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    Bill Cipher 
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"Oh, I know lots of things...
LOTS OF THINGS..."
Voiced by: Alex Hirsch

"A darkness approaches. A day will come in the future where everything you care about will change... Until then I'll be watching you! I'll be watching you..."

A dangerous interdimensional dream demon that was summoned by Gideon in his efforts to take over the Mystery Shack. Bill Cipher is the true main antagonist of the series who works behind the scenes in the first season, becomes prominent in the second season, and (potentially) exists in a meta level than the rest of the show's cast. He is a jovial and sadistic trickster who makes devilish deals to get what he wants, and claims that something big will soon change the world...

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    Li'l Gideon Charles Gleeful 
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Voiced by: Thurop Van Orman

The main antagonist of Season 1. Gideon Charles Gleeful, better known by his stage name, Li'l Gideon, is a self-proclaimed television psychic. He owns the Tent of Telepathy and is a competitor of the Mystery Shack. He had one of the journals, and spent the first season trying to destroy the Pines family and the shack, trying to get his hands on the rest of the journals. At the end of the season, he was thwarted, thrown in into prison, and his journal was seized by Stan, but he still plans on escaping. He represents the pentacle on the Zodiac.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Mabel. Not that she hates him, she just likes him like a little sister she can do girly things with, until he tries to kill Dipper. Then she doesn't like him at all.
  • Alliterative Name: Gideon Gleeful.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He has a Villainous Crush on Mabel but has some Homoerotic Subtext with his fellow prison inmates.
  • Arc Villain: The main antagonist of Season 1. He knows that the Mystery Shack is surrounded by secrets, which includes the journals that he's looking for, and he will do anything to get them. In "Dreamscaperers" however, he releases a powerful demon named Bill Cipher to do his bidding. Bill is very much his own boss, and his deal with Gideon was only temporary. When Bill and Gideon return in Season 2, Gideon is eventually Demoted to Dragon.
  • Artifact of Doom: The mystical amulet he used to fake having psychic powers is said to corrupt one's soul in Journal #3.
  • Attention Whore: As his career path should be a hint to, he loves attention and showing off.
  • Ax-Crazy: Considering he tried to kill Dipper for getting between him and Mabel (who very obviously can't stand him). And that was just in his first appearance.
  • Beehive Hairdo: His tall, glossy hairstyle emphasizes his feminine personality and gives his tiny stature a few extra feet.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Being punished by Bill Cipher for betraying him and forced to dance for all eternity made him realize he's had enough of doing evil and swears it off altogether.
  • Benevolent Boss: Oddly enough, to his fellow inmates. Specially his Dragon, Ghost Eyes.
  • Berserk Button: Never tickle him. Ever.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Appears to be a lovable little scamp to the whole town, but is otherwise a very vile little fellow.
  • Blatant Lies: In one of the "Creepy Letters From Little Gideon" segments, he apologises to the people of Gravity Falls for going "too far" in his attempts to bring down Stan.
  • Broken Pedestal: The town sees him as their darling, until it turns out he spied on them so that his psychic act would be more believable.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After Mabel destroys his amulet. Not like this makes him any less dangerous.
  • The Bus Came Back: Reappears in "The Stanchurian Candidate" attempting to have Bud become mayor in order to be pardoned from jail. He then becomes a part of the Grand Finale.
  • The Caligula: Definitely has hints of this. He has almost everyone in Gravity Falls catering to his every whim no matter how ridiculous, is very intolerant of being told that Mabel doesn't want to see him anymore (and blames Dipper for it), and he also has a bit of a god complex.
  • Camp Straight: He is outrageously feminine, but he has a major crush on Mabel.
  • Control Freak: He demands everything that he says be done accordingly.
  • Corrupt Hick: Gideon fits this trope, fitting several stereotypes about Southern folk (despite apparently being born in Oregon). Likewise he's able to manipulate his popularity and money to effectively rule the town, having the police department and nearly everyone in his pocket. However he averts the part about being dumb, as he's an Evil Genius.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: And when we say crazy, we mean it literally.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Confirmed by Alex Hirsch on his Twitter.
  • Creepy Child: And HOW! He tries to cut Dipper's tongue out and kill him when Dipper tells him that Mabel doesn't LIKE-like him and he summons a dreamwalking demon to try to get the code to the safe with the deed to the Mystery Shack in it. It's also implied that he has caused his mother to be so scared of him that she's gone crazy, chanting "Just keep vacuumin', just keep vacuumin'..."
    Gideon: (to his father) I can buy and SELL you, old man!
  • The Dandy: He and Mabel share a mutual appreciation "for the sparkly things in life".
  • Deal with the Devil: During "Dreamscaperers", in order to get the deed to the Mystery Shack, Gideon agrees to preform an undisclosed favour for Bill Cipher in exchange for the code to Stan's vault. However he backs out of the deal after Bill loses the Safe Vault's combination and decides to just blow the safe door open instead. At the end of "The Stanchurian Canidate", after his latest scheme to free himself from prison is foiled, Gideon decides to retake the deal.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: He plays up his cuteness in order to manipulate everyone in town.
  • Demonic Possession: In "The Stanchurian Candidate," he uses a spell from a page of Journal #2 to possess his father's body and win the mayoral election for him.
  • Demoted to Dragon: In "Weirdmageddon", he is Cipher's lackey.
