']]
** Stan has a subtle [[spoiler: WhatTheHellHero look right after Dipper slaps a five with him in celebration. He watches as Dipper asks Wendy out while she's undergoing a grieving moment.]]

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* [[spoiler:Wendy's Wendy's break-up with Robbie in "Boyz Crazy", Crazy," and her response to Dipper after he asks her to hang out. Dipper treats it as his victorious moment without giving Wendy breathing space to deal with what is a tragic moment to her. Even if you rooted for Dipper from the beginning, you can't help but feel a little bad...]]
bad...
** In The "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel, Mabel," Wendy casually gives Mabel a list of boys she's broken up with. Its length is PlayedForLaughs, [[CerebusRetcon but if you consider how hard she took it when]] [[spoiler:[[CerebusRetcon when she broke up with Robbie... Wendy's been through]] ''[[CerebusRetcon a lot]].'']]
''
** Stan has a subtle [[spoiler: WhatTheHellHero look right after Dipper slaps a five with him in celebration. He watches as Dipper asks Wendy out while she's undergoing a grieving moment.]]



** No love for Mabel? [[spoiler: She's keeping Sev'ral Timez in her room even though Candy and Grenda are asking her to let them go. Mabel's response is that every boy she's fallen in love with has left her (Norman turning out to be gnomes and Mermando leaving to find his parents). And in the end she gets a massive guilt trip from a song which is enough to let the band go free.]]
** That song Sev'ral Timez sang to Mabel, who kidnapped them and forced them into hiding and doing what she wanted. It was sad because A) the guys can't bear to show malice to the girl who actually rescued them, so they guilt-trip her, and B) they acknowledge that Mabel DOES care about them, while also expressing their need to be free.
--->'''Sev'ral Timez:''' ''(singing)'' Mabel girl, we know you love us so!\\
'''Mabel:''' [[HeelRealization And that's why I've got to let you go...]]

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** * No love for Mabel? [[spoiler: She's keeping Sev'ral Timez in her room even though Candy and Grenda are asking her to let them go. Mabel's response is that every boy she's fallen in love with has left her (Norman turning out to be gnomes and Mermando leaving to find his parents). And in the end she gets a [[ObliviousGuiltSlinging massive guilt trip from a song song]] which is enough to let the band go free.]]
free.
** That song Sev'ral Timez sang to Mabel, who kidnapped them and forced them into hiding and doing what she wanted. It Mabel was sad because A) the guys can't bear to show malice to the girl who actually rescued them, so they guilt-trip her, and B) they acknowledge that Mabel DOES care about them, while also expressing their need to be free.
--->'''Sev'ral Timez:''' ''(singing)'' Mabel girl, we know you love us so!\\
'''Mabel:''' [[HeelRealization And that's why I've got to let you go...]]



* [[spoiler:"Dreamscaperers" ends with [[TheBadGuyWins Gideon]] [[DownerEnding successfully stealing the deed to the Mystery Shack.]] The worst part? The usual end credits scene is replaced with a [[SceneryPorn tranquil shot of the forest and river]] while a [[DarkReprise solemn version of the opening theme plays]]. ToBeContinued indeed.]]
** You can't help just wanting to give Dipper a hug when [[spoiler: he thinks that Stan wants to get rid of him and hears Stan say "The kid's a loser. He's weak! He's an utter embarrassment! I just wanna get rid of him." while looking at Dipper cutting wood. Especially when you consider [[HarsherInHindsight how painful Stan's past really was]].]]
** The shot of the broken swingset, when you consider [[spoiler: what it was like back in Stan and Ford's childhood.]]
** When Stan talks to Soos about why Stan is so strict with Dipper: [[spoiler: he explains that he used to be considered the "biggest wimp on the playground" and was bullied. He toughened up thanks to to his dad bringing signing him up for boxing, and believes that Dipper needs be toughened up too. "So when the world fights, he fights back."]]
** [[NoodleIncident Whatever happened between]] [[spoiler: Bill and Ford]] that took their relationship from "[[spoiler:Bill]] has proven himself to be one of the friendliest and most trustworthy individuals that I've ever encountered in my life. What a guy! I honestly can't trust him more. Not evil in any way, [[spoiler: Bill]] is a true gentleman", to [[spoiler: large bloody red letters reading "Can't Be Trusted!" and "DO NOT SUMMON AT ALL COSTS!"]] must have really hurt [[spoiler:Ford]]. Thinking about how [[spoiler:Ford]] must have felt when "the friendliest and most trustworthy individual" they knew betrayed them is honestly heartbreaking.

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* [[spoiler:"Dreamscaperers" "Dreamscaperers" ends with [[TheBadGuyWins Gideon]] [[DownerEnding successfully stealing the deed to the Mystery Shack.]] The worst part? The usual end credits scene is replaced with a [[SceneryPorn tranquil shot of the forest and a river]] while a [[DarkReprise solemn somber version of the opening theme plays]]. ToBeContinued indeed.]]
indeed.
** [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/512779b0b932f9af79b0ec54716cc49a/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo1_r1_500.jpg The shot of the broken swing set]], when you consider what it was like back in Stan and Ford's childhood.
** You can't help just wanting to give Dipper a hug when [[spoiler: he thinks that Stan wants to get rid of him and hears Stan say say, "The kid's a loser. He's weak! He's an utter embarrassment! I just wanna get rid of him." while looking at Dipper cutting trying to cut wood. Especially when you consider [[HarsherInHindsight how painful Stan's past really was]].]]
** The shot of the broken swingset, when you consider [[spoiler: what it was like back in Stan and Ford's childhood.]]
was]].
** When Stan talks to Soos about why Stan is so strict with Dipper: [[spoiler: he explains that he used to be considered the "biggest wimp on the playground" and was bullied. He toughened up thanks to to his dad bringing signing him up for boxing, and believes that Dipper needs be toughened up too. "So when the world fights, he fights back."]]
"
** [[NoodleIncident Whatever happened between]] [[spoiler: Bill and Ford]] Ford that took their relationship from "[[spoiler:Bill]] "Bill has proven himself to be one of the friendliest and most trustworthy individuals that I've ever encountered in my life. What a guy! I honestly can't trust him more. Not evil in any way, [[spoiler: Bill]] Bill is a true gentleman", to [[spoiler: large bloody red letters reading "Can't Be Trusted!" and "DO NOT SUMMON AT ALL COSTS!"]] COSTS!" must have really hurt [[spoiler:Ford]]. Ford. Thinking about how [[spoiler:Ford]] Ford must have felt when "the friendliest and most trustworthy individual" they he knew had betrayed them him is honestly heartbreaking.



* In "Gideon Rises" - when Dipper and Mabel have to leave town, leaving a sad, hunched over Stan, Wendy, Candy, and Grenda behind. The latter two are holding each other sadly.

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* In "Gideon Rises" - when starts off with the Pines family staying over in Soos's Abuelita's house after getting kicked out of the Mystery Shack in "Dreamscaperers.” It also reveals Soos's depressing and somewhat unkempt living condition: the walls of the house are cracked and missing paint, some of the floorboards are broken, the kitchen cabinets are battered and missing nails, there's cockroaches, a broken toaster, and there isn't even any batteries for Soos's race car set. Soos's grandma saying, "This is not good. I cannot feed such a big family." was no joke either especially with Soos suddenly being jobless—[[EmptyFridgeEmptyLife there was only less than a cup of milk in the fridge.]]
* When Wendy briefly arrives in front of the Pines and Soos, and explains that she would be forced to move to work at her cousin's logging camp if she's jobless. Dipper's expression and speechlessness during the fade transition really reflects how much Gideon owning the Mystery Shack is taking it's toll on everyone that worked and lived there.
** Wendy is still dealing with Robbie trying to win her back...
* When Stan lies to
Dipper and Mabel Mabel's parents about the living conditions. You can see him slowly come to the conclusion, both during and after the phone call that the situation is too much for the kids.
* Just when you thought Gideon couldn't get even more heartless, he burns a framed photo of Stan, Mabel, and Dipper's fishing trip.
* Poor Waddles was trying to climb out of one of the Shack's windows, and ends up cowering in fear of [[KickTheDog Gideon when he shouts and uses a training whistle]] at the pig to get back in his corner. Waddles even huddles down and covers his eyes with his ears.
* The whole scene where Grunkle Stan admits to the twins that he can't take care of them anymore and that it's best that they go home instead is upsetting. He's clearly uncomfortable with telling the truth, and it's worse that he was giving up so easily.
* Dipper and Mabel's plan to get the deed back fails, and Gideon has Journal 3. [[DespairEventHorizon With no other options left]], they
have to leave town, Gravity Falls, leaving a sad, hunched over Stan, Wendy, Candy, and Grenda behind. The latter two are holding each other sadly.



** Earlier, when Stan lies to Dipper and Mabel's parents about the living conditions. You can see him slowly come to the conclusion, both during and after the phone call, that the situation is too much for the kids.
** Stan being at rock bottom in his life. Again. Though it's mitigated a bit by the ParodyCommercial that comes on [[MoodWhiplash at the end]].

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** Earlier, when Stan lies to Dipper and Mabel's parents about the living conditions. You can see him slowly come to the conclusion, both during and after the phone call, that the situation is too much for the kids.
** Stan being at rock bottom RockBottom in his life. Again. Though it's mitigated a bit by the ParodyCommercial that comes on [[MoodWhiplash at the end]].



** Poor Waddles cowering in fear of Gideon when he shouts at him to get back in his corner and tortures the poor pig with a training whistle.
** Just when you thought Gideon couldn't get even more heartless, he burns a framed photo of Stan, Mabel, and Dipper's fishing trip.



** Dipper and Mabel desperately trying to hold on to each other as [[spoiler: the Gideon-bot picks them up.]]
** Gideon's taunting of Dipper in this episode was just awful, especially if you've ever thought little of yourself. Gideon is just rubbing it in Dipper's face that he's a weak little kid, which is Dipper's worst fear.

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** * Dipper and Mabel desperately trying to hold on to each other as [[spoiler: the Gideon-bot picks them up.]]
**
up.
* [[BreakThemByTalking
Gideon's taunting of Dipper Dipper]] in this episode was just awful, especially if you've ever thought little of yourself. Gideon is just rubbing it in Dipper's face that he's a weak little kid, which is Dipper's worst fear.



** Stan [[spoiler: receiving all three books]], as it's revealed that [[spoiler: Stan really ''does'' know more than he lets on, and that he just unlocked a secret that might change Gravity Falls as we know it]] is sure to shed some ManlyTears.
---> After all these years... ''finally.'' I/[[{{Mondegreen}} we]] have them all.

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** * Stan [[spoiler: receiving all three books]], journals, as it's revealed that [[spoiler: Stan really ''does'' know more than he lets on, and that he just unlocked a secret that might change Gravity Falls as we know it]] it is sure to shed some ManlyTears.
---> -->'''Stan:''' After all these years... ''finally.'' I/[[{{Mondegreen}} we]] have them all.



* In "Scary-oke", Dipper is very nearly eaten by zombies. If [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan]] hadn't pulled a BigDamnHeroes moment, what would Dipper's last words have been?

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* In "Scary-oke", "Scary-oke," Dipper is very nearly eaten by zombies. If [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan]] Grunkle Stan hadn't pulled a BigDamnHeroes moment, what would Dipper's last words have been?



* "Into the Bunker" has [[spoiler: Dipper's struggle to tell Wendy how he feels. He pulls out of an attempt while watching a movie at her house, ultimately deciding against doing it all together by the time the adventure proper has started; but Mabel intervenes and, before long, Dipper ends up letting it slip. As expected, [[{{Precocious Crush}} the age gap between them]] means that ([[AnchoredShip for now at least]]), [[BetterAsFriends they'll just be friends.]] However, the Heartwarming kicks in when she reveals she wasn't bothered, but actually quite flattered and lets him down gently. ]]
** The circumstances under which [[spoiler: [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Dipper reveals his crush to Wendy.]] After a confrontation with [[{{Shapeshifting}} Experiment 210]], Dipper finds Wendy on the ground, unresponsive. Believing her to be hurt or possibly dead, he ends up admitting his love for her out of guilt and begins crying. That fact that the real Wendy was fine and the unconscious Wendy was really 210 hardly diminishes the moment.]]

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* "Into the Bunker" has [[spoiler: Dipper's struggle Dipper struggling to tell Wendy how he feels. He pulls out of an attempt while watching a movie at her house, and ultimately deciding decided against doing it all together by the time the adventure proper has started; but Mabel intervenes and, before long, Dipper ends up letting it slip. As expected, [[{{Precocious Crush}} [[PrecociousCrush the age gap between them]] means that ([[AnchoredShip for now at least]]), [[BetterAsFriends they'll just be friends.]] However, the Heartwarming [[HeartwarmingMoments Heartwarming]] kicks in when she reveals she wasn't bothered, but actually quite flattered and lets him down gently. ]]
gently.
** The circumstances under which [[spoiler: [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Dipper reveals his crush to Wendy.]] After a confrontation with [[{{Shapeshifting}} Experiment 210]], Dipper finds Wendy on the ground, unresponsive. Believing her to be hurt or possibly dead, he ends up admitting his love for her out of guilt and begins crying. That fact that the real Wendy was fine and the unconscious Wendy was really 210 hardly diminishes the moment.]]
moment.



* The whole sequence with Big Henry in "Golf War". Like the infamous "Feed the Kitty" cartoon, an over-the-top scenario of hysterics wound up affecting some of the audience in ways the writers probably didn't expect. At the very least, this is the first cartoon to get you to cry over [[spoiler: the death of a golf-ball gnome.]]

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* The whole sequence with Big Henry in "Golf War". War." Like the infamous "Feed the Kitty" cartoon, an over-the-top scenario of hysterics wound up affecting some of the audience in ways the writers probably didn't expect. At the very least, this is the first cartoon to get you to cry over [[spoiler: the death of a golf-ball gnome.]]



** It's brief, but learning that Pacifica's father and mother are a couple of self-absorbed and [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] [[StageMom stage parents]] really puts the [[TroubledAbuser snobby girl's usual attitude in a sadder light.]]
*** Oh, but it's not so brief when it resurfaces in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", showing that it's even ''worse'' than that: [[spoiler: [[AbusiveParents her parents have mentally abused her]] via [[BehavioralConditioning Pavlov's Dog-style conditioning]] to follow their snobby, selfish and heartless ways, without a single thought or care to her own feelings so long as she continues to make their family look "respectable" (in their terms of the word, of course.)]]
*** The whole scene is HarsherInHindsight knowing the above. Preston tells Pacifica "Whatever happens, remember: you're a Northwest. Don't lose." When Pacifica returns home, a special light show and banner of congratulations are turned on for her. Putting two and two together, it means that Pacifica's parents knew the only reason Pacifica would even be ''returning home'' is if she had won. If she had lost, she would never come back since she understood perfectly well that her parents would disown her and thus wouldn't want her back.

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** * It's brief, but learning that Pacifica's father and mother are a couple of self-absorbed and [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] [[StageMom stage parents]] really puts the [[TroubledAbuser snobby girl's usual attitude in a sadder light.]]
*** Oh, but it's not so brief when it resurfaces in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", showing that it's even ''worse'' than that: [[spoiler: [[AbusiveParents her parents have mentally abused her]] via [[BehavioralConditioning Pavlov's Dog-style conditioning]] to follow their snobby, selfish and heartless ways, without a single thought or care to her own feelings so long as she continues to make their family look "respectable" (in their terms of the word, of course.)]]
***
** The whole scene is HarsherInHindsight knowing the above. Preston tells Pacifica "Whatever happens, remember: you're a Northwest. Don't lose." When Pacifica returns home, a special light show and banner of congratulations are turned on for her. Putting two and two together, it means that Pacifica's parents knew the only reason Pacifica would even be ''returning home'' is if she had won. If she had lost, she would never come back since she understood perfectly well that her parents would disown her and thus wouldn't want her back.
back.
** This resurfaces in "Northwest Mansion Mystery," showing that it's even ''worse'' than that: [[AbusiveParents her parents have mentally abused her]] via [[BehavioralConditioning Pavlov's Dog-style conditioning]] to follow their snobby, selfish and heartless ways, without a single thought or care to her own feelings so long as she continues to make their family look "respectable" (in their terms of the word, of course.)



