"Welcome. I am Tallstar, and this is WindClan—a Clan that has known great suffering, but always survives. We are the fleet-footed warriors of the moor, the fastest Clan in the forest. We have struggled through terrible hardship, but we never give up. I know the other Clans sometimes see us as weak...but the truth is, they could not last a moon in the broad, open spaces we live in, chasing rabbits for prey. We are the closest Clan to StarClan, spiritually and physically, and we always know our warrior ancestors are watching over us. That is what makes us strong. No matter what trials we must endure, WindClan will last forever."
—Tallstar on WindClan, Secrets of the Clans
Clan FactsAlthough initially introduced in Warrior Cats as a Clan defeated and exiled by Brokenstar, WindClan has done more than enough to make up for this early bout of weakness. With their unmatched speed and relentless tactics, WindClan are invaluable allies and horrifying enemies. Although ThunderClan may consider themselves the Clan of Prophecy, WindClan has always been the Clan with the closest ties to the stars and the past. Not only was the first medicine cat (and finder of the Moonstone) a WindClan cat, four of the five Clan Founders once lived in WindClan territory. Although they were rather friendly in the first arc, under Onestar's leadership they grew quite aloof. Still, in the pinch, you can count on WindClan to have your back, if they're not tearing into it.Beware of unmarked spoilers!Note: Please add character tropes exclusive to Dawn of the Clans to the Dawn of the Clans character page, not here.See also:
Medicine Cat: Kestrelflight
Hunting Territory: The open hillside
Camp: Shallow scoop in hillside
Unique Battle Skill: Speed and agility
Medicine Cat: Kestrelflight
Hunting Territory: The open hillside
Camp: Shallow scoop in hillside
Unique Battle Skill: Speed and agility
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General Clan Tropes
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite their peaceful reputation, they can become a very dangerous enemy. In Forest of Secrets, they were enraged when it was revealed that ThunderClan was sheltering Brokentail, and joined ShadowClan in a surprise raid on the ThunderClan camp in an attempt to finish him off for good.
- Butt-Monkey: They're often considered weak by the other Clans, due to the vulnerability that comes from living out in the open. At the beginning of the series, they've been chased out of their territory by ShadowClan. They also suffer the most when the Twolegs start to invade the forest at the beginning of The New Prophecy.
- The Determinator: Despite all the hardships they go through, they grit their teeth and keep on going.Tallstar: No matter what trials we must endure, WindClan will last forever.
- Do You Trust Me?: They don't trust outsiders easily—or sometimes, even their own Clanmates.Rock: It's not always easy to befriend a WindClan cat—they have become like the rabbits they chase: suspicious and quickly startled.
- The Exile:
- Before Into the Wild, Brokenstar and his ShadowClan warriors drive them out of their territory in a bid to take over the whole forest. They're brought back by Firestar and Graystripe.
- In The New Prophecy, they flee the forest along with the other Clans, when the Twolegs destroy it to make a new Thunderpath.
- Fragile Speedster: WindClan cats have to be small, lean, and fast to chase rabbits for food, so they're not big and heavy like ThunderClan or RiverClan.
- Hufflepuff House: They somewhat serve as this as they are neither the designated villains like ShadowClan, the protagonists like ThunderClan, or the neutral softy like RiverClan. In fact they weren't even in the first book, made almost no appearance in the third and fourth books, and a minor one in the fifth book. Only in the second and sixth books are they important, otherwise before Starlight they were simply "ThunderClan's allies", then Tallstar died, making them the focus one last time, but once Onestar took over they just became RiverClan.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: In times of crisis, their strategy is to form alliances with whatever Clan is strongest at the moment, in order to protect themselves.Rock: Since Firestar came to the forest he has watched them join with RiverClan, then ThunderClan, and even fall under the thrall of ShadowClan when that seemed the only way to protect themselves against a worse attack. Whatever their enemies say, this farsightedness is a strength, and it is a mistake to think WindClan cats are ever truly loyal to any but their own Clan.
- Martial Pacifist: They have a reputation for being a peaceful Clan, unlikely to invade another Clan's territory for food or power. But they will fight hard to defend their territory, just like any other Clan.
- Pals with Jesus: WindClan is thought to be the closest Clan to StarClan, because they live on an open hill under the night sky.
- Parental Favoritism: See above. According to Rock, StarClan has spared WindClan many times over, because of their special bond.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Their primary prey is rabbits. It's almost the only thing they eat; this becomes problematic in The New Prophecy when Twolegs start poisoning rabbits.
- Tunnel King: Uniquely among the Clans, WindClan has cats with special skills called tunnelers, who clear tunnels and memorize their paths so the Clan can use them to travel.
Leaders and Deputies
"If you cannot devote yourself to the warrior code, we cannot trust you in our Clan."The legendary founder of WindClan. For more information, see her entry here.
- Action Girl: Tough and savvy enough to become the leader of a group of cats and form them into a Clan.
- The Cameo: In the beginning of Long Shadows.
- Leader Wannabe: Like the other founding leaders, tried to claim that she should rule the entire forest.
Graywing the Wise (Gray Wing)
"This truly is the end of our brotherhood. I can't recognize you anymore as the beloved littermate I grew up with and traveled here with."A legendary tactician who was once leader of WindClan. For more information, see his entry here.
- The Leader: Of (wait for it) WindClan.
- The Magnificent: He was called Graywing the Wise.
- Shrouded in Myth: He's a legendary cat whose exploits are the stuff of mysterious myths.
- The Strategist: He developed seven battle tactics for WindClan.
