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The Gravity Falls Fanfiction Wiki
  • Recommended by: Fourth Wall Breaker
  • Tags: Takes all sorts of Gravity Falls fanfics, except for Pinecest.

MoringMark (Tumblr) and MarkMak (DeviantArt)

  • Recommended by folkner, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • The man creates some great on-model (and off-model) comics and illustrations very true to the show that are just brimming with creativity, humor, and heart. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll wow at some of the things he does with the Tumblr and DeviantArt formats. If you loved any episode, character, or concept, in particular, chances are that he's made something in response to it that won't fail to entertain you further.


  • Recommended by: Gageekguy
  • Tags: Stories tend to be about Dipper, Mabel, and Stan, most of them set in imaginary seasons two-five, with the kids growing up along the way. The author loves Wendip, but not explicit, and the tales range from funny to angsty. My favorites: "A Father and Daughter Talk," with a 19-year-old Wendy and her dad sharing beers as she confesses her feelings for a 16-year-old Dipper. There are also "The Big Con," which brings the GF crowd into the real world, where they enter a Masquerade at a convention, hoping to win first place, "Trans Pacifica," which has a hilarious ending, and "A Taste of Ashes," which is surprisingly moving at times and reads like one of the darker episodes. As of Dec 2016, there's one called "Christmas at the Shack," which is remarkably sweet and emotional. It's different from Super Grover Away's "Christmas with a Corduroy," but just about as good, especially if you like a kind of innocent Wendip. Update: as of March 2020, this writer is the Energizer Bunny, with in excess of 2,000,000 words of Gravity Falls fanfiction. The range is astonishing, from laugh-out-loud to tragic. Check out "Markers," which did the impossible and brought tears to my eyes. The author seems to be doubling up, and his stories are also available at the other fanfic archive as well.


  • Recommended by: Kandikorn 22
  • Tags: She mostly writes stories centered around Mabel and Dipper's brother-sister relationship, and she is fantastic with her descriptions of how the characters feel and keeping them in character at all times. Honestly, if you're looking for someone who can write a truly heartfelt fanfic, look no further than Mayclore.


  • Recommended by: squadallahthistle
  • Tags: He mostly writes stories focusing around Pacifica's character development following Northwest Mansion Mystery, often taking inspiration from markmak's comics, one of his stories was even liked by markmak himself. He is really good at making readers feel for the characters.


  • Recommended by: Sean Devine
  • Tags: He's written quite a few Gravity Falls fanfictions, but my favorite one is "What Do Angels Look Like," which focuses on a young girl named Avy who Dipper finds and takes in after finding out her father abused her. It's one of the most emotional and heartwarming fics I've read, and I think it deserves more attention. When you're done with that, another fic I'd recommend is "Dipper and Mabel Jr," though it hasn't been completed yet. He's also written a few Pinecest stories, but I'm willing to forgive him for that.


  • Recommended by: Chiropteru
  • Tags: Has written over 70 Gravity Falls stories, mostly one-shots, but also the multi-chapter "Little Shack of Horrors", a Little Shop of Horrors parody. Many of the stories are humorous, but the author also expands into horror, hurt/comfort, family, and angst, among others. Does an excellent job writing Dipper and Mabel's sibling relationship. Has also started a "future AU" series of one-shots, with the twins as adults.


  • Recommended by: N8han 11
  • Tags: Has written many fics that shed light on Dipper and Wendy's relationship. The fics are very well written, and keep everyone still in character, all while still being interesting stories in their own right.

Transcendence AU

  • Recommended by: arsenicCrazy
  • Now has its own TVTropes page.
  • Tags: A collection of Alternate Universe Fics taking place after a finale in which the Pines family prevents an apocalypse of sorts. The supernatural becomes commonplace all over the world, and Dipper is now a demon. A more detailed summary can be found here.
  • Comments: This AU is heavy on both angst and fluff. To quote the tags of one of the posts: "One half (of the fandom) is crying in the corner, the other half is in the fetal position overwhelmed with fluffy feels, there is no in between". You have been warned - bring some tissues.


  • Recommended by: Stellar Cannon
  • Tags: He writes a ton of heartwarming/random one-shots that revolve around the Gravity Falls gang. These are usually very well written, interesting and original.


  • Recommended by: American Handstand
  • Tags: This author has written a handful of delightfully quirky Gravity Falls fics, some of which focus on character speculation, and others that explore rarer pairings. Laced throughout all of them is an interesting use of metaphors and creative narrative. It's a bit sticky in some places, especially their first story (a Recess crossover), but the overall characterizations are great. One that especially stands out to this troper is Never Eat Soggy Waffles, a fluffy and wonderfully peculiar narrative about Stan and the twins driving around in a harebrained scheme that ultimately has them crossing paths with the still evolving character of Pacifica after Northwest Mansion Noir.

Omega Ultra

  • Recommended by: Stellar Cannon
  • Tags: He has written several stories for Gravity Falls that mainly focus around Dipper and Mabel. His fics are really well-written and actually get you to read them again, just so you can find the little details he's hidden inside.


  • Recommended by: JohnnyBeBad
  • Tags: A boatload of Mabifica stories.
  • Comments: Writes this super adorable series called "Gravity Falls Girlfriends" that I saw a guy on Tumblr mention. Super good stuff.

Milky Boy Blue

  • Recommended by: The Archer
  • Tags: Post-series, character focuses, creative plotlines.
  • Comments: A series chronicling the summer after canon. Excellent characterization, creative and overarching plotlines, and heaping helpings of side-splitting humor. ^At the time of this recommendation, the author has wrapped up the second summer and plans to write up to the fifth summer.
    Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Pacifica's Revenge by Mon-Ra
  • Recommended by: CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After being humiliated in Irrational Treasure. Pacifica plots to destroy Dipper by stealing his heart and grinding it to dust!
  • Pairing: Pacifica and Dipper
  • Comments: One of the best Gravity Falls fan fictions I have ever read.

Pines' Quest by mon-ra

  • Recommended by: CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the events of Pacifica's Revenge. Dipper prepares to make good on his word to become a perfect boyfriend for her. But will his sister Mabel or the new girl Rachel thwart his goal?
  • Pairing: Pacifica and Dipper

The Amazing World of Dipper Pines

  • Recommended by: Fourth Wall Breaker
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: After 2 years, 2 summers, Dipper and Mabel Pines have returned to Gravity Falls. When Dipper meets a new girl, could she be the love of his life, or just another pretty face? Created by the same person who created the Gravity Falls fanfiction wiki, this is her first Gravity Falls fanfic.
  • Pairing(s): Dipper and OC, Mabel and OC
  • Tags: Both Dipper and Mabel are paired with OCs. Het.

Dipifica Shorts by Viceroy Elf.

  • Recommended: by Hackstory, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A series of shorts detailing the relationship between Dipper and Pacifica three years after the events of the show. The shorts are all part of the same larger story, and are (mostly) in chronological order.
  • Pairing: Pacifica and Dipper
  • Comments: Despite its uninspired title and a description (on that says absolutely nothing about the story, it's well worth a look for any fans of the pairing. The individual stories are short and sweet with plenty of fluff, and all the characters feel very real to their cannon counterparts: it really feels like they're all the people they should be three years later. My only real complaint about it is the absence of certain characters whom I'm rather fond of: Wendy has yet to make any appearance whatsoever, and Soos and Stan are both almost entirely absent, themselves. Despite that, it's still far and away the best Dipper/Pacifica story that I've ever read, and I highly recommend it, even to non-fans of the pairing.

