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"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 valley 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. Several Miniseries were 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. Similar anxiety is displayed in "Soos and the Real Girl."
Considering how ridiculous and cartoony the plot ends up becoming, the central conflict of the episode "Fight Fighters" is surprisingly mundane and relatable: Dipper is being pressured into fighting somebody much bigger than he is, and while he doesn't want to run away like a wimp, he's also very, very scared of being hurt. Heck, there's a few lines suggesting he's afraid of being killed.
In "Blendin's Game", while "fear" may be a strong word in this case, Soos's deadbeat father is portrayed very realistically. And it's not just Soos who is affected; his abuelita has to raise him herself and is shown having difficulty helping him understand, and Dipper and Mabel simply have no idea what to do.
Dipper: We promised Soos a happy birthday, but how can we give him that now? This goes beyond anything we know how to fix.
Played for Laughs in "Boss Mabel": looking into the eyes of a gremloblin will force you to experience your worst fear. What does the gremloblin see when it looks into a mirror? Himself saying "You've become your father!"
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.
"Soos and the Real Girl": Don't be afraid to go out into dating; while dating sims can seem like a good substitute, they fail because they have no depth to them.
Envy is never any good and can cause more trouble than its worth.
"Little Shop of Horror": BUY SOMETHING FROM THE MYSTERY SHACK IF YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU.
The episode in general parodies this theme with several Family Unfriendly Aesops. However, each segment does contain a secondary actual aesop as well.
Hands Off: The only reason witches curse people or inconvenience them is because they're lonely. Also, don't steal. Just don't.
Abaconings: Don't bother using your newfound intelligence to make yourself famous, help make the world a better place, or gain powerful allies like world leaders and scientists. Instead, you should throw all of this away to live a life of ignorance with a little scatterbrained girl who enjoys making fart noises with her keyboard, simply because you consider her your "best friend". Also, pursue science for the sake of discovery, not glory.
Clay Day: Stop-motion is not only terrifying, but (due to being created by black magic) is actually unholy. Why do you think manystop-motionanimatedfilms revolve around such dark themes? Also, if you may not conquer your fears, face them anyway if your loved ones may get hurt from it.
"Society Of The Blind Eye": When confronted with uncomfortable, disturbing or even frightening truths, it is better to confront them and learn from the experiences than to forget, otherwise the consequences may hurt you and or others. So true if people watched the credits, as McGucket starts to remember who wrote the journals.
Driving this point home, it's worth pointing out that the members of said Society that have character development beyond "One-off gag" (i.e the woodpecker marriage guy) aren't dealing with their pain, just making themselves forget and experiencing the same hurt over and over again. And it's also shown that this is an incredibly unhealthy way to deal with your emotions. Toby is implied to have joined and used it to deal with his Hopeless Suitor tendencies towards Shandra Jimenez, and because he's not dealing with them, he experiences the same pain of rejection near constantly and doesn't move on. Bud Gleeful also joined to forget about his Enfant Terrible son, and so he's stuck dealing with the same stuff over and over, and Blind Ivan just uses it to erase any guilt he might have over issues like McGucket's memories, which has disturbing implications.
"Blendin's Game": Your family is made up of the people who love and care about you, not necessarily the people you share blood with.
Also, if somebody truly doesn't care about you, don't get hung up over them. Even if they're a parent, if they don't think you're worth their time, they're not worth yours.
Thirdly, even if someone tried to ruin your life for what you did to them, you should forgive them and do something nice for them. It might turn their life in a brand new direction.
"The Love God": If somebody you know is in a happy relationship that you're not necessarily comfortable with, the best thing to do is take the selfless route and be happy for them.
Also, everybody deserves compassion, even people who haven't necessarily shown it to you. Even if somebody's a jerk, they still have feelings, and often showing them kindness is the best way for them to start growing into better people.
Also, it's not right to play with peoples lives without their consent, even if you have the best of intentions.
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.
Jeff, the leader of the gnomes, and the only one with a major speaking role. He has a very easy-going and helpful attitude, and would be a perfectly nice guy were it not for the insignificant little fact that he wants a twelve-year-old to marry him and all his gnome brethren and isn't taking no for an answer. He also seems suspiciously inclined to cannibalism.
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.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Giffany, although there's probably some other supernatural forces at play.
Air-Vent Passageway: Dipper uses one to get into the convenience store in "The Inconveniencing".
The wax head of Larry King used the Mystery Shack's air ducts to make his escape. Apparently, "He's still in the vents."
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.
All Women Are Lustful: A (probably) non-sexual example, but Mabel and her friends (Mabel in particular) are very, very obsessed with boys. Exaggerated in the aptly titled "Boyz Crazy", where she starts huffing and puffing like an addict when her "Pet boy band" is being taken away from her.
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.
Made even more ambiguous when you consider that Soos implied in "Dreamscaperers" that he wishes Stan would love him like a son.
Soos was this for a number of episodes, until "Gideon Rises" finally confirmed he was Hispanic.
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.
