Bill Cipher is a mind demon that can enter a person's subconscious. He can be summoned using an incantation found on his page in Journal 2 under certain conditions: "Triangulum, entangulum. Veneforis dominus ventium. Veneforis venetisarium!", which, translated from its original Latin, comes out to: "Triangle, I invoke you. I come to the defensive barrier of the mind. I will see the barrier destroyed."
Bill and the symbol he's based on, the Eye of Providence, appear frequently in Gravity Falls. He was the unseen author of the cryptograms in the online game Rumble's Revenge. His name and existence is deduced by taking all the capital letters in the cryptograms from Rumble's Revenge, to form the message: "MY NAME IS BILL."
A picture of Bill is shown briefly at the end of the opening theme. A similar picture is seen in the entry about him in book 2. Encircling him are various symbols that link to various characters in the show. Most notably, when he appears physically for the first time, he refers to Dipper, Mabel, and Soos, as "Pine Tree, Shooting Star, and Question Mark" respectively. The entry also makes special note of the glasses symbol, the author of the book seemingly having been alarmed by this. Underneath "Name: ???" is the text: "This odd, triangular being has appeared in my dreams every night for weeks."
His full name appears in his entry in book 3. Behind his name is a message encrypted with a symbol substitution cipher; when decoded it reads: "Liar Monster. Snappy Dresser." There are various notes scattered about the page, such as "Is he watching me?" and "Bill has proven himself to be one of the friendliest and most trustworthy individuals that I've ever encountered in my life. What a guy! I honestly can't trust him more. Not evil in any way, Bill is a true gentleman." However, the latter note is crossed out and below another note reading "Can't Be..." can be found written in red ink . On the next page, a diagram of a human head and various aspects of its mind is shown, its top being opened up for a drawing of Bill to enter it. In the lower left corner of the page "DO NOT SUMMON AT ALL COSTS!" is written in large, red letters. The rest of the page is spattered with a dark red substance...
"Dreamscaperers" is the first time Bill is directly addressed and introduced in the series. Gideon Gleeful, in an attempt to take over the Mystery Shack once again, summons him. Gideon tells him to steal Stan's safe combination directly from his head, so that Gideon can steal the Shack's deed. Bill agrees once he knows it's Stan, but in return Gideon would have to help him in his own plans, which are not revealed to the viewer. Gideon agrees immediately and the two shake on it. Unbeknownst to Gideon, Mabel and Soos witnessed the deal in the forest, and get Dipper's help to follow him into Stan's mind.
Once inside Stan's head, Bill confronts the trio, and brags that he knows what they're all thinking. To prove his statement, he summons Xyler and Craz from Mabel's imagination. He tricks Mabel and Soos into looking for the memory of Stan's safe combination first, knowing they'd lead him straight to it. At some point Soos is separated from everyone else, and Bill takes his place. Once they find the correct memory he takes it and nearly escapes with it. But while he reads the combination out loud to Gideon (who he was connected to), Mabel shoots the memory door into another memory of the bottomless pit with a nyarf dart. Gideon breaks off their deal, to Bill's fury. Bill turns his anger toward Mabel and Soos by bringing their nightmares to life and killing Xyler and Craz.
Dipper returns in a timely manner and tells Mabel and Soos that while they are in Stan's mindscape they can do whatever they want. They battle Bill and he is nearly defeated. And just as though it seems he will be forced out of Stan's head, he puts a stop to everything instead. Impressed, he decides to let them go, and after warning them of a mysterious darkness that will change everything they care about, he tells them that he'll be watching them. He leaves in a wheel almost identical to the one that appears in his entry in book 2.
Bill is an insane and physically irreverent demon who finds most things amusing (although no one is really sure why). He's outrageous and outlandish, as well as a quick talker and thinker. Though he may come across as simply annoying, he's not to be taken lightly; when angered, he's a force to be reckoned with.
AppearanceEye of Providence. He has a single large eye rimmed with four short lashes on its top and bottom. He moves around largely by floating about, and rarely actually stands on his own two feet. He has thin, black limbs, wears a small, black bow tie, and has a tall, thin, black top hat that he "wears" which floats just above his head. His arms do not seem to be in any fixed position, and can be moved along his perimeter without any difficulty. He has also been seen carrying a small, black cane. He also seems to bear resemblance to the Eye of Providence, found on the dollar bill (which could be a reference to his name).
Powers and abilities
Bill's powers seem to be focused around the mind and mental manipulation including:
- The ability to enter and exit an individual's mind through their dreams.
