"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."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: Please add character tropes exclusive to Dawn of the Clans to the Dawn of the Clans character page, not here.See also:
—Secrets of the Clans
- Warrior Cats Thunderclan
- Warrior Cats Thunderclan Leaders And Deputies
- Warrior Cats The Three And Their Allies
- Warrior Cats Thunderclan Warriors And Apprentices
- Warrior Cats Other Thunderclanners
- Warrior Cats ShadowClan
- Warrior Cats RiverClan
- Warrior Cats WindClan
- Warrior Cats SkyClan
- Warrior Cats Tribe of Rushing Water
- Warrior Cats Others
- Warrior Cats: Dawn of the Clans
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CloudspotsThe 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.
RavenwingThunderClan's medicine cat when Mapleshade was alive. He plays a pivotal role in her backstory.
- Death by Irony: Mapleshade kills him at Mothermouth (a sacred location for medicine cats) and later digs up his body after it has been buried so that the hawks can eat his corpse.
- Honor Before Reason: When he found out that Mapleshade's kits were half-RiverClan, he immediately told the rest of the Clan, resulting in the exile of Mapleshade and her kits.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His actions started Mapleshade's Start of Darkness and led to her becoming one of the most feared cats in the Dark Forest.
"I may be an old fool. But at least my heart is true."
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.Stars in a 2015 novella titled Goosefeather's Curse.
- A Day in the Limelight: The novella Goosefeather's Curse expanded on his backstory.
- All of the Other Reindeer: As a kit, the other apprentices and even a few warriors were jealous of him because he was made an apprentice and then a full medicine cat early.
- 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, even giving Bluestar her sixth life and the gift of patience.
- 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.
- Blessed with Suck: Having accurate visions of the future isn't so great when it means you get to see all the horrible things that will happen to your Clan, but can't do anything to prevent them.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: "[Silly] goose" is often used as a slang term for a crazy person, apt for a medicine cat who makes seemingly meaningless prophecies at random. He also has whitish-grey fur the same color as goose down.
- 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.
- Not Helping Your Case: By the time of Bluestar's Prophecy, most of his Clanmates think he's lazy, stupid and incompetent, giving more credit to his better-liked apprentice, Featherwhisker. His leaving of the medicine cat duties to Featherwhisker while he naps and looks for omens doesn't do much to prove them wrong.
- 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.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He and Mumblefoot never agree on anything, according to Larksong.
- 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.
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.
- Depending on the Artist: On the picture to the right, he lacks the thick mane of fur and long whiskers he has in Secrets of the Clans.
- The Medic: He was ThunderClan's medicine cat before Spottedleaf, and taught her everything she knew.
- Mr. Exposition: After Bluestar forgets what happened at a Gathering, he shows up to give the reader a recap.
- Nice Guy: Accentuated when paired with the more unstable, lazy, and ambiguously-intentioned Goosefeather. He even passed on his kind nature to his apprentice.
- Non-Action Guy: Since he's a medicine cat, he doesn't do much fighting. He knows how to hunt, though.
"We are the heartbeat of the Clans, not the warrior code."
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. Mapleshade killed her spirit in The Last Hope.
- 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 permanently dies to save Sandstorm from Mapleshade, her spirit being destroyed in the process.
- 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 Girl: 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."
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.
- Cool Old Lady: Yellowfang is sarcastic and jaded but always tries to help ThunderClan and advise Fireheart.
- 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 Squirrelflight's 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.
- My Greatest Failure: She came to view her forbidden relationship with Raggedstar as this, because it resulted in the birth of Brokenstar, who grew up to become one of ShadowClan's most tyrannical leaders. Indeed, she believes that Brokenstar being born was a punishment from StarClan for falling in love with Raggedstar.
- 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."
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.
- Action Girl: Averted. Unlike nearly every other female character in Warriors, she is unable to competently fight, due to her broken leg. That doesn't stop her from trying, as shown in Twilight when she battles the badgers to protect the nursery.
- Almost Dead Guy: She talks to Leafpool for a little bit before dying.
- Call-Back: In The New Prophecy, she asks Leafpool, "Do you think I talk just to hear my own voice?" Yellowfang asked her the same thing in The Original Series.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Is never able to confess to Firestar about her love for him.
- Career-Ending Injury: Dreamed of being a warrior until she was hit by a car.
- Celibate Hero: Comes with the territory of being a medicine cat. Unlike several cats throughout the series, she succeeds in keeping her vow.
- Character Tics: Her special paw twitch that Leafpool mentions in The Sight.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Does anybody remember that blue-eyed, gray-furred kitten that Firepaw picked up in Brokenstar's camp? You know, in the first book?
- Genki Girl: Back when she was Firestar's apprentice, he bemoaned the fact that he couldn't control her energy.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has one when she fails to keep Silverstream from dying in kitbirth.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies preventing the badgers from harming her brother's newborn kits. She actually gets reincarnated as one of those kits.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: She blames herself for not being able to save Silverstream, and despite Yellowfang explaining that every medicine cat loses patients from time to time, she resolves to do her best to never let another cat die again.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Up until her accident, that is. After that, she is a lot more serious.
- Just Friends: This is what Firestar thought of their relationship. According to Word of God, however, Cinderpelt had feelings for him, but due to her position as medicine cat, couldn't act on them.
