"Greetings. I am Blackstar. You must be brave indeed, to approach the territory of ShadowClan. Few are welcome here, in our world of secrets and darkness. We are a Clan of cunning and cleverness, a Clan well suited to the shadows and the cold north wind. No other Clan can walk the paths of night like we do. Other Clans may be faster and stronger, but we are the most dangerous warriors: fierce, proud, and independent. We are ruthlessly willing to do whatever it takes to protect our great Clan. There won't be any softhearted alliances here! ShadowClan will always be the dark heart of the forest."
—Blackstar on ShadowClan, Secrets of the Clans
Medicine Cat: Littlecloud
Hunting Territory: Pine Forest
Camp: Bramble-enclosed dip between pine trees
Unique Battle Skill: Night Ambush
ShadowClan is one of the four forest Clans in Warrior Cats
. Aggressive and ambitious, ShadowClan warriors will do whatever it takes to protect their Clan. While other Clans prepare to fight in the light, ShadowClan does equally well in day and night. Their unique skill of strength in the dark, and their cold-hearted reputation has earned them their name. However, despite the stories other Clans may tell, even in the earliest days of the series cats like Yellowfang proved that ShadowClan is just as noble as the other Clans.Beware of unmarked spoilers!Note
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Leaders and Deputies
The legendary founder of ShadowClan. Also see her entry under Tall Shadow in Warrior Cats: Dawn of the Clans
- Action Girl: She was very strong, and fought in many battles.
- Blood Knight: Loved battles, and started many of them to protect her Clan, whether or not it actually needed them.
- Founder of the Kingdom: She started ShadowClan.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: She lost her ninth life during a battle between all the Clans- one that she started.
- Leader Wannabe: Like all the founding leaders, she tried to claim that she should rule the entire forest.
"You have to recognize when a battle is worth fighting."
The leader of ShadowClan before Raggedstar. He appears in Bluestar's Prophecy
and Crookedstar's Promise
as a minor character. Becomes a more important character in Yellowfang's Secret
- Back from the Dead: Just like the other leaders.
- Big Good: Of Yellowfang's Secret.
- The Leader: Of ShadowClan.
- Mr. Exposition: In the earlier chapters of Yellowfang's Secret, he mainly exists to hold ceremonies and tell cats information.
- My Greatest Failure: He feels that if he hadn't chosen Raggedstar as his deputy, Brokenstar wouldn't have been born and almost ruined ShadowClan.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a pretty nice, normal guy, contrasting with most of the future ShadowClan leaders up until the later days of Blackstar's leadership.
The ShadowClan deputy who served under Cedarstar. Appears in Bluestar's Prophecy
, Crookedstar's Promise
, Yellowfang's Secret
, and Tallstar's Revenge
- Butt Monkey: He's always being made fun of by the other characters, like Crookedstar and Yellowfang.
- Captain Obvious: Yellowfang notes that he gives the ShadowClan warriors obvious advice before the Carrionplace Raid in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Commander Contrarian
- Jerkass: Somehow became this in Tallstar's Revenge.
- Minor Major Character
- Number Two
- Passive Rescue: He unknowingly rescues Yellowfang from Lizardstripe's taunting by saying that she should be out on a patrol. Then he turns and tells Yellowfang that she'll be a good medicine cat.
Brokenstar's noble father, and the former leader of ShadowClan. He was betrayed and killed by his son.
- A Day in the Limelight: Averted. While Bluestar, Crookedstar, and (eventually) Tallstar get Super Editions, the ShadowClan Super Edition is going to about Yellowfang.
- Ascended Extra: While he was very important in the first arc, he gets a major (living) role in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Berserk Button: Being called a kittypet.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Does this to Hal in Chapter 15 of Yellowfang's Secret. He follows this up by slitting Hal's throat and killing him.
- The Cameo: He has a few appearances in The Last Hope, but is confusingly referred to as "Raggedtail".
- Deadpan Snarker
- Domestic Abuser: Toward Yellowfang throughout much of Yellowfang's Secret. He constantly insults or mocks her, and sometimes totally drops her for moons at a time, only to reel her back in by being kind again.
- Everyone Can See It: Raggedstar and Yellowfang.
- Heroic Bastard
- In the Blood: The son kills the father and is killed by the son.
- The Leader: Of ShadowClan, before his son Brokenstar took over.
- Martial Pacifist
- Not Good with Rejection: He acts abusively whenever Yellowfang turns his attempts down. He only gets worse as she becomes the medicine cat.
- Patricide: Kills his father Hal in Chapter 15 of Yellowfang's Secret.
- Posthumous Character: One of the more important characters in the first arc, but he died before Into the Wild began.
- Retcon: In Secrets of the Clans, he was leader when his son Brokenstar was born. Bluestar's Prophecy and Yellowfang's Secret change it so that he was deputy when Brokenstar was born.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: With Yellowfang.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Yellowfang.
- The Bully: He was this until he became an apprentice. After that, he stops picking on Yellowfang and her siblings.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Yellowfang's Secret, he goes from a Jerkass to a Nice Guy after becoming a warrior.
The deputy of ShadowClan before Brokenstar. Appears in Yellowfang's Secret
as a major character.
A young warrior of ShadowClan. He was apprenticed to Raggedstar, but received a serious battle injury during the events of Yellowfang's Secret
. Yellowfang managed to heal him, and he went on to succeed Foxheart as Clan Deputy.
However, he was killed in a battle with WindClan that Brokenstar organized.
"It seems I must have some of my father's softness. I was a fool to let you leave ShadowClan alive!"
"Death to the Clans!"
The first major antagonist of the series.
