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
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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.
- Redheaded 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 at the beginning of Bluestar's Prophecy
. Fathers Tigerstar, and is succeeded by Sunstar.
- 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.
- Knight in Sour Armor: As his character quote shows, he's become rather disillusioned with Clan life, but still wants to help his Clan as best he can.
- 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 resides in StarClan, but refuses to stop meddling with the affairs of the Clans.
- Action Girl: She can hold her own in a fight, and is one of the stronger members of ThunderClan. The best example would be the end of A Dangerous Path, where she takes on the dog pack.
- 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: In A Dangerous Path, she survives just long enough to be forgiven by Mistyfoot and Stonefur, the kits she gave up.
- Ambition Is Evil: Inverted. Sunstar chose to make her his deputy because she had so much ambition.
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
- Back from the Dead: She has nine lives because she is leader, meaning she can come back from the dead eight times. 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!": Gives off a no with eight Os in Bluestar's Prophecy, when her mom dies.
- Break the Cutie: Went through a lot of shit as an apprentice and a young warrior.
- Broken Bird: Heavily implied. Practically confirmed by Bluestar's Prophecy.
- 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: She had a brief affair with Oakheart when she was younger. She had to bury this to become leader, leading to another one of her secrets, that two of her kits (which she claimed were killed by a fox), were actually still alive in RiverClan.
- 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. (Until her Sanity Slippage, that is.) 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, it should have come as no surprise that she had to go at some point.
- 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, she declares war on StarClan and claims that all the bad things that happen to Thunder Clan (like Snowkit's death) are signs of StarClan's evil.
- Secret Relationship: Bluestar used to be together with Oakheart, a member of RiverClan.
- Spirit Advisor: Still watches over Firestar and his kin after her death, though not to the extent that Spottedleaf does.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Was involved in a forbidden relationship with Oakheart when she was younger.
- 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, dragging her with him off a cliff.
- Together in Death: Word of God has it that she and Oakheart are still mates in StarClan, there just wasn't any place to point it out in the books.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Desperately tried to make her unpleasable father Stormtail proud, until she realized that she didn't need his approval and decided to focus on being the best warrior she could be, for her Clan.
- You Never Asked: In The Last Hope, she had already 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.
- 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, Into the Wild
- 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, Into the Wild.
- 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, and led to Tigerstar's promotion to Clan deputy.
- 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.
- A Death in the Limelight: In The Last Hope, he dies after coming back into the spotlight one last time.
- All-Loving Hero: Shows nothing but kindness to everyone around him, and is willing to give his lives for the Clans
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He is a Clan leader, and one of the more badass cats in the series.
- Back from the Dead: Comes with being a leader. He has nine lives, so he can come back from the dead eight times before dying for real.
- Batman Grabs a Gun: In A Clan in Need, it's proof of how (supposedly) dangerous Neo BloodClan is when Firestar tells ThunderClan to show no mercy.
- Battle Couple: With Sandstorm
- Berserk Button: At first, saying that he's weak because of his kittypet roots. Later on, saying that anyone is weak because of their bloodline.
- Big Good: From The Darkest Hour on, due to becoming the leader of ThunderClan.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: He uses Lionheart's catchphrase, "Surprise is the warrior's greatest weapon" on Graystripe in Into the Wild. His internal narration assures us that this is indeed Lionheart's catchphrase.
- Breaking the Bonds: Snaps his collar in the fight with Longtail in the first book.
- Broken Pedestal: He used to idolize Tigerstar. That changed by the end of the first book.
- Call Back:
- In The Last Hope, when he finds out that he's the fourth cat in the prophecy, his response is, "I guess fire will save the Clan once more."
- In the final chapter of The Last Hope, he is escorted into StarClan by the cats who gave him his nine lives in The Darkest Hour, minus Spottedleaf.
- Cassandra Truth: Bluestar ignores his warnings about Tigerclaw until he ends up trying to kill her.
- The Chains of Commanding: Most apparent in The Darkest Hour, when he has to lead his entire Clan into a battle where the odds aren't in their favor.
- The Chessmaster: Becomes one by Omen of the Stars, where he is able to take on the gambits of cats like Sol with his own plans.
- Chick Magnet: He has had at least three she-cats fall for him.
- The Chosen One:
- He is the subject of the first major prophecy in the series, that being "Fire alone can save our Clan."
- In The Last Hope, Jayfeather realizes that he is the Fourth cat in the prophecy, being an ally who would be strong enough to overcome the Dark Forest.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: If there's someone in need, he'll do his best to help them.
