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Episodes

Scary-okeInto the BunkerThe Golf WarSock OperaSoos and the Real GirlLittle Gift Shop of HorrorsSociety of the Blind EyeBlendin's GameThe Love GodNorthwest Mansion MysteryNot What He SeemsA Tale of Two StansDungeons, Dungeons, and More DungeonsThe Stanchurian CandidateThe Last MabelcornRoadside AttractionDipper and Mabel vs. the FutureWeirdmageddon

Episodes

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

Scary-oke

S2e1 stan's stash

Adult magazines.

S2e1 we built this township on rock and roll

Spoof of famous songs.

Into the Bunker

The Golf War

S2e3 Lilliputtians

The Lilliputtians.

Sock Opera

S2e4 screaming head

Head based on Khal Drogo.

S2e4 stan and mcgucket puppet

Statler and Waldorf reference.

Soos and the Real Girl

S2e5 beeblyboop's

GameStop reference.

S2e5 edgy on purpose

Hot Topic reference.

S2e5 soos room daytime

Stretch Armstrong, N64, Furby, Atti-cube, and NORT are all visible in Soos' room.

S2e5 programmers

Allusion to Portal 2.

  • The cardboard cutout that Soos knocks over is a parody of Lara Croft of the Tomb Raider series.
  • The restaurant is based off of ShowBiz Pizza Place and the The Rock-afire Explosion.[4]
  • Will E. Badger's name is a parody of Chuck E. Cheese's.
  • Stan saying "I'm gonna get that badger," is a reference to the famous, recurring line said by Elmer Fudd about Bugs Bunny: "I'm gonna get that wabbit (rabbit)."
  • The fact that Giffany killed her creators after becoming sentient is a nod to GLaDOS from the Portal series. Giffany's animation depicting a bunch of stick figures at computers greatly resembles similar animations played in Portal 2.
  • On Giffany's screen, the binary code translates to "SPACEJAMTWO." This is a reference to the film Space Jam and how it may be getting a sequel sometime soon.
  • When Soos mentioned that Giffany's father is the "octopus man," this is the reference to the tentacle Hentai.
  • The cryptogram at the end slide is a parody of the theme song of the DiC/CWi dub of the anime Sailor Moon. "WINNING HEARTS BY DAYLIGHT! / POSSESSING ROBOTS BY MOONLIGHT! / HER EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE IS A REAL FRIGHT! / SHE HAS THE ONE NAME GIFFANY." Similarly, the first four lines of the DiC/CWi's Sailor Moon theme song are "Fighting evil by moonlight / Winning love by daylight / Never running from a real fight! (or 'With her Sailor Scouts to help fight' in a later verse) / She is the one named Sailor Moon!"

Little Gift Shop of Horrors

S2e6 hands off

Saul Bass reference.

S2e6 hands touching

The Creation of Adam.

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S2e6 gumby soos

Soos as Gumby.

Society of the Blind Eye

Blendin's Game

  • The episode's title is a reference to the book (and 2013 film) Ender's Game.
  • Some signs in the background in the future say "The Time Baby is Watching," a reference to George Orwell's book 1984, in which numerous signs say "Big Brother is watching".
  • Lolph and Dundgren are based on the actor Dolph Lundgren, and their uniforms are similar to the outfit worn by Lundgren's character Andrew Scott (aka GR13) in the film Universal Soldier.
  • Soos had a poster of Michael Jackson's 1988 film Moonwalker in his room as a child.
  • Some games of Globnar trials are references to: TRON (glowing cycle races), American Gladiators (the joust), Jenga, etc.[citation needed]
  • The cipher key "capacitor" is an allusion to the "flux capacitor," which made time travel possible in the Back to the Future movie trilogy.