Incalescence by llyrical

  • Recommended by: foxkindle
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Dipper just wanted to have a normal college life- well, as normal as one could have it while continuing to research the mysteries of Gravity Falls. He did NOT intend to have to deal with losing all of his work just as he needed it the most.
    He also did not intend to have a demon be his only chance of getting it back.
  • Pairing(s): Dipper/human!Bill Cipher, background Mabel/Pacifica
  • Tags: Aged-Up Characters, Explicit Content, Magic Use, Dark Fic
  • Comments: All of the characters in this fic have been aged up to college, and the twins have been to Gravity Falls every summer until graduation when Dipper decided to move there. The events of "Not What He Seems" are incorporated into it. This fic has a very nice balance between plot and shipping. Very good characterization for Bill - even though this is a shipping fic, Bill is definitely not the fluffy, cuddly type, and is still very much a dangerous, sadistic and selfish dream demon - but apparently, even demons have feelings, and Bill can be nice when he wants to. Also, Mabel is a protective sister and poor Dipper is just a mess of anxiety and feelings. Warnings include: Moderately-Graphic Violence, Possessiveness, Memory Loss, Sexual Content, Nightmares, some really Dirty Talk, Scarification

Project Lumberdork by SuperGroverAway

  • Recommended by: TheDogSage
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Several years in the future, Wendy is invited to join the twins on a grand cross-country trip to investigate reports of paranormal activity across the US. But little does she or Dipper realize is that while they hunt and do battle with all kinds of monsters and oddities, Mabel is secretly working on her boldest plan ever...a plan to make the ultimate match.
  • Pairing: Dipper/Wendy
  • Tags: Slow Build, Future-Pines, Matchmaker Mabel, Supernatural Road Trip
  • Comments: Stated by the author to be a sort of "prequel" to his "Pines Will Be Pines" collection, this is a cute, humorous story about stressed college student Dipper, a Wendy who's still getting over a bad breakup, and Mabel planning to stealthily get them together over the course of a cross-country supernatural investigation trip for Great-Uncle Ford in a rust-bucket of an RV named The Lady Mabelton (by Mabel of course). On the way, they deal with vampiric cows, skunk-apes, subterranean worm-moles, and all manner of supernatural oddities.

Pacifica's Last Wish by lennoxmacduffles

  • Recommended by Loekman 3
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set two weeks after Not What He Seems. Dipper felt great disappointment when the Author locked himself in the basement. He decided to go monster hunting and find the answers himself. Pacifica is puzzled for her recent behaviour after the Northwest party and seeks answers in the Shack.
  • Pairing: Dipper/Pacifica
  • Comments: This is perhaps one of my personal best Dipcifica fics I have ever read. The characterizations of the whole cast are brilliant including Preston, the romance is slow but so realistic and believable that I genuinely see the romance and chemistry between these two characters.

Dan's Odd Day by CodyLabs

  • Recommended by: LampshadeOnMyHead
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Manly Dan Corduroy has had a long day. Now, he just wants to sit down and have a drink in the peace and quiet. But little does he know, his daughter is busy getting into some rather bizarre trouble. This wouldn't have effected him, but for some reason, a young man in a trench coat shows up at his elbow, claiming to be from the future... One shot.
  • Pairing: Dipper/Wendy

Swooning Over Stans, A Gravity Falls Grunkle Dating Sim by the Swooning Over Stans Staff

  • Recommended by Enjoydamoment
  • Pairing: Grunkle Stan or Ford/You
  • Status:Complete (With occasional edits)
  • Synopsis: Less a fic and more of a text based Dating Game with some great art, but a very good one if you've ever fantasied about dating an eccentric ol' 60 something(ish) guy from a cartoon! The story starts as you, the player character, are minding your own business on an Oregon road trip when suddenly your car is pulled out of your control by an unforeseen magnet gun accident. From there you have your choice of getting to know Stan or Ford, with some eventual meddling from Mable, and two side stories with Mable and Dipper. You do have to download the game onto your computer to play it, but the site is great about answering technical questions when possible and always eager to fan out with the rest of us

Where The Light Is by GraboidFarmer

  • Recommended by: Sailor Punk Rock
  • Pairing: Ford Pines/Reader
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis (taken from the site): "After a terrible end to an even more terrible relationship, your cousin's invitation to stay with her and her boyfriend in their sleepy little town sounds like exactly the kind of fresh start you need. It also just happens to follow right on the heels of your discovery of a very strange book. Soon you find yourself face-to-face with the Author, and you aren't sure which one of you is more surprised. Before you know it, you're pulled into a world of danger and wonder and paranormal phenomena, and at the heart of it, a brilliant, six-fingered scientist who doesn't know the meaning of "low-key". What is it about Stanford Pines that draws you like the Moth-man to a lamp post?
Also known as “That Plaidypus Story”."
  • Comments: This is one of the best written Canon/OC fanfics I have ever seen, as well as a great post series fanfiction. Taking inspiration from both the series and Gravity Falls: Journal 3, the reader, nicknamed "Mouse" is drawn to Gravity Falls after both her discovery of Journal 3 and an invitation from her cousin Melody and her boyfriend, Soos. This fic also gives great post series character development to its cast, and builds up a potential mystery element. TW for descriptions of past Domestic Abuse.

    General Fics 
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

The Amazingly Astounding Bill Cipher Ask of AMAZEMENT byTopHatRose
  • Recommended by Maddy Raddy
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Ask Bill Cipher your deep, meaningful questions, such as "Where do all the left socks go?" and "Is illoominatee confermed?11!" First come first serve, limit two questions per person.
  • Notes: This fic is surprisingly well written for a thirteen-year-old. Bill is perfectly in character, and I actually laughed out loud at some of the answers. All in all a pretty awesome fic.

Armor by Mayclore

  • Recommended by: The Icy Sneasel
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Mabel Pines' signature, heat-trapping fashion statement has a sensitive origin. When that nerve gets struck in an argument with Dipper, she ends up reminding herself of the things that are truly important to her.
  • Comments: A skillfully written and engaging one-shot that manages to include dark, yet subtle psychological elements while still maintaining the lighthearted narrative of Gravity Falls. Mabel is written very well. A very heartfelt story.

Some Day by last to dance

  • Recommended by ladyofthelibrary, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Some day Stan will have to tell the twins the truth and change their world forever. A one-shot look into what could be Stan's motivation through the first few episodes.
  • Comments: Though it seems to come out of left field, the theory presented (that the twins' parents died 2 years before the show and the twins unconsciously used their innate magical gifts as Pines to keep them "alive" because they couldn't imagine life without them) makes a surprising amount of sense and makes Stan a surprisingly sympathetic character. In fact, I wouldn't mind if something like this was canon.

Dipper's Birthday Rumble by ddp456

  • Recommended by: Ryan Stoppable
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: On his 13th Birthday, Dipper Pines receives a gift that he had always hoped for. However, an old enemy uses this to gain an advantage, and shortly, Dipper is launched into an unexpected adventure.
  • Comments: Fantasy/Parody. A very well-written tale of a game jumping adventure that would make Wreck-It Ralph proud. Features parodies of several well-known video game series.

The Rule of Cool by ryfkah

  • Recommended by Opftw 1
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Mabel hosts a sleepover party.
  • Comments: An adorable story featuring Mabel, Greta, Candy, and Wendy being awesome. Very clever and funny.

The Return to Gravity Falls by EZB

  • Recommended by: Sean Devine
  • Status: Dormant; last updated November 2018
  • Now has a TvTropes page
  • Synopsis: Once, a brother and sister went to a sleepy town in the backwoods of Oregon, and their views of the world were changed forever. Now, three years later, they must return to answer the call of that mysterious town. Old friends, new dangers, and dark mysteries await Dipper and Mabel Pines as they Return to Gravity Falls.

An Outsider's Look at the Pines Twins by iguessso12

  • Recommended by Neelh
  • Status: Complete, occasionally updated.
  • Synopsis: The Pines twins have been steeped in mayhem, mysteries, and magic every summer since they were 12 years old. Coming back home to Piedmont, going to high school, acting normal? All those things make them stick out like a sore thumb. When you ask outsiders about the Pines twins, you get a mix of strange stories and casual observations.
  • Comments: This is one of the first Gravity Falls fics I read, and I keep coming back to it. It's a series of oneshots with plenty of original characters interacting with Dipper and Mabel. The twins also have quite realistic reactions to their experiences in Gravity Falls, especially Dipper.

Christmas with a Corduroy by Super Grover Away

  • Recommended by Redandready 45
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: For the first time in as long as she can remember, Wendy doesn't have to spend the end of December out in the woods doing the usual annual survival training with her family. The twins have invited her down to Piedmont so their friend can finally have the first genuine Christmas of her life. However, it seems that not everyone is happy to have a tomboy over for the holidays
  • Comments: It's fascinating to read a story without much supernatural interaction, yet still be full of the series charm. It's largely a story about Wendy finding her attitudes are less tolerable to a suburban mother, producing a conflict that fills you with laughter, tears and joy.

Code 12 by MayDayGirl-Save-Our-Ships

  • Recommended by Mondegreen
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pacifica never used to fight with her parents. So when she finally sticks up for herself and runs out of the mansion, she heads to the only place she can think of, hoping that maybe this time, a door won't be slammed in her face.

