Awesome: Gravity Falls

"All right, you undead jerks, you ready to die twice?"

Gravity Falls has so many awesome moments, that it got its own page for them.

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     General 
  • The opening theme song.
    • The series soundtrack in general. Gideon's Theme and Bill Cipher's theme are genuinely terrifying, while big battle scenes and bombshell secrets are given sweeping epic scores more suitable for movies.
  • The Gravity Falls bumper card: it's Dipper driving away from the gnome golem in the Mystery Shack golf cart (as in the pilot) and then crashing through a Welcome to Gravity Falls billboard, forming a silhouette in the shape of the Disney Channel logo.
    • In another bumper, when Mabel is choosing a sweater to wear she cycles through NINE that she was already wearing before choosing one. Who wears that many sweaters at once?
    • A third bumper has Stan receive a gold chain in the mail with the channel's logo on it.
  • In one TV short, Fixin' It With Soos, Soos modifies the Mystery Shack's golf cart so it can not only jump over Stan's car...but flies right into the Mystery Shack's roof!
    Soos: Hit the nitrous booster!
    Wendy: Aren't those illegal?
    Soos: You bet your life they are, baby!
  • In light of recent events, we now know that Alex Hirsch is a fantastic Trolling Creator. That old image of a young McGucket writing one of the journals? It was fake. He uploaded the picture to 4chan to start an internet wide guessing session, all so he could debunk the theory in " Society of the Blind Eye". And if there was any doubt there, it was thoroughly demolished in " Not What He Seems".
  • They're getting Cecil Baldwin for an upcoming episode, as you can see on his resume. Yes, that Cecil Baldwin.

     Season 1 
Tourist Trapped

The Legend of the Gobblewonker
  • Dipper saving Mabel from a falling tree—while they're still running away from the Gobblewonker! They just keep rolling and hit the ground running without missing a beat.
  • Something has to be said for Soos' (and later Mabel's) boat driving skills. At one point, Soos ends up driving the boat backwards while the Gobblewonker is chasing after them.

Headhunters

The Hand That Rocks the Mabel
  • Mabel's Big Damn Heroes moment. She uses Gideon's amulet to save a plummeting Dipper and Gideon (who have crashed through the window of Gideon's cliff side factory) just before they hit the ground.
    • And she didn't go crazy with power like Gideon had. She destroyed the amulet without hesitation.
  • Dipper standing his ground with Gideon despite being levitated into the air and threatened with lamb shears; he keeps repeating that Mabel isn't into Gideon and was even prepared to hit him with a baseball bat.
  • Thurop van Orman's performance as Gideon, especially how well he goes from hilarious to very menacing.
  • This awesome commentary on how the creators handled Gideon being a "Nice Guy" to Mabel.

The Inconveniencing
  • Wendy tree-swinging from the roof of the Mystery Shack to the ground.
  • Dipper singlehandedly breaking into the convenience store after Wendy's friend was unable to even open the door, earning the respect of everyone for the first time all night.
  • Dipper swallowing his pride and performing the Lamby Lamby Dance in front of Wendy in order to save everyone.

Dipper versus Manliness
  • This episode breathes awesome, to the point where it's laughable, but lets try and narrow down the best parts:
    • Dipper willingly going to fight the Multibear is pretty dang brave of him, considering he's the mortal enemy of beasts that are basically strength incarnate...
    • ...and during the fight, he actually had the upper hand. He physically took down such a massive creature on his own...
    • ...but him actually refusing to kill him after actually meeting the bear, not because it's difficult or scary, but because it's not the right thing to do, was even better. This kid stood up for himself in front of a man-bull the size of a small building.
    Leaderaur: Kill the Multibear, or never be a man!
    Dipper: Then I guess I'll never be a man.

Double Dipper
  • Dipper using his clones to steal Robbie's bike.

Irrational Treasure
  • Dipper finally putting Pacifica in her place.
    Dipper: Hey, Pacifica, Nathaniel Northwest didn't found Gravity Falls, and your whole family is a sham. Deal with it.
  • A minor one, but when Grunkle Stan is put in the stocks, Pacifica offers to let him out if he agrees that her family is better than Mabel's. In writing. Stan agrees, but when Pacifica checks the notepad, it says "YOU STINK!"

Fight Fighters
  • Dipper, after having gotten his ass utterly kicked by the invincible video game character, has Robbie coming up to him ready to fight... and Dipper just tells him to go ahead and do his worst, which makes Robbie stand down. Dipper has faced far too much shit to let this guy scare him anymore at this point, and it freaks Robbie right out. Pretty damn well done.
  • Although misguided, you have to admit that Rumble Mcskirmish is Crazy Awesome.
  • Then there's Dipper deciding to face Rumble. He knows he has no chance, but there's no way out. As Soos put it, "Like a man it is."

