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The Mystery Shack

     Mason "Dipper" Pines 
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"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.
    • Up to Eleven in "Weirdmageddon Part 1", where he's the only member of his family and one of the only people in town confirmed not to have been captured or killed by Bill's nightmares during the three day Time Skip. To put that into context, Gravity Falls had literally become Hell on Earth during those three days due to an Apocalypse How; there was little available food, no real shelter, the water had turned to blood, and Bill's drones and creatures were specifically looking for him.
  • 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!!!
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He is known to have been teased about his birthmark by other children until he started hiding it, which may be how he earned his nickname when he was no older than five.
  • 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. Ironically, Word of God says he apparently sees Mabel as this to him.
  • 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 Hirsch 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 remembering that he already had one in the form of Dipper.
  • Badass Adorable: Though you may not want to mention the adorable bit where he can hear you. 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. Eventually lampshaded by The Author/Grunkle Ford when he asks Dipper to be his apprentice.
    Ford: How many other twelve year olds do you think are capable of doing what you've just done?
  • Badass Boast: He says one in the trailer for the series finale.
  • 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. In "Dipper vs. Manliness", he completes 49 tests of manliness from the testosterone-poisoned Manotaurs, then for the final test he fights a huge multi-headed bear monster with only a crude bone spear and wins...then stands up to the Manotaurs when he refuses to kill Multi-Bear. 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.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call him adorable or imply that he isn't smart enough to solve something.
  • 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: Usually the Brains to Mabel's Brawn, but both he and Mabel function as the Brains to Soos's, Wendy's, or Stan's Brawn, depending on who's with them at the time. On a rarest occasion, though, he proves he's fully capable of fulfilling the Brawn dynamic himself, but only if you really push him.
  • 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 Society 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 Development: His time in Gravity Falls has changed him greatly.
    • Throughout most of season 1 and in the first episode of season 2, Dipper would use the journal to try and fix whatever problem he had, either to get back at someone else or be taken seriously. However, for the rest of the season 2 he stops doing such rash actions after experiencing the disastrous results that came with them.
    • In an earlier episode he states that he could never win in a fight, but Dipper managed to protect Ford by taking on an alien machine.
  • 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 came...as for now. There's also the fact that, during a time travel incident, a younger Wendy thought he was cute.
  • 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 smart 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. It's because of this that Dipper is grounded enough to see reality.
  • 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 the dream demon 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.
  • Determinator: In "Weirdmageddon Part 1", he gets the crap knocked out of him when Wendy's truck overturns. Upon spilling out of the side door, covered in bruises, he looks up to see how close he is to Mabel's prison bubble and starts dragging himself toward it.
  • 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.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Deconstructed. One of his reoccurring flaws is that he constantly seeks validation and acceptance, usually to the detriment of himself and others. A lot of his mistakes stem from his fear that he's actually unwanted or useless to the people around him, which Stan and Mabel's frequent Innocently Insensitive comments don't exactly help with. As shown in "Society of the Blind Eye", he sees his intelligence as his only worthwhile quality and doesn't know who he is without it, and thus takes being disregarded as not smart enough very badly. Unfortunately for him, his attempts to prove he's worthy of the acceptance and appreciation he desires are usually what causes the episode's conflict. Everything he's learned ultimately pays off in the end, and he's recognized as the hero of Gravity Falls.
  • Embarrassing First Name: According to the Bill Cipher AMA, this applies to Dipper, being one of the reasons he decided to adopt the nickname. According to Word of God, his true name is similar to Mabel's in a way. According to the Defictionalization of Journal 3, Dipper's real name is Mason.
  • Everyone Can See It: His crush on Wendy wasn't exactly subtle because Mabel knew the crush first after Dipper was awkwardly speaking to Wendy, Soos caught on pretty fast and clumsily admitted to Wendy about Dippers crush but tried to change it to eucalyptus trees in Gideon Rises. In Into the Bunker Wendy actually knew the whole time that Dipper had a crush on her because she kept hearing the things he says about her under his breath.
  • 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.
  • Facial Markings: Dipper gets his nickname from a birthmark on his forehead shaped like the Big Dipper. Interestingly, children being "marked" with an affinity for the supernatural by being born with stars on their foreheads is an old Fairy Tale trope (Aarne-Thompson 407) that's survived into modern fantasy literature (Smith of Wootton Major, The Riddle Master Of Hed).
  • 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".
    • Dipper's severely lacking confidence and self-worth and his general insecurity over whether he is actually valued by his friends and family has driven many of the conflicts centered around his character. Actually, this is likely the direct cause the above flaw.
    • He also at times can have a defeatist mentality due to said insecurities, something that can damage his ability to fight back in tough circumstances. He's so far only been able to overcome this mentality when others are in danger and need him, something that again ties in with his doubts over his worth.
  • 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. While Dipper is cynical and struggles with self-confidence issues, he can be very determined when push comes to shove. Mabel, on the other, tends to look on the bright side, has an inflated view of her own importance, and can totally lose it when things don't go her way.
    • 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. While Dipper tries to reassure Mabel, she's still worried—and, in the very next episode, we see that Mabel's incessant teasing of Dipper (shown, in "Little Dipper", to stem from her own insecurities) has already begun to drive a wedge between them.
  • Genius Slob: Robbie states that he wears the same pair of shorts everyday. He even wears the same shirt and shorts when sleeping.
  • 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.
  • Hero with a Unique Name: Dipper goes by an unusual nickname as his real name is never spoken on screen. Journal 3 reveals his name is Mason Pines.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: His crush on Wendy. The Bill Cipher AMA states that redheads dominate his internet history as well.
  • 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").
  • Heroic Will Power: He alone is able to resist the lures of Bill's prison bubble, while everyone else succumbed easily.
  • Hidden Depths: He can play the sousaphone.
  • Hopeless Suitor: His crush on Wendy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a Single Bound: After training with the manotaurs Dipper gains a Down Played (but still quite impressive for a twelve year old) version.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: A plot point in "Dipper Vs Manliness" is he enjoys bubble gum pop music.
  • Infant Immortality: Just barely played straight in the most literal sense; for every brush with death he's worked his way out of in the series proper, a conversation with Stan in Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets reveals that Dipper was born with his umbilical cord (or possibly Mabel's) wrapped around his neck, nearly killing him via asphyxiation.
  • The Insomniac: Tends to forget sleep when more pressing concerns engage his attention, as highlighted in "Sock Opera" when he pulled a string of all-nighters in an attempt to crack the laptop code.
