Fanfic Recs: Gravity Falls

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The Gravity Falls Fanfiction Wiki
  • Recommended by: Fourth Wall Breaker
  • Tags: Takes all sorts of Gravity Falls fanfics, except for Pinecest.

MoringMark (Tumblr) and MarkMak (DeviantArt)
  • Recommended by folkner
  • The man creates some great on-model (and off-model) comics and illustrations very true to the show that are just brimming with creativity, humor, and heart. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll wow at some of the things he does with the tumblr and deviantart formats. If you loved any episode, character, or concept in particular, chances are that he's made something in response to it that won't fail to entertain you further.

  • Recommended by: Kandikorn22
  • Tags: She mostly writes stories centered around Mabel and Dipper's brother-sister relationship, and she is fantastic with her descriptions of how the characters feel and keeping them in character at all times. Honestly, if you're looking for someone who can write a truly heartfelt fanfic, look no further than Mayclore.

  • Tags: He mostly writes stories focusing around Pacifica's character development following Northwest Mansion Mystery, often taking inspiration from markmak's comics, one of his stories was even liked by markmak himself. He is really good at making readers feel for the characters.

  • Recommended by: Sean Devine
  • Tags: He's written quite a few Gravity Falls fanfictions, but my favorite one is "What Do Angels Look Like," which focuses on a young girl named Avy who Dipper finds and takes in after finding out her father abused her. It's one of the most emotional and heartwarming fics I've read, and I think it deserves more attention. When you're done with that, another fic I'd recommend is "Dipper and Mabel Jr," though it hasn't been conpleted yet. He's also written a few Pinecest stories, but I'm willing to forgive him for that.

  • Recommended by: Chiropteru
  • Tags: Has written over 70 Gravity Falls stories, mostly one-shots, but also the multi-chapter "Little Shack of Horrors", a Little Shop of Horrors parody. Many of the stories are humor, but the author also expands into horror, hurt/comfort, family, and angst, among others. Does an excellent job writing Dipper and Mabel's sibling relationship. Has also started a "future AU" series of one-shots, with the twins as adults.

  • Recommended by: N8han11
  • Tags: Has written many fics that shed light on Dipper and Wendy's relationship. The fics are very well written, and keep everyone still in character, all while still being interesting stories in their own right.

Transcendence AU
  • Recommended by: arsenicCrazy
  • Tags: A collection of Alternate Universe Fics taking place after a finale in which the Pines family prevents an apocalypse of sorts. The supernatural becomes commonplace all over the world, and Dipper is now a demon. A more detailed summary can be found here.
  • Comments: This AU is heavy on both angst and fluff. To quote the tags of one of the posts: "One half (of the fandom) is crying in the corner, the other half is in the fetal position overwhelmed with fluffy feels, there is no in between". You have been warned - bring some tissues.

  • Recommended by: Stellar Cannon
  • Tags: He writes a ton of heartwarming/random one-shots that revolve around the Gravity Falls gang. These are usually very well written, interesting and original.

Omega Ultra
  • Recommended by: Stellar Cannon
  • Tags: He has written several stories for Gravity Falls that mainly focus around Dipper and Mabel. His fics are really well-written and actually get you to read them again, just so you can find the little details he's hidden inside.

    Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Pacifica's Revenge by Mon-Ra
  • Recommended by: CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After being humiliated in Irrational Treasure. Pacifica plots to destroy Dipper by stealing his heart and grinding it to dust!
  • Pairing: Pacifica and Dipper
  • Comments: One of the best Gravity Falls fan fictions I have ever read.
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  • Pines' Quest by mon-ra
    • Recommended by: CMR Rosa
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: After the events of Pacifica's Revenge. Dipper prepares to make good on his word to become a perfect boyfriend for her. But will his sister Mabel or the new girl Rachel thwart his goal?
    • Pairing: Pacifica and Dipper
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  • The Amazing World of Dipper Pines
    • Recommended by: Fourth Wall Breaker
    • Status: Dormant
    • Synopsis: After 2 years, 2 summers, Dipper and Mabel Pines have returned to Gravity Falls. When Dipper meets a new girl, could she be the love of his life, or just another pretty face? Created by the same person who created the Gravity Falls fanfiction wiki, this is her first Gravity Falls fanfic.
    • Pairing(s): Dipper and OC, Mabel and OC
    • Tags: Both Dipper and Mabel are paired with OCs. Het.
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  • Dipifica Shorts by Viceroy Elf.
    • Recommended: by Hackstory
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: A series of shorts detailing the relationship between Dipper and Pacifica three years after the events of the show. The shorts are all part of the same larger story, and are (mostly) in chronological order.
    • Pairing: Pacifica and Dipper
    • Comments: Despite its uninspired title and a description (on that says absolutely nothing about the story, it's well worth a look for any fans of the pairing. The individual stories are short and sweet with plenty of fluff, and all the characters feel very real to their cannon counterparts: it really feels like they're all the people they should be three years later. My only real complaint about it is the absence of certain characters whom I'm rather fond of: Wendy has yet to make any appearance whatsoever, and Soos and Stan are both almost entirely absent, themselves. Despite that, it's still far and away the best Dipper/Pacifica story that I've ever read, and I highly recommend it, even to non-fans of the pairing.
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  • Grunkle Stan's Guide to Crashing Your Great-Niece's Wedding by Evil-Ekat
    • Recommended by Assassin-sensei
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: "Mabel, his wonderful, loving and kind great-nice. She was getting married to, to that monster! She must have been tricked somehow right? Right? Stan's life comes crashing down around him as the question is popped. And with only a few months till doom's day, he's willing to do everything in his power to stop that wedding. Everything. Winner of Jameer14's GFFA for Best humour story!"
    • Comments: A humor story which focuses more on the humor then the aspects of Mabel and Bill's relationship but is still an enjoyable fluffy read with good characterization and one of the most well-done OC I've seen in quite a while.
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  • A Century of MaBill by Evil-Ekat
    • Recommended by Sean Devine
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Synopsis: A series of one shots and drabbles that revolve around the two. What ifs, AU's, In U's, hidden scenes, stories in general. Telling tales of the relationship between the sweet little girl and the big bad demon.
    • Pairing: Mabel and Bill
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  •     General Fics 
    Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

