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Rumble McSkirmish is a 16-bit video game character who is brought out of his game by Dipper Pines. He protects Dipper from Robbie Valentino under the belief that Robbie had killed Dipper's father, until Dipper confesses that he lied to Rumble.

During Weirdmageddon, he is freed once more, but defects from Bill Cipher's regime and reconciles with Dipper.

Appearance[]

Paul Robertson Fight Fighters Rumble idle

Rumble is made up of pixels, making him seem "blurry" as a result. According to Dipper, the pixels he is made up of are rather sharp. He has a blond mullet with a red band around his head, and is shirtless. He is very muscular and equally strong. He has tape on his forearms and wears cut indigo pants and a red belt similar to the band around his head. He has 屁, the Chinese character for "buttocks" and "fart", tattooed on his back. He wears an eye patch on his left eye, and wears no shoes. As shown in the picture, he is constantly in movement, even when standing in place.

History[]

Season 1[]

Rumble McSkirmish is a playable fighter in Fight Fighters, an arcade game that Dipper Pines and Wendy Corduroy like to play. Once, Dipper brought him into the real world by using the "ultimate power code" that he found on the lower left side of the arcade game. It said that to unleash the ultimate power to the game, he would have to hit a combination of buttons in order.

Since Dipper was his fighter in the game, Rumble McSkirmish made it his goal to protect him, and Dipper allowed Rumble to think that Robbie Valentino killed his father, which Dipper decided to use to his advantage in an upcoming fight with Robbie. But then, Dipper soon loses control of Rumble during the fight. Rumble chases Robbie through Main Street, where he destroys many things in the process, such as fire hydrants and cars.

After finally catching his prey at the water tower, Rumble finds out that Dipper had lied and Robbie didn't kill his father. This leads Rumble to believe that instead of Robbie being the "boss fight," it is actually Dipper. Following a greatly one-sided fight, he performs a ridiculously massive combo, and absolutely annihilates Dipper. Then, since he had beaten "the boss," the game ends, and a game over sign appears and Rumble disappears.

Season 2[]

Rumble reappears in "Soos and the Real Girl" where he inhabits an arcade machine at Hoo-Ha Owl's Pizzamatronic Jamboree). He calls .GIFfany "a new challenger," when she briefly appears in the game before subsequently being zapped by her.

In "Society of the Blind Eye," he is mentioned when Robbie's memory tube is played.

Rumble returns in "Weirdmageddon Part 1," during Weirdmageddon when many video game characters in the arcade are released from their games by a rogue weirdness wave.

As seen in "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls," Rumble is among the refugees hiding out at the Mystery Shack, and has gained a different outlook on life, accepting that some fights cannot be won, and renaming himself "Humble McSkirmish." Once Bill Cipher is erased and Stan Pines sacrifices his memories to kill the the former in order to save the world, Rumble and the other supernatural beings who were released into the real world by Bill, vanish back to their home world as Rumble bids his allies a farewell by giving them a thumbs up and gains 100 points before vanishing back to his video game world.

Sightings[]

Season 1

Season 2

Games

Quotes[]

"Doctor Karate! You killed my father again!"
—Rumble McSkirmish[source]

"YOU WILL TAKE THAT BAAACKKKK!!!!!!!!"
—Rumble McSkirmish[source]

"Fireball! Upper cut! Downer cut! Bowl of punch!"
—Rumble McSkirmish[source]

"You can hide, but you can not hide!"
—Rumble McSkirmish[source]

"My entire journey, a lie. My honor has been insulted. Sensei warned me not to join the path of evil. The boy has led me astray from my teachings. If Robbie V is not my last stage, then it must be... YOOOOOOOOOUUUUU!!!!!"
—Rumble McSkirmish[source]

"Ha ha ha! You fight like a girl, who is also a baby!"
—Rumble McSkirmish[source]

"Ha! A new challenger approaches! Prepare to be- dah!!!"
—Rumble McSkirmish[source]

"Never underestimate that I have punches!"
—Rumble McSkirmish[source]

"Do not be afraid. Weirdmageddon has taught me that there are some battles that I cannot win. I am now Humble McSkirmish."
—Humble McSkirmish[source]

Trivia[]

