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Background information
First episode "The Legend of the Gobblewonker"
Latest episode "Society of the Blind Eye"
Voice Alex Hirsch
Inspiration
Character information
Full name Fiddleford H. McGucket [1]
Other names Old Man McGucket
Age
Occupation
Affiliations
Goal To gain attention[2]
Home Gravity Falls Dump[3]
Relatives Lake Gravity Falls Ranger McGucket (son); Unnamed Ex-Wife
Pets Unnamed baby alligator[3]
Allies
Minions
Enemies
Likes Jigging[4]; Attention[2]; Sev'ral Timez[5]; musical spoons
Dislikes Being ignored; People making fun of him[2]
Powers and abilities Building robots[2]
Weapons
Fate
Quote "Well, first I just hootynanied up a bio mechanical brain-wave generator, and then I learned how to operate a stick shift with my beard."[2]
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Fiddleford H. McGucket,[1] or better known as Old Man McGucket, is an elderly resident of Gravity Falls, a part-time inventor, and the self-proclaimed "local kook."

History

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Old Man McGucket reveals his motives for building his Gobblewonker robot.

Old Man McGucket is first seen in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker," where he is running up to everyone and telling them that he saw the Gobblewonker, and that it destroyed his boat. However, he is made fun of by the crowd and the police. Later, it is revealed that he built a mechanical version of The Gobblewonker to gain attention because his son, who is embarrassed by him, never wants to spend time with him anymore. He tells the twins that he also made a homicidal Pterodactyl robot when his wife left him, and an 80 ton 'shame bot' when his friend Ernie didn't come to his retirement party. He then went back inside his robot to continue work on a death ray.

McGucket appears next in "Headhunters." He was present at the re-opening of the Gravity Falls wax museum, and he asks if the wax statues are alive and if he can survive the wax man uprising, to which Mabel answers yes. Dipper and Mabel later find him at the junkyard. They wave at him to see if he uses his right or left hand most frequently, and he responds to them by waving his right hand, which has a young alligator biting down on it.

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McGucket, Mabel and Gideon Gleeful on the lake at night.

In "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel," he rows the gondola that Mabel and Gideon Gleeful use on their date.

In "Dipper vs. Manliness," McGucket is seen drinking coffee at Greasy's Diner.

He also attends Grunkle Stan's party in "Double Dipper". Pacifica Northwest bribes him with money to applaud for her, causing her to win the Party crown.

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McGucket reads to some kids at the library.

He appears in "Irrational Treasure," celebrating Pioneer Day by gold panning and telling children at the library to eat books.

In "The Time Traveler's Pig," he appears when Mabel, Dipper and Blendin Blandin time-travel to events from previous episodes.

He appears in "Fight Fighters" at the arcade playing the defective arcade game, "Ho-Down Hero" and says he has been "jigging for seven days straight!".

In "Little Dipper," he is seen at Gleeful's Auto Sale, wanting to buy a damaged used car. McGucket later wins ten million dollars by being the runner-up winner in a contest (the first place winner was Grunkle Stan, who turned down the offer). He then eats the check.

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McGucket and Dipper on Summerween.

In "Summerween," he is about to blow out the final Summerween Jack-o'-Melon, but Dipper, Mabel, Candy, and Grenda stop him from doing so.

In "Bottomless Pit!," he appears in Dipper's story, "Voice Over," as he gives Dipper a voice-altering formula when he is embarrassed by his voice cracking. After Dipper comes back, unsatisfied with the voice induced by the formula, McGucket gives him another, though Dipper does not drink this one.

In "The Deep End," McGucket can be seen hanging out in the Gravity Falls Pool. He later puts lotion all over his body in front of the public, much to their disgust.

In "Carpet Diem," he is seen chasing Soos (in Waddles' body) in order to eat him. He ends up changing bodies with Candy Chiu and other characters when he follows Soos into the room with the Electron Carpet at the Mystery Shack. After everyone changed back to their normal bodies, McGucket still threatened to eat Soos.

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Old Man McGucket with Mabel, Candy and Grenda.

In "Boyz Crazy," McGucket appears at the Gravity Falls Civic Center and Buffet when Mabel, Candy and Grenda practice their "obsessed boy band scream". McGucket is apparently a fan of Sev'ral Timez, as he is later seen cheering at their concert. He is also spotted riding through the crowd in the background at the end of the concert.

In "Land Before Swine," Old Man McGucket first appears at the abandoned church where he tags along with the gang to find Waddles in the abandoned mines and to get back his musical spoons that were stolen by the enraged pterodactyl. After Soos breaks Dipper's lantern, everyone begins to fight but Old Man McGucket holds up a new lantern, saying that he fixed it, unaware of the adult pterodactyl behind him. Later, in the baby pterodactyl's nest, Dipper asks him if he has any inventions that could save them. He rumages through his hat for a while and then says "nope". Old Man McGucket then ends up getting eaten by a baby pterodactyl, and pops out for a few seconds, but then gets gobbled up once again. Later, he is shown popping up from the hole in the church and saying "I just ate my way through a dinosaur!" while playing the spoons and laughing insanely.

McGucket was then enlisted in building the Gideon-Bot for Gideon in "Gideon Rises," apparently having optimistic thoughts about the child psychic.

In "Mabel's Guide to Fashion," Mabel, Candy and Grenda give him a "flash makeover," which amounts to them drawing a smiley face on the back of his head, covering his actual face with his beard, and having him walk backwards. He doesn't mind walking backwards, claiming it's the way his body naturally wants to move.

In "Scary-oke," he attended the after party as one of the guests, and is seen dancing.

In "The Golf War," McGucket is asleep on the course, appearing confused about his location after being awoken by Mabel's golf ball. He is later referenced in a cryptogram appearing after the credits.

