Tourist TrappedThe Legend of the GobblewonkerHeadhuntersThe Hand That Rocks the MabelThe InconveniencingDipper vs. ManlinessDouble DipperIrrational TreasureThe Time Traveler's PigFight FightersLittle DipperSummerweenBoss MabelBottomless Pit!The Deep EndCarpet DiemBoyz CrazyLand Before SwineDreamscaperersGideon Rises


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

Tourist Trapped

The Legend of the Gobblewonker


The Hand That Rocks the Mabel

  • The name of the episode is a play on the phrase, "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."
  • When Mabel "bezazzles" her face, it is a reference to the real product, the Bedazzler.
  • While watching Gideon's commercial on TV, Mabel makes the same noise Scooby Doo makes when questioning something.
  • A billboard outside of the Gleeful residence has an icon that reads "Like from TV!" a reference to the "As seen on TV" icon.
  • The "Club Club" is a reference to the "Red Room" in the Black and White Lodge from the TV series Twin Peaks.

The Inconveniencing

  • The name of the haunted mini-mart, "Dusk 2 Dawn," is an allusion to the 1996 Quentin Tarantino movie, From Dusk Till Dawn.
  • Mabel running sideways on the ground after she climbs over the fence is similar to what Curly Howard does in The Three Stooges.
  • The article about "cheese crust pizza" alludes to the introduction of Pizza Hut's Stuffed Crust Pizza on March 26, 1995[2]
    • On May 2nd, 1995, Serbia launched a missile on Zagreb, referenced by the headline "(cut off) War or Something..." It was part of the Bosnian War.
  • The mints packaging is very similar to that of Mentos.
  • Smile Dip is a reference to Fun Dip.
  • The Smile Dip dogs are similar to Lisa Frank's Casey and Camus.
  • Thompson plays a game called Dancy Pants Revolution. This is a reference to the game Dance Dance Revolution.
  • 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!"
  • Mabel twisting her head 180 degrees while being possessed by a ghost is a reference to a scene in the movie The Exorcist, in which a demon, possessing a child, turns its head 180 degrees.[3]

Dipper vs. Manliness

  • The song Disco Girl by the girly Icelandic pop sensation BABBA is a reference to the song Dancing Queen by the Swedish pop group ABBA.
  • The jerky that Dipper is eating while in the forest has a picture of a man on the front of the bag bearing a striking resemblance to Hulk Hogan.
  • The Manotaurs are a reference to the mythological creature Minotaur.
  • One of the scenes in the training montage shows Dipper having his eyes held open by the Manotaurs and being shown inspirational posters, which is a reference to the Ludovico technique from the book and the movie, A Clockwork Orange.

Double Dipper

Irrational Treasure

The Time Traveler's Pig

Fight Fighters

  • The title of the episode and the arcade game Fight Fighters is an allusion to the Street Fighter series.
  • The character "Beastor" appears to be similar to Blanka from the Street Fighter series.
  • Rumble throwing barrels after Robbie, who must jump over them, is a reference to the arcade game Donkey Kong, in which the player must leap over barrels thrown by a gorilla.
  • Rumble McSkirmish punching the car in the "bonus round" is a reference to an identical bonus level in Street Fighter 2 and Final Fight. "Oh my Car" is a reference to a man saying the same at the end of the bonus round.
  • The combo move Rumble uses to defeat Dipper ends with the latter lying on the ground below the former, who faces away from the screen with a glowing red symbol on his back - a reference to Akuma from the Street Fighter series, whose infamous "Raging Demon" combo move ends this same way.
  • When Dipper is talking about power-ups to Rumble:
  • Games in the Arcade:
    • NORT: a backwards spelling of the 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.
  • The end credits scene contains several references:
    • The character select screen is modeled after that of Super Mario Bros. 2.
      • Mabel's character says "It's a-me, a-Mabel!", referencing Mario's catchphrase.
      • Stan is the tallest character, is slower than the others, and jumps higher. All of these are attributes of Luigi.
      • This sequence takes place in Soos' dream, much like the events of Super Mario Bros. 2 takes place in Mario's dream.
    • 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, in which Toad says, "Thank you, Mario, but our Princess is in another castle."

