Tristan is quintessentially a gay stereotype, acting very flamboyant and outgoing, much to Tanner's dismay as Tanner is seen acting more "straight" than his boyfriend. Tristan openly talks about his sex life with Tanner, and refers to himself as a lady when football is mentioned. He also states that he fantasizes about having sex with a transgender Cynthia Nixon. He is a jealous type, as he got very defensive when Tanner mentioned that Amberlynn Weggers deserved her win as third runner-up to Prom Queen.
Tristan was first revealed in Episode 12 of Season 1 as Tanner's date to the Overland Park 2012 Prom, where he engages in a brief discussion with Bridget Tice, talking about his fantasies with a transgender Cynthia Nixon. He later appears again while the Prom Queen nominees receive their awards, becoming jealous when Tanner mentions Amberlynn Weggers. He then states that he is a Pisces and thinks Mackenzie Zales is "so presh" when she had her meltdown onstage.