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The Mystery Shack

     "Dipper" Pines 
"When life gives you lemons, extract the juice and use it to draw a treasure map in invisible ink. That really works! Seriously!"
Voiced by: Jason Ritter

The main protagonist of Gravity Falls. Dipper is a curious, clever, inventive 12-year-old. With his (older) twin sister Mabel along for the ride, he dares to uncover the secrets of Gravity Falls.
  • Acting Your Intellectual Age: A mild case, but Dipper is rather intelligent, and doesn't have many friends his own age. His best friend is 15 year old Wendy, and the plot of "The Inconveniencing" is partially put in motion when he tries to befriend her group of friends.
  • Action Survivor: He's not as tough in a fight as Mabel is and prefers keeping out of conflict as much as possible, but he's still more than capable of holding his own when he has to.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: He's 12 but tends to act much older, though there are times he acts exactly like the preteen he is.
  • Adorkable: Often comes across as awkward and unsure, but is adorable.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Mabel occasionally calls him "Dipping Sauce" or "bro-bro".
  • Agent Mulder: Dipper kicked off the plot when he found Journal #3 and immediately began using it to identify the supernatural in everything around him. Although she came around after the incident with the gnomes, Mabel indicates in "Tourist Trapped" that Dipper was like this even before he came across it.
    Mabel: Norman and I are going on a date at five o'clock and I'm going to be adorable and he's going to be dreamy and I'm not going to let you ruin it with one of your crazy CONSPIRACIES!!!
  • Always Someone Better: "Little Dipper" reveals that he's this to Mabel since he's usually beaten her at everything. The fact that she's now taller than him meant that she was finally first/better than him at something (well, outside of mini-golf and socialization).
  • Animal-Eared Headband: In "Boss Mabel", Dipper wears a headband with wolf ears as part of his Pre-Teen Wolf Boy costume.
  • Anti-Hero: A Classical Anti-Hero as all the social awkwardness tropes would suggest; but also has shades of the more modern variety in that, while willing to make great sacrifices for the people he cares for, he's pretty cynical and willing to get his hands dirty for personal gain.
  • Appropriated Appellation: He disliked when Soos called him and Mabel "Mystery Twins" in "Headhunters". By "Irrational Treasure", it's grown on him.
  • Author Avatar: He's based off of Alex Hirsch from when he was a kid. To wit, during a series of tweets where Hirch joked about going mad with power, he claimed he'd be able to add a self-insert OC into the show with no resistance before noting that he already had one in the form of Dipper.
  • Badass: He takes on supernatural beings on a weekly basis, and trumps them regularly. He and Soos also went toe to toe with Grunkle Stan in "Not What He Seems", a man who beat three government agents.
  • Badass Adorable: Though you may not want to mention the adorable bit where he can hear you.
  • Badass Bookworm: Dipper is often seen reading either the journal or the newspaper. Despite that, he's very capable of putting up a fight. In "Headhunters", he has an epic sword fight with wax Sherlock Holmes, and even tricks him to go outside so that the sun can melt him. This kid right here, outwitted Sherlock bleedin' Holmes. And in "Fight Fighters", Dipper manages to live even after getting beat up by Rumble McSkirmish, an Expy of Ryu from Street Fighter, and still stands up to Robbie's challenge afterward. And of course, in "Gideon Rises", jumps off a cliff onto a giant robot to take down Gideon and save his sister.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In Northwest Mansion Mystery, when the Northwests make him dress up.
  • Badass Normal: Dipper relies entirely on his wits and his resourcefulness in order to defeat foes and overcome obstacles.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't make him angry. He's not afraid to step up when someone he loves is in danger.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Although the younger twin, put his sister in danger, and his usually cool head goes straight out the window. Sometimes he takes it a little too far.
  • Brains and Brawn: Together with Mabel as the Brains to Soos's, Wendy's, or Stan's Brawn, depending on who's with them at the time.
  • Brainy Brunette: He's a very intelligent, brown-haired kid.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With Mabel.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Discussed; according to Soos, his jokes are terrible.
  • The Cassandra: Almost no one believes him about the strange things going on in Gravity Falls. Subverted after Secret of the Blind Eye, though, since the memory-censoring Society of the Blind Eye was taken down. By Northwest Mansion Mystery, the paranormal is relatively common knowledge in the town, and Dipper's adventures even make it into the newspaper.
  • Character Tics:
    • He has a habit of clicking his pen repeatedly when in deep thought, or when very excited.
    • He also has an oral fixation, and has been seen chewing pens until they burst while thinking. In "Sock Opera" it was revealed by Mabel that, on occasion, when Dipper gets incredibly sleep deprived he will unknowingly eat his own shirt.
  • Chick Magnet: No really, this actually happened in "Roadside Attraction". After taking advice from Stan on practicing to talk to girls, he manages three girls to give him their email addresses, without making a joke of himself, and they all seem eager to keep in touch with him. Due to increase in confidence, he manages to unintentionally woo Candy. However, Stan's advice turns out to be bad when all girls catch him on a date with Candy, thus his charms to get them went as quickly as it for now.
  • Child Prodigy: Dipper is undoubtedly a genius, which is how he is able to understand the game Dungeons, Dungeons and more Dungeons.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He often plays this to Mabel with varying degrees of success, although on some occasions he's just as goofy as she is.
    Dipper: I just feel like I'm one puzzle piece away from figuring out everything.
    Mabel: Don't worry, Dipper. (picks up Waddles) Lord Mystery Ham is on the case! "I play by me own rules! Wot wot?"
    Dipper: I don't know why I tell you things.
  • The Comically Serious: Anytime he attempts to look smart and mature, expect it to be ruined by Mabel's or Soos' antics or his own hidden goofiness. Take a look at these images for proof.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: 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.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Dipper sees supernatural secrets and hidden conspiracies wherever he looks. In "Tourist Trapped", Mabel asserts that he's been like this even before they came to Gravity Falls. Considering the town he's in, however, he more often than not is Properly Paranoid.
  • Control Freak: Justified. Dipper's over-attention to detail, general trust issues, and occasional irritation with Mabel and Soos lead him to be insistent on his own direction of things. However, when the other two members of the group are a Cloudcuckoolander and a Man Child, someone has to take charge or nothing will ever get done. "Double Dipper" deconstructs Dipper's Control Freak tendencies by pitting him against himself with devastating consequences to his social life.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Dipper brings seventeen disposable cameras for a monster hunt in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker". This is because he's Genre Savvy enough to realize that cameras keep getting destroyed or lost during monster hunts. Sure enough, by the end he was down to one camera.
  • Cry Cute: In "Dipper vs. Manliness".
    Woman: *bumped into by Dipper* Oh, I'm sorry. I was looking for the mailman.
    Dipper: Oh, what? Are you saying I'm not a male man? Is that what you're trying to say? I'm not male, I'm- I'm not a man? Is that- is that what you're getting at?
    Woman: Are you crying?
  • The Cynic: A mild example in contrast with Mabel's eternal idealism. Dipper nearly always suspects something to go wrong, or things are not what they appear. This stems from his Properly Paranoid side.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Quick witted and calm, normally in response to the silliness going on around him.
  • Deal with the Devil: In "Sock Opera", Dipper desperately and begrudgingly makes a deal with Bill Cipher. The laptop containing the secrets he's been looking for is about to erase all data due to too many failed entries. Bill appears in the nick of time, requesting a puppet for his end of the bargain. The bargain screws Dipper in several ways. First, the data erasure may have been fake; Dipper has to be asleep for Bill to appear and it's unclear whether he passed out before or after the warning sounded. Second, in his haste, Dipper fails to formally request anything from Bill while accepting the bargain, allowing Bill to get his puppet for free. Third, Bill takes Dipper as his puppet.
  • Death Glare: Occasionally when he's severely unamused. His usual targets are Stan and Mabel.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Of "Northwest Mansion Mystery," acts as the main character for the majority of the episode before falling victim to the Monster of the Week, leaving Pacifica to save the day.
  • Delusions of Eloquence: Dipper admits in "Society of the Blind Eye" that he sometimes uses big words he doesn't actually know the meaning of.
  • Demonic Possession: Gets his body stolen by Bill in "Sock Opera". In order to communicate with Mabel, he had to possess a sockpuppet of his likeness.
  • Distinguishing Mark: The birthmark shaped like the Big Dipper on his forehead.
  • Distressed Dude: In "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", where Gideon uses magic to capture him and try and cut his tongue out.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: He sports these at all times. They're so bad that even Mabel's body gets them when he and her switch bodies in "Carpet Diem". They even somehow get even worse in "Sock Opera", when he stays up for days trying to hack into a laptop.
  • Fatal Flaw: Dipper's desire to be taken more seriously often puts himself and others in harm's way for much of season one, culminating in the zombie rampage in "Scary-oke".
  • Fire-Forged Friends: A Double Subversion in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". At first it seems he and Pacifica are becoming friends as a result of saving her from the ghost, but when he learns the ghost was haunting the Northwest family for holding extravagant parties and not keeping their promise of inviting the townsfolk and that they knew this all along, he reverts and says she's just as bad as her parents. Later still however, after seeing that she's genuinely upset by her family's history, he makes amends and the two get past their animosity.
  • Foil:
    • To Mabel, the two heavily contrast in personality, maturity, goals and philosophical outlook.
    • To the Author his Grunkle Ford. They are both dedicated to unlocking the secrets of Gravity Falls. The difference is that Ford isolated himself to conduct his studies, while Dipper has so far preferred having his friends and family by his side when going on an adventure.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Mabel's foolish. Dipper is always the one most concerned about the others and his own safety, worried about the implications of what will occur (except on occasions where his pride blinds him) and prepared to deal with the consequences. His big picture anxieties and Mabel's small picture optimism begin to clash more in season 2.
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: Realist, Dipper is mostly reasonably cynical, he always suspects something will go wrong and is distrusting till proven a reason to trust. However he's also not so far gone that he can't appreciate the wonder of the things they find or be taken by the sheer joy of activities he likes.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic: Independent, organized, and analytic.
  • Generation Xerox: Discussed in "A Tale of Two Stans". Dipper has similar interests and talents to his Great-Uncle Ford, while Mabel more closely follows in their Grunkle Stan's footsteps. Mabel is afraid that this means she and Dipper will eventually grow apart, while Stan is worried that Dipper will end up in danger because of his obsession with the supernatural, just like Ford did.
  • Good with Numbers:
    • "The Time Traveler's Pig" shows him doing complex equations. Though the math he uses is a lot simpler than it looks (sums, exponents, and a dizzying amount of bracketed functions), the equations are ultimately nonsense (though if he bothered to define his variables, he might have been on to something).
    • The titular Tabletop RPG in "Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons" uses an extremely convoluted and complex mathematical system for standard play. Naturally, Dipper loves it.
  • Guile Hero: Dipper commonly relies on his wits and cunning. He's also not above manipulation and trickery to achieve his goals or defeat his opponents. For instance, "Headhunters", when he tricks wax Sherlock Holmes onto the roof of the Mystery Shack so that the rising sun will melt him.
  • Guilty Pleasures: In "Dipper vs. Manliness", Dipper is embarrassed to admit that he enjoys listening to Icelandic Pop Sensation BABBA, an Expy of ABBA.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Mabel.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Downplayed at the end of "Into the Bunker". Having confessed his feelings to Wendy, Dipper is left feeling awkward and itchy for a moment by the fact that she doesn't reciprocate, but the two quickly agree to remain friends and leave on a high note.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite having done some seriously amazing things for a twelve-year-old and occasionally acting pretty cocky, Dipper actually has trouble seeing anything good about himself besides his brains. He also has the awful tendency to internalize this and bottle it up until the absolute worst moments, because he genuinely thinks his family and friends would rather laugh at him than take his feelings and concerns seriously (as shown in the story he made up in "Bottomless Pit").
