Flanderization: Initially he was only a moderate Republican and even set Liz up on a date when convinced she was gay. Overtime, he's called Barack Obama a "communist", keeps a framed picture of Nixon in his office, has Avery wear a Reagan mask on webcam, and is constantly making fun of anything he considers Liberal. This is likely a joke about Alec Baldwin's staunch left-wing views.
Multiple-Choice Past: Generally, he always grew up poor in the Bronx. Details beyond that seem to be somewhat variable and change according to the needs of the current gag. Of course, you can never be sure how much of what Tracy says about himself is true.
Narcissist: A fairly accurate portrayal of a more extreme case. She lacks empathy, has a disproportionately large ego, and is threatened easily by the opinions of others — but she does have genuine affection for a small handful of people, and is capable of (limited) remorse.
The Sociopath: In one episode, Pete and the writers test her to see if she is one. When she shows genuine remorse for hurting Kenneth, however, he deems her an "extreme narcissist" instead.
Weird Aside: "That's a double edged sword, like the one Mickey Rourke tried to kill me with." "Telling Dennis off last night was so empowering, I was so pumped on the way home that I tossed a brick through the window of a Banana Republic!" "I still think the album would have sold better had he shot me in the face!"
In the finale, it's Implied in a Medium Aware moment when she says "I've never met Mickey Rourke" that she made up all those stories.
Expansion Pack Past: Along with most people on the show, but him especially. He's lived forever/300 years/at least long enough to coach Shirley Temple, spent a summer captured by hill folk, his family joined a militia, he randomly speaks Latin...
Expansion Pack Past: as told by Pete in season 6 "My father was a congressman, I was valedictorian at St. Andrew's, an Olympic Archer, fourth guitarist in Loverboy as a teenager." Immediately lampshaded by Jack " If it weren't all true I would say it doesn't even make sense."
Hidden Depths: He's an impeccable archer and a pretty good musician.
Jaded Washout: Definitely jaded, though not exactly a washout. Although he did get denied the chance to participate in the olympics, and a DUI prevented him from being a Congressman. He still manages to keep his sanity and tends not to relive his past glory.
Boomerang Bigot: James himself isn't one, but he's horrified when he learns that his ancestor, whom he thought was the highest-ranking black officer in the Union army, was actually a Confederate officer.