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[[caption-width-right:350:Just north of normal, just west of weird.]]

->''"Unfortunately, my suspicions have been confirmed. I'm being watched. I must hide this book before ''He'' finds it."''

->''"Remember—in Gravity Falls, there is no one you can trust."''

''Gravity Falls'' is an animated DisneyChannel Original Series created by [[WesternAnimation/FishHooks Alex]] [[WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack Hirsch]] and produced by [[MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Rob]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Renzetti]]. It began airing on June 29, 2012 and has quickly developed a cult following with its paranormal theme, inventive writing, quirky yet lovable characters, thrilling escapades, and [[ParentalBonus enough eyebrow-raising jokes to make one wonder how a kid-friendly channel like Disney picked it up in the first place]].

The show tells the story of twins [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Dipper]] and [[GenkiGirl Mabel Pines]], who have been sent to live for the summer with their "grunkle" [[note]]great-uncle[[/note]] Stanford "Stan" Pines in the mountain town of [[TheOtherRainforest Gravity Falls, Oregon]], where he owns the Mystery Shack, "the world's most bizarre museum". Dipper and Mabel's situation worsens (or, rather, betters) when Dipper finds a mysterious book, whose cover is only marked with the number "3" and a hand with six fingers. Upon opening it, Dipper finds a GreatBigBookOfEverything explaining the many strange beings, past events, and even federal cover-ups that exist within this [[TownWithADarkSecret town of secrecy]] -- all cut through with an urgent warning: ''Trust No One!'' Thus begins Mabel and Dipper's adventures as they interact with the supernatural world that surrounds them.

After the first season finale, Alex Hirsch announced that the series would be going on a possibly year-long hiatus, and the second season could be as far away as late 2014. Since then, several {{Miniseries}} have been released over the break to keep fans satisfied. Such miniseries include:
* ''[[Recap/GravityFallsDippersGuideToTheUnexplained Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained]]'', where Dipper attempts to make documentaries explaining supposed mysteries around Gravity Falls
* ''[[Recap/GravityFallsMabelsGuideToLife Mabel's Guide to Life]],'' in which Mabel tries to give out handy tips to live every day life
* ''[[Recap/GravityFallsFixinItWithSoos Fixin' it with Soos]]'', a short series of videos that has Soos trying to fix various things around the Mystery Shack
* ''[[Recap/GravityFallsTVShorts TV Shorts]]'', which consist of a few sketches depicting Gravity Falls' TV programming
* ''[[Recap/GravityFallsMabelsScrapbook Mabel's Scrapbook]]'', which follows the Pines family on vacation outings.

Season 2 premiered on August 1, 2014, 364 days after the season 1 finale. New episodes now premiere on ''Creator/DisneyXD'' first and Disney Channel later on.

The show has pages for [[Recap/GravityFalls recaps]] and [[ShoutOut/GravityFalls Shout Outs]], plus a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/GravityFalls Best Episode Crowner.]] Be sure to check out the [[Analysis/GravityFalls analysis]] and [[Characters/GravityFalls characters]] pages.

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!!This show contains examples of the following tropes:

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Li'l Gideon... well, it was funny up until he went crazy.
* {{Action Girl}}s: Mabel, Grenda, and Candy have all displayed Action Girl traits.
** Wendy proves herself beyond a shadow of a doubt as one of these in "Into the Bunker."
** Pacifica proves capable in "The Golf War."
* AdjectiveNounFred: The Japanese dub of the show, ''Kaiki Zone Gravity Falls''.[[note]]"Mysterious Zone Gravity Falls"[[/note]]
** The Japanese title of "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" is "Chōnōryoku Shōnen Gideon".[[note]]"Psychic Boy Gideon"[[/note]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Mabel and Dipper.
** Candy and Grenda.
** Soos.
* AdultFear: "Tourist Trapped" contains a quite plausible child-abduction scenario.
** "Gideon Rises" has a subtle but very painful one: [[spoiler:Stan is forced to realize that, having lost the Shack, he cannot take care of Dipper and Mabel. This is evident when we see him talking with Dipper and Mabel's parents; he lies to them about their current condition and we see him realize that they cannot live with Soos for the summer since there is little income and little food. This strikes a chord for many parents or guardians who fear they may have to surrender their kids to other family members or social services because they can no longer take care of them]].
** Much of the Dipper/Wendy arc counts for people who have anxiety and shyness towards dealing with romance. [[spoiler: The fear or romantic rejection gets [[{{Ship Sinking}} more]] or [[{{Anchored Ship}} less]] thrown in during "Into the Bunker" where Dipper decides it's not worth it to admit his feelings for her, but [[{{Anguished Declaration of Love}} ends up doing it anyway;]] and, while flattered, Wendy turns him down due to the age gap between them.]] Similar anxiety is displayed in "Soos and the Real Girl."
* AdultsAreUseless:
** Grunkle Stan, particularly in "Tourist Trapped". There are times, however, when he manages to avert it [[spoiler:like when he punches a pterodactyl]]. [[spoiler:Subverted in "Scaryoke" when it turns out he'd been lying about his knowledge of the supernatural to try to keep Dipper and Mabel away from it]].
** Downplayed with Soos, who's usually ready to lend a hand in monster hunts.
** Sheriff Blubs and and Deputy Durland combine this with PoliceAreUseless.
* AdvertisedExtra: When the show first came out, many of the promos featured Norman. [[spoiler:He turned out to be a bunch of gnomes in disguise. They weren't seen again until the first season's finale.]]
* AerithAndBob: The gnomes are named Jeff, Carson, Jason, Steve, and Shmebulock.
** The manotaurs names include Testosteuror, Glurk, Pituitor, and Beardy.
* {{Aesop}}: Every episode of the show has at least one, and they're [[ShowDontTell woven relatively subtly into the narratives]] to boot.
** "Tourist Trapped": Do not go into the woods alone with a guy you just met.
*** Also, even when you're stuck in an unfamiliar or undesirable place - such as a decaying Oregonian tourist trap - still try to make the best of your circumstances.
** "The Legend of the Gobblewonker": Spend some time with your elders - they'll appreciate it and you might have more fun that you assume.
** "Headhunters": Don't let others tell you you're not good enough to do something.
** "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel": If you're feeling uncomfortable about where a relationship is going, it's okay to set boundaries and say "no". And the more someone lavishes attention and expensive gifts on you to pressure you into playing a certain role for them, the warier of them you should be.
*** Also, you should be the one to confront the problem instead of someone else, as they could end up as collateral damage.
** "The Inconveniencing": Sometimes, what sounds really cool in theory isn't that much fun when you actually try it, particularly when it's just done as an attempt to impress others.
** "Dipper vs. Manliness": Even if nobody backs you up, don't be afraid to do what's right.
*** Alternatively, you are as manly as you think you are and do not be discouraged if others say otherwise. (Alternatively, alternatively: "true" manliness - or girliness - isn't always what society thinks it is, and you shouldn't be afraid to express yourself in a unique way.)
** "Double Dipper": If you like someone and want to ask them out, don't be afraid to just talk to them about it.
*** Alternatively, your real friends will stick by you no matter what happens.
** "Irrational Treasure": Don't dismiss someone's abilities just because you don't think they're important or useful.
** "The Time Traveller's Pig": You can't have everything you want all of the time.
*** Alternatively, taking what you want can end up with you taking what someone else wants just as much. (Works both ways, since Mabel abandoned her chance to help Dipper in order to win Waddles.)
** "Fight Fighters": Face things you don't like or are afraid of with grace rather than trying to run away, but KnowWhenToFoldEm when you surpass your abilities.
** "Little Dipper": Don't destroy something just because you personally don't need it anymore. Also, don't let your insecurities blind you to your accomplishments.
** "Summerween": If someone is threatening you, make sure you tell someone and not just keep it to yourself.
*** Also, it's okay to do childish things, even as you get older.
** "Boss Mabel": Settle for what you have already as opposed to unwisely taking a gamble on it all.
*** Alternatively, sometimes you have to be tough to get something to work.
** "Bottomless Pit": Three.
*** ''Voice Over'' - Your personal qualities might not be perfect, but they're yours.
*** ''Soos' Really Great Pinball Story'' - Don't cheat, and don't be selfish.
*** ''Trooth Ache'' - Sometimes, you ''have'' to tell a little white lie to spare the feelings of others.
** "The Deep End": Don't do something without thinking it through. It can lead to doing something needlessly that you will regret.
** "Carpet Diem": Don't make important decisions when angry.
*** Secondly, don't pretend to be someone else and try to hurt their reputation.
*** Thirdly, don't ignore your old friend's feelings just because you made some new ones.
** "Boyz Crazy": Don't arrive late for something and be surprised when they've run out of what you want. Alternatively, you should help someone for the sake of making them happy, not for personal gain.
** "Land Before Swine": Lying about something, then trying to perpetuate the lie even though you or someone else might get hurt, is a bad idea.
*** Alternatively, stay away from hungry, meat-eating animals that are bigger than you. (Bit of a no-brainer.)
** "Dreamscaperers": Don't sabotage your master plan to help your disguise you made to help with said master plan.
*** Alternatively, let people finish speaking before judging what they say.
** "Gideon Rises": Just because you're not the strongest or the smartest doesn't mean you can't be the hero.
*** Secondly, just because something has had no use in the past doesn't mean it won't in the future.
*** Thirdly, if you believe something you are looking for is somewhere on a specific property, check every nook and cranny inside ''before'' you start digging outside.
*** Fourthly, sometimes people, including the police, get to pick and choose who to believe based on their own preferences, and they are jerks for doing it.
** "Scaryoke": Don't let your ambitions blind you to the potential consequences of your actions.
*** Also, remember the important matters like spending time with family.
** "Into The Bunker": If you like someone and it's eating you up with anxiety, sometimes you have to take a risk and say it, because uncertainity is often worse than certainity.
*** Also, sometimes people need a push, but you still have to respect their choices in the end.
** "The Golf War": Grudges and rivalry will only lead to misery, and the only way to truly end them is to be the bigger person and turn the other cheek.
*** Secondly, don't get involved in other peoples disputes, or let others get involved in yours.
*** Thirdly, playing one side against the other for your own gain isn't only deceitful, it's dangerous.
** "Sock Opera": Don't take for granted the people that care about you for your ambitions. If they're willing to give up everything, you should do the same.
*** Also, don't go blindly chasing after someone until you know them a bit better, since failing to be with them might be dodging a bullet.
*** Thirdly, '''[[DealWithTheDevil DON'T MAKE DEALS WITH DEMONS]]''' or similarly styled energy beings.
** "Soos and the Real Girl": Don't be afraid to go out into dating; while dating sims can seem like a good substitute, they fail because they have no depth to them.
*** Envy is never any good and can cause more trouble than its worth.
** "Little Shop of Horror": BUY SOMETHING FROM THE MYSTERY SHACK IF YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU.
*** The episode in general parodies this theme with several [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Family Unfriendly Aesops]].
*** ''Hands Of'': The only reason witches curse people or inconvenience them is because they're lonely.
*** ''Abaconings'': Don't bother using your newfound intelligence to make yourself famous, help make the world a better place, or gain powerful allies like world leaders and scientists. Instead, you should throw all of this away to live a life of ignorance with a little scatterbrained girl who enjoys making fart noises with her keyboard, simply because you consider her your "best friend".
*** ''Clay Day'': Stop-motion is not only terrifying, but (due to being created by black magic) is actually unholy. Why do you think [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas many]] [[WesternAnimation/Coraline stop-motion]] [[WesternAnimation/ParaNorman animated]] [[WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls films]] revolve around such dark themes?
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:The ghosts]] from "The Inconveniencing" would be just like any other sweet old couple... [[spoiler:except they entrap and torment any teenager that comes into their store.]]
** [[spoiler:Zombie!Soos, who combines the ruthless killing instinct of the undead with the cheerful personality of... well, Soos. [[ApologeticAttacker "Sorry, dude, but I just really want those brains!"]]]].
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Stan's preferred form is affectionate noogie-ing.
* AffectionateParody: Of bizarre-small-town mystery series like ''TwinPeaks'' and ''NorthernExposure''.
* AgentMulder: Dipper and Soos, the former spurred on by a supernatural compendium. For example, in "Tourist Trapped", Soos says the mailman's a werewolf and believes Dipper's theory about Mabel's boyfriend being a zombie, a theory Dipper came up with after looking though the book.
* AirVentPassageway: Dipper uses one to get into the convenience store in "The Inconveniencing".
* AllMythsAreTrue
* AllThereInTheManual: Lots of info on characters, secret codes, screenshots and animated [=GIFs=] of 4 and beyond, as well as information taken from online games and otherwise, were being thrust into the public's hands before most folks could barely watch Episode 2.
** Dipper's book serves an in-series example, seeing as it has information on all the creatures, various spells, and even a clue to a conspiracy.
* AlliterativeName: Gideon Gleeful, Blendin Blandin, and Nathaniel Northwest.
* ALoadOfBull: The manotaurs.
* AlphaBitch: Pacifica Northwest.
** LovableAlphaBitch: Season two is steering her character towards this.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: In "Little Dipper", Mabel vents her frustration that Dipper seems to always beat her at everything.
* [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Amazingly Embarrassing Sister]]: Mabel decides to talk about Dipper's "Lamby Dance" at the very ''worst'' possible time...
* AmbiguouslyBi: Soos starting late in season 1 and carrying through to season 2. While unambiguously attracted to women, he notes how attractive Stan was in his younger days in "Dreamscaperers," states that he wouldn't mind if Stan kissed him in "Scary-oke," and in "The Golf War" he makes note of the stars while staring and lying back with Stan in the car at night.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Stan, all the frigging time. [[spoiler: It only gets even more ambiguous in "Gideon Rises" where his underground lab is finally shown.]]
** As of season 2, he's [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzagging]] this all over the place. [[spoiler: It's unquestioned that he genuinely cares about the twins, but at the same time, he stole Dipper's journal and has the thing going on behind the vending machine, for which his use of the term "get caught" implies less-than-noble intent.]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Tyler, the Cute Biker. He shows up out of nowhere [[ItMakesSenseInContext to cheer on Manly Dan beating up a fish]]. He also shows up in the restaurant where Mabel and Gideon go on a date, calling the two adorable. His shorts are... pretty short, and he has visible eyelashes, which otherwise only female characters have. Also, in "Irrational Treasure" he and Manly Dan are briefly seen sharing a plate of meat between themselves. In "Boyz Crazy" he, along with Old Man [=McGucket=], are in the audience at the Sev'ral Timez concert.
