Fridge: Gravity Falls

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  • 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 building 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

     Tourist Trapped 
  • When Mabel introduced her "boyfriend Norman", I was confused as to why no one raised 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.
    • They could have assumed that he was just tall for his age and not much older than Mabel.
    • Actually, it could be more that it's expected for girls around that age to date guys a little older than them. Dipper didn't seem to get his crush until the episode it was first addressed in the fifth episode.
    • In this show, a large size difference doesn't necessarily reflect a large age difference. Dipper and Mabel are a few months shy of 13, and they're a size that you would expect for small children where someone two years older than them (Wendy) is the size of an adult and Grenda, who's probably the same age as the protagonists, is in between. People in this show's universe apparently grow extremely quickly once they hit puberty. It probably wouldn't be a problem for him to claim that he was only a year older.

     Legend of the Gobblewonker 

  • 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.

     The Hand That Rocks the Mabel 

     The Inconveniencing 
  • Why did Robbie claim he didn't remember meeting Dipper at the convenience store? Thanks to the Blind Eye, he forgot.
  • Pay close attention to the maze on the side of the cereal box in "The Inconveniencing". It's impossible to solve.
    • Actually, 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.

     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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How did the eight babies Trembly put on the Supreme Court not grow up while Trembly was gone all these years? He froze them in peanut brittle too!
  • If 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.
    • It's a rare craft project that doesn't get bled on at some point.
  • 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.

     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 
  • Why hasn't Stan fixed his shop sign (the missing 'S') after episode 3? Because in "Fight Fighters" we discover he has a fear of heights
    • In "Little Dipper" it's still not fixed. Maybe the 'S' is just that heavy. Or, know, he's lazy.
      • Well, the stuffed Jackalope he had broke in episode one and he didn't fix it until episode 10... so maybe it's a combination of the two.
      • It'd be Soos' job to fix it anyway though. I guess he takes Stan's "don't go on the roof" rule from ep. 5 very, very seriously.
    • Also explains why the ladder to the roof is covered with a tarp.
  • 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.
  • Between Stan being mere feet from Rumble McSkirmish (well, horizontally, anyway) in "Fight Fighters" and the fact that if not for his hall of mirrors he would've been shrunk in "Little Dipper", it seems the show is deliberately trying to see just how close they can bring him to the town's weirdness without him actually finding out about it. Given that we know the Shack has special properties and Stan has some sort of secret lair, it's less stretching the Weirdness Censor gag and more teasing out how Stan will react when confronted about the town's happenings. It's also interesting to note that the show has no problems letting the rest of the townsfolk in on the secrets, with Soos, Wendy, Robbie and Mabel's friends almost casually finding this stuff out, so perhaps Stan's ignorance is narratively important for some reason beyond giving him friction with Dipper?
    • Who says he's unaware? Maybe he knows exactly what's going on and is trying to hide it from Dipper and Mabel. Unsuccessfully.
      • Turns out he is aware of everything going on.

     Little Dipper 


     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.
  • 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.

     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.

     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 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.
    • That or his voice actor, in which case whether it's a Tear Jerker or a CMOH we'll likely never know.
    • 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 Gideon competed over that same girl?

     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.

