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A series of heavily-illustrated novels by Jeff Kinney based on his [[http://www.funbrain.com/journal/Journal.html?ThisJournalDay=1&ThisPage=1 webcomic of the same name]], aimed at older elementary students and middle school students. They tell the story of Greg Heffley, a self-proclaimed "wimpy kid" attempting to navigate the pitfalls and perils of middle school life. The books are presented as Greg's own journals, filled with handwritten notes and stick drawings of his daily adventures.

Greg's family includes his mother, Susan; his father, Frank; and his two brothers, Rodrick and Manny. Rodrick is older and often picks on Greg, whilst Manny is the baby of the family [[KarmaHoudini who can get away with anything]]. Other kids in the neighborhood include Greg's friend Rowley, and the CreepyChild Fregley, who lives down the block.

Probably one of the most popular and influential children's book series ever made, spawning a [[FollowTheLeader massive movement]] of similar children's realistic fiction book series presented as diaries that combine text and drawings.

!!The books to date are:
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid]]'' (2007)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid:_Rodrick_Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- Rodrick Rules]]'' (2008)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid:_The_Last_Straw Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- The Last Straw]]'' (2009)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid:_Dog_Days_(book) Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- Dog Days]]'' (2009)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid:_The_Ugly_Truth Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- The Ugly Truth]]'' (2010)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid:_Cabin_Fever Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- Cabin Fever]]'' (2011)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid:_The_Third_Wheel Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- The Third Wheel]]'' (2012)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid:_Hard_Luck Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- Hard Luck]]'' (2013)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid:_The_Long_Haul Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- The Long Haul]]'' (2014)
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid:_Old_School Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- Old School]]'' (2015)
* ''[[http://www.wimpykid.com/books/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-book-11/ Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- Double Down]]'' (2016)
* ''[[http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book12/ Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- The Getaway]]'' (2017)

!!To date, there have been the following movie adaptations:
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid_(film) Diary of a Wimpy Kid]]'' (2010)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid:_Rodrick_Rules_(film) Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- Rodrick Rules]]'' (2011)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid:_Dog_Days_(film) Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- Dog Days]]'' (2012; combines material from ''The Last Straw'' and ''Dog Days'')
* ''[[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid:_The_Long_Haul_(film) Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- The Long Haul]]'' (2017 [all-new cast])

There is also a ''[[http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book7/ Do-It-Yourself Book]]'' (2008; expanded in 2011) and, tying in with the film adaptation of the first book, a making-of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wimpy_Kid_Movie_Diary Movie Diary]]'' (2010; updated in '11 and '12 to include the sequels).

See also ''ComicBook/ZombieKidDiaries'', a parody of this series which the author actually sued the creators over.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* FiveFiveFive: All the numbers.
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and His Journal]]: [[InsistentTerminology JOURNAL.]]
* AbsenteeActor: Rowley does not appear in ''The Long Haul'' except for very briefly.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** Rodrick. His film self plays up the AllGirlsWantBadBoys / LoveableRogue angle, with a few gratuitous ShirtlessScene[=s=] for extra fanservice.
** Bill Walter is quite a bit more handsome in the movie than he is in the book, where he's depicted as a hairy middle-aged man with a beer gut.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Rodrick. The movies have him start off as an antagonist like his book counterpart, but the second and third films add more depth to his character by having him bond with Greg, becoming more of a CoolBigBro.
* AdaptationalJerkass: Chirag. In the books Greg plays a cruel prank on him for no reason, so Chirag's hostility towards Greg is very understandable. In the movies he is extremely condescending and arrogant.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy:
** In the books the titular wimpy kid is a huge UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist. In the movies, many of his KickTheDog moments are removed and others are made more justified by the circumstances. Because of this, Greg's rivals (Patty, Chirag) get the AdaptationalJerkass in order to make Greg's actions more understandable.
** Greg's dad. In the films, he's actually less strict on his sons than Susan is.
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Patty Farrell. In the books, at worst Patty is a TeachersPet and is only implied to be an AttentionWhore -- in fact, she's never directly interacted with Greg[[labelnote:note]] Besides denying him access to the bathroom when put in charge of their class[[/labelnote]] -- while in the movies, she's a nasty two-faced egomaniac who goes out of her way to antagonize Greg.
** Heather Hills. In the books we don't learn much about her but what we did learn never implied she was the snobby stuck-up bitch she is in the movies.
* AdaptationExpansion: Especially in the second movie.
** In the books, at Rodrick's WildTeenParty, Greg is locked in the basement all night until Rodrick needs help cleaning up from it. In the movie, Rodrick locks Greg in the basement, only for him to find a phone down there and call Rowley to come rescue him. When his parents call, Greg threatens to tell their parents about the secret party if Rodrick doesn't let him out, so Rodrick lets him out. Also in the book, their parents don't find out until they go through the camera and see a picture accidentally taken of the party. In the movie their mom finds out when a bathroom door they had to replace has no lock on it, which their father had questioned in the books.
** The movies also expand on the school that Greg goes to; it's called "Westmore Middle School" and has a hornet as its mascot.[[note]]The hornet mascot later made it into the 8th book.[[/note]]
** Rowley only appears briefly in a flashback in ''The Long Haul'', but the movie has him actually show up in person. Granted, his movie appearance isn't particularly long, but it still counts as this trope.
* AdaptationSpeciesChange: Frank's childhood pet Nutty is a cat in the webcomic, but a dog in the books.
* AdaptedOut: Colin, Greg's other friend besides Rowley, never appears in the books.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The second movie for Rodrick. It even has his name in the title.
* {{Adorkable}}: Greg and Rowley.
* AdultsAreUseless: Most of the grownups in the books are idiots, to put it lightly. It's not only a genre trait of school-themed works, but also stories from the point of view of a teen.
* AllegedlyFreeGame: InUniverse. ''Net Kritterz'' is a fictional VirtualPet game Greg is addicted to. The game requires real money to mainly gain Kritterz Kash, and the pet needs new items to be happy. This causes Greg to beg his parents regularly for money, before he is forced to earn money by himself.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: "Chicks dig bad boys."
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: In the first book, Greg wants to be elected treasurer so he can use his power to do favors for the cheerleaders.
* AlphaBitch:
** Heather Hills in the third movie. She is pretty, rich and popular, and uses this as an excuse to treat everyone, including her sister, like dirt.
** In the books one of the comics submitted for the contest (And a few bonus ones in the Do-it-yourself Book) was called "Girls Rule" which the entire punchline is about extremely shallow girls insulting boys and other girls for their fashion. Obviously reflecting the traits of the girls who wrote it. Despite never being shown as actual characters, there is no denying they are Alpha Bitches.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: ''Everyone's'' parents, although since Greg is the narrator his parents' antics get the spotlight most often.
** Subverted to the point where it actually helps Rowley's image out in the film.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Fregley seems to have something on the Autism spectrum, what with the supposedly being very smart but the complete lack of understanding of social norms and personal boundaries and his strange speech euphemisms (screaming "juice" when he needs to go to the bathroom, for example).
* AmbiguousEnding: This is how [[spoiler:''The Long Haul'']] ends, as it's never revealed in it or the later books whether [[spoiler: Greg tells his family that the key to the locker at the water park was in his shorts after all, which would have saved everyone so much trouble had it been found earlier, or not]].
* AmbiguouslyGay:
** 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''.]]
* AngstWhatAngst: Enforced in-universe in ''Double Down''. While working on their NoBudget indie horror film ''Night of the Night Crawlers'', Rowley is so freaked out that Greg has to shoehorn in a joke to keep him from running away. This joke turns out to be an unnamed man reacting to his wife's horrifying death by saying "Well, I guess this means I'm single!" and [[AsideGlance winking at the camera]].
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Manny is seen this way by Greg.
