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." Taken Up to Eleven and beyond in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", which shows Pacifica's father as an elitist, classist jackass who would rather let his party guests be turned to wood and then be burned alive than let the common folk into his party, and has Pacifica trained like a dog to respond to a bell should she ever question him.
    • "Soos and the Real Girl" makes a couple of jabs at "basement dwellers".
    • Hipsters/Teenagers. "It's heaven's punishment for our terrible taste in everything!"
    • Goths: Robbie is one who lives in a funeral home, hates his parents, and has no outside relationships.
  • 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 lets on.
    • 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?
    • 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. 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. The latter is actually highly suggested by canon supplementary material.
    • 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.
    • Giffany. Is she just a verbally abusive ex-girlfriend archetype who murdered someone in cold blood in her backstory, or is she a very lonely character with deep-seeded abandonment issues who's downward spiral into madness started when her programmer, who may have possibly been either a parental-figure to her or someone she fell in love with, tried to delete her and she was forced to kill them in self-defense?
    • Robbie's parents. Are they sociopaths who see death as a means of business, or are they trying to be as optimistic as they can with a career that involves being surrounded by death?
  • Angst? What Angst?: Although this is necessarily going to be present in a comedic series centered around horrifying supernatural events, it's not so exaggerated with most characters that they find fighting enormous monsters to be fun. Intentionally taken Up to Eleven with Mabel, though, to the point where her bizarre and inappropriate reactions to dangerous situations (like finding the fun in "trick-or-treat or die") are sometimes called out by others.
  • Ascended Meme: As of "The Golf War". Mabel finds several tacos in Stan's car and proceeds to eat them, even offering Pacifica one.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • "Blendin's Game" appears to be written in response for the Protagonist-Centered Morality in "The Time Traveller's Pig". Dipper and Mabel acknowledge that Blendin's troubles were their fault and ask the Time Baby to give his job back.
    • "The Society of the Blind Eye" gives a blanket explanation for the show's various inconsistencies regarding how much the townspeople know about the supernatural elements around them.
    • "The Sock Opera" has Mabel realize the selfless sacrifices Dipper made for her in the past, such as "The Time Traveler's Pig", and returning the favor.
    Bill Cipher: I mean, who would sacrifice everything they've worked for just for their dumb sibling?
    Mabel: ...Dipper would.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Awesomeness Withdrawal: The long hiatuses between episode airings frequently cause this. It's gotten to the point where even people who love the show find themselves hard-pressed to get hyped for it because of how Disney schedules it.
  • 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. (Though even that last detail might change now that she's gotten some Ship Tease with Dipper in "Northwest Mansion Noir".)
    • 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 a hypocrite.
    • 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.
    • Some fans thought that Quentin Trembley was hilarious, while others found him boring.
    • Wendy, among older fans who find she doesn't fit well with the rest of the ensemble and mostly just exists for Dipper to have a quasi-love interest. She becomes this even more so in Season 2, when after letting Dipper down easy in "Into the Bunker," her appearances in latest episodes become somewhat unnecessary due to the Wendy/Dipper Ship Sinking and have also Took a Level in Jerkass in "The Love God" after learning Tambry and Robbie are dating and along with Nate and Lee decided to ditch going to Woodstock with Dipper and Thompson (especially Thompson, who did not want to go back to having no friends and even sold his watch to get tickets, not much to Wendy's, Nate's and Lee's concern) against their pleas not to.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Dipper playing the sousaphone in the "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained" short "The Tooth".
    • Big Henry's death in "The Golf War".
    • Candy randomly appearing with handfuls of confetti in response to Mabel's wish for a surprise party in "Blendin's Game".
    • "RANDOM DANCE PARTY FOR NO REASON!" from "The Inconveniencing". Even better, this is immediately after the opening credits.
  • Bite The Wax Tadpole: Product name "Pitt Cola" is a bit awkward to Swedes because "pitt" (spelled and pronounced that way) is a highly profane word for "penis" in their language. So it's essentially saying "Dick Cola", which make it more surprising that the translators haven't even bothered to censor it.
  • Breakout Character: Soos, whose role has increased substantially as the show has gone on.
