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"This party never stops! Time is dead and meaning has no meaning! Existence is upside down and I reign supreme! Welcome one and all to WEIRDMAGEDDON!"
Bill Cipher
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Bill Cipher has succeeded in connecting Earth's dimension to the nightmare realm he comes from! Taking physical form, Bill summons his fellow demons into Gravity Falls. Mabel is sealed into a mysterious bubble between the Hanging Cliffs. Eyeballs with batwings fly around turning people to stone. Waves of weirdness transform people and bring inanimate objects to life. During the chaos, the Gravity Falls prison is damaged, allowing Lil' Gideon and his gang to escape.

Dipper realizes that Mabel was right next to where the Rift broke open and panics. Ford stops his nephew from running off, assuring him that they will save Mabel, but first need to stop Bill. Going to where Bill and his henchmaniacs have gathered, Ford prepares to destroy the triangle with a BFG. Unfortunately a weirdness-created monster throws off his aim, drawing Bill's attention. Knowing he's caught, Ford tries to tell Dipper the only other way to defeat Bill, but is captured before he can divulge. Bill turns Ford into a statue to use as a backscratcher, provoking Dipper to come out of hiding. Dipper tries to look up Bill's weakness in the Journals, but cannot find anything useful. Bill burns the Journals into ashes, taunting Dipper that there is no room for heroes in his world. Dipper is forced to flee, and Bill creates a floating pyramid from which to rule over the town in.

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Three days pass. Time Baby and the Time Police attempt to fight Bill, but are wiped out. Dipper eventually reunites with Wendy, who has survived thanks to the survivalist training her father put her through. Wendy is confident that Dipper will find a way to stop Bill, as he did before, but Dipper admits that the only reason he was able win those times was with Mabel's help. Wendy concludes that the first thing they need to do is find Mabel, and Dipper spots the pink bubble Bill placed his twin in.

The pair head to Bud Gleeful's car lot for a ride, but are confronted by Lil' Gideon's gang, who have become Bill's enforcers. Gideon shows the key to Mabel's bubble, gloating that soon Mabel will love him. Wendy manages to steal not just the key but a car for her and Dipper to escape in, instigating a chase. Eventually, they crash, but our found by Soos. Unfortunately, Gideon's gang has found them as well. Gideon repeats his belief that Mabel will be his, but Dipper tells him that it doesn't work like that; Even if Gideon likes Mabel, Mabel won't return the feeling because of how evil Gideon is. Recalling his own failed crush on Wendy, Dipper explains that to win someone's love, you have to be someone worth loving. Realizing how uncomfortable Mabel was with the forced nature of their previous relationship, Gideon allows the Mystery Shack crew to leave so he and his gang can rebel against Bill. Dipper, Wendy, and Soos soon make it to the bubble. Undoing the lock with the key, the three enter, ready to take on whatever trap Bill has set.

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TO BE CONTINUED


Tropes in this episode:

  • Absentee Actor: Although she only appears in the first few seconds of the episode, albeit unconscious, Mabel has no speaking lines in this episode, making this the only show where Kristen Schaal is not credited.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Wendy calls Toby "Tony" at one point, then lampshades that she has trouble remembering his name.
  • Action Survivor: Everyone who managed to survive the three days during the Time Skip, most notably Dipper, Wendy, Soos, Toby (temporarily), and Blendin. Soos even mentions he's become like a folk hero.
  • Adrenaline Makeover:
    • Played straight with Wendy. She's tied off her flannel coat around her waist with a strip of it used as a headband to emphasize her Action Girl side.
    • Parodied with Toby. He gains a neon blue mohawk and starts dressing like a teenage punk, but he's just as incompetent as he was before.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Mabel runs away shortly after a disagreement with Dipper, and soon after the world starts to crumble. Dipper's frantically calling for Mabel through the walkie-talkie, unable to find or contact her. He's also worried that he can't find Stan and has witnessed Ford being turned into gold; as he puts it, "I don't know where my family is."
    • Pacifica in turn loses her father to Body Horror. Mr. and Mrs. Northwest may be Abusive Parents, but they're the only family she has.
