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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"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. Leafkit is a silver WindClan she-cat who dreams of one day being the leader of her Clan. Although her dreams are big, she doesn't quite have a complete grip on the way the Clans work yet.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
Minor Major Character: He has the very important position of WindClan's deputy, but he has done next to nothing.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
Number Two: She's second-in-command of RiverClan by virtue of being 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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
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,
"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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lost Lenore: For her mate Redclaw, who still lives and grieves for her.
Parental Substitute: Raised Darkclaw and Cherrynose and Duskstar had to leave the Nursery and take the role of Clan leader.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.