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L Iterature: Warrior Cats

"For as long as any cat can remember, four clans have ruled the forest: ThunderClan, ShadowClan, WindClan and RiverClan."

In this book series, cats run wild in large family groups, fighting each other, falling in love, and worshiping their starry ancestors.

Those of you expecting sweet little stories about cats lazing about licking each other and falling in love are in for quite a shock (although that happens too, of course). The books are quite mature, thanks in part to Erin Hunter's Anyone Can Die policy, and the series can be quite graphic, as the characters face certain death and possible annihilation at least once a series, and, early on, usually once a book. They also grapple with questions of faith, loyalty, honor, and responsibility on a very regular basis. These books are about as child-friendly as Watership Down.

Yet kids are the target audience.

The story centers on four "Clans" of cats that have lived in a forest and followed the spirits of their warrior ancestors (known as StarClan) for generations. ThunderClan (the focal Clan) lives in a forest and stalks their prey while priding themselves on their courage. ShadowClan, masters of stealth and night hunting, live in a marsh and need all their cunning to gather enough food to feed themselves. RiverClan cats love water and are known for swimming and being brilliant tacticians. WindClan cats are extremely fast, and they chase down rabbits on the open moorland. Many years have distilled the Clans and made them set in their ways and their prejudices, but new threats to the forest force them to start adapting to change and abandoning their prejudice. The events of the series take place over several generations, and show how the Clans change in those times.

Later books introduce several new groups of characters, such as a group of mercenaries called BloodClan, a fifth Clan named SkyClan that was driven out of the forest many years ago, a "Tribe" of cats that live in the mountains and worship their own set of ancestors, a pseudo-Clan living in a Twolegplace and facing its own unique problems, a mysterious group of predecessors to the Clans known as the Ancients, and the Dark Forest, the vengeful spirits of cats that believe themselves wronged by the Clans. This series definitely has Loads and Loads of Characters.

There are currently five six-book arcs available, four of which are complete, and one that has only just started.

The first, simply called Warriors (or Warrior Cats, depending on where you live) focuses on a house cat named Rusty. Bored of his comfortable and simple life, he ventures out into the forest where he is given the opportunity to join ThunderClan. After accepting, he must deal with the hardships of the wild alongside the racism of his Clanmates, and he ends up being the Chosen One.

The second arc, The New Prophecy, stars the next generation of the Clan cats. A group composed of the kits of the previous arc's main characters and newcomer Crowfeather set out on a journey in order to unravel a mysterious prophecy and eventually bond with each other. Meanwhile, calamity strikes in the forest and all four Clans find themselves facing possible destruction.

The third arc, Power of Three is a mostly character driven series. It tells the tale of another new generation of Clan cats, this time burdened with mysterious powers and the secret of an ancient prophecy. It also delves deep into the past, revealing the secrets forgotten by time.

The fourth arc, Omen Of The Stars, continues to deal with the mysterious prophecy from Power of Three. As the cats struggle to unearth the truth about their purpose, the old foes of the Clans are rising. Strengthened by years worth of animosity, they are preparing to wage an all-out war on the Clans. This arc served as a Grand Finale to the modern day series.

The fifth arc, Dawn of the Clans, takes place about 50 years before the original series, and focuses on a group of cats that are destined to form the Warrior Clans. Two books have so far been released, The Sun Trail and Thunder Rising.

There are also plenty of spin-off titles out and coming soon, such as the extra long Super Editions (which tell the tale of SkyClan and the generations preceding the main series), Field Guides (which give additional information on the Clans and also include short stories that involve both the founding of the Clans and some of the modern characters), Manga installments (which generally serve as side stories to the main series), and novellas (which flesh out events that are only implied or briefly described in the main series). Its two sister series, Seekers (a series focusing on a group of bears coming together to fight global warming, which is currently on its second arc) and Survivors (a series by a completely different author working under the Erin Hunter pen-name; it features dogs surviving in a post-apocalyptic city) are also worth checking out.

For summaries of each book, see here. There's also a thriving character sheet. For the Warriors stories created by the fandom, see here.

This series provides examples of:

