main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
YMMV: Gravity Falls

  • Acceptable Lifestyle Targets: The Wealthy. Not only do you have Pacifica Northwest and her family (which gives rise to Dipper's very apt line, "Mabel, Pacifica's rich. She's basically cheating at life.") but background characters, like the kid in Fight Fighters who gets his brand new car smashed to scrap metal, only to be assured by his dad that they'll "Just buy another one!" Answer: "I love being rich."
  • Accidental Innuendo: The Liliputtians are a small group of creatures that control the balls in a mini golf course. Franz the Liliputtian tells Dipper and Mabel, "We control the balls!", which would have a different meaning if taken out of context.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: For most of the series, Grunkle Stan has a Weirdness Censor with the irony of running a mystery shack full of fake props when the entire town is practically crawling with legitimately paranormal objects and creatures. However, "Boss Mabel" shows these are too terrifying and dangerous for tourists, who seem sufficiently satisfied with the safe but clearly fake attractions. It also hints that Grunkle Stan might know more than he appears.
    • When Stan told Wendy and Soos that he'd "fire both of them if he could", did he mean he'd be unable to find other employees, or that he'd be all alone if they left?
      • In a podcast where Hirch voiced Grunkle Stan, we discover Soos worked there since he was 12 and Grunkle Stan admits while he is lousy, he can't make himself fire Soos (being the first and only full-time employee.)
      • We also discover that Wendy works at the Shack to avoid being sent to her cousin's logging camp. While she is a bit of bad influence and a slacker, she doesn't want to be sent away and Stan doesn't want to damn her to that.
    • Is Dipper a good-natured, intelligent kid who really seeks for the truth regarding the journals or is he a selfish brat who wants to experiment with a dangerous book and encourage Mabel to make decisions they know are immoral?
    • Is Mabel a fun and all-loving character who lightens up the mood or an annoying sibling who uses her status as Dipper's twin as an excuse for her own benefits?
    • Did Robbie really not know about the brainwashing subliminal messages in the song from "Boyz Crazy" or was he lying to save his own ass?
    • Even with his official revelation, Bill Cipher still remains the subject of several conflicting interpretations, due to the nature of his mysterious end goal. There's divide between those who think he's "evil" or simply Chaotic Neutral, because as far as we currently know, either is a distinct possibility.
      • As of The Sock Opera, Bill seems to be leaning more towards the evil side, as he tricked Dipper into letting him invade his body, then destroyed the laptop from the bunker before Dipper could pull anything off of it, physically abused Dipper's body simply because he had forgotten what the sensation of pain felt like, and then nearly tricked Mabel into giving him Journal 3 so he could destroy it and keep the Twins from discovering any more about what the town is hiding. However, depending on what exactly he's trying to keep Dipper and Mabel from interfering with there may still be an argument for him falling under Chaotic Neutral or possibly even Blue and Orange Morality.
    • Wendy has the least amount of exposure to the supernatural and she hasn't acknowledged much if any of it since the 5th episode. This is telling where even Robbie pointed out that strange matters always occur around Dipper and his family (though to Dipper, not Wendy). When she mentioned she needed to rethink everything, is she purposefully denying or repressing the paranormal matters surrounding the Pine twins and her because it is outside her comfort zone?
      • Considering her larger role in Season 2, we may find out about why this is.
  • Anchored Ship: As of "Into the Bunker," Dipper/Wendy has become this. What keeps it from being a sunken ship is that Wendy's primary reasons seemed to be age and possibly still recovering from Robbie. With the rest of Season 2 ahead and a possible Season 3, anything can happen.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Robbie has his fans, seeing him as a great recurring Foil to Dipper, and also some who dislike him, seeing him as a Jerkass and The Bully. He also suffers from inevitable Die for Our Ship at the hands of Wendy/Dipper fans.
    • Pacifica also gets this treatment, minus the shipping factor.
    • Mabel is the show's major Breakout Character with a huge, adoring fanbase that goes insane every time she's onscreen, but she does have her detractors who find her to be selfish and are annoyed at her getting Dipper into trouble constantly.