* AppealToTradition: The driving trope of "Old School". First of all, Mom wants her family to take a break from electronics and live like the old days. She successfully convinces the town to set an Electronic-free Weekend. Second, Greg goes to Hardscrabble Farms, which is old-styled and doesn't allow anything modern.
* 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.''
* ArtEvolution: The art used in the novels is less sketchy than the one in the webcomic, and as the series has gone on, the illistrations have gotten more and more detailed.
** In the first movie, the [[ImagineSpot Imagine Spots]] done in the style of the books were done in ''very'' ConspicuousCG that was cel-shaded. In the sequels, while they are still cel-shaded, the fact that they were computer-animated is less obvious.
* ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: The Heffleys couldn't take care of a living thing if their lives depended on it.
* ArtShift: In the movies, sometimes the perspective will change from live-action to animated versions of the book illustrations.
* AsianAndNerdy: One girl in Rodrick's middle school, Kathy Nguyen, was voted onto the "Most Likely To Succeed" page in the school yearbook.
* AWeightyAesop: Greg gets hit by this in ''The Ugly Truth'', when his school starts promoting good eating habits and replacing junk food with healthy food.
* BalloonBelly: Rodrick's fish gets one after he eats Greg's fish.
* BerserkButton: Do NOT make the gym teacher drop his groceries.
* BeYourself: The moral of the hilariously [[TheEighties Eighties-tastic]] movie Greg watches in one of his classes.
* BigBadEnsemble:
** 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]].
** The movies make the main villains more clear: Pete Hosey in the first, Bill Walter (the closest you're gonna get) in the second, and Heather Hills in the third.
* BigBrotherBully: This trope could practically be called "The Rodrick".
* BigOlEyebrows: Rodrick.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Heffleys are definitely not a stable family. Frank's a JerkAss and BumblingDad, Susan's absolutely oblivious to how teenagers are nowadays, Rodrick's a step away from dropping out of school, Manny is a [[SpoiledBrat spoiled brat]] who can't seem to stay ''in'' school and Greg is a slacker who could very well end up like Rodrick.
* BileFascination: InUniverse - Greg and his dad can't resist reading the dreadful comic ''Li'l Cutie'' (a parody of ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'') just to see how bad it is. (One of the captions for a Li'l Cutie comic was, "Daddy, is rain just God sweating?")
* BlackBeadEyes: All of the characters have these. Unless they're wearing glasses of course, but even with that Patty Farrell is an exception.
* BlackSheep: Several members of the extended family -- especially Uncle Gary who is explained as having been married at least four times. It gets worse in ''The Third Wheel'' when he moves in with Greg and company.
* BlandNameProduct: Several products throughout the series; these especially cropped up within the webcomic-to-book transition presumably to avoid copyright issues.
** Greg mentioned in the earlier books that his favorite game is "''Twisted Wizard''".
** In ''Rodrick Rules'', Greg is introduced to a game called ''Magick and Monsters'', an obvious ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' pastiche.
** In the same book, there's also mentioning of a book Greg repeatedly does book reports on called ''Sherlock Sammy Does It Again'', with Sherlock Sammy being an equivalent of Literature/EncyclopediaBrown.
** In ''The Ugly Truth'', the students drink an energy drink called "Rowdy Riot".
** In ''Cabin Fever'', Greg is addicted to a online game called [=NetKritterz=], a parody of online pet games like ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'' and ''VideoGame/WebKinz''.
* BlindWithoutEm: Patty Ferrell. Greg is also revealed to be one in the third book (he wears contact lenses).
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "I can name at least half a dozen jobs I can never have if I can't grow a beard or a mustache or at least dome decent stubble." The jobs Greg lists? Magician, pirate, lumberjack, artist, cop, and...criminal.
* BrickJoke:
** There's a picture in ''The Last Straw'' that reveals that Greg once turned in a book report '''4 pages long''' (cover included), and only a few sentences long because [[spoiler:he took up more than half of the last page writing "THE END" in big letters, using the excuse that [[BlatantLies he was running out of paper]].]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall That spoiler-tagged part]] comes up at the end when Greg at first says that he was ending his story on sort of a generic happy ending note, [[spoiler:but then admits that [[IronicEcho he's running out of paper...]]]]
** In "Hard Luck", the Easter egg hunt plot goes nowhere. However, near the end of the book, [[spoiler:the egg is found in a pile of wood in Gramma's yard. It's actually hinted at earlier, visually, where the egg will be found- the egg is seen in the same pile of wood.]]
** Also in ''Hard Luck'', Fregley claims he can blow a bubble with bubble gum in his belly button. It doesn't work, and Greg comments that he should have known that was impossible. Later, Greg's taking his picture for the yearbook, and he does it, much to Greg's shock.
* BrattyHalfPint: Taken UpToEleven with Manny.
* BridalCarry: In the second movie, Greg's dad has to do this to him [[ItMakesSenseInContext while in the middle of a roller-skating rink.]]
* BrilliantButLazy: A lot of Greg's problems in school would be avoided if he wasn't so lazy.
* BrokenAesop: The BeYourself video in the first book, which is lampshaded. Apparently it says you should [[BeYourself be happy about who you are.]] All the kids at Greg's school (most of which are bullies) [[ExactWords misinterpreted it as]] it's fine to be a jerk if you are.
* BumblingDad: The father seems to act rather old for his age...and we mean like an 80-year-old. Except for the fact that he hates ''Li'l Cutie''.
* BumblingSidekick: Rowley.
* ButtMonkey: Any boy in Greg's year that isn't popular (i.e. anybody who's not Bryce Anderson and his flunkies), it's just that we see Greg being a ButtMonkey the most [[UnreliableNarrator since it is told from his point of view.]]
* 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]].
* CharlieBrownBaldness: The way Greg draws himself and Rodrick.
* ChattyHairdresser: Greg befriends some at his mom's beauty salon in ''Dog Days''.
* ChekhovsGift: In ''Dog Days'', Greg gets a "Ladybug" phone that can only call home and 911 as a birthday present. [[spoiler:At the end, he calls 911 with it because he thought Frank was going to sell him (ItMakesSenseInContext)]].
* ChekhovsGag: The sheer number of gags and comic setpieces that turn out to be these goes up with each book.
** In ''The Third Wheel'', [[spoiler:Corny's Family-Style Restaurant turns out to be where Greg goes with Abigail and Rowley for dinner before the dance]].
* ChekhovsGun:
** The muddy hand in ''Dog Days''.
** THE CHEESE!!! in Book 1.
** The picture on the very first page[[note]] as in, even before the title and dedication[[/note]] in ''The Ugly Truth''.
** Throughout the series, Susan constantly says that Manny is special and very smart for his age. This '''finally''' pays off at the end of [[spoiler: ''The Long Haul'']], in which Manny being [[spoiler: completely fluent in Spanish saves everyone]].
* TheChewToy: Greg is such a Chew Toy he could give [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] and [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]] a run for their money.
* ChildrenAreAWaste: Greg says that when he grows up, he wants to spend his money on himself and not a bunch of ungrateful kids.
** He also makes sure to dispose of his gum and Popsicle sticks properly out of fear of being cloned when he's rich and famous, and said clones come to his house asking for money.
* ChristmasCreep: Back to School variant in ''Dog Days''. Greg, in his newspaper, discovers a Back to School ad, two months before school actually starts. He thinks that who ever advertised that [[ChildHater doesn't like children.]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Several.
** [[TeachersPet Patty Farrell]] has not appeared in the books following ''The Last Straw'' and the movie adaption of ''Dog Days''.
** Chirag, one of Greg's friends who was at times a plot central character, later disappeared following a brief scene in ''The Ugly Truth''.
** Trisha, a girl from New Mexico was introduced and set up to be a major character at the end of ''The Last Straw''. After a brief appearance in ''Dog Days'', she's never heard from again. Justified since she ditched Rowley and Greg at the country club in the summer between the end of ''The Last Straw'' and the beginning of ''Dog Days''.
