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"Dipper" Pines
"Yes! Time to show Grunkle Stan how a real mystery hunter does it. Dipper out!"
Voiced by: Jason Ritter

"When life gives you lemons, extract the juice and use it to draw a treasure map in invisible ink. That really works! Seriously!"

Dipper is a curious, clever, inventive 12-year-old. With his (older) twin sister Mabel along for the ride, he dares to uncover the secrets of Gravity Falls.

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  • Acting Your Intellectual Age: A mild case, but Dipper is rather intelligent, and doesn't have many friends his own age. He prefers hanging out with 15-year-old Wendy, and the plot of "The Inconveniencing" is partially put in motion when he tries to befriend her group of friends.
  • Action Survivor: He's not as tough in a fight as Mabel is and prefers keeping out of conflict as much as possible, but he's still more than capable of holding his own when he has to.
    • Up to Eleven in "Weirdmageddon Part 1", where he's the only member of his family and one of the few people not captured or killed by Bill's nightmares during the three day Time Skip: Gravity Falls had literally become Hell on Earth during those three days from an Apocalypse How. There was little food, no real shelter, the water had turned to blood, and Bill's drones and creatures were specifically looking for him.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: He's 12 but tends to act much older, though there are times he acts exactly like the preteen he is.
  • Adorkable: Often comes across as awkward and unsure, but is adorable.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Mabel occasionally calls him "Dipping Sauce" or "bro-bro".
  • Agent Mulder: Dipper kicked off the plot when he found Journal #3 and immediately began using it to identify the supernatural in everything around him. Although she came around after the incident with the gnomes, Mabel indicates in "Tourist Trapped" that Dipper was like this even before he came across it.
    Mabel: Norman and I are going on a date at five o'clock and I'm going to be adorable and he's going to be dreamy and I'm not going to let you ruin it with one of your crazy CONSPIRACIES!!!
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He is known to have been teased about his birthmark by other children until he started hiding it, which may be how he earned his nickname when he was no older than five.
  • Always Someone Better: "Little Dipper" reveals that he's this to Mabel since he's usually beaten her at everything. The fact that she's now taller than him meant that she was finally first/better than him at something. Ironically, Word of God says he apparently sees Mabel as this to him.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: In "Boss Mabel", Dipper wears a headband with wolf ears as part of his Pre-Teen Wolf Boy costume.
  • Anti-Hero: A Classical Anti-Hero as all the social awkwardness tropes would suggest; but also has shades of the more modern variety. While willing to make great sacrifices for the people he cares for, he's pretty cynical and willing to get his hands dirty for personal gain, not to mention that he epitomizes Good Is Not Soft when dealing with foes.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Highlighted in "Weirdmageddon 2: Excape From Reality": Dipper knows that the world can be an unfriendly place, but decides to live in it because it's the people that make it worth living.
  • Appropriated Appellation: He disliked when Soos called him and Mabel "Mystery Twins" in "Headhunters". By "Irrational Treasure", it's grown on him.
  • Author Avatar: He's based off of Alex Hirsch from when he was a kid. To wit, during a series of tweets where Hirsch joked about going mad with power, he claimed he'd be able to add a self-insert OC into the show with no resistance before remembering that he already had one in the form of Dipper.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: He is five minutes younger and a millimeter shorter than Mabel, who is not above teasing him about such. Nor is Stan apparently.
  • Badass Adorable: Though you may not want to mention the adorable bit where he can hear you. Dipper takes on supernatural beings on a weekly basis and trumps them regularly. He and Soos also went toe to toe with Grunkle Stan in "Not What He Seems", a man who beat three government agents. Eventually lampshaded by Grunkle Ford when he asks Dipper to be his apprentice.
    Ford: How many other twelve-year-olds do you think are capable of doing what you've just done?
  • Badass Boast: He says one in the trailer for the series finale.
  • Badass Bookworm: Dipper is a very rational, observant, resourceful Nerd who loves reading, whether it's the Journal(s), the newspaper, or a mystery novel. He's capable of putting up a fight all the same, and he gradually becomes more and more badass as the series goes on.
    • In "Headhunters", he has an epic sword fight with wax Sherlock Holmes, and even tricks him to go outside so that the sun can melt him. This kid right here, outwitted Sherlock bleedin' Holmes.
    • In "The Inconveniencing", he singlehandedly breaks into a convenience store after Robbie was unable to even open the door, by punching through metal with his bare hands. Everyone is rightly impressed.
    • In "Dipper vs. Manliness", he completes 49 tests of manliness from the testosterone-poisoned Manotaurs, then for the final test he fights a huge multi-headed bear monster with only a crude bone spear and wins...then stands up to the Manotaurs when he refuses to kill Multi-Bear.
    • In "Fight Fighters", Dipper manages to live even after getting beat up by Rumble McSkirmish, an Expy of Ryu from Street Fighter, and still stands up to Robbie's challenge afterward.
    • In "Gideon Rises", he jumps off a cliff onto a giant robot to take down Gideon and save his sister.
    • A headline photo in a newspaper in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" was of Dipper rescuing Deputy Durland and Sheriff Blubs from a Vampire Bat.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In "Northwest Mansion Mystery", when the Northwests insist that he wear a suit. He likewise dons a nice suit in "Boss Mabel".
  • Badass Normal: Dipper relies entirely on his wits and his resourcefulness in order to defeat foes and overcome obstacles.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call him adorable or imply that he isn't smart enough to solve something. In "Weirdmageddon Part 1", Bill Cipher nearly got punched in the eye for the latter.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't make him angry. He's not afraid to step up when someone he loves is in danger.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Although the younger twin, if his sister is in danger, his usually cool head goes straight out the window. Sometimes he takes it a little too far.
