"Cats came into the forest. These were not warrior cats. They lived in small groups, not yet Clans. There were no borders set down. And they fought constantly, fearful that prey might run out and that their overlapping territories were being threatened. It was a lawless, bloody time for the forest, and many cats died."
—Secrets of the Clans
Dawn of the Clans adds a brand new cast of characters to the Warrior Cats series. Please add their tropes here, not on the other pages.Beware of unmarked spoilers! All spoilers from The Sun Trail and Thunder Rising are unmarked, and there are spoilers for the other arcs.See also:
"None of us knows what the future holds. We can only trust our instincts."
The protagonist of The Sun Trail. Gray Wing is a young and confident member of the Tribe, and he knows that his home will always be in the mountains. All that changes when his younger brother Jagged Peak runs away from the cave, forcing Gray Wing to pursue him. Together, the two reunite with the other Followers of the Sun Trail and begin the long journey towards a new home.
Accidental Murder: Near the end of The Sun Trail, when he is fighting Fox, a member of Clear Sky's group, he slits his throat without meaning to.
Badass: After kicking eagle butt, he's on his way to becoming one.
Badass in Distress: Near the end of The First Battle, despite his badassery, he is trapped along with Tall Shadow and Jackdaw's Cry by Clear Sky, and Thunder has to get a rescue party to save him.
Big Damn Heroes: Shows up at just the right moment to save Jagged Peak from an eagle.
Cain and Abel: At the end of The Sun Trail, he and his brother Clear Sky have become bitter enemies.
Cannot Spit It Out: He loves Storm, but it takes him a while to realize it and he can't put it into words. She gets together with his brother before he can say anything to her about it.
Chekhov's Skill: Remember those mountain hunting skills he taught Jagged Peak? They appeared years earlier in Battles of the Clans as WindClan fighting strategies that he had come up with. It looks like we know where he got them from.
Crash into Hello: He first met Wind and Gorse when they ran into each other on the moor.
Decoy Protagonist: At first, it seems like The First Battle will focus on him like The Sun Trail and Thunder Rising. However, he's only the Deuteragonist, and Thunder is the actually protagonist.
Disappeared Dad: His father never appears, is never named or even mentioned in passing, and it's never even acknowledged that Gray Wing, Clear Sky, Fluttering Bird, and Jagged peak had a father at all.
He manages to stop blaming himself for Bright Stream's death when he realizes that she wouldn't want him and Clear Sky to spend the rest of their lives unhappy.
He moves on past Storm's death when he realizes that it's different from Bright Stream's death because this time it had meaning: Storm managed to save her kit Thunder.
Eureka Moment: He has one when he realizes that Jagged Peak has run away to find the Followers of the Sun Trail.
Greater Need Than Mine: When he's leaving to find Jagged Peak, the Tribe cats give him a bird to eat. He tells them to eat it themselves, because none of them have eaten yet. However, he is convinced to eat it anyway.
Green-Eyed Monster: It's implied that he has a crush on Bright Stream, his brother's mate. Later on, he's in love with Clear Sky's second mate Storm, but he tries to deny his envy so that his brother can be happy.
Happily Married: In Thunder Rising, he finally comes to love Turtle Tail and gets together with her.
Hypocrite: After he gives Jagged Peak a lecture on not running off without looking where he's going, he does it himself. He then notes that he's being a hypocrite, and resolves to try to avoid being one.
Innocently Insensitive: In The First Battle, when Wind Runner loses Emberkit, he tries to comfort her by saying that Emberkit is in a better place. This ends up hurting her even more, and she angrily retorts that there's no better place for a kit than at his mother's belly.
Ironic Echo: When Half Moon is worrying about sending so many cats away to follow the Sun Trail, he tells her that, "None of us knows what the future holds. We can only trust our instincts." This is a combination of two things that she had said earlier.
In The Sun Trail, he blames himself when Bright Stream is carried off by an eagle and dies. He also thinks that Clear Sky blames him for her death. He eventually manages to move on, while Clear Sky never stops blaming himself.
It's shown that he still does it in The First Battle, when he worries that it's his fault Clear Sky turned into an enemy and Jagged Peak was crippled.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Interestingly it's not the cat he loves he does it for, but the cat she wants to be with. Gray Wing loves Storm, but she gets together with his brother, Clear Sky. Gray Wing tries to be happy for them, because he knows that Bright Stream's death hurt Clear Sky dearly, and he believes that being with Storm can help him.
Leader Wannabe: Inverted in Thunder Rising. Jackdaw's Cry, Shattered Ice, and several other cats want to install Gray Wing as leader, but he doesn't want to lead and just wants to be an ordinary cat. However, he eventually decides to be leader.
Love Triangle: He loves Storm, who loves Clear Sky. Also, Turtle Tail loves him but he doesn't notice at first.
Never Found the Body: From the point of view of the Tribe. They have no idea if he's alive or dead, due to the collapsing ice bridge.
Oblivious to Love: His ignorance of Turtle Tail's crush on him leads to her leaving to live with Bumble.
One Steve Limit: Averted. Gray Wing shares his name with Graywing, a female RiverClan medicine cat.
Parental Substitute: He becomes this to his little brother Jagged Peak and later to his nephew Thunder, and later to Turtle Tail's three kits.
Refusal of the Call: He decides not to follow the Sun Trail. However, fate has other plans and he eventually has to leave his home to follow Jagged Peak.
Retcon: In Battles of the Clans, he is referred to as one of WindClan's early leaders. However, he actually lead proto-WindClan before the Great Battle.
Rescue Romance: He thinks that he's in one with Storm after they both save each other. However, she has fallen for his brother Clear Sky.
During the battle with the foxes, he commands the Followers of the Sun Trail and uses strategy to defeat the enemy.
He's Graywing the Wise, a renowned strategist who created much of WindClan's battle strategy.
Sympathetic Murderer: Near the end of The Sun Trail he kills Fox, The Dragon to Clear Sky. To say he felt bad about it would be a huge understatement.
Trauma Conga Line: His little sister dies, he's forced out of his home when his little brother runs away, and he doesn't know if they know he's alive, his brother's pregnant mate (who he may have had feelings for himself) is killed saving him from an eagle, which he blames himself for. Then the only cat he loves decides to be with his brother, while the cat who loves him is driven to live in twolegplace because she can't deal with him not returning her feelings, leaving him sad and confused because he doesn't know why she left. Then his little brother breaks his leg and is exiled by his other brother, who Gray Wing has to watch slowly going mad over the grief of losing his first mate. Then he accidentally kills a cat who was under Clear Sky's leadership, and ultimately declares his brotherhood over, and has become enemies with Clear Sky.
Unexpected Character: Virtually nobody suspected that The Sun Trail would feature Graywing the Wise from Battles of the Clans, and if they did they probably didn't think he would be the main character.
What the Hell, Hero?: After Clear Sky refuses to take in his son Thunder, Gray Wing calls him out on the things he's pulled in the name of "the community" and decides that their brotherhood is over.
"Can't we agree to look after what we have? Can't we forget about expanding our territory?"
The only surviving son of Clear Sky and Storm. After the death of his mother, Turtle Tail gave him his name and Gray Wing took him to live with his father. However, seeing only his failure to save Storm in Thunder, Clear Sky exiled his son. Gray Wing then brought him to the moor, where he declared that he would be Thunder's father in Clear Sky's stead.In Thunder Rising, he becomes a point of view character. His skills are naturally suited towards living in the forest, but he struggles to please Gray Wing, while secretly dreaming about his father, Clear Sky. Eventually, Clear Sky asks him to come live in the forest. He accepts, but once he gets there he sees firsthand the cruelty of his father, and ends up leaving to return to Gray Wing.Thunder will go on to found his own Clan, ThunderClan. He will also be its first leader.
Ascended Extra: He's a minor (but important) character in The Sun Trail. In Thunder Rising, he's a main character, although not on par with Gray Wing. For The First Battle, he's the protagonist.
The Atoner: At the end of Thunder Rising, he realizes that he's betrayed the moor group and vows to do whatever it takes to make things up to them.
Brains and Brawn: The brawn to Lightning Tail's brains. Not that Thunder isn't smart, but he usually tends to handle heavy lifting, such as fighting opponents like a fox and Turtle Tail's former mate Tom in The First Battle, while Lightning Tail is more of a planner.
Calling the Old Man Out: At the end of Thunder Rising, he gives Clear Sky a well deserved smack down, declares that Gray Wing is his true father, and leaves the moor group with Frost.
Defector from Decadence: At the end of Thunder Rising, he rejects Clear Sky's cruel ways, leaving the forest group with Frost and heading back to the moor group.
Deuteragonist: In Thunder Rising, he's the second most important character after Gray Wing, and his struggles are a major part of the book.
