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[[caption-width-right:312:Poor Dipper...]]

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[[AC: The Hand That Rocks the Mabel]]
* "Mabel's not here. She's in sweater town."
* Anyone that's ever felt pressured to go out with a "[[DoggedNiceGuy nice guy/girl]]" by both the guy/girl him/herself and the people around them can probably shed a tear for Mabel here. This is a situation incredibly upsetting for adults, and here's Mabel having to deal with it at the age of ''twelve''.

[[AC: Double Dipper]]
* In a sort of screwed up way: [[spoiler: "It's better this way for Paper Jam Dipper."]]
** It's kind of hard not to feel bad for [[spoiler: Tyrone when he dies.]]
-->'''Dipper:''' [[spoiler: Tyrone! You were the only one who understood.]]

[[AC:Dipper vs Manliness]]
* While Dipper pulled a CryCute, it's so hard not to feel sad for him.

[[AC: The Time Traveler's Pig]]
* In "The Time Traveler's Pig", [[spoiler:Dipper and Mabel meet a time traveler, and Dipper uses the time traveler's device to go back in time to ensure that [[ItMakesSenseInContext he doesn't hit Wendy in the face with a baseball, and so that Robbie wouldn't ask her out]]. However, this requires Mabel's help, and because of this, Mabel misses out on winning a pig, who became her best friend. She's so distraught about it that she ends up ''losing her mind'' and left banging her head against a totem pole for at ''least'' a month (most likely ''far'' longer, if not permanently) until Dipper decides to set things right and lose out on a chance with Wendy.]]
** As Dipper rambles about [[spoiler:trying and failing to change the past]]...
---> '''Wendy:''' You lost me, dude.
---> '''Dipper:''' I know.
*** His whole reaction the first time Robbie asks her out is just soul-crushing.
** Poor [[ButtMonkey Blendin Blandin]]. That poor guy. Nothing goes right for him. That said, [[AuthorsSavingThrow things get better for him in his next episode.]]

[[AC: ''Little Dipper]]
* Mabel's confession in "Little Dipper" that the reason she kept lording her extra millimeter of height over Dipper is because he is so much better than her at so many other things and it was the first time she ever felt like she was winning at anything between them. Extra points for Dipper going through his scoreboard of all the games he has completely trounced her at over the summer.

[[AC: Summerween]]
* Mabel giving Dipper the cold shoulder in "Summerween", because she thought Dipper didn't care about her as much as he did for Wendy.
** While Mabel feeling betrayed is bad enough, imagine how regretful Dipper was.
** Also, Mabel's explanation why Dipper going trick-or-treating was so important to her: the twins are getting older and she's afraid there won't be many Halloweens left together.
*** And she seals off this by stating that she didn't realize until now that this one was going to be her last one. As if she's finally accepted that her brother is never going to trick or treat with her ever again. ''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Wow]]''...
---> '''Mabel:''' That's exactly why we need to, Dipper! We're getting older, there aren't that many Halloween's left... (sigh) I guess I didn't realize this was our last one...
*** It gets worse if you take it another way: that she had accepted the fact that they were all probably going to die.

[[AC: Boss Mabel]]
* Imagine playing in a game show, and you having hundreds of thousands of dollars. You decided to risk your money in a bonus question. However, you answer the question incorrectly. There goes your million dollars... Don't like that sad idea? Then don't watch the "Boss Mabel" episode.
** Which gets even sadder when you see just [[DarkAndTroubledPast why Stan is so greedy...]]

[[AC: Bottomless Pit]]
* Dipper taking everyone's teasing about his voice cracking to heart in "Bottomless Pit" and [[spoiler: drinking the tonic that changes his voice]] only to freak everyone out and still not be accepted. By the end of the story, he's crying, being chased, and basically miserable. It's impossible to not wanna hug him when he goes back to the junkyard.
-->'''Dipper:''' I even sound ridiculous when I cry!
* Stan's downer speech about life in "Bottomless Pit." Sure, it's hilarious in how abruptly out of nowhere it comes, but the thought that Stan secretly ponders such bleak things is pretty depressing.