    • Manly Dan was in town with his sons when the apocalypse happened, while Wendy was in the graveyard with her friends. He may have prepared his kids for the apocalypse, but he probably has no idea if his only daughter took her training to heart. His sons also aren't with him in the altered opening.
    • The last thing Ford tells Dipper is to "Run!" as Bill captures the former. He may have been instructing Dipper to Take Up My Sword but his voice cracks as he tells his nephew, and possibly only surviving family member, to flee for safety.
    • Due to widespread disaster and chaos, Dipper, a twelve year old, is forced to survive on the streets on his own for days with no food, water, or shelter and surrounded by forces that would happily kill him if they found him.
  • Always Save the Girl: Subverted; when the world starts to end, Dipper makes a break for the woods, calling for Mabel through the walkie-talkie, but Ford stops him. Ford then cites The Needs of the Many and asserts the best way to save Mabel is to stop Bill. Three days later, with nothing else to lose, Dipper decides to find Mabel first before saving the world, because he knows that together, they can do the impossible.
  • Anti-Climax: Ford describes the end of the world as this.
    "So this is how the world ends. Not with a bang, but a (twirls finger beside his head in a "cuckoo" motion) boop-boop."
  • Apocalypse How: The Time Baby tells Bill that if he doesn't stop, he could potentially destroy the fabric of existence. Bill doesn't care.
  • The Apunkalypse: The events of Weirdmageddon parody Doomsday and Mad Max, so naturally the survivors wear torn clothes or leather coats. However it's only Toby who fully embraces the style, and he's quickly scorned by Wendy for it.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Time Baby to Bill Cipher. While Bill treats most of his torments as a game, he holds a lot of contempt toward the Time Baby and his obliteration of it and his army is done a lot more maliciously.
  • Art Shift: Dipper, Wendy, Gideon and Ghost Eyes go through several art styles when driving through Bill's multicolor bubbles. They also changed mediums a couple times as well.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Gompers is turned into a giant by Bill's weirdness wave. Also there are a lot of other giant monsters running around, including one who's just a head and arm asking people to get into his mouth.
  • Badass Bystander: Subverted; at first the town of Gravity Falls puts up a defensive front against Bill, following Mayor Cutebiker's firm example to ask Bill and his friends to leave. Then Preston Northwest gets Facial Horror for attempting to suck up to Bill, and everyone scatters as the Eye Bats attack them.
  • Badass in Distress: Bill keeps Mabel trapped inside a magic prison bubble, and later turns Ford into a golden statue.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Bill's favorite mischief is transforming the townsfolk:
    • First, Bill demonstrates his powers by rearranging Preston Northwest's face.
    • The Eye Bats turn Deputy Durland, Lazy Susan, Wendy's friends, and many other people into stone statues.
    • Soos' grandma is turned into a talking sofa.
    • Bill turns Stanford into a gold statue, which he then uses as a backscratcher.
    • During the car chase, Dipper, Wendy, Gideon, and Ghost Eyes drive through "madness bubbles" that temporarily transform them into various strange forms:
      • Dipper and Wendy get turned into birds (their heads only), anime caricatures, living meat sculptures, and their voice actors dressed as them in live action.
      • Gideon and Ghost Eyes get turned into crude low-polygon CGI, female versions of themselves, and silent black-and-white cartoon characters.
  • Battle Strip: Sprott rips his clothes off after being driven crazy.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Bill manages to gain Gideon's loyalty partly out of claiming that he and Mabel are "destined" to be together.
  • Blood Knight: At least one of the Discount Autoparts Warriors thinks that "fighting children is boring, but fighting a Chaos God sounds fun!"
  • Bloodless Carnage:
    • Bill's new body shows off viscera and bones when injured, but it doesn't bleed.
    • Wendy shoots an arrow through a bat, but it doesn't bleed. We see Toby also got an arrow in his arm, and the on-screen wound is likewise bloodless.
  • Call a Human a "Meatbag": Bill begins his Badass Boast with this.
    Alright, listen up, you one-lifespan, three-dimensional, five-sense skinpuppets!
  • Call-Back:
    • Bill destroys the journals, knowing how much Dipper relies on them.
