Trivia: Gravity Falls

  • Accidentally Accurate:
    • In the "Petting Zoo" short, Octavia the eight-legged cow kills and eats a bird.
    • Mabel when flirting with (Austrian) Baron Marius in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" mistakenly thinks he's from Australia and asks if they eat kangaroos or keep them as pets. As a matter of fact . . .
  • Acting for Two: Sev'ral Timez consists of five characters, but are voiced by three actors. You try to sort it out.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Channel Hop: Season 2's episodes and onwards will premiere on Disney XD, and sadly, the XD version has the Credits Pushback. Luckily, the same episodes air on Disney Channel as part of their "Disney XD on Disney Channel" block, so decoding will continue.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: Surprisingly and unfortunately happened in a Disney Channel miniseries called The Mystery of Gravity Falls (not to be confused with the fan-run YouTube channel of the same name). It was a 6-part series that repeated the same things over and over again and, of course, got some things completely wrong. For example, claiming that "ONWARDS AOSHIMA!" was a big mysterious clue, and at the end of that one, saying "We now know the name Aoshima." Aoshima was a character who appeared in that episode and was named after John Aoshima, one of the directors for the show.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • In addition to voicing four major characters, Alex Hirsch voices Quentin Trembley, the gnomes, and several of the members of Sev'ral Timez.
    • Former writer/creative director Michael Rianda voices Lee, Thompson and Mr. Poolcheck.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Grenda is voiced by Carl Faruolo.
    • Grunkle Stan momentarily sounds like a woman after accidentally drinking voice-altering tonic.
  • Dawson Casting: 12-year old Dipper is voiced by Jason Ritter, who's in his mid-thirties, same with his twin sister Mabel who's voiced by Kristen Schaal.
    • Wendy is voiced by Linda Cardellini, who's in her late thirties.
    • Inverted with 60-year old Stan. He is voiced by the creator, who's in his late twenties. He's also voiced other old people like Old Man McGucket and President Trembley.
    • Pretty much any kid on the show, who's around Dipper's and Mabel's age, are voiced by adults, same with the teenagers.
  • Descended Creator: Alex Hirsch does the voice of both Stan and Soos, as well as recurring characters like Old Man McGucket, President Trembley and Bill Cipher.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Tumblr Fans of the show are called Fallers.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Bill Cipher was known as "Mr. Pyramid" and "ACE" before being properly introduced. After being introduced, people started calling him a "Magical Dorito", or "The Illuminacho".
    • Fans of Total Drama would consider "Boyz Crazy" (a season 1 episode where Wendy dumps Robbie) the sequel to ''Greece's Pieces".
    • Similarly, Ed, Edd n Eddy can consider "Northwest Manor Noir" a Spiritual Successor to Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show, since they both have The Reveal that a major Jerkass character had a child abuse-related Freudian Excuse.
    • Some have taken to calling Pacifica, "Paz". "Ciffy" and "Pacy" aren't uncommon either.
    • With The Reveal concerning The Author AND a confirmation of the "Stan has a twin" theory, people have taken to calling the Author "Author Stan" or "Stanley", which is the most commonly theorized name for Stan's twin... Until "A Tale of Two Stans" came in and confirmed the Author's name was Stanford and the beloved Grunkle was Stanley.
    • It's also tied into I Knew It, but when the theories for who the Author was were still rolling around, the internet took to calling Stan and his brother "Mystery Twins Classic."
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Has its own page now!
  • I Knew It:
    • "Gideon Rises": Stan has Book 1 and he is aware of the crazy supernatural stuff that happens in town but lies about it.
    • "Into the Bunker": Wendy knows about Dipper's crush on her and the author of the books has 6 fingers..
    • "Scaryoke": Soos becomes a zombie.
    • "Society of the Blind Eye": Old Man McGucket was intimately involved with the mysteries of Gravity Falls before he went crazy — though he turned out not to be the author of the journals, as everyone assumed, but merely the true author's lab assistant.
    • "Not What He Seems": The author of the books is Stan's brother and Stan was trying to use the machine to bring him back. This one is particular is the culmination of the infamous "Stanley" or "Stan's Twin" theory, which was very well known but often a hot subject of debate.
  • Jossed:
    • Before Bill Cipher was revealed as a character, some fans guessed that the triangle at the end of the theme song was just there for show and would have no in-show significance. Oh, how wrong were they.
    • Old Man McGucket is not the author of the journals.
    • Aside that those are all common Judaic expressions, the Pines aren't Jewish (or any other religion, canonically).
    • Grunkle Stan is Stanley and the Author is Stanford. Many fans had the names swapped around in their theories prior to the airing of "A Tale of Two Stans".
    • Neither of the two Stans are Dipper and Mabel's grandfather. It was a popular theory for them to be Stanford's, with the other option being Grunkle Stan merely pretending to be their uncle after the incident thirty years ago. It turns out that the Stans are a family of five with the last, previously unknown sibling being Shermy.
      • The fact that the Stans were a two sibling family is another Jossed theory.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Alex Hirsch voices at least five different characters in the show, and they all have their own distinct voice.
    • More specifically, he voices: Stan, Soos, the gnomes, Bill Cipher, Quentin Trembley, Old Man McGucket, Norman, Paper Jam Dipper, and additional background characters, including Mayor Befufftlefumpter, ancient and reclusive mayor of Gravity Falls.
    • Grey DeLisle also voices many incidental characters on the show, some of the most notable being Mrs. Gleeful in "Little Dipper," the Summerween Superstore clerk and Gorney in "Summerween," Grunkle Stan's new voice in "Bottomless Pit," and the woman who asks Soos for directions and ends up falling in love with him in "Carpet Diem."
