"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
Clan FactsShadowClan 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: Please add character tropes exclusive to Dawn of the Clans to the Dawn of the Clans character page, not here.See also:
Medicine Cat: Puddleshine
Hunting Territory: Pine Forest
Camp: Bramble-enclosed dip between pine trees
Unique Battle Skill: Night Ambush
Medicine Cat: Puddleshine
Hunting Territory: Pine Forest
Camp: Bramble-enclosed dip between pine trees
Unique Battle Skill: Night Ambush
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General Clan Tropes
- Arch-Enemy: Not always, but they frequently have arguments with ThunderClan, who don't appreciate their use of dirty tactics.
- Blood Knight: They have a great hunger for battle and will readily fight to defend their territory.
- Combat Pragmatist: ShadowClan cats aren't afraid to fight dirty in order to win.
- Dark Is Evil: This Clan has produced many vile cats who have killed many in their quests for power...
- Dark Is Not Evil: ...but at the end of the day, most ShadowClan cats are just like any other Clan warriors, fighting to survive and keep their Clan alive.Boulder: Look, I know the other Clans think ShadowClan cats are strange and dark-hearted, but we're loyal warriors, just like them. There's no need to fear us. Not all of the time, anyway.
- The Dreaded: Feared by all the Clans, thanks to their bloodstained history and reputation as cold-hearted killers.
- Evil Is Not Well-Lit: Their territories are the least rich in prey, so they became skilled at hunting during the night.
- Grim Up North: Normally thought to be the most "evil" Clan, they live in the northernmost territory. There's even a saying in ThunderClan that the cold north wind blows over every ShadowClan cat and chills their heart.
- Token Evil Teammate: Varies. They are feared by the other three Clans, due to their dark reputation. Falling under the thrall of two tyrant leaders (Brokenstar and then Tigerstar) didn't do them any favors. On the other paw, many ShadowClan cats are genuinely loyal to their Clan and obey the warrior code, and are more willing to ally with the other Clans.Rock: Ah, those evil cats! Their hearts have been chilled by the wind that blows from the mountains, and every kit is schooled to share his Clanmates’ hunger for battle, for more territory, for the warmth of blood running beneath their paws. ...All right, Blossomkit, put your claws away. I’m only repeating the tales told in nurseries of the other Clans.
- Trademark Favorite Food: They mainly subsist on rats, lizards, and frogs. According to Boulder, frogs taste like a mixture of rabbit and fish.
- Trauma Conga Line: ShadowClan suffered a great deal in the original series. Under Brokenstar's leadership, the Clan was forced to live on crowfood, elders were forced out of the camp, and young kits died in droves from being trained as warriors too early. After he was driven out, the Clan started to rebuild under Nightstar...then they were promptly ravaged by the Great Sickness, killing their leader and deputy, and were only saved when two apprentices received the cure from ThunderClan's apprentice medicine cat. Then Tigerstar came, and took over the Clan, fusing it with RiverClan to become TigerClan, threatening to take over the whole forest. After he was killed by Scourge and TigerClan was disbanded, ShadowClan pulled itself together to join the other three Clans and drive BloodClan out of the forest, and afterward, finally made a successful recovery under the leadership of Blackstar.
- The Unfavorite: Even StarClan doesn't look too favorably on them sometimes. They refused to give Nightstar any of his nine lives because Brokentail was still alive, but gave Sunstar of ThunderClan eight lives after Pinestar left the Clans to become a kittypet.Rock: Maybe old scores are not forgotten, even by our warrior ancestors, and ShadowClan will have to battle for a long time yet against the better-favored Clans.
Leaders and Deputies
"In life, they were torn apart; in death, they will be united."The legendary founder of ShadowClan. Also see her entry under Tall Shadow in Characters.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.
- Commander Contrarian: Despite working with the other three leaders to develop the warrior code, she spent the rest of her life complaining about it.
- Founder of the Kingdom: She started ShadowClan.
- Hoist by His 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.
"There are four Clans in the forest, but ShadowClan will always be the greatest."The leader of ShadowClan when SkyClan was driven out.
- The Leader: Of ShadowClan 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.
"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.
"Remember what you owe to your Clan as well as what your Clan owes to you."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.
- Jerkass: Somehow became this in Tallstar's Revenge.
- Minor Major Character: Serves as Cedarstar's deputy for a long time, but does basically nothing in any of the prequel Super Editions.
- Number Two: To Cedarstar
- 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.
"Great StarClan! Why would we both have this vision? I would never send kits into battle! It's against the warrior code!"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 Tallstar get Super Editions, the ShadowClan Super Edition is 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.
- The Bully: He was this until he became an apprentice. After that, he stops picking on Yellowfang and her siblings.
- 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".
- 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.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's a jerk, but generally follows the warrior code and cares about his Clan.
- Heroic Bastard: It's rumored in Yellowfang's Secret that his father is a kittypet. It's true.
- In the Blood: The son kills the father and is killed by the son.
- The Leader: Of ShadowClan, before his son Brokenstar took over.
- 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, because she's a medicine cat and so not allowed to mate.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Yellowfang's Secret, he goes from a Jerkass to a Nice Guy after becoming a warrior.
"Well, look what we have here! A patrol of ThunderClan warriors! Ooh, I'm scared now!"The deputy of ShadowClan before Brokenstar. Appears in Yellowfang's Secret as a major character.
- Ascended Extra: Come Yellowfang's Secret she has a major role.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Yellowfang gives her one, thinking that she didn't deserve to die at a young age.
- Alpha Bitch: One example is that when Yellowfang recently becomes the medicine cat apprentice, the first thing she had to do was fix Foxheart's bedding... the latter being too lazy (and mean) to do it herself. There's the more major fact that she always snaps at her for talking to Raggedstar and looks down on her for being a medicine cat.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Obsessed with Raggedpelt.
- Expy: Yellowfang's Secret makes her into one for Foxleap, albeit gender flipped.
- Foregone Conclusion: If you've read up on your Expanded Universe history, you'll know that she becomes deputy only to die in a Carrionplace raid in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Gender Bender: She was called a tom in Bluestar's Prophecy, Crookedstar's Promise and Battles of the Clans.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Jealous of Yellowfang and Raggedstar.