** Subverted with Aunt Cakey - she made an early appearance in the webcomic, disappeared from it and never appeared in any of the other media...and then had a minor role in 2013's ''Hard Luck''.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Fregley is this to the point where he gives [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Osaka]] a run for her money in the weirdness department. Rowley is a less extreme example.
* 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.]]
* CoolBigBro: Rodrick can be this when he wants to.
* CoolLoser: Subverted. Greg ''wants'' to be seen as such by others (the reader included), but most will tell you that Greg is a dork.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Spoken by the Safety Patrol teacher in the film version.
* ComicBookTime: Lampshaded in "Old School".
-->''And to be honest with you, I feel like I've been in middle school FOREVER.''
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Greg feels that the girls [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Rowley]] did this in regards to the egg sitting project.
** Grandma buys some ''Toys/{{Lego}}'' 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.
** The mean kids at Greg's school mistake [[BrokenAesop the message of the]] [[BeYourself "It's Great To Be Me"]] video to say that its alright to be bully if you are one.
* ContemptibleCover: Greg's comment on the cover of the fantasy novel ''Shadowdoom'', a cover that features a female barbarian warrior in a ChainmailBikini:
-->'''Greg:''' I've read ''Shadowdoom'', and from what I can remember there aren't even any women in the story. In fact, I kind of wonder if the person who designed the cover [[CoversAlwaysLie even READ the book]].
* CosmicPlaything: Greg. Other people also do bad things to him. In ''Old School'', Grandpa [[spoiler:chooses Greg's bed and Greg must sleep with Manny.]] Also, in ''The Ugly Truth'', the Jeffersons [[spoiler:hire someone to be Rowley's replacement friend.]] See The Chew Toy and Butt Monkey above.
* CoversAlwaysLie: ''The Ugly Truth''. Greg is seen with his egg that he has during the brief EggSitting plot. It goes on for two journal entries, has no impact on the plot, and is never mentioned again.
** Also in-universe regarding ''Shadowdoom''. See ContemptibleCover above.
* CrapsackWorld: Type 2.
* CreatorBreakdown: An InUniverse example. In the first book, the school newspaper needs a new cartoonist after the kid who drew ''Wacky Dawg'' starts using it to handle his "personal business".
* CreatorCameo: Jeff Kinney appeared in the second and third movies as Holly Hill's dad.
* CreepyDoll: Greg's lost Alfrendo baby doll from ''Cabin Fever''. [[spoiler:Things went FromBadToWorse when Greg found it again.]]
* CringeComedy: From start to finish, each book is filled with it.
* CriticalResearchFailure: InUniverse.
** Greg stated in his science project that the moose, along with humans, evolved from birds. The teacher was not amused.
** Rodrick when he attempts to write an essay.
-->'''Dad:''' Well, for starters, Benjamin Franklin didn't fight in Vietnam...[[note]]In the book, he says "For starters, Abraham Lincoln didn't write ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''."[[/note]]
* CutAndPasteComic: The artwork in the illustrations is reused constantly. (Explains why there is a Christmas Tree in the background when Greg is opening his Wonderwoman Underoos Birthday present ''in July''.)
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Greg, but his dad isn't really far behind him in levels of snarkiness.
** Rodrick can get quite sarcastic at times. "Monkeys can't speak English, stupid."
* DeathByNewberyMedal: Greg is aware of this trope. When his mom tries to organize a summer reading club in ''Dog Days'' and assigns him ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', he predicts that either the girl or the pig pictured on the cover won't live to the end of the book. [[spoiler:He never learns he's wrong -- it's Charlotte the spider who dies -- because he only gets three chapters into it.]]
* DemotedToExtra: In the books, Fregley slowly became this, meriting only one mention in ''The Third Wheel''. Though in ''Hard Luck'' 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]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: In ''Cabin Fever,'' Greg's school replaces the soda vending machine with a bottled water machine as part of its effort to get its students to eat healthier. Where do they put it? ''[[EpicFail Right next to the water fountain.]]''
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: In the movie when Rodrick catches Greg and Rowley in his room, Rowley clings to Rodrick's leg to hold him off.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** In the movie, Patty holds a massive grudge over Greg because he insulted her in kindergarten. And the movie deals with the characters entering ''middle school''.
** In the webcomic, Greg writes an allegory story for school involving a monkey attempting and failing to fix a car, then shows it to Rodrick, [[ItMakesSenseInContext who was fixing his own car]]. When Rodrick gets it, not he only tears up Greg's story, but he tells all his friends about Greg's embarrassing incident in the retirement home toilets.
** 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!!]]'''
** Manny also once threw a tantrum at school just because his sandwich wasn't cut the way he wanted it to be.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: After Greg's school stops selling an energy drink called Rowdy Riot, [[GRatedDrug several students who have been drinking several cans of it on a regular basis start to suffer from withdrawal.]]
* DontTouchItYouIdiot: In an incident from the original webcomic that becomes a flashback in ''Hard Luck'', a younger Greg has to stay with his Aunt Cakey for the night while his parents are away. Right before Greg goes to bed, Aunt Cakey tells him not to touch the iron because [[CaptainObvious it's still hot]]. Guess what Greg does after Aunt Cakey goes to sleep.
* DisgustingPublicToilet: ''The Long Haul'' has Greg go into a gas station bathroom only to find out that it's full of [[BathroomStallGraffiti graffiti]], toilet paper sprawled on the floor, and the mirror is partly broken. Greg decides to go in there anyway.
* DownerEnding: ''Dog Days'' ends with Greg and Rowley's friendship temporarily in shambles and Greg's vacation being absolutely atrocious.
* {{Duck}}: Greg and his dad in this scene in ''Dog Days''.
-->'''Greg:''' ''(Dad is standing up in the canoe and about to hit his head on a tree branch)'' Duck! Duck!\\
'''Dad:''' ''(looking through binoculars)'' Where? Where?
* DumbassHasAPoint: The very few times Rowley calls out Greg for being unfair, he's completely right.
* DysfunctionalFamily: The Heffleys, and as later books would show, [[UpToEleven this goes for almost everyone in their extended family as well]].
* EyeScream: In the webcomic, Greg's pet angelfish has its eyes ripped out by Rodrick's fish. [[http://www.funbrain.com/journal/Journal.html?ThisMonth=7&ThisDay=24&ThisJournalDay=91&ThisPage=2&PageCount=186]]
* EggSitting: Used for a mini-plot in ''The Ugly Truth''. [[spoiler:All the boys break their eggs except for Greg and Rowley; Susan accidentally [[CrowningMomentOfFunny scrambles Greg's egg for breakfast.]]]]
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: Used a ''lot'' actually. There is a time in which Rodrick had a high-school yearbook that had his ''second grade'' picture instead of his ''seventh'', due to a screw up on the part of Greg's dad.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "Nasty Pants" in the 6th book. It's implied that that's [[UnfortunateNames actually his name]], however, as Greg calls his mother "Mrs. Pants". Or [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname Greg simply didn't know his name himself.]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: In "Hard Luck", Greg refuses to cheat on a science project using one that had been made by another student, after he notices his brother's science project (the school dumped tons of old projects and papers in a storage room, and some bullies were using it as a monkey-making venture). He knows it's going to land him in huge trouble, and thinks it's stealing. (He thanks his instincts as he later notes [[LaserGuidedKarma the teachers staged a raid after a tip-off from another student, and the bullies landed in summer school.]]) He also hides a precious diamond ring near the end, so Mom's family won't kill each other over it. In an earlier book, he also refuses to buy a paper off of Rodrick, noting that even though he's copied off of other people during quizzes, buying a paper from someone is too far, even for him.