  • Blue Is Heroic: A courageous, resourceful Kid Hero who wears a blue and white hat and a blue vest.
  • Brains and Brawn: Usually the Brains to Mabel's Brawn, but both he and Mabel function as the Brains to Soos's, Wendy's, or Stan's Brawn, depending on who's with them at the time. On a rare occasion, Dipper proves he's fully capable of fulfilling the Brawn dynamic himself, but only if you really push him.
  • Brainy Brunette: A male example. He has brown hair and is one of the most intellectual characters of the series. He's extremely strategic and quick-witted, adept at solving problems and mysteries, and he thoroughly enjoys the intricate gameplay of Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons. His sister also falls under this trope, though her intellect is more creativity-based.
  • Broken Pedestal: After discovering that his Grunkle Stan was not the real Stanford Pines in Not What He Seems, Dipper lost all faith in him. And believed the machine that Stan activated was going to destroy the world. Fortunately in A Tale of Two Stans, after learning Grunkle Stan's backstory, Dipper ultimately forgave him.
  • Brother–Sister Team: With Mabel.
  • Brutal Honesty: Unlike Mabel, he often has no problem telling it like it is. In "Northwest Mansion Mystery", he bluntly calls Pacifica "the worst" right to her face. In "The Stanchurian Candidate", he tells Stan in no uncertain terms that he doesn't think the latter would do well if he ran for mayor.
    Mabel: BLAARRGG! (Flails arms) He asked me out again and I didn't know how to say no.
    Dipper: Like this: no.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Discussed; according to Soos, his jokes are terrible.
  • The Cassandra: Almost no one believes him about the strange things going on in Gravity Falls. Subverted after "Society of the Blind Eye", though, since the memory-censoring Society of the Blind Eye was taken down. By "Northwest Mansion Mystery", the paranormal is relatively common knowledge in the town, and Dipper's adventures even make it into the newspaper.
  • Character Development: His time in Gravity Falls has changed him greatly:
    • Throughout most of season 1 and in the first episode of season 2, Dipper would use the journal to try and fix whatever problem he had, either to get back at someone else or be taken seriously. However, for the rest of the season 2 he stops doing such rash actions after experiencing the disastrous results that came with them.
    • In an earlier episode he states that he could never win in a fight, but Dipper managed to protect Ford by taking on an alien machine.
  • Character Tics:
    • He has a habit of clicking his pen repeatedly when in deep thought, or when very excited.
    • He also has an Oral Fixation, and has been seen chewing pens until they burst while thinking. In "Sock Opera" it was revealed by Mabel that, on occasion, when Dipper gets incredibly sleep deprived he will unknowingly eat his own shirt.
    • He also tends to scratch his head quite often, particularly when nervous or unsure.
  • Chick Magnet: No really, this actually happened in "Roadside Attraction". After taking advice from Stan on practicing to talk to girls, he manages to get three girls to give him their email addresses without making a joke of himself, and they all seem eager to keep in touch with him. This increases his confidence, so much so that he manages to unintentionally woo Candy. However, Stan's advice backfires when all the girls he talked to catch him on a date with Candy, thus his charm to get them went as quickly as it came...for now. There's also the fact that during a time travel incident, a younger Wendy thought he was cute. Then there's Pacifica who shows signs of having feelings for him, originating from the episode "Northwest Mansion Mystery".
  • Child Prodigy: Dipper is undoubtedly a genius, which is how he is able to understand the game Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He often plays this to Mabel with varying degrees of success, although on some occasions he's just as goofy as she is.
    Dipper: I just feel like I'm one puzzle piece away from figuring out everything.
    Mabel: Don't worry, Dipper. [picks up Waddles] Lord Mystery Ham is on the case! "I play by me own rules! Wot wot?"
    Dipper: I don't know why I tell you things.
  • The Comically Serious: Anytime he attempts to look smart and mature, expect it to be ruined by Mabel's or Soos' antics or his own hidden goofiness. Take a look at these images for proof.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Several of Dipper's experiences in Gravity Falls include learning about himself, defending a first crush, and boldly standing up for what is right, all elements of this trope.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Dipper sees supernatural secrets and hidden conspiracies wherever he looks. In "Tourist Trapped", Mabel asserts that he's been like this even before they came to Gravity Falls. Considering the town he's in, however, he more often than not is Properly Paranoid.
  • Control Freak: Justified. Dipper's over-attention to detail, general trust issues, and occasional irritation with Mabel and Soos lead him to be insistent on his own direction of things. However, when the other two members of the group are a Cloudcuckoolander and a Manchild, someone has to take charge or nothing will ever get done. "Double Dipper" deconstructs Dipper's Control Freak tendencies by pitting him against himself with devastating consequences to his social life.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Had Dipper just told Mabel about the dimensional rift and what it could do, then Weirdmageddon may never have happened.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Dipper brings seventeen disposable cameras for a monster hunt in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker". This is because he's smart enough to realize that cameras keep getting destroyed or lost during monster hunts. Sure enough, by the end he was down to one camera.
  • Crush Blush: He's very prone to doing this when talking to or about Wendy.
  • Cry Cute: In "Dipper vs. Manliness".
    Woman: [bumped into by Dipper] Oh, I'm sorry. I was looking for the mailman.
    Dipper: Oh, what? Are you saying I'm not a male man? Is that what you're trying to say? I'm not male, I'm- I'm not a man? Is that- is that what you're getting at?
    Woman: Are you crying?
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Due to the art style it's usually impossible to tell the characters' eye colors, but Dipper's are brown as confirmed by Alex Hirsch.