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  • The Abridged Series: At least four of them
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Crowfeather to Breezepelt.
    • Lizardstripe's treatment of Brokenstar:
      ...a queen who did not care for her new charge, who bit it and nipped it and deprived it of milk as punishment for being born at all.
    • Crookedstar's Promise gives us another example in Rainflower. This cat forces a name change ("Stormkit" to "Crookedkit" upon her son when he twists his jaw, forces him to sleep in another nest, looks down on him constantly, and arranges things so that Oakheart gets special treatment and Crookedstar feels alone.
  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: Brambleclaw originally thinks his prophecy dream was one of these.
  • A Crack In The Ice: In Night Whispers, Flametail falls through some thin ice and drowns.
  • Acronym and Abbreviation Overload: The fandom is fond of this. Acronyms include:
    • The series titles (The OS for The Original Series, TNP for The New Prophecy, TPOT for Power of Three, OOTS for Omen of the Stars, and DOTC for Dawn of the Clans).
    • Book titles (TDH for The Darkest Hour, FQ for Firestar's Quest, BP for Bluestar's Prophecy, NW for Night Whispers, BotC for Battles of the Clans, T4A for The Fourth Apprentice, and SotC for Secrets of the Clans, to name a few... This created a slight issue when Code of the Clans came along, because there was already a CotC from Cats of the Clans. There were even forum threads debating on what to call it - the most common form is C2otC). A later problem came when Tallstar's Revenge and Thunder Rising were announced as releases for the same years. Fans called them both "TR" until they realized the problem. Some alternate acronyms were made as solutions, such as TaR and TSR for Tallstar's Revenge, and ThR and TRi for Thunder Rising.
    • Some characters, places, etc (HF for Hawkfrost, DF for The Dark Forest, PoNS for The Place of No Stars, another name for the Dark Forest).
    • Related websites (WW for Warrior's Wish, while the Warriors Official Forum is called either the OF for "Official Forum", WOF for "Warriors Official Forum", or WCF for "Warrior Cats Forum").
  • Action Girl: Almost every single she-cat in the series is just as competent as any one of the male characters that are not named Scourge or Lionblaze. Even she-cats that you wouldn't expect to be badass turn out to be this, such as medicine cats (in Into the Wild, Yellowfang defeats The Dragon and nearly takes down the Big Bad), queens (they help out during Twilight's badger attack, and Lionblaze successfully teaches them some fighting skills in The Last Hope that are seen in the Final Battle), and elders (Mousefur and Goldenflower drive away a freaking badger on their own in Twilight). The number one example of this is probably Ivypool. She's female, but she's also the main character that doles out the most asskicking (well, other than Lionblaze, but Ivypool actually worked for her strength).
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the actual books, Millie is a silver tabby. On the manga covers, she's pinkish-brown colored. The illustrator explained that when he got the character outlines, she was only described as a tabby, so he pictured her as rosy brown, and didn't find out her real color until he had already colored the cover of the second volume. He discussed with his editor whether to change it, but they decided that it would be dull to have two gray cats next to each other.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Several minor and supporting characters get to star in their own spinoff books.
    • Half of Moonrise was told by Feathertail and Stormfur, who haven't been narrators since.
    • The first spin-off based instance of this was Graystripe's Adventure, a three book long OEL Manga series starring Graystripe. It explained what happened to him between Dawn, where he was captured by Twolegs and The Sight, where he showed up on the Gathering Island with a new mate named Millie.
    • The Rise of Scourge was a prequel manga explaining how the popular villain Scourge rose to power.
    • The four prequel Super Editions (Bluestar's Prophecy, Crookedstar's Promise, Yellowfang's Secret, and Tallstar's Revenge) explain how three of the Original Series leaders and one medicine cat gained their positions.
    • Tigerstar and Sasha was a manga explaining the motivations of minor character Sasha.
    • Ravenpaw's Path explained how Ravenpaw and Barley were the only ones who could save ThunderClan from Neo BloodClan or something.
    • The e-books Mistystar's Omen and Cloudstar's Journey deal with the struggles of two well-known Clan leaders.
    • Night Whispers, a main series book, gave the ShadowClan medicine cat Flametail a handful of chapters, while also having a plot that focused heavily on ShadowClan.
    • Leafstar got one in SkyClan's Destiny and again in SkyClan and the Stranger. The former also gave some chapters to formerly minor character Stick, while the later had an increased focus on recurring main series antagonist Sol.
    • The 2015 Super Edition is apparently going to be about Mothflight, who has appeared for all of seven pages so far. Her time has come.
  • Adult Fear: The series deals with this a couple times. The forest is dangerous, so it's always frightening to the characters when a young cat disappears... one mother has to deal with the fact that her daughter's hindlegs are paralyzed so she'll never live a normal life and might die early... another mother's kits go missing, and she's forced to realize that her mate may have kidnapped them to live with him.
  • Adventures in Comaland: In The Sight, Poppyfrost has greencough, and has a dream about being in StarClan's forest. Jayfeather is also there, because of his power, and stops her from dying.
  • Aesop Amnesia: No matter how many times the clans learn the value of working together, they always divide back up once the danger has passed. Wanting to unite the clans is treated as a big red "I Am A Villain" flag. Then again, they are cats.
  • Affably Evil: In Eclipse Sol wants to be your friend and mentor, but he's probably also planning to stick a knife in your back.. Also, Tigerstar and Hawkfrost act polite at first when a cat starts visiting the Dark Forest.
  • All She-Cats Want Bad Toms:
    • Snowfur only had eyes for Thistleclaw, who was violent and kind of a jerk.
    • Speckle from Sunrise knew that the traveling cat Sol was a bad guy, but she was hopelessly in love with him and wished he was the father of her kits.
  • All Genes Are Co-Dominant: According to feline genetics Hollyleaf should have been a tortie. There's much more, but in general cat genetics are a lot more complicated than the Erins know about. They even admit they don't know poop about cat coat genetics.
    • That would explain Redtail. A tortoiseshell male, and Sandstorm's father. While Tortoiseshell/calico males are possible(it's very, very rare) they are always sterile. Meaning he should not have been able to father any kits.
  • All There in the Manual: Many character motivations, family tree information, bits of worldbuilding, and pivotal scenes are only seen or mentioned in the field guides, the app, and Word of God.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us:
    • Happens in Into the Wild when ShadowClan launches an attack on ThunderClan's camp.
    • Also happens in Eclipse when RiverClan and WindClan team up to attack ThunderClan.
  • Almost Dead Guy: Very common.
    • In Forest of Secrets, Brokenstar survives just long enough to suddenly comprehend that he's dying and get an Oh Crap moment. It was exactly the kind of death that he deserved.
    • Midway through Rising Storm, Fireheart finds Whitethroat by a Thunderpath. Whitethroat gets hit by a car, but he still keeps talking for a little bit before he dies.
    • At the end of Rising Storm, Fireheart finds Yellowfang dying on smoke inhalation. Before she dies, she confesses all her secrets (which he already knew), and gives him reassurance that it's a good way to die.
    • In A Dangerous Path, Bluestar holds on just long enough to apologize to her kits, be forgiven, and to tell Fireheart how much faith she has in him before she dies.
    • In The Darkest Hour, after Bone strikes him done, Whitestorm reassures Firestar that it's been a pleasure being deputy and tells him that Graystripe was always destined to be his deputy before dying.
    • In The Darkest Hour, Darkstripe rambles aimlessly as he dies. Strangely, it actually worked as a send off for the character.
    • In Moonrise, Feathertail lives just long enough to tease Crowpaw and echo his words before dying.
    • In Twilight, Cinderpelt tells Leafpool to be brave as she dies.
    • In Sunset, Hawkfrost taunts Brambleclaw one last time and warns him that nothing is over before he dies.
    • In The Last Hope, Hollyleaf forgives Leafpool and says that she's not afraid to die with her last breaths.
    • Later in The Last Hope, Spottedleaf tells Firestar that she can't travel with him any longer as her spirit fades away for good. Subverted when she has one last thing to say to him, but it's too late and she dies with it unresolved.
    • Probably the most badass one ever occurs in The Last Hope when Firestar uses his dying moments to rid the world of his Arch-Enemy forever. His last words aren't a lament, but a badass quip.
  • Alternate Animal Affection: There's no single equivalent of a kiss in Warriors, but cats tend to press their cheeks together and/or entwine their tails when they're emotionally close, regardless of whether the relationship is platonic or romantic.
  • Alternative Calendar: The Clans measure everything by moons instead of months and have alternate names for the seasons because they're cats.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Dogs, great StarClan!
    • Except for the pair in the Ravenpaw's Path trilogy. At first they may be ungrateful to Ravenpaw and Barley for saving their lives (attacking them as soon as they're free), but later they return the favor to Ravenpaw, Barley, and the ThunderClan cats by helping chase off BloodClan.
      • And also the dogs in Warrior's Refuge; they seem pretty vicious to the barn cats, but once Millie reveals she can speak a little dog it's revealed that they chase cats not to catch them, but because it's fun.
  • Ambition Is Evil: A recurring theme in the books.
    • Tigerstar's desire to be leader of ThunderClan (and later of all four Clans) is what makes him a villain; he will do just about anything to achieve his goal.
    • Brambleclaw feels the very same ambition that drove his father but, well aware of what his father became, he is determined to not allow his ambition to control him (still implying that ambition is the opposite of good, even though Whitestorm also mentions in the first series that Firestar has quite a bit of ambition himself).
    • The protagonists' ambition fits into Not So Different.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The Dark Forest, which has been plotting to destroy the clans since long before Firestar came to the forest.
  • Animesque:
    • Most of the fan-made YouTube Warriors animations. Some of the more prominent animators out there even like to slap on a full head of human hair onto their cats. Firestar is always drawn as a brunette, and Tigerstar with black hair. Either way, it's anatomically incorrect.
    • Most fanart of Warriors has taken to adding a large tuft of hair on the cats' foreheads, even though real cats don't have such tufts. Others will draw a gold star on a cat's forehead to signify that the cat's a leader, when this is never described in the books.
    • James Barry's manga also is in a more animesque style than the other artists. He tends to give cats tufts of fur on their heads too, but for the most part it actually looks like fur. The only example where it actually was hair was Husker from the Graystripe trilogy.
  • Anyone Can Die: Beyond the large amount of minor characters and villains that get killed, even important characters like Yellowfang, Bluestar, Feathertail, Cinderpelt, Flametail, Hollyleaf (for reals this time), Spottedleaf's spirit, and Firestar get killed off.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Tigerheart, Sunfall, Hawkfrost, Talon of Swooping Eagle, the list goes on.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: The leader ceremonies.
  • Arc Words: Some of the prophecies. "Pack, pack, kill, kill" in A Dangerous Path.
  • Army of the Dead: The Dark Forest is a villainous variation of this. In The Last Hope, StarClan and The Tribe of Endless Hunting pull this for the Clans, along with Midnight.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Clan Leaders, definitely
  • A Storm Is Coming:
    • In the prologue of Dark River, cats feel that rain is coming. Fallen Leaves then goes to the tunnels to take his test, and lies to Rock that there are no signs of rain. Turns out there is an underground river there, that floods the tunnels during the rain.
    • In Bluestar's Prophecy, Featherwhisker forecasts rain for a few days, and it starts raining just before the battle with WindClan.
  • Axe Crazy: Plenty of the villains are this. Most notably, Brokenstar, Mapleshade, and Hollyleaf.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • In Sunset, Cinderpelt is revealed to have been reincarnated as Sorreltail's daughter Cinderkit.
    • Also, Heavystep, who died but managed to stay on the cast list for quite a while afterwards due to a Continuity Snarl.
    • The Clan Leaders probably count as well, since they literally have nine lives and spend a few moments dead after losing each one before being revived (minus the wound/disease that killed them). Once the ninth is gone though, they are Killed Off for Real.
  • Back for the Finale:
    • Stormfur and Brook appear in the last paragraph of Twilight, just in time to be important characters again in Sunset, the finale of The New Prophecy.
    • For the Grand Finale of the series, The Last Hope, the Erins brought back most of the cast of the Original Series, along with several minor characters who hadn't appeared for a while, and a ton of other characters from the backstory of the series. To see who returns, look under this labelnote. (Both because of spoilers and because the list is pretty long.) Returnees 
  • Backstory: Explored a lot with different characters. There's The Rise of Scourge, Bluestar's Prophecy, Crookedstar's Promise, Yellowfang's Secret, and then a number of short stories in the field guides, such as the one about Barley's past. Even the main series has some of these moments.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: According to Secrets of the Clans, this is a technique taught to apprentices.
  • Backup from Otherworld: Honeyfern in The Fourth Apprentice.
    • The Ancients and StarClan in The Last Hope.
  • Badass Creed: Battles of the Clans gave us:
    "RiverClan fish! RiverClan swim! RiverClan warriors use water to win!"
  • Badass Grandpa: Whitestorm is one of the oldest active warriors, but he's still a powerful fighter and is popular with all of ThunderClan. That is, of course, before he is killed.
  • Bad Omen Anecdote: One young cat's spine is broken when a tree falls and she's pinned by the branches. Jayfeather, the medicine cat, tries to encourage her by telling her how ShadowClan once had a cat with a similar injury and had told him about their experiences. Unfortunately, ShadowClan's warrior had ended up dying because of complications with it, which doesn't encourage Jayfeather's patient much.
  • Band of Brothers/Fire-Forged Friends: The main characters of The New Prophecy become true friends over the course of their journey.
  • Battle in the Rain:
    • In Bluestar's Prophecy, battle between ThunderClan and WindClan takes place in rain.
    • The battle between ThunderClan and ShadowClan at the end of Into The Wild also happens during a storm.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Most medicine cats get screwed over by this.
    • Bluestar gets hit pretty hard by this trope as well: allow a bloodthirsty, needlessly violent cat to become leader and destroy your Clan... or abandon your newborn kits in order to become leader yourself and prevent that tragedy?
    • Jayfeather has to become a medicine cat for this exact reason.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't try to say Tigerheart is in the Dark Forest in front of Dovewing.
    • Don't break the warrior code when Hollyleaf is around.
    • Don't suggest to Crookedstar that he is like Rainflower.
    • And for the love of StarClan, PLEASE don't tell a Clan cat that they sharpen their claws on bones and eat kittypets!
      • Although they do take advantage of the myth occasionally, just to watch the freakout.
  • Better Living Through Evil: Tigerclaw promises that any cats that come with him will be well rewarded later on; despite this, nobody follows him into exile.
  • Big Bad: Tigerstar is generally considered the main antagonist of the series, but the arcs and some individual books have their own main villain.
    • The Original Series: Tigerstar
      • Into The Wild has Brokenstar by virtue of his leadership of ShadowClan and attempt to rule the forest.
      • Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, and Rising Storm split the role between Tigerstar, Brokenstar, and Nightstar, each of whom are major enemies of ThunderClan.
      • A Dangerous Path sets up Tigerstar as the true villain, but has the dog pack as the main antagonists.
      • The Darkest Hour has Tigerstar again, until Scourge kills him and takes over the campaign to rule the forest.
    • The New Prophecy: Appears to be Hawkfrost, but it's actually Tigerstar, albeit with Hawkfrost as his chief enforcer.
      • Moonrise: Sharptooth, the mountain lion terrorizing the Tribe.
      • Starlight: Mudclaw, due to his rebellion against Onewhisker.
    • Power of Three: Sol, the traveling cat who turns the Clans against each other.
      • Outcast: Stripes, the leader of the Tribe Invaders.
      • Eclipse: Other than the main villain of the arc, we have Onestar, who turns on ThunderClan and tries to destroy them.
      • Long Shadows: Ashfur, who becomes a major enemy of Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf during his insane crusade to destroy Squirrelflight.
      • Sunrise: Hollyleaf, who is the murderer the Clans are trying to find.
    • Omen of the Stars: Either Tigerstar or Brokenstar, depending on who actually leads the Dark Forest.
      • The Forgotten Warrior: Sol, back for one more attempt to destroy the Clans.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In Fire and Ice, Graystripe shows up to save Fireheart from Clawface.
    • In The Heart of a Warrior, the dogs repay Ravenpaw and Barley for saving them by showing up and defeating Neo BloodClan.
    • In The Last Hope, Hollyleaf saves Ivypool when she was cornered by Hawkfrost, giving her life in the process.
  • Big Eater: The characters often joke that Graystripe is one.
  • Big "NO!": Bluestar (then Bluepaw) makes one of these in Bluestar's Prophecy, when her mother is killed in battle. Complete with eight o's.
  • Bitch Alert: Sandpaw's first appearance. She snarls that Firepaw smells revolting, and then makes a comment about how he's a kittypet.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Hawkfrost fits this trope to a T.
  • Blasphemous Boast: In The Darkest Hour, Tigerstar claims that he is more powerful than StarClan because he changed the number of Clans in the forest from four to two.
  • Blind Seer: Jayfeather.
  • Blood from the Mouth:
    • Hawkfrost coughs up clots of blood shortly before he dies at the end of Sunset.
    • Tigerstar at the end of the Rise of Scourge manga.
    • Non-fatal example: At one point in Forest of Secrets, Graystripe has blood bubbling from his mouth.
    • After he is hit by a car, blood trickles out of Whitethroat's mouth as he tries to speak.
    • In Moonrise a doomed Tribe cat has blood coming out of its mouth after being slammed against a wall.
    • Snowfur, when she's hit by a car.
    • In the short story The Clans Decide, blood comes out of an injured she-cat's mouth as she tries to speak. She gets better, but she is near death at this point.
    • In Night Whispers, Jayfeather has a vision in which he sees blood spilling from the mouths of every cat in ThunderClan except Ivypool.
