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    Greg Heffley (Awesome Friendly series)

    Greg Heffley
    Why doesn't Rowley just ditch him?
    Gender: Male
    Type: Greg Heffley in Rowley's perspective
    The Dark Side of Greg Heffley
    Age: 11-12
    Species: Human
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid
    First appearance: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    Gregory "Greg" Heffley is the main protagonist of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and and the main antagonist of its spin-off series Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal. He's usually portrayed as a wimpy and highly unlucky person who can be sometimes a selfish and manipulative jerk at times, but the same can't entirely be said about his character in the Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal series, which is what this article will focus on.

    Why He's Intentionally Neither Awesome Nor Friendly

    NOTE: This is only focusing on how he is portrayed in the Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal series, and like Rowley in the original series, he is supposed to be unlikable in this series.

    1. In this series, he is portrayed as a selfish, manipulative, and self-centered jerk.
      • Now, while being a manipulative jerk were some of his traits, they weren't shown as often. In these books, that's Greg's only trait in this series. Granted, this book is viewed in the perspective of Rowley and this could just be how he really sees Greg, but his misdemeanors seem a little exaggerated.
    2. Greg is usually shown to manipulate Rowley for his own personal gain numerous times.
    3. He made Rowley turn his diary into his biography due to copying Greg. In fact, pretty much mostly the entire book is supposed to be about Greg.
    4. He tells a lot of lies to Rowley in order to trick him into not only thinking that he's cool, but also to manipulate him for his own personal gain.
    5. When Rowley tripped on a rock and sprained his ankle Greg left Rowley out in the woods, showing how unhelpful Greg is.
    6. Greg pulled a prank on Rowley that made him nearly call the cops.
    7. He lied to Rowley when he said that he had to clean the garage and that Rowley could get free candy.
    8. He also told Rowley all his Good Boy awards were fake even though Rowley did Greg's chores to get them.
    9. In the same chapter, Rowley did some more hard work for Greg and what does he get? He gets a laundry basket filled with dirty clothes. As a bonus, Greg also made Rowley lose all his points for some stupid excuse.
    10. During the study partner chapter, Greg was near his worst. First of all, he was acting very bad and didn't even study at all and bugged Rowley. This also caused the librarian to be mad at the two.
    11. He lies about being able to lay any type of egg to trick Rowley into giving him his potato chips.
    12. When Rowley finished drawing his Amazing Guy comic and it was Greg's turn to write the dialogue, he messed up his comic by saying that the thugs were that boy's friends. Also showing what a bad friend he is.
    13. He copied Rowley's test to get a good grade and almost got away from it.
    14. When Rowley saved him from Tevin Larkin's birthday party, Greg said he owed him for it. When he got Rowley a better grade in Science, though, he said they weren't even, and that Rowley owed him a lot more now.
    15. Greg was at his absolute worst in the sleepover chapter:
      • First of all, the two infiltrate the neighbor's trampoline, but then run away when the house's lights turn on. Greg runs inside, but he lets Rowley freeze outside while he pretends to be confused. They are later caught when Rowley rings the doorbell and Mr. Heffley answers the door.
      • Next, he blames Rowley for them being caught and they get in a pillow fight.
      • Greg also says that it's Opposite Day, but then says to Rowley, "You are smart" (really meaning "You are stupid"). When Rowley tells Mrs. Heffley, she tells Greg to apologize, but he really meant the opposite when saying "I'm sorry".
      • Later on, Greg says to Rowley that he should bring all of his stuff, and literally turns off the lights on Rowley after he says he didn't have to because he was the guest, which is true.
      • They have food later on, and they have cookies (Greg gets one, but Rowley gets two since he's the guest). Rowley eats one of his cookies but tries to save the other one for later. However, Greg does the "magic trick" thing on Rowley where he places a glass of milk on his fingers, but while Rowley is stuck like that, Greg eats Rowley's leftover cookie without asking while Rowley can't do anything.
      • After Rowley tells Mrs. Heffley about the "magic trick" thing, she tells Greg to give Rowley one of his toys to keep to make the two even. However, Greg gives Rowley a broken action figure, which Rowley pretends to have fun with. Greg, jealous of Rowley having fun, tricks him into thinking that he can have his LEGO dragon for the action figure. When he does give him the action figure, Greg says that it was still Opposite Day and refuses to give him the dragon.
      • Eventually, Mrs. Heffley decided to separate them both, and they each pick a different side of the bedroom. Greg makes a "force field" between the room and says that no one can pass through it. Greg actually does this because Greg is on the side of the room where there is a door to the hallway, and Rowley is on the other, so that Rowley can't go to the bathroom or brush his teeth.
        • To make matters even worse, he tries to make Rowley wet the bed by constantly talking about water.
      • Afterwards, Mrs. Heffley tells Greg to give him the action figure, but Greg flushed it down the toilet.
    16. Rowley's journal has equal amounts of him and Greg, yet Greg says that it was just about Rowley.
      • In addition to that, he stated that he would make his own biography and that he would turn Rowley into a stupid person.
    17. In Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure, he's just as bad as he was in the previous book. First of all, Greg just wanted to get some money and fame off of Rowley's book. He also shot down all of Rowley's ideas for his story and Greg literally said that Rowley could focus on the writing yet Greg still told Rowley what to do on the writing.
      • He also believed that Garg the Barbarian, the equivalent of Greg in the book, would be the most popular character.
      • This is contradictory to the first book, as he learned not to be such a jerk to Rowley in that book. In here, he might even be worse.
    18. His design in this series is really ugly and not very appealing, since he looks almost nothing like he does in the main series.
      • This can be justified, however, as Rowley draws really badly compared to Greg.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. He got what he deserved when he tried to cheat on the test and got in trouble during the sleepover chapter, as well as at the end where Rowley baps him with his journal.
    2. He did help Rowley get a better grade on the test and actually acted like his normal self during that chapter.
    3. This could be what he does normally, but it's not in his perspective so he's not very sympathetic.
    4. He's usually a much better character in his own series, as he was less manipulative and not always a jerk and redeemed himself in Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories, where his characterization is passable and he has his original personality.
    5. Speaking of WH'sINAOF#17, his original design is much better and cuter than his best friend's spin-off.
      • As mentioned above in WH'sINAOF#17, his design in this book series can be justified, since Rowley also draws really badly compared to Greg.
    6. Greg Heffley can be funny in this series.
    7. Because of his flanderization and the way that he is portrayed by Rowley in Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal spin-off series, it is clear that Greg Heffley is made to be hated.



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