SwiftstarThe leader of WindClan when SkyClan was driven out.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude, impatient and callous about SkyClan's plight. But he's also thinking of his Clan's well-being and regrets his decision in the end.
- The Leader: Of WindClan some 20 years before Into the Wild.
- Must Make Amends: He apologizes to Cloudstar in the afterlife and gives the new leader of the restored SkyClan one of her nine lives.
"A threat to kill? That is not how we fight, Hailstar."The leader of WindClan in the time of the prequel Super Editions.
- Ascended Fangirl: In Tallstar's Revenge, she gets to meet Mothflight, a historical figure that she really admired.
- Back from the Dead: Has nine lives just like all the other Clan leaders.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Revealed to be the cause of her death in Tallstar's Revenge. She spent moons wracked with a terrible sickness before she finally died.
- Intro-Only Point of View: In Tallstar's Revenge, the prologue is from Heatherstar's point of view, while the rest of the book is told from Tallstar's.
- The Leader: She led WindClan during the prequel Super Edition times.
- Meaningful Name: Vicky thinks her warrior name was Heatherstep, because she was so light-pawed that she could walk over crunchy heather without making a sound.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Seals off the tunnels after Sandgorse dies so that no other cat will have an accident there.
- The Smurfette Principle She's the only one of the pre-Into the Wild storyline leaders (Pinestar, Sunstar, Hailstar, Cedarstar, Raggedstar, and herself) to be a she-cat. However, she certainly isn't the only she-cat leader in the series.
- What the Hell, Hero?: At a Gathering, she calls out Pinestar for attacking WindClan and trying to destroy its medicine supplies seemingly for no reason.
"Maybe there are other reasons for needing to visit our neighbors. War is not the only connection between us."The deputy of WindClan before Tallstar.
- Number Two: He was one of the deputies under Heatherstar.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: In Crookedstar's Promise, it's revealed that he was in a forbidden relationship with Fallowtail, which led to the birth of Graypool and Willowbreeze.
"We all have our flaws, but we overcome them. And sometimes, it's our flaws that make us who we are."
Leader of WindClan for the first and part of the second series, Tallstar was already elderly when introduced. He is a fair leader who prefers diplomacy to battle, and is always ready to accept help from others, particularly ThunderClan, who saves him several times over the course of the series.
- A Day in the Limelight: He got his own Super Edition titled Tallstar's Revenge.
- Ambiguously Gay: Tallstar never takes a mate, seems entirely uninterested in any she-cat, and has a very close and loving relationship with his best friend Jake. On top of this, Word of God has very carefully never confirmed nor denied whether the two were a couple. Vicky later confirmed that he was gay on Facebook.
- The Apprentice: To Dawnstripe.
- Break the Cutie: When he was a kit, he was torn between pleasing his father by being a tunneler or doing what he wanted to do, becoming a moor runner. When Heatherstar chose for him to train as a moor runner, he was constantly bullied by Shrewclaw for not being where he belonged, and it caused tension between him and his father. Soon, some visitors come to WindClan, and lead to the events that cause his father's death. He becomes bitter, and this causes cats to shy away from him. When he decides that he wants to follow in his father's footsteps and become a tunneler, Heatherstar closes the tunnels. He leaves WindClan to seek his revenge, but finds a friend, and it takes saving the life of the cat he had wanted to kill to make him realize that revenge wasn't worth it.
- Celibate Hero: According to Kate, he never takes a mate.
- Cool Old Guy: In the Original Series he's a strong leader for WindClan but he's also a firm friend of ThunderClan's, making him one of the more sympathetic cats from other Clans. He's also one of the oldest cats in the Original Series, even older than Yellowfang.
- Cynicism Catalyst: He fantasizes about (and almost goes through with) killing Sparrow as he believes Sparrow was the cause of his father's death.
- The Ditherer: He couldn't decide if he wanted to be a tunneler like his dad or a moor-runner.
- Forgiveness: During his nine lives ceremony, Tallstar is given the life of forgiveness, allowing him to finally and truly be in peace.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How he feels about making Onewhisker the new leader of WindClan instead of Mudclaw, his loyal deputy. Bluestar disagrees with him, pointing out the civil war that divided WindClan as a result of his actions, but Tallstar says that whatever the consequences, it could never be as bad as what would have happened if Mudclaw had become leader.
- In-Series Nickname: He has two. Reena calls him "Tall", while Shrewclaw calls him "Wormcat".
- King on His Deathbed: Is ill for quite a long time. Mudclaw looks forward to being leader, but when Tallstar names Onewhisker his successor, Mudclaw doesn't believe it, and thinks that some scheming has been going on behind his back.
- The Leader: Of WindClan.
- Like a Son to Me: Tallstar's Revenge reveals that he always thought of Firestar like a son, because Firestar was the son of his best friend, Jake.
- The Mentor: To Deadfoot and Morningflower.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's kind and compassionate, and prefers not to fight if it can be avoided.
- Revenge: Why else would his book be called Tallstar's Revenge? The revenge he seeks is on Sparrow, a cat that he blames for the death of his father Sandgorse.
- The Runaway: Though unlike Crookedstar, who leaves without anyone's knowledge, Tallstar lets his Clan know he's leaving to find Sparrow.
- Still the Leader: Tallstar becomes so old and ill that his second-in-command, Mudclaw, makes most of the decisions for the Clan. With his dying breaths, Tallstar decides that he doesn't want Mudclaw to be the next leader, so since he's still leader, he has the authority to make Onewhisker his successor instead.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After his father dies in an accident. Tallpaw begins to despise rogues. He gets over it though.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: After Tallstar was chosen to be a moor-runner, Sandgorse starts trying to pull him into tunneling at his best and ignoring him at his worse. So Tallstar tries to get him to be proud of him.
