"Can you talk about Stans brother the author please" -Submitted by Mary Kehoe
"Is stans real name Sanford?" -Submitted by Jojo
"OK so in the second episode of gravity falls the legend of the gobblewonker. We can see the front of the license plate says STNLYMBL or Stanley Mobile, but Stan's real name is StanFORD so this is the first instance of there being someone close to Stan that shares the same name(his twi brother we already know about), but how did he get that car. Basically that is all post it or don't. I am just rewatching with a fres set of eyes." -Submitted by Nathan Ho
Who is Stan? Despite being one of the main characters of the series, we honestly don't know much about his past (though we have had some flashbacks).
Buuutttt (heh. butt.) with what we've seen in Not What He Seems, a bit more has been shown about Stan's past life. It provided evidence for two major theories surrounding the twins: the Stan Swap theory, and the Grunk4Gramp theory (they go hand in hand with each other).
This post will talk about Grunk4Gramp, touching briefly on Stan Swap, and the twins' identities and past, which all in all is a looott of info. However, I just want to say right now that this post is twin-centric, and theories about one twin specifically will not be touched on in this post, but later on in the blog series in "Gravity is Falling: Stanford Theories" and "Gravity is Falling: Stanley Theories". Anyway, this post is kinda long (so much searching went into this omg), so I put it under "Read more"!
Now let's get into it!
What is the Stan Swap theory? Simply put, Stan Swap is meant to just be their names switched- Grunkle Stan's name is actually Stanley Pines, while the author's name is Stanford Pines.
On the other hand, Stan Swap almost acts like a base for the Grunk4Gramp theory. In Grunk4Gramp, their identities are switched entirely, not just their names.
"Well identity swap doesn’t say Grunkle Stan is the author. The dude who walked out of the portal is still the Author, and Grunkle Stan is not.
"Anonymous asked: What is the difference between Stan Swap and Grunk4Gramp?
Now I hear what you're saying. Where is the evidence for this? All over the show. The following post is titled "Grunkle Stan Isn't Really Stanford Pines, or a Grunkle", and explains Grunk4Gramp in detail.
"Grunkle Stan Isn't Really Stanford Pines, or a Grunkle
Whoever owns the Shack is named Stanford, and it makes a lot more sense for that to be the author than Stan. Think about it.
Where does this leave our Stan? Remember, the license plate on Stan's car says STNLYMBL. Clearly somebody's name is Stanley, and if it's not the author then it's probably Stan himself. And speaking of cars...
The first time I saw the episode, I assumed that Stan had faked his brother's death. But why would he do that? His brother is already missing. Instead, Stan faked his own death. If the grifter article was anything to go by, Stan's life wasn't all that great anyway. Stan let his identity as Stanley Pines die in the car accident, probably so that he could assume his brother's identity and move into his house to fix the machine.
All A's except for gym. Now I love Stan, but he never really struck me as the kind of person who was great in school. The markings near the report card show the agent's probably agree. His "poindexter" brother, on the other hand...
And he hasn't. Stan's been him instead.
This obviously isn't true in all cases, but in my experience the underlying affection and pride that Stan has had for the twin's since the beginning is a lot closer to a relationship with a grandparent than a great-uncle. Even Stan's attempts to toughen up Dipper are distinctly fatherly. And remember how jealous Stan got of the old man with the Dipper and Mabel lookalikes in "Legend of the Gobblewonker"? The three were like a weird, cutesy version of the Pines family, except the children kept talking about how much they loved their Grandpa, not their great-uncle.
The twin's parents sent them to stay with who they all assume is their great-uncle Stanford Pines. But if the author is the actual Stanford Pines, their great-uncle, then as the author's brother the only person Stan really could be is their grandpa. Everyone's complete shock when Stan says that the man who just entered is his brother makes it really unlikely that there's another sibling involved.
How about how he seems to get uncomfortable he got after they were talking about what a great uncle he is in "Not What He Seems"?
