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->"''Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.''"
--> -- '''Johnny Cade'''

A ComingOfAgeStory from TheSixties told by the youngest member of a TroubledButCute greaser group of TrueCompanions. Written by S. E. Hinton, then a sixteen-year-old girl.

Ponyboy (yes, that's his real name) lives with his brothers Darrel and Sodapop (yes, it "even says so on his birth certificate"). Darrel (but everyone calls him Darry) is the leader of a gang of boys, all in various degrees of poverty and ParentalAbandonment: Steve, Sodapop's best friend; the nonstop joker Two-Bit (for once, not his real name); Dallas, who served his first jail sentence when he was ten years old; and Johnny, a quiet, sweet kid from an abusive home whom everybody protects like a puppy.

The greasers' rival gang is the Socs (short for "Socials," pronounced "Soashes"), rich "white trash with Mustangs and madras." Getting jumped and defending himself is a fact of life for Ponyboy, one made evident in the first pages of the book. The trouble really starts, however, when Johnny and Ponyboy pick up two girls from the Socs' side of the tracks (Cherry and Marcia) at the movies. Cherry's boyfriend, Bob, and his friends come after them later in a nearby park, and Bob nearly drowns Ponyboy. Johnny comes to his rescue with a blade, and Ponyboy survives... but [[IDidntMeanToKillHim Bob doesn't]]. Realizing there's no way greasers like themselves are going to get away with killing a Soc, even in self-defense, the boys run to their friend with the most experience in crime, Dallas. Dallas gives them some money and directions on where to run and hide (an abandoned church in Windrixville) until things die down.

We won't give away the rest, but it involves more deaths, a fire, the ultimate gang rumble to end all rumbles, the pain and sorrow of love and friendship, a complete emotional and mental breakdown for Ponyboy, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a poem by Robert Frost]].

Unexpectedly, given the genre, very light on the [[{{Wangst}} angst]]. The Outsiders have it rough, but nobody's [[EmoTeen Emo]] about it.

Was followed by several sequels, of which ''Literature/RumbleFish'' is the best known, and, of course, a rather faithful [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] by FrancisFordCoppola (with some awesome music) in which S. E. Hinton herself was directly involved.

Not to be confused with ''[[BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]]'', a superhero team in TheDCU, or the [[ProfessionalWrestling tag team]] of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.

Also not to be confused with ''TheStranger'', whose title is often translated as ''The Outsider''. ''Very'' different from Creator/HPLovecraft's short story "[[TomatoInTheMirror The Outsider]]".

