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TonyFormer joint-leader of the Jets, gone straight. Riff's best friend.
MariaPuerto Rican ingenue; Bernardo's sister
RiffQuick-tempered but zany leader of the Jets
Ice/ DieselSecond-in-command of the Jets. Ice was a character created for the movie, but has been adopted in later stage productions. Takes over as leader after Riff's death
ActionThe most quick-tempered member of the Jets, always ready for a fight.
A-RabSlightly less quick tempered than Action. Baby John's best friend
Baby JohnThe youngest Jet, who is beaten up during the opening sequence. A-Rab's best friend
GraziellaRiff's girlfriend (Ice / Diesel's girlfriend in some productions)
VelmaIce's girlfriend (Riff's girlfriend in some productions)
MinnieBaby John's girlfriend
AnybodysA tagalong tomboy, eventually accepted into the gang after Riff's death (falls in love with Action in some smaller productions)
BernardoMaria's brother, leader of the Sharks
ChinoMaria's hot-tempered suitor, Bernardo's best friend. Kills Tony.
PepeSecond-in-command of the Sharks
AnitaSaucy friend of Maria and girlfriend of Bernardo,
RosaliaArgues with Anita in "America"; Indio's girlfriend
Officer KrupkeAn aggressive but inept cop
DocA weary old candy store owner
Glad HandThe inept chaperone at the dance
Detective SchrankA racist police lieutenant