"Unfortunately, my suspicions have been confirmed. I'm being watched. I must hide this book before He finds it."
"Remember—in Gravity Falls, there is no one you can trust."
Gravity Falls is an animated Disney Channel Original Series created by AlexHirsch and produced by RobRenzetti. It began airing on June 29, 2012 and has quickly developed a cult following with its paranormal theme, inventive writing, quirky yet lovable characters, thrilling escapades, and enough eyebrow-raising jokes to make one wonder how a kid-friendly channel like Disney picked it up in the first place.The show tells the story of twins Dipper and Mabel Pines, who have been sent to live for the summer with their "grunkle" note great-uncle Stanford "Stan" Pines in the mountain town of Gravity Falls, Oregon, where he owns the Mystery Shack, "the world's most bizarre museum". Dipper and Mabel's situation worsens (or, rather, betters) when Dipper finds a mysterious book, whose cover is only marked with the number "3" and a hand with six fingers. Upon opening it, Dipper finds a Great Big Book of Everything explaining the many strange beings, past events, and even federal cover-ups that exist within this town of secrecy — all cut through with an urgent warning: Trust No One! Thus begins Mabel and Dipper's adventures as they interact with the supernatural world that surrounds them.After the first season finale, Alex Hirsch announced that the series would be going on a possibly year-long hiatus, and the second season could be as far away as late 2014. Since then, several Miniseries have been released over the break to keep fans satisfied. Such miniseries include:
Adult Fear: "Tourist Trapped" contains a quite plausible child-abduction scenario.
"Gideon Rises" has a subtle but very painful one: Stan is forced to realize that, having lost the Shack, he cannot take care of Dipper and Mabel. This is evident when we see him talking with Dipper and Mabel's parents; he lies to them about their current condition and we see him realize that they cannot live with Soos for the summer since there is little income and little food. This strikes a chord for many parents or guardians who fear they may have to surrender their kids to other family members or social services because they can no longer take care of them.
Much of the Dipper/Wendy arc counts for people who have anxiety and shyness towards dealing with romance. The fear or romantic rejection gets more or less thrown in during "Into the Bunker" where Dipper decides it's not worth it to admit his feelings for her, but ends up doing it anyway; and, while flattered, Wendy turns him down due to the age gap between them.
Grunkle Stan, particularly in "Tourist Trapped". There are times, however, when he manages to avert it like when he punches a pterodactyl. Subverted in "Scaryoke" when it turns out he'd been lying about his knowledge of the supernatural to try to keep Dipper and Mabel away from it.
Downplayed with Soos, who's usually ready to lend a hand in monster hunts.
"Tourist Trapped": Do not go into the woods alone with a guy you just met.
Also, even when you're stuck in an unfamiliar or undesirable place - such as a decaying Oregonian tourist trap - still try to make the best of your circumstances.
"The Legend of the Gobblewonker": Spend some time with your elders - they'll appreciate it and you might have more fun that you assume.
"Headhunters": Don't let others tell you you're not good enough to do something.
"The Hand that Rocks the Mabel": If you're feeling uncomfortable about where a relationship is going, it's okay to set boundaries and say "no". And the more someone lavishes attention and expensive gifts on you to pressure you into playing a certain role for them, the warier of them you should be.
Also, you should be the one to confront the problem instead of someone else, as they could end up as collateral damage.
"The Inconveniencing": Sometimes, what sounds really cool in theory isn't that much fun when you actually try it, particularly when it's just done as an attempt to impress others.
"Dipper vs. Manliness": Even if nobody backs you up, don't be afraid to do what's right.
Alternatively, you are as manly as you think you are and do not be discouraged if others say otherwise. (Alternatively, alternatively: "true" manliness - or girliness - isn't always what society thinks it is, and you shouldn't be afraid to express yourself in a unique way.)
"Double Dipper": If you like someone and want to ask them out, don't be afraid to just talk to them about it.
Alternatively, your real friends will stick by you no matter what happens.
"Irrational Treasure": Don't dismiss someone's abilities just because you don't think they're important or useful.
"The Time Traveller's Pig": You can't have everything you want all of the time.
Alternatively, taking what you want can end up with you taking what someone else wants just as much. (Works both ways, since Mabel abandoned her chance to help Dipper in order to win Waddles.)
"Fight Fighters": Face things you don't like or are afraid of with grace rather than trying to run away, but Know When to Fold 'Em when you surpass your abilities.
"Little Dipper": Don't destroy something just because you personally don't need it anymore. Also, don't let your insecurities blind you to your accomplishments.
"Summerween": If someone is threatening you, make sure you tell someone and not just keep it to yourself.
Also, it's okay to do childish things, even as you get older.
"Boss Mabel": Settle for what you have already as opposed to unwisely taking a gamble on it all.
Alternatively, sometimes you have to be tough to get something to work.
"Bottomless Pit": Three.
Voice Over - Your personal qualities might not be perfect, but they're yours.
Soos' Really Great Pinball Story - Don't cheat, and don't be selfish.
Trooth Ache - Sometimes, you have to tell a little white lie to spare the feelings of others.
"The Deep End": Don't do something without thinking it through. It can lead to doing something needlessly that you will regret.
"Carpet Diem": Don't make important decisions when angry.
Secondly, don't pretend to be someone else and try to hurt their reputation.
Thirdly, don't ignore your old friend's feelings just because you made some new ones.
"Boyz Crazy": Don't arrive late for something and be surprised when they've run out of what you want. Alternatively, you should help someone for the sake of making them happy, not for personal gain.
"Land Before Swine": Lying about something, then trying to perpetuate the lie even though you or someone else might get hurt, is a bad idea.
Alternatively, stay away from hungry, meat-eating animals that are bigger than you. (Bit of a no-brainer.)
"Dreamscaperers": Don't sabotage your master plan to help your disguise you made to help with said master plan.
Alternatively, let people finish speaking before judging what they say.
"Gideon Rises": Just because you're not the strongest or the smartest doesn't mean you can't be the hero.
