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

The main antagonist of the 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: 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.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: In Season 2, he and Bill work independently and while Bill gets much more focus, Gideon is the main antagonist of "The Stanchurian Candidate", where his father tries to get elected as mayor as part of a plot to break Gideon out of prison so he can get revenge on the Pines twins.
  • 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 Albino: Heavily implied to have albinism, since he's noticeably paler than the other characters and is nine years old with naturally white hair. Alex Hirsch also confirmed on his Twitter that Gideon has blue eyes, which is the typical eye color of an albino human. However, an invisible passage in Journal #3 implies that using the amulet turned his hair white, even though he was seen with white hair as a baby in "Blendin's Game".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, gluing him to a deckchair and whatnot. 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 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.

    Pacifica Elise Northwest 
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"You were right about me, I am just another link in the world's worst chain."
Voiced by: Jackie Buscarino

The most popular girl in Gravity Falls, and great-great-granddaughter of the apparent town hero Nathaniel Northwest.


  • The Ace: Pacifica is very rich, the most popular girl of Gravity Falls, an accomplished mini-golfer, and her family has a long history of doing good deeds. The last one turns out to be a lie. And most of the other stuff is simply a way to please her abusive, selfish, controlling parents.
  • Action Girl: Shows she has promise in "The Golf War" and "Northwest Mansion Mystery".
  • Action Survivor: Never the less she's more able at keeping herself alive when facing the supernatural, than actually fighting it. She's also one of the few citizens who manages to avoid being captured by Bill, and is part of Stan's army.
  • Adorkable: She's more socially awkward when she's forced into social situations with more common folk, such as getting a ride back home in Stan's car or hugging Dipper before bribing him to forget about it.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: In "Weirdmageddon 3" she is seen reading a magazine called "Pony Fancy". When Preston Northwest is forced to sell their mansion to uphold their family's wealth, Priscilla tearfully informs her daughter that she will only be able to keep one pony from now on - much to Pacifica's dismay.
  • Alpha Bitch: The most popular girl in Gravity Falls, despite coming across as thoroughly unpleasant. Sheds this after Character Development.
  • Animal Motif: She is associated with the llama in "Northwest Mansion Noir", which is notable as the llama is an Arc Symbol found on Cipher's wheel.
  • Arch-Enemy: Dipper considers her to be Mabel's, and eventually, so does Mabel. Cools down in "The Golf War", though.
  • Ascended Extra: She has become a relatively popular character, which Alex Hirsch didn't expect because she's such a terror compared to Mabel. She began getting further character development in Season 2, possibly because of this.
  • The Atoner: "Our family name is broken, and I'm gonna fix it!"
  • Back for the Finale: Is seen with her parents in Weirdmageddon. Appears again in Weirdmageddon 2 and Weirdmageddon 3.
  • Badass Adorable: Once her more favorable traits surface, Pacifica proves that she can step up to the plate and help out on mysteries when she needs to do so.
  • Badass Pacifist: In "Northwest Mansion Mystery". After she and Dipper spend more than half of the episode trying to capture and exorcise the ghost haunting Northwest Manor, Pacifica ends up granting it peace and fulfilling her ancestor's broken promise by allowing the common folk into her family's fancy party.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Is briefly implied to be cruel to the titular pig in "The Time Traveler's Pig".
  • Being Evil Sucks: Pacifica discovers this the HARD WAY after discovering that her entire family have always been liars, cheaters, and sociopaths. After this discovery, she's willing to put an end to her family's legacy.
  • Berserk Button: She has the following.
    • People, especially Mabel, outdoing her at anything.
    • Being called a stereotype.
    • Being accused of dyeing her hair.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Oh yes.
  • Blue Blood: Her great-great grandfather founded Gravity Falls. Except he didn't.
  • Break the Haughty: When Dipper revealed to Pacifica his and Mabel's findings about the history of Gravity Falls in "Irrational Treasure". This was only one of many lies she's about to find out.
    • Basically the reason Mabel wants to beat her in "The Golf War".
    • Finally happens completely in "Northwest Mansion Noir". When she discovers just how evil her family legacy really is, and gets accused of being just as bad as them, she goes into a total breakdown (see Villainous BSoD), not even caring that she'll probably die in the ghost's rampage until Dipper snaps her out of it.
