From the crazy mysteries and fun adventures, the show has fueled our curiosity–leaving us amazed. With that, here’s a list of the top Gravity Falls facts.
1. The creator of Gravity Falls was inspired by him and his twin sister’s childhood experience
Alex Hirsch said that he based the series on his real-life experience during his summer vacations with his sister. In the show, there is a strong bond between Dipper and Mabel. And Alex and his sister have a strong bond too.
2. Waddles was inspired by Alex’ twin sister
Speaking of Alex’s twin sister. Ariel Hirsch always wanted a pet pig as a kid. So, Alex decided to give Mabel a pet pig in the series. Isn’t that just the sweetest?
3. The show was not intended for adults
Alex Hirsch said at a ComicsAlliance interview, “ When we wrote these episodes, we didn’t know if anybody over the age of seven would be watching them, and man, is it rewarded.” Nevertheless, the show has a dedicated adult fan base, which is not surprising due to the storylines and subtle adult jokes.
4. Some of the codes on the show don’t have deep meanings as you would expect
It was stated in an article at Daily Dot.com that throughout the series, Hirsh would hide the number 618. Of course, some fans noticed it. They even tried to dive deeper into it. But this was simply just the numbers of Hirsch’s and his sister’s birthday, June 18th.
5. You can crack all the end-credit cryptograms
Substitution ciphers, such as Caesar or Atbash, were used in the show. They were cranked up to more difficult ones throughout the seasons. The ciphers sometimes gave hints to episodes. But there were times that they would just mean random things. “How do you crack these codes?” Well, you just have to listen to the theme song at the end-credits in reverse to hear instructions on how to crack the ciphers.
6. At one point in the series, Disney censored out a homosexual couple
Alex Hirsch told Mary Sue in an interview that in early storyboards of an episode entitled “The Love God”, where people in the diner begin falling in love with each other, two elderly women are coupled. The Disney censorship team asked Hirsch to remove it to avoid complaints from angry homophobic parents. Thankfully, Disney has changed a lot since then.
7. What is Dipper’s real name?
It was stated in the show that “Dipper” is actually a nickname he acquired from having the big dipper birthmark on his forehead. The show never revealed his real name. However, it was later revealed in the Journal 3 book as Mason, which matches with Mabel.
8. Soos was based on Alex Hirsch’s college friend
An article you can find on the Mentalfloss.com website stated that Jesus Chambrot and Hirsch attended CalArts together. He carried similar features to Soos. According to Alex Hirsch, “Jesus was of indeterminate age—we knew that he was a few years older than the rest of my friends at CalArts but we never knew how old for sure.”
9. Hirsch voiced several characters
The creator impressively voiced Grunkle Stan Pines, Soos, Old Man McGucket, and Bill Cipher. This proves that Alex Hirsch can show his creative talents off and on screen.
10. Kristen Schaal was always the first choice for Mabel
Hirsch always had Kristen in mind to play the role of Mabel. He once said in an interview that, “In terms of Mabel, I knew from the get-go that it’s got to be Kristen Schaal or there’s no show.” The actress’ distinctive voice could be heard in several movies and shows, such as Despicable Me 2 and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
11. There are Twin Peaks references in the show
Hirsch, a fan of Twin Peaks, was surprised that a lot of viewers noticed the references. In fact, The Club in Gravity Falls looked very similar to The Red Room in Twin Peaks.
12. The creative team of the show went on a Gravity Falls road trip
The creative team during season one and two took a road trip to Oregon and checked out tourist attractions, such as Mystery Trees and Confusion Hill. This trip inspired the team to make inside the Mystery Shack similar to some of the things they have seen.
13. There is an animated version of Alex Hirsch in every episode
At the end of the theme song, you can see a bunch of polaroid pictures. If you look closely, you can see a picture of a guy with a goatee. Though it only shows half a face, you can quickly identify the person as Hirsch. He also added other shout-outs throughout the show, which fans had fun noticing.
