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Gravity Falls: Lost Legends is a graphic novel set within the universe of Gravity Falls. It consists of four stories set during the events of Season 2, each one was written by Alex Hirsch. The comic was released on July 24, 2018.

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In the gnome village deep in the woods of Gravity Falls, tonight is the one night in every thousand years that Shmebulock, cursed to normally be unable to say anything but his name, can speak freely. And speak he does, as he regales his guests (the readers) with four stories about the Pines Family and their friends:

  • Face It: Pacifica, feeling insecure about an upcoming family photo shoot for Better Families Than Yours Magazine, steals Journal 1 in order to look up some magical beauty treatments. Instead, she summons a face-stealing monster that nabs Mabel's face, forcing Dipper and Pacifica to team up and retrieve it from Gravity Falls' supernatural underground.
  • Comix Up: After confiscating Soos's comic book collection, Stan is trapped in the world of comic books, forcing the rest of the Pines family to go after him.
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  • Don't Dimension It: While helping Ford patch up dimensional rifts after the events of the series finale, Mabel is accidentally pulled into another dimension. There, she encounters hundreds of alternate Mabels from across the Multiverse... including one with an ulterior motive.
  • The Jersey Devil's in the Details: Back in the days of Stanley and Stanford's youth, the young "Kings of New Jersey" must track down the thief who stole their father's favorite gold necklace, butting heads along the way with a pair of rival investigators, circus freaks, their own sibling rivalry, and the Jersey Devil.


Gravity Falls: Lost Legends provides examples of:

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  • And the Adventure Continues: There is a Journal 4 underneath the shelf that has Dipper's original hat, implying that Ford has written about his adventures with Stan after the end of Gravity Falls.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Shmebulock is talking directly to the reader throughout the graphic novel.
  • Continuity Nod: Dipper's original hat that he lost in "Tourist Trapped" is on one of Shmebulock's bookshelves.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Serves as this for Schmebulock.
  • His Name Is...: Shmebulock's curse returns as he's in the middle of explaining the secret contained in the book.
  • Goshdang It To Heck: Averted, as the comic clearly has looser language restrictions than the show. For instance, Dipper plainly says "Oh, thank God." and an attraction at a New Jersey amusement park is called "Satan's Hellhole".
    Young Stan: Hey, look, hell! We'll be safe in there!
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The cover gives away the existence of Ford Pines, arguably the biggest Walking Spoiler on the show.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Part of Shmebulock's String Theory board is the word "Shermie?" (Dipper and Mabel's grandfather on Stan's side of the family), above a cryptogram which decodes to "Age paradox? Time travel connection?" and a picture of Blendin. All of which lampshade the improbable timeline of Shermie apparently appearing as a baby in "A Tale of Two Stans" only about forty years ago.
  • Literal Metaphor: Shmebulock displays a table with books of each story, along with summaries and citing it as a "table of contents".
  • Sequel Hook:
    • One of the cryptograms on a hidden page, once decoded, spells out "CIPHER LIVES!".
    • Another mentions Agents Power and Trigger are looking for the President's Key. However, it doesn't seem likely this will lead them anywhere.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Shmebulock proves himself quite intelligent, and his Pokémon Speak is actually a Curse of Babel.
  • Take That, Audience!: Shmebulock's obsession with the Pines family and their friends is a playful rib at the devoted fans of Gravity Falls.
  • Wham Line: One of the cryptograms on a hidden page, once decoded, spells out "CIPHER LIVES!"

