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"Greetings. I am Blackstar. You must be brave indeed, to approach the territory of ShadowClan. Few are welcome here, in our world of secrets and darkness. We are a Clan of cunning and cleverness, a Clan well suited to the shadows and the cold north wind. No other Clan can walk the paths of night like we do. Other Clans may be faster and stronger, but we are the most dangerous warriors: fierce, proud, and independent. We are ruthlessly willing to do whatever it takes to protect our great Clan. There won't be any softhearted alliances here! ShadowClan will always be the dark heart of the forest."
Blackstar on ShadowClan, Secrets of the Clans

Clan Facts
Leader: Tigerstar
Deputy: Cloverfoot
Medicine Cat: Puddleshine & Shadowsight
Hunting Territory: Pine Forest
Camp: Bramble-enclosed dip between pine trees
Unique Battle Skill: Night Ambush

ShadowClan is one of the four forest Clans in Warrior Cats. Aggressive and ambitious, ShadowClan warriors will do whatever it takes to protect their Clan. While other Clans prepare to fight in the light, ShadowClan does equally well in day and night. Their unique skill of strength in the dark, and their cold-hearted reputation has earned them their name. However, despite the stories other Clans may tell, even in the earliest days of the series cats like Yellowfang proved that ShadowClan is just as noble as the other Clans.

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    General Clan Tropes 

  • Adult Fear: During Brokenstar's reign, ShadowClan mothers and fathers were forced to watch as their kits were apprenticed too early and died in battles they couldn't win. Dawncloud, Fernshade, Featherstorm, and Brightflower all lost their children, among others.
  • Arch-Enemy: Not always, but they frequently have arguments with ThunderClan, who don't appreciate their use of dirty tactics.
  • Blood Knight: They have a great hunger for battle and will readily fight to defend their territory.
  • Cats Are Mean: The Clan of cats with the darkest reputation, bar none.
  • Combat Pragmatist: ShadowClan cats aren't afraid to fight dirty in order to win.
  • Dark Is Evil: This Clan has produced many vile cats who have killed many in their quests for power...
  • Dark Is Not Evil: ...but at the end of the day, most ShadowClan cats are just like any other Clan warriors, fighting to survive and keep their Clan alive.
    Boulder: Look, I know the other Clans think ShadowClan cats are strange and dark-hearted, but we're loyal warriors, just like them. There's no need to fear us. Not all of the time, anyway.
  • The Dreaded: Feared by all the Clans, thanks to their bloodstained history and reputation as cold-hearted killers.
  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: Their territories are the least rich in prey, so they became skilled at hunting during the night.
  • Grim Up North: Normally thought to be the most "evil" Clan, they live 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.
  • Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: They steal ThunderClan's kits in Into the Wild.
  • Mercy Kill: Power of Three states that ShadowClan medicine cats use deathberries to save dying cats from pain.
  • Not So Different: When Ivypaw is held hostage in Night Whispers, she notes that the ShadowClan cats' physiques have more in common with those of ThunderClan cats than with stunted WindClan or fat, sleek RiverClan ones. ShadowClan and ThunderClan also favor hunting in the forest, while the other two Clans favor the wide-open moors and the river.
  • Reduced to Ratburgers: ShadowClan's territory is poor in prey, so they often eat rats, which most other Clans won't even touch unless they're starving. Though, being cats, they don't mind eating rats as much as humans would.
  • Sick Episode: In Rising Storm, ShadowClan is infected by the Great Sickness, a deadly plague brought from infected rats.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Varies. They are feared by the other three Clans, due to their dark reputation. Falling under the thrall of two tyrant leaders (Brokenstar and then Tigerstar) didn't do them any favors. On the other paw, many ShadowClan cats are genuinely loyal to their Clan and obey the warrior code, and are more willing to ally with the other Clans.
    Rock: Ah, those evil cats! Their hearts have been chilled by the wind that blows from the mountains, and every kit is schooled to share his Clanmates’ hunger for battle, for more territory, for the warmth of blood running beneath their paws. ...All right, Blossomkit, put your claws away. I’m only repeating the tales told in nurseries of the other Clans.
  • Too Desperate to Be Picky: During Brokenstar's time as leader, his warriors spent all their energy battling. This left them with no hunting skills, so cats resorted to eating the rotting crowfood left in the Carrion Place. This created a horrible plague, as the cats got sick from eating the bad prey.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: They mainly subsist on rats, lizards, and frogs. According to Boulder, frogs taste like a mixture of rabbit and fish.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Despite being painted as the villains of the first arc, ShadowClan suffered a great deal in the original series. Under Brokenstar's leadership, the Clan was forced to live on crowfood, elders were forced out of the camp, and young kits died in droves from being trained as warriors too early. After he was driven out, the Clan started to rebuild under Nightstar...then they were promptly ravaged by the Great Sickness. Many ShadowClan cats died, including their leader and deputy, and they were only saved when two apprentices received the cure from ThunderClan's apprentice medicine cat. Then Tigerstar came, and took over the Clan, fusing it with RiverClan to become TigerClan, threatening to take over the whole forest. After he was killed by Scourge and TigerClan was disbanded, ShadowClan pulled itself together to join the other three Clans and drive BloodClan out of the forest, and afterward, finally made a successful recovery under the leadership of Blackstar.
  • The Unfavorite: Even StarClan doesn't look too favorably on them sometimes. They refused to give Nightstar any of his nine lives because Brokentail was still alive, but gave Sunstar of ThunderClan eight lives after Pinestar left the Clans to become a kittypet.
    Rock: Maybe old scores are not forgotten, even by our warrior ancestors, and ShadowClan will have to battle for a long time yet against the better-favored Clans.

    Leaders and Deputies 


"In life, they were torn apart; in death, they will be united."

The legendary founder of ShadowClan. Also see her entry under Tall Shadow in Characters.Warrior Cats Dawn Of The Clans.

  • Action Girl: She was very strong, and fought in many battles.
  • Blood Knight: Loved battles, and started many of them to protect her Clan, whether or not it actually needed them.
  • Commander Contrarian: Despite working with the other three leaders to develop the warrior code, she spent the rest of her life complaining about it.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: She started ShadowClan.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: She lost her ninth life during a battle between all the Clans - one that she started.
  • Leader Wannabe: Like all the founding leaders, she tried to claim that she should rule the entire forest.


"But I have to go! I have to receive my nine lives and my new name from StarClan!"

The deputy of Snowstar. Her death before she could become leader led to a rule being made that a Clan leader has to appoint a new deputy before moonhigh.

  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: She could have been a great leader, but died of greencough on the night she was supposed to receive her nine lives.
  • Number Two: To Snowstar.
  • Succession Crisis: Her death sparked one. She was Snowstar's deputy and meant to succeed him, but died shortly after him, leaving ShadowClan with no leader.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: She was about to become deputy after her leader died, but died herself of greencough before she could go to Highstones and get her nine lives.

Flowerstar (Flowerstem)

"We have to keep up our strength. There is still sickness in the air; no more cats must die. There is no need for them to spend all day looking at these fallen warriors."

Snowstar's successor and leader of ShadowClan after Brightwhisker's death, chosen by StarClan.

  • The Cameo: In The Ultimate Guide, she appears to give Tigerclaw one of his nine lives.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Flowerstar and her sister Mossfire are named after plants.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: Why she was chosen as leader, despite not having been a deputy previously. Despite her grief over her sister's death, her first priority was to take care of her Clanmates in the midst of the Succession Crisis.
  • Team Mom: During a time of turmoil, she was the first to organize patrols, comfort her Clanmates, and offer to help collect herbs for her medicine cat, Redscar. These were qualities that made StarClan choose her as ShadowClan's new leader.
  • Unexpected Successor: She was not the Clan deputy at the time of Snowstar's and Brightwhisker's deaths, nor did she try to claim the title of leader like Jumpfoot and Mossfire did. But she showed selfless and altruistic qualities that proved she was the best fit to be leader.


"There are four Clans in the forest, but ShadowClan will always be the greatest."

The leader of ShadowClan when SkyClan was driven out.

  • The Leader: Of ShadowClan some 20 years before Into the Wild.
  • Must Make Amends: She apologizes to Cloudstar in the afterlife and gives the new leader of the restored SkyClan one of her nine lives.

Cedarstar (Cedarpelt)

"You have to recognize when a battle is worth fighting."

The leader of ShadowClan before Raggedstar. He appears in Bluestar's Prophecy and Crookedstar's Promise as a minor character. Becomes a more important character in Yellowfang's Secret.

  • Back from the Dead: Just like the other leaders.
  • Big Good: Of Yellowfang's Secret.
  • The Leader: Of ShadowClan.
  • Mr. Exposition: In the earlier chapters of Yellowfang's Secret, he mainly exists to hold ceremonies and tell cats information.
  • My Greatest Failure: He feels that if he hadn't chosen Raggedstar as his deputy, Brokenstar wouldn't have been born and almost ruined ShadowClan.
  • Number Two: He was deputy to Houndstar.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a pretty nice, normal guy, contrasting with most of the future ShadowClan leaders up until the later days of Blackstar's leadership.


"Remember what you owe to your Clan as well as what your Clan owes to you."

The ShadowClan deputy who served under Cedarstar. Appears in Bluestar's Prophecy, Crookedstar's Promise, Yellowfang's Secret, and Tallstar's Revenge.

  • Butt-Monkey: He's always being made fun of by the other characters, like Crookedstar and Yellowfang.
  • Captain Obvious: Yellowfang notes that he gives the ShadowClan warriors obvious advice before the Carrionplace Raid in Yellowfang's Secret.
  • Jerkass: Somehow became this in Tallstar's Revenge.
  • Minor Major Character: Serves as Cedarstar's deputy for a long time, but does basically nothing in any of the prequel Super Editions.
  • Number Two: To Cedarstar
  • Passive Rescue: He unknowingly rescues Yellowfang from Lizardstripe's taunting by saying that she should be out on a patrol. Then he turns and tells Yellowfang that she'll be a good medicine cat.

Raggedstar (Raggedpelt)

"Great StarClan! Why would we both have this vision? I would never send kits into battle! It's against the warrior code!"

Brokenstar's noble father, and the former leader of ShadowClan. He was betrayed and killed by his son.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Averted. While Bluestar, Crookedstar, and Tallstar get Super Editions, the ShadowClan Super Edition is about Yellowfang.
  • The Apprentice: To Brackenfoot.
  • Ascended Extra: While he was very important in the first arc, he gets a major (living) role in Yellowfang's Secret.
  • Berserk Button: Being called a kittypet.
  • The Bully: He was this until he became an apprentice. After that, he stops picking on Yellowfang and her siblings.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Does this to Hal in chapter 15 of Yellowfang's Secret. He follows this up by slitting Hal's throat and killing him.
  • The Cameo: He has a few appearances in The Last Hope, but is confusingly referred to as "Raggedtail".
  • Domestic Abuse: Toward Yellowfang throughout much of Yellowfang's Secret. He constantly insults or mocks her, and sometimes totally drops her for moons at a time, only to reel her back in by being kind again.
  • Everyone Can See It: Raggedstar and Yellowfang.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's a jerk, but generally follows the warrior code and cares about his Clan.
  • Heroic Bastard: It's rumored in Yellowfang's Secret that his father is a kittypet. It's true.
  • In the Blood: The son kills the father and is killed by the son.
  • The Leader: Of ShadowClan, before his son Brokenstar took over.
  • The Mentor: To Cloudpelt.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half ShadowClan, half kittypet.
  • Not Good with Rejection: He acts abusively whenever Yellowfang turns his attempts down. He only gets worse as she becomes the medicine cat.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His daughters died as kits.
  • Patricide: Kills his father Hal in chapter 15 of Yellowfang's Secret.
  • Posthumous Character: One of the more important characters in the first arc, but he died before Into the Wild began.
  • Retcon: In Secrets of the Clans, he was leader when his son Brokenstar was born. Bluestar's Prophecy and Yellowfang's Secret change it so that he was deputy when Brokenstar was born.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: With Yellowfang.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Yellowfang, because she's a medicine cat and so not allowed to mate.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Yellowfang's Secret, he goes from a Jerkass to a Nice Guy after becoming a warrior.


"Well, look what we have here! A patrol of ThunderClan warriors! Ooh, I'm scared now!"

The deputy of ShadowClan before Brokenstar. Appears in Yellowfang's Secret as a major character.

