* [[WeeklyWorldNews Bat Boy]] appears in a photograph at the end of the opening sequence.
* [[spoiler: [[BigfootSasquatchandYeti 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, [[spoiler: [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5u0egjVkE1qc0tqco1_500.png 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 ''Series/TheXFiles''.

[[AC:Multiple Episodes]]
* The Pines twins' last name is possibly a stealth reference since the mall in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' 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 Series/TwinPeaks reference.
* The waterfall lamp in Stan's living room is like the one made by [[http://media.liveauctiongroup.net/i/8093/9734972_1.jpg?v=8CD065CE388F6F0 Hamm's Beer]]. It even has an "H" on it.
* [[Main/WordOfGod According to Alex Hirsch]], Bill Cipher's voice is [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/515689891334987776 "a bad impression"]] of Creator/DavidLynch, or, more specifically, of Gordon Cole, the character he played in ''Series/TwinPeaks''.
* The portal we see [[spoiler:hidden under the Mystery Shack]] over several episodes is almost a dead on replica of the Franchise/{{Stargate}}, complete with the alien runes/constellations carved on the sides. The portal ring even spins when activated.


[[folder:Season 1]]
[[AC:Tourist Trapped]]
* Comparing zombies to teenagers, you say? Sounds like the author watched ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}} Dude of the Living Dead]]''
* Mabel hoping that her boyfriend Norman will turn out to be a vampire. ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', much?
* Norman giving Mabel a wreath of daisies is a twofer - a reference to the phrase "pushing up daisies", ''and'' to Film/{{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 ''Literature/GulliversTravels''.
* [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120621205721/gravityfalls/images/thumb/0/07/S1e1_mabel_choosing_grappling_hook.png/830px-S1e1_mabel_choosing_grappling_hook.png This screenshot]] is a nod to ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''.

[[AC:The Legend of the Gobblewonker]]
* The black-and-white tabloid Dipper is reading in the beginning of the episode, ''Wacky News'', is another clear shout-out to ''WeeklyWorldNews''.
* Dipper's ImagineSpot has him being interviewed by Creator/{{PBS}}[=/=]Creator/{{CBS}} interviewer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Rose Charlie Rose]] on his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Rose_(talk_show) self-titled talk show]]. Dipper's also dressed as Franchise/IndianaJones.
* They also go out of their way to mention sunscreen in a [[StockNessMonster Loch Ness Monster]]-themed episode. [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb This has been done in another Disney cartoon]].
* "I don't know what I expected that to taste like" is a nod to the second episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. [[note]]'''Dead dove. Do not eat.''' "Well, I don't know what I expected."[[/note]]
* The famous Bigfoot footage/picture is once again parodied by Soos.
* The reveal of the monster is very similar to ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheLochNessMonster'', being [[spoiler:a robot controlled by someone, later revealed to actually exist]].

* The man Grunkle Stan steals the wax statues from lives in [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]]' house.
* While the wax statue of the woman with the axe is never named onscreen, it's clear that she's meant to be Lizzie Borden.
* "It's a 2316!" is a ''very'' thinly veiled ShoutOut to WesternAnimation/MonstersInc "2319! 2319!"
* According to [[WordOfGod Alex Hirsch]] from [[http://sketchinfun.tumblr.com/post/30892517277/this-just-made-alex-hirsch-and-gravity-falls-that this Twitter reply]], [[Series/{{Community}} if we look close enough, a monkey can be seen stealing Dipper's pen.]]
* "Outsmarted by a child [[VideoGame/PeasantsQuest in short pants]]? Noooo!"
* A wax figure of Nixon does a jowl-wiggling howl-growl thing that recalls his portrayal in WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}.

