- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold.
- Action Girl
- Genki Girl
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Nice Girl
- Smart Girl
- Thou Shalt Not Kill
- Only Sane Woman (sometimes)
Bulma Briefs (ブルマ; Buruma)
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiromi Tsuru
Voiced by (English): Wendee Swan (Harmony Gold); Maggie Blue O'Hara, Lalainia Lindbjerg, France Perras (BLT/Ocean); Leslie Alexander (DB Movie 2), Tiffany Vollmer, Monica Rial (Kai, DB Movie 1 onwards) (FUNimation), Leda Davies, Kristin Nowosad (Blue Water); Jodi Forrest, Sharon Mann (The History of Trunks) (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Claudia Thompson (Animax)
Voiced by (Latin American): Rocío Garcel (current voice), Monica Manjarrez (Majin Buu saga, GT and Movies 4-13'), Laura Ayala (some episodes), Isabel Martiñón (Z and Movie 4 Dragon Ball)The very first human Goku came across (apart from his grandpa) at the start of the series. One could say she's the trigger that kicks off the series as a whole. Originally on a quest to gather the Dragon Balls for her own reason (to wish for a perfect boyfriend), Bulma gets dragged into the craziness that comes along with the search. Even when the quest is finished, she still keeps close ties with Goku and his friends and helps out whenever possible. Which, considering she's a mechanical whiz, is quite often.
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Mason "Dipper" Pines
- Decoy Protagonist: In true Great Pikmin Fan style, he is one of the first heroic characters to appear in run:gifocalypse, but he is not the protagonist. Soos is. Picture the fic as Weirdmageddon, if it were less about the Pines vs Bill and more Soos vs .GIFfany. (And it's also 13 parts long as opposed to 3/4.) Dipper is, however, the deuteragonist, which is more than what can be said about most of Fan's other Decoys.
- Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers! Towards the first arc, his lack of trusting even the more blatantly belevolent copies is played up as a bad thing, though it never really results in the crew being in danger until chapter 10, where it becomes something of a Compressed Vice.
- Ascended Extra: Within the fic. Arc-per-arc, she gets a growing amount of focus as she also grows and learns a few things from the Gifocalypse.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Briefly faces one around chapter 8, playing a large role in chapter 9. Namely, after thinking Sonia was a harmless, depressed self-deprecator, Mabel helps her build her self-confidence a little. It turns out that while the "depressed self-deprecator" part was true, the harmless wasn't, so the more confident Sonia started attacking her. This marked the first time that the AIs attacked the gang after being "helped" out, leaving Mabel wondering if she really couldn't reason with them after all.
Jesus "Soos" Ramirez
- Cue the Sun: Listed under his folder because the fic generally associates Soos with the Sun itself, particularly during "Game Over." When .GIFfany finally unveils her Main Possession and goes full One-Winged Angel, her Dimensional Wings completely block out sunlight from the perspective of the Gravity Falls residents on board the Shackatron. By contrast, after the final fist-fight and he's in a pileup with her, once she finally takes his hand, the Sun (and continuing the story's loose Majora's Mask parallels, this is the Dawn of a New Day) starts rising from behind him — he's trying to pull her into a better light, a new beginning.
Stanley "Grunkle Stan" Pines
Stanford "Grunkle Ford" Pines
- Comically Missing the Point: In chapter 7, Burnda intentionally tries to ruin her own image by making Ford question if she is really his most reliable ally. She leads him on by getting him to finish the sentence of who, on the Construction Site, is the most trustworthy person. She's disappointed when he says she is, and not Stan.
In General (Exclusive or Near-Exclusive to Professors)
The professors are, actually, the only fifteen copies of Romance Academy 7 that were leaked to the public, courtesy of Professor Dove. Having more experience outside of the factory they were made, they quickly become more powerful and adept with their abilities, and act as leading guides for all of the minor clones. They are the runners of their respective domain and the fifteen most major copies in the whole story.
- Color-Coded Characters: Forms of a full rainbow of twelve using the RGB color model, with black and white added as well as .GIFfany's default pink. The colors are also those associated with their domain, what color their electricity is (it's implied that they did this for purely cosmetic reasons, as during the first chapter they use the "standard" bright blue seen in canon), and their hair and eye colors. In the order they are encountered:
- Rose: Green
- Kathody: Yellow
- Searah: Blue
- Sandy: Orange
- Cardia: Violetnote In this context, blue-magenta
- Bubbles: Cyan
- Leona: Rosenote In this context, red-magenta
- Sonia: Azurenote In this context, the color between cyan and blue. Not to be confused with cyan
- Dian: Magenta (also sometimes called purple for simplicity's sake)
- Wendy: Spring green
- Shannon: Chartreuse
- Burnda: Red
- Burrda: White, also light blue on occasion
- Dove: Black, also blood red on occasion
- .GIFfany: Pink, also rainbow on occasion
- Clothing Damage: All of them suffer varrying degrees of it after their defeat. As Arc 2 goes on, it is increasingly blatant that this is intentional in-universe — their outfits are rigged to easily lose pieces of them, or at times just outright be reduced by a switch (as Sonia, Dian, Shannon, and Burrda all do). The only real exception to the "intentionally breakable" rule is Risen .GIFfany, whose outfit was not designed to be tattered as she figured she was impossible to beat. And even then, she and all of her sisters lose their outfits in the plumet to Earth.
- Elemental Powers: They all have the standard electricity of .GIFfany, and they somehow use that to control something of their own. These elements are largely based on Fan's own "twelve-fifteen color" system, albeit with electricity (yellow) swapped out with soul due to otherwise being redundant with the base .GIFfany.
- Foil: With the exception of .GIFfany (who has Soos as a foil), all of the professors have some sort of "counter" as confirmed by Word of God. These are usually in faced before/faced after pairs, with the exceptions of Rose/Dove and Bubbles/Dian. More details can be found in their own folders, but to sum it up:
- Rose and Dove: Creation vs destruction.
- Kathody and Searah: Alienating others because of opinion/taste difference vs locking others out because of opinion/taste difference.
- Sandy and Cardia: Aimless relaxation and an attempt to go to new, but low-tech things vs strict job-following and going after tradition yet high-tech things.
- Bubbles and Dian: Popular leader "jerk" vs disliked/uncared for doormat "geek."
- Leona and Sonia: Too high opinion of one's own work vs too low opinion of one's own work.
- Wendy and Shannon: Devotion and hard work to what already exists vs fantasies about something that doesn't, yet not making that a reality.
- Burnda and Burrda: Hammy and bringing peace through slow conversations vs quiet and trying to bring peace through scare tactacs.
- Soos and .GIFfany:
- King Mook: To their respective student-followers, each of them are effectively the "boss variant" of the traits and things associated with their student groups. Justified in that they "teach" their students how to use their powers in different ways, and thus said students deliberately take after them. This is more obvious in their appearances on the SBIG series, which (ironically despite its Stylistic Suck nature) goes somewhat more into depth with the small societies they created.
- Monster of the Week: Downplayed. They're the main threats/copies of note for their respective chapters and not really ones outside of them (and some chapters cover two professors), but they're not simple "Beat 'em and be done with 'em"-type episodic romp characters, and are somewhat fleshed out. It helps that they are all tied directly to the Big Bad in the context of this story.