- Jerkass: Oh yes. One of the worst offenders in the series, short of actual villains. Foxheart is mocking and cruel, and clearly despises Yellowfang merely for being the love interest of Foxheart's crush.
- Kick the Dog: Her actual first appearance in Battles Of The Clans has her frighten an already-scared Lionheart (Lionpaw back then) by saying how she's gonna rip him to shreds. This causes him to flee from battle...and teaches him a valuable lesson.
- And as soon as Yellowfang became a medicine cat apprentice, Foxheart makes her clean her bedding for her to make her feel worthless.
- Lazy Bum: Hates work. And responsibility. And everything else.
- Love Triangle: With Yellowfang and Raggedstar in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is the Clan term for "cruel".
- Number Two: The first deputy of Raggedstar.
- The Rival: To Yellowfang in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: From a cute Foxleapy character to an Alpha Bitch.
- Young and In Charge: Or rather Clan Deputy.
"We're chasing a rabbit. It came from our territory, which means it's still ours."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.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Brokenstar (then Brokentail) claims that WindClan has been stealing ShadowClan's prey, and Cloudpelt dies in the battle over it. Presumably, this was Brokenstar's intention.
- Ill Boy: After being injured by rogues as an apprentice.
- Number Two: Succeeds Foxheart as deputy.
- Young and In Charge: As Clan deputy.
"It seems I must have some of my father's softness. I was a fool to let you leave ShadowClan alive!"
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, 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.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To Yellowfang and Raggedstar. He was one of the first villains of the series.
- 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.
- Dark Is Evil: As a ShadowClan cat and a Dark Forest member. He's a dark brown tabby with scars.
- 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: The laconic entry for this trope is "A leader with absolute authority over a considerable body of people and territory who rules through fear and brutality." This could not possibly describe Brokenstar with more accuracy.
- 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: Kills Ferncloud in The Last Hope.
- 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: Both as a leader and as a Dark Forest cat.
- The Leader: Of ShadowClan and the Dark Forest.
- Leader Wannabe: Wanted to be leader so badly, he secretly killed his own leader (and father), 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.
- Meaningful Name: Most cats believe his name comes from the bend in his tail. But his mother, Yellowfang, really named him because it broke her heart to give him away to another queen.
- Never My Fault: When Yellowfang confronts him about murdering Brightflower's kits (which he framed her for), he tries to justify his actions by telling her that the kits were weak and useless to ShadowClan, and would have been killed by another cat if he hadn't done it.
- Patricide: Murdered Raggedstar, his own father, so that he could become leader of ShadowClan.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: As leader of ShadowClan, he makes terrible decisions such as forcing underage kits to train as warriors and making his warriors eat crowfood (rotten prey) instead of hunting for fresh-kill.
- Prophetic Names: When his reign as leader ends, he leaves ShadowClan in a broken state.
- 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. Unlike most examples of the trope, it doesn't work, because the kits in question are too young to fight or defend themselves without getting killed.
- Spirit Advisor: Of the evil variety, to the cats who train in the the Place of No Stars.
- 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 Child: 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. At least six kits died, directly or indirectly, as a result of his methods: Mosspaw, Volepaw, Blossomkit, Marigoldkit, Mintkit, and Badgerpaw.
"That's where the danger lies. I see one cat, hungry for power that is not deserved..."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.
- Badass Grandpa: He's already an elder when he fights to reclaim ShadowClan from Brokenstar's rule.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Brokenstar and Tigerclaw in Fire and Ice and Forest of Secrets.
- Cool Old Guy: In Into the Wild.
- Incurable Cough of Death: The Great Sickness, mixed with Nightstar's asthma kills him in Rising Storm.
- The Leader: Of ShadowClan.
- Mandatory Unretirement: He went from elder to ShadowClan's leader.
- Meaningful Name: His fur is as black as night.
- The Mentor: To Brokenstar.
- La Résistance: Leads the banished elders who fight against Brokenstar alongside ThunderClan.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After becoming leader, Nightstar becomes much more hostile to the other Clans, possibly out of a desire to avoid making his Clan look weak after Brokenstar left it in ruins.
"Give us the word, Nightstar, and we'll tear them apart."Nightstar's deputy.
- Incurable Cough of Death: In Rising Storm he dies of the same disease that kills his leader.
- Minor Major Character: Gets next to no screentime even though he's a Clan deputy.
- Number Two: To Nightstar.
"Real warriors love battle. I give them the chance to die for a cause."
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.
- Always Second Best: He claims that he was a great warrior, but as soon as Bluestar discovered Firestar, he was reduced to "a great warrior, just not as good as Firestar".
- 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.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To Pinestar and Leopardfoot. Thistleclaw was a huge influence on his character due to Thistleclaw's mentoring.
- Anti-Climax: His death in The Darkest Hour is seen as this for those, who wanted Firestar to fight (and kill) Tigerstar.
- 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.
- Blasphemous Boast: In The Darkest Hour, he claims that he is more powerful than StarClan because he changed the number of Clans in the forest from four to two.
- 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.
- Children Are Cruel: Savagely beats a young kit (who would later become Scourge) when he was an apprentice in Bluestar's Prophecy.
- 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?
- Covered with Scars: He has a pelt covered in scars. He even has a scarred nose and an ear nearly split in two.
- 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.
- Cute Kitten: Yep, even he was once an adorable little kitten.
- 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.
- Disappeared Dad: He leaves his kits and their mother to join ShadowClan. There is a lot of bitterness involved as he attempted to murder Bluestar, the leader of ThunderClan, and also murdered Redtail, the former deputy. Unsurprisingly, ThunderClan does not want his kits, Bramblekit and Tawnykit, to turn out like their father.
- His own father was absent - left the Clan to be a kittypet - and this is a major part of why he's evil.
- 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.
- To drive it home, in Tigerclaw's Fury Tigerclaw was practically praying Fireheart would escape the fire, because he was the only one who was there to save Bramblekit.
- 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.