Robertson's sprites get even more complex in "Soos and the Real Girl"; justified in-story, as the dating sim Romance Academy 7 has much more processing power than an arcade game from the 1980's.
Heck, an average episode beats out most cartoons' opening titles.
Animesque: Giffany in "Soos and The Real Girl", as she's from a Japanese Dating Simulation game called Romance Academy 7.
Annoying Younger Sibling: Being twins both Mabel and Dipper are sometimes like this toward each other, though they're still the best of friends.
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.
Apocalyptic Log: Dipper reads the page quote in Journal #3 about that the author needing to hide the book away before it trails off.
In the Season 2 episode "Society of the Blind Eye", the main cast and Old Man McGucket find that the Society of the Blind Eye uses a device to remove memories of paranormal activity. They recover Old Man McGucket's memories of inventing the device from the Society, and watch them depicting his descent into insanity by repeatedly wiping his own memories.
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.
"3" seems to be the primary contender for the show's Arc Number. A projected three-season arc, three journals, three seasons on summer, three sides and points on a triangle, 30 years is three rounds of ten...
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.
Art Evolution: It's subtle, but the animation quality does improve between seasons one and two.
As Himself: In "Headhunters", both of the Coolio and Larry King wax figures are actually voiced by the real Coolio and Larry King.
Bill Cipher, while his insanity is debatable, is definitely shown to enjoy causing people pain. One of his very first actions upon being summoned was yanking the teeth out of a deer just for the heck of it.
Badass Bookworm: Dipper is very rational, observant, and is the go-to guy for information about Gravity Falls. He also gradually gets more and more badass as the series goes on, shown off best during his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown with Gideon in "Gideon Rises".
Badass Family: All the members of the Pines family shown up to date fit some form of Badass or other.
Badass Grandpa: Grunkle Stan, shown best so far in "The Land Before Swine" and "Scary-oke."
Bathos: The Big Henry scene in "Golf War". It'd be incredibly sad and jarring (and some people found it that way anyway), were it not for the fact that it takes place right under the noses of completely oblivious golfers and involves little people with golf balls for heads.
Wendy isn't actually as laid-back and cool as she lets on; underneath, she's almost constantly stressed out.
Robbie acts like an apathetic Jerk Ass to virtually everybody, but secretly he's very awkward, lonely, and insecure.
Pacifica appears to be a quintessential Rich Bitch, but she's also a Lonely Rich Kid who doesn't appear to be loved by anyone, not even her own parents.
Even our own Dipper is a mild case; in "Society of the Blind Eye" he revealed that he's playing up the cooler and smarter parts of his personality on purpose in order to hide crippling pre-pubescent insecurity.
Benevolent Boss: Mabel starts out as one when she takes over for Stan in "Boss Mabel". It doesn't last.
Berserk Button: Do NOT call Dipper a wimp, or a baby, or not a man, or kid. Point is, he hates being a wimpy 12 year old and hates it even more if you comment on it.
The Bet: Stan and Mabel make a bet on who could make more money: Mabel while running the Mystery Shack, or Stan while on vacation.
Better as Friends: After Dipper's confession to Wendy, she confesses to having suspected it and while very flattered, she pretty much says this.
Mabel, despite being a total Cloud Cuckoo Lander, has been shown to be perfectly competent both in physical combat and helping solve mysteries with her brother.
Bill Cipher. Don't let his laid-back sense of humor and strange design fool you; he's every bit as dangerous as his reputation would suggest.
Beyond the Impossible /Alien Geometries: Several scenes in the episode "Fight Fighters", as well as the entire minisode "Lefty", could not take place in a 3D universe, and suggest that Gravity Falls's universe is 2D.
Big Bad: "Li'l" Gideon Gleeful, at least for Season 1.
Big Fun: Soos is a big, lovable Man Child who becomes a great friend to the kids.
Bigger Bad: Bill Cipher is and always has been the greatest threat of all.
Big Brother Instinct: Dipper constantly, constantly watches out for his sister's well being and safety. He doesn't smother her or anything, but whenever the two of them encounter danger, her safety is always his number one priority. This tumblr post◊ really sums it up best.
And even in less dire moments, like when she needs emotional or moral support, he's always there to lend her a hand and will stop at nothing until she feels better. For example, 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.
Mabel also has had several instances of Big Sister Instinct. In fact, her brother being threatened or hurt is one of the few things that manage to bring out her more serious side. 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.
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!"
Birds of a Feather: Soos and Melody, who seem to be officially dating by the end of "Soos and the Real Girl.
Robbie and Tambry, both gloomy and apathetic Emo Teens start dating in "The Love God".
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.
Black Comedy: Oh, you'd be surprised. The number of times death is referenced for comedy in this show is quite astounding for a bright and cuddly-looking Disney show, sometimes boosting it up to murder and suicide when it wants to. Once season two came around, it became almost a guarantee that it will happen at least once an episode.