  • Bloodless Carnage: In the Tigerstar and Sasha manga, those squirrels and frogs and hares they kill look quite clean. The illustrator, Don Hudson, even had a scene where the editors thought that even a clean dead rabbit looked too creepy.
    I am working on the Cat book for Tokyopop and I am at an interesting point in the story. The story involves Feral cats and life in the wild. A Feral cat stops and kills a wild hare as described in the script. I drew the layout and it was approved, but at a certain point, the powers that be wanted a change. The dead rabbit looks too creepy. I understand that the pre-teen market may not be into dead rabbits, but why write it into the script? They wanted me to change the angle to obscure the hare, messing up the storytelling. My compromise was to turn the rabbit around, and closing his eyes. It's not dead, just sleeping! No trauma, just a sleepy, knocked out bunny. (Comparison of original and revised sketches)
  • Book Ends:
    • If you take Bluestar's Prophecy as the first Warriors book, then Warriors begins with the start of Firestar's reign and ends with the end of Firestar's reign.
    • The last lines of The Last Hope are this in the best way possible.
    There will be three cats, kin of your kin, with the power of the stars in their paws. They will find a fourth, and the battle between light and dark will be won. A new leader will rise from the shadows of his death, and the Clans will survive beyond the memories of his memories. That is how it has always been, and how it always will be.
  • Boring Return Journey: The trip back from the beavers, and also the portion of the sun-drown-place journey from the Tribe back to the Clans (which was described in one paragraph).
  • Breaking the Fellowship: After the great journey, the chosen cats have to split and return back to their clans.
  • Breakout Character: Crookedstar, who stars in his own Super Edition. In the Ultimate Leader Election in late 2008, it was he who made it far enough to go up against Firestar at the end. He lost, which is understandable considering that Firestar's the main character that introduced us to the series, but Vicky said in the next Authortracker that even though she expected Firestar to win, she was surprised that out of all the leaders in the running, Crookedstar would be the one to make it so far. Perhaps this is why she decided to have a Super Edition from his point of view. Not bad for a minor character that died in book 5.
  • Break the Cutie: Any and all "cuties" will be broken, and how. Ashfur, for example, first appeared as a timid but determined apprentice that soon had his mother brutally murdered by Tigerstar, lost his mate (Squirrelflight) to the son of Tigerstar (Brambleclaw), and then had to mentor their "son". Finally, in Book 5 of series 3, he goes insane, attempts to murder the main characters, has his throat bitten, thus killing him, while his body gets pushed off a cliff into a river, where his lifeless corpse gets snagged on a rock and be seen bobbing limply in the water by the rest of the Clan. Ouch.
    • Even though it says "any and all" above, Brightheart deserves a special mention.
    • The award probably goes to Hollyleaf.
    • Briarlight gets this in perhaps the most literal fashion possible.
  • Brick Joke: In the beginning of The Fourth Apprentice, Jayfeather says that if Mousefur starts acting sweet and kind, he'll know the drought has gotten to her. At the end of the book, this happens to Blackstar!
  • Buffy Speak: The Ultimate Guide's first official description claims that the book has an "oversized, gift-y trim".
  • Bus Crash: In Midnight, we find out that Willowpelt got killed by a badger. However, the death ceased to be a bus crash when it was depicted in Firestar's Quest.
  • Bury Your Disabled: Snowkit gets killed in Dangerous Path because of his disability.
  • Cain and Abel:
    • Brambleclaw and Hawkfrost.
    • And since Word of God confirmed that Firestar and Scourge are half brothers, some fans believe this applies to them too. Both are inversions, as with Brambleclaw and Hawkfrost, the older brother is the good one, the younger the evil, and with Firestar and Scourge the younger brother is the killer. In both cases, the good brother is the killer.
    • Since Word of God also said Graystripe's parents (Willowpelt and Patchpelt) and Darkstripe's parents (Willowpelt and Tawnyspots), that makes another pair. Of course, it is the younger, good brother that is the killer in this case as well.
    • Clawface and Nightstar. One was the leader of ShadowClan, and one was an evil rogue opposing ShadowClan.
  • Call Back:
    • In The Last Hope:
    Firestar: "I guess fire will save the Clans once more."
    • Also in The Last Hope, Tigerstar's "The Dark Forest is endless" line is a call back to Night Whispers.
  • Call Forward: In the Interquel Firestar's Quest, Firestar wonders if there is another afterlife for evil cats, and if Brambleclaw will ever go there. The Dark Forest, which is exactly that, was previously revealed in The New Prophecy, which Firestar's Quest precedes. And Brambleclaw trains there.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: The catalog entry for Yellowfang's Secret describes the author as mega-bestselling.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Secrets of the Clans was the earliest guidebook; however, in the five years after its release, several other books had come out, contradicting some of the things it said. When asked whether it or Yellowfang's Secret was correct about one such instance, Vicky Holmes stated: "I'm afraid Secrets of the Clans is a bit of an anomaly, in that it strayed off the path of rightness in several areas. Please take the Super Editions, and other Special Editions, as canon!"
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: In The Darkest Hour, Tigerstar decides to spare Featherpaw and Stormpaw because he thinks they may still be useful to him.
  • Cat Concerto: Thunder Rising contains a bonus story at the back that shows how one character came to the forest. It begins with Ripple and all the other cats of the park yowling together to greet the morning.
  • Cats Are Mean: Played straight, subverted, averted... since the vast majority of the cast is feline, it's only natural that this trope both shows up and gets turned on its head.
  • Cats Hate Water: Three of the Clans do, at least. RiverClan doesn't.
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: The Clan leaders, usually the first eight times they die they enter a trance for a few minutes and are healed by StarClan. Though there are injuries that can take multiple lives, like Tigerstar when he got his stomach torn open.
  • Cat Stereotype:
    • Breeds:
      • The "bratty, showy, and aristocratic" part of the Siamese stereotype is played straight in Firestar's Quest. When trying to recruit cats to join the new SkyClan, he encounters two Siamese females who are disdainful of the idea of living wild.
    "What, us?" Rose's eyes opened wide. "You're joking, of course."
    "Us live in a cave? With no warm blanket?" Lily added. "No creamed chicken?"
    "To chase mice and kill them?" Rose's tongue rasped delicately over one brown paw. "How vulgar!"
    • Fur colors/patterns:
      • White: Most white cats tend to be good, with the exception of Snowtuft, a Dark Forest cat, in the fourth series. Whitewing in particular tends to be gentle and kind. Whitestorm is one of the earliest stereotypical The Mentor characters. The Warriors series does make note of the fact that white cats with blue eyes often tend to be deaf; one character comments that one of her first litter was, and Fireheart is thankful that his nephew is not.
      • Red/Orange/Ginger: For the "heroic and humble" type, there's the main character of the first series, Fireheart/Firestar, who is named for his bright orange fur. There's also his grandson, Lionblaze, one of the protagonists of the third and forth series. For the "spirited" type, Firestar's mate, Sandstorm, is known for her sharp tongue and temper. Their daughter, Squirrelflight, also has a sharp tongue (and is especially wisecracking as an apprentice), is explicitly compared to fire, and her warrior name reflects her flighty nature. A character named Red in the Super Edition SkyClan's Destiny is also a fiercely independent young female.
      • Black/Dark-colored: If there's a villain, chances are it's a dark brown tabby male - Brokenstar, Tigerstar, Hawkfrost, Dodge (even a few other characters such as Thistleclaw were mistakenly referred to as dark brown once or twice) - and it wasn't until fans pointed out just how many of them there were that the authors added a female tortoiseshell villain. Other villainous dark-colored cats include Scourge (black) and Darkstripe (dark gray with black stripes). Some examples of stubborn black cats include Tall Shadow and her brother Moon Shadow from the prequel series.
      • Black and white: There's not too many standouts with this fur color, so this apparently fits the "Average Joe" part of the stereotype. Tallstar (at least as seen in the main series, not his Super Edition) is an example of an even-tempered character.
      • Gray/Blue: Bluestar and Yellowfang are old, wise mentors (and Yellowfang is snarky, too). Graystripe is mellow, mischevious, and a Big Eater.
      • Tabby: A large percentage of the cast is tabby. The most common stereotype is the "aloof/snarky" one, with Jayfeather, Longtail, and Speckletail being some examples.
      • Tortoiseshell: The spunky but kind stereotype tends to come up most; notably, Sorreltail. Most tortoiseshells are female, but two males do appear: Redtail and Sol.
      • The shaded/chinchilla and colorpoint/lynxpoint fur patterns do not appear commonly, if at all.
  • Caught in a Snare:
    • The climax of Sunset involves Firestar getting caught in a fox trap.
    • Rabbittail in a short story in Battles of the Clans gets caught in a net meant for rabbits.
  • Cave Behind the Falls: The Tribe lives in one of these.
  • Cave Mouth: The Moonstone cave is called "Mothermouth" by the cats because the entrance resembles a mouth.
  • Cessation of Existence: When a StarClan or Dark Forest cat is completely forgotten by living cats, they gradually fade away into nothing. However, if either recieves an injury that in life would be fatal, they just disappear instantly.
  • The Chains of Commanding: It ain't always easy to be a Clan leader.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: The Super Editions are a possessive version: Firestar's Quest, Bluestar's Prophecy, SkyClan's Destiny (which, unusually, refers to a group and not just one character), Crookedstar's Promise, Yellowfang's Secret.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The fox-trap in Sunset is used in Hawkfrost's scheme to kill Firestar.
    • The Stick from Dark River. It shows Jaypaw that he can still escape the tunnels because it floated into them from the river.
    • In Sunrise, Hollyleaf uses the deathberries in the camp to try to kill Leafpool.
    • In Sign of the Moon, the reflection of the moon that Half Moon sees means that she has to become the first Stoneteller.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Clawface, one of Graystripe's idols who is mentioned early in Into the Wild, kills Spottedleaf in the book's climax.
    • In Into the Wild, there is a casual mention of a litter of kits that Bluestar lost one leaf-bare. Forest of Secrets reveals that two of her kits are still alive and living in RiverClan. They then become very important to the plot.
    • Barley, who turns out to be an ex BloodClan member in The Darkest Hour.
    • In Bluestar's Prophecy, Tigerpaw brutally attacks a kit on Thistleclaw's command. That kit turns out to be Scourge, a cat who later kills Tigerstar.
    • Used in Twilight. Near the beginning of the book, the ThunderClan cats have to drive a badger and her cubs off their territory. Fast-forward to the climax, and the cats are facing a massive ambush by the badgers that leaves many cats wounded and Sootfur and Cinderpelt dead.
    • Harry, a random cat hanging around in SkyClan and the Stranger turns out to be Sol, the villain of the Power of Three arc.
    • Thistleclaw was mentioned in Forest of Secrets and said to be Bluestar's rival. He's very important in Bluestar's Prophecy and even revealed to have been a major contributor to Scourge's Face-Heel Turn. He's also later revealed as a leader of the Dark Forest, meaning that he was manipulating events in the forest and lake for a long time.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Jayfeather's swimming ability comes in handy when Flametail is drowning. It doesn't save Flametail from dying however.
  • Chew Toy: Percy in SkyClan's Destiny. Most of Stick's group gets away with just wallowing in Dodge's incredibly vague Offstage Villainy, but Percy is singled out for both having his eye ripped out and getting fixed. In fact, he doesn't have any role in the story other than having horrible things happen to him.
  • Children Are Innocent: Most kits are portrayed as innocent, energetic young cats who contrast with the hardened, shell-shocked, and weary warriors. Even Tigerstar (basically cat Hitler) was adorable and innocent as a kit. It's only when the kits start training to become warriors that they lose their innocence. Subverted with Brokenstar in Yellowfang's Secret and Shrewclaw in Tallstar's Revenge. You can see the seeds of Brokenstar's evil right from his kithood, and Shrewkit is a bully who picks on Tallkit and calls him a worm.
  • Chocolate Baby: Two of the three kits in Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw's litter. Jayfeather is a small gray tabby. There's no gray fur in this cat's supposed father's line, but there sure is in the real father's, not to mention the WindClan scrawniness. And Hollyleaf is black, again probably inherited from the father, who is very very dark grey.
  • The Chosen One: Or four, or three... StarClan isn't very picky about the number of cats they choose to do things.
  • The Clan: Four... er, Five of them, to be exact.
  • C-List Fodder: Minor characters get slaughtered left and right. Some characters like Rosetail and Whiteclaw in the Original Series exist only to die. Others, like Talonpaw and Sootfur from The New Prophecy do nothing for a whole arc, then bite the dust near the end of it.
  • Combat by Champion: In Crookedstar's Promise, one of the battles for Sunningrocks is decided like this.
  • Combat Medic: The few medicine cats who were warriors before they became medicine cats are basically this. Regular medicine cats also get basic training in fighting skills, even though they usually don't end up using them much.
  • Comic Book Adaptation: The mangas.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Warrior Code forbids taking mate from another clan to protect against it. Also a frequent accusation against half-clan cats.
  • Continuity Snarl: A somewhat glaring example of this: In The Fourth Apprentice, Yellowfang witnesses Breezepelt and Brokenstar attacking Jayfeather and tells him that the Dark Forest is rising. In Fading Echoes, a book written by a different author, Jayfeather tells her about the attack and the uprising within the Dark Forest and she is shocked and apparently doesn't know anything about what he's talking about. Ummm...
    • In Secrets of the Clans, Raggedstar is the leader when his son, Brokenstar, is born. However, in Bluestar's Prophecy, Brokenpaw is mentioned long before Raggedstar becomes a leader. Argh.
      • And done AGAIN in Yellowfang's Secret when it's confirmed that Raggedstar IS the leader when Brokenstar is born. Uggghhhhh.
      • Raggedstar was actually the deputy when Brokenstar was born, so it stays in continuity with Bluestar's Prophecy.
    • Another notable one is in the short story "The Elders' Concern", from the official Warriors app. The story is about how the elders are discussing how they're not happy with Fireheart as deputy, because he's young and not Clanborn and was named after moonhigh... except in this story, he's named deputy immediately after Lionheart; it takes place the day after Lionheart's death. Uh, he was an apprentice when Lionheart died. And how could they forget about Tigerclaw and his attempts to kill Bluestar in order to become leader? It's not as if they forgot about him altogether here; one of the elders says that Fireheart isn't the best fighter of the Clan, and calls Tigerclaw a real warrior.
    • Lampshaded in The Forgotten Warrior. Millie remarks about Sol, who, despite his earlier wrongdoings, seemingly proved himself by saving Cherrypaw and Molepaw, that "tabbies never change their stripes." Said cat was described as both a tortoiseshell and a tabby.
      • Though there are cats that are both - they're called "torbies," displaying the markings of a tabby with the coloration of a tortoiseshell.
  • Cool Cat: Pretty much everyone.
  • The Coup: Several.
    • In the first series, Tigerclaw plots to kill Bluestar in order to become leader himself by inviting some rogues to attack the camp and passing off her death as part of the battle. Fireheart jumps in and rescues her during the attempt.
    • In the second series, Tallstar, in his dying breaths, names Onewhisker as his successor instead of Mudclaw. As the only cats who witnessed this are Onewhisker himself and two of his friends, Mudclaw doesn't believe Onewhisker should be leader, and leads a rebellion against him before the younger cat can receive his nine leader's lives. ThunderClan helps out Onewhisker and he wins.
    • Also in the second series, Tigerstar and Hawkfrost come up with a plan for Brambleclaw and Hawkfrost to kill the Clan leaders at a Gathering and forcibly take control of all the Clans. Brambleclaw disagrees with it, and it is never attempted.
  • Covered in Mud: The Tribe rolls in mud to cover their fur in order to disguise their scent and blend into the rock better so that prey doesn't spot them so easily. The visiting Clan cats try this, and aren't too thrilled at the idea, but it works.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: This article about the graphic novels includes a picture of what they call the "first and second volumes of the SkyClan and the Stranger trilogy". They do have the second volume of that particular trilogy, but what do they have as the "first" one? Warrior's Refuge, the second volume in the Graystripe's Adventure trilogy, which came out four years and nine volumes earlier. You'd think that the "2" on the front of each would have tipped them off that it wasn't the first volume...
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Tigerstar. Tigerstar, Tigerstar, Tigerstar. Having his stomach torn open probably hurt a good bit.
  • Cultural Posturing: Most cats believe that their own Clan can do no wrong, and that the other Clans are all weaklings or heartless bastards. This often works in ThunderClan's favour, since the majority of the series is from their POV, but the series does occasionally show that the other Clans are Not So Different. For example, the same is done with RiverClan when they become the protagonists in Crookedstar's Promise.
  • Cultural Translation: The old forest map was based on an actual forest in England, meaning the first series was set in England, which is also somewhat reflected by some of the wildlife. However, the second series featured a mountain lion, which cannot be found in the UK, and had a change of location. Even though the Great Journey in no way constitutes crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the series is now apparently set in the United States.
    • One can also argue that the series is still set in Britain due to the lack of rabies despite the cats constantly biting and being bitten by other animals.
    • Word of God: "The first series was set in the county of Hampshire in the UK (on the South Coast, near where I grew up). Then I invented an imaginary setting for the journey to the lake, and when they encountered a mountain lion I realized they must have crossed the Atlantic somewhere along the line because American wildlife had started appearing! So it's a fictitious island somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic which has a unique blend of British and American flora and fauna..."
  • Cursed with Awesome: The three, but most notably Jayfeather.

