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    Greg Heffley 
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Played by: Zachary Gordon (first three movies), Jason Drucker (The Long Haul)

  • Absurd Phobia: Greg admits that he developed a fear of puzzles, ever since he opened a puzzle box filled with crickets.
  • Accidental Hero: He shovels the walk to the soup kitchen in Cabin Fever causing poor people to be able to eat there, but he didn't even know it was a soup kitchen in the first place. He just wanted to find the letter he had sent to the church.
  • Accidental Pervert: In The Getaway, Greg accidentally steps onto a nude beach. He ends up paying for it.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: The film adaption of The Long Haul Greg is depicted as being the main cause of the problems the Heffleys face on the trip, and is only concerned with going to a gaming convention. On the book Greg is far less culpable for the misadventures, and while he causes a few problems it is totally unintentional, and the main hindrance is Manny and the Pig.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He's considerably more sympathetic and less abrasive in the films. They also make his not-so-nice moments (his prank on Chirag, throwing apples at Patty) more justified by the situations and the other's Jerkass attitude towards him, while in the books both pranks were made basically For the Evulz (Patty was never mean to Greg in the books like she was in the movies). Although in the first film he's still kind of a Jerkass like his book counterpart, in the sequels he becomes nicer and even his bad treatment of Rowley is downplayed.
  • Adorkable: He's a jerk, but he just wants to fit in with the others.
  • Aesop Amnesia: You expect him to learn his lesson and stop trying to do stupid things that always end up flying right back in his face? Not a chance.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He frequently blame-shifts, is a serious Attention Whore, and is somewhat self-righteous. To boot, he 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. He also doesn't go in the ocean because marine life pees in it. He also 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. That said, he's still got empathy. Lastly, he may have "Truman Show" Plot; he outright admits in Double Down that he watched a production similar to the origin of the trope's name, and has done otherwise random things to appease the "viewers" of his "show," up to and including a nonsensical Catchphrasenote  since then. He also treated Manny's birth with disdain, knowing that introducing cute characters are often used as a saving throw to boost ratings at the last minute.
  • Anti-Hero: He definitely fits this trope due to being the hero of the series and is a selfish jerk.
  • Anti-Role Model: Jeff Kinney, author of the books, describes Greg as this in an interview.
    Interviewer: Is Greg a good role model?
    Jeff Kinney: No. In fact, you should do the opposite of everything Greg does.
  • Asshole Victim: His Butt-Monkey status usually serves him right for his jerkass ways.
  • Attention Whore: He always tries to gain attention and respect at school.
  • Author Avatar: Jeff Kinney stated on Reddit that Greg is based on his worst qualities while growing up.
  • Big Brother Bully: In one of the books, Greg explicitly says he had intended to become this to Manny and treat Manny the same way Rodrick treats him. But he could never really do it, mainly because he can't get away with a thing with Manny, due to his parents being extremely protective of him.
  • Book Dumb: He's not stupid, but he's a slacker who receives bad grades.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Eventually, he did catch up on his grades...but he's still lazy.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's constantly getting bullied by his older brother Rodrick, most of his attempts to "look cool" backfire horribly and his little brother Manny is a total brat who got him in trouble more than once.
  • Cain and Abel: Abel to Rodrick's Cain. Greg is no saint, but while Greg is a cowardly sell-out, Rodrick is an active sadist who delights in tormenting others. Their relationship can be seen as a sort of Sensitive Guy and Manly Man dynamic played up to the worst extremes.
  • 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.
    • Greg strives to be a Big Brother Bully to Manny in the same way that Rodrick is to him, but fails because his parents are too overprotective of the little boy.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Often attempts to get with various girls, but he's so bad at it that it ends up that the girls in question never even realize he exists or he ends up looking like a perverted loser in front of them.
  • Character Development:
    • You can tell he's matured a great deal by the end of Hard Luck. It sticks The Long Haul where his misfortune isn't a result of karma as it is simple bad luck.
    • In the tenth book when the town unplugs for the weekend, instead of concocting a scheme to get around it, Greg intends to sit it out with a bunch of comics.
    • In the tenth book, Greg tries to take the camping trip seriously. Unfortunately because he's with the leftovers cabin, he's left to deal with less mature cabin-mates.
  • Charlie Brown Baldness: How he draws himself.
  • The Chew Toy: He could give Charlie Brown and Al Bundy a run for their money. The main difference is that Greg pretty much deserves the torment he receives.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: This and Greg's reaction to it is from where most of the books' humor derives. Less so later on, though.
  • Companion Cube: One Christmas, Mom got him a baby doll named Alfredo which he became extremely attached to until he lost the doll (actually, his Dad took him and hid him). So Greg replaced Alfrendo with a grapefruit that he took care of in the same manner for the next three 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.
  • Dirty Coward: Greg lives up to the "wimpy" part of the title of the series in many ways. He's fine with letting Rowley take the blame for scaring kindergarteners in the first book when it was Greg who did it in the first place. Another example is in Old School. After being caught trying to flee with Frew and Billy, Greg instantly blames it all on Billy to get out of trouble. And in The Getaway, he admits himself that "when Heffleys get in trouble, Heffleys RUN."
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The first three films end on a high note for him, as he's much less of an outright Jerkass thanks to his Character Development.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Bubby" from Manny. Greg goes to extreme lengths to keep anyone from learning about that nickname.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's a gigantic narcissistic dork, but he really hated how the Hero Points scheme was ruined by two dropouts who photocopied the sheets, resulting in the teachers becoming suspicious and eventually landing a genuine Nice Guy in detention, who earned his points legitimately and didn't buy them. And he refuses to buy an old science project from the same two guys, as he knows that it's not only going to land him in jail, it's stealing from everyone. Finally, when he manages to find the diamond ring that Mom's family nearly came to blows over, he hides it so a conflict like that can't happen again for a while (and in case he needs to fall back on it...).
  • Flanderization: Greg's status as a Loser Protagonist and The Chew Toy has been upped. While initially he deserved most of his misfortune, in recent books he seems to suffer for no reason at all other than bad luck.
  • Generation Xerox: In The Ugly Truth, it turns out that Greg looks exactly like Frank's ugly cousin, Terrence, in the latter's youth. He's not happy about it.
  • Goal in Life: To become rich and famous.
  • Global Ignorance: When he's forced to make a school project about Malta, he admits he doesn't know almost anything about that country and the only thing he's sure about is that Malta is "somewhere near Russia" (it's in the Mediterranean Sea). He also mistakes an iguana for a dinosaur.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Greg is not a good person, no matter what anyone tells you. The books are funny because of how much of a jerk Greg is, and while he does have an occassional Pet the Dog moment, at the end of the day Greg is Exactly What It Says on the Tin - A Wimpy Kid.
  • Hidden Depths: The first book/movie reveals that he's actually got a great singing voice, albeit he's embarrassed that his voice is high enough that the music teacher wants him to play the part of Dorothy in the school's The Wizard of Oz play.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Rodrick is constantly bullying him, but his antics are mostly portrayed as funny. Downplayed as it is not abuse per se.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Greg's crush on Holly, at least in the books. In the films, it's implied she may like him, too. By the end of the third book, he gave up on her after she mistook him for Fregley. Come the 8th book, though, and as it turns out, he still wants to marry her when he grows older.
