I am going to say this one more time, just to avoid confusion. Regardless of what was theorized in the last post (Ask Time! // Stan and Stan's Brother; aka Who is Stan?), for the purpose of this post, Stanford Pines = Dipper and Mabel's Grunkle Stan. Some theories may call him Stanley, because whoever wrote the theory is a believer in Stan Swap/Grunk4Gramp/etc.
Now let's continue!
This theory is centered around the idea of Stanford and Fiddleford working together in the past, and possibly having a friendship/be on good terms.
"“…like this gentleman right here!” GENTLEMAN.
It is a fact that the brain cannot make up new images. You have to have seen the thing before, at least once... This theory is based off of that.
"I’ve been thinking… Stan couldn’t have just imagined all this out of nothing. Has he been in this living room before?
Why is Stan afraid of heights? These are the real questions.
"Do you think the reason why Stanford Pines is so afraid of heights is because the last time he was high up in the air is when the gravity stopped working and his brother was sucked into a portal" -posted by http://sgt-vandoodle.tumblr.com
"I’m probably not the first person to notice this, but check out the resemblance between Stan’s mindscape and the Mystery Shack when the portal is activated.
This is both some excellent foreshadowing AND possibly a big clue about how things went down the first time the portal opened. Stan was definitely around when it happened- but I don’t think he was inside the Shack.
-posted by http://gargunk.tumblr.com
SEE ALSO: THEORY (i like to call) "STAN KNEW THE WHOLE TIME, DON'T LIE TO US STANFORD"
"i’m rewatching carpet diem and i’m like 400% sure stan knew exactly what was going on
seriously why did i ever assume he was that clueless the tells are f****** everywhere in this scene alone" -posted by http://thenicestangelyyouhave.tumblr.com
Symbolism is everywhere in this show. EVERYWHERE. So why not figure out the symbolism behind the weird totem pole near the Mystery Shack?
"Ok, after seeing this post about the totem poles in Gravity Falls, I thought I would pitch my own thoughts what the totems represent, plus tie in that theory with this other post that’s been going around concerning Grunkle Stan and fire.
As many fans have noticed, the totem poles seem to have a strong symbolic meaning—it appears that each creature parallels a character in the show. Here’s my take on what each creature represents and how that ties in with other popular theories. (tl;dr version at the very bottom, after the cut)
The Thunderbird most likely represents the author. In Native American legend, the Thunderbird is the most important and powerful spirits, much like how the author of the journals is debatably the most important character in the series. The Thunderbird is often busy fighting battles that are “beyond human perception”, which coincides with the paranormal battles the author had to face on a regular basis. In addition, the Thunderbird is said to have the power to turn invisible. On this totem pole the Thunderbird is invisible to most people, as it is underground. The author of the journals is also ‘invisible’—though we know he is important, he is illusive and his identity is unknown. As the original post points out, the Thunderbird is in the basement—presumably the place where the author got sucked into the portal thirty years ago.
Above the Thunderbird is the beaver. Several signs suggest that the beaver represents Fiddleford McGucket. The beaver is said to be a “vengeful creature” and it is constantly at war with humans. Back in Legend of the Gobblewonker, McGucket is revealed to be both vengeful and destructive. He tells the twins how he built a massive robot that destroyed part of the town when his ex-wife left him. The beaver is also clever, resourceful, and creative and according to this post it is known as the Builder, which makes sense considering the impressive dams that beavers are able to construct. You know who else builds impressive structures?
Grunkle Stan is thick skulled like Kolus—but what about the stuff about impersonating Thunderbird, his brother? We know that Stan likely has a brother, who would Dipper and Mabel’s paternal grandfather. The author, A.K.A. the Thunderbird, is Grunkle Stan’s “visually similar” missing brother—we’ll call him Stanley, which is the most popular name for said character. Many fans have spotted inconsistencies in Stan’s appearance in flashbacks. We are supposed to take for granted that these are all Stanford Pines, but many believe them to be his (twin) brother, Stanley. Stanford could easily be mistaken for his brother, in the same way that Kolus could serve as a stand-in for Thunderbird. It is also worth noting that there is a reoccurring theme between Stan and fire/heat, with his photo being burned in the fireplace, his wax double melted, etc. This is interesting when you consider that Kolus is said to have blackened wing tips because they burnt up when he flew too close to the sun.
And those are some theories surrounding Grunkle Stan!
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