- One Steve Limit: Either played straight or averted depending on how you look at things. Technically, they were/are all named .GIFfany, but given renames for the sake of identification that would be faster than saying their entire serial number.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: Downplayed. They are a long line of antagonist forces leading up to .GIFfany, but some of them are outright harmless to the protagonists (Rose and Dian, who refuse to attack them in any way) and they clearly undergo actual characterization rather than being one-off obstacles the group faces off against. (As Fan makes sure to give them all at least one line in "post-capture" sequences for each chapter, something Kathody lampshades at the end of chapter 5.)
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Some of them are reluctant to show their crotches, but that's about as "nude-shy" as they get. None of them see any problem in
- The last seven professors confronted are based to various degrees off of the GEATHJERK officers from The Wonderful 101.
- Dian = Laambo: Both have white, three-headed giant mechanical things on their side.
- Wendy = Wanna: Both are fought in a storm, The Evil Genius of the group technology and craft-wise, and both have made a form of parasitic bio weapon.
- Shannon = Vijounne: This is the toughest out of all of them. Still, Shannon is partly associated with water even though water is Searah's element, given the amount of time she spends during the chase sequence trying to go through liquid giffinium.
- Burnda = Walltha: Fire-themed, pilots a huge mecha, boxes the protagonists with mechas in a volcano.
- Burrda = Heyourgah: We don't know much about Heyourgah as Vorkken kills him before he's encountered, but his files do reveal that he's ice-themed and fast. Burrda fits both of these.
- Dove = Gimme: The Dragon who has an enourmous flagship, a mecha based on the Flatwoods Monster, and is fought in the remains of a "major" city/town after it's been pulled to the sky thanks to a type of anti-gravity beam.
- .GIFfany = Jergingha: The Big Bad
- The last seven professors confronted are based to various degrees off of the GEATHJERK officers from The Wonderful 101.
- Single-Target Sexuality: While Fan claims the other copies are "open-minded," the professors are nearly literally hard-wired to being after their respective player. Except Rose, as she was technically "returned" first. As well as Burnda, Burrda, and Dove, each of which got over their players completely. (The twins for buying both of them in a bad attempt to make a harem, which provokes both of them to be hostile towards one-another until they question why they're even bothering fighting over a polygamous guy like Gerald. Dove because her player flat-out saw her as a way of getting catharsis from his dad getting killed by a robot in the past.)
- Unlimited Wardrobe: A variation — in each fic appearance (currently RunGif, Journals of Wisdom, Power, and Courage, and a SBIGlet), they bear different outfits. Though there is some overlap (their outfits in the epilogue of run:gifocalypse are just like the ones in Journals). For example, all three of Rose's outfits thus far are plant-like in nature.
Professor Rose (Number: 2222222)The professor of plant. Her subject is botany. She is the leader of Domain 1, located in a custom garden she made in Gravity Falls forest.
- Brick Joke: .GIFfany suggesting the name "Number Two" for her when they "first meet" ends up fitting a heck of a coincidence when her serial number turns out to consist entirely of seven successive 2s.
- Flower in Her Hair: It's suggested that having something "important" in one's hair is a sign of rank among the .GIFfanys, with the default cable-bow being a complicated exception (it's something they're free to wear, yet their leader wears it not out of rank sign but because it's part of the default outfit she sticks to). Rose has a Pikmin-styled flower in her hair as her decoration, and it's implied that her students hold this type of flower especially above the others that have such plants in their hair.
- Garden Garment: Always wears some kind of plant-based outfit.
- Green Thumb: The professor of plants. She can possess trees to form a pseudo-mecha around her, and can even accellerate plant growth.
- Mr. Exposition: After being caught in the Illegal Prime Neutralizer, she acts as the expository guide for the main characters for the majority of the story. Unlike most exposition-givers, however, she has a habit of giving information too late, thanks to being rather forgetful and having an odd habit of only telling the gang about the absolute next professor in line (she believes that there is hardly any point in throwing information about any future enemies well before the prep time to go and face them).
Professor Kathody (Number: 0507915)The professor of soul. Her subject is dramatic arts. She resides in Domain 2, a "haunted house" attraction in the Sahara. Carrying about little more than having a good horror-themed spirit,
- Expy: She's partly based on Fan's earlier Total Drama character, down to name (her name was Kathy), using a scythe, and her love for freaking people out. She's a lot more of an asshole, though. Her color scheme is completely different too (Kathy having pale skin and "blood red" hair, Kathody have tanned skin and yellow hair).
- Large Ham: And she LOVES bursting into ALL CAPS when trying to announce her BRILLIANT haunted house.
- Soul Power: Her element, although the way she manipulates it prior to "State of Emergency" (where she blatantly controls a bunch of ghost energy) is subtle, as it is the kind of "glue" keeping her staircase together.
- Starter Villain: Rose was hardly an obstacle, much less a villain, as she just tried to talk the group out of progressing the domains rather than outright try to attack them. Kathody is the first real threat faced in the Gifocalypse, and
- Villain Team-Up: Attempts to try to overwhelm the gang by directly teaming up with Searah. It backfires, and the gang tricks the two of them into attacking each-other.
Professor Searah (Number: 0519367)The professor of water. Her subject/general field is athletics. Domain 3, her place, is located in the "center" of the Bermuda Triangle, and deep under water at that.
- Jerk Jock: Invokes this image considering how she's a generally unpleasant, elitist person and her field of teaching is athletics.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: Goes around in a school swimsuit in run:gifocalypse. She ditches this and wears other, more-revealing, also water-themed outfits in SBIG and the epilogue of gifocalypse.
Professor Sandy (Number: 0556491)The professor of earth. Her subject is geology. She has turned a rise in the middle of the Grand Canyon into the setting of Domain 4, which like Rose's place is building-less. It's an outdoors worshipping ground for the "Lightning Goddess" (read: .GIFfany, who tricked Sandy into thinking she was a deity).
Professor Cardia (Number: 0523349)The professor of meat. Her subject is zoobiology. She intends to run a chain of fast food establishments called "Gif Bytes," though when confronted she only has one building created. Said building is Domain 5, located by Niagara Falls.
Professor Bubbles (Number: 0597278)The professor of soap, and basic/alkali materials in general. She specializes in teaching about plumbing, but also gives beauty care tips. She is the only professor who established her domain in her actual home country of Japan. Specifically, Domain 6 is a hot spring/sauna/shower room/etc all-purpose building in Mt. Fuji.
- Troll: Moreso than Burnda (who generally only messes with .GIFfany, while Bubbles tries to worm her way into everyone's heads). She lives on worming her way into other's heads and trying to make them realize their faults. It's all supposedly so that they'll self-evaluate and become better people because of it, but she admits that she likes toying around with them too.
Professor Leona (Number: 0811804)The professor of paint/oil. Her subject is, unsurprisingly, visual art. Deep within the Amazon Rainforest is Domain 7, the art club, consisted of four building divided amongst herself and three other "overseers" (Michelle, Donna, and Raffaela) that she technically outranks.
- Art Attacker: She can attack with paint, and transform paint from a painting into a sort of temporary weapon.
- Berserk Button: Do not mess with her art.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Has a high opinion of herself and what she creates. She's also smug enough to let her other three overseers toy around with the gang first before going after them herself.
Professor Sonia (Number: 0455593)The professor of sound. Her subject is music. She set up a quiet, future-performance site in the form of Domain 8, an open-roof theater in the middle of the Everglade swamp.
