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[[caption-width-right:350:Just north of normal, just west of weird.]]

->''"Unfortunately, my suspicions have been confirmed. I'm being watched. I must hide this book before ''He'' finds it."''

->''"Rememberóin Gravity Falls, there is no one you can trust."''

''Gravity Falls'' is an animated DisneyChannel Original Series created by [[WesternAnimation/FishHooks Alex]] [[WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack Hirsch]] and produced by [[WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Rob]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Renzetti]]. It began airing on June 29, 2012.

The show tells the story of twins [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Dipper]] and [[GenkiGirl Mabel Pines]], who have been sent to live for the summer with their "grunkle" [[note]]great-uncle[[/note]] Stanford "Stan" Pines in the valley town of [[TheOtherRainforest 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 GreatBigBookOfEverything explaining the many strange beings, past events, and even federal cover-ups that exist within this [[TownWithADarkSecret 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:
* ''[[Recap/GravityFallsDippersGuideToTheUnexplained Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained]]'', where Dipper attempts to make documentaries explaining supposed mysteries around Gravity Falls.
* ''[[Recap/GravityFallsMabelsGuideToLife Mabel's Guide to Life]],'' in which Mabel tries to give out handy tips to live every day life.
* ''[[Recap/GravityFallsFixinItWithSoos Fixin' it with Soos]]'', a short series of videos that has Soos trying to fix various things around the Mystery Shack.
* ''[[Recap/GravityFallsTVShorts TV Shorts]]'', which consist of a few sketches depicting Gravity Falls' TV programming.
* ''[[Recap/GravityFallsMabelsScrapbook Mabel's Scrapbook]]'', which follows the Pines family on vacation outings.

Season 2 premiered on August 1, 2014, 364 days after the season 1 finale. New episodes now premiere on ''Creator/DisneyXD'' first and then appear on Disney Channel later on.

The show has pages for [[Recap/GravityFalls recaps]] and [[ShoutOut/GravityFalls Shout Outs]], plus a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/GravityFalls Best Episode Crowner.]] Be sure to check out the [[Analysis/GravityFalls analysis]] and [[Characters/GravityFalls characters]] pages.

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!!This show contains examples of the following tropes:

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Li'l Gideon... well, it was funny up until he went crazy and tried to stab Dipper.
* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Pacifica's parents treat her like a trained dog. [[AdultFear No, seriously]] ]].
* AccidentalHug: Pacifica gives one to Dipper when she gets a little caught up in the moment.
* {{Action Girl}}s:
** Mabel, Grenda, and Candy have all displayed Action Girl traits.
** Wendy proves herself beyond a shadow of a doubt as one of these in "Into the Bunker."
** Pacifica proves capable in "The Golf War."
* AdjectiveNounFred:
** The Japanese dub of the show, ''Kaiki Zone Gravity Falls''.[[note]]"Mysterious Zone Gravity Falls"[[/note]]
** The Japanese title of "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" is "Chōnōryoku Shōnen Gideon".[[note]]"Psychic Boy Gideon"[[/note]]
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Dipper, but make sure [[BerserkButton not to tell him you think so]].
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Mabel and Dipper.
** Candy and Grenda.
** Soos.
** Pacifica, of all people, as her CharacterDevelopment sets in.
* AdultFear:
** "Tourist Trapped" contains a quite plausible child-abduction scenario.
** "Gideon Rises" has a subtle but very painful one: [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: The fear of romantic rejection gets [[{{Ship Sinking}} more]] or [[{{Anchored Ship}} less]] thrown in during "Into the Bunker" where Dipper decides it's not worth it to admit his feelings for her, but [[{{Anguished Declaration of Love}} 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 [[TheGameComeToLife 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. 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, [[spoiler: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.
** PlayedForLaughs 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? [[spoiler:Himself saying [[IAmNotMyFather "You've become your father!]]"]]
** Decidedly ''not'' PlayedForLaughs in "Not What He Seems." [[spoiler:Dipper and Mabel go to child services.]] (Well, they would have [[spoiler:if they hadn't slipped away]].) That's terrifying to kids ''and'' adults.
** Throughout the first season, it's revealed that Stan [[spoiler: has been attempting (and failing badly) to hide the nature of the town from Dipper and Mabel]] because he recognizes that they're in real danger if they pry too far. The events that happen throughout the show, particularly in the second season, prove him to be very right.
* AdultsAreUseless:
** Grunkle Stan, particularly in "Tourist Trapped". There are times, however, when he manages to avert it [[spoiler:like when he punches a pterodactyl]]. [[spoiler: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.
** Sheriff Blubs and and Deputy Durland combine this with PoliceAreUseless.
* AdvertisedExtra: When the show first came out, many of the promos featured Norman. [[spoiler:He turned out to be a bunch of gnomes in disguise. They weren't seen again until the first season's finale.]]
* AerithAndBob:
** The gnomes are named Jeff, Carson, Jason, Steve, and Shmebulock.
** The manotaurs names include Testosteuror, Glurk, Pituitor, and Beardy.
* {{Aesop}}: Every episode of the show has at least one, and they're [[ShowDontTell woven relatively subtly into the narratives]] to boot.
** "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.
*** Alternatively, while there are people who are content enough with self-assurance, [[HonorBeforeReason there are also others who need to get back at those who wronged them]], and either approach is fine.
*** you are are unique the way you are and you shouldn't change any part of that for approval (especially from someone who already hates you) otherwise you will lose what you already have.
** "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 KnowWhenToFoldEm 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, and must be understanding when you're on the receiving end of that toughness
** "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.
** "Sock Opera": Don't take for granted the people that care about you for your ambitions. If they're willing to give up everything, you should do the same.
*** Also, don't go blindly chasing after someone until you know them a bit better, since failing to be with them might be dodging a bullet.
*** Thirdly, '''[[DealWithTheDevil DON'T MAKE DEALS WITH DEMONS]]''' or similarly styled energy beings.
*** Fourthly, no matter how important something is, foregoing sleep is never a good idea; if anything, it'll make things worse.
** "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.
*** Also, a life of unpredictability (especially regarding relationships) is worth way more than the predictable.
*** Just be yourself; there are billions of fish in the sea, and at least one is bound to like you just the way you are.
** "Little Gift 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 [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas many]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} stop-motion]] [[WesternAnimation/ParaNorman animated]] [[WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls films]] 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 [[spoiler: 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. [[spoiler: Toby]] is implied to have joined and used it to deal with his HopelessSuitor tendencies towards [[spoiler: Shandra Jimenez]], and because he's not dealing with them, he experiences the same pain of rejection near constantly and doesn't move on. [[spoiler: Bud Gleeful]] also joined to forget about [[spoiler: his EnfantTerrible son]], and so he's stuck dealing with the same stuff over and over, and [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: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.
** "Northwest Mansion Noir/Mystery": Just because you come from a family with a long history of being vile individuals doesn't mean you have to follow in their footsteps.
*** Also, don't judge a person by their cover. Chances are, when you get to know them, they're more complex and interesting than you thought they were.
*** And finally always keep a promise and never betray your friends for personal gain because you might loose more than what you wanted.
** "Not What He Seems"
*** Don't assume the worst. Doing so will only cause more unnecessary grief.
*** If you have a secret that needs to be said to your loved ones, say it before it too late.
* AffablyEvil:
** [[spoiler:The ghosts]] from "The Inconveniencing" would be just like any other sweet old couple... [[spoiler:except they entrap and torment any teenager that comes into their store.]]
** [[spoiler:Zombie!Soos, who combines the ruthless killing instinct of the undead with the cheerful personality of... well, Soos. [[ApologeticAttacker "Sorry, dude, but I just really want those brains!"]]]].
** 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 [[spoiler:wants a twelve-year-old to marry him and all his gnome brethren and [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe isn't taking no for an answer]]. He also seems suspiciously inclined to cannibalism]].
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Stan's preferred form is affectionate noogie-ing.
* AffectionateParody: Of bizarre-small-town mystery series like ''TwinPeaks'' and ''NorthernExposure''.
* AgentMulder: 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.
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:Giffany]], although there's probably some other supernatural forces at play.
* AirVentPassageway:
** 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, [[spoiler: "He's ''still'' in the vents."]]
* AlienBlood: Used on a few occasions in the second season, first with the zombies in "Scary-oke", and then with the shape shifter in "Into the Bunker". Both bleed green blood, which is likely the only reason why the pretty significant amounts of violence against them were allowed on the Disney Channel in the first place.
* AllMythsAreTrue
* AllThereInTheManual:
** 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.
* AlliterativeName: Gideon Gleeful, Blendin Blandin, and Nathaniel Northwest.
* AllWomenAreLustful: 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 "[[ItMakesSenseInContext Pet boy band]]" is being taken away from her.
* ALoadOfBull: The manotaurs.
* AlphaBitch: Pacifica Northwest.
** She does get better in the end of The Golf War, but whether or not she remains that way is yet to be seen.
** LovableAlphaBitch: Season two is steering her character towards this.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Averted by Dipper and Mabel themselves but toyed with [[spoiler:for Stan and his twin brother, The Author. They look very similar physically except his brother has six fingers on each hand. It's unknown if this was always the case or if he attained said extra fingers later in life, messing around with the super natural.]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: In "Little Dipper", Mabel vents her frustration that Dipper seems to always beat her at everything.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Mabel decides to talk about Dipper's "Lamby Dance" at the very ''worst'' possible time...
* AmbiguouslyBi:
** 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 [[LikeASonToMe love him like a son]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Nate and Tambry, two of Wendy's friends.
** Soos was this for a number of episodes, until "Gideon Rises" finally confirmed he was Hispanic.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Stan, all the frigging time. [[spoiler: It only gets even more ambiguous in "Gideon Rises" where his underground lab is finally shown.]]
** As of season 2, he's [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzagging]] this all over the place. [[spoiler: 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.]]
*** [[spoiler: In the end, he was trying to bring his brother back. Not lawful thing to do and it was REALLY risky, but he had good intentions]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Tyler, the Cute Biker. He shows up out of nowhere [[ItMakesSenseInContext 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'".
* AmbiguouslyJewish: The Pines family. Mabel and Grunkle Stan occasionally use Yiddish words ("mazel tov", anyone?), and Mabel herself has been known to put "Moses" where others would use "Jesus Christ". Dipper and Stan fit a [[JewishAndNerdy couple]] of [[AllJewsAreCheapskates stereotypes]] respectively. there's also the fact that "Pines" is an eastern Ashkenazi Jewish surname. However, despite Alex Hirsch's Judaic background and the fact that he based the Pines on himself and his family, he has confirmed that the Pines family is [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/3b25ef523ae8d77f7df25993283b9c9c/tumblr_inline_nh0s0ltaTL1qm9usw.png not Jewish]]. This happened after artists would get told by fans that it's offensive of them to draw the twins celebrating Christmas. In another tweet, he proceeded to draw the twins wearing [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/a59913e8450294491fd15bbff911029c/tumblr_myc4cxVJ2B1sbotlno1_400.jpg Santa hats]], himself.
** [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/579343833260957696 Another set of tweets]] clarifies that while Alex personally sees the Pines twins to be like himself and his own sister (ethnically half Jewish and celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah ), he encourages the fans to imagine/interpret them how they like.
* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler:Old Man [=McGucket=] founded the Society of the Blind Eye]].
* AmusingInjuries: All over the place. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Bill [[spoiler: during his time in Dipper's body]].
--> '''Bill:''' Pain is hilarious! ''(Rams arm into a drawer)''
* AnAxeToGrind: [[spoiler: The wax sculptures.]]
** Wendy during "Into the Bunker," [[spoiler: with Dipper taking a turn while Wendy is occupied with Experiment 210.]]
** The Lumberjack Ghost in "Northwest Mansion Noir/Mystery".
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: With the exception of Pacifica and her parents, the ''entire party'' in "Northwest Mansion Noir/Mystery" is turned into wooden sculptures, in what the Lumberjack's Ghost terms a "Forest of Fear"]]
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: [[spoiler:The gnomes after they kidnap Mabel.]]
* AndThisIsFor
--> '''Mabel:''' "That's for lying to me! That's for breaking my heart! And ''this'' is for messing with my brother!"
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler: Soos is transformed into a zombie in "Scary-oke" after Dipper accidentally awakens the dead. Thankfully, his book came with a cure.]]
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: In "Into the Bunker", Dipper [[spoiler:finally confesses his feelings to Wendy in a fit of grief as he tries to awaken her seemingly-dead body.]] Fortunately, [[spoiler:it wasn't actually her, and she was standing right behind him the whole time.]]
* AnimatedSeries
* AnimationBump: While the show itself looks pretty good, the entire intro is drawn with more detailed shading and fuller animation. More evident are Mabel plugging her sweater into the outlet and Dipper getting scared and dropping his candle.
** Those last two shots were animated by [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation renaissance]]-era Disney animator James Baxter.
** The sea monster in "Legend of the Gobblewonker" is particularly nice.
** Rumble in "Fight Fighters", due to being animated entirely by [[http://probertson.tumblr.com/ 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.
** The animation during the climax of "Not What He Seems" is ''gorgeous''.
* {{Animesque}}: Giffany in "Soos and The Real Girl", as she's from a Japanese Dating Simulation game called ''Romance Academy 7''.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Being twins both Mabel and Dipper are sometimes like this toward each other, though they're still the best of friends.
* AntiMutiny: [[spoiler: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.]]
* ApocalypticLog: 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", [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ArbitrarySkepticism: 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.
** Also present in "The Land Before Swine", when Grunkle Stan refuses to accept magic, but is totally okay with dinosaurs alive in the summer of 2012 specifically because they ''aren't'' magical. Ultimately subverted in the first episode of season two, when Stan declares that he's "not stupid" and was just trying to pretend that none of the supernatural events in the series were happening to keep Dipper away from it all.
* ArcNumber: "6:18" appear in many episodes, [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/alex-hirsch-gravity-falls-showrunner-comedy,85801 as June 18th is the creator's birthday]].
** [[spoiler: "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. If that wasn't enough, even Old Man McGucket claims that, prior to "Society of the Blind Eye," the earliest he could remember was around 1982--immediately after creating the Society, wiping his memories, and the completion of the portal...]]
** "3" seems to be the primary contender for the show's Arc Number. A projected three-season arc, three journals, three seasons on summer, [[spoiler:three sides and points on a triangle, 30 years is three rounds of ten...]]
* ArcSymbol: 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. [[spoiler:He turns out to be an extremely powerful demon named Bill Cipher]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The Mystery Shack crew discusses their past encounters with Gideon Gleeful:
--> '''Mabel:''' Remember when I wouldn't date him and he tried to destroy us?\\
'''Stan:''' He's always trying to trick me into losing the Mystery Shack.\\
'''Wendy:''' One time I caught him stealing my moisturizer.
* ArmourPiercingQuestion: Agent Trigger gives this to Dipper causing him to question the events of the episode Not What He Seems.
* ArtShift:
** In "Fight Fighters", the video game is shown pixelated.
** Giffany in "Soos and the Real Girl".
** Mabel's ImagineSpot in "Legend of the Gobblewonker."
*** Funnily enough, in "Dreamscaperers," Bill Cipher causes the cute teenage boys from Mabel's ImagineSpot to appear in Stan's mind, retaining their style while interacting with the normally-drawn environment.
* ArtEvolution: It's subtle, but the animation quality does improve between seasons one and two.
* AsHimself: In "Headhunters", both of the [[spoiler:Coolio and Larry King wax figures are actually voiced by the real Coolio and Larry King.]]
* AsianAndNerdy: Candy Chiu.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Soos 100% of the time and Mabel most of the time. [[spoiler: Actually saves Soos' life in "Skary-oke"]]
-->'''Mabel''' "Don't worry, brother. Whatever happens I'll be right here, supporting you every step of the-- ''oh my gosh a pig''!"
* AuthorAvatar: A few. Alex Hirsch voices a number of characters on the show, and many of them are very, very important. Examples include Stan, and [[spoiler: Bill Cipher.]]
* AutoTune: Utilized at all times by BoyBand Sev'ral Timez in "Boyz Crazy".
* AWizardDidIt: Mabel believes a wizard hiding in the closet is behind Dipper's sudden growth spurt in "Little Dipper".
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Dipper #2 decides on "Tyrone".
** [[spoiler:Fiddleford Hadron [=McGucket=]]]
* AwkwardFatherSonBondingActivity: Grunkle Stan taking Dipper and Mabel fishing.
* AxCrazy:
** [[spoiler:The wax statues]] in "Headhunters".
** Fittingly, [[AllThereInTheManual though she's not named on-screen,]] [[spoiler:Lizzie Borden is among their ranks.]]
** Gideon, who, at one point, tried to [[TongueTrauma cut Dipper's tongue out]] just so he could get a date with his sister.
** 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 [[TheToothHurts yanking the teeth out of a deer]] just for the heck of it.
* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler:Mabel and Pacifica team up this way against the Lilliputtians.]]
* BadassAdorable: Dipper and Mabel.
* BadassBookworm: 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 [[spoiler:his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown with Gideon in "Gideon Rises".]]
* BadassFamily: All the members of the Pines family shown up to date fit some form of Badass or other.
* BadassGrandpa: Grunkle Stan, shown best so far in "The Land Before Swine" and "Scary-oke."
* BadBoss: Stan.
* BadFuture: [[spoiler: Apparently, in the future, a time baby will destroy everything and take over humanity. On the plus side, humanity gets time travel.]]
* BadGuyBar: The twins use fake [=ID=]s to enter one in "Headhunters."