    • Dipper uses his crush on Wendy to invoke Not So Different with Gideon.
    • The deal Gideon made with Bill was apparently to serve him in exchange for his freedom.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Time Baby and his army arrive three days after Weirdmageddon has started, and Bill promptly wipes them out. Blendin's the only survivor.
  • Character Development:
    • A small, subtle example with Pacifica, who doesn’t seem nearly as afraid of her parents as she was in Northwest Mansion Mystery, even calling out her father when he reacts foolishly to Bill's appearance. Also, take note; the bell is nowhere to be seen.
    • Gideon appears to be gaining some, after Dipper's Not So Different speech about how you can't force someone to love you.
    • Dipper himself. As shown in both "Love God" and "Northwest Mansion Mystery", Dipper seemed to be the type to hold grudges before. And now we see him, with no prompting and on his own, giving Gideon (who, unlike Robbie or Pacifica had outright attempted to murder the boy more than once) a chance for redemption. At the very least he can tell now isn't exactly the time for petty rivalries when Gideon is standing between him and Mabel.
  • Conspicuous CG: The tank Wendy drives.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The Gnomes are seen fleeing from the "weirdness" with Chutzpar, the Manotaur that mentored Dipper in "Dipper vs Manliness".
    • Rumble McSkirmish bursts out of the arcade.
    • The Pterodactyl reappears.
    • Blind Ivan appears as the gear stick for Bill's car.
    • Wendy mentions she and her friends were hanging out at the graveyard when the apocalypse happened.
    • Wendy's hideout is in "Edgy on Purpose", a store shown in "Soos and the Real Girl". She's named it "Fort Cash Money", the song from the credits sequence in "Soos and the Real Girl".
    • Ghost Eyes, Gideon's friend from prison, is his second-in-command.
    • Bill calls Dipper his "puppet", which Dipper literally was in "Sock Opera".
    • It's not the first time that Toby is mistaken for a monster.
  • Cliffhanger: Dipper, Wendy and Soos enter Bill's time prison and vow to find Mabel. Dipper warns his friends that they're entering a Bill-like world and to be prepared for anything.
  • Cool Car: Bill warped a real wicked hot rod that flies. The prisoners' post apocalyptic style cars aren't bad either.
  • Creator Cameo: At one point, Dipper and Wendy turn into their voice actors (Jason Ritter and Linda Cardellini) while going through one of Bill's madness bubbles.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Soos, if one takes his claims that he's become a folk hero seriously.
  • Curbstomp Battle: The Time Baby attempts to stop Bill. Bill seemingly vaporizes him in one move.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Subverted: Bill doesn't consider any monetary gain from being able to rule the world, since he's above such material things and only wants to party in the apocalypse. Preston tries to invoke this, but he gets Facial Horror for attempting to suck up to the monstrosity.
  • Cutting the Knot: Bill destroys Ford's journals after Dipper's failed attempt to punch him, just to make sure Dipper can't use them against him.
  • Darkest Hour: Bill has broken in and gained his full power, much of the townsfolk has been transformed, the town is destroyed, Grunkle Ford and Mabel have been captured, and the journals are destroyed. The only ones left fighting are Dipper, Wendy, Soos, and Blendin and the only ones Cipher spared are his followers—Gideon and his new gang.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Gideon and Ghost Eyes get turned into a silent film animation inside a weirdness bubble, complete with old-timey music and a title card for their screaming.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Gideon is lucky enough to end up becoming Bill Cipher's enforcer.
  • Demoted to Extra: Mabel is only seen for a few moments in the cold open being imprisoned by Bill, and is not seen again for the rest of the episode save for mentions.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • Subverted; Dipper tries to punch Bill in the eye, but Bill simply knocks him away and burns the journals.
    • Played straight when Bill disintegrates Time Baby, the only (cosmic) being who might have been powerful enough to stand up to him at the time.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Gideon's fellow prisoners pump Toby full of knockout darts merely because he tries to steal an air freshener.
  • The Dragon: Preston Northwest offers to become Bill's henchman, but he refuses by messing up Northwest's face. However he accepts Gideon's request to become "sheriff" of the town ruins.