      • The Sock Opera may be an attempt on the part of the writers to write this particular part of Mabel's personality out of the show, or at least give them an excuse to play it further down, as she realizes during her square off with Bill that her capricious personality and her expectations of Dipper to just roll with whatever her new obsession happens to be is insensitive and selfish.
    • Waddles has a big fanbase, who find him to be cute and love the dynamic between him and Mabel, but he also has detractors who believe that he causes Mabel to become selfish when he's around.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Dipper playing the sousaphone in the "Tooth" short.
    • Big Henry's death in "The Golf War".
  • Broken Aesop: "Boyz Crazy" — If you love someone, let them go into the woods with no survival skills, where they're sure to die. Possibly a Spoof Aesop.
  • Broken Base:
    • There were some arguments about "The Time Traveler's Pig" on whether either Dipper's or Mabel's actions were selfish.
      • Both were being a bit selfish and also a bit short-sighted as they could have gotten both things with some thinking.
    • There is a huge broken base between people who ship Pinecest (Dipper/Mabel) and those who don't, to the point where big clashes have occurred between fans on the internet.
  • Cargo Ship: Mabel and her grappling hook.
  • Continuity Lockout: Appears to be heading this way, what with the Running Gags, Chekhovs Guns, and overall developing Myth Arc of the show.
  • Crack Pairing: Dipper and Pacifica. Played with in "The Golf War" where while Pacifica shows her nicer side, Dipper shows nothing but animosity.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Mabel Pines.
    • Quentin Trembly. The guy cryogenically froze himself in peanut brittle... and it worked!
    • Old Man McGucket.
    • Bill Cipher. He's insane, and our point is that it makes him awesome.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Some of the bits on this show probably manage to squeak by through sheer audacity. One episode shows that Grunkle Stan's idea of "family time" is getting the siblings to help him counterfeit money. In another episode, the antagonists are the ghosts of an old couple who died from heart attacks, with their deaths being show on screen. But what caused their heart attacks was hearing a "hateful" rap song about how whack homework and rules are.
  • Designated Villain: Blendin is treated as a villain for trying to keep his time machine from being used by a pair of twelve-year-olds.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Bill Cipher gets this treatment a lot, especially with human versions.
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme.
    • Lil Gideon's song in episode 4.
    • Dipper's "Lamby Lamb Dance."
    • Mabel's Training Montage music.
    • "Disco Girl." Try as you might, it's impossible to get that out of your head once you hear it.
    • "Cray-Cray" by Sev'ral Timez
      • Pretty much any song by Sev'ral Timez.
    • The "Stan Wrong Song" from "Boss Mabel." In Universe as well- Stan is caught singing it to himself in one of the animated shorts.
    • "T8king Over Midnight" by &ndra
    • The "We control the balls" number performed by the Liliputtians.
    • "Who's that girl with the pig and the braces?"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Paper Jam Dipper left quite an impression on the fandom.
    • Tyrone, the first clone that Dipper made.
    • Quentin Trembly, to the point that fans wish he was a real president.
    • Candy Chiu has quite a following as well. It might have to do with a certain series...
    • Wendy and her friends have been this since episode 5, which prompted increased screentime in Season 2.
    • Lil' Gideon, even before it became evident that he was the first season's Big Bad.
    • Blendin Blandin seems to be becoming this. Some lady Fallers think he's quite cute, actually.
    • Old Man McGucket is this to a few people.
    • The Trickster seems to be on the fast track for this.
    • Summerween Superstore Clerk made quite the impression despite only appearing for less than a minute. The fact that she's voiced by Grey DeLisle probably helps.
    • Rumble McSkirmish. Being a Bad Ass Over-the-top Expy of Ryu kind of helps.
    • Mermando. Due to being really cute, and the first of Mabel's love interests who turned out to be a genuinely nice guy. Being voiced by Matt Chapman also probably helps.
