!The Greasers

!!Ponyboy Curtis
The main protagonist of the book. His parents died when he was younger, so he lives with his two brothers, Sodapop and Darry. He's fourteen, and very intelligent; he even skipped a grade. Played by C. Thomas Howell in the film.

* BadassBookworm: Definitely takes his school work the most seriously.
* BerserkButton: Being called "white trash with long greasy hair".
* BreakTheCutie: He's the youngest member of the group, and he sure does go through a whole lot. Getting wrapped up in a murder, running away from home, [[spoiler: dealing with the death of his best friend.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: To some extent.
* HeroicBSOD: Just when you think he's had one, he finally passes out for three days [[spoiler: after Dallas dies]].
* TheHero
* NobodyTouchesTheHair: He's really fond of his hair, and Johnny even tells him that he and Soda had the coolest hair in town. Too bad for Pony, because he has to cut and bleach it after he runs away.
* TagalongKid
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude

!!Johnny Cade
Sixteen years old and Pony's best friend. Both of his parents are abusive, and his real family is the gang. Played by Ralph Macchio in the film.

* AbusiveParents
* BewareTheNiceOnes / BewareTheQuietOnes
* BreakTheCutie
** [[spoiler: KillTheCutie]]
* TheChick
* HeroicSacrifice: It was ultimately the fire rescue [[spoiler: which killed him,]] that helped increase his and Ponyboy's chances of getting cleared of the murder charges that would have put Johnny in jail and Ponyboy into a boy's home.
* [[spoiler:IDidntMeanToKillHim: Bob. Good thing he did though, or else Pony would be dead instead.]]
* InSeriesNickname: Johnnycake.
* TeamPet

!!Sodapop Curtis
Pony's older brother, the middle child. Though smart and handsome, he's a dropout who works at the same gas station as his older brother, Darry. Played by Rob Lowe in the film.

* AwesomeMccoolname
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Ponyboy, more so in a lovable way than Darry, who lets it out by yelling at him.
* {{Bishonen}}
* HeroicBSOD: In the final chapter, he is finally overcome by everything that's happened, and what finally drove him to the breaking point is when Sandy [[spoiler: returns his letter unopened]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Steve.
* TheLancer: Shares this with Dallas.
* MrFanservice
* PapaWolf: Not as much as Darry, but still has his moments.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude


!!Darrel "Darry" Curtis
Pony and Soda's oldest brother, who took over the family after the death of their parents. He's often a jerk to Ponyboy, but this is really just how he expresses his feelings. Played by Patrick Swayze in the film.

* AdultFear: Ponyboy running away. Made worse when he meets up with Johnny, getís jumped by Socs, accidentally gets caught up in a murder, and has to run from the law.
* AntiHero
* BigBrotherInstinct: Though Pony has his doubts that itís really there.
* BigGood: As the oldest greaser, he's the unofficial leader.
* BlessedWithSuck: Multiple times, Ponyboy mentions that the only thing that separates Darry from being a Soc is the gang, and because of their parents dying, he couldn't go to college, and had to look after Pony and Soda.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheLeader
* PapaWolf
* PromotionToParent

!!Dallas "Dally" Winston
The roughest member of the gang, who has also been to prison the most. He's Johnny's idol. In the film, he's played by Matt Dillon.

* AntiHero: When Pony tells him that [[spoiler:he and Johnny murdered Bob]], he helps them by giving them the supplies theyíll need to temporarily go up to an abandoned church.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheLancer: Shares this with Soda.
* IncomingHam: During the rumble scene when he busts out of the hospital.
--> '''Dallas:''' Don't you know a rumble's not a rumble without ME!!!!
* LargeHam
* LovableRogue
* VillainProtagonist

!!Keith "Two-Bit" Mathews
Another member of the Greaser's gang. Played by Emilio Estevez in the film.

