Lifelines: He's the recipient of the "Tim Gunn Save" after Tim decides that his elimination was too soon.
Manly Tears: He shed these when he was eliminated and again during the challenge in which he managed to retool his own dress.
My Greatest Second Chance: Had never won a challenge in his original season, despite making it to Fashion Week. In All-Stars Season 4, however, he wins the second episode's challenge, but ultimately places overall in 7th place.
Nice Guy: One of the few designers that all of the others truly like, even Ken.
Nice Hat: Almost always seem wearing a flat cap, even at home, possibly because of both his hearing aid and because he's balding.
Retool: During one of the challenges later on in the season, he was given the opportunity to retool a losing garment from earlier on in the season. He chose his own dress that originally would have got him eliminated had it not been for the Tim Gun Rescue.
Straight Gay: In addition to being deaf he's also gay, though you probably wouldn't be able to tell until he says something about it.
Took a Level in Badass: After the "Tim Gunn Save" he started doing better in challenges. He also seemed to reflect better on his designs (see Retool) and was able to determine where he had gone wrong.
Wacky Marriage Proposal: He proposed on camera in the 4th episode after winning the challenge, and would have had to wait for the answer until the episode airs. However, the following week his boyfriend told him that marriage equality had been officially legalisednote the contestants are not allowed contact with the outside world during filming, so they cannot watch the news and proposed to him, so after saying yes, Bradon told him about his own proposal.
Odd Friendship: Despite vocally being displeased when she sees that Kate has returned for the competition they actually grow to like each other when put on the same team for a challenge, surprising both of them. In All-Stars Season 4, she becomes friends with Michelle.
The Atoner: In All-Stars Season 5 this time around he tries to come across as a better person, recognizing that he was going through a lot in his life during his original run.
Ascended Fanboy: Declares that he's been "secretly competing" on the show for the past 11 seasons because he's been following it and incorporating the judges' critiques into his own designs.
Break the Haughty: Goes into the Belk challenge confident he'll win since he's one of the few contestants from the South, but he gets reamed by the judges for missing the point of the challenge and ends up in the bottom three.
Fan Nickname: Tom and Lorenzo quickly dubbed him Coco Montrese after a contestant on that show who was known for stirring drama.
Funny Background Event: When Bradon's look is being praised during the Belk challenge he can be seen doing a hilariously bitchy "Oh my God" eye roll.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Essentially called out as such by Tim Gunn when he explodes at Bradon and Alexander as they're moving into the same room. The producers actually moved Ken to his own room because they feared what might happen if he was forced to live with the others, especially after what happened with Sandro.
Pet the Dog: Is surprisingly courteous to his fan during the Real Women challenge, a challenge traditionally known to cause trouble for the more drama-prone designers. He still wound up getting eliminated though.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Stands up for Helen during her critique in the second episode by telling the judges she tried her hardest.
Jerkass Has a Point: When declared he was safe, Sandro interrupts the judges and asks for critique for his design, upset that he still is not giving them what they want to see from him. Despite the judges and other contestants berating him for being rude and that he should be 'thankful' to be safe, the designers are constantly told being safe is not a good thing, and Sandro's request for constructive feedback seems perfectly fair (Zac Posen just angrily insults Sandro's design, instead).
Malaproper: Isn't always sure he's using the right idiom, and at one point asks if anyone has a pin because "I need to sew my hookers."note He probably meant hooks
No Indoor Voice: To the point that Justin actually takes off his hearing aid when he's arguing with Ken.
Non-Gameplay Elimination: Although he got in the middle, he still questioned the judges, got into a screaming argument with Helen and Ken and left the building. The producers eventually tracked him down the next day and brought him back just long enough to apologize for his behavior before he formally left the competition.
Animal Motifs: Unicorns, as he proudly declares in his home visit.
Bigot vs. Bigot: From day one Miranda didn't like Timothy, also from Milwaukee like him, so by the 3rd challenge they end up in the same team. Drama-ensues.
Camp Gay: To the point he was standing next to his model wearing sparkly high heels while she was barefoot. Something the judges were not amused by.
Cloudcuckoolander: His entire concept for his first look, which involves not having his model wear any makeup to her visible irritation, not use any electricity in the production of the garment or to prep her hair, and to have her mime being bound as she goes down the runway (which she refuses to actually do on the runway minus a small motion at the end of the catwalk).
Granola Boy: Defines himself as a sustainable designer.
It then went to irritating levels when he refused to use makeup, electricity and burned synthetic material, which makes it far than sustainable.
Hypocrite: The judges tear him into regarding the above, since burning material like parachute fabric releases chemicals into the air and is not exactly eco friendly. Not to mention wearing (women's) shoes while his model isn't.