In the 50 years that have passed since The Last Hope
, the canon Warrior Cats
characters have joined the ranks of StarClan. Of course, it wouldn't be Warriors
without Loads and Loads of Characters
, so Golden Dawn
brings in its own large crew of replacements.
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The Main Trio
"I am Leafkit, WindClan's fiercest warrior. I don't care who you are or what your reasons are. I will never allow anyone to hurt my Clanmates!"
One of the three main point of view characters. Leafpaw is the silver medicine apprentice of WindClan. She is quite intelligent, able to pinpoint weaknesses in other cats at a glance, but also incredibly impulsive, often acting on thoughts the moment she comes up with them. At first, she believed that the Clans were composed entirely of heroic good cats and bad cats that did evil for no reason. However, she's slowly changing her point of view.
Will eventually receive the name "Leafdew".
- Action Girl: She has her fair share of fights. The very first thing she does in the fic is win a fight.
- Black and White Morality: She believes that all enemies of the Clans deserve death. At the end of Chapter Three, she seems to be growing out of it.
- Determinator: She doesn't let anything hold her back.
- Genius Bruiser: She's fairly strong, and uses both her strength and strategy to win fights.
- Green Eyes: Snowcloud even mentions that toms will love her green eyes.
- Heroic BSOD: She has a minor one after Slash and his rogues beat her down.
- I Surrender, Suckers: She does this without intending to. During her fight with Slash, she realizes that he is much stronger than her and accepts his offer to come with him quietly. However, while walking towards him, she notices how soft the earth is, and decides to flick it in his eyes to blind him.
- Kit Hero: She's only four moons old at the start of the story, yet she sets out to do heroic things like stopping the rogues.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: She actually takes Slash up on his offer to come with him quietly after realizing that she can't beat him.
- Large Ham: She tends to be very over the top and cheesy when she gets excited. While she's calm, she's usually much quieter.
- Leader Wannabe: Her dream is to become Clan leader. Or was, as she is now determined to become a medicine cat.
- The Medic: In Chapter 9, she decides to become a medicine cat.
- Oblivious to Love: She completely fails to notice Eaglekit's attraction to her.
- Sherlock Scan: She can break down the individual strengths of a cat after trading only a few blows with them, as seen in her fight with Slash.
- Significant Birth Date: She was born on the day that Bonetail started his rebellion.
- Smart Guy: She wins her battles with strategy, wants to study everything, and tends to analyze everything.
- To Be a Master: She dreams of becoming Clan Leader.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Starts as one, though, she becomes more pragmatic after going through some traumatic events.
"Everyone always overlooks the happy ones. The ones who sulk stand out, but nobody ever thinks that someone so cheerful could be so broken inside."
One of the three main point of view characters. Tidepaw is an upbeat RiverClan she-cat who never lets anything get her down, despite recent misfortune. At least, that's what she pretends. In reality, Tidepaw hates herself, and hides dark secrets which she believes would cause her Clanmates to hate her.
Will eventually receive the name "Tideflower".
- Action Girl: She fights frequently, taking on Bear in Chapter 2 and Darkclaw in Chapter 4.
- Beneath the Mask: She seems to be an excitable and upbeat she-cat, but that's a false persona she uses to prevent her Clanmates from hating her.
- Break the Cutie: She seems broken beyond repair. However, we don't actually know what made her that way.
- Dark Secret: She has one, but it's only been hinted at. In Chapter 8 part of her secret turns out to be that she killed her father, Quailfeather.
- Declaration of Protection: Promises to protect Brightpaw, since she believes that it's the only worthwhile thing she can do.
- Genki Girl: She pretends to be an energetic and optimistic she-cat.
- Healing Factor: The wounds she received during her fight with Bear have mysteriously healed by the time she leaves the Gathering Island.
- Heroic BSOD: In Chapter 4, when Darkclaw wounds Brightpaw. She manages to snap out of it when her mentor Graywave tells her that Brightpaw will be okay.
- Murder Makes You Crazy: In Chapter 8, it's revealed that a great deal of her self-loathing and depression stems from her guilt over killing her own father.
- Mysterious Past: Something happened to break her so hard. It involves Darkclaw, but the rest has only been hinted at.
- Oh, Crap: In Chapter 4, when she realizes that she has a healing factor.
- Patricide: Darkclaw reveals in Chapter 8 that the rogues did not in fact kill Tidepaw's father Quailfeather. He was killed by Tidepaw herself.
- Plucky Comic Relief: She pretends to be this.
- Promotion to Parent: She has had to care for her sister Brightpaw ever since her father was killed by rogues and her mother went missing.
- Sad Clown: Her plucky and humorous nature is just a ruse for her misery.
- Scars Are Forever: She has a noticeable scar across her forehead. It's still as fresh as when she first got it, which perplexes Sunstorm.
- Stepford Smiler: She's faking her cheerfulness to deal with trauma, and to give Brightpaw someone to lean on.
- Stepford Snarker: Seems like a snarky joker, but she's really incredibly miserable and hates herself.
- Sympathetic Murderer: In Chapter 8 it is revealed that she killed her own father, but since she's a point of view character, the reader gets to see just how much she hates herself over it.
"Is it arrogant of me to want the she-cat who birthed me to give a simple sign that she loves me?"
One of the three main point of view characters. He is the son of ShadowClan's leader, Duskstar, and his distance from her causes him great stress. He is very bloodthirsty, but his deepest desire is to be acknowledged by his Clan. He has some sort of history with Tidepaw. He was also the one who discovered the body of her father Quailfeather, who was killed by rogues.
- Anti-Hero: He does care for his Clan and is firmly on the side of the good guys, but he's also extremely violent and a jerk.
- Arch-Enemy: To Tidepaw.
- Ax-Crazy: He often forgets everything except his bloodlust. Creamfur and Owlflight have had to snap him out of it.
- Berserk Button: Talking about how he was mentored by Bonetail sets him off into a rage.
- Ear Notch: Tidepaw tears his ear in Chapter 4.
- Hot-Blooded: He's completely obsessed with battle, and goes charging into it without thinking.
