Dallas Winston is a greaser and had been arrested for many things, such as riding in rodeos, getting drunk, rolling drunks, mugging, stealing, cheating, fighting, and much more. The book also mentions that, "Dally had spent three years on the wild side of New York and had been arrested at the age of ten." Dally was in a relationship with Sylvia, but they broke up as she was unfaithful. Dally dies after Johnny dies from being trapped inside a burning church after saving some little kids. Ponyboy states in the book that Johnny was the only thing Dally loved. After Johnny's tragic death, Dallas freaks out and runs out of the hospital, leaving Ponyboy behind. It turns out he robs a store and that the police are now after him. He calls Darry and tells him to bring the gang and meet him at the vacant lot. That's where he dies, raising his gun to the police, who didn't know his gun wasn't loaded, and Dally is shot 4 times as the gang yells at him. Dally died in the name of someone he loved A.K.A Johnny Cade. Dally died a criminal the same night Johnny died a hero.
Dallas is depicted in the book as having "an elfish face, with high cheekbones and a pointed chin, small, sharp animal teeth, and ears like a lynx." (page 10) His ice-blue eyes are frequently mentioned in the book, and he is also referred to as towheaded many times. An excerpt from the book reads, "His hair was almost white it was so blond, and he didn't like haircuts, or hair oil either, so it fell over his forehead in wisps and kicked out in the back in tufts and curled behind his ears and along the nape of his neck. His eyes were blue, blazing ice, cold with a hatred of the whole world." (page 10) Dallas was tall and lean, much like greasers of his age then, and could hold his own in a rumble, being the excellent, hard, and experienced fighter that he was.