    Armor by Mayclore
    • Recommended by: The Icy Sneasel
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Mabel Pines' signature, heat-trapping fashion statement has a sensitive origin. When that nerve gets struck in an argument with Dipper, she ends up reminding herself of the things that are truly important to her.
    • Comments: A skillfully written and engaging one-shot that manages to include dark, yet subtle psychological elements while still maintaining the lighthearted narrative of Gravity Falls. Mabel is written very well. A very heartfelt story.
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  • Some Day by last to dance
    • Recommended by ladyofthelibrary
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Some day Stan will have to tell the twins the truth and change their world forever. A one-shot look into what could be Stan's motivation through the first few episodes.
    • Comments: Though it seems to come out of left field, the theory presented (that the twins' parents died 2 years before the show and the twins unconsciously used their innate magical gifts as Pines to keep them "alive" because they couldn't imagine life without them) makes a surprising amount of sense and makes Stan a surprisingly sympathetic character. In fact, I wouldn't mind if something like this was canon.
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  • Dipper's Birthday Rumble by ddp456
    • Recommended by: Ryan Stoppable
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: On his 13th Birthday, Dipper Pines receives a gift that he had always hoped for. However, an old enemy uses this to gain an advantage, and shortly, Dipper is launched into an unexpected adventure.
    • Comments: Fantasy/Parody. A very well-written tale of a game jumping adventure that would make Wreck-It Ralph proud. Features parodies of several well-known video game series.
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  • The Rule of Cool by ryfkah
    • Recommended by Opftw1
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Mabel hosts a sleepover party.
    • Comments: An adorable story featuring Mabel, Greta, Candy and Wendy being awesome. Very clever and funny.
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  • The Return to Gravity Falls by EZB
    • Recommended by: Sean Devine
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Synopsis: Once, a brother and sister went to a sleepy town in the backwoods of Oregon, and their views of the world were changed forever. Now, three years later, they must return to answer the call of that mysterious town. Old friends, new dangers, and dark mysteries await Dipper and Mabel Pines as they Return to Gravity Falls.
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  • An Outsider's Look at the Pines Twins by iguessso12
    • Recommended by Tropers/Neelh
    • Status: Complete, occasionally updated.
    • Synopsis: The Pines twins have been steeped in mayhem, mysteries, and magic every summer since they were 12 years old. Coming back home to Piedmont, going to high school, acting normal? All those things make them stick out like a sore thumb. When you ask outsiders about the Pines twins, you get a mix of strange stories and casual observations.
    • Comments: This is one of the first Gravity Falls fics I read, and I keep coming back to it. It's a series of oneshots with plenty of original characters interacting with Dipper and Mabel. The twins also have quite realistic reactions to their experiences in Gravity Falls, especially Dipper.
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  • Code 12 by MayDayGirl-Save-Our-Ships
    • Recommended by Mondegreen
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Pacifica never used to fight with her parents. So when she finally sticks up for herself and runs out of the mansion, she heads to the only place she can think of, hoping that maybe this time, a door won't be slammed in her face.
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  •     Crossover Fics 
    Fanfiction that combines elements, characters, etc. from two or more different franchises.

    Garden Falls by starfleetrambo
    • Recommended by HalfBreedChaos
    • Crossover with: Over the Garden Wall
    • Status: The main story is complete, but the epilogue is not. (and he's making a few sides showing the other character's perspectives)
    • Synopsis: Dipper finds himself in the lost in the Unknown when he meets Wirt and together they try to figure out how he got there and how to help him get home.
    • Comments: This one was retweeted by Hirsch himself! The tone of Over the Garden Wall is carried over very nicely, and mixes well with Dipper's genre savvyness and a few other twists I won't spoiler here.
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  • Falling Over the Wall by skimmingthesurface and SylviaW1991
    • Recommended by kilala2tail
    • Crossover with: Over the Garden Wall
    • Status: Completed
    • Synopsis: After leaving Endicott's labyrinthine manor, Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice stumble upon more mysteries in the woods of The Unknown between the eccentric tea baron and the Mc Laughlin Bros. ferry. Specifically, the Mystery Twins. Dipper thought he'd been through every inch of the Gravity Falls woods, but he and Mabel had found someplace that was decidedly new and different. “If this part of the woods isn't in the journal, how are we supposed to find the way back?”
    • Comments: The first of the Mystery Best Friends series, it sets up the base for an entertaining crossover of these two worlds, with Mabel and Greg working to get their brothers together in later fics.

    Shadow Over Gravity Falls by Kingxana0
    • Recommended by Underworldlurker
    • Crossover with: Multiple Disney shows/Marvel Comics
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Synopsis: Its been five years since Dipper and Mabel left Gravity Falls, and since then much has changed. Now that they have returned and brought a secret and responsibility big enough to change the entire world. But they aren't alone with this burden, as an old friend makes it clear she wants in. After all they are friends, right?
    • Comments: The blurb on the front doesn't really do much to draw you in, but once you actually start reading it this fic is quite the surprise. Expect to see faces from all kinds old Disney Shows. Also the fic mixes the Marvel Universe into things. Seems to be doing interesting things, worth a read.

