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"Bill wants us to be afraid. He wants us to hide. Those are our friends, and if we don't do something, it'll be our entire universe! So I say we band together and take the fight to him! We are cancelling the Weirdpocalypse!"
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Aired as a one-hour special, with the second half called "Weirdmageddon Part 4: Somewhere in The Woods" in reruns

Act One:

Continuing from where we left off, the Mystery Shack team is reunited and we see that Stanley has been sheltering the survivors of Weirdmageddon; Old Man McGucket, Pacifica, Candy and Grenda amongst others are included, but also the many monsters and creatures of Gravity Falls who were affected by the cataclysm. It turns out that the Unicorn spell has been protecting the Shack from Bill's influence, with Stanley appointing himself the leader and planning to hide and outlast the Oddpocalypse.

Upon witnessing a news report showing Bill's throne of petrified humans, Dipper and Mabel convince the survivors to fight back; Dipper explains that Ford knows a way to defeat Bill, so the first stage is to rescue him. McGucket comes up with a plan, but everyone needs to help... but Stanley, still resentful over his brother, excludes himself.

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In the penthouse suite of the Fearamid, Bill restores Ford and explains his predicament of the barrier confining Weirdmageddon to Gravity Falls. Ford explains that the phenomenon is "Gravity Falls' Natural Law of Weirdness Magnetism", which can be undone by a simple equation. Of course, Ford isn't going to give it to Bill willingly, and Bill can't invade Ford's mind unless they shake hands and is let in. So Bill has to come up with another way in...

The final outcome of McGucket's plan? Converting the Mystery Shack into a Humongous Mecha to storm Bill's castle head-on and rescue Ford. Bill dispatches his henchmaniacs to take down the Shacktron, but thanks to the Shack's Weirdmageddon-proof forcefield and the combined efforts of the survivors, they are fought off. Bill, reasoning that maybe Ford will loosen up if his family is threatened, takes on the Shacktron himself. Fortunately he doesn't do much better and is severely thrown off when the Shacktron rips his eye out. With Bill distracted, the rescue team of Dipper, Mabel, Wendy, Soos, Stan, Pacifica, Sheriff Blubs and McGucket is launched into the Fearamid, equipping themselves with a size-altering flashlight and the memory-erasing gun.

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Ford is rescued along with the townsfolk, as well as Gideon, who had been imprisoned by Bill and forced to dance cutely for all eternity. Family and friends are reunited, but time is running out; Bill has regenerated his eye and is realizing that the Shacktron's anti-Bill-field doesn't cover its limbs. Ford reveals the way to defeat Bill, using spray paint to sketch on the floor a familiar symbol; the zodiac wheel seen at the beginning of every episode! Finally, its true purpose is revealed; it is part of a prophecy that can defeat Bill and undo Weirdmageddon, with each symbol representing an individual in the room. When combined and holding hands, they form a human energy circuit.

Some symbols are obvious; Dipper is the Pine Tree, Mabel is the Shooting Star, Soos is the Question Mark and Ford is the Six-Fingered Hand. Some are slightly less so; Pacifica is the Llama (wearing Mabel's llama sweater), Robbie is the Bleeding Heart (the same sigil is on his hoodie) and Gideon is the One-Eyed Star (the Tent of Telepathy's symbol). Some are metaphorical; Wendy is the Ice Bag (for staying cool in the face of danger) and McGucket is the Glasses (for being scholarly). The only symbol left is the Mystery Shack's crescent symbol... but Stan is still bitterly excluding himself, unwilling to buy into his brother's mystical hoodoo.

Stan, after some pressuring from the others, is ready to join the circuit, but under the condition that Ford must thank him for rescuing him from the dimensional portal, which Ford has not done yet. Ford does so and Stan finally joins hands... only for Ford to snarkily comment over his brother's grammar. This turns out to be the last straw for Stan and a sibling fight ensues at the worst possible time; Bill has destroyed the Shacktron, with all the people who could possibly stop him gathered in one room!

Act Two:

Bill is beside himself with glee that his ultimate triumph is at the hands of a sibling conflict. The Pines family is swiftly captured and the remaining zodiac components are turned into tapestries, with their faces frozen in screaming horror. Bill is ready to torture Dipper and Mabel to get the information out of Ford, but Mabel uses Ford's spray paint on Bill's freshly-regenerated eye to stall him and Dipper uses his size-altering flashlight to escape from their cage. Bill, transforming himself into a horrifying three-tiered spider-limbed monstrosity, gives chase, leaving the Pines brothers trapped but giving them time to discuss their options.

The brothers feel guilty and despondent, as their actions have doomed their family and soon the universe; Stan, for not being able to let go of his bitterness for his brother when he wouldn't thank him, and Ford, for falling for Bill's trickery in the first place and his grudge with his brother. Ford decides to play the only card they have left by willingly giving himself up to Bill, just for the slim chance that he'd spare Dipper and Mabel. Adding to Ford's predicament is the fact that if it weren't for the plate implanted in his skull, he could just be zapped with the memory-erasing gun and Bill would be obliterated. Since he could be affected by the memory gun, Stan asks Ford if Bill could enter his mind instead, as there's nothing of value in there... but unfortunately, as Ford puts it, there's nothing of value to Bill either. The brothers know that Bill can't be trusted, but what other choice do they have?

Dipper and Mabel are chased throughout the Fearamid, but their efforts prove futile as a very ticked-off Bill catches up to them, yelling that he'll dismantle their molecules. The twins are caught, but not before witnessing the henchmaniacs capture the other Weirdmageddon survivors. All seems lost as Bill returns to the Pines brothers, saying that he's going to kill one of the kids just for the heck of it. Right before one of the kids is turned into a corpse (or worse...) Ford proclaims his surrender, but under the condition that his family goes free. Bill, victorious, enters Ford's mind and once again becomes a dream being, leaving behind his physical form which turns to stone.

Within Ford's mind is a perfectly calm, white void, with only a single door. Bill opens the door, expecting to see the equation that'll unleash Weirdmageddon upon the universe... and instead sees Stanley, sitting calmly in the living room of the Mystery Shack! It turns out that Stan can do a pretty good impression of his brother, and if they switch clothes no-one can tell the difference. Back in the physical realm, Ford readies the memory gun, and aims it at his brother...

Bill hastily tries to call off the deal, but is too late, as the dream version of the Mystery Shack swiftly bursts into blue flame and starts to fade away into nothingness. Bill, panicking, stammers to Stan that his mind is being deleted, but Stan shrugs it off as he wasn't using it much anyway. Nothing can stop it now, as Bill is trapped in Stan's collapsing dreamscape and his powers have become useless. Bill, fearing for his life, desperately begs for Stan to do something, offering him anything; money, fame, riches, infinite power, his own galaxy, but Stan doesn't budge. As Stan puts it, Bill made one mistake: messing with his family. Bill's form destabilizes into glitchy death throes, only able to stammer one more cryptic command, before Stan punches him in the eye and shatters him into oblivion. Stan embraces a family picture of him and the twins, happy that he was good for something after all, as the blue flames consume him.