    Mabel: Don't stay up all night, Dipper. Last time you got this sleep-deprived you tried to eat your own shirt.
    Dipper: (spits out shirt collar)
  • 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 to cover up his low self-esteem, not to mention he's an apt Deadpan Snarker.
  • 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: Invoked trope. Dipper tries to become this to flirt with girls in "Roadside Attraction", but he never actually pulls it off since he's pretty genuine and friendly to all the girls he talks to (the worst thing he actually does when talking to them is almost drop a girl's camera, and the "jerk" comment there is a joke). When the flirting attempts backfire on him he stops trying this.
  • 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 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.
    The Author: I began to keep a Journal.
    Dipper: (squee) THE JOURNALS!!! ...sorry, sorry. I just got excited there. About the Journals. ...keep talking.
    The Author: I began to keep a Journal—
    Dipper: (squee)
    The Author: …Just going to ignore that.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Towards Mabel, somewhat. When she realizes how much school is going to suck, and that she'll have to leave her friends behind, she consoles herself with the knowledge that at least she'll have Dipper by her side. ...Then he takes up Ford's offer to be his apprentice and stay in Gravity Falls while she goes back home. The possibility of them being separated is one of her motivations for trying to prevent the future by freezing time (she fails, but it results in The End of the World as We Know It instead).
  • Living MacGuffin: He is one of ten who can truly defeat Bill Cipher.
  • 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 exit 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. His real name, Mason, is also one of these, as Ford points out that the freemasons are an incredibly famous secret society. It matches with the Stans both stone themed names, as 'Mason' means 'Worker with stone'. He worked with both of them. And also, all of them are not easily swayed: hard as stone.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Shares this role with Mabel to Stan. While he and Stan don't always get along and Mabel is closer to their great uncle, Dipper does bring out Stan's softer side. It's his and Mabel's teamwork that makes Stan and Ford realize how petty their antagonism towards each other is and work together to stop Bill.
    • 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 "Grunkle 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 Guy: While Dipper is flawed, he is usually friendly and kindhearted.
  • 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. His hat is now in Wendy's possession, and vice versa.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Mabel: Why can't you just walk up and talk to her like a normal person?
    Dipper: Step 9, sister! (points to Step 9 on list: "Talk to her like a normal person")
  • 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 isn't his real one, being a nickname derived from a birthmark on his forehead in the shape of the Big Dipper constellation. His birth name is unknown in the series, but is revealed in the tie-in Journal 3 book to be Mason Pines.
  • 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. Ford's entry on the boy in Journal 3 has him note strong B.O., indicating a lack of general hygiene, likely from Dipper being busy with his Paranormal Investigations.
    Dipper: Washing clothes is a waste of time - I'm a busy guy!
  • 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: Usually a straight example, but this trope is notably played with 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.
  • Reality Ensues: Stan and Mabel's constant teasing exacerbates his insecurities, and when coupled with Dipper's own frequent mistakes and often brutally-learned episodic lessons, this eventually causes him to have serious emotion and confidence issues. Over time this evolves into an increasing tendency for Dipper to hold himself accountable for everything that goes wrong and equally increasing distance between him and the members of his family.
  • 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. Journal 3's entry that Dipper wrote about that night has him mention she looks "okay" in an evening dress and that she smells like champagne and flowers, the latter information crossed out. The last sentence, also crossed out, is him wondering if there was some vibe going on. He even draws a picture of Pacifica in the same style as a drawing he made of Wendy while he chronicled the events of "Into The Bunker".
    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. Or girls in general, really.
  • 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.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With Mabel. He's the logical twin who is a Guile Hero and she's the one more accustomed to fighting.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Definitely steps up a lot more in Season 2, which is lampshaded by Stanford and why he asks him to be his apprentice.
  • Trauma Conga Line: His general, everyday life isn't really that happy to begin with, considering he's often Mabel and Stan's insecurity-riddled Butt Monkey and every mistake he makes is payed for in an insane amount of self-blaming and self-doubt, but "Weirdmageddon Part 1" takes the cake. His family is captured or scattered, an Apocalypse How occurs and the world becomes Hell on Earth, and Dipper survives on the streets alone for days, hunted, starving, and believing the horrifying Apocalypse unfolding around him is all his fault.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Mason and Mabel Pines.
  • 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!
  • The Unreveal: We never do learn his first name in the show itself, but it is revealed to be Mason in Journal 3.
  • 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".
  • 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).
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: His relationship with Pacifica has shades of this in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". For the first half of the episode, they argue and exchange catty behavior while trying to rid Northwest Manor of a homicidal ghost. However, once the ghost is dealt with, their opinions of each other change and they eventually become friends.
  • 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) Raised the dead.
  • 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.
    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. When Ford finally reads the entries he made in Journal 3 following the events of "Dungeon, Dungeons, & More Dungeons", he puts it thusly:
    Ford: Sure, he's rough around the edges (and prone to romantic distraction), but he possesses bravery, cleverness, imagination, and drive far beyond his years.

    Mabel Pines 
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"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: Mabel is perfectly capable of springing into action when the situation calls for it.
  • Adorkable: In a Plucky Genki Girl package.
  • Aesop Amnesia:
    • 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.
    • In "The Last Mabelcorn", despite being informed that doing good deeds just to look good isn't good at all, she goes right back to trying to think of a good enough deed to make her "pure of heart."
    • Downplayed in "Roadside Attraction". Despite proclaiming that she has a plan to set up Candy and Dipper (clearly going against her lesson from "The Love God") she doesn't much act on this plan besides making them share a seat and her forgetting the previous aesop is neither the driving force nor the focus of the conflict that occurs.
    • In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", this is Deconstructed. Despite her acknowledging the two Aesops of "if I love it set it free" ("Boyz Crazy") or that she shouldn't always expect Dipper to give up everything he cares about for her sake ("Sock Opera"), neither of the two seem to have stuck in Mabel's head. Mabel becomes distraught after learning how hard growing up is going to be and can only take solace in knowing Dipper is going to be there for her, so flips out when learning he might pursue his dreams away from her—while also not understanding that her often insensitive treatment is what drove him away to Ford to start with, which she had briefly acknowledged in "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons".
    • Perhaps a bit of Reality Ensues given her age and that real people can struggle with these kinds of problems for decades even while fully aware of their tendencies. Her lack of forethought doesn't help any, either.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Soos occasionally calls Mabel "Hambone". Stan calls her "sweetie" or, more rarely, "pumpkin".