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: The end of "Dreamscaperers". Gideon manages to collect Stan's deed to the Mystery Shack and has his father blow the roof off.]]
* BalloonBelly: Mabel gets one after eating too much Smile Dip.
* BareYourMidriff: Wendy wears an ensemble of this type to the Wood Stick Festival in "The Love God".
* TheBarnum: Grunkle Stan.
* {{Bathos}}: The Big Henry scene in "Golf War". It'd be [[TearJerker 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.
* BatmanGambit: Done by Mabel in "Tourist Trapped."
* BehindTheBlack: In Dippers Guide to The Unexplained #82, there were several points where people, including Dipper, could have that the man [[spoiler: was a robot that had no right side.]]
* BeneathTheMask: Quite a number of characters.
** Wendy isn't actually as laid-back and cool as she lets on; [[spoiler: underneath, she's almost constantly stressed out]].
** Robbie acts like an apathetic JerkAss to virtually everybody, [[spoiler: but secretly he's very awkward, lonely, and insecure]].
** Pacifica appears to be a quintessential RichBitch, [[spoiler: but she's also a LonelyRichKid who doesn't appear to be loved by anyone, not even her own parents.]]
** Even our own [[spoiler:Dipper]] is a mild case; in "Society of the Blind Eye" he revealed that he's [[spoiler:playing up the cooler and smarter parts of his personality on purpose in order to hide crippling pre-pubescent insecurity.]]
* BenevolentBoss: Mabel starts out as one when she takes over for Stan in "Boss Mabel". It doesn't last.
* BerserkButton: 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.
* TheBet: Stan and Mabel make a bet on who could make more money: Mabel while running the Mystery Shack, or Stan while on vacation.
* [[spoiler: BetterAsFriends: After Dipper's confession to Wendy, she confesses to having suspected it and while very flattered, she pretty much says this.]]
* BetterThanABareBulb
* BewareTheHonestOnes: Stan in "Bottomless Pit".
** BrutalHonesty
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Dipper and Mabel.
* BewareTheSillyOnes:
** Old Man [=McGucket=] has proven himself capable of quite a bit of destruction.
** Mabel, despite being a total CloudCuckooLander, 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.
** Soos, such as in "Soos and the Real Girl" and "Not What He Seems."
* BeyondTheImpossible /AlienGeometries: 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.
* BigBad: "Li'l" Gideon Gleeful, at least for Season 1.
** In Season 2, Bill Cipher is shaping up to be one, given his big role in Sock Opera and the [[spoiler: tapestry in the Northwest Mansion implies that he's planning on bringing upon the apocalypse.]]
* BiggerBad: Bill Cipher is and always has been the greatest threat of all.
* BigBrotherInstinct: 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. [[http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/820/947/629.png 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 [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]. In fact, her brother being threatened or hurt is one of the few things that manage to bring out her [[LetsGetDangerous 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.
* TheBigDamnKiss: Between [[spoiler: Mabel and Mermando]].
* BigEater: Whenever Soos isn't helping the twins or working on the Mystery Shack, he tends to stuff his face.
* BigFun: Soos is a big, funny ManChild whose great friends with the kids.
* BigNo: There are three in a row in "Carpet Diem": on from Mabel, one from Dipper, and one from Soos.
* BigScrewedUpFamily:
** While not exactly "big", Gideon's relationship with his parents is very, very, ''very'' messed up.
** [[spoiler: The Northwest family, going back to Nathaniel has been a decades-long line of classist swindlers. Preston Northwest controls his own daughter through ''Pavlov-style conditioning'', and encourages her to act like a brat. Pacifica, however, appears to be growing out of this]].
* BigStupidDoodooHead: Mabel calls [[spoiler:the gnomes]] butt-faces. In fact, if Mabel insults someone, it'll usually be this trope.
* BilingualBonus: The spell Dipper does in "Dreamscaperers" is part actual Latin and part CanisLatinicus joke, and it can be roughly translated to: "See everything, Master the Mind! [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels Magnesium to man! Masterpiece!]] May you have your body! [[CanisLatinicus Ince]][[{{Inception}} ptus]] [[Creator/ChristopherNolan Nolan]] [[TakeThat Overratus]]! Master the Mind, Master The Mind, Master The Miiiiiiiind!"
** 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!"
* BirdsOfAFeather: Soos and Melody, who [[spoiler:seem to be officially dating by the end of "Soos and the Real Girl]].
** [[spoiler:Robbie and Tambry, both gloomy and apathetic [[EmoTeen Emo Teens]]]] start dating in "The Love God".
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Li'l Gideon.
* BittersweetEnding: Few episodes have these like [[spoiler: "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.]]
* BlackComedy: 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 ''[[SuicideAsComedy suicide]]'' when it wants to. Once season two came around, it became almost a guarantee that it will happen at least once an episode.
* BlackComedyBurst: 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 [[spoiler: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 [[IHaveAFamily 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 PlayedForLaughs.
* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithATrope 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.]]
* BlandNameProduct: "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.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: 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."
* BlondesAreEvil: Pacifica Northwest. [[spoiler: Subverted in season 2, where we find out she was being trained to act like this by her parents.]]
* BloodStainedLetter: 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.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Rumble [=McSkirmish=] spends most of his time running around town and destroying everything in sight with his bare hands. It sounds sick until you remember that he's [[TheGameComeToLife a character in a fighting game come to life]].
** Bill Cipher is showing signs of this, though it's still hard to say.
* BlushSticker: Mabel and her friend Candy have permanent circles of pink on their cheeks.
* BodyHorror: Some surprisingly intense examples of this, particularly in season 2.
* BookcasePassage: Shown in "Tourist Trapped". Stan has a passage hidden behind his vending machine. Where does it lead to? [[spoiler: 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.]]
* BookEnds: The ending of "Tourist Trapped" (the pilot) shows Stan entering his secret vending machine passage, and [[spoiler: 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.]]
** Both episodes also climax with the twins [[spoiler:being pursued by a villain piloting a larger version of themselves.]]
* BottomlessPits: Featured, of course, in "Bottomless Pit".
* {{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.
* BowtiesAreCool: 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!
* BoyBand: Sev'ral Timez, an affectionate lampoon of 90's boy bands.
* BrainInAJar: The Mystery Shack has two, dressed in wigs. Apparently, one's a man and one's a woman.
* BrainlessBeauty: The beautiful but absolutely clueless members of Sev'ral Timez.
* BrainsAndBrawn: 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.
* BrawnHilda: Grenda. She even has a [[LarynxDissonance completely undisguised male voice actor]].
* BreatherEpisode: "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".
** "The Love God", as it comes after "Blendin's Game" and before "Northwest Mystery Noir", both {{WhamEpisode}}s.
* BrickJoke: In [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E2TheLegendOfTheGobblewonker Episode 2]], there's a CutawayGag of Grunkle Stan and the kids forging money, and he remarks that their Benjamin Franklin looks like a woman. [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E8IrrationalTreasure Several episodes later]] the twins find a repository of America's embarrassing secrets that includes a folder about which [[GenkiGirl Mabel]] remarks: [[spoiler:"Oh man, Benjamin Franklin secretly ''was'' a woman!"]]
*** It's also possible this was a reference to [[TruthInTelevision 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. TheMoreYouKnow.
** 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!"
* BrilliantButLazy: Wendy has proven to be ''very'' competent in physical combat, but she only shows it if she absolutely needs to.
* BrokenTears: [[spoiler:Mabel]], of all people, has a moment of this in "Not What He Seems". It's relatively brief, but seeing [[spoiler: the most cheerful character on the show]] have a breakdown like that is a pretty good sign that things have taken a turn for the worst.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Obviously.
* BuffySpeak: Mabel can slip into this, using phrases such as "hotty melty things" or "some kind of magicky thing."
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Quentin Trembley definitely qualifies as a "Bunny-Ears (or, No Pants, rather) President."
** Also Soos who, despite being quite peculiar and immature, is more than capable of fixing most mechanical problems and creating some genuinely impressive stuff.
* ButtMonkey: Dipper.
** Thompson, most definitely. It later comes to his advantage when, in a {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}}, he [[spoiler: gets his entire friend group to stop hating each other simply by making himself the object of ridicule. They laugh so much at his 'Butt-Monkeying' that they patch up their petty arguments.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Thompson:''' All according to plan.]]
** Blendin Blandin, though [[spoiler:things do eventually turn out better for him.]]
* ButThouMust: Mabel pulls one on some guy with a note.
--> Do you like me?
--> Yes
--> Definitley
--> Absolutely
* TheCakeIsALie: Grunkle Stan attracts visitors to the re-opening of his wax museum by promising them free pizza. He then claims that this was a typo.
* TheCaligula: Quentin Trembley.
* CaligulasHorse: Quentin Trembly appointed a group of ''babies'' into the supreme court.
* CallBack: Crossed with FreezeFrameBonus, the four symbol code that Grunkle Stan types at the end of "Gideon Rises" was first seen in the first episode [[http://decodinggravityfalls.tumblr.com/post/26509096563 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.
* CallingYourAttacks: "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!*
* CampStraight: Gideon's speech and mannerisms are ''very'' similar to that of a SouthernBelle stereotype, not to mention he's very conscious about his looks and is often drawn with [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics visible eyelashes]]. However, considering his [[{{Yandere}} obsession with Mabel]], he's pretty clearly straight.
* CanisLatinicus: Downplayed in "Dreamscaperers." 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 TakeThat at {{Inception}}.)
* CannotTalkToWomen: Soos is hilariously inept at flirting.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: "Heavy is the head that wears the fez."
* ChairReveal: Gideon does one in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel".
** Also, Mabel does one in "Boss Mabel".
* CaptainErsatz: "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 [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:It wants to eat them alive.]]. Talk about DisproportionateRetribution.
* CerebusSyndrome: While still primarily a comedy, the show did get noticeably darker in its second season, possibly due to its ChannelHop. Even the humor became significantly more reliant on BlackComedy than it was before.
* CerebusRetcon: ''Society Of The Blind Eye'' implies heavily that the CloudCuckooLander tendencies of most citizens of Gravity Falls are [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: 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.]]
** [[spoiler:The known Society 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]].
** ''Northwest Mansion Noir/Mystery'' heavily implies Pacifica's parents (previously shown to be somewhat aloof and distant) to be outright emotionally abusive, including training Pacifica to respond to a bell, and that [[spoiler:the whole Northwest family is a line of [[CardCarryingVillain Card Carrying Villain]]s]].
* CheerfulChild: Mabel. Given the nature of the series, this can verge on [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] status at times.
* ChekhovsGag: In "Into the Bunker", the Shapeshifter takes the form of a terrified Dipper as he freezes, claiming it will be his last pose before dying. [[spoiler: When Dipper is turned into wood in "Northwest Mansion Noir", guess what pose he's doing?]]
* ChekhovsGun: The leafblower Mabel used for kissing practice is later used to [[spoiler: fight the gnomes]].
** The grappling hook that Mabel got in the ''very first episode'' [[spoiler: 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."[[/note]]
** 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 ArmCannon." [[spoiler:Guess the time police hands out those as standard issue!]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Of course, [[CrazyAwesome Bill Cipher.]] He was frequently shown in the credits up until his official debut in "Dreamscaperers".
** 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.
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler: 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]].
* ChekhovsHobby: Dipper's "Lamby Dance" skill.
** Mabel's mini-golf skills are introduced in the Season 1 episode "Carpet Diem" and then come back as a plot point in the Season 2 episode "Golf War".
* CheshireCatGrin: [[spoiler:When Dipper is possessed by Bill, he almost ''never'' stops pulling one of these]]. [[http://gravityfalls.wikia.com/wiki/File:S2e4_bill%27s_new_body.png Behold]].
* ChestBurster: Stan has Waddles perform one in an attempt to scare two kids in "Summerween." Later, Soos also does one, out of [[spoiler: the Summerween Trickster]].
* ChildEater: The Summerween Trickster.
* ChristmasInJuly: Halloween in June
* CityOfAdventure
* CityOfWeirdos: {{Deconstructed}}, as it's revealed in "Society of the Blind Eye" that [[spoiler:everybody is being given systematic LaserGuidedAmnesia.]]
* ClassicalAntiHero: Most of the main characters are awkward in some way or form, but Dipper in particular really fits the bill.
* ClassicCheatCode: Ultimate Power! in "Fight Fighters".
* {{Cliffhanger}}: The "Dreamscaperers", "Gideon Rises", and "Not What He Seems".
* CloningBlues: The concept and many of its subtropes are largely {{averted}}, {{lampshaded}}, {{invoked}} and {{subverted}} during "Double Dipper".
** Rather than feeling resentful to the original for putting himself above them or trying to take over, the army of Dipper 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 [[spoiler:until Dipper has an epiphany they didn't and decides he doesn't want to follow the plan any more.]]
** They [[ClonesAreExpendable 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.
*** It's worth noting that #2 (or Tyrone) points out how easy Dipper can get rid of them in response to [[DiscussedTrope Dipper wondering whether the]] clones [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters might become jealous of him and try to destroy him,]] which [[DefiedTrope Tyrone dismisses]]. [[spoiler:Even when the clones do turn against him, it's more because they think he's messing up his own plans and decide to do them for him. They're also very nice about it.]]
** They avert KillAndReplace, [[spoiler: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=], Soos and possibly Stan count as well.
** Actually, most people from Gravity Falls count as cloudcuckoolanders.
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: Dipper to Mabel, [[NotSoAboveItAll most of the time]].
* CluelessDeputy: Deputy Durland.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Grunkle Stan sure heaped together a whole hodgepodge of oddities when he created the Mystery Shack.
* ComicalOverreacting: A somewhat common joke on the show. For example, when Mabel and her friends find out a concert they want to go to is sold out:
-->'''Grenda:''' This night is ruined!
-->(Candy falls flat on her face)
-->'''Candy:''' I welcome you, death.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Several of Dipper's experiences in Gravity Falls include learning about himself, defending a first crush, and boldly standing up for what is right; all elements of this trope.
* ConArtist: Grunkle Stan.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: The song "Don't Start Un-Believing" the lyrics of which include "don't start un-believing / never don't not feel your feelings."
* ConspicuousCG: All the vehicles are rendered in CG, and so is the water in certain shots from the second episode.
** The [[spoiler:[[HumongousMecha giant Gideon robot]] is rendered in CGI in some shots, though with shading touches that don't really make it a problem. Otherwise, he's drawn traditionally]].
* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: The bowling shoes in [[http://i.imgur.com/cEW4qAs.png this]] shot.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Dipper. Considering where he lives, it's quite understandable.
* ContinuityCavalcade:
** "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 [[DealWithTheDevil 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.
** Both of the [[TimeTravelEpisode Time Travel Episodes]], "The Time Traveler's Pig" and "Blendin's Game".
** In "The Love God", the titular character entices Mabel with a love illusion potion, which shows all of Mabel's ex-crushes from previous episodes, like Mermando ("The Deep End") and Gabe ("Sock Opera").
* ContinuityNod: Besides the MythArc 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 [[spoiler: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 [[GuyOfTheWeek Gabe]], Mabel comments that she was just getting over Mermando, her previous crush and the one she shared her FirstKiss 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!"
*** Later on, Bill shows flashbacks of previous episodes in season 1 when he tries to persuade Dipper into [[DealWithTheDevil making a deal with him.]] Doubles as a ContinuityCavalcade.
*** 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 "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bottomless Pit]]".
** In "Soos and the Real Girl" [[spoiler: 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 "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E16CarpetDiem once a pig]]".
** In "Society of The Blind Eye", Mabel's previous crushes are mentioned several times (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.
*** Also, since [[spoiler: they took down the titular society, whose purpose was to erase the memories of the normal residents to make them unaware of the town's paranormal phenomenon]], the people have been prone to notice the supernatural more often, like Dipper fending off a vampire bat being the headline in "Northwest Mansion Noir".]]
** 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".
** At the end of "Northwest Mansion Noir", [=McGucket=] is shown to have become a bit more down to Earth since having his memories back in "Society of the Blind Eye". He also mentions "having fixed the laptop", which was found in "Into the Bunker" and destroyed by Bill (in Dipper's body) in "Sock Opera".
*** Pacifica feels bad for her ancestors' crimes, and that includes the Gravity Falls "founder" (discovered by Dipper and Mabel to be a fraud in "Irrational Treasure") who is frequently shown through paintings in this episode.
*** When Pacifica asks Dipper for help, he is sceptical at first because she has been "trying to humiliate him and Mabel before", ("Double Dipper", "Irrational Treasure" and "The Golf War")
* ContinuityPorn: The show is known for having extremely strong continuity. Almost every plot thread that's thrown into the air has to come down eventually.
** "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E9TheTimeTravelersPig The Time Traveler's Pig]]" anybody?
** And then in "Dreamscaperers", when clips of Stan from various episodes are all on display in his mind.
* ConvenientlyTimedDistraction: In "Not What He Seems", when Stan needs to escape from the agents in the police station, a gravity anomaly occurs which Stan takes advantage of to help him escape.
* CoolBoat: Soos' "S.S. Cool Dude." Averted with the Stan-O-War.
-->'''Soos''': Dude, you could totally use my boat for your hunt! It's got a steering wheel, chairs; normal boat stuff.
* CoolOldGuy: Grunkle Stan.
* CosmicHorrorStory: Things seem to be leaning in this direction, what with [[BiggerBad Bill]] [[EldritchAbomination Cipher]] 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.
* CrappyCarnival: In "The Time Traveler's Pig." Stan spared every expense.
