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* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: Rowley has his birthday in, although he doesn't get older.

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* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: Rowley has his celebrates a birthday in, party, although he doesn't get older.older and his age is unstated.



* 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.

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* ExactWords: In ''Rodrick Rules'', Rodrick drives Greg home, home from swim practice, 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.



* RocksFallEveryoneDies: Greg's mom forces Rodrick to play ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Magick & Monsters]]'' with Greg. On the very first turn, Rodrick [the DM] declares that everyone fell into a hole and died.

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* RocksFallEveryoneDies: Greg's mom forces Rodrick to play ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Magick & Monsters]]'' with Greg. On the very first turn, Rodrick [the DM] (the DM) declares that everyone fell into a hole and died.


* ChekhovsGun: All the details that allowed Greg's embarrassing secret to unfold the way it did were introduced to the reader in a previous segment where Greg and Rodrick stayed over at their grandfather's apartment.



* 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.
* IneptAptitudeTest: Greg takes a test for Career Day at his school. He thinks he'll be a billionaire with a mansion, but the test gives him the result "clerk."
* {{Irony}}: Rodrick shares Greg's secret to everyone he knows, expecting his entire school will make fun of him. Instead, miscommunications turn it into the best day of Greg's life.
** Becomes even more ironic when the next segment is about everyone making fun of Rodrick because of something embarrassing that happened to him.



* 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.
* IneptAptitudeTest: Greg takes a test for Career Day at his school. He thinks he'll be a billionaire with a mansion, but the test gives him the result "clerk."


* GoneHorriblyWrong: Rodrick's plan to permanently ruin Greg's life by making an embarrassing secret public ([[spoiler:After Rodrick got hold of Greg's first diary while they were visiting Grandpa at his retirement home, Greg managed to get it back and locked himself in the bathroom to destroy it, only to find out that he locked himself in the ''ladies'' room. He got caught out later.]]) ''[[EpicFail fails spectaculary]]'' when he tells the secret to his friends who had younger siblings who attended Greg's school, [[GossipEvolution only for the message to get so screwed up]] when apparently according to a bit of Greg's guesswork; said friends told their siblings who told ''their'' friends about the story to the point where it turned into an entirely different story where [[spoiler:Greg infiltrates the girls' changing room at Crosslands High School.]] This earns Greg a boatload of respect with the majority of the students for apparently pulling off a ballsy stunt, at the cost of the female students being absolutely disgusted.

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Rodrick's plan to permanently ruin Greg's life by making an embarrassing secret public ([[spoiler:After Rodrick got hold of Greg's first diary while they were visiting Grandpa at his retirement home, Greg managed to get it back and locked himself in the bathroom to destroy it, only to find out that he locked himself in the ''ladies'' room. He got caught out later.]]) [[EpicFail fails]] ''[[EpicFail fails spectaculary]]'' spectacularly]]'' when he tells the secret to his friends who had younger siblings who attended Greg's school, [[GossipEvolution only for the message to get so screwed up]] when apparently according to a bit of Greg's guesswork; said friends told their siblings who told ''their'' friends about the story to the point where it turned into an entirely different story where [[spoiler:Greg infiltrates the girls' changing room at Crosslands High School.]] This earns Greg a boatload of respect with the majority of the students for apparently pulling off a ballsy stunt, at the cost of the female students being absolutely disgusted.


* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Mom's attempt to make Greg and Rodrick resolve a fight consists of writing down what they did wrong and making them draw pictures of it. Greg draws a picture of baby Rodrick crying after being called a name and Rodrick draws himself pushing Greg off a cliff into the mouth of a hungry shark.

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* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Mom's attempt to make Greg and Rodrick resolve a fight consists of writing down what they did wrong and making them draw pictures of it.it (something she did with misbehaving kids as a preschool teacher). Greg draws a picture of baby Rodrick crying after being called a name and Rodrick draws himself pushing Greg off a cliff into the mouth of a hungry shark.

