Greg Heffley

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Greg Heffley
Created by Jeff Kinney
Portrayed by Zachary Gordon
Information
Full name Gregory Heffley
Nickname(s) Greg
Aliases Wimpy Kid
Species Human
Occupation Student
Title Mr
Family Frank Heffley (father)
Susan Heffley (mother)
Rodrick Heffley (brother)
Manny Heffley (brother)
Religion Roman Catholic
Nationality American

Gregory "Greg" Heffley is the main protagonist of the realistic fiction book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid created by American cartoonist Jeff Kinney.

Relationships with other characters[edit]

Rowley Jefferson[edit]

Rowley Jefferson, as he appears in the books
he has ginger hair A common subject depicted throughout the books is Greg's mediocre friendship and treatment of his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, who is always tricked by Greg. Greg views Rowley as an infantile, dimwitted, and childish boy who needs his guidance in learning to conform to middle school standards, albeit Greg more frequently proves to negatively influence his friend than to set a positive example for him, earning him the distrust of Rowley's parents. Greg's self-absorption often leads him to prioritize his desires and needs before the needs of those around him, so Rowley is commonly affected by this and sometimes even left to receive the blame for Greg's own wrongdoings. However, the kinks in their relationship are not always caused by Greg; Rowley has displayed acts of selfishness of his own in the past, particularly in the first book, when he plagiarized a comic strip for the school newspaper that Greg created, "Zoo-Wee Mama!" and earns the admiration of his schoolmates and denied having stolen credit for the concept that Greg played a greater role in devising than he did. Still, Rowley often bears the brunt of Greg's carelessness and has been a victim of injury and desertion in the past due to Greg's behavior. Greg also envies his friend for the exotic vacations that he often takes with his parents and the advantages of an only child that Rowley possesses over Greg. In the 8th book, Hard Luck, he betrays Greg for his girlfriend Abigail and is the major antagonist of that book along with Abigail until the end when they become friends again. 

However, in the movie, while Greg intilially has his obnoxious, to a slightly lesser degree, he still becomes less self-absorbed and was much nicer to Rowley in later films. The turning point is in the end of the first film, where Greg takes the blame for eating the cheese because he felt bad for fighting and took responsibility for his actions.

Manuel "Manny" Heffley[edit]

Manny is Greg's ridiculously pampered younger brother and always gets what he wants; a toddler and the subject of his parents' favoritism, to Greg's jealousy. Spoiled with privileges left undistributed to his elder siblings during their own childhoods, Manny is easily perceived as innocent and adorable by adults, whereas reality seems to point out otherwise as some of his actions in the past appear to implicate a far more manipulative, spiteful, and selfish nature as opposed to childlike innocence. Greg regularly complains through his diary entries of the adults' obliviousness to Manny's true destructive tendencies, many of which have ended in suffering, embarrassment, or punishment for Greg.

Manny's relationship with his older brother is a strained one, as any moments of sincere playfulness or brotherly affection between the pair have unfairly ended in unintentional or undeserved consequences for Greg, which has been exemplified several times throughout the course of the series. It's for this reason that Greg seems to prefer to avoid spending time with his younger brother, and they seldom seem to hang around together alone voluntarily. It also is strained by the unfairness of the constant overindulgence with which Manny is privileged, such as the quality and quantity of Christmas presents that he receives and how he is continuously spared from parental discipline. Albeit it can be argued that some of Manny's past actions responsible for causing his brothers pain just might have been committed without awareness of the severity of such misdeeds because of his young age, it has primarily been evidenced that Manny simply derives pleasure from tormenting his siblings, or realizes the power that his parents' favoritism holds over him.

Holly Hills[edit]

Holly Hills is Greg's crush, introduced in The Last Straw. Greg stated that Holly was the "fourth prettiest girl in his grade" and is very attractive.

