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Pacifica Northwest
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Background information
First episode "Double Dipper"
Latest episode "Northwest Mansion Mystery"
Voice Jackie Buscarino
Inspiration
Character information
Full name Pacifica Elise Northwest[1]
Other names Party Queen[2]
Miss Gravity Falls[1]
Age Born late 1990s–early 2000s
Occupation Most popular girl in Gravity Falls
Affiliations Northwest family
Goal
Home Northwest Manor, Gravity Falls, Oregon
Relatives

Preston Northwest (father)
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Mrs. Northwest (mother)
Nathaniel Northwest (great-great grandfather)
Great-Great Grandmother Northwest (great-great grandmother)
Dr. Northwest (ancestor)
Mr. Northwest (ancestor)

Pets Unnamed dog
Allies
Minions
Enemies

Mabel Pines (former)
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Likes

Singing
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Mini-golf
Being set apart from the other Northwests

Dislikes

Losing
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The pits of Pitt Cola
Being wrong
Her family's negative history[3][1]
Mabel's silliness[3]
Being called a stereotype

Powers and abilities Manipulation
Popularity
Singing
Mini-golf
Weapons
Fate
Quote "Our family name is broken, and I'm gonna fix it!"
Signature

Pacifica Elise Northwest[1] (born late 1990s–early 2000s) is the most popular girl in Gravity Falls and the diametric opposite of Mabel Pines.[4] Her popularity stems from her family's wealth and prestige of being the great-great-granddaughter of supposed town founder Nathaniel Northwest.

History

Season 1

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Pacifica wins the party crown contest by cheating.

Pacifica is first seen in "Double Dipper," when she competes with Mabel for the title of Party Queen at the Mystery Shack party. She and Mabel sing and dance, showing that Pacifica is a very good singer and dancer. However, the crowd chooses Mabel, probably because of her spirit and friendly disposition. But then Pacifica bribes Old Man McGucket with money and threatens people with an ice cold stare to get her just above Mabel and win the party crown. She then leaves with most of the crowd to go to her after-party on her parents' boat, and the crowd carries her away on their shoulders.

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Pacifica's Pioneer Day speech.

In "Irrational Treasure," she makes a speech for Pioneer Day, and then insults Mabel for her silliness of wearing a sweater of a dog playing basketball. She also taunts Grunkle Stan when he's put in the stockade. She is later informed by Dipper that her great-great grandfather, supposedly the founder of Gravity Falls, was a huge fraud. Dipper also gives her the secret cover-up document as proof. This seems to cause her great worry, as it would discredit her entire family.

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In an alternate timeline, Pacifica wins Waddles.

During "The Time Traveler's Pig," Pacifica appears at the Mystery Fair and makes a very unkind remark about Mabel. Later, when Mabel and Dipper are traveling through time, the two accidentally create an alternate timeline where Pacifica is the winner of Mabel's prized pig, Waddles. This horrifies Mabel, who convinces Dipper to go back in time and reverse the incident. At the end of the episode, Pacifica is seen being attacked by a chicken she won instead of Waddles.

She makes an extremely short cameo in "The Deep End," although only her hair can be seen. This appearance is at the Gravity Falls Pool.

She makes another cameo in "Boyz Crazy," entering the Gravity Falls Civic Center and Buffet with her friends to watch the Sev'ral Timez concert. She is seen buying tickets, and later watching the concert, holding up a sign that says "Sev'ral Timez." 

In "Gideon Rises," she is shown through one of Gideon's surveillance cameras, throwing darts at a picture of Mabel.

Shorts

In "Mabel's Guide to Colors," Pacifica surprisingly takes part in Mabel's survey of Gravity Falls' favorite colors. Pacifica answers with barely a hint of mockery.

Season 2

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Pacifica demonstrates her high skills in mini-golf.

In "The Golf War," Pacifica and her family arrive at the mini golf course just as Mabel has missed a hole-in-one shot on the windmill hole. They proceed to face off to the Pines family and Soos, with Pacifica giving a different insult nickname to each one. Soon after, Mabel publicly insults Pacifica and challenges her to a rematch. After discovering the Lilliputtians, Mabel has them sabotage Pacifica's game for her. However, one group decides to kill Pacifica instead, requiring Mabel to save her. After they get away from the Lilliputtians, Pacifica grudgingly accepts both Mabel's apology and an offer of a ride home. It is shown in the episode that she does not live a normal life. She receives a lot of pressure from her parents to be the best at everything, does not know how to react to common behavior (like eating in the car or sharing), and lives in a mansion with fountains and peacocks. She also does not receive much moral support from her parents as they often put important parties and business matters before her.