14. Rick and Morty’s co-creator, Justin Roiland, is great friends with Alex Hirsch
Both worked on Disney’s Fish Hook prior to having their own shows. The website Fandom.com points out that the friends have Easter eggs in each other’s shows. Such as in the post-credits scene of “The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy” of Rick and Morty. And in Gravity Falls, a few Rick and Morty Easter eggs exist too. In the published book entitled “Gravity Falls: Lost Legends,” you can spot a capsule labeled “Rick S” in one story.
15. Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo and Wendy share something in common
Impressively, both characters were played by none other than Linda Cardellini. Comic fans may know her for portraying Hawkeye’s wife in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You even get to see her perform as Wendy in real life for a brief moment in the “Weirdmageddon Part 1” episode.
16. Blendin Blandin’s character can be seen in the background of episodes
Blendin Blandin officially got featured in episode 9 entitled “The Traveler’s Pig.” But in episodes 1,2, and 3, viewers spotted the character picking up time anomalies left by Dipper and Mabel. Did you notice this? And another fun fact, Justin Roiland, co-creator of Rick and Morty, voiced both Blendin Blandin and Rick Sanchez. This is another proof of the strong friendship between Hirsch and Roiland.
17. Jason Ritter, the voice of Dipper, almost didn’t voice the character after the pilot
An article you can find at Mentalfloss.com stated that when the show released the pilot episode, the voice actor had already committed to another show. Thankfully, that show got canceled. Just imagine Ritter not voicing Dipper.
18. There is a Bill Cipher Statue
Hirsch started a scavenger hunt for his fans to find the said statue. He left several clues that took fans to Russia, Atlanta, Japan. Eventually, fans found it in Reedsport, Oregon. Hirsch left little goodies for the lucky persons who would find the statue.
19. Journal 3 exists in real life
This is for all the fans of the show that always wondered about the creatures and notes in Journal Three. Have no fear; Disney has published a real-life Journal Three. Are you going to get one?
20. Why were there only two seasons?
In an article you can find on the Forbes website, Alex said, “It’s meant to be an exploration of the experience of summer and in a larger sense a story about childhood itself. The fact that childhood ends are exactly what makes it so precious—and why you should cherish it while it lasts.”
21. You can find Gravity Falls on Google Maps
Yes, you heard it right! While Gravity Falls is not a real place, Alex Hirsch said that he got inspiration from the small town in Oregon called Boring. So, if you enter Gravity Falls into Google Maps, it will lead you to Oregon Vortex. The location is described by Google Maps as an “Old roadside attraction known for its gravity hill optical illusions & reported paranormal activity,” which sounds quite familiar to Gravity Falls.
22. Wendy was inspired by the first girl who ever talked Alex
While several people have contributed to the creation of this iconic character, Alex said that the first girl to ever talk to him when he was just eleven initially inspired Wendy. Eventually, the creators combined the traits of the most chill people they knew to come up with the character.
23. There are a lot of celebrity cameos in Gravity Falls
An article you can find on the Mentalfloss website points out famous celebrities who voiced some characters of the show. Like smart Waddles being voiced by Neil deGrasse Tyson; Waxed Sherlock Holmes being voiced by John Oliver; and NSYNC’s band member, Lance Bass, voicing the boy band Sev’ral Timez. Other cameos include some casts of the Spiderman movies: J.K Simmons and Alfred Molina, who voiced Stanford and Multi-Bear, respectively.
24. There are also puzzles at the end credits
Images and symbols that make up a puzzle can be spotted at the end of each show. And when you arrange them correctly, a picture of Stan and his brother is formed. This is just one of the many puzzles added by Hirsch for the dedicated fans.
25. Staff of the show also get shoutouts in some episodes
It looks like Hirsch isn’t the only one getting shoutouts in the series. According to an article in Famdom.com, the television brand named “Worrel” and the soda brand named “Pitt” are references to art director Ian Worrel and character designer Joe Pitt. Just imagine your name being integrated into a well-known show. How cool!