  • Broken Aesop:
    • "Boyz Crazy" — If you love someone, let them go into the woods with no survival skills, where they'll almost certainly die. Possibly a Spoof Aesop.
    • "The Love God" — Forcing two people to love each other to suit your own needs is wrong. But it's okay as long as everyone is happy about it.
  • Broken Base:
    • There were some arguments about "The Time Traveler's Pig" on whether either Dipper's or Mabel's actions (or both) were selfish (or at least, who was more 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.
    • "The Love God" seems set to become a base breaker over Robbie and Tambry getting together under the effects of a love potion and whether or not it works or feels squicky.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Mabel and her grappling hook.
    • Sock Opera gives us an in-universe example. Gabe, Mabel's Guy of the Week, is way more into the two sock puppets he always wears on his hands than Mabel, and at the end of the episode, he actually makes out with them.
    • In-universe example again in "Soos and The Real Girl", which gives us Stan and a coin-operated machine, at least in the credits.
    • Gideon has been shipped with a toilet.
  • Continuity Lockout: Appears to be heading this way, what with the Running Gags, Chekhovs Guns, and overall developing Myth Arc of the show. By season 2 this trope is in full force.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Many fans noted how the reveal of Old Man McGucket's backstory is very reminiscent of Simon Petrikov in Adventure Time.
    • A cynical, socially awkward kid who has trouble confessing to a girl he likes, with a voice sounding older than he is, and a sibling who's constantly cheerful and tries not to let anything get them down. Dipper and Mabel, or Wirt and Greg?
    • Before Character Development kicked in, Stan's tendencies to be The Barnum gave him a slight Mr. Krabs vibe.
  • 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.
    • Bill Cipher enjoying inflicting pain on himself in "Sock Opera". He slaps himself, tumbles down the stairs, smashes his arm in a drawer and bruises it with forks, all with a maniacal smile on his face. It's less than a little disturbing...but he does it with such enjoyment and casualness it's impossible not to find it hilarious.
    • Not in the show itself, but the Fridge page notes that Soos in "Soos and the Real Girl" got hit with skeeballs, both in the head "and a couple to the groin. He and Melody are in for a pretty dull relationship."
    • Pacifica's father controlling her with a bell is utterly horrifying, until he gets frustrated at her defying it longer than usual and says "Dingly dingly dingly! Is this bell broken?"
  • 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. This treatment actually comes back to bite them nineteen episodes later.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Bill Cipher gets this treatment a lot, especially with human versions.
    • The episode "Soos and the Real Girl" introduced Giffany who is a sentient Dating Sim character. She is a Yandere who is implied to have killed her developers and tried to kill the people who played her, she also tries to force Soos to upload his brain to her system so they can be together forever. Many people found her cute and sexy and were even attracted to her yandere tendencies since she "proved" she was willing to go a long way for love, even if it meant coercing and abusing the person she "loved."
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • Mabel and Stan's relentless teasing could be seen as this to people who had to deal with height related teasing at that age.
    • You thought the gang's poor treatment of Thompson (and Dipper joining in on it) in "The Love God" was going to bite them in the bum? Nope, it was Played for Laughs. Especially jarring when Thompson reveals that "he worked very hard to be accepted in the group" that could be harder to swallow for viewers who have been or are in a similar situation.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Many of the supernatural creatures have gained popularity with the fans, even though they are usually seen only once:
      • 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.
      • Blendin Blandin seems to be becoming this. Some lady Fallers think he's quite cute, actually.
      • The Summerween Trickster seems to be on the fast track for this.
      • 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 and returns Mabel's feelings. 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. Bill is even regarded as one of the greatest cartoon villains in recent history.
      • 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.
      • Giffany has garnered quite a bit of fanart since her debut, likely due to her Animesque design.
      • The gnomes have only appeared in 3 episodes, but the fans love them.
    • Same goes for the people of Gravity Falls
      • Candy Chiu has quite a following as well. It might have to do with a certain series...
      • Wendy's 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.
      • Old Man McGucket is this to a few people.
      • The 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.
      • 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.
      • Not to Giffany's extent, but Melody is well-liked since her debut since she's a genuinely nice girl who didn't judge Soos the instant they met. She's also a funny Woman Child and didn't get mad at Soos for their date being ruined.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Some fans have interpreted Soos becoming a zombie and coming back to full life as symbolism of Jesus coming back to life, since his name is short for Jesús.