- Dramatic Necklace Removal: More like dramatic collar removal. Longtail tearing off his Twoleg collar serves as a signal that he is no longer a kittypet.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Before he joined the Clans, he had a recurring dream where he was stalking a mouse.
- Enemy Mine:
- In Into the Wild, he temporarily puts his rivalry with Sandstorm and Dustpelt on hold due to the threat of Brokenstar.
- In The Darkest Hour, he teams up with the other Clan cats, including former foes Leopardstar and Blackstar, to defeat Scourge and BloodClan.
- Famed in Story: Even before he became a Clan leader, he was well-known among the Clans for his heroic, if sometimes mouse-brained, deeds. After becoming ThunderClan's leader, he is regarded as one of the greatest cats the forest has ever seen.
- Fiery Red Pelt: Mostly averted, especially in later series where he's calm and collected most of the time.
- Generation Xerox:
- He becomes Clan leader just like his mentor Bluestar.
- Like his father Jake, he goes exploring in the forest.
- The Good King: Despite making some unpopular decisions here and there, the characters generally regard him as one of the greatest leaders to ever live.
- Happily Mated: To Sandstorm
- The Hero: He's the hero of the "Fire alone can save our Clan" prophecy, and the main character of the entire series.
- The Hero Dies: In The Last Hope, he loses his last life defeating Tigerstar and joins the ranks of StarClan.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Dawn, he gives one of his lives to save a ShadowClan kit from a falling tree.
- Heroic Second Wind: He dies fighting Scourge and the Rat King, but has an epiphany and gets up to continue the fight both times.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Graystripe. He even has a bit of a Heroic BSOD after he thinks Graystripe is dead.
- Idiot Hero: In the first arc, where he wasn't that smart and kept falling for the tricks of Tigerstar and Brokenstar. With time, he grew out of it, and it is completely gone by The New Prophecy.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Not once in the series does someone manage to sway him from doing what is right.
- Invincible Hero: He wins almost every fight he's in, including ones that he logically should have lost.note As well, ThunderClan wins every single battle it fights under his leadership.
- I Surrender, Suckers: One of his favorite battle techniques is to go limp as if beaten and then unleash a powerful attack when his foes let their guard down. He even gets surprised when his foes keep falling for it.
- It's All My Fault: He says this exact phrase in Midnight when Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight don't return to the camp. He feels that if he hadn't told Squirrelflight she wouldn't be fit as a warrior, they wouldn't have run away. He even says that he'd never forgive himself if something happened to her.
- I Will Wait for You: For Graystripe, during The New Prophecy. Even though it's likely that Graystripe is dead, or at least, will never meet with the Clans again, Firestar is firmly convinced that Graystripe will come back and wants to wait for him.
- Jaw Drop: In Firestar's Quest, his jaw drops open when he realizes that Smudge's home is the former SkyClan camp.
- Kirk Summation: Before their battle in The Last Hope, he spends three pages telling Tigerstar why darkness will never defeat light.
- The Leader: He is named ThunderClan's leader in The Darkest Hour.
- Magnetic Hero: His good-hearted nature turns almost everyone to his side eventually. Yellowfang's Secret even shows that he snapped Yellowfang out of her depression just by talking with her for a few minutes.
- Martial Pacifist: He practices peace, but if someone like Tigerstar or Scourge threatens the Clans, he's willing to fight them.
- Meaningful Name: His name refers to the fact that he's the fire chosen to save ThunderClan.
- Meaningful Rename: His name is changed from "Rusty" to "Firepaw" to signify that he has joined ThunderClan.
- Mutual Kill: In The Last Hope, he makes Tigerstar Deader than Dead, but dies of his wounds immediately afterward.
- Naļve Newcomer: To ThunderClan, at first.
- The Nicknamer: Only in the first book, where he gives his Clanmates nicknames such as "Graywhatsit" and "Dirtstripe".
- No Sense of Humor: Dustpelt had accused him of this. As an apprentice, he says that Firestar doesn't know what fun was such as catching the best prey or staying the most serious at a Gathering.
- The Oathbreaker: In Forest of Secrets, he promises not to tell anyone about Stonefur and Mistyfoot originally coming from ThunderClan. He immediately goes back to Bluestar and blurts out the secret for absolutely no reason other than because the plot required it, and then tells Stonefur and Mistyfoot themselves in A Dangerous Path.
