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Western Animation: Gravity Falls
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."

"Remember—in Gravity Falls, there is no one you can trust."

Gravity Falls is an animated Disney Channel Original Series created by Alex Hirsch and produced by Rob Renzetti. It began airing on June 29, 2012 and has quickly developed a cult following with its paranormal theme, inventive writing, quirky yet lovable characters, thrilling escapades, and enough eyebrow-raising jokes to make one wonder how a kid-friendly channel like Disney picked it up in the first place.

The show tells the story of twins Dipper and Mabel Pines, who have been sent to live for the summer with their "grunkle" note  Stanford "Stan" Pines in the mountain town of Gravity Falls, Oregon, where he owns the Mystery Shack, "the world's most bizarre museum". Dipper and Mabel's situation worsens (or, rather, betters) when Dipper finds a mysterious book, whose cover is only marked with the number "3" and a hand with six fingers. Upon opening it, Dipper finds a Great Big Book of Everything explaining the many strange beings, past events, and even federal cover-ups that exist within this town of secrecy — all cut through with an urgent warning: Trust No One! Thus begins Mabel and Dipper's adventures as they interact with the supernatural world that surrounds them.

After the first season finale, Alex Hirsch announced that the series would be going on a possibly year-long hiatus, and the second season could be as far away as late 2014. Since then, several Miniseries have been released over the break to keep fans satisfied. Such miniseries include:

Season 2 premiered on August 1, 2014, 364 days after the season 1 finale. New episodes now premiere on Disney XD first and Disney Channel later on.

The show has pages for recaps and Shout Outs, plus a Best Episode Crowner. Be sure to check out the analysis and characters pages.


This show contains examples of the following tropes:

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Li'l Gideon... well, it was funny up until he went crazy.
  • Action Girls: 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."
  • Adjective Noun Fred: The Japanese dub of the show, Kikai Zone Gravity Falls.note 
    • The Japanese title of "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" is "Chōnōryoku Shōnen Gideon".note 
  • Adorkable: Mabel and Dipper.
    • Candy and Grenda.
    • Soos.
  • Adult Fear: "Tourist Trapped" contains a quite plausible child-abduction scenario.
    • "Gideon Rises" has a subtle but very painful one: Stan is forced to realize that, having lost the Shack, he cannot take care of Dipper and Mabel. This is evident when we see him talking with Dipper and Mabel's parents; he lies to them about their current condition and we see him realize that they cannot live with Soos for the summer since there is little income and little food. This strikes a chord for many parents or guardians who fear they may have to surrender their kids to other family members or social services because they can no longer take care of them.
    • Much of the Dipper/Wendy arc counts for people who have anxiety and shyness towards dealing with romance. The fear or romantic rejection gets more or less thrown in during "Into the Bunker" where Dipper decides it's not worth it to admit his feelings for her, but ends up doing it anyway; and, while flattered, Wendy turns him down due to the age gap between them.
  • Adults Are Useless:
    • Grunkle Stan, particularly in "Tourist Trapped". There are times, however, when he manages to avert it like when he punches a pterodactyl. Subverted in "Scaryoke" when it turns out he'd been lying about his knowledge of the supernatural to try to keep Dipper and Mabel away from it.
    • Downplayed with Soos, who's usually ready to lend a hand in monster hunts.
    • Sheriff Blubs and and Deputy Durland combine this with Police Are Useless.
  • Advertised Extra: When the show first came out, many of the promos featured Norman. He turned out to be a bunch of gnomes in disguise. They weren't seen again until the first season's finale.
  • Aerith and Bob: 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 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.
    • "The Time Traveller's Pig": You can't have everything you want all of the time.
      • Alternatively, taking what you want can end up with you taking what someone else wants just as much. (Works both ways, since Mabel abandoned her chance to help Dipper in order to win Waddles.)
    • "Fight Fighters": Face things you don't like or are afraid of with grace rather than trying to run away, but Know When to Fold 'Em when you surpass your abilities.
    • "Little Dipper": Don't destroy something just because you personally don't need it anymore. Also, don't let your insecurities blind you to your accomplishments.
    • "Summerween": If someone is threatening you, make sure you tell someone and not just keep it to yourself.
      • Also, it's okay to do childish things, even as you get older.
    • "Boss Mabel": Settle for what you have already as opposed to unwisely taking a gamble on it all.
      • Alternatively, sometimes you have to be tough to get something to work.
    • "Bottomless Pit": Three.
      • Voice Over - Your personal qualities might not be perfect, but they're yours.
      • Soos' Really Great Pinball Story - Don't cheat, and don't be selfish.
      • Trooth Ache - Sometimes, you have to tell a little white lie to spare the feelings of others.
    • "The Deep End": Don't do something without thinking it through. It can lead to doing something needlessly that you will regret.
    • "Carpet Diem": Don't make important decisions when angry.
      • Secondly, don't pretend to be someone else and try to hurt their reputation.
      • Thirdly, don't ignore your old friend's feelings just because you made some new ones.
    • "Boyz Crazy": Don't arrive late for something and be surprised when they've run out of what you want. Alternatively, you should help someone for the sake of making them happy, not for personal gain.
    • "Land Before Swine": Lying about something, then trying to perpetuate the lie even though you or someone else might get hurt, is a bad idea.
      • Alternatively, stay away from hungry, meat-eating animals that are bigger than you. (Bit of a no-brainer.)
    • "Dreamscaperers": Don't sabotage your master plan to help your disguise you made to help with said master plan.
      • Alternatively, let people finish speaking before judging what they say.
    • "Gideon Rises": Just because you're not the strongest or the smartest doesn't mean you can't be the hero.
      • Secondly, just because something has had no use in the past doesn't mean it won't in the future.
      • Thirdly, if you believe something you are looking for is somewhere on a specific property, check every nook and cranny inside before you start digging outside.
      • Fourthly, sometimes people, including the police, get to pick and choose who to believe based on their own preferences, and they are jerks for doing it.
    • "Scaryoke": Don't let your ambitions blind you to the potential consequences of your actions.
      • Also, remember the important matters like spending time with family.
    • "Into The Bunker": If you like someone and it's eating you up with anxiety, sometimes you have to take a risk and say it, because uncertainity is often worse than certainity.
      • Also, sometimes people need a push, but you still have to respect their choices in the end.
    • "The Golf War": Grudges and rivalry will only lead to misery, and the only way to truly end them is to be the bigger person and turn the other cheek.
      • Secondly, don't get involved in other peoples disputes, or let others get involved in yours.
      • Thirdly, playing one side against the other for your own gain isn't only deceitful, it's dangerous.
    • "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, DON'T MAKE DEALS WITH DEMONS or similarly styled energy beings.
  • Affably Evil: The ghosts from "The Inconveniencing" would be just like any other sweet old couple... except they entrap and torment any teenager that comes into their store.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Stan's preferred form is affectionate noogie-ing.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of bizarre-small-town mystery series like Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure.
  • Agent Mulder: Dipper and Soos, the former spurred on by a supernatural compendium. For example, in "Tourist Trapped", Soos says the mailman's a werewolf and believes Dipper's theory about Mabel's boyfriend being a zombie, a theory Dipper came up with after looking though the book.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Dipper uses one to get into the convenience store in "The Inconveniencing".
  • All Myths Are True
  • All There in the Manual: Lots of info on characters, secret codes, screenshots and animated GIFs of 4 and beyond, as well as information taken from online games and otherwise, were being thrust into the public's hands before most folks could barely watch Episode 2.
    • Dipper's book serves an in-series example, seeing as it has information on all the creatures, various spells, and even a clue to a conspiracy.
  • Alliterative Name: Gideon Gleeful, Blendin Blandin, and Nathaniel Northwest.
  • A Load of Bull: The manotaurs.
  • Alpha Bitch: Pacifica Northwest.
  • Always Someone Better: In "Little Dipper", Mabel vents her frustration that Dipper seems to always beat her at everything.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Sister: Mabel decides to talk about Dipper's "Lamby Dance" at the very worst possible time...
  • Ambiguously Bi: Soos starting late in season 1 and carrying through to season 2. While unambiguously attracted to women, he notes how attractive Stan was in his younger days in "Dreamscaperers," states that he wouldn't mind if Stan kissed him in "Scary-oke," and in "The Golf War" he makes note of the stars while staring and lying back with Stan in the car at night.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Stan, all the frigging time. It only gets even more ambiguous in "Gideon Rises" where his underground lab is finally shown.
    • As of season 2, he's zigzagging this all over the place. It's unquestioned that he genuinely cares about the twins, but at the same time, he stole Dipper's journal and has the thing going on behind the vending machine, for which his use of the term "get caught" implies less-than-noble intent.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Tyler, the Cute Biker. He shows up out of nowhere to cheer on Manly Dan beating up a fish. He also shows up in the restaurant where Mabel and Gideon go on a date, calling the two adorable. His shorts are... pretty short, and he has visible eyelashes, which otherwise only female characters have. Also, in "Irrational Treasure" he and Manly Dan are briefly seen sharing a plate of meat between themselves. In "Boyz Crazy" he, along with Old Man McGucket, are in the audience at the Sev'ral Timez concert.
    • Sheriff Blubs and and Deputy Durland act very much like a married couple most of the time. Blubs' pronunciation of "Durland" sounds suspiciously like "darlin'".
  • Ambiguously Jewish: The Pines family. Mabel and Grunkle Stan occasionally use Yiddish words ("mazel tov", anyone?). Dipper and Stan fit a couple of stereotypes respectively. there's also the fact that "Pines" is an eastern Ashkenazi Jewish surname. This can all be Author Appeal given Alex Hirsch's Judaic background and the fact that he based the Pines on himself and his family.
    • "Bottomless Pit" has Mabel utter the line "Sweet Moses!" Stan says it in "The Land Before Swine".
      • One episode has Stan say "Oy vey."
  • Amusing Injuries: All over the place. Lampshaded by Bill during his time in Dipper's body.
    Bill: Pain is hilarious! (Rams arm into a drawer)
  • An Axe to Grind: The wax sculptures.
