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  • And I Must Scream: A majority of the town became a statue throne for Bill, with some of them still being awake throughout the ordeal.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The Society of the Blind Eye's constant removal of memories contributed to the townspeople's poor thinking abilities by giving them severe brain damage.
  • City of Weirdos: Well, small town, but it still fits. It's full of some downright weird people, even without The Reveal in a certain Wham Episode.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: The general population is... strange, to say the least. This stems from brain damage due to constant memory erasing.
  • The Ditz: Even ignoring their eccentricity, the majority of the town's population isn't that bright. In one "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained" short, Grunkle Stan claims that, "The people of this town are literally the dumbest on Earth. Literally." Again this stems from the Blind Eye Society's methods, causing brain damage to the residents.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The whole town looks up to a crazed, selfish child con artist, at least until Stan outs him as a fraud. They also idolize the Northwest family in spite of their snobbery and who in reality have been cheating and scamming them for a century and-a-half.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Practically every single resident is suffering from this due to the actions of the Blind Eye Society. It hasn't done their mental capability any favors.
  • Recurring Extra: Chances are, if they're not part of the plot, they're part of the background.
  • Taken for Granite: Once Weirdmageddon rolls around, a number of the townsfolk are turned to stone by Bill's Eye-Bat army.
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    Old Man McGucket 
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"Aw, donkey spittle!"
Click here to see him 30 years ago. 
Voiced by: Alex Hirsch

Fiddleford Hadron McGucket, better known as Old Man McGucket is (self-) described as the town's "local kook." The description is... apt, but limited.


