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Characters: Warrior Cats Thunderclan Leaders And Deputies
"Only some leaders and medicine cats are remembered by the Clans. Their names cast long shadows over the forest; their deeds-good or evil-are told and retold by each generation until they pass from history to legend. Of the others, the ones whose names and deeds have been forgotten or, in some cases, banished from living memory, only StarClan knows."
—Secrets of the Clans
Over the course of Warrior Cats
, ThunderClan has seen a variety of leaders and deputies. Some were brave heroes, while others were cowardly fools. As long as there were cats to lead, the leaders would come.Beware of unmarked spoilers!Note
: Please add character tropes exclusive to Dawn of the Clans
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ThunderClan's legendary founder. For more information on him, see Warrior Cats: Dawn of the Clans
- Famed in Story: It's fairly obvious, because he started ThunderClan. Secrets of the Clans also mentions that he is regarded as one of the Great Leaders.
- Founder of the Kingdom: He started ThunderClan.
- The Leader: ThunderClan's first ever leader.
- Leader Wannabe: Like the other Clan founders, he tried claiming that he should rule the whole forest.
- Nice Guy: In the Long Shadows prologue, he tries to avoid bickering with his fellow founders, and acts civilly.
- Red-furred Hero: The only one of the founders, especially significant since his Clan is by far the most 'main' of them all, and he shares his pelt color with Firestar, the most famous leader of ThunderClan.
- Theme Naming: Together with Lightningtail, we get Thunder and Lightning.
ThunderClan's first ever deputy. However, he did not succeed Thunder as leader. Instead, Thunder was succeeded by Owleyes, who became Owlstar.
ThunderClan's second leader. At a young age, he snuck out of camp and learned the ways of the owl, which he incorporated into his own fighting style.
- Animal Motifs: He has an owl theme.
- Famed in Story: According to Secrets of the Clans, he is remembered as one of the Great Leaders.
- Meaningful Name: He's named for his eyes, which are like an owl's.
- Mega Manning: He copied his skills off of the owls that he observed at night.
- The Leader: He was ThunderClan's second leader.
- The Owl-Knowing One: Thanks to an owl, he knew how to use its shadow as cover from prey before striking.
"WindClan? They'll forgive us for the attack, then hate us for some other reason. The four Clans will be enemies until the end. And yet we all want the same things: prey to hunt, a safe territory to raise our kits, and peace to share dreams with our ancestors. Why must we hate one another over such simple desires?"
"With this life I give you compassion. Judge as much with your heart as with your mind."
The leader of ThunderClan before Sunstar and Tigerstar's father. He leaves the Clans to become a kittypet.
- Broken Ace: Becomes disillusioned with Clan life and eventually gives up his leadership of ThunderClan to become a kittypet.
- Bus Crash: After leaving ThunderClan to become a kittypet, he is revealed to have died when he gives Bluestar one of her lives.
- Freudian Excuse: Part of Tigerstar's. Pinestar leaving the forest to become a kittypet is part of the reason Tigerstar hates kittypets so much.
- In the Blood: His son becomes a leader like he was. So does his grandson Brambleclaw.
- The Leader: He led ThunderClan during Bluestar's kithood and apprenticeship.
- May-December Romance: With Leopardfoot, who is born long after he's already a leader.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In the Code of the Clans story Hunting Fish!, he tells Dappletail and White-eye, "We're from ThunderClan. We. Don't. Eat. Fish."
"We thought we were doing as StarClan wanted. We may have been right. We may have been wrong. But fighting for our Clan is part of the warrior code. Whatever doubts we may have, we must not doubt the warrior code. The forest and our Clanmates may change around us, but the warrior code remains the same."
Bluestar's leader for much of her life. He's a level-headed and respectful leader, and acted as a bit of a father figure
to Bluestar, whose father didn't pay much attention to her.
- Back for the Finale: Shows up again in The Last Hope.
- Cannot Spit It Out: It's hinted that he was in love with Bluestar's mother Moonflower, but could never find the courage to tell her.
- Cool Old Guy: Is, well, really old later in Bluestar's Prophecy.
- Famed in Story: According to Secrets of the Clans, he is remembered as one of the Great Leaders.
- The Good King: You could hardly find a virtue mentioned on this trope's page that doesn't apply to Sunstar. Notably, he's kind, understanding, and values all the cats in his Clan.