Pines Will Be Pines by SuperGroverAway

  • Recommended by DVB
  • Status: Dormant (last updated June 2017)
  • Synopsis: Join the full-grown Mystery Twins and the rest of their family as they try to handle the endless paranormal absurdities and other ridiculousness that life continues to ceaselessly and inexplicably throw their way in this collection of one-shots from their near-future. Even as time goes on, there's still nothing that brings down the Pines clan.
  • Comments: This is a wonderful ongoing saga into the potential adult lives of the Pine twins. Starring Mabel Pines with her twins, Gladys and Finn along with Dipper married to Wendy. A mix of humor, good moments and the occasional action are mixed very well here with plenty of callbacks.

The Life and Times of Shermaine Pines by Sarielle

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous, Dr Fabulous.
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Before she is even old enough to understand she is loaded with her family’s lot: her mother’s a compulsive liar, her father never emotes and has taken to gambling, one brother is “a perfect genius” who “didn’t deserve any of this” and the other is, in her young eyes, some kind of Pines family ghost, a Bloody Mary character, you whisper Stanley Pines three times in the mirror at midnight, and he comes through, breaks the mirror, makes your father shout and your mother cry." Snapshots of the life of the youngest Pines sibling, born 16 years after her brothers, she is left to grow up in the wake of a family torn apart. Chronicling how a unimpressive skinny Jewish kid, from Glass Shard Beach, New Jersey got to be a successful Journalist, Activist, Mother, Grandmother, Matriarch, and the effect her brothers' falling out had on the whole Pines family.
  • Comments: I think someone recommended this but this is just in case nobody did.
  • The author has several other fics set in this universe, fleshing out the characters of Grandma Shermy and the extended Pines family.

A Gravity Falls Poem/song thing about Soos As he wanders the wastes because why not?

  • Recommended by Deadly Vampire Kisses
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: You know how Soos said there were folk songs written about him? This is an example of one where he helps a desperate band of survivors get back on their feet. Warning, contains some gore.
  • Comments: Has a good rhythm and is well told. Not sure if this should be here or under dark because of some of the subject matter, but it seems a bit hopeful in the end so I put it here.

''Attack of the Pacifica clones by Mitchell Movie Productions

  • Recommended by Bearquarter 2008
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Thanks to a cloning spell, Gravity Falls is overrun by an army of Pacifica clones, and Pacifica ends up finding herself as a tyranical ruler of Gravity falls. And it's up to Mabel and Waddles to save the town from Mabel's worst nightmare, a Million of Pacifica Northwest Clones. But can Mabel be able to stop Pacifica before her plot for World Domination unfolds?
  • Comments: This story is looking great so far in terms of the writing quality and the plot. If you love cloning stories, and if you love Pacifica Northwest, then read this fic, it's worth your time.

The Average Life of Tad Strange by Tad Strange

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: "Hello, I'm Tad Strange from Gravity Falls, Oregon. The other day a thought hit me, "Why don't I keep a journal?" I nodded to myself and then another bright idea struck me, "Why don't I keep a public journal!" That sounds like fun, I would love to hear from people outside of my home town. If you have any questions about me or the town, don't be afraid and ask away!"

Fisherman's Knot by scribefindegil

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Dead (last updated May 2017)
  • Synopsis: Happy endings are messy, and the Arctic winter is more difficult than either Stan or Ford want to admit.

Axolotl by thesnadger

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status:Dormant (last updated June 2017)
  • Synopsis: Somewhere deep in the woods of Gravity Falls is a half-buried statue. That statue is holding its arm out.

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Anomlies? by Healy

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In which Fiddleford McGucket is not a very good research assistant, and Stanford Pines is not a very good friend. (A collection of short stories written for the 31_days community.)

Flat Dreams by PengyChan

  • Recommended by: Loekman 3
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Bill came into existence in a tightly regulated world, and it chafed him raw. But he never thought there may be other dimensions out there, until he found the memoirs of someone long gone...
  • Comments: One of my personal favorite Bill-centric fan fiction that expands his backstory on how he become a bored citizen of his own dimension into one of the greatest dimension conquerors to have ever appeared. One of the best parts here is Bill's brother whom despite being dead early on, remains a critical driving force in Ciphers motivation that somehow humanizes Bill as in spite of everything, cares about his brother.

Teenage Angst by AnimationNut

  • Recommended by: Loekman 3
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: At some point in their adolescence, teenagers will experience a rebellious streak. At sixteen, Dipper and Mabel are no exception. Four times one of them got into a fight with one of their great-uncles, and four times their love for each other only grew stronger in the aftermath.
  • Comments: A fluffy and family-centric story that revolves around the teenage twins having a fight with their Grunkles with believable scenarios and consistent characterization. The arguments felt natural and I never felt a sense of Conflict Ball that occurred in this fic although the whole spanking thing is a bit too childish for my taste.

Flailing Spirits by Gabu

  • Recommended by: Acey Enn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A little over a year since a car crash claims her life, Wendy Corduroy is summoned back as a ghost with a plea to help a certain first responder come to grips with what he had experienced, and to tell him that it wasn't his fault. The only problem? He has to be the one to initiate contact, and he is terrified of the prospect.
  • Comments: Beautifully written, and a very interesting concept—and it earns major bonus points for what, by all rights, should be a cliched twist ending feeling completely natural and incredibly satisfying. The characterization is spot-on, and the OCs fit in seamlessly. A long read at over ninety thousand words, but more than worth it. (Do mind the content warnings, though—they are there for a reason.)
    • The author also wrote a spinoff fic, If It's The Last Thing I Do, that is equally excellent, though Flailing Spirits should definitely be read first, in this troper's opinion.

A Midsummer Nightmare by CeslaToil

  • Recommended by RubyVisiblyShaken
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Ford/McGucket, Stan/OCnote 
  • Comments: An absolutely gorgeous Fusion Fic between GF and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Feels exactly like the show, everyone is right on the nose- it's Midsummer with GF's off-kilter, snarky take on the supernatural. And though there is romance, it is also very much a gen fic. My review doesn't do it justice. Go on, read it already!

We Had a Deal by freakanimegal

  • Recommended by: Notriddle
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Bill's deal with Dipper wasn't off at the end of Sock Opera; Pine Tree is now officially Bill's emissary and adopted child, complete with a growing ability to use Bill's (intoxicating) powers on his own.
  • Comments: No OC's. No shipping. Just pure drama of the gut-wrenching type.

Anyway, I've Been There by Caleb Nova

  • Recommended by: Red-Dead-Redeemer, Sin City Assassin
  • Status: Complete ("Season 1"), Ongoing ("Season 2")
  • Pairing: Pacifica Northwest/Dipper Pines
  • Synopsis: It's the same place they left, but Dipper and Mabel aren't the same people who left it. A story of the uneven after, new friends, new family, and the promise of another summer. (Gradual Dipcifica, Mystery Twins bonding, family ties, and the Power of Friendship™ — anthyding can hadplen!)
  • Notes: Has its own tropes page [1]

To Gravity Falls From Piedmont byAnimationNut

  • Recommended by FanficFan920
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's a long way until next summer. Until then, Dipper and Mabel share their daily antics and life problems with their lifelong friends and attentive great-uncles through an endless string of e-mails. Distance makes the heart grow fonder after all, and there's no place Dipper and Mabel love more than Gravity Falls.
  • Notes: This fic. contains a series of humorous Instant Messaging between the Pines family and the rest of the Gravity Falls gang. Everyone is in character, the jokes are spot on, and it really feels like a continuation of the series. Plus, the fact that everyone is still in contact with each other despite their distances from one another is heartwarming to think about.

In The Shadow of Death by A_Zap

  • Recommended by This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It all started with the grim. Now it seems like every time he turns around, Ford finds yet another death omen hanging around his brother. Seriously, what exactly is going on with his brother that death constantly seems to follow his footsteps? A 5+1 fic of the death omens that adopted Stan and he adopted back
  • Notes: Also on Fanfiction

Samsara (What's Old Is New Again) by Seiberwing

  • Recommended by Rubber_Lotus, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Some notes concerning the late Mr. Pines and the late Mr. Pines...
  • Notes: Read it. Just read it. Saying more would be spoiling, but let's just say there's a reason this isn't in the "Dark" section.

Quest for the Northwest Part 1 and Part 2 by Mystery Seeker's team

  • Recommended by: rufusluciusivan
  • Status: Complete.
  • Notes: This is a fanmade animatic. You can find the series' trope page here.
  • Synopsis: The gnomes are revolting against Jeff because he's a terrible leader, and give him an ultimatum: Either he finds them a new queen by sundown or they will depose him. At the same time, during the parade honoring the election of Mayor Cutebiker, Dipper and Mabel help Pacifica escape her parents' watch and have fun. Takes place after the events of The Stanchurian Candidate and before those of The Last Mabelcorn.
  • Comments: The first "episode" of a fanmade series of full-length animatic episodes called Gravity Falls Deep Woods. While the amateur aspect of the project shows in some of the voice recordsnote , the art is rather good and the story captures the spirit of the show very well. Special mention goes to the writing and the humour, which are well-done and very faithful.

