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    Rodrick Heffley (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

    Rodrick Heffley
    "I forgot everything you just taught us."
    Gender: Male
    Type: Lazy and abusive jerkass
    Age: 16-17
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Devon Bostick (2010-2012)
    Charlie Wright (2017)
    Hunter Dillon (CGI-animated, 2021-present)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    First appearance: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (online book)
    Last appearance: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde


    Rodrick Heffley is the main antagonist of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise. He is Greg Heffley's older brother. He owns a heavy metal band called Loded Diper (Loaded Diaper.) Originally, he was not stupid, only pretending to be, to avoid working. However, as the series progressed, he became progressively dumber, suffering from flanderization. Although, the live-action movies, the first CGI-animated movie, and the newest book, Diper Överlöde does kinda fix him in that regard.

    Personality

    Likewise to Greg, Rodrick is not depicted to own any exceptional talents, and his is only portrayed to be passionate in a few interests, distinctly heavy metal music as it occupies most of his spare time and frequently drafts him away from his schoolwork. Rodrick would much preferably sleep than engage in anything productive, an attribute that is visually prominent throughout the series. He loves to sleep a lot, once sleeping for 36 hours straight, and whenever Frank compels him to wake him up, he always tries to find a way to override it. As an avid fanatic of heavy metal music, Rodrick is the founder and lead drummer of the band Löded Diper. The band's lead singer, Bill, is a 35-year-old unemployed man who still inhabits with his grandmother. This, incorporated with Rodrick's fixation with heavy rock music, makes his parents fear that he will head down a similar path to Bill's in the future due to his laziness.


    Rodrick is extremely lazy and careless, especially when it comes to school, which elucidates where Greg learns it from. He almost never gets a grade above C-, except for his book reports (where Frank does most of the work due to Rodrick's supposed inability to type). Greg believes that Rodrick is lazy and unintelligent in all other areas, but there are indications that show that Rodrick isn't as dumb as everyone perceives likely meaning his unintelligence likely comes from his laziness (aka lack of motivation/or refusal to learn) and possible dyslexia as he has an inability to spell (though he could have refused to learn how to spell). For one, he is able to con people to reward him greater by setting the bar real low that he can end up surprising anyone by doing the most minuscule thing; for example, Frank asking Rodrick to get cleanse of his filthy underwear off the table. Furthermore, he manages to get away with not doing chores and homework by irritating his parents to the point where they oblige to his desires and lies that he has to go to the bathroom to avoid doing the chores. While Rodrick still clearly isn't the smartest in the family academic wise, he is still presented to be a bit bright and is just not applying it in the school department since he would rather get good grades by cheating than actually doing the work much like Greg does at times. In Hard Luck, it is stated that Rodrick's first quarter didn't go well, insinuating that his father might have stopped assisting him.

    Bad Qualities That Never Rule

    1. Rodrick is incredibly mostly lazy and irresponsible:
      • He'd much rather sleep than do anything productive, as seen in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules when he once slept for thirty-six hours straight.
      • He always finds an override when his father tells him to wake up.
      • He rarely gets a grade above a C-, except from his book reports.
        • Speaking of, he never actually did the reports himself; he has his father type everything up for him in Rodrick Rules.
      • He manages to get away from doing chores and homework by irritating his parents to the degree that they oblige to his desires.
    2. He acts like an abusive jerk to his brother Greg both physically and verbally, and will blackmail him into not getting him in trouble:
      • In Rodrick Rules, he pretends to have the 'flu. Then, he throws a big party while his parents are away, and locks Greg away in the basement.
        • To make matters worse, he forced Greg to help him tidy up and keep everything a secret or he would spill Greg's embarrassing secret.
      • In the same book, Rodrick is told by his mother Susan to drive him to the swim team in his band’s van, which he strongly hates because all of his band equipment is sliding around and there are no seats. Whenever Rodrick slams on the brakes one of his drums nearly takes Greg’s head off. However, when Greg tells Rodrick to go easy on the brakes, he drives through every speed bump in town, causing Greg to slam against the wall.
      • In The Last Straw, all of Rodrick's April Fools "jokes" involve Greg getting hurt.
        • One example is how Rodrick told him to pick up a quarter from the ground and while Greg is leaning down, Rodrick shoots him in the rear end with a paintball gun.
        • In the same book he also tricks Greg and locks him out of their hotel room while in his underwear.
    3. While still slightly bright, Rodrick struggles in other areas:
      • Grammar: In Dog Days, when the Heffleys bring Sweetie (a dog they used to own), Rodrick is obliged to buy a dog bowl by his father, but he ends up vitiating it as "Sweaty" instead of "Sweetie", though this can be seen as hilarious. This means he could have dyslexia or refused to learn how to spell due to him being lazy and refusing to do the work himself.
      • Common Sense: While this is hilarious, in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Rodrick says that bacon comes from pigs the same way that eggs come from chickens, and also that a safe is a microwave, in which he accidentally locked a frosted pizza.
    4. When Greg was little, Rodrick constantly messed with his head:
      • He said to Greg once that if your belly button was untied, your butt would fall off. Greg then told everyone in his preschool class.
      • He also said that the toilet seat was only for girls. As a result, Greg said he would’ve been sitting on the toilet the wrong way for his whole life if the door wasn't unlocked and Susan Heffley hadn’t come in.
      • Worst of all, sometimes Rodrick’s lies cost him money. He told Greg that you can grow a “money tree” by putting all of your birthday money in a hole in the ground and watering it. This is exactly what Greg did, but later on, he checked on it only to find out that the whole thing was a sham. Greg lost a lot of his birthday money before his mom stepped in.
    5. The only reason he does band practice is to occupy his spare time and keep him away from schoolwork much like how Greg uses video games to do the same thing.
    6. In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, when Greg cannot turn in a proper history assignment, Rodrick sells him an old assignment on the same thing for 20,000 Mom Bucks. However, the sheet was written (no, it wasn't typed), and Greg ended up flunking the assignment.
    7. In the same book, Rodrick also tries to take Greg’s journal, showing how disrespectful he is to his privacy.
    8. Rodrick originally wasn't stupid, but was flanderized and became progressively dumb over the book series.
    9. One example of Rodrick being dumb was in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, when he was reluctantly looking for a college on the computer, yet all of the good colleges he found were for dogs.
    10. Charlie Wright's performance in the infamous Long Haul movie isn't all that enthusiastic and gave off a rather fake personality, unlike in the first three films.
    11. He got mad over his punishment and tried to beat up Greg for telling on their mother about the party after he thought he was ratting him out in Rodrick Rules.