"It's okay; I don't mind! I'm going to be a warrior. My paw may be dead, but the rest of me is still alive."Tallstar's deputy. Dies in the battle with BloodClan, but not before Ashfoot is pregnant with his son, Crowfeather.
- The Apprentice: To Tallstar.
- Cheerful Child: When he was a kit and apprentice.
- Like Father, Like Son: Believes this about his son, as he says that Crowfeather would make a good leader some day.
- Meaningful Rename: When he became an apprentice, Heatherstar gave him the name Deadpaw instead of Hoppaw.
- Number Two: He was Tallstar's deputy.
- Unfortunate Name: In the first series. But believe it or not, in Tallstar's Revenge, he doesn't mind having his name changed from Hopkit to Deadpaw. In fact, he knows that even though his paw's "dead", the rest of him is still alive.
"But Tallstar, WindClan comes before everything else. We must protect what is ours."
A warrior of WindClan before being the deputy in The New Prophecy. After Onewhisker becomes the leader instead of him, he gets angry and leads a rebellion against him. But the rebellion ended when a tree fell down and crushed him, making a path to get to Gatherings. Currently living in StarClan despite what he did.
- Anti-Villain: He may be an enemy of the protagonists, but he does have a point in that he was supposed to be leader. He's even let into StarClan because he believed that what he was doing was the right thing, and he didn't really do anything too evil.
- Arc Villain: He's the main antagonist of Starlight, but has no impact on the rest on the series.
- Blood Knight: He loves fighting, which is one of the reasons Tallstar believes he will make a poor leader.
- Commander Contrarian: Much feistier than his leader Tallstar, and doesn't keep his opinions to himself.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: More like "Dropped A Tree On Him".
- Hot-Blooded: Much more eager to fight than Tallstar, which is why he gets booted as deputy.
- Interim Villain: His role is to provide conflict for the story while the Tigerstar plot of The New Prophecy is still being set up in the background.
- Leader Wannabe: He respects Tallstar, but he also makes no secret of the fact that he's really looking forward to becoming Clan leader. It's one of the reasons that he's furious when Tallstar replaces him with Onewhisker as deputy.
- The Mentor: To Webfoot and Crowfeather.
- Number Two: To Tallstar. However, he gets replaced as deputy just before Tallstar dies.
- Riddle for the Ages: Did StarClan send the falling tree to kill him, or was it just a coincidence? Not even Rock knows, and he's all but omniscient.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Hawkfrost. He's basically being set up to give Hawkfrost more power and help him take over the Clans.
"ThunderClan must learn that they are not the most important Clan in the forest. You watch the suffering of others waiting to be begged for help like you belong to StarClan. We will not beg. We are warriors. We will fight for the prey we need and the territory we need to survive."
A friend of Firestar's, often meeting him and Graystripe at Gatherings. He was unexpectedly named as Tallstar's successor just prior to the latter's death, catapulting him to being leader of WindClan. Since then, he has been attempting to prove WindClan's independence and strength, primarily by distancing himself and his Clan with ThunderClan.
- Arc Villain: The main villain of Eclipse. However, Sol and the Dark Forest are the villains of the rest of the Power of Three/Omen of the Stars storyline.
- Death Equals Redemption: After three arcs of being a back-and-forth antagonist-slash-ally, he finally sets himself firmly as an ally by drowning himself along with Darktail.
- Face–Heel Turn: Up until he became leader of WindClan, he was fairly friendly and an ally of Firestar. After he became leader, not so much.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: His antagonistic attitude after he becomes leader means he ends up as one of ThunderClan's enemies as often as their allies. Settles on Face after revealing Darktail is his son and mutual kills him to save the Clans.
- Jerkass: Majorly once he becomes leader. He's paranoid, distrusting, and fairly accusatory of the other Clans. Part of it is justified because he doesn't want WindClan to be seen as ThunderClan's hang-off, but he takes it to some fairly extreme levels, to the point it creates more conflict''. In reality this is:
- Jerkass Façade: Yeah he's done some pretty dickish things but it's revealed he's hiding some serious self loathing and feeling unworthy because he took a female kittypet as a mate, and when his refusal to accept her into the Clan caused all but one of her kits to die and ended up having the surviving son become a clan hating rogue leader, his actions become more or less justified.
- The Leader: Of WindClan after Starlight.
- Lonely at the Top: Practically defines this trope. Part of him does still want to be Firestar's friend, but he feels if he does it will weaken WindClan's image in the other Clan's eyes.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Learns this from Darktail.
- The Mentor: To Whitetail and Gorsepaw.
- Mutual Kill: With Darktail.
- Nice Guy: Originally compassionate and a good friend to Firestar. However, it changes when he becomes Clan leader.
- Offing the Offspring: In Shattered Sky, he does this to Darktail.
- Patricide: Is on the receiving end of this from Darktail.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Tallstar elected him leader because he thought he'd be this. Up until The Last Hope? Not so much. Some of his decisions were reasonable though, such as aiding ThunderClan during the badger attack and arranging a daylight Gathering with the other leaders.