How Old Are Babies Again by madwriter223

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Mabel and Stanley went off into the forest for something or other, Stanford didn't think any of it. Stanley was a grown man, he's able to handle himself. Right? Except... Stanley was definitely older when he left, Ford is sure of it.

Safe as Houses by Beastrage

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The weird thing would be if the Mystery Shack wasn't more than it seemed. The life and times of the Mystery Shack, a sentient house with an interest in its inhabitants.

Turning A New Leaf by by TheEarthbendingRavenclaw

  • Recommended by: Tropemaster 849
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: (Slow) Dipcifica
  • Synopsis: When Pacifica's finally had enough of her parents, she runs away with Dipper, Stan, and Ford on the Stan-o-War to hunt for the paranormal. But has she made the right choice?
  • This is, hands down, the best Gravity Falls fan fiction I have ever read. Everyone is in character and it makes for a very moving story as Pacifica joins Dipper, Stan, and Ford to hunt the supernatural. It is rated T as Pacifica's abuse from her parents is amped up from the show, due to the fact Preston used to put out his cigars on her if she acted up and the fact that they tried to force her into a marriage with a man she just met just to get their wealth back, but it's still a great read.

The Stars Hold No Judgement by lyesander

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: Separated from her twin by over two thousand miles of land, Mabel Pines finds the east coast to be just as wacky and full of adventure as her time back in Gravity Falls. Navigating college life is no joke, but when you add a mysterious organization, magical artifacts, and what looks to be another potential Code Cipher into the mix, things start to get a lot more complicated.

It's Cipher Town, Kid by Sandy Quinn

  • Recommended by: celestialmoonfire
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: “What do you mean, you won’t lift the barrier?!” Bill demands. - What happens when the Falls are NOT taken back after all?
  • Comments: For the first few sentences it seems like this might be a dark fic, but it's actually one of funniest fics revolving around Bill Cipher I've ever read.

Hive by MaryPSue

  • Recommended by TheIllusiveMonster
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: Another summer in Gravity Falls, and things are...weird. Well. Weirder than usual.
  • Comments: This fic is one of the best Gravity Falls fics I have ever read. It crafts and maintains suspense and atmosphere perfectly, the characters are never OOC, and the plot feels like it could have come right out of a theoretical season 3. If you're not averse to a little Body Horror, definitely give it a read.

Some Sunny Day by anistarrose

  • Recommended by The_Raven21/ViktoriaMagrey
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: Time isn’t linear, Stan has a catchy piano tune stuck in his head, and blue flames threaten to consume the peace that the Pines family has found. Based off the Same Coin Theory.
  • Comments: One of the greatest takes on the idea that Stanley Pines is the reincarnation of Bill Cipher - with the idea that despite what is technically his past; Stan is still his own man with his own identity. I implore you to give it a chance even if you're not a fan of the "Same Coin" theory. The quality may very well surprise you. This story has excellent characterization, bonding and compelling angst with self-loathing that winds up being resolved very nicely with a healthy dose of comfort. It has nice undertones about what it means to be,

A Return to the Falls by J_COTW

  • Recommended by: That Spoony Bard
  • Status: Ongoing (6 "Episodes" Completed with 7th in progress)
  • Pairing: Pacifica Northwest/Dipper Pines
  • Synopsis: It's been exactly one year since the events of Weirdmageddon, and the Pines twins are back in Gravity Falls, where things have largely remained unchanged. The town is still bonkers, weirdness still abounds, and the shack is still the shack. However, with the Northwest Family in tatters, and Preston driven to overwhelming desperation, it's Pacifica Northwest where the wildcard lays - sparking off an awkward romance with Dipper Pines, and a tale of redemption for the heir to the fortune.
  • Comments: Very funny and filled with plenty of references and mysteries to keep readers engaged. The author is also a very gifted artist who makes his own title cards as well as comic strips between each part of the story.

    Crossover Fics 
Fanfiction that combines elements, characters, etc. from two or more different franchises.

A Triangle in the Stars by The Cosmic Troper and Anonymistress
  • Recommended by: monolaf317
  • Crossover with: Steven Universe
  • Status: Dead (last updated March 2018)
  • Synopsis: While the Gems are away, one day Steven "stumbles" upon a new roommate... his life will be turned absolutely upside-down.

Dendy-Wendy Swap by CartoonConshmiracy

  • Recommended by: Forceofnatureandcorn
  • Status: Hiatus
  • Crossover with: OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
  • Synopsis: With a strange device created in Dendy's backpack, K.O. gets to find out what life would be like without one of his closest friends, and with a mystery-solving kids' redhead crush! What changes when these two rhyming name characters swap lives?
  • Comments: A very cute and interesting story of very different (yet similarly named) characters Dendy and Wendy, with everyone very much in character and a good amount of interaction.

Garden Falls by starfleetrambo

  • Recommended by HalfBreedChaos
  • Crossover with: Over the Garden Wall
  • Status: The main story is complete, but the epilogue is not. (and he's making a few sides showing the other character's perspectives)
  • Synopsis: Dipper finds himself in the lost in the Unknown when he meets Wirt and together they try to figure out how he got there and how to help him get home.
  • Comments: This one was retweeted by Hirsch himself! The tone of Over the Garden Wall is carried over very nicely and mixes well with Dipper's genre savviness and a few other twists I won't spoil here.

Falling Over the Wall by skimmingthesurface and SylviaW1991

  • Recommended by kilala2tail
  • Crossover with: Over the Garden Wall
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: After leaving Endicott's labyrinthine manor, Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice stumble upon more mysteries in the woods of The Unknown between the eccentric tea baron and the Mc Laughlin Bros. ferry. Specifically, the Mystery Twins. Dipper thought he'd been through every inch of the Gravity Falls woods, but he and Mabel had found someplace that was decidedly new and different. “If this part of the woods isn't in the journal, how are we supposed to find the way back?”
  • Comments: The first of the Mystery Best Friends series, it sets up the base for an entertaining crossover of these two worlds, with Mabel and Greg working to get their brothers together in later fics.

Shadow Over Gravity Falls by Kingxana0

  • Recommended by Underworldlurker
  • Crossover with: Multiple Disney shows/Marvel Comics
  • Status: Dead (last updated March 2017)
  • Synopsis: Its been five years since Dipper and Mabel left Gravity Falls, and since then much has changed. Now that they have returned and brought a secret and responsibility big enough to change the entire world. But they aren't alone with this burden, as an old friend makes it clear she wants in. After all they are friends, right?
  • Comments: The blurb on the front doesn't really do much to draw you in, but once you actually start reading it this fic is quite the surprise. Expect to see faces from all kinds old Disney Shows. Also, the fic mixes the Marvel Universe into things. Seems to be doing interesting things, worth a read.

Things That Go Bump by appending_fic

  • Recommended by kilala2tail
  • Crossover with: ParaNorman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Norman Babcock is touring the most haunted places in America, and his last stop this summer is Gravity Falls, a place with so many weird things going on, there have to be some spirits with major issues that need his help. Very soon, however, he finds that Gravity Falls is a place in a category all its own and that he might need a little help to keep from getting in over his head.
  • Comments: The start of Fire and Wonder, this is a tale of Norman and Dipper, magic and witches, with plenty of crossover interest to be had throughout the fics. A lot of focus is placed on Dipper, his fear of Bill, the insecurities of where he fits with his more "magical" friends, and his learning more about the not-so-invisible world around him along with how to help care for it.

A Conspiracy of Minerals by CompletelyDifferent

  • Recommended by Dude Wheres My Password
  • Crossover with: Steven Universe
  • Status: Dead (last updated September 2017)
  • Synopsis: A series of one-shots involving everything from the Crystal Gems touring the Mystery Shack to Bill paying Steven a visit in his dreams.
  • Comments: Perfect characterization for both shows. My favorite is Chapter 3. The one-shots are generally not connected, but there are hints of an ongoing plot in the ones involving Bill.

