Along with the supernatural and paranormal occurrences, it seems that the radar
seems to be a little sketchy as well. Considering some people who worked on certain shows
worked on Gravity Falls
, this isn't that surprising.
- The show very frequently lapses into moments of Black Comedy, many of which have to do with death—sometimes even murder or suicide. Most Disney Channel shows follow Never Say "Die" even when it needs to be dramatic; Gravity Falls breaks it just for laughs.
- Guns have been discussed and mentioned multiple times on the show, and in the episode "The Golf War", we even see one getting fired. It's to signal the start of a competition, sure, but it's pretty clearly not firing blanks.
- The show is also noticeably more violent than most Disney shows. When they're Amusing Injuries, they're usually fine, but there have been multiple occasions of serious physical combat on the show. Most of the punches are shown in full, painful detail, and they aren't just to teach anti-violence lessons either; the characters get into fights because, in that moment, it's the right thing for them to do.
- So far, there's been at least four definitive moments where the show has actually shown blood.
- Sherrif Blubs and Deputy Durland rival Perry and Doofenschmirtz in terms of how Ambiguously Gay you can make a pair of characters on Disney Channel.
- There's a recurring joke in the series involving woodpeckers. Apparently, it's legal to marry them in Gravity Falls, and at least two people have taken advantage of this freedom. Keep in mind that animals in the show aren't sentient or anthropomorphic in the slightest.
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"The Legend of the Gobblewonker"
"The Hand That Rocks the Mabel"
- The statue of Sasquatch wearing underwear is titled "Sascrotch".
- One of the things that makes Dipper think Norman is a zombie is that he has something red on his face. He unconvincingly insists it's jam and turns out he a stack of gnomes, not a zombie, but we never find out for sure.
- The gnomes' plan for Mabel to marry all of them. She's just twelve, and it's mentioned that there's at least a thousand of them. You do the math.
- Mabel practices kissing with a leaf blower. She pretended the mark it gave her was a hickey.
- When Gideon's father offers Stan Colombian coffee, Stan replies that he once got arrested there. Make of that what you will.
- Gideon seems to have a... thing with Mabel and her hair. During a conversation, he makes several attempts to caress it (which she uncomfortably shuts down), and when hugging her, he apparently sniffs it over her shoulder. Keep in mind that this boy is supposedly nine.
"Dipper vs. Manliness"
- The Smile Dip pretty obviously makes Mabel high. It's not even subtle...
- In the flashback, we Ma and Pa die from double heart attacks on-screen. It's Played for Laughs, but depending on how you look at it, that may make it worse.
"The Time-Traveler's Pig"
"The Deep End"
- Dipper wants to prove his manliness on one of those grip-strength measuring machines.
I'm gonna win some [pancakes] by beating that manliness tester. Grunkle:
Manliness tester? Mabel: Beating?
Time to man-handle this... man-handle.
- How this line got past the censors, the world will never know...
Dipper: So maybe I don't have muscles, or hair in certain places!
- One of the Manotaurs is named Pubeator.
- After Mabel gets her Eureka moment on how to get Grunkle Stan and Lazy Susan together...
Mabel: Grunkle Stan, come with me to the diner! And leave your pants at home!
Stan: With pleasure!
- One of the manotaurs said he has "fists for nipples" and then we get a close-up. This was edited out of the episode's re-runs for a while, but they eventually put it back. Nipple-fists for all!
- There's a rather dark moment when the old Manotaur is eaten. And unlike the Summerween episode he doesn't come back, so he's probably dead.
- Instead of genitals, the Multibear's crotches have bear heads. note
- After the first sleepover, the girls seemingly can't remember what they did: Mabel wakes up with "Party Gurl" written on her forehead, Candy is duct taped to the ceiling, and Grenda comes out of a small closet, covered with kiss-shaped lipstick marks, and says:
Grenda: I don't know what I was kissing in there, but I have no regrets!
- Soos, after being burned multiple times, says the last one started to feel good.
- Grenda brings her mom's "age-inappropriate romance novels" to the sleepover, one of which is called Wolfman Bare Chest. The beginning read onscreen seem only mildly suggestive, but it's shown she read the entire thing in one sitting, forcing Dipper in Mabel's body to listen.
- Stan finds Mabel (in Dipper's body) trying to look in on the girl's slumber party. Stan tells him "Oh, you're at that creepy age where you spy on girls, huh?" and decides to tell him about "the birds and the bees. " He uses a book called Why am I So Sweaty?: Your Body Explained in Horrifyingly Uncomfortable Detail.
Stan: It all begins with this little fella, the pituitary gland. He may be little but he has big plans!