    • Wendy during "Into the Bunker," with Dipper taking a turn while Wendy is occupied with Experiment 210.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: The gnomes after they kidnap Mabel.
  • And This Is for...
    Mabel: "That's for lying to me! That's for breaking my heart! And this is for messing with my brother!"
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Soos is transformed into a zombie in "Scary-oke" after Dipper accidentally awakens the dead. Thankfully, his book came with a cure.
  • Animated Series
  • Animation Bump: The entire intro is drawn with more detailed shading and more fluidly animated than the rest of the show. More evident in some shots than others - for example, Mabel plugging her sweater into the outlet is drawn with great detail, and Dipper getting scared and dropping his candle is extremely fluid.
    • Which is not to say that the show itself is animated poorly. The sea monster in "Legend of the Gobblewonker" is particularly nice.
    • Rumble in "Fight Fighters", due to being animated entirely by Paul Robertson.
    • Heck, an average episode beats out most cartoons' opening titles.
  • Annoying Twin Sibling: Mabel and Dipper frequently are like this toward each other.
  • Anti-Mutiny: What the clone Dippers try to do to Dipper in "Double Dipper". When Tyrone realizes that the original plan wasn't working, they laugh it off and share a soda instead.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: In "Bottomless Pit!", Grunkle Stan still states that everyone's stories are far-fetched, even though he is falling through a bottomless pit even as he speaks, and even lived through one of the stories.
  • Arc Number: "6:18" appear in many episodes, as June 18th is the creator's birthday.
    • "30 years" is starting to get thrown around in Season 2; in "Scary-oke," Stan mentions that it's how long he's been working on the portal beneath the shack, as well as the agents mentioning that they haven't seen readings like the ones given off by said portal in 30 years; in "Into the Bunker," Experiment 210 says that the author of the journals "hasn't been himself for 30 years," and the map of Gravity Falls that Wendy removes to reveal the door to the author's lab is dated circa 1982- 30 years prior to the 2012 when the series seems to take place. In an example from the first season, the calendar hanging in the hidden room in Carpet Diem was also dated 1982.
  • Arc Symbol: A simple drawing of an eyed pyramid with limbs and a top hat is all over the series, from the opening credits to the Mystery Shack's windows. He turns out to be an extremely powerful demon named Bill Cipher.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: 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.
  • Art Shift: In "Fight Fighters", the video game is shown pixelated.
    • Also, Mabel's Imagine Spot in "Legend of the Gobblewonker."
      • Funnily enough, in "Dreamscaperers," Bill Cipher causes the cute teenage boys from Mabel's Imagine Spot to appear in Stan's mind, retaining their style while interacting with the normally-drawn environment.
  • As Himself: In "Headhunters", both of the Coolio and Larry King wax figures are actually voiced by the real Coolio and Larry King.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Candy Chiu.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Soos 100% of the time and Mabel most of the time. 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!"
  • Auto-Tune: Utilized at all times by Boy Band Sev'ral Timez in "Boyz Crazy".
  • A Wizard Did It: Mabel believes a wizard hiding in the closet is behind Dipper's sudden growth spurt in "Little Dipper".
  • Awesome McCoolname: Dipper #2 decides on "Tyrone".
  • Awkward Great-Uncle Grand-Niece and Grand-Nephew Bonding Activity: Grunkle Stan taking Dipper and Mabel fishing.
  • Ax-Crazy: The wax statues in "Headhunters".
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Mabel and Pacifica team up this way against the Lilliputtians.
  • Badass Adorable: Dipper and Mabel.
  • Badass Family: All the members of the Pines family shown up to date fit some form of Badass or other.
  • Badass Grandpa: Grunkle Stan, shown best so far in "The Land Before Swine" and "Scary-oke."
  • Bad Boss: Stan.
  • Bad Future: Apparently, in the future, a time baby will destroy everything and take over humanity. On the plus side, humanity gets time travel.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The twins use fake I Ds to enter one in "Headhunters."
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The end of "Dreamscaperers". Gideon manages to collect Stan's deed to the Mystery Shack and has his father blow the roof off.
  • Balloon Belly: Mabel gets one after eating too much Smile Dip.
  • The Barnum: Grunkle Stan.
  • Batman Gambit: Done by Mabel in "Tourist Trapped."
  • Behind the Black: in Dippers Guide To The Unexplained #82, there were several points where people, including Dipper, could have that the man was a robot that had no right side.
  • Benevolent Boss: Mabel starts out as one when she takes over for Stan in "Boss Mabel". It doesn't last.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT call Dipper a wimp, or a baby, or not a man, or kid. Point is, he hates being a wimpy 12 year old and hates it even more if you comment on it.
  • The Bet: Stan and Mabel make a bet on who could make more money: Mabel while running the Mystery Shack, or Stan while on vacation.
  • Better as Friends: After Dipper's confesstion to Wendy, she confesses to having suspected it and while very flattered, she pretty much says this.
  • Better than a Bare Bulb
  • Beware the Honest Ones: Stan in "Bottomless Pit".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Dipper and Mabel.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Old Man McGucket has proven himself capable of quite a bit of destruction.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Several scenes in the episode "Fight Fighters", as well as the entire minisode "Lefty", could not take place in a 3D universe, and suggest that Gravity Falls's universe is 2D.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Dipper, most prominently when warning Mabel about her new boyfriend and driving a golf cart like crazy when he thinks she's in danger. Mabel also has had several instances of Big Sister Instinct. For the record, Mabel is older by five minutes.
    • Soos also seems to have a bit of this for the twins, despite not being an actual relative.
    • Also, in "The Land Before Swine", when Dipper finds out that the pterodactyl took Waddles, he is dead-set on helping his sister get her beloved pet back.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Between Mabel and Mermando
  • Big Eater: Whenever Soos isn't helping the twins or working on the Mystery Shack, he tends to stuff his face.
  • Big "NO!": There are three in a row in "Carpet Diem": on from Mabel, one from Dipper, and one from Soos.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: While not exactly "big", Gideon's relationship with his parents is very, very, very messed up.
  • Big Stupid Doodoo Head: Mabel calls the gnomes butt-faces. In fact, if Mabel insults someone, it'll usually be this trope.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The spell Dipper does in "Dreamscapers" is part actual Latin and part Canis Latinicus joke, and it can be roughly translated to: "See everything, Master the Mind! Magnesium to man! Masterpiece! May you have your body! Inceptus Nolan 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!"
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Li'l Gideon.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Few episodes have these like "The Time Traveler's Pig," "Boyz Crazy," and "Into the Bunker." Interesting trend is that the main focus or the B-plot is on Wendy and Dipper's relationship.
  • Black Comedy Burst: The show's humour can go to surprisingly dark places at times.
  • Bland-Name Product: "Pitt" brand soda, possibly a parody of the real-life brand "Mr. Pibb". It's been sighted on a machine inside the haunted convenience store, and Dipper and Tyrone drink it at the end of "Double Dipper".
    • Or, more likely, "Cott". Cott's is also almost immediately associated with orange-flavored pop, and what's the logo seen on a Pitt vending machine?
      • It's a peach. Pitt Cola is shown in almost every episode, and the Gravity Falls site say it's a peach flavored cola with an actual pit inside the can.
      • Fun fact: The soda is very probably named after the show director Joe Pitt, whose name you can find in the credits.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: In-universe, all the dialogue of Rumble McSkirmish and the "Fight Fighters" game.
  • Blondes are Evil: In season one Pacifica Northwest.
  • Blood-Stained Letter: The page in a mystical journal on how to summon the demon Bill Cipher is covered in blood, with the words "Do not summon at all costs" written directly in blood.
  • Blush Sticker: Mabel and her friend Candy have permanent circles of pink on their cheeks.
  • Body Horror: Some surprisingly intense examples of this, particularly in season 2.
  • Bookcase Passage: Shown in "Tourist Trapped". Stan has a passage hidden behind his vending machine. Where does it lead to? An underground research facility, where Stan has been holding Book #1 for years and has been waiting for Book #2 (retrieved after Gideon was arrested) and Book #3 (took it from Dipper when Dipper showed it to him). He needed them to summon something. What is it? No one knows... until season 2 premieres.
  • Book Ends: The ending of "Tourist Trapped" (the pilot) shows Stan entering his secret vending machine passage, and the ending of "Gideon Rises" (the season one finale) shows Stan entering his secret vending machine passage... revealing that he's been hunting the books for a while, and needs them to summon an ultimate power.
  • Bottomless Pits: 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.
  • Bowties Are Cool: In addition to the bowtie in Stan's regular ensemble, Quentin Trembley wears one, and Dipper and Wendy both don them in "Double Dipper".
    • Bill Cipher wears a bowtie, and it is very cool. It can turn into a tv screen!
  • Boy Band: Sev'ral Timez, an affectionate lampoon of 90's boy bands.
  • Brain in a Jar: The Mystery Shack has two, dressed in wigs.
  • Brainless Beauties: Sev'ral Timez.
  • Brains and Brawn: It's subtly portrayed, but Dipper is more inclined to planning and reading while Mabel is more of a girl of action.
    • This trope also applies to anytime Dipper and Soos team up.
  • Brainy Brunette: Played straight with Dipper and averted with Mabel, who's more of a Genius Ditz.
  • Breather Episode: "The Land Before Swine", considering the episode that immediately follows.
    • "The Golf War", which comes after the plot-heavy episodes "Scaryoke" and "Into the Bunker" and precedes "Sock Opera".
  • Brick Joke: In Episode 2, there's a Cutaway Gag of Grunkle Stan and the kids forging money, and he remarks that their Benjamin Franklin looks like a woman. Several episodes later the twins find a repository of America's embarrassing secrets that includes a folder about which Mabel remarks: "Oh man, Benjamin Franklin secretly was a woman!"
    • It's also possible this was a reference to actual American history. In 1722, Benjamin Franklin, age 16, wrote several letters to the newspaper his brother James worked for under the fake alias of middle aged woman Silence Dogood. This was because James would never publish any of his works. The More You Know.
    • In "Double Dipper", Soos is the DJ for the party and needs a lightning sound effect for a punchline to one of his one-liners but can't find it on the soundboard. During the credits, we see him go over the entire soundboard and find the lightning on the very last key to which he cheerfully exclaims: "Found it!".
