"This is a Clan unlike any other-a Clan with all the strength, brilliance, and beauty of water. Welcome to RiverClan. I am Leopardstar, the leader here. Can you hear the river? In its flowing current you can see what makes us the greatest Clan in the forest. Nothing can stand against the forces of water, just like nothing can defeat RiverClan warriors when we rise up together. But when trouble comes, RiverClan knows how to weave through the dangers, adapting to the changed world just as the river flows around rocks and over waterfalls. We are grace. We are power. We are RiverClan."
—Leopardstar on RiverClan, Secrets of the Clans
Clan FactsUnlike other Clans of Warrior Cats, RiverClan cats love water. These cats live by the water, and fight with all its ferocity. But also like water, RiverClan cats are willing to change their flow to suit their needs. Although known to have contained many heroes and villains, RiverClan is generally renowned for its skilled strategists. If their unique battle skills don't defeat the other Clans, their intelligence will.Beware of unmarked spoilers!Note: Please add character tropes exclusive to Dawn of the Clans to the Dawn of the Clans character page, not here.See also:
Medicine Cat: Mothwing & Willowshine
Hunting Territory: The lake and streams
Camp: Overgrown island in a stream
Unique Battle Skill: Water combat
Medicine Cat: Mothwing & Willowshine
Hunting Territory: The lake and streams
Camp: Overgrown island in a stream
Unique Battle Skill: Water combat
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General Clan Tropes
- Badass Creed: Battles of the Clans gave us:"RiverClan fish! RiverClan swim! RiverClan warriors use water to win!"
- The Beautiful Elite: RiverClan cats are noted to be very beautiful, with sleek and glossy pelts. Unfortunately, this trait also makes them vulnerable to being stolen by Twolegs who want to keep them as kittypets.
- Cats Hate Water: Inverted. They are the Clan most notable for marking the river as their territory and swimming in it to catch fish.
- Crippling Overspecialization: In the forest, they rely almost entirely on the river for food, but this also means they go hungry when something prevents them from taking prey from the river (floods, the water freezing over, Twolegs poisoning the fish, etc.)
- Does Not Like Spam: Mistystar's Omen reveals that they generally avoid mammalian prey like mice, squirrels, and rats, only eating it when they're desperate.
- A Handful for an Eye: One of their techniques is temporarily blinding a foe with water.
- Smug Snake: They sometimes act superior to the other Clans, thanks to their easy source of prey and beautiful pelts.Rock: When [Crookedstar] was a kit, RiverClan won back the rights to Sunningrocks, and the cats used to swim across the river and stretch out whenever the sky was clear, just to taunt their ThunderClan rivals.
- Theme Naming: RiverClan cats are often named after water-related things in nature (Graypool, Lilystem, Lakeshine, Rippleclaw, Rainflower, Stormfur, Rainstorm, Silverstream) or aquatic animals (Piketooth, Troutstream, Ottersplash, Voleclaw).
- Trademark Favorite Food: They mostly eat fish, which they catch from the river or lake.
Leaders and Deputies
"They must see that peace and sharing and honor are good for the group, and that what's good for the group is good for the individual. We find trust in trusting, and learn kindness by being kind."The legendary founder of RiverClan. Also see his entry under River Ripple in Characters.Warrior Cats Dawn Of The Clans.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He was a genius leader, but he didn't care about the other Clans and skipped Gatherings if he thought he could get away with it.
- The Cameo: He appears in the prologue of Long Shadows.
- Founder of the Kingdom: He started RiverClan.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He was extremely apathetic towards the other Clans, even skipping Gatherings, but he was generous and warm-hearted towards RiverClan.
- Leader Wannabe: Like the other founding leaders, he tried claiming that he should rule the entire forest.
- The Mentor: He developed the mentor-apprentice system. However, it is unknown if he actually had an apprentice.
- Undying Loyalty: To his Clan.
BirchstarThe leader of RiverClan when SkyClan was driven out.
- The Chains of Commanding: She wanted to help SkyClan the most, but she was too afraid of leading her own Clan to ruin if she helped.
- The Leader: Of RiverClan some 20 years before Into the Wild.
- Must Make Amends: She apologizes to Cloudstar in the afterlife and gives the new leader of the restored SkyClan one of her nine lives.
"When you feel doubt, let your heart lead you forward, not back."Crookedstar's predecessor as leader of RiverClan. He's laid back and doesn't care much for tradition. Plays an important role in Crookedstar's Promise.
- Extreme Doormat: For some odd reason, he becomes this whenever Rainflower is present. She makes several cruel demands of him (changing Stormkit's name, choosing Shellheart as Oakpaw's mentor) and he obliges her every time.
- The Leader: Leads RiverClan in Crookedstar's Promise.
- Villainous Rescue: In the "Hunting Fish!" short story he saves Dappletail and White-eye, even though they were from another Clan.
"Together we can rebuild anything. Except Clan cats who have drowned trying to rescue bits of wood."Crookedstar's father. He was the deputy of RiverClan until after Rainflower dies.
- Gender Bender: Was often called a she-cat in Bluestar's Prophecy.
- Good Parents: Unlike Rainflower, Shellheart comforts Crookedstar when his jaw breaks and loves both his sons instead of favoring one over the other.
- Nice Guy: He was generally very kind and cared about his Clanmates.
- Number Two: He was the deputy of RiverClan.
- Papa Wolf: When Rainflower decides to change Stormkit's name to Crookedkit (while showing no sympathy towards his injury), Shellheart is quick to defend him. He even breaks up with her before Stormkit says to stop fighting because of him. His dad replies by saying that it was Rainflower's own fault, not his.
"I'm sorry I can't make you proud of me. But I haven't finished yet. I'll do everything I can to make you glad I'm your son. You'll never make me ashamed of who I am or what I look like."
The leader of RiverClan at the beginning of the series. He broke his jaw on the stepping stones between ThunderClan and RiverClan territory as a kit. This, combined with the fact that he sneaked off the the Moonstone and stayed in the barn near WindClan territory for a moon, delayed his apprenticeship by four moons. He trained in the Dark Forest with Mapleshade, making a promise to put his Clan above everything. However, thanks to this promise, Mapleshade caused the deaths of most of his family. He is regarded as one of the greatest leaders the Forest had ever seen.