[[AC:The Hand That Rocks the Mabel]]
* The title is a play on the film title ''Film/TheHandThatRocksTheCradle''.
* 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?
* [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6mx6tdpS61qdodiyo1_500.png The room]] where Dipper meets Lil' Gideon is [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6mx6tdpS61qdodiyo2_500.jpg straight from]] ''Series/TwinPeaks''. Gideon (white hair, blue suit, white shirt) is even a PaletteSwap 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 [[ComicBooks/XMen Wolverine]].
* When Gideon confronts Dipper in the warehouse, he appears holding a doll of himself, much like [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Sabrina, another creepy psychic child.]]

[[AC:The Inconveniencing]]
* The name of the convenience store is the [[Film/FromDuskTillDawn Dusk 2 Dawn]].
* Das Flävor Pups is a rip on the U.S. ban of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinder_egg Kinder Egg/Surprise]]. Granted, the effects are [[AcidTripDimension exaggerated]].
* Mabel takes a page from Film/TheThreeStooges' Curly Howard, spinning around on the ground saying "Woop! Woop! Woop! Woop!"
* [[spoiler: Mabel's DemonicPossession]] is a clear-cut reference to ''Film/TheExorcist'', complete with the rotating head.
* The strange blue flying creature with arms in Mabel's MushroomSamba is named Aoshima, after one of the show's directors. The episode's cryptogram also gives John Aoshima a nod:
** In the same scene, she says "The future is in the past", which is the title of an episode of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''.
* The game that "tricks people into exercising" is a ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' knock-off.

[[AC:Dipper vs. Manliness]]
* The puma and panther shirts that Tyler compares resemble those of [[http://shop.themountain.me/ The Mountain]] T-shirt brand.
* Dipper's favorite song is "Disco Girl" by Icelandic Pop Group [[Music/{{ABBA}} 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" Wrestling/RandySavage[=/=]Wrestling/HulkHogan 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.

[[AC:Double Dipper]]
* Mabel wears a Comic/BlackAdam [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8fjzc4tLo1rnlt1xo1_500.png sweater]].
* At one point in "Double Dipper", Mabel calls Dipper [[GoofusAndGallant "Goofus"]].
* The music playing during the party sounds awfully [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIOOwhmkoLo&feature=fvst familiar.]] That [[IncrediblyLamePun party was rockin']], you could say.
* Mabel requests that Soos play "the most eighties-est crowd-pleasing-est song" he had. The song he came up with was called [[Music/{{Journey}} "Don't Start Un-Believing".]]
* Dipper has the same mark in his body as Kenshiro from Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar
* The first thing Dipper says after looking at his clone Tyrone, is that [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim he has a large head.]]

[[AC:Irrational Treasure]]
* The title, and basic plot, is a parody of Film/NationalTreasure.
* [[WesternAnimation/DanVs PIONEER DAAAY!!!]]
* A nod to ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP_9zH9Q44o Come on!]] is exclaimed multiple times throughout the episode.
* Quentin Trembley has a device (the President's Key) [[Series/DoctorWho which can open any lock but doesn't work on wood]] (because there's nothing to unlock in a piece of wood).
* According to the documents on the coverup of the town's founding, [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory the statues of Mt. Rushmore are actually giant, presidential faced robots.]]

[[AC:The Time Traveler's Pig]]
* The title is a shout-out to ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife''.
* 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 ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' 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 [[Main/TimeAndRelativeDimensionsInSpace another]] [[Series/DoctorWho blue box]] [[Main/TimeAndRelativeDimensionsInSpace 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...
--> '''Dipper:''' [[Film/{{Babe}} That'll do, pig. That'll do.]]
* Toward the end, two [[spoiler: time cops]] arrive. Their names are [[Creator/DolphLundgren Lolph and Dundgren]]. Their uniforms resemble the one worn by Lundgren's character in ''Film/UniversalSoldier'', which he starred in alongside Van Damme, who starred on Film/TimeCop. It's a shout out via association.
* At one point when [[spoiler: Mabel and Dipper travel back in time, there's a shout out to VideoGame/TheOregonTrail.]] It's even mentioned by name - complete with [[MemeticMutation dysentery]]!
* Blendin isn't the only Time Traveler who has a [[Series/DoctorWho shoddy cloaking system and uses a screwdriver]].
* TimePolice who Blendin Blandin works looks suspiciously similar to [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Green Lanterns]]