  • Dirty Coward: While he acts all high and mighty when the situation is on his side, watch him crumble when Stan points him out as a fraud, and witness as he cowers on a corner and begs for mercy.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Gideon both invokes and subverts this trope. He is devoted to Mabel but she just wants to be friends, and in-universe everyone seems to think that his attempts to win her over are charming... but the truth is, Gideon is an Ax-Crazy, Entitled Bastard who uses emotional manipulation to trap Mabel into a relationship. He performs over-the-top acts of kindness, manipulates her into going into more dates with him by asking her very publicly in front of large crowds of Gravity Falls citizens who think it's just so adorable that Gideon might finally get a girlfriend, and completely ignores her wish to not be in a relationship with him. Eventually, Dipper tries to break the news that Mabel is not interested in Gideon to him, and Gideon responds to this by attempting to murder Dipper because he believes that Dipper got in between him and Mabel. Thankfully, Mabel sees this and intervenes, and she rejects him, not only romantically, but as a friend now, too.
    Mabel: (after rejecting Gideon again) But we can still be makeover buddies, right? Wouldn't you like that?
    Gideon: Really?
    Mabel: (rips amulet away from Gideon) No, not really! You are, like, attacking my brother! What the heck!?
  • Domestic Abuse: Hinted at. His parents are severely intimidated by him, especially his mother. He regularly and loudly belittles his father, and in "The Stanchurian Candidate", Gideon uses magic to possess his father, something shown to be excruciatingly painful.
  • The Dragon: To Bill in "Weirdmageddon Part 1" until he defects.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: During the season 1 finale, after Gideon steals the Mystery Shack, Dipper and Mabel invoke this to enlist the help of the gnomes, promising Jeff that he can marry Gideon by describing him as a "beautiful girl with white hair". When Gideon later gets the upper hand by using a dog whistle on the gnomes, they swear allegiance to "the most beautiful girl [they] have ever seen". Gideon angrily shrieks that he's not a girl, greatly confusing the gnomes.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appears in one of the pictures in the opening. Also appears on the back of the magazine Dipper was reading in "Legend of the Gobblewonker".
  • Easily Forgiven: Played with; while Mabel is still creeped out by him, she and the others didn't have time to hold grudges due to Bill. Later on, he attended the twins' birthday party with no objection.
  • Entitled to Have You: "Your sister will be MINE!"
  • Enfant Terrible: One of the biggest and most credible threats to the Pines family, and at only 9 years old. Think Disney's version of Eric Cartman.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems to have come to care for his adult prison inmates as much is possible for him to care about anyone, particularly his "hench-angel" Ghost Eyes.
    • While his crush on Mabel is creepy and totally unreciprocated, at the end of "Weirdmageddon Part 1", he turns on Bill to buy Dipper some time to rescue Mabel. Say what you will about him, he was willing to sacrifice himself to save someone he knows will never love him back.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is genuinely disturbed by Bill Cipher's "present" of teeth that he just saw him telekinetically yank out of a deer's mouth.
  • Evil Counterpart: To all three of the core main characters, amazingly.
    • An evil counterpart to Dipper in several respects: they are both incredibly mature and intelligent despite their respective ages, they are both journal holders ( though Gideon has since lost his), they both have crushes on girls three years older than they are (9-year-old Gideon on 12-year-old Mabel, and 12-year-old Dipper on 15-year-old Wendy), and they're both all too eager to enlist supernatural help to achieve their goals without thinking through the potential consequences. They also are both driven to discover the secrets of Gravity Falls, for differing reasons. The similarities end there, however, as beyond that their personalities clash heavily.
    • He is also Evil counterpart to Stan in several respects. They're both businessmen who make a living out of faking the supernatural (Stan with his fake exhibits, Gideon with his phony psychic act) while both possessing links and knowledge of the genuine paranormal, both are brilliant showmen and con artists able to easily entertain and trick the masses, and both a lot more aware and intelligent than they first appear. Furthermore their personalities are inversions of each other and contrast perfectly, Stan initially comes across as selfish, gruff and cold, but really is a warm hearted and compassionate individual (to his family and ones he cares about at least) while Gideon initially comes across as (and makes a big thing of having) a kind and loving image, but is really a cold blooded, self absorbed sociopath who only cares about himself. This is taken even further by the reveal that they both possessed journals, and have both been searching to unlock the secrets of the Gravity Falls, while Gideon longs to do so to use the power to rule like a king, Stan's entire motivation was to save his lost brother.
    • Even to Mabel; there's a reason they got along in the beginning. Both are highly creative, good at socializing, and have a love for the "sparkly things" in life. Both also have magnetic personalities that others love to be around and have problems recognizing faults in (well, until Gideon is arrested), and both have a problem with selfishness. But while Mabel usually bears no deliberate ill will and often will feel bad when her attention is drawn to her misdeeds, Gideon has a distinct Lack of Empathy and seems to revel in it.
  • Evil Genius: Considering he's only nine and he's able to be a competent business rival for Stan, set up plans to conquer the world & manipulate everyone in the town.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Has a very high strung and volatile personality.
  • Evil Is Petty: Even when he's not trying to drive the Pines family out of their home, he's usually seen tormenting Stan.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Much notice is taken of his cherub-like appearance, especially his cute, baby face. He exploits this to hide his sociopathic nature.
  • Fat Bastard: He's overweight and evil as they come.
  • Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit: Well, a light blue suit (also he's actually from Oregon despite his accent) but the effect is much the same.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Calling Dipper "friend" while trying to cut out his tongue and kill him definitely qualifies him for this. He is also remarkably bad at hiding his animosity towards the Pines, though nobody else seems to notice.
  • Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: While he was already a psychopathic, fraudulent criminal mastermind on the outside, Alex Hirsch stated in a Reddit AMA that Gideon is going to become a full-fledged gang leader in jail, averting any potential Fridge Horror about his treatment at the hands of the inmates.
