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:
  • Ascended Fanon: A fan asked Alex for Grenda's last name, and he didn't have an answer so he asked the fan to make something up. The fan said "Grendinator" and Alex immediately pronounced it canon.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In 'Fight Fighters', when Rumble defeats Dipper, his victory pose mimics that of Akuma. However, unlike Akuma's kanji 天 (meaning Heaven), the kanji on Rumble's back is 屁 (meaning a fart, or alternatively something so worthless it's not worth considering - either interpretation satisfies the joke).
  • Channel Hop: The first season premiered its episodes on Disney Channel, while the second season had a majority of its episodes first air on Disney XD.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Surprisingly and unfortunately happened in a Disney Channel Scandinavia 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 when it was just a reference to John Aoshima, who was a director on the show's first season.
  • 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.
    • Celestabellebethabelle from "The Last Mabelcorn" is voiced by Sam Marin.
    • The "Between the Pines" featurette revealed that Abuelita's voice actor is Matt Chapman.
    • In the Russian dub, Gideon is voiced by a woman.
  • 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.
    • Pretty much any kid on the show, who's around Dipper's and Mabel's age, are voiced by adults, same with the teenagers.
  • Defictionalization:
  • Descended Creator: Alex Hirsch does the voice of both Stan and Soos, as well as recurring characters like Old Man McGucket, President Trembley, Bill Cipher, and Mayor Befufflefumpter.
  • #EngineeredHashtag: #TakeBackTheFalls was used to promote the Grand Finale. True to the fans, some ads hid it as a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
  • Executive Meddling: Not the show ending after two seasons, as Alex Hirsch made sure to emphasize that it was entirely his own decision for quite a while, but it was because of the Disney execs that he didn't tell everyone right when he made that decision, as they hoped he'd change his mind about ending Disney XD's highest rated show.
  • 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" In a similar vein, Bill Cy the Triangle Guy.
    • Fans of Total Drama would consider "Boyz Crazy" (a season 1 episode where Wendy dumps Robbie) the sequel to ''Greece's Pieces", given that Dipper became the "New Alejandro" for having Wendy dump Robbie, similar to how Courtney dumped Duncan for the tension that Alejandro caused between them and Gwen.
    • "Hunkle Stan" became prevalent after the season 2 opener "Scary-Oke" aired and many fans confessed an attraction to Stan in full-blown Badass mode smashing zombie heads. It's even been addressed semi-canonically. Naturally, there's a substantial following for Hunkle Ford as well.
    • While the name "Bipper" for Bill-possessed Dipper in the episode "Sock Opera" appeared in the episode itself, it was only used once, by Mabel ("Bill-Dipper…BIPPER!"). The fandom uses it by default, often treating Bipper as a separate character from Dipper, and frequently extends the formula as shorthand for non-canon cases of Bill possession (i.e. "Babel" = Bill-Mabel). Not to be confused with BillDip (the ship), although there is some uncomfortable overlap.
    Alex Hirsch: The question was about Bill-Dipper, or "Bipper," as Mabel called him. That was, again, another one where I added that line, like, at the last second. Like, we were watching that scene in the editorial and she's like "It's Bill-Dipper!", and I was like "we need a joke here, what if she calls him Bipper? That's really silly, nobody will remember that." And Bipper has become a character unto himself in the world of the fans.
    • "Dipdop" for Dipper.
    • 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.
    • "Mystery Twins Classic" for Stan and Ford, possibly inspired by the clones' reference to the original Dipper as "Dipper Classic" in the episode "Double Dipper." This nickname was in use well before the Stan twin theory was confirmed!
  • 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. (Though basically everyone assumed that the lost twin was Stanley and Grunkle Stan was Stanford, as he was called in the show itself prior to the reveal that it was actually the other way around.)
    • "Dipper and Mabel Vs The Future": Mabel becomes so afraid of the future after Gravity Falls, she breaks the Rift, something that a majority of the fandom had predicted since the reveal of its existence.