  • Broken Ace: The only reason why she acts like an Alpha Bitch is to please her parents, and they wanted to mold her into something worse.
  • Broken Bird: Underneath all her haughtiness and smugness lies a scared little girl who's spent years being bullied and molded by her parents into something she honestly doesn't want to be. As she shows in the few moments the veil slips, she's really quite broken.
    • In Weirdmageddon Part 3, she is the most cynical and aggressive in the group because both of her parents were captured.
  • Brutal Honesty: Out anyone in her family, she's known for this. She makes no apologies for any of her opinions, good or ill, and has no problem letting her complaints known to Mabel especially when Mabel offered her one of her sweaters.
  • The Cameo: Can be seen walking with her parents in Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Her stuck-up and pompous attitude is the result of heavily implied parental abuse. We also learn that her parents basically treats her like a trained animal.
  • Character Development:
    • In Season 2, Pacifica starts showing more kindness towards others and a willingness to disobey her parents' controlling nature.
    • Throughout the episode "Northwest Mansion Mystery", Pacifica begins dropping her regular speech pattern which had always been present in the previous episodes, further showing character development.
    • It's pretty clear that she still has her head on straight, even calling her dad out for trying to negotiate with Bill, something that's idiotic and outright insane.
    • To top it that all off, the finale shows she's willing to rescue even those she deems undeserving.
  • Characterization Marches On: She enters the show as a one-note villain for Mabel in Season 1. By Season 2, she goes through a lot of change (mostly brought about by humiliation) and gets a reasonable Freudian Excuse for the way she acts. When the facade of her pompousness finally breaks, it breaks HARD.
  • Closet Geek: She's a level 100 Death Slayer in the fictional first-person shooter game Bloodcraft: Overdeath. She also enjoys deep-fried foods, and is secretly good at puns.
  • Competition Freak: It may look like Pacifica is obsessed with winning and showing off that she has the skills to do so, but it's more because she's afraid of losing and the consequences and having to face her parents' wrath, because to them, all competition is a big deal to their family. The first thing her dad tells her is don't lose, and that made her squirm.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Pacifica was routinely emotionally abused by her parents. They even used the Pavlovian experiment to control her. As a result, she grew up to be a Broken Bird and Broken Ace with hidden insecurity issues.
  • Dartboard of Hate: One of the cameras in "Gideon Rises" shows her using one with a photo of Mabel on it.
  • Deep-Fried Whatever: Her profile reveals her actual favorite food is "deep-fried anything".
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Opens up when she realizes hanging out with Mabel is fun, and even more so when Dipper helps with the haunting in her house.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Upon finding out about her family history, she has a Villainous BSoD and possibly even considers suicide by allowing the ghost to find her (by flashing her light from the hidden room) and kill her in order to end the bloodline, but she is comforted and reassured by Dipper before the ghost can do so.
  • Dye Hard: In-Universe, Dipper seems to think so. She doesn't like him suggesting this.
    • Mabel also seems to think so, given that she calls her a "bleach blonde stereotype" and in side materials pointed out that both of her parents were brunettes.
      • However, Gravity Falls Lost Legends shows her as a young child with the blonde hair, so the real answer is still up for debate. Although her natural aversion to lying (despite the skill coming naturally) does point toward it not being this trope.
  • Enemy Mine: With Dipper against the Lumberjack Ghost in "Northwest Mansion Noir", in the beginning at least. At the time, Dipper just wanted to help her with the expectation that they'd be rid of each other for the rest of the summer.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Although she's more of a brat than evil, Pacifica is averse to lying and cheating to get what she wants, and she was appalled when she discovered a room depicting all the falsehoods and treachery her ancestors had done over the years. Despite finding their actions so despicable, she still suffers a Villainous BSoD when she assumes the same of herself.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Blonde-haired and the most popular girl in town. Notably, she is the only blonde of her Girl Posse in which she is the Alpha Bitch.
  • Everything's Better with Llamas: She is associated with the llama on the Zodiac wheel, as a painting of one can be seen during "Northwest Mansion Mystery". During "Weirdmageddon 3", she grudgingly accepts Mabel's llama hair sweater , and confirms her spot on the Cipher Wheel and the bigger prophecy.
  • Expository Hairstyles: Her hair is shaped like a bell. Her parents have been using Pavlovian conditioning on her.
    • In Season 2, when she starts to rebel against her parents' conditioning, her bangs gain a slight part, making her hair look like a chipped or cracked bell.