The Exile: Clear Sky, his own father, exiles him from the forest.
Happily Adopted: At the end of The Sun Trail, Gray Wing declares that from now on, he will be Thunder's father. As well, he has found a foster mother in Hawk Swoop.
In the Blood: Thunder will become a leader like his father Clear Sky and his foster father (and uncle) Gray Wing.
Last Episode New Character: He doesn't show up until the last chapter of The Sun Trail, but he's one of the most important characters in the book, and defines the ending. The future books are set to alleviate this, as he will be a major character all the way through.
The Leader: One day, he will be the leader of ThunderClan.
Meaningful Name: The kit of Storm, who was nearly killed during a storm of stone and dust.
Odd Name Out: He is the only Clan Founder to have a one word, forest style name instead of a two word, Tribe style name.
Parental Abandonment: His mother Storm is dead and his father Clear Sky essentially sent him into exile. Fortunately though, his uncle Gray Wing still cares for him.
Protectorate: Gray Wing vows to protect him after his father Clear Sky abandons him.
Redheaded Hero: He's the original ThunderClan hero, since he's the cat that's going to start it up. And of course, he has red fur.
Retcon: His name was originally said to be from the Thunderpath that runs between ThunderClan's and ShadowClan's territories. Later it was also said that he got the name from his hunting technique of catching prey startled and confused by thunderclaps. In The Sun Trail, he was named Thunder by Turtle Tail because he was born from Storm in the midst of a storm of dust and dirt.
Sibling Team: When he needs a partner, his most regular choice is his (adoptive) brother Lightning Tail, who even received his named because he couldn't be kept apart from Thunder. It takes a while for for Lightning Tail to grow up and be helpful to Thunder, but their mission in The First Battle to save Turtle Tail's kits from Tom shows that they make effective partners.
Sole Survivor: He's the only one of his litter to survive the destruction of Storm's nest.
Theme Naming: Intentionally used by Turtle Tail, who names him Thunder partially because he was born from Storm.
Took a Level in Badass: In Thunder Rising, he's in the middle of his awkward transitioning stage, so he's pretty clumsy and uncoordinated. By The First Battle, he's fully grown and is much more capable.
The Unfavorite: Who does his father most likely like more than him? Bright Stream's unborn kits. Being passed up for a fetus is harsh, man.
Walking Spoiler: His role in The Sun Trail as the only surviving kit of Clear Sky and Storm makes every single thing in the book that involves him a spoiler.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: He wants to have the approval of Clear Sky, his father, who doesn't seem to like him very much.
"Don't you want more than just surviving?"
"We've survived for now. But who knows what tomorrow brings? We have to be prepared-always."
Gray Wing's suave and confident brother. Clear Sky is a natural leader, and he quite literally jumps at the chance to find a new home. However, his mate Bright Stream dies, and he is left blaming himself. While the Followers of the Sun Trail settle in the moor, he takes a group of cats to live in the forest, and his desire to protect his new community leads to him becoming the enemy of Gray Wing and the moor cats. He is also the father of Thunder.Clear Sky will go on to found his own Clan, SkyClan, and be its first leader. He also becomes a point of view character in The First Battle.
0% Approval Rating: In Thunder Rising, it's revealed that most of his group hates the way he runs things and only stay with him because they have nowhere else to go.
In Thunder Rising, to get Thunder on his side, Clear Sky tries to emotionally manipulate Thunder through various (cruel) means. When it doesn't work, he opts to throw his son at a fox.
The Ace: He is smart, suave, a fantastic hunter and fighter, and is well respected in the Tribe.
Anti-Villain: Most of his villainous actions are done because he doesn't want to be reminded of his failure to protect the cats he cares about, and because he hasn't learned moderation. He also has some serious gray morality going for him. In The First Battle, this leads to him realizing how wrong his actions have been and deciding that he will dedicate the rest of his life to making amends.
The Atoner: In The First Battle, the many pointless deaths during the Great Battle cause him to realize how wrong his actions have been, and he decides to dedicate the rest of his life to making amends.
Big Brother Bully: In Thunder Rising, as soon as he sees Jagged Peak, he drops the niceness and acts ugly towards him, taunting him and accusing him of being lazy and selfish. Gray Wing stands up for Jagged Peak, and Clear Sky begins to apologize only to be rejected by Jagged Peak.
Breaking the Fellowship: He leaves the Followers of the Sun Trail along with Jagged Peak, Falling Feather, Quick Water, and Moon Shadow to form his own group.
Broken Ace: He is confident, suave, and great at hunting and fighting. However, when he sees how his actions have impacted the ones he loves, he shuts himself off, becoming cold and ruthless.
Jagged Peak was obsessed with Clear Sky, and with following his lead. However, he turns against Clear Sky after being exiled.
He manages to do this with a location, of all things. He thought that the land beyond the Sun Trail would be perfect, but the realization that it was anything but contributed to his Face-Heel Turn.
Thunder used to want nothing more than to be respected by his father. However, at the end of Thunder Rising, Clear Sky finally crosses the line by sending Frost out to die, and Thunder turns against him.
Cain and Abel: By the end of The Sun Trail, he has become an enemy to his brother Gray Wing.
Cartwright Curse: Both his mates, Bright Stream and Storm, die. This breaks him severely, and makes him believe that he can't protect anyone. It's a major contributor to his Face-Heel Turn.
Cynicism Catalyst: After his mate Bright Stream dies, he becomes more bitter, and has fallen almost completely by the end of The Sun Trail.
Deuteragonist: He's the second most important character in The Sun Trail, and a lot of the book is about how his development compares and contrasts with that of Gray Wing.
Disc One Final Boss: Set up as the main antagonist of Dawn of the Clans. Then in The First Battle, he realizes the error of his ways and resolves to be a better leader, causing him to drop the antagonist role.
Face-Heel Turn: Starts out as an ally of the Followers of the Sun Trail, but eventually becomes their enemy.
Failure Hero: Clear Sky is constantly failing to achieve his goals. He loses his sister, mate, second mate, and two of his kits. As well, his younger brother is horribly injured due to his fall from a tree (while using the hunting techniques Clear Sky taught him), and he has to watch as one of the cats he tried to save is murdered by his twin brother. His feelings of being worthless and unable to protect anyone eventually lead to his fall to the dark side.
Fallen Hero: He used to want to protect his Tribemates, but he starts doing terrible things in the name of "the community" and has nearly fallen completely at the end of The Sun Trail.
Foil: For his brother Gray Wing. Both leave to find a new home, but while Gray Wing left for selfless reasons and wanted to stay behind to help his family, Clear Sky was restless and just wanted to go on an adventure. And while Gray Wing is content with the older traditions and doesn't care much for change, Clear Sky will do anything to create an ideal world.
Early in The Sun Trail, he suggests eating some prey instead of bringing it back to the starving Tribe. This hints that he's not the hero he acts like.
Cloudstar's Journey namedropped him and revealed that he came up with the idea for borders. This hinted at his true nature long before he ever appeared.
Freudian Excuse: He was driven mad by his grief over Bright Stream's death, so he tried to create a perfect community where nothing like what happened to her could ever happen again. But despite his best efforts, he loses his second mate as well. One can almost see where he's coming from.
Freudian Slip: Accidentally refers to his group as a Tribe a few times at the beginning of The First Battle.
Grudging Thank You: After Gray Wing and friends save his group in Thunder Rising, his gratitude is ground out of his teeth.
Heel-Face Turn: In The First Battle, the pointless death of the battle causes him to realize the error of his ways, and he stops being a villain.
Heel Realization: Throughout the whole arc, he keeps telling himself that what he is doing is the right thing, and that his harsh policies are the only way his group will survive. Then, during the Fourtrees showdown at the end of The First Battle, after killing his former friend Rainswept Flower and almost killing his brother Gray Wing, he finally realizes that he's gone too far, and sees how awful he's become. It's at this moment that he vows to change.
Hypocrite: Rages at Gray Wing for killing Fox. However, he had ordered Fox to attack Gray Wing, and Gray Wing accidentally killed him in self-defense. Later on, he kills Misty when she challenges his sudden expansion of his cats' territory. He may also have killed Bumble.
Declares his brotherhood with Gray Wing over after Gray Wing accidentally kills Fox.
Refuses to take in his son Thunder and exiles him.
In the Blood: Clear Sky is the future founder of SkyClan, while his son Thunder will go on to create ThunderClan.
It's All About Me: It's fairly clear that he would have left Bright Stream behind if she didn't come with him on the quest to follow the Sun Trail.
It's All My Fault: He and Gray Wing both blame themselves for the death of Bright Stream. While Gray Wing manages to get over it, Clear Sky never does.