    • The slightly less-obvious symbols on the intro's Cipher wheel were confirmed in the Grand Finale. Wendy is the ice bag, Pacifica is the Llama, and McGucket is the glasses.
  • Image Source: The show provides page images for:
  • Irony: Disney once tried to make a cartoon called "Poopdeck" and it's clearly a rip off of Cartoon Network's "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack" which happens to be created by Thurop Van Orman. Poopdeck was never made, however Thurop must be cool with Disney if he ended up as the voice of Gideon Gleeful. As a bonus, the Flapjack episode "Panfake" is a Take That to this fact!
  • Irony as She Is Cast:
    • Probabilitor is disgusted to find apple slices in his lunch, while Weird Al Yankovic is a vegan.
    • Cecil Baldwin, The preternatural Voice of Night Vale is also the most normal man in all of Gravity Falls, Tad Strange.
    • See above with Thurop Van Orman as Lil' Gideon despite Disney trying to rip off his show.
  • Jossed:
    • Before Bill Cipher was revealed as a character, it was assumed that the triangle at the end of the theme song was just there for show and would have no in-show significance. It wasn't until the creator reassured a fan that the show would return from hiatus during the first season that the fanbase began to speculate about the character's role.
    • Old Man McGucket is not the author of the journals.
    • Despite the occasional allusion to Judaism, the Pines aren't canonically Jewish.
    • Grunkle Stan is Stanley and the Author is Stanford. Most fans had the names swapped around in their theories prior to the airing of "A Tale of Two Stans", not expecting Grunkle Stan to take Stanford's name in order to hide his brother's disappearance.
    • 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 were in 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:
    • Someone working on the show is madly in love with Street Fighter. And Super Mario Bros. 2. And Pac-Man.
    • Certain tropes in this site are sometimes dropped in episodes and on staff comments. The finale explicitly refers to the "Law of Weirdness Magnetism" that keeps anomalies within Gravity Falls.
  • 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".
  • Out of Order: Disney XD in the UK airs "Tourist Trapped" as the fifth episode of the first season, and "Scaryoke" as the third episode of the second season.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Thurop Van Orman's previous famous role, Flapjack, is a kind-hearted, happy, naive and very innocent boy. Meanwhile his role here, Gideon, is anything but.
    • Tad Strange, the most normal guy in Gravity Falls, is voiced by Cecil Baldwin, who's role as Cecil Palmer in Welcome to Night Vale is decidedly less normal.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
  • Real-Life Relative: If Behind the Voice Actors is to be believed, the voices of Dipper and Robbie in the Hebrew dub are brothers.
  • 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 and .GIFfany are Flame Princess, Manly Dan is Jake, the Summerween Trickster is Choose Goose, Waddles is Cinnamon Bun, and Bud Gleeful is Martin.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • Premieres between episodes within the same season in the US can be anywhere from two weeks to four months. It took over a year for the first season to air, and it took another year for the second season to make it on-air. In fact, Alex Hirsch himself was happily surprised when he learned that the second season would premiere earlier than he initially believed.
    • Alex Hirsch learned his lesson from when it happened in Season 1, and constructed Season 2 more like two mini-seasons, suspecting correctly that there would be a long hiatus at that point.
    • 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.
    • The hiatuses have happened so often and the gaps are so long that some more conspiratorially minded fans believe that Disney is trying to kill the show, when ironically, it's the opposite - instead they're trying to milk the show for as much money as it's worth due to the second season being the final one and being unable to convince Hirsch to continue the series.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Grunkle Stan, Soos, Old Man McGucket, and Bill Cipher, who are all voiced by Alex Hirsch, who also voices several other minor characters.
    • Literally in the episode "Double Dipper" with Dipper and all his clones.
    • In the Russian dub, Grunkle Stan & his twin brother Ford are voiced by the same voice actor, as are Wendy & Gideon.