  • Heroes Want Redheads: His crush on Wendy. The Bill Cipher AMA states that redheads dominate his internet history as well.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite putting on a prideful facade in front of those who tease him, Dipper is actually riddled with low self-esteem.
  • Hopeless Suitor: His crush on Wendy.
  • Iconic Outfit: Dipper is always seen in a blue cap with pine tree on it; and his orange shirt, blue vest, and grey shorts. Lampshaded by Robbie, who teases him for wearing the same shorts every day.
  • Insufferable Genius: Light example. He's one of the more intelligent members of the main cast and (often) shows a lot more common sense. His neurotics can be irritating however and he can be a bit prideful if over aware of his logic. Not to mention being an apt Deadpan Snarker.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: A plot point in "Dipper Vs Manliness" is he enjoys bubble gum pop music.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: The A plot of "Dipper vs. Manliness" is Dipper's quest to learn masculinity from the Manotaurs. Eventually, he learns to be his own man and not let the gendered expectations of others define him.
  • Jerkass Ball:
    • In "The Land Before Swine," Dipper vocally complains about Soos' frequent mistakes throughout the episode and eventually snaps at him, blaming Soos for getting them lost and deeply hurting his feelings when Dipper tells him he didn't want to bring him along.
    • Dipper shows shades of this at the beginning of "The Love God" when he joins Wendy's friends in treating Thompson like a Butt Monkey.
  • Jerkass Façade: Dipper becomes this to flirt with girls but it backfires on him and he learns to lose the facade.
  • Just Friends: He has a crush on Wendy, who considers him a great friend that really livened up the summer but nothing more. When he finally confesses to her, she casually admits she always knew, but he's just too young for her.
  • Kid-anova: In "Roadside Attraction", he successfully gets the number of several girls while on the trip. However, it backfires on him when the girls arrive while he is with Candy and they all leave him after calling him a jerk.
  • Kid Detective: He's 12, and he's investigating the weirdness in Gravity Falls.
  • Kid Hero: Despite being only 12 years old, Dipper regularly saves the day on his adventures. Saving his great-uncle's brain from demons, defending outcasts from overbearing Manotaurs, and beating up a giant robot are all in a day's work.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Sometimes crosses into this when people pick on Mabel, holding offenses against her far more personally than Mabel herself does and holding long grudges against those who actually manage to hurt her. He actually seems to take insults to Mabel more personally than he does insults to himself.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: When Dipper finally meets the Author of the Journals, he can barely contain his excitement. In "A Tale of Two Stans", he lets out a high-pitched squeal of joy when Ford's story reaches the point where he began writing in the Journals twice.
    Ford: I began to keep a Journal.
    Dipper: (squee) THE JOURNALS!!! ...sorry, sorry. I just got excited there. About the Journals. ...keep talking.
    Ford: I began to keep a Journal—
    Dipper: (squee)
    Ford: Just going to ignore that.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Being with Wendy tends to cause lapses in his sense of judgment.
    • In "Double Dipper", Dipper concocts a long-winded master plan to try to win Wendy's affections, rather than simply talk to her as a person. To accomplish it, he creates several clones of himself to do the work and ensure everything goes off without a hitch. This backfires miserably; Dipper finally realizes that he and Wendy get along great if he just talks to her normally, but the clones don't experience the same epiphany and remain determined to follow the ridiculous plan, even if they have to circumvent Dipper to do it.
    • In "Into the Bunker", all Dipper has to do is confess his feelings to Wendy and Mabel will open the door to safety. With a giant monster bearing down on him, Dipper chooses to grab Wendy and flee the opposite direction in hopes of finding some other exist rather than just say the words that will solve everything.
  • Meaningful Echo: The way he says that "everything hurts" after he gets his body back from Bill in "Sock Opera" neatly mirrors the way Stan said the same line after fighting off a horde of zombies with a baseball bat and brass knuckles in "Scary-oke", right down to clutching his back and hunching over slightly.
  • Meaningful Name: His nickname comes from a birthmark on his forehead that's shaped like the Big Dipper.
  • Morality Pet: Is this to Pacifica in Northwest Mansion Mystery. He ends up acting as her conscience and in turn, Pacifica does respect him and didn't argue when he spoke his mind.
  • Nephewism: His and Mabel's summer caretaker is their great uncle aka "Gruncle Stan". Their parents are known to be alive and well, they just sent them there to get them out of their hair for the summer. Stan is more like a surrogate grandfather than anything else, so would it be called "Great-Nephewism?"
  • Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Despite actual homework being out of the *ahem* equation, his favorite RPG, Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons, uses highly complex math as part of it's game mechanics, to the point that Mabel disparagingly compares it to homework.
  • Nice Hat: After his first one was taken by a gnome, he chooses a white and blue trucker cap with a blue pine tree from the Mystery Shack gift shop. It also hides the birthmark on his forehead.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In The Deep End, Dipper becomes a pool assistant to spend more time with lifeguard Wendy. However, his sister inadvertently causes trouble by trying to rescue merboy Mermando, stealing pool supplies to do so and smashing two holes in the fence. Given the choice between his job and Mabel's latest crush, Dipper surrenders the pool's megaphone so that Mermando's voice can reach the ocean. This costs him his job.
  • Not So Above It All: He tries hard to act like an adult... but he's still a kid at heart.
  • Not So Different: A major plot point of "Dreamscaperers" is that, despite being frequently at odds with each other and having entirely different interests, Stan and Dipper are actually a lot alike, something Stan is at least partially aware of. They're both highly determined individuals with low self-esteem that they cover up with prideful bluster and cynicism. They're both willing to do some pretty underhanded things to achieve their goals, but they ultimately prioritize their family before everything else. It's also made clear later that both feel like the lesser-liked and lesser-valued of their respective twin sets.
  • No Respect Guy: Tends to be made fun of by those closest, despite usually being the most down to earth one. He's becoming a deconstruction, as this treatment has fed into a lot of his insecurities throughout the series, particularly in Little Dipper, Bottomless Pit, and Dreamscaperers. By Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons, Mabel seems to realize that her and Stan's constant jokes at Dipper's expense is driving him away from them now that he isn't entirely reliant on them for company and has finally found someone with his interests who doesn't make fun of him.
  • Obsessed Are The List Makers: In "Double Dipper", Dipper makes a long, complicated checklist of steps toward his goal of dancing with Wendy, the girl he has a crush on. Items on the list include wearing fitted clothing, describing how she smells, and making her laugh.
  • Occult Detective: Gravity Falls is a very unusual place, and Dipper's trying to get to the bottom of its mysteries.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: As revealed in "Double Dipper", Dipper's name is derived from a birthmark on his forehead in the shape of the Big Dipper constellation. His birth name is unknown so far.
  • The Pig Pen: As he's just begun going through puberty, jokes are frequently made about how sweaty he is. Also in "Carpet Diem", Mabel complains about how little he bothers to wash his clothes.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: While both of them are generally good-natured, he and his sister contrast in personality. Mabel is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander Pollyanna while Dipper is serious and snarky. Dipper often seeks validation and acceptance, while Mabel does her own thing regardless of what anyone else says. Both of these outlooks on life have their virtues and flaws. These differences become more pronounced after Ford comes to stay them.
  • Precocious Crush: Downplayed with his crush on Wendy. She's only 15 years old, but Dipper's 12. She's not an adult, but she's still too old for him.
  • Properly Paranoid: Subverted in "Tourist Trapped." Dipper quickly identified Mabel's boyfriend as a zombie based on his general appearance. He was wrong and right; he wasn't a zombie, but he was a mystical creature. Or rather, creatures; they were a group of gnomes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Dipper is (usually) calm and collected, opposed to Mabel's off the wall wackiness.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Non-romantic example: Dipper is the Savvy Guy to Mabel’s Energetic Girl. Dipper's cynical and stern personality makes a contrasting pairing with Mabel's cheerful and upbeat one.
  • Seeker Archetype: Dipper's primary motivation is to uncover Gravity Fall's secrets.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Grunkle Stan's Manly Man. Dipper regularly longs to come across as stronger and more manly, however his few more feminine interest aside, he is quite a sympathetic and compassionate guy. He's also not above periods of sadness or insecurity.
  • Ship Tease: In "Northwest Mansion Noir", Dipper bonds with Pacifica Northwest while hunting a ghost. Midway through the episode, they share a hug and then awkwardly back off from each other. After that point, Pacifica takes Dipper's opinion of her very seriously. When Dipper turns on her over the discovery of the ghost's intentions, his scathing words are enough to convince her to turn her life around, standing up to her abusive parents and taking charge of her life in the process.
    Pacifica: We did it!
    (Pacifica hugs Dipper, then awkwardly pulls away. Avoiding eye contact, she holds out a dollar toward him)
    Pacifica: (clears throat) Can I pay you to pretend that never happened?
  • Shorter Means Smarter: One millimeter shorter than Mabel and one of the smartest members of the main cast.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Robbie V, his short-lived rival for Wendy's affections.
  • The Smart Guy: An odd deconstruction. Dipper's certainly the bright one of the group and takes it as a point of pride. In spite of his many insecurities, his role as The Smart Guy has come to mean everything to him, to the point where he admits to using large words he doesn't understand in order to keep up appearances. It's implied that this is because Dipper doesn't feel proud about anything else about himself, and so measures his self-worth in his intelligence.
  • Smart People Play Chess: In "Little Dipper", Dipper's proficiency at chess is used to illustrate the intellectual gap between him and Mabel.
    Mabel: Little guy to black space nine!
    Dipper: It's a pawn, that's not your color, and stop stealing the tiny horses!
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Dipper is courageous enough to regularly face danger in the course of his supernatural investigations, but tends to avoid social situations and is easily flustered in the presence of his crush, Wendy.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • The resemblance between Dipper and Grunkle Stan becomes apparent when the former dresses up like the latter in "Boss Mabel".
    • In "Dreamscaperers" one of Stan's memories show that Stan as a kid looked a lot like present day Dipper. Likewise, "A Tale of Two Stans" shows the same resemblance with Stan's Twin/The Author.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Tries to invoke this trope on himself in "Dipper vs. Manliness". Dipper seeks the assistance of the burly Manotaurs to teach him how to be a real man.
  • The Unfavorite: He was convinced he was this to Stan until the conclusion of Dreamscaperers. He still appears to have this mindset at times.
    Dipper: He's always picked on me and now I know why. Stan hates me!
  • Vocal Dissonance: Ritter makes no attempt to sound younger than his own age. Alex Hirsch has joked he was hired for his "natural puberty squeak".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Every character in the main cast has a moment like this, but Dipper gets these the most often as his flaws are the most in-focus to the audience. A terrifying example comes from "Scary-oke," when, as zombies close in on them, Mabel yells at Dipper for summoning them.
    Mabel: Dipper, what's the one thing I asked you not to do tonight?
    Dipper: (Sounding ashamed) Raise the dead.
    Mabel: And what did you do?
    Dipper: (Sounding ashamed) Raise the dead.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Somewhat justified considering their environment. Lampshaded by Robbie in "Fight Fighers".
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As seen in "Dreamscaperers", but it turns out that Grunkle Stan had good intentions—he was trying to protect his nephew, but in his own, crazy way (toughening up so that when the world hits, he can hit back).
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Subverted. "Dipper" has been revealed to be a nickname due to a birthmark he has that resembles the Big Dipper. His birth name is currently unknown.
    Wendy: (after seeing said birthmark) The Big Dipper? That's where you got your nickname! I thought your parents just hated you or something.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: The Other Wiki uses this exact phrase to describe him. He tends to take matters more seriously than Mabel or Soos on their adventures, and generally takes on a leadership role when they investigate the paranormal. He's also placed himself in no small amount of harm to fix a problem, and tends to take full blame/responsibility when it's a problem he himself created.