    • As shown in a "Gravity Falls Public Access" short, he's since reinvented himself as an "inspirational" life coach after the loss of his amulet, and appears to be gaining followers amongst the more mentally unstable inmates by feigning interest in their problems. Later episodes show that this isn't actually feigned, he seems to have genuinely bonded with them.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He requires very little provocation to fly off the handle.
  • Hammerspace Hair: He hides pieces of the journal inside his over-sized pompadour.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: What his Heel Realization (see below) ultimately is, to the point that Alex Hirsch himself states that this isn't really redemption for Gideon, and that he may never actually redeem himself at all, given that his main motivations for his actions are mostly born of powerlust, and that part of his turning on Bill to work with Dipper, who he still very much hates, is to prove that he's no one's lackey. However, this does graduate into a Heel–Face Turn in Part 3, where he decides to fully join the heroes against Bill, and decides to give up evil altogether. Sure, he gets his henchmen to beat up a bully who made fun of him, but at least he's trying, and he was nice enough to attend the Twins' birthday party.
  • Heartbroken Badass: As of "Weirdmageddon", he finally seems to accept that Mabel will never return his feelings for her (his previous plan being to wait for an eternity until her spirit was finally broken in captivity), and decides to redeem himself instead by charging into Bill's minions to aid Dipper and his friends in her rescue. Dipper even promises to honor Gideon's request to tell Mabel of his sacrifice.
  • Heel Realization: Played with, in that while his motives are still somewhat selfish, he decides to act for good instead. In Weirdmagedddon, Gideon helps capture Mabel and puts her in her crystal prison, with Bill promising him that she will love him. After he calls Bill's goons to capture Dipper, Wendy and Soos, Dipper convinces him that by doing an ostensibly heroic thing for Mabel rather than an outright villainous one to her, she might at least be able to see Gideon in a better light. After a reflection, he leads his prison gang in what's heavily implied to be a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His surveillance on the town to appear psychic, ultimately just a minor scheme compared to his other plots, is what finally gets him caught for his crimes.
  • "I Am" Song: "Li'l Ol' Me". Not quite a Villain Song, but certainly egocentric.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In the finale, Gideon decides after everything he went through he swears off evil altogether and decides he just wants to be a regular kid.
  • If I Can't Have You...: He won't hesitate to try to kill Mabel alongside her brother if she doesn't agree to be his queen.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Becomes this in the Weirdmaggedon arc. Giving up all animosity he once had for the Pines family and opening up his heart to kindness.
  • Kick the Dog: He pulls this on Dipper so hard in Gideon Rises, taunting Dipper for having no muscles, no brains, and how all of Dipper's victories was because of the journal that Gideon just apprehended.
    • He also kidnaps Mabel's pet pig Waddles when he steals the Mystery Shack and tries to turn him into "Li'l Gideon Jr.," his mascot. Waddles isn't happy about this, but when Gideon spots him looking longingly out the window, he shouts at Waddles and makes him go back into the corner.
  • Knight of Cerebus: If he wasn't this already in his debut, then "Little Dipper", "Dreamscaperers", and "Gideon Rises" cements him as this.
  • Laughing Mad: In "Little Dipper". Exploited, even. He is defeated when Dipper and Mabel tickle him enough to make him lose control.
  • Leitmotif: A short, unsettling melody on music box and theremin that plays whenever he's particularly angry and brooding.
  • Light Is Not Good: In contrast to the dark and mysterious air put forth by Stan and the Mystery Shack, the Tent of Telepathy contains a brightly lit stage, with Gideon frequently wearing bright, flashy outfits.
  • Likes Older Women: He has a crush on Mabel who's three years older than him.
  • Locked into Strangeness: A side effect of using his amulet besides corrupting his soul was whitening his hair.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Although he was probably messed up before Mabel.
  • Love Redeems: It's his love for Mabel that ultimately causes him to betray Bill, and, thus, help Dipper save the world.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Controls the town through a cute and childish façade, and pressures Mabel to continue dating him by putting her in situations where she'd feel guilty turning him down.
  • Mean Boss: He regularly belittles his parents.
  • Meaningful Name: Gideon can mean "feller of trees" which is fitting as he has a rivalry with the Pines family.
  • Mood-Swinger: Good God, is he ever. In one moment he'll talk like a friendly, cute child, and then suddenly he'll start screaming threats like a madman.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He attempted to cut Dipper in half with a pair a sheep shears after Dipper told him that Mabel didn't want to see him anymore.
  • The Napoleon: Not touched upon much, but his lack of height seems to affect him, such as him forcing others to lift him up so he can address people face to face.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Had Gideon not put a pin on Stan during his opening speech in the Season 1 finale, Stan wouldn't have figured out the truth, the twins would be in prison, and Gideon would have been victorious.
  • No Indoor Voice: His parents don't even try to talk sense into him because they (especially his mom) are so afraid of his violently loud responses.
  • Not Good with Rejection: He doesn't take it well when Dipper informs him that Mabel doesn't want to date him.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Dipper eventually finds out that Gideon actually has powers after all. What he hasn't found out at the time is that he also has a journal like his.
  • Not-So-Phony Psychic: Played with in that he's wielded genuine occult powers, but they come from artifacts and rituals he uses, not inborn abilities. The psychic powers he uses for business are entirely fake and he's exposed for such in the first season finale.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: He's the younger villain when up against Stan.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Some of his interactions with Mabel, such as giving her gummy koalas. Also his relationship with his prison inmates, in particular when he was genuinely concerned after Wendy beat up Ghost Eyes and he later attempted a Heroic Sacrifice following his Heel Realization.
