Gravity Falls

Season 1 Episode 10

Fight Fighters

3
Aired Friday 9:30 PM Sep 14, 2012 on Disney Channel
8.3
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Challenged to a fight by Wendy's boyfriend, Robbie, Dipper is left feeling helpless and hopeless. His apprehension turns to excitement, however, when he finds out that he can turn characters from his favorite arcade game, Fight Fighters to life, he chooses Rumble McSchermish so he doesn't have to fight Robbie. It looks like Dipper has the upper hand but then things take a turn for the worse.

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  • Awesome Episode

    10
    Watching this episode was great, awesome references to Street Fighter that will make you laugh hard. Nice 16bit throwback episode.

    On an other note, I see people complain that this is not a kid friendly show, to the point (see post below) that they want it to be censored. I just want to make a suggestion that might seem a little too much on the side of common sense, don't let your kids watch the show if you don't like it. Don't look for others to censor what you don't like, pick your ass up and do some active parenting on your own instead of looking for others to do it for you, just sayin'....moreless
  • Not appropriate for children tv after the recent school shooting and gun violence overall. Disney needs to sensor for Kids

    1.0
    I think disney needs to look at sensoring things like this in light of the recent events in ct. with the shooting . This sends chills up my spine to hear disney showing this to children. I dont see how this is humorous for children, and certainly not for parents. please see below. this is what i overheard while my children were watching it. Not appropriate for kids:



    QUOTE FROM SHOW You know, studies show that keeping a ladde inside the house is more dangerous then a loaded gun. That's why I own ten guns, in case some maniac tries to sneak in a ladder.

    Soos: Teenagers are dangerous. Those hormones turn them into like, killing machines.

    Dipper: Really?

    Soos: Oh yeah, dude. My cousin Reggie got in a fight with a teen once. The guys broke like, all his arms, all his legs, and... I think killed him or something, I dunno. Me and Reggie were just talking about it.







    Mable: Why can't you boys learn to hate each other in secret like girls do?



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  • "Fight Fighters"

    10
    One of my favorite episodes of the season.
  • Dipper the Street Fighter

    10
    This episode is just awesome, it's probably my favorate in this show for now anyway. I'm a gamer ever since I was six so this episode was one of those rare ones I feel were just made for me. The only other great examples of video game based stories are the video game episode from "Community" and "The Biship of Battle" story from the 80's anthology horror movie "Nightmares".



    The main plot is great it's sort of a parody on the 80's film "My Bodyguard" which was about a bullied student that hires and befriends a big guy to defend him. I'll admit I completely felt pathos for Dipper whom is just getting crap from Robbie for no reason. I hate the character Robbie he is a complete blow hole; I also think he's a posser probably not even into heavy metal music. Wendy just needs to stop being with the guy, honestly I don't know what the hell she sees in him. Dipper really is healther for her, both have better chemestry let alone share the same things like playing the Street Fighter like video game. Sure he's two years younger than her but he's not going to be that way forever, once he's 13 or 14 he can legally date her so yeah I think he's worth the wait.



    Anyway down to the jist of the matter, I love the parodies on all of the cleches and elements in video games. From suttle jokes, like when Rumble finds a couple of weapons one the street, it was hillarous because it's true in beat em ups like "Streets of Rage" or "Final Fight" there always is weapons from out of nowhere lying on the ground or hidden in trash cans or oil barrels. I even liked cetain spots of music which sounded like the music you'd hear from 8 bit Nintendo games like "Mega Man" or any other one you might have played.



    I love the character Rumble whom is obviously a parody on the character Ryu on the "Street Fighter" franchise, the voice is great it's sounds both awesome but at the same time fraking hilarous from certain dialog he has that make him sound like a bad english dub for an anime or martial arts movies. The animation on his is great, he really looks like a character from a lost 16 bit game. Even love the fact they had all of the power moves the Ryu character would do like the Ha Do Ken (translation: Fireball). But most importantly his persona where he is just so one track minded, it makes sense since he's a 2-D character, back then video game characters never had complex storylines, or complex emotions and persona. The dialog he spouts out is fraking hillarous because of how deliously bad it sounds, it will make you laugh and groan at the same time, my favorate line is "Winners don't lose."



    The battle with Robbie and Rumble doesn't disapoint, Rumble just goes all ape s... on Robbie. It's just hilarous just seeing Rumble do as muc damage to the town as much as The Incredable Hulk, though my favorate moment was seeing the "Donkey Kong" parody.

    But I really do like how in the end, Dipper learns his leasons that is you have to stand up for yourself no matter what. The other leason I feel is about what truely makes a person tough, you don't need mussle or powers to stand up to evil, if you can defeat opposition with whatever abilites your possess or even resist in whatever form necessary then you can win, but most importantly just to simply stand up against evil at all.