Secondly, just because something has had no use in the past doesn't mean it won't in the future.
Thirdly, if you believe something you are looking for is somewhere on a specific property, check every nook and cranny inside before you start digging outside.
Fourthly, sometimes people, including the police, get to pick and choose who to believe based on their own preferences, and they are jerks for doing it.
"Scaryoke": Don't let your ambitions blind you to the potential consequences of your actions.
Also, remember the important matters like spending time with family.
"Into The Bunker": If you like someone and it's eating you up with anxiety, sometimes you have to take a risk and say it, because uncertainity is often worse than certainity.
Also, sometimes people need a push, but you still have to respect their choices in the end.
"The Golf War": Grudges and rivalry will only lead to misery, and the only way to truly end them is to be the bigger person and turn the other cheek.
Secondly, don't get involved in other peoples disputes, or let others get involved in yours.
Thirdly, playing one side against the other for your own gain isn't only deceitful, it's dangerous.
Affably Evil: The ghosts from "The Inconveniencing" would be just like any other sweet old couple... except they entrap and torment any teenager that comes into their store.
Agent Mulder: Dipper and Soos, the former spurred on by a supernatural compendium. For example, in "Tourist Trapped", Soos says the mailman's a werewolf and believes Dipper's theory about Mabel's boyfriend being a zombie, a theory Dipper came up with after looking though the book.
Air-Vent Passageway: Dipper uses one to get into the convenience store in "The Inconveniencing".
All There in the Manual: Lots of info on characters, secret codes, screenshots and animated GIFs of 4 and beyond, as well as information taken from online games and otherwise, were being thrust into the public's hands before most folks could barely watch Episode 2.
Dipper's book serves an in-series example, seeing as it has information on all the creatures, various spells, and even a clue to a conspiracy.
Ambiguously Bi: Soos starting late in season 1 and carrying through to season 2. While unambiguously attracted to women, he notes how attractive Stan was in his younger days in "Dreamscaperers," states that he wouldn't mind if Stan kissed him in "Scary-oke," and in "The Golf War" he makes note of the stars while staring and lying back with Stan in the car at night.
Ambiguously Evil: Stan, all the frigging time. It only gets even more ambiguous in "Gideon Rises" where his underground lab is finally shown.
As of season 2, he's zigzagging this all over the place. It's unquestioned that he genuinely cares about the twins, but at the same time, he stole Dipper's journal and has the thing going on behind the vending machine, for which his use of the term "get caught" implies less-than-noble intent.
Ambiguously Gay: Tyler, the Cute Biker. He shows up out of nowhere to cheer on Manly Dan beating up a fish. He also shows up in the restaurant where Mabel and Gideon go on a date, calling the two adorable. His shorts are... pretty short, and he has visible eyelashes, which otherwise only female characters have. Also, in "Irrational Treasure" he and Manly Dan are briefly seen sharing a plate of meat between themselves. In "Boyz Crazy" he, along with Old Man McGucket, are in the audience at the Sev'ral Timez concert.
Sheriff Blubs and and Deputy Durland act very much like a married couple most of the time. Blubs' pronunciation of "Durland" sounds suspiciously like "darlin'".
Ambiguously Jewish: The Pines family. Mabel and Grunkle Stan occasionally use Yiddish words ("mazel tov", anyone?). Dipper and Stan fit a couple of stereotypes respectively. there's also the fact that "Pines" is an eastern Ashkenazi Jewish surname. This can all be Author Appeal given Alex Hirsch's Judaic background and the fact that he based the Pines on himself and his family.
"Bottomless Pit" has Mabel utter the line "Sweet Moses!" Stan says it in "The Land Before Swine".
Animation Bump: The entire intro is drawn with more detailed shading and more fluidly animated than the rest of the show. More evident in some shots than others - for example, Mabel plugging her sweater into the outlet is drawn with great detail, and Dipper getting scared and dropping his candle is extremely fluid.
Which is not to say that the show itself is animated poorly. The sea monster in "Legend of the Gobblewonker" is particularly nice.
Rumble in "Fight Fighters", due to being animated entirely by Paul Robertson.
Heck, an average episode beats out most cartoons' opening titles.
Anti-Mutiny: What the clone Dippers try to do to Dipper in "Double Dipper". When Tyrone realizes that the original plan wasn't working, they laugh it off and share a soda instead.
Arbitrary Skepticism: In "Bottomless Pit!", Grunkle Stan still states that everyone's stories are far-fetched, even though he is falling through a bottomless pit even as he speaks, and even lived through one of the stories.
"30 years" is starting to get thrown around in Season 2; in "Scary-oke," Stan mentions that it's how long he's been working on the portal beneath the shack, as well as the agents mentioning that they haven't seen readings like the ones given off by said portal in 30 years; in "Into the Bunker," Experiment 210 says that the author of the journals "hasn't been himself for 30 years," and the map of Gravity Falls that Wendy removes to reveal the door to the author's lab is dated circa 1982- 30 years prior to the 2012 when the series seems to take place. In an example from the first season, the calendar hanging in the hidden room in Carpet Diem was also dated 1982.
Arc Symbol: A simple drawing of an eyed pyramid with limbs and a top hat is all over the series, from the opening credits to the Mystery Shack's windows. He turns out to be an extremely powerful demon named Bill Cipher.
Funnily enough, in "Dreamscaperers," Bill Cipher causes the cute teenage boys from Mabel's Imagine Spot to appear in Stan's mind, retaining their style while interacting with the normally-drawn environment.
As Himself: In "Headhunters", both of the Coolio and Larry King wax figures are actually voiced by the real Coolio and Larry King.
Big Brother Instinct: Dipper, most prominently when warning Mabel about her new boyfriend and driving a golf cart like crazy when he thinks she's in danger. Mabel also has had several instances of Big Sister Instinct. For the record, Mabel is older by five minutes.
Soos also seems to have a bit of this for the twins, despite not being an actual relative.