[[AC: The Deep End]]
* That poor, poor kid stuck in solitary confinement in "The Deep End." He was completely forgotten about. For an ''entire year''.
** Mermando missing his family. It's hard not to feel for him when he makes that sad little dolphin squeak.
** Mabel and Mermando's goodbye.
** Mabel's little speech to Dipper towards the end can get to some people.
--->"Dipper! Don't you know what it's like to fall for someone... even though you know in your heart it'll probably never work out... but you would do anything for that person?"

[[AC: Carpet Diem]]
* Dipper and Mabel's confession that they never wanted to move out of their rooms. It leads to Dipper telling Mabel how he feels when she brings Candy and Grenda over so he has nobody to hang out with. It makes Dipper realize that Mabel is the closest thing he has to a friend his own age anywhere in Gravity Falls, and probably everywhere he's been.
** It's very easy to miss, but the shocked look on Mabel's face when Dipper suggest they sleep in separate rooms. You can tell Mabel was hurt by the mere thought of Dipper not wanting to share a room with her.

[[AC: Boyz Crazy]]
* [[spoiler:Wendy's break-up with Robbie in "Boyz Crazy", and her response to Dipper after he asks her to hang out. Dipper treats it as his victorious moment without giving Wendy breathing space to deal with what is a tragic moment to her. Even if you rooted for Dipper from the beginning, you can't help but feel a little bad...]]
** In The Hand That Rocks The Mabel, Wendy casually gives Mabel a list of boys she's broken up with. Its length is PlayedForLaughs, [[CerebusRetcon but if you consider how hard she took it when]] [[spoiler:[[CerebusRetcon she broke up with Robbie... Wendy's been through]] ''[[CerebusRetcon a lot]].'']]
** Stan has a subtle [[spoiler: WhatTheHellHero look right after Dipper slaps a five with him in celebration. He watches as Dipper asks Wendy out while she's undergoing a grieving moment.]]
** The way Wendy's voice breaks during her WhatTheHellHero speech to Dipper.
*** And his heartbroken expression afterwards.
** No love for Mabel? [[spoiler: She's keeping Sev'ral Timez in her room even though Candy and Grenda are asking her to let them go. Mabel's response is that every boy she's fallen in love with has left her (Norman turning out to be gnomes and Mermando leaving to find his parents). And in the end she gets a massive guilt trip from a song which is enough to let the band go free.]]
** That song Sev'ral Timez sang to Mabel, who basically kidnapped them and forced them into hiding and doing what she wanted. It was sad because A) the guys can't bear to show malice to the girl who actually rescued them, so they guilt-trip her, and B) they acknowledge that Mabel DOES care about them, while also expressing their need to be free.
--->'''Sev'ral Timez:''' ''(singing)'' Mabel girl, we know you love us so!
--->'''Mabel:''' [[HeelRealization And that's why I've got to let you go...]]

[[AC: Dreamscaperers]]
* [[spoiler:"Dreamscaperers" ends with [[TheBadGuyWins Gideon]] [[DownerEnding successfully stealing the deed to the Mystery Shack.]] The worst part? The usual end credits scene is replaced with a shot of [[DarkReprise Gravity Falls forest while an eerie version of the opening plays.]] ToBeContinued indeed.]]
** The shot of the broken swingset, when you consider [[spoiler: what it was like back in Stan and Ford's childhood.]]
** You can't help just wanting to give Dipper a hug when [[spoiler: he thinks that Stan wants to get rid of him and hears Stan say "he's a loser" while looking on Dipper cutting wood. Especially when you consider [[HarsherInHindsight how painful Stan's past really was]].]]
** [[NoodleIncident Whatever happened between]] [[spoiler: Bill and the Author]] that took their relationship from "[[spoiler: Bill]] has proven himself to be one of the friendliest and most trustworthy individuals that I've ever encountered in my life. What a guy! I honestly can't trust him more. Not evil in any way, [[spoiler: Bill]] is a true gentleman" to [[spoiler: large bloody red letters reading "Can't Be Trusted!" and "DO NOT SUMMON AT ALL COSTS!"]] must have really hurt [[spoiler: the Author]]. Thinking about how [[spoiler: the Author]] must have felt when "the friendliest and most trustworthy individual" they knew betrayed them is honestly heartbreaking.