A tube labeled "Pacifica Memories" appears among other citizens' memory tubes in "Society of the Blind Eye," revealing that at some point in her life, the Blind Eye Society deleted her memory of something supernatural.

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Pacifica and Dipper being pursued by the ghost.

In "Northwest Mansion Mystery," Pacifica enlists Dipper's help to rid her house of a ghost. She goes around with him while Dipper attempts to capture the spirit, and eventually befriends him. She later abandons her stuck up ways in order to save the party guests from the ghost, by opening up the mansion gates to the low-class citizens, fulfilling the promise from her ancestors. She shows huge character development in this episode, and is shown to finally be able to stand up to her controlling parents.

Personality

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Pacifica pulls the lever to open the gate to the common-folk of the town.

Up until "Northwest Mansion Mystery," Pacifica was stuck-up, sarcastic, rude, arrogant, snotty, and mean. She was a stereotypical popular blonde girl, having money, style, and talent. She was the show's diva and looked down cruelly on "weirdos" such as Mabel and her friends Candy and Grenda[2], and lorded her ancestry over the people of Gravity Falls[3]. Her parents spoiled her and seemed to encourage her cruel behavior[3] which had greatly affected her psyche, to the point of valuing what her parents drive into her: money, winning and looks.[5] She seemed to think that her family is better than everybody else's, and that they are perfect. When Dipper gave her undeniable proof of her family's fraudulence she did not take it very well initially, but eventually got over it because "money makes problems go away." However in "Northwest Mansion Mystery," she has a complete change of heart towards everyone and becomes a friend to the common-folk of the town and the Pines family, especially Dipper. She and Mabel gained some common ground and she showed minor signs of humbling after almost being left for dead at the hands of the Lilliputtians and getting a ride home in the Pines family's car. She even compliments Soos's "W-neck" idea, and tells Mabel that she had fun playing mini golf.[5] Pacifica has shown a certain amount of naivety in regards to common acts of kindness such as sharing, or even actions that are unfitting of the upper class such as eating in the car. It is revealed in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" that Pacifica acts the way she does because her parents keep her in line with their tight standards on what being a Northwest entails. She also makes a breakthrough by setting herself aside from the other Northwests, displaying altruistic traits when her parents tried to dissuade her otherwise.

Appearance

Pacifica Render

Pacifica has long blonde hair with bell-like bangs and usually wears a purple jacket with a short lavender dress, along with a periwinkle belt. She also wears black leggings with cream colored boots. She wears heavy purple eyeshadow and lavender hoop earrings.

During Pioneer Day, she wore a light turquoise dress with a purple belt around it, and a yellow belt buckle in the front. She also wears black leggings underneath her cream boots and has a coonskin cap. Attached to her ears are purple arrowhead earrings and she has a skinny purple bracelet around her arm. She is still wearing the heavy purple eyeshadow.

When playing mini-golf, Pacifica wears a purple t-shirt (with her monogram written in pink on the right side of her chest), a white skirt, a white glove on her right hand, a purple wristband on her left arm, pink socks with purple diamond patterns, diamond earrings, and white golfing shoes.

At her fancy party, she began off wearing a simple "lake-foam green" dress, and has notable waves in her hair. This dress also has a green bow around the waist, with matching green gloves, a matching choker with a diamond set in it, and the diamond earrings from her golfing outfit. She later wears a purple dress with black puffy shoulder sleeves (and a similar black rim at the bottom of the gown), an oval purple neck-piece, and earrings sporting two diamonds per ear. She wears lighter purple-pinkish high heel shoes with a diamond on each.

Relationships

Mabel Pines

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Mabel and Pacifica's opposite personalities tend to clash.

Since first meeting her at a party, Pacifica had been a rival towards Mabel. It's noted that Pacifica's serious and proud demeanor is arranged to be a complete contrast to Mabel's sillier and empathetic nature. She labels Mabel as weird, silly, and a "lower" person and never misses a moment to insult her. Mabel likewise disliked Pacifica as she didn't see any redeeming qualities in her attitude. The two do, however, begin to befriend each other following the events of "The Golf War," where Mabel admits that Pacifica was better at mini-golf and Pacifica admits that she had fun playing with her.