Also, in "The Land Before Swine", when Dipper finds out that the pterodactyl took Waddles, he is dead-set on helping his sister get her beloved pet back.
The spell Gideon uses (also in Latin) to release Bill Cipher, however, makes much more sense in English: "Triangle, I invoke you! I come to the defensive barrier of the mind! I will see the barrier destroyed!"
Bittersweet Ending: Few episodes have these like "The Time Traveler's Pig," "Boyz Crazy," and "Into the Bunker." Interesting trend is that the main focus or the B-plot is on Wendy and Dipper's relationship.
Bland-Name Product: "Pitt" brand soda, possibly a parody of the real-life brand "Mr. Pibb". It's been sighted on a machine inside the haunted convenience store, and Dipper and Tyrone drink it at the end of "Double Dipper".
Or, more likely, "Cott". Cott's is also almost immediately associated with orange-flavored pop, and what's the logo seen on a Pitt vending machine?
It's a peach. Pitt Cola is shown in almost every episode, and the Gravity Falls site say it's a peach flavored cola with an actual pit inside the can.
Fun fact: The soda is very probably named after the show director Joe Pitt, whose name you can find in the credits.
Blood-Stained Letter: The page in a mystical journal on how to summon the demon Bill Cipher is covered in blood, with the words "Do not summon at all costs" written directly in blood.
Blush Sticker: Mabel and her friend Candy have permanent circles of pink on their cheeks.
Bookcase Passage: Shown in "Tourist Trapped". Stan has a passage hidden behind his vending machine. Where does it lead to? An underground research facility, where Stan has been holding Book #1 for years and has been waiting for Book #2 (retrieved after Gideon was arrested) and Book #3 (took it from Dipper when Dipper showed it to him). He needed them to summon something. What is it? No one knows... until season 2 premieres.
Book Ends: The ending of "Tourist Trapped" (the pilot) shows Stan entering his secret vending machine passage, and the ending of "Gideon Rises" (the season one finale) shows Stan entering his secret vending machine passage... revealing that he's been hunting the books for a while, and needs them to summon an ultimate power.
Bowdlerise: In "Into The Bunker", when Dipper and Wendy were caught in a "closet", Dipper and Wendy bumped into each other at one point after Wendy pulled a handle. However, in the original storyboard work, Dipper was going to stay with his face in her chest for a while, then pushing her away in desperate attempt to get out, embarrassed, fearing she would be mad at him. And of course, this being Disney Channel and an Y7-rated show, it was scrapped.
Bowties Are Cool: In addition to the bowtie in Stan's regular ensemble, Quentin Trembley wears one, and Dipper and Wendy both don them in "Double Dipper".
Bill Cipher wears a bowtie, and it is very cool. It can turn into a tv screen!
Boy Band: Sev'ral Timez, an affectionate lampoon of 90's boy bands.
Breather Episode: "The Land Before Swine", considering the episode that immediately follows.
Brick Joke: In Episode 2, there's a Cutaway Gag of Grunkle Stan and the kids forging money, and he remarks that their Benjamin Franklin looks like a woman. Several episodes later the twins find a repository of America's embarrassing secrets that includes a folder about which Mabel remarks: "Oh man, Benjamin Franklin secretly was a woman!"
It's also possible this was a reference to actual American history. In 1722, Benjamin Franklin, age 16, wrote several letters to the newspaper his brother James worked for under the fake alias of middle aged woman Silence Dogood. This was because James would never publish any of his works. The More You Know.
In "Double Dipper", Soos is the DJ for the party and needs a lightning sound effect for a punchline to one of his one-liners but can't find it on the soundboard. During the credits, we see him go over the entire soundboard and find the lightning on the very last key to which he cheerfully exclaims: "Found it!".
Episode 11; "Little Dipper" has Mabel rant about an "invisible wizard" in their closet as a theory on how Dipper is suddenly a millimeter taller than her. Come episode 16; "Carpet Diem" and Grenda steps out of the same closet after an obviously intense sleep over, her face covered in kiss marks, stating "I don't know what I was kissing in there, but I have no regrets!"
Call Back: crossed with Freeze-Frame Bonus, the four symbol code that Grunkle Stan types at the end of "Gideon Rises" was first seen in the first episode here
In essence, Blendin Blandin's flashback appearances in "The Time Traveler's Pig" function as callbacks as he does appear in every scene depicted in the end credits.
Mabel makes Grunkle Stan sing the "Stan Wrong Song" in "Boss Mabel." In the "Mabel's Guide to Fashion" short, we hear him sing it again, but this time willingly for some reason.
Calling Your Attacks: "SUPER POWER NINJA TURBO NEO ULTRA HYPER MEGA MULTI ALPHA META EXTRA UBER PREFIX COMBO!!"
Rumble: BOWL OF PUNCH!!
And in a flashback of Stan's
LEFT HOOK! *Wham!*
Canis Latinicus: Downplayed in "Dreamscapers." The spell Gideon uses is actual Latin, and most of Dipper's spell is, too. However, "Inceptus Nolan Overratus!" from the latter is a case of this. (As well as a Take That at Inception.)
Chair Reveal: Gideon does one in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel".
Also, Mabel does one in "Boss Mabel".
Chekhov's Gun: The leafblower Mabel used for kissing practice is later used to fight the gnomes.
The grappling hook that Mabel got in the very first episode saves the twins from falling to their doom in the season one finale.
Stan claims that nobody ever made any money using the word "please" in "Boss Mabel". When he has a chance later to win three hundred thousand dollars on Cash Shower, he chooses instead to go for double the money by trying (and failing) to answer one last question: "What is a six-letter word you use to ask for something politely?"note "'Gimmee'! Two e's."
