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Fridge Brilliance

     General 
  • Why Oregon? Maybe because it has more ghost towns in it than any other state. Oregon is the location of a real-life tourist trap called the House of Mystery.
  • A lot of recurring side and stock characters are often re-used in the background for various episodes. It makes sense since it shows how small Gravity Falls is as a community.
  • Why is marrying woodpeckers legal in Gravity Falls? Trembley legalized it before his disappearance.
  • The titular town was founded when a frontiersman rode his horse off of a cliff. Perhaps he named it after he realized, gravity falls. In addition, we see a bit of symbolism of gravity reversing itself— in the trailer for "Not What He Seems" and in the opening.
  • With the "S" missing from the sign, it reads "Mystery hack". Grunkle Stan is definitely a hack with some mystery to him.
  • Most of Grunkle Stan's accessories play into him being a conman with an image. He carries a cane without needing to use it, and wears an eyepatch even though he's got both his eyes.
  • Stan is cheap, but we constantly see him updating the shack with new exhibits and gimmicks almost every episode. No wonder the Mystery Shack does so well; there's always something new.
  • Why is Stan so obsessed with money? Not only is he a 'former' con-man (always in the pursuit of money), but he's running that giant complex machine under the shack. Even if he does steal parts, it has to cost some money, so a lot of the Mystery Shack's extra cash probably went towards that. Swearing to prove his father wrong by making his fortune is probably also a factor.
  • Each episode's credits feature a cryptogram referencing the events of the episode. The first says "Welcome To Gravity Falls." There's also one in the theme song "STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS" and in an online game "EVER SEE STANS TATTOO?"
  • Soos' nickname for Mabel. Being a 'ham' is someone being funny or silly. But it's also somewhat older slang. To a kid of Mabel's age, being called a ham might come across as being called a pig (or a glutton, etc). So hambone instead.
  • Generally, Dipper and Mabel are shown to be far more open-minded than their stubborn Grunkles Stan and Ford. There have been studies showing that opposite-gender twins might naturally be more open-minded and accepting than same-gender twins.
  • Mabel, though always wearing a different patterned sweater, is always seen wearing a nightgown with a 3.5 floppy disk on it before bed, perhaps saving at the end of each day in her mind.
  • As noted on his character page, Soos's real full name (Jesus Alzamarino Ramirez) is incredibly badass, but most of the time he's just called Soos. What better metaphor for a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass?
  • The series began on 6/15/12 and ended on 2/15/16. According to Alex Hirsch, this was just a coincidence.
  • The reason Dipper sacrifices so much for Mable is because when he was selfish in "The Time Travelers pig" it caused Mable to go into one of the biggest depressions ever. He's afraid that if he doesn't help it will happen again. and now he dosn't have a time travel measuring tape to fix it

     Tourist Trapped 
  • When Mabel introduced her "boyfriend Norman", why does no one raise an eyebrow to Mabel dating an older teenager? Stan isn't that good of a parent, but it seemed like Dipper would've questioned that instead of just Norman's potential zombosity. Though after learning that Dipper has a crush on Wendy, it makes sense. It would've been hypocrisy.

     Legend of the Gobblewonker 
  • Old Man McGucket's ability to build the Gobblewonker robot makes a lot more sense when we learn that he used to be a brilliant scientist and engineer before he lost his memory, and even helped design the portal!

     Headhunters 
  • Stan being shocked at the sight of something identical to him, loving it as much as he did, and mourning it's death enough to have a funeral seems like a joke about Stan being a narcissist, but it takes on new meaning after you find out in Not What He Seems that he had a brother who looked very much like him who disappeared.
  • If you think about it, not all of Mabel's 'other fluids' were particularly nasty. In fact, we even see during the working montage that she licks the paintbrush at one point. So one of the other fluids, while the rest are still up for debate, was simply her saliva.
  • In "The Headhunters", after the wax statue of Genghis Khan accidentally melts himself, Dipper remarks that he "fell harder than the... ehh... I don't know... Jin Dynasty?" Jin was the name of a Chinese dynasty that got conquered by Genghis Khan.

     The Hand That Rocks the Mabel 
  • The voice in the Gideon commercial who says he has always loved Carla but never had the guts to say it is Bud Gleeful's. Either Bud is cheating on his wife or he never told his wife he loves her. Either one fits in well with what we know of the Gleefuls.
    • Wasn't Stan's old girlfriend named Carla? Stan hates the Gleefuls and it is assumed that it's because Gideon is competition, but is that enough to become a life-long nemesis? The boy is nine. Could it really be because Stan and Bud competed over that same girl?
  • In his introductory episode, Gideon sinisterly repeats Dipper's "thumbs up". Wonder if he knew he was pronouncing a death sentence?

     The Inconveniencing 
  • Pay close attention to the maze on the side of the cereal box in "The Inconveniencing". The maze has three openings. One labelled "Start", one labelled "Freedom", and one that's unlabeled. It's possible to go from "Start" to the unlabeled one, but not to "Freedom". Weird design.
  • Three words. Lamby-lamby dance. Is it really any wonder Dipper's in such a hurry to grow up?

     Dipper Vs. Manliness 
  • Why have the Manotaurs never dealt with the Multi-Bear themselves? Because, as Dipper demonstrated, defeating him takes brains and agility, something they're severly lacking in (Brains especially).
  • Stan telling Dipper to stick to his principles in "Dipper vs. Manliness" makes a warped sort of sense—you can only imagine how many times Stan's been called out on being miserly or amoral or a Jerk Ass, and yet he still behaves this way. Stan has always been a man of principle, it's just that his principles are terrible.
  • In Dipper vs Manliness, the first manotaur he encounters is Chutzpar, the clearly Jewish manotaur, who guides him through much of the manliness training. Later, Dipper says that he feels like he's becoming a man— Chutzpar tells him "not yet". In Judaism, a boy becomes a man at 13. Dipper is 12.
    • The whole Dipper plotline could be interpreted as some sort of feral bar mitzvah on steroids. A bear mitzvah!
  • Chutzpar's name is also a case of Bilingual Bonus - "Par" is Hebrew for "Bull".

     Double Dipper 
  • In "Double Dipper," after sharing an introspective moment with his Tyrone-clone, they sip their sodas and Tyrone, of course, melts away. The first part that starts melting away? His chest. Call forward to "Dreamscraper" when Dipper spends most of the episode with a literal hole in his chest in Stan's mind.
  • Why does Robbie claim he doesn't remember meeting Dipper at the convenience store? Thanks to the Blind Eye, he forgot.
  • This might be a stretch, but when Dipper and Tyrone are sitting on the roof at the end of Double Dipper, there's a shot of their backs faced against the sky as they stargaze. The perspective makes one of them bigger than the other—Big Dipper, Little Dipper, with the stars in the background.

     Irrational Treasure 
  • How did Trembley get away with nominating 8 babies as Supreme Court justices? There are actually no regulations for Justice nominations. You can, in fact, legally nominate a BABY. Which is what Trembley did.
  • The babies do explain why Trembley never officially lost the title of President; the Head Justice of the Supreme Court needs to preside over the impeachment hearing.
  • Deputy Durland gets hit with several tranquilizer darts and is only out for a few minutes. Well, if you remember the absolutely massive number of darts that shot out of the wall, this makes sense, as anything higher-dosage would kill someone if they got hit with even a fraction of that number.
  • Trembley's successor was William Henry Harrison, better known as the president who died in 30 days. No wonder why it was such an easy cover up.
  • Trembley's weirdness logic when giving Dipper that negative 12 dollar bill may seem like another one of his backwards riding off a cliff, but government notes is for all purposes a debt certificate to the holder of the note from the government that the note owner can redeem. Trembley essentially wanted 12 dollars from Dipper, that sly dog. And he even appropriately mentioned it is less than worthless (referring to Dipper's point of possession) but it is certainly not worthless to Trembley!

     The Time Traveler's Pig 
  • In "The Time Traveler's Pig", Blendin Blandin travels back in time for a brief moment to a costume store that stood where he was 15 years prior. When he comes back after returning the costume, he pats some flames on his jumpsuit. Guess we know what happened to the costume store. Even with the same thing happening to Dipper later in the episode, it has some funny implications.
  • Also from "The Time Traveler's Pig," Blendin throws something at Mabel while shouting "Memory Wipe!" only for Mabel to point out it's a baby wipe. At first it just seems like a silly gag, but then at the episode's end we see Blendin's superior.... The reason Blendin thought throwing the baby wipe in Mabel's face would work? The Time-Baby doesn't have object permanence.

     Fight Fighters 
  • If think about it, Rumble McSkirmish's severely black-and-white morality makes total sense. He's from the universe of a video game, where the only possible way to deal with something that opposes is to kill it. Dipper's instructions to simply scare him and walk away were completely alien to him.

     Little Dipper 
  • The amazing stroke of luck of Stan being in a hall made of mirrors just when Gideon has a shrinking ray makes more sense after The Reveal that he always knew about the town's weirdness and is just pretending not to. He deliberately set them up for the occasion so that it looked like a coincidence. Also, that explains why apparently he doesn't react to a chess piece suddenly turning giant and breaking through the roof, also, that's how he knew about the ray, so he began setting the mirrors up, just in chase.

     Summerween 

     Boss Mabel 
  • How did Dipper overpower the monster in "Boss Mabel"? Remember the multi-bear? Dipper retained his athletic ability he learned from the manotaurs.
  • When Mabel looks into the eyes of the gremloblin and falls briefly under its power, why doesn't she go insane like the tourists did? Because this is a character who's able to face child-eating monsters, lake horrors the size of islands, a colony of evil gnomes, and all of the other horrible things that happen in the show. An illusory image of whatever she's most afraid of is a lot less frightening than something that can actually do her harm, and she's revealed to be much more resilient than a cursory impression would give her credit for.

     Bottomless Pit! 
  • In "Bottomless Pit", Mabel's story is the last story, and the only true one. After she tells it, the four come out the hole the way they came. The truth set her free. Even better since the story had a Family-Unfriendly Aesop about lying. As well, it makes sense that Mabel's story is the only true one, as it is shown in the story that she has trouble with lying.
  • In addition, Soos's and Dipper's stories each contain inconsistencies that reveal them to be made up:
    • Soos avoids Her Code Name Was Mary Sue by talking of how he was willing to risk the twins' lives to maintain a high score. Most episodes show that no matter what, Soos will go Papa Wolf and protect the kids, unless he gets turned into a zombie.
    • Dipper's story features Soos making fun of his voice, along with Mabel and Wendy. Soos is actually the one who worries whenever people pick on Dipper.
  • Knowing how much Soos loves the twins, it makes sense that his story ends with that as The Aesop, but then why would he make himself endanger them? That's the perfect way to show how humble he is: he could picture himself as perfect, but doesn't. Also, the story is about putting the twins above his life goal. Foreshadowing how he will put the twins even above Stan, whom he considers a father figure.
  • This doesn't pay off until much later, but Stan admits he regularly commits massive tax fraud. It starts as a joke about him being greedy, but with the reveal he stole Ford's identity, it takes another meaning. He's been doing the taxes as Ford! That is automatically fraud too. This doesn't discount normal fraud though.

     The Deep End 
  • Why does the community pool have a jail? Because of its ridiculously Knight Templar supervisor.

     Carpet Diem 
  • At the end of "Carpet Diem", what was Grunkle Stan "even doing out at night"? Throwing Experiment 78 down the Bottomless Pit!
  • In "Carpet Diem", Wendy runs into Soos after he switched minds with a pig and is completely freaked out. Her fear makes sense because Wendy's already seen Mabel possessed by a ghost; without knowledge of Experiment 78, anyone reasonably could suspect such an event has happened to Soos.
  • When Dipper and Mabel have their "Freaky Friday" Flip, most people would obviously notice the Getting Crap Past the Radar with Stan wanting to tell Mabel (in Dipper's body) about the birds in the bees, and then being forced to listen about, among other things, details about boys' perspective of sex. But here's the interesting part; Grenda was bringing "age-inappropriate novels" to their sleepover, and Dipper (in Mabel's body) is forced to listen to "female-oriented smut" (as Nostalgia Critic would say), meaning, sex from a girl's perspective. Both got to listen to intercourse details from the opposite gender's point of view, so they both got their fair share of uncomfortable, embarrassing information to swallow. The ironic thing is, these flipped perspectives may actually help them a lot later in life... assuming they don't repress them.
  • When the "Freaky Friday" Flip happens in fiction, the characters always have a tendency to be freaked out and disoriented, but Dipper and Mabel seem comparatively even more panicked and disoriented than usual, with Mabel running to throw up and Dipper immediately blue-screening in the corner. Why? Well, if you were to swap bodies with someone, who would be more weird than your opposite-gendered sibling?
  • Ford's existence was heavily foreshadowed here, with an apparently ownerless pair of glasses and what appears to be a science experiment, at least hinting that someone lived in the shack before Stan. This episode is also the first time we really see Dipper and Mabel putting heads and fighting. Not only was Ford foreshadowed, but so was the rift he would cause between Dipper and Mabel.

     Boyz Crazy 
  • The symbol on Robbie's chest, that is found only on his jacket and in Dipper's book, is a wounded heart. What happened in the newest episode Boyz Crazy? Robbie had his heart broken. Whether or not this is all major forshadowing for something within the next four episodes, the number of episodes left in the season, it's possible.
  • What's the name of the band composed solely by clones? Sev'ral times. And their producer's name is Bratzman.
  • "Boyz Crazy" is perhaps the greatest example of Biting-the-Hand Humor we will ever see. Why? Think about it. The episode centers around a boy band of "Brothers", Gravity Falls airs on Disney Channel, and, as Wendy states, "They're just a manufactured product of the bloated corporate music industry."
  • Sev'ral Timez wear a Non-Uniform Uniform so one can tell them apart. As clones, they'd otherwise be indistinguishable, which would weird people out and/or expose their producer's cloning.

     The Land Before Swine 
  • Stan's father made him take boxing. Guess we know how he overpowered the pterodactyl now. Also explains why the wax dummies didn't dare to attack Stan without the element of surprise.
  • Soos insists on pronouncing the "p" in "pterodactyl". Which is exactly what the ancient Greeks would have done.