    Good Qualities That Rule

    1. While usually lazy, mean, and careless, many times he has a softer side as he occasionally treats Greg nicely.
    2. He is a much better character in the live-action films, and he is more responsible and treats his family better in the more recent books.
    3. Rodrick is not as dumb as everyone thinks. He can be pretty smart sometimes (check out the YT videos below for more.)
    4. Devon Bostick did a great job portraying him, trying to make him relatable as much as possible. Hunter Dilon also does a good job voicing him in animated movies.
      1. Despite mostly doing a lackluster job, at least Charlie Wright tried his best to give a good performance in portraying Rodrick in the Long Haul Film.
    5. His antagonistic role is somewhat stemmed due to Greg and Rodrick's less-than-ideal relationship per their sibling rivalry.
    6. He does have some funny moments at times, like the moment in The Long Haul where a bunch of cinnamon roll dough exploded everywhere and landed on Rodrick's head, thinking that the dough was his brains.
    7. At least he's not as bad as Susan Heffley (his mom) or Manny Heffley (his spoiled brother).

    Trivia

    • Given estimates made based off of illustrations of him, Rodrick Heffley is most likely between 5' 6" (167.64 cm) and 5' 8" (172.72 cm) tall. However, this is entirely conjecture, as his height has never been stated definitively within the series.
    • Despite picking on his brother in the two films, he treats him nicely in Dog Days.
    • He's the only main character to always have eyebrows in the books and CGI animated films.
    • His science project and his grades for his SAT exams have never been revealed. In the online version, however, Rodrick got no ribbons for his science project.
    • He once slept for 36 hours and didn't notice until he saw that Monday Night Football wasn't on, because it was Tuesday. Ironically, most real people can not do that. He also had a bad habit of falling asleep in the hot tub and once Susan forgot to wake him up, resulting in his skin looking like a prune for two weeks during which his high school did their yearbook photos.
    • Although the fans like the second actor but feels sorry for him and knows that he doesn't fit by being the new Rodrick because of the hatred by everyone and the directors.
    • His room is located in the basement of the house. In the film, however, it was relocated to the attic as the house the producers used to film all the Heffley household scenes had no basement.
    • Most of the characters in the book only show their eyebrows when they are mad. Fitting with his antagonistic behavior, however, he always looks mad due to him having eyebrows all the time.
    • It's hinted in the online book that he has never had a legitimate girlfriend since Greg has never seen him with a girl. However, in The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, it is hinted in a letter that he was associated with a girl named Lyndsey, who seemed to break his heart in some way. This may explain why he acts incredibly rude and immature.
      • Rodrick did have a brief relationship with an unnamed girl that he met at the Isla de Corales resort in the book The Getaway.
    • In March 24, 2024, Charlie Wright, the actor for Rodrick in The Long Haul, described his experience portraying Rodrick in the film on YouTube by explaining that he did try his best to portray Rodrick and that there was no one that told him what to do, so he had to deal with what there was for him. He also clarified how so many fans hated him and his portrayal so much to the point where he even received death threats from the fans, and mentions that he is aware of the memes that popped up around the time the film was released. While he did not mind the memes as found some of them funny, he found the death threats to be quite disturbing. As a result, this did cause Wright to go through a depression phase for about 3 years. Fortunately, Wright has since claimed that he had nothing against the people taking part in the #NotMyRodrick trend and forgave those who felt like they insulted him.

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