[[AC: Gideon Rises]]
* In "Gideon Rises" - when Dipper and Mabel have to leave town, leaving Stan, Wendy, Candy, and Grenda behind. The latter two are holding each other sadly.
** The fact that [[TheSlacker Wendy]] looks forlorn as the bus drives away really says something.
** You can tell that things are at their DarkestHour when they don't even make a joke at the act break.
** Earlier, when Stan lies to Dipper and Mabel's parents about the living conditions. You can see him slowly come to the conclusion, both during and after the phone call, that the situation is too much for the kids anymore.
** Stan being at rock bottom in his life. Again. Though it's mitigated a bit by the ParodyCommercial that comes on [[MoodWhiplash at the end]].
-->'''Stan''': Well, Stan, this is it. Rock bottom. No friends, no family, [[MoodWhiplash stuck watching infomercials for whatever that is...]]
** Poor Waddles cowering in fear of Gideon when he shouts at him to get back in his corner.
** Just when you thought Gideon couldn't get even more heartless, he burns the picture of Stan, Mabel, and Dipper's fishing trip.
** Notice how Mabel's legs are tucked into her sweater on the bus ride. ''She's in Sweater Town.''
** Dipper and Mabel desperately trying to hold on to each other as [[spoiler: the Gideon-bot picks them up.]]
** Gideon's taunting of Dipper in this episode was just awful, especially if you've ever thought little of yourself. Gideon is just rubbing it in Dipper's face that he's a weak little kid, which is Dipper's worst fear.
-->'''Gideon:''' What are you gonna do? No muscles, no brains... face it, kid! You're nothing without this [journal].
** Stan [[spoiler: receiving all three books]], as it's revealed that [[spoiler: Stan really ''does'' know more than he lets on, and that he just unlocked a secret that might change Gravity Falls as we know it]] is sure to shed some ManlyTears.
---> After all these years... ''finally.'' I/[[{{Mondegreen}} we]] have them all.

[[AC: Scary-oke]]
* In Scary-oke, Dipper is very nearly eaten by zombies. If [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan]] hadn't pulled a BigDamnHeroes moment, what would Dipper's last words have been?
-->'''Dipper:''' Mabel, I'm sorry!

[[AC: Into The Bunker]]
* "Into the Bunker" has [[spoiler: Dipper's struggle to tell Wendy how he feels. He pulls out of an attempt while watching a movie at her house, ultimately deciding against doing it all together by the time the adventure proper has started; but Mabel intervenes and, before long, Dipper ends up letting it slip. As expected, [[{{Precocious Crush}} the age gap between them]] means that ([[AnchoredShip for now at least]]), [[BetterAsFriends they'll just be friends.]] However, the Heartwarming kicks in when she reveals she wasn't bothered, but actually quite flattered and lets him down gently. ]]
** The circumstances under which [[spoiler: [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Dipper reveals his crush to Wendy.]] After a confrontation with [[{{Shapeshifting}} Experiment 210]], Dipper finds Wendy on the ground, unresponsive. Believing her to be hurt or possibly dead, he ends up admitting his love for her out of guilt and begins crying. That fact that the real Wendy was fine and the unconscious Wendy was really 210 hardly diminishes the moment.]]

[[AC: Golf War]]
* The whole sequence with Big Henry in "Golf War". Like the infamous "Feed the Kitty" cartoon, an over-the-top scenario of hysterics wound up affecting some of the audience in ways the writers probably didn't expect. At the very least, this is the first cartoon to get you to cry over [[spoiler: the death of a golf-ball gnome.]]
---> Dipper: Ha Ha! [[IncrediblyLamePun Miner Hole!]] [[TemptingFate I wonder what cute silly things are going on down there.]]
** It's brief, but learning that Pacifica's father and mother are a couple of self-absorbed and [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] [[StageMom stage parents]] really puts the snobby girl's usual attitude in a sadder light.
*** Oh, but it's not so brief when it resurfaces in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", showing that it's even ''worse'' than that: [[spoiler: her parents have mentally abused her via Pavlov's Dog-style conditioning to follow their snobby, selfish and heartless ways, without a single thought or care to her own feelings so long as she continues to make their family look "respectable" (in their terms of the word, of course.)]]
*** The whole scene is HarsherInHindsight knowing the above. Preston tells Pacifica "Whatever happens, remember: you're a Northwest. Don't lose." When Pacifica returns home, a special light show and banner of congratulations are turned on for her. Putting two and two together, it means that Pacifica's parents knew the only reason Pacifica would even be ''returning home'' is if she had won. If she had lost, she would never come back since she understood perfectly well that her parents would disown her and thus wouldn't want her back.