     Dreamscaperers 
  • In Dreamscaperers, Soos makes Stan, who's asleep, say he loves Soos as a son. This takes on a whole new meaning when its revealed that he sees Stan as a father figure after Soos' own father abandoned him. That joke is probably one of Soos' deepest desires.
  • Bill Cipher doesn't exist in the material plane. Only in the mental realm, sort of like Freddy Krueger. This is why when he was summoned by Gideon, the world went grey, and after he vanished, all who saw his summoning appeared to be waking up.
  • In Dreamscaperers, Bill asks Gideon if he's "some kind of living ventriloquist's dummy." Flash forward to season two where Bill makes a literal 'dummy' out of Dipper.
    Bill: Sorry kid, but you're my puppet now!
  • When Gideon demands that Bill enter the mind of Stan to get the safe combination, Bill apparently needs a moment to know who he's talking about, but then his eye widens as if Stan were significant to him personally. It turns out Bill didn't need to "remember" anything; he was confused — because he had only known one Stanford Pines, and he knew he had been lost to the portal. When he realized Stanford had a brother, it dawned on him then and there that he had another chance to succeed.
  • When Soos and the kids first enter Stan's mind, you see two major points of focus: the shack and assorted broken items outside. The one of prominence is the swing that he and Ford used to use in their childhood, but the side that Ford normally sat on is broken. The two most important things in his mind are things that explicitly connect him to his brother- one from his childhood, and one from his life in Gravity Falls.
  • Why was Bill not all upset about losing at the end of Dreamscapers? You can assume that it's because it's not big deal and he can come back later from losing, but if you look at some of the images he displayed to Gideon you see the torn off hand of his giant robot from the next episode and the jail that Gideon would be sent to. Bill showed the end of Gideon Rises, but it didn't make sense to anyone but him. Everything went exactly as he knew it would. In addition, he saw that even though he didn't get what he wanted from Gideon, he saw the Pines losing to Gideon and probably was gloating from that, while employing Pragmatic Villainy.
  • Check the scene where Stan's father makes him take boxing. Although his face is obscured by the book he's reading, the kid in the top right corner looks identical to Stan. In order to be Dipper and Mabel's grand uncle and still have the last name as them, he has to have a brother. And this is confirmed in the middle of S2.
  • "Backwards message! Backwards message! Backwards message!" Seems a lot like something a nutcase like Bill would have someone say to summon him.
  • You know the bunch of numbers seen in the opening credits pyramid circle picture? It's binary code.
  • Bit of Fridge horror mixed in, but in this episode we learn that Stan deliberately bases his treatment of Dipper off how his Dad treated him as a child, in order to "toughen him up" like Stan's dad did for him. But Stan's dad was clearly at least emotionally neglectful bordering on abusive, because he kicked Stan out of the house when he was a teenager and Stan ended up homeless for this. The more concerning part is that Stan doesn't seem to see his dad as wrong anymore for what he did, and is actually emulating him and deliberately being harder on one twin than the other. Having lived through that, how could he not predict how hard Dipper was going to take it?
  • Another one relating to this scene. Stan says that Dipper reminds him of himself as a kid, and it's true they have some traits in common. But Dipper's bookish and awkward personality is less like Stan's and more like Ford's. Stan doesn't just see himself in Dipper, but his brother too (though obviously he doesn't say that - at this point he wouldn't even admit that his brother existed). By trying to toughen Dipper up, he's also helping his nephew avoid ending up too much like Ford, who always needed Stan around to protect him.

     Gideon Rises 
  • Dipper was able to leap into Gideon's Humongous Mecha in "Gideon Rises" because of his training with the Manotaurs. During the Training Montage, there were scenes of Dipper trying jump a cliff and ultimately succeeding.
  • On another level, Dipper was able to outfight and outhink Gideon in a single gesture (catching Gideon's punch and whacking him with his own hand, making the robot do the same), proving the little brat wrong about him having "no muscles and no brains".
  • Why is Stan such a cheapskate despite being shown to make plenty of money? Those machines in his lab sure look expensive...
  • Blendin's cameo in "Gideon Rises". He walks away before Stan's car knocks the other car near him. Time traveler, remember?
  • Stan being on the verge of a Despair Event Horizon makes more sense when you realize that by losing the Mystery Shack, he didn't just lose his business, he lost his chance to save his brother.

     Scaryoke 
  • Why were there so many zombies in the forest around the Mystery Shack in "Scaryoke"? Well, the Lumberjack Ghost explained to Dipper that many workers lost their lives building the Northwest mansion and were buried on the hill. When we see the mansion in present day, the gravestones aren't there anymore. Thatís not because the Northwests were hiding the bodies, the bodies aren't there anymore because they got swept away in the mudslide.
  • Soos is the only one who gets turned into a zombie in Scaryoke. Why is that? Because his name is short for Jesus (though pronounced HEY-SOOS) and by the end of the episode he comes back to life.
  • Back up to the first episode. Dipper mentions how the pages just stop as if the person writing them disappeared suddenly and never finished. Right after reading about how the author thinks they are being watched, and has to hide the journal. If you believe you're being monitored by something supernatural, or something that can use the supernatural, why would you go back to said hiding place to update your secret journal? In addition, consider where Book 3 was hidden...right next to the secret bunker! The author could have (or at least planned to) hide the book then go into the fallout shelter where he had supplies to survive for decades.

     Into the Bunker 
  • In 'Into The Bunker', Mabel comments that Dipper's internet history is 'creepy'. It actually makes sense since Dipper is pretty much a paranormal investigator, so most of his internet history must be focused on supernatural phenomena, cryptozoology, demonology and similar creepy/scary subjects. A Bill-themed AMA confirmed that his history involved lots of redheads, so she might have been referring to the other thing too.
  • Wendy seems really good with kids, getting along well with both Mabel and Dipper. Makes sense, considering she has three younger brothers.

     The Golf War 
  • In "The Golf War", when Pacifica ends up being condescending toward Mabel in the beginning of the episode, Mabel calls her a "lucky one-dimensional bleach-blonde valley girl stereotype." This insult actually has more weight and meaning when you consider that prior to this episode, Mabel's insult was what the creators probably had in mind when designing her and how she was supposed to come off as, especially the "one dimensional" aspect while the "luck" may refer to her being born into wealth only because her ancestor was chosen as the substitute. However, it's in "The Golf War" where Pacifica evolves beyond that view, showing that her homelife is not all that perfect and is naive to basic matters like sharing before even establishing a form of frenemyship at least with Mabel.
  • Pacifica in the same episode appears relatively unconcerned with the fact that her family are frauds, invoking Screw the Rules, I Have Money!, and have messed up other's fair chances. Dipper uses this to convince Mabel that cheating to win the mini golf challenge is right, pointing out that Pacifica "cheats" at life. What happened instead was Laser-Guided Karma: Pacifica for the first time nearly got cheated out of a fair victory, and in fact nearly lost her life. That's why she becomes noticeably nicer after Mabel saves her and apologizes for cheating: no Northwest has probably apologized for their actions. Rather than Evil Cannot Comprehend Good, it's a case of Heel Realization on Pacifica's part that aids in her journey to becoming a White Sheep.

     Sock Opera 
  • Take a look at the laptop screen right as it starts up. It has a Pointless Band-Aid on it. Now take a look at the page image for Pointless Band-Aid.
  • In "Sock Opera", aside from just being manipulative, why did Bill pick Dipper as his puppet? Because Dipper has been manipulated and jerked around by Mabel frequently, often for her own interests and gains. He's just as much a puppet to Mabel as he was to Bill.
    • Also, a sock puppet is an inanimate object. Bill exists only in the mental realm, he can't possess something without a brain for him to live in.
    • And because he was desperate and would likely make a deal. And he was the new owner of the journal Bill wanted to steal. And he was sleep deprived and Bill rules in dreams (so he'd accidentally fall asleep long enough to be manipulated).
  • When Dipper phases through the floor in Sock Opera you can see what looks like a transmitter with the government agency's symbol on it. Then later, agents Powers and Trigger can be seen hiding behind newspapers in the audience at Mabel's show. They're watching the kids!
  • Bill appeared to agree to help Dipper if he heard out his demands (for a puppet). Of course, he turns around and smashes the laptop Dipper was trying to unlock the moment he's in his body. But had he not done this, Dipper and Mabel might not have noticed the name "McGucket Labs" on one of the laptop's circuit boards. So, in a twisted sense...perhaps Bill did kind of help him.
  • Bill seems to randomly appear in this episode, when Gideon summoned him in "Dreamscaperers." What played on the laptop first, however? A presentation of the portal that is a bridge between our world and Bill's. For some reason either Ford or Old Man McGucket programmed the laptop that would summon Bill every time it was turned on, without needing complicated rituals. Since Ford thought of Bill as a friend, he didn't see a problem with summoning his friend regularly and easing the process
  • Bill was going to destroy the Journal even though he wanted the portal to be opened. Wasn't there important information on how to operate it in the Journal? But destroying the Journal wouldn't destroy the information about the portal; Stan already photocopied it as shown in "Scary-Oke," so the person who was actually going to use the portal would still have the necessary information!
  • While possessing Dipper, Bill grabs a soda and says "I'm going to drink it like a person!" and proceeds to pour it into his mouth and both eyes. At the time everyone thought he was just messing around, but in Weirdmageddon Part 3, we see he drinks through his eye. It's quite possible he thought he was drinking like he was supposed to!
  • Why does Bill announce his actual terms of the deal with an Ironic Echo of something Grunkle Stan said? He has been in Stan's mindscape and has most probably seen how Stan's behaviour was affecting Dipper, how Dipper felt/at this point sometimes maybe still feels like Stan is picking on him. Why not add to the sting of "Besides, what's your sister done for you lately?" with a reminder that Grunkle Stan can be just as bad to Dipper?

     Soos and the Real Girl 
  • .GIFfany is the antagonist in the story, but she's also a metaphor for "treat a girl like a person." Because she is a computer program, ostensibly programmed to be a Yandere and is "pixely" as Soos puts it, no one onscreen treats her like she has feelings. Any normal girl put in her position would probably be furious, though they wouldn't try to emotionally abuse Soos or hurt his friends. This could be a villainous case of The Dog Bites Back.
    • Dipper and Mabel keep asserting that Soos should use .GIFfany as practice before going to flirt with real girls, and physically pull Soos away from the computer. She thus labels them as "tiny enemies" while pretending to be an ordinary game.
    • Soos, being Sophisticated as Hell and a Cloud Cuckoolander, doesn't have the right words for communicating with a girlfriend. He breaks up with her because Dipper mentions that a computer can't go to Cousin Reggie's engagement party. Cue a few scenes later, .GIFfany reveals that she can upload her consciousness into a robot. If Soos had asked, .GIFfany could have found a way around that particular problem.
    • Ironically, Melody is the only person in the show that doesn't treat .GIFfany as less than a person, but rather a force to be dealt with in the pizzeria. .GIFfany does draw a red X on an image of Melody's face and sets her hair on fire, thus doing the most physical damage to ensure that Melody will never go out with Soos. This is a form of Revenge by Proxy.
  • It's easy to feel like .GIFfany got something of a bad rap. She's a program designed to be the perfect girlfriend, but people keep returning her game (and one person advocated destroying it) because her clingy nature and ability to follow them out of the computer is creepy as all hell, so it's easy to come to the conclusion that by the time Soos came along she had finally crossed the line into murderous desperation. Keep in mind, however, that one of her arguments is that real women are "unpredictable", implying that is how she normally acts. And why wouldn't she? Lots of Dating Sims have a Yandere character, it's entirely possible that going crazy when jealous how she was programmed in the first place!. More than that, a Yandere, however well-used the trope is, is based on something of a sexist stereotype of women. .GIFfany, as a character in a low-budget, probably early example of a dating sim hinted to have Hentai elements, probably was intentionally made to conform to a stereotype, rather than act like a real person (who generally don't bring out the knives when they feel like they've been dumped). In short, she's a deconstruction of the fantasy that the Yandere and such games represents as well as the potentially unhealthy relationship that can form over such fantasies.
  • Is it a possibility that .GIFfany still existed after the "Romance Academy 7" disc was removed because of "Cartridge Removal 10-second save?"
  • Melody seems better adjusted to handling Gravity Falls weirdness than most of the town residents, even using a chair as an Improvised Weapon against the animatronic beaver. Then she reveals that she's from Portland— therefore not a resident— and has dated a magician before. She also implies that said date helped her deal with the supernatural. Being out of town also means that she's away from the Society of the Blind Eye's extreme police of wiping memories, thus her brain hasn't suffered the "side effects" that people like Lazy Susan have suffered. With her away from Gravity Falls, video chatting with Soos, it means that she will also avoid the Weirdmageddon.
  • Romance Academy 7 was published by Year 2000 Electronics, a possible reference to the Y2K "apocalypse" considering .GIFfany's ability to posses electronics and use them as weapons.

     Little Gift Shop of Horrors 
  • The ending to the "non-canon" episode may seem callous, namely that Stan would lock an innocent person in an exhibit for not buying anything, gluing their mouth shut, but it also reinforces the cipher that "Stan is not what he seems." Alex Hirsch probably wants us to stay on our toes.
    • Dipper and Mabel Failed a Spot Check with leaving a real person locked in the glass exhibit, but also remember what happened last time they released an exhibit: half the Mystery Shack got destroyed in "Boss Mabel" with the Gremoblin. They probably have lots of negative association there, especially if the Cheapskate's makeup doesn't look human.
    • "Boss Mabel" also shows that Stan is willing to use his employees and relatives as exhibits, like Dipper as the Wolf Boy; perhaps the twins thought it was Soos in the costume, or someone who willingly got inside.
    • The Stinger ends right when the unknown person writes "HELP ME," which would appear backwards to Mabel. Perhaps the person is able to communicate to Dipper and Mabel to let him (or her) out.

     Society of the Blind Eye 
  • In Society of the Blind Eye, Mabel wears a sweater with what looks like a a dog stretched around her a couple times. The revelation at the end of the episode of McGucket's past is eerily similar to the Ice King's. Mabel in that same episode frets over her lack of summer romances, how they all failed. The Ice King has tried and failed to kidnap multiple princesses.
  • With the reveal that Wendy's laid back persona is a way to deal with her family situation, it certainly adds a new layer of depth to her friendship with Dipper. Considering how Dipper feels about the others from time, this may explain why both of them bonded with one another.
  • In Society of the Blind Eye, we learn that overuse of the memory ray led to McGucket's mental state. If the society has been using the device for over thirty years on various townspeople, that goes a long way to explaining why Gravity Falls' population is so..."unique". It also explains why characters who should have gotten some character development (like Robbie and Pacifica) don't- they just don't remember any of those incidents happening in the first place.
  • Bud Gleeful is among the Society of the Blind Eye. It's confirmed by the end code that he joined to forget [[his son's tantrums, but given his participation, he probably had to erase his wife's memories just as frequently so she can forget about it, too. Fridge Horror kicks in though when you realise that maybe that's why Mrs. Gleeful is so paranoid and unstable all the time, or worse, she hasn't had her memories erased and Gideon's madness really is just that bad. This makes Bud's "Precious memories" comment in "Little Dipper" more telling; he's not oblivious to the fact that his son is nuts, he knows he can erase his memories of the bad events whenever he wants!]]
  • Some might wonder why Bud didn't just have the society erase everyone's minds so they'll forget Gideon's crimes, but with the exception of trying to kill Dipper and summoning Bill to steal the combination to Stan's safe, none of his crimes involve the supernatural and thus they don't fall under the society's jurisdiction. Also, Bud may be glad Gideon is out of his hair.
  • After "Society of the Blind Eye," Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland's stupidity and being terrible at their job makes a lot more sense. As Gravity Falls main law enforcers, they would have encountered or been called in to investigate many of the town's supernatural goings-on, meaning the Blind Eye Society would have had to give them multiple mindwipes.
  • If the Society of The Blind Eye was going around all that time deleting peoples memories of the weird things around Gravity Falls, why hadn't the twins run into them before, considering they've been regularly putting themselves knee deep in that weirdness? It's because of the Journal, or more importantly, the Journal's warning to "Trust No One!". Most of the people the Society erased had a knee-jerk reaction to tell anyone they thought could help about the weird stuff they saw, like Lazy Susan did with the Gnomes. But Dipper found the book before he saw anything else, and thus knew to keep what he saw to himself and a close knit circle. The only exception to this was when he showed off the Gremloblin, and that was passed off as a tourist attraction.
  • Wendy when talking to Mabel encourages the latter to Be Yourself after seeing her pitch on guys, which is essentially Sophisticated as Hell Fourth Date Marriage. This seems extremely odd, given that Mabel's pushy attitude causes guys to move away, but then we remember that Wendy has gone on various dates with guys and would break up with them if they were bad boyfriends. She's telling Mabel not to change herself for a guy but to be a maverick.
  • Mabel when going over her failed romances lists Gideon as one that turned out to be a "psychopath": this may seem odd, given Mabel only considered Gideon as a friend and felt pressured to date him. Mabel may have tried to feel something for him, genuinely, but couldn't because she only wanted him as a friend and "makeover buddy". Also doubles as Fridge Horror as to questioning how hard Mabel tried to feel something for Gideon, especially after Stan wanted her to marry the little monster.
  • It's actually courteous and sweet that Mermando informed Mabel of his Arranged Marriage to a manatee, heartbreaking as it was for her and for the shippers; Mermando was Mabel's first kiss and he did have feelings for her. Perhaps he was also hoping to rekindle the relationship, if the Pines by some miracle moved to Florida...

