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Ever since Gravity Falls became a huge success, several forms of media have referenced the show in various ways.


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Film - Live-Action

Literature

  • In the Joel Suzuki books, Joel activates his Sight by thinking about lists. In Legend of the Loudstone, he activates it by mentally listing Gravity Falls episodes.

Live-Action TV

  • Ash vs. Evil Dead: Ash constantly mispronounces the name of the manipulative demon who wants to throw the world into an age of chaos and darkness and who wants to get his hands on a Tome of Eldritch Lore as Bill.

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Web Animation

  • Homestar Runner's 2017 Halloween special, "Haunted Photo Booth", features Bubs dressed as Grunkle Stan. Clicking on him at the end causes a voice to say "Here comes the ThnikkaStan!", causing Bubs to respond "Shut up, Soos's Abuelita!"

Western Animation

  • An allusion to the series was included in an Imagine Spot from Season 2 of Amphibia (specifically, Expies of Stan and Soos appear in a Captain Ersatz of the Mystery Shack).
  • Big City Greens: A Bill Cipher stuffed animal is seen inside a claw machine in the episode "Present Tense". In fact, the other prizes in said claw machine are all characters from different Disney Television Animation series.note 
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • In "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!" there's a Freeze-Frame Bonus of Bill Cipher in one of the hieroglyphs, albeit green instead of yellow. Bill was originally going to be green, like a dollar Bill, which makes sense in a show about the world's richest duck.
    • "The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!": Huey questioning why the sun is drawn wearing glasses is the same question Dipper asked Soos.
    • "Beware The B.U.D.D.Y. System!": Bill Cipher appears again in one of the sticky notes peppering Launchpad's windshield.
  • MAD: In the "Pokemon of Interest" sketch, the commissioner mentions knowing every line of the show by heart. Later in his office, a bulletin board shows crude sketches of the Pines family, Soos, and Wendy. (Bill hadn't been introduced yet.)
  • Gravity Falls gets a few blink-and-you'll-miss-it references in Rick and Morty due to the creators being friends.
    • In "Meeseeks and Destroy," one of the items on the tavern's menu is "juicy time babies".
    • As a Crossover Punchline, the pad, pencil, and mug that Stan sent through the portal during the end credits of "Society of the Blind Eye" can be seen coming out of another portal in the background of one scene in "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind".
    • In "The Rickshank Rickdemption", Dipper and Mabel versions of Morty can be seen in the background of one scene.
    • In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", Bill Cipher can briefly be seen on a computer screen.
    • The decaying corpse of Bill's friend 8-Ball can be seen inside the Toxic Trait Storage Unit in "Rest and Ricklaxation."
    • In "Morty's Mind Blowers", a blue vial is labeled Bill C.
  • The Simpsons: In "Bart's in Jail!", Bill Cipher (also voiced by Alex Hirsch himself) appears as one of Loki's alter egos alongside Anansi, Sun Wukong, Jesus Christ, and an alebrije (who is strongly implied to be Coyote), saying "Buy crypto, suckers!" similar to his suggestion to Gideon to invest in gold.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • In "Starstruck," they go to tourist locations and see cameos of tourists and Soos.
    • In the episode "Friendenemies," we see above his desk Marco has a picture of a golden, six-fingered hand, with the number 3 on it.
    • In "Into The Wand," look really closely at Marco's locker in his dream sequence. He has a bumper sticker for Sev'ral Timez.
    • Jackie's room in "Sophmore Slump" has a poster for "21 Pylons", and one that has a picture of Bill Cipher on it.
    • The gnome dolls Marco and Star buy in "Trial by Squire" resemble the gnomes from Gravity Falls.
  • Steven Universe: The opening card for the Camp Pining Hearts show has a shooting star symbol with a rainbow tails that looks like Mabel Pines' — and it's exactly the kind of thing she would write.
  • Wander over Yonder: The end of the episode "The Cartoon" is a reference to Scooby-Doo, Gravity Falls, and The Jetsons. With the actual voice actors from Gravity Falls.
  • We Bare Bears:
    • One of the college students in "Chloe" is wearing a hat similar to Dipper's.
    • The troll that menaces the brothers in one episode is clearly inspired by Bill Cipher, down to being voiced by Alex Hirsch.
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: Alongside other items from pop culture, Journal 3 is located in a cubby in the Secret Museum.

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