Brokenstar was the only surviving kit of Yellowfang, ShadowClan's medicine cat, and Raggedstar, ShadowClan's deputy. Due to the forbidden nature of their relationship, Yellowfang gave her son to Lizardstripe to raise. However, Lizardstripe was a cruel mother, denying never giving Brokenstar affection and denying milk when she felt he had misbehaved. Meanwhile, he was spoiled by his father, who had managed to become leader of ShadowClan. Brokenstar grew into a ruthlessly ambitious warrior. Knowing his father would name him deputy, Brokenstar instigated a fight with WindClan during with Cloudpelt, ShadowClan's current deputy, was killed. Following this, Brokenstar was named deputy by his father, who he killed to become Clan leader. However, suspecting that Yellowfang knew too much, he framed her for the death of some kits (her own siblings) and exiled her. He also sent the Clan's elders into exile so that he didn't have to feed them.
Brokenstar went on to be a cruel leader. In his lust for power, he desired to make ShadowClan the strongest Clan of all. To do this, he started training kits to fight alongside his warriors so that they could bolster the numbers of his forces in battle. He then launched an attack on WindClan and drove them from their territory, which he seized control of. Following this, he met with Crookedstar, leader of RiverClan, and forced him to bow to ShadowClan. At a Gathering, he declared that the other Clans had to submit to ShadowClan or they would share WindClan's fate. When ThunderClan refused to bow to him, he launched an attack on them, killing their deputy Lionheart and an elder named Rosetail. He then sent a warrior named Clawface to kill ThunderClan's medicine cat Spottedleaf and abduct their kits for indoctrination. However, Yellowfang led a group of ThunderClan warriors and exiled elders into ShadowClan camp to rescue the kits. After being defeated by Yellowfang and a young Firestar, Brokenstar confessed to murdering the kits and his own father, at which point ShadowClan turned on him and he fled with a group of his most loyal warriors.
Brokenstar returned, leading his rogues in an attack on ThunderClan, but he was defeated again by Yellowfang and blinded. ThunderClan, seeing that he was now helpless, stripped him of his leader name and took him in as an elder, at the insistence of Yellowfang, who wasn't willing to kill her son. However, he once again betrayed then, conspiring with Tigerstar to bring the rogues into ThunderClan camp and kill Bluestar so that Tigerstar could take over. However, this plot was foiled by Firestar and a group of RiverClan warriors. Yellowfang, finally realizing that her son was irredeemable, murdered him by feeding him deathberries.
However, Brokenstar eventually returned in the Omen of the Stars
arc as the leader of the Dark Forest. Working with Tigerstar, Mapleshade, Hawkfrost, and Thistleclaw, he corrupted warriors from the Clans to create a fighting force that would destroy StarClan themselves.
- 0% Approval Rating: Most of his own Clan either fights back and drives him out when ThunderClan attacks or does nothing to stop it.
- Arch-Enemy: To Yellowfang.
- Bad Boss: He abused his Clanmates, forced them to eat crowfood, and caused the deaths of many kits by making them apprentices and warriors before they were six moons old. He also had a nasty habit of killing his subordinates.
- Bastard Bastard: Yellowfang's evil illegitimate son.
- Big Bad: Of Into the Wild, where he rules ShadowClan, and Omen Of The Stars, where he rules the Dark Forest. Anyone familiar with his history should know that he's also the Big Bad of Yellowfang's Secret.
- Bigger Bad: Only in Power of Three, where he was recruiting an army to destroy the Clans, offscreen.
- Bullying a Dragon: In The Rise of Scourge, Brokenstar and his henchcats pick on Scourge until said tom snaps and kills one of Brokenstar's henchcats.
- The Chessmaster: Yellowfang's Secret could easily be renamed Brokenstar Manipulates the Dark Forest Out of Everyone to Get Exactly What He Wants, Then Proceeds to Laugh His Ass Off.
- The Corrupter: In Omen of the Stars, when he recruits cats and turns them to the side of darkness.
- Deader Than Dead: In The Last Hope, Yellowfang kills his spirit, destroying him forever.
- Deceptive Disciple: To his father Raggedstar, who he killed for the position of Clan leader.
- Demoted to Dragon: He was the Big Bad in Into The Wild, but he was reduced to Tigerstar's dragon in Forest of Secrets.
- Disc One Final Boss: Twice! At first, he looks like the Big Bad of the first arc, but then the villainy of Tigerstar (then Tigerclaw) is brought to light. Then, in The Last Hope he is the leader of the Dark Forest, but after he is killed, Tigerstar takes over.
- The Dreaded: Come Yellowfang's Secret, even StarClan is terrified of him. He wasn't too shabby beforehand, where he scares the dark forest out of every single cat around the lake.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He trains his Clanmates too hard in training, encouraging the use of unsheathing claws in practice.
- Evil Gloating: During the climax of Into the Wild, he gloats about how easy it was to kill Raggedstar.
- He also gloated over Cloudpelt's death and told Yellowfang that StarClan could never stop him.
- Evil Old Folks: Even as an elder, he's still evil.
- Evil Overlord
- Evil Spirit Advisor
- Eye Scream: In Fire and Ice, Yellowfang slices his eyes open, blinding him.
- Freudian Excuse: He was abused and neglected by his surrogate mother.
- Hero Killer
- Humiliation Conga: He gets this from the end of Into the Wild to the end of Forest of Secrets.
- In the Blood: He kills his father. Said father also killed his father. There's probably a long "kill your family" chain here.
- Large Ham
- The Leader: Of ShadowClan and the Dark Forest.
- Leader Wannabe: Wanted to be leader so badly, he secretly killed his own leader, Raggedstar, to get the position.
- Made of Evil: Yellowfang's Secret shows us that he was an evil bastard (both meanings) from the second he was born. Also, during his leader ceremony, the good traits associated with each of his lives cause him physical pain.