    Mabel Pines 
"When life gives you lemons, draw faces on those lemons and wrap them in a blanket. Ta-daaa! Now you have Lemon Babies."
Voiced by: Kristen Schaal

Dipper's twin sister. Energetic and optimistic, Mabel makes the best of every situation, with a big goofy smile, while at the same time annoying her twin.
  • Action Girl: It's not shown very often, but Mabel is capable of springing into action when the situation calls for it.
  • Adorkable: In a Genki Girl package.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In Season 2. Among other things, in "Sock Opera" she learns not to push aside important people in her life for a guy and to appreciate her brother's efforts to make her happy. However, she backslides in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", again pushing aside important people in her life for a guy and talking her brother into taking a potentially dangerous job offered by people they know are corrupt so she and her friends can go to a fancy party.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Soos occasionally calls Mabel "Hambone".
  • All-Loving Heroine: She tries to cool down her rivalry with Pacifica and does her best to get on good terms with her. She also tries to help Robbie with his love life, even though he'd been threatening to her brother all summer. She was even still willing to overlook Gideon's creepy tendencies and remain friends with him until he tried to murder Dipper with a pair of lamb shears. In general, she tries to be nice and friendly to everyone.
  • All Women Are Lustful: A non-sexual example (sort of). She's crazy about boys, a huge fangirl of Sev'ral Timez, likes to read trashy romance novels ("Wolfman Bare Chest"), plays dating board games and practiced kissing with a leaf blower. Need we go on?
  • Ambiguously Jewish: This is mostly due to the fact that Mabel occasionally uses Yiddish phrases like "mazel tov" and lines like "sweet Moses!"
    • Puts a rather interesting spin on the fact that she adopted a pet pig.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: From time to time. Ironically, she's the older twin, something she never lets Dipper forget.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Not as bad as Soos but chances are she will be distracted by something, the more shiny, unusual, or animal the better.
  • Badass Adorable: A cutey patooty with a mean right hook.
  • Badass Driver: As seen in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" when she takes up driving Soos' boat.
  • Badass Normal: Like Dipper, except her wits are a lot more... unconventional.
  • Balloon Belly: In "The Inconveniencing" after eating too much Smile Dip.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Beauty to Candy's Brains and Grenda's Brawn. Also the Beauty to Dipper's Brains and Soos's Brawn.
  • Benevolent Boss: Mabel starts as this in "Boss Mabel" until she snaps at Wendy's idleness and Soos' mediocrity.
  • Berserk Button: Mabel may appear to be a flake, but you do NOT harm her brother or she will kick your ass. The gnomes and Gideon learned that the hard way.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mabel is the sweetest person you could hope to meet, but she's something else whenever she gets angry.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: More than capable of backing Dipper up, but she will also bedazzle her entire face for kicks. The point of "Irrational Treasure"'s plot is to prove this for her.
  • Big Sister Bully: Played with and beginning to be deconstructed. While Mabel's not often malicious, she enjoys teasing Dipper and frequently joins up with Stan to make fun of him, and though she isn't usually trying to be mean, it still does a lot of damage to Dipper and effects his many, many insecurities, often driving him away from them.
    • Discussed briefly in "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons". Mabel gets nervous when Dipper begins devoting most of his time to playing the titular game with Grunkle Ford, as she fears they're growing apart like the Stans. When she brings it up, Dipper tells her that he hangs out with Ford partially because he's cool, but also because Ford doesn't pick on him like Mabel and Stan have all series. Mabel tells Dipper to give Ford time with that and then laughs at her own joke, but one look at Dipper's upset face and her humor falls very, very flat, even to herself.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Not as protective of Dipper as he is of her, but comes fairly close.
  • Blithe Spirit: To both Stan and the townsfolk, though sometimes for her own selfish gain.
  • Blush Sticker: Seems to have perpetually rosy cheeks.
  • Brains and Brawn: Together with Dipper as the Brain to Soos's Brawn. the [Beauty, Brains and Brawn trope is also invoked.
  • Brainy Brunette: Not Dipper's book smarts and strategic tactics, but Mabel has proven to be a lot more clever than she lets on.
  • Breakout Character: Mabel is the show's major breakout character with a huge, adoring fanbase that goes insane every time she's onscreen.
  • Break the Cutie: A mild case, but in "Irrational Treasure", Pacifica calls Mabel out on being silly, berating Mabel for her choice of sweaters and her nacho earrings. Mabel doesn't take it too well, but she quickly gets better.
    • Happens again in "Boss Mabel" as Mabel just does not get a break until she starts becoming Stan.
    • Then there's her Freak Out when Waddles disappears in "The Land Before Swine".
    • Happens a couple times in "The Golf War" when Pacifica bumps her newspaper Fashion Advise column for her own and then when Pacifica proves to be a better mini-golfer.
    • In "The Time Traveler's Pig", she gets broken so hard from losing Waddles that she remains on the spot lamenting for at least a month.
    • In "Not What He Seems", she finally breaks down in tears over the secrets uncovered, the life-threatening situation everyone's in, and the stress of having to choose to listen to Stan or Dipper. There was practically a fandom revolt because the episode made Mabel cry. She eventually chose Stan.
    • In "A Tale of Two Stans", she's visibly afraid of the idea that she and Dipper will grow apart, despite his reassurances that they won't. Even after he falls asleep, she's shown lying awake, still thinking about it.
      • In the next episode, she becomes visibly upset at the realization that she may have already caused the start of this by jokingly picking on Dipper with Stan all summer.
    • In "The Last Mabelcorn," she is told by Celestebellebethabelle that she is not "pure of heart" enough to be given some of her hair. It gets worse when Mabel performs good deeds to try and prove herself; Celestebellebethabelle tells her that performing good deeds just to look good isn't pure of heart, and that she's an even worse person for doing it. This sends Mabel into a major Heroic BSOD.
  • Broken Pedestal: Mabel loved Unicorns all her life. Then she actually met one, and realised what jerks they are...
  • Brother-Sister Team: A rather refreshing one with Dipper, in that they're not constantly bickering and actually make quite a remarkable team.
  • Cheerful Child: Rare are the moments when she doesn't have a smile on her face.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Mabel has an... interesting way of thinking. Deconstructed in Irrational Treasure. Pacifica makes fun of her for being silly, so she tries to be more serious. However, her Cloudcuckoolander tendencies end up saving the day.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: In "Irrational Treasure". Justified, because the mystery was set up by another Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Cool Loser: Not to the same extent as Dipper, but she's easily as cool, if not cooler than Alpha Bitch Pacifica.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: And when it happens, watch out. In the pilot alone she takes down a hundred gnomes using nothing but a leaf blower.
  • Cute and Psycho: Mabel is a mild version of this trope, but she's definitely a high-intensity-low-stability kind of girl. Who else could wield an axe with a great big grin on her face?
  • Cute Bruiser: Cute kid. Will beat you up in without the need for Waif-Fu, thank you very much.
  • Demonic Possession: In "The Inconveniencing" by the convenience store ghosts.
  • Deuteragonist: Beside Dipper.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She tries to be friendly with everybody and tolerant of the eccentricities of others, but there's only so much bad behavior (Gideon, formerly Pacifica, etc.) and weirdness (Toby Determined, Poolcheck, etc.) she can take.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Inverted. She regularly wears sweaters even though the show takes place during the summer. The only time the weather bothers her is in "The Deep End" when there's a heat wave. Though to be fair, the town does appear to be in a mountainous area of the state, meaning that the temperatures usually stay moderate even during the peak of the season.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Inferred in "Fight Fighters" when we see one of Mabel's drinks contain a strange cyclops Troll Doll and several dice, all in a green fluid. An episode in the next season represents the drink as pink and with plastic dinosaurs in it.
    • She also once ate a whole tube of toothpaste just because it was sparkly.
    • She once had to go to the hospital because she ate scratch and sniff stickers. However, this didn't stop her from eating a sticker in "The Golf War" in an attempt to stop the Lilliputtians from fighting over it. Of course, it was only one sticker and wasn't a scratch-and-sniff.
    • The intro for the "Mabel's Guide to Dating" short has a clip of "Mabel's Guide to Eating Non-Foods", where she eats a leaf.
    • Inverted: after being given a lot of candy from the vending machine in "Blendin's Game", she declares her intent to eat it all with the wrappers still on. Seconds later, she's choking on the still-wrapped candy, calling her plan a mistake, and whacking herself in the gut in order to cough it all back out.
  • Fatal Flaw: Just like her brother, Mabel has one. In her case, it's selfishness. Mabel often gets so wrapped up in her intense feelings about her own creative ideas, wants, needs and emotions that she neglects to consider the needs, ideas and emotions of others around her, which causes a lot of her conflicts throughout the show. This flaw is portrayed throughout the series but not openly discussed as a problem until Sock Opera. Judging by the events of episodes following after, though, Mabel's struggle to overcome this flaw is likely not finished just yet.
    • Both Little Dipper and Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons point out that Mabel's insensitivity crosses into this. Mabel loves picking on Dipper with Grunkle Stan to get a laugh whenever the situation arises and often even builds on those jokes for long periods at Dipper's expense ("Alpha Twin," anyone?), which (since Dipper is a Deconstructed Butt Monkey) alienates Dipper from the both of them and damages his trust in her. Oddly, she never really apologizes for this in either episode despite recognizing how much this hurts her brother, instead trying to justify her actions in the former and simply going silent in the latter.
  • Flower in Her Hair: In "The Time Traveler's Pig".
  • Foil: To Dipper, the two heavily contrast in personality, maturity, goals and philosophical outlook.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Dipper's responsible. Of the two Mabel is the more interested in having fun, and rushing into things without fully thinking through the potential consequences and implications. In essence, she's the 'small-picture' kind of girl, focusing on what's directly in front of her rather than the big picture or future, in direct contrast with Dipper's generally big picture concerns and tendency for extensive planning.
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: Optimist, Mabel is highly optimistic and tries to be near constantly cheerful. She always expects the best out of others and often hopes that there supernatural adventures will play out in a way she would like.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine: Outgoing, optimistic, and a bit of a space case.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She saved a lobster that was going to be eaten at a restaurant, allowed the goat that lives by the shack to chew on her sweater, and owns a pet piggy named Waddles.
    • She's also hugging a cat at the beginning of the How We Got Here moment of the pilot.
  • Fun Personified: A very cheerful and silly character. Everything about her screams fun.
  • Gasshole: Never demonstrated such tendencies on screen, but in "Society of the Blind Eye" she claims she can burp the alphabet.
  • Genius Ditz: She seems like your average Cloudcuckoolander, but "Headhunters" shows that she's an incredibly talented artist and is capable of keeping up with Dipper when they're investigating what happened to Grunkle Stan's wax statue. She also is capable of solving a puzzle others have been trying to solve for centuries.
  • Genki Girl: She's very energetic and outgoing, and isn't afraid to go her own way when the world tries to push her in another direction.
  • Genre Savvy: When Bill takes over Dipper ("Bipper!"), Mabel quickly deduces his weakness: namely, that he's only as strong as Dipper, who hadn't slept in over a day.
    Bill: You can't stop me! I'm a being of pure energy with no weakness!
    Mabel: True, but you're in Dipper's body. And I know all his weaknesses.
    Bill: What do you mean, his-
    Mabel: Tickle, tickle!
  • Giftedly Bad: Her "puppet show", various concoctions involving plastic dinosaurs and general disposition show that while she's not exactly talented, a few of her artistic works are considered to be examples of In-Universe So Bad, It's Good. Naturally, this caused most fans to take a shine to her.
  • A Girl And Her X: A Girl And Her Pig. Mabel and Waddles are inseparable the moment that meet. Dipper learned the hard way when he assumed Waddles was just another of her passing fancies.
  • Girly Bruiser: Very girly and energetic, but she packs a mean punch. She gave Dipper two black eyes in "Tourist Trapped" (accidentally while trying to get a viscious gnome off his face) and even made a gnome throw up after she kicked him in the stomach. It comes in full force in "Headhunters". Also, as Stan learned in "Little Dipper", Mabel high fives HARD.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Mabel may be the goofy, energetic one between her and Dipper, that doesn't mean she's a fool.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a different colored hairband depending on what sweater she's wearing. During parties, like in "Double Dipper" and "Scaryoke", she wears an oversized bow instead.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Dipper.
  • Heroic BSOD: After losing Waddles, her pet pig in "The Time Traveler's Pig", Mabel goes through one that lasts at least a month.
    • Not to mention in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel" when Mabel hides in her sweater and refuses to come out, saying she's "in Sweater Town."
    • Spends much of the later half of "Not What He Seems" freaking out over feeling betrayed by Grunkle Stan when she and Dipper find out he's been lying to them all summer, most notably her blank stare when she realizes the real Stan might have died over thirty years ago, and that the Stan they live with is an imposter.
    • As noted above, when Mabel is told by Celestebellebethabelle that she's far from pure of heart, she falls into a deep depression, complete with Troubled Fetal Position.
  • Homemade Sweater From Hell: Averted with Mabel's sweaters. She knits them herself and enjoys wearing them regularly.
  • Iconic Outfit: Mabel is hardly ever seen without a turtleneck sweater of some kind.
  • Improbable Weapon User: When she's not kicking and punching, she tends to grab whatever's handy. She uses a leaf blower to blow away a hundred gnomes back into the woods in "Tourist Trapped" and in "Headhunters", uses candles and wax Coolio's head to take down a group of wax statues that had her surrounded. In "Scary-Oke" she uses a Karaoke machine.