    "Face It" 
  • Actor Allusion: Pacifica, while in the Crawlspace, uses the alias "Jackie the Elf-Bandit". Her voice actor in the series was Jackie Buscarino.
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Invoked by Pacifica's mother. She retells the story of The Ugly Duckling and ends it by saying that the duckling was forever alone due to his looks. Telling Pacifica that people only want perfection and beauty. When Pacifica notices the remaining pages, Priscilla promptly tears them out.
  • Ascended Meme:
    • A page on Journal 1 is titled "Paranormal Rashes", and depicts a rash that looks like Bill and is called "Zodiacne". It's a play on how some of the fans have asked if Dipper would get a tattoo or have depicted an older Dipper with the Zodiac on his arm as a consequence of making a deal with Bill Cipher.
    • Pacifica lampshades the "hunkle" term when she comments about Ford.
      Pacifica: Hey, why is Stan suddenly hot now?
    • Slender Man's cameo in the comic might also be this to the long-standing Urban Legend claiming that he appeared in the show proper.
  • Big Bad: Mr. What's-His-Face, a face-stealing demon that Pacifica accidentally summons and who promptly takes Mabel's face.
  • The Blank: Mabel, and later Dipper, are left with blank slates on the heads thanks to Mr. What's-His-Face stealing both of their faces.
  • Call-Forward: In the flashback, young Pacifica sleeps with a plush llama toy, in reference to her role on the Cipher Zodiac as "the llama".
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Dipper insists that he's never kissed anyone before. Apparently, he doesn't count his Kiss of Life to Mermando in "The Deep End".
    • Dipper finally uses the President's Key he received from Quentin Trembley in "Irrational Treasure" to unlock a mysterious door.
    • A crow has Gideon's taped up amulet from "The Hand That Rocks The Mabel" in its beak.
    • The candy monster from the "Candy Monster" short is chomping on a banner.
    • A pirate Lilliputtian from "The Golf War" is running off with a question quail egg.
    • The Hand Witch from "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" is trying to sell severed hands in the paranormal black market.
    • A stray Blind Eye Society member is selling repressed memories of Tad Strange, Tambry, Wendy's mom, Soos's Abuelita, Gideon, and Rick Sanchez. Also, one of Mr. What's-His-Face's faces on his bag is Blind Ivan.
    • A geodite, question quail and its egg, and a plaidypus are wandering in the paranormal black market—-all of these are creatures that Ford has written about in Journal 3.
    • The gnome that was dealing out fairy dust in "The Last Mabelcorn" is seen dealing some to a unicorn.
    • Pacifica mentions that Dipper has an "abnormally large head". Although Dipper strongly interjects the comment, he himself had admitted that he has a big head when he saw his first clone.
    • The Summerween Trickster's mask is one of the faces in Mr. What's-His-Face's bag.
  • Creator Cameo: Alex Hirsch's face is one of the many adorning Mr. What's-His-Face's wall.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: After Dipper assures Pacifica she's not just a pretty face, she hugs him and takes back (or at least tempers) an insult about his head being big. Dipper reluctantly accepts the "compliment".
  • Expressive Shirt: The smiley face on Mabel's sweater inexplicably changes its expression in various panels.
  • Face Stealer: Mr. What's-His-Face steals faces and can transform his face into others.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Pacifica gets a crumpled piece of paper stuck in her hair, which happens to look a lot like a flower.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: After the story's plot is concluded, Pacifica sent a text message telling Dipper that the hug she gave him didn't mean anything. Unfortunately for her, she actually sent the text to Mabel, and unconvincingly claims the text is just a joke.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Pacifica's insecurity over her appearance stems from her parents' usual A-plus parenting, with her mother essentially telling her to her face that people will only love her if she looks good.
  • Identical Twin Mistake: When Pacifica first saw Ford, she assumed he was Stanley, though she notices that he looks very different (and "hot"). The comic ends before we see if anyone explained the truth to her.
  • Interquel: Set an unspecified time between Ford's reappearance and the series finale.
  • Make-Up Is Evil: When he tempts Pacifica into letting him keep the Pines Twins' faces, Mr. What's-His-Face shows her a vision of the "beautiful" face he could give her. This vision has a lot more make-up than Pacifica usually wears.
  • Mythology Gag: The Paranormal Rashes page is also a reference to Alex's Hirsch's high school friend that had inspired Dipper's birthmark, whom once had a cluster of acne in the shape of the Big Dipper constellation.
  • Precocious Crush: Downplayed, when Pacifica first sees Ford she mistakes him for Stan and asks why he's suddenly "hot".
  • Production Foreshadowing: Eda from the then-upcoming Disney Series The Owl House appears on a wanted poster.
  • Serious Business: For Pacifica, having one wrinkle. At first Played for Laughs, given how much she's overreacting because of it. Then Played for Drama when it's revealed that her obsession is caused by her Abusive Parents.
  • "Shaggy Frog" Story: Pacifica's parents are obsessed with beauty and perfection. As a child, Pacifica was told the story of The Ugly Duckling by her mother but instead of the duckling turning into a beautiful swan. The Duckling stayed ugly and alone. Pacifica did comment on the story change but Priscilla ripped out the remaining pages.
    Priscilla: [reading young Pacifica a bedtime story] And the ugly duckling never made any friends, because his face was weird. The end.
    Pacifica: Wait, aren't there more pages?
    Priscilla: [smiles and rips out the rest of the pages] Nope! Enjoy your beauty sleep— you've got a pageant tomorrow!
  • Shipper on Deck: When Pacifica accidentally texts Mabel about hugging Dipper and typing "As if I'd actually hug you on purpose!", Mabel immediately assumes that Pacifica has a crush on him and asks about the wedding. Much to Pacifica's chagrin as she threatens to have her butler break Mabel's legs. Shmebulock's ending summary seems to give the impression that he considers their adventure a date and mockingly describes the text conversation as "sketchy".
  • Ship Tease: Dipper and Pacifica bond some more, and even end up hugging.
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  • Spoof Aesop: Shmebulock surmises that while Pacifica learned True Beauty Is on the Inside, Dipper's lesson was that the best place for romance is inside a burlap sack.
  • There Was a Door: At the start of "Face It", Ford breaks an attic window by somersaulting through it instead of leaving through a door, much to Stan's annoyance.
    Stan: [shakes his fist at Ford] Use the door next time, show-off!
  • Trophy Wife: Pacifica tells Dipper that her mom is literally a trophy wife, stating that her dad won Priscilla in a yachting competition.
  • Tsundere: Pacifica gives Dipper a hug, then later tries to claim she was using him to wipe the monster drool off her sleeve.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Pacifica is obsessive over her looks because she worries she doesn't have anything else and because her parents made it pretty clear that people would only love her if she looked pretty, but Dipper says otherwise. She clearly appreciates this and hugs him.

