Lionel James is a kid who sat behind Greg in his 6th grade. He hasn't been seen or mentioned since the first book , and its unknown what happened to him. He is one of the two boys (other being Chris Hosey) who Greg refers to as "morons" in his famous quote "One day I'll be rich and famous, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons". Greg shrieked when the teacher said everybody's seats would be permanent for the rest of the year. Since Lionel has a more mature look and a mustache, he may be older then Greg, implying that he may have been held back.