Rumble McSkirmish is a 16-bit video game character. He protects Dipper from Robbie under the belief that Robbie had killed Dipper's father, until Dipper confesses that he lied to Rumble. Later, during the events of Weirdmageddon, he becomes a sentient being and defects from Bill Cipher's regime for his injustice path on attempt to destroy the universe and humanity. He then reconciles with Dipper.
Rumble McSkirmish is a playable fighter in Fight Fighters, an arcade game that Dipper and Wendy like to play. Once, Dipper brought him into the real world by using the "ultimate power code" that he found on the lower left side of the arcade game. It said that to unleash the ultimate power to the game, he would have to hit a combination of buttons in order.
Since Dipper was his fighter in the game, Rumble McSkirmish made it his goal to protect him, and Dipper made Rumble McSkirmish think that Robbie killed his father, which Dipper decided to use to his advantage in an upcoming fight with Robbie. But Dipper soon loses control of Rumble during the fight. Rumble chases Robbie through Main Street, where he destroys many things in the process, such as fire hydrants and cars.
At the water tower, Rumble finds out that Dipper had lied and Robbie didn't kill his father. This leads Rumble to believe that instead of Robbie being the "boss fight," it is actually Dipper. He then performs a ridiculously massive combo, and absolutely annihilates Dipper. Then, since he's beaten "the boss," the game ends, and a game over sign appears and Rumble disappears.
He was later seen in "Weirdmageddon Part 1," during Weirdmageddon when many video game characters in the arcade are released from their games by a rogue weirdness wave. However, when noticed the injustice path on Bill Cipher into destroying the universe and humanity, Rumble, along with most of the super natural creatures who opposes Bill's regime and sided with humanity resistance.
As seen in "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls," Rumble, seemingly injured, is among the refugees hiding out at the Mystery Shack, and has gained a different outlook on life, calling himself "Humble McSkirmish." Once Bill Cipher is dead, after Stan sacrifices his memories to kill the dream demon and save the world, Rumble, along with the other supernatural beings who were released into the real world by Bill, vanish back to their home world. Rumble bids his allies a farewell by giving them a thumbs up, and gains 100 points after vanishing back to his video game world.
Rumble is made up of pixels, making him seem "blurry" as a result. According to Dipper, his pixels are rather sharp. He has a blond mullet with a red band around his head, and is shirtless. He is very muscular and equally strong. He has tape on his forearms and wears cut indigo pants and a red belt similar to the band around his head. He has a Chinese character tattooed on his back. He wears an eye patch on his left eye, and wears no shoes. And, as he said, along with this picture, this is as still as he can stay.
- He is the main antagonist of the online game Rumble's Revenge.
- The character on his back is 屁, the Chinese character for "fart" and "butt."
- While walking on the street he pulls out a pipe and says he got it from an oil drum. This is a reference to games such as Final Fight, where food and weapons can be found by hitting containers like oil drums and crates.
- The three words Mabel had him say were "Effervescence, apple fritter, riboflavin!"
- It is shown he takes a huge offense to lying, even saying it brought him in on the path of evil.
- At one point, Rumble asks Dipper to take him to the Soviet Union, unaware that it has not existed since December 1991. This is a reference to a famous quirk in Street Fighter II. The original game, released in summer of 1991, contains a "USSR" level. Several upgraded editions of the game were made in the following years which changed and updated various aspects of the game. Despite this, the "USSR" level retained its name, even in versions released years after the Soviet Union fell.
- Rumble destroying a car is a reference to a bonus stage which appears in both Street Fighter II and Final Fight. In the latter game, successfully destroying the car will cause a character to run onscreen and say "Oh, my car," in a famously emotionless manner. This line is referenced directly in the episode.
- Rumble punching an oil drum and finding a large pipe inside, finding a sword lying in the street and even the GO! letters that appeared after destroying random things in the street are references to beat-em-up video games such as Final Fight and Streets of Rage, where such weapons could be found lying around randomly or inside objects like oil drums which were lying around randomly.
- Rumble chasing Robbie down a building's fire escape while throwing barrels at him is a reference to Donkey Kong.
- In a press release mentioning a sequel to Rumble's Revenge, his name is misspelled as "Rumble McSquirmish."
- Rumble seemingly possesses no looking up animation. This is clearly a contradiction, however, as earlier on he points at and even looks up to Robbie while he is trying to hide on top of the water tower.
- The Fireball that he shoots bears a resemblance to the Hadouken, one of Ryu's moves in the Street Fighter series.
- Rumble is a parody of the popular lead protagonist Ryu, from the Street Fighter series.
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