Universe Falls by MiniJen

  • Recommended by: Rock Raider, The_Cosmic_Troper
  • Crossover with: Steven Universe
  • Status: Hiatus
  • Official Synopsis: What is, instead of Beach City, the Crystal Gems had settled down in a little backwoods town just west of weird? What if, upon coming to Gravity Falls for the summer, Dipper and Mabel were to befriend Steven and Connie? How would they fare against the combined threats of merciless Homeworld Gems and a certain triangular demon? Find out what happens when magic and mystery combine...
  • Comments: It's very descriptive and everyone is kept in character! a very fantastic read! it may be long, but it's worth it! - The_Cosmic_Troper

Equivalent Exchange by vegalocity

  • Recommended by: meme-asaurus
  • Crossover with: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Pairing: Mabel and Pacifica (Romantic Two-Girl Friendship)
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "The eventual heat death of the universe must be stalled. Imagine if your species finally developed enough to reach beyond your solar system only to find the rest of the inhabited planets have succumb to the inevitability of entropy."
    "And that's worth tricking hordes of kids into doing your dirty work?" Dipper sneered, his head not moving from the pillow as he spoke, he felt too heavy to move under the crushing information. But the creature held no sympathy for the boy. It held nothing for him. That was even less than the amused scorn Bill showed his family.
    "Your sister is a valuable asset to the Universal expansion process."
    At least Bill knows he's a jerk.
  • Comments: Kyubey comes around to Gravity Falls and makes a contract with Mabel. Set at the start of Season 2 and ties the new elements to the canon episodes al a For Want of a Nail. Another interesting element is how other supernatural entities regard Kyubey. (i.e. Bill, the Time Police, the Love God, etc.)
    • One of the other elements of the story is that the majority of the characters in Gravity Falls, bar Ford and some of the supernatural entities, are unaware of the Awful Truth of forming a contract with Kyubey, specifically Kyubey rips out the souls of those magical girls and places them in Soul Gems and their inevitable fate of becoming Witches. While the story ties in with the canon episode and slowly unravels the secrets of a Magica. Dramatic Irony ensues for readers who are familiar with Kyubey and the magical girls from Madoka's world.
  • Tags: Good Thing Mabel Can Heal, Be Careful What You Wish For, Break the Cutie

You Smell Like Death by Starfleetrambo (Deviantart link is here.)

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous, Storygirl000
  • Crossover with: Danny Phantom
  • Status: Dead (last updated March 2017)
  • Synopsis: What if Danny really was a ghost? Starring the misadventures of Danny and Robbie!
  • Comments: This takes place in the same 'verse as Garden Falls, and roughly around the same time. I love all the effort Starfleetrambo put into all the little details!
    • Seconded. While I haven't read Garden Falls, I found this a great comic in its own right. Especially the hints of a darker storyline on Danny's end.

Twintale by staringatstars

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Crossover with: Undertale
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Howdy!" the flower cheerfully called. “My name is Flowey. You two must be lost.”
  • Comments: This story is incredible.

Mabel Pines and Thor go to the Mall by KatAddy.

  • Recommended by: Adele Potter
  • Crossover With: The Avengers (2012).
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Thor has some shopping to do and Mabel knows where to go.
  • Comments: This fic is... weird. Just go with it.

Welcome to the Club by MorningMark]

  • Recommended by MattP5557, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Crossover with: Rick and Morty
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Shortly after his return Ford pays a visit to Rick's universe and tries out his Inter-Dimensional goggles.
  • Comments: Shorter than "A Tale of Two Stans" but just as moving, if I have one complaint it's that Rick really doesn't do much.

Sinners and Their Saints by Gem1620

  • Crossover: El Tigre, Steven Universe, and Invader Zim.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Set in a dark and gothic alternate universe where Dipper as a baby was cursed by the demon Bill Cipher be half-werewolf however his powers remained dormant for many years. He came from a long line of strong, muscular, war heroes (Except for Stan)and he is constantly made fun of for being skinny and not that muscular. To prove his manhood he joins a secret war where he meets Manny and Steven. When he gets back from the war he discovers his sister Mabel who he loved dearly has committed suicide. Heartbroken and angry his werewolf side is unleashed and due to a rogue spell from a witch he is turned to stone. A hundred years later, in the 1920's he is freed from the spell and discovers his sister killed herself after being told false news about him dying in war and getting raped by Gideon a corrupt priest who gains immortality by sacrificing innocent lives to Bill. He teams up with Pacifica who's a wealthy heiress and jewel witch to help him get revenge and to prevent a vengeful ghost from killing Pacifica due to her family framing him for a crime Gideon committed in life. In the beginning, the two are at each other's throats but they start to develop feelings for one another after he comforts her during the abuse she suffers from her parents and she helps him cope with his sister's death. Helping him also with the case is Manny who's half-devil and Steven who's half-vampire.

Car Thief by runawaycartoonist

  • Recommended by MorticiaPercival
  • Crossover with: Rick and Morty
  • Status: Dead; last updated September 2018
  • Synopsis: The Stanley-Mobile is out of gas. Stan leaves his car on the side of the road and hikes into town with his empty gas can in hand... but next thing he knows, some asshole is driving by in his ride. Stan won't rest until he's got his car back and pummeled the jerk that stole it.
  • Comments: It's very nice, although I find that I'm not able to actually read some of the dialogue in the voices of their respective characters.
  • Tags: Criminal Couple, Stanchez,

Loud Gravity by Thunderstrike16

  • Recommended by EnigmusPrime, patriciovalencia117
  • Crossover with: The Loud House
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Living with 13 siblings, 11 sisters and 2 brothers in total is everyday normal for the Loud House but when they get sent to visit their Great Uncle Stan for the Summer in Gravity Falls, Oregon, some crazy stuff will happen. How will the Loud Siblings' deal and make it through the weirdness of Gravity Falls?
  • Comments: An AU where Dipper and Mabel are two of the Loud siblings (birth names Lucas and Leia respectively). Has two spin-offs: Gravity Loud, which is a prequel, and Loud Gravity Shorts, which applies the premise to the various between season shorts (Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained, Mabel's Scrapbook, etc.).
    • Okay, this sounds good on paper and has a lot of potential (and I do like the clever Star Wars Shout-Out). Unfortunately, what I've read so far is riddled with typos and spelling errors, not to mention how Mabel/Leia is occasionally called "Lyra". Otherwise, it's decent enough.

Loud Falls by TvFan2244

  • Recommended by TerrorKing10 and DoomsDay2015.
  • Crossover with: The Loud House
  • Status: Dead; last updated March 2018
  • Synopsis: In this AU, Dipper and Mabel are part of the Loud Family. Their eleven siblings accompany them to the backwood town just west of weird known as Gravity Falls to spend the summer living with their great uncle, Stan Pines. There they encounter all kinds of paranormal weirdness, getting into hectic situations even more so than usual. Let's see if this band of siblings can make it.

In The New Days by hapful

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Crossover with: Star vs The Forces of Evil although the author states that you don't have to know anything about it to read this fic
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Almost all of the man- all of Ford was out of the portal, only his other hand still pulled back into the blinding light. Stan stepped forward, stumbled, ready for… ready for something, for anything, for finally finally god damned finally their happy ending when he realized Ford’s hand was connected to another hand, grasping it tightly as it too came out of the portal. Stan’s step faltered, mind racing against itself as another figure came out and into the light, one helped almost gently by Ford down safely from the damaged machinery. This figure wasn’t a man by any means, rather a slim, shorter shadow of - of a girl? A girl wrapped in similar dirty old clothes. She had a hood and face wrap as well, though hers had small bursts of color Ford’s lacked and her big, blue eyes were uncovered and taking in the room with an eager shine.
  • Comments: Author describes this as "AU where Ford ended up taking care of a certain dimensional space princess named Star Butterfly while he was in the portal"

Friendship ISN'T Magic by The Cowardly Christian

  • Recommended by: GuyFromMissourah
  • Crossover with: My Little Pony Friendship is magic
  • Status: Dead; last updated September 2018
  • Synopsis: Dipper Pines has done it...he's reunited with his friends. Torn apart by the whims of fate and treachery, he's finally returned to them...and he's brought the whole dang town of Gravity Falls with him! A happy ending right? Weeeelll...not so much. Turns out you can't throw a bunch of people from a dark crapshack world and throw them in the middle of a land of hope and happiness without consequence...who knew? It dosen't hurt that the Mane Six's new friends are keeping secrets from them...secrets that'll shake Equestria to the core and end the Status Quo forever...Oh, did I mention that not everyone back on earth is happy with the current situation? Like the three most evil gangs in Earth history?
  • Comments: guy is a shameless self-promoter of his new book and some chapters look like the guy REALLY needs to stop pulling all-nighters...but if you like dark, gritty deconstruction fics that destroy your beloved childhood memories, this is pretty solid! And I strongly recommend it. ENJOY!
    • Seconded. The author's work can get a bit over the top in terms of mature content, but usually in a way that Crosses the Line Twice and becomes impossible to not enjoy, even if you're not particularly a fan of the fandoms being portrayed. Recommended.
    • Allow me to disagree. The author is horrible: It doesn't accept arguments against her works, would ignore cannon conveniently just to continue her hate, she spends money to write FUSION FALLS... She is the Dakari-King Mykan of Gravity Falls. Plus, she thinks that if a character gets naked, it is comedy gold.
      • Seconded. Her works are like this: Dipper gets laid and obtains an harem just BECAUSE, Mabel is the worst human being since Hitler, and a character gets naked and becomes the best thing on the comedy since The Marx Brothers. And what happens if you criticize her works? She will tell you "She has issues because my aunt died and a cousin was like Mabel" instead of, you know, act like a grown-ass woman and deal with the reviews.

