On the first page of The Outsiders, Ponyboy describes himself as having "light-brown, almost-red hair and greenish-gray eyes." He does not consider himself good-looking and says that he "rarely bothers to get a haircut," which he considers normal. He wears his hair "longer than a lot of boys wear theirs, squared off in back and long at the front and sides," which he also considers normal for the group he belongs to. In addition, Ponyboy had a somewhat small, lean build that was an asset to him as a track runner, but made him an easier target for his enemies than some of the other members of his group.
In the opening chapter, Ponyboy wishes that he resembled Paul Newman who has a tough look unlike himself. His hair is almost red in color and his eyes are greenish-grey although he wishes they were greyer because it so happens that most of the guys he dislikes have green eyes. He has longer hair than most boys that flows way beyond his chin’s length and which is kept long at the sides and front while the back is squared off. Based on his description, he is good looking but not as good looking as his brother Sodapop whom he says he has never encountered anyone more handsome. His body is smaller than a fourteen year olds body although he has a good build for his age.