- Patricide: Murdered Raggedstar, his own father, so that he could become leader of ShadowClan.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: To all his apprentices, due to the fact that he freaking kills them.
- The Spartan Way: Makes kits into warriors before the warrior code allows them to be.
- Start of Darkness: Yellowfang's Secret shows how he turned evil.
- Ungrateful Bastard: ThunderClan takes him in after he is blinded. He repays them by organizing an attack on them.
- Would Hurt A Kit: While he rules ShadowClan, Brokenstar forces kits to become apprentices too early and brutally attacks them in training sessions. He's even killed plenty of kits from his Clan and steals others to do the same thing when ShadowClan loses kits of their own.
The leader of ShadowClan after Brokenstar was driven out, but before Tigerstar. Despite being in charge for the majority of the first arc, his rule is an oft-forgotten point in ShadowClan's history. Yellowfang's Secret
reveals that he has cat asthma, and that's about it.
"Real warriors love battle. I give them the chance to die for a cause."
"The time of four Clans is over."
The primary antagonist of the series, although only the Big Bad
in the first arc. Tigerstar was a powerful warrior in ThunderClan, but was exiled for attempting to murder Bluestar (in a bid to usurp her leadership). He came across an ailing ShadowClan, which had just lost their leader, and took on the leadership position himself. His goal was to unite the four Clans and gain power over all the forest, and weed out those that he considered unfit to be warriors, such as former kittypets and half-Clan cats. He is eventually killed by Scourge, after foolishly attacking him for "betraying" their alliance.
He currently resides in "The Place of No Stars", and is trying to tempt Firestar's descendants to his ideals. He has some kind of sinister plan in mind against StarClan, and apparently the living cats will play a huge role in it.
- Abusive Parents: He is an asshole to his son Hawkfrost, but he does love Brambleclaw.
- A Day in the Limelight: In the novella Tigerclaw's Fury.
- Advertised Extra: In Escape from the Forest and Return to the Clans, the second and third books of the Tigerstar and Sasha manga trilogy respectively. Despite his name being in the trilogy's title and the fact that he is on the cover of both books, he only has one scene in Escape from the Forest, and his appearances in Return to the Clans are limited to a handful of dream sequences.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Firestar gives him one. It's not because of his actions, but because of his horrible death.
- Ambition Is Evil: His desire to be leader of ThunderClan (and later of all four Clans) is what makes him a villain; he will do anything to achieve his goal.
- And I Must Scream: During his death, he could feel all the pain of his wounds as he died repeatedly, but he couldn't move due to their severity.
- Arch-Enemy: To Firestar and Scourge.
- Archnemesis Dad: To his kits, Brambleclaw, Tawnypelt, and Mothwing, since they know how evil he is an are repulsed by it. On the other paw, Hawkfrost accepted him, and Tadpole is too dead to care.
- Asshole Victim: In The Darkest Hour. He's horribly killed by Scourge, but it's not like many readers will be sad to see him go.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He walked into ShadowClan after Nightstar died, and was immediately given the leader position because he was so badass.
- Back from the Dead: His nine lives should have allowed him this, but Scourge one-shots him with reinforced dog claws.
- Badass Boast: He gives several over the course of the series. One of the most badass is given in Sunset.
Tigerstar: "Firestar will learn that my time is not yet over. He may have seven lives to lose, but I will stalk him through my sons until every one has been ripped from him. This is one battle that he will not win."
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted his beating of Tiny/Scourge to be so brutal that it would never be forgotten. It was, but that was because Scourge dreamed only of killing him from then on.
- Belated Backstory: His past wasn't explained until Bluestar's Prophecy.
- Big Bad: He's the main villain of pretty much the entire series.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Brokenstar and Nightstar in the first arc. Also with Mapleshade, Hawkfrost, and Brokenstar in the beginning of Omen of the Stars.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Brokenstar in Forest of Secrets and with Leopardstar in The Darkest Hour.
- Bullying a Dragon: He does this to Scourge and gets killed for it.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: In The Darkest Hour, he decides to spare Feathertail and Stormfur because he thinks they may still be useful as hostages.
- The Chessmaster: In the first arc he had a backup plan for everything. The only reason he lost was because he didn't recognize the savage Psycho for Hire Scourge as a helpless kit he had beaten up several years before the start of the story.
- Chick Magnet: Goldenflower, Sasha, and Leopardstar were all in love with him.
- Combat Compliment: In The Last Hope, he compliments Brambleclaw for killing Hawkfrost.
- The Corrupter: Most notably when he joins the Dark Forest, but this also happens when he was still alive. Scourge, anyone?
- Cruel and Unusual Death: It doesn't matter what he was like in the first arc. No one deserves to die like he did. Even Firestar agrees.
- Dark Is Evil: As a ShadowClan cat and a Dark Forest member. He has a dark brown tabby pelt, scars, and wickedly long claws.
- Deader Than Dead: In The Last Hope his spirit is finally slain by Firestar.
- Deceptive Disciple: To Bluestar, pretending to be loyal, but actually planning to usurp her.
- Demoted to Dragon: He ends up as Brokenstar's dragon in The Last Hope.
- Determinator: He doesn't even let death get in the way of his desire to kill Firestar.
- The Dreaded: He is still feared by the Clans many years after his death.
- Dragon Their Feet: He shows up after Brokenstar's defeat to fight Firestar in The Last Hope.
- Ear Notch: He has a torn ear.
- Egopolis: In The Darkest Hour, he combines RiverClan and ShadowClan into a single Clan named "TigerClan". note
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: A fan asked on Vicky Holmes' Facebook page, "Does Tigerstar love his mommy?" The answer was "Oh yes."
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He had two mates and five kits. And he loved most of them.