With Bill Cipher erased, Weirdmageddon is undone; the henchmaniacs and the Fearamid are sucked back into the nightmare realm and the tear in the sky closes up, restoring Gravity Falls back to it's regular state of near-normalcy and the petrified remains of Bill's physical form is the only remnant left of his reign, and peace in Gravity Falls was restored. For the Pines family however, the universe is saved at a terrible cost as Stan's mind has been deleted and he has no memory of his family or the times he had with them. Ford declares his brother their hero for saving him and the world, as he embraces again for the first time in years. Mabel desperately tries to get Stan to remember by showing him her vacation scrapbook, but nothing is registering... that is, until Waddles leaps onto his lap and Stan calls him by name involuntarily. As Mabel continues to show Stan her vacation photos, Stan's memories slowly begin to return.

Normal life in Gravity Falls returns, only now the monsters and oddities of the town are integrated into the daily lives of the citizens. Mayor Tyler announces a "Never Mind All That" act to gloss over the horror of the last few days so no other visitors will know what happened, the Northwest family lost their fortune to the weirdness bonds and have been demoted to upper-middle class status upon selling their manor, McGucket has regained his sanity and made a fortune patenting his inventions and Gideon is going to attempt to have a normal childhood (with mixed results, but hey, he's trying).

As for the Pines family, the town throws a massive 13th birthday party for the younger twins and Stan's memory is fully recovered. During the party, Ford and Stan finally reconcile and plan to travel the world together in search of oddities and adventure, so Soos is promoted to become the Mystery Shack's new manager. On the day the twins are about to leave, Wendy and Dipper exchange their hats to remember each other and Wendy gives him a note to read the next time he misses Gravity Falls. As the twins were about to leave, they also first had to take Waddles with them after Ford and Stan "persuade" the bus driver with their weapons. The twins say goodbye to Stan, saying they will miss and wave goodbye to everyone until they were out of site. As the twins ride the bus back to their home in Piedmont, Dipper concludes the final moments in narration:

If you've ever taken a road trip through the pacific northwest, you've probably seen a bumper sticker for a place called "Gravity Falls". It's not on any maps, and most people have never heard of it, some people think it's a myth. But if you're curious, don't wait. Take a trip. Find it. It's out there somewhere in the woods. Waiting.

Dipper then opens Wendy's note; it reads "See you next summer", with the Stan twins' and all of their new friends' signatures around it. Dipper smiles as the bus leaves Gravity Falls.

After the credits roll, we see a glimpse of Bill Cipher's petrified form in a real-life forest...


Tropes in this episode:

