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YMMV: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  • Adaptation Displacement: There's a webcomic? And it was for elementary school age kids?
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Greg really a major Woobie who suffers both being The Unfavorite and being bullied in school or is he an Unreliable Narrator who over exaggerates the cruelty he suffers to downplay his own Jerkassness?
    • This makes more sense if you assume The Movie is the actual depiction of events, since many scenes had to be changed for dramatic tension (eg. Greg writes that he scared kindergartners with a worm, which led to his expulsion from the Safety Patrol, while in the movie he abandoned them in a pit at a construction site.)
    • Some people take it one step further and categorize Greg as a sociopath. However, it should be noted that he does have occasional Pet the Dog moments not motivated by greed, such as the What You Are in the Dark episode at the end of Cabin Fever where he goes out of his way to deliver a wrapped present to the church toy drive.
  • Anvilicious: Cabin Fever seems to really really be giving one the point that the author hates the school system.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In the movie, Rowley and his mother dance to "Intergalactic" by the Beastie Boys. Not only is it a BLAM, but when compared to the books Rowley's parents don't seem Beastie Boys types.
    • The books often have 'mini-plots' which have little to do with the main plot. Justifed, since this is intended to be a journal documenting a boy's everyday life.
  • Crazy Awesome: Rodrick when he wants to be.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Greg singing Total Eclipse Of The Heart in the first movie.
    • In the second movie Rowley lip synched Tik Tok.
    • Rodrick's band singing their original song; Exploded Diaper. Even better when you consider that in the books, Greg described his music as horrible.
    • In the third movie Rodrick does a rock cover of Justin Beiber's Baby.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Fregley is a pretty popular character with fans.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Read the books and you will notice that Rodrick, Rowley, Manny, and Fregley are all drawn in a rather unflattering style. This makes sense because Greg doesn't like them and wants to depict them negatively.
    • However, Rowley is much less attractive in the movie, so it can be assumed that Greg is trying to make him look better
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The books and the first movie are extremely popular in Singapore. It's actually so popular among Singaporean crowds, Fox decided to release the sequel over there 8 days before the US and the rest of the world.
  • Ho Yay: From the movie:
    Rowley: Hey Bryce, cute butt!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The comic strip Wacky Dawg, stopped being funny when the comic stopped making jokes and was about the dog essentially became a mouthpiece for the opinions that the creator had - sounds kinda familiar when you think about it, doesn't it?
    • In the 3rd book, Greg said that in the future, everyone will have a personal robot that tells you whatever you need to know. The iPhone 4S, anyone?
  • Jerkass Woobie: Let's not sugar coat it. Greg is lazy, self-centered, a mild example of a Small Name, Big Ego...but he suffers from Middle Child Syndrome, gets picked on by bullies at school and Rodrick at home and Rowley's parents consider him to be a bad influence on their son. It's really easy to see why he's prone to Jerkass moments. Not to mention that little if any of his plans are successful, which in really turns him into a Iron Woobie.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In the Books and movies, some characters cross the line to the point where Greg's Jerkass personality seems like nothing. A prime example would be when in book six Manny shuts down all power in the house except for his room, so he can be pampered while he leaves his family to die.
    • In the first one, a gang of teenage bullies make Rowley eat the cheese. Keep in mind, in the book, Rowley was temporarily traumatized by the incident.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The picture of Alfrendo on page 188 of Cabin Fever.
  • Older than You Think:
    • The defense that "It's a journal, not a diary!" was used by another 11 year old kid before Greg existed.
    • Also, the aforementioned Wacky Dawg incident actually happened in real life Newspaper Comics decades before the first book.
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • Everyone. The print publishers chose to market it as a kids' book but Word of God is that it was written as a nostalgia trip for adult readers "...like The Wonder Years".
    • Some of the problems that Greg faces involve issues that only older readers would be able to relate to; for example, in the webcomic, Greg loses his progress during the game Twisted Wizard because his mom turned the console off, and the game doesn't let you save. How many children do you think are familiar with older game systems that lack a save feature anymore?
  • Retroactive Recognition: Hey, Angie is Carrie!
  • Squick: In the second movie, Greg eats the melted chocolate on his butt because everyone thinks it's poop. Even though it isn't, it's still really gross.


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