- The Leader: He led ThunderClan for a long time, and is known as one of the Great Leaders.
- The Mentor: He was Bluestar's mentor for most of her apprenticeship.
- Number Two: He spends half of Bluestar's Prophecy as the Clan deputy.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Bluestar for being a whiny Jerkass in Bluestar's Prophecy.
Sunstar's first deputy. He was forced to retire to due a disease. He's also Darkstripe's father.
- Back for the Finale: Shows up again in The Last Hope.
- Career-Ending Injury: More like career ending disease. He was forced to leave the deputy position after contracting some sort of illness.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Whatever his illness was, it involved him coughing frequently.
- Number Two: He was Sunstar's first deputy, so he served as the second-in-command of ThunderClan.
- Soap Opera Disease: He gets some unspecified illness that forces him to retire.
"The strength and fellowship of the Clan will always be with you, even when you hunt alone."
"I was promised long ago that fire would save the Clan. It has never needed saving as much as it does now."
The leader of ThunderClan during most of the first series, and Firestar's mentor. She is highly respected as a wise and powerful leader, even by cats of other Clans. She is tough but fair, and fierce in battle. Her only real problem is her unwavering trust in Tigerclaw, whose betrayal shocks her so deeply that she becomes paranoid and insane, and turns her back on StarClan. She gets better... just before her death. Currently residing in StarClan.
- Action Girl: As with pretty much all female characters.
- A Day in the Limelight: She stars in the Super Edition Bluestar's Prophecy, which elaborates on the backstory that was revealed in Forest of Secrets.
- Almost Dead Guy: Survives just long enough to be forgiven by Mistyfoot and Stonefur, the kits she gave up.
- Ambition Is Good: Why Sunstar chose to make her his deputy.
Sunstar: [You have ambition] only to serve your Clan. That is why I chose you. You have suffered much and lost much, and yet you still serve your Clanmates, putting their needs before yours, willing to sacrifice all for the sake of your Clan.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: After Snowfur's death
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Back from the Dead: Because she is leader. However, we only see Bluestar lose two of her lives besides her final one.
- Because Destiny Says So: She gets hit pretty hard by this: allow a bloodthirsty, needlessly violent cat to become leader and destroy your Clan... or abandon your newborn kits in order to become leader yourself and prevent that tragedy?
- Big Good: In the first series.
- Big "NO!": In Bluestar's Prophecy, when her mom dies.
- The Chains of Commanding: They weigh pretty heavily on her. They even break her after Tigerstar's betrayal.
- Character Focus: Forest of Secrets and A Dangerous Path focus pretty heavily on her.
- Dark Secret: Her romance with Oakheart, and becoming the mother of his kits.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: One of the perks of being Clan Leader. For example, in Into the Wild, she has a dream about a ShadowClan attack before it happens.
- Dying as Yourself: After spending a good season or two with clouded judgement and extreme paranoia, she realizes the truth in the end and becomes her usual self right before her death.
- Famed in Story: According to Secrets of the Clans, she is remembered as one of the Great Leaders. She certainly earned it.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: She did not take Tigerstar's betrayal well.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies luring the dog pack threatening her Clan off a cliff and into the river.
- Hidden Depths: She was formerly involved in a relationship with Oakheart of RiverClan. Didn't see that coming.
- The High Queen: About as close to this trope as a warrior can come, considering they have no royalty or concept of riches. Bluestar looks and behaves very regally, and leads her Clan with dignity and wisdom. Until her Sanity Slippage, that is.
- Hurting Hero: In much of Bluestar's Prophecy, due to the repeated deaths of family members..
- The Leader: A levelheaded example who leads ThunderClan for over three years.
- Iron Lady: Partially subverted, due to the fact that Warriors hold no stereotypes or prejudices about gender, but she still is very calm and collected when it comes to her style of leadership and rarely falters... that is until her Sanity Slippage. She also is very strong considering what she sacrificed to be leader.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Averted. She has plenty of opportunities to tell Stonefur and Mistystar that she's their mother, but she chooses not to. Firestar ends up telling them for her in A Dangerous Path.
- The Mentor: She is this to Firestar, and also to her other apprentices, Frostfur and Runningwind.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Given the Anyone Can Die feeling of the series, and the way clan leaders are made...
