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.
Every Gravity Falls Episode Descibed In ONE Sentence
<b>Tourist Trapped:</b> Norman turns out to be gnomes that want Mabel for their queen<p/><b>The Legend of the Gobblewonker:</b> The gang hunts for a legendary sea monster<p/><b>Headhunters:</b> Dipper and Mabel hunt for a missing wax head<p/><b>The Hand That Rocks the Mabel:</b> A psychic kid named Gideon falls for Mabel and starts hating on the Pines<p/><b>The Inconveniencing:</b> The twins and the teens explore a haunted convenience store and Stan gets emotional over an old soap opera<p/><b>Dipper Vs. Manliness:</b> Dipper tries to prove his manliness and Mabel helps Grunkle Stan win Lazy Susan's heart<p/><b>Double Dipper:</b> Dipper clones himself and Mabel defends her new friends Candy and Grenda<p/><b>Irrational Treasure:</b> The twins set out to find out who the real founder of Gravity Falls was<p/><b>The Time Traveler's Pig:</b> Mabel wins a pig and Dipper tries to correct his mistake with a time traveling tape<p/><b>Fight Fighters:</b> Dipper brings an arcade character to life to defend him and Mabel tries to help Stan get over his fear of heights<p/><b>Little Dipper:</b> Dipper makes a shrinking device and Gideon returns for revenge on the Pines<p/><b>Summerween:</b> The gang encounters a summerween monster and Stan tries to scare some kids<p/><b>Boss Mabel:</b> Mabel runs the shack for three days after making a bet with Stan while Stan goes on Cash Wheel to win money<p/><b>Bottomless Pit!:</b> The gang tells stories while falling in a bottomless pit<p/><b>The Deep End:</b> Mabel helps a merman escape a public pool and Dipper gets a job as an assistant lifeguard to hang with Wendy<p/><b>Carpet Diem:</b> The twins fight for a key to a room and switch bodies and Soos switches bodies with Waddles<p/><b>Boyz Crazy:</b> Mabel and her friends help a boy band of clones escape and Dipper and Stan try to save Wendy from Robbie's brainwashing music<p/><b>Land Before Swine:</b> The gang goes to save Waddles from a pterodactyl in an underground cavern with preserved dinosaurs<p/><b>Dreamacaperers:</b> The gang meets a dream demon and head into Stan's mind to stop him from getting the code to the deed of the Mystery Shack for Gideon<p/><b>Gideon Rises:</b> Gideon wins the shack and the twins try to get it back from him<p/><b>Scary-oke:</b> Dipper summons zombies that trash the Mystery Shack is back party<p/><b>Into the Bunker:</b> The gang head into the author's underground bunker and encounter a shapeshifter<p/><b>The Golf War:</b> Mabel and Pacifica compete in a golf off<p/><b>Sock Opera:</b> Mabel tries to impress a boy with a puppet show and Bill takes over Dipper's body<p/><b>Soos and the Real Girl:</b> Soos gets a dating simulator to help him talk to girls and it turns out to be evil<p/><b>Little Gift Shop of Horrors:</b> Stan tells stories to an unknown stranger<p/><b>Society of the Blind Eye:</b> The gang encounters a secret society of mind-erasers and McGucket's past is discovered<p/><b>Blendin's Game:</b> Blendin challenges the twins to a future battle called Globnar and the twins' try to fix Soos' birthday<p/><b>The Love God:</b> Mabel uses a love god's potion and makes Robbie and Tambry fall in love<p/><b>Northwest Mansion Mystery:</b> A lumberjack ghost seeks revenge on the Northwests and Mabel, Candy and Grenda attempt to win over a Prince from Austria<p/><b>Not What He Seems:</b> The twins question Stan's identity and the author is revealed<p/><b>A Tale of Two Stans:</b> Stan and Ford talk about their past<p/><b>Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons:</b> Dipper and Ford bond over a nerd game and Stan accidentally summons the evil wizard of that game and his gang<p/><b>The Stanchurian Candidate:</b> Stan runs for mayor of Gravity Falls against Bud Gleeful<p/><b>The Last Mabelcorn:</b> Mabel and her friends go on a quest to get some unicorn hair and Ford's history with Bill is discovered<p/><b>Roadside Attraction:</b> Stan takes the kids on a road trip to prank some attractions and Dipper attempts to flirt with girls<p/><b>Dipper and Mabel Vs. The Future:</b> Dipper and Ford explore the alien ship for an adhesive and Mabel grows fearful for the future<p/><b>Weirdmageddon Part 1:</b> The apocolypse begins and Dipper and Wendy try to get past Gideon to reach Mabel's bubble, who soon reforms himself<p/><b>Weirdmageddon 2 Escape From Reality:</b> Dipper, Wendy and Soos try to save Mabel from the bubble<p/><b>Weirdmageddon 3 Take Back the Falls:</b> After a long fight, Stan eventually is the one to save the world from Bill and everyone lives happily ever after :)<p/></p>