- According to Word of God, he truly did respect and feel affection for Goldenflower and Sasha, which is huge for him.
- Perhaps showcased best when, in Tigerclaw's Fury, he runs over to the ThunderClan camp when he hears it's on fire to make sure Goldenflower and their kits escaped.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's pretty repressed as a member of ThunderClan, but as the commander of Brokenstar's rogues, the leader of ShadowClan, and one of the Dark Forest leaders he's pretty hamtastic.
- Evil Mentor: To Brambleclaw and Lionblaze.
- Evil Overlord: He rules over ShadowClan and RiverClan, making him essentially one.
- Fantastic Racism: Against kittypets and half-Clan cats.
- Faux Affably Evil: He has a few friendly chats with Firestar in A Dangerous Path, and acts like a friend to the Dark Forest trainees. But he's still completely evil.
- Final Boss: Of the Omen of the Stars arc, and the entire series by extension. Did anyone not see that coming?
- Freudian Excuse: His father abandoned their family to become a kittypet when he was only a kit. Because of this, he hates kittypets, considering them weak.
- Generation Xerox: He became a Clan Leader like his father. That's about as far as the similarities go.
- Genki Boy: As a kit. His Training from Hell beat it out of him.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He received a noticeable scar while fighting against Oakheart.
- Hearing Voices: In Tigerclaw's Fury, he hears voices usually telling him to do evil stuff, and berating him for any weakness (read: kindness). At first this is painted as his evil ambition that may or may not be driving him crazy, but it's eventually revealed to be Mapleshade.
- Hidden Villain: He's not revealed as a bad guy until half-way through Into the Wild, and even then his guilt is uncertain until the end of Forest of Secrets.
- Hijacked by Ganon: He does this a few times, most notably in The New Prophecy, where Hawkfrost, who seemed to be the Big Bad of that arc, turned out to be working for him.
- Hypocrite: Insists that kittypets are inferior to Clan cats, yet has kits with a kittypet.
- Well, technically she was a rogue at the time. Or at least that would be his excuse.
- Identical Grandson:
- Has an ancestor named Gorseclaw that is identical to him - it's what made Firestar realize that Tigerstar is descended from SkyClan.
- His own sons Brambleclaw and Hawkfrost, and his grandson Tigerheart, also look exactly like him (except the eyes for Hawkfrost).
- Ill Kit: He was very sickly when he was born, but he recovered from his sickness.
- In the Blood: His father was a leader before him. His son Brambleclaw becomes a leader as well.
- Kick the Dog: In The Original Series, his evil is established to the readers early on through his abuse of Ravenpaw, but he just keeps doing horrible things to sympathetic characters. How despicable he is reaches a peak during his actions at the Bonehill.
- Kits are Cruel: Savagely beats a young kit (who would later become Scourge) when he was an apprentice in Bluestar's Prophecy.
- Large and in Charge: Is positively huge by cat standards, and becomes leader of at least two Clans.
- Large Ham: Not in The Prophecies Begin, but rather after his death.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In The Darkest Hour, he was on the verge of ruling the Clans. Then he was killed by Scourge, who he had savagely beaten when they were younger.
- The Leader: Of Brokenstar's rogues in Rising Storm, and ShadowClan for the last third of the first arc.
- Leader Wannabe: The biggest example in the series. Even when he's leader of a Clan, that's not enough - he wants to lead the forest.
- Like a Badass out of Hell: As a Dark Forest cat.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: He tries to get Bluestar hit by a car and killed at one point in the series.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates all of ThunderClan in his attempts to become the leader. Later, he manipulates ShadowClan in order to become their leader. Finally, he manages to channel his powers of manipulation into convincing Clan cats to train with the Dark Forest.
- Meaningful Name: His name refers to his ferocity, which is akin to that of a tiger.
- Mutual Kill: In The Last Hope, Firestar makes him Deader Than Dead, but dies of his wounds immediately afterward.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Sure he's dead. That doesn't mean he won't continue to haunt Firestar through his sons.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: He was originally from ThunderClan, but came to power in ShadowClan during their darkest hour; Hitler was from Austria, but came to power in Germany during a low point in its history. Tigerstar merged RiverClan into ShadowClan to form TigerClan; Hitler merged Austria and Sudetenland into Germany to form Greater Germany. Like all good dictators, Tigerstar had his own secret police, consisting of Brokenstar's rogues and Darkstripe. He started imprisoning and mistreating halfClan cats, clearly planning to eventually kill them, because he claimed that they couldn't be trusted, and blamed them all that had ever gone wrong. And finally, up until she realised how evil he was, Sasha was the Eva Braun to Tigerstar's Hitler.
- New Era Speech: He gives one at a Gathering when trying to convince the other Clans to join him and form TigerClan.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives one to a young Scourge in Bluestar's Prophecy.
- Number Two: He spent about a third of the first arc as ThunderClan's deputy.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Feels this way towards Firestar.
- Parental Favoritism: He favors his sons over his daughters. It is heavily implied, especially in The Last Hope, that even though they are on different sides, Brambleclaw is his favorite kit.
- Pet the Dog: He gave Ravenpaw a genuine compliment in Into the Wild.
- Ran into the blazing ThunderClan camp to save his son in Tigerclaw's Fury, and made sure his mate and daughter were alright before he left.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He parallels Hitler in several ways, and has attempted genocide in the form of public executions during a propaganda rally where he called halfClan cats "filth".
- Post Mortem Comeback: He dies in The Darkest Hour, but that doesn't stop him from coming back in Starlight as a major villain.
- Reformed, but Rejected: In Fading Echoes, he tells Ivypool that he truly regrets his actions against ThunderClan, but they continue to hold a grudge. However, it's obvious to the reader that this is a lie.
