I rewatched the episode “boss Mabel” where Stan goes to a game show. I Always thought that with all that interdimensional satellite TV shit, Rick would have watched the show. Luckily he didn’t watch the end of it.
This was a fucking pain in the ass to draw and to paint. I swear I’m gonna learn how to use a tablet or i’m gonna loose my hand, for sure.
Also, if I misspelled something, let me know. English is not my first language.
Why the biggest lesson Gravity Falls teaches is not to compare yourself to others
The first thing we’re introduced to in ‘A Tale of Two Stans’ is something we’ve been theorizing for ages; that they were, in every sense, the Dipper and Mabel of their time. We fell in love with the idea that history repeats itself, and that the Pines family saw themselves in one another. And they do.
Make no bones about it, the similarities are there for a reason. We see them, and so do the characters. But comparing people is what put them through so much, when you think about it.
Stan always felt inferior to Ford; and Ford, in turn, felt superior mentally. They both felt that they would be together forever, because Stan couldn’t live without him. Ford probably felt like a hero, taking on the duty of caring for his younger sibling; and Stan has admitted he didn’t know where to go next without his brother.
He never once thought he could find a job near the college Ford wanted to go.
He never once considered he may be able to get into a school nearby, if he worked hard enough.
Because, to Stan, there was nothing he could do that would be as close to amazing as Ford. And people like Ford were the ones who went places.
In fact, his whole family thought that way. Never forget that his father already had Stan’s bags packed for him. Even if he hadn’t accidentally destroyed the project, he would’ve been out of there days after Ford left, because he wasn’t worth keeping.
Even at the beginning of the summer, the twins are comparing themselves to Stan.
Stan and Mabel are the emotive twin. Mabel may prefer expressing herself with art rather than crime, but, in essence, they’re the same. And she realizes that. It keeps her up at night later on in the series.
Dipper, however, sees the person he wants to be in Stan.
Not a criminal, nor a con-man, but a strong male figure who loves his family fiercely. Someone people depend on, even if he’s just as likely to blow it as he is to keep his promise.
That isn’t, however, what Stan wants for Dipper.
“You see it? That why I’m hard on Dipper. To toughen him up. So when the world fights, he fights back.”
He pushes Dipper, not so he’ll be like him, but so he’ll be strong enough to take on life and the people who try to hold him back. He wants to help him succeed.
They also compare each other.
Mabel feels stupid compared to her brother, the mini-genius who has his life planned out ahead of him.
And Dipper feels awkward and foolish socially compared to his sister.
But, as time goes on, they realize how silly they’re being, Dipper and Mabel.
They become stronger people.
Not so much these two. Not at first.
And let me be clear; Dip and Mabel stopped comparing each other, but they starts comparing themselves to the Stans.
Mabel, the more carefree of the two, fears this the moment Ford comes out of the portal. She listened to the story. She knows how they ended up.
She sees him slip through her fingers with ease, and it never dawns on her that she could just ask to stay with him. She’s too busy comparing- Ford wants someone smart, someone good with fancy long words, someone who’s not her- that she never thinks to ask.
Dipper isn’t above the same offense. He feels accepted with Ford; and unlike Stan, who is someone Dipper want to be, in a sense, Ford is the person Dipper looks up to. Sure, he wants to be strong, but he’d kill to be half the hero Ford is in his mind.
Dipper listened to Stan and Ford’s story too, but, judging by the actual narrative compared to what really happened, it doesn’t sound like such a bad idea; splitting up.
He could grow into the person Ford is. Be the guy he’s always wanted to be. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? Stan was successful, living the life he always wanted; running from the cops, scamming folks, never paying taxes, etc.
…Mabel will be fine. Stan was.
(Way)too long, didn’t read; It was only when the Pines family accepted their own strengths and looked past what they thought they should be that they became happy.