Little Dipper

  • The title of the episode refers to the constellation Ursa Minor, often referred to as the Little Dipper.
  • When trying to reveal the wizard, Mabel shouts "Expecto Wizarium," a reference to "Expecto Patronum," a spell from the Harry Potter series.
  • Gummy Koalas are a spoof of Gummy Bears.
  • The book on Gideon's desk, "In Art of War," is a reference to The Art of War.


  • The outfit Robbie is wearing when he and Wendy first show up at the Mystery Shack is a reference to the outift worn by Donnie in Donnie Darko.
  • When the boys tell Stan that they're not scared, Stan replies, "Oh, you will be. You will be." This is the same response Yoda gave Luke Skywalker to the latter not being scared in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • In the scene where the boys show 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 other pranks from YouTube videos (commonly referred to as "screamers"), and many other tricks.
S1e12 pig in stomach


  • Waddles jumping out of Stan's stomach 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 burst out of the human's chest, killing them. The same reference occurs when Soos bursts out of the Summerween Trickster, screeching.
  • The candy Mr. Adequate-bar is a reference to the Mr. Goodbar candy bars, and Count Discount to Count Chocula.
  • The Summerween Trickster's second form is an homage to Spirited Away's No Face.[4]
  • At the end of the episode, the pictures of Waddles with humorous captions are a reference to the well-known I Can Haz Cheezburger meme pictures.
  • The sword and shield that Dipper fights the Summerween Trickster with is a reference to the Master Sword and Hylian Shield that Link uses in various games from The Legend of Zelda series.
  • The horror movie that Stan was watching at the end of the episode is a parody of Invasion of the Saucer Men.
  • The score playing during the shower scene with Stan is The Murder from Psycho.[1]
  • The Summerween Trickster is voiced by Jeff Bennett, who you may recognize as another legendary haunt known for terrorizing children: Candlejack. Candlejack received some late internet fame for abducting people.

Boss Mabel

S1e13 Cash Wheel

Cash Wheel.

  • The game show Cash Wheel is a reference to Wheel of Fortune.
  • The Singin' Salmon is an allusion to Big Mouth Billy Bass.
  • Stan blowing the final question on Cash Wheel, the answer to which was something Stan had dismissed earlier in the episode, is a reference to "The $99,000 Answer", an episode of The Honeymooners.
  • When decoded, the cryptogram in the end credits reads "HEAVY IS THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE FEZ." This is a reference William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2, in which King Henry says the famous line, "uneasy lies the head that wears the crown," which is often misquoted as "heavy is the head that wears the crown (Act III, Scene i)."

Bottomless Pit!

S1e14 The stadium

The stadium in Stan's story.

  • Dipper saying, "How you diddly-doing, Soos?" is a reference to how Ned Flanders of The Simpsons talks.
  • Stan's story, "Grunkle Stan wins the football bowl", is a reference to the Super Bowl. Also, the uniforms of the football players in the story resemble the uniforms of the Green Bay Packers.

The Deep End

S1e15 free mermando

Free Mermando!

  • Before Mabel gives Mermando the sandwich, the score when Mabel bobs her head in and out of the water sounds similar to the famous Jaws score.
  • After Mermando is freed into Lake Gravity Falls, Mabel runs forward and he leaps over her in the same manner as the famous scene in Free Willy.
  • Wendy's role echoes to the character Wendy Peppercorn, from the coming-of-age film [wikipedia:The Sandlot|The Sandlot]. Peppercorn, also a lifeguard, is the object of character Squints' affection.

Carpet Diem

S1e16 like tetris

Tetris allusion.

Boyz Crazy

  • In the beginning of the song "Cray Cray," the set is from the NSYNC song "Bye Bye Bye."
    • When Ergman Bratsman told the clone to dance, the last part of it was a reference to the N'Sync's dance in their hit song "Bye Bye Bye."
    • When Creggy G jumps between Deep Chris, he appears to land in JC Chasez's pose in the second verse of "Bye Bye Bye."
  • The cover of the CD Robbie used to hypnotize Wendy alludes to the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis.
S1e17 snapping

Aggressively dancing.