    • Episode 11; "Little Dipper" has Mabel rant about an "invisible wizard" in their closet as a theory on how Dipper is suddenly a millimeter taller than her. Come episode 16; "Carpet Diem" and Grenda steps out of the same closet after an obviously intense sleep over, her face covered in kiss marks, stating "I don't know what I was kissing in there, but I have no regrets!"
  • Brother-Sister Team: Obviously.
  • Buffy Speak: Mabel can slip into this, using phrases such as "hotty melty things" or "some kind of magicky thing."
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Quentin Trembley definitely qualifies as a "Bunny-Ears (or, No Pants, rather) President."
  • Butt Monkey: Dipper.
  • But Thou Must: Mabel pulls one on some guy with a note.
    Do you like me?
    Yes
    Definitley
    Absolutely
  • The Cake Is a Lie: 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.
  • The Caligula: Quentin Trembley.
  • Call Back: crossed with Freeze-Frame Bonus, the four symbol code that Grunkle Stan types at the end of "Gideon Rises" was first seen in the first episode here
    • In essence, Blendin Blandin's flashback appearances in "The Time Traveler's Pig" function as callbacks as he does appear in every scene depicted in the end credits.
    • Mabel makes Grunkle Stan sing the "Stan Wrong Song" in "Boss Mabel." In the "Mabel's Guide to Fashion" short, we hear him sing it again, but this time willingly for some reason.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "SUPER POWER NINJA TURBO NEO ULTRA HYPER MEGA MULTI ALPHA META EXTRA UBER PREFIX COMBO!!"
    Rumble: BOWL OF PUNCH!!
    • And in a flashback of Stan's
      LEFT HOOK! *Wham!*
  • Canis Latinicus: Downplayed in "Dreamscapers." The spell Gideon uses is actual Latin, and most of Dipper's spell is, too. However, "Inceptus Nolan Overratus!" from the latter is a case of this. (As well as a Take That at Inception.)
  • The Chains of Commanding: "Heavy is the head that wears the fez."
  • Chair Reveal: Gideon does one in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel".
    • Also, Mabel does one in "Boss Mabel".
  • Chekhov's Gun: The leafblower Mabel used for kissing practice is later used to fight the gnomes.
    • The grappling hook that Mabel got in the very first episode saves the twins from falling to their doom in the season one finale.
    • Stan claims that nobody ever made any money using the word "please" in "Boss Mabel". When he has a chance later to win three hundred thousand dollars on Cash 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 
  • Chekhov's Skill: Dipper saves the day by leaping a good distance off a cliff's ledge in Gideon Rises. Pretty cool, but it's especially satisfying to rewatch Dipper vs Manliness and see him practicing and progressing his leaping across cliffs skill during the training montage
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Dipper's "Lamby Dance" skill.
  • Chest Burster: Stan has Waddles perform one in an attempt to scare two kids in "Summerween." Later, Soos also does one, out of the Summerween Trickster.
  • Child Eater: The Summerween Trickster.
  • Classic Cheat Code: Ultimate Power! in "Fight Fighters".
  • Cliffhanger: At the end of "Dreamscaperers"
  • Cloning Blues: 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 clones are in sync with the original - to the point where they have the same ideas and thoughts at the same time and tend to get along. They have no problem with helping Dipper fulfill his plan even though they won't be benefiting from it, since they're also Dipper and thus agree with the plan in the way he thought of it. It works out fine until Dipper has an epiphany they didn't and decides he doesn't want to follow the plan any more.
    • They are aware that they are expendable and don't seem to mind - #2 is even reassuringly points out before the plot happens that if they do go nuts Dipper can just get rid of them easy using water - and they treat being disintegrated as more of an inconvenience than anything.
    • They avert Kill and Replace, even when they briefly revolt against Dipper. At no point do they even think of replacing the original Dipper for more than a few minutes, and make sure he's comfortable while they do so.
    • In "Boyz Crazy", it turns out all the singers in Sev'Ral Timez are clone lab rats.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Quentin Trembley. Full stop. Mabel, Old Man McGucket, and possibly Soos count as well.
  • Clueless Deputy: Deputy Durland.
  • Collector of the Strange: Grunkle Stan sure heaped together a whole hodgepodge of oddities when he created the Mystery Shack.
  • Coming of Age Story: 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.
  • Con Artist: Grunkle Stan.
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives: The song "Don't Start Un-Believing" the lyrics of which include "don't start un-believing / never don't not feel your feelings."
  • Conspicuous CG: All the vehicles are rendered in CG, and so is the water in certain shots from the second episode.
    • The 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.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Dipper. Considering where he lives, it's quite understandable.
  • Continuity Nod: Besides the Myth Arc hints, there's the time when Dipper asks Mabel if they've got any pictures of the gnomes they saw the first episode and Dipper apologizing to Toby Determined for accusing him of murder in "Headhunters".
    • The "S" on the Mystery Shack sign was knocked off in "Headhunters". It has since yet to be fixed and appears broken in every following episode.
    • Mabel shows her scrapbook in "Dipper vs Manliness". You can see that it has a picture of the beheaded wax Stan from "Headhunters".
    • In the episode "The Time Traveler's Pig", the pilot of the wagon on the Oregon Trail exclaims "By Trembley!"
      • In "The Time Traveler's Pig", the show has a moment for all the previous episodes.
    • In "Carpet Diem", Waddles can be seen wearing the top hat Quentin Trembly gave to Mabel.
    • In "Boyz Crazy", Dipper sees Mabel dancing happily and comments about if she ate Smile-Dip again.
    • In "Irrational Treasure", Mabel comments that she doubts Deputy Durland can read. In "Bottomless Pit" Durland asks Stan to teach him to read.
    • In the online game "Mystery Shack Mystery", one of the codes is EVER SEEN STAN'S TATTOO? Indeed, he has one, but only a small portion of it is ever seen. In "Dreamscaperers", when Bill remembers Stan Pines, a full picture of his tattoo is shown.
      • One of the Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained shorts focuses on the kids trying to see his tattoo, and we even get another continuity nod in the short when we see Dipper's forehead and birthmark again for the first time since Double Dipper.
    • The "Fixin' It with Soos" shorts show that Soos is still living in the now cleaned-up extra room that Dipper and Mabel found in "Carpet Diem".
    • In "Into The Bunker", Dipper remarks that zombie movies are a lot less scary when you've fought actual zombies, a reference to the previous episode.
  • Continuity Porn: "The Time Traveler's Pig" anybody?
    • And then in "Dreamscaperers", when clips of Stan from various episodes are all on display in his mind.
  • Cool Boat: Soos' "S.S. Cool Dude." Averted with the Stan-O-War.
  • Cool Old Guy: Grunkle Stan.
  • Crappy Carnival: In "The Time Traveler's Pig." Stan spared every expense.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Lazy Susan.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Lil' Gideon to Mabel
  • Crazy-Prepared: Dipper brings 17 disposable cameras for a monster hunt in episode 2. This is because he's Genre Savvy enough to realize that cameras keep getting destroyed or lost during monster hunts.
  • Creator Cameo: Alex Hirsch provides the voice for Grunkle Stan, Soos, Old Man McGucket, Bill Cipher, Jeff the Gnome, Quentin Trembley, and Paper Jam Dipper.
    • He also appears briefly on the television in "Bottomless Pit!"
  • Credits Gag: There's a different cryptogram in the ending credits of each episode. To decode the cryptograms, each letter must be replaced with the letter that comes three spaces before it. The first episode's cryptogram reads "ZHOFRPH WR JUDYLWB IDOOV." Once decoded, it reads "WELCOME TO GRAVITY FALLS."
    • Once decoded, Episode 2's cryptogram reads "NEXT WEEK: RETURN TO BUTT ISLAND".
    • Episode 3: "HE'S STILL IN THE VENTS".
    • Episode 4: "CARLA, WHY WONT YOU CALL ME?".
    • Episode 5: "ONWARDS AOSHIMA!"
    • Episode 6: "MR. CAESARIAN WILL BE OUT NEXT WEEK. MR. ATBASH WILL SUBSTITUTE."
      • Caesarian and Atbash are both ciphers, Caesarian being the three-letters-back code, while Atbash is the Z=A-Y=B-etc. code. So, there's a technical break in the mix.
    • Once decoded using the Atbash code, Episode 7's crytopgram reads PAPER JAM DIPPER SAYS: 'AUUGHWXQHGADSADUH'". The cryptograms in later episodes are also solved using Atbash.
    • Episode 8: "E. PLURIBUS TREMBLEY".
    • Episode 9: NOT H.G. WELLS APPROVED!
    • Episode 10: SORRY, DIPPER, BUT YOUR WENDY IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE.
    • Episode 11: THE INVISIBLE WIZARD IS WATCHING.
    • Episode 12: BROUGHT TO YOU BY HOMEWORK: THE CANDY.
    • Episode 13: HEAVY IS THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE FEZ.
    • Episode 14 supplied a number substitution coded message (gematria), with dashes between letters and regular punctuation left as usual. The translated message reads: NEXT UP: "FOOTBOT TWO: GRUNKLE'S GREVENGE"
    • Episode 15: VIVAN LOS PATOS DE LA PISCINA note 
    • Episode 16: BUT WHO STOLE THE CAPERS?
    • Episode 17: HAPPY NOW, ARIEL?
    • Episode 18: IT WORKS FOR PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGS!
    • Episode 19: TO BE CONTINUED...
    • Episode 20: Episode 20 actually has two of these, one of which is in the footage above the credits and is needed to decode the normal one. first is an A 1 Z 26 cipher that translates REVERSE THE CIPHERS, which is a hint for when we see the second, which is another A 1 Z 26 cipher, but it's reversed like an Atbash. as in Z=1, A=26. so, once you translate it knowing this, you get a Caesarian cIpher that can be translated with the usual 3 letters back to spell out SEARCH FOR THE BLINDEYE
    • Season 2 appears to have the standard credit ciphers (this time Vigenere cipher with the key hidden in each episode) as well as additional ciphers in Freeze-Frame Bonuses AFTER the credits.