* ExactWords: In ''Rodrick Rules'', Rodrick drives Greg home, but makes him ride in the back. He then slams on the brakes each time they stop so that Greg hits his head. The next time Rodrick drives Greg, Greg asks him to please go easy on the brakes. What does Rodrick do? Say "okay", but then go over every speed bump he can.
* ExtremelyOverdueLibraryBook: In ''Dog Days'', Greg has a book, titled ''How to Make Sock Puppets'', that he checked out when he was eight. He is most likely 12-13, which means the book is 4-5 years ago. He is afraid he will get arrested if he returns to the library.
* TheFaceless: A character in the webcomic named Herbie Meaner. He's the leader of a gang of bullies and the reason why no sane kid in Greg's school stays on the basketball courts past 3:00.
* FakedRipVanWinkle: Rodrick's "you slept through summer vacation" prank on Greg in the first book.
* FakeInteractivity: In ''The Long Haul'', Greg recalls watching TV shows that pretended to be interactive. He believed that the characters actually listened to what he told them, so his mother had to tell him that they couldn't.
* FalseReassurance: Deny, deny, deny.
* FatBestFriend: Rowley.
* FawltyTowersPlot: Frequently, Greg will try to cover up a mistake and the situation only snowballs to distratrous proportions when it finally catches him.
* FictionalVideoGame: ''Twisted Wizard'' and ''Netkritterz''
* FilmOfTheBook: Actually, film of the book of the webcomic.
* FirstDayOfSchoolEpisode:
** The first movie focuses on Greg's first day of middle school.
** In one book, Manny gets scared by his classmates' Halloween costumes on his first day of preschool.
** Throughout the series, Greg has two flashbacks about his first days of preschool and kindergarten.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Greg frequently makes snarky comments.
* {{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]].
** Susan Heffley. At first she only showed concern if Greg did something she objected to, and was sometimes embarrassing and behind the times of what teenagers were into, such as trying to get Greg less interested in video gaming. Her stern attitude only showed if something severe had happened (such as Rowley's broken arm in the first book or the party that happened in Rodrick Rules). As of Hard Luck, however, Susan's character has essentially delved into a ThinkOfTheChildren type mother who shows extreme distaste to anything electronic to the point she gets the town as a whole to unplug (which she simply bribed her way through by getting elderly partygoers of Grandpa to sign the signatures she needed).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''The Third Wheel'', Greg at one point creates a chart detailing the relationships between the kids in his grade. On the chart, he shows that students Abigail Brown and Michael Sampson are currently dating, though a second girl, Cherie Bellanger, is also shown to be interested in Michael. This comes back around just before the Valentine's Day dance when Michael has a family obligation and can't go to the dance, leaving Abigail date-less and leading to Greg and Rowley taking her out to the dance. Cherie factors into this because [[spoiler: it turns out that Michael was actually planning on going out to the dance with Cherie (and was lying about the family obligation) instead of Abigail, who catches the two-timer red handed when he (who was clearly not expecting Abigail to be there) shows up at the dance with the other girl. Ultimately, this sets up Abigail's brief relationship with Rowley.]]
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: In-universe, the movie about the muddy hand in the 4th book. The last person who sees the hand is always the next victim. At the end of the movie, the hand crawls straight towards the screen, implying that Greg and Rowley are the next victims. This kept them nervous and paranoid for the rest of the book.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** Pause ''Rodrick Rules'' when Greg and Rowley are checking out their YouTube video, and you can see that while the video only got 4 views, it received 24,963 comments.
** In the third movie, the news report near the end has a ticker filled with strange news items, such as "High school kid accidentally eats salad", and "New 'square' wheel fails to impress".
* FunnyForeigner: Chirag.
* GagNose: Many background characters are drawn with one.
* {{Gaslighting}}: In ''Cabin Fever'', Greg believes Rodrick was doing this to him with the Santa Scout.
* GenerationXerox: In ''The Ugly Truth'', it turns out that Greg looks exactly like Frank's cousin, Terrence. He's ''not'' happy about it.
* 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]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** In the first film, the "girls and motorcycles" magazine is probably standing in for something [[PornStash a little more raunchy]].
** At the party in the second film, everyone's drinking out of red cups - standard for beer, IRL.
** There's this exchange from ''The Last Straw''.
-->'''Manny:''' Wipe my heinie, Ploopy!
** In ''Dog Days'', when everyone tries to find a name for Sweetie (their new dog), Rodrick suggests they him "Turtle", or...
-->'''Rodrick:''' Turd for short!
* GentleGiant: Rowley.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Greg's mom tells him that if he lies again he'll be grounded for a month. The result? Greg starts to use ''BrutalHonesty''.
* GRatedDrug: The energy drink Rowdy Riot (see DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything above for details).
* HeavySleeper: Greg and Rodrick. The latter has even slept one autumn from Sunday night to ''Tuesday morning''.
* HighSchoolDance: The Valentine's Day dance in the 7th book, where TheClimax takes place.
* HoodOrnamentHottie: Referenced. Manny gets ahold of one of Rodrick's magazines, which Greg mentions has a picture of a woman in a bikini spread out on the hood of a car on the cover. Manny brings it to show-and-tell Although Greg said it was [[DoubleEntendre "nothing to get worked up over"]], their mother is not pleased.
* HorribleCampingTrip: In ''The Last Straw'', the father-son Boy Scout trip is a wash for Greg and his dad after the first night. And it's not even Greg's fault!
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: In ''Double Down,'' Susan thinks that Maddox Selsam, a kid with NoSocialSkills whatsoever who does nothing but practice his violin and build Lego sets, is a good role model for Greg. Probably because Maddox's mom doesn't let him [[NewMediaAreEvil play video games or watch TV.]]
* HumiliationConga: Greg suffers one at the beginning of the second movie, which finishes with him falling into a cake and subsequently getting beaten up by the irate birthday girl and her friends.
* HypeBacklash: InUniverse in the webcomic; Gregory is shown as being incredibly anxious to play a video game called "Twisted Wizard 2" and then says it's the lamest game ever made (mainly because of a horrible control scheme).
* HypocriticalHumor:
** Greg says that at his school there was an "No Smoking" poster contest. Ironically, though, the guy who won actually smokes a lot himself.
** Susan frequently calls out Greg for lying to her but she lies occasionally too, such as the one time she pretended to call the dentist when finding out Greg wasn't brushing his teeth.
** One of the books shows that there is no playground equipment at Greg's school. Despite this, the kids are not allowed to sit down at recess, and one illustration shows a teacher yelling at a kid for sitting down ''when she's doing the exact same thing herself.''
* IDoNotLikeGreenEggsAndHam: When Rodrick tells Greg that Rowley's new babysitter Leland is the biggest nerd in high school, Greg is reluctant to play "[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Magick and Monsters]]" with him, but it turns out he really likes it. Subverted in the fact that he ends up agreeing with Rodrick that Leland is the biggest nerd in the school.
* IntellectualAnimal: The pig seems to be this in "Double Down". He can walk on two legs, is seen holding a toothbrush at one point, and uses a "See and Talk" toy correctly to say "Pig eat ice cream".
* IgnoringBySinging: In the third book, when Greg and Rowley are being driven to a roller skating rink to impress Holly Hills and Susan overhears the conversation:
-->'''Susan:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Holly Hills? Holly Hills was the only fourth grader at school]] [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext who wasn't potty trained]].
-->'''Greg:''' LA LA LA...I CAN'T HEAR YOU!
* IGotARock: Each year for Christmas and his birthday, Greg gets nothing but clothes and books.
* ImplausibleDeniability:
-->'''Frank:''' ''(displaying a photo of Rodrick's party on the TV screen)'' Can you explain what you're doing in this photo?
-->'''Rodrick:''' [[BlatantLies That's not me.]]\\
'''Frank:''' ''(lowers eyes)'' That's not you?\\
''({{beat}})''\\
'''Rodrick:''' ''(averts eyes)'' Nope.