The film got its own sequel in 1990, which also served as the pilot episode to a short-lived, little known [[LiveActionTV TV Series]].
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!!Tropes include:
* AFriendInNeed
* AbusiveParents: Both of Johnny's.
** As well as Steve's father.
** Also the Soc who beat up Johnny before the story began. Bob's parents were very indulgent and never disciplined their son.
* AerithAndBob: Inverted with brothers Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darrel. It helps to set Darrel apart from his brothers—his PromotionToParent made him much more serious than they are.
* AdultFear: [[SchoolStudyMedia Older readers]] can better appreciate [[PromotionToParent Darry's]] fear that Ponyboy and Sodapop will be taken away from him.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Cherry has stated that she better not see Dallas Winston again or else she might fall in love with him.
** Not to mention the fact that her boyfriend Bob isn't exactly a law-abiding first-rate citizen.
* AllStarCast: Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, LeifGarrett and Diane Lane are all in the movie.
* AloofBigBrother: Ponyboy feels that his oldest brother Darry is this, being the unofficial leader of their group and always criticizing Ponyboy. But Ponyboy eventually realises that Darry actually cares very much for him and only wants the best for him.
* ArcWords: "Stay gold."
* AssholeVictim: Bob.
* BattleInTheRain: The rumble scene.
* BewareTheNiceOnes or BewareTheQuietOnes: Johnny may be the quietest, most law-abiding of the greasers, but push him too far and [[spoiler: as Bob found out, you could get killed.]]
* BigBad: The Socs, probably the closest to being the main antagonists of the story.
* BigBrotherInstinct: The whole gang towards Johnny, since his family couldn't care less. Also Darry and Soda toward Ponyboy, though Darry shows his concern for his brother mostly by yelling at him when he does something stupid.
* {{Bishonen}}: Sodapop.
* BookEnds: "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home..."
* CallingTheOldManOut: Frustratingly averted with Johnny's parents.
** Though it was played straight in the movie where Two-Bit angrily calls out Johnny's mother for being a lousy mother.
* ChekhovsGun: A literal version in Dallas's ''unloaded'' gun.
* CloudCuckooLander: Ponyboy, to a degree.
* CoolCar: Dally's car in the movie.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: After Johnny dies in the hospital Dallas loses it and robs a nearby store. After the cops catch up to thim, he [[SuicideByCop points his unloaded gun at them]].]]
* DontSplitUsUp: This was the primary concern for Darry, who feared that if he was deemed an unfit guardian for his brothers, they would be taken away and put in foster care.
* DyeOrDie: Ponyboy had to cut and bleach his hair since descriptions of him were printed. He doesn't like it.
* DysfunctionJunction: Almost all the greasers fit here. Ponyboy and his brothers lost their parents to a car accident. Steve has an abusive father. Both of Johnny's parents are abusive and don't care about him. Dally had a growing criminal record which started when he was ten and used to run with gangs in New York. So far, Two-Bit seems to be immune.
* MrFanservice: Pretty much everyone in the film adaptation.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Most notably Two-Bit.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler: Johnny Cade]]: "Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold."
* FieryRedhead: Cherry.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Almost entirely faithful to the original novel, with some great music. S. E. Hinton was actually the location scout; she even took out all of the non-dialogue parts of the novel to create the movie's script!
* FinalBattle: The rumble.
* {{Foil}}: Dallas for Johnny.
* GangOfHats: Socs and greasers.
** The greasers aren't so much a gang as a social class--Ponyboy says himself that they're mostly groups of friends who stick together. The same could be argued for the Socs, though some of them are said to belong to social clubs.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Johnny and Ponyboy go to Dally, he's at a party and says he was in the bedrooms. Ponyboy then starts blushing as he "remembers what usually happens in the bedrooms at Buck's parties." But Dally was just sleeping.
* GoshDangItToHeck: The lack of cursing generally isn't ''that'' conspicuous, but in the beginning of the book, when one of the Socs mugging Ponyboy says, "For Pete's sake!", suspension of disbelief is stretched a bit.
** Justified in that Ponyboy is writing the book as a paper for school, and probably wouldn't be too keen on dropping f-bombs in something his teacher would be grading him on.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Dallas does this when he dies, falling to the ground.]]
* GreaseMonkey: Steve.
* GreaserDelinquents: The main protagonists of the book and movie
* HaveAGayOldTime: The word "Ponyboy" nowadays can be used as a slang term for a man who is well endowed.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Cherry.
* HeroicFireRescue: It earns the main characters the respect of the town and a front-page article. Sadly, [[spoiler:Johnny eventually dies from the injuries sustained in the flames.]]
* HeroicRROD / HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Ponyboy, who collapses after Johnny's death and Dallas's SuicideByCop. He spends the next few weeks either asleep or delirious.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Soda and Steve have been best friends since childhood and remain very close.