  • Dramatic Irony: Dipper assumes Mabel broke the rift and started the time-frozen apocalypse by accident, not knowing it was in the backpack. He's half-correct: she didn't know what it was and she didn't mean to break it or cause Weirdmageddon, but the 'stopping time in Gravity Falls forever' bit wasn't an accident.
  • Drives Like Crazy: To get to Mabel, Wendy drives herself and Dipper in a car, despite having no driver's license or training.
  • Enemy Mine: Dipper decides to convince Gideon to help him fight Bill Cipher, and he knows Gideon isn't exactly helping Cipher out of loyalty.
  • Epic Fail: Dipper tries to take Bill head on . . . only for Bill to effortlessly brush him aside.
  • Eviler Than Thou:
    • When Preston tries to betray the rest of the town and humanity to save his own hide, Bill Cipher rejects his offer with a gruesome spell, to demonstrate that he just doesn't give a damn.
    • Time Baby comes to stop Bill, because he risks destroying the entire universe, both of them included. Bill just disintegrates Time Baby, again to demonstrate that he doesn't give a damn.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Stan's one scene in this episode ends with him running in fear from a giant Gompers.
  • Facial Horror: Preston Northwest tries to appeal to Bill. Bill is unimpressed, so he switches all the orifices of his face.
  • Fate Worse than Death: For all the horrible things Bill does, he seems to avoid directly killing anyone (besides Time Baby and the Time Police), because he'd prefer to keep them around to torment forever.
  • Foreboding Fleeing Flock: A stampede of creatures are seen fleeing Gravity Falls as Weirdmageddon begins, including a Manotaur and some gnomes.
    Gnome 1: Move it stretch!
    Gnome 2: Hey, we're scampering here!
  • Forced to Watch: Pacifica witnesses her father undergoing Facial Horror, and Dipper sees Bill turn Grunkle Ford into gold.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • The altered opening gives us the following shots:
    • In Bud Gleeful's car dealership, someone had spray-painted "GIDEON SUCKS". Someone else crossed out the "SUCKS" and wrote "IS AWESOME". As in "GIDEON IS AWESOME".
  • From Bad to Worse: The situation starts off rather dire, and gets worse through the episode's first half:
    • Bill not only brings his Henchmaniacs with him to Earth, he unintentionally breaks Gideon's gang out of jail.
    • Ford's shot to send Bill back to the nightmare dimension only grazes him. Bill fires back, captures Ford, and turns him into a statue before he can reveal his backup plan to Dipper.
    • Dipper tries to save Ford instead of running away with the journals like Ford told him to. His attempt to fight Bill head-on is a total failure, and results in Bill incinerating the journals.
    • Time Baby steps in to stop Bill, revealing he may destroy the entire universe if he continues, but is easily defeated. Blendin then drops the trope name, and decides to disappear for his own safety.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Given the age rating, Wendy had to settle for calling herself a flipping Corduroy.
  • Hat Damage: Ford's Wave Motion Gun misses Bill's body, merely punching a hole in his hat. Except this shows the "hat" is actually part of Bill's body, so the hole displays meaty, though bloodless, innards before Bill rapidly regenerates.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Gideon may have decided to be a better person to impress Mabel instead of trying to force her love him. Regardless of how that will work out, he decides to head off the Eye Bats and give Dipper time to enter Bill's prison — partially out of love for Mabel, but mostly to sort of assert dominance, refusing to let himself be anyone's lackey even though he knows full well how outclassed he is by Bill.
  • Hell on Earth: Gravity Falls gets conquered by Bill Cipher, and he brought some of his fellow demons with him. If he's not stopped soon, he'll spread his madness across the world and beyond.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Ghost Eyes brings up, as he and Gideon chase down Wendy and Dipper, how they were once prisoners and now they're the wardens.
  • Hidden Depths: Ghost Eyes claims that he majored in philosophy.
  • His Name Is...: When Ford's quantum destabilizer misses, he tells Dipper to take the journals and use them for his one remaining way to defeat Bill. Before he can explain it, he's cut off by Bill's arrival. Ford taunts that he knows Bill's weakness, likely hoping Dipper would overhear from hiding, but Bill petrifies him before he says anymore. Dipper finds nothing helpful in the journals, then Bill incinerates them, leaving Dipper to figure out the weakness entirely on his own.
