Pony Boy is a tough but timid, green-gray eyed kid with brown hair. He is a member of the greaser gang and the youngest at age 14. Pony is already in high school and the only greaser in his classes. He lives with his two brothers Darry and Soda.
"It drives my brother Darry nuts when I do stuff like that, 'cause I'm supposed to be smart; I make good grade and I have a high IQ and everything, but I don't use my head."
"Sodapop'll never grow up at all."
Sodapop is another greaser. He is attracting with shining, wheat-gold hair and dark brown eyes. He is a dropout and works at a gas station fixing cars. He is always very happy and is drunk on life.
"He doesn't understand anything that is not plain hard fact. But he uses his head."
Darry is Pony's oldest brother at age 20. He is 6"4 and broad and muscular. He works to support his brothers by roofing houses. He is very tough and stressed but is soft on the inside.
Dally is a tough, reckless, mean, and vicious boy. he is the baddest of bad. Dally has been in real gangs in New York.He has been arrested at the age of ten and has just been in jail. Jumping little kids is his idea of fun.
"He was tougher than the rest of us-tougher, colder, meaner."
Johnny is the pet of the group. Everyone protects him. He is very timid, nervous, and he has a bad home life. Johnny has been badly jumped before and now is very protective of himself.
"If it hadn't been for the gang, Johnny would have never known what love and affection are."
"That might cool you off, greaser. After you wash your mouth and learn to talk and act decent, I might cool off, too."
Cherry is a kind and understanding girl. Although she is a Soc, she believes both Socs and Greasers have problems. She goes to the same high school as Pony and is a cheerleader there. Cherry is feisty and brave.