* ItWontTurnOff: In ''Double Down'', the witch Rodrick gets cackles at the slightest movement, even after [[spoiler:Frank removes the batteries]].
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Greg. When he and Rowley often try to accomplish tasks together, he usually makes him do all of the work. Also, there's his treatment of Chirag Gupta and pelting Patty Farrell with apples. (The movie makes this a little more justified, by portraying Patty Farrell as a {{Jerkass}} who is stuck on an insult he did in kindergarten.)
** Let's just say that Rodrick would drive ''anyone'' to commit fratricide. He always abuses his brother for no good reason (and it goes way beyond the normal siblings-pick-on-one-another thing), and [[KarmaHoudini he never gets in trouble for it]]. He also has never been nice to Greg ONCE in the book. Even when Greg does something really nice for him at the end of ''Rodrick Rules'', [[UngratefulBastard he doesn't ease up, even for a bit]].
** Manny is a horribly spoiled and bratty KarmaHoudini, to the extent that he did not get punished in Book 6 when he left his entire family for dead in a blizzard.
** Greg's dad is a bit of an asshole to his sons, and frequently forces them to engage in activities they dislike (i.e. sports).
** Aunt Cakey in the webcomic (and later the books). Even though it's [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Manny]] she's responding to, passing off his displays of affection as a sign that he needs ''speech therapy'' is pretty cold.
** Patty Farrell in the movies is selfish, annoying, and could nearly make Greg look like a saint in comparison.
* JerkJock:
** Kenny Keith seems to fit the description. However, Greg is a jerk to Kenny whenever he gets the chance and we don't see how Kenny acts around people he actually gets along with.
** Subverted with Bryce Anderson. Greg tries his best to make him seem like one, but so far there's no real evidence that Bryce is one of these.
* JustFollowingOrders:
** When [[TemptingFate Greg's mom wants Greg to no longer lie,]] he tells [[BrutalHonesty every single truth]] from the fact a 200-pound kid can't play basketball due to weight, to making his mom stand in the rain to say she's not in the house in the second movie!
* KarmaHoudini:
** Rodrick. He ''never'' gets punished for bullying Greg.
** Greg himself once, in a flashback when he wrote very rude anonymous Valentine's Day cards to everyone in his class (case in point: "Dear James, you smell.") He was GenreSavvy enough to write a card for himself so the teacher wouldn't suspect him. It worked.
** Manny no matter what he does. In Book 6, he shuts down all power in the house except for his room, steals food, water, toys, and a ''space heater'', and leaves the rest of the family for dead during a blizzard. Despite all this, he receives absolutely no comeuppance whatsoever for his actions. Their mother only gives Manny a talking-to... in which he blames all his brattiness on no one teaching him how to tie his shoes.
* 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.
* KidsAreCruel: Well, this is middle school, after all. Greg himself isn't above it; Chirag Gupta will tell you that firsthand.
* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: In ''Dog Days'', Greg and Rowley watch a B-Movie called ''Hello, You're Dead'' that they found in Rodrick's room, featuring a muddy hand. Rowley has his eyes covered the whole movie. Greg doesn't find the movie all that scary... until the end, when the "muddy hand" crawls straight to the screen, meaning [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou the "hand" is coming for the viewer next]].
* KissOfLife: Roderick gets one of these when he pretends to be drowning in order to attract Heather Hills, who's working as a lifeguard. Unfortunately, Heather ignores him, and he gets the KissOfLife instead from a big burly guy who adminsters it on him despite Roderick being both conscious and obviously breathing
* LargeHam:
** Rodrick in the movies.
** Frank also has his hammy moments in the movies too.
* LaserGuidedKarma: For [[spoiler: Greg]] in the second movie: [[spoiler: Chirag Gupta [[TheDogBitesBack is actually the one who gets the last laugh]] in Greg's "invisible Chirag" prank by tricking Greg into acknowledging him by pretending to have Holly want to meet Greg, only for it to be Chirag dressed like Holly instead. The result is Greg losing the little game as Chirag celebrates and the nearby CircleOfShame laughs at him.]]
* LeanAndMean: Greg and Rodrick.
* 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.
* LessEmbarrassingTerm: Greg states that he doesn't want to take Home Ec. 2, even though he was pretty good at Home Ec. 1, because this kept happening:
-->'''Kid 1:''' Hey, look, Greg has a purse!\\
'''Greg:''' Actually, it's an embroidered bookbag.\\
'''Kid 2:''' Okay, Pursie.
** And, in case you forgot, it's a ''journal'', not a diary!
* LieDetector: {{Parodied|Trope}} in ''Cabin Fever'' when the school is vandalized. The police come there to question the worst troublemakers, but it's obvious that their "foolproof lie detector" is just a photocopier. Whenever the troublemaker says something they don't like, they hit a button to copy a sheet that says "He's lying". Predictably, they fail to catch the real culprits.
* LighterAndSofter: The books when compared to the webseries. And the movies to the books, which gives some hints that Greg's cynical worldview taints his journals and distorts reality.
* LiteralMinded: Greg is this often, leading him to think his parents saying "maybe we should go away for the weekend and recharge our batteries" means that his parents could be robots.
* LoopholeAbuse: Rodrick finds a way around mom's ban of the word "ploopy" as an insult in "The Last Straw". He calls Greg "ploopy" over the course of three days, beginning with "pl" on the first day, moving onto "oo" the second, and finishing with "py" on the third.
* LosingYourHead: In the ''Xtreme [[Letters2Numbers Sk8ters]]'' comic strip, one of the stick figures gets decapitated by a telephone wire. His head still manages to talk.
** In ''Double Down'', Greg's bizarre dream involves himself kicking his own head, which is shouting, "Mustards on my turnips, please!"
* LoudOfWar: When Rodrick's garage band attracts loitering teenagers, Greg's dad fights back by playing classical music from a boom box in the window.
* LoveTriangle: Greg, Rowley and Abigail in Book 7. [[spoiler:Greg loses.]]
* LuckyCharmsTitle: The U in ''Hard Luck'' is [[RuleOfSymbolism a horseshoe]].
* MagicAmpersand: ''Magick & Monsters''
* MegaMealChallenge: Referred to at one point. The main character mentions that his Uncle Gary finished the "Monstrilla Burger" in one sitting and got a tattoo for it.
* MemeticMutation: InUniverse examples:
** The local news channel captures Greg's mom dancing while taping Löded Diper's performance. After being uploaded to the internet, the video is dubbed "The Dancing Mom video".
** "Zoo-Wee-Mama!" from the comic that Greg and Rowley created, and which Rowley later used in his own comic, becomes a meme at school, much to Greg's dismay.
* MessyPig: [[spoiler:The Pet that Manny and Susan accidentally win at the country fair and are stuck with, which they then leave at a petting zoo, then eventually come back for. It's now the family pet, and has yet to be named.]]
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Greg. His older brother Rodrick frequently bullies him and gets away with it through intimidation and covering his tracks. Meanwhile, his younger Brother Manny makes himself a pest, but Greg can't do anything to him without getting into trouble with his parents.
* MisleadingPackageSize: Greg Heffley recalls opening a video-game sized gift-box only to find a memory card.
* MissingChild: In ''The Long Haul'', Rodrick and Greg sneak off to a video game convention and their mother Susan notices they're gone. However, she sees them on TV and goes to the convention to tell them off.
* MoralGuardians: In-universe example when a teacher yells at Greg and Rowley for listening to rock and roll [[TheNewRockAndRoll because it's "evil" and is going to "ruin [their] brains".]] Susan tries to be this as well with various rates of success.
* MrFanservice: Rodrick, [[TroubledButCute in]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold the]] [[AdaptationalAttractiveness movies]].
