What about Pony makes him different from his reputation as a mean and tough greaser in The Outsiders?

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Pony is different from his greaser reputation because he doesn’t like to fight and he does enjoy reading and going to school.

Pony looks like a greaser.  He wears his hair long because that is what greasers do, and because he thinks he looks better with long hair.  He dresses like a greaser, because he is poor and trying to fit in.  However, in many ways he is different.

Pony is a thinker.  He likes to read books and watch movies.  He ponders questions like what really makes Socs and greasers different.  He is willing to talk to Cherry, a Soc girl, to get her side of the story.

Pony is sensitive.  Unlike the tough character he is supposed to be, he feels things deeply.

Greasers can't walk alone too much or they'll get jumped, or someone will come by and scream "Greaser!" at them, which doesn't make you feel too hot, if you know what I mean. (ch 1)

Although many greasers are wild and get in trouble with the police, Pony points out that he does not do things like that.  When Johnny and Pony get jumped and Johnny accidentally kills a boy, Pony is terrified.  He and Johnny run away and disguise their appearance, but they are certainly not used to being on the run from the law.