[[AC: Sock Opera]]
* A big portion of "Sock Opera", especially Dipper and Mabel arguing.
* The way Bill tempts Dipper to lend him a 'puppet.' Projecting a series of all the sacrifices Dipper's made for Mabel this summer while asking "Besides, what's your sister done for you lately? How many times have you sacrificed for her, huh? And when has she ever returned the favor?"
** Worse, the fact that Dipper accepts.

[[AC: Soos and the Real Girl]]
* "Soos and the Real Girl" has [[spoiler:Giffany telling Soos that no woman would ever want him and she's the best he can get]]. It strikes a sharp chord to anyone insecure about their personalities, anyone that feels alone or anyone that is or has been in a abusive relationship.
** Giffany herself from the same episode. [[spoiler:Her entire behavior just oozes of abandonment issues.]] Not to mention how this line comes across upon learning more about her and her backstory had more than one viewer genuinely feeling sorry for her. Especially with the above mentioned [[spoiler:likely abandonment issues]] in mind.
---> '''Giffany:''' [[spoiler:"And I'm sure you won't abandon me, new boyfriend."]]

[[AC: Little Gift Shop of Horrors]]
* Mabel's depressed reaction to [[spoiler:Waddles becoming intelligent and leaving her behind to pursue science]] in "Little Gift Shop Of Horrors".

[[AC: Society of the Blind Eye]]
* In "Society of the Blind Eye", Old Man [=McGucket=]'s melancholy reaction to his reputation as a local kook. He's just lucid enough to know how much of an outcast he is. Not to mention the sequence at the end, where [[spoiler:[=McGucket=] watches himself slowly go mad thanks to repeated use of the mind-erasing gun.]]
** Mabel's reaction to watching is heart-wrenching, both in content and how her VA delivers it with total believability:
---> '''Mabel:''' [[spoiler: "Oh... [=McGucket=], I'm so... sorry...]]
** The latter makes his son's treatment of him even HarsherInHindsight.
** [[spoiler: The thought [=McGucket=] did something so awful it drove him to despair and insanity is pretty terrible.]]
** It's mostly a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, but [[spoiler:the fact that [=McGucket=] has destroyed his mind to the point where he's attained InsanityImmunity really goes to show how far gone the poor man has become]].
-->'''[=McGucket=]:''' [[spoiler: [[InsanityImmunity YOU CAN'T BREAK WHAT'S ALREADY BROKEN!]]]]
** The translation to the cipher at the end of "Society of the Blind Eye".
** In the same episode, Wendy admitting that her laid-back personality is actually a front for how stressed her family makes her.
** Also in the same episode Dipper admits that he's not sure of his identity besides being the smart one.
** Mabel bursting into tears at the beginning of the episode when she reads Mermando's letter, informing her of his arranged marriage, as well as the miserable look on Mermando's face in his picture. It's depressing to imagine a twelve year old kid being forced into a such a heavy burden, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext with a manatee, no less]], all to prevent a war. [[OhTheHumanity Oh, the huge manatee...]]

[[AC: Blendin's Game]]
* In "Blendin's Game", we find out that Soos really dislikes celebrating his birthday. It turns out, he has a really good reason: [[spoiler:his dad left him when he was four years old, and every year, on his birthday, he gets a half-hearted postcard from him that always says more or less the same thing: that he's "busy" and he'll [[BlatantLies be sure to show up next year]]. On his twelfth birthday, Soos finally had to face the fact that his dad was never going to come back, and ever since then, he's carried around that same old postcard, and a deep dislike for birthdays.]] Poor guy could really use a hug...
** The way his dislike is revealed is no slouch in this department, either. He looks ''incredibly'' perturbed and loses a lot of his energy, awkwardly excusing himself like he doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Even from that point, you know something went terribly wrong if ''Soos'' is acting like this.
** Blink and you'll miss it, but if you pay very close attention during the time travel segments, you can spot the Gleefulls walking by with a newborn Gideon in a baby carriage. They look like a perfectly normal, happy family. Just... what ''happened''...?
*** Thurop Van Orman recently sent [[https://twitter.com/littlethurop/status/527995145497493505 this tweet]], so we'll probably find out in a later episode.