** Sheriff Blubs and and Deputy Durland act very much like a married couple most of the time. Blubs' pronunciation of "Durland" sounds suspiciously like "darlin'".
* AmbiguouslyJewish: The Pines family. Mabel and Grunkle Stan occasionally use Yiddish words ("mazel tov", anyone?). Dipper and Stan fit a [[JewishAndNerdy couple]] of [[AllJewsAreCheapskates stereotypes]] respectively. there's also the fact that "Pines" is an eastern Ashkenazi Jewish surname. This can all be AuthorAppeal given Alex Hirsch's Judaic background and the fact that he based the Pines on himself and his family.
** "Bottomless Pit" has Mabel utter the line "Sweet Moses!" Stan says it in "The Land Before Swine".
*** One episode has Stan say "Oy vey."
* AmusingInjuries: All over the place. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Bill [[spoiler: during his time in Dipper's body]].
--> '''Bill:''' Pain is hilarious! ''(Rams arm into a drawer)''
* AnAxeToGrind: [[spoiler: The wax sculptures.]]
** Wendy during "Into the Bunker," [[spoiler: with Dipper taking a turn while Wendy is occupied with Experiment 210.]]
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: [[spoiler:The gnomes after they kidnap Mabel.]]
* AndThisIsFor
--> '''Mabel:''' "That's for lying to me! That's for breaking my heart! And ''this'' is for messing with my brother!"
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler: Soos is transformed into a zombie in "Scary-oke" after Dipper accidentally awakens the dead. Thankfully, his book came with a cure.]]
* AnimatedSeries
* AnimationBump: The entire intro is drawn with more detailed shading and more fluidly animated than the rest of the show. More evident in some shots than others - for example, Mabel plugging her sweater into the outlet is drawn with great detail, and Dipper getting scared and dropping his candle is extremely fluid.
** Which is not to say that the show itself is animated poorly. The sea monster in "Legend of the Gobblewonker" is particularly nice.
** Rumble in "Fight Fighters", due to being animated entirely by [[http://probertson.tumblr.com/ Paul Robertson]].
*** Robertson's sprites get even more complex in "Soos and the Real Girl"; justified in-story, as the dating sim ''Romance Academy 7'' has much more processing power than an arcade game from the 1980's.
** Heck, an average episode beats out most cartoons' opening titles.
* {{Animesque}}: Giffany in "Soos and The Real Girl", as she's from a Japanese Dating Simulation game called ''Romance Academy 7''.
* [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Annoying Twin Sibling]]: Mabel and Dipper frequently are like this toward each other.
* AntiMutiny: [[spoiler:What the clone Dippers try to do to Dipper in "Double Dipper". When Tyrone realizes that the original plan wasn't working, they laugh it off and share a soda instead.]]
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In "Bottomless Pit!", Grunkle Stan still states that everyone's stories are far-fetched, even though he is falling through a bottomless pit even as he speaks, and even ''lived through'' one of the stories.
* ArcNumber: "6:18" appear in many episodes, [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/alex-hirsch-gravity-falls-showrunner-comedy,85801 as June 18th is the creator's birthday]].
** [[spoiler: "30 years" is starting to get thrown around in Season 2; in "Scary-oke," Stan mentions that it's how long he's been working on the portal beneath the shack, as well as the agents mentioning that they haven't seen readings like the ones given off by said portal in 30 years; in "Into the Bunker," Experiment 210 says that the author of the journals "hasn't been himself for 30 years," and the map of Gravity Falls that Wendy removes to reveal the door to the author's lab is dated circa 1982- 30 years prior to the 2012 when the series seems to take place. In an example from the first season, the calendar hanging in the hidden room in Carpet Diem was also dated 1982.]]
* ArcSymbol: A simple drawing of an eyed pyramid with limbs and a top hat is all over the series, from the opening credits to the Mystery Shack's windows. [[spoiler:He turns out to be an extremely powerful demon named Bill Cipher]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The Mystery Shack crew discusses their past encounters with Gideon Gleeful:
--> '''Mabel:''' Remember when I wouldn't date him and he tried to destroy us?\\
'''Stan:''' He's always trying to trick me into losing the Mystery Shack.\\
'''Wendy:''' One time I caught him stealing my moisturizer.
* ArtShift: In "Fight Fighters", the video game is shown pixelated.
** Also, Mabel's ImagineSpot in "Legend of the Gobblewonker."
*** Funnily enough, in "Dreamscaperers," Bill Cipher causes the cute teenage boys from Mabel's ImagineSpot to appear in Stan's mind, retaining their style while interacting with the normally-drawn environment.
* AsHimself: In "Headhunters", both of the [[spoiler:Coolio and Larry King wax figures are actually voiced by the real Coolio and Larry King.]]
* AsianAndNerdy: Candy Chiu.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Soos 100% of the time and Mabel most of the time. [[spoiler: Actually saves Soos' life in "Skary-oke"]]
-->'''Mabel''' "Don't worry, brother. Whatever happens I'll be right here, supporting you every step of the-- ''oh my gosh a pig''!"
* AutoTune: Utilized at all times by BoyBand Sev'ral Timez in "Boyz Crazy".
* AWizardDidIt: Mabel believes a wizard hiding in the closet is behind Dipper's sudden growth spurt in "Little Dipper".
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Dipper #2 decides on "Tyrone".
* [[AwkwardFatherSonBondingActivity Awkward Great-Uncle Grand-Niece and Grand-Nephew Bonding Activity]]: Grunkle Stan taking Dipper and Mabel fishing.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:The wax statues]] in "Headhunters".
** Fittingly, [[AllThereInTheManual though she's not named on-screen,]] [[spoiler:Lizzie Borden is among their ranks.]]
** In [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E20GideonRises Gideon Rises]], a [[http://imgur.com/y9cCBG2 brief shot of the contents of Gideon's pockets]] shows that he carries a photo of Mabel, a wallet, keys, Blendin Blandin's screwdriver, journal number two, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick an axe.]]
* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler:Mabel and Pacifica team up this way against the Lilliputtians.]]
* BadassAdorable: Dipper and Mabel.
* BadassFamily: All the members of the Pines family shown up to date fit some form of Badass or other.
* BadassGrandpa: Grunkle Stan, shown best so far in "The Land Before Swine" and "Scary-oke."
* BadBoss: Stan.
* BadFuture: [[spoiler: Apparently, in the future, a time baby will destroy everything and take over humanity. On the plus side, humanity gets time travel.]]
* BadGuyBar: The twins use fake IDs to enter one in "Headhunters."
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: The end of "Dreamscaperers". Gideon manages to collect Stan's deed to the Mystery Shack and has his father blow the roof off.]]
* BalloonBelly: Mabel gets one after eating too much Smile Dip.
* TheBarnum: Grunkle Stan.
* BatmanGambit: Done by Mabel in "Tourist Trapped."
* BehindTheBlack: In Dippers Guide To The Unexplained #82, there were several points where people, including Dipper, could have that the man [[spoiler: was a robot that had no right side.]]
* BenevolentBoss: Mabel starts out as one when she takes over for Stan in "Boss Mabel". It doesn't last.
* BerserkButton: Do NOT call Dipper a wimp, or a baby, or not a man, or kid. Point is, he hates being a wimpy 12 year old and hates it even more if you comment on it.
* TheBet: Stan and Mabel make a bet on who could make more money: Mabel while running the Mystery Shack, or Stan while on vacation.
* [[spoiler: BetterAsFriends: After Dipper's confession to Wendy, she confesses to having suspected it and while very flattered, she pretty much says this.]]
* BetterThanABareBulb
* BewareTheHonestOnes: Stan in "Bottomless Pit".
** BrutalHonesty
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Dipper and Mabel.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Old Man [=McGucket=] has proven himself capable of quite a bit of destruction.
* BeyondTheImpossible /AlienGeometries: Several scenes in the episode "Fight Fighters", as well as the entire minisode "Lefty", could not take place in a 3D universe, and suggest that Gravity Falls's universe is 2D.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Dipper, most prominently when warning Mabel about her new boyfriend and driving a golf cart like crazy when he thinks she's in danger. Mabel also has had several instances of [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]. For the record, Mabel is older by five minutes.
** Soos also seems to have a bit of this for the twins, despite not being an actual relative.
** Also, in "The Land Before Swine", when Dipper finds out that the pterodactyl took Waddles, he is dead-set on helping his sister get her beloved pet back.
* TheBigDamnKiss: Between [[spoiler: Mabel and Mermando]].
* BigEater: Whenever Soos isn't helping the twins or working on the Mystery Shack, he tends to stuff his face.
* BigNo: There are three in a row in "Carpet Diem": on from Mabel, one from Dipper, and one from Soos.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: While not exactly "big", Gideon's relationship with his parents is very, very, ''very'' messed up.
* BigStupidDoodooHead: Mabel calls [[spoiler:the gnomes]] butt-faces. In fact, if Mabel insults someone, it'll usually be this trope.
* BilingualBonus: The spell Dipper does in "Dreamscapers" is part actual Latin and part CanisLatinicus joke, and it can be roughly translated to: "See everything, Master the Mind! [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels Magnesium to man! Masterpiece!]] May you have your body! [[CanisLatinicus Ince]][[{{Inception}} ptus]] [[Creator/ChristopherNolan Nolan]] [[TakeThat Overratus]]! Master the Mind, Master The Mind, Master The Miiiiiiiind!"
** The spell ''Gideon'' uses (also in Latin) to release Bill Cipher, however, makes much more sense in English: "Triangle, I invoke you! I come to the defensive barrier of the mind! I will see the barrier destroyed!"
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Li'l Gideon.
* BittersweetEnding: Few episodes have these like [[spoiler: "The Time Traveler's Pig," "Boyz Crazy," and "Into the Bunker." Interesting trend is that the main focus or the B-plot is on Wendy and Dipper's relationship.]]
* BlackComedyBurst: The show's humour can go to surprisingly dark places at times.
* BlandNameProduct: "Pitt" brand soda, possibly a parody of the real-life brand "Mr. Pibb". It's been sighted on a machine inside the haunted convenience store, and Dipper and Tyrone drink it at the end of "Double Dipper".
** Or, more likely, "Cott". Cott's is also almost immediately associated with orange-flavored pop, and what's the logo seen on a Pitt vending machine?
*** It's a peach. Pitt Cola is shown in almost every episode, and the Gravity Falls site say it's a peach flavored cola with an actual pit inside the can.
**** Fun fact: The soda is very probably named after the show director Joe Pitt, whose name you can find in the credits.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: In-universe, all the dialogue of Rumble [=McSkirmish=] and the "Fight Fighters" game. This is also played for laughs in "Soos and the Real Girl." The videogame Soos plays to learn how to interact with real women is the English translation of a game that was originally released in Japanese. It contains lines like:"Anbything can Happlen."
* BlondesAreEvil: In season one Pacifica Northwest.
* BloodStainedLetter: The page in a mystical journal on how to summon the demon Bill Cipher is covered in blood, with the words "Do not summon at all costs" written directly in blood.
* BlushSticker: Mabel and her friend Candy have permanent circles of pink on their cheeks.
* BodyHorror: Some surprisingly intense examples of this, particularly in season 2.
* BookcasePassage: Shown in "Tourist Trapped". Stan has a passage hidden behind his vending machine. Where does it lead to? [[spoiler: An underground research facility, where Stan has been holding Book #1 for years and has been waiting for Book #2 (retrieved after Gideon was arrested) and Book #3 (took it from Dipper when Dipper showed it to him). He needed them to summon something. What is it? No one knows... until season 2 premieres.]]
* BookEnds: The ending of "Tourist Trapped" (the pilot) shows Stan entering his secret vending machine passage, and [[spoiler: the ending of "Gideon Rises" (the season one finale) shows Stan entering his secret vending machine passage... revealing that he's been hunting the books for a while, and needs them to summon an ultimate power.]]
* BottomlessPits: Featured, of course, in "Bottomless Pit".
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In "Into The Bunker", when Dipper and Wendy were caught in a "closet", Dipper and Wendy bumped into each other at one point after Wendy pulled a handle. However, in the original storyboard work, Dipper was going to stay with his face in her chest for a while, then pushing her away in desperate attempt to get out, embarrassed, fearing she would be mad at him. And of course, this being Disney Channel and an Y7-rated show, it was scrapped.
* BowtiesAreCool: In addition to the bowtie in Stan's regular ensemble, Quentin Trembley wears one, and Dipper and Wendy both don them in "Double Dipper".
** Bill Cipher wears a bowtie, and it is very cool. It can turn into a tv screen!
* BoyBand: Sev'ral Timez, an affectionate lampoon of 90's boy bands.
* BrainInAJar: The Mystery Shack has two, dressed in wigs.
* [[BrainlessBeauty Brainless Beauties]]: Sev'ral Timez.
* BrainsAndBrawn: It's subtly portrayed, but Dipper is more inclined to planning and reading while Mabel is more of a girl of action.
** This trope also applies to anytime Dipper and Soos team up.
* BrainyBrunette: Played straight with Dipper and averted with Mabel, who's more of a GeniusDitz.
* BreatherEpisode: "The Land Before Swine", considering the episode that immediately follows.
** "The Golf War", which comes after the plot-heavy episodes "Scaryoke" and "Into the Bunker" and precedes "Sock Opera".
* BrickJoke: In [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E2TheLegendOfTheGobblewonker Episode 2]], there's a CutawayGag of Grunkle Stan and the kids forging money, and he remarks that their Benjamin Franklin looks like a woman. [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E8IrrationalTreasure Several episodes later]] the twins find a repository of America's embarrassing secrets that includes a folder about which [[GenkiGirl Mabel]] remarks: [[spoiler:"Oh man, Benjamin Franklin secretly ''was'' a woman!"]]
*** It's also possible this was a reference to [[TruthInTelevision actual American history]]. In 1722, Benjamin Franklin, age 16, wrote several letters to the newspaper his brother James worked for under the fake alias of middle aged woman Silence Dogood. This was because James would never publish any of his works. TheMoreYouKnow.
** In "Double Dipper", Soos is the DJ for the party and needs a lightning sound effect for a punchline to one of his one-liners but can't find it on the soundboard. During the credits, we see him go over the entire soundboard and find the lightning on the very last key to which he cheerfully exclaims: "Found it!".