- It's Personal: Thinks this about his conflict with Bonetail because he feels that his former mentor betrayed him more than the other Clan cats with his rebellion.
- Jerkass: Tidepaw sees him as one. His point of view shows us that she's right, as he constantly insults other cats and has serious temper problems.
- Mysterious Past: Something happened between him and Tidepaw, and it serves as a driving source of conflict.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He wants to be the one to defeat Bonetail, and doesn't want anyone else getting in the way.
- Post-Victory Collapse: After defeating Bonetail, he falls over due to the injuries he was ignoring.
- Royal Brat: He will not shut up about being the Clan Leader's son. However, he's doing it because of issues with his mother.
- Secret Keeper: In Chapter 8 it is revealed that he knows that Tidepaw killed her own father and even though he hates her he hasn't told anyone else.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Several cats (such as Stonepaw and Toadclaw) suggest that Snowcloud is basically his mate. He fervently denies it. (With good reason, since being mates with a medicine cat is against the code.)
- Ship Tease: Just to troll the audience, he has gotten relationship hints with quite a few cats.
- Hopepaw: He wanted to be her mentor, and they realize how much they understand each other in Chapter 8 and start rubbing against each other.
- Snowcloud: She's the only cat he considers a friend, they always talk with each other at Gatherings, he apparently went to Foxwhisker and asked her to take him to see her, and he is obsessed with her in his flashback.
- Owlflight: In Chapter 8, she goes out and looks for him in the middle of the night and tells him that she wants to fight alongside him. Also, she says that he used to be cute. Additionally, she made his nest for him when he was a kit, and he feels slightly jealous when she's interacting with Lionfur.
- Tidepaw: They used to be friends, and despite how much he claims to hate her he still carries her to a medicine cat when she gets injured in a battle.
- Glace: He attacks her at first, but afterwards he hears her out when she starts talking to him, and it's mentioned that he trusts her.
- Creamfur: Redclaw tries to set him up on a date with her. He agrees to it, but with the fire throwing a wrench in their plans, it's unclear how things will turn out.
- Slasher Smile: When attacking Brightpaw in Chapter 4.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While not a villain (yet), Darkclaw is sarcastic, violent, revenge obsessed, and has a temper problem. When he was a kit, however, he was a lot meeker, more sincere, and less violent. His change in temperament seems to come from losing many cats close to him.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He strives to earn the approval of his mother Duskstar, but finds it hard due to the distance between them.
- You Can Barely Stand: Sort of. Bonetail's beating makes it incredibly painful for Darkclaw to move, but despite Sootstain's advice, he chases after Bonetail and still manages to defeat him.
"Is that what you really believe, Bonetail? Because you're wrong. There is always something worth fighting for. We all have things that we have to protect!"
WindClan's medicine cat. She went from apprentice to a full medicine cat at eight moons, because her mentor was killed by a passing fox. She's best friends with Darkclaw.
- Action Girl: Not usually, but she does help Tidepaw fight Bear during the Gathering Island Battle.
- Actually, I Am Him: Tidepaw mistakes her for the WindClan medicine apprentice. However, Rainpaw is the one to do the correcting.
- Big Damn Heroes: She saves Tidepaw from Bear in Chapter Two.
- Celibate Hero: As a medicine cat, she can never have a mate.
- Combat Medic: While a medicine cat, she is also trained to fight.
- Green Eyes: She's a green-eyed medic and is closely associated with StarClan.
- The Medic: She's WindClan's medicine cat.
- The Mentor: She's going to be Leafkit's mentor.
- Mr. Exposition: Her main role is to explain the plot to Leafkit and Tidepaw.
- Scars Are Forever: At the end of Chapter Three, Leafkit notices that she has a small scar.
- Young and in Charge: She was put in charge of her Clan's medical and spiritual needs at only eight moons old.
Leafkit's sister. A bit of a jerk, but ultimately well-meaning.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She acts fairly rude to some of her Clanmates, but Leafkit mentions that she is nicer than she seems and doesn't mean any harm.
- Leader Wannabe: Hawkkit tells Leafkit that she will be the one to become Clan leader, because in their litter, she is the fastest.
Leafkit's brother. Looks like his father, but doesn't share the dream of being Clan leader which is common in his family.
- Badass Beard: Has some kind of fur beard, and he'd be a great fighter if he could control his speed.
- Butt Monkey: Can't control his speed, which leads to him often being hurt by himself and others.
- Idiot Hero: He's not the brightest of the kits. One time he even thought that deathberries were good for rat bites.
- Red Herring: Suggested as a possible medicine apprentice a few times, but it is ultimately his sister Leafkit decides to become the medicine apprentice.
One of Leafkit's friends. He has a fairly obvious crush on her. Is the son of Moorwhisker and Runningflame. Silverkit is his sister.
- Declaration of Protection: Promises to shred the rogues if they try to hurt Leafkit. Twice, just to be sure.
- Genki Boy: He's pretty energetic and excitable.
- The Smart Guy: Manages to become this in Chapter 9 due to his newfound obsession with the relationships between the Clans.
Another one of Leafkit's friends. Brother of Eaglekit, and daughter of Moorwhisker and Runningflame.
"You still don't understand me. As long as I can protect those precious to me, there's nothing I wouldn't sacrifice!"
The father of Leafkit, Hawkkit, and Gustkit, Galeflight is a tom who dreams of becoming WindClan's leader and bringing peace to the Clans. He is brave and honourable to a fault, which often annoys his Clanmates.
- Almost Dead Guy: In Chapter 9, he talks to Leafkit and Fieldstone a little bit before he dies.
- Big Damn Heroes: He saves Leafkit from Slash in Chapter Three.
- Expy: He's based on Shōnen protagonists, drawing most heavily from Naruto.
- Fiery Red Pelt: He's incredibly excitable, and rushes off to help others at the drop of a hat.
- Happily Married: He's happy in his relationship with Dovesong.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Chapter 9 he dies pushing Fieldstone away as Amberfang attacks her.
- Honor Before Reason: He refuses to break his promise to Leafkit, even though it puts her in danger.
