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YMMV: The Outsiders
  • Angst? What Angst?: Justified and explained.
  • Ho Yay: Johnny and Ponyboy.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Bob crosses the line when he tries to drown Ponyboy. This is where the Socs graduate from mere bullying to attempted murder.
    • They're waterboarding him (very, very crudely) in the film. It still looks like they're drowning him, so still a MEH in-universe.
  • Special Effects Failure: In the Moral Event Horizon scene, you will see some of the worst blood effects you will ever see in your entire life.
  • Tear Jerker: Johnny's death. And later, Dallas's death because Johnny was the only thing he really cared about. The movie portrays this excellently.
  • The Woobie: Johnny.
    • Darry could count as something of a Jerkass Woobie, since although Ponyboy is pretty well convinced his brother doesn't care about him, and he can be pretty cold and harsh at times, he's still trying quite hard to keep his family together and gave up a lot so that they'd get to stay together. Despite the way he acts sometimes, it's hard not to feel sorry for a twentysomething guy who's lost his parents and suddenly has to head his family.
      • It's also important to remember Darry was college bound before his parents died. While he couldn't fully afford it, he was smart (and poor) enough to get scholarships. Instead, he didn't go to college and is struggling to keep his brothers from being trapped like he is.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Johnny dying to save children in a burning building. Not symbolic? Look again at his initials.
    • In a church no less.

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