  • Ambiguously Evil: He's usually harmless and even friendly towards Dipper and Mabel, but he has admitted that he's gone on homicidal rampages before without being caught.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Founded the Society of the Blind Eye as a way to help people forget their terrible memories, and invented the Society's memory erasing ray gun.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: His immunity to the Mind-Wiper Gun is due to him using it on himself so much. Played With in that it has already done all the damage it could.
  • The Atoner: He established the Society of the Blind Eye and invented the Mind-Wiper Gun as an attempt to atone for his hand in whatever horrible event happened thirty years ago. Instead, he just made things even worse.
  • Attention Whore: Created a robotic Gobblewonker to get attention.
  • Back for the Finale: He fled from the town during "Not What He Seems," but returns in "Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality," as one of the surviving townspeople hiding in the Mystery Shack.
  • Badass Beard: A long white one.
  • Badass Bookworm: Is one awesome genius.
  • Bald of Awesome: Not a single hair upon his head, and yet he still does things like build giant robots, and defeat cult leaders.
  • Barefoot Loon: He is the self-proclaimed "local kook", and goes around in nothing but foot wraps.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Has a raccoon wife.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's gone on murderous rampages in giant robots many times before and hasn't been caught.
  • Brainy Brunette: He used to have brown hair and turns out to be a Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Break the Cutie: His entire tragic backstory is made even sadder by how cheerful and good-natured he always was.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Like the Ice King, his madness becomes less funny after we learn his tragic backstory. Likewise, his son's reserved nature and ill treatment of him becomes rather sad when it's revealed McGucket's rapid, embarrassing mental breakdown was mocked by the townsfolk, driving a wedge between them.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: During his first appearance, he seems to be just a standard village kook making up crazy legends until it turns out that he doesn't make them up - he builds them with his own hands. He then returns to being mostly a Bit Character again until Society of the Blind Eye, where it is revealed that he used to be a brilliant engineer who worked with the author, until a glimpse into Bill's Nightmare Realm drove him to invent a memory eraser and found the titular society in an attempt to forget what he had seen, and repeated usage of the device drove him mad as a hatter.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His aforementioned ability to build gigantic robots becomes a Call-Back when he's the one who built Gideon's gigantic robot. He also built the memory-wiping device used by the Society of the Blind Eye, not to mention that he upgraded the Mystery Shack into the Shacktron.
  • Cool Old Guy: McGucket is presently somewhere in his sixties however he's still able to singlehandedly create gigantic robots and revolutionary technology. He also single handily defeated Blind Ivan, leader of the Blind Eye Society.
  • Crazy Homeless Person: Lives in a ramshackle hut in the Gravity Falls Dump, and is shown sleeping on one of the holes at the Putt Hutt in "The Golf War."
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: In "Headhunters", his fears about the wax statues being alive turn out to be all too true.
  • Creator Cameo: Again, voiced by Hirsch.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: After regaining his sanity in the end, he became a millionaire by patenting all of his inventions and bought the Northwest Mansion.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: 30 years ago, McGucket caught a glimpse into Bill's nightmare realm, and created a device to erase his memories of the sight. Come present day, it's revealed that the Memory Erasing Gun is perfect for combating Bill himself while he's possessing someone, and is ultimately the thing that destroys him.
  • Disability Immunity: Old Man McGucket is immune to the memory eraser's effects because he's fried his brain with the thing so many times that it can't really do any more damage.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He wears only wrappings on his feet. As with the cast on his hand and his Pointless Bandaid, they're likely dressings from a car crash he was in 30 years ago that he never took off after losing his mind.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The Grand Finale shows McGucket's sanity mostly restored, and he sells his inventions while buying the Northwest Mansion. He then reconnects with his son, as they're seen fishing together in the credits.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Is occasionally seen eating things like books. In "The Land Before Swine", he even eats his way out of a pterodactyl!
  • Foreshadowing: Surely an old hillbilly kook can't possibly create and run the mechanical Gobblewonker by himself. But he's not your standard old hillbilly kook either...
  • For Want of a Nail: He stood a good chance of beating Steve Jobs to creating the personal computer if Stanford hadn't called him.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's the one who made the mechanical Gobblewonker in "The Legend Of The Gobblewonker" and it turns out it's not the first time he's built something like this to get attention from a family member. He also made a homicidal pterodactyl when his wife left him and an 80 ton 'shame bot' when his friend Ernie didn't come to his retirement party. In addition, his work with Stanford led to the development of the machine in Stan's basement and a device capable of erasing selective memories from one's mind. In the finale, he draws up the plans to the Shack-O-Tron and helps cannibalize the mechanical Gobblewonker to build it.
    • In "Northwest Mansion Noir," he was able to repair his old laptop after Bill smashed it to pieces.
  • Gag Nose: One of the longest noses in the series.
  • Gold Tooth: To go with his Hillbilly look.
  • Genius Ditz: He may be insane, but he's also a Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: He witnessed something horrifying (involving "the beast with one eye") after being sucked into Ford's portal. This drove him to quit and erase his memories.
  • Handwraps of Awesome: Wears a cast around his right hand constantly and wears foot wraps instead of shoes. They're leftovers from a car crash he was in 30 years ago.
  • I Was Quite the Looker: His younger self looks rather attractive but the constant use of the Memory Erasure gun made him age badly.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Expresses an interest in eating Soos after he switches back to his regular body in "Carpet Diem".
  • Insane Equals Violent: Uses his engineering skills to build murderous machines out of a warped need to get attention.
  • Insanity Immunity: His overuse of his Memory Erasure gun on himself makes him immune to any further mind wipes.
  • Interspecies Romance: Is married to a raccoon.
  • Karma Houdini: He's gone on murderous rampages in giant robots many times before and hasn't been caught.
  • Madness Makeover: He went from a respectable-looking young man to the bandaged and bearded nutcase we know now over a two-year process of self-inflicted brain damage.
  • Mad Scientist: In addition to his multiple robots, Dipper's story in "Bottomless Pit" has him tinkering with various voice changing serums- which, while possibly fictional, is not unbelievable. Not to mention the work he did with Stanford and the Society of the Blind Eye...
  • Meaningful Name: Pre-, and post-, insanity, he's a scientist (and one smart enough to almost beat Bill Gates and Steve Jobs in revolutionizing home computing, and to help Ford with his interdimensional portal on equal footing). Rather appropriately, his middle name brings the Large Hadron Collider to mind.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: While working with Stanford on the portal into the parallel "weird" dimension, an accident causes McGucket's head to be sucked inside for a moment; terrified of what he's seen, he angrily quits the project, warns Ford of the potential for disaster, and begins to erase his own memories to remove the lingering fear from his mind. Later, when he learns he created the Society of the Blind Eye and accidentally drove himself insane, he resolves to help the kids in their investigations as a way of showing his gratitude.
  • Nice Guy: In spite of his kookiness, McGucket is actually very nice and friendly.
    • He left his family and promising business venture to help Ford with his research. Following the numerous traumatic events that happened to him, he even took it upon himself to write Ford's thesis himself, begging him to give up on building the portal.
    • Beware the Nice Ones: Unfortunately, he has a bad habit of building killer robots for attention.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a old brown hat that he got from a scarecrow.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His younger self before joining Stanford Pines in creating the portal is based off of Steve Wozniak.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Subverted. Dipper thought his insanity was an act. In reality, it was genuine and self-inflicted after enduring a terrible accident while working with Stanford. After the Society of the Blind Eye is shut down and his memories are returned to him, it's played straight. He keeps up the kook facade even though he's regained enough of his sanity to speak seriously if he needs to. Downplayed later on, as revealed in "Northwest Mansion Noir" despite being well on the road to recovery McGucket still pretends to be same as before for the public.
  • Playing Gertrude: Hirsch only just turned 30 in 2015, whereas McGucket is in his 60s.
  • Pointless Bandaid: On his beard, no less! A picture of his is used for an example at the trope page. He himself lampshades the notion in "Society of the Blind Eye." Wherein it's also revealed that the reason it's there is that he left it there from when he was clean shaven and the beard grew from under it.
  • Prehensile Hair: He learned to operate a stick-shift with his beard.
  • Prematurely Grey-Haired: Timestamps in his Apocalyptic Log revealed he achieved his wizened old look within two years after the first entry some 30 years ago.
  • Properly Paranoid: In "Headhunters", he asks if the wax figures are alive. He couldn't be closer to the truth.
  • Rags to Riches: After Bill is defeated, McGucket is able to sell off his patents and becomes wealthy enough to purchase the Northwest Manor after Preston is forced to declare bankruptcy.
  • Red Herring: There were numerous hints, such as his age, hand bandages which could obscure a sixth finger, technical expertise, and ownership of the laptop which implied he was the Author. However, this is not the case. He did work for him.
  • Sanity Slippage: Self-inflicted through frequent use of his memory erasure gun, as detailed in a Petrikov-esque Apocalyptic Log... although a brief shot near the end shows him forming a triangle around one of his eyes with his fingers, suggesting that one Bill Cipher may have had some influence on the process.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Does not stick around in "Not What He Seems"
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Post-insanity, he's not exactly the tallest person out there. He's also a genius scientist who helped Ford create an interdimensional portal, almost pioneered home computing, and created what can be accurately-described as an Amnesia Ray.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Not these days, but Non-Crazy McGucket in his video logs is a dead ringer for his son, minus the hat.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Used to wear them before he drove himself insane, and later takes a fancy steampunkesque brass coloured pair with green lenses (of which one is missing) that he finds in the Society of the Blind Eye's secret lair and keeps them, it is one of the main signs that he is managing to overcome his insanity and get his life back on track. By the time of the finale, they've been fully repaired, along with most of his mind.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Capable of engineering giant robots, and worked with the Stanford to conduct research into the paranormal and related technological applications.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: He's smart enough to make complex robots, as well as the Society of the Blind Eye, and he speaks with an Appalachian accent even before he went insane.
  • Spanner in the Works: Almost getting pulled into the Universe Portal and his reaction afterwards is what made Stanford suspicious of the Portal's true purpose and destination, causing him to work out Bill's intentions. Furthermore, the memory ray he built for the Society of the Blind Eye becomes the only thing that can destroy Bill in finale.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: There could not be a bigger difference between McGucket and his son Tate McGucket.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: 30 years ago he built (or helped build) the device in Stan's basement for the benefit of mankind, but he ended up almost being pulled in, the things he saw on the other side haunting him. He later created the Society of the Blind Eye to help himself and others erase their bad memories. The continuous mind-wiping drove him insane and may have caused the general stupidity and inanity of the townsfolk.
  • The Woobie: Following the reveal of his tragic backstory, he's a textbook example of this trope.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's not exactly "young" - he's old enough to have an adult son - but he's around the same age as Stan and yet looks much older than him. Justified, since it's mostly on account of his Madness Makeover.

    Sheriff Daryl Blubs and Deputy Edwin Durland 
Sheriff Blubs:"City boy thinks he's gonna solve a mystery with his fancy computer phone!"
Deputy Durland:"Woooo! I got a bell! Ring, ring! Ring, ring!" ''

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That's Blubs on the right and Durland on the left.

Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson and Keith Ferguson

The law of Gravity Falls. True to the tradition of fictional small town cops, they are mostly useless.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Some of the comments Blubs makes directed at Durland in "Irrational Treasure" may lend themselves to one side of ambiguous. Then there's the vacation they go on at the end of the episode... together. The finale gleefully discards any and all ambiguity.
  • Badass Mustache: Blubs has a very impressive mustache. It's the only thing impressive about him.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Durland's got a unibrow.
  • Cool Shades: Blubs is never seen without his shades except for when he dressed up as Durland for Halloween.
  • Clueless Deputy: Deputy Durland is not the smartest guy. Not that Blubs is too bright either.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Blubs typically reacts to Dipper explaining the weird stuff about Gravity Falls with sarcasm.
  • The Ditz: Both of them have a tendency to completely ignore crime of any kind whenever an opportunity to have fun arises.
  • Fat and Skinny: Blubs is fat, while Durland is skinny.
  • Flanderization: In early episodes like "Headhunters" and "Irrational Treasure" they're at least doing their jobs as policemen, even if they don't do them very well. In most of their later appearances, they don't even bother.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Inverted in the Halloween episode as they dress up as each other for Halloween.
  • Gag Nose: Durland's nose in enormous.
  • Hidden Depths: Durland has an eloquent existential crisis at the end of "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons," though Blubs quickly snaps him out of it.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: A lot of their interactions lean in this direction. Turns out it wasn't subtext.
  • Jerkasses: Both take a lot of pleasure out of mocking Dipper's hopes to solve the mystery. To the point where they actually specifically go round to visit just to do so.
  • Just Following Orders: They didn't really want to haul Dipper and Mabel to Washington, but they had their orders.
  • Manchild: Both of them are pretty immature, although Deputy Durland more than Sheriff Blubs.
  • Never Learned to Read: Deputy Durland can't read.
  • Nice Hat: They both wear police hats.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While they're still relatively incompetent, they manage to track down and arrest Dipper and Mabel in "Irrational Treasure" and the very fact that they're involved in a Government Conspiracy automatically makes them more dangerous than first assumed. Even if they completely blow it.
  • Official Couple: As confirmed in the finale.
  • Police are Useless: Considering all the crazy stuff that goes down in Gravity Falls, not even getting into everything that Gideon gets away with... And then we find out about the Society of the Blind Eye, and their stupidity suddenly makes a lot of sense given that citizens' first reactions to all of the town's oddities is implied to be to call the cops.
  • Police Brutality: Implied to have beaten up Sev'ral Timez manager after arresting him, for missing a rear license plate.
  • Punny Name: Sheriff Blubs is quite blubbery indeed.
  • Put on a Bus: They went on vacation for a few episodes. It didn't take them long to return in "Summerween".
  • Salt and Pepper: Blubs is black, Durland is white.
  • The Sheriff: Sheriff Blubs.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Among other things, they dressed as one another for Summerween.
  • Straight Gay: Confirmed to be in a relationship in the final episode.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Blubs always wears sunglasses.
  • Taken for Granite: Durland becomes one of the first victims of the Eye-Bats in Weirdmageddon.
  • Those Two Guys: Can often be seen goofing off in the background or in short scenes featuring them.

    Manly Dan Corduroy 

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"I'll show you how a real man fishes!"
Voiced by: John DiMaggio

A lumberjack and fisherman. Also Wendy's father.


  • Always a Bigger Fish:
    • He flees from the Manotaurs, who are even more manly than he is.
    • The opening of "Weirdmageddon Part 1" shows him visibly frightened by the arrival of Bill Cipher, although he does join the town in threatening him in their initial push back.
  • An Axe to Grind: As he's a lumberjack, it comes with the territory.
  • Badass Normal: He's a blue collar worker with immense physical power. When handling Stan's bear, it breaks free, and Dan responds by putting it in a headlock. Mabel thinks he's giving it a hug.
  • Badass Beard: Going with the lumberjack look.
  • Berserk Button: It's not hard to set this guy off, but calling Sev'ral Timez overrated would make him go ballistic.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: More-or-less always looking for a fight, shouting all the way.
  • Big Damn Heroes: An inadvertent one in "Not What He Seems" - his enraged ramming of Agent Trigger's humvee saves Dipper and Mabel.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: That stretches the width of his face.
  • Carpet of Virility: To complete his overly masculine nature and appearance.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Frequently makes odd choices, including living in a house where the roof is too low for him to stand all the way, and celebrating Christmas by having his children undergo apocalypse training camp.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Every Christmas, he trained his kids on how to survive the apocalypse. This comes in handy when his daughter Wendy has to survive Bill's Weirdmagaddeon all by herself. Ironically, he gets captured, though considering he'd apparently gone four days without seeing any of his kids by then, it may have just been that he didn't care anymore.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Weirdmageddon really did a number on him. By Day 4, he's reduced to cutting a stop sign into a triangle shape in an attempt to appease Bill. The fact that he's alone, meaning the boys may have already been caught and he has no idea where Wendy is, probably had a lot to do with it, since for all his oddities, he's a Papa Wolf.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His reaction to Mabel writing on a fogged-up window that Sev'ral Timez is overrated was to ram the humvee off the road!
  • Dumb Muscle: Is certainly not the brightest spark (though he doesn't do too bad for the town's standards) but is certainly powerful.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has one hell of a temper.
  • Grumpy Bear: Heavy emphasis on the word bear.
  • Hidden Depths: A huge fan of the boy band Sev'ral Timez. Also enjoys quiet pancake breakfasts in the diner with his daughter.
  • I Got Bigger: Journal 3 mentions he was called "'Boyish' Dan" back in the 1980s, and the Author heard he'd "grown quite a bit" while he was gone.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Unlike his daughter, Dan is very serious and irritable. However, she has been shown to actively suppress her more fiery attributes as a way to calm her nerves, and can be quite the firecracker when her facade breaks down.
  • Meaningful Name: Manly Dan. After the Manotaurs, he's the most aggressively masculine character in the show.
  • Mighty Lumberjack: Dipper's card for him in "The Hide Behind" labels him as Lumberjack/Punching Enthusiast.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a stereotypical lumberjack hat.
  • No Indoor Voice: Is rarely ever not shouting.
  • Papa Wolf: His first instinct upon bearing witness to the beginning of Weirdmageddon is to grab his kids and hold them close.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Displayed in "Dipper vs. Manliness".
  • Real Men Wear Pink: For Summerween, while his sons dress as vikings, he dresses as a Valkyrie, complete with blond pigtails. He's also a big Sev'ral Timez fan.
  • Recurring Extra: He's tangentially connected to Wendy, but beyond that he's most used for one-off gags.
  • Red Herring: In "Headhunters". He didn't kill Wax Grunkle Stan, he was punching the clock at the time.
  • Stout Strength: When Dipper fails to win a manliness tester game in "Dipper vs. Manliness", Dan effortlessly wins it using his pinky finger.
  • Taken for Granite: Turned into stone by an Eye Bat in "Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality."
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Again. Manly Dan. The name ain't just for show.
  • Those Two Guys: With the Tyler the Cute Biker.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His chest is easily three times as wide as he body below the waist.

    Tyler Cutebiker 

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Voiced by: Will Forte

A guy seen hanging around Manly Dan a lot, though generally he seems to show up whenever a fight breaks out. Becomes mayor of Gravity Falls after the death of the Mayor Befufftlefumpter in "The Stanchurian Candidate".