    • Episode 21: In credits: WELCOME BACK (the key is "Widdle" in Gideon's Cell). After credits: THE MAN DOWNSTAIRS IS VERY CLEVER, CAN HE HIDE HIS PLANS FOREVER?
    • Episode 22: In credits: WHAT KIND OF DISASTER INDEED (the key is "Shifter" on a barrel in the bunker). After credits: IMPROPER USE OF MACHINERY COULD LEAD TO UTTER CATASTROPHE
    • Episode 23: In credits: REMEMBER BIG HENRY (the key is "Whatevs" on the castle wall during the escape scene). After credits: OLD MAN SLEEPING ON THE GREEN / CAN’T HELP BUT WONDER WHAT HE’S SEEN
    • Episode 24: In credits: WE'VE ALL HAD SOME FUN TONIGHT, BUT LET'S NOT FORGET WHO THE REAL 'PUPPET MASTERS' ARE: REPTOIDS WHO HAVE INFILTRATED OUR GOVERNMENT (the key is "Cipher" on the attic's ceiling, seen after Bill hijacks Dipper's body). After credits: NO PUPPET STRINGS CAN HOLD ME DOWN / PATIENTLY I WATCH THIS TOWN / ABNORMAL SOON WILL BE THE NORM / ENJOY THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM
    • Episode 25: In credits: ANTHYDING CAN HADPLEN (the key is "Bearo"). After credits: WINNING HEARTS BY DAYLIGHT! / POSSESSING ROBOTS BY MOONLIGHT! / HER EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE IS A REAL FRIGHT! / SHE HAS THE ONE NAME GIFFANY!
  • Creepy Child: Li'l Gideon, definitely.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Between Dipper and Rumble McSkirmish.
  • Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: How Mabel eats Smile Dip.
  • Cutaway Gag: Occasionally appears in some episodes. Some usually foreshadow the events of the episode.
  • Cute and Psycho: Li'l Gideon.
  • Cute Bruiser: Mabel.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than pretty much every other current Disney Channel show, frequently using the terms "killed" and "died", and Gideon 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 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 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 nose bleed from the giant Gideon Bot chase scene. This is the first occurance of seeing someone visibly bleed in the show, and blood itself is pretty rare for a Disney show.
    • In "Dreamscaperers", it's shown that Book 3's entry on Bill Cipher is covered in blood. How did this show make it onto Disney, anyway?
    • Season 2 appears to be shaping up as this. The first episode centers around what Dipper believes is a zombie that was eventually revealed as a clan of gnomes on top of each other. "Scary-oke" features Dipper summoning REAL zombies.
    • Into the Bunker. Experiment 210 shapeshifts into various Eldritch Abominations; in one particular instance it taunts the twins by shifting into Mabel, then Dipper, then shapeshifts into them both as a nightmareish monstrosity.
      • Later, the Experiment disguises itself as Wendy, and Dipper buries an axe into 210!Wendy's abdomen, with no Gory Discretion Shot.
  • Dartboard of Hate: The Gleeful house contains one with a picture of Stan.
    • In "Gideon Rises", after Stan reveals that Gideon has been monotoring everyone via camera, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in which one of the screens shows Pacifica shooting darts onto a picture of Mabel.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Grunkle Stan. Dipper has his moments as well.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Played with in Episode 8. Dipper holds up a postcard of the town square, then lowers it to a sepia-toned town square. He was really just looking through some very dirty glass that was being carried across the street.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The "Rock That Looks Like a Face" Rock: The Rock That Looks Like A Face.
    • Also, "Fight Fighters".
  • Detectives Follow Footprints: How Dipper and Mabel found the axe in "Headhunters."
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Played for Laughs with Old Man McGucket's giant robots, but a much darker example occurs when Gideon's response to Dipper breaking up with him in Mabel's stead is to use his telekinetic powers to try to cut out his tongue.
  • Distinguishing Mark: The Big Dipper-shaped birthmark on Dipper's forehead.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Gideon is a deconstruction of this trope. He is devoted to Mabel but she just wants to be friends, and in-universe everyone seems to think that his attempts to win her over are charming...but the truth is, Gideon is an Ax-Crazy, Entitled Bastard who uses emotional manipulation to trap Mabel into a relationship. He performs over-the-top acts of kindness, manipulates her into going into more dates with him by asking her very publicly in front of large crowds of Gravity Falls citizens who think it's just so adorable that Gideon might finally get a girlfriend, and completely ignores her wish to not be in a relationship with him. Eventually, Dipper tries to break the news that Mabel is not interested in Gideon to him, and Gideon responds to this by attempting to murder Dipper because he believes that Dipper got in between him and Mabel. Thankfully, Mabel sees this and intervenes, and she rejects him, not only romantically, but as a friend now, too.
    Mabel: (after rejecting Gideon again) But we can still be makeover buddies, right? Wouldn't you like that?
    Gideon: Really?
    Mabel: (rips amulet away from Gideon) No, not really! You are like attacking my brother, what the heck!
  • Don't Explain the Joke: In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker," when trying to recruit fishing buddies, Stan interrupts a man about to propose to his girlfriend with this joke: "My ex-wife still misses me, but her aim is getting better!" After repeating the punchline, he explains, "It's funny because marriage is terrible."
  • Doting Parent: Bud Gleeful.
  • Double Take: The phrase "Wait, what?" shows up quite often on the show.
  • Dream Walker: Bill Cipher
  • Drives Like Crazy: Grunkle Stan
    Stan: "Road safety laws, prepare to be ignored!"
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Lazy Susan appears in the diner for a moment in the pilot, and isn't formally introduced until five episodes later.
    • A picture of Robbie can be seen posted on the bulletin board among the other suspects in "Headhunters".
    • Li'l Gideon is featured in a magazine advertisement two episodes before Dipper and Mabel actually meet him.
    • Mr. Poolcheck appears in the Skull Fracture bar an episode before he is introduced in "The Deep End".
    • The band Sev'ral Timez' movie appears in "Carpet Diem".
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first episode was narrated by Dipper and ended with him writing in the journal, kind of like an episode of Doug. After that, the narrations seem to have been dropped.
  • Earworm: It's mentioned in-universe that the songs of Sev'ral Timez are quite catchy.
  • Easter Egg: The messages in the credits at the end of every episode. To decode them, you have to send each letter "three letters back", as explained when the intro is played backwards. JHW WKH SLFWXUH?
    • Episode 7 onwards uses the Atbash cipher. YV HFIV GL PVVK FKWZGVW.
    • Speaking of backwards messages, in "The Dreamscapers", Gideon's chant to summon Bill Cipher might sound like gibberish, but when played backwards, it reveals a secret: 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 "SPACEJAM 2".
  • Eaten Alive: 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 twaumatized!
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Stan has one under the Shack.
    • The Author of the Journals has what looks to be an even bigger one under the tree where Dipper first found 3.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Time Baby, especially if you've read the document explaining what it is.
    • Bill Cipher.
    • Experiment 210
  • Emo Teen: Robbie.
  • Enfant Terrible: Lil' Gideon
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: In "Summerween." See Evil Laugh below.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In "The Land Before Swine"
  • Everythings Better With Llamas: Mabel's llama-hair sweater.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Bill Cipher, so, so much. Even if he's only a villain by circumstance with merely an antagonistic role in "Dreamscaperers", he's one hell of a Large Ham either way.
  • Evil Is Petty/Poke the Poodle: 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".
  • Evil Laugh: Stan, Dipper, Mabel, Wendy, Soos, Grenda and Candy indulge in one in Episode 12 after Stan's Warped Aesop.
  • Evil Old Folks: Ma and Pa, the ghost owners of the Dusk-2-Dawn convenience store.
  • Expy: The Summerween Trickster closely resembles Noh-Face from Spirited Away. Pacifica Northwest somewhat resembles Angelica Pickles.
  • The Exit Is That Way: 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.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Implied when we see one of Mabel's drinks contain a strange cyclops Troll Doll and several dice, all in a green fluid.
    • She also once ate a whole tube of toothpaste because "it was so sparkly".
    • Old Man McGucket is even more so, having eaten such things as books and a live pterodactyl.
  • Eye Colour Change: Mabel's eyes turn green when she's had too much Smile Dip. Additionally, looking into the Gremloblin's eyes causes the eyes of two tourists to match the creature's bright yellow ones.

    F - O 
  • Face Doodling: Stan writing the word "goober" on Dipper's forehead in "Stan's Tattoo".
  • Fan Disservice: Old Man McGucket lotioning himself.
  • Fat and Skinny: Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland.
    • As well as Grenda and Candy.
  • Ferris Wheel Date Moment: Wendy and Robbie have a brief one in "The Time Traveler's Pig."
  • Feuding Families: The Lilliputtians, with a different clan themed for each hole at the mini-golf course.
  • Fiery Redhead: Manly Dan. Averted with his daughter Wendy.
  • Filk Song: Many. Wendy x Dipper isn't a bad place to start.
  • First Kiss: Mabel badly wanted one, and was thrilled when she finally received her first kiss from Mermando.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Dipper's body is possessed by the completely evil and sociopathic demon Bill Cipher. Of course, Mabel calls him "Bipper".
  • Foot Popping: Mabel does it when she kisses Mermando.
  • The Foreign Subtitle: Along with the Japanese name seen above, this show has also been given the subtitle Un Verano de Misterios note  in most Spanish-speaking countries. Brazil used a Portuguese-translated version of the title.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In "Tourist Trapped", when Dipper is trying to warn Mabel about Norman, he accidentally opens up to the gnome page of the journal instead of the intended zombie page. Turns out his first guess was more accurate.
    • At the end of "Tourist Trapped", Stan uses a vending machine to access a secret room. That surely won't come into play later.
      • As of season one's finale, it's revealed that behind that vending machine is a secret passage to a laboratory containing something that could only be activated when all three books were gathered.
    • During Lil' Gideon's Villain Song in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel", he gets everyone to stand up after holding his amulet. Turns out, his amulet gives him Psychic Powers. Dipper was forced to stand up against his will, making Dipper question what just happened.
      • The Number 2 book.
    • There's also a newspaper in one of the earlier episodes which has an ad for a "child psychic".