  • Hypocrite: One of his many flaws. In Hard Luck, he complains about Rowley who is always hanging out with his new girlfriend Abigail and basically says that he misses Rowley's friendship because he misses Rowley doing things for him, like carrying all of Greg's books when they're walking to school (he even describes Rowley as a "pack animal"). And then he says "Unfortunately, Rowley is just as willing to help Abigail with HER books, which makes me think the only reason she's even with him is to USE him".
  • Hypocrite Has a Point:
    • Greg's consistent description of Rodrick as a jerk is rather hypocritical in light of his own behavior and his treatment of Rowley. It's also completely truthful, seeing as how Rodrick is a Big Brother Bully with a penchant for crass jokes and petty schemes.
    • In The Ugly Truth, Greg's relatives have put sticky notes on Gammie's stuff so they can claim it when she dies. Greg rightfully points out that it's disrespectful before admitting that he did the exact same thing himself.
  • Idiot Hero: Although he constantly insults his classmates for being "neanderthals", he himself is not much better, often displaying such a lack of basic knowledge and logic that it can be hard to root for him sometimes.
  • If I Were a Rich Man: In the books, he often fantasizes about being rich and famous.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Or popular. He puts on a mean ego to fit in with the crowd instead of being outcast for being too cowardly.
  • It's All About Me: Greg always pushing Rowley to do things his way.
  • Jerkass: Greg can be a really mean kid. 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Cabin Fever where, despite snitching on Greg, Rowley is only not punished for the supposed vandilisim because Greg choose not to pull him into it. And Hard Luck as shown above in Everyone Has Standards.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He'll help. There just has to be no other choice. Less so later on though.
  • Large Ham: He has his hammy scenes, often in the movies.
  • Lean and Mean: In contrast to his friend Rowley who is wide and much nicer.
  • Loser Protagonist: Our protagonist here is an underachieving dork who completely fails at romance. It's mostly subverted in the films, where he progressively gets better.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Rodrick frequently bullies him and gets away with it through intimidation and covering his tracks. Meanwhile, Manny makes himself a pest, but Greg can't do anything to him without getting into trouble with his parents.
  • Moral Myopia: In Hard Luck, he believes Abigail is only with Rowley to use him because she makes him help her carry her books, even though Greg himself did that a lot too.
  • Never My Fault: Typically he is looking to find a scapegoat to blame, and very few times he admits being wrong.
  • 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 are selfish, 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.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: In The Getaway, when he turns around to ask his parents something, he sees them making out, so he just leaves them alone and privately wishes that he didn't see that.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His general facial expression in the books is a frown.
  • Pet the Dog: Underneath all his assholery, Greg has his occasional moments of being nice.
    • In Cabin Fever, when Rowley anonymously snitches on Greg for accidentally vandalizing the school, he doesn't pull Rowley into it and takes the punishment by himself.
    • In Hard Luck, he comforts Rowley after a particularly cruel breakup, decides to hide a diamond ring worth millions so his mom's family can't tear each other apart again, is genuinely furious when a Nice Guy gets landed in detention, and utterly disgusted at how a bunch of dropouts in Hard Luck stole thousands and thousands of science projects and ruined the Hero Points scheme all for a quick buck (although he did something very similar before).
  • Potty Emergency: In The Long Haul and The Last Straw.
  • Potty Failure: He used to wet the bed when he was eight.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man:
    • The Manly Man (Jerkass Casanova Wannabe) to Rowley's Sensitive Guy (childish and naive Nice Guy).
    • On the flip side, he's the Sensitive Guy (a cowardly, physically weak, awkward preteen) to Rodrick's Manly Man (a tough, physically aggressive rocker).
  • The Slacker: Not as much as his brother, but he's still very lazy, and not just when it comes to school. When he hangs out with Rowley, he usually makes his friend do all of the work.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's full of himself, being confident of becoming rich and famous when he grows up. In fact, the only reason he keeps a diary at all is so that he can have a record of his life for people to admire when he becomes famous.
    Imaginary male reporter: Gregory! Tell us about your childhood!
    Imaginary female reporter: Were you always so smart and handsome?
    Imaginary Greg: Here's my journal. Now, shoo, shoo.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Greg has serious arachnophobia as shown in The Getaway. He is completely panicked when he meets a tarantula.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks like Rodrick a lot in the films.
  • Super OCD: A minor running gag is his fear of germs or anything he considers unhygienic. He scrubs his face with antibacterial wipes (and a curtain) after being kissed by relatives, refuses to swim in the ocean because he knows aquatic animals pee in it, and won't touch his mom's potato salad because it's served in the same bowl she gives him and his brothers to throw up in when they're sick.
  • Sweet Tooth: Falls asleep in class if he doesn't get a sugary snack in his lunch.
  • This Loser Is You: Readers are clearly supposed to identify with Greg, who is often the passive victim of the torment and ridicule he receives.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed, at least of the children (Susan's easily the one of the entire family). He's far from a nice kid, but he's surprisingly far less mean-spirited than both of his brothers — the elder is a huge Big Brother Bully and the younger is a horribly spoiled child who isn't hesitant in leaving his family to die in a blizzard for no good reason. In fact, this actually makes it obvious in which he gets his jerkish behavior from (from Rodrick, at least).
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the 1st movie, he was a big jerk like in the books, but in the 2nd and 3rd movie, he was more likable (and Holly Hills was also introduced in the second movie, coincidence?). He notably apologizes to Rowley in the third film when he messes up and the two rekindle their friendship much faster than they did in the books.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: To Rowley, at least according to Rowley's parents (they're not entirely wrong...)
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In “Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid”, Rowley shows Greg his journal and suggests they could make a book series about their adventures together, so they’ll both be famous. How does Greg respond? By saying that it’s stupid and he can replace Rowley with any other moron in his biography. You don't feel bad when Rowley hits Greg with the book.
  • Unreliable Narrator: He often clearly twists facts to make him look better. But a lot of what he goes through seems plausible.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Despite his claiming otherwise, he's clearly not the nicest person in the world.
  • With Friends Like These...: For someone who claims to be his friend, Greg treats Rowley like absolute shit, though he does have some Pet the Dog moments.
  • Vocal Evolution: Over the course of the first 3 films, his voice gradually deepens, as a result of his actor going through puberty.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • With Rowley. Greg supplies all the vitriol, and Rowley is the cheerful, passive one.
    • In the films, he's this to a lesser degree with Fregley and Chirag, as despite the fact that he thinks of one as a weirdo and the other as annoying respectively, he still hangs out with them. It culminates in them helping Greg stage a revenge scheme against a rival troop.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Greg had no problem at all throwing an apple at Patty in the school play. Unlike in the book, Patty deserved it due to being a Jerkass.
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    Rodrick Heffley 
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Played by: Devon Bostick (first three movies), Charlie Wright (The Long Haul)