* A big portion of "Sock Opera", especially Dipper and Mabel arguing.
* The way Bill tempts Dipper to lend him a "puppet". Projecting a series of all the sacrifices Dipper's made for Mabel this summer while asking "Besides, what's your sister done for you lately? How many times have you sacrificed for her, huh? And when has she ever returned the favor?" The worst part is that he's ''absolutely right''.

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* A big portion of "Sock Opera", Opera," especially Dipper and Mabel arguing.
* The way Bill tempts Dipper to lend him a "puppet". Projecting "puppet": by projecting a series of all the sacrifices Dipper's made for Mabel this summer while asking asking, "Besides, what's your sister done for you lately? How many times have you sacrificed for her, huh? And when has she ever returned the favor?" The worst part is that he's ''absolutely right''.



* "Soos and the Real Girl" has [[spoiler: [[{{Yandere}} [=.GIFfany=]]] [[BreakThemByTalking telling Soos that no woman would ever want him and she's the best he can get]]]]. It strikes a sharp chord to anyone insecure about their personalities, anyone that feels alone or anyone that is or has been in an abusive relationship.
** [=.GIFfany=] herself from the same episode. [[spoiler:Her entire behavior just oozes of abandonment issues.]] Not to mention how this line comes across upon learning more about her and her backstory had more than one viewer genuinely feeling sorry for her. Especially with the above mentioned [[spoiler:likely abandonment issues]] in mind.
---> '''[=.GIFfany=]:''' [[spoiler:And I'm sure you won't abandon me, new boyfriend.]]
** It goes a bit deeper than that, her creators essentially [[spoiler:wanted to delete her for being too advanced (acting like an individual, rather than a product), essentially making her first relationship with anyone similar to a parent trying to kill a their child]]. She's so desperate for the affection that she puts her trust into someone to the point that she'd do anything to make sure the relationship works (she seems to strain herself a little when receiving compliments from Soos for instance).

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* "Soos and the Real Girl" highlights that Soos has [[spoiler: never had an actual girlfriend before. A good chunk of the episode consists of Soos [[CannotTalkToWomen struggling to flirt with various women]] so he could appeal to his Abuelita's wishes of him having a girlfriend and showing up to his cousin's engagement party. His flirting is [[EpicFail so bad and awkward]] that he scares so many of the women away, making him feel especially insecure when he catches sight of Reggie and his fiancee at the mall.
* When
[[{{Yandere}} [=.GIFfany=]]] tells Soos that [[BreakThemByTalking telling Soos that no woman would ever want him and she's the best he can get]]]]. get.]] It strikes a sharp chord to anyone insecure about their personalities, anyone that feels alone or anyone that is or has been in an abusive relationship.
** [=.GIFfany=] herself from the same episode. [[spoiler:Her Her entire behavior just oozes of abandonment issues.]] issues. Not to mention how this line comes across upon learning more about her and her backstory had more than one viewer genuinely feeling sorry for her. Especially with the above mentioned [[spoiler:likely likely abandonment issues]] issues in mind.
---> '''[=.GIFfany=]:''' [[spoiler:And And I'm sure you won't abandon me, new boyfriend.]]
boyfriend.
** It goes a bit deeper than that, her creators essentially [[spoiler:wanted wanted to delete her for being too advanced (acting like an individual, rather than a product), essentially making her first relationship with anyone similar to a parent trying to kill a their child]].child. She's so desperate for the affection that she puts her trust into someone to the point that she'd do anything to make sure the relationship works (she seems to strain herself a little when receiving compliments from Soos for instance).



* Mabel's depressed reaction to [[spoiler:Waddles becoming intelligent and leaving her behind to pursue science]] in "Little Gift Shop Of Horrors".
** Even sadder when you realize Stan was actually telling the story [[spoiler:of himself and Ford's childhood, but with the ending changed to make the Ford stand-in stay with him instead]]; it gives the story a whole new meaning...
---> '''Mabel [[spoiler:representing Stan]]:''' [[spoiler:Welcome to May May and the Hogg. Top story today: coping with crippling loneliness after losing my co-host.]]

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* Mabel's depressed reaction to [[spoiler:Waddles Waddles becoming intelligent and leaving her behind to pursue science]] science in "Little Gift Shop Of Horrors".
Horrors."
** Even sadder when you realize Stan was actually telling the story [[spoiler:of of himself and Ford's childhood, but with the ending changed to make the Ford stand-in stay with him instead]]; instead; it gives the story a whole new meaning...
---> '''Mabel [[spoiler:representing Stan]]:''' [[spoiler:Welcome ''(representing Stan)'':''' Welcome to May May and the Hogg. Top story today: coping with crippling loneliness after losing my co-host.]]
co-host.



* In "Society of the Blind Eye", Old Man [=McGucket=]'s melancholy reaction to his reputation as a local kook. He's just lucid enough to know how much of an outcast he is. Not to mention the sequence at the end, where [[spoiler:[=McGucket=] watches himself slowly go mad thanks to repeated use of the mind-erasing gun.]]

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* In "Society of the Blind Eye", Eye," Old Man [=McGucket=]'s melancholy reaction to his reputation as a local kook. He's just lucid enough to know how much of an outcast he is. Not to mention [[TheReveal the sequence at the end, end]], where [[spoiler:[=McGucket=] [=McGucket=] watches himself [[SanitySlippage slowly go mad mad]] thanks to repeated use of the [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind-erasing gun.]]]]
** Old Man [=McGucket=]'s first name is actually is Fiddleford, and he was actually sane before constantly using the memory gun to erase unsettling memories. He [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone had been so traumatized]] from what he had [[VaguenessIsComing found out in a previous project]] he was working on that he ends up creating the memory gun and established the [[MemoryWipingCrew Blind Eye Society]] so that he and others [[LaserGuidedAmnesia could forget bad or disturbing memories]], or to [[WeirdnessCensor remain unaware of the weirdness]] in Gravity Falls.



---> '''Mabel:''' [[spoiler: Oh... [=McGucket=], I'm so... sorry...]]

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---> '''Mabel:''' [[spoiler: Oh... [=McGucket=], I'm so... sorry...]]



** [[spoiler: The thought [=McGucket=] did something so awful it drove him to despair and insanity is pretty terrible.]]
** It's mostly a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, but [[spoiler:the fact that [=McGucket=] has destroyed his mind to the point where he's attained InsanityImmunity really goes to show how far gone the poor man has become]].
-->'''[=McGucket=]:''' [[spoiler: [[InsanityImmunity YOU CAN'T BREAK WHAT'S ALREADY BROKEN!]]]]
** The translation to the cipher at the end of "Society of the Blind Eye":
-->[[spoiler:GIDEON’S TANTRUMS, MISSPELLED TATTOOS,]]
-->[[spoiler:SHANDRA’S REJECTIONS, SOCIETY’S VIEWS]]
-->[[spoiler:A FEAR OF WITCHES, A LIFE OF REGRET,]]
-->[[spoiler:THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT THEY TRY TO FORGET]]
** In the same episode, Wendy admitting that her laid-back personality is actually [[BeneathTheMask a front]] for how stressed her family makes her.
*** To take it just a step further, [[spoiler: WordOfGod revealed that "Wendy's mom is no longer with her."]]
** Also in the same episode Dipper admits that he's not sure of his identity besides being the smart one.
** Mabel bursting into tears at the beginning of the episode when she reads Mermando's letter, informing her of his arranged marriage, as well as the miserable look on Mermando's face in his picture. It's depressing to imagine a twelve year old kid being forced into a such a heavy burden, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext with a manatee, no less]], all to prevent a war. [[OhTheHumanity Oh, the huge manatee...]]

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** [[spoiler: The thought [=McGucket=] did something so awful it drove him to despair and insanity is pretty terrible.]]
** It's mostly a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, but [[spoiler:the the fact that [=McGucket=] has destroyed his mind to the point where he's attained InsanityImmunity really goes to show how far gone the poor man has become]].
-->'''[=McGucket=]:''' [[spoiler:
become.
--->'''[=McGucket=]:'''
[[InsanityImmunity YOU CAN'T BREAK WHAT'S ALREADY BROKEN!]]]]
BROKEN!]]
** The translation to decoded text for the cipher at the end of "Society of the Blind Eye":
-->[[spoiler:GIDEON’S --->GIDEON’S TANTRUMS, MISSPELLED TATTOOS,]]
-->[[spoiler:SHANDRA’S
TATTOOS,
--->SHANDRA’S
REJECTIONS, SOCIETY’S VIEWS]]
-->[[spoiler:A
VIEWS
--->A
FEAR OF WITCHES, A LIFE OF REGRET,]]
-->[[spoiler:THESE
REGRET,
--->THESE
ARE THE THINGS THAT THEY TRY TO FORGET]]
FORGET
** In the same episode, Wendy admitting that [[BeneathTheMask her laid-back personality is actually [[BeneathTheMask a front]] for how stressed her family makes her.
*** To take it just a step further, [[spoiler: WordOfGod revealed that "Wendy's mom is no longer with her."]]
"
** Also in the same episode Dipper admits that he's not sure of his identity besides being the smart one.
** Mabel bursting into tears at the beginning of the episode when she reads Mermando's letter, informing her of his arranged marriage, as well as the miserable look on Mermando's face in his picture. It's depressing to imagine a twelve year old kid being forced into a such a heavy burden, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext with a manatee, no less]], all to prevent a war. [[OhTheHumanity Oh, the huge manatee...]]
]] she's so beautiful...



* In "Blendin's Game", we find out that Soos really dislikes celebrating his birthday. It turns out, he has a really good reason: [[spoiler:his dad left him when he was four years old, and every year, on his birthday, he gets a half-hearted postcard from him that always says more or less the same thing: that he's "busy" and he'll [[BlatantLies be sure to show up next year]]. On his twelfth birthday, Soos finally had to face the fact that his dad was never going to come back, and ever since then, he's carried around that same old postcard, and a deep dislike for birthdays.]] Poor guy could really use a hug...
** The way his dislike is revealed is no slouch in this department, either. He looks ''incredibly'' perturbed and loses a lot of his energy, awkwardly excusing himself like he doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Even from that point, you know something went terribly wrong if ''Soos'' is acting like this.

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* In "Blendin's Game", Game," we find out that [[BirthdayHater Soos really dislikes celebrating his birthday. birthday.]] It turns out, out he has a really good reason: [[spoiler:his his dad left him when he was four years old, and every year, year on his birthday, he gets a half-hearted postcard from him that always says more or less the same thing: that he's "busy" and he'll [[BlatantLies be sure to show up next year]]. On his twelfth birthday, Soos finally had to face the fact that his dad was never going to come back, and ever since then, he's carried around that same old postcard, and a deep dislike for birthdays.]] Poor guy could really use a hug...
** The way his dislike is revealed is no slouch in this department, either. He looks ''incredibly'' perturbed and loses a lot of his energy, awkwardly excusing himself like he doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Even from that point, you know something went terribly wrong if ''Soos'' ''[[BigFun Soos]]'' is acting like this.



** Blink and you'll miss it, but if you pay very close attention during the time travel segments, you can spot the Gleefuls walking by with a newborn Gideon in a baby carriage. They look like a perfectly normal, happy family. Just... what ''happened''...?
*** Thurop Van Orman recently sent [[https://twitter.com/littlethurop/status/527995145497493505 this tweet]], so we'll probably find out in a later episode.
*** We never do.

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** Blink and you'll miss it, but if you pay very close attention during the time travel segments, you can spot the Gleefuls walking by with a newborn Gideon in a baby carriage. They look looked like a perfectly normal, happy family. Just... what ''happened''...?
*** Thurop Van Orman recently sent [[https://twitter.com/littlethurop/status/527995145497493505 This ended up being indirectly answered in the defictionalized blacklight edition of Journal 3: [[ArtifactOfDoom Gideon's amulet]] had corrupted his soul. It's why he's so evil and authoritative towards his own parents, and his parents were unaware of this tweet]], so we'll probably find out in a later episode.
*** We never do.
since it seems he's had the amulet seemingly ever since he was an infant.



* "The Love God" is pretty dour when you think of it. The hardest part to watch would be [[spoiler:Wendy's group of friends being broken apart after Mabel uses a love potion on Tambry and Robbie]].
** [[spoiler:Thompson's pleas to the group to not break apart, saying he'll be alone again without them]].

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* Even though Robbie's been a {{Jerkass}} towards Dipper for most of the summer, it's pretty awful that he had been moping over his break-up with Wendy for weeks, and thought sulking in an open grave and dumping dirt over himself would be better than getting over the break-up. (Mabel certainly noticed.)
* "The Love God" is pretty dour when you think of it. The hardest part to watch would be [[spoiler:Wendy's Wendy's group of friends being broken apart after Mabel uses a love potion LovePotion on Tambry and Robbie]].
Robbie.
** [[spoiler:Thompson's Thompson's pleas to the group to not break apart, saying he'll be alone again without them]].them.



* Pacifica in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" is one little bundle of sad. During Dipper's ReasonYouSuckSpeech to the Northwests he calls out Pacifica for being no better than her parents and she's visibly effected by it but can't defend her actions because of her father, only able to blush in frustration and humiliation at her powerlessness. [[spoiler: Then when she [[HeelRealization discovers]] that she comes from a family that has always been thieves, cheaters and liars, [[BreakTheHaughty all she can do is sit in the dark flicking a flashlight.]]]] Also, the family portrait shows a younger Pacifica... with a [[UsedToBeASweetKid goofy smile]] very similar to ''[[NotSoDifferent Mabel's.]]''
** When she says to Dipper "[[HeelRealization You were right about me all along.]] I ''am'' just another link in the world's worst chain", her voice actually cracks, as if she's doing all she can to hold back crying.
** Her parents literally use [[BehavioralConditioning Pavlovian training]] on her... what the fuck. It's to the point that she's terrified to so much as step ''foot'' on their expensive carpet with dirty shoes and would rather take her chances with a vengeful lumberjack ghost.
*** [[BehavioralConditioning Pacifica fearing the bell so much]] that she 1) wears that ~sea foam~ dress, 2) stops defending herself when Dipper is accusing the family of knowing about the curse, and, worst of all, 3) [[spoiler: almost not opening the doors to the mansion to break the curse when her father begins ringing it multiple times.]] Christ, you can see the horrified look on that poor, animated child's face every time it's rung.

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* Pacifica in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" is one little bundle of sad. During Dipper's ReasonYouSuckSpeech to the Northwests Northwests, he calls out Pacifica for being no better than her parents and she's parents. She's visibly effected affected by it but can't defend her actions because of her father, and is only able to blush in frustration and humiliation at her powerlessness. [[spoiler: Then when she [[HeelRealization discovers]] that she comes from a family that has always been thieves, cheaters and liars, [[BreakTheHaughty all she can do is sit in the dark flicking a flashlight.]]]] ]] Also, the family portrait shows a younger Pacifica... with a [[UsedToBeASweetKid goofy smile]] very similar to ''[[NotSoDifferent Mabel's.]]''
** When she says to Dipper Dipper, "[[HeelRealization You were right about me all along.]] I ''am'' just another link in the world's worst chain", chain," her voice actually cracks, as if she's doing all she can to hold back from crying.
** Her parents literally use [[BehavioralConditioning Pavlovian training]] on her... what the fuck. It's to the point that she's terrified to so much as step ''foot'' on their expensive carpet with dirty shoes and would rather take her chances with a vengeful lumberjack ghost.
*** [[BehavioralConditioning Pacifica fearing the bell so much]] that she 1) wears that ~sea foam~ seafoam dress, 2) stops defending herself when Dipper is accusing the family of knowing about the curse, and, and worst of all, 3) [[spoiler: almost not opening the doors to the mansion to break the curse when her father begins ringing it multiple times.]] times. Christ, you can see the horrified look on that poor, animated child's face every time it's rung.