- Abusive Parents: Has been on both sides of this trope.
- Ignored his daughter Silverkit after the death of his mate and other daughters, until his brother Oakheart called him out on it.
- His own mother was quite abusive.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He lacks a crooked jaw on the cover of Crookedstar's Promise, though he had it in an early version of the cover.
- A Day in the Limelight: Got his own spinoff, Crookedstar's Promise.
- Berserk Button: Do not tell him he's like Rainflower.
- Breakout Character: In the Ultimate Leader Election in late 2008, it was he who made it far enough to go up against Firestar at the end. He lost, which is understandable considering that Firestar's the main character that introduced us to the series, but Vicky said in the next Authortracker that even though she expected Firestar to win, she was surprised that out of all the leaders in the running, Crookedstar would be the one to make it so far. Perhaps this is why she decided to have a Super Edition from his point of view. Not bad for a minor character that died in book 5.
- Break the Cutie: When he was a kit named Stormkit, he was in an accident that resulted in his jaw becoming crooked. Shortly afterward, his mother starts hating him and changes his name to Crookedkit, which later becomes Crookedjaw when he becomes a warrior. He makes a promise to a cat from the Dark Forest that he will always remain loyal to RiverClan, and as a result, slowly everyone he cares about is killed off, including his parents, his brother, his mate, and eventually all three of his daughters.
- Broken Pedestal: In Crookedstar's Promise, he held Mapleshade in high regard until he found out how evil she was.
- Calling the Old Man Out: At his warrior ceremony, Crookedstar finally calls his mother out on her neglect and promises to make her proud of him.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He sustained a disfiguring injury as a kit. Because his shallow mother couldn't stand having such an ugly kit, she neglected him, favored his brother, and renamed him Crookedkit for his injury. As he grew up, many of the cats he was close to died.
- Despair Event Horizon: In Crookedstar's Promise, he starts slipping into this after Willowbreeze dies. Oakheart and Silverstream save him just in time.
- Forgiveness: Word of God is that he and Rainflower made up in the afterlife.
- Innocent Inaccurate: As a kit, he sees two warriors in the midst of a forbidden relationship, but assumes that they are on a secret mission.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In Into the Wild, he agrees to Brokenstar's demands and grants ShadowClan hunting rights to part of RiverClan territory, preferring to swallow his pride rather than risk his warriors being killed or his Clan being driven into exile, as WindClan was.
- The Leader: Of RiverClan.
- Lonely at the Top: As a leader, he has lost basically every cat he loved: parents, brother, kits, and mate. Most of these were due to Mapleshade's intentional invoking of this trope.
- Meaningful Name: Originally named for the storm he was born in.
- Meaningful Rename: Invoked by Rainflower, who convinces Hailstar to rename Stormkit to Crookedkit after his accident.
- The Promise: Promises as a kit that he'll always be loyal to RiverClan. He doesn't realize how much this promise will mess his life up.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's the only Clan leader that doesn't get angry at Bluestar when he finds out that her Clan is sheltering a blinded Brokentail, and calmly asks her to explain why she did what she did, instead of instantly declaring war on ThunderClan.
- The Runaway: He runs away from RiverClan after Rainflower neglects him.
- Significant Birth Date: Born during a storm in RiverClan territory.
- The Strategist: He is pretty smart and good at tactics. He got his warrior name by making a strategy to defeat some dogs, then leading RiverClan into battle.
- The Unfavorite: His mother becomes horribly neglectful and abusive toward him after his accident, even forbidding him from sleeping in the same nest as her and Oakkit.
- Young and In Charge: He is a very young warrior when he becomes leader.
"We are a Clan and when one cat fights, he fights for the whole Clan."
Brother of Crookedstar, and an extremely well-respected warrior. Often regarded as a paragon of warriorhood, even by cats of rival Clans. He is also the father of Bluestar's kits: Stonefur and Mistyfoot, and took them to RiverClan when Bluestar was forced to give them up. He is killed in the prologue of the first book, and the exact circumstances surrounding his death prove of vital importance in the first few books.
- Big Brother Instinct: To Crookedstar when they were kits and after the latter's accident.
- Cain and Abel: In Crookedstar's Promise he, nearly becomes the Abel when Crookedstar almost kills him.
- Distracted by the Sexy: His eyes end up distracting Bluefur so much in a stare-down that she's startled when her Clanmates call for her. Of course, part of it was that she really, really hated him at the time.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Died early in the series when a boulder fell on him out of nowhere.
- Famed In-Story: He's a pretty legendary warrior.
- Fiery Redhead: Well, sort of red.
- The Gadfly: Comes across as this, what with the way he seems to enjoy poking fun at Bluefur's seriousness or his brother's feelings for Willowbreeze.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: At the end of Crookedstar's Promise, he has one with Crookedstar as he attempts to save his brother from his Despair Event Horizon.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can come off as a little abrasive, but he is extremely loyal to his brother and is rather sweet to Bluefur once he falls for her. Mistyfoot also mentions that he was "the best father" a cat could ask for.
- The Lancer: To Crookedstar in Crookedstar's Promise.
- Leader Wannabe: Always told Crookedstar that he'd become Clan leader and make Crookedstar his deputy. In Crookedstar's Promise, it's eventually subverted. He's very proud of Crookedstar for becoming leader. When Crookedstar wonders why he isn't jealous, Oakheart reveals that he hadn't really wanted to be leader, and his earlier boasting was only because "all kits want to be leader".
- Meaningful Name: Named after the oak tree that sheltered his mother when giving birth to him and his brother.
- Number Two: To Crookedstar, as his deputy.
- Posthumous Character: Mainly shows up in flashbacks or mentioned by other cats who knew him. Is still a very important character to the story.
- Inverted in Bluestar's Prophecy and Crookedstar's Promise, where he has a major role and is very much alive.
- Sad Clown: Starts cracking jokes in Bluestar's Prophecy when he and Bluefur vow to never see each other again to cover up the pain.