Train of Infinite By Tziput13

  • Recommended by Amazing Cartoon Hero
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Infinity Train
  • Synopsis: Tired of the progress made by the Pines twins, Bill decides to put them through the ultimate test. One of quite the infinite proportions.

Weirdmaloud By Tziput13

  • Recommended by Amazing Cartoon Hero
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: The Loud House
  • Synopsis: Fed up with the usual annoying chaos at home, Lucy decides to strike a deal with a certain seemingly-friendly interdimensional being, and promptly realizes she's been deceived. The demon may be in for a big surprise, however, as he realizes the Loud siblings are not what they seem. One-shot.

Pacifica over Yonder By Tziput13

  • Recommended by Amazing Cartoon Hero
  • Status: Dead; last updated August 2018
  • Crossover with: Wander over Yonder
  • Synopsis: Weirdmageddon has ended, but Pacifica has yet to put in order her troubled thoughts. Thanks to a simple mistake light years away from Earth, the girl is teleported out of Gravity Falls and into an all new, bizarre galaxy. There, Pacifica will have to meet both friends and foes as she struggles to find a way back and, maybe, discovers something new about herself.

Kill Bill Cipher By William Easley

  • Recommended by Amazing Cartoon Hero
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Kill Bill
  • Synopsis: A parody of "Kill Bill" as if it were set in the Gravity Falls universe. Rated M! Character deaths, cartoon violence (lots!), swearing, sexual situations alluded to (not graphic). Not for everyone's taste, and not in my regular continuity.

A Day in the Life of Fandoms by raining13

  • Recommended by alohomora13 and floralfury5
  • Crossover with: Western Animation/Villainous , LittleBigPlanet , Portal , etc.
  • Status: Dormant; last updated September 2020
  • Synopsis: When universes across the multiverse start to collide, the PYFF (Protect Your Fellow Fictionals) program is born, dedicated to bringing heroes together to fight evil. Bill Cipher is given a chance to come back to life, to start anew, but at a price. He must find a way to redeem himself, one way or another. Turns out he's not all that excited about it.

Rational Minds by GuardianLioness

  • Crossover with: Psychonauts
  • Recommended by Eviler Than Thou
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Sasha and Dipper are both rational minds. One is definitely psychic. The other might be."
  • Comments: A fun little One-Shot Fic where the Pines twins are psychics under the tutelage of professional psychic agent Sasha Nein, Dipper struggling to manifest his own abilities. The premise alone could be made into a long-running series but this acts as a pretty solid pilot in-it of itself.

Fusion Falls by Madhat886

  • Crossover with: Massive Multiplayer Crossover
  • NOT Recommended by aara941
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: "Thanks to several events that all happen at once. Several different universes all suddenly merged into one. And several people who found themselves alone come together in the town of Gravity Falls. The last place on their new world where magic can still be found."
  • Comments: This place is not a place of honor... no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here... nothing valued is here. What is here was dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger. The danger is in a particular location... it increases towards a center... the center of danger is here... of a particular size and shape, and below us. The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours. The danger is to the body, and it can kill.
The form of the danger is an emanation of energy. The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb this place physically. This place is best shunned and left uninhabited.

The Distant Princess by GMBlackjack

  • Recommended by Spectacular Troper
  • Crossover with: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Samurai Jack, Wander over Yonder, and Infinity Train.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The world saw the purple comet, and very few knew what it was. Twilight Sparkle was one of those who had no idea, so she decided she was going on a trip to get some answers. With her friends at her side, she sets her sights on the Candy Kingdom, believing she is prepared for anything. But evil brews in the Candy Kingdom, and she is far from the only individual to have seen the comet. Ancient secrets are about to be unearthed and mysteries from very distant lands will rear their ugly heads. Meanwhile, a ragtag group of misfits is going to go on and adventure. Because what else do you do in a world like this?

Buzzfeed Unsolved: The Suspicious Crash Of Stanley Pines by orangeoctopi7

  • Recommended by: Sailor Punk Rock
  • Crossover with: BuzzFeed Unsolved (True Crime in particular.)
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In this episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved: True Crime, Shane and Ryan try to figure out what really happened to Stanley Pines in 1982 and if he really did die in a car accident…or if foul play (or aliens) was involved.
  • Comments: This is best enjoyed if the reader is familiar with Buzzfeed Unsolved, as the fic is done as a transcript for an episode of the show. It’s a really fun concept and it’s always great to see an outsider’s perspective on the Weirdness Magnet that is Gravity Falls.

    Dark Fiction 
Stories focused on making the series darker, and/or exploring the darker aspects of the series.

A Rose Without Petals by CrypticMoonFang
  • Recommended by: ichigoare
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: For three years, Mabel has been in a horribly abusive relationship. She suffers countless injuries and severe trauma at the hands of her abusive boyfriend, Josh, while doing all that she can to pretend that nothing is wrong. However, when the abuse only grows worse and Dipper appears to be catching on to Mabel's lies, Mabel finds herself trapped. Sure, she wishes for the abuse to end, but does she want to risk others getting hurt? Will she be able to let herself get the help she needs?
  • Comments: While this is an incredibly well-written story that is sure to get an emotional response out of any reader (Cryptic is not lying when she claims she's trying to write the most angsty and emotional story on fanfiction; surely it's at least one of them), and it does an incredibly job portraying domestic abuse in a realistic light, from the abuse itself to Mabel's damaged emotional state and desire to cover up the truth of her situation at all costs, be warned- this story certainly earned its T rating, and anyone triggered by domestic abuse should avoid this story. That being said, the beautiful writing and the sheer amount of emotion put into it is remarkable. It's not an easy read, but it handles abuse realistically and manages to put our heroes into a dark predicament. For anyone who enjoys dark fics where the darkness doesn't come from supernatural elements, but rather from real-world situations, this is a must-read.

The Gremloblin's Mirror by Omega Ultra

  • Recommended by: Stellar Cannon
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After Pacifica goes too far and hurts Mabel, the twins decide that it is time to have their revenge on her. They decide to go after an ancient artifact that will help them fulfill their vendetta. Yet, their revenge may cause more problems than it will fix; and it may harm, more than it heals.
  • Comments: This story gets pretty bleak at points and yet, has some heartwarming moments sewn into the plot. Despite the author's original intention for it to be an experimental one-shot, it has turned out to be one of the best stories he has ever written.

The Town That Time Forgot by missakat

  • Recommended by: Jopalopa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The town abandoned and left to fall to ruin, subject of many a horror story. Wendy returns to Gravity Falls, in order to pay respects to those long since passed.
  • Comments: This is, in my opinion, the best Gravity Falls fanfiction to date. Horror/Angst, and it works both extremely well while staying in the realm of plausibility (well, as plausible as a paranormal show can get).

Forget-Me-Not by ddp456

  • Recommended by DVB
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Wendy mysteriously disappears, and a broken and distraught Dipper seems to be the only one who cares. The world believes she ran off with Robbie, and shortly, forgets about the missing redhead. Further searching leads Dipper on the path of a supposedly haunted house where teenagers are always welcomed but are never allowed to leave..." Completed!
  • Comments: A Horror/Suspense story written by the same author who gave us Dipper's Birthday Rumble. A surprisingly dark and sinister tale that could almost seem a bit Lovecraftian at some moments. Characterization is good if not a bit off a few moments and also portrays the psychological impact these encounters could potentially have.

The Clairvoyant's Curse by jadefirefly3D

  • Recommended by Allenbys Eyes
  • Status: Dead; last updated March 2019
  • Synopsis: "On Halloween, Dipper and Mabel check out an abandoned and haunted mansion. That turns out to be a big mistake. When things go south, the twins are forced to confront their biggest post-Weirdmageddon fears and regrets as they fight to make it out alive. But their need to keep the other safe may be what gets them killed. Some h/c, sibling bonding, and suspense."
  • Comments: Suspenseful, creepy, and angst-filled. The author mixes Mabel's guilt over triggering Weirdmageddon (which is still a secret) with an inventive original story. Characterization and atmosphere (with plenty of terrifying ghost imagery) are top-notch.