- The Exile: Bluestar exiles him from ThunderClan when he tries to kill her.
- The Family That Slays Together: Him and his son Hawkfrost.
- 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?
- Follow in My Footsteps: He genuinely does want his children to become strong warriors. He also wants them to continue his goals of ruling the forest, however, and even after his death tries to groom them into following his plans.
- 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.
- Gutted Like a Fish: He is killed in this manner when the cat he tried to order around got fed up with it - the wound is bad enough that he loses all of his nine leader's lives.
- 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.
- High-Pressure Blood: Any wound inflicted on him seems to bleed twice as much as a wound inflicted on someone else. And of course, when he bleeds to death nine times.
- 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 Boy: He was very sickly when he was born, but he recovered from his sickness.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 half-Clan 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.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: In The Last Hope, he finally succeeds in killing Firestar (or more accurately, Firestar dies of his wounds after killing him), but his spirit is erased from existence, while Firestar is reunited with his loved ones in StarClan's paradise.
- 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, which is deliberate as he (correctly) suspects Ravenpaw knows he killed Redtail, so he's discreetly trying to kill him too. Though even before that, he didn't treat him well.
- 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 World: His main goal is to rule all the Clans.
- 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 Kid: 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.
- Warhawk: He always was eager to lead his Clan into battle: when he is exiled from ThunderClan he boasts about how he would never have been such a soft leader, keeping peace with the other Clans.
- 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."
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.
- Cool Old Guy: His age really shows at times, like his wistfulness when he discusses the Lake in Eclipse.
- Deadpan Snarker: After his villainousness from The Prophecies Begin wears off.
- 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.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In Bramblestar's Storm he is killed offscreen by the flood. A somewhat anticlimactic death for a very long-lived leader, and a cat who was an unrepentant villain in The Prophecies Begin.
- 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.
- Extra Digits: Has six toes on one paw.
- 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: Of ShadowClan for many years.
- 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!
- O.O.C. 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 B.S.O.D. 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.
"Every cat knows that ThunderClan ignores borders, but ShadowClan sticks to the warrior code."
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.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: Killed at the end of Fading Echoes.
- Fiery Redhead: As an apprentice.
- In Fading Echoes, Jayfeather visits the ShadowClan camp and thinks that she won't survive leaf-bare. Guess what happens at the end of the book?
- Early in Yellowfang's Secret, Yellowfang mentions Red's "russet coloured pelt", hinting at who Red actually is.
- Incurable Cough of Death: But it's not what kills her.
- Meaningful Rename: Had her named changed from "Red" to "Russetpaw" (later Russetfur) upon joining ShadowClan.
- Neck Snap: How Lionblaze (accidentally) kills her.
- Number Two: To Blackstar for many seasons.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. As a rogue, she shared her name with a SkyClan's Destiny character.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Secret Keeper: In Return to the Clans, she figures out that Sasha had Tigerstar's kits. She promises not to tell anyone.
- Taking You with Me: Tries to do this to Firestar. Since he can come back from the dead, it was a stupid idea.
"It's nonsense to say that Tawnypelt isn't loyal. I haven't forgotten all the Tribe cats did for us, even if you have. They deserve our help."
A warrior of ShadowClan and Tawnypelt's mate. Becomes Deputy after Russetfur dies and leader after Blackstar dies.
- Ascended Extra: He was a minor character, barely mentioned outside the character list - so minor that he changed from a she-cat to a tom by accident. The authors decided to acknowledge this by making him Tawnypelt's mate, and he eventually went on to become ShadowClan's leader.
- Gender Bender: Starts out a she-cat, but turns into a tom.
- Happily Married: Mates with 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.
- Ungrateful Bastard: In Bramblestar's Storm when ThunderClan saves ShadowClan he's not only ungrateful, but he's outright resentful towards ThunderClan.
"Clearly, these young cats have made a mistake. But there's no harm done. You can’t come here to visit your sister, understand? If you need to speak to her, wait for a Gathering. You may be kin, but you live in different Clans now."Dawnpelt's mate and Rowanstar's first deputy.
- Cool Old Guy: Thunder and Shadow showed him to be an honorable and reasonable cat with good leadership material.
- Incurable Cough of Death: In Thunder and Shadow he dies from Yellowcough.
- Number Two: Rowanstar chose him as his deputy after Blackstar died.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: At first he keeps Twigpaw imprisoned in ShadowClan so Bramblestar can bargain with Onestar for the lungwort ShadowClan needed. When that didn't work, Crowfrost chose to let Twigpaw go back to ThunderClan as she was spending a lot of time near the sick cats and he didn't want her to get sick as well.
"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. Becomes deputy after Crowfrost dies and then the leader of ShadowClan when he returns to the Clan.
- A Day in the Limelight: Got his own super edition titled Tigerheart's Shadow.
- Adorkable: He has his moments, like whenever he interacts with Dovewing. He's also very chatty.
- Anti-Villain: As a nice guy who is also a trainee of the Dark Forest.
- Anti-Hero: As a nice guy who is also a trainee of the Dark Forest. But he's also spying on them for the side of the Clans.
- 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.
- Back from the Dead: Literal in his case. Tigerheart was already dead when he got his nine lives.
- 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.
- Fake Defector: It appears that he is eagerly following his grandfather Tigerstar's teachings, but he's really spying on Tigerstar and the Dark Forest, unbeknownst to the reader and other characters (even Ivypool, who worked as a spy herself after joining and realizing that they're really hell-bent on destroying the Clans.)
- Foreshadowing: Why did he never try to get Dawnpelt into the Dark Forest? Because they're evil, and he's not.
- Forgiveness: During his nine lives ceremony, Yellowfang gives him a life for forgiveness. And as Yellowfang stated "Forgiveness will give you more power than vengeance will ever bring".
- Good All Along: He was actually a spy for the Clans, trying to figure out what the Dark Forest was up to.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices himself to save Hollowkit from being taken away from an owl. Luckily he gets better when StarClan gives him the nine lives of a leader.
- Keet: Dovewing notes that he's very chatty. He's also the most adventurous of Tawnypelt's kits.
