Buddy "Bud" Gleeful[2] is a recurring character in Gravity Falls. He is voiced by Stephen Root. He is the father of Gideon and an employee at the Tent of Telepathy. He owns a factory that makes 'Lil Gideon merchandise in addition to selling used cars.


S1e4 vengence

Bud rips up his contract with Grunkle Stan.

Bud is first seen in the Tent of Telepathy, playing the piano, at Gideon's show. Stan meets Bud when he goes to Gideon's home to stop Mabel from interacting with Gideon. Bud is very friendly towards him, and shares a cup of coffee. Bud proposes that they merge their businesses and monopolize the entertainment sector if Mabel were to marry Gideon. However, this plan fails when Mabel breaks up with Gideon. Bud sides with Gideon in the ensuing argument, causing Stan to steal one of their paintings and run away despite his yells of protest.

S1e11 wish i was a highway

Bud trying to sell his car.

In "Little Dipper", it is revealed Bud sells used cars, although most of the vehicles are worn out. While Bud's wife seems to be terrified by her own son, Bud thinks otherwise, even though Gideon often manipulates his father (in addition to verbally abusing him). When Gideon's plan to take over the Mystery Shack failed, Bud tells his son he'll get his revenge on the Pines family one day, but Gideon angrily tells him it's not just about revenge; he wants the Shack to find a hidden secret.


Unlike his son, Bud is very polite, kind, and friendly. He usually sides with Gideon and gives him whatever he wants. It is hinted that Bud could be scared of his amulet, as this was most noticed when Gideon was ruining his room with the amulet's power.


Bud Gleeful is a large, slightly portly man with long sideburns going down his face. He has a Southern accent and wears a salmon, flower button up shirt along with a straw hat on his head. His eyebrows appear to be very bushy. Bud wears tan pants, and white shoes.


  • Bud Gleeful narrated Gideon's commercial for the Tent of Telepathy[2].
  • Bud Gleeful plays the piano in Gideon's show.


Season 1


"Step right up here, folks! Put your money in Gideon's psychic sack!"
—Bud Gleeful[source]

"Why, Stanford Pines! What a delight!"
—Bud Gleeful greeting Stan Pines[source]

"From now on, it's all name brand food and clown paintings!"
—Bud to Stan after they became allies[source]

"Friends, I wish I was a highway so I could be rode upon by automobiles as fine as these ones right here. *pats a car, which causes it to break* Engine possums for no extra charge."
—Bud Gleeful[source]

"Precious memories."
—Bud Gleeful on his son's tantrum[source]



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  1. "Little Dipper." Tim McKeon (writer) & Joe Pitt, Aaron Springer (directors). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. September 28, 2012. No. 11, season 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel." Zach Paez, Alex Hirsch (writers) & John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. July 6, 2012. No. 4, season 1

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