(Later, Stan closes the book on a diagram of fetus in-uteri)
Stan: And now you know where babies come from!
(Mabel as) Dipper: Goodbye, childhood.
- Old Man McGucket, after switching bodies with Candy, starts dancing around and saying "I regained my innocence!"
"Land Before Swine"
- The Smile Dip from "The Inconveniencing" is given a Call Back: When Mabel is doing a happy dance in the beginning of the episode, Dipper briefly thinks that she's "gotten into the Smile Dip again", referring to the fact that people get jittery limbs while high on amphetamines.
- Robbie asks Wendy to join him at Lookout Point. To Robbie's "surprise", they ended up alone, in a van, up there.
- Grenda makes out with a picture of one of the band members, calling it "Grenda Time".
- After telling Dipper an anecdote from the '70s, Stan notes that his memories get a little "hallucination-y" at the end. Stan also seemed rather fixated on his ex-girlfriend's hot pants
- Two girls in the audience of the Sev'ral Timez concert start fighting over who was pointed at. And for a dash of extra creepiness, Tyler the Cute Biker shows up randomly to egg them on. "Get 'em! Get 'em!"
- When Dipper slows down the record of Robbie's song, he puts the speed to 16.5, which is an internet term for an... intimate scene, derived from a meme about Sword Art Online.
- The Stinger ends with one of the members of Sev'ral Timez passionately making out with a tree.
- Blubs and Durland should have their own folder by now.
- "Bros before dinos!"note
- In The Stinger, McGucket says he escaped the baby pterodactyl swallowing him whole by eating his way out—from the inside.
- This episode features a child summoning a demon, complete with a ritual involving a circle of candles and evil chanting. He's even referred to directly as "demon", not a child-friendly substitute like "spirit" or "monster".
- "Stan-Vac: It sucks more than anything! *beat* Gotta work on that."
- The blood-splattered pages in the journal for Bill.
- The British Dog Man asks Soos, "Who's crike for a stick in the pudding?" The closest this has to an actual meaning is just "How would you like it if I poked you, fatso?"* , and he says it right before hitting Soos's gut with his cane, but it still sounds vaguely obscene.
- Dipper's nose was bleeding when a robot version of Gideon knocked him onto the edge of a cliff and into a rock, marking the first instance of realnote blood in the show.
- Not only do we see Jeff the gnome bathing in squirrels with a bottle of lotion next to him, but after tossing Mabel and Dipper out of the shack he calls more over to jump in his pants. Who ever was censoring this episode was in a coma.
- Mabel finds "miscellaneous fluids" under the seat during a game of "bus seat treasure hunt".
- Dipper and Gideon get in a fist fight and, unlike their previous encounter, neither is holding back. There's no supernatural elements involved either, it's just two kids punching each other in the face. While the scene does cut away several times, with the impact being implied by how Gideon's Mo Cap Mecha moves along with him, both fighters gets several blows to the other completely onscreen.
"Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained"
"Mabel's Guide To Life"
- Dipper tried to spy on Stan in the shower to see his tattoo.
- After Dipper discovered that tiny alien-like creatures were actually controlling the left-sided man, they all committed suicide. Right there on the screen.
- Even worse, one tries to get out of it, saying "I can't do this man, I have a family!". Then we watch as he reluctantly takes the suicide pill after his boss reminds him "You took the oath!"
- When the camera pans down the Lefty-bot has a nut roughly where you would expect one to be on a human male.
- Soos asks the all knowing mail-box what his dream woman would be. It spits out a picture of a body builder babe and when Soos sees it he says "Whoa, hot tamales! Save that one for the archives!" as he tucks it into his shirt.
"Fixin' it with Soos"
- In the "Mabel's Guide To Fashion" short, Old Man McGuckett can be spitting something, possibly tobacco, into a bucket.
"Into the Bunker"
"The Golf War"
- The Shapeshifter in general. Whomever was in charge of the censors must have been on a very long coffee break or dead, because it was the creature from The Thing (1982) in terms of appearance, just with different colored blood.
- Dipper is over at Wendy's house watching a cheesy movie and lays down on her bed, leading to this bit of awkward:
Wendy: Dude, you're laying on my bra.
Dipper: ... AHHH!
- Soos opens a weapons cabinet. We see several weapons in there, such as a flintlock, an axe, boxes of dynamite, hand grenades, and funnily enough an actual shotgun.
- This exchange made shortly after Dipper, Mabel, Soos, and Wendy enter the bunker:
Soos: This room is way creepy.
Mabel: Not as creepy as Dipper's internet history!