** Episode 11; "Little Dipper" has Mabel rant about an "invisible wizard" in their closet as a theory on how Dipper is suddenly a millimeter taller than her. Come episode 16; "Carpet Diem" and Grenda steps out of the same closet after an obviously intense sleep over, her face covered in kiss marks, stating "I don't know what I was kissing in there, but I have no regrets!"
* BrotherSisterTeam: Obviously.
* BuffySpeak: Mabel can slip into this, using phrases such as "hotty melty things" or "some kind of magicky thing."
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Quentin Trembley definitely qualifies as a "Bunny-Ears (or, No Pants, rather) President."
* ButtMonkey: Dipper.
* ButThouMust: Mabel pulls one on some guy with a note.
--> Do you like me?
--> Yes
--> Definitley
--> Absolutely
* TheCakeIsALie: Grunkle Stan attracts visitors to the re-opening of his wax museum by promising them free pizza. He then claims that this was a typo.
* TheCaligula: Quentin Trembley.
* CallBack: Crossed with FreezeFrameBonus, the four symbol code that Grunkle Stan types at the end of "Gideon Rises" was first seen in the first episode [[http://decodinggravityfalls.tumblr.com/post/26509096563 here]]
** In essence, Blendin Blandin's flashback appearances in "The Time Traveler's Pig" function as callbacks as he does appear in every scene depicted in the end credits.
** Mabel makes Grunkle Stan sing the "Stan Wrong Song" in "Boss Mabel." In the "Mabel's Guide to Fashion" short, we hear him sing it again, but this time willingly for some reason.
* CallingYourAttacks: "SUPER POWER NINJA TURBO NEO ULTRA HYPER MEGA MULTI ALPHA META EXTRA UBER PREFIX COMBO!!"
--->'''Rumble:''' BOWL OF ''PUNCH''!!
** And in a flashback of Stan's
---> LEFT HOOK! *Wham!*
* CanisLatinicus: Downplayed in "Dreamscapers." The spell Gideon uses is actual Latin, and most of Dipper's spell is, too. However, "Inceptus Nolan Overratus!" from the latter is a case of this. (As well as a TakeThat at {{Inception}}.)
* TheChainsOfCommanding: "Heavy is the head that wears the fez."
* ChairReveal: Gideon does one in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel".
** Also, Mabel does one in "Boss Mabel".
* CaptainErsatz:"Gunmmy Chairs" "Sand Pops" and "Mr Adequate Bar." are candies that both Mabel and Dipper are disappointed to get during summerween so they throw them out only to ultimately discover that [[spoiler:It hated being thrown out so much that it became sentient and seeks revenge every summerween.]] Does it rot their teeth so they can't eat candy anymore? No. Does it force them to eat candy till the end of time? No. instead [[spoiler:It wants to eat them alive.]]. Talk about DisproportionateRetribution.
* ChekhovsGun: The leafblower Mabel used for kissing practice is later used to [[spoiler: fight the gnomes]].
** The grappling hook that Mabel got in the ''very first episode'' [[spoiler: saves the twins from falling to their doom in the season one finale.]]
** Stan claims that nobody ever made any money using the word "please" in "Boss Mabel". When he has a chance later to win three hundred thousand dollars on ''Cash Wheel'', he chooses instead to go for double the money by trying (and failing) to answer one last question: "What is a six-letter word you use to ask for something politely?"[[note]]"'Gimmee'! Two e's."[[/note]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Of course, [[CrazyAwesome Bill Cipher.]] He was frequently shown in the credits up until his official debut in "Dreamscaperers".
** Early on in the episode "Soos and the Real Girl", when they visit a mall to look for a date for Soos, you can see Melody (the girl Soos later dates) working at a meat stand.
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler: Dipper saves the day by leaping a good distance off a cliff's ledge in Gideon Rises. Pretty cool, but it's especially satisfying to rewatch Dipper vs Manliness and see him practicing and progressing his leaping across cliffs skill during the training montage]].
* ChekhovsHobby: Dipper's "Lamby Dance" skill.
* ChestBurster: Stan has Waddles perform one in an attempt to scare two kids in "Summerween." Later, Soos also does one, out of [[spoiler: the Summerween Trickster]].
* ChildEater: The Summerween Trickster.
* ClassicCheatCode: Ultimate Power! in "Fight Fighters".
* {{Cliffhanger}}: At the end of "Dreamscaperers"
* CloningBlues: The concept and many of its subtropes are largely {{averted}}, {{lampshaded}}, {{invoked}} and {{subverted}} during "Double Dipper".
** Rather than feeling resentful to the original for putting himself above them or trying to take over, the army of Dipper clones clones are in sync with the original - to the point where they have the same ideas and thoughts at the same time and tend to get along. They have no problem with helping Dipper fulfill his plan even though they won't be benefiting from it, since they're ''also'' Dipper and thus agree with the plan in the way he thought of it. It works out fine [[spoiler:until Dipper has an epiphany they didn't and decides he doesn't want to follow the plan any more.]]
** They [[ClonesAreExpendable are aware that they are expendable]] and don't seem to mind - #2 is even reassuringly points out before the plot happens that if they do go nuts Dipper can just get rid of them easy using water - and they treat being disintegrated as more of an inconvenience than anything.
*** It's worth noting that #2 (or Tyrone) points out how easy Dipper can get rid of them in response to [[DiscussedTrope Dipper wondering whether the]] clones [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters might become jealous of him and try to destroy him,]] which [[DefiedTrope Tyrone dismisses]]. [[spoiler:Even when the clones do turn against him, it's more because they think he's messing up his own plans and decide to do them for him. They're also very nice about it.]]
** They avert KillAndReplace, [[spoiler:even when they briefly revolt against Dipper. At no point do they even think of replacing the original Dipper for more than a few minutes, and make sure he's comfortable while they do so.]]
** In "Boyz Crazy", it turns out all the singers in Sev'Ral Timez are clone lab rats.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Quentin Trembley. Full stop. Mabel, Old Man [=McGucket=], and possibly Soos count as well.
* CluelessDeputy: Deputy Durland.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Grunkle Stan sure heaped together a whole hodgepodge of oddities when he created the Mystery Shack.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Several of Dipper's experiences in Gravity Falls include learning about himself, defending a first crush, and boldly standing up for what is right; all elements of this trope.
* ConArtist: Grunkle Stan.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: The song "Don't Start Un-Believing" the lyrics of which include "don't start un-believing / never don't not feel your feelings."
* ConspicuousCG: All the vehicles are rendered in CG, and so is the water in certain shots from the second episode.
** The [[spoiler:[[HumongousMecha giant Gideon robot]] is rendered in CGI in some shots, though with shading touches that don't really make it a problem. Otherwise, he's drawn traditionally]].
* ConspiracyTheorist: Dipper. Considering where he lives, it's quite understandable.
* ContinuityCavalcade: In "Into The Bunker", The Shapeshifter takes forms of previous antagonists of Season 1.
** In "Sock Opera", Bill Cipher tries to persuade Dipper into [[DealWithTheDevil making a deal with him]] that will effect Mabel's efforts, stating "What has she ever done to return the favor?" whilst showing flashbacks of his sacrifices in Season 1.
* ContinuityNod: Besides the MythArc hints, there's the time when Dipper asks Mabel if they've got any pictures of the gnomes they saw the first episode and Dipper apologizing to Toby Determined for accusing him of murder in "Headhunters".
** The "S" on the Mystery Shack sign was knocked off in "Headhunters". It has since yet to be fixed and appears broken in every following episode.
** Mabel shows her scrapbook in "Dipper vs Manliness". You can see that it has a picture of the [[spoiler:beheaded wax Stan]] from "Headhunters".
** In the episode "The Time Traveler's Pig", the pilot of the wagon on the Oregon Trail exclaims "By Trembley!"
*** In "The Time Traveler's Pig", the show has a moment for all the previous episodes.
** In "Carpet Diem", Waddles can be seen wearing the top hat Quentin Trembly gave to Mabel.
** In "Boyz Crazy", Dipper sees Mabel dancing happily and comments about if she ate Smile-Dip again.
** In "Irrational Treasure", Mabel comments that she doubts Deputy Durland can read. In "Bottomless Pit" Durland asks Stan to teach him to read.
** In the online game "Mystery Shack Mystery", one of the codes is EVER SEEN STAN'S TATTOO? Indeed, he has one, but only a small portion of it is ever seen. In "Dreamscaperers", when Bill remembers Stan Pines, a full picture of his tattoo is shown.
*** One of the Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained shorts focuses on the kids trying to see his tattoo, and we even get another continuity nod in the short when we see Dipper's forehead and birthmark again for the first time since Double Dipper.
** The "Fixin' It with Soos" shorts show that Soos is still living in the now cleaned-up extra room that Dipper and Mabel found in "Carpet Diem".
** In "Sock Opera", upon seeing [[GuyOfTheWeek Gabe]], Mabel comments that she was just getting over Mermando, her previous crush and the one she shared her FirstKiss with in "The Deep End". Dipper, unimpressed, responds with saying that he didn't care for him (obviously still embarrassed over the Reverse CPR incident).
*** Also in that episode, Bill Cipher appears and they have a tense (on Dipper's part) conversation about the last time they met, with Dipper referring to Bill trying "to destroy his uncle's mind" in "Dreamscaperers". Bill also comments "You missed me. Admit it, you missed me!"
*** Later on, Bill shows flashbacks of previous episodes in season 1 when he tries to persuade Dipper into [[DealWithTheDevil making a deal with him.]] Doubles as a ContinuityCavalcade.
*** Also, the laptop that Soos found at the end of "Into the Bunker" has a major plot point in this episode.
** In "Into The Bunker", Dipper remarks that zombie movies are a lot less scary when you've fought actual zombies, a reference to the previous episode.
*** Wendy says towards the end that if Dipper ever stopped being her friend, she would "throw herself into the Bottomless Pit", referring to the Season 1 episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bottomless Pit]]".
** In "Soos and the Real Girl" [[spoiler: Dipper says that bringing a videogame character to life can bring nothing but trouble, citing his own experience with Rumble Mcskirmish. Rumble himself has a cameo in the same episode.]]
*** In the same episode, when Soos is flirting with a girl who's eating meat, he mentions to her that he was "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E16CarpetDiem once a pig]]".
* ContinuityPorn: "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E9TheTimeTravelersPig The Time Traveler's Pig]]" anybody?
** And then in "Dreamscaperers", when clips of Stan from various episodes are all on display in his mind.
* CoolBoat: Soos' "S.S. Cool Dude." Averted with the Stan-O-War.
* CoolOldGuy: Grunkle Stan.
* CrappyCarnival: In "The Time Traveler's Pig." Stan spared every expense.
* CrazyCatLady: Lazy Susan.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Lil' Gideon to Mabel
* CrazyPrepared: Dipper brings 17 disposable cameras for a monster hunt in episode 2. This is because he's Genre Savvy enough to realize that cameras keep getting destroyed or lost during monster hunts.
* CreatorCameo: Alex Hirsch provides the voice for Grunkle Stan, Soos, Old Man [=McGucket=], Bill Cipher, Jeff the Gnome, Quentin Trembley, and Paper Jam Dipper.
** He also appears briefly on the television in "Bottomless Pit!"
* CreditsGag: There's a different cryptogram in the ending credits of each episode. To decode the cryptograms, each letter must be replaced with the letter that comes three spaces before it. The first episode's cryptogram reads "ZHOFRPH WR JUDYLWB IDOOV." Once decoded, it reads [[spoiler:"WELCOME TO GRAVITY FALLS."]]
** Once decoded, Episode 2's cryptogram reads [[spoiler:"NEXT WEEK: RETURN TO BUTT ISLAND".]]
** Episode 3: [[spoiler:"HE'S STILL IN THE VENTS".]]
** Episode 4: [[spoiler:"CARLA, WHY WONT YOU CALL ME?".]]
** Episode 5: [[spoiler:"ONWARDS AOSHIMA!"]]
** Episode 6: [[spoiler:"MR. CAESARIAN WILL BE OUT NEXT WEEK. MR. ATBASH WILL SUBSTITUTE."]]
*** [[spoiler:Caesarian and Atbash are both ciphers, Caesarian being the three-letters-back code, while Atbash is the Z=A-Y=B-etc. code. So, there's a technical break in the mix.]]
** Once decoded [[spoiler:using the Atbash code]], Episode 7's crytopgram reads [[spoiler:PAPER JAM DIPPER SAYS: 'AUUGHWXQHGADSADUH'"]]. [[spoiler:The cryptograms in later episodes are also solved using Atbash.]]
** Episode 8: [[spoiler:"E. PLURIBUS TREMBLEY".]]
** Episode 9: [[spoiler:NOT [[Creator/HGWells H.G. WELLS]] APPROVED!]]
** Episode 10: [[spoiler:SORRY, DIPPER, BUT YOUR WENDY IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE.]]
** Episode 11: [[spoiler:THE INVISIBLE WIZARD IS WATCHING.]]
** Episode 12: [[spoiler:BROUGHT TO YOU BY HOMEWORK: THE CANDY.]]
** Episode 13: [[spoiler:HEAVY IS THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE FEZ.]]
** Episode 14 supplied a number substitution coded message (gematria), with dashes between letters and regular punctuation left as usual. The translated message reads: [[spoiler:NEXT UP: "FOOTBOT TWO: GRUNKLE'S GREVENGE"]]
** Episode 15: [[spoiler:VIVAN LOS PATOS DE LA PISCINA]] [[note]][[spoiler:LONG LIVE THE POOL DUCKS]][[/note]]
** Episode 16: [[spoiler:BUT WHO STOLE THE CAPERS?]]
** Episode 17: [[spoiler:HAPPY NOW, ARIEL?]]
** Episode 18: [[spoiler:IT WORKS FOR PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGS!]]
** Episode 19: [[spoiler:TO BE CONTINUED...]]
** Episode 20: Episode 20 actually has two of these, one of which is in the footage above the credits and is needed to decode the normal one. first [[spoiler: is an A1Z26 cipher that translates REVERSE THE CIPHERS]], which is a hint for when we see the second, [[spoiler: which is another A1Z26 cipher, but it's reversed like an Atbash. as in Z=1, A=26. so, once you translate it knowing this, you get a Caesarian cIpher that can be translated with the usual 3 letters back to spell out SEARCH FOR THE BLINDEYE]]
** Season 2 appears to have the standard credit ciphers (this time Vigenere cipher with the key hidden in each episode) as well as additional ciphers in [[FreezeFrameBonus Freeze-Frame Bonuses]] AFTER the credits.