- Morton's Fork: She had to choose between giving up her kits to another Clan or allowing Thistleclaw to become leader and take ThunderClan into an era of endless war. There was no right decision.
- The Obi-Wan: Bluestar knows that Firepaw is the Chosen One, so she takes on this role for his sake.
- Please Wake Up: Does this to her daughter Mosskit in Bluestar's Prophecy after she freezes to death.
- Rage Against the Heavens: After Tigerclaw's betrayal
- Sanity Slippage: Recovers just before dying
- Secret Relationship: Bluestar used to be together with Oakheart, a member of RiverClan.
- Spirit Advisor: To Firestar, though not to the extent that Spottedleaf is.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Was involved in a forbidden relationship with Oakheart.
- Supporting Leader: An extremely important character, but never the main, until her prequel novel.
- Taking You with Me: In A Dangerous Path, the Pack Leader does this to her.
- You Never Asked: She figured out that Firestar was the fourth cat with the power of the stars, but nobody ever asked her who it was.
"We will have another chance to avenge this defeat."
Bluestar's deputy at the beginning of Into The Wild
. He's the father of Sandstorm.
- Back for the Finale:
- Shows up in The Darkest Hour to give Firestar one of his lives, after being offscreen in StarClan since Into The Wild.
- Shows up again in The Last Hope, having been absent since The Darkest Hour.
- The Cameo: Appears in The Last Hope to lead a newly deceased Firestar into StarClan.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Although, he fared better than Oakheart who actually got something dropped on him.
- The Lancer: To Bluestar. Apparently.
- Number Two: In between Bluestar's Prophecy and Into The Wild, he was deputy.
- Plot Triggering Death: Firestar spends three books trying to prove that he was killed by Tigerclaw.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He dies early on in the series, but the circumstances of his death are a driving factor in the first few books.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Not only does he die off-screen before Firestar has a chance to meet him, he barely even appears in Bluestar's Prophecy, due to the Time Skip.
- Young And In Charge: Sort of. He was only deputy, but, assuming that Bluestar never had a deputy before him, he was only seven seasons old when he became her deputy, only a season older than Firestar was when he became deputy.
"Surprise is the warrior's greatest weapon."
A senior warrior and Graystripe's mentor. Dies in the first book
- A Day in the Limelight: He's the point of view character of Pinestar's Secret (a short story in Code of the Clans) and The Runaway (a short story in Battles of the Clans).
- Back for the Finale: Shows up in The Last Hope after not having an appearance since The Fourth Apprentice.
- Bond One-Liner: Quips "I haven't chased prey like this in a long time" as he smashes the heads of two Dark Forest warriors together in The Last Hope.
- The Cameo: Several in The Last Hope, most notably leading a newly deceased Firestar into StarClan.
- Catch Phrase: "Surprise is the warrior's greatest weapon." (According to Firestar.)
- Cheerful Child: Acts happy and upbeat in Bluestar's Prophecy. Bluestar ends up extremely annoyed, because she was busy trying to angst.
- Cool Old Guy: By the time of Into the Wild, he was nearly an elder.
- It's All My Fault: In The Fourth Apprentice, he guiltily says that if he should have meddled with the affairs of the Clans, he could have stopped Hollyleaf's descent into insanity.
- The Mentor: Graystripe's and Firestar's mentor.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Dies of his wounds after ShadowClan invades the ThunderClan camp in the first book.
- Mr. Exposition: His main role in Into the Wild was to give Firestar information about the Clans.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In The Fourth Apprentice, he convinces the other StarClan cats to meddle with the affairs of the Clans more, because they could potentially save them. Starting with Night Whispers, StarClan's meddling drives the Clans apart, and is as much a threat to the Clans as the Dark Forest.
- Number Two: Bluestar appoints him deputy after Redtail dies.
- Old Master: Is treated this way by the writing, despite being the same age as Tigerstar, probably because he is so noble and kind, in addition to being a great warrior.
- Opposed Mentors: He and Tigerstar both served as mentors to Firestar until Bluestar decided to take him as her apprentice.
- The Runaway: Battles of the Clans has a story where it's explained that he once ran away from ThunderClan during a battle. After his Clanmates come back for him, he learns that knowing when a battle is hopeless is just as important as winning a battle.
- Sacrificial Lion: In Into the Wild, his death showed that no cat was safe.