* BewareTheNiceOnes / BewareTheSillyOnes: Out of all the greasers, Two-Bit is the less serious and one of the nicer ones of the bunch. However, after visiting Johnny in the hospital, he was in no mood to take Mrs. Cade's crap anymore.
--> '''Mrs. Cade:''' I HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO SEE HIM HE'S MY SON!!! [[UngratefulBastard HE'D RATHER SEE THESE NO GOOD PUNKS THAN HIS OWN MOTHER!??]] [[KickTheDog You're Scum!!!]]
--> ''' Two-Bit:''' [[BrutalHonesty No wonder he hates your guts!!!]] [[CallingTheOldManOut You don't even care about him,]] [[TheAlcoholic you damn drunk!!!]] [[SeeYouInHell You go straight to hell, go right to hell!!!]]
* TheBigGuy: Though others would fit this position in the Five Man Band, this is basically Two-Bitís only one.
* BrilliantButLazy
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Do you blame him for wanting to be called "Two-Bit"?
* FascinatingEyebrow
* LargeHam: Larger than Dallas.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Actually, his real name is Keith. But it's real easy to forget that.

!!Steve Randal
Another member of the gang, who has been Soda's best friend for as long as he can remember. He doesn't particularly like Ponyboy, but he's not a {{jerkass}}. Played by TomCruise in the movie.

* AbusiveParents
* GreaseMonkey
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Soda.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheSmartGuy


!Socs
!!Cherry Valance
A high school cheerleader who Johnny and Pony meet at the movies. She takes a liking to Ponyboy, stating that he's not like other Greasers, and this was enough to eventually open her eyes to what they are really like. Dated Bob [[spoiler:before he was killed by Johnny.]] Played by Diane Lane in the film.

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Towards Dallas.
* AlphaBitch / TheCheerleader: Averted, although Ponyboy thinks she seems like the type at first.
* FieryRedHead: Mostly towards Dallas at first.
* HeroesWantRedheads
* SpoiledSweet
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Bob.

!!Bob
Cherry Valance's boyfriend before he attempts to jump Pony and Johnny, and [[spoiler:ends up getting killed by the latter.]] Played by Leif Garrett in the film.

* AlcoholInducedIdiocy
* [[spoiler:AssholeVictim]]
* BigBad: The closest thing the book has to one, since he's the Soc who bullies Pony and Johnny the most. [[spoiler:After he dies about one quarter of the way in, he becomes a posthumous BiggerBad]].
* HiddenDepths: According to Cherry, who says that he could be sweet sometimes. Randy also liked him for some reason.
* {{Jerkass}}
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]]
* SpoiledBrat: [[spoiler:Randy even laments that he'd probably still be alive if his parents had disciplined him once in awhile.]]

!!Randy Adderson
Bob's best friend, and one of the boys from the group of Socs that jumped Johnny [[spoiler:on the night that Bob was killed.]] He refused to participate in the rumble. Played by Darren Dalton in the film.

* DirtyCoward: A possible interpretation.
* HeelFaceTurn
* HiddenDepths: He's not just some jerkass with nothing to do but jump Greasers.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Possibly...? If any of the Socs reach this level, it's him (aside from Marcia and Cherry). He didn't stop David from almost drowning Ponyboy, but the whole murder definitely triggers something inside of him.

!!Paul
A friend of Darry's while he was in high school. They were both on the football team, but he was able to go to college when Darry wasn't, and they now hate each other. Darry was able to release his jealousy on him during the rumble.

* FaceHeelTurn: This is implied, as he and Darry used to be friends, but after years without seeing each other, they end up facing off at the rumble instead of making up.
* InformedAbility: The whole reputation of Paul playing on the same football team with Darry implies that he is just as tough as Darry. [[spoiler: Yet Darry lays him out in the first few punches before he runs away.]]
* JerkJock

!!Marcia
Cherry's best friend and Randy's (possibly former) girlfriend. She was with Cherry at the movie theater when they met Pony and Johnny.

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: She only appears once in the beginning of the book before disappearing. She does, however, reappear in the short-lived TV series.