Little Dipper
  • Stan getting one over Gideon when he tries to scam into signing over the Mystery Shack to him.
    Gideon: Stanford, you fool! You just signed the shack over to lil' old me!
    Stan: Uh, you might wanna take another look there.
    Gideon: The Mystery Shack is hereby signed over to... "suck a lemon little man"!?

Summerween
  • Soos' Big Damn Heroes moment where he runs over the trickster with his pick-up truck.
  • During the fight with the trickster, Grenda manages to cut one of his forearms off with nothing more than a toy axe.
  • "I ate a man alive tonight."
  • Though they do little to faze the two children who are used to watching horror movies, the tricks Stan uses in attempt to scare them away were pretty cool. And he does finally succeed in scaring them at the end when they catch him half naked.

Boss Mabel
  • When Mabel starts taking charge. Its pretty impressive to see her boss around Wendy and Soos.
  • The fact that Dipper somehow managed to catch the Gremoblin.
  • Dipper turning the monster's OWN worst fear-inducing Death Glare against it.

Bottomless Pit!
  • Crazy an idea as it was, it looked like Stan was actually succeeding in giving that bear driving lessons.

The Deep End
  • Dipper saving Mermando's life by giving him reverse CRR, despite how unpleasant and unnecessary it was for him to do so. Seems he was cut out for the job of a junior lifeguard after all.
  • Mabel willingly giving up her dream of having an "epic summer romance" in order to make the object of her affections happy instead.

Boyz Crazy
  • Dipper reveals to Wendy that Robbie's song has subliminal messaging to brainwash Wendy. This—and the fact that Robbie stated that he ripped the song from another band—causes Wendy to break up with him. Even better? Dipper wouldn't have found that out if Robbie didn't open his big mouth to say "Catch you on the rewind", which was exactly how Dipper found out about the message!
    • Not to mention that Grunkle Stan is the one that's helping Dipper out. As he states: "Road safety laws: PREPARE TO BE IGNORED!!!"
  • This commentary on how the creators handled "I’m the hero because I exposed how douchey your boyfriend is” cliche with Dipper and Wendy.

The Land Before Swine
  • Grunkle Stan leaping onto a pterodactyl and punching it in the face in defense of Waddles. Punches it. Right in the face. For real this time.
    YOU WANT THIS PIG? THEN YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO GO THROUGH ME, YOU FLYING DEVIL! COME AND GET ME!
  • Soos figuring out that the baby pterodactyl's eyes are too far apart for it to see right in front of it, and escaping by having he, Dipper and Mabel walk in a straight line in front of its nose.
  • Soos pounding the geyser to launch himself and the Pines' back to the surface.
  • Old Man McGucket eating his way through a dinosaur.

Dreamscaperers
  • Stan discovers Gideon broke in, and shoos him off with a broom.
  • A few flashbacks to Stan's life show him as a weak, bullied kid who learned how to box, take down kids bigger than him, and foil a robbery. Probably why he could take the pterodactyl.
  • Using the power of Imagination to take down a furious Bill. From lasers, to Kitten fists, to laser question marks, to synth music.
    • Then, they combine their powers to throw Bill out of Stan's mind and... Bill ends the fight by teleporting them all to a white space, Heroic Second Wind or no, he's still more powerful than them. He proceeds to calm down, compliment them, and deliver a cryptic warning before leaving.
  • Gideon just blows a hole into the shack and destroys the safe, beating them and having his dad take a wrecking ball to the shack.
    Gideon: Oh, I'm sorry, Pines Family, did I wake you?
    • The fact that summoning a demon was his Plan A and that dynamite was his Plan B tells you a lot about him.
  • The "resurrection" of Xyler and Craz, and they're given quite an upgrade.
  • The design of the inside of Stan's mind is phenomenal.

