Broken Ace: Handsome and intelligent (he attended Princeton) but can't seem to get his act together and better himself. He frequently makes poor choices and is fairly irresponsible.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: From Alfred's perspective. Much like his barber, Earn takes a lot of unnecessary detours on what should be straight forward work, frustrating Alfred and pushing him to consider dumping him as a manager. Thing is, even with all the frustrations, at the end of the day Earn knows Alfred and more importantly what Alfred wants.
Butt-Monkey: Homeless, Broke, treated like a doormat by everyone including his family.
Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 2, Paper Boi's success along with his own misfortunes have made him increasingly self-centered and apathetic to Vanessa's feelings. He also becomes noticeably more volatile to the point where a weekend of bad decisions culminates in him challenging ex-con Tracy to a fist fight. It doesn't gowell for him.
Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The "mean" to Earl's "nice" and Darius's "in-between" but even then, Paper Boi isn't exactly mean, he mostly just puts it on for the sake of his career. Most of the time.
Punch-Clock Villain: He's a pretty laid back guy but after the shooting in the pilot he's developed a status as a thug. As seen in "The Club" he's got no problem switching into thug-mode on the spot, slapping around a stingy club owner to get his earnings.
Sherlock Scan: Pulls an especially noticeable one in "The Jacket", but he also has to be very alert due to his career.
The Stoner: Many of the episodes involve Paper Boi smoking or searching for weed.
Hidden Depths: One may be tempted to write him off as a moronic stoner but he can be quite deep when he wants to be. Also, he knows who Steve McQueen is, while Earn, a former Princeton student, had never heard of him.
Women Are Wiser: Downplayed, as she does get fired after making the huge mistake of admitting to smoking weed, but she isn't involved in the level of corruption and dodgy dealings as the rest of the main characters, and rightly scorns them.