  • Honor Before Reason: Time Baby offers Bill a chance to surrender and tries to reason with him about how Bill's actions are destroying the universe, even though Bill has shown that he doesn't care about playing fair.
  • Hope Spot: May as well be "Hope Spot, the Episode"
    • Ford has a backup plan for how to take down Bill. The problem is that a talking church bell throws off his aim.
    • Ford before Bill captures him manages to get the journals to Dipper, telling him to run and look into the journals for Bill's weakness. Only Bill turns Ford into gold and burns the Journals.
    • Time Baby comes to stop Bill, but he and his army get obliterated.
  • Hostile Show Take Over: Even the intro sequence is replaced with a Bill-themed parody.
  • Human Doorstop: Bill uses Ford's petrified body as a backscratcher.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Grenda tells Bill that Gravity Falls doesn't like out of towners. This means that she considers Dipper and Mabel, who are from California, part of the town after all they've been through this summer.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Lazy Susan tells Bill that people with one eye are weird.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Gideon ignores Ghost Eyes' invocation of He Who Fights Monsters. However, he does listen to Dipper's Not So Different speech.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: Dipper is surprised that the car dealership is so empty, with as many vehicles as he, Wendy and Toby want for the taking. Cue Toby getting knocked out with darts as he tries to steal an air freshener.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Bill Cipher horribly disfigures Preston Northwest's face, but he very much deserved it.
  • Killed Off for Real: The prison art director, thanks to fallen rubble from the breakout. Also applies to the Time Police that came with Time Baby (except for Blendin).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Preston Northwest tries to betray the town by attempting to join Bill's side. Thankfully, Bill doesn't like servile cowards.
  • The Load: Toby Determined somehow becomes part of the resistance against Bill with Wendy, but doesn't really offer any help.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: Bill incapacitates both Preston Northwest and the Time Baby.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The Gravity Falls people run when Bill subjects Mr. Northwest to Facial Horror and the Eye Bats fly in.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: Dipper intuits that Gideon holding the key to Mabel's prison bubble is worthless to him, while Gideon insists that Mabel will eventually love him, even if it takes an eternity. Three days have passed, though; Dipper is Brutally Honest in pointing out that keeping Mabel trapped won't make her happy, and if Gideon wants to win her heart he ought to try being a better person.
  • Mind Rape: Sprott partially enters one of Bill's bubbles of madness, and is instantly Driven to Madness.
  • Money Is Not Power: Preston learns it the hard way when he hopes his wealth will make him useful for Bill Cipher as a horseman of the Apocalipse.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Right before a near-despairing Dipper and determined Wendy have a talk on her hideout's roof, we get a shot of Toby's rather, ahem, interesting Adrenaline Makeover.
    • After dramatically announcing himself as the new warden of Gravity Falls, Gideon asks Wendy, "Have we formally met?"
    • During a suspenseful car chase between Gideon's motorcycle gang and Wendy and Dipper, we get a few hilarious moments when both pass through the madness bubbles. Most notable is the Creator Cameo that ensues with Dipper and Wendy's voice actors.
  • Multi-Part Episode: This is the first episode of the three-part series finale.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Dipper feels terrible that, because he chose Ford's apprenticeship over Mabel, she ran off into the woods shortly before the world ended. And he doesn't even know that Mabel handed over the rift in an attempt to make time freeze forever.
  • New Era Speech: After Bill introduces the citizens of Gravity Falls to his friends, and himself as their ruler, he spells out what the new world is.
    Bill: This party never stops! Time is dead and meaning has no meaning! Existence is upside down, and I reign supreme! Welcome, one and all, to WEIRDMAGEDDON! (GEDDON, GEDDON)
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Pacifica is ignored by her father when she calls him out on embracing Bill's One World Order. All things considered, it's a pretty good improvement from a bell.
  • Not Quite Dead: The ending cryptogram states Time Baby is still alive after being disintegrated, though he won't be of any help to the current situation.
    It will take 1,000 years for Time Baby's molecules to reconstitute. And when he's back, he's going to be very cranky.