- Reminiscing About Your Victims: In Battles of the Clans, he nostalgically tells some kittypets about how he killed Redtail.
- The Resenter: He claims that the moment Bluestar found Firestar he became nothing, and waited many moons for his revenge.
- Runt: He was actually the runt of the litter. It didn't stop him from becoming a giant by Clan standards.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: After Firestar asks him if all the death and hatred was worth it, he replies, "Every moment".
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor:
- To Ravenpaw.
- And had his own in the case of Thistleclaw, who unlike Tigerstar actually trained in the Dark Forest when he was alive.
- Social Darwinist: It's part of his philosophy. He states it exactly in The Last Hope.
Tigerstar: "Weak cats should be left to fend for themselves."
- Spirit Advisor: Of the evil variety. He serves as one to Brambleclaw, Lionblaze, Hawkfrost, Ivypool, and all the other Dark Forest trainees. Also revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury to have his own: Mapleshade. Although this cat's advising was disguised as a whisper within Tigerstar's own mind, and he didn't realize that that cat was a real person until after he's exiled from ThunderClan.
- The Stoic: As a member of ThunderClan. Otherwise, he's a Large Ham.
- Take Over The Clans: His main goal.
- Team Killer: He kills his Clanmate, Redtail.
- Thank Your Prey: Defied. He feels he doesn't owe StarClan any thanks because he caught his prey on his own.
- The Big Guy: Was this in ThunderClan before he got exiled.
- Token Evil Teammate: As a ThunderClan member.
- Training from Hell: According to Bluefur, Thistleclaw put Tigerpaw through absolutely brutal training.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Of ShadowClan during Rising Storm.
- The Unfought: There is never a solid, definitive fight against him. Until The Last Hope, that is.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Even after Jaggedtooth helps him become leader in "Tigerclaw's Fury", he refuses to reward him because he feels like he owes him nothing.
- Double subverted when he sees Firestar (Fireheart back then) rescuing Bramblekit during the forest fire. At first, he's thankful that Bramblekit made it out okay and that Firestar rescued him...but then he still continues hating Firestar.
- Unwitting Pawn:
- Unfortunately for him, his plan to rule the forest was a stepping stone in Scourge's plan to kill him and take the forest for BloodClan.
- Presumably is this to his Dark Forest advisor, Mapleshade, who has previously been established to hate ThunderClan. She helps him in his quest for power, likely because his pursuit of it causes so much grief to ThunderClan and later all the Clans.
- The Uriah Gambit: One of his favourite tactics.
- Tigerclaw, suspecting that Ravenpaw knows he killed Redtail, sets him some dangerous hunting tasks, including at Snakerocks (named for the deadly adders that bask there in the summer... Ravenpaw actually manages to catch one!) and in ShadowClan territory.
- During battle, Fireheart's pinned down and fighting for his life. He calls to Tigerclaw for help, but Tigerclaw just watches him; it's to his advantage if Fireheart dies since he believes Ravenpaw told Fireheart what he knows.
- At one point, he orders Fireheart to cross a flooded stream, using only a spindly branch caught in the water. When Fireheart's halfway across and Longtail isn't watching, Tigerclaw tries to Make It Look Like an Accident by knocking the branch loose of the rock it's caught against.
- Used To Be A Sweet Kit: Bluestar's Prophecy shows that he was a cute little kit who liked playing Pounce with Whitekit and wanted to be the best warrior in the Clan.
- Villain Respect: He grudgingly admits that Firestar has great strength and spirit.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Until halfway into the first arc, only a few cats knew his true colors. It still takes until the end of The Darkest Hour for all the Clans to realize how evil he is.
- Visionary Villain: In The Original Series, he wants to create a world where the Clans end their eternal war and usher in a new age of prosperity by joining together as one. Of course, the way he goes about it is evil, and that's why he's the villain.
- We Can Rule Together: Repeatedly pulls this on Brambleclaw until The Last Hope, where he decides that he'll have to kill him later. However, he does offer him a one-on-one fight.
- Worthy Opponent: He feels this way Firestar, even so far as setting up an elaborate scheme just so they could have their one-on-one fight.
- Would Hurt a Child: He kills a WindClan apprentice just to prove that he is serious in his threats.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Plays this in the first arc, most notably at a Gathering in The Darkest Hour, when he turns the weather into a gambit. However, his plans blew up in his face when he underestimated Scourge so much that he didn't even have a counter-plan when Scourge turned on him.
- You Fool!: When his son Brambleclaw refuses his offer of power in The Darkest Hour, Tigerstar calls him a fool.
"Oh, and Mistyfoot? Never trust the shadows. My warriors wear the night like second pelts. If you wrong ShadowClan, you will never be safe in the dark."
"Hope is easy, but it catches no prey."
A former follower of Brokenstar, and then Tigerstar after the latter's exile, Blackstar served as deputy to both Big Bads
. After the war with BloodClan, he becomes leader of ShadowClan, but is smart enough to not try anything subversive after all the Clans had been through, and has thus far shown himself to be a capable leader.
- Anti-Hero: Post Heel-Face Turn. He's definitely not the kindest of cats and is rather proud, but in the end he's doing what he thinks is best for his Clan.
- Back from the Dead: It comes with being clan leader.
- Badass: It should be mentioned that he fought just as hard as the other leaders in the battle against BloodClan, despite only having one life at the time.
- Cool Old Guy: His age really shows at times, like his wistfulness when he discusses the Lake in Eclipse.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Defector from Decadence: Though by no means a friendly character, he has not shown any of the bloodthirstiness or evil ambition of his former idols, and sticks to the Warrior Code.
- The Dragon: Both Brokenstar and Tigerstar's dragon, but he grew out of his villainy.
