Shout Out: Gravity Falls

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    General 
Intro
  • Bat Boy appears in a photograph at the end of the opening sequence.
  • Bigfoot is visible for a frame in the intro in a pose reminiscent of the famous Patterson footage
  • Pausing on that split second image that flashes at the end of the credits reveals what seems to be a page from Dipper's book that has, besides a few other unusual scrawlings, the Konami Code.
  • The book tells Dipper to trust no one, and one of the taglines for the previews is "Do you believe?" Both are similar to taglines used in The X-Files.

Multiple Episodes
  • The Pines twins' last name is possibly a stealth reference since the mall in Back to the Future is called Twin Pines Mall.
    • Further reference might be Dipper's "Lone Pine" hat?
    • The series was also originally going to be called 'Twin Pines' as an outright Twin Peaks reference.
  • The waterfall lamp in Stan's living room is like the one made by Hamm's Beer. It even has an "H" on it.
  • According to Alex Hirsch, Bill Cipher's voice is "a bad impression" of David Lynch, or, more specifically, of Gordon Cole, the character he played in Twin Peaks.
  • The portal we see hidden under the Mystery Shack over several episodes is almost a dead on replica of the Stargate, complete with the alien runes/constellations carved on the sides. The portal ring even spins when activated.

    Season 1 
Tourist Trapped
  • Comparing zombies to teenagers, you say? Sounds like the author watched Dude of the Living Dead
  • Mabel hoping that her boyfriend Norman will turn out to be a vampire. Twilight, much?
  • Norman giving Mabel a wreath of daisies is a twofer - a reference to the phrase "pushing up daisies", and to Frankenstein's monster picking flowers with a small girl in an important scene.
  • The gnomes tying down Mabel is very reminiscent of a certain scene from Gulliver's Travels.
  • This screenshot is a nod to The Legend of Zelda.

The Legend of the Gobblewonker

Headhunters

The Hand That Rocks the Mabel
  • The title is a play on the film title The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.
  • According to Gideon's voice actor, Thurop van Orman, he's a parody of tent-revival "miracle healer" televangelists like Benny Hinn. The name "Gideon" is therefore most likely a reference to the Bibles published by Gideon International and distributed in hotel and motel rooms.
  • Gideon also means "Feller of Trees" in Hebrew. Trees, Pines. Dipper and Mabel Pines. Get It?
  • The room where Dipper meets Lil' Gideon is straight from Twin Peaks. Gideon (white hair, blue suit, white shirt) is even a Palette Swap of The Man From Another Place (black hair, red suit, black shirt). The Club also appears to be influenced—at least in name—by "One-Eyed Jacks".
  • Dipper tells Mabel her fake fingernails make her look like a Wolverine.
  • When Gideon confronts Dipper in the warehouse, he appears holding a doll of himself, much like Sabrina, another creepy psychic child.

The Inconveniencing
  • The name of the convenience store is the Dusk 2 Dawn.
  • Das Flävor Pups is a rip on the U.S. ban of Kinder Egg/Surprise. Granted, the effects are exaggerated.
  • Mabel takes a page from The Three Stooges' Curly Howard, spinning around on the ground saying "Woop! Woop! Woop! Woop!"
  • Mabel's Demonic Possession is a clear-cut reference to The Exorcist, complete with the rotating head.
  • The strange blue flying creature with arms in Mabel's Mushroom Samba is named Aoshima, after one of the show's directors. The episode's cryptogram also gives John Aoshima a nod:
    "RQZDUGV DRVKLPD!" (ONWARDS AOSHIMA!)
    • In the same scene, she says "The future is in the past", which is the title of an episode of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.
  • The game that "tricks people into exercising" is a Dance Dance Revolution knock-off.

Dipper vs. Manliness
  • The puma and panther shirts that Tyler compares resemble those of The Mountain T-shirt brand.
  • Dipper's favorite song is "Disco Girl" by Icelandic Pop Group BABBA, the tune of which is nigh-identical to "Dancing Queen".
  • The bag of Jerky that Dipper gives to the Manotaur is nod to Slim Jim complete with a "Macho Man" Randy Savage/Hulk Hogan like Wrestler on it. Upon reading the jerky's slogan ("You're inadequate!"), Dipper replies, "You said it, brother." Hulk Hogan is famous for using 'brother' a lot.