    "Comix Up" 
  • Animesque: One of the comic-book worlds is based on shoujo manga.
  • Arc Number: The Indestructi-Buddies! is "Issue #618: Overextended Universe".
  • Art Shift: The crew traverses through the pages and transits into various styles: classic comics, manga, superhero, adult/sci-fi, a Peanuts spoof, and the original Gravity Falls art style when they are outside of the panels and during a flashback.
  • Big Anime Eyes: Everyone has this when they travel through the manga pages... and Stan is almost stuck with them at the end of the story.
    Soos: KYAA!! My eyes are gratuitously large!
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: The Disney logo is mocked:
    Soos: Oh, man. This is confusing. A "D" that looks like a "G"? Where am I?
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Soos ends up falling in between the margins and crawling over a wall to find Stan, Wendy uses her ax to rip into the page, and Mabel uses white-out to get rid of the yellow box.
  • Closet Geek: Stanley was a big fan of comics growing up, but grew embittered with the hobby after trying and failing to publish his own comic as a kid.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The cursed trunk's reaction to Stanley considering it pretentious to call comic books "graphic novels".
    Trunk: Just for that, this world will be your tomb!
  • Insistent Terminology: Ford's cursed trunk insists on calling comic books "graphic novels".
  • Interquel: Set an unspecified time between Ford's reappearance and the series finale.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: A sarcastically inclined canine that has absolutely no relation to another sarcastically inclined feline makes an appearance.
    Stanley: I'm gonna poison your lasagna, Sarcastipup!
  • Medium Awareness: Stan gets cursed with a malevolent yellow box narrator that everyone can see and interact with.
    Yellow Box: LATER, DOWN IN THE LAB...
    Stan: [points at the yellow box] This dumb box won't stop narrating me! And it keeps using obnoxious words like "ZOUNDS" and "MEANWHILE"!
  • Mythology Gag: One of Stan's favorite comics is Captain Nazi-Puncher. Alex Hirsch had once tweeted that he'd be very cool with drawings of Grunkle Stan punching Nazis.
  • Noodle Incident: Back in 1973, Stan apparently got into a fistfight with another famous old guy named Stan.
  • Pose of Supplication: During the shoujo sequence, Mabel runs into a bishonen version of Gideon, who goes into the pose when Mabel shoots him down.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Wendy can be seen reading a "Blarchie" comic.
    • The first page they enter is in the Harvey Comics style.
    • The gritty style of the comic Soos dubs as "The Grimdark Chronicles" is very obviously done in the style of Mike Mignola's Hellboy, with Dipper even being seen with a giant fist almost identical to Hellboy's.
    • The shady purple "creature" with a big, pointed nose and trenchcoat looks similar to the black and white Spy vs. Spy characters, and also pulls slapstick gags on Ford and the others.
    • The Lil' Stanley pages are a spoof of the Peanuts.
    • A certain Sarcasti-pup is clearly not a reference to a sassy feline.
  • Symbol Swearing: Grawlixes appear in a few scenes.
  • Trapped in TV Land: A comic in this case.