Gideon Rises
  • Dipper vs. Gideon in the giant Gideon robot.
    • To elaborate, Dipper took a running jump off the cliff, crashed straight through the Gideon robot's eye and tackled Gideon down in one smooth, continuous motion.
    • Dipper giving Gideon the beating he deserved.
      • Which included Dipper catching Gideon's fist during their fight, then twisting his hand around to punch Gideon with his own fist.
  • Stan exposing Gideon as a fraud and turning the whole town against him. He did this by realizing that his hearing aid is picking up some sort of feedback!
    • The shot of Gideon getting arrested.
  • GRAPPLING HOOK!
  • "Here we go."
    • "Gravity Falls will return." With the way that line is said, it could mean a completely different thing than just the show.
  • The ending scene. The music is epic, powerful, maybe even a little scary—but it's also inspiring. Why? Because you, as the viewer, are witnessing the pinnacle of Stan's life. Stan has all three journals and uses the combine images in them to activate the machine. The way the machine lights up and he smiles, just like anyone who's just accomplished a lifelong goal would... it's truly, tearjerkingly beautiful. And the best part is, this is just the tip of the iceberg. We still have so much to learn...
    Stan: Here we go. (cut to black)
    • Kinda makes you wonder why he would ever think "Is this all there really is?" when he's clearly had a powerful purpose for many years.
      • Fridge Sadness in that Stan is getting to the end of his life, and had spent years searching for the journals. The possibility that he could die without ever fulfilling that purpose would have to have gotten to him at times.
      • Potential Fridge Horror: We don't know for sure that Stan's plan for the machine is necessarily benign. Remember, in Gravity Falls, there is no one you can trust.
    • Brad Beeck, the series' composer, has now released several excerpts of soundtrack on his soundcloud account, including this scene. Crowning Music of Awesome indeed.

     Season 2 
Scary-oke
  • Grunkle Stan managing to fight off a horde of zombies with just a bat and golden brass knuckles definitely counts as an awesome moment.
  • Mabel and Dipper manage to hold their own against a horde of zombies until they get cornered.
  • Mabel blows off a zombie's head with a ''confetti cannon".
  • The Pines' using the Power of Rock to send the zombies packing. At first, Dipper and Stan sing awkwardly, but soon really get into it.
    Mabel: Thank you! We'll be here all night!
    Stan: Deal with it, zombie idiots! Hahaha!
    Dipper, Mabel, Stan: Pines! Pines! Pines! Pines! (Fade out)
  • Agents Powers and Trigger surviving the horde after getting dragged off into the woods.
    • Also, apparently, in this Universe, Ron Swanson is a government agent for a secret, paranormal investigating agency.

Into the Bunker
  • While all the group all does well, special mention goes to Wendy. Beforehand, it was unknown how well she'd do or if she would even go (considering the events of The Inconviencing, not to mention when she encountered Waddles in Soos' body, her avoidance in these events is justified). She proves herself to be awesome at this sort of thing. First, she spots the branch on the metal tree that opens up the titular bunker as well as climbing up to do so, Lumberjack-style. She then manages to find the doorway leading deeper into the Author's secret laboratories. She THEN manages to deduce that the "Author" of the journals wasn't who he claimed by seeing his picture on a can of beans, alerting Dipper. She THEN manages to hold her own against the "Author," really a shapeshifting creature known as Experiment 210, several times afterwards, the last time long enough reclaim Journal 3 from him (210 took it in an earlier struggle) and remove him as a threat to the group.
    Wendy: It took us into it's home, tricked us and tried to destroy us. I'd say we return the favor.
    • Experiment 210 is a villanious one who proves to be more frightening than even Bill Cipher at times.
      • That's probably because Bill isn't voiced by The Joker.

Golf Wars
  • Everything after Mabel zip lines to Pacifica, which includes the two mowing through homicidal Lilliputtins, and a car chase that involves giant axes and a volcano.
  • Big Henry's Heroic Sacrifice.

The Sock Opera
  • The fight between Mabel and Bill Cipher. Especially so because Bill was responsible for his downfall because of all the abuse he put Dipper's body through compounding on the sleep deprivation Dipper had put himself through before the takeover.
  • Also, the fact that Mabel managed to put together a pretty fantastic puppet show with lights, original music, and full sets, and put it up at a local theater, on a shoestring budget and with less than a week's worth of prep time. That takes some moxie.
  • Mabel coming to the realization that her obsessions and boyfriend-of-the-week habits, as well as her expectation of Dipper to just roll with them, is actually very draining on Dipper and selfish of her to boot. It really goes to show how talented the writers are that they were able to take one of Mabel's negative character traits and turn out an episode based solely on that that lets her learn from the experience and become a better person.

Soos and the Real Girl
  • Soos, of all people, gets one by defeating his Psycho Cyber Ex-Girlfriend and throwing her game into the pizza oven. Fitting, as this is his Day in the Limelight.
    Soos: GAME OVER, Giffany!
  • Melody too, in that sequence. Just look at her whack the crap out of that animatronic!
    • Doubly so considering that, as far as we know, this is her first interaction with the paranormal happenings of Gravity Falls. Where most would freak out, she takes it like a champ.