- Hot-Blooded: He always leaps in to help those in need.
- Idiot Hero: Fieldstone is always there pointing out that he isn't very bright.
- I Gave My Word: One of his defining traits. He never breaks a promise, even if it means putting himself in danger. He even dies to keep a promise that seemed to be a joke.
- Leader Wannabe: His goal is to become Clan leader.
- Martial Pacifist: He talks about peace nearly every time he appears, but he still has plenty of fights against cats like Bear and Slash.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: He knows that it will get him in trouble, but he still speaks out against Ravenstar's treatment of RiverClan at the Gathering.
- Slashed Throat: In Chapter 9, he dies because Amberfang slices open his throat.
- To Be a Master: His dream is to become Clan Leader and change the Clans.
"Why should we encourage the breaking of the Warrior Code?"
WindClan's leader. He disagrees with RiverClan taking WindClan prey, even though RiverClan needs the prey to survive.
- Jerkass: He treats Otterstar cruelly, denying her prey even though RiverClan is starving and WindClan has lots of food.
- The Leader: He's WindClan's leader.
"Surely you can't agree to this madness!"
One of WindClan's senior warriors. She has a deep hatred for Galeflight.
- Action Girl: She fights frequently, mostly seen in her battle with the rogues in Chapter 3.
- Ironic Echo: In Chapter 9, as Galeflight lies dying, she repeats the words she told him when he promised to protect her, only this time with a completely different context.
- Jerkass: She frequently insults those around her, and calls Galeflight an idiot nearly every time she talks to him.
- Only Sane Man: Considers herself this in Chapter Three when everyone else ignores how stupid Galeflight's plan is.
- Protectorate: Revealed in Chapter 9. Galeflight's promise to protect her in Chapter 3 seems like a joke, but he actually means it and gives his life to save her.
- The Rival: To Galeflight
"I'm interested in all of the kits of WindClan. One day, you and your denmates will be our future."
A kind and affectionate WindClan warrior.
- Big Damn Heroes: She appears just in time to prevent Slash from grabbing Leafkit in Chapter Three.
- The Mentor: If Chapter 3 is any indication, she'll end up as this to Leafkit. However, in Chapter 9 she replaces the now deceased Galeflight as Harepaw's mentor, as Leafkit is going to become a medicine cat.
- Ship Tease: With Thistlepelt in Chapter Three.
"We won't deprive them of a kindness just because they remain ignorant of it. From the fiercest of rogues to the tiniest of kits."
The mother of Leafkit, Hawkkit, and Gustkit. She cares deeply for them.
- Happily Mated: She and Galeflight have a solid relationship.
- Mrs. Exposition: Her role so far has been to explain the 16th rule of the Warrior Code, and to say that Galeflight never breaks his promises.
- Protectorate: Galeflight's first ever promise was one he made to Sunstorm where he promised to protect Dovesong.
"Sorry, I need to stop apologizing so much."
Dovesong's younger brother. He's a fairly capable warrior, but he's not very confident.
- Apologizes a Lot: Every line of dialogue from him has the word "sorry" in it. Hawkkit eventually decides that he'll only stop constantly apologizing if he stops talking.
- Ship Tease: With Brambletail in Chapter Three.
"I-I will have my revenge!"
An egotistical WindClan apprentice. (Now a warrior, as of Chapter 9.)
- Butt Monkey: Nobody ever gives him a break.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In Chapter 9, his bloodlust wins the battle for WindClan, and Leafkit is actually scared by the hatred she sees in his eyes.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Believes himself to be a mighty warrior, but he's actually a total wimp.
- Third-Person Person: Refers to himself as "the mighty Boulderpaw" sometimes.
WindClan's deputy. He's also the father of Snowcloud and Tigertail.
- Number Two: He's WindClan's deputy.
- Minor Major Character: He has the very important position of WindClan's deputy, but he has done next to nothing. However, he finally averts this in Chapter 12 by becoming a rival to Graynose and a spokesman for peace in Galeflight's stead.
A smug, war-mongering tom who commands his own group of WindClan cats. Holds great sway over Ravenstar, and seeks to destroy RiverClan. Also mentor to Wolfpaw.
- Scars Are Forever: Received a set of scars while fighting Whitefeather at some point.
- Smug Snake: He is incredibly smug, constantly belittling everyone who speaks against him (especially Snowcloud), and referring to them as fools.
"You don't need to carry all your pain by yourself. Lean on me and Wildpaw and all your other friends. That's what we're here for."
The RiverClan medicine apprentice. She was a loner, but joined RiverClan when she was fairly young. Before that, her brother Scratch died because of a disease, which made her vow to never lose a cat to sickness again. She is also Tidepaw's best friend, and tries to offer moral support even when her friend fights against it. Boulderpaw of WindClan has a one-sided rivalry with her.
- Berserk Button: When other Clan cats call Lightningblaze a murderer, it infuriates her.
- Celibate Hero: She's a medicine cat, so she can never take a mate.
- Combat Medic: She is a trained fighter and healer.
- Damsel in Distress: In Chapter 9, she is captured by WindClan and taken prisoner.
- The Medic: She's the medicine apprentice of RiverClan.
- Love at First Punch: Tidepaw jokes that ever tom she fights falls in love with her.
"We're all starving, and the Clan needs strong warriors more than they need a sickly apprentice."
Tidepaw's sister. A quarter moon before Tidepaw's story began, she sometime obtained an incurable illness. She's also a competent tracker.
- Ill She-cat: She has a severe illness that hampers her at crucial moments.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Nightheart goes out of his way to explain that he has found no cure for her illness.
"I'll beat you someday. Because you're my rival, Tidepaw."
Tidepaw's self-proclaimed rival. He loves fighting, and is always challenging other cats. His mentor is Amberfang.
- A Minor Kidroduction: He first shows up as a kit in Tidepaw's flashback. Then he appears in the present as one of Tidepaw's friends.
- Hot-Blooded: He loves fighting. He's often challenging Tidepaw to fights, and when he meets Harepaw, he quickly challenges him to one.