  • Ambiguously Gay: He often hangs around Manly Dan and seems overly found of him, and could be seen screaming along with a bunch of girls at a Sev'ral Times concert. He's also one of the Love God's groupies.
  • Badass Biker: Hilariously subverted. Even when hanging out in a biker bar, he keeps an absurdly cheerful demeanor.
  • Catchphrase "Get 'em! Get 'em!"
    • He manages to turn this into a campaign slogan in "The Stanchurian Candidate."
    Tyler: A Gravity Falls we can be proud of? Get it.
    • And then he changes it beautifully when he wins.
    Tyler: Got it.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Had this to the concept of an earthquake after Lazy Susan described a small one as "a baby earthquake."
  • Dark Horse Victory: This guy managed to win the mayoral election.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Despite suspecting how out of his league he is, when Weirdmageddon starts, he steps up to be a leader of the town, demanding that Bill Cipher "Get on out of here."
  • The Ditherer: "Dipper vs. Manliness" starts with him unable to decide between two different shirts.
    Tyler: "Puma shirt... Panther shirt? Puma shirt... Panther shirt? Puma shirt... ... ... Panther shirt?"
  • Fanboy: Of Manly Dan. 'Deep End' and 'Boyz Crazy' would suggest that he's a fan of random violence. Which usually happens around Dan.
  • Hidden Depths: Turns out to be a pretty effective mayor, which is no small feat given what a Weirdness Magnet the town generally is.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: His last name, Cutebiker, is pronounced as "Cutebicker".
  • Keet: Shandra describes him as an "enthusiasm enthusiast".
  • Meaningful Name: Tyler Cutebiker is... well... a cute biker.
  • Nice Hat: Tyler wears a green and white trucker hat similar to Dipper's (without a pine tree).
  • No Name Given: Up until "Gideon Rises", where it's revealed his name is Tyler. He's always credited as "Cute Biker" even after that episode. In "The Stanchurian Candidate", it's revealed that his last name is Cutebiker (though it's pronounced "Cutebicker").
    • In some dubs, he is never named.
  • Recurring Extra: Appears somewhat frequently, but never for more than a moment.
  • Take a Third Option: A Continuity Nod moment in season 2 reveals that Tyler solved his shirt dilemma by sewing half of each shirt together into a single one.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: At the start of "Dipper VS Manliness", he won't leave the shop because he can't decide which shirt to buy. Stan, Dipper and Mabel deal with it by locking him in the store without him noticing.
  • Those Two Guys: With Manly Dan.
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: How he became mayor of Gravity Falls. Stan was disqualified for his criminal record, Bud for trying to kill the Pines family, and Soos because he didn't do his paperwork. Tyler was the only person left in the race.

    Toby "Bodacious T" Determined 

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"Toby Determined, Gravity Falls Gossiper."
Voiced by: Gregg Turkington

The journalist, editor, and manager for a newspaper called the Gravity Falls Gossiper.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: Shandra considers him this.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: He tries to invoke this in "Weirdmageddon" by giving himself a blue mohawk and dressing like a teenage punk, but he's just as incompetent as always.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: A member of the Society of the Blind Eye.
  • The Chew Toy: Is constantly suffering and being put down by the other townsfolk for his oddness.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: On top of his using household items as props for his reporting, he occasionally says something that makes you wonder. A doctor telling him his birthmark is indeed disgusting? "Hooray!" And when Mabel presents him with his CATICATUREnote , he thinks it looks like him, right down to his cat-like whiskers the doctors can't explain. Then he hugs the drawing and meows.
    Mabel: You're always weirder than I remember.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Finally worked with Shandra Jimenez as "Bodacious T"
  • Gonk: When compared, a Summerween monster mask looked better than his real face. He was also mistaken for a zombie in "Scary-oke", and Wendy shot him in the arm with a crossbow thinking he was a monster in "Weirdmageddon Part 1".
    Agent Trigger: Aah! Another zombie!
    Agent Powers: Drop your weapon! Drop your weapon!
    Agents: Oh, it's just- Who is that guy?- Just a very ugly man.
  • Hopeless Suitor: For Shandra Jimenez. A cipher implies that her constant rejections are what led him to join the Society of the Blind Eye.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Or at least trying to cultivate that image.
    Stan: Your camera is a cinderblock, Toby.
    Toby: I just want to be a part of things...
  • Nice Hat: The typical reporter's hat. The card in it doesn't say "Press", but "Hat".
  • Punny Name: On "To be determined", a common line in news reports.
  • Red Herring: In-universe. In "Headhunters", the twins assume he's the one who cut off wax Stan's head due to a number of plausible deductions, but he could vouch for his alibi. He was making out with a cardboard cutout of Shandra during the time the crime was committed, which Blubs judges to be weird, but not breaking any laws.
  • Self-Applied Nickname: When Toby dons a punk rocker look during Weirdmageddon, he insists on being called "Bodacious T". Wendy instantly shoots down that notion, saying, "no one will ever call you that." After the events of Weirdmageddon, news reporter Shandra Jimenez actually refers to him as Bodacious T. during a televised news report.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To TV news reporter Shandra Jimenez. He has a life-size cardboard cutout of her which he once made out with. In "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", he once helped Lil' Gideon in exchange for her phone number.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After Weirdmageddon, he gets to appear next to Shandra on the news leading the sports segment.
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    Bud and Mrs. Gleeful 
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Bud voiced by: Stephen Root
Mrs. Gleeful voiced by: Grey DeLisle

The parents of Gideon Charles Gleeful. Bud runs a used car lot right behind the family's house. Mrs. Gleeful is a stay-at-home mother.


  • Affably Evil: Bud, as evidenced by the picture of Stan on his (and/or Gideon's) Dartboard of Hate. There is also his membership in the Society of the Blind Eye.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Bud is a member of the Society of the Blind Eye.
  • Badass Boast: Bud gives one to Stanley Pines when he ran against him in "The Stanchurian Candidate".
    Bud: I was gonna let bygones be bygones, Stan, but you just made a powerful enemy. I'll win either way, and when I do you may not like the Gravity Falls you wake up in!
  • Bald of Evil: Punch-Clock Villain or not, Bud is still clearly on the wrong side (and proves he can be quite mean, underhanded and spiteful in his own right if pushed), likewise he has no hair on the top of his head.
  • Big Fun: Bud is very cheerful and affable, in stark contrast to his son. He's also a big enough guy to make the barrel-chested Grunkle Stan look short by comparison.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Bud has one with Stan's picture. Though it's possible that it might belong to Gideon, or even both.
  • Doting Parent: Bud is one to Gideon.
  • The Dragon: Bud is this to Gideon's Big Bad in Season 1. In Season 2, he attempted to run for mayor so he could pardon Gideon. Now, the position is held by Ghost Eyes.
  • Dysfunctional Family: An extreme example, to the point that Gideon's tantrums have left Mrs. Gleeful a nervous wreck and drove Bud to have them periodically erased from his memory as a member of the Society of the Blind Eye.
  • Honest John's Dealership: "...Engine 'possum at no extra charge!"
  • Housewife: Mrs. Gleeful.
  • It's Personal: He has a lot of heat with Stan.
  • Meaningful Name: Played straight by Bud.
  • Nice Hat: Bud's straw hat.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Mrs. Gleeful is a nervous wreck who is terrified of her son.
  • Prematurely Grey-Haired: Mrs. Gleeful's hair is all gray despite being young enough to have a ten-year-old son, presumably from all the stress he puts her under.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Bud occasionally provides minor assistance in Gideon's schemes, but he really doesn't care about most of his son's plans. By the time of The Stanchurian Candidate, things got personal for him.
  • Pushover Parents: Gideon's behavior has turned his father into an abused sidekick and his mom into a drone who can only talk about housework.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Bud wears a Hawaiian pink t-shirt.
  • The Quiet One: Mrs. Gleeful spends most of her time in terrified silence.
  • Skunk Stripe: Mrs. Gleeful has a white stripe in her hair, probably from stress.
  • Stepford Smiler: Bud might be this. He is suspiciously cheerful for a guy who has a nervous wreck for a wife and a power-hungry sociopath for a son. He's been using the memory ray to forget about everything bad. However, despite not approving of his son's use of the supernatural, it's shown that Bud can be mean and spiteful, such as when he threatened Stan when he decided to run against him to be Gravity Falls' mayor.
  • Survival Mantra: Mrs. Gleeful. "Just keep vacuuming, just keep vacuuming..."
  • Unnamed Parent: Mrs. Gleeful's first name was never revealed.