  • The Apprentice: To Brightflower.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Yellowfang gives her one, thinking that she didn't deserve to die at a young age.
  • Alpha Bitch: One example is that when Yellowfang recently becomes the medicine cat apprentice, the first thing she had to do was fix Foxheart's bedding... the latter being too lazy (and mean) to do it herself. There's the more major fact that she always snaps at her for talking to Raggedstar and looks down on her for being a medicine cat.
  • Ascended Extra: Come Yellowfang's Secret she has a major role.
  • Bitch Alert: She is constantly rude and mocking towards Yellowfang.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Obsessed with Raggedpelt.
  • Expy: Yellowfang's Secret makes her into one for Foxleap, albeit gender flipped.
  • Foregone Conclusion: If you've read up on your Expanded Universe history, you'll know that she becomes deputy only to die in a Carrionplace raid in Yellowfang's Secret.
  • Gender Bender: She was called a tom in Bluestar's Prophecy, Crookedstar's Promise and Battles of the Clans.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jealous of Yellowfang and Raggedstar.
  • Jerkass: Oh yes. One of the worst offenders in the series, short of actual villains. Foxheart is mocking and cruel, and clearly despises Yellowfang merely for being the love interest of Foxheart's crush.
  • Kick the Dog: Her actual first appearance in Battles Of The Clans has her frighten an already-scared Lionheart (Lionpaw back then) by saying how she's gonna rip him to shreds. This causes him to flee from battle...and teaches him a valuable lesson.
    • And as soon as Yellowfang became a medicine cat apprentice, Foxheart makes her clean her bedding for her to make her feel worthless.
  • Lazy Bum: Hates work. And responsibility. And everything else.
  • Love Triangle: With Yellowfang and Raggedstar in Yellowfang's Secret.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is the Clan term for "cruel".
  • The Mentor: To Nightstar.
  • Number Two: The first deputy of Raggedstar.
  • The Rival: To Yellowfang in Yellowfang's Secret.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: From a cute Foxleapy character to an Alpha Bitch.
  • Young and in Charge: Or rather Clan Deputy.


"We're chasing a rabbit. It came from our territory, which means it's still ours."

A young warrior of ShadowClan. He was apprenticed to Raggedstar, but received a serious battle injury during the events of Yellowfang's Secret. Yellowfang managed to heal him, and he went on to succeed Foxheart as Clan Deputy. However, he was killed in a battle with WindClan that Brokenstar organized.

Brokenstar (Brokentail)

"It seems I must have some of my father's softness. I was a fool to let you leave ShadowClan alive!"
"Death to the Clans!"
Click here  to see him in the Rise of Scourge manga

The first major antagonist of the series.

Brokenstar was the only surviving kit of Yellowfang, ShadowClan's medicine cat, and Raggedstar, ShadowClan's deputy. Due to the forbidden nature of their relationship, Yellowfang gave her son to Lizardstripe to raise. However, Lizardstripe was a cruel mother, never giving Brokenstar affection and denying milk when she felt he had misbehaved. Meanwhile, he was spoiled by his father, who had managed to become leader of ShadowClan. Brokenstar grew into a ruthlessly ambitious warrior. Knowing his father would name him deputy, Brokenstar instigated a fight with WindClan during with Cloudpelt, ShadowClan's current deputy, was killed. Following this, Brokenstar was named deputy by his father, who he killed to become Clan leader. However, suspecting that Yellowfang knew too much, he framed her for the death of some kits (her own siblings) and exiled her. He also sent the Clan's elders into exile so that he didn't have to feed them.

Brokenstar went on to be a cruel leader. In his lust for power, he desired to make ShadowClan the strongest Clan of all. To do this, he started training kits to fight alongside his warriors so that they could bolster the numbers of his forces in battle. He then launched an attack on WindClan and drove them from their territory, which he seized control of. Following this, he met with Crookedstar, leader of RiverClan, and forced him to bow to ShadowClan. At a Gathering, he declared that the other Clans had to submit to ShadowClan or they would share WindClan's fate. When ThunderClan refused to bow to him, he launched an attack on them, killing their deputy Lionheart and an elder named Rosetail. He then sent a warrior named Clawface to kill ThunderClan's medicine cat Spottedleaf and abduct their kits for indoctrination. However, Yellowfang led a group of ThunderClan warriors and exiled elders into ShadowClan camp to rescue the kits. After being defeated by Yellowfang and a young Firestar, Brokenstar confessed to murdering the kits and his own father, at which point ShadowClan turned on him and he fled with a group of his most loyal warriors.

Brokenstar returned, leading his rogues in an attack on ThunderClan, but he was defeated again by Yellowfang and blinded. ThunderClan, seeing that he was now helpless, stripped him of his leader name and took him in as an elder, at the insistence of Yellowfang, who wasn't willing to kill her son. However, he once again betrayed then, conspiring with Tigerstar to bring the rogues into ThunderClan camp and kill Bluestar so that Tigerstar could take over. However, this plot was foiled by Firestar and a group of RiverClan warriors. Yellowfang, finally realizing that her son was irredeemable, murdered him by feeding him deathberries.

However, Brokenstar eventually returned in the Omen of the Stars arc as the leader of the Dark Forest. Working with Tigerstar, Mapleshade, Hawkfrost, and Thistleclaw, he corrupted warriors from the Clans to create a fighting force that would destroy StarClan themselves.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Most of his own Clan either fights back and drives him out when ThunderClan attacks or does nothing to stop it.
  • Almost Dead Guy: He 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.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To Yellowfang and Raggedstar. He was one of the first villains of the series.
  • The Apprentice: To Nightstar.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Yellowfang.
  • Bad Boss: He abused his Clanmates, forced them to eat crowfood, and caused the deaths of many kits by making them apprentices and warriors before they were six moons old. He also had a nasty habit of killing his subordinates.
  • Bastard Bastard: Yellowfang's evil illegitimate son.
  • Big Bad: Of Into the Wild, where he rules ShadowClan, and Omen Of The Stars, where he rules the Dark Forest. Anyone familiar with his history should know that he's also the Big Bad of Yellowfang's Secret.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In The Rise of Scourge, Brokenstar and his henchcats pick on Scourge until said tom snaps and kills one of Brokenstar's henchcats.
  • The Chessmaster: Yellowfang's Secret could easily be renamed Brokenstar Manipulates the Dark Forest Out of Everyone to Get Exactly What He Wants, Then Proceeds to Laugh His Ass Off.
  • Child of Forbidden Love: He is the son Yellowfang, a medicine cat, who had fallen in love with Raggedstar, which was forbidden to her.
  • The Corrupter: In Omen of the Stars, when he recruits cats and turns them to the side of darkness.
  • Dark Is Evil: As a ShadowClan cat and a Dark Forest member. He's a dark brown tabby with scars.
  • Deader Than Dead: In The Last Hope, Yellowfang kills his spirit, destroying him forever.
  • Deceptive Disciple: To his father Raggedstar, who he killed for the position of Clan leader.
  • Demoted to Dragon: He was the Big Bad in Into The Wild, but he was reduced to Tigerstar's dragon in Forest of Secrets.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Twice! At first, he looks like the Big Bad of the first arc, but then the villainy of Tigerstar (then Tigerclaw) is brought to light. Then, in The Last Hope he is the leader of the Dark Forest, but after he is killed, Tigerstar takes over.
  • The Dreaded: Come Yellowfang's Secret, even StarClan is terrified of him. He wasn't too shabby beforehand, where he scares the dark forest out of every single cat around the lake.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He trains his Clanmates too hard in training, encouraging the use of unsheathing claws in practice.
  • Early Personality Signs: When his mother, Yellowfang, sees him for the first time as a newborn kit, his face is twisted in rage and hatred.
    Yellowfang: A kit born with so much anger in him could mean only grave danger to the Clan, maybe to the whole forest.
  • Enfant Terrible: When Yellowfang first sees Brokenkit after his birth, she notices he seems angry and hate-filled already. At that moment she believes he'll be a danger to the forest (which he is as an adult).
  • Evil Gloating: During the climax of Into the Wild, he gloats about how easy it was to kill Raggedstar.
    • He also gloated over Cloudpelt's death and told Yellowfang that StarClan could never stop him.
  • Evil Old Folks: Even as an elder, he's still evil.
  • Evil Overlord: The laconic entry for this trope is "A leader with absolute authority over a considerable body of people and territory who rules through fear and brutality." This could not possibly describe Brokenstar with more accuracy.
  • Eye Scream: In Fire and Ice, Yellowfang slices his eyes open, blinding him.
  • Foil: To Tigerstar. Both are tyrannical, ambitious cats and Social Darwinists willing to kill for power, but Tigerstar is at least a competent and charismatic (if murderous) leader who earns the respect of his followers, while Brokenstar makes a number of cruel and idiotic decisions that make him hated by his entire Clan.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: ThunderClan decides to save his life and keep him as an elder despite all he's done, and he repays them by conspiring against them.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was abused and neglected by his surrogate mother, who bit him regularly, denied him milk, and allowed his foster siblings to bully him.
  • Hero Killer: Kills Ferncloud in The Last Hope.
  • Humiliation Conga: He gets this from the end of Into the Wild to the end of Forest of Secrets.
  • I Can't Feel My Legs: He says this after Yellowfang feeds him the deathberries; this is when he first starts to realize he's dying.
  • In the Blood: He kills his father. Said father also killed his father. There's probably a long "kill your family" chain here.
  • Large Ham: Both as a leader and as a Dark Forest cat.
  • The Leader: Of ShadowClan and the Dark Forest.
  • Leader Wannabe: Wanted to be leader so badly, he secretly killed his own leader (and father), Raggedstar, to get the position.
  • Made of Evil: Yellowfang's Secret shows us that he was an evil bastard (both meanings) from the second he was born. Also, during his leader ceremony, the good traits associated with each of his lives cause him physical pain.
  • Meaningful Name: Most cats believe his name comes from the bend in his tail. But his mother, Yellowfang, really named him because it broke her heart to give him away to another queen.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He has kittypet blood through his paternal grandfather Hal.
  • The Mentor: To Stumpytail, Mosspaw, and Volepaw.
  • Never My Fault: When Yellowfang confronts him about murdering Brightflower's kits (which he framed her for), he tries to justify his actions by telling her that the kits were weak and useless to ShadowClan, and would have been killed by another cat if he hadn't done it.
  • New Era Speech: Lampshaded in Omen Of The Stars. When Brokenstar gives a speech to the cats training in the Dark Forest that they will soon wage war on the Clans, Ivypool notes that he's just offering vague promises of greatness and that he's actually going to make them fight their own kin.
  • Patricide: Murdered Raggedstar, his own father, so that he could become leader of ShadowClan.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: As leader of ShadowClan, he makes terrible decisions such as forcing underage kits to train as warriors and making his warriors scavenge for crowfood (rotten prey) instead of hunting for fresh-kill.
  • Poisonous Captive: When ThunderClan keeps him prisoner, they have to keep it secret because they know the other Clans won't be happy when they find out he's alive, and when ShadowClan and WindClan find out they go to war with ThunderClan. And at the same time he himself is using his position in order to help Tigerclaw use his rogue allies to take over ThunderClan.
  • Prepare to Die: He shouts "Prepare to die!" at a bunch of rats at the end of a chapter in Yellowfang's Secret when the ShadowClan cats attack them.
  • Prophetic Names: When his reign as leader ends, he leaves ShadowClan in a broken state.
  • Reality Ensues: He forces young kits to train as apprentices when they are three moons old instead of the standard six, thinking this will produce stronger and hardier warriors. Instead, when they're sent into battle against older and stronger warriors too early, they get killed.
  • Red Right Hand: His bent tail, which he was named for.
  • Sadist Teacher: In Yellowfang's Secret he punishes his apprentice by making him hang from a branch by his teeth. His crime? He was talking too much during training. Later in the same book, he trains kits far too young who accidentally kill their former denmate, another kit.
  • Series Continuity Error: In the original series, he got Yellowfang kicked out of ShadowClan by killing two kits (which he openly admits to later) and framing her for their deaths. Yellowfang's Secret changes events so that they get killed by a fox instead, but the outcome is the same.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: To all his apprentices, due to the fact that he freaking kills them.
  • The Social Darwinist: He institutes these policies when he becomes leader. Young kits are forced to train as apprentices early, elders are not cared for and forced to live on the outer camp boundary, and warriors are forced to devote all their time to fighting, so they must scavenge for crowfood instead of hunting.
  • The Spartan Way: Makes kits into warriors before the warrior code allows them to be. Unlike most examples of the trope, it doesn't work, because the kits in question are simply too young to fight or defend themselves without getting killed.
  • Spirit Advisor: Of the evil variety, to the cats who train in the the Place of No Stars.
  • The Starscream: He served as this to Raggedstar and pulled it off successfully.
  • Start of Darkness: Yellowfang's Secret shows how he turned evil.
  • Starter Villain: He is this for The Prophecies Begin, as well as the entire series.
  • Stupid Evil: Sending young kits to die pointlessly in battle was already bad enough, but he fails to realize that his idea is terrible even after he's completely emptied the ShadowClan nursery. In fact, he reasons that the kits he killed must have died because they were too weak, and comes up with the great idea of kidnapping even more kits from other Clans.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: He murdered his father Raggedstar to be ShadowClan's leader, and that's where things go downhill for the Clan really fast. He banishes all the elders from the safety of the camp, forces kits to become apprentices at three moons instead of six (and makes them warriors at five moons instead of twelve), and makes his Clan eat rotten food instead of fresh meat to focus on battles. He even lets Brightflower's kits die and shifts the blame onto Yellowfang, banishing her from the Clan. But a lot of ShadowClan cats get so sick of Brokenstar that they team up with a ThunderClan patrol to drive him out.
  • Undignified Death: Poisoned with deathberries by his own mother. Rock comments that it was fitting that he did not die the glorious death of a warrior, struck down in battle.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: ThunderClan takes him in after he is blinded. He repays them by organizing an attack on them.
  • Villains Want Mercy: After being blinded in a raid on ThunderClan in Fire and Ice, he begs not to be killed.
  • Would Hurt a Child: While he rules ShadowClan, Brokenstar forces kits to become apprentices too early and brutally attacks them in training sessions. He's even killed plenty of kits from his Clan and steals others to do the same thing when ShadowClan loses kits of their own. At least six kits died, directly or indirectly, as a result of his methods: Mosspaw, Volepaw, Blossomkit, Marigoldkit, Mintkit, and Badgerpaw.