[[AC: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 VideoGame/{{Frogger}}, VideoGame/PacMan, and ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''.
* [[http://www.1up.com/features/winners-dont-use-drugs Winners Don't Lose]].
* The titular Fight Fighters itself is a reference to VideoGame/StreetFighter, 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 YouKilledMyFather backstory is similar to that of fellow ShotoClone 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 ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' games. The teen responds to this [[VideoGame/FinalFight 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 ''VideoGame/KingOfFighters''.
** The eye is a reference to Stroenheim from ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' 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 [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard's Crack Shoot]].
* Soos plays [[Film/{{Tron}} 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 ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''.
* Rumble about to "finish" Robbie and the music that plays during [[spoiler:Dipper and Rumble's fight]] are both nods to ''Franchise/MortalKombat''.
* 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 ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' Character Select screen complete with Mabel quoting Franchise/{{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 VideoGame/PacMan.
* The Credits Cryptogram translates to “Sorry Dipper, but your Wendy is in another castle”. [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Three guesses which game is referenced.]]
* While mentioning the "traditional power ups" while looking through the refrigerator, Dipper mentions [[VideoGame/FinalFight turkey legs]], [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles pizza boxes]], and [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog gold rings]].
* The entire feel of the episode is also very reminiscent of Film/ScottPilgrim, which makes sense since the pixel animation was done by the same artist.

[[AC:Little Dipper]]
* Gideon's mom looks awfully like the ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein''.
* [[Literature/HarryPotter "Expecto Wizardium!"]]
* The green-with-wood-trim station wagon on the Gleeful's car lot looks very similar to [[Film/NationalLampoonsVacation The Family Truckster]].

* The Summerween Trickster's design seems to have been inspired from No-Face from ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', at least, when he goes OneWingedAngel.
** 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 ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' reference.
** It's done twice in this episode, actually. At the very end, [[spoiler: 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 ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
* The scene where they hide from the Trickster in the Summerween store is highly reminiscent of the kitchen scene in Film/JurassicPark.
* The scene where Dipper loses the wheelbarrow of candy is reminiscent of Film/ABugsLife, 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 [[JumpScare screaming woman]]. This is a reference to the rather popular ScreamerPrank videos, where a seemingly normal videos is abruptly cut by a creepy image.
** The kid who shows said screamer somewhat resembles [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Nelson Muntz]]
* Dipper grabs a sword and shield to fight the Trickster; the shield has [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda a golden triangle on it]].
** Even better, Dipper's holding the sword in his left hand and the shield in his right. [[note]]Link is usually a lefty in Zelda games.[[/note]]
* During the end credits, the pictures Mabel takes of Waddles and their captions are all a pretty obvious reference to WebOriginal/{{LOLcats}}.
* Stan's disguise made him look like [[Series/TheMunsters Grandpa Munster]].
* Robbie has the same costume as Film/DonnieDarko.
* The whole concept of Summerween is that Halloween has been recreated in summer. [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Another Disney animated series has featured summer recreations of winter, fall and even Christmas.]]
* Summerween's name is also similar to [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Decemberween]], though the latter is simply Homestar Runner's [[YouMeanXmas alternative]] for the real-world holiday, rather than a separate holiday in itself.
* Mabel's sweater is deliberately reminiscent of [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Kreuger's]].
* The talking bowl Soos loves tell puns in a manner very similar to [[Series/TalesFromTheCrypt the Crypt Keeper]].

[[AC:Boss Mabel]]

[[AC:Bottomless Pit!]]
* The pinball skeleton says "Yippie-Tie-Yie-What?" which could be a reference to the theme to ''Series/HeyDude''.
* 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 ''Pinball/{{Funhouse}}''.

