|"Hate to tell you this buddy, but you have to wear clothes to work. There's a law or something."|
|— Steve to Sodapop when Soda gets ready for work in The Outsiders, page 109|
Seventeen-year-old Steve is tall, lean, cocky, and smart. He likes to comb his hair in thick complicated swirls. Along with that, he's been Soda's best buddy since grade school. He once called Darry "all brawn, no brain", and ended up with a punch to his jaw. Steve's specialty is cars. He works at the gas station with Sodapop. Steve also considers Pony "a tag along". Steve is not described much in the book, neither in the movie, where he is played by Tom Cruise.