Black Comedy Burst: Despite how consistently dark the show's comedy is, one moment definitely stands out among the rest: in the "Lefty" short from "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained", the twins investigate a man who seems to only ever show his left side. And the end, it's revealed that this is because he's actually a robot with his right half completely gone, and he's being operated by a bunch of small amoeba-like creatures. Upon realizing that their cover has been blown, they all immediately commit mass suicide on camera by shoving green pills down their throats. One of them even protests by saying that he has a family, causing one of his comrads to tell him "You signed the oath!" and then shove the pill in for him. All of this was most likely Played for Laughs.
Black Gal on White Guy Drama: Played with in "The Love God". Robbie and Tambry end up together, and the drama coming from Wendy's friends stems not from racial or social issues, but from long-seated emotions towards everyone else. At the end, the group is back together, and the interracial aspects aren't even brought up.
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.
"Blind Idiot" Translation: In-universe, all the dialogue of Rumble McSkirmish and the "Fight Fighters" game. This is also played for laughs in "Soos and the Real Girl." The videogame Soos plays to learn how to interact with real women is the English translation of a game that was originally released in Japanese. It contains lines like:"Anthyding can Hadplen."
Bill Cipher is showing signs of this, though it's still hard to say.
Blush Sticker: Mabel and her friend Candy have permanent circles of pink on their cheeks.
Body Horror: Some surprisingly intense examples of this, particularly in season 2.
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.
Brain in a Jar: The Mystery Shack has two, dressed in wigs. Apparently, one's a man and one's a woman.
Brainless Beauty: The beautiful but absolutely clueless members of Sev'ral Timez.
Brains and Brawn: It's subtly portrayed, but Dipper is more inclined to planning and reading while Mabel is more of a girl of action.
This trope also applies to anytime Dipper and Soos team up.
Breather Episode: "The Land Before Swine", considering the episode that immediately follows.
"The Golf War", which comes after the plot-heavy episodes "Scaryoke" and "Into the Bunker" and precedes "Sock Opera".
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!"
Brilliant but Lazy: Wendy has proven to be very competent in physical combat, but she only shows it if she absolutely needs to.
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".
Captain Ersatz: "Gummy Chairs" "Sand Pops" and "Mr Adequate Bar." are candies that both Mabel and Dipper are disappointed to get during summerween so they throw them out only to ultimately discover that It hated being thrown out so much that it became sentient and seeks revenge every summerween. Does it rot their teeth so they can't eat candy anymore? No. Does it force them to eat candy till the end of time? No. instead It wants to eat them alive.. Talk about Disproportionate Retribution.
Cerebus Syndrome: While still primarily a comedy, the show did get noticeably darker in its second season, possibly due to its Channel Hop. Even the humor became significantly more reliant on Black Comedy than it was before.
Cerebus Retcon: Society Of The Blind Eye implies heavily that the Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies of most citizens of Gravity Falls are a result of brain damage from the mind eraser gun used by the Society of the Blind Eye to make them forget the supernatural. Ouch.
In the same episode, it's revealed that Old Man McGucket is both the inventor of the mind eraser gun, and drove himself to insanity by using it repeatedly to forget some horrible thing he learned working with The Author.
The known members' various quirks, from Bud's cheerful obliviousness of his dysfunctional son to Toby Determined's unrequited love for Shandra Jimenez to even the carnival barker's paranoid fear of witches, suddenly become much darker in hindsight when it's learned they've all been trying to erase these sources of pain from their lives.
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 Wheel, 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."
A literal gun example: In "Time Traveler's Pig", Stan rigs his dunk tank to resist any attempts to dunk him to which Soos replies it would take "some kind of futuristic laser Arm Cannon." Guess the time police hands out those as standard issue!
Early on in the episode "Soos and the Real Girl", when they visit a mall to look for a date for Soos, you can see Melody (the girl Soos later dates) working at a meat stand.
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.
Actually, most people from Gravity Falls count as cloudcuckoolanders.
"Scaryoke", since it's the Season 2 premier, has a noticeably high number of references to previous episodes.
In "Into The Bunker", The Shapeshifter takes forms of previous antagonists of Season 1.
In "Sock Opera", Bill Cipher tries to persuade Dipper into making a deal with him that will effect Mabel's efforts, stating "What has she ever done to return the favor?" whilst showing flashbacks of his sacrifices in Season 1.
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 "Sock Opera", upon seeing Gabe, Mabel comments that she was just getting over Mermando, her previous crush and the one she shared her First Kiss with in "The Deep End". Dipper, unimpressed, responds with saying that he didn't care for him (obviously still embarrassed over the Reverse CPR incident).
Also in that episode, Bill Cipher appears and they have a tense (on Dipper's part) conversation about the last time they met, with Dipper referring to Bill trying "to destroy his uncle's mind" in "Dreamscaperers". Bill also comments "You missed me. Admit it, you missed me!"
Also, the laptop that Soos found at the end of "Into the Bunker" has a major plot point in this episode.
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.
Wendy says towards the end that if Dipper ever stopped being her friend, she would "throw herself into the Bottomless Pit", referring to the Season 1 episode "Bottomless Pit".