    • It also resembles the head and neck of a llama, the symbol she is associated with on Cipher's Wheel.
  • Extreme Doormat: To her parents. She stops rebelling against them as soon as they ring a bell, like she's a dog bound to obey her masters at the drop of a hat. She eventually breaks this pattern and allows herself to be who she is inside.
  • Fallen Princess: Somewhat parodied in the finale, as the Northwest family goes broke but still manages to stay wealthier than most people through selling their mansion... but now Pacifica can only afford to keep "just one pony". The horror! Still, didn't stop her from attending Dipper and Mabel's birthday celebration, and at least she had more than enough that she could spare a few gifts to Dipper and Mabel
  • False Friend: Given her interactions with Dipper in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", her friends in Season 1 ("Double Dipper", "The Time Traveler's Pig") may not have been real friends to her and could have been hired by the Northwest Family to further control their public appearances, as is revealed in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", or just befriended Pacifica because of her wealth.
  • The Fashionista: "The Golf War" has her on the front page of the local newspaper declaring V-necks the look of the season.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. Pacifica is so utterly convinced of her own inherent superiority that it often blinds her to what other people are capable of. Of course, her pride also blinded her to the true nature of her family, which ultimately comes back to bite her when a ghost targets the Northwests.
  • Flat Character: Alex Hirsch has said himself that Pacifica was originally not meant to have any character depth and was just there to get on Mabel's nerves. He did, however, say that even she would have some development in Season 2.
    Mabel: You walking, one-dimensional, bleach-blonde valley girl stereotype!
    • The rest of the development is that after being rescued by Mabel and teaming up with her against the Lillputtians, she comes to find that hanging with her is actually pretty fun even when she didn't win the golf game, which is a direct contrast to her first appearance, in which she mocked Mabel's attitude of having fun instead of playing to win.
    • She gets even more development in "Northwest Mansion Mystery," where we learn that her haughty demeanor is the result of fear of her Abusive Parents.
  • Fiction500: She and her family are the richest folk in Gravity Falls and have enough of a reputation for the most powerful, influential people in the world to show up at their parties.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: How Pacifica ends up friends, or at least friendly, with the Pines twins.
    • In "The Golf War" Mabel and Pacifica decide to stop their rivalry after fighting the evil Liliputtians together, Pacifica even mentions that at the end of the day she had fun.
    • Starting out as an Enemy Mine, she and Dipper seem to have reached this status by "Northwest Mansion Noir" after they team up against a lumberjack ghost and Pacifica acknowledges her family's bad history, thanks to Dipper.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • Her parents would rather go to a party than stay and cheer on their daughter, and Mr. Northwest's idea of words of encouragement is "Don't lose."
    • On top of that, her parents have done nothing to teach her how to interact with others except raise her to keep up appearances. For example, the word "sharing" is completely foreign to her. (No, that's Not Hyperbole; she doesn't even know the right way to pronounce it.)
    • And, of course, let's not forget the heavily-implied child abuse she suffers from her parents. They did teach her to obey at the sound of a bell.
  • Gamer Girl: Pacifica's profile mentions that her "secret hobby" is that she's a Level 100 DeathSlayer in the FPS game Bloodcraft: Overdeath with the gamer handle "PLATINUMPAZ".
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: At first glance, she's a stereotypical Alpha Bitch and full-on Girly Girl; she loves ponies, beauty pageants, and is stated by Stan to wear a heavy amount of make-up. But she's also apparently a level 100 DeathSlayer in a fictional FPS game called ''Bloodcraft: Overdeath'', and is quite capable of being an Action Girl when necessary.
  • Godzilla Threshold: She'd never want anything to do with Dipper and Mabel unless something serious really happens that she can't handle. She even lampshades it after Dipper begrudgingly asks for three invitations to her family's party:
    Pacifica: You're just lucky I'm desperate.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her usual outfit is colored purple.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: During "Northwest Mansion Noir", Pacifica begins being nicer and ultimately fulfills this trope.
  • Hate Sink: In season 1, she never thinks of anyone other than herself and is needlessly cruel to Mabel. She does, however, get Character Development in season 2, while the Hate Sink position ends up going to her parents.