** Episode 21: In credits: [[spoiler: WELCOME BACK (the key is "Widdle" in Gideon's Cell)]]. After credits: [[spoiler: THE MAN DOWNSTAIRS IS VERY CLEVER, CAN HE HIDE HIS PLANS FOREVER?]]
** Episode 22: In credits: [[spoiler: WHAT KIND OF DISASTER INDEED (the key is "Shifter" on a barrel in the bunker)]]. After credits: [[spoiler: IMPROPER USE OF MACHINERY COULD LEAD TO UTTER CATASTROPHE]]
** Episode 23: In credits: [[spoiler: REMEMBER BIG HENRY (the key is "Whatevs" on the castle wall during the escape scene)]]. After credits: [[spoiler: OLD MAN SLEEPING ON THE GREEN / CAN’T HELP BUT WONDER WHAT HE’S SEEN]]
** Episode 24: In credits: [[spoiler: WE'VE ALL HAD SOME FUN TONIGHT, BUT LET'S NOT FORGET WHO THE REAL 'PUPPET MASTERS' ARE: REPTOIDS WHO HAVE INFILTRATED OUR GOVERNMENT (the key is "Cipher" on the attic's ceiling, seen after Bill hijacks Dipper's body)]]. After credits: [[spoiler: NO PUPPET STRINGS CAN HOLD ME DOWN / PATIENTLY I WATCH THIS TOWN / ABNORMAL SOON WILL BE THE NORM / ENJOY THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM]]
** Episode 25: In credits: [[spoiler:ANTHYDING CAN HADPLEN (the key is "Bearo")]]. After credits: [[spoiler:[[Franchise/SailorMoon WINNING HEARTS BY DAYLIGHT! / POSSESSING ROBOTS BY MOONLIGHT! / HER EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE IS A REAL FRIGHT! / SHE HAS THE ONE NAME GIFFANY!]]]]
** Episode 26: In credits: [[spoiler:CHECK OUT DR. WADDLES’ LATEST BOOK: "A BRIEF HISTORY OF OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK" (the key is "Noncanon", as seen on the side of the top railing in Harry Claymore's house]]. After credits: [[spoiler:ALL ANIMATION IS BLACK MAGIC]]
* CreepyChild: Li'l Gideon, definitely.
* CurbStompBattle: Between Dipper and Rumble [=McSkirmish=].
* CursedWithAwesome: The fact that a dating simulation is alive in "Soos and The Real Girl", [[spoiler: aside the fact that she's a crazy {{Yandere}} of course]], could sound quite interesting and exciting for players who are lonely. Not only would she be a cute anime girl you would be able to talk to like a normal person, but there would be possible VideoGamePerversityPotential as well...
* CutASliceTakeTheRest: How Mabel eats Smile Dip.
* CutawayGag: Occasionally appears in some episodes. Some usually foreshadow the events of the episode.
* CuteAndPsycho: Li'l Gideon.
* CuteBruiser: Mabel.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than [[Series/{{Jessie}} pretty]] [[Series/ShakeItUp much]] [[Series/AustinAndAlly every]] [[Series/ANTFarm other]] [[Series/DogWithABlog current]] [[WesternAnimation/FishHooks Disney]] [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Channel]] [[Series/GoodLuckCharlie show]], frequently using the terms "killed" and "died", and Gideon [[spoiler:trying to cut out Dipper's tongue in Episode 4]] is likely something you won't be seeing on most of them anytime soon.
** One episode even had [[spoiler:live wax statues ''trying to chop off Grunkle Stan's head'' (not to worry, though: they only succeeded in decapitating his wax figure instead).]]
** In "Fight Fighters" Grunkle Stan reveals that he owns ten guns, specifically to [[ItMakesSenseInContext shoot anyone who tried to sneak a ladder into his house]].
** Not to mention that in the episode "Gideon Rises", Dipper is shown with a [[spoiler: nose bleed from the giant GideonBot chase scene. This is the first occurance of seeing someone visibly bleed in the show, and blood itself is pretty rare for a Disney show.]]
** In "Dreamscaperers", it's shown that Book 3's entry on Bill Cipher is ''covered in blood.'' How ''did'' this show make it onto Disney, anyway?
** Season 2 appears to be shaping up as this. The first episode centers around what Dipper believes is a zombie that was eventually revealed as [[spoiler: a clan of gnomes [[TotemPoleTrench on top of each other.]] "Scary-oke" features Dipper summoning REAL zombies.]]
** Into the Bunker. [[spoiler: Experiment 210 [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifts]] into various [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]]; in one particular instance it taunts the twins by shifting into Mabel, then Dipper, then shapeshifts into them ''both'' as a nightmareish monstrosity.]]
*** Later, the Experiment disguises itself as [[spoiler: Wendy, and Dipper buries an axe into 210!Wendy's abdomen, with ''no GoryDiscretionShot.'']]
** In Sock Opera, when [[spoiler:Bill possesses Dipper's body, he finds causing himself pain hilarious. It's mostly PlayedForLaughs, but the sight of Bipper repeatedly slamming a drawer on his own hand and impaling it with two forks in the process all while wearing a manic grin is...disturbing.]]
* DartboardOfHate: The Gleeful house contains one with a picture of Stan.
** In "Gideon Rises", after Stan reveals that [[spoiler: Gideon has been monotoring everyone via camera]], there's a [[FreezeFrameBonus blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment]] in which one of the screens shows Pacifica shooting darts onto a picture of Mabel.
* DeadpanSnarker: Grunkle Stan. Dipper has his moments as well.
* DealWithTheDevil: In "Sock Opera", Dipper begrudgingly makes a deal with Bill Cipher since he knows the password to the laptop (which is about to erase data in a short amount of time because of many failed password entries), in exchange that Bill will have a puppet. [[spoiler: The thing is, [[DemonicPossession he wanted]] [[AndIMustScream Dipper as his puppet]].]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Played with in Episode 8. Dipper holds up a postcard of the town square, then lowers it to a sepia-toned town square. He was really just looking through some very dirty glass that was being carried across the street.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The "Rock That Looks Like a Face" Rock: The Rock That Looks Like A Face.
** Also, "Fight Fighters".
* DetectivesFollowFootprints: How Dipper and Mabel found [[spoiler: the axe]] in "Headhunters."
* DisproportionateRetribution: PlayedForLaughs with [[spoiler: Old Man [=McGucket=]'s giant robots]], but a much darker example occurs when Gideon's response to Dipper breaking up with him in Mabel's stead is to [[spoiler: use his telekinetic powers to try to cut out his tongue]].
* DistinguishingMark: The Big Dipper-shaped birthmark on Dipper's forehead.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Gideon is a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this trope. He is devoted to Mabel but she just wants to be friends, and in-universe everyone seems to think that his attempts to win her over are charming...but the truth is, Gideon is an AxCrazy, EntitledBastard who uses emotional manipulation to trap Mabel into a relationship. He performs over-the-top acts of kindness, manipulates her into going into more dates with him by asking her very publicly in front of large crowds of Gravity Falls citizens who think it's just ''so adorable'' that Gideon might finally get a girlfriend, and completely ignores her wish to not be in a relationship with him. Eventually, Dipper tries to break the news that Mabel is not interested in Gideon to him, and Gideon responds to this by attempting to ''murder'' Dipper because he believes that Dipper got in between him and Mabel. Thankfully, Mabel sees this and intervenes, and she rejects him, not only romantically, but as a friend now, too.
--> '''Mabel:''' ''(after rejecting Gideon again)'' But we can still be makeover buddies, right? Wouldn't you like that?
--> '''Gideon:''' Really?
--> '''Mabel:''' ''(rips amulet away from Gideon)'' No, not really! You are like attacking my brother, what the heck!
* DontExplainTheJoke: In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker," when trying to recruit fishing buddies, Stan interrupts a man about to propose to his girlfriend with this joke: "My ex-wife still misses me, but her aim is getting better!" After repeating the punchline, he explains, "It's funny because marriage is terrible."
* DotingParent: Bud Gleeful.
* DoubleTake: The phrase "Wait, what?" shows up quite often on the show.
* DreamWalker: Bill Cipher
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Grunkle Stan
--> '''Stan:''' "Road safety laws, prepare to be ignored!"
* EarlyBirdCameo: Lazy Susan appears in the diner for a moment in the pilot, and isn't formally introduced until five episodes later.
** A picture of Robbie can be seen posted on the bulletin board among the other suspects in "Headhunters".
** Li'l Gideon is featured in a magazine advertisement two episodes before Dipper and Mabel actually meet him.
** Mr. Poolcheck appears in the Skull Fracture bar an episode before he is introduced in "The Deep End".
** The band Sev'ral Timez' movie appears in "Carpet Diem".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first episode was narrated by Dipper and ended with him writing in the journal, kind of like an episode of ''{{Doug}}.'' After that, the narrations seem to have been dropped.
* {{Earworm}}: It's mentioned in-universe that the songs of Sev'ral Timez are quite catchy.
* EasterEgg: The messages in the credits at the end of every episode. To decode them, you have to send each letter "three letters back", as explained when the intro is played backwards. JHW WKH SLFWXUH?
** Episode 7 onwards uses the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atbash Atbash cipher]]. YV HFIV GL PVVK FKWZGVW.
** Speaking of backwards messages, in "The Dreamscapers", Gideon's chant to [[spoiler:summon Bill Cipher]] might sound like gibberish, but when played backwards, it reveals a secret: [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMy2r81gMXU Gideon is saying "Backwards Message" backwards]].]]
** Smaller secret messages appear during the show. For example: the binary code that appears diring Giffany's flashback in "Soos and the Real Girl" translates to "[[Film/SpaceJam SPACEJAMTWO]]".
* EatenAlive: In "The Land Before Swine", Old Man [=McGucket=] is eaten by a pterodactyl.
** Both Soos and Gorney are eaten alive in "Summerween".
--> '''Gorney:''' I've been ''[[ElmuhFuddSyndwome twaumatized!]]''
** SwallowedWhole
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: [[spoiler: Stan has one under the Shack.]]
** [[spoiler: The Author of the Journals has what looks to be an even bigger one under the tree where Dipper first found 3.]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Time Baby, especially if you've read the document explaining what it is.
** Bill Cipher.
** [[spoiler: Experiment 210]]
* EmoTeen: Robbie.
* EnfantTerrible: Lil' Gideon
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: In "Summerween." See EvilLaugh below.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: In "The Land Before Swine"
* EverythingsBetterWithLlamas: Mabel's llama-hair sweater.
* EvilIsHammy: Bill Cipher, so, so much. Even if he's only a villain by circumstance with merely an antagonistic role in "Dreamscaperers", he's one hell of a LargeHam either way.
* EvilIsPetty[=/=]PokeThePoodle: Gideon returns in "Irrational Treasure". Not to carry out an evil revenge scheme on the Pines, but to taunt Stan while the latter was in stocks.
** Gideon fights with Stan over a pool chair in "The Deep End".
* EvilLaugh: Stan, Dipper, Mabel, Wendy, Soos, Grenda and Candy indulge in one in Episode 12 after Stan's WarpedAesop.
* EvilOldFolks: [[spoiler:Ma and Pa, the ghost owners of the Dusk-2-Dawn convenience store]].
* {{Expy}}: [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120924221442/gravityfalls/images/b/ba/Tumblr_mauawtXCJN1rd63jho1_500.png The Summerween]] [[http://images3.cliqueclack.com/p/wp-content/blogs.dir/8/files/2012/10/gravity-falls-no-face-2.png Trickster]] closely resembles [[http://i.imgur.com/01Zxk.png Noh-Face]] from ''Anime/SpiritedAway''. Pacifica Northwest somewhat resembles [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Angelica Pickles]].
** The Shapeshifter in "Into the Bunker" directly resembles the monster from ''Film/TheThing1982''.
* TheExitIsThatWay: Simultaneously {{lampshaded}} and {{averted}} in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel":
-->''(Grunkle Stan exits, slamming door behind him)''
-->'''Soos:''' Dude, wouldn't it be funny if that was a closet, and he had to come back out again and walk out the real door? ''(opens door and looks out)'' Nope, real door.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Implied when we see one of Mabel's drinks contain a strange cyclops Troll Doll and several dice, all in a green fluid.
** She also once ate a whole tube of toothpaste because "it was so sparkly".
** Old Man [=McGucket=] is even more so, having eaten such things as books and [[spoiler: a live pterodactyl]].
* EyeColourChange: Mabel's eyes turn green when she's had too much Smile Dip. Additionally, looking into the Gremloblin's eyes causes the eyes of two tourists to match the creature's bright yellow ones.
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[[folder:F - O]]
* FaceDoodling: Stan writing the word "goober" on Dipper's forehead in "Stan's Tattoo".
* FanDisservice: Old Man [=McGucket=] lotioning himself.
* FatAndSkinny: Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland.
** As well as Grenda and Candy.
* FerrisWheelDateMoment: Wendy and Robbie have a brief one in "The Time Traveler's Pig."
* FeudingFamilies: The Lilliputtians, with a different clan themed for each hole at the mini-golf course.
* FieryRedhead: Manly Dan. Averted with his daughter Wendy.
* FilkSong: Many. [[http://looksomefreeparking.bandcamp.com/track/wendy-x-dipper Wendy x Dipper]] isn't a bad place to start.
* FirstKiss: Mabel badly wanted one, and was thrilled when she finally received her first kiss from [[spoiler: Mermando]].
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader - Dipper
** TheLancer - Mabel
** TheBigGuy - Soos
** TheSmartGuy - Grunkle Stan
** TheChick - Wendy
** The TeamPet - Waddles
* FluffyTheTerrible: Dipper's body is possessed by the completely evil and sociopathic demon Bill Cipher. Of course, Mabel calls him "Bipper".
* FootPopping: Mabel does it when she kisses [[spoiler: Mermando]].
* TheForeignSubtitle: Along with the Japanese name seen above, this show has also been given the subtitle ''Un Verano de Misterios'' [[note]]''A Summer of Mysteries''[[/note]] in most Spanish-speaking countries. Brazil used a Portuguese-translated version of the title.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Bill has been in everyone opening since the first episode, he's in a {{blipvert}} at the end of of the opening.