  • Not So Different: Dipper uses his experience with crushing on Wendy to convince Gideon to try to become a better person if he truly cares for Mabel.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Blendin says "This is bad!", as Bill begins to destroy reality. He also has this expression when he's the only member of Time Baby's army to survive Bill's One-Hit Kill.
    • Bill's minions have a brief one when Bill vaporizes Time Baby in one hit, but it's because they're impressed.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Fakeout: Bill Cipher's reaction to Time Baby confronting him is to sarcastically pretend to be afraid of him, before single-handedly vaporizing him.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • In the three days between Soos leaving his house and meeting up with Dipper and Wendy, he did unspecified heroic deeds that resulted in folks songs about him being written.
    • Dipper somehow evaded Eight Ball and Teeth, and survived for three days in a town full of monsters.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Wendy evades Gideon's group by ramping over a gorge that goes as far in either direction as the eye can see. Less than a minute later, Gideon's group have caught up and surrounded them. Gideon handwaves this by saying that "this isn't your Gravity Falls anymore!"
  • Ominous Floating Castle: Bill creates his own floating citadel in the shape of himself (i.e. a pyramid).
  • One-Hit Kill: Bill vaporizes Time Baby and his army, minus Blendin, with a single shot from his finger.
  • One-Winged Angel: Downplayed; Bill takes on a physical form as a part of the breakdown of reality and he initially assumes the shape of a three-dimensional, multi-armed pyramid with three articulated tiers before very quickly shifting back to his usual appearance albeit with some actual depth in his body instead of complete flatness.
  • Parting Words Regret: Dipper is depressed that the last time he saw Mabel she wouldn't look him in the eye and they had a fight about their future.
  • Pet the Dog: While she is a scornful elitist and an abusive parent, Pacifica's mother's first reaction when Preston gets Body Horror from Bill is to hug her daughter and hold her close to her.
  • Plot Armor: Somehow neither Dipper nor Wendy are badly injured after they suffer a massive car crash. Soos lampshades this.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Wendy delivers one shortly before she breaks Ghost Eyes's arm, takes Gideon hostage, and takes his key and a car. Just as she said she would.
    Gideon: And what makes you think you can do all that?
    Wendy: 'Cause I'm a flipping Corduroy!
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Bill Cipher to Time Baby.
    Time Baby: Surrender now or face my tantrum!
    Bill: Oh no, a tantrum, whatever will I do about that? How bout this?! BOOM! (Vaporizes him)
  • Properly Paranoid: Wendy's dad made her and her brothers prepare for the apocalypse instead of celebrating Christmas. She admits it was cool, if not typical.
  • Reality Is Out to Lunch: This constitutes Bill's idea of a festive atmosphere.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Preston's attempt to be The Quisling toward Bill earns him a horribly deformed face. Although Bill isn't so much offended by Preston's treachery as by his presumption that he's personally deserving of Bill's favor.
  • Schmuck Bait: Dipper in the abandoned mall finds the last plate of nachos under a light that lit up. Quite unusual for someone of his character to fall for an obvious trick, but given that Dipper was hungry, tired and really desperate, he wasn't as self-aware as usual.
  • Ship Sinking: After a slight relapse in Roadside Attraction, Dipper reiterates to Gideon that he's come to terms with not being able to make it happen with Wendy.
  • Shout-Out:
    • One of Bill's weirdness bubbles not only turns Dipper and Wendy into anime characters, but also adds Spritle and Chim-Chim expies in the back seat of their car.
    • Cthulhu is one of the monsters seen ravaging the town.
  • Soft Glass: Wendy punches a car window through to open it, and her elbow doesn't even bleed from the shards.
  • Special Edition Title: Bill's in charge now, and he's replaced the theme song with one of these.
  • Spin the Bottle: The demons spin a petrified Lazy Susan at Bill's party. The one who gets pointed at is eaten.
  • Stable Time Loop: All of Gravity Falls takes place in 2012, and according to the mailbox from Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained the world will end in 3012. Time Baby in this episode arrives and gets disintegrated, to be reformed one thousand years later. It's safe to say that his Bad Future happens because he came back to fight Bill.
