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The Outsiders

The Outsiders

  

by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders Characters

Meet the Cast

Ponyboy Curtis

Ponyboy: The WriterPonyboy not only has just about the best name we've ever heard of (we dare you to start calling yourself Kittenlad or Rottweilergal), but also has a real flair for the written wo...

Johnny Cade

Kicked-Puppyboy?Poor Johnny has a really rough life. According to Pony, sixteen-year-old Johnny looks like "a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strange...

Darrel Curtis

Daddy GreaserAt twenty, Darry is the old man in The Outsiders. He's the oldest of the Curtis brothers and, even though he's over the hill by Greaser standards, is movie star gorgeous. And, like his...

Sodapop Curtis

As Bubbly As A Bottle Of 7-UpSeventeen-year-old Sodapop is Mr. Personality, and he backs that up with lots of heart. Like his brother Darrel, he's fashion-plate handsome, and since he's a Curtis, h...

Dallas Winston

Mr. Tough GuyThe rough, rugged and haunted Dallas fascinates Pony. Even before Pony becomes an ace storyteller, Dallas acts as his muse, or inspiration. Pony says, I used to like to draw his pictur...

Two-Bit Mathews

Shave And A Haircut: Two-BitTwo-Bit is the jokester of the gang and—at eighteen—is also one of the oldest (just behind Darry). He talks non-stop and has a smart comment about everything no matt...

Steve Randle

Pony is least close to Steve, Soda's best friend. Steve thinks of Pony as a child, and doesn't like the fact that Soda is always bringing Pony along. This, of course, really bugs Pony, but he's not...

Sherri Valance

Poor Little Rich GirlSherri "Cherry" Valance, a girl from a wealthy family (and the girlfriend of a Soc named Bob), is the biggest female character in The Outsiders. In "Setting" and Ponyboy's "Cha...

Marcia

Marcia is Cherry's friend and Randy's girlfriend. She's with Cherry at the movies and Pony thinks she's shallow and unprincipled, since she accepts a soda from Dallas, even after he's rude to her a...

Randy Adderson

Randy is Marcia's boyfriend, as well as Bob's best friend and partner in crime. He probably participated in the beating of Johnny, and certainly in the violence against other Greasers. When Bob is...

Bob Sheldon

Bob is Cherry's boyfriend, and he's a complete dirtbag. In a novel full of mostly likable characters, this guy is completely hate-inspiring. He's the hard-drinking ringleader of one of the gangs of...

David

David only has a walk-on role in The Outsiders. He's the guy who tries to drown Ponyboy in the fountain when Bob tells him to give Pony a "bath." He doesn't reappear... even though this dude should...

Sandy

Girl "In Trouble"Sandy is Soda's girlfriend. She isn't involved in any of the present action of The Outsiders, and she remains behind the scenes the whole time. Pony has a pretty good impression of...

Evie

Evie is Steve Randle's girlfriend. She's a behind-the-scenes character who doesn't seem to influence the plot or impact the final outcome of the story in any way.

Sylvia

Sylvia was Dallas's girlfriend, but she apparently dated other guys when Dallas was in jail. When we meet Dallas, he's just broken up with her because of that. She's another behind-the-scenes figur...

Johnny's Parents

Johnny's parents are abusive—his mother verbally, and his father physically. They're both neglectful. Johnny refuses to see his mother when she comes to visit him in the hospital, and he takes hi...

The Curtis Parents

Since they die before the story begins, we don't meet the Curtis parents. From what we can gather, they were kind, loving, funny people who struggled to make ends meet, but managed to provide for t...

Tim Shepard

Tim is the leader of another Greaser gang, and a more organized and dangerous one at that. When the Greasers and Socials face off in the rumble, Tim and his gang join up with Pony's gang.

Curly Shepard

Curly is Tim's little brother and a member of his gang.

The Brumly Gang

The Brumly boys are—you guessed it—from Brumly (which seems to be a fictional suburb of Pony's city), and make up another Greaser gang. This Brumly gang, like the Shepard one, is more dangerous...

Buck Merrill

Buck is Dallas's roommate, and another behind-the-scenes character. He loans Dally his T-Bird, which Dally first uses to drive out to see Pony and Johnny at the church, and then to drive to the hos...

Paul Holden

Paul appears once, at the rumble, on the Socials' side. He used to be good friends with Darry when they played football together.

Mr. Syme

Mr. Syme is Pony's English teacher. Pony likes him and says that he's a good teacher, and really cares about his students. He's also the one who encourages Pony to improve his grades and his life b...

The Judge

The Judge is a very minor character who appears, fittingly, during the courtroom scene in the last chapter. Unlike some of the other minor characters, he does influence the outcome of the story, si...
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