Nightstar (Nightpelt)

"That's where the danger lies. I see one cat, hungry for power that is not deserved..."

The leader of ShadowClan after Brokenstar was driven out, but before Tigerstar. Despite being in charge for the majority of the first arc, his rule is an oft-forgotten point in ShadowClan's history. Yellowfang's Secret reveals that he has cat asthma, and that's about it.

  • The Apprentice: To Foxheart.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Brokenstar and Tigerclaw in Fire and Ice and Forest of Secrets.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Into the Wild.
  • Hero Antagonist: In Forest of Secrets, where he and Tallstar are attacking ThunderClan because they are sheltering Brokenstar.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: The Great Sickness, mixed with Nightstar's asthma kills him in Rising Storm.
  • Killed Offscreen: Due to dying where the ThunderClan protagonist wouldn't see him.
  • The Leader: Of ShadowClan.
  • Mandatory Unretirement: He went from elder to ShadowClan's leader.
  • Meaningful Name: His fur is as black as night.
  • The Mentor: To Brokenstar.
  • Rebel Leader: Leads the banished elders who fight against Brokenstar alongside ThunderClan.
  • Short-Lived Leadership: Following the fall of Brokenstar, Nightstar took over as the leader of ShadowClan. However, he was never given his eight extra lives by StarClan, because they still considered Brokenstar the true leader. Because of this, he and his deputy both ended up dying of illness soon later, leaving ShadowClan in a temporary state of anarchy.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After becoming leader, Nightstar becomes much more hostile to the other Clans, possibly out of a desire to avoid making his Clan look weak after Brokenstar left it in ruins.


"Give us the word, Nightstar, and we'll tear them apart."

Nightstar's deputy.

Tigerstar (Tigerclaw)

"Real warriors love battle. I give them the chance to die for a cause."
"The time of four Clans is over."

The primary antagonist of the series, although only the Big Bad in the first arc. Tigerstar was a powerful warrior in ThunderClan, but was exiled for attempting to murder Bluestar (in a bid to usurp her leadership). He came across an ailing ShadowClan, which had just lost their leader, and took on the leadership position himself. His goal was to unite the four Clans and gain power over all the forest, and weed out those that he considered unfit to be warriors, such as former kittypets and half-Clan cats. He is eventually killed by Scourge, after foolishly attacking him for "betraying" their alliance.

He currently resides in "The Place of No Stars", and is trying to tempt Firestar's descendants to his ideals. He has some kind of sinister plan in mind against StarClan, and apparently the living cats will play a huge role in it.