- Secret Keeper: When he was an apprentice, he spotted Pinestar visiting a Twoleg nest. Pinestar asks him to keep it secret, and Lionpaw wonders whether Pinestar will name him Liontrust or Lionloyal because of this.
- Small Role, Big Impact: In Omen of the Stars. In The Fourth Apprentice, he convinces the other StarClan cats to do more meddling. Unfortunately, this leads to StarClan driving a major rift between the Clans, one of the driving plots of the arc.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Convincing the StarClan to meddle more in The Fourth Apprentice led to them driving a huge rift between the Clans that nearly tore everything apart.
"Surely it is our struggle against hardship that makes us true warriors. You think fresh blood in the Clans will weaken us? A life without hardship will weaken us more."
"Just remember, the final responsibility is mine. You don't hold the whole Clan in your paws. I just need you to do what you can. I'll take care of the rest."
The protagonist of the first six books, and a major character in all later books. He was originally a kittypet, but was accepted into the Clan after feeling mysteriously drawn to the forest his whole life. His name comes from his fur, which is bright orange. He originally faced prejudice due to his non-Clan heritage, but has long since proven himself a brave and highly capable warrior. Currently, his leadership decisions (in particular, letting more non-Clan cats into ThunderClan, as well as interfering in other Clans' business) are a source of controversy among the Clans. In The Last Hope
, he is revealed as the fourth, and dies fighting Tigerstar.
"I am no medicine cat. I cannot read the stars like Yellowfang or Cinderpelt. But I have always trusted my warrior ancestors to do what is right."
"I've been proud to serve as your deputy."
Bluestar's nephew, and one of the more well-respected warriors in ThunderClan, he remained a good friend to both her and Firestar. He also served as Firestar's first deputy. He is killed by Bone in The Darkest Hour
, but he still watches over the Clans from StarClan.
- Almost Dead Guy: As he dies, he says that Firestar should name Graystripe deputy.
- Back for the Finale: He shows up in The Last Hope after being absent for a while.
- Badass Grandpa: Is characterized this way in the first series, but later when firm timelines for the first series characters were established, he turned out to be younger than Tigerstar, who is never mentioned to be old.
- The Cameo: He has several of them in The Last Hope.
- Cool Old Guy: Was already quite old at the time of Into the Wild.
- It Has Been an Honor: Before going to battle against BloodClan, he tells Firestar that he was honored to have been ThunderClan's deputy.
- Number Two: When he was deputy in The Darkest Hour.
"No cat ever had such a friend as you. I'd give my life for you, you know that."
"A warrior stands and fights."
Firestar's best friend, and former deputy of ThunderClan. Graystripe is a good-natured, easy-going cat who gets along well with everyone. Gets his own big source of drama when he falls in love with the RiverClan warrior Silverstream, and fathers two kits with her. He temporarily joins RiverClan in order to be with them, but his conflicting loyalties eventually lead to his rejoining ThunderClan.
- A Day in the Limelight: In his three issue manga series about how he met his new mate and returned to the Clans.
- Badass Grandpa: In later series
- Big Damn Heroes: He saves Firestar multiple times throughout the series. These rescues include saving him from Clawface in Fire and Ice, and Darkstripe in The Darkest Hour.
- Big Eater: Other cats occasionally poke fun at him for eating so much.
- Broken Pedestal: At one point, he idolized Clawface, but then Clawface killed Spottedleaf and steals Frostfur's kits.
- Cabin Fever: During his kittypet days.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Abel to his traitorous half-brother Darkstripe's Cain.
- Call Back:
- In Long Shadows, he references Forest of Secrets by telling Jayfeather and Leafpool that if during Millie's kitting they have to make a choice about who to save, he wants them to save Millie instead of the kits. This calls back to Silverstream's traumatic death during her kitting.
- In Forest of Secrets, he tells Fireheart that he would die for him. Many years later in The Last Hope, when mourning Firestar, he says that he would have given his life instead.
- Crash into Hello: His first conversation with Firestar happens because he accidentally smacks into him.
- Demoted to Extra: During The New Prophecy and the arcs after that.
- Distressed Dude: During the beginning of The Lost Warrior.
- Famed in Story: Even cats that were born after he was kidnapped by twolegs know about the former deputy of ThunderClan. Later, he becomes famed for his and Millieís long journey home as well.