Greg's older brother in high school. He lives in the basement and leads a garage band, Loded Diper.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: His film self plays up the All Girls Want Bad Boys / Loveable Rogue angle, with a few gratuitous Shirtless Scenes for extra fanservice. Semi-averted in the fourth movie.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The movies have him start off as identical to 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 Cool Big Bro.
  • Adorkable: In the films. See the third movie for examples, when he tries to impress Heather.
  • All Men Are Perverts: He owns a porn stash consisting of sexually clad women.
  • Ascended Extra: A secondary antagonist in the first movie, but he gets A Day in the Limelight in the second movie (it even has his name in the title).
  • At Arm's Length: He does this to Greg in the second movie.
  • Big Brother Bully: He frequently plays mean pranks on Greg. He gets better, though.
  • Big Brother Mentor: In the second half of the second movie he evolves from a Big Brother Bully to this, giving him advice about how to deal with his parents and school problems.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He's the only character in the books who is drawn with default eyebrows.
  • Black Sheep: Not exactly the most popular member of the family.
  • Book Dumb: He lets his father do all his homework, and fails his assignments when he does it on his own.
  • Cain and Abel: Cain to Greg's Abel. Greg is no saint, but it's clear that Rodrick is the meaner one of the two.
  • Character Development: In the books, there's not much to him other than being Greg's tormentor. In the movies, he gets a bit more depth, and turns into a Big Brother Mentor.
  • Cool Big Bro: After a bit of Character Development in the movies.
    • He spends most of the second movie bullying Greg, but in later scenes he starts bonding with him and giving him advice. The whole movie is about their rivalry and the development of their brotherly relationship.
    • He's still one in the third movie. While Greg doesn't look up to him nor thinks he's "cool", they are more or less on good terms (at least, much better than before) and Rodrick is never seen pranking or tormenting his brother.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If there's a sarcastic one-liner to be given, he'll usually deliver it.
    Rodrick: Monkeys don't speak English, stupid.
  • Deuteragonist: In the second movie he plays the role as the second most important character after Greg. The movie even has his name in the title.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: "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 third 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: Zigzagged. Greg doesn't really think much of his music. But then again, Greg doesn't think much of him at all. Frank doesn't like his music either, but Susan does.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: He's portrayed as dimwitted, especially when it comes to his schoolwork.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Not exactly 'evil', but he's certainly a much less pleasant person than Greg.
  • Flanderization: In the latest books it's noticeable that the formerly only Book Dumb because "Too cool for school" but clever when it comes to teasing Greg. Rodrick has become a complete idiot now who thinks you can get bacon from pigs the same way you get eggs from chickens, and thinks his brain exploded when he had cinnamon bun dough all over him. That said, his embarrassing essay about "The Earth A Hundred Years Ago" makes it pretty clear since the second book (and movie) that he's not a smart guy.
  • For the Evulz: Why he messes with Greg.
  • Goal in Life: To become a famous heavy metal musician.
  • 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."
  • Hopeless Suitor: He's smitten with Heather Hills, and tries to win her heart. He fails.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's a rebellious bully who goes out of his way to torment his brother and defy his parents, in the second movie he makes peace with Greg and starts being much nicer to him. And finally, in Hard Luck, he, Greg, and Dad finally spend some happy family time blowing raspberries at Sweetie.
  • Karma Houdini: He always gets away with bullying Greg.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: On one occasion his parents ground him for throwing a Wild Teen Party while they were away after he did everything in his power to prevent himself from doing so.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • His treatment of Greg can be considered this, especially since Greg is not above pulling the same pranks on Rowley.
    • 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 and 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.
  • Lazy Bum: According to Greg, he's "the king of laziness".
  • Lean and Mean: Very thin, and the meanest one in family (which is really saying something).
  • Metalhead: With aspirations of becoming a big-time musician.
  • Misplaced Retribution: In the first book, Manny cuts out a picture of a bikini-clad woman from one of Rodrick's magazines and takes it with him to preschool the following day. Who gets punished for this? Rodrick, despite the fact that he had no involvement in this scheme and it was Manny's fault for breaking into his room in the first place and doing that without anyone's knowledge.
  • Mr. Fanservice: In the movies where he's played by Devon Bostick with a few gratuitous Shirtless Scenes.
  • Never My Fault: The book version of "Rodrick Rules" has the distinction of having it happen twice on one page. When Mom dances during the recording of Rodrick's band session at the talent show, thus depriving him of his chance to show his performance to record companies, Rodrick calls her out. She just responds that he shouldn't play music if he doesn't want people to dance. Rodrick then blames the recording fiasco on Greg for not taping the show for him, only for Greg to reply that he would have done it if Rodrick wasn't such a Jerkass.
  • Not So Different: To Greg. Much like his younger brother, Rodrick has a high opinion of himself, is selfish, lazy, an indoor type who doesn't have much interest in sports (much to their father's annoyance), bad with girls (as seen in the movies), and an underachiever in school.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In the books he's always drawn this way.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man (a tough, physically aggressive rocker) to Greg's Sensitive Guy (a cowardly, physically weak, awkward preteen). Downplayed, as they both can be equally insensitive.
  • Serenade Your Lover: In the third movie, Rodrick has a huge crush on Heather Hills, to the point of attempting to serenade her. She wants nothing to do with him.
  • Shirtless Scene: Several in the movies, including the "three days and no shower" scene.
  • The Slacker: He weaponizes this behavior to "lower people's expectations and surprise them by doing almost nothing at all."