* CrazyCatLady: Lazy Susan.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Lil' Gideon to Mabel
* CrazyPrepared: 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.
* CreatorCameo: 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!"
** Hirsch (or at least the bottom half of his face) appears on one of the photographs during the title sequence.
* CreditsGag: 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 [[spoiler:"WELCOME TO GRAVITY FALLS."]]
** Once decoded, Episode 2's cryptogram reads [[spoiler:"NEXT WEEK: RETURN TO BUTT ISLAND".]]
** Episode 3: [[spoiler:"HE'S STILL IN THE VENTS".]]
** Episode 4: [[spoiler:"CARLA, WHY WONT YOU CALL ME?".]]
** Episode 5: [[spoiler:"ONWARDS AOSHIMA!"]]
** Episode 6: [[spoiler:"MR. CAESARIAN WILL BE OUT NEXT WEEK. MR. ATBASH WILL SUBSTITUTE."]]
*** [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:using the Atbash code]], Episode 7's crytopgram reads [[spoiler:PAPER JAM DIPPER SAYS: 'AUUGHWXQHGADSADUH'"]]. [[spoiler:The cryptograms in later episodes are also solved using Atbash.]]
** Episode 8: [[spoiler:"E. PLURIBUS TREMBLEY".]]
** Episode 9: [[spoiler:NOT [[Creator/HGWells H.G. WELLS]] APPROVED!]]
** Episode 10: [[spoiler:SORRY, DIPPER, BUT YOUR WENDY IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE.]]
** Episode 11: [[spoiler:THE INVISIBLE WIZARD IS WATCHING.]]
** Episode 12: [[spoiler:BROUGHT TO YOU BY HOMEWORK: THE CANDY.]]
** Episode 13: [[spoiler: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: [[spoiler:NEXT UP: "FOOTBOT TWO: GRUNKLE'S GREVENGE"]]
** Episode 15: [[spoiler:VIVAN LOS PATOS DE LA PISCINA]] [[note]][[spoiler:LONG LIVE THE POOL DUCKS]][[/note]]
** Episode 16: [[spoiler:BUT WHO STOLE THE CAPERS?]]
** Episode 17: [[spoiler:HAPPY NOW, ARIEL?]] [[note]][[spoiler:A reference to Ariel Hirsch's love of boy bands.]][[/note]]
** Episode 18: [[spoiler:IT WORKS FOR PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGS!]]
** Episode 19: [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: is an [=A1Z26=] cipher that translates REVERSE THE CIPHERS]], which is a hint for when we see the second, [[spoiler: 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 [[FreezeFrameBonus Freeze-Frame Bonuses]] AFTER the credits.
** Episode 1: In credits: [[spoiler: WELCOME BACK (the key is "Widdle" in Gideon's Cell)]]. After credits: [[spoiler: THE MAN DOWNSTAIRS IS VERY CLEVER, CAN HE HIDE HIS PLANS FOREVER?]]
** Episode 2: In credits: [[spoiler: WHAT KIND OF DISASTER INDEED (the key is "Shifter" on a barrel in the bunker)]]. After credits: [[spoiler: IMPROPER USE OF MACHINERY COULD LEAD TO UTTER CATASTROPHE]]
** Episode 3: In credits: [[spoiler: REMEMBER BIG HENRY (the key is "Whatevs" on the castle wall during the escape scene)]]. After credits: [[spoiler: OLD MAN SLEEPING ON THE GREEN / CANíT HELP BUT WONDER WHAT HEíS SEEN]]
** Episode 4: In credits: [[spoiler: 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: [[spoiler: 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 5: In credits: [[spoiler:ANTHYDING CAN HADPLEN (the key is "Bearo")]]. After credits: [[spoiler:[[Franchise/SailorMoon WINNING HEARTS BY DAYLIGHT! / POSSESSING ROBOTS BY MOONLIGHT! / HER EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE IS A REAL FRIGHT! / SHE HAS THE ONE NAME GIFFANY!]]]]
** Episode 6: In credits: [[spoiler:CHECK OUT DR. WADDLESí 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: [[spoiler:ALL ANIMATION IS BLACK MAGIC]]
** Episode 7: In credits: [[spoiler: IGNORANCE IS BLISS. BUT BLISS IS BORING (The key is "Erase")]], and after credits: [[spoiler: GIDEONíS 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 8: In credits: [[spoiler: DON'T DO THE TIME CRIME IF YOU CAN'T DO THE TIME TIME (Key is "Capacitor")]] and after credits: [[spoiler: JOIN THE TIME PARADOX AVOIDANCE ENFORCEMENT SQUADRON! GREAT HOURS! SOLID BENEFITS! SIGN UP YESTERDAY!]]
** Episode 9: In credits: [[spoiler: I EAT KIDS (The key is "[=GoatAndAPig=]")]] and after credits: [[spoiler: 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.]]
** Episode 10: In credits: [[spoiler: NEXT UP ON UTBAHC: DID ALIENS WRITE THE CONSTITUTION? CRAWDADS IN TIARAS AND FLORIDA: THE SHOW(The key is "Cursed")]] and after the credits: [[spoiler: STANISNOTWHATHESEEMS STANISNOTWHATHESEEMS STANISNOTWHATHESEEMS]]
** Episode 11: In credits [[spoiler: THE ORIGINAL MYSTERY TWINS]] and after the credits: [[spoiler: THIRTY YEARS AND NOW HE'S BACK. THE MYSTERY IN THE MYSTERY SHACK.]] Talk about WhamLine.
* CreepyChild: Li'l Gideon, definitely.
* CrossoverPunchline: This video [[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=821TmxO95iE]] teases a minor crossover with ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''.
* CurbStompBattle: Between Dipper and Rumble [=McSkirmish=].
* CursedWithAwesome: The fact that a dating simulation is alive in "Soos and The Real Girl", [[spoiler: 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 VideoGamePerversityPotential as well...
* CutASliceTakeTheRest: How Mabel eats Smile Dip.
* CutawayGag: Occasionally appears in some episodes. Some usually foreshadow the events of the episode.
* CuteAndPsycho: Li'l Gideon.
* CuteBruiser: Mabel.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Bill Cipher. Not only was this guy able to trick [[spoiler: Dipper, the smartest, most GenreSavvy character on the show]], into making a DealWithTheDevil, 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 ''[[ExactWords words]]''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than [[Series/{{Jessie}} pretty]] [[Series/LivAndMaddie much]] [[Series/AustinAndAlly every]] [[Series/IDidntDoIt other]] [[Series/DogWithABlog current]] [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Disney Channel]] [[Series/GirlMeetsWorld show]], frequently using the terms "killed" and "died", and Gideon [[spoiler:trying to cut out Dipper's tongue in Episode 4]] is likely something you won't be seeing on most of them anytime soon.
** One episode even had [[spoiler:live wax statues ''trying to chop off Grunkle Stan's head'' (not to worry, though: they only succeeded in decapitating his wax figure instead).]]
** In "Fight Fighters" Grunkle Stan reveals that he owns ten guns, specifically to [[ItMakesSenseInContext shoot anyone who tried to sneak a ladder into his house]].
** Not to mention that in the episode "Gideon Rises", Dipper is shown with a [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: a clan of gnomes [[TotemPoleTrench on top of each other.]] "Scary-oke" features Dipper summoning REAL zombies.]]
** Into the Bunker. [[spoiler: Experiment 210 [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifts]] into various [[EldritchAbomination 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 [[spoiler: Wendy, and Dipper buries an axe into 210!Wendy's abdomen, with ''no GoryDiscretionShot.'']]
** In Sock Opera, when [[spoiler:Bill possesses Dipper's body, he finds causing himself pain hilarious. It's mostly PlayedForLaughs, 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.]]
** Not What He Seems features a more mundane threat than most earlier episodes, but one that is arguably more horrifying for that reason. When Dipper and Mabel first discover [[spoiler: that the man they've been living with throughout the summer has been lying about his identity, coupled with not too subtle hints that he ''killed'' the real Stan, their horror and that of the audience is dramatically greater than when they face any of the supernatural threats that they regularly have to deal with]]. The anger, sadness, and [[spoiler:betrayal]] that the main characters feel is palpable throughout the rest of the episode, and [[spoiler:even though it's ultimately revealed that Stan really is their great uncle (just not the one that they thought) and that he loves both them and his brother (the other Stan) greatly, the premise alone is enough to make this episode the darkest in the series]].
* DartboardOfHate: The Gleeful house contains one with a picture of Stan.
** In "Gideon Rises", after Stan reveals that [[spoiler: Gideon has been monotoring everyone via camera]], there's a [[FreezeFrameBonus blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment]] in which one of the screens shows Pacifica shooting darts onto a picture of Mabel.
** Robbie has one of Dipper.
* DeadpanSnarker: Grunkle Stan. Dipper has his moments as well.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler:The real Stan Pines has been dead for thirty years.]] We know little else besides this, however, due to the episode ending on a CliffHanger.
* DealWithTheDevil: 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. [[spoiler: The thing is, [[DemonicPossession he wanted]] [[AndIMustScream Dipper as his puppet]].]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: 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.
* DemonicPossession: So far, this has happened twice. First with [[spoiler:Mabel]], who gets possessed by a pair of ghosts in "The Inconveniencing". Then taken [[DealWithTheDevil more literally]] in "Sock Opera", where [[spoiler:Dipper]] is tricked into allowing [[spoiler:Bill Cipher]] to possess him. The second example also crosses over with GrandTheftMe, as [[spoiler:Dipper's]] soul is forcibly ripped out of his body in the process.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The "Rock That Looks Like a Face" Rock: The Rock That Looks Like A Face.
** Also, "Fight Fighters".
* DependingOnTheWriter: There seems to be come disagreement among the writers on Soos's relationship with Stan: he either [[ParentalSubstitute looks up to him as a father figure]], or he has some kind of [[HoYay awkward, half-formed crush on him]].
* DetectivesFollowFootprints: How Dipper and Mabel found [[spoiler: the axe]] in "Headhunters."
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:Soos's father]] walked out on him when he was a kid.
* DisproportionateRetribution: PlayedForLaughs with [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: use his telekinetic powers to try to cut out his tongue]].
* DistinguishingMark: The Big Dipper-shaped birthmark on Dipper's forehead.
* DitzyGenius: Soos is actually quite smart, with competent knowledge of machinery and construction, and many nuggets of wisdom to give to the other characters. [[ManChild You would]] ''[[ManChild never]]'' [[ManChild guess this based on how he acts.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In a way that is darker than usual for this trope. "Society of the Blind Eye" features [[spoiler: 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''.]]
* DoggedNiceGuy: Gideon is a [[DeconstructedTrope 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 AxCrazy, EntitledBastard 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?
--> '''Gideon:''' Really?
--> '''Mabel:''' ''(rips amulet away from Gideon)'' No, not really! You are like attacking my brother, what the heck!
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: "Society of the Blind Eye" reveals that [[spoiler: 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.]]
* DontExplainTheJoke: 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."
* DotingParent: Bud Gleeful.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Averted in "Soos and the Real Girl", where [[spoiler:Giffany's attempts to control, manipulate, and eventually abduct Soos]] are depicted as horrible and disturbing.
* DoubleTake: The phrase "Wait, what?" shows up quite often on the show.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:"Dreamscaperers"]]
* DreamWalker: Bill Cipher
* DrunkOnMilk: Subverted in "Gideon Rises", where Stan briefly tries to get drunk on very expired apple cider. Apple cider ferments with age, the audience just [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar isn't directly told this]].
** Played straight when Grenda drinks expired milk, saying that "I can see rainbows!" Then she passes out.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Grunkle Stan
--> '''Stan:''' "Road safety laws, prepare to be ignored!"
* DysfunctionJunction: As of Season 2, the whole cast is starting to become this. And in a ''Disney'' show of all places!
** Dipper is a shy, insecure, pre-pubescent kid who's nervous about his body and attempts to mask it by being TheSmartGuy in the group. May also be a borderline NightmareFetishist with his fascination with the paranormal.
** Mabel is, well, Mabel, and she most likely has a form of ADHD. Also, in one episode, when she lost [[TeamPet Waddles]], she became '''incredibly and agonizingly''' depressed to the point she seemed to have lost the will to live!
** Stan is practically a kleptomaniac who enjoys being hated, [[spoiler: not to mention his cloudy past and his murky history with the weird in Gravity Falls.]]
** Wendy acts cool, but in "Society of the Blind Eye" she stated that she is always really anxious and nervous all the time.
** Soos [[ParentalAbandonment had never even met his father,]] and after several years of having his father-come-home-birthday-present not happen, he grew to dislike celebrating his birthday.
** [[spoiler: Even '''[[AlphaBitch Pacifica]]''' falls under this this, having grown up and being ''conditioned like a dog'' to always obey her parents at the sound of a bell, and she is terrified of ever disobeying them.]] And these are just the ''main characters.''.
* DudeNotFunny: In an InUniverse example from "Society of the Blind Eye", Soos enrages Mabel and Wendy when he makes a joke about Lazy Susan's mascara.
* EarlyBirdCameo: 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".
** Bill Cipher appears on an arcade game's screen in the cold open of "Fight Fighters." His body is colored green rather than its normal yellow, but image is clearly Bill.
*** [[spoiler: Bill appears for [[FreezeFrameBonus a brief moment at in the intro]], and triangles with a single eye have appear throughout the show.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first episode was narrated by Dipper and ended with him writing in the journal, kind of like an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}.'' After that, the narrations seem to have been dropped.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: [[spoiler:Stan's portal device]] is revealed to have the capacity to do this in "Not What He Seems". [[spoiler:It doesn't, but it comes awfully close]].
* {{Earworm}}: It's mentioned in-universe that the songs of Sev'ral Timez are quite catchy. A rap song that Soos enjoys is also stated to be a serious earworm, and Wendy comes close to using a memory-erasing device to get rid of it.
* EasterEgg: 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?
** Episode 7 onwards uses the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atbash Atbash cipher]]. YV HFIV GL PVVK FKWZGVW.
** Speaking of backwards messages, in "Dreamscaperers", Gideon's chant to [[spoiler:summon Bill Cipher]] might sound like gibberish, but when played backwards, it reveals a secret: [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMy2r81gMXU Gideon is saying "Backwards Message" backwards]].]]
** Smaller secret messages appear during the show. For example: the binary code that appears diring Giffany's flashback in "Soos and the Real Girl" translates to "[[Film/SpaceJam SPACEJAMTWO]]".
* EatenAlive: In "The Land Before Swine", Old Man [=McGucket=] is eaten by a pterodactyl.
** Both Soos and Gorney are eaten alive in "Summerween".
--> '''Gorney:''' I've been ''[[ElmuhFuddSyndwome twaumatized!]]''
** SwallowedWhole
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: [[spoiler: Stan has one under the Shack.]]
** [[spoiler: The Author of the Journals has what looks to be an even bigger one under the tree where Dipper first found 3.]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Time Baby, especially if you've read the document explaining what it is.
** Bill Cipher.
** [[spoiler: Experiment 210]]
* EleventyZillion: Mabel, while high on [[GRatedDrug Smile Dip]], responds to Dipper's question of how many packs she's had with "Bleventeen".
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Robbie's middle name is revealed in "The Love God".
--> '''Mrs. Valentino:''' Robbie ''[[GenderBlenderName Stacey]]'' Valentino! There's a little girl here to see you!
* EmoTeen: Robbie.
* EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: [[spoiler:'''Very''' narrowly averted in "Not What He Seems". And we don't yet know if we've seen end of it either.]]
* EnemyMine: In "Northwest Mansion Mystery" Pacifica asks Dipper for help when a Lumberjack Ghost wants her and her family dead. Dipper of course, is suspicious, because he knows how terrible Pacifica has been towards him and Mabel. Despite his protests, and with Mabel's urging, Dipper agreed and decided to see the job through, hoping to get Pacifica off his back. Dipper's suspicion was eventually vindicated, since [[spoiler:the entire plot was a ploy by the Northwests to cover up their own treachery, [[ForTheEvulz just so they can continue to deny commonfolk access to their annual party]]. Disgusted by this revelation, it end his truce with Pacifica. However, Dipper ''later'' finds out that it wasn't Pacifica, but rather, her father who used and tricked him. Upon seeing how regretful and horrified Pacifica is at her family's lying, backstabbing ways, he decides to give her a second chance]].
* EnfantTerrible: Lil' Gideon
** The Time Baby, probably.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Gideon Gleeful, the [[EnfantTerrible nine-year-old]] whose hobbies include abusing his parents, summoning demons, and murder via oral mutilation, was legitimately disturbed by the actions of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Bill]] [[EldritchAbomination Cipher]]. Not because he was morally opposed to them, but because he just found them ''that'' [[KickTheDog sporadic and outlandish]].
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: In "Summerween." See EvilLaugh below.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The credits only refer to Tyler as "Cute Biker".
* EveryoneHasStandards: Several characters on the show have had moments of this.
** Mabel is a [[CloudCuckooLander 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 [[GirlOfTheWeek crush of the week]] was so obsessed with puppets he sometimes ''makes out'' with them, even she considers it just a step too weird.
** Robbie is a complete JerkAss who houses a serious dislike for Dipper for having a crush on Wendy, his [[spoiler:at the time]] girlfriend. But, when presented with an unresistant opportunity to give Dipper a beating, [[WouldntHurtAChild he can't bring himself to go through with it]].
** This exchange in "Soos and the Real Girl":
-->'''Stan (Referring to dating):''' Soos, a little advice. You need to get rich. Or lie about being rich. Outside of that, I don't like your chances.