Instinct by artsymeeshee

  • Recommended by: Sailor Punk Rock
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: During Stan and Ford’s travels around the world, Stan gets caught by some people from his criminal past. Now it’s up to Ford to save him. But can he find him in time?
  • Comments: A fairly dark webcomic, Stan’s past catches up to him. But this time, Ford’s got his back. For those who are uncertain, the writer/artist has promised a happy ending! It’s a fantastic story and written with a lot of love for both Pines brothers.

    Alternate Universe Fics 
Stories where one fundamental aspect of the series is completely overhauled from its point of origin.

Stan's Nephew by thewittyarsonist and gravityanomaly
  • Recommended by: folkner
  • Status: gravityanomaly is Ongoing, thewittyarsonist has vanished from the internet.
  • Synopsis: The Life and Lies of Stan Pines and the people he shared them with.
  • Comments: A series of comics, illustrations, and short stories based on the premise that Stan faked his death and took the Author's identity as his own so he could work towards getting his brother back. Also included are snippets of his life before the Mystery Shack, the end of his marriage, and his relationship with his family. The central plot that loosely ties it all together has Stan inviting his nephew (aka the future Mr. Pines and father to Dipper and Mabel) to spend his summers with him in Gravity Falls because he wants to stay connected with his son. From there, it explores the difficulties in maintaining the facade over the years and the emotional toll it has on Stan. Not helping matters is how his nephew brings his best friend along during each visit (aka the future Mrs. Pines), whose presence puts a serious crimp on his planned "Uncle-Nephew" quality-bonding time and is very hard to get rid of. The series also puts forth some interesting ideas as to the origins of certain characters and how they relate to one another.

AntiGravity Falls by MagicMoneyPants

  • Recommended by: folkner
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Based off the age-reversed AntiGravity AU. Where Wendy and Soos are twelve, and the twins are fifteen. Find out what kind of rollicking adventures these rapscallions get into!
  • Comments: A fanfic that uses its simple premise to remix already beloved content into delightful, new contortions; re-purposing the framework of familiar episodes to craft something new, interesting, and entertaining with them as their base. The first chapter's a little rough, but subsequent installments just keep getting better and better. I'd recommend trying chapters 3, 6, and 7 at least, as they showcase this AU and story's unique strengths at their best. The writing style is also worthy of praise. It's very straightforward and quick to the point, but it's detailed where it counts so all the jokes, action scenes, and character beats stick the landing in very easy-to-follow and visualize sequences.

Forever Autumn: The Destiny of Dipper Pines by E350

  • Recommended by: KTKomedy2813
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Summer has ended, and Dipper and Mabel have returned home. Dipper, split from Mabel, now faces a suffocatingly ordinary life as an outcast in an average middle school...but he soon finds that Bill Cipher isn't finished with him yet. Rated for future violence. Post Society of the Blind Eye.
  • Comments: A nice mix of continuation from "Society of the Blind Eye", which I guess can also count as an AU (and part-Dark Fiction) because of certain parts that've been revealed now (Not What He Seems, anyone?) and a good idea for a potential conclusion to the series. When Dipper and Mabel return home after summer, everything's duller and worse for Dipper, though Mabel seems perfectly happy to be back. That is until Bill comes back into the picture and tells Dipper that the world will end and everything he's loved and cared for will be lost forever unless he returns to Gravity Falls. What happens is a fun, exciting reunion of friends and family fighting the demonic dream triangle and his cult one last time. Highly recommended and deserving of its own page here.
  • Has a sequel: The All-Seeing Eye

Dragon Pines by Montydragon

  • Recommended by E350
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Slight AU. After Wendy went missing a year ago with no explanation, Dipper is still looking for her. However, as he continues his relentless search, a mysterious animal begins to terrorize the Shack, leading him to believe that the supernatural truly isn't all it seems...
  • Comments: Dipper goes looking for Wendy but finds a dragon instead. Very interesting exploration of Dipper's relationship with Wendy, with some good bits from Mabel and Grunkle Stan on top. Easily recommended.

Monster Shack by Eduard Kassel

  • Recommended by Manga Manic
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Someone else emerges from beyond, and starts making a few changes. 'Abnormal will soon be the norm, consider this a sneak preview.' And a new face shows up at the Shack while another old enemy resumes his plotting. Another mystery has emerged and this time the Mystery Twins find themselves as part of it. AU after Northwest Manor, with consideration for Not What He Seems.
  • Comments: An interesting twist on the usual themes of the Monster Falls AU.

(The Adventures of Dipper and Mabel in) Golden Surprise

  • Recommended by Griffonmender
  • Status: Complete (But a sequel is in the works)
  • Synopsis: A Gravity Falls fancomic by Deviant artist Jack-a-lyn. Grunkle Stan is running out of money to run the Mystery Shack, so Mabel decides to help by making a movie about a crack ship, resulting in a deal with a certain triangle...
  • Despite initially seeming like a set-up for a dime-a-dozen bill-dip work, it actually has a very good plot so far, as well as excellent art, as well as staying very true to the characters. So, if you're looking for a story featuring Human!Bill that's actually well-written, you've found it.

Five Minutes Older by thesnadger

  • Recommended by Neelh, Red-Dead-Redeemer, Adele Potter
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: Mabel ends up trapped in 1979, without her brother and with a broken time machine that she can't fix herself. Luckily, her Grunkle Stan is there. Of course, he's a lot younger now... He has a mullet, he's living out of his car and he doesn't know he's her Grunkle. But he's not planning to let this weird, sparkly little girl end up alone on the streets.
  • Comments: This fic is half cute Mabel and Stan interactions, and half relentless angst. All of it is extremely well-written and compelling.

Conspiratheory by LCypherEd

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Dead (last updated July 2017)
  • Synopsis: Dipper returns from Gravity Falls with three journals, twenty postcards advertising the Mystery Shack, one sulking ex-dream demon and the lingering belief that life post-near-apocalypse is likely to bore him to tears. He’s wrong, of course.
  • Comments: There's some Australian slang you wouldn't hear in California bleeding through. Recommended for LCypherED's grasp on characterization, like woah. Thought this fic could be tagged as dark. But compared some other fics, Conspiratheory is sunshine and rainbows, even with the decapitation. Although to be fair, that head didn't stay dead.
  • Tags: Case Fic, Fluff and Humor, High School, Episodic Structure, With an overarching plot, Sometimes-human Bill Cipher, Conspiracy Theories, Surprisingly Helpful Bill Cipher, Oh no wait stop helping Bill Cipher, Dipper thinks he's a detective, (nobody tell him he's actually a punching bag), LGBQT Themes, Slow Build, Soul Bond

In Search of Antidotes by azhdarchidaen

  • Recommended by: Neelh
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: (or, "Unnatural Deeds Doth Breed Unnatural Troubles"). The year is 1892 and strange events find Stanley Pines in the Oregon frontier, checking on the current state of his estranged brother. But not all is as it seems in the settlement of Gravity Falls, and his twin appears to be stuck in the heart of it. Things escalate quickly, and the question Stan now faces is if he can unravel the secrets spun around him quickly enough to prevent a tragedy.
  • Comments: Firstly, warnings must be given for suicidal ideation, violence, and depictions of anxiety. This story is, at the most basic description, what would happen if Jekyll and Hyde, Gravity Falls, and Macbeth all had a beautiful baby together.
  • Tags: Historical AU, Gothic Horror

Blood Bath by RoboticSpaceCase.

  • Recommended by Manga Forever
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When billionaire Bill Cipher seems to be getting away with murder, P.I. Stanford Pines sends his nephew Detective Dipper Pines under cover to a club that is owned by Bill, where occasionally people that go in, never come out. Dipper finds more than he ever thought he would, and becomes involved in the world of demons, whether he likes it or not.
  • Pairing: Bill/Dipper
  • Comments: A very well made AU involving Billdip pairing. There is a sequel Internal Affairs

Ad Astra by Queen_Mab.

  • Recommended by Unnamed
  • Status: Dormant; last updated March 2020
  • Synopsis: Dipper just wanted to close the portal. He didn't want the world to be destroyed. He didn't mean to push Mabel in before it closed.
  • Pairing: Background Dipfica
  • Comments: A fantastic AU where Mabel falls into the portal in Not What He Seems and meets Ford. Mabel and Ford have space adventures and Dipper and Stan work on rebuilding the portal back home. The author said she has nearly 90k words written already, so it's guaranteed to keep updating.