Jumped at the Call: He was really eager to follow the Sun Trail, and threatened to abandon Bright Stream if she didn't come.
Kick the Dog: Repeatedly done in Thunder Rising and The First Battle.
Giving Jagged Peak an unprovoked and undeserved "The Reason You Suck" Speech while his brother was still struggling with self-confidence issues.
Embarrassing Leaf to make Thunder look good.
Attacking Nightheart's brother after he was already beaten.
Deciding to leave Frost for dead even though he was still a useful member of the group.
Biggest of all, throwing Thunder, his own son, at fox as a distraction.
Giving Falling Feather a demotion straight to the bottom of the group for questioning him.
Breaking his word to Thunder by refusing to let Jackdaw's Cry, his hostage, have anything to eat.
Lying to Thunder when he asks if Clear Sky had seen Turtle Tail's kits, costing him valuable time he could have used to save Turtle Tail.
The Leader: One day, he will lead SkyClan. For now, he leads a group of former rogues and Tribe cats in the forest.
Le Parkour: His hunting style involves launching himself off of trees so that he can catch prey.
Love at First Sight: When he first meets Storm, the two of them are starstruck and feel embarrassed due to their instant love. They get together a couple of days later.
Manipulative Bastard: He keeps trying to manipulate Thunder into following and trusting only him, for example by claiming that sending him away was "a test", brushing off Thunder's opinion only to say he didn't mean to afterwards, and praising Thunder in front of other cats, making the other cats look bad. However, Thunder eventually gets sick of this and leaves the Forest Group.
Meet Cute: When Gray Wing takes Storm to meet him, both are instantly smitten and they have an incredibly awkward conversation. Later, they become mates.
My God, What Have I Done?: At the end of The First Battle, after killing Rainswept Flower and seeing the destruction of the Great Battle, he realizes how horrible he's been and promises to change.
The Oathbreaker: In The First Battle, he takes Jackdaw's Cry as a hostage under the condition that he'll keep Jackdaw's Cry well fed and unharmed, and return him if he returns safely from the peace meeting at the Four Trees. However, once Jackdaw's Cry is alone in the camp, Clear Sky denies him food for the entirety of his stay.
Panicky Expectant Father: Because of the pain of losing Bright Stream, he frets over Storm near constantly as she's carrying his kits. This eventually drives her off.
Sibling Team: Hunts and fights alongside his brother Gray Wing. However, they declare their brotherhood over at the end of The Sun Trail.
Social Darwinist: After Jagged Peak breaks his leg, he kicks him out of the group because he believes that cats who "are too weak to contribute to the community" should be left to fend for themselves. He pulls the same thing on Frost in Thunder Rising. This prompts Thunder to leave Clear Sky's group of cats.
Sour Supporter: When Gray Wing wants to bring prey that Clear Sky was eating back to the Tribe instead, Clear Sky grumbles about it. However, he knows that it's the right thing to do.
Stepford Smiler: After losing Bright Stream, he reacts to everything with cold politeness that hides his grief. Eventually, the act starts slipping.
That Man Is Dead: At the end of The Sun Trail, he tells Gray Wing that the cat he was in the mountains doesn't exist anymore.
Took a Level in Jerkass: After forming his own community, his inner turmoil takes its toll on him and he becomes self-centred and antagonistic. Gray Wing eventually declares their brotherhood over.
Trauma Conga Line: First his sister dies. Then his pregnant mate is carried off by eagles and almost certainly dead. Then his little brother falls from a tree and breaks his leg. Then his other brother Gray Wing kills a cat who had joined up with him, and who he was responsible for. Then his new mate runs off from him. Then she dies, as do two of his kits. And he blames himself for all of it.
Walking Spoiler: The fact that Clear Sky turns bad is spoilery enough, but he's also Thunder's father. In fact, he's so hard to discuss that this page had to adopt an "only the latest book" spoiler policy, or else his entire section would be nothing but a ridiculously long swathe of spoiler tags.
What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Gray Wing for killing Fox. However, he was being a hypocrite, as he started the fight that led to Fox's death.
The Moor Group
"Everything beyond the mountains is going to feel strange. It's just a case of getting used to a different way of living."
A young she-cat with a not-so-secret crush on Gray Wing. She is fun-loving and eager to go on an adventure.
Adult Fear: Goes through one in The First Battle. Tom, her abusive former mate, steals her kits, and she has no idea if they're safe or not.
Betty and Veronica: She's supportive of Gray Wing and very kind and loyal, making her the Betty to the blunt and sarcastic Storm.
Cannot Spit It Out: She clearly loves Gray Wing, but just can't bring herself to tell him. Later she leaves the moor because she realizes that Gray Wing is in love with Storm and she'll never be able to tell him.
Did Not Get The Guy: She loved Gray Wing, but he hardly even noticed her. However, in Thunder Rising, he finally realizes that he loves her.
Everyone Can See It: It's obvious to most of the other characters that Turtle Tail is deeply in love with Gray Wing.
First Girl Wins: Averted. It's implied that Gray Wing may have feelings for Bright Stream, and then he falls in love with Storm. But as of ''Thunder Rising, this is played straight.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Bumble. She is very good friends with Bumble, and eventually moves in with her. In Thunder Rising, she's also devastated when Bumble dies.
My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction in Thunder Rising when she realizes that if she had let Bumble stay on the moor, her friend would still be alive.
Not Good With Rejection: In The Sun Trail, she can't face Gray Wing knowing that his heart belongs to someone else, so she leaves the moor and moves in with Bumble. However, she returns to the moor in Thunder Rising.
Parental Substitute: In The First Battle, after she dies, Turtle Tail meets Wind Runner's dead son Emberkit, and takes care of him in StarClan.
Turtle Tail: "You're power-mad, Clear Sky. You don't care who you hurt to get what you want. And now...you're not the cat I came down from the mountains with. You're...you're an apology for a cat."
The Skeptic: She didn't believe in Thunderpaths or Twolegs when the Tribe Elders told her about them.
Unlucky Childhood Friend: She and Gray Wing had known each other since they were kits, but he loved Storm more than her.
"We're going off into the unknown, into danger to make a better home for you and the other cats who stay here. You don't have to do anything!"
A creative, intelligent, and rather rude tom who follows the Sun Trail. After seeing Rainswept Flower fall into a hole in the moor, he gets the idea for tunneling, which becomes a cherished skill in WindClan for many years.
Dishing Out Dirt: He invents tunneling, and is constantly patrolling and expanding the tunnels.
Famed in Story: In Tallstar's Revenge he's mentioned as one of the first two tunnelers in WindClan.
Historical Hero Upgrade: Although not villainous by any means, he wasn't really a hero. He just happened to be at the right place at the right time to have the Eureka Moment that caused him to invent tunneling. However, by the time of Tallstar's Revenge, WindClan tells the story of how he invented tunneling as though he was a super awesome hero who braved a deadly blizzard to single-handedly save his starving Clan by inventing tunneling. It's rather amusing, actually.
Jerkass: He's rude and has a very short temper. He also eschews diplomacy in favour of calling other cats dungfaces.
The Rival: Subverted. He has all the traits of a typical Warriors rival, being bossy, disrespectful, and somewhat ambitious. However, rather than challenging Gray Wing, he completely supports him and puts all his trust in him. Of course, he still causes problems for Gray Wing in Thunder Rising, by pushing for Gray Wing to take over the Moor Group from Tall Shadow, which neither of those two wants to happen.
The Smart Guy: He's fairly intelligent, coming up with things such as the Thunderpath crossing groups and tunneling.
Those Two Guys: With Jackdaw's Cry. They are rarely seen outside of each other's company, both share an interest in tunneling, and share similar opinions.
"[The other kits] only want to do dumb stuff. Pouncing on a pebble and pretending it's an eagle! I want to pounce on real eagles!"
The younger brother of Gray Wing and Clear Sky. Jagged Peak longs to join the Followers of the Sun Trail on their quest, but is unable to because of his young age. After Gray Wing boosts his confidence by teaching him some hunting skills, he runs away from home to follow the Sun Trail. He's also a very good tracker.
Annoying Younger Sibling: Gray Wing started to find him grating back when they were in the Tribe. When Jagged Peak reveals his tracking skills, Gray Wing's annoyance with him fades.
Big Brother Worship: He is obsessed with his older brother Clear Sky, and always follows his decisions. This starts to change after Clear Sky exiles him for "being weak".
Disappeared Dad: His father may have died or left when he was quite young, or was perhaps just never invested in his kits' lives. Either way, he's never mentioned, and Jagged Peak tends to admire and emulate his older brothers, especially Clear Sky.