Little Gift Shop of Horrors
  • In "Hands Off", Dipper putting up a decent fight to hold off the wave of cursed hands attacking him, Mabel and Stan.
    • If you look at the shadows, "Clay Day" shows him putting up a similar effort against the Claymation Skeletons.
  • The entirety of "Clay Day" on an animation perspective. To whit:
    Crazy56U: And now it’s time for the main event...
    REGULAR ANIMATION VS. CLAY ANIMATION

The Society of the Blind-Eye
  • Old Man McGucket, of all people, gets a Big Damn Heroes moment when he saves Dipper and friends from having their memories erased.
    Old Man McGucket: I raided the mining display for weapons! Now fight like a hillbilly, fellers!
  • Old Man McGucket throwing himself in front of the Blind-Eye Mind Wiper to protect the Mystery Shack group. Immediately followed by taking several shots to the head before taking out Blind-Ivan with a head-butt.
    Old Man McGucket: Hit me with your best shot, Baldy! But my mind's been gone for thirty-odd years! YOU CAN'T BREAK WHAT'S ALREADY BROKEN!
  • Hats off to the group for permanently disbanding a dangerous cult that stole peoples memories.

Blendin's Game
  • The sheer lengths Dipper and Mabel went through for Soos. Anyone can throw a party, but only the twins would battle time itself for the ones they care about.
  • Soos grandma claiming she'll tear Soos' deadbeat father limb from limb if he ever shows his face after he again stands up his own son.
    • Even better, since she and Soos have the same last name, Soos's dad is probably her son. But she doesn't care; he hurt Soos, and if he comes near him, he pays.

The Love God
  • He might be a bit scatterbrained, but Mabel and Dipper come very close to outwitting a literal god - and even then, the dramatic crash of the hot air balloon eating the guy was hilariously awesome.
  • Even when borrowing the powers of a literal god, Mabel couldn't keep her friends together. Want to know who could? Thompson.
    • And it's done thanks to a weaponized usage of his Butt Monkey status.

Northwest Mansion Mystery
  • What convinces the Northwest family to go to Dipper for help with a ghost? A picture on the front of the Gravity Falls Gossiper showing him fending off a giant vampire bat with a taser while the police cower behind him! Admit it, you really wish that that wasn't an Offscreen Moment of Awesome!
  • Throughout the episode, Dipper doesn't hesitate to tell the Northwests what he thinks of them, especially after he learns that they tried to use him to avoid supernatural retribution.
    • Dipper gets bonus points for echoing the yell of the vengeful ghost before opening the doors to the Northwest family.
    Dipper: NORTHWESTS!
  • The ghost haunting the manor manages to be very dangerous, and props to him for getting out of the mirror Dipper trapped him in.
  • Dipper managing to capture the ghost!
  • Pacifica defying her parents and opening the gates. It's especially awesome since her father is ringing a bell Pacifica is mentally conditioned to submit to, and her body automatically begins to stop itself from opening the gate, but she manages to pull through out of sheer willpower and pull the switch to open the gates. Her badass one-liner tops it all off.
    Pacifica: Our family name is broken! And I'm gonna FIX IT!
  • The ending reveals that McGucket has not only kept his character development since the last time we saw him, but he's also repaired the laptop! What he found, though, isn't so awesome...

Not What He Seems
  • Grunkle Stan's escape from the police station. He takes advantage of the gravity-quakes to bust out of the chair he's handcuffed to, steal the key from Agent Powers, and uncuff himself while in mid-air. He also casually pickpockets one of the Agents' wallets. And to top that off, he bribes a taxi driver, possibly with money taken from said stolen wallet, to head full-tilt for the edge of town, and hides while the cops inevitably go after it.
  • Even if it ultimately seems like a good thing that they failed, Dipper and Soos put up a damn good fight trying to prevent Stan from reaching his potentially universe-destroying portal. Soos especially since he considers protecting the kids, and by extension the universe, more important than his duty to the employer and father figure he has known for almost half his life.
  • The Author of the Journals, A.K.A. Stan's Brother, comes out of the portal.
  • Dipper and Mabel's escape from the government Humvee. Mabel enrages a passing Manly Dan enough for him to ram it with his lumber truck, crashing it, and pinning Agent Trigger in the front seat.
  • The return of the grappling hook.
  • One particular scene near the end, when Mabel decides to trust Stan and let go of the portal's kill switch manages to be a combination of this, Tear Jerker, and even Nightmare Fuel as the portal activates and creates so much destruction that it really does look like it's going to tear the Universe apart.