    "Don't Dimension It" 
  • Alternate Self: Mabel meets dozens, possibly hundreds, of alternate versions of herself that all ended up stuck in a corner of the Nightmare Realm.
  • Arc Number: 6-18 is tattooed on Military Expert Mabel's arm.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Ford asks Stan "what's Dipper's real name?", lampshading that he knows Dipper's real name.
    • The finger monster that attacks Mabel in the Nightmare Realm resembles the description of the "60-foot ball of fingers and teeth" that Bill sicced on Ford when he first arrived there in Gravity Falls: Journal 3.
    • Mabel and Anti-Mabel point back and forth at their foreheads, just like Dipper has done with Tyrone in "Double Dipper".
    • The alien trucker initially refused to let Stan and Ford hitch a ride because one of them is a known criminal with wanted posters scattered all over the dimensions. The trucker even mentions Lottocron 9. Stan's reaction and Ford's explanation behind this echoes what Ford wrote in Journal 3.
    • Stan and Ford shout, "PINES! PINES! PINES!" just like they have during a childhood flashback in "A Tale of Two Stans".
    • Dipper receives a pine tree journal from Mabel as a souvenir from her meeting with the other lost Mabels. He has drawn such a journal on his last entry in the defictionalized Journal 3.
  • Elemental Embodiment: Flamabel's body is entirely made of fire, and she can shoot flames from her hands.
  • Evil Counterpart: Natrually, Anti-Mabel is this to Mabel.
  • Evil Gloating: Anti-Mabel does this after she tricks and locks Mabel in an outhouse, as well as at Stan and Ford when she incapacitates them with Ford's alien adhesive.
  • Evil Twin: Mabel meets Anti-Mabel, "the most evil Mabel in the multiverse", who tries to leave Dimension MAB-3L, take over Mabel's life, and intends to wreck havoc on her dimension.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Anti-Mabel is as cute as Mabel, but she's evil to the core.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Anti-Mabel's hair is distinctly pointed, whereas Mabel and all the other alternate Mabels have curly, rounded hairstyles.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Mabel tries to tell a lightbulb joke but is interrupted because one of the other Mabels is a lightbulb.
  • Interquel: Set during the finale, between Stan recovering his memory and three days before Dipper and Mabel's birthday.
  • Irony:
    • Stan apparently doesn't know Dipper's real name. However, since he was present for Dipper and Mabel's birth, he has to know Dipper's real name. It's possible that he forgot or was just being sarcastic.
    • Stan and Ford go to the multiverse to rescue Mabel and she ends up rescuing them from Anti-Mabel.
  • Jerkass Realization: Mabel FINALLY sees exactly how frustrating her selfishness and short attention span can be when struggling to rally her alternate selves.
  • Lightbulb Joke: Mabel asks how many Mabels does it take to change a lightbulb but she's told it's offensive to Lightbulb Mabel.
  • Medium-Shift Gag: The last dimension Mabel falls through before landing in Dimension MAB-3L shows a live-action photo of a cat.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • There's a crack in the earth leftover from Weirdmageddon which Dipper has named "Mabel's Fault". A deleted scene from "Scary-oke" has a shot with Stan next to a similar crack called "Gideon's Fault" after the Gideon-bot attack in "Gideon Rises".
    • Stanbel was originally a doodle Alex Hirsch had uploaded on his Twitter to "give you nightmares"... Stanbel makes an appearance on Dimension MAB-3L with every Mabel staring on with discomfort.
      Stanbel: HEYYY! Stanbel is single and ready to mingle!
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Mabel is quickly frustrated with how none of the other Mabels seem to be all that concerned with getting back to their home dimensions.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: In the Nightmare Realm, a memorial statue of Bill Cipher is captioned "He was the WORST". Given the realm inhabitants, it's unclear if this is a condemnation for being a Bad Boss, or an exaltation.
  • Spot the Imposter: Stan and Ford are at a loss at which Mabel is the real Mabel, with Ford calling both of them "equally adorable" and musing why this "always happens" with doubles. It's only when Mabel pulls off Anti-Mabel's sweater, revealing an "I hate cats" shirt, that they know for sure and eject Anti-Mabel out of the vehicle.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Two of the Mabels resemble a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Pterodactyl.
  • Symbol Swearing: The alien trucker spouts grawlixes after getting knocked out of the vehicle.
  • Talking Typography: One of the Mabels is a talking number 3 and is aptly named "Threebel".
    Threebel: Threebel to the rescue!
    Stanford: Yes! Rescued by math! Just like in my dreams!
  • Wham Line: "Oh, Mabel, you gotta work on yo'self."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The alien truck driver who picked up Stan and Ford is last seen getting knocked out of his vehicle during the fight between Mabel and Anti-Mabel. We don't know what happens to him afterward or if someone thought to pick him up, as the Mabels take his ship to return to their dimensions.