  • In Love with Love: One of her goals is to have an "epic summer romance", and she's very keen on helping other people get their own romance as well. However, she seems to have a pretty naive view of how love works, considering how often she tries to force love when it isn't there.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Can sometimes be this, like in "The Deep End" when it came to Mermando's heritage and inability to walk.
    • Comes up again in "Sock Opera" when she realizes that her expecting Dipper to just roll with whatever her new-found obsession may be is actually quite selfish of her and causes Dipper to sacrifice a lot more for her than she does for him. See Jerkass Realization below for how that turned out.
    • Discussed briefly by Dipper in "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons." Despite Mabel honestly believing her quips are funny and charming (and admittedly, most are), many of the jokes she and Stan make at Dipper's expense have actually hurt him deeply over the series.
  • Irony: At the end of "A Tale of Two Stans," Mabel is extremely worried about Dipper and her growing distant or even antagonistic to each other like Stanley and Stanford. She makes Dipper promise he won't "get stupid" like they did, and he jokingly replies, "Not stupider than you." The very next episode has distance developing between them, largely because Mabel's Big Sister Bully tendencies throughout the series start catching up to her—when Dipper gets someone to play with who shares his interests (Ford), he admits the best thing about Ford is that he doesn't make fun of him like Stan or Mabel.
  • Jerkass Ball: In "Sock Opera," where she breaks her promises to her brother and walks all over him in order in order to impress her guy of the week, and in "Northwest Mansion Mystery," where she breaks her promise with Grenda not to hit on another cute boy in order to conspire with Candy to get said boy's attention.
    • Pretty much any time Mabel's given an object of affection to adore, actually. See Love Makes You Evil.
  • Jerkass Realization: She has one during "Sock Opera," realizing that the combination of Dipper's relative passiveness and her own oblivious selfishness often results in her own desires being put before her brother's. Mabel appears to be trying to correct for this by the end of the episode, but she still tends to forget this lesson when she gets extremely emotional or excited, resulting in the Aesop Amnesia noted above.
    • She has another during "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons." Dipper, when talking about Ford, mentions that one of the best things about him is that he doesn't make fun of him like Mabel and Stan do. When Mabel laughs and says he should just give Ford time with that, Dipper simply turns his head away from her. Mabel's face conveys everything it needs to in order to show she realizes it's partly her fault they are drifting apart.
  • Karma Houdini: Downplayed, rare protagonist example. Mabel never does anything outright malicious, but she does frequently team up with Stan to make fun of her brother throughout the series and often uses Dipper's dedication to making her happy to get him to do what she wants, even if it's at great inconvenience to him. All of these flaws have been known to negatively effect her brother but rarely result in negative consequences for Mabel herself (and while Dipper has done things like this too, he usually pays dearly if he does). This is partially addressed in "Sock Opera," but nothing appears to change and consequences for Mabel don't start appearing until "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons," where it's heavily implied Mabel realizes her actions have largely contributed to the distance forming between her and her brother.
  • Kid Detective/Kid Hero: Same case as Dipper, often accompanying him in his investigations.
  • The Lancer: Secondary character to Dipper and more than willing to put Dipper in his place if he needs it.
  • Large Ham: Sometimes she can be really over the top. The creator even describes her as this.
  • Lethal Chef: Literally. Her "Mabel Juice" has plastic dinosaurs in it.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: When ever something pushes her to far, such as her brother being put in danger or someone manipulating her, she'll always step up and often the results aren't pretty.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light Feminine to Wendy's Dark Feminine.
  • Little Miss Badass: Mabel's a twelve year old girl who loves nature, animals and everything feminine. She's also tough enough to withstand all the calamities that Gravity falls throws at her on a regular basis.
  • Love Makes You Evil: It should be noted that Mabel's worst Jerk Ass moments are when there's a cute guy on the line. It starts in "Boyz Crazy", when she basically decides to keep Sev'ral Timez oblivious prisoners. In "Sock Opera" she breaks her promise to help Dipper so she can obsess over Gabe Benson, even momentarily giving into Bill Cipher's demands to have a shot at him. And then despite supposedly learning from this in "Sock Opera," she knowingly and willingly isolates Grenda to hit on a cute rich guy because she thinks Grenda will get in her way of flirting with him. She gets Heel Realization usually at the end, but still.
  • Magic Skirt: For some reason her skirt stays in place despite the crazy stunts she does.
  • The Matchmaker: She really wants to be this, but her attempts to pair people (and animals) up usually fail due to her rather... forceful methods. The only successful match she's made thus far is Robbie and Tambry, and it's debatable as to whether it was a genuinely good match or morally unethical Squick.
  • Meaningful Name: Mabel means "lovable," and pretty much everyone in the show adores her. Too much, in the case of Gideon.
  • Motor Mouth: Chatty, opinionated, and has no trouble saying whatever comes to mind, no matter how strange or unsettling.
  • Ms. Imagination: Is prone to wild flights of fancy.
  • Nephewism: Her and Dipper's summer caretaker is their great uncle aka "Gruncle Stan". Their parents are known to be alive and well, they just sent them there to get them out of their hair for the summer. Stan is more like a surrogate grandfather than anything else, so would it be called "Great-Nephewism?"
  • Nice Girl: Although she can be insensitive at times, Mabel is a very nice person and tries to help others on several occasions, though her methods don't always produce the desired results.
  • The Nose Knows: Mabel has sensed Robbie coming in "The Time Traveler's Pig" due to smelling a gallon of body spray and "Fight Fighters" due to smelling anger and hormones.
  • No Indoor Voice: She tends to get loud when she's excited—which is nearly always.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She has the habit of punching and poking other people when she's being friendly, mostly Dipper.
  • Occult Detective: Not as much as her brother, but she's perfectly comfortable investigating the strange occurrences in Gravity Falls.
  • Only Friend: Heavily implied to be Dipper's closest and most trusted friend pre-series. Which is sad, considering Alex Hirsch has stated they weren't as close then as they are in Gravity Falls.
  • The Only One I Trust: 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.
    • In "Not What He Seems", she ends up betraying that trust by letting the portal beneath the shack activate, choosing to place her faith in Stan's convictions over Dipper's caution. Dipper doesn't seem to hold it against her, though.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: A rare girly girl example. She enjoys being out in nature considerably more than Dipper.
  • Parental Favoritism: Is obviously shown this from Grunkle Stan, who is far more familial with her than with nearly anyone else at the Shack.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Takes a lot to wipe the smile off her face.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Not always, but she has no problems fulfilling this role.
  • Plucky Girl: Although wacky, Mabel is very resourceful and will use what ever is on hand to help with the problems.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: While both of them are good-natured, they contrast in personality. Mabel is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander Pollyanna while Dipper is serious and snarky. Dipper often seeks validation and acceptance, while Mabel does her own thing regardless of what anyone else says. Both of these outlooks on life have their virtues and flaws. These differences become more pronounced after Ford comes to stay them.
  • The Pollyanna: Mabel has been described as a "glass half full" kind of girl. Best shown in "Not What He Seems," when, despite Dipper imploring her to shut down Stan's portal on the grounds that Grunkle Stan's duplicitous nature could endanger the universe, she instead chooses to let the portal activate completely, trusting that Stan loves her and only wants what's best.
  • Properly Paranoid: Her fears that she and Dipper will eventually drift away like Ford and Stan, which Dipper brushes off, begin to be show themselves as legitimate as Dipper starts to spend most of his time with Ford, while Mabel spends even more time with Stan, Grenda, and Candy. But rather than any dislike towards each other, it's more a case of Poor Communication Kills—neither of them are talking to each other about their deeper concerns due to outside forces and inner issues, so when problems between them arise, they're both more likely to internalize it than discuss it and less likely to be aware of what bothers the other.
  • Psychic Powers: For a brief instance in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", while she was holding Gideon's amulet.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hairs long enough that when Dipper flipped it over, it covered her whole face. Even considering their cartoony proportions, her hair goes at least all the way down her back.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Dipper is (usually) calm and collected, opposed to Mabel's off the wall wackiness.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Non-romantic example: Mabel is the Energetic Girl to Dipper's Savvy Guy. Mabel's cheerful and upbeat personality makes a contrasting pairing with Dipper's cynical and stern one.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: On occasion.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Mabel does this on a fairly regular basis.
  • Serial Romeo: Unlike Dipper, who had a crush on Wendy for all the first season and got a Ship Tease with Pacifica in Season 2, Mabel has the largest amount of Temporary Love Interests, as it's her goal to have an "epic summer romance." She flirts a lot trying to find "the one" and when things don't go well she moves on to another boy. But unlike other examples, she remembers her affections for every boy she took a shine to, as seen by the illusions made by the Love God.
  • Shipper on Deck: A self-proclaimed matchmaker, Mabel helped Soos find a girlfriend, and "married" Waddles the Pig with Gompers the Goat. The Love God also shows that she ships Dipper with her friend Candy, and Grunkle Stan with Soos's grandmother.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: In a lesser extent than her brother, but still.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is often misspelled as "Mable", even though her name appears in the opening credits.
  • Sweet Tooth: She's a twelve-year-old girl, so there are plenty of indications that she has this:
    • One piece of promo art shows her lying on the floor with a popsicle stuffed in her mouth.
    • In "The Inconveniencing" she eats an entire stack of Smile Dip.
    • In "The Time Traveler's Pig" she has two cones of cotton candy and is pissed when Robbie takes a chunk out of one of them. Though she dropped them when she was distracted by the "win a pig" sign.
    • In "Mabel's Guide to Stickers" she trades Stan a "Baby on Board" sticker for an industrial-sized bucket of sprinkles. We don't see her eat the whole thing, but she definitely plans to.
    Mabel: [grinning] I'm gonna get so sick.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: In "Not What He Seems," while Dipper was beyond listening to Stan due to him being sick of being lied to, Mabel is caught between listening to her brother (and shutting down the Portal before it irrevocably damages the Universe) or listening to her supposed Grunkle Stan (who all evidence says is an impersonator, murderer, and terrorist, and who also turned the machine on and still hasn't given them a reason why). She chooses the latter out of blind hope that not everything between them and Stan was a lie, letting the Portal fully activate.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Mabel feels this way toward Pacifica at the end of "The Golf War", and even Dipper concedes that she really is just a kid like them... except utterly, ridiculously rich, in which case sympathy is mixed with envy.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Wendy's Tomboy. On the other-hand she is more the Tomboy to Pacifica's light Girly Girl.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Headhunters," she beats the majority of the evil wax figures mostly by herself.
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Candy's Neither and Grenda's Butch. Of the group Mabel is the most feminine, practically personifying a girly girl.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Though she always wears turtleneck sweaters, they all have different patterns. Mabel switches sweaters every episode and if the episode takes place over the course of a few days she'll switch. She wears at least 6 sweaters in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel" alone.
  • Weapon of Choice: A grappling hook she got in the very first episode, which becomes a Chekov's Gun in the first season finale and began to be used more often in the second season.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Bringing Stan up to the water tower to cure his fear of heights, shoving Dipper and Wendy into a closet to make Dipper confess his crush, shouting at women to leave the bathroom and talk to Soos to get him a date, that sort of thing. The first two end up accidentally putting people in life-threatening peril.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Bill of all people gives this to her in "Sock Opera," after she brushes off her promises to Dipper, makes him put his own plans on hold to help her win over her guy of the week, and even takes Journal 3 without permission to use as a prop.
    Bill: How's about you hand that book over?
    Mabel: No way! This is Dipper's! I'd never give it away!
    Bill: Hmm, you didn't seem to have a problem taking it for your own play or ditching him when he needed you. So come to your senses. Gimme the book or your play is ruined. (Mabel sighs and begins to hand over the journal) There it is. I mean, who would sacrifice everything they've worked for just for their dumb sibling?
    Mabel: ...Dipper would.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Tends to believe the best of everyone and that any situation will have a happy outcome. It's put to the test in "Not What He Seems."
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Though she is ignorant of a lot of the complexities of others and often accidentally offends without meaning to, Word of God says she understands that Dipper's desire to grow up fast is inherently childish.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Possibly moreso than her brother. Weird stuff is always gravitating toward her—-the gnomes and Gideon, for instance—-and, in The Inconveniencing, she was possessed, rather than 'punished' by the ghosts.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She has a phobia of Claymation that she realizes is perfectly rational in Little Gift Shop of Horrors, though it's unknown if she really has this fear or if it was just part of Stan's story.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: 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)

