Characters: West Side Story
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Former joint-leader of the Jets, gone straight. Riff's best friend.
Puerto Rican ingenue; Bernardo's sister
Quick-tempered but zany leader of the Jets
Second-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
- Ascended Extra: Has a few lines in the stage show and a decent amount of stage-time, but he's a lot more prominent in the movie to the point where he has what is effectively his own solo.
- The Big Guy
- Canon Immigrant: Originally was in the movie, but was popular enough to add in later theatre productions.
- The Lancer: To Riff after Tony left the gang.
- Token Good Teammate: Was not among the Jets who try Attempted Rape on Anita.
The most quick-tempered member of the Jets, always ready for a fight.
Slightly less quick tempered than Action. Baby John's best friend
- Expy Of Abraham
- Parental Issues: Schrank taunts him by mentioning that his father is an alcoholic.
The youngest Jet, who is beaten up during the opening sequence. A-Rab's best friend
- Expy: Of Benvolio
- Token Good Teammate: As the most naive and inexperienced of the gang, it's obvious he goes along with what they do mostly because he succumbs to peer pressure.
Riff's girlfriend (Ice / Diesel's girlfriend in some productions)
Ice's girlfriend (Riff's girlfriend in some productions)
Baby John's girlfriend
A tagalong tomboy, eventually accepted into the gang after Riff's death (falls in love with Action in some smaller productions)
Maria's brother, leader of the Sharks
Maria's hot-tempered suitor, Bernardo's best friend. Kills Tony.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Questionable as to whether his motive to kill Tony is driven by the latter's relationship with Maria, Tony's murder of Chino's best friend Bernardo, or a mixture of both. Can depend on the production.
- Anti-Villain: To an extent. While he spends the second act trying to kill Tony, he's got an understandable motive in that Tony has murdered his best friend and is in a relationship with his fiancee.
- Expy: Of Paris
Second-in-command of the Sharks
Saucy friend of Maria and girlfriend of Bernardo.
Argues with Anita in "America"; Indio's girlfriend
An aggressive but inept cop
A weary old candy store owner
The inept chaperone at the dance
A racist police lieutenant