  • All-Loving Heroine: She tries to cool down her rivalry and get on good terms with Pacifica, as well as 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?
  • All Take and No Give: This, along with Innocent Insensitivity, is her Fatal Flaw. Mabel has a problem with selfishness and often takes advantage of her brother's love to try to get him to put aside his own wishes and goals and do what she wants, usually without realizing (until far later, if at all) that what she's doing is manipulative or damaging. This is subverted in "Sock Opera" by sacrificing her puppet show performance to defeat Bill, but she needed to be prompted to even realize she'd overstepped any boundaries in the first place and even then suffered Aesop Amnesia immediately afterwards.
  • 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 and refused to eat lobster. Alex Hirsch originally stated that the Pines family is not canonically Jewish, but after the release of Journal 3 stated that the Pines Twins probably had a similar upbringing to his own, with Stan being raised Jewish while Dipper and Mabel were raised fairly non-religiously, though both Christian and Jewish holidays are celebrated at Mabel's insistence.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: From time to time. Ironically, she's the older twin, having been born five minutes before Dipper. She she never lets Dipper forget this.
  • 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.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: After the 8 1/2th President was released from his Peanut Brittle-caused hibernation, he dubbed her a Congresswoman.
  • 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.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", she makes a wish for time to stop so she wouldn't have to face her problems and Dipper wouldn't leave her so soon. "Blendin" offers her a "Time Bubble" to do just that, if only she'd hand over a mysterious item in her brother's possession. She does, is immediately sealed inside a bubble, and gets her wish fulfilled in the most brutal way possible. It's even worse—she's trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine that creates the perfect paradise that it would be too hard for Mabel to reject it.
  • 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: In episode 1, getting between her and a cute boy was one. She definitely still has problems with this, but after this instance she stops reacting so violently to it.
  • 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 that she was able to solve the mystery because of how she approached it in a silly, unorthodox way.
  • Big Sister Bully:
    • Played with and 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 the insecure Dipper and drives him away from her and Stan on occasion. She usually comes through for him when it counts, but she seems to have a very, very hard time apologizing.
    • 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.
    • "Little Dipper" reveals what is possibly a motivation for this part of Mabel's character. When Dipper wins various games against her, Mabel interprets this as him rubbing his victories in her face and retaliates by (literally) be"littling" him over the fact that he's now one millimeter shorter than her, which Dipper doesn't take well to at all. After seeing how upset it made him, she finally explains to Dipper how she felt inferior over his many game victories and that's why she treated him so badly.
  • 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.
  • Book Dumb: In contrast to her more academically gifted twin.
  • Brains and Brawn: Usually the Brawn to Dipper's Brain, but both he and Mabel function as the Brains to Soos's, Wendy's, or Stan's Brawn, depending on who's with them at the time.
  • Brainy Brunette: Not Dipper's book smarts and strategic tactics, but Mabel has proven to be a lot more clever than she lets on.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • In "The Time Traveler's Pig", Mabel comes into possession of a pig she calls Waddles. She spends about five minutes with him, then has to re-win him over and over again as her brother attempts to correct a poorly-done throw from his past. The attempt where he succeeds involves her not getting her pig, and she spends what is implied to be a month standing in the same place banging her head against a totem pole before he fixes it.
    • 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 to make herself more pure and Celestebellebethabelle tells her that performing good deeds just to look good isn't pure of heart at all, after which Mabel spends most of her time curled up and struggling to list reasons why she might be considered impure of heart.
    • The entirety of "Dipper and Mabel vs. The Future" is this for her: Wendy breaks it to her how awful High School is, Candy and Grenda are going to be unavailable for her 13th Birthday, Dipper has accepted a position as Ford's apprentice that will mean she's going alone at the end of the summer, and to top it all off she causes the apocalypse by giving a time-space rift to a Bill-possessed Blendin Blandin.
  • Broken Pedestal: Mabel loved unicorns all her life. Then she actually met one and soon realized what awful, pretentious and judgmental creatures they actually are.
  • Brother-Sister Team: A rather refreshing one with Dipper, in that they're not constantly bickering and actually make quite a remarkable team. This lack of bickering is deconstructed in the latter half of the second season, as them ceasing to discuss their problems with each other results in Poor Communication Kills.
  • 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.
  • Deal with the Devil: Bill Cipher, under the guise of Blendin Blandin, offers to freeze time in Gravity Falls if Mabel would give him the mysterious orb in her brother's possession. Mabel, having spent the entire day being convinced of how awful her future is going to be, agrees. She hands it over, he breaks it, and the world promptly begins to end.
  • Demonic Possession: In "The Inconveniencing" by the convenience store ghosts.
  • Deuteragonist: To Dipper's role as series' Protagonist, though sometimes she'll temporarily take the role of protagonist for an episode.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Emotional and energetic, Mabel rarely, if ever, re-considers her actions before doing them. She just throws herself, sometimes literally, in whatever weird and wacky thing that pops into her head, a stark contrast to Dipper and his tendency to over-think things. This, typically, causes more than a fair share of problems. In "Soos and the Real Girl", her random decision to just eat candy, wrappers and all, nearly causes her to choke. When Wendy tried to point out that using Laser-Guided Amnesia to forget failed romances might not be a good idea, Mabel declared, "All ideas are good ideas!" Ultimately, it's her thoughtlessness that causes Weirdmageddon; When Blendin Blandin offers to freeze time in exchange for a weird thing her brother has, so Mabel won't have to grow up and face the future, she doesn't pick up on the warning signs or consider the implications and only learns after the fact that Bill was playing her like a violin.
  • 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:
    • 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, and it takes many more plot-heavy episodes for Mabel to start growing out of it.
      • This comes to a head in "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", when she puts her misery and fear of growing up over Dipper's desire to make decisions for his own future, throwing a fit over it. She attempts to make a deal with Blendin Blandin using the mysterious orb in Dipper's backpack to freeze Gravity Falls in time so she wouldn't lose Dipper and could have a little more time for Summer. The deal doesn't work, but only because Blendin was actually possessed by Bill, who takes advantage of Mabel's various weaknesses to jumpstart the Apocalypse.
    • 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. While Dipper is cynical and struggles with self-confidence issues, he can be very determined when push comes to shove. Mabel, on the other, tends to look on the bright side, has an inflated view of her own importance, and can totally lose it when things don't go her way.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Dipper's responsible. Of the two Mabel is the more interested in having fun, and often rushes 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 and preparedness.