** In "Tourist Trapped", when Dipper is trying to warn Mabel about Norman, he accidentally opens up to the gnome page of the journal instead of the intended zombie page. [[spoiler:Turns out his first guess was more accurate.]]
** At the end of "Tourist Trapped", [[spoiler:Stan uses a vending machine to access a secret room]]. That ''[[SarcasmMode surely]]'' won't come into play later.
*** [[spoiler: As of season one's finale, it's revealed that behind that vending machine is a secret passage to a laboratory containing something that could only be activated when all three books were gathered.]]
** During Lil' Gideon's song in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel", he gets everyone to stand up after holding his amulet. [[spoiler:Turns out, his amulet gives him PsychicPowers. Dipper was forced to stand up against his will, making Dipper question what just happened.]]
*** [[spoiler:The Number 2 book.]]
** There's also a newspaper in one of the earlier episodes which has an ad for a "child psychic".
** In Irrational Treasure, the top secret document mentions a giant, evil, time-traveling baby from another dimension being frozen in a glacier in Antarctica. Fast forward to "The Time Traveler's Pig", where we see said giant evil baby apparently ruling over the future.
* FourFingeredHands: Most of the characters in the show have four fingers, but some characters, like Stan and Soos, have five fingers on each hand.
** Making it even stranger is how the cover of Dipper's book features a six-fingered hand.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Dipper is melancholic, Mabel is sanguine, Grunkle Stan is choleric, and Soos and Wendy are both phlegmatic.
* FreakyFridayFlip: In "Carpet Diem", this happens between Dipper and Mabel, and then later between [[CrowningMomentofFunny Soos and Waddles]]. HilarityEnsues.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** You get a shot of [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6g6i6lrE81r7zjya.png Bigfoot]] in the opening credits. Blink and you'll miss it.
** Dipper's book has a lot of these, in the forms of foreshadowing, creepy info about the local monsters, and the occasional joke.
--->"Knock! Knock! Who's there? [[spoiler:THE FORCES OF EVIL!]]"
** At the end of the opening credits, you see a page from the journal with the words "VWDQ LV QRW ZKDW KH VHHPV". When decoded it reads "[[spoiler:STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS]]".
** Episode 8's document about Nathaniel Northwest can be read in full.
** [[spoiler:Blendin Blandin, the time traveler from Episode 9, can briefly be seen in the [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m90g2vnisn1rr79d5o1_500.jpg first]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m90g2vnisn1rr79d5o2_250.jpg three]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m90g2vnisn1rr79d5o3_250.jpg episodes]], fixing the paradoxes the twins caused.]]
** Episode 16- Pause at exactly 12:34, when Stan opens the book to the page about the pituitary gland, and you'll find a "three letters back" code at the bottom: "SXEHUWB LV WKH JOHDWHVW PBVWHUB RI DOO. DOVR: JR RXWVLGH DQG PDNH IULHQGV" [[spoiler: (PUBERTY IS THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF ALL. ALSO: GO OUTSIDE AND MAKE FRIENDS)]].
** When Bill Cipher says "I know lots of things. [[VoiceOfThelegion Loooots of thiiiings]]." his triangle flashes countless images, and if you pause them you can see, in that order: JohnFKennedy ([[WhoShotJFK Implying something]]), Blurry [=UFOs=], Mayan scriptures, one of the Mysterious 3 book that Dipper owns, the moon landing, one of the pages of the 3 book, a skull with a cigarette, Stonehenge, The Pyramids, [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E1TouristTrapped Stan going for his secret vending machine door]], The Sasquatch seen in the opening, another page of the book, CropCircles, the secret room where the twins found Quentin Trembley, [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E8IrrationalTreasure a statue of Nathaniel Northwest]], a unknown location called "The Lone Penn", various clocks, what seems to be a abandoned warehouse, a maximum security prison, then it repeats the blurry [=UFOs=] and the blank scriptures.
**** From the same episode, pay very close attention to the picture on Bill's face when Gideon mentions Stan.
** When Dipper [[spoiler: phases through the floor]] in Sock Opera you can see a box with an antenna and the government agency's symbol on it. Later agents Powers and Trigger can be seen in seated in the audience at Mabel's show hiding behind newspapers.
* FreshClue: In "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E2IntoTheBunker Into the Bunker]]", Dipper, Soos, Mabel, and Wendy go into the bunker of the author of the journal owned by Dipper. Soos notes that a can of beans in there was recently opened, so the author might still be alive in there.
* FunBagAirBag: In the storyboard work of "Into The Bunker" Dipper was originally [[https://38.media.tumblr.com/0b7f0d39b882d9924eb35570535f2836/tumblr_naki32V3JC1qcjuaco1_500.gif supposed to fall straight into Wendy's chest when in the closet.]] It was scrapped for [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar obvious reasons.]]
** That said, in the actual episode, Dipper is [[FreezeFrameBonus momentarily]] slammed face-first into Wendy's chest by decontamination spray.
* GadgeteerGenius: [[spoiler: Old Man [=McGucket=]]]
* GadgetWatches: Blendin Blandin wears one.
* GagNose: A staple of the art style - every adult male has one.
* TheGameComeToLife: In "Fight Fighters"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/GravityFalls Has its own page.]]
* GenerationXerox: The monster from "Boss Mabel" had his power reflected back at him showing him his worst fear [[spoiler:he sees himself with glasses looking into a mirror, while the reflections screams "You've become your father!"]] He proceeds to scream and run away.
* GenkiGirl: Mabel.
* GenreSavvy: OncePerEpisode.
* GhostlyGoals: [[spoiler: Ma and Pa seek revenge on teenagers]].
* GiantNoveltyCheck: Featured in the [[TheTeaser cold open]] of "Little Dipper."
* GilliganCut: "It's not like I lie awake at night ''thinking'' about her!" Cut to Dipper lying awake at night, thinking about Wendy.
* GlassShatteringSound: Parodied. In one episode, Pacifica sings so high she shatters a ''plastic cup''.
* GlowingEyes: Occurs both when Mabel is [[spoiler:possessed by ghosts]] in "The Inconveniencing", and when people look into the Gremloblin's eyes.
** GlowingEyesOfDoom
* GoldTooth: The Truth Teeth are a set.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Averted! In "Into the Bunker," we see Dipper full-on bury the axe in the shapeshifter. In Wendy form.]]
* GoshdangItToHeck: Most cussing that appears gets this treatment. Though at least for Mabel, it's [[CHeerfulChild arguably in-character]].
--> '''Mabel''' ''(After losing a minigolf game)'': ''Darn! Poop, heck, darn!''
* GovernmentConspiracy: In "Irrational Treasure."
* GrandTheftMe: In "Sock Opera" [[spoiler: Bill possesses Dipper's body in order to destroy the laptop and then the journal, the latter plan backfiring.]]
* GrapplingHookPistol: Mabel has one.
* GRatedDrug: Smile Dip, especially after eating "[[EleventyZillion bleven-teen]]" packages of it in "The Inconveniencing".
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: Dipper finds a book in "Tourist Trapped" with a six-fingered hand and a "3" on the cover; it gives clues to all the strange happenings in Gravity Falls. The book ends abruptly in the middle and the author is unknown. [[spoiler:Li'l Gideon has a similar book with a "2" on it.]]
** [[spoiler: And, contrary to the skeptical front he puts on, Stan has secretly had the first in his possession all along, and has been searching for the other two for some time. When combined, the three power a massive portal device of as-yet-unknown function in the Mystery Shack basement.]]
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Considering that Rumble [=McSkirmish=] is from an 80's video game, he believes the Soviet Union is still around.
* {{Grimmification}}: Many of the stories are taken from American folklore, tall tales and conspiracy theories, but darkened up.
* GuiltyPleasures: Dipper enjoys listening to girly pop sensation BABBA.
* GulliverTieDown: Mabel [[spoiler:courtesy of the gnomes.]]
** Later happens to [[spoiler: Pacifica Northwest]] in "The Golf War," courtesy of the [[ShoutOut aptly]] [[PunnyName named]] Lilliputtians.
* {{Guyliner}}: Robbie is seen wearing some in the poster for his band, Robbie V and the Tombstones.
-->"It's eye paint for men."
* HairDecorations: Mabel always wears a colored hairband.
* HairTriggerTemper: Gideon has one, especially evident in "Little Dipper."
* HallOfMirrors: Grunkle Stan constructs a low-budget one in "Little Dipper".
* HalloweenEpisode: "Summerween" and "Little Gift Shop of Horrors"
** [[ChristmasInJuly Halloween in June]]
* HandyMan: Soos
* HatDamage: Dipper's hat has a tendency to catch fire.
* HeatWave: One occurs in "The Deep End", prompting the Pines family to spend the day at the pool.
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: Stan, in his story "Grunkle Stan Wins the Football Bowl."
* HeroesWantRedheads: Dipper's crush on Wendy. Doubles as a case of LittleBoySeeksBigGirl.
* HeroicBSOD: Mabel goes into a brief but pretty major one (for her, at least) in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel" [[spoiler:when she finds out she has to marry Gideon]], sending her into "Sweater Town".
** She goes into an even worse one in "The Time Traveler's Pig", where [[spoiler:losing Waddles to Pacifica]] sends her into a BSOD lasting over a ''month''.
** A more significant BSOD involving Dipper occurs during "Dreamscaperers", where [[spoiler:after searching through Stan's memories to discover what Stan really thinks of him, he mishears a conversation that occurs between Stan and Soos]] and is led to believe that [[spoiler:Stan really hates him.]]
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Averted with Mabel's sweaters. She knits them herself and enjoys wearing them regularly.
* HonestJohnsDealership: The Mystery Shack's gift shop.
** Gleeful Auto Sales.
* HopeSpot: At the end of "Dreamscaperers." [[spoiler: They stopped Bill and protected the combination to Stan's safe, and just when it seems eveything turned out fine, Gideon shows up with a wrecking ball.]]
* HowWeGotHere: How the first episode started.
* IAmNotMyFather: The Gremloblin's worst fear is that he becomes his father.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Smile Dip.
* IconicOutfit:
** Mabel is hardly ever seen without one of her homemade turtleneck sweaters.
** Ditto for Dipper's cap.
** Grunkle Stan's fez and black tuxedo.
* IdioticPartnerConfession: Happens in the 20th episode, where Dipper [[spoiler: begs Wendy not to leave and tells her they need her]] and Soos almost lets slip that he has a crush on her.
--> '''Soos''': Yeah, especially Dipper because of his giant crush on...
--> {{beat}}
--> '''Soos''': You...
--> {{beat}}
--> '''Soos''': --calyptus trees! Ha! The kid loves eucalyptus trees! *to himself* Saved it!
* IKnowMortalKombat: Averted; although Dipper is skilled at the game ''Fight Fighters'', he's no match in a real brawl against an older, larger opponent like Robbie, and certainly not against Rumble [=McSkirmish=] himself.
** Soos is convinced that years of watching zombie movies have given him the skills necessary to survive in a real-life attack. [[spoiler: Seconds after he stops talking, he's bitten by the zombie behind him that he wasn't paying attention to.]]
* InsultBackfire: Happens in "Dreamscaperers":
-->'''Gideon''': [[EvenEvilHasStandards You're insane!]]
-->'''Bill Cipher''': [[TheMadHatter Sure I am. What's your point?]]
* InterspeciesRomance: Between Mabel and [[spoiler: the gnomes]].
** And between Mabel and Mermando.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Niece and Nephew]]: Gideon attempts this after kidnapping Mabel and Dipper. It doesn't work.
* IWantToBeARealMan: Dipper in "Dipper vs. Manliness."
* IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou: Soos pulls one when Gideon demands to know where Stan is. To his credit, he at least realizes how stupid it was immediately after doing so.
* ImagineSpot: In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker", when Dipper asks Mabel what she'd do with $500, she imagines blowing it all on a giant human-sized hamster ball.
** In the same episode, Dipper has one detailing an interview he would have if he caught the Gobblewonker.
*** Which would then be crashed by Mabel in said hamster ball.
** Two from Dipper in "Double Dipper": the first was of him dancing with Wendy; the second, of Wendy dancing with Robbie and then punching Dipper in the gut.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Mabel's sweaters are sometimes this.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Mabel, who gets props for using a leaf blower to [[spoiler:blow away a thousand gnomes.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: When they encounter a monster, the twins typically just use whatever they have on hand. Weapons so far include a shovel, living gnomes, the aforementioned leaf blower, a fire iron, electric candles, lamb shears, a flashlight, props from a costume store, a mirror, and water balloons.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: In "Little Dipper"
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Mabel has [[NoIndoorVoice Rumble McSkirmish]] say some.
-->'''Rumble:''' EFFERVESCENT! ''APPLE FRITTER! RIBO'''FLAVIN!'''''
* InsaneTrollLogic: Stan claims that, due to the rate of accidents, having a ladder around the home is more dangerous than even a loaded gun, so he keeps ''ten'' guns handy just in case someone tries to sneak in with a ladder.
* InsideAComputerSystem: Soos tries to do this by climbing into an arcade machine. The key word being "tries."
* InSeriesNickname: Soos has a habit of calling Mabel "Ham-bone" and calls the twins "Mystery Twins".
* InstrumentalThemeTune: It's a nice theme, and somewhat dark to boot.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: The twins and Soos.
* InvisibleParents: So far Dipper and Mabel's parents.
* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: In "Mabel's Scrapbook: Heist Movie", Mabel takes a candy bar with her when she and the Pines family go the movies, and because of the "No Outside Food or Drink" rule, the overzealous manager has them ''banned from the theater''.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: The plot of "Dreamscaperers." Dipper, Mabel, and Soos go into Grunkle Stan's mind to prevent Gideon from stealing the safe code from Stan's brain.
* JustFollowingOrders: The police didn't ''really'' want to haul Dipper and Mabel off to Washington, but they had their orders.
* JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards: Dipper and Robbie decide to settle their differences with a fight. Dipper, being a noodle-armed weakling, enlists the help of martial arts video game character Rumble [=McSkirmish=] to scare off Robbie. Unfortunately, Rumble doesn't know the difference between "scare off" and "mercilessly pummel".
* KamehameHadoken: Rumble [=McSkirmish=] uses this as a main attack.