    • Bill Cipher, who generated massive amounts of fan art for an entire year before he was even formally introduced. While his position as a Chekhov's Gunman can be partially pointed to for this, his popularity skyrocketed after "Dreamscaperers" hit the internet.
    • See Jerkass Dissonance below for Pacifica, possibly due to being Mabel's rival and complete opposite. Alex Hirsch was even surprised that she has a fanbase and stated she'll be receiving some development in Season 2 as a result, which started in "The Golf War."
    • Ditto for Robbie, who is certainly liked by the fangirls.
    • As of "The Golf War," Big Henry has garnered a lot of attention from fans for his incredible sacrifice.
    • "Bipper" (Dipper under Bill's control) has gained a sizeable fan following, despite lasting one episode.
  • Epileptic Trees: There have been several attempts by the fandom to link Gravity Falls to Slenderman. Most of them have been misunderstanding references to other media or mythological oddities, some of them are just completely fabricated.
  • Evil Is Cool: Bill in Dipper's body, helped by the awesome reverend outfit he wears during the climax.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "Irrational Treasure" spoofs this when Dipper says that revenge feels awesome.
    • Mabel's story in "Bottomless Pit" had one about lying.
    • Per the photo montage in "Legend of the Gobblewonker," Grunkle Stan's idea of spending quality time with his progeny includes stealing fish from small children and fleeing the authorities.
  • Fandom Rivalry: The fans of this show often clash with fans of Phineas and Ferb. Sometimes they'll get along, however.
  • Friendly Fandoms: The Fallers are also on very good grounds with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Invader Zim fans, mostly due to certain similarities between various characters.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Dipper/Mabel aka Pinecest is apparently the most popular couple in the fandom. It's not really surprising either, since they have many dynamics, being a case of Opposites Attract, Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl, Red Oni, Blue Oni, Sibling Yin-Yang, etc. Not to mention that Dipper is constantly preoccupied with and protective of Mabel when it comes to her romantic endeavors, they share a bedroom, they are in general very touchy-feely, often hugging or holding hands.
    • Despite their rather limited interaction Dipper/Candy has quite a bit of fanart.
    • Dipper and Pacifica are a surprisingly common pairing too. Took a big spike in season two.
    • Bill/Dipper has a lot of perverse fanart and fanfiction to its name. Like the example directly above, it skyrocketed in popularity in the second season.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Mabel/Pacifica was a small ship, but after "The Golf War" it has gained traction.
    • Bill/Dipper
  • Fountain of Memes: Mabel.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment/Hilarious in Hindsight: Gideon trying to kill Dipper with lamb shears in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" becomes more disturbing and/or inappropriately giggle-worthy after "The Inconveniencing," when the viewer finds out that Dipper used to dress up in a lamb outfit and dance around in it.
    • Becomes a bit more disturbing when one considers this sacrificial lamb thing Dipper seems to have going on.
    • In "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" the long list of boyfriends Wendy has broken up with is played as an Overly Long Gag. Flash-forward to "Boyz Crazy" and see how she took breaking up with Robbie. However, we don't know if this happened with all of her boyfriends or if just Robbie. She didn't seem too broken up on leaving him until after she got back with him and Dipper showed her the CD.
  • Genius Bonus: Each episode's credits feature a cryptogram referencing the events of the episode. The first says "Welcome To Gravity Falls." There's also one in the theme song "STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS" and in an online game "EVER SEE STANS TATTOO?"
    • Whole forums have been dedicated to trying to decipher the possible meanings behind the various alchemy and rune symbols found in the book and background stills.
    • Soos insists on pronouncing the "p" in "pterodactyl". Which is exactly what the ancient Greeks would have done.
    • In his introductory episode, Gideon sinisterly repeats Dipper's "thumbs up". Wonder if he knew he was pronouncing a death sentence?
    • In "The Headhunters", after the wax statue of Genghis Khan accidentally melts himself, Dipper remarks that he "fell harder than the...ehh...I don't know...Jin Dynasty?" Jin was the name of a Chinese dynasty that got conquered by Genghis Khan.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland seem very close. Very close.