- Shrouded in Myth: Apparently his skills as a warrior were so great that some cats thought he had never lost a battle his entire life.
- Sibling Team: He and his brother Crookedstar were leader and deputy of RiverClan.
- Significant Birth Date: Born during a storm in RiverClan territory.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Has shades of it with Bluefur in Bluestar's Prophecy.
- Spirit Advisor: The prologue of Bluestar's Prophecy reveals that he was guiding Bluestar as she made her heroic sacrifice.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Revealed in Forest of Secrets to be this with Bluestar. They were in love, but because they were from different Clans they could never truly be together.
- Together in Death: In A Dangerous Path, he and his beloved Bluestar are reunited in death.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In Crookedstar's Promise, he gives one to Crookedstar for neglecting his daughter.
"I am leader here, Blackfoot. I make the decisions. And I'm not ready to give up yet— not if there's a chance of driving out BloodClan."Crookedstar's third deputy, who becomes leader after he dies. She is a proud and haughty cat, and almost cost her Clan her freedom when she joins Tigerstar's TigerClan and their persecution of half-Clan cats. Died in Fading Echoes; from feline diabetes, according to Word of God.
- Action Girl: Like almost all the other she-cats, she is very competent in a fight.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Word of God confirms that Leopardstar had been in love with Tigerstar.
- Bad Boss: Lets Tigerstar take over RiverClan territory without fighting him for it.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Starts off like this with Tigerstar in The Darkest Hour, but it soon becomes clear that she was only his pawn.
- Celibate Hero: After Whiteclaw's death, she never had another mate or any kits, preferring to focus her energies on serving the Clan as its loyal deputy. As she's dying, she muses wistfully about what could have been, had she chosen to have kits.
- The Chains of Commanding: In her entry in Code of the Clans, she talks about the difficulties of being leader of RiverClan and struggling to keep her Clanmates alive while facing floods, starvation, fire, poison, predators and Twolegs. This is part of why she agreed to Tigerstar's plan to ally their Clans: she believed it would make both of them stronger. If only she knew what his real plan was...
- Break the Haughty: She begins her leadership of RiverClan as proud and determined to make her Clan strong. When she accepts Tigerstar's offer to join their Clans and create TigerClan, he reduces her to a figurehead in her own Clan and has her loyal deputy, Stonefur, slaughtered before her eyes. After Tigerstar himself is killed by Scourge and BloodClan threatens to take over the forest, she seriously considers leaving the forest with her Clan to live in another territory. Firestar realizes how weakened she has become when she doesn't even demand to lead the other Clans into battle against BloodClan.
- Dying as Yourself: In Mistystar's Omen, she finally snaps back to being herself just before she joins StarClan.
- Enemy Mine: Teams up with Firestar to fight BloodClan in The Darkest Hour. She settles into a Heel–Face Turn after that.
- Fantastic Racism: Said in The Ultimate Guide to have a "pure hatred" of half-Clan cats, but her fondness of Stonefur and Mistystar contradicts this.
- Frameup: She tries to do this when she accuses ThunderClan and the other Clans of stealing fish in The Fourth Apprentice.
- Heel–Face Turn: Mostly settles into one at the end of The Darkest Hour. She still antagonizes ThunderClan occasionally, but she's much more co-operative and open-minded.
- Hopeless Suitor: Word of God has it that she loved Tigerstar. However, Tigerstar does not return her affections.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Orders Graystripe to kill his best friend to prove his loyalty to RiverClan in A Dangerous Path.
- The Leader: Leads RiverClan for all of The New Prophecy, Power of Three, and for part of the first arc and Omen of the Stars.
- Life Will Kill You: She lives for a very long time and dies of diabetes despite her ambition and confrontational disposition.
- Like a Son to Me: Always wished that Mistystar could have been her own daughter.
- My Greatest Failure: Her decision to ally with Tigerstar and create TigerClan leads to the death of Stonefur, her trusted deputy, and nearly allows Tigerstar to take over the whole forest. She regrets this decision for the rest of her life, even wondering on her deathbed why Mistyfoot remained loyal to her, despite the fact that Leopardstar didn't save her brother.Rock: She has never forgotten how close she came to destroying her Clan, and if she seems hostile and defensive when dealing with the other Clans, it's not because she doesn't trust them. It's because she no longer trusts her own judgment, and fears for the safety of her Clan if she makes another mistake.
- Number Two: To Crookedstar for much of the first arc.
- Sanity Slippage: In The Fourth Apprentice, she starts losing her mind. Then she dies.
- So Proud of You: To Mistystar, in Mistystar's Omen. Leopardstar tells Mistystar how much she means to her and how she believes that Mistystar will be a great leader.
""No cat has ever questioned my loyalty. Come down here and tell me to my face that I'm a traitor!"
Mistystar's brother and the former deputy of RiverClan. He was killed by Blackstar in The Darkest Hour.
- Big Damn Heroes: At the end of A Dangerous Path, he shows up alongside Mistystar to save Bluestar.
- Defiant to the End: Fights against Tigerstar's cruelty even when it becomes apparent that he will not survive because of it. He dies defying Tigerstar's reign.
- Doomed Moral Victor: Sure he was the hero in his fight with TigerClan, but he was also weak from not having food for a while, and was easily killed by Blackstar.
- Happily Adopted: He and his sister, Mistystar, had always believed Graypool to be their real mother.
- Heroic Bastard: Revealed in Forest of Secrets to be the son of Bluestar and Oakheart.
- The Mentor: He mentors Stormfur, while his sister Mistyfoot mentors Feathertail.
- Number Two: He was deputy of RiverClan before he died.
- Papa Wolf: Although he is not Featherpaw and Stormpaw's father, he dies protecting them from the wrath of Tigerstar.
- Secret Keeper: Subverted. In The Darkest Hour, Firestar tells him that for now no RiverClan cat knows that he and his sister are half ThunderClan, so they still have the trust of their Clan. However, Tigerstar is eventually going to use this against them. Stonefur replies that he'll tell RiverClan about his heritage himself.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Fireheart figures out who Bluestar's kits are because Stonefur and Mistyfoot look exactly like her with their blue-gray fur and blue eyes.