  • Evil Is Cool: Bill in Dipper's body, helped by the awesome reverend outfit he wears during the climax.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Giffany, who's more Evil Is Cute.
  • 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, fleeing the authorities, and counterfeiting money.
  • Fandom Rivalry: The fans of this show often clash with fans of Phineas and Ferb. Sometimes they'll get along, however.
  • 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 have become the pairing of season two, with the ship absolutely exploding in popularity after Northwest Mansion Mystery. The Gravity Falls subreddit even briefly changed their subscriber count to "Dipcifica Shippers" as a joke after the episode aired.
    • 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.
    • The ship known as FiddleStan (Fiddleford McGucket x Stan Pines) has begun to gain wind in it's sails.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Mabel/Pacifica was a small ship, but after "The Golf War" it has gained traction.
    • Bill/Dipper
    • Then we have Dipper/Pacifica during The Northwest Mansion Mystery. It started out as an Enemy Mine situation, but the subtext was there.
  • Fountain of Memes: Mabel.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • 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.
    • Old Man McGucket's crack about his inventions being a catastrophe probably being the reason he's living in the dump becomes this when "The Society of the Blind Eye" reveals that's exactly the case due to his memory wiping device.
    • In "Mabel's Guide to Dating", Soos mentions that he wants to have 7 kids so he can "have one to love every day of the week." After watching "Blendin's Game", this statement suddenly becomes a lot more bittersweet.
    • Soos mentions in "Dreamscaperers" that he wished Stan would love him like a son, and it's Played for Laughs (albeit mildly). This becomes sad after it's revealed that his real dad left him when he was 4 years old and never visited him again. He's also been working at the Mystery Shack since he was twelve years old, and sees Stan as a father figure.
      • Also counts as Heartwarming In Hindsight given at times Stan acts like a Papa Wolf towards Soos, even trying to erase his birthday from all the calendars.
      • In "Not What He Seems" Soos mentions to want "Legally get adopted by Stan" thus, taking Up to Eleven the whole father figure dynamic.
    • Grunkle Stan singing about 'Storing meat for the apocalypse is pretty funny when you first encounter it. It's less funny when you realise that he has a strange, secret, powerful machine of unknown purpose beneath the Mystery Shack. Another funny point gets docked when we find out The Author actually has a secret bunker filled with survival supplies . It's even less funny when a clock with a countdown to the apocalypse shows up...
    • Stan's horror over the sculpture of himself being destroyed in "Headhunters" is funny at first, appearing to be nothing more than a joke about his ego. Then you find out he's been trying to rescue his twin brother for thirty years. Word of God has confirmed this is deliberate.
    • In "Bottomless Pit!" Soos's made-up story involves him having to choose between his high pinball score — his "greatest achievement" at the time and the twins' lives. He chooses the twins. Fast-forward to "Not What He Seems," where he hopes that helping Stan will mean that the former adopts him, but gives up that dream — voluntarily, mind you— to save the twins again when it seems that the portal will cause the apocalypse. What You Are in the Dark indeed, Soos!
    • Quentin Trembley's eccentric politics were Played for Laughs and depicted as harmless in his so far only appearance on the show, but Word of God has confirmed that it was his "Finders Keepers" law that allowed Gideon to acquire the Shack and evict the Pines with bare theft.
    • Dipper justifies cheating to beat Pacifica in "The Golf War" by saying that her rich status allows her to "cheat at life." In "Northwest Mansion Mystery," Pacifica gets into Heroic BSOD after her parents use her to hire Dipper to hire the ghost and when she finds hidden paintings of her ancestors cheating everyone at life.
  • 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.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 2, which goes deeper into Character Development.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Park Ranger McGucket ignoring his father was already bad, but now that we know that Old Man McGucket made himself go insane with the memory gun, which would have probably happened while his son was still a kid, it's even worse.
    • Stan's short speech about death in "Bottomless Pit"'s short story "Trooth Ache", becomes a lot more unsettling once it's revealed in "Not What He Seems" that the real Stan Pines is dead.
