Johnny Cade is a 16 year old boy from the East side of Tulsa. Johnny is part of a Greaser gang. Johnny is the youngest of the gang other than his best friend Ponyboy Curtis. Johnny is the child of alcoholic, abusive parents. Johnny is also very nervous and sensitive especially compared to most greasers and the rest of his gang. Since Johnny’s parents do not care for him, he sees the greasers as his true family. The rest of the greaser gang loves Johnny very much, the gangs nicknames for him are their “pet” or “Johnnycake”. Johnny was once very badly beaten by some Socs Robert Sheldon being one of the Socs.
Johnny swore he would kill the next person who tried to beat him like that. Earlier the night Robert “Bob” Sheldon was killed Johnny Cade and Ponyboy Curtis offered to drive Sherri “Cherry” Valance and one of Cherry’s friends Marcia home. Bob found out and later went after the boys with his friends, and when they found them tried to kill them in self defense Johnny pulled out a switch blade and stabbed Bob killing him. Nervous to get into trouble Johnny and Ponyboy ran away to an abandoned church on Jay Mountain in Windrixville.
On there way back from Dairy Queen one day they saw that the church was on fire and that they probably caused the fire also that some little children were trapped inside. Johnny and Ponyboy both ran in to save them. They saved all of the children, but Johnny was hurt badly he had a broken back therefore paralyzed from under his shoulders down and very bad third degree burns all over him. After a few days of suffering in the hospital Johnny died with his Best friends Dallas “Dally” Winston and Ponyboy by his side.