  • In Dreamscaperers, Soo makes Stan, who's asleep, say he loves Soo as a son. This takes on a whole new meaning when its revealed that he sees Stan as a father figure after Soo's own father abandoned him. That joke is probably one of Soo's 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!
  • 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.
  • Why doesn't Soos care about what Stan has hidden behind the snack machine in Dreamscaperers? Because By that point, Soos was really Bill in disguise, and chances are Bill already knows about Stan's secret.
    • Another possibility is that the change hadn't happened yet, but being "smarter than he looks", he also knew about it and was trying to hide it from the others.
  • This might be a little too WMG for this section, but here goes. 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. Suddenly all of the WMG of Stan having a twin doesn't seem all that W.
    • As of the season one finale, it's gone from "crazy theory" to "they just haven't confirmed it yet on the show". Plus, if you compare the young "Stan" in "The Time Traveler's Pig" with every other young Stan we've seen, there are a number of physical differences (cleft chin, lack of body hair, lack of five o'clock shadow, slightly different nose, slightly different hair).
    • On a meta note: Given that we don't know how early this was planned (if indeed it was), which set of twins came first? Was this plot twist created as an ironic echo of Dipper and Mabel's existing relationship after their characters were already conceived, or were our heroic duo only made twins in the first place to further the idea that they and Stan are Not So Different?
      • Presumably the former; Dipper and Mabel were based on creator Alex Hirsch and his twin sister Ariel and many of the series' (nonmagical) events are based on their own childhood experience, so it's more likely that Stan being a twin, if confirmed, was the idea that came second.
    • The twin theory makes even more sense when you realize that in order to be Dipper and Mabel's grand uncle and still have the last name as them, he has to have a brother.
  • "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.

     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".
  • This could likely count as Fridge Horror as well, but why did Robbie show up in "Gideon Rises" chasing Wendy with a boombox? He's trying to use the music to brainwash her into getting back together with him.
    • Or he's sorta missing the point of their breakup and created his own music to apologize for trying to pass off another artist's work as his own. There's not really enough information to draw a concisive conclusion.
  • Why is Stan such a cheapskate despite being shown to make plenty of money? Those machines in his lab sure look expensive...
  • This counts as Fridge Horror as well but remember in "Gideon Rises" where Gideon makes Waddles the pig Gideonland's mascot "Lil Gideon Jr."? Well when you think about it, he probably knows that's Mabel's pig and renaming it "Lil' Gideon Jr." means that he wants Mabel's baby...
    • Isn't it more because it's a bigger slap-in-the-face to the Pine's family taking away something Mabel loved so much? Also, by that point doesn't he have what each of them prizes most? Stan's Mystery Shack, Dipper's book, and Mabel's beloved Waddles?
  • Blendin's cameo in "Gideon Rises". He walks away before Stan's car knocks the other car near him. Time traveler, remember?

  • 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. That’s 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. Now for the question that reveals what this troper is getting at. 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/she 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.
  • 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 
  • 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.
      • Crossing over into Fridge Horror, the end of the episode showed that he actually could possess a sock puppet like Dipper did, thus making the choice of Dipper's body as the puppet an even worse example of Kick the Dog
      • It's possible that Bill is only as good as the body he possesses; one of Mabel's sock puppets wouldn't have the necessary strength to destroy the Laptop or the Journal.
    • 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.

     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).
  • 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 survive whatever "apocalypse" is coming.

     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 
  • Why is Old Man McGucket so insane? It's already been leaked that he's actually the one who wrote the journals, and according to book 3 he's had at least one run-in with Bill Cipher. Bill is the one that drove him insane.
    • Jossed. He's a scientific genius who drove himself insane, and once knew the one who wrote the journals. But his last video implies that Bill was involved.
  • 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 Mcgucucket'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 he created 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...
    • But considering Bud doesn't seem to have the same problems, it's more likely down to the even worse possibility that 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? Its 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 
  • While Soos's father's reasons for being distant from his son are ambiguous, Soos' grandmother is nonetheless incensed with his neglect even though there might be a Hanlon's Razor explanation we might not know about. It makes sense she would feel that way regardless though, as family is Serious Business among Hispanics.
    • And other races. Also, the whole carrot on a stick way Soo's dad treats him (Hey Champ! Sorry, I'll come by next year!) is really, really effed up. Whether it's just an excuse or he really is working, the repeated use of a lame ass postcard once a year with a tagline of "maybe" seeing his child next year is more than enough to get anyone heated. Especially a grandmother who has to see her grandchild suffering over the abandonment of both (if the mom isn't dead) his parents. Even more so if Soo's dad is his grandmother's actual son and not just her son-in-law.
  • 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 Hirch mentioned that when Robbie pulled her pigtails back in 5th grade, 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.

     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 is 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" a way.
  • 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 thinks that's the one McGucket] is 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.
  • 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.