In "Soos and the Real Girl" Dipper says that bringing a videogame character to life can bring nothing but trouble, citing his own experience with Rumble Mcskirmish. Rumble himself has a cameo in the same episode.
In the same episode, when Soos is flirting with a girl who's eating meat, he mentions to her that he was "once a pig".
In "Society of The Blind Eye", Mabel's previous crushes are consistently mentioned (like Mermando from "The Deep End" and Gabe from "Sock Opera"), as she wants to erase the memories of all her romantic failures during the course of the summer.
In "Blendin's Game", Blendin Blandin returns to have revenge on Dipper and Mabel for what they did to him in "Time Traveler's Pig".
Look closely at Grunkle Stan's hand in "Blendin's Game" and "The Love God". He's still wearing the bandage seen in the credits from "Society of the Blind Eye".
Continuity Porn: The show is known for having extremely strong continuity. Almost every plot thread that's thrown into the air has to come down eventually.
Cosmic Horror Story: Things seem to be leaning in this direction, what with BillCipher finally on the scene. His motivations, plans, and the true extent of his powers are still vague or entirely left unsaid, but there's no doubt at all that he's by far the most powerful being in Gravity Falls, if not the entire world or universe.
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 A1Z26 cipher that translates REVERSE THE CIPHERS, which is a hint for when we see the second, which is another A1Z26 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
Episode 24: In credits: WE'VE ALL HAD SOME FUN TONIGHT, BUT LET'S NOT FORGET WHO THE REAL 'PUPPET MASTERS' ARE: REPTOIDS WHO HAVE INFILTRATED OUR GOVERNMENT (the key is "Cipher" on the attic's ceiling, seen after Bill hijacks Dipper's body). After credits: NO PUPPET STRINGS CAN HOLD ME DOWN / PATIENTLY I WATCH THIS TOWN / ABNORMAL SOON WILL BE THE NORM / ENJOY THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM
Episode 26: In credits: CHECK OUT DR. WADDLES’ LATEST BOOK: "A BRIEF HISTORY OF OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK" (the key is "Noncanon", as seen on the side of the top railing in Harry Claymore's house. After credits: ALL ANIMATION IS BLACK MAGIC
Episode 27: In credits: IGNORANCE IS BLISS. BUT BLISS IS BORING (The key is "Erase"), and after credits: GIDEON’S TANTRUMS, MISSPELLED TATTOOS, SHANDRA'S REJECTIONS, SOCIETY'S VIEWS, A FEAR OF WITCHES, A LIFE OF REGRET, THESE ARE THE THINGS THEY TRY TO FORGET.
Episode 28: In credits: DON'T DO THE TIME CRIME IF YOU CAN'T DO THE TIME TIME (Key is "Capacitor") and after credits: JOIN THE TIME PARADOX AVOIDANCE ENFORCEMENT SQUADRON! GREAT HOURS! SOLID BENEFITS! SIGN UP YESTERDAY!
Episode 29: In credits: I EAT KIDS (The key is "GoatAndAPig") and after credits: AT THE PLAY OR AT THE FAIR, I ALWAYS SEE THEM STANDING THERE. DRESSED IN BLACK THEY'RE ON MY LAWN, BUT WHEN I TURN MY HEAD THEY'RE GONE.
Cursed with Awesome: The fact that a dating simulation is alive in "Soos and The Real Girl", aside the fact that she's a crazy Yandere of course, could sound quite interesting and exciting for players who are lonely. Not only would she be a cute anime girl you would be able to talk to like a normal person, but there would be possible Video Game Perversity Potential as well...
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Bill Cipher. Not only was this guy able to trick Dipper, the smartest, most Genre Savvy character on the show, into making a Deal with the Devil, but he was able to do it without even trying that hard. No force or bold-faced lies were required, all he did was use his words.
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.
Into the Bunker. Experiment 210 shapeshifts into various Eldritch Abominations; in one particular instance it taunts the twins by shifting into Mabel, then Dipper, then shapeshifts into them both as a nightmareish monstrosity.
Later, the Experiment disguises itself as Wendy, and Dipper buries an axe into 210!Wendy's abdomen, with no Gory Discretion Shot.
In Sock Opera, when Bill possesses Dipper's body, he finds causing himself pain hilarious. It's mostly Played for Laughs, but the sight of Bipper repeatedly slamming a drawer on his own hand and impaling it with two forks in the process all while wearing a manic grin is...disturbing.
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.
Deal with the Devil: In "Sock Opera", Dipper begrudgingly makes a deal with Bill Cipher since he knows the password to the laptop (which is about to erase data in a short amount of time because of many failed password entries), in exchange that Bill will have a puppet. The thing is, he wantedDipper as his puppet.
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.
Demonic Possession: So far, this has happened twice. First with Mabel, who gets possessed by a pair of ghosts in "The Inconveniencing". Then taken more literally in "Sock Opera", where Dipper is tricked into allowing Bill Cipher to possess him. The second example also crosses over with Grand Theft Me, as Dipper's soul is forcibly ripped out of his body in the process.