  • 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, warm welcomes and excitement typically follow her everywhere she goes.
  • 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, though admittedly most of the clues were discovered on accident while she was goofing off.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Girl And Her X: A Girl And Her Pig. Mabel and Waddles were inseparable the moment they met. 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 viscous 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. A conversation with Stan in Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets even reveals that her very first act as a newborn was to punch the doctor who delivered her.
  • Glurge Addict: Mabel loves anything cute and/or colorful, no matter how sickening other characters find it. It comes out in full force in "Weirdmageddon Part 2: Escape from Reality" where her imaginary world that Bill Cipher has trapped her in is brightly colored, constantly blaring cheerful 80's style music and populated by cute little creatures and walking, talking stuffed animals.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Mabel may be the goofy, energetic one between her and Dipper, but she has her own brand of intellect that's just as useful as his.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: One of her iconic items, gained as a gift from Stan.
  • 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 B.S.O.D.:
    • 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.
    • Goes right back to sweater town at the end of "Dipper and Mabel vs. The Future", where after a full day of nothing going right for her, Dipper tops it all off by choosing to stay in Gravity Falls as an apprentice to The Author.
  • Hidden Depths: Alex Hirsch has stated in an interview that this was the reason for having her pick the grappling hook from the gift shop in the first episode: to show that Mabel, in addition to loving boys, sweaters, and pink, is more than willing to take a "crazy Batman gadget" when she gets the chance.
    • Being boy-crazy, Mabel has a long list of crushes, including Xyler and Kraz, a pair of Totally Radical dudes from her favorite movie, Dream Boy High. In addition to being pretty, they have law degrees and can quote Jean-Paul Sartre. Considering they're her idea of the perfect boys, Mabel has very high standards.
  • History Repeats: In "A Tale of Two Stans", we learn that the rift in Stan and Ford's relationship began when Stan, fearing being abandoned, messed with one of his brother's things and ended up causing much more disaster than he intended. In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", out of fear of being abandoned, Mabel also messes with her brother's things in a big to keep him from leaving her. She ends up causing a Pandora-level catastrophe.
  • 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 poor idea of how love works, considering how often she tries to force love when it isn't there. In one of the shorts, she exclaims that if Love doesn't work, "force it."
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Why she bullies Dipper in "Little Dipper". His tendency to brag after winning when playing games with her makes her feel insecure, so she responds by picking on him about being 1 millimeter shorter than her for the rest of the episode, joking that it was proof she was evolving into the "Alpha Twin".
  • 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.
    • Discussed briefly by Dipper in "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons". Despite Mabel honestly believing her quips are funny and charming, 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.
    • In "Not What He Seems", Dipper is afraid of what will happen when the Portal opens and wants to shut it down, but Mabel decides to trust in Grunkle Stan despite his seemingly evil actions and opens it anyways. At the end of the very next episode, Dipper seems content with what happened and trusting in the future, and Mabel is afraid of what will happen, since this is her first episode realizing the future may hold consequences she won't like.
  • It's All About Me: Shares this flaw with Ford, of all people. Like him, she has a problem with selfishness and a tendency not to consider the value of other people's opinions or desires if they differ from her own. She usually considers her way of doing things to be 100% correct (even at one point proclaiming to her brother that she "do[es] everything right, all the time!") and has to go through tough Jerkass Realizations to even consider that whatever she's done maybe wasn't the best thing after all. Unfortunately, she also shares Ford's tendency towards forgetting hard-learned lessons, so she slips back into this just as often.
    • Dipper possibly leaving to become the Author's apprentice and chase his dreams by himself actually scares her into admitting that she doesn't care if it's a good opportunity for Dipper, what matters is if it's a good opportunity for her. This was, of course, after she had a really awful day, and she tried to get over it after "Weirdmageddon".
  • Jerkass Ball: In "Sock Opera", where she breaks her promises to her brother and walks all over him 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 in disappointment. Mabel's face shows she realizes how hurtful what she's said actually is, the most she can do is give a little "you got me there" and turn over in bed.
  • 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). Also, no one found out that she (unknowingly) gave the rift to Bill.
  • Kid Detective: Same case as Dipper, often accompanying him in his investigations.
  • Kid Hero: She's twelve like her brother and one of the heroes.
  • 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. She's especially like this around her pet pig, Waddles.
  • Lethal Chef: Literally. Her "Mabel Juice" has plastic dinosaurs in it.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Whenever 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.
  • Little Miss Badass: Mabel's a twelve year old girl who loves nature, animals and everything feminine. She's also quite capable against the calamities that Gravity falls throws at her on a regular basis.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Dipper. While it doesn't reach to unhealthy standards like Mabel, Dipper relies on Mabel for emotional support.
  • Living MacGuffin: Her importance is revealed in the finale: She is one of ten who can defeat Bill Cipher.
  • Love Makes You Evil: It should be noted that many of Mabel's worst Jerkass 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.
  • Magnetic Hero: Lampshaded by Ford, who claims he once watched her become pen-pals with a pizza delivery man in the span of a minute.
  • 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, since she drugged them both with a Love Potion.
  • Meaningful Name: Mabel means "lovable", and pretty much everyone in the show adores her. Too much, in the case of Gideon.
  • Morality Pet: To Stan, even before his Character Development. He genuinely adores her, and treats her incredibly well, comforting her when she's upset and calling her by affectionate nicknames. It's her and Dipper's teamwork that makes Stan and Ford realize just how petty their antagonism towards each other is and work together to stop Bill.
  • Motor Mouth: Downplayed. She's loud, chatty, opinionated, and has no trouble saying whatever comes to mind no matter how strange or unsettling, but it's not the extreme example common for this trope.
  • 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 compassionate person and generally tries to help others, though her methods don't always produce the ideal results.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future", Ford talks Dipper into becoming his apprentice, which would require Dipper to stay in Gravity Falls after the summer is over. Mabel, freaking out already over how terrible everyone older than her says growing up is, tries to freeze Gravity Falls in time with Blendin Blandin's help so Dipper can't leave her to grow up alone. Only problem is, Blendin was possessed by Bill and used Mabel's desperation to get the Rift, which he then used to start the Apocalypse.
  • 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 whatever 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.
    • Subverted when she finally begins considering her and Dipper's possible future and begins growing paranoid over it. Notably, this paranoia causes a good portion of the emotional conflict that develops between Dipper and Mabel, because she's so hysterical by the time Dipper learns about her concern that she refuses to actually talk with him about it, instead yelling at him and and running away.