- Field Promotion: He gets appointed as the new deputy during the battle against BloodClan.
- Generation Xerox: He becomes Clan deputy just like his mentor Lionheart.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Firestar. The two have also been best friends, and will always rely on each other.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Dawn, rather than escape from the Twolegs that have captured his friends, he rescues Brightheart. However, despite thinking he would die, he lives and eventually returns to ThunderClan.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: As an apprentice, he obsessed over Stonefur and Clawface, who he considered "the best warriors".
- The Lancer: Light-hearted where Firestar is serious, usually. Early on, he was also knowledgeable about ThunderClan where Firepaw was ignorant.
- Legendary in the Sequel: In the first arc, only RiverClan cared about him, and that was because he accidentally killed one of their warriors before hooking up with their leader's daughter. In Power of Three, his return gets all of the Clans cheering for him.
- Look Both Ways: He gets hit by a car in Warrior's Return, but he's okay after a little while.
- Love at First Sight: As soon as he saw Silverstream, he fell in love with her.
- My Greatest Failure: At first it was when Whiteclaw fell to his death. Later it becomes Silverstream's death.
- Number Two: Served as ThunderClan's deputy for half of The New Prophecy.
- Oral Fixation: He is briefly seen chewing on a piece of hay for no apparent reason in Warrior's Refuge.
- Papa Wolf: Don't mess with his kits.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Sometimes this in the first series, as he's rather less serious than main character Firestar. Once his best friend is no longer the main character this trait fades away.
- Put on a Bus: In Dawn, though he returns in The Sight.
- Rescue Romance: With Silverstream
- Shoo Out the Clowns:
- At end of Forest of Secrets, he joins RiverClan just as things start to get even darker.
- He also gets kidnapped halfway through Dawn, showing just how bad things are getting.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Silverstream
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: Once when returning to ThunderClan after having left to raise his kits in RiverClan, and later when he finds the Clan after having been captured by Twolegs and believed to be dead for over a year.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted and mocked in The Last Hope. He tries to strike up a conversation with Whitestorm in the final battle, only for his old friend to point out that they're in the middle of a battle, not a reunion.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Temporarily in Fire and Ice. Graystripe attacks Firestar because Firestar disapproved of his relationship with Silverstream.
- Worf Had The Flu: In The Lost Warrior, he gets defeated easily by Duke, but only because he had been stuck inside for two months and was out of practice.
- You Can't Go Home Again: He escapes the Twolegs and finds the forest again... only to realize that there is no forest left; it's been destroyed by Twolegs. He does find the Clan's new home eventually.
- You Should Have Died Instead: Inverted in The Last Hope, where he says that he should have died instead of Firestar.
"I don't think I'll ever be free of him. Even now that he's dead, no cat will ever forget that I'm his son."
"Guide my steps wisely, warriors of the past, and warriors of now."Leader Name: Bramblestar
One of the protagonists of the second series of books, Brambleclaw is the son of Tigerstar, something which causes him a great deal of angst. He is determined to continually prove himself a loyal and virtuous warrior. He was chosen by StarClan to be one of the cats to journey to Midnight and find a new home for the Clans, and currently holds the position of deputy of ThunderClan. Trained in The Place Of No Stars during the events of The New Prophecy
. Succeeds Firestar as ThunderClan leader
in The Last Hope
- Acid Reflux Nightmare: He originally thinks his prophecy dream was one of these.
- Adorkable: Particularly as an apprentice for his curiosity, which isn't lost when he becomes a warrior.
- A Day in the Limelight: He's in the spotlight again in the upcoming seventh Super Edition.
- Ambition Is Evil: Averted, being the one thing that makes him different from Hawkfrost.
- Anti-Hero: He's more battle-hungry than your average hero, and has some serious temptation issues, but he's a good guy.
- Ascended Extra: While a minor character in the first arc, he became the main character of the second arc, The New Prophecy.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: In The Last Hope, he is unofficially declared leader by ThunderClan. The Ultimate Guide will have his nine lives ceremony.
- Badass: Was part of the group that killed Bone when he was still an apprentice, fought Mudclaw and Hawkfrost to a draw, and later killed Hawkfrost by ramming the stick from a fox trap through him.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Squirrelflight, especially during Twilight.