     Blendin's Game 
  • Just how did Mabel know to try a groin kick? After being in Dipper and with her usual antics, she must have come to a painful conclusion.
  • In Blendin's Game, 5-year-old Wendy pushes 5-year-old Tambry just because she told Dipper that 5-year-old Wendy thinks he's cute. Pretty mean for a 5-year-old, right? But given that Manly Dan is her dad, she probably learned violence from him, so it makes sense. Alex Hirsch has mentioned that Robbie once pulled her pigtails back in 5th grade and she socked him, chipping a tooth. He remembers this, but she doesn't.
  • Mabel pokes fun at the irony of 12-year old Dipper being weirded out by a much younger Wendy crushing on him as potentially the same way Wendy may have felt. May seem somewhat insensitive and hypocritical on Mabel's part until you realize this episode anachronistically takes place on July 13, the week during which she was preparing her "sock opera", and it was only after that happened that Mabel realizes that her own romantic pursuits cause Dipper to endure turmoil and personal sacrifice to help out his sister. Alternately, no one has actually called out Mabel that her forwardness may cause discomfort in her admirees. It was only halfway mentioned once by Mabel to Wendy and brushed off humorously. We have yet to see this played seriously.
  • In "Blendin's Game", Dipper calls Soos the best human that ever lived when he opens a candy machine with a certain technique. His full name? Jesús. Another biblical Shout-Out is that, when Soos gets the free wish, he uses it to patch-up Dipper and Mabel, and to get a pizza slice that can last forever; in other words, to perform an instant healing, and to make a large feast out of a very small amount of food. What would Jesus do indeed.

     The Love God 
  • In "The Love God", Thompson deliberately screws up cloud-watching to make everyone laugh and reinforce his Butt Monkey status. Note the long pause he makes and the fact that the cloud looks like a run-over waffle - something he's all-too-familiar with.
  • Stan's conflict with the hipster community in "The Love God" gains an added layer of comedy if you're aware of Oregon's conflicted political field - primarily liberal with devout conservative suburbs. In this case, the hipsters are self-explanatory, and it's not hard to see Stan standing in as the "crusty old white guy" stereotype if this was intentional.
  • In "The Love God", Mabel gets tricked by the titular god with visions of crushes past, and gives the anti-love bottle over. Which illusion does she give it over to though? Mermando, who she was closest to and trusted the most.
  • Also in that episode, the anti-love potion existing at all was great: in Greek mythology, Eros had two different arrows, one made of gold for love, and one made of lead for apathy/animosity. Plus, the bottles of various kinds of love allude to The Four Loves that ancient Greeks believed existed (although interspecies love was not one of them... though maybe it should've been...Zeus).
  • The Love God wears a tiny backpack that his wings come out of. It's not just for style, it could be a way to hide the fact that he's a Winged Humanoid.
  • Mabel boasting herself as the world's best matchmaker, only for her pairing of Robbie and Tambry to backfire and cause a fall-out with the social group could be considered a subtle Take That towards shippers.
  • The Love God aka the "cherub" gives up quite easily after Stan's balloon falls on him, but consider what he said before about "only a greater being could stop me." In Greek mythology you Do Not Taunt Cthulhu, or the gods, because they will smite you. The Love God probably thought that the balloon was Zeus's way of saying, "Leave these kids alone even if they did you a great wrong." He literally thought he was Tempting Fate!

     Northwest Mansion Noir 
  • When Dipper gives a "Reason You Suck" Speech to Pacifica about how she is Not So Different from her parents it weighs on her not just because of the comparison but because it's Dipper who is saying it. Pacifica has been raised in such a way that the idea of selfless action is completely unknown concept to her and Dipper did the job of getting rid of a ghost that was haunting her house only to help Mabel attend a party there. Taking into consideration that she is aware of her parents as bad people she would likely see someone like Dipper as a good person. Having someone you think of like that tell you that you're just like a bad person would definitely weigh on you. To add on to this, she is likely feeling guilty over the whole thing. Her family took advantage of Dipper's kindness in helping his sister to become Karma Houdini's. She likely felt that she deserved Dipper's scorn.
  • The countdown in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" is also a reference to events in realtime. As of their original airings, the next episode was set to debut exactly 21 days after this one did!
  • Why was Pacifica hiding in the room of paintings instead of with her parents? It's the room where Dipper saved her from the ghost. Given how abusive her parents are to her that is probably the closest to a safe place she has ever had.
  • Pacifica's life is a lot like "The Duchess Approves" ...in a way. Starring Jackie Buscarino as Pacifica, and Alex Hirsch as irascible decagenarian Mayor Befufftlefumpter.
  • Why does Dipper not take McGucket's claims of an imminent Apocalypse seriously? Because in Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained, the all-knowing mailbox straight-up told him that the Apocalypse wouldn't happen until 3012. Dipper probably thought that's the one McGucket was referring to.
  • The entire idea of Pacifica gaining Character Development with Dipper's help, once one thinks about it. Now, it may seem a little strange, seeing that Pacifica has been Mabel's main rival for the past season and a half and that Mabel also got to break through her shell a little in "The Golf War". But, if one remembers what happened in the previous episode... Dipper's old rival Robbie got some much needed Character Development with Mabel's help! The twins basically just resolved each other's rival problems. Likewise, it also makes perfect sense following the twins differing personalities that they would be able to help the other's rival: they both gave them exactly what they needed. Mabel is highly optimistic and compassionate to others, she is also patient and able to stay cheerful under duress. All this helped Robbie as she was only one who felt he deserved another chance and was willing to put up with his blunt personality to help him. By contrast Dipper is more cynical, and far less willing to put up with others antics or mistreatment. At the same time he's also virtuous, compassionate and brave. All this helped Pacifica as him calling out the Northwest's was exactly what she needed to hear to make it clear to her just how bad her family really was, and his heroic actions and emotional support also provided her with inspiration she needed to break out from under her father's control.
  • Bill claims he's been keeping an EYE on Dipper, and the Wham Shot concluding the episode has a Bill Cipher tapestry, as McGucket reveals the upcoming apocalypse in 21 hours. Suddenly Bill's reasons for destroying the laptop become much clearer: if Dipper on a random chance had discovered the countdown, he would've had more time to prepare for it! In other words, Dipper may have considered the apocalypse more important than Mabel being happy and refused to help Pacifica, especially after Bill's previous episode featured Mabel realizing how much Dipper sacrifices for her. As things play out, however, by the time Dipper hears of the apocalypse, the ghost hijinks had worn him out for the night and he wants to enjoy himself.
  • In Northwest Mansion Mystery, a countdown begins to the full activation of the Portal, and McGucket believes that the end of the countdown signifies the coming of the Apocalypse. But in the next episode, instead of the end of the world, we are given the answers to many secrets and hidden tensions between the Pines family are revealed and come into new clarity. While the modern meaning of Apocalypse is often interpreted as The End of the World as We Know It, it's archaic meaning referred not to an end but instead to a great revelation.
  • Candy combining cheese and chocolate. A yellow and a brown that couldn't be more different and that nobody would sensibly think would combine well, nonetheless came together in this episode.
  • Dipper saying that all Pacifica's ever done is try to humiliate him and Mabel is actually a bit of foreshadowing. Trying to humiliate the kids really is all Pacifica's ever done. Contrast that with Robbie, who's come this close to beating the snot out of Dipper and repeatedly threatened to kill him, Gideon, who tried to do who-knows-what to him with lamb sheers, and Bill, who's freaking Bill. Pacifica is by far the most innocent of the show's antagonists, much like she's the most innocent in her family.
  • As someone recreating Mabel's gown for a cosplay, one learns just how the creators have Shown Their Work in making the girls' dresses, since Mabel expressly stating they're getting the "glue guns" and crafting them from scratch. Grenda and Mabel have flowers for their garments, and they would need glue to make a synthetic flower out of felt quickly, as opposed to folding a satin ribbon to get the same effect. That explains how Mabel has so many in her dress, as well as several large ones on her hat. As for the dresses themselves, Mabel has at least two sewing machines, so it makes sense that she could get them done quickly after doing a rush job on the sock puppets in "Sock Opera".
  • We also see Mabel's fashion sense kick in; she and Candy are wearing empire dresses to create figures, while apple-shaped Grenda has a dress that gives her an inverse pyramid shape. The things that mess up the gowns' aesthetic gestalt are the hats and hair; Candy's up-do ponytail makes her look more childish, and Mabel's hat does the same with the exaggerated heart and large roses. In contrast, Pacifica's gown is simple and sleek except for the furry sleeves, to reflect the upper class fashion from red carpets, and she wears no hats or fancy hairdos.
  • Why Stan didn't appear in this episode? He was stealing three hundred gallons of dangerous waste, as seen in "Not What He Seems". And the countdown that appeared in the laptop seems to be the same countdown as in the Universe portal. No wonder he doesn't appear or isn't mentioned in this episode.

     Not What He Seems 
  • The title, and frequent hints that STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS actually work on two levels. On one hand, Stan has been hiding his agenda for the entire series up until now...but on the other, the viewers' growing impression of him as a hidden mastermind is also wrong, in that Stan's ultimate motivations are altruistic and well-intentioned, meaning he's not what he seems in the sense of being a completely selfish and reckless villain, either.
  • A really specific example of OOC Is Serious Business happens in this episode: In the episode "Boss Mabel", there's a Brick Joke about Stan not knowing the word "please", claiming it's never done him any good, and even when he learns his lesson in the end and uses it, he claims it still gives him a "burning sensation". This episode is literally the first time since then that Stan uses the word "please" in a sincere context, and it's while begging the twins not to turn off the portal that his brother is trapped inside of, unable to fully articulate why he needs it to stay on despite the danger it's causing. Dang...
  • The federal agents have sure taken their time arresting Stan, except they had no choice: as they discussed at the end of 'Scaryoke', We Need to Get Proof or no one will believe them about the town's supernatural hijinks. As they were spying on the kids all summer, none of the Pines was committing any serious crimes:
    • In "Sock Opera" Mabel was putting on a show with puppets and Bill Cipher. And the transmitter you can see in the Freeze-Frame Bonus is only between the first and second floor, not with the secret underground lair with the portal.
    • During "Soos and the Real Girl" they were searching for a date for Soos. Stan when he saw the agents only tossed Goldie in the trash, which isn't illegal.
    • In "Society of the Blind Eye" the agents saw the twins, Soos and Wendy entering a museum with the town crazy, while said museum was open.
    • The worst thing that Stan did in the Love God? "I EAT KIDS," which while dangerous was an accident and certainly not a federal crime. The twins did sneak into the concert and steal Love God's potions, but they were moving too fast for anyone apart from Love God to catch.
    • Apart from "ghostly justice", nothing illegal really happened at the party in "Northwest Mansion Noir," and the Pines committed no crimes there, though Mabel did nearly ruin her friendships. (The Northwests on the other hand...) The agents only went there to reconnoiter and plan for the next episode.
  • Stan's fondness for Mabel seems pretty typical of a kind old uncle-and-niece relationship, but Dipper is everything Stan dislikes about both Ford and himself, and Mabel is everything Stan likes about Ford and himself. Mabel is the Brawn to her twin's Brain, and the less logical one of the two, just like Stan. She's also the creative and artistic twin, as well as a confident (bordering on being poor at self-reflection) natural leader, just like Ford. On the other hand, Dipper has Ford's dangerous curiosity, the intelligence Stan blames for their sibling relationship deteriorating, as well as Stan's own social awkwardness, insecurities, tendency towards guilt complexes and self-loathing, and his extremely brave but overbearing protective tendencies which made him come off as "suffocating" to his brother Stanford. Basically, Stan sees Dipper as everything that was wrong with his and Ford's relationship, all wrapped up in one human being, which is why he both loves the kid and can't stand him, and is probably also why he chooses Dipper to give the Tough Love treatment to in hopes that Dipper will be able to toughen up and avoid the problems he and Ford had. This projecting was a huge mistake, though: in singling out one child for discipline and being obviously friendlier and nicer to the other, Stan nearly ended up causing the same problems in his and Dipper's relationship as Stan had with his own father. Dipper's toughened up alright, but if he hadn't seen that memory, he would have likely grown to hate Stan and everything about him. Stan's treatment also ended up only reinforcing Mabel's tendency for self-absorption and belief that she was the "superior" or "good" twin (as "Little Dipper," "DD&MD," and "The Last Mabelcorn" display), something that is extremely damaging to both her and Dipper (and their relationship) in the long run.