GF Serendipity by OrangePhoenix6.

  • Recommended by Redandready45, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Dead (last updated January 2017)
  • Synopsis: Stan, after teaming up with a young engineer named Fiddleford, turned his life around and become a successful entrepreneur. But his success can't prepare him for his newest mission: rescuing his brother from his own demons.
  • Comments: Told in comic form, the author recreates the animation style of Alex Hirsch almost perfectly. But that's not the only reason why you should read this. The author makes a brilliant observation and tells an epic and somewhat dark story on the basis of it.
  • Trope page can be found here.

A Thousand Natural Shocks by WDW.

  • Recommended by Hatted Halfling
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Thirty years ago, Stanley Pines made a deal. Now, in the wake of Bill's defeat and his brother's disappearance, Ford begins to unravel Stan's secrets.
  • Comments: This fic is a variation on the Neverhuman AU by notllorstel on Tumblr, done both with notllorstel’s permission and before they had revealed certain details of that AU, making it technically an AU of an AU. Please don’t let that put you off, though, because this fic is AMAZING! It really captures the mystery, supernatural, and over-arching themes of family from the original show, all to the extent that there were times I was at least mildly certain that the author was somehow in contact with Alex Hirsch. Confusing at first due to lack of reader knowledge, it draws you in, with more and more details being added each chapter, with a thrill of excitement and terror as it becomes clearer and clearer that Stan really ISN’T what he seems. This fic is almost complete, we’re just missing the last chapter. Definitely worth reading, though, and, amazingly enough, currently stopped at a point that won't leave you with the desire to strangle the author for stopping there. Though the last chapter would definitely be nice, there's still a few things left to sort out.

Ursa Geminids by George James Valtom.

  • Recommended by lego_joker
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the brutal deaths of their parents, the Pines twins cling to each other as they fight a hostile world. Between Dipper's cunning and Mabel's charisma, they've come to dominate their foster home and middle school - until one day, their great-uncle shows up and takes them under his wing. Now a whole new playing field has opened up for them.
  • Comments: Long story short - the best takes on the Mirror Universe Reverse Falls AU I've read so far. Dipper and Mabel are cunning, violent, and borderline sociopathic, but it's not without reason, and their (familial) love is just as strong, if not stronger. Features numerous clever remixes of canon adventures, culminating in ( the kids willingly summoning Bill... at which point they promptly kill him and steal his power). If there's one flaw to be found it's that the kids border on Invincible Villain at times, facing few genuine threats (Gideon and Pacifica, while heroic, are side-characters and mostly ineffectual), but if you just want to kick back and watch them go to town on... well, everyone...

Long Road To Hell by Little Dipper (Tox)

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Dead (last updated February 2018)
  • Synopsis: It's almost been four years since that fateful summer, and the Pines are trying to move on with their lives. There's just one problem - Bill Cipher isn't really gone. Trapped in Stan's mind, Bill must make a deal with Dipper to escape his prison and make it back into the real world for Weirdmageddon 2.0. As it turns out, however, Bill Cipher is more than he seems, and Dipper is determined to make the best of a bad situation by trying to truly understand the entity that was willing to risk the entire universe for the sake of a party. Bill is determined to stay on his path to destruction, but can the child of the stars change his course for good?
  • Tags: Bill Redemption

Knuckle Dusters By twinkinu

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Stanford tells Fiddleford that he may finally be ready to forgive Stanley for what happened back in '72, and the two scientists search for the wayward brother with intentions to offer an Oregon home in exchange for some help with the portal's destruction. But when they find him, they discover that they may have bitten off more than they're prepared to chew—because Stanley's got an enormous, overprotective Cane Corso named Knuckle Dusters. Now, Ford and Fidds have this big, hulking, slobbery mess to live with. (Not to mention, they have to live with Stan's dog.) A Mystery Trio AU.

The Triangle Murders by MidnyghtMadnes

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Dead (last updated May 2018)
  • Synopsis: To everyone's surprise, after college Mabel went on to become an agent for the FBI while her brother Dipper moved to Gravity Falls to run the shack alongside his great-uncle Stan. Currently following a series of murders, Mabel returns to Gravity Falls on less than ideal terms in order to investigate the latest victim. She hopes that with a little outside help from the closest person to her in the whole world, she can solve this case lickety-split. Can she catch a serial killer that's always two steps ahead and always watching?
  • Tags: Crime AU

Timehop AU by Glasworks and Schpog-art

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Future!Mabel somehow swaps places with her younger counterpart. Both Dippers try to fix this while Younger!Mabel gets to see what the future is like and Future!Mabel has fun reminiscing.
  • Comments: Very well written and the art is stunning! This AU sucks you right into the lives of the characters. Check it out!

Slaves to the Dark by Dalek Prime

  • Recommended by: EnigmusPrime
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: After her ancestor made a deal with the vampire lord Stanford Pines, Wendy's family has been in eternal servitude to him. Now she has been tasked with serving the vampire's grand-niece and nephew who are rude, arrogant and cruel, but soon she will discover that there is more to the bloodthirsty twins then meets the eye.
  • Pairing: Dipper/Wendy, Mabel/Pacifica
  • An AU where Dipper, Mabel, and Stan are all vampires, Wendy is their Renfield, Dipper is the historical Dracula, and Wendy and Pacifica are reincarnations of Mina and Lucy respectively.

The Whole of Us (is greater than the sum of our broken pieces) by Nicnac also on FFN

  • Recommended by: LampshadeOnMyHead
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The official summary is, "Stanford Pines was going to make his legacy by becoming the man who changed the world. Children weren't really part of the plan. At least, they weren't supposed to be." For slightly more detail, the story starts in June of 1981 - after Ford met Bill, but before he started work on the portal - when Ford has five year old Dipper and Mabel abandoned on his doorstep. They're his kids from a one-night stand he had shortly before moving to Gravity Falls that he didn't know about until their mother decided he should be the one taking care of them from now on. Soon Stan is brought in to help Ford take care of his new kids. The story depicts their developing relationships as a family while moving through the major plot events of Journal 3.

30 Seconds Later by shayera

  • Recommended by Malconvoker
  • Status: Possibly Dead (last updated November 2019)
  • Synopsis: Stanford falls through the portal in 1982, but is pulled back almost immediately. Stanley, meanwhile, struggles for 30 years to bring his brother back. Neither is reunited with the brother they expect.

Drowning In Your Depths by AngstMom

  • Recommended by PurpleCandlelight
  • Status: Dead; last updated February 2017
  • Pairings: Slow but healthy Bill/Dipper
  • Has its own tropes page.
  • Synopsis: Fate is cruel and Karma is quick. What will become of Bill Cipher as his crew leaves him aboard his quick sinking ship? Perhaps destiny will step in with a new proposition. (Pirate AU)

Illusion IS Reality by Mizuuma

  • Recommended by HyanGale
  • Status: Ongoing, updates every Monday
  • synopsis: In which a GF-fangirl wakes up to find herself in the body of a baby Bill Cipher before the events of canon happens. Welp, lets see how much she can mess this up.
  • comments: This story explores the possibilities of an isekai-style Bill Cipher backstory. We follow our Bill (or Miz, or Willian, or Jan-Jan , or Xun, as she/he calls themself) and her/his struggles to come to terms with the fact that she/he's Bill Cipher, and the knowledge of what's gonna happen to her/him. Small warning however, - The feels are real, and they have sharp teeth.

Mystery Farm AU by lemonfodrizzleart

  • Recommended by Sailor Punk Rock
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Stan/OC, Ford/OC, Ford/Fiddleford
  • Synopsis: A series of fan arts, comics and fic that create the story of The Mystery Farm, a place that’s been in the Pines Family for years and is now run by Stan and Ford, with the help of some friends and occasionally their brother Shermie. After an alien encounter, strange things begin happening. At the story’s core is the relationship between Stan Pines and farmhand Jackie Asante.
  • Comments: This is a really fun AU and great if you want to see Stan and Ford happy together! This writer creates great and well written OCs in Jackie and Kelvin.

All The World's a Toybox by Straightjacketed.

  • Recommended by EnigmusPrime
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The movement to take back the Falls goes horribly wrong, and everyone has to suffer for it. And as Weirdmageddon spreads beyond Gravity Falls, Dipper, Mabel and a few other unfortunates have to face up to the awful reality of spending the rest of their lives as pawns in Bill Cipher's newest games.


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