- Big Good: The Last Hope ends with him becoming the leader of ThunderClan, the main Clan of the series.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Hawkfrost's Cain.
- Calling the Old Man Out: During The Darkest Hour.
- The Chosen One: He was one of the four warriors chosen by StarClan to lead the Clans to their new home.
- Commander Contrarian: Was against bringing Daisy into ThunderClan during Twilight. He got better though.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: He is very different from Firestar.
- Forgiveness: After spending most of Omen of the Stars with a huge stick up his ass, he forgives Squirrelflight in The Last Hope.
- Generation Xerox: In appearance, and in ambition, he greatly resembles his father Tigerstar. But that's as far as the similarities go.
- Genki Boy: During Firestar's Quest, where he was super energetic and excited after being made a warrior.
- Good Parents: He cares for his kits Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf very much, and they all think that he is a great father. This makes the revelation that they aren't his kits hit him even harder, as he had invested so much of his life into them. He's certainly a better father than their real father, Crowfeather.
- The Hero: Of The New Prophecy. (But not the protagonist. That role goes to Leafpool.)
- Hot Dad: Or adopted dad anyway.
- I Am Not My Father: Though, as he notes in the above quote, he'll have to fight the perception that he is for his entire life.
- In the Blood: Both his father and grandfather were Clan Leaders. He becomes the leader of ThunderClan.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Especially in the first book or two of New Prophecy, before he comes to terms with who he is. After the revelation that he's not the father of the kits he thought were his, his jerkass tendencies come out and he doesn't forgive Squirrelflight until The Last Hope. Aside from that, he's a pretty nice guy.
- Keet: See Genki Boy.
- The Leader: Becomes Bramblestar at the end of The Last Hope.
- Leader Wannabe: In The New Prophecy, he desperately wanted to become ThunderClan's leader. Tigerstar tries to exploit this.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Feels guilty in Sunset for accusing Leafpool of telling the other medicine cats about the badger attack. What added more was that it wasn't Leafpool's fault for causing the fight with ShadowClan; it was Hawkfrost.
- Not So Different:
- In The Darkest Hour, Firestar realizes that he's a lot like Brambleclaw, as they both have to fight twice as hard to prove to everyone else that their blood doesn't define them.
- Brambleclaw is also similar to Hawkfrost. Both sons of Tigerstar want to be leaders, and they let their ambition drive them. However, Hawkfrost's desire to live up to his father ultimately consumes him. Meanwhile, Brambleclaw becomes an official leader in The Last Hope, and he did it the right way.
- Number Two: Serves as ThunderClan's deputy in Sunset, Power of Three, and Omen of the Stars.
- PapaCat: He's pretty protective over his kits. Even after he finds out that they're not his kits at all.
- Parental Substitute: He acts as a father to Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf, but he's not their dad, which none of them learn until late in the Power of Three series.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He goes batshit crazy on Hawkfrost for killing his adopted daughter in The Last Hope.
- Secret Keeper: He is one of the few living cats who knows that Ashfur's death wasn't an accident, due to the lie that it was coming from him.
- So Proud of You: In The Last Hope, he tells Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather that he was proud to be their father.
- Tagalong Kid: In the first arc.
- Turn Out Like His Father: Many characters express fear that he will grow up to be a villain like his father, Tigerstar. He manages to prove them wrong with his heroic nature.
- Unexpected Successor: A lot of ThunderClan was surprised when he became the deputy.
- Also a meta example: Word of God once said that the next leader "might be unexpected". Fans took this as "Brambleclaw won't be leader" - since he's deputy, he would be the cat everyone expects to succeed Firestar. Whether or not this was still valid by the fourth series is unknown (after all, apart from the amount of time that passed since it was said, Vicky Holmes also stated that she didn't get her first choice as leader), but that information was so ingrained in fans' way of thinking that everyone was actually pretty surprised when he became leader after all.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In A Dangerous Path, he yells at Firestar for believing that he would turn out like Tigerstar, then runs off.
- What You Are in the Dark: At the end of Sunset, Hawkfrost sets it up so that Brambleclaw will be able to kill a helpless Firestar and become ThunderClan's leader. He declines and kills Hawkfrost to save Firestar.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: A large part of his relationship with his father Tigerstar, especially in The Last Hope when Tigerstar congratulates him because he killed Hawkfrost.