Ponyboy CurtisThe 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.
Johnny CadeSixteen 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.
Sodapop CurtisPony'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.
Darrel "Darry" CurtisPony 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.
Dallas "Dally" WinstonThe 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.
Keith "Two-Bit" MathewsAnother member of the Greaser's gang. Played by Emilio Estevez in the film.
Steve RandalAnother 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 Tom Cruise in the movie.
Cherry ValanceA 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 before he was killed by Johnny. Played by Diane Lane in the film.
BobCherry Valance's boyfriend before he attempts to jump Pony and Johnny, and ends up getting killed by the latter. Played by Leif Garrett in the film.
Randy AddersonBob's best friend, and one of the boys from the group of Socs that jumped Johnny on the night that Bob was killed. He refused to participate in the rumble. Played by Darren Dalton in the film.
PaulA 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.
MarciaCherry's best friend and Randy's (possibly former) girlfriend. She was with Cherry at the movie theater when they met Pony and Johnny.