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.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: In a way that is darker than usual for this trope. "Society of the Blind Eye" features a society that protects people from the supernatural phenomena of Gravity Falls or other horrible experiences by erasing their memories, which could be easily interpreted as an analogy on how people use drugs like ecstasy to make them "feel better". Not to mention that the memory wipes are heavily implied to cause brain damage.
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!
The Dog Was the Mastermind: "Society of the Blind Eye" reveals that background characters Toby Determined, Bud Gleeful, farmer Sprott, the burly man who guards the Skull Fracture, the man married to a woodpecker and a random woman are members of a secret society that make the inhabitants forget of the paranormal activities they encountered. Subverted with the leader who has never been seen before.
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?
Mabel is a hyperactive goofball who seems to takes every opportunity to do whatever strange thing comes into her head. But in "Sock Opera", when she found out her crush of the week was so obsessed with puppets he sometimes makes out with them, even she considers it just a step too weird.
The Shapeshifter in "Into the Bunker" directly resembles the monster from The Thing (1982).
The character of Bud Gleeful (a relentlessly cheerful, portly car dealership owner in a T-shirt and shorts) was directly inspired by "The Family Man", the star of a bizarre series of local Florida commercials Hirsch once saw while on vacation.
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".
Mabel scribbles "BUTTS" on Blind Ivan's phrenology-map skull tattoo with a permanent marker, much to his consternation.
"The Hand that Rocks The Mabel": Gideon comes very close to cutting Dipper's tongue out with shears.
"Summerween": We see a kid get eaten alive, just as a way to show that the villain means business. He lives, and its eventually written off as a joke, but still.
"Gideon Rises": Dipper and Gideon get into a fistfight, with several blows shown in full, painful detail. It's not the worst, but physical violence is pretty rare on TV Y7 shows, especially between children.
"Scaryoke": The zombies that are accidentally summoned are pretty nasty, and they're shown being mutilated with pretty much no holds barred. Probably the only reason it got through was because they don't bleed very much.
"Into the Bunker": We see Wendy being axed through the stomach. Sure, it turns out to be a shapeshifting impostor that bleeds green, but it's still an apparently-human character being gored by another human character with noGory Discretion Shot.
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.
Bill has been in everyone opening since the first episode, he's in a blipvert at the end of of the opening.
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 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.
If you watch all the shorts and put the images together, you get this◊. This hints at the Blind Eye society, who become very important in season 2.
The awkward, insecure Robbie's personality was shown in its fullest in "The Love God", but it was subtly hinted at an entire season earlier in "The Time Traveler's Pig" if you pay close attention to his actions.
In the the "Voice Over" segment from "Bottomless Pit", when Dipper first reveals his new voice to Mabel, she flips out and thinks he switched bodies with somebody. Guess what happened two episodes later?
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.
When Dipper phases through the floor in Sock Opera you can see a box with an antenna and the government agency's symbol on it. Later agents Powers and Trigger can be seen in seated in the audience at Mabel's show hiding behind newspapers.
During the second "Mabel's Guide to Life" short "Mabel's Guide to Stickers," Mabel holds up a book of myths. In the Aztec portion of the book there is an Aztec retelling of the Air Bud franchise.
Fresh Clue: In "Into the Bunker", Dipper, Soos, Mabel, and Wendy go into the bunker of the author of the journal owned by Dipper. Soos notes that a can of beans in there was recently opened, so the author might still be alive in there.
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.
Genius Ditz: Mabel isn't exactly a ditz, per say, she's just extremely unfocused and not nearly as rational as her brother. She's got a lot of helpful talents, though, most notably in the realm of arts.
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.
And, contrary to the skeptical front he puts on, Stan has secretly had the first in his possession all along, and has been searching for the other two for some time. When combined, the three power a massive portal device of as-yet-unknown function in the Mystery Shack basement.
The Great Politics Mess-Up: Considering that Rumble McSkirmish is from an 80's video game, he believes the Soviet Union is still around.
Grimmification: Many of the stories are taken from American folklore, tall tales and conspiracy theories, but darkened up.
Grotesque Cute: The baby pterodactyl in "The Land before Swine" is adorable. It's also just the right size to swallow people alive.
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 Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: This is the main reason Dipper can't bring himself to confess his feelings for Wendy. When the beans are finally spilled, she doesn't return his feelings, but their friendship isn't in any way changed.
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.
In Love with Love: One of Mabel's main goals while at Gravity Falls is to have an "Epic summer romance". She therefore flirts with pretty much every non-relative guy she meets that's even remotely close to her age.
Dipper: So maybe I don't have muscles, or hair in certain places, and.. sure, when a girly pop song comes on the radio, sometimes, I leave it on! 'Cause dang it, top 40 hits are in the top 40 for a reason! They're catchy!
I Have Your Wife: Gideon attempts this after kidnapping Mabel and Dipper. It doesn't work.
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 aforementioned 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!
Sev'ral Timez, Mabel's "Pet Boy Band" in the episode "Boy Crazy". Considering the fact that they spent their entire life in a hamster cage, their baffling idiocy is pretty understandable, but they're still very sweet and respectful.
