|"“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home."|
|— Ponyboy's book beginning in The Outsiders, page 1|
|Ponyboy Michael Curtis|
|Born||July 22, 1952|
|Family Members|| Darrel Curtis Sr.|
|Friends||Johnny Cade, Dallas Winston, Sodapop Curtis, Darry Curtis, Two-Bit Mathews, Steve Randle, Curly Shepard|
|Portrayed By||C. Thomas Howell|
Ponyboy Curtis is a 14-year-old boy whose world has been turned upside down. His parents were killed in an automobile accident just eight months before The Outsiders story takes place. He lives with his oldest brother, Darry, who is 20 years old and has legal custody of him and his other brother, Sodapop, who is 16.
Darry characterizes Ponyboy as lacking common sense. Pony agrees with this assessment. He readily admits that he is smart at school, but sometimes he just doesn't think. These occasions get Pony into trouble that he could avoid. This is one aspect of his character that readers are able to see evolve throughout the book. Ponyboy learns that his behavior impacts others, and this newly acquired maturity leads to the telling of The Outsiders story.