*** To put it into perspective, [[spoiler: the Lumberjack Ghost was commissioned along with many others by Pacifica's ancestor to build the Northwest Manor, and in return a grand party would be held to honour their hard work. For what is implied to have taken at least years, the construction took a hefty toll as many had died due to intense labour and cruel conditions of nature. In the end, the manor was complete, and those who had survived made their way to the promised party, only to be betrayed by the Northwests and cast out. Then to put icing on the cake, the Lumberjack demanded entry, only to be swept up in a mudslide, and be killed by an axe sent flying into his skull]]. How could you not understand this ghost's anger?

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*** To put it into perspective, [[spoiler: the Lumberjack Ghost was commissioned along with many others by Pacifica's ancestor to build the Northwest Manor, and in return a grand party would be held to honour their hard work. For what is implied to have taken at least years, the construction took a hefty toll as many had died due to intense labour and cruel conditions of nature. In the end, the manor was complete, and those who had survived made their way to the promised party, only to be betrayed by the Northwests and cast out. Then to put icing on the cake, the Lumberjack demanded entry, only to be swept up in a mudslide, and be killed by an axe sent flying into his skull]].skull. How could you not understand this ghost's anger?



* The sheer horror Dipper and Mabel go through when they [[spoiler: discover that Grunkle Stan is an imposter that had lied to them about the Journals, and think he is going to destroy the universe.]] After seeing Stan and the twins bond over water balloons, it's heartbreaking to see them think the worst of him. Even [[spoiler:Soos]] loses faith in Stan.
** Dipper's complete and utter ''disgust'' and ''outrage'' at the whole thing is particularly hard to watch. [[HeReallyCanAct Jason Ritter was on his A-game during those scenes]].
--> '''Dipper''': And I should trust you ''why?!'' After you [[spoiler:stole radioactive waste]]?! After you [[spoiler:lied to us all summer]]?! '''''I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE!'''''

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* The sheer horror Dipper and Mabel go through when they [[spoiler: discover that Grunkle Stan is an imposter that had lied to them about the Journals, journals, and think he is going to destroy the universe.]] universe. After seeing Stan and the twins bond over water balloons, it's heartbreaking to see them think the worst of him. Even [[spoiler:Soos]] ''Soos'' loses faith in Stan.
** When Soos guards the vending machine, he comments that he wants Stan to adopt him. Not only does this confirm that Stan is his father figure, it's really harsh when viewed through the lens of his father situation in "Blendin's Game."
** Dipper's complete and utter ''disgust'' and ''outrage'' at the whole thing is particularly hard to watch. [[HeReallyCanAct Jason Ritter was on his A-game during those scenes]].
scenes.]]
--> '''Dipper''': And I should trust you ''why?!'' After you [[spoiler:stole stole radioactive waste]]?! waste?! After you [[spoiler:lied lied to us all summer]]?! summer?! '''''I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE!'''''



** Mabel being forced to choose between [[spoiler:trusting her brother or great uncle]]. The reversed gravity makes it clear that she's in tears.
** Not to mention the hurt and anger in [[spoiler: Dipper]]'s voice when she [[spoiler: chooses to trust Stan over him, especially after declaring her his closest confidant at the beginning of the series]].
** That little crack in Mabel's voice when she says [[spoiler: "I want to believe you..."]] is such a jarring contrast from her normally bright, loud voice.
** [[spoiler:"Grunkle Stan... I trust you."]]
** Stan was willing to [[spoiler: risk destroying the entire universe just to see his brother again.]]
** In retrospect, Stan's comment about Dipper and Mabel: "It’s unnatural for siblings to get along as well as you do." [[spoiler:Does this imply that Stan was not a good friend to his brother before he disappeared? Worse; "A Tale of Two Stans" shows that they got along famously as kids, but one accident and several years of mutual bitterness completely destroyed whatever friendship they had before. It's as if Stan has forgotten what a good sibling relationship is supposed to look like.]]
*** To add to this, Stan's repeated desperate line when he's being held up by the fed: "I have to ''be there'' when it happens!" [[spoiler: Keep in mind that at this point he feels all will go as planned with the machine and his brother will return... he is just that obsessed with being the first person his brother sees upon arrival, to welcome him back and possibly beg his forgiveness for their past troubles.]]
** Stan desperately pleading that everything he did, he did for the sake of the Pines family, even as he acknowledges that he did some bad things. No matter what, Stan does truly love Dipper and Mabel ([[spoiler:and his brother]]), and you can feel how much it hurts him that the twins are doubting that, especially Mabel judging by the pain in his voice when he asks "You really believe I'm a bad guy?"
** When Soos guards the vending machine, he comments that he wants Stan to adopt him. Not only does this confirm that Stan is his father figure, it's really harsh when viewed through the lens of his father situation in "Blendin's Game".

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** Mabel being forced to choose between [[spoiler:trusting trusting her brother or great uncle]].uncle. The reversed gravity makes it clear that she's in tears.
** Not to mention the hurt and anger in [[spoiler: Dipper]]'s voice when she [[spoiler: chooses to trust Stan over him, especially after declaring her his closest confidant at the beginning of the series]].
** That little crack in Mabel's voice when she says [[spoiler: "I want to believe you..."]] " is such a jarring contrast from her normally bright, loud voice.
** [[spoiler:"Grunkle Stan... I trust you."]]
** Stan was willing to [[spoiler: risk destroying the entire universe just to see his brother again.]]
** In retrospect, Stan's comment about Dipper and Mabel: "It’s unnatural for siblings to get along as well as you do." [[spoiler:Does this imply that Stan was not a good friend to his brother before he disappeared? Worse; "A Tale of Two Stans" shows that they got along famously as kids, but one accident and several years of mutual bitterness completely destroyed whatever friendship they had before. It's as if Stan has forgotten what a good sibling relationship is supposed to look like.]]
*** To add to this, Stan's repeated desperate line when he's being held up by the fed: "I have to ''be there'' when it happens!" [[spoiler: Keep in mind that at this point he feels all will go as planned with the machine and his brother will return... he is just that obsessed with being the first person his brother sees upon arrival, to welcome him back and possibly beg his forgiveness for their past troubles.]]
** Stan desperately pleading that everything he did, he did for the sake of the Pines family, even as he acknowledges that he did some bad things. No matter what, Stan does truly love Dipper and Mabel ([[spoiler:and (and his brother]]), brother), and you can feel how much it hurts him that the twins are doubting that, especially Mabel judging by the pain in his voice when he asks asks, "You really believe I'm a bad guy?"
** When Soos guards "Grunkle Stan... I trust you."
** Not to mention
the vending machine, he comments that he wants hurt and anger in Dipper's voice when she chooses to trust Stan over him, especially after declaring her his closest confidant at the beginning of the series.
** Stan was willing
to adopt him. Not only does risk destroying the entire universe [[ThickerThanWater just to see his brother again.]]
** In retrospect, Stan's comment about Dipper and Mabel: "It’s unnatural for siblings to get along as well as you do." Does
this confirm imply that Stan is was not a good friend to his father figure, it's really harsh brother before he disappeared? Worse; "A Tale of Two Stans" shows that they got along famously as kids, but one accident and several years of mutual bitterness completely destroyed whatever friendship they had before. It's as if Stan has forgotten what a good sibling relationship is supposed to look like.
*** To add to this, Stan's repeated desperate line
when viewed through he's being held up by the lens of fed: "I have to ''be there'' when it happens!" Keep in mind that at this point he feels all will go as planned with the machine and his father situation in "Blendin's Game".
brother will return... he is just that obsessed with being the first person his brother sees upon arrival, to welcome him back and possibly beg his forgiveness for their past troubles.



* First off, there's a lot of things about this episode that make earlier gags and one-off moments HarsherInHindsight or {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s, to the point you could say a non-canon tagline for the episode is "[[CerebusRetcon it's not funny anymore]]." Good luck looking at almost anything involving Stan, or [[WhamEpisode watching the show at all]] [[TheEndingChangesEverything without feeling sad inside after this...]]
** Most of the jokes about Stan's conman past also fall into this category now that we know [[spoiler: he was doing it all just to earn enough money for his family to take him back and never succeeded, and had forced himself to fake his death and take Stanford's name in order to maintain his brother's mortgage for the Mystery Shack to continue to try to bring the real Stanford back.]]
** Back in "Little Gift Shop of Horrors", Grunkle Stan told a lighthearted story about Waddles becoming an UpliftedAnimal and getting isolated from his best friend Mabel, who wanted him to be fun and dumb. Now he retells the tale-- [[spoiler: with his brother as Waddles and himself as Mabel.]] Suddenly, the story isn't so funny...
** Remember when Stan was [[ComicalOverreacting hilariously overreacting]] to ''The Duchess Approves''? Specifically, that scene where he sobs "It's just like my life!" as the Duchess ends up disagreeing with her mother? [[spoiler: There's a chance it's bringing up painful memories of being disowned.]]
** Stan in the episode "Little Dipper": "My one and only dream, which is to possess money, has come true!" This episode: [[spoiler: Stan and Ford's father]]: "[[spoiler:And until you make us a fortune, you aren't welcome in this household.]]" ''Ouch.''

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* First off, there's a lot of things about this episode that has a massive amount of TearJerker moments that make earlier gags and one-off moments HarsherInHindsight or {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s, to the point you could say a non-canon tagline for the episode is "[[CerebusRetcon it's not funny anymore]]." Good luck looking at almost anything involving Stan, or [[WhamEpisode watching the show at all]] [[TheEndingChangesEverything without feeling sad inside after this...]]
** Most of the jokes about Stan's conman past also fall into this category now that we know [[spoiler: he was doing it all just to earn enough money for his family to take him back and never succeeded, and had forced himself to [[FakingTheDead fake his death death]] and [[FakeTwinGambit take Stanford's name in order to maintain his brother's mortgage mortgage]] for the Mystery Shack to continue to try to bring the real Stanford back.back.
** In "Dreamscaperers," [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/512779b0b932f9af79b0ec54716cc49a/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo1_r1_500.jpg part of Stan's mindscape has a creepy]] AbandonedPlayground. At the end of "Not What He Seems," we see the playground again... [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/eb67214ed8b013f1c86b7273adff73bb/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo2_r2_500.gif where Stan and his brother sat together and watched the sunset as children.
]]
** Back in "Little Gift Shop All of Horrors", Grunkle the moments regarding Stan told in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" can be seen as a lighthearted story about Waddles becoming an UpliftedAnimal big WhamEpisode. [[https://i.imgur.com/WRsobDe.png Stan's fishing boat, the Stan O' War]], is a lot more heartbreaking after we see that he and getting isolated from his best friend Mabel, who wanted him to be fun and dumb. Now he retells the tale-- [[spoiler: with his brother as Waddles and himself as Mabel.]] Suddenly, [[https://i.imgur.com/RiQIrmS.png used to own a different boat under the story isn't so funny...
same name]] before their falling out.
** Remember when Stan’s interest in the SadClown portrait from "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel" falls into CerebusRetcon for two reasons: Stan was [[ComicalOverreacting hilariously overreacting]] to ''The Duchess Approves''? Specifically, that scene where he sobs "It's just like my life!" as the Duchess ends up disagreeing had overheard his principal ''actually call him a clown'' and hammered down with her mother? [[spoiler: There's BrutalHonesty about Stan's bleak future, and Stan’s spontaneous dark response about life in the "Bottomless Pit!" short, "Trooth Ache," happened while he, Dipper, and Mabel was watching a chance ''[[TrollingCreator certain someone]]'' juggling and riding a unicycle on the television. Although Stan doesn't admit it, it's bringing up painful memories of being disowned.]]
safe to assume that he liked the portrait because he relates to it—he feels as if ''he's the SadClown.''
** Stan in the episode "Little Dipper": "My one and only dream, which is to possess money, has come true!" true!"\\
This episode: [[spoiler: Stan and Ford's father]]: "[[spoiler:And father: "And until you make us a fortune, you aren't welcome in this household.]]" " ''Ouch.''''
** Remember when Stan was [[ComicalOverreacting hilariously overreacting]] to The Duchess Approves from "The Inconveniencing" episode? Specifically, that scene where he sobs, "It's just like my life!" as the Duchess ends up disagreeing with her mother? There's a chance it's bringing up painful memories of being disowned.



