The best friend of Riff and former Jet leader who has turned to an honest life. He is good-looking, self assured, and passionate.
A Jet who is always alert and loves to fight.
A Jet. The toughest jet.
A Jet. The second youngest of the gang.
NAME: Baby John
A Jet. The youngest member and biggest "scaredicat."
The intelligent yet slightly wacky current leader of the Jets.
A tomboy who desperately wants to be a Jet.
Maria's older brother who is the leader of the Sharks. On the surface, he is a seemingly cool character. But inside, he is filled with passion and anger.
Maria's quite, intense, and angry suitor that she eventually rejects for Tony.
The beautiful, young sister of Bernardo who has recently arrived from Puerto Rico. She is excited and enthusiastic, yet obedient.
Bernardo's intelligent, flashy, and sexy girlfriend.
A Shark's girl.
A ruthless, yet charming at times, plan clothes detective.
A large, goon-like police officer in uniform.
NAME: Glad Hand
The fidgety chaperone at the dance.
The fatherly owner of the drugstore where the Jets and Sharks hang out.
The "American" gang made up mostly of teenage dropouts from abusive home.
The Puerto Rican gang filled with members who are bitter at the difficulties of the assimilation process.
NAME: Jet girls
NAME: Shark girls