Keith "Two-Bit" Matthews, (as spelled in the book, Mathews) is eighteen and a half, and still a Junior in high school. He is the "...oldest and the wisecracker of the bunch." He's actually the 2nd oldest (Darry is 20), and is known for stealing and being the wisecrack and one of the oldest in the gang. He makes people laugh and has a very fun personality, along with lazy, often being teased for not having a job. His nickname is Two, and he does not like his real name. He is called Two-Bit because he always has to add in his "two bits".
Two-Bit Mathews was around six feet tall, stocky in build, and was very proud of his long, rust-colored sideburns. He has grey eyes and was always wearing a wide grin.
In "The Outsiders" novel, Two-Bit's hair is described as 'rust colored.' In the film, however, his hair appears to be light brown or dark blond, rather than rust colored.
Two-Bit is a wise-cracking, fun-loving, kind of crazy guy. He's always grinning, and he can never stop smarting off to the cops. Ponyboy once states, "He really couldn't help it. Everything he said was so irresistibly funny, that he just had to let the police in on it to brighten up their dull lives" (which was how he put it to Ponyboy once). He gets drunk often, but it's kind of hard to tell when he is from when he's sober.