Dick is very good at his job, and he is usually tough on those who commit crime. He can also be nasty to criminals, as he has shown this when Itchy wants the phone, but he pulls the wire and throws the phone to him. He's also quite smart, as he refuses a bribe from Big Boy Caprice.
He also puts his job before his personal life, but is also soft on those he truly cares about such as his girlfriend, Tess Trueheart, and eventually the Kid (later to be known as Dick Tracy, Jr.).
He's also quite a capable fighter and able to show feats of strength. As shown when he beat Steve The Tramp into submission, despite the latter being taller and more muscular than him, knocking out 7 gangsters with one punch during a montage of arrests he was making when cracking down on Big Boy's operations and beating Big Boy himself with a flurry of punches after the latter was beating him with a lead pipe.
Dick has a slender physique. His skin is quite fair. He has blue eyes and black hair. He wears both his trademark yellow trench coat and fedora hat with a black band that has a bow tie on it. He also wears a red necktie, black blazer, black vest, white dress shirt, and black pants and police shoes.