  • The Cynic: A mild example in contrast with Mabel's eternal idealism. Dipper nearly always suspects something to go wrong, or things are not what they appear. This stems from his Properly Paranoid side. It's because of this that Dipper is grounded enough to see reality.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Quick-witted and calm, normally in response to the silliness going on around him.
  • Deal with the Devil: In "Sock Opera", Dipper desperately and begrudgingly makes a deal with the dream demon Bill Cipher. The laptop containing the secrets he's been looking for is about to erase all data due to too many failed entries. Bill appears in the nick of time, requesting a puppet for his end of the bargain. This lets Bill take Dipper as his puppet.
  • Death Glare: Occasionally when he's severely unamused. His usual targets are Stan and Mabel.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Happens in "Northwest Mansion Mystery": he acts as main character for the majority of the episode before falling victim to the Monster of the Week, leaving Pacifica to save the day.
  • Delusions of Eloquence: Dipper admits in "Society of the Blind Eye" that he sometimes uses big words he doesn't actually know the meaning of.
  • Demonic Possession: Gets his body stolen by Bill in "Sock Opera". In order to communicate with Mabel, he had to possess a sockpuppet of his likeness.
  • Determinator: In "Weirdmageddon Part 1", he gets the crap knocked out of him when Wendy's truck overturns. Upon spilling out of the side door, covered in bruises, he looks up to see how close he is to Mabel's prison bubble and starts dragging himself toward it.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Like Mabel, any form of romance goes nowhere with Dipper. Wendy lets him down easy because of the age gap, Candy loses interest in him and the friendship with Pacifica just has some romantic undertones that's open to interpretation.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In Scary-oke, Dipper attempted to prove to agents Powers and Trigger that there is real paranormal activity by randomly chanting a forbidden spell from the journal without reading what it could do. The end result caused Dipper to unleash a Zombie Hoard.
  • Distinguishing Mark: The birthmark shaped like the Big Dipper on his forehead.
  • Distressed Dude: In "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", where Gideon uses magic to capture him and tries to cut him in half with sheep shears.
    • He gets captured by Probilatator in "Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons", who intends to eat his brain.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Deconstructed. One of his reoccurring flaws is that he constantly seeks validation and acceptance, usually to the detriment of himself and others. A lot of his mistakes stem from his fear that he's actually unwanted or useless to the people around him, which Stan and Mabel's frequent Innocently Insensitive comments don't exactly help with. As shown in "Society of the Blind Eye", he sees his intelligence as his only worthwhile quality and doesn't know who he is without it, and thus takes being disregarded as not smart enough very badly. Unfortunately for him, his attempts to prove he's worthy of the acceptance and appreciation he desires are usually what causes the episode's conflict. Everything he's learned ultimately pays off in the end, and he's recognized as the hero of Gravity Falls.
  • Embarrassing First Name: According to the Bill Cipher AMA, this applies to Dipper, being one of the reasons he decided to adopt the nickname. According to Word of God, his true name is similar to Mabel's in a way. According to the Defictionalization of Journal 3, Dipper's real name is Mason.
  • Everyone Can See It:
    • His crush on Wendy wasn't exactly subtle because Mabel, Soos, and even Wendy herself were able to figure it out almost immediately because of how Dipper spoke to her.
    • Even though this has been debated on and reduced to Ship Tease, he's very bad at lying to Mabel about his interactions with Pacifica. In Journal 3; Dipper wrote his personal thoughts about Pacifica and it's written with romantic undertones. Dipper did eventually cross this out, obviously having written it absent-mindedly and he wanted to cross it out before anyone could read it.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: He sports these at all times. They're so bad that even Mabel, Candy, Grenda, and Waddles's bodies get them when he switches bodies with them in "Carpet Diem". They somehow get worse in "Sock Opera", after he stays up for days trying to hack into a laptop.
  • Facial Markings: Dipper gets his nickname from a birthmark on his forehead shaped like the Big Dipper. Interestingly, children being "marked" with an affinity for the supernatural by being born with stars on their foreheads is an old Fairy Tale trope (Aarne-Thompson 407) that's survived into modern fantasy literature (Smith of Wootton Major, The Riddle-Master of Hed).
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Dipper's desire to be taken more seriously often puts himself and others in harm's way for much of season one, culminating in the zombie rampage in "Scary-oke".
    • Dipper's severely lacking confidence and self-worth and his general insecurity over whether he is actually valued by his friends and family has driven many of the conflicts centered around his character. Actually, this is likely the direct cause the above flaw.
    • He also at times can have a defeatist mentality due to said insecurities, something that can damage his ability to fight back in tough circumstances. He's so far only been able to overcome this mentality when others are in danger and need him, something that again ties in with his doubts over his worth.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: A Double Subversion in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". At first it seems he and Pacifica are becoming friends as a result of saving her from the ghost, but when he learns the ghost was haunting the Northwest family for holding extravagant parties and not keeping their promise of inviting the townsfolk and that they knew this all along, he reverts and says she's just as bad as her parents. Later still, however, after seeing that she's genuinely upset by her family's history, he makes amends and the two get past their animosity.
  • Foil:
    • To Mabel, the two heavily contrast in personality, maturity, goals and philosophical outlook. While Dipper is cynical and struggles with self-confidence issues, he can be very determined when push comes to shove. Mabel, on the other, tends to look on the bright side, has an inflated view of her own importance, and can totally lose it when things don't go her way.
    • To the Author, his Grunkle Ford. They are interested in the paranormal and are dedicated to unlocking the secrets of Gravity Falls. The difference is that Ford mostly favors researching independently, while Dipper prefers having his friends and family by his side when going on adventures.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Mabel's foolish. Dipper is always the one most concerned about the others and his own safety, worried about the implications of what will occur (except on occasions where his pride blinds him) and prepared to deal with the consequences. His big picture anxieties and Mabel's small picture optimism begin to clash more in season 2.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Realist. Dipper is mostly reasonably cynical, he always suspects something will go wrong and is distrusting till proven a reason to trust. However he's also not so far gone that he can't appreciate the wonder of the things they find or be taken by the sheer joy of activities he likes.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic: Independent, organized, and analytic.