    • As does the Cute Biker to Manly Dan's manliness.
    • Dipper having to give Mermando reverse CPR in "The Deep End."
      • Made even better when it's Lampshaded that Dipper infact did not have to.
    • Soos seeing a memory of young Grunkle Stan in roller-skates and short shorts and commenting "It didn't look half bad" with a rather interested smile on his face. The fans don't call him "Hunkle Stan" for nothing.
      • In "The Golf War", Stan and Soos are waiting for Dipper and Mabel in the car. Stan puts on some music and reclines his seat. Soos (who isn't wearing a shirt because he's cutting "W"s into all of them) reclines his seat too.
    Soos: There sure are a lot of stars out tonight.
    Stan: Well, this is getting weird. (quickly leaves car)
  • Incest Yay Shipping: The infamous Pinecest between Dipper and Mabel, obviously.
  • Inferred Holocaust: In Episode 2 Old Man McGucket claims that he's gone on murderous rampages in robots many times before and hasn't been caught.
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Bleventeen," "Ackin," "Cray-cray"
  • Jerkass Dissonance: Alex Hirsch was (rather understandably) surprised at the fanbase that Pacifica has garnered. He did say that she would receive some development in Season 2, though, possibly as a result of this.
    • Ditto Robbie, though his popularity also overlaps with that of all the teen characters on the show, who are also getting more time and development in Season 2 as a result of the positive reception.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Rumble McSkrimmish came across as being this, because of his EXTREMELY black and white view on morality, and the fact that he was a complete fish out of water. It's obvious that he tries to do the right thing, and feels deeply regretful when he believes that he's made a mistake.
    • Robbie in "Boyz Crazy". True, what he did towards Wendy in the episode was pretty mean-spirited, but he seemed genuinely despaired when Wendy told him that they were through. Giving room for Alternate Character Interpretation, you can't help but feel a little sorry for him.
    • Lil' Gideon's father. He may assist his son in his evil schemes, but clearly does so because he's understandably terrified of him.
    • Pacifica Northwest in "The Golf War". Her jerkass attitude is implied to come from parental pressure, and her obsession with wealth and material value seems to be compensation for the fact that, along with their pressure, her parents are selfishly absent for most of her life.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Dipper has been paired with Wendy, Candy, Mabel, Grunkle Stan, Soos, Gideon, Robbie, Pacifica, Tyrone, and even with Bill Cipher.
    • It's probably best to just list who Dipper hasn't been paired with yet.
  • Love to Hate: Gideon. An evil little guy who is psycho for Mabel, bent on town conquest, even trying to kill Dipper for being in the way of his goals, and overall one of the most depraved characters of the show.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Grunkle Stan. In "The Legend Of the Gobblewonker," he uttered the line "Who wants to put on blindfolds and get in my car?" and, later in the same episode, is made to wear a tracking bracelet on his ankle after we see him harassing a young boy about fishing tips and being chased off by the boy's mother.
      • Taken to a frightening extreme in the infamous (though not as well-known as "Dipper Goes to Taco Bell") troll fic, Grunkle Stan the Rapist.
    • Lil Gideon is this to some fans, especially since "Little Dipper".
  • Memetic Mutation: "Now who wants to put on some blindfolds and get into my car?!"
  • Memetic Sex God: Dipper. Even if he is only twelve.
    • Wendy, especially after "Into the Bunker".
    • Bill Cipher somehow became this after "Sock Opera"
  • Mind Game Ship: Dipper and Bill.
  • Moe: Mabel.
    • Dipper can qualify for this, too, at times.
    • Mabel's friend Candy also fits this, without a doubt.
    • Lil' Gideon intentionally invokes this.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Many fans feel that Lil' Gideon crossed the line in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" when he tried to kill Dipper simply so he could go on a date with his sister.
