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Greg Heffley

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"Someday, I'm gonna be rich and famous"

The main protagonist who has karma and bad luck meet him at every turn.
  • Adorkable: Sure, he's a jerk, but he's very much a woobie, and just wants to fit in with the others. D'aww.
  • Anti-Hero: And how. Type III/IV, sometimes bordering on Type V.
  • Butt Monkey: Nothing goes right for him. Rodrick not only uses him as a personal punching bag, but he's quite unpopular at school and his attempts to become popular only end up making him less popular.
  • Cain and Abel: Abel to Rodrick's Cain, though Greg's no saint either.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Except in one incident in a flashback when he wrote mean Valentine's Day cards to everyone in his class and the teacher never found out he did it.
  • Charlie Brown Baldness: How he draws himself.
  • Companion Cube: One Christmas, Mom got him a baby doll named Alfrendo which he became extremely attached to until he lost it. Then he replaced it with a grapefruit that he took care of in the same manner for the next three months.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Greg leads the police on a high-speed boat chase at the end of The Getaway, with almost no effort.
  • Character Development: Greg becomes much less selfish following Hard Luck, and seems much more mature, trying to wait through Susan’s town wide electronics ban and taking the camping trip seriously in Old School
  • The Chew Toy: Especially whenever Rodrick gangs up on him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Sometimes, though not to Rowley's extent. He can have some odd ideas about how the world works.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dirty Coward: Whenever the going gets tough, Greg gets going...out of here. This is best shown whenever he decides to throw Rowley under the bus for things that are his own fault. He admits himself that "when Heffleys get in trouble, Heffleys run".
  • Freudian Excuse: Greg’s memories of his life seem to suggest that Rodrick bullied him throughout his whole life and the spoiling he received (which was not as extreme as Manny’s) was taken away by Manny’s birth. This led to him becoming a selfish jerk.
  • Flanderization: While he becomes less selfish, he also has his more irrational thoughts and fears upped to the point he believes and iguana to be a dinosaur. His tendency to play the Straight Man and his bad luck were also upped.
  • Genre Savvy: By the time of The Long Haul, Greg is smart enough to know that if he tells Susan and Frank about how he gave the Beardo kids a piece of his mind for causing a ruckus they will side against him.
  • Good Is Not Nice: In stark contrast with Rowley, he is quite the jerk but he still can do the right thing.
  • Greed: This is one of his usual motives. Downplayed however, as he refuses to take things that would benefit him if it costs someone something precious, as demonstrated in The Long Haul.
  • The Hero
  • He Who Fights Rodrick: Greg started out as a nicer, more harmless version of Manny who was spoiled but not as much and subject to Rodrick’s abuse. But Rodrick’s bullying and Manny’s birth led to him becoming the selfish Jerkass we know and love.
  • Heterosexual Life Partners: With Rowley.
  • Jerkass
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has his moments, notably in Cabin Fever where when Rowley anonymously snitches on Greg for accidently vandalizing the school, he doesn't pull Rowley into it and takes the punishment by himself. It becomes more pronounced after Hard Luck, where after Rowley abandons him and a stroke of (more) bad luck he becomes less selfish. By the time of Double Down his latest hair-brained scheme is brought down by bad luck than his own selfishness, and he even changes his plan to accommodate Rowley.
  • Kids Are Cruel: He constantly zigzags from either being a victim to this or an instigator of this.
  • Large Ham
  • Loser Protagonist
  • Nice Guy: By the time of The Long Haul, with him not really doing anything selfish for most of the novel. Unfortunately he goes back to his old ways in The Getaway and Double Down, though notably he is less selfish and much of his suffering isn’t really his fault.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: The absolute king of this trope.
  • Not So Different: From Rodrick.
  • Only Sane Man: He can come off as this compared to the spoiled Manny and the Book Dumb Rodrick.
  • Ordinary Middle School Student
  • Perpetual Frowner: Almost.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Rowley.
  • Sweet Tooth: Justified, as he falls asleep in class if he doesn't get a sugary snack in his lunch.
  • Supporting Protagonist: In The Long Haul, which is Susan’s story and The Getaway, which is Roderick‘s. The former focuses on how the fallout of Susan’s actions affect him, with him serving mostly as a Pinball Protagonist while The Getaway simply has him going through his usual bad luck with Rodrick also getting it.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the brothers, he is has the most morals, and he is one of the most decent members of his family.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Rowley, although the vitriol is mostly one-sided on his part.
  • Unreliable Narrator: He often clearly twists facts to make him look better. But a lot of the crap he goes through seems plausible.

Rodrick Heffley

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Greg's older brother who is a complete jerk. He also runs a failing band called Loded Diper.

Rowley Jefferson

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Greg's childlike, naive best friend.

Manny Heffley

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"Wipe my heinie, ploopie!"

