Tourist TrappedThe Legend of the GobblewonkerHeadhuntersThe Hand That Rocks the MabelThe InconveniencingDipper vs. ManlinessDouble DipperIrrational TreasureThe Time Traveler's PigFight FightersLittle DipperSummerweenBoss MabelBottomless Pit!The Deep EndCarpet DiemBoyz CrazyLand Before SwineDreamscaperersGideon Rises

Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained
Candy MonsterStan's TattooMailboxLeftyToothThe Hide-Behind

Mabel's Guide to Life
Mabel's Guide to DatingMabel's Guide to StickersMabel's Guide to FashionMabel's Guide to ColorMabel's Guide to Art

Fixin' It with Soos
Fixin' It with Soos: Golf CartFixin' It with Soos: Cuckoo Clock

TV Shorts
TV Shorts 1TV Shorts 2

Mabel's Scrapbook
Mabel's Scrapbook: Heist MovieMabel's Scrapbook: Petting Zoo


See also: List of items in the Mystery Shack for allusions made by specific items.

Tourist Trapped

S1e1 splinters

Justin Bieber!

The Legend of the Gobblewonker

S1e2 soos posing as bigfoot



  • When lamenting Wax Lincoln's death, Stan accuses Wax John Wilkes Booth of the death, referencing the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth.
  • Mabel saying "wree, wree, wree!" while swinging an axe is a reference to the musical score The Murder played during the shower scene in the film Psycho.[2]
  • The nickname "Mabelangelo" is a reference to the famous sculptor and painter Michelangelo.
S1e3 groucho

Groucho sans cigar.

The Hand That Rocks the Mabel

  • The name of the episode is a play on the phrase "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."
  • When Mabel "bezazzles" her face it is a reference to the real product, the Bedazzler.
S1e4 twin peaks reference

Allusion to the Red Room.

S1e4 mabel bedazzled face


  • While watching Gideon's commercial on TV, Mabel makes the same noise Scooby Doo makes when questioning something.
  • The "Club Club" is a reference to the "Red Room" in the Black and White Lodge from the TV series Twin Peaks.

The Inconveniencing

S1e5 mabel running on ground

Three Stooges.

  • The name of the haunted mini-mart "Dusk 2 Dawn" is an allusion to the 1996 Quentin Tarantino movie, From Dusk Till Dawn.
  • Mabel running sideways on the ground after she went over the fence is similar to what Curly Howard does in The Three Stooges.
  • The newspaper Dipper reads has a similar title and logo to USA Today.
    • The article about "cheese crust pizza" alludes to the introduction of Pizza Hut's Stuffed Crust Pizza on March 26, 1995[3]
  • The mints packaging is very similar to </span>Mentos
  • Thompson plays a game called Dancy Pants Revolution. This is a reference to the game Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Mabel twisting her head 180 degrees while being possessed by a ghost is a reference to a scene in the movie The Exorcist, in which a demon, possessing a child, turns its head 180 degrees.[4]
  • Lee is put in a cereal box similar to Froot Loops with a blue toucan similar to Toucan Sam on it. The toucan says, "I'm bonkers for eating you alive" in the same way Sonny the Cuckoo Bird says "I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!"
  • The candy "Smile Dip" is a reference to "Fun Dip."
  • When the ghost lifts everything on the ceiling, music plays that sounds similar to the famous Ghostbusters song.
  • The Smile Dip dogs are similar to Lisa Frank's Casey and Camus.

Dipper vs. Manliness

S1e6 disco girl

Disco Girl.

  • The song Disco Girl by girly Icelandic pop sensation BABBA is a reference to the song Dancing Queen by the Swedish pop group ABBA.
    • The BABBA CD cover style is similar to BAYER LOGO style.
    • ABBA's logo is the band's name with the first B facing backwards. BABBA has two B's on top of each other.
  • The Manotaurs are a reference to the mythological creature Minotaur.
  • The jerky that Dipper is eating while in the forest has a picture of a man on the front of the bag bearing a striking resemblance to Hulk Hogan.

Double Dipper

Irrational Treasure

The Time Traveler's Pig

  • The title of the episode is an allusion to the novel The Time Traveler's Wife.
  • The cryptogram at the end of the episode says "NOT H.G. WELLS APPROVED." This references the science fiction novella The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells.
  • At the end of the episode, Dipper quotes the line "That'll do, pig. That'll do," from the novel and the film Babe.
S1e9 time cop vs universal soldier

Lolph vs. Andrew Scott.

  • The two Time Police are named Lolph and Dundgren, a reference to the actor Dolph Lundgren and the character he portrayed in Universal Soldier.
S1e9 waddles eating pizza

Lady and the Tramp allusion.

Fight Fighters

S1e10 donkey kong parody

Donkey Kong parody.

  • The title of the episode and the arcade game Fight Fighters is an allusion to the Street Fighter series.
  • The character "Beastor" appears to be similar to Blanka from the Street Fighter series.
  • Rumble McSkirmish is an amalgamation of Ken Masters, Ryu, and Sagat from the Street Fighter series.
  • Rumble throwing barrels after Robbie, who must jump over them, is a reference to the arcade game Donkey Kongin which the player must leap over barrels thrown by a gorilla.
S1e10 bonus round

Bonus Round.

