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*For one frame, an image of [[Wikipedia:Bigfoot|Bigfoot]] flashes in the same pose as the alleged Bigfoot in the [[Wikipedia:Patterson-Gimlin film|Patterson-Gimlin film]].
 
*For one frame, an image of [[Wikipedia:Bigfoot|Bigfoot]] flashes in the same pose as the alleged Bigfoot in the [[Wikipedia:Patterson-Gimlin film|Patterson-Gimlin film]].
 
*Among the Polaroids are photos of [[Wikipedia:Jackalope|Jackalopes]], a [[Wikipedia:Fiji mermaid|Fiji mermaid]], [[Wikipedia:Flying saucer|flying saucers]], and the tabloid character [[Wikipedia:Bat Boy (character)|Bat Boy]].
 
*Among the Polaroids are photos of [[Wikipedia:Jackalope|Jackalopes]], a [[Wikipedia:Fiji mermaid|Fiji mermaid]], [[Wikipedia:Flying saucer|flying saucers]], and the tabloid character [[Wikipedia:Bat Boy (character)|Bat Boy]].
*The pyramid character in the last few frames is a reference to the [[Wikipedia:Eye of Providence|Eye of Providence]].
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*In the ending, it shows a photo with the logo on it, and if you look on the top right corner, you see 2 flying saucers, and the position is an allusion to the fake photo of two saucers over the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
 
*In the ending, it shows a photo with the logo on it, and if you look on the top right corner, you see 2 flying saucers, and the position is an allusion to the fake photo of two saucers over the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
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*The matrices in the top right corner of the Journal Page are the combined equation form of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformation_matrix Transformation Matrix].  This is commonly used for scaling, shearing, rotating, and moving a (X, Y, Z) coordinate in 3D space.
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*The collection of 1's and 0's in the bottom left corner of the Journal Page are a reference to binary code.  The 2's are purposeful errors in the sequence, and a common programming joke.
 
*The [[Wikipedia:Konami Code|Konami Code]] is also visible.
 
*The [[Wikipedia:Konami Code|Konami Code]] is also visible.
 
*[[Wikipedia: Paul Bunyon|Paul Bunyan]] appears in the first few seconds of the theme song.
 
*[[Wikipedia: Paul Bunyon|Paul Bunyan]] appears in the first few seconds of the theme song.
*In the [[:File:Gravity_Falls_Intro_(Animatic)|animatic version]] of the theme song, Mabel and Dipper arrive on a "Fast Dog" bus. This is an allusion to [[Wikipedia:Greyhound Lines|Greyhound Lines]] buses.
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*In the [[:File:Gravity_Falls_Intro_(Animatic)|animatic version]] of the theme song, Mabel and Dipper arrive on a "Fast Dog" bus. This is an allusion to [[Wikipedia:Greyhound Lines|Greyhound Lines]] buses.
   
 
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Revision as of 09:13, February 14, 2013

The following is a list of allusions to works of fiction, people, places, events, and other cultural touchstones in the series Gravity Falls.

The allusions, references, similarities, homages, and other items on this list should be specific, detailed, unique, or identifying. Avoid adding incidental, broad, general, or tangential similarities.

Contents

Multiple episodes
Opening

Episodes
Season one
Tourist TrappedThe Legend of the GobblewonkerHeadhuntersThe Hand That Rocks the MabelThe InconveniencingDipper vs. ManlinessDouble DipperIrrational TreasureThe Time Traveler's PigFight FightersLittle DipperSummerween

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Multiple episodes

  • Characters frequently drink "Pitt" soda. Given the similarity in the name and color of the can, this is a reference to Mr. Pibb soda. It was also likely named after Joe Pitt, one of the directors of the series.
  • The supernatural activity of Gravity Falls, Oregon was inspired by the Oregon Vortex, a real location in Oregon where supernatural is claimed to occur.

Opening

  • When Dipper is exploring the cave, there are characters that look like runes. However, one of them does not match a known rune and the others do not translate into anything intelligible in English.
  • Mabel and Dipper walk past a taxidermied Jackalope in one scene.
  • For one frame, an image of Bigfoot flashes in the same pose as the alleged Bigfoot in the Patterson-Gimlin film.
  • Among the Polaroids are photos of Jackalopes, a Fiji mermaid, flying saucers, and the tabloid character Bat Boy.
  • The pyramid character in the last few frames is a reference to the Eye of Providence.
    File:Gravity Falls Opening Ending.PNG
  • In the ending, it shows a photo with the logo on it, and if you look on the top right corner, you see 2 flying saucers, and the position is an allusion to the fake photo of two saucers over the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • The matrices in the top right corner of the Journal Page are the combined equation form of the Transformation Matrix.  This is commonly used for scaling, shearing, rotating, and moving a (X, Y, Z) coordinate in 3D space.
  • The collection of 1's and 0's in the bottom left corner of the Journal Page are a reference to binary code.  The 2's are purposeful errors in the sequence, and a common programming joke.
  • The Konami Code is also visible.
  • Paul Bunyan appears in the first few seconds of the theme song.
  • In the animatic version of the theme song, Mabel and Dipper arrive on a "Fast Dog" bus. This is an allusion to Greyhound Lines buses.