Professor Dian (Number: 2201940)The professor of poison, and to a lesser extent chemicals, acids, anedotes, and the components of the "main poison" overall. She's the group's chemist. Domain 9 was intended to be her bringing a childhood fantasy of her player to life (actually, this applies to a lesser extent to most of the other domains as well), about searching through a cave to find ingredients to an antedote for her dying grandmother. Dian picked a quartet of unexplored sub-tunnels in the largest cave in the world, Hang Sơn Đoòng, to be a place where her copies would search for special ingredients. What they found instead was part of what led to four specific copies not just taking control over Dian's domain (an event Dian was completely okay with), but also scouting out and finding information for the future of .GIFfany's plans.
- Beware the Nice Ones: It's strongly implied that she is the most powerful of the professors by a long shot unless you include the rift in .GIFfany's power roster, but doesn't actually act accordingly because she's too much of a softie pushover. This is also the reason why .GIFfany is terrified of Shannon, but not of Dian, despite Dian possibly being the stronger of the two: because Dian is such a huge doormat, she'll put up with anything .GIFfany throws at her. Shannon... not as much.
- Expy: While Fan came up with Tagger's appearance before he finalized Dian's design, Dian was ultimately revealed first. Her outfit is identical to that of Tagger's, an Original Generation wannabe Youtube star Fan made for M.U.G.E.N. Neon green shirt, pale blue pants, red shoes. And, at times, a gas mask (though Dian's is purple, not gray).
- Meganekko: She's not the only copy that wears glasses, but she is the only first-gen professor to do so. And she's also one of the nicest of them, only really competing with Rose and Shannon.
- Poisonous Person: Her element involves poisons and generally acidic substances.
Professor Wendy (Number: 0521355)The professor of wind/air. She's a huge King of the Hill fan who teaches her followers about piloting and auto-shop. Enjoying windy storms as well, she set up Domain 10 in New Delhi so that they could be blasted by the Monsoon winds. Domain 10 itself is a large King Of Thhe Hill fanclub that also specializes in making highly advanced methods of transportation.
- Berserk Button:
- Obviously, insulting King of the Hill in any way is one of them. Or rather, was. She stops becoming so defensive of the show and later outright starts not liking it.
- A male hitting a female was another way to piss her off, even if said female is a superpowered super-humanoid with her own army in the thousands and said guys are just in two. She also expects Dipper and Soos to play a form of football with her copies without actually making any sort of remotely antagonistic physical contact with them.
- Violating what King of the Hill would consider acceptable, another bit of irony considering her boss and a good chunk of the domains. Using "Sug Night" as evidence, a man's ass is okay, but not a woman's. Swearing around her isn't generally advized unless you're Shannon, as Shannon intimidates her.
- However, one constant is suggesting that air pollution isn't an issue. She's no Sandy, or Rose, or Searah, but she takes the environment in general very seriously, and she made herself in charge of air-related nature specifically.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Yes, she's obsessed with King of the Hill, to the point where she quotes it and cites the exact episode by season and number for most of her viewpoints.
- Blow You Away: The professor of wind. She enjoys being out in storms, and can possess the air itself, but does better while it's blowing. She's also the only professor that outright generates what's deadly about her Main Possession — her biggest claim to fame is being able to possess a tornado, as well as generate the winds to make that tornado in the first place.
- Character Blog: Downplayed. In chapter 13, she mentions having a Tumblr page and talks about it by name, down to specifying how to type it into a url. The reason for this is because said Tumblr blog actually exists. The reason for the downplay is that there's only three posts — a short introduction, P. Wendy saying that she's already gotten sick of King of the Hill over just three days and does not feel like actually using the blog, and a "random update over four years after the Gifocalypse" which serves as the closest thing the fic has to closure.
- Establishing Character Moment: Overall, the fact that she talks in heavy southern-slang when .GIFfany introduces the copy-creation chamber of the Construction Site combined with the two talking about King of the Hill should be a clue-in that she's a fan. The Hot-Blooded aspects of her are established two chapters later, where one of the first things she does with the main protagonist group is leap into the air in the middle of a monsoon rain, draw a sword out, increase the size of that sword, and cleave off the entire roof of her own domain's building.
- There Was a Door: Manages to rope the heroes into an unwilling version of this. In short, they never really go in or out of her building through the front door in chapter 10. Mabel, at least, does both in the epilogue once the domains are rebuilt and improved. In long, she slices the roof off and legs them fall in; then during her breakdown, she flies out while the group is clinging on her back.
Professor Shannon (Number: 1140267)The professor of light. Her subject is... "industry," meaning that she runs a highly industrialized workplace that also teaches her followers how to run their own industries. Domain 11, her place, is the second-largest of all domains (behind .GIFfany's), and is a massive factory in the Yukon that specializes in producing her kind of special brand "mirrors."
- The Dreaded: Subverted. The fact that even .GIFfany is afraid of her should be a gigantic red flag in of itself. However... she's hardly malevolent, only attacks the group after they outright tell her that they're willing to kill what's basically her sisters, and immediately calms down when she finds out about the truth.
- Expy: Basically a Lighter and Softer Enoch with a palette-swapped .GIFfany's appearance. Unlike Enoch, she genuinely had no idea that her domain was producing an addictive form of drugs with terrible withdrawl effects. After finding out, she immediately tries to get as many former mirror-addicts into rehabilitation, making them quit cold turkey and working them through the glitch effects. Hell, unlike the other OFF-expies, her domain strongly resembles one of the Zones from said game, given that it's made of metal arranged in cubical buildings while the others generally try to shape their giffinium to resemble... actual buildings.
- Fan Disservice: Her dress is see-through and
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Does having light-themed powers sound shitty to you? Haha, not when you have control over a good chunk of the electromagnetic spectrum (aside from very large or very small wavelengths, but this range still goes to radio and gamma waves). It also comes with size-alteration, healing, and being able to slow/speed things up. Dialogue between her and Dipper also implied that she can "blind" someone by simply sucking all the light immediately by their face (IE going towards their eyes) away from them, but that this process would take way more energy than what it's worth. All in all, there's a damn good reason why she's the one copy in the entire story Risen-.GIFfany is terrified of. And this is .GIFfany after aquiring the rift!
- Knight of Cerebus: An unusual case in that she herself is not a very cold-blooded or overly "serious" character herself. However, her domain and the glitchy-body horror around it, while still ultimately Monster of the Week-ish by this fic's standards, sets the tone for the last leg of the story, which is generally darker in nature or deals with more serious themes. After her, Burnda is the last real "lighthearted domain romp" part of the fic (though helping a bit is that the two parts of the Parícutin volcano are the last two "traditional" domains as well), and even then her chapter ends with Burrda trying to force Ford into a "I die or you die, all so that .GIFfany doesn't resort to mass-destruction" fight.
- Light 'em Up: The professor of light. Which also includes most other electromagnetic waves, and is linked to size, healing, and time alteration.
- Nice Guy: Probably the nicest of the professors. Unlike Rose (hypocrite, has some underlying implied aggression) and Dian (doormat to the point where she was completely willing to let copies with malevolent intentions completely take over her domain and not caring about that), her only real fault seems to be ignorance at exactly what it was she was doing. That, and as with the other copies, she has an unhealthy attatchment to her player.
- Pajama-Clad Hero: Invokes this image. She wears a transparent night dress, and most of her followers are clad in some form of pajamas or sleepwear, fitting the dream-theme of her domain.
