At first glance, he is seen as a typical bully that tortures Sal, and is treated aggressively by the boy's friends in turn, but in actuality, he is a scared kid afraid of his own sexuality due to his zealot father.
His father had taught him all his life that feeling attracted to his own sex is abnormal and shameful. Thus, causing him to spout hateful comments towards others. Travis is afraid to be seen as a good child in the eyes of others, seeing it as a sign of weakness like his father sees homosexuality as weakness.
Travis is the son of a Christian pastor and possible leader of the local cult, and although he has doubts about his religion and its conflicting messages regarding the morality of his sexuality, he is usually a religious kid and tries to encourage others to attend the Phelps Ministry, run by his family for almost three centuries.
Travis, born and raised by a Christian Zealot and Cultist, has been told how to live his life since he was born, causing him to lash out at others, especially Sal Fisher, on numerous occasions.
One such occasion was the day before bologna day; in the same classroom with Sal. He is seen glaring at Sal as the teacher, Mrs. Packerton, speaks to him during testing. Then Travis is reprimanded by the teacher to turn back to his paper.
After class Travis begins to heckle Sal with insults and homophobic slurs in the school hallway. It is noted that Travis has no regards with how he treats other people as he has been shown to call Ash a "bitch" and later calls Sal and Larry "flamers" while also claiming he "thought he smelled trash" hinting at them in the cafeteria.
Travis also appears to enjoy Bologna Day as is was earlier stated by Ashley to be "the crappiest lunch day". It is worth noting that Travis sits alone at the table possibly indicating that he may not have many if any friends to socialize with.
We eventually meet up with Travis in the boy's bathroom; where a crumpled up note written by him is found on the floor next to a garbage can.
"I know we don't really know each other and you probably have your opinions of me. I thought maybe if I told you how I feel, things could be different.
The truth is, I can't stop thinking about you. I'm crazy about you. I think you're amazing! But I know these feelings are wrong. It's not the way a boy should feel. Shame swallows me whole. My father would kill me but I can't live in his shadow forever I just...."
Followed by a bunch of illegible scribbles. Travis is not directly seen crying but is implied as Sal chats with him. Given the proper dialogue, Travis is revealed to be a vulnerable character; who lives in a severely Christian household and is attracted to the same sex. He also confesses to Sal that he does not really hate him or his friends. After having a heart to heart conversation with Sal he gives him an envelope which contains a page from Jim's journal page.
Travis may have become good friend with Sal as he was present at the boy's trial despite not losing any loved ones in the Mass Murder at Addison Apartments. He was present when Sal was sentenced to death.
- It is heavily implied that Travis is homosexual.
- He is the son of a Christian pastor.
- It is implied that Travis's note was for Sal. This is hinted at due to his seemingly nervous mannerisms while chatting with Sal.
- It is also implied that Travis's father physically abuses him due to his black eye.
- Or it is noted that he has insomnia (albeit this is unlikely).
- His Father is likely a member of the Devourers of God and is possibly the leader as his family's church building, the Phelps Ministry, has served as a meeting place and base of operation for the cult for centuries.