The Outsiders

Major Characters


  • Ponyboy Curtis: Narrator and the youngest Curtis brother, 14 years old, gets good grades and runs track.
  • Sodapop Curtis: The middle Curtis brother, 16 years old, a high school dropout who works at a gas station.
  • Darrel "Darry" Curtis: The oldest of the Curtis brothers, 20 years old who has been caring for his brothers since their parents died in a car crash.
  • Dallas "Dally" Winston: The roughest of the Greasers who lived on the streets of New York City for three years.
  • Keith "Two-Bit" Mathews: A wise-cracking kleptomaniac.
  • Steve Randle: Sodapop's best friend since grade school.
  • Johnny Cade: Ponyboy's best friend. He's 16 years old and lives with his alcoholic and abusive mother and father.


  • Sherri "Cherry" Valance: Bob's girlfriend, attends the same high school as Ponyboy.
  • Robert "Bob" Sheldon: Cherry's boyfriend who is stabbed and killed by Johnny.
  • Randy Adderson: A friend of Bob's and Marcia's boyfriend.
  • David: A member of Bob and Randy's gang who attempted to drown Ponyboy in the fountain.

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