  • Generation Xerox: Discussed in "A Tale of Two Stans". Dipper has similar interests and talents to his Great-Uncle Ford, while Mabel more closely follows in their Grunkle Stan's footsteps. Mabel is afraid that this means she and Dipper will eventually grow apart, while Stan is worried that Dipper will end up in danger because of his obsession with the supernatural, just like Ford did. While Dipper tries to reassure Mabel, she's still worried—and, in the very next episode, we see that Mabel's incessant teasing of Dipper (shown, in "Little Dipper", to stem from her own insecurities) has already begun to drive a wedge between them.
  • Genius Slob: Robbie states that he wears the same pair of shorts everyday. He even wears the same shirt and shorts when sleeping. During "Carpet Diem" he argues that he's too busy and has too much to do to waste time with laundry.
  • Good Is Not Soft: A trait he shares with Mabel, albeit in a different way. Mabel is an All-Loving Heroine who tries to see the best in people and treat everyone nicely regardless of how they treat her, but she has her limits. Dipper, despite being a compassionate and friendly Nice Guy, is more cynical and has significantly less tolerance for bad behavior. He also has no reservations about treating antagonistic people accordingly.
    • Before Pacifica Took a Level in Kindness, Dipper had no qualms about springing the knowledge that her ancestor is a fraud on her, and gladly rubbing it in her face.
    • In "The Love God", while Mabel expresses sympathy for Robbie after seeing him in pain over his break-up with Wendy, Dipper leaves with everyone else and insinuates that Robbie's Jerkass personality makes him deserving of his current miserable state.
  • Good with Numbers:
    • "The Time Traveler's Pig" shows him doing complex equations. Though the math he uses is a lot simpler than it looks (sums, exponents, and a dizzying amount of bracketed functions), the equations are ultimately nonsense (though if he bothered to define his variables, he might have been on to something).
    • The titular Tabletop RPG in "Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons" uses an extremely convoluted and complex mathematical system for standard play. Naturally, Dipper loves it.
  • Guile Hero: Dipper commonly relies on his wits and cunning. He's also not above manipulation and trickery to achieve his goals or defeat his opponents. For instance, in the episode "Headhunters", he tricks wax Sherlock Holmes onto the roof of the Mystery Shack so that the rising sun will melt him. Sherlock then exclaims that he was "outsmarted by a child in short pants."
  • Guilty Pleasures: In "Dipper vs. Manliness", Dipper is embarrassed to admit that he enjoys listening to Icelandic pop sensation BABBA, an Expy of ABBA.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Mabel. Downplayed, as they dress and act differently and have different hair cuts.
  • Has a Type: Redheads and girls with redhead features. He's attracted to the very redheaded Wendy, and Word of God stated that Dipper's "creepy" Internet history consists of "a lot of redheads". In "Roadside Attraction", the first girl that Dipper approaches once Stan gives him girl advice has reddish hair and freckles, not too unlike Wendy.
  • Hates Being Called Cute: Being condescendingly referred to as "adorable" gets him miffed.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Downplayed at the end of "Into the Bunker". Having confessed his feelings to Wendy, Dipper is left feeling awkward and itchy for a moment by the fact that she doesn't reciprocate, but the two quickly agree to remain friends and leave on a high note. Though after she bikes away, Dipper looks despondent and describes how he feels about all that's transpired as "so amazing and so terrible all at the same time."
  • Heroes Want Redheads: His crush on Wendy. The Bill Cipher AMA states that redheads dominate his internet history as well.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite having done some seriously amazing things for a twelve-year-old and occasionally acting pretty cocky, Dipper actually has trouble seeing anything good about himself besides his brains. He also has the awful tendency to internalize this and bottle it up until the absolute worst moments, because he genuinely thinks his family and friends would rather laugh at him than take his feelings and concerns seriously (as shown in the story he made up in "Bottomless Pit").
  • Heroic Will Power: He alone is able to resist the lures of Bill's prison bubble, while everyone else succumbed easily.
  • Hero with a Unique Name: Dipper goes by an unusual nickname as his real name is never spoken on screen. Journal 3 reveals his name is Mason Pines.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He can play the sousaphone.
    • If his drawings in Journal 3 are any indication, Dipper is actually a pretty talented artist. He also sketched a very intricate drawing of Grunkle Stan in Gravity Falls: Dipper and Mabel's Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun!.
    • It isn't explored much, but Dipper has a notable affinity and finesse for video games. He beats Wendy at an arcade game called Fight Fighters in the episode of the same name, and he's shown intently playing a handheld game in "Tourist Trapped" during the How We Got Here montage. In Gravity Falls: Dipper's and Mabel's Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun!, he includes a Tiger Fist arcade game in his "ultimate hideout".
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Invoked trope. Dipper tries to become this to flirt with girls in "Roadside Attraction", but he never actually pulls it off since he's pretty genuine and friendly to all the girls he talks to (the worst thing he actually does when talking to them is almost drop a girl's camera, and the "jerk" comment there is a joke). When the flirting attempts backfire on him he stops trying this.
  • Hopeless Suitor: His crush on Wendy.
  • Iconic Outfit: Dipper is always seen in a blue cap with pine tree on it; and his orange shirt, blue vest, and grey shorts. Lampshaded by Robbie, who teases him for wearing the same shorts every day.