- The Leader: During Tigerheart's Shadow Tigerheart is constantly fretting over whether he'd be a good leader to ShadowClan. After a clash with a another Clan over a rabbit, Tigerheart figures out a solution to the problem easily without fighting leading Scorchfur and Snowbird to decide they want to follow him instead of Rowanstar. But when Rowanstar asks his son if he wants to be leader now and that he would step down if that is the case, Tigerheart denies the chance believing he isn't ready to lead just yet.
- Later on after Tigerheart decides to come back to ShadowClan after being gone for moons Tigerheart becomes the leader to a patrol of cats since everyone looks to him to organize the hunting patrols and to lead him onwards. He even gives a warrior name to Spiresight, despite the fact the tom had already died, hoping it would take him to StarClan.
- Tigerheart eventually did become the leader to ShadowClan after a near death experience. During his nine lives ceremony Littlecloud gave him a life for acceptance, stating that fear of failure had kept Tigerheart from leadership for too long and that it was his destiny and one that he must embrace if he is to save his Clan.
- Nice Guy: Compared to most of ShadowClan.
- Number Two: Becomes Rowanstar's deputy after Crowfrost dies from Yellowcough in Thunder and Shadow
- Reverse Mole: He was also a spy against the Dark Forest all along.
- Romantic False Lead: To Dovewing, or so it seems in Omen of the Stars. Bramblestar's Storm implies she still loves him. During Tigerheart's Shadow Dovewing officially has Tigerheart's kits and decides to move to ShadowClan to be with him.
- Ship Tease: Shockingly enough with Ivypool in The Last Hope.
The first medicine cat of ShadowClan. Also see his entry under Pebble Heart at the Dawn of the Clans page.
- 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.
- The Atoner: He feels horrible about letting SkyClan be driven out.
- Ascended Extra: In Yellowfang's Secret, if the prologue is any indication.
- The Medic: In life, he was the medicine cat of ShadowClan.
"No warrior wants to die. Especially in a battle that should not have happened."
ShadowClan's medicine cat during Yellowfang's Secret. She identifies Yellowfang's potential and trains her to be a medicine cat.
- Cool Old Lady: She's always Yellowfang's friend and advisor, well into her old age.
- 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: Of ShadowClan during Yellowfang's Secret.
- The Mentor: Mentors Yellowfang.
- Secret Keeper:
- Keeps Yellowfang's special powers a secret from the Clan.
- Also keeps Yellowfang's pregnancy a secret.
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.
"Not of rain, but of a great new dawn that awaits our Clan. In that ray of light, our warrior ancestors showed me the future, and it will be glorious!"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.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: He's a medicine cat who can't cure his own cold.
- Kids Are Cruel: At first. Little 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: After Yellowfang leaves.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After being a jerk to Brokenstar (unwittingly causing Brokenstar's Start of Darkness) and apologizing, he's one of the few nicer ShadowClan cats after Nightstar takes over.
"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: As a medicine cat, he may not take a mate.
- Child Soldier: He was forced by Brokenstar to become a warrior apprentice when he was less than six moons old.
- Cool Old Guy: He's fairly old by Omen of the Stars.
- Ill Boy: In Rising Storm, he gets a disease that was spreading around ShadowClan, but Cinderpelt treats him. He gets another disease in Night Whispers.
- Mercy Kill: He keeps deathberries in his den to end the suffering of dying cats.
- Morality Pet: To the rest of ShadowClan, especially Blackstar.
- Older Than They Look: He's very old by the time of Omen of the Stars but he's described as very small.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Cinderpelt.
- Sherlock Scan: In Night Whispers, he is able to tell that Flametail didn't go to 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.
"I'm glad we're not related! I wouldn't want to be kin with a murderer!"
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.
- A Crack in the Ice: In Night Whispers, he falls through some thin ice and drowns.
- A Day in the Limelight: In Night Whispers
- A Death in the Limelight: In Night Whispers
- Breakout Character: Very popular with the fandom. So he got his own book.
- Celibate Hero: Naturally, as a medicine cat.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Decides to leave Jayfeather in the mud because of Ivypool almost killing him (while she was being forced to).
- Fire/Water Juxtaposition: His prefix is Flame and he dies when he falls through ice and drowns in a lake.
- Hypocrite: His quote is said to Lionblaze, but Lionblaze isn't a murderer, while Flametail's grandfather Tigerstar is.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Temporarily, in The Last Hope.
- What Is One Man's Life in Comparison?: In Night Whispers, Rock makes him this. He forces Jayfeather to leave Flametail to his death so that Jayfeather will survive and save the Clans. This ends up backfiring in The Last Hope when Flametail tries to kill Jayfeather.
"He was always friendly, although he seemed anxious in his role as the Clan's medicine cat, and a little overwhelmed by the daily worries of keeping his Clan healthy."Littlecloud's successor, who becomes a medicine cat simply because there's no other cat in the Clan available. Despite the suddenness of it and his own struggles, he's hard-working and dedicated to doing his duty.
- Nice Guy: He's constantly sweet and polite, if heckled by his duties, and is the first cat to befriend Violetpaw.
- Rookie Red Ranger: He's made a full medicine cat immediately after Leafpool finishes training him. She stayed in ShadowClan for two moons, meaning he was put in charge of the entire Clan's health at eight moons old.
- The Unchosen One: Most medicine cats are selected by StarClan. Not him; ShadowClan was so desperate for a new medicine cat they picked him at random, while he was still a kit, and had Leafpool train him up. He manages to do a good job of it, nonetheless.
Warriors and Apprentices
"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. Appears only in Code of the Clans.
- 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 unnecessary 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.
"Toms! I've never found them to be much use around kits."The mother of Raggedstar and Scorchwind.
- Reluctant Retiree: Her grandson Brokenstar forces her to join the elders.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Hal.
"This is okay. We'll be fine here, Yellowfang."A ShadowClan warrior who is devoted to her Clan.
- Living Prop: Does little of import. She's a solid warrior who exists just to flesh out ShadowClan.
"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.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Surprisingly averted, considering that she's the main character's first mentor and she's old.
