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Characters: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Greg Heffley
Played by: Zachary Gordon

  • Adorkable: Sure, he's a jerk, but he just wants to fit in with the others. D'aww.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Seems to display some combination of:
    • Narcissism: Frequently blame-shifts, is a serious Attention Whore, and is somewhat self-righteous.
    • OCD: Bluntly refuses to use a towel that was used once by someone else, wear other people's clothes, and feels the need to wash his face after being kissed. Doesn't go in the ocean because marine life pee in it.
    • Sociopathy: Frequently sees to it that Rowley takes the fall for his antics, plays any number of physical tricks on Rowley, and is rather selfish and narcissistic.
  • Butt Monkey: Let's see, he's constantly getting bullied by his older brother, and most of his attempts to "look cool" backfires horribly.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' :
    • Whenever he tries to hide his misdeeds (starting the "Invisible Chirag" game, or failing his duties in the Safety Patrol and blaming Rowley for it), he's always eventually found out and punished.
    • Averted, however, in one incident in a flashback when he wrote mean Valentine's Day cards to everyone in his class and the teacher never found out he did it.
  • Charlie Brown Baldness: How he draws himself.
  • Companion Cube: One Christmas, Mom got him a baby doll named Alfredo which he became extremely attached to until he lost it (actually, Dad took it and hid it). Then he replaced it with a grapefruit that he took care of in the same manner for the next 3 months.
  • Cool Loser: Subverted. Greg wants to be seen as such by others (the reader included), but most will tell you that Greg is a dork.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Considering that he is the narrator and his personality, this isn't too surprising.
  • Generation Xerox: In The Ugly Truth, it turns out that Greg looks exactly like Frank's cousin, Terrence. He's not happy about it.
  • It's All About Me: Greg always pushing Rowley to do things his way.
  • Jerkass
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has his moments, notably in Cabin Fever where when Rowley anonymously snitches on Greg for accidentally vandalizing the school, he doesn't pull Rowley into it and takes the punishment by himself.
  • Kids Are Cruel: He can sometimes be pretty mean to Rowley.
  • Loser Protagonist: Our protagonist here is an underachieving dork who completely fails at romance.
  • Love Redeems: In the movies. Take a look, in the 1st movie, he was a big jerk like in the books, in the 2nd and 3rd movie, he was more likable. Holly Hills was also introduced in the second movie, coincidence?
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Rodrick frequently bullies him and gets away with it, while Manny makes himself a pest but Greg can't do anything to him without getting into trouble with his parents.
  • Mr. Imagination: In the books he often fantasizes about being rich and famous.
  • Nominal Hero: Not particularly noble to begin with, and most of the time he only looks out for himself. But he is capable of correcting his wrongs in the end, if only out of guilt.
  • Not So Different: From Rodrick. Both have a high opinion of themselves despite not having much to boast about, neither does well in school, both are lazy, indoor types who doesn't have much interest in sports (much to their father's annoyance), and both are bad with romances.
  • Sweet Tooth: Falls asleep in class if he doesn't get a sugary snack in his lunch.

Rodrick Heffley
Played by: Devon Bostick

  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He's the only character in the books that is drawn with default eyebrows.
  • Book Dumb: He lets his father do all his homework, and fails his assignments when he does it on his own.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He's smitten with Heather Hills, and tries to win her heart. He fails.
  • Deuteragonist: In the second movie.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Okay, so "nice guy" might be a bit of a stretch, but when you see him try so hard to win the love of Heather Hills in the 3rd film, only for her to respond with rudeness and a cold personality, it's hard not to feel a bit sorry for him.
  • Dreadful Musician: Greg doesn't really think much of his music. But then again, Greg doesn't think much of him at all.
  • Flat Character: In the books, there's not much to him other than being Greg's tormentor. In the movies, he gets a bit more depth.
  • For the Evulz: Why he messes with Greg.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Spends most of his free time sleeping and once slept for almost two days straight.
    Greg: "The only person I know who's better at sleeping than me is Rodrick."
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: In the movies, he is played by Devon Bostick, whom horror fans may know as Brent or Boy.
  • Jerkass: He's a rebellious bully who goes out of his way to screw with Greg and defy his parents.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the second movies, where he makes peace with Greg and starts being much nicer to him.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted on one occasion when his parents ground him for throwing a party while they were away after he did everything in his power to prevent himself from doing so.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Does this unintentionally to Heather, whom he was trying to win over. However when Greg turned up the volume and effects, Heather's birthday party is ruined, her dress is messed up. Heather is a complete asshole to the main characters, and the destruction of her sweet 16 is fitting punishment for her behavior. You can actually cheer on Rodrick for doing this, jerk he may be.
  • Not So Different: In the movies to Greg. Lets make a comparison; Rodrick has a high opinion of himself, is bad with girls, an underachiever in school, and lacks talent at the one thing he thinks makes himself cool (being a musician).

