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"Greasers will still be greasers and Socs will still be Socs. Sometimes I think it's the ones in the middle that are really the lucky stiffs."
— Randy to Ponyboy about Socs and greasers in The Outsiders, page 117
Randy Adderson
Gang Socs
Born February 10[1]
Fate Alive as of The Outsiders
Family Members Unknown
Friends Robert Sheldon, Marcia, Cherry Valance
Enemies Greasers (formerly)
Relationships Marcia
Portrayed By Darren Dalton

Randy is a Soc in The Outsiders. His girlfriend is Marcia, and his best friend is Bob, whom he met in grade school.


Randy is tall and is said to have a semi-Beatle haircut.[2]


At first, Randy is shown to be like the other Socs and Bob. The kind who beats up greasers for fun.[3]However, later in the book, Randy has a change of heart after being affected by Bob's demise, and wants to stop all the fighting.[4]


The Outsiders

Randy makes his first appearance with Bob, driving in a blue mustang looking for their girlfriends, Cherry and Marcia. They end up driving passed the girls and the greasers, but come back later, finding them. He starts off talking sweetly to Marcia, but once he notices her facial expression, he toughened up. His reference to Ponyboy, Johnny, and Two-Bit being bums causes Two-Bit to react, almost stirring up a physical fight between both groups. Cherry stops the argument, and her and Marcia goes with the boys.


Cherry: "A little? You call reeling and passing out in the streets a little? Bob, I told you, I'm never going out with you when you're drinking again and I mean it!"
Randy: "Look, that doesn't mean you can go walkin' the streets with these bums."
Two-Bit: "Who you callin' bums, pal?"
Randy: "You! Look, Greaser, we got four more of us in the backseat."
Two-Bit: "Then pity the back seat."
Randy: "If you're looking for a fight...""
Two-Bit: "You mean if I'm looking for a good jumping, you outnumber us, so you'll give it to us? Well...Try it, pal."
Cherry: "No! Stop it! We'll ride home with you. Just wait a minute."
—Randy and Two-Bit The Outsiders, pages 44 - 45

Two-Bit: "No jazz before the rumble; you know the rules, Ape Face."
Randy: "We know. (to Ponyboy) I wanna talk to you."
Two-Bit: "Go ahead, I'll keep my eye on him."
—Randy and Two-Bit The Outsiders, page 116

"My dad says for me to tell the truth and nobody can get hurt. He's kind of upset about all this. I mean, my dad's a good guy and everything, better than most, and I kind of let him down, being mixed up in all this. I wouldn't mind getting fined, but I feel lousy about the old man. And it's the first time I've felt anything in a long time."
—Randy to Ponyboy The Outsiders, page 164

Film Portrayal

Darren Dalton portrayed Randy Adderson in the 1983 production of The Outsiders.


In the credits of The Outsiders, his last name is listed as 'Anderson.'

References and Citations

  1. Revealed by SE Hinton
  2. Revealed in The Outsiders, page 44
  3. Revealed in The Outsiders, page 55
  4. Revealed in The Outsiders, page 116

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