  • Accidental Hero: Stan at the beginning of the episode when he sarcastically says that the survivors can't bring the Shack to Bill, and they're only safe indoors. This gives McGucket the idea to turn the Shack into a fighting robot.
  • Achilles' Heel: The shack's robot limbs are not covered by the magic shield. Bill of course comments on it, mentioning the Trope Namer as he does so.
    Bill: Hey Achilles, nice work with the HEEL!
  • Adult Fear:
    • Pacifica and Wendy see their families and friends as part of Bill's throne thanks to Shandra's last broadcast. For Wendy, the gut punch triples since her brothers have also been captured.
    • Bill chases after the younger Pines twins in his pyramid after trapping Stan and Ford. The elder Pines bang against their prison walls helplessly as he does so. Then Bill captures them and comes within an instant of arbitrarily killing one of the twins as the older Pines watch in despair.
    • Ford has to shoot his own brother to get rid of Bill, erasing his memories. Once it's done, he wears the saddest look possible.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Pacifica is horrified upon learning her family can't keep more than one pony.
  • All There in the Manual: According to the defictionalized version of Journal #3, the journals actually were restored following Bill's destruction, but Ford decided to toss them into the Bottomless Pit where their secrets would be hidden away forever. Little does Ford know that the pit eventually spits out everything that falls in.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Mabel, Dipper, Stan, Soos, Wendy, Ford, Pacifica, Gideon, McGucket, and Robbie represent the 10 symbols needed for a spell to stop Bill. Unfortunately, it all goes south when Stan causes a sibling feud at the worst possible moment.
    • The Shacktron, unlike most Humongous Mecha in fiction, requires multiple people to operate it; Dipper steers, Candy and Grenda act as the arms, Mabel and Waddles work the Totem-pole cannon, McGucket controls the Gobblewonker head, Multibear acts as lookout, and Sev'ral Timez powers it by running on a treadmill.
  • Alone with the Psycho: The younger Pines twins as they run from Bill. They have a great head start, up until they see The Cavalry captured.
  • Alternate Reality Game: After the series' conclusion Alex Hirsch launched "Cipher Hunt", an ARG made for the fans not affiliated with Disney or any company. In addition to clues in the episode itself, Hirsch posted hints on his Twitter feed to lead fans on a wild scavenger hunt with the trail of clues ranging from Russia to Japan. The prize at the end of the hunt was the location of the real-life statue of Bill Cipher located in Reedsport, Oregon, along with a treasure chest of exclusive Gravity Falls items. Sadly, the statue is no longer there due to land disputes, but it's back in Hirsch's possession and will be placed somewhere else.
  • Always Save the Girl: Ford plans to doom the whole rest of the universe just for a chance that Bill will spare Dipper and Mabel when the triangle chases down the kids and openly states he'll murder them. Stan convinces him to try another way.
  • And I Must Scream: Literally. Bill turns The Chosen Many, sans the Pines, into tapestries with looks of shock and horror on their faces.
  • And the Adventure Continues: For both sets of twins, with Dipper and Mabel returning home to continue their lives and Stan and Ford finally going on the adventure they planned when they were children on the Stan O'War II. Wendy even gives Dipper a paper with signatures of everyone in town, saying "see you next summer."
  • Anger Born of Worry: At the campfire, Stan angrily points out that if Ford had hidden in the Mystery Shack then "maybe he wouldn't have been captured" after mentioning how he saved Ford once and never got thanked. This hints that he's as worried about Ford as Dipper and Mabel are.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Sheriff Blubbs to Durland after seeing his petrified form on television.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Stanley doesn't believe that the zodiac prophecy can stop Bill and refuses to participate at first, despite everything he's been through. However, this probably has less to do with skepticism and more to do with his resentment over his brother.
  • Arc Symbol: The 10 symbols on the Bill wheel show up again, and are revealed to be part of a prophecy about how Bill might be stopped.
  • The Atoner: After having to erase his brother's memories as part of a Heroic Sacrifice and then triggering them over two days, including the thirty years that Stan spent trying to get Ford back, Ford has finally adopted this attitude. He asks if Stan will give him a second chance and go treasure-hunting with him.
  • Audience Surrogate:
    • Pacifica when she says her parents are bad people, but they don't deserve being stone figures on Bill's throne.
    • At the very end, Candy channels the fanbase when asking if Dipper and Mabel really have to leave Gravity Falls. "There's still so much more we can do!"
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: The music to the fight between the Shack-Tron and the Hench-Maniacs is a rock remix of the theme music.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Soos ends up succeeding Stan as Mr. Mystery.
  • Back for the Finale: Not just every character, but nearly every plot device returns for the final battle (barring the deceased or those who would not have been inside Gravity Falls).
    • After the battle, some zombies are seen trying to rise from their graves. One of them is the late Mayor Eustace "Huckabone" Befufftlefumpter.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": "Stan" when begging "Ford" to not surrender his mind to Bill. This is the first indication that the elder Pines have performed a Twin Switch, given that "Stan"'s dialogue is stilted. Bill doesn't realize this since he's gloating about how the brothers can't stop bickering even when facing the end of the world.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Dipper and Mabel before leading Bill away from Stan and Ford claiming they've beaten Bill twice and they'll beat him again. He still captures them and nearly murders Mabel, but they gave him a run for his money.
    • Stan gives a rather badass one to Bill while the latter is trapped in the former's mind.
      Stanley: Hey, look at me. Turn around and look at me, you one-eyed demon! You're a real wise guy, but you made one fatal mistake. You messed with my family!
  • Badass in Distress:
    • Ford's no longer a gold statue, but Bill has him chained and collared.
    • The elder and younger Pines in the climax so that Bill can make a deal with Ford.
  • Bear Hug:
    • Dipper, Mabel, Soos and Wendy give one to Stan.
    • Wendy gets one from her father and brothers when they're unfrozen.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Stan manages to outcon Bill, resulting in him being destroyed.
  • Berserk Button: Don't shoot Bill in the eye.
  • Big Good: Dipper takes up this role, leading the residents of the town (and several supernatural entities the main cast met) in fighting Bill. In the end, he and Mabel are officially declared the heroes of Gravity Falls.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Bill lets out an epic one when he discovers he's in Stan's mind.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Though Earn Your Happy Ending is still in full effect with Bill's defeat, Dipper and Mabel still have to go home and leave all the friends they've made in Gravity Falls. Ford's journals, which contained all the knowledge he collected on the town's supernatural side, are gone forever (Stan copied them, but the pages Gideon took out and everything written in invisible ink won't appear on those copies). But they all accept that they will all discover new mysteries ahead, not to mention that the supernatural side of the town isn't much of a mystery anymore. Plus, it's all but assured that the twins will come back next summer (with a hero's welcome, no less), though their Great-Uncles might still be out adventuring when they do.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Bill has absolutely no use for Stanley since he is thinks that Ford supposedly wouldn't give a damn at the fact that his brother is going to be threatened for death but rather than simply turning him into a tapestry like all the other chosen candidates, he chose to let Stan as he is. This ended up biting him as it allows Stan and Ford to put aside their grudges and work together to destroy him.
  • Book-Ends:
    • In Bill's first onscreen appearance, he invades Grunkle Stan's mind. Guess where he meets his end?
      Stan: Welcome to my mind. Surprised you didn't recognize it.
    • At the end of the first episode, Dipper traded his brown hat for a Mystery Shack cap. Here, Wendy trades her lumberjack hat for Dipper's cap.
    • Mabel wore her shooting star sweater in the first episode. Here, she is wearing it for the final time.
    • Chronologically, we first saw Stan and Ford exploring an unknown cavern after Stan punches an opening. Come the end, they are exploring the oceans and Stan is punching weird monsters.