  • Rumble McSkirmish punching the car in the "bonus round" is a reference to an identical bonus level in Street Fighter 2 and Final Fight. "Oh my Car" is also referencing a man saying the same at the end of a bonus round.

S1e10 8-Bit Gravity Falls Animated

Animated gif of credits.

  • The end credits scene contains several references:
    • The character select screen is modeled after that of Super Mario Bros. 2.
      • Mabel's character says "It's a-me, a-Mabel!" in an Italian accent like that of Mario.
      • Stan is the tallest character, is slower than the others, and jumps higher. All of these are attributes of Luigi.
      • This sequence takes place in Soos' dream, much like the events of Super Mario Bros. 2 takes place in Mario's dream.
    • Soos is shown as a large head eating the characters, a reference to Pac-Man.
    • The cryptogram reads "Sorry Dipper, but your Wendy is in another castle." This is a reference to Super Mario Bros, in which Toad would tell players, "Thank you Mario, but our Princess is in another castle." 

Little Dipper

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  • The title of the episode refers to the constellation Ursa Minor, often referred to as the Little Dipper.
  • Gummy Koalas are a spoof of Gummy Bears.
  • The book Gideon is reading, "In the Art of War," is a reference to The Art of War
  • Mabel shouts into the closet "Expecto Wizarium," a reference to the Harry Potter series spell, "Expecto Patronum!"


S1e12 pig in stomach


  • In the scene where the boys show Stan a video of a kitten about to sleep but unexpectedly changes into a demon screaming, it resembles Regan's demon face from The Exorcist, which got infamous from Scary Maze Game and other pranks from YouTube videos (commonly referred to as "screamers"), and many other tricks.
  • Waddles jumping out of Stan's stomach is a reference to the Ridley Scott film Alien, in which the aliens impregnate the humans by laying their eggs in the human's mouths. When the eggs hatch, they burst out of the human's chest, killing them. The same reference occurs when Soos bursts out of the Summerween Trickster, screeching.

  • The candy Mr. Adequate-bar is a reference to the Mr. Goodbar candy bars, and Count Discount to Count Chocula.
  • The Summerween Trickster's second form is an homage to Spirited Away's No Face.[5]
  • At the end of the episode, the pictures of Waddles with humorous captions are a reference to the well-known I Can Haz Cheezburger meme pictures.
  • The sword and shield that Dipper fights the Summerween Trickster with is a reference to the Master Sword and Hylian Shield that Link uses in various games from The Legend of Zelda series.

Boss Mabel

File:S1E13 Cash Wheel.png

Bottomless Pit!

  • Dipper saying, "How you diddly-doing, Soos?" is a reference to how Ned Flanders of The Simpsons talks.
  • Stan's story, "Grunkle Stan wins the football bowl", is a reference to the Super Bowl. Also, the uniforms of the football players in the story resemble the uniforms of the Green Bay Packers.

The Deep End

S1e15 free mermando

Free Mermando!

  • Before Mabel gives Mermando the sandwich, the score when Mabel bobs her head in and out of the water sounds similar to the famous Jaws score.
  • After Mermando is freed into Lake Gravity Falls, Mabel runs forward and he leaps over her in the same manner as the famous scene in Free Willy.

Carpet Diem

Boyz Crazy

S1e17 snapping

Aggressively dancing.

  • In the beginning of the song "Cray Cray," the set is from the NSYNC song "Bye Bye Bye."
    • When Ergman Bratsman told the clone to dance, the last part of it was a reference to the N'Sync's dance in their hit song "Bye Bye Bye."
    • When Creggy G jumps between Deep Chris, he appears to land in JC Chasez's pose in the second verse of "Bye Bye Bye."
  • The cover of the CD Robbie used to hypnotize Wendy alludes to the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis.

Land Before Swine

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  • The title is a play on the title of the film series The Land Before Time.
  • Several of Mabel's dance moves during her "Pig Dance Party" are similar to the famous montage scene in The Breakfast Club.
  • The scene picturing the mosquito in the sap is a reference to the Steven Spielberg movie Jurassic Park, which is a film adaptation based on Michael Crichtons novel with the same name. Stan also says later that he should open a theme park with the dinosuars: "Jurassic Sap Hole".
  • Bobby Renzobbi is a parody of Billy Mays, who was a television direct-response advertisement salesperson in real life.
  • Stan yells, "From Heck's heart, I stab at thee" referencing the quote "From Hell's heart, I stab at thee" by Ahab from the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick.
  • The scene in which a flying beast, in this instance a pterodactyl, grabs and flies away with a pig, is a reference to a similar instance in the 1985 Disney Classic The Black Cauldron.


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S1e19 bill knows lots of things

Bill knows lots of things...

S1e19 Dream Boy High

Dream Boy High.

