The main character of the book. Wax was formally a lawkeeper in the Roughs, but after he accidentally killed his wife, he returned to the city. Due to his uncle's untimely death, he becomes the head of the Ladrian House. However, due to the crime wave in Elendel, he takes up his guns and prepares to fight crime once again.
Famous Ancestor: He's a direct descendant of Lord Ladrian - better known to us as Breeze - and, presumably, Allrianne Cett, from the original trilogy.
Guile Hero: Wax is not only an excellent gun fighter, he also has a keen mind for putting together evidence and figuring out motives.
Guns Akimbo: In several scenes in the book. Including once with shotguns.
Hero Protagonist: Helps people because he genuinely wants to do the right thing. Though he does mention that he got into the business because he needed the money.
I Let Gwen Stacy Die: His confrontation with Bloody Tan in the beginning ends with Lessie's accidental death.
Improbable Aiming Skills: Near the end, he has to shoot his own bullet mid-flight to change it's trajectory and hit an enemy hiding behind a hostage. He gets a headshot.
Not Quite Flight: Wax often uses the combination of his steel pushing allomancy and weight manipulation Feruchemy to soar great distances.
One-Man Army: During the wedding, he kills 19 heavily armed mooks by himself without any innocent bystanders being killed. In the climax, Miles states explicitly that he's wasted as anything but a killer, because he's just that good.
Sherlock Scan: Though not quite as adept as the Trope Namer, he still comes up with some amazing conclusions with little evidence, although his skill is subverted when Marasi is invited into the lab: "You realize I spent all night coming to those conclusions? You just reached them in all of . . . what? Ten minutes?"
Waxillium's partner in crime. Okay, not really in crime since they're lawkeepers. After Wax heads to the city to take over House Ladrian, Wayne follows him there. Once he arrives, he continues to provide Wax with staunch support.
Amazon Chaser: Wayne admits to Marasi that he prefers the kind of woman who can kick his ass, and he takes quite a liking to Ranette, precisely because she's apparently shot him repeatedly. She rebuffs his advances.
The Atoner: Wayne accidentally killed a man in his early thieving days. Wax saved him from the hangman's noose, and Wayne has been helping him fight crime since. Wayne sends half of what he makes to the family of the man he killed.
Bavarian Fire Drill: By using the right clothes and attitude he can manipulate nearly anyone into helping him.
Sticky Fingers: Seems to be a clinical kleptomaniac, generally leaves objects of roughly the same value as a "trade" for the things he steals. Or what he thinks is the same value. He often leaves things mostly-worthless to others in exchange for the item. Later, near the end of the book, he leaves an aluminum bullet, worth more than its weight in gold, in exchange for a minor item. Wax is quick to realize that, ironically, the person receiving the bullet won't know it's value and likely throw it away.
Time Stands Still: Can create a bubble around him where everything inside moves faster than what's outside. There are a lot of limitations to it, but he does pretty good given those limits. It's not quite stopping the outside, but it's close.
A gunsmith ally of Wax's who hates Wayne. Also a lurcher.
Chekhov's Gunman: Early in the story, Wax notes that his guns were made by Ranette, and that she's in town. Slightly later, Wayne tells Wax Ranette's exact address. It comes as no surprise that they pay her a visit before the story's end.
Mundane Utility: She uses her Lurcher abilities to help her smith weapons by pulling tools off walls. She's even got levers set up in her house to open doors with Ironpulls so she can walk around with her hands full.
Hi, I'm Steris, and I'll have you know we do things in a certain way here on my character page. All my tropes will be in alphabetical order. Anyway, I was engaged to Waxillium Ladrian, who is much older than me. (Not that I'm complaining. It's a political marriage.) I got kidnapped by the Vanishers during a wedding. That's what we young ladies do. We get kidnapped.
Fetish: When Wax rescues her and launches them both into the air with Allomancy he realizes that Steris is aroused by it.
Genre Savvy: A preview reading of the sequel reveals her to be this, as she is aware that something is bound to go wrong during her wedding with Wax, so she decides to invite someone (or someones) with a grudge against him so there isn't as big of a chance of something major happening that they didn't plan for.
Healing Factor: Due to his ability to Allomantically burn his Feruchemical stores of health, he has a truly ridiculous one. He doesn't need strong bones because they've already started healing before they've even finished breaking. He even shoot himself in the face to demonstrate his power to his men, using a shotgun.
The Heavy: He's the main villain of The Alloy of Law. Though Mr. Suit/Edwarn Ladrian is the ultimate string-puller, The Masked Man is the one the protagonists are most concerned about dealing with.
Nigh Invulnerable: With his healing powers active he can shrug off gunshot wounds to the head and dynamite wounds almost immediately.
Not So Different: Miles is a more brutal version of Kelsier. Wax even admits that Miles probably would have been considered a hero had he been born during the time of the Final Empire.
Obfuscating Disability: He fakes a gunshot wound so that Wax won't suspect him of being Miles, renowned Gold Compounder.
Rasputinian Death: Considering his nature, this is inevitable: the firing squad had to lay into him with five volleys before he finally died. But what makes it particularly impressive is that they stripped him of his goldminds first, meaning that he survived getting shot dozens of times at once, repeatedly, five times, using only his remaining reserves of ingested gold.