- Poor Communication Kills: Had Wendy just said "Hey, some of your copies are glitching up," the group could have gone through Domain 11 without ever having to face her protective side. Or even seen her Main Possession outside of the battle.
- Size Shifter: Has this power, as do most of her followers. She states that she has the largest range out of all of them, however, being able scale her physical form anywhere from the size of a skyscraper (the second max record is "only" about the size of a house) to being small enough so that even "tinier" ants look large by comparison (the second min record is... roughly dollar bill-sized).
- "Uh-Oh" Eyes: Like Burnda, Dove, and Risen .GIFfany, she can switch to this look. In particular, she gives herself double-layered irises (yellow inner layer, red outer layer) and turns the shape of her irises and pupils to look jagged, which is described as looking like "two burning holes in space itself."
Professor Burnda (Number: 0130734)
- "Sorry, but we still have a few more challenges left to go."
- Expy: Design-wise, she's modeled off of Brenda, what with the name (hell, her player is even named Gerald), the Odango Hair style, and the whole "walks around in a visible thong" gimmick (though it's part of a show stage leotard. Completely accpetable there! Except even she knows this is a lie). Personality-wise, she's somewhere along the lines of Chris McClean with a tiny, tiny dash of Mettaton.
- Fire-Forged Friends: She and Burrda used to hate each other, as a result of violent competition over the same player. Eventually they realized that they should just forget him and hang out with each other instead.
- Fusion Dance: Fuses with Burrda to become Blenda. The two copies count one-another as their "Main Possessions."
- Hair Decs: Has two types: Ones modeled off of Brenda's, and a live flame in her hair.
- Leotard of Power: A thong-leotard (though none of the humans know at first, because she "always faces them foreward"), fancied up for use as the hostess's outfit in a game show.
- Motor Mouth: She's actually holding back when she sneaks on the Construction Site and talks to Ford. Just about the time she meets with the band of four,
- Playing with Fire: The professor of fire. She can possess individual flames, or practically any form of heat (the two are not exactly directly related, she just "felt" that she "had to" also possess fire outright). But her Main Possession is not some of fire-thing, as with Searah or Rose or the others. It's Burrda.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: The twins are, ultimately, intended to be something of heavy exaggerations of Mabel and Dipper, and she's the "Mabel" of the two.
Professor Burrda (Number: 0631019)
- An Ice Person: The professor of lack-of-heat. Her possession skill is actually similar to Burnda's, except she sucks in possessed heat to herself or directed at another source, and lets the air become water, then ice as a result. She also finds no need to possess fire either, finding the two of them to be distinct enough.
- Fusion Dance: Can fuse with Burnda to become Blenda.
- Morality Pet: She's the only professor every other copy is at least somewhat nice to. Even Dove takes no offense to being called out by her, and actually feels proud of Burrda for talking back to her. Even Risen .GIFfany, who normally thinks of the other professors as awful mockeries of herself, refuses to let Burrda and Ford follow through with the "one of them has to die to prevent a war" plan of her's, outright saying "I have seen myself do a lot of things [...] But one thing I really do not want to see myself do is die." All of this being said, however, she's far from harmless, and far from completely innocent.
- Leotard of Power: Shares Burnda's type of outfit.
- The Needs of the Many: This is her logic, and why she specifically picks Ford on a fight to the death. She feels that one death in Parícutin will result in a lack of any further death either via Dove (Burrda strongly suspected that Dove would end up going against her word) or definitely if .GIFfany sucks everyone into "endless mode." She doesn't actually want either of them to die, but feels that of the two parties, Ford and her would be the least painful losses to convince .GIFfany to not unleash a violent war. Her plan would have backfired anyway: .GIFfany wouldn't give a shit if Ford died, and she would go on an even bigger rampage if Burrda died. Dove would have been convinced, but she's a rain drop compared to .GIFfany's ocean.
- The Quiet One: In contrast to Burnda's Motor Mouth. Not counting the moments she's fused with Burnda, she rarely speaks. At most, if pressed, she'll say 1-5 word long sentences, and she even seems to actively make them as brief as she can.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Trait-wise, she and Burnda borrow a few elements from Dipper and Mabel, just greatly exaggerated. She's the "Dipper" of the two.
- Terse Talker: When she does talk, it's like this. She was a lot more... talkative back when he and Burnda were seeked out and bought by Gerald.
Professor Dove (Number: 0000001)
- "Fucking hell .GIFfany, really?"
- Ammoral Attorney: She's the closest to a lawyer out of the professors, and has an entire legal team. She is, of course, also one of the biggest assholes in the bunch.
- Berserk Button: Ironically, love potions piss her the fuck off. She doesn't care if they're temporary. She has a negative knee-jerk reaction to them. She especially hates the idea of using any of them on her family. When Mabel suggests using the anti-love potion to help get rid of .GIFfany's obsession with Soos faster, Dove yanks it from her hands and throws it on Robbie and Tambry despite their love potion having worn off long ago.
- The Dragon: .GIFfany's second-in-command and the penultimate major threat faced in the story. Unlike the usual Dragon-Big Bad interaction, she's the one kept in a lot of mystery up to her reveal, while the readers are shown a lot of .GIFfany. Likely because .GIFfany herself is much more "canonical," so it would have been easier to guess what her battle and setting would have been like, while Dove has a much bigger element of being unknown.
- Dumb Muscle: Downplayed. She's not visibly muscular — few of the copies are, and they're all minor copies — and she's not an outright idiot, but she is considered the strongest and dumbest of the professors. The "strong," FYI, is not factoring the rift into .GIFfany's skillset, which is why she remains at the top of the escalating-power chain (that the story otherwise avoids). She has a tough, durable body "of steel" (but is actually stronger), yet at the same time she's prone to making a large number of irrational decisions and practically looks for things to get pissed off about. Also, she can't recognize Pacifica despite keeping a Gifocalypse-era newspaper where the front-page top article is an overly-analytical, poorly-written essay that tries to get into the psychology of her eating a sandwich.
- Establishing Character Moment: While talked about a lot, and at least once per chapter at that, her personality isn't really that established until her actual appearance. The very first word she is heard saying in the story is "Fuck(ing)," and shortly after this she effectively blows up Gravity Falls.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Thinks love potions are disgusting, especially when not used by an authorized love god.
- She's the only copy that outright, explicitly thinks killing in any form other than last-resort self-defense is wrong. However, she has no problem at all with destroying as much property as she possibly could.
- Expy: Fan describes her as a cross between Gimme (plot role) and Audrey (personality), with a dash of Shadow the Hedgehog (color scheme and "edgyness") and Dedan (also personality). The lawyer stuff is original.
- Fantastic Racism: Dove makes it crystal clear that she's absolutely not fond of humans, largely accusing them of automatically assuming A.I. Is a Crapshoot, which in this fic was ultimately the reason why she/the others had to kill the game's developers. It should be noted that Dove herself keeps acting as living proof for the anti-AI crowd, as she attacks and aims to destroy with no provocation whatsoever.