    Things That Go Bump by appending_fic
    • Recommended by kilala2tail
    • Crossover with: ParaNorman
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Norman Babcock is touring the most haunted places in America, and his last stop this summer is Gravity Falls, a place with so many weird things going on, there have to be some spirits with major issues that need his help. Very soon, however, he finds that Gravity Falls is a place in a category all its own, and that he might need a little help to keep from getting in over his head.
    • Comments: The start of Fire and Wonder, this is a tale of Norman and Dipper, magic and witches, with plenty of crossover interest to be had throughout the fics. A lot of focus is placed on Dipper, his fear of Bill, the insecurities of where he fits with his more "magical" friends, and his learning more about the not-so-invisible world around him along with how to help care for it.

    • A Conspiracy of Minerals by CompletelyDifferent
    • Recommended by Dude Wheres My Password
    • Crossover with: Steven Universe
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Synopsis: A series of one-shots involving everything from the Crystal Gems touring the Mystery Shack to Bill paying Steven a visit in his dreams.
    • Comments: Perfect characterization for both shows. My favorite is Chapter 3. The one-shots are generally not connected, but there are hints of an ongoing plot in the ones involving Bill.
        Dark Fiction 
    Stories focused on making the series darker, and/or exploring the darker aspects of the series.

    [1] by [2]
    • Recommended by: ichigoare
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Synopsis: For three years, Mabel has been in a horribly abusive relationship. She suffers countless injuries and severe trauma at the hands of her abusive boyfriend, Josh, while doing all that she can to pretend that nothing is wrong. However, when the abuse only grows worse and Dipper appears to be catching on to Mabel's lies, Mabel finds herself trapped. Sure, she wishes for the abuse to end, but does she want to risk others getting hurt? Will she be able to let herself get the help she needs?
    • Comments: While this is an incredibly well-written story that is sure to get an emotional response out of any reader (Cryptic is not lying when she claims she's trying to write the most angsty and emotional story on fanfiction; surely it's at least one of them), and it does an incredibly job portraying domestic abuse in a realistic light, from the abuse itself to Mabel's damaged emotional state and desire to cover up the truth of her situation at all costs, be warned- this story certainly earned its T rating, and anyone triggered by domestic abuse should avoid this story. That being said, the beautiful writing and the sheer amount of emotion put into it is remarkable. It's not an easy read, but it handles abuse realistically and manages to put our heroes into a dark predicament. For anyone who enjoys dark fics where the darkness doesn't come from supernatural elements, but rather from real-world situations, this is a must-read.

    The Gremloblin's Mirror by Omega Ultra
    • Recommended by: Stellar Cannon
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: After Pacifica goes too far and hurts Mabel, the twins decide that it is time to have their revenge on her. They decide to go after an ancient artifact that will help them fulfill their vendetta. Yet, their revenge may cause more problems than it will fix; and it may harm, more than it heals.
    • Comments: This story gets pretty bleak at points and yet, has some heartwarming moments sewn into the plot. Despite the author's original intention for it to be an experimental one-shot, it has turned out to be one of the best stories he has ever written.
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  • The Town That Time Forgot by missakat
    • Recommended by: Jopalopa
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: The town abandoned and left to fall to ruin, subject of many a horror story. Wendy returns to Gravity Falls, in order to pay respects to those long since passed.
    • Comments: This is, in my opinion, the best Gravity Falls fanfiction to date. Horror/Angst, and it works both extremely well while staying in the realm of plausibility (well, as plausible as a paranormal show can get).
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  • Forget-Me-Not by ddp456
    • Recommended by DVB
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: "Wendy mysteriously disappears, and a broken and distraught Dipper seems to be the only one who cares. The world believes she ran off with Robbie, and shortly, forgets about the missing redhead. Further searching leads Dipper on the path of a supposedly haunted house where teenagers are always welcomed, but are never allowed to leave..." Completed!
    • Comments: A Horror/Suspense story written by the same author who have us Dipper's Birthday Rumble. A surprisingly dark and sinister tale that could almost seem a bit Lovecraftian at some moments. Characterization is good if not a bit off a few moments and also portrays the psychological impact these encounters could potentially have.
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  •     Alternate Universe Fics 
    Stories where one fundamental aspect of the series is completely overhauled from its point of origin.

