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Top 10 Gravity Falls Theories That Turned Out to Be True


Written by Mersini Karkoulas Sometimes things are exactly as you suspected. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 “Gravity Falls” theories that turned out to be true. For this list, we’re looking at ideas that were suggested by fans that were proven correct throughout the duration of the show. So considering the nature of this list, be aware that there are major spoilers on the road ahead.
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Sometimes things are exactly as you suspected. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 “Gravity Falls” theories that turned out to be true.



For this list, we’re looking at ideas that were suggested by fans that were proven correct throughout the duration of the show. So considering the nature of this list, be aware that there are major spoilers on the road ahead.



#10: Stan’s Fez


At first, it seemed like nothing more than a quirky accessory in Grunkle Stan’s wardrobe, but as time progressed, eagle-eyed fans noticed something strange about Stan’s fez. The golden symbol on its front mysteriously changed after a mishap with a goat, prompting people to think that perhaps it was more than just decorative. As it turns out, those sharp sighted fans were onto something and the symbol represents The Royal Order of the Holy Mackerel. Who and what they are is somewhat of a mystery, but people can rejoice in knowing that even the smallest symbols in this show have meaning.



#9: Dipper’s Real Name


If you ever thought that Dipper was a somewhat odd name to gift a child, you’d be right. It’s revealed in an exchange between Dipper and Wendy that it is a nickname derived from a birthmark on his forehead that looks scarily like the Big Dipper constellation. This revelation spurred theories about what Dipper’s real name is. With fans noting that twin names are often similar, and considering the show’s obsession with codes and secrets, Mason was suggested as a possibility, after the Freemasons and the fact that it is similar to Mabel. This name was confirmed in the canonical tie-in book “Journal 3”, giving fans a serious feeling of validation.



#8: Mabel Is the Shooting Star on the Zodiac


When it appeared at the end of the very first episode, many people disregarded the Zodiac. However, after multiple appearances, people started taking notice. Soon, theories abounded, linking each symbol with a character. While some seemed obvious, like Dipper being the pine tree, others were less so, particularly because Mabel wore most of the symbols at one point or another. However, many presumed that she was the shooting star because it appeared on her sweater in the first episode, while Wendy was regarded as the ice bag, and Pacifica the llama. The Weirdmaggedon episodes confirmed this, as well as explaining the meaning of the Zodiac and clarifying who else was represented by which symbol.



#7: The Government Agents’ Motives


Season two of “Gravity Falls” introduced Agents Powers and Trigger. After making their debut in the season premiere, they were a low-key presence, often visible in the background throughout the season to remind viewers that there was definitely more going on than met the eye in Gravity Falls. While they were eventually upfront about being present to investigate the paranormal, it is not until later in the season that it was revealed, as some suspected, that their job involved more than simply observing and reporting. Gravity Falls is a strange place, and the U.S. government doesn’t appear to be too happy about it.



#6: Stan’s Tattoo


From its brief appearance in the first episode, Stan’s tattoo sparked conversation. With how few times it is seen throughout the show, and with Stan often keeping it hidden, it inspired a whole myriad of theories. This only deepened when, in an animated short, Dipper tried to get a better look at it, only for Stan to stop him at every turn. For those who suspected that the tattoo had a deeper meaning, finding out that it was actually a burn mark caused by Stan’s estranged twin brother was a triumphant moment, and this knowledge shed light on why Stan was so secretive about it in the first place.



#5: The Machine in Stan’s Secret Lab Is a Trans-Dimensional Gateway


This is a very specific theory, but considering the goings-on in Gravity Falls, it was also a perfectly plausible one. For most of the show, the secret Stan hid in the lab beneath the Mystery Shack had people guessing, not only about the nature of Stan himself, but what kinds of things he could achieve with what he was building in secret. Of course, Stan revealed himself to be far more intelligent than anyone suspected, managing to rebuild the broken thing and get it running. What was even more astonishing, however, was that it didn’t have some kind of nefarious purpose; Stan just wanted to bring back his long lost brother from his inter-dimensional travels.



#4: Old Man McGucket Knows More Than Suspected


He’s the town kook… so weird that most people don’t pay too much attention to him. Even his son, a young man working as a lake ranger, wants nothing to do with him, but McGucket will not be ignored. With his brilliant ability to build mechanical beings, McGucket’s reputation as an inept crazy man is dispelled early in the show. While he retains his oddities, the more the show progresses, the more background we get into his life, until, finally, it is revealed that he was once a genius, working alongside Stanford Pines, and that, sadly such work ultimately destroyed his family and his mind.



#3: The Existence of a Secret Society


It wouldn’t be a show about mysteries without a secret society thrown in! This theory takes advantage of people’s expectations of the genre, and thankfully, in this case, they were proven correct. While Stan’s fez proves that there is at least one society running about, the more important one to the plot is the Blind Eye Society. The existence of this Society answers some major questions about the town, like why no one seems to know that there are supernatural things happening, as well as being the catalyst for McGucket getting his memories back.





#2: There Is a UFO Under Gravity Falls


If you’ve ever wondered why the cliffs around Gravity Falls are oddly shaped, this theory has the answers you’re looking for. Keen-minded fans pointed out that the odd clefts in the cliffs might have been caused by a UFO. In a town as odd as Gravity Falls, not only is this hypothesis not out of place, but also, as fate would have it, true. While it’s unknown whether the UFO is the cause of the paranormal activity, or was drawn to the town because of it, it is an exciting prospect that it exists. In fact, the parts for Stanford’s machine came from Crash Site Omega, where the UFO collided with the ground.



#1: Stan Has a Twin


Throughout the run of “Gravity Falls,” a great many things just didn’t add up for viewers, and upon watching the show more closely, people began identifying things that suggested that there was more to Grunkle Stan’s mysterious ways than the eccentricities of an old man. From the licence plate of his car, to pairs of glasses, to the man who appears in flashbacks, it was soon thought that perhaps the Stan we thought we knew was not himself at all. With the suggestion that he might have a twin, certain clues began falling into place, and lo and behold, in one of the biggest plot twists in the show: Stan’s twin brother falls out of an inter-dimensional portal. How’s that for a good guess?
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