  • Rumble McSkirmish is the main antagonist of the online game Rumble's Revenge.
  • All of Rumble's animation in every appearance he makes is done by Paul Robertson.
  • While walking on the street, Rumble pulls out a pipe and says he got it from an oil drum. This is a reference to games such as Final Fight, where food and weapons can be found by hitting containers like oil drums and crates.
  • The four words and phrases that Mabel Pines had Rumble say were "effervescence," "apple fritter," "riboflavin," and "Poop! Poop and butts!" 
  • It is shown Rumble takes a huge offense to lying, even saying it brought him in on the path of evil.
  • At one point, Rumble asks Dipper Pines to take him to the Soviet Union, unaware that it has not existed since December 1991. This is a reference to a famous quirk in Street Fighter II. The original game, released in summer of 1991, contains a "USSR" stage. Several upgraded editions of the game were made in the following years which changed and updated various aspects of the game. Despite this, the "USSR" stage retained its name, even in versions released years after the Soviet Union fell.
  • Rumble destroying a car is a reference to a bonus stage which appears in both Street Fighter II and Final Fight. In the latter game, successfully destroying the car will cause a character to run onscreen and say "Oh, my car," in a famously emotionless manner. This line is referenced directly in the episode.
  • Rumble punching an oil drum and finding a large pipe inside, finding a sword lying in the street and even the GO! letters that appeared after destroying random things in the street are references to beat-em-up video games such as Final Fight and Streets of Rage, where such weapons could be found lying around on the ground or concealed inside objects like oil drums.
  • Rumble chasing Robbie Valentino down a building's fire escape while throwing barrels at him is a reference to Donkey Kong.
  • In a press release mentioning a sequel to Rumble's Revenge, his name is misspelled as "Rumble McSquirmish."
  • Rumble claims that he possesses no looking up animation. This is clearly a contradiction, however, as earlier on in the episode he tilts his entire head and spine backward when asking the arcade's change machine to change him in a "powerful wolf." Rumble noticeably tilts his head back again when Mabel has Rumble say "Riboflavin!"
    • But even with his claimed inability, Rumble seems to have little trouble jumping and punching many things above his eye level even when he doesn't move his head. Rumble punches a hole in the ceiling of the Mystery Shack's kitchen, and snaps off telephone poles and trees. Rumble apparently doesn't feel the need to look up when lifting Robbie above his head for a body slam.
    • Rumble presumably has no more trouble than a normal human using just his eyes to look upward. And may have done so when Robbie tried to hide on top of the water tower. Unfortunately, Rumble is off camera when he calls out Robbie for his lofty hiding spot. Rumble may be slightly tilting back his head when pointing up at Robbie, but the exact degree is difficult to judge. In any case it is a far less dramatic example at the water tower than the earlier cited instances of Rumble's upward head movement.
  • Rumble's request that the arcade's change machine change him into a "powerful wolf" is a reference to the arcade beat 'em up game Altered Beast, in which each stage offered the chance to transform the player character into a humanoid beast with unique abilities. The first of these is a wolf.
  • Rumble is a parody of Ryu, the popular lead protagonist from the Street Fighter series. The Fireball that he shoots bears a resemblance to the Hadouken, one of Ryu's signature moves. His appearance also incorporates design elements of Ryu's Street Fighter stablemate Ken and Bare Knuckle/Streets of Rage protagonist Axel Stone. His Super Combo is also a reference to Ryu's deadly rival Akuma and his Shun Goku Satsu Super move, with even a Kanji-like letter appearing behind him after doing it. His obsession with avenging fathers might be a reference to the protagonist of the Fatal Fury series, Terry Bogard.
  • In Gravity Falls: Journal 3, some facts are revealed about Rumble:
    • In Hoo-Ha Owl's Pizzamatronic Jamboree, Rumble enters into a relationship with .GIFfany after she gets trapped in his game.
    • Rumble is very thin when viewed from the side and his pixels are described as being very sharp.
    • It was believed that the reason why Rumble's bandanna and his belt is red because it's soaked in the blood of his enemies or it was soaked in a tomato juice.
    • Rumble's hair is always blowing in the wind, even when there is no wind.
    • Rumble's eyepatch flips sides every time he turns around.

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References[]

  1. Dipper's and Mabel's Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun! by Disney Book Group. October 7, 2014. Published by Disney Press. ISBN: 978-1484710807.

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