[[AC:The Deep End]]
* Gideon puts his goggles over his eyes while saying "Deal with it." Given the ''WebOriginal/{{LOLCats}}'' references in "Summerween," this is almost certainly a reference to [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/deal-with-it another Internet meme]].
* Mabel invokes the famous scene from ''Film/FreeWilly''.
* Mr. Poolcheck shouts to Dipper: "If one more supply gets taken, YOU'RE FIRED!" The way he says it is absurdly similar to [[WesternAnimation/RegularShow Benson]], and considering that the creators of both shows are friends in real life, it was probably intentional.

[[AC:Carpet Diem]]
* During the slumber party, Grenda starts whacking the ground out of happiness, just like the title character in ''Disney/WreckItRalph''.
* 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 ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' when explaining how he fits in his break room.

[[AC:Boyz Crazy]]
* At one point, one of the boy-clones is commanded to dance, and starts doing moves from Music/{{NSYNC}}'s "Bye Bye Bye" music video. (Especially hilarious since [[ActorAllusion Lance Bass]] himself is one of the voices.)
* The idea of [[WesternAnimation/GlennMartinDDS boy bands being grown in test tubes]].
* One of the signs that has "SOLD OUT" plastered on it says [[Music/SelenaGomez "Se- -mez"]]
* Sev'ral Timez's name is the opposite of Music/OneDirection.
* [[http://gravityfalls.wikia.com/wiki/File:S1e17_suspicious_cd.png Robbie's CD]][[Franchise/EvilDead was never meant for the world of the living.]]

[[AC:Land Before Swine]]
* The episode's title is a reference to ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''.
* To ''Franchise/JurassicPark'':
** 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 ''Film/TheLostBoys''.
* Mabel goes to buy a baby harness for Waddles after seeing a commercial, hosted by a clear homage to Creator/BillyMays.
* Soos's returning to the surface by riding a geyser recalls the end of ''JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth''
* When Mabel is playing with Waddles, her dancing on the table is a parody of the same scene in ''Film/TheBreakfastClub''.
* "[[Literature/MobyDick From]] [[GoshDangItToHeck heck's]] [[Literature/MobyDick heart]] [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan I stab at thee!]]"

* Part of the incantation Dipper recites to enter Stan's mind is "[[Film/{{Inception}} Inceptus]] [[Creator/ChristopherNolan Nolanus]] [[TakeThat Overratus]]".
* [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/86c5080208defcf2d5655a762e6801d1/tumblr_ncbexm4NJ61qbaxcpo2_400.gif The dance Xyler and Craz do]] is taken directly from the WesternAnimation/NewKidsOnTheBlock cartoon; a gif of [[http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/286/438/54c.gif the original dance]] from the show is [[MemeticMutation popular on the internet]].
** Given that Matt Chapman co-wrote the episode, it's easy to see the way Xyler and Kraz parody the New Kids cartoon as a female-demographic version of [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner LimoZeen]].
** The logo for Dream Boy High is styled after the logo for WesternAnimation/JemAndTheHolograms.
* Soos' "Soos Love Stomach Beam Stare" is a parody of the Franchise/CareBears.
* The serene style of the end credits is a ''Series/TwinPeaks'' nod. [[LouisCypher Bill Cypher]] is a reference to BOB from the same show.
* If you pay close attention to Bill when he says "Lots of things" Various popular conspiracy theories, such as CropCircles appear, sort of a FreezeFrameBonus.

[[AC:Gideon Rises]]
* Gideon is a power-hungry young boy with an extensive popular following, who gets [[VideoGame/{{Mother3}} a kingdom named after himself and a statue in his honor that turns out to be a giant robot]].
* Gideon's robot is very reminiscent of the [[HumongousMecha giant robot]] genre in general, leaning towards ''Film/PacificRim'' with a neural interface and haptic suit
* The font used for Gideonland's logo is near-identical to the one used for Disneyland, and even the construction advertisement ("We Build the Magic!") is similar to Disneyland's ads.