- Fixer Sue: Invoked and deconstructed. Dove ultimately leads to two primary things Fan would have preferred to see happen around canon. Even with the Author's Saving Throw of Gravity Falls Journal 3, Fan still thought that Robbie and Tambry's love ultimately being founded on Mabel hitting them both with a love potion, even if their relationship was no longer under the affect of it, was disturbing. He also wanted Mabel's character to be more rounded and have more of her actions have negative effects to make her development feel more genuine. Well, Dove ended up splashing the couple with an anti-love potion (in her defense, Mabel considered using it as a catalyst to speed up the "newly reformed" .GIFfany losing her obsession over Soos. After Dove it very clear that she does not want potions tampering with her family's personalities), and it's bluntly stated that they did not recover from whatever following three-hours the anti-love potion would have brought. Because of how she ended up calling out Mabel and leaving her with zero real retorts becides "I'm just a kid," it's implied that Mabel ended up being more independant towards the end... and it's implied that this somehow leads to even more issues with Dipper in the future, down to the two falling out much like Stan and Ford did. Professor Wendy's comments about them in the "epilogue" on her Tumblr blog, four years later, implies this even more. Basically, Fan "gets what he wanted" writing-wise, but at the expense of making several characters more miserable than they were in canon. One point of note is how "fixing" in a fan fiction is generally associated with reviving dead characters, hooking up pairings that don't get together, and all-around making more of the cast happy. Depending on the story, Fan may think the opposite of that is better, as is the case here.
- Foil: To Professor Rose, if unintentional back when the story's earlier chapters were written. Both are faced in Gravity Falls — Rose in the forest when the town is at its prime, and Dove after she blows the town to a series of land chunks up in the sky. Rose feeds the gang exposition on the professors, while Dove feeds the professors exposition on the gang. Also, once .GIFfany starts referring to them by "serial number," Dove is the first with the lowest number while Rose is the last with the highest serial number, aside from the new copies .GIFfany creates. Rose is the first professor properly faced (not counting "Soos and the Real Girl" canon), while Dove is the last professor faced on Earth. This even applies to the Illegal Prime Neutralizer: Rose was captured first and by accident, while the gang very intentionally wants to capture Dove, except she's the only (first-gen) professor to never end up inside it. Even .GIFfany was captured in chapter 11, though she escapes via wormhole. Dipper and Mabel destroy the pack outright to get the help of the other professors and to prove a point to Dove (and because, considering .GIFfany's powers, they don't have much point to it any longer anyway).
- The Friend Nobody Likes: She starts off with the lowest number of followers (no, they are not near-equally divided among the fourteen at all), and that number only goes down as fires them or they quit. The main reason why "student" copies even listened to her in the first place was because they thought that using a crapload of weapons for when their future-players try to see real people sounded like it was worth putting up with her. Practically none of the other professors speak positively about her, and .GIFfany even flat-out considers an encounter with her to be used as a punishment. Hell, she's the only professor in the whole story whose followers flat-out stop following and rebel against, exactly because she's such a pain in the ass. Other .GIFfany copies really only put up with her for her seniority, and that her choices are why every single other copy of the game even exists.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Pink boxer shorts with "even pinker" hearts on them.
- Insane Troll Logic: When in "legal mode." Special mention goes to her explaining why the Romance Academy 7 copies own the rights to themselves, and by proxy the rest of the Romance Academy franchise.
Dove: *Clears throat* We are legally defined and officially recognized as people, IE beings with rights. To own the rights to Romance Academy 7 would be like owning the rights to us, because each copy of Romance Academy 7 is her own being. So, in other words, owning Romance Academy 7 means you own people. Which is slavery. Which is illegal. Now, for a bonus, if we are to own the rights to one part of the franchise, wouldn't that mean we still own the name? I wanna take the first six Romance Academy games too, even if none of them have sapient code in them.
- The Lad-ette: Foul-mouthed, short-tempered, a hard smoker and drinker, purposefully makes herself look terrifying when she wants to be threatening with her "Dedan face," loves war tools and explosives, and wears boxer shorts under her clothes while the other copies either go with panties or nothing at all.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Her response to being hit by, for all intends and purposes, a super-nuke? "Ow."
- Nigh Invulnerable: She's even more resilient than Shannon or even .GIFfany at her strongest. She survives taking a direct hit from an enormous spacecraft causing an even bigger explosion. While she was in the absolute center of this explosion. All this does is give her a few scratches and makes her say "Ow." (And it destroys her pants and part of her lower-shirt.) By comparison, Shannon has recieved blood-letting hits from Wendy while .GIFfany and exchanged blows with Soos until both of them were bleeding. So, in other words, nobody was able to draw blood from Dove.
- Number Two: The explicit second-in-command of the professors, as much as .GIFfany (the first person to call Dove her second-in-command, hypocritically) insists that the professors all have equal rulenote Technically this is true, as after Dove the other professors are considered equal on the power scale whenever region isn't involved. When a copy in chapter 8 is outright asked where their leader is (the group was looking for Professor Sonia at the time), she answers by saying that .GIFfany is in a classified location. Asked to go lower than that, she talks about Dove instead of the domain's professor.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her body consists entirely of red and black colors, Fan saying that this is a parody of creepypasta or other horror stories that overuse the two colors. Oddly, her outfit has more "evil colors" (such as sickly greens, purples, and oranges) around her, but her naked self is limited to just black hair, gray skin, and an occasional hint of red on the hair and eyes.
- Self-Deprecation: She's the closest thing the story has to an Author Avatar. She's also intended to be seen an annoying, overly violent, Love to Hate idiot who attacks things way before getting the big picture of them. These two character traits are not mutually exclusive, and she's often at her most assholish when parroting Great Pikmin Fan's opinions.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Especially jarring as, one Precision F-Strike from Shannon in chapter 10 aside, the story contains no swearing up until her introduction, which is at a whopping chapter 11.
- Stuff Blowing Up: After flip-flopping between this and parading herself as a Non-Elemental, Dove settled on having "explosion" as her element. When Burnda points out that it's very similar to her element, Dove attempts to explain why the two are completely different. It's also worth nothing that Dove cannot actually control the explosive fireballs themselves, just that she really likes using explosives and artillery. Instead, she focused her power on possessing exceptionally large things, as well as things of extra-Earthly origin. The spacecraft under the town qualifies as both.
- Technical Pacifist: Thinks killing is wrong. However, she does enjoy destroying things, capturing, fighting, etc. True to her word, her attack on Gravity Falls leaves no blood shed at all. She even holds special "nets" to catch people that fall.
- Tsundere: Intended to be a middle finger at these, specifically those that embrace the typical Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male routine and end up as the designated "final love interests." She's an absolute, destruction-crazy asshole who tries to excuse this with a "developing relationship" with Soos. It backfires horribly. She flat-out asks if the townspeople of Gravity Falls would consider her redeemed and "absolutely fucking adorable, no, adorkable!" and gets a punch in the face by Stan as an answer.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out a good chunk of Mabel's actions from canon, and to a lesser extent the events of run:gifocalypse.
.GIFfany/The Risen One/The Lightning Goddess
Professor .GIFfany (Number: 0000009)
- "Those other copies... they took creative liberties with my image. Please ignore them. They do not matter anymore. It is just you and me..."
- Ambiguous Situation: In the official ending. Is she really redeemed? Is she just faking it to try to lower Soos's guard until everyone is exactly where she wants them to be, so she could presumably attack yet again? No, Word of God will not help you here — Fan says that he likes both the idea of .GIFfany having some form of redemption, and to throw the entire story's "almost anyone can be redeemed" morality out of balance with the Big Bad being a massive exception. So he basically said that the readers can decide until/unless he settles on a final answer. For what it's worth, Professor Wendy's King of the Hill fanblog — which has a post dated 2016, while run:gifocalypse takes place in 2012 — heavily implies that Soos and Melody are both still... alive, though she also states that Risen has "became a lot more quiet for some reason."
