He has always been a troublemaker and often refuses to take responsibility for his actions, illegal or otherwise.
Even Ricky considers himself stupid, having repeatedly failed grades before entirely dropping out of school after Grade 9.
He is also fairly clever and has many practical areas of expertise, such as growing marijuana, fixing cars, siphoning gas, and cooking.
He also has an impressive way, when caught committing crimes by police, of confusing and dispersing them with simple conversation.
Though characters such as Lahey or the police deride him as a loser and a criminal, he's devoted to his family, especially his daughter Trinity.
"Ricky" (Robb Wells), one of the three primary characters in the series, is a fun-loving, dim-witted lowlife who enjoys marijuana, Jalapeño Potato Chips, pepperoni, chicken chips, licorice, cigarettes, ravioli, chicken fingers, fish sticks, and alcoholic beverages.
In the 1999 original black-and-white "Trailer Park Boys" movie, Ricky used cocaine with Julian, which he references in the first episode of season one: as he is getting out of prison he tells the camera crew Julian hired that "[Julian]'s the one force-feeding me drugs and every other goddamn thing...." Ricky and Julian have been best friends since childhood and are almost codependent, with Ricky relying on his friend to guide him and keep his antics in check.While good-natured towards his friends and family, Ricky is also foul-mouthed, volatile, and aggressive, and almost always manages to anger, offend, and alienate those around him.Although he often tries to take the easy way out by breaking the law instead of getting a real job, he occasionally demonstrates dedication to work and education to prove that he's more than a lowly lowlife.Ricky is known for his trademark malapropisms ("Denial and Error"; "Catch-23 situation"; "Get two birds stoned at once"; "Worst case Ontario"; "It's clear to see who makes the pants here"; "gorilla see gorilla do"), dubbed "Rickyisms" by fans.He often wears black track pants and a Houndstooth patterned shirt and enjoys listening to Canadian '80s rock bands such as Helix, April Wine, and Kim Mitchell.