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.
"Little Gift Shop Of Horrors" gives us the following scene that plays while the viewers can only see the characters and shadows of the fight on the wall in the back.
Stan: Stop Motion is pure evil.
Soos: And probably really expensive.
Harry: Incredibly expensive.
Soos: This is an impressive fight though. Glad I'm facing towards it.
In the episode "Boss Mabel", the host of "Cash Wheel" demands the camera man to cut to commercial at the exact moment of the actual show's commercial break.
Lost World: In "The Land Before Swine", Dipper and the others discover a cavern with live dinosaurs encased in amber.
Love at First Sight: Mabel was immediately enamored with Mermando. The same thing occurs with Gabe only that fades when at the end of the episode he passionately kisses the puppets on his hand while opening its mouth to boot.
Love Hurts: Dipper's Precocious Crush on Wendy ultimately ends in heartbreak. He's just too young at this point for anything romantic to work out between them, though they still remain friends.
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.
Masquerade: Invoked by The Society of the Blind-Eye, who wipe the minds of anyone who sees anything supernatural, including themselves from time to time. Their memories of the society are erased by the Mystery Shack crew... meaning no one is actively keeping the masquerade intact anymore...
Meaningful Echo: When the police ask The Cute Biker what to do with Gideon in "Gideon Rises" he simply says "Get 'im" with tears in his eyes.
Meaningful Name: In "Double Dipper", we learn that Dipper's name is a take on "The Big Dipper", which he has as a birth mark on his forehead. We also learn that it's just his nickname (his real name is yet to be revealed).
Misplaced Wildlife: Averted for the most part. Other than the cardinal and alligators briefly seen in "Dipper vs. Manliness", every real-world animal shown in Gravity Falls is native to Oregon.
A wolf is seen gnawing on Dipper's leg in "Carpet Diem", though it could have just been a coyote.
Cleverly subverted in "The Time Traveler's Pig": when the twins briefly travel back in time to the pioneer days, they get chased by a stampeding herd of bison. Bison are not currently native to Oregon, but they were back in the 19th century before hunters killed most of them off.
Missing Mom: Wendy's mother is "sadly, no longer with her".
"Mister Sandman" Sequence: Although not a time-travel example, in the first few moments of the episode "Irrational Treasure," the Pines family is bombarded with covered wagons, butter churns, livestock, old-timey speech mannerisms, and banjo music, because it's Pioneer Day (to Stan's horror). There is also an excessive number of woodpeckers, but that's a historical marker unique to Gravity Falls.
When Dipper and Mabel flash through various eras in "The Time Traveler's Pig," one such escapade includes heading to "Ye Old Oregon Trail," as announced by the driver of a covered wagon over a treacherous cavern's edge; he also mentions to his wife "Fertilia" that she must have popped out two more children when he wasn't looking.
Played with in "Boyz Crazy," when Grunkle Stan reminisces about his youth — cut to "The Juke Joint," complete with neon lighting, jukeboxes, corny signs, and cherry-on-top milkshakes, plus a young "bad-boy" Stan dressed to resemble James Dean. It's not a 1950's diner, though (Stan isn't old enough for that), but rather a 1970's diner themed to resemble the 1950's. As further proof, Stan's girlfriend wears 1970's-style hot pants, and later falls for a hippie guitarist.
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.
Muggles: Most of the residents of Gravity Falls seem either unaware of the supernatural occurances, or they're Genre Savvy enough to know when to strike. When others are Dangerously Genre Savvy to the paranormal, like Gideon, they're often antagonists.
In the episode "Society of the Blind Eye", we find out that this isn't a coincidence or typical cartoon-townfolk obliviousness; everybody in town is being systematically given Laser-Guided Amnesia by the titular secret society.
Mushroom Samba: In Episode 5, Mabel goes through one after eating a banned candy product.
The Needless: Bill Cipher, at least conceivably. He's shown to have no understanding of the concept of needing sleep and, unless he's inhabiting a body, can't experience tactile sensations.
Nerves of Steel: During "The Inconveniencing", Wendy is the only character who doesn't panic once (she's scared, but she can still think straight). Shown off again in "Into The Bunker", where she remains relatively cool headed the entire time she is under the attack of The Shapeshifter, even taking the time to bind up one of her injuries.
You kind of have to be if you want to stay sane in a town crawling with supernatural evil. That said, not every supernatural creature is horrible:
The Multibear is pretty darn amiable for a bear with several dozen heads. It's enough to convince Dipper to give up his task of killing him.
Mermando, while a bit strange, is a genuinely kind young merman. He's by far the most pleasant of Mabel's crushes, and even got the honor of giving her her first kiss.
Sev'ral Timez, despite being... dim, are all very kind to Mabel and her friends once they rescue them.
Nice Hat: Grunkle Stan really likes his fez. Dipper also gets his hat by the end of the first episode.
Then there's Bill Cipher's top hat.
Dipper's pine tree cap, which he got in the first episode after his old one was eaten by a gnome.