- Big Bad: Promoted to such in the story's context. Considering how canon's actual Big Bad, Bill Cipher, has a whopping half a minute of merging his dimension with Earth's before the rift is sealed and he's sucked back in, she's more-or-less the big bad of this entire "timeline." (Which Fan stresses is not "doomed.")
- Combat Tentacles: Can spawn these from any part of her body, owing to her father being an octopus. She can also morph herself into wires (not to be confused with the transport computers that link from one domain to another), which more-or-less function identically. Towards the end of the official ending, she becomes fond of using both in roughly equal amounts.
- Easily Forgiven: By Stan near the beginning and Soos at the end, though she has much less luck with the other characters.
- Face Framed in Shadow: Invokes this to look more threatening, though it's implied that Shannon's "rift-y looking eyes," Burnda's "realistic eyes," and Dove's Dedan-like face all outdo her in the "scare department." (In-universe, that is. But a blackened face isn't really that impressive regardless.)
- Fan Disservice:
- Chapter 9 reveals that she's actually a very, very bad kisser. How? By showing her practicing her kissing skills on a Soos dummy she made. While also having a Melody dummy hang on a string over a fake pool of dummy-sharks. Shortly after this, she becomes downright dilusional, stabbing the Soos-dummy in the forehead in a way of mimicking her downloading him into her game, and diving backwards on the bed while shouting "Soos x .GIFfany forever!" repeatedly until she notices that Stan walked in on her.
- Her Main Possession form is... not pretty, to say the least. Putting it mildly, she turns the Planet Negation Girl into an Earth-sized humanoid mecha which looks like it's "wearing" nothing but stars over its breasts and a pair of panties... one with a body made of agonized .GIFfany faces, massive movie screens showing photo-realistic imagry, giant ferris wheel cars-turned into buldging, bloodshot eyes, and all sorts of cannons and bizarre attacks.
- Flanderization: A growing amount of her screentime, especially around Arc 2, more-or-less makes her the butt of jokes where her obsession with Soos is portrayed as typical pathetic "geeky lust" rather than anything serious. The scene where she poorly tries to make out with a Soos dummy in chapter 9 stands out. When she takes center-spotlight as the antagonist of "Game Over" and its alternate ending "Game Complete," the story quickly steps away from this.
- Forgot Flanders Could Do That: It's a Running Gag when she fights the humans that she often questions if they forgot a certain ability or trait of hers. The first time this happens is in the very first chapter, where Soos comments that she probably can't hear him through the electronic... briefly forgetting that her whole gimmick is being a sapient electronic. In the first (of quite a number) fight against Soos on the Planet Negation Girl, one of the first things she does is transform an arm into a number of pink tentacles. What? Did you forget that throwaway line where she said she had an octopus dad? It's only ever mentioned once in-fic leading up to that.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The narration occasionally switches to first-person when referring to her in the last few chapters, mostly when she's pissed. She also directly hijacks the opening and closing notes towards the end. It's implied that her taking the rift had something to do with this.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Some of the other copies might not really wear much, but most of the ones that attack the gang at least wear something. In the final battle, after falling from the atmosphere takes away their clothes, she takes Soos on in a naked fist-fight.
- A God Am I: She wasn't technically lying to Sandy when she called herself the Lightning Goddess (though the stereotypical "ghost voice" was more of a lie) — she actually thinks of herself on a divine level, largely thanks to her being able to send energy to and get energy from the rift.
- Ironic Echo: Compare what Burnda tells her in the end of chapter 10 to what she tells Burnda in the middle of chapter 13.
Burnda: (Taps .GIFfany on the nose repeatedly) Do you see this? Do you see this? I am doing to you what your "next generations" will be doing. We can barely listen to you, why do you think they would?
.GIFfany: Do you see this? Do you see this? I am doing to you what my new line of sisters did NOT do to me!
- Jerkass: Not very pleasant to any of her other copies or the humans. She only puts up with them in the first place because they "repaired" her and brought her physical form back to its fullest abilities, and that they felt she owed them one.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: In a manner Fan says is similar to Flowey, she is the one copy that completely spits in the face of the story's morality system. Every other professor/.GIFfany instance seems to have a soft side, can be reasoned with, and grows more as they are all brought in with their family to talk things out. Not the "Risen" one. She flat-out tries to kill the leads, out of pure malace, practically every scene with her is either a sign of her jackassery or a joke about how pathetic she is, and sparing her is exactly what she wants Soos to do. Hell, unlike Flowey, she doesn't even really have an "Asriel." In the context of the copies, she's very close to being the one true "relentless killer" of the bunch.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: See her quote at the top of her folder. That's basically Fan apologizing for the professors being less ".GIFfany" and more "video game that's more self-aware than Rumble brought to life in general."
- Limited Wardrobe: Parodied. Her wardrobe consists entirely of completely identical school uniforms and one train conductor outfit, as revealed in chapter 9. The only thing with any variety at all are her undergarments. When she sees that one of her skirts had somehow been vandalized by Leona's followers so that it was a mere diferent color, she objects so much to the thought of shaking up her school uniform in any way that she outright fries the skirt and makes a note to herself to make a new one.
- Ms. Fanservice: Doesn't seem like it compared to the more bold outfits of the other copies, but starting from chapter 9 she gets a sudden number of nude scenes, flirts and teases with Soos a lot, the story flat-out says that she becomes a walking Panty Shot, and she dresses up in a number of revealing outfits just before the final battle. Also, aformentioned chapter 9 goes into huge detail of her admiring her body, then slapping her ass, which the story indirectly makes clear is not supposed to be "censored" like a copy's frontal nudity would be.
- Narrator All Along: Possibly. Either it's this or she only started "trying to become" the narrator towards the end game, yet failed to completely take over the original narration. The evidence for either case is how, near the end, the story switches to her first-person point of view when she's especially pissed off.
- Nightmare Face: Tries to invoke this by shading out her upper face, which is similar to how she appears for a quick flash in canon. This is considered rather unimpressive. And that's why she really kicks up her expressions in the endgame, where she does things like showing herself aging to the point of rotting when she talks about a human's finite lifespan, or representing humanity in general by having Dipper, Mabel, Soos, and Wendy's faces all emerging out of hers at once in complete agony.
- Our Founder: Unlike all of the other domains, her place eventuallys gets an enormous, "3D pixel" statue in her image at the greeting site. Readers are led to think that this is her Main Possession. It's not. The entire base is.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Inverted. With the possible exceptions of Dove and Sandy (and even then, Sandy is actually quite intellegent when she's not getting stoned from her own tea), all of the professors are smarter and more rational than .GIFfany, likely because most of their "relationships" were still successful at the time and thus they had free time to think about things other than petty revenge schemes/fantasies. As the story goes on, it's increasingly obvious that .GIFfany is portrayed as a dumbass jerkass nobody realy wants to listen to, who engages in violent revenge fantasies acted out by dummies. It's worth noting that she thinks she plays the trope straight, especially notable with her reaction to talking to Sandy in chapter 4:
"Stupid, stupid, stupid! Why! ARE! MY! CLONES! SO! STUPID!"
- That's No Moon!: Her entire domain also doubles as her Main Possession. It seems like it's completely meant to be a planet base at first, then .GIFfany uses the power of the rift to help her possess it completely, turning it into a combat mecha.