  • Never Live It Down: Wendy's only line in the earliest promos was: "Later, dorks." This has lead to some Fan Fic writers treating the word "dorks" like it's her Verbal Tic, not unlike Kevin.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The cipher at the end of season 1 finale revealed the name of a website, which posted many cryptograms, among them "IM WATCHING YOU" and "IT ALL STARTED WITH A MAN A CURIOUS MAN." (they have been since removed, and replaced with "A Forgotten Tale"), and features Bill Cipher at the main page. Just what the fuck this site is? Word of God says the site isn't affiliated with Disney, but it seems to be official to some capacity due to it foreshadowing an unexpected Gravity Falls flash game's release. After going on a hiatus since October, it reappeared in June and has been updating since - the wiki link above chronicles it's every update.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Big Henry in "Golf War".
    • Dipper as a sock puppet. He's funny when he's mad.
  • Periphery Demographic: Just to give you an idea how big the show's adult fanbase is, even ERod loves it.
  • Rewatch Bonus: The episodes have subtle hints of future plots and cameos of characters before they become importants. One example: time traveller Blendin can be seen in the background in early episodes.
  • The Scrappy: Mr. and Mrs. Northwest, while Pacifica barely managed to avoid this trope in Season 1 by being such a cartoonishly over-the-top Alpha Bitch character that she had people who loved her for it as well as others who hated her for it, character development and learning about her rather horrible parents, has placed all fan hate on them.
  • Ship Sinking: Wendy breaking up with Robbie is one. In the episode "Into The Bunker," Dipper manages to somewhat to confess to Wendy. While admitting to kinda knowing and being very flattered, she lets him down easy. The ship is sinking, but it might not be quite down yet.
  • Ship Tease: Candy hanging on to Dipper after the Trickster's threat in "Summerween" was enough to send some shippers into fits of squeeing. There were already Candy/Dipper shippers before, but this was the first real interaction that was remotely shippy they could latch onto.
  • Squick: In "Little Dipper" Mabel and Dipper save the day by, having shrunk down to the height of about an inch, crawling into Gideon's armpit and tickling him. And he'd apparently been sweating like a dog too...
    • To a lesser extent, in "The Deep End", there is a kid stuck in a pool filter as if it's prison for a prolonged period of time. Very disgusting for anyone who's had to clean a pool—every single bit of water and trash goes through the filters. And public pools are notoriously gross.
    • Old Man McGucket eating through a baby pterodactyl in "The Land Before Swine".
    • Bill telekinetically removing a deer's teeth in "Dreamscaperers". Even ''Gideon'' finds this disgusting.
    Gideon: Agh! You're insane!
    Bill: Sure I am! What's your point?
    • The pages regarding Bill in Book 3 are covered in blood.
  • Starboarding: There are fans who find Dipper's Precocious Crush on Wendy adorable without shipping them.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • "Double Dipper" features several knockoffs of well-known songs like "Don't Start Un-Believing" and a sound-alike of Spandau Ballet's "True", probably the most popular slow dance.
    • In "Dipper vs. Manliness", Dipper likes to sing "Disco Girl" by BABA. The snippet of chorus sung is also very similar to "Dancing Queen".
    • The song playing at the Summerween store in the cold open sounds like "Monster Mash".
    • Whoah-oh! Livin' on a pra- I mean, "Takin' over midnight!"
  • Toy Ship: Mabel and Mermando.
    • Dipper and Candy, as of Summerween
  • Ugly Cute: The candy monster from the first "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained" short, especially after it stops wreaking havoc when it gets distracted by the television.
  • Uncanny Valley: Exploited for Bill Cipher's Demonic Possession of Dipper's body. Not only does "Bipper" move in awkward, unnatural, inhuman ways, but in general he treats the body like a toy, pulling at its face and repeatedly slamming its arm in a drawer while appearing to feel no pain. To top it off, Dipper's normally cute design is rendered in unsettling detail, complete with facial wrinkles, bags under his eyes, and detailed, fang-like teeth. Even without the context of the plot, the sight itself is incredibly disturbing. Of course, this was most likely completely intentional.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: A few points go to Stan. He is well-liked by fans of the series, but disliked by most of the Gravity Falls residents (in moments like "The Time Traveller's Pig"). At least until the end of the Season 1 finale.