    • In Irrational Treasure, the top secret document mentions a giant, evil, time-traveling baby from another dimension being frozen in a glacier in Antarctica. Fast forward to "The Time Traveler's Pig", where we see said giant evil baby apparently ruling over the future.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Most of the characters in the show have four fingers, but some characters, like Stan and Soos, have five fingers on each hand.
    • Making it even stranger is how the cover of Dipper's book features a six-fingered hand.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Dipper is melancholic, Mabel is sanguine, Grunkle Stan is choleric, and Soos and Wendy are both phlegmatic.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In "Carpet Diem", this happens between Dipper and Mabel, and then later between Soos and Waddles. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • You get a shot of Bigfoot in the opening credits. Blink and you'll miss it.
    • Dipper's book has a lot of these, in the forms of foreshadowing, creepy info about the local monsters, and the occasional joke.
      "Knock! Knock! Who's there? THE FORCES OF EVIL!"
    • At the end of the opening credits, you see a page from the journal with the words "VWDQ LV QRW ZKDW KH VHHPV". When decoded it reads "STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS".
    • Episode 8's document about Nathaniel Northwest can be read in full.
    • Blendin Blandin, the time traveler from Episode 9, can briefly be seen in the first three episodes, fixing the paradoxes the twins caused.
    • Episode 16- Pause at exactly 12:34, when Stan opens the book to the page about the pituitary gland, and you'll find a "three letters back" code at the bottom: "SXEHUWB LV WKH JOHDWHVW PBVWHUB RI DOO. DOVR: JR RXWVLGH DQG PDNH IULHQGV" (PUBERTY IS THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF ALL. ALSO: GO OUTSIDE AND MAKE FRIENDS).
    • When Bill Cipher says "I know lots of things. Loooots of thiiiings." his triangle flashes countless images, and if you pause them you can see, in that order: John F. Kennedy (Implying something), Blurry UFOs, Mayan scriptures, one of the Mysterious 3 book that Dipper owns, the moon landing, one of the pages of the 3 book, a skull with a cigarette, Stonehenge, The Pyramids, Stan going for his secret vending machine door, The Sasquatch seen in the opening, another page of the book, Crop Circles, the secret room where the twins found Quentin Trembley,A statue of Nathaniel Northwest, a unknown location called "The Lone Penn", various clocks, what seems to be a abandoned warehouse, a maximum security prison, then it repeats the blurry UFOs and the blank scriptures.
      • From the same episode, pay very close attention to the picture on Bill's face when Gideon mentions Stan.
  • Fresh Clue: In "Into the Bunker", Dipper, Soos, Mabel, and Wendy go into the bunker of the author of the journal owned by Dipper. Soos notes that a can of beans in there was recently opened, so the author might still be alive in there.
  • Fun Bag Air Bag: In the storyboard work of "Into The Bunker" Dipper was originally supposed to fall straight into Wendy's chest when in the closet. It was scrapped for obvious reasons.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Old Man McGucket
  • Gadget Watches: Blendin Blandin wears one.
  • Gag Nose: A staple of the art style - every adult male has one.
  • The Game Come to Life: In "Fight Fighters"
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Has its own page.
  • Generation Xerox: The monster from "Boss Mabel" had his power reflected back at him showing him his worst fear he sees himself with glasses looking into a mirror, while the reflections screams "You've become your father!" He proceeds to scream and run away.
  • Genki Girl: Mabel.
  • Genre Savvy: Once per Episode.
  • Ghostly Goals: Ma and Pa seek revenge on teenagers.
  • Giant Novelty Check: Featured in the cold open of "Little Dipper."
  • Gilligan Cut: "It's not like I lie awake at night thinking about her!" Cut to Dipper lying awake at night, thinking about Wendy.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Parodied. In one episode, Pacifica sings so high she shatters a plastic cup.
  • Glowing Eyes: Occurs both when Mabel is possessed by ghosts in "The Inconveniencing", and when people look into the Gremloblin's eyes.
  • Gold Tooth: The Truth Teeth are a set.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Averted! In "Into the Bunker," we see Dipper full-on bury the axe in the shapeshifter. In Wendy form.
  • Goshdang It To Heck: Most cussing that appears gets this treatment. Though at least for Mabel, it's arguably in-character.
    Mabel (After losing a minigolf game): Darn! Poop, heck, darn!
  • Government Conspiracy: In "Irrational Treasure."
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Mabel has one.
  • G-Rated Drug: Smile Dip, especially after eating "bleven-teen" packages of it in "The Inconveniencing".
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Dipper finds a book in "Tourist Trapped" with a six-fingered hand and a "3" on the cover; it gives clues to all the strange happenings in Gravity Falls. The book ends abruptly in the middle and the author is unknown. Li'l Gideon has a similar book with a "2" on it.
    • And, contrary to the skeptical front he puts on, Stan has secretly had the first in his possession all along, and has been searching for the other two for some time. When combined, the three power a massive portal device of as-yet-unknown function in the Mystery Shack basement.
  • The Great Politics Mess-Up: Considering that Rumble McSkirmish is from an 80's video game, he believes the Soviet Union is still around.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Dipper enjoys listening to girly pop sensation BABBA.
  • Gulliver Tie Down: Mabel courtesy of the gnomes.
    • Later happens to Pacifica Northwest in "The Golf War," courtesy of the aptly named Lilliputtians.
  • Guyliner: Robbie is seen wearing some in the poster for his band, Robbie V and the Tombstones.
    "It's eye paint for men."
  • Hair Decorations: Mabel always wears a colored hairband.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Gideon has one, especially evident in "Little Dipper."
  • Hall of Mirrors: Grunkle Stan constructs a low-budget one in "Little Dipper".
  • Halloween Episode: "Summerween"
  • Handy Man: Soos
  • Hat Damage: Dipper's hat has a tendency to catch fire.
  • Heat Wave: One occurs in "The Deep End", prompting the Pines family to spend the day at the pool.
  • Her Code Name Was Mary Sue: Stan, in his story "Grunkle Stan Wins the Football Bowl."
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Dipper's crush on Wendy. Doubles as a case of Little Boy Seeks Big Girl.
  • Heroic BSOD: Mabel goes into a brief but pretty major one (for her, at least) in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel" when she finds out she has to marry Gideon, sending her into "Sweater Town".
    • She goes into an even worse one in "The Time Traveler's Pig", where losing Waddles to Pacifica sends her into a BSOD lasting over a month.
    • A more significant BSOD involving Dipper occurs during "Dreamscaperers", where after searching through Stan's memories to discover what Stan really thinks of him, he mishears a conversation that occurs between Stan and Soos and is led to believe that Stan really hates him.
  • Homemade Sweater From Hell: Averted with Mabel's sweaters. She knits them herself and enjoys wearing them regularly.
  • Honest John's Dealership: The Mystery Shack's gift shop.
    • Gleeful Auto Sales.
  • Hope Spot: At the end of "Dreamscaperers." 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.
  • How We Got Here: How the first episode started.
  • I Am Not My Father: The Gremloblin's worst fear is that he becomes his father.
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: Smile Dip.
  • Iconic Outfit:
    • Mabel is hardly ever seen without one of her homemade turtleneck sweaters.
    • Ditto for Dipper's cap.
    • Grunkle Stan's fez and black tuxedo.
  • Idiotic Partner Confession: Happens in the 20th episode, where Dipper 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...
    Soos: You...
    Soos: —calyptus trees! Ha! The kid loves eucalyptus trees! *to himself* Saved it!
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Averted; although Dipper is skilled at the game Fight Fighters, he's no match in a real brawl against an older, larger opponent like Robbie, and certainly not against Rumble McSkirmish himself.
    • Soos is convinced that years of watching zombie movies have given him the skills necessary to survive in a real-life attack. Seconds after he stops talking, he's bitten by the zombie behind him that he wasn't paying attention to.
  • Insult Backfire: Happens in "Dreamscaperers":
  • Interspecies Romance: Between Mabel and the gnomes.
    • And between Mabel and Mermando.
  • I Have Your Niece and Nephew: Gideon attempts this after kidnapping Mabel and Dipper. It doesn't work.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: Dipper in "Dipper vs. Manliness."
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You: 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.
  • Imagine Spot: 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.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Mabel's sweaters are sometimes this.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Mabel, who gets props for using a leaf blower to blow away a thousand gnomes.
  • Improvised Weapon: When they encounter a monster, the twins typically just use whatever they have on hand. Weapons so far include a shovel, living gnomes, the afore mentioned leaf blower, a fire iron, electric candles, lamb shears, a flashlight, props from a costume store, a mirror, and water balloons.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: In "Little Dipper"
  • Inherently Funny Words: Mabel has Rumble McSkirmish say some.
    Rumble: EFFERVESCENT! APPLE FRITTER! RIBOFLAVIN!
  • Insane Troll Logic: Stan claims that, due to the rate of accidents, having a ladder around the home is more dangerous than even a loaded gun, so he keeps ten guns handy just in case someone tries to sneak in with a ladder.
  • Inside a Computer System: Soos tries to do this by climbing into an arcade machine. The key word being "tries."
  • In-Series Nickname: Soos has a habit of calling Mabel "Ham-bone" and calls the twins "Mystery Twins".
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: It's a nice theme, and somewhat dark to boot.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: The twins and Soos.
  • Invisible Parents: So far Dipper and Mabel's parents.
  • Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: In "Mabel's Scrapbook: Heist Movie", Mabel takes a candy bar with her when she and the Pines family go the movies, and because of the "No Outside Food or Drink" rule, the overzealous manager has them banned from the theater.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: The plot of "Dreamscaperers." Dipper, Mabel, and Soos go into Grunkle Stan's mind to prevent Gideon from stealing the safe code from Stan's brain.
  • Just Following Orders: The police didn't really want to haul Dipper and Mabel off to Washington, but they had their orders.
  • Just You And Me And My Guards: Dipper and Robbie decide to settle their differences with a fight. Dipper, being a noodle-armed weakling, enlists the help of martial arts video game character Rumble McSkirmish to scare off Robbie. Unfortunately, Rumble doesn't know the difference between "scare off" and "mercilessly pummel".