    Great Uncle "Grunkle" Stan Pines 
"When life gives you lemons, you call them 'yellow oranges' and sell them for double the price."
Voiced by: Alex Hirsch

Stanley Pines, also known as Great-Uncle Stan and Grunkle Stan, is Mabel and Dipper's sly great-uncle. He runs The Mystery Shack, a tourist trap full of questionable oddities. When he's giving tours or asleep on the couch, Dipper and Mabel sneak out to explore the town’s secrets.
  • Abusive Parents: Stan had a strained relationship with his father, Great-Grandfather Filbrick Pines. Stan often interpreted his distant and uncaring actions towards him as Tough Love, and while some of this was possibly genuine (such as his father pushing him into boxing in "Dreamscaperers") it appears his father truly didn't care for him. As revealed in "A Tale of Two Stans" he was The Unfavorite child, and his own father disowned him before he finished high school. To this day Filbrick's influence haunts Stan, so much so that he keeps a self-help book titled Daddy Issues hidden on his bookshelf.
    • For Stan's own behavior, about the worst thing you can say is that he occasionally overworks the twins and frequently mocks Dipper (partly because he feels the need to toughen him up and make him capable of fighting his own battles, but mostly because child labor has low overhead). But he still shows them a lot of affection, even if he is cheap. However, come "A Tale of Two Stans," and in hindsight there's something deeply unsettling about Stanley basing his treatment of Dipper off how his father treated him (most likely down to him misinterpreting Fibrick's abuse as simply trying to toughen him up).
  • Adorkable: Surprisingly at times. Particular examples include his overeager attempts to make friends in "Legend of the Gobblewonker", and shyly attempting to flirt with Lazy Susan in "Dipper vs. Manliness".
  • Adults Are Useless: Subverted hard. When he's first introduced he's set up as your classic useless comedic cartoon adult who seems practically blind to all the Weirdness going on in Gravity Falls. Later on, he would prove himself a lot more shrewd that you'd expect when dealing with Gideon, and even assist the kids on a few adventures like in "Boys Crazy" or "A Land before Swine"(where he ends up kicking major ass). In season 2, it's all revealed to be an act he put up to discourage the kids from investigating the supernatural for their own safety, in part because of what happened to his brother. Turns out he knew all along, has his own share of dangerous secrets, and is generally more of a complex multidimensional character than you'd ever have expected from him. Dipper and Mabel assuming he's this is probably what kept them from figuring out the truth about him in "Dreamscaperers", where they dismiss a memory of him opening the hidden door behind the vending machine as "probably boring".
  • Agent Scully: He adamantly doesn't believe that there is anything weird going on in Gravity Falls, telling Dipper that it's all drummed up by guys like him to sell merchandise to gullible tourists. Despite this he is willing to accept the existence of living dinosaurs, with the caveat of insisting that they "don't count" as supernatural because they're just big lizards. However, this is just a ruse to hide his knowledge of the journals and all of the oddities related to it.
    • As of the start of season 2, he's dropped the ruse and admitted to the twins that he knows about the supernatural things going on. But he still hasn't told them about his secret room or his ultimate plans, although in "Not What He Seems", the twins discover the room on their own and Stan begins to confide in them.
  • Ambiguously Evil: It does not help that one of the cryptograms in the show's opening reads "STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS."
    • It only gets even more ambiguous in "Gideon Rises" where his underground lab, equipped with a large portal generator, is finally shown. "Scary-oke" implies he's using it to search for something, and feels confident that he won't "get caught," implying questionable safety/legality at best (which is standard for Stan) or outright villainy at worst. "Society of the Blind Eye" leans towards the former in a Well-Intentioned Extremist kind of way, as both a symbol substitution cipher in the Journals and McGucket's video logs reveal the Author of the Journals believed that the portal could benefit all of mankind, while Stan acknowledges that the risks of activating the portal mean little to him in light of the possible rewards for doing so—specifically, seeing his brother again.
    • Up to Eleven in (the admittedly non-canon) "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" — he apparently drugs a customer and put him on display in the shack because he didn't buy anything.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Like the rest of the family.
  • Anti-Hero: He can be quite the jerkass due to his greed, but he does have a soft spot in his heart for the twins.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Was a victim of bullying in his youth, which, along with his father's mistreatment, contributed to the insecurities he carries to this day.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: 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. In "Scaryoke" it's made clear that this is an act, and he's very much aware of the strange goings-on around Gravity Falls.
  • Attention Whore: As seen in "Headhunters".
    Grunkle Stan: But enough about me. Behold, me!
    • Also, in "Boss Mabel" when he's on Cash Wheel. In fact, he got on the show by using his "old man powers" to fake a heart attack.
  • The Atoner: Spent thirty years working to bring his brother Ford back from the portal, which Stan himself accidentally knocked him into during a fight.
  • Badass: In his youth, Stan's dad had him take boxing lessons, and in his senior years, he still knows how to fight. In "The Land Before Swine" he punched a pterodactyl in the face. Repeatedly.
    • Come Season 2, he continues to show how much of a badass he is by fighting off an entire horde of ravenous zombies, half of them with his bare hands.
    • In "Not What He Seems," he takes out three government agents while he's handcuffed to a chair, using a gravitational anomaly to get the drop on the agents, and manages to steal one of their wallets in the process.
  • Badass Grandpa: He does the above despite being about as old as the twins' grandpa (he's confirmed to be somewhere in his sixties).
  • The Barnum: Most of his revenue seems to come from swindling rubes in really obvious ways.
  • Berserk Button: "Irrational Treasure" shows that he really doesn't like Pioneer Day.
    • Also he doesn't like being questioned about the tattoo on his back that he keeps denying, and will go nuts if someone tries to uncover it and video record it. It's revealed it's actually from a burn on his back that he got in a fight with his brother, ending in his brother being sent into another dimension, which goes a long way towards explaining why he's so angry about it.
    • Don't hurt the twins on his watch, or he'll break out a baseball bat and brass knuckles.
  • Beware the Honest Ones: Turns out Stan is much harder to deal with when he can only tell the truth as seen in "Bottomless Pit!".
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has a practically huge grey pair.
  • Bow Ties Are Cool: A Colonel Sanders-esque string bow tie.
  • Boxing Battler: His father made him take boxing lessons as a child, and he's shown to still have some moves in "The Land Before Swine" and "Scary-oke."
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He comes across as rather bumbling and silly over-the-top at times, but make no mistake, he's actually very sharp when he puts his mind into it, particularly as a salesman (and Con artist).
  • Brains and Brawn: Was the Brawn to his brother Ford brain's, when they were children. Downplayed in the present, as although Stan is still the Stronger of the two, he's also pretty bright in his own right.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: His savings are stuffed inside a duffelbag hidden behind a painting in the Shack.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Stan isn't stupid. He is, however, very good at coasting by on his mouth, and managed to pick up enough know-how to repair the portal in his basement.
    • "A Tale of Two Stans" shows him being able to sell several of his con-products and later hold his own business, which is basically just one big con, which shows that he is an amazing salesman. If he had gotten a legit sales job he'd probably gotten rich a lot sooner.
  • Brotherhood of Funny Hats: Stan's fez vaugely resembles those worn by the Shriners. He also remarks how "the boys from the lodge" won't go fishing with him.
  • Carpet of Virility: Shown off at the end of Dipper Vs Manliness. Mabel attempts to trim it as part of her makeover for him to impress Lazy Suzan, but it immediatly grows back.
  • The Charmer: How he manages to get customers into the Shack despite it being nothing but junk. He's a fast-thinker, and can make a joke about just about anything, and the crowds love it.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: While certainly not as spacey as other examples on the show, you can tell where Mabel gets it from.
  • Collector of the Strange: It's a given when you own the Mystery Shack.
  • Combat Pragmatist: His fighting advice to Dipper is along those line.
    Stan: Just bonk him over the head. It's nature's snooze button!
    • And when out numbered by Zombies, he's got no problems using a grandfather clock to even the odds.
    • Best demonstrated by his method of taking on and defeating three government agents in "Not What He Seems"
  • Comical Overreacting: Ties into cloudcuckoolander - he's known to frequently engage in Large Ham actions, and he apparently considers having a mullet to be incredibly horrifying.
    Stan: "You think you've got problems? I've got a mullet, Stanford!
  • Companion Cube: He becomes a bit overly attached to a wax statue of himself in "Headhunters", and the end credits of "Soos and the Real Girl" show him marrying the Old Goldie statue in Las Vegas.
    • His concern over the wax statue took a bit of a darker turn when we learn it was because Stan had lost his real twin to the Portal.
  • Consummate Liar: He's an inveterate shyster and proud of it. Eventually, however, this is subtly proven to be a subversion—even though Stan is excellent at lying, even he has his tells. In situations that involve his missing brother or him trying to hide something he knows a lot about, Stan crosses his arms and looks up to the side.
    • This trait comes back to bite him hard in "Not What He Seems." Only Mabel, who bases her decisions primarily off emotions instead of facts, is willing to trust him still after the extent of exactly how much he's lied to everyone is revealed. Even Soos, who sees Stan like a father, doesn't trust him anymore.
    • This is also apparently one of the reasons his father threw him out of the house as a teenager.
  • Cool Old Guy/Cool Uncle: For starters, he punched a pterodactyl in the face to rescue his great-niece's pet pig
  • Counterfeit Cash: Has been shown paying for merchandise with "Stan Bucks", crudely drawn fake dollar bills with his face on them.
    • A cutaway gag shows that he also roped in Dipper and Mabel into hand-painting actual counterfeit bills.
    Mabel: The county jail was so cold.
  • Cutting Corners: How Stan operates all his business ventures. Especially his carnival.
    Stan: There she is, the cheapest faire money can rent! I spared every expense. (Cable car falls from the sky next to the twins)
  • The Cynic: Much like Dipper, Stan is somewhat cynical and not up for idealism and wonder, which makes his conflicts with the similarly cynical Dipper and bonding with the upbeat Mabel especially humorous. It's later revealed in "Dreamscaperers" that he's harder on Dipper because Dipper reminds him of himself.
  • Daddy Issues: Implied. One of the books in his room is titled Daddy Issues. The evidence is strengthened, considering that his father was incredibly unhappy with him, and that he was disowned before having finished high school.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Accidentally cost his brother a scholarship to his dream school, was disowned by his parents, and was forced to go on the road to fulfill the impossible task of making up for what the Pines family lost because of his horrible mistake. He spent time as a Snake Oil Salesman and failed at it miserably, getting run out of towns all over the country - and possibly in more countries, considering he claimed to have been thrown in jail in three countries. He was also forced to somehow chew his way out of a car trunk, and before going to the Mystery Shack to meet his brother, he was in a rathole apartment with only a peso to his name, and he was behind on his rent. Then he accidentally threw his brother into another dimension. Oops.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much like Dipper, Stan posses a quick wit and never misses a chance to mock the silliness of those around him.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: The real Stanford Pines, AKA The Author, has been trapped on the other side of a portal for 30 years. The Stan Pines we've been following is actually his twin brother, Stanley Pines. However, see "Faking the Dead" for more.
  • Dented Iron: He can throw some mean punches and is quite spry, but age has impaired his senses and a lifetime of bad eating habits has turned his body into a hot mess from the shoulders down.
  • The Determinator: When Stan puts his mind to it, nothing can stand in his way, be it pterodactyls, government agents, child psychos, or his own lack of knowledge of physics. The best example being how he spent thirty years working on bringing his brother back from, the other dimension he accidentally knocked him into. For this he completely self-taught himself how to maintain and work the Portal (all from his brother's Journal) and went as far as stealing toxic waste from the Government to pull it off.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: And trying to get her back didn't work out so well either, since according to him, he deliberately ran his rival's car off a cliff.
  • Drives Like Crazy: "Road safety laws, prepare to be ignored!" He also has cataracts and broken headlights. And then there's the time he let a bear drive the car...
  • Exact Words: Stan says he doesn't have a tattoo. He's not lying. It's actually a brand burned into his back by accident.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears a superfluous one while the Shack is open.
  • Faking the Dead: Stanley faked his own death and is the Stan Pines the headline "Stan Pines Dead" was about.
  • Fan Disservice: Rips off his shirt in "Dipper vs. Manliness". Not pretty. Lampshaded by Dipper moments after.
  • Fat Slob: Played for Laughs in "Dipper vs. Manliness". After telling Mabel she had to marry Gideon in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel," to which she ran out of the room screaming, he assumed she was upset by his appearance.
    Stan: (Calling after her) Bodies change, honey! Bodies change...
  • Fatal Flaw: In a way surprisingly similar to Dipper, it becomes apparent that Stan has issues with trust and confiding in others. He often lies to avoid having to do so, which comes back to bite him in Not What He Seems. If he had trusted the twins with the truth earlier, the episode probably would have been far less traumatic for all of them.
    • Stan's temper also proved to be another one, it being this that led to him accidentally caused him to destroy his brothers science project, ruining his chance of getting into his dream college and severely damaging there relationship. It was this again which caused him to accidentally knock his brother into the Portal, meaning the two didn't see each other for thirty years.
    • The flashbacks in "A Tale of Two Stans" shows that he has (or had) a familiar problem with oblivious selfishness. He automatically assumed his brother wouldn't want go to the best college in the country so they would stay together as they did as children, completely oblivious to what his brother actually wanted. When he finally realized Stanford was seriously considering the offer, he felt extremely threatened and hurt because he saw this as his brother choosing to leave him behind. His acting out over this is what started the collapse of their good relationship, and being reminded of this old pain is what causes his fits of anger listed above.
  • Five Second Foreshadowing: In Not What He Seems, we can see a report card that says Stan has a genius-level intellect, but failed phys. ed with a D-. However, in Land Before Swine and Scary-oke, it's shown that even in his late fifties after having terrible dieting habits, he's still strong enough to punch out a dinosaur and wipe the floor with zombies. This hints that he's been impersonating his brother.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Adding more parallels with Dipper and Mabel, flashbacks to their youth show that Stan was the foolish to the Author's responsible, showing The Author studying diligently on a test while Stan kicks his feet up on the desk one over. Flipped when they reach adulthood; although Stanley may be a shyster he has the common sense to recognize that all of the supernatural stuff is highly dangerous, while Stanford is adamant that it should be studied despite all of the risks.
  • Foreshadowing: All over the place to his secret twin. There's the fact that his Cool Car says 'Stnlymbl' (Which is short for 'Stanleymobile', there's his brother's glasses hidden in the Mystery Shack's hidden room, the six-fingered glove in his basement... there's far too many examples to list.
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Cynic. Stan is a reasonably cynical man, not one up for wonder and idealism, he prefers to focus on practical matters. Its down to his experiences he is like this, as a "Tale of Two Stan's" shows he used to be lot more optimistic before he lost his relationship with his brother.
  • Freudian Excuse: He's greedy for a reason, namely that he got kicked out of the house before graduating high school, told he couldn't come back until he made his family a fortune, and left to fend for himself.
  • Friendless Background: The only friends he seems to have made in life are his twin brother, and two Colombian criminals that hoped he died. Which might explain some of his Jerkass behavior.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric: Ambitious with a hair-trigger temper.
  • Gag Nose: His nose looks like it belonged to a muppet.
  • Genius Bruiser: Although old, Stan is still a powerful figure and likewise proves he can tangle with the best of them, being a brilliant fighter. He's likewise very strong and very quick for his age. However Stan also shows on multiple occasions he's highly intelligent, being an incredibly shrewd and cunning man, able to match wits with the likes of Gideon and Dipper, and win. Business skills aside, he's also clearly got a pretty good understanding of advanced science considering how well he was able to operate and maintain the portal. Made all the more impressive with the reveal he is completely self taught, in both science and showmanship.
  • Genre Savvy: In "Little Dipper", a lottery crew came to him offering him $1 million, if he signed a form. He seems to sign it without thinking, and Gideon reveals himself telling Stan just signed away his shack. Stan points to the paper revealing that he wrote "Suck a lemon little man!" on it.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Suddenly having to hang around with two kids has forced him to tone down his language. This is addressed and parodied in a scene in "Not What He Seems."
    Stan: (On a security video, drops a barrel on his foot) Gah! Hot Belgian waffles! Wait, I'm alone. I can swear for real! (Takes a deep breath) SON OF A—
  • Greed: His desire to make money is the driving force behind his work ethic.
    "My one and only dream - which was to possess money - has come true!"
    • Played with in that it's revealed that a lot of the money he makes goes toward repairing the portal in order to save Stanford. And he spent about ten years in continuous poverty.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Very fond of complaining.
  • Gun Nut: We never see them, but he claims to own ten guns due to his fear of ladders.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Stan has a quick temper, to the point he near ruined his commercial over him constantly mispronouncing a word. Its not a good idea to be on the receiving end of his temper.
  • Hero Antagonist: In "Not What He Seems", Dipper and Mabel discover that Stan has been hiding a lot from them. He's acquired multiple fake IDs, assumed the identity of a dead man, stole radioactive waste from the government, been in possession of Journal #1 the entire time they've known him, and both constructed and activated the Universe Portal, a device capable of annihilating the entire planet. For the first time, the kids have to fight Stan himself. However, when Mabel chooses to trust Stan and allow the device to activate, his motives are quickly made clear.
    Stan: I wanted to say that you're gonna hear some bad things about me, and some of them are true, but trust me. Everything I've worked for, everything I care about, it's all for this family!
  • Heroic Build: Had one as a younger man and uses a dapper suit to make it look like he still does.
  • Heroic BSOD: Had one after he accidentally flung his brother into another dimension. He could have been in the shack for anywhere from weeks to months.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: His greed verges on this now and then, but his Refuge in Audacity on-screen criminal behavior and his Child Hater tendencies (toward Gideon - not his family) place him firmly in this territory.
    Stan: "Yes, yes... Burn the child..."
    • The various crimes he manages to pull off on-screen also cross into this.
  • Hey, You!: He often addresses Dipper and Mabel as "kid", apparently simply due to his gruff personality.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Most of the exhibits in his House of Mystery are fake. It's deconstructed, as "Boss Mabel" implies that while he could get real oddities for the Mystery Shack like Dipper did, they would be difficult (if not impossible) to control and would terrify and/or hurt customers.
