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[[caption-width-right:312:Poor Dipper...]]

* "Mabel's not here. She's in sweater town."
* 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.]]
-->'''Dipper:''' [[spoiler: Tyrone! You were the only one who understood.]]
* 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.
* In "Dipper vs Manliness", while Dipper pulled a CryCute, it's so hard not to feel sad for him.
* 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 in the face with a baseball, and so that 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 rambles about [[spoiler:trying and failing to change the past]]...
---> '''Wendy:''' You lost me, dude.
---> '''Dipper:''' I know.
*** His whole reaction the first time Robbie asks her out is just soul-crushing.
** Poor [[ButtMonkey Blendin Blandin]]. That poor guy.
* Mabel giving Dipper the cold shoulder in "Summerween", because she thought Dipper didn't care about her as much as he did for Wendy.
** While Mabel feeling betrayed is bad enough, imagine how regretful Dipper was.
** Also, Mabel's explanation why Dipper going trick-or-treating was so important to her: the twins are getting older and she's afraid there won't be many Halloweens left together.
*** 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...
*** It gets worse if you take it another way: that she had accepted the fact that they were all probably going to die.
* Imagine playing in a game show, and you having hundreds of thousands of dollars. You decided to risk your money in a bonus question. However, you answer the question incorrectly. There goes your million dollars... Don't like that sad idea? Then don't watch the "Boss Mabel" episode.
* 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 basically miserable. It's impossible to not wanna hug him when he goes back to the junkyard.
-->'''Dipper:''' I even sound ridiculous when I cry!
* Stan's downer speech about life in "Bottomless Pit." 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.
* 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.
** Mabel and Mermando's goodbye.
** Mabel's little speech to Dipper towards the end can get to some people.
--->"Dipper! Don't you know what it's like to fall for someone... even though you know in your heart it'll probably never work out... but you would do anything for that person?"
* 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.
** Its very easy to miss, but the shocked look on Mabel's face when Dipper suggest they sleep in separate rooms. You can tell Mabel was hurt by the mere thought of Dipper not wanting to share a room with her.
* [[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 at Stan right after Dipper slaps a five with him in celebration. He watches as Dipper ask Wendy out while she's undergoing a grieving moment.]]
** The way Wendy's voice breaks during her WhatTheHellHero speech to Dipper.
*** And his heartbroken expression afterwards.
** 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 basically 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...]]
* [[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 shot of [[DarkReprise Gravity Falls forest while an eerie version of the opening 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]].
** [[NoodleIncident Whatever happened between]] [[spoiler: Bill and the Author]] 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: the Author]]. Thinking about how [[spoiler: the Author]] must have felt when "the friendliest and most trustworthy individual" they knew betrayed them is honestly heartbreaking.
* In "Gideon Rises" - when Dipper and Mabel have to leave town, leaving Stan, Wendy, Candy, and Grenda behind. The latter two are holding each other sadly.
** The fact that [[TheSlacker Wendy]] looks forlorn as the bus drives away really says something.
** You can tell that things are at their DarkestHour when they don't even make a joke at the act break.
** 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 anymore.
** Poor Waddles cowering in fear of Gideon when he shouts at him to get back in his corner.
** Notice how Mabel's legs are tucked into her sweater on the bus ride. ''She's in Sweater Town.''
** 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.
-->'''Gideon:''' What are you gonna do? No muscles, no brains...face it, kid! You're nothing without this [journal].
** 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.
* 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?
-->'''Dipper:''' Mabel, I'm sorry!
* "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.]]
* 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.]]
---> Dipper: Ha Ha! [[IncrediblyLamePun Miner Hole!]] [[TemptingFate I wonder what cute silly things are going on down there.]]
** 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 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: her parents have mentally abused her via 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.
* A big portion of "Sock Opera", especially Dipper and Mabel arguing.
* "Soos and the Real Girl" has [[spoiler:Giffany 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 a 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."]]
* Mabel's depressed reaction to [[spoiler:Waddles becoming intelligent and leaving her behind to pursue science]] in "Little Gift Shop Of Horrors".
* 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.]]
** The latter makes his son's treatment of him even HarsherInHindsight.
** [[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: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 a front for how stressed her family makes 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, all to prevent a war.
* 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.
** Blink and you'll miss it, but if you pay very close attention during the time travel segments, you can spot the Gleefulls 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.
* "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]].
** [[FridgeHorror If you think about it,]] Dipper's predicament in the episode. He was amazingly happy to be part of Wendy's social circle and they were as happy with him and Mabel there. Then everything went down.
* Pacifica in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" is one little bundle of sad. During Dippers ReasonYouSuckSpeech to the Northwests he calls out Pacifica for being no better than her parents and she is visibly effected by it but she can't defend her actions because of her father, and can only blush in frustration at not being able to. [[spoiler: Then she discovers that she comes from a family that has always been thieves, cheaters, and liars all she can do is sit in the dark flicking a flashlight. Also, the family portrait shows a young Pacifica...with a goofy smile very similar to ''[[NotSoDifferent Mabel's]]'' ]].
** When she says to Dipper "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.
** Dipper's horrified reaction when the mirror breaks and releases the ghost, who heads back to the party, putting Mabel in danger.
** The ghost's story is pretty heartbreaking, and if he wasn't AxCrazy and out for {{Revenge}}, even on people who don't know the truth, it would be pretty easy to root for him.
*** To put it into perspective, [[spoiler: the Lumberjack Ghost was commissioned along with many others by Pacifica's ancestor to build 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 a year, 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?
** A minor one, but when Mabel, Candy, and Grenda get turned into trees, it shows that they spent their last moments yelling at each other [[SkewedPriorities without ever noticing the danger]]. [[FridgeHorror Just imagine]] ''that'' being your last true memory of your friends, and you're not even able to apologize afterwards.
* "Not What He Seems"
** The sheer horror Dipper and Mabel go through when they [[spoiler: discover that Grunkle Stan is an imposter, that he lied to them about the journals, and when they think he is going to destroy the universe.]] After seeing Stan and the twins bond over water balloons, its heartbreaking to see them think the worst of them. 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!'''''
** Even worse is Mabel's increasingly desperate insisting that the whole thing is just one big, horrible misunderstanding.
** Mabel being forced to choose between [[spoiler:trusting her brother and trusting her 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]].
** [[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?]]
*** 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 is father figure, it's really harsh when viewed through the lens of his father situation in "Blendin's Game."
* In "Dreamscaperers," [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/512779b0b932f9af79b0ec54716cc49a/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo1_r1_500.jpg part of Stan's mindscape is 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]]]].
* 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...]]