  • Heel–Face Turn: When Pacifica accepts the hard truth about her family and what she's become, she fully redeems herself by opening the gates and letting all the townsfolk into the mansion. By Weirdmageddon Part 2, she's firmly on the Pines' side in the fight against Bill Cipher, joining the resistance.
  • Heel Realization: Gets one in "Northwest Mansion Noir", and realizes that her family is a lot crueler than she thought, but also comes to terms with how terrible she's become as a result of it.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • A legitimately skilled mini-golfer with a global rank and has- had a gold-medal winning trainer.
    • She gets so much more in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". She shows a desire to embrace her own preferences over what her parents have chosen for her, only being kept from doing so by her own fear of them. Not to mention that when she discovers just how twisted her family history really is, she is disgusted by it.
    • According To Alex Hirsch, "Pacifica is a very insecure person."
    • An Easter egg from Lost Legends reveals Pacifica is a skilled player of an online shooter called Bloodcraft: Overdeath, has a weakness for puns, and secretly loves deep-fried foods.
  • I Am Not My Father: Or in her case, her entire family.
  • Implied Love Interest: At this point, what with Dipper mostly getting over Wendy, as well as their Ship Tease in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", she's the closest thing Dipper has to a Love Interest.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Word of God reveals that Pacifica is actually a very insecure person. Lost Legends expands on this by showing that her parents' emotional abuse of her included her mother teaching her from a young age that beauty is everything and that people always judge others by the cover.
    Pacifica: Wait, aren't there more pages?
    Priscilla: (Smiling while tearing out the rest of the pages) Nope! Enjoy your beauty sleep- you've got a pageant tomorrow!
  • Ironic Name: At first. Pacifica means "peaceful" and pre-Character Development Pacifica was a very confrontational person. Becomes meaningful after her development in "Northwest Mansion Mystery".
  • It's All About Me: Enjoys being the center of attention; probably best shown in "Irrational Treasure." The one time she goes outside her usual shtick, it comes off as a surprise, as Dipper notes.
    Pacifica: Now who wants to hear more about me?
  • Jerkass: Enforced In-Universe. A standard bully to the protagonists (mostly to Mabel), but it's later revealed that her parents, especially her father, were molding her into one, and then something worse.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: What she truly is. Pacifica is truly disgusted over her family's dark past and vows to restore honor to their family name. Even the lumberjack ghost (that swore vengeance on her family) stated that she was different from the rest.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Happened in "Irrational Treasure" and "The Time Traveler's Pig". In the former, she learns that her ancestor Nathaniel Northwest was not the founder of Gravity Falls, but was really a waste-shoveling village idiot. In the latter, she is seen being repeatedly pecked by a chicken by the end of the episode. Both can be considered fitting punishments for her rude and disrespectful behavior.
  • Laugh of Love: In a Ship Tease moment with Dipper, they laugh together after capturing the ghost, and she then hugs him. Happens again later while they trash her parents' favorite carpet.
  • Little Miss Badass: In "Weirdmageddon 3", where she risks her life during a rescue mission into Bill Cipher's lair.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Pacifica is quick to get lippy. In "Northwest Mansion Mystery", it's shown she can even go back and forth with the likes of Dipper.
  • Living MacGuffin: We find out exactly why she's important in the finale: she's one of the Chosen Ten who can defeat Bill.
  • The Load: She goes back and forth with this anytime she finds herself involved in the twin's missions, such as in "The Golf War" and "Northwest Mansion Mystery". On one hand, she doesn't initially lift a finger on anything, not to mention her tendency to insult Dipper and/or Mabel. On the other hand, she does rise to the occasion when it really matters, and ends up accomplishing what needs to be done.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Through character development and more focus on her "parents" in Season 2, Pacifica moves into this trope.
  • Makeup Is Evil: Despite being a preteen, she's always wearing dark purple eyeshadow (and possibly more), which is pretty blatantly meant to indicate excessive care about her appearance.
    Stan: Is it legal for a child to wear that much makeup?
  • Manipulative Bitch: Downplayed. In her debut appearance she tries this, but proves not to be very good at it, so afterward just sticks to solving her problems with money. Full-on manipulation (i.e. lying and cheating) however, is beneath her.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her name is a pun on the "Pacific Northwest" region of America, a region containing Oregon, the state in which the show is based and where creator Alex Hirsch spent his summers.
