Alexander Robert "Alex" Hirsch (born June 18, 1985) is the creator of the Disney show, Gravity Falls, where he also provides the voices of many characters, including Stan Pines and Jesus "Soos" Alzamirano Ramirez. He based a lot of the series on his own childhood experiences.
Prior to Gravity Falls, he got his start at Cartoon Network storyboarding on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (Pendleton Ward of Adventure Time fame was his board partner). He went on to co-develop Fish Hooks for Disney before moving onto his masterpiece.
After Gravity Falls ended its run in 2016 (with the stated intention of avoiding Seasonal Rot), he become involved in the film industry co-writing Detective Pikachu with Nicole Perlman, and also co-writing the story for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
He recently wrote a Gravity Falls graphic novel, Lost Legends.
Roles played by Alex Hirsch
- Fish Hooks: Clamantha, Fumble
- Gravity Falls: Stan Pines, Soos Ramirez, Old Man McGucket, Nate, Bill Cipher, Carson, Jason, Jeff, Schmebulock, Steve, Sev'ral Timez, Mayor Befufftlefumpter, Constable, Duck-tective, Quentin Trembley, Chadley, Dippy Fresh, Duck-tective's twin brother, Fairy dust dealer, Grampton St. Rumpterfrabble, Paper Jam Dipper, Schmebulock Senior, and the Horrifying, Sweaty, One-Armed Monstrosity after Louis C.K.'s sexual misconduct came to light
- Phineas and Ferb: Officer Concord the Juice Time Juice Box Flavor Cop
- Rick and Morty: Toby Matthews
- Wander over Yonder: Old Man, Soosy Du
- Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Ben Fotino
Tropes associated with Alex Hirsch's works:
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Each of the characters that he voices sounds vastly different.
- Playing Gertrude: He was nearing his 30s during Gravity Falls's run, yet he voiced the 60+ Stan Pines and Old Man McGucket, as well as the 100+ Mayor Befufftlefumpter.
- Trolling Creator: There's a very good reason he's the trope picture, as he did this quite a bit during Gravity Falls's run. Highlights include:
- Saying that not everyone would make it out alive. Mayor Befufftlefumpter, a very minor character and who was established to be over 100, passed on and Big Bad Bill Cipher seemed to die in the finale.
- The ten symboles that appeared throughout the series, while related to a prophecy, amounted to absolutely nothing in the actual finale due to Stan getting into an argument with Ford.
- However, the most famous and the reason he's the picture: creating a image of McGucket writing in one of the journals to throw fans off, "leaked" said image on 4chan, posted a Tweet feigning anger and later deleting said tweet, and the thing that trope picture is from, gloating about the whole thing after "Society of the Blind Eye" aired (where it was revealed that McGucket was merely an assistant to the Author, not the Author himself).
- Write What You Know:
- Gravity Falls was based on trips Hirsch and his sister took with their grand-aunt.
- The episode "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons" was based on attending a Dungeons And Dragons game with Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward and Over the Garden Wall creator Patrick McHale during the trio's time on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.
- Write Who You Know: Gravity Falls was mostly based on Hirsch's childhood, with Mabel based on Alex's sister Ariel, Stan based on their grandfather, Soos based on a roommate of Alex's, Wendy based on a girl Alex had a crush on, and a number of Wendy's ex-boyfriends were named after many of Ariel's.