* MultipleChoiceFormLetter: Greg does this in the first book, typing out his Christmas cards on the computer with parts missing so he could just fill in the necessary adjustments to it later. (It doesn't work completely well though, such as when he fills out a thank you card for a new pair of pants and he has to say that all his friends would be jealous of it or that he likes how it looks on his legs).
** The candygram messages used to raise money for the Valentine's Day dance in Book 7 are designed for the giver to fill in their and the recipient's name. Greg tries to cover multiple bases by filling in the blank with one girl's name, then writing in a P.S. telling her that if she doesn't want to go to the dance with him, she should give it to a particular girl who sits nearby.
* MyspeldRokband: Rodrick's band is called Löded Diper (although Greg remarks that his brother probably doesn't know how to spell "Loaded Diaper" anyway).
* 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.
* NoBudget: In-universe in ''Double Down'', where Greg and Rowley try to make an indie horror film. Their low-end equipment is "borrowed" from their parents, the only actor is Rowley, and their "special effects" are gummy worms and ketchup.
* NoInfantileAmnesia: Greg claims this applies to him at the beginning of ''The Third Wheel''. He goes on to explain that he was born three weeks early because he couldn't take all the noise he heard from the outside world (especially because Mom was using prenatal speakers to talk to and play classical music for him) and that as a result he has been trying to catch up on all the sleep he missed out on ever since. His love of long baths also stems from memories of peacefully floating in the womb.
* 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's strongly implied to have been the incident where Rowley crushed Greg's hand with a mallet after Greg pulled a prank on him.
** Subverted in ''Rodrick Rules'' where Greg has often talked about how Rodrick is blackmailing him with an embarassing secret that isn't revealed until the end of the book. [[spoiler:He got stuck in the woman's bathroom at the old folks home.]]
* NoodlePeople: Everyone. Subverted with Rowley, Mr. Beardo and a few other minor characters.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Greg started middle school in book 1 and stays there. [[WordOfGod Jeff Kinney is on record]] saying [[http://parnassusmusing.net/2014/01/17/will-greg-heffley-ever-grow-up-wimpy-kid-author-jeff-kinney-answers-questions-about-his-most-famous-characters-future/ Greg will be in middle school forever]].
** This is why the film series [[OrphanedSeries met the fate that it did]], since a FloatingTimeline doesn't translate well and age is an unstoppable factor. That didn't stop Fox, however, from producing a fourth movie in 2017 based off ''The Long Haul''.
* NightmareFuel: [[invoked]]
** Mild example-in the webseries, Greg stays with a relative and complains over how boring it is. He then tells a story where him and Rodrick find an old board game at said relative's house. They open to find out that it was filled with spiders. Greg has a hard time opening boxes after that. The Do-It-Yourself book alludes to this, with Greg saying to write your worst nightmares, and shows a drawing of Greg parachuting into a yard full of giant Tarantulas. Aside from these subtle references, this phobia is never brought up in the actual books.
** A similar example comes up in the sixth book when Greg explains that he has a phobia of puzzles because when he opened a box of puzzles once, it was full of crickets.
** Another in-universe example: In ''Dog Days'', Greg watches an old BMovie about a muddy hand who kills the person who sees it right after it kills someone else. The last shot of the movie implies that the hand will go after the viewer next, causing Greg throughout the rest of the book to try to prevent a muddy hand attack.
** Yet another in-universe example occurs when a younger Greg gets scared because Shel Silverstein looks scary to him. His father uses this to his advantage by telling him if he gets out of bed he's run into the writer in the hall, who visits each day. Greg ''still'' doesn't leave his bed at night.
* NightmareFuelColoringBook:
** Played with when Greg has to draw what he thinks teenagers would draw after watching violent horror movies (as part of Rodrick's science project). Played straight when Manny accidentally watches one of the movies from the same project, then draws a bunch of pictures that scare Greg when he finds them. (It's never explicitly stated that the movie actually scared Manny; in fact, the picture in the book just shows him looking at the TV confused.)
** Fregley is also a major NightmareFuelStationAttendant, serving as the master of {{squick}} without even trying.
* OnlyChildSyndrome: Rowley. In the fourth book and in the webcomic, when Rowley has a nightmare, his parents rush to his aid and ignore that Greg was thrown on his face.
* OrphanedSeries: The film series has suffered this; ''Dog Days'' will likely be the last film, since the constantly aging actors are unable to apply to the FloatingTimeline that the books take place in. Kinney has however expressed interest in seeing ''Cabin Fever'' turned into an animated TV movie.
* OutOfFocus: ''Everybody'' save for Greg, his immediate family and the Beardos in ''The Long Haul'', in which Rowley only turns up in a flashback illustration and no other recurring characters appear. Averted for Rowley in the film adaptation, as he gets to come along with the Heffleys.
* ParentalFavoritism: Greg's parents clearly favor Manny, to the point where he's becoming a SpoiledBrat. Manny is allowed to get his way, such as throwing tantrums over minor things like how his sandwich wasn't cut the right way. And his parents ''let him do it''.
** Manny is also Gramma's favorite (all you need to do is look on her fridge for proof), to the point where everyone in the family (yes, even ''[[ParentalObliviousness Susan]]'') is aware of it.
** Grandpa, however, will tell you straight up who his favorite is.
-->'''Grandpa:''' Gregory is my favorite!
* ParentalObliviousness: Susan seems to be completely unaware of modern teenage behavior.
* PeripheryDemographic: An in-universe example: Rowley's favorite musician is a European singer named "Joshie", but Greg looks at the album cover and immediately tells Rowley that Joshie's music is more than likely targeted at eight-year old girls. More or less confirmed in the 5th book, when Rowley talks about the time when he went to a Joshie concert and is the ''only'' boy at the concert. (And the only one over 10, to boot.)
* PerpetualFrowner: The default state of most characters sans notable exceptions like Susan.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Zig-Zagged. Greg's mom doesn't appear to have a job, but he mentions that she runs an article in the newspaper, and it's implied she might have been a therapist (but one for younger kids if anything) but is implied to go to school. Otherwise...she's not really doing anything. Greg's dad escapes this because they don't mention what he does, only that he takes a carpool. This is arguably a case of FridgeBrilliance - it's told from Greg's point of view. What would he know about what his parents do on a day-by-day basis?
** Actually the books outright state that his mother was at one point a Kindergarten Teacher.
* PlayingATree: Greg is a tree in his school's production of ''The Wizard of Oz''. Subverted in that he ''wanted'' this role (it meant he got to throw apples at Dorothy AKA Patty Farrel), in part because he didn't want to be in the show but was forced to audition by his mom. Another student ends up with the role of a shrub. He ends up delaying the start of the play due to stage fright. Greg even comments on how ridiculous the whole situation was. In the movie adaptation, Greg wanted a main role in the play to make Rowley jealous. He can sing extremely well, but he's a male soprano. The theatre director said the only soprano parts in the play were Dorothy (he quickly made her drop that idea) and the Trees.
-->'''Greg:''' You'd think that someone whose job it was to sit on the stage and do nothing could just suck it up for one performance.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Several things could have been avoided if Greg just ''told'' people what was going on.
** In ''The Ugly Truth'', this is what leads to Uncle Gary's second divorce.
-->'''Lydia:''' I've got about thirty thousand in the bank.\\
'''Gary:''' And I've got forty-five!\\
'''Greg:''' As it turns out, Uncle Gary only had forty-five ''dollars'', not forty-five ''thousand''.
* PornStash: While Rodrick's magazine as seen would be [[PoorMansPorn sold right out on the open shelves]] in any store, his mother treats it as such.
* PottyDance: Fregley does this in the first book, while screaming "JUUUIIICE!"
* PottyFailure: It is revealed in ''Cabin Fever'' that Greg had a bed-wetting calendar when he was eight.