    • After Bill Cipher has been defeated, he attends the Twins' birthday party, and he even signed Dipper's farewell card.
  • Psycho Ex-Boyfriend: Does not react well after knowing that Mabel wanted to break with him.
  • Psychic Powers: Claims to have them. He does, but only as long as he has his amulet/lucky bolo tie. His powers are mentioned again in the season finale with him knowing things that should be impossible only for Stan to reveal the Gideon pins that were handed to everyone are bugged with cameras so he can watch and hear everyone's secrets.
  • Punny Name: "Giddy and Gleeful"
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: He uses this to great effect as part of his Deliberately Cute Child persona, and that's how he manages to get Mabel to agree to go out with him. It's even lampshaded during his show at the Tent.
    Gideon: I predict that you will soon all say, "aw."
    Crowd: Aww!
  • Put on a Bus: For the entire first half of Season 2, save for a cameo of him in his cell in the premiere.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: In the finale. He has given up on doing evil schemes and tries to be a normal, nice kid, but he still has no problem sending thugs to beat up a bully who insults him.
  • The Rival: To the Pines family in general, some episodes he's the rival to Stan, others he's the rival to Dipper.
  • Simpleton Voice: Gideon has the voice of a southern accented Flapjack and while he sounds a tad goofy, it also proves to be quite unsettling.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: To Stan, in episodes where he's not the antagonist.
  • Sissy Villain: Mabel even mentioned that she initially liked him as a little sister figure.
  • Smug Snake: While he has his moments, he thinks himself to be much more clever than he really is. Look at this freak out when he finds out there's three journals instead of just two.
  • The Sociopath: Gideon shows multiple signs of being a sociopath: he is arrogant, power hungry but incredibly intelligent, manipulative, deceitful, and has a complete disregard for the rights or even lives of others. He doesn't even display any affection for his own parents. He only comes to develop some real affection for people after suffering in prison.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Well, evil genius anyway, but he's demonstrated well above average intelligence, especially for his age. It's another part of what makes him so terrifying.
  • Spoiled Brat: You especially see it when his dad asks him to clean up the mess he made of his room. Gideon's response?
    "I CAN BUY AND SELL YOU, OLD MAN!"
    • Gideon's mother is actually terrified of him. His very presence mortifies the poor woman.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Gideon still maintains an obsessive crush on Mabel, despite getting rejected by her many times.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Is revealed to have planted miniature cameras throughout the town by way of his pins in "Gideon Rises."
  • Take Over the World: He plans to do this once he has all three books in his possession. When his fails, he settles for becoming Bill's right hand man during the apocalypse.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Very downplayed in Season 2. During his time in prison, he's gained a touch of sincerity bonding with his cell-mates, and this is what earned their respect to become his henchmen. After his Heel–Face Turn, he became much nicer towards the younger Pines Twins, even thanking them for putting him on the right path.
  • Troll: When he's not making moves against the Pines or terrorizing his parents, Gideon's preferred activity is giving Stan grief, such as by egging him in the stocks in "Irrational Treasure" or taunting him over having taken his favorite pool chair in "The Deep End".
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Summoning demons and plotting murder at the age of nine.
  • Unexplained Accent: He speaks with a Southern accent, even though we know that he was born in Oregon.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: His parents have spoiled him rotten giving him everything he wants and going along with all his schemes, and he repays them with relentless abuse and belittlement. Apparently to the point his mother has become a shell of her former self, and his father had to have his memory wiped out just to forget it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has some minor ones across the show, but always recovers before the episode's through. With the exception of the Season Finale, in which he starts losing his shit entirely when he notices he still needs to find one book, then his breakdown reaches its peak when he's defeated for good, and his last minutes on screen are spent on desperate, furious and barely comprehensible ranting.
    • And by the time we see him in "The Stanchurian Candidate"...well, prison time did a number on him.
  • Villainous Crush: On Mabel.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Ghost Eyes and the other inmates.
  • Villain Decay:
    • Zig-zagged. After outright trying to murder Dipper in his first appearance, his subsequent appearances consist mostly of petty jabs against Stan. He regains some of his menace in "Little Dipper", and by the end of "Dreamscaperers" he's officially in the Big Bad seat.
    • Essentially, when he's not the primary antagonist, all of his cameos count as Villains Out Shopping, or show the Poke the Poodle-type mischief that he keeps himself occupied with. His physical weaknesses also leave him vulnerable against Stan armed with a broom, so he's usually quite easy to keep out of the Shack.
    • While Gideon averted it in his first re-appearance in Season 2, "The Stanchurian Candidate", it was then played straight with him in "Weirdmageddon Part 1", where he is just a flunky to the true Big Bad Bill Cipher, and his usual creepiness is completely absent in favor of the pure comedy of him being a stereotypical Corrupt Hick sheriff (as Wendy puts it: "He's gotten folksier!"). Genuinely caring about his fellow prison inmate gang members also neuters his villainy. In the end, his Hazy Feel Turn doesn't come off as too surprising as a result.
  • Villains Out Shopping:
    • In "Irrational Treasure", he participates in Pioneer day and throws tomatoes at Stan.
    • In "The Deep End", he takes a break from plotting against the Pines family to enjoy a day at the pool. However, he does end up in a squabble with Stan over a chair.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Everyone considers him to be a cute lovable child. They eventually find out the horrible truth.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He's got snow white hair and is a power hungry psycho who will do anything to get what he wants.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: An invisible passage in Journal #3 reveals that the mystic amulet he used in his first appearance "corrupts your soul, and whitens your hair," implying that Gideon's vicious personality may be due to its influence.