  • Abusive Parents: He is an asshole to his son Hawkfrost, but he does love Brambleclaw.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In the novella Tigerclaw's Fury.
  • Advertised Extra: In Escape from the Forest and Return to the Clans, the second and third books of the Tigerstar and Sasha manga trilogy respectively. Despite his name being in the trilogy's title and the fact that he is on the cover of both books, he only has one scene in Escape from the Forest, and his appearances in Return to the Clans are limited to a handful of dream sequences.
  • Agonizing Stomach Wound: When Scourge slices his belly in The Darkest Hour, the wound is deep enough to make him die nine times over, in slow, agonizing pain.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Firestar gives him one. It's not because of his actions, but because of his horrible death.
  • Always Second Best: He claims that he was a great warrior, but as soon as Bluestar discovered Firestar, he was reduced to "a great warrior, just not as good as Firestar".
  • Ambition Is Evil: His desire to be leader of ThunderClan (and later of all four Clans) is what makes him a villain; he will do anything to achieve his goal.
  • And I Must Scream: During his death, he could feel all the pain of his wounds as he died repeatedly, but he couldn't move due to their severity.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To Pinestar and Leopardfoot. Thistleclaw was a huge influence on his character due to Thistleclaw's mentoring.
  • The Apprentice: To Thistleclaw.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Firestar and Scourge.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To his kits, Brambleclaw, Tawnypelt, and Mothwing, since they know how evil he is an are repulsed by it. On the other paw, Hawkfrost accepted him, and Tadpole is too dead to care.
  • Assassination Attempt:
    • In Fire and Ice he tries to kill Bluestar by tricking her into running onto the Thunderpath. It doesn't work, as she's too sick to leave the camp, and Cinderpaw ends up getting caught in it instead (though she survives).
    • In Forest of Secrets he once again attempts to kill Bluestar in order to become leader himself and plans to blame it on the rogues attacking the camp.
  • Asshole Victim: In The Darkest Hour. He's horribly killed by Scourge, but it's not like many readers will be sad to see him go.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He walked into ShadowClan after Nightstar died, and was immediately given the leader position because he was so badass.
  • Back from the Dead: His nine lives should have allowed him this, but Scourge one-shots him with reinforced dog claws.
  • Badass Boast: He gives several over the course of the series. One of the most badass is given in Sunset.
    Tigerstar: "Firestar will learn that my time is not yet over. He may have seven lives to lose, but I will stalk him through my sons until every one has been ripped from him. This is one battle that he will not win."
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted his beating of Tiny/Scourge to be so brutal that it would never be forgotten. It was, but that was because Scourge dreamed only of killing him from then on.
  • Belated Backstory: His past wasn't explained until Bluestar's Prophecy.
  • Better Living Through Evil: In Forest of Secrets he promises that any cats that come with him will be well rewarded later on; despite this, nobody follows him into exile.
  • Big Bad: He's the main villain of pretty much the entire series.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Brokenstar in Forest of Secrets and with Leopardstar in The Darkest Hour.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Brokenstar and Nightstar in the first arc. Also with Mapleshade, Hawkfrost, and Brokenstar in the beginning of Omen of the Stars.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Demoted to this in The Darkest Hour, where Scourge kills him and takes his place as Big Bad.
  • Blasphemous Boast: In The Darkest Hour, he claims that he is more powerful than StarClan because he changed the number of Clans in the forest from four to two.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Shown at the end of the Rise of Scourge manga after Scourge kills him.
  • Blunt "Yes": In The Last Hope:
    Firestar: Has it been worth it, Tigerstar? All the hate? All the death?
    Tigerstar: Every moment.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Originally, it was believed that the only reason Tigerstar doesn't go into Firestar's dreams and kill him was because he couldn't. However, Word of God revealed that he can, but he just doesn't want to.
    Iceclaw: If Tigerstar can harm cats like he can and walk in their dreams, why doesn't he just do it to Firestar, take revenge, and get it over with?
    Vicky: Because Tigerstar wants a long-drawn out kind of vengeance, involving as many cats as possible, so that Firestar truly suffers. ...
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • In the first book, Into the Wild, Fireheart puts Tigerclaw/Tigerstar on a pedestal. Then he finds out that Tigerclaw is a team-killing psycho, and they become arch enemies.
    • In the Tigerstar and Sasha manga trilogy, Sasha is in love with Tigerstar until she finds out about his evil actions.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He does this to Scourge and gets killed for it.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: In The Darkest Hour, he decides to spare Feathertail and Stormfur because he thinks they may still be useful as hostages.
  • The Chessmaster: In the first arc he had a backup plan for everything. The only reason he lost was because he didn't recognize the savage Psycho for Hire Scourge as a helpless kit he had beaten up several years before the start of the story.
  • Chick Magnet: Goldenflower, Sasha, and Leopardstar were all in love with him.
  • Children Are Cruel: Savagely beats a young kit (who would later become Scourge) when he was an apprentice in Bluestar's Prophecy.
  • Children Are Innocent: He was quite adorable and innocent as a kit. It's a shame Tigerpaw was given Thistleclaw as a mentor.
  • Combat Compliment: In The Last Hope, he compliments Brambleclaw for killing Hawkfrost.
  • The Corrupter: Most notably when he joins the Dark Forest, but this also happens when he was still alive. Scourge, anyone?
  • Covered with Scars: He has a pelt covered in scars. He even has a scarred nose and an ear nearly split in two.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: It doesn't matter what he was like in the first arc. No one deserves to die like he did. Even Firestar agrees.
  • Cute Kitten: Yep, even he was once an adorable little kitten.
  • Dark Is Evil: As a ShadowClan cat and a Dark Forest member. He has a dark brown tabby pelt, scars, and wickedly long claws.
  • Deader Than Dead: In The Last Hope his spirit is finally slain by Firestar.
  • Deceptive Disciple: To Bluestar, pretending to be loyal, but actually planning to usurp her.
  • Demoted to Dragon: He ends up as Brokenstar's dragon in The Last Hope.
  • Determinator: He doesn't even let death get in the way of his desire to kill Firestar.
  • Disappeared Dad: He leaves his kits and their mother to join ShadowClan. There is a lot of bitterness involved as he attempted to murder Bluestar, the leader of ThunderClan, and also murdered Redtail, the former deputy. Unsurprisingly, ThunderClan does not want his kits, Bramblekit and Tawnykit, to turn out like their father.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: In The Darkest Hour he is the main villain, but partway through the book the position of primary villain is usurped by Scourge, who kills him.
  • The Dreaded: He is still feared by the Clans many years after his death.
  • Dragon Their Feet: He shows up after Brokenstar's defeat to fight Firestar in The Last Hope.
  • Ear Notch: He has a torn ear.
  • Egopolis: In The Darkest Hour, he combines RiverClan and ShadowClan into a single Clan named "TigerClan". note 
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: A fan asked on Vicky Holmes' Facebook page, "Does Tigerstar love his mommy?" The answer was "Oh yes."
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He had two mates and five kits. And he loved most of them.
    • According to Word of God, he truly did respect and feel affection for Goldenflower and Sasha, which is huge for him.
    • Perhaps showcased best when, in Tigerclaw's Fury, he runs over to the ThunderClan camp when he hears it's on fire to make sure Goldenflower and their kits escaped.
      • To drive it home, in Tigerclaw's Fury Tigerclaw was practically praying Fireheart would escape the fire, because he was the only one who was there to save Bramblekit.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In Tigerclaw's Fury, he is horrified by the fire because even he wouldn't wish a death like that on another cat.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He's pretty repressed as a member of ThunderClan, but as the commander of Brokenstar's rogues, the leader of ShadowClan, and one of the Dark Forest leaders he's pretty hamtastic.
  • Evil Mentor: To Brambleclaw and Lionblaze.
  • Evil Overlord: He rules over ShadowClan and RiverClan, making him essentially one.
  • Evil Plan:
    • In order to try to become leader, Tigerclaw first killed Redtail, the Clan deputy, in the hope that he would be chosen as deputy in his place. Once he achieved that position, he decided that Bluestar wasn't dying fast enough, so he teamed up with Brokenstar's gang of rogues to attack the ThunderClan camp in order to kill Bluestar during the attack and make it look like a rogue had done it.
    • In A Dangerous Path his latest plan to destroy ThunderClan is to lure the loose dog pack to their camp by leaving a trail of prey.
    • In The Darkest Hour his current plan to take over the whole forest is to join all four Clans together to form "TigerClan", starting by teaming up with RiverClan. He suspects that he'll have a harder time convincing WindClan and ThunderClan, so he's also made an alliance with the vicious BloodClan from Twolegplace to make sure he outnumbers the two other Clans. And then, once all four Clans are under his control, they drive BloodClan out.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He is described as having a deep voice.
  • Evil Teacher: Ravenpaw's mentor, and partial mentor to Firepaw before Bluestar - is a Villain with Good Publicity: he secretly murdered the Clan deputy in the hope of being chosen for the role, and intends to continue killing his way to leadership. He even tries to kill his apprentice Ravenpaw (who witnessed the murder) by assigning him dangerous tasks (hunting in enemy territory, or at the rocks where poisonous snakes live).
  • Evil vs. Evil: With Scourge in The Darkest Hour.
  • The Exile: Bluestar exiles him from ThunderClan when he tries to kill her.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Him and his son Hawkfrost.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against kittypets and half-Clan cats.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He has a few friendly chats with Firestar in A Dangerous Path, and acts like a friend to the Dark Forest trainees. But he's still completely evil.
  • Final Boss: Of the Omen of the Stars arc, and the entire series by extension. Did anyone not see that coming?
  • Follow in My Footsteps: He genuinely does want his children to become strong warriors. He also wants them to continue his goals of ruling the forest, however, and even after his death tries to groom them into following his plans.
  • Freudian Excuse: His father abandoned their family to become a kittypet when he was only a kit. Because of this, he hates kittypets, considering them weak.
  • Generation Xerox: He became a Clan Leader like his father. That's about as far as the similarities go.
  • Genki Boy: As a kit. His Training from Hell beat it out of him.
  • Gone Horribly Right: He was born the weakest kit in his litter, and his mother named him Tigerkit in the hopes that he would grow strong. He grew up to be so strong and fierce that he dreamed of taking over the whole was all downhill from there.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He received a noticeable scar while fighting against Oakheart.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He could be considered this for The Darkest Hour since it was him who brought BloodClan to the forest in the first place.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: He is killed in this manner when the cat he tried to order around got fed up with it - the wound is bad enough that he loses all of his nine leader's lives. One apprentice even refers to it in this way when a group of them re-enacts his death in the third volume of the Tigerstar and Sasha manga trilogy.
  • Hate Sink: Despite having some Even Evil Has Standards and Even Evil Has Loved Ones moments, it is made clear, that the reader is not supposed sympatize with him, considering that he's a power-hungry Jerkass and a racist, to boot!
  • Hearing Voices: In Tigerclaw's Fury, he hears voices usually telling him to do evil stuff, and berating him for any weakness (read: kindness). At first this is painted as his evil ambition that may or may not be driving him crazy, but it's eventually revealed to be Mapleshade.
  • Hidden Villain: He's not revealed as a bad guy until half-way through Into the Wild, and even then his guilt is uncertain until the end of Forest of Secrets.
  • High-Pressure Blood: 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.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: He does this a few times, most notably in The New Prophecy, where Hawkfrost, who seemed to be the Big Bad of that arc, turned out to be working for him.
  • Hypocrite: Insists that kittypets are inferior to Clan cats, yet has kits with a kittypet.
    • Well, technically she was a rogue at the time. Or at least that would be his excuse.
  • Identical Grandson:
    • Has an ancestor named Gorseclaw that is identical to him - it's what made Firestar realize that Tigerstar is descended from SkyClan.
    • His own sons Brambleclaw and Hawkfrost, and his grandson Tigerheart, also look exactly like him (except the eyes for Hawkfrost).
  • I Got Bigger: He had been the runt of his litter until getting older. Not only did he get older and bigger, but he also became a giant among the Clan cats. It appears that his sons Bramblestar and Hawkfrost share their father's growth spurt as well.
  • Ill Boy: He was very sickly when he was born, but he recovered from his sickness.
  • Join or Die: How he operates. One particularly notable moment is when his son defied him:
    Bramblepaw: Join you? After everything you've done? I'd rather die!
    Tigerstar: Are you sure? I won't make the offer twice. Join me now, or you will die.
    Bramblepaw: Then at least I'll go to StarClan as a loyal ThunderClan cat.
    Tigerstar: Fool! Stay, then, and die with these other fools.
  • Kick the Dog: In The Original Series, his evil is established to the readers early on through his abuse of Ravenpaw, but he just keeps doing horrible things to sympathetic characters. How despicable he is reaches a peak during his actions at the Bonehill.
  • Large and in Charge: Is positively huge by cat standards, and becomes leader of at least two Clans.
  • Large Ham: Not in The Prophecies Begin, but rather after his death.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In The Darkest Hour, he was on the verge of ruling the Clans. Then he was killed by Scourge, who he had savagely beaten when they were younger.
  • The Leader: Of Brokenstar's rogues in Rising Storm, and ShadowClan for the last third of the first arc.
  • Leader Wannabe: The biggest example in the series. Even when he's leader of a Clan, that's not enough - he wants to lead the forest.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident:
    • In Into the Wild he sends Ravenpaw on dangerous tasks (for instance, hunting at Snakerocks where poisonous snakes live) in the hope that it'll get him killed and look like an accident.
    • He tries to get Bluestar hit by a car and killed at one point in the series.
    • Later he told Fireheart to cross a branch over a flooded stream and then knocked it loose. Even Fireheart wasn't sure whether it was an accident or not until he noticed the way Tigerclaw was looking at him later.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates all of ThunderClan in his attempts to become the leader. Later, he manipulates ShadowClan in order to become their leader. Finally, he manages to channel his powers of manipulation into convincing Clan cats to train with the Dark Forest.
  • Meaningful Name: His name refers to his ferocity, which is akin to that of a tiger.
  • The Mentor: To Darkstripe and Ravenpaw.
  • Mutual Kill: In The Last Hope, Firestar makes him Deader Than Dead, but dies of his wounds immediately afterward.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Sure he's dead. That doesn't mean he won't continue to haunt Firestar through his sons.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: He was originally from ThunderClan, but came to power in ShadowClan during their darkest hour; Hitler was from Austria, but came to power in Germany during a low point in its history. Tigerstar merged RiverClan into ShadowClan to form TigerClan; Hitler merged Austria and Sudetenland into Germany to form Greater Germany. Like all good dictators, Tigerstar had his own secret police, consisting of Brokenstar's rogues and Darkstripe. He started imprisoning and mistreating halfClan cats, clearly planning to eventually kill them, because he claimed that they couldn't be trusted, and blamed them all that had ever gone wrong. And finally, up until she realised how evil he was, Sasha was the Eva Braun to Tigerstar's Hitler.
  • New Era Speech: He gives one at a Gathering when trying to convince the other Clans to join him and form TigerClan.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives one to a young Scourge in Bluestar's Prophecy.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to unite the Clans - by force, if necessary to stop the constant bloodshed from them fighting, but he still persecutes halfClan cats for supposedly having divided loyalty between two clans.
  • Number Two: He spent about a third of the first arc as ThunderClan's deputy.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Feels this way towards Firestar.
  • Opposed Mentors: He and Lionheart both served as mentors to Firestar until Bluestar decided to take him as her apprentice.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: He had two sisters, Mistkit and Nightkit, who died when they were very young kits.
  • Overarching Villain: He dies toward the end of the first arc, but shows up in the Warriors equivalent of hell and remains a major villain until his spirit is killed and he is gone forever at the end of the fourth arc, which was originally intended to be the last arc following the main storyline. He also has a role in several of the side works, including Bluestar's Prophecy, the Tigerstar and Sasha, and The Rise of Scourge mangas, and a POV novella titled Tigerclaw's Fury.
  • Parental Favoritism: He favors his sons over his daughters. It is heavily implied, especially in The Last Hope, that even though they are on different sides, Brambleclaw is his favorite kit.
  • Pet the Dog: He gave Ravenpaw a genuine compliment in Into the Wild.
    • Ran into the blazing ThunderClan camp to save his son in Tigerclaw's Fury, and made sure his mate and daughter were alright before he left.
    • In Forest of Secrets he helps stimulate Graystripe's kits' breathing during Silverstream's disastrous kitting.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He parallels Hitler in several ways, and has attempted genocide in the form of public executions during a propaganda rally where he called half-Clan cats "filth".
  • Post-Mortem Comeback: He dies in The Darkest Hour, but that doesn't stop him from coming back in Starlight as a major villain.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: In The Last Hope, he finally succeeds in killing Firestar (or more accurately, Firestar dies of his wounds after killing him), but his spirit is erased from existence, while Firestar is reunited with his loved ones in StarClan's paradise.
  • Quit Your Whining: In Forest of Secrets Graystripe is with his mate as she dies giving birth to his kits, and he wails his grief to the skies. Cue Tigerclaw coming along, cuffing him, and ordering him to "Stop that moaning".
  • Red Herring: Tigerstar's status as Big Bad ends up becoming this in Darkest Hour, as the book builds up a final battle between him and Firestar, only for Scourge to usurp his position, turn him into Big Bad Wannabe and kill him.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: In Fading Echoes, he tells Ivypool that he truly regrets his actions against ThunderClan, but they continue to hold a grudge. However, it's obvious to the reader that this is a lie.
  • Reminiscing About Your Victims: In Battles of the Clans, he nostalgically tells some kittypets about how he killed Redtail.
  • The Resenter: He claims that the moment Bluestar found Firestar he became nothing, and waited many moons for his revenge.
  • Returning Big Bad: Is killed at the end of the first series. However, he returns to the books in the latter half of the second series, visiting his sons Hawkfrost and Brambleclaw in their dreams and trying to get them to follow his plans; ultimately by the time of Warrior Cats: Omen of the Stars his spirit is able to physically fight living cats and he faces Firestar once more.
  • Sadist Teacher:
    • While still in ThunderClan he ruthlessly bullies his apprentice Ravenpaw, including poking him with a claw and telling him to get up while Ravenpaw is unconscious in the medicine den after battle.
    • During his exile from ThunderClan, he trains his group of former ShadowClan warriors with unsheathed claws so that they sustain injuries during their training.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: After Firestar asks him if all the death and hatred was worth it, he replies, "Every moment".
  • Sickly Child Grew Up Strong: Bluestar's Prophecy reveals that he was the runt of his litter: he was too weak even to feed, and wasn't expected to survive his first night. His mother chose the name Tigerkit in the hope that he'd become strong.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor:
    • To Ravenpaw, which is deliberate as he (correctly) suspects Ravenpaw knows he killed Redtail, so he's discreetly trying to kill him too. Though even before that, he didn't treat him well.
    • And had his own in the case of Thistleclaw, who unlike Tigerstar actually trained in the Dark Forest when he was alive.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He claims he's greater than StarClan after changing the number of Clans from 4 to 2.
  • Social Darwinist: It's part of his philosophy. He states it exactly in The Last Hope.
    Tigerstar: "Weak cats should be left to fend for themselves."
  • Spirit Advisor: Of the evil variety. He serves as one to Brambleclaw, Lionblaze, Hawkfrost, Ivypool, and all the other Dark Forest trainees. Also revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury to have his own: Mapleshade. Although this cat's advising was disguised as a whisper within Tigerstar's own mind, and he didn't realize that that cat was a real person until after he's exiled from ThunderClan.
  • The Starscream: He was this before even becoming second in command by plotting and eventually killing the second-in command, and then after that tried to kill off Bluestar numerous times, all of them failed, with the final time resulting in exile.
  • The Stoic: As a member of ThunderClan. Otherwise, he's a Large Ham.
  • Take Over the World: His main goal is to rule all the Clans.
  • Take Up My Sword: This is what he intends for Brambleclaw, Hawkfrost, Tawnypelt for a short time, Jayfeather for a short time, Lionblaze, and Tigerheart. He succeeds with one of them.
  • Team Killer: He kills his Clanmate, Redtail.
  • Terrible Trio: He, Darkstripe and Longtail were this in ThunderClan in the first series. Tigerstar was rarely seen without his loyal followers, at least until Tigerstar is exposed as a traitor. Longtail chooses his Clan over his friend, but Darkstripe later joins Tigerstar in exile.
  • Thank Your Prey: Defied. He feels he doesn't owe StarClan any thanks because he caught his prey on his own.
  • The Big Guy: Was this in ThunderClan before he got exiled.
  • Token Evil Teammate: As a ThunderClan member.
  • Training from Hell: According to Bluefur, Thistleclaw put Tigerpaw through absolutely brutal training.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Of ShadowClan during Rising Storm.
  • The Unfought: There is never a solid, definitive fight against him. Until The Last Hope, that is.
  • Unfriendly Fire: This is one of his methods when he's still a Villain with Good Publicity before his exile:
    • After a border fight, he kills the Clan deputy, Redtail, hoping he'll be made deputy himself. He places the blame for Redtail's death on Oakheart, whom Redtail had been fighting against and who had been killed in the battle so he wouldn't be around to deny it. Too bad Ravenpaw had been hiding in the bushes and saw it happen...
    • Wanting to kill his leader in order to become leader himself, Tigerclaw convinces a group of rogues to attack the camp. During the battle, he attacks Bluestar, hoping to make it look like a rogue had killed her.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even after Jaggedtooth helps him become leader in "Tigerclaw's Fury", he refuses to reward him because he feels like he owes him nothing.
    • Double subverted when he sees Firestar (Fireheart back then) rescuing Bramblekit during the forest fire. At first, he's thankful that Bramblekit made it out okay and that Firestar rescued him...but then he still continues hating Firestar.
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • Unfortunately for him, his plan to rule the forest was a stepping stone in Scourge's plan to kill him and take the forest for BloodClan.
    • Presumably is this to his Dark Forest advisor, Mapleshade, who has previously been established to hate ThunderClan. She helps him in his quest for power, likely because his pursuit of it causes so much grief to ThunderClan and later all the Clans.
  • The Uriah Gambit: One of his favourite tactics.
    • Tigerclaw, suspecting that Ravenpaw knows he killed Redtail, sets him some dangerous hunting tasks, including at Snakerocks (named for the deadly adders that bask there in the summer... Ravenpaw actually manages to catch one!) and in ShadowClan territory.
    • During battle, Fireheart's pinned down and fighting for his life. He calls to Tigerclaw for help, but Tigerclaw just watches him; it's to his advantage if Fireheart dies since he believes Ravenpaw told Fireheart what he knows.
    • At one point, he orders Fireheart to cross a flooded stream, using only a spindly branch caught in the water. When Fireheart's halfway across and Longtail isn't watching, Tigerclaw tries to Make It Look Like an Accident by knocking the branch loose of the rock it's caught against.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Bluestar's Prophecy shows that he was a cute little kit who liked playing Pounce with Whitekit and wanted to be the best warrior in the Clan.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Played straight at the end of A Dangerous Path, where Tigerstar just runs away without putting up a fight.
  • Villainous Legacy: He dies at the end of the first arc, but keeps influencing the Clans after his death partly because of his ambitious descendants and partly because he is still plotting even after death.
  • Villain Respect: He grudgingly admits that Firestar has great strength and spirit.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Until halfway into the first arc, only a few cats knew his true colors. It still takes until the end of The Darkest Hour for all the Clans to realize how evil he is.
  • Visionary Villain: In The Original Series, he wants to create a world where the Clans end their eternal war and usher in a new age of prosperity by joining together as one. Of course, the way he goes about it is evil, and that's why he's the villain.
  • Warhawk: He always was eager to lead his Clan into battle: when he is exiled from ThunderClan he boasts about how he would never have been such a soft leader, keeping peace with the other Clans.
  • We Can Rule Together: Repeatedly pulls this on Brambleclaw until The Last Hope, where he decides that he'll have to kill him later. However, he does offer him a one-on-one fight.
  • Worthy Opponent: He feels this way Firestar, even so far as setting up an elaborate scheme just so they could have their one-on-one fight.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He kills a WindClan apprentice just to prove that he is serious in his threats.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Plays this in the first arc, most notably at a Gathering in The Darkest Hour, when he turns the weather into a gambit. However, his plans blew up in his face when he underestimated Scourge so much that he didn't even have a counter-plan when Scourge turned on him.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: Firestar and others think this, given how he was once one of the most powerful and respected warriors in ThunderClan.
  • You Fool!: When his son Brambleclaw refuses his offer of power in The Darkest Hour, Tigerstar calls him a fool.