The Love God

Northwest Mansion Mystery

  • When Dipper mentions the scale of ghosts' malevolence, he opens to a page with a childlike ghost designed very similarly to Casper the Friendly Ghost.
  • When Dipper is flipping through Journal 3, a page on Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street can be seen.
  • In the scene where Dipper and Pacifica are hiding from the Lumberjack ghost, a painting is seen on the wall depicting a duck hunt. The way in which it is presented is an allusion to Nintendo's Duck Hunt from 1984.
  • In the scene where the lumberjack ghost is about to grab Pacifica from behind, the curtain draped over the painting is a reference to a similar scene in A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Not What He Seems

A Tale of Two Stans

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  • The title of this episode is a reference to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
  • The "Mothgar" poster in Stanley and Stanford's childhood room is based on the American theatrical poster for the 1961 film Mothra.
  • The "Sham Total" is a parody of "Shamwow!"
  • Posters of Nicola Tesla and Carl Sagan, are on Ford's dorm room wall.
  • McGucket's house is virtually identical to Steve Jobs' house.
    S2E12 McGucket Steve Jobs House
    • There is a poster in McGucket's old home, which shows a colorful, bitten-off strawberry similar to the Apple logo, and the words "Ponder alternatively," which is a play on Apple's slogan "Think differently."
  • One of Mabel's drawings reads "What Hath Science Wrought?" a reference to "What hath God wrought?," a phrase from the Book of Numbers.

Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons

  • The title and the game in this episode is a parody of the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
    • Like D&D, Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons use an assortment of polyhedron dice.
    • The 38-sided die is based on the 20-sided icosahedron die used in Dungeons & Dragons to resolve most rolls. There are no 38-sided die used in any real life RPGs; the closest is a 30-sided die, but this an unusually rare and impractical type of die.
  • Cheese Boodles are a parody of the snack food Cheez Doodles.
  • FCLORP (Foam and Cardboard Legitimate Outdoor Role-Play) is similar to LARP (Live-Action Role-Playing); an offshoot of table-top role-playing that uses physical play instead of dice.
  • The font used for the title of "Diggity Dungeons & All That," resembles the title art of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
  • Stan describes Duck-tective as: "A TV show that has big mystery elements and jokes that go over kid's head's" which is ironically what Gravity Falls is.
    • When the Pines family along with Soos and Grenda show disappointment for the Duck-tective season finale's plot twist. Soos mentions predicting it a year ago, which is a reference to how fans of the series predicted that Stan had a twin brother, which was later confirmed in "Not What He Seems." 
  • The fantasy names posted up on the boards in the living room by Dipper and Ford are all parodies of names from "The Flight of Dragons," an animated movie adaptation of Gordon R. Dickson's book "The Dragon and the George." (Jason Ritter's father, John Ritter, was the voice the protagonist, Peter Dickenson, in the movie.)
    • Gorbasch -- there's a human/dragon character named Gorbash in both the book and movie.
    • Smerghol -- Smrgol, another dragon from the movie adaptation.
    • Omhadawn -- the evil wizard Ommadon, from the movie adaptation.
  • The Hot Elf is a reference to Legolas from the Lord of the Rings movies.[5]
  • The Hot Elf saying "Excelsi-whatever" is a reference to Stan Lee's "Excelsior!" line.

The Stanchurian Candidate

S2e14 meming fast

Stan's internet meme.

  • Stan's "One does not simply" meme is a reference to the popular internet meme of the same name, both of which are based on a quote from the first Lord of The Rings movie, in which Boromir says, "One does not simply walk into Mordor."
  • Stan walking down Main Street is similar to the "Staying Alive" scene from the film Saturday Night Fever.
  • The monitor worn by Bud Gleeful is based off of Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[6]
  • The poster in Gideon's cell of a picture of a cat hanging onto a branch that reads "HOLD ON TO THAT BRANCH OR DIE, CAT!" is a reference to a well-known poster of a cat hanging from a branch that reads "HANG IN THERE."
  • When Stan walks about town after his first debate, he wears the same outfit as Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) in the 2013 film American Hustle.

The Last Mabelcorn

  • The episode's title and the unicorns are a reference to the 1982 film The Last Unicorn.[7]
    • The episode's vigenère key, "SCHMENDRICK" is the name of a bumbling wizard who was a major character in The Last Unicorn (both in the book by Peter S. Beagle and the animated adaptation).
  • Dipper is seen with a book titled The Sibling Bros, a spoof of the novel series The Hardy Boys.
  • Various board games that Dipper and Mabel find in the closet are references to other games:
S2e15 - Stans board games

Stan's various board games.

Roadside Attraction

Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future

Weirdmageddon

References

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  4. Hirsch, Alex (October 15, 2015). Tweet Number 654880485164736512. Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
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