What three characters does Motorcycle Boy compare himself to in Rumble Fish?

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Motorcycle Boy compares himself to Robin Hood, Jesse Hames, and the Pied Piper.

Motorcycle Boy finds out that the picture a photographer took of him was published in a magazine. Rusty-James says he can't wait to tell people. When he's responding to Rusty-James, Motorcycle Boy says he doesn't want him to tell people. He says:

"It's a bit of a burden to be Robin Hood, Jesse James, and the Pied Piper. I'd just as soon stay a neighborhood novelty, if it's all the same to you. It's not that I couldn't handle a larger scale. I just plain don't want to."

Rusty-James agrees with his brother about how people see him. Each person views the boy differently depending on their own background and biases. For some people, he's a hero. For others, an outlaw. For others, a charismatic leader. Rusty-James even says that the guys would have followed his brother anywhere.

These different personas show the varied sides of Motorcycle Boy. Though he's a criminal, he's intelligent and has his own set of strict morals. This intelligence translates into him being very persuasive and well-spoken, which encourages others to listen to him and do as he says.

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Motorcycle Boy compares himself to Robin Hood, Jesse James, and the Pied Piper.  The way he is perceived around the neighborhood gives him some of the attributes of each of these characters.  Known for his propensity for stealing motorcycles, he has an outlaw persona like Robin Hood, yet his values are strikingly conventional in many ways - he hates drugs and doesn't drink, is smart, and reads a lot.  Like Jesse James his infamy is known throughout the city.  He has always looked years older than he was, and his charisma and natural leadership abilities give him a Pied Piper-like aura; people are drawn to him, and the guys in the gang "would have followed (him) anywhere" (Chapter 6).

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