Blackstar (Blackfoot)

"Oh, and Mistyfoot? Never trust the shadows. My warriors wear the night like second pelts. If you wrong ShadowClan, you will never be safe in the dark."
"Hope is easy, but it catches no prey."

A former follower of Brokenstar, and then Tigerstar after the latter's exile, Blackstar served as deputy to both Big Bads. After the war with BloodClan, he becomes leader of ShadowClan, but is smart enough to not try anything subversive after all the Clans had been through, and has thus far shown himself to be a capable leader.

  • A Day in the Limelight: He will be getting a novella in 2021.
  • Anti-Hero: Post Heel–Face Turn. He's definitely not the kindest of cats and is rather proud, but in the end he's doing what he thinks is best for his Clan.
  • Back from the Dead: It comes with being clan leader.
  • Blood Knight: He counted as one when he was Blackfoot, being the top enforcer of Brokenstar, who was himself a brutal warrior who only used his Clan for battle purposes.
  • The Brute: Yellowfang describes him as a cat who is strong but not smart, allowing a cleverer cat to defeat him.
  • Cool Old Guy: His age really shows at times, like his wistfulness when he discusses the Lake in Eclipse.
  • Deadpan Snarker: After his villainousness from The Prophecies Begin wears off.
  • Defector from Decadence: Though by no means a friendly character, he has not shown any of the bloodthirstiness or evil ambition of his former idols, and sticks to the Warrior Code.
  • Depending on the Artist: On whether he has one black paw or four.
  • The Dragon: Both Brokenstar and Tigerstar's dragon, but he grew out of his villainy.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In Bramblestar's Storm he is killed offscreen by the flood. A somewhat anticlimactic death for a very long-lived leader, and a cat who was an unrepentant villain in The Prophecies Begin.
  • Enemy Mine: At the end of The Darkest Hour, when he teams up with Firestar, Leopardstar and Tallstar to defeat Scourge. He has stayed this way since then. Also in Eclipse, when he teams up with ThunderClan to fight WindClan and RiverClan.
  • Extra Digits: Has six toes on one paw according to the former official app.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Temporarily goes through this after Sol gains power in ShadowClan.
  • Insult Backfire: At one point he starts going on and on about how generous ThunderClan was to give up a piece of territory, and how much good use ShadowClan has been getting out of it as a hunting ground, using the concession as an opportunity to mock ThunderClan for weakness. Firestar, who had simply not thought the piece of territory important enough to fight for, responds: "I'm glad to hear that you are getting so much out of a piece of land prey-poor by ThunderClan standards." Blackstar is not amused.
  • Karma Houdini: Many fans think he got off easy for being the primary supporter of two the series' most evil characters.
  • Killed Offscreen: He dies in the flood in Bramblestar's Storm.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Near the end of The Darkest Hour.
  • The Leader: Of ShadowClan for many years.
  • The Mentor: To Dawncloud and Tallpoppy.
  • Nice Guy: In The Fourth Apprentice, he momentarily turns into this. Lionblaze snarkily freaks out over it.
  • Number Two: He was this two times as the deputy of Brokenstar and Tigerstar!
  • OOC Is Serious Business: After he wholeheartedly welcomes the drought patrol into ShadowClan camp at the end of The Fourth Apprentice, Lionblaze (jokingly) accuses him of being an impostor.
  • Pet the Dog: Helping ThunderClan and accepting Tawnypelt as a true member of his Clan have been very nice acts by him.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With his deputy, Russetfur. So much he goes through a Heroic BSoD when she dies.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: To his Clan.
  • Redeeming Replacement: Certainly he's no saint, but he's a much more reasonable leader than Tigerstar.
  • Reformed Criminal: Formerly served the villains, but now has a become a good guy, or at least as good as a ShadowClan cat can be.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In The Last Hope, during Redwillow's gloating, he shuts him up by killing him. And when Shredtail yells at him for killing his warrior, Blackstar merely says "I killed one traitor, and I'm fixing to kill another."
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Though not an extremely pleasant cat, while Onestar becomes more of a Jerkass over time, Blackstar becomes nicer, even helping ThunderClan on occasion.
  • Would Harm a Senior: In Into the Wild he kills the elder Rosetail as she defends the ThunderClan nursery.


"Every cat knows that ThunderClan ignores borders, but ShadowClan sticks to the warrior code."
Click here  to see her in the Tigerstar and Sasha manga

A former rogue, Russetfur became Blackstar's deputy after the battle with Scourge and BloodClan. She was a kind and caring warrior, and was admired by many.

In Omen of the Stars, Lionblaze accidentally kills her when trying to pull her off of Firestar. Her death serves as a catalyst for StarClan's separation.

Rowanstar (Rowanclaw)

"It's nonsense to say that Tawnypelt isn't loyal. I haven't forgotten all the Tribe cats did for us, even if you have. They deserve our help."

A warrior of ShadowClan and Tawnypelt's mate. Becomes Deputy after Russetfur dies and leader after Blackstar dies.

  • Abdicate the Throne: Due to his guilt over letting his Clan be destroyed by Darktail and his own apprentices.
  • The Apprentice: To Jaggedtooth.
  • Ascended Extra: He was a minor character, barely mentioned outside the character list - so minor that he changed from a she-cat to a tom by accident. The authors decided to acknowledge this by making him Tawnypelt's mate, and he eventually went on to become ShadowClan's leader.
  • Gender Bender: Starts out a she-cat, but turns into a tom.
  • Happily Married: Mates with Tawnypelt.
  • The Leader: Becomes this in Bramblestar's Storm.
  • The Mentor: To Talonpaw and Ivytail.
  • Not Helping Your Case: While Rowanstar is understandably upset at losing control of ShadowClan, he doesn't act in a very cooperative mood, such as using RiverClan cats as bait against Darktail.
  • Number Two: After Russetfur dies, he becomes the deputy of ShadowClan.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: He outlives his son Flametail and his daughter Dawnpelt.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He had often switched between jerky and nice before, but after becoming ShadowClan's leader in Bramblestar's Storm, he gets very angry at ThunderClan for helping them with kittypets and badgers.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Originally scorned Tawnypelt for being born in ThunderClan, but eventually became a great father to her kits and a loyal deputy after Russetfur's death.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Even before his leadership, his son Flametail dies by drowning. Once he becomes a leader, however, bad karma hits him like a sledgehammer. Several of his Clanmates (mainly Needletail and the other apprentices) get very rebellious, so much so that they help Darktail and the Kin overthrow Rowanstar and drive him and their remaining Clanmates into exile. While this happens, his daughter Dawnpelt is drowned by Darktail, and his other son (and deputy) Tigerheart runs off to be with Dovewing. Rowanstar's become so traumatized by it all that he surrenders to SkyClan and gives up being leader of his Clan. In the end, his granddaughter Sleekwhisker ends up killing him while he tries rescuing Tawnypelt and some kits.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In Bramblestar's Storm when ThunderClan saves ShadowClan he's not only ungrateful, but he's outright resentful towards ThunderClan.


"Clearly, these young cats have made a mistake. But there's no harm done. You can’t come here to visit your sister, understand? If you need to speak to her, wait for a Gathering. You may be kin, but you live in different Clans now."

Dawnpelt's mate and Rowanstar's first deputy.

  • Cool Old Guy: Thunder and Shadow showed him to be an honorable and reasonable cat with good leadership material.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: In Thunder and Shadow he dies from Yellowcough.
  • The Mentor: To Olivenose.
  • Number Two: Rowanstar chose him as his deputy after Blackstar died.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: At first he keeps Twigpaw imprisoned in ShadowClan so Bramblestar can bargain with Onestar for the lungwort ShadowClan needed. When that didn't work, Crowfrost chose to let Twigpaw go back to ThunderClan as she was spending a lot of time near the sick cats and he didn't want her to get sick as well.

Tigerstar (Tigerheart)

"There is always a choice."

Tawnypelt's son, who was named for Tigerstar. Many cats seemed to consider this an ill omen, considering everything that Tigerstar did, but Tigerheart seems to be avert his grandfather's legacy.

In The Fourth Apprentice, he is one of the cats chosen to find the source of the drought. During the quest, he grows close to Dovewing, and their bond remains strong afterwards. At the end of the book Lionblaze realizes that Tigerheart was using one of Tigerstar's moves in the battle, and deduces that he is now training in the Place of No Stars.

His character arc takes many twists and turns over the course of the arc, until the end of The Last Hope, where his training in the Dark Forest causes Dovewing to finally reject him completely, after already breaking up with him in Night Whispers. He then reveals himself to be a spy, and he aides the Clans in the final battle.

Becomes deputy after Crowfrost dies and then the leader of ShadowClan when he returns to the Clan.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Got his own super edition titled Tigerheart's Shadow.
  • Adorkable: He has his moments, like whenever he interacts with Dovewing. He's also very chatty.
  • Anti-Villain: As a nice guy who is also a trainee of the Dark Forest.
  • Anti-Hero: As a nice guy who is also a trainee of the Dark Forest. But he's also spying on them for the side of the Clans.
  • The Apprentice: To Oakfur.
  • Ascended Extra: While a minor character in Power of Three, he got a much larger role and a significant character arc in the fourth series, Omen of the Stars.
  • Adult Fear: In The Raging Storm, because of Shadowkit's recurring dreams about drowning, Tigerheart was afraid that his son would die the same way that Flametail did.
  • Back from the Dead: Literal in his case. Tigerheart was already dead when he got his nine lives.
  • Betty and Veronica: To Dovewing. He serves as the darker and edgier Veronica to the kind-hearted Bumblestripe's Betty.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Named after his deceased grandfather, Tigerstar.
  • Face–Heel Turn: At the end of The Fourth Apprentice, Lionblaze realizes that he is training in the Dark Forest. Then in The Last Hope, it turns out that he was actually spying on them, subverting the trope.
  • Fake Defector: It appears that he is eagerly following his grandfather Tigerstar's teachings, but he's really spying on Tigerstar and the Dark Forest, unbeknownst to the reader and other characters (even Ivypool, who worked as a spy herself after joining and realizing that they're really hell-bent on destroying the Clans.)
  • Foreshadowing: Why did he never try to get Dawnpelt into the Dark Forest? Because they're evil, and he's not.
  • Forgiveness: During his nine lives ceremony, Yellowfang gives him a life for forgiveness. Yellowfang states that "Forgiveness will give you more power than vengeance will ever bring".
  • Good All Along: He was actually a spy for the Clans, trying to figure out what the Dark Forest was up to.
  • Good Parents: He is shown to be a caring father to Shadowsight.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices himself to save Hollowkit from being taken away from an owl. Luckily he gets better when StarClan gives him the nine lives of a leader.
  • Identical Grandson: He looks like his grandfather, Tigerstar.
  • Keet: Dovewing notes that he's very chatty. He's also the most adventurous of Tawnypelt's kits.
  • The Leader: He struggled with the concept of being a good leader to ShadowClan during Tigerheart's Shadow, unsure if he was ready to lead them or not. During the book he'd persuaded Scorchfur and Juniperclaw to stay with ShadowClan after they tried to leave, he'd journeyed to the city to find Dovewing and his kits, he'd helped the guardian cats learn to defend what was theirs and he'd led his family and friends home. As Rowanclaw put it, he will never be more ready to lead then he is now.
    • Tigerheart eventually did become the leader to ShadowClan after a near death experience. During his nine lives ceremony Littlecloud gave him a life for acceptance, stating that fear of failure had kept Tigerheart from leadership for too long and that it was his destiny and one that he must embrace if he is to save his Clan.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like his father, he becomes deputy and then leader.
  • The Mentor: To Sleekwhisker.
  • Nice Guy: Compared to most of ShadowClan.
  • Number Two: Becomes Rowanstar's deputy after Crowfrost dies from Yellowcough in Thunder and Shadow
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: He is a dark brown tabby, while Dovewing has pale gray fur.
  • Reverse Mole: He was also a spy against the Dark Forest all along.
  • Romantic False Lead: To Dovewing, or so it seems in Omen of the Stars. Bramblestar's Storm implies she still loves him. During Tigerheart's Shadow Dovewing officially has Tigerheart's kits and decides to move to ShadowClan to be with him.
  • Ship Tease: Shockingly enough with Ivypool in The Last Hope.