- Enemy Mine: At the end of The Darkest Hour, when he teams up with Firestar, Leopardstar and Tallstar to defeat Scourge. He has stayed this way since then. Also in Eclipse, when he teams up with ThunderClan to fight WindClan and RiverClan.
- Flat Earth Atheist: Temporarily goes through this after Sol gains power in ShadowClan.
- Karma Houdini: Many fans think he got off easy for being the primary supporter of two the series' most evil characters.
- Killed Offscreen: He dies in the flood in Bramblestar's Storm.
- Heel-Face Turn: Near the end of The Darkest Hour.
- The Leader
- Nice Guy: In The Fourth Apprentice, he momentarily turns into this. Lionblaze snarkily freaks out over it.
- Number Two: He was this two times as the deputy of Brokenstar and Tigerstar!
- OOC Is Serious Business: After he wholeheartedly welcomes the drought patrol into ShadowClan camp at the end of The Fourth Apprentice, Lionblaze (jokingly) accuses him of being an impostor.
- Pet the Dog: Helping ThunderClan and accepting Tawnypelt as a true member of his Clan have been very nice acts by him.
- Platonic Life Partners: With his deputy, Russetfur. So much he goes through a Heroic BSOD when she dies.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: To his Clan.
- Reformed Criminal: Formerly served the villains, but now has a become a good guy, or at least as good as a ShadowClan cat can be.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: In The Last Hope, during Redwillow's gloating, he shuts him up by killing him. And when Shredtail yells at him for killing his warrior, Blackstar merely says "I killed one traitor, and I'm fixing to kill another."
- Took a Level in Kindness: Though not an extremely pleasent cat, while Onestar becomes more of a Jerk Ass over time, Blackstar becomes nicer, even helping ThunderClan on occasion.
A former rogue, Russetfur became Blackstar's deputy after the battle with Scourge and BloodClan. She was a kind and caring warrior, and was admired by many.
In Omen of the Stars
, Lionblaze accidentally kills her when trying to pull her off of Firestar. Her death serves as a catalyst for StarClan's separation.
A warrior of ShadowClan and Tawnypelt's mate. Becomes Deputy after Russetfur dies.
- Gender Bender: Starts out a she-cat, but turns into a tom.
- Happily Mated: To Tawnypelt.
- The Leader: Becomes this in Bramblestar's Storm.
- Number Two: After Russetfur dies, he becomes the deputy of ShadowClan.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He had often switched between jerky and nice before, but after becoming ShadowClan's leader in Bramblestar's Storm, he gets very angry at ThunderClan for helping them with kittypets and badgers.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Originally scorned Tawnypelt for being born in ThunderClan, but eventually became a great father to her kits and a loyal deputy after Russetfur's death.
The first medicine cat of ShadowClan.
- All-Loving Hero: He was described as the most kind-hearted original medicine cat, and he died because he worked himself too hard to protect his Clanmates.
- Token Good Teammate: He was the nicest ShadowClan cat in the olden days.
"A storm of blood and fire will sweep the forest!"
The ShadowClan medicine cat during SkyClan's exile. Appears in Yellowfang's Secret
to warn Featherwhisker about Brokenstar.
ShadowClan's medicine cat during Yellowfang's Secret
. She identifies Yellowfang's potential and trains her to be a medicine cat.
- Cool Old Lady
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears in Night Whispers before getting a more major role in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Seriously, how many cats are going to die this way?
- Manipulative Bastard: A mild one. She constantly tells Yellowfang that she can't be a warrior because of her power, and has to become a medicine cat. She berates Yellowfang for "selfishly" staying a warrior and not becoming a medicine cat every time she sees her. And when Yellowfang finally caves to her and becomes a medicine cat, Sagewhisker's first lesson is how to control her power so that it doesn't distract her.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She doesn't know this, but Silverflame tells Yellowfang to spend more time with Brokenkit to bring out a good side in him. Yet Sagewhisker keeps telling her to not spend any time with him, even as a friend. Because of this, she prevents Brokenstar's good side from coming out.
- The Medic
- The Mentor: Mentors Yellowfang.
- Secret Keeper:
- Keeps Yellowfang's special powers a secret from the Clan.
- Also keeps Yellowfang's pregnancy a secret.
- Sherlock Scan
A warrior turned medicine cat, Yellowfang served ShadowClan faithfully until she was driven out by Brokenstar. Afterwards, she joined ThunderClan. For more information, see Warrior Cats Thunderclan Medicine Cats
The ShadowClan medicine cat after Yellowfang was driven out by Brokenstar, Runningnose is considered a poor replacement, as he cannot even cure his runny nose. He is forced to interpret omens of victory for Brokenstar and Tigerstar, and wishes that someone would overthrow them.
- Butt Monkey: He can never seem to catch a break.
- The Cameo: Has a brief one in Into The Woods, where he looks like a chain smoker.
- Kits Are Cruel: At first. Runningnose was a bully to Brokenstar, joining his littermates in tormenting him. But after Yellowfang yells at him and his siblings to stop, he stops picking on him.
- Meaningful Name: His name is a reminder that despite not able to cure everything, medicine cats still do their best.
- The Medic
- Replacement Scrappy: Most cats consider him a terrible replacement for Yellowfang.
- Running Gag: His inability to cure his cold.
- The Bully: Yep...even the Butt Monkey was a bully to Brokenstar.
"Cinderpelt saved my life once. That act bonded us closer than friends. I will not abandon the Clan she loved until that debt is repaid!"
Originally a three month old apprentice under Brokenstar's reign, he went on to become a warrior until he and the rest of ShadowClan got ill. He and a warrior named Whitethroat ran away to be cured, which eventually Cinderpelt did, even giving them a place to stay in ThunderClan territory. Since then, he has remained a loyal friend to her and became ShadowClan's medicine cat.