In "Sock Opera," he appears in sock puppet form in a dream Mabel has during the credits.

In the "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" segment "Hands Off," he is seen at the Gravity Falls Swap Meet, running a stall that sells "Whosits and Whatsits."

Appearance

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Old Man McGucket without his hat.

Old Man McGucket is the "old town kook" of Gravity Falls[2]. He sports a long white beard with a band-aid, and has shown the ability to use it as a limb. He has a large pink nose with a few warts on it, and a cast on his right arm. He wears an old brown hat and brown overalls which are covered by his unusually long beard. Around his feet he wears white bandages. He is missing many teeth and has one gold tooth. He is also bald.

Personality

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Old Man McGucket laughs maniacally.

McGucket is the local kook, and is, as the title implies, mildly crazy. However, it is shown that he is quite intelligent, and has the ability to create giant robot contraptions[2]. This plays into his insanity, as he uses them for things like getting attention from his son, revenge against an old colleague for not coming to his retirement party, etc. He can seem to be a bit depressed at times, but this is only for brief moments. Instead, he's usually optimistic and occasionally even helpful[6]. He usually enjoys dancing redicusoulsly and making up odd words and phrases. (e.g. scrapdoodle, smitheroons, donkey spittle[2], shim-sham, etc.).

Relationships

Dipper and Mabel Pines

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Old Man McGucket proclaims his alleged monster encounter to the twins.

Like the rest of the town, Dipper and Mabel think Old Man McGucket is crazy and are puzzled by his strange behavior; these major turn-offs contribute to the twins' lack of desire to interact with the old man.[3][7] McGucket typically maintains a friendly attitude toward the kids, despite the fact that they do not return the action.[3] McGucket occasionally gets involved in the kids' adventures, even playing a significant role at times.[2]

Lake Gravity Falls Ranger McGucket

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Lake Gravity Falls Ranger McGucket shuns his father.

Despite Old Man McGucket's love for his son and aspirations to spend time with him, Lake Ranger McGucket tends to avoid his father, for fear of embarrassment. Thus, the father becomes even more starved of attention and will go to ever greater lengths to catch his son's attention, but always unsuccessfully.[2]

Unnamed wife

McGucket was previously married to an unnamed woman. But for reasons unknown she left him, which caused him to create a homicidal pterodactyltron. The incident was reported in the Gravity Falls Gossiper.[2]

Gideon Gleeful

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McGucket, Mabel and Gideon Gleeful on the lake at night.

Old Man McGucket has been shown to, on occasion, work for Gideon Gleeful; for example: manning the boat for Gideon and Mabel's "date"[8] as well as building his Gideon-bot for him.[9] Why he does these things and the full extent of their relationship is currently unknown. However, he does state that "I have a good feeling about that kid," suggesting that he is helping Gideon purely based on an inference.

Sightings

Season 1

Season 2

Shorts

Games

Quotes

"Aw, donkey spittle! Banjo polish!"
-Old Man McGucket[source]

"Come quick before it scrap-doodles away!"
-Old Man McGucket to the Unnamed fishermen[source]

"Old Man McGucket, local kook. Are the wax figures alive? And follow up question: can I survive the wax man uprising?"
-Old Man McGucket[source]

"You can run, but I'll still be in your niiightmares!"
-Old Man McGucket yelling to a kid[source]

"I just ate my way through a dinosaur!"
-Old Man McGucket[source]

"Old Man McGucket spitting in a bucket!"
-Old Man McGucket[source]

Trivia

  • Old Man McGucket was originally named "Crazy Larry."[10]
  • In an interview, Alex Hirsch joked about killing off Old Man McGucket in Season 2.[11]
  • Old Man McGucket seems to have a recurring theme of eating strange things. By the end of Season 1, he appears to have eaten a baby pterodactyl, a book, and a novelty check. He also tried to eat Soos while he was in Waddles' body. When Soos explained that he was actually a human, McGucket replied "That's what they all say!"
  • He has been referenced in multiple cryptograms.
    • In the game PinesQuest, there is a cryptogram which when decoded reads "OLDMANMCGKNOWS."
    • At the end of "The Golf War," there is one that deciphers to: "Old man sleeping on the green. Can't help but wonder what he's seen."
  • McGucket has seen terrible sights.[12]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Little Dipper" Tim McKeon (writer) and Aaron Springer, Joe Pitt (directors). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. September 28, 2012. No. 11, season 1
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 "The Legend of the Gobblewonker". Michael Rianda, Alex Hirsch (writers) & John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. June 29, 2012. No. 2, season 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Headhunters". Aury Wallington, Alex Hirsch (writers) & John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. June 30, 2012. No. 3, season 1
  4. "Fight Fighters" Zach Paez, Alex Hirsch (writers) and John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. September 14, 2012. No. 10, season 1
  5. "Boyz Crazy" Matt Chapman & Alex Hirsch (writers) and John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. April 19, 2013. No. 17, season 1
  6. "Land Before Swine" Matt Chapman & Alex Hirsch (writers) and John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. June 28, 2013. No. 18, season 1
  7. "Bottomless Pit!" Alex Hirsch & Michael Rianda (writers) and Aaron Springer, Joe Pitt (directors). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. March 1, 2013. No. 14, season 1
  8. "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel". Zach Paez, Alex Hirsch (writers) & John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. July 6, 2012. No. 4, season 1
  9. "Gideon Rises" Matt Chapman, Alex Hirsch, & Michael Rianda (writers) and John Aoshima & Joe Pitt (directors). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. August 2, 2013. No. 20, season 1
  10. [:File:Fishing_episode_thumbs_pg.2.jpg Production art]
  11. Nerdist
  12. 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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