- Oblivious to Love: Cinderpelt has to point out that Sandstorm likes him before he gets it. Speaking of which, he also fails to notice Cinderpelt's own crush on him.
- Official Couple: With Sandstorm.
- One Mario Limit: Despite there being a lot of similar names among Clan cats, 'Fire' is not remotely common in the series. In fact, the only other Clan cat with 'Fire' as a prefix is Leafstar's daughter Firekit, who is named after Firestar explicitly. Compare this to the three cats named Birchstar, plus the warrior Birchfall.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Even though they've only known him for a couple of moons, everyone knows something is wrong the second he goes crazy and tries to murder Clawface in Into the Wild.
"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.
- 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.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Abel to his traitorous half-brother Darkstripe's Cain, being loyal to Firestar and a hero respected by the Clans.
- 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 he becomes much less important.
- Distressed Dude: Kidnapped by twolegs in Dawn and stuck with them for much 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 Millieļæ½s 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: Silverstream's death, which forever haunts him. In Eclipse, before Millie kits, he tells Jayfeather and Leafpool that if for some reason they have to choose between saving Millie and saving the kits, to save Millie.
- 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. He fell in love with her after she saved him from drowning.
- 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."
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
, and stars in his own Super Edition, Bramblestar's Storm
- 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 seventh Super Edition, Bramblestar's Storm.
- Ambition Is Evil: Averted. It's the one thing that makes him different from Hawkfrost. While Hawkfrost has ambition for himself, Brambleclaw only had ambition to serve his Clan.
- Amicable Exes / Like an Old Married Couple: With Squirrelflight, during Bramblestar's Storm. Then they realize how dumb they're being and that they still love each other, and get back together.
- 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 shows 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.
- In a non-combat sense, he was able to sneak in and out of the RiverClan camp without anybody noticing. The RiverClan camp.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Squirrelflight, especially during Twilight.
- Betty and Veronica: Initially looked to be Squirrelflight's Veronica to Ashfur's Betty, being an ambitious and sarcastic Jerk with a Heart of Gold and the son of her father's mortal enemy, to boot. Ashfur is later revealed to be much more Veronica than him, though.
- Be Yourself: In Bramblestar's Storm, he worries that he won't be as good as Firestar as leader of ThunderClan. He eventually learns to become his own leader while honoring Firestar's memory.
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Hates it.
- 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.
- He still has some of these tendencies; after becoming deputy he's pretty much bouncing with excitement and cannot wait to tell every cat he knows.
- 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.
- Happily Mated: With Squirrelflight in the third series. They broke up in the fourth, but they get back together again in Bramblestar's Storm.
- The Hero: Of The New Prophecy. (But not the protagonist. That role goes to Leafpool.)
- Horrible Judge of Character: Trusting Hawkfrost and Tigerstar was not the wisest move he could have made. Though it could be argued that he wanted to believe Tigerstar was redeemed and that Hawkfrost didn't have to be evil.
- I Am Not My Father: He is nothing like the villainous Tigerstar. Though, as he notes in the above quote, he'll have to fight the perception that he is for his entire life.
- I Want Grandkits: Though, in a somewhat darker twist, he wants Lionblaze and Cinderheart to hurry up and have some because the Clan doesn't have any. When they actually do, he realizes that this makes him feel old.
- 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.
- Large and in Charge: Is one of the largest cats in the series, and eventually becomes the leader of ThunderClan.
- The Leader:
- In The New Prophecy, during the journey to the Sun Drown Place, his companions recognize his natural talent and he becomes the leader of the group.
- Becomes Bramblestar at the end of The Last Hope, and spends Bramblestar's Storm leading ThunderClan.
- 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.
- Papa Wolf: He's pretty protective over his kits. Even after he finds out that they're not his kits at all.
- Parental Favoritism: It's implied that he's Tigerstar's favorite child.
- 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.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He looks exactly like Tigerstar, minus the scarred nose and nicked ear.
- Tough Act to Follow: In-Universe example; Bramblestar's Storm deals with him struggling to live up to the enormous legacy Firestar left.
- 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.
- Workaholic: Refused to stop working during Bramblestar's Storm until Squirrelflight specifically told him that he was going to collapse if he didn't.
- 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.
"And I'm sick of you flapping your wings like an injured sparrow, feeling oh so sorry for yourself. You're not the only cat suffering. Your pain isn't the hardest to bear."
"All cats deserve to find happiness as a mate, and as a mother."