-->'''Wendy:''' Pssh, don't listen to Stan, dude. You're a sweet guy with a steady job and a pickup truck.
-->'''Stan:''' Would ''you'' date him?
-->'''Wendy:''' Oh, would I, uh... heh, look at that.
-->(She hides her face in a magazine called "[[LampshadeHanging Avoid Eye Contact Monthly]]").
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: In "The Land Before Swine"
* EverythingsBetterWithLlamas: Mabel's llama-hair sweater.
* EvilIsHammy: Bill Cipher, so, so much. His voice is loud and unnatural, his lines are strange and sporadic, and his voice pattern is just as unpredictable as he is. One minute he could be talking to you normally, the next he's SuddenlyShouting [[VoiceOfTheLegion in a demonically deep tone]].
** Gideon isn't exactly a subtle fellow either.
* EvilIsPetty[=/=]PokeThePoodle: Gideon returns in "Irrational Treasure". Not to carry out an evil revenge scheme on the Pines, but to taunt Stan while the latter was in stocks.
** Gideon fights with Stan over a pool chair in "The Deep End".
* EvilLaugh: Stan, Dipper, Mabel, Wendy, Soos, Grenda and Candy indulge in one in Episode 12 after Stan's WarpedAesop.
** Bill Cipher is [[LaughingMad very]] prone to this.
* EvilOldFolks: [[spoiler:Ma and Pa, the ghost owners of the Dusk-2-Dawn convenience store]].
* {{Expy}}: [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120924221442/gravityfalls/images/b/ba/Tumblr_mauawtXCJN1rd63jho1_500.png The Summerween]] [[http://images3.cliqueclack.com/p/wp-content/blogs.dir/8/files/2012/10/gravity-falls-no-face-2.png Trickster]] closely resembles [[http://i.imgur.com/01Zxk.png Noh-Face]] from ''Anime/SpiritedAway''.
** The Shapeshifter in "Into the Bunker" directly resembles the monster from ''Film/TheThing1982''.
** 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X03iP0Uhmck a bizarre series of local Florida commercials]] Hirsch once saw while on vacation.
** Gideon Gleeful's appearance is almost a dead ringer for 1950s child preacher [[http://40.media.tumblr.com/29679f714116fb3853a951610307a129/tumblr_mrmr13thbs1qapkmyo1_500.jpg Larry Larimore]].
* TheExitIsThatWay: Simultaneously {{lampshaded}} and {{Averted}} in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel":
-->''(Grunkle Stan exits, slamming door behind him)''
-->'''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.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and BribingYourWayToVictory: the "Insert Token!" machine at the arcade.
* ExtremeOmnivore: 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 [[spoiler: a live pterodactyl]].
* EyeColourChange: 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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* FaceDoodling: Stan writing the word "goober" on Dipper's forehead in "Stan's Tattoo".
** [[spoiler:Mabel scribbles "BUTTS" on Blind Ivan's phrenology-map skull tattoo with a permanent marker, much to his consternation.]]
--->'''[[spoiler:Blind Ivan:]]''' That's not ''funny!''\\
'''Dipper:''' ''(Laughing)'' It's ''pretty'' funny.\\
'''Soos:''' It's, like, objectively funny.
** Also used to humorous effect in the episode "Carpet Diem", when Mabel wakes up after her sleepover with "Party Gurl" written on her face in red marker.
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: [[EnfantTerrible Lil' Gideon.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Oh, ''[[NightmareFuel/GravityFalls Lord]] [[Radar/GravityFalls have]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids mercy]]''...
** "The Hand that Rocks The Mabel": Gideon comes very close to [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler:He lives, and its eventually written off [[BlackComedy as a joke]]]], but still.
** "Gideon Rises": [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:zombies]] that are accidentally summoned are pretty nasty, and they're shown being mutilated with no holds barred. Probably the only reason it got through was because they [[BloodlessCarnage don't bleed very much]].
** "Into the Bunker": We see Wendy being [[spoiler:''axed through the stomach'']]. Sure, it turns out to be [[spoiler:a shapeshifting impostor]] that [[AlienBlood bleeds green]], but it's still an [[spoiler:apparently-human character being gored by another human character]] with ''no'' GoryDiscretionShot.
* FanDisservice: Old Man [=McGucket=] lotioning himself.
** Every single time Stan takes off his clothes. [[NakedPeopleAreFunny Which is often]].
** Soos has taken off his shirt on multiple occasions. It's about as unappealing as you think.
** Sherrif Blubs and Deputy Durland taking off their uniforms to play in a broken fire hydrant in "Dipper vs. Manliness"
** The gnome that Mabel and Dipper stumble upon bathing himself in squirrels in "Gideon Rising" is pretty disturbing to the main characters.
* FantasyAmericana
* FatAndSkinny: Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland.
** As well as Grenda and Candy.
* FauxAffablyEvil: It's hard to deny Bill Cipher's charm, and that's ''exactly'' how he wants you to feel.
* FerrisWheelDateMoment: Wendy and Robbie have a brief one in "The Time Traveler's Pig."
* FeudingFamilies: The Lilliputtians, with a different clan themed for each hole at the mini-golf course.
* FieryRedhead: Manly Dan. Averted with his daughter Wendy.
** However, by Season 2, this is subverted with Wendy once her CharacterDevelopment kicks in (as exemplified in episodes "Society of the Blind Eye" and "The Love God").
* FilkSong: Many. [[http://looksomefreeparking.bandcamp.com/track/wendy-x-dipper Wendy x Dipper]] isn't a bad place to start.
* FirstKiss: Mabel badly wanted one, and was thrilled when she finally received her first kiss from [[spoiler: Mermando]].
* FluffyTheTerrible: Dipper's body is possessed by the completely evil and sociopathic demon Bill Cipher. Of course, Mabel calls him "Bipper".
* {{Foil}}: The twins counter one another's personalities perfectly.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: [[CaptainObvious Take a wild guess]].
* FootPopping: Mabel does it when she kisses [[spoiler: Mermando]].
* TheForeignSubtitle: Along with the Japanese name seen above, this show has also been given the subtitle ''Un Verano de Misterios'' [[note]]''A Summer of Mysteries''[[/note]] in most Spanish-speaking countries. Brazil used a Portuguese-translated version of the title.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Bill has been in every 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. [[spoiler:Turns out his first guess was more accurate.]]
** At the end of "Tourist Trapped", [[spoiler:Stan uses a vending machine to access a secret room]]. That ''[[SarcasmMode surely]]'' won't come into play later.
*** [[spoiler: 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.]]
** Robbie got an EarlyBirdCameo in "Headhunters" as one of the murder suspects.
** During Lil' Gideon's song in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel", he gets everyone to stand up after holding his amulet. [[spoiler:Turns out, his amulet gives him PsychicPowers. Dipper was forced to stand up against his will, making Dipper question what just happened.]]
*** [[spoiler: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 [[http://gravityfalls.wikia.com/wiki/File:Shorts_the_hidden_page.jpg this]]. [[spoiler: 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 [[FreakyFridayFlip switched bodies with somebody]]. Guess what happened two episodes later?
** None of this even comes ''close'' to the amount of foreshadowing that went into the [[http://phantomrose96.tumblr.com/tagged/stanley-pines/chrono Stan Twin Theory]]. [[spoiler: Guess what the big reveal was at the end of ''Not What He Seems''?]]
*** In "The Inconveniencing" [[spoiler: if the backwards-talking dog's speech is played in reverse it sounds like it's saying "Must distrust Grunkle."]]
** The top of the [[http://tpdats.tumblr.com/post/113191613083/i-just-realized-something-about-the-totem-pole Mystery Shack Totem Pole]] depicts not the Thunderbird, but Kolus, the Thunderbird's similar younger brother. The real Thunderbird is seen in the basement [[spoiler:right in the room that Stan's brother returns into]].
* FourFingeredHands: 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. The Shapeshifter in "Into the Bunker" confirms this is a reflection of the author's polydactyly, [[spoiler: as can be seen firsthand (or first[[{{Pun}} hands]] when he shows up at the end of "Not What He Seems."]]
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Dipper is melancholic, Mabel is sanguine, Grunkle Stan is choleric, and Soos and Wendy are both phlegmatic.
* FreakyFridayFlip: In "Carpet Diem", this happens between Dipper and Mabel, and then later between [[CrowningMomentofFunny Soos and Waddles]]. HilarityEnsues.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** You get a shot of [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6g6i6lrE81r7zjya.png 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? [[spoiler: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 "[[spoiler:STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS]]".
** Dipper's list of suspects from "Headhunters" is in full: Manley [sic] Dan, Old Man McGucket, That Fat Guy, Angry Lady, Mikey R., Uncle Phil, Susie.
** Episode 8's document about Nathaniel Northwest can be read in full.
** [[spoiler:Blendin Blandin, the time traveler from Episode 9, can briefly be seen in the [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m90g2vnisn1rr79d5o1_500.jpg first]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m90g2vnisn1rr79d5o2_250.jpg three]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m90g2vnisn1rr79d5o3_250.jpg 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" [[spoiler: (PUBERTY IS THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF ALL. ALSO: GO OUTSIDE AND MAKE FRIENDS)]].
** When Bill Cipher says "I know lots of things. [[VoiceOfThelegion Loooots of thiiiings]]." his triangle flashes countless images, and if you pause them you can see, in that order: JohnFKennedy ([[WhoShotJFK 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, [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E1TouristTrapped Stan going for his secret vending machine door]], The Sasquatch seen in the opening, another page of the book, CropCircles, the secret room where the twins found Quentin Trembley, [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E8IrrationalTreasure a statue of Nathaniel Northwest]], part of the stamp on the postcard from the intro, 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 [[spoiler: 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 [[IfYouCanReadThis Aztec retelling]] of the [[Film/AirBud Air Bud]] franchise.
* FreshClue: In "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E2IntoTheBunker 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.
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: Pacifica's parents have been literally treating her like a dog, resulting in her JerkassFacade.]]
* FunBagAirBag: In the storyboard work of "Into The Bunker" Dipper was originally [[https://38.media.tumblr.com/0b7f0d39b882d9924eb35570535f2836/tumblr_naki32V3JC1qcjuaco1_500.gif supposed to fall straight into Wendy's chest when in the closet.]] It was scrapped for [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar obvious reasons.]]
** That said, in the actual episode, Dipper is [[FreezeFrameBonus momentarily]] slammed face-first into Wendy's chest by decontamination spray.
* FunPersonified: Mabel. Everything about her just screams fun and games.
* FunnyForeigner: Candy Chiu, Mabel's AsianAndNerdy friend. She can speak English just fine, but her accent is ''very'' thick.
* GadgeteerGenius: [[spoiler: Old Man [=McGucket=]]]
* GadgetWatches: Blendin Blandin wears one.
* GagNose: A staple of the art style - every adult male has one.
* TheGameComeToLife: In "Fight Fighters"
** Then again in "Soos and the New Girl", with a DatingSim of all things.
* GamerChick: Both Mabel and Wendy have been shown enjoying video games with Dipper.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/GravityFalls Has its own page.]]
* GenerationXerox: The monster from "Boss Mabel" had his power reflected back at him showing him his worst fear [[spoiler: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.
* GenkiGirl: Mabel.
* GenreSavvy: OncePerEpisode.
* GeniusDitz: Mabel isn't exactly a ''ditz'', per say, she's just [[CloudCuckooLander 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.
* GhostlyGoals: [[spoiler: Ma and Pa seek revenge on teenagers]].
* GiantNoveltyCheck: Featured in the [[TheTeaser cold open]] of "Little Dipper."
* GilliganCut: "It's not like I lie awake at night ''thinking'' about her!" Cut to Dipper lying awake at night, thinking about Wendy.
* GirlyBruiser: While not afraid to get her hands dirty, Mabel is definitely on the girly side of the spectrum, especially when teamed up with [[{{Tomboy}} Wendy]]. However, not only can she fight alongside her brother with [[LetsGetDangerous a surprising amount of competence for a]] CloudCuckooLander, but it's not even that difficult to provoke her into violence.
* GlassShatteringSound: Parodied. In one episode, Pacifica sings so high she shatters a ''plastic cup''.
* GlowingEyes: Occurs both when Mabel is [[spoiler:possessed by ghosts]] in "The Inconveniencing", and when people look into the Gremloblin's eyes.
** GlowingEyesOfDoom
* AGodAmI: Mabel declares herself to be the god of destruction after finding some illegal fireworks.
* GoldTooth: The Truth Teeth are a set.
* GonkyFemme: Grenda is fat and very masculine looking compared to her friends, Mabel and Candy, but rarely if ever acts tomboy, and personality-wise, don't differ to the aforementioned girly girls she has a friends.
* GoodVsGood: In "Not What He Seems", [[spoiler: Stan only committed illegal acts to rescue his brother from another dimension. The federal agents, while incorrect about Stan's true intentions, were rightfully chasing a guy who committed serious crimes. Dipper and Mabel nearly ruined Stan's plot to save his brother so that they could stop a machine that could have destroyed the world]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Averted! In "Into the Bunker," we see Dipper full-on bury the axe in the shapeshifter. In Wendy form.]]
* GoshdangItToHeck: Most cussing that appears gets this treatment. Though at least for Mabel, it's [[CHeerfulChild arguably in-character]].
--> '''Mabel:''' ''(After losing a minigolf game)'': ''Darn! Poop, heck, darn!''
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in "Not What He Seems", where Stan notes that, since he's alone, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar he can swear ''for real''.]]
* GovernmentConspiracy: In "Irrational Treasure."
* GrandTheftMe: In "Sock Opera" [[spoiler: Bill possesses Dipper's body in order to destroy the laptop and then the journal, the latter plan backfiring.]]
* GrapplingHookPistol: Mabel has one.
* GRatedDrug: Smile Dip, especially after eating "[[EleventyZillion bleven-teen]]" packages of it in "The Inconveniencing".
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: 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. [[spoiler:Li'l Gideon has a similar book with a "2" on it.]]
** [[spoiler: 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.]]
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: 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.
* GrotesqueCute: The baby pterodactyl in "The Land before Swine" is adorable. It's also just the right size to swallow people alive.
* GuiltyPleasures: Dipper enjoys listening to girly pop sensation BABBA.
* GulliverTieDown: Mabel [[spoiler:courtesy of the gnomes.]]
** Later happens to [[spoiler: Pacifica Northwest]] in "The Golf War," courtesy of the [[ShoutOut aptly]] [[PunnyName named]] Lilliputtians.
* {{Guyliner}}: Robbie is seen wearing some in the poster for his band, Robbie V and the Tombstones.
-->'''Robbie:''' ...It's [[InsistentTerminology eye paint for men]].
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Dipper and Mabel, though it's [[DownplayedTrope more believable than most examples]].
* HairDecorations: Mabel always wears a colored hairband.
* HairTriggerTemper: Gideon has one, especially evident in "Little Dipper."
* HallOfMirrors: Grunkle Stan constructs a low-budget one in "Little Dipper".
* HalloweenEpisode: "Summerween" and "Little Gift Shop of Horrors"
* HandInTheHole: One of the first trials of manliness demanded by the Manotaurs in "Dipper vs. Manliness" is shoving one's fist down the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Pain Hole]].
* HandyMan: Soos
* HatDamage: Dipper's hat has a tendency to catch fire.
* HeatWave: One occurs in "The Deep End", prompting the Pines family to spend the day at the pool.
* HeelRealization: Minor one for Dipper, when due to TimeTravel he meets Wendy at five years old and she thinks he's cute.
--> '''Dipper:''' Thank you. I mean... you're super young, so this is weird.
--> '''Mabel:''' Heheh, now you know how she feels, creep.
--> '''Dipper:''' Heh heh, yeah, I-uh. Huh. Wow. ''Wooow...''
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: Stan, in his story "Grunkle Stan Wins the Football Bowl."
** Mabel, in her sock puppet play "Glove Story: A Sock Opera".
* HeroesWantRedheads: Dipper's crush on Wendy. Doubles as a case of LittleBoySeeksBigGirl.
* HeroicBSOD: Mabel goes into a brief but pretty major one (for her, at least) in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel" [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:losing Waddles to Pacifica]] sends her into a BSOD lasting over a ''month''.
** A more significant BSOD involving Dipper occurs during "Dreamscaperers", where [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Stan really hates him.]]
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Averted with Mabel's sweaters. She knits them herself and enjoys wearing them regularly.
* HonestJohnsDealership: The Mystery Shack's gift shop.
** Gleeful Auto Sales.
* HopeSpot: At the end of "Dreamscaperers." [[spoiler: They stopped Bill and protected the combination to Stan's safe, and just when it seems eveything turned out fine, Gideon shows up with a wrecking ball.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The whole town of Gravity Falls is this, considering they have a habit of looking up to the wrong kind of people:
** The townspeople fawned over Gideon, an AxCrazy little brat who [[spoiler: attacked Dipper using lamb shears]], summoned a ''demon'' so he could steal Stan's deed to the Mystery Shack, and [[spoiler: chased after the twins using a giant robot. They finally learn the truth when Stan exposes Gideon's illegal surveillance cameras]].
** They also look up to the Northwest family, the founders of Gravity Falls, in spite of their snobbish, classist attitude. [[spoiler: And as it turns out, the Northwests were ''not'' the founders and have been cheating and scamming the townsfolk for a ''century and a half'']].
* HowWeGotHere: How the first episode started.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: In "Scary-oke".
--> '''Grunkle Stan:''' The only wrinkly monster who harasses my family is me!