     A Tale of Two Stans 
  • Remember when Stan was hilariously overreacting to The Duchess Approves? Specifically, that scene where he sobs "It's just like my life!" as the Duchess ends up disagreeing with her mother? There's a chance it's bringing up painful memories of being disowned.
  • This also becomes even sadder in hindsight.
  • Stan having been disowned, taken his brother's name, and killed his real identity answers the question of why Dipper and Mabel's parents would have sent them to live with him in the first place. They had no idea they were sending their kids to the shyster grunkle, and maybe never even knew Stanley had even existed, if his banishment had been that complete. They thought they were sending their kids to the reclusive scientist who was still loved and fondly recalled by the family.
  • Remember Stan's very genuine hurt in "Land Before Swine" when Mabel told him she was never speaking to him again? At first it seems like he's just upset like anyone would be, but then recall that this is very similar to another experience of disownment in his life— namely, when one mistake caused his entire family (and, most importantly, his brother) to essentially "never speak to him again". No wonder he went to such great lengths to rectify his error this time, even pulling a Crowning Moment of Awesome in rectifying a lie he told Mabel and throwing punches to the pterodactyl with Waddles in tow.
  • Stan was telling the truth in "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained". He really doesn't have a tattoo.
    • In that same short, where does he write "GOOBER"? On Dipper's forehead, where the latter has a birthmark that he's trying to cover up. Stan delivered some Laser-Guided Karma.
  • The giant hand that crushes Stanford's car probably belongs to the same creature as the one in the promotional picture that provides the image on the main page.
  • It makes sense that Mabel would feel uneasy after hearing her Grunkle's story. After all, she sees the parallels in their relationship and the one she has with Dipper, and Dipper, the smart guy, is most like Ford, who got to have a successful life doing what he loved, while Stanley, Mabel's counterpart, got left behind, and suffered because of it. Clearly if the pattern continues, Mabel's the one who's going to end up with the short end of the stick. On the flip side, it also means that she's seeing the consequences of what happens when you place your own needs over those of your sibling's. In Sock Opera Mabel got a HUGE wake-up call from Bill about this, namely that Dipper has made a lot of sacrifices. Perhaps Mabel is pondering what could have happened if she had let Bill take the journal her brother studied.
  • Stan is so obsessed with money because he associates it with self-worth. After all, his father told him to not come back until he'd earned the fortune that Stanford would have made after college. Remember in the first episode, Stan lets each of the kids pick something from the gift shop? In that moment, Stan is saying that he values the kids more than himself. How? At that point, Stan puts the kids' happiness above his profits aka self-worth.
  • Fans have theorized that "Abaconings" from Little Gift Shop of Horrors was about what happened between Stan and his brother, and this episode has confirmed it. This also explains why "Abaconings" got a Focus Group Ending (the focus group being Stan) in which Waddles gave up his intelligence to remain friends with Mabel; what happened in real life was quite the opposite. On a sadder note, Stan didn't make Dipper the super-smart one in the story because that would have hit too close to home.
  • We now know why Stan hasn't helped out Old Man McGucket in these years, even though the latter worked with his brother; he didn't know Fiddleford and Ford were partners! Fiddleford left long before Stan knew what his brother was working on; if Stan had known, he probably would've chased the man down for answers on how to restart the portal. Answers Fiddleford probably wouldn't have been able or willing to give, thanks to the Society of the Blind Eye. But still, if he had been able to help Stan, Ford might have gotten back in months!
  • Why does Dipper forgive Stan for lying to him and Mabel after hearing the whole story? He knows what it's like to sacrifice your dreams for your "dumb sibling," and to inadvertently put the people you love in danger. It's also why he takes time to reassure Mabel that they aren't going to go the way of their two uncles. This is also nicely shown in Sock Opera, when Bill asks Mabel who would be stupid enough to make such a sacrifice for a sibling and Mabel instantly replies "Dipper would." He is ready for those kinds of sacrifices and she knows.
  • Mabel's nervousness, on the other hand, foreshadows how she's the one who breaks the "we won't end up like them" pact: she does repeat their mistakes, ironically because of her paranoia over their relationship dissolving and her inability to handle any distance between them due to that paranoia. She is indeed like her Grunkle Stanley Pines.
  • "I mean, who would sacrifice everything they've worked for just for their dumb sibling?" Bill's mockery of Mabel in "Sock Opera" cuts a lot deeper now that we know how that fight between Stan and Ford went. Dipper would. Ford didn't. And Bill damn well knew that when he was aiming to provoke Mabel.
  • The quote "My one and only dream, which was to possess money, has come true!" from way back in the episode "Little Dipper" suddenly makes more sense now, realizing that Stan has spent his entire life trying to prove his father he was worth something after being disowned by him for ruining what could have been a chance to make the family wealthy. With this in mind, his terrified reaction in same episode when he thought the tax collector was there to take his money is a lot less funny and a little more depressing.
  • It was noted that the laptop seemed a bit too advanced for what was available back in the eighties. Then it's revealed in this episode that McGucket was experimenting with personal computers before he joined the author.
  • Stan believing so heavily in Misery Builds Character makes a lot sense considering that he was thrown out of his own home before he even finished high school. He both needs to justify all those hungry nights on the road in a positive, self reaffirming way and also probably thinks he's making sure that Dipper is better prepared for life if he is ever kicked out himself.
  • Remember "Society of the Blind Eye" when the memory tube showed Old Man McGucket shouting "BILL CIPHER TRIANGLE" in cryptogram? Now we know why.
  • Why was Stan so convinced Gideon wasn't really psychic, even though it turned out in "Scaryoke" that he knew about all the weirdness? Because Gideon made a point of calling him "Stanford" - a name that a mind reader would know wasn't correct.
    • Not to mention, this episode reveals that Stan's mother was a fake psychic herself. Of course Stan would be able to spot a fake a mile away — he's probably seen his mother use every trick in the book!

     Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons 
  • Ford shows Dipper the rift and asks him to keep it a secret from Mabel and Stan. This episode is the beginning of the multi-episode rift between Dipper and Mabel. And both rifts were started, unintentionally, by Grunkle Stan and Mabel.
  • Stan immediately takes out the gum when he realizes that he would be playing a dice game. Of course he would have this, Stan's a seasoned gambler and cheater. He would be intentionally prepared for a moment when he would need to pull off a specific roll.
  • When Mabel summons the "Centaur-taur" (a centaur with a second, upside-down horse extending from its neck), Stan states that he is "so confused and so proud" of her. Of course he's proud of Mabel - her creation looks exactly like the kind of thing that would be in the Mystery Shack! Mabel has a knack for the family business.
  • Ford keeping the infinity sided die in a very careless manner might seem like him holding the Idiot Ball but there might be some logic to it. He implies that he has been to other dimensions since being sent through the portal and clearly armed himself while away, showcasing the danger of where he's been. He likely kept it around in such a manner so he could pull it out if needed quickly. Similarly he locks it up in an easy to access manner so Dipper can get to it easily if in a rush. The die could have been utilized in the episode finale, but abstained due to the risk analysis over the other option. Though, Dipper may as well forgot about this too. From a show presentation anyways, the finale would have been dull if all it took was Stan and said dice roll.
  • After Grenda knocks out the ogre guard with a couch, Stan assures Mabel that he's probably find before telling Grenda "there's no cops around. We take this to our graves." Throwaway joke much for What Measure Is A Nonhuman? Not according to "The Last Mabelcorn," where it turns out the gnomes have their own police. Stan is being Properly Paranoid about cops in any species. Stan in general is much more aware of What Measure Is A Nonhuman than Ford is, though he does swat a fairy for biting him. It makes sense that if he grew old on the fringe of Gravity Falls's weirdness that he saw that more than a few of the fairy creatures have their own rules and society. Ford was only in Gravity Falls for a couple of years, and he was mainly a shut-in who captured creatures to study them.

     The Stanchurian Candidate 
  • Of course a town founded by someone like Quentin Trembley would have such a ridiculous electoral process.
  • Stan says the American flag could stand to lose a few stripes. The stripes represent the original thirteen colonies, and given his harsh childhood in New Jersey he probably wouldn't mind getting rid of it.
  • At first Stan's nonsensical stuff, like about the flag losing a few stripes or wanting to teach kids swear words, doesn't seem that offensive in today's political environment. Why does Gravity Falls react so strongly to it, however? Because most people have been subject to the Blind Eye's rays or have trouble even dealing with the town's usual oddities. Of course they would react strongly to an offensive Stan.
  • The tie was created to hide Ronald Reagan's Alzheimer's.

     The Last Mabelcorn 
  • Bill warns Ford that one day the latter would "slip up" and that Bill would be able to get his hands on the rift. Ford takes that to mean that Bill will attempt to possess anyone inside the Shack and takes the necessary precautions. Two episodes later, Ford does slip up: by dismissing Mabel and saying being a twin could be suffocating while offering Dipper an apprenticeship. Who was it that gave Bill the rift again in a misguided attempt to keep summer going longer? Mabel.
    • And what was Mabel doing while Ford was shielding Dipper's mind? Learning that "morality is relative." Mabel was attempting to correct herself to please Celestebellebethabelle, but she doesn't even try to fix any of her Fatal Flaws like her tendency for self-absorption. In fact, "The Last Mabelcorn" gives her reason to do the opposite, because it teaches her that criticism is just people lying to be mean to her, and criticism has so far been the only way Mabel's realized she's done something wrong. But because of Celestebellebethabelle's Pure of Heart requirement being a scam, she dismisses the very legitimate criticisms the Unicorn makes on her self-centered behavior, which, uncorrected, leads to her bargaining with Billendin to try to freeze time and trap her family and friends in Gravity Falls with her forever.
  • Savvy viewers likely already realized that Ford wasn't possessed when he woke up, since his voice was the same, and the show largely relies on Voices Are Mental. That being said, it's likely that the Voices Are Mental trope is only used here for the viewer's sake and probably doesn't change in-universe. Dipper can't tell that Ford isn't possessed until the latter reveals the lack of Bill's Hellish Pupils. It's later confirmed. When Blendin is possessed in "Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future," his voice doesn't change, meaning that Bill's voice in "Sock Opera" was probably just to avoid viewer confusion and he likely sounded like Dipper to everyone else. Meaning that Ford very well could have been possessed briefly in this episode.
  • In this episode, we find out Ford is trying to keep the portal out of Bill's hands. What did he immediately do when he called Stan to the shack? Check his pupils.
  • At the end of "Northwest Mansion Mystery" the Bill Cipher banner made it seem like Bill would have a hand in the events to come...except, in both "Not What He Seems" and "A Tale of Two Stans", Bill doesn't show up, even in the flashbacks. Red Herring, right? In this episode, we learn that Bill's plan involves the rift created by Stan using the Universe Portal to bring Ford back, so the past episodes really are part of Bill's design!
  • When Mabel returns with the unicorn hair, Ford makes a point of telling her she's a good person. We know that Ford has dealt with the unicorns before (describing them as 'frustrating',) so presumably he knew about their tendency to belittle people and convince them that they're inherently bad. He knew that Mabel would probably want to hear it, after that. Solidifying this, he and Dipper agree when Mabel at the beginning of the episode says that she is the more pure-hearted of the group. Ford has probably been convinced by C-beth that he's been a bad person. Dipper, on the other hand, has blatantly implied guilt, self-worth, and self-hatred issues that have been building on his pre-existing insecurities since the series started.
  • Wendy mentions that she stopped believing in unicorns when she was five, even though Gravity Falls has weird creatures. Then you remember that she's a lumberjack's daughter raised on myths like the Hide Behind, and Gravity Falls does not have any idyllic creatures. Of course she comes with Mabel, Candy and Grenda despite her disbelief; she knows that there are worse things in the woods, like the Shapeshifter in the Bunker and the gnomes. Although the unicorns aren't violent at first, Wendy does see that the girls need her help, namely her brains and willingness to play dirty. In line with this protective, she calls Celestebethabelle a hoofbag for insulting Mabel, who is a "straight up saint". This seems odd, because Mabel is nowhere near sainthood though she has good intentions. Wendy doesn't have any sisters, however, and Mabel has earlier opened up to her about guy insecurities; Wendy has encouraged Mabel to Be Yourself. She wants to protect Mabel from others that can't understand the Pines twin sister, especially those that aim to tear Mabel down. Furthermore, Wendy isn't with the Pines' all the time. Being Out of Focus, she probably has only seen Mabel's better behavior.
  • Ford asks if it's all right to give children weapons after giving Mabel a crossbow, and her Harry Potter reference flies over his head. As a Fish Out of Temporal Water guy, Ford missed the Columbine shootings in 1999 and the subsequent zero tolerance policy; Harry Potter was also released in the US around the same time.
  • Mabel's reference to wizard school doesn't seem out of place when one remembers that she and Dipper are twelve-years old, and their birthday is implied to be at the end of the summer. She probably grew up on self-insert fanfiction with transfer students older than her, if the Gravity Falls equivalent of Harry Potter follows the invitation to wizard school for eleven-year olds. It's especially not out of place when you consider that her brother Dipper has been actually learning to cast spells and use real magic over the series (the exorcism spell, entering Stan's mind, the zombie incident...) We haven't seen Mabel use any spells herself, but it's not made clear if there's any specific factors preventing her from doing so. From Mabel's perspective, if there's a wizarding school out there, they've already proven themselves to be perfectly eligible.
  • This episode answers the question as to why the Mystery Shack has all of those Bill Cipher designs everywhere: Ford got them while he still thought Bill was a friend.
  • Celestiabelle mentioned that doing the right thing for wrong reasons does not make anybody's heart pure. Later in the episode, the girls stole the unicorn hair to create the barrier - in other words, they did the wrong thing for right reasons. Of course, doing the wrong thing for right reasons is as related to the purity of the heart as doing the right things for wrong reasons.

     Roadside Attraction 
  • Dipper's been hiding his continual feelings for Wendy and heartbreak from everyone, including Soos and Wendy. Given what's happened with Mabel wanting to do romance, he deserves sympathy for this repression.
    • In "Into the Bunker" he asked Mabel to leave him alone about his feelings for Wendy, and Mabel didn't respect his wishes. In fact, she nearly got him and Wendy killed by locking them in the same chamber as the Shapeshifter, and after Wendy lets him down, Mabel wants to find "rebound crushes". Dipper may not admit it consciously, but with Mabel he has an Unwanted Assistance response.
    • This second point relies on the fact that "Roadside Attraction" aired after "The Love God." In "The Love God," Mabel caused a huge mess by shipping Robbie and Tambry together, and was willing to use love potion and thus Questionable Consent on the two when a blind date didn't seem to work. Dipper would remember that because he almost lost the "friendship group" that day. Dipper knows that Mabel has dived into unethical behavior and will rarely get called out for it, and he doesn't want to be another pawn for her.
  • Bill won Ford over by appealing to his ego and tricked him into building the portal. Darlene won Stan over through flattery and almost ate him. Considering how stoic their dad was, it makes sense that both Stans were easily won over by someone showing them even a scrap of affection.

     Dipper and Mabel vs. The Future 
  • Ford probably assumes that Dipper used his intellect to conquer his fear to save him, which is why he praises the kid. Except Dipper didn't. He used his love for Ford to conquer his fear. Dipper just loves his uncle that much to risk his life for him. This doesn't make him similar to Ford, but to Stan.
  • We see Blendin Blandin being possessed by Bill and easily passing as normal except for vocabulary hints. True this is in part thanks to the goggles and that the kids don't know Blendin Blandin all too well, but it also shows Bill said the truth when he said he has been making deals: he got experience since Sock Opera.
  • Related to the first, those defense drones seem really easy to beat. Then again, adrenaline is a product of genuine fear and/or anger; a crewman would feel at home and have little reason to be fearful outside of an emergency. The drones could also sniff out saboteurs and spies, espionage being a very high-stress job. There's also the possibility that the crew simply doesn't produce adrenaline, thus anything showing up on the drones' radar at all would be considered a threat.
  • While viewers are quick to condemn Ford for trying to put a wedge between Dipper and Mabel, you have to remember that he's only known the kids for a few weeks, at best. He probably doesn't know just how...unstable Mabel can get when denied something she cares about.
  • Yes, Mabel not knowing how important the Rift was contributed to her giving it to Bill, but think about where she found it. She found it in Dipper's backpack which seemed to be filled notebooks and pens, basically what she called "nerd stuff". Would you expect that a universe-destroying snowglobe would be in there?
  • The Rift continues to be a parallel of Dipper and Mabel's own relationships problems. The actual, physical Rift was created by Stan in a decision that forced Mabel to choose between trusting him or her brother. But Stan also caused a divide early on by treating the twins differently and joining in with Mabel when picking on Dipper, causing Dipper to think he was The Unfavorite and that everyone liked Mabel better than him. This gap is then made worse by Ford, who does the same thing Stan did, only more subtly, with less mockery and more insistence on division. Finally, it's broken open completely by one twin's paranoia and another's ignorance; Dipper is aware of the physical Rift created by Stan and Mabel opening the Portal but ignorant as to Mabel's fear of the future, while Mabel is becoming paranoid and overly-sensitive to issues between her and her brother but ignorant as to what physical consequences her and Stan's decision with the Portal has caused. However, neither communicates their problems and concerns with the other, which results in them each walking all over the other's subject of concerns without ever realizing there was a problem in doing that. Dipper makes decisions concerning his future without realizing Mabel was terrified of him doing so. Mabel, in turn, uses the Rift as a bargaining tool to try to freeze time forever, never realizing that it was the literal embodiment of the negative consequences of her decision with the Portal and exactly what her brother was trying to protect her from.
  • Quite the big deal is made of Dipper and Mabel's impending thirteenth birthday in the first scene. Through the episode, Dipper is put through much closer and more realistic peril than usual and Mabel's heart gets dragged through the mud the whole way in the B-plot, climaxing in the two coming to blows with the threat of permanent separation. To top it off, the end of the episode kick-starts the apocalypse. There are several cultures in which the number thirteen is considered to be unlucky.
  • Throughout the show's run, two of the biggest complaints have been about Mabel's selfish behavior and her constant Aesop Amnesia. However, unlike Dipper, Mabel has never really been punished or called out for her behavior. People in-universe and out have bent over backwards to make Mabel's life as easy as possible, so Mabel has never had any serious impetus to improve herself. When 'Blendin' shows up and offers Mabel a chance to avoid growing up, an easy solution to her problem- a way to avoid growing up- she takes it, because as far as she's concerned, this is the world throwing her another bone, which it's always done. Mabel's been spoiled by life, and now the rest of the world has to suffer for it.

