Study Guide

The Outsiders Characters

By S.E. Hinton

Ponyboy Curtis

Ponyboy not only has just about the best name we've ever heard of (we dare you to start calling...

Johnny Cade

Poor Johnny has a really rough life. According to Pony, sixteen-year-old Johnny looks like "a...

Darrel Curtis

At twenty, Darry is the old man in The Outsiders. He's the oldest of the Curtis brothers and,...

Sodapop Curtis

Seventeen-year-old Sodapop is Mr. Personality, and he backs that up with lots of heart. Like his...

Dallas Winston

The rough, rugged and haunted Dallas fascinates Pony. Even before Pony becomes an ace...

Two-Bit Mathews

Two-Bit is the jokester of the gang and—at eighteen—is also one of the oldest (just...

Steve Randle

Pony is least close to Steve, Soda's best friend. Steve thinks of Pony as a child, and doesn't...

Sherri Valance

Sherri "Cherry" Valance, a girl from a wealthy family (and the girlfriend of a Soc named Bob), is...

Marcia

Marcia is Cherry's friend and Randy's girlfriend. She's with Cherry at the movies and Pony thinks...

Randy Adderson

Randy is Marcia's boyfriend, as well as Bob's best friend and partner in crime. He probably...

Bob Sheldon

Bob is Cherry's boyfriend, and he's a complete dirtbag. In a novel full of mostly likable...

David

David only has a walk-on role in The Outsiders. He's the guy who tries to drown Ponyboy in the...

Sandy

Sandy is Soda's girlfriend. She isn't involved in any of the present action of The Outsiders, and...

Evie

Evie is Steve Randle's girlfriend. She's a behind-the-scenes character who doesn't seem to...

Sylvia

Sylvia was Dallas's girlfriend, but she apparently dated other guys when Dallas was in jail. When...

Johnny's Parents

Johnny's parents are abusive—his mother verbally, and his father physically. They're both...

The Curtis Parents

Since they die before the story begins, we don't meet the Curtis parents. From what we can...

Tim Shepard

Tim is the leader of another Greaser gang, and a more organized and dangerous one at that. When...

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...

Buck Merrill

Buck is Dallas's roommate, and another behind-the-scenes character. He loans Dally his T-Bird,...

Paul Holden

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

Mr. Syme

Mr. Syme is Pony's English teacher. Pony likes him and says that he's a good teacher, and really...

The Judge

The Judge is a very minor character who appears, fittingly, during the courtroom scene in the...