[[AC: Love God]]
* "Love God" is pretty dour when you think of it. The hardest part to watch would be [[spoiler:Wendy's group of friends being broken apart after Mabel uses a love potion on Tambry and Robbie]].
** [[spoiler:Thompson's pleas to the group to not break apart, saying he'll be alone again without them]].
** [[FridgeHorror If you think about it,]] Dipper's predicament in the episode. He was amazingly happy to be part of Wendy's social circle and they were as happy with him and Mabel there. Then everything went down.

[[AC: Northwest Mansion Mystery]]
* Pacifica in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" is one little bundle of sad. During Dipper's ReasonYouSuckSpeech to the Northwests he calls out Pacifica for being no better than her parents and she's visibly effected by it but can't defend her actions because of her father, only able to blush in frustration and humiliation at her powerlessness. [[spoiler: Then when she discovers that she comes from a family that has always been thieves, cheaters and liars, all she can do is sit in the dark flicking a flashlight.]] Also, the family portrait shows a younger Pacifica ...with a goofy smile very similar to ''[[NotSoDifferent Mabel's.]]''
** When she says to Dipper "You were right about me all along. I ''am'' just another link in the world's worst chain", her voice actually cracks, as if she's doing all she can to hold back crying.
** Dipper's horrified reaction when the mirror breaks and releases the ghost, who heads back to the party, putting Mabel in danger.
** The ghost's story is pretty heartbreaking, and if he wasn't AxCrazy and out for {{Revenge}}, even on people who don't know the truth, it would be pretty easy to root for him.
*** To put it into perspective, [[spoiler: the Lumberjack Ghost was commissioned along with many others by Pacifica's ancestor to build Northwest Manor, and in return a grand party would be held to honour their hard work. For what is implied to have taken at least a year, the construction took a hefty toll as many had died due to intense labour and cruel conditions of nature. In the end, the manor was complete, and those who had survived made their way to the promised party, only to be betrayed by the Northwests and cast out. Then to put icing on the cake, the Lumberjack demanded entry, only to be swept up in a mudslide, and be killed by an axe sent flying into his skull]]. How could you not understand this ghost's anger?
** A minor one, but when Mabel, Candy, and Grenda get turned into trees, it shows that they spent their last moments yelling at each other [[SkewedPriorities without ever noticing the danger]]. [[FridgeHorror Just imagine]] ''that'' being your last true memory of your friends, and you're not even able to apologize afterwards.

[[AC: Not What He Seems]]
* The sheer horror Dipper and Mabel go through when they [[spoiler: discover that Grunkle Stan is an imposter, that he lied to them about the journals, and when they think he is going to destroy the universe.]] After seeing Stan and the twins bond over water balloons, it's heartbreaking to see them think the worst of them. Even [[spoiler:Soos]] loses faith in Stan.
** Dipper's complete and utter ''disgust'' and ''outrage'' at the whole thing is particularly hard to watch. [[HeReallyCanAct Jason Ritter was on his A-game during those scenes]].
--> '''Dipper''': And I should trust you ''why?!'' After you [[spoiler:stole radioactive waste]]?! After you [[spoiler:lied to us all summer]]?! '''''I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE!'''''
** Even worse is Mabel's increasingly desperate insisting that the whole thing is just one big, horrible misunderstanding.
** Mabel being forced to choose between [[spoiler:trusting her brother and trusting her uncle.]] The reversed gravity makes it clear that she's in tears.
** Not to mention the hurt and anger in [[spoiler: Dipper]]'s voice when she [[spoiler: chooses to trust Stan over him, especially after declaring her his closest confidant at the beginning of the series]].
** That little crack in Mabel's voice when she says [[spoiler: "I want to believe you..."]] is such a jarring contrast from her normally bright, loud voice.
** [[spoiler:"Grunkle Stan... I trust you."]]
** Stan was willing to [[spoiler: risk destroying the entire universe just to see his brother again.]]
** In retrospect, Stan's comment about Dipper and Mabel: "Itís unnatural for siblings to get along as well as you do." [[spoiler:Does this imply that Stan was not a good friend to his brother before he disappeared? Worse; '' A Tale of Two Stans'' shows that they got along famously as kids, but one accident and several years of mutual bitterness completely destroyed whatever friendship they had before. It's as if Stan has forgotten what a good sibling relationship is supposed to look like.]]
*** To add to this, Stan's repeated desperate line when he's being held up by the fed: "I have to ''be there'' when it happens!" [[spoiler: Keep in mind that at this point he feels all will go as planned with the machine and his brother will return... he is just that obsessed with being the first person his brother sees upon arrival, to welcome him back and possibly beg his forgiveness for their past troubles.]]
** Stan desperately pleading that everything he did, he did for the sake of the Pines family, even as he acknowledges that he did some bad things. No matter what, Stan does truly love Dipper and Mabel ([[spoiler:and his brother]]), and you can feel how much it hurts him that the twins are doubting that, especially Mabel judging by the pain in his voice when he asks "You really believe I'm a bad guy?"
** When Soos guards the vending machine, he comments that he wants Stan to adopt him. Not only does this confirm that Stan is his father figure, it's really harsh when viewed through the lens of his father situation in "Blendin's Game."