- The Rival: He declares himself to be Tidepaw's rival.
"We may not be as strong as you, but we are fighting for our very survival! We won't lose."
RiverClan's leader. She struggles to deal with the current food shortage, but is finding it increasingly difficult to save her Clan. She is also a former ShadowClan warrior who joined RiverClan after a RiverClan warrior made a large impact on her life during the war against the Sky Avengers.
- Berserk Button: Being called Nightclaw (her ShadowClan name), bothers her greatly, although her reaction varies between being angered and simply being annoyed.
- Big Good: She's the most heroic of the leaders.
- Dead Guy Junior: Played with. She deeply respected Ottertail, and when he died she took on his prefix to honour him.
- Enemy Mine: She teams up with Duskstar and ShadowClan to defeat Bonetail.
- Hurting Hero: In addition to the problems facing her Clan, she lost her kits.
- The Leader: She's the leader of RiverClan.
- Meaningful Rename: Changed her name from Nightclaw to Otterfur when she joined RiverClan both to show her past with ShadowClan was no more and in memory of Ottertail, who gave his life for her.
- Rousing Speech: In Chapter 7, she gives a speech to the combined RiverClan and ShadowClan forces about how it's time to start fighting back against Bonetail.
- Working with the Ex: Works with her former mate Finflutter to create a strategy to defeat Bonetail.
RiverClan's current deputy.
"Yo, ShadowClan and RiverClan!"
A famed warrior whose strategy led the Clans to victory when the Sky Avengers invaded. Finflutter was mates with Otterstar, RiverClan's leader, and they had two kits, Dustclaw and Sparrowheart. However, when those two kits died saving Finflutter and a group of RiverClan cats from ShadowClan, he grew depressed and broke off his relationship with Otterstar. In modern times, he's fairly useless, and steals catmint from Nightheart. He's also Tidepaw's uncle.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even though he's crazy and depressed, he still was able to come up with a good strategy that RiverClan and ShadowClan could use to defeat Bonetail.
- Famed in Story: He's a legend because he led the Clans to the defeat of the Sky Avengers. However, he doesn't quite live up to the stories.
- Hidden Depths: At first he appears to be some idiot stoner character, but then it turns out that he was once a legendary strategist and Otterstar's mate.
- High On Catnip: Gets high off of Nightheart's catnip, which he frequently attempts to steal.
- Hurting Hero: He fell into depression after his kits died.
- It's All My Fault: Blames himself for the deaths of his kits, Dustclaw and Sparrowheart.
- The Stoner: To dull the pain of the deaths of his kits, he takes catnip and gets high off of it.
- The Strategist: He was formerly one of the greatest strategists born to the Clans in years. He was also the one to create the strategy that defeated the Sky Avengers. However, his strategic skills fell into disuse after his kits died.
- Working with the Ex: Works together with his former mate Otterstar to combat Bonetail.
"That's another problem with ideals. Some cats do follow them with absolute conviction. They craft themselves into the image of their ideals, and do not fail to follow them. But when they're beaten down by all around them, when the very world rejects their principles, they themselves will shatter like ice. Beware, young she-cat."
Wildpaw's mentor. He's a former medicine apprentice, but during the battle against the Sky Avengers he chose to become a warrior apprentice to avenge his fallen Clanmates. In the present he's a respected member of RiverClan and one of Otterstar's chief strategists, but he's not very nice.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He's a strict mentor, and isn't very kind.
- Jerkass: He isn't very nice to Tidepaw, or to any kits he sees.
- Kit Hater: He detests kits and thinks that they should learn to behave themselves.
- The Medic: He was Nightheart's apprentice for a time. However, he chose to become a warrior apprentice instead.
- The Strategist: Otterstar calls him one of her brightest strategists.
"It's not a question of how strong I am. It's how I gain my strength. I believe that when we are protecting something precious to ourselves, we can grow more ferocious than the warriors of TigerClan."
The father of Tidepaw and Brightpaw. He was killed by rogues before the story began.
- Parental Neglect: In the past, Tidepaw accused him of it, saying he was never there for her or Brightpaw. However, he is aware of this and tries to be a better father.
- Posthumous Character: The rogues killed him a week before Tidepaw's first point of view chapter. It's later revealed that he was actually killed by Tidepaw.
"All mothers worry about their kits. You and Brightkit are the most precious things in the world to me, so it's only natural."
The mother of Tidepaw and Brightpaw. She disappeared on the same day her mate Quailfeather was killed.
- Missing Mom: She disappeared mysteriously a week before Tidepaw's first point of view chapter.
- Unnamed Parent: Until Chapter 4, when we learn that her name is Swanwing.
RiverClan's medicine cat. He promises to never give up on a patient.
- Celibate Hero: He can never take a mate due to being a medicine cat.
- Determinator: Amberfang says that Nightheart never gives up on a patient.
- The Medic: He is the medicine cat of RiverClan, so he's good with herbs and healing.
Tidepaw's mentor and one of RiverClan's brightest strategists. Knows something about Arise.
- The Mentor: He mentors Tidepaw.
- The Strategist: In Chapter 7, Otterstar tells Duskstar that he is one of her brightest strategists.
A tortoiseshell tom who was RiverClan's deputy during the time of the Sky Avengers. He betrayed the Clans to gain more power, but was killed by Darkclaw's father Blackfur.
- Confusion Fu: Had an unorthodox fighting style which won him many fights due to his unpredictability.
- Number Two: He was RiverClan's deputy until he betrayed the Clans.
ShadowClan's leader, and the mother of Darkclaw and Cherrynose. She had her kits when she was deputy, but was forced to leave the Nursery when her predecessor died. Nowadays, Darkclaw struggles to earn her approval.
- Back from the Dead: Loses a life in the final battle against Bonetail and his rogues, but she has nine lives so she's okay.
- Enemy Mine: Agrees to work with Otterstar and RiverClan to take down Bonetail.
- Killed Offscreen: In Chapter 8, she loses a life to Bonetail's rogues offscreen, and Darkclaw is informed of it after it happens.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She refuses to help RiverClan in Chapter 2, but in Chapter 7 it turns out that she had some of her warriors take food to RiverClan.