    • "Pacifica" is a Spanish/Portuguese word that translates to "someone that brings peace" and she was the one to cease the conflict between the Northwest family and the poor people of Gravity Falls. She's also sworn to fix her family's name.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: While not exactly annoying or booming, she has the tendency to raise her wrist to her mouth as she laughs.
  • Ojou: Richest girl in town.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • At the end of "The Golf War".
      And Mabel, I can't believe I'm saying this, but... I had fun.
    • Pacifica gains a healthy amount of respect for Dipper in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", not to mention that she saves his life at least a few times and fulfilled her ancestor's promise to the Lumberjack Ghost, something no other Northwest ever did.
    • To top it all off, she bought and wrapped presents for Dipper and Mabel, and signed Dipper's farewell card.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Her favorite color is hot pink, despite purple being her signature color.
    • She could have just been saying hot pink to keep up appearances. We never actually see her wear it except in the one short about colors.
  • Princess in Rags: Inverted. By Weirdmageddon 2, her fashionable clothing is swapped out for a raggedy outfit. However, she isn't as snotty anymore save for in a Tsundere way and has adapted quite enthusiastically, though she's become a little more trigger-happy with her emotions.
  • Punny Name: A play on the Pacific Northwest region of the United States where Oregon is located.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Might be even longer than Mabel's.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: Defied. Pacifica knows her parents are bad, but doesn't think her parents deserve a fate of being cast in stone by Bill, despite the fact that her father got himself into that mess.
  • Rescue Romance: Downplayed to Ship Tease, but Pacifica is much nicer to Dipper after he saves her from the Lumberjack ghost, even wanting him to stay afterwards.
  • Rich Bitch: Her family is extremely wealthy, which leads into...
  • Sarcastic Devotee: In Weirdmageddon 3, Pacifica spends much of her time snarking, but she still pulls her weight and remains loyal to her friends.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Says about as much in "The Golf War", stating that her family was able to use their wealth to cover up their less-than-noble heritage, not to mention buying a spot on the front page of the local newspaper to spite the Pines family.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In "Northwest Mansion Mystery", she ignores her father's order not open the gates, so that the ghost's victims can return to normal.
  • Ship Tease: With Dipper in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". Not helped at all by Alex Hirsch's deliberately vague but provoking answers to questions regarding the nature of their relationship along with the balanced comments about the two's relationship during Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets and Conspiracy Corner meaning that there would be moments of an implied crush but it would be quickly discarded or discredited by her or Dipper. On the note Dipper receives from Wendy at the end of the series, Pacifica's signature features a heart replacing the dot for the "i" in her name.
  • Silence Is Golden: Her relationship with her parents was explained by her reaction towards the ringing of a bell.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: To Mabel, though after "The Golf War" that might be moving towards friends, or at the very least more respectful rivals. She's more or less pulled a complete Heel–Face Turn on this trope as of "Northwest Mansion Noir" after she discovered her family's extremely shady and duplicitous past, and vowed to fix their broken family name by saving Dipper, Mabel, Candy, Grenda, and the party guests from the Lumberjack's vengeance.
  • Spoiled Brat: The usual kind, though not at the level of Gideon.
  • Stepford Smiler: Well, a cocky smile, Type A. It turns out she's not treated very well by her parents in "Northwest Mansion Noir", and is in fact insecure and thinks lowly of herself once she finds out about what jerkasses her family and ancestors have been.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Beneath her persona lies a lost, sad and confused girl manipulated by her family and her legacy.
  • The Rival: Was initially this to Mabel, the two would commonly compete in a variety of activities.
  • Token Good Teammate: Eventually becomes one for the Northwest family.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Pacifica learns to stand up to her abusive, controlling parents.
