History Literature / DiaryOfAWimpyKid

11th Aug '16 12:16:37 PM whalewithwings
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** In ''Cabin Fever'', Manny warps up the password to Greg's ''Net Kritterz'' account, messes up the family's TV's parental controls, cuts the power to the rest of the house save his room, and even ''STEALS ALL THE FOOD FROM THE KITCHEN!'' All of this? ''[[spoiler: Because no one taught him how to tie his shoes!!]]''
2nd Aug '16 10:30:34 PM McJeff
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**Aunt Cakey buys some LEGOs so the boys have something to do when she comes over - then, to keep them from getting scattered, she glues them all into one giant block.
19th Jul '16 12:56:56 PM Terran117
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* KiddieKid: Greg's best friend Rowley acts like a seven-year-old. It's justified by the fact that he's extremely sheltered because of his overprotective parents.

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* KiddieKid: Greg's best friend Rowley acts like a seven-year-old. It's justified by the fact that he's extremely sheltered because of his overprotective parents. Manny might be a "baby kid", being older than 5 (two years have passed after he mentions that he's only 3), but still acting like a toddler.



** And the movies to the books, which gives some hints that Greg's cynical worldview taints his journals and distorts reality.



* MoralGuardians: In-universe example when a teacher yells at Greg and Rowley for listening to rock and roll because it's "evil" and is going to "ruin [their] brains".

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* MoralGuardians: In-universe example when a teacher yells at Greg and Rowley for listening to rock and roll because it's "evil" and is going to "ruin [their] brains". Susan tries to be this as well with various rates of success.



* NeverMyFault: You can probably count the number of times that Greg has (whether voluntarily or forced to) taken responsibility for something bad he's done or otherwise acknowledged that he made a mistake on one hand.

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* NeverMyFault: You can probably count the number of times that Greg has (whether voluntarily or forced to) taken responsibility for something bad he's done or otherwise acknowledged that he made a mistake on one hand. Again, this book is probably (intentionally or not), an excellent exploration of the ProtagonistCenteredMorality trope and the thought process of a borderline sociopath.



* NoodleIncident: Throughout ''The Ugly Truth'' Greg and Rowley avoid each other following a massive fight at the end of last summer (which was never shown in ''Dog Days''.)

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* NoodleIncident: Throughout ''The Ugly Truth'' Greg and Rowley avoid each other following a massive fight at the end of last summer (which was never shown in ''Dog Days''.)) Then again it strongly implied to have been the incident where Rowley crushed Greg's hand with a mallet after Greg pulled a prank on him.



* PerpetualFrowner: Greg and Rodrick.

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* PerpetualFrowner: Greg and Rodrick.The default state of most characters sans notable exceptions like Susan.



** The book series might actually be one of the best explorations of this trope, especially if one treats it as a look into the worldview, life and perceptions of a borderline amoral Middle School student.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Way'' on the cynical side.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Way'' on the cynical side. However, this just seems to be Greg's view on the world (he's displayed some sociopath styled tendencies mind you) and thus this leaks into his journals.



* StrongFamilyResemblance: Greg and Rodrick in the movies.

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* StrongFamilyResemblance: Greg and Rodrick in the movies. Hell Rodrick in the book is Greg with thicker eyebrows and hair, so it's hinted Greg sees the resemblance between him and Rodrick, but considers Rodrick a nastier version of him.



* TechnologicallyBlindElders: {{Discussed}} by Greg, mentioning that Frank often tries to dismantle Greg's video game system, but fails, due to his ignorance of technology.
* TeensAreMonsters: This is a ''school''.

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* TechnologicallyBlindElders: {{Discussed}} by Greg, mentioning that Frank often tries to dismantle Greg's video game system, but fails, due to his ignorance of technology.
technology. In ''Old School'', Susan tries to convince the neighborhood to shut down electronics for a weekend.
* TeensAreMonsters: This is a ''school''. Frank believes this UpToEleven and is noticeably more upfront with Greg after he turns 13.