- You Shall Not Pass: Dies pulling this on Tigerstar to protect Graystripe's kits.
"I'll always be grateful for what you did, but I'm a RiverClan cat at heart."The leader of RiverClan after Leopardstar, and daughter of Bluestar and Oakheart.
- Action Girl: She fights whenever it is needed, and does it very well. It's shown best in A Dangerous Path.
- A Day in the Limelight: Stars in the e-book novella Mistystar's Omen.
- Badass in Distress: In Dawn she gets captured by Twolegs.
- Big Damn Heroes: In both Forest of Secrets and A Dangerous Path, she shows up in the climax to aid ThunderClan.
- Breakout Character: The e-book starring her is happening because she's ridiculously popular. In the August 2012 Authortracker newsletter, Vicky wondered why, "one of the most popular characters in the series didn't get her own spinoff earlier."
- Family Eye Resemblance: Has the same blue eyes as her mother, Bluestar.
- Happily Adopted: She and her brother, Stonefur, had always believed Graypool to be their real mother.
- Heroic Bastard: In Forest of Secrets she is revealed to be the result of an affair between the ThunderClan warrior Bluestar and the RiverClan warrior Oakheart.
- Hero of Another Story: Given all the adventures she's been shown to have on her own, Mistystar could have easily been the main character of the series.
- Internal Reveal: Mistystar learns that Mothwing doesn't believe in StarClan during Mistystar's Omen which is something we've known for ages.
- The Leader: Becomes leader of RiverClan in Fading Echoes. Her nine lives ceremony is detailed in Mistystar's Omen.
- Like Father, Like Son: She becomes Clan deputy like her father Oakheart, her brother Stonefur, and her grandfather Shellheart. Later, she becomes leader like her uncle Crookedstar, and her mother Bluestar.
- The Mentor: She mentors Feathertail, who later gives her one of her nine lives and the gift of accepting her destiny, however difficult it may seem.
- Number Two: In the second and third arcs, as well as the first book of the fourth arc, she serves as RiverClan's deputy. Then she becomes leader in Fading Echoes.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Three of her kits have died by the time of Mistystar's Omen. She briefly reunites with them in StarClan during her leader ceremony, and receives her last life from Perchkit, along with the gift of bravery.
- Secret Keeper: She keeps the secret of Graystripe and Silverstream's romance, as well as the secret of Mothwing's atheism.
- The Sixth Ranger: In Starlight, she joins the cats who found Midnight in finding new homes because the two RiverClan weren't with the Clans anymore.note
- Stealth Insult: Gives one to ShadowClan as a whole in Battles Of The Clans. Blackstar WAS going to let her go back to patrolling, but when he hears the insult, he blackmails her into keeping it a secret by making her share fresh-kill until the half-moon.
- Strong Family Resemblance: With her blue-gray fur and blue eyes, she's identical to her mother, Bluestar. It's what leads Fireheart to figure out the family secret.
"I don't like this silence. I can smell ShadowClan nearby."Mistystar's son, and the deputy she chooses.
- Like Father, Like Son: He's deputy now, like his mother was for most of the series.
- Minor Major Character: He gets very little screentime for a Clan deputy.
- Number Two: He's the deputy of RiverClan as of Fading Echoes.
- Series Continuity Error: Being one of Mistyfoot's kits that got saved by Firestar puts him as being born around Fire and Ice; with the number of moons that pass, he'd become a warrior around Firestar's Quest. However, that contradicts his first appearance: in Moonrise he's a new apprentice just barely out of the nursery.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He's unusually snappy during The Fourth Apprentice, but that's only because the drought makes everyone grumpy.
"The only true borders lie between day and night, between life and death, between hope and loss."
RiverClan's medicine cat during most of Crookedstar's life.
- The Cameo: In The Last Hope, she appears to tell Jayfeather that he has to unite StarClan.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: "Perhaps I should change my name. I could be called Swallowherb. See? Because that's what I do. I make cats swallow herbs."
- Cool Old Lady: Is a full medicine cat during Crookedstar's birth, and lives well on through the majority of his nine lives.
- The Medic: Was RiverClan's medicine cat during Crookedstar's Promise.
- Parental Substitute: Serves as a foster mother to Crookedstar when Rainflower more or less disowned him. She was also the one who brought him to StarClan after his death.
"I fought to save [RiverClan] from fighting. But they want to fight. I've unsheathed my claws too many times. I want to save lives, not destroy them."RiverClan's medicine cat in the Original Series. Formerly a warrior, he grew disillusioned when his mate died and believed that true peace could never be found as long as the Clans continued their perpetual war. He eventually decided to train under Brambleberry as a medicine cat. He is Leopardstar's father.
- Actual Pacifism: After seeing too much death in his life, he decides not to harm anyone again, and become medicine cat instead.
- Celibate Hero: Subverted. Medicine cats aren't supposed to take mates, but when he was still a warrior he and Brightsky were mates, and he father Leopardstar.
- Combat by Champion: He fought with Adderfang one on one to decide which Clan would get Sunningrocks.
- I Will Fight No More Forever: After losing his mate and three of their kits to illness, Mudfur loses the will to fight and wonders if fighting for Sunningrocks over and over again was worth it. But after he fights again against Adderfang and wins, he steps down from being a warrior and became a medicine cat apprentice.
- The Medic: As RiverClan's medicine cat, he knows much of herbs and healing.
- Reluctant Warrior: After Brightsky's death he loses much of his will to fight, while still trying to serve RiverClan as a warrior. When he sees that the rest of his Clan is eager to continue fighting, he turns over to pacifism completely.
- Secret Keeper: In Mistystar's Omen it is revealed that he always knew that Mothwing didn't believe in StarClan, but he believed in her and never questioned her devotion to the path of a medicine cat.
- Signature Move: Holding the enemy warriors underwater, and forcing them to surrender. This technique made him a feared warrior, and a reason why other Clans' apprentices were not to engage into fight with him.