  • Idiot Ball: Much like how Mabel is handed the Jerkass Ball whenever she becomes preoccupied with a cute guy, Dipper occasionally gets the Idiot Ball when trying to hang out with or impress Wendy. See Love Makes You Dumb below.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Just barely played straight in the most literal sense; for every brush with death he's worked his way out of in the series proper, a conversation with Stan in Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets reveals that Dipper was born with his umbilical cord (or possibly Mabel's) wrapped around his neck, nearly killing him via asphyxiation.
  • In a Single Bound: After training with the manotaurs Dipper gains a Downplayed (but still quite impressive for a twelve-year-old) version.
  • The Insomniac: Tends to forget sleep when more pressing concerns engage his attention, as highlighted in "Sock Opera" when he pulled a string of all-nighters in an attempt to crack the laptop code.
    Mabel: Don't stay up all night, Dipper. Last time you got this sleep-deprived you tried to eat your own shirt.
    Dipper: (spits out shirt collar)
  • Insufferable Genius: Light example. He's one of the more intelligent members of the main cast and (often) shows a lot more common sense. His neurotics can be irritating, however, and he can be a bit prideful if over aware of his logic to cover up his low self-esteem, not to mention he's an apt Deadpan Snarker.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Downplayed or Zig-Zagged. He has few qualms about showing his emotions (especially in comparison to his Grunkle Stan), he tends to eschew violence and use it as a last resort, he's the Brains to Mabel's Brawn, and he likes girly Icelandic pop sensation BABBA. However, his affinity for the aforementioned music group is treated as a Guilty Pleasure, and many of the qualities that form the crux of his character are traditionally masculine; he's very brave, rational, resourceful, and he takes the initiative on adventures. He also adapts to his training with the Manotaurs fairly quickly, he enjoys bonding and swapping macho banter with Stan, and hygiene isn't exactly his strong suit.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: The A plot of "Dipper vs. Manliness" is Dipper's quest to learn masculinity from the Manotaurs. Eventually, he learns to be his own man and not let the expectations of others define him.
  • Jerkass Ball:
    • In "The Land Before Swine", Dipper vocally complains about Soos' frequent mistakes throughout the episode and eventually snaps at him, blaming Soos for getting them lost and deeply hurting his feelings when Dipper tells him he didn't want to bring him along.
    • Dipper shows shades of this at the beginning of "The Love God" when he joins Wendy's friends in treating Thompson like a Butt-Monkey.
    • In Scary-oke, after Government agents Powers and Trigger visit Gravity Falls to investigate any supernatural occurrences, Dipper becomes infatuated with them. This prompts Dipper to do anything to get Powers and Trigger's attention. Even against the wishes of Grunkle Stan and Mabel. When Dipper meets up with the two agents, he tries prove that there is abnormal activity by foolishly chanting a forbidden spell from the journal. This ultimately causes a zombie hoard to appear, and Dipper is rightfully called out for his actions.
  • Jerkass Realization:
    • He has one in "Little Dipper", when Mabel tells him that the reason she'd been teasing him relentlessly about his shorter height is because he bests her at most activities (chess, checkers, ping pong, etc.), and tends to rub it in her face. He apologetically says he feels like a "big jerk", laughs at Mabel's retort, and the two of them reconcile.
    • In "Scary-oke", after Dipper accidentally unleashed a hoard of zombies just to impress Agent Powers and Trigger, he realized how his selfish act ultimately endangered Mabel and Soos, who was just turned into a zombie. Dipper even tried to apologize to his sister, just as he is being attack by a zombie.
      Dipper: Mabel, I'm sorry! Ahhhhhh!
  • Just Friends: He has a crush on Wendy, who considers him a great friend that really livened up the summer but nothing more. When he finally confesses to her, she casually admits she always knew, but he's just too young for her.
  • Kid Detective: He's 12, and he's investigating the weirdness in Gravity Falls.
  • Kid Hero: Despite being only 12 years old, Dipper regularly saves the day on his adventures. Saving his great-uncle's brain from demons, defending outcasts from overbearing Manotaurs, and beating up a giant robot are all in a day's work.
  • Kissing Warm-Up: According to Mabel, Dipper's been known to kiss a pillow with Wendy's face drawn on it.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Sometimes crosses into this when people pick on Mabel, holding offenses against her far more personally than Mabel herself does and holding long grudges against those who actually manage to hurt her. He actually seems to take insults to Mabel more personally than he does insults to himself.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": When Dipper finally meets the Author of the Journals, he can barely contain his excitement. In "A Tale of Two Stans", he lets out a high-pitched squeal of joy when Ford's story reaches the point where he began writing in the Journals.
    The Author: I began to keep a Journal.
    Dipper: (squee) THE JOURNALS!!! ...sorry, sorry. I just got excited there. About the Journals. ...keep talking.
    The Author: I began to keep a Journal—
    Dipper: (squee)
    The Author: …Just going to ignore that.
  • Laugh of Love:
    • In "The Inconveniencing", Dipper chuckles nervously while bidding Wendy goodbye as she leaves with her friends, which results in the following exchange:
      Mabel: Uh-oh!
      Dipper: [defensively] What?
      Mabel: [pokes Dipper in his cheek] Somebody's in lo-ove!
    • In "The Deep End", when Wendy says that being lifeguard lets her have the best seat in the house, Dipper remarks "Yeah, you do!" and laughs for an overly-long time. Lampshaded when he says in a mortified whisper, "I've been laughing for too long."