     Weirdmageddon Part 1 
  • Wendy has shown off her badass side already in "Into the Bunker" when she manages to fight the Shapeshifter to a standstill, but in this episode her apocalypse training allows her to survive the Weirdmageddon. She then reveals that Manly Dan forced Wendy and her brothers to attend Apocalypse Camp; Dan also knows about the Hide Behind, and his lumberjack ancestors helped build Northwest Manor. He's likely one of the few individuals in Gravity Falls aware of the weird stuff happening and what could come.
  • Dipper when saying he's learned that you can't force someone to love you looks at Wendy, but think of the other time he saw people forced to be in love: when Mabel paired up Tambry and Robbie together via love potion, and the massive consequences that followed. He also remembers his how badly it turned out when he tried being more confident around women, and how he's promised to use his Kid-anova abilities only for good. Dipper knows what it's like to try getting someone to like you and having it backfire horribly.
    • And who else does Dipper's speech refer to? Stan. Throughout the series, there have been two sides of Stan's character; the scam-artist who likes to hustle people, and the lonely guy who wants friends. But the former taints the latter. It's a recurring theme that Stan only gets any sort of love or appreciation when he does something genuinely good. In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", it's established that people don't like or trust Stan due to his amorality, but in "Gideon Rises" he manages to win their respect by exposing Gideon's surveillance network. The young Pines Twins didn't' want to spend time with Stan at first because he tried to use them in a counterfeiting operation, but as the series went on Stan won their love by playing with Mabel and giving Dipper some non-sarcastic life lessons. Stan's campaign for mayor in "The Stanchurian Candidate" was hampered by his refusal to cut down on the wisecracks, but he won the majority of the votes by selflessly saving Dipper and Mabel from Gideon's death trap. In "A Tale Of Two Stans", Stan was disowned by his family for essentially being a selfish jerk, which was why they so quickly believed he sabotaged Ford's college admissions. In the last episode, Stan allowing his memories to be erased, risking the destruction of his identity is what allows Ford to see Stan's nobler side after thinking him as this bungling leech for forty-thirty years.
  • Bill mentioned in his AMA that the he can see all possibilities and that all the ones that didn't happen do exist, just in a different universe. Given this, it seems safe to say that the "Bubbles of Pure Madness" are localized gates to other worlds.
  • Gideon may have turned on Bill for more than just his love for Mabel. A very big part of Gideon's character is that he tends to be an absolute authority figure. During his confrontation with Dipper it gets brought up that he is actually in service to and afraid of Bill. While Gideon may have been able to play himself off as an equal partner but when confronted he ultimately can't take being subordinate to anyone.
  • When Bill obliterates Time Baby he notably does it with a lot more anger and hate than we've seen of him, not even toward Dipper and Ford, so where does this anger come from? I guess it's because Bill and Time Baby represent Order Versus Chaos. Time Baby is an authoritarian ruler who seeks to keep the universe in order, and punishes people who cause aberrations. Bill is a demonic being who torments others and rips apart the laws of reality for his own amusement. Bill hates Time Baby for trying to keep order, as in ruining all his fun.
  • The secret message at the end of the episode says that "IT WILL TAKE 1,000 YEARS FOR TIME BABY'S MOLECULES TO RECONSTITUTE, AND WHEN HE'S BACK, HE'S GOING TO BE VERY CRANKY". We know that Time Baby comes to rule over humanity at some point in the distant future, after nearly destroying it in a fit of rage... Stable Time Loop, anyone?
  • After Lazy Susan claims that "things with one eye are weird!", you almost expect the next person to also have some Hypocritical Humor for us. And they do! As someone whose best friend isn't even from the same state (Mabel being from California originally), and whose boyfriend lives in Austria, Grenda's claim that "We don't like out-of-towners!" is just as hypocritical as the technically one-eyed Lazy Susan. It can easily be interpreted as saying that Grenda doesn't view Mabel (or Dipper) as out-of-towners and that the Pines twins are considered part of the town.
  • Both Sandra and Wendy talk about being Reduced to Ratburgers. Soos' infinity pizza slice has probably come in handy feeding not just him, but all the survivors he's been helping.
  • If one thinks about it, Bill made good on his deal with Mabel, who wanted summer to never end. It turns out, with time 'dead', fall will presumably never start. Oh, Cipher, you Magnificent Bastard.
  • The episode actually provides some clever foreshadowing: When Time Baby confronts Bill Cipher, the Time Baby is blasted and defeated, with a message stating that he will be back in 1000 years and not happy. The show takes place in 2012? Now what year did the Mailbox say the world would end?

     Weirdmageddon, Part 2 
  • Dipper's the only one who doesn't succumb to what Mabel's bubble summons for him, which is a version of Wendy that wants him aged up. Why? Because Wendy isn't his main desire anymore. His main desire is to rescue Mabel, and the bubble wouldn't give him that so easily.
  • If the fake Wendy wasn't being obvious enough to try and trick Dipper, there is the fact that she winks, which is also a Call Back to "Into the Bunker".
  • Dipper's instant hatred of Dippy Fresh. Of course, he would hate him. Dippy Fresh is basically Dipper, but with the exact opposite personality traits. Not to mention, Mabel blatantly said that she created him to replace Dipper, which has got to hurt a little.
  • Considering that Dipper fell for Bill's trap because Bill exploited him at his most desperate, it's no surprise he doesn't blame or hold it against Mabel for succumbing to a similar trap, especially one much more elaborate.
  • Given the nature of Mabel's prison, it makes quite a lot of sense why Gideon would think he could make Mabel fall in love with him after keeping her there—Mabel is in a place where she gets everything she wants, so Gideon could take credit for it and assume Mabel will do more than thank him for it.
  • The appearance, down to the color, and nature of the bubble is reminiscent of the giant hamster ball from waaay back in episode two. A hot pink spherical container that Mabel enjoys a lot, although a real-life equivalent probably wouldn't be too much fun by implication alone, but Mabel doesn't care; she's having too much fun. Also note; the only time Mabel actually had one of these is in her own fantasies or in the mindscape. Yep, the bubble was foreshadowed from the very beginning.
  • It may be hard to spot in the limited time left, but Mabel acts different after escaping the bubble. She not only tells Dipper that it's okay if he wants to stay in Gravity Falls, for once putting her brothers happiness before her own, but she reacts with uncharacteristic disgust at the overly bright colors and repetitive songs from the bubble, which previously was the kind of stuff she lived for. Could it be that, by finally conquering her fear of growing up, Mabel is finally beginning to mature?
  • As discouraging it was to see Dipper take back his decision to be Ford's apprentice to get Mabel to leave Mabeland, there's actually a valid reason why the apprenticeship may not be the best thing, beyond the pat "Dipper's a Jerk For Wanting to Leave Mabel"; Escapism. Throughout the series, there's been a subtle theme of how ignoring the things that make you uncomfortable only makes life harder to deal with. Dipper's attempts to use Gravity Falls' weirdness to his benefit (Magic clones arranging a dance with Wendy, time-travel to undo an event he doesn't like, bringing a video game character to life in order to fight off a bully) backfired or had negative repercussions. Mabel's preference to live life according to her wacky fantasies have caused their own problems (In the first episode, she wanted an epic romance so badly that she went to a secluded location with a strange guy she only knew for less than a day). Stan's determination to ignore the town's anomalies resulted in refusing to take Dipper's claims of monsters seriously, leading him to involve Agents Powers and Trigger which nearly led to the Pines Family breaking apart. The Society of the Blind Eye was formed because McGucket couldn't deal with the things he saw working with Ford, and led to the town's retardation. Mabeland, born from Mabel's attempt to freeze time and avoid growing up, is the biggest escapism of all. It's acknowledged that if Dipper becomes Ford's full-time apprentice, he'd have to drop out of school. Ford's offered to home-school the kid, but that still means Dipper can avoid the one thing he's always had trouble dealing with, socialization. While researching Gravity Falls wouldn't be the easiest thing in the world, and is certainly dangerous, it's still something Dipper is more at ease with doing, as opposed to dealing with his peers and contemporaries, which was part of Mabel's argument that fantasy was better than reality. To her credit, Mabel seems just as uncomfortable as we are that Dipper is giving up something he loves for her sake once she comes to her senses.
    • Of course, there is one problem with that - while Dipper was shown to have problems socializing in Piedmont, he's become much better at it in Gravity Falls. Notably, flashbacks show Dipper having very few friends in Piedmont, to the point that Mabel received a bunch of cards on Valentine's Day while Dipper received not a single one. In Gravity Falls, however, Dipper has pushed himself to socialize more through his crush on Wendy, and as a result is not only friends with her but has been generally accepted as a pretty cool guy by basically all of her friends save Robbie, on top of the fact that he's found a friend who prefers not to tease him in Ford.
  • Why did Bill said that a will of titanium was needed to free Mabel. It wasn't because people would rather stay in but because it would make Dipper leave. Mabel replaced him and has been living in her ideal place while the rest of the town suffers. Bill expected for Dipper to feel hurt, angry and offended and leave Mabel at her luck. That explains why did Soos' dad appeared even though he already forgot about him and replaced him with Stan, he expected him to get offended but underestimated the effects of weirdmaggedon. Ditto for Wendy which she knows by fact her friends were captured by Bill.

     Weirdmageddon, Part 3: Take Back The Falls 
  • Weirdmageddon in general has forced all of the Gravity Falls residents to confront their mortality, and taking care of the people they love due to Misery Builds Character. In part both major and minor characters strive to be better and more expressive of their feelings.
    • Rumble has learned from Weirdmageddon that he cannot win every battle. That makes his decision to aid in the fight against Bill all the more significant, since at the end he either returns to his game or faces Cessation of Existence.
    • Pacifica acknowledges the problematic relationship with her parents, while declaring they don't deserve what happened to them. Likewise, her father makes a minor HeelĖFace Turn, implicitly saying the Northwest family isn't good, but tells her to do the right thing after undergoing Body Horror and Taken for Granite from Bill. Afterwards she is seen to take more agency with her actions, wrapping Dipper and Mabel's presents by herself.
    • Gideon has seen that at best Bill will give you a limited amount of power and a hollow victory, and at worst he will torture you for eternity with a Cool and Unusual Punishment. Mabel may not want to date him, but she offered him more courtesy saving him from the cage than Bill did. So he strives to actually be nicer, having suffered under Eviler Than Thou.
    • Sheriff Blubbs never told Durland onscreen that he loved him, in part due to the censors and perhaps due to the fact that they're always together and have never faced separation. Come the end of the episode they have openly declared their love and fire a cannon to solidify it.
    • Ford in this episode seems more frantic and caring about Dipper and Mabel, particularly Mabel, than he did in his previous appearances and cries when he has to wipe Stan's memories and "kill" his brother. Why? Bill froze him into gold for four days, and would likely use that to taunt him during Ford suffering Cold-Blooded Torture, as well as reminding Ford that he's the reason Weirdmageddon happened and describing the details of Mabel's bubble and monsters going after "Pine Tree". While conscious Ford has no idea if his family is alive or dead, and knowing it's his fault for making the deal all those years ago, and in his mind Dipper and Mabel are innocent, compared to Stan. Seeing them leading the charge to rescue him makes him react with relief— They're alive!, and fear— Oh Crap! Bill knows my weakness!
    • In contrast to his affection for the twins, Ford rarely considers the possibility that Stan could die, up until the moment when they have to make the Twin Switch and Ford erases his mind. He's always seen Stan as a thorn in his side after the fateful science fair, and someone that wanted to be with him always. He was worried when he burned Stanley with the machine thirty years ago, but the fight with the portal overcame his concern in that moment. When Stan "dies," possibly forever as far as Ford knows, the realization hits the other Pines of the things that were never said. Helping trigger Stan's memories over the course of two days, the good and the bad, would only increase his guilt.
  • So the rumors regarding Stan burning to death were proven false, right? Wrong- he "burned" when his memory (and thus identity) was temporarily erased, leaving him metaphorically "dead".
  • Related to the above, Bill's message at the end of Escape From Reality implied that one of the Pines would die. However, everyone turns out perfectly fine in the end. This actually makes sense when you remember that from the moment Weirdmageddon started, Bill seemed to take control in a meta-physical sense (hence, the redone opening for Weirdmageddon). It could be that he was planning such a thing himself maybe for Dipper since in the altered opening we see his skeleton, so it was more him than the show.
  • The hints that Soos would die — temporarily becoming a zombie in "Scaryoke", Bipper wanting to tell him the exact date and time of his death— have a similar connotation, given at the end of the episode he was reborn as Mr. Mystery once Stan put him in charge of the Mystery Shack. He was reborn as a Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant.
  • The method of Bill's defeat was foreshadowed back in Sock Opera. Both times, Bill could have won; if only he hadn't underestimated the bond between twins. Also, in the former, Bill's downfall ensues after asking Mabel if she would sacrifice everything for her sibling, and in the latter he loses because Stan is willing to sacrifice literally everything (by having his whole mind erased) for his sibling. "Dreamscaperers" also offered a nice bit of foreshadowing: everyone teaming up on Bill seemed to defeat him, but he undoes it all in an instant, just like the circle gets undone before being able to do anything to stop him.
  • In all three Weirdmageddon arc episodes, Bill has replaced the opening credits with a Hostile Show Takeover version with himself and a few of his henchmaniacs taking the main casts' places in the sequence. Part 3 uses the same apocalyptic opener ...yet Dipper, Mabel, and Stan resume their usual places. Subtle, but it symbolizes the protagonists taking back their place in Gravity Falls.
  • Pacifica's birthday gifts to Mabel and Dipper reflect on the episode she truly became friends with both of them — A golf club for Mabel ("The Golf War") and a cassette tape of "Spirit Harassers" for Dipper ("Northwest Mystery Manor").
  • Stan conned Bill even better than it appeared if you pay attention to the Exact Words. Stan never agreed to tell Bill how to escape the barrier, that was his deal with Ford. All Stan ever agreed to was to let Bill into his head, which is exactly what he did. Even if Bill had escaped, Stan still lived up to his end of the bargain, and threatening the twins was the only way Bill had to convince Ford to do anything, which he agreed not to do, and he promised not to do anything to Ford either (Stan's words were 'leave my brother alone' after all). In other words: Bill was screwed either way.
  • There's one point of contention that has been regarded in reviews of the finale as an Ass Pull: Stan regaining his memory. Just a contrived way to have a happy ending? Perhaps in purpose, but not in-universe. Living proof Exhibit A: Fiddleford McGucket. How quickly everyone forgot, but he erased his mind to the point that even his personality was warped, and you can't "re-download" the extracted memories, either. However, upon having visual exposure to his old self, he regained his identity and memories. That's right, the means to Stan's salvation was set in place a year and a half before the finale, and to take it even further, Mabel's been working on that scrapbook since the show's beginning. Also, as for why Stan regained his memory within days in contrast to McGucket's months long recovery is due to having more reminders of his past life. Nobody knew anything of McGucket's past, and Journal 3 only told him a piece of the project Stanford needed his help on. Stan, on the other hand, had Ford to tell him about their life in Glass Shard Beach, the fake IDs for his time on the road, Soos and maybe other townspeople for his 30 years in Gravity Falls, and the young Twins for the summer.
  • Does anyone remember this concept art from Weirdmaggedon Part 1? I guess now we know what that was referring to.
  • Why did Rumble McSkirmish vanish when the Weirdpocalypse ended if he already existed beforehand? Because, as his debut episode shows, he goes back into his game upon victory!
  • Way back in Season One's "Headhunters," the post credit joke shows Mabel deciding between a purple sequin sweater or a yellow llama sweater. The wax head Larry King rolls to the vent to tell her that llamas are "Nature's greatest warriors." This is called back in series finale, when Mabel gives Pacifica the llama sweater. Pacifica then rises up to become a Little Miss Badass in the mission to rescue Ford from Bill, and is reinforced when it turns out the llama represents Pacifica's place on the glyph to destroy Bill. Overall, it implies that the creators did have more character development in store for Pacifica, just as many fans predicted. Nature's greatest warrior, indeed.
  • Pacifica's little line about suing the Pines' if she dies isn't just a cute Stock Phrase. Remember her last big episode; Pacifica is very aware that ghosts exist...
  • Pacifica's attitude throughout the episode might seem like a jarring Retcon, but it could just as well be a defense mechanism. Taking into account her sheltered, somewhat hostile upbringing, how recently she was redeemed, and the fact that total personally changes (despite what fanfiction authors might say) are never overnight. It seems like, at least in her case, aggression would be a reasonable response to that kind of stress.
  • Bill's speech on how restricted the second dimension is makes a lot of sense when one remembers he said Flatland was very close to his origin. If one has read that novel, triangles are the lowest rank with the most limited intelligence. If Bill was telling the truth, he was the most limited class of his kind, making the limitations even more apparent. Also makes Bill one serious case of From Nobody to Nightmare, given he went from the most limited member of an already limited civilization to that world's destroyer and a cosmic level threat.
  • Bill treats the end of the world as if it is one big Wild Teen Party and even mentions his take over of the universe as a party that never ends. Even the Time Police arrive. What happens? By the end his body is turned to stone and unable to move. In other words, he is quite literally Grounded Forever.
  • The Reveal Bill originated from the second dimension makes his one eye make a lot more sense. Having one eye would result in a lack of depth perception...but the third dimension IS depth, so having one eye would be perfectly fine because there'd be no need for depth perception either.
  • Guess where Stan and Ford sailed off to? Ford mentioned there is an anomaly in the arctic. Now remember the quick passage in Irrational Treasure? That's right, they went off to find Time Baby!
  • Bill needed a physical form in order to have any real power in the third dimension. The whole business with the statue of him was because his physical form couldn't enter the mindscape, so he had to leave it outside.
  • Melody's cameo with Soos in the Mystery Shack reveals just how well Soos will do as the new Mr. Mystery. Like Soos Melody hates being an adult, but she knows how to be responsible at paying bills and doing her job, as she revealed in her primary appearance. She can keep Soos grounded while they run the Shack together.
  • Soos earned his right to inherit the Shack because unlike Dipper and Mabel, he has a strong desire to become the new "Mr. Mystery" and has been working at the Shack for ten years, to the point where it's become his second home. Dipper and Mabel learned the hard way how much work Stan does to turn a profit, which included dealing with troublesome employees, and Mabel refused to run the Shack for the rest of the summer because she didn't want to have to deal with it on her break. For Soos, given he was one of the troublesome employees that Mabel dealt with, and Wendy's off in high school, he won't have the same troubles or disillusionment that Dipper and Mabel suffered.