[[folder:Season 2]]
* The song Mabel, Grunkle Stan, and Dipper sing to defeat the zombies sounds a bit like a mix of "[[Music/{{Kesha}} Tik Tok]]" and "[[Music/CyndiLauper Girls Just Wanna Have Fun]]" to the tune of "[[Music/BonJovi Livin' on a Prayer]]".
** The artist's name, &sandra, is also an obvious reference to [[Music/{{Kesha}} Ke$ha]]
** There are a couple of more references earlier in the episode, such as [[Film/TopGun "Danger Lane to the Highway Town"]] and [[Music/JeffersonStarship "We Built This Township On Rock And Roll"]].
* The method for killing the zombies (exploding their heads with music) is almost the same way the Martians in Film/MarsAttacks were defeated.

[[AC:Into the Bunker]]
* The [[spoiler: shapeshifter's transformations]] are basically a giant homage to ''Film/TheThing1982''
* An encoded message from the journal entry on the cryogenic chamber translates to [[Music/VanillaIce "ICE ICE BABY"]].

[[AC:The Golf War]]
* The miniature humanoids that control the golf balls are known as the [[{{Pun}} Liliputtians]], a reference to the Liliputians from [[Literature/GulliversTravels Gulliver's Travels]].
* The "Big Henry" sequence is one great big reference to the legend of John Henry tunneling through the mountain.

[[AC:Sock Opera]]
* Candy wears an outfit eerily similar to [[Music/DavidBowie Ziggy Stardust]] during Mabel's puppet show.
* The climax references the iconic chandelier scene from ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', and it completes the homage with a menacing shot of [[spoiler: Bill in Dipper's body]] standing in the rafters, black cape and all.
** Also, the scene where [[spoiler: Gabe watches in shock as the puppets get destroyed as "Ave Maria" plays in the background]] is a possible reference to ''[[VideoGame/{{Hitman}} Hitman: Blood Money]]''.
* TheStinger of the episode is presented as a [[ArtShift live-action puppet show]]. At the end, two puppets of Grunkle Stan and Old Man [=McGucket=] [[Series/TheMuppetShow heckle]] [[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf 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 [[SinisterMinister reverend]] outfit for the play [[http://robertryancory.tumblr.com/post/97537436973/gravity-falls-sock-opera-rough-designs-sorry-for was inspired by]] Film/NightOfTheHunter.

[[AC:Soos and the Real Girl]]
* The title of this episode is a reference to the 2007 film ''Film/LarsAndTheRealGirl''.
* At the Beedly Boop Games shop, Soos tries to flirt with a cardboard cut-out of the female protagonist of ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider Pit Spelunker]]''.
* Giffany's descent into {{Yandere}} mode looks a lot like Sadako's video in ''Film/TheRing'', glitches and all.
* The animation during Giffany's account of how she "deleted" her creators bears a strong resemblance to Aperture ads from ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''
* Decoding the secret messages on [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140925131806/gravityfalls/images/4/48/S2e5_end_page.png the journal page that flashes at the end of the episode]] reveals a reference to the English ''Manga/SailorMoon'' 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 [[{{VideoGame/Octodad}} her father is an octopus]], which doubles as a shoutout to the [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles 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 ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', 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 ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial'' games.
* The first thing that Giffany jumps into on Soos' desk resembles a Furby.
* During his brief [[TheCameo cameo]], Rumble [=McSkirmish=] announces Giffany's entering his game by quoting the "Challenger Approaching" screens of ''Videogame/SuperSmashBros''
* Will E. Badger's name is a reference to [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes 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