* IHeardThat / RightBehindMe: Darry to Steve.
--> '''Steve:''' So where is Soda and Super-Dope (Darry) anyhow?
--> '''Darry:''' -just walking in-- Superwhat?!
* IronicEcho: When Ponyboy comes back from the drive-in late, Darrel yells at him for saying that he didn't mean to. On the exact same page, after he hits Ponyboy, who runs away, he says, "I didn't mean to!"
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: The entire novel was written in-universe by Ponyboy as a project for school.
* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: In the movie Dallas has a civilian S&W Model 10, which he gives to Ponyboy and Johnny, and a Model 39. In 1966 it would be harder to get the latter than, say, a 1911.
* InSeriesNickname: Johnnycake. Which only serves to make Johnny sound even sweeter.
* JerkAss: Most of the Socs, minus Cherry and Randy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dallas and Darry.
* JumpScare: PlayedForLaughs when someone grabs Johnny and Ponyboy in the drive-in theater, saying "Greasers, you've had it." It's just Two-Bit, imitating a menacing Soc.
* KarmicDeath: Bob.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Johnny, always the gang's pet and the only thing Dally ever loved.]]
* LargeHam: Dallas is this at times in the movie, mainly with [[spoiler: "Let's do it for Johnny!"]], which is also kinda Narm-y.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis
* LonelyRichKid: All of the Socs.
* LovableRogue: Dallas, again.
* MeaningfulName: The author literally spells it out when innocent [[spoiler: martyr]] Johnny Cade signs a message with his initials.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Averted with Sodapop. But another problem springs forth with him being the middleman between Darry and Ponyboy's arguments.
* MoralityPet: Johnny for Dallas, which [[spoiler:Dallas can't stand and is why he kills himself when Johnny dies]].
* MoustacheDePlume: S. E. Hinton, thinking no one would read a gang novel by a woman named Susan.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Darry, when he hit Ponyboy, causing him to run away.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: The author will often say that "he cussed him out" or "cursed under his breath", or something else to that effect.
* NotSoStoic: Dally doesn't seem to care about anything or anyone, and doesn't express much emotion besides anger -- until [[spoiler: Johnny dies.]]
* PantyShot: In TheFilmOfTheBook, Two-Bit pulls up a female Soc's skirt, revealing her white panties.
* PapaWolf: Darry, Sodapop, Dally, and even Johnny have shades of this, mostly towards Ponyboy.
* PromotionToParent: Darry.
* RareGuns: In the movie version, every gun the protagonists use is made by Smith & Wesson.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: The Socs.
* ShirtlessScene: Dallas in TheFilmOfTheBook; a nurse (played by S. E. Hinton herself) even comments he should be wearing a hospital gown, but he casually responds, "I threw it away."
** Not to mention a gratuitous {{Fanservice}} moment of Sodapop getting out of the shower and just barely getting a ModestyTowel on.
* TheSixties: The book was written in 1965, published in 1967, and TheFilmOfTheBook was done as a period piece set in 1966.
* SlobsVersusSnobs
* SpoiledBrat: Bob. Randy even states that if his parents had disciplined him once in awhile, he'd probably still be alive.
* SpoiledSweet: Cherry Valance. She is a cheerleader at her high school, as well as being a Soc. But she is friendly to Ponyboy and Johnny and generally likes them as individuals.
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler:Dallas.]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Probably all the boys would have needed one. Especially [[TheWoobie Johnny.]]
* TragicDropout: Darry gets a menial job in order to take care of his younger siblings after their parents die, instead of going on to college.
* TroubledButCute: The entire main cast.
* TrueCompanions
* TheUnFavourite: Ponyboy feels that older brother Darry cares only for Sodapop and that he is only another mouth to feed. However, he is proven wrong and Darry was strict on Ponyboy because he wants the best for Ponyboy and for him to succeed in life.
* WatchingTheSunset: Both Cherry and Ponyboy do.
* WeaponForIntimidation: Dally's revolver. It's not actually loaded, and he states that he uses it to scare people and that's all. This comes back to him when [[spoiler:he raises the unloaded gun at the police after Johnny dies to get a SuicideByCop.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: [[spoiler:Johnny Cade dying]] to save children in a burning building. Not symbolic? [[spoiler:Look again at his initials.]]
** In a church no less.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Cherry possibly falling in love with Dally is mentioned a total of once and never again.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Again, Ponyboy and Sodapop are their actual names. Cherry remarks how 'original' they are.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks
* YourCheatingHeart: Sodapop's girlfriend was pregnant with another man's child.
* YourDoorWasOpen: Justified, as at least two members of the gang frequently need a place to stay. When one character worries about the house being robbed, Darrel states that he would rather risk robbery than have one of the gang members go crazy and do something that earned them serious jail time. Besides, they have nothing to steal.
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->"''Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.''"
--> -- '''Johnny Cade'''

