Rodney James is a student of Westmore Middle School and a minor character. In the first book, he appeared for the first time in September, when the "The Wizard of Oz" play began. He played as a bush (which was a made-up character), in which he figured out how to sneak a game into the bush and play without getting caught, but got stage fright and the play was delayed. His mom had to remove him and take him home.
- In the film, he was seen playing Mario Kart DS on a Nintendo DS, but later during the play he did not play a bush and was part of the Tree scene.
- According to Jeff Kinney, Rodney James has gotten held back during Rodrick Rules.