    "Lazy" Susan Wentworth 
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Waitress at the local Greasy Spoon, "Greasy's Diner". Not exactly the brightest crayon in the box, even for Gravity Falls.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: Made Grunkle Stan flee their first date, then left 36 voice messages on his phone.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Having her mind wiped is probably what made her crazy. Similarly, her lazy eye is revealed to have been caused by one of Stanford's machines zapping her eye during Grunkle Stan's first "tour" of his house.
  • CloudCuckooLander: Pours coffee in her omelets.
    "The secret to my Coffee Omelet is coffee!"
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Makes her cats meow over the phone when leaving messages.
  • Elderly Blue-Haired Lady: Has the hair, and is somewhere around Stan's age.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: When she goes to check if the Hide-Behind is behind her, she begins spinning and goes into an infinite loop (much to the consternation of a nearby customer).
  • Greasy Spoon: She works at the local one.
  • Punny Name: Her nickname refers to both her lazy eye, and the Lazy Susan pie rack in the diner that she can never get to work.
  • Taken for Granite: Shown to have been one of the townsfolk to suffer this fate in "Weirdmageddon Part 1", with Bill's friends using her as the bottle in a game of "Spin the Human."

    Shandra Jimenez 
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"Shandra Jimenez, a real reporter."
Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren

The female news reporter of Gravity Falls, and unwilling target of Toby Determined's secret affection.


  • Badass Normal: It's downplayed, but when Bill takes over the town and causes the Weirdmageddon, Shandra keeps right on going, surviving a few days into the end of the world, still reporting the news, and very bravely breaks into Bill's lair to show the citizens of Gravity Falls what's going on. And when she gets turned to stone, she takes it with dignity. Hard not to respect her after that.
  • Catchphrase: "Shandra Jimenez, a real reporter". (glances in Toby's direction)
    • "I'm Shandra Jimenez, and i'm (insert whatever she's doing or happening to her at the moment. Heard only in parts 1 and 3 of the finale.)"
  • Consummate Professional: A rather lovely-looking reporter for a local news channel that seems far more professional than the Gravity Falls Gossiper. She is a real reporter, you know.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one on her cheek
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Her hair is a reddish brown, but in her cameo in a flashback it's completely red.
  • Deadline News: In Weirdmaggedon part 3, Shandra manages to report on the devastation of the Weirdmageddon and gets turned to stone by one of Bill Cipher's eye-bats, finishing her report with "I'm Shandra Jimenez, and I'm turning into stone!" before freezing completely.
  • Determinator: Even in the midst of Weirdmageddon, she insists on doing her job, including reporting that she ate a rat for dinner.
  • Fanservice Extra: For a minor character, she has a rather attractive design.
  • Kent Brockman News: Unlike Toby, who seems content reporting everything he comes across, including the strange happenings of the town, Shandra would rather focus on more believable news such as the passing of an important figure. Problem is, she's stuck on a place notorious for its rampant paranormal activity.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: How she got inside the Fearamid must have been quite a story.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks to be within the range of 30-40 years old, maybe even in her late 20s, but a cameo near the end of the flashbacks in "A Tale of Two Stans" seem to place her as a teenager 30 years ago, making her in her mid-40s at earliest in present day.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is quite long, not as much as Wendy's own, however.
  • Recurring Extra: Appears several times, but at best only plays a minor role in the events.
  • Reduced to Ratburgers: Shandra mentions she ate a rat for dinner in the middle of the apocalypse.
  • She's Got Legs: Which she always shows.
  • Skewed Priorities: She starts crying on air while reporting Mayor Befufftlefumpter's death. Not because of the sadness of the story, but because this is the first real news she's reported in a long time.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After Bill gets defeated and the world is saved, Shandra lets Toby (in his "Boudacious T" alter ego) in charge of the sports section of her news program. In return, Toby decides not to hit on her anymore, which is rather considerate on his behalf.
  • Tuckerization: Her name is based on Sean Jimenez, Gravity Falls' Background Design Supervisor, who also attended the California Institute of Arts School of Film/Video like creator Alex Hirsch.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Averted. Shandra has noticeable cheekbones, but is far from villainous.

    Abuelita Ramirez 
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"I go vacuum my face now."
Voiced by: Matt Chapman

Soos' elderly grandmother, a very calm and soft-spoken woman who takes things in great stride, which is impressive considering she lives in Gravity Falls.