  • Like Father, Like Son: Well, Grunkle Stan isn't really Dipper's father, but close enough. He sure did pick up a few things from Stan.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Towards Mabel, especially apparent in the final episodes. When she realizes how much school is going to suck, and that she'll have to leave her friends behind, she consoles herself with the knowledge that at least she'll have Dipper by her side...only to find out that Dipper has taken up Ford's offer to be his apprentice and stay in Gravity Falls while she goes back home. The possibility of them being separated is one of her motivations for trying to prevent the future by freezing time (she fails, but it results in The End of the World as We Know It instead).
  • Living MacGuffin: He is one of ten who can truly defeat Bill Cipher.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Being with Wendy tends to cause lapses in his sense of judgement.
    • In "Double Dipper", Dipper concocts a long-winded master plan to try to win Wendy's affections, rather than simply talk to her as a person. To accomplish it, he creates several clones of himself to do the work and ensure everything goes off without a hitch. This backfires miserably; Dipper finally realizes that he and Wendy get along great if he just talks to her normally, but the clones don't experience the same epiphany and remain determined to follow the ridiculous plan, even if they have to circumvent Dipper to do it.
    • In "Summerween", during his overzealous attempt to try and impress Wendy, Dipper throws a wheelbarrow of candy into some bushes without checking to see what was behind it. Turns it out was a cliff leading into a creek and all the candy winds up dumped into it. If that wasn't bad enough, the kids were just one candy short of getting their goal (which Mabel managed to acquire) and the Trickster comes calling soon after. Throughout the episode, Dipper cares more about going to a party that Wendy will be at than the fact that he and his friends might die.
    • In "Into the Bunker", all Dipper has to do is confess his feelings to Wendy and Mabel will open the door to safety. With a giant monster bearing down on him, Dipper chooses to grab Wendy and flee the opposite direction in hopes of finding some other exit rather than just say the words that will solve everything.
  • Magnetic Hero: In spite of his own cynicism, he's willing to see the good in people and attract even the most unlikely of friends throughout the series. Of all people, Pacifica Northwest and Gideon Gleeful redeemed themselves because of Dipper.
  • Meaningful Echo: The way he says that "everything hurts" after he gets his body back from Bill in "Sock Opera" neatly mirrors the way Stan said the same line after fighting off a horde of zombies with a baseball bat and brass knuckles in "Scary-oke", right down to clutching his back and hunching over slightly.
  • Meaningful Name: His nickname comes from a birthmark on his forehead that's shaped like the Big Dipper. His real name, Mason, is also one of these, as Ford points out that the freemasons are an incredibly famous secret society. It matches with the Stans' both stone themed names, as 'Mason' means 'Worker with stone'. He worked with both of them. And also, all of them are not easily swayed: hard as stone. There's also the fact that Mason and Mabel's names are also counterparts to Stanly and Stanford.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Shares this role with Mabel to Stan. While he and Stan don't always get along and Mabel is closer to their great uncle, Dipper does bring out Stan's softer side. It's his and Mabel's teamwork that makes Stan and Ford realize how petty their antagonism towards each other is and work together to stop Bill.
    • Is this to Pacifica in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". He ends up acting as her conscience and in turn, Pacifica does respect him and didn't argue when he spoke his mind.

  • Nephewism: His and Mabel's summer caretaker is their great uncle aka "Grunkle Stan". Their parents are known to be alive and well, they just sent them there to get them out of their hair for the summer. Stan is more like a surrogate grandfather than anything else, so would it be called "Great-Nephewism?"
  • Nerd: Mostly a Lovable Nerd with just a pinch of Insufferable Genius. He's a self-proclaimed Smart Guy who's very nice yet socially awkward, with on-screen hobbies that include learning about and investigating paranormal phenomena, reading mystery novels, solving intelligence puzzles, and playing both video and role-playing board games.
    • In Gravity Falls: Dipper and Mabel's Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun!, he describes his "ultimate hideout" as consisting of maps of the world, a telescope, a seismograph, a Geiger counter, and a Tiger Fist arcade game.
  • Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Despite actual homework being out of the *ahem* equation, his favorite RPG, Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons, uses highly complex math as part of its game mechanics, to the point that Mabel disparagingly compares it to homework.
  • Never My Fault: Downplayed in the Lost Legends story, Don't Dimension It, where it was shown that Dipper placed a sign next to a large crack caused by the dimensional rift called, Mabel's Fault. Signifying that Mabel alone caused Weirdmageddon to happen. Even though Dipper withheld information about the rift.
  • Nice Guy: While Dipper is flawed, he is usually friendly and kindhearted.
  • Nice Hat: After his first one was taken by a gnome, he chooses a white and blue trucker cap with a blue pine tree from the Mystery Shack gift shop. It also hides the birthmark on his forehead. His hat is now in Wendy's possession, and vice versa.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In "The Deep End", Dipper becomes a pool assistant to spend more time with lifeguard Wendy. However, his sister inadvertently causes trouble by trying to rescue merboy Mermando, stealing pool supplies to do so and smashing two holes in the fence. Given the choice between his job and Mabel's latest crush, Dipper surrenders the pool's megaphone so that Mermando's voice can reach the ocean. This costs him his job.
  • No Respect Guy: Tends to be made fun of by those closest, despite usually being the most down-to-earth one. He's becoming a deconstruction, as this treatment has fed into a lot of his insecurities throughout the series, particularly in "Little Dipper", "Bottomless Pit!", and "Dreamscaperers". By "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons", Mabel seems to realize that her and Stan's constant jokes at Dipper's expense is driving him away from them now that he isn't entirely reliant on them for company and has finally found someone with his interests who doesn't make fun of him.
  • Not So Above It All: He tries hard to act like an adult and radiate a serious persona... but he's still a kid at heart. His inner goofball often comes out when he's with Mabel or Soos.