  • Yandere: He's got a crush on Mabel. Doesn't stop him from trying to murder her family.
  • Younger Than They Look: Because of his white hair and voice, Gideon may look older to first time watchers. He's actually supposed to be 9 years old.
  • Youthful Freckles: Along with having cute chubby cheeks, he also has adorable freckles on top of them. Which he uses to play up his Deliberately Cute Child facade.

    Nathaniel Northwest 
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The 19th century frontiersman who founded Gravity Falls.


  • 0% Approval Rating: According to the government account, he actually was hated by everyone when he was alive and nobody missed him after his death.
  • Asshole Victim: A horrible monster of a human being who was ultimately killed after he went crazy, and in attempting to eat a tree to prove he was a wizard, choked to death on a piece of bark. Nobody shed a tear.
  • Beard of Evil: An incredibly long brown one.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He died eating the bark of a tree to prove he was a wizard.
  • Hate Sink: He ordered the commoners to build a huge mansion which cost the lives of many lumberjacks and innocent people in order to flaunt his fortune in front of other people, promising them a big party in return. Except he didn't even do that; he kicked them out as soon as the mansion's construction was complete, directly causing one lumberjack to invoke a Dying Curse by manifesting himself as a ghost to annually terrorize the Northwests, hoping that he could force them to uphold their end of the bargain. The sad part is that everyone who ever knew of his vile nature is long dead.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: He was actually a garbageman who was given the title of the founder to cover up the existence of Quentin Trembley. He was also a cheat who cruelly conned the townspeople out of a party.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Easily the cruelest human who ever appeared in the show.
  • Hypocrite: Despite his humble beginnings, he became a classist snob the second he became wealthy.
  • Jerkass: He is the reason why the Northwest family are uncaring and unloving, to both their daughter Pacifica and the people of Gravity Falls. His being the founder of Gravity Falls was a lie and was given money for the cover up, and he abused his wealth by having the townsfolk build him his mansion in exchange for letting them be invited to his annual parties, a promise he gleefully refused to keep. This act is also what caused the Monster of the Week, a Lumberjack ghost, to threaten the lives of his successors. His cruel and uncaring ways were passed down for generations, with Pacifica's parents emotionally abusing their daughter into following their legacy.
  • Lack of Empathy: Felt no qualms with cheating the lumber folk out of their deserved reward. Even though many of them actually died creating his mansion.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Not soon after he cheated out the lumberjacks, Nathaniel grew mentally unstable and eventually died eating the bark of a tree to prove he was a wizard.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The modern government records believe that Nathaniel was really an idiot, who killed himself trying to eat a tree to prove he was a wizard. However, as a flashback shows he was really a shrewd and ruthless man who tricked the lumber folk into building him his mansion, and then cheated them out of their payment. He was also sharp enough to keep a record of the Lumberjack's curse to warn his descendants, and those descendants would wait for a suitable chump to clean up his mess.
    • It is possible that he really did die in such a manner, but less due to idiocy and more due to mental degeneration in his old age, as he was very clearly not a mentally healthy person as it was.
  • Our Founder: He's the founder of Gravity Falls. Or that's the official line anyway. Turns out it was a lie created by the government to hide the existence of Quentin Trembley.
  • Posthumous Character: Long dead by the time the series occurs, but the effects and consequences of his actions are still felt to this day.
  • Rags to Riches: He was a mere sanitation worker who was lucky enough to be randomly awarded with lots of wealth by the government.
  • The Sociopath: We see were Preston gets it from.
  • Undignified Death: Already mentally unbalanced, his issues eventually worsened into full-blown madness that consumed and transformed him into an addled husk of a man that ultimately perished eating tree bark out of a delusional belief that doing such would prove he was a wizard.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Promised the townspeople of Gravity Falls a party if they built him a mansion, only to lock him out after they gave sweat and blood (not to mention multiple lives, which were lost in the construction) to do so.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing much about him will spoil much of the events of "Irrational Treasure" and "Northwest Mansion Mystery."
  • Wicked Cultured: Began the trend of the Northwests being evil, but from what we've seen of his home and parties, he certainly adopted good taste very quickly.

    Preston Northwest 
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"Look at who you're talking to, boy. I'm hosting a party for the most powerful people in the world. Do you think they'd come here if they had to rub elbows with your kind?"
Voiced by: Chris Parnell ("Irrational Treasure"), Nathan Fillion (season 2)

The main antagonist of "Northwest Mansion Mystery". He is Pacifica's father, and patriarch of the Northwest family, the founder of Gravity Falls. A rich and publicly loved figure for the town, he shows immense disdain for the poor and everyone beneath him.


  • Abusive Parents: Is all-but-stated in "The Golf War" to emotionally abuse Pacifica. "Northwest Mansion Mystery" reveals that he has used Pavlovian conditioning on her, training her to meekly back down from opposing him at the sound of a bell.
  • Apocalypse Cult: If that picture of Bill Cipher being worshipped in the Northwest house is any indication, not to mention his immediate response to Bill's arrival being offering to join him.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: And proud of it, even though the "Aristocrat" part is inaccurate.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • In "Weirdmageddon Part 1", Preston becomes the first person to fall victim to Bill's magical antics, by receiving a very painful transformation. But he is probably the most deserving victim of Bill Cipher.
    • By the series finale, he is forced to sell his mansion after investing all of his fortunes in Weirdmageddon. While the Northwests still have liquid assets, especially from the sale of the house, the drop from "fabulously wealthy" to "relatively well off" and the considerable loss of prestige in the town for being known as The Quisling is a nice karmic smackdown for people who snootily prided themselves on being the crème de la crème.