- This changes by Shattered Sky where he kills his own son Darktail ala Yellowfang to protect his clan.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives a sharp one to Firestar in Eclipse against letting kittypets and mountain cats stay in the Clan. Lionblaze thinks this is unfair, for Firestar had given them a home.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Does he ever! His Jerkassitude started in Twilight, and (besides helping Firestar and his Clan against the badgers and arranging a daylight Gathering with the other leaders) seems to be getting worse. As of The Last Hope, however, he's getting better...only to swing right back in the A Vision of Shadows arc.
- Swings back again after telling the Clans that he's actually Darktail's father and redeems himself by killing him, but dying in the process.
- Unexpected Successor: So unexpected that half the Clan rebelled because of it.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He finds a mate with a kittypet, then when she reveals she's pregnant and wants to live with him, he breaks up with her because he's afraid she'll die in Clan life. All but one of their kits end up dying on her return trip home, which she blames on Onestar. Their surviving son is raised to hate the Clans, and years later comes to get his vengeance. Basically, everything in A Vision of Shadows happens indirectly because of him.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that he fathered Darktail, and has a surprisingly tragic backstory involving his mate wanting vengeance makes him this.
- We Used to Be Friends: He used to be Firestar's best friend in WindClan. But when Onewhisker became leader, he realized that the other Clans would think him weak if he depended too closely on an alliance with ThunderClan. He missed Firestar, but he did what he had to do in order to make himself respected as a leader. It's possibly because of this that he becomes more of a jerk in later books.Rock: It was a hard lesson for Firestar, but harder for Onestar. He missed his ThunderClan friend, especially in the early days, when he struggled to convince himself he had any right to be WindClan's leader. At the time when he most needed an ally, he had to walk alone, and watch a long friendship ebb away.
"That's enough. We're working together now. The patrol must do whatever they can without risking their lives."
Crowfeather's mother. She becomes deputy after Onestar takes command.
- Action Mom: Fights to defend her Clan from ShadowClan while her son Eaglekit is still in the nursery."Stay here and protect my son. I will fight."
- Killed Offscreen: In Bramblestar's Storm, it's revealed that she died during the battle with the Dark Forest.
- Mama Bear: Is very distraught when her son Crowfeather leaves the Clan to be with Leafpool.
- Number Two: She's the Clan deputy.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives Eaglekit and two unnamed kits.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She is willing to talk things out with the ThunderClan cats in Sunrise.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Deadfoot.
"He's wrong to let cats die. The rogues harmed us, not ShadowClan. ShadowClan shouldn't have to pay for other cats' cruelty."A WindClan warrior who succeeds Ashfoot as deputy in Bramblestar's Storm. He formerly trained with the Dark Forest, although he managed to keep it a secret.
- The Apprentice: To Tornear.
- Dark Secret: He was a former Dark Forest trainee, but he's managed to keep it hidden. If Onestar found out, it's possible that he would strip Harespring of his deputy position.
- Hot-Blooded: In his early appearances, he was fiery and always hungry for a fight. However, he seems to have mellowed by A Vision of Shadows.
- The Leader: He becomes the new leader of WindClan after Onestar dies.
- The Mentor: To Slightfoot.
- Number Two: Becomes deputy of WindClan after Ashfoot is killed fighting the Dark Forest.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In Darkest Night, he stands out as one of the most level-headed leaders, compared to Rowanstar's weakened spirit and Mistystar's paranoia. When ThunderClan's camp is destroyed by a rockslide, he immediately steps up and says Jayfeather and Alderheart can take whatever herbs they need from his territory. An especially refreshing attitude after his predecessor.
- To Be Lawful or Good: He struggles with this a bit in Thunder and Shadow. Onestar has denied ShadowClan a herb that is vital to their survival, and while Harespring wants to go behind Onestar's back and give it to them, he's worried it's the wrong thing to do. Fortunately, StarClan says that it's okay.
"You walk in my dreams, Leafpool."
A rude and prickly WindClan warrior, who was among the chosen cats to journey to Midnight and discover the Clans' new home. He is very disagreeable and obnoxious, but softens some after a relationship with Feathertail (he chose his warrior name in honor of her memory). Later, he has a short affair with Leafpool, and unknowingly fathers Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf. He currently has a mate and son in WindClan, more to prove that he's loyal to the Clan than out of any real feelings, and is distancing himself from ThunderClan.
- Abusive Parents: He's rather emotionally neglectful of his son, Breezepelt.
- Aloof Ally: To Brambleclaw, Tawnypelt, Squirrelflight, Feathertail, and Stormfur, initially. He warms up to them in Moonrise.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: To Leafpool, after saving her from falling off a cliff."Is that what you think? Don't you know how I feel about you? And how much I hate myself for feeling that way about another cat so soon after Feathertail's death? I loved her, I really did! How can I love you too?"
- The Apprentice: To Mudclaw.
- Berserk Button: Back when he was an apprentice, mentioning his size set him off.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: He's the brooding boy to both Feathertail and Leafpool's gentle girl.
- Chick Magnet: See Serial Romeo. Let's see... Feathertail, Leafpool who ends up having his kits, and Nightcloud. Damn.
- The Chosen One: He was chosen by StarClan to find Midnight and save the Clans.
- Commander Contrarian: Was this during the first part of the journey in The New Prophecy - Brambleclaw even thought several times that Crowfeather argued just for the sake of disagreeing.
- Death Seeker: In Dawn, due to being distraught over Feathertail's death.
- His Heart Will Go On: Feathertail, the cat he loves, dies before him. He has to carry guilt over her death for the rest of his life.
- Hot-Blooded: He's pretty eager to fight on the journey to find Midnight. He's calmed down by the second half of The New Prophecy, but is still prickly.
