Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by

Jeff Kinney

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Rodrick Heffley Character Analysis

Rodrick is Manny and Greg’s older brother. Like many teenagers, he doesn’t want to have much to do with his mom and dad. For instance, when his mom tries to dance along to his music (to support his interests and connect with him), Rodrick turns it off in frustration. Rodrick loves music and plays in a heavy metal band, which Greg finds very annoying. Rodrick’s other hobby is picking on Greg and playing pranks on him. During the summer, for example, he woke Greg up and 3:00 A.M. and convinced him that it was time for school and he had slept through the entire summer.
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Rodrick Heffley Character Timeline in Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The timeline below shows where the character Rodrick Heffley appears in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
September
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...school is in session again. He remembers a time during the summer when his brother Rodrick woke him up at 3:00 A.M. and convinced him that he had slept through the... (full context)
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...going outside, since he would have wanted to be out of the house anyway while Rodrick was practicing with his heavy metal band. Their mom supports Rodrick’s music, but when she... (full context)
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Thursday and Friday. When Greg finds out that Rodrick has bought a CD with a “Parental Warning” sticker, Greg is determined to listen to... (full context)
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Monday. Greg is pleased to see that Rodrick is also in trouble with their mom. One of Rodrick’s heavy metal magazines had a... (full context)
December
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...she thinks everyone “deserves” a chance to sing in the play. Greg is thankful that Rodrick won’t be there to see Greg humiliate himself. The one upside to all this is... (full context)
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...fright, and the student who plays Toto brings a book onstage. Greg is embarrassed that Rodrick has come to see him sing. Perhaps even worse, Manny shouts “bubby,” potentially making the... (full context)
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Tuesday and Wednesday. Seeing that Rodrick is videotaping the song and will mock him, Greg simply refuses to sing, and the... (full context)
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
...out like a bandit” and got almost everything he asked for. Greg gives books to Rodrick and Manny and a generic “#1 Dad” coffee cup to his parents, and Rodrick gives... (full context)
April
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...he is better off without having to carry around Rowley’s “dead weight,” socially. Looking through Rodrick’s old middle school yearbook, Greg sees superlatives like “Most Popular” and “Most Talented.” He decides... (full context)