The main characters in "The Outsiders" are Ponyboy, Darrel and Sodapop Curtis. Some other important characters are Two-Bit Matthews, Steve Randle, Dallas Winston and Cherry Valance.
"The Outsiders" focuses on the three Curtis brothers, who live alone as a result of their parents' death in an automobile accident. Ponyboy is the youngest at 14 years old and is the story's protagonist and narrator. Sodapop is the middle brother, known for his good looks and easygoing nature. Darrel, also known as "Darry," is the oldest and works two jobs to raise his younger brothers. Darrel is also the leader of a gang of young "greasers," who all look up to him.
Two-Bit Matthews is a member of Darrel's gang, known for being a joker and for stirring up trouble with other social groups. Steve Randle is Sodapop's best friend and tends to find Ponyboy to be an annoying tag-along. Dallas, known to his friends as "Dally," is a particularly tough and violent member of the group. Cherry Valance is a member of the "socs," a group of clean-cut and affluent young people who generally do not get along with greasers. Cherry becomes friends with Ponyboy and the other greasers, eventually betraying her loyalty to the socs.
"The Outsiders" was a 1967 novel written by S.E. Hinton. A 1983 movie adaptation of the novel featured a lineup of actors that included C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze and Rob Lowe.