* PotteryBarnPoor
* PrettyBoy: Rowley's favorite singer, Joshie, is more or less described as being one of the sort. Emphasized in ''The Ugly Truth'' when Rowley goes to a Joshie concert and notices that he is the only boy in the audience.
* ProductPlacement: A TV set in the first film plays ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'', another 20th Century Fox production.
** Greg and Rowley are seen playing the Wii in the same movie.
** ''Cabin Fever'' has an illustration which includes a console similar to the Wii, and it is subtly implied that Greg's mother is playing ''Wii Fit''.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Greg suffers from this big time. For example, in the second book, he mistreats Chirag Gupta by pretending he doesn't exist. If the same thing happened to ''him'', he'd almost certainly complain about it and call the kid(s) doing it to him bulllies. 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.
* TheQuietOne: Manny. Averted [[spoiler: at the end of ''The Long Haul'' where he has a conversation with two mechanics in fluent Spanish for almost an hour]].
* RedHerring: In ''The Long Haul'' [[spoiler:"The Beardos"]] would appear to be villains, [[spoiler: stealing the Heffleys' beach chair, locker key and in turn wallets and cellphones]]. But, aside from [[spoiler: the beach chair (which could have easily been a misunderstanding) and being slight {{jerkass}}es]] they aren't.
* ReluctantGift: Greg is supposed to put a twenty-dollar bill into the church collection basket but is trying to hold on to it. His mom Susan does it for him.
* {{Retool}}: ''The Long Haul'' focuses on just one summer trip, whereas all the other books unfold over longer timespans -- one year for the original, six months for 2 and 3, and two-to-three months for later installments. Some wondered if this was an effort by Kinney to get another movie squeezed out of a series formula which ''was'' getting repetitive by that point. (If it was, it worked.)
* {{Retraux}}: In the film version, "It's Awesome to Be Me" appears to have been made in the 1980s.
* RocksFallEveryoneDies: Greg's mom forces Rodrick to play ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' with Greg. On the very first turn, Rodrick [the DM] declares that everyone fell into a hole and died.
-->'''Rodrick:''' You and your group of nerds fall into a pit and it's full of dynamite and you blow up. The end.
* SadistShow: The books rely heavily on misfortune and the misery of everyone, but since it's Greg's diary, we see most of his misfortune and misery - he also could be an UnreliableNarrator for all we know.
* SchoolPlay: In the first book, Greg's school puts on a production of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. It does not end well. Though granted in the movie, Frank tries to cheer Greg up. While in the book he simply says nothing while throwing the flowers he brought into the garbage.
* SerenadeYourLover: In the third movie, Rodrick tries to win Heather Hills with Music/JustinBieber's "Baby". Given she loathes Rodrick and the series' tendency for ComedicSociopathy, it goes downhill pretty fast.
* {{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''.
* SeriousBusiness:
** Bingo, for the old ladies that Greg's grandma hangs out with. They use things like lucky blotters and Bingo Trolls and whatnot when they play. ("One of Gramma's friends is so good she memorizes all her cards and she doesn't even NEED to use a blotter to mark them off.")
** At one point, Greg accidentally calls out Bingo when he doesn't have the matching numbers and a rival table sends out one of their own to intimidate Greg because ''they don't like it when newbies win on their first night''. SeriousBusiness indeed.
** Toilet paper for the students at Greg's school. One candidate for student council president didn't bother campaigning at all and his entire speech was him promising to make the school replace the regular toilet paper with the quilted kind. He won the election by a landslide. It's decided that, since the school doesn't have enough money to replace the toilet paper, kids can bring in their own from home. The kids bring in so much of it, they have to carry bags of the stuff to class with them because it wouldn't fit in their lockers.
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing:'' in ''Dog Days'', Greg and his family have a Father's Day brunch. Dad tells the story of his dog Nutty running away to a butterfly farm when he was a kid, and [[spoiler:Grandpa reveals that Nutty didn't actually run away to a butterfly farm; he was accidentally run over by Grandpa's car. Angry, Dad leaves Grandpa with the brunch bill, goes out and buys a dog.]] Rodrick suggests that the dog's name be Turtle.
** The ''Sherlock Sammy'' books are similar to ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown''. (In the webcomic, Greg really did use ''Encyclopedia Brown'' books for his book reports.)
** In ''Cabin Fever'', Greg, annoyed by Manny wanting mustard across his hot dog, talks about [[Film/HarryPotter watching movies starring a preteen who finds out he has magical powers and goes to a special school]].
** 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 ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', in which the Pigs (a representation of Stalinist leadership) begin separating from animalism (communism) by walking, dressing and acting like the former human overlords (the capitalists), ensues.
** In the movie adaptation, Greg's mom tells him something along the lines of: "[[Literature/HarryPotter It's our choices who make us who we truly are...]]"
** The ''Underpants Bandits'' series in ''The Long Haul'' is a clear nod to Literature/CaptainUnderpants, right down to the MoralGuardians being opposed to it being used for book reports.
** In ''Old School'', the ''Spineticklers'' series is a clear nod to ''Literature/{{Spinetinglers}}'' and ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}''.
* ShrunkenHead: While one doesn't physically appear, Rodrick [[CreepySouvenir asks for one on his Christmas list]]. [[TeensAreMonsters This is normal for him]].
* SliceOfLife
* 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.
* SmallNameBigEgo:
** Singer Krisstina claims to be internationally famous, but Greg doubts that she's even performed in another state.
** Greg himself more than qualifies, moreso during the first few books.
%%* SoProudOfYou: Averted somewhat.
* SpartanSibling: Rodrick has it in for Greg.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: In-universe in ''Double Down'', where Greg tries to create a homemade horror movie on NoBudget:
** Rowley is the only actor, and has to [[ActingForTwo act for many]]. Since Greg has no video editing skills, this means that no scene in the movie can feature more than one character.
** Rowley [[CrosscastRole plays an unnnamed woman]]. Unfortunately, he refuses to wear a dress, and they don't have a wig for him. He ends up wearing yoga pants and a hooded sweater, and having the character never show her face.
--> '''Woman''': I hope you don't mind if I don't turn around but I am really concentrating on doing these dishes.
** They try to make a scene in which an unnamed man tries to take a shower, but worms come out instead of water. Greg can't find a way to make it looks natural, and settles for throwing gummy worms at Rowley's face and hoping it'll look realistic once they make the final cut.
** They use ketchup as fake blood.
** Discussed when Greg point out that he still hasn't figured out how to film the climax of the movie, which would feature a battle against a giant worm. Sadly, they never get around to attempting this scene at all.
* SpoiledBrat: Manny. Though one could argue he's not to blame, the fact his parents are the ones who spoil him rotten and never tell him the difference between right and wrong, is practically child abuse.
* StatusQuoIsGod: No matter what happens by the end of a book (ex. Greg meets a pretty girl neighbour wanting to be friends with him and Rowley), its always negated by the events of the next book (ex. she doesn't have any romantic interest in him at all and he immediately forgets about her).
* StealthPun: On page 52 of ''Diary of a Wimpy Kid'', there's a picture of a guy with [[HockeyMaskAndChainsaw a hockey mask and a chainsaw]] chasing Greg and Rowley with the written sound effect "RRRRRRRRRRRRR!" (with exactly [[Franchise/FridayThe13th 13]] "R"s).
* StickFigureComic: The ''{{Xtreme|KoolLetterz}} [[Letters2Numbers Sk8ters]]'' comic strip.
* 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.
* StupidGood: InUniverse, Greg's mom plays ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' this way. For example, her solution to the party being attacked by a band of orcs is to give the orcs all of the players' food. She then gets the idea that the game is a good way to teach Greg and Rodrick to get along better.
* StylisticSuck:
** ''Li'l Cutie''. Oh, dear lord. "Daddy, is rain just God sweating?"
** The Do-It-Yourself book features comic strips by some of the characters. Most of them fall under this. In Rowley's strip ''Action'', the only action was one character hitting the other with a FryingPanOfDoom. The rest of the page is just them discussing what's about to happen.
