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If you're worn out and you're on the road
Why not stop by and visit us in Gravity Falls?
You might see things that you don't believe in
So come tag along with Dipper, Mabel, and Steven!
We'll have some new adventures
With friends who'll last forever
Meet monsters, Gems, and people
Eat pizza, fight evil
So grab your hooks and guidebooks
Put up your shield and take a look!
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Not to be confused with the similarly-named fanfic, Universe Falls: The Series is a YouTube video series organized by Charley Marlowe (formerly of Real-Time Fandub), crossing over Steven Universe and Gravity Falls.

The series is based on the popular "Steven's Summer Job" Fan Verse, where Steven's travels following the finale of Steven Universe: Future lead him to a strange little town in Oregon, where he gets a job at the Mystery Shack, befriends the great-niece and -nephew of the Shack's founder, and finds himself pulled into supernatural hijinks in the process.


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  • Animation Bump: The close-up of Deuce saying that Jasper "mops like a dream" in episode 8 is animated with full lip-sync.
  • Art Shift: In episode 8, Deuce has a flashback that's shown in a storyboard style (which turns out to be because he drew it himself and is showing off the pictures in-universe.)
  • Ascended Extra: Deuce was just a one-off gag in his one appearance in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel", but here he's the mastermind behind the revived Tent of Telepathy, and really is Soos' Evil Counterpart.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Steven and Connie see Jasper working at the Tent of Telepathy, and she shouts "You can't run anymore!" ...because there's a spill on the floor she needs to clean up.
  • Brick Joke: In episode 4, Manly Dan passes out on the floor of McGucket's home after getting bezazzled by Spinel. In episode 7, he's still there when Steven, Peridot, Dipper, and Mabel arrive at the Hootenanny Hut.
    Mabel: Um, Manly Dan? You good?
    Manly Dan: No, I've been killed!
  • Cliffhanger:
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    • Episode 6 ends with Soos and Melody stranded in another dimension.
    • Episode 8 ends with Deuce ordering Jasper to take Steven and Connie hostage, while he plots to impersonate Soos and steal the Mystery Shack.
  • Didn't Want an Adventure: Episode 8 reveals that Steven didn't accompany Dipper and Mabel in searching for Fiddleford McGucket; he dropped them off at the mansion and left because he doesn't want to go on any more adventures... only for him to immediately get sucked into investigating the new Tent of Telepathy. He grimaces.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Played for Laughs; Bill Cipher's fate after tormenting Steven in episode 3 is to be reincarnated as an actual corn chip and accidentally eaten by Steven.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first three episodes were just a series of fan dubs of comics by various artists. Starting with episode 4, the series featured original content and a coherent canon (albeit one that's Denser and Wackier).
  • Faux Horrific: Spinel going crazy with Mabel's "Bezazzler" in episode 4 causes Old Man McGucket and his son Tate to hide away in fear of "the Bezazzle-pocalypse".
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: Episodes 5, 6, and 7 have the characters answering questions from the viewers, which are apparently messages from a mysterious mailbox like the one in "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained".
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual: Peridot makes Mabel a robotic boyfriend... though thanks to her being more used to building killer robots, "Fuster the Death Robot" shows some signs of conflict in his personality.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: The ad for the "live exorcism" at the new Tent of Telepathy is rather cheaply-made, and plays out like a cross between a pro wrestling promo and an ad for a monster truck rally.
  • Limited Animation: The animation starting from episode 4 is mostly still images moving around, in keeping with the series' roots as a series of fan comic dubs.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: On noticing Peridot made his hair out of a feather duster, Mabel decides to name her new robot boyfriend "Fuster".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • In episode 6, Peridot mistakes the remains of the portal in the basement for a broken "warp pad" and tries to "fix" it... which accidentally results in Soos and Melody getting lost in the multiverse.
    • In episode 8, a flippant comment by Steven about how "rescuing Mr. Ramirez from the multiverse actually sounds less exhausting" is what clues Deuce in to Soos's disappearance, mobilizing him to kidnap Steven and Connie in a ploy to steal the deed to the Mystery Shack.
  • Not Actually the Ultimate Question: Inverted in episode 6; when one of the viewer questions is "Why am I alive?", Peridot misinterprets the existential question and launches into a detailed explanation of how the process of respiration keeps organic beings alive.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: In episode 8, Lapis and Wendy have second thoughts about investigating the new Tent of Telepathy. It turns out to be because Robbie (Wendy's ex) and Jasper (Lapis's ex) are working there.
  • Overly Long Gag: Mabel and Spinel's "screaming contest" in episode 5.
  • Planimal: Peridot is inspired by Waddles the pig to get Steven to create "Waddlesmelon". The original Waddles' reaction is a mix of jealousy and concerninvoked.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Steven's outfit while working at the Mystery Shack includes stud earrings and a hair-band, both in pink. There's also an earlier episode where Dipper is surprised to see Steven wearing high heels, but he seems more shocked to learn that Steven has his own space ship.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Gideon shows signs of this in episode 8. He insists that he's "nice and friendly" now, and wants nothing to do with the new Tent of Telepathy... which is why it needs to be destroyed immediately.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: In episode 8, the customer service script Connie finds claims that "Mystery Shack" is short for "Mysterious Shaquille O'Neal". At the end of the episode, Deuce brags that with Soos stranded in another dimension, "the Mysterious Shaquille O'Neal" is his for the taking.
    Connie: Wait, that was correct?!
  • Stylistic Suck: The art during Jasper's flashback in episode 8 is intentionally less refined than the rest of the episode.
  • Take That, Audience!: In the merch plug at the start of the Fall 2020 episode compilation, Charley takes the time to mock viewers who make fun of Steven for "dressing like a girl".
  • Write Who You Know: In-Universe; Jasper's wrestling persona has a backstory identical to her own.
  • You Make Me Sic: Fuster actually got his name because of a typo made in a user-submitted question on Youtube, not unlike Homsar from Homestar Runner.
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