     Not What He Seems 
  • The newspaper article claimed Stan Pines died in a car crash. It didn't exactly say WHICH Stan Pines died if we are to believe the Author/Stan's Brother's name is Stanley or Stan.
    • Well considering the laptop is labeled "Property of F".
    • We know at least one of "Stan's" false identities was a Hal Forester. He could've easily been going by that identity, or one with a forename beginning with F, at the time.
    • Alternatively If we go by the Stanley Stanford theory, then they might have referred to each other by the last part of their names, seeing as the two names are almost identical. So the "F" could stand for the Ford in Stanford
    • On the other hand, we know that McGucket's first name is "Fiddleford". He also designed the laptop, and helped work with the twin Stans in the beginning. He'd even have access to the bunker. The computer could definitely be his.
  • Just want to call this now, but with Stan's long predicted brother revealed as the author, it seems he's represented by the hand symbol in Bill's wheel and not the glasses like everyone thought. Besides, the glasses symbol doesn't really seem the same as either brother's specs since the lenses in the symbol pair are separated, not touching. The symbol does however match the glasses that Stan picks up in 'Carpet Diem' which makes this Troper deeply suspicious. The twins plot twist was pretty predictable- a little too predictable perhaps. Triplets on the other hand...
  • It may seem like a plot hole that the twins and Soos seemed to know the passcode to activate the elevator, as seen at the end of "Gideon Rises"...except the code's sequence is depicted in a page of the third journal.
    • Dipper finds the combination on the counter, they even focus on it a couple of times....
  • The title, and frequent hints that STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS actually works on two levels; On the 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 happened in this episode, and you'd need to do a lot of text-searching through episode transcripts to find it: 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 has ever used the word "please" in a sincere context, and it was while begging the twins not to turn off the machine that his brother is trapped inside of, unable to fully articulate why he needs it to stay on despite the danger its 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 their 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 The Reveal of his brother, the Author, puts things into sharp relief, especially with the ending title card translated as "The Original Mystery Twins." We see Stan's brother on the swings, with a notepad sticking out his back pocket. Stan was the wild and (girl)-crazy Mabel of the duo, making his twin brother the knowledge-hungry, danger-seeking Dipper type.

  • It's mentioned in "Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun" that something keeps untying Dipper's shoelaces. This AMA implies that it's Bill.