* KarmaHoudini: ''Almost'' happens to Pacifica Northwest in "Irrational Treasure". The twins found evidence of who actually founded Gravity Falls, but Mabel's willing to let it go. [[GenreSavvy Dipper, however]], [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin isn't going to let this happen]], and so, at the last second, right before she leaves, he gives her the evidence, which doesn't exactly please her.
-->'''Pacifica:''' ''What!?'' Mom!\\
'''Dipper:''' Man, revenge is underrated. That felt ''awesome!''
** Later reconstructed in "The Golf War"; although their family name is now tarnished by the embarrassing legacy of Nathaniel Northwest, Pacifica herself mentions [[RealityEnsues it's pretty easy to ignore things like that when you have fabulous wealth]].
* KidDetective[=/=]KidHero: Dipper and Mabel.
* TheKillerWasLeftHanded: In "Headhunters."
* LatinLover: Mermando.
* LarynxDissonance: Grenda.
* LaughingMad: Gideon tends to do this, especially in "Little Dipper."
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker", Soos is afraid he might be a side character and thus [[GenreSavvy be killed off by the monster first]]. Obviously, Soos ''is'' a side character.
** At the end of the {{Cold Open}} for "Little Dipper", the Pines decide to go watch TV. As they walk offscreen, Mabel cheerfully says "my favorite part is the theme song." Cue the opening and InstrumentalThemeTune.
** "Little Gift Shop Of Horrors" gives us the following scene that plays while the viewers can only see the characters and shadows of the fight on the wall in the back.
-->'''Stan:''' Stop Motion is pure evil.
-->'''Soos:''' And probably really expensive.
-->'''Harry:''' Incredibly expensive.
-->'''Soos:''' This is an impressive fight though. Glad I'm facing towards it.
* LibationForTheDead: [[spoiler:Dipper pours some of his soda on the roof when Tyrone commits unintentional suicide in "Double Dipper".]]
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Mabel is the light feminine to Pacifica's dark feminine.
* LimitedWardrobe: Averted with Mabel's sweaters. Played straight with the other characters.
* LittleBoySeeksBigGirl: Dipper has a crush on Wendy, a teenager twice his size.
* LittleMissBadass: Mabel.
* LivingStatue: [[spoiler: In "Headhunters".]]
* LoinCloth: In "Dipper vs Manliness" Dipper wears one, together with lots of (fake) tattoos, when the Manotaurs send him to confront the Multi-Bear.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Mermando. Gabe qualifies as well. His hair is long enough to make a ponytail.
* LongTitle: "Soos' Really Great Pinball Story: Is That A Good Title? Do They Have to Be Like [[PunBasedTitle Puns]] or Whatever?"
* LostTheTVRemote: Stan's subplot in "The Inconveniencing."
* LostWorld: In "The Land Before Swine", Dipper and the others discover a cavern with live dinosaurs encased in amber.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Mabel was immediately enamored with Mermando. The same thing occurs with Gabe only that fades when at the end of the episode he [[spoiler: passionately kisses the puppets on his hand while opening its mouth to boot]].
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Lil' Gideon...although he was probably messed up before Mabel
* LoveTriangle: Dipper and Robbie both vie for Wendy's attention, with both succeeding and failing at different times.
* LyingFingerCross: In the episode "Fight Fighters", Mabel makes a promise to Grunkle Stan and puts on a sweater with a hand doing the "Scout's honor" gesture on the front. When she turns her back to the fourth wall we see the back of her sweater has a hand with its fingers crossed.
** [[spoiler:Both Stan and Dipper do it when promising to at last be more honest with each other, even though they don't quite trust each other anyway]].
* TheMagazineRule: The characters have some interesting magazine subscriptions, such as Wendy's ''Indie Fuzz'' and Lake Ranger [=McGucket=]'s ''Stoic Monthly''.
** Dipper finds [[PornStash a chest full of magazines]] in Stan's room featuring nothing but pictures of women in full dress and one-piece wetsuits, which he finds disgusting but also somewhat confusing.
* TheMakeover: The girls try to give one to Dipper while having a sleepover.
* ManChild: Soos. He's even described this way in Disney Channel's official promotions.
* MarsNeedsWomen: G-Rated version with Mabel and [[spoiler:the gnomes.]]
* MaskedLuchador: Soos dresses as one for Summerween.
* MeaningfulEcho: When the police ask The Cute Biker what to do with [[spoiler:Gideon]] in "Gideon Rises" he simply says [[spoiler:Get 'em]]
* MeaningfulName: In "Double Dipper", we learn that Dipper's name is a take on "The Big Dipper", which he has as a birth mark on his forehead. We also learn that it's just his nickname (his real name is yet to be revealed).
* MeetCute: Soos and Melanie in "Soos and the Real Girl." He even meets her during her shift at a restaurant called "Meat Cute!"
* MessageInABottle: This is how Mermando keeps in touch with Mabel.
* MessyPig: Waddles likes to roll around in mud.
* MightyLumberjack: Manly Dan.
* MindControlMusic: Used by Robbie in "Boyz Crazy".
* MindRape: Looking into a Gremloblin's eyes will reveal your worst nightmare.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: [[spoiler: Which is why Stan is so hard on Dipper.]]
* MisterSandmanSequence: Although not a time-travel example, in the first few moments of the episode "Irrational Treasure," the Pines family is bombarded with covered wagons, butter churns, livestock, old-timey speech mannerisms, and banjo music, because it's Pioneer Day (to Stan's horror). There is also an excessive number of woodpeckers, but that's a historical marker unique to Gravity Falls.
** When Dipper and Mabel flash through various eras in "The Time Traveler's Pig," one such escapade includes heading to "Ye Old Oregon Trail," as announced by the driver of a covered wagon over a treacherous cavern's edge; he also mentions to his wife "Fertilia" that she must have [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar popped out two more children when he wasn't looking]].
** Played with in "Boyz Crazy," when Grunkle Stan reminisces about his youth -- cut to "The Juke Joint," complete with neon lighting, jukeboxes, corny signs, and cherry-on-top milkshakes, plus a bad boy young Stan dressed to resemble James Dean. But it turns out this is not a 1950's diner (Stan isn't old enough for that), but a 1970's diner themed to resemble the 1950's. And Stan dances with his girlfriend, who wears 1970's-style hot pants.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:The Multi-Bear]] in "Dipper vs. Manliness".
* MomentKiller: Grunkle Stan unwittingly interrupts a man who is about to propose to his girlfriend, and proceeds to tell a joke about how awful marriage is.
* MotionCaptureMecha: [[spoiler: The method Gideon uses to control his [[HumongousMecha giant robot]] in the first season finale. Wearing an actual motion capture suit, no less. Proves to be its downfall when Dipper punches Gideon with his own hand, making the robot do the same.]]
* {{Muggles}}: Most of the residents of Gravity Falls seem either unaware of the supernatural occurances, careless or they're GenreSavvy enough to know when to strike. When others are DangerouslyGenreSavvy to the paranormal, like Gideon, they're often antagonists.
* MushroomSamba: In Episode 5, Mabel goes through one after eating a banned candy product.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: In "Double Dipper", Gruncle Stan addresses the staff for the party as "Party People...and Dipper".
* MythArc: WordOfGod says that three seasons have been fully planned out, including a cliffhanger in the first season's finale.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Stan in both "Summerween" and "Boss Mabel." [[FanDisservice Unfortunately]].
* NervousWreck: Blendin Blandin.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Deputy Durland.
* NeverSayDie: Averted.
** And kicked to the curb with Episode 5.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: One once came between Stan and Carla.
* NiceHat: Grunkle Stan really likes his fez. Dipper also gets his hat by the end of the first episode.
** Then there's Bill Cipher's top hat.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Bill Cipher]] at the end of "Sock Opera". With [[spoiler: one hand on the Journal and Mabel at his mercy, he decides to mock the idea of making a sacrifice for one's sibling, giving Mabel a reason and a chance to attack him.]]
* NightmareFuel: [[InUniverse In-universe]], Mabel's "Bear-O" puppet from "The Tooth", which is capable of bringing other children to tears within seconds. Even Dipper finds it unsettling.
-->'''Dipper:''' No, creepy. Bear-O's creepy, everyone hates Bear-O.
** Invoked again with the disturbing broken-down "nugget maker" Ol' Goldie, which now does nothing more than rattle violently, emit a piercing scream, and leak oil out of its mouth. Wendy nervously suggests getting rid of it, as it reminds everyone of "the inevitability of death". [[spoiler:Even Stan is terrified when it bites down suddenly on his arm]].
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The fictional town of Gravity Falls, Oregon was probably inspired by many local landmarks/tourist traps from both Humboldt County, California and southern Oregon.
* NoFairCheating: The Tumbleweed Terror pinball game really does not want you to tilt it.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: A few examples.
** Rumble [=McSkirmish=] from the episode "Fight Fighters" is a video game character brought to life, and as such is rendered as 16-bit pixel art reminiscent of ''VideoGame/StreetFighter''.
** There's also Xyler and Kraz who look like they're straight from an 80s cartoon than the original designs from the show.
** The BoyBand Sev'ral Timez are also the only characters in the series so far with visible blue irises in their eyes instead of just pupils.
** Giffany has a very {{Animesque}} design, since she's meant to invoke the image of a character from a Japanese DatingSim game.
* NoodleIncident:
-->'''Bud:''' It's imported from Co-lom-bia.\\
'''Stan:''' Wow, I went to jail there once!
** Also, George Washington had to have ''some'' motivation for spanking Quentin Trembly with a paddle for three hours.
** Mabel has apparently dated a couple of cute vampires without Dipper's knowledge.
** When the Mystery Shack crew discuss past encounters with Gideon:
--> '''Wendy:''' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking One time I caught him stealing my moisturizer]].
** Possibly one implied in "Bottomless Pit":
--> '''Mabel:''' ''[playing 'Spin-the-Pig']'' Hey, Grunkle Stan, ever kissed a pig before?\\
'''Stan:''' I'm not gonna answer that question.
* NoPeripheralVision: Rumble has no "looking up" animation.
* NoYou:
--> '''Mabel:''' Grunkle Stan, why you ackin' so cray-cray?
--> '''Stan:''' ''You're'' the one who's ackin' cray-cray!
* TheNoseKnows: Mabel can tell when Robbie's coming by the smell of his anger and hormones.
* NoSmoking: In "Headhunters" the wax model of Groucho Marx isn't holding his signature cigar. [[spoiler:Lampshaded by Groucho as he's killed.]]
* NothingIsScarier: PlayedForLaughs in "Dipper vs. Manliness", as we never find out exactly what is in the Pain Hole that makes it so painful.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: [[spoiler:The ending of Dreamscaperers.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler: Gideon.]]
* NotSoPhonyPsychic: [[spoiler: Gideon.]]
* NotWhatItLooksLike: [[FreakyFridayFlip When Mabel in Dipper's body spies on Dipper (in Mabel's body)]], Candy and Grenda reading romantic novels through a key hole, Stan comes by and thinks Mabel is "at that creepy age when he spies on girls" and decides to give her TheTalk.
* ObstructiveVigilantism: In "Bottomless Pit", Dipper and Mabel both eventually feel that lying to the police is "for the greater good."
* OccultDetective: Both of the twins, but Dipper especially.
* OddFriendship: The twins and Soos.
* OffModel: Mabel [[http://i.imgur.com/zHUrN.jpg here]].
** In the first episode, Dipper suffers from '''''2''''' cases of this - ''in a row!'' In the first one, Dipper has ''3'' arms instead of 2, and in the second one, he has '''''4''''' arms!
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: Stan, a man old enough to be a great uncle vs Gideon, a psychopathic child.
* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Gideon takes Mabel on one.
* OneGenderRace: The gnomes.
* OneOfTheKids: Soos.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Dipper.
* OneSceneTwoMonologues: The conversation between Wendy and Mabel in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel."
* TheOtherRainforest: Gravity Falls is in the middle of Oregon.
* OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious: Some cryptids appear alongside more traditional fantasy creatures.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: They seem to be [[GeniusLoci virtually omnipotent within the place they haunt]].
* OurGnomesAreWeirder: They seem to be a OneGenderRace who need to find a human girl to be their queen. Also, [[MemeticMutation they vomit rainbows]] and [[spoiler:can join together to make a giant monster.]]
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent[=/=]GripingAboutGremlins: The Gremloblin, which is [[InhumanHumanoidHybrid half-and-half]].
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: They apparently go through puberty quite early and have seventeen hearts ("Horrifying but true!") They're actually pretty standard otherwise.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: The Mulitbear and the creature in the convenience store freezer.
* OutOfOrder: A bizarre case where the production order is off but the airing order matches the writing order. [[note]]"Tourist Trapped"'s production number is 105, "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" is 101, "Headhunters" is 102, "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" is 104, "The Inconveniencing" is 103, "Dipper vs. Manliness" is 106, "Double Dipper" is 109, "Irrational Treasure" is 108, "The Time Traveler's Pig" is 107, "Fight Fighters" is 110, and "Little Dipper" is 111.[[/note]]
* OutrightLie: Grunkle Stan tells the police that he needs a seeing-eye bear. [[PoliceAreUseless They buy it]].
* OverlyLongGag: The credits gag from the pilot, the entirety being a gnome vomiting rainbows on an endless loop.
** Also, the credits from "Double Dipper," with Soos pressing every sound effect on the keyboard.
** And then in "Bottomless Pit," the entire credits gag is Stan falling with an annoyed expression on his face.
** Rumble's combo on Dipper.
-->'''Narrator:''' SUPER POWER NINJA TURBO NEO ULTRA HYPER MEGA MULTI ALPHA META EXTRA UBER PREFIX... COMBO!!!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:P - Z]]
* PerpetualSmiler: Mabel.
* PetTheDog: Grunkle Stan gets a moment like this after feeling guilty for insulting Dipper and Mabel and lets each of them take anything they want from the Mystery Shack. In true Grunkle Stan fashion, he tells them to do it before he changes his mind. He also saves Waddles because he wants Mabel to talk to him again and in "Dreamscaperers" when we find out why he's so tough on Dipper.
* PhoneaholicTeenager: Tambry
* {{Pilot}}: "Tourist Trapped".
* {{Pinball}}: Featured in "Soos' Really Great Pinball Story".
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Dipper wears a blue and white hat and a blue vest; Mabel isn't as consistent but frequently wears pink/purple/red clothes.
* PluckyGirl: Mabel.