    • The series begins and ends with Dipper providing narration. At the beginning of the first episode, Dipper is narrating about why they came to Gravity Falls and what brought them to the current situation with the Monster of the Week. He ends the series with a narration encouraging anyone listening to take a trip and find Gravity Falls. The exact speech can be seen at the bottom of this page.
    • The first villains (the Gnomes) were defeated when Mabel pretended to give into their demands, only to spring a trap on them the moment they believed she'd accepted their deal. Guess how Ford and Stan beat Bill (the LAST antagonist of the series)?
    • The cryptogram during the credits of the first episode said "Welcome to Gravity Falls." The credits cryptogram in this episode reads "Goodbye Gravity Falls."
    • The first episode aired on 6/15/12, and the final episode aired 2/15/16, which is the first date reversed. Hirsch stated in an interview with AV Club that this was merely a coincidence.
    • In the first episode, when Stan had to pick which kid to send out into the woods to hang a sign, he said "Eenie meenie miney... YOU", selecting Dipper (which caused him to find the journal in the first place). In the finale, Bill uses these same words to select which of the twins he will kill first.
  • Break the Badass:
    • Rumble McSkirmish has learned that he can lose battles.
    • Bill tries to do this to Ford to get him to undo the barrier keeping him trapped. He only succeeds after threatening the children.
    • Gideon's broken down after being forced to dance for eternity, and this is part of what pushes his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Break the Haughty: The Northwests lose most of their fortune and have to sell their mansion due to Mr. Northwest investing in "weirdness bonds". Pacifica is horrified to learn she can only keep one pony.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Fiddleford has become this after regaining his sanity.
  • The Bus Came Back: For fans wondering what happened to Dipper Clones 3 and 4 after the events of "Double Dipper", they're shown camping out in the woods during the end credits, wearing rain coats to survive getting wet.
  • But Now I Must Go:
    • Ford realizes he's learned all he could about Gravity Falls, and decides he must expand his exploits elsewhere. To this end, he and Stan agree to Walk The Earth.
    • Also, Dipper and Mabel take the last bus back to California. Summer has ended, but their legacy will remain in Gravity Falls.
  • Call-Back:
    • Stan remembers when Bill invaded his mind the first time.
    • At the birthday party, Wendy declares Dipper and Mabel to be "Technically Teenagers", the same phrase Dipper used when lying about his and Mabel's age in "The Incoveniencing".
    • Stan and Ford at the end sail off for "treasures and babes," just as they always planned to.
  • The Cameo:
    • Tad Strange is amongst the Gravity Falls residents that gets unfrozen.
    • The bus driver at the end is voiced by Kyle MacLachlan of Dale Cooper fame.
  • Campfire Character Exploration: The night before the attack against Bill is spent with almost the entire cast discussing their future (and trying out Mabel's "apocalypse sweaters.") Grunkle Stan also confesses his bitter feelings over the plan and the resentment he harbors against his brother.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Ford assumes this is why he's been unfrozen, and he's not surprised. Bill laughs at how he figures that out quickly.
  • Cardboard Prison: Played straight when Bill traps Dipper and Mabel in a pyramid. Mabel sprays him in the eye with paint, and Dipper enlarges the prison with his crystal flashlight so that they can slip through the bars. Subverted when Bill traps Stan and Ford in an identical prison, however, because Ford doesn't have any such device, and Stan doesn't think to try slipping through the bars Houdini-style.
  • Cast as a Mask: When Ford and Stan pull their Twin Switch, each speaks with the voice of the one they're disguised as, but with slight differences an astute listener can catch.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The last time a character's identity was wiped onscreen, namely Blind Ivan, it was played for laughs. This time, when Stan loses his memories? His family is heartbroken.
  • Chekhov's Army: The Mystery Shack's survivors consists of many characters from previous episodes.
  • Children Are Innocent: Invoked when Stan says that Dipper and Mabel get along because they don't know any better.
  • The Chosen Many: That magic circle with Bill in the middle is a prophecy, one based around a ritual that can be used to vanquish Bill. The chosen meant to utilize the ritual are Dipper, Mabel, Stan, Ford, Wendy, Pacifica, Soos, McGucket, Gideon, and Robbie. Unfortunately, Stan's stubbornness and pettiness caused it to be a Red Herring. They decide to go to Plan Cnote .
  • Cliffhanger Copout: The end of the last episode ended with the twins, Stan and the survivors in awkward silence. This episode begins the same way, but this time Stan receives a Bear Hug.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Shandra's last broadcast happens just as Stan hits the remote and turns the TV on.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: A tremendous number of objects and talents from previous episodes return. The Mystery Shack's protective shield, Dipper's growth and shrink flashlight, Old Man McGucket's ability to design robots, the dinosaurs, Mabel's knitting abilities, scrapbook and grappling hook, the memory gun, and Stan's mind.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Wax Larry King's head is still in the Mystery Shack vents.
    • Rumble reassures Dipper that they're not going to fight again.
    • Dipper and Mabel during their Rousing Speech mention having beaten Bill together before.
    • Pacifica gives Mabel a new golf club and Dipper a DVD of Ghost Harassers for their birthday.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Gideon has to dance in a cute style for eternity, as punishment for betraying Bill.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Stan regrets not holding hands over a petty grudge when Bill traps him and Ford before going after the kids, since that would have prevented the second half of the episode from happening. Ford tells Stan that it's his fault for making the deal with Bill in the first place, and for believing his lies.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Soos' grandmother had a moving van ready to move her into the Mystery Shack three seconds after Stan puts Soos in charge. Justified; when the Weirdmageddon turned her into an overstuffed easy chair, she simply took a nap. Abuelita rolls with the weirdness.
    Abuelita: I move in immediately.
  • Cry Cute:
    • Pacifica and Wendy when they see their families as part of Bill's throne.
    • The Pines and Soos when it seems that Stan's memories are erased.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The credits are done in the style of Mabel's Summer Memories scrapbook, and depict animated photos of the cast in a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
  • Cue the Falling Object: After they defeat the Big Bad Stan enters the Mystery Shack having lost his memory, causing him to remark "Hey, this is a real nice place you got there!" Part of the ceiling then collapses.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Mystery Shack Mecha defeats Bill's henchmaniacs with minimal effort.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: McGuckett files patents for his inventions, which gives him enough money to buy Northwest Mansion.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Wendy is practicing with a punching bag that has Bill's picture taped to it. Grenda does her one better and uses a giant mechanical arm to punch out a tree with Bill's face painted on it.
  • Deadline News: Shandra Jimenez reports on the people who Bill has turned into a chair, just before being Taken for Granite herself.
  • Death Cry Echo: Bill's final scream of pain and rage when Stan kills him becomes this.
  • Deface of the Moon: When trying to get Ford to join him and tell him how to escape the Falls, Bill has an Imagine Spot where he draws a smiley face into North America, takes a bite out of the planet, and soars past his henchmaniacs doing similar stuff to the other planets.
  • Despite the Plan: The plan against Bill was to rescue Ford, find out what he knows about defeating Bill, and do that. The first two parts succeed, but Ford's ultimate plan is delayed by Stan's belligerence enough for Bill to make it impossible. However, Stan's quick thinking manages to salvage a plan Ford had already ruled out.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Stan delivers the last punch to Bill before they're both erased.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Stan pulls one over Bill, who's the ultimate conman, by disguising himself as Ford before letting Bill into his mind, and having Ford erase both their minds. This isn't the first monster he's scammed.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Tad Strange happily informs everyone in a borderline monotone and in the third-person that the And I Must Scream experience has scarred him for life.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Bill plans to kill Mabel for spraying him in the eye.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Because if you pose even a minor threat he'll turn you into a tapestry. If you really annoy him, he will burn you alive with your uncles Forced to Watch.