Another second series protagonist, and Firestar's daughter. Originally a hot-headed young cat, she has matured into a capable and strong warrior. She goes on the journey with the four chosen cats in the second series, despite not being chosen herself, and during that time develops into Brambleclaw's Love Interest
. In The Last Hope
, she is named the deputy of ThunderClan under Bramblestar.
- Action Girl: As with all female characters.
- Amicable Exes / Like an Old Married Couple: With Bramblestar, during Bramblestar's Storm. Then they realize how dumb they're being and that they still love each other, and get back together.
- Berserk Button: Messing with, insulting, or accusing her sister. Ashfur, Lionblaze, and Brambleclaw learned the hard way of what happens if someone is being mean to Leafpool.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Brambleclaw, especially in Twilight.
- Brutal Honesty
- Continuity Nod: Her one white paw is probably this, as a reference to her grandfather Jake being the father of Scourge as well as Firestar.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Earn Your Happy Ending: She had to suffer a lot before becoming deputy and being forgiven by Brambleclaw, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf in The Last Hope. She gets even more of a happy ending in Bramblestar's Storm, becoming mates with Bramblestar again and being the mother to his kits.
- Fiery Red Pelt Much much moreso than either of her parents. As an apprentice and young warrior, she's constantly full of energy. She mellows out a little as she ages.
- Genki Girl: In the second series. As said, she mellows out.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Expresses jealousy over Bramblestar's closeness with Jessy during Bramblestar's Storm; when he asks her about it, she hastily responds that it's not her place and that Jessy can stay if she wants, but is still clearly upset at the thought.
- Greater Need Than Mine: Leafpool offers her some herbs in Twilight, but she replies that other cats need them more.
- Happily Mated: With Brambleclaw in the third series. They break up in the fourth, but Word of God is they became mates again after The Last Hope.
- I Am Not My Father: She faces problems similar to Brambleclaw, but with a different flavor. While he has to fight the belief that he's just like his evil father, she deals with the stress of cats expecting her to be just as wise and peaceful as her legendary father is.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How she feels about lying to the Clan about Jayfeather's, Lionblaze's, and Hollyleaf's parentage.
- I Am Not Your Father: In Long Shadows, she runs out of options while facing Ashfur, forcing her to admit that Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf are not her kits.
- Insult of Endearment: Is very fond of calling Brambleclaw "mousebrain".
- In the Blood: In The Last Hope, she becomes the deputy, which her father was at one point.
- Number Two: Bramblestar names her deputy at the end of The Last Hope.
- One True Love: Word of God has it that she's Bramblestar's. In-Universe, StarClan consider her to be his as well.
- Rebellious Princess: Technically, as Clan Leader's daughter.
- Red Herring: Sunrise Spoilers: The ending of Long Shadows implies that she killed Ashfur, due to her fur being covered in mud. It turns out she was just being clumsy, and by doing so she distracted the reader from the true killer: Hollyleaf.
- Red Oni: To Leafpool's Blue.
- Royal Brat: Brambleclaw considers her one, at first.
- The Runaway: In Midnight, she ran away from ThunderClan so that she could join Brambleclaw on his journey to the Sun-Drown Place.
- Secret Keeper:
- In Midnight, she keeps Brambleclaw's prophecy a secret from ThunderClan in exchange for going with him on the journey.
- Sunrise Spoilers: She knew that Leafpool had Crowfeather's kits, and she raised them as her own.
- Speak In Unison: In Twilight, she and Tawnypelt both volunteer to fight Jacques and Susan at the same time.
- Tagalong Kid: In The New Prophecy, she's and addition to Brambleclaw's crew that is both young and a tag-along.
- Tomboy: To Leafpool's Girly Girl.
- Tsundere: In The New Prophecy, anyway. She matures by The Power of Three.
- Twin Telepathy: She is able to sense what Leafpool is feeling.
- The Unchosen One: She was not chosen by StarClan to go on the journey to find Midnight. Despite this, she still fights alongside the journeying cats.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Snaps at Brambleclaw for accusing Leafpool of causing ThunderClan to be attacked. She does the same later in The Last Hope to Lionblaze for picking on Leafpool.
- She also gives one to Jayfeather in Fading Echoes for his continued blaming on her and her sister.
- Workaholic: Devotes herself to being the best possible ThunderClan deputy possible, and even tries to work while sick or rather, while having pregnancy nausea. In light of this, her calling Bramblestar out on his Workaholic tendencies becomes somewhat amusing.