A ComingOfAgeStory from TheSixties told by the youngest member of a TroubledButCute greaser group of TrueCompanions. Written by S. E. Hinton, then a sixteen-year-old girl.

Ponyboy (yes, that's his real name) lives with his brothers Darrel and Sodapop (yes, it "even says so on his birth certificate"). Darrel (but everyone calls him Darry) is the leader of a gang of boys, all in various degrees of poverty and ParentalAbandonment: Steve, Sodapop's best friend; the nonstop joker Two-Bit (for once, not his real name); Dallas, who served his first jail sentence when he was ten years old; and Johnny, a quiet, sweet kid from an abusive home whom everybody protects like a puppy.

The greasers' rival gang is the Socs (short for "Socials," pronounced "Soashes"), rich "white trash with Mustangs and madras." Getting jumped and defending himself is a fact of life for Ponyboy, one made evident in the first pages of the book. The trouble really starts, however, when Johnny and Ponyboy pick up two girls from the Socs' side of the tracks (Cherry and Marcia) at the movies. Cherry's boyfriend, Bob, and his friends come after them later in a nearby park, and Bob nearly drowns Ponyboy. Johnny comes to his rescue with a blade, and Ponyboy survives... but [[IDidntMeanToKillHim Bob doesn't]]. Realizing there's no way greasers like themselves are going to get away with killing a Soc, even in self-defense, the boys run to their friend with the most experience in crime, Dallas. Dallas gives them some money and directions on where to run and hide (an abandoned church in Windrixville) until things die down.

We won't give away the rest, but it involves more deaths, a fire, the ultimate gang rumble to end all rumbles, the pain and sorrow of love and friendship, a complete emotional and mental breakdown for Ponyboy, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a poem by Robert Frost]].

Unexpectedly, given the genre, very light on the [[{{Wangst}} angst]]. The Outsiders have it rough, but nobody's [[EmoTeen Emo]] about it.

Was followed by several sequels, of which ''Literature/RumbleFish'' is the best known, and, of course, a rather faithful [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] by FrancisFordCoppola (with some awesome music) in which S. E. Hinton herself was directly involved.

Not to be confused with ''[[BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]]'', a superhero team in TheDCU, or the [[ProfessionalWrestling tag team]] of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.

Also not to be confused with ''TheStranger'', whose title is often translated as ''The Outsider''. ''Very'' different from Creator/HPLovecraft's short story "[[TomatoInTheMirror The Outsider]]".