    Manny Heffley 
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Played by: Connor and Owen Fielding (first three movies), Wyatt and Dylan Walters (The Long Haul)

  • Ambiguous Disorder: His Child Prodigy tendencies, occasional obsessive compulsion (the way he deals with certain food) mixed with his lack of social skills border on showing signs of disorder.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Greg and Rodrick. Manny enjoys frustrating and bothering them with his brattiness.
  • Animal Stereotypes: He has the look of "a bucktoothed alligator" according to the movie diary.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Of the Heffley family, and the reason why Susan spoils him.
  • Baby Talk: "Wipe my heinie, ploopy!"
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Taken Up to Eleven. Manny persists to throws tantrums until his demands are fulfilled.
  • Born Lucky: Has much more privileges than his brothers and barely anything bad happens to him, to Greg's annoyance.
  • Berserk Button:
    • If you don't give him what he wants, he will have an utter tantrum.
    • It's revealed in "The Long Haul" that he will go on an utter rage if his nap time is interrupted.
    • Never give him sandwiches cut in halves.
    • You'd better put the mustard on his hotdog across the middle if he asks you to give one.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In The Long Haul, he is shown to be fluent in Spanish.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Manny acts all nice and sweet around Susan and Frank, but in reality he's a complete brat and the gloves will come off if he doesn't get what he wants.
  • Bratty Food Demand: He'll throw a tantrum if his food is not prepared in the very specific way he demands, e.g. if you cut his sandwich in halves instead of quarters, pour the milk in the bowl before the cereal, or give him a hotdog without a short line of mustard applied in the middle.
  • Character Development:
    • Inverted. He seems to just get worse and worse as the books goes on. In the 6th book he nearly kills his entire family over not knowing how to tie his shoes!
    • He makes one small improvement in Hard Luck: he's shown to have made a friend in his preschool class, which suggests that his social skills may be getting better, if nothing else. And he is the only one who can speak Spanish, which leads to getting a ride home in a car that works.
    • In The Meltdown, he's noticeably less bratty and almost acts like a normal kid. Also, for the first time, he's looking up to his older brothers and imitating what they're doing. Only time will tell if this sticks.
  • Child Prodigy:
    • In Cabin Fever, he figured out how to change the parental controls, hack into Greg's Net Kritterz account, and even switch off most of the electricity.
    • Also showing signs of this by The Long Haul. He can speak perfectly fluent conversational Spanish, understand decimal numbers, and give accurate directions in Spanish to a place that he's only seen once in his life (that, or he figured out how to use the family's GPS, which is still impressive by itself).
  • Companion Cube: The remains of his old knit blanket, which he calls "Tingy" (which was accidentally thrown away by Frank).
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He has quite the air-headed personality. He has no social skills and his Baby Talk mannerisms are immature even by the standards of most kids his age, who know how to form at least some coherent sentences.
  • Creepy Child: Played for laughs in book 6, where he steals almost all of the house's supplies and leaves the rest of the family to die 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.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Uses this to manipulate his mother.
    Greg: He ruined my video game.
    Susan: He didn't anything on purpose, did you honey?
    Manny: No, I didn't.
    Susan: No, he didn't. He's only three.
    Manny: I'm onwy thwee. [he pokes his tongue out at Greg when Susan is not looking.]
  • Dirty Kid: He's only a toddler and has already developed a curiosity for "naughty" magazines.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Out of all the Heffleys, Manny is the closest to Susan, despite his spoiled and bratty personality.
  • Flanderization:
    • The books have gradually upped Manny's negative traits. While he was always a spoiled brat, he slowly transformed into a possible sociopath as a consistent Karma Houdini.
    • While Manny was prone to odd behaviors as far back as the first book, these were either him Obfuscating Stupidity to mess with people or were just simply him behaving like the child he was. In later books, Manny is unable to speak in a coherent sentence and can speak in Spanish by listening to a tape.
  • Genius Ditz: He has No Social Skills and has an Ambiguous Disorder, but he's implied to be quite smart for his age. He seems to have extensive knowledge of computers, being that he messed up Greg's Net Kritterz account password in Cabin Fever and changed the settings on the TV. Manny is also shown to be highly fluent in Spanish in The Long Haul.
  • It's All About Me: Has extremely selfish behavior, even for kids his age.
  • Jerkass: Manny is very bratty and spoiled, and throws fits to get what he wants. He even almost starved his family to death in the middle of a blizzard just because nobody taught him to tie his shoes. Manny has a vindictive streak as well; he once ruined Frank's civil war battlefield because the latter threw out his blanket, though to be fair, Frank didn't know it was Manny's blanket.
  • 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 to die during a blizzard, and did not get PUNISHED.
  • Kick the Dog: He left his family to die 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. The reason for this? Nobody ever taught him how to tie his own shoes!
  • Momma's Boy: He's clearly Susan's favorite son, probably because he's the youngest.
  • Moral Myopia: He has no qualms with calling Greg a "ploopy", but he gets really upset when Greg does that to him.
  • Never My Fault: He blames breaking a plate on his imaginary friend "Johnny Cheddar".
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: After watching a horror movie, Manny draws a picture of a monster, and it even frightens Greg.
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Manny accidentally watches a scary movie that Rodrick left in the disk drive, then later makes a scary drawing that Greg notes was enough to give him nightmares.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He has an extremely pronounced upper jaw and prominent buck teeth. Since this is at no point commented on, it's likely a purely artistic matter.
  • No Social Skills: Even for a kid his age. He's so terrified of kids his age that his only friends are imaginary ones. Subverted in Hard Luck, where he manages to make one friend in preschool.
  • Not So Different: Manny's growing self-centeredness and sense of entitlement is quite similar to that of his two older brothers.
  • Picky Eater: Manny will refuse to eat certain foods if they aren't served to his standards.
  • Spoiled Brat: His parents spoil him so much and let him get away with things that Greg and Rodrick would get in big trouble for.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Manny has always been a big tattletale since the day he was able to talk. According to Greg, he also told his parents what wrong deeds Greg did before he could talk.
  • Super OCD: With his food. Never give him sandwich cut in halves (quarters instead); only eats hotdogs with a short line of mustard applied in the middle; poured milk in the bowl first before cereal and he will throw a tantrum.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In book 6, he acted noticeably brattier than other books.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Is the only member of the family to almost never show any kindness or Pet the Dog moments and is the only member in the family and character in the series to try to murder someone.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: In the first book, Manny rips out a suggestive picture of a bikini-clad woman reclining on a car hood from one of Rodrick's magazines and takes it to preschool. Mom ends up punishing Rodrick.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Book 6 has him hoard food and cut off all the power to the house except his room during a blizzard, essentially leaving the family for dead because no one taught how to tie his shoes. After Susan teaches him, he decides he likes having her tie them for him better.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Was afraid of the "Potty Monster" for a time after Uncle Joenote  told him there was a monster in the toilet.
  • Youngest Child Wins: In that Manny winds up getting treated much better than his siblings. It's implied that this is a bit of a cyclical matter, as Gregory used to enjoy a similarly privileged position right until Manny was born.