* IAmNotMyFather: The Gremloblin's worst fear is that he becomes his father.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Smile Dip.
** Apparently, Grenda drinks expired milk because it "makes her see rainbows".
* IconicOutfit:
** Mabel is hardly ever seen without one of her homemade turtleneck sweaters.
** Ditto for Dipper's cap.
** Grunkle Stan's fez and black tuxedo.
** Soos's question-mark staff shirt.
** Wendy's green plaid shirt and lumberjack hat.
* IdiotBall: A literal example with the world's most distracting object. Even Stan himself fails to notice the danger outside the shack while looking into it.
* IdioticPartnerConfession: Happens in the 20th episode, where Dipper [[spoiler: begs Wendy not to leave and tells her they need her]] and Soos almost lets slip that he has a crush on her.
-->'''Soos''': Yeah, especially Dipper because of his giant crush on...
-->{{beat}}
-->'''Soos''': You...
-->{{beat}}
-->'''Soos''': --calyptus trees! Ha! The kid loves eucalyptus trees! *to himself* Saved it!
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: This is the main reason Dipper can't bring himself to confess his feelings for Wendy. [[spoiler:When the beans are finally spilled, she doesn't return his feelings, but their friendship isn't in any way changed.]]
** Also the reason Mabel didn't want to reject Gideon at first.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Dipper has expressed this desire on more than one occasion.
* IKnowMortalKombat: 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. [[spoiler: Seconds after he stops talking, he's bitten by the zombie behind him that he wasn't paying attention to.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: Old Man [=McGucket=] was more than okay with eating Soos in his human body.
* InLoveWithLove: One of Mabel's main goals while at Gravity Falls is to have an "Epic summer romance". She therefore flirts with every non-relative guy she meets that's even remotely close to her age.
* InsultBackfire: Happens in "Dreamscaperers":
-->'''Gideon:''' [[EvenEvilHasStandards You're insane!]]
-->'''Bill Cipher:''' [[TheMadHatter Sure I am. What's your point?]]
* InterspeciesRomance: Between Mabel and [[spoiler: the gnomes]].
** And between Mabel and Mermando.
** It's legal to marry woodpeckers in Gravity Falls. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Several people have taken advantage of this]].
** In "The Love God", Mabel convinces the titular character to make a snake and a badger stop fighting and fall in love. This is followed by Mabel's declaration that "they're going to make a snadger".
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Dipper. The episode "Dipper vs. Manliness" was partially about him learning to accept this about himself.
-->'''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!
* IntoxicationEnsues: An example with a GRatedDrug occurs in "The Inconveniencing". Mabel discovers a rack of Smile Dip, a candy banned in the U.S., for sale in an abandoned convenience store. After consuming several packets, apparently unaware that it's a mind-altering substance, she slips into a bizarre hallucinatory delirium that ends with her riding some sort of multi-headed hand dolphin and yelling "The future is in the past. Onwards Aoshima!" while the hand dolphin proceeds to sprout more heads out of its hands and fire rainbow lasers out of every mouth while making car alarm noises.
* IHaveYourWife: Gideon attempts this after kidnapping Mabel and Dipper. It doesn't work.
* IWantToBeARealMan: Dipper in "Dipper vs. Manliness."
* IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou: Soos pulls one when Gideon demands to know where Stan is. To his credit, he at least realizes how stupid it was immediately after doing so.
* ImagineSpot: In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker", when Dipper asks Mabel what she'd do with $500, she imagines blowing it all on a giant human-sized hamster ball.
** In the same episode, Dipper has one detailing an interview he would have if he caught the Gobblewonker.
*** Which would then be crashed by Mabel in said hamster ball.
** Two from Dipper in "Double Dipper": the first was of him dancing with Wendy; the second, of Wendy dancing with Robbie and then punching Dipper in the gut.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Mabel's sweaters are sometimes this.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Mabel, who gets props for using a leaf blower to [[spoiler:blow away a thousand gnomes.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: 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.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: In "Little Dipper"
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: PlayedWith and {{Downplayed}} with Dipper, as it doesn't really fool anyone.
** In "Society of the Blind Eye", Dipper flat out admits that [[spoiler: he's playing up his role as the SmartGuy in order to hide his low self-esteem.]]
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Mabel has [[NoIndoorVoice Rumble McSkirmish]] say some.
-->'''Rumble:''' EFFERVESCENT! ''APPLE FRITTER! RIBO'''FLAVIN!'''''
* InsaneTrollLogic:
-->'''Stan:''' You know, studies show that keeping a ladder in a house is more dangerous than a loaded gun. That's why I own ten guns. In case some maniac tries to sneak in here with a ladder!
* InsideAComputerSystem: Soos tries to do this by climbing into an arcade machine. The key word being "tries."
* InSeriesNickname: Soos has a habit of calling Mabel "Ham-bone" and calls the twins "Mystery Twins".
* InstrumentalThemeTune: It's a nice theme, and somewhat dark to boot.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: The twins and Soos.
* InvisibleParents: So far Dipper and Mabel's parents.
* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: 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, [ButtMonkey Thompson]] the overzealous manager has them ''banned from the theater''.
* JerkAss: The Northwest family in its entirety. They lie, cheat, steal and generally abuse their wealth for all it's worth. And just to drive it home, they actually commemorate their assholeish activities with paintings. One such painting shows a Northwest ancestor making some sort of deal with Native Americans, with his fingers crossed behind his back. The only known exception is [[HiddenDepths Pacifica]].
* JerkassFacade: [[spoiler: [[AlphaBitch Pacifica]] [[RichBitch Northwest]], of all people.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: [[EldritchAbomination Bill]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Cipher]] is the first and only person to point out Mabel's selfish behavior whenever she has a new crush (i.e, every week), leading with her allowing him to almost get Dipper's journal.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Stan, especially after his CharacterDevelopment finally kicked in. He's a cranky, lazy, stingy old man with a criminal record and a [[AmbiguouslyEvil highly questionable moral code]], but he still undoubtedly cares about Dipper and Mabel.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: 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.
* JustFollowingOrders: The police didn't ''really'' want to haul Dipper and Mabel off to Washington, but they had their orders.
* JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards: 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".
* KamehameHadoken: Rumble [=McSkirmish=] uses this as a main attack.
* KarmaHoudini: ''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. [[GenreSavvy Dipper, however]], [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin 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!''
** Later reconstructed in "The Golf War"; although their family name is now tarnished by the embarrassing legacy of Nathaniel Northwest, Pacifica herself mentions [[RealityEnsues it's pretty easy to ignore things like that when you have fabulous wealth]]. If "Northwest Mansion Noir/Mystery" is any indication, her parents knew this already, nor would it have come off as a surprise, [[spoiler:because they and their forefathers have been lying and decieving people [[ButForMeItWasTuesday like it was Tuesday]]]].
* KickTheDog: Once [[spoiler:Gideon has control of the Mystery Shack]], he treats Waddles very cruelly.
* KidAnova: Mabel can't seem to go a week without getting a new crush. Only problem is, most of them end up being dangerous magical creatures in disguise.
* KidDetective[=/=]KidHero: Dipper and Mabel.
* KissMeImVirtual: Giffany in "Soos and the New Girl". [[ForegoneConclusion Considering the setting of the show]], [[AIIsACrapshoot she turns out to be more than she's advertised]].
* KissOfLife: At the climax of "The Deep End", Dipper has to give Mermando, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin merman]], "reverse CPR" by spitting several mouthfulls of water into his mouth.
* TheKillerWasLeftHanded: In "Headhunters."
* KindheartedSimpleton: Soos, [[GeniusDitz though he's smarter than he looks]], is nothing if not kindhearted.
** Sev'ral Timez, Mabel's "[[ItMakesSenseInContext Pet Boy Band]]" in the episode "Boy Crazy". Considering the fact that they spent their entire life in a hamster cage, their [[TooDumbToLive baffling idiocy]] is pretty understandable, but they're still very sweet and respectful.
* LatinLover: Mermando.
* LargeHam: Mabel can get pretty over-the-top when she wants to.
** Blendin Blandin gives [[AdventureTime Lemongrab]] a run for his money in terms of how much high-pitched ham he can inject into his lines. Fitting, seeing as how they [[HeyItsThatVoice have the same voice actor]].
** Grunkle Stan, what with him being a [[TheBarnum showman]] and all. Off the clock, he's a little more subtle, but he still has his moments.
** Rumble [=McSkirmish=] shouts almost every single line he has. He's a [[TheGameComeToLife fighting game character]], he can't help it.
** All the Lilliputtians in "The Golf Wars", all in their own special way.
** Mermando sometimes plays up the whole LatinLover thing a bit too much.
** Bill Cipher. See EvilIsHammy.
* LarynxDissonance: Grenda.
* LaughingMad: Gideon tends to do this, especially in "Little Dipper."
** Bill Cipher has a maniacal cackle that he frequently breaks out in.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker", Soos is afraid he might be a side character and thus [[GenreSavvy be killed off by the monster first]]. Obviously, Soos ''is'' a side character.
** 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 InstrumentalThemeTune.
** "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.
* LetsGetDangerous: Much like how Dipper is often NotSoAboveItAll when things are calm, [[CloudCuckooLander Mabel]] has proven that she can be competent both physically and mentally when things get serious.
* LibationForTheDead: [[spoiler:Dipper pours some of his soda on the roof when Tyrone commits unintentional suicide in "Double Dipper".]]
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Mabel is the light feminine to Pacifica's dark feminine.
* LimitedWardrobe: Averted with Mabel's sweaters. Played straight with the other characters.
* LittleBoySeeksBigGirl: Dipper has a crush on Wendy, a teenager twice his size.
* LittleMissBadass: Mabel.
* LivingStatue: [[spoiler: In "Headhunters".]]
* LoinCloth: In "Dipper vs Manliness" Dipper wears one, together with lots of (fake) tattoos, when the Manotaurs send him to confront the Multi-Bear.
** In the "Clay Day" segment of "Little Gift Shop of Horrors", one of the stop-motion monsters is called the "Loinclothiclese".
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Mermando. Gabe qualifies as well, as his hair is long enough to make a ponytail.
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:Stan's twin brother, AKA, the Author. He's been trapped in that portal device in the basement for thirty years until finally being released in "Not What He Seems".]]
* LongTitle: "Soos' Really Great Pinball Story: Is That A Good Title? Do They Have to Be Like [[PunBasedTitle Puns]] or Whatever?"
* LostTheTVRemote: Stan's subplot in "The Inconveniencing."
* LostWorld: In "The Land Before Swine", Dipper and the others discover a cavern with live dinosaurs encased in amber.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Mabel was immediately enamored with Mermando. The same thing occurs with Gabe only that fades when at the end of the episode he [[spoiler: passionately kisses the puppets on his hand while opening its mouth to boot]].
* LoveHurts: Dipper's PrecociousCrush on Wendy [[spoiler: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]].
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Lil' Gideon... although he was probably messed up even before he met Mabel.
* LoveTriangle: Dipper and Robbie both vie for Wendy's attention, with both succeeding and failing at different times.
* LyingFingerCross: 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.
** [[spoiler: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]].
* TheMadHatter: Bill Cipher
-->'''Gideon:''' YoureInsane
-->'''Bill:''' Sure I am, what's your point?
* TheMagazineRule: The characters have some interesting magazine subscriptions, such as Wendy's ''Indie Fuzz'' and Lake Ranger [=McGucket=]'s ''Stoic Monthly''.
** Dipper finds [[PornStash 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.
* TheMakeover: The girls try to give one to Dipper while having a sleepover. Also, Mabel gives "Flash Makeovers" to various characters in the "Mabel's Guide to Beauty" short.
* MamaBear: Soos' grandmother, in regards to [[spoiler:his deadbeat dad.]]
* ManChild: Soos. He's even described this way in Disney Channel's official promotions.
** In "Soos and the Real Girl", [[spoiler:he gets a girlfriend who goes about life similarly.]]
* MarryThemAll: In "The Love God", Mabel is shown a vision of all of her ex-boyfriends as a distraction. Dipper is frustrated to see that it's working, and that she's attempting to marry all of them.
* MarsNeedsWomen: G-Rated version with Mabel and [[spoiler:the gnomes.]]
* MaskedLuchador: Soos dresses as one for Summerween.
* {{Masquerade}}: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by [[spoiler:the Blind Eye Society, 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. While this means the Masquerade is no longer actively held, the Society's usage of the memory wiper has caused brain damage among most of the townsfolk.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: When the police ask The Cute Biker what to do with [[spoiler:Gideon]] in "Gideon Rises" he simply says [[spoiler:"Get 'im"]] with tears in his eyes.
* MeaningfulName:
** 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).
** In "Not What He Seems" Gravity Falls, already a PunnyName, also becomes this due to the [[spoiler:GravityScrew from Stan's portal.]]
* MediumBlending: The "Clay Day" segment from "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" works in a lot of StopMotion claymation, along with a picture of [[StylisticSuck intentionally horrible]] CGI.
** The credits of "Sock Opera" features live-action puppetry.
* MeetCute: Soos and Melanie in "Soos and the Real Girl." He even meets her during her shift at a restaurant called "Meat Cute!"
* MemoryWipingCrew: [[spoiler:The Blind Eye Society]].
* MessageInABottle: This is how Mermando keeps in touch with Mabel.
* MessyPig: Waddles was seen rolling in the mud once, but he's usually very clean, [[RealityIsUnrealistic just like real pigs]].
** Referenced in "Carpet Diem" when [[FreakyFridayFlip Soos is trapped in Waddles's body]].
-->'''Soos:''' A mud puddle... do I dare live out the cliche? (''pauses, then dives right in'')
* MightyLumberjack: Manly Dan.
* MindControlMusic: Used by Robbie in "Boyz Crazy".
* MindRape: Looking into a Gremloblin's eyes will reveal your worst nightmare.
** Bill Cipher's [[spoiler: nightmare ray, which he unleashes on the protagonists after they anger him in "Dreamscaperers"]] has a similar effect.
* MindScrew: In "Not What He Seems", the twins discover a stash of newspapers in Stan's room telling them that [[spoiler:Stan was actually killed in a car accident thirty years prior to the start of the series, and the Stan that the twins are living with is actually a grifter who assumed his identity. Except he couldn't be; even if you're a professional conman like Stan, you simply ''can not'' assume the identity of somebody legally recognized as dead and live out their life without people questioning you. And furthermore, we've seen him [[WhatYouAreInTheDark while alone in his secret lab]], where it's clear that he does legitimately care about the twins like they're his own family. And if he really is an impostor and not the twins' great uncle, how does this tie in with later reveal that his twin brother is the author? Did they swap identities somehow? Does it have something to do with that portal device? Is the "Stan Pines" the newspaper was referring to even the right Stan, assuming the fan interpretation that his brother's name is Stanley is correct?]] Guess we'll just have to keep our brains from falling out until the next episode...
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: [[spoiler:Which is why Stan is so hard on Dipper.]]
* MisplacedWildlife: Averted for the most part. Other than the 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. [[note]]Although a wolf wouldn't be completely out of question, just exceptionally rare. As of 2014, at least one collared wolf was being tracked there.[[/note]]
** All the bears on the show have been grizzlies, despite only black bears living in Oregon today.
** 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 found in Oregon, but they were back in the 19th century before hunters killed most of them off.
** "Land Before Swine" showed amber-preserved ''Spinosaurus'' (possibly, only its tail and part of its sail was seen). ''Spinosaurus'' lived in Africa.
* MissingMom: Wendy's mother is "sadly, no longer with her".
* MisterSandmanSequence: 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 [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar 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.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:The Multi-Bear]] in "Dipper vs. Manliness".
* MomentKiller: 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.
* MotionCaptureMecha: [[spoiler: The method Gideon uses to control his [[HumongousMecha 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 GenreSavvy enough to know when to strike. When others are DangerouslyGenreSavvy to the paranormal, like Gideon, they're often antagonists.
** In the episode "Society of the Blind Eye", [[spoiler:we find out that this isn't a coincidence or typical cartoon-townfolk obliviousness; everybody in town is being systematically given LaserGuidedAmnesia by the titular secret society.]]
* {{Mundanger}}: Sort of, in ''Not What He Seems''. While there is [[spoiler: a giant portal that could very well cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in Stan's basement]] motivating the plot, it's not technically the biggest threat. The biggest threat would be the FBI agents adhering to proper protocol at times like this, getting children out of a bad situation and arresting a known criminal... which, given the [[spoiler: portal]] and its possible consequences, comes across as BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible.
* MushroomSamba: In Episode 5, Mabel goes through one after eating a banned candy product.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: In "Double Dipper", Gruncle Stan addresses the staff for the party as "Party People...and Dipper".
* MythArc: Three seasons have been fully planned out, including a cliffhanger in the first season's finale.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Stan in both "Summerween" and "Boss Mabel." [[FanDisservice Unfortunately]].
* TheNeedless: Bill Cipher, at least conceivably. He's shown to have no understanding of the concept of needing sleep and, [[spoiler:unless he's inhabiting a body]], can't experience tactile sensations.
* NervesOfSteel: 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 [[spoiler:under the attack of The Shapeshifter,]] even taking the time to bind up one of her injuries.
* NervousWreck: Blendin Blandin.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Deputy Durland.
* NeverSayDie: Averted.
** And kicked to the curb with Episode 5.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: One once came between Stan and Carla.
* NiceGuy/[[NiceGuy Girl]]: With the exception of Stan, who's much more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, every major character on the show is a very nice person. Flawed, but nice. See the [[Characters/GravityFalls character page]] for more specifics.