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[[folder: Meta and Out of Canon ]]

* [[http://modmad.tumblr.com/post/98161859400/well-what-did-ya-expect-in-an-opera-a-happy This]] alternate ending to Sock Opera by tumblr user modmad is ''[[SarcasmMode slightly]]'' more tragic than the official ending.
* Oh, Markmak, how you tug at the heartstings sometimes. [[http://markmak.deviantart.com/art/I-ll-see-you-next-summer-then-334760603 this]] and [[http://markmak.deviantart.com/art/Waddles-480771827 this]] are perfect testaments to that.
** To elaborate, the first is the closest thing to a ForegoneConclusion we have until the show ends (though knowing this show, it could be different). The latter....well...let's just say you won't look at Waddles the same way again.
* Undeadwanker's Depravity Falls AU, which among other things involves Bill possessing Mabel instead of Dipper, and then forcing Dipper to help him with his plans because of him loving his sister too much.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je5ED0Uekis This]] fan animation, taking place while Pacifica is in the secret gallery .
* [[http://lasimms.tumblr.com/post/113408993972 Bipper's words]] to Mabel echoing [[spoiler:Stan's efforts.]]
* The Gravity Falls Gossiper Podcast, that managed to get Alex Hirsch to guest star as Grunkle Stan, has gone on a long hiatus, possibly cancelled because of the personal troubles of one of the co-hosts who just can't find the time to record it anymore.
* [[http://albrii.tumblr.com/post/114896792715/u-kno-when-ur-just-sorta-doodlin-and-something Stan in the rain.]]
* [[http://imamong.tumblr.com/post/113431386194/mabel-my-sweety "Thanks for trusting me."]]
* [[http://maddigzlz.tumblr.com/post/113228920076/just-another-goofy-episode-filled-with-silly-jokes Just another goofy episode.]]
* [[http://imaginashon.tumblr.com/post/111973383237/oh-bro-bro Oh, bro-bro...]]
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