what each Gravity Falls episode is basically about (spoilers duh)
1.Tourist Trapped - gnomes stacked on top of one another try to get some with mabel
2.The Legend of the Gobblewonker - kids ditch uncle to find nessie
3.Headhunters - murder mystery but no one actually died
4.The Hand That Rocks the Mabel - plump southern kid tries to get some with mabel
5.The Inconveniencing - dipper thinks acting literally 2 months older will help him get in wendy’s pants and mabel gets possessed by old people
6.Dipper vs. Manliness - unnecessary gender stereotypes
7.Double Dipper - dipper tries to get in wendy’s pants by making clones
8.Irrational Treasure - mabel solves a mystery by acting her age
9.The Time Traveler’s Pig - dipper goes back in time to get in wendy’s pants
10.Fight Fighters - more unnecessary gender stereotypes
11.Little Dipper - mabel is taller than dipper in canada
12.Summerween - everything would have been fine if dipper was the fucking peanut butter
13.Boss Mabel - mabel learns to grow a pair
14.Bottomless Pit - episodes too short to be real so everyone just falls down a hole
15. The Deep End - mabel tries to get in mermando’s pants but he doesn’t wear any
16.Carpet Diem - mabel gets a dick and “the talk” while dipper reads erotica
17.Boyz Crazy - mabel tries to get into 5 boys’ pants but they are all stupid
18.Land Before Swine - stan is a dick to pigs
19.Dreamscapers - inception with a demon dorito
20.Gideon Rises - children literally almost die because the plump southern kid is extra as fuck
1.Scary-oke - the pines family sings so bad that zombies literally explode
2.Into the Bunker - a shape shifter gets dipper to tell wendy that he wants to get in her pants
3.The Golf War - two 12 year olds are suspiciously good at mini golf
4.Sock Opera - dipper freakiNG GETS POSSESSED BY A FUCKING DEMON AND MABEL DOESNT NOTICE BECAUSE SHE HAS A HARD ON FOR A GUY WHO MAKES OUT WITH HIS HANDS
5.Soos and the Real Girl - soos wants to fuck a dating sim
6.Little Gift Shop of Horrors - more short not real episodes and stan be creepin
7.Society of the Blind Eye - shit is so fucked that people are ERASING THEIR OWN MINDS
8.Blendin’s Game - mabel and dipper time travel some more because they are nosey as fuck
9.The Love God - mabel causes two angsty teens to fuck
10.Northwest Mansion Mystery - an episode of supernatural with a ghost that turns people into wood
11.Not What He Seams - stan becomes a real person, shit gets real, and mabel single handedly furthers the plot
12.A Tale of Two Stans - forget stan’s old backstory. here’s a new one
13.Dungeons, Dungeons, and more Dungeons - dipper and ford play d&d
14.The Stanchurian Candidate - stan runs for mayor because mabel and dipper have discovered mind control
15.The Last Mabelcorn - a unicorn tells mabel she isn’t pure so mabel PUNCHES IT IN THE MOTHERFUCKING FACE
16.Roadside Attraction - dipper still wants to get in wendy’s pants so stan teaches him how to be a douche
17.Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future - mabel has a mid-life crisis while dipper and ford escape death in the vacuum of space
18.Weirdmageddon Part 1 - A DEMON TAKES OVER THE TOWN. post-apocalyptic wendy is hot
19.Weirdmageddon Part 2 - bill traps mabel in HER OWN MIND???
20.Weirdmageddon Part 3 - OK SERIOUSLY A DEMON TRIES TO KILL TWO CHILDREN AND THE ONLY WAY TO DEFEAT HIM IS BY TRAPPING HIM IN STANS MIND AND THEN ERASING STANS MEMORIES HOLY FUCK. then they have a birthday party