    • She starts off as a Spoiled Brat who can't stand to get dirty. During Weirdmageddon, she has become a full on Action Survivor — complete with tattered clothing and a battle cry, and who even risks her life to save her unworthy parents.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: In "Northwest Mansion Mystery", Pacifica begins to become happier after befriending Dipper and in the end of Weirdmageddon Part 3, she became cheerful again during Dipper and Mabels birthday party.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: At the start of "Weirdmageddon Part 3", while this was the case with everyone, she is most cynical and aggressive of the resistance because both of her parents were captured by Bill, she threatens to the sue the resistance if she is killed in the battle, is mean to Mabel by initially refusing to wear the sweater and saying that she still dresses better than Mabel despite wearing a potato sack and finally she does nothing to contribute to the creation of the robot. She does however become happy again when she is reunited with her parents and she even buys and wraps gifts for Dipper and Mabel's birthday while also signing a note for Dipper to remember all of his friends when he returns home.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At first, she was nothing but a standard bully to the protagonists (mostly to Mabel), but it's later revealed that her parents, especially her father, were molding her into one, and possibly something worse. Thankfully, she finds a Morality Pet in Dipper, which leads to her discovering hard truths she never knew about, and Dipper believing in her enough to give her a second chance.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Mabel's Tomboy. Pacifica is a lady-like Alpha Bitch (eventually Lovable Alpha Bitch) who's repulsed by the idea of eating in a car, whereas Mabel is an unapologetic goofball who has no qualms about chowing down on an old taco pulled out from behind a car seat. Pacifica is also a Fashionista who's stated to wear a lot of make-up, while Mabel isn't as fixated on looks. Mabel is also a very rough-and-tumble Girly Bruiser who looks forward to adventure, while Pacifica (despite being a capable Action Girl when necessary) seems to view adventuring and fighting purely as a means to an end.
  • Town Girls: The vain Alpha Bitch (later Lovable Alpha Bitch) Femme to Wendy's athletic, axe-wielding, Ladette-ish Butch and Mabel's hardy, adventurous Girly Bruiser Neither.
  • Tragic Villain: Pacifica's backstory is rather tragic; her parents set high standards and expectations for her, constantly pressure and abuse her into upholding the "greatness" of the Northwest family. The moment she realized how terrible her family legacy actually was, Pacifica felt she had no choice in what she became, and believed there could be no redemption for herself. However, Dipper believed in her enough, and convinced her it wasn't too late.
  • Trophy Child: It turns out that Pacifica's haughty attitude and being great at a variety of hobbies and interests is because her parents had taught her to do so, or invested for her to be "perfect" in favor of their social lives and status at Pacifica's expense, including conditioning her to obey when a bell is rung, scolding her for small mistakes, and disregarding her personal wants in favor of their own.
    Preston: Oh, and whatever happens, just remember one thing. You're a Northwest. Don't lose.
  • Tsundere: Her way of being nice. She's clearly trying, but she's still a little rough while doing so (like calling Soos a "servant" even when she's giving him a genuine compliment). Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets makes her even more of one, as she keeps trying to act egotistically superior to the Pines twins like she used to but keeps slipping and exposing or even outright admitting that she "doesn't totally hate them" (an understatement as far as Dipper is concerned.) She shows more of this in "Weirdmageddon 3", accepting Mabel's llama sweater while saying "Fine, I'll wear it, but I won't like it!", plus insulting Mabel's fashion sense earlier, but at the end not only attending Dipper and Mabel's birthday, but getting them presents and going through the trouble of gift-wrapping them herself as well as signing a farewell card for Dipper. Also, she was the only one who kept wearing Mabel's sweater on the day of the battle, despite her previous statement about it.
  • Unknown Rival: To Mabel in "Double Dipper", but Mabel wises up in "Irrational Treasure" and returns the Arch-Enemy sentiment.
  • Upper-Class Equestrian: Very wealthy, and owns a number of horses, whom she deeply loves. Following her family losing the majority of their cash in the finale thanks to her father's greed and cruelty finally catching up with him, she is visibly distraught to discover she can only keep one.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A family portrait in the mansion depicts a younger Pacifica with a Mabel-like goofy smile.
  • Valley Girl: Her spoiled demeanor can make her come off as this.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: An Alpha Bitch (later Lovable Alpha Bitch) who loves her make-up and clothes, and is implied to be something of a Fashionista.
  • Villainous BSoD: After discovering her family's terrible history and the curse brought about by it, she drops her snooty demeanor (for the most part) and becomes a lot more friendly towards Dipper and company.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Her relationship with Dipper 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.
  • When She Smiles: A kind one that is.
  • White Sheep: In season 2, she finds out her family has long history of being terrible villains. Pacifica is devastated to learn of their history and decides to work at fixing it.
  • Worthy Opponent: While she spent most of her time trying to be better than Mabel, or anyone for that matter, she seems to have more respect for Dipper's skills. If anything, Dipper is perhaps the first person she considered as her equal. It shows in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", as she placed more emphasis on wanting Dipper to help or for Dipper to stay at the party.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 peasant 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.
  • 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.
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