Wendy's bomber hat.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Bill Cipher at the end of "Sock Opera". With one hand on the Journal and Mabel at his mercy, he decides to mock the idea of making a sacrifice for one's sibling, giving Mabel a reason and a chance to attack him.
Nightmare Fuel: In-universe, Mabel's "Bear-O" puppet from "The Tooth", which is capable of bringing other children to tears within seconds. Even Dipper finds it unsettling.
Dipper: No, creepy. Bear-O's creepy, everyone hates Bear-O.
Invoked again with the disturbing broken-down "nugget maker" Ol' Goldie, which now does nothing more than rattle violently, emit a piercing scream, and leak oil out of its mouth. Wendy nervously suggests getting rid of it, as it reminds everyone of "the inevitability of death". Even Stan is terrified when it bites down suddenly on his arm.
Mabel is shown to have an intense fear of stop-motion and Claymation creatures. Eventually, after learning that it's all created with dark magic, she cheerfully considers this phobia justified, ironically getting over it somewhat.
No Communities Were Harmed: The fictional town of Gravity Falls, Oregon was probably inspired by many local landmarks/tourist traps from both Humboldt County, California and southern Oregon.
No Fair Cheating: The Tumbleweed Terror pinball game really does not want you to tilt it.
Mabel:[playing 'Spin-the-Pig'] Hey, Grunkle Stan, ever kissed a pig before? Stan: I'm not gonna answer that question.
In "Carpet Diem", Soos and Waddles switch bodies. During this time, something happened that caused Waddles-as-Soos to romance and then propose to a random woman that Soos had never met before. He was understandably very confused when the switch was reversed.
Stan mentions another in "Blendin's Game". Apparently, he petitioned the US Government to have July 13th removed from Calendars as a favor to Soos. This somehow led to him being declared a flight risk, and Stan is now no longer allowed on airplanes.
Ominous Owl: Owls appear to be a reoccurring motif, as an owl or the image of one usually appears at least Once an Episode. A Freeze-Frame Bonus in the "Stan's Tattoo" short gives us some text that reads "All secret societies worship a hyper-intelligent barn owl named Duane 'The Enforcer' Roosevelt. Most meetings consist of saying the secret oath, dressing in robes, hooting, gluing owl feathers to their skin, and devouring gophers whole in honor of their beloved barn owl overload. But not all secret societies worship barn owls, some of them worship western screeching owls. Also: Other owl-related jokes. In addition: Owls, owls, owls, owls, owls. And remember, when you don’t know where else to turn just ask yourself: 'What would Duane Do?' Which is: Use your creepy heart-shaped face to see your prey, swoop down from a tree, eat an adult male vole, then cough up his bones into a disgusting ball that kids will later open in a high school biology class."
A more subtle, Played for Drama example is in "Boyz Crazy": Wendy has always been One of the Boys, and earlier in the same episode, she even leveled with Dipper and casually admitted that girls can be annoying. So, when Dipper reveals that her boyfriend Robbie has been trying to brainwash her, and Dipper immediately tries taking advantage of their breakup, her reaction makes it perfectly clear that he really screwed up:
Dipper: Um, hey! Uh, now that your night is free, me and Grunkle Stan are thinking, maybe bowling, or something?
Wendy: (tearing up) Are you serious?! Right now? Ugh! What is wrong with guys?! You only think about yourselves!
Our Zombies Are Different: They're fairly standard, if a bit frightening, except for two things: one, they appear to be summoned out of some kind of Hell-portal instead of just coming out of the ground, and two, being bitten by one doesn't affect your personality in the slightest, it just makes you crave human flesh.
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.
Outright Lie: Grunkle Stan tells the police that he needs a seeing-eye bear, producing a phony note from "Dr. Medicine" written on the spot. They buy it.
Overly Long Gag: The credits gag from the pilot, the entirety being a gnome vomiting rainbows on an endless loop.
Also, the credits from "Double Dipper," with Soos pressing every sound effect on the keyboard.
And then in "Bottomless Pit," the entire credits gag is Stan falling with an annoyed expression on his face.
Rumble's combo on Dipper.
Narrator: SUPER POWER NINJA TURBO NEO ULTRA HYPER MEGA MULTI ALPHA META EXTRA UBER PREFIX... COMBO!!!
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Papa Wolf: Despite not actually being their papa, Stan does not take it well when his great niece and nephew are threatened.
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.
Bill Cipher!Dipper: Who would ever sacrifice everything they've worked for just for their dumb sibling?
Mabel: Dipper would.
Soos has one in "Soos and The Real Girl" Just as he's about to throw the CD which keeps Giffany alive into a burning oven.
Soos: Game over, Giffany!
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".
As of season 2, there's "Sock Opera" (played with "Rock Opera" and "Soap Opera"), "Soos and The Real Girl" (Shout-Out to Lars and the Real Girl), "Scary-oke" (Homophones of "scary" and "karaoke" together) and "The Golf War" (Play on The Gulf War).
Questionable Consent: One point of contention with the episode "The Love God" is over whether or not Mabel using a love potion to make Robbie and Tambry start dating was ethical. See Headscratchers for more details.