- I Have No Son: When it is revealed to him that Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Jayfeather are his (illegitimate) kits, he refuses to believe it, saying in front of the whole Gathering that his only son is Breezepelt.
- Jerkass: He's rather rude and confrontational on the trip to fight Midnight.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be nice at times. Though he's only shown it to Feathertail and Leafpool.
- Like Father, Like Son: He becomes deputy like both his father and mother had been at one point.
- Lookalike Lovers: His third mate, Nightcloud, is a black cat like him, and they have a black-furred son, Breezepelt.
- Love Confessor: To Leafpool at the end of Starlight.
- Love Hurts: Oh, does it ever. First he falls in love with Feathertail, then she dies saving the Tribe cats from Sharptooth the mountain lion. Then he falls in love with Leafpool, who he can't be with because she's a ThunderClan medicine cat. They run off together, but they end up having to go back after Leafpool realizes she can't abandon her Clan, separating them for good. He takes Nightcloud as his mate, who he doesn't love, to prove his loyalty to WindClan, while he's still in love with Leafpool but knows they can't be together.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Learns this from Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf.
- Marriage of Convenience: His and Nightcloud's relationship has been described by the authors as one: he knew that with a mate and kits he'd be trusted more by his Clan again, and Nightcloud figured that he was a strong young cat that was going to be "going places".
- Meaningful Name: His pelt is as black as crow feathers. Invoked with the -feather suffix, which he chose as his warrior name to honor Feathertail's memory.
- The Mentor: To Heathertail, Featherpelt and Fernpaw.
- Number Two: He is the new deputy of WindClan under Harestar.
- The Napoleon: When he was younger, being the smallest of the chosen cats (and Squirrelpaw and Stormfur) with the biggest temper, particularly if his size was brought up.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives his daughter, Hollyleaf.
- Parental Favoritism: Does it without even knowing that he has multiple kits.
- Serial Romeo: Three mates. Three! That's Willowpelt levels of opposite-sex snatching!
- Strong Family Resemblance: He has black fur, like his son Breezepelt and his daughter Hollyleaf.
- Theme Naming: He and his (half?)-brother Eaglekit are both named after birds.
"I will do my best. I will always do my best."The first ever medicine cat. Ditzy and daydreaming, she often wandered around gathering herbs and forgetting her warrior duties. When her actions nearly cause the Clan deputy (the leader's mate, no less) to be killed, she is driven out of WindClan, but StarClan visits her and tell her she has a different role to play in the Clan.She is the star of the 2015 Super Edition, Mothflight's Vision.
- The Cameo: Appears in the prologue of Tallstar's Revenge.
- The Chosen One: She was chosen by StarClan to be the first medicine cat.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Often distracted by herbs.
- The Exile: She gets driven out of WindClan for accidentally almost getting the deputy run over by a car. But after she has a dream of being a medicine cat, Wind let's her come back.
- Genius Ditz: She is easily distracted, but is a master of herbs.
- The Medic: The first ever medicine cat in Clan history, no less!
- Talking in Your Dreams: She visits Wind's dreams.
"It helps if I remember that I'm more use to my Clan where I am now. Every cat has the potential to be a warrior, but only a few of us can be medicine cats."A WindClan medicine cat who used to be a warrior. Although many fans believe he resides in the Place of No Stars, Word of God says this is not the case.
- The Apprentice: To Chiveclaw.
- Combat Medic: Due to being a warrior before a medicine cat.
- Child Hater: It's mentioned in Tallstar's Revenge that he doesn't like kits at all.
- Gender Bender: Was called a she-cat on the prologue of Yellowfang's Secret. Subverted because that was only for the preview in Enter The Clans.
- The Medic: He's a medicine cat. What do you expect?
- The Mentor: To Barkface.
- Nice Guy: To Yellowfang in Yellowfang's Secret.
- Series Continuity Error: Though he was already established to have been a warrior turned medicine cat, as well as already a medicine cat by the time Heatherstar became leader, in Goosefeather's Curse he's shown as a medicine cat apprentice, stated to have become one when he turned 6 moons old. Also, Heatherstar is already leader.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out the ThunderClan cats for attacking WindClan on the word of Goosefeather.
- You Killed My Father: He killed Bluestar's mother Moonflower, and she will forever hate him for this.
"Betrayal could come from anywhere. You must stand alone, knowing your ancestors walk with you, and you alone."The medicine cat of WindClan for the first three arcs. Not much is known about him. He dies during the Time Skip between Power of Three and Omen of the Stars.
- The Apprentice: To Hawkheart.
- Cool Old Guy: According to Tallstar's Revenge, he's a little bit older than Tallstar making him quite elderly when The New Prophecy rolls around.
- Celibate Hero: Medicine cats aren't allowed to take mates.
- Grumpy Old Man: Behaves like such during Mothwing's apprentice journey to the Moonstone, grumbling that apprentices have no stamina when Leafpaw requests to rest (for Cinderpelt's sake).
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is one of Tallstar's closest friends.
- The Medic: He's WindClan's medicine cat for three arcs.
- The Mentor: To Kestrelflight.
- Minor Major Character: Medicine cat is an important position in the Clans, but we barely know anything about him. He becomes much more important during Tallstar's Revenge.
"But who will this battle be against? Why must we fight alone? Tallstar never saw any weakness in allying the Clans with others to make it stronger."WindClan's medicine cat. He has an obsession with Jayfeather for some reason.
- Ambiguously Gay: Seems to idolize Jayfeather to unhealthy levels and isn't surprised when Jayfeather appears in his dreams.
