Friendship: The Greasers always look out for each other throughout the novel. The majority of Greasers have a rough home life, and Ponyboy explains why his family always welcomes friends into their home by saying,
"Our front door is always unlocked in case one of the boys is hacked off at his parents and needs a place to lay over and cool off" (Hinton 89).
The Curtis brothers sympathize with their friends' difficult situations and choose to leave their door unlocked at all times to help their friends out.
In Chapter 8, Ponyboy and Two-Bit visit Johnny while he is in the hospital. Johnny is very weak, and Ponyboy struggles to find something positive to say about the situation. Ponyboy tells Johnny that he has repaired his relationship with Darry and that Dally is okay. Ponyboy comments on his relationship with Johnny by saying,
"We had always been close buddies, and those lonely days in the church strengthened our friendship" (Hinton 102).
While Johnny and Ponyboy were hiding out in Windrixville, they became close friends. They shared several moments while reading Gone With the Wind and watching the sunset.
Loyalty: In Chapter 5, Johnny and Ponyboy are hiding out in the abandoned church reading Gone With the Wind. Johnny mentions that the Southern gentlemen impressed him and reminded him of Dally. Ponyboy is startled because Dally lacks manners. Johnny says,
"but one night I saw Dally gettin' picked up by the fuzz, and he kept real cool and calm the whole time. They was gettin' him for breakin' out the windows in the school building, and it was Two-Bit who did that. And Dally knew it. But he just took the sentence without battin' an eye or even denyin' it. That's gallant" (Hinton 65).
Dally's decision to stick up for his friend and take the blame for something he didn't do portrays his loyalty.
Bravery: While Ponyboy is riding in the back of the ambulance after rescuing several children from the burning church, Jerry says to him,
"I swear, you three are the bravest kids I've seen in a long time. First you and the black haired kid climbing in that window, and then the tough-looking kid going back in to save him. Mrs. O'Briant and I think you were sent straight from heaven" (Hinton 81).
Ponyboy and Johnny were brave for risking their lives to save the trapped children, and Jerry recognizes and appreciates their courage.
Heroes: When Ponyboy finally understands Johnny's "hero-worship" for Dally, he begins to think of Sodapop, Two-Bit, and Darry. Pony says,
"But I realized that these three appealed to me because they were like the heroes in the novels I read" (Hinton 66).
In Ponyboy's eyes, all three boys have unique character traits like the heroes he read about.
After reading the newspaper headline that dubbed Johnny and Ponyboy "heroes," Two-Bit comments,
"Y'all were heroes from the beginning. You just didn't 'turn' all of a sudden" (Hinton 90).
Two-Bit realizes that both of his friends had already been heroes for helping each other out, surviving tough times, and overcoming many obstacles.