  • Bad Boss: Planned to murder and eat their butler when the food in the panic room ran out.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: On a grander scale of things. While there were hints of him having larger ambitions, he's a blowhard without forward thinking, and is unlucky enough to be overshadowed by dangerous or more competent villains like Gideon, the Lumberjack ghost, and Bill Cipher. In the end, it's clear he's nothing more than a Opportunistic Bastard; when he tries to negotiate with Bill, he learns the hard way that Bill's not interested in his help.
  • Blue Blood: Claims to have this, being descended from legendary explorer Nathaniel Northwest. Nathaniel was actually a waste-shoveling village idiot who lucked out when the government declared him the founder of Gravity Falls as part of the conspiracy to unperson Quentin Trembley.
  • Body Horror: His face is horrifyingly disfigured by Bill, after attempting to save himself by attempting to join Bill's side.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is reduced to this in "Weirdmageddon".
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "Northwest Mansion Mystery" reveals that the Northwest family empire was built on a foundation of lies, backstabbing, and treachery. Not only that, a series of portraits in the mansion attic reveal that the Northwest family is very proud of their heritage, immortalizing some more horrible deeds committed by their family in paintings. Even Pacifica wasn't in on this.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Though it is horrifying how he treats his daughter, his Large Ham attitude and complete disregard for human life is kinda hilarious.
  • Control Freak: "That's not how the forks should be placed!"
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He actually encourages this behavior towards the common folk, and his family has been doing it for over a century. Dipper ends up making the move first, because he discovered the Northwests' lies before Preston could even try. Bites him hard in ''Weirdmageddon Part 1", where his willingness to turn on the town in order to save his own skin gets him agonizingly punished by Bill.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Played with. When Bill Cipher shows up, Preston wants this to happen, but Bill views Preston as beneath him, finding this attempt to be rather pathetic. Given how Preston has treated common folk like dirt and refused to invite them, for once he's the one on the receiving end of this kind of treatment, adding irony to the situation.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He honestly thought investing investing in "weirdness stocks" was going to do him wonders. That cost him heavily.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • He was willing to let some of the world's most rich and famous die an agonizing death, while he hid with his family in their panic room.
    • And he attempted to betray humanity and save himself from (or rather cash in on) Bill Cipher by offering himself as a "horseman of the apocalypse", so that Bill could terrorize the other townsfolk. As Preston finds out, Cipher thinks it's much funnier to just humiliate and torment him (and other mortals) instead.
  • Double Speak: Preston tells Dipper if he crosses him again, it will be the last party Dipper and his kind will ever attend. Judging by his tone and demeanor, he's bound to do much more than merely not invite Dipper when the next party comes along.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In his first spoken appearance, he barely looks up from his magazine when telling Pacifica that he can't attend her golf match in an affable voice. Only to pause just before she leaves to give her a stern "You're a Northwest. Don't lose.", quickly cementing that he only focuses on Pacifica as a tool of the family.
  • Enemy Mine: In the finale; he helps to the extent that he encourages Pacifica to join hands with other common folk, of whom he doesn't care about at all. Preston did this mostly because he had to in order to survive.
  • Evil All Along: "The Golf War" showed he was no saint, and there were subtle hints along the series, but "Northwest Mansion Noir" cements his status as a full-on classist monster.
  • Evil Counterpart: Is an unexpectedly thorough one to Grunkle Stan. Both of them are the eldest, male authority figures of their family in the town of Gravity Falls, both inhabit old homes passed between family members that have dark secrets, both have a vested interest in protecting their family, and both are driven by greed they use immoral means to sate. However, Preston's definition of protecting his family is to maintain their upper class appearance and prestige, which he does by abusing his daughter into a fitting a perfect mold and attempting to cut a Deal with the Devil, while Stan risks his life to protect the lives of his relatives. In addition, Stan is a Justified Criminal who learned his bad habits trying to scrape by as a homeless teenager, while Preston was born in the lap of luxury and hardly needs to do any of the vile things he does to survive.
  • Evil Is Hammy: "We have enough food to last us and the butler two weeks." (Stage Whisper) "WE'LL EAT THE BUTLER."
  • Evil Is Petty: He may be openly sinister behind closed doors, but in public, he'll find some excuse to be a snide jerk.
  • Eviler Than Thou: To his daughter Pacifica, who came off as an Alpha Bitch who was unpleasant to everyone, yet had redeeming qualities. Preston on the other hand, is an elitist, classist asshole who is horrible to his own daughter and was willing to abandon the guests to be burned.
    • But Preston later finds himself on the other end of this with Bill Cipher; just read the other spoilers to know why.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Helps the heroes by telling Pacifica to join the circle to destroy Bill, because Bill's existence will destroy all things mortal, and wants no allies but his nightmare creatures..
  • Facial Horror: After trying to play The Quisling to Bill, Preston gets rewarded with Bill "shuffling the functions of every hole in [his] face", which neither looks nor sounds fun to experience. It reverts at some point off-screen but seems to have left a psychological mark.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When he needs Dipper's help, he acts polite while maintaining snootiness to make him feel welcome. This works as far as being able to maintain his reputation. When Dipper or anyone else speak ill of his family name, he makes threats.
  • Flanderization: In Season 1, he came off as a smug jerk, but by Season 2, the writers dialed up those traits to make him a full-blown classist villain.
  • For the Evulz: This is his only motivation to treat the non-rich like they're tools to be manipulated, or stepped on.
  • Freudian Excuse: Considering how messed up his family is, it's implied that his own upbringing turned him into the man he is. However he subverts this by not only accepting and admiring his family's mistreatment of others, but abusing his own daughter presumably the exact same way.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Having to hold hands with poorer folk is considered the greatest sacrifice any Northwest can make.