The film got its own sequel in 1990, which also served as the pilot episode to a short-lived, little known [[LiveActionTV TV Series]].
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!!Tropes include:
* AFriendInNeed
* AbusiveParents: Both of Johnny's.
** As well as Steve's father.
** Also the Soc who beat up Johnny before the story began. Bob's parents were very indulgent and never disciplined their son.
* AerithAndBob: Inverted with brothers Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darrel. It helps to set Darrel apart from his brothers—his PromotionToParent made him much more serious than they are.
* AdultFear: [[SchoolStudyMedia Older readers]] can better appreciate [[PromotionToParent Darry's]] fear that Ponyboy and Sodapop will be taken away from him.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Cherry has stated that she better not see Dallas Winston again or else she might fall in love with him.
** Not to mention the fact that her boyfriend Bob isn't exactly a law-abiding first-rate citizen.
* AllStarCast: Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, LeifGarrett and Diane Lane are all in the movie.
* AloofBigBrother: Ponyboy feels that his oldest brother Darry is this, being the unofficial leader of their group and always criticizing Ponyboy. But Ponyboy eventually realises that Darry actually cares very much for him and only wants the best for him.
* ArcWords: "Stay gold."
* AssholeVictim: Bob.
* BattleInTheRain: The rumble scene.
* BewareTheNiceOnes or BewareTheQuietOnes: Johnny may be the quietest, most law-abiding of the greasers, but push him too far and [[spoiler: as Bob found out, you could get killed.]]
* BigBad: The Socs, probably the closest to being the main antagonists of the story.
* BigBrotherInstinct: The whole gang towards Johnny, since his family couldn't care less. Also Darry and Soda toward Ponyboy, though Darry shows his concern for his brother mostly by yelling at him when he does something stupid.
* {{Bishonen}}: Sodapop.
* BookEnds: "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home..."
* CallingTheOldManOut: Frustratingly averted with Johnny's parents.
** Though it was played straight in the movie where Two-Bit angrily calls out Johnny's mother for being a lousy mother.
* ChekhovsGun: A literal version in Dallas's ''unloaded'' gun.
* CloudCuckooLander: Ponyboy, to a degree.
* CoolCar: Dally's car in the movie.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: After Johnny dies in the hospital Dallas loses it and robs a nearby store. After the cops catch up to thim, he [[SuicideByCop points his unloaded gun at them]].]]
* DontSplitUsUp: This was the primary concern for Darry, who feared that if he was deemed an unfit guardian for his brothers, they would be taken away and put in foster care.
* DyeOrDie: Ponyboy had to cut and bleach his hair since descriptions of him were printed. He doesn't like it.
* DysfunctionJunction: Almost all the greasers fit here. Ponyboy and his brothers lost their parents to a car accident. Steve has an abusive father. Both of Johnny's parents are abusive and don't care about him. Dally had a growing criminal record which started when he was ten and used to run with gangs in New York. So far, Two-Bit seems to be immune.
* MrFanservice: Pretty much everyone in the film adaptation.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Most notably Two-Bit.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler: Johnny Cade]]: "Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold."
* FieryRedhead: Cherry.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Almost entirely faithful to the original novel, with some great music. S. E. Hinton was actually the location scout; she even took out all of the non-dialogue parts of the novel to create the movie's script!
* FinalBattle: The rumble.
* {{Foil}}: Dallas for Johnny.
* GangOfHats: Socs and greasers.
** The greasers aren't so much a gang as a social class--Ponyboy says himself that they're mostly groups of friends who stick together. The same could be argued for the Socs, though some of them are said to belong to social clubs.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Johnny and Ponyboy go to Dally, he's at a party and says he was in the bedrooms. Ponyboy then starts blushing as he "remembers what usually happens in the bedrooms at Buck's parties." But Dally was just sleeping.
* GoshDangItToHeck: The lack of cursing generally isn't ''that'' conspicuous, but in the beginning of the book, when one of the Socs mugging Ponyboy says, "For Pete's sake!", suspension of disbelief is stretched a bit.
** Justified in that Ponyboy is writing the book as a paper for school, and probably wouldn't be too keen on dropping f-bombs in something his teacher would be grading him on.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Dallas does this when he dies, falling to the ground.]]
* GreaseMonkey: Steve.
* GreaserDelinquents: The main protagonists of the book and movie
* HaveAGayOldTime: The word "Ponyboy" nowadays can be used as a slang term for a man who is well endowed.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Cherry.
* HeroicFireRescue: It earns the main characters the respect of the town and a front-page article. Sadly, [[spoiler:Johnny eventually dies from the injuries sustained in the flames.]]
* HeroicRROD / HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Ponyboy, who collapses after Johnny's death and Dallas's SuicideByCop. He spends the next few weeks either asleep or delirious.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Soda and Steve have been best friends since childhood and remain very close.
* IHeardThat / RightBehindMe: Darry to Steve.
--> '''Steve:''' So where is Soda and Super-Dope (Darry) anyhow?