** ThePollyanna
* PointlessBandaid: Old Man [=McGucket=] has one on his beard.
* PokemonSpeak: Shmebulock the gnome.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Smart and conventional Dipper and energetic optimist Mabel. [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6gb9txiKW1r9r3hw.gif This image]] best shows their dynamic.
* PoliceAreUseless: Constantly. They actually make [[TheSimpsons the Springfield police]] look competent.
* PoliceCodeForEverything: An officer about to fit a cantaloupe in his mouth is a "23-16", and a citizen delving into the true story of the town's origin is a "Code Sepia".
* PoolScene: "The Deep End" is a whole pool episode.
* ThePowerOfLove: Or, the Power of Mabel.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Mabel has one in "Sock Opera":
-->'''[[spoiler: Bill Cipher!Dipper]]''': Who would ever sacrifice everything they've worked for just for their dumb sibling?
-->'''Mabel''': Dipper would.
** Soos has one in "Soos and The Real Girl" [[spoiler: Just as he's about to throw the CD which keeps Giffany alive into a burning oven.]]
-->'''Soos''': Game over, [[spoiler: Giffany!]]
* PrecociousCrush: Either {{Subverted|Trope}} or {{Downplayed}} with Dipper's crush on Wendy. He's 12 and she's 15, making them only three years apart from each other. [[spoiler: Though for the time being, those three or so years are still too much.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler:The old coot was right to be worried about the wax figures.]]
* PsychicPowers: Li'l Gideon.
* PteroSoarer: The "pterodactyl" from "Land Before Swine", which looks like an unholy mixture of all stereotypes, down to the scaly skin, being called a "dinosaur", having eagle-like hindlimbs, leathery wings, having a ''Pteranodon'' crest alongside rather mismatched teeth, making chicken-like nests and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking having zero to no body fat]]. Strangely enough, though, it walks quadrupedally, like a real pterosaur.
* PunBasedTitle: "Headhunters", "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel", "Double Dipper", "Irrational Treasure", "Little Dipper", "Carpet Diem", and "The Land Before Swine".
** As of season 2, there's "Sock Opera" (played with "Rock Opera" and "Soap Opera"), "Soos and The Real Girl" (ShoutOut to ''Film/LarsAndTheRealGirl''), "Scary-oke" (Homophones of "scary" and "karaoke" together) and "The Golf War" (Play on ''UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar'').
** Also, Mabel's story "Trooth Ache".
** Averted and {{lampshaded}} with Soos' story: [[LongTitle "Soos' Really Great Pinball Story: Is That A Good Title? Do They Have to Be Like Puns or Whatever?"]]
* PunchCatch: [[spoiler: Dipper catches Gideon's fist during their fight in "Gideon Rises". He then twists his hand around and punches Gideon with his own fist.]]
* PunnyName:
** Gravity Falls itself.
*** Lampshaded; it was discovered and named after its [[spoiler:true]] founder rode over a cliff.
** The Gravity Falls gossip reporter is named "Toby Determined".
** The waitress's name is "Lazy Susan". On the surface, she's called this because she has a lazy eye and is named "Susan", but it can also refer to a table surface that spins.
** Pacifica Northwest.
** [[StreetFighter Rumble McSkirmish.]]
** Any and all of the Manotaurs, except for Beardy.
** Mermando is, of course, a merman.
** Bill Cipher (he's on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_one-dollar_bill dollar ''bill'']], geddit?)
** Gideon Gleeful
* RapunzelHair: Both Mabel and Wendy sport hair that reaches below their waist.
* RatedMForManly: The manotaurs are a race of AlwaysMale half-man half-bulls devoted to this trope. Goes into TestosteronePoisoning territory.
* RealAfterAll: [[spoiler: At the end of "Legend of the Gobblewonker," Dipper's camera falls overboard and we get a shot of the real Gobblewonker.]]
* RealityWarper: In "Dreamscaperers", Dipper discovers that he can do anything he can imagine while inside a dream.
* RealityEnsues: As it turns out, [[spoiler: Wendy knew Dipper liked her all along because she could hear him muttering things about it under his breath. While he was right next to her.]]
* RecurringExtra: The cute biker.
** The goat and the woodpecker.
*** Everyone who lives in Gravity Falls, like Lazy Susan, Wendy's friends, Toby Determined, and Manly Dan, to name a few.
* RedheadInGreen: Wendy.
* RedHerring: Both [[spoiler: Manly Dan]] and [[spoiler: Toby Determined]] in "Headhunters." Also, [[spoiler: The Laptop]] in "Into the Bunker" and "Sock Opera".
* RichBitch: Pacifica Northwest.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Dipper thinks that Mabel's new boyfriend isn't normal and he's a zombie. He was right that Norman isn't normal, but [[spoiler:he's actually a bunch of gnomes.]]
* RivalsTeamUp: [[spoiler:Mabel and Pacifica team up against the Lilliputtians in "The Golf War".]]
* RubiksCubeInternationalGeniusSymbol: The "What-The-Heck-A-Hedron" is essentially a very hi-tech Rubik's Cube, [[FreezeFrameBonus from the makers of "Stresseract" and "Annoyangle"]]. [[spoiler: it eventually gets solved by a hyperintelligent Waddles.]]
* RunningGag: There are a couple of potential running gags, like Grunkle Stan being unable to find his pants and Manly Dan beating something up while the Cute Biker cheers him on.
** We have:
*** Dipper dropping ice that he gets for Wendy.
*** Dipper's hat catching fire.
*** Woodpeckers.
*** The Dipper and Mabel look-alike kids.
* RushedInvertedReading:
-->'''Stan:''' Whatcha readin there slick?
-->'''Dipper:''' (hides the journal and grabs a magazine) Oh, I was just catching up on-"Gold Chains for Old Men Magazine?"
-->'''Stan:''' That's a good issue.
* SarcasmBlind: Mabel and Soos have both displayed shades of this trope.
* SassyBlackWoman: Not a literal case of this trope, but after Grunkle Stan drinks the voice altering potion he ends up sounding like one.
* SatelliteCharacter: The cute biker is one to Manly Dan.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Dipper and Mabel, respectively.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Mabel does this on a fairly regular basis, as do other characters.
** "Tourist Trapped":
--->'''Dipper and Mabel, during their "awkward sibling hug"''': Pat, pat.
** "Dipper vs. Manliness":
--->'''Stan:''' Tap, tap.\\
''(later)'' '''Lazy Susan:''' Wink!
* SceneryPorn: It's especially evident in the opening theme, but Gravity Falls is beautiful.
* [[ScoobyDooHoax ''Scooby-Doo!'' Hoax]]: Played straight [[spoiler:in Episode 2, with the Gobblewonker]]. Even this straight example is subverted in the final moments of the episode suggesting that there really is a creature, but it just hasn't been seen (yet?). Otherwise averted in most other episodes, with the monster or ghost proving to be very, very real.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Grunkle Stan, all the way.
* SecurityBlanket: Sweater Town.
** In "The Time Traveler's Pig", Robbie closes his hoodie over his face and continues moping around the fair that way in the timeline where Dipper successfully wins the stuffed panda/duck for Wendy
* SelectiveEnforcement: Blubs and Durland will ignore a man snatching an old lady's purse right in front of them, but are quick to respond to reports of excessive giggling.
* SelfServingMemory: In "The Land Before Swine", when Stan tells Mabel how [[spoiler: the pterodactyl managed to steal Waddles]], the details were somewhat off.
* SenseFreak: Bill becomes one in "Sock Opera", with a focus on pain because he finds it "hilarious!".
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Dipper is the sensitive guy to Grunkle Stan's manly man.
* SeriousBusiness: Mr. Poolcheck puts a lot of angry violent determination in making pool time safe. He, and a bar of angry men, also don't take kindly to prank calls.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: In "The Time Traveler's Pig" Dipper tries to win a toy for Wendy at the fair, while at another stall Mabel delightedly wins Waddles the pig. Unfortunately Dipper only succeeds in hitting Wendy in the eye with a ball, causing her to go off with Robbie. After obtaining the time machine Dipper makes several attempts to return to the past and prevent the accident, [[YouCantFightFate only for it to keep happening in different ways]]. Eventually Dipper figures out how to make the ball miss Wendy and hit the target, but Mabel has to be there to help him, so she isn't there to win Waddles and Pacifica wins him instead. Seeing how unhappy this makes Mabel, Dipper realizes he has no choice but to go back and restore the original timeline.
* SheetOfGlass: In "Legend of the Gobblewonker," when they fly through a pane of glass held between two boats on a lake.
* TheSheriff: Sheriff Blubs.
* ShirtlessScene: Dipper in "Dipper vs. Manliness."
** Soos takes off his shirt in "Stan's Tattoo" and tries to get Stan to do the same. Stan is disgusted.
* ShoutOut: Has [[ShoutOut/GravityFalls its own page]].
* ShovelStrike: Soos gives a shovel to Dipper in the first episode when Dipper races off to save Mabel from [[spoiler:the gnomes]]. [[CrazyPrepared He also gives him a baseball bat in case he sees a pinata]].
* ShowWithinAShow: Many, including ''Duck-Tective'', ''Tiger Fist'', ''Why You Ackin So Cray-Cray?'', ''Baby Fights'', ''Cash Wheel'', and ''World's Most Terrifying Skydiving''.
* ShownTheirWork: The SceneryPorn of the opening scene is very accurate to actual Oregonian landscape.
** The goat that appears occasionally has rectangular pupils.
* ShrinkRay: Dipper makes one out of magic crystals and a flashlight.
* SiblingSenioritySquabble: According to [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7lhj2iSkz1r9betso1_1280.jpg Word Of God]].
* SignsOfDisrepair: The Mystery Shack's sign regularly loses the second "S" to spell out "Mystery hack", including in the opening theme. Rather fitting considering Grunkle Stan's personality.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Robbie to Dipper, Pacifica to Mabel, Gideon to Stan. [[spoiler:Though Gideon eventually becomes the BigBad of the first season.]]
* SkeletonKey: The President's Key can open any lock in America.
* TheSlacker: Wendy Corduroy.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: Interestingly enough, the show shows shades of the comedy dominant variety. While the show mostly treats itself like a straight-up comedy, the premise of each episode frequently deals with the supernatural, with some containing scenes so creepy [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids that you have to check periodically that you're watching a Disney show.]]
* SlumberParty: Mabel has one with Candy and Grenda in "Carpet Diem".
* SmokeOut: Grunkle Stan's preferred exit method.
* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: When Dipper finds the book in the first episode, he sees an amulet but ignores it and continues flipping through the book. Later on, in the fourth episode, it is revealed that [[spoiler:the amulet grants the wearer mystical powers]]. Dipper hasn't realized this yet, however.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: A physical variation. [[spoiler: When Wendy is wrestling against a shapeshifter disguised as her in the climax of "Into the Bunker," Dipper asks for a sign. The shapeshifter winks, while Wendy mimes zipping her lip and throwing away the key, a special sign she and Dipper have had since "The Inconveniencing." Earlier in the episode, when Dipper and Wendy run into Soos and Mabel, Dipper initially worries that they might be the shapeshifter. Their goofy antics convince him they aren't.]]
* SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring: Mabel tries to start a game of "I Spy" in a dark and empty bottomless pit.
* SpaghettiKiss: Apparently Old Man [=McGucket=] had one with a raccoon over a piece of meat they were fighting over.
* SpitTake: Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland spitting hot coffee into each other's faces.
** They {{lampshade}} it, too.
--> '''Blubs:''' I'm so confident you're going to say no that I'm going to take a long, slow sip from my cup of coffee.
** Stan does one and [[BetterThanABareBulb lampshades]] it in "Boyz Crazy."
*** And in "Fight Fighters" after Mabel sneaks up behind while he relaxes in his armchair.
* SpoilerOpening: Paying attention to the part with the photos in the opening shows [[spoiler:Gideon, the gnomes, Blendin Blandin, and the Summerween Trickster. Following this is a split-second image of Bill Cipher.]]
* SpoofAesop: In "Summerween", Stan learns to focus on what is truly important in life: ''pure evil!''
* StageWhisper: Because he CanNotSpitItOut that he has a secret crush on Wendy, Dipper just tends to mutter about it to himself instead, while still at a distance that she could likely hear. [[spoiler:Subverted, as Wendy eventually tells him she knew all along, partly because of how obvious he was about it]].
* StalkerWithACrush: Lil' Gideon, BIG TIME.
* StatusQuoIsGod: In "Boss Mabel", Mabel makes a deal with Stan to be the Mystery Shack boss for 3 days and if she makes more money in that time, she becomes the boss for the summer. [[spoiler:When Stan returns with no money, she declines after realizing how hard it is to be the boss.]]
** In "Carpet Diem", Dipper and Mabel fight for the newly discovered room to get away from each other. [[spoiler:Dipper convinces Stan to let him have the room, but both Mabel and Dipper miss rooming together, so they give the new room to Soos to replace his horrible break room.]]
** Averted in [[spoiler:"Dreamscaperers"]].
** Averting the trope is a general theme of the series: Dipper getting his new hat in "Tourist Trapped" was meant to be a subtle indication that when things change, they actually change.
* StealthPun: "Will you join us in holy matrignomey...matri-matriMONY, BLAH, can't talk today..."
** The wax figures are cursed to come to life whenever the moon is waxing.
** Dipper spends a good amount of time at Mabel's sock puppet RockOpera as essentially a ghost. In other words, he's a literal [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Phantom of the Opera]].
* StockNessMonster: The Gobblewonker.
* StockPunishment: Grunkle Stan gets subjected to it in "Irrational Treasure."
* StylisticSuck: The "Fixin' it with Soos" shorts. Soos claims to have edited them himself, and they're rife with badly animated clip art and lousy green screen effects. The "Gravity Falls Public Access TV" shorts also get it on it, showing a Mystery Shack TV ad with lousy editing and green screen footage.
* SubliminalSeduction: [[spoiler: Due to Robbie's song containing hidden backwards messages.]]
** Possibly subverted, as it's not clear if it actually worked. Wendy says afterwards that [[spoiler: she doesn't care about the messages and she mainly seems to be upset that his supposedly romantic gesture was just a sleazy attempt at manipulating her.]]
* SuddenDownerEnding: [[spoiler:Dreamscaperers.]]
* SunglassesAtNight: Sheriff Blubs wears sunglasses while on a nighttime raid in "Headhunters".
