Characters: Warrior Cats Thunderclan Medicine Cats
"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
There have been many ThunderClan medicine cats in the Warrior Cats
series, and each has fulfilled their duty as both Clan healer and emissary of StarClan. This page lists those heroes.Beware of unmarked spoilers!Note
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The first medicine cat of ThunderClan. A tom. Also see his entry under Cloud Spots here
- Hero of Another Story: In Secrets of the Clans it's said that he is the cat who not only figured out that greencough and whitecough were different, but also identified catmint as a cure.
- The Medic: The first ever of ThunderClan.
- Not Good with People: Works hard to care for cats, but likes the job of curing more than the actual interaction with, say, sick kits. Also described as shy.
ThunderClan's medicine cat while Pinestar was leader, and early during Sunstar's reign. Sometimes acts insane, but is also fairly wise. However, his predictions are sometimes disastrous for the Clan. Crookedstar's Promise
reveals that he's had some association with the Dark Forest, but the extent of this and his reasons for it are unclear.
Will be the star of one of the 2015 e-books.
- A Day in the Limelight: He will be the star of an e-book novella in 2015. That will hopefully help a lot.
- Ambiguously Evil: While alive, it's incredibly unclear whose side he's on, due to his association with the Dark Forest.
- Anti-Villain: He does some bad stuff, but who knows if it's because he's crazy, evil, or just because the road to the Dark Forest is paved with good intentions?
- The Atoner: After he dies, he goes to StarClan, and he seems much saner and generally more of a good guy after death.
- Back for the Finale: Shows up again for a short time in The Last Hope.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts fairly crazy but benign, but he does, and orchestrates, some terrible stuff.
- Cassandra Truth: Nobody would believe him about Tigerpaw being evil. Oops.
- Foreseeing My Death: It mentions in the narration that he accurately predicted the date of his death.
- Heel-Face Turn: He is associated with the Dark Forest, but for whatever reason ends up in StarClan.
- Lazy Bum: Mumblefoot mentions that he naps when he says he's going to be collecting herbs.
- Mad Oracle: Acts nutty sometimes, but is correct fairly often, especially about Tigerstar.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His sign from StarClan that said to go to battle gets his Clan weakened, causes them to lose a great deal of respect, and gets his sister killed.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: When he visits StarClan and the Dark Forest, both before and after death, he is a lot less crazy than the way he acts around his Clanmates.
- Secret Keeper: He knew the truth about Bluestar's kits, but didn't tell anyone.
- Walking Spoiler: Crookedstar's Promise reveals that he's apparently had something to do with Mapleshade and the Dark Forest in the past. Despite this, we still know next to nothing about him. His upcoming e-book could help greatly with this, but would only make the spoilers absolutely ridiculous.
One of ThunderClan's medicine cats. Apprentice to Goosefeather, mentor to Spottedleaf, and brother to Sunstar, Featherwhisker was a well-respected and hardworking medicine cat.
- The Medic: He was ThunderClan's medicine cat before Spottedleaf.
- Mr. Exposition: After Bluestar forgets what happened at a Gathering, he shows up to give the reader a recap.
- Non-Action Guy: Since he's a medicine cat, he doesn't do much fighting.
"We are the heartbeat of the Clans, not the warrior code."
"Wherever your paws lead you, you will never be alone."
ThunderClan's medicine cat when Firestar first joined, she was also his first love. She is killed in a ShadowClan raid before the relationship has much of a chance to go anywhere, but Spottedleaf continues to show up in Firestar's and his descendants' dreams throughout the series. Currently residing in StarClan.
- Almost Dead Guy: In The Last Hope, she speaks to Firestar while her spirit is dying.
- Betty and Veronica: She's Firestar's Betty, being sweet and caring while Sandstorm is more blunt and snarky.
- Big Damn Heroes: In The Last Hope she shows up to save Sandstorm from Mapleshade, dying in the process.
- Celibate Hero: As a medicine cat, she is sworn to never take a mate. Though she wishes she wasn't.
- Deader Than Dead: Dies in the very first book, and still appears in most of the later books. In the final book of Omen of the Stars, her spirit is killed by Mapleshade, meaning we have actually seen the last of Spottedleaf.
- Death of the Hypotenuse: A variation. She's already dead, but she gets offed by Mapleshade and ends up Deader Than Dead.