--> '''Darry:''' -just walking in-- Superwhat?!
* IronicEcho: When Ponyboy comes back from the drive-in late, Darrel yells at him for saying that he didn't mean to. On the exact same page, after he hits Ponyboy, who runs away, he says, "I didn't mean to!"
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: The entire novel was written in-universe by Ponyboy as a project for school.
* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: In the movie Dallas has a civilian S&W Model 10, which he gives to Ponyboy and Johnny, and a Model 39. In 1966 it would be harder to get the latter than, say, a 1911.
* InSeriesNickname: Johnnycake. Which only serves to make Johnny sound even sweeter.
* JerkAss: Most of the Socs, minus Cherry and Randy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dallas and Darry.
* JumpScare: PlayedForLaughs when someone grabs Johnny and Ponyboy in the drive-in theater, saying "Greasers, you've had it." It's just Two-Bit, imitating a menacing Soc.
* KarmicDeath: Bob.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Johnny, always the gang's pet and the only thing Dally ever loved.]]
* LargeHam: Dallas is this at times in the movie, mainly with [[spoiler: "Let's do it for Johnny!"]], which is also kinda Narm-y.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis
* LonelyRichKid: All of the Socs.
* LovableRogue: Dallas, again.
* MeaningfulName: The author literally spells it out when innocent [[spoiler: martyr]] Johnny Cade signs a message with his initials.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Averted with Sodapop. But another problem springs forth with him being the middleman between Darry and Ponyboy's arguments.
* MoralityPet: Johnny for Dallas, which [[spoiler:Dallas can't stand and is why he kills himself when Johnny dies]].
* MoustacheDePlume: S. E. Hinton, thinking no one would read a gang novel by a woman named Susan.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Darry, when he hit Ponyboy, causing him to run away.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: The author will often say that "he cussed him out" or "cursed under his breath", or something else to that effect.
* NotSoStoic: Dally doesn't seem to care about anything or anyone, and doesn't express much emotion besides anger -- until [[spoiler: Johnny dies.]]
* PantyShot: In TheFilmOfTheBook, Two-Bit pulls up a female Soc's skirt, revealing her white panties.
* PapaWolf: Darry, Sodapop, Dally, and even Johnny have shades of this, mostly towards Ponyboy.
* PromotionToParent: Darry.
* RareGuns: In the movie version, every gun the protagonists use is made by Smith & Wesson.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: The Socs.
* ShirtlessScene: Dallas in TheFilmOfTheBook; a nurse (played by S. E. Hinton herself) even comments he should be wearing a hospital gown, but he casually responds, "I threw it away."
** Not to mention a gratuitous {{Fanservice}} moment of Sodapop getting out of the shower and just barely getting a ModestyTowel on.
* TheSixties: The book was written in 1965, published in 1967, and TheFilmOfTheBook was done as a period piece set in 1966.
* SlobsVersusSnobs
* SpoiledBrat: Bob. Randy even states that if his parents had disciplined him once in awhile, he'd probably still be alive.
* SpoiledSweet: Cherry Valance. She is a cheerleader at her high school, as well as being a Soc. But she is friendly to Ponyboy and Johnny and generally likes them as individuals.
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler:Dallas.]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Probably all the boys would have needed one. Especially [[TheWoobie Johnny.]]
* TragicDropout: Darry gets a menial job in order to take care of his younger siblings after their parents die, instead of going on to college.
* TroubledButCute: The entire main cast.
* TrueCompanions
* TheUnFavourite: Ponyboy feels that older brother Darry cares only for Sodapop and that he is only another mouth to feed. However, he is proven wrong and Darry was strict on Ponyboy because he wants the best for Ponyboy and for him to succeed in life.
* WatchingTheSunset: Both Cherry and Ponyboy do.
* WeaponForIntimidation: Dally's revolver. It's not actually loaded, and he states that he uses it to scare people and that's all. This comes back to him when [[spoiler:he raises the unloaded gun at the police after Johnny dies to get a SuicideByCop.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: [[spoiler:Johnny Cade dying]] to save children in a burning building. Not symbolic? [[spoiler:Look again at his initials.]]
** In a church no less.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Cherry possibly falling in love with Dally is mentioned a total of once and never again.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Again, Ponyboy and Sodapop are their actual names. Cherry remarks how 'original' they are.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks
* YourCheatingHeart: Sodapop's girlfriend was pregnant with another man's child.
* YourDoorWasOpen: Justified, as at least two members of the gang frequently need a place to stay. When one character worries about the house being robbed, Darrel states that he would rather risk robbery than have one of the gang members go crazy and do something that earned them serious jail time. Besides, they have nothing to steal.
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17th Apr '13 10:07:58 PM maxwellsilver
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* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: In the movie Dallas has a civilian S&W Model 10, and a Model 39. In 1966 it would be a bit more difficult to find a Model 39 than a 1911, but certainly not impossible.