- The Apprentice: To Barkface.
- Celibate Hero: Medicine cats aren't allowed to have mates.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Often has his head in the clouds.
- Genki Boy: Usually energetic and sweet.
- Good Is Dumb: He's always nice, but not that clever.
- Idiot Hero: And he's the medicine cat!
- The Medic: To WindClan, after his mentor Barkface dies.
- Young and In Charge: He's pretty young to be in charge of the spiritual part of WindClan life. This is even discussed in The Last Hope.
Warriors and Apprentices
"Rabbittail never surrendered, and didn't let courage abandon him even when he was cornered by a dog in a place where dogs weren't supposed to be."An ancient WindClan warrior who was Webfoot's distant ancestor.
- Caught in a Snare: During the story Webfoot tells us in "Battle of the Clans" he gets caught in a net meant for rabbits.
- Inescapable Net: In Battles of the Clans, Webfoot tells a story about how his ancestor got chased through an old rabbit warren by some kind of terrier. He dashes out of one of the tunnels, only to get caught in a net and be at the mercy of the human and the dog.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He was a tunneler.
"(Larksplash) doesn’t mean to be bad-tempered. She's just not a dawn cat."A moor-runner of WindClan from when Tallstar was young.
"We always work in twos. If there’s a cave-in, you never leave your companion. It’s the most important rule of tunnelling. Another cat’s life is as precious as your own. Never forget it for a moment."A tunneler of WindClan who is also Tallstar's father.
- Buried Alive: He is killed in a collapsing tunnel while trying to save Sparrow.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He's a tunneler for WindClan, so it's pretty much his job.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Because Heatherstar calls off the tunneling, Sandgorse gets angry at Tallstar for fleeing out of the tunnels and pushes him away.
- First Love: For Palebird, who becomes mates with Woollytail after his death.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He actually died because he was holding back the tunnel so that Sparrow could get out, fully understanding that it would cause his death.
- Jealous Parent: He's angry that Tallstar is chosen to be a moor-runner instead of a tunneler like him and Palebird.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He really was proud of Tallstar being his own cat, but he couldn't ever express his feelings and ended up acting like a jerk to his son.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Flailfoot tells Tallstar that Sandgorse hated worms, and if he saw some while tunneling, he would send others ahead of him.
"WindClan must never be afraid to seek out new places to shelter and to hunt…"A tunneler of WindClan. Becomes mates with Palebird after Sandgorse dies.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He's a tunneler, so that's what he does.
- Second Love: For Palebird, after her first mate Sandgorse dies.
"With this life I give you patience. Training the young takes kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. They are small gifts, but they will be rewarded many times."Tallstar's mentor. Acts as sort of a mother figure to Tallstar.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She was very kind to Tallstar.
- Mama Bear: While not Tallstar's mother, she acts very concerned whenever Tallstar puts himself in any danger and is often comforting him.
- The Mentor: To Tallstar.
- Parental Substitute: Since his mother has postpartum depression and his father wanted him to be a tunneler, both Tallstar's parents are pretty distant. Dawnstripe acts as a second mother to him.
- Stern Teacher: It doesn't stop her from being very sweet to Tallstar.
"I know we were never friends, Wormcat. But loyalty isn't rooted in friendship. It's much stronger than that. It comes from being born and raised under the same sky, from walking the same path as our ancestors, and from sharing the warrior code. With this life I commit you to upholding the warrior code, whatever challenges you might face. This is the wisdom of our ancestors, all our traditions distilled. Trust the code to lead you along the right path."A warrior who was a few months older than Tallstar. He was loyal to his Clan, but he was always a bully to Tallstar.
- The Apprentice: To Hareflight.
- The Bully: Picks on Tallstar because he's going to be a tunneler instead of a moor runner. Even when Heatherstar makes Tallstar a moor runner, he still picks on him. Even Dawnstripe snaps that this has gone beyond teasing and that he should stop.
- Jerkass: Mostly to Tallstar. He did show it a bit to other cats too - to Barkpaw for becoming a medicine cat apprentice, and to Reena when she and the other visitors first arrived.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After appearing in StarClan.
- Karma Houdini: Dawnstripe and Hareflight got onto his case once about his bullying of Tallstar, but he mostly got away with it. Though it is thought that he must have regretted it after dying.
- The Nicknamer: Throughout his life, he always called Tallstar either "Wormkit", "Wormpaw", and even "Wormcat". Believe it or not, the last time he ever calls him "Wormcat" was through approval of finally becoming the leader.
- The "Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a very nasty one to Tallstar, saying that he caused the deaths of his Clanmates and that no one in the Clan liked him. This causes Tallstar to thrash him.
- The Rival: To Tallstar.
- Someone to Remember Him By: The Clan discovers after his death that Ryestalk is pregnant with his kits, and it gives them some solace.
"But it's not stealing if you catch it and give it to us. Can't you just give us permission and make it easier for every cat?"A senior warrior of WindClan. She joins the patrol in The Fourth Apprentice to free the water.
- The Apprentice: To Onestar.
- Ascended Extra: When she joins the water patrol.
- The Mentor: To Breezepelt.
- Ship Tease: Has one with Onestar when she shares his den.
"You should have more faith in our son, Crowfeather."Crowfeather's third mate after Leafpool and Feathertail. Together they have a son named Breezepelt. Often ignored by Crowfeather.
- Ascended Extra: From a minor character in The New Prophecy to an important character in the Era of the Three.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Doesn't like seeing Leafpool around Crowfeather.