- Doomed Moral Victor: In The Last Hope, although she dies facing her Evil Counterpart Mapleshade, she ultimately undermines everything Mapleshade stands for by selflessly choosing to save Sandstorm.
- First Love: Was this to Firestar when he first came to ThunderClan, but when she died he eventually fell for Sandstorm.
- Foil: To Yellowfang, to a certain degree. Both act Spirit Advisors, but have noticeably different temperaments.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In The Last Hope, she dies to save Sandstorm from Mapleshade.
- Identical Grandson: Has an ancestor named Spottedpelt that looks exactly like her - it's what made Firestar realize that Spottedleaf was descended from SkyClan.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In The Last Hope, she says that she wasn't jealous of Sandstorm, because all she wanted was for Firestar to be happy.
- The Lost Lenore: Firestar loved her, but he lost her in the first book. However, she still lives on in his dreams. As of The Last Hope, she's a complete example of this trope. Her spirit was destroyed, and she's not coming back.
- Love Interest: Is set up to be this for Firepaw in Into the Wild, but then she dies.
- The Medic: Very much concerned with the well-being of her Clanmates. She probably sees the least fighting of any of ThunderClan’s medicine cats, to boot.
- Nice She-Cat: Her kindness is her defining trait.
- Posthumous Character: Almost. She's killed toward the end of the first book, but her spirit shows up in almost every successive book, even to cats born seasons after she died.
- Romantic False Lead: Seems to be Firestar's love interest in Into the Wild. Then Clawface kills her.
- Spirit Advisor: She gives advice to Firestar, his descendants, and other medicine cats as a spirit in StarClan.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Is beautiful, young, kind, wise, sincere, hardworking, and killed off partway through the very first novel.
"We have the wisdom of ages. You have the stupidity of youth."
"I can keep a secret."
A former ShadowClan warrior and medicine cat, Yellowfang was exiled by Brokenstar (her illegitimate son) in the first book, and was captured on ThunderClan territory by a young Firestar. She remains in ThunderClan as a prisoner until Spottedleaf's death. Disgusted at what her birth Clan has become, she agrees to formally join ThunderClan as their medicine cat. Currently resides in StarClan.
- Action Girl: As with pretty much all female characters, she can hold her own in a fight. Notable for being a medicine cat.
- A Day in the Limelight: Stars in a Super Edition named Yellowfang's Secret.
- Almost Dead Guy: Survives the fire in the ThunderClan camp just long enough for Fireheart to find her, and for her to confess to him that she is Brokenstar’s mother, and that she murdered him. And also to tell Fireheart that she wishes he were her son instead of Brokenstar.
- Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: In Cats of the Clans, Rock calls her "stubborn, cranky, and the most loyal cat you will ever meet".
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: Uses Deerleap's "Look, listen, and scent!" more than Deerleap does.
- Combat Medic: She was a warrior before she became a medicine cat. It shows.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts like one for Cloudpelt in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Deadpan Snarker: She is rather sarcastic and blunt.
- Defeat Means Friendship: She and Firepaw get along very well after he beats her in combat.
- Dr. Jerk: A rare female example, but Yellowfang fits this to a t. She’s grumpy and snappish and sarcastic, and, of course, the heart of gold comes standard.
- The Empath: Yellowfang's Secret reveals that she can sense the pain of other cats.
- Foil: To Spottedleaf, to a certain degree. Both act as Spirit Advisors, but have noticeably different temperaments.
- I Lied: Tells Squirrelflight that she lied about her inability to have kits in the epilogue of Bramblestar's Storm, and that she can and is going to have some.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Spends a large portion of Yellowfang's Secret claiming that she wants to be a warrior, not a medicine cat.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Fireheart.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Does everything she can to serve her Clan, and genuinely cares for her Clanmates, despite being grumpier than a badger.
- Like a Son to Me: Claims that Fireheart is like a son to her.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Dramatically chooses to reveal her relationship to Brokenstar right before she kills him.
- Mama Bear: She defends Brokenkit from his foster brothers and sister in Yellowfang's Secret.
- The Medic: Resigns herself to becoming a medicine cat after getting her warrior name because her ability to sense what other cats are physically feeling cripples her ability to fight.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Both her own mentors and Yellowfang herself, as a mentor to Cinderpelt.
- The Nicknamer: In Into the Wild, where she gives Firestar the nickname, "kitty".
- Offing the Offspring: Kills her son Brokenstar in Forest of Secrets so that he would no longer cause harm to other cats, and then kills him again in The Last Hope.