  • Properly Paranoid: Her fears that she and Dipper will eventually drift apart 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 internalize it rather than discuss it and thus aren't made aware of what bothers the other. See Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, however, for how she caused some of these fears to happen herself.
  • 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.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Mabel's fear that her relationship with Dipper will become more distant actually does start to manifest in reality; however, one of the major reasons Dipper stops spending as much time with her is because he gains the option to spend time with someone who doesn't make fun of his hobbies, interests and quirks like she does. Also, when Dipper's finally made aware of Mabel's fear of drifting apart and tries to talk to her and work things out, Mabel's so upset at him for unknowingly forcing her to confront this fear that she refuses to talk with him, instead yelling at him and running away crying, which quite literally causes the Rift between them to go from manageable and controllable to uncontainable and unpredictable.
  • 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.
    • She "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.
    • Mabel and Candy agree to be "co-bridesmaids" at Grenda and Marius' future wedding.
    • Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets reveals she knows about Dipper and Pacifica hugging in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" and teases them about it.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: In a lesser extent than her brother, but still. Particularly so in the "Mabel's Guide to Life" shorts.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • In "Tourist Trapped", she believed she was "irrestible" to guys, in spite of the Montage showing her heavy-handed attempts at flirting failing miserably.
    • In "The Love God", she considered herself "the world's greatest match-maker", even though she has a very poor idea of how love works.
    • In "The Last Mabelcorn", she fully believed she was of "pure, perfect heart."
  • Spanner in the Works: Ford doesn't seem to have considered how badly Mabel would take his offer to essentially raise Dipper (just Dipper) through his teenage years in Gravity Falls. Her It's All About Me response and subsequent desperate deal with Blendin Blandin to try to freeze time (thus preventing her or Dipper from growing up for as long as she wanted) screwed over Dipper and Ford's hard-won solution to the slowly cracking Rift and led directly to the start of the Apocalypse they were trying to prevent, because as it turns out, Blendin was possessed by Bill.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is often misspelled as "Mable", even though her name appears in the opening credits.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With Dipper. She's the one more accustomed to fighting, he's the logical twin who is a Guile Hero.
  • Stunned Silence: In the Establishing Series Moment in the pilot, this was her reaction to finding out that her new boyfriend was actually a bunch of gnomes standing on top of each other. Notably, this is the only time in the whole series that Mabel's rendered speechless. (Though it makes sense, considering this was her first-ever encounter with the supernatural. After that, it's safe to assume not much would shock her anymore.)
  • 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.
    • In "Little Dipper", she ate a gummy bear the size of a large teddy bear (except for the head, which she saved for later).
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • In "Little Dipper", Mabel sees her brother's slightly cocky behavior after winning a board game as him rubbing his victories in her face. She responds by bullying him about being 1 millimeter shorter than her for the rest of the episode, deciding that this height difference is indicative of her evolving into a being superior to him, and proclaiming herself the "Alpha Twin". She doesn't even have a Jerkass Realization at the end like the other examples, instead justifying her actions by claiming he made her feel bad first.
    • In "Boyz Crazy", she keeps Sev'ral Timez prisoner in her bedroom until Candy and Grenda can talk her out of it.
    • In "Sock Opera", she puts her desire for her Boy of the Week over her promise to help her brother decrypt the laptop password, pushes Dipper into promising to help her construct a puppet show on the fly to impress said boy, and steals Journal 3 to use as a prop in her play, almost giving it to Bill Cipher for the play's success before having her Jerkass Realization.
  • 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.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Mason and Mabel Pines.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Became so frightened by the idea of growing up and being separated from her brother that she gave the Rift her brother and Uncle tried so hard to protect over to Blendin Blandin, who promised he would use it to freeze time for her so she and the rest of Gravity Falls would stay the same as long as she wanted. Instead, Blendin revealed himself to be possessed by Bill, who promptly broke it and began the Apocalypse. It's kind of played with, actually, because while she didn't intend for the Apocalypse, her intention to freeze time and force everyone to stay the same in Gravity Falls is pretty doom-worthy in and of itself if she couldn't reverse it.
  • 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.
    • Though everytime before bed, she does always wear the nightgown with the image of a 3.5 floppy disk on it. Fridge Logic being that she is perhaps saving at the end of each waking day?
  • Unwanted Assistance: She frequently tries to "help" people by coercing others into taking up her methods. While she does this in many areas, it's most prominent in romance, where she's gone to extreme lengths to "support" others in relationships that she approves of.
    • In "Into the Bunker", she locks her brother into a closet with Wendy and refuses to let them out until Dipper confesses his love to her, after he told her he was giving up on his crush and asked her to leave it alone. This nearly gets them killed, because it wasn't a closet, it was the chamber of a very deadly (and now loose) experiment.
    • In "Roadside Attraction", when Dipper's still not over his rejection, she supports the idea that Dipper should get into a rebound relationship and tries to hook him up with her friend Candy, only to blame him when he was uncomfortable with Candy's really forward advances and get angry at him for "betraying" Candy by talking to other girls before Candy even asked him out.
  • Weak-Willed: Her focus and dedication to a matter can easily be broken if she sees something she wants (especially if it's a boy).
  • Weapon of Choice: A grappling hook she got in the very first episode, which becomes a Chekhov's Gun in the first season finale and began to be used more often in the second season.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 
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"When life gives you lemons, you call them 'yellow oranges' and sell them for double the price."
Voiced by: Alex Hirsch

Stan 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: 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 Filbrick'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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Always Save the Girl: Has a history of going great lengths to assure that he and his brother stay together, or get reunited, at great personal costs but also at the expense of everything else, including what said brother himself might want. Stan even spent 30 long years working to repair a portal that could destroy the universe. Unlike most examples, this winds up having serious repercussions as the portal's reactivation ends up creating a dangerous rift in spacetime that gets his whole family targeted by Bill and is ultimately used to unleash Weirdmageddon. Ironically, said brother is very much a The Needs of the Many person and as such, absolutely furious at Stan for reactivating the portal. It's later revealed that Stanford also finds this trait of Stan's unbearably smothering.
  • 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. Taken 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. Alex Hirsch originally stated that the Pines family is not canonically Jewish, but after being questioned about Journal 3 stating that Stan had a Bar Mitzvah, he suggested that Stan was raised Jewish and became an atheist later in life.
  • Anti-Hero: He may be a greedy jerk and con artist, but he does have a soft spot in his 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. 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". The below quote is also the page quote
    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 Grandpa: He does the above despite being about as old as the twins' grandpa (he's confirmed to be somewhere in his sixties).