Rapunzel Hair: Both Mabel and Wendy sport hair that reaches below their waist.
Right for the Wrong Reasons: Dipper thinks that Mabel's new boyfriend isn't normal and he's a zombie. He was right that Norman isn't normal, but he's actually a bunch of gnomes.
Rivals Team Up: Mabel and Pacifica team up against the Lilliputtians in "The Golf War".
Room Full of Crazy: Downplayed when McGucket's memories are finally exposed. The room he's seen standing for most of them gradually gets more and more demolished as his Sanity Slippage progresses, with the words "HELP ME" eventually showing up in (hopefully) red paint. It's the only one shown, but it's very big and we don't get to see very much of the room, implying this trope.
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: Parodied in "Legend of the Gobblewonker," when they fly through a pane of glass held between two boats on a lake.
Though, in the episode "Little Mystery Shop of Horrors", he first gets interested in trying to solve the What-The-Heck-Ahedron when he finds out that anyone who solves it apparently gets their picture taken and a kiss from a hot chick. Then again, that episode's canonical status is up to debate.
Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Robbie to Dipper, Pacifica to Mabel, Gideon to Stan. Though Gideon eventually becomes the Big Bad of the first season.
Skeleton Key: The President's Key can open any lock in America.
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.
"Time Travelers Pig": Blendin Blandin is sent from the future to Set Right What Once Went Wrong by cleaning up temporal mess that was apparently started by the twins. He ends up running into them by accident, and after a series of events, the twins end up stealing his time machine. Their misuse of said time machine is what causes the mess that Blendin was supposed to clean up.
"Blendin's Game": At the beginning of the episode, Soos teaches the twins a trick on how to get free snacks out of a snack machine. After going back in time, Mabel ends up teaching the same trick to a 12-year-old Soos.
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.
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.
Double subverted in the last two episodes of season 1, in "Dreamscaperers"Gideon successfully get the the deed to the Shack and the Pines are forced to live at Soos's grandma's. However in the next episodes, Dipper defeats Gideon and everybody can go back to the shack.
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.
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.
Several of his computer graphics shots have a watermark of the free trial software he uses to make his segments.
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.
Suck E. Cheese's: Hoo-Has pizza place, complete with an animatronic rock and roll badger. Stan calls the place a nightmare, but is instantly seduced by the amount of money it can pull in.
The entirety of "Boyz Crazy" is a Take That towards 90's boy bands.
More specifically, it was a Take That against the highly manufactured nature of 90's boy bands, and less against the actual singers themselves.
One of the chants in "Dreamscaperers" is "Inceptus Nolanus Overratus," which roughly translates to "Inception [by] Nolan [is] Overrated."
In "Soos and the New Girl", there's a store in the mall clearly modeled after Hot Topic called "Edgy on Purpose".
The "Clay Day" short from "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" makes a jab at CGI animation for killing off Stop Motion animation, but also at people who claim that CGI is inferior to Stop Motion because it "has no heart".
Similar to "Boyz Crazy", the entirety of "The Love God" is a big joke against the hipster community, something which Oregon is infamous for.
Tag Along Kid: Inverted by Soos, who often fills this role. He's an adult but enough of a man child to be more like a knuckleheaded tag along big brother.
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. 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.
Mabel: Goodbye childhood...
There Was a Door: When Mabel drives away with Mermando in "The Deep End", she breaks an entirely new hole in the chain-link fence instead of going back out through the one right in front of her. This could be attributed to Rule of Cool or Rule of Funny, though.
Tongue Trauma: Dipper came close to this in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel".
And then in "Carpet Diem", an owl apparently tried to eat Dipper's tongue while he was sleeping outside.
Took a Level in Badass: Dipper and Mabel in "Headhunters"; Dipper deserves an honorary mention in "Dipper Vs. Manliness".
Stan in "The Land Before Swine", when he attacks and rides a pterodactyl.
Wendy in "Into The Bunker", no doubt.
Too Kinky to Torture: Bill Cipher is a non-corporial being, so he can't experience physical sensations. That is, until he tricks Dipper into letting him possess his body. He describes pain as "hilarious" and goes out of his way to abuse his new body as much as possible.
Too Much Information: In the "Trooth Ache" section of "Bottomless Pit", Stan ends up wearing a set of false teeth that make him incapable of lying, and, apparently, discretion.
Twenty Minutes into the Past: The show is set in the summer of 2012, exactly when the series debuted. Later seasons become this trope though it seems to be intentional, given the supposed 2012 apocalypse.
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.
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 Censor: This is probably one of many reasons that the residents of Gravity Falls still live there; they never believe when they actually see something supernatural, and when they do, they ignore it like it was nothing.
"Society of the Blind Eye" revels that the titular Society has been acting as one, erasing the memories of people who have seen anything supernatual.
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.
"Society of the Blind Eye" not only completely overturns a popular and supposedly supported fan theory, but ends with some dark (and bloody) potential foreshadowing.
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.
Pretty much every antagonistic creature/person in the series ever qualifies as this.
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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