- Bad Omen Anecdote: He explains to Jayfeather and Squirrelflight how a cat once broke his broke his back like Briarlight. Unfortunately, the cat soon died.
- Celibate Hero
- Cool Old Guy: He's fairly old by Omen of the Stars.
- Ill Tom: In Rising Storm, he gets a disease that was spreading around ShadowClan, but Cinderpelt treats him. He gets another disease in Night Whispers.
- Morality Pet: To the rest of ShadowClan, especially Blackstar.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Cinderpelt
- Sherlock Scan: In Night Whispers, he is able to tell that Flametail didn't go the medicine cat gathering because of his smell.
- Token Good Teammate: In the first series, he was one of the few named ShadowClan cats who was actually a good guy.
- Undying Loyalty: To ThunderClan, since Cinderpelt saved his life.
Tawnypelt's other son of the same litter, who becomes a medicine cat apprentice. He is even-tempered and loyal to his Clan. Currently residing in StarClan.
Warriors and Apprentices
"I like my name. Can I keep it?"
A former member of BloodClan, and one of Tigerstar's supporters in the first arc. He convinced Tigerstar to employ BloodClan during The Darkest Hour
- Defector from Decadence: In the backstory, when he left BloodClan.
- Enemy Mine: He decides to team up with LionClan when Jaggedtooth defects to join BloodClan.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Retcon: Yellowfang's Secret changes his origin. Instead of being a member of BloodClan, he was a curious cat from a random gang on rogues. He comes to the forest after being impressed by the battling skills of ShadowClan.
- Retired Monster
- Small Role, Big Impact: He was a fairly minor character, yet he caused BloodClan to come to the forest, leading to one of the most major events in the series.
One of Tigerstar's supporters in the first arc. After Tigerstar's defeat at the claws of Scourge, he leaves the forest Clans to join BloodClan.
- Agony of the Feet: A mild case. He helps Tigerclaw become the leader of ShadowClan by ripping a claw off and putting it in the light of the moon. Then after that, he tells Tigerclaw to be grateful for what he did for him.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being a perfect candidate for it, he never appears in the Dark Forest. It's possible that the cats there didn't want to accept a traitor.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: Villainous variant. He joins BloodClan because he believes that they will defeat the forest Clans.
- The Quisling
One of Brokenstar's warriors from the first arc. He kills Spottedleaf, but is eventually killed by Graystripe, a warrior who had once admired him.
- Arch-Enemy: Before Firestar had Tigerstar, he had this guy.
- Big Brother Instinct: To Nightstar.
- Broken Pedestal: Graystripe had him on a pedestal until he killed Spottedleaf.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Graystripe refers to him as "one of the best warriors" about halfway through Into the Wild. Near the end, he kills Spottedleaf.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Tigerstar mentions that he's in the Dark Forest in Secrets of the Clans. He proceeds to never appear again, even when the Dark Forest become central to the plot.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Tigerclaw's Fury, he visibly grieves over his son's death, and shows affection to his mate Rowanberry.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Yellowfang's Secret...a slight subversion, though. He's actually not a jerk to his Clanmates, and he loves his little brother.
- Killed Off for Real: Though, strangely, he appears to be alive in Tigerclaw's Fury despite being killed in Fire And Ice.
- Hero Killer
- Shrouded in Myth: If Graystripe's admiration of him is any indication, then he is this.
- Undying Loyalty: To Brokenstar, leading to Clawface following him into exile.
"Fox dung! I'm a loyal ShadowClan cat. If I'm ever made deputy or leader it will be because I have earned it myself - and my Clanmates and StarClan wish it. You're twisting the warrior code to get what you want, just like you did when you were alive."
Tigerstar's daughter, and Brambleclaw's sister. She ran away from ThunderClan because of the other cats' hatred for her father, joining him in ShadowClan. Even after his crimes are revealed, and the Clans are at peace once more, she chooses to stay in ShadowClan, feeling that she has more of a place there than in ThunderClan. She is one of the four chosen cats to journey to Midnight and find a new home for the Clans, showing that StarClan still has trust in her despite her father's actions.
A minor character from The New Prophecy
. In Twilight
, he is ambushed and murdered by Jacques and Susan.
- Almost Dead Guy: He drags himself back to camp and explains what happens before he dies.
- The Apprentice: He is Rowanclaw's apprentice.
- Bus Crash: We only learn about his death offscreen, after he hadn't appeared for a while.
"There is always a choice."
Tawnypelt's son, who was named for Tigerstar. Many cats seemed to consider this an ill omen, considering everything that Tigerstar did, but Tigerheart seems to be avert his grandfather's legacy.
In The Fourth Apprentice
, he is one of the cats chosen to find the source of the drought. During the quest, he grows close to Dovewing, and their bond remains strong afterwards. At the end of the book Lionblaze realizes that Tigerheart was using one of Tigerstar's moves in the battle, and deduces that he is now training in the Place of No Stars.
His character arc takes many twists and turns over the course of the arc, until the end of The Last Hope
, where his training in the Dark Forest causes Dovewing to finally reject him completely, after already breaking up with him in Night Whispers. He then reveals himself to be a spy, and he aides the Clans in the final battle.
- Ascended Extra: While a minor character in Power of Three, he got a much larger role and a significant character arc in the fourth series, Omen of the Stars.
- Dead Guy Junior: Named after his deceased grandfather, Tigerstar.
- Face-Heel Turn: At the end of The Fourth Apprentice, Lionblaze realizes that he is training in the Dark Forest. Then in The Last Hope, it turns out that he was actually spying on them, subverting the trope.
- Foreshadowing: Why did he never try to get Dawnpelt into the Dark Forest? Because they're evil, and he's not.