- The So-Called Coward: His unwillingness to fight is first interpreted as a sign of cowardice. He proves the rest of his Clan wrong by challenging ThunderClan's acting deputy to a duel and single-handedly winning back Sunningrocks.
"They're just dead warriors! Do you think that when they die, they get clever and brave? Don't you realize that some of them may be as foolish and wrong-headed as they were when they were alive?"
Tigerstar's daughter by Sasha, and therefore Hawkfrost's sister and Brambleclaw's and Tawnypelt's half-sister. She does not share her brother's motivations, and genuinely wants to help her Clan by serving as their medicine cat. However, she does not believe in StarClan, a fact she keeps secret from everyone except Leafpool, knowing how important belief in StarClan is to the Clans. This essentially makes her the equivalent of an atheist priest.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Leafpool (Leafpaw at the time) and Sorreltail from a WindClan patrol by chasing them off in Moonrise.
- Celibate Hero: As a medicine cat, she can never take a mate.
- The Dragon: Unwillingly acts as this to Hawkfrost in The New Prophecy.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Her justification for not believing in StarClan is that Clan cats are able to create prophecies for the future that always come true in their subconscious. That's arguably more ridiculous than what she's trying to discredit. And she's supposed to be the spiritual leader of her Clan...
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has golden fur and is incredibly devoted to the cats of RiverClan and healing any sickness that plagues them.
- Heroic Bastard: She's the result of an affair between Tigerstar, leader of ShadowClan, and Sasha, a she-cat from the Twolegplace. Unlike her brother, she isn't evil.
- The Medic: She's RiverClan's medicine cat.
- Mixed Ancestry: Her father was born in ThunderClan and her mother was born in Twolegplace.
- Nice Girl: She's genuinely kind and caring, in contrast to her brother Hawkfrost.
- Only Sane Man: She's literally the only medicine cat who realizes that dividing the Clans is a bad idea.
- Nay-Theist: Turns from Flat-Earth Atheist into more of this by the fourth series - she accepts that StarClan probably does exist, but doesn't really "believe" or try to communicate with them.
- Skeptic No Longer: Word of God said that in The Last Hope, after seeing a bunch of cats she knew to be dead fighting right before her eyes, she probably stopped doubting StarClan.
- However, in the prologue of The Apprentice's Quest, it was stated that she still doesn't believe in StarClan.
- You Are Not Alone: About halfway through The Last Hope, she restores Jayfeather's faith by showing him a sign and promising to fight alongside him.
"I didn't really think about it. It just sort of happened, and then I couldn't imagine doing anything else. Being a medicine cat is great!"One of RiverClan's two medicine cats alongside Mothwing (formerly Mothwing's apprentice, until Bramblestar's Storm), who is very much a believer in StarClan. She is able to interpret omens for the Clan where Mothwing cannot.
- Demoted to Extra: She has a fairly important role in Power of Three, but does next to nothing in Omen of the Stars.
- The Medic: She's the apprentice medicine cat of RiverClan.
- The Rival: In Power of Three, Jayfeather thinks of her as his rival.
- Secret Keeper: She keeps the fact that Mothwing is an atheist secret from her Clanmates.
- Tsundere: Switches between being kind and harsh to Jayfeather. It's similar to how he treats her.
Warriors and Apprentices
"There is no cat more loyal to RiverClan than Appledusk. If I am willing to forgive him for his past mistakes, then so should you, Darkstar."Former lover of Mapleshade, grandfather of Shellheart, great-grandfather of Crookedstar and Oakheart.
- Failure-to-Save Murder: After their kits are swept away in a flash flood, he blames Mapleshade for trying to cross the river with them. She in turn accuses him of this.
- Your Cheating Heart: Strongly implied to have been seeing Reedshine and Mapleshade at the same time.
- Revenge by Proxy: Played with. Mapleshade tries to kill his pregnant mate, winds up killing him instead, and when said mate declares that Appledusk will always live on through his kits and their kits in turn, takes it as a challenge.
"If he'd stayed in camp he'd never have had the accident. Then he wouldn't be the ugly mess he is now. He'd still be my handsome young warrior."Crookedstar's mother. Though initially doting, she neglects, ignores, and emotionally abuses him after his disfigurement.
- Abusive Parents: Tried to force her son out of her life after he broke his jaw.
- Death by Falling Over: During a battle, a dog accidentally runs into her; she falls and hits her head on a rock. This one's a little more realistic in that she doesn't die instantly; her son debates whether to first fetch the medicine cat or drive away the dog. He chooses to fight off the dog first, and in that amount of time, she dies, and he feels responsible for her death.
- I Have No Son: Abandons Crookedstar after his accident.
- Kick the Dog: Does this a few times. The first is when she forces Stormkit to sleep in his own nest when he needed the comfort of his mother. The second is when she cruelly has his name changed to "Crookedkit." The third is when she arranges for Shellheart to mentor Oakpaw because she said that only the best warriors can train the strongest apprentices. And the fourth is when she cruelly says that Crookedpaw would never be as great as Oakheart...at Oakheart's warrior ceremony.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: In Crookedstar's Promise, once she dies, everyone pretty much forgets her bad qualities.
- Parental Favoritism: Favors Stormkit over Oakkit at first, but later makes sure Oakheart gets special treatment, much to both Crookedstar and Oakheart's dismay. She doesn't even give Crookedstar one of his nine lives.
- Parental Neglect: Outright ignored Crookedstar after he broke his jaw.
- Social Darwinist: She says the reason she told Hailstar to make Oakheart Shellheart's apprentice is because she thinks only the strongest warriors can train the strongest apprentices.
- The Stoic: She lost her cheerfulness after Crookedstar broke his jaw.
"Of course [I'm scared]! I'm not stupid. Battles are dangerous."Leopardstar's mentor. That's basically all that describes him.
- Awesome McCoolname: Especially since his name is just like the titular character from White Fang.
- The Big Guy: One of the biggest cats in RiverClan at the time, just behind Crookedstar.
"A warrior should be ready for anything!"A kit of the RiverClan leader Hailstar, Beetlenose grew up with Crookedstar and Oakheart, and was therefore one of their close friends, even if he annoyed them at times.