Honestly, how much Stan really does love Dipper and Mabel is incredibly sweet, and one of the best part of the show imo. That doesn't change whether he's actually their Grunkle or not, and I don't mean to detract from that at all. It just adds to my theory if the reason Stan loves them like his grandkids is because they actually are his grandkids.
When he originally wanted to tell them that, he had no idea that the agents were going to burst in, causing the twin's to get suspicious and leading them to investigate his past. He also had no reason to believe that the twins would find out about the potential doomsday device at all until it already successfully brought his brother back. So none of those awful things were the ones he was worried about.
tl;dr: The real Stanford Pines is the author and original owner of the Mystery Shack. His brother Stanley (Grunkle Stan) faked his own death and assumed his brother's identity so that he could get to the house and the portal. Since Stanford Pines is the actual identity of the twin's great uncle, and the Stan they've been living with is really Stanford's twin brother, then Grunkle Stan/Stanley is actually the Dipper and Mabel's grandfather." -posted by http://tweedlebugged.tumblr.com
Additionally, regarding what Nathan said earlier about the license plate, which was one of the first concrete clues that Stan had a twin:
"Yes. It has the wrong name. That's the reasoning someone would first jump to.
And how about physical characteristics?
"all im saying is
grunkle4grandpa" -posted by http://sgt-vandoodle.tumblr.com
Now there has been some proof from the episode trailer that supports this theory as well. I don't consider it spoilers (I mean, it's in the trailer!) so I'll point it out to you.
"people are saying “grunkle for grandpa isn’t confirmed, only stanswap is confirmed” but i dont see how one can be confirmed without the other ?
Also, if we are to take the "STAN PINES DEAD" article into question:
"So on Skype, people were wondering about how Stan could be dead if both he and his brother were alive.
And finally, the timeline.
"Oh my god one of the codes from gideon rises is
Stanley confirmed for neeeeeeerd" -posted by http://shadowofthelamp.tumblr.com
Tldr; basically, Grunkle Stan (who Gideon calls Stanford) is actually Stanley Pines, Dipper and Mabel's Grandpa, who's death was faked. Thus he took on the role of Great Uncle Stan. The Author is the real Stanford, but he's supposed to be dead.
Bonus- here are some theories that involve grunk4gramp!
"*SLAMS FIST ON TABLE* I always thought it was paranoia and anxiety that made Author Stan fill the Journal pages with “Can’t Sleep.” I thought a mental breakdown was keeping him awake; I thought his unhinging had robbed him of the ability to sleep, but that’s not it at all. Author Stan was never an insomniac.
And this is "Theory #8091b":
I was looking at the journal pages, and here’s something interesting. The Author as a whole writes in a pretty serious, intellectual tone, stuff like this:
So obviously right from the cover we can tell that Dipper started writing a semi-serious attempt at a guide, and Mabel jumped onboard uninvited to inject a little fun and sunshine into the conspiracy theories. She does this with a lot of scribbled-in arrows and jokes:
Notice the change of writing style–handwritten to all-caps, scribbled off to the side, commentaries and corrections or “improvements” on the original.
Mabel adds her own color to the page, as well as whatever she thinks Dipper’s leaving out.
“KNOCK KNOCK! WHO’S THERE? THE FORCES OF EVIL!”
One of the notes even seems to be a message to the author:
Wouldn’t it make sense if there was some sort of side-commentator making notes on the author’s main text? And who else would have access and the appropriate levels of sarcasm if not the Author’s twin brother?
But if you look closely you’ll notice the technical notes are a bit tidier and lighter than the possibly-Stan notes.
To that I can only say that Grunkle Stan was completely absent from the whole shapeshifter incident, so we’ll never know whether he could’ve forewarned Dipper about it or how much he was involved in the thing’s capture and later escape. Though if this Stan co-author theory is right, it adds a whole new, disturbing meaning to the red-ink cipher on the right:
I'm a solid believer in the grunk4gramp theory. I mean, there's a ton of evidence to back it up, and it just makes sense! THE EVIDENCE IS IRREFUTABLE. (ha, it's like the Stan Twin theory all over again)
I guess only time will tell if we're right! #grunk4gramp // kimiko hope
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