Disney Death: It appeared that he had died protecting Thunder from the collapsing tunnel, and Gray Wing is fearing the worst. But then, Jagged Peak wakes up, coughing and dusty yet very much alive.
The Exile: Clear Sky kicks him out of his group after he breaks his leg.
Expy: Of Cinderpelt, what with his energetic attitude and broken leg. In Thunder Rising he finds a place for himself caring for kits, much like Cinderpelt found a new role as a medicine cat.
Genki Boy: He is usually upbeat and happy, but this changes significantly after his leg is broken.
Jumped at the Call: He desperately wanted to follow the Sun Trail, but his mother Quiet Rain wouldn't allow it.
Protectorate: Gray Wing vows to protect him and to help him find what lies at the end of the Sun Trail.
Rejected Apology: After Gray Wing defends Jagged Peak from Clear Sky while the former bullies him in Thunder Rising, Clear Sky apologizes, but Jagged Peak calls him out, saying that he didn't seem sorry for kicking him out of the forest.
The Runaway: He runs away from the Tribe to find the Followers of the Sun Trail.
Sibling Team: Early on in The Sun Trail, Jagged Peak and his brother Gray Wing work together as a team to navigate the mountains and reach the other Followers of the Sun Trail.
Tagalong Kid: He is the youngest member of the Followers of the Sun Trail.
Dappled Pelt (Dapplepelt)
"Lying around while others hunt for us? I don't like the sound of that."
A she-cat who is good with herbs. She cares for wounded cats, and also loves water. She can be somewhat reckless, but she's very brave and cares deeply for her Clanmates.Dappled Pelt will go on to be the first medicine cat of RiverClan.
Figured out how to catch fish after watching them many times.
She also got the idea to bind Jagged Peak's leg with sticks after watching Stoneteller do the same to Sharp Hail.
Cabin Fever: When she spends a half-moon with the Forest Group in The Sun Trail, she's confined to a tiny cave. After she gets back, she's very frustrated.
Cats Hate Water: Inverted. Dappled Pelt loves water and teaches herself to swim after the Followers of the Sun Trail reach the forest.
Meaningful Rename: At some point she will change her name to Dapplepelt to show that she's part of a Clan.
The Medic: She's good with herbs, and uses her knowledge of them to help the Followers of the Sun Trail. Word of God also confirms that she is Dapplepelt, RiverClan's first medicine cat.
The Mentor: Along with Cloud Spots, she teaches Pebble Heart about herbs.
Save the Villain: In The First Battle, she protects her enemy Leaf during the Great Battle and gives him medical assistance, rather than letting him die.
Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Cloud Spots. She's rather reckless, doing things like jumping in the river without knowing how to swim, while he's apathetic about nearly everything except herbs.
The Smart Guy: Due to her knowledge of herbs, she's one of the smarter cats around. She also gives the Followers of the Sun Trail some much needed direction at points in their journey.
"You should always put your own family and friends first-every cat knows that!"
"The Great Rock did not rise from the ground for me to sit on."
A calm, quick-witted, and determined she-cat. Although somewhat of a loner, she is a natural leader and firmly believes in The Power of Friendship. (No, seriously.) After the death of Shaded Moss, she takes over as leader of the Followers of the Sun Trail. However, in Thunder Rising, her rigid adherence to the ways of the Tribe starts causing problems for the Moor Group, and more than a few cats begin to doubt her leadership.Tall Shadow will go on to found her own Clan, ShadowClan, and be its first leader.
Badass in Distress: Near the end of The First Battle, Tall Shadow is trapped by Clear Sky along with Gray Wing and Jackdaw's Cry. She can't escape despite her badassery, so Thunder has to get the others in the Moor Group to rescue her and her allies.
Heroic BSOD: Suffers one when her brother Moon Shadow is inflicted with an injury in a fire that leads to his death. She decides to step down as leader of their group as a result and names Gray Wing as her replacement.
Takes over as leader of the Followers of the Sun Trail after Shaded Moss dies.
She will one day become the first leader of ShadowClan.
The Power of Friendship: At one point, she says that you can make miracles by putting the needs of your friends and family above your own.
Shipper on Deck: She's very happy to see Gray Wing and Turtle Tail get together.
Sibling Yin-Yang: She's quiet, but intelligent and when she does speak it's always worth listening to what she has to say. Her brother Moon Shadow is reckless, brash, and obsessed with fighting.
Took a Level in Jerkass: In Thunder Rising, she grows more hostile due to the stress of leadership, rivalry with Clear Sky, and her unwillingness to adapt her ideas to the forest way of life. However, at the end of the book she reconciles with the rest of the moor group and becomes co-leader alongside Gray Wing.
The Quiet One: Early on, Gray Wing mentions that she doesn't seem to talk very much.
Unexpected Successor: The Followers of the Sun Trail weren't expecting her to become their new leader after Shaded Moss died.
Cloud Spots (Cloudspots)
"We'll have to be careful. If we eat too much, we'll get too fat to hunt, and then where will we be?"
A tom with a penchant for herbs. However, his healing with healing can't make up for his lack of patience.Cloud Spots will go on to be the first medicine cat of ThunderClan.
Cloudcuckoolander: He's somewhat out there, and wonders about odd things, like whether the Tribe cats will get too fat to move if they eat a lot.
The Medic: He's very good with herbs, and he uses his knowledge of them to help the other Followers of the Sun Trail. He's also going to be ThunderClan's first medicine cat, Cloudspots, as confirmed by Word of God.
The Mentor: In Thunder Rising, he teaches Pebble Heart about herbs when the young tom is curious about them.
Shaded Moss's daughter. She follows her father's lead by joining him on the quest to find what lies at the end of the Sun Trail. According to Stoneteller, she is an excellent tracker.
Break the Cutie: After her father Shaded Moss dies, she has nightmares and cries out his name in her sleep.
Nightmare Dreams: After Shaded Moss dies, she has nightmares where she cries out his name in her sleep.
Romantic False Lead: For Jagged Peak. Thunder Rising and The First Battle seem to be setting them up as a couple, but then Clear Sky kills her in the battle.
Ship Tease: She spends an awful lot of time with Jagged Peak in Thunder Rising, and when she's not with him, she's usually either thinking about him or talking about him.
"You mean we could chase the rabbits all the way to their nests?"
A young tom seeking a new future beyond the Sun Trail. He's also the brother of Falling Feather. Along with Shattered Ice, he is one of the inventors of tunneling. As well, he is the mate of Hawk Swoop and the father of her kits, Lightning Tail and Acorn Fur.
Badass: In Thunder Rising, he fights a badger and comes out none the worse for wear.
Cain and Abel: In The First Battle, he and his sister Falling Feather end up fighting and killing each other.
Dishing Out Dirt: He, along with Shattered Ice, is one of the first practitioners of WindClan's tunneling skill.
Famed in Story: Remembered in Tallstar's Revenge as being one of the cats who created WindClan's tunneling tradition.
Happily Married: Gets together with Hawk Swoop at the end of The Sun Trail.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Much in the same way that the assassination of Franz Ferdinand was the last push that caused World War I to happen, Jackdaw's Cry ends up causing the Great Battle at the Four Trees by catching some food for himself after being starved for two days.
Tagalong Kid: He is one of the youngest members of the Followers of the Sun Trail.
Those Two Guys: With Shattered Ice. They are rarely seen outside of each other's company, both share an interest in tunneling, and share similar opinions.
"Come, little one. I'll look after [you]."
A young, caring she-cat who joins the Followers of the Sun Trail.
Big Damn Heroes: When Gray Wing is about to fight Gorse and Wind, Hawk Swoop and Tall Shadow show up to prevent the fight and make sure no cat gets hurt.
Good Parents: In a contrast to Clear Sky, she is a kind mother who treats her kits well, including her adopted kit Thunder.
Happily Married: Gets together with Jackdaw's Cry at the end of The Sun Trail.
Parental Substitute: At the end of The Sun Trail, she agrees to become Thunder's foster mother.
Tagalong Kid: She is one of the youngest members of the Followers of the Sun Trail.
Together in Death: Dies in the Great Battle, but her mate Jackdaw's Cry does as well, so they can be together in the afterlife.
"If you panic down there, you'll get lost before you know it."
A lithe and speedy she-cat who lives on the moor with Gorse. Although initially she doesn't trust the Followers of the Sun Trail, she and Gorse warm up to them eventually. She is also slim enough to fit into tunnels, and she uses this ability to chase prey beneath the earth.Wind will go on to found her own Clan, WindClan, and be its first leader.
A strong and somewhat dorky tom who lives on the moor with Wind. He initially dislikes the Followers of the Sun Trail, but warms up to them as Wind does. He also loves eating.Gorse will go on to be the first deputy of WindClan under his mate, Wind. After she dies, he will succeed her as leader.