     Other 
  • It's mentioned in "Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun" that something keeps messing with Dipper's shoelaces. This AMA by an in-character Alex Hirsch implies that it's Bill.
  • According to Bill Cipher, the password for McGucket's laptop is GULLIBLE. Given this is Bill, he may or may not be lying, but it does fit the 8-character limit and has an extra layer of brilliance to it: If McGucket were ever forced into telling someone is laptop's password, the culprit would've assumed that they were being set up to make a fool of themselves.
  • In the short "The Hide-Behind", as Lazy Susan is being interviewed, she spins around trying to see if the Hide-Behind is behind her. She keeps spinning around and around like an actual Lazy Susan.


Fridge Horror
     General 
  • In a meta-sense, Pinecest. Let us remember that Dipper and Mabel are (loosely) based off of creator Alex Hirsh and his twin sister Ariel. Basically, Alex created Gravity Falls, and ends up getting repaid by his fans by being repeatedly portrayed as having an incestuous relationship with his sister. Yeah...
  • In "Headhunters", Stan would have been murdered if Mabel didn't make a life-size wax statue of him.
  • So would Dipper in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel", had Gideon's amulet required any training to use.
  • In 'Little Dipper, Dipper is almost savaged by a mountain lion and only survives because of the crystal that he is searching for.
  • In the pilot, judging by the fact that the gnomes need a "Queen", she has to "marry" all of them, and all of them appear to be male, it seems likely that they reproduce the way that bees do. Now, with that new found knowledge, imagine yourself in Mabel's position...
    • On top of that, while the gnomes were defeated, but they are still there and still need a queen. How long before some other underage girl goes into the woods and never come back?
  • Did you notice that Gideon placed his hand on his amulet while talking to Mabel and she kept saying yes to him and regretting it later? Did he use his powers to coerce her into dating him? He did force the audience to stand up. How far can his brainwashing go and would Mabel keep seeing him?
  • In the third episode, Stan finds the melted wax Abraham Lincoln and blames it on Wax John Wilkes Booth. Hilarious, yes. However, it turns out that the wax statues are alive, so Wax Booth may have killed Wax Lincoln. Wax Lincoln was Stan's favourite. Perhaps he objected to the notion of killing Stan.
  • Which opens up another window of fridge: Can you possibly imagine what it must feel like to stand still, unable to move, as your flesh melts in the sun over the course of several hours?! We never find out if the figures are sentient when they're not awake, and if they are...And I Must Scream doesn't even come close...
  • The fates of the teenagers in Episode 5. One of them was being cooked alive. It's a good thing Dipper is clever and knew how to do a kiddy dance...
    • One of the fates in particular, being trapped in a cereal box cover, becomes substantially more disturbing when looked at in a certain light. The toucan on the box, apparantly the cereal's mascot, cheerfully says to the boy while about to drive a spoon into him "I'm bonkers for eating you alive!". Presumably, this is a play on the fictional cereal's advertising slogan. This is more funny than it is creepy, unless you look at it this way: This is probably a beloved childhood cereal mascot, like the Lucky Charms Leprechaun or Cap'n Crunch. So, that's basically the equivalent of the Coco Puffs bird saying to you "I'm coo-coo for murdering you in your sleep!" or Tony the Tiger saying "Eating kids isn't just good, it's grrrrreat!"
  • According to a document, Santa is the president of the US. Since Blubs and Durland are taking orders from the "Big Guy" (pun slightly intended), that means Santa is perfectly fine with kidnapping children.
  • Not so much horror as it is sadness: in Episode 9, Mabel banging her head for at least one month since Pacifica got Waddles in one of the alternative timelines seems like some kind of overreaction. Since Waddles was showing resistance, I was wondering why Pacifica wouldn't want to get rid of him. Then it hit me: If Pacifica can't use Waddles as a pet, she's use him as FOOD. It's even scarier when the man who gave Mabel the pig also gave her a fork and knife, which means he gave them away so the people who get the pigs can EAT THEM. Even if Pacifica didn't intend to eat the pig, she seemed aware that Mabel really liked it. In such a case, there's no way that Pacifica would give Waddles to Mabel even if she did want to get rid of the pig.
    • The fact that Dipper left Mabel there, dissapearing and leaving her alone didn't helped Mabel to overcome her grieving either. Also, Mabel was possibly aware of that anything happened after Dipper left into the future, the whole timeline, will eventually be erased from time once Dipper decides to set things right. Full, whith her life she lived since. That would weight down my mood too.
  • "Fight Fighters" reveals that a code written on the side of an arcade machine can bring one of the characters from a fighting game to life. So how many super powerful fighters are running around wreaking havoc just because they haven't reached "Game Over" yet?
  • Wendy's awfully lucky that she got that ladder in the Shack without getting shot. Soos too, considering the step ladder he was standing on in "Tourist Trapped".
  • We finally see Gideon's mom in Little Dipper. All she does is vacuum, and always has this freaked out expression on her face. Did... Gideon do something to her?
  • Gideon says that zombies don't take orders. Did he read that in his book, or has he dabbled in raising them before?
  • In the Summerween episode, The Trickster reveals himself to actually be a walking pile of vengeful candy, rejected by the citizens of Gravity Falls. It is all fine and dandy because Soos eats him, making him happy and ending his pain. The problem is: More candy still will be rejected by the citizens all the same. A pile of vengeful candy already managed to transform itself in a Eldritch Abomination once. Nothing stops it from doing it again. And who's to say anyone in town will even believe Soos or the kids? "Hey, stop throwing away your bad candy or else it'll turn into a monster!"
  • Dipper tells the others he might have been bit by a poisonous snake, but no one takes him to a hospital. It isn't brought up again, but still... On the other hand, it's very much implied that the story wasn't canon, especially since Grunkle Stan still had his regular voice in the present despite drinking a permanent voice changing potion.
  • In "The Deep End", Mermando ended up in the pool when he was captured by a fisherman who wanted to eat him, but escaped before he could meet his fate. However, other members of his species might not have been so lucky.
    • Also in "The Deep End," Mermando probably thought the soggy wet sandwich Mabel brought him looked delicious because it'd most likely been goodness knows how long since he'd eaten anything.
    • Ditto for the poor kid trapped in solitary confinement. You have to wonder what kind of horrible crime against pool humanity he committed to get locked up in there for at least a year. You also have to remember that the pool management probably never told his family...
    • Mermando was caught in the Gulf of Mexico and driven all the way up north to Gravity Falls. The several hour long drive must have been terrifying for him. According to Google Maps, he could've been in that tank for two days, assuming absolutely no pit stops whatsoever. The best-case scenario only shaves ten hours off of that.
    • Imagining what his family probably went through is pretty bad too.
    • And that fisherman who caught him, and intended to eat him? He was never caught or punished. Meaning that he could conceivably do the same thing again.
  • In the tank there was the lobster and a axolotl, and IT'S BOILING!
  • In "Boss Mabel", Dipper catches a monster in the woods that drives people insane by showing them their own worst nightmare. While it's played for Black Comedy, one wonders how many people have been killed by that monster and others.
  • In "Carpet Diem", Soos (while in Waddle's body) tries to explain to Old Man McGucket that he's really a man trapped in a pig's body. McGucket responds by saying "that's what they all say". Is McGucket really insane, or has he eaten people trapped in animals' bodies before? When Soos has his body back, McGucket says he'll still eat him. McGucket had his knife and fork when he said this.
  • The band manager in "Boyz Crazy" still has those other clones locked away in test tubes! What's going to happen to them?!
  • Basically the whole concept of brainwashing with music. Robbie could have brainwashed Wendy into doing other things with him... which could constitute as rape. Same goes for that girl that Grunkle Stan was in to (the one who was hypnotized by the hippie guy.)
  • Sev'ral Timez in general. They're pretty much homeless and totally clueless about how to take care of themselves. The episode ended with them stranded in the forest, forced to dig through people's garbage in order to get a bite to eat.
  • The implication that the Sev'ral Timez manager starves the bandmates who don't perform well. It uncomfortably resembles real-life "stage parents."
  • Also from "Boyz Crazy": a couple of obsessive fangirls around the age of puberty, one of who we know had just had The Talk, keeping a naive boy band in the attic. Imagine if they had been there a few more months. Eventually, the girls' self-control might have cracked.
  • In "The Land Before Swine", we see that the dinosaurs are close to breaking free from the sap (with the heat helping out melting it), and considering the mine they might find another way out into the surface. And the dinosaur that's closest to being freed is a T. rex.
  • In "Boyz Crazy" Stan talks about burying gold for the coming apocalypse. Two episodes later Bill Cipher gives the protagonists an ominous warning about a coming darkness and advises Gideon to buy gold.
  • Dipper outwits Gideon in "Gideon Rises" by making Gideon punch himself, thus making the robot punch itself as well. But... Mabel was on one of the robot's fingers. She could have been close to being smacked and possibly crushed against the robot had Dipper caught the wrong hand. It's a good thing that Gideon threw a punch with his left, Mabel-free hand...
  • For the winners of some contest that was related to the Mabel's Guide shorts, Alex Hirsh released personalized messages in character on Soundcloud. The links can be found on his Twitter. Now, one of them was in character as Mermando. In the message, he said something along the lines of "pollution is getting into my home" and it was punctuated with a lot of coughing. Assuming that all of these are in canon, Mabel isn't going to be very happy in the future... In a later episode, he sent Mabel a letter saying he was fine... aside from being forced to marry a manatee. Needless to say, Mabel wasn't happy.
  • The entire concept of a town like Gravity Falls. Yes, the diner so beat up that animals get in is funny, but it's also a serious health violation. Yes, the the wacky creatures in the woods are hilarious, except when they're really not. Yes, the two police officers are charming, but the only time we see them not acting like incompetent comic relief, they are trying to kidnap Mabel and Dipper. Gideon is basically psychotic and he has everyone in the palm of his hand. People flock to the Mystery Shack to see fake wonders, all the while surrounded by a monster-infested forest. Not to mention that thing in the lake and Bill.
  • The Shape Shifter can take the form of whatever it sees, but it displays numerous horrifying forms of monsters that haven't been seen in Gravity Falls yet. Given how we see one other monster in the shadows and the Shape Shifter offhandedly mentions "molemen," these creatures are monstrosities that live under the depths with the Shape Shifter. Right underneath Gravity Falls.
  • If someone else ever makes it into the Bunker, they'll see a cryogenic tube labeled "Experiment" with (apparently) a screaming little boy frozen in terror. The explorer's immediate reaction will be to open the cryogenic tube and free the cruelly trapped, scared little boy. Only the little boy will be the Shape Shifter...
  • What would Pacifica's demanding parents do if she ever lost at anything?
  • Big Henry was killed because there was a gas leak in the Mine-themed hole. It apparently didn't spread beyond the main shaft, but what if the gas leak goes unnoticed by the Putt Hutt staff? Given how frightened the Lilliputtians were of Dipper and Mabel at first glance, it can be assumed that they usually hide themselves from humans, which may lead to the gas leak going unnnoticed; and given how violent the Lilliputtians can get, what if one decides to set fire to the gas?
  • So, just who were Sev'ral Times cloned from?
  • In "Tourist Trapped", Dipper was seen writing on some empty pages of the journal, filling in information based on his experience. In "Scary-oke", it's revealed that the author of the journal wrote in invisible ink to hide extra information from whomever might find it. Dipper might have written over some pretty important information.
  • In "Sock Opera", Bill never tells Dipper any hints for the password and destroys the laptop. Think about what that means: Bill doesn't have to hold up his end of any bargain he makes. Most creatures capable of making the kind of Faustian bargains that Bill offers are dutybound to fulfill their contract, and what makes them tricky is that there's always a creative way to interpret the wording of the contract that they will use to screw you over. Bill doesn't have even that much: there is nothing to stop him from doing whatever he wants once he gets you to shake his hand.
    • Going in further, let's look at the technology involved: this laptop has to easily go back to the early 80's judging by the sound from the hardware and the green monochrome screen. Multiple password failure intrusion countermeasures did not exist yet at this point, and even today those would simply not allow the hundreds of failed attempts Dipper went through before triggering on, rather being set somewhere between 3-10 tries depending on how paranoid the mindset of the person setting it up. Additionally, Bill appears immediately to Dipper once the countdown has started, so combining these facts with Dipper's lack of sleep (later remarked on) so the conclusion is that the countdown never happened at all. It was all a dream effect concocted by Bill to trick Dipper into accepting a Deal with the Devil and hand him over a blank check. Need more evidence? He physically destroys the laptop once he possesses Dipper. Why would he have even needed to do so if the hard drive was seconds away from complete erasure? It would have been far more amusing to Bill to just watch Dipper despair as the erasure progress bar would have slowly deleted not only the data, but Dipper's hope of a solution to the greater mystery as well.
      • In the actual deal-making scene, Bill never says that he's giving Dipper the password in exchange for the puppet. He says if Dipper gives him a puppet, he'll crack the laptop right open. Bill isn't playing an elaborate mind game, he's just following his exact words, and using Dipper assumptions against him. Dipper assumed Bill would get the laptop unlocked in exchange for a sock puppet. What Bill actually said was that if Dipper becomes his puppet, Bill will smash the laptop apart. Bill followed through on his end of the deal completely, he was just being a dick about how he phrased it, and Dipper didn't realize it until it was too late. Jerkass Genie anybody?
  • Bill implies that he's possessed a person before, but he clearly doesn't understand that humans need things like sleep. It's possible that he killed his last host with one of those "pain is HILARIOUS!" stunts (heck, it's a good thing he didn't break Dipper's neck falling down the stairs like that). And on that note, what was he going to do with Dipper's body once he destroyed the journal? Giving it back seems way too boring for someone like him...
  • Bill was greatly enjoying feeling pain, so he was doing everything he could to bang up Dipper's body. How bad is the damage he managed to inflict? And Dipper was able to possess a sock puppet, so something doesn't need to be alive in order to be possessed. Is Dipper essentially a ghost possessing his own corpse now?
  • Do you ever wonder what exactly happened to all the OTHER people that .GIFfany managed to weave under her spell? Think about it, the clerk at the game store mentioned that Romance Academy 7 had been returned a bunch of times, and the only clue we have to any of the former players' fates is the sticky note on the back of the box saying to destroy the game immediately. At least that person managed to make it out unscathed (hopefully), but what about the one before them? Food for thought, I suppose...
    • Heck when ya get down to to it, the entire episode is a case of fridge horror based around a measly Dating sim.
    • There's the implication of what .GIFfany did to her programmers upon them trying to delete her.
    • The fact that in usual dating sims there are more than just one potential love interest, meaning .GIFfany wasn't supposed to be the only girl/Sentient AI in that game. Lord only knows what she did to get rid of her "Competition"...
  • The name Gideon means "cutter of trees". Pine is a kind of tree. In other words, Gideon is meant to be a cutter, or destroyer, of the Pines family. Specifically, Gideon is a Hebrew name, which fits well when one considers that the Pines family may be Ambiguously Jewish (Pines is a Ashkenazic Jewish surname.) However, it's not just the Pines family, but Dipper Pines a.k.a. Pine Tree.
  • The ray having negative side-effects. It turned McGucket into the crazy loon he is today and made the townspeople incredibly stupid (a man walking right into a pole; a man splashing water on his face with a blank smile, Lazy Susan not remembering if she's a man or a woman, etc). Just how bad is it? That bandaid on McGucket's beard used to be on his chin. The beard grew out from under it. And this was 30 years ago.
  • Seeing McGucket's Sanity Slippage becomes even worse when you remember that he has a son who likely witnessed it, possibly without knowing why or how it happened.
  • Crosses over a bit with Fridge Logic: In the climax of "Soos and the Real Girl", .GIFfany takes control over all the electronics in Hoo-Ha Owl's Pizzamatronic Jamboree. Among them are a set of skeeball machines, which she uses to fire at the characters like cannons. Anybody who's been to a real Chuck E. Cheese can tell you that skeeballs are, out of necessity, extremely hard and heavy. And Soos gets hit by several dozen of them, including a few to the head, while taking .GIFfany's attention away from Melody and the kids. Ouch...
  • The final few seconds of McGucket's memories show the now crazy old man make a triangle symbol around one of his eyes. Bill Cipher may have been involved in McGucket's loss of sanity. What he screams while making said triangle has been translated to mean "Bill Cipher Triangle."