- Good All Along: He was actually a spy for the Clans, trying to figure out what the Dark Forest was up to.
- Nice Guy: Compared to most of ShadowClan.
- Reverse Mole: She was also a spy against the Dark Forest all along.
- Romantic False Lead: To Dovewing
- Ship Tease: Shockingly enough with Ivypool in The Last Hope.
"There is a murderer among us!"
Tawnypelt's only daughter. She starts out a kind and intelligent warrior, but after Flametail's death
, she goes mad with grief.
A warrior of ShadowClan who trains in the Dark Forest. Unlike almost all the other trainees, though, he fights against the Clans.
"You're right. My life is a small price to pay, considering what I've done."
One of the warriors who trains in the Dark Forest, wishing to grow stronger to protect her Clan. In The Last Hope
, Ivypool manages to turn her back to the side of the Clans, and she fights against the Dark Forest so that she can atone for her actions.
- Action Girl: Like all female Warriors characters.
- The Atoner: In The Last Hope, after turning back to the side of the Clans.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Blossomfall in The Last Hope, when defending WindClan from the Dark Forest invasion.
- Face-Heel Turn: Joining the Dark Forest.
- Heel-Face Turn: In The Last Hope. It starts with Beetlewhisker's death, but it doesn't happen until Ivypool gives her a Rousing Speech during the WindClan invasion.
- The Leader: In The Last Hope, Brokenstar names her the Dark Forest trainee representative of ShadowClan.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In The Last Hope, when Beetlewhisker dies. It's what allows Ivypool to turn her back to the side of the Clans.
A minor character introduced in The Last Hope
- Courier: During the battle, he comes to the ThunderClan camp with the message that ShadowClan has been overrun by the Dark Forest.
"The warrior code is more important than any cat's life. I'm going to kill you."
A minor ShadowClan warrior. In The Last Hope
, she is one of the warriors Blackstar sends to help ThunderClan fight the Dark Forest.
- Action Girl: Mostly in The Last Hope, where she gets some spotlight against the Dark Forest.
- Badass Boast: The quote up there at the top of her section. In The Last Hope, she gives it to Redwillow.
- Berserk Button: In The Last Hope, it is shown that she hates when cats betray the warrior code, and when they try to hurt her kin.
- Big Sister Instinct: In The Last Hope, when Shredtail and Redwillow try to murder her brother Ratscar, she saves him and is thrown into a rage.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: In The Last Hope, she responds to Redwillow's claim of how he's stronger without the warrior code by promising to kill him. Then Blackstar delivers his own version by actually killing Redwillow.
"We'll fight, and whichever cat StarClan favors will be victorious."
A cat who attempted to claim leadership of ShadowClan when the leader died before choosing a deputy.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Whichever cat won the fight was going to lead the Clan.
- Blood Knight: The other cats say that he'd be leading them into unneccessary battles, and he furiously asks if they'd prefer a Clan of cowards.
- Leader Wannabe: When the medicine cat asked if there were any volunteers to be leader, Jumpfoot was the first cat to reply.
- Mutual Kill: Both he and Mossfire die of their wounds.
A ShadowClan warrior from Yellowfang's Secret
Yellowfang's brother, a supporting character in Yellowfang's Secret
Yellowfang's sister, a supporting character in Yellowfang's Secret
Foxheart's brother. Appears in Yellowfang's Secret
Yellowfang's father, who appears in Yellowfang's Secret
- Expy: Of Brackenfur.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Makes use of this tactic to beat Raggedstar when training with him. He then explains it when Raggedstar claims he cheated.
- The Mentor: To Raggedstar.
The mother of Yellowfang, Nutwhisker, and Rowanberry. Appears in Yellowfang's Secret
- Mama Bear
- My God, What Have I Done?: By the heartbroken yowl she made in Into The Wild about her dead kits, she must have regretted believing Brokenstar over Yellowfang. Bonus points for her thinking that Yellowfang (her daughter) had been the one to kill Marigoldkit and Mintkit.
- Unstoppable Rage: When she thinks that Yellowfang killed her kits.
Raggedstar's brother, who serves as a supporting character in Yellowfang's Secret
"Look, listen, and scent."
Yellowfang's warrior mentor who appears in Yellowfang's Secret
. She has a rather unique idea of what training should be.
- Catch Phrase: "Look, listen, and scent."
- Cool Old Lady: Notes that she's pretty old, and that Yellowfang will probably be her last apprentice.
- The Mentor: For Yellowfang when she trains to be a warrior. Sagewhisker fulfills that task when Yellowfang trains to be a medicine cat.
- So Proud of You: To Yellowfang, right before they go into Mothermouth and visit the Moonstone.
- Stern Teacher
A ShadowClan warrior who appears in Yellowfang's Secret
The mother of Raggedstar and Scorchwind.
A ShadowClan warrior who is devoted to her Clan.
A ShadowClan she-cat from Yellowfang's Secret
. Mother to Runningnose, Deerfoot, and Tangleburr, and foster mother to Brokenstar.
- Abusive Parents: She beat Brokenstar and denied him milk when he was a kit.
- Alpha Bitch: Second only to Foxheart.
- Jerkass: Doesn't seem to be fond of even her own kits.
- Kick The Cat: Like Foxheart, Lizardstripe tries to make Yellowfang clean her nest for her...only for Stonetooth to arrive and tell her to go on patrol instead of lying there. Naturally, she's not happy.
One of ShadowClan's elders. He aides Yellowfang and Firestar in the battle against Brokenstar.
The grandmother of Yellowfang, Nutpaw, and Rowanpaw. She loves kits, and appears in Yellowfang's Secret
An elder from Yellowfang's Secret
A ShadowClan warrior who primarily appears in Yellowfang's Secret