I’ve been seeing a lot of hatred towards Mabel, and I want to defend her because I think people are being way too harsh.
Before I get into this, let’s all remember that Mabel is 12. (13 by the end of the series) Yes, she knows the difference between right and wrong, but she is still a child, so of course she’s going to be childish and selfish sometimes, she’s a child.
“She teases Dipper all the time!”
It’s what siblings do! My brothers tease me all the time, and I tease them back, it’s just how siblings treat eachother!
“Mabel is so selfish! Dipper had to give up Wendy so Mabel can get Waddles.”
No. Mabel was so upset about Waddles because not only had they gotten attatched to eachother already, Pacifica had won Waddles, where Mabel suspected she was going to abuse Waddles, and/or eat him.
Does this look like a good pet owner to you? If this was your pet, would you be upset?
So of course Dipper was going to resolve this for Mabel. It was the right thing to do. He has other opportunities to spend time with Wendy.
“Dipper also had to give up his job as a lifeguard for Mabel, just for another dumb crush.”
Again, no. If you remember, Mabel was trying to help Mermando REUINTIE with his family. She gave him up so he can be with his own kind again.
This was not just a dumb crush moment. Out of the goodness of her heart, she was trying to help him. So, yeah of course Dipper was going to help in the end, it was the right thing to do. Again, he has other opprtunties to spend time with Wendy.
“Okay, but what about Sock Opera when she won’t help Dipper because of Gabe?”
Okay, here you’re right. She was being selfish here, but you know what she also did in that episode?
Not only did she have to face Bill on her own, but she also beat him, giving up her play for her brother. Sure, she should have done this from the start, but this was a nice moment of development for her, and also, she did apologise.
“Mabel was being beyond selfish when she was mad at Dipper for chasing his dreams.”
If you ask me, both of the twins are equally at fault here.
Yes, Mabel was being selfish here when she wanted Dipper to stay with her, but she was having the worst day of her life. She felt so alone in this moment, she felt betrayed by Dipper, have you never had a bad day where you become unreasonable? Dipper should have spoken to Mabel first before accepting Ford’s offer. Mabel may be able to make friends with anybody, but Dipper is her best friend. Her brother. There’s a difference between friends and sibling bonds.
“Mabel also caused Weirdmageddon! It’s her fault.”
Seriously? You’re really blaming a 12 year old child, who had no knowledge over the rift, who also got decieved by Bill? Ford told Dipper not to tell Mabel about the rift, this was crucial infomation.
How on earth was she supposed to know not to trust anyone when she was never told what Bill was after? Ford got tricked by Bill, Dipper has been tricked by Bill, but they’re let off the hook. But when Mabel gets tricked by Bill, it’s suddenly all her fault? That’s really not fair, she’s a child. You know is to blame for Weirdmageddon? Bill Cipher.
Can you really blame Mabel for not wanting to go back to reality after the day she had? She thought her world was ending because Dipper was leaving, she was hurt. Scared. But in the end she came through. because she will always be there for her family. Even though she may be selfish sometimes, she’s not as bad as you think, she is just a child. she’s not worth being hated over.