    Tropes D-M 
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Bluestar, Crookedstar, Yellowfang...
  • Dark Chick: Mapleshade. And Ivypool, to some extent..
  • Darkest Hour: The aptly-named The Darkest Hour, as well as various other points throughout the series, like Dawn, or the later books in Power of Three.
  • Dark Secret: Many cats' forbidden relationships. The parentage of kits really born to forbidden relationships. Visiting the Dark Forest.
  • The Day of Reckoning: The coming of BloodClan in The Darkest Hour, and the Dark Forest invasion in The Last Hope.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Talking to StarClan.
  • Deadly Training Area: The Dark Forest.
  • Death by Childbirth: Silverstream and Brightsky
  • A Death in the Limelight: Flametail in Night Whispers.
  • Death Is Cheap: When clan cats die, they move on to StarClan most of the time, which is basically heaven for cats. If they were evil, then they're trapped in the Dark Forest. Regardless of which place cats end up in, they can still interact with some clan cats, particularly medicine cats. They can even injure cats who dream-walk into their domain. Death became so cheap that by the fourth series, the Hunters had to invent a second death so that cats could be killed Deader than Dead.
  • Death Is Dramatic:
  • Deceptive Disciple: Tigerstar, and possibly Brokenstar, who has the added bonus of killing and usurping his own father.
  • Defiant to the End: Stonefur.
  • Demoted to Extra: The major characters in each series become less important as the focus shifts to the younger generation. One example is that fans were trying to figure out whether Graystripe, The Hero's best friend and therefore a major character in the first series, even got mentioned once in Sign of the Moon.
  • The Determinator: Tigerstar. And how.
  • Disc One Final Boss:
    • Brokenstar is built up as the Big Bad in Into the Wild, but by the book's end it is apparent that Tigerclaw/star will be the true villain. Then in The Darkest Hour, Tigerstar is killed by Scourge, who usurps the position of primary villain.
    • In The New Prophecy, Hawkfrost seems to be the villain, but he turns out to only be the Dragon-in-Chief to Tigerstar's lingering spirit.
  • Did You Just Punch Out A Twoleg?: In SkyClan's Destiny, SkyClan takes it upon themselves to defeat the Twoleg who keeps abusing cats.
    • Also averted when, in the same book, the cats save a Twoleg kit with a broken leg.
  • Disney Villain Death:
    • Whiteclaw falls into the gorge and dies.
    • Smokepaw falls to his death when a ledge breaks underneath him. This doesn't stop him from coming back in later books, though.
    • A pair of ShadowClan warriors fall over the top of the quarry to their deaths in Starlight.
    • Ancient cat Dark Whiskers is killed this way when blown off a cliff during a storm.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Sol stays calm and composed all the time, even when surrounded by enemies and accused of murder. He so calm, other cats often find it unsettling. The only times he's lost his cool is whenever he's making a speech (and he's really more "incensed" than "angry"), and when Hollyleaf apparently pushes his Berserk Button, and even then he recovers in less than half a second.
    "What are you doing here?" Hollyleaf demanded. She could feel every hair on her pelt bristling, her tail fluffing out to twice it's size, and her belly churning with distrust of this powerful cat. "I thought you'd gone."
    Fury flashed in [Sol's] eyes, and his claws dug into the ground. Yet a hearbeat later he was cool and controlled again, so that Hollyleaf almost believed she had imagined the anger he had betrayed.
  • Doctor's Orders: There are plenty of times when a medicine cat says "As your medicine cat, I'm ordering you to rest."
  • Doesn't Trust Those Guys: The Clans often say this about each other. "You can't trust a ThunderClan cat!"
  • Dogs Are Dumb: The most intelligent dogs shown in the entire series had a vocabulary of about eight words, the two most frequently used being "pack" and "kill".
    • It's also worth noting that the dogs mentioned above are defeated by being tricked into running off a cliff.
    • One dog in Sunrise was even stupid enough to stick his head through a fence and right into the claws of a bunch of cats with a grudge.
    • Don't forget the dog in Rise of Scourge who was scared of kitten Scourge's shadow (it was a rather fierce looking shadow, but still).
    • However, its noted in story that dogs and cats speak different languages, so presumably most dogs have a larger vocabulary in their own language.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: What kittypets seem to be raised on.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Jayfeather (also his Berserk Button). Also don't be too nice to him, or he'll think you're pitying him. And don't mention his blindness, but then again, don't seem like you're trying to avoid it, either.
  • Doomed Hometown: The forest in the second series.
  • Double Don't Know: In The Darkest Hour:
    Firestar let out a long breath. "I don't know, Bramblepaw," he admitted. "I just don't know."
  • Double Standard: Male leaders are allowed to have kits, but female leaders aren't because it might get too in the way of their responsibility of the Clan. Leafstar even thinks about how unfair this is, and by the end of the book she decides to follow the "The word of the Clan leader is the warrior code" rule and declare that SkyClan female leaders are allowed to have kits.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Hawkfrost in The New Prophecy. Tigerstar, the Big Bad is just as strong and fearsome, but he's hindered by his being dead.
  • Dramatis Personae: Each book has allegiances section at the beginning, listing all characters that appear in that book and many that don't.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him:
    • Hollyleaf's death. Instead of dying in a battle, she was crushed as the underground tunnel collapsed.
      • Well, it only seems that way at first, and Lionblaze and Jayfeather don't seem to be completely convinced that she's really dead. Later on she dies in a battle for real.
    • The grand prize goes to Rainwhisker, who was killed by a falling tree branch. In between books.
    • Mudclaw, who got an entire TREE dropped on him when it was struck by lightning.
  • Dysfunction Junction:
    • In the third series, Crowfeather is using his "mate" just to get his Clanmates to trust him, and and he abuses his son (who also has related issues), and is in denial of how much he loves Leafpool and that he had kits with her, Lionblaze goes Ax-Crazy from time-to-time, and is usually horrified by the results, Jayfeather has some serious attitude problems, Hollyleaf is obsessed with the warrior code and eventually goes insane, Ashfur is trying to kill Squirrelflight's family to get revenge, Leafpool, who can't seem to succeed at anything, is incredibly depressed and possibly suicidal, and a lot of other cats throughout the course of the series become depressed because of the the authors' cruel treatment of their characters.
    • It continues on into the fourth series, with Dovewing (Who just wants to be normal, because she can't handle all of the responsibility that has been thrust on her, and hates the way it has distanced her from her sister), and Ivypool, (who is insanely jealous of her sister and wants to be noticed as much as her, to the point where her feelings of jealousy and loneliness became manipulated by the Big Bad).
    • Then we have Millie and her kits. Millie's daughter, Briarlight, becomes paralyzed from the waist down when a tree falls on her and it keeps her from ever becoming a Warrior, having to live in the medicine den, and her main activity for each day is to drag herself to and from the fresh-kill pile. This causes Millie to become obsessive over her crippled daughter and completely ignore the fact that she has to other kits, which in turn effects Blossomfall (Millie's other daughter) to visit the Dark Forest and learn from Tigerstar because she's feeling unloved and unwanted at home all thanks to Millie. Bumblestripe, Millie's son, takes the developments surprisingly well.
  • Early Cat Cameo:
    • Thistleclaw is mentioned in Forest of Secrets and shows up in Rise Of Scourge before his real debut in Bluestar's Prophecy.
    • Tawnyspots and Goosefeather were first mentioned in Forest of Secrets, though the latter not by name. In addition, Sunstar and Featherwhisker were mentioned in Secrets of the Clans before their debuts in Code of the Clans and Bluestar's Prophecy, respectively.
  • Ear Notch: With large groups of fighting cats, someone's bound to get a ripped ear, and it does happen often. One example is Tigerstar; it's one of his more frequently noted physical characteristics.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: By the end of The Last Hope, every character has gone to hell and back (sometimes literally), but they still pull through and earn happy endings for themelves and all the Clans. (Even the dead ones.)
  • Either-Or Prophecy: StarClan seems to give a lot of these. Take the prophecy "Fire alone can save our Clan", for instance. Note that it does not say that fire will save the Clan. A minor prophecy in the second arc is misinterpreted as well due to this trope.
  • Eloquent In My Native Tongue: Smart is Midnight, but she no speak cat good.
  • The Empath: Jayfeather.
  • Everyone Is Related: Seeing as they live in Clans that do not allow intermixing... See also Tangled Family Tree below.
  • Everything's Worse With Bees: A scene in SkyClan's Destiny features Frecklepaw being the victim of a bee attack.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Tigerstar Vs. Scourge
  • Exact Words: In Midnight, after Leafpool sees Squirrelflight leave for her journey, Cinderpelt asks if she knows where Squirrelflight is. Leafpool is able to say no because she didn't know where Squirrelflight was at the exact moment.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The publishers thought Cruel Season was too depressing of a title (never mind the fact that said book was depressing), even though earlier books have dark names like A Dangerous Path, The Darkest Hour and Long Shadows. Of course, the title change didn't stop protective parents from reacting negatively to the actual content of the book.
    • The New Prophecy series was supposed to consist of three books, until the publisher decided that the series was far too profitable and made Hunter write another series - which lead to there being three more in that series.
      • There was originally only going to be one book, Into the Wild. It became a trilogy, which later turned into a six-book series (followed by, let's see, four additional arcs, four super editions, four field guides, and thirteen mangas...)
  • Expanded Universe: Manga, Super Editions, Field Guides, short stories, etc. See above.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Brightheart's face being mauled and almost completely ripped off by a dog. A later bit of narration in TPoT implies her parts of her skull remain visible.
    • Longtail going blind from an infection in his eyes after a rabbit claws them out counts, too.
    • Brokenstar gets his eyes clawed by Yellowfang and is permanently blinded.
    • And we now have Percy in SkyClan's Destiny.
  • The Faceless:
    • In Sign of the Moon, Ivypool and Blossomfall encounter a mysterious cat in the tunnels. Ivypool can't see any of the cat's features, and is unable to determine its gender. In The Forgotten Warrior, the cat is revealed to be Hollyleaf, alive and well, but reluctant to return to ThunderClan.
    • The prologue of The Forgotten Warrior features a mysterious cat declaring that they will have their vengeance on the Clans. It's never explicitly stated who this cat is, but it's almost certainly Sol, based on his role in the book.
  • Faith Heel Turn: Hollyleaf
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Swiftpaw, Tigerstar, Mudclaw, Hawkfrost, to name a few. Some of them would qualify for Cruel and Unusual Death.
    • If the nightmares Tigerstar showed Lionblaze of himself murdering Heatherpaw/tail count, then they certainly qualify. Very much so.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: Pretty much every single fight. After Lionblaze discovers his power of invincibility in Outcast, pretty much every fight he gets in features large amounts of this and High-Pressure Blood.
  • Fan Nickname: Kit Machine (Ferncloud), Teapot ([The] Power of Three; tPoT), Oats (Omen of the Stars; OotS).
  • Fantastic Naming Convention:
    • The Clan cats have a naming system that involves putting two nouns, verbs, or adjectives together. The first part of the names may include stuff from nature such as plants, animals, colors, etc., while the last part of their name includes the part of a cat's body, an action, plants, animals, and much more. (Fireheart, Ivypool, Whitestorm, etc.) The suffix of the name changes throughout their life: with "kit" when they are kittens, "paw" when they begin training, pretty much anything once they're an actual warrior, and "star" if they become a Clan leader. (For example, one character went from Bluekit to Bluepaw to Bluefur to Bluestar).
    • Tribe cats are named after the first thing their mother sees when they are born, and this results in several-word-long, descriptive names, such as Bird Who Rides The Wind and Brook Where Small Fish Swim. (They just go by the first word of their name for everyday use.)
    • Both naming schemes began with an early group of cats, who had names like "Moth Flight" and "Gray Wing" and so forth, which are very similar to Clan names. The Tribe's pattern branched off of this when an ancient cat, Stone Song (who was temporarily leader of the ancient group), was named by his mother for the wind that blew over the rocks when he was born.
  • Fantastic Racism: From many canon characters, but also, some say, from the fans. It's another one of those things they disagree on.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Scourge's lack of belief in StarClan.
    • Hollyleaf's excessive pride led to her downfall.
  • Fat Cat: Kittypets are often described this way.
  • Fear of Thunder: The official app claims that Hollyleaf has this ever since Long Shadows, when Ashfur threatened to kill her and her littermates during a storm.
  • Feathered Fiend: Birds of prey such as hawks, eagles, and owls. Justified, since these birds are larger than they are, and can carry off a kit (or in the eagles' case, a full-grown cat).
  • Fighting for a Homeland: SkyClan, when they were exiled from the forest. The other four Clans, when the forest is destroyed - but at least they know there's good territory waiting for them.
  • Final Battle: The BloodClan battle in the original series. The next three arcs build up the much more deadly war with the Dark Forest. It finally comes in The Last Hope, and takes up a whole quarter of the book.
  • First Snow: Happens a couple times. In Fire and Ice, Fireheart is amazed because he hasn't seen it before; he was shut inside as a kit when still living with Twolegs when it last snowed. He quickly learns that snow makes it difficult to move around, however. In The Darkest Hour, Firestar is out with his apprentice Bramblepaw when it begins to snow. Bramblepaw chases the snowflakes gleefuly, and Fireheart wonders whether Bramblepaw's evil father Tigerstar ever played with snowflakes.
  • Flanderization: RiverClan's fish-loving tendencies (no, not like that), as well as the general Love It or Hate It nature of fish as prey.
  • Flat Earth Atheist:
    • Cloudtail acts like this around the end of the first series. You'd think that seeing fatal wounds stitch up by themselves and hearing actual, accurate prophecies would be enough for the kid...
    • There's also Mothwing, who is a medicine cat despite not believing in StarClan, which is essentially the cats' equivalent of an atheist priest. Apparently her explanation for medicine cats knowing things StarClan has told her is that they subconsciously figure it out by themselves and all convince themselves that a dead cat told them it in a dream, which is arguably more ridiculous than what she is trying to explain. It gets even worse in Fading Echoes, where she sees something strange happen to Mistystar while she's receiving her nine lives and manages to figure out that Jayfeather is essentially reading her mind, but she still can't comprehend that StarClan exists.
      • Another interpretation of what she says/how she acts is that she acknowledges that they probably exist, but refuses to have faith in them or try communicating with them... for some reason.
      • The reason she doesn't have faith or try communicating is probably because StarClan lie consistently, rarely help them out, and when they do send them a message, tend to do so in obscure, twisted ways when they could easily just tell them straight out.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Tigerstar and Hawkfrost
  • Flip Flop of God: Has happened sometimes.
  • Fragile Speedster: WindClan cats in general.
  • Framing Device: In the field guides Code and Battles of the Clans, the reader is a kittypet who is visiting the Clans and being told stories by the characters.
  • Freudian Excuse: Pretty much every villain in the series. Tigerstar had a father who abandoned him to become a kittypet, and a mentor who taught him to be violent and evil. Brokenstar was abused by his foster mother, Lizardstripe. Scourge was bullied by his siblings, Ruby and Socks. They told him he would be drowned in the river if he wasn't adopted by Twolegs, so he ran away, only to be attacked almost to death by Tigerstar. Sol had a father who neglected his kits, and a mother who always told them stories about SkyClan cats and was upset with her life. Because she couldn't take care of them, she gave them all to Twolegs. Sol thought that, if he was a SkyClan cat, his mother wouldn't have given him away. Mapleshade was hoping to become ThunderClan leader, but they drove her out after she had kits with a RiverClan tom. She then tried taking her kits to RiverClan, but they drowned on the way. RiverClan rejected her, her mate blamed her for the kits' death, and he took on another mate within his Clan.
  • Gender Bender: A lot, most of them being one-time typos. Permanent/more major ones include:
    • Birchstar from Code of the Clans: male in first story, female in second
    • Foxheart: female in Secrets of the Clans (thought by ShadowClan to be the mother of Brokentail) > male in Bluestar's Prophecy
    • Mosskit: male in Forest of Secrets, Secrets of the Clans, but female in Cats of the Clans and Bluestar's Prophecy, and mentioned as both at different points in The Last Hope. Word of God has stated that Mosskit was female.
    • Mintkit and Sagekit: Mintkit was male and Sagekit was female in the allegiances of Firestar's Quest, but they flipped genders in the actual text. SkyClan's Destiny confirms the allegiances of Firestar's Quest to be correct.
    • Rowanclaw: female in Dawn > male in Starlight and subsequent books. Fathers Tawnypelt's kits and later becomes deputy.
    • Rippletail: female in Twilight > male in The Sight
    • Pouncetail: female in The Sight > male in Dark River
    • Sedgewhisker: female in The Sight > male in Dark River > female in Sunrise
    • Gorsetail: female in Sunrise (was actually a mother of kits earler in TPOT) > male in The Fourth Apprentice
    • Rushpaw: male in main OOTS series > female in Battles of the Clans
    • Hawkheart: male in Bluestar's Prophecy > female in Yellowfang's Secret (though this was fixed before the final release of the book)
  • Genki Girl: Squirrelpaw, though it fades pretty quickly.
    • Cinderpaw too, though that stops after she gets hit by a car.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Learning that her parents broke the Warrior Code, which she'd obsessed over for the majority of her life, pretty much shattered what was left of Hollyleaf's sanity.
    • In the original series, Bluestar after Tigerclaw's betrayal.
  • Good Shepherd: Common archetype for medicine cats.
  • Grade Skipper: In a manner of speaking. Apprentices usually become warriors in the order they were apprenticed, and an apprenticeship is stated to normally last 6 moons. Fireheart and Graystripe were made warriors before the older Dustpelt and Sandstorm, and if you carefully keep track of every mention of time passing in the book, they were only apprentices for a little over two moons.
  • G-Rated Sex: Beyond all of the characters that have been born to the various Official Couples throughout the series (one litter being both implied and confirmed by Word of God to be the result of a one-night stand), there are some specific scenes that are very noticeable:
    • Bluestar and Oakheart were by far the most blatant, provoking many thoughts of "how did they get away with this?". Oakheart asks Bluestar to meet him somewhere at night, saying he wants to get to know her better. After a romantic evening, Bluestar starts begging to let herself enjoy "Just one night!". Next thing you know, Oakheart is building them a nest, and the next chapter skips to the next morning. Soon after, Bluestar is pregnant.