  • Hate Sink: Not only is he a terrible father, but he would rather let everyone die in his own burning house than invite common people in his party. He isn't a Big Bad like Gideon or Bill Cipher, yet somehow is more detestable than either of them.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: At no point does he ever really repent his past behavior, but after experiencing the horrors of Bill Cipher and Weirdmageddon he is willing to side with the "common folk" he previously despised, he's humbled enough to encourage Pacifica to do "the one thing no-one in our family has ever done" and touch a poor person, and his relationship with his family seems to have improved somewhat as a result of everything they've been through together.
  • Honor Before Reason: Or rather, snootiness; Preston was willing to let all the partygoers (including children) turn into wood and burn, rather then fulfill the promise his ancestor made in the past.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Seriously, not only did he break his promise to let townspeople into his annual party, he was willing to let all of the guests (including five kids) die just so he could keep the townspeople out, and keep the mansion in order. All he had to do was open the gates to the mansion and let the townspeople in, that's it. And the family had over a century to have done it.
  • Idle Rich: Doesn't seem to do any actual work, having inherited the family fortune from his ancestors (which was, more likely than not, extorted from commonfolk). In Mabel's Scrapbook: Petting Zoo and A Tale of Two Stans, it's shown he does own a few businesses, such as Northwest Mud Flaps and Northwest Realty, but that's all there is to it.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He states that he plans to use the butler as a food source while hiding from the Lumberjack Ghost in their underground bunker.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: He drops to his knees and cries like a baby after losing both his fortune and the family manor.
  • Irony: For all his insistence on upholding the Northwest family name, and that none of his family should lose at anything, he wound up ruining the family name by siding with Bill and putting all his money into "weirdness bonds". Not only was he publicly shown to have lost his ancestral mansion, eroding his reputation further, he will no doubt go down in history as the biggest loser in the Northwest dynasty.
  • Jerkass: Par for the course for Northwests.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Think his respect for other wealthy people is genuine? Nope, he's willing to let a vengeful ghost rampage through his house while he and his family hide in their panic room as the ghost kills everyone else. Think his love for his own family is genuine? Nope, he's willing to assist Bill Cipher by selling out all of humanity just to save his own skin. There truly is nothing redeemable about this man.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After spending years of using his wealth and good reputation to bully and manipulate the townsfolk, he finally gets some karmic punishments in the finale. After Bill is defeated, Preston loses his fortune and mansion, and everyone hates him for trying to side with Bill. While he is still a free man, he considers his outlook A Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Kick the Dog: Holds high-class parties just to spite the lower and middle class populace with the fact that they're not worthy of their parties. When Dipper calls him out for his treachery, he orders the servant-monkey to deny Dipper any food for his "insolence".
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: In "Weirdmageddon Part 1", Preston becomes the first person to fall victim to Bill's magical antics, by receiving a ''very painful'' transformation. By the series finale, he is forced to sell his mansion after investing all of his fortunes in "weirdness bonds". While the Northwests still have liquid assets, especially from the sale of the house, the drop from "fabulously wealthy" to "relatively well-off" and the considerable loss of prestige in the town for being known as The Quisling is a nice karmic smackdown for people who snootily prided themselves on being the crème de la crème.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Played straight and then subverted. While seemingly a minor player compared to many of the much more potentially dangerous and destructive villains, Preston counts due to just how unpleasant and callous a man he really is. He treats the non-rich like tools to be manipulated, and doesn't truly care for the other rich either, being perfectly happy to sell anyone else out rather than damage his own pride. Likewise his abuse of his own daughter is played disturbingly straight. The subversion comes in when we learn that deep down he is nothing more than a cowardly Opportunistic Bastard, who is easily disposed of by Bill.
  • Lack of Empathy: Apparently runs in the family.
  • Large Ham: Well, it is Nathan Fillion.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He's one of the people whose memories got wiped by the Society of the Blind Eye.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • After Bill distorts Preston's face, it's hard to feel bad for him, given how he's an abusive and egotistical coward, but it's fitting that someone so self-centered winds up so disfigured.
    • After Weirdmageddon, he goes bankrupt after announcing his allegiance to Bill and investing all his stocks in "weirdness bonds", and is forced to sell his mansion to preserve his family fortune. Said mansion is then bought up by McGucket, the "hillbilly" he showed disgust for earlier. Simply getting rid of him was either not enough, or too harsh.
  • Laughably Evil: True, he's one of the worst people in the show, but it's hard not to laugh at a man who stage-whispers that he'll eat his butler right in front of said butler and spouts lines such as "You are my possessions! Obey me!" when his silverware starts flying. Plus, he's voiced by Nathan Fillion!
  • Manipulative Bastard: Played Dipper like a fiddle for the majority of "Northwest Mansion Mystery".
  • Mind Rape: He's been using Pavlov conditioning on Pacifica for all of her life, making her meekly follow his every whims with the sound of a bell. It's gotten to the point where she's downright terrified of him. She finally manages to break free of his control just in time to save everyone from a gruesome death.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Planned to eat the butler once the panic room ran out of tiny sandwiches.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Dipper learns the hard way he's not just some rude rich snob. He's a maliciously cruel asshole who's been cheating townsfolk and manipulating them like pawns.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Like his ancestor Nathaniel, Preston is a lot more clever than he lets on. While he acts like your typical vapid Upper-Class Twit, he is in fact one of the most cunning, manipulative, and cruel characters in the series. Foreshadowed by his insistence that Northwests always win and you can't do that if you're stupid... or play fair. By "Weirdmageddon", he's clearly not smart when it comes to dealing with Bill Cipher.