- So Proud of You: To Yellowfang, right before they go into Mothermouth and visit the Moonstone.
- Stern Teacher: To Yellowfang. She's not at all unkind, though.
"Training half kittypets! We'll be making hedgehogs into apprentices next."A ShadowClan warrior who appears in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Fantastic Racism: Doesn't like Raggedstar and Scorchwind because of their kittypet heritage.
- Really Gets Around: Had two mates, one after the other. They even discuss this.
- Those Two Guys: With Archeye.
"Yes, all kits had to be protected whichever Clan they came from, but this kit was still on its own territory! Couldn't they wait for a ThunderClan patrol to come to the rescue? Clearly not. Hollyflower was advancing on the fox, putting herself between it and the kit. Protecting another Clan's kit was one thing; saving your denmate from being savaged was another."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.
"Did you kill my kits?"The mother of Yellowfang, Nutwhisker, and Rowanberry. Appears in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Mama Bear: Turns against her own daughter when her youngest kits are killed.
- 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.
"All the young cats were a bit afraid of Amberleaf, who had a scathing tongue when she was annoyed; Yellowkit remembered being scolded by her when she accidentally hit the warrior on the head with a ball of moss."A ShadowClan warrior from Yellowfang's Secret.
- Damsel in Distress: It doesn't actually happen, but Yellowfang makes up a story about how she got lost in Twolegplace so that she can trick some kittypets.
- The Dreaded: All of the apprentices are scared of her because she's really strict.
- Informed Ability: We are often told how strict she is, but we don't really see it in action.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A good cat, despite her tough outer shell.
- The Mentor: To Yellowfang's brother Nutwhisker.
- Stern Teacher: We're told this at least.
"I'll flay that badger. I'll spread her guts from here to the Twolegplace. No creature hurts my brother and gets away with it."Raggedstar's brother, who serves as a supporting character in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Extra-special as he's the only known cat to have the awesome 'Scorch' as a name part.
- Heroic Bastard: But isn't as obsessed with this fact as his brother is.
- Sibling Rivalry: With Raggedstar, especially since his brother was made a warrior before he was.
- The Bully: Like his brother Raggedstar, he was a bully when he was a kit. And like his brother, he grows out of it eventually.
"Twoleg cats made apprentices! Cedarstar must be mouse-brained!"Yellowfang's brother, a supporting character in Yellowfang's Secret.
- The Apprentice: To Amberleaf.
- Fantastic Racism: Hates kittypets, and insults Raggedstar because of his kittypet blood.
"Dawncloud told us you were going to hunt for us. We didn't expect you to deliver it yourselves."Yellowfang's sister, a supporting character in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Yellowfang and Raggedstar.
"We don't have any apprentices just now, and we need to start training young cats."Foxheart's brother. Appears in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Expy: Of Toadstep.
- Fantastic Racism: Dislikes kittypets and claims that he will make Boulder and Russetfur, former rogues do the hardest and grossest apprentice duties.
- Hot-Blooded: And not in a good way.
- Jerkass: Not quite as bad as his sister, but he's still unpleasant to be around.
"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: Formerly a member of BloodClan. Maybe. See below. But definitely followed Brokenstar into exile.
- 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. Either that, or he was a BloodClan member before defecting to Jay's group and then to ShadowClan it's not really clear.
- Retired Monster: He was once a follower of the evil Brokenstar, and helps to steal kits from other clans.
- 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.
"Clawpaw was a sturdy young cat, inclined to be a bit too rough, but always kind to his weaker brother."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.
- Ax-Crazy: Even as a kit, Yellowfang's narrative describes him as 'inclined to be a bit too rough'. By the time he's an adult, he's slaying elders such as Rosetail.
- Big Brother Instinct: To Nightstar in Yellowfang's Secret.
- 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.
- Due to the Dead: He does not get one. When he's killed during a raid on the ThunderClan camp, Bluestar simply orders his body to be buried without sharing tongues or anyone sitting vigil, as punishment for his crimes.Bluestar: No rogue deserves to be buried with the honor of Clan ritual.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Tigerclaw's Fury, he visibly grieves over his son's death, and shows affection to his mate Rowanberry.
- Informed Attribute: His kindness toward and his love of his brother Nightstar. It's mentioned once in Yellowfang's Secret but he doesn't even mention his brother in Tigerclaw's Fury.
- 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. This is brought up again with his mate Rowanberry and his son in Tigerclaw's Fury.
- Killed Off for Real: Though, strangely, he appears to be alive in Tigerclaw's Fury despite being killed in Fire And Ice.
- Series Continuity Error: A big one. He's killed off in the second book, but inexplicably alive in Tigerclaw's Fury.
- 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.
- Would Hit a Girl: Would kill them. He murdered Rosetail and Spottedleaf.
"I don't share your faith in dead cats. Perhaps that makes things easier?"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.
- Les Collaborateurs: Supports Tigerclaw when he seems strong. Then abandons Tigerclaw when his coup in ThunderClan fails. Rejoins him before Tigerstar takes over ShadowClan. Then abandons ShadowClan when Tigerstar is killed in order to join BloodClan.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: Villainous variant. He joins BloodClan because he believes that they will defeat the forest Clans.
"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.
- Ascended Extra: She was a minor character in the original series, but in The New Prophecy she received a massive boost in screentime and had a very important role.
- Break the Cutie: She is the oldest daughter of Tigerstar, for one thing. She is so tormented living in ThunderClan that one day she just moves into her father's Clan. Shortly afterward, her father dies. Also, in series 3, she has to temporarily leave ShadowClan, with her young apprentice kittens, because of Sol's presence.
- Calling the Old Man Out: In the above quote.
- The Chosen One: The ShadowClan cat who is chosen to go to Sun-Drown-Place.
- Deadpan Snarker: During the journey to find Midnight, at least.
- In the Blood: Averted. When she is offered power by her father, she rejects it, and encourages Brambleclaw to do the same.
- Loser Son of Loser Dad: Runs away from ThunderClan precisely because of this reason.