- When Dipper and Wendy get trapped in the main laboratory, the decontamination protocol activates and washes them and knocks them into each other, which causes Dipper's face to land right in the middle of Wendy's chest. Afterwards, Dipper's eyes dart down to Wendy's chest for a split second. In the original storyboard◊, it was a full-on Funbag Airbag.
- Wendy is seen bleeding perfectly normal red blood in several places fairly early on, though she bandages at least one of the wounds herself. Dipper even points it out.
- Dipper sticks the axe in the shapeshifter while it's disguised as Wendy. No Gory Discretion Shot whatsoever. It even bleeds (green slime) from the wound.
- A lot of this stuff got censored on Disney Channel reruns, but surprisingly, it stayed the same on Disney XD. What's surprising about this is the fact that Disney XD is supposed to be for younger audiences than Disney Channel...
"Soos and the Real Girl"
- In the Cold Opening, Mabel drinks a glass of orange juice in a way clearly meant to resemble somebody drinking from a shot glass, complete with the line "Ugh, I need to get my mind off this."
- Robbie spray-paints "wieners" on the wall of a castle, then makes "lewd hand gestures" at the King of Mini-Golf from just off-screen.
- One of the Miner Lilliputtians, Big Henry, ends up sacrificing his life by carrying Mabel's ball through a gas leak, all for the honor of his fellow Miners.
- The Lilliputtians actually try to kill Pacifica, and explicitly say it.
- While waiting for the kids in the car, Stan ends up putting on smooth jazz and reclining his seat. Then Soos (with his shirt off) leans back as well and tells his boss "Sure are a lotta stars out tonight..." Stan mutters "This is gettin' weird" and promptly gets out of the car.
"Little Gift Shop of Horrors"
- The episode is named after the film Lars and the Real Girl, which is about a man who falls in love with a sex doll.
- When Soos' grandma says he needs to get a girlfriend before she "ascends to heaven to live with the angels," Soos adds, "And with Grandpa!"...to which his grandma responds that his grandpa wouldn't be there. Her eyes even look down to the ground when saying that!
- During Willy Badger's performance, one of the children throws their overalls on stage.
- On the dating sim's box cover Giffany's bow is held together with a clip that looks like the letter H, which in Japanese has the name Ecchi and in English is slang for Hentai (animate or drawn pornography from Japan).
- Giffany, a living character from a Japanese dating sim, mentioned to Soos that her father is partly an octopus. An octopus. And the first two options of the game mention squids.
- When on his date with Melody, Soos says he has to "go to the bathroom for a long time... Not in a weird way!"
- The end credits feature Stan and his antique statue taking a trip to Las Vegas, complete with a hip-hop tune performed by him, a limo full of showgirls, Stan marrying the statue, and ending with Stan becoming broke and sticking out his thumb for a ride home, next to the Welcome To Las Vegas sign! Another shot has them drinking a certain bubbly mixture in champagne glasses. The only reason this got past the censors is the fact the bottle says "rich people water."
"The Society of the Blind Eye"
- In "Hands Off", the witch is reading a magazine that says "Witches Be Trippin."
- When the kids are looking at the Witch's stand, a sign in the background can be seen advertising glasses. Stan walks into frame and his head covers the "gl," so all the viewer can see is "asses."
- In the first segment Stan asks for his hands back from the witch who stole them because he has a gesture to show her.
- When Stan gives the witch back the watch he stole from her, she drops it down the front of her shirt for safekeeping.
- The witch compliments a hiker's butt.
- In "Abaconings", the puzzle box Dipper has says that if you solve the crazy-hard puzzle, you could get your picture on the box. The nerd on the box is being kissed by a hot woman in a one-piece swimsuit. "Whoa. That's false advertising I could get behind."
- When Mabel and Waddles play radio DJs ("May May and The Hogg") she hands the mic to Waddles, in which he squeaks. Mabel's response? "Whoa, not sure if we can say that on the air!"
- Waddles makes Brenda a rocket pack. She immediately brags that she'll use it for voyeurism.
Grenda's gonna look at cute boys through skylights!
- When Dipper and Genius!Waddles build the machine to find out all of the answers to the universe's questions, Genius!Waddles says that one of the questions it will answer is "Why do dudes have nipples?".
- This wonderful little tidbit from Grunkle Stan:
Stan: Movies are great! You watch the movie, you scare the girl, the girl snuggles up next to you, next thing you know you gotta raise a kid, your life falls apart...forget that last part.
- When Harry Claymore is asked if he did stop-motion animation by moving the claymation figures one frame at a time, he denies this by outright saying that he's "not a masochist". That's a word you don't hear often on a kid's show.
- At the end of the episode, Stan drugs the traveler, glues his mouth shut, and uses him as a display in the Mystery Shack, all because he refused to buy something.