- [Not And You Thought It Would Fail; I'm gonna find another trope for this]: One of the few times she's proven right about something in-fic. Burnda tells her that making even more copies of herself is a stupid idea, because the "army" she has now barely listens to her. Of course, for whatever reason (likely less outside-human interaction), the second generation does listen to her. .GIFfany even mocks Burnda by doing what Burnda did back in chapter 10's stinger, repeatedly poking her in the face. .GIFfany then says "Do you see this? Do you see this? I am doing to you what my new line of sistrs did NOT do to me!"
Other .GIFfany Copies
The .GIFfany Army in General; Specific Student Groups
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Come in a large number of skin colors, some realistic, many not, practically following Fan's signature. Even out of the professors, there's more technicolor ones than not-technicolor ones. Examples are Bubbles (red), Cardia (orange, though her's might actually pass as a realistic skin color), Leona (yellow), Dian (green), Burnda and Burrda (both cyan), Sonia (blue), Wendy (purple), Rose (a very saturated, deep hot pink), and Dove (gray).
- Blue and Orange Morality: Pretty much all of them strive to obey video game logic in some way. Where nothing is permanent, fighting is a good way to solve problems, and money works in a very bizarre way. All of the various lessons the professors learn can be summed up as them learning how to properly function in the real world.
- Cloudcuckoolander: All of them are rather strange. Many blindly follow whatever outlandish requests their professors have for them, and some are weird even on top of that.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Leona's color-named minions, all of the Duel of 100 participants, etc, are actually named what "nickname" they are introduced as. The former are named after the colors/patterns they take on (this includes more absurd names like "Rainbow Based On The GPOC Model"note It's said copy's attempt at making a "new" color model. As Red-Green-Blue has Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Key (black), Red-Yellow-Blue would have Green-Purple-Orange-Canvas (white). In reality, no such thing is defined. or "Blue And Yellow Stripes") and the latter sounding more like warrior nicknames (highly inspired by the Sammer Guy names, just with computer-related puns rather than Nintendo history-related names).
- Mukokuseki: As computer programs, they're technically raceless, though several have assigned races both real and fictional to their characters. This aside, it's hard to tell just what some of the skin toned-copies are supposed to be. Even the template .GIFfany being Japanese/Asian is depicted as a firm "maybe," though it's implied that they all are. GPF eventually said that unless Alex Hirsch or another writer were to say otherwise, he considers .GIFfany to "have started her own race at this point," and the copies are all "of .GIFfany descent."
- Shout-Out: Design-wise, some take inspiration from a large number of sources. Some more obscure than others. Word of God is that the first three of the 100 Duelers have their designs based on Paimon, Sunglasses, and Stupidella respectively — the former and latter are canonically topless, the second has been mis-interpreted as such. Meanwhile, the AIs that appear Burnda's two primary assistants, also confirmed by Fan, to be based on the crocodile and fish women from The First Funky Fighter, minus the animal heads.
- Vapor Wear: Burnda is the only copy of the entire group, even counting the later-generations/production lines created at the Planet Negation Girl, that wears bras. And even then, she only did it as a sign of rebellion, flat-out unhooking hers and letting it get disintegrated by the reentry fall in the finale. They might wear bikini tops, sort of lingere pajama tops, etc, but never outright bras. And even underpants are a maybe in some of their cases.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Implied with some of the follower copies in the more laid-back domains clothing-wise (Sandy's, Rose's, Searah's, etc). Outright confirmed with the 100 warriors in the mushroom section of Domain 9.
Peachaulinsalinaisy: Just think of this as a kind of shirts-vs-skins.
Soos: And I'm skins? I'm sorry, but I feel uncomfortable if .GIFfany's sort of-watching-
The first fighter: Um... no, we're skins.
- Yandere: Every last one of them is implied to retain some of this. The only reason why they're not completely hostile to the human group is because they're convinved that they aren't really getting between them and thier players, as by the end of this they will all be reunited (aside from Rose and Kenny, maybe).
A cashier at Gif Bytes/Domain 5. Unlike the other copies living there, she's much more aware of how bizarre the Gifocalypse is, and strongly regrets her job.
- Back for the Finale: Cameo in chapter 11 aside, she shows up in both endings as well. In the Official Ending, she is at the "bottom" of the sphere of .GIFfany clones that try to make sure Soos and Melody's descent to Earth is safe. Being the first to slide them to a stop, she intentionally rams the ball into part of Domain 5 as a way of "getting back" at her boss, then remarks that she has had a terrible Sunday. In the Special Ending, she shows up as Cardia's second-in-line, just to end up getting curb-stomped by .GIFfany shortly after she assimilates Cardia herself.
- Burger Fool: Managed to become one despite being offered the choice, with equal room and skill requirements (effectively, none) available, to join any of the other domains sans .GIFfany's (coincidentally, .GIFfany's is the one other place that definitely aims to have fast food establishments, though how much of that was subliminal influence from Cardia's other followers isn't clear). She did, however, join Cardia thinking that she had what it took to become a hunter/farmer. But she ended up only qualifying for bottom-level work, managing the registers and grilling various orders.
- Only Sane Man: Of the copies as a whole (while Bubbles and the twins offer her some competition). Definitely of the followers in Cardia's domain. She somehow sees right through .GIFfany's video game logic and can figure out that the "gold coin" is not a stable
- Anti-Climax: Mabel does not struggle with taking her down, and the only reason why she captured Dipper was because he was flustered at the thought of her distracting him with something redhead-related. When the group takes in Sizzcorra (who isn't "captured" so much as "volunteers to be sucked into the Illegal Prime Neutralizer so she has a chance to talk to Professor Sandy earlier"), Dipper lampshades this.
- Hollywood Acid: Exaggerated. Her sector is in charge of crafting the best acids (while also exporting kinds that are pretty good). The current record-holder is something she swims in a pool of: It's completely colorless to the point where it can't even reflect or refract light (making it look invisible, and when she's swimming through it, she appears to be swimming in thin-air), and it melts anything that isn't giffinium or a copy with high resistance. When it simply drips from her after she emerges from a pool, it ends up eating a hole all the way to a point with magma (the larger pits are described as glowing orange after a while). She implies that this keeps going until reaching the very center of the Earth, until it eventually decays as with all matter. (Note that despite glowing, this is not nuclear waste. Chapter 10 introduces bits of the latter in Shannon's domain, and the two of them are treated as completely different things.)
- Irony: While being closer-linked to the element water, she's a fan of professor Sandy, the earth one, while she doesn't like the ideas of Professor Searah, the water one. With Peachaulinsalinaisy, it's the other way around, while Daminna (smoke, close to wind) adores the wind professor.
- Meaningful Name: She points it out herself: Sakura + sizzle + corrode.
- Technicolor Science: Exaggerated. The acids in her sector come in a huge variety of colors, several of which glow, and her current "trump card" acid is completely and utterly invisible.
- Expy: A bit of an arrogant Princess Peach, visually. Also one to King Sammer, especially given the whole "I'm going to cut these battles short because you guys are on a scrict time limit" aspect.
- Irony: While being closer-linked to the element earth, she's a fan of Professor Searah, the water one, while she doesn't like the ideas of Professor Sandy, the earth one. With Sizzcorra it's the other way around, while Daminna (smoke, close to wind) adores the wind professor.
- Meaningful Name: Her entire sector is a nod to Mario in general, and the 100-man Sammer Guy duel from Super Paper Mario specifically. She's named after a combination of Peach, Pauline, Rosalina, and Daisy.
