Soda is fun and handsome, and everybody loves him.
Soda is Pony’s older brother. He is kind and compassionate and Pony is closer to him than to their older brother Darry. The three boys have been alone since their parents died in a car crash, with Darry taking care of them and playing the role of the parent. Pony comments that Soda is different from everybody else.
I love Soda more than I've ever loved anyone, even Mom and Dad. He's always happy-go-lucky and grinning, while Darry's hard and firm and rarely grins at all. But then, Darry's gone through a lot in his twenty years, grown up too fast. Sodapop'll never grow up at all. (Ch. 1)
Soda is so kind and carefree that everyone else loves him too. When he meets Cherry and her friend Marcia at the movies, they know who Soda is because he works at a convenience store. Even Soda’s appearance seems to signify how easy-going he is.
He's got dark-gold hair that he combs back--- long and silky and straight--- and in the summer the sun bleaches it to a shining wheat gold. His eyes are dark brown--- lively, dancing, recklessly laughing eyes that can be gentle and sympathetic one moment and blazing with anger the next. He has Dad's eyes, but Soda is one of a kind. (Ch. 1)
Soda is more than just one of the gang. Everyone loves him as much as Pony. Soda is unique. He rode in rodeos and loved horses. His father made him give it up when he got hurt. Soda dropped out of school, and he doesn’t like books or movies, but he loves life.
Cherry says that Soda is “a doll.” The girls seem to like him—all girls.
I don't like to go on weekends because then there is usually a bunch of girls down there flirting with Soda--- all kinds of girls, Socs too. I don't care too much for girls yet. Soda says I'll grow out of it. He did. (Ch. 2)
Pony admires Soda and looks up to him. Since he has so many problems with Darry, Pony finds solace in Soda. Darry also seems to love Soda more than him, because he never yells at Soda the way he yells at Pony. Darry probably figures that Soda is done, but Pony is young enough that he still needs work.