The main character in The Outsiders is Ponyboy Curtis, a sensitive teenage boy who is raised by his two older brothers, Sodapop and Darry after the deaths of his parents. The Curtis boys belong to a gang of tough, street-smart boys known as greasers, because of their low socio-economic status and long, greasy hair. The boys in the greaser gang look out for each other and are a tight-knit group, despite some of their differences.
The beginning of The Outsiders really focuses on Ponyboy and Johnny Cade. Johnny is the gang's most timid member, and even Ponyboy feels protective of him when he recalls how the Socs attacked Johnny in the past. Ponyboy and Johnny turn to each other for help after the Socs pick a fight with them in the park, and ultimately have to depend on each other to escape the police as they go into hiding.
The main characters in the book is Ponyboy, Johnny, Soda, Darrel, Darry, Two-Bit, and Steve.