!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 Creator/CThomasHowell 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.
* HeroWorship: When the gang is introduced his description of his brother Sodapop makes it obvious just how much he admires him. He even mentions loving Soda more than he did his own parents.
* 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: Played with in that the gang consists of the childhood friends of his older brothers, but Steve seems to be the only one that truly considers him as such. He's shown to hang out with Dallas and Two-bit without the presence of either of his brothers, and is very close with Johnny.
* 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: His father beats him every time Johnny is home and his mother ignores him.
* BewareTheNiceOnes / BewareTheQuietOnes: He was always nice but after his jumping he became even quieter and started carrying a switchblade with the intent to kill whoever try to jump him like that again [[spoiler: which he does.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Four months before the start of the story, Johnny got jumped by four Socs and got badly beaten, since then, Ponyboy describes him as being constantly jumpy and is very sensitive.
** [[spoiler: KillTheCutie]]
* TheChick
* HeroWorship: As stated by Ponyboy, Johnny completely idolizes Dally.
* 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: Described as being the gang's and, separately, Dally's pet.
** MoralityPet: Dally's.
* [[spoiler:TemptingFate: Not that Johnny himself ever did, but it is mentioned a few times throughout the novel that the gang couldn't get along without Johnny. Look at what happens after he dies.]]
* [[spoiler:TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: He's undoubtedly more pure of heart than just about everyone else in the story, and ultimately dies from his injuries saving children from a burning building.]]

!!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 Creator/RobLowe in the film.

* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Ponyboy, more so in a lovable way than Darry, who lets it out by yelling at him.
* {{Bishonen}}
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Ponyboy states this about him in the book, saying he always runs around in socks.
* 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]].
** He has another one when he's finally had enough of his brothers' arguing and putting him in the middle, tearfully reminding them that all they have is each other.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Steve.
* TheLancer: Shares this with Dallas.
* MrFanservice
* NiceGuy
* OnlySaneMan: Often has to mediate between his brothers.
* PapaWolf: Not as much as Darry, but still has his moments. After the rumble Ponyboy sees him straddling an unconscious socs muttering to himself, later Darry explains that the Soc was the one who kicked Ponyboy in the head and Sodapop kept pounding him during the rest of the fight.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude

!!Darrel "Darry" Curtis Jr.
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 Creator/PatrickSwayze 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.
* AloofBigBrother: His relationship with Ponyboy has some strain, mainly because of all the other responsibilities he's saddled with.
* AntiHero: Though less so in the film.
* 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: He's tough on his brother and seems to view him as an annoyance, but he does love him and watches out for him.
* TheLeader: Unofficial one, being the strongest and oldest.
* PapaWolf: He always look out for Ponyboy during a rumble (Soda can handle himself).
* PromotionToParent: Their parents passed away in a car accident, leaving him to figure out how to keep themselves fed and a roof over their heads.
* TeamDad: Team Big Brother is probably more appropriate, but all the other greasers, even Dallas, look up to him as a leader.

!!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.
* [[spoiler: DespairEventHorizon: He loses it after Johnny's death]]
* FreudianExcuse: Dally became a hardened thug because he would have died years ago if he didn't, his father didn't care about him and grew up on rough streets.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's resigned to the fact that he is a worthless criminal, it's even stated in the novel that he always gets what he wants, but there isn't anything he wouldn't do for the other greasers.
* 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
* [[spoiler: SuicideByCop]]Tricks the police into shooting him by pointing an empty handgun after he robs a store after Johnny's death.
* UndyingLoyalty: He may be a delinquent with a rap sheet a mile long, but once he's your friend, he's your friend for ''life''.

!!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.
--> ''' 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: He probably could graduate if he wasn't so lazy and fun-loving.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Do you blame him for wanting to be called "Two-Bit"?
* FascinatingEyebrow: Almost a tic for him.
* LargeHam: Larger than Dallas.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Actually, his real name is Keith. But it's real easy to forget that.

!!Steve Randle
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 Creator/TomCruise in the movie.

* AbusiveParents: His dad throw him out every once in a while only to try to buy him back home.
* GreaseMonkey: Works with Soda at the garage store and he is quite good at it.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Soda.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He is abrasive but cares about the gang, Ponyboy thinks that most of it comes from his pent up aggression toward his father.
* TheSmartGuy

!!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 Creator/DianeLane in the film.

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Towards Dallas, though [[AvertedTrope not so much]] in the movie.
** Inverted into SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan [[spoiler: with Ponyboy, whom she admits to liking since the moment they met.]]
* AlphaBitch / TheCheerleader: Averted, although Ponyboy thinks she seems like the type at first.
* FieryRedHead: Mostly towards Dallas at first.
* HeroesWantRedheads
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: She states in the book that she's called "Cherry" because of her red hair. Her real name is Sherri.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Between having dated Bob and her feelings for Dallas, she has questionable choice in men.

A popular Soc and Cherry Valance's boyfriend. He attacks Ponyboy and Johnny, [[spoiler:which causes Johnny to kill him in self-defense.]] Played by Creator/LeifGarrett in the film.

* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Apparently it's only when he is drunk that he does so much bad stuff.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Johnny only kills him in order to save Ponyboy's life; Bob was trying to drown him.]]
* 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: The day before the rumble, Randy seeks out Ponyboy to tell him that he (Randy) will not be participating. Not only that, but he practically pours his heart out to the younger boy, admitting that the Soc-Greaser feud is nothing but an exercise in futility and that he's so sick of all the fighting that he's ready to leave town.
* 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 [[spoiler: Bob's murder]] definitely triggers something inside of him.

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

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.