"Fox dung! I'm a loyal ShadowClan cat. If I'm ever made deputy or leader it will be because I have earned it myself - and my Clanmates and StarClan wish it. You're twisting the warrior code to get what you want, just like you did when you were alive."

Tigerstar's daughter, and Brambleclaw's sister. She ran away from ThunderClan because of the other cats' hatred for her father, joining him in ShadowClan. Even after his crimes are revealed, and the Clans are at peace once more, she chooses to stay in ShadowClan, feeling that she has more of a place there than in ThunderClan. She is one of the four chosen cats to journey to Midnight and find a new home for the Clans, showing that StarClan still has trust in her despite her father's actions.

  • A Day in the Limelight: She's one of the stars of one of the novellas coming out in 2019.
  • The Apprentice: To Brackenfur when she was living in ThunderClan, but after moving to ShadowClan her mentor became Oakfur.
  • Ascended Extra: She was a minor character in the original series, but in The New Prophecy she received a massive boost in screentime and had a very important role.
  • Break the Cutie: She is the oldest daughter of Tigerstar, for one thing. She is so tormented living in ThunderClan that one day she just moves into her father's Clan. Shortly afterward, her father dies. Also, in series 3, she has to temporarily leave ShadowClan, with her young apprentice kittens, because of Sol's presence. Over the course of series 4 and 6, she loses two of her three kits and eventually her mate, though her only surviving kit becomes leader.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In the above quote.
  • The Chosen One: The ShadowClan cat who is chosen to go to Sun-Drown-Place.
  • Deadpan Snarker: During the journey to find Midnight, at least.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She becomes this with the party she was traveling with in The New Prophecy due to all they endured together.
  • Freudian Trio: In The New Prophecy she, Feathertail and Leafpool were the Superego to Brambleclaw and Stormfur's Ego and Squirrelflight and Crowfeather's Id.
  • In the Blood: Averted. When she is offered power by her father, she rejects it, and encourages Brambleclaw to do the same.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: In Midnight she is willing to let the rest of the group abandon her after she gets injured by a rat and the wound gets infected, but they eventually manage to heal her.
  • Like Father, Like Son: She becomes deputy for a very short time like her father and even brother were.
  • Loser Son of Loser Dad: Runs away from ThunderClan precisely because of this reason.
  • The Mentor: To Starlingwing, Grassheart, Needletail, Snaketooth and Conefoot.
  • Morality Pet: To Tigerstar. Also to Blackstar and by extension her mate Rowanclaw too.
  • Number Two: She was Rowanstar's deputy after Tigerheart left ShadowClan to find Dovewing. She was also deputy under her son for at least a moon before stepping down for some unknown reason. Her novella Tawnypelt's Clan gives an explanation to this. Because ShadowClan was changing it made sense to her for a younger warrior to be deputy.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives her son Flametail and her daughter Dawnpelt.
  • Sneaky Departure: The New Prophecy begins with Tawnypelt and a cat from each Clan getting an omen telling them that they need to go on a journey far away from the Clans. Since they can't let their Clanmates in on this, they have to sneak away from the Clans and meet up together for the journey.
  • Token Good Teammate: To most of ShadowClan.
  • Women Are Wiser: In Midnight, when Squirrelpaw gets stuck under a fence, the males of the group - Brambleclaw, Stormfur, and Crowpaw - start arguing aggressively about what to do. The she-cats Tawnypelt and Feathertail, meanwhile, actually come up with an idea to get Squirrelpaw out, and successfully free her. They even ask afterward if all toms do is fight.


"Cats are born knowing how to hunt and fight. Why do I need you telling me what I already know?"

Dawnpelt and Crowfrost's son.

  • The Apprentice: To Stonewing.
  • Death Equals Redemption: He dies saving Shadowkit and Violetshine from drowning in the flood. This action atones his previous crimes.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He drowns saving Shadowkit (a kit from his Clan) and Violetshine (a pregnant queen from SkyClan.
  • Hypocrite: During Tigerheart's Shadow Juniperclaw says that ShadowClan cats have forgotten what loyalty means, even though he was one of the first to betray ShadowClan in Thunder and Shadow.
  • Like Father, Like Son: He becomes deputy for a short time like his father was at one point.
  • The Mentor: To Whorlpelt.
  • Number Two: He becomes deputy after Tawnypelt steps down, but is stripped of his title when ShadowClan discovers he put poison on SkyClan's fresh kill pile to get rid of them.
  • Rebellious Spirit: He was one of the rebellious apprentices in Thunder and Shadow.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He has a black pelt like his father Crowfrost.


"We've been worried about going home. We joined the rogues. We fought the Clans. We weren't sure ShadowClan would have us back. That's why we stayed away."

The daughter of Snowbird and Scorchfur and the sister of Berryheart, Rippletail, Bluebellkit, Beenose, Yarrowleaf, Conekit, Gullkit and Frondkit.

  • Massive Numbered Siblings: She has 8 siblings.
  • My Greatest Failure: Regrets siding with Darktail and the Kin, believing that she's let ShadowClan down and isn't sure if they'll welcome her back.
  • Number Two: She becomes deputy after Juniperclaw is stripped of the position.

    Medicine Cats 


The first medicine cat of ShadowClan. Also see his entry under Pebble Heart at the Dawn of the Clans page.

  • All-Loving Hero: He was described as the most kind-hearted original medicine cat, and he died because he worked himself too hard to protect his Clanmates.
  • The Medic: The first medicine cat of ShadowClan.
  • Token Good Teammate: He was the nicest ShadowClan cat in the olden days.

"A storm of blood and fire will sweep the forest!"

The ShadowClan medicine cat during SkyClan's exile. Appears in Yellowfang's Secret to warn Featherwhisker about Brokenstar.

  • The Atoner: He feels horrible about letting SkyClan be driven out.
  • Ascended Extra: In Yellowfang's Secret, if the prologue is any indication.
  • The Medic: In life, he was the medicine cat of ShadowClan.
  • The Mentor: To Hollowbelly.


"No warrior wants to die. Especially in a battle that should not have happened."
Click here  to see her in the Yellowfang's Secret manga

ShadowClan's medicine cat during Yellowfang's Secret. She identifies Yellowfang's potential and trains her to be a medicine cat.

  • The Apprentice: To Redthistle.
  • Cool Old Lady: She's always Yellowfang's friend and advisor, well into her old age.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appears in Night Whispers before getting a more major role in Yellowfang's Secret.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Seriously, how many cats are going to die this way?
  • Manipulative Bastard: She constantly tells Yellowfang that she can't be a warrior because of her power, and has to become a medicine cat. She berates Yellowfang for "selfishly" staying a warrior and not becoming a medicine cat every time she sees her. And when Yellowfang finally caves to her and becomes a medicine cat, Sagewhisker's first lesson is how to control her power so that it doesn't distract her.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She doesn't know this, but Silverflame tells Yellowfang to spend more time with Brokenkit to bring out a good side in him. Yet Sagewhisker keeps telling her to not spend any time with him, even as a friend. Because of this, she prevents Brokenstar's good side from coming out.
  • The Medic: Of ShadowClan during Yellowfang's Secret.
  • The Mentor: Mentors Yellowfang.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • Keeps Yellowfang's special powers a secret from the Clan.
    • Also keeps Yellowfang's pregnancy a secret.


A warrior turned medicine cat, Yellowfang served ShadowClan faithfully until she was driven out by Brokenstar. Afterwards, she joined ThunderClan. For more information, see Warrior Cats Thunderclan Medicine Cats.


"Not of rain, but of a great new dawn that awaits our Clan. In that ray of light, our warrior ancestors showed me the future, and it will be glorious!"

The ShadowClan medicine cat after Yellowfang was driven out by Brokenstar, Runningnose is considered a poor replacement, as he cannot even cure his runny nose. He is forced to interpret omens of victory for Brokenstar and Tigerstar, and wishes that someone would overthrow them.

  • The Apprentice: To Yellowfang.
  • Butt-Monkey: He can never seem to catch a break.
  • The Cameo: Has a brief one in Into The Woods, where he looks like a chain smoker.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: He's a medicine cat who can't cure his own cold, which gets him made fun of by many cats.
  • Kids Are Cruel: At first. Little Runningnose was a bully to Brokenstar, joining his littermates in tormenting him. But after Yellowfang yells at him and his siblings to stop, he stops picking on him.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is a reminder that despite not able to cure everything, medicine cats still do their best.
  • The Medic: After Yellowfang leaves.
  • The Mentor: To Littlecloud.
  • Replacement Scrappy: In-universe. Most cats consider him a terrible replacement for Yellowfang. invoked
  • Running Gag: His inability to cure his cold.
  • The Bully: Yep...even the Butt-Monkey was a bully to Brokenstar.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After being a jerk to Brokenstar (unwittingly causing Brokenstar's Start of Darkness) and apologizing, he's one of the few nicer ShadowClan cats after Nightstar takes over.


"Cinderpelt saved my life once. That act bonded us closer than friends. I will not abandon the Clan she loved until that debt is repaid!"

Originally a three month old apprentice under Brokenstar's reign, he went on to become a warrior until he and the rest of ShadowClan got ill. He and a warrior named Whitethroat ran away to be cured, which eventually Cinderpelt did, even giving them a place to stay in ThunderClan territory. Since then, he has remained a loyal friend to her and became ShadowClan's medicine cat.

  • Ambiguously Gay: According to Vicky, Littlecloud "wasn't into she-cats". This implies he's either gay or ace.
  • The Apprentice: To Runningnose.
  • Bad Omen Anecdote: He explains to Jayfeather and Squirrelflight how a cat once broke his broke his back like Briarlight. Unfortunately, the cat soon died.
  • Celibate Hero: As a medicine cat, he may not take a mate.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: When first introduced in Into The Wild, he is just a small, seemingly unimportant apprentice from ShadowClan, but later becomes the ShadowClan Medicine Cat after Runningnose and a good friend to Cinderpelt.
  • Child Soldier: He was forced by Brokenstar to become a warrior apprentice when he was less than six moons old.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's fairly old by Omen of the Stars.
  • Following in Their Rescuer's Footsteps: He decides to be a medicine cat after Cinderpelt saves his life when he is sick with the carrion place plague.
  • Ill Boy: In Rising Storm, he gets a disease that was spreading around ShadowClan, but Cinderpelt treats him. He gets another disease in Night Whispers.
  • The Medic: He becomes a medicine cat after Cinderpelt saves his life in Rising Storm.
  • The Mentor: To Flametail.
  • Mercy Kill: He keeps deathberries in his den to end the suffering of dying cats.
  • Morality Pet: To the rest of ShadowClan, especially Blackstar.
  • Older Than They Look: He's very old by the time of Omen of the Stars but he's described as very small.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Cinderpelt.
  • Really 17 Years Old: In the first book, Lionheart asks Littlepaw how old he is because he seems unusually small. The apprentice claims that he's six moons and that his mother is small too, but as it turns out he's actually only three moons, only half the age he's supposed to be to start training as a warrior. With the murderous Brokenstar as ShadowClan's leader, it's no wonder that he would be afraid of revealing that his leader was breaking the warrior code.
  • Sherlock Scan: In Night Whispers, he is able to tell that Flametail didn't go to the medicine cat gathering because of his smell.
  • Token Good Teammate: In the first series, he was one of the few named ShadowClan cats who was actually a good guy.
  • Undying Loyalty: To ThunderClan, since Cinderpelt saved his life.


"I'm glad we're not related! I wouldn't want to be kin with a murderer!"
Click here  to see him on the cover of Night Whispers

Tawnypelt's other son of the same litter, who becomes a medicine cat apprentice. He is even-tempered and loyal to his Clan. Currently residing in StarClan.


"He was always friendly, although he seemed anxious in his role as the Clan's medicine cat, and a little overwhelmed by the daily worries of keeping his Clan healthy."