    Stan's Nephew by thewittyarsonist and gravityanomaly
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  • AntiGravity Falls by MagicMoneyPants
    • Recommended by: folkner
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Synopsis: Based off the age-reversed Anti Gravity AU. Where Wendy and Soos are twelve, and the twins are fifteen. Find out what kind of rollicking adventures these rapscallions get into!
    • Comments: A fanfic that uses its simple premise to remix all ready beloved content into delightful, new contortions; repurposing the framework of familiar episodes to craft something new, interesting, and entertaining with them as their base. The first chapter's a little rough, but subsequent installments just keep getting better and better. I'd recommend trying chapters 3, 6, and 7 at least, as they showcase this AU and story's unique strengths at their best. The writing style is also worthy of praise. It's very straightforward and quick to the point, but it's detailed where it counts so all the jokes, action scenes, and character beats stick the landing in very easy-to-follow and visualize sequences.
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  • Forever Autumn: The Destiny of Dipper Pines by E350
    • Recommended by: KTKomedy2813
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Summer has ended, and Dipper and Mabel have returned home. Dipper, split from Mabel, now faces a suffocatingly ordinary life as an outcast in an average middle school...but he soon finds that Bill Cipher isn't finished with him yet. Rated for future violence. Post Society of the Blind Eye.
    • Comments: A nice mix of continuation from "Society of the Blind Eye", which I guess can also count as an AU (and part-Dark Fiction) because of certain parts that've been revealed now (Not What He Seems, anyone?) and a good idea for a potential conclusion to the series. When Dipper and Mabel return home after summer, everything's duller and worse for Dipper, though Mabel seems perfectly happy to be back. That is until Bill comes back into the picture and tells Dipper that the world will end and everything he's loved and cared for will be lost forever unless he returns to Gravity Falls. What happens is a fun, exciting reunion of friends and family fighting the demonic dream triangle and his cult one last time. Highly recommended and deserving of its own page here.
    • Has a sequel: The All-Seeing Eye
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  • Dragon Pines by Montydragon
    • Recommended by E350
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Slight AU. After Wendy went missing a year ago with no explanation, Dipper is still looking for her. However, as he continues his relentless search, a mysterious animal begins to terrorize the Shack, leading him to believe that the supernatural truly isn't all it seems...
    • Comments: Dipper goes looking for Wendy but finds a dragon instead. Very interesting exploration of Dipper's relationship with Wendy, with some good bits from Mabel and Grunkle Stan on top. Easily recommended.
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  • Monster Falls

    Monster Shack by Eduard Kassel
    • Recommended by Manga Manic
    • Status: In progress
    • Synopsis: Someone else emerges from beyond, and starts making a few changes. 'Abnormal will soon be the norm, consider this a sneak preview.' And a new face shows up at the Shack while another old enemy resumes his plotting. Another mystery has emerged and this time the Mystery Twins find themselves as part of it. AU after Northwest Manor, with consideration for Not What He Seems.
    • Comments: An interesting twist on the usual themes of the Monster Falls AU.

    (The Adventures of Dipper and Mabel in)Golden Surprise[3]
    • Recommended by Griffonmender
    • Status: Complete (But a sequel is in the works)
    • Synopsis: A Gravity Falls fancomic by Deviant artist Jack-a-lyn. Grunkle Stan is running out of money to run the Mystery Shack, so Mabel decides to help by making a movie about a crack ship, resulting in a deal with a certain triangle...
    • Despite initially seeming like a set-up for a dime-a-dozen bill-dip work, it actually has a very good plot so far, as well as excellent art, as well as staying very true to the characters. So, if you're looking for a story featuring Human!Bill that's actually well-written, you've found it.