  • Badass Normal: He's just a normal guy with no special powers or cool tech, but he still punches pterodactyls in the face and kills zombies by punching them with brass knuckles.
  • The Barnum: Most of his revenue seems to come from swindling rubes in really obvious ways.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: In an epic moment of his career as a shyster he gives Bill Cipher a lousy deal of his own.
    • Very literal when he defeats Probabilitor in "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons".
  • 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.
  • 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 Brother Instinct: He's shown to care a great deal about his twin just like Dipper for Mabel. The last half of season 2 reveals that he invested a lot of time into bringing Ford back from another dimension.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has a practically huge grey pair.
  • Book Dumb: Academically miles behind his brother, considered useless by his father, no college education…still a brilliant scammer who can wring money out of anyone and managed to fix the portal on his own. In the finale, this trope ends up working to his advantage, because he literally had nothing Bill wants, which is what made his mind the perfect vessel to defeat Bill in.
  • 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's brains 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 and Ford is no push-over in a fight.
    "Good thing you got your smarts, Poindexter. I got the other thing. What's it called? Oh, right. Punching!"
  • 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 making things up as he goes along, 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 legitimate sales job he'd probably gotten rich a lot sooner.
  • Brotherhood of Funny Hats: Stan's fez vaguely resembles those worn by the Shriners. He also remarks how "the boys from the lodge" won't go fishing with him.
    • Journal 3 reveals that it's his father's fez, from "The Order of the Holy Mackerel".
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Stan may be a bruiser, but he's as soft as a marshmallow when it comes to his family... not that he wouldn't threaten to punch you for pointing it out.
  • 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 Susan, but it immediately 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 outnumbered 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.
  • Con Man: Not only does Stan fool tourists with the fake attractions at the Mystery Shack, but he also has a long record of financial crimes. However it comes in handy in the finale when he manages to out-con Bill
  • Consummate Liar: He's an inveterate shyster and proud of it. 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A silly and lazy conman he may be. But, 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. He's even the one that deals the final blow to Bill in the finale of the show.
  • Cutting Corners: How Stan operates all his business ventures. Especially his carnival.
    Stan: There she is, the cheapest fair 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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He wears an all-black suit, and while he may be a crook, he's one of the good guys.
  • 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. After Weirdmageddon was foiled, it's implied he's going by Stanley again, as the news refer to him as such.
  • 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.
  • 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, with a third of the instructions) 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.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In the Series Finale, he punches Bill in the eye while they're both inside his mind, causing him to shatter into a million pieces.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Nobody out-cons Stanley Pines. Not even Bill Cipher.
  • 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... though he had a prescription from Doctor Medicine for that.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Hot Belgian Waffles, did he! After 10 years living on the streets, 30 years of working on the Portal, and Weirdmageddon, Stan finally reconciles with Ford, is named the town hero, and the two decide to travel the world together on the Stan-o-War II.
  • 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 their 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. And this again very nearly led to Bill winning after Stan broke a magic circle to attack Ford over his grammar being corrected.
    • 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. It's a bit more complicated in the present; Stan recognizes that the weird stuff in town is highly dangerous, and that the kids should stay away from it. However, his method to do this was to put on an act of Selective Obliviousness, shrugging any claims of monsters as imagination, while at the same time tinkering with the Portal, the most dangerous thing in Gravity Falls. Ford actually calls Stan out on his recklessness.
  • 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. It's down to his experiences he is like this, as a "Tale of Two Stans" 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 who 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.
  • 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". See Not in Front of the Kid below.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Stan's got Journal #1, and he's been looking for #2 and #3 for years to complete the set. He finally got all 3 at the end of Gideon Rises.
    Stan: After all these years... Finally, we have them all.
  • 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 B.S.O.D.: 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices his mind in the finale in order to trap and weaken Bill enough to destroy him. Thankfully, as shown with McGucket and having not been mindwiped long, he managed to regain his memory just due to being remind of it thanks to Mabel's scrapebook.
  • Hey, You!: He often addresses Dipper and Mabel as "kid", apparently simply due to his gruff personality.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being considered an idiot by his parents and teachers, he was able to secretly repair Ford's dimensional portal by himself with nothing but his brother's journals to aid him.
  • 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.
  • 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 chance to get into his dream college.
    • Played for laughs when Stan warned the twins that if they started talking like pioneers on Pioneer Day, that he would disown them.
    Stan: "You're dead to me. DEAD TO ME!"
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Stan's family disowned him when he accidentally broke Stanford'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.
  • Indy Ploy: Stan is almost preternaturally good at this. He survived for years with nothing but his wits and a baseball bat, has apparently escaped by the skin of his teeth (perhaps literally, given that he somehow chewed his way out of a car trunk) multiple times, and managed to turn his brother's house into a passable tourist trap and thriving business by making it up as he went along.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • La Résistance: Though he only gets one brief scene in "Weirdmageddon", in "Weirdmageddon Part 2" it turns out Stan was alive and well, hiding out in the Shack and leading a holdout against Bill.
  • 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... of course, 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. Stan chose not to care because of personal grievances against his brother.
  • Lovable Rogue: While immoral, shady and sometimes outright criminal, Stan remains a beloved character, and makes it clear that he is good at heart- to the audience. The people in-universe are far less lenient; It's stated as early as the second episode that Stan has no friends ("The guys at the lodge don't 'like' or 'trust' me."), due to his dishonest business practices. His campaign for mayor was torpedoed by his own crime record, "A Tale of Two Stans" strongly implies that his amoral tendencies were the reason he got disowned by his family, the accidental ruining of Ford's college admissions being The Last Straw. His attempts to get rich through various scams and swindles all ended in failure. The only place a blatant criminal like Stan can operate more-or-less unhindered is Gravity Falls with its stupid populace.
  • 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.
  • Messianic Archetype: He sacrifices himself to save everyone from the resident Satanic Archetype, and he gets better soon after, but he will forever be remembered for it.
  • 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 Greatest Failure: He accidentally sent his twin brother through an interdimensional portal during the middle of a nasty fight. He had spent years living with that memory on his mind. He had been collecting the Journals, hoping to one day be reunited with his long-lost brother.
