"Fire Alone Can Save Our Clan", with help from his friends.
"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 to Erin Hunter's Anyone Can Die policy, and the series can be quitegraphic, 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...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, who decides to abandon his comfortable life to join ThunderClan and ends up being the Chosen One. The second arc, The New Prophecy, features the next generation of the Clans from the first series as they find a new home. The third Power of Three is a mostly character driven series about another new generation of the Clan cats, this time burdened with mysterious powers and the secret of an ancient prophecy. The fourth arc, Omen Of The Stars, continues to deal with the mysterious prophecy, as well as years worth of animosity that continues to lurk in the shadows and the repercussions of past actions, which threaten to break out into all-out war. The fifth arc, Dawn of the Clans, takes place about 50 years before the original series, and focuses on a group of cats who will one day form the Warrior Clans. There are also plenty of spin-off titles out and coming soon, such as the twice as long Super Editions, Field Guides, and Mangas. Its sister series, Seekers, and Survivors are also worth checking out.For summaries of each book, see here.For the individual arcs, see:
Book titles (TDH, FQ, BP, NW, BotC, T4A, SotC, 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).
Some characters, places, etc (HF, DF, PoNS).
Related websites (Ww, OF).
Action Girl: Almost every she-cat in the series besides the medicine cats.
Heck, even the medicine cats on occasion. Yellowfang in particular.
Also excepting permanent Queens like Daisy and Ferncloud.
Even Ferncloud has her moments. The badger attack during Twilight comes to mind.
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 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.
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: Sol. Also, Tigerstar and Hawkfrost act polite at first when a cat starts visiting the Dark Forest.
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.
Almost Dead Guy: Yellowfang, Bluestar, Feathertail, Cinderpelt, Hawkfrost, Whitestorm... there has to be more.
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.
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.
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).
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 that get killed, even important characters like Yellowfang, Bluestar, Feathertail, Cinderpelt, Flametail, Hollyleaf (for reals this time), and Firestar get killed off.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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◊)
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).
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.
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.
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 Firestar's Quest, Firestar wonders if there is another afterlife for evil cats.
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 Holmesstated: "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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Barley, who turns out to be an ex BloodClan member in The Darkest Hour.
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.
Chocolate Kit: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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..."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 at the top of the page, for instance. It does not say that fire will save the Clan (indeed, a forest fire nearly kills the Clan in the fourth book). A minor prophecy in the second arc is misinterpreted as well due to this trope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Irony: In Outcast, thinking about Crowfeather, Hollyleaf thinks "I'm glad he's not my father!" Three guesses what happens three books later.
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.
He was still a jerk back then. The only difference is that now he's actually abusive.
Pretty much all of ShadowClan after the first series.
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.
Blackstar was deputy of ShadowClan, therefore, he succeeds Tigerstar. This is explicit Clan law, which the cats take very seriously. Not allowing him to become leader would have been counter to the Warrior Code, and interfering in another Clan's business, also counter to the Code. In other words, a very serious breach of StarClan's laws.
That would explain why they don't just invade ShadowClan and kill him, but it doesn't explain the sheer lack of animosity any Clan shows towards him for those actions, as well as the fact that they're never acknowledged to the point of borderline Canon Discontinuity. Not to mention that he's probably going to end up in StarClan when he dies, even though other cats have gone to the Dark Forest for doing less horrible things with the exact same justification.
He never was the one deciding to do those horrible things mind you. According to the warrior code, part 13 "The word of the Clan leader is law". He did, after all still follow the code. Though he really shouldn't have let the code get in the way of doing what's right. Also, he's not dead yet. Karma may yet come back to bite him.
Kiai: In the first book, Firepaw tends to use "Gr-aaar!" every time he attacks something.
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.
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.
Legion of Doom: The Dark Forest is a villainous group made up of the past enemies of the Clans, and some new ones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Never Trust A Trope: The Clans often say this about each other. "You can't trust a ThunderClan cat!"
New Era Speech: Tigerstar gives one at a Gathering in The Darkest Hour when he announces the formation of TigerClan.
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: The 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.
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.
One Steve Limit: Averted. There have been three different cats named Birchstar, two Ashfurs, 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.
Owl Be Damned: 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.
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.
Any apprentice who's worth their salt in battle counts, particularly Thistlepaw from Bluestar's Prophecy.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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...
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 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.
Small Town Boredom: The reason Rusty decides to stop being a kittypet and become a warrior.
Smart People Speak The Queens 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.
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 guidebookCode 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.