Fridge Horror
  • 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.
    • Is it possible that Stan's wax statue is alive?
      • He's made out of the melted wax of the previously-alive Abraham Lincoln , so it could go either way — if melted means dead, he could either be an ordinary wax with the "curse" gone out of it at the death of the Lincoln figure, or he could be just as alive because his melted wax was reshaped into a human form again. But if melted doesn't mean dead, just unable to attack... there's gobbets of still-living beings splattered all over the Mystery Shack.
      • And they could be reassembled at any time.
      • I don't think he was alive. Wouldn't he have tried to protect himself from the ax? Also, we see that even if the was figures heads are chopped off they still work. But Wax Stan's head was there when all the other statues were alive and didn't move at all. I think its safe to say melted means dead.
    • So Mabel assembled Wax Stan out of dead remains?
  • In "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel", Dipper forgets to tell Gideon that he and Mabel can still be friends. It's revealed later that Mabel would have been okay with just being friends had Gideon not attacked Dipper. This means that the vendetta sworn on the Pines family is all Dipper's fault.
    • Then why isn't it Mabel's fault for having Dipper do her dirty work? I'm pretty sure the person solely at fault is Gideon, on account of he's insane. Besides, based on his reaction, he probably wouldn't have accepted friendship without romance anyway.
    • He refuses to accept that Mabel doesn't love him back, he got used to getting what he wants, so his reaction to her breaking with him personally would probably be worse. Like "I will kidnap her and lock her in my basement, until she realize how much she loves me" kind of worse.
      • That's not much better than "Obviously, this is her brother's fault. Therefore, he must die so we can be together."
      • Gideon is deranged, we can all agree on that. If Mabel told Gideon herself that she didn't want to date him, he might have still blamed a Pines' family member (or anyone but himself).
    • Mabel would have been fine with just being friends. She'd been trying to get Gideon to take that (increasingly obvious) hint for nearly the entire episode. "I love hanging out with a friend! Buddy, pal, chum..." Gideon isn't stupid, he'd have picked up on that. He just ignored it until he couldn't possibly do that anymore, because he didn't want to just be friends. Even after that, probably, considering that he continued to send her "creepy love letters." Gideon is the only one to blame for Gideon being a creepy little jerk who refuses to take "I'm not interested" for an answer.
  • 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...
    • They need a new Queen, so what happen to the OLD Queen?
      • She died of old age. Sometimes humans do this.
      • If she's human, the gnomes probably kidnapped her like they tried to do with Mabel. What if she had a family and friends who are looking for her and don't know if she's dead or not. That just makes it so much worse.
      • Maybe she died of something else...
    • And while one may believe that it could simply be a ceremonial position and they might reproduce by other means, there was still the fact that they tied her down when she didn't agree to marry them. Isn't that a little bit disturbing...?
    "The more you struggle, the more awkward this is going to be for all of us.
    • On top of that, while the gnomes were defeated, but they are still there and still need a queen. How long before some other little girl goes into the woods and never come back?
      • How many went in before Mabel and never came out? Those gnomes knew what they were doing- they practiced!
      • Pacifica will be the next gnome queen and they'll attack Mabel together.
    • Tying her down was just a Gulliver's Travels reference.
      • How they tied her down was the reference. Restraining her at all was a bit of a plot point (very clear hint to get away from there quickly). The fridge stuff above isn't negated by the that fact that the show did a shoutout.
      • Now would be a good time to mention that Wendy's mother is "not with her anymore"...could she have been the queen before Mabel?
      • Doubtful. Not even the gnomes are dumb enough to go after Manly Dan's wife. Especially if she's as good at using an ax as Wendy.
  • Gideon has one of the books, most likely also filled with knowledge of the supernatural and paranormal like Dipper's is. Difference is, Gideon would use its knowledge for vengeance, possibly finding out how to rebuild his amulet, or even find other powerful artifacts.
    • 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!"
      • It could be a generic brand. Not that that helps much.
  • 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.
    • I think it meant Santa was the president of the United States at some point.
      • Nope. The document explicitly states "current and forever President".
      • I don't think we should rule out an impeachment.
      • Would YOU try to impeach Santa Claus? I thought so.
      • Okay then, maybe he was so disgusted by the corruption that he resigned.
    • I also don't think it was explicitly stated Santa himself was fully aware they were going after children. It's possible all he knew were that two people were unraveling the mystery, and made orders to stop "those two people". Or it's possible that someone Santa delegated was in charge of the operation. Santa does delegate most of his duties to others. Elves and whatnot.