- The Leader: She's the leader of ShadowClan.
- Parental Neglect: She hardly spends any time with her son Darkclaw, which causes him to have issues.
"I'll keep walking this path, as long as it leads me to further strength."
ShadowClan's deputy, mate to Lilymist, and father of Owlflight and Shrewfang. Spent four moons as Darkclaw's mentor after Bonetail turned against the Clan. He doesn't agree with his leader's decision to abandon RiverClan.
"Heroic tales of fancy would only serve to cause impressionable young rat-brains like you to make stupid decisions in an attempt to emulate the Heroes of Prophecy."
ShadowClan's medicine cat. She is sarcastic, and enjoys picking on Darkclaw.
- Big Damn Heroes: When Darkclaw is getting beaten down by Bonetail in Chapter 8, she saves him by calling out to Bonetail and luring him away.
- Celibate Hero: She isn't allowed a mate because she's a medicine cat.
- Deadpan Snarker: Tends to be dryly snarky. An example from Chapter 8 comes when she is trying to lure some rogues into a trap.
Foxwhisker: "I'm just a harmless medicine cat out for a walk. It sure would be a shame if something happened to me."
Rogues surround her.
Foxwhisker: "Oh, the predictability."
- The Medic: She is the medicine cat of ShadowClan.
"It won't be any trouble for an experienced warrior like me."
One of ShadowClan's warriors. He's Bonetail's brother, and is somewhat grumpy.
- Ascended Extra: Introduced as a minor character, but gets more important in each chapter he appears.
- I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight: Tries to bring the noble part of his brother back by defeating him in battle. However, he fails and Darkclaw is the one to defeat Bonetail.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Darkclaw is very surprised when Sootstain actually begs him to save Bonetail, because Sootstain is usually very grumpy and aloof.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: He and Scaleshine, a RiverClan she-cat, fell in love and had kits together, but they're apart now. Those kits are Skystorm and Grasstail of RiverClan and Creamfur of ShadowClan.
"The Winds of Death can never be cheated."
A small white she-kit (now Owlflight's apprentice) who often bothers Darkclaw. She can somehow tell when cats will die with a mysterious power known as "The Winds of Death".
- Catch Phrase: "Oh my frog!"
- Cheerful Child: Alternates between this and Creepy Child. The cheerful part comes out when she's talking about frogs.
- Creepy Child: Alternates between this and Cheerful Child. The creepy part comes out when she's talking about the Winds of Death.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: Does this to the terminology of the Clans themselves by saying "Oh my frog" instead of "Oh my StarClan".
- The Unfavorite: In Chapter 8, she mentions that her mother Webnose seems to love her brother Blazepaw more than she loves Hopepaw.
- Waif Prophet: She can tell who will die due to the Winds of Death. And she's a kit.
"We need strategies so that we don't fight like disorganized rogues."
One of Darkclaw's Clanmates. She has appeared a few times throughout the story.
- The Strategist: Redclaw has her work over some strategies for fighting Bonetail.
The daughter of Sootstain and Scaleshine, making her half ShadowClan and half RiverClan. When she was young, she ran away from RiverClan to join ShadowClan. Seems to have a crush on Darkclaw.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: When they were kits, she defeated Darkclaw before he could even make a move.
- Heroic Bastard: She's a loyal and kind warrior who just happens to be a halfClan.
- Ship Tease: Redclaw suggests to Darkclaw that she likes him.
"Bonetail thinks of you like a son. Look after yourself, okay?"
Bonetail's mate. Died four moons before the story began, on the night of a Gathering. Her death drove Bonetail over the edge, and caused him to hate medicine cats.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Her death was what caused Bonetail to snap and turn against the Clans.
- The Lost Lenore: Bonetail mourns the death of his mate greatly. It's the basis of his entire rebellion.
"I told you all I could be a hero!"
The ShadowClan cat that Darkclaw hates the most. Considered one of the Clan's worst warriors, Lionfur believes that with stubbornness and determination, he can become the greatest warrior ever.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Redclaw says that while Lionfur isn't that smart and he loses all the time, when his friends are threatened he becomes a force to be reckoned with.
- Idiot Hero: Strives to be a hero, but is kind of a moron. At one point, he even mistakes a rogue Darkclaw is fighting for a squirrel.
- The Rival: He's the cat Darkclaw hates most. They consider each other adversaries and frequently fight.
"You're my little warrior. You know that, right?"
The mother of Owlflight and Shrewfang, as well as the foster mother of Darkclaw and Cherrynose after Duskstar had to leave the Nursery. Overall a kind and caring mother. She died at some point between Darkclaw's apprenticeship and the beginning of the story.
"I am not Clanborn like the cats gathered here. The animosity the Clans hold for each other is not burned into my blood. I serve the medicine cat code, which tells us that all four Clans are worth fighting for."
ThunderClan's medicine cat. Despite his undying loyalty to his own Clan, he cares for all the Clans, protecting them for hardship.
- Awesome McCoolname: Tidepaw even goes on a rant about it.
- Celibate Hero: As a medicine cat, he can never take a mate.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's both polite and sarcastic at the same time.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Proposes that he could make one by giving himself up to Bonetail in exchange for the freedom of the other medicine cats.
- The Medic: He's one of ThunderClan's Medicine Cats.
- Mysterious Past: He claims that there's quite a story behind his name, but he never elaborates. In Chapter 5, he's revealed to be a former kittypet. This probably has something to do with it.
- Nice Guy: He brings herbs to WindClan simply because he thinks they might need them.
- Red Furred Hero: He has ginger fur, and he's very heroic.
"Must you always be so theatrical?"
A grumpy ThunderClan warrior. Many Clan cats believe that he murdered ThunderClan's former deputy Whisperwing so that his niece Sandstone could be deputy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be prickly, but he does agree to share herbs with WindClan, and Leafkit notices that he is surprisingly soft around Snowcloud.
- Mysterious Past: Did he really kill Whisperwing or did something else happen? No one knows for certain.