** Stan's tattoo. He ''wasn't'' lying when he said he didn't have a tattoo- because [[spoiler: it's a ''brand''. It's the mark of his final, stupid argument with his brother.]] In addition, when rewatching the ''Dipper's Guide'' short, "Stan's Tattoo", after watching "A Tale of Two Stans", Stan getting angry at Dipper for trying to see his "tattoo" is '''not''' funny anymore.
--> '''Stan''': ''You're never gonna see it, kid. Never... gonna... see it!''
** Stan telling Dipper he's grounded AFTER the party in "Scary-oke" now makes sense, seeming like a light punishment at the time, and a punishment that Dipper and Stan both forget after the former summons zombies; [[spoiler: Stan knows what it's like to get DisproportionateRetribution for a huge mistake in the family.]]
** While this one isn't funny, remember how irritable Stan was over the hidden room, and how he spent a lot of the episode moping while looking at a pair of glasses? It's revealed in [[spoiler: this episode that he spent close to a month in that room in a Heroic BSOD, and the glasses are his brother's. He was remembering how he accidentally threw his brother into Another Dimension. Small wonder that he boarded the place up.]]
** Remember Stan's crappy fishing boat, the Stan O'War? [[spoiler: Its name is a lot more heartbreaking after we see that he and his brother used to own a different boat under the same name before their falling out.]]
** A FunnyAneurysmMoment variant, but while at first glance Stan's initial shock at seeing his wax counterpart and his later overemotional reaction to its "death" in "Headhunters" just seems like the hammy and hilarious outburst of a narcissistic old man, the reveal that [[spoiler: Stan has a twin brother who he's been separated from for the past three decades makes it much more tragic. Especially if you take into account that Stan may have been using the wax version of himself as a substitute for his brother...]]
** In ''Dreamscaperers,'' [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/512779b0b932f9af79b0ec54716cc49a/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo1_r1_500.jpg part of Stan's mindscape has a creepy]] AbandonedPlayground. At the end of "Not What He Seems," we see the playground again... [[spoiler:[[http://38.media.tumblr.com/eb67214ed8b013f1c86b7273adff73bb/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo2_r2_500.gif where Stan and his brother sat together and watched the sunset as children]]]].
* [[spoiler: Stanford - that's not Grunkle Stan, his real name is Stanley - created a perpetual motion machine, and Grunkle Stan ended up accidentally breaking it by angrily pounding on the table that it was displayed on. This made Stanford lose a college scholarship, ruining his chances to go to his dream school. In response, the Pines family disowned him, claiming that he wouldn't be allowed back into their home until he made up for the money they would have gained. As a result, Stanley was left homeless, and worked as a traveling SnakeOilSalesman just to survive. This continually failed, leaving him with only about a peso to his name.]]
** [[spoiler:Stanley was thrown out of his home. This is sad enough, but then consider that he hadn't even graduated high school at this point. He was probably seventeen or eighteen -- his parents not only kicked their child out of his home, which is already awful, but he really ''was'' still a child at that point.]]
** [[spoiler: Even worse, in hindsight the machine breaking might not have been Stan's fault at all.]]
** And lastly, an already harsh moment made even harsher. Remember how hearthbroken Stan was when asking Mabel if she really believed him to be a bad guy? Aside from the bond he formed with the twins being close to be broken, turns out that [[spoiler: a member of his family ''believing'' he was a bad guy caused him to lose his brother, and it was really close to happening ''again''.]]
* [[spoiler:When in their senior year of high school, Stanford and Stanley are brought to the principal's office with their parents - but Stanley's told to wait outside. Stanford's told by the principal that he's a genius, his future's bright, and that the admissions team of his dream college is coming to look at his latest experiment, and this makes his not easily impressed father proud. When their mother asks about ''Stanley's'' chances of success, the principal responds with a dismissive "That clown?", says that at the rate he's going, it'd "be a miracle" if he finished high school, and that he'd probably be stuck in their New Jersey town, in a dead-end job (scraping barnacles off of a saltwater taffy store on a dock), for the rest of his life. Unknown to any of them, Stanley overhears the ''entire conversation'' and just sits huddled against the door, crushed emotionally and almost on the verge of tears.]]
* [[spoiler: The fact that Stanford thought Stanley intentionally sabotaged the machine and cost Ford his dream school because he cared more about his silly treasure hunter idea than what his brother actually wanted. He's so mad he refuses to believe that it was an accident or intervene when their dad kicks Stanley out.]]
* The moment where a destitute [[spoiler: Stanley contacts Stanford through a pay phone but finds he cannot bring himself to say anything or plead for help.]] Notably this is a moment of UnreliableNarrator as Stanley fibs that he was doing great and needed help from no one.
** It also teases what could have been. There's no knowing that had Stanley been more open, perhaps Stanford would have reaccepted him in his life.
* The actual moment when [[spoiler:Stan accidentally sends Ford through the portal. This, along with that last fight and the burn mark that reminds Stan of it, was too poignant, even when you were expecting it. As soon as Ford starts floating toward it, Stan immediately panics and instantly regrets fighting with his brother, and then helplessly calls out his name after he's gone.]] Seeing what he was like afterwards, [[spoiler:lying wide awake in bed, staring at the ceiling as he huddles his brother's glasses and Journal against his body like a scared child]] is just heartbreaking.
-->'''Past!Stan:''' [[spoiler: Stanford? Stanford, come back!]] ''(Starts pounding on the Portal)'' I didn't mean it! ''(Tries to pull the Portal's lever)'' I ''just'' got him back, I can't lose him ''again!'' Come on! [[spoiler: ''STANFORD!!'']]
-->'''Stan (narrating):''' I'd lost him. I didn't know if he was dead or alive in some distant galaxy, but I knew [[spoiler:his Journal must have the answer to getting him back]]. Somehow...

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** [[MarkOfShame Stan's tattoo. tattoo.]] He ''wasn't'' lying when he said he didn't have a tattoo- because [[spoiler: tattoo—because it's a ''brand''. [[ScarsAreForever It's the mark of his final, stupid argument with his brother.]] In addition, when rewatching the ''Dipper's Guide'' "Dipper's Guide" short, "Stan's Tattoo", Tattoo," after watching "A Tale of Two Stans", Stans," Stan getting angry at Dipper for trying to see his "tattoo" is '''not''' funny anymore.
--> '''Stan''': ''You're You're never gonna see it, kid. Never... gonna... see it!''
''Never. Gonna. See it.''
** While this one isn't funny, remember how irritable Stan was over the hidden room, and how he spent a lot of the "Carpet Diem" episode moping while looking at a pair of glasses? It's revealed in this episode that he spent close to a month in that room in a HeroicBSOD, and the glasses are his brother's. He was remembering how he accidentally sent his brother into another dimension. Small wonder that he boarded the place up.
** Stan being fairly lenient with Wendy, Soos, and Gompers suddenly makes sense, since he's probably feeling sympathetic for them, even he's often indirect about it.
** Stan telling Dipper he's grounded AFTER the party in "Scary-oke" now makes sense, seeming like a light punishment at the time, and a punishment that Dipper and Stan both forget after the former summons zombies; [[spoiler: Stan knows what it's like to get DisproportionateRetribution for a huge mistake in the family.family.
** A FunnyAneurysmMoment variant, but while at first glance Stan's initial shock at seeing his wax counterpart and his later overemotional reaction to its "death" in "Headhunters" just seems like the hammy and hilarious outburst of a narcissistic old man, the reveal that Stan has a twin brother who he's been separated from for the past three decades makes it much more tragic. Especially if you take into account that Stan may have been using the wax version of himself as a substitute for his brother...
** Back in "Little Gift Shop of Horrors," Grunkle Stan told a lighthearted story about Waddles becoming an UpliftedAnimal and getting isolated from his best friend Mabel, who wanted him to be fun and dumb. Now he retells the tale—with his brother as Waddles and himself as Mabel. Suddenly, the story isn't so funny...
* The first thing Stanford does after coming out of the portal is [[ArmorPiercingSlap punch his elated twin brother in the face.
]]
** While this one isn't funny, remember how irritable Stan was over the hidden room, and how he spent a lot of the episode moping while looking at a pair of glasses? It's revealed in [[spoiler: this episode that he spent close to a month in that room in a Heroic BSOD, and the glasses are his brother's. He was remembering how he accidentally threw his brother into Another Dimension. Small wonder that he boarded the place up.]]
** Remember Stan's crappy fishing boat, the Stan O'War? [[spoiler: Its name is a lot more heartbreaking after we see that he and his brother used to own a different boat under the same name before their falling out.]]
** A FunnyAneurysmMoment variant, but while at first glance Stan's initial shock at seeing his wax counterpart and his later overemotional reaction to its "death" in "Headhunters" just seems like the hammy and hilarious outburst of a narcissistic old man, the reveal that [[spoiler: Stan has a twin brother who he's been separated from for the past three decades makes it much more tragic. Especially if you take into account that Stan may have been using the wax version of himself as a substitute for his brother...]]
** In ''Dreamscaperers,'' [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/512779b0b932f9af79b0ec54716cc49a/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo1_r1_500.jpg part of Stan's mindscape has a creepy]] AbandonedPlayground. At the end of "Not What He Seems," we see the playground again... [[spoiler:[[http://38.media.tumblr.com/eb67214ed8b013f1c86b7273adff73bb/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo2_r2_500.gif where Stan and his brother sat together and watched the sunset as children]]]].
* [[spoiler: Stanford - that's Stanford—that's not Grunkle Stan, his real name is Stanley - created Stanley—created a perpetual motion machine, and Grunkle Stan ended up accidentally breaking it by angrily pounding on the table that it was displayed on. This made Stanford lose a college scholarship, ruining and ruined his chances to go to his dream school. In response, the Pines family disowned him, claiming that he wouldn't be allowed back into their home until he made up for the money they would have gained. As a result, Stanley was left homeless, and worked as a traveling SnakeOilSalesman just to survive. This continually failed, leaving him with only about a peso to his name.]]
name.
** [[spoiler:Stanley Stanley was thrown out of his home. This is sad enough, but then consider that he hadn't even graduated high school at this point. He was probably seventeen or eighteen -- his eighteen—his parents not only kicked their child out of his home, which is already awful, but he really ''was'' still a child at that point.]]
point.
** [[spoiler: Even worse, in hindsight the machine breaking might not have been Stan's fault at all.]]
all.
** And lastly, an already harsh moment made even harsher. Remember how hearthbroken heartbroken Stan was when asking Mabel if she really believed him to be a bad guy? Aside from the bond he formed with the twins being close to be broken, turns out that [[spoiler: a member of his family ''believing'' he was a bad guy caused him to lose his brother, and it was really close to happening ''again''.]]
''again''.
* [[spoiler:When in In their senior year of high school, Stanford and Stanley are was brought to the principal's office with their parents - but parents—but Stanley's told to wait outside. Stanford's Stanford is told by the principal that he's a genius, his future's bright, and that the admissions team of his dream college is coming to look at his latest experiment, and this makes his not easily impressed father proud. When their mother asks about ''Stanley's'' chances of success, the principal responds with a dismissive "That clown?", says that at the rate he's going, it'd "be a miracle" "he'll be lucky" if he finished high school, and that he'd probably be stuck in their New Jersey town, in a dead-end job (scraping barnacles off of a saltwater taffy store on a dock), for the rest of his life. Unknown to any of them, Stanley overhears the ''entire conversation'' and just sits huddled against the door, crushed emotionally and almost on the verge of tears.]]
tears.
* [[spoiler: The fact that Stanford thought Stanley intentionally sabotaged the machine and cost Ford his dream school because he thought Stan cared more about his silly treasure hunter hunting idea than what his brother actually wanted. He's Ford's so mad upset that he refuses refused to believe that it was an accident or intervene nor intervenes when their dad kicks Stanley out.]]
out.
* The moment where a destitute [[spoiler: Stanley contacts Stanford through a pay phone but finds he cannot bring himself to say anything or plead for help.]] Notably help. Notably, this is a moment of UnreliableNarrator as Stanley fibs that he was doing great and needed help from no one.
** It also teases what could have been. There's no knowing that had Stanley been more open, perhaps Stanford would have reaccepted accepted him back in his life.
* Fiddleford was the only person Stanford became friends with while he was in college, and was the only person he trusted to help with researching alongside him on all the weirdness residing in Gravity Falls. After Fiddleford accidentally catches [[EldritchLocation a glimpse of the other side of the portal]], he quits working on the Interdimensional Portal with Ford after [[VaguenessIsComing seeing the repercussions of the it fully functioning.]] Ford thereafter slowly begins to lose his sanity and becomes a disheveled, tremendously paranoid wreck—he adds a "STAY OUT" and a "NO TRESPASSING!" signs along with fences and wiring around the cabin, and doesn't want anyone to visit him asides from Stan. Ford was doing the the most significant note he wrote in Journal 3: '''TRUST NO ONE!'''
** This was the moment that [[GoMadFromTheRevelation traumatized]] Fiddleford and when he began constructing the [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E7SocietyOfTheBlindEye memory gun and eventually recruiting members for the Blind Eye Society.]]
** This moment was also where Ford omitted explaining ''what and who'' exactly caused his intense distrust and paranoia entirely out of shame—he deliberately made it sound like his intense paranoia was only because Fiddleford quitted when it was actually much worse than that: he was an UnwittingPawn. Stanford only confides in a later episode titled, "The Last Mabelcorn."
* Despite the entire incident with Stanford's project and his poverty, Stanley drives all the way to Gravity Falls after receiving a postcard from Ford. Stan was still greatly ashamed of the accident that he talks to himself for reassurance before knocking on Ford's door.
* The actual moment when [[spoiler:Stan Stan accidentally sends Ford through the portal. This, along with that last fight and the burn mark that reminds Stan of it, was too poignant, even when you were expecting it. As soon as Ford starts floating toward it, Stan immediately [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone panics and instantly regrets fighting fighting]] with his brother, and then helplessly calls out his name after he's gone.]] gone. Seeing what he was like afterwards, [[spoiler:lying lying wide awake in bed, staring at the ceiling as he huddles his brother's glasses and Journal journal against his body like a scared child]] child is just heartbreaking.
-->'''Past!Stan:''' [[spoiler: Stanford? Stanford, come back!]] back! ''(Starts pounding on the Portal)'' I didn't mean it! ''(Tries to pull the Portal's lever)'' I ''just'' got him back, I can't lose him ''again!'' Come on! [[spoiler: ''STANFORD!!'']]
''STANFORD!!''
-->'''Stan (narrating):''' (''narrating''):''' I'd lost him. I didn't know if he was dead or alive in some distant galaxy, but I knew [[spoiler:his Journal his journal must have the answer to getting him back]].back. Somehow...



** [[spoiler: Stanley spent every day of ''thirty years'' trying to make up for an angry, impulsive mistake and get his brother back. Ford's response? To tell him he's only allowed to continue sticking around until the kids leave at the end of the summer, then he has to fork over the house, take all his junk, and get lost.]]
*** [[spoiler: Stan's response to ''that''? He ruefully asks "You really aren't going to thank me, are you?", then adds that he will leave, as Ford wants him to, but only if Ford keeps away from Dipper and Mabel, because "as far as I'm concerned, they're the only family I have left." Him not wanting Dipper and Mabel getting into more trouble than they already did is sweet, but him disowning his twin brother is soul-crushing, especially since we see his sad, hesitant face afterwards before he leaves, as if he wonders if he should or could say something to make it, or everything that happened before, better. Arguably worse is that we don't see Ford's reaction and have no real way of knowing how being rejected and considered a danger affected him. Also bears remembering that Stan admittedly faked his death so he could play Ford, which means that if Ford sticks to his demands and kicks him out at the end of the summer, Stan not only has nowhere to go, not even to Dipper and Mabel's, but has to assume a fake identity ''again''. And if Grunkle Stan doesn't, what happens to Ford? How does he explain having been in another dimension for 30 years?]]
* The general decline in [[spoiler: the Stans' relationship is one of the sadder things to watch in the show as it is ''very'' realistically portrayed. They were inseparable as children, then fell out completely near the end of high school after Stanley accidentally destroyed Stanford's perpetual motion device in a fit of frustration. Rather than giving the cathartic reunion that the audience wants (and Mabel awkwardly expresses a desire for by suggesting that the Pines "hug it out"), the episode ends with Stanley and Stanford still on horrible terms and with no sign that this is likely to improve]].
* Considering Stan's age, it's pretty safe to assume that Stan and [[spoiler:Ford]]'s parents are dead at this point. Which means that the last conversation Stan ever had with his parents [[spoiler: was them disowning him.]] While Stan and [[spoiler:Ford]] can still potentially make amends and rekindle their friendship, Stan will never accomplish his goal of [[spoiler: making his parents proud of him again, not that he really cares anymore.]]
** It's especially sad if you remember "Dreamscaperers", where Stan's flashback to his father showed that he did in fact care for Stan at one point.
* The fact that, in spite of not attending the college of his choice, [[spoiler: Stanford still got everything he had initially wanted (hell, he states he didn't even mind working harder, and got a sizable grant anyway) effectively making his anger at Grunkle Stan completely unnecessary and pointless. The fact that he actually holds on to this point even when it's shown that his spiral into being a mystery obsessed hermit is his own fault is at the same time infuriating and depressing]].
* Mabel's fear that [[spoiler: she and Dipper will end up like Stan and Ford and even after Dipper reassures her, you can still tell it bothers her.]]