26. The chants in the show are very strange
You might have assumed that the chant Gideon was dictating to summon Bill Cipher was in ancient words. Interestingly enough, if you listen to it in reverse, you will hear the words, “Backward message! Backward message.” If this is unbelievable to you, listen to it in reverse yourself.
27. Bill Cipher makes many unmentioned appearances
Bill Cipher has appeared in some episodes as a hidden triangle. In fact, he can be seen in some episodes just watching the crew without them knowing.
28. Agent Power and Agent Trigger were behind the scenes in several episodes
After making their first appearance in “Scary-oake” the duo can be seen spying on Dipper, Mabel, and the rest of the crew in other episodes like “Sock Opera”, “ Soos and The Real Girl” and “The Love God”. They really tried their best not to be spotted, but did you notice them?
29. Acne was the inspiration behind the nickname Dipper
Hirsch got the inspiration from his high school friend who had acne. He would map out his face to form constellations. One day, his friend had enough acne to trace out the big dipper. As cruel as this was, we can’t deny that Alex was creative in making the nickname.
30. Stan is always “killed”
Every wax sculpture, puppet, and photo of Stan has been destroyed in some sort of way, mostly by fire and melting. An article on Fandom.com states that this could’ve been a foreshadowing of the final episode where Stan sacrifices himself in the final battle with Bill. What do you think?
31. Grunkle Stan was inspired by Alex Hirsch’s grandfather who is also named Stan
According to Alex Hirsch, “The main relationship in the show is 100% mine, from my own childhood. And their uncle Stan is very much inspired by my grandpa Stan, who was a guy that told tall tales and would frequently mess with us to get a rise out of us. So, my family really inspired the characters on the show.” How sweet is that?
32. Gideon was inspired by a psychic
All we know for sure is that Gideon is an evil charmer. However, did you know that a child psychic Hirsch’s mother saw on television is what led him to make the character?
33. Another person could have voiced Stan
Bob Odenkirk, known for his roles in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, was offered to voice Grunkle Stan. But obviously, he turned the proposal down. I wonder how different Stan would sound if Bob accepted the offer.
34. Characters have weird fingers
Some viewers probably haven’t noticed that Dipper and Mabel only have four fingers, while Stan and Soos have five fingers. But the weirdest thing is: Ford has six!
35. The series has a canceled episode
Unfortunately, producers canceled an episode that allegedly parodied another episode entitled “Labyrinth.” It is believed that Dipper’s fear of puppets was revealed in the canceled episode. However, this apparent fear of his did not show in the “Sock Opera” episode. Are you scared of puppets too?
36. Dipper is not your average pre-teen
According to Mabel in the book entitled “Lost Legends,” Dipper doesn’t own a phone. Look at him… a regular teenager just enjoying his summer vacation without technology. Can you spend your summer unplugged?
37. Soos went through quarantine too
With everything happening in the world right now, it seems relevant to go back to something we can all relate to. Soos went through quarantine in the official Gravity Falls: Journal 3 book. The character was apparently exposed to portal radiation. And during this time, Soos decided to write some entries in his journal. Do you keep a journal with you?
38. Shape shifter was inspired by Batman
The character’s true form was, in fact, inspired by Clayface. However, character designer Robertryan Cory also based the creature on a Vietnamese egg roll. It takes a lot of creativity to form a character out of a dish. Do you agree?
39. Waddles was nominated for “Favorite Animated Animal Sidekick.”
Back in 2014, this adorable and irresistable character was nominated at the Kids’ Choice Awards. In the end, Patrick Star from Spongebob Squarepants won the award. Can you think of other great nominees?
40. Only two characters consistently appear in every episode throughout the series
Dipper and Mabel are the only two characters that appear in every episode of Gravity Falls. Sadly, Grunkle Stan and Soos were not in the “Northwest Mansion Mystery” episode. Which character do you want to see more of?
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