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The Mystery Shack
"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.
- Adorably Precocious Child
- Affectionate Nickname: Mabel occasionally calls him "Dipping Sauce".
- Agent Mulder: Considering what he deals with, it's not a surprise.
- Always Someone Better: "Little Dipper" reveals that he's this to Mabel since he's always beaten her at everything. The fact that she's now taller than him finally meant that she was better than him at something.
- Ambiguously Jewish
- Animal-Eared Headband: Wears one as part of his Pre-Teen Wolf Boy costume.
- Arch-Enemy: Gideon and Robbie
- 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 Normal: Dipper relies entirely on his wits and his resourcefulness in order to defeat foes and overcome obstacles.
- Berserk Button: NEVER call him adorable or a little kid. It will only motivate him to solve mysteries and punch through metal so that you take him more seriously.
- And of course, do NOT put his sister in harm's way.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Big Brother Instinct: Put his sister in danger, and his usually cool head goes straight out the window.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Especially in "Irrational Treasure", where he gets revenge on Pacifica for the way she treated Mabel, even though Mabel didn't want revenge.
- In "Gideon Rises", he defeats Gideon and his giant robot, because they took Mabel away.
- Bow Ties Are Cool: In "Double Dipper".
- Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Mabel's Brawn.
- Brainy Brunette
- Brother-Sister Team: With Mabel.
- Brown Eyes: As revealed by Alex Hirsch's twitter posts.
- Butt Monkey: He's beaten up and humiliated on a regular basis.
- The Dog Bites Back: He does this to Robbie in "Boyz Crazy". Granted, Robbie has tormented and pushed Dipper around many times.
- The Cassandra: Almost no one believes him about the strange things going on in Gravity Falls.
- City Mouse: The county police like to call Dipper "city boy".
- 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.
- The Comically Serious: Big time. 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: Considering that he's in Gravity Falls, he more often than not is Properly Paranoid.
- Control Freak: Though not overbearing per se, his over attention to detail and occasional irritation with Mabel and Soos leads him to be insistent on his own direction of things.
- Cool Loser
- 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: Always.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Glare: Usually directed at Mabel.
- Distinguishing Mark: The birthmark shaped like the Big Dipper on his forehead.
- Distressed Dude: In "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel".
- Foil: To Mabel.
- Four-Fingered Hands
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: Realist.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic: Independent, organized, and analytic.
- Genre Savvy: Very much so.
- 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).
- Guile Hero: In "Headhunters", when he tricks wax Sherlock Holmes onto the roof of the Mystery Shack so that the rising sun will melt him.
- Guilty Pleasures: BABBA, Expy of ABBA.
- Half-Identical Twins: With Mabel.
- The Hero/The Leader: With shades of The Smart Guy.
- Heroes Want Redheads: His crush on Wendy.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: In some extent, under the tutelage of Uncle Stan.
- Iconic Outfit: Dipper is always seen in a blue cap with a tree symbol on it.
- Insufferable Genius: Light example. He's the most intelligent 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
- I Want to Be a Real Man: In "Dipper vs. Manliness".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It comes from cynicism rather than any actual jerkishness.
- Kid Detective/Kid Hero
- Likes Older Women: He's this towards Wendy, who is 15.
- Love Makes You Dumb: A lot of his dumber moments have something to do with Wendy.
- Meaningful Name: His nickname comes from a birthmark on his forehead that's shaped like the Big Dipper.
- Messy Hair
- The Napoleon: Don't make fun of his height.
- Nerd Action Hero
- Nice Guy: For the most part, he's a pretty sweet kid.
- Nice Hat: After his first one was taken by a gnome, he chooses a white and blue baseball cap with a blue pine tree from the Mystery Shack gift shop. It also hides the birthmark on his forehead.
- Non-Action Guy: Dipper most of the time, but all bets are off when Mabel's in danger.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: At the end of Boyz Crazy, Dipper exposes Robbie as the complete, manipulative Jerkass he has been all along to Wendy. However, it costs him Wendy's trust when he made an Innocently Insensitive offer that was meant to console her from Robbie.
- Also in an earlier episode, The Deep End. He became a pool assistant to spend mroe time with lifeguard Wendy. However, her sister inadvertably causes trouble by trying to rescue merboy Mermando, (she uses a cooler from the pool, violating a rule set by the very neurotic pool manager.) He ends up having to use mouth-to-mouth to save Mermando and ends up losing his job at the pool.