[[AC: A Tale of Two Stans]]
* First off, there's a lot of things about this episode that make earlier gags and one-off moments HarsherInHindsight or {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s, to the point you could say a non-canon tagline for the episode is "[[CerebusRetcon it's not funny anymore]]." Good luck looking at almost anything involving Stan, or [[WhamEpisode watching the show at all]] [[TheEndingChangesEverything without feeling sad inside after this...]]
** Most of the jokes about Stan's conman past also fall into this category now that we know [[spoiler: he was doing it all just to earn enough money for his family to take him back and never succeeded before killing off Stanley to become Stanford.]]
** Back in ''Little Gift Shop of Horrors,'' Grunkle Stan told a lighthearted story about Waddles becoming an UpliftedAnimal and getting isolated from his best friend Mabel, who wanted him to be fun and dumb. Now he retells the tale-- [[spoiler: with his brother as Waddles and himself as Mabel.]] Suddenly, the story isn't so funny...
** Remember when Stan was [[ComicalOverreacting hilariously overreacting]] to ''The Duchess Approves''? Specifically, that scene where he sobs "It's just like my life!" as the Duchess ends up disagreeing with her mother? [[spoiler: There's a chance it's bringing up painful memories of being disowned.]]
** ''Little Dipper'': "My one and only dream, which is to possess money, has come true!" This episode: "[[spoiler: And don't come back until you've made us a fortune!"]] ''Ouch.''
** Remember when Stan was in Colombian prison? And that joke from the Gravity Falls Gossiper podcast that said he was in Gravity Falls because it was the only place the police didn't know where he was? It's now revealed that he engaged in a lot of illegal activities that got him put in jail three times, and he managed to break out every time.
*** Even the line where he says the two convicts are the best friends he could have had is harsher in hindsight now, considering TheReveal of his FriendlessBackground.
** Stan's tattoo. He wasn't lying when he said he didn't have a tattoo. [[spoiler: He has a BRAND. It's the mark of his final argument with his brother.]]
** Stan telling Dipper he's grounded AFTER the party in "Scaryoke" now makes sense, seeming like a light punishment at the time, and a punishment that Dipper and Stan both forget after the former summons zombies; [[spoiler: Stan knows what it's like to get DisproportionateRetribution for a huge mistake in the family.]]
** While this one isn't funny, remember how irritable Stan was over the hidden room, and how he spent a lot of the episode moping while looking at a pair of glasses? It's revealed in [[spoiler: this episode that he spent close to a month in that room in a Heroic BSOD, and the glasses are his brother's. He was remembering how he accidentally threw his brother into Another Dimension. Small wonder that he boarded the place up.]]
** Remember Stan's crappy fishing boat, the Stan O'war? [[spoiler: Its name is a lot more heartbreaking after we see that he and his brother owned another boat by the same name together before their falling out.]]
** A FunnyAneurysmMoment variant, but while at first glance Stan's initial shock at seeing his wax counterpart and his later overemotional reaction to its "death" in "Headhunters" just seems like the hammy and hilarious outburst of a narcissistic old man, the reveal that [[spoiler: Stan has a twin brother who he's been separated from for the past three decades makes it much more tragic. Especially if you take into account that Stan may have been using the wax version of himself as a substitute for his brother...]]
** In "Dreamscaperers," [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/512779b0b932f9af79b0ec54716cc49a/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo1_r1_500.jpg part of Stan's mindscape is a creepy]] AbandonedPlayground. At the end of "Not What He Seems," we see the playground again... [[spoiler:[[http://38.media.tumblr.com/eb67214ed8b013f1c86b7273adff73bb/tumblr_nkz2d3l9BL1s5kb6bo2_r2_500.gif where Stan and his brother sat together and watched the sunset as children]]]].
* [[spoiler: Stanford - that's not Grunkle Stan, his real name is Stanley - created a perpetual motion machine, and Grunkle Stan ended up breaking it by angrily pounding on the table. This made Stanford lose a college scholarship, ruining his chances to go to his dream school. In response, the Pines family disowned him, claiming that he wouldn't be allowed back into their home until he made up for the money they would have gained. As a result, Stanley was left homeless, and worked as a traveling SnakeOilSalesman. This continually failed, leaving him with only about a peso to his name.]]