    • Sasha and Tigerstar. Tigerstar spends a night in Sasha's den "recovering". Sasha is pregnant afterwards.
    • Leafpool and Crowfeather run away together, at which point the narration switches to another character until a bit later, at which point we are informed that "they had been traveling all day even though neither of them had gotten any sleep the previous night." Leafpool has Crowfeather's kits shortly afterwards.
    • Before what Firestar thinks will be the final battle with Tigerstar, he starts thinking about how many of his cats might die. He then asks Sandstorm to join him in his den.
    • Daisy and Spiderleg are pretty much outright stated to have had a one-night stand.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: Some cats, particularly the elders, insist upon this when prey or herbs are low.
  • Grim Up North: ShadowClan, normally thought to be the most "evil" Clan, lives in the northernmost territory. There's even a saying in ThunderClan that the cold north wind blows over every ShadowClan cat and chills their heart.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Some elders are portrayed this way, notably Mousefur and Tangle.
  • Happy Rain: The end of The Fourth Apprentice, signifying the end of the drought.
  • Heel Realization: Ivypool after seeing Tigerstar talking about destroying the forest.
  • Heroic BSOD: Bluestar suffers a particularly nasty one after Tigerclaw's betrayal. It takes her two entire books to get over it completely... just in time for a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Firestar and Graystripe
    • Ravenpaw and Barley, although pretty much every Warriors fan that doesn't hate slash (and even some who do) believes that Ravenpaw and Barley are more than Heterosexual Life-Partners. It's also worth noting that the author herself said that she envisions them "like a married couple," and that they are perfectly happy with just each other and don't want any girls to boss them around. This is made even more blatant in Ravenpaw's manga trilogy.
    • Leafstar and Echosong
  • High On Catnip: The series pretty much averts this. It appears in the books and is used as a medicinal herb to help cats with greencough relax (though Fireheart in the first series remembers it from when he was a kitten and is extremely tempted to bite down on it when carrying some back). The authors have commented that, while they touch upon several serious topics in the series, one that will almost certainly never appear is drugs in any form.
  • High-Pressure Blood: A few instances, specifically:
    • Tigerstar. Any wound inflicted on him seems to bleed twice as much as a wound inflicted on someone else. And of course, when he bleeds to death nine times.
    • Hawkfrost's death. It just keeps coming and coming...
    • Every fight involving Lionblaze from Outcast onward.
    • Firestar has been having a few of these moments lately. In Fading Echoes, he's slipping in a pool of his own blood as it's still gushing out of him.
    • Stick's daughter Red after he accidently stabs her neck.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Tigerstar ends up being responsible for a good chunk of other cats' evil deeds throughout series one through four. Despite dying in the first series.
  • Hiss Before Fleeing: Naturally, since the cast are all cats. Usually done to show that the losing side are sore losers or are particularly furious at losing the battle.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Pigs aren't said to fly, hedgehogs are. You don't split hairs, but split whiskers. And 'a load of foxdung' and 'Who made dirt in his fresh-kill?' are used as substitutes for... erm... yeah.
  • Holy Ground: The Moonstone, and later, Moonpool, are sacred places for the cats to communicate with their ancestors. New leaders are given nine lives there, each new warrior must make the trip there once, and that's where the medicine cats receive omens twice a moon.
  • The Homeward Journey: Moonrise. The journey to the sea was hard, but the journey home is just as dangerous (In fact, one of them didn't make it back.)
  • Hot-Blooded: Hollyleaf even pokes fun at this, when she says that Sorreltail is one of the rare cats in ThunderClan who isn't that.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: Much of what the Twolegs do is naturally incomprehensible to the cats, and they view Twolegs as one of the greatest threats (especially after their original forest is torn down to make way for a new highway Thunderpath).
  • I Can't Feel My Legs: Used with Briarpaw when a tree falls on her. She ends up with her hindlegs paralyzed.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal:
    • Dovewing. She even says the phrase exactly in Fading Echoes.
    • Lionblaze, to a lesser extent. He even sympathizes with Dovewing's situation in The Fourth Apprentice.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Ivypool, seeing as she trains with the Dark Forest because of how special her sister is.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Sharptooth and Hawkfrost.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Many cats die of greencough, or, less frequently, whitecough throughout the series. Notable examples include Leopardstar's siblings and mother, and Tigerstar's siblings.
  • Initiation Ceremony: Of the pleasant type, joining the clan requires taking an oath of loyalty in front of the clan, and adopting a clan suitable name.
  • Infant Immortality: does not exist. When they say Anyone Can Die, they mean it. One particular example is Snowkit, a deaf kitten, who is eaten by a hawk.
  • Info Dump: The narration occasionally spouts large amounts of exposition to avoid Continuity Lock-Out. It doesn't work very well.
  • Instant Oracle, Just Add Water: Well, the medicine cats do have to touch their nose to, or drink from, the Moonpool in order to receive dreams from StarClan...
  • Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: ShadowClan in the first book.
  • Ironic Echo: In Beyond the Code, "Why do things like this always happen to me?" First it's Sol's mother, Cinders, in a flashback after her mate leaves her because she complained too often, and Sol was devastated. Later, in the present day, Sol says it himself when he wants to be made a warrior at the Gathering and he thinks Leafstar deliberately tried to embarrass him by refusing for the time being.
    • And in Tallstar's Revenge, Talltail uses the harsh nickname "Wormcat" against Shrewclaw, the cat who always tormented him with that name.
  • Irony:
    • In Outcast, thinking about Crowfeather, Hollyleaf thinks "I'm glad he's not my father!" Three guesses what happens three books later.
    • And in Night Whispers, Flametail snaps at Lionblaze that he was happy he wasn't related to a murderer (referring to when he accidentally killed Russetfur. Yet it's Flametail himself who was related to a murderer: his grandpa Tigerstar.
  • Island Base: RiverClan's camp in the old forest is located on an island. Also, in Dark River, they are temporarily forced to shelter on the Gathering Island while they deal with Twolegs attacking their camp.
  • Is That a Threat?: In SkyClan's Destiny:
    Skipper: "I've seen Red around a lot lately. Next time, it might be a tuft of her fur that's left beside a dead Twoleg pet."
    Stick: "Leave Red out of this. And don't make threats you can't keep."
    Misha: "Oh, they're not threats. They're promises."
  • I Surrender, Suckers:
    • Firestar has used this trick on several occasions to great effect, defeating opponents that otherwise had the advantage.
    • This also is used by other cats. According to Secrets of the Clans, this is a tactic taught to apprentices.
    • Lampshaded in The Forgotten Warrior when Antpelt uses it on Ivypool, then expresses exasperation at how she fell for a "tired old trick".
  • It Has Been an Honor: Whitestorm. "Iíve been proud to serve as your deputy."
  • I Just Want My Belovedto Be Happy: Definitely Spottedleaf. She had undying love and affection for Firestar, continuing on as a spirit despite how they had no future together. When Firestar fell in love with another, a [[Tsundere|feisty she-cat named Sandstorm]], she coped with her sadness by deciding that she would be okay with it as long as Firestar was happy. She had even died again (this time for good) to protect Sandstorm and Firestar's happiness by proxy.
    • Thrushpelt was another example. He had one-sided love for Bluestar (Bluefur at the time)and when he realized she had fell pregnant, he respected that she couldn't reveal who the father was and promised her that he would pose as her "mate" to the Clan to protect the secret of her kits because he wanted her happy.
    • Crowfeather also qualified briefly when he saw that Leafpool was happier with her Clan than with him, but eventually lost that selflessness and became extremely bitter with her choice to the point he was a complete jackass.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Dovewing's ability to sense events from far away, much to the young cat's surprise.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: StarClan thought it was a good idea to hide the secret about their parents from Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather. It wasn't.
  • It's Raining Cats: The "Skydrop" move that SkyClan developed and that ThunderClan later uses.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Great StarClan, does it.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: Lionblaze to Heathertail at the end of Eclipse. She doesn't actually die, but Lionblaze spends the majority of the rest book being tortured by nightmares about killing her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Jayfeather. Not the friendliest cat in the world to be around, although that's hardly surprising, considering his father is Crowfeather, but still always does his best to help his Clanmates whenever and however he can.
    • Crowfeather could also count, but Feathertail and Leafpool are the only ones who have actually seen his good side. It's worth a mention that Crowfeather was a lot more of a pleasant cat before his first love, Feathertail died.
    • Dustpelt. He was always portrayed as strict and confrontational, but had great respect for his peers and especially showed his soft side to his mate Ferncloud and their kits.
    • Cloudtail to an extent too! He was hot-headed and quick to jump into arguments, though he arguably had mellowed out when he got older. He always had undying loyalty and a strong sense of what was right despite his prickly exterior.
    • Pretty much all of ShadowClan after the first series.
  • Job Title: Most of the characters are "warriors".
  • Just So Story: There are stories in Secrets of the Clans that explain how tigers got stripes and how adders came to be.
  • Kangaroo Court: In The Darkest Hour, what Tigerstar calls a "trial" for the prisoners. It's really nothing but whipping up hatred for the half-Clan cats so that their own Clanmates would mistrust them enough to want them driven out or killed.
  • Karma Houdini: Blackstar. He was one of the minions of two different Big Bads, killed a ThunderClan elder while trying to kidnap some kits, and murdered the RiverClan deputy in cold blood in front of the entire Clan. He then goes on to be Clan leader, and Firestar lets him off with what can best be described as a stern warning. None of this is ever mentioned ever again.
  • Kiai: In the first book, Firepaw tends to use "Gr-aaar!" every time he attacks something.
  • Kick the Dog: There's one cat that The Last Hope really wants you to know is an evil bastard, and it's not Brokenstar or Tigerstar. It's not even Shredtail. It's Hawkfrost. Sure, Brokenstar murdered Beetlewhisker, but Hawkfrost made it personal when he kicked the corpse and smugly mocked Beetlewhisker. Then, he goes on to nearly kill fan-favourite Ivypool, and actually succeeds in killing Hollyleaf, another fan-favourite (admitedly without Ivypool's absurd levels of popularity). Then, he spends the rest of his screentime rubbing it in to Ivypool and Brambleclaw that he killed Hollyleaf. He really has his death coming.
  • Kissing Cousins: Seeing as they're cats, and clans that don't allow intermixing, this is kind of inevitable.
    • Word of God also confirmed one pairing that turned out to be Brother-Sister Incest. It wasn't on purpose because she didn't realize that they had the same parents (they were in different litters, a couple seasons apart), but she decided to just leave it once she found out.
  • Kits Are Innocent: Played straight in Warriors. Most villains (Scourge, Tigerstar, and Hawkfrost included) who are shown as kits are adorable and good and only later become evil. The only exception to this is Brokenstar. Harming a kit is considered one of the most evil things a cat can do, and it's even in the Warrior Code that all cats have to protect kits, no matter what Clan they are from. And kits are generally written as sweet, fun-loving, and at worst annoying in a cute way.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: StarClan members can forget parts of their past they don't like.
  • Last Episode New Character: Dovepaw and Ivypaw are born at the ending of Sunrise (the last book in the third series), with Jayfeather realizing that one of them is the third cat in the prophecy. Both of them are main characters in the fourth series.
  • Late Arrival Spoiler: One noteworthy example would be the way the names "Firestar" and "Tigerstar", both big spoilers for late in the first series, are being thrown around indiscriminately on this very page.
  • Lawful Stupid: Hollyleaf was turning into this before her disappearance.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: In The Sun Trail, Shattered Ice and Jackdaw's Cry figure out tunneling after Gray Wing saves Rainswept Flower from falling into a rabbit hole and guess that it will work because Gray Wing told them about Wind's tunneling technique. By the time of Tallstar's Revenge, the story has been hilariously skewed so that Shattered Ice is an action hero who saves all of WindClan (which hadn't even been formed when tunneling was invented) from starvation by digging a hole in the middle of a blizzard.
  • Legion of Doom: The Dark Forest is a villainous group made up of the past enemies of the Clans, and some new ones.
  • Let The Past Burn: Toward the end of Rising Storm, a dry summer and young humans messing around results in a forest fire, badly burning ThunderClan's territory, including their camp. Three of the Clan are killed in the fire, and while they do return, it takes a long time to recover and rebuild.
  • Lighter and Softer: Fans thought this about Power of Three. Then Outcast happened.
  • Light Is Not Good: Especially with Sol.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters : Each book features a section at the front which lists all the characters. The most recent books' Allegiances sections have OVER ONE HUNDRED characters listed. (Of course, several of them are background characters, kits, and cats who haven't even made an appearance.) There are over 700 named characters in the whole series.
  • Loser Son of Loser Dad: Brambleclaw and Tawnypelt in early books. Who's their dad? Tigerstar.
  • Lost In Transmission: Whitethroat is injured, and Fireheart questions him about Runningwind's death. But just when Whitethroat opens his mouth begins to speak, a monster roars past so Fireheart can't hear him, and when Whitethroat tries to speak a second time, he dies.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Check out the main page, because we don't even want to start here.
  • Love It or Hate It: In-universe, the characters either tend to adore fish or despise it.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Ashfur
  • Luke I Am Your Mother: Almost abused. We have THREE counts of this so far, and one Luke I am NOT your mother.
  • Mad Oracle: Goosefeather was often seen as this, and indeed, many of his prophecies and signs seem rather questionable. The problem is that there are some actual premonitions in there too, so everyone ignores him when he starts getting really bad feelings about Tigerkit's future.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Tigerstar.
  • May-December Romance: Pinestar and Leopardfoot... he's already a leader on (or close to) his last life when she's born.
  • Meaningful Name: A Clan cat's name is an indicator of their rank in the Clan hierarchy: kits' names end in -kit, apprentices' in -paw, leaders' in -star... the more unique names belong to warriors and medicine cats. Further, many cats have names that reflect some aspect of their appearance: Firestar got his name from his oft-mentioned "flame-colored pelt", and as for Halftail and One-eye... isn't it obvious?
    • And outside of the Clan naming conventions, there is also Sol, who is named after the Roman god of the sun, which makes sense because he predicts a total solar eclipse. Although, he hasn't done anything sun-related since Eclipse...
    • Jayfeather and Hollyleaf. Their suffixes are references to their real parents, Leafpool and Crowfeather, and Jayfeather's prefix is a further reference to his father, since jays and crows are different species of bird within the same family. Hollyleaf's prefix relates to poisonous holly berries, a reference to her trying to force feed Leafpool deathberries in Sunrise.
  • Meaningful Rename: Names are changed quite often, usually indicating change of status(promotion to apprentice or warrior), more rarely because of some physical change, e.g. Halftail, One-Eye, Lostface or Crookedkit.
  • The Medic: Medicine cats, of course.
  • Mercy Kill: Littlecloud uses Deathberries to save dying cats from pain.
  • Mewed Bookism: The word "said" is always replaced with either "mewed" or "meowed." Apart from that, the more normal synonyms for "said," like "warned," "adviced," and so on, are used often.
  • Mighty Glacier: ThunderClan and RiverClan cats.
  • The Migration:
    • The plot of Dawn is about the cats moving from the doomed forest to the lake.
    • Long Shadows reveals that the Ancients went through this, as they used to live at the lake but moved to the mountains and became the Tribe of Rushing Water.
  • Mind Screw:
    • Probably the best way to describe trying to create an accurate family tree of every named character in the series.
    • It's been done.
    • Jayfeather's visions in Night Whispers. You can't even tell they're visions until they're over.
  • Mirrored Confrontation Shot:
  • The Missing Faction: SkyClan.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: The badger and her cubs in Twilight, and the dead fox and its cubs in The Sight.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Snowfur for Thistleclaw.
    • Honeyfern and Poppyfrost wind up being this for Berrynose. He's still not exactly ready to be having kittens but, hey, at least he's trying to act decent.
    • Brightheart for Cloudtail.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: Hawkfrost. Who most definitely didn't want to take over RiverClan and eventually rule the whole forest.
  • Motor Mouth: Crookedstar's apprentice Sedgepaw.
    Crookedstar's head was spinning. "Slow down," he meowed.
    "Sorry!" Sedgepaw flattened her ears. "I know I talk too much but I just want to be the best apprentice. I'm so glad you're my mentor. You're the strongest cat in RiverClan, except Rippleclaw, but he's old - not an elder or anything - but you're younger and you remember what it's like to be a 'paw. And I'm going to listen to everything you tell me..."
  • Multiple Choice Past: Rock. Is he the Guardian of the Tunnels from the Ancients, the first Stoneteller, an immortal cursed to be unable to save the Clans from their fate, a ghost, the Keeper of the Prophecies, the Creator of The Three, or some combination of these things? Not even Word of God can decide.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • The climax of The Fourth Apprentice, where Jayfeather breaks his stick. It is the most dramatic scene about a cat breaking a piece of wood in half that you will ever read.
    • Scourge saying his name in The Rise of Scourge is probably the most badass shot of a cat introducing himself you'll ever see. It even turns up the awesome by using random flashbacks.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning:
    • Most main characters will end up appearing with StarClan (or in Tigerstar and Hawkfrost's case, the Dark Forest) at some point after they die. The best example of this trope is Spottedleaf, who has appeared in almost every single book in the series, even though she died in the very first book.
    • And now it seems that Brokenstar has attacked Jayfeather from beyond the grave. Yellowfang hints that a massive war between StarClan and the cats of the Dark Forest is coming, and that the living cats will be heavily involved.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Leaders have supreme authority, and their orders are followed, no matter how insane or evil they are.