- Several teenagers graffiti the words "McSuckit" on Old Man McGucket's house. "Suck" is only slightly rude but "Suck it" is really only ever vulgar.
- One of the museum displays, labeled "Romance in Frontier Times," shows a hulking frontiersman carrying a kicking and screaming pioneer woman over his shoulder.
- McGucket communicating the fear of the group being discovered through hamboning and it's captioned as (approximately) "Oh, *&#%$!" Probably got through because there are five characters, and none of the profane words which make sense are that length. This is easy to miss though, ironically making it less obscene the closer you look at it.
- One of the Blind Eye members gets his robe sucked off by pneumatic tubes, revealing him to be only in his underwear. He calls his onlookers "prudes" for being disgusted.
- In the end scene, Stan's hand gets hit by a metal pipe and bleeds. This is seemingly for no other purpose other than to establish a Darker and Edgier mood for the scene.
"The Love God"
- Upon first meeting the time travelers, Mabel tries repeatedly kicking one in the crotch, believing them to be robots. Apparently, they have armor there specifically meant to deflect such attacks, which even plays an audio clip identifying itself as a cod piece.
- The loser of one of the gladiatorial games is shown being aged into dust and the Time Baby unceremoniously kills an audience member for cheering after he said to be quiet.
- A Game Over screen in the background has a FFFFFFFFF option.
- On the front of the postcard Soos's dad sent from New Orleans there's an image of two bottles conspicuously labeled "Root Beer".
"Northwest Mansion Noir"
- The titular Love God spends the entire episode acting like he's perpetually drunk.
- Mabel forces Waddles and Gompers (who's never explicitly referred to as so, but is most likely male) to get "married" in the episode, complete with a credits sequence showing a scrapbook of their "wedding". The fact that they're animals is probably what let it get through.
- When deciding on matches for Robbie, Mabel puts the decidedly male Multi-Bear as a "maybe".
- Mabel visits Robbie's house and finds out his parents are excessively cheerful funeral directors. We're shown that they left a tray of food on top of a glass case containing a preserved corpse. Later, they observe the chaos at the Woodstick Festival and sarcastically hope that no one died.
- Mabel's Secret Admirer text to Tambry tells her to bring "that sweet, sweet bod."
- When the Love God reveals himself to be a cherub, Mabel comes very close to blaspheming by exclaiming "Oh. My. Love God!"
- When the Love God demonstrates his powers by making a snake and a badger fall in love, they walk off into the woods and Mabel exclaims delightedly that they're going to "make a snadger!"
- A fan of the Love God goes up to him and asks him to "sign her face", and the Love God does so as long as she "signs his face" too, proclaims, "LET'S GET WEIRD!" and they proceed to make out in front of Mabel, with the Love God rubbing his foot against the seat as he does so, clearly enjoying his "face signage".
- Threesome Subtext is fully implied when after sneeking into the Woodstock rip-off, Mable and Dipper find the Love Gods van just in time to watch him roll out the back and turn to his two groupies, a woman and Tyler, and asks them to give him "Bed Head".
- Another explanation for what the three were doing comes from a Freeze-Frame Bonus where a suspiciously shaped glass tube can be seen.
- When Dipper is being bodysurfed through the concert crowd, he uncomfortably complains that "Everybody's touching everything!"
- When the Love God chases the twins through the Woodstick festival, one of the patrons they pass by has a No More for Me moment. He's drinking "hippie tea", but the reference is still very obvious.
- As Stan's balloon starts falling apart, he says the following as a giant H falls on his head.
- The animal heads in the room the ghost first manifests the haunting by having blood pour out of their mouths and eyes.
- In the time-passing montage of the Northwest Mansion being built, a plot of tombstones pop up in the foreground, making it abundantly clear that many workers died in the process.
- The head lumberjack who helped build the Northwest Mansion in the past died due to a vicious landslide flinging an ax into his head, shown with a Gory Discretion Shot. His ghost even has the thing embedded in his body, with a visible albeit bloodless gash.
- There's also the ghost's first appearance and final disappearance in the form of a burning skeleton.
- Tambry walks in on the federal agents, one of which is Disguised in Drag, arguing Like an Old Married Couple. She immediately leaves, making it pretty obvious how it looks to her.
- Pacifica's dad literally treats her like a trained animal, forcing her to comply whenever hearing a bell, like a Pavlovian dog. What are female dogs called again?
- For something in more of an Adult Fear flavor, the bare minimum emotional abuse (no evidence of physical abuse) that this implies is staggering, and other than some general "you horrible people" shaming that falls on deaf ears, the Northwests suffer no consequences for their obvious child abuse, something almost unheard of in a Disney product.