  • What an Idiot: In "Irrational Treasure", Dipper hands all the evidence he had about the Northwest family being a fraud right to them! Sure enough, in "Golf War" it's revealed that they had completely gotten rid of it.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The show's creators really stretch their TV-Y7 rating.
    • You wouldn't believe some of the crap that happens in the first two episodes of season 2. Special mention goes to the zombies in "Scary-Oke", as well as Dipper sitting on Wendy's bra and the shapeshifter in "Into the Bunker".
  • The Woobie:
    • Dipper in "The Inconveniencing". He spends the entire episode trying to impress Wendy, but almost loses it when Mabel mentions the "Lamby Lamby Dance." Also, in the convenience store, Wendy's friends accuse him multiple times of being a scared little kid. On top of that, he is forced to do the "Lamby Lamby Dance" to save them and on top of that, Wendy is watching him do it. He does get saved from complete embarrassment however, when Wendy decides to keep the dance secret from her friends.
      • On top of that, Wendy's facial expression when she sees Dipper do the "Lamby Lamby Dance" can be interpreted as a form of squee. So, while Dipper feels absolutely humiliated, it's not all bad.
      • In "Fight Fighters", the poor kid seemed genuinely, realistically terrified that he had to fight with Robbie.
      • His struggling to tell Wendy how he feels about her and ultimately having his feelings unrequited puts him firmly in this territory during "Into the Bunker."
    • Mabel in "Irrational Treasure". Pacifica Northwest insults Mabel, degrading her for not being serious and pointing out her crazy sweaters and her nacho earrings. Mabel gets upset, and well, you really just want to give the girl a hug. She even takes off her sweater and she's shown to just wear a plain shirt for the first time in the show. Pacifica really got to her, but thankfully it's Mabel's silliness that solves the mystery of the day.
      • Taken to a far worse extreme in "The Time Traveler's Pig", where she actually loses her mind and is left in an utterly miserable state, ramming her head against a totem pole repeatedly, for at least a month (probably longer), because she lost her pet piggy. Thank God Dipper had a time machine on him...
    • Blendin Blandin from "The Time Traveler's Pig." He wasn't a bad guy, yet he was reprimanded and punished for just doing his job. Clearly, he had been overworked and was a nervous wreck, and the minute he decided to take it easy, two little kids stole his time machine. This was all Played for Laughs (and in no way was his story as sad as poor Mabel's when she lost Waddles).
      • If it's any consolation, his only punishment was to finish doing the job he was trying to do in the first place, so no harm no foul with any luck. Though he is on his boss's bad side now.
    • Li'l Gideon's mother. "Just keep vacuuming... just keep vacuuming..."
    • Mermando in "The Deep End." Just a twelve year old kid, and he was separated from his family, just barely escaped from sailors who were going to feast on his flesh, and wound up trapped in a swimming pool for an undetermined amount of time.
      • It's also dang near impossible not to feel awful for the poor kid stuck in solitary confinement in the same episode.
      • Again from that episode, Dipper can be considered one for giving up his newfound job as an assistant lifeguard to help Mermando. Of course, Dipper only wanted the job to reach his unrealistic desire to "eventually marry Wendy" so it might be mitigated somewhat.
    • Sev'ral Timez. Let's see... they were raised in a giant hamster cage and cloned, were verbally abused by their creator/manager and were denied food if they didn't perform well, they are Extreme Doormats who are too timid to stand up for themselves and allow themselves to be controlled by people, they are now homeless and live in the forest and have to resort to eating garbage so as not to have empty stomachs, and they have no idea how to take care of themselves. The astonishing thing is that, with Gravity Falls, one would expect a commercialized boy band to be a Take That at the genre and such, but these characters were portrayed in an astonishingly sympathetic way.

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy