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- FaceHeel Turn: Surprisingly, in "The Dead and Dying" it is revealed that he was once more sensitive and reluctant to be a criminal. He briefly had a chance to go a different way, but he crossed the Moral Event Horizon when he had his one true friend, Gnarly, beaten.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Tracy robbed and embarrassed Hyde, but he takes it in stride and rather than kill Tracy hires him as new muscle.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: He refuses to let his son marry an African-American girl, despite his best friend and reason for his criminal empire being a Black man.
- Abusive Parent: Physically and emotionally abusive to his children and wife. Ricky loves Teeg despite it. Tracy regrets that he didn't kill Teeg.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Receives one from a young Tracy who begs him not to hurt a woman. Teeg horrified asks what does Tracy think he is.
- The Alcoholic: Ever since Vietnam, he's been drinking heavily.
- The Cynic: After Vietnam, he has a very sour view of the world.
- Descent into Addiction: He used to be a pretty decent guy before Vietnam, which forced him into drinking the pain away, destroying what goodness he had in his heart.
- A Lighter Shade of Grey: In the criminal world he is much more of a Knight Templar as he follows his code and refuses to indiscriminately kill and is willing to intimidate people rather than kill. But he is completely willing to kill people.
- Abusive Parents: Regularly beaten and left to fend forhimself by Teeg, who would be chasing a score or indulging his vices.
- Aloof Big Brother: Became this for Ricky, as he finally had an excuse to not be associated with his family.
- Counterfeit Cash: Kills two of Sebastian Hyde's men to take their money. Unknown to him, it's fake cash.
- Easily Forgiven: After killing the rest of Ricky's crew, when he learns that Mallory was the one who killed Ricky and why she did, he spares her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Will not kill women and wants to make sure that his victims "deserve" to die by Tracy's standards.
- Honor Before Reason: He lives by his code and refuses to ever fail to live-up to a promise to his own detriment.
- Like Father, Like Son: To Tracy's eternal shame and frustration he ended up more like his father despite trying everything to avoid it.
- "Not So Different" Remark: Frequently invoked by people who say that Tracy is "just like" Teeg and Ricky.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Immediately shoots an unarmed man who swears he will kill him.
- The One Who Made It Out: How everyone views Tracy. He has mixed feelings about this.
- Backported Development: Leo Patterson used to be a very high name con man, taking the riskiest scores and getting away. All until the Salt Bay job, which resulted in the violent deaths of his good friends leading to him giving up the life.
- Consummate Professional: Noted by Seymor to be one of, if not the very best in the heist business. He tends to butt heads with Jeff, who is unprofessional and constantly put the two in danger.
- Con Men Hate Guns: Refuses to uses guns on his job, believing they make things unnecessarily violent. He's right, seeing as his last job was botched by trigger happy idiots, resulting in the death of everyone involved.
- The Cynic: He's lived through enough of his partners dying to not trust anyone, even people he's worked with for years.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Refuses to work with junkies and guns.
- Experienced Protagonist: Downplayed. Since the Criminal story is non-linear, he can never truly be this. However, he was a god tier thief and con man before readers were introduced to him.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Tracy envying Leo for killing Teeg is met with discomfort from Leo.
- Abusive Parents: Beaten and verbally abused by Teeg regularly.
- The Alcoholic: A cocaine addict at a certain point.
- Big Brother Worship: He worshipped Tracy as his heroic soldier brother, and was hurt that Tracy never wrote to him.
- Hidden Depths: Was a closeted comics fan and also had a sensitive side that only Mallory saw.
- Like Father, Like Son: Has the addiction and self-destructive impulses like Teeg.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: How Tracy remembers Ricky, and it is true, though he quickly grows out of it in trying to live-up to his father.
- Dirty Cop: Organises heists and takes briberies.
- Only Sane Man: Avoids involvement with the criminal activity other than serving them drinks and occasionally gives advice to Tracy and others. They never listen.
- Reason Before Honor: A rare relatively positive example of this. He does not involve himself in the criminal world beyond running a criminal friendly bar. But because he has a strict policy of never speaking to anyone and no violence or preference in his bar he is respected.
- Dirty Cop: Threatens, tortures and is heavily involved in a gang.
- Expy: Of Archie from Archie Comics.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Romantic lead of numerous comics like Archie. He quickly realizes that he made a mistake on which woman he ultimately chose to be with and later reveals that he is truly a man willing to kill his wife, frame an innocent man, and kill his best friend just to avoid being caught.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Killing Freakout is the only moment he truly feels regret for, but he get's over with it as the last, and perhaps only person who really knew who Riley was is dead.
- True Companion: Seemingly with Freakout. Even though Riley hears Freakout profess his Undying Loyalty, Riley still kills Freakout to make sure he is never exposed.
- Wham Line: "I have to kill my wife."
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of The Vamp and the Bad Girl that men pursue in romance stories. While Felicity's sexuality and riches were exciting for Riley in his youth, she now has grown bored with him and is cheating on him. She also admits that she dated Riley partly as a form of rebellion against her father.
- Expy: Of Veronica from Archie Comics.
- Rich Bitch: She is a rich girl that is incredibly insensitive to her husband to the point that he is surprised that she was willing to stay in his mother's house after the funeral for Riley's father. She also refuses to let her lover tear up her dress as it is expensive.
- Expy: Of Betty from Archie Comics.
- The Alcoholic: After Riley uses him as an alibi, he relapses into his deep habits.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: He is a deconstruction of the fun-loving party character, as that sort of lifestyle eventually lead to Freakout using hard drugs.
- Easily Forgiven: He forgives Riley for getting him to relapse into using drugs and for murdering Felix.
- Expy: Of Jugghead of Archie Comics.
- Hidden Depths: Turns out that he knew who the supposed serial killer of his hometown actually was. He also knew what Riley has done and swears to keep it secret, saying that he is his best friend.
- Counterfeit Cash: Is on the receiving end of this trope. Tracy pays for his services with counterfeit cash, which he finds out when he tries to deposit the cash.
- The Cynic: Having being beat by a delusional detective and crippled by a mourning crime lord because you were wrongly accused of killing your wife tends to do that to you.
- The Cynic: She was initially an idealist until she had her baby forcefully aborted.
- Femme Fatale: Deconstructed. After her forced abortion, she began to become numb and decided to screw with rich men to try and fulfil a hole in her.
- Heel Realization: Realizes how she has ruined a decent person's life and decides to make things right by humiliating Hyde.
- The Cynic: As per classic noir detectives.