What about Dally makes him the meanest member of the greasers in The Outsiders?
Dally is so intimidating to the other greasers, that not even Darry would fight him. At the beginning of the story he has just been released from jail, & it's certainly not his first time there. While the other Greasers are probably willing to steal, Dally has moved on to armed robbery. He is incredibly hard-bitten, much more so than any other member of the gang. He is also older, and he has a certain coldness that the others don't. He is openly rude and inappropriate to Cherry throughout the story. Dally is the one greaser who essentially has nothing to live for; nothing, that is, except Johnny. When Johnny dies, Dally loses all hope. The bitterness and hopelessness that has been boiling under the surface explodes, causing Dally to stage his own death.