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** [[spoiler: *** This was partially mitigated when some of the people of Gravity Falls garner interest in him and mistake him for Ford, the “mysterious owner” of the cabin. Stan's in a lot of discomfort at the positive claims, but after they mentioned that they're willing to pay for tours of Ford's cabin, [[DirtyBusiness he knew he had to utilize his conman experience.]] The pauses in his response and his sorrowful expression as he says his name is Stanford really seals in how much remorse he has for this decision.
*
Stanley spent every day of ''thirty years'' trying to make up for an angry, impulsive mistake and get his brother back. Ford's response? To tell him he's only allowed to continue sticking around until the kids leave at the end of the summer, then he has to fork over the house, take all his junk, and get lost.]]
*** [[spoiler:
lost.
**
Stan's response to ''that''? He ruefully asks asks, "You really aren't going to thank me, are you?", you?" then adds that he will leave, as Ford wants him to, but only if Ford keeps away from Dipper and Mabel, because because, "as far as I'm concerned, they're the only family I have left." Him not wanting Dipper and Mabel getting into more trouble than they already did is sweet, but him disowning his twin brother is soul-crushing, especially since we see his sad, hesitant face afterwards before he leaves, as if he wonders if he should or could say something to make it, or everything that happened before, better. Arguably worse is that we don't see Ford's reaction and have no real way of knowing how being rejected and considered a danger affected him. Also bears remembering that Stan admittedly faked his death so he could play Ford, which means that if Ford sticks to his demands and kicks him out at the end of the summer, Stan not only has nowhere to go, not even to Dipper and Mabel's, but has to assume a fake identity ''again''. And if Grunkle Stan doesn't, what happens to Ford? How does he explain having been in another dimension for 30 years?]]
years?
* The general decline in [[spoiler: the Stans' relationship is one of the sadder things to watch in the show as it is ''very'' realistically portrayed. They were inseparable as children, then fell out completely near the end of high school after Stanley accidentally destroyed Stanford's perpetual motion device in a fit of frustration. Rather than giving the cathartic reunion that the audience wants (and Mabel awkwardly expresses a desire for by suggesting that the Pines "hug it out"), the episode ends with Stanley and Stanford still on horrible terms and with no sign that this is likely to improve]].
improve.
* Considering Stan's age, it's pretty safe to assume that Stan and [[spoiler:Ford]]'s Ford's parents are dead at this point. Which means that the last conversation Stan ever had with his parents [[spoiler: was them disowning him.]] him. While Stan and [[spoiler:Ford]] Ford can still potentially make amends and rekindle their friendship, Stan will never accomplish his goal of [[spoiler: making his parents proud of him again, not that he really cares anymore.anymore.
** It's especially sad if you remember "Dreamscaperers," where Stan's flashback to his father showed that he did in fact care for Stan at one point.
* The fact that, in spite of not attending the college of his choice, Stanford still got everything he had initially wanted (hell, he states he didn't even mind working harder, and got a sizable grant anyway) effectively making his anger at Grunkle Stan completely unnecessary and pointless. The fact that he actually holds on to this point even when it's shown that his spiral into being a mystery obsessed hermit is his own fault is at the same time infuriating and depressing.
* Mabel's fear that she and Dipper will [[ArmorPiercingQuestion end up like Stan and Ford.]] Even after Dipper reassures her, [[BittersweetEnding you can still tell it bothers her.
]]
** It's especially sad if you remember "Dreamscaperers", where Stan's flashback to his father showed that he did in fact care for Stan at one point.
* The fact that, in spite of not attending the college of his choice, [[spoiler: Stanford still got everything he had initially wanted (hell, he states he didn't even mind working harder, and got a sizable grant anyway) effectively making his anger at Grunkle Stan completely unnecessary and pointless. The fact that he actually holds on to this point even when it's shown that his spiral into being a mystery obsessed hermit is his own fault is at the same time infuriating and depressing]].
* Mabel's fear that [[spoiler: she and Dipper will end up like Stan and Ford and even after Dipper reassures her, you can still tell it bothers her.]]



* Mabel's sad look on her face as she realizes that Dipper is drifting away from her and to the Author because of her teasing. There's a painful realization that she's doing what she was afraid of last episode - growing apart from her twin and having a bad relationship with him.

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* At the start of the episode, it's hard to not feel bad for Dipper when he thinks that Ford, the mysterious author he's been trying to find for most of the summer, seems to have no interest in spending time with him.
* Dipper not being able to find a friend to play a game with him can be relatable to some people.
-->'''Dipper''': Maybe I should start obsessing over Wendy again...
* Mabel's sad look on her face as she realizes that Dipper is drifting away from her and to towards the Author because of her teasing. There's a painful realization that she's doing what she was afraid of last episode - growing episode—growing apart from her twin and having a bad relationship with him.



* While it may not be much but Dipper not being able to find a friend to play a game with him can be relatable to some people.
-->'''Dipper''': Maybe I should start obsessing over Wendy again...
* [[spoiler:Ford]] allowing Dipper to see what he's been doing at the end has some small moments here and there, but [[HeartwarmingMoments also heartwarming]] in that he trusts Dipper enough to show him.
-->'''[[spoiler:Ford]]''': You asked me earlier what I was working on. Well... [[spoiler: ''(removes curtain to reveal the portal destroyed)'' I dismantled the portal. An interdimensional gateway is too dangerous for the world it feeds into. That's why I was mad at Stan for using it. He saved me but, as I feared....]]
* [[spoiler:Ford]] admits that his abandoning his work at the drop of a hat to play the game with Dipper was because after [[spoiler:thirty years on the other side of the portal, he's desperate for human companionship. And it doesn't seem likely to come from Stan any time soon]].

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* While it may not be much but Dipper not being able to find Ford admits that his abandoning his work at the drop of a friend hat to play a the game with him can be relatable Dipper was because after thirty years on the other side of the portal, he's desperate for human companionship. And it doesn't seem likely to some people.
-->'''Dipper''': Maybe I should start obsessing over Wendy again...
come from Stan any time soon.
* [[spoiler:Ford]] Ford allowing Dipper to see what he's been doing at the end has some small moments here and there, but [[HeartwarmingMoments also heartwarming]] in that he trusts Dipper enough to show him.
-->'''[[spoiler:Ford]]''': -->'''Ford''': You asked me earlier what I was working on. Well... [[spoiler: ''(removes curtain to reveal the portal destroyed)'' I dismantled the portal. An interdimensional gateway is too dangerous for the world it feeds into. That's why I was mad at Stan for using it. He saved me but, as I feared....]]
* [[spoiler:Ford]] admits that his abandoning his work at the drop of a hat to play the game with Dipper was because after [[spoiler:thirty years on the other side of the portal, he's desperate for human companionship. And it doesn't seem likely to come from Stan any time soon]].
feared....



* There's few moments from the episode that really stand out. But what really cements this episode for the category is what it reveals about Stan. He feels overshadowed by everyone, as if he gets no respect, and is depressed with what he's done with his life.
** He specifically feels overshadowed by Ford, and had felt Soos and the kids was going to end up favoring Ford over him (just like his parents did).
** There doesn't seem to be any hope for Ford or Stan reconciling any time soon as Stan's words to the twins were simply that he gets "a bigger tombstone than Ford".
* His reaction when he ends up [[spoiler:losing the town's favor during the final debate]] due to speaking his mind. His expression of hopelessness coupled with the realization that the twins were right about him is just heart-breaking.

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* There's few moments from the episode that really stand out. But what really cements this episode for the category is what it reveals about Stan. He feels overshadowed by everyone, as if he gets no respect, and is depressed with what he's done with his life.
** He specifically feels [[SuccessfulSiblingSyndrome overshadowed by Ford, Ford]], and had felt Soos and the kids was going to end up favoring Ford over him (just like his parents did).
** There doesn't seem to be any hope for Ford or Stan reconciling any time soon as Stan's words to the twins were simply that he gets "a bigger tombstone than Ford".
* His reaction when he ends up [[spoiler:losing the town's favor during the final debate]] due to speaking his mind. His expression of hopelessness coupled with the realization that the twins were right about him is just heart-breaking.
Ford."




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* His reaction when he ends up losing the town's favor during the final debate due to speaking his mind. His expression of hopelessness coupled with the realization that the twins were right about him is just heart-breaking.



* Mabel going into a HeroicBSOD because of the unicorn telling her that she's not pure of heart. [[http://oi68.tinypic.com/2uorp95.jpg Her expression]] after hearing "It's not my fault you're a bad person" is absolutely crushing.
** To further twist the knife, it turns out [[spoiler: the unicorn was lying the whole time, and only pulled the whole "pure of heart schtick" so the others would leave her alone. To rub salt on the wound she taunts Mabel with a mocking tone after admitting this. The ensuing punch to the face is VERY cathartic.]]
* Stanford knowing how difficult unicorns can be and not trying to tell the truth to Mabel, and had low expectations.

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* Mabel going into [[BadDreams Ford's dream]] at the beginning of this episode has [[https://i.imgur.com/AMTTKry.png a HeroicBSOD because swingset, what seems to be a broken variant of the unicorn telling her that she's not pure original Stan O' War, and a partially deconstructed Interdimensional Portal behind him]]—they're all symbolic shames of heart. [[http://oi68.tinypic.com/2uorp95.jpg Her expression]] after hearing "It's not my fault you're a bad person" is absolutely crushing.
** To further twist
moments Ford regrets the knife, it turns out [[spoiler: most in an endless sea of wheat, quietly looming in the unicorn was lying the whole time, murky, polluted sky and only pulled the whole "pure of heart schtick" so the others would leave her alone. To rub salt on the wound she taunts Mabel reflecting how much Ford is even subconsciously upset over [[WeUsedToBeFriends his broken relationship with a mocking tone after admitting this. The ensuing punch to the face is VERY cathartic.]]
* Stanford knowing how difficult unicorns can be
Fiddleford and not trying to tell the truth to Mabel, and had low expectations.Stan]], especially Stan...



* Stanford knowing how difficult unicorns can be and not bothering to tell the truth to Mabel.
* Mabel going into a HeroicBSOD because of the unicorn telling her that she's not pure of heart. [[http://oi68.tinypic.com/2uorp95.jpg Her expression]] after hearing, "It's not my fault you're a bad person" is absolutely crushing.
** To further twist the knife, it turns out the unicorn was lying the whole time, and only pulled the whole "pure of heart schtick" so the others would leave her alone. To rub salt on the wound she taunts Mabel with a mocking tone after admitting this. The ensuing punch to the face is VERY cathartic.



** Ford also heard Stan calling him "a dangerous know-it-all" with his work being "just as dangerous." This was on his mind while he was thinking about his past with Fiddleford and Bill, and it's a nice CallBack to Stan hearing the principal call him a clown and a closer. Ford does care what his brother says because it was [[JerkassHasAPoint the truth]], and he won't ever admit it.
** It is shown that Dipper is quite traumatized by the events of "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E4TheSockOpera Sock Opera]]" and becoming Bill's puppet. While his mind is being scanned, the phrase "Eeny, Meeny, Miney, YOU!" is shown- the exact words Bill used before he possessed Dipper. That thought coming up when Bill is only mentioned puts his trauma in a real light. He even tried to [[spoiler: erase Ford's memories in sheer panic because he thought Ford was possessed by Bill]].
---> '''Dipper:''' Trust no one, trust no one...
*** Mabel made a joke about it earlier, but Dipper's fear of Bill is not played for laughs even slightly during his [[spoiler:brief fight with Stanford.]]
----> [[spoiler:'''Stanford:''']] Just put the gun down, p-\\

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** Ford also heard Stan calling him "a dangerous know-it-all" with his work being "just as dangerous." This was on his mind while he was thinking about his past with Fiddleford and Bill, and it's a nice CallBack to Stan hearing the principal call him a clown and a closer.loser. Ford does care what his brother says because it was [[JerkassHasAPoint the truth]], and he won't ever admit it.
** It is shown that Dipper is quite traumatized by the events of "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E4TheSockOpera Sock Opera]]" and becoming Bill's puppet. While his mind is being scanned, the phrase "Eeny, Meeny, Miney, YOU!" is shown- the shown—the exact words Bill used before he possessed Dipper. That thought coming up when Bill is only mentioned puts his trauma in a real light. He even tried to [[spoiler: erase Ford's memories in sheer panic because he thought Ford was possessed by Bill]].
Bill.
---> '''Dipper:''' Trust no one, trust no one...
one, trust...
*** Mabel made a joke about it earlier, but Dipper's fear of Bill is not played for laughs even slightly during his [[spoiler:brief brief fight with Stanford.]]
Stanford.
----> [[spoiler:'''Stanford:''']] '''Stanford:''' Just put the gun down, p-\\p—\\



[[spoiler:'''Stanford:''']] I was going to say ''please'', kid!
*** And this is right after it was shown that [[spoiler:Ford is one of the people Dipper can relate the most to, and his only real companion when it comes to "nerdy stuff". The fact that Dipper was willing to try and erase his memories really drives home just how much of a mark [[KnightOfCerebus Bill]] has left on him.]]
* Ford's expression when he starts to confess what happened between him and Bill. After revealing [[spoiler: his metal plate blocks the memory ray]], it hits him that Dipper [[spoiler: has the right to know, being a twelve-year old boy that has seen more things than a kid his age ought to]]. He has to swallow his pride and reveal that he's not all-knowing or incorrigible.

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[[spoiler:'''Stanford:''']] '''Stanford:''' I was going to say ''please'', kid!
*** And this The fact that [[AdviceBackfire Dipper literally echoed the note]], "TRUST NO ONE!" back to Ford especially when the situation and the cause are both the same: paranoia on overdrive and the fact that Bill had tricked and possessed both of them. This is right after it was shown that [[spoiler:Ford Ford is one of the people Dipper can relate the most to, and his only real companion when it comes to "nerdy stuff". stuff." The fact that Dipper was willing to try and erase his memories really drives home just how much of a mark [[KnightOfCerebus Bill]] has left on him.]]
him.
* Ford's expression when he starts to confess what happened between him and Bill. After revealing [[spoiler: his metal plate blocks the memory ray]], ray, it hits him that Dipper [[spoiler: has the right to know, being a twelve-year old boy that has seen more things than a kid his age ought to]].to. He has to swallow his pride and reveal that he's not all-knowing or incorrigible.
** Ford's explanation makes him ProperlyParanoid as he tells Dipper about how he was an UnwittingPawn for Bill. Stanford had considered Bill to be a great, trustworthy friend until he found out that Bill had tricked him into creating the Interdimensional Portal, which would cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It makes some of his writings in Journal 3 and his retelling in "A Tale of Two Stans" and HarsherInHindsight, as he genuinely felt he did not have anyone to trust after Fiddleford quitted, and no friends to fall back on—a true IneffectualLoner.



* Stan pretends to know what he's talking about, as usual, but turns out he's never been able to have a real relationship with a woman either (cemented by one of the ending cryptograms being about his lousy love-life). And he's so desperate for affection that he almost lets himself get tricked into freeing a vicious spider-lady that was trying to eat him a few minutes ago just with a few nice words from her.
* Stan apologizing to Dipper for his terrible dating advice, revealing his past romantic history which includes a divorce. The way that he looks at Dipper, expecting disapproval and rejection before Dipper reassures him, really sells the scene.



* Stan pretends to know what he's talking about, as usual, but turns out he's never been able to have a real relationship with a woman either ([[spoiler:cemented by one of the ending cryptograms being about his lousy love-life]]). And he's so desperate for affection that he almost lets himself get tricked into freeing a vicious spider-lady that was trying to eat him a few minutes ago just with a few nice words from her.
* Stan apologizing to Dipper for his terrible dating advice, revealing his past romantic history which includes a divorce. The way that he looks at Dipper, expecting disapproval and rejection before Dipper reassures him, really sells the scene.
* The episode ended in a BittersweetEnding, while Dipper got over his crush on Wendy and reconciled with Candy. But Dipper still hasn't got a new girlfriend, Candy got over her own crush on Dipper, [[spoiler: the Mystery Shack was vandalized, and Soos was left behind. Though the ending cryptogram revealed that he got home anyway, via a ShoutOut to ''Homeward Bound''.]]
** This one is born more from FridgeHorror than anything actually spelled out in the episode, but it's worth noting that this episode was ''supposed'' to come out, and presumably [[AnachronicOrder set before]] "Not What He Seems" ([[spoiler:hence Ford's absence]]) and therefore before "The Last Mabelcorn". This means despite Dipper's assurances to the contrary, he's ''still'' not over Wendy. Was Dipper telling the truth at the time, and flirting with all those other girls only a temporary reprieve from thinking about Wendy, or did he lie to Grunkle Stan about his lingering feelings for Wendy just so he wouldn't keep worrying about him after everything else that happened in the episode?