- Morality Pet: To Tigerstar. Also to Blackstar and by extension her mate Rowanclaw too.
- Token Good Teammate: To most of ShadowClan.
"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.
- 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.
"Yesterday they caught Talonpaw out on his own. They attacked him and left him wounded. He managed to drag himself back to camp, but he died."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.
- Killed Offscreen: By kittypets. Ouch.
"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.
"I don't understand why you're so angry. When I was your age, I was proud to be an apprentice. We all were. We wanted to learn the warrior code."Tawnypelt's only daughter. She starts out a kind and intelligent warrior, but after Flametail's death, she goes mad with grief.
- Action Girl: As with most she-cats.
- Killed Offscreen: Darktail has her drowned when she tries to leave the Kin.
- Sanity Slippage: After the death of her brother Flametail.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She doesn't show up much after Flametail's death, but she seems to have mellowed out since then.
"I'm loyal to my new Clan! Your time is over, you're nothing but an elder growing old over and over. Why don't you just give up and die?"A warrior of ShadowClan who trains in the Dark Forest. Unlike almost all the other trainees, though, he fights against the Clans.
- Blood Knight: As a Dark Forest trainee, this is unsurprising.
- Face–Heel Turn: One of the only Dark Forest apprentices to actually fight for the Dark Forest when the time comes.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: He thinks the Dark Forest is strong and basically decides to follow them solely for that reason.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one of these to Blackstar, sneering that he's just a weak leader. Blackstar shuts him up by calling him a traitor and killing him.
"That's the trouble, Rippletail. I'm not all right. None of us are. But we can be. StarClan will guide us. We just...we can't give up. As long as we don't give up, sooner or later...StarClan will guide us home."The daughter of Snowbird and Scorchfur, sister to Rippletail, Cloverfoot, Beenose, Yarrowleaf, Conekit, Gullkit and Frondkit, mate to Sparrowtail and the mother to Needletail, Hollowkit, Sunkit and Spirekit. During Thunder and Shadow Berryheart is one of the cats to abandon ShadowClan for Darktail's group, who later takes over ShadowClan. Then during Shattered Sky she vanishes without a trace.As revealed in the Tigerheart's Shadow manga Darktail tries to drown Berryheart and thought he had succeeded. She thought it too for a moment. But she managed to survive, pass a message to Sparrowtail and Needletail through Slatefur and escape with her life. Soon she is met up with Sparrowtail and her littermates and stay at a abandoned Twoleg place until Tigerheart finds them.
- A Day in the Limelight: Is the star of the Tigerheart's Shadow manga.
- My Greatest Failure: Regrets siding with Darktail and the Kin, believing that she's let ShadowClan down and isn't sure if they'll welcome her back. She also believes that she let her daughter down.
"We made a terrible decision. We didn't realize that Darktail was a liar and a bully. We truly thought he could make ShadowClan stronger and safer. We are wrong. And we will spend our lives making up for it to ShadowClan, if they agree to take us back."The son of Snowbird and Scorchfur and the brother of Berryheart, Cloverfoot, Beenose, Yarrowleaf, Conekit, Gullkit and Frondkit.
- One Steve Limit: Shares the same name as the RiverClan Rippletail from The Power of Three and Omen of the Stars.
- My Greatest Failure: Regrets siding with Darktail and the Kin, believing that he's let ShadowClan down and isn't sure if they'll welcome him back.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He has white fur like his mother, Snowbird.
StoatfurA 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.
- Gender Bender: Went from a ginger tom in The Last Hope, to a tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat in Bramblestar's Storm.
"I'm sick of living in a Clan that only cares about peace. The rogues would have made us strong. But, if you don't want them to join us, I'm going to join them!"A mischievous apprentice whom Alderpaw befriends (in a way) in The Apprentice's Quest.
- Action Girl: As with pretty much every female character.
- A Day in the Limelight: She's the star of the Barnes and Noble exclusive bonus scene that came with Thunder and Shadow.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She's more interested in the rogue Rain than in Alderheart.
- Break the Haughty: Shattered Sky crushes her views of rogue life being great. First the tom she likes, Rain, is killed by Darktail as a traitor; she is put under constant watch and fears for her life; is arrested the moment Darktail has a reason to; and finally starved and mistreated. At the end of it she's a cat deeply filled with regret and self-loathing, knowing she has no one to blame for all her troubles but herself.
- Brutal Honesty: She always says what she thinks.
- Cool Big Sis: Violetpaw thinks so. The truth is more mixed.
- Death Equals Redemption: She completes her Heel–Face Turn by saving Violetpaw from the Kin.
- Dying as Yourself: In Shattered Sky, her Heel Realization motivated her to fight against the rogues at the apparent cost of her own life.
- Freudian Excuse: Her bonus chapter reveals that after an owl carried her off, she made a friend with a loner named Tree, who helped bring her back to ShadowClan. Learning that they'd thought her dead and not even tried to look for her, as well as their rejection of Tree, is what planted her dislike of Clan rules.
- Heel–Face Turn: Turns against the Kin in Shattered Sky.
- Heel Realization: After the death of Rain, Needletail realizes just how cruel Darktail can be and how much she screwed up by helping the rogues.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Is presumably killed fighting the rogues, which allows Violetpaw to escape with her life.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Needletail is brash and a bit bratty, she's not cruel. She's willing to offer Alderpaw a listening ear, sat vigil for Sandstorm despite not knowing her that well, and took as good care of Twigkit and Violetkit as she could.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The points she makes about Clan tradition and rules being stifling and prejudiced are very similar to what Firestar himself made when he first came to the Clans, and to an extent just as true.
- Last Stand: Against Darktail and several other rogues. She presumably went down fighting them.
- Manipulative Bitch: While she does care about Violetpaw, she's also not above using their sistership/friendship to manipulate her. The manipulative traits fade away in Shattered Sky, and she proves that she really does love her.
- Never Found the Body: The last we see of her is fighting Darktail to let Violetpaw escape. Darktail shows up later, wounded, but there is no indication of whether Needletail died or not.
- Rebellious Spirit: She has little respect for rules or traditions, badmouths her own clan leader behind his back, and runs off without informing anyone because she wants to tag along on Alderpaw's quest.