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Rumble McSkirmish uses this as a main attack.
  • Karma Houdini: Almost happens to Pacifica Northwest in "Irrational Treasure". The twins found evidence of who actually founded Gravity Falls, but Mabel's willing to let it go. Dipper, however, isn't going to let this happen, and so, at the last second, right before she leaves, he gives her the evidence, which doesn't exactly please her.
    Pacifica: What!? Mom!
    Dipper: Man, revenge is underrated. That felt awesome!
  • Kid Detective/Kid Hero: Dipper and Mabel.
  • The Killer Was Left-Handed: In "Headhunters."
  • Latin Lover: Mermando.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Grenda.
  • Laughing Mad: Gideon tends to do this, especially in "Little Dipper."
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker", Soos is afraid he might be a side character and thus 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 Instrumental Theme Tune.
  • Libation for the Dead: Dipper pours some of his soda on the roof when Tyrone commits unintentional suicide in "Double Dipper".
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Mabel is the light feminine to Pacifica's dark feminine.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted with Mabel's sweaters. Played straight with the other characters.
  • Little Boy Seeks Big Girl: Dipper has a crush on Wendy, a teenager twice his size.
  • Little Miss Badass: Mabel.
  • Living Statue: In "Headhunters".
  • Loin Cloth: In "Dipper vs Manliness" Dipper wears one, together with lots of (fake) tattoos, when the Manotaurs send him to confront the Multi-Bear.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Mermando.
  • Long Title: "Soos' Really Great Pinball Story: Is That A Good Title? Do They Have to Be Like Puns or Whatever?"
  • Lost The TV Remote: Stan's subplot in "The Inconveniencing."
  • Lost World: In "The Land Before Swine", Dipper and the others discover a cavern with live dinosaurs encased in amber.
  • Love at First Sight: Mabel was immediately enamored with Mermando.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Lil' Gideon...although he was probably messed up before Mabel
  • Love Triangle: Dipper and Robbie both vie for Wendy's attention, with both succeeding and failing at different times.
  • Lying Finger Cross: In the episode "Fight Fighters", Mabel makes a promise to Grunkle Stan and puts on a sweater with a hand doing the "Scout's honor" gesture on the front. When she turns her back to the fourth wall we see the back of her sweater has a hand with its fingers crossed.
    • Both Stan and Dipper do it when promising to at last be more honest with each other, even though they don't quite trust each other anyway.
  • The Magazine Rule: The characters have some interesting magazine subscriptions, such as Wendy's Indie Fuzz and Lake Ranger McGucket's Stoic Monthly.
    • Dipper finds a chest full of magazines in Stan's room featuring nothing but pictures of women in full dress and one-piece wetsuits, which he finds disgusting but also somewhat confusing.
  • The Makeover: The girls try to give one to Dipper while having a sleepover.
  • Man Child: Soos. He's even described this way in Disney Channel's official promotions.
  • Mars Needs Women: G-Rated version with Mabel and the gnomes.
  • Masked Luchador: Soos dresses as one for Summerween.
  • Meaningful Echo: When the police ask The Cute Biker what to do with Gideon in "Gideon Rises" he simply says Get 'em
  • Message in a Bottle: This is how Mermando keeps in touch with Mabel.
  • Messy Pig: Waddles likes to roll around in mud.
  • Mighty Lumberjack: Manly Dan.
  • Mind Control Music: Used by Robbie in "Boyz Crazy".
  • Mind Rape: Looking into a Gremloblin's eyes will reveal your worst nightmare.
  • Misery Builds Character: Which is why Stan is so hard on Dipper.
  • "Mister Sandman" Sequence: Although not a time-travel example, in the first few moments of the episode "Irrational Treasure," the Pines family is bombarded with covered wagons, butter churns, livestock, old-timey speech mannerisms, and banjo music, because it's Pioneer Day (to Stan's horror). There is also an excessive number of woodpeckers, but that's a historical marker unique to Gravity Falls.
    • When Dipper and Mabel flash through various eras in "The Time Traveler's Pig," one such escapade includes heading to "Ye Old Oregon Trail," as announced by the driver of a covered wagon over a treacherous cavern's edge; he also mentions to his wife "Fertilia" that she must have popped out two more children when he wasn't looking.
    • Played with in "Boyz Crazy," when Grunkle Stan reminisces about his youth — cut to "The Juke Joint," complete with neon lighting, jukeboxes, corny signs, and cherry-on-top milkshakes, plus a bad boy young Stan dressed to resemble James Dean. But it turns out this is not a 1950's diner (Stan isn't old enough for that), but a 1970's diner themed to resemble the 1950's. And Stan dances with his girlfriend, who wears 1970's-style hot pants.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: The Multi-Bear in "Dipper vs. Manliness".
  • Moment Killer: Grunkle Stan unwittingly interrupts a man who is about to propose to his girlfriend, and proceeds to tell a joke about how awful marriage is.
  • Motion Capture Mecha: The method Gideon uses to control his giant robot in the first season finale. Wearing an actual motion capture suit, no less. Proves to be its downfall when Dipper punches Gideon with his own hand, making the robot do the same.
  • Muggles: Most of the residents of Gravity Falls seem either unaware of the supernatural occurances, careless or they're Genre Savvy enough to know when to strike. When others are Dangerously Genre Savvy to the paranormal, like Gideon, they're often antagonists.
  • Mushroom Samba: In Episode 5, Mabel goes through one after eating a banned candy product.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: In "Double Dipper", Gruncle Stan addresses the staff for the party as "Party People...and Dipper".
  • Myth Arc: Word of God says that three seasons have been fully planned out, including a cliffhanger in the first season's finale.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Stan in both "Summerween" and "Boss Mabel." Unfortunately.
  • Nervous Wreck: Blendin Blandin.
  • Never Learned to Read: Deputy Durland.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted.
    • And kicked to the curb with Episode 5.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: One once came between Stan and Carla.
  • Nice Hat: Grunkle Stan really likes his fez. Dipper also gets his hat by the end of the first episode.
    • Then there's Bill Cipher's top hat.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Bill Cipher at the end of "Sock Opera". With one hand on the Journal and Mabel at his mercy, he decides to mock the idea of making a sacrifice for one's sibling, giving Mabel a reason and a chance to attack him.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-universe, Mabel's "Bear-O" puppet from "The Tooth", which is capable of bringing other children to tears within seconds. Even Dipper finds it unsettling.
    Dipper: No, creepy. Bear-O's creepy, everyone hates Bear-O.
    • Invoked again with the disturbing broken-down "nugget maker" Ol' Goldie, which now does nothing more than rattle violently, emit a piercing scream, and leak oil out of its mouth. Wendy nervously suggests getting rid of it, as it reminds everyone of "the inevitability of death". Even Stan is terrified when it bites down suddenly on his arm.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: The fictional town of Gravity Falls, Oregon was probably inspired by many local landmarks/tourist traps from both Humboldt County, California and southern Oregon.
  • No Fair Cheating: The Tumbleweed Terror pinball game really does not want you to tilt it.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: 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 Street Fighter.
    • There's also Xyler and Kraz who look like they're straight from an 80s cartoon than the original designs from the show.
    • The Boy Band 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 Dating Sim game.
  • Noodle Incident:
    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.
    • Mabel has apparently dated a couple of cute vampires without Dipper's knowledge.
    • When the Mystery Shack crew discuss past encounters with Gideon:
    • 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.
  • No Peripheral Vision: Rumble has no "looking up" animation.
  • The Nose Knows: Mabel can tell when Robbie's coming by the smell of his anger and hormones.
  • No Smoking: In "Headhunters" the wax model of Groucho Marx isn't holding his signature cigar. Lampshaded by Groucho as he's killed.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Played for Laughs in "Dipper vs. Manliness", as we never find out exactly what is in the Pain Hole that makes it so painful.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: The ending of Dreamscaperers.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Gideon.
  • Not-So-Phony Psychic: Gideon.
  • No, You:
    Mabel: Grunkle Stan, why you ackin' so cray-cray?
    Stan: You're the one who's ackin' cray-cray!
  • Obstructive Vigilantism: In "Bottomless Pit", Dipper and Mabel both eventually feel that lying to the police is "for the greater good."
  • Occult Detective: Both of the twins, but Dipper especially.
  • Odd Friendship: The twins and Soos.
  • Off Model: Mabel 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!
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Stan, a man old enough to be a great uncle vs Gideon, a psychopathic child.
  • Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date: Gideon takes Mabel on one.
  • One-Gender Race: The gnomes.
  • One of the Kids: Soos.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Dipper.
  • One Scene, Two Monologues: The conversation between Wendy and Mabel in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel."
  • The Other Rainforest: Gravity Falls is in the middle of Oregon.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: They seem to be virtually omnipotent within the place they haunt.
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: They seem to be a One-Gender Race who need to find a human girl to be their queen. Also, they vomit rainbows and can join together to make a giant monster.
  • Our Goblins Are Different/Griping About Gremlins: The Gremloblin, which is half-and-half.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: They apparently go through puberty quite early and have seventeen hearts ("Horrifying but true!") They're actually pretty standard otherwise.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: The Mulitbear and the creature in the convenience store freezer.
  • Out of Order: A bizarre case where the production order is off but the airing order matches the writing order. note 
  • Outright Lie: Grunkle Stan tells the police that he needs a seeing-eye bear. They buy it.
  • Overly Long Gag: The credits gag from the pilot, the entirety being a gnome vomiting rainbows on an endless loop.
    • Also, the credits from "Double Dipper," with Soos pressing every sound effect on the keyboard.
    • And then in "Bottomless Pit," the entire credits gag is Stan falling with an annoyed expression on his face.
    • Rumble's combo on Dipper.
    Narrator: SUPER POWER NINJA TURBO NEO ULTRA HYPER MEGA MULTI ALPHA META EXTRA UBER PREFIX... COMBO!!!

    P - Z 
  • Perpetual Smiler: Mabel.
  • Pet the Dog: Grunkle Stan gets a moment like this after feeling guilty for insulting Dipper and Mabel and lets each of them take anything they want from the Mystery Shack. In true Grunkle Stan fashion, he tells them to do it before he changes his mind. He also saves Waddles because he wants Mabel to talk to him again and in "Dreamscaperers" when we find out why he's so tough on Dipper.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: Tambry
  • Pilot: "Tourist Trapped".