[[AC:Little Gift Shop of Horrors]]
* The title itself is a reference to ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
* The structure of the episode is not unlike [[GenreAnthology horror anthology]] shows like ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt''. The beginning of the episode has a title card reading "Tales Designed to Sell My Merchandise," probably a reference to the byline of ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' when it was mostly in the realm of EC self-parody ("Tales Calculated To Drive You MAD").
* Stan grabs a sphere that looks like [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings a Palantír containing the eye of Sauron]].
* The makeover of the Handwich's lair is a reference to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and similar shows.
* The Hand Witch's robes are nearly identical to those of The Master from ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate''.
* The stop-motion in "Clay Day" and its in-universe creator are all references to stop-motion artist Creator/RayHarryhausen.
** Soos is transformed into a creature reminiscent of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}}''.
* In the basket of sweaters Mabel hides in, there is a blue starry sweater similar to the one WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} wears in her eponymous film.
* Any time you see the back wall of the counter in this episode, [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/68ca256ae0d20e22529d9c3bec0a0f09/tumblr_ncyw5bbReM1suvvkwo9_500.png you see that Stan appears to have]] the [[http://www.cartoonscrapbook.com/01pics/earthwormjim01.jpg Legendary Fur Bearing Trout]] [[WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim of Earth]] hanging up under the souvenirs sign.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/UWHOYLi.jpg Old Man McGucket's stall]] is [[TheLittleMermaid/{{Disney}} "Whosits and Whatsits"]] and sells [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK4HNNhQ0e4 "thingamabobs."]]

[[AC:Society of the Blind Eye]]
* One of the symbols on the walls of the Society of the Blind Eye's secret lair resembles [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda a Triforce]].
* Mabel's sweater has the image of [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime a yellow dog stretched to impossible lengths.]]
** Also in the same episode, Old Man [=McGucket=]'s video journal showing his [[SanitySlippage descent into madness]] is reminiscent of [[spoiler:Simon Petrikov's]].
* Gabe's promotional flyer at the museum reads [[{{Music/Metallica}} "Master of Puppets: He'll Tug Your Heartstrings!"]]

[[AC:Blendin's Game]]
* The title is a reference to ''Literature/EndersGame''.
* When trying to remember Blendin's name, Dipper guesses it's [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Blar-Blar]].
* When Globnar is first revealed, a participant is seen [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} 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 ''Film/{{Tron}}''.
* Soos's full name of Jesús Alzamirano Ramirez is likely one of the show's storyboard artists, Alonso Ramirez Ramos.

[[AC:The Love God]]

[[AC:Northwest Mansion Mystery]]
* Candy and Grenda do the [[MemeticMutation famous]] [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants '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 [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} 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! [[Literature/MobyDick Hunting him will destroy us!]]
* The Category 1 ghost in the journal is clearly supposed to be WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost, while the Category 9 ghost is an obvious pastiche of [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]].
* Talking taxidermy trophies? [[Franchise/EvilDead Where have we seen that]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_xJUQxE9tY before?]]

[[AC:Not What He Seems]]
[[AC: "Not What He Seems"]]
* After taking Dipper and Mabel into custody, Agent Trigger tries to entertain them with a "mindless reality show" called [[Series/{{Punkd}} 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 ''Music/{{Europe}}''.

[[AC: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 [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/The_Stick The Stick]] from Homestar Runner. Things have also been shown to emerge from behind The Stick like the Hide Behind does as well.
** The Hide Behind also resembles [[{{Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy}} Groot's movie design]], perhaps intentionally.

[[AC:Mabel's Guide to Life]]
* On "Mabel's Guide to Fashion", Mabel and her friends make Soos over to look like [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]]. Doubles as a DevelopmentGag, referencing a planned episode with a WholePlotReference to Labyrinth, which was scrapped since [[ExecutiveMeddling executives thought kids wouldn't get the reference.]]
* "Mabel's Guide to Dating" has her rejecting the advances of a cardboard cutout in [[Film/HighSchoolMusical a basketball uniform]], which she addresses as [[Creator/ZacEfron "Zac".]]
* Mabel's sweater design in "Mabel's Guide to Color" is based on the album cover of ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon''.

[[AC:Fixin' It With Soos]]

[[AC:TV Shorts]]

[[AC:Mabel's Scrapbook]]


[[folder: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 ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' franchise.
* In ''Dipper and Mabel's Guide to Mystery and Unlimited Fun'', Bill Cipher ends one of his rants with [[Series/TwinPeaks "How's Annie?"]]