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* Stan pretends to know what he's talking about, as usual, but turns out he's never been able to have a real relationship with a woman either ([[spoiler:cemented by one of the ending cryptograms being about his lousy love-life]]). And he's so desperate for affection that he almost lets himself get tricked into freeing a vicious spider-lady that was trying to eat him a few minutes ago just with a few nice words from her.
* Stan apologizing to Dipper for his terrible dating advice, revealing his past romantic history which includes a divorce. The way that he looks at Dipper, expecting disapproval and rejection before Dipper reassures him, really sells the scene.
* The episode ended in a BittersweetEnding, while BittersweetEnding: While Dipper got over his crush on Wendy and reconciled with Candy. But Dipper Candy, he still hasn't got gotten a new girlfriend, Candy got over her own crush on Dipper, [[spoiler: the Mystery Shack was vandalized, and Soos was accidentally left behind. Though the ending cryptogram revealed that he got home anyway, via a ShoutOut to ''Homeward Bound''.]]
Bound''.
** This one is born more from FridgeHorror than anything actually spelled out in the episode, but it's worth noting that this episode was ''supposed'' to come out, out and presumably [[AnachronicOrder set before]] "Not What He Seems" ([[spoiler:hence (hence Ford's absence]]) absence), and therefore before "The Last Mabelcorn". Mabelcorn." This means despite Dipper's assurances to the contrary, he's ''still'' not over Wendy. Was Dipper telling the truth at the time, and flirting with all those other girls only a temporary reprieve from thinking about Wendy, or did he lie to Grunkle Stan about his lingering feelings for Wendy just so he wouldn't keep worrying about him after everything else that happened in the episode?



* This is the episode where the twins' relationship falls apart, GenkiGirl Mabel broke into tears and [[spoiler: was manipulated by Bill into opening the demon portal]]. To say this episode is a tear jerker is a huge fucking understatement.
* Right off the bat, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX0gqAJDALY the teaser]] reveals a very uncomfortable truth to us: [[spoiler:summer's almost over. Given what has happened, there might not even ''be'' another summer, let alone another day]].
* Hearing [[spoiler:Ford]] describe being a twin as "suffocating", when their memories in "A Tale of Two Stans" showed Stan ''supporting'' him in literally everything up until the family-ending incident has been a kicker for the fandom.
* Due to a series of circumstances, nobody can come to the twins' party. Mabel even describes it as "going down in flames".
* While most of Stan's talk with Mabel is pretty sweet, his comment about how not everyone can have a sibling there for you like Dipper is for her, makes it very clear that even with all the hostility between the two, he still very much misses Ford. And worse still, after living together for at least several weeks by this point, there is no sign of their relationship truly improving. This ''also'' begs the question of what's going to happen to ''Stan'' after his brother will evict him at the end of the summer... [[spoiler:assuming everyone makes it to the end.]]
* [[spoiler:Because the walkie-talkies were still on, Mabel overhears Dipper accepting Ford's offer to be his apprentice, meaning that after everything else that's gone wrong that day, she'll also be leaving Gravity Falls alone. From Mabel's perspective, Dipper's choosing sharing an adventure with the man he's known for all of a couple weeks at most over sharing a childhood with her. Dipper's efforts at letting her down gently when he gets back to the Shack doesn't help, and she ends up running out into the forest alone in tears, which is just the opening Bill needs.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Mabel:''' Ford's apprentice? Seriously?]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Dipper:''' Look, I was thinking, and... this is a huge opportunity for me.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Mabel:''' Well, it's a ''horrible'' opportunity for ''me!'' I had the worst day of my life! When we turn thirteen, summer ends and I have to leave everything behind. You're the only person I can count on, and now ''you're'' leaving me, too!?]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Dipper:''' Look, I've been thinking about it. I won't be gone forever, okay? I'll still visit you at home and... we'll chat online. We'll make it work.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Mabel:''' I don't ''want'' it to work! I just wish summer could last forever...]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Dipper:''' But it ''can't'', Mabel. Look, things aren't gonna stay frozen this way. It's part of growing up. Things change. ''Summer ends.'']]\\
[[spoiler:''(Mabel runs out of the room crying)'']]\\
[[spoiler:'''Dipper:''' Mabel, wait! I didn't mean it like that! MABEL, COME BACK!]]
* Dipper is shown to go through a tough time when [[spoiler: Ford spontaneously springs on him the decision of staying with him to become his apprentice, but also unfortunately splitting up with Mabel. It's hard to choose between opportunity and family in such a short amount of time when you're 12, and when the world is about to end no less. Especially when your sister proves your earlier fears right and doesn't take the idea of your opportunity well ''at all''.]] The poor kid was so confused and anxious.

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* This is the episode where the twins' relationship falls apart, GenkiGirl Mabel broke into tears and [[spoiler: was manipulated by Bill into opening the demon portal]]. To say this episode is a tear jerker is a huge fucking understatement.
* Right off the bat, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX0gqAJDALY the teaser]] reveals a very uncomfortable truth to us: [[spoiler:summer's summer's almost over. Given what has happened, there might not even ''be'' another summer, let alone another day]].
day.
* Hearing [[spoiler:Ford]] describe being a twin as "suffocating", when their memories in "A Tale of Two Stans" showed Stan ''supporting'' him in literally everything up until This is the family-ending incident has been a kicker for episode where the fandom.
twins' relationship falls apart. To say this episode is a tear jerker is a huge understatement.
* From the quick scene in the High School registration, it looks like Wendy, Robbie and Thompson have a pretty terrible time in school.
* Due to a series of circumstances, nobody can come to the twins' party. Mabel even describes it as "going down in flames".
flames."
** This is particularly worse for Mabel since Dipper doesn’t actually hear his sister saying this, as his walkie-talkie wasn’t functioning properly at the time. So he wasn’t aware of how upset she was, nor was he able to comfort her.
* Dipper is automatically conflicted when Ford suggests him to stay and become his apprentice: his first thought was of school, along with how Mabel would be alone without him in California, and how they've never actually been separated like this before. Sure, he's got Ford complimenting him and his contributions to Journal 3, plus giving him a big opportunity to "fight monsters, solve mysteries, and protect [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls this town]]," but it's a drastic, life-changing decision—and Dipper is only twelve-years old.
* Hearing Ford describe being a twin as "suffocating," when their memories in "A Tale of Two Stans" showed Stan ''supporting'' him in literally everything up until the family-ending incident has been a kicker for the fandom.
* While most of Stan's talk with Mabel is pretty sweet, his comment about how not everyone can have a sibling there for you like Dipper is for her, makes it very clear that even with all the hostility between the two, he still very much misses Ford. And worse still, after living together for at least several weeks by this point, there is no sign of their relationship truly improving. This ''also'' begs the question of what's going to happen to ''Stan'' after his brother will evict him at the end of the summer... [[spoiler:assuming assuming everyone makes it to the end.]]
end.
* [[spoiler:Because Because the walkie-talkies were still on, Mabel overhears Dipper accepting Ford's offer to be his apprentice, meaning that after everything else that's gone wrong that day, she'll also be leaving Gravity Falls alone. From Mabel's perspective, Dipper's choosing sharing an adventure with the man he's known for all of a couple weeks at most over sharing a childhood with her. Dipper's efforts at letting her down gently when he gets back to the Shack doesn't help, and she ends up running out into the forest alone in tears, which is just the opening Bill needs.]]
-->[[spoiler:
needs.
-->
'''Mabel:''' Ford's apprentice? Seriously?]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Dipper:'''
Seriously?\\
'''Dipper:'''
Look, I was thinking, and... this is a huge opportunity for me.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Mabel:'''
\\
'''Mabel:'''
Well, it's a ''horrible'' opportunity for ''me!'' I had the worst day of my life! When we turn thirteen, summer ends and I have to leave everything behind. You're the only person I can count on, and now ''you're'' leaving me, too!?]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Dipper:'''
too!?\\
'''Dipper:'''
Look, I've been thinking about it. I won't be gone forever, okay? I'll still visit you at home and... we'll chat online. We'll make it work.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Mabel:'''
\\
'''Mabel:'''
I don't ''want'' it to work! I just wish summer could last forever...]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Dipper:'''
\\
'''Dipper:'''
But it ''can't'', Mabel. Look, things aren't gonna stay frozen this way. It's part of growing up. Things change. ''Summer Summer ends.'']]\\
[[spoiler:''(Mabel
\\
''(Mabel
runs out of the room crying)'']]\\
[[spoiler:'''Dipper:'''
crying)''\\
'''Dipper:'''
Mabel, wait! I didn't mean it like that! MABEL, COME BACK!]]
* Dipper is shown to go through a tough time when [[spoiler: Ford spontaneously springs on him the decision of staying with him to become his apprentice, but also unfortunately splitting up with Mabel. It's hard to choose between opportunity and family in such a short amount of time when you're 12, and when the world is about to end no less. Especially when your sister proves your earlier fears right and doesn't take the idea of your opportunity well ''at all''.]] The poor kid was so confused and anxious.
BACK!



* From the quick scene in the High School registration, it looks like Wendy, Robbie and Thompson have a pretty terrible time in school.
* Grenda and Candy's plans become {{Retirony}} as of the end of the episode, unhappy as they are with said plans. For Grenda, her big problem is that Marius has invited her to his mansion, and he's very "clingy". Candy in the meantime is dreading "music camp". Thanks to their best friend having a breakdown, [[spoiler: neither may even make it to those events]].

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* From the quick scene in the High School registration, it looks like Wendy, Robbie and Thompson have a pretty terrible time in school.
* Grenda and Candy's plans become {{Retirony}} as of the end of the episode, unhappy as they are with said plans. For Grenda, her big problem is that Marius has invited her to his mansion, and he's very "clingy". "clingy." Candy in the meantime is dreading "music camp". camp." Thanks to their best friend having a breakdown, [[spoiler: neither may even make it to those events]].events.



* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, but this is possibly the lowest point in the series. The end of the world has come; the [[spoiler:Journals are destroyed; his family is scattered; his mentor is gone; he's spent several days living on the streets during an Apocalypse, hunted by living nightmares]]--and amongst all this, Dipper decides that the one thing he needs most is Mabel.
* [[spoiler:Ford]]'s expression when Bill tells him that he'd fit right in with his demonic friends because [[spoiler:he has six fingers]].
* Ford [[spoiler: getting turned into a gold statue by Bill to use as a ''backscratcher'' after he refuses Bill's offer to join his freakish group. Dipper attempts to punch him after being goaded over his weakness and mocked for his reliance on the Journals, Bill proceeds to ''burn all three of them'', all the while claiming Dipper "shouldn't be a hero", using Ford as an example of what happens to "heroes" in his world.]]
* When Dipper is trying to convince Gideon to help him save Mabel, Dipper says he knows you can't force someone to love you, while looking over at Wendy.
* Of all people, ''Gideon'', the BigBad of Season 1, pulls a tear jerker with a single line: "Would you tell her what I did?" [[spoiler: Context implies that he's certain he won't be around to tell her himself. A nine year old boy is going to what he assumes is his death because he wants to become the person someone he loves can be proud of.]]
* A small one, but right now, Dipper has no idea that Mabel indirectly caused the Weirdmageddon and just assumes that the rift broke by accident while Mabel was carrying it in his backpack.
* [[spoiler: Grunkle Stan is missing.]]
* [[spoiler: Preston is turned into a BodyHorror ''right in front of Pacifica''. He may have been an [[AbusiveParents abusive bastard]] who didn't truly love her, but he was her father nonetheless and witnessing that happen to him will leave some lasting scars on the poor girl.]]

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* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, but this is possibly the lowest point in the series. The end of the world has come; the [[spoiler:Journals are destroyed; his family is scattered; his mentor is gone; he's spent several days living on the streets during an Apocalypse, hunted by living nightmares]]--and amongst all this, Dipper decides that the one thing he needs most is Mabel.
* [[spoiler:Ford]]'s expression when Bill tells him that he'd fit right in with his demonic friends because [[spoiler:he has six fingers]].
* Ford [[spoiler: getting turned into a gold statue by Bill to use as a ''backscratcher'' after he refuses Bill's offer to join his freakish group. Dipper attempts to punch him after being goaded over his weakness and mocked for his reliance on the Journals, Bill proceeds to ''burn all three of them'', all the while claiming Dipper "shouldn't be a hero", using Ford as an example of what happens to "heroes" in his world.]]
* When Dipper is trying to convince Gideon to help him save Mabel, Dipper says he knows you can't force someone to love you, while looking over at Wendy.
* Of all people, ''Gideon'', the BigBad of Season 1, pulls a tear jerker with a single line: "Would you tell her what I did?" [[spoiler: Context implies that he's certain he won't be around to tell her himself. A nine year old boy is going to what he assumes is his death because he wants to become the person someone he loves can be proud of.]]
* A small one, but right now, Dipper has no idea that Mabel indirectly caused the Weirdmageddon and just assumes that the rift broke by accident while Mabel was carrying it in his backpack.
* [[spoiler: Grunkle Stan is missing.]]
* [[spoiler:
Preston is turned into a BodyHorror ''right in front of Pacifica''. He may have been an [[AbusiveParents abusive bastard]] who didn't truly love her, but he was her father nonetheless and witnessing that happen to him will leave some lasting scars on the poor girl.]]



** 8-Ball finding [[WhamShot Dipper's skeleton]].

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** 8-Ball finding [[WhamShot a chained skeleton wearing Dipper's skeleton]].hat.]]



* While it's downplayed for Gideon's redemption, Gideon finally realizing that Mabel will never return his feelings for her is empathetically tragic for a lot of the viewers who had bad experiences with romance.
* Considering they've been around since the beginning of the series [[spoiler:seeing Bill destroy the Journals is pretty upsetting to see. To ram it home, the insignia on Journal 3, the Journal that was with Dipper from the start, is shown being burned and warped. Finally, the final scene before the commercial was the last remnant of Journal 3, a burnt piece of the page with Bill's entry, on the ground]].
** It goes far beyond just that. [[spoiler:Until the portal incident, Stanford had dedicated his life to investigating the mysteries of Gravity Falls, and all of his knowledge was recorded within these Journals. His research was the reason why he started dealing with Bill in the first place, why he created the portal to the Nightmare Realm. And just like that, it's all gone. With nary a gesture from Bill, years of Ford's work, of his blood, sweat and tears, of braving dangerous creatures and phenomena for the sake of knowledge... all gone up in flames, just like that.]]

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* While it's downplayed for Gideon's redemption, Gideon finally realizing Grunkle Stan is missing.
* Dipper has no idea
that Mabel will never return indirectly caused the Weirdmageddon and just assumes that the rift broke by accident while Mabel was carrying it in his feelings for her is empathetically tragic for a lot of the viewers who had bad experiences backpack.
* Ford's expression when Bill tells him that he'd fit right in
with romance.
his demonic friends because he has six fingers.
* Ford getting turned into a gold statue by Bill to use as a ''backscratcher'' after he refuses Bill's offer to join his freakish group. Dipper attempts to punch him after being goaded over his weakness and mocked for his reliance on the journals, Bill proceeds to ''burn all three of them'', all the while claiming Dipper "shouldn't be a hero", and using Ford as an example of what happens to "heroes" in his world.
* Considering they've been around since the beginning of the series [[spoiler:seeing seeing Bill destroy the Journals journals is pretty upsetting to see. To ram it home, the insignia on Journal 3, the Journal journal that was with Dipper from the start, is shown being burned and warped. Finally, the final scene before the commercial was the last remnant of Journal 3, a burnt piece of the page with Bill's entry, on the ground]].
ground.
** It goes far beyond just that. [[spoiler:Until Until the portal incident, Stanford had dedicated his life to investigating the mysteries of Gravity Falls, and all of his knowledge was recorded within these Journals.journals. His research was the reason why he started dealing with Bill in the first place, why he created the portal to the Nightmare Realm. And just like that, it's all gone. With nary a gesture from Bill, years of Ford's work, of his blood, sweat and tears, of braving dangerous creatures and phenomena for the sake of knowledge... all gone up in flames, just like that.]]that.
* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, but this is possibly the lowest point in the series. The end of the world has come; the journals are destroyed; his family is scattered; his mentor is gone; he's spent several days living on the streets during an Apocalypse, hunted by living nightmares--and amongst all this, Dipper decides that the one thing he needs most is Mabel.