* ThisLoserIsYou: The readers are meant to identify with Greg, who is not only a self-proclaimed "wimpy kid", but who regularly gets tormented from the bigger kids around him and hangs out with the likes of Rowley and Fregley.

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* ThisLoserIsYou: The readers are meant to identify with Greg, who is not only a self-proclaimed "wimpy kid", but who regularly gets tormented from the bigger kids around him and hangs out with the likes of Rowley and Fregley. Probably not the best example of this trope though if he's meant to represent the average Middle School reader since Greg is just really lacking in places most would at his age would be decent or excel at and it's telling that most readers and tropers are quick to identify him as quite immoral.



* TokenGoodTeammate: Susan. She's the only one who isn't a total JerkAss in the family.

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* TokenGoodTeammate: Susan. She's the only one who isn't a total JerkAss in the family. However, she is also the epitome of StupidGood.



* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Greg. Boy howdy, Greg.

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** In fact, this trope can't be exemplified enough on this page. The books are a downright SadistShow filled with incompetent characters whereas Greg seems to view himself as the OnlySaneMan, but even his journal entries leave hints to the reader that all is not what it seems in his world.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Greg. Boy howdy, Greg. The movies downplay this, so if we take the movies as to what really happens behind the scenes, then Greg really needs to work on writing himself better in his journals.
19th Jul '16 12:35:27 PM Terran117
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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In ''Old School'', Greg lampshades that it seems he's been in Middle School forever. That book represents the fourth time we've seen Greg start a school year and each successive book spans a shorter period of time (the first being a year, the latter books spanning months or weeks). Then again, it's pretty normal for some schools to consider Middle School as being up to the 9th or (on MUCH rarer occasions) even 10th grade.


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** The Pig the family adopts in ''The Long Haul'' in the next book begins walking on its hind legs, wearing clothes, and starts acting oddly human with Greg theorizing pigs would take over the world because of them. A shout out to the climax of George Orwell's AnimalFarm when the Pigs (a representation of Stalinist leadership) begin sepperating from animalism (communism) by walking, dressing and acting like the former human overlords (the capitalists).
15th Jun '16 2:32:21 PM MichaelKatsuro
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* AmbiguousEnding: [[spoiler:How ''The Long Haul'' ends.]]
17th May '16 6:24:32 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ComicBookTime: Lampshaded in "Old School".
-->''And to be honest with you, I feel like I've been in middle school FOREVER.''
17th May '16 6:20:58 AM MegaMarioMan
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** Sometimes, Rowley's actions are a bit suspect, especially with Greg. You'd think that a 12-year-old boy would realize that sharing a "Best Friends" locket (in the shape of a ''heart'') with ''another'' 12-year-old boy would be weird or realize that being a fan of a rather effeminate pop singer isn't exactly manly. It could be argued that he's just completely unaware of these things considering that he is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and is completely sheltered, however. [[spoiler: Also supporting this is that he's the one who gets a girlfriend in ''The Third Wheel''.]]

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** Sometimes, Rowley's actions are a bit suspect, especially with Greg. You'd think that a 12-year-old boy would realize that sharing a "Best Friends" locket (in the shape of a ''heart'') with ''another'' 12-year-old boy would be weird or realize that being a fan of a rather effeminate pop singer isn't exactly manly. It could be argued that he's just completely unaware of these things considering that he is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and is completely sheltered, however. [[spoiler: Also [[spoiler:Also supporting this is that he's the one who gets a girlfriend in ''The Third Wheel''.]]



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: From the tenth book.
-->''But if Mom had HER way, we'd be living like people did before there were computers and cell phones and baby wipes.''



** Greg Heffley has plenty of enemies, mostly bullies or adults that look down on him. Namely Rodrick, Patty, Mr. Jefferson and in ''Cabin Fever,'' [[spoiler: Manny]].