The favorite child who has become a complete sociopath.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: No kidding.
  • Baby Talk: "Wipe my heinie, Ploopy!"
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He always throws tantrums to get what he wants.
  • Child Prodigy: He has shown signs of this. He is good with computers and in Wrecking Ball, he built a clubhouse on his own.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even for the standards of kids his age, he's pretty out there. His speech mannerisms are childish and he has No Social Skills at all.
  • Companion Cube: The remains of his old knit blanket, which he calls "Tingy."
  • Enfant Terrible: Played for laughs in book 6, where he steals supplies and leaves the rest of the family for dead during a blizzard. Greg throws out the possibility that Manny was just throwing a tantrum and didn't honestly realize he was endangering anybody, but he's not 100% convinced that's the case.
  • Flanderization: Manny used to be a Spoiled Brat, but in Cabin Fever he became downright evil, planning to let the whole family freeze to death for not letting him tie his own shoes. Even then this is sketchy, and Greg even suspects he did it to improve his chances of survival of a blizzard that he would’ve been just fine in anyways.
    • Now he has become more antisocial and a Cloudcuckoolander with a penchant for taking random pets.
  • Genius Ditz: He's very much a Cloudcuckoolander, but he's good at computers (he changed the settings on the TV and changed Greg's password on his Net Kritterz account) and can fluently speak Spanish.
  • Imaginary Friend: Has several, as shown in The Third Wheel.
  • Jerkass: Overall, he is an extremely bratty child who manipulates his mother to get what he wants.
  • Karma Houdini: He can get away with messing with Greg's stuff solely because Mom and Dad baby him.
    • This gets ridiculous in book 6. He gets away with the events described in the above trope. That's right, he left the family for dead during a blizzard, and didn't get punished.
  • Non Standard Character Design
  • No Social Skills: To the point where his only friends are Imaginary Friends.
  • Parental Favoritism: He's treated the best out of all three Heffley sons.
  • Spoiled Brat: For example, he threw a huge tantrum at school just because his sandwich wasn't cut the way he usually likes it.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Even for the Heffleys. While Frank, Greg, and Rodrick are all Jerkasses, Manny trumps them all by being willing to kill for even the most petty of reasons.

Mom (Susan Heffley)

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An extremely clueless mother.

Dad (Frank Heffley)

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A jerk who acts like he's in his 80's.

Chirag Gupta

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A kid Greg pranced with the "Invisible Chirag" prank. He makes his last appearance in the Long Haul.

Holly Hills

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A popular girl who Greg tries to impress. It only works in the films.
  • The Ace: Female version. Summed up by Chirag - "She is an all-star soccer player, has done professional modeling and was her sixth grade class president. ...What? I Googled her!"
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Greg's crush on her. The movie version, however, implies she may return his feelings because they're Not So Different.
  • Hair of Gold
  • Nice Girl: In the Films.
  • Shallow Love Interest: More so in the books. In the second movie, she gets more personality.


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"Wanna see my secret freckle?"


An odd classmate of Greg.

The Heffley’s Pig


"Pig...Eat...Ice Cream!"

The Heffley's surprisingly intelligent pig. Introduced in the tenth book.
  • Denser and Wackier: The Pig showcases intelligence and behavior that contrast with the realistic setting and makes appearances that seem surreal.
  • Flanderization: The Pig went from intelligent, but still an animal, to a downright genius. It went from wanting to escape to walking upright and attempting communication.
  • Intellectual Animal: He managed to use a See n' Say correctly to make it say "Pig eat ice cream" and later learns to walk on two legs.
  • Jerkass
  • Put On the Bus: After being excluded from the vacation in The Getaway, the Pig is sent to obedience school and runs away on it’s second day there. The Pig never gets found by the Heffleys, though Greg believes it’s somewhere warm living it up. Given that he's still missing even after it snows, he realistically may have died.
  • The Millstone: The Pig often hinders the Heffleys, often doing things like eating all the food at a hotel room’s mini-bar and eating Greg’s jar of candy corn and vomiting it up, getting Greg in trouble.
  • True Companions: With Manny.

Meemaw and Peepaw

Some of Greg's older relatives. Meemaw dies prior to Hard Luck.

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Meemaw sometimes hid Easter eggs in weird places, including the toilet. She also put strange gifts in there too, such as dental floss and a used tissue.
  • Killed Off for Real: Meemaw. Peepaw got this to prior to Double Down.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Peepaw appears among Greg's dead relatives in Double Down.


Greg's really old relative who serves as the primary antagonist of The Ugly Truth.

Great Uncle Bruce

Part of Greg's family. He dies.

Uncle Gary

Greg's uncle, who's a lazy bum.

Uncle Joe

Greg's uncle who has a large, stable, family.

Grandma Heffley

Greg, Rodrick, and Manny’s grandmother and Susan’s mother who is somewhat lonely.


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A movie-only character.

Bryce Anderson

Albert Sandy


Patty Farrell

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