    • In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" Stan trying to bond with the kids because he feels like lonely and abandoned old man becomes a lot more poignant when it's revealed that he lost his own twin.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight:
    • In the episode Blendin's Game, Soos claims that a genius taught him how to open a vending machine. When the twins go to the past and meet young Soos, Mabel is the one who teaches him how to open the machine. Soos considers Mabel to be a genius!
    • Just watch any scene involving the portal prior to the reveal in "Not What He Seems" that Stan was doing it all to rescue his brother.
    • Soos in one of the shorts mentions he wants to have seven kids, one to love every day of the week. He wants to be a better father than his dad was!
  • 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.
    • The scene where birds appear and land gently on Soos is so much funnier when you find out that, according to Word of God, "Soos" is short for Jesús.
    • "Soos and the Real Girl" features animatronics at a pizza place coming to life and attacking people. Sound familiar?
    • An all-seeing wish-granting demon possesses a youth, using his new body to further his own nefarious purposes and keep others from stopping his goal.
    • The game Giffany hails from is called Romance Academy 7.
    • Giffany's status as Soos' Psycho Ex-Girlfriend is a bit hilarious when you remember that her character designer, Paul Robertson, had done the sprite work for another group of evil exes a couple of years prior.
    • From Northwest Mansion Mystery: When the ghostly antagonist starts rampaging on the wealthy party-goers, they all turn into warped tree versions of themselves. Bonus points for the entirety of the mansion temporarily becoming a forest. Not to mention the sheltered girl kept in line by a certain sound: "The ringing of the bell commands you!"note 
    • Blanching is a real word, not just some Unusual Euphemism. It means skin turning pale. So I guess "Straight Blanchin'" is about vampires.
    • In "Legend of the Gobblewonker" Mabel makes up a rap of all the words that rhyme with her name, and Soos remarks they should write it down. Fast-forward to "Society of the Blind Eye"; Soos reveals that for half the summer he thought Mabel's name was "Maple, like the syrup"! They SHOULD have written it down so he could remember.
  • Holy Shit Quotient: The entirety of "Not What He Seems". Stan continues work on his mysterious portal project and counts down the hours until something happens, and throughout the episode, the gravity reverses (even recreating a scene from the opening). Stan is then taken into custody by the government agents for having stolen radioactive waste, and while the twins try to prove his innocence, they discover that the real Stan Pines is dead. Whoever their great uncle is that they've been living with all summer, is an unknown, nameless criminal who has multiple fake identities to throw people off. The twins are both torn up over this, then they discover the portal and "Stan" comes back to confront them, telling them not to stop the portal. Mabel reluctantly trusts him, while an anguished Dipper and Soos try to stop "Stan". And just to kick the episode into overdrive, the author of the journals emerges from the portal. And he's Stan's brother. Holy shit.
  • Ho Yay:
    • In "The Deep End", Sheriff Blubs puts his hand on Deputy Durland's shoulder, and says, "With you, every day is a dream".
    • In "Land Before Swine", Sheriff Blubs tells Deputy Durland, "The time we have spent is treasure enough".
    • Tyler the Cute Biker always cheers on Manly Dan. This isn't helped by the fact that Tyler is Ambiguously Gay.
    • Wendy and Mabel have had this, like when they were alone in "Society of the Blind Eye". Especially the "Forget about guys" line and Wendy going so far as to pretend to be a guy Mabel can practice her lines on.
      • Plus, Mabel shouting "Where dem sweet honeys at?" while trying to find a date for Soos.
    • Wendy's friends Lee and Nate. Only fueled more after "The Love God", where Lee is mad at Nate for not telling him about his crush on Tambry. They stop talking to each other until the end of the episode, where they playfully punch each other's shoulder.
    • Soos and Stan in this scene.
    • The Stinger in "Northwest Mansion Noir" where the two agents pretend to be a couple, and even when they drop the act, they begin to bicker like a married couple. Tambry walks in, but then immediately walks out saying she's not going to ask.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Dipper/Robbie has been dubbed Muffin Explosion, due to a gag in their first meeting (The Inconveniencing) where Dipper mistakes Robbie's explosion graffiti for a muffin.