- This increases in Thunder and Shadow, until she, along with another group of apprentices runs off to join a band of rogues, then helps them usurp Rowanstar.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Has this dynamic with the more mellow Alderpaw.
- Ship Tease: With Alderpaw. More than a few times he thinks about her with admiration, and notes that his "chest hurts" whenever he sees her laughing with another tom.
- In Thunder and Shadow, she gets Ship Tease with Rain until they're practically mates.
- Stepford Smiler: Hinted at, when Alderpaw notices her eyes look lonely despite her cheeky attitude. In Shattered Sky she tries to play herself off as being fine, even though she's clearly upset over Rain dying, and Violetpaw knows something's wrong when Needletail stops even trying.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Her worse traits are brought are in Thunder and Shadow while her better ones take a step back, thanks to the increased time she spends with the rogues.
"Let's pretend Needlepaw caught it for you. You're Clan, aren't you? Oh no. I forgot. You weren't even born here. I guess I should eat it."The daughter of Dawnpelt and Crowfrost. She doesn't believe in StarClan.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To Dawnpelt and Crowfrost.
- The Bully: She's this to Violetpaw.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: According to her, prophecies and StarClan are ridiculous, believing it all too just be silly.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Was jealous of all the attention Darktail gave to Violetpaw during Shattered Sky. She jumped at the chance to get her into trouble at the end of the book.
- Jerkass: She has no respect for her elders or the warrior code and is rather cruel towards Violetpaw. She seems to be an unpleasant cat in general.
- In Thunder and Shadow when Leafpool and Alderpaw come to ShadowClan to help a dying Littlecloud, Sleekpaw states loudly that she doesn't know why they need ThunderClan's help. When Leafpool told her that they came to help Littlecloud, Sleekpaw tells her that Littlecloud cannot be cured, and is so old that he should have already died.
- Rebellious Spirit: Like Needletail, Sleekwhisker has little to no respect for rules or traditions.
"Why did Clan cats have to call everyone names? Anger surged through her. Did no cat want her? She'd spent her life being passed around by other cats. First Alderpaw had taken her from her mother's nest. Then Rowanstar had snatched her from ThunderClan. Then Needletail had taken her to the rogues. This was the first time she’d had any choice in the matter, and she was choosing to join ShadowClan."One of the kits found by Alderheart and Needletail in The Apprentice's Quest, believed to be part of a prophecy. She was separated from her sister Twigpaw and brought to ShadowClan.
- All of the Other Reindeer: ShadowClan treated her like this in her kithood, as they were very wary and uncertain about whether she was special or could be trusted. They warmed up after she came back from the rogues.
- Anti-Villain: Technically, being a member of the Kin, she's an enemy of the Clans. But she only stays because she wants to feel accepted, is one of the nicest cats there, and helps the other Clans drive Darktail out the moment they ask because she doesn't agree with the way things are run. She's a villain by nothing more than association.
- Break the Cutie: She started out as a sweet, quiet, and trusting kitten. She was found in a sewer as a newborn and was forcibly separated from her sister to live in a dysfunctional Clan. Her foster mother was caring and tried her best to look out for her, but clearly didn't love her. Her only friend manipulated her and dismissed her for a long time, and she was marginalized by ShadowClan during the conflict with the rogues. She is then forced to attack her sister, who she believed was dead for a large portion of Shattered Sky. Her mentor goes missing, Needletail is imprisoned and starved by Darktail. Then Violetpaw watches her be nearly drowned as a result of her own treasonous actions against the Kin, and then witnesses Needletail slaughtered at the claws of Darktail and his followers.
- Broken Bird: She's not even a year old and already she's this, thanks to her very hectic kithood. She has abandonment issues from being passed around all the time, seems to believe she's unworthy of love, and is desperately lonely and afraid of not being accepted.
- Disappeared Dad & Missing Mom: It's implied in Hawkwing's Journey that Hawkwing and Pebbleshine are her parents. Subverted when she is reunited with Hawkwing. Pebbleshine, however, is most likely dead.
- Forced to Watch: Double Subverted. Darktail initially forces her to watch as Needletail is slowly drowned in the lake, as punishment for attempting to slip poppyseeds into his prey. He relents, and allows Needletail to live, if she was willing to kill Violetpaw herself. Needletail attempts to protect Violetpaw, before going out in a Heroic Sacrifice against Darktail and his rogues, while Violetpaw watches in horror.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: All the poor thing wants is to be accepted and loved.
- The Infiltration: Attempts this in Shattered Sky. It works out well, for the most part, until she gets caught attempting to drug Darktail.
- Nice Girl: She never approved of Darktail's way of running things, and only stayed on because ShadowClan was her home. But she is one of the kindest cats in the Kin, sneaking food to the prisoners, befriending the kittypets, and helping the Clans overthrow Darktail the minute she can.
- Not So Different: From Darktail. Both have been abandoned by a parental figure (his father, her mother) and felt unwanted by those around her. The difference is, Darktail's mother raised him to hate the Clans that abandoned him, while Violetpaw was raised by them and desired their affection.
- Only Friend: Needletail, initially, though she later befriends Puddleshine and Zelda.
- The Perfectionist: Her narration mentions that she works harder than any cat in the clan to prove herself to them.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After getting caught up with the rogues, she returns to ShadowClan of her own will. They're impressed by her courage and the loyalty, and slowly start to accept her. She even makes a friend with Puddleshine.
"What kind of mouse-brained nonsense is that? Why should I have to put up with another mewling lump of fur? I didn't ask for these kits, either, but you don't see me dumping them on some other cat. It's not my job to take care of every unwanted kitten in the Clan."A ShadowClan she-cat from Yellowfang's Secret. Mother to Runningnose, Deerfoot, and Tangleburr, and foster mother to Brokenstar.
- Abusive Parents: She physically abused Brokenstar and denied him milk when he was a kit.
- Alpha Bitch: Second only to Foxheart.