- Not so Above It All: He tries hard to act like an adult... but he's still a kid at heart.
- No Respect Guy
- Obsessed Are The List Makers: In "Double Dipper".
- Only Known by Their Nickname: As revealed in "Double Dipper". His birth name is unknown so far.
- Only Sane Man
- Precocious Crush: On Wendy. Doubles as Little Boy Seeks Big Girl.
- Properly Paranoid: Most of the time. However, in the pilot, when he thought that Mabel's boyfriend was a zombie, he was wrong and right; he wasn't a zombie, but he was a mystical creature. Or rather, creatures; gnomes.
- 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.
- Shorter Means Smarter: An inch shorter than Mabel and the smartest of the cast.
- Smart People Play Chess: As seen in "Little Dipper".
- Socially-Awkward Hero
- The Strategist: In general he's always the one that comes up with the plans.
- 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.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Downplayed, while no one around him is borderline Too Dumb to Live, Dipper does get frustrated on occasion when people dismisses him.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Tries to invoke this trope on himself in "Dipper vs. Manliness".
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Headhunters", and he takes it to new levels in "Dipper vs. Manliness". He does it again in "Gideon Rises".
- Weirdness Magnet: Somewhat justified considering their environment.
- Well Done Nephew 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: Wikipedia uses this exact phrase to describe him.
"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: One of, if not the, the most adorkable characters on the show.
- Affectionate Nickname: Soos occasionally calls Mabel "Hambone".
- 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?
- Amazingly Embarrassing Sister
- Ambiguously Jewish: This is mostly due to the fact that Mabel occasionally uses Yiddish phrases like "mazel tov" and lines like "sweet Moses!"
- There's also her choice of pet and being horrified at the implication of someone eating Waddles, which could be seen as a nod to kosher dietary laws. She also refused to eat lobster.
- The latter was probably because the lobster was alive.
- Annoying Twin Sibling: From time to time.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
- 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.
- 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
- Big Sister Instinct: Not as protective of Dipper as he is of her, but comes fairly close.
- Blithe Spirit
- Blush Sticker
- Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Dipper's Brains.
- 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".
- Brother-Sister Team: A rather refreshing one with Dipper, in that they're not constantly bickering and actually make quite a remarkable team.
- Brown Eyes: The same as her brother, according to Word of God — although this is subject to change (see Green Eyes, below).
- Cheerful Child
- Cloudcuckoolander: Mabel has an... interesting way of thinking.
- 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 Bruiser: Cute kid. Will beat you up in without the need for Waif-Fu, thank you very much.
- Girly Bruiser: Very girly and energetic, but she packs a mean punch. She gave Dipper two black eyes in "Tourist Trapped" (by accident, no less!) 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.
- The Cutie
- Demonic Possession: In "The Inconveniencing" by the convenience store ghosts.
- Dork Knight
- 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.
- She also once ate a whole tube of toothpaste because "it was just so sparkly".
- She once had to go to the hospital because she ate scratch and sniff stickers.
- The intro for the "Mabel's Guide to Dating" short has a clip of "Mabel's Guide to Eating Non-Foods". She eats a leaf and then shrugs.
- Foil: To Dipper.
- Four-Fingered Hands
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: Optimist.
- 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. Just about everything about her screams fun.
- 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: And how!
- A Girl And Her Pig
- Green Eyes: As seen in "The Inconveniencing"◊ after she eats too much Smile Dip. They're a side effect of the ensuing Mushroom Samba; Alex Hirsch has confirmed the twins have Brown Eyes.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a different colored hairband depending on what sweater she's wearing.
- 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."
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: See Dipper's entry.
- 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 Love with Love
- Innocently Insensitive: Can sometimes be this, like in "The Deep End" when it came to Mermando's heritage and inability to walk.
- KidAnova/Pretty Lech: Rare female example. She fits this trope much more than Fille Fatale.
- Kid Detective/Kid Hero
- The Lancer
- Large Ham: Sometimes she can be really over the top. The creator even describes her as this.
- Let's Get Dangerous
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light Feminine to Wendy's Dark Feminine.