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* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Mom's attempt to make Greg and Rodrick resolve a fight consists of writing down what they did wrong and making them draw pictures of it. Greg draws a picture of baby Rodrick crying after being called a name and Rodrick draws himself pushing Greg off a cliff into the mouth of a hungry shark.

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* AsianAndNerdy: The girl voted "Most Likely To Succeed" in Rodrick's middle school yearbook is named Kathy Nguyen, a common Vietnamese surname.

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* ICouldaBeenAContender: Bill Watson, who was voted "Most Likely To Succeed" in Rodrick's middle school yearbook, ended up dropping out of high school and now works as a grocery store cashier. According to Greg, people still treat him like he's something special.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Rodrick, whoís generally written as a rather unintelligent teenager more interested in being cool than actually bettering himself, is shown to be horrible with technology. This feels quite odd to say the least in the post-social media/smartphone world where technology is largely seen as a prerequisite to teenage life.


* StupidGood: InUniverse, Greg's mom plays ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Magick & Monsters]]'' 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.

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* StupidGood: InUniverse, Greg's mom plays ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Magick & Monsters]]'' 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. It fails miserably.
* RockBottom: By the end of the book, Rodrick has essentially hit this: His science project ends up being a complete waste of time, and without a makeup project, heíll not only fail Science, heíll ''flunk out of school all together.'' To make matters worse, his band [[spoiler:both lost the school wide talent show, and the recording of the performance intended for record companies was ruined by Susan, who both commented over the tape and them danced to it, resulting in her embarrassing dance moves going viral and Rodrick (and Greg to a lesser extent) getting teased over it.]] Despite everything thatís happening, Greg decides to [[spoiler:take pity on his brother and help him make a new science project. While the outcome isnít revealed, itís clear that Rodrick is still in school at least.]]

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Rodrick, whoís generally written as a rather unintelligent teenager more interested in being cool than actually bettering himself, is shown to be horrible with technology. This feels quite odd to say the least in the post-social media/smartphone world where technology is largely seen as a prerequisite to teenage life.

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* CrappyHomemadeGift: Manny breaks Greg's video game device and tries to make him an apology gift. Unfortunately, being only three, the best he can come up with is a ball of tinfoil with toothpicks poking out, which Greg's friend Rowley [[PainToTheAss accidentally sits on]].


-->'''Leland''': You run into a pack of orcs... and they look HUNGRY!\\
'''Susan''': We give them all of our food!

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-->'''Leland''': -->'''Leland:''' You run into a pack of orcs... and they look HUNGRY!\\
'''Susan''': '''Susan:''' We give them all of our food!



-->'''Greg''': Um... hello, sir... would you like to help support...\\
'''Man''': Not interested!\\
'''Manny''': Wood you wike some chokwits?\\
'''Man''': How precious!

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-->'''Greg''': -->'''Greg:''' Um... hello, sir... would you like to help support...\\
'''Man''': '''Man:''' Not interested!\\
'''Manny''': '''Manny:''' Wood you wike some chokwits?\\
'''Man''': '''Man:''' How precious!



* EmbarrassmentPlot: Rodrick blackmails Greg with an embarrassing secret, which turns out to be [[spoiler: accidentally walking into the women's bathroom at a senior home and being mistaken for a "peeping Tom".]]

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* EmbarrassmentPlot: Rodrick blackmails Greg with an embarrassing secret, which turns out to be [[spoiler: accidentally [[spoiler:accidentally walking into the women's bathroom at a senior home and being mistaken for a "peeping Tom".]]



* GossipEvolution: After all the footage of Rodrick's band performing at the talent show proves unsuitable to send to record companies, he takes it out on Greg [[spoiler:by repeating an incident where Greg accidentally locked himself in the ladies' room at their grandpa's retirement home. [[GoneHorriblyWrong This backfires for Rodrick]], since the story gets mutated into Greg sneaking into the girls' changing room at Crosslands High.]]



