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Dipper Goes To Taco Bell is a fanfic which takes place in the universe of the 2012 animated cartoon series Gravity Falls. The story and its contents became notorious within the fanbase for its highly gore-filled narrative. It is often compared to other notorious shockfics from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fandom such as Cupcakes and Sweet Apple Massacre.
According to Google Cache, “Dipper Goes to Taco Bell” was posted to the online fanfiction database Fanfiction.net on August 23rd, 2012. It was removed seven days later, on August 30th, replaced with a “Code 1” message, which means that the story contains adult-themed content that violates the site’s terms of service.
The story centers around the Gravity Falls character Dipper Pines, who goes to Taco Bell to get food. Upon arriving at the Taco Bell, he orders a taco and takes a bite before suddenly suffering from diarrhea. While in the bathroom, Dipper ends up getting turned on by his feces and various other bodily fluids. After a while, Dipper accidentally cuts himself and dies from loss of blood. Later his twin sister Mabel discovers his corpse and ends up getting killed by a Taco Bell employee, who afterwards cleans up the bathroom stall and disposes of the corpses by turning them into tacos.
On August 24th, reaction pictures, posts and videos about “Dipper Goes to Taco Bell” began appearing on deviantArt, SoundCloud, Tumblr and YouTube. The following day, the fanfic was reuploaded to Pastebin. Fan art illustrations began appearing on Tumblr and deviantArt featuring photoshopped images or drawings of Dipper outside of a Taco Bell restaurant or Dipper discovering the story. Meanwhile, various phrases directly taken from the fanfic also gained popularity, most notably ““AHA HAHA HA HAHA HA HA” said Grunkle Stan. He was laughing” and “HALP! I BIT MY DICK OFF!”
The fanfic was largely met by shocked and gruesome reactions, with many feedback posts found under the tag “dipper goes to taco bell” on Tumblr, DeviantArt and YouTube. A Tumblr post showing an image of Uncle Stan drawn in the style of Shit, I’m Late For School photo fad was posted by user Morearmsthanyourbodyhasroomfor on August 26th (shown below), which reached over 2400 notes in the first five days. A reply post to the statement “IM GONNA READ DIPPER GOES TO TACO BELL” was submitted by Somethinghorrible on August 29th, in which he reminds himself to not read Dipper Goes To Taco Bell. The post reached over 1600 notes within the first 48 hours.
A remix song based on the main theme of Gravity Falls and the 2009 electronic song “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” by alternative hip hop group Das Racist was created by Tumblr user Drawingguitarist on August 30th. The post received over 2,700 notes and 10,000 plays within the first 36 hours.