Littlecloud's successor, who becomes a medicine cat simply because there's no other cat in the Clan available. Despite the suddenness of it and his own struggles, he's hard-working and dedicated to doing his duty.

  • The Apprentice: To Leafpool.
  • The Medic: He becomes ShadowClan's medicine cat at a young age.
  • The Mentor: To Shadowsight.
  • Nice Guy: He's constantly sweet and polite, if heckled by his duties, and is the first cat to befriend Violetpaw.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: He's made a full medicine cat immediately after Leafpool finishes training him. She stayed in ShadowClan for two moons, meaning he was put in charge of the entire Clan's health at eight moons old.
  • The Unchosen One: Most medicine cats are selected by StarClan. Not him; ShadowClan was so desperate for a new medicine cat they picked him at random, while he was still a kit, and had Leafpool train him up. He manages to do a good job of it, nonetheless.
  • Young and in Charge: He's very young when he becomes the full medicine cat of his Clan.


"That's why I had the dream. I knew it while I was dreaming. It was to show you the way home."

Born during Tigerheart's Shadow to Dovewing and Tigerheart. His littermates are named Lightleap and Pouncestep.

  • The Apprentice: To Puddleshine.
  • Bad Dreams: In The Raging Storm he had a constant nightmare about him drowning on RiverClan land during a heavy rain. He nearly did drown near the end of the book, but Juniperclaw manages to save him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He is a very dark colored ShadowClan cat with a name based on that fact, who is a good cat (though being manipulated by someone evil).
  • Disability Superpower: He has seizures and has a close connection with StarClan (though the latter is not horribly unusual in this universe).
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: He has a pretty strong connection to StarClan. In River of Fire he mentions having a dream where he was playing with his parents and littermates in this big hollow, with boulders and bushes at the top and pine trees all around. This was before it was revealed that his father was alive or his mother decided to move to ShadowClan.
  • Hearing Voices: Of the ??? category in Lost Stars. He hears a voice that he thinks is a StarClan cat, and tries to do what it says because he thinks it has the Clans' best interests at heart - even though its advice sounds sketchy. While it is not revealed at that point who exactly the voice is, he accepts later that it probably wasn't a StarClan cat and has ill intent, as its advice resulted in Bramblestar losing a life and an impostor (who turns out to be the voice) taking over his body.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Wishes he could have visions like a normal medicine cat.
  • Ill Girl: A male example. Though it has not been solidly confirmed, Shadowpaw appears to suffer from epilepsy, given his frequent seizures. This is likely one of the reasons behind his parents' protectiveness.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: He pines for normality like his mother did during her youth.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • He was named after ShadowClan, thought of by his mother, who was trying to celebrate hers and Tigerheart's differences.
    • When he was born, it was stated that he "would see into the shadows", by a loner named Spire. Only Tigerheart hears these words though, so Dovewing naming him Shadowkit was all but coincidental.
    • His suffix "sight" was named after Spiresight.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He's half ThunderClan and half ShadowClan.
  • Moral Dilemma: In Lost Stars he has to choose between ignoring a StarClan cat's edict to make sure his Clan follows the law or telling everyone, thus implicating several cats, including his own mother, to potentially severe punishment. He ends up telling the medicine cats in The Silent Thaw, which he comes to regret.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After he kills Bramblestar he feels a large amount of guilt and even his own Clanmates avoid him. When it was revealed that Bramblestar was still alive, Shadowpaw feels relief, until the emergency gathering. After witnessing what was happening he couldn't help but think "What have I done?"
  • Slashed Throat: This happens to him at the end of The Silent Thaw and it's left ambiguous if he survives. Veil of Shadows shows him stuck as a spirit while his life hangs in the balance and in the end he wakes up very much alive after getting the treatment he needed.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He has the same dark stripes as his father, Tigerstar.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The voice in his head convinces him to recommend medical treatment for Bramblestar that gets him killed, allowing Bramblestar to be possessed. He also convinces Shadowsight to name the codebreakers, giving the fake Bramblestar legitimacy.

    Warriors and Apprentices 


"We'll fight, and whichever cat StarClan favors will be victorious."

A cat who attempted to claim leadership of ShadowClan when the leader died before choosing a deputy. Appears only in Code of the Clans.

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Attempted to invoke it himself. When Mossfire challenged him for the position of leader, he challenged her to a fight, saying that whoever won would lead the Clan. They ended up killing each other.
  • Blood Knight: The other cats say that he'd be leading them into unnecessary battles, and he furiously asks if they'd prefer a Clan of cowards.
  • Leader Wannabe: When the medicine cat asked if there were any volunteers to be leader, Jumpfoot was the first cat to reply.
  • Mutual Kill: Both he and Mossfire die of their wounds.


"Toms! I've never found them to be much use around kits."

The mother of Raggedstar and Scorchwind.


"This is okay. We'll be fine here, Yellowfang."

A ShadowClan warrior who is devoted to her Clan.

  • Big Damn Heroes: When Tigerstar was still a kit Crowtail, along with Hollyflower, Brackenfoot and Archeye, saved him from a fox. This is part of Tigerstar's reason for joining ShadowClan.
  • Living Prop: Does little of import. She's a solid warrior who exists just to flesh out ShadowClan.
  • The Mentor: To Scorchwind and Clawface.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The series would have turned out very differently had she, Hollyflower, Brackenfoot and Archeye not saved Tigerstar from that fox.


"Look, listen, and scent."

Yellowfang's warrior mentor who appears in Yellowfang's Secret. She has a rather unique idea of what training should be.

  • Catch Phrase: "Look, listen, and scent."
  • Cool Old Lady: Notes that she's pretty old, and that Yellowfang will probably be her last apprentice.
  • The Mentor: For Yellowfang when she trains to be a warrior. Sagewhisker fulfills that task when Yellowfang trains to be a medicine cat.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Surprisingly averted, considering that she's the main character's first mentor and she's old.
  • So Proud of You: To Yellowfang, right before they go into Mothermouth and visit the Moonstone.
  • Stern Teacher: To Yellowfang. She's not at all unkind, though.


"Kittypets don't have to catch their own prey, though. I think that's really sad. Never knowing what it's like to stalk a squirrel..."

A ShadowClan cat who is Blackstar's mother.

  • Big Damn Heroes: When Tigerstar was still a kit Hollyflower, along with Archeye, Brackenfoot and Crowtail, saved him from a fox. This is part of Tigerstar's reason for joining ShadowClan.
  • The Mentor: To Newtspeck.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The series would have turned out very differently had she, Crowtail, Brackenfoot and Archeye not saved Tigerstar from that fox.


"Training half kittypets! We'll be making hedgehogs into apprentices next."

A ShadowClan warrior who appears in Yellowfang's Secret.


"Yes, all kits had to be protected whichever Clan they came from, but this kit was still on its own territory! Couldn't they wait for a ThunderClan patrol to come to the rescue? Clearly not. Hollyflower was advancing on the fox, putting herself between it and the kit. Protecting another Clan's kit was one thing; saving your denmate from being savaged was another."

Yellowfang's father, who appears in Yellowfang's Secret.

  • Big Damn Heroes: When Tigerstar was still a kit Brackenfoot, along with Hollyflower, Archeye and Crowtail, saved him from a fox. This is part of Tigerstar's reason for joining ShadowClan.
  • Expy: Of Brackenfur.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Makes use of this tactic to beat Raggedstar when training with him. He then explains it when Raggedstar claims he cheated.
  • The Mentor: To Raggedstar.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His youngest daughters died as kits.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The series would have turned out very differently had he, Hollyflower, Archeye and Crowtail not saved Tigerstar from that fox.


"Did you kill my kits?"

The mother of Yellowfang, Nutwhisker, and Rowanberry. Appears in Yellowfang's Secret.

  • Mama Bear: Turns against her own daughter when her youngest kits are killed.
  • The Mentor: To Foxheart.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: By the heartbroken yowl she made in Into The Wild about her dead kits, she must have regretted believing Brokenstar over Yellowfang. Bonus points for her thinking that Yellowfang (her daughter) had been the one to kill Marigoldkit and Mintkit.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Her youngest daughters died as kits.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When she thinks that Yellowfang killed her kits.


"All the young cats were a bit afraid of Amberleaf, who had a scathing tongue when she was annoyed; Yellowkit remembered being scolded by her when she accidentally hit the warrior on the head with a ball of moss."

A ShadowClan warrior from Yellowfang's Secret.

  • Damsel in Distress: It doesn't actually happen, but Yellowfang makes up a story about how she got lost in Twolegplace so that she can trick some kittypets.
  • The Dreaded: All of the apprentices are scared of her because she's really strict.
  • Informed Ability: We are often told how strict she is, but we don't really see it in action.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A good cat, despite her tough outer shell.
  • The Mentor: To Yellowfang's brother Nutwhisker.
  • Stern Teacher: We're told this at least.


"I'll flay that badger. I'll spread her guts from here to the Twolegplace. No creature hurts my brother and gets away with it."

Raggedstar's brother, who serves as a supporting character in Yellowfang's Secret.

  • The Apprentice: To Crowtail.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Extra-special as he's the only known cat to have the awesome 'Scorch' as a name part.
  • Heroic Bastard: But isn't as obsessed with this fact as his brother is.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half ShadowClan, half kittypet.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Raggedstar, especially since his brother was made a warrior before he was.
  • The Bully: Like his brother Raggedstar, he was a bully when he was a kit. And like his brother, he grows out of it eventually.


"Twoleg cats made apprentices! Cedarstar must be mouse-brained!"

Yellowfang's brother, a supporting character in Yellowfang's Secret.

  • The Apprentice: To Amberleaf.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Together with his sister Rowanberry, he defends his other sister Yellowfang when she is accused of killing their mother's youngest kits, Marigoldkit and Mintkit.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hates kittypets, and insults Raggedstar because of his kittypet blood.
  • The Mentor: To Cinderfur.


"Dawncloud told us you were going to hunt for us. We didn't expect you to deliver it yourselves."

Yellowfang's sister, a supporting character in Yellowfang's Secret.


"We don't have any apprentices just now, and we need to start training young cats."

Foxheart's brother. Appears in Yellowfang's Secret.


"I like my name. Can I keep it?"

A former member of BloodClan, and one of Tigerstar's supporters in the first arc. He convinced Tigerstar to employ BloodClan during The Darkest Hour.

  • The Apprentice: To Mousewing.
  • Defector from Decadence: In the backstory, when he left BloodClan.
  • Enemy Mine: He decides to team up with LionClan when Jaggedtooth defects to join BloodClan.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Formerly a member of BloodClan. Maybe. See below. But definitely followed Brokenstar into exile.
  • The Mentor: To Wetfoot.
  • Retcon: Yellowfang's Secret changes his origin. Instead of being a member of BloodClan, he was a curious cat from a random gang on rogues. He comes to the forest after being impressed by the battling skills of ShadowClan. Either that, or he was a BloodClan member before defecting to Jay's group and then to ShadowClan it's not really clear.
  • Retired Monster: He was once a follower of the evil Brokenstar, and helps to steal kits from other clans.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He was a fairly minor character, yet he caused BloodClan to come to the forest, leading to one of the most major events in the series.


"This was not your time to die. For as long as I live, I will honor the warrior code and not train another kit who should still be at his mother's belly. Go now, little one, and walk with warriors."

A warrior during Brokenstar's reign.

  • Adult Fear: He is forced to train his sister's young son as a Child Soldier and send him into battle, knowing he is not likely to survive. When Badgerpaw is dying, Flintfang's thoughts are, "What am I going to tell Fernshade?"
  • Alliterative Family: With his sister, Fernshade.
  • Cool Uncle: He shares a close relationship with Badgerpaw, his nephew and apprentice.
  • Meaningful Name: His pelt is grey like flint rock.
  • The Mentor: To Badgerfang, who is also his nephew.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He doesn't agree with Brokenstar's rule of training kits as apprentices too young, but complies because he can't bring himself to disobey his leader. He changes his mind after Badgerpaw's death, vowing never to train an underage apprentice again.
  • So Proud of You: As Badgerpaw is dying, Flintfang sadly reassures him that his mother will be proud of him, and that ShadowClan will always remember how brave he was.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When Badgerpaw gets excited about going into battle, Flintfang tells him to remember everything he learned. His tone of voice is heavy and Yellowfang realizes that he is not eager to send his young apprentice into a battle he isn't ready for.


"Clawpaw was a sturdy young cat, inclined to be a bit too rough, but always kind to his weaker brother."

One of Brokenstar's warriors from the first arc. He kills Spottedleaf, but is eventually killed by Graystripe, a warrior who had once admired him.

