Characters / West Side Story

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Tony

Former joint-leader of the Jets, gone straight. Riff's best friend.

Maria

Puerto Rican ingenue; Bernardo's sister

    The Jets 

Riff

Quick-tempered but zany leader of the Jets.

Ice/ Diesel

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.
  • Meaningful Name: He's probably the most level-headed of the group.
  • Token Good Teammate: Was not among the Jets who try Attempted Rape on Anita, though that could simply be because he wasn't there at the time (he'd gone to make sure none of the Sharks were on the prowl for Tony).

Action

The most quick-tempered member of the Jets, always ready for a fight.

A-Rab

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.

Baby John

The youngest Jet, who is beaten up during the opening sequence. A-Rab's best friend.
  • 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.

Snowboy

Joyboy

Big Deal

Tiger

Mouthpiece

Gee-Tar

The Girls

Graziella

Riff's girlfriend (Ice / Diesel's girlfriend in some productions).

Velma

Ice's girlfriend (Riff's girlfriend in some productions)

Minnie

Baby John's girlfriend.

Clarice

Action's girlfriend.

Pauline

A-Rab's girlfriend.

Anybodys

A tagalong tomboy, eventually accepted into the gang after Riff's death (falls in love with Action in some smaller productions).
  • Expy: Of Balthazar.

    The Sharks 

Bernardo

Maria's brother, leader of the Sharks.

Chino

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.

Pepe

Second-in-command of the Sharks.

Indio

Loco

Jauno

Luiz

Rocco/Anxious

Toro

Nibbles/Del Campo

Chile

The Girls

Anita

Saucy friend of Maria and girlfriend of Bernardo.

Rosalia

Argues with Anita in "America"; Indio's girlfriend.

Consuela

Pepe's girlfriend.

Teresita

Loco's girlfriend.

Francisca

Jauno's girlfriend.

Estella

Luiz's girlfriend.

Margarita

Toro's girlfriend.

    The Adults 

Officer Krupke

An aggressive but inept cop.

Doc

A weary old candy store owner.

Glad Hand

The inept chaperone at the dance.

Detective Schrank

A racist police lieutenant.

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