    "The Jersey Devil's in the Details" 
  • Arc Number: 618618 is the ticket number on the taped Grandpa the Kid ticket.
  • Creator Cameo: Alex Hirsch and Dana Terrace can be seen in the Freak Show's crowd, the latter as a sort of Cat Girl with sharp teeth.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In Gravity Falls: Journal 3, a cryptogram has Stanford mention hunting the Jersey Devil with his brother one summer.
    • There is a Grandpa the Kid ticket in Stan's old scrapbook. This was the movie that Stan watched on TV and had waited in line for as a teenager in "Dreamscaperers".
    • The shrunken head Ford once brought to a show-and-tell is sitting on top of a shelf in the pawnshop.
    • Stan's original fez, the framed picture of a ship at sea, and a yellow diving helmet are on display in the Pines Pawns shop.
    • Dickie and Ascot, the Sibling Brothers, are cracking mysteries and had their stories published on papers during their youth. In "Carpet Diem", Dipper was shown to have read a book titled The Sibling Brothers in The Case of the Caper-Case Caper.
    • A Lil' Stanley comic is on the floor of Stanley and Stanford's room.
  • Dirty Kid: When looking around a penny arcade, Stan takes the opportunity to look at a (very old-fashioned) peep show.
  • Mugged for Disguise: At one point, Stan and Ford steal the clothes of the Sibling Brothers to enter the town's lighthouse. It works because the guardian is Horrible Eyesight Hawkins.
  • Not Me This Time: Discussed; Ford insists to his father Filbrick that Stan didn't stealing his favorite gold chain. Subverted when it turns out that it really was him, though Stan was actually planning to get it engraved.
  • Persecution Flip: When the Pines Brothers run into a Freak Show, they get heckled with cries of "Normies!" until Ford shows off his Extra Digits.
    Stan: I'm being made fun of for fitting in! I'm so confused!
  • The Rival: While living in Glass Shard Beach, the Pines Boys were rivals to the Sibling Brothers, a pair of stuck up Hardy Boys parodies named Ascot and Dickie.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Although, the story being Gravity Falls, it is of course played for Black Comedy. Stanley's first reaction after he may have caused the deaths of the Sibling Brothers is to suggest to his brother to steal their clothes to be able to sneak in a location in which they are forbidden to enter. Ford agrees that it seems the most logical option.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: The Sibling Brothers are only antagonists in the sense that they are the Pines Twins' rivals to solve the current mystery (and act like jerks towards Ford and Stan).
    • However, their bio in the bonus online content says that their hobbies nowadays are "going to jail" and "finishing each other's life sentences", meaning something must've happened since then....
    • Also, they briefly state that they "solve" every mystery in the town by having paid photographers stationed everywhere. Gee, no way that could be exploited, now could it?
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Set during Stan and Ford's childhood, with a Distant Finale of them exploring the world together as adults after the series finale.


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