  • The Apprentice: To Crowtail.
  • Arch-Enemy: Before Firestar had Tigerstar, he had this guy.
  • Ax-Crazy: Even as a kit, Yellowfang's narrative describes him as 'inclined to be a bit too rough'. By the time he's an adult, he's slaying elders such as Rosetail.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To Nightstar in Yellowfang's Secret.
  • Broken Pedestal: Graystripe had him on a pedestal until he killed Spottedleaf.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Graystripe refers to him as "one of the best warriors" about halfway through Into the Wild. Near the end, he kills Spottedleaf.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Tigerstar mentions that he's in the Dark Forest in Secrets of the Clans. He proceeds to never appear again, even when the Dark Forest become central to the plot.
  • Dishonored Dead: When he's killed during a raid on the ThunderClan camp, Bluestar orders his body to be buried without sharing tongues or anyone sitting vigil, as punishment for his crimes.
    Bluestar: No rogue deserves to be buried with the honor of Clan ritual.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Tigerclaw's Fury, he visibly grieves over his son's death, and shows affection to his mate Rowanberry.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: As his name implies, he has many scars running along his face. He's also a villain.
  • Informed Attribute: His kindness toward and his love of his brother Nightstar. It's mentioned once in Yellowfang's Secret but he doesn't even mention his brother in Tigerclaw's Fury.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Yellowfang's Secret...a slight subversion, though. He's actually not a jerk to his Clanmates, and he loves his little brother. This is brought up again with his mate Rowanberry and his son in Tigerclaw's Fury.
  • Killed Off for Real: Though, strangely, he appears to be alive in Tigerclaw's Fury despite being killed in Fire And Ice.
  • The Mentor: To Littlecloud when he was training to be a warrior.
  • Series Continuity Error: A big one. He's killed off in the second book, but inexplicably alive in Tigerclaw's Fury.
  • Shrouded in Myth: If Graystripe's admiration of him is any indication, then he is this.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Brokenstar, leading to Clawface following him into exile.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Would kill them. He murdered Spottedleaf.


"These cats that are sick and starving, they are my kin, my friends. I may have left the territory, but I can't forget them."

Brokenstar's foster sister.

  • The Bully: As a kit she, Deerfoot and Runningnose would bully Brokenstar.
  • Kids Are Cruel: As a kit she and her littermates, Deerfoot and Runningnose, would pick on Brokenstar for not knowing who his mother was, even calling him "badger-stinky". They keep this up until Yellowfang finally yells at these kits to stop picking on him. They try it again (except Runningnose, who learned his lesson), but they end up being pushed back by Brokenkit.


"These cats left our Clan for a reason. Maybe we should think twice before welcoming them back."

Brokenstar's foster brother.

  • The Bully: As a kit he, Tangleburr and Runningnose would bully Brokenstar.
  • Kids Are Cruel: As a kit he and his littermates, Tangleburr and Runningnose, would pick on Brokenstar for not knowing who his mother was, even calling him "badger-stinky". They keep this up until Yellowfang finally yells at these kits to stop picking on him. They try it again (except Runningnose, who learned his lesson), but they end up being pushed back by Brokenkit.


"I hope Brokenstar is proud of me. And my mom."

A kit who was made an apprentice too young under Brokenstar's rule, and died in a battle with WindClan.

  • The Apprentice: To Flintfang, who is also his uncle.
  • The Cameo: He appears in The Ultimate Guide to give Tigerclaw a life during his leader ceremony.
  • Child Soldiers: He was made into an apprentice at only three moons old.
  • Death of a Child: Forced to fight and die too young.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His pelt is black and white, like a badger's.
    • As he is dying, he chooses his own warrior name, Badgerfang, to honor his mentor Flintfang.
  • Reality Ensues: Because he is only a kit when forced to fight against WindClan, he does not survive the battle.

"I don't share your faith in dead cats. Perhaps that makes things easier?"

One of Tigerstar's supporters in the first arc. After Tigerstar's defeat at the claws of Scourge, he leaves the forest Clans to join BloodClan.

  • Agony of the Feet: A mild case. He helps Tigerclaw become the leader of ShadowClan by ripping a claw off and putting it in the light of the moon. Then after that, he tells Tigerclaw to be grateful for what he did for him.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being a perfect candidate for it, he never appears in the Dark Forest. It's possible that the cats there didn't want to accept a traitor.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Supports Tigerclaw when he seems strong. Then abandons Tigerclaw when his coup in ThunderClan fails. Rejoins him before Tigerstar takes over ShadowClan. Then abandons ShadowClan when Tigerstar is killed in order to join BloodClan.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: Villainous variant. He joins BloodClan because he believes that they will defeat the forest Clans.
  • Meaningful Rename: He was formerly a rogue named Snag. Tigerstar gave him the warrior name of Jaggedtooth when he joined ShadowClan.
  • The Mentor: To Rowanstar.


"The warrior code is more important than any cat's life. I'm going to kill you."

A minor ShadowClan warrior. In The Last Hope, she is one of the warriors Blackstar sends to help ThunderClan fight the Dark Forest.

  • Action Girl: Mostly in The Last Hope, where she gets some spotlight against the Dark Forest.
  • Badass Boast: The quote up there at the top of her section. In The Last Hope, she gives it to Redwillow.
  • Big Sister Instinct: In The Last Hope, when Shredtail and Redwillow try to murder her brother Ratscar, she saves him and is thrown into a rage.
  • Happily Married: With Scorchfur.
  • The Mentor: To Lioneye and Pouncestep.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives four of her nine kits.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In The Last Hope, she responds to Redwillow's claim of how he's stronger without the warrior code by promising to kill him. Then Blackstar delivers his own version by actually killing Redwillow.


"Yesterday they caught Talonpaw out on his own. They attacked him and left him wounded. He managed to drag himself back to camp, but he died."

A minor character from The New Prophecy. In Twilight, he is ambushed and murdered by Jacques and Susan.


"I'm sorry, Nightwing. ShadowClan won't forget Smokepaw, I promise."
Blackstar to Nightwing

A minor character from The New Prophecy.


"What nonsense! ShadowClan will always be feared and respected by the other Clans."

An older warrior who becomes an elder by the time of Bramblestar's Storm.

  • Meaningful Name: She's named because of her long, unkempt fur that sticks out at all angles.
  • Messy Hair: She is named because of her permanently kinky fur. It's possible that she has some curly-furred or rex-furred cat breeds in her blood.


"You're right. My life is a small price to pay, considering what I've done."

One of the warriors who trains in the Dark Forest, wishing to grow stronger to protect her Clan. In The Last Hope, Ivypool manages to turn her back to the side of the Clans, and she fights against the Dark Forest so that she can atone for her actions.

  • Action Girl: Like all female Warriors characters.
  • The Atoner: In The Last Hope, after turning back to the side of the Clans.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Blossomfall in The Last Hope, when defending WindClan from the Dark Forest invasion.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Joining the Dark Forest.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In The Last Hope. It starts with Beetlewhisker's death, but it doesn't happen until Ivypool gives her a Rousing Speech during the WindClan invasion.
  • The Leader: In The Last Hope, Brokenstar names her the Dark Forest trainee representative of ShadowClan.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In The Last Hope, when Beetlewhisker dies. It's what allows Ivypool to turn her back to the side of the Clans.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Bramblestar's Storm reveals that she died fighting against the Dark Forest.


"If you go to the Gathering, don't bother coming back. ShadowClan doesn't need a leader as weak as you."

A warrior of ShadowClan.

  • The Apprentice: To Snaketail.
  • Jerkass: He constantly badmouths Rowanstar, didn't care if Twigpaw of ThunderClan caught the sickness from ShadowClan when she was being held hostage there, practically complained about everything in Darkest Night and got into a fight with Tawnypelt which resulted in him nearly blinding her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does love Snowbird and his kits.
  • Happily Married: With Snowbird.
  • The Mentor: To Flowerstem and Flaxfoot.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He feels horrified when he nearly blinds Tawnypelt in a fit of rage. He almost leaves the Clan as a result.
    "I wish I'd never gone for her eye. It was a fox-hearted move. But I was so mad."
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives four of his nine kits.


"I don't understand why you're so angry. When I was your age, I was proud to be an apprentice. We all were. We wanted to learn the warrior code."

Tawnypelt's only daughter. She starts out a kind and intelligent warrior, but after Flametail's death, she goes mad with grief.


"I'm loyal to my new Clan! Your time is over, you're nothing but an elder growing old over and over. Why don't you just give up and die?"

A warrior of ShadowClan who trains in the Dark Forest. Unlike almost all the other trainees, though, he fights against the Clans.


"Onestar behaved badly and the other Clans let him. We are not like them. We don't want to be like them."

Kinkfur's daughter and the sister of Sparrowtail and Dewkit.

  • Killed Offscreen: She was most likely drowned by Darktail for wanting to leave the Kin.
  • Messy Hair: She has spiky fur just like her mother Kinkfur.


"So now Darktail has Needletail held prisoner. There's no way to get to her. There are too many rogues. Berryheart, we need to get away. Far away. The camp's going to pieces. It's not safe to be this close."

The son of Kinkfur, the brother of Mistcloud and Dewkit, the mate of Berryheart and the father of Needletail, Hollowkit, Sunkit and Spirekit.


"That's the trouble, Rippletail. I'm not all right. None of us are. But we can be. StarClan will guide us. We just...we can't give up. As long as we don't give up, sooner or later...StarClan will guide us home."

The daughter of Snowbird and Scorchfur, sister to Rippletail, Cloverfoot, Bluebellkit, Beenose, Yarrowleaf, Conefoot, Gullswoop and Frondwhisker, mate to Sparrowtail and the mother to Needletail, Hollowspring, Sunbeam and Spireclaw. During Thunder and Shadow Berryheart is one of the cats to abandon ShadowClan for Darktail's group, who later takes over ShadowClan. Then during Shattered Sky she vanishes without a trace.

As revealed in the Tigerheart's Shadow manga Darktail tries to drown Berryheart and thought he had succeeded. She thought it too for a moment. But she managed to survive, pass a message to Sparrowtail and Needletail through Slatefur and escape with her life. Soon she is met up with Sparrowtail and her littermates and stay at a abandoned Twoleg place until Tigerheart finds them.


"We made a terrible decision. We didn't realize that Darktail was a liar and a bully. We truly thought he could make ShadowClan stronger and safer. We are wrong. And we will spend our lives making up for it to ShadowClan, if they agree to take us back."

The son of Snowbird and Scorchfur and the brother of Berryheart, Cloverfoot, Bluebellkit, Beenose, Yarrowleaf, Conefoot, Gullswoop and Frondwhisker.

  • Continuity Snarl: In Tigerheart's Shadow he is one of the cats that comes back with Tigerheart's patrol, but in River of Fire he is replaced with Slatefur and Rippletail is now a kittypet named Buster. When asked about the mistake Kate said that Rippletail carries on being a kittypet and that it's nearly impossible to get everything right all the time when dealing with a large cast.
  • Jerkass: In Thunder and Shadow. He's shown to not care about coming to the Clan meeting late or to catch prey for the sick cats.
  • From Stray to Pet: He left his Clan and is now a kittypet named Buster.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: He has 8 siblings.
  • My Greatest Failure: Regrets siding with Darktail and the Kin, believing that he's let ShadowClan down and isn't sure if they'll welcome him back.
  • One Steve Limit: Shares the same name as the RiverClan Rippletail from The New Prophecy, The Power of Three and Omen of the Stars.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He has white fur like his mother, Snowbird.


A minor character introduced in The Last Hope.

  • Courier: During the battle, he comes to the ThunderClan camp with the message that ShadowClan has been overrun by the Dark Forest.
  • Gender Bender: Went from a ginger tom in The Last Hope, to a tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat in Bramblestar's Storm.


"I'm sick of living in a Clan that only cares about peace. The rogues would have made us strong. But, if you don't want them to join us, I'm going to join them!"

A mischievous apprentice whom Alderpaw befriends (in a way) in The Apprentice's Quest.

  • Action Girl: As with pretty much every female character.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She's the star of the Barnes and Noble exclusive bonus scene that came with Thunder and Shadow.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She's more interested in the rogue Rain than in Alderheart.
  • The Apprentice: To Tawnypelt.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Thunder and Shadow features a bonus scene in the Barnes and Noble edition, in which Needlepaw is picked up and carried off by an owl. She decides she'd rather die by falling (by her own choice) than let it kill and eat her, so she fights until it lets go (and survives the fall).
  • Break the Haughty: Shattered Sky crushes her views of rogue life being great. First the tom she likes, Rain, is killed by Darktail as a traitor; she is put under constant watch and fears for her life; is arrested the moment Darktail has a reason to; and finally starved and mistreated. At the end of it she's a cat deeply filled with regret and self-loathing, knowing she has no one to blame for all her troubles but herself.
  • Brutal Honesty: She always says what she thinks.
  • Cool Big Sis: Violetshine thinks so. The truth is more mixed. Though her ghost tells Violetshine she always thought of her as a sister.
  • Death Equals Redemption: She completes her Heel–Face Turn by saving Violetshine from the Kin.
  • Dying as Yourself: In Shattered Sky, her Heel Realization motivated her to fight against the rogues at the cost of her own life.
  • Easily Forgiven: In River of Fire, Needletail is allowed into StarClan in spite of treacherously helping Darktail overthrow Rowanstar and take over ShadowClan. Not