  • Name's the Same: Same company example: The Lamby Lamby Dance in the episode, "The Inconveniencing", shares its name with a character on Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins.
  • Old Shame: Alex Hirsch is, according to a reddit thread, not terribly fond of the 11-minute pilot used to pitch the show.
    "Any chance we'll see the full unaired pilot at some point in the future?"
    "Oh lord I hope not. That thing was a mess, haha! That would be like showing you awkward photos from my high school prom. We all have dark horrible secrets. That 11 minute Flash pilot was mine."
  • One of Us:
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Strangely enough, in a commercial for Gravity Falls mealbags at Subway, Kristen Schaal does not voice Mabel. Even stranger, all of the dialogue for the twins in that CM is taken from clips of previous episodes, and they didn't dub over Jason Ritter's voice for Dipper. Maybe Kristen Schaal just doesn't like Subway.
    • Nathan Fillion voices Preston Northwest in season 2 while another actor voiced him in "Irrational Treasure".
  • Promoted Fanboy:
  • Relationship Voice Actor: A good amount of the cast is a mini Adventure Time reunion: Candy is BMO and Lady Rainicorn, Mabel is Jake Jr., Blendin Blandin and Bobby Renzobbi are Lemongrab, Pacifica is Susan Strong, Tambry is Flame Princess, Manly Dan is Jake, the Summerween Trickster is Choose Goose, Waddles is Cinnamon Bun, and Bud Gleeful is Martin.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • For some unexplained reason, there are a lot of long delays between episodes in the US.
    • Alex Hirsch learned his lesson from when it happened in Season 1, and constructed Season 2 more like two mini-seasons of eleven and nine episodes, suspecting correctly that there would be a huge hiatus at that point. The second half of Season 2 will premiere on July 13th with the episode "A Tale of Two Stans".
    • For the first few episodes of Season 2, they would air on Disney XD Monday and then on the Disney Channel Friday. But after Little Shop of Horrors it's now months before new episodes air on Disney Channel.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Grunkle Stan and Soos, who are both voiced by Alex Hirsch.
    • Literally in the episode "Double Dipper" with Dipper and all his clones.
  • Trolling Creator: Alex Hirsch is the current page image for the trope, with This being the most infamous example of his shenanigans.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: There is a picture circulating the Internet of the Slender Man watching Dipper and Mabel from the background in one of the episodes. This is not the case; viewing the episode itself yields no Slender Man.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The early concept art shows several possible designs for the characters.
    • Neil Cicierega composed two unused themes for the show.
    • There was going to be an episode based on the David Bowie film Labyrinth. Mabel would love the movie, but Dipper would hate it due to a fear of puppets. Dipper wouldn't admit to being afraid of the puppet; he would just call the movie dumb. Mabel would summon the Goblins to take Dipper away so she could watch the film. The Goblins would come out of the film take Dipper to the Labyrinth. The Goblin King would try to get Mabel to go through the labyrinth to find Dipper, but Mabel would instead want to spend time with the Goblin King. The episode would end with Dipper admitting his fear of puppets. The episode wasn't made because the studio execs didn't think the audence would get the reference, but they still managed to sneak a Labyrinth reference into one of the "Mabel's Guide to Life" shorts (where Mabel, Grenda and Candy dress Soos up as the Goblin King for one of their "flash makeovers").
    • Alex Hirsch wanted Bob Odenkirk to play Stan but he turned the offer down.
    • The music for the SDCC trailer was originally composed as an alternate theme song, according to the Gravity Falls team's tumblr.
    • Hirsch wanted David Lynch to play Bill Cipher but, as Odenkirk, he declined.
    • In the storyboards for "The Love God" the Love God originally hooked the old lady up with another old lady. His necklace also originally included the symbol for transgender/genderqueer as well as the traditional male and female symbols.
    • Danny DeVito also turned down a role in the show.
    • In an interview, Hirsch revealed that Bill Cipher was originally meant to play a much smaller role in the series, playing a comic relief role by merely invading Dipper's dreams and yelling conspiracy theories at him just to annoy him.
    • Originally, Gideon was meant to become the mayor of Gravity Falls as part of his plot.
  • Word of God: Alex Hirsch, for all intents and purposes, is incredibly young to be the creator and show-runner of a Disney animated TV series, and frequently connects with his fans while answering questions on his Twitter feed, and is into a lot of the same nostalgic things from the same time periods of the fans.
    • Wendy's last name is Corduroy. And her middle name is Blerble.
    • Dipper, Mabel and Stan's eyes are brown (Mabel's green eyes in "The Inconviniencing" are implied to be a result of overdosing on Smile Dip), Wendy's are green, and Li'l Gideon's are blue. As for Soos? "It's a mystery, dude!"
    • Mabel is the older of the twins by 5 minutes.
    • Hirsch describes the show as Twin Peaks meets The Simpsons.
  • Working Title: "Northwest Mansion Mystery" was first announced as "Northwest Mansion Noir".
  • Write What You Know: Alex Hirsch based the series on the childhood summers he and his twin sister spent camping with their great-aunt.
  • Write Who You Know:
    • Dipper is based on Alex Hirsch himself and each of the other main characters on people he knows. Mabel is based on Hirsch's twin sister Ariel, Grunkle Stan on their Grandpa Stan, Soos on Hirsch's one-time roommate Jesus and Wendy on a girl he had a crush on in his youth.
    • Wendy's list of ex-boyfriends uses the names of real people Ariel Hirsch had crushes on.
  • Misc:
    • The location of Gravity Falls: post card in the first episode puts Gravity Falls almost dead center of the state, then the dot on the map in Scary-okey put the location around Malheur National Forest.