- Only Sane Man: He's bothered by the antics of the other cats.
"Your Clan of traitors and murderers can collapse on itself. And then, you'll die just like everyone else."
A violently insane she-cat who was formerly a member of ThunderClan. After attempting to kill Sandstone, ThunderClan's deputy, she fled to the mountains. She's working with Arise, but Word of God
states that she is not The Deliverer.
- A Day in the Limelight: Interlude 1 is about her failed attempt to kill the ThunderClan deputy Sandstone.
- Ax-Crazy: She's crazy, and violent, especially when she attacks Sandstone.
- Broken Pedestal: She decided that she hated Jaytalon after he refused to let her kill Sandstone.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She seems like a random minor character in Chapter 6, but then Interlude 1 reveals that she's working for Arise.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: At first, she seems insane when she says that Sandstone killed her mother. Then it turns out to be true.
- Dark Secret: She killed her brother.
- Hearing Voices: She hears many voices talking to her. Some, like Whisperwing, are imaginary, but she also hears the voice of Arise.
- Revenge: She spends most of Interlude 1 ranting about taking revenge on Sandstone.
- The Runaway: She flees ThunderClan at the end of Interlude 1.
- You Killed My Mother: The reason she wants to kill Sandstone is because she has been led to believe that Sandstone murdered her mother, Goldenfoot. Then it turns out that it's true.
ThunderClan's leader. He's significantly less important than the other Clan leaders.
ThunderClan's current deputy and Lightningblaze's niece. Always dreamed of becoming leader, and was appointed deputy after the Whisperwing's death. Some cats suspect foul play behind her appointment.
In Interlude 1, she was attacked by Hazelfrost, who believed that her mother Goldenfoot had been killed by Sandstone. She was rescued by Jaytalon before anything could happen, however.
- Leader Wannabe: Her dream is to become Clan leader. She has a good shot at, considering her current status as deputy.
- Number Two: She's currently ThunderClan's deputy.
- Oh, Crap: Has this reaction when Hazelfrost attacks her.
- The Rival: Due to both wanting to be leaders, she and Jaytalon are naturally rivals.
A ThunderClan tom that dreams of being Clan leader. Thornstar, ThunderClan's current leader, and Whisperwing, the elderly deputy of ThunderClan, both thought he was the best choice for deputy. Whisperwing was planning to retire as soon as Jaytalon became a mentor and could be appointed deputy. However, Whisperwing died before Jaytalon could receive an apprentice (leading many to suspect that she had been murdered by Lightningblaze), forcing Thornstar to select the next best choice, Sandstone, as deputy.
Jaytalon was later given an apprentice named Mousepaw. However, Mousepaw disappeared shortly after becoming an apprentice. Whether Lightningblaze or the rogues were involved in Mousepaw's disappearance has yet to be seen.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Interlude 1, he shows up to save Sandstone from the Ax-Crazy Hazelfrost.
- Leader Wannabe: More than anything else, he wants to be leader of ThunderClan.
- The Rival: His desire to be leader makes him one to Sandstone.
The Watcher's Crew
"Oh, I won't be satisfied until I make the ground run crimson with the blood of the Clan cats, but yes, this is a start."
A mysterious figure who seeks the destruction of the Clans. His plans involved tracking down the enigmatic tom known as Arise. Although his identity is unclear, he has apparently committed a deed so horrible that even thinking about it would be an enormous crime.
- Big Bad: He's the menacing figure manipulating the characters in his attempt to destroy the Clans.
- Bigger Bad: He is much more powerful and malicious than Bonetail, but he hasn't received any focus outside out the prologue.
- The Chessmaster: He's apparently pulling the strings of the Clans. His plans also seem malleable enough to account for problems. When the Deliverer kills one of the kits she was supposed to bring to him, he explains that instead of screwing him over, she may have improved the end result.
- Evil Plan: He has one, and it somehow involves abducting and killing newborn kittens.
- The Faceless: Who is he? What does he even look like? The audience has no clue, and outside of the Deliverer and Arise, it's unlikely that anyone in universe knows who he is, or even that he's plotting anything.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: All we know is that his plan involves killing two kits named Nix and Aurora, and that the Clan cats are in danger because of it.
- Hidden Villain: We know that he is a Clan cat, but we don't know who he is, or even which Clan he's in.
- Intro-Only Point of View: He has a point of view in the prologue, but he's not a main character like Leafkit, Tidepaw, or Darkclaw.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The prologue simply calls him, "The Watcher".
- The Watcher: He seems to be watching over the Clans with an evil plan in mind. It's also what the prologue calls him.
- Would Hurt A Kit: He is last seen unsheathing his claws to kill a newborn kit named Aurora. It somehow fits into his master plan.
"I apologize. There were two kits, but I had to throw the one that the mother called Nix into the river. She gave chase, you see, so I thought that it would deter her if I drowned one of her brats. You do not know how heavy they can be until you try to steal a pair."
A she-cat working for The Watcher. As part of his plan, she kidnaps two newborn kits. Her true identity is confirmed to be a character that appears somewhere in the first six chapters, and isn't Hazelfrost.
- Dark Action Girl: Stealing kits and performing daring escapes from their mother is all in a day's work for her.
- The Dragon: To The Watcher.
- The Faceless: Who is she? What Clan is she from? What does she look like? The only thing that we know about her is that her true identity appears somewhere in the first six chapters and that she isn't Hazelfrost.
- Hidden Villain: She's confirmed to have appeared somewhere in the first six chapters, but her identity is unknown. However, she is known to be a Clan cat.
- Kit Hater: She despises kits and compares them to maggots. She also gloats over killing Nix and wanted to kill Aurora because she just hates kits that much.
- Would Hurt A Kit: She throws a kit named Nix into a river, causing it to drown. She also begged the Watcher to let her kill Nix's sister Aurora.
A mysterious tom who wields great power. He plays some sort of role in The Watcher's plan. He has also been manipulating Darkclaw.
- Dragon with an Agenda: It's clear that he has his own plans other than what the Watcher gives him. He even goes behind the Watcher's back and messes with his spike thing.