In The Last Straw, Greg tried to get Holly's attention by making jokes and random humor, however, it didn't seem to attract her whatsoever. Greg's attempts to talk to Holly and make his move always end up in failure. At the roller rink, Greg had to wear his backup glasses, and when talking to Holly, she mistakenly called him Fregley, making Greg upset and lose interest in her.

In the same book, when signing yearbooks in the end, Holly signed Greg's yearbook stating that he was Okay and to K.I.T. (Keep in Touch) making Greg have a slight interest again, but goes away once Greg sees what Holly put in Rowley's yearbook stating that he was cute, making Greg write back as Rowley stating that he wants to be "just friends".

In the movies, things play out different. In Rodrick Rules, Holly Hills moved to Greg's school and Greg seemed to do things to get her to notice him, making a fool of himself half the time. When Holly called him Fregley, Greg didn't lose interest and instead was upset. At Leisure Towers, Holly talked with Greg outside saying that she was at her Grandfather's place at the retirement community building. Holly apologized to Greg about calling him Fregley, with Greg pretending he didn't know that. Greg and Holly become friends in the end.

In the Dog Days film adaption, Holly's roles from the Last Straw and Dog Days books have been expanded. Greg wants to become more than just friends with Holly during the summer. Greg gets Holly to sign her yearbook and was able to get her to write her number, but misses the last 2 numbers before leaving. At the country club, Greg meets up with Holly as she is volunteering to teach tennis to little kids. Greg accepts an invite to play tennis with her the next day but Holly figures out that he nor Rowley know how to play tennis and teaches Greg personally while Patty teaches Rowley personally.

Later in the movie, Holly didn't seem to have a problem when Greg sneaked in to the Country Club, when Greg saying he wanted to hang out with her, almost revealing his feelings for her, Heather Hills comes by and interrupts. Rodrick has a big crush on Heather, and Greg manages to get Loded Diper in for live music at Heather's Sweet 16. After Rodrick's band fails and ruins Heather's Sweet 16, Greg apologizes to Holly, but Holly didn't care due to her sister being mean, she felt her sister deserved what she got. Holly holds Greg's hand, showing that she has affections for him, and they get together, swimming at the Country Club pool with Greg and Rowley.

Allusions from other works[edit]

Greg Heffley appears on Poptropica's 18th island, Wimpy Wonderland, revolving around the Wimpy Kid series.[2] Greg also appeared as a balloon in the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Greg returns in Wimpy Boardwalk on Poptropica.

Film[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Thor Freudenthal and based on Jeff Kinney's book of the same name.[3][4][5] The film was released on March 19, 2010.[6] It was released on DVD, iTunes, and Blu-ray on August 3, 2010.[7] The movie stars Zachary Gordon as Greg, Robert Capron as Rowley, Steve Zahn as Greg's father, Rachael Harris as Greg's mother, Devon Bostick as Rodrick, Chloë Grace Moretz as a new character named Angie, and Connor and Owen Fielding as Manny.

Reception[edit]

Although the character was highly well received in the books, the reception was not the same for the film; Rotten Tomatoes has said that Greg is an "unlikable protagonist".[8] Pomeranz disliked the character of Greg Heffley, saying "I really thought he was unpleasant. I did not want to spend time with him. I couldn't wait for the end of this film."[9] Later two more films, Rodrick Rules (2011) and Dog Days (2012) were released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". Funbrain. Family Education Network. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.poptropica.com/island-tour/wimpy-wonderland-island.html
  3. ^ Breznican, Anthony (September 29, 2009). "First Look: 'Wimpy Kid' actor embraces being 'a likable jerk'". USA Today. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (August 3, 2009). "Steve Zahn to star in 'Wimpy Kid'". Variety. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  5. ^ McCarron, Heather (October 12, 2009). "Nothing 'Wimpy' about local author's success". Milford Daily News. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie main page". 20th Century Fox. Jeff Kinney. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ David Stratton, Margaret Pomeranz (September 29, 2010). "29 September 2010". At the Movies. 29 September 2010. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.