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** Greg Heffley has plenty of enemies, mostly bullies or adults that look down on him. Namely Rodrick, Patty, Mr. Jefferson and in ''Cabin Fever,'' [[spoiler: Manny]].[[spoiler:Manny]].



* CharacterDevelopment: Throughout the books, Rowley learns to stand up for himself and grow a spine instead of blindly following people. By the end of ''The Third Wheel'', [[spoiler: he's also learned how to talk and relate to girls via the student council, becoming a couple with Abigail]].

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* CharacterDevelopment: Throughout the books, Rowley learns to stand up for himself and grow a spine instead of blindly following people. By the end of ''The Third Wheel'', [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's also learned how to talk and relate to girls via the student council, becoming a couple with Abigail]].



* ChekhovsGag: The sheer number of gags and comic setpieces that turn out to be these goes up with each book. In Book 7, for instance, [[spoiler: Corny's Family-Style Restaurant turns out to be where Greg goes with Abigail and Rowley for dinner before the dance]].

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* ChekhovsGag: The sheer number of gags and comic setpieces that turn out to be these goes up with each book. In Book 7, for instance, [[spoiler: Corny's [[spoiler:Corny's Family-Style Restaurant turns out to be where Greg goes with Abigail and Rowley for dinner before the dance]].



** Susan throughout the series constantly saying that Manny is special and very smart for his age, pays off at the end of [[spoiler: The Long Haul in which Manny being completely fluent in Spanish saves everyone]]

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** Susan throughout the series constantly saying that Manny is special and very smart for his age, pays off at the end of [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Long Haul in which Manny being completely fluent in Spanish saves everyone]]



* CluelessChickMagnet: Rowley. He doesn't seem to be all that interested in girls, yet in ''Rodrick Rules'' he's managed to socialize with some of the most popular girls in his year. [[spoiler: At the end of Book 7, he ends up in a relationship with Abigail. It doesn't last, but that he'd be used to ''make another boy jealous'' is impressive.]]

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* CluelessChickMagnet: Rowley. He doesn't seem to be all that interested in girls, yet in ''Rodrick Rules'' he's managed to socialize with some of the most popular girls in his year. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At the end of Book 7, he ends up in a relationship with Abigail. It doesn't last, but that he'd be used to ''make another boy jealous'' is impressive.]]



* DemotedToExtra: Manny and Patty in the second movie. In the books, Fregley slowly became this, meriting only one mention in Book 7.
** Though in book 8 Fregley does get a lot more attention. [[spoiler: He becomes the most popular kid in school, because he can launch stuff from his belly button across the room]]

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* DemotedToExtra: DemotedToExtra:
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Manny and Patty in the second movie. movie.
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In the books, Fregley slowly became this, meriting only one mention in Book 7.
** *** Though in book 8 Fregley does get a lot more attention. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He becomes the most popular kid in school, because he can launch stuff from his belly button across the room]]



* {{Flanderization}}: Rowley was simply gullible and slow on the uptake before becoming a kiddy kid. This Flanderization is countered by his CharacterDevelopment, however; [[spoiler: ''The Third Wheel'' even implies that he is maturing faster than Greg is]].

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* {{Flanderization}}: Rowley was simply gullible and slow on the uptake before becoming a kiddy kid. This Flanderization is countered by his CharacterDevelopment, however; [[spoiler: ''The [[spoiler:''The Third Wheel'' even implies that he is maturing faster than Greg is]].



* GenreSavvy: Greg knows that most classics his mom will force him to read will have the DeathByNewberyMedal trope. He does mess up on one prediction, though. He says that because ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'' is a "Classic", either the girl or the pig won't make it to the end of the book. He doesn't finish it, so he doesn't realize that [[spoiler: it's ''Charlotte the spider'' who dies]].

