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.


Multiple episodes

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


Multiple episodes

  • Gravity Falls, Oregon - Fictional Gravity Falls resembles the real Oregon Vortex, a tourist destination since 1930. Located in southern Oregon between Medford and Grants Pass, Oregon, the Oregon Vortex is an area of mystery with its highlight the House of Mystery, originally a mining storage shack. The name Gravity Falls may be a subtle play on southern Oregon's Klamath Falls which is notable today mainly for its current lack of falls.
  • Characters frequently drink "Pitt" soda. Given the similarity in the name and color of the can, this is a reference to Mr. Pibb soda. Joe Pitt was one of the directors of the series.


  • 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 other do not translate into anything understandable in English.
  • Mabel and Dipper walk past a taxidermied Jackalope.
  • 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.
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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 UFO's, and the position is an allusion to the fake photo of two UFO's over the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • The Konami Code is also visible.
  • Paul Bunyan appears in the first few seconds of the theme song.


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

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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?" 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

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  • 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.
  • '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 where Dipper confronts Gideon is a direct reference to the "Red Room" in the Black and White Lodge from the TV series Twin Peaks.

The Inconveniencing

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USA Newz

S1e5 smile dip

Smile Dip

Dipper vs. Manliness

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Disco Girl

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Double Dipper

  • The song that Mabel sings, "Don't Start Un-Believing," is an allusion to the song "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey.
  • Pacifica Northwest's name is a pun on the U.S. region "Pacific Northwest," a 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 pack is an allusion to the the Handi-Pak.

Irrational Treasure

The Time Traveler's Pig

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  • At the end of the episode, Dipper quotes the line, "That'll do pig. That'll do." from the film "Babe."
  • 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 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

  • The title of the episode is an allusion to Street Fighter series.
  • Rumble McSkirmish is an amalgamation of Ken Masters, Ryu, and Sagat from the Street Fighter series.
  • Dipper chases Rumble McSkirmish and Robbie to "Barrel and Crates Incorperated," a reference to the classic Donkey Kong games.
  • The seen on the street where there are objects just lying around is a direct refrence from Scott Pilgrim Vs the World: The Game.
  • Rumble McSkirmish punching the car in the "bonus round" is a reference to an identical bonus level in Street Fighter 2 and Final Fight, and how you defecr objects like cars in Scott Pilgrim Vs the World: The Game.
  • 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.
  • Rumble McSkirmish kicks Robbie off the water tower and grabs him, the announcer says "Finish him!" which is a direct reference to Mortal Kombat
  • Rumble's pose when he defeats Dipper is an allusion to Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Games in the Arcade:
    • Nort, the backwards spelling of classic sci-fi movie Tron.
      • 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.
    • BG Painter Extreme.
  • Credits:
    • In the end credits, Mabel's video game character says "It's a me, a Mabel", like the video game character Mario.
    • Most of the credits scene is a reference to the classic game Super Mario Bros. 2, including Soos sleeping.
    • In the end credits, 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, where Toad would tell you your princess in another castle.

Little Dipper

  • The title of the episode refers to the constellation, Ursa Minor. It's often referred to as Little Dipper.
  • Gummy Koalas is a spoof of Haribo.
  • Mabel shouts into the closet "Expecto Wizardo!", a reference to the Harry Potter spell "Expecto Patronum!"
  • After Dipper won the chest match he yelled OH! which is a reference to Cartoon Network's Regular Show.


  • When the pig 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.

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