- Cuteness Proximity: At the end of Crookedstar's Promise, he bursts out of the nursery and squeals about how cute Crookedstar's daughter is.
- Expy: Of Berrynose. He has the same ego and love of fighting that the cream-colored ThunderClanner has, and the same suffix to show that it's intentional.
- Hot-Blooded: Loves fighting more than anything else that is not himself or his mate.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's pretty darn annoying and not especially kind, but he's an unfailingly loyal warrior.
- The Nicknamer: He says that Crookedstar should be called "Birdbrain".
- The Rival: To Crookedstar. Or so he says.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks very highly of himself because he's the Clan leader's son.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Crookedstar.
"I'll fight to the death if have to."Beetlenose's sister who is much more down to earth than her over the top brother.
- Foil: To Beetlenose.
- Only Sane Man: Of Crookedstar's generation. She's the calmest, kindest, and the one with the least drama.
"Think you have nine lives, do you? I saved you once. Don't make me save you again."
Graystripe's daughter, she was among the four cats chosen to journey to Midnight and find a new home for the Clans. She forms a relationship with Crowpaw, and almost brings out a friendly side to him. Unfortunately, she does not survive the journey, and sacrifices herself to kill Sharptooth, a mountain lion preying on the Tribe of Rushing Water.
- A Day in the Limelight: Kind of. She had a POV during two chapters in Moonrise.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: While Crowpaw isn't exactly bad, he's still quite abrasive and short-tempered. She falls for him anyway, and makes an effort to bring out his good side.
- Almost Dead Guy: Lives just long enough to say goodbye to her brother and echo Crowpaw's words back at him.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Crowpaw from Sharptooth by jumping on a stalactite and dislodging it to impale Sharptooth, but sacrificing herself in the process.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Aside from Leafpool, she's the other gentle girl to Crowfeather's brooding boy.
- The Chosen One: One of the four chosen journeying cats. She's also the silver cat that is prophesied to kill Sharptooth.
- First Love: To Crowfeather.
- Generation Xerox: Looks quite a lot like Silverstream. And like Silverstream, she dies before her mate does, who moves on to find another love.
- The Heart: Among the cats chosen to go on the journey in The New Prophecy, Feathertail is the one most likely to appease any in-fighting by being understanding and considering everyone's point of view. Especially noticeable when she deals with the abrasive Crowpaw.
- Heroic Bastard: Has a ThunderClan father and a RiverClan mother.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Moonrise, she falls to her death in order to kill Sharptooth to save the Tribe and her friends.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Very much there to accent Feathertail's purity of spirit.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Like her mother before her, Feathertail doesn't mind that her love finds a new she-cat after she dies.
- Mixed Ancestry: Part ThunderClan, part RiverClan, and a little bit of WindClan too.
- The Smart Guy: Acts as the most sensible one (along with Tawnypelt) during the journey.
- Spirit Advisor: Continues to show up as a StarClan spirit after her death.
"There are worse cats I could imitate [than Tigerstar]."
Son of Tigerstar by Sasha, and Brambleclaw's half-brother. Hawkfrost is very similar to Tigerstar in his manner and personality, but hides his true motivations due to the Clans' lingering hatred of Tigerstar. In many ways, he serves as Brambleclaw's Evil Counterpart.
- Almost Dead Guy: Sneers at Brambleclaw while dying and warns him that nothing is over.
- Arch-Enemy: To Brambleclaw and Ivypool.
- Arc Villain: The main villain of The New Prophecy, but not the series overall.
- Asshole Victim: Brambleclaw destroys his spirit once and for all in The Last Hope. He fully deserved it.
- Avenging the Villain: He wants to kill Firestar because he blames him for Tigerstar's death. Even though Firestar gave Tigerstar plenty of chances to stop what he was doing and didn't actually kill Firestar. It only becomes more absurd when you realize that Scourge was going to kill Tigerstar no matter what Firestar said.
- Bastard Bastard: Never knew his father in life, but is just as evil.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When he's alive, he almost never shows his true nature. He's also one of the best in the Dark Forest at seeming kind.
- Big "NO!": He gives one in Return to the Clans when his brother Tadpole dies.
- Cain and Abel: With Brambleclaw.
- Dark Is Evil: Looks a lot like the evil Tigerstar.
- Deader Than Dead: Bramblestar kills his spirit in The Last Hope.
- Dirty Coward: In The Last Hope, he flees the battle when it looks like he might lose. Unfortunately for him, his brother Brambleclaw catches him.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Appears to be the Big Bad of The New Prophecy, but he turns out to be working for Tigerstar.
- The Dragon: Serves as Tigerstar's dragon in The New Prophecy and Power of Three. In Omen Of The Stars, he becomes the second-in-command of Brokenstar instead.
- Dragon-in-Chief: During The New Prophecy he was more dangerous than Tigerstar due to Tigerstar being dead, but afterwards he goes back to being lower ranked than Tigerstar.
- The Dying Walk: Brambleclaw stabs his half-brother in the throat with a stake from a trap. Hawkfrost, despite struggling to breathe and speak, gets up, stumbles toward Brambleclaw to call him a fool, and then, for some reason, turns around and walks toward the lake, collapsing at its shore. His blood mingles with the water to complete the prophecy "Blood will spill blood and the lake will run red".
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite being a hammy villain, he loves his mother Sasha. In fact, he scolds ThunderClan for antagonising her and bids farewell to her when the Clans leave the forest.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: His plan to take over the Clans fails because he literally cannot understand why his brother would rather earn the position of Clan Leader than kill the current leader and take it.
- Evil Counterpart: To Brambleclaw. He idolizes Tigerstar without acknowledging any of his faults, and his ambition is totally self-serving, unlike Brambleclaw's.
- Evil Mentor: To Ivypool and as one of two evil mentors to Lionblaze.
- The Family That Slays Together: Him and his father, Tigerstar.
- Faux Affably Evil: Polite and cordial to Brambleclaw, Lionblaze, and especially Ivypool, but it's probably a facade.