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* When Dipper is trying to convince Gideon to help him save Mabel, Dipper says he knows you can't force someone to love you, while looking over at Wendy.
* Of all people, ''Gideon'', the BigBad of Season 1, pulls a tear jerker with a single line: "Would you tell her what I did?" Context implies that he's certain he won't be around to tell her himself. A nine year old boy is going to what he assumes is his death because he wants to become the person someone he loves can be proud of.
** While it's downplayed for Gideon's redemption, Gideon finally realizing that Mabel will never return his feelings for her is empathetically tragic for a lot of the viewers who had bad experiences with romance.



* During the trial, Dipper is shown two memories from his and Mabel's past to argue that the fantasy world is better than reality. The first is [[spoiler: the twins' photo day in 2nd grade. Mabel is cheerfully ready to take the best photo ever until a mean girl sticks gum in her hair and makes her cry. The second is in 4th grade on Valentine's Day when Dipper doesn't get a single valentine card, prompting the other kids to laugh at him and send him running out of the room in tears.]]
** The scene is more poignant because it shows that [[spoiler: Dipper and Mabel were somewhat ostracized for [[AllTheOtherReindeer their personalities and that they barely have any friends before moving to Gravity Falls.]] This makes Mabel's desire to be friends with Candy and Grenda, as well as Dipper's desire to hang out with Wendy and her friends HarsherInHindsight since they didn't have any friends in their new summer home.]]
** Arguably [[spoiler:Dipper has this treatment worse - while Mabel was shown to have had a bully in 2nd Grade, and it's certainly likely that she's had more than just that one, she still received a sizable collection of Valentine's Day Cards in 4th Grade. Dipper got ''no'' cards, and was subsequently mocked by the entire class for it. Add in that WordOfGod states that Dipper is jealous of how socially competent Mabel is, and it becomes even clearer that while Mabel's friends in Gravity Falls may very well now be her ''best'' friends, Dipper's friends in Gravity Falls may very well be his ''only'' friends. Puts his earlier desire to stay and become Ford's apprentice]] in a completely different light...
* Despite the cheery setting, Mabeland is another version of Sweater Town for Mabel. She's only there because she's afraid of going back to the real world. She even states that she wanted to hide in her sweater forever when she thought Dipper would be leaving her.

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* During the trial, Dipper is shown two memories from his and Mabel's past to argue that the fantasy world is better than reality. The first is [[spoiler: the twins' photo day in 2nd grade. Mabel is cheerfully ready to take the best photo ever until a mean girl sticks gum in her hair and makes her cry. The second is in 4th grade on Valentine's Day when Dipper doesn't get a single valentine card, prompting the other kids to laugh at him and send him running out of the room in tears.]]
** The scene is more poignant because it shows that [[spoiler: Dipper and Mabel were somewhat ostracized for [[AllTheOtherReindeer their personalities and that they barely have any friends before moving to Gravity Falls.]] This makes Mabel's desire to be friends with Candy and Grenda, as well as Dipper's desire to hang out with Wendy and her friends HarsherInHindsight since they didn't have any friends in their new summer home.]]
** Arguably [[spoiler:Dipper has this treatment worse - while Mabel was shown to have had a bully in 2nd Grade, and it's certainly likely that she's had more than just that one, she still received a sizable collection of Valentine's Day Cards in 4th Grade. Dipper got ''no'' cards, and was subsequently mocked by the entire class for it. Add in that WordOfGod states that Dipper is jealous of how socially competent Mabel is, and it becomes even clearer that while Mabel's friends in Gravity Falls may very well now be her ''best'' friends, Dipper's friends in Gravity Falls may very well be his ''only'' friends. Puts his earlier desire to stay and become Ford's apprentice]] in a completely different light...
* Despite the cheery setting, Mabeland is another version of Sweater Town for Mabel. She's only there because [[GrowingUpSucks she's afraid of going back to the real world. world.]] She even states that she wanted to hide in her sweater forever when she thought Dipper would be leaving her.



** Even worse, in that Soos knows it's fake - but he can't pass up the chance to play just one game of catch with his "dad".

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** Even worse, in that Soos knows it's fake - but fake—but he can't pass up the chance to play just one game of catch with his "dad". "dad."



* [[spoiler: The man who married a woodpecker is okay, but his avian wife has been petrified, and frozen on his arm.]]

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* [[spoiler: During the trial, Dipper is shown two memories from his and Mabel's past to argue that the fantasy world is better than reality. The first is the twins' photo day in 2nd grade. Mabel is cheerfully ready to take the best photo ever until a mean girl sticks gum in her hair and makes her cry. The second is in 4th grade on Valentine's Day when Dipper doesn't get a single valentine card, prompting the other kids to laugh at him and send him running out of the room in tears.
** The scene is more poignant because it shows that Dipper and Mabel were somewhat ostracized for [[AllTheOtherReindeer their personalities and that they barely have any friends before moving to Gravity Falls.]] This makes Mabel's desire to be friends with Candy and Grenda, as well as Dipper's desire to hang out with Wendy and her friends HarsherInHindsight since they didn't have any friends in their new summer home.
** Arguably Dipper has this treatment worse—while Mabel was shown to have had a bully in 2nd Grade, and it's certainly likely that she's had more than just that one, she still received a sizable collection of Valentine's Day Cards in 4th Grade. Dipper got ''no'' cards, and was subsequently mocked by the entire class for it. Add in that WordOfGod states that Dipper is jealous of how socially competent Mabel is, and it becomes even clearer that while Mabel's friends in Gravity Falls may very well now be her ''best'' friends, Dipper's friends in Gravity Falls may very well be his ''only'' friends. Puts his earlier desire to stay and become Ford's apprentice in a completely different light...
*
The man who married a woodpecker is okay, but his avian wife has been petrified, and frozen on his arm.]]



* What's the backwards message at the end of the theme? ''[[spoiler: [[EndOfSeriesAwareness Goodbye Gravity Falls]]...]]''
* [[spoiler:Ford]] going OhCrap when Bill figures out that [[spoiler: the twins are his weakness]]. Ford, who's been resisting ColdBloodedTorture to keep Bill out of his mind, begs for Bill to [[spoiler: not attack the kids as he's turned to gold]].
* Sheriff Blubbs, Pacifica and Wendy's CryCute to seeing their families captured on the throne.
* [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming Ford being consistently held responsible for Weirdmageddon, even though he was manipulated and tricked into helping and had a complete breakdown upon realizing what he'd been made to do]].
** [[spoiler:Ford]]'s treatment in general can be this, considering how much of his [[{{Jerkass}} less-friendly]] tendencies developped as coping mechanisms from growing up held to the highest standards and, later on in life, having been betrayed (or so he thought, at least) by the three people he trusted the most ([[spoiler:Stanley, Fiddleford, and Bill, in that order; Ford didn't know that Stanley hadn't actually broken his project on purpose]]). And yet, much of the trauma he's endured is consistently treated as superficial and lesser--and even in the end, it's never properly adressed. [[spoiler: As Journal 3 revealed, hated himself at the end of the show and was [[ItsAllMyFault blaming himself for what happened as much as everyone else]]]].
* As the chosen ten townsfolk form the [[spoiler:Cipher Wheel in a last ditch effort to stop Bill, Stan and Ford ''still'' can't get along, which disrupts the ritual long enough for Bill to imprison everyone except for Dipper and Mabel. While imprisoned, [[ItsAllMyFault Stan laments over dooming everyone because of his inability to let the past go and just take Ford's hand, calling himself "a screw-up" in the process, while the latter takes the blame for making a deal with Bill all those years ago]], leading the two to finally bury the hatchet.]]
--> '''Stan''': "How did things get so messed up between us?"
--> '''Ford''': "We used to be like Dipper and Mabel. The world's about to end and they still work together. How do they ''do'' it?"
--> '''Stan''': "Easy- [[ChildrenAreInnocent they're kids.]] [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids They don't know any better.]]"
** Also, [[spoiler: the reaction Ford and Stan have to Bill going after Dipper and Mabel with the explicitly stated desire to ''kill them,'' with Ford screaming and banging on the gates of their prison cage, not even trying to squeeze through the bars. It ''embodies'' the AdultFear that your kids are in danger right in front of you and you are powerless to do anything about it.]]

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* What's the backwards message at the end of the theme? ''[[spoiler: '' [[EndOfSeriesAwareness Goodbye Gravity Falls]]...Falls...]]''
* [[spoiler:Ford]] Ford going OhCrap when Bill figures out that [[spoiler: the twins are his weakness]]. weakness. Ford, who's been resisting ColdBloodedTorture to keep Bill out of his mind, begs for Bill to [[spoiler: not attack the kids as he's turned to gold]].
gold.
* Sheriff Blubbs, Blubs, Pacifica and Wendy's CryCute to seeing their families (and Durland) captured on the throne.
* [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming Ford being consistently held responsible for Weirdmageddon, even though he was manipulated and tricked into helping and had a complete breakdown upon realizing what he'd been made to do]].
** [[spoiler:Ford]]'s treatment in general can be this, considering how much of his [[{{Jerkass}} less-friendly]] tendencies developped as coping mechanisms from growing up held to the highest standards and, later on in life, having been betrayed (or so he thought, at least) by the three people he trusted the most ([[spoiler:Stanley, Fiddleford, and Bill, in that order; Ford didn't know that Stanley hadn't actually broken his project on purpose]]). And yet, much of the trauma he's endured is consistently treated as superficial and lesser--and even in the end, it's never properly adressed. [[spoiler: As Journal 3 revealed, hated himself at the end of the show and was [[ItsAllMyFault blaming himself for what happened as much as everyone else]]]].
* As the chosen ten townsfolk form the [[spoiler:Cipher Wheel in a last ditch effort to stop Bill, Stan and Ford ''still'' can't get along, which disrupts the ritual long enough for Bill to imprison everyone except for Dipper and Mabel. While imprisoned, [[ItsAllMyFault Stan laments over dooming everyone because of his inability to let the past go and just take Ford's hand, calling himself "a screw-up" in the process, while the latter takes the blame for making a deal with Bill all those years ago]], leading the two to finally bury the hatchet.
do.]]
** Ford's treatment in general can be this, considering how much of his [[{{Jerkass}} less-friendly]] tendencies developed as coping mechanisms from growing up held to the highest standards and, later on in life, having been betrayed (or so he thought, at least) by the three people he trusted the most (Stanley, Fiddleford, and Bill, in that order; Ford didn't know that Stanley hadn't actually broken his project on purpose). And yet, much of the trauma he's endured is consistently treated as superficial and lesser—and even in the end, it's never properly adressed. As Journal 3 revealed, he hated himself at the end of the show and was [[ItsAllMyFault blaming himself for what happened just as much as everyone else]].
* As the chosen ten townsfolk form the Zodiac in a last ditch effort to stop Bill, Stan and Ford ''still'' can't get along, which disrupts the ritual long enough for Bill to imprison everyone except for Dipper and Mabel. While imprisoned, [[ItsAllMyFault Stan laments over dooming everyone because of his inability to let the past go and just take Ford's hand, calling himself "a screw-up" in the process, while the latter takes the blame for making a deal with Bill all those years ago]], leading the two to finally bury the hatchet.
--> '''Stan''': "How How did things get so messed up between us?"
us?
--> '''Ford''': "We We used to be like Dipper and Mabel. The world's about to end and they still work together. How do they ''do'' it?"
it?
--> '''Stan''': "Easy- Easy— [[ChildrenAreInnocent they're kids.]] [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids They don't know any better.]]"
]]
** Also, [[spoiler: the reaction Ford and Stan have to Bill going after Dipper and Mabel with the explicitly stated desire to ''kill them,'' with Ford screaming and banging on the gates of their prison cage, not even trying to squeeze through the bars. It ''embodies'' the AdultFear that your kids are in danger right in front of you and you are powerless to do anything about it.]]



* After the [[spoiler:Cipher Wheel plan backfires]], Ford decides upon an alternative: let [[spoiler:Bill into his mind and use the memory gun to erase Bill for good. There's only one problem: due to the metal plate in his skull, Ford's memories ''can't'' be erased... but it ''will'' work on Stan]]. But Bill wants '''Ford''' for his knowledge of how to bring the weirdness barrier (which is keeping him locked in Gravity Falls) down, and Ford is nearly willing to give in to save Dipper and Mabel. So what do they decide to do? [[spoiler: TwinSwitch. Stan takes Ford's place, tricks Bill into entering his mind, and lets Ford [[HeroicSacrifice wipe his mind]]]].
** Plus, [[spoiler: not all of Stan's memories might return. There's at least ten years that none of the Pines were with Stan, while he was estranged.]]
** Unconscious [[spoiler: Stan kneeling as Ford shoots him. He's completely defenseless, but has accepted his fate.]]
** So, what was the payoff to those "[[spoiler:Stan on fire]]" foreshadowing bits throughout the series? [[spoiler:His mindscape burning away due to the memory gun.]]
--->'''Stan''': [[spoiler: Guess I ''was'' [[GoOutWithASmile good for something, after all...]] ]]
** Related to the above, Stan's self-deprecation through the whole episode, evidenced by sentences like "Somehow it's always 'Stan's the ''screw-up'', Ford's the ''hero!'''", "Dad was right about me, I ''am'' a screw-up...", and gets the idea to [[spoiler: perform a TwinSwitch and HeroicSacrifice]] after Ford laments that his plan to use the memory gun on himself after Bill enters his mind won't work because the metal plate in his head prevents memory erasure, asking "What if he goes into ''my'' mind? ''My'' brain isn't good for anything..."
** Mabel and Dipper's horrified expressions when Ford tells them [[spoiler:about wiping Stan's mind completely]], along with [[spoiler:Ford tearfully [[FinalFirstHug hugging his brother]], who at the moment didn't even know who Ford was, but a month ago wanted that hug so much.]]
** [[spoiler: Dipper having to drag Mabel from the mind-wiped Stan as she sobs "Grunkle Stan, it's ''me!''"]]
** [[spoiler:After JK Simmons has played so many strong, tough characters, it's incredibly jarring to hear him sounding like he's genuinely about to cry on the line "You're our hero, Stanley."]]
* Ford knew what he had to do, but that doesn't lessen the pain or the realization that [[spoiler: he's "killed" his brother by [[ShootTheHostage wiping his mind.]]]] The [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone expression on his face]] and the ManlyTears sell the moments during and after the deed.
** Not only that, he [[spoiler: had to-even if it ''was'' for a short time- live through what Stan suffered for ''three decades'': believing he'd killed his brother by his own hand, and no way to know if he'd ''ever'' see him again.]]
* [[spoiler:Soos's reaction to Stan wanting to close the Mystery Shack, but he's tearfully touched to be its new owner.]]
** Some happy tears: because she was in Portland, [[spoiler: Melody wasn't affected by Weirdmageddon, and she moves in with Soos and Abuelita into the Mystery Shack. RelationshipUpgrade has ensued!]]
* A Fridge case of tearjerker, [[spoiler:Because of the Northwests needing to downsize after Preston lost much of their fortune, Priscilla tells Pacifica that they can only afford to "keep one pony" now. While clearly PlayedForLaughs and showing that she'll still be comfortably wealthy, it hurts when you realize that she is basically a kid being forced to decide which one of her pets she'll keep while saying goodbye to the rest. Counts for double since the previous episodes involving her makes it seem likely that these ponies where the closest thing she had to friendship aside from a grudging one with Dipper and Mabel.]]
* Mabel having to [[spoiler:say goodbye to Waddles because her parents won't let her bring him back to California. Thankfully, Stan decides to make Waddles go with Mabel anyway, even declaring that if he had to deal with Waddles the whole summer, it's the parents' turn.]]
** Turns into FridgeHorror and a bigger TearJerker when you realize all Stan really did was get Waddles on the bus, not talk to the parents. Just because Waddles on the bus doesn't mean their parents will want Waddles to stay so she still may have to let him go when they get home, or take effort to convince them that they will have to deal with Waddles.

