Eyyyy I know everybody in the Gravity Falls fandom loves the Stan’s secret twin theory, but I’m here to explain why it doesn’t make any sense. Seriously hear me out on this…
The Stan’s secret twin theory seems to revolve around the idea that having twins is a trait that is passed down…
I totally respect your point on the fact that the ‘twin gene’ is genetically passed on down through the mother, but the myth/urban legend out there still stands: twins seem to skip a generation. It doesn’t necessarily happen in real life, but that whole point (when brought up in the twin theory) simply serves to be a little side note to tons of more ‘evidence’ for the twin theory.
Honestly, the only reason why that part was added was because it seemed possible that, Alex Hirsch being a twin himself, heard the myth growing up and may have considered it if/when he created the idea of Stanley (and remember, it’s a big ‘if’ at this point, as there still isn’t enough ‘evidence’ to prove the hypothetical twin exists).
There is so much more to the theory than the ‘twin generation skip aspect’. So, to say it “doesn’t make any sense” and to claim it’s been debunked just because this one small aspect of it isn’t a likely reason for Stan to have a twin…
Well, it’s a little extreme. There are plenty of other things supporting the theory that I won’t go into here (that would take paragraphs), and I’m sure other people have linked to the original post, but just in case:
And here is the less bulky, updated version: http://prettyinpwn.tumblr.com/post/90206528245/indulging-in-the-stan-twin-theory-version-two
tl;dr: I respect your point, but debunking a point that the Stan twin theory doesn’t even really rely on doesn’t debunk the entire theory itself.
I may have worded some things incorrectly, but I wouldn’t call this a “small piece” of evidence against the theory. Obviously, Stan HAS to have a brother, and heck, that brother may hold an importance towards the plot, but by following my evidence he really shouldn’t have a twin brother. I’m going to update the original post to elaborate since I’ve already typed this out in other responses… And yes, I’ve seen ALL the evidence you’ve linked me to already. I just think it fundamentally doesn’t make sense.
I’m sorry if I seem a bit passive aggressive ^^ I don’t really mean to be. I respect that Alex Hirsch COULD take artistic liberty on the old maid’s tale about twins skipping generations over fact, but until we find out for sure there’s no reason we should jump to the conclusion that Stan for sure has a twin.
But here’s the problem: you’re mistaking the ‘twin generation skip’ to be a large part of the theory, when it’s really not. For a cheesy metaphor, it’s like taking down a pyramid: the ‘twin generation skip’ thing is just one brick you’re pulling from the structure. Yes, it makes the ‘twin generation skip’ point invalid, but it doesn’t take down the entire thing.
And you claim he ‘shouldn’t have a twin brother’ just because it may not be a genetic thing? Just because the genetic twin idea may not occur in the Pines family, doesn’t make it any less likely for Stan to have a twin. It just means that that urban legend doesn’t factor into it.
In other words, it’s not impossible for Stan to have a twin just because it doesn’t/may not run in their family.
And it’s totally fine that the twin theory doesn’t make fundamental sense to you. That’s your opinion and you have a right to it. But just because it doesn’t make sense to you, doesn’t mean it doesn’t make sense for others and that the whole theory is ‘debunked’ just because you found one little flaw in it (that flaw being something that never really was totally considered a part of the theory in the first place - just as a side note to the whole thing).
Nah, you’re not being passive aggressive. You’re just defending your idea, which you have every right to do. Also, us people who like the twin theory aren’t jumping to conclusions; never once have I claimed that there is a 100%, without fault or doubt, chance that Stan has a twin. In fact, I don’t know if anyone has ever claimed that. Also in fact: it’s likely that he doesn’t.
If you really want to debunk the theory, go ahead and debunk the glasses aspect and the similar-kid-in-the-background-of-the-boxing-memory pieces of it. Those are the big blocks that, if pulled out, would make the pyramid crumble. If you were able to do that, then I’d consider that a big piece of evidence against the theory.
But until then, no: debunking the genetic twin myth (for the Pines family, at least) does not stand as debunking the entire theory.
Also, why shouldn’t he have a twin brother? Why don’t you like the idea? I’m not saying you have to have a reason, but if you do and don’t mind sharing it, I’d like to know.