- Look Both Ways: Was hit by a car in Fire and Ice. She didn't die, but she did break a leg.
- The Medic: She serves as a ThunderClan medicine cat from Forest of Secrets to Twilight.
- Mentor Ship: One-sided on her part, in that she was in love with her (first) mentor, Firestar.
- Non-Action Girl: Doesn't fight most of the time, due to her broken leg keeping her from doing so and her status as a medicine cat.
- Only Sane Man: Among the Clan cats on the subject of StarClan. While she does believe in their power, she also points out that not everything is controlled by them.Cinderpelt: "Sometimes a storm is just a storm."
- Reincarnation: She's alive and well even after her death, as Cinderheart. She doesn't remember her past life until The Forgotten Warrior, though (at least, not while awake).
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In Rising Storm, she treats of two sick ShadowClan warriors, even though she would be punished if she was found out.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: When she and Brackenfur were first apprenticed to them, both Fireheart and Graystripe lampshaded how energetic Cinderpaw was to the more responsible Brackenpaw.
- Shared Unusual Trait: She evidently would always flick her paw a certain way when grooming, and later on her reincarnation, Cinderheart, would do the same; this is one of the first times that other characters notice a resemblance between the two.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Towards Firestar.
- Unrequited Tragic Maiden: A case of this towards Firestar. She loved him but never acted on her feelings, pushed him towards Sandstorm to let him be happy with her instead, and died tragically. Though, she also got reincarnated.
- You Shall Not Pass: Does this in Twilight to protect Sorreltail and her kits from badgers. She dies in the process, but is reincarnated as one of Sorreltail's kits.
"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."
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.
- All-Loving Hero/Nice Girl: Kind to most cats, and rarely loses her temper.
- 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 acts this way to Squirrelflight's kits, bringing them the softest moss and sweetest honey. She is revealed to be their actual mother in 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.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In Sunrise, she reveals that she is the mother of Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf.
- Mama Bear: She's extremely fussy and protective over her sister's kits Hollyleaf, Jayfeather, and Lionblaze, even before it's revealed she's their real mother. 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. She steps down for a while after it's revealed that she had kits with Crowfeather, but she officially takes back her post later, working alongside Jayfeather as an equal.
- Meaningful Name: Named after Leafstar and possibly Spottedleaf.
- Non-Action Guy: 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.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Squirrelflight's Red. She's calm and thoughtful, while Squirrelflight is hot-tempered and flighty. They're explicitly compared to water and fire.
- 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.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: How her relationship with Crowfeather turns out, as they're forced apart.
- Supporting Protagonist: She is the protagonist of The New Prophecy, but Brambleclaw is the hero.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Squirreflight's Tomboy.
- Twin Telepathy: She can tell what Squirrelflight is feeling at all times.
- Tsundere: Type B towards Crowfeather, she originally tended toward tsun before they got together.
- Wham Line: From Sunrise:Leafpool: "Hollyleaf, why did you kill Ashfur?"
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- In Sunset, it's subtly implied that she disapproved of Squirrelflight's decision to leave Ashfur.
- In The Forgotten Warrior, she also disapproved of Jayfeather telling Cinderheart about being Cinderpelt.
Hollyleaf (Former Medicine Apprentice)
"Embrace what you find in the shadows, for only they can clear the sky."Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight's son. He tends to worry and overthink things a lot. While he started out as a warrior apprentice, both his lack of skill and Leafpool's vision had him become a medicine cat apprentice, where he excels at more.
- Always Someone Better: Has a bit of a chip on his shoulder because his sister is The Ace, and he is not.
- Character Development: Learns to have faith in himself and stop worrying so much in The Apprentice's Quest.
- He learns to speak his mind and stand up for what's right in Thunder and Shadow.
- Deadpan Snarker: Spending time around Jayfeather helps him pick up some of his cheek, apparently.
- Guilt Complex: Sandstorm sums it up nicely:Sandstorm: Sparkpaw thinks she can solve every problem, while you think you cause every problem.
- Nervous Wreck: He frequently second-guesses himself and worries about the consequences of every decision he makes—even for something as small as which way to leap while hunting. He gradually grows out of this though...even if he reverts to this behavior when Twigpaw is involved.
- Nice Guy: He's genuinely compassionate for cats from other Clans, and privately vows not to end up as snarky and grumpy as Jayfeather.
- Non-Action Guy: Even when he was in training to be a warrior, he had much more trouble with training than his sister.
- Parental Substitute: He essentially acts as Twigpaw's father, offering her advice, comforting her when she's sad, playing with her when she's a kit, and panicking whenever something may have happened to her.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni, both to Sparkpelt's red and Needletail's red.
- Romantic False Lead: Seems to be Needlepaw's love interest until it's revealed in Thunder and Shadow that she's in love with the rogue, Rain.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Has this dynamic with the more cheeky Needlepaw, as well as his sister.
- Ship Sinking: The Ship Tease he has with Needlepaw in The Apprentice's Quest results in unrequited love on his part when Needlepaw is revealed to have feelings for the rogue, Rain.
- Ship Tease: With Needlepaw. 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.
- Shrinking Violet: He's very shy and withdrawn, and has a hard time socializing at the Gathering.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Basically the opposite of his sister Sparkpaw.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Constantly worries about making his parents proud, even though they're much kinder and loving than the ones usually seen in this trope.