Chekhov's Skill: Dipper saves the day by leaping a good distance off a cliff's ledge in Gideon Rises. Pretty cool, but it's especially satisfying to rewatch Dipper vs Manliness and see him practicing and progressing his leaping across cliffs skill during the training montage
Rather than feeling resentful to the original for putting himself above them or trying to take over, the army of Dipper clones clones are in sync with the original - to the point where they have the same ideas and thoughts at the same time and tend to get along. They have no problem with helping Dipper fulfill his plan even though they won't be benefiting from it, since they're also Dipper and thus agree with the plan in the way he thought of it. It works out fine until Dipper has an epiphany they didn't and decides he doesn't want to follow the plan any more.
They are aware that they are expendable and don't seem to mind - #2 is even reassuringly points out before the plot happens that if they do go nuts Dipper can just get rid of them easy using water - and they treat being disintegrated as more of an inconvenience than anything.
They avert Kill and Replace, even when they briefly revolt against Dipper. At no point do they even think of replacing the original Dipper for more than a few minutes, and make sure he's comfortable while they do so.
In "Boyz Crazy", it turns out all the singers in Sev'Ral Timez are clone lab rats.
Cloudcuckoolander: Quentin Trembley. Full stop. Mabel, Old Man McGucket, and possibly Soos count as well.
Continuity Nod: Besides the Myth Arc hints, there's the time when Dipper asks Mabel if they've got any pictures of the gnomes they saw the first episode and Dipper apologizing to Toby Determined for accusing him of murder in "Headhunters".
The "S" on the Mystery Shack sign was knocked off in "Headhunters". It has since yet to be fixed and appears broken in every following episode.
Mabel shows her scrapbook in "Dipper vs Manliness". You can see that it has a picture of the beheaded wax Stan from "Headhunters".
In the episode "The Time Traveler's Pig", the pilot of the wagon on the Oregon Trail exclaims "By Trembley!"
In "The Time Traveler's Pig", the show has a moment for all the previous episodes.
In "Carpet Diem", Waddles can be seen wearing the top hat Quentin Trembly gave to Mabel.
In "Boyz Crazy", Dipper sees Mabel dancing happily and comments about if she ate Smile-Dip again.
In "Irrational Treasure", Mabel comments that she doubts Deputy Durland can read. In "Bottomless Pit" Durland asks Stan to teach him to read.
In the online game "Mystery Shack Mystery", one of the codes is EVER SEEN STAN'S TATTOO? Indeed, he has one, but only a small portion of it is ever seen. In "Dreamscaperers", when Bill remembers Stan Pines, a full picture of his tattoo is shown.
One of the Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained shorts focuses on the kids trying to see his tattoo, and we even get another continuity nod in the short when we see Dipper's forehead and birthmark again for the first time since Double Dipper.
The "Fixin' It with Soos" shorts show that Soos is still living in the now cleaned-up extra room that Dipper and Mabel found in "Carpet Diem".
In "Into The Bunker", Dipper remarks that zombie movies are a lot less scary when you've fought actual zombies, a reference to the previous episode.
Crazy-Prepared: Dipper brings 17 disposable cameras for a monster hunt in episode 2. This is because he's Genre Savvy enough to realize that cameras keep getting destroyed or lost during monster hunts.
Creator Cameo: Alex Hirsch provides the voice for Grunkle Stan, Soos, Old Man McGucket, Bill Cipher, Jeff the Gnome, Quentin Trembley, and Paper Jam Dipper.
He also appears briefly on the television in "Bottomless Pit!"
Credits Gag: There's a different cryptogram in the ending credits of each episode. To decode the cryptograms, each letter must be replaced with the letter that comes three spaces before it. The first episode's cryptogram reads "ZHOFRPH WR JUDYLWB IDOOV." Once decoded, it reads "WELCOME TO GRAVITY FALLS."
Once decoded, Episode 2's cryptogram reads "NEXT WEEK: RETURN TO BUTT ISLAND".
Episode 3: "HE'S STILL IN THE VENTS".
Episode 4: "CARLA, WHY WONT YOU CALL ME?".
Episode 5: "ONWARDS AOSHIMA!"
Episode 6: "MR. CAESARIAN WILL BE OUT NEXT WEEK. MR. ATBASH WILL SUBSTITUTE."
Caesarian and Atbash are both ciphers, Caesarian being the three-letters-back code, while Atbash is the Z=A-Y=B-etc. code. So, there's a technical break in the mix.
Once decoded using the Atbash code, Episode 7's crytopgram reads PAPER JAM DIPPER SAYS: 'AUUGHWXQHGADSADUH'". The cryptograms in later episodes are also solved using Atbash.
Episode 10: SORRY, DIPPER, BUT YOUR WENDY IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE.
Episode 11: THE INVISIBLE WIZARD IS WATCHING.
Episode 12: BROUGHT TO YOU BY HOMEWORK: THE CANDY.
Episode 13: HEAVY IS THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE FEZ.
Episode 14 supplied a number substitution coded message (gematria), with dashes between letters and regular punctuation left as usual. The translated message reads: NEXT UP: "FOOTBOT TWO: GRUNKLE'S GREVENGE"
Episode 15: VIVAN LOS PATOS DE LA PISCINAnote LONG LIVE THE POOL DUCKS
Episode 16: BUT WHO STOLE THE CAPERS?
Episode 17: HAPPY NOW, ARIEL?
Episode 18: IT WORKS FOR PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGS!
Episode 19: TO BE CONTINUED...
Episode 20: Episode 20 actually has two of these, one of which is in the footage above the credits and is needed to decode the normal one. first is an A 1 Z 26 cipher that translates REVERSE THE CIPHERS, which is a hint for when we see the second, which is another A 1 Z 26 cipher, but it's reversed like an Atbash. as in Z=1, A=26. so, once you translate it knowing this, you get a Caesarian cIpher that can be translated with the usual 3 letters back to spell out SEARCH FOR THE BLINDEYE
Season 2 appears to have the standard credit ciphers (this time Vigenere cipher with the key hidden in each episode) as well as additional ciphers in Freeze-Frame Bonuses AFTER the credits.
Episode 21: In credits: WELCOME BACK (the key is "Widdle" in Gideon's Cell). After credits: THE MAN DOWNSTAIRS IS VERY CLEVER, CAN HE HIDE HIS PLANS FOREVER?