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* After the [[spoiler:Cipher Wheel Zodiac plan backfires]], backfires, Ford decides upon an alternative: let [[spoiler:Bill Bill into his mind and use the memory gun to erase Bill for good. There's only one problem: due to the metal plate in his skull, Ford's memories ''can't'' be erased... but it ''will'' work on Stan]]. Stan. But Bill wants '''Ford''' ''Ford'' for his knowledge of how to bring the weirdness barrier (which is keeping him locked in Gravity Falls) down, and Ford is nearly willing to give in to save Dipper and Mabel. So what do they decide to do? [[spoiler: TwinSwitch. Stan takes Ford's place, tricks Bill into entering his mind, and lets Ford [[HeroicSacrifice wipe his mind]]]].
mind]].
** Plus, [[spoiler: not all of Stan's memories might return. There's at least ten years that none of the Pines were with Stan, while he was estranged.estranged.
** Unconscious Stan kneeling as Ford shoots him. He's completely defenseless, but has accepted his fate.
** So, what was the payoff to those "Stan on fire" foreshadowing bits throughout the series? His mindscape burning away due to the memory gun.
--->'''Stan''': Guess I ''was'' [[GoOutWithASmile good for something, after all...
]]
** Unconscious [[spoiler: Stan kneeling as Ford shoots him. He's completely defenseless, but has accepted his fate.]]
** So, what was the payoff to those "[[spoiler:Stan on fire]]" foreshadowing bits throughout the series? [[spoiler:His mindscape burning away due to the memory gun.]]
--->'''Stan''': [[spoiler: Guess I ''was'' [[GoOutWithASmile good for something, after all...]] ]]
** Related to the above, Stan's self-deprecation through the whole episode, evidenced by sentences like "Somehow it's always 'Stan's the ''screw-up'', Ford's the ''hero!'''", "Dad was right about me, I ''am'' a screw-up...", and gets the idea to [[spoiler: perform a TwinSwitch and HeroicSacrifice]] HeroicSacrifice after Ford laments that his plan to use the memory gun on himself after Bill enters his mind won't work because the metal plate in his head prevents memory erasure, asking "What if he goes into ''my'' mind? ''My'' brain isn't good for anything..."
** Mabel and Dipper's horrified expressions when Ford tells them [[spoiler:about wiping Stan's mind completely]], along with [[spoiler:Ford tearfully [[FinalFirstHug hugging his brother]], who at the moment didn't even know who Ford was, but a month ago wanted that hug so much.]]
** [[spoiler: Dipper having to drag Mabel from the mind-wiped Stan as she sobs "Grunkle Stan, it's ''me!''"]]
** [[spoiler:After JK Simmons has played so many strong, tough characters, it's incredibly jarring to hear him sounding like he's genuinely about to cry on the line "You're our hero, Stanley."]]
* Ford knew what he had to do, but that doesn't lessen the pain or the realization that [[spoiler: he's "killed" his brother by [[ShootTheHostage wiping his mind.]]]] ]] The [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone expression on his face]] and the ManlyTears sell the moments during and after the deed.
** Not only that, he [[spoiler: had to-even to—even if it ''was'' for a short time- live time—live through what Stan suffered for ''three decades'': believing he'd killed his brother by his own hand, and no way to know if he'd ''ever'' see him again.]]
again.
* [[spoiler:Soos's Mabel and Dipper's horrified expressions when Ford tells them about wiping Stan's mind completely, along with Ford tearfully [[FinalFirstHug hugging his brother]], who at the moment didn't even know who Ford was, but a month ago wanted that hug so much.
** After JK Simmons has played so many strong, tough characters, it's incredibly jarring to hear him sounding like he's genuinely about to cry on the line "You're our hero, Stanley."
** Dipper having to drag Mabel from the mind-wiped Stan as she sobs, "Grunkle Stan, it's ''me!''"
** While Dipper wasn't as verbal as Mabel, he was quietly crying next to her. [[https://i.imgur.com/nqmYsnG.gif He even briefly holds onto Stan's hand]] after breaking down the Mystery Shack's busted door.
* Soos's
reaction to Stan wanting to close the Mystery Shack, but he's tearfully touched to be its new owner.]]
owner.
** Some happy tears: because she was in Portland, [[spoiler: Melody wasn't affected by Weirdmageddon, and she moves in with Soos and Abuelita into the Mystery Shack. RelationshipUpgrade has ensued!]]
ensued!
* A Fridge case of tearjerker, [[spoiler:Because TearJerker, Because of the Northwests needing to downsize after Preston lost much of their fortune, Priscilla tells Pacifica that they can only afford to "keep one pony" now. While clearly PlayedForLaughs and showing that she'll still be comfortably wealthy, it hurts when you realize that she is basically a kid being forced to decide which one of her pets she'll keep while saying goodbye to the rest. Counts for double since the previous episodes involving her makes it seem likely that these ponies where the closest thing she had to friendship aside from a somewhat grudging one with Dipper and Mabel.]]
Mabel.
* Mabel having to [[spoiler:say say goodbye to Waddles because her parents won't let her bring him back to California. Thankfully, Stan decides to make Waddles go with Mabel anyway, even declaring that if he had to deal with Waddles the whole summer, it's the parents' turn.]]
turn.
** Turns into FridgeHorror and a bigger TearJerker when you realize all Stan really did might have done was get Waddles on the bus, and not talk to the their parents. Just because Waddles was on the bus doesn't mean their parents will want Waddles to stay so stay. So she still may have to let him go when they get home, or take effort to convince them that they will have to deal with Waddles.



* [[spoiler: "Stan O'War II"]]. That is all.
* The final credits of the episode is both heartwarming and tearjerking for the fans since it features the offscreen moments with Dipper and Mabel spending moments with their friends and family since it further highlights the end of the series and how fans have loved the characters.



* When you think about it, it's pretty sad that Dipper [[spoiler: didn't get a girlfriend or receive any form of romantic actions.]] There were entire episodes devoted to his romantic interests and ShipTease, alongside the ShipTease in the short called Relation Shipping and in the Legend of the Gnome Gemulets, but in the end, it was rather futile. It was the one thing he didn't get for everything he's done for the people of Gravity Falls. Granted, he's still got a long life ahead, but many shippers felt crestfallen and cheated.
** However this is somewhat bittersweet because if the past episodes have said enough then it means that Dipper isn't ready for a relationship, In Roadside Attraction he learned how to flirt but he didn't understand the romantic complications which come after, Dipper has been able to improve the lives of his friends or turn the lives around for his enemies like Gideon and Pacifica. Dipper is arguably better off single in this case because he has much to learn but it doesn't mean he hasn't done enough for his friends.
** Also, [[RealityEnsues Dipper is twelve]].
** However in the real life Journal 3, it heavily implies that Dipper could have developed a crush on [[spoiler:Pacifica due to the events of Northwest Mansion Mystery as he clumsily made comments on her dress, the way she smelt like flowers and champagne and finally wondering if there was a vibe going to which the former and the latter comments were both crossed out. If the Dipper and Pacifica shippers aren't happy with the fact that nothing developed between the two after Northwest Mansion Mystery]] then they might as well take this moment from the book and get some form of satisfaction from it despite how little it is because it's the closest they're gonna get to it.
* In a meta way, the fact we don't get the original theme song one last time. This is the last episode of the series and all we hear are the [[NightmareFuel terrifying "Weirdmageddon" version]] and the (to be fair, pretty awesome) rock cover playing with the battle between Bill and the Mystery Shack robot.

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* The final credits of the episode is both heartwarming and tearjerking for the fans since it features the offscreen moments with Dipper and Mabel spending moments with their friends and family, as it further highlights the end of the series and how fans have loved the characters.
* When you think about it, it's pretty sad that Dipper [[spoiler: didn't get a girlfriend or receive any form of romantic actions.]] actions. There were entire episodes devoted to his romantic interests and ShipTease, alongside the ShipTease in the [=McGucket=] puppet short called Relation Shipping "Relation Shipping," and in the Legend of the Gnome Gemulets, but ''VideoGame/GravityFallsLegendOfTheGnomeGemulets''. But in the end, it was rather futile. It was the one thing he didn't get for everything he's done for the people of Gravity Falls. Granted, he's still got a long life ahead, but many shippers felt crestfallen and cheated.
** However this This is somewhat bittersweet because if the past episodes have said enough enough, then it means that Dipper isn't ready for a relationship, especially since [[RealityEnsues he was twelve.]] In Roadside Attraction "Roadside Attraction," he learned how to flirt flirt, but he didn't understand the romantic complications which that come after, Dipper has been able to improve the lives of his friends or turn the lives around for his enemies like Gideon and Pacifica. Dipper after. He is arguably better off single in this case because as he still has much to learn but it doesn't mean he hasn't done enough for his friends.
** Also, [[RealityEnsues Dipper is twelve]].
learn.
** However in the real life Journal 3, it heavily implies that Dipper could have developed a crush on [[spoiler:Pacifica Pacifica due to the events of Northwest "Northwest Mansion Mystery Mystery," as he clumsily made comments on her dress, the way she smelt like flowers and champagne and finally wondering if there was a vibe going to which the former and the latter comments were both crossed out. If the Dipper and Pacifica shippers aren't happy with the fact that nothing developed on screen between the two after Northwest "Northwest Mansion Mystery]] Mystery," then they might as well take this moment from the book and get some form of satisfaction from it despite how little it is because it's the closest they're gonna get to it.
is.
* In a meta way, the fact we don't get the original theme song one last time. This is the last episode of the series and all we hear are is the [[NightmareFuel terrifying "Weirdmageddon" version]] and the (to be fair, pretty awesome) rock cover playing with during the battle between Bill and the Mystery Shack robot.[[HumongousMecha Shacktron]] vs Bill's Henchmaniacs.



* Hell, even ''Bill'' gets a moment. While he's proven himself to be absolutely irredeemable, it can be pretty sad to listen to him [[spoiler: [[VillainsWantMercy begging for his life]], and offering riches and fame to Stan, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood despite the fact someone with any sense of morality would have not even tried.]] Even worse if you are one of Bill's many fans, as this is his last canon appearance.]] [[spoiler: [[SequelHook Or maybe not.]]]]
** On that note, [[spoiler:his Henchmaniacs. They're still alive and, while they're just as insane and evil as he was, they clearly liked Bill a lot and he liked them in kind (them being among the only beings he doesn't treat like garbage and whom he ''sincerely'' refers to as his friends). They'll all be in for a shock when they realize he's dead...]]

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* Hell, even ''Bill'' gets a moment. While he's proven himself to be absolutely irredeemable, it can be pretty sad to listen to him [[spoiler: [[VillainsWantMercy begging for his life]], and offering riches and fame to Stan, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood despite the fact someone with any sense of morality would have not even tried.]] Even worse if you are one of Bill's many fans, as this is his last canon appearance.]] [[spoiler: [[SequelHook Or maybe not.]]]]
]]
** On that note, [[spoiler:his his Henchmaniacs. They're still alive and, while they're just as insane and evil as he was, they clearly liked Bill a lot and he liked them in kind (them being among the only beings he doesn't treat like garbage and whom he ''sincerely'' refers to as his friends). They'll all be in for a shock when they realize he's dead...]]



* The [[http://shmalexsmirsch.tumblr.com news]] that the series is finally ending, seeing a nice series about to end is really hard to take in.
* This [[https://mobile.twitter.com/EmmyCic/status/668151926450688000/photo/1 promo art]] for ''Escape From Reality'' showing a depressed Mabel having lost her joyful colors and is in the DespairEventHorizon.
* The game "Legend of the Gnome Gemulets" includes a dialogue option where Stan recounts being present for the twins' birth. While most of it is lighthearted and adorable, Stan's sprite [[http://40.media.tumblr.com/231a1571cf05fd2b02de0cf1c86d546d/tumblr_inline_nwjvq9K46I1qekai0_400.jpg switches to a very grim looking expression]] when discussing Dipper's birth, revealing that he nearly died from asphyxiation from having his own umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. Stan even goes into detail, describing how Dipper's face was blue when he was born due to lack of oxygen.
** Among other things, this means that [[FridgeHorror Mabel might have grown up an only child]]. To make it all worse, the male part dying more often in fraternal twins [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin#Types_of_Twins_.26_Zygosity is harsh reality]].
* [[spoiler:According to Axolotl, [[StepfordSmiler Bill isn't as happy as he wants people to believe]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone and he thoroughly regrets destroying his home world]]]].

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* The [[http://shmalexsmirsch.tumblr.com news]] that the series is was finally ending, seeing ending. Seeing a short, nice series about to end is really hard to take in.
* This [[https://mobile.twitter.com/EmmyCic/status/668151926450688000/photo/1 promo art]] for ''Escape "Escape From Reality'' showing Reality" shows a depressed Mabel having lost her joyful colors and is in the DespairEventHorizon.
* The game "Legend of the Gnome Gemulets" ''VideoGame/GravityFallsLegendOfTheGnomeGemulets'' includes a dialogue option where Stan recounts being present for the twins' birth. While most of it is lighthearted and adorable, Stan's sprite [[http://40.media.tumblr.com/231a1571cf05fd2b02de0cf1c86d546d/tumblr_inline_nwjvq9K46I1qekai0_400.jpg switches to a very grim looking expression]] when discussing Dipper's birth, revealing that he nearly died from asphyxiation from having his own umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. Stan even goes into detail, describing how Dipper's face was blue when he was born due to lack of oxygen.
** Among other things, this means that [[FridgeHorror Mabel might have grown up an only child]]. To make it all worse, the male part dying more often in fraternal twins [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin#Types_of_Twins_.26_Zygosity is a harsh reality]].
reality.]]
* [[spoiler:According [[Literature/GravityFallsDipperAndMabelAndTheCurseOfTheTimePiratesTreasure According to Axolotl, Axolotl]], [[StepfordSmiler Bill isn't as happy as he wants people to believe]] and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone and he thoroughly regrets destroying his home world]]]].world.]]



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[--18-23-20-19-20 8-15-21-4-3-6-19-5 22-12-19-23-21-16-19-20 22-25 5-3-10--][[note]]FADED PICTURES BLEACHED BY SUN[[/note]]\\
[--4-16-19 4-23-12-19'5 4-9-12-20, 4-16-19 5-3-11-11-19-6'5 20-9-10-19--][[note]]THE TALE'S TOLD, THE SUMMER'S DONE[[/note]]\\
[--15-10 11-19-11-9-6-15-19-5 4-16-19 8-15-10-19-5 5-4-15-12-12 8-12-23-25--][[note]]IN MEMORIES THE PINES STILL PLAY[[/note]]\\
[[center: [--9-10 23 5-3-10-10-25 5-3-11-11-19-6'5 20-23-25--][[note]]ON A SUNNY SUMMER'S DAY[[/note]]]]
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