- Jerkass: She's rather unpleasant, to say the least. Even Rock, who tries to be neutral when talking about other cats, expresses a rather low opinion of her, pointing out her short temper and possessiveness toward her mate and son.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At heart, she still is a pretty good cat. Usually only shows the heart of gold to her son Breezepelt, however.
- Lookalike Lovers: She is a black cat, like Crowfeather.
- Marriage of Convenience: Her and Crowfeather's relationship has been described by the authors as one: Crowfeather knew that with a mate and kits he'd be trusted more by his Clan again, and she figured that he was a strong young cat that was going to be "going places".
- The Mentor: To Hootwhisker and Brindlepaw.
- My Beloved Smother: Towards Breezepaw.Rock: Nightcloud should trust her son to prove his own worth, without leaping in to defend him first.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Of sorts. Although she, not Leafpool, gets to be Crowfeather's mate, he still loves Leafpool more than her.
"You need to know that you're surrounded by lies and hatred and things that never should have happened."
Just as rude and obnoxious as his father, Crowfeather. Breezepelt is not well-liked by most cats. At least part of this is thought to be due to Crowfeather's coldness toward him. He despises his half-siblings and is a minor antagonist of Omen of the Stars.
- Abusive Parents: Gets alternately ignored and criticized by his father Crowfeather, who didn't really want him and only took his mother as a mate to prove his loyalty to WindClan.
- The Apprentice: To Whitetail.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To Crowfeather, his father.
- Ax-Crazy: After consorting with the Dark Forest, he becomes more and more violent.
- Cain and Abel: With his half-siblings Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf.
- Calling the Old Man Out: In The Last Hope he calls out Crowfeather for being a jerk. Crowfeather accepts the criticism, then chases him off anyway.
- The Corruptible: Starts out bitter and angry and only gets worse after starting to train the the Dark Forest.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He is repulsed when Ivypool kills Antpelt's spirit.
- Face–Heel Turn: In Power of Three, he was grudgingly on the side of the good guys. Omen of the Stars has him joining the Dark Forest.
- Foil: To Jayfeather and Ivypool.
- Freudian Excuse: He was the product of a loveless mating; his father only had him with his mother to prove his loyalty to WindClan and doesn't really care about him. The neglect he received from his father, as well as the revelation of his half-siblings caused him to join the Dark Forest.
- I Am Not My Father: He strives to be as loyal as possible to WindClan so his Clanmates won't think he's like his father, who fell in love with the ThunderClan medicine cat and had kits with her.Rock: He has heard the whispers about his father, the doubts that Crowfeather is truly loyal to WindClan, and the rumor that he has a weakness beyond the borders. Breezepaw doesn’t know this weakness has a name, but he will not let his Clanmates think the same about him.
- Ignored Epiphany: He comes so close to turning good in The Fourth Apprentice, but then he shrugs it off and goes evil again.
- In the Blood: He's a dick like his father Crowfeather, but more so. There's a chance he's also the descendant of Shrewclaw, who was also a total jerk, but that's speculation.
- It's All About Me: Not a Played for Laughs variant. His inability to empathize with other cats, or even care about them at all, is part of what allows him to hate everyone so easily.
- Jerkass: Constantly argues, complains, and criticizes. Not to mention the attempted killings.
- Karma Houdini: Onestar lets him stay in WindClan, despite being a smug, murderous traitor.
- The Mentor: To Boulderfur.
- Motive Decay: He first joined the Dark Forest because he wanted revenge on his father and half-siblings for their breaking of the warrior code. This is barely brought up anymore, and half the time he appears he seems to be talking about how he wants to destroy the warrior code and take over the Clans.
- Out of Focus: Although he remains part of the core Dark Forest trio (Breezepelt, Tigerheart, and Ivypool), the later books in Omen of the Stars give him a greatly decreased role.
- Pregnant Hostage: Tries to hold Poppyfrost hostage in The Fourth Apprentice, but Jayfeather and Honeyfern ruin his plans.
- The Rival: To Jayfeather and Lionblaze. He perceives them as his greatest threat and only joined the Dark Forest to get revenge on them.
- Rival Turned Evil: While he was a rival to Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf in Power of Three, they felt some sympathy for him and he was willing to work with them at times. By Omen of the Stars, he has gone completely off the deep end since joining the Dark Forest.
- Smug Snake: He thinks that he's the best and everyone else is weak.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He has a pure black pelt, like his mother and father.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Omen of the Stars, he becomes a much greater threat than the weak, sniveling cat he was in Power of Three. He even manages to briefly incapacitate Lionblaze in The Last Hope.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Implied in Eclipse, though definitely not anymore.Jayfeather: (thinking) He's waiting for his father to praise him.
- Undying Loyalty: He is determined to be completely loyal to WindClan, so the other cats will not think he is like his father.Rock: He is what Onestar needs most: a fierce, brave warrior loyal to WindClan and with complete faith they can win every battle.
"Just be careful you don't end up a bully like your kin, Tigerstar."
Lionblaze's former best friend. The two of them once had a relationship (whether it was romance depends on your Shipping Goggles), and made up their own Clan, DarkClan. However, Lionblaze had to break it off so he could remain loyal to his Clan.
- The Apprentice: To Crowfeather.
- Demoted to Extra: She gets a much smaller role in Omen of the Stars.
- Genki Girl: She was really energetic in The Sight and Dark River. However, by later books she has grown out of it.
- The Mentor: To Furzepelt.