-->'''Greg''': You're gonna grow up and get married to some ice cream! Ha!

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-->'''Greg''': -->'''Greg:''' You're gonna grow up and get married to some ice cream! Ha!


* 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 that Rowley's grandfather might not be alive next year.

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* 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 his weight to the fact that Rowley's grandfather might not be alive next year.



* MemeticMutation: InUniverse examples: The local cable channel captures Greg's mom dancing while taping Löded Diper's performance while recording the winter talent show. After being uploaded to the internet, the video is dubbed "The Dancing Mom video".

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* MemeticMutation: InUniverse examples: example: The local cable channel captures Greg's mom dancing while taping Löded Diper's performance while recording the winter talent show. After being uploaded to the internet, the video is dubbed "The Dancing Mom video".



* 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.
* 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.

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* StupidGood: InUniverse, Greg's mom plays ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Magick & Monsters]]'' 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.
* RocksFallEveryoneDies: Greg's mom forces Rodrick to play ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Magick & Monsters]]'' with Greg. On the very first turn, Rodrick [the DM] declares that everyone fell into a hole and died.



* TakeThat: ''Sherlock Sammy'' is a parody of 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.

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* TakeThat: ''Sherlock Sammy'' is a parody of the ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' series. It's described as they are all Each novel has the same plot, 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.


* CarRideGames: Greg tries to entertain Manny in the car by making silly faces, but when Manny laughs so hard that apple juice goes down the wrong way, their mother says "You could've ''killed'' him!" which makes Manny cry.

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* CarRideGames: Greg tries to entertain Manny in the car by making silly faces, but when Manny laughs so hard that apple juice goes down the wrong way, their mother says "You could've ''killed'' him!" him!", which makes Manny cry.



* GossipEvolution: After all the footage of Rodrick's band performing at the talent show proves unsuitable to send to record companies, he takes it out on Greg by repeating an incident where Greg accidentally locked himself in the ladies' room at their grandpa's retirement home. [[GoneHorriblyWrong This backfires]], since the story gets mutated into Greg sneaking into the girls' changing room at Crosslands High.


''Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules'' is the 2nd book in the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' series. Releasing in 2008, this book follows the same example as the first book of Greg writing in his diary with simple illustrations.

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''Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules'' is the 2nd book in the Creator/JeffKinney's ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' series. Releasing in 2008, this book follows the same example as the first book of Greg writing in his diary with simple illustrations.



* GossipEvolution: After all the footage of Rodrick's band performing at the talent show proves unsuitable to send to record companies, he takes it out on Greg by repeating an incident where Greg accidentally locked himself in the ladies' room at their grandpa's retirement home. [[GoneHorriblyWrong This backfires]], since the story gets mutated into Greg sneaking into the girls' changing room at Crosslands High]].

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* GossipEvolution: After all the footage of Rodrick's band performing at the talent show proves unsuitable to send to record companies, he takes it out on Greg by repeating an incident where Greg accidentally locked himself in the ladies' room at their grandpa's retirement home. [[GoneHorriblyWrong This backfires]], since the story gets mutated into Greg sneaking into the girls' changing room at Crosslands High]].High.



* WhyDontYouMarryIt: In ''Rodrick Rules'', Greg has a flashback to when he was little and a kid named Quinn asked him if he liked ice cream. Greg responds, "Yeah!" and Quinn says, "Then why don't you marry it?" Greg then thinks that he will [[LiteralMinded literally get married to an ice cream cone]]. When his mother explains it, he tries the joke out the next day:

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* WhyDontYouMarryIt: In ''Rodrick Rules'', Greg has a flashback to when he was little and a kid named Quinn asked him if he liked ice cream. Greg responds, "Yeah!" and Quinn says, "Then why don't you marry it?" Greg then thinks that he will [[LiteralMinded literally get married to an ice cream cone]]. When his mother explains it, he tries the joke out the next day:

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