  • Pinball: Featured in "Soos' Really Great Pinball Story".
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Dipper wears a blue and white hat and a blue vest; Mabel isn't as consistent but frequently wears pink/purple/red clothes.
  • Plucky Girl: Mabel.
  • Pointless Bandaid: Old Man McGucket has one on his beard.
  • Pokémon Speak: Shmebulock the gnome.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Smart and conventional Dipper and energetic optimist Mabel. This image best shows their dynamic.
  • Police Are Useless: Constantly. They actually make the Springfield police look competent.
  • Police Code for Everything: 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".
  • Pool Scene: "The Deep End" is a whole pool episode.
  • The Power of Love: Or, the Power of Mabel.
  • Precocious Crush: Either Subverted or Downplayed with Dipper's crush on Wendy. He's 12 and she's 15, making them only three years apart from each other. Though for the time being, those three or so years are still too much.
  • Properly Paranoid: The old coot was right to be worried about the wax figures.
  • Psychic Powers: Li'l Gideon.
  • Ptero Soarer: The "pterodactyl" from "Land Before Swine", which looks like an unholy mixture of all stereotypes, down to the scaly skin, being called a "dinosaur", having eagle-like hindlimbs, leathery wings, having a Pteranodon crest alongside rather mismatched teeth, making chicken-like nests and having zero to no body fat. Strangely enough, though, it walks quadrupedally, like a real pterosaur.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Headhunters", "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel", "Double Dipper", "Irrational Treasure", "Little Dipper", "Carpet Diem", and "The Land Before Swine".
  • Punch Catch: Dipper catches Gideon's fist during their fight in "Gideon Rises". He then twists his hand around and punches Gideon with his own fist.
  • Punny Name:
    • Gravity Falls itself.
      • Lampshaded; it was discovered and named after its 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.
    • Rumble McSkirmish.
    • Any and all of the Manotaurs, except for Beardy.
    • Mermando is, of course, a merman.
    • Bill Cipher
    • Gideon Gleeful
  • Rapunzel Hair: Both Mabel and Wendy sport hair that reaches below their waist.
  • Rated M for Manly: The manotaurs are a race of Always Male half-man half-bulls devoted to this trope. Goes into Testosterone Poisoning territory.
  • Real After All: At the end of "Legend of the Gobblewonker," Dipper's camera falls overboard and we get a shot of the real Gobblewonker.
  • Reality Warper: In "Dreamscaperers", Dipper discovers that he can do anything he can imagine while inside a dream.
  • Reality Ensues: As it turns out, 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.
  • Recurring Extra: 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.
  • Redhead In Green: Wendy.
  • Red Herring: Both Manly Dan and Toby Determined in "Headhunters." Also, The Laptop in "Into the Bunker" and "Sock Opera".
  • Rich Bitch: Pacifica Northwest.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Dipper thinks that Mabel's new boyfriend isn't normal and he's a zombie. He was right that Norman isn't normal,but he's actually a bunch of gnomes.
  • Rivals Team Up: Mabel and Pacifica team up against the Lilliputtians in "The Golf War".
  • Running Gag: 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.
  • Rushed Inverted Reading:
    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.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Mabel and Soos have both displayed shades of this trope.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Not a literal case of this trope, but after Grunkle Stan drinks the voice altering potion he ends up sounding like one.
  • Satellite Character: The cute biker is one to Manly Dan.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Dipper and Mabel, respectively.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: 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!
  • Scenery Porn: It's especially evident in the opening theme, but Gravity Falls is beautiful.
  • ''Scooby-Doo!'' Hoax: Played straight in Episode 2, with the Gobblewonker. Even this straight example is subverted in the final moments of the episode suggesting that there really is a creature, but it just hasn't been seen (yet?). Otherwise averted in most other episodes, with the monster or ghost proving to be very, very real.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Grunkle Stan, all the way.
  • Security Blanket: 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
  • Selective Enforcement: 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.
  • Self-Serving Memory: In "The Land Before Swine", when Stan tells Mabel how the pterodactyl managed to steal Waddles, the details were somewhat off.
  • Sense Freak: Bill becomes one in "Sock Opera", with a focus on pain because he finds it "hilarious!".
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Dipper is the sensitive guy to Grunkle Stan's manly man.
  • Serious Business: Mr. Poolcheck puts a lot of angry violent determination in making pool time safe. He, and a bar of angry men, also don't take kindly to prank calls.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: In "The Time Traveler's Pig" Dipper tries to win a toy for Wendy at the fair, while at another stall Mabel delightedly wins Waddles the pig. Unfortunately Dipper only succeeds in hitting Wendy in the eye with a ball, causing her to go off with Robbie. After obtaining the time machine Dipper makes several attempts to return to the past and prevent the accident, only for it to keep happening in different ways. Eventually Dipper figures out how to make the ball miss Wendy and hit the target, but Mabel has to be there to help him, so she isn't there to win Waddles and Pacifica wins him instead. Seeing how unhappy this makes Mabel, Dipper realizes he has no choice but to go back and restore the original timeline.
  • Sheet of Glass: In "Legend of the Gobblewonker," when they fly through a pane of glass held between two boats on a lake.
  • The Sheriff: Sheriff Blubs.
  • Shirtless Scene: Dipper in "Dipper vs. Manliness."
    • Soos takes off his shirt in "Stan's Tattoo" and tries to get Stan to do the same. Stan is disgusted.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Shovel Strike: Soos gives a shovel to Dipper in the first episode when Dipper races off to save Mabel from the gnomes. He also gives him a baseball bat in case he sees a pinata.
  • Show Within a Show: Many, including Duck-Tective, Tiger Fist, Why You Ackin So Cray-Cray?, Baby Fights, Cash Wheel, and World's Most Terrifying Skydiving.
  • Shown Their Work: The Scenery Porn of the opening scene is very accurate to actual Oregonian landscape.
    • The goat that appears occasionally has rectangular pupils.
  • Shrink Ray: Dipper makes one out of magic crystals and a flashlight.
  • Sibling Seniority Squabble: According to Word Of God.
  • Signs of Disrepair: 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.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Robbie to Dipper, Pacifica to Mabel, Gideon to Stan. Though Gideon eventually becomes the Big Bad of the first season.
  • Skeleton Key: The President's Key can open any lock in America.
  • The Slacker: Wendy Corduroy.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: 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 that you have to check periodically that you're watching a Disney show.
  • Slumber Party: Mabel has one with Candy and Grenda in "Carpet Diem".
  • Smoke Out: Grunkle Stan's preferred exit method.
  • Someday This Will Come in Handy: When Dipper finds the book in the first episode, he sees an amulet but ignores it and continues flipping through the book. Later on, in the fourth episode, it is revealed that the amulet grants the wearer mystical powers. Dipper hasn't realized this yet, however.
  • Something Only They Would Say: A physical variation. When Wendy is wrestling against a shapeshifter disguised as her in the climax of "Into the Bunker," Dipper asks for a sign. The shapeshifter winks, while Wendy mimes zipping her lip and throwing away the key, a special sign she and Dipper have had since "The Inconveniencing." Earlier in the episode, when Dipper and Wendy run into Soos and Mabel, Dipper initially worries that they might be the shapeshifter. Their goofy antics convince him they aren't.
  • Something That Begins with "Boring": Mabel tries to start a game of "I Spy" in a dark and empty bottomless pit.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Apparently Old Man McGucket had one with a raccoon over a piece of meat they were fighting over.
  • Spit Take: Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland spitting hot coffee into each other's faces.
    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 lampshades it in "Boyz Crazy."
      • And in "Fight Fighters" after Mabel sneaks up behind while he relaxes in his armchair.
  • Spoiler Opening: Paying attention to the part with the photos in the opening shows Gideon, the gnomes, Blendin Blandin, and the Summerween Trickster. Following this is a split-second image of Bill Cipher.
  • Spoof Aesop: In "Summerween", Stan learns to focus on what is truly important in life: pure evil!
  • Stage Whisper: Because he Can Not Spit It Out that he has a secret crush on Wendy, Dipper just tends to mutter about it to himself instead, while still at a distance that she could likely hear. Subverted, as Wendy eventually tells him she knew all along, partly because of how obvious he was about it.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Lil' Gideon, BIG TIME.
  • Status Quo Is God: In "Boss Mabel", Mabel makes a deal with Stan to be the Mystery Shack boss for 3 days and if she makes more money in that time, she becomes the boss for the summer. When Stan returns with no money, she declines after realizing how hard it is to be the boss.
    • In "Carpet Diem", Dipper and Mabel fight for the newly discovered room to get away from each other. Dipper convinces Stan to let him have the room, but both Mabel and Dipper miss rooming together, so they give the new room to Soos to replace his horrible break room.
    • Averted in "Dreamscaperers".
    • Averting the trope is a general theme of the series: Dipper getting his new hat in "Tourist Trapped" was meant to be a subtle indication that when things change, they actually change.
  • Stealth Pun: "Will you join us in holy matrignomey...matri-matriMONY, BLAH, can't talk today..."
    • The wax figures are cursed to come to life whenever the moon is waxing.
    • Dipper spends a good amount of time at Mabel's sock puppet Rock Opera as essentially a ghost. In other words, he's a literal Phantom of the Opera.
  • Stock Ness Monster: The Gobblewonker.
  • Stock Punishment: Grunkle Stan gets subjected to it in "Irrational Treasure."
  • Stylistic Suck: The "Fixin' it with Soos" shorts. Soos claims to have edited them himself, and they're rife with badly animated clip art and lousy green screen effects. The "Gravity Falls Public Access TV" shorts also get it on it, showing a Mystery Shack TV ad with lousy editing and green screen footage.
  • Subliminal Seduction: Due to Robbie's song containing hidden backwards messages.
    • Possibly subverted, as it's not clear if it actually worked. Wendy says afterwards that she doesn't care about the messages and she mainly seems to be upset that his supposedly romantic gesture was just a sleazy attempt at manipulating her.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Dreamscaperers.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Sheriff Blubs wears sunglasses while on a nighttime raid in "Headhunters".