Adorkable: Acts cute, dorky, and friendly once Gray Wing gets to know him better.
Big Eater: Interrupts Wind's conversation with Gray Wing to ask if he can start a meal by himself. He also really likes food in general.
Crash into Hello: He and Wind first meet Gray Wing when they crash into each other on the moor.
The Leader: One day, after his mate joins the ranks of StarClan, he will lead WindClan.
Meaningful Rename: Lightning Tail suggests renaming Gorse and Wind so that their names fit in more with the mountain cat names. Gorse gets Gorse Fur as his new name, because of the way the fur on his head sticks up.
Number Two: He will eventually become WindClan's deputy under his mate, Wind.
The son of Hawk Swoop and Jackdaw's Cry, and brother to both Acorn Fur and Thunder (the latter by adoption). An energetic kit who is great friends with Thunder.He will go on to become Lightningtail, first deputy of ThunderClan.
Brains and Brawn: He's the brains, Thunder is the brawn. Lightning Tail is pretty smart and comes up with plans for the two of them (such as in The First Battle where he figures out how to exploit Tom's weaknesses to get the kits back), while Thunder handles the heavy lifting.
Doomed by Canon: We know that he never becomes Clan leader, and Owl Eyes is just a few moons younger than him, so there's something bad in his future.
Meaningful Name: He got his name because he was always hanging around Thunder.
Number Two: In the future, he will be ThunderClan's first deputy under Thunder's command.
In The First Battle, he's convinced that Turtle Tail is just unconscious and tries to wake her up. Thunder has to snap him out of it.
Later in The First Battle, Lightning Tail and Acorn Fur think their mother Hawk Swoop is just knocked out. They quickly realize that she's dead, however.
Sibling Team: Adopted sibling team, but it still counts. He follows Thunder everywhere and does everything he does. In fact, he's even going to be part of a leadership team, as he will be deputy of ThunderClan, with Thunder as leader.
Theme Naming: Hawk Swoop did it intentionally because Lightning Tail was such good friends with Thunder. Thunder and Lightning Tail make Thunder and Lightning.
"I'm going to be the best hunter ever."
The daughter of Hawk Swoop and Jackdaw's Cry. Sister to Lightning Tail and Thunder (the latter by adoption). A minor character in Thunder Rising, but is hinted to have a greater role in the series.
Genki Girl: From what little we see of her in Thunder Rising, she appears to be full of energy and excitement.
Please Wake Up: In The First Battle, Acorn Fur and Lightning Tail at first think their mother Hawk Swoop was just knocked out during the first battle and try to wake up. However, they quickly realize that she is dead.
She Is All Grown Up: In The First Battle, Thunder returns to the moor and finds that she's an adult cat now, and is much more pretty.
Owl Eyes (Owleyes/Owlstar)
One of Turtle Tail's sons with Tom. He will go on to become the second leader of ThunderClan.
Heroic Bastard: He's the result of a one-off fling between Turtle Tail and Tom. He's definitely going to be a hero though, as he goes down in history as a wise and respected leader of ThunderClan.
Turtle Tail's daughter with Tom. Her fate is currently unknown.
Children Are Innocent: She's still young enough to have her innocence. When Gray Wing is teaching her and her brothers how to hunt, she worries about what will happen when the hare they're going after doesn't return to its family, and feels uneasy when it dies.
Heroic Bastard: She's the result of a one-off fling, but of course she's still a good cat.
What the Hell, Hero?: In The First Battle, once she finds out that Turtle Tail is dead, she flips out at Thunder and Lightning Tail for lying to her and claiming that her mother lived.
Who Would Be Stupid Enough: Doesn't tell anyone about Owl Eyes running off to catch a hare because she doesn't think that Owl Eyes would actually be stupid enough to run off and try to catch a hare.
Pebble Heart (Pebbleheart)
One of Turtle Tail's sons with Tom. He will eventually become the first medicine cat of ShadowClan.
Bad Liar: He does a truly awful job of hiding his prophetic dreams from Gray Wing once asked about them.
Dreaming of Things to Come: From kithood, he has a connection to what will become StarClan, and frequently has prophetic dreams. In Thunder Rising, he mentions a dream about walking down the Mothermouth tunnel towards the Moonstone, a huge battle with Clear Sky at the centre, and something really bad at the edge of the forest.
Heroic Bastard: He was born from a one-off fling between Turtle Tail and Tom. He's still a heroic cat however, and just wants to heal his comrades.
The Medic: He will eventually become the first medicine cat of ShadowClan. For now, he has some herbal knowledge learned from watching Cloud Spots and Dappled Pelt.
Nightmare Dreams: In Thunder Rising, he explains that some of his prophetic dreams manifest as nightmares, mainly the one about a huge battle with Clear Sky in the midst of it.
"Well, that's a good excuse. I think you've come to steal our prey."
A cat who wants the forest all to himself. He later joins up with the forest group.
The Exile: At the end of Thunder Rising, Clear Sky kicks him out of the forest because of his injury. Frost was supposed to be left for dead, but Thunder goes with him and takes him to the moor group.
It's All About Me: He wants Storm out of the forest so that he can have more food for himself.
Jerkass: He is very rude to Gray Wing when he wants to visit Clear Sky. He also attacks Storm for "invading" the forest, even though she's lived there for her entire life. However, he tones it down a bit after Thunder takes him to the Moor Group.
The Skeptic: He thinks that Gray Wing is lying about wanting to see his own brother, Clear Sky, and is actually trying to steal prey. He also attacks Storm, thinking her to be a trespasser instead of a resident of the forest.
Revenge: In The First Battle, he joins in the Great Battle partially to help the Moor Group and partially to get revenge on Clear Sky for kicking him out.
Villain Team-Up: Teams up with fellow antagonists Fox, Petal, Leaf, and Clear Sky when he joins the forest group.
One of Wind Runner and Gorse Fur's four kits born in The First Battle. He tragically dies shortly after being born.
Happily Adopted: In The First Battle, Emberkit dies and is separated from his mother, Wind Runner. However, Turtle Tail will look after him in StarClan, and he seems to love her just as much as his mother.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Emberkit dies shortly after being born. We don't even learn his name until after he's dead.
Moth Flight (Mothflight)
One of daughters Wind Runner and Gorse Fur, born during The First Battle. Unnamed in the book, but revealed in The Ultimate Guide to be Moth Flight.She will go on to be a medicine cat and discover the Moonstone. She will also be the star of the 2015 Super Edition, which will be called Mothflight's Vision.
Chekhov's Gunman: She's an unnamed kit who does absolutely nothing in The First Battle. However, she's going to be the one to discover the Moonstone, and will also be a medicine cat.
The Medic: She will become a medicine cat at some point. According to Secrets of the Clans she was the first medicine cat, but with Cloud Spots, Dappled Pelt, and Pebble Heart already showing knowledge of medicine, that seems like it could change.
One of Wind Runner and Gorse Fur's daughters, born in The First Battle. She is a brown tabby and white she-cat with a white muzzle.
No Name Given: Her name wasn't revealed in The First Battle. Subverted when Kate revealed her name online.
Series Continuity Error: Was accidentally referred to as a tom in The First Battle, which claimed that Wind Runner had "three sons and a daughter" when she in fact had two sons and two daughters.
A son of Wind Runner and Gorse Fur, born during The First Battle. He is a tiny gray tom. May or may not end up being Duststar, the WindClan leader during the creation of the first rule of the Warrior Code.
No Name Given: His name was not revealed in The First Battle. Subverted when Kate revealed his name online, though.
Unexpected Character: If he is in fact Duststar, then few expected him to appear to due Dawn of the Clans taking place a couple generations before the creation of the Warrior Code.
The Forest Group
"It just seems so wrong, letting prey escape."
Moon Shadow is everything his sister Tall Shadow isn't. He runs from responsibilities and doesn't think the consequences of his actions through. Although he claims that he's following the Sun Trail because he wants his kits at the Tribe to have more food, he's really just looking for freedom. He leaves the moor with Clear Sky to live in the forest
Breaking the Fellowship: He leaves the Followers of the Sun Trail along with Quick Water, Falling Feather, Jagged Peak, and Clear Sky to form a new group.
Butt Monkey: He gets beat up by forest cats, constantly yelled at by Dewy Leaf, and everyone else calls him an idiot.
Disappeared Dad: For his son, Jay Frost. He left the cave before Jay Frost was born, and they'll never meet because Moon Shadow is dead.
Expy: He's like a mix between Berrynose and Crowfeather.
Hot-Blooded: He is constantly picking fights with unfamiliar cats. His Tribemates call him an idiot for it.
Man on Fire: In Thunder Rising, he dies from injury sustained in a forest fire. The book describes it as his stomach being literally on fire which could not be put out in time to save him.