    Susan Heffley 
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Played by: Rachael Harris (first three movies), Alicia Silverstone (The Long Haul)

  • Adaptation Name Change: Susan was named "Ann" in the original online diary.
  • Adorkable: She shows shades of this. In the second book, her attempts at playing "Magick and Monsters" are awkward, but still endearing. And then there's the "Dancing Mom" incident...
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: She tends to (unintentionally) humiliate Greg a lot.
  • Blind Without 'Em: In Cabin Fever, it's shown she cannot see well if her glasses aren't on, and this is a huge problem when Manny breaks her glasses.
  • Doting Parent: To Manny, especially, but she's also shown to be a loving parent to Greg and is also soppy to Rodrick, being the only person in the family who actually likes his music.
  • Flanderization: Susan was always oblivious to what teenagers enjoyed and embarrassed Greg constantly, but only out of love, and was only stern when the situation called for it. The Long Haul turned her into someone who doesn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks about her family activities and forces the entire family to participate (against their will) to go on an ill-advises road trip. Also, her mild skepticism of modern technology turned into a pathological hatred of it, using a petition to force the town into giving it up for a weekend and making the family abandon technology whenever she can.
  • Hidden Depths: She loves dancing to heavy metal music.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She means well, but doesn't seem to understand any of her children and spoils her youngest son Manny way too much.
  • Hypocrite: Can come off as one at times. To name some examples:
    • She frequently calls out people (Greg especially) for lying, but Greg himself has noted that Susan herself has a tendency to lie about stuff, and that she's also willing to lie to Manny about stuff.
    • In Hard Luck, Susan's revealed to have a sister named Audra who's a big believer in stuff related to the supernatural, such as horoscopes and crystal balls, and Greg claims that Aunt Audra never does anything, not even household chores, without consulting her psychic first—Susan apparently finds that sort of stuff to be "hocus-pocus" and got mad after she discovered that Audra had brought Greg along to a couple of her psychic appointments when he happened for a little while during one summer. Greg admits that he finds this to be kind of hypocritical, especially since Susan apparently claims that her and Audra's mother (Greg's maternal grandmother) has psychic abilities, such as ESP.
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: She is gleefully oblivious to Greg's unhappiness to any inconvenience she causes him, from inviting Fregley over to play hide 'n' seek, to making him participate in the school play of The Wizard of Oz, to joining in Greg's "Magick and Monsters" game and not getting (or outright ignoring) the "kill and level up" nature of the game.
  • Moral Guardian: She dislikes violence in any sort of media and will do anything to keep it away from the kids.
  • My Beloved Smother: She always spoils the youngest child and treats her older two sons with little knowledge of pre-teen and teenage culture, albeit with good intentions.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: According to Greg in the 9th-book, "The Long Haul," Susan has been trying to teach her sons Spanish since they were really young, claiming that learning a foreign language is one of the best things that you can do for your brain (which Greg acknowledges that she has a point on). However, it's clear that Susan doesn't understand Spanish nearly as well as she thinks she does (such as thinking that "Tengo hambre" means "Tango hamburgers," when in reality it means "I'm hungry"). In fact, Greg says that up until he started taking Spanish in middle school, Susan had taught him a bunch of incorrect words and phrases, such as teaching Greg that the way to ask "What's your name?" is "Te amo", which actually means "I love you" (the actual correct way is ¿Cómo te llamas?").
  • Nice Girl: While unaware to things around her, she ultimately just wants what's best for her family.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: In the books. Her eyes are not drawn because of her glasses.
  • Opposites Attract: She's caring and good-natured while her husband Frank is cranky and mean.
  • 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 ongoing Sibling Rivalry between Greg and Rodrick, among other things. This is is downplayed in the films, as she's shown to listen to what Greg has to say about Rodrick's party and even agrees to keep it secret if it meant ending Greg and Rodrick's rivalry.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Zigzagged—it's never confirmed what Susan does for a living. Greg mentions that she used to be a preschool teacher (Kindergarten teacher in the original online version) and she's also said to run an article in the local newspaper, and it's also implied that she used to work as a therapist (probably one for younger kids). Also, for part of The Ugly Truth, she went back to school for a semester to "stimulate her mind" and ends up going back to school full-time in the 11th-book. Other than that, she doesn't appear to do much.
  • The Pollyanna: Always tries to see the good side of things, even in her Dysfunctional Family.
  • Pushover Parents: She's too hesitant to punish her jerkass of a youngest child Manny simply because he's the youngest and also her favorite.
  • Soap Box Sadie: Susan often gets very preachy on her one-woman campaign against technology,m.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's the only one who isn't a total Jerkass in the family, although she is pretty oblivious to anything to do with teens and pre-teens.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Following The Long Haul, Susan has a tendency to railroad her family into doing whatever she, and she alone, thinks is best for the family and totally ignores any protests.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Always tries to do good with her family, like bringing them on trips, inviting friends over, and trying to get kids to be more active, but they never ever pan out and always end up making the situation worse for the main character. She still keeps trying anyway.
  • 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, only wishes for them to be more like a family, and genuinely tries to do the best for her sons (though it's often wasted effort because of her inability to understand the fact that problems teens face can't really be solved with methods used to solve problems for preschoolers and kindergarteners). They're married.