  • 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. However he constantly blamed Ford for causing The End of the World as We Know It. Yes, Ford did build the portal and it was a huge mistake and was a potential for disaster, but Stan is equally accountable for blatantly disregarding every single written instruction by Ford not to use the portal for any reason whatsoever, even if it was to save him, and Stan's one use of the portal led to the left over rift that Bill was able to open. That said, after ruining the destiny circle which almost gave Bill complete victory, Stan does come to realize this and even blames himself after seeing Bill nearly kill Dipper and Mabel.
  • Nerd Glasses: Started wearing glasses as part of his attempts to impersonate Ford. Since he never stops wearing them, it's probable he legitimately needs them now.
  • Nice Hat: He's never seen without his fez, except in "Little Dipper" and when he goes on vacation in "Boss Mabel".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • He manages to get enough material to re-power the portal and bring his brother back into the main dimension. But unwittingly created a dimensional rift in the process which is why Ford was angry at him upon returning as he knows Bill needs the rift to cross over. However Stan is never told this.
    • In the finale, Ford manages to make a destiny circle that could potentially defeat Bill. However Stan was needed for it and, just as it was being powered up, got into an argument with Ford over grammar. This gave time for Bill to return and stop them, nearly costing everyone. Luckily Stan made up for it.
  • 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.
    Stan, on a security tape recording: (drops a barrel of radioactive waste on his foot) Gah! HOT BELGIAN WAFFLES! Wait… I'm alone! I can swear for real! (takes deep breath) SON OF A - (Dipper pauses the tape while Mabel covers her ears)
  • Not So Different: From Bill. Both are theatrical conmen with tons of charisma and guided by a ruthless personal objectivity, to the point where in the Weirdmageddon version of the show's intro, Stan is replaced by Bill predominantly. It's this very shared trait that spells the end for Bill.
  • 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.
  • Out of Focus: Rather jarringly too considering he's one of the main characters, but after "A Tale Of Two Stans", most of his appearances aren't tied to the Myth Arc of the series and his two focus episodes are Filler at best. Averted in the series finale where he gets a ton of focus regarding his resentment of his brother. He's even one who comes up with the plan that ultimately defeats Bill by performing a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • 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.
    • In the series finale he pulls the old Twin Switch with Ford on Bill, allowing him to trap the demon in his mind when Bill enters his head while Ford uses the Memory Eraser gun to delete both Stan's mind and Bill. He even manages to deliver a punch that destroys Bill before his mind is fully erased. Why? Because Bill made the mistake of messing with his family.
  • 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 whether Stan cares about him at all at one point. The truth is a lot 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.
  • Playing Gertrude: Stan is his 60+. His voice actor, series creator Alex Hirsch just turned 30 in 2015.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Stan is a greedy shyster, contrast his super-genius brother, Ford, who appears to be well-intentioned.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Delivers a fantastic one in the series finale to Bill.
    Stan: You're a real wise guy, but you made one fatal mistake. You messed with my family.
  • 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.
    • Despite Stan's good intentions, his treating Dipper as The Unfavorite to toughen him up (by mocking Dipper whenever the opportunity hits, making Dipper do most of the hard and dangerous work around the Shack, and refusing to express any positive feedback towards him lest he "get a big head") drove Dipper to dislike him immensely and almost destroyed their relationship entirely.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: After the Big "NO!", Stan gets really into The Duchess Approves (think Downton Abbey) in The Inconveniencing (to the point of throwing the TV out the window out of rage at one of the plot elements).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to his twin brother Ford's blue.
  • The Reveal: His real name is Stanley, and he has a twin brother named Stanford, who is the author of the journals. When Stanford got flung into the portal, Stanley faked his death and took on Stanford's name and identity.
  • 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.
    • It's hard to say whether the columbian jail sentence was one of those as he seemed pretty chipper about something that would be the low point of anybody else's life.
  • Sand In My Eyes: Two of the 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, I'm 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" even show his report card with 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", Dipper in "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained: Stan's Tattoo", and even Bill in the finale.
  • 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.
    • It's this quality that makes Ford believe Stan would've seen right through Bill Cipher's trickery at the very first moment.
  • Spanner in the Works: The one Pines Bill never took interest in was the one Pines he should have always watched out for.
  • 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.
  • Stepford Smiler: A minor case; Stan seems to genuinely love most aspects of his life, such as scamming people and spending time with his young charges, "A Tale of Two Stans" hints that underneath it all is a man who's haunted by the guilt of sending his brother into another dimension. After Ford comes back and makes clear his intent to take back his house and name after the summer, Stan covers it up with his usual gruff nature.
  • 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. And, as Bill discovers to his chagrin, even in the modern day after a clothes swap.
  • 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 his youth, he was severely picked on; Stan's dad had him take boxing lessons, and in his senior years, he still knows how to fight.
  • 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.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Cuts quite a triangular figure while wearing his tux; even without it on, he's been shown to have a very broad chest and shoulders, thick arms, and skinny legs (it all just happens to get a little overshadowed by his gut).
  • Tough Love: A Deconstruction. Stan's father, Filbrick Pines, was an emotionally abusive Jerkass. Stan, however, seems to have read his actions as tough love even if it most definitely wasn't, and decided that following dad's example was the best way to toughen up Dipper. It made their relationship crash so badly Dipper became convinced Stan hated him and wanted him gone. Even with knowing Stan does care, there are still signs Dipper's keeping a lot of bad feelings about this bottled up.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He's shown in one episode to like Toffee Peanuts. It's to the point where, in the very same episode, in a flashback to back when he and Ford were in high school, a bag of Toffee Peanuts at the scene was all Ford needed to incriminate Stan for sabotaging his science experiment.
  • Tritagonist: Stan gets the third largest amount of focus, after Dipper and Mabel.
  • Tsundere: Shows shades of a platonic form of this towards the kids at times.
  • 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.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In a number of his flashbacks, he's designed to look like a composite between himself and Ford (not to mention his memories painting his dad as being not a heartless jackass).
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: All of Stan's efforts to bring his brother back (after having set in motion the chain of events that trapped him offworld in the first place) created a chain of bad events that lead up to the End of the World as We Know It. His efforts to bring Ford back left behind an unstable dimensional rift, every subsequent event related to that MacGuffin slowly created tension between Dipper and Mabel, especially with Dipper spending more time with Ford. Mabel's broken emotional state over the idea of being apart from Dipper made her vulnerable to Bill Cipher's manipulations. It doesn't help that Stan disregarded every warning against using the portal, and now everyone, including himself has to suffer the consequences of his foolishness. He also agitated the first signs of an emotional rift between Mabel and Dipper by joining with and at times even encouraging Mabel to pick on Dipper for the sake of "humorous" jokes. This alienated Dipper emotionally from both Stan and Mabel, adding to the reasons Dipper would choose to spend most of his time with Ford when he arrived—since not only was Ford his idol, but he also didn't pick on Dipper like the rest of the family. It's this choice that convinced Mabel her paranoia over their relationship was legitimate, which built until she reached her breaking point in "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future".