  • Taken for Granite:
    • The hoards of flying eyeballs turn whoever they look at closely into to stone, including Deputy Durland, Lazy Susan, and Wendy's friends.
    • Bill turns Ford into a gold statue, which he then uses as a backscratcher.
  • Take Over the World: Bill Cipher's ultimate goal is to rule over our dimension for eternity, though he doesn't really care much about how he may risk destroying the universe in the process.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Ford when captured by Bill not only says that he'll die before accepting We Can Rule Together but also that he knows the latter's weakness. Bill then turns him to gold, and it's not certain if Ford will survive that.
    • Toby claims it will take more darts to knock him out, he gets hit with more soon after.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Dipper is starving after being on the run for three days, and he tries to eat what might be the last plate of nachos. Wendy turns out to have booby-trapped it, and the plate falls to the floor. Let's hope that Wendy fed Dipper afterward, before they left for Gleeful's car dealership.
  • Time for Plan B:
    • Since Bill opened the rift to his world, Ford has to find another way to stop him. Ford's plan B didn't work, and while he had a plan C, he's turned to gold before he has the chance to tell Dipper what it is.
    • When Ford gets captured, Dipper teams up with Wendy and Soos to find Mabel in Bill's prison and save the world.
  • Time Skip: After Ford is turned into Bill's backscratcher and the Journals are burned, three days pass during the Weirdmageddon.
  • Time Stands Still: Several birds freeze in mid-air as Bill begins Weirdmageddon.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Robbie could have outrun Bill's Eye Bats, but he stopped to take a selfie, according to Wendy.
  • True Companions:
    • Implied with Gideon and the other prisoners, where they ride with him to make a potentially suicidal standoff against the Eye Bats
    • Dipper, Wendy, and Soos at the end where they agree to go into Mabel's prison together to save her.
  • Twin Telepathy: Referenced, but Dipper and Mabel don't have it. Their allergies do tend to act up at the same time, though.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • Dipper says he'll follow Ford "to the ends of the Earth". Ford then implies that this is literal.
    • Gideon's fellow prisoners stay with him all the way, even when he rebels against Bill.
  • The Unpronouncable: Subverted. Although Alex Hirsch referred to this episode as "Xpcveaoqfoxso" in a Twitter post, this was just a coded version of the episode's real title, "Weirdmageddon Part 1."
  • Villain Ball: Bill offers up Dipper as a snack to his demon friends and then drives off without checking if his friends had eaten Dipper. Unsurprisingly, "Pine Tree" escapes, but Bill's backup plan is to have Gideon capture Dipper before the latter can save Mabel.
  • We Can Rule Together: Bill offers this to Ford after capturing him, although it's ambiguous whether it was a serious offer or a mere taunt. In any case, Ford angrily refuses, and Bill turns him to gold.
    Bill: Now don't look so sour, Fordsy. It's not too late to join me. With that extra finger, you'd fit right in with my freaks.
  • The Worf Effect: The Time Baby is assumed to be very powerful, yet he (along with his army) is vaporized by Bill in an instant.
  • We Do the Impossible: Wendy invokes this trope as pep talk for Dipper, telling him that he and Mabel were unstoppable together. They agree that if they are to turn the tables against impossible odds, Dipper will need to rescue Mabel.
  • Wham Shot: A surprising one, considering this is an End Of The World scenario, but seriously, who could've seen the journals being destroyed coming?
  • World of Chaos: All laws of physics in Gravity Falls have fallen by the wayside to Bill's whims.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Now that Bill has taken over, money no longer has any value. Wendy uses the dollar bills from an abandoned cash register to wipe sweat off her face.
  • You Are Already Dead: Dipper tries to look up a means of stopping Bill in the journals, but it just says "IF HE GAINS PHYSICAL FORM THEN ALL IS LOST!" Since writing this, Ford had found a way, but he's silenced before he can say it.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Dipper's on the verge of giving up, Wendy reminds him that he's done so many great things over the summer. He admits that he was only able to do them because Mabel was with him. Wendy then says she'll help Dipper find Mabel and save the world.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Bill makes Ford cringe when asking the other demons to give him a "six-fingered hand" for building the portal and making the apocalypse happen.

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