  • 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.
    • I'm maybe wrong, but I think that Dipper left Mabel there, disapearing 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?
    • To be fair, the directions were pretty dusty when Dipper found them.
    • Also, it can't be that hard for them to reach "Game Over." Rumble McSkirmish is capable of destroying cars with his bare fists — all that fighters need to do is destroy "levels," pick a "final boss," and defeat them in single combat, which probably happens 90% of the time. Then, it's back to the game for them.
  • Wendy's awfully lucky that she got that ladder in the Shack without getting shot.
    • It looks like it's built into the wall ... which explains why Stan hid it behind a curtain.
    • Soos too, considering the step ladder he was standing on in "Tourist Trapped".
  • What would have happened if Dipper beat Rumble? Would he have gone into the game while Rumble roamed free?
    • Rumble probably goes back to the game upon reaching the "Game Over" screen, regardless of how he got there (defeat or victory).
  • 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!"
    • Soos isn't going anywhere. He'll be around to eat the next pile of abandoned candy that comes around.
  • The monster in the fridge in "The Inconveniencing". It's terrifying and it's in a fridge.
  • 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", Mermano ended up in the pool when he was captured by a fisherman who wanted to eat him for no particular reason, but escaped before he could meet his fate. However, other members of his species might not have been so lucky.
    • Actually there is a reason. According to nautical legend a mermaid's, or in this case merman's flesh is said to have magical properties to it. Anyone who eats it is said to gain anything from magical powers to immortality.
    • 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...
      • Maybe he peed in the pool and the lifeguard caught him?
    • 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.
      • Actually, people (probably barring those that have actually seen mermaids) would assume the fisherman was drunk or crazy if he ever talked about eating one.
  • 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".
  • The band manager in "Boyz Crazy?" He 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", forgive me if this is just my head in the gutter, but think about it: a couple of obsessive fangirls around the age of puberty note  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 "Dreamscaperers", the page about Bill Cipher in Dipper's book has blood stains all over it. Could this be how the author, erm, "mysteriously disappeared"?
    • Without giving away too much, a leaked season 2 image apparently confirms the author to be alive.
      • LINK! LINK IT NOW!!!
      • I've looked for this image. I can't find anything...Is this one of those "My dad totally works at Nintendo." moments? Can you find Bill Cipher under a truck you can't get to normally?
      • (Original Poster) I posted this because I get the idea that the leaked image might be a bit of a false lead, but here it is. MAJOR spoilers ahead, guys. Please, please, please don't open if you don't want to know.
      • Yeah... that's obviously a younger Old Man McGucket.
      • There's some additional Fridge Brilliance there: Old Man McGucket is a technological savant and has always been ranting about the horrors in Gravity Falls — who else could've built the underground facility underneath the Mystery Shack, is old enough to have used 1970s technology, AND knows a lot about the mysteries in the town?
      • Anyone else notice that in that picture he has six fingers and now he only has five? Is he hiding one under those bandages? Or... those bloodstains...
      • That, my friend, is Fridge Horror and Fridge Brilliance.
      • On a lighter note, how much do you want to bet that in this flashback he'll be calling himself Young Man McGucket?
      • Dipper wrote in his book since getting it. You can see in the season 1 finale that he added the gnomes' weakness (leaf blowers) Maybe Old Man Mc Gucket is just one of multiple authors.
      • And "Society of the Blind Eye" takes all this and says "nope."
      • It turns out that Alex Hirsch himself uploaded this fake image to get the theories rolling and see what the fans would do.
  • 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...
    • Perhaps Dipper believed Gideon's unhealthy fixation on Mabel would prevent him from attacking with the hand holding his sister, and, if this was indeed the case, he clearly analysed the situation correctly, but anything further is pure speculation as his desperate attempt to save Mabel could just as easily have simply been a poorly prepared spur of the moment affair both twins were fortunate enough to survive.
  • While he mostly seems like an okay guy, one does kind of have to wonder what Stan intends to do with that machine. Also, remember that first passage that Dipper read from the journal? I must hide this book before he finds it. Could Grunkle Stan be the person the author was referring to?
  • Minor, but the GF Wiki says Pitt Cola is named as such because it's peach flavored and has a pit in every can. Couldn't...Couldn't people choke on those?
    • Not if the hole in the can is smaller than the pit.
      • Seconded. While doing the recycling, this troper has found beer cans with small plastic orbs in them (for some reason) that don't look much bigger than a pit, but still can't come out.
      • Guinness beer is famous for putting those in their beer cans. They're called widgets and their purpose is to assist in retaining the beer's carbonation until the can is opened to replicate as closely as possible a freshly tapped beer mug.