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  • The Namesake: Midnight is named after the talking badger the cats meet at the end of the book.
  • Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom: Tribe cats, although most of the time they use shortened versions of their names.
  • The Napoleon: Scourge gets very angry if you make fun of his size.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Tigerstar towards the end of the first series.
  • Never Say Goodbye: Fireheart does this to Yellowfang when he finds her dying. She starts to tell him something she wants him to hear before she dies, and he stops her, insisting she isn't going to die. She knows she is, though, and continues speaking.
  • Never Trust a Title: The title is Firestar's Quest, but back when it was released and wasn't quite what readers were expecting, it was often said by fans that Firestar and Sandstorm's Quest would be a more accurate title.
  • New Era Speech: Tigerstar gives one at a Gathering in The Darkest Hour when he announces the formation of TigerClan.
  • Newleaf Is Late: A plot point in Into the Wild is that spring is late and ThunderClan needs more warriors now, causing its leader Bluestar to take in a kittypet.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: A bit of subversion with Lionblaze, since his power covers the incredibly wide umbrella of "being really good at fighting", meaning the authors are able to make them take the shape of whatever they're in the mood for writing. What to show how crazy and out off control he is? He is invulnerable and bloodthirsty to the point where he bathes in his enemies' blood. Need something heavy held up? He has super strength. Bullet time is fun to write? He fights in bullet time.
  • New Season, New Name: Each series has a different subtitle: Warriors, Warriors: The New Prophecy, Warriors: Power of Three, Warriors: Omen of the Stars, Warriors: Dawn of the Clans
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Hey, Ivypool we know your intentions were good, but trusting the Dark Forest caused Firestar to lose a life and Russetfur to die. Hope the worthless territory was worth it.
  • No Antagonist: The Sight and Dark River are mainly about the conflict between the Clans and don't have a driving enemy behind them, unlike the other books.
  • The Omniscient: Rock. Cats of the Clans makes it clear that he knows everything about the clans and tribe.
  • No One Could Survive That: Hollyleaf at the end of the third arc. Not explicitly invoked, though, so a little less clear odds of coming back than usual.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Scourge manages to kill Tigerstar in one hit by doing so much damage that Tigerstar dies nine times.
  • Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: StarClan. They're supposed to watch over and guide the Clans, but especially in the fourth series they tend to be bickering too much to agree on things.
  • Oh Crap: Billystorm pulls this when Leafstar gives him a death glare when their kits tell her that their dad wants to take them to his Twoleg's place to stay safe for a while. In fact, he even drops the squirrel he was carrying when he sees her!
  • Old Dog: In The Rise of Scourge, an old dog called Sam is sleeping in an alley. Tiny is afraid it'll eat him, but it's too old to chase him, and it loses a tooth as it gets up. As Tiny tries to use the tooth to get his collar off, it gets stuck, and then he claims he got it by killing a dog. So it's thanks to Sam the Old Dog that Tiny became Scourge, leader of BloodClan.
  • Ominous Owl: Owls are often thought of as ill omens. Justified, since an owl seems quite large to a cat, and owls have been known to carry off kits. However, ThunderClan does occasionally look for owls at night, because if it's windy and they're having trouble scenting prey, they can follow an owl and find prey that way.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There have been three different cats named Birchstar, two Ashfurs, two Greywings, three Rocks, and each healer of the Tribe of Rushing Water adopts the name of Stoneteller, among other examples.
  • One-Word Title: The entirety of the second series. Also, Outcast, Eclipse, and Sunrise.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Two Tribe of Endless Hunting ancestors named Fall and Slant are mentioned in Sign of the Moon. We never hear their full Tribe names, just their nicknames.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Leaders stay dead for a few minutes before getting the wound that killed them healed and waking up.
  • Only Serves For Life: Clan Leaders serve until their death, which can take a while since they're granted nine lives upon becoming leader, so they must die nine times before they'll stay dead. The Clan deputy automatically becomes leader when the leader dies, so this has led to a couple times when a Leader Wannabe deputy decides that his leader's taking too long to die and tries to secretly kill the leader himself.
  • Opposed Mentors: In Crookedstar's Promise, the titular character is taught by his real mentor, Cedarpelt, but, unknown to other cats, he also is trained in his dreams by the deceased warrior Mapleshade. Mapleshade focuses more on combat skills, while Cedarpelt tries to explain that being a warrior is about more than just being a good fighter. Even their advice on battle moves differs, though that can be explained by the fact that Mapleshade came from another Clan.
    • In addition, Firestar has a split mentorship for two moons between Lionheart and Tigerstar. As you would expect, they argue a lot. However, two moons into his apprenticeship, he gets Bluestar as his permanent mentor.
  • Overly Long Name: Most of the cats of the Tribe of Rushing water have these, like Brook Where Small Fish Swim or Teller of the Pointed Stones.
  • Panicky Expectant Father: Berrynose of all cats. Of course, being Berrynose, he is this in the most annoying and bossy way possible.
  • Past Life Memories: Cinderheart has memories of her past life as Cinderpelt, but she has only ever shown signs of remembering them in her dreams, or recalls her past life subconsciously; for example, Cinderpelt's former apprentice Leafpool notes Cinderheart flicks her paw in the same way Cinderpelt did, as well as another character once thinking she was acting Wise Beyond Her Years, and Cinderheart remembering the distance between the Great Sycamore and ThunderClan's camp in the Forest, even though she had been born after the Clans had left the Forest. Eventually she does recover all her memories of being Cinderpelt.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse:
    • Scourge. AND FUCKING HOW. Despite his small size he rips Tigerstar's stomach opening, killing him nine times. He also manages to kill the main character of the series, and is so badass that he leads a legion of cats that would never dare to question him.
    • Any apprentice who's worth their salt in battle counts, particularly Thistlepaw from Bluestar's Prophecy. He fought a dog. And won.
  • Power Trio: Firepaw, Graypaw, and Ravenpaw formed one in Into the Wild before Ravenpaw left. In Power of Three, Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf formed one before Hollyleaf supposedly died. She was then replaced by Dovewing.
  • Pregnant Hostage: Breezepelt does this to Poppyfrost, a heavily pregnant she-cat, and even threatens to kill her to frame Jayfeather. Surprisingly, it's not Poppyfrost's mate who saves her but Jayfeather and a deceased Honeyfern, who was Poppyfrost's sister.
  • Prequel: Bluestar's Prophecy, Crookedstar's Promise, Yellowfang's Secret, and Tallstar's Revenge all take place about two generations before the original series. Dawn of the Clans, the fifth series, will take place at the Clans' beginning, long before the other prequels. Code of the Clans spans almost the entire length of time the Clans have existed up until Bluestar's time.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Just about all of the Clan cats at one point or another, but probably ShadowClan most of all, considering how often their pride is pointed out. They consider themselves to be superior to pretty much any cat that doesn't live in a Clan. Even then, they generally consider their birth Clan to be better than the other three. Outsiders who have joined Clans often have to deal with prejudice against them due to not being "Clanborn".
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone:
    • Every medicine cat get's messages from StarClan, actually.
    • And Firestar, or any of the other Chosen Ones.
      • The Warriors app reveals that his mother had one before he was born. Maybe it runs in the family?
  • Public Execution: Stonefur's death.
  • Publisher-Chosen Title: Sunrise. Vicky wanted it to be called Cruel Season.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In the Code of the Clans short story where White-eye and Dappletail try fishing, Pinestar tells them "We. Don't. Eat. Fish."
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Chosen cats from The New Prophecy join back together to scout the lake in Starlight and to help the tribe in Outcast.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Bluestar attempts to after Tigerclaw betrays her—the bad luck that ThunderClan receives afterwards causes her to declare war on her ancestors. She comes around as her children forgive her as she's dying.
  • Rage Against the Mentor:
    • Ravenpaw against Tigerclaw when Tigerclaw kills the beloved deputy Redtail.
    • In Long Shadows, Lionblaze against Ashfur when he finds out about the murderous ways of the cat who taught what he knew.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Dovewing gives one to Ivypool in Night Whispers after Ivypool pushes one too many berserk buttons.
    • Leafstar herself gives one to Sol in After The Flood after he steals her kits to rescue them so that he can prove to be a warrior.
    • Sol gives TWO of these. The first was to Billystorm about being a daylight warrior, and the second was to SkyClan for thinking that the warrior code could keep them safe forever.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Squirrelflight and Leafpool, anyone?
  • Reformed Criminal: Blackstar. After doing things against the warrior code (stealing kits from another Clan, killing other cats needlessly), he lived as a rogue for a while, but eventually rejoined the Clan, became its leader, and hasn't done anything like that since.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: It is considered to be a huge honor to be mentored by the Clan leader or, to a lesser degree, the deputy. It occurs only a couple times in the series, most notably in the first book when Bluestar chooses Firepaw as her apprentice. It is also considered an honor to train as the medicine cat's apprentice, because it is such an important position; each medicine cat only trains one apprentice in their lifetime. In that case, however, it usually isn't a surprise because the younger cat already has an interest in healing and helps out the medicine cat for a while before officially being apprenticed.
  • Retcon:
    • Ever since the first book in the series, Blackstar has had black paws. However, as of Sign of the Moon, he only has one black paw.
    • Bluestar's Prophecy and Crookedstar's Promise were set in the same timeline. In one shared scene between the two books, in a Gathering, the cats' dialogue was retconned to reference an event in Crookedstar's Promise (which was the later released of the two).
    • The first book mentioning the founding leaders referred to them with proper Clan names: Thunderstar, Shadowstar, and so on. When they appeared in later books without the "star" on their name, it was retconned that the "star" part in Clan leaders' names came later on and that the founding leaders only get called "Thunderstar"/etc to show them respect.
    • Clawface had been killed by Graystripe in Fire And Ice but somehow still lives in Tigerclaw's Fury.
    • Secrets of the Clans, the first official guidebook, states very clearly that there were originally four clans. In Firestar's Quest, published about a year later, it's revealed that there were originally five clans. All material published after the release of Firestar's Quest, including the other guidebooks, also says there were five to begin with; this includes the whole series about the origins of the Clans.
  • Retronym:
    • The first set of six was called simply Warriors, but that became the series name altogether. To distinguish the first six from the rest, fans usually use "the first arc", or "the original series".
    • The Graystripe manga trilogy never had its own trilogy subtitle like the others; perhaps they weren't originally planning on doing more manga after his? The boxed set of his three now calls the trilogy "Graystripe's Adventure".
  • Rite of Passage: Quite a few, apprenticeship represents the end of childhood, becoming a warrior is a mark of adulthood. Getting your first apprentice is also a meaningful and awaited mark, since it allows a cat to become a deputy.
    • Pretty much any time there is a ceremony going on, it's a rite of passage.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: Kind of. Rats are basically just normal-sized rats, but are fearsome and universally loathed by cats. And, of course, rats are much bigger compared to cats than to humans.
  • Romantic False Lead: Ashfur in Twilight.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin:
    • "Rogue" is a term that is used regularly in the series. Cue bad fanfiction authors spelling it wrong all the time.
    • Also expect to occasionally find people asking others what their favourite "arch" is, or what "cannon" pairings they like.
    • The most frequently misspelled names are probably "Scrouge" (Scourge) and "Loinblaze" (Lionblaze).
  • Rule of Three: The third series, Power of Three, with three protagonists.
  • Running Gag: Almost every time Runningnose makes an appearance, one of the main characters will remark that he can't be that great of a medicine cat since he can't even cure his own cold. To add to that, in the French version his name literally means "hay fever". Even dying isn't enough to stop him from being the butt of this joke...
  • Sanctuary of Solitude: Occasionally a cat will visit the Moonstone or Moonpool to commune with the spirits of their ancestors when they are troubled.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • Hollyleaf, and to a lesser extent, her brothers.
    • Bluestar after Forest of Secrets.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: This seems to be the attitude of a good many elders. Word of God has admitted that the influence of one of their older pet cats had something to do with it.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: A pretty common mark of a 'good guy' character is to ignore the warrior code when it seems to be getting in the way of morality. Firestar does this a lot in the original series.
  • Secret Relationship: Everywhere, all the time. Reedfeather/Fallowtail, Raggedstar/Yellowfang, Bluestar/Oakheart, Graystripe/Silverstream, Crowfeather/Leafpool, Lionblaze/Heathertail, Dovewing/Tigerheart... Great StarClan, the list is endless. And they never end well.