  • Iconic Outfit: Grunkle Stan is usually seen in a fez and a black tuxedo. When sitting around the house, he is almost always dressed in nothing but a tanktop, blue-striped boxers, and the fez.
  • I Have No Son: After it becomes clear that Ford has no interest in reconciling with his brother and won't even saying "thank you" for bringing him back to our dimension, Stan point blank tells him that Mabel and Dipper are the only family he has left as far as he's concerned. Stan himself was also disinherited because he accidentally ruined Ford's science fair project.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: His family disowned when he accidentally broke Standford's science project, so he treasures the relationship he has with Dipper and Mabel. He initially wanted to reconcile with Ford, but their combative behavior and mutual stubbornness makes it impossible for now. This is a driving force behind many of his decisions, such as announcing his candidacy for mayor.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker," he spends most of his time looking for fishing buddies.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: In-Universe, he claims the picture in "Gideon Rises" of him in a devil suit in front of a wall of fire is this.
    Stan: That picture's taken out of context.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: So much so that tumblr fans are calling his his younger self "Hunkle Stan". For reference, here's a flashback to him in the 70's. Hello, Handsome.
  • Jacob and Esau: Downplayed. His father seemed cold and resentful toward his "wimpy" sons in general but valued Stanford as his talents might make the family money, while his mother - possibly because of their similar personalities - seemed at least somewhat fond of Stanley, calling him her "little free spirit", but ultimately didn't lift a finger when her husband decided to throw him out of the house.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In "Boss Mabel", its shown that his iron handed rule over the Mystery Shack, use of fake exhibits in the museum and strict no-refunds policies are in fact necessary to run the Shack properly. When Mabel attempts to run things her way, Soos and Wendy either take advantage of her lax attitudes or screw up their jobs, putting real monsters in the Shack proves to be a disaster that hospitalizes two visitors, and Mabel's liberal refund policies ends up costing them nearly all their earnings.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even though he's a greedy con artist and can be a bit of a Jerkass overall, deep down he truly does care about his niece and nephew.
    • In "Double Dipper", he claps for Mabel when everyone was voting for her via applause. Granted, the other candidate, Pacifica, is a rich Alpha Bitch, but it goes to show that he really cares for Mabel and wanted to support her, even if he usually doesn't show it.
    • And in "Dipper vs. Manliness" he's the one to tell Dipper that standing up for what he believed in was a manly thing to do.
    • And in the very first episode, he let Mabel and Dipper choose something from the shop to cheer them up.
    • Really shows through in "Boyz Crazy", where he not only immediately agrees Dipper to help expose Robbie's mind control of Wendy through subliminal messaging in music (even if partially motivated by his own experiences as a young man), but also tells Dipper, after Wendy angrily brushes him off, that he can just hang out with him until things sort out with Wendy. This is the best father figure moment for Stan in the series thus far. Plus, he was more than willing to give Dipper The Talk in "Carpet Diem", when you'd think he'd be the kind of character to avoid doing that. Even if it was Mabel in Dipper's body. It's an odd show.
    • In "Land before Swine" he saves Waddles from a pterodactyl out of sheer love for Mabel.
    • "Dreamscaperers" shows that even though Stan is tough on Dipper by making him do terrible chores like cleaning the toilet and chopping firewood, he does it to toughen him up so he learns to fight back.
    • In "Gideon Rises", when he feels like he finally lost to Gideon, he's very disheartened that the kids have to suffer with him too, and while down on his luck and almost out of money, with what little he has left he buys bus tickets to send the twins home. Thankfully though, It Got Better, but still.
    • "Not What He Seems" and his back story show his conman career was ten years in barely surviving poverty without even a high school diploma trying to earn his way back into his family, and that the only reason he's even been living in Gravity Falls for the last thirty years is to fix the portal his brother built and bring him back to atone for accidentally sending him through it in the first place.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Stan will gleefully and shamelessly steal anything he wants or needs. Often while outright saying it straight to the rightful owner's faces.
    Man: These wax statues come at a terrible price!
    Stan: $20? I'll steal them while you're distracted.
    Man: What?
    Stan: I said I'm going to rob you.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Though the "Justice" part is definitely in question.
  • Large Ham: Part-and-parcel of being a showman, he tends to ham it up during tours of the Mystery Shack... not that he doesn't display similar tendencies outside of that.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Despite the reveal of him knowing all about the general weirdness of the town, he still seems to have no idea of Bill Cipher's existence, or that it's why Ford was so angry at him for turning the portal back on.
  • Lovable Rogue: While immoral, shady and sometimes outright criminal, Stan remains a beloved character, and makes it clear that he is good at heart.
  • Made of Iron: In "Not What He Seems", he gets slammed into a metal pipe hard enough to buckle the metal and crack the stone wall behind it, and he's completely unharmed. Its shown in "The Tale Of Two Stan's" he's had this from childhood, as he didn't even notice the multiple splinters in his hands (from breaking a plank) until he saw them.
  • Mean Boss: He yells at his employees a lot, but his strictness is how he can keep things in order. When Mabel acted as the Benevolent Boss, she was taken advantage of by Wendy and run up the wall by Soos' ineptitude.
  • Miser Advisor: Stan sometimes takes this role with the twins, especially Dipper.
  • Misery Builds Character: Stan's belief in this is why he's so tough on Dipper. It's also why Stan's father had him take boxing lessons.
    • Starting to move towards a deconstruction, as it's shown that his father's treatment of him gave him huge and long-lasting emotional scars. Not only that, but him singling Dipper out to give him this treatment made their relationship crash so badly Dipper was convinced Stan legitimately hated him and it nearly drove him to stop caring about Stan completely. Despite Dipper now knowing that Stan is trying to invoke this, it still causes major underlying emotional tensions that haven't been entirely dealt with.
  • Money Fetish: Stan's love of money, sometimes borders on obsession, he shamelessly (and unnecessarily) strips when he get an opportunity to go in the money shower.
  • Mysterious Past: He claims to be from the east coast originally, and that Gravity Falls is the only town where the police don't know where he is. "Not What He Seems" shows that he's accrued a number of false IDs over the years. It's revealed later on that he's from New Jersey, in "the lead paint district." That said, there's still things we don't know, like how he was jailed in three countries and escaped, what he did when he "went around the world," and why he escaped a car trunk by chewing his way out.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: After losing his twin brother Stanford to an alien dimension 30 years prior to the series, Stan took on his name and identity so as not to arouse suspicion. As of the real Stanford's return, he has been given until the end of the summer to return his identity to its rightful owner.
  • Never My Fault: Shows shades of this in Land Before Swine when he claims "It's not my fault your pig's potentially delicious!". That said, it's still an improvement over how he used to be, with him telling his brother he ruined his life, only for his brother to shoot back that yes, Grunkle Stan ruined his own life. He's grown out of this as the show's progressed, being fully willing to acknowledge that he's screwed up. As proof of this, he doesn't even end up blaming anyone for his own misfortunes in A Tale of Two Stans. In the present, anyway.
  • Nerd Glasses: Wore glasses at one point in his childhood before outgrowing them. Now in his elder years he wears them again.
  • Nice Hat: He's never seen without his fez, except in "Little Dipper" and when he goes on vacation in "Boss Mabel".
  • Not in Front of the Kid: As revealed in "Not What He Seems," he tries to limit his cursing to kid-friendly replacements for swear words while Dipper and Mabel are around. He's quite gleeful when he gets a chance to actually cuss when he's alone.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: "Boss Mabel" hints that Grunkle Stan might know more than he lets on.
    • "Gideon Rises" confirms it. Stan has had Journal #1 the whole time, and in this episode manages to obtain #2 from Gideon and #3 from Dipper. He uses them to activate some sort of machine, which began to use to search for his brother as of "Scary-oke."
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Stan, a man old enough to be a great uncle vs Gideon, a psychopathic child, though admittedly Stan usually takes a unwitting backseat to the twins when fighting Gideon.
  • One-Man Army: Wipes the floor with the zombies attacking the Mystery Shack.
  • One Steve Limit: Subverted - His name is actually Stanley (See Dead Person Impersonation) and his brother's name is Stanford, though his brother has thankfully dispelled any confusion by preferring to be known as Great-Uncle Ford. The show chalks this up to his father being unimaginative.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only one in Gravity Falls who recognizes that all of the weird and supernatural happening are highly dangerous which is why he tries to dissuade Dipper from investigating it.
  • Papa Wolf: Despite having very questionable morals and standards, he does obviously care about Mabel and Dipper. Enough to drop some heavy, extensive research it took him years to find, in order to protect the twins from a group of hungry zombies, and winning. He also tells his brother Stanford to stay away from the Twins, mainly because his research could put them in danger.
  • Parental Favoritism:
    • Was at the less fortunate end of this as a child.
    • Subverted with Dipper and Mabel. Because he's more permissive and openly affectionate toward the latter, both kids assume that Mabel is his favorite, with Dipper even doubting wether Stan cares about him at all at one point. The truth is alot more complicated as Stan's own father figure was emotionally distant and Dipper strongly reminds him of both his estranged brother and his own younger self, leading Stan to be harder on him to toughen him up and spare him both his and his brother's mistakes. He's actually got a real soft spot for the boy as we see whenever he tries to give him advice, or when Mabel (in Dipper's body) tries to annoy him to assure Dipper doesn't get the new room, only for Stan to react with fondness and praise "Dipper" for finally standing up to him.
  • Parental Substitute: After Soos realized that his father ran away from his family, Soos began working for Stan so that he can have a new father figure in his life.
  • Perma Stubble: Never grows a beard but never seems to shave.
  • Pet the Dog: 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.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Stan is a greedy shyster, contrast his super-genius brother, Ford, who appears to be well-intentioned.
  • Properly Paranoid: His claim to have denied the existence of the supernatural in Gravity Falls was because he believed it to be dangerous. Considering how many of the strange things and oddities have tried to hurt the twins, he's got a point.
  • Reality Ensues: Stan gets away with A LOT of crime, mostly due to Rule of Funny, but the buck decidedly stops at stealing toxic waste from the United States Government. Theft of government property NEVER goes unnoticed.
    • Also, his criminal record gets him disqualified from the election of Gravity Falls' new mayor.
  • The Reveal: His real name is Stanley, and he is the twin brother of The Author. He faked his death and became known as Stanford, which is his brother's real name. Whether this changes anything in relation to everyone else is still unknown.
  • Rock Bottom: Has ended up at this ''three times that we've seen in the show - the first was when he was disowned and kicked out of the house while he was still in high school, the second was when he threw his brother into Another Dimension, and the third was when Gideon kicked him out of his own house.
  • Sand In My Eyes: The two times we've ever seen Stan get teary-eyed (once during the funeral for his wax replica and the other when Mabel knit him an "Our Hero" sash), Stan has the tendency to say he's got something in them rather than admit he's crying.
  • Scars Are Forever: His tattoo is actually a burn scar he received during a scuffle with his brother Ford 30 years ago.
  • Schemer: Stan is a very cunning man, and normally concocts a variety of schemes, normally to help him make more money.
  • Screw Politeness Im A Senior: He's rude, grumpy and money-grubbing and makes no secret of it. He's also old, so he can get away with it.
  • Screwy Squirrel: In "Little Shack of Horrors."
  • Self-Made Man: Was disowned by his father before he even graduated high school, he spent years trying to enter personal sales himself, and after many failures finally found one that worked, namely the Mystery Shack.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Dipper's Sensitive Guy. Of the two Stan's more gruff and unfeeling, preferring to focus on more practical matters, also when working or doing something serious he is highly dedicated and a no nonsense figure. Unlike Dipper, he's also far better at hiding his fears and concerns, though he has his tells.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: His default outfit.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Gideon; until the events of "Gideon Rises", Stan never treats Gideon as a serious threat (except to his bottom line), but rather an irritating little pest who has to be occasionally swatted out of the Shack with a broom. Whenever they meet casually in public, they're shown to antagonize one another in exceedingly petty ways, and Stan's dialogue in "Dreamscaperers" implies that he's been foiled off-screen as well.
    • Bud, as Stan's direct business competitor when it comes to scamming the townspeople, also gets this treatment; when their "truce" falls apart, Stan even steals a velvet clown painting from Bud's home and runs off. It only gets worse in "The Stanchurian Candidate", when both run for mayor and Bud immediately resorts to cheap shots.
  • Skyward Scream: In "Irrational Treasure" after going through a Humiliation Conga:
    Stan: PIONEER DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Generally not liked among the town, despite playing himself up as this grand mysterious figure. The town eventually warms up to him a bit after the events of "Gideon Rises."
  • The Smart Guy: Much like Dipper, Stan is a lot smarter and more cunning than he lets on.
    • Scenes from "Not What He Seems" show his report card, haven gotten consistent As, except in Gym class. However, it seems that report card was actually his brother's, with a flashback in "A Tale of Two Stans" presenting him as a comparatively lazy and poor student in comparison. Never the less, through pure effort he managed to teach himself nearly everything he knows.
  • Smarter Than You Look:
    • Managed to outwit Gideon in "Little Dipper".
    • He managed to outwit Dipper in "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained: Stan's Tattoo."
  • Smoke Out: He enjoys using smoke bombs, in his showmanship with the mystery shack, to further entertain and con the masses into giving him money.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Once tried to market shards of broken glass as rare and valuable crystals, and sells spray-painted rocks under the guise of them being gold nuggets. It's later revealed that he spent a lot of time as this before he came to run the Mystery Shack. It went horribly wrong, with him managing to become Banned from Argo in almost every state in the country.
  • Stealth Mentor: Making Dipper do difficult chores is Stan's sneaky way of preparing him to fight back as revealed in "Dreamscaperers". It seems to be working.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: "Dreamscaperers" shows that Stan looks a lot like his father. Kid Stan even looks a little like Dipper. Stan and his brother also look extremely similar to each other, to the point where in the past it was possible to confuse them.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Especially when it comes to Soos and Wendy.
    I'd fire all of you if I could.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome/Tall, Dark and Snarky: Believe it or not. It's more noticeable in "Little Dipper", when he's seen without his fez.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: He mistook a CD for a record player, and doesn't know what "texting a photo to someone" is. When Gideon claims to have kidnapped Dipper and Mabel in "Little Dipper" and offers to send him proof, Stan can't even understand him.
    Gideon: I have them in my possession! You don't believe me? I will text you a photo!
    Stan: "Text me a photo?" Now you're not even speakin' English!
    Gideon: But-
    Stan: (hangs up)
  • Theme Twin Naming: He and his twin brother (The Author) are named Stanley and Stanford, respectively.
  • Thicker Than Water: Stan would risk causing the apocalypse to bring back his brother.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "The Land Before Swine".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He becomes a much nicer person in season 2 which must be due to his confession knowing about all the weirdness in Gravity Falls all along.
  • Tritagonist: Stan gets the third largest amount of focus, after Dipper and Mabel.
  • The Unfavorite: Was this in his family since he apparently didn't contribute to them as a teenager. And really got strengthen when his father threw him out of the house after he accidentally broke Stanford's machine and ruining his chances to go to his dream college. His father even accused him of riding on his brother's coattails.
  • Vanity License Plate: If you look closely, the plate on Grunkle Stan's car says "STNLY MBL." Which is odd, since according to Gideon, his full name is 'Stanford'. His real name is actually Stanley, but he faked his death and took up his brother's name Stanford while he went missing in the portal.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: He used to have a crush on Lazy Susan. But when he finally went out on a date with her, he decided that she looked "weird up close," and quickly bailed.
    • He spent thirty years desperately trying to rescue his brother from the portal, only to be reminded of how strained their relationship was once Stanford was back. It's not a total loss however, as Stan does want Dipper's happiness, and if his brother can make that happen, he won't stand in their way.
  • Weirdness Censor: Subverted. If the end of "Gideon Rises" tells us anything, he knew about all the weird stuff. In "Scaryoke" he all out admits to knowing, but claimed otherwise in an attempt to keep Dipper and Mabel from getting too close and being in danger.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was willing to risk the destruction of the universe if it meant seeing his brother again. He did, and thankfully it didn't result with universal destruction (what are the odds?).
    • It turns out that it did create an inter-dimensional rift, which could cause catastrophic damage, and this was why his brother was uncomfortable with Stan using the portal to save him. It's a good thing Ford contained the rift and destroyed the portal before anything else bad can happen.
  • We Used to Be Friends: In their childhood, Stan and his brother Stanford were each other's Only Friend and did everything together. Because of an accident and their father throwing Stan out for costing their family a fortune and Stanford his dream school, their relationship was strained. Over 10 years later, Stanford called Stan to Gravity Falls. It wasn't to reconcile, but to ask him to hide the last of his journals and still blames hims for ruining his chances despite still gaining a PHD and a large amount of money. Their fight landed Stanford in another dimension that Stan has been trying to free him from 30 years, only to receive no thanks and a demand that Stanford get his life back at the end of the Summer. As show near the end of "A Tale of Two Stans", it seems the two want to reconcile (particularly Stan), but are too bitter over how their lives have gone, and Stanford being trapped in another dimension, have made this near impossible. Dipper seems to have hope they can repair this.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "Not What He Seems," Dipper comes to his breaking point when Stan begs them to trust him about the Portal despite having lied to them about everything else.
    Dipper: And I should trust you why?! After you stole radioactive waste? After you lied to us all summer?! I don't even know who you are!
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He was afraid of heights, though he has since been cured.
  • Younger Than They Look: Mild example. He's possibly 58 or, at most, in his early sixties. Darlene mistakes him for over seventy. It's only that noticeable as he has a fraternal twin brother who looks exactly as you'd expect it from a reasonably active 58 year old, while Stan wound up with a lot more grey hair and health issues due to a life of stress, on-and-off poverty and the resulting bad habits. On top of that, he has Fat Slob tendencies and has a tendency to be extremely lazy around the Shack.