Dipper Pines

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A despairing Pacifica opens up to Dipper.

Pacifica does not associate much with Dipper but dismisses him as "lame." They possess a mutual dislike for each other mainly due to Pacifica's early mistreatment of Mabel as well her snobby personality and wealthy lifestyle. Despite Mabel and Pacifica overcoming their differences in "The Golf War," Dipper remained reluctant to accept her, often reminding others that she's "the worst." It would not be until "Northwest Mansion Mystery," when she enlists Dipper's help to get rid of a ghost in her home, that they began to be somewhat amiable (she even looks genuinely happy when she had thought he would stay to join the party). Though this new found acceptance had been strained due to the collective family lying to him into exorcising the ghost instead of keeping an age-old promise, he later apologizes to Pacifica when he sees that she's remorseful for lying and is ashamed of her family and herself, and assures her that she doesn't have to be like her parents. After the incident, they are seen enjoying each other's company.

Preston and Mrs. Northwest

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Pacifica's parents would rather attend a party than watch her mini golf tournament.

Pacifica's parents often pressure her, reminding her to place high value on winning and looks. They do not provide much moral support for her, as business matters and parties often take priority over watching her compete and being there for her. It is revealed in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" that her parents are very controlling over her, using a bell to keep her in line. She is also afraid to go against her parents because of this, but by the end of the episode, she chooses to open the mansion gates to save everyone, against her father's orders. Afterwards she enjoys stepping on her parent's favorite carpet with mud during the party to assert a new found freedom.

Sightings

Season 1

Shorts

Season 2

Games

Quotes

"Honestly, who's gonna compete against me? Fork girl? Lizard lady? Ha ha ha!"
—Pacifica Northwest[source]

"Aw, 'it' thinks it's gonna win. Wait, did you hear that? People cheering for the weird girls? Yeah, me neither."
—Pacifica insulting Mabel[source]

"Well, if it isn't the Pines family. Fat, old, lame, braces."
—Pacifica insulting Soos, Stan, Dipper, and Mabel[source]

"You wanna know why this room was locked up? This is what I found in here. A painted record of every horrible thing my family's ever done: lying, cheating. And then there's me: I lied to you just because I'm too scared to talk back to my stupid parents. You were right about me, I am just another link in the world's worst chain."
—Pacifica to Dipper[source]

Trivia

  • Her name is a pun on the "Pacific Northwest" region of America, a region containing Oregon, the state in which the show is based and where creator Alex Hirsch spent his summers.
  • Pacifica's favorite color is hot pink, despite purple being her signature color.[6]
  • Pacifica humiliated Mabel for wearing nacho earrings despite wearing similarly shaped earrings.[citation needed]
  • The method of using a bell Pacifica's parents perform to keep her in line is not unlike the Pavlovian method
  • Pacifica and Mabel's rivalry is very similar to the one that Taffyta and Vanellope have in Wreck-It Ralph.
  • She has become a relatively popular character, which Alex Hirsch didn't expect because she is such a terror compared to Mabel. She began getting further character development in Season 2, possibly because of this.[4]
  • She is unfamiliar with the concept of sharing.[5] She can't even pronounce the word correctly—when she did try to pronounce it, she pronounces it as "SHAW-ring."

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Northwest Mansion Mystery". Mark Rizzo, Jeff Rowe, Alex Hirsch (writers) & Matt Braly (director). Disney XD. February 16, 2015. No. 10, season 2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Double Dipper". Michael Rianda, Tim McKeon, Alex Hirsch (writers) & Aaron Springer, Joe Pitt (directors). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. August 10, 2012. No. 7, season 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Irrational Treasure". David Sack, Tim McKeon, Alex Hirsch (writers) & John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. August 17, 2012. No. 8, season 1
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.reddit.com/r/gravityfalls/comments/1kgq85/i_am_alex_hirsch_creator_of_gravity_falls_ask_me/cbotzzv
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "The Golf War". Jeff Rowe, Alex Hirsch (writers) & Matt Braly (director). Gravity Falls. Disney XD. August 11, 2014. No. 3, season 2
  6. "Mabel's Guide to Colors". Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. February 6, 2014. No. 10, inter-season animated shorts.

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