** [[spoiler:Stanley was thrown out of his home. This is sad enough, but then consider that he hadn't even graduated high school at this point. He was probably seventeen or eighteen -- his parents not only kicked their child out of his home, which is already awful, but he really ''was'' still a child at that point.]]
** [[spoiler: Even worse, in hindsight the machine breaking might not have been Stan's fault at all.]]
* [[spoiler:When in their senior year of high school, Stanford and Stanley are brought to the principal's office with their parents - but Stanley's told to wait outside. Stanford's told by the principal that he's a genius, his future's bright, and that the admissions team of his dream college is coming to look at his latest experiment, and this makes his not easily impressed father proud. When their mother asks about ''Stanley's'' chances of success, the principal responds with a dismissive "That clown?", says that at the rate he's going, it'd "be a miracle" if he finished high school, and that he'd probably be stuck in their New Jersey town, in a dead-end job (scraping barnacles off of a saltwater taffy store on a dock), for the rest of his life. Unknown to any of them, Stanley overhears the ''entire conversation'' and just sits huddled against the door, crushed emotionally and almost on the verge of tears.]]
* [[spoiler: The fact that Stanford thought Stanley intentionally sabotaged the machine and cost Ford his dream school because he cared more about his silly treasure hunter idea than what his brother wanted. He's so mad he refuses to believe that it was an accident or intervene when their dad kicks Stanley out.]]
* The actual moment when [[spoiler:Stan accidentally sends Ford through the portal. As soon as Ford starts floating toward it, Stan immediately panics and instantly regrets fighting with his brother, and then helplessly calls out his name after he's gone.]] Seeing what he was like afterwards, [[spoiler:lying wide awake in bed, staring at the ceiling as he huddles his brother's glasses and journal against his body like a scared child]] is just heartbreaking.
-->'''Past!Stan:''' [[spoiler: Stanford? Stanford, come back!]] ''(Starts pounding on the Portal)'' I didn't mean it! ''(Tries to pull the Portal's lever)'' I just got him back, I can't lose him again! Come on! [[spoiler: ''STANFORD!!'']]
-->'''Stan (narrating):''' I'd lost him. I didn't know if he was dead or alive in some distant galaxy, but I knew [[spoiler:his journal must have the answer to getting him back]]. Somehow...
** The moment when Stan's in the grocery store trying to buy bread, and he only manages to pull a peso, a scrap of paper, and a paper clip out of his pocket. Really drives home [[RockBottom just how much he's lost.]]
** [[spoiler: Stanley spent every day of ''thirty years'' trying to make up for an angry, stupid mistake and get his brother back. Ford's response? To tell him he's only allowed to continue sticking around until the kids leave at the end of the summer, then he has to fork over the house, take all his junk, and get lost.]]
*** [[spoiler: Stan's response to ''that''? He ruefully asks "You really aren't going to thank me, are you?", then adds that he will leave, as Ford wants him to, but only if Ford keeps away from Dipper and Mabel, because "as far as I'm concerned, they're the only family I have left." Him not wanting Dipper and Mabel getting into more trouble than they already did is sweet, but him disowning his twin brother is soul-crushing, especially since we see his sad, hesitant face afterwards before he leaves, as if he wonders if he should or could say something to make it, or everything that happened before, better. Arguably worse is that we don't see Ford's reaction and have no real way of knowing how being rejected and considered a danger affected him. Also bears remembering that Stan admittedly faked his death so he could play Ford, which means that if Ford sticks to his demands and kicks him out at the end of the summer, Stan not only has nowhere to go, not even to Dipper and Mabel's, but has to assume a fake identity ''again''. And if Grunkle Stan doesn't, what happens to Ford? How does he explain having been in another dimension for 30 years?]]
** Mabel's fear that [[spoiler: she and Dipper will end up like Stan and Ford and even after Dipper reassures her, you can still tell it bothers her.]]
* The moment where a destitute [[spoiler: Stanley contacts Stanford through a pay phone but finds he cannot bring himself to say anything or plead for help.]] Notably this is a moment of UnreliableNarrator as Stanley fibs that he was doing great and needed help from no one.
** It also teases what could have been. There's no knowing that had Stanley been more open, perhaps Stanford would have reaccepted him in his life.
* The general decline in [[spoiler: the Stans' relationship is one of the sadder things to watch in the show as it is very realistically portrayed. They were inseparable as children, then fell out completely after Stanley accidentally destroyed Stanford's perpetual motion device. Rather than giving the cathartic reunion that the audience wants (and Mabel awkwardly expresses a desire for by suggesting that the Pines "hug it out"), the episode ends with Stanley and Stanford still on horrible terms and with no sign that this is likely to improve]].
* Considering Stan's age, it's pretty safe to assume that Stan and Ford's parents are dead at this point. Which means that the last conversation Stan ever had with his parents [[spoiler: was them disowning him.]] While Stan and Ford can still potentially make amends and rekindle their friendship, Stan will never accomplish his goal of [[spoiler: making his parents proud of him again.]]
** It's especially sad if you remember "Dreamscaperers", where Stan's flashback to his father showed that he did in fact care for Stan at one point.