    Frank Heffley 
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Played by: Steve Zahn (first three movies), Tom Everett Scott (The Long Haul)

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Somewhat in the films. He seems more human and complex, much more like an actual dad in the movies than how Greg portrays him in the books.
  • Ascended Extra: The third movie is sort of A Day in the Limelight for him, compared to his role in the first two movies.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: He can be this, but not to same extent as his wife.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In the books. Although he doesn't usually show it (presumably because Greg is an Unreliable Narrator, didn't want to talk about his parents being romantic, and/or just isn't around when they show affection), he and Susan have their moments.
  • Bumbling Dad: He acts like he's in his 80's. Not only does he regularly yell "Dagnab you rotten teenagers!", but in the webcomic, he tries to get classical music playing throughout the town to scare the teenagers away, is apparently teenager-phobic, can't figure out how Greg's game system is even hooked up to the TV, and says people at drive-thrus are idiots...yet he tries to place his order through a garbage can.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't wake him up in the middle of the night.
    • Frank HATES rock and roll music.
    • Never mess with his Civil War Battlefield.
    • The entire existence of Li'l Cutie is this for him.
    • Bringing up the time Uncle Gary pranked him on Christmas.
    • The Peachy Breeze commercial is a huge button for Frank.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He isn't really far behind Greg in levels of snarkiness.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: His Irrational Hatred for Rowley in the books. At some point in the third movie, he even states that Rowley may be a Toxic Friend Influence for Greg, when it's actually the other way around.
  • Irrational Hatred: Greg claims that when Rowley was having dinner with the Heffley family one night, he accidentally dropped a plate and broke it—and ever since, Frank has treated Rowley like a Lethal Klutz ever since.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His fears that Rodrick will grow up to be a Basement-Dweller aren't too far off.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a bit of an asshole to his sons and frequently forces them to participate in activities they don't like (i.e. sports). However, Frank did go to scout meetings with Greg, and bought tickets to the baseball game so the two could bond (sadly both events backfired horribly). He also bought Greg an expensive weights set for Christmas (that Greg then never used). In the movies, he's not nearly as much of a jerk as he is in the books (though he is still kind of strict). He's notably much more involved with his sons, and with Greg consistently shows support for him when he's down on his luck. This is best shown in the first film, when he comforts Greg after he ruined the school play, and the third, where he gives Greg some genuine advice on admitting mistakes and cover each other's backs in the camping trip against their rival scout troop. Humorously, the closer relationship he has with his sons here means he thinks Rowley is the bad influence on Greg.
  • Large Ham: In the movies, he's pretty hammy.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • In the second film, he's the one to record Susan's goofy dancing, and asks Greg to keep it between them that the crowd is cheering for her and not Rodrick's music.
    • In Old School, it turns out that he made up the legend of Silas Scratch so he could use an old maintenance shed he found during his time at camp. When Greg finds out about this, he lets him in on it.
  • Not So Different: To Greg.
    • He has a love for snack foods, to the point that he'll sneak down to the pantry and eat them in the middle of the night while letting his sons take the heat. When Greg discovers him doing this, Frank manages to find a way out of it so that he can't rat him out to Susan.
    • Both he and Greg share a hatred for the Li'l Cutie comic strip.
    • Old School reveals that when Frank was Greg's age he made up Silas Scratch so he could hide off in an old maintenance shed with a shower and heating to get away from the camp, something he does along with Greg in the present.
    • Like the both of his sons (or all three?), he's an opportunist and isn't very happy when he has to give up whatever he has.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Does not smile very much. It's very obvious in the books, but the films downplay it.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In the first movie, he waits outside for Greg while picking him up from Fregley's house.
    • Also in the first movie, after Greg lashes out at Patty during the play and ends up ruining the whole play, Frank is more accepting of it than Susan and comforts him, saying that "I think Dorothy deserved it."
  • Serious Business: He is very protective of his toy American Civil War battlefield and won't let anyone else touch it.
  • Sweet Tooth: He's addicted to snack foods to the point he'll frame his sons for taking them.
  • The Stoic: Is not a terribly emotional person. Not so much in the film, where he's a Large Ham.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Anything with sugar in it.
  • The Un-Reveal: Combined with What, Exactly, Is His Job?. Much like with his wife, it's never confirmed what Frank does for a living, though from what we can gather through Greg's journals, it's apparently some kind of office job.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: He wishes his sons to be more manly because the sons of his boss are all sports jocks. He gets better about it in the third film with Greg in particular, admitting that he was never really all that into camping and as he Greg talk things over, the two discover that they're actually much more similar than they originally thought.

    The Pig 

  • Anthropomorphic Shift: He learns how to walk on his back feet.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Pigs can’t walk on their back feet due to their bone structure and they can’t write for obvious reasons (although the latter could’ve been a trick).
  • Jerkass: The smarter he gets, the more condescending he becomes, especially when he decides to come and go as he pleases.
  • Put on a Bus: He runs away in “The Meltdown” after not being invited to the family vacation in the previous book.
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Greg's Classmates

    Rowley Jefferson 
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Played by: Robert Capron (first three movies), Owen Asztalos (The Long Haul)

  • Adorkable: A slightly dim Kiddie Kid who doesn't have a mean bone in his body.
  • Ambiguously Bi: 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 wouldn't be something straight people do. It could be argued that he's just completely unaware of these things considering that he is a Cloudcuckoolander and is completely sheltered, however. However, he does hook up with Abigail.
  • Born Lucky: Although he can be a Butt-Monkey on occasion, he has much better luck than Greg and even got a girlfriend at one point.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Greg's bumbling annoying best friend.
  • Butt-Monkey: At times, mostly as an indirect result of Greg's actions.
  • Camp Straight: He likes pop music, which isn't particularly a masculine interest, and yet managed to get in a relationship with Abigail for two books. He also has a crush on his female teacher.
  • Character Development: Throughout the books, Rowley learns to stand up for himself and grow a spine instead of blindly following people (including Greg).
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: He doesn't seem to be all that interested in girls, yet in Rodrick Rules, he manages to socialize with some of the most popular girls in his grade.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Rowley acts like he's "out of it" sometimes.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He's the main character of Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid.
  • The Ditz: He often says and does ignorant things. Part of this is because of Greg's depiction of him. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid shows that he's naive and does have moments of being ditzy, but he's more smarter than Greg usually gives him credit for.
  • Deuteragonist: Of the book series and the first movie.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: The very few times Rowley calls out Greg for being unfair, he's completely right.
  • Extreme Doormat: He usually just goes along with Greg's ideas, even though Greg often uses him and makes him do all of the work.
  • Fat and Skinny: The fat to Greg's skinny.
  • Fat Best Friend: To Greg.
  • Fat Comic Relief: He's a little wide around the edges, and is a comedic relief character.
  • Fat Idiot: Downplayed, as he's chubby but not that fat and ditzy but not outright stupid.
  • Flanderization: Rowley was simply gullible and slow on the uptake before becoming the Kiddie Kid. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid seems to rerail his characterization.
  • Foil: To Greg. Greg is a skinny, cynical, jerkass and Butt-Monkey, while Rowley is chubby, optimistic, nice, and Born Lucky.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He's a fan of some rather effeminate pop singers.
  • Kavorka Man: He has much more success with girls than Greg does, which can probably be attributed to his friendly, easy-going nature and his dorky charm.
  • Kiddie Kid: He's very childish for someone his age, and in one of his birthday parties, all his guests aside from Greg are six-year-olds (albeit because they were all from his karate class.)
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: He means well for the most part.
  • The Lancer: As Greg's sidekick.
  • Momma's Boy: His mother is overly loving and protective towards him, especially seen in the third film. This may explain Rowley's Kiddie Kid behaviour.
  • Nice Guy: In sharp contrast to his friend Greg.
  • The Noseless: His artstyle, where he only puts exaggerated noses to express gonk in his fictional comics.
  • Only Child Syndrome: 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.
  • Perpetual Smiler: In contrast to Greg, he almost always is smiling.
  • The Pollyanna: He's much more optimistic than Greg.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy (childish and naive Nice Guy) to Greg's Manly Man (Jerkass Casanova Wannabe).
  • The Southpaw: An Informed Attribute. Greg mentions that he's lefthanded 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 ultimately go back to being friends again.
  • Straw Loser: Being fat and childish, he comes off as even more pathetic than Greg. Subverted in that Rowley is better liked by his classmates than Greg is.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, he denies having a crush on his math teacher, Ms. Beck, although he thinks she's super nice, smells good, bases Awesome Guy's love interest off of her, and would like to buy her nice things like a fancy car and drive her around in it if he was rich. Greg sees through it.
  • Terrible Artist: Greg describes Rowley as a terrible artist in the first book, when Rowley reveals his art style. But that's Greg's opinion.
    Greg: And believe it or not, Rowley's drawing skills are worse than his writing skills.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Completely one sided on Greg's part, as Rowley has nothing but cheerfulness to offer.