- Generation Xerox: Basically Tigerstar but with a white belly and blue eyes.
- The Heavy: In the second arc. While his dad Tigerstar is the Big Bad, his schemes to take over the Clans are the main driving point, partially because his dad is dead and only appears as a Spirit Advisor.
- High-Pressure Blood: At the end of Sunset after Brambleclaw stabs Hawkfrost in the throat with a wooden stake. After he removes the stake, blood splashes out of Hawkfrost's wound like there's no tomorrow. Hawkfrost then gets up and proceeds to deliver his Final Speech, which causes blood to flow faster and faster from his wound. By the time he's done, you would expect him to have lost at least three cats' worth of blood; but then he falls into the lake and proceeds to fill it with what little of the red stuff he's got left in him.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Is a very calm and collected villain, for the most part.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Brambleclaw kills him by ramming a spike through his neck.
- Insane Troll Logic: In Sunset, he tells Brambleclaw that Firestar deserves to die because he didn't try to save Tigerstar from Scourge. So death is the punishment for not being able to react during the three seconds it takes for a lightning-fast Psycho for Hire to cut down your Arch-Enemy? Yeah, nice going Hawkfrost.
- In the Blood: He's evil like Tigerstar was evil.
- It's All About Me: His motivation in trying to rule the Clans is that he thinks that he (and only he) can run the Clans better than the current leaders. Plus, he constantly speaks up in Gatherings even though he's not allowed to while the leaders speak (thus annoying several others).
- Kick the Dog: In The Last Hope, the only reason he randomly kicks Beetlewhisker's corpse and insults him is to show the audience how awful he truly is. It's really satisfying when Brambleclaw finishes him off because of this, and his other actions.
- When he gets Stormfur and Brook in trouble and reports to Leopardstar about Brook, he says that she almost got run over by a car...before adding coldly that it was a shame it didn't kill her. This makes Leopardstar scold him briefly for it.
- Large Ham: Easily the hammiest (and cheesiest) character in the series. With the Clans being what they are, that really says something. In a chapter of The Last Hope featuring Firestar, Tigerstar, Brokenstar, Mapleshade, and Breezepelt at their most over-the-top, he manages to outdo all their efforts combined. While essentially spending the chapter as a punching bag.
- Leader Wannabe: Wants to rule the entire forest.
- Meaningful Name: As fierce as a hawk and as cold as frost.
- Mixed Ancestry: His father was born in ThunderClan and his mother was born in the Twolegplace.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: In-universe there's a lot of drama in The New Prophecy riding on whether he's a villain or not. But to the readers, it's pretty plain.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Like father, like son.
- No, You: In The Last Hope, when Ivypool calls him a traitor, he responds with, "You're the traitor. And this time, I'll kill you."
- Number Two: Temporarily serves as Leopardstar's deputy when the current deputy is kidnapped by Twolegs.
- Opposed Mentors: He is Ivypool's Dark Forest mentor, while Cinderheart is her Clan mentor.
- Self-Disposing Villain: In The Last Hope, he taunts Brambleclaw and Ivypool until he gets killed for it.
- Smug Snake: Especially after his death. He's a very good manipulator, but he'd be better if he could avoid gloating about it so much that cats feel compelled to kill him.
- Stepford Smiler: Pretends to be all nice and good to Brambleclaw in The New Prophecy.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He may be evil, but as Hawk he was quite cute.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After he insults Stormfur and Brook, Stormfur attacks him. The surprising thing is...he's not fighting back. He was instead pretending to cower under the blows to turn RiverClan against the Tribe cats. Even Brambleclaw (who had watched this) admits that it was clever.
- Wrestler in All of Us: His fighting style can be summed up as "pin opponent down and inflict lots of pain".
"I only ever wanted to help my Clan. My life was worth that."One of the two RiverClan warriors chosen for the patrol to bring back the water. He dies sacrificing himself to save one of the other cats.
- A Death in the Limelight: He appeared very briefly in Twilight but not once in the seven books between Twilight and The Fourth Apprentice. In The Fourth Apprentice, he has a much more significant role.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He is the only one of the cats who goes on the journey to bring back the river that dies.
- The Medic: Before the journey begins, Mothwing teaches him about herbs to use and he acts as this when the cats get injured.
- The Smart Guy: On the journey to find the water, his knowledge of herbs helps the cats when they are injured.
"Yes. And I'm grateful to them. But then they said that they wouldn't let me come back home unless Leopardstar gave them some fish."A RiverClan tom desperate to protect his Clan from the drought. After fighting with Ivypool over a fish, he falls into a mud patch, but is saved by Thornclaw.
- Awesome McCoolname: By human standards.
- Hostage For Macguffin: Nearly happened. Some ThunderClan considered making RiverClan give them some fish before he was returned, but it didn't happen.
- Hot-Blooded: He tries to attack a new apprentice because he (wrongly) thinks she's trying to eat a dead fish that should rightfully be RiverClan's.
- Jerkass: In addition to trying to fight a young cat for no reason, he doesn't seem very grateful when ThunderClan saves him from the mess he gets himself into.
"[The Warrior Code] teaches us to be strong! I don't know what you are trying to do, but you'll never make me despise the warrior code, or my Clan!A tom training in the Dark Forest. After learning of the Dark Forest's true intentions, he tries to leave, but it's too late...
- And I Must Scream: His body is left to rot in the Dark Forest with his spirit trapped inside it, as the Dark Forest doesn't want him, and StarClan can't reach him.
- Defector from Decadence: He tries to be, anyway.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: Pretty much as soon as he tries to leave the Dark Forest, he gets killed by Brokenstar.
- The Leader: In The Last Hope, Brokenstar names him representative of the RiverClan Dark Forest trainees.
- Neck Snap: How Brokenstar kills him.
- Series Continuity Error: A pretty big one. Even though he is killed during The Last Hope, he appears in the allegiances of A Vision of Shadows and even appears during Shattered Sky.
"I told him how the other apprentices were bullying me, and he said he'd teach me how to stand up to them."A young cat who trains with the Dark Forest because he is bullied in his Clan.
- Anti-Villain: Technically trains in the Place of No Stars, but he's a nice guy.