[[AC: Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons ]]
* Mabel's sad look on her face as she realizes that Dipper is drifting away from her and to the Author because of her teasing. There's a painful realization that she's doing what she was afraid of last episode - growing apart from her twin and having a bad relationship with him.
-->'''Dipper''': I knew the Author must be cool, but he's better than I imagined! And... [[ButtMonkey he doesn't make fun of me all the time the way you and Grunkle Stan do.]]
-->'''Mabel''': Give him time! Ha ha, HEY-OH!
-->'''Mabel''': Nah, you got me. ''(turns away sadly)'' You got me.
* While it may not be much but Dipper not being able to find a friend to play a game with him can be relatable to some people.
* Ford allowing Dipper to see what he's been doing at the end has some small moments here and there, but [[HeartwarmingMoments also heartwarming]] in that he trusts Dipper enough to show him.
-->'''Ford''': You asked me earlier what I was working on. Well... [[spoiler: (removes curtain to reveal the portal destroyed) I dismantled the portal. An interdimensional gateway is too dangerous for the world it feeds into. That's why I was mad at Stan for using it. He saved me but, as I feared....]]
* Ford admits that his abandoning his work at the drop of a hat to play the game with Dipper was because after thirty years on the other side of the portal, he's desperate for human companionship. And it doesn't seem likely to come from Stan any time soon.

[[AC: The Stanchurian Candidate]]
* There's few moments from the episode that really stand out. But what really cements this episode for the category is what it reveals about Stan. He feels overshadowed by everyone, as if he gets no respect, and feels depressed for what he's done with his life.
** He specifically feels overshadowed by Ford, and like Soos and the kids are going to end up favoring Ford over him (just like his parents did).
** There doesn't seem to be any hope for Ford or Stan reconciling any time soon as Stan's words to the twins were simply that he gets "a bigger tombstone than Ford".
* His reaction when he ends up losing the town's favor during the final debate due to speaking his mind. His expression of hopelessness coupled with the realization that the twins were right about him is just heart-breaking.