  • Not So Different: A major plot point of "Dreamscaperers" is that, despite being frequently at odds with each other and having entirely different interests, Stan and Dipper are actually a lot alike, something Stan is at least partially aware of. They're both highly determined individuals with low self-esteem that they cover up with prideful bluster and cynicism. They're both willing to do some pretty underhanded things to achieve their goals, but they ultimately prioritize their family before everything else. It's also made clear later that both feel like the lesser-liked and lesser-valued of their respective twin sets.
  • Obsessed Are The List Makers: In "Double Dipper", Dipper makes a long, complicated checklist of steps toward his goal of dancing with Wendy, the girl he has a crush on. Items on the list include wearing fitted clothing, describing how she smells, and making her laugh.
    Mabel: Why can't you just walk up and talk to her like a normal person?
    Dipper: Step 9, sister! (points to Step 9 on list: "Talk to her like a normal person")
  • Occult Detective: Gravity Falls is a very unusual place, and Dipper's trying to get to the bottom of its mysteries.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: In Weirdmageddon II: Escape From Reality, Dipper is shocked that his sister Mabel made a more radical version of him called Dippy-Fresh. Whose overly radical personality greatly annoyed Dipper.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: As revealed in "Double Dipper", Dipper's name isn't his real one, being a nickname derived from a birthmark on his forehead in the shape of the Big Dipper constellation. His birth name is unknown in the series, but is revealed in the tie-in Journal 3 book to be Mason Pines.
  • Only Sane Man: Dipper is one of the few people in Gravity Falls to acknowledge the town's supernatural occurrences and the citizens' wacky antics.
  • Outdated Name: Downplayed with his real name, Mason. Like Mabel's name, it's meant to be old-fashioned, but in 2012 (the year the series is canonically set) it was starting to make a comeback, as it was the second most popular boy's name in the United States that year.
  • The Pig-Pen: As he's just begun going through puberty, jokes are frequently made about how sweaty he is. Also, Mabel complains about how little he bothers to wash his clothes in "Carpet Diem", and mentions that he could "stand to shower more" in Gravity Falls: Dipper's and Mabel's Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun!. Ford's entry on the boy in Journal 3 has him note strong B.O., indicating a lack of general hygiene, likely from Dipper being busy with his paranormal investigations.
    Dipper: Washing clothes is a waste of time - I'm a busy guy!
  • Polar Opposite Twins: While both of them are generally good-natured, he and his sister contrast in personality. Mabel is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander Pollyanna while Dipper is serious and snarky. Dipper often seeks validation and acceptance, while Mabel does her own thing regardless of what anyone else says. Both of these outlooks on life have their virtues and flaws. These differences become more pronounced after Ford comes to stay with them.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He's on the side of good but more than willing to do what needs to be done to save the day, even if his methods are a little morally questionable or aren't in line with the rules.
    • In particular, he doesn't have a problem with cheating if he feels it's justified or necessary.
      • In "The Golf War", he convinces Mabel to use the Lilliputtians to cheat against Pacifica during a putt-putt game.
      • In "The Stanchurian Candidate", he's on board with Grunkle Stan using a mind-control tie to cheat during the campaign for mayor.
    • In "The Deep End", during his stint as assistant lifeguard, he (reluctantly) hands the community pool-owned megaphone over to Mabel for her to use to help Mermando get back to the sea; a violation of pool rules.
  • Precocious Crush: Downplayed with his crush on Wendy. She's only 15 years old, but Dipper's 12. She's not an adult, but she's still too old for him.
  • Properly Paranoid: Usually a straight example, but this trope is notably played with in "Tourist Trapped". Dipper quickly identified Mabel's boyfriend as a zombie based on his general appearance. He was wrong and right; he wasn't a zombie, but he was a mystical creature. Or rather, creatures; they were a group of gnomes.
  • Reality Ensues: Stan and Mabel's constant teasing exacerbates his insecurities, and when coupled with Dipper's own frequent mistakes and often brutally-learned episodic lessons, this eventually causes him to have serious emotion and confidence issues. Over time this evolves into an increasing tendency for Dipper to hold himself accountable for everything that goes wrong and equally increasing distance between him and the members of his family.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Mabel's Red. Dipper is (usually) calm and collected, opposed to Mabel's off-the-wall wackiness.
  • Rule of Cool: In Gravity Falls: Dipper's and Mabel's Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun!, he describes a blue pine tree hat as the most important clothing item you can bring on a paranormal investigation, "because,'s just really cool."
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Non-romantic example: Dipper is the Savvy Guy to Mabel’s Energetic Girl. Dipper's cynical and stern personality makes a contrasting pairing with Mabel's cheerful and upbeat one.
  • Secret Keeper: At the end of Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons, Dipper was entrusted by his Grunkle Ford to keep the dimensional rift a secret from everyone. Including from Grunkle Stan and Mabel.
  • Seeker Archetype: Dipper's primary motivation is to uncover Gravity Falls' secrets.
  • Series Goal: To find Gravity Falls’ mysterious author of the journals so he can learn the mysteries of the strange town.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Grunkle Stan's Manly Man. Dipper regularly longs to come across as stronger and more manly, however his few more feminine interests aside, he is quite a sympathetic and compassionate guy. He's also not above periods of sadness or insecurity.
  • Ship Tease: In "Northwest Mansion Noir", Dipper bonds with Pacifica Northwest while hunting a ghost. Midway through the episode, they share a hug and then awkwardly back off from each other. After that point, Pacifica takes Dipper's opinion of her very seriously. When Dipper turns on her over the discovery of the ghost's intentions, his scathing words are enough to convince her to turn her life around, standing up to her abusive parents and taking charge of her life in the process. Journal 3's entry that Dipper wrote about that night has him mention she looks "okay" in an evening dress and that she smells like champagne and flowers, the latter information crossed out. The last sentence, also crossed out, is him wondering if there was some vibe going on. He even draws a picture of Pacifica in the same style as a drawing he made of Wendy while he chronicled the events of "Into The Bunker".
