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Recap / Gravity Falls S1 E6 "Dipper vs. Manliness"

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"'Disco Girl'? Never heard of it."

The sixth episode of Gravity Falls.

After being made fun of for his wimpiness, Dipper finds a hidden tribe of "manotaurs" in the forest, and asks them to teach him to be manly. Meanwhile, Mabel tries to teach Grunkle Stan how to be attractive to women, particularly the waitress in the local diner, Lazy Susan.

Tropes in this episode:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: In The Stinger, Stan is ignoring Susan's calls. She leaves him 36 messages.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Multibear for liking bubblegum pop.
  • An Aesop: Being a man isn't about being macho, but standing up for yourself.
  • Bad with the Bone: The spear given to Dipper consists of the blade and 2 bones tied with rope.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted. Dipper is shirtless in a good number of scenes throughout the episode, and has visible nipples in all of them. The Manotaurs are also shown with visible nipples, and one gag even features a Manotaur with fists for nipples.
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  • Bears Are Bad News: Subverted; the Multi-Bear may look terrifying with his numerous heads and claws, but it turns out he isn't really a bad guy.
  • Carpet of Virility: Throughout the episode, Dipper's complete lack of chest hair is taken as a sign of unmanliness. He finally manages to grow one at the end, but then Mabel pulls it out to put in a scrapbook. Stan also has a huge amount of chest hair which instantly regrows the second Mabel tries to shave it, and he shows off to Dipper to let him know body hair is something everyone gets eventually.
  • Continuity Nod: Mabel has a picture of a beheaded Wax Stan in her scrapbook.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Lazy Susan has at least three.
  • Cry Cute: Much at the cost of his masculinity, Dipper.
    Woman: (bumped into by Dipper) Oh, I'm sorry. I was looking for the mailman.
    Dipper: Oh, what? Are you saying I'm not a male man? Is that what you're trying to say? I'm not male, I'm- I'm not a man? Is that- is that what you're getting at?
    Woman: Are you crying?
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  • The Dreaded: The Multibear amongst the Manotaurs, because he likes bubblegum pop.
  • Elderly Blue-Haired Lady: Lazy Susan.
  • Fat Flex: A funny variation happens during the training montage: a clip of Mabel showing Stan how to suck in his gut is immediately followed by a clip of Dipper and the Manotaurs relaxing and letting their bellies drop.
  • Foreshadowing: Early in the episode, Lazy Susan talks about Stan affectionately, so it's not too surprising that she'd accede to dating him.
    • When Chutzpar first meets Dipper and Dipper mentions he is having emotional issues, the manotaur listens to him as he voices his concerns, foreshadowing the Aesop that manliness isn't all about violence and physical strength.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Dipper loves bubblegum pop, like BABBA ("Disco Girl"), but doesn't admit it to the Manotaurs until the end of the episode.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Dipper doesn't realize the Manotaurs are bad after their leader eats an elderly member of the tribe.
  • Impact Silhouette: Chutzpar leaves one when he and Dipper pass through the Man Cave.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: The point of the episode for Dipper.
  • Jerk Jock: The Manotaurs again.
  • Large and in Charge: Leaderaur towers over the other Manotaurs.
  • Loincloth: Dipper dons one during the latter half of his manliness training.
  • The Makeover: Mabel tries to teach Grunkle Stan how to be a gentleman so he can court Lazy Susan.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The Training Montage has Dipper dealing with alligators. In Oregon.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: The Multibear. He's not The Dreaded amongst the Manotaurs because he's evil (which he's not), but because he likes bubblegum pop music. Because of this, Dipper refuses to kill him.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: Leaderaur is introduced by swallowing an elderly Manotaur.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Old Man McGucket is drinking a lot of coffee at the diner when the Pines walk in.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: The Manotaurs initially decide against training Dipper. He calls them chickens for supposedly being scared of the challenge. They realize this is a trick, but change their minds anyway.
    "I feel all weird." "He's using some sort of brain magic!"
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: BABA is clearly based on ABBA, and the song featured in this episode is a parody of their song Dancing Queen.
  • Our Minotaurs Are Different: The Manotaurs are pretty much standard minotaurs, except manlier.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: The Multi-Bear. A bear that looks like it consists entirely of bear heads.
  • Our Slogan Is Terrible: "Greasy's Diner: We Have Food"
  • The Power of Love: Stan guesses this is what Mabel thinks will get him a date with Susan. Mabel denies this, saying it's she's actually talking about "The Power of Mabel".
  • Punny Name: Lazy Susan, as well as the various names of the Manotaurs. Manotaur itself is considerably punny.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: To the point where a bag of jerky tells Dipper he's inadequate, the smell of which summons Chutzpar. Taken Up to Eleven with Leaderaur, who eats another Manotaur.
  • Reverse Psychology: Dipper invokes this on the Manotaurs after they initially deny his request to teach him manliness.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: After Dipper puts his fist into the "Pain Hole".
  • Shirtless Scene: Dipper has this during his final test. The Manotaurs are shirtless all the time. Stan is shirtless for a scene in which Mabel attempts to shave his chest, but the hair regrows instantly.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: Parodied with the Training Montage, which is kicked off by Mabel saying, "This is going to take some really great training music," and putting on a CD labeled "Training Mix." The lyrics end up getting...oddly specific.
    When the tiger roars and the mountain cries
    You gotta dream the dream, you gotta win the prize
    You gotta go the miles, you gotta face the trials
    Never lose sight of the sights you see

    You gotta believe your beliefs are real
    Now you're drinking from a fire hydrant
    Teach your uncle how to wear a cummerbund
    Now you're gonna jump a crazy gorge
    Keep on shavin' that hairy uncle
    Uh...I don't really know what's happenin' in this part
    Your heart's on fire and the fire is in your HEEEAAAAARRRT!!''
  • Testosterone Poisoning: The Manotaurs, and Dipper wants to invoke it on himself.
  • "Test Your Strength" Game: Dipper's inability to get a high score on such a grip-strength-testing game (combined with relentless teasing from others and Manly Dan breaking the machine with barely a touch with his machismo) is what prompts him to try asking a group of Manotaurs for help in becoming more manly.
  • Training Montage: Of Mabel trying make Stan classier and Dipper doing the manotaur's trials.
  • Took a Level in Badass: You could definitely say this for Dipper.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Soos throws away his sandwich in surprise upon laying eyes upon Stan's not-smile. It sticks to the ceiling; Soos heads for the hills.
  • Ultimate Final Exam: Dipper must conclude his manliness training by hunting down the Multi-Bear.
  • The Unsmile: While learning how to be a gentleman from Mabel, Grunkle Stan pulls off one that manages to send Soos running in terror.
  • Versus Title: Dipper vs Manliness.
  • The Worf Effect: Even Manly Dan flees before a manotaur.


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Dipper vs. Manliness

For the manotaurs' first test towards manliness, Dipper must plunge his hand into the Pain Hole. Whatever is inside the hole is definitely painful to the touch, if Dipper's Scream Discretion Shot is anything to go by.

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