Characters: Warrior Cats WindClan
"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 are 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
Medicine Cat: Kestrelflight
Hunting Territory: The open hillside
Camp: Shallow scoop in hillside
Unique Battle Skill: Speed and agility
Although 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
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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.
- Fragile Speedster: Mentioned as being skinny and the fastest cat in the forest.
- Leader Wannabe: Like the other founding leaders, tried to claim that she should rule the entire forest.
Graywing the Wise (Gray Wing)
A legendary tactician who was once leader of WindClan. For more information, see his entry here.
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.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Seals off the tunnels after Sandgorse dies so that no other cat will have an accident there.
- The Leader: She led WindClan during the prequel Super Edition times.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Tallstar's deputy. Dies in the battle with BloodClan, but not before Ashfoot is pregnant with his son, Crowfeather.
- Cheerful Child: When he was a kit and apprentice.
- In the Blood: 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.
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
"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.
- Big Bad: Of Eclipse.
- 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.
- The Leader: Of WindClan after Starlight.
- Lonely at the Top: Practically defines this trope.
- Nice Guy: Originally compassionate and a good friend to Firestar. However, it changes when he becomes Clan leader.
- 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.
- "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.
- Unexpected Successor: So unexpected that half the Clan rebelled because of it.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Firestar.
Crowfeather's mother. She becomes deputy after Onestar takes command.
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 will be 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.
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.
- Combat Medic: Due to being a warrior before a medicine cat.
- Kit 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?
- Nice Guy: To Yellowfang in Yellowfang's Secret.
- 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.
The medicine cat of WindClan for the first three arcs. We don't know much about him. He dies during the Time Skip
between Power of Three
and Omen of the Stars
- 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is one of Tallstar's closest friends.
- The Medic: He's WindClan's medicine cat for three arcs.
- 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.
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.
- 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
A moor-runner of WindClan from when Tallstar was young.
A tunneler of WindClan who is also Tallstar's father.
- 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.
A tunneler of WindClan. Becomes mates with Palebird after Sandgorse dies.
Tallstar's mentor. Acts as sort of a mother figure to Tallstar.
- Fur 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.
- 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 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.
A senior warrior of WindClan. She joins the patrol in The Fourth Apprentice
to free the water.
"You walk in my dreams, Leafpool."
"I don't regret anything. Nothing at all."
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.
- Berserk Button: Back when he was an apprentice, mentioning his size set him off.
- 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.
- 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.
- Also he seems to be more cordial to his friends from the journey, especially during the journey after being Commander Contrarian for the first half.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Unfortunately, his character development backpedaled after he and Leafpool broke up, and now he's mostly just a jerk.
- Love Confessor: To Leafpool at the end of Starlight.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Learns this from Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf.
- The Napoleon: When he was younger, being the smallest of the chosen cats (and Squirrepaw and Stormfur) with the biggest temper, particularly if his size was brought up.
- 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!
"You need to know that you're surrounded by lies and hatred and things that never should have happened."
"Why would I leave the strongest Clan?"
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.
"Just be careful you don't end up a bully like your kin, Tigerstar."
"You seem to have lost two of your apprentices."
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, and Heathertail held it against him. She has been Lionblaze's rival ever since.
- 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.
- 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.
- She-Cat Scorned: Despite the fact that she and Lionblaze were just friends. Her hatred of him really is outrageously intense and long-lasting.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: To Lionblaze.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: She ends up not getting together with Lionblaze or Breezepelt.
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.
- Ascended Extra: Had an important role in The Fourth Apprentice when she joined the water patrol.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Of sorts. Although she, not Leafpool, gets to be Crowfeather's mate, he still loves Leafpool.
"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.
Crowfeather's new apprentice in Bramblestar's Storm
. She looks exactly like his first love
, Feathertail. Rumoured to be much more important in Arc Six
- 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.
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.
A warrior of WindClan that appears several times in the series as a minor character.
One of WindClan's queens. During the events of Fire and Ice
, Firestar met her and helped her carry her son Gorsekit.