- Nice Girl: She remains friendly and sympathetic to cats from other clans (sans Lionblaze) even into Omen of the Stars. She even lets Lionblaze steal catmint from Windclan territory despite her anger and hurt toward him. Even if she hates Lionblaze, she doesn't want innocent cats to suffer.
- Purple Eyes: They're listed as blue in the Allegiances, but this is what the authors had in mind. The books mention that she is named for her eyes, and her Cats of the Clans portrait shows her with purple-ish eyes, as can be seen here.
- The Rival: She's Lionblaze's rival in the Power of Three arc.
- Romantic False Lead: For Lionblaze.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: To Lionblaze, since they're from different Clans.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: She ends up not getting together with Lionblaze.
- Woman Scorned: Despite the fact that she and Lionblaze were just friends. Her hatred of him really is outrageously intense and long-lasting.
- Though, considering Lionblaze's treatment of her post-break up—accusing her of something she didn't do, and then refusing to hear her side of the story, attacking her and her mentor, promising to be her enemy forever, and never apologizing for any of this—her anger at Lionblaze is justified.
"We can take care of ourselves, you know. We don't need a ThunderClan apprentice to watch out for us!"A warrior of WindClan who was lost in the tunnels as a kit. After being rescued, she told the WindClan warriors about the tunnels, thus causing the battle during Eclipse. Later, she joined the patrol to defeat the beavers and free the water. By the time of The Forgotten Warrior, she's become one of Onestar's top advisers.
- The Apprentice: To Dewspots.
- Ascended Extra: Had an important role in The Fourth Apprentice when she joined the water patrol.
- Gender Bender: She was called male throughout Dark River.
- Genki Girl: Very energetic and kind of scatterbrained. She ran away from the camp to explore as a kit in Dark River, and during the patrol to find the beavers she was constantly getting her energy out by having mock fights with Tigerheart.
- Small Role, Big Impact: In Power of Three, when her actions caused the climax of Dark River.
"These are my Clanmates, more than WindClan ever was."A WindClan warrior who trains with the Dark Forest, feeling unnoticed by his own Clan. His mentor is Shredtail.In Sign of the Moon, he is killed by Thistleclaw and becomes one of the Dark Forest residents. In The Forgotten Warrior, he has been corrupted by the Dark Forest, and Ivypool gives him a Mercy Kill.
- Cessation of Existence: After Ivypool kills him again in The Forgotten Warrior.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: He first went to the Dark Forest because they seemed to care about him when his Clan didn't, but after he died he became just as monstrous as its other members.
- Deader Than Dead
- The Dragon: Serves as Shredtail's dragon in The Forgotten Warrior.
- Foil: To Ivypool of course.
- I Just Want to Be Loved
- I Surrender, Suckers: He actually uses Firestar's famous move against Ivypool in their final battle.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: Almost turned good, only to be killed by Thistleclaw. He then came back as Spirit Antpelt, a corrupted version of himself who was destroyed by Ivypool.
- Mercy Kill: Courtesy of Ivypool.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He had the chance to seriously hurt Ivypool during their first fight, but he chose to show mercy. Thistleclaw saw it as weakness, so he killed him.
- The Rival: To Ivypool.
- Rival Turned Evil: Pretty much the gist of Spirit Antpelt.
- Shadow Archetype: To Ivypool by the time of The Forgotten Warrior.
- Token Good Teammate: Among the Dark Forest. This stops after his death.
- Took a Level in Badass: To quote Ivypool, "He must have done nothing but train since he died and joined the Dark Forest!"
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In The Forgotten Warrior, he starts acting as cruel as the other Dark Forest members.
- Walking Spoiler: Check out his ridiculous white text to normal text ratio. It's mostly due to Spirit Antpelt.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Spirit Antpelt, although living Antpelt didn't fair much better.
FeatherpeltCrowfeather's new apprentice in Bramblestar's Storm. She looks exactly like his first love, Feathertail. Rumoured to be much more important in Warrior Cats: A Vision of Shadows.
- The Apprentice: To Crowfeather.
- Identical Stranger: Looks exactly the same as Feathertail, for some reason.
- The Quiet One: Seems to be, as she stays silent for the entirety of the one scene where she appears in Bramblestar's Storm.
"I hate getting my fur wet."Heathertail and Breezepelt's daughter.
"Don't be silly. We tunnel because we're stronger and cleverer than all the other Clans together."Tallstar's mother and Sandgorse's mate. She later gets another mate and litter of kits.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Before becoming a queen, she was a tunneler.
- Parental Neglect: But not by choice. Instead, it's confirmed that she's suffering from postnatal depression and suffers more after Finchkit dies.
"WindClan fights with claws, not words."A warrior of WindClan that appears several times in the series as a minor character.
- Back from the Dead: Dies in the final battle during The Darkest Hour, but comes back to life in The New Prophecy.
- Ear Notch: We can assume he has one, based on his name.
- The Mentor: To Runningbrook, Tawnyfur, Owlwhisker and Harestar.
- Unfortunate Name
"But I want to fight!"One of WindClan's queens. During the events of Fire and Ice, Firestar met her and helped her carry her son Gorsekit.
- The Apprentice: To Tallstar.
- Break the Cutie: When her son dies.
- Madness Mantra: Chants "Gorsepaw! Gorsepaw! Gorsepaw!" while fighting BloodClan.
- Misplaced Retribution: The above mantra is directed at BloodClan despite the fact that her son was killed in a TigerClan raid which the former Clan had nothing to do with.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Not only did she have two stillborn kits, her son Gorsepaw is killed by Tigerstar in front of her, leaving her devastated.