- The Dreaded: The cats that know of him seem pretty scared of him.
- Intangible Man: When Darkclaw tries to attack him in Chapter 8, he passes right through him.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has been seen manipulating Hazelfrost and Darkclaw to his own ends.
- Shrouded in Myth: Only a few cats know about him, and even then the truth about him is unclear.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: He seems to vanish into nowhere after he's done talking with a cat. Apparently he's teleporting.
"I am merely a guardian and a consumer of dreams."
Jayfeather's counterpart in the Three of Shadows, three dark versions of the original Three. While Jayfeather protects dreams, the Nightmare Walker consumes them.
It fought in the Echo Wars long ago, but during the final battle, it was turned to crystal by the power of the Song of Stones. However, its crystal vanished, and it resurfaced years later as a servant of the Watcher. Its true purposes are unknown.
- Affably Evil: Unfailingly polite to Leafpaw (it's probably the most formal speaker among the cast), but also tries to harm her in some way.
- Ambiguous Gender: Referred to only as an "it". If it had a gender though, it would probably be a tom, considering that it's a Jayfeather copy.
- Blood Magic: Tries to use some sort of "blood blinding" on Leafpaw, although aside from Jayfeather saying that its bad, the nature of it is unknown.
- Dream Walker: Like Jayfeather, it can walk in dreams. Unlike Jayfeather, it eats those dreams.
- Evil Counterpart: It is Jayfeather's dark counterpart among the Three of Shadows.
- Evil Twin: Other than its glowing red eyes, it looks exactly like Jayfeather.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Nightmare Walker's glowing red eyes are what first alert Leafpaw to its presence.
- Taken for Granite: Was turned to crystal during the Echo Wars. However, the crystal vanished, and it returned seemingly unharmed.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: An in-universe example, in that nobody has any clue what happened to its crystal. However, it was evidently freed, as it appears before Leafpaw in StarClan.
"How strange. Don't you Clan cats pride yourselves on your rules and regulations? Yet when I come for a visit, I see you squabbling like a bunch of restless kits."
A former ShadowClan warrior, who left to form a rebellion against the Clans. He commands an army of rogues, which he promises will be used to wipe out the Clans if he doesn't get what he wants (that being the Medicine Cats). There's more to him than he lets on, but only Snowcloud has tried to figure out his motives.
- Alas, Poor Villain: There's an emphasis on how noble he once was when he dies.
- Attack of the Town Festival: He crashes the Gathering in Chapter 2 so that he can give the Clans a demonstration of his rogue army.
- Berserk Button: He hates medicine cats.
- Big Bad: At least for the beginning of the story. He had a personal connection to Darkclaw and his rogue army was a major threat to the Clans, but he was taken care of in Chapter 8.
- Cain and Abel: He's an enemy to his brother Sootstain and sister Foxwhisker. Both of those two go through much stress about fighting their formerly heroic brother.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His fight with Darkclaw in Chapter 6. After the setup in Chapter 5 you'd expect some kind of showdown, but instead he effortlessly knocks Darkclaw aside.
- Discard and Draw: He throws his battle against Moorwhisker's patrol so that he can take the Clans by surprise at the Gathering.
- Disc One Final Boss: Appears to be the Big Bad, or part of a Big Bad Ensemble with the Watcher. Then he dies in Chapter 8.
- Evil Mentor: He was Darkclaw's mentor before he betrayed the Clans. Darkclaw hates him because of this, and wants to be the one to defeat/kill him.
- Evil Plan: He has one involving the medicine cats.
- Fallen Hero: He used to be very noble, but he fell to the dark side after his mate Fernheart died.
- Freudian Excuse: He wants the Medicine Cats because he's angry at them for failing to save his mate, Fernheart.
- La Résistance: He runs an evil one against the Clans.
- Large Ham: According to Tidepaw, it seems as if "the earth itself would move to accommodate for his grandeur".
- Laughing Mad: In Chapter 6, during his crazed rant to the ShadowClan group, he laughs with glee when he sees that Dawnfern, one of the cats he wants to kill, is with them.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The "Bone" half of his name does not signify a nice guy.
- Neck Snap: Dies in Chapter 8 when Arise snaps his neck.
- Revenge: He seeks revenge against the Clans, especially the Medicine Cats. Snowcloud believes this to be because he is angry at them for failing to save his mate.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: After ranting at the Clan cats in Chapter 2, he leaves the Gathering Island without fighting. It's justified because he had a large army of rogues blocking off the Clan cats.
"Do you believe that love can last beyond one lifetime?"
Bonetail's new second-in-command, replacing Frost after he fled from the Clans. He used to be a RiverClan warrior named Reedfur, but he left the Clans so that he could be with his true love, Whitefeather of WindClan. Formerly the mate of Willowfern, making him the father of Copperpaw and Streampaw, and the adoptive father of Rainpaw.
- Battle Couple: With his mate, Whitefeather.
- Defector from Decadence: He left RiverClan after they shunned him for loving a cat from another Clan.
- The Dragon: To Bonetail, replacing Frost.
- Dragon Ascendant: He takes over Bonetail's rogues after Bonetail dies.
- Ear Notch: When Leafkit first sees him, she notes that he has a notch in his ear.
- Freudian Excuse: He used to be a member of RiverClan, but they shunned him when he fell in love with the WindClan she-cat Whitefeather. Together, they joined Bonetail's rogues, where they weren't looked down on for being together.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Leafkit notes that he has "icy blue eyes" which seem to look right into her soul.
- Meaningful Rename: He changed his name from Reedfur to Slash when he joined Bonetail's rogues. His mate Whitefeather still calls him Reedfur, however.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Leafkit even jokes about it by pointing out that Slash is a fairly intimidating name.
- Number Two: He's Bonetail's second in command.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Whitefeather. Or so the Clans thought.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: His fight with Leafkit taught her that she had to train harder if she wanted to fight rogues.
- Would Hurt A Kit: He was perfectly willing to beat up Leafkit if it meant weakening her enough to capture.
- Your Cheating Heart: He was Willowfern's mate, but he left her because his true love was Whitefeather of WindClan.