Episode 22: In credits: WHAT KIND OF DISASTER INDEED (the key is "Shifter" on a barrel in the bunker). After credits: IMPROPER USE OF MACHINERY COULD LEAD TO UTTER CATASTROPHE
Episode 23: In credits: REMEMBER BIG HENRY (the key is "Whatevs" on the castle wall during the escape scene). After credits: OLD MAN SLEEPING ON THE GREEN / CAN’T HELP BUT WONDER WHAT HE’S SEEN
Not to mention that in the episode "Gideon Rises", Dipper is shown with a nose bleed from the giant Gideon Bot chase scene. This is the first occurance of seeing someone visibly bleed in the show, and blood itself is pretty rare for a Disney show.
In "Dreamscaperers", it's shown that Book 3's entry on Bill Cipher is covered in blood. How did this show make it onto Disney, anyway?
Season 2 appears to be shaping up as this. The first episode centers around what Dipper believes is a zombie that was eventually revealed as a clan of gnomes on top of each other. "Scary-oke" features Dipper summoning REAL zombies.
In "Gideon Rises", after Stan reveals that Gideon has been monotoring everyone via camera, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in which one of the screens shows Pacifica shooting darts onto a picture of Mabel.
Deliberately Monochrome: Played with in Episode 8. Dipper holds up a postcard of the town square, then lowers it to a sepia-toned town square. He was really just looking through some very dirty glass that was being carried across the street.
Disproportionate Retribution: Played for Laughs with Old Man McGucket's giant robots, but a much darker example occurs when Gideon's response to Dipper breaking up with him in Mabel's stead is to use his telekinetic powers to try to cut out his tongue.
Dogged Nice Guy: Gideon is a deconstruction of this trope. He is devoted to Mabel but she just wants to be friends, and in-universe everyone seems to think that his attempts to win her over are charming...but the truth is, Gideon is an Ax-Crazy, Entitled Bastard who uses emotional manipulation to trap Mabel into a relationship. He performs over-the-top acts of kindness, manipulates her into going into more dates with him by asking her very publicly in front of large crowds of Gravity Falls citizens who think it's just so adorable that Gideon might finally get a girlfriend, and completely ignores her wish to not be in a relationship with him. Eventually, Dipper tries to break the news that Mabel is not interested in Gideon to him, and Gideon responds to this by attempting to murder Dipper because he believes that Dipper got in between him and Mabel. Thankfully, Mabel sees this and intervenes, and she rejects him, not only romantically, but as a friend now, too.
Mabel:(after rejecting Gideon again) But we can still be makeover buddies, right? Wouldn't you like that?
Mabel:(rips amulet away from Gideon) No, not really! You are like attacking my brother, what the heck!
Don't Explain the Joke: In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker," when trying to recruit fishing buddies, Stan interrupts a man about to propose to his girlfriend with this joke: "My ex-wife still misses me, but her aim is getting better!" After repeating the punchline, he explains, "It's funny because marriage is terrible."
Early-Bird Cameo: Lazy Susan appears in the diner for a moment in the pilot, and isn't formally introduced until five episodes later.
A picture of Robbie can be seen posted on the bulletin board among the other suspects in "Headhunters".
Li'l Gideon is featured in a magazine advertisement two episodes before Dipper and Mabel actually meet him.
Mr. Poolcheck appears in the Skull Fracture bar an episode before he is introduced in "The Deep End".
The band Sev'ral Timez' movie appears in "Carpet Diem".
Early-Installment Weirdness: The first episode was narrated by Dipper and ended with him writing in the journal, kind of like an episode of Doug. After that, the narrations seem to have been dropped.
Earworm: It's mentioned in-universe that the songs of Sev'ral Timez are quite catchy.
Easter Egg: The messages in the credits at the end of every episode. To decode them, you have to send each letter "three letters back", as explained when the intro is played backwards. JHW WKH SLFWXUH?
Soos: Dude, wouldn't it be funny if that was a closet, and he had to come back out again and walk out the real door? (opens door and looks out) Nope, real door.
Extreme Omnivore: Implied when we see one of Mabel's drinks contain a strange cyclops Troll Doll and several dice, all in a green fluid.
She also once ate a whole tube of toothpaste because "it was so sparkly".
Old Man McGucket is even more so, having eaten such things as books and a live pterodactyl.
Eye Colour Change: Mabel's eyes turn green when she's had too much Smile Dip. Additionally, looking into the Gremloblin's eyes causes the eyes of two tourists to match the creature's bright yellow ones.
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Face Doodling: Stan writing the word "goober" on Dipper's forehead in "Stan's Tattoo".
The Foreign Subtitle: Along with the Japanese name seen above, this show has also been given the subtitle Un Verano de Misteriosnote A Summer of Mysteries in most Spanish-speaking countries. Brazil used a Portuguese-translated version of the title.
In "Tourist Trapped", when Dipper is trying to warn Mabel about Norman, he accidentally opens up to the gnome page of the journal instead of the intended zombie page. Turns out his first guess was more accurate.
At the end of "Tourist Trapped", Stan uses a vending machine to access a secret room. That surely won't come into play later.
As of season one's finale, it's revealed that behind that vending machine is a secret passage to a laboratory containing something that could only be activated when all three books were gathered.
During Lil' Gideon's Villain Song in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel", he gets everyone to stand up after holding his amulet. Turns out, his amulet gives him Psychic Powers. Dipper was forced to stand up against his will, making Dipper question what just happened.
The Number 2 book.
There's also a newspaper in one of the earlier episodes which has an ad for a "child psychic".
In Irrational Treasure, the top secret document mentions a giant, evil, time-traveling baby from another dimension being frozen in a glacier in Antarctica. Fast forward to "The Time Traveler's Pig", where we see said giant evil baby apparently ruling over the future.
Four-Fingered Hands: Most of the characters in the show have four fingers, but some characters, like Stan and Soos, have five fingers on each hand.