  • Secret Underground Passage: The tunnel under the Thunderpath in ShadowClan territory in the old forest, as well as the tunnels between ThunderClan and WindClan in the lake territories. Also, though they never appear in the original series, there are apparently secret tunnels under WindClan's territory in the old forest.
  • Shipper on Deck: Both Rosetail and Larksong are Platonicshippers (BlueXThrush).
    • In The Forgotten Warrior, Whitewing, Ivypool and Cinderheart all start shipping Dovewing with Bumblestripe.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • Billystorm gives on of these to Sol during Sol's Reason You Suck Speech.
    • Blackstar delivers an epic one to Redwillow and kills him on the spot.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Dovewing and Ivypool, especially in Night Whispers.
  • Sickly Green Glow: The Dark Forest glows green. Fits well, having to do with both evil and death.
  • Similarly Named Works: Several.
  • Slashed Throat: The most commonly used method of killing someone. One of the more realistic, messy examples.
  • Slasher Smile: Mapleshade. She can make Ivypool feel like Daisy is with her, right before trying to drown her.
  • Sliding Scale of Leadership Responsibility: The best leaders tend to be Theodens with the occasional Superman moment. Villains are always Xykons and Magnetos.
  • Small Town Boredom: The reason Rusty decides to stop being a kittypet and become a warrior.
  • Smart People Speak The Queen's English: The last three audiobooks in the The New Prophecy series are read by Nanette Savard, an American actress. The narration and most of the characters are read with an American accent - except, for some reason, the medicine cats, who are read with a British accent. They're regular Clan cats, born and lived with their Clanmates all their lives, and just chose a different job - so where did the accent come from? Are they born with it and for some reason all cats with this accent take the medicine cat's job? Or does healing cats suddenly give you a different accent somehow?
  • Spartan Way: ShadowClan's training while Brokenstar is the leader - even kits are forced to train in the brutal battle training, and many end up dying. Dark Forest training also counts.
  • Speak In Unison: StarClan is described as sounding like every cat Firestar has ever known, all speaking at once in one clear voice.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Tailchaser's Song. Also to the The Book of the Named series- except for the fact that Ratha's Creature was published 20 years before Into the Wild. (The two series also have completely different themes and age demographics.)
  • Spoiler Title: Several of the Expanded Universe works, mostly due to being Late Arrival Spoilers.
    • The first Super Edition, Firestar's Quest, reveals who becomes leader to people who haven't finished the first arc.
    • The third Super Edition, SkyClan's Destiny both subverts and plays this straight. Every other Super Edition is named for the viewpoint character, which in this case would spoil which member of the newly founded SkyClan becomes leader at the end of Firestar's Quest. However, it doesn't use that format, but still spoils Firestar's Quest by revealing that there's another Clan out there.
    • One of the manga arcs is called Tigerstar and Sasha, spoiling Tigerclaw becoming a leader for first series readers and the identity of Hawkfrost and Mothwing's father for The New Prophecy readers.
    • SkyClan and the Stranger continues in the tradition of it's predecessor Super Edition by not revealing who becomes leader in Firestar's Quest, while giving away the earlier revealed spoiler of SkyClan's existence.
    • The title of the first novella should tell you that Hollyleaf didn't die in Sunrise, because the book is Hollyleaf's Story.
    • The second e-book is titled Mistystar's Omen, revealing to leaders who haven't read Fading Echoes that Mistyfoot becomes a leader.
    • The seventh Super Edition is named Bramblestar's Storm. Nice job giving away the ending of The Last Hope, Erins.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Spottedleaf.
    • Of course, Firestar actually loves her back. Unfortunately, she has to stop stalking him because he already has another mate. Also, she is dead.
      • Not that she can't continue to stalk every generation of his family thereafter, of course. Jayfeather/Spottedleaf, anyone?
      • Not that this stops her from expressing the desire to give anything to be with him, in spite of her devotion to her fate in Firestar's Quest.
      • Spottedleaf's Honest Answer, anyone?
  • Stars Are Souls: When a Clan cat dies they go to StarClan.
  • Start My Own:
    • Some remnants of BloodClan decide to try and start their own Clan in Ravenpaw and Barley's barn.
    • Sol, after parting ways with SkyClan, starts his own Clanlike group of cats.
  • Start of Darkness:
    • The Rise of Scourge for Scourge.
    • SkyClan and the Stranger, for Sol/Harry.
  • Stopped Caring: Bluestar, in books 4 and 5 (Rising Storm and A Dangerous Path) of the first series.
  • Storming the Castle: The characters will, on rare occasions, attack another Clan's camp instead of just fighting somewhere in the territory. This can be risky, though, as the home Clan knows the best way to defend it, will be fighting more fiercely and desperately to protect the defenseless kits and elders, and the raiding Clan is usually outnumbered. It's worked about as often as it has failed.
  • Strange Salute: The Tribe's greeting gesture: extending one paw while bowing the head.
  • Succession Crisis: Happens a couple times, despite the fact that the Clans' hierarchy is set up in a way to avoid it.
    • In the second series, Tallstar, leader of WindClan, announces with his dying breaths that Mudclaw is no longer his deputy: Onewhisker now is. Since deputy succeeds leader, and Tallstar managed to announce his decision only to Onewhisker and the leader of ThunderClan, who is Onewhisker's friend, many WindClan cats don't believe it, and start a civil war supporting the old deputy.
    • The guidebook Code of the Clans explains how this setup came to be, after two specific crises: The deputy-becomes-leader rule started after there was a case where a leader selected his son as his successor. The son led his Clan into a needless fight, where half the cats disagreed with his choice and those that did listen nearly drowned. He realized that the deputy, due to her rank, had more experience in being in charge of the Clan. The rule that states that the new deputy must be chosen before moonhigh was created after a new leader waited too long to choose her deputy. She died of sickness, leaving the Clan leaderless and with two more dead cats who had attempted to fight for leadership. Eventually the spirit of the previous leader tells the medicine cat in a dream to choose who the new leader will be.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: Bluestar is unaware that she is pregnant until another she-cat points it out.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: At one point in Night Whispers, Tigerheart asks Dovewing how she always manages to get to their meeting place first. Dovewing mutters back that she totally doesn't listen for when he leaves his nest.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The first arc used this only for prologues but it became normal in all the other series due to their multiple protagonists. The New Prophecy has Leafpaw and one other cat per book (Brambleclaw or Squirrelpaw, mainly; one book had Stormfur and a couple chapters of Feathertail). Power of Three has Hollypaw, Lionpaw, and Jaypaw. Omen of the Stars has Jayfeather, Lionblaze, Ivypaw, and Dovepaw (and Flametail for one book).
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: The Ultimate Guide is narrated in third person, but the information given is noticeably slanted towards whoever's life its recounting. For example, Ashfur's omits his betrayal of Thunder Clan to Hawkfrost, which nearly killed Firestar (as Ashfur hoped it would) in favor of saying that he "was not a friend of Firestar", and describes him as a "good mentor" when he actively sabotaged Lionblaze's training. However, this could also be the result of Flip Flop of God- the different authors do not agree on his characterization.
  • Taking the Bullet: Red does this for Harley in SkyClan's Destiny.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: StarClan does this all the time, and so does Tigerstar in the second series and onward. Jayfeather is the only living character who can do this. Some experiences with dreamwalking has also shown that characters who are wounded in dreams sustain the same injuries in the waking world - it is even possible to be killed in a dream.
  • Tangled Family Tree: It can be incredibly difficult to keep track of cats' relationships and relatives. Especially since a lot of the parentage of cats from the original series is only known to us by Word of God. Just look at this thing!
  • Teasing Creator: Vicky Holmes, soooooo much.
    Vicky (after a fan asked what Yellowfang's Secret would be about): Yellowfang will be in it. She will have a secret. Bad things will happen.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Battles are relatively common, but killing is seen as dishonourable, and is generally avoided, except by Tigerstar and Scourge. In fact, the main characters of the first two series have only killed one cat each. Oddly enough, they both killed their own half brothers.
    • Although Firestar becomes a pacifist in the second and third series, in the first series he showed absolutely no aversion to killing. For example, when Whitestorm has to restrain him from killing Clawface, him believing that he and Tigerstar were destined to fight to the death, and saying that Brokenstar deserved to die.
      • This could be justified as Character Development. Firestar was young at the time and probably didn't fully realize what the ramifications of his actions could be if he killed Clawface, and he was absolutely horrified by Tigerstar's death.
  • Throne Made Of X: In The Darkest Hour, Tigerstar takes control of both RiverClan and ShadowClan, and has them build him the Bonehill, a pile of bones to sit on so he can look down on everyone else.
  • Thunder Equals Downpour: In Beyond the Code. They're at a Gathering with the full moon shining down between a couple sparse clouds. The cats comment on how the drought might end since the air's cooler. An argument starts, Sol runs away in anger. Next panel: lightning flash and a KABOOM! Next panel: Downpour. The rain is even enough to flood almost the entire gorge that same night.
  • Tiered by Name: This doubles as both Meaningful Name and Meaningful Rename, in that the name of a cat denotes rank in a Clan Hierarchy (like -kit for kits, -paw for apprentices and -star for leaders).
  • Title Drop: In the prologue for the fifth book of Power of Three, Rock makes a reference to "the power of three", and in Omen of the Stars, Yellowfang mentions "an Omen of the Stars" (capitalized like a title) in the prologue of the very first book.
    • There are no less than three echo related metaphors used in Fading Echoes.
    • In Sign of the Moon (which isn't even in the Power of Three series), after Jayfeather realizes that Lion's Roar and Dove's Wing are reincarnations of Lionblaze and Dovewing, he says that the Power of Three has begun. And it is capitalized.
    • The Last Hope, however, takes the cake. It gets dropped at least five times in the book, two of them from the prologue alone.
  • Token Good Teammate: Tawnypelt in ShadowClan.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: In his manga trilogy, Ravenpaw gets his tongue stuck to some ice in a gutter on the barn roof.
    • Hollyleaf gets this too in Sunrise, up to the point where she gets playfully teased that she found a new way to get water for the elders. It's thanks to Brambleclaw breathing on the ice that she got free.
  • Tonight Someone Dies: And one more warrior may be lost forever..., which likely referred to Hollyleaf. Although, many fans believe that she survived, in which case, the word "lost" is probably meant to be taken literally, since she is indeed lost. It could also refer to how she has "lost" her sanity, or "lost" her status as a warrior because she has turned her back on the Clans and the warrior code.
    • Also, Twilight opens with an unidentified cat being told that they will die soon, leaving the reader in suspense over who it will be. It turns out to be Cinderpelt.
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot: The eclipse in... err... Eclipse.
  • Totally Radical: Every so often, a young cat will call something "cool" or say "totally", which sticks out when compared to the fairly formal speech most of the Clan cats use.
  • Trapped in Another World: Jayfeather in Long Shadows when he goes back to the time of the Ancients and can only go home after influencing them to go to the mountains.
  • Training from Hell: Both figuratively and literally with training in the Dark Forest.
  • Treachery Cover Up: When Hollyleaf dies in the tunnels after trying to escape from her Clan and everything that had gone wrong, Lionblaze and Jayfeather cover up her treachery by telling the Clan she had died chasing a squirrel into the tunnel, so that she would be remembered as a brave hunter rather than Ashfur's killer.
    • It's hard to judge whether or not they did this for Hawkfrost. They did cover up the fact that Brambleclaw killed him, but there is conflicting evidence on whether or not they covered up why he was killed. In The Sight, some warriors have a conversation about the mysterious circumstances of his death, and say that his Clanmates mourned him, and RiverClan seems relatively ignorant of his treachery in other books, which would suggest he did get a cover-up. But then in After Sunset: We Need To Talk, Cloudtail says to a WindClan patrol that Hawkfrost tried to kill Firestar, which suggests everyone knows about it.
    • Ashfur after Long Shadows, and Tigerstar after he is exiled in Forest of Secrets.
  • Truce Zone: The Clans agree not to fight at Fourtrees and the Gathering Island, and meet there every full moon for a Gathering, where they share news and can chat with cats from other Clans.
  • Tuckerization: Done several times...
    • Vicky has admitted to using fans' warrior names. Some of them, she has said, are from fans she met on tours, or from letters sent to her - none of these are known by anyone except her at this point. Some of them also came from online fans' names, notably from the sites Wands And Worlds and Warrior's Wish - confirmed ones include Lakestorm, Quailfeather, Flintfang, and Blizzardstar (tribute to Blizz, creator of Warrior's Wish, the largest fansite.)
    • Brightspirit, Shiningheart, and Braveheart are based on ten-year-old fan Emmy Cherry and her parents Jimmy and Dana, who all died in a tornado in February 2008. Vicky sent a message to Wands and Worlds so that the members there could offer words of support and comfort to Emmy's family. They gave Emmy and her parents warrior names to honor them. Vicky decided to use those names in the next book, Long Shadows, which she also dedicated to them.