* SuckECheeses: Corny's Family-Style Restaurant in Book 7. Greg has a traumatic experience trying to rescue Manny from the indoor playground, and the serving staff and overall chaos easily makes up for the lack of animatronic robots and video games. Remember, anyone who comes in wearing a tie clearly isn't having ''fun'' and ''will'' get it snipped off.
* SymbolSwearing: Rodrick does this when he drops a glass on the floor and it breaks. Manny imitates him.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Greg may not like his siblings very much, but he does feel sorry for them when they get the short end of the stick. He thinks Rodrick is grumpy because he's TheUnfavorite in the family and he feels bad for Manny for being too afraid of other kids to make friends.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: InUniverse example: ''Li'l Cutie''.
* TakeThat:
** ''Li'l Cutie'' is a Take That parody of ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus''.
** ''Precious Poochie'' could be a subtle TakeThat toward ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''. The two strips are not alike, but both are being run in papers despite the author having died years ago. Whenever the newspaper tries to replace it with something ''fresh'', [[FanDumb the strip's elderly fans]] protest.
** ''Sherlock Sammy'' is a TakeThat parody towards the ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' series. It's described as they are all the same where some adult commits a small crime, makes some stupid mistake, and then Sherlock Sammy solves it and then makes the adult look like an idiot. ("Your first problem was that you forgot to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius!") In the webcomic, he actually ''names'' Encyclopedia Brown.
* TechnologicallyBlindElders: {{Discussed}} by Greg, mentioning that Frank often tries to dismantle Greg's video game system, but fails, due to his ignorance of technology. In ''Old School'', Susan tries to convince the neighborhood to shut down electronics for a weekend.
* TeensAreMonsters: A lot of teenagers outside of Greg's school are portrayed as juvenile delinquents. Also, Rodrick, as an older teen, often acts aggressive and reckless. Frank believes this UpToEleven and is noticeably more upfront with Greg after he turns 13.
* TitleDrop: A partial one in the second movie when one of Rodrick's friends scribbles "Rodrick Rules" on the Heffleys' bathroom door.
* 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.
* {{TMI}}: Gregory makes a comic strip telling people not to talk about that sorta stuff in public.
* ToiletHumor: Used a lot. For instance, Greg's secret in the second book.
* TooDumbToLive: After Greg and Rodrick buy fish from a pet store (an angelfish and a ''very aggressive'', carnivorous fish, respectively), Rodrick never even bothers to feed his fish or clean the bowl (it lives off the algae growing in the inside of the bowl). Greg's mom sees this and finds it to be gross, so she puts Rodrick's fish in Greg's fishbowl. You can guess what happens from there.
** Really, it seems like almost everyone is pretty stupid in this series (mostly the boys from Greg's school), including the protagonist (for example, without a chart from his mom on how to put on his clothes, he put his socks on over his shoes). However, part of this can be chalked up to UnreliableNarrator, as it's pretty clear Greg doesn't like most people.
* TotallyRadical: Parodied several times.
** Greg receives a book for Christmas called ''Math is Rad''.
-->"It'll help you get a jump-start on Algebra!"
** The ''It's Awesome to Be Me'' [[TwoDecadesBehind filmstrip]] in the first movie.
** The healthy replacement for French fries is called "Extreme Sports Stix" and comes in a cool box, but it is easily seen to be just sliced carrots.
* TheSwearJar: Susan sets one up because Manny is learning too many bad words from Rodrick and Greg. And Manny gets the money.
* TheUnFavourite: Rodrick and Greg. Especially Rodrick, more so than Greg (not by much though).
* ThemedStockBoardGame: ''Scrabble'' of all things.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Susan. She's the only one who isn't a total Jerkass in the family. However, she is also the epitome of StupidGood.
* TrailerSpoof: A trailer for the ''Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul'' film starts out as a yet another [[Creator/{{Marvel}} Marvel Cinematic Universe]] movie, until the Black "W" Symbol appears and fades to cartoon Greg Hefley in disguise of muscle and cape. When the announcer says "Wimpy", Greg deflates like a balloon as the disguise failed. Then the real trailer starts.
* UnreliableNarrator:
** 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.
** An example where it's PlayedForLaughs. One good example is during ''Ugly Truth'', Greg says that they got a good thing going whereas Rowley is shown pulling Greg up the hill.
* 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.
* UnusualEuphemism:
** Greg and Rodrick have their own special language that allows them to swear at each other without getting in trouble (e.g. "Spooky stork!" "Squishy slime stick!" "Raspberry plastic tickle bear!").
** [[BabyLanguage Ploopy.]]
** Fregley's cries of "JUUUIIICE!" when he has to [[PottyEmergency use the bathroom]].
* UrbanLegends: In ''Old School'', an urban legend occurs at Hardscrabble Farms, that a deranged and maniac farmer with long, sharp claws, known as Silas Scratch, roams the farms and will kill anyone who goes near his shed. [[spoiler: It is revealed that it was a hoax created by Frank, so he could use the high-quality maintenance shed he found as a child. Greg decides to keep the legend going, since he wants to use the maintenance shed himself when he grows up.]]
* VacationEpisode: Book 9, which unfolds over the course of a road trip for the Heffleys (and thus takes place in the shortest time span of the series -- less than a month).
* WebFirst: This series started a webcomic. Then it adapted into a successful book series, which in turn was made into a series of films.
* WildTeenParty: Rodrick throws one of these in ''Rodrick Rules'' when Frank and Susan leave. (When the parents take another weekend trip in ''The Ugly Truth'', they have the boys' grandfather babysit all of them so this won't happen again.)
** In ''Double Down'', Mariana Mendoza is known for hosting annual Halloween parties, which are rowdy and wild. Her parents don't care, as long as the party stays in the basement. A year before the books' events, the party got so large, that it spread to outside the house and the police had to end the party. This year, Mendoza only invites the band [[spoiler:(actually only the woodwind part)]], so Greg tries to join the band.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: InUniverse example: ''The Snurfles'' is a kids show that consists entirely of [[ArmlessBiped armless aliens]] [[TheUnintelligible who speak in a very alien language.]] [[BreadEggsMilkSquick On top of that, it messes up kids' language and social skills.]]
* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: Because this is told in Greg's point of view, we never find out what Frank's job is.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Holiday Bazaar in ''Cabin Fever'' is never mentioned again after Greg is accused of vandalizing the school.
** In the same book, Manny hacks Greg's Net Kritterz account and disables it by changing the password, preventing Greg from being able to log in. It's never mentioned again after that, likely meaning Gregory's Little Friend [[NeverSayDie died]].
** The "Mad Pantser" from ''The Third Wheel'' was never caught!
** In ''The Long Haul'' Greg tries to remember the family locker number at a water park when he loses their key. The locker he remembered turns out to be empty, leading the family to believe their stuff was stolen, which means [[spoiler: Mom and Dad have to cancel their credit cards and get new cell phones. At the end of the book, it turns out that Greg had the key the whole time and got the locker number wrong. He doesn't know what to do about it, but he knows it'll turn out badly. By the next book, the whole thing is completely forgotten]].
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Greg lies and says he threw away 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.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler:In ''Rodrick Rules'' (the movie), Chirag dresses up as Holly to play a prank on Greg.]]
* WrittenRoar: "SCREAM!!!"
* XtremeKoolLetterz: The comic ''Xtreme [[Letters2Numbers Sk8ters]]'', which is made by some kid at Greg's school.
* YouAreGrounded: Well ''duh''! Who ''wasn't'' grounded as a teenager?
* YoungestChildWins: Only in that Manny winds up getting treated much better than his siblings.
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-> ''Well, we're out of trope examples, so I guess this is '''THE END'''.''