Jerkass: He attacks Moon Shadow and is very rude when Gray Wing tries to break up the fight.
No Name Given: In The Sun Trail, he wasn't actually named. The Bonus Scene revealed that he and the swimming she-cat were "Leaf and Nightheart", but it wasn't revealed until Thunder Rising that he was Leaf and she was Nightheart (as the fandom thought).
One Steve Limit: Averted. He shares his name with Leaf from Firestar's Quest, who becomes Leafstar.
Pet the Dog: He's a jerk, but he also seems to be friends with the orphaned Fox and Petal. He also gives Thunder a respectful compliment about his fighting skills.
Villain Team-Up: Teams up with fellow antagonists Frost, Fox, Petal, and Clear Sky when he joins the forest group.
"I'll work hard and improve my hunting skills. And I'm pretty sure that in the future no cat will be able to push me around..."
When she was just a kit, Petal lost her mother to a badger. After being attacked when they tried to ask another cat for help, Petal and her brother Fox decided that they could only rely on each other. However, her beliefs started to change when she met the forest group. Petal is the protagonist of The Sun Trail's Bonus Scene.
Action Girl: She is quite strong, and can hold her own against formidable fighters like Clear Sky, Gray Wing, and Moon Shadow.
Bully Hunter: She fancies herself as someone who puts a stop to bullies in the forest.
Co-Dragons: In The First Battle, Petal and Snake are Clear Sky's two most loyal followers, and are the most eager to fight for him. He uses them both as his main enforcers.
The Dragon: Acts as Clear Sky's second in command after the death of her brother Fox.
Hidden Depths: She seems to be a random jerkish character in the main story, but in the Bonus Scene you find out that she's an orphan who worked with her brother Fox to survive and hates bullies. As well, in Thunder Rising, Thunder is surprised to find out just how soft and motherly she is with Birch and Alder, her adopted kits.
History Repeats: She acts as the catalyst for this; she kills Misty, leaving her two kits orphaned, just as her own mother was killed by a badger, leaving her two kits orphaned.
Ironic Name: Quoth Thunder in Thunder Rising, "Which cat named her 'Petal'? There's nothing soft about her!"
It's Personal: In Thunder Rising, Petal fights Misty, the hostile cat who she left her for dead after her mother died. Thunder wants to help her, but Clear Sky says that he should remember Petal's connection to Misty.
My God, What Have I Done?: In Thunder Rising, after she and Clear Sky discover Misty's kits, she is horrified to realize that Misty was just trying to protect her kits when they killed her.
Parental Substitute: In Thunder Rising, after Clear Sky kills Misty, Petal becomes mother to Misty's kits.
Thunder Rising has her getting her revenge on Misty, the cat who left her to starve after her mother died. She does so with relish. However, she has no quarrel with Misty's kits, and resolves to raise them with their mother dead.
In The First Battle, she goes after Gray Wing to avenge her brother Fox.
Sibling Team: She and her brother Fox rely on each other, hunting and fighting together.
Villain Team-Up: She and her brother team up with fellow antagonists Frost, Leaf, and Clear Sky when they join the forest group.
"Petal and I share everything."
When he was just a kit, Fox lost his mother to a badger. He and his sister Petal decided that they could only rely on each other. However, his beliefs started to change when he met the forest group, which is led by Clear Sky. He joined because of his love for Falling Feather. However, he was killed in a border dispute with Gray Wing before anything developed.
The Bully: He's a complete jerk to the cats outside the forest group, and he picks on them. It's pretty sad, because his sister hates bullies.
The Dragon: He serves as an enforcer to the leader of the forest group, Clear Sky, always hanging around him and controlling who goes through the borders.
Sibling Team: He and his sister Petal rely on each other, hunting and fighting together.
Almost Dead Guy: As she dies, she asks Gray Wing to apologize to Clear Sky for her.
Betty and Veronica: She is blunt and sarcastic, making her the Veronica to the loyal and supportive Turtle Tail, who is also a love interest for Gray Wing. And these same traits also make her Clear Sky's Veronica, with his incredibly sweet mate Bright Stream as the Betty.
The Smart Guy: He's rather perceptive. For example, he's the first cat to notice that Thorn is sick.
Those Two Guys: Always seen in the company of Fircone in Thunder Rising and The First Battle.
"We're worried about where this is heading. Soon Clear Sky won't listen to what anyone has to say, and we won't have any choice about what he asks us to do."
A tom that joins Clear Sky's group with his best friend Nettle late in Thunder Rising. He needs a place to stay, but is disgusted by Clear Sky's deplorable actions. However, as he spends more time in the camp, he begins to support Clear Sky more, and starts to hunger for battle.
Fallen Hero: In The First Battle, Thunder says that he used to be a good cat, but now he's just become another unquestioning minion of Clear Sky.
Last Episode New Character: He doesn't show up until the final chapter of Thunder Rising, but he is the cause of the climax because he convinces Thunder to confront Clear Sky.
My Master, Right or Wrong: Played with. He's willing to follow through on any awful order Clear Sky may give him, but he feels horrible about it and wants Clear Sky to change his ways.
Those Two Guys: Always seen in the company of Nettle in The First Battle.
Birch and Alder
Birch and Alder
Misty's kits. Clear Sky killed their mother without realizing that she was attempting to protect them. Feeling sorry for them, Petal takes them in and raises them as her own.
Disappeared Dad: While we know their mother's fate (killed by Clear Sky while defending them), who their father is and what happened to him is never revealed.
Happily Adopted: They seem to accept Petal as their new mother, and they love her quite a lot.
Mercy Kill: Subverted. Clear Sky offers to kill them so as to not prolong their suffering, but Thunder and Petal stop him.
Thorn and Dew
Thorn and Dew
Two cats that were once friends with Wind and Gorse. However, they grew more hostile when the Followers of the Sun Trail showed up in the forest. Dew is a gray she-cat, while Thorn is a tom with splotchy fur. (However, their names are reversed in the Allegiances.)In The First Battle, they show up in Clear Sky's camp, asking to join his group.
Chekhov's Gunman: They were mentioned by Wind Runner and Gorse Fur in Thunder Rising as cats that had become more hostile with the arrival of the Followers of the Sun Trail, but beyond that they seemed to be inconsequential. Not so in The First Battle, because the information they give Clear Sky about what's going on in the Moor Group's camp leads him to believe that Gray Wing is planning a battle. This misunderstanding escalates, eventually leading to the Great Battle at the Four Trees.
Deadpan Snarker: When asked about his sickness by Nettle, Thorn claims to be molting.
The Ghost: They are never actually seen, only mentioned by Wind and Gorse to show that tempers are flaring in the forest because of the Forest and Moor Groups. However, they eventually appear and play an important role in The First Battle.
Small Role, Big Impact: They are minor characters in The First Battle, but the information they give Clear Sky sets off a series of misunderstandings that leads to the battle at the Four Trees.
Stealth Expert: Apparently, since in The First Battle they were able to sneak into the Moor Group's camp and watch what was going on.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Wind and Gorse explain that with Clear Sky laying down barriers, they have grown much more hostile. Thorn and Dew once would have shared a rabbit they had just caught with Wind and Gorse, but now they just opt to chase them off on sight.
We Used to Be Friends: They used to be good pals with Wind and Gorse, but now they treat them like prey stealers.
A bloodthirsty rogue tom from the Twolegplace who joins Clear Sky so that he can grow even stronger.
Blood Knight: Always eager to fight and hungry for battle. Shown most obviously by how much he relishes killing Frost.
Co-Dragons: In The First Battle, he and Petal act as Clear Sky's most loyal enforcers, and are very willing to fight for him.
One Steve Limit: Averted. He shares his name with Barley's BloodClan brother, who appears in Ravenpaw's Path.
Cats of the River
River Ripple (Ripple)
"I don't like giving myself labels. I live by the river, and that's all any cat needs to know."
A cat who lives by the river, in his youth, he was named Ripple, and lived with the Cats of the Park in a natural park. However, when the park was demolished, he was separated from his mentor Arc and sent adrift on the river. After seeing how the water protected him, he added the "River" part to his name and was thankful to it ever since.By the time the story begins, River Ripple is an elegant cat who goes where he pleases. He is good friends with Nightheart, a fellow swimming cat, and becomes an ally of Gray Wing and his friends. And of course, he's fabulous.River Ripple will go on to found his own Clan, RiverClan, and be its first leader. He will also come up with the idea for the mentor-apprentice system.
A Day in the Limelight: He's not a point of view character in the main story of Thunder Rising, but he stars in the Bonus Scene, which reveals his origins.
Big Damn Heroes: In Thunder Rising, he saves Gray Wing and his allies when they are trapped by the forest fire.