  • Idiot Plot: In "Soos and The Real Girl", the clerk outright warned Dipper and Mabel about the dating simulation game and even pointed at a sticky note on the case that said it should be destroyed at all costs... but they decide to rent it for Soos anyway because they see his romantic skills as a bigger problem. Boy, should they have listened.
  • 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.
    • Candy remarks that Several Timez "won't last a week" in the woods after Mabel lets them go. Subverted in that they live on garbage and have become scavengers.
    • A lot of fans on the Fridge page have speculated that Pacifica is in for hell from her parents once the party in "Northwest Mansion Noir" is over.
    • In the end of Not What He Seems, some of Gravity Falls was destroyed, the goverment agents are still after Stan and now everyone in Gravity Falls is fully aware of the town's supernatural secret from the gravity anomolies.
  • 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. As of "The Golf War" and "Northwest Mansion Noir" she has received 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 McSkirmmish 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 out of line, but he seemed genuinely despaired when Wendy told him that they were through.
    • Lil' Gideon's father. He may assist his son in his evil schemes, but clearly does so because he's understandably terrified of him. It's implied he joined the Blind Eye Society to forget Gideon's abuse.
    • 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. This gets worse in "Northwest Manor Mystery," where it turns out they did something to her that causes her to instantly stop any rebellious action from just the sound of a bell ringing. Thankfully, she seems to be getting nicer to Mabel and Dipper, at the end of both these episodes.
    • Giffany can definitely come off this way. What with her talk about being sure her new boyfriend, Soos, won't abandon her. The fact that she was returned to the video game store a total of three times, and at least one of those times someone she considered her boyfriend returned her with a note essentially asking people to kill her. And finally how desperate she becomes over not wanting to be abandoned again. It becomes a bit hard to not feel bad for her.
    • Blendin Blandin definitely played the antagonist in "Blendin's Game", what with him trying to erase the twins from existence for costing him his job, but he's just too pathetic to hate. Mabel flat-out says as much: "he's too sad to really be a bad guy."
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Dipper has been paired with Wendy, Candy, Mabel, Grunkle Stan, Soos, Gideon, Robbie, Giffany, Pacifica, Tambry, Old Man McGucket, 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.
    • At present, Bill Cipher probably has the most unbalanced screentime vs. fanbase popularity ratio of any character in the series. He's only appeared in two episodes so far, and while undeniably diabolical and sadistic, he's still great fun to watch and speculate about.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Preston Northwest for some; it seems to run in the Northwest family. In anticipation of a ghost coming to ruin his party, he hires Dipper to exorcise the ghost, making an offer that he — or rather Mabel— doesn't want to refuse, and relies on Dipper's conscience to not release the ghost in revenge and endanger Mabel. He only gets Out-Gambitted because of his daughter's Heroic Willpower and desire to be a White Sheep.
  • 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. To add fuel to this, Grunkle Stan seemed oddly comfortable to have The Talk with Mabel (in Dipper's body).
      • 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:
    • The gnome puking rainbows from the first episode.
    • "Bill Cipher is a magic Illuminati dorito", a reference to his triangular shape and heavy involvement in the mythology of the show.
    • A fanfic has been created, titled "Dipper goes to Taco Bell", and it's gained... infamy due to its content; it's consider similar to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's Cupcakes. So now pictures have been created associating Dipper with a fear of Taco Bell or tacos in general, and a few pictures of Dipper going to Taco John's, while putting John Egbert in the picture as well.
    • Another Gravity Falls troll fic has gained infamy, though not to the same extent as DGTTB. It is called Grunkle Stan the Rapist, and those who have read it have claimed that is even ''worse'' than the former.
    • A fandom example, but some fans have been prone to saying "I jumped off the [insert Dipper ship here] and onto S.S. Pacifica" since "Northwest Mansion Noir", which had a staggering amount of Ship Tease between Dipper and Pacifica, and they left their previous shipping for this one.
    • A couple of videos of Dipper saying "Talk dirty to me" followed by a saxophone jingle has humored quite a few. This has also caused the phrase "Talk Dippy to me" to get thrown around.
  • Magnum Opus: "Not What He Seems" is generally regarded as the best episode of the whole show thus far, if not one of the best animated episodes of anything to air in a very long time. It actually held a 10 score on IMDB for three days after it's airing- a feat rarely accomplished, and only notably bested by "Ozymandias".