  • Dramatic Drop: Ford drops the memory gun after zapping Stan with it to destroy Bill.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Stan and Ford do this with a flask while captured and Bill hunts down the kids.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After many events, Gravity Falls is restored to normal, Stan and Ford's relationship is fixed with the brothers finally going off to hunt treasure, Toby is hosting the news with Shandra, Soos is the new "Mr. Mystery" with Melody having moved in, but most of all, not only do Dipper and Mabel have their birthday party, they've gone from being nobodies and belittled Butt Monkeys to well-admired heroes of Gravity Falls.
  • Easy Amnesia: Justified since, as seen before, memories could be triggered with the memory erase gun's records. Stan has forgotten who he is, but Mabel's scrapbook (combined with Stan's inherent greed) triggers his memories slowly.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Played with for Gideon. Mabel is still uncomfortable with him, but he's later seen on their birthday party and thanks her and Dipper for inspiring him to turn over a new leaf.
    • After everything is said and done, Ford Pines himself qualifies by Dipper and Mabel, as despite nearly unintentionally ending their sibling bond and his unintentional insensitive treatment of the latter, neither of the twins hold any grudge against him. Likewise, Stan seems to regard his offer of fulfilling their childhood dreams as all the thanks he really needs.
  • Electric Torture: Bill tortures Ford with electrical volts to get him to talk.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: The heroes take the fight to Bill by using the Shack-Tron, the Mystery Shack turned into a Humongous Mecha.
  • The End... Or Is It?: As he is disintegrating, Bill screams backwards "A X O L O T L, My time has come to burn, I invoke the ancient powers that I may return!". Axolotl references the image Alex Hirsch used to field spoiler questions during AMAs. The situation leaves it open ended what exactly this means (as Bill was only able to get anything resembling stable form as soon as he finished the incantation, leaving the possibility that's what it was for). The immediate aftermath of the World-Healing Wave shows Bill's petrified physical form in the middle of the woods, while the very last shot afterwards appears to be live action footage of the same. Both of them have one arm extended, which can be interpreted as Bill both waving goodbye to the audience and attempting to possess anyone who passes by.
    • Doubles as Genius Bonus: An axolotl is a type of salamander that's stuck in larvae form (called neotenic) because of a lack of iodine. They can remain in that form all their lives - but if they're put into an environment with a sufficient amount of iodine, they will quickly transform into adults. Add to this Bill's hand being outstretched, as if waiting for a handshake...
    • Twice the Genius Bonus; as Xolotl is the Mexica (Aztec) god of death, twins, monsters, and lightning among other things.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • A captured Gideon tells Mabel how to unfreeze the throne and Ford, and later joins The Chosen Many to defeat Bill.
    • Mr. Northwest tells Pacifica to do something no one in her family has ever done and "touch a hillbilly" so as to stop the triangle.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Neither Gideon nor Mr. Northwest can tolerate a world where Bill rules, particularly after the ways he punished them, despite the fact that the former assisted in bringing about The End of the World as We Know It, and the latter attempted to assist in doing that.
  • Everything Is Better With Dinosaurs: The mecha has the amber-frozen T-Rex as a left arm.
  • Evil Gloating: Bill does this when "Ford" surrenders and "Stan" begs his brother to not allow Bill into his mind. He's too busy commenting on their bickering to note that that "Stan" has six fingers and has a different chin and nose.
  • Evil Is Petty: Turns out that Bill's entire driving motivation is that he was super bored in the two-dimensional plane and wanted to break into reality so he could play MC to the biggest party in existence, an act that proves to be extremely hazardous to human life.
  • Eye Scream: Bill gets his eye attacked three times: First, the Mystery Shack mecha rips it out. Then Mabel maces him in it with spraypaint. The final time, Stan punches him in it to finish him off.
    Bill: AHH! My eye! Do you have any idea how long it takes to regenerate that?!
  • Face Death with Dignity:
    • In a metaphorical sense, as Stan was perfectly calm over his mind being destroyed, unlike Bill, who freaked out over being erased.
    • Rumble, as No Ontological Inertia ensues, kneels with a thumbs up.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: With the Bill Cipher ended and summer over, the Mystery Shack team splits up; Dipper and Mabel have to go back to their parents in Piedmont, and the Stans are leaving town to investigate something in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Final First Hug: Inverted. About one month after Stan brought him out of the portal, Ford finally gives the hug that Stan wanted, after having been forced to erase Stan's mind to save the world from Bill.
  • Finale Credits: The scrolling end credits take the form of Mabel's scrapbook with some of the characters from the moving pictures in their "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue moments.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: When Bill returns with the kids to force Ford into making a deal, several shots show that "Stan" has six fingers, not five. It's also apparent that their chins and noses have switched, and that "Ford" has Stan's hair colour. In addition, "Ford's" voice is scratchier than normal, while "Stan's" is smoother. Bill realizes too late that he's been tricked.
  • Foil: Ford in the first part of Weirdmageddon attempted to take down Bill like a hero with a hastily-crafted plan that ended up in total failure and was a Senseless Sacrifice. Stan during the same period decided to "run like a coward" and hole up in the Shack, saving dozens of people and monsters.
  • Forced Friendly Fire: Wendy jumps onto an Eye-Bat and forces it to petrify 8-Ball.
  • Foreshadowing: Ford says that, as a fellow scammer, Stan would have seen Bill for the conman he was. Guess who ends up scamming Bill in the climax.
  • Forgiveness:
    • Fiddleford forgives Ford and himself for the project, after spending so long trying to forget.
    • After ten years of estrangement,thirty long years trapped on the other side of the portal, and seven episodes (several weeks) of being mad at each other, Ford has finally forgiven Stan for the many things that tore them apart.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The final shot of the series is live-action footage of the statue of a petrified Bill.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • As mentioned under Five-Second Foreshadowing, if you pause the video you can catch the Twin Switch by noticing Stan and Ford's fingers as well as Ford's cleft chin.
    • Xyler and Craz are seen for an instant vanishing along with Rumble, which presents a Series Continuity Error considering what the last episode's code mentioned.
  • Genre Savvy: Soos teaches Fiddleford about anime to perfect his fighting robot against Bill. Surprisingly, this works.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Bill while drinking wine or a wine-like liquid has an unfrozen Ford chained like a slave.
    • Ford and Stan share drinks from a flask while captured.
    • Sheriff Blubbs and Deputy Durland have apparently become the first canon animated gay couple in Disney history. People around them cheered for their declaration of love for one another.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Bill has long shown himself to be thoroughly undeserving of mercy or restraint, and absolutely no one shows him any. The Mecha Mystery Shack pilots tear his eye out and knock him around, Mabel sprays paint in his eye, and Stan ignores his pathetic begging to punch him into oblivion.
  • Grand Finale: The very last episode of the series, expanded in length to a full hour (well, 45 minutes plus commercials).
  • Grammar Nazi: Invoked. During the last part to use the prophecy to stop Bill for good, after Ford begrudgingly thanks Stan, Ford makes a little small comment about Stan's lack of grammar that causes Stan to lose it and start fighting him, screwing up the plan once Bill catches up to them.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Bill gets around the weirdness protection bubble by ripping off mecha-shack's leg (which is outside the shield), then uses it to smash the shack (which as a physical object, is not blocked by the shield).
  • Grudging "Thank You": Ford gives one when his twin is ranting about how ungrateful he is. Even if Stan were right about being owed this, Ford simply knows that they still have bigger things to worry about right now.