Big Eater: He loves food, and will eat whatever he can get his paws on.
Cats Hate Water: At first he hated water and was terrified of the river. However, it's inverted eventually, as he grows to love water and swimming, and considers himself a Cat of the River.
The Leader: He's going to be RiverClan's first leader, eventually.
Nice Guy: Saves the Moor Group from the fire and helps Thunder and Lightning Tail track down Tom simply because he knows they're good cats.
Meaningful Rename: He added the "River" part to his name as thanks to the river that protected him after he was separated from the Cats of the Park.
Small Role, Big Impact: He doesn't do much in Thunder Rising, but without him the Moor Group wouldn't have been able to save the Forest Group from the fire.
"I've heard about trespassers on the moor! You're not welcome here."
A black she-cat with two white spots. She loves to swim, but she hates trespassers in what she thinks of as her forest. She is one of River Ripple's closest friends, and has a brother somewhere.
Bit Part Badguys: She's a minor antagonist who has barely screen-time in The Sun Trail.
Jerkass: She attacks Storm for "invading" the forest, even though she'd lived there her entire life.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Thunder Rising, it turns out that she's pretty nice when you get to know her. She's also River Ripple's best friend.
Meaningful Rename: In River Ripple's origin story in Thunder Rising's Bonus Scene she is named Night. Evidently she changed it, because her name is Nightheart now.
No Name Given: In The Sun Trail, she was never named, although the Bonus Scene revealed that she and a member of the forest group were "Leaf and Nightheart". It wasn't until Thunder Rising that it was revealed that she was Nightheart (as the fandom presumed).
Out of Focus: Doesn't appear at all in The First Battle, despite appearing in The Sun Trail and Thunder Rising.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Appears out of nowhere to yell at Clear Sky and Gray Wing, then disappears just as quickly.
A black tom seen in the company of Nightheart and River Ripple. Obviously, he is Nightheart's brother, but nothing else is known about him. Fights Thunder during Thunder Rising.
Jerkass: We don't know much about him, but his unprovoked attack on Thunder makes him seem like one.
No Name Given: Much like his sister, he appears as a nameless cat in the main story of his introductory book, and it's only revealed who he is in the Bonus Scene. Unlike his sister, he remains nameless throughout all of Thunder Rising.
Sibling Team: Works together with his sister Nightheart in addition to River Ripple.
"I'm a housecat-though I guess you'd call me a kittypet. Can I come up?"
A curious kittypet who explores the forest whenever she gets bored of hanging out with her Housefolk. She becomes friends with Turtle Tail.
Almost Dead Guy: Before she dies, she talks with Turtle Tail for a few moments and apologizes to her.
Break the Cutie: In Thunder Rising she tells her best friend a hard truth, so her friend abandons her. Then her friend's ex starts abusing her, so she feels she must leave her housefolk. But the moor cats reject her and she ends up barely surviving in the forest, slowly starving to death. Then she either gets killed by a fox or by Clear Sky. She goes from kind and fun to broken and alone.
Broken Bird: Becomes this in Thunder Rising. She tries to become badass and survive on her own after Bumble leaves, Tom abuses her, and the moor cats reject her, but it doesn't work, and she dies.
Cultural Rebel: Unlike most kittypets in the series, she adores the forest and isn't too frightened of the cats that live there.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Turtle Tail. They are very good friends, and Turtle Tail eventual moves in with her, but there's nothing romantic between them.
A kittypet who was abandoned by his Twolegs. He was taken to an animal shelter for a while, but was eventually adopted by Bumble's Twolegs. Fathered Turtle Tail's kits, but didn't tell her that the Twolegs would take them away when they were born. Finding this out caused Turtle Tail to go back to the moor.
A Dog Named Dog: Lampshaded by Gray Wing, who is surprised that twolegs would name a tom "Tom", and considers it further proof that all twolegs are crazy. This also trips up Thunder in The First Battle, because when Tom tells him his name, he thinks Tom is saying that he is a tom.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts nice to Turtle Tail at first, but he lied to her and manipulated her, and later begins abusing Bumble. He also tries to act politely to Thunder, but Thunder realizes who he is and doesn't fall for it.
The Bully: He cruelly beats Bumble, in addition to lying to and manipulating Turtle Tail.
Domestic Abuser: In Thunder Rising, he starts beating Bumble after Turtle Tail leaves to go back to the moor group.
The Ghost: He's mentioned several times, and is fairly important as the father of Turtle Tail's kits, but he never appears in Thunder Rising. However, he does show up eventually in The First Battle.
Green-Eyed Monster: In The First Battle, he gets absolutely furious when he thinks that his twolegs might like Lightning Tail more than him.
"If Tom knew I brought you here, he'd be very angry. Good luck!"
A timid she-cat that's friends with River Ripple. Although shy, she is also quite nosy. Nothing happens in the Twolegplace without Flower knowing about it.
The Informant: River Ripple takes Thunder and Lightning Tail to her to get information.
Shrinking Violet: She's very timid, so much that River Ripple makes Thunder and Lightning Tail hide from her lest they spook her.
Stoneteller (Half Moon)
"All cats in the Tribe are my kits, even the elders. And as for finding a mate, I knew love once and once was enough. We can never be sure of our future, Gray Wing. All we can do is trust that what we believe is right."
The leader of the Tribe. Many seasons ago, she was led to the mountains by Jay's Wing, a tom she loved. After having a vision of the rising sun, she realizes that a group of cats must travel away from the mountains and find a new home for themselves.Stoneteller also appears in Power of Three and Omen of the Stars as Half Moon. You can read about that version of her here.
Celibate Hero: As the Stoneteller, she can't take a mate. But as she says, "I knew love once, and that was enough."
Call Back: Mentions Jay's Wing (aka Jayfeather) and the time she spent with him. This references Long Shadows and Sign of the Moon.
Dreaming of Things to Come: In The Sun Trail, she has a dream/vision of another place where there will be food and warmth for some of the Tribe.
Intro-Only Point of View: The prologue of The Sun Trail is from her perspective, but after that she's just a supporting character with no POV scenes.
The Medic: Her role as the Stoneteller makes her both a healer and a leader.
Mr. Exposition: In The Sun Trail, she spends a long time telling the Followers of the Sun Trail what to expect in the outside world, while also giving the reader information about the Tribe.
Older and Wiser: In Long Shadows and Sign of the Moon, Half Moon was still young and inexperienced. Stoneteller is a much wiser and world-weary cat, however.
Shipper on Deck: Her happiness when Gray Wing and Turtle Tail become mates shows that she wanted them to get together all along.
Talking in Your Dreams: In Thunder Rising, she appears in one of Gray Wing's dreams. She's not sure why it happened, but suggests that it's a greater power showing Gray Wing his destiny as leader by sending him to the Cave of Pointed Stones.
"We may not be as young as you, but our claws are still sharp."
An elder of the Tribe. Despite her own hunger, she remains good-natured and tries to help her Tribemates.
Bait and Switch: In the prologue of The Sun Trail, she steals a bone from some kits. At first it looks like she's greedy, but it turns out that she was trying to get her friend Misty Water to eat it and survive.
Cool Old Lady: She is kind and supportive of every cat in the Tribe.
Greater Need Than Mine: She gets her paws on some food, but she gives it to Misty Water because she thinks that she needs it more.
Shipper on Deck: She likes Clear Sky being together with Bright Stream, and tries to push Gray Wing to become mates with Turtle Tail.
"You young cats think you know everything."
An elder, and one of the Tribe's best trackers. She's been miserable and withdrawn ever since her mate Broken Feather died from starvation.
Chekhov's Gunman: After Jagged Peak disappears, it's revealed that she's one of the best trackers in the the Tribe and she helps Gray Wing figure out where he went.
Greater Need Than Mine: In The First Battle, she tries to give her food to Jay Frost, because she thinks that a younger cat needs it more than an old cat.
An elder of the Tribe. He suggests the possibility of a new home for the younger cats being out there somewhere. He's also Lionblaze, a protagonist in Power of Three and Omen of the Stars. For more information about him, see here.
Badass Boast: After Jagged Peak brings back a hare, he gives the hilariously hammy, "Prey had better watch out!"
Call Back: References Long Shadows and Sign of the Moon by mentioning his mother Shy Fawn and how the Tribe used to live around the lake.
The Cameo: His role, essentially. He's there as a token reference to the previous arcs, and to show what kind of cat Lionblaze will become when he's a senior warrior.
Cool Old Guy: Is kind-hearted, and very supportive of Half Moon.
Demoted to Extra: Lionblaze was a point of view character for twelve books. His previous incarnation, Lion's Roar, is a fairly minor character who is left behind a quarter of the way through the first book of Dawn of the Clans. May also count as Ascended Extra, since he'll be reincarnated as a far more important character.