- Retired Badass Roundup: In Into the Wild, she gathers a group of elders to form a resistance against Brokenstar.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
- After Firestar fights her, then gives her some food, a ThunderClan patrol shows up and she decides to ditch him. Subverted, because her legs had stiffened up and she couldn't move.
- In The Last Hope, while she complains about the Clans working together, Sunstar invokes this trope by snapping at her "You can leave if you want!" Amazingly, she stays and cooperates.
- Spirit Advisor: Even after her death, she hangs around to give a bit of advice to Firestar and later Leafpool. When Jayfeather shows up, she becomes much more involved.
- Storming the Castle: In the climax of Into the Wild, she leads a ThunderClan patrol into the heart of ShadowClan's territory to confront Brokenstar.
- You Got Spunk: Says this to Firestar in Into The Wild when he finally snaps at her grumpiness.
"We cannot change our destiny. We just have to have the courage to know what it is, and accept it."
"Sometimes a storm is just a storm."
Firestar's first apprentice, Cinderpelt was hit by a car early in the series, badly breaking and twisting her leg. Because of this, she was unable to become a warrior, and instead trained under Yellowfang as medicine cat. She remains a close friend and confidante of Firestar throughout the series. She is killed during the badger attack, but StarClan reincarnated her as Cinderheart, who is now able to live the life of a warrior that Cinderpelt had to give up.
"It's all right. I'll stay here and take good care of the Clan, I promise. One day we'll meet again, walking among the stars."
"This is the place we were meant to find, and StarClan is here."
One of Firestar and Sandstorm's daughters, and a protagonist of The New Prophecy
. Leafpool takes the opposite path her sister does, and becomes ThunderClan's medicine cat. She is described as being her sister's complete opposite, polite and soft-spoken where Squirrelflight is loud and brash.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Crowfeather. She can't stand him at first, but she slowly grows to love him.
- Break the Cutie: Hoo, boy. She has a bad day, to say the least. First she falls in love with Crowfeather, but ultimately can't be with him and he goes off to have a mate and a kit of his own. She ends up having his kits, but has to give them off to her sister to raise. Then when the truth about her being their mother comes out, her daughter goes insane and tries to murder her, her sons get angry with her for lying to them, and then she has to step down from her medicine cat position in disgrace. Yeesh.
- Celibate Hero: As a medicine cat, she can never take a mate. However, she breaks this rule when she falls in love with Crowfeather.
- The Cutie: She's adorable, but she goes through a lot of breaking.
- Dead Guy Junior: She may be partially named after Spottedleaf.
- Doting Parent: She brings her kits the softest moss and sweetest honey. However, she is not revealed as their mother until Sunrise.
- Keeping Secrets Sucks: Keeping the secret about Brambleclaw's prophecy puts Leafpaw in a position where she's strained by loyalty to her sister and loyalty to her father.
- In the Blood: Her kits Jayfeather and Hollyleaf follow her path as a medicine cat. However, Hollyleaf quits being a medicine cat when she realizes that it's not for her.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In Sunrise, she reveals that she is the mother of Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf.
- Mama Bear: Even before it's revealed she's the mother of Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf, she's extremely fussy and protective over them. When receiving his medicine cat name, Jayfeather senses a powerful emotion of love coming from her. After it's revealed in Sunrise, she still tries to protect them, even when her daughter tries to kill her.
- The Medic: Serves as ThunderClan's medic starting before Midnight and ending after Sunrise, although she still continues to help out. However, in The Last Hope, she officially takes back her post, now working alongside Jayfeather as an equal.
- Meaningful Name: Named after Leafstar and possibly Spottedleaf.
- Non-Action Girl: Due to having been trained to be a medicine cat, she's a poor hunter and fighter, as noted by Jayfeather when she steps down from her medicine cat position after the events of Sunrise and becomes a warrior.
- Poison Is Evil: This is what she believes.
- Princess Classic: Technically, as Clan Leader's daughter. She's fairly refined as reserved. However, she starts getting rebellious tendencies as early as Midnight.
- Second Love: To Crowfeather, after his first love interest Feathertail dies.
- Secret Keeper: She's the only cat back in the Clans that knows why the traveling cats left, and she also is trusted with keeping the fire-and-tiger sign secret. She also figures out later that Hollyleaf killed Ashfur, and keeps this secret as well.
Hollyleaf (Former Medicine Apprentice)