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* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: In the movie Dallas has a civilian S&W Model 10, which he gives to Ponyboy and Johnny, and a Model 39. In 1966 it would be a bit more difficult harder to find get the latter than, say, a Model 39 than a 1911, but certainly not impossible.1911.
17th Apr '13 10:03:52 PM maxwellsilver
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* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: In the movie Dallas has a civilian S&W Model 10, and a Star Model BM, obviously standing in for a 1911 (9mm blans were more reliable and available than .45s). In 1966 it would be impossible to get a Star Model BM, which started production in 1972, but 1911s have always been popular and relatively common.

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* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: In the movie Dallas has a civilian S&W Model 10, and a Star Model BM, obviously standing in for a 1911 (9mm blans were more reliable and available than .45s). 39. In 1966 it would be impossible a bit more difficult to get find a Star Model BM, which started production in 1972, 39 than a 1911, but 1911s have always been popular and relatively common.certainly not impossible.
17th Apr '13 9:57:46 PM maxwellsilver
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* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: In the movie Dallas have a civilian S&W Model 10, and a military Model 39 or a [=MK22=]. In 1966 it would be hard to get the latter.

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* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: In the movie Dallas have has a civilian S&W Model 10, and a military Star Model 39 or BM, obviously standing in for a [=MK22=]. 1911 (9mm blans were more reliable and available than .45s). In 1966 it would be hard impossible to get the latter.a Star Model BM, which started production in 1972, but 1911s have always been popular and relatively common.
5th Mar '13 4:45:08 PM TitoMosquito
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Darry, when he hit Ponyboy, causing him to run away.
10th Feb '13 2:25:16 PM Scardoll
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* HeroicFireRescue: It earns the main characters the respect of the town and a front-page article. Sadly, [[spoiler:Johnny eventually dies from the injuries sustained in the flames.]]
5th Feb '13 1:31:41 PM TobuIshi
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* TragicDropout: Darry gets a menial job in order to take care of his younger siblings after their parents die, instead of going on to college.
2nd Feb '13 7:54:04 PM zookie
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* AdultFear: [[SchoolStudyMedia Older readers]] can better appreciate [[PromotionToParent Darry's]] fear that Ponyboy and Sodapop will be taken away from him.


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* MeaningfulName: The author literally spells it out when innocent [[spoiler: martyr]] Johnny Cade signs a message with his initials.
24th Jan '13 2:59:21 PM BronyHeresy
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* {{Foil:}} Dallas for Johnny.

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* {{Foil:}} {{Foil}}: Dallas for Johnny.
24th Jan '13 2:58:45 PM BronyHeresy
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* [[Foil:]] Dallas for Johnny.

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* [[Foil:]] {{Foil:}} Dallas for Johnny.
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