  • Happy Birthday to You!: The townsfolk sing this at Dipper and Mabel's birthday, though only the last two words are heard.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Gideon feels he has had it with Bill and decides to join the heroes for good, and resolves to live a normal life instead after Bill is defeated. He still resorted to having his henchmen beat up a bully, but at least he's making an effort to change for the better.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Shandra Jimenez sneaks into Bill's pyramid to show the throne of his victims, which leads to her capture by Eye Bats, in the hopes that a hero will fight Bill.
    • Stan surrenders his mind to save the world, and the kids. Fortunately, he gets it back.
    • Rumble aids in the fight against Bill, knowing that he'll face returning to his game at best and Cessation of Existence at worst if Bill loses.
  • Hero of Another Story: Shandra Jiminez has been covering Weirdmageddon for four days straight, eating rats and whatever meat is available. She sneaks into Bill's pyramid and broadcasts the location of his victims, in hopes that another hero will rise up as the Eye Bats turn her into stone.
  • Holding Hands: The people standing on their respective symbols of the Zodiac must hold hands with each other to make it work.
  • Hope Bringer: Dipper becomes one to the surviving populace, and gave them hope in their Darkest Hour that they can defeat Bill if they stand together.
  • Hope Spot: At first it seems like Bill will be defeated once everyone in the Zodiac joins hands to activate its power...then Stan and Ford’s constant arguing is enough for Bill to attack them.
  • Human Resources: Bill proposes Stanford to sit on a couch made from living human skin.
  • Humiliation Conga: The entire episode is one for Bill. When the resistance arrives in a giant robot, he sends his henchmaniacs, thinking that they'll be able to take care of the problem, only for them to fail horribly. When he decides to fight himself, he finds out that the shack is protected from him, leading to his eye being yanked out and him being thrown around like a rag doll before finding the robot's weakness. When it looks like he has the upper-hand, he gets sprayed in the eye, allowing Dipper and Mabel to escape and outmaneuver him until he manages to catch them, forcing 'Ford' to make a deal with him. However, when it seems like he's finally won, it turns out that Stan conned him and traps him in the mindscape while they both get erased, reducing Bill to a screaming begging wreck.
  • Humongous Mecha: The refugees turn the Mystery Shack into a massive battling robot Soos calls "Shack-o-tron".
    Wax Head of Larry King: They turned the house into a robot. Fascinating!
  • I Have Your Wife: Bill captures the twins to force Ford to make a deal with him. Unfortunately, he bargained with the wrong Pines...
  • I'm Standing Right Here: After Stan says he's considering eating gnomes if they run out of food.
    Jeff: Hey! I'm short, not deaf!
  • Insult Backfire: Bill's response to Ford saying "You're insane if you think I'll help you." is "I'm insane either way, brainiac!"
  • It's All My Fault: When the plan to defeat Bill with the Zodiac ritual fails because of Stan's bad temper, Stan is forced to realize that maybe Jerkass Has a Point in regards to his father calling him a screw-up. Ford in turn admits that the whole mess started because he fell for Bill's smooth talk in the first place.
  • Jerkass Façade:
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Stan points out that his brother was stupid to take on Bill, since it led to Ford getting captured. He also doesn't have to say that holing up in the Shack and saving the survivors was more effective than Ford's Senseless Sacrifice since if Stan hadn't done so, Dipper and Mabel wouldn't have had Chekhov's Army to lead an assault on Bill. Later on at the campfire he quite astutely points out that Ford caused the end of the world.
    • Gideon and Pacifica shout at Stan for being stubborn when The Chosen Many have to complete a circle and Stan is refusing because of his grudge with Ford.
  • Jerkass Realization: When Bill threatens to kill the twins and all Stan and Ford can do is watch helplessly, it makes them both realize what petty jerks they've been to each other. What really drives the point home is the fact that while Ford and Stan can't go five minutes without fighting, Dipper and Mabel work like clockwork while fighting Bill.
    Stan: How did things get so messed up between us?
    Ford: We used to be like Dipper and Mabel. The world's about to end and they still work together. How do they do it?
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Gideon and his inmate henchmen have been released from prison following Weirdmageddon, probably having received a pardon for standing up to Bill.
    • Downplayed with Mabel. Despite (unknowingly) giving the rift to Bill, which started Weirdmageddon, no one, not even Dipper, finds out about it, and Bill doesn't even try to bring it up. Justified in that Mabel doesn't remember doing it, as she recounted to Dipper in the previous episode.
  • Kill the Cutie: Bill was just about to kill Mabel before "Ford" stopped him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Preston trying to support Bill has caused him to lose most of his money, forcing him to sell the family manor to maintain his wealth.
    • In a more sympathetic sense, after having No Sympathy for Stan and his motives since the moment he emerged from the portal (before, even), Ford is the one who is not only forcibly torn away from his brother, but also has to deal with the guilt of being the cause of it, allowing him to finally understand what Stan had been going through for decades.
    • Bill petrified so many humans that he could stack them into a giant throne. After he dies, the remains of his physical form appear to have been reduced to a petrified statue. Ironically, Bill did that to himself; he intentionally turned his physical form to stone when he went astral to enter Ford's mind.
  • Leader Wannabe: Stan appointed himself chief of the survivors living in the Mystery Shack. When McGucket reveals his plans to turn the Shack into a Humongous Mecha, Stan quickly gets shunted to the side as everyone works.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Mayor Tyler invokes this about the events of Weirdmageddon, with Blubbs and Durland authorised to taser anyone who does.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Bill is punched to pieces by Stan after being weakened by the memory gun.
  • Living Legend: The Pines Family have earned this status amongst the people of Gravity Falls for defeating Bill Cipher. In particular, Stan became recognized for the sacrifice of his memory to defeat Bill.
  • Logical Weakness: Bill gets past the shield on the mecha by attacking the arms and legs, which are not in the shield bubble, then using them to attack the shack because physical objects are not protected against by the shield.
  • Loose Lips: Ford blabs to Bill about knowing how to take down the weirdness bubble.
  • MacGuffin: The Zodiac is ultimately never used.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Bill may be able to enter Ford's dreams, but he can't enter his mind proper unless he's let in with a handshake deal.
  • Man of Kryptonite: The Mystery Shack Mecha is one for Bill, as the magical protection means he can't do any damage to it but it's very capable of harming him. Though he figures out not all of it is immune to him touching it, and beats it with one of its own legs.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The Chosen Many when Bill catches Ford and Stan fighting, and they're unable to defeat him with the prophecy.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Bill decides to kill Mabel and Dipper in front of the two Stans, he say "Eenie meenie miney... You" like in "Sock Opera" when he was about to possess Dipper's body.
    • Which was, itself, an Ironic Echo of Stan saying it in the first episode, when he picked Dipper to hang a sign in the woods.
  • Meaningful Rename: More like Meaningful Re-rename for Stan, as the news referring to Stanley Pines as the town's hero implies Stan is going by that name again. For a long time, Stan was only known by the identity of his brother, Stanford Pines, and for all everyone knew, Stanley was dead. By performing a Heroic Sacrifice, Stanley has become a hero in his own right, no longer needing to live in the shadows, thus no longer needing to carry his brother's moniker.
  • Morality Pet: Dipper and Mabel for Stan and Ford. While trapped and unable to save Dipper and Mabel from Bill, they finally bury the hatchet to rescue the children.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ford after erasing Stan's mind to get rid of Bill. He knows it had to be done, but he doesn't feel any better about it.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Dipper's Rousing Speech in the trailer (and in the page quote) is different than the one in the episode. Also, it shows Bill's destruction differently than how it actually happens.