  • Parental Neglect: He and his wife only care about their reputation, and only pay attention to Pacifica if it damages or helps it in some manner.
  • Pet the Dog: It's more out of self-preservation, but encouraging Pacifica to hold McGucket's hand to create the circle is the single heroic thing he's ever done in the entire show. He also was genuinely happy to see Pacifica after he was freed from Bill's stone throne and reached out his hands to hug her before being pushed out the way by Sheriff Blubs.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Classist and elitist as anything, as well as abusive toward his daughter.
  • Pride: So much so that he would rather leave children, the elderly, the disabled and indeed anyone else to die in the name of preserving his ego.
  • The Quisling: Attempts this with Bill, however, this is Bill Cipher we're talking about, so the result is Preston suffering some Grade-A Body Horror at the hands of Bill for his troubles.
  • Rich Jerk: Lords himself over the common man, and seems to hold his annual party just for the satisfaction of excluding the rabble from it.
  • Riches to Rags: Played with. Having assumed that Weirdmageddon would continue for all time, Preston invested all his money in "weirdness bonds" in an attempt to get even wealthier; after Bill's defeat, Preston — now penniless and a social pariah for his attempted allegiance — is forced to sell the ancestral Northwest home, leaving him merely well-off rather than mind-bogglingly rich. He treats it as a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: He is not easy to break, leading to this response when Dipper tells him off.
    Enjoy the party! It's the last time you and your kind will ever come.
  • Smug Snake: Despite his snooty, arrogant attitude, he's basically helpless against the supernatural elements of the town.
  • The Sociopath: Preston manipulates others, treats those who aren't rich like objects, and cares for no one but himself. He certainly has no problem letting everyone die during the Lumberjack Ghost's attack. Even his own daughter he treats less like a person and more like a tool for maintaining the family image and dynasty. It turns out all his forefathers were sociopaths, making working class folk suffer, not to mention other horrible crimes they've committed.
  • Stupid Evil: Despite being able to avert the lumberjack's curse by letting the townsfolk into the mansion for the yearly Northwest party, he refuses to associate with "the common rabble", fully knowing he is endangering his family's lives — and his own — by doing so.
  • Token Evil Teammate: In Weirdmageddon 3, he works with the protagonists by encouraging Pacifica to take part in the ritual (presumably to get revenge on Bill, and to save his own skin from Bill).
  • Treacherous Quest Giver: He gives Dipper the task of taking care of his ghost problem, but it's later revealed that said ghost was a victim of the Northwests' cruel, heartless, lying ways.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Just check his above quote; he said this to Dipper after the boy risked his life to catch the ghost that was terrorizing the Northwests and that almost killed Pacifica. Preston sees Dipper as nothing but a pawn that happens to be useful at the moment. Granted, he did initially congratulate Dipper for getting the job done (albeit to maintain the facade), but he drops his gratitude after Dipper discovers his dirty little secret.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: He was certainly the darkest antagonist the show had until Bill Cipher upped his game at the end.
  • Villain Decay: In-universe; by his appearance in "Weirdmageddon Part 1", both his influence among the townspeople and his abusive control of Pacifica have begun to diminish, making him less of a threat than he once was. He's also clearly shown to be out of his depth when trying to deal with Bill — having already accomplished his goal and seeing that Preston has nothing to offer, Bill just laughs him off and mutilates the pompous jerk for his own amusement.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: His well-respected family have been covering up not just their origins, but a dynasty of misdeeds that they've built their fortune on. Since his declaration of loyalty to Cipher went public, his family's reputation is down the toilet.
  • Wicked Cultured: For an evil guy, he certainly is a man with great taste.

    Priscilla Northwest 
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"We can't thank you enough... (beat) That is enough."
Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren

Preston's wife and Pacifica's mother. There isn't much more else to say about her.


  • Abusive Parents: She's just as abusive towards her daughter as her husband, having hammered the idea that appearances are everything into her head from a very young age.
  • Jerkass: Again, like most of the Northwests.
  • Pet the Dog: When Preston gets his face mutilated by Bill, her first reaction is to hold her horrified daughter close to her.
  • Satellite Character: She mostly exists to be Preston's wife and Pacifica's mother.
  • Stepford Smiler: She often has a big unnatural smile plastered on her face.
  • Rich Bitch: Just as rich and as haughty as her husband.
  • Trophy Wife: As confirmed by Gravity Falls: Lost Legends, literally. Preston won her in a yachting competition.

    Gremularth 
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The Final Boss of Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets, Gremularth is a supremely powerful being said to have wreaked havoc on Gravity Falls during a time when dark forces (including none other than Bil Cipher himself) ran amok throughout the town. The locals were able to defeat him and store him inside a magical gemulet that was then broken into several fragments located throughout the town. Unfortunately, Jeff the Gnome's scheming and manipulations lead to his reemergence in the back half of the game.


  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Is given very little characterization and virtually nothing is known of his motivations. The fact that he isn't mentioned until late in the game and doesn't show up in person until even later doesn't help.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Jeff is the game's main antagonist, having spent the first half of the story playing Dipper and Mabel for fools while the second half mostly revolves around trying to put a stop to his reign. Gremularth is, however, very important to the backstory of the game, as the Gemulets were created to try and detain him and, therefore it is his power that Jeff winds up harnessing. Once Jeff is defeated, Gremularth reemerges, and winds up being the actual Final Boss of the game.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Is much less comedic than the other villains on this page.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Has spent ages trapped inside the separated fragments of a magic gemulet. The events of the game result in his resurgence.
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