Making it even stranger is how the cover of Dipper's book features a six-fingered hand.
Four-Temperament Ensemble: Dipper is melancholic, Mabel is sanguine, Grunkle Stan is choleric, and Soos and Wendy are both phlegmatic.
You get a shot of Bigfoot◊ in the opening credits. Blink and you'll miss it.
Dipper's book has a lot of these, in the forms of foreshadowing, creepy info about the local monsters, and the occasional joke.
"Knock! Knock! Who's there? THE FORCES OF EVIL!"
At the end of the opening credits, you see a page from the journal with the words "VWDQ LV QRW ZKDW KH VHHPV". When decoded it reads "STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS".
Episode 8's document about Nathaniel Northwest can be read in full.
Blendin Blandin, the time traveler from Episode 9, can briefly be seen in the first◊ three◊ episodes◊, fixing the paradoxes the twins caused.
Episode 16- Pause at exactly 12:34, when Stan opens the book to the page about the pituitary gland, and you'll find a "three letters back" code at the bottom: "SXEHUWB LV WKH JOHDWHVW PBVWHUB RI DOO. DOVR: JR RXWVLGH DQG PDNH IULHQGV" (PUBERTY IS THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF ALL. ALSO: GO OUTSIDE AND MAKE FRIENDS).
When Bill Cipher says "I know lots of things. Loooots of thiiiings." his triangle flashes countless images, and if you pause them you can see, in that order: John F. Kennedy (Implying something), Blurry UFOs, Mayan scriptures, one of the Mysterious 3 book that Dipper owns, the moon landing, one of the pages of the 3 book, a skull with a cigarette, Stonehenge, The Pyramids, Stan going for his secret vending machine door, The Sasquatch seen in the opening, another page of the book, Crop Circles, the secret room where the twins found Quentin Trembley,A statue of Nathaniel Northwest, a unknown location called "The Lone Penn", various clocks, what seems to be a abandoned warehouse, a maximum security prison, then it repeats the blurry UFOs and the blank scriptures.
From the same episode, pay very close attention to the picture on Bill's face when Gideon mentions Stan.
Generation Xerox: The monster from "Boss Mabel" had his power reflected back at him showing him his worst fear he sees himself with glasses looking into a mirror, while the reflections screams "You've become your father!" He proceeds to scream and run away.
Great Big Book of Everything: Dipper finds a book in "Tourist Trapped" with a six-fingered hand and a "3" on the cover; it gives clues to all the strange happenings in Gravity Falls. The book ends abruptly in the middle and the author is unknown. Li'l Gideon has a similar book with a "2" on it.
The Great Politics Mess-Up: Considering that Rumble McSkirmish is from an 80's video game, he believes the Soviet Union is still around.
Heroic BSOD: Mabel goes into a brief but pretty major one (for her, at least) in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel" when she finds out she has to marry Gideon, sending her into "Sweater Town".
She goes into an even worse one in "The Time Traveler's Pig", where losing Waddles to Pacifica sends her into a BSOD lasting over a month.
A more significant BSOD involving Dipper occurs during "Dreamscaperers", where after searching through Stan's memories to discover what Stan really thinks of him, he mishears a conversation that occurs between Stan and Soos and is led to believe that Stan really hates him.
I Know Mortal Kombat: Averted; although Dipper is skilled at the game Fight Fighters, he's no match in a real brawl against an older, larger opponent like Robbie, and certainly not against Rumble McSkirmish himself.
Soos is convinced that years of watching zombie movies have given him the skills necessary to survive in a real-life attack. Seconds after he stops talking, he's bitten by the zombie behind him that he wasn't paying attention to.
Improvised Weapon: When they encounter a monster, the twins typically just use whatever they have on hand. Weapons so far include a shovel, living gnomes, the afore mentioned leaf blower, a fire iron, electric candles, lamb shears, a flashlight, props from a costume store, a mirror, and water balloons.
Insane Troll Logic: Stan claims that, due to the rate of accidents, having a ladder around the home is more dangerous than even a loaded gun, so he keeps ten guns handy just in case someone tries to sneak in with a ladder.
Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: In "Mabel's Scrapbook: Heist Movie", Mabel takes a candy bar with her when she and the Pines family go the movies, and because of the "No Outside Food or Drink" rule, the overzealous manager has them banned from the theater.
Journey to the Center of the Mind: The plot of "Dreamscaperers." Dipper, Mabel, and Soos go into Grunkle Stan's mind to prevent Gideon from stealing the safe code from Stan's brain.
Just Following Orders: The police didn't really want to haul Dipper and Mabel off to Washington, but they had their orders.
Just You And Me And My Guards: Dipper and Robbie decide to settle their differences with a fight. Dipper, being a noodle-armed weakling, enlists the help of martial arts video game character Rumble McSkirmish to scare off Robbie. Unfortunately, Rumble doesn't know the difference between "scare off" and "mercilessly pummel".
Karma Houdini: Almost happens to Pacifica Northwest in "Irrational Treasure". The twins found evidence of who actually founded Gravity Falls, but Mabel's willing to let it go. Dipper, however, isn't going to let this happen, and so, at the last second, right before she leaves, he gives her the evidence, which doesn't exactly please her.
Pacifica:What!? Mom! Dipper: Man, revenge is underrated. That felt awesome!
At the end of the Cold Open for "Little Dipper", the Pines decide to go watch TV. As they walk offscreen, Mabel cheerfully says "my favorite part is the theme song." Cue the opening and Instrumental Theme Tune.
Libation for the Dead: Dipper pours some of his soda on the roof when Tyrone commits unintentional suicide in "Double Dipper".
Love Triangle: Dipper and Robbie both vie for Wendy's attention, with both succeeding and failing at different times.
Lying Finger Cross: In the episode "Fight Fighters", Mabel makes a promise to Grunkle Stan and puts on a sweater with a hand doing the "Scout's honor" gesture on the front. When she turns her back to the fourth wall we see the back of her sweater has a hand with its fingers crossed.