  • Survival Mantra: Mrs. Gleeful has one. "Just keep vacuuming, just keep vacuuming..."
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • 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?!
  • Take That:
    • Grenda and Candy wanting to read "Wolfman Bare Chest" on their sleepover, and Dipper (in Mabel's body), is disgusted.
    • The entirety of "Boyz Crazy" is a Take That towards 90's boy bands.
      • More specifically, it was a Take That against the highly manufactured nature of 90's boy bands, and less against the actual singers themselves.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Wendy very much takes advantage of Mabel's Benevolent Boss attitude in "Boss Mabel."
  • Tag Along Adult: Soos often fills this role.
  • The Only One I Trust: While Dipper has yet to truly be betrayed by anybody, the journal he finds warns him not to trust anyone in Gravity Falls. Dipper decides that there is one person he can always trust: Mabel.
  • The Talk: Stan decides to give one to Dipper in the episode "Carpet Diem". Unfortunately, it's Mabel in Dipper's body.
    Mabel: Goodbye childhood...
    • Blink and you'll miss it, but the title of the book Stan uses is Why Am I So Sweaty: Your Body Explained in Horrifyingly Uncomfortable Detail.
  • Team Pet: Waddles the pig.
  • Team Rocket Wins: See The Bad Guy Wins above.
  • Tears of Joy: The Summerween Trickster cries some made of candy corn.
  • The Teaser: Each episode begins with a cold open.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Dipper and Stan 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. It doesn't work, and Stan is confused.
    • In the episode "Little Dipper", Gideon 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)"
  • Teens Are Monsters: According to the late owners of the convenience store.
  • Tell Him I'm Not Speaking to Him: Mabel gives Stan the silent treatment in "The Land Before Swine".
  • Tempting Fate: 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 wax statues.
  • Testosterone Poisoning:
    • 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.
  • There Is Another: Gideon has the second volume of Dipper's book. And presumably there's a first... Stan has it
  • This Is My Chair: Stan and Gideon battle over a poolside chair in "The Deep End".
  • Those Two Guys: Lee and Nate, as shown in "The Inconveniencing".
  • Time Travel Episode: "The Time Traveler's Pig".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Wendy and Mabel respectively.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: Robbie uses a cursed CD case to hypnotize Wendy in "Boyz Crazy". You might even say it was a Necromisong.
  • Tongue Trauma: Dipper came close to this in "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel".
    • And then in "Carpet Diem", an owl apparently tried to eat Dipper's tongue while he was sleeping outside.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Dipper and Mabel in "Headhunters"; Dipper deserves an honorary mention in "Dipper Vs. Manliness".
    • Stan in "The Land Before Swine", when he attacks and rides a pterodactyl.
  • Torso with a View: Happens to Dipper in "Dreamscaperers," though justified because he, Mabel, and Soos were inside Grunkle Stan's head trying to stop a mind-invading demon from stealing the combination to Stan's safe.
  • Totally Radical: The members of Sev'ral Timez talk this way, as well as the boys from "Dream Boy High".
  • Town Of Adventure
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Almost said word for word by Dipper in "Tourist Trapped".
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The recurring extra in the "Free Pizza" shirt really likes... pizza.
  • Training Montage: Both Dipper and Grunkle Stan go through one in "Dipper vs. Manliness".
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Gideon's hobbies seem to include attempted murder and demon summoning.
  • The Un-Hug: Awkward sibling hug.note 
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Mabel wears a different sweater in every episode, sometimes even multiple sweaters in the same episode.
  • Un-Person: Quentin Trembly.
  • The Unreveal: Soos finds a memory in which Stan enters the secret passage behind the snack machine, but closes the door before he can reveal what’s behind it, proclaiming it "boring."
    • In one of the "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained" shorts, Dipper and Soos find an all-knowing mailbox entity. After testing it with a few questions, they are just about to ask "Who wrote the journals?" Sadly, Mable comes in and puts in a video of her shoving gummy worms up her nose, and the mailbox, offended, vanishes explosively.
  • Unscientific Science: In "Carpet Diem", Dipper explains how Experiment 78 switches minds:
    Dippper: (reads the label) "Electron Carpet. Atoms can switch electrons. The carpet must create a charge so strong that it can switch MINDS!
  • Vacuum Mouth: The skull from the Tumbleweed Terror pinball game.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: The G-Rated version. Brought up by Mabel several times.
  • Vanity License Plate: If you look closely, the plate on Grunkle Stan's car says "STNLY MBL".
    • Which is strange when you realize that Stan's name is Stanford, not Stanley.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Dipper disagrees. At the end of "Irrational Treasure" when Mabel passes up a chance to get revenge on Pacifica, Dipper takes it instead and says that it feels great.
  • Verbal Backspace: 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.
  • Vignette Episode: "Bottomless Pit"; the gang tells stories to pass the time while they're trapped in the titular pit.
  • Villain Song: Gideon's song "Lil' Ol' Me".
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Everyone considers Gideon to be a cute lovable child. That is, until the Season 1 finale when Stan exposes the truth about Gideon, and ends Gideon up in prison.
  • Villainous Crush: Gideon has one toward Mabel.
  • Visual Pun: The Mystery Shack's sign has the second S in an odd position or completely taken off, spelling out MYSTERY HACK. Considering who owns the place...
    • Additionally, Candy dressing like a piece of candy in "Summerween".
  • Vocal Evolution: It took Alex Hirsch a few episodes to settle into his Grunkle Stan and Soos voices. They sound a little off in the beginning.
  • Voices Are Mental: In "Carpet Diem", the voices switch along with the characters as they move from body to body.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: While the gnome vomits on screen, it throws up rainbows. Taken to extremes when it fills up the entire closing credits of the first episode.
    • Later, in "Boss Mabel", we see a group of tourists from Stan's point of view. They all appear as walking, talking wallets, and one of them vomits coins.
    • In "Carpet Diem", Mabel, in Dipper's body, pukes into a toilet.
  • Weirdness Censor: This is probably one of many reasons that the residents of Gravity Falls still live there; they never believe when they actually see something supernatural, and when they do, they ignore it like it was nothing.
  • Weirdness Magnet: It's true that Dipper often goes off looking for the supernatural, but more often than not, the supernatural finds him first.
  • We Will Meet Again: Used three times so far: the leader of the gnomes, Gideon and Blendin Blandin all swear revenge after being defeated.
  • Wham Episode: "Dreamscaperers" has Gideon, after the Pines foil two attempts at getting the deed for the Mystery Shack from Stan's safe, instead blows up the safe with dynamite and immediately brings in a demolition vehicle to start tearing down the Shack while the Pines and Soos look on in horror.
    • In "Gideon Rises," Stan reveals to the townspeople that Gideon was illegally spying on them. Gideon is sent to jail, leaving behind the second journal. Dipper and Mabel decide to tell Stan about the journals... unwittingly giving him all three journals. Because not only did Stan take Gideon's book, he's had the first one all along. The episode ends with Stan ready to open... something.
  • Wham Line: "After all these years...Finally. I have them all." "Here we go."
    • He might be saying "...we have them all", but we won't know for sure until the official subtitles are out.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Mabel after waking up from her sleepover with Candy and Grenda.
  • What Have I Become?: In "Boss Mabel", Mabel reaches her breaking point with Soos and Wendy. She tells them off for their goofing off in a Stan-like manner, ending up with the fez on her head. She quotes this verbatim when she looks in the mirror.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Played for laughs in "Summerween". Soos hits the Trickster and shatters him completely when he was about to kill the kids, and freaks out when he thought he accidentally hit a guy. After Soos eats the Trickster, the episode draws to a close with an Everybody Evil Laughs Ending as soon as it ends, Soos nonchalantly says "I ate a man alive tonight."
    • It should be noted that The Trickster was very happy that Soos liked eating him.
  • Where The Hell Is Springfield?: In Tourist Trapped, the map of Oregon shows Gravity Falls to be dead-center in Oregon, somewhere between Crook and Deshutes county. But in Skaryoke, a doppler map places it closer to Baker city, almost on the border with Idaho.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: "Bottomless Pit!" is focused on the characters telling stories, at least one of which we discover actually happened. Also qualifies as a Vignette Episode, as listed above.
  • Widget Series: Definitely the most off-kilter series on the channel.
  • The Wild West: The theme of the Tumbleweed Terror pinball game.
  • A Wizard Did It: A number of plot holes are filled by the reminder that Quentin Trembley passed a lot of weird laws in his time in Gravity Falls office. It's why holding the physical deed to a building - holding it in your hand - means you own the building, and why the police are allowed to send a nine-year-old to adult prison.
  • The World Is Not Ready: Based on the events of "Boss Mabel", it seems that the tourists aren't quite up to seeing real magical creatures just yet.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • The cursed wax figures in Episode 3. They try to murder Dipper and Mabel without hesitation.
    • Also, in "Summerween", the Summerween Trickster. In fact, he makes it look like he KILLED a child until the end of the episode!
    • Rumble, the Fight Fighter, was genuinely trying to kill Robbie, endangered Stan and Mabel by toppling the water tower, and beat up Dipper with a nearly lethal combo attack just because Dipper had lied to him.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: 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.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: 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)
  • X Meets Y:
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Sev'ral Timez.
  • Yandere: Gideon.
    • Newly, and on a higher level, Giffany.
  • You Are Number Six: How Dipper names his clones, with the exception of Tyrone (who refuses to be called "Number Two") and Paper Jam Dipper.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In "The Time Traveler's Pig," no matter what he tried, Dipper would always inevitably hit Wendy in the face with a baseball. The one time he finally figured out how to avert this he needed Mabel to help so she wasn't there to win Waddles and Pacifica got him instead. For Mabel's sake Dipper had to go back and hit Wendy again.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kraz.
  • You Killed My Father: Dr. Karate killed Rumble McSkirmish's father (again), making it his motivation for fighting.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: You get to see it if you look into a Gremloblin's eyes.
    • In "Dreamscaperers," Bill unleashes Mabel and Soos's personal nightmares on them after they stop him from getting the safe code.


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