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Growing up, he wasn't much of a troublemaker. However, getting disowned by his family forced him to become a criminal just to survive, resulting in the bitter old man that he is today.
  • 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 Ford again. He did, but as a result created an inter-dimensional rift capable of bridging the physical world with one of pure nightmare, which was why his brother was uncomfortable with Stan using the portal to save him in the first place. While Ford managed to contain the rift at first, Stan having saved him at all set off a chain of events that threw the Pines Family dynamic into disarray, ending with the rift getting released into the world anyway.
  • 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 he 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 shown 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no compunction with smacking Gideon around with a broom, although Gideon more than deserves it.
    Stan: Soos, broom.
    Gideon: Oh no, not the broom!
  • 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 oldnote , 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 
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"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.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Loves working for the Mystery Shack and Stan, and he even makes fan fiction about the crazy mysteries that happen around Gravity Falls while also living them. In the Grand Finale, he becomes the Mystery Shack's new owner with Melody working with him.
  • 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.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Post-Weirdmageddon, he succeeds Stan as Mr. Mystery.
  • 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 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: His 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 when he was four.
  • Fat Idiot: Most of the time. It's downplayed, though. He isn't unintelligent so much as ditzy and socially awkward.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Conflicted.
  • 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. This is on top of still retaining some sentience when zombified.
  • Gentle Giant: Tall and stocky, with strength to match, and one of the kindest characters in the show..
  • Handyman: His official job and position at the Mystery Shack.
    • Even after Weirdmageddon begins, Soos's commitment to his work is so strong that he vows to fix the ruins of the town with his bare hands. Two days later, he's already became a folk hero to the ravaged Gravity Falls as "The Handyman of the Apocalypse", where he was seen "wandering the plains like a desperado, helping strangers" while trying to find his friends.
    Soos: I guess there are some... folk songs about me now?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Living Legend: During Weirdmageddon he becomes a beloved folk hero while Walking the Earth and helping anyone he comes across.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Although Jesus is a common name in Hispanic countries influenced by Catholicism, it also means "He saves" in Hebrew. Soos has definitely saved they day more than once. Also, the fact that his great respect for the children resembles traditional Christian teaching about Jesus and the little children helps.
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: Soos is always seen wearing a brown cap. He trades it in for Stanley's trademark fez.
  • 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 Jesus 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.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: When he was zombified, he retained a surprising amount of sentience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Journal 3 shows that both Dipper and Ford upon meeting him made this exact same mistake.
  • 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 or early thirties, but is only in his early twenties, being 22.

    Wendy Blerble Corduroy 
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"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.
  • Action Survivor: And in "Weirdmageddon", she's the only one of her friends besides Dipper to not be captured or missing, and helps Dipper steal a car, beat up Gideon's goons, and go to rescue Mabel. Justified, because her father made her and her brothers train for the apocalypse.
  • 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. Stan attributes this to her "freak lumberjack genes", which is supported by her enormous father, Manly Dan. In "Double Dipper", she's shown to have always been tall for her age, being a good three 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 — she packs the biggest punch of the heroes.
  • Big Sister Instinct: In Into the Bunker Wendy protects Dipper from the shapeshifter.
  • Book Dumb: In "Society of the Blind Eye", she complains about the rap song "Straight Blanchin'" using made-up words when "blanching" actually is a real word. She also complains about school being terrible and the fantasy used to lure her in the second part of "Weirdmageddon" has her friends inviting her to wreck the school.
  • 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.
  • Butt Monkey: Heavily implied she'll become this in high school after a teacher pronounces her name wrong during school registration.
  • 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.
  • 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. It has been said by Alex Hirsch that when he created Wendy, everyone just took the coolest person they knew and mixed them all together.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Instead of Christmas, her family takes Apocalypse Training. Given the Apocalyse literally happens in "Weirdameggon", it's a case of Properly Paranoid.
  • 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-boyfriends 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. She also very briefly met a time-traveling Dipper when she was five, and thought he was cute.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Apathetic.
  • 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."
  • Implied Love Interest: In Weirdmageddon 3, she tells Dipper that "he means a lot to her" before trading hats with him to have a memento to remember each other with. Whether it means she now reciprocates his old feelings for her, or they're merely Platonic Life Partners, isn't explained.
  • 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 behaviors. 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.
  • La Résistance: Wendy has been leading the charge against Bill Cipher. Right now, it's just her and Dipper.
  • Lazy Bum: She has no work ethic, and spends most of her day lazing out around the Shack.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The masculine girl to Robbie's feminine boy.
  • 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".
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: She broke the arm of a guy three times her size. Because she's "a flippin' Corduroy".
  • 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 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.
  • Nice Hat: Rarely seen without her trapper hat. She gives it to Dipper in the finale as something to remember her by; in exchange she now owns Dipper's hat.
  • 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: Which is lampshaded.
    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. She seems to resent growing up to some degree. When Mabel runs into her at her school registration in "Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future", she rants about how awful high school and puberty are, and remarks that she'd rather be 12 again.
  • 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 Numbered Sibling: Wendy has three brothers and is the only girl in the family.
  • 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.
  • Precocious Crush: The subject of one from Dipper. Also 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 she's quite tough.
  • 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. She moves into full Action Survivor status in "Weirdmageddon Part 1", leading a resistance against Bill Cipher and even breaking Ghost Eyes' arm.
  • 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.

    Waddles 
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"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.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: In an alternate time line in The Time Traveler's Pig, Pacifica wins him, but he refuses to go with her, a sharp contrast to how he usually acts towards everyone else.
  • 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.

    Gompers 
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A goat commonly found on the Mystery Shack property.
  • All There 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".
    • The reason he's at the Shack at all is this, as a cut scene from "Blendin's Game" would've revealed that a tourist to the Mystery Shack attempted to use a baby Gompers as payment, and the goat just stayed there ever since.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Bill's weirdness wave in "Weirdmageddon part 1" turns him into a giant version of himself, who tramples through the area around the Mystery Shack, forcing Stan to flee for his life.
  • 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. In "Weirdmageddon part 1", as a giant, he even chomps on a prison wall!
  • 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.
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