Both Stan and Dipper do it when promising to at last be more honest with each other, even though they don't quite trust each other anyway.
The Magazine Rule: The characters have some interesting magazine subscriptions, such as Wendy's Indie Fuzz and Lake Ranger McGucket's Stoic Monthly.
Dipper finds a chest full of magazines in Stan's room featuring nothing but pictures of women in full dress and one-piece wetsuits, which he finds disgusting but also somewhat confusing.
The Makeover: The girls try to give one to Dipper while having a sleepover.
Man Child: Soos. He's even described this way in Disney Channel's official promotions.
Moment Killer: Grunkle Stan unwittingly interrupts a man who is about to propose to his girlfriend, and proceeds to tell a joke about how awful marriage is.
Motion Capture Mecha: The method Gideon uses to control his giant robot in the first season finale. Wearing an actual motion capture suit, no less. Proves to be its downfall when Dipper punches Gideon with his own hand, making the robot do the same.
Mushroom Samba: In Episode 5, Mabel goes through one after eating a banned candy product.
Out of Order: A bizarre case where the production order is off but the airing order matches the writing order. note "Tourist Trapped"'s production number is 105, "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" is 101, "Headhunters" is 102, "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" is 104, "The Inconveniencing" is 103, "Dipper vs. Manliness" is 106, "Double Dipper" is 109, "Irrational Treasure" is 108, "The Time Traveler's Pig" is 107, "Fight Fighters" is 110, and "Little Dipper" is 111.
Pet the Dog: Grunkle Stan gets a moment like this after feeling guilty for insulting Dipper and Mabel and lets each of them take anything they want from the Mystery Shack. In true Grunkle Stan fashion, he tells them to do it before he changes his mind. He also saves Waddles because he wants Mabel to talk to him again and in "Dreamscaperers" when we find out why he's so tough on Dipper.
Precocious Crush: Either Subverted or Downplayed with Dipper's crush on Wendy. He's 12 and she's 15, making them only three years apart from each other. Though for the time being, those three or so years are still too much.
Ptero Soarer: The "pterodactyl" from "Land Before Swine", which looks like an unholy mixture of all stereotypes, down to the scaly skin, being called a "dinosaur", having eagle-like hindlimbs, leathery wings, having a Pteranodon crest alongside rather mismatched teeth, making chicken-like nests and having zero to no body fat. Strangely enough, though, it walks quadrupedally, like a real pterosaur.
Pun-Based Title: "Headhunters", "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel", "Double Dipper", "Irrational Treasure", "Little Dipper", "Carpet Diem", and "The Land Before Swine".
Dipper and Mabel, during their "awkward sibling hug": Pat, pat.
"Dipper vs. Manliness":
Stan: Tap, tap. (later)Lazy Susan: Wink!
Scenery Porn: It's especially evident in the opening theme, but Gravity Falls is beautiful.
''Scooby-Doo!'' Hoax: Played straight in Episode 2, with the Gobblewonker. Even this straight example is subverted in the final moments of the episode suggesting that there really is a creature, but it just hasn't been seen (yet?). Otherwise averted in most other episodes, with the monster or ghost proving to be very, very real.
Serious Business: Mr. Poolcheck puts a lot of angry violent determination in making pool time safe. He, and a bar of angry men, also don't take kindly to prank calls.
Set Right What Once Went Wrong: In "The Time Traveler's Pig" Dipper tries to win a toy for Wendy at the fair, while at another stall Mabel delightedly wins Waddles the pig. Unfortunately Dipper only succeeds in hitting Wendy in the eye with a ball, causing her to go off with Robbie. After obtaining the time machine Dipper makes several attempts to return to the past and prevent the accident, only for it to keep happening in different ways. Eventually Dipper figures out how to make the ball miss Wendy and hit the target, but Mabel has to be there to help him, so she isn't there to win Waddles and Pacifica wins him instead. Seeing how unhappy this makes Mabel, Dipper realizes he has no choice but to go back and restore the original timeline.
Sheet of Glass: In "Legend of the Gobblewonker," when they fly through a pane of glass held between two boats on a lake.
Someday This Will Come in Handy: When Dipper finds the book in the first episode, he sees an amulet but ignores it and continues flipping through the book. Later on, in the fourth episode, it is revealed that the amulet grants the wearer mystical powers. Dipper hasn't realized this yet, however.
Something Only They Would Say: A physical variation. When Wendy is wrestling against a shapeshifter disguised as her in the climax of "Into the Bunker," Dipper asks for a sign. The shapeshifter winks, while Wendy mimes zipping her lip and throwing away the key, a special sign she and Dipper have had since "The Inconveniencing." Earlier in the episode, when Dipper and Wendy run into Soos and Mabel, Dipper initially worries that they might be the shapeshifter. Their goofy antics convince him they aren't.
And in "Fight Fighters" after Mabel sneaks up behind while he relaxes in his armchair.
Spoiler Opening: Paying attention to the part with the photos in the opening shows Gideon, the gnomes, Blendin Blandin, and the Summerween Trickster. Following this is a split-second image of Bill Cipher.
Spoof Aesop: In "Summerween", Stan learns to focus on what is truly important in life: pure evil!
Stage Whisper: Because he Can Not Spit It Out that he has a secret crush on Wendy, Dipper just tends to mutter about it to himself instead, while still at a distance that she could likely hear. Subverted, as Wendy eventually tells him she knew all along, partly because of how obvious he was about it.
Status Quo Is God: In "Boss Mabel", Mabel makes a deal with Stan to be the Mystery Shack boss for 3 days and if she makes more money in that time, she becomes the boss for the summer. When Stan returns with no money, she declines after realizing how hard it is to be the boss.
In "Carpet Diem", Dipper and Mabel fight for the newly discovered room to get away from each other. Dipper convinces Stan to let him have the room, but both Mabel and Dipper miss rooming together, so they give the new room to Soos to replace his horrible break room.
Averted in "Dreamscaperers".