    Chirag Gupta 
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Played by: Karan Brar

  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the books, Chirag's hostility towards Greg is very well-deserved while in the movies he's extremely condescending, and arrogant. Despite this, Greg still hangs out with him, making them Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's sometimes picked on because of his short height. Also in the second movie and book, when Greg plays the "Invisible Chirag" joke on him.
  • Funny Foreigner: The movie states that he's originally 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.
  • The Rival: To Greg in the 2nd film. Both of them like Holly Hills.
  • Stalker with a Crush: "What? I Googled her."
  • Token Minority: He's the only non-white character in the series
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Briefly disguises as Holly to make fun of Greg in the 2nd movie.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite their rivalry for Holly's affections, Greg still hangs around him. He even helps Greg with his revenge scheme against a rival scout troop and defends him when it's exposed.

    Holly Hills 
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Played by: Peyton R. List

  • The Ace: 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!"
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Sort of. We simply don't know as much about her in the books but its implied she is not that bad a person. The movie version is more layered; a overly sweet, bubbly, friendly girl who likes to be with her friends and do good deeds for others.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Holly Hills is called "Piper Matthews" in the online diary.
  • Alliterative Name: Holly Hills
  • Ascended Extra: Her character and personality were hardly explored in the books, but she gets a bigger role in the movies.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: In the movies. A very polite Spoiled Sweet rich girl who has done professional modeling, but she's also good at sports like soccer and tennis.
  • 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.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Greg, implied at the end of the third movie as they hold hands.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: According to the second movie, she has a mean older sister and a spoiled younger sister, which makes her Not So Different from Greg.
  • Nice Girl: In stark contrast to the film-version of Heather, she is a kind, friendly, sweet girl.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: Movie adaptation only: The Nice to Patty's Mean and Angie's Inbetween.
  • Odd Friendship: In the movies she's on good terms with Patty. Her friendship with losers like Greg and Rowley also counts in a Cool-Kid-and-Loser Friendship kind of way.
  • Satellite Love Interest: More so in the books. In the second and third movies, she gets more personality.
  • Spoiled Sweet: In the third movie, it's revealed that Holly comes from a wealthy family (she has Rich Bitch older sister), but Holly is still a sweet and friendly girl to everyone. She helps out in the Country club to teach children tennis, and later offers to teach Greg and Rowley.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Her older sister Heather is a jerk, her younger sister is spoiled, but Holly is a good-natured kid.
  • Town Girls: Movie adaptation only: the Femme to Patty's Butch and Angie's Neither. Although Holly and Angie never appear together, they are the three most prominent girls in Greg's school.

    Fregley 
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Played by: Grayson Russell

  • Straw Loser: Another outcast "friend" to Greg and Rowley, and they are the cool ones compared to him. Subverted in Hard Luck when Greg starts hanging out with him (after a fight with Rowley), and Fregley becomes very popular with other students, much to Greg's dismay.
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    Angie Steadman 
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Played by: Chloë Moretz

A movie-only character.


    Patty Farrell 
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Played by: Laine MacNeil

A girl at Greg's school. Patty and Greg aren't the best of friends, in fact they are deathly enemies.


  • Academic Alpha Bitch: In the movies. She is the class president and seems to be abusing her power.
  • Academic Athlete: Class president and teacher's pet, she's also great at wrestling, soccer and tennis.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the movies, she's a stellar athlete. However, she's usually only shown besting Greg (the self-described "wimpy kid") so it could be chalked up to him not being good at sports.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the books, at worst Patty is a teacher's pet and is only implied to be an Attention Whore — in fact, she's never directly interacted with Gregnote  — while in the movies, she's a nasty two-faced egomaniac who goes out of her way to make antagonize Greg.
  • Always Someone Better: In the movies, she seems to always beat Greg at everything.
  • Ascended Extra: Has a bigger role in the movies than in the books.
  • Attention Whore: She wanted to be in the most prominent role of Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz" school play and was pissed when Greg was chosen.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: One of the main antagonists in the first movie, along with Rodrick and Pete Hosey.
  • Blind Without 'Em: In the books. It's the reason why the play had to be cut short, because she broke her glasses.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She easily beats Greg in Wrestling in the first movie. Happens again in the third movie where she easily wins in Tennis against Greg AND Rowley
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: Bratty, rude, and even more selfish than Greg.
  • Jerk Jock: A rare female example. Not only does she beat Greg at wrestling in the movie (which doesn't happen in the book version), but she's also violent when it comes to playing tennis.
  • 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.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: However, she gets her just deserts when in Rodrick Rules (movie version), a bird splatters bird poop on her head.
  • Meganekko: Wears glasses in the books.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: Movie adaptation only: The Mean to Holly's Nice and Angie's Inbetween.
  • Odd Friendship: Despite being a Jerkass, in the movies she's on good terms with a Nice Girl like Holly.
  • The Rival: She is Greg's worst enemy.
  • Spoiled Brat: Her mother in the movies is the head of the PTA, so she gets what she wants from the teachers.
  • Teacher's Pet: She mentions her Mom's Responsibility to fire a teacher if she doesn't get what she wants.
  • Tomboy: She's interested in wrestling and sports.
  • Town Girls: Movie adaptation only: the Butch to Holly's Femme and Angie's Neither. Although Holly and Angie never appear together, they are the three most prominent girls in Greg's school.

