Who is the most heroic character in The Outsiders, and why?

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Johnny Cade proves himself to be a heroic character in The Outsiders because of his selfless decision to charge into the burning church to rescue the trapped children.  Even though Johnny has had an exceedingly difficult family life with an abusive father and neglectful mother, the young man shows both love and courage when he braves the flames to save people that he has never even met before.  In the end, Johnny also saves the life of Ponyboy as well; Dally had shouted that the roof was going to cave in, and Johnny pushed Ponyboy out at the last minute. 

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