Double Dipper

Irrational Treasure

The Time Traveler's Pig
  • The title is a shout-out to The Time Traveler's Wife.
  • When the twins travel into the past, Dipper asks "When are we?" Mabel is about to ask the same question. This is a reference to Back to the Future when Marty asks "Where the hell are they?" and Doc Brown replies with, "The question is, when the hell are they?" Dipper said the line Mabel was about to say, as she expected him to start with, "Where are we?", thereby copying the exchange word for word.
  • At one point in the episode the twins walked out of a blue, rectangular mobile toilet that looks suspiciously like another blue box related to time travel.
  • Waddles, Mabel's pig, tackles Robbie into a table, and a pot of hot water splashes onto Robbie. Dipper is satisfied, and says...
  • Toward the end, two time cops arrive. Their names are Lolph and Dundgren. Their uniforms resemble the one worn by Lundgren's character in Universal Soldier, which he starred in alongside Van Damme, who starred on Time Cop. It's a shout out via association.
  • At one point when Mabel and Dipper travel back in time, there's a shout out to The Oregon Trail. It's even mentioned by name - complete with dysentery!
  • Blendin isn't the only Time Traveler who has a shoddy cloaking system and uses a screwdriver.
  • Time Police who Blendin Blandin works looks suspiciously similar to Green Lanterns

Fight Fighters
  • There's an arcade in Gravity Falls, so there are lots of video game references and shout outs to be made. The three games seen in the arcade, aside from "Fight Fighters" listed below, are parodies of Frogger, Pac-Man, and Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Winners Don't Lose.
  • The titular Fight Fighters itself is a reference to Street Fighter, so there are tons of references to it.
    • Rumble McSkirmish is an Expy of Ryu and/or Ken. He also has E. Honda's Hundred Hand Slap move. His You Killed My Father backstory is similar to that of fellow Shoto Clone Dan.
      • For a split second there is a character select screen including characters like Beastor (Blanka), Suggessica (Chun-Li), N.Buffalo (M. Bison), and others.
    • The code that Dipper has to input into the arcade machine is a reference to the Konami Code.
    • At one point in the episode, a rich teen is given a car from his dad. Rumble comes along and starts to punch the car, in reference to a bonus stage in the Street Fighter games. The teen responds to this by going down on one knee and sighing, "OH! MY CAR".
    • They even used the same level selection screen *Choose a country and a plane flies towards it*
    • Dr. Karate has Guile's hair, M. Bison's outfit and Kano's distinct red cybernetic eye, and is named after a character from King of Fighters.
    • The eye is a reference to Stroenheim from Jojos Bizarre Adventure as Guile is an Expy of his.
    • When Rumble defeats Dipper, his victory pose mimics that of Akuma.
    • When Rumble first comes out of the game, one of the moves he performs is Terry Bogard's Crack Shoot.
  • Soos plays Nort: The Game Based On The Movie Based On The Game. He even plays a game similar to the light cycles, only with Segways. In addition, when Soos, enters the game (i.e. he opened the back, and got stuck inside), a customer happens upon his face pressed against the screen ranting about how "It's not just a game anymore!"
  • Nort's controller also looks similar to the controller from Gorf.
  • Rumble breaks into a barrel factory and starts throwing barrels at Robbie, who has to dodge them a la Mario in Donkey Kong.
  • Rumble about to "finish" Robbie and the music that plays during Dipper and Rumble's fight are both nods to Mortal Kombat.
  • One sequence features Rumble destroying scenery like streetlights and fire hydrants before a flashing "GO" arrow appears, allowing him to proceed to the right. These are shout-outs to the Beat-Em Ups produced for arcades and home consoles in the late 80's and early 90's, like Final Fight, Streets of Rage, and Double Dragon.
  • The credits are a shout out to Super Mario Bros. 2 Character Select screen complete with Mabel quoting Mario. Grunkle Stan completes this by immediately saying "I'm slower, but I jump higher!", in reference to Luigi. Then they are eaten by Soos's head as Pac-Man.
  • The Credits Cryptogram translates to “Sorry Dipper, but your Wendy is in another castle”. Three guesses which game is referenced.
  • While mentioning the "traditional power ups" while looking through the refrigerator, Dipper mentions turkey legs, pizza boxes, and gold rings.
  • The entire feel of the episode is also very reminiscent of Scott Pilgrim, which makes sense since the pixel animation was done by the same artist.