"We're leaving. We didn't come here to pick a fight. That may have been Bonetail's intention, but we're only in this place to restock our supply of herbs."
Slash's mate, a former WindClan cat. She left WindClan to join Bonetail's rogues, where she wasn't shunned for loving a cat from another Clan.
- Affably Evil: She's quite kind to Leafkit, even offering to get her some herbs when they take her to Bonetail.
- Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes to Darkclaw as she fights him in Chapter 6.
- Battle Couple: With her mate, Slash. Their fighting style relies on working together.
- Big Damn Heroes: A villainous variant. When Leafkit manages to weaken Slash, she shows up to protect him.
- Dark Chick: She's not as aggressive as the other rogues, and focuses more on collecting herbs.
- The Medic: Although she wasn't a medicine cat during her time with WindClan, she has enough knowledge of herbs to aid Bonetail and his rogues.
Bonetail's former second-in-command. After he abandoned Bonetail in a battle, he left the Clans. Bonetail has replaced him with Slash.
- Dirty Coward: He abandons the others during the fight with Moorwhisker's patrol.
- The Dragon: To Bonetail, before the story began.
- The Ghost: He has never actually appeared.
- Number Two: Formerly the second-in-command to Bonetail.
"You claim to have strong morals, and yet you do something like this? I can't believe how hypocritical you are, Clan cat."
One of Bonetail's rogues. Fights Tidepaw during the Gathering Battle, battles Sootstain's patrol during the fight at the original ShadowClan camp, and delivers Sootstain's message to Bonetail during the final battle with the rogues.
- Butt Monkey: After being stupid enough to walk into Foxwhisker's trap, he is the butt of Sootstain and Foxwhisker's jokes about his cliched villain traits.
- Hannibal Lecture: After Sootstain captures him, he starts monologuing about how hypocritical the Clan cats are, only for Sootstain to cut him off by pointing out that he is the one whose claws are at Bear's throat.
- Not So Different: Believes that the Clan cats are hypocritical and no better than him.
- This Cannot Be!: Claims that Foxwhisker's trap is inconceivable. Foxwhisker replies by telling him that he should redefine "inconceivable", because he quite clearly walked into a trap.
Glace/Ace, The Rogue Hunter
"Not dying is my specialty!"
A she-cat who came to the Clans to warn them about a coming darkness. Seeing Bonetail's rogues convinced her to aid the Clans in the battle against Bonetail. Unfortunately, she's not actually very good at fighting.
- Awesome McCoolname: "Ace, the Rogue Hunter" At one point, Darkclaw points out that her name is so overdramatic that no one could actually take it seriously.
- Big Damn Heroes: Subverted in her first appearance. When Darkclaw is fighting Slash and Whitefeather, she comes out of nowhere to help him fight the rogues, only for Slash to effortlessly knock her aside.
- Cheerful Child: Darkclaw finds her cheerfulness very annoying, but thinks that she's a lot like Tidepaw. Glace is presumably not as angsty as Tidepaw is on the inside.
- Dynamic Entry: She screams to announce her presence when she interrupts Darkclaw's fight with Slash and Whitefeather.
- Kiai: She yells "Kiai!" when she attacks Slash.
- Large Ham: She constantly acts overblown, from screaming as she attacks Slash to striking a dramatic pose when introducing herself to Darkclaw.
Tidepaw: "Tell me who you are."
Jester: "Just a cat who doesn't know the meaning of eternity."
A strange kit who Tidepaw meets on the beach. He claims to work for "the wishgranter". He later appears to Leafkit. Who or what he is remains unknown.
- Berserk Button: He hates oathbreakers, and tells Leafkit that they are the worst kind of cat.
- Cheerful Child: He usually seems pretty happy, although hints of sadness do occasionally show.
A mysterious golden tom who is associated with Jester, Rift, and two other cats called Faith and Winter. Confronted by a ShadowClan patrol who wants revenge against whatever attacked Blackfur, Darkclaw's father. Seemingly unkillable, Spectre is unstoppable in battle. As well, Slash is hunting him, due to a treasure he is rumoured to have stolen from ShadowClan.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He easily dispatches Lionfur, Owlflight, Redclaw, and Newtfoot, taking only minimal scratches (that proceed to heal themselves) in the process.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts polite and calls his enemies guests, while trying to kill them. This only slips when Slash asks him about a treasure he stole from ShadowClan.
- Healing Factor: Lionfur tears out his throat, but it simply grows back. As well, all the scratches he receives in his fight with the ShadowClan patrol simply vanish.
- Implacable Man: Shrugs off all wounds, including mortal ones. Last seen being burned to a crisp, but even that doesn't seem to be enough to kill him.
- Man on Fire: He's only incapacitated when he gets trapped under a piece of wood and set on fire.
- Really 700 Years Old: Casually tells Darkclaw that he was fighting cats 100 seasons ago. If he's telling the truth, then he's more than twice as old as the oldest of elders.
The leader of the Sky Avengers, a group of cats that tried to destroy the Clans three years before the events of Golden Dawn: Lost Sunrise
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: His goal was to take over the lake completely. While Finflutter managed to come up with a plan that defeated the Sky Avengers before Flint could do so, he did manage to take over the Gathering Island and a good amount of WindClan territory.
- The Leader: He led the Sky Avengers.
- Predecessor Villain: He was the leader of the Sky Avengers, a group that attacked the Clans several years prior to the main story and had a heavy impact on the lives of many characters, such as Galeflight, Amberfang, Otterstar, and Sunstorm.
One of the Three of Stars, the heroes that saved the Clans from the Dark Forest and during the Echo Wars. Long dead, he appears to Leafpaw in StarClan.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up with Squirrelflight to save Leafpaw from his own Evil Twin, the Nightmare Walker.
- Famed in Story: Now a legend due to his role in saving the Clans. Even fifty years on, everyone has heard of him. However, his reputation is highly misleading, as Leafpaw pictures him as a charming tom who makes she-cats swoon.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gave his life to defeat the Three of Shadows and Ragnarok in the Echo Wars, as did Dovewing.