- Magic Skirt: For some reason her skirt stays in place despite the crazy stunts she does.
- Meaningful Name: Mabel means "lovable," which makes total sense considering what we've seen of her character.
- 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.
- Nice Girl
- 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: Sometimes she's usually shouting.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Constantly friendly punching and poking other people, mostly Dipper.
- 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.
- Outdoorsy Gal: A rare girly girl example. She enjoys being out in nature considerably more than Dipper.
- Perpetual Smiler
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Plucky Girl
- The Pollyanna: Mabel has been described as a "glass half full" kind of girl.
- Psychic Powers: For a brief instance in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", while she was holding Gideon's amulet.
- Punny Name
- Rapunzel Hair
- Sarcasm-Blind: On occasion.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Mabel does this on a fairly regular basis.
- 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: One piece of promo art shows her lying on the floor with a popsicle stuffed in her mouth and 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Headhunters".
- Town Girls: The Femme to Candy's Neither and Grenda's Butch.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Mabel switches sweaters every episode and if the episode takes place over the course of a few days she'll switch. She switches AT LEAST 6 sweaters in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel" alone.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
- Weirdness Magnet: 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.
Great Uncle "Grunkle" Stan Pines
"When life gives you lemons, call them 'yellow oranges' and sell them for double the price."
Voiced by: Alex Hirsch
Stanford 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 Uncle: Not terribly abusive, just lacking in anything remotely resembling child-rearing skills. It's all Played for Laughs of course.
- Adults Are Useless: Especially in "Tourist Trapped".
- 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.
- Ambiguously Evil: It does not help that one of the cryptograms in the journal that when decoded, reads STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS.
- It only gets even more ambiguous in "Gideon Rises". What the hell is he planning?
- Ambiguously Jewish/Alter Kocker: Which might explain his cheapskate behavior.
- Anti-Hero: He can be a greedy sociopath, but he does have a soft spot in his cold heart for the twins.
- 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.
- Attention Whore: As seen in "Headhunters".
Grunkle Stan: But enough about me. Behold, me!
- Also, in "Boss Mabel" when he's on Cash Wheel.
- Badass Great Uncle: 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.
- Bad Boss: Justified Trope. When Mabel acted as the Benevolent Boss, she was taken advantage of by Wendy, and run up the wall by Soos' ineptitude. His strictness is how he can keep things in order.
- The Barnum
- Berserk Button: "Irrational Treasure" shows that he really doesn't like Pioneer Day.
- Also he doesn't like being questioned about his Tattoo on his back that he keeps denying, and will go nuts if someone tries to uncover it and video record it.
- 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
- Bow Ties Are Cool
- 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).
- Carpet of Virility: Type II.
- Collector of the Strange: It's a given when you own the Mystery Shack.
- Companion Cube: "Is it wrong for a man to love a wax copy of himself?"
- Consummate Liar
- Cool Old Guy
- Cool Uncle
- Creator Cameo: Alex Hirsch voices him.
- The Cynic
- Deadpan Snarker
- Drives Like Crazy: "Road safety laws, prepare to be ignored!"
- Eyepatch of Power: Wears a superfluous one while the Shack is open.
- 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".
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: Cynic.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric: Ambitious, narrow-minded, and possesses a hair-trigger temper.
- Gag Nose: His nose looks like it belonged to a muppet.
- 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.
- Gray Eyes: If Mabel's wax sculpture of him was accurate.◊
- 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!"
- Grumpy Bear
- Grumpy Old Man
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath
- Honest John's Dealership
- Iconic Outfit: Grunkle Stan is usually seen in a fez and a black tuxedo.
- I Just Want To Have Fishing Buddies: In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker".
- 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: As evidenced here◊. So much so that tumblr fans are calling his his younger self "Hunkle Stan".
- Gets even better when we see a flashback to him in the 70's. Hello, Handsome◊.
- 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 partial 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 pretty much 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 choppig 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.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Though the "Justice" part is definitely in question.
- Large Ham
- Lovable Rogue
- Miser Advisor
- Misery Builds Character: Why Stan is so tough on Dipper.
- It's also why Stan's father had him take boxing lessons.
- Money Fetish
- More Dakka: We never see them, but he claims to own ten guns due to his fear of ladders.
- Mysterious Past: 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.