  • Throw It In: The credits scene of "Weirdmageddon Part 1" is simply Louis CK being allowed to go nuts.
  • Trolling Creator: Alex Hirsch is the current page image for the trope, with this being the most infamous example of his shenanigans.
    • He saved the biggest one of all for the series finale, as the ten symbols that appear at the beginning and end of every episode, causing every fan to wrack their brains about their meaning and what each one represents, turn out to be an ancient prophecy about the people who can defeat Bill...and ends up being completely meaningless when Stan wrecks it.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: "The Stanchurian Candidate" slipped into it during production, as by the time it aired, news of the following year's United States presidential campaign had been hijacked by the cartoonishly incompetent antics of Donald "When did we beat Japan at anything?" Trump, meaning it would have been a more prudent political satire to have Stan's ideas be completely successful.
  • 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, and an unused Villain Song for Bill cut from "Weirdmageddon Part 1".
    • 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 audience 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.
      • He eventually does attempt this in The Stanchurian Candidate, with help from his father.
    • The Stinger for Little Gift Shop of Horrors was originally going to involve a Twist Ending where the viewer was actually M. Night Shyamalan, but they were unable to get the director to agree to the joke.
    • In the original script for Weirdmageddon Part II, Dipper was going to kill Dippy Fresh by snapping his neck. Take one guess as to why that didn't make it into the episode.
    • The Journal was originally going to have been called "Dr. Crackpot's Index of the Damned."
    • There was a discarded episode called Jimmy Snakes, where an old biker friend of Stan's came to town, and he had a Ghost Rider-esque curse.
    • Gideon's hair was originally going to be revealed to be a wig concealing his parasitic, half-formed conjoined twin brother.
    • The show was initially planned to go on for three seasons, but worries of the quality of another season and Alex exhausting himself during the first season cut it down to two instead, which explains the season finale-like nature of "Not What He Seems" and somewhat faster pacing.
      • The first season was actually so exhausting that Hirsch seriously considered ending the show there, cliffhanger and all. He credits Jon Stewart with convincing him to give the story a proper ending.
    • Alex really wanted David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (Mulder and Scully) to have a role on the show but they were too busy.
    • The original ending to "Blendin’s Game" had Dipper and Mabel use the time wish to bring Soos’s son from the future to meet his father and let him know that he grows up to be an amazing dad.
    • There was going to be a scene that showed just how Gideon found Journal 2. He found it while playing in the woods by himself.
  • 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 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.
    • Between Stan and his twin brother Ford, Ford is the older of the two by 15 minutes.
    • Ford not only has six fingers on each hand, but six toes on each foot.
    • Alex Hirch has one answered some questions regarding some information about the Pines Family and beyond on his Twitter:
    • For example, when asked about what political parties they would be associated with (despite canonically not being with anyone): https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CLxwA_TUcAAqQhq.jpg:large
    • When a fan asked him about which Hogwarts House everyone would be in, he responded here: https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/712412661762301952
  • Working Title: "Northwest Mansion Mystery" was first announced as "Northwest Mansion Noir".
  • Write What You Know:
    I asked what the rules were, and they said, “It’s a game of imagination! There are no rules!” and then proceeded to argue about the rules for an hour and a half. I haven’t played since. But I should probably give it another try.
  • 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: a postcard in the first episode puts Gravity Falls almost dead center of the state, in Crook County. However, in season two, the episode Scary-okey puts the location around Malheur National Forest.
  • One of the last episodes pins the Mystery Twins' birthday as August 31, meaning that they're Virgos. Dipper fits the discription of Virgo ('smart, analytic'), Mabel not so much.
    • It's also revealed that the birthday of the Stans is June 15, making them Gemini's. What happened on that day? Oh, yes, the party in Double Dipper...
      Mabel: But whose birthday is this, Grunkle Stan?
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