** 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:
*** [[spoiler: [[GentleGiant The Multibear]]]] is pretty darn amiable for a bear with several dozen heads. It's enough to convince Dipper to [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:giving her her first kiss]].
*** Sev'ral Timez, despite being... [[UnderStatement dim]], are all very kind to Mabel and her friends once they rescue them.
* NiceHat: 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 [[ItMakesSenseInContext eaten by a gnome]].
** Wendy's bomber hat.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Bill Cipher]] at the end of "Sock Opera". With [[spoiler: 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.]]
* NightmareFuel: [[InUniverse 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". [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler:Eventually, after learning that it's all created with dark magic, she cheerfully considers this phobia justified, ironically getting over it somewhat.]]
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The fictional town of Gravity Falls, Oregon was probably inspired by many local landmarks/tourist traps from both Humboldt County, California and southern Oregon. According to the map in the first episode, however, Gravity Falls should be located somewhere in the Cascades.
* NoFairCheating: The Tumbleweed Terror pinball game really does not want you to tilt it.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:Dipper and Gideon in "Gideon Rises". [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Dipper wins]].]]
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: A few examples.
** Rumble [=McSkirmish=] from the episode "Fight Fighters" is a video game character brought to life, and as such is rendered as 16-bit pixel art reminiscent of ''VideoGame/StreetFighter''.
** There's also Xyler and Kraz who look like they're straight from an 80s cartoon than the original designs from the show.
** The BoyBand Sev'ral Timez are also the only characters in the series so far with visible blue irises in their eyes instead of just pupils.
** Giffany has a very {{Animesque}} design, since she's meant to invoke the image of a character from a Japanese DatingSim game.
* NoodleIncident:
-->'''Bud:''' It's imported from Co-lom-bia.\\
'''Stan:''' Wow, I went to jail there once!
** Also, George Washington had to have ''some'' motivation for spanking Quentin Trembly with a paddle for three hours.
** This exchange between [[ItMakesSenseInContext Soos in Waddles' body]] and a hungry Old Man [=McGucket=]:
-->'''Soos-In-Waddles''': DON'T EAT ME! I'M A MAN TRAPPED IN A PIG'S BODY!
-->'''Old Man [=McGucket=]''': [[FridgeHorror That's what they all say...]]
** When the Mystery Shack crew discuss past encounters with Gideon:
--> '''Wendy:''' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking One time I caught him stealing my moisturizer]].
** Possibly one implied in "Bottomless Pit":
--> '''Mabel:''' ''[playing 'Spin-the-Pig']'' Hey, Grunkle Stan, ever kissed a pig before?\\
'''Stan:''' I'm not gonna answer that question.
** In "Carpet Diem", [[FreakyFridayFlip 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.
** According to Mabel, ''something'' happened between her and a vampire that she only ever mentions in one off-hand comment. Dipper notes that he doesn't remember that, and she informs him that she doesn't tell him everything. Whether this happened or whether she's just making things up based on her ''Twilight''-inspired obsession, though, is hard to know.
* NoodleImplements: The cure for zombification.
--> '''Dipper (reading from journal):''' It's gonna take a lot of formaldehyde.
--> '''Mabel:''' Ooh, and cinnamon.
* NoPeripheralVision: Rumble has no "looking up" animation.
** Inverted with the pterodactyl baby, which has nothing ''but'' peripheral vision. [[spoiler:This is exploited for the group to escape from it.]]
* NoSnackForYou: Happens briefly in "Blendin's Game". Soos teaches them how to get around the problem, leading to a StableTimeLoop when Mabel goes back in time to teach him the same trick.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Dipper may be the StraightMan to Mabel, but there have been many, many times where he joins in on her silliness with a smile on his face.
* [[invoked]]NoYay: This is how Grunkle Stan reacts to him and Soos having an [[HoYay akward moment]] in "Golf War".
-->'''Soos:''' (Lying next to him, shirtless) There sure are a lot of stars out tonight...
-->'''Stan:''' [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere Welp, this is getting weird]]. (Gets up and leaves)
* NoYou:
--> '''Mabel:''' Grunkle Stan, why you ackin' so cray-cray?
--> '''Stan:''' ''You're'' the one who's ackin' cray-cray!
* TheNoseKnows: Mabel can tell when Robbie's coming by the smell of his anger and hormones.
* NoSmoking: In "Headhunters" the wax model of Groucho Marx isn't holding his signature cigar. [[spoiler:Lampshaded by Groucho as he's killed.]]
* NothingIsScarier: PlayedForLaughs in "Dipper vs. Manliness", as we never find out exactly what is in the Pain Hole that makes it so painful.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: [[spoiler:The ending of "Dreamscaperers".]] Subtler examples are prevalent, since the linear continuity of the series means that changes that aren't resolved visibly are likely to remain permanent, and sometimes have significant effects in later episodes (including the [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] example of Mabel winning Waddles, who becomes a major supporting character).
** "[[WhamEpisode Not What He Seems]]". [[spoiler:Stan is now wanted by the highest branch of the US Government, his work on his portal device finally concludes and partially destroys the entire town, the twins and Soos finally discover the secret basement, Stan's mysterious past is starting to leak through the cracks, it's revealed that the real Stanford Pines died in a car accident thirty years previously and ''somebody'' has been taking his place this entire time, and we finally know what was waiting on the other side of Stan's portal - his twin brother, The Author.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler: Gideon.]]
* NotSoPhonyPsychic: [[spoiler: Gideon.]]
* NotWhatItLooksLike: [[FreakyFridayFlip When Mabel in Dipper's body spies on Dipper (in Mabel's body)]], Candy and Grenda reading romantic novels through a key hole, Stan comes by and thinks Mabel is "at that creepy age when he spies on girls" and decides to give her TheTalk.
* ObstructiveVigilantism: In "Bottomless Pit", Dipper and Mabel both eventually feel that lying to the police is "for the greater good."
* OccultDetective: Both of the twins, but Dipper especially.
* OddFriendship: The twins and Soos.
* OffModel: Mabel [[http://i.imgur.com/zHUrN.jpg here]].
** In the first episode, Dipper suffers from '''''2''''' cases of this - ''in a row!'' In the first one, Dipper has ''3'' arms instead of 2, and in the second one, he has '''''4''''' arms!
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: Stan, a man old enough to be a great uncle vs Gideon, a psychopathic child.
* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Gideon takes Mabel on one.
* OminousOwl: Owls appear to be a reoccurring motif, as an owl or the image of one usually appears at least OnceAnEpisode. A FreezeFrameBonus 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 donít 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."
* OneGenderRace: The gnomes.
* OneOfTheBoys: Wendy, to the point where she refers to everybody as "buddy" or "dude", even Mabel. Given her [[OutnumberedSibling upbringing]], it only makes sense.
-->'''Dipper:''' (Reacting to Mabel's annoying obsession with a band) Ugh, girls.
-->'''Wendy:''' I know, right?
* OneOfTheKids: Soos.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Dipper, after the Big Dipper-shaped birthmark on his forehead.
* OnlySaneMan: Downplayed, but Dipper's companions rarely taken him as seriously as they ought to.
* OneSceneTwoMonologues: The conversation between Wendy and Mabel in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel."
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In "The Society of the Blind Eye", when Mabel is feeling bummed out about her failed summer romances, Wendy first catches on by noticing that she [[KindheartedCatLover walked by a cat]] [[FriendToAllLivingThings and didn't pet it]].
** A more subtle, PlayedForDrama example is in "Boyz Crazy": Wendy has always been OneOfTheBoys, and earlier in the same episode, she even leveled with Dipper and casually admitted that girls can be annoying. So, when [[spoiler: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!
** Mabel is perpetually optimistic and nearly always happy, but she's dynamic enough that she still gets upset at things like most people would. Seeing her actually ''cry'', however, is reserved only for ''the'' most critical of circumstances, like, say, [[spoiler:the entire universe being seconds away from destruction]].
** If Stan ever takes off his Fez, ''somebody is about to receive a beatdown.''
* TheOtherRainforest: Gravity Falls is in the middle of Oregon. According to the map in the first episode, it would be somewhere in the Cascades.
** The map from the first episode also includes a few actual Oregonian towns and locations, including Medford, Corvallis (mispelled as "Corvalis"), La Grand, and Mt. Hood
* OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious: Some cryptids appear alongside more traditional fantasy creatures.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Bill Cipher, to the point where there's some ambiguity as to whether he actually ''is'' a demon. Granted, he was brought to Gravity Falls via a SummoningRitual and displays most of the powers you'd expect (DealWithTheDevil, DemonicPossession, PlayingWithFire, etc.), but his appearance, personality, and general demeanor aren't really comparable to... well, ''[[EldritchAbomination anything]]''.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: They seem to be [[GeniusLoci virtually omnipotent within the place they haunt]].
* OurGnomesAreWeirder: They seem to be a OneGenderRace who need to find a human girl to be their queen. Also, [[MemeticMutation they vomit rainbows]] and [[spoiler:can join together to make a giant monster.]]
** Jeff is also seen taking a bath of ''running squirrels'', though it's unclear whether it's an actual gnome thing or just Jeff himself who is into that sort of thing.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent[=/=]GripingAboutGremlins: The Gremloblin, which is [[NonHumanHumanoidHybrid half-and-half]].
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: They apparently go through puberty quite early and have seventeen hearts ("Horrifying but true!") They're actually pretty standard otherwise.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: The Mulitbear and the creature in the convenience store freezer.
* OurSloganIsTerrible: Greasy's Diner, "We have food".
** Stan Vac, "It sucks more than anything".
* OurTimeMachineIsDifferent: It looks like a tape measure.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: They're fairly standard, if a bit [[NightmareFuel 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.
* OutOfOrder: 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.[[/note]]
* OutrightLie: Grunkle Stan tells the police that he needs a seeing-eye bear, producing a phony note from "Dr. Medicine" written on the spot. [[PoliceAreUseless They buy it]].
* OverlyLongGag: 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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* PapaWolf: Despite not actually being their papa, [[spoiler: Stan does ''not'' take it well when his great niece and nephew are threatened]].
-->[[spoiler:[[HypocriticalHeartwarming The only wrinkly monster who harasses my family is]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome me]]''!]]
* ParentalBonus: '''Loads'''. So much so that it's considered one of the most ParentalBonus-ridden shows Disney has aired in a long, long time. See GettingCrapPastTheRadar and ShoutOut for more details.
* ParentalSubstitute: Stan became one of these for Soos after [[spoiler:his dad skipped town on him.]]
* PerpetualSmiler: Mabel. Whenever she stops smiling, it means that the shit has ''really'' hit the fan.
** Bill Cipher, despite [[EldritchAbomination not having a mouth]], seems to be this due to his constant [[FauxAffablyEvil perky and amiable tone of voice]]. Sure enough, [[spoiler:when he possesses Dipper's body in "Sock Opera", he is almost always sporting a [[CheshireCatGrin huge, demented grin]].]]
* PetTheDog: 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.
* PhoneaholicTeenager: Tambry
* {{Pinball}}: Featured in "Soos' Really Great Pinball Story".
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Dipper wears a blue and white hat and a blue vest; Mabel isn't as consistent but frequently wears pink/purple/red clothes.
* PintSizedKid: Every kid in the series, major and minor. It makes Dipper's PrecociousCrush on Wendy seem more unnatural than it actually is.
* PluckyGirl: Mabel.
** ThePollyanna
* PointlessBandaid: Old Man [=McGucket=] has one on his beard.
* PokemonSpeak: Shmebulock the gnome.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Smart and conventional Dipper and energetic optimist Mabel. [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6gb9txiKW1r9r3hw.gif This image]] best shows their dynamic.
* PoliceAreUseless: Constantly. They actually make [[TheSimpsons the Springfield police]] look competent.
* PoliceCodeForEverything: An officer about to fit a cantaloupe in his mouth is a "23-16", and a citizen delving into the true story of the town's origin is a "Code Sepia".
* ThePollyanna: Mabel often verges on this, but the first true example is during the episode "Not What He Seems". Throughout the entire episode, he simply ''will not'' accept the possibility that [[spoiler:Stan is hiding villainous intent from them]], despite the evidence continuing to pile up more and more as the story goes on. [[spoiler:She very nearly breaks during the climax, but in the end, it's her optimism and faith that saves them all.]]
* PoolScene: "The Deep End" is a whole pool episode.
* PoorCommunicationKills: A lot of the drama during "Not What He Seems" could have been avoided if [[spoiler:Stan]] simply explained what [[spoiler:the portal]] is supposed to do.
* ThePowerOfLove: Or, the Power of Mabel.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Mabel has one in "Sock Opera":
-->'''[[spoiler: 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" [[spoiler: Just as he's about to throw the CD which keeps Giffany alive into a burning oven.]]
-->'''Soos''': Game over, [[spoiler: Giffany!]]
** Stan gets his turn in "Not What He Seems" after [[spoiler: he is taken in by the government.]]
-->'''[[spoiler: Agent Powers]]''': Sorry, but you've got a flight to catch.
-->'''Stan''': Oh yeah? So do you. *Cue [[spoiler: gravitational anomaly]]*
* PrecociousCrush: Either {{Subverted|Trope}} or {{Downplayed}} with Dipper's crush on Wendy. He's 12 and she's 15, making them only three years apart from each other. [[spoiler: Though for the time being, those three or so years are still too much.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler:The old coot was right to be worried about the wax figures.]]
** The FBI is correct in believing that [[spoiler:Stan has built a doomsday device. However, Stan doesn't want to use it to destroy the world, but to save his brother.]]
* PsychicPowers: Li'l Gideon. Until Mabel destroyed his amulet.
* PteroSoarer: 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 [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking having zero to no body fat]]. Strangely enough, though, it walks quadrupedally, like a real pterosaur.
* PunBasedTitle:
** From Season 1, there's "Headhunters", "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel", "Double Dipper", "Irrational Treasure", "Little Dipper", "Carpet Diem", and "The Land Before Swine".
** From Season 2, there's "Sock Opera" (played with "Rock Opera" and "Soap Opera"), "Soos and The Real Girl" (ShoutOut to ''Film/LarsAndTheRealGirl''), "Scary-oke" (Homophones of "scary" and "karaoke" together) and "The Golf War" (Play on ''UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar'').
** Mabel's story "Trooth Ache".
** Averted and {{lampshaded}} with Soos' story: [[LongTitle "Soos' Really Great Pinball Story: Is That A Good Title? Do They Have to Be Like Puns or Whatever?"]]
* PunchCatch: [[spoiler: Dipper catches Gideon's fist during their fight in "Gideon Rises". He then twists his hand around and punches Gideon with his own fist.]]
* PunnyName:
** Gravity Falls itself.
*** Lampshaded; it was discovered and named after its [[spoiler:true]] founder rode over a cliff.
** The Gravity Falls gossip reporter is named "Toby Determined".
** The waitress's name is "Lazy Susan". On the surface, she's called this because she has a lazy eye and is named "Susan", but it can also refer to a table surface that spins.
** Pacifica Northwest.
** [[StreetFighter Rumble McSkirmish.]]
** Any and all of the Manotaurs, except for Beardy.
** Mermando is, of course, a merman.
** Bill Cipher (he's on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_one-dollar_bill dollar ''bill'']], geddit?)
*** It's also possible that his name is a play on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beale_ciphers Beale Ciphers]].
** Gideon Gleeful
* QuestionableConsent: One point of contention with the episode "The Love God" is over whether or not Mabel using a love potion to make [[spoiler:Robbie and Tambry]] start dating was ethical. See GravityFalls/{{Headscratchers}} for more details.
* RaptorAttack: The raptor from "Land Before Swine". Like the PteroSoarer from the same episode it is guilty of possessing all pop-culture stereotypes: oversized, lack of feathers, pronated hands, and reptilian eyes. It also has two-fingered hands, a feature that doesn't correspond to any known deinonychosaur.
* RapunzelHair: Mabel, Wendy and Pacifica all sport hair that reaches below their waist.
* RatedMForManly: The manotaurs are a race of AlwaysMale half-man half-bulls devoted to this trope. Goes into TestosteronePoisoning territory.
* RealAfterAll: [[spoiler: At the end of "Legend of the Gobblewonker," Dipper's camera falls overboard and we get a shot of the real Gobblewonker.]]
* RealityWarper: In "Dreamscaperers", Dipper discovers that he can do anything he can imagine while inside a dream.
* RealityEnsues: As it turns out, [[spoiler: Wendy knew Dipper liked her all along because she could hear him muttering things about it under his breath. While he was right next to her.]]
** When Gideon takes over the Shack, Stan's awesome battle plan is... to send the twins back home because he can't take care of them anymore. "Summer's over," as he puts it.
** Also, after [[spoiler: Stan beats a horde of zombies back to death and bursts into the barricaded attic, his first words are "Auugh- everything hurts."]]
** When Stan [[spoiler:gets arrested in "Not What He Seems"]], where are the twins taken? [[AdultFear Child services]]. No wacky relative, no vague "you're gonna stay with us", their destination is explicitly identified as "child services".
* ReallyGetsAround: G-Rated example, but Wendy definitely has a hefty list of ex-boyfriends, considering she's only 15.
* RecurringExtra: The cute biker.
** The goat and the woodpecker.
*** Everyone who lives in Gravity Falls, like Lazy Susan, Wendy's friends, Toby Determined, and Manly Dan, to name a few.
* RedheadInGreen: Wendy.
* RedHerring: Both [[spoiler: Manly Dan]] and [[spoiler: Toby Determined]] in "Headhunters." Also, [[spoiler: The Laptop]] in "Into the Bunker" and "Sock Opera".