    Bryce Anderson 
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Played by: Owen Best

  • The Ace: According to the second movie, Rowley calls him an athlete, whose soccer skills are only bested by Holly.
  • Big Man on Campus: The most popular kid in Greg's grade.
  • Chick Magnet: Greg is jealous of his apparent popularity with girls.
  • 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. The "bullies" part might be subverted since they never actually bullied anyone (that we know of).
  • Girls Have Cooties: According to Greg, he used to think "Girls are stinky-poos!" in elementary school, but now he's a Chick Magnet.
  • Jerk Jock: How Greg puts it, but it's mostly an Informed Attribute.
  • School Idol: Most of the girls at Greg's school have a crush on him, and a good number of boys worship him.

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Other Characters

    Robert Jefferson 
Played by: Alf Humphreys
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Rowley's father, who doesn't like Greg and finds him to be a bad influence.


  • Berserk Button: Has a few, such as telling him he smells like a woman.
  • 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 a woman when he was in hearing range. Mr. Jefferson responded by kicking Greg out of the Jeffersons' house. It's worse when you realize that with Greg at his age, smelling like a woman probably means smelling like flowers.
  • Jerkass: He's an extremely strict father (far more so than Frank Heffley), and a very rude person in general. In the tenth book, when chaperones the cabin Greg ends up in, he is particularly keen to pin any trouble on him. The thing is that Greg is well aware of how Mr. Jefferson feels about him and goes out of his way not to do anything to cause trouble, and it's his less mature cabin-mates who cause the trouble.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His attitude towards Greg is justified, since Greg has caused trouble for him and Rowley on numerous occasions. According to Rowley in Diary of an Awesome, Friendly Kid, his dad and Greg first met when Greg tricked Rowley into letting him steal his bike and Mr. Jefferson had to get it back from Greg.
  • Moral Guardian: Thinks that Greg is a bad influence to his son Rowley and doesn't like to see Greg around. To be fair, Greg probably is a bad influence, at least in the books. Also, he doesn't allow video games which have any kind of violence in them, which means Rowley can only play racing games. Greg finds a loophole by storing video games with violence in Edutainment Game cases.
  • Overprotective Dad: Overly protective of his son Rowley.
  • Papa Wolf: To Rowley. He's overprotective of him and will immediately come to his defense if he's exploited or harmed in any way.

    Bill Walter 
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Played by: Fran Kranz

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: 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.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the books, he's merely annoying, making Rodrick's parents fear that their son might take after him.
  • Basement-Dweller: He's a 30+ something man who still lives with his parents.
  • 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.
  • The Rockstar: He's the lead singer of Rodrick's band "Loded Diper".

    Heather Hills 
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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.


  • Adaptation Name Change: Named "Lori Matthews" in the online diary.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the books we don't learn much about her but she was never implied to be a stereotypical snobby, ungrateful, bitch she is in the movies.
  • Alliterative Name: Heather Hills.
  • Alpha Bitch: She's rich, beautiful and popular, and uses this as an excuse to treat basically everyone around her (including her own sister) like trash.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: One of the main antagonists of the third movie along with Stan Warren.
  • Big Sister Bully: To her little sister Holly. She's rude to everyone, anyway.
  • Cain and Abel: A female version of this. She is the Cain to Holly's Abel.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Of Rodrick, not to mention an even worse one at that. Unlike in the books, Greg doesn't have a crush on Heather in the films and at one point, describes as basically being the female-version of his brother, Rodrick.
  • Evil Counterpart: She's this to Holly. Both sisters are beautiful blonde girls who happen to come from a rich family, they're both the most popular girls in their grade and one of the Heffley-brothers has a crush on each of them (Rodrick for Heather and Greg for Holly). The only difference between is that Holly's genuinely friendly and sweet-natured while Heather's the exact opposite.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Though Greg describes as "Rodrick in a dress," Heather proves to be even worse than Rodrick.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: It was almost nice to see her humiliated when her beloved party is ruined and she ended up covered in chocolate. Even her sister Holly said she was happy and that she thought that Heather fairly deserved it.
  • Lack of Empathy: Of all the Jerkasses in the trilogy, Heather has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: In the online diary, she got fired from her babysitting job when Rowley's parents caught her smoking behind their house.
  • Spoiled Brat: In contrast to her sister's Spoiled Sweet.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Holly is good-hearted and affable, but Heather is selfish and stuck up.

    Uncle Charlie 
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A relative of Greg's (the uncle of his dad, making him Charlie's great-uncle).
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the webcomic, he's named Freddie.
  • Attention Whore: He gives Greg a framed photo of himself for Christmas!
  • Cool Uncle: Greg refers to him as his secret Christmas weapon, since he'll get Greg any gift he wants (although whether he gets Greg the right gift is another matter entirely).

    Gramma 
Greg's maternal grandmother.
  • Chronic Pet Killer: She's overfed Sweetie to the point that he’s gotten obese, and Greg thinks that Sweetie's gotten depressed from that.
  • Cool Old Lady: She's mentioned to have full cable, with premium movie channels included.
  • Flat Character: She's rather unnoteworthy compared to the other characters. Although this possibly could be because she’s one of the only sane characters in the series.

    Grandpa 
Played by: Terence Kelly
Greg's paternal grandfather.
  • Chick Magnet: He accidentally invited a bunch of women on a dating site to his apartment, even though he only wanted to invite one. He has a quite a lot of women who like him.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He vanishes after "Double Down."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He likes making watercress salad (which is just uncooked green beans in a bowl of vinegar), watching only the CCTV channel, and finds the unfunny jokes in "Gutbusters" hilarious.
  • Jerkass Ball: He moves in with the Heffley family after getting kicked out of the nursing home. Soon enough, he begins to goof off, steals Greg's bedroom, and causing trouble when they go out.
  • Released to Elsewhere: He accidentally ran over Frank's dog, Nutty, while backing out of the driveway and told him that Nutty ran away to a butterfly farm.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Him revealing the truth about what happened to Frank's dog to him leads to Frank buying Sweetie on impulse.

Alternative Title(s): Diary Of An Awesome Friendly Kid

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