     Jesus "Soos" Alzamirano Ramirez 
"My wisdom is both a blessing and a curse."
Voiced by: Alex Hirsch

Handyman at the Mystery Shack. Soos often accompanies Dipper and Mabel on their adventures. He acts much like One of the Kids, though you'll find he's actually quite intelligent.
  • Acrofatic: "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" shows that Soos is capable of running faster than the Gobblewonker while carrying Dipper and Mabel without even breaking a sweat or going out of breath.
  • Action Survivor: As evidenced in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker".
  • Adorkable: Best shown in "Soos and The Real Girl", where he has a problem talking to women. Also, he loves playing video games, showing a bit of a geeky side, but he's one of the nicest people on the show and really enjoys hanging out with Dipper and Mabel despite their age.
  • Affably Evil: Even when he's temporarily turned into a zombie with a hunger for human flesh, he's still as cheerful and laid-back as ever.
    Zombie!Soos: Braiiiiins! Braiiiiiiins!
    Mabel: SOOS! Cut it out!
    Zombie!Soos: Heh, heh! Sorry, dude.
  • Agent Mulder: Quick to believe the supernatural happenings in Gravity Falls when Dipper raises his own suspicions, such as believing the local Mailman to be a werewolf.
  • Amazon Chaser: If the drawing of his dream woman from the "Mailbox" short is any indicator.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Averted; he was this at first when Alex Hirsch stated that his real first name was Jesus (which is a Hispanic name), but in season 2, his full name is confirmed to be Jesus Alzamirano Ramirez, which makes it pretty obvious that he's Latino. According to Alex Hirsch, he's half Mexican, with a white father and a Mexican mother.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While he is unambiguously attracted to women, he notes that Stan was very attractive in his younger days in "Dreamscaperers," states that he wouldn't mind if Stan kissed him in "Scary-oke," and "The Golf War" shows him making note of the stars while shirtless with Stan in a car at night.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He's easily distracted by a laser pointer in "Double Dipper".
  • Awesome McCool Name: Jesus Alzamirano Ramirez. It's downplayed, as he's almost never referred to as such on-screen.
  • Bad Ass: He and Dipper go toe to toe with Grunkle Stan in "Not What He Seems," a man who beat three government agents earlier in the same episode.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason he's so loyal to Stan is because Stan unintentionally stepped up as a Parental Substitute by hiring Soos as his handyman after Soos had realized his real dad was never going to come home.
  • Berserk Button: He very rarely gets angry, but he's rather sensitive to people pointing out his weight, as alluded to in "Fight Fighters" and displayed more clearly in "The Land Before Swine".
  • Big Beautiful Man: In-Universe, Mabel scores every man in Gravity Falls on a scale of 1 to 5. Soos gets a 12.
  • Big Brother Instinct/Papa Wolf: A mild example but let's just say when Dipper and Mabel are in trouble Soos knows to drop the act and be an adult.
    • In "Little Dipper", he actually tried to stop Stan and Mabel from making fun of Dipper; he's much more on the ball than people think.
    • Shown again in "Soos And The Real Girl" when he is having to defend Melody, Dipper, and Mabel from the Giffany-controlled animatronics. He outright takes it upon himself to go into the fray so that the others can get away and sacrifices a life spent in Giffany's game where she will unconditionally love him by melting the disc. Say what you will about the man, but he can nut up when he has to.
    • In "Not What he Seems", Soos actually fights to stop Grunkle Stan, who he views as a father figure, to protect Dipper and Mabel. Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass indeed.
  • Big Eater: Often seen eating something while not helping the kids or the Mystery Shack.
  • Big Fun: He's plus sized and always willing to spend time with Dipper and Mabel.
  • Birthday Hater: He doesn't "hate" his birthday exactly, but having a party does bring back the painful memory from when he was twelve and realized his father, who had left him when he was four years old, was never coming back. However after seeing how much Dipper and Mabel care about him, he stops dwelling about his father and accepts them as his real family.
  • Breakout Character: Soos, whose role has increased substantially as the show has gone on.
  • Broken Pedestal: Even he was horrified by Stan's duplicity, and was willing to stop him from carrying out his plan.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He might not be the brightest, but he seems to be a pretty good handy-man.
  • Butt Monkey: Frequently the butt of slapstick shenanigans.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Incredibly awkward on the dating scene, mostly due to freezing up and saying whatever absurd thing pops into his head when he's nervous. Only Melody, who's almost as shy as he is, can manage to coax him into a full conversation.
  • Captain Obvious: "In my opinion, this is an axe."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Much like Mabel, he often goes off on odd tangents.
  • The Conscience: Surprisingly often as seen in "Legend of the Gobblewonker" and "The Time Traveler's Pig".
    Old Man McGucket: You just don't know the length us old-timers go through for a little quality time with our family.
    (Dipper and Mabel look at the fishing hats Grunkle Stan gave them and sigh)
    Soos: Dude, I guess the real lake monster is you two. Heh, heh! Sorry, it just like, boom, just popped into my head there.
    • In "Time Traveler's Pig"
      Soos: And here we have Miserable Mabel, the girl whose dreams were shattered by a heartless jerk. Oh, hey, Dipper!
  • Crazy-Prepared: He gives Dipper a baseball bat in "Tourist Trapped" just in case he sees a piñata.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Soos may be wacky and seemingly dumb, but he is always ready to rise when the situation calls for it.
  • Disappeared Dad: His dad left since he was 4.
  • Expy: Of early season Patrick Star, minus the lack of intelligence of course.
  • Fat Idiot: Most of the time. It's downplayed, though. He isn't unintelligent so much as ditzy and socially awkward.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic: Observant, reliable, and reactionary.
  • Friend to All Children: He gets along pretty well with Dipper and Mabel. He even wants to have seven kids himself, just so he can have one to love every day of the week.
  • Genius Ditz: At first glance you would think he's a Fat Idiot, and he kind of is. But he's also very observant and knows more about the Gravity Falls's weirdness than most other characters.
    • "Fixin' it With Soos" shows that he's also a very good handyman, modifying a broken golf cart into a rocket car and a broken cuckoo clock into...a really awesome thing that wasn't a clock anymore.
  • Gentle Giant: Tall and stocky, with strength to match, and one of the kindest characters in the show..
  • Genre Savvy: Likely as a result of his Medium Awareness, he displays this every now and then.
  • Handyman: His official job and position at the Mystery Shack.
  • Hidden Depths: One of the cryptograms in the online game Rumble's Revenge states that he knows more than he lets on.
    • Bill Cipher, after he and the twins defeat him, outright states this about him.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Dipper and Mabel.
  • Jerkass Ball: In "The Land Before Swine," see Berserk Button above.
  • Kavorka Man: Somehow managed to get a 12 on Mabel's relationship test in "Mabel's Guide to Dating", despite the ratings scale only going from 1 to 5, giving him the rating of Total Hunk. However, it's subverted in "Soos and the Real Girl" where he has a lot of trouble talking to women until he meets Melody, who he turns out to have a lot in common with. It seems that while Soos knows how to treat a woman on paper, in real life, he finds them intimidating.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: He's quite stupid, though he likes everyone.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: When the Gobblewonker attacked Soos immediately got serious, grabbed Dipper and Mabel and ran to get them to safety.
  • Man Child: Disney's promotions even use that exact word to describe him. In "Gideon Rising", Grunkle Stan compliments him with the phrase "You're a good man...child, Soos."
  • Masked Luchador: He dresses up as one in "Summerween". It helps that he's Hispanic.
  • Medium Awareness: On occasion.
  • Meta Guy: At one point, when Dipper notes that side characters in horror movies don't usually survive, Soos questions whether he's a side character.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Alex Hirsch confirms that Soos' father is white and his mother is Mexican.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Easily impressed by things like laser pointers and battery-operated talking skulls.
  • Never Bareheaded: Until "Little Dipper", people thought he was bald.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: After the Mystery Shack closes in "Gideon Rises", Soos starts taking other jobs, including cooking at the diner and driving the bus taking Dipper and Mabel back home. It is implied that he isn't very good at them.
  • Nice Guy: He's really nice, especially towards the kids as well as hanging out with them a lot, often shifting into Big Fun.
    • Even during his brief stint as a brain-eating zombie, he's like this, to the point of actually asking permission to eat Dipper and Mabel's brains.
  • Nice Hat: Soos is always seen wearing a brown cap.
  • Obsessed with Food: In "Dreamscaperers," one of his big questions about chasing Bill through Stan's mind is whether or not he can bring his snacks with him.
    • In "Blendin's Game", he uses the Time Wish to get an infinitely regenerating slice of pizza.
  • Older Sidekick: He's a 22 year old man, but hangs out with 12 year old kids.
  • One of the Kids: He spends more time hanging out with Dipper and Mabel than he does doing his actual job.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Storyboards from "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" confirm that Soos is short for Jesus (pronounced the Spanish way, "hay-SOOS", after his namesake Jesús Chambrot), and then outright shown in "Blendin's Game" after the twins look at one of his licences.
  • Only One Name: Usually just referred to as "Soos", although it's revealed in "Blendin's Game" that is full name is Jesus Alzamirano Ramirez.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Soos is generally very hard to annoy, but when Wendy literally throws his favorite song out of a moving car, he gives her a very stern "what the hell" look.
  • Parental Neglect: His father abandoned Soos with his abuelita when he was four and has thereafter only communicated with him via the occasional birthday card, which, combined with the never-realized promises to return, eventually made Soos hate his own birthday.
  • Person as Verb: He does it to himself in one episode. "Guess I kinda Soos-ed that one up, huh?"
  • The Rainman: In "Double Dipper" he was able to make himself a human applause meter and in "Little Dipper" he was able to tell Mabel was taller than Dipper even before measuring them to make sure.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Abuelita has been raising Soos since he was at least nine years old, in the absence of his mother and neglectful father.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: A lot of characters, Stan in particular, tend to make snarky comments at his expense. Not that he notices.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With his older cousin Reggie; it doesn't seem to be outright hostile, but Soos acknowledges openly that the guy's a jerk. The fact that Reggie's dated more women than he has (and is engaged to be married) is also an uncomfortable blow to his self-esteem.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is often misspelled as "Zeus", especially in close captioning.
  • Stout Strength: He has a fairly physically demanding job, but doesn't seem to struggle despite his weight.
  • Tagalong Kid: Inverted. It's the three kids - Dipper, Mabel and Wendy - who are in control. Soos just comes along for their adventures. Later deconstructed when Dipper is reluctant to let Soos go on an adventure because he's accident prone.
  • True Companions: With the Pines family. He's been working for Stan ever since he was 12 and states that he would do anything for them. He even gives up on seeing his father once he hears everything Dipper and Mabel did for him, even calling them family.
  • Tuckerization: Soos' middle name and surname are a reference to storyboard artist Alonso Ramirez Ramos.
  • Verbal Tic: Soos says the word "Dude" a lot.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Famously in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" when he fears he might be a side character and will die in the first five minutes. In reality, he gets the fourth most focus out of all characters.
  • Younger Than They Look: He could be mistaken for being in his late twenties, but is only in his early twenties, being 22.