    • Ivypool, a current main character, is named after a person too. While Ivy herself, as a toddler, is too young to have read the books, her family has gone to see the author on every single one of her tours, earning them the nickname "FarDrivingClan" from Vicky. They have become good friends with her, and she decided to name the character after the youngest member of the family. Vicky has recently confirmed her warrior name to be Ivypool, because Ivy's full name is Ivy Poole.
  • Tsundere: The most stereotypical example of a tsundere started with Sandstorm in [[The Original Series]]. She initially held great dislike for the main character Firestar because of his kittypet background, but saw him differently after he saved her. Sandstorm became close friends and eventually mates with him as she fell deeply in love with Firestar; however that never stopped her from expressing her opinion! She got into many fights with him and was quick to annoy, much to Firestar's respect but discomfort.
    • Fittingly, both of Sandstorm's daughters become second-generation tsunderes as well. Squirrelflight most notably, seen in her hot-headed nature and dislike of Brambleclaw at the start until she eventually came to love him. Leafpool, however, also showed some traits of this through her relationship with Crowfeather; she disliked his attitude, but then fell in love with him. Not only that, but her previous gentle personality becomes more tempermental as she gets older (A Type B at the most)
    • Yellowfang. She was one of the most sharp-tongued she-cats in the series, though underneath it all was extremely compassionate and good-hearted. These two sides of hers were most frequently brought up through her interactions with Fireheart and Cinderpelt.
    • Bluestar in her youth. She was extremely proud, ambitious, and independent. Her "deredere" and "tsuntsun" sides were most frequently seen with her mate Oakheart. She hated his cockiness and arrogance right from the get-go, but fell genuinely in love with him and never did with another despite her difficultness.
  • Tunnel Network:
    • WindClan's tunnel system in the forest.
    • The caves in the lake territory.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Scourge turning against Tigerstar, although Rise of Scourge actually gives him an ulterior motive for killing him.
    • Hawkfrost turning on Mudclaw might count, too. Although, it is highly likely that Hawkfrost was actaully pulling the strings, which would mean he was the master, making this more a case of You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Brambleclaw.
  • Twin Telepathy: Squirrelflight and Leafpool, while not identical twins, were of the same litter, and exhibit some signs of this: they can sense each other's emotions, and have shared dreams and sensations on occasion.
  • Twist Ending:
    • The very last line of Rising Storm, which reveals that Tigerclaw has become ShadowClan's new leader.
    • Long Shadows: Ashfur is evil. Squirrelflight isn't the mother of Lionblaze, Jayfeather and Hollyleaf. Ashfur is dead. Cue cliffhanger.
    • Sunrise: It turns out that Hollyleaf killed Ashfur, and Leafpool is the mother of the Three. Then Hollyleaf runs away, and is possibly dead. Oh, and she was never a real member of the Three.
    • SkyClan and the Stranger: The Rescue: Harry is Sol, the villain of Power of Three.
    • The Sun Trail has a huge one. Storm is in a building with the kits she and Clear Sky had. Gray Wing talks to her, then leaves. Only for it to be revealed that, crap, the building was scheduled to be demolished. Gray Wing rushes back in, but it's too late for Storm and her kits. Wait, what's this? One of them survived? And then as Gray Wing is wondering about its name, Turtle Tail pipes up, "What about Thunder?" Well played, Erins.
  • Unbroken Vigil: When Brightpaw gets attacked by dogs, after staying with her a full night, Cloudtail still refuses to eat or sleep, until Cinderpelt finally orders him to.
  • Unfortunate Names: A lot:
    • Some have strange given names. Kinkfur, Runningnose, Foxheart (It Makes Sense in Context, as "fox-heart" is a feline team meaning treacherous and cowardly), Sneezekit, Deadfoot, Mudpuddle, Maggottail...
    • A lot of the characters' names in SkyClan's Destiny and the SkyClan manga trilogy, are meant to be horrible, to point out how SkyClan is different from the other Clans - they're nothing but a kittypet name with a warrior ending added on: Billystorm, Harveymoon, Harrykit.
    • Some characters' names were picked by other characters and meant to be cruel: Lostface and Crookedkit.
  • Unknown Rival: Tigerstar is Scourge's archnemisis. Tigerstar however, doesn't remember Scourge.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Naturally this will happen from time to time, since having more than one kit in a litter isn't out of the ordinary for cats.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: Many vague prophecies fortell destruction and danger without actually managing to tell the Clans what exactly is coming.
    • In Yellowfang's Secret: "A poison will spring from the heart of ShadowClan, and spread to the other Clans. A storm of blood and fire will sweep the forest."
    • In SkyClan's Destiny: "Greenleaf will come, but it will bring even greater storms than these. SkyClan will need deeper roots if it is to survive."
    • In Fire and Ice: "A battle is coming, Fireheart. Beware a warrior you cannot trust."
    • In Rising Storm: "Beware an enemy who seems to sleep."
    • In The Darkest Hour: "Blood will rule the forest"
    • In Midnight: "Darkness, Air, Water and sky will come together and shake the forest to its roots. Nothing will be as it is now, nor as it has been before."
    • In The Fourth Apprentice: "Beware, Jay's Wing. Storm clouds are gathering on a dark breeze."
    • In Sign of the Moon: "The end of the stars draws near. Three must become four to battle the darkness that lasts forever."
  • Villain Ball: Tigerstar apparently has nothing better to do in the afterlife than harass the descendants of a cat whose worst crime against him was to foil an evil scheme or two. He shows less resentment toward the cat who killed him nine times.
    • Tigerstar actually has more than bothering Firestar in mind, as shown as his plans become more clear in Omen of the Stars. As for why he doesn't resent Scourge... well, it's kind of hard to resent someone who's soul doesn't exist in any known afterlife, isn't it? This still doesn't justify his only recently broken long streak of lackluster villainy, though.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Tigerclaw in the first series. Firestar and Graystripe are the only characters in all of ThunderClan who suspect that he could be treacherous.
  • Visionary Villain:
    • Tigerstar wanted to unite all the Clans into one, ending the constant war and bringing about a new age of prosperity. Of course, his ego and his methods were less than desirable.
    • Hawkfrost followed his father's vision, but with just as much ego and a lot less success.
  • The Watcher: StarClan very pointedly state that they give advice, and watch over the living cats, but they do not interfere directly (they've bent that rule once or twice, but it's extremely rare). This makes it seem a bit silly when the Clans are constantly worried about incurring the "wrath of StarClan". Cinderpelt even has to remind the ThunderClan cats at one point that not every inconvenient natural phenomena is necessarily a sign from their ancestors: "There are times when a storm is just a storm."
    • Oddly enough, everyone seems to hate Sol because he tells them this. True, he does go overboard by telling ShadowClan to ignore the warrior code, and some of his actions in Sunrise suggest that he is a villain, but it is kind of weird that everyone hates him for saying StarClan isn't all powerful, even though that's exactly what they've been telling us for pretty much the entire series.
      • They haven't been telling everybody this. That was just Firestar, and rather grudgingly, too. But of course, the whole sky-is-falling mentality is still firmly there.
      • But the fans know what Firestar was told, so they should know that StarClan isn't all powerful. However, they still bash Sol for this reason.
  • Watching Troy Burn:
    • All the Clans face this in The New Prophecy when Twolegs destroy the forest and they have to watch, knowing that there's nothing they can do about it.
    • In Dark River, RiverClan faces this when a group of Twolegs attack their camp. However, they eventually get it back.
    • The SkyClan saga prequel novella Cloudstar's Journey shows this happening to SkyClan while their home is developed to make way for a suburb. Cloudstar is helpless as trees around him are torn down, and it's pretty heartbreaking.
    • Happens in the Warrior's Refuge and Warrior's Return comic book spinoffs when Graystripe triumphantly returns to the forest, only to find it completely destroyed. He wanders around the destruction for a little while before Millie convinces him that his Clanmates are still out their somewhere.
  • Weirdness Search and Rescue: When Jayfeather is trapped in the past with the Ancients, the mysterious cat Rock shows up to take him back to his time period. This happens twice.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy:
    • Stormtail was this when Bluestar was a young warrior.
    • Rainflower was always this to Crookedstar.
  • Wham Episode: Long Shadows. Hoo boy...
    • The Fourth Apprentice is also a massive one.
    • As is Night Whispers.
    • But The Forgotten Warrior easily beats them all.
  • Wham Line:
    • From Fire and Ice:
    Yellowfang (About why she can't kill Brokenstar): "He is my son."
    • Long Shadows
    Ashfur: "I know you think I've never forgiven Brambleclaw for stealing you from me, but you're wrong, and so is every cat who thinks so. My quarrel is with you, Squirrelflight. It always has been."
    • Followed by:
    Squirrelflight: "If you want to hurt me, you'll have to find a better way than that. They are not my kits."
    • Sunrise (First one)
    Jayfeather (Putting it all together in his thoughts): "Leafpool! Leafpool is our mother!"
    • Sunrise (Second one)
    Leafpool: (To Hollyleaf) "Don't worry. I won't tell anyone. But first, tell me why. Why did you kill Ashfur?"
    • Sunrise (Third one)
    Jayfeather: "There will be three, kin of your kin...Cloudtail is Firestar's kin, Whitewing is his daughter, and now Dovekit and Ivykit...Don't you see? The prophecy isn't over! We aren't the only kin of Firestar's kin. It doesn't matter which of Whitewing's kits is the one. There are still three of us!"
    • The Sun Trail
    Turtle Tail: "How about Thunder?"
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Despite being the sole reason for the Clans' misery, humans are never harmed in the books. In fact, every time a particular human is involved, they usually get saved by the cats. Special mention goes to when a child falls into SkyClan's territory and breaks her leg. The cats go out of their way to help the kid and bring her home safely, when the more pragmatic approach would be to simply kill her, or leave her to die. It doesn't make sense that cats would sympathize with a species other than their own. Especially not a species that poses a constant threat to the very standing of the Clans.
    • Well, it makes more sense when you consider that most of the cats in that situation were daylight warriors, meaning they lived with twolegs during the day and presumably loved their owners. They wouldn't want to see a Twoleg get hurt. In the same book, the reason they didn't attack Petalnose and Shrewtooth's old Twoleg was because they were warned by the kittypets how dangerous it is to attack a Twoleg. Considering how uptight people are about getting rid of pests and potentially rabid animals, this was probably a smart move.
    • On the other hand, prey animals are killed en masse for the sake of feeding the Clans, and nobody complains about that the way they'd complain about killing a human.
  • When I Was Your Age: Elders claim this on occasion - for example, Fireheart gets into a small argument with one in Forest of Secrets when the elder claims that young cats nowadays don't know what hardship is.
  • Where It All Began: When the Clans leave, they end up settling by a lake. Turns out their distant ancestors (way before the Clans formed) once lived there, and that that's where the Power of Three prophecy originated.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Jayfeather and water.
    • Can't forget Bluestar. The prophecy about her even said the only thing that could destroy her was water.
    • Also, SkyClan and rats.
  • Working Title:
    • When the second series was set to be just a trilogy, the working title for the trilogy was "Warriors: The Next Generation".
    • "The Curse" for Dark River, as seen in advanced-release copies of The Sight
    • "Cruel Season" for Sunrise (changed because apparently it was too depressing for the end of a series)
    • "The Fourth Apprentice" was the working title for the whole fourth series, with "Ambush" as the first book
    • "Strangers in the Snow" for Shattered Peace, according to illustrator James Barry
    • "Betrayal" or "Dark Betrayal" (Vicky and the US editor Erica were "fighting most sweetly" about it, according to Kate) for Night Whispers
    • "Crookedstar's Secret" for Crookedstar's Promise
  • World of Badass: Nearly every single one of the 800+ characters is trained in combat, and puts it to good use.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Tigerstar kills Gorsepaw in The Darkest Hour for no other reason than to bring fear to WindClan. Darkstripe also attempts to kill Sorrelkit because she caught him meeting Blackfoot on their territory.
    • Tigerpaw, under the orders of his mentor Thistleclaw, nearly killed a kittypet kit for straying onto ThunderClan territory in Bluestar's Prophecy. The only thing that stops him is Bluefur.
  • The X of Y: Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, Code of the Clans, Battles of the Clans and Dawn Of The Clans.
    • A few non-Field Guide books as well: Forest of Secrets, Sign of the Moon, The Rise of Scourge, The Heart of a Warrior
  • You Dirty Rat: The rats in Firestar's Quest and SkyClan's Destiny are evil. In addition, the rats in Into the Wild and Crookedstar's Promise attack the cats. The portrayal of rats results in quite a few fans complaining.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Twilight opens with an unidentified cat being warned of their impending doom. It's later revealed to be Cinderpelt.
  • Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb: In one story in Code of the Clans, a group of young RiverClan cats decide to try things such as "jumping into the gorge" for no reason other than youthful stupidity.

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