- Child Hater: She appears to not like having any kits, showing dismay at Hollyflower for missing her kits at one point. She even directly says to Raggedstar and Yellowfang that she wished that she hadn't had her own kits.
- Jerkass: Doesn't seem to be fond of even her own kits.
- Kick the Dog: 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.
"The old and sick of ShadowClan are slowly starving. The casualties among our kits are more than we can cope with."One of ShadowClan's elders. He aides Yellowfang and Firestar in the battle against Brokenstar.
- Badass Grandpa: Fights against Brokenstar even though he's an elder.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Because he doesn't appear in Yellowfang's Secret, he essentially doesn't exist.
- Cool Old Guy: He will always help a kit in need, and he's pretty cool.
- One Steve Limit: Not to be confused with the ThunderClan antagonistic tomcat of the same name.
- La Résistance: He's a member of the anti-Brokenstar group.
- Ret Gone: Yellowfang's Secret has essentially removed him from existence.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Why is he going against his leader? Because he feels that he has no reason to follow a leader who steals kits.
- Token Good Teammate: Of Brokenstar's ShadowClan.
"Whatever happens, Yellowfang, know that I am always with you. Trust your instincts. Make your own choice."The grandmother of Yellowfang, Nutwhisker, and Rowanberry. She loves kits, and appears in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Two widely-loved name parts make Silverflame one lucky she-cat.
- Cool Old Lady: A kind and patient elder.
- Soap Opera Disease: In-universe it's never explained what kills her. But her extreme thirst was shared later by Leopardstar of RiverClan who died of diabetes according to Word of God, so it's possibly that.
- Spirit Advisor: To Yellowfang in Yellowfang's Secret.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets killed off when Yellowfang is a very new apprentice.
"I never heard of such a thing! Apprentices picking their own names? What's the Clan coming to?"An elder from Yellowfang's Secret.
- Cool Old Guy: Plays with Yellowfang and her siblings when they're kits.
- Mr. Exposition: Averted. Yellowfang couldn't get him to talk about Raggedstar's parentage; he wanted to sleep.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Grumbles about Boulder keeping his name, and baldly states at one point that he (Lizardfang) will die soon.
"You know you're in the wrong, leave now and we can avoid a fight."A ShadowClan warrior who primarily appears in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Which references his dramatic face markings.
- Big Damn Heroes: When Tigerstar was still a kit, Archeye saved him from a fox. This is part of Tigerstar's reason for joining ShadowClan.
- Nice Guy: Saves Tigerkit from a fox. Is also very complimentary of Yellowfang's rat hunting skills.
- Small Role, Big Impact: The series would have turned out very differently had he not saved Tigerstar from that fox.
- Those Two Guys: With Toadskip in Yellowfang's Secret.
"With each challenge and each blow landed, lives are changed forever."A ShadowClan warrior/elder and Rowanclaw's/Rowanstar's brother. Often forgotten. Primarily featured in the New Prophecy arc, until his leg was seriously injured after a Twoleg threw something at it. He retired early, presumably because of this injury.
- Awesome Mc Coolname
- Cool Old Guy: Apparently has the longest memory out of all of the cats. He's also a good storyteller.
- Those Two Guys: With Rowanclaw initially. All but two of his New Prophecy appearances are with his brother.
"Yes, I know you too, Blossomkit! Your white fur is unusual for a ShadowClan cat. Brokenstar may have promised you that you'd be a warrior before any other kit in the forest, but I don't think he ever imagined you going into battle. You died too young, but trust me, you were saved from even greater horrors."A ShadowClan kit who appears in StarClan in Cats of the Clans, visiting Rock with Mosskit and Adderkit. She was killed by Brokenstar.
- Fantastic Racism: She does not like WindClan, believing that they deserved to be chased out of their home by ShadowClan.
- Infant Immortality: Averted. She appears in StarClan as a spirit.
- The Medic: Her eyes shine when Rock mentions Leafpool, implying that she would have chosen to be a medicine cat had she lived.
- Mystical White Hair: When Rock first sees her, he notes that her white fur is unusual for a ShadowClan cat.
- Posthumous Character: She was killed during Brokenstar's reign, before or during Into The Wild.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified at the mention of Brokenstar's name. Justified in that he killed her.
"I could train too. Let me come. I can help you scavenge and take care of the kits."A kit who joins ShadowClan in hopes of becoming a warrior.
- Children Are Innocent: When Dovewing gave birth to her kits, he simply asks "Why do cats have kits?".
- Undying Loyalty: Is extremely loyal to Spire, the cat who had raised him.
"We have a lot of ancestors."Born during Tigerheart's Shadow to Dovewing and Tigerheart. Her littermates are named Shadowkit and Pouncekit.
- Meaningful Name: Her mother named her to celebrate the differences between her parents.
- Mixed Ancestry: She's half ThunderClan and half ShadowClan.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Lightkit is a brown tabby like her father.
"That's why I had the dream. I knew it while I was dreaming. It was to show you the way home."Born during Tigerheart's Shadow to Dovewing and Tigerheart. His littermates are named Lightkit and Pouncekit.
- Meaningful Name: He was named after ShadowClan, thought of by his mother, who was trying to celebrate hers and Tigerheart's differences.
- Also, when he was born, it was stated that he "would see into the shadows", by a loner named Spire who constantly has dreams of his own. Only Tigerheart hears these words though, so Dovewing naming him Shadowkit was all but coincidental.
- Mixed Ancestry: He's half ThunderClan and half ShadowClan.
- Wise Beyond His Years: Even though he's a young kit he could be considered this.
PouncekitBorn during Tigerheart's Shadow to Dovewing and Tigerheart. Her littermates are named Shadowkit and Lightkit.
- Genki Girl: Has a ton of energy.
- Mixed Ancestry: She's half ThunderClan and half ShadowClan.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Has gray fur like her mother.
SpirekitA kit born during Tigerheart's Shadow to two of ShadowClan's missing warriors, Berryheart and Sparrowtail. His littermates are Sunkit and Hollowkit.
- Dead Guy Junior: He's named after a loner named Spiresight, who died saving Pouncekit from falling off a drawbridge. Him and his littermates are born shortly after.