    Pacifica: We did it!
    [Pacifica hugs Dipper, then awkwardly pulls away. Avoids eye contact, she holds out a dollar toward him]
    Pacifica: [clears throat] Can I... pay you to pretend that never happened?
  • Shorter Means Smarter: One millimeter shorter than Mabel and one of the smartest members of the main cast.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Robbie Valentino, his short-lived rival for Wendy's affections.
  • The Smart Guy: An odd deconstruction. Dipper's certainly the bright one of the group and takes it as a point of pride. In spite of his many insecurities, his role as The Smart Guy has come to mean everything to him, to the point where he admits to using large words he doesn't understand in order to keep up appearances. It's implied that this is because Dipper doesn't feel proud about anything else about himself, and so measures his self-worth in his intelligence.
  • Smart People Play Chess: In "Little Dipper", Dipper's proficiency at chess is used to illustrate the intellectual gap between him and Mabel.
    Mabel: Little guy to black space nine!
    Dipper: It's a pawn, that's not your color, and stop stealing the tiny horses!
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Dipper is courageous enough to regularly face danger in the course of his supernatural investigations, but tends to avoid social situations and is easily flustered in the presence of his crush, Wendy. Or girls in general, really.
    • This trait lessens somewhat over time, and in "Roadside Attraction", he learns to talk to girls after receiving advice from Stan, which results in him becoming a temporary Chick Magnet. Though he's still learning of course, and at the end of the aforementioned episode, he describes his newfound confidence as a power he needs to learn to use "for good".
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • The resemblance between Dipper and Grunkle Stan becomes apparent when the former dresses up like the latter in "Boss Mabel".
    • In "Dreamscaperers" one of Stan's memories show that Stan as a kid looked a lot like present day Dipper. Likewise, "A Tale of Two Stans" shows the same resemblance with Stan's Twin/The Author.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With Mabel. He's the logical twin who is a Guile Hero and she's the one more accustomed to fighting.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: While Dipper is the smart one of the Pines twins, he sometimes feels that Mabel is better at socializing with others and making friends.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Tries to invoke this trope on himself in "Dipper vs. Manliness". Dipper seeks the assistance of the burly Manotaurs to teach him how to be a real man.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Definitely steps up a lot more in Season 2, which is lampshaded by Stanford and why he asks him to be his apprentice.
  • Trauma Conga Line: His general, everyday life isn't really that happy to begin with, considering he's often Mabel and Stan's insecurity-riddled Butt-Monkey and every mistake he makes is payed for in an insane amount of self-blaming and self-doubt, but "Weirdmageddon Part 1" takes the cake. His family is captured or scattered, an Apocalypse How occurs and the world becomes Hell on Earth, and Dipper survives on the streets alone for days, hunted, starving, and believing the horrifying Apocalypse unfolding around him is all his fault.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Mason and Mabel Pines. Both names begin with the letter M, are five letters long, and are somewhat old-fashioned.
  • Unabashed B-Movie Fan: In the opening of "Into the Bunker", he and Wendy enjoy a cheesy, clearly low-budget zombie movie called Nearly Almost Dead But Not Quite!. It's a fitting choice of film given his nerdy, eccentric interests and Wendy's affinity for indie things.
  • The Unfavorite: He was convinced he was this to Stan until the conclusion of "Dreamscaperers". He still appears to have this mindset at times.
    Dipper: He's always picked on me and now I know why. Stan hates me!
  • The Un-Reveal: We never do learn his first name in the show itself, but it is revealed to be Mason in Journal 3.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Ritter makes no attempt to sound younger than his own age. Alex Hirsch has joked he was hired for his "natural puberty squeak".
  • Weirdness Magnet: Somewhat justified considering their environment. Lampshaded by Robbie in "Fight Fighers".
    Robbie: Why is it that whenever you're around, there's always ghosts or monsters, or whatever?!
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As seen in "Dreamscaperers", but it turns out that Grunkle Stan had good intentions—he was trying to protect his nephew, but in his own, crazy way (toughening up so that when the world hits, he can hit back).
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: His relationship with Pacifica has shades of this in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". For the first half of the episode, they argue and exchange catty behavior while trying to rid Northwest Manor of a homicidal ghost. However, once the ghost is dealt with, their opinions of each other change and they eventually become friends.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Every character in the main cast has a moment like this, but Dipper gets these the most often as his flaws are the most in-focus to the audience. A terrifying example comes from "Scary-oke", when, as zombies close in on them, Mabel calls out Dipper for summoning them.
    Mabel: Dipper, what's the one thing I asked you not to do tonight?
    Dipper: [sounding ashamed] Raise the dead.
    Mabel: And what did you do?
    Dipper: [sounding ashamed] Raised the dead.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Subverted. "Dipper" has been revealed to be a nickname due to a birthmark he has that resembles the Big Dipper.
    Wendy: [after seeing said birthmark] The Big Dipper? That's where you got your nickname! I thought your parents just hated you or something.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: The Other Wiki uses this exact phrase to describe him. He tends to take matters more seriously than Mabel or Soos on their adventures, and generally takes on a leadership role when they investigate the paranormal. He's also placed himself in no small amount of harm to fix a problem, and tends to take full blame/responsibility when it's a problem he himself created. When Ford finally reads the entries he made in Journal 3 following the events of "Dungeon, Dungeons, & More Dungeons", he puts it thusly.
    Ford: Sure, he's rough around the edges (and prone to romantic distraction), but he possesses bravery, cleverness, imagination, and drive far beyond his years.


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