  • Nice Hat: Wendy trades her lumberjack hat for Dipper's, so they can remember each other.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: As Bill points out, Stan and Ford's bickering got rid of the last visible threat to him by disrupting the zodiac circle.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Soos as Stan's successor at the Mystery Shack, given he made a terrifying statue of "Our Founder". He's going to be fine running it.
  • Non-Protagonist Resolver: Ultimately, Stan and Ford are the ones who defeat Bill in the end, not Dipper and Mabel, though the younger twins do manage to buy the older twins time to pull off their Twin Switch gambit, in addition to having organized the rescue mission that allowed for Ford and the townspeople to have been rescued at all. For this team effort, they too are recognized as heroes along with their Grunkles.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Gravity Falls goes back to normal when Bill is erased, though Clothing Damage still remains, the Mystery Shack is still in shambles (though it has been moved back to its original location), and Ford's journals which Bill burned were not restored.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Stan says that after the supplies run out, the plan is to eat the gnomes. Jeff, who is right next to him, objects.
  • No Romantic Resolution: The series ends with neither Dipper nor Mabel finding romance with any of their respective, potential loves (though there might be a slight case of Maybe Ever After between Dipper and Wendy).
  • No-Sell: The protection spell around the shack prevents anything influenced by Bill's weirdness from affecting it. When Bill tries to fight it directly, he's powerless until he sees the Achilles' Heel.
  • No Sympathy: Dipper has none for Stan when he suggests hiding over braving Bill.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Shandra managed to sneak into Bill's pyramid and host a broadcast showing where the townsfolk are, hoping that a hero on seeing the footage would stand up to Bill.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Ford when Bill realizes that the twins are his weakness.
    • Bill has one when he finds out the mecha the heroes made from the Mystery Shack is immune to his powers.
    • Bill gets a huge satisfying one when he realizes just how screwed he is, trapped in Stan's mind and about to be erased.
    • Dipper and Wendy when Ford pushes Stan's buttons by condescendingly correcting his grammar.
  • One-Winged Angel: When Bill tries to chase down the kids, he turns into a three-sided pyramid with teeth on every row and multiple arms.
  • Only Sane Man: Stan points out how risky the plan is.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Ford capitalizes on this in the episode.
    • He admits that he knows how to get Bill out of the falls.
    • He says Dipper and Mabel's names with surprise and relief after the Mystery Shack mecha destroys Bill's army, which clues in Bill to Ford's weakness.
    • He picks the worst possible time to correct Stan's grammar, right when everyone needs to hold hands on the prophecy wheel to stop Bill.
    • Subverted with Out-of-Character Alert, as Bill only saw this as 'Stan's' futile attempt to make 'Ford' reconsider the deal that would finally let him accomplish his goal. Also not knowing enough about Stan to notice that this wouldn't be the biggest problem he'd have.
  • Our Founder: Soos sets up a crude, terrifying statue of Stan labeled "Founder" after taking over the Mystery Shack, which ends up being the scariest attraction it ever had.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: When 'Ford' relents and allows Bill into his mind to save the kids, 'Stan' panics that he could destroy the universe. We know very well that the real Stan doesn't care about such things when his family is on the line. Possibly counts as Five-Second Foreshadowing.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • As Stan puts it to Bill, he made a mistake in threatening his family.
    • Stan and Ford threaten the bus driver so that he'll let Mabel bring Waddles on the bus.
  • Passing the Torch: Stan makes Soos the new owner and manager of the Mystery Shack, like Soos always wanted.
  • Politeness Judo: Soos tries this as the spokesperson of the Mystery Shack mecha. It doesn't work.
  • Psychic Strangle: Bill does this to Stan and Ford to immobilize them before trapping them in a pyramid cage.
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: The survivors of Gravity Falls as they decide to take the fight to Bill with the twins' encouragement.
  • Reality Ensues: Preston wasted all his actual money on a bad investment, but his family still have enough paid-off assets to live off by selling the mansion. This is exactly why Old Money suddenly going broke in real life is so rare (barring cases where property is seized or they're legally unable to sell their land). Doesn't make Northwest feel any better though.
  • Red Herring: The weakness Ford knew about was based on a prophecy that gathering ten people representing the symbols on the wheel could create a power capable of defeating Bill. This is proven true, but it fails because Stan wouldn't cooperate. The plan that ends up working is completely unrelated.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted with Fiddleford; after regaining his sanity, he's made a lot of money selling his patents, even buying the Northwest Mansion after Preston has to sell it.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked:
    • Defied. Pacifica admits her parents are bad people, but doesn't believe their fate as part of Bill's chair is deserved.
    • Though petty, Stan refuses to rescue Ford because the latter is an Ungrateful Bastard and didn't thank Stan for saving him the first time.
  • Relationship-Salvaging Disaster: It's safe to say had Weirdmageddon not happened, Ford would have likely took Dipper in as an apprentice, Mabel would have been depressed for god knows how long, the twins of both generations would have been estranged from each other, and Stan would have been forced to end his Mystery Shack business. Bill's apocalypse essentially allow the two twins to reconcile and become on good terms once more.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Soos and Melody are running the Mystery Shack together.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Bill chases down the twins in the climax and plans to murder them, even though he needs them alive to bargain with Ford.
  • Riches to Rags:
  • Rousing Speech: Dipper gives the speech quoted above. It's slightly different in the actual episode, however.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Dipper and Wendy trading hats after Wendy tells him he means a lot to her has been interpreted as a sign of Maybe Ever After (like a couple exchanging rings during marriage, and Wendy's statement being like a wedding vow).
  • Sacred Hospitality: Stan offers all the survivors this after McGucket brings them to the Shack.
  • Say My Name: By Bill. "STANLEY!"
  • Sequel Hook:
    • Bill's Reversed Speech shrieking as he goes through his Shapeshifter Swan Song, once un-reversed:
      A-X-O-L-O-T-L
      MY TIME HAS COME TO BURN
      I INVOKE THE ANCIENT POWER
      THAT I MAY RETURN!
    • The inside of the card that Wendy gives Dipper reads, "See you next summer!"
    • The super-8 video of Bill's petrified form at the very end.
    • A more subtle one that also serves as Foreshadowing. When we see Ford unpetrify, we also see Bill playing the piano singing the song "We'll Meet Again (by Vera Lynn.) This could also be a meta-example as this could be Alex telling this to the audience. There's also the section of the song actually used (which, beyond the explicit messege, calls back to part of the final post-credit screenshot Cipher):
      Bill Cipher: We'll meet again! Don't know where, don't know when! Ooooh I know we'll meet again some sunny day!"
  • Shapeshifter Swan Song: Bill goes through one even more disturbing than the Shapeshifter as he's being erased with Stan's mind.
  • Ship Tease: One final tease is made for the previously sunken, but revived ship, Wendip, with Wendy exchanging her hat with Dipper's hat.
  • Shoo the Dog: Subverted. Mabel prepares to leave Waddles in Gravity Falls, but Stan insists that the pig go on the bus after seeing Mabel close to tears.
  • Shoot the Hostage: A variant. While Bill is in Stan's mind, having mistakenly believed it was Ford's, Ford shoots his brother with the memory eraser gun to get rid of Bill.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Dipper's final line about "Canceling the Weirdpocalypse" is a riff on Stacker Pentecost's line "We are cancelin' the Apocalypse" from Pacific Rim.
    • Rumble's vanishing from the feet up as he gives a thumbs up is a riff on the destruction of the T-800 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
    • Bill sings "We'll Meet Again" by Vera Lynn when appearing to Ford.
  • Sleep Cute: The final shot in the credits shows Dipper, Mabel and Waddles asleep together as they arrive back home.
  • Stealth Pun: Shortly after reuniting, Blubs and Durland fire off a cannon in celebration. In other words, their relationship is can(n)on.
  • Storyboarding the Apocalypse: Bill shows Ford his vision of escaping Gravity Falls, letting him and his minions ravage the Earth and the stars themselves with Ford among them.