  • Almighty Mom: She makes it a habit of reading Soos' diary, and at the end of Soos and the Real Girl, we find out she'd been following Soos and the twins all day, even on Soos' date with Melody. Not even Giffany's rampage seemed to deter her.
    Abuelita: Soos' life is my soap opera.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Implied to be the case with Soos' grandfather. Abuelita is apparently quite certain that she won't be reuniting with him in Heaven.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Turned into a recliner in "Weirdmageddon Part 1". She isn't bothered by it at all, even reclining herself to take a nap.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "Abuelita" is just the Spanish diminutive of "grandmother". Her given name has yet to be revealed.
  • Good Parents: She's Soos' grandmother but she seems to have done most of the work raising him. She adored Soos when he was a child, tried to make him feel better about his Parental Abandonment, and encourages him as an adult to find someone special.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: She uses a bunch of Spanish words when she speaks. Justified, since she's confirmed to be Hispanic (and a lot of the words she uses are actual Mexican slang note ). At one time, she even blurts out a full sentence in Spanish cursing Soos's deadbeat dad.
  • Granny Classic: Somewhat. After the Pines Family were kicked out of the Mystery Shack she took them in, but this proved difficult when she couldn't afford to keep feeding everybody.
  • Mama Bear: Is heartbroken when Soos' father doesn't show up again, and threatens in Spanish to tear him limb from limb if he does show up.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: She looks to be about as tall as the twins.
  • Neat Freak: When someone spilled something on her wall, she whipped out a vacuum and started cleaning without batting an eye. The above quote was her reaction to Stan kissing her on the lips.
  • Spicy Latina: Has shades of this in the flashback to Soos' childhood in Blendin's Game. After Soos' Disappeared Dad promised to attend, and then missed, Soos' birthday for the eighth year in a row, she swore to herself (in Español) to tear him limb from limb if she ever saw him again.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Unusually calm in the face of the dangers of Gravity Falls. She doesn't even seem very fazed when Bill Cipher turns her into a talking armchair during "Weirdmageddon". The only thing that actually manages to faze her is receiving a Smooch of Victory from Grunkle Stan.
    Abuelita: I vacuum my face now.

    Melody 

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"Being an adult is the worst. Skewering meat, remembering to pay bills... I just wanna ride tiny trains all day."
Voiced by: Jillian Bell

A girl from Portland who is visiting Gravity Falls for a while, and working at the "Meat Cute" stall at the mall. She ends up dating Soos after she sees him riding a toy train just outside her work, unbeknownst to them, however, is that it resulted with inciting the wrath of Giffany.


  • Action Girl: There's no indication she's ever brushed with the supernatural, and yet when faced with murderous animatronics, she picks up a chair and smashes one over the head with it before being overwhelmed.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Her skin is light brown, but it's unclear if she's just tanned or if she's of a non-white ethnicity.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: She's definitely a plus-size girl, but this has no effect on her natural beauty, and she wears clothes that flatter her build. Plus, obviously, Soos thinks she looks nice enough to date.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Soos.
  • Closer to Earth: She has a childish sense of humor, dislikes adulthood, and is quite carefree for her age, much like Soos, but she's clearly a little more adept at the whole "being a grownup" thing than he is. It's implied she lives on her own (she mentions paying bills, so even if she lives with someone like Soos does, she's clearly financially responsible for herself), and she has what is probably the most realistic and reasonable reaction to the idea of Mabel and Dipper protecting her.
    Soos: Dipper and Mabel will look after you! It's the only way!
    Melody: Soos, these are children.
    Soos: THE ONLY WAY!
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: An odd case; in comparison to most of the cast, she's more on Mabel and Soos' tier of oddity, but also points out to Soos (when he leaves her in Dipper and Mabel's care in a crisis) that the twins are children and won't necessarily be able to protect her.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Soos.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She can be already seen at the mall the first time Soos and the kids go there much earlier before Giffany came into focus.
  • Hairy Girl: Sort of. While waiting for Soos she was complaining about her legs being itchy, implying she had recently shaved them.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: Reveals at the end of her introductory episode that she's only visiting family in Gravity Falls, and will have to go back to Portland soon. She and Soos decide to keep dating via Skype calls.
    • At least until the series finale, where she's moved to Gravity Falls to work with Soos at the Mystery Shack after he takes over.
  • Meet Cute: Her first conversation with Soos. Fittingly, she works at a "Meat Cute" food stand.
  • Nice Girl: Forgives Soos for nearly being killed by a bunch of robots, and happily accepts his invitation to his cousin's wedding.
  • Noodle Incident: She mentions that she's had worse dates than the one she's had with Soos, a date which involved a psychotic Yandere character, and killer animatronics.
    Melody: Never date a magician.
  • Womanchild: Much like Soos, she's pretty childish. While managing to stay normal straight, she's outright introduced bemoaning being an adult.
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    Mayor Eustace "Huckabone" Befufftlefumpter 
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Voiced by: Alex Hirsch

The reclusive mayor of Gravity Falls; Eustace Hucklebone Befufftlefumpter is 102 years old, and, consequentially, is "not long for this earth". He finally bites it shortly before "The Stanchurian Candidate", setting off a mayoral race to replace him, which is won by Tyler.


  • Been There, Shaped History: Allegedly started World War I.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has thick eyebrows.
  • Character Death: In "The Stanchurian Candidate", but he lives on as a zombie.
  • Creator Cameo: The Mayor is yet another character voiced by the creator of the series.
  • Creepy Crows: After he enters the party at the Northwest Manor, a few vultures (or other scavenging birds) surround him, but before they can be shoo-ed off, he says that they're with him.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: The top part (what's left of) his hair stands up by itself.
  • Mayor Pain: A very light example of the second variety. Due to his extreme age and decrepitude, he's largely retreated from the public eye, and seems incapable of handling any administrative duties beyond appearing at social functions or ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
  • Mellow Fellow: The Mayor seems to take everything in stride with a calm attitude — even death.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He's smaller than most of the other adults.
  • Mythology Gag: His appearance (at least from the neck down) bears a strong resemblance to Stan's early design in the first pilot.
  • Nice Guy: He's a real mellow and polite man.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, he possibly started World War One.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Has been awaiting death for years, and he dies in "The Stanchurian Candidate". When the lumberjack ghost shows up to the mansion and everyone else is petrified, the Mayor's response is perfectly nonchalant:
    "Ah, the Grim Reaper, I've been wondering when you would arrive—"
  • Playing Gertrude: Hirsch only just turned 30 in 2015, whereas the mayor is 102.
  • Raised by Wolves: He was raised by bears in the wilderness.
  • Reality Ensues: In the end, he does exactly what you'd expect a man over 100 years old to do.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Every outfit he's ever shown wearing has featured a tartan or plaid pattern, from the blanket covering his legs, to the jacket he sported as a middle-aged man, to even his diaper as a baby.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Made minor appearances in only two episodes before his off-screen death.

    Tad Strange 
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"Hi guys. Tad's the name, and being normal's my game!"
Voiced by: Cecil Baldwin

In spite of his name, he is the most normal guy in Gravity Falls.


    Ghost Eyes 
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A local inmate who becomes the second-in-command of Gideon's prison gang.