      • Now there's a JOKE based on that fact in "The Golf War" episode.
      • Actually, the reason we know about the pit in the drink is because Pacifica spat it out, meaning that it does fit through the opening.
  • 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.
  • Speaking of the Shape Shifter, at one point it shapeshifts into Wendy, forcing Dipper to hack one of them with an axe. He asks for a hint, and even then it was still hard to tell note , so he just had to swing and hope he was right. He was, but it was a coin flip whether or not he'd hurt his friend and this monster would have escaped.
    • I'd have to disagree with this one; it's rather obvious that the real Wendy was the one who zipped her lips since that's a special thing Dipper and Wendy have had since "The Inconveniencing." The idea that Dipper could've accidentally attacked the real Wendy still isn't a pleasant one, especially knowing how much he cares for her.
      • For the Shape Shifter himself, we see his default form. But is it really his true form?
  • 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...
    • Five Bucks says Gideon does it if he ever gets out of prison and when he discovers it's the shapeshifter he would form an alliance to get revenge on the Mystery Shack.
      • If Gideon found "Dipper" frozen in a tube, why would he, of all people, bother to free him in the first place?
      • Gideon would let out "Dipper" so he could ask him for the three journals, realize that "Dipper" wouldn't hear his evil gloating, kill "Dipper" himself I guess, or a excuse to free the shapeshifter.
      • Or alternately, Gideon would be killed. Considering how easily the Shapeshifter manipulated Dipper and Wendy, and how physically powerful he is compared to a nine-year old child, I can't imagine it'll end well...
  • Considering that Dipper raise the dead, why and how did those mass of corpses get buried in close proximity to each other in the outskirts of the woods?
    • They came out of glowing green chasms in the earth that erupted when Dipper's spell was chanted, so they were probably summoned directly out of Hell/the realm of the dead rather than just reanimated from corpses rotting in the ground. Not that that's any less horrifying.
  • 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?
  • The journals are a satanic symbol; each book's cover has six fingers, and there are three books...
  • In Sock Opera, Bill summons a screaming head for Dipper. Never mind why he has it - how did he get it, and if it's always screaming, does that mean that it's alive? The antiquated hairstyle implies that the head is quite a few decades old... which means Bill's had it for quite a long time.
    • On the other hand, since Bill is a dream demon, it might have just been an illusion.
  • 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.
    • Unlikely given that the invisible ink glows over the normal ink as seen here, but then again Dipper used a pen where The Author used a quill and ink.
    • Also its unclear as to weather the invisible ink is really shining through the regular ink, or weather it was written over the regular ink. seeing as the author started writing in invisible ink after he had written a majority of the book, as evidenced in the page about the giant fruit bats.
  • 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.
    • Actually as noted noted on the Nightmare Fuel page Bill "did" keep his end of the deal because there was no deal, Dipper just thought there was.
      • No, there definitely was a deal in place. To quote Bill: "One little puppet is a small price to pay to learn all the secrets of the universe!" Even if they never actually negotiated for the password to the laptop, he did put a service for his payment on the table, and he didn't make good on it.
      • Actually, Bill never promised anything else than helping him, which can be widely interpreted. Stating something is not the same as promising you'll give it to someone. You can read more about it in this analysis.
      • I think you're missing the point. This scene shows Bill doesn't have to agree to do or give something to someone he contracts with. Most creatures like that can't make a deal if there's not an exchange involved, there has to be some form of give-and-take even if it can be subverted later on. Bill doesn't actually require an exchange; based on Dipper's and Gideon's contracts with Bill, it's much more likely that the other party has to clearly state what they want from the agreement, while Bill only has to accept the terms set by the other party (and if they don't set terms directly, Bill is free to set up an implied payment that he doesn't have to deliver on).
      • 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.
  • 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?
    • Aren't we all?
  • 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"...
      • Plus there's the fact that the copy of Romance Academy 7 we saw couldn't just be the only one. Who's to say Giffany isn't inside some other copy of the game that was shipped to the US for purchase? Unless they were destroyed I bet there's some unfortunate sap that just bought himself a dating sim with a Yadere AI.
      • Even if the other games experienced a similar problem, Giffany's creators caught on to hers fairly quickly, so it's possible that she was the only girl programmed into the game before they found out.
      • Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but there is a probable way that the prototype of Giffany's game could have accidentally gotten out. Game programer realizes that the game has Gone Horribly Wrong, so decides that it should never see the light of day, so steals the only copy from the company, but for some reason doesn't destroy it, thinking that just keeping the disc will be enough. Then the programer moves to one of the companies in the Silicone Forest, bringing the game to the Oregon area. At some point (And for some reason) the programer dies, and when the next of kin is going through their stuff they decide to hock the game for cash, not knowing what it is.
      • This assumes that any of the programmers SURVIVED making the game. When Giffany was talking about how she was made, she mentioned having to delete them, plural. This could either mean a few of them got deleted and then they shelved the project, or she went full on GLaDOS on them and wiped out the entire studio.
      • As to not destroying it, maybe they wanted to fix it, possibly because she had gone crazy, but they were in love with her, then she killed them accidentally(or on purpose if she thought she'd be better but they were going to delete her sentience). Or she pulled the wireless trick and got herself into another copy and wiped the other one, or wirelessed into the appropriate equipment, and got herself a cover and a disk, then put herself up for sale and used an animatronic thing or electronic packaging to get herself shipped.
      • Fridge Horror with a little of Fridge Brilliance: A image of Giffany shows that she can change the color of her hair. It's possible that she used this in order to be herself the whole cast of love interests in her game, because of her overpossesive nature or as a way to disguise herself whenever a new person bought her game.
      • Or Giffany isn't Giffany, but is the entire Romance Academy 7, using Giffany's face. Games have the code for all their characters and RA 7's technological ability allows it to mix and match. Perhaps it's even built in, to allow it to be played through over and over with "different" girls. Also, that adaptability could have led to its/her sentience, over the course of developing all seven of the series, assuming the creators didn't just slap on a seven to be cool.
  • It never implied whether or not Rumble ever regenerated after the events of "Fight Fighters." When you add Wreck-it Ralph logic to the fact he died outside his own game....
    • Considering his cameo in Soos and the Real Girl, he seems to be fine. Or at least was before Giffany zapped him...
      • Though that's probably just a Rumble from the Fight Fighters arcade machine at Hoo-ha's. The one from the Arcade, however...
  • In Scary-Oke, the zombie horde comes up relatively close to the Mystery Shack; close enough for their uprising to be felt as an earthquake from there, and close enough for them to get there within five minutes. Which raises the question: what are so many dead bodies doing that close to the Mystery Shack?
    • They did technically get summoned out of a glowing green light spewing from the earth, so it's possible that there weren't bodies buried there, and the spell just opens up a hellmouth that releases zombies. Of course, that still leaves the question of where they were summoned from...
      • Perhaps they were the bodies of some of the fallen lumberjacks seen in "Northwest Mansion Noir", moved downhill by the mudslides.
  • 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.
  • Pacifica is among the people to have their memory erased by the Society of the Blind Eye. What did they have erased? Was her mind damaged at all in the process?
    • It most likely had to do with the Lilliputtians. She did make it clear that she was going to kick up a fuss about them which probably attracted the society's attention.
    • One WMG suggested it wasn't the Lilliputtians, but rather whatever her parents did to her to make her obey at the sound of that bell.
  • 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.
  • The journal's page on the Blind Eye says that The Author suspects McGucket of being responsible for starting it. That means that The Author knew McGucket was horrified by what he was working on, that he was blasting the bad memories out of his brain, very likely that he was beginning to go insane...and he didn't do a damn thing about it. His commentary in the entry doesn't even seem perturbed by the notion. He may even be mocking the guy. Just what kind of person is The Author?
    • The kind of person who notices his friend going insane and splits up the the info into three journals?
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We find out just what they mean by "Not What He Seems." Stan isn't really Dipper and Mabel's great uncle, he's some imposter that stole his identity after the real Stan Pines died. Dipper and Mabel were left in the care of a criminal stranger impersonating a family member.
    • Not exactly. The Stan Pines they've been staying with is still their relative. He's the brother of the Stan Pines who died, making him either another great-uncle, or their grandfather.
    • 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 making 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.
  • As someone pointed out on Tumblr, Dipper might have been possessed by Bill after being tree-ified in "Northwest Manor Mystery".

Fridge Logic
  • 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.
    • How could Soos and Dipper talk in Waddles' body? They spoke with Neildegrasse 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?
  • 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 legitemently 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?