  • Swallowed Whole: Shmebulock is swallowed by Teeth. Fortunately, Teeth spits him back out when he gets sucked back into the Nightmare Realm upon Bill's defeat.
  • Taken for Granite: Shandra is turned into stone during her final broadcast in Bill's castle, showing Bill's throne.
    • Bill's physical form turns to stone when he leaves it to enter the minds of others.
  • Taking You with Me: Stan lets his mind be erased while Bill is inside, destroying him forever.
  • Tears of Joy: Subtle, but both Mabel and Soos shed them at the start of the episode when they reunite with Grunkle Stan.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Stan wants to hide out from the Weirdmageddon and says that the captured town's citizens are probably fine. Then he turns on the TV, and Shandra shows where the captured townsfolk are.
    • Defied for laughs at the end when Mabel vows to never forget her and Dipper's 13th birthday party. She then pulls out the Memory Gun and smashes it to ensure her claim stays true.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: The music to the fight between the Shack-Tron and the Hench-Maniacs is a rock remix of the theme song, in true mecha-anime fashion.
  • There Was a Door: Bill is pretty annoyed that the front door of his Fearamid is smashed in a second time.
    Bill: What?! I just fixed that door!
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After spending two solid seasons being the Butt-Monkey of literally every scene (probably every conversation) even remotely involving him, Toby Determined finds himself a guest-star on Shandra Jimenez's show. This is almost certainly the longest (consensual) period of time they have, or ever will, spend together.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Almost everyone, but Pacifica and Stan have done so the most, and they make it known that this fight is just foolish.
  • Triumphant Reprise: Of the Gravity Falls main theme.
  • Tsundere: During Weirdmageddon, Pacifica is still aggressive towards Mabel and Dipper (Mabel more so than Dipper but only slightly) but at the Party she's very respectful to the pair and even signs a note for Wendy to give to Dipper as a gift so that he can remember her and many others.
  • Twin Switch: A heartbreaking one; Stan and Ford switch clothes so that when "Ford" makes the deal with Bill, the triangle is trapped in Stan's mind instead, which the memory gun can still affect.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: The T. rex encased in amber from "The Land Before Swine" becomes the left fist for the Mystery Shack mecha.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Bill thinks it's "adorable" that the survivors of Gravity Falls are trying to stop him.
  • Unexplained Recovery: After suffering a massive case of Body Horror at Bill's hands, Preston Northwest is back to normal this time.
  • The Un Reveal:
    • We never learn exactly what the equation is that can undo "Gravity Falls' Natural Law of Weirdness Magnetism" and allow the creatures to journey into the rest of the world.
    • We also never learn what the Zodiac prophecy does, as they get attacked by Bill last minute thanks to Stan and Ford’s arguing.
  • Victory-Guided Amnesia: Stan tricked Bill into getting erased with along his memory, defeating the demon once and for all. But, for obvious reasons, Stan doesn't get to enjoy that victory as he's now forgotten his entire life. Subverted when the Pines family find a way to bring his memories bubbling back.
  • Victory Through Intimidation: The bus driver refuses to take Waddles back to California, pointing out that the bus has a No Animals policy. He changes his mind about enforcing that rule when Stan puts on his brass knuckles and Ford lifts his coat aside to show off the sci-fi zap gun he has there.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Bill increasingly becomes enraged as he starts to lose. It finally comes to a head when he's about to be erased, the powerful dream demon gets reduced to begging for his life as his body rapidly changes into different corrupted forms before he's destroyed by Stan.
  • Villainous Crush: Bill tries to first woo Ford to his side by playing piano and offering him wine as well as a vision of Ford ruling the world. When Ford refuses, however, Cold-Blooded Torture ensues.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Bill begs Stan to spare him, offering him anything he wants. Stan has none of it and destroys him.
  • Visual Pun: Blubbs and Durland, shortly after the show making it as clear as possible for a Disney show that they are a gay couple, fire a cannon, signifying their relationship is canon.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: With regards to Stan's Heroic Sacrifice, Dipper realizes that they saved the world, but wonders if it was worth the heavy price of Stanley's memory.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: This is the main problem the resistance had, because Stan was reluctant to rescue his brother. This is furthered when the two argue over something petty, and it costs them what could've been victory against Bill. Apparently, Bill was counting on this trope to take effect between them.
  • We Can Rule Together:
    • Bill tries this to get Ford to tell him how to escape the Falls, though Ford doesn't bite.
    • He tries this again to get Stan to let him out and not be erased along with Stan's mind. Unfortunately for Bill, he threatened Stan's grandniece and grandnephew, and Stan does not take too well to people messing with his family.
  • Weirdness Magnet: The natural property of Gravity Falls to attract the weird is what was keeping Bill from leaving, Ford even referring to it as "weirdness magnetism".
  • Wham Line: "Oh... Hey there, kiddo... What's your name?"
  • Wham Shot:
    • Bill turning the wheel symbol's figures into tapestries, except for the Pines.
    • Bill entering a door in "Ford"'s mind, only to encounter the wrong Pines.
    • The live-action shot of a statue of Bill in the middle of the woods doesn't have a clear meaning, but it's sure as hell ominous.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Invoked when Dipper admits he doesn't know what Toby brings to the table.
    Toby: Various rashes!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Blendin's fate following his escape in "Weirdmageddon Part 1" is left unresolved. However, "Journal 3" revealed that Blendin went time hopping and ended up in 1883 after his time machine broke.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: All participants in the circle (yes, including Pacifica and Gideon) call out Stan for letting his pettiness get in the way of stopping Bill.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The credits show skits of many characters, including a few that hadn't come Back for the Finale in the episode proper.
    • President Trembley is travelling around the country.
    • Dipper clones 3 and 4 are still alive, shown camping in the rain.
    • Stanford and Stanley are shown fighting a giant one-eyed squid on the "Stan 'O War II".
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Stan, on the plan to turn the Mystery Shack into a Humongous Mecha; "Where are ya gonna find anyone stupid enough to make this?"
    Mabel: Grunkle Stan, you're looking at 'em!
  • Wicked Cultured: Bill playing the piano while singing "We'll Meet Again".
  • Widely Spaced Jail Bars: Played straight and subverted: the pyramid cages that Bill creates seem to have enough space between the bars for even Stan and Ford to fit through, let alone Dipper and Mabel, yet they clearly can't fit through until Dipper uses his growth ray to grow the cage.
  • World-Healing Wave: All the damage to the town is undone after Bill is defeated.
  • World of Chaos: Bill's ultimate goal is a world with no laws or restrictions.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Bill threatens to torture the kids to get Ford to talk, then plans to kill them for taunting him and shooting him in the eye, even as he tries to use them as bargaining chips with Ford.
      "I've got some children I need to make into corpses!"
    • Later, after catching them:
      "All right, Ford... time's up! I've got the kids. I think I'm going to kill one of them just for the heck of it!
  • Worst. Whatever. Ever!: Stan says that Ford taking on Bill was the stupidest thing his brother has done.
  • You Are in Command Now: Stan tells Soos he is in charge of the Mystery Shack. To say Soos is ecstatic would be an understatement.
  • You Fool!: Bill calls Stan an idiot while pointing out his Taking You with Me plan. Stan is perfectly okay with letting his mind be erased.
  • You're Insane!: Ford's response to Bill's offer to offer to rule with him. Bill retorts that he's insane either way.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: Stan preemptively considers the possibility of this happening when Ford decides to give Bill what he wants in exchange for sparing the kids.

"If you’ve ever taken a road trip through the Pacific Northwest, you’ve probably seen a bumper sticker for a place called Gravity Falls. It’s not on any maps and most people have never heard of it. Some people think it’s a myth. But if you’re curious, don't wait. Take a trip. Find it. It’s out there, somewhere in the woods… waiting."

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