Little Dipper

Summerween
  • The Summerween Trickster's design seems to have been inspired from No-Face from Spirited Away, at least, when he goes One-Winged Angel.
    • With a healthy dose of the Batman villain Scarecrow (In the hat and jacket) for good measure.
  • Stan trying to scare trick-or-treaters by having Waddles pretend to burst out of his chest is an Alien reference.
    • It's done twice in this episode, actually. At the very end, Soos does it to the Summerween Trickster, and it's no less obvious. It's also done in nearly the exact same way as it did to Stan.
  • In one scene, the young boys tell Stan that they're not afraid of him. He responds by saying, "You will be. YOU WILL BE," in a reference to Luke Skywalker and Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • The scene where they hide from the Trickster in the Summerween store is highly reminiscent of the kitchen scene in Jurassic Park.
  • The scene where Dipper loses the wheelbarrow of candy is reminiscent of A Bug's Life, where the main character knocks the food offering to the grasshoppers into the river, even down to another character asking accusingly "what did you do?!"
  • Stan discusses with a few young boys what can scare them, and they show him a video of a cute little kitten, which is abruptly cut by a screaming woman. This is a reference to the rather popular Screamer Prank videos, where a seemingly normal videos is abruptly cut by a creepy image.
    • The kid who shows said screamer somewhat resembles Nelson Muntz
  • Dipper grabs a sword and shield to fight the Trickster; the shield has a golden triangle on it.
    • Even better, Dipper's holding the sword in his left hand and the shield in his right. note 
  • During the end credits, the pictures Mabel takes of Waddles and their captions are all a pretty obvious reference to LOLcats.
  • Stan's disguise made him look like Grandpa Munster.
  • Robbie has the same costume as Donnie Darko.
  • The whole concept of Summerween is that Halloween has been recreated in summer. Another Disney animated series has featured summer recreations of winter, fall and even Christmas.
  • Summerween's name is also similar to Decemberween, though the latter is simply Homestar Runner's alternative for the real-world holiday, rather than a separate holiday in itself.
  • Mabel's sweater is deliberately reminiscent of Freddy Kreuger's.
  • The talking bowl Soos loves tell puns in a manner very similar to the Crypt Keeper.

Boss Mabel

Bottomless Pit!
  • The pinball skeleton says "Yippie-Tie-Yie-What?" which could be a reference to the theme to Hey Dude.
  • The concept of an animatronic head talking to the player, along with one of the bonus lights on the pinball machine reading "Crazy Steps," means the machine as a whole is likely a reference to Funhouse.

The Deep End
  • Gideon puts his goggles over his eyes while saying "Deal with it." Given the LOLCats references in "Summerween," this is almost certainly a reference to another Internet meme.
  • Mabel invokes the famous scene from Free Willy.
  • Mr. Poolcheck shouts to Dipper: "If one more supply gets taken, YOU'RE FIRED!" The way he says it is absurdly similar to Benson, and considering that the creators of both shows are friends in real life, it was probably intentional.

Carpet Diem
  • During the slumber party, Grenda starts whacking the ground out of happiness, just like the title character in Wreck-It Ralph.
  • The novel "Wolfman Bare Chest" is a parody of cheesy supernatural romance novels.
  • The title is a play on "Carpe Diem," Latin for "Enjoy the day" or "Seize the day."
  • Soos makes an allusion to Tetris when explaining how he fits in his break room.

Boyz Crazy

Land Before Swine
  • The episode's title is a reference to The Land Before Time.
  • To Jurassic Park:
    • When Dipper and Soos are attempting to photograph the pterodactyl, a mosquito is seen encased in tree sap.
    • The dinosaurs found underground are also trapped in tree sap. Stan even considers turning the place into a theme park called "Jurassic Sap-hole.
  • The bird's-eye shot of the roof of the car being torn off recalls a similar scene in The Lost Boys.
  • Mabel goes to buy a baby harness for Waddles after seeing a commercial, hosted by a clear homage to Billy Mays.
  • Soos's returning to the surface by riding a geyser recalls the end of Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • When Mabel is playing with Waddles, her dancing on the table is a parody of the same scene in The Breakfast Club.
  • "From heck's heart I stab at thee!"

Dreamscaperers

Gideon Rises

    Season 2 
Scary-oke

Into the Bunker
  • The shapeshifter's transformations are basically a giant homage to The Thing (1982)
  • An encoded message from the journal entry on the cryogenic chamber translates to "ICE ICE BABY".

The Golf War
  • The miniature humanoids that control the golf balls are known as the Liliputtians, a reference to the Liliputians from Gulliver's Travels.
  • The "Big Henry" sequence is one great big reference to the legend of John Henry tunneling through the mountain.

Sock Opera
  • Candy wears an outfit eerily similar to Ziggy Stardust during Mabel's puppet show.
  • The climax references the iconic chandelier scene from The Phantom of the Opera, and it completes the homage with a menacing shot of Bill in Dipper's body standing in the rafters, black cape and all.
    • Also, the scene where Gabe watches in shock as the puppets get destroyed as "Ave Maria" plays in the background is a possible reference to Hitman: Blood Money.
  • The Stinger of the episode is presented as a live-action puppet show. At the end, two puppets of Grunkle Stan and Old Man McGucket heckle the performance.
    • The angry scrunched-up face made by the Dipper puppet is reminiscent of the face made by Kermit the Frog when he gets annoyed.
  • The production team's Tumblr page confirmed that Bipper's reverend outfit for the play was inspired by Night Of The Hunter.