** There were ''so'' many hints dropped that [[spoiler:Old Man [=McGucket=]]] is the author of the journals that a good number of fans accepted it as canon. [[spoiler:He's not, he just worked with him.]]
** "Northwest Mansion Mystery" heavily implied [[spoiler: Bill Cipher was behind an impending calamity. At the end of the countdown, he's nowhere to be seen.]]
* TheReveal: In "Not What He Seems", we finally find out who the author of the journals is; it's [[spoiler: Stan's brother.]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Mabel's beloved pet pig, Waddles.
* RichBitch: Pacifica Northwest. [[spoiler: Turns out the [[JerkassFacade "bitch" part is just an act.]]]]
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Dipper thinks that Mabel's new boyfriend isn't normal and he's a zombie. He was right that Norman isn't normal, but [[spoiler:he's actually a bunch of gnomes.]]
* RingAroundTheCollar: Mabel always wears some colorful turtleneck sweater, whose oversized collar obscures most of her neck. Dipper's vest has its collar turned up, which serves a similar effect, even though more of his neck is visible.
* RivalsTeamUp: [[spoiler:Mabel and Pacifica team up against the Lilliputtians in "The Golf War".]]
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Downplayed when [[spoiler:[=McGucket=]'s memories are finally exposed. The room he's seen standing for most of them gradually gets more and more demolished as his SanitySlippage 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.]]
* RubiksCubeInternationalGeniusSymbol: The "What-The-Heck-A-Hedron" is essentially a very hi-tech Rubik's Cube, [[FreezeFrameBonus from the makers of "Stresseract" and "Annoyangle"]]. [[spoiler: it eventually gets solved by a hyperintelligent Waddles.]]
* RunningGag: There are a couple of potential running gags, like Grunkle Stan being unable to find his pants and Manly Dan beating something up while the Cute Biker cheers him on.
** We have:
*** Dipper dropping ice that he gets for Wendy.
*** Dipper's hat catching fire.
*** Woodpeckers.
*** The Dipper and Mabel look-alike kids.
*** Effigies of Grunkle Stan getting destroyed, usually through burning.
*** Someone describing what they are doing in a sing-song voice.
-->'''Soos:''' Doo doo doo, walking to my car~ (2x05)
-->'''Stan:''' Putting a rainbow wig... On a big white gorilla~ (2x09)
* RushedInvertedReading:
-->'''Stan:''' Whatcha readin there slick?
-->'''Dipper:''' (hides the journal and grabs a magazine) Oh, I was just catching up on-"Gold Chains for Old Men Magazine?"
-->'''Stan:''' That's a good issue.
* SarcasmBlind: Mabel and Soos have both displayed shades of this trope.
* SassyBlackWoman: Not a literal case of this trope, but after Grunkle Stan drinks the voice altering potion he ends up sounding like one.
* SatelliteCharacter: The cute biker started off as one to Manly Dan.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Dipper and Mabel, respectively.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Mabel does this on a fairly regular basis, as do other characters.
** "Tourist Trapped":
--->'''Dipper and Mabel, during their "awkward sibling hug"''': Pat, pat.
** "Dipper vs. Manliness":
--->'''Stan:''' Tap, tap.\\
''(later)'' '''Lazy Susan:''' Wink!
* SceneryPorn: It's especially evident in the opening theme, but Gravity Falls is beautiful.
* ScoobyDooHoax: Played straight [[spoiler: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.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Grunkle Stan, all the way.
* SecretCircleOfSecrets: [[spoiler:The Blind Eye Society.]] They have the ability to [[spoiler:erase people's memories]], and they're the main reason [[spoiler:everybody in town is so [[{{Muggles}} ignorant to all the unusual happenings going on]]]].
* SecurityBlanket: Sweater Town.
** In "The Time Traveler's Pig", Robbie closes his hoodie over his face and continues moping around the fair that way in the timeline where Dipper successfully wins the stuffed panda/duck for Wendy
* SelectiveEnforcement: Blubs and Durland will ignore a man snatching an old lady's purse right in front of them, but are quick to respond to reports of excessive giggling.
* SelfServingMemory: In "The Land Before Swine", when Stan tells Mabel how [[spoiler: the pterodactyl managed to steal Waddles]], the details were somewhat off.
* SenseFreak: Bill becomes one in "Sock Opera", with a focus on pain because he finds it "hilarious!".
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Dipper is the sensitive guy to Grunkle Stan's manly man.
* SeriousBusiness: 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.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: 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, [[YouCantFightFate 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.
* SheetOfGlass: Parodied in "Legend of the Gobblewonker," when they fly through a pane of glass held between two boats on a lake.
* TheSheriff: Sheriff Blubs.
* ShipSinking:
** Wendy breaking up with Robbie in "Boys Crazy" is one. [[spoiler: It sunk even more after "The Love God", in which Robbie became an OfficialCouple with Tambry.]]
** In the episode "Into The Bunker," Dipper manages to somewhat to confess to Wendy, who knew it all along and while being flattered, lets him down easy to continue being friends. The sinking cements itself in "Blendin's Game" when Dipper realizes (from the other side of their age gap, due to time travel) just how awkward the whole thing might have been to Wendy.
** Those who were fond of Mabel/Mermando [[spoiler: felt their hearts sink when "Society of The Blind Eye" revealed that Mermando is forced into an arranged marriage with a manatee princess for political purposes. Memando himself is clearly unhappy about this based on the photo sent.]]
* ShipTease: Candy hanging on to Dipper after the Trickster's threat in "Summerween" was enough to send some shippers into fits of [[{{Squee}} squeeing]]. There were already Candy/Dipper shippers before, but this was the first real interaction that was remotely shippy they could latch onto, with the subtle peek that Mabel would have tried this with them, might just get larger.
** A ''lot'' between Dipper and Pacifica in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", especially the part when she [[spoiler: hugged Dipper out of joy when they sealed the ghost within the mirror. [[{{Adorkable}} Their reaction afterwards sells it.]]]]
* ShirtlessScene: Dipper in "Dipper vs. Manliness."
** Soos takes off his shirt rather often, and in "Stan's Tattoo", he tries to get Stan to do the same. [[FanDisservice Stan is disgusted]].
* ShoutOut: Has [[ShoutOut/GravityFalls its own page]].
* ShovelStrike: Soos gives a shovel to Dipper in the first episode when Dipper races off to save Mabel from [[spoiler:the gnomes]]. [[CrazyPrepared He also gives him a baseball bat in case he sees a pinata]].
* ShowWithinAShow: Many, including ''Duck-Tective'', ''Tiger Fist'', ''Why You Ackin So Cray-Cray?'', ''Baby Fights'', ''Cash Wheel'', and ''World's Most Terrifying Skydiving''.
* ShownTheirWork: The SceneryPorn of the opening scene, as well as many of the show's backgrounds, is very accurate to actual Oregonian landscape.
** Similarly, almost every real-life animal seen living wild in Gravity Falls is actually native to Oregon, including the [[SeldomSeenSpecies somewhat obscure purple finch]]. See MisplacedWildlife for exceptions.
** The goat that lives near the mystery shack has rectangular pupils, just like goats in real life.
** In ''Northwest Mansion Noir/Mystery'', the mudslide [[spoiler: that killed the lumberjack]] was the result of the deforestation that ensued from [[spoiler: him building [[DeathByIrony the Northwest mansion]] ]]. Deforestation can cause mudslides, because the lack of trees destabilizes the soil, so whenever it rains in a treeless era, the ground becomes saturated and slides.
** For all the stereotypical paleontological inaccuracies present in "Land Before Swine", the episode did get quadrupedal pterosaurs right and portrayed ''Ceratosaurus'' with laterally-flat horns.
** The beavers from "Legend of the Gobblewonker" have yellowish teeth like real beavers.
* ShrinkRay: Dipper makes one out of magic crystals and a flashlight.
* SiblingSenioritySquabble: According to [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7lhj2iSkz1r9betso1_1280.jpg Word Of God]].
* SignsOfDisrepair: The Mystery Shack's sign regularly loses the second "S" to spell out "Mystery hack", including in the opening theme. Rather fitting considering Grunkle Stan's personality.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Dipper seems to only have eyes for Wendy, though it's {{justified}} since his LimitedSocialCircle makes her the only girl he hangs out with for any length of time other than his sister.
** 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.
** This is up to debate due to ambiguity, but [[spoiler: it's a possibility that this trope has gotten averted what with the vague hints that Dipper may be starting to feel something towards Pacifica in "Northwest Mansion Noir".]]
* SitcomArchNemesis: Robbie to Dipper, Pacifica to Mabel, Gideon to Stan. [[spoiler: Though Gideon eventually becomes the BigBad of the first season, and Pacifica and Mabel have settled their differences.]]
* SkeletonKey: The President's Key can open any lock in America.
* TheSlacker: Wendy Corduroy.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Just because Dipper is our resident ButtMonkey doesn't mean any of the other characters are safe.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: Interestingly enough, the show shows shades of the comedy dominant variety. While the show mostly treats itself like a straight-up comedy, the premise of each episode frequently deals with the supernatural, with some containing scenes so creepy [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids that you have to check periodically that you're watching a Disney show.]]
* SlumberParty: Mabel has one with Candy and Grenda in "Carpet Diem".
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Mabel, with every [[GirlOfTheWeek Guy of the Week]] that comes along.
* SmokeOut: Grunkle Stan's preferred exit method.
* SociallyAwkwardHero: Dipper, especially in comparison to [[TheSocialExpert his sister]].
** Soos, especially [[CannotTalkToWomen when he's around women]].
* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: 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 [[spoiler:the amulet grants the wearer mystical powers]]. Dipper hasn't realized this yet, however.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: A physical variation. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring: Mabel tries to start a game of "I Spy" in a dark and empty bottomless pit.
* SourOutsideSadInside: Beneath his JerkAss persona, [[spoiler:Robbie is actually very insecure and lonely]]. After he's hit rock-bottom, [[AllLovingHero Mabel]] picks up on this and makes it a personal goal to try and cheer him up, [[spoiler:which succeeds, leading him to [[TookALevelInKindness Take A Level In Kindness]]]].
* SpaghettiKiss: Apparently Old Man [=McGucket=] had one with a raccoon over a piece of meat they were fighting over.
* SpitTake: Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland spitting hot coffee into each other's faces.
** They {{lampshade}} it, too.
--> '''Blubs:''' I'm so confident you're going to say no that I'm going to take a long, slow sip from my cup of coffee.
** Stan does one and [[BetterThanABareBulb lampshades]] it in "Boyz Crazy."
*** And in "Fight Fighters" after Mabel sneaks up behind while he relaxes in his armchair.
* SpoilerOpening: Paying attention to the part with the photos in the opening shows [[spoiler:Gideon, the gnomes, Blendin Blandin, and the Summerween Trickster. Following this is a split-second image of Bill Cipher.]]
* SpoofAesop:
** In "Summerween", Stan learns to focus on what is truly important in life: ''pure evil!''
** In "Love God", Stan learns that being loved is overrated and being feared is priceless.
* StableTimeLoop: Happens in both of the [[TimeTravelEpisode Time Travel Episodes]].
** "Time Travelers Pig": Blendin Blandin is sent from the future to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong 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, [[spoiler: Mabel ends up teaching the same trick to a 12-year-old Soos.]]
** Also in play in both episodes regarding Stan's red screwdriver. Blendin stole it during "Time Traveler's Pig" in order to fix his time machine, and had kept it until "Blendin's Game," where he accidentally drops it in Soos' yard, which prompts him to go to the Mystery Shack and get hired by Stan in the first place.
* StageWhisper: Because he CanNotSpitItOut 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. [[spoiler:Subverted, as Wendy eventually tells him she knew all along, partly because of how obvious he was about it]].
* StalkerWithACrush: Lil' Gideon, BIG TIME.
** [[spoiler:Giffany]] is ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]''.
* StalkingIsFunnyIfItIsFemaleAfterMale: Subverted with [[spoiler:Giffany]]. There are points in the episode where her [[spoiler:relentlessly stalking Soos]] is played for comedy, but it's not because she's a girl and he's a guy; it's because [[spoiler:[[KissMeImVirtual she's a computer program and he's a human]]]]. The stalking is otherwise depicted as very serious and disturbing.
* StatusQuoIsGod:
** 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. [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: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.]]
*** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by the fact that later shorts show that [[spoiler: Soos does in fact keep the new room. It doesn't go away and get completely forgotten after its discovery]].
** Double subverted in the last two episodes of season 1, in "Dreamscaperers"[[spoiler: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.
* StealthInsult: In Episode 4 of the first season, Dipper gets away with an epic one when he says this to [[RapunzelHair Mabel]] about [[AnimeHair Gideon]]:
--> '''Dipper''': "''I don't trust anyone whose hair is bigger than their head.''"
* StealthPun: "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.
** Dipper spends a good amount of time at Mabel's sock puppet RockOpera as essentially a ghost. In other words, he's a literal [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Phantom of the Opera]].
* StockNessMonster: The Gobblewonker.
* StockPunishment: Grunkle Stan gets subjected to it in "Irrational Treasure."
* StylisticSuck: 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.
* SubliminalSeduction: [[spoiler: Due to Robbie's song containing hidden backwards messages.]]
** Possibly subverted, as it's not clear if it actually worked. Wendy says afterwards that [[spoiler: 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.]]
* SuckECheeses: 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.
* SuddenDownerEnding: [[spoiler:Dreamscaperers.]]
* SunglassesAtNight: Sheriff Blubs wears sunglasses while on a nighttime raid in "Headhunters".
* SurvivalMantra: Mrs. Gleeful has one. "Just keep vacuumin', ''just keep vacuumin'...''"
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** From "Fight Fighters":
-->'''Grunkle Stan''': There's a great uncles day?
-->'''Mabel''': Of course it's not a day I made up!
** From "The Deep End":
-->'''Mabel''': There's certainly not a ''mermaid'' in there if that's what you're implying. Who said anything about a mermaid?
** From "The Land Before Swine":
-->'''Grunkle Stan''': I'm not acting suspicious! You're acting suspicious! ''What's a pig?!''
* TakeThat:
** Grenda and Candy wanting to read [[ShoutOut "Wolfman Bare]] [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Chest"]] on their sleepover, and Dipper ([[FreakyFridayFlip in Mabel's body]]), is disgusted.
** The entirety of "Boyz Crazy" is a TakeThat towards 90's boy bands.
*** More specifically, it was a TakeThat 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 "''Film/{{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 StopMotion animation, but also at people who claim that CGI is inferior to StopMotion 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.
** At the start of "Northwest Mansion Noir/Mystery", Dipper is watching a show called [[Series/GhostHunters Ghost Harassers]] on the Used To Be About History Channel. Other programs include Crawdads in Tiaras and Florida: The Show.
* TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity: Wendy very much takes advantage of Mabel's BenevolentBoss attitude in "Boss Mabel."
* TagAlongKid: 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.
* TaxidermyTerror: [[spoiler: The Lumberjack's Ghost in Northwest Mansion Mystery animates all the taxidermy in the house, making them bleed from the mouth, chant about "ancient sins", and attack the guests at the party.]]
* TheOnlyOneITrust: 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.
** In "Not What He Seems", [[spoiler: she ends up betraying that trust by letting the portal beneath the Shack activate, choosing to place her faith in Stan's convictions over Dipper's caution]].
* TheTalk: Stan decides to give one to Dipper in the episode "Carpet Diem". Unfortunately, it's Mabel in Dipper's body. [[FreezeFrameBonus 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...
* ThereWasADoor: 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 RuleOfCool or RuleOfFunny, though.
* TeamPet: Waddles the pig.
* TeamRocketWins: [[spoiler: See TheBadGuyWins above.]]
* TearsOfJoy: The Summerween Trickster cries tears of candy corn [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext when Soos eats him]].]]
* TheTeaser: Each episode begins with a cold open.
* TechnologicallyBlindElders: Dipper and Stan [[ItMakesSenseInContext think that Robbie is brainwashing Wendy with his music]], so they take his CD and try to listen to it slowed down. Stan mistakes it for a vinyl record, and puts it into a record player. [[CaptainObvious It doesn't work]], and Stan is confused.
** In the episode "Little Dipper", Gideon [[spoiler:kidnaps Dipper and Mabel]], and he calls Stan for ransom. Stan doesn't believe him.
--->'''Gideon:''' "You don't believe me? I will text you a photo!
--->'''Stan:''' "'Text me a photo'? Now you're not even speaking English. (hangs up)"
* TeensAreMonsters: According to [[spoiler: the late owners of the convenience store]].
* TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim: Mabel gives Stan the silent treatment in "The Land Before Swine".
* TemptingFate: In "The Time Traveler's Pig", Soos comments that the only thing that could possibly cause the rigged dunk tank to dunk Stan is a "futuristic laser arm-cannon."
** Also, in "Headhunters", Mabel says she is "99% sure" she got rid of all the [[spoiler: wax statues]].
* TestosteronePoisoning:
** The manotaurs are testosterone ''waterboarding''.
--->'''Testostoroar:''' I have three Y chromosomes, six Adam's Apples, pecs on my abs, and fists for nipples!
** His name is "Manly" Dan for a reason.
* ThereIsAnother: [[spoiler:Gideon]] has the second volume of Dipper's book. And presumably there's a first... [[spoiler: Stan has it]]
* ThisIsMyChair: Stan and Gideon battle over a poolside chair in "The Deep End".
* ThoseTwoGuys: Lee and Nate in all their major appearances.