  • "Conflict Boat" is a reference to the game Battleship.
  • The Nyarf toy guns are references to Nerf toy guns.
  • Grandpa the Kid is a reference to Billy the Kid.
  • When Bill says he knows "lots of things," a number of images flash in him. Some are conspiracies-related references to the following, in order of appearance:
  • Bill's claim to know many things may echo a similar one by the demon Mephistopheles in Goethe's Faust (I., vii., l. 1572).
  • The dance Xyler and Craz do when threatened by Bill Cipher is the same as Jonathan Knight (in red vest) and Joey McIntyre (in the green jacket) from the 1990 cartoon New Kids on the Block.[6]
  • Soos' attack on Bill, "Soos Love Stomach Beam Stare" is a reference to the "Care Bear Stare" from the Care Bears.
  • The logo on the "Dream Boy High" VHS cover is a reference to Jem and the Holograms.
  • The general look of Xyler and Craz is based off of the Bill & Ted from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.[citation needed]
  • The incantation Dipper says to transport them all into Stan's mind includes a jab at the movie Inception. One part of the incantation is "Inceptus Nolanus overratus," which is broken Latin, essentially meaning "Nolan's Inception is overrated."
  • The Bijou Theater is an homage to the Bijou Theater at CalArts which is the campus projection room at the school Alex Hirsch attended.[7]'
  • The end credits are a homage to the opening credits of the TV series Twin Peaks.
    • Like Angelo Badalamenti's instrumental "Falling," the Gravity Falls Theme Song plays over a very slow pan across a waterfall and down a lazy river through the forest.
    • A woodpecker can be heard, echoing the Bewick's Wren seen at the start of the Twin Peaks opening credit montage.
    • The Gravity Falls ending theme has been drastically slowed from its familiar racing beat down to the tempo of very relaxed breathing, matching the tempo of the Twin Peaks theme.
    • At this pace, the Gravity Falls theme only plays through halfway, trailing off just when we anticipate the theme's bridge picking up in intensity. This surprising tempo change is borrowed from a second track, the title track from Badalamenti and David Lynch's album Floating Into the Night, sung by Julee Cruise, composed by Angelo Badalamenti with lyrics written by David Lynch.
    • Once Twin Peaks had been canceled, Lynch wrote the finale to be the most dramatic and disturbing cliffhanger possible. When the frantic pace of the Mystery Shack's imminent destruction suddenly shifts into tranquility, the abrupt transition is familiarly Lynchean.

Gideon Rises

  • The first few measures of the background music when Stan announces "The Mystery Shack's back" greatly resembles the intro to Bruno Mars' "Count On Me"
  • "Gideonland" and its logo design are references to Disneyland.


Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained

Candy Monster

Stan's Tattoo

  • One of the "secret society symbols" is Oroborus, a serpent eating its own tail, in a lemniscate.
  • Another one of the secret societies of "owl worshipers" alludes to the Bohemian Club, which "worships" a 40 foot owl statue at Bohemian Grove, ironically located not too far from Piedmont, CA.


  • The mailbox tells Dipper that the end of the world is in 3012, this is a reference to the apocalyptic theory based on Mayan calendar that the world would end in 2012.


Short4 why does he face left

Reptilian conspiracy.


Bear-o v billy

Bear-o vs. Billy.

The Hide-Behind

Mabel's Guide to Life

Mabel's Guide to Stickers

  • The Aztec text's story about a talking dog is a reference to the 1997 movie Air Bud and its sequel, including Air Buddies and Santa Buddies.
  • Mabel's scrapbook cover has a sticker of Kilroy looking over a watermelon and with the world "smile".

Mabel's Guide to Fashion

Short9 soos cosplaying jareth

Soos' cosplay.

Mabel's Guide to Color

Mabel's Guide to Art

  • Mabel's costume while experimenting on flight, and the words "Amelia Awesomeheart" is a reference to American aviation pioneer, Amelia Earhart.

Fixin' It with Soos

Fixin' It with Soos: Golf Cart

  • Soos' last line, "I make my own economy," could be a reference to the opening scene of Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar. In that scene, there is a parade going on to honor Julius Caesar. A cop asks a shoemaker about the parade, and the shoemaker says he started it. He reasons that if people are marching in the parade, they will wear out their shoes, allowing him to step in and make new ones.
Short14 painting

Paint me like one of your French girls.

Fixin' It with Soos: Cuckoo Clock

TV Shorts

TV Shorts 1


TV Shorts

The title screen is a reference to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, hence the colors of the spray paint.

Mabel's Scrapbook

Short16 welcome to mabel&#039;s scrapbook

Settle down for Masterpiece Theatre.

  • Both shorts start with Mabel in a rocking chair by a fireplace, an homage to Masterpiece Theatre.

Mabel's Scrapbook: Heist Movie

  • One of the films playing at the movie theater is called "Toy Storage 2," a reference to the Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 2.
  • The Ragtime Theater is a reference to the Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls, Oregon.[8]

Mabel's Scrapbook: Petting Zoo

  • The picture of Mabel surrounded by dogsled dogs is in the exact arrangement of one of the posters for the 2002 Disney movie Snow Dogs, with Mabel taking the place of the Cuba Gooding Jr. character, Ted Brooks.


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