Rowley Jefferson
Played by: Robert Capron

  • Ambiguously Gay: 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.
  • Butt Monkey: At times, mostly as an indirect result of Greg's actions.
  • Character Development: Throughout the books, Rowley learns to stand up for himself and grow a spine instead of blindly following people.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: 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.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: The very few times Rowley calls out Greg for being unfair, he's completely right.
  • Fat and Skinny: He's the fat and dumb fall guy to Greg's skinny straight man persona.
  • Kavorka Man: He gets a lot of girls to like him over the course of the books. Including Holly Hills.
  • Kiddie Kid: He's very childish for his age, and in one of his birthday parties, all his guests aside from Greg are six-year-olds.
  • The Southpaw: An Informed Attribute. Greg mentions that he's left handed when he describes the time Rowley broke his right hand.
  • Status Quo Is God: No matter how deep the rift between him and Greg gets, they always come back together in the end.

Manny Heffley
Played by: Connor and Owen Fielding

  • Baby Talk: "Wipe my heinie, Ploopy!"
  • Companion Cube: The remains of his old knit blanket, which he calls "Tingy."
  • Enfant Terrible: Played for laughs in book 6, where he steals supplies and leaves the rest of the family for dead during a blizzard. Greg throws out the possibility that Manny was just throwing a tantrum and didn't honestly realize he was endangering anybody, but he's not 100% convinced that's the case.
  • Karma Houdini: He can get away with messing with Greg's stuff solely because Mom and Dad baby him. This gets ridiculous in book 6. He gets away with the events described in the above trope. That's right, he left the family for dead during a blizzard, and didn't get punished.
  • Kick the Dog: He left his family for dead during a blizzard to ensure his own survival. When Manny went missing for a day, his mother, Susan, found him in his room surrounded by food, water, toys and a space heater.
  • No Social Skills: Even for a kid his age. He's so terrified of kids his age that his only friends are imaginary ones.
  • Parental Favoritism: His parents spoils him very much and lets him get away with things that Greg and Rodrick would get in big trouble for. See Karma Houdini above.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Only in that Manny winds up getting treated much better than his siblings.

Mom (Susan Heffley)
Played by: Rachael Harris

  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: In the books. Her eyes are not drawn because of her glasses.
  • Parental Favoritism: Towards Manny. She even went all the way from her workplace to his preschool to cut his sandwiches because Manny was throwing a tantrum about his sandwich being cut in halves instead of quarters.
  • Parental Obliviousness: She's apparently unaware of the on-going Sibling Rivalry between Greg and Rodrick, among other things.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: 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.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's the only one who isn't a total Jerkass in the family.
  • What Does She See in Him?: One's a snarky, Jerkass, grumpy, bumbling dad who hates teenagers, heavy metal, video games and only wants to toughen up his middle child while get rid of his eldest child. The other is a former kindergarten teacher who's a gentle, caring, well-meaning Moral Guardian mother who dances to heavy metal, loves her family for the way they are, the only thing wishing for them to be is more like a family and genuinely tries to do the best for her sons (though it's often lost because of her inability to understand the fact that problems teens face can't really be solved with methods used to solve problems for kindergarteners). They're married.

Dad (Frank Heffley)
Played by: Steve Zahn

  • Jerkass: He's a bit of an asshole to his sons, and frequently forces them to engage in activities they dislike (i.e. sports).

Chirag Gupta
Played by: Karan Brar

  • Ascended Extra: He's only occasionally mentioned in the books as one of Greg's classmates. In the movies, he gets a more active role, being the occasional Mr. Exposition.
  • Funny Foreigner: The movie states that he is from India.
  • Mr. Exposition: Tells Greg and Rowley about the Cheese in the 1st movie and Holly Hills in the 2nd.
  • The Napoleon: He's the shortest kid in class, but Greg mentions that he can punch hard.

