作为系列故事的视点人物和叙述者，阿尔一直致力于在故事中将自己塑造成一个讨人厌的捣蛋鬼，引导读者讨厌他。但我们还是可以轻易地发掘出他的光辉点，例如：他总是挺身而出保护自己所关心的人，比如他愿意冒着生命危险去拯救芭斯蒂。He is also clever, being the first to manipulate the Smedry Talents (specifically Grandpa Smedry's) in ways that go against their natural behaviors. In addition to this, as the series progresses he comes to understand himself well enough to realize that he pushes people away because he is afraid of getting hurt. This allows him to open up more and form bonds with his family that he had not had before.
Aside from this, he is an incredibly unreliable narrator, given to manipulating the words and behaviors of the people around him in order to fit his narrative. Given to tangents and rambling, it is best not to take anything he says at face value, especially because his stated purpose for telling his story is to convince the people of the Free Kingdoms that he is not the hero they believe him to be.