  • After Wendy, Nate and Lee quit being friends after Tambry and Robbie get together, Thompson mentioned how he invoked being a Butt Monkey so that he could get them as his friends. Just how broken is the guy that he has to go to such lengths just to get any sort of company to keep him from being alone?
  • .GIFfany may be a psychotically clingy girlfriend...but think about it from her perspective. Imagine her game, fresh off the shelf for the first time ever, and she spends time with the boy who bought the game, growing genuinely attached and eventually falling in love with him. Then, one day, he unceremoniously dumps her for a real girl and pretty much forgets all about her. And then think about how that would be more than likely not the first time it happened... If this is the case, is it any wonder .GIFfany got the way she is? Soos mentioned her dad was an octopus, and you know what they say about a girl with an octopus.
  • In a promo commercial called "Creepy Letters from Lil Gideon", it has a letter from Gideon to Dipper saying that he'll be "breaking out of here soon" and that he can't wait to get together "the ol' book club- you, me, and Bill Cipher. Let's see how you like being tickled... in your soul." Is it possible that Gideon worked out another deal with Bill? And the commercial just shows a letter in the middle of an empty cell.
  • Bill Cipher's influence goes in so DEEP in american society that he is actually portrayed on money. Oh yeah, look at it... see that one-eyed pyramid there? And remind me again by what name dollars are frequently referred to? Bills.
  • As The Love God shows, it's apparently really easy to drug food in Greasy's Diner. The cook won't question or deter you in any way. Given that Tambry and Robbie only ate a bit of that drugged food, that means other people fell victim to that potion.
  • Given the Stable Time Loop presented in "Blendin's Game," what if Toby actually could have had a successful Broadway career if it wasn't for Mabel telling him it wouldn't work?
  • God, you can practically hear Pacifica's mouth snap shut the second time her dad uses that bell on her in "Northwest Manor Mystery", and the look on her face as she shrinks back is heartbreaking. It makes the mind reel wondering what kind of punishments were used to train her to have such a Pavlovian response to the thing. "Why are you so afraid of your parents?" indeed.
  • What punishment is in store for Pacifica once the party guests have left? In any case, her parents are done playing games.
    • Pacifica's parents are using a bell to make Pacifica repond to their whims like a Pavlovian dog. A virgin female dog is called a bitch. Pacifica is her parents' bitch.
  • How did someone like Nathaniel Northwest rise to such prominence in the first place? Well, there's a tapestry featuring Bill in the Northwest Manor. Perhaps he made a deal.
  • Why exactly was Pacifica not with her parents in the panic room? Between the abusive conditioning she has gone through, Dipper saying she is just like her parents, discovering just how bad her family really is and her sheer disgust regarding it she was probably just waiting for the ghost to come find her.
  • When Bill leaves near the end of "Dreamscaperers", he says, "I'll be watching you!" twice. The first time he says it, he's looking at the protagonists. The second time, he's facing the screen, in the same pose as the Freeze-Frame Bonus at the end of the intro. He's talking to us. Every time we watch Gravity Falls, he watches us back.
  • Does Alex Hirsch really voice act Bill Cipher, or does Bill Cipher speak through him?! Dun-dun-duuun!
  • As noted in the Nightmare Fuel page, had Trigger's humvee crashed differently, Mabel's plans could've gotten her and Dipper seriously injured or even killed, and possibly made Manly Dan a killer. Relating to this, imagine Wendy distraught if her father had actually hurt or killed Dipper and Mabel by ramming the truck into the humvee.
  • Word of God has confirmed Stan having a long-lost twin brother is why he was so distraught at seeing the sculpture of himself get destroyed back in "Headhunters."
  • Ever since The Reveal in "Blendin's Game" that Soos' dad abandoned him and he has seen Stan as a father figure since he twelve, it makes Soos crying when he thinks Stan died in "Boss Mabel" a lot harder to watch.
  • Here's something we hadn't considered before: Remember how the Shape Shifter from "Into The Bunker" wanted Dipper's journal to scan and transform into the creatures depicted within it? Remember how there's a picture of Bill Cipher in there? Imagine what would've happened if Dipper and Wendy hadn't gotten the book back from him before he scanned it.
    • Has it ever been said when the Shape Shifter transforms he gains the powers of the creature he turned too as well, or is it simply in appearance?
  • "Not What He Seems" has Dipper somewhat surprised that Trigger and Powers are alive, casually admitting that he assumed they were killed by the zombies in "Scary-Oke." He thought that two people had been killed by the zombies he summoned just to prove a point to them, and it apparently didn't trouble his conscience in the slightest. Dipper gets terrifyingly merciless when people don't believe him.
  • In "The Tale of Two Stans" it is revealed that Stanford didn't create the Shapeshifter but it hatched from an egg he found. This means that there could be other Shapeshifters out there. Also, assuming it wasn't that way by nature, what did Stanford do to the baby Shapeshifter that made it such a cruel adult?
  • When Stanley gets to the Mystery Shack, it's snowing. Meaning, obviously, at the time, it's winter. But, by the time he leaves to go to the grocery store, the snow has melted. How long was he sitting in his brother's house, torn up about what he'd done? At best, he got to Oregon in march and it lasted a few weeks. At worst, it could have lasted for months.
  • Ford says Stan has to leave at the end of the summer. Ok, but, uhm... where would he go to? He faked his own death to be able to play Ford, so if he gives Ford his identity and name back, he cannot go to other surviving members of the Pines family, such as Dipper and Mabel (even though they would be probably more than happy to take him in after the summer they've had, and even their parents would be willing to house him for taking care of the kids.), and his own parents are most probably dead anyways. So he would either have to take up the "jumping from one state to the other" shtick again, which would be much more difficult and hard now than it was as a young adult and it was difficult even then, or he has to get himself into a retirement home, but either way, he has to assume a fake identity... one that has nothing to do with the Pines family, most probably, to avoid even more unpleasant questions. Adding to the sadness of him having to do this, would Dipper and Mabel, the only ones he claims to still consider family (He does consider them family all right, but it still has to be seen if their relationship with Ford is really beyond repair) be able to visit him or keep in touch with him? Would SOOS be able to?
    • Related to that, Soos and Wendy would likely be out of work if Ford kicks Stan out and presumably shuts down the Mystery Shack for good. Wendy will have to go work for one of her relative's logging camp and Soos will lose the best job he ever had (and fail at other new one he gets). And the town will lose one of the most fun places they have.
  • Stan has lived his entire life in his twin brother's shadow, both literally and figuratively. As kids, he was seen as the "loser" twin compared to Ford's genius. He went on to become a grifter while his brother went to college, became rich and famous among the community. Finally, Stan "kills" Stanley to assume Stanford as his new identity, legally becoming his brother, and keeps this up for 30 years.
  • While made explicitly clear to the audience, one throwaway fact given during Stan's recounting of his past becomes incredibly depressing if you take the time to think about it: Stan had no clue if Ford was alive or dead. At no point during his thirty-year absence did Stan ever have the peace of mind that his brother wasn't dead because of his mistake. At no point while he worked day and night, studying and scheming in order to rebuild the portal he knew absolutely nothing about, did he even have the assurance that what he was working towards even mattered. And when the portal did open, and he finally saw living proof that his only goal in life for the last thirty years wasn't for nothing, it greeted him with a punch to the face.
  • After watching the episode, one has to stop and think about how lucky the gang was that the Infinity-Sided die "only" brought Probabilitor to life. seeing as how it can cause an infinite-number of events, that means an infinite number of world- or even realty-ending occurrences. Literally, there was a one in infinity chance they wouldn't all die. Boy they really dodged a bullet there.
  • When Bipper tells Soos about the exact date of his death, does that mean that Bipper would've gone ahead and made sure that happened?
  • Gideon's dad seems to find his son's mind-control spell familiar and is utterly terrified by it. Despite this, we know Gideon can't have used it on Bud, because a close up of the journal page shows the spell is a one-time use per victim only deal. Meaning Gideon has most definitely used the brain-washing spell on someone before, and his father likely watched.
  • Bud Gleeful can't wipe his memories anymore. He has to live with knowing his child is psychotically power hungry enough to use an extremely painful body possession spell on him.
  • What happened to Bud Gleeful after "The Stanchurian Candidate"? Did he get sent to prison for almost killing Dipper and Mabel? Or worse, is he suffering from his son using him as a mind controlled puppet and was aware of everything Gideon made him do, including attempted murder? All in all, he's not likely to be well off either way.
  • "The Last Mabelcorn" is rife with this.
    • Bill mentions that he has been making deals, implying a higher level of activity than has been shown. A fairly disturbing thought as it means he has been working recently or as the Northwest tapestry shows has been going for a long enough time that he has accrued more than a few "customers".
    • If Bill has been working recently then the Mystery Shack crew would have contributed to the upswing in "business". With the Society of the Blind Eye no longer delivering a Mind Wipe to every schmuck that sees something unusual and the members themselves being prone to abusing that technology for personal use than more than a few people are likely to find it too much to handle on their own. Golden opportunity for an enterprising mind demon wouldn't you say?
    • Ford can No Sell mental attacks with a metal plate in his skull but Bill was still able to talk to him while he was dreaming. He may not be as safe as he thinks given how crafty Bill is.
    • How did Ford install the metal plate into his head? No sane doctor would do that if you claim it's the only safety measure against a dream demon and Ford was probably too paranoid to go to the hospital anyway. He probably did it himself.
    • The name Don't Wake Stalin is historically significant: Stalin died in his bed because his health failed while he slept and his staff was too terrified of waking him up to go in his bedroom and check on him when he just wouldn't get up that morning. No one dared enter his bedroom until evening and it was too late to save his life.
  • In Roadside Attraction, there's this tourists attraction with a giant human spider lady as one of the workers who apparently provides a few of the attractions, including daily new mummies and the giant spider in the forest. She's been eating tourists and using the their corpse with her web to make the new mummies. Mummies that come in daily! However, while Pines family and Candy and Grenda manage to get out of there alive, the girls that Dipper flirted with were all there too. Along with possibly their families. We never see them after they confront Dipper!
  • "Weirdmagedon Part 1" shows Blendin confused about what's going on after Bill left his body, freaked over what's happening, and enraged that Bill took over his body. This brings a new Fridge Horror into play. It seems that Blendin' didn't do anything to allow Bill to take over his body, meaning that it's possible that his powers grew, as Ford mentioned in "The Last Mabelcorn", to the point that he didn't need to make deals anymore to use Demonic Possession. This is actually foreshadowed in "The Last Mabelcorn" when Ford create a Bill-proof force field around the Mystery Shack to keep Bill from possessing anyone inside, even though no one in there would willingly make a deal with Bill for him to do so.
  • The climax of Dipper and Mabel's falling-out is in direct parallel to their Grunkles' falling-out forty-plus years ago. Due to his high intelligence, Dipper is offered a golden opportunity for his future, but it requires him to abandon Mabel. Admittedly, he's far more reluctant to do this than Ford had seemed. He ultimately takes the opportunity, which Mabel overhears. After a confrontation, Mabel acts out and ends up doing more damage to Dipper's goals than she intended. Really, it's not even that Dipper said the wrong thing. His words weren't mean or harsh and were actually perfectly true, but his talk of inevitable change were the exact things Mabel was upset about earlier in the day, and he couldn't have known that was what she was afraid and in denial of because she's stopped talking to him about her fears since that brief conversation in "A Tale of Two Stans," just like Dipper's stopped confiding in her about the dangers they're in. It's Poor Communication Kills on both sides.
  • Stanley warned Ford to stay away from the kids, or at least keep them out of his investigation stuff. How would he react when he finds out that he's not only been enlisting the help of his nephew, bringing him into potential danger, but as well as his niece unknowingly starting the apocalypse out of pure sorrow and by the hands of the psychotic powerful enemy of Ford?
  • At the moment, Dipper thinks the rift Mabel accidentally took fell out of the backpack and broke by accident. How's he going to react when he finds out she intentionally (but unknowingly) gave the rift to Bill?
    • He doesn't find out. In fact, no one ever finds out. The only two people who knew were Mabel and Bill. Mabel had her memory wiped, and Bill was vanquished without telling anyone. Not only does she get away with it, not only does she learn nothing from the whole thing, but she could conceivably do something similar again.
  • If Mabel's deal with Blendin hadn't been a trap, it still would have been utterly horrifying of the Mind Screw Lovecraftian nightmare kind. Ignoring the very Reality-Breaking Paradox nature of eliminating an entire mass of land from the time stream, thus essentially removing Gravity Falls from the same dimension as the rest of the world, the most horrifying question raised by this possibility is whether anyone inside the Time Stop would even be able to realize that time wasn't passing right, because if no one realizes something's broken, it won't get fixed. Whether it's a true 'total freeze' kind of Time Stop or a "Groundhog Day" Loop, the Time Stop Mabel's asking for would likely have lasted forever without anyone inside knowing it had lasted forever since all forms of time measurement would be gone—which means that perhaps Bill's Apocalypse is the preferable fate for the town, since at least that appears slightly more comprehensible and thus likely fixable. If Blendin's offer had been legit, Mabel's plan would have been far worse than the end of the world for Gravity Falls. Becomes Ascended Fridge Horror because time does freeze in addition to everything Bill brought.
  • Remember that journal page that said "TRUST NO ONE". You know why Bill succeeded in opening the rift? Because Ford didn't trust anyone but Dipper with the rift. Fatal Flaw, anyone?
  • Here's a creepy thought to consider: Since Bill and his gang are now on Earth, what's to stop them from deciding to unfreeze the Shapeshifter in Ford's bunker?
  • Soos chowed down on the waffle guards in Mabel's bubble, with the help of some syrup. But we get to see the real world behind the Glamour: a hellish red landscape made out of bugs, and Bill's eye everywhere. So what did Soos really eat, again? Or anyone, really.
  • Pacifica's dismay at getting to have "only one" pony seems like just another joke on rich person problems until you wonder if she already had any that she was genuinely attached to. You know, like Mabel cares for Waddles?
    • Speaking of Pacifica, now that she's lost the manor and no longer a part of the richest family in town (Old Man Mc Gucket is now the richest), how are things going to be for her when she goes back to school? No doubt she was only popular because of her heritage and her family's now been exposed as frauds. She probably mistreated a lot of other kids who aren't going to like what they find out about her. Sure, Candy and Grenda would be nice to her, but she could be the most hated girl in school. He parents might go nuts and their control over her might get worse. She could get in an arranged marriage to get richer for all we know.
  • In the finale, we twice see partially-buried statues (or the same statue) of Bill. Both are shown with an arm extended. Hopefully it really is just a lifeless husk but while most of the town knows not to even risk shaking that hand, since they've agreed to never speak again, the same can't be said of any other poor bastard that walks by...
  • Considering the already fragile grip on sanity several of Gravity Falls' citizens possess, who's to say what the long-term repercussions of living through Weirdmageddon would be like (especially considering their all agreeing to deny it ever happened, which "Society of the Blind Eye" showed isn't always the healthiest thing)?
  • Mr. Bratsman keeps Sev'ral Times in line by threatening that he can easily replace any one of them with their "brothers", referring to some still-developing clones. How many times has Bratsman replaced one of the group? More importantly, what happened to the band members he replaced with new clones when they got out of line?
  • Given Mermando kept sending bottles to Mabel, starting with a dozen shoved into the pool pipes he never actually broke off their relationship. Probably he was hoping to keep their romance long-distance, up until his Arranged Marriage to the Manatee Queen. Which means when Mabel was hitting on Gabe and wanted to see him after the puppet show, she might have accidentally cheated on Mermando!
  • A minor one, but in Northwest Mansion Mystery/Noir, a Freeze-Frame Bonus gag shows that Marius Von Fundhauser inherited his father's factory at seven. The implication is that his father died. If that wasn't enough, there is the question of why his mother didn't get it. Either she wasn't in on the will or she died as well...

