Tristan is an ultimate opportunist, who, as his brother accuses him, spends all of his time eating, drinking, and having fun. He sneaks home having boarded a train in the baggage compartment without a ticket, then scratches his brother’s bumper by almost running his car into a tree. He volunteers to take care of Tricky Wu, the dog, just to get on his brother’s good side, but then neglects his charge and winds up temporarily losing track of him; he spends a great deal of his time drinking and having fun in the pub. Tristan collects all the money owed to the veterinary practice, then blows half of it on buying drinks for people he wants to charm into paying their bills, then risks the lot on a gamble on a local horse (after learning the crowd favorite had to be put down). He’s used to attempting to charm his way out of situations, and he doesn’t like to get hemmed into anything. He will apply decidedly immoral tactics in an attempt to win bets, win over farmers, and/or put James in his place, until he finds camaraderie with him and chooses to fight on his behalf. Tristan proposes they shouldn’t give up on a prize cow, and insists they perform a risky operation that no one has ever done before—with tremendous success. He has a particular way with adjusting his approach to children and getting them to trust and open up to him, as evidenced in the Christmas special, but is clueless about his own and other people’s emotional states, and unaware of how much he likes the local barmaid. He tries to see other people, to avoid getting too attached to her, but is genuinely hurt when she admits he isn’t marriage potential.

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Tristan’s brother says that he is brilliant but lazy, and it’s true. Tristan doesn’t want to do anything hard or that isn’t fun. He would rather doodle Greta Garbo than study for an exam. He has failed those exams multiple times because he spent all his time out having fun at the bar and spending his money frivolously. Rather than own up to his mistakes, he either lies about them or runs away from them. Siegfried is right in that he spends all his time napping, drinking, having a riotous time with the local farmers, cracking jokes, and being optimistic but deeply irresponsible. Tristan is so used to being the un-respected younger brother that Siegfried trusting him with animals, and putting his faith in him, gives him a much-needed boost of confidence. His 6 wing doesn’t like conflict. He will hide from his brother rather than face the music. He can be somewhat easily cowed when Siegfried shouts at him, and avoids conflict where possible. He longs to be more responsible, but cannot seem to quite find the energy for it.