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Manny Heffley
Name Manny Heffley
Age 5-6 (online version and first book only)
3 (films and other books)
Gender Male.png
Actor Connor and Owen Fielding
Dylan & Wyatt Walters
Film Appearance? Yes
Online Appearance? Yes
Book Appearance? Yes
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“I'm onwy thwee!”
―Manny after putting a cookie inside Greg's console


“Pour my dwink, Pootie!”
―Manny's use of his slur (online version)



Manuel "Manny" Heffley is Greg and Rodrick's younger brother. In the movies, he is played by twins Connor and Owen Fielding, and Dylan & Wyatt Walters in the Long Haul movie. Manny is loosely based on Pat Kinney, Jeff Kinney's younger brother.

Personality

Manny Heffley is a selfish and spoiled toddler who, if he doesn't get his way, he will do things such as removing all of the electricity at the house except for his room, as shown in Cabin Fever. Greg believes that their parents treat Manny like a prince, but that is far from the truth as they treat him this way out of fear of what he will do to them. He watches a show called "The Snurples," which according to a newspaper sets kids back in social skills and language development (Manny starts speaking gibberish). He has never been a protagonist. Manny has shown that this is true - he has no real friends and never plays with other kids in playgroups, but has imaginary ones and uses these to get out of trouble and get extra food. Despite his seemingly air-headed exterior, Manny has shown that he can be very cunning, deceitful, manipulative, and intelligent for his age in unexpected ways. When Susan let him play on Greg's Net Kritterz account, he figured out how to sell all of his brother's items and change his password. He has also locked out the entire family from watching any TV shows except for his personal favorite cartoons. He also has been shown to speak Spanish in The Long Haul.

Manny has also been characterized as extremely uncaring and holds powerful grudges that has endangered the family on multiple occasions. One of these is shown in Cabin Fever, where he shuts off all the lights as well as the air conditioning to every room except his own just because he wasn't taught how to tie his shoes. This caused the entire family to suffer in cold weather and starvation until Greg finally discovered the scandal.

Manny's unusual personality can however significantly help the Heffley family as a whole. Manny can speak Spanish properly, and that's just from listening to hours of Spanish-English wordbook-CD's that his mother borrowed from the Spanish library. He also has an extreme ability of learning new things and abilities, which again, is shown when he learns to speak proper Spanish after just a few hours. In The Deep End when Susan allowed Manny to put the last piece in puzzles, he uses this knowledge at the end of the book to steer the RV into the gap of the broken bridge allowing everyone to leave Camper's Eden.

The fact Manny is able to learn perfect Spanish, change Greg's password, the parental lock, kill all the lights except for his room, and steer an RV to fix the broken bridge is quite surprising for a child his age, meaning he is quite intelligent but however, is still socially awkward.

It is likely that Manny knows about his parents' favoritism towards him, and he takes advantage of this. This includes breaking Greg's gaming console, drawing on his bedroom door, taking a dirty magazine to day care, and twisting the "No Swearing" rule in such a way that he makes money out of it.

Manny also gets anything and everything he wants, and his parents trust his lies to Greg and Rodrick, so that's why they end up getting grounded, even though Manny deserves it.

Appearance

Manny looks like a small kid with three hairs, rabbit-like teeth and wears a white shirt, black shorts and white shoes. In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (film), Manny has curly hair, a blue shirt and beige shorts.

Trivia

  • In the first book, after he yells "Bubby" at Greg on the stage, Greg says he's been able to keep that nickname quiet for 5 years, meaning Manny must be around 6. However, this is the only time he's been suggested to be an age other than 3, as in later books and the films he's suggested to be three.
  • In the online version, Manny is allergic to peaches. Greg also mentions this in The Ugly Truth.
  • The only members of the family who do not appear to like him are Aunt Cakey, Greg Heffley and Rodrick Heffley.
  • Manny is quite smart, as he knows how to change the password to both Greg's Net Kritterz account, the TV parental locks so he can watch whatever he likes, whenever he likes. He can also speak perfect Spanish and the Snurples language fluently relatively quickly.
  • Manny loves Bitter Apple Spray, so he probably likes sour and bitter food.
  • According to The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary, the main reason the producers picked twins was because they felt that twins would be easier to work with (on account that there would a backup should one refuse to cooperate).
  • Manny seems to be fond of keeping random animals as pets. In The Long Haul, he is attached to The Heffleys' Pig and repeatedly attempts to get him back. In The Getaway, he attempts three times to keep wild sea animals as pets: first with hermit crabs and snails, second with a baby sea turtle, and third with a Box Jellyfish. Surprisingly, in The Meltdown, he doesn't seem too concerned with the pig being lost, and forgot about it.
  • He may be modeled after Igdoof's little brother.
  • Manny got brand new things when he was a baby, like pacifiers, and his bed looked even newer than Rodrick's.
  • Jeff Kinney said that he gave Manny his name because he originally didn't know it was short for Emmanuel. Rather, he thought it was meant to be an ultra-masculine name. "So, I wanted to have this tiny boy have this over-masculine name".
  • Manny barely appears in Double Down and only makes a few cameos.
  • In The Deep End, Greg mentions that Manny is 3 years old.

Gallery

For more images see: Manny Heffley/Gallery