  • Affably Evil: He's a convict, but he's a true friend to Gideon, even consoling him when one of Gideon's schemes falls apart.
  • Badass Beard: A long one.
  • Blood Knight: He and the other convicts lose focus on the twins and assist Gideon in opposing Bill Cipher. Partly due to Undying Loyalty, partly due to excitement at fighting a "chaos god".
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Acts this way toward Gideon, who he's very gentle toward.
  • The Brute: Becomes Gideon's main muscle.
  • The Dragon: He's Gideon's top henchman and most loyal follower.
  • Dumb Muscle: Subverted. He looks like one, but majored in philosophy and invokes He Who Fights Monsters towards Gideon.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His first appearance in the show was in one of the TV Shorts. He had some screentime in "The Stanchurian Candidate" and makes his first major appearance in "Weirdmageddon Part 1".
  • Genius Bruiser: Who would've expected this prison thug to have once been a philosophy student?
  • Hidden Depths: Ghost Eyes may be a violent and seemingly simple-minded thug, but he also majored in philosophy. Also seems to really enjoy the friendship bracelet classes.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He looks like he is in his late thirties or early forties, and is friends with Gideon, who is a child.
  • Made of Iron: Even Wendy pulling a move that should have broken (or at least dislocated) his arm only momentarily stuns him. And he's back to using his arm again in seconds.
  • Meaningful Name: His Monochromatic Eyes look like that of a ghost, hence his nickname.
  • Mondegreen: Due to Gideon's accent, viewers believed his name was "Gustav" until "Weirdmageddon Part 1".
  • Monochromatic Eyes: He has blank-white eyes that look like that of a ghost, hence his nickname.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: A giant thug who is strong enough to punch through solid glass.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He enjoys the friendship bracelet classes in jail.
  • Tattooed Crook: He has tattoos on his arms.
  • Undying Loyalty: He and the other goons are completely loyal to Gideon, even assisting him in defying Bill Cipher.
  • Villainous Friendship: He's not just a henchman, but also a loyal friend of Gideon.
  • Villainous Valor: He and his fellow prisoners don't hesitate to oppose Bill Cipher, but it's more because they want a real challenge.

    Agents Powers and Trigger 
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Powers: "We're here to investigate reports of mysterious activity in this town." Trigger: "Activity!"

Powers voiced by: Nick Offerman (credited as Key Vigenére)
Trigger voiced by: Brad Abrell

Two agents of a vague yet menacing government agency who come investigating the town's various oddities.


  • Agent Scully: The both of them investigate paranormal occurrences, but have never actually witnessed one. Almost getting eaten by zombies brings them to the Agent Mulder side.
  • Anti-Villain: They're not bad people by any definition — they're just doing their jobs, and they do have good reason to believe Stan is a dangerous criminal. Of course, we know Stan's a not a bad guy, but Powers and Trigger have every right to attempt to arrest him.
  • Arc Villain: Of the first half of Season 2 after Gideon in Season 1 and Bill taking centre stage in the later half.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Though they could be codenames.
  • Badass Mustache: Powers seems to be the more physically capable of the two, having crushed a Zombie Skull with a rock when it got too close, and not even Animation can deprive Nick Offerman of a mustache.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: As of "Sock Opera," it's revealed in a Freeze-Frame Bonus that they've planted listening devices in the Mystery Shack A live-action interview with Stan reveals that the agency has been watching the entire Pines family (on Earth anyway) "for years" and that Powers and Trigger are just an extension of that.
  • Bulletproof Vest: They seem to have some sort of armor under their clothing. Whatever it is, it was enough to save them from zombie bites.
  • Butt-Monkey: Agent Trigger has been used as a human shield against zombies, stuck in a car wreck pinned down by a tree branch thanks to two kids, and forced to dress up as a girl.
  • The Comically Serious: Both to different degrees. Powers is the more practical, but his inability to understand humor is played for laughs, while Trigger does several silly and erratic things with a straight serious face.
  • Hero Antagonist: Despite working against our heroes, they do so because they believe Stan is a world-class supervillain, and while they're (partially) wrong about his supposed doomsday machine, they turned out to be not that far off when the Rift opened, and Stan has committed an extremely long list of genuine crimes.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Darkly played straight. They're not disguised very often or very well, so you know that you're being followed, but if you turn around and actually try to see if anyone's there, they won't be.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The events of "Not What He Seems" wouldn't have happened if they didn't show up.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Thanks to the memory ray, they forget about their pursuit of Stan and what he's hiding.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: In The Stinger of "Northwest Mansion Mystery", they're arguing in the closet about where Trigger left Powers' phone.
    Trigger: "Oh, so I'm just supposed to hold onto everything for you?"
    Powers: "I asked you when we were in the car!"
    Trigger: "WHY DO WE ALWAYS HAVE TO FIGHT AT PARTIES?!"
    (Tambry walks in, sees them arguing and Trigger in a dress.)
    Tambry: (Walks out) "Not even gonna ask."
  • Made of Iron: Agent Trigger has been used by Powers as a shield against zombies and stuck in a crashed Humvee with a tree branch pinning him down thanks to Mabel and Manly Dan. He survived both of these situations off-screen.
  • The Men in Black: They work for the government, investigating weird stuff and wear black suits.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In the "Northwest Mansion Noir" episode, Powers and Trigger disguise themselves as a married couple and even after they drop the act they continue to bicker like one. This attracts Tambry and when she sees this, combined with the fact that Trigger was wearing a dress, she walks out immediately and tells them that she is "not even gonna ask". Tambry doesn't know that Powers and Trigger are actually agents working for a vague government.
  • No Sense of Humor: Agent Powers said he's born without an ability to experience humor and doesn't understand the noise (nervous laughter) that Stan is making.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Played With. While they don't believe Dipper's journal is actual proof, they do take the time to look at said journal before dismissing it, and take Dipper seriously when he first says he may be able to help their investigation, which is certainly more than adults on other kids' shows can say.
  • Not So Stoic: They do their best to be calm and professional, but definitely have their limits.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: We see them dragged off into the woods to certain doom by zombies. They emerge in The Stinger no worse for the wear. Turns out Powers used Trigger as a human shield.
  • Put on a Bus: After having their memories and records of the Pines family erased, they buy Ford's Bavarian Fire Drill and appear to abandon investigation of Gravity Falls entirely.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The both of them. They just happen to live in an unreasonable world.
  • Seen It All: Not the paranormal per se, but they're terribly familiar with more mundane felonies. Even the often-hapless Trigger tries to warn the Twins that Stan is in fact a fraud because he's seen this situation play out before. And as it turns out, Trigger's (mostly) right; while he does love Dipper and Mabel, the Stanford Pines Dipper and Mabel knew was in fact his brother Stanley posing as him.
  • Those Two Guys: Of a slightly more sinister bent; in both "Sock Opera" and "Soos and the Real Girl," they can be seen in the background keeping an eye on the Pines family.

    Stan's Family (SPOILER WARNING

Filbrick Pines and Caryn Pines

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Filbrick voiced by: Jonathan Banks
Caryn voiced by: Kari Wahlgren

The parents of Stanley and Stanford Pines revealed in "A Tale of Two Stans".