  • The band "aggressively dancing at" Candy and Grenda is a reference to the musical play West Side Story.

Land Before Swine

S1e18 Mabel and Waddles side step on the counter

Pig Dance Party.

  • The title is a play on the title of the film series The Land Before Time, and also the phrase "Pearls before swine".
  • Several of Mabel's dance moves during her "Pig Dance Party" are similar to the famous montage scene in The Breakfast Club.
  • The scene picturing the mosquito in the sap is a reference to the Steven Spielberg movie Jurassic Park, which is a film adaptation based on Michael Crichton's [[wikipedia:Jurassic Park (novel)|novel] with the same name. Stan also says later that he should open a theme park with the dinosaurs: "Jurassic Sap Hole".
  • Bobby Renzobbi is a parody of Billy Mays, who was a television direct-response advertisement salesperson in real life.
  • When the pterodactyl "played dirty" it used [[wikipedia:Moe Howard|Moe Howard's] signature eye poke, which worked even through Stan's glasses.
  • Stan yells, "From Heck's heart, I stab at thee" referencing the quote "From Hell's heart, I stab at thee" by Ahab from the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick.
  • The scene in which a flying beast, in this instance a pterodactyl, grabs and flies away with a pig, is a reference to a similar instance in the 1985 Disney Classic The Black Cauldron.


S1e19 Conflict Boat

Conflict boat.

S1e19 bill knows lots of things

Bill knows lots of things...

S1e19 Dream Boy High

Dream Boy High.

  • The logo on the "Dream Boy High" VHS cover is a reference to Jem and the Holograms.
  • The general look of Xyler and Craz is based on the Bill & Ted from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.[citation needed]
  • The incantation Dipper says to transport them all into Stan's mind includes a jab at the movie Inception. One part of the incantation is "Inceptus Nolanus overratus," which is broken Latin, essentially meaning "Nolan's Inception is overrated."
  • The Bijou Theater is an homage to the Bijou Theater at CalArts which is the campus projection room at the school Alex Hirsch attended.[6]
  • The end credits are an homage to the opening credits of the TV series Twin Peaks.
    • Like Angelo Badalamenti's instrumental "Falling," the Gravity Falls Theme Song plays over a very slow pan across a waterfall and down a lazy river through the forest.
    • A woodpecker can be heard, echoing the Bewick's Wren seen at the start of the Twin Peaks opening credit montage.
    • The Gravity Falls ending theme has been drastically slowed from its familiar racing beat down to the tempo of very relaxed breathing, matching the tempo of the Twin Peaks theme.
    • At this pace, the Gravity Falls theme only plays through halfway, trailing off just when we anticipate the theme's bridge picking up in intensity. This surprising tempo change is borrowed from a second track, the title track from Badalamenti and David Lynch's album Floating Into the Night, sung by Julee Cruise, composed by Angelo Badalamenti with lyrics written by David Lynch.
    • Once Twin Peaks had been canceled, Lynch wrote the finale to be the most dramatic and disturbing cliffhanger possible. When the frantic pace of the Mystery Shack's imminent destruction suddenly shifts into tranquility, the abrupt transition is familiarly Lynchean.

Gideon Rises

S1e20 presenting gideonland


  • The first few measures of the background music when Stan announces "The Mystery Shack's back" greatly resembles the intro to Bruno Mars' "Count On Me"
  • "Gideonland" and its logo design are references to Disneyland.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Psycho - Shower Scene (January 24, 2013). Retrieved on May 27, 2014.
  2. Wong, Venessa (February 1, 2013). Did Pizza Hut Really Invent the Stuffed Crust Pizza?.
  3. The Exorcist: Head Spin (June 1, 2011). Retrieved on May 27, 2015. NOTE: Must be 18+ to view.
  4. Houghton, Chris. Tumblr Post ID 33097775227.
  5. NKOTB In Step, Outta Time cartoon part 1 (May 18, 2008).
  6. Tweet Number 355906348782874625. (broken link)

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