    Dipper in the final half has two battles he has to go though, and what he does justifies one of the reasons why Dipper is one of my favorate characters. Dipper knows he can't defeat Rumble physically so he beats him with his best weapon, his brain. Dipper uses video game logic to defeat him, yeah Dipper takes a burtal beating and Rumble won the battle physically but lost once we see the words game over, Rumble disapears. Makes sense because after you've beaten a video game there really isn't anything left to do, except for the game to start all over again or play the sequel.



    The second battle of course is with Robbie, Dipper takes the Gandi approach uses passive resistance. Yeah, he'll knows he can't beat Robbie physically and he'll be beaten to a pulp (doesn't really make much difference since he already has), but he isn't going to run he will stand his ground no matter what. Robbie can break his body but he'll never break his spirit. And of course we see Robbie about to deliver the punch but he chickens out. That was a great moment it just shows Dipper is truely the tough one because he's got guts and lots of em. Dipper is a true Street Fighter.



    On a quick final note, really liked seeing that 8 bit sequence in the end credits, it really makes me wish there was a "Gravity Falls" video game hopefully that wish will come true, hopefully soon.moreless
  • Gravity Falls just seems to be getting better and better!

    10
    (This episode was leaked online about a week early. Spoilers ahead!)



    This episode starts off at the arcade, where Dipper and Wendy are playing a video game against each other. Robbie cuts in on them and pushes Dipper out of the way, playing with Wendy instead. Wendy mentions to Robbie that she's going camping with her dad and brothers, but Robbie seems too invested in the video game to listen to her.



    Now let me stop there. Robbie is getting to be on my hated character list. In this episode, Robbie is constantly either:

    A) Being rude to Wendy

    B) Showing Wendy OFF to Dipper, like she's an object or something

    and

    C) Threatening Dipper or yelling at him

    OH YEAH HE'S LIKE THE GREATEST BOYFRIEND EVAR.

    I mean, really. He calls out for Wendy after she already told him she wouldn't be there (his own fault), Dipper comes out telling him to stop and listen to her for once, and THEN Robbie starts teasing the poor kid about his crush on Wendy and how she'll never like him. He taunts him by calling Wendy, going to ask her if she loves Dipper or not, but Dipper slaps the phone out of his hand and it breaks.

    INSTANTLY, DIPPER SAYS HE'S SORRY AND THAT HE'LL PAY FOR IT.

    AND WHAT DOES ROBBIE DO??

    Robbie says how he's gonna beat him up and scares the literal CRAP out of Dipper.

    Yeah. UH-HUH.

    Anyways, this episode was really funny. The video game references were pretty subtle, and I LOVE how the 8-bit animation blended in with the traditional. Rumble looked like he came out of a video game, and that was brilliant. The sub-plot is that Mabel is trying to help Stan get over his fear of heights, which provided some funny jokes and lines.

    This episode actually has a moral, somewhat. At the end, when Rumble stood against him, Dipper got beat-up badly, and he took it like a man.

    FANTASTIC EPISODE. I can't wait for Little Dipper!moreless
Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Wendy Corduroy, additional voices

Alex Hirsch

Alex Hirsch

Grunkle Stan, Soos, additional voices

Jason Ritter

Jason Ritter

Dipper Pines

Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal

Mabel Pines

John DiMaggio

John DiMaggio

additional voices

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

additional voices

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Soos: Man, I wonder what it would be like to go inside a video game for real.
      (he unscrews the back of the arcade cabinet and climbs in)
      Soos: I shoulda thought of this years ago!

    • Dipper: This street has some very dangerous litter.

    • Grunkle Stan: You know, studies show that keeping a ladder inside the house is more dangerous then a loaded gun. That's why I own ten guns, in case some maniac tries to sneak in a ladder.

    • Soos: Teenagers are dangerous. Those hormones turn them into like, killing machines.
      Dipper: Really?
      Soos: Oh yeah, dude. My cousin Reggie got in a fight with a teen once. The guys broke like, all his arms, all his legs, and... I think killed him or something, I dunno. Me and Reggie were just talking about it.

    • Mable: Why can't you boys learn to hate each other in secret like girls do?

    • Mable: Grunkle Stan, why are you actin' so cray-cray?

    • Rumble McSkirmish: Now I must defeat the world's greatest Fight Fighters! Take me to the Soviet Union!
      Dipper: That's gonna be tough. For a number of reasons...

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  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Super Mario Bros. 2


      The digital, video-game-like end scene (Soos' dream) where the four main characters stand in a row and describe themselves is a reference to the character-selection screen from the game Super Mario Bros. 2 (a modification of Doki Doki Panic), in which the game characters (appearing in a slightly different order) have the same attributes as described in the episode. Soos then appears as Pac-Man and eats the screen before waking up.

    • The scene where Rumble McSkirmish is attacking Robbie at the barrel factory is a parody of the gameplay of Donkey Kong.

    • The games "Frogtime" and "Ghost Maze" are parodies of the classic arcade games Frogger and Pac-Man.

    • "Fight Fighters" is a parody of the classic arcade game Street Fighter.

    • The game Soos climbs into is called "Nort". This is a backwards reference to the film Tron.