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YMMV: Gravity Falls

  • Accidental Aesop: Every episode of the show has an Aesop. And they're all pretty subtle.
    • Tourist Trapped: Do not go into the woods alone with a guy you just met.
    • 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, expensive gifts, and pressure on you to play a certain role for them, the warier of them you should be.
    • The Inconveniencing: Sometimes what sounds really cool in theory isn't that much fun when you actually try it.
    • 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: True Manliness isn't always what society thinks it is and you shouldn't be afraid to express your unique brand of MAN.)
    • 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 in 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, don't run away.
    • Given how often this seems to happen, it makes one wonder if maybe these arenít so accidental.
    • 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: If you're about to win a truckload of cash, don't tempt fate before betting all of your new fortune. 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 lie for the greater good.
    • 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. Alternatively, 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 last for something, spend time talking outside of the line, and then freak out when they 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, and then going along with a plan based around you being able to do the thing you lied about is probably a bad idea. Alternatively, stay away from hungry, meat-eating animals that are bigger than you.
    • Dreamscapers: 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. Alternatively, just because something has had no use in the past doesn't mean it won't in the future. Alternatively, 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. Double alternatively, 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.
  • 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 logger. While she is a bit of abd influence and a slacker, she doesn't want to be sent away and Stan doesn't want to damn her to that.
    • 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.
    • 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?
  • Awesome Art: The animation on Rumble McSkirmish. Not only is the sprite art amazing, his attack animations are both fluid and detailed, not to mention looking like a legitimate videogame character.
    • The backgrounds in this show are stunningly beautiful.
    • The animation in the intro is noticeably smoother than the animation in the show itself, and it's very expressive, too.
  • Awesome Music: The opening theme, "Made Me Realize". Most of the show's background music also sets the mood really well.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Robbie has his fans, seeing him as a great recurring Anti-Villain and a good 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The theme song.
    • Especially the slowed down version in the credits of "Dreamscaperers."
    • And the heroic rising version in the final scene of "Gideon Rises."
    • Don't forget the 8-bit version in the credits of "Fight Fighters".
  • 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Paper Jam Dipper left quite an impression on the fandom.
    • 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 is this since episode five.
    • Lil Gideon received a few amount of fans.
    • 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.
    • Robbie's certainly liked by the fangirls.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • There's a lot of perverse fanfictions involving Dipper/Bill.
  • 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 she's 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?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Wendy lives near the forest, has a manly father and three brothers, all redheads. Sounds familiar...
    • Mabel's goal of restoring the wax sculpture with her "arts and crafts skills" feels reminiscent of the story of the Botched Spanish Fresco, when the episode would have been written long before that story broke.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Moe: Mabel is pretty much the cutest character in ALL of Disney!
    • Dipper can qualify for this, too, at times.
    • Mabel's friend Candy also fits this, without a doubt.
  • 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.
  • 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 examle: time traveller Blendin can be seen in the background in early episodes.
  • 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 Mc Gucket 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".
  • Toy Ship: Mabel and Mermando.
  • 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.
  • 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 Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The show's creators really stretch their TV-Y7 rating.
  • 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.
    • 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.

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