- The ability to conjure anything he can perceive within a mind.
- The ability to make demonic contracts.
- The ability to communicate with an individual by creating a viewing screen on his body.
- The ability to store people in his body with them having only a recollection of right before entry upon release.
- The ability to alter his body's shape and form and produce images on his body.
- The ability to put people in the surrounding area in a trance like state upon summoning to communicate with the summoner.
- The ability to conjure things from other individual's minds (Mostly to use fears through combat).
- The ability to freely alter his voice.
- The ability to take out deer teeth and put them back in (telekinesis).
- The ability to read minds (for example, Xyler and Craz were created when Bill read Mabel's mind).
- Bill appears to be only able to exist within a mind and therefore needs other individuals to act for him in the physical world.
- Bill can only destroy an individual who has no body in the physical world, his main form of offense is to torture people through their fears.
- Once one realizes the true power of a mind, they have just as much power over the mind realm as him and can even force him out.
The following are sightings of Bill and the Eye of Providence, before his physical appearance in "Dreamscaperers" :
|Gravity Falls theme song
|Top left of the scrolling page.|
In a page of book 2, hidden in one frame at the end of the intro.
Land Before Swine
|On the rug.|
|Shadow of stained glass window.|
|The window that melted Wax Abraham Lincoln.|
The stained glass window.
|The Hand That Rocks the Mabel
|"Bill Jar". Glass jar holding paint brushes in up right corner.|
|The window under Wendy's hangout spot.|
|On the right side of the bill.|
|The Time Traveler's Pig
|On the back of the playing card.|
|On the screen of an arcade game.|
|The Hand That Rocks the Mabel |
|Carpet pattern. Under chair and to the front left of Gideon.|
|On Dipper's shield.|
|The 'A' of Mystery Shack.|
|On a tube of makeup-gel.|
On the spine of "Boy Cray Cray."
"Deer teeth. For you, kid!"
"It's funny how dumb you are!"
"Remember, reality is an illusion, the universe is a hologram, buy gold, bye!"
"Until then I'll be watching you! I'll be watching you..."
- Intro: "Gravity Falls theme song"
- 101. "Tourist Trapped" (pictured)
- 103. "Headhunters" (pictured)
- 104. "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" (pictured)
- 105. "The Inconveniencing" (pictured)
- 108. "Irrational Treasure" (pictured)
- 109. "The Time Traveler's Pig" (pictured)
- 110. "Fight Fighters" (pictured)
- 111. "Little Dipper" (pictured)
- 112. "Summerween" (pictured)
- 113. "Boss Mabel" (pictured)
- 114. "Bottomless Pit!" (pictured)
- 116. "Carpet Diem" (pictured)
- 117. "Boyz Crazy" (pictured)
- 118. "Land Before Swine" (pictured)
- 119. "Dreamscaperers"
- 120. "Gideon Rises" (pictured)
- Oddity Creator (pictured)
- Mystery Shack Mystery (pictured)
- Postcard Creator (pictured)
- Fright Night (pictured)
- Rumble's Revenge (pictured)
- PinesQuest (pictured)
- He is based on the Eye of Providence, which is most commonly seen on the back of the American dollar bill.
- On the page about Bill in book 2, the -$12 bill says "Semper vigilantum," which in Latin means "always watching."
- Both Gideon and Dipper's journals contain sections on Bill, but whereas Gideon's journal contains instructions on how to summon Bill, Dipper's contains instructions on how to stop Bill if he is summoned.
- In the game Rumble's Revenge, one of the translated cryptograms says "i will be returning to gravity falLs …………," foreshadowing his appearance in "Dreamscaperers."
- When Bill Cipher states that "Reality is an illusion, the universe is a hologram," he is referencing both Einstein and The Matrix.
- Bill is the most powerful and intelligent magical creature, that Dipper and Mabel has faced.
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|Creatures Residing in Gravity Falls|
| Bigfoot | Bill | Candy monster | Chutzpar | Clones | Cooler Monster | Cursed Doors |
Cursed Egyptian super termites | Dinosaurs | Fairies | Floating Eyeballs | Ghosts | Giant spiders
Giant Vampire Bats | Gnomes | Gobblewonker | Gremloblin | Hide Behind | Island monster | Leaderaur
Lefty robot | Manotaurs | Mermando | Merpeople | Paper Jam Dipper | Mailbox | Multi-Bear
Ma and Pa Duskerton | Pterodactyl | Skull bats | Summerween Trickster | The Undead | Thing 26 | Tyrone
Wax figures | Xyler and Craz