Averting the trope is a general theme of the series: Dipper getting his new hat in "Tourist Trapped" was meant to be a subtle indication that when things change, they actually change.
Stealth Pun: "Will you join us in holy matrignomey...matri-matriMONY, BLAH, can't talk today..."
The wax figures are cursed to come to life whenever the moon is waxing.
Stylistic Suck: The "Fixin' it with Soos" shorts. Soos claims to have edited them himself, and they're rife with badly animated clip art and lousy green screen effects. The "Gravity Falls Public Access TV" shorts also get it on it, showing a Mystery Shack TV ad with lousy editing and green screen footage.
Possibly subverted, as it's not clear if it actually worked. Wendy says afterwards that she doesn't care about the messages and she mainly seems to be upset that his supposedly romantic gesture was just a sleazy attempt at manipulating her.
The Only One I Trust: While Dipper has yet to truly be betrayed by anybody, the journal he finds warns him not to trust anyone in Gravity Falls. Dipper decides that there is one person he can always trust: Mabel.
The Talk: Stan decides to give one to Dipper in the episode "Carpet Diem". Unfortunately, it's Mabel in Dipper's body.
Mabel: Goodbye childhood...
Blink and you'll miss it, but the title of the book Stan uses is Why Am I So Sweaty: Your Body Explained in Horrifyingly Uncomfortable Detail.
The Unreveal: Soos finds a memory in which Stan enters the secret passage behind the snack machine, but closes the door before he can reveal what’s behind it, proclaiming it "boring."
In one of the "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained" shorts, Dipper and Soos find an all-knowing mailbox entity. After testing it with a few questions, they are just about to ask "Who wrote the journals?" Sadly, Mable comes in and puts in a video of her shoving gummy worms up her nose, and the mailbox, offended, vanishes explosively.
Visual Pun: The Mystery Shack's sign has the second S in an odd position or completely taken off, spelling out MYSTERY HACK. Considering who owns the place...
Additionally, Candy dressing like a piece of candy in "Summerween".
Vocal Evolution: It took Alex Hirsch a few episodes to settle into his Grunkle Stan and Soos voices. They sound a little off in the beginning.
Voices Are Mental: In "Carpet Diem", the voices switch along with the characters as they move from body to body.
Vomit Discretion Shot: While the gnome vomits on screen, it throws up rainbows. Taken to extremes when it fills up the entire closing credits of the first episode.
Later, in "Boss Mabel", we see a group of tourists from Stan's point of view. They all appear as walking, talking wallets, and one of them vomits coins.
In "Carpet Diem", Mabel, in Dipper's body, pukes into a toilet.
Weirdness Magnet: It's true that Dipper often goes off looking for the supernatural, but more often than not, the supernatural finds him first.
We Will Meet Again: Used three times so far: the leader of the gnomes, Gideon and Blendin Blandin all swear revenge after being defeated.
Wham Episode: "Dreamscaperers" has Gideon, after the Pines foil two attempts at getting the deed for the Mystery Shack from Stan's safe, instead blows up the safe with dynamite and immediately brings in a demolition vehicle to start tearing down the Shack while the Pines and Soos look on in horror.
In "Gideon Rises," Stan reveals to the townspeople that Gideon was illegally spying on them. Gideon is sent to jail, leaving behind the second journal. Dipper and Mabel decide to tell Stan about the journals... unwittingly giving him all three journals. Because not only did Stan take Gideon's book, he's had the first one all along. The episode ends with Stan ready to open... something.
Wham Line: "After all these years...Finally. I have them all." "Here we go."
He might be saying "...we have them all", but we won't know for sure until the official subtitles are out.
What Have I Become?: In "Boss Mabel", Mabel reaches her breaking point with Soos and Wendy. She tells them off for their goofing off in a Stan-like manner, ending up with the fez on her head. She quotes this verbatim when she looks in the mirror.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Played for laughs in "Summerween". Soos hits the Trickster and shatters him completely when he was about to kill the kids, and freaks out when he thought he accidentally hit a guy. After Soos eats the Trickster, the episode draws to a close with an EverybodyEvil LaughsEnding as soon as it ends, Soos nonchalantly says "I ate a man alive tonight."
It should be noted that The Trickster was very happy that Soos liked eating him.
Where The Hell Is Springfield?: In Tourist Trapped, the map of Oregon shows Gravity Falls to be dead-center in Oregon, somewhere between Crook and Deshutes county. But in Skaryoke, a doppler map places it closer to Baker city, almost on the border with Idaho.
Whole Episode Flashback: "Bottomless Pit!" is focused on the characters telling stories, at least one of which we discover actually happened. Also qualifies as a Vignette Episode, as listed above.
Widget Series: Definitely the most off-kilter series on the channel.
A Wizard Did It: A number of plot holes are filled by the reminder that Quentin Trembley passed a lot of weird laws in his time in Gravity Falls office. It's why holding the physical deed to a building - holding it in your hand - means you own the building, and why the police are allowed to send a nine-year-old to adult prison.
The World Is Not Ready: Based on the events of "Boss Mabel", it seems that the tourists aren't quite up to seeing real magical creatures just yet.
The cursed wax figures in Episode 3. They try to murder Dipper and Mabel without hesitation.
Also, in "Summerween", the Summerween Trickster. In fact, he makes it look like he KILLED a child until the end of the episode!
Rumble, the Fight Fighter, was genuinely trying to kill Robbie, endangered Stan and Mabel by toppling the water tower, and beat up Dipper with a nearly lethal combo attack just because Dipper had lied to him.
You Are Number Six: How Dipper names his clones, with the exception of Tyrone (who refuses to be called "Number Two") and Paper Jam Dipper.
You Can't Fight Fate: In "The Time Traveler's Pig," no matter what he tried, Dipper would always inevitably hit Wendy in the face with a baseball. The one time he finally figured out how to avert this he needed Mabel to help so she wasn't there to win Waddles and Pacifica got him instead. For Mabel's sake Dipper had to go back and hit Wendy again.
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