Episodes

Season One

Tourist Trapped

S1e1 mabel choosing grappling hook

Grappling Hook!

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

The Legend of the Gobblewonker

S1e2 gobblewonker open mouth

Nessie?

Headhunters

  • When lamenting Wax Lincoln's death, Grunkle Stan references the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth.
  • Mabel says, "wree, wree, wree!" while swinging the ax. This is a reference to the musical score The Murder played during the shower scene in the film Psycho.
  • The nickname "Mabelangelo" is a clear reference to the famous sculptor and painter Michelangelo.
S1e3 groucho

Groucho sans cigar

  • Wax Sherlock Holmes falling off the Mystery Shack to his death while dueling Dipper may be an allusion to Holmes's original death in the Arthur Conan Doyle book series; falling of the Reichenbach Falls while dueling his nemesis, Professor Moriarty.
  • Wax Groucho Marx asks "Why is there nothing in my hand?" Wikipedia: Groucho Marx is known iconically for holding a cigar; however by television content regulations, US children's shows cannot have tobacco products unless it is integral to the plot (such as a "Drug Free" special).

The Hand That Rocks the Mabel

S1e4 mabel bedazzled face

Bezazzle

  • The name of the episode "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" is a play on words of a 1992 movie title, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. It could also be an allusion of the somewhat commonly said phrase "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."
  • Mabel "bezazzles" her face; a reference to the real product, the Bedazzler.
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  • 'Lil Gideon's appearance is based off of Benny Hinn, a famous Christian televangelist who claims to be a prophet.
  • While watching Gideon's commercial on TV, Mabel makes the same noise Scooby-Doo makes when questioning something.
  • The "Club Club" is a direct reference to the "Red Room" in the Black and White Lodge from the TV series Twin Peaks.
  • The music played in Gideon's commercial sounds a lot like the theme song.

The Inconveniencing

S1e5 usa newz

USA Newz

S1e5 smile dip

Smile Dip

  • 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[1]
  • Some of the snacks appear similar to Ho Hos, Hostess Fruit Pies, and Hostess CupCakes.
  • The kids putting mints in the soda is an allusion to the Diet Coke and Mentos eruption
  • The mints packaging is very similar to Mentos.
  • Thompson plays a game called Dancy Pants Revolution. This is a reference to the game Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Mabel being possessed by a ghost is a reference to Regan being possessed by a demon in The Exorcist, in particular the scene where Mabel twists her head 180 degrees.
  • 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 name of the haunted mini-mart "Dusk 2 Dawn" is an allusion to the 1996 Quentin Tarantino movie, From Dusk Till Dawn.
  • When Wendy told Dipper that he was "surprisingly mature for his age", he replied "Yes, yes I am", it may be an allusion of the "Too Young Line" gag of the animated television show Phineas and Ferb.
  • The candy "Smile Dip" is a reference to "Fun Dip".
  • When Mabel "runs sideways" on the ground after she went over the fence, it's similar to what Curly Howard does in The Three Stooges.
  • When the ghost lifts everything on the ceiling, music plays that sounds similar to the famous Ghostbusters theme.

Dipper vs. Manliness

S1e6 disco girl

Disco Girl

S1e6 chutzpar

Chutzpar

  • 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.
  • Lazy Susan's name is a reference to a rotating tray by the same name.
  • The Manotaurs are a reference to the mythological creature Minotaur.
  • The Manotaur "Chutzpar" references Orthodox Judaism is multiple ways. Unlike the other Manotaurs, he wears a head covering akin to a Kippah (i.e. yarmulke) and has hair similar to payot (sidecurls). Moreover, his name is a play on the Yiddish word Chutzpah
  • The song that plays while Dipper is riding on Chutzpar is an allusion to the music that plays in Crisis City Act 1 in Sonic Generations.
  • The jerky that Dipper is eating in the forest references Hulk Hogan.

Double Dipper

S1e7 pjd hungry

Paper Jam Dipper and cracker pack.

  • Pacifica Northwest's name is a pun on the U.S. region "Pacific Northwest", the region containing Oregon state.
  • Paper-Jam Dipper (and much of the rest of the episode's plot) may be a reference to the plot of the film Multiplicity, where a man creates a series of clones of himself and the 4th is very badly disabled.
  • The cracker packs are an allusion to Handi-Snacks.
  • The scene where Dipper copies his arm and it crawls towards him and Mabel is a reference to the 1981 horror film, The Hand.
  • The tall man Dipper called "Stretch", his dance moves is an allusion to Michael Jackson's famous Moon Walk.

Irrational Treasure

S1e8 depansipation proclamation

Depants-ipation Proclamation.

The Time Traveler's Pig

S1e9 lolph

Lolph.

  • 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 film "Babe."
S1e9 waddles eating pizza

Lady and the Tramp allusion.

  • The two Time Police are named Lolph and Dundgren, as a reference to the actor Dolph Lundgren.
  • The episode also makes direct references to the video game The Oregon Trail, including a joke about a common cause of death in the game: dysentery.
  • Mabel and Waddles eating the same slice of pizza from different ends is a reference to the Disney animated film Lady and the Tramp.

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.
  • Rumble McSkirmish is an amalgamation of Ken Masters, Ryu, and Sagat from the Street Fighter series.
  • Rumble's catchphrase "Winners don't lose" is likely a reference to the slogan "Winners don't do drugs".
  • Dipper chases Rumble McSkirmish and Robbie to "Barrel and Crates Incorporated," a reference to the classic Donkey Kong games.
  • Rumble's pipe that he got "from punching an oil drum" is a reference to the Final Fight game series.
S1e10 bonus round

Bonus Round

S1e10 games

Nerd Punch and Frog Time

S1e10 pacman

Ghost Maze

S1e10 soos playing nort

Nort and Pizza Time

  • When Rumble does the uppercut at the all you can eat buffet, he shouts, "ALL YOU CAN EAT!" The way he shouts it and the way he does the move is a reference to the Shoryuken move from Street Fighter.
  • When Rumble McSkirmish knocks Robbie off the water tower and grabs him, an announcer says "Finish him!", a direct reference to Mortal Kombat.
  • Rumble's pose when he defeats Dipper is an allusion to Akuma of Street Fighter fame.
  • When Soos asks Dipper if he needs a sidekick with a pickup truck, this may be a reference to to the 1980 movie "The Wizard", a film about video games where one of the characters is a sidekick with a pickup truck.
  • When Dipper is talking about power-ups to Rumble, he mentions gold rings which is a reference to the Sonic the Hedgehog series where Sonic collects gold rings in his video games.
  • Games in the Arcade:
    • Nort, the backwards spelling of classic sci-fi movie Tron and appears to be like the light cycle game, only with Segways.
      • Soos trying to "enter the game" is a reference to the plot of Tron.
    • Ho-Down Hero, a reference to Guitar Hero series and Dance Dance Revolution series.
    • Ghost Maze, a reference to Pac-Man.
    • Nerd Punch, a reference to the Punch-Out!! series.
    • FrogTime, a reference to Frogger.
    • PizzaTime, a reference to BurgerTime.
    • At the very beginning, when they first walk into the arcade, a person is seen playing a game with an 8-bit Eye of Providence (from the theme song) on it.
    • A game at the beginning that could be a reference to Mario games (similar character design, and blocks with "!" on them)
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  • The end credits contains several references:
    • Mabel's video game character says "It's a me, a Mabel!", like Nintendo's famous video game character Mario.
    • Soos is shown as a large head eating the characters, a reference to Pac-Man.
    • Most of the credits scene is a reference to the classic game Super Mario Bros. 2, including Soos sleeping.
    • The cryptogram reads "Sorry Dipper, but your Wendy is in another castle". This is a reference to Super Mario Bros, where Toad would tell you "Sorry Mario, but your Princess is in another castle." throughout the game until the last level.

Little Dipper

  • The title of the episode refers to the constellation Ursa Minor, often referred to as the Little Dipper.
  • The crystal that grows or shrinks things when a beam of light passes through it may be a reference to The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, where a similar crystal was a key tool for the heroes.
  • Gummy Koalas are a spoof of Gummy Bears.
  • As Mabel turned on and held the flashlight, her pose was similar to a Jedi pose from the famous Star Wars franchise.
  • Mabel shouts into the closet "Expecto Wizardo!", a reference to the Harry Potter spell "Expecto Patronum!"
  • Dipper says oh!, a reference to Cartoon Network's Regular Show. Coincidentally, Alex Hirsch, the creator, was friends with Regular Show's creator, J.G. Quintel, at Cal Arts.
  • The "Maze of Mirrors" and the way Gideon smashes the mirrors is a reference to the Bruce Lee movie, Enter the Dragon.

Summerween

  • In the scene where the boy pair shows Grunkle 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 unusual pranks from YouTube videos (commonly referred to as "screamers"), and many other tricks.
  • When Waddles jumps out of Grunkle Stan's stomach, it 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 pop out of the human's chest, killing them.
  • The Summerween Trickster's first form and the overall events are a reference to the movie Trick 'r Treat, where people are killed by a small monster if they do not respect Halloween's traditions.
File:S1e12 loser candy.jpg
S1e12 zelda allusion

Dipper sliding between the Summerween Tricksters legs.

  • Dipper sliding between the Summerween Trickster's legs and attacking his back is a reference to the final boss in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, where Link must roll between Ganondorf's legs and attack his back to defeat him.
  • The Summerween Trickster being made of candy is an allusion to the The Nightmare Before Christmas villain Oogie Boogie, who was made of bugs.
  • Waddles' costume is similar to Animal Farm where, at the very end, the pigs start wearing suits.
  • Grunkle Stan calls himself the "Master of Fright," this quote, along with Stan's gesture, is another reference to The Nightmare Before Christmas in the song "Jack's Lament"
  • A candy called Blorch makes several cameos. This sweet shares the same name as a planet in Nickelodeon's Invader Zim, a planet is home to slaughtering rat people.
  • The candy Mr. Adequate-bar is a reference to the Mr. Goodbar candy bars.

Boss Mabel

Bottomless Pit!

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