- Apologizes a Lot: Used to show his relative timidity.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Night Whispers, he appears to save Ivypool from Darkstripe after she loses her footing in sludgy Dark Forest water.
- Continuity Snarl: In Night Whispers, he has already been in the Dark Forest for some time, but in Sign of the Moon, it is only his second time visiting. Regardless, his character benefits from it.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He has a dark pelt like many of the villainous cats in Warriors. He ends up being good, though.
- Heel–Face Turn: He fights on the side of the Clans in The Last Hope.
- Morality Pet: To Ivypool, who had to abandon her morals in order to spy on the Dark Forest.
- Shrinking Violet: He turns to the Dark Forest for training and support because his Clanmates were bullying him and he couldn't or didn't stand up for himself.
"Never be afraid of the future, for it brings wonderful things."Mudfur's mate and Leopardstar's mother.
- Death by Childbirth: This is what causes Mudfur to decide to become a medicine cat.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Gets sick before her kits are born and as a result dies as soon as they are born along with three of her kits.
"You'll be a wonderful father. I'm so happy Hailstar brought me back from WindClan. I've loved being with you and with RiverClan."Crookedstar's mate from Crookedstar's Promise. She is half-Clan, descended from RiverClan and WindClan. As such, she is somewhat of an outcast in RiverClan, but Crookedstar understands her.
- Damsel in Distress: Gets kidnapped by Twolegs and imprisoned in a trap at one point, requiring Crookedjaw and Graypool to rescue her.
- Doomed by Canon: Vicky even went so far as to say she was doomed before Crookedstar's Promise was released.
- Heroic Bastard: Her father is the WindClan deputy Reedfeather.
- Incurable Cough of Death: She catches greencough but the catmint, usually a sure cure in greencough cases, doesn't help her.
- Meaningful Name: The breeze suffix refers to her WindClan roots.
- Mixed Ancestry: Half RiverClan and half WindClan.
- Together in Death: She reunites with Crookedstar when he dies and goes to StarClan.
"You're obsessed with Clan loyalty. If you could see beyond your nose, you'd realize...there's a lot more to life than what we've got in one little Clan. Graystripe is a great and worthy warrior. If the warrior code can't deal with this...then maybe the warrior code needs to change. I know you're worried because you love me. And I love you too. I'll always be your daughter. But you have to let me choose my own future."
The daughter of Crookedstar, Silverstream saved Graystripe from drowning while Graystripe was hunting. After this, they fell in love and snuck away from their clans to meet. However, Silverstream dies delivering Graystripe's kits.
- Almost Dead Guy: During Forest of Secrets, as she dies, she tells Graystripe goodbye, that she loves him and that he should take care of their kits.
- The Cameo: Has a blink and you'll miss it one in Fading Echoes. In The Last Hope, she has a larger one as one of the cats leading a newly deceased Firestar into StarClan.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Helps Fireheart get in touch with cats who can give him information on Redtail's death.
- The Chief's Daughter: As the daughter of Crookedstar, the Clan leader and the closest you can get to a chief, she plays this role.
- Death by Childbirth: Bleeds out while giving birth to Graystripe's kits.
- Faux Action Girl: She only ever fights once, and is easily defeated by Fireheart.
- First Girl Wins: Although Graystripe takes another mate after her death, Word of God is that Silverstream will be the one he chooses in StarClan.
- Green Eyes: In the actual books, not her Cats of the Clans picture.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: She doesn't actually have one, but she is the cause of a major one for Graystripe and Cinderpaw.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Does not begrudge Graystripe his new mate.
- The Lost Lenore: After her death, she's this to Graystripe.
- Mixed Ancestry: She has some WindClan blood in her due to being the daughter of a half WindClan she-cat.
- Rescue Romance: With Graystripe.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Oh yes. Her entire purpose was to create drama. First by giving Graystripe a reason to break the warrior code, then by having his kits, then by dying.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Graystripe, since they're from different Clans. And she dies giving birth to his kits.
- Tsundere: Type B, kind but spunky.
- Walking Spoiler: A big one for the first series. It's kind of hard to bring her up without mentioning that she dies while giving birth to Graystripe's kits.
"Don't be such a fool [Crookedstar]. You're too proud for your own good. How can we feed ourselves, even with the thaw? There are no fish to eat. The river's practically poisoned; you know it is."Sister of Willowbreeze and mother of Mistystar and Stonefur. Actually their adoptive mother.
- Death by Falling Over: She's flustered when Tigerstar snarls in her face, so she takes a step backward, only to lose her footing on the steep riverbank and hit her head on a rock.
- Dying as Yourself: After going senile in A Dangerous Path, she comes to her senses just before she dies and realizes that Tigerstar isn't Oakheart and she just blurted everything out to him.
- Heroic Bastard: Her father was the WindClan deputy, Reedfeather. He and Graypool's mother broke up when their relationship was revealed.
- Intro-Only Point of View: The prologue of Forest of Secrets is from her perspective, and is the only time she gets a perspective chapter.
- Meaningful Name: Named for RiverClan: because she and her sister are half WindClan and half RiverClan, they were named Willowbreeze and Graypool to signify wind and water together.
- Mixed Ancestry: Half RiverClan and half WindClan.
- Never Mess with Granny: In Forest of Secrets, she threatens Fireheart that she'll rip his liver out if he tells anyone the secret she just shared with him. He's pretty sure she's capable of it.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Due to growing senile, in A Dangerous Path she mistook Tigerstar for Oakheart and told him about the cats from ThunderClan she had raised. This ends up hurting the heroes in a big way.
- Oh, Crap!: In A Dangerous Path she is incredibly shocked when she realizes that Tigerstar isn't Oakheart and she just told him about Mistyfoot and Stonefur. This is followed by her death.
- Sanity Slippage: She's so old that she starts going senile in A Dangerous Path.
- Scatterbrained Senior: She has something like dementia, getting confused about what's going on and who she's talking to.
- Secret Keeper: Always suspected Mistystar and Stonefur of being ThunderClan, or half-Clan, but never told anyone but Firestar.