* TickleTorture: In the episode "Little Dipper", Mabel and Dipper defeat L'il Gideon by tickling him until he loses control, at which point Stan rolls him out of the shop.
* TimeTravelEpisode: "The Time Traveler's Pig".
** And its sequel, "Blendin's Game".
* TimeTravelRomance: Briefly, but upon travelling ten years into the past, Dipper ends up running into a five-year-old Wendy. [[PrecociousCrush She thinks he's cute]], which gives him [[{{Irony}} a taste of his own medicine]].
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Wendy and Mabel respectively.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: Robbie uses a cursed CD case to hypnotize Wendy in "Boyz Crazy". You might even say it was a [[IncrediblyLamePun Necromisong]].
* TongueTrauma: 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.
* TookALevelInBadass: 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.
** Soos in "Soos and the Real Girl".
* TooKinkyToTorture: Bill Cipher is a non-corporial being, so he can't experience physical sensations. That is, [[spoiler:until he tricks Dipper into letting him [[DemonicPossession possess his body]].]] He describes pain as "hilarious" and goes out of his way to abuse his new body as much as possible.
* TooMuchInformation: 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.
* TorsoWithAView: Happens to Dipper in "Dreamscaperers," though [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because he, Mabel, and Soos were [[ItMakesSenseInContext inside Grunkle Stan's head trying to stop a mind-invading demon from stealing the combination to Stan's safe.]]
** Also happens to [[spoiler: Dipper 2]] in "Double Dipper" after he [[spoiler: drinks some soda]]. Again [[JustifiedTrope justified]], because it's fairly obvious that [[spoiler: the clones don't have normal human anatomy internally, since they die when they're touched by water, and since Paper Jam Dipper was somehow able to live while looking like a slinky]].
* TotallyRadical: The members of Sev'ral Timez talk this way, as well as the boys from "Dream Boy High".
* ToughLove: [[spoiler:This is Grunkle Stan's mindset with how he treats Dipper]].
* TownWithADarkSecret: Almost said word for word by Dipper in "Tourist Trapped".
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The recurring extra in the "Free Pizza" shirt really likes... pizza.
* TrainingMontage: Both Dipper and Grunkle Stan go through one in "Dipper vs. Manliness".
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Gideon's hobbies include [[spoiler: attempted murder]] and [[spoiler: demon summoning]].
* TruncatedThemeTune: Starting with ''Northwest Mansion Noir/Mystery'', a shorter cut of the intro is used.
* TruthInTelevision: From the landscape to the flora and fauna, rural Oregon is [[ShownTheirWork extremely well-represented in the show]]. Even the layout and occupants of the town, while exaggerated a bit, would fit right into that environment.
** In "Little Dipper", Dipper feels insecure because Mabel is revealed to be growing faster than he is, despite them being the same age. This makes sense: as anybody with a similarly-aged sibling of the opposite sex can attest, there is an awkward phase growing up caused by the fact that girls hit puberty earlier than boys.
** In "Northwest Mansion Mystery", the lumberjack ghost explains that he died because [[spoiler:the loss of too many trees ended up causing a landslide.]] In RealLife, tree roots play a very important role in soil stability, and deforestation poses a high risk for landslides.
* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: 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.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: The Mystery Shack is made up of three guys and two girls.
** Not counting the twins, Wendy's gang of friends is made up of four guys and two girls, [[spoiler:at least until Robbie broke up with her]]. Justified since Wendy is OneOfTheBoys.
* [[invoked]]UnfortunateImplications:
-->'''Soos' Grandmother''': I would like to see you settled before I ascend to heaven to live with the angels.
-->'''Soos''': And with Grandpa!
-->'''Soos' Grandmother:''' ...No...he is not there.
* UltimateEvil: Bill Cipher, the most powerful monster ever encountered by the writer of the books.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Agent Powers and Agent Trigger surviving the zombies that dragged them into the woods in "Scary-Oke". Subverted in "Not What He Seems", when Powers explains he used Trigger as a human shield.
** Again in "Not What He Seems", Trigger's escape from the crashed Humvee with his ear-microphone destroyed and a tree branch restraining him was off-screen.
* TheUnHug: Awkward sibling hug.[[note]]Pat. Pat.[[/note]]
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Mabel wears a different sweater in every episode, sometimes even multiple sweaters in the same episode.
* UnPerson: [[spoiler: Quentin Trembly.]]
** This is how [[spoiler:Bill Cipher]] describes Dipper once he has [[spoiler:[[GrandTheftMe taken over his body]]]].
* TheUnreveal: Soos finds a memory in which Stan enters the secret passage behind the snack machine, but closes the door before he can reveal whatís 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, Mabel comes in and puts in a video of her shoving gummy worms up her nose, and the mailbox, offended, vanishes explosively.
* UnscientificScience: In "Carpet Diem", Dipper explains how [[spoiler:Experiment 78 switches minds]]:
--> '''Dippper''': ''(reads the label)'' "[[spoiler:Electron Carpet]]. Atoms can switch electrons. The [[spoiler:carpet]] must create a charge so strong that ''[[spoiler:it can switch MINDS]]''!
* VacuumMouth: The skull from the ''Tumbleweed Terror'' pinball game.
* VagueAge: Gideon Gleeful. His white hair suggests he's OlderThanHeLooks, but he's extremely short and has a baby face. His age has yet to be revealed in the show, but [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material has confirmed that he's nine.]]
** Soos was this until the episode "Blendin's Game", where it's finally confirmed that he's 22.
* VaguenessIsComing: Bill Cipher gives on of these to Soos and the twins near the end of "Dreamscaperers", telling them that "a day will come in the future where [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore everything [they] care about will change]]".
** They get the same treatment three episodes later, this time by [[spoiler:Experiment 210.]]
* VampiresAreSexGods: The G-Rated version. Brought up by Mabel several times.
* VanityLicensePlate: If you look closely, the plate on Grunkle Stan's car says "STNLY MBL".
** [[spoiler:Which is strange when you realize that Stan's name is Stan''ford'', not Stan''ley''.]]
* VerbalBackspace: This happens multiple times in ''The Legend of the Gobblewonker'' when Dipper needs to reasses the number of back-up cameras he has when they get smashed.
* VignetteEpisode:
** "Bottomless Pit"; the gang tells stories to pass the time while they're trapped in the titular pit.
** "Little Shop of Horrors"; Stan tries to convince a stranger who arrives at the Mystery Shack after hours to buy stuff by telling tales about them.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Everyone considers Gideon to be a cute lovable child. [[spoiler: That is, until the Season 1 finale when Stan exposes the truth about Gideon, and ends Gideon up in prison.]]
** Turns out the [[spoiler:Northwest family is this as well]].
* VillainousCrush: Gideon has one toward Mabel.
* VisualPun: 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".
* VocalEvolution: It took Alex Hirsch a few episodes to settle into his Grunkle Stan and Soos voices. They sound a little off and unusually high-pitched in the beginning.
* VoicesAreMental: In "Carpet Diem", the voices switch along with the characters as they move from body to body.
** [[spoiler: Bipper has Bill Cipher's voice coming out of Dipper's mouth.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Experiment 210, an EldritchAbomination that the gang encounters while seeking out the Author.
* VomitDiscretionShot: 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.
* WeirdnessCensor: 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.
** [[spoiler: "Society of the Blind Eye" revels that the [[AncientConspiracy titular Society]] has been acting as one, erasing the memories of people who have seen anything supernatual.]]
** Even after the events above, the citizens still try to rationalize the weirdness. For instance, the [[spoiler: gravity anomaly]] is passed off as a mini Earth burp.
* WeirdnessMagnet: It's true that Dipper often goes off looking for the supernatural, but more often than not, the supernatural finds him first.
* WeWillMeetAgain: Used three times so far: the leader of the gnomes, Gideon and Blendin Blandin all swear revenge after being defeated.
* WhamEpisode:
** "Dreamscaperers" has [[spoiler: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," [[spoiler: 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" [[spoiler:not only completely overturns a popular and supposedly supported fan theory, but ends with some dark (and ''bloody'') potential foreshadowing.]]
** "Northwest Mansion Noir/Mystery": [[spoiler: The Northwest family as it turns out has been one long chain of cheats, Pacifica has been a victim of abuse and ends her rivalry with the Pines twins, and according to [=McGucket=], the ''apocalypse is coming'' in less than a day]].
** "Not What He Seems": [[spoiler: Stan's been stealing radioactive waste to power his world ending machine and gets arrested by the FBI. The twins discover that the real Stan Pines died in a car crash and that their grunkle is [[TitleDrop not what he seems,]] all leading up to a confrontation as gravity fluctuates when the portal rips open, revealing the author of the journals, Stan's brother.]]
* WhamLine:
** "After all these years... Finally, [[spoiler:I have them all.]] [[CliffHanger Here we go]]."
** "The author of the journals... [[spoiler: my brother."]]
* WhamShot:
** At the end of "Northwest Mansion Noir/Mystery", [[spoiler: [=McGucket=] has fixed the laptop. There's a timer on it counting down to the apocalypse. ''It's less than 24 hours away.'' And then the camera pans to a banner the Northwests have in their house of a familiar triangle with an eye, over an image of what looks like people ''burning alive.'']]
** In ''Not What He Seems'', [[spoiler: Stan's portal finally opens and a man steps out, who he identifies as the author of the journals, his brother.]]
** And before that, a newspaper clipping that reads [[spoiler:''Stan Pines Dead'']], though what this means for the characters is still unknown...
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Mabel after waking up from her sleepover with Candy and Grenda.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So far, the two Dipper clones that rode away on Robbie's bike in "Double Dipper" have yet to return.
** As has the [[ItMakesSenseInContext wax head of Larry King]] from "Headhunters".
** A minor example: in the fourth episode, Mabel saves a lobster that was going to be eaten at a restaurant then bring it to the shack's tank. In later episodes, the tank is empty.
* WhatHaveIBecome: 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.
** Though considering all that happened, she had a reason. Dipper himself stated: [[IDidWhatIHadToDo "What you had to, Mabel."]]
* WhenLifeGivesYouLemons: Each member of the Pines family has a character-establishing quote based on this:
--->'''Dipper:''' "When life gives you lemons, extract the juice and use it to draw a treasure map in invisible ink. That really works! Seriously!"
--->'''Mabel:''' "When life gives you lemons, draw faces on those lemons and wrap them in a blanket. Ta-daaa! Now you have Lemon Babies."
--->'''Grunkle Stan:''' "When life gives you lemons, call them 'yellow oranges' and sell them for double the price."
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: 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. [[spoiler:After Soos eats the Trickster, the episode draws to a close with an {{Everybody| Laughs Ending}} {{Evil Laugh}}s [[EverybodyLaughsEnding Ending]] as soon as it ends, Soos nonchalantly says "I ate a man alive tonight."]]
** It should be noted that [[spoiler:The Trickster was very happy that Soos liked eating him.]]
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: [[spoiler:Soos]] is really hung up about his deadbeat dad.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: 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.
* WhichMe: In "Double Dipper" a few times.
-->'''Tyrone:''' Hey buddy, it's me, you.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: "Bottomless Pit!" is focused on the characters telling stories, at least one of which we discover actually happened. Also qualifies as a VignetteEpisode, as listed above.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: It's revealed in "Double Dipper" that Dipper is OnlyKnownByTheirNickname, causing Wendy to remark "I thought your parents just hated you or something".
* WidgetSeries: Definitely the most off-kilter series on the channel.
* WildGooseChase: In "Not What He Seems", Stan pays a taxi driver to drive in the opposite direction he's running in order to misdirect the government agents trying to arrest him.
* TheWildWest: The theme of the ''Tumbleweed Terror'' pinball game.
* WildWilderness
* WimpFight: In "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel", [[spoiler:Dipper and Gideon]] manage to get into one while ''falling off a cliff'', a stark contrast to [[CurbStompBattle the one that they have]] [[spoiler:during the season finale]].
** In "Double Dipper", this ends up happening between Dipper and all his clones. Dipper even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this beforehand, saying "We're all exactly the same mentally and physically. If we start fighting, it'll just go on for infinity!"
* AWizardDidIt: 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 [[spoiler: send a nine-year-old to adult prison.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** Giffany counts for some, given that she has abandonment issues and that no one in her debut episode treats her like a person: Soos breaks up with her because she can't attend his cousin's engagement party, Mabel and Dipper encourage Soos to date real girls and return Romance Academy to the store, and three other people have apparently returned her without even a MercyKill. That said, she is more "destroyer" than "woobie" in that she takes over Hoo Ha's Jamboree to stalk Soos, force him to upload his brain into the game, and [[BreakThemByTalking break him by talking]].
** The lumberjack ghost in "Northwest Mansion Noir" has no qualms about [[WouldHurtAChild hurting children]] in his quest for revenge on the Northwests, but he and the other lumberjacks who died were cheated out of a party supposedly held in their honor, and he suffered a CruelAndUnusualDeath. Dipper even expresses some SympathyForTheDevil while exorcising the ghost to keep Mabel safe.
* TheWorldIsNotReady: Based on the events of "Boss Mabel", it seems that the tourists aren't quite up to seeing real magical creatures just yet.
* WorstNewsJudgementEver: "Cheese Crust Pizza Declared 'Delicious'." In other news, "War or Something..."
* WouldHurtAChild:
** [[spoiler:The cursed wax figures]] in Episode 3. They try to murder Dipper and Mabel without hesitation.
** Also, in "Summerween", [[spoiler: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.
** Every antagonistic creature/person in the series ''ever'' qualifies as this.
* WorldOfBadass: ''Every'' major character is some form of badass, be it often or [[LetsGetDangerous only when the situation calls for it]].
* WouldntHurtAChild: [[spoiler:The convenience store ghosts]] in Episode 5. They ''would'' hurt teenagers though.
** Robbie in "Fight Fighters". Even after Dipper nearly gets him killed, he's unwilling to go through with beating him up.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Mabel in "Sock Opera" towards the end:
-->'''Mabel''': Don't worry, I have seen enough movies to know this is the part where the audience thinks this was all part of the show and loves it. Cue applause!
-->''(audience boos and leaves)''
* XMeetsY:
** ''Series/TheXFiles'' meets ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'' meets ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'' with a bit of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''-style weirdness (and slightly similar art style).
** ''EerieIndiana'' as directed by DavidLynch.
** The show is set in Oregon, just like in ''Series/{{Grimm}}''.
** Could also be described as very much like ''RoundTheTwist'' in cartoon form, set in the USA.
** Could be ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightvale'' 's TV kid cousin.
** Alex Hirsch himself described the show as ''Series/TwinPeaks'' meets ''Series/TheSimpsons''.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Sev'ral Timez.
* {{Yandere}}: Gideon.
** Newly, and on a higher level, [[spoiler:Giffany]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Giffany''']]: Oh, I am crazy! Crazy for you, [[spoiler: Soos]]!"
* YellowEyesOfSneakiness: Bill Cipher has a slitted pupil, and his sclera turn yellow when he [[spoiler:possesses a body]].
* YouAreNumberSix: How Dipper names his clones, with the exception of Tyrone (who refuses to be called "Number Two") and Paper Jam Dipper.
* YouCantFightFate: 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 [[spoiler: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.]]
* YouExclamation:
** In "Double Dipper", after melting his photocopied clones to mush, Dipper believes they're all gone. Until he hears Tyrone exclaim "YOU!" from behind.
** In "Boss Mabel", Mabel gives one of these to Grunkle Stan when she gets tired of the shabby treatment he gives his employees and his customers.
** In "The Land Before Swine", Grunkle Stan gives one to Mabel's pet pig Waddles after the latter eats the former's corn-cob sculpture of a unicorn, driving away Stan's customers.
** Bill Cipher tosses out a few in "Dreamscaperers."
** Rumble [=McSkirmish=] gives Dipper a ''really'' [[ChewingTheScenery over-dramatic]] one in "Fight Fighters".
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Kraz.
* YouKilledMyFather: Dr. Karate killed Rumble [=McSkirmish's=] father (again), making it his motivation for fighting. Rumble also assumes that this is the reason Dipper wants him to fight Robbie.
* YouFailPaleontologyForever: "Land Before Swine". Not only is the "pterodactyl" completely ugly (see PteroSoarer) for details, but all the dinosaurs are hard to look at. Plus Oregon is actually one of the few states that has had no dinosaurs discovered in it.
** Note, however, that just because no fossils have been found yet doesn't necessarily mean dinosaurs didn't live there. The rest of the episode's problems still qualify though.
* YouMeanXmas: Apparently, the citizens of Gravity Falls love Halloween so much they celebrate it twice and call the second time "Summerween". It's exactly the same except they carve watermelons instead of pumpkins.
* YourWorstNightmare: You get to see it if you look into a Gremloblin's eyes.
** In "Dreamscaperers," [[spoiler:Bill unleashes Mabel and Soos's personal nightmares on them after they stop him from getting the safe code]].
* YourMom:
-->'''Nate:''' Good job throwing the kid off the fence, genius!
-->'''Lee:''' Your mom's a genius.
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: In "The Inconveniencing", the twins tag along with Wendy and a bunch of her friends while they break into an abandoned convenience store, and they aren't able to do a darn thing once [[spoiler:it turns out to be haunted]].
* ZombieApocalypse: Nearly happens in "Scaryoke", when Dipper [[EpicFail accidentally raises an army of the undead]] while [[spoiler:trying to prove the validity of the journal to the government agents]].
* ZombieGait: Referenced when Wendy and Dipper watch a cheap zombie movie:
-->'''Dipper:''' They're slow! Just power walk away from them!
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