- Nerd Glasses
- Nice Hat: He's never seen without his fez, except in "Little Dipper" and when he goes on vacation in "Boss Mabel".
- The Nicknamer
- Non-Standard Character Design: Grunkle Stan looks a lot like Ranger Stu from Squirrel Boy.
- 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 do... something, the episode ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Stan, a man old enough to be a great uncle vs Gideon, a psychopathic child.
- Perma Stubble
- 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.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: All the way.
- Screwy Squirrel
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Dipper's Sensitive Guy.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His default outfit.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- The Smart Guy
- Smarter Than You Look: Managed to outwit Gideon in "Little Dipper".
- Smoke Out
- Snake Oil Salesman
- Stealth Mentor: Making Dipper do difficult chores is Stan's sneaky way of preparing him to fight back as seen in "Dreamscaperers".
- Strong Family Resemblance: "Dreamscaperers" shows that Stan looks a lot like his father.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Especially when it comes to Soos and Wendy.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "The Land Before Swine".
- 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'. See I Was Quite a Looker for a possible explanation.
- Weirdness Censor: Subverted. If the end of "Gideon Rises" tells us anything, he pretty much knew about all the weird stuff.
- Why Did It Have To Be Heights?
"My wisdom is both a blessing and a curse."
Voiced by: Alex Hirsch
Handyman at the Mystery Shack. Real name Jesús, 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".
- Agent Mulder
- Amazon Chaser: If the drawing of his dream woman from the "Mailbox" short is any indicator.
- Ambiguously Brown: His full name is confirmed to be Jesús, so it's possible he's Latino. Confirmed as of "Gideon Rising", in which his abuelita speaks Spanish.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He's easily distracted by a laser pointer in "Double Dipper".
- Badass Driver
- Berserk Button: He very rarely gets angry, but as seen in "The Land Before Swine" he's sensitive about his weight.
- 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.
- Big Eater: Often seen eating something while not helping the kids or the Mystery Shack.
- Big Fun
- The Big Guy
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- Captain Obvious: "In my opinion, this is an axe."
- Cloudcuckoolander: Not to the same extent as Mabel, but 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 & 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, I 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.
- Creator Cameo: Again, voiced by Alex Hirsch.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Expy: Of Patrick Star, minus the lack of intelligence of course.
- Fat Idiot: Subverted. He’s actually smarter than you’d think, though he’s got a weird way of thinking.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: Conflicted.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic: Observant, reliable, and reactionary.
- Gentle Giant
- Genre Savvy: Likely as a result of his Medium Awareness, he displays this every now and then.
- Handy Man
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Dipper and Mabel.
- 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.
- Masked Luchador: He dresses up as one in "Summerween". It helps that he's (probably) Hispanic.
- Medium Awareness: On occasion.
- Meta Guy
- 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.
- Nice Guy: He's really nice, especially towards the kids as well as hanging out with them a lot, often shifting into Big Fun.
- Kavorka Man: Somehow managed to get a 12 on Mabels relationship test, despite the ratings scale only going from 1 to 5, giving him the rating of Total Hunk.
- Obsessed with Food
- Older Sidekick
- One of the Kids
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Storyboards from "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" confirm that Soos is short for Jesús pronounced the Spanish way, (hay-SOOS).
- Only One Name
- 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.
- Smarter Than You Look: At first glance you would think he's a Fat Idiot. He isn't.
- One of the cryptograms in the online game Rumble's Revenge states that he knows more than he lets on.
- Spell My Name with an S: His name is often misspelled as "Zeus", especially in close captioning.
- Tag Along Adult
- Verbal Tic: Soos says the word "Dude" a lot.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: 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.
Voiced by: Linda Cardellini
A teenager who works at the Mystery Shack. Dipper happens to have a crush on her.
"OH MY GOSH A PIG!!"
Mabel's beloved pet pig. She won it at the Mystery Shack's fair after guessing its weight (which was blatantly given away by its name
- 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 excersize clothes as part of her Jog Hog segment.
- Big Eater
- Cool Pet
- 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 Mabels shirt, a table, napkins..
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: "I call him that cause he waddles!"
- His original name was "Old Fifteen Pounder". Keep in mind that the man who owned him ran a weight guessing game with the pigs as prizes.
- 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.
- Team Pet