Soos and the Real Girl
  • The title of this episode is a reference to the 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl.
  • At the Beedly Boop Games shop, Soos tries to flirt with a cardboard cut-out of the female protagonist of Pit Spelunker.
  • Giffany's descent into Yandere mode looks a lot like Sadako's video in The Ring, glitches and all.
  • The animation during Giffany's account of how she "deleted" her creators bears a strong resemblance to Aperture ads from Portal 2
  • Decoding the secret messages on the journal page that flashes at the end of the episode reveals a reference to the English Sailor Moon theme song:
    Winning hearts by daylight!
    Possessing robots by moonlight!
    Her emotional baggage is a real fright!
    She has the one named Giffany
  • Giffany has told Soos her father is an octopus, which doubles as a shoutout to the more risque side of Japanese anime and dating sims.
  • The animatronics are a shout-out to Showbiz Pizza. (There's a common misconception that they were inspired by Five Nights at Freddy's, but this was outright denied by the show's team, especially since the episode was completed long before the game's release.)
    • The show writers specifically noted that the Freddy's animatronics were based on Chuck E. Cheese animatronics, whereas Hoo-Ha's, and Bear-O by extension, are based on Showbiz Pizza, just to clear up the confusion.
  • Giffany and the game she's from, Romance Academy 7, is very reminiscent of the Tokimeki Memorial games.
  • The first thing that Giffany jumps into on Soos' desk resembles a Furby.
  • During his brief cameo, Rumble McSkirmish announces Giffany's entering his game by quoting the "Challenger Approaching" screens of Super Smash Bros.
  • Will E. Badger's name is a reference to Wile E. Coyote.
  • Look at the top left corner when the the Year 2000 Electronics logo and the title screen for the game appears. Apparently Soos also has a Nintendo 64 look-a-like as well.
  • Giffany's name is a reference to the .gif file format. Furthermore, Soos at one point declares that he's not sure of the correct pronunciation of her name, as a reference to the long debate about the format's name pronunciation

Little Gift Shop of Horrors

Society of the Blind Eye

Blendin's Game
  • The title is a reference to Enders Game.
  • When trying to remember Blendin's name, Dipper guesses it's Blar-Blar.
  • When Globnar is first revealed, a participant is seen infinitely falling through two vertically parallel portals.
  • One of the competitions in Globnar involves racing on time-cycles that look oddly similar to the light-cycles from TRON.
  • Soos's full name of Jesús Alzamirano Ramirez is likely one of the show's storyboard artists, Alonso Ramirez Ramos.

The Love God

Northwest Mansion Mystery
  • Candy and Grenda do the famous 'Imagination' hand-wave when talking about going to the Northwest party.
  • Dipper's choice of words when agreeing to help Pacifica
    Dipper: Fine. I'll bust your ghost.
    • Another reference occurs in the exorcism spell that includes 'Ain'tafraidus Noghostus'
  • At the beginning of the episode, he's also about to watch "Ghost Harassers", a reference to both Ghostbusters and the various supernatural hunting shows that air on History and similar channels
  • Grenda and Candy express worry that one of the rich boys coming to the Northwests' party is out of their league.
    Candy: He's a white whale! Hunting him will destroy us!
  • The Category 1 ghost in the journal is clearly supposed to be Casper the Friendly Ghost, while the Category 9 ghost is an obvious pastiche of Freddy Krueger.
  • Talking taxidermy trophies? Where have we seen that before?

Not What He Seems "Not What He Seems"
  • After taking Dipper and Mabel into custody, Agent Trigger tries to entertain them with a "mindless reality show" called Ker-Prank'd.
  • Soos's reaction to the doomsday counter is "It's the final countdown! Like they always sung about!", a reference to "The Final Countdown" by Europe.

    Shorts 
Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained
  • Mabel's plushie Bear-O looks like Billy Bob, the animatronic bear from Rock-A-Fire Explosion.
  • The Hide Behind emerged out of a small bare tree which brings to mind The Stick from Homestar Runner. Things have also been shown to emerge from behind The Stick like the Hide Behind does as well.

Mabel's Guide to Life

Fixin' It With Soos

TV Shorts

Mabel's Scrapbook

    Other Material 
  • A short on the Gravity Falls website called, "Pretty sure you don't want to open that door..." films everything through a camera like the Paranormal Activity franchise.
  • In Dipper and Mabel's Guide to Mystery and Unlimited Fun, Bill Cipher ends one of his rants with "How's Annie?"