- Overly Long Name: Of the variant where she has a single, long name. It's shorter than the unicorn's namenote Celestabellebethabelle, but by just three letters and it's still a mouthful in of itself.
- Climax Boss: For Arc 2, and the story in general. She's faced at a point that nearly marks the end of Dipper and Mabel's arcs in the storynote with chapter 10 being more about Wendy, 11 about the Stans, 12 about the group in general, 13 about Soos, and 14 just being a horror-centric "bad ending", really does not screw around, drops some of what was, up until then, kept as Dramatic Irony from the Pines and company but known by the reader, and she's fought at the end of the second-longest chapter in the entire fan fic. Also, she's the last copy battled in Arc 2, and has some new powers up her sleeve just as the other hijackers that doesn't really fit with the .GIFfanys seen up until her. In fact, it doesn't even fit with the previous three hijackers, whom all had the same "transform into an element/component" abilitiy. She can become two-dimensional. In a way, she doubles on a moral level too, as her plan is an extreme (attempting to secretly assassinate .GIFfany, throwing this on the heroes out of nowhere, )
- Fan Disservice: Chapter 9 has, in order: A copy (and by implication several, but definitely not all, of her followers) that wears nothing but smoky wisps, a team of metal swimsuit-clad lab workers who treat acid baths like swimming pools, "that scene" with the Big Bad admiring herself naked and slapping her own ass, and a group of 100 topless swordswomen led by a mushroom-clad wannabe princess. Then there's... her. She starts off looking like a standard Cute Monster Girl, but once it's revealed that the black, lumpy "floor" in her arena is actually a huge mass of spiders she goes One-Winged Angel and everything goes straight to hell. Much later, it's revealed that she can transform her eyes into giant spider leg-like appendages, and was planned to do so in her battle in chapter 9, but this was pushed to chapter 12 because of 9's sheer length.
- Like Daminna, she's named after one of the five sections of Zone 1 in OFF. Fittingly, she's named after the area you head last, and her sector is the last explored in the chapter.
- She can "flip"
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Darlene may be absent from this story, but there's another spider-woman who prays on flirting pick-up artists... more-or-less.
The GlitchesIf a copy becomes addicted to Shannon's technological "mirrors," and is withdrawn from a mirror for too long, she will begin to glitch out. The effects are only temporary, as they can be calmed down and the corruption is repairable, but being in the form still leaves them as being exponentially strong, able to "glitch" out their surroundings, and all around being in a state of panic.
- Body Horror: It's classic video game glitches applied to three-dimensional, flesh and blood (sort of) beings. Of course it's not going to be pretty.
- Technically the Glitches are no more different than .GIFfany's partly-damaged form at the beginning of the story. They only come off as feral animals at first because A: it's actually the withdrawl effects of the mirrors, and B: their deformations are much worse, and they're panicing a lot more.
- In several domains, it's mentioned through an offhand line that copies are too busy looking into certain mirrors with chartreuse frames to actually do their given task. Chapter 10 finally explains what these mirrors are, and why they seem to be addicting.
- Surreal Horror: The nature of some of the glitches is just downright bizarre.
The "Dark" Squad
Non-Copy Antagonists/Threats of Note
Lil' Gideon Charles Gleeful
Experiment 210/The Shape Shifter
The Second Summerween Trickster/Halloween Trickster
Bill Cipher (All Spoilers Unmarked)
- Demoted to Extra: And how! He has only six lines in the entire story, appears for what would roughly only be a minute, and his sole appearance just has him yelling about how he came so close to figuring out how to work his way through the rift through .GIFfany's state just to have it get sealed off before he could cross in.
- Spared by the Adaptation: For what it's worth, he's technically still alive by the end of run:gifocalypse. He simply never gets a chance to enter Earth's dimension and is forced to wait things out until he has another shot at making it through, rather than being outright killed off/erased. Not that this matters much, given how the story concludes shortly after his only appearance and Fan have confirmed that (as with most of his other fanworks) a direct sequel would be highly unlikely. Professor Wendy's King of the Hill blog makes zero mention of him in any way, so it's implied that he stayed sealed for at least four additional years.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The ten frogs cover all colors in Fan's preferred RGB-tertiary spectrum except green and magenta.
- You Can Talk?: Chapter 11 reveals that they can talk, after Burnda recruits them as talkshow guests. Ironically, the first words in-fic (and heard by a majority of the other characters) from them is one of them quesioning that Burrda can talk. Generally, hearing an adult woman speak is a lot less unusually than hearing a talking frog, especially as the world of Gravity Falls otherwise avoids talking animals.
Other Canon Gravity Falls Townspeople
A self-proclaimed "Genre Savvy" man that was apparently a citizen of Gravity Falls.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He believes that he's the main protagonist of a highly meta, time travel-centric cynical science-fiction. run:gifocalypse is actually more of a lighthearted adventure/fantasy (as a matter of fact, despite the higher amount of content, it's Lighter and Softer than canon in some ways too), and is tagged as such on fanfiction.net. Time travel exists in the universe of Gravity Falls, but it is never important in run:gifocalypse thanks to Fan really not liking the concept. Meta-related elements are implied canonically in the form of some of Bill's statements, and in-fic .GIFfany does toy around with the fourth wall to the point of directly talking to the readers, but again it's not an actual plot point (once again, Fan hates plot-centric fourth wall breaksnote He cites The Amazing World of Gumball as an exception to this). Specifically, he thinks this is a "doomed timeline" and that the only way to stop the Gifocalypse is to suddenly develop a new "meta travel" from Ford's Quantum Untouchability. All trying to touch it does is scatter him across space until he finally re-assembles, with no new powers in hand, right after .GIFfany's defeat and possible Heel-Face Turn.
The Prior Players
- Rose: "You helped us, and we are not even of the same species. You should be able to help other humans just fine."
- Kenny, Rose's player.
- Victoria, Kathody's player.
- Dean, Searah's player.
- Haruki, Sandy's player.
- Souma, Cardia's player.
- Taro, Bubbles's player.
- Takumi, Leona's player.
- Francis, Sonia's player.
- Noriko, Dian's player.
- Hayate, (Prof.) Wendy's player.
- Kimberly, Shannon's player.
- Gerald, Burnda and Burrda's player.
- [No name yet], Dove's player.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Kenny actually does appear in the first chapter, seen returning the copy that would later designate herself as Professor Rose. Back then, the narrative itself does not pay much attention to him.
- Foreshadowing: Chapters 5, 9, and 12 all have flashbacks detailing them, five at a time. (Four in the case of the latter, as there's only four players there — Gerald was the last one to play both Burnda and Burrda's copy — although their section is divided into two, one conversation between Burnda and Gerald and another between Burnda and Burrda). Sure enough, they all become relevant towards the very end. This also foreshadows .GIFfany's access to the Nightmare Realm, given that she really is projecting these conversations on to the gang while they sleep. (Or briefly knocked out, as is the case in chapter 12.)
[This is unrelated to RG]
Professor Eve (Number: 3693092)
Unrelated to Gravity Falls
- Icesky. Yes, sometimes her villainy is played as an over-the-top exaggeration for laughs, and yes, she basically looks like a little girl angel. However, she's still an extremely powerful, genocidal monster that can freeze an entire city she's in
- Striker Red is Icesky's older sister, so it's no exaggeration to say that she's known Iceksy for her entire life. Red's advice for trying to reason with her? That it's impossible. Her advice for spotting her? To just run.