* SurvivalMantra: Mrs. Gleeful has one. "Just keep vacuuming, ''just keep vacuuming...''"
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** From "Fight Fighters":
-->'''Grunkle Stan''': There's a great uncles day?
-->'''Mabel''': Of course it's not a day I made up!
** From "The Deep End":
-->'''Mabel''': There's certainly not a ''mermaid'' in there if that's what you're implying. Who said anything about a mermaid?
** From "The Land Before Swine":
-->'''Grunkle Stan''': I'm not acting suspicious! You're acting suspicious! ''What's a pig?!''
* TakeThat:
** Grenda and Candy wanting to read [[ShoutOut "Wolfman Bare]] [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Chest"]] on their sleepover, and Dipper ([[FreakyFridayFlip in Mabel's body]]), is disgusted.
** The entirety of "Boyz Crazy" is a TakeThat towards 90's boy bands.
*** More specifically, it was a TakeThat against the highly manufactured nature of 90's boy bands, and less against the actual singers themselves.
** One of the chants in "Dreamscaperers" is "Inceptus Nolanus Overratus," which roughly translates to "''Film/{{Inception}}'' [by] Nolan [is] Overrated."
* TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity: Wendy very much takes advantage of Mabel's BenevolentBoss attitude in "Boss Mabel."
* [[TagAlongKid Tag Along Adult]]: Soos often fills this role.
* TheOnlyOneITrust: While Dipper has yet to truly be betrayed by anybody, the journal he finds warns him not to trust anyone in Gravity Falls. Dipper decides that there is one person he can always trust: Mabel.
* TheTalk: Stan decides to give one to Dipper in the episode "Carpet Diem". Unfortunately, it's Mabel in Dipper's body.
-->'''Mabel:''' Goodbye childhood...
** [[FreezeFrameBonus Blink and you'll miss it]], but the title of the book Stan uses is ''Why Am I So Sweaty: Your Body Explained in Horrifyingly Uncomfortable Detail''.
* ThereWasADoor: When Mabel drives away with Mermando in "The Deep End", she breaks an entirely new hole in the chain-link fence instead of going back out through the one right in front of her. This could be attributed to RuleOfCool or RuleOfFunny, though.
* TeamPet: Waddles the pig.
* TeamRocketWins: [[spoiler: See TheBadGuyWins above.]]
* TearsOfJoy: The Summerween Trickster cries some made of candy corn.
* TheTeaser: Each episode begins with a cold open.
* TechnologicallyBlindElders: Dipper and Stan [[ItMakesSenseInContext think that Robbie is brainwashing Wendy with his music]], so they take his CD and try to listen to it slowed down. Stan mistakes it for a vinyl record, and puts it into a record player. [[CaptainObvious It doesn't work]], and Stan is confused.
** In the episode "Little Dipper", Gideon [[spoiler:kidnaps Dipper and Mabel]], and he calls Stan for ransom. Stan doesn't believe him.
--->'''Gideon:''' "You don't believe me? I will text you a photo!
--->'''Stan:''' "'Text me a photo'? Now you're not even speaking English. (hangs up)"
* TeensAreMonsters: According to [[spoiler: the late owners of the convenience store]].
* TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim: Mabel gives Stan the silent treatment in "The Land Before Swine".
* TemptingFate: In "The Time Traveler's Pig", Soos comments that the only thing that could possibly cause the rigged dunk tank to dunk Stan is a "futuristic laser arm-cannon."
** Also, in "Headhunters", Mabel says she is "99% sure" she got rid of all the [[spoiler: wax statues]].
* TestosteronePoisoning:
** The manotaurs are testosterone ''waterboarding''.
--->'''Testostoroar:''' I have three Y chromosomes, six Adam's Apples, pecs on my abs, and fists for nipples!
** His name is "Manly" Dan for a reason.
* ThereIsAnother: [[spoiler:Gideon]] has the second volume of Dipper's book. And presumably there's a first... [[spoiler: Stan has it]]
* ThisIsMyChair: Stan and Gideon battle over a poolside chair in "The Deep End".
* ThoseTwoGuys: Lee and Nate, as shown in "The Inconveniencing".
* TimeTravelEpisode: "The Time Traveler's Pig".
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Wendy and Mabel respectively.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: Robbie uses a cursed CD case to hypnotize Wendy in "Boyz Crazy". You might even say it was a [[IncrediblyLamePun Necromisong]].
* TongueTrauma: Dipper came close to this in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel".
** And then in "Carpet Diem", an owl apparently tried to eat Dipper's tongue while he was sleeping outside.
* TookALevelInBadass: Dipper and Mabel in "Headhunters"; Dipper deserves an honorary mention in "Dipper Vs. Manliness".
** Stan in "The Land Before Swine", when he attacks and rides a pterodactyl.
** Wendy in "Into The Bunker", no doubt.
* TorsoWithAView: Happens to Dipper in "Dreamscaperers," though [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because he, Mabel, and Soos were [[ItMakesSenseInContext inside Grunkle Stan's head trying to stop a mind-invading demon from stealing the combination to Stan's safe.]]
* TotallyRadical: The members of Sev'ral Timez talk this way, as well as the boys from "Dream Boy High".
* [[CityOfAdventure Town Of Adventure]]
* TownWithADarkSecret: Almost said word for word by Dipper in "Tourist Trapped".
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The recurring extra in the "Free Pizza" shirt really likes... pizza.
* TrainingMontage: Both Dipper and Grunkle Stan go through one in "Dipper vs. Manliness".
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Gideon's hobbies seem to include [[spoiler: attempted murder]] and [[spoiler: demon summoning]].
* [[invoked]]UnfortunateImplications:
-->'''Soos' Grandmother''':"Soos, I want you to find a nice girl before I die and meet with the angels."
-->'''Soos''': And Grandpa!
-->'''Soos' Grandmother:''' No... He is not there.
* TheUnHug: Awkward sibling hug.[[note]]Pat. Pat.[[/note]]
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Mabel wears a different sweater in every episode, sometimes even multiple sweaters in the same episode.
* UnPerson: [[spoiler: Quentin Trembly.]]
* TheUnreveal: Soos finds a memory in which Stan enters the secret passage behind the snack machine, but closes the door before he can reveal what’s behind it, proclaiming it "boring."
** In one of the "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained" shorts, Dipper and Soos find an all-knowing mailbox entity. After testing it with a few questions, they are just about to ask "Who wrote the journals?" Sadly, Mable comes in and puts in a video of her shoving gummy worms up her nose, and the mailbox, offended, vanishes explosively.
* UnscientificScience: In "Carpet Diem", Dipper explains how [[spoiler:Experiment 78 switches minds]]:
--> '''Dippper''': ''(reads the label)'' "[[spoiler:Electron Carpet]]. Atoms can switch electrons. The [[spoiler:carpet]] must create a charge so strong that ''[[spoiler:it can switch MINDS]]''!
* VacuumMouth: The skull from the ''Tumbleweed Terror'' pinball game.
* VampiresAreSexGods: The G-Rated version. Brought up by Mabel several times.
* VanityLicensePlate: If you look closely, the plate on Grunkle Stan's car says "STNLY MBL".
** [[spoiler:Which is strange when you realize that Stan's name is Stan''ford'', not Stan''ley''.]]
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: [[AvertedTrope Dipper disagrees]]. At the end of "Irrational Treasure" when Mabel passes up a chance to get revenge on Pacifica, Dipper takes it instead and says that it feels great.
* VerbalBackspace: This happens multiple times in ''The Legend of the Gobblewonker'' when Dipper needs to reasses the number of back-up cameras he has when they get smashed.
* VignetteEpisode:
** "Bottomless Pit"; the gang tells stories to pass the time while they're trapped in the titular pit.
** "Little Shop of Horrors"; Stan tries to convince a stranger who arrives at the Mystery Shack after hours to buy stuff by telling tales about them.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Everyone considers Gideon to be a cute lovable child. [[spoiler: That is, until the Season 1 finale when Stan exposes the truth about Gideon, and ends Gideon up in prison.]]
* VillainousCrush: Gideon has one toward Mabel.
* VisualPun: The Mystery Shack's sign has the second S in an odd position or completely taken off, spelling out MYSTERY HACK. Considering who owns the place...
** Additionally, Candy dressing like a piece of candy in "Summerween".
* VocalEvolution: It took Alex Hirsch a few episodes to settle into his Grunkle Stan and Soos voices. They sound a little off in the beginning.
* VoicesAreMental: In "Carpet Diem", the voices switch along with the characters as they move from body to body.
* VomitDiscretionShot: While the gnome vomits on screen, it throws up rainbows. Taken to extremes when it fills up the entire closing credits of the first episode.
** Later, in "Boss Mabel", we see a group of tourists from Stan's point of view. They all appear as walking, talking wallets, and one of them vomits ''coins''.
** In "Carpet Diem", Mabel, in Dipper's body, pukes into a toilet.
* WeirdnessCensor: This is probably one of many reasons that the residents of Gravity Falls still live there; they never believe when they actually see something supernatural, and when they do, they ignore it like it was nothing.
* WeirdnessMagnet: It's true that Dipper often goes off looking for the supernatural, but more often than not, the supernatural finds him first.
* WeWillMeetAgain: Used three times so far: the leader of the gnomes, Gideon and Blendin Blandin all swear revenge after being defeated.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:"Dreamscaperers" has Gideon, after the Pines foil two attempts at getting the deed for the Mystery Shack from Stan's safe, instead blows up the safe with dynamite and immediately brings in a demolition vehicle to start tearing down the Shack while the Pines and Soos look on in horror.]]
** [[spoiler: In "Gideon Rises," Stan reveals to the townspeople that Gideon was illegally spying on them. Gideon is sent to jail, leaving behind the second journal. Dipper and Mabel decide to tell Stan about the journals... unwittingly giving him ''all three journals.'' Because not only did Stan take Gideon's book, he's had the first one all along. The episode ends with Stan ready to open... something.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "After all these years...Finally. I have them all."]] "Here we go."
** [[spoiler:He might be saying "...''we'' have them all", but we won't know for sure until the official subtitles are out.]]
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Mabel after waking up from her sleepover with Candy and Grenda.
* WhatHaveIBecome: In "Boss Mabel", Mabel reaches her breaking point with Soos and Wendy. She tells them off for their goofing off in a Stan-like manner, ending up with the fez on her head. She quotes this verbatim when she looks in the mirror.
** Though considering all that happened, she had a reason. Dipper himself stated: [[IDidWhatIHadToDo "What you had to, Mabel."]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Played for laughs in "Summerween". Soos hits the Trickster and shatters him completely when he was about to kill the kids, and freaks out when he thought he accidentally hit a guy. [[spoiler:After Soos eats the Trickster, the episode draws to a close with an {{Everybody| Laughs Ending}} {{Evil Laugh}}s [[EverybodyLaughsEnding Ending]] as soon as it ends, Soos nonchalantly says "I ate a man alive tonight."]]
** It should be noted that [[spoiler:The Trickster was very happy that Soos liked eating him.]]
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: In Tourist Trapped, the map of Oregon shows Gravity Falls to be dead-center in Oregon, somewhere between Crook and Deshutes county. But in Skaryoke, a doppler map places it closer to Baker city, almost on the border with Idaho.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: "Bottomless Pit!" is focused on the characters telling stories, at least one of which we discover actually happened. Also qualifies as a VignetteEpisode, as listed above.
* WidgetSeries: Definitely the most off-kilter series on the channel.
* TheWildWest: The theme of the ''Tumbleweed Terror'' pinball game.
* AWizardDidIt: A number of plot holes are filled by the reminder that Quentin Trembley passed a ''lot'' of weird laws in his time in Gravity Falls office. It's why holding the physical deed to a building - holding it in your hand - means you own the building, and why the police are allowed to [[spoiler: send a nine-year-old to adult prison.]]
* TheWorldIsNotReady: Based on the events of "Boss Mabel", it seems that the tourists aren't quite up to seeing real magical creatures just yet.
* WouldHurtAChild:
** [[spoiler:The cursed wax figures]] in Episode 3. They try to murder Dipper and Mabel without hesitation.
** Also, in "Summerween", [[spoiler:the Summerween Trickster. In fact, he makes it look like he KILLED a child until the end of the episode!]]
** Rumble, the Fight Fighter, was genuinely trying to kill Robbie, endangered Stan and Mabel by toppling the water tower, and beat up Dipper with a nearly lethal combo attack just because Dipper had lied to him.
* WouldntHurtAChild: [[spoiler:The convenience store ghosts]] in Episode 5. They ''would'' hurt teenagers though.
** Robbie in "Fight Fighters". Even after Dipper nearly gets him killed, he's unwilling to go through with beating him up.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Mabel in "Sock Opera" towards the end:
-->'''Mabel''': Don't worry, I have seen enough movies to know this is the part where the audience thinks this was all part of the show and loves it. Cue applause!
-->''(audience boos and leaves)''
* XMeetsY:
** ''Series/TheXFiles'' meets ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'' meets ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'' with a bit of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''-style weirdness (and slightly similar art style).
** ''EerieIndiana'' as directed by DavidLynch.
** The show is set in Oregon, just like in ''Series/{{Grimm}}''.
** Could also be described as very much like ''RoundTheTwist'' in cartoon form, set in the USA.
** Could be ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightvale'' 's TV kid cousin
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Sev'ral Timez.
* {{Yandere}}: Gideon.
** Newly, and on a higher level, [[spoiler:Giffany]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Giffany''']]: Oh, I am crazy! Crazy for you, [[spoiler: Soos]]!"
* YouAreNumberSix: How Dipper names his clones, with the exception of Tyrone (who refuses to be called "Number Two") and Paper Jam Dipper.
* YouCantFightFate: In "The Time Traveler's Pig," no matter what he tried, Dipper would always inevitably hit Wendy in the face with a baseball. The one time he ''finally'' figured out how to avert this [[spoiler:he needed Mabel to help so she wasn't there to win Waddles and Pacifica got him instead. For Mabel's sake Dipper had to go back and hit Wendy again.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Kraz.
* YouKilledMyFather: Dr. Karate killed Rumble [=McSkirmish=]'s father (again), making it his motivation for fighting.
* YourWorstNightmare: You get to see it if you look into a Gremloblin's eyes.
** In "Dreamscaperers," [[spoiler:Bill unleashes Mabel and Soos's personal nightmares on them after they stop him from getting the safe code.]]
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