Tropes applying to both

Tropes applying to Filbrick

  • Abusive Dad: He was particularly rigid with Stan, and was hard to impress. Before Filbrick kicked Stanley out for accidentally breaking Stanford's science fair project, he scolded Stan with a blunt "The Reason You Suck" Speech and stated that he wasn't welcome in the household until he compensated the "potential millions" lost. His treatment towards Stan long-lasting emotional scars on him for decades: he became a Snake Oil Salesman to try to earn money, and becomes obsessed with it. According to a cryptogram, he wasn't even expecting twins, and was too lazy to give either of them a different name other than Stan.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Filbrick refused to believe that Stan had broken Ford's perpetual motion machine on accident, and immediately disowned and kicked Stanley out of the house until he earned a fortune. It's made worse, as Stanley hadn't even graduated from high school.
  • Graying Morality: He initially started as a firm but fair father to Stan and Ford, but eventually became a jerkass father who disowned one of his sons for allegedly ruining their chances of a fortune. A cryptogram in Lost Legends reads "NEVER WIPED "#1 DAD" OFF HIS GOLD CHAIN", and gives some ambiguity towards its meaning: he's either narcissistic enough to believe that he's still a good parent (despite abandoning one of his sons and selfishly riding the coattails of the other one), or he's come to regret his decision and blames himself for disowning him in a fit of anger.
  • Hate Sink: While Stan and Ford have Jerkass moments especially towards each other, this is counteracted by them being nice to their children and the two reconciling in the end. Filbrick on the other hand, is shown to be a complete asshole who kicked out Stan simply because he ruined his brother's college dream for the chance to make millions. His actions ultimately caused the falling out between the two Stans in the first place
  • Hypocrite: Filbrick claims Stanley "rode on his brother's coattails", he than proceeded to berate him for costing the family millions.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: As a bigger hypocrite he is by accusing Stanley of using Ford, and kicking his son out for it. There's one thing that he is correct about, is that Stan did slack off and have his brother doing work for him. That being said, it's still not a good reason to kick his son out.
  • Irony: Filbrick kicked Stanley out for ruining his chance at millions of dollars Stanford could have made. But when Stanford recieved a large sum of money for his research, neither of them seem to have gotten any of that money. To clarify, the money Stanford got was in the form of a grant, which can only legally be used for research, meaning they would have never gotten the money anyways. And by the time Stanley had a thriving business, he wasn't exactly in the position to re-enter the family and give them the money, as he was by then legally deceased. So their very attempts to gain money deprived them of it.
  • It's All About Me: The only reason Filbrick kicked Stanley out was because he cost the family "millions", and not that he cost Stanford his dream school.
  • Jerkass to One: Much like his oldest son later on, he much bigger asshole towards his youngest son than anyone else including his wife, seeing him as nothing more than a failure who ride on his older brother's coattails to the point of fully disowning his youngest son after he screwed up his older's brothers chance of going to a pristine college. Notably, while Ford doesn't hide his contempt for his younger brother, he never seemed to speak negatively about his own father, neither the series nor in the journals demonstrating a more blatant case of favoritism between his sons.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Filbrick kicked his son Stanley out, not for ruining his brother's chance to go to his dream school, but because he ruined their chance to make millions. He also spent time as a censor for Comic Books, who's professional duty was to "ruin jokes"; and enjoys westerns that end with everyone dead.
  • Karma Houdini: Filbrick suffers no comeuppance nor gets called out for the abusive treatment towards Stanley.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: However with one son gone and another running a tourist trap (see Irony above), it's highly unlikely he ever saw enough money to allow him to leave Jersey, and probably spent the rest of his life in that "dump."
  • Knight of Cerebus: Not as destructive as the other antagonist of course, but Filbrick's disownment of Stanley was played realistically straight.
  • Lack of Empathy: Filbrick disowned his own son without a hint of regret.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Filbrick clearly did this with Ford to help influence his decision too go to his dream school and make the family millions.
  • Moral Myopia: Accuses Stanley of riding his brother's coattails while using Ford as a Meal Ticket.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a fedora, which is only nice thing about him.
  • Not So Stoic: Filbrick smiles when he learns Stanford could go on to make the family millions, and is visibly enraged when Stanley accidentally ruins his chance to do that.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: The Lost Legends bonus pages note he enjoys "putting steak as a condiment on steak."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He lands a pretty brutal on Stan when he kicks him out of the house.
    Filbrick: You ignoramus! Your brother was gonna be our ticket outta this dump! All you ever do is lie and cheat and ride on your brother's coattails. Well this time you cost our family potential millions! And until you make us a fortune, you're not welcome in this household.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Filbrick only had a few minutes of screen time in A Tale of Two Stans, but damn were those minutes important.
  • The Sociopath: Filbrick is one of the most subtle examples of this trope. However he is still a cold, selfish, and emotionally abusive bastard who disowned his 17-year-old son without any hesitation or remorse, for petty reasons. He also saw Stanford as nothing more than a Meal Ticket. Given this attitude, there could be a reason why his wife, who seems to actually care for their children, doesn't do a thing about it.
  • So Proud of You: In one of Stan's memories in Dreamscapers" he is seen nodding his head in approval when Stan begins to fight back during boxing lessons. In "A Tale of Two Stans", he tells Ford that he is impressed after being informed of Ford potentially to get into the best college in the country and potentially make millions. However, both these examples becomes subverted when we see that he only cared about Ford getting into a good school so the family could make millions off him, and kicked out Stan for ruining his chance without a second thought.
  • The Stoic: Filbrick was often described as a man who is not easily impressed "with all the personality of a cinderblock." The one time he was impressed was when he was told about Stanford's potential college prospects, and the possibility it could make the family millions, which is possibly why he reacted so badly to Stanley ruining said prospects. Deconstruction, as his actions may suggest there is something wrong with him.
  • Tough Love: Deconstructed with Filbrick. His rough treatment of Stanley and Stanford did make them stronger, but it also left emotional scars that were so deep they carried them into their sixties. That and the fact that he didn't actually care for either of them.

Tropes applying to Caryn

  • Chekhov's Skill: Due to Stan's experience with her fake psychic job, he directly knew Gideon was a fake.
  • Consummate Liar: She was a pathological liar, a skill she put to good use as a phone psychic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being a habitual liar who duped people out of cash via psychic readings, Caryn does hold a soft spot in her heart for Stanley, calling him "her little free spirit." Unlike her husband, who saw Stanley as a coattail-riding screw-up, she holds genuine affection for her sons. Filbrick's bio in the Lost Legends bonus pages refers to her as a caring mother.
  • Phony Psychic: The perfect job for a pathological liar like her.

Shermie Pines

The other brother of Stanley and Stanford, and the grandfather of Dipper and Mabel.
  • Satellite Character: He has no role in the series beyond being related to the main characters. The above baby is the only image we see of him, assuming that it's him at all.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Apparently a baby when Stan was kicked out of the house. Since "more than ten years" pass before Ford gets lost in the portal, and another thirty before the main events of the series, he should be about forty, but with twelve-year-old grandkids. Even if you assume that "more than ten years" was closer to twenty, that's kind of pushing it.

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