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* GenreSavvy: Greg knows that most classics his mom will force him to read will have the DeathByNewberyMedal trope. He does mess up on one prediction, though. He says that because ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'' is a "Classic", either the girl or the pig won't make it to the end of the book. He doesn't finish it, so he doesn't realize that [[spoiler: it's [[spoiler:it's ''Charlotte the spider'' who dies]].



* LoveTriangle: Greg, Rowley and Abigail in Book 7. [[spoiler: Greg loses.]]

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* LoveTriangle: Greg, Rowley and Abigail in Book 7. [[spoiler: Greg [[spoiler:Greg loses.]]



* MessyPig: [[spoiler: The Pet that Manny and Susan accidentally win at the country fair and are stuck with. Leave at a petting zoo. Then eventually come back for it, and is now the family pet. Is yet to be named.]]

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* MessyPig: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Pet that Manny and Susan accidentally win at the country fair and are stuck with. Leave with, which they then leave at a petting zoo. Then zoo, then eventually come back for it, and is for. It's now the family pet. Is pet, and has yet to be named.]]



* TheQuietOne: Manny and Rowley. Averted with Manny [[spoiler: at the end of The Long Haul in which he has a conversation with two mechanics in fluent Spanish for almost an hour.]]
* RedHerring: In "The Long Haul" Jeff Kinney wants to lead to think of [[spoiler: "The Beardos"]] as the villains, [[spoiler: by stealing the Heffley's beachchair, stealing their locker key in turn the Heffley's wallets and cellphones, though aside from the beach chair (Which even then could have easily been a misunderstanding) and being slight jerkasses they are innocent of all the crimes Greg accused them of, which in turn made the Heffley's]]

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* TheQuietOne: Manny and Rowley. Averted with Manny [[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at the end of The "The Long Haul Haul" in which he has a conversation with two mechanics in fluent Spanish for almost an hour.]]
* RedHerring: In "The Long Haul" Jeff Kinney wants to lead to think of [[spoiler: "The [[spoiler:"The Beardos"]] as the villains, [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by stealing the Heffley's beachchair, stealing their locker key and in turn the Heffley's wallets and cellphones, though aside from the beach chair (Which even then could have easily been a misunderstanding) and being slight jerkasses {{jerkass}}es they are innocent of all the crimes Greg accused them of, which in turn made the Heffley's]] of]],



* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Greg lies and says he moved the Cheese in the first book (in the movie he says he ''ate'' it) to cover for [[spoiler: Rowley being forced to eat it]]. Only he, Rowley, the teen bullies and (in the movie) Angie know the truth

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* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Greg lies and says he moved the Cheese in the first book (in the movie he says he ''ate'' it) to cover for [[spoiler: Rowley [[spoiler:Rowley being forced to eat it]]. Only he, Rowley, the teen bullies and (in the movie) Angie know the truthtruth.



* XtremeKoolLetterz: The comic ''Xtreme Sk8ters'', which is made by some kid at Greg's school.

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* XtremeKoolLetterz: The comic ''Xtreme Sk8ters'', [=Sk8ters=]'', which is made by some kid at Greg's school.



-> ''Well, we're out of trope examples, so I guess this is '''''THE END'''''.''

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-> ''Well, we're out of trope examples, so I guess this is '''''THE END'''''.'''THE END'''.''
15th May '16 5:30:47 PM nombretomado
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* TheChewToy: Greg is such a Chew Toy he could give [[{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] and [[MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]] a run for their money.

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* TheChewToy: Greg is such a Chew Toy he could give [[{{Peanuts}} [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] and [[MarriedWithChildren [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]] a run for their money.
12th May '16 10:14:00 AM YasminPerry
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Way'' on the cynical side.
10th May '16 8:49:51 AM MathsAngelicVersion
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* {{Sequelitis}}: In-universe with the ''Slumber Party Pals'' series. Greg thinks the first 30 books were good, but that the quality went downhill when the author ran out of ideas. Volume #87 is titled ''Lindsey Loses a Mitten''.
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