Expy: Essentially an older and wiser Lionblaze, which makes sense because he is Lionblaze. He's also very similar to the recurring "older, wise, hero cat" characters, such as Lionheart, Whitestorm, and Brackenfur.
Reincarnation: Many years after he dies, he will be reborn into ThunderClan as Lionblaze, son of Leafpool and Crowfeather.
Unexpected Character: Although most readers are familiar with Lionblaze, nobody was expecting his previous incarnation from Sign of the Moon to show up in Dawn of the Clans.
"I love living in the mountains. In spite of the cold and hunger. I always imagined I'd raise my kits here...but then, I always imagined their father would be Clear Sky."
Clear Sky's mate. She joins him on the quest because she wants to be with him, and because she believes that a good home for their future kits lies at the end of the Sun Trail. However, she is carried off by an eagle and killed early on into the journey, with drastic consequences for the Followers of the Sun Trail.
A Day in the Limelight: An extra scene has been released online which shows her point of view. Unfortunately for her, said scene is her death.
Betty and Veronica: She's incredibly sweet and loyal to Clear Sky, making her the Betty and Clear Sky's other mate, the blunt and sarcastic Storm, the Veronica.
Pregnant Badass: Even though she's carrying kits, she still fights and helps the other cats. This ends up backfiring massively when she dies and starts Clear Sky's downward spiral.
Undying Loyalty: Is willing to leave the only home she's ever known to follow her mate, Clear Sky.
"This has been my home all my life. I always expected to die here. But if Stoneteller believes that some of us must leave to find the place of her dream, then I will go, and do my best to keep you safe."
A somewhat older member of the Tribe. Most of the Tribe expected Half Moon to name Shaded Moss as her successor to the mantle of Stoneteller. However, they were shocked when she instead named him the leader of the Followers of the Sun Trail, a group of cats who would seek out a new home, while also reducing the amount of mouths the Tribe has to feed. Although he expected to live with the Tribe until the end of his days, Shaded Moss is honoured to lead the crew. He's also Rainswept Flower's loving father.
Doomed by Canon: He's the leader of the Followers of the Sun Trail, but since we never heard about him as one of the major leaders of the forest cats who formed the Clans, something has to happen to him before the Clans are made. That something turns out to be his death when he is hit by a car.
The Leader: Half Moon names him that leader of the Followers of the Sun Trail.
Look Both Ways: He is killed when a car hits him while he is trying to escape from a dog.
Mr. Exposition: Whenever something about the outside world needs to be explained to the Followers of the Sun Trail, he's usually the one to do it.
Team Dad: He acts fatherly and supportive towards the other Followers of the Sun Trail.
What the Hell, Hero?: At the end of The First Battle, he returns as a spirit and chews out Tall Shadow.
Shaded Moss: "All cats have a choice. A cat who follows only one path, never stopping to question where it leads, is as dumb as the prey she hunts."
"This is a cruel place. But it's my home, for better or worse."
The mother of Gray Wing, Clear Sky, Jagged Peak, and Fluttering Bird. After Jagged Peak runs away to follow the Sun Trail, she convinces Gray Wing to find him and make sure he safely reaches his new home.
The Ghost: She is mentioned frequently in Thunder Rising, but she doesn't appear in at all.
Good Parents: She is a good mother who loves her kits dearly.
Pregnant Badass: She's expecting kits, but with encouragement from Gray Wing she goes out into the danger of the mountains and hunts for her Tribe.
Woman Scorned: She's very angry with Moon Shadow for running off from her, and snaps at him frequently.
"We owe it to the cats who have gone not to give up now. We need to find a new way to survive."
One of the older Tribe cats.
Greater Need Than Mine: Catches a bird with Hollow Tree, but instead of eating it, (which would be totally socially acceptable in the Tribe) they give it to Gray Wing so he'll be strong enough to find Jagged Peak.
Misty Water's mate. He died sometime before the events of The Sun Trail, due to starvation.
Chekhov's Gunman: It turns out that he told Gray Wing what a great tracker Misty Water was, and this helps him find out where Jagged Peak ran off to.
The son of Dewy Leaf and Moon Shadow. Born sometime before the prologue of The First Battle.
Disappeared Dad: His father, Moon Shadow, left the cave, and Jay Frost will never meet him in life.
Tuckerization: He is named after Jayfrost, a dedicated fan on Kate Cary's blog.
"You're not from around these parts, are you?"
A long-legged brown-and-gray tabby tom who the Followers of the Sun Trail meet near Highstones. He briefly chats with them and tells them about the other cats living in the forest before leaving.
Bit Character: He's just a small, unimportant cat who only briefly appears to tell the Followers of the Sun Trail that they're on the right track.
Mr. Exposition: His role in The Sun Trail is to tell the Followers of the Sun Trail about the forest cats and what the name of Highstones is.
Nice Guy: He gives the Followers of the Sun Trail some handy information without asking for anything in return, chats with them in a friendly manner instead of trying to fight or flee, and wishes them luck on their journey. From his two pages, it can be surmised that he's a pretty decent fellow.
No Name Given: He doesn't give his name to the Followers of the Sun Trail, and the text simply refers to him as "the stranger". Whether he will return to the series and share his name is unknown.
Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears for two pages, but by telling the Followers of the Sun Trail about the cats living beyond Highstones, he gives them their destination.
The Stoic: He barely reacts to being surrounded by a massive group of cats and instead chats with them freely.
Tree Cover: Hides in a clump of bracken while watching the Followers of the Sun Trail.
Unknown Character: His name isn't revealed, and he's just there to be the guy who points the Followers of the Sun Trail on the right path.
The mother of Petal and Fox. When they were just kittens, she was killed by a badger, leaving them orphaned.
Killed Offscreen: The Bonus Scene starts immediately after the badger kills her, so the readers never see her death.
Mama Bear: Fought and died to a badger just to protect her kits.
Unnamed Parent: Even though the Warriors series gives even the most minor of characters names, we never learn her name.
"All prey around here is ours. Learn that now, before you really get hurt."
A gray and white she-cat that Petal and Fox met in their youth. When they were lost and hungry after their mother's death, Misty and two companions attacked them and chased them off, thinking that the two orphans would steal their prey.
Alas, Poor Villain: Misty is not a nice cat. But in Thunder Rising, it turns out that she died because she was defending her kits, and she gets sympathy from Clear Sky, Thunder, and Petal.
Arch-Enemy: For Petal. She left Petal to die when she was a kit, and Petal has never forgotten her, nor has she forgiven her. She hungers only for revenge.
Bit Part Badguys: She's an antagonist, but she's very minor, only appearing for about two pages in each of the first two books, and she's a completely independent character. (And she won't be appearing again, what with being dead.)
Hidden Depths: In Thunder Rising, her refusal to leave when confronting Clear Sky just seems like her usual Jerkass behaviour, although she is on the end of Disproportionate Retribution, what with being killed for it. Then it turns out that she was trying to protect her kits, and her actions take an entirely different context.
Mama Bear: In Thunder Rising, after Clear Sky and Petal kill her, they realize that she was only trying to defend her kits.
Unknown Character: In The Sun Trail, her role was to be a minor, unnamed character in Petal's backstory who made Petal become cynical. She eventually does return and get a name in Thunder Rising, but is killed off almost immediately.
We Hardly Knew Ye: In Thunder Rising, she returns to the story and is killed after two pages. Her only other appearance is a rather minuscule role in the Bonus Scene of The Sun Trail.
"Always be aware, life can be hard, even for us."
A former member of the Cats of the Park, a group disbanded and separated when the park was destroyed. He was mentor to Ripple (later known as River Ripple), but lost his young apprentice when Ripple was carried away by the river. His current fate is unknown.
The Mentor: He was River Ripple's mentor, teaching him things when he lived in the park.
Mentor Occupational Hazard: Subverted. You'd think that he'd die, considering that he's River Ripple's mentor and has no presence in the main story of Thunder Rising. However, he is just separated from River Ripple, and not heard from again.
A rogue living in the forest. She appears briefly to give Thunder and Lightning Tail some information.
Spear Carrier: Only appears for a short scene where she tells Thunder and Lightning Tail about where Tom took Turtle Tail's kits.
"Don't you trust me to find us food?"
A tom who took care of a young Wind Runner when her parents died. He was nice at first, but he abandoned her after she hurt her leg.
Cynicism Catalyst: He served as one for Wind Runner. By abandoning her, he made her decide not to form bonds, because in her mind, every cat would eventually abandon her.
Parental Substitute: Raised Wind Runner after she was orphaned. However, he stopped doing that and abandoned her.