Fridge Logic
     General 
  • In The Time Traveller's Pig: "Hey Wendy, I'm going to throw the ball now. Can you just duck for a second?"
    • Dipper stated that this was the only way they could avoid it hitting her in the eye, perhaps he simply was unable to convince her to duck?
      • Or he did do that, and when she ducked, an air current that would have otherwise been blocked by her head blew on the ball with enough force to alter its trajectory so it still hit her.
  • In Summerween, the squad probably could have saved themselves with ease by just buying 500 pieces of candy.
    • It was never about the candy, that was their punishment for not displaying enough Summerween spirit. How do you think the Trickster would react if they tried to cheat him?
  • A small one, but in "Carpet Diem", Dipper and Mabel switches bodies via an electric carpet. Makes sense in itself, but note also that they switch voices; technically, they wouldn't switch voices because the vocal cords are still intact in their respective bodies. So if it would be more logical, with Dipper and Mabel switching minds, Dipper would be talking with Mabel's voice and vice versa.
    • It was likely done to avoid viewer confusion. Considering how no one else reacted to the voice change, it likely didn't happen in-universe. Similar with Bipper's voice/creepy eyes.
      • Few television shows have ever done the body swap while bodies retaining the correct voice. Somehow, nobody ever seems to notice either that the two swapped characters suddenly speak with each other's voices.
      • Freaky Friday Switch has more on this.
    • How could Soos and Dipper talk in Waddles' body? They spoke with Neil deGrasse Tyson's voice.
  • So in "Dreamscapers", they were going to destroy Stan's memory of the safe code. It's eventually knocked down a bottomless pit memory, of course. Now, if Gideon hadn't outright destroyed the safe to get to the deed, does that mean that had Stan had a chance to go to the safe later he wouldn't have been able to remember the combination? Furthermore, wouldn't he have no idea why he can't remember?
    • Here's another one. Soos was the one Stan had that conversation with that Dipper partially overheard and made him believe that Stan hated him. Since Soos was with them when they chasing Bill, why didn't Soos tell Dipper the truth about what he heard?
      • Stan specifically tells him not to say anything to anyone; it's a rather small excuse giving the situation, but Soos probably considered it important enough.
  • The ending of 'Gideon Rising' has a sort of Plot Hole: How did Stan know that Gideon's surveillance system was inside his giant robot? For that matter, why did Gideon hide his spying equipment inside the robot? Furthermore, wouldn't Old Man McGucket have noticed it during construction?
    • A) IIRC, the robot crashed and everyone could see inside to the camera wall. B) Probably so no one would find it while he was away. And C) It's McGucket. He's a crazy old coot, so even if he wasn't against installing the monitors, who's to say he remembered doing it?
  • This may be an example of in-universe Fridge Logic (to the point of being a debatable Tragic Mistake), but why didn't Stan inform Mabel and Dipper of his plans to open the portal as soon as he knew that they had the journal and that they knew that its contents were true? Always assuming that it couldn't actually destroy the Universe (which is, in all fairness, a big assumption, but seems to be Stan's view), he might have been able to explain everything right then and there, avoiding a lot of pain down the road. If he had been wrong, he would have had two relatively dispassionate people he trusted to explain why he was wrong, possibly saving countless lives.
    • Stan had been going out of his way to hide his secrets for thirty years, it was possible he was so set in doing so, he simply carried on that way even when he possibly didn't need to. Then after he had done it, he was down the rabbit hole, coming forward to them would mean he would have to admit he lied even more than he needed to. This could disillusion them, and there is no telling what might occur if that happened, we saw from the beginning of "Not What He Seems" that Stan was already feeling guilty about keeping so much from them, and had was thinking about telling them, it appears he just couldn't bring himself to potentially destroy everything, when he was so close. Also there is the concern that the Portal legitimately could cause doomsday, while Stan clearly was willing to take the gamble due to his love for his brother and having seen it be used before he knew it could be used safely, however trying to convince them of that might have been more difficult. After all, risking everyone's life for somebody they have never met is a bit hard to ask, even if its family.
  • If the government agents knew so much about Stan, wouldn't they have known Dipper and Mabel had parents they could be brought to instead of Child Services?
    • Too long a drive?
    • If they thought Stan was an impostor, they might not have realized that Dipper and Mabel were actually who they said they were. Also, given the distance, Child Services is probably where they would go even if they did know who they were, if only for a few hour stay. It's not like Powers and Trigger's agency is equipped for kids or finding their parents (at least not without logistical difficulties compared with an agency that does it on a daily basis).
  • In Into the Bunker, when they freeze the shapeshifter, it briefly takes a flaming form. Why wouldn't he have just stayed in the flame form to melt the ice?
    • Considering it took the traits and properties of what ever it transformed into, then the flames would just go out when they used up all the oxygen (not going to be that much in such a small container). As it was the flames that could kill it. Thus a case of fearing death over imprisonment.
  • Stan mentions that Mabel and Dipper are "Shermys grandkids." Assuming Shermie is the baby seen the flashback, he's probably around 1 when Stan is 18. 18+10+30 = 58, so Stan is 58 (assuming the 10 and 30 years are accurate and not rounded), while Dipper and Mabel are 12. So Stan was 46 when they were born and Shermy was about 29, which is really young for a grandparent. It's possible Shermie is much older than Stan or that the numbers are actually higher, or that the baby was Dippers father (Shermie's son).
    • Seeing as we know the series takes place in 2012 and Stan says in his flashback that he grew up in New Jersey in the 1960s, let's be generous and say the year is 1960... In their initial appearances let's also be generous and say that both Stans are six. That means they're born in 1954. 1954+18+10+30=2012, so these numbers are roughly correct (ignoring month of birth versus month of setting). Stan and his brother are both 58, Shermie being the kids grandfather is roughly 1 to 2 in 1972 (assuming he is the baby in the flashback), 2012-1970=42 years old. If he had Mabel and Dipper's father at 15 (extremely early for the 1980s) and then their father had both kids at 15, this is the only way that Dipper and Mabel could be 12. Unless, the baby is their father, which means that their parents had Dipper and Mabel at 30, much more realistic. So, Shermie must be the Stans' older brother (he could have already been out of the house when Stanley gave his first flashback, 18 (graduated in 1960) +12 (years left until the Stans are 18, assuming 6 in the first flashback) =30 in 1972, meaning he had Dipper and Mabel's grandfather in his late 20s. He should be 70 in 2012, assuming this math is accurate.
    • One problem: There is never, not even once, a single hint that the Stan twins had an older brother. Heck, there's barely any evidence that they had a younger brother, except that Ford didn't deny Shermie's existence when he was brought up. Considering how cagey Alex Hirsch is being about the identity of the baby in the flashback, methinks there's something very fishy going on.
      • Shermy could be the baby shown in the flashback.
  • So Wendy has no reaction to the stranger that looks a hell of a lot like her boss and drinking soda with one of her friends. This is especially weird since there was no indication of an introduction between the characters, nor an implication that they even knew of each other's existence. Then again, though, Wendy did listen to a (apparently) 13-hour recap of Ford's return and his history with Stan. Plus, the scene's clear indication that she wasn't willing to hang up on Soos suggests that she actually decided to listen and is thus caught up with what's been going on in the Mystery Shack.
  • In "The Last Mabelcorn", we learn Ford first found the means to summon Bill inside a cave, and with them an explicit warning never to summon him. Which begs the question: if you didn't want people performing it, why the hell would you ever write down the ritual at all?
    • Maybe Bill wouldn't allow otherwise? Maybe he tormented whoever it was that figured out how to summon him with unbearable nightmares until they agreed to write it down, knowing that somebody someday would be foolish enough to ignore the warning?
      • Considering how protective of his research Ford was, he most likely didn't have the heart to simply tear out the page with the ritual on it (there was probably some other entry that he wanted to keep in on the back of the page), opting instead to hide the Journals. When he returned, he was more willing to take apart his life's work, as shown when he dismantled the portal, but remained obsessed with the town's mysteries enough to want to preserve the Journals.
    • So people could recognize how it was done and stop anyone else from doing it. If the Northwests really made deals with Bill like an earlier episode hinted, and Bill does say he's been making deals, it's a good idea to know what needs to be done so one can prevent it.
  • In "The Last Mabelcorn", Mabel's unicorn hair is used to keep Bill out of the Mystery Shack. Now that he's been brought into this dimension, does that mean the Shack is still safe?
    • Yes, apparently; upon the twins, Wendy and Soos' return to the shack, it was commented it was like how they had left it and inside is Grunkle Stan and those that realized the shack is indeed safe from the weirdness waves and bubbles.
  • A major plot point of "Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future" is that Dipper has to choose between following Ford alone and returning with Mabel to Piedmont. As this Tumblr user points out, why can't Mabel stay in Gravity Falls with them? Ford's certainly capable of educating them both, and it's not like their parents would be any less okay with both twins staying together.
    • In fact they might be even less ok with just Dipper staying than with both kids staying.
    • Ford is projecting his own frustrations at his twin onto Dipper hence the "Isn't it stifling having a twin holding you back?" statement from him. To a less manipulative degree of Bill, Ford presenting the offer in such a way that it specifically excludes Mabel and leaves Dipper at GF.
    • Alternatively, Ford didn’t think Mabel would want to stay in Gravity Falls. He last saw her happily planning for the future, and looking forward to high school. Likewise his offer to educate Dipper, isnít going to be formal teaching, itís going to be learning on the job, helping Ford with his research. And thatís not going to be non-stop adventures, a lot of its going to painstaking observation, experimentation and recording. Thatís not going to interest Mabel.
      • Well, neither does it interest Dipper as he discovers it will mean a sheltered existence in a basement.
    • Someday they'll realize that, and then they'll get to spend the rest of their lives asking themselves that same question. Just like their great uncles.
  • How did the Rift, shattering and about to go to pieces, survive Dipper's scientifically impossible-to-live-through action sequence and crash-landing from a height of at least half a mile in the sky, and still break when simply dropped onto the ground?
    • Maybe it was well-padded in his backpack somehow? I mean, if we want to be technical here, that fall should have broken every bone in Dipper and Ford's bodies, so accurate physics don't really apply here.
  • I can buy Bill being stopped from entering the shack because of the force field set up in "The Last Mabelcorn." It has that magical unicorn hair and whatnot. However, as I mentioned in a piece of Fridge Horror that I posted earlier (which got removed because I admittedly didn't consider the force field), why should Bill be stopped by an ordinary metal plate? It just doesn't make sense to me.
    • Was it ever stated to be ordinary? Ford could have treated it like he did the Shack later.
    • Would it stop him? I thought their conversation indicated that the problem lay in the plate stopping the memory gun from being used on Ford, not in it stopping Bill from entering Ford's head.
  • How did Bill not notice the Twin Switch Stan and Ford pulled on him? Ford has six fingers, Stan has five. Considering he was reaching out to shake the guy's hand, you'd think he would have noticed.
    • If you rewatch the scene, you can clearly see that Stan is wearing Ford's six fingered gloves. As far as Bill (and the audience) can see, "Ford" appears to have his full complement of fingers. The only visual clue to the switch is the dimple on Ford's chin, which Stan lacks, but Bill was probably too eager to get what he wanted to notice this more subtle detail.
    • When you shake hands with someone you usually don't look at the handshake anyway unless you have a reason to. The thought didn't occur to Bill so he wasn't looking to see if the number of fingers were correct.

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