    Wendy Corduroy 
"Later, dorks."
Voiced by: Linda Cardellini

A teenager who works at the Mystery Shack. Dipper happens to have a crush on her.
  • Action Girl: She relishes the chance to go on adventures with the twins. And shows it in Into The Bunker, bringing an axe along with her, fighting off the Shape Shifter, and even continuing to fight and explore even after getting injured. In "The Last Mabelcorn", she helps beat up the jerk unicorns, getting their hair along with some treasure.
  • An Axe to Grind: She carries an axe with her to use as a weapon in Into the Bunker. She is a lumberjack's daughter, after all.
  • Artistic Age: She sure doesn't look fifteen. Her friends (one of which has an arm covered in tribal tattoos) make things more confusing.
    • Grunkle Stan referred to her as "Wendy, the fifteen-year-old who's tall like a grown woman 'cause of freak lumberjack genes." She may simply be tall and more developed for her age.
    • Her father is Manly Dan, who is enormous, so that's probable.
    • Confirmed in "Double Dipper". At a very young age, Wendy was a good 3 heads taller than her three brothers until they hit the pubescent growth spurt that grew them to within a few inches of their massive redwood of a father.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: She's one of the nicest and most laid-back characters of the series.
  • Better as Friends: With Dipper as of "Into the Bunker."
  • Beware of the Nice Ones: She can be quite confrontational when she needs to be.
  • The Big Girl: As of Season 2.
  • Big Sister Instinct: In Into the Bunker Wendy protects Dipper from the shapeshifter.
  • Boots of Toughness: Part of her standard attire.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: She slacks on the job and is apathetic to it, but when things get serious ("Into The Bunker") she can be quite quick-witted, flexible, Badass and refusing to give up until they win.
  • Broken Ace: Wendy is hot, is incredibly strong due to her lumberjack skills, and is very popular. It turns out she is very stressed due to her family.
  • Character Development: At the beginning of "Tourist Trapped," she is completely apathetic to her job at the Shack, and doesn't hesitate to show it. In "Scary-oke," she's willingly and enthusiastically promoting the Mystery Shack's Re-Opening party to the townsfolk. It seems Dipper and Mabel have brought out her more playful and enthusiastic side.
    • Also "Into The Bunker" is where her badassery really kicks in. She brings an axe as a weapon, climbs up a tree trunk with a belt, fights the Shapeshifter with bravery, and continues to fight and explore even after getting injured. Retroactively, she's shown to be very perceptive, as she knew about Dipper's crush on her the whole time, and lets him down gently so that he stays her best friend.
  • Childhood Friends: She and Tambry have been friends at least since they were five.
  • Cool Big Sis: A surrogate one to Mabel, most notably seen in "Society of the Blind Eye" when she comforts Mabel about her failed romances.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Inconveniencing" and "Into the Bunker".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Challenges Stan for the position.
  • Dude Magnet: Heavily implied. Wendy has a long list of ex-boyfriend and she was Dipper's first crush. Though technically, he was her first crush too.
  • Dysfunctional Family: It is revealed in "Society of the Blind Eye" that Wendy's family causes her to be stressed in reality underneath her calm and cool personality.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Half-jokingly confirmed by Word of God to be Blerble.
  • Fiery Redhead: Zig-Zagged, for her being the only redhead and the most calm and laid-back character in the main cast; but with how stressed she actually is underneath her relaxed exterior, some fire leaks out from time to time - for example see Not So Stoic below.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: According to Alex Hirsch, Wendy first met Robbie at a birthday party during the fifth grade. He pulled one of her pigtails, and she punched him in the face, chipping a tooth. While Wendy does not remember this, Robbie does.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic: Calm and collected, but lazy.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Was excited when Dipper tried to win her a plush Panda/Duck hybrid at the Mystery Shack Fair, and has a few stuffed animals in her room.
  • Good Bad Girl: Wendy is sweet, honest, friendly and protective of her younger friends. But she is very into swiping snacks, pranking her boss and generally wandering off during work hours, not to mention breaking into that abandoned convenience store. She may have also stolen a cop car that one time.
  • Hidden Depths: She's normally very passive, though she can be quite insightful. She's also very opinionated when it comes to the music industry, believing groups like Sev'ral Timez to be vapid, meaningless cash-grabs.
  • Huge School Girl: As Grunkle Stan described in this podcast: "Wendy, the fifteen-year-old who's tall like a grown woman 'cause of freak lumberjack genes."
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In "The Inconveniencing".
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Downplayed, as she's only 3 years older than them, but she's often seen hanging with the twins, but mostly Dipper. In Season Two she tells him that she's had more fun with him than anyone else.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While to her friends and especially the twins, she's definitely a Nice Girl, but if you pay attention, you'll notice that she's not above delinquent behaviours. Like breaking and entering, stealing police cars, taking advantage of Mabel, and abusing authority.
  • The Lad-ette: She shows next to nothing in the way of femininity, and most of her friends are guys.
  • Lazy Bum: She has no work ethic, and spends most of her day lazing out around the Shack.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark Feminine to Mabel's Light Feminine.
  • Missing Mom: We've seen her dad and brothers, but her mom isn't even mentioned.
    • Someone asked Alex Hirsch about this and he sadly responded, "Wendy's mom is no longer with her".
  • Nerves of Steel: She almost never loses her cool. However, at least except for "Society of the Blind Eye" and "The Love God," see Not So Stoic below.
    • She confesses in "The Society of the Blind-Eye" that her hyperactive family has her stressed 24/7. Creating a laid-back demeanor is just one way of relaxing her.
  • Nice Hat: Rarely seen without her trapper hat.
  • Nice Girl: While still being flawed (she's definitely a slacker), she's actually really nice, especially evident whenever she goofs around with Dipper and/or Mabel (and doesn't look down on them for being younger).
    • She's also quick to comfort them when they're down, or reassure them if they're not at fault when they inadverently upset someone, like in "Blendin's Game" where she immediately tells the kids that she knows they meant well when they upset Soos by throwing him a surprise birthday party.
  • Not So Above It All: See Not So Stoic and Stepford Smiler below and Derailing Love Interests above.
  • Not So Stoic: In "Society of the Blind Eye," the usually mellow Wendy becomes irritated by an Ear Worm of a summer hit song that she complains and even toss out Soos' CD featuring that song out of his truck when she could not stand listening to it. To be fair she almost immediately realized what she did and told Soos she'd buy him a new one. Later in "The Love God," she becomes so angered that her long time friend she known since they were five begins to date her ex that she threatens to tear Tambry's highlights out then refuses, along with Nate and Lee, similarly incensed to learn Tambry and Robbie dating, to attend Woodstick in a blind anger against the pleas of Dipper and Thompson. She calms down at the end of the episode when Thompson uses his Butt Monkey status to bring back his friends together again. On a minor note, in The Stinger to "The Love God," in one of the photos of Waddles' and Gomper's "wedding," Wendy looked visibly irked after Soos shoved into her face while she was eating a piece of the wedding cake in order to catch the bouquet.
    • In "The Last Mabelcorn", Wendy decides to use force to get the badly needed unicorn hair after the unicorn refuses on the grounds that Mabel isn't pure of heart, and later opens up a can of whoopass on them.
  • One of the Boys
    Dipper: [regarding Mabel's obsession with a boy band] Ugh, girls.
    Wendy: I know, right?
  • One of the Kids: Not as much as Soos, but she has some traits of it. Either Downplayed or Justified in that she's only a few years older than the twins.
  • Only Sane Woman: To varying degrees of sane. She's sometimes the voice of reason among the kids, and sometimes just as odd and deranged as the rest of the town.
  • Out of Focus: Of the five main characters, she has the least amount of screen-time of all. This is becoming remedied with her joining the twins on more adventures in Season 2.
  • Out Numbered Sibling: Wendy has three brothers and is the only girl in the family.
  • Precocious Crush: Had one when she was five years old, on... Dipper, thanks to time travel.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down below her hips.
  • Really Gets Around: A G-Rated version, Wendy has a hefty list of old boyfriends, including one she isn't even sure she's broken up with.
  • Red Is Heroic: Her more recent appearances in which she accompanies Dipper and Mabel on their adventures reveal that he's quite tough.
  • Redheaded Heroine: "Into The Bunker" certainly proved this.
  • Redhead In Green: Her standard attire is green.
  • Servile Snarker: Wendy is often this to Grunkle Stan.
  • She's All Grown Up: Wendy doesn't look quite like this anymore...
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Due to the art style it's usually impossible to tell the characters' eye colors, but Wendy's are green as confirmed by Alex Hirsch.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Wendy solidifies this trope when she and Robbie break up: Wendy didn't appreciate him not being on time for their dates and then thinking she'll go along anyway, and was touched that he made a song for her. Unfortunately, when Robbie is ousted by Dipper for not only lying about making the music, but using the said music to mind control her, Wendy is pissed and immediately breaks up with him.
  • The Slacker: In her job at the Mystery Shack, often going up to the roof to relax.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Is stated to be tall for her age, and has had no shortage of boys interested in her.
  • Stepford Smiler: States in Society of the Blind Eye that her laid back demeanor is a façade she puts on to hide the stress from dealing with her family.
  • Take That: She hates the modern music industry, especially boy bands, for their engineered business-dominated practices.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Mabel's Girly Girl. Mabel loves glitter, boy bands, unicorns, romance, and fairy tales. Wendy's more into pranks and hanging out with the guys. Though they do have some things in common — they're both interested in romance, and they're both always up for an adventure.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She positively squees when Dipper does the ever-humiliating Lamby Lamby Dance in The Inconveniencing, and has a special fondness for stuffed animals.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Into The Bunker" she brought an axe as a weapon, climbed up a tree trunk using a belt, took on the Shapeshifter without any hint of fear but just determination, protecting Dipper, and calmly stops her bleeding by ripping her shirt and use it as a bandage. Later, she helps kick the ass of the unicorns who were scamming Mabel.
  • Totally Radical: Somewhat. Toned down in her later appearances, however.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Her father is a giant of a man, but as far as Dipper is concerned she's a babe.
  • Younger Than They Look: As stated by Stan, she's a 15 year old who's tall like a grown woman.
  • Youthful Freckles: The only thing about her remotely childish. Without them, she could easily pass for an adult.

"Yummy yummy, for my fat little pig tummy."
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker , Neil Degrasse Tyson (As Genius!Waddles)

Mabel's beloved pet pig. She won him at the Mystery Shack's fair after guessing his weight (which was blatantly given away by his name, Ol' 15-Poundie).
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: In "Summerween" at least, where Mabel dresses him up like a businessman. This later becomes the subject of a Credits Gag involving lolpigs. Also used in one of the Life According To Mabel shorts, where she dresses him in exercize clothes as part of her Jog Hog segment.
  • Big Eater: As is typical of cartoon pigs, he's capable of eating quite a lot.
  • Cool Pet: As far as Mabel's concerned at least.
  • Cuteness Proximity: He has this effect on Mabel.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Like with real life pigs, Waddles often attempts to eat anything he comes across, such as Mabel's shirt, playing cards, a table, a book, napkins...
  • Gluttonous Pig: VERY, though it isnt portrayed as a negative trait, except to Stan, when Waddles once ate one of the Shacks exhibits Stan had built out of corn cobs.
  • Interspecies Romance: When he was temporarily stuck in Soos's body, he ended up romancing and proposing to a woman who came into the Mystery Shack while Soos/Waddles was flailing around, trying to figure out how to move on two legs. Soos was understandably confused when he returned to his own body.
    • The episode "The Love God" reveals that thanks to Mabel, Waddles is now married to Gompers, the Mystery Shack's goat.
  • Meaningful Name: "I call him that cause he waddles!"
    • His original name was "Old Fifteen Poundie". Keep in mind that the man who owned him ran a weight guessing game with the pigs as prizes.
  • Messy Pig: Averted, he's shown rolling in mud once, but other than that, he's usually clean, as most real life pigs usually are.
  • Pet Heir: Mabel intends to leave everything to Waddles.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Of course.
  • Talking Animal: Mabel thinks he is, since she thought he either said "Mabel" or "Doorbell" when first encountering him. He's really just making pig noises.
    • He actually does speak in "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" when he temporarily becomes a super genius, providing the quote for the image.
  • Team Pet: He's Mabel's pig, but the whole cast interacts with him in this way, more or less.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Builds a combined motor cart/voice modulator for himself while he was a genius in "Little Gift Shop Of Horrors", and he's voiced by Neil deGrasse Tyson, of all people.
  • Uplifted Animal: He becomes a genius for a short while in "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" after eating a magic mushroom.


A goat commonly found on the Mystery Shack property.
  • All In The Manual: In the show proper, he had No Name Given, with Gompers coming from the wiki. He was formally named in "The Love God".
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Plays a very minor but substantial role in the episode "Boyz Crazy", in which him eating Ergman Bratsman's license plate gets the manager arrested.
  • Extreme Omni Goat: While not as pronounced as other goats in cartoons, Gompers has been seen chewing on things like Mabel's sweater, Stan's fez, license plates and other random things.
  • Funny Background Event: Gompers typically does not contribute much to the plots of episodes.
  • Interspecies Romance: In "The Love God" Mabel got him and Waddles the pig married... by duct-taping their bodies together.


The Author / Dr. Stanford "Ford" Pines

The Author of the Journals, Stan's Brother. See more under his entry on the Adults of Gravity Falls page.