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 Elendel, he takes up his guns again and prepares to fight crime.
One-Man Army: During the wedding, he kills 19 heavily armed mooks by himself without any innocent bystanders being harmed. 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, he 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.
Sticky Fingers: Seems to be a clinical kleptomaniac, generally leaves random objects as a "trade" for the things he steals.
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.
The cousin of Steris Harms (actually her bastard sister), Marasi teams up with Wax when he saves her from a kidnapping attempt by the Vanishers. Her knowledge of criminals is a great help in figuring out the plans of their foes.
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. Waxillium Ladrian rescued me, and now we're proceeding with our engagement. No one rescues a lady and then turns her down, after all.
Feel No Pain: He's survived so many wounds that would kill an ordinary person that nothing hurts him anymore. This is because he's Miles Hundredlives, famous Gold Compunder.
Genre Savvy: He knows that Wax is more dangerous than anyone else around, and takes appropriate measures to deal with him. It's not enough.
Healing Factor: Due to his ability to Allomantically burn his Feruchemical stores of health, he has a Healing Factor that makes Wolverine's look downright sluggish. He doesn't need adamantium 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 Disablity: 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, without any gold to draw upon.