Holly Hills
Played by: Peyton R. List

  • The Ace: Gender-flipped variant. Summed up by Chirag - "She is an all-star soccer player, has done professional modeling and was her 6th grade class president. ...What? I Googled her!"
  • Alliterative Name: Holly Hills
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Greg's crush on her, at least in the books. In the films, it's implied she may like him, too.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: In the film version, she's portrayed as a very Nice Girl. She willingly hangs out with "class losers" like Greg and Rowley, helps out in the Country club to teach children tennis, and later offers to teach Greg and Rowley.
  • Official Couple: With Greg, at the end of the third movie
  • Satellite Love Interest: More so in the books. In the second movie, she gets more personality.
  • Spoiled Sweet: In the films, in stark contrast to her sister.

Played by: Grayson Russell

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Considered the class weirdo who's frequently trying to show off his belly button and collects weird objects.

Played by: Chloe Moretz

A movie-only character.

Heather Hills
Played by: Melissa Roxburgh

Holly's sister. Not much is said about her in the books, so most of these tropes apply to her in the films.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Rodrick has a huge crush on her, to the point of attempting to serenade her. She wants nothing to do with him.
  • Alpha Bitch: She's pretty, rich and popular, and uses this as an excuse to treat everyone, including her sister, like dirt.
  • Eviler than Thou: Not even Rodrick can stand on equal grounds with her.
  • Foil: To Holly. Both are beautiful blonde rich girls, and one of the Heffley brothers has a crush on each of them. The difference? Holly is a nice and sweet girl who deserves her popularity, while Heather is a complete and utter bitch.
  • Jerkass: She's a self-centered bitch who refuses to help others even while on lifeguard duty, and frequently stops Holly from being nice to Greg because she'd rather her help out in her Sweet Sixteenth celebration. It was almost nice to see her humiliated when her beloved party is ruined and she ended up covered in chocolate.
  • Kick the Dog: Several times. In her first appearance in the third movie, she runs over Rodrick's feet with her car when he tried to flirt with her. Then she is shown to turn away a little girl asking her questions about the Country Club schedule even though she's a lifeguard.

Patty Farrell
Played by: Laine MacNeil

A girl at Greg's school. Patty and Greg aren't the best friends, in fact they are deathly enemies.
  • Alpha Bitch: In the movies. She is the class president, and seems to abuse her power.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the movie, she is brutally vindictive to Greg, for insulting her in kindergarten.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Subverted. Even though her hair is tied in pigtails, she is not at all girly.
  • Karma Houdini: She didn't get punished for yelling at the drama teacher, threatening to ruin her life unless she played Dorthy in the Wizard Of Oz school play. She also goes psycho on Greg when he is unable to sing in the middle of the play, and yet she doesn't get punished.
  • Spoiled Brat: Her mother in the movies is the head of the PTA, so she gets what she wants from the teachers.

Robert Jefferson
Played by: Alf Humphries

Rowley's father, who doesn't like Greg and finds him to be a bad influence.

  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • In the books he got Greg banned from the country club, likely because he can't take being criticized.
    • In the first book and the movie Greg tells Rowley in a "secret language" that Mr. Jefferson smells like woman when he was in hearing range Greg was kicked out and it's worse when you realize that with Greg smelling like a woman probaly means smelling like flowers.
  • Moral Guardian: Thinks that Greg is a bad influence to his son Rowley and doesn't like to see Greg around.

Bill Walter
Played by: Fran Kranz

  • Cool Loser: Well, Rodrick thinks he's cool, even though he's an unemployed Basement-Dweller.
  • Jerkass: In the film, he invites himself over to the Heffleys for dinner, and then replaces Rodrick with another drummer when he's grounded from performing in the talent show.

Bryce Anderson
Played by: Owen Best

  • The Ace: According to the second movie, Rowley calls him an athlete, whose soccer skills are only bested by Holly.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When he ran a restaurant of sorts at his house, he had one of his cronies guard the area with a pellet gun.
  • Gang Of Bullies: Has a group of goons under his employ who worked at his restaurant.
  • School Idol: Most of the girls at Greg's school have a crush on him, and a good number of boys worship him.

Uncle Charlie

  • Adaptation Name Change: In the webcomic, he was named Freddie.
  • Cool Uncle: Greg refers to him as his secret Christmas weapon, since he'll get Greg any gift he wants.

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