  • Memetic Sex God:
    • Dipper. Even if he is only twelve.
    • Wendy, especially after "Into the Bunker".
    • Bill Cipher somehow became this after "Sock Opera". The fact that he finds pain "hilarious" probably helps.
  • 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.
    • Giffany, despite the fact that, or perhaps because, she is so crazy.
    • Pacifica has some surprisingly adorable moments in Northwest Mansion Mystery.
  • 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.
    • Bill Cipher crosses this in the second season. While he was never on the side of good to begin with, his actions in his first appearence could just be interpreted as him being a Punch Clock Villain who takes his job seriously. However, him abusing Dipper's body to the point he needed to be hospitalized and almost manipulating Mabel into giving him the journal firmly establishes him as one of the main antagonists.
    • Pacifica's parents cross this in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" when they would rather let all their guests, including four children die rather than swallow their pride and let in the common people of the town. Plus their survival plan depends on them cannibalizing their butler. They were also revealed to be extremely emotionally abusive towards Pacifica, up to and including having her trained to respond to a bell with contrition like one of Pavlov's dogs.
    • Sympathetic motives aside. Grunkle Stan willingly tried to activate a machine that he knows full well could put the universe in danger is kind of severe. Even Soos turns on him after seeing this.
  • 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.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The brain monster in the freezer in "The Inconveniencing".
    • Big Henry in "Golf War".
    • Dipper as a sock puppet. He's funny when he's mad.
  • OT3: Mabel/Pacifica/Dipper, as Pacifica has become more friendly with the Pines twins, shipping her with one or the other has become incredibly popular. Still Pincest continues to be the fandoms favorite ship, so after episodes like "The Golf War" and "Northwest Mansion Noir" shipping all three has become the "everyone is happy" compromise.
  • 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 is this site? 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 its every update.
    • Bill Cipher departs from his first appearance by letting the character know that, until next time, he'll be watching them... not that he wasn't before. The whole time.
    • Experiment 210, like most creatures with the power of Voluntary Shapeshifting, definitely evokes this feeling. Fitting, considering what he's an homage to.
    • The Hide-Behind is always right behind someone, making that creepy clicking noise, but he'll always move away before you can get a clear look at him.
    • "Not What He Seems" introduces the idea that your loveable relative may in fact be a complete stranger who had stolen his identity.
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • Just to give you an idea how big the show's adult fanbase is, even ERod loves it.
    • And now, Doug Walker, a.k.a the Nostalgia Critic and his brother Rob Walker have found the show. Both love it, and are going to do Vlogs on it in December. Rob has even said that he can't find anything really wrong with it, and Doug has managed to get himself caught in the codes and theories of the show.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Dipper/Pacifica has Dippica/Dipifica/Dipacifica and Dipper/Candy has CandyDip. Dipper/Wendy has WenDip.
    • Agents Powers and Trigger are Powertrigger.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • The episodes have subtle hints of future plots and cameos of characters before they become important. One example: time traveler Blendin Blandin can be seen in the background in early episodes.
    • Knowing that Grunkle Stan has known that Gravity Falls has supernatural oddities makes more sense when you go back and watch the episodes where he denies it.
    • The reveal of the Author's identity causes a ton of it. One specifically pointed out by Alex Hirsch himself is that Stan's initial reaction to the sculpture of himself in "Headhunters" is because for a moment it seems like his brother has somehow returned.
  • Self-Fanservice: When it comes to drawing Bill Cipher, fandom likes to draw him not only as his adorably evil triangle form, but also as a tall, suave, handsome young man in a yellow suit. The looks vary from lanky teen to Alex Hirsch, but he is almost always paired with Dipper in a lot of these pictures. And this isn't even accounting for all of the suggestive and bloody art Bipper gets...
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • "Summerween" presents a sad, but true: at some point, the world is going to tell you that you're too old for things like Halloween and trick-or-treating, so it's better to enjoy it while you can than spend time worrying about what older kids think of it.
    • "Boss Mabel" shows that while there's nothing wrong with treating your employees with more respect, don't be too nice or else your employees will walk all over you.
    • "Sock Opera": you should be willing to make sacrifices for the ones you love, and if someone has aided you at detriment to their own goals, you should help them in return.
    • "Society of the Blind Eye" gives the message that while everyone has things they'd rather forget, extreme denial isn't healthy. Instead you should learn from the experiences.
    • "Blendin's Game:" If your deadbeat parent makes no effort to see you, why should you make an effort to see them?
      • Also, don't run away from consequences; face them like you should.
    • "The Love God": Don't meddle in the personal relationships of others. Often times you will just make things worse for them.
    • "Northwest Mansion Noir": Just because your entire family happen to be lying, stuck-up jerkasses it doesn't mean you have to follow in their footsteps. You are who you choose to be, not what your bloodline dictates you are or other people try to force you into being.
    • "Boyz Crazy": Exposing your crush's boyfriend as a jerk so she'll break up with him does not automatically make her "available" for you.
  • 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 BABBA. 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
    • Dipper and Pacifica as of Northwest Mansion Mystery
  • 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 enjoy the 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.
    • Giffany's weird voice is oddly disturbing, especially when she laughs. To make it worse, except for her brief shouting fit, she almost constantly sounds cheerful, even when she's threatening Soos. Also, from the same episode, animatronic characters she possesed.
    • Stan's hot air balloon. Played for Laughs.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • The show has received some criticism for this.
    • The only major black character, Sheriff Blubs, is portrayed as stupid and useless. (Although he is still presented as brighter when compared to his white deputy, who is a complete idiot.)
  • The Untwist:
    • The twist in "Boyz Crazy" was set up rather obviously by Dipper and Wendy early on.
    • The Reveal that Stan was using the Portal to rescue his brother (the Author), could be this for some fans who had already speculated and predicted this months before "Not What He Seems" aired.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The claymation in "Little Gift Shop of Horrors." Particularly Mabel diving inside one of the monsters, with the cel animation blending in perfectly.
    • The zero gravity sequences in "Not What He Seems."
  • 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". Not to mention practically everything in "Northwest Mansion Mystery."
  • Win Back the Crowd: Gravity Falls is beloved for its excellent animation and writing, and is widely seen as one of the biggest proofs that cartoons can still be good.
  • The Woobie:
    • Dipper fits this. In "The Inconveniencing", for example, 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."
    • 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.
      • He did get sent to time jail for life. But then again, he did establish a combat match to get a wish to wish the kids out of existence (rather than just using it to undo the damage done to him). Also, from a managerial standpoint, a guy who lets himself get tricked by 12 year olds out of a time machine does not make you look good at all.
    • 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 new-found 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.
      • And later, Mermando's forced to marry a manatee! Guy can't catch a break.
    • 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, while the episode was a Take That towards the manufactured nature of 90s boy bands, the singers themselves were portrayed in an astonishingly sympathetic way.
    • The "Free Pizza" guy never gets anything he wants, whether it's free pizza, a package, or barbecue. And he looks so dejected every time.
    • Old Man McGucket He worked with the author, and witnessed something so horrible that he decided the best thing would be to erase his memories of it with a mind eraser gun he created. He then continued to use the mind eraser gun for every event he wanted to forget, without ever realizing he was driving himself insane. It certainly makes the fact that his family ignores him now all the more harsh.
    • Poor Soos, as revealed in Blendin's Game: his dad left him at a young age and never came back, making up for missed birthdays with postcards saying things approximate to "Sorry I couldn't make it champ! Busy with work!" From the way Soos's Abuelita talks about him, it's clear the Parental Abandonment was pretty purposeful rather than neglect stemming from travel work.
    • Thompson, as revealed in "The Love God," he deliberately allow himself to be picked on to get friends and pleaded not to be alone when his friend group split up in anger.
    • Pacifica becomes this as we learn more about her home life in season 2, especially in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" in which we learn that her parents are flat-out psychologically abusive as opposed to just neglectful.
    • Grunkle Stan if you think about it. "Not What He Seems" has dialogue that suggests that he feels directly responsible for his brother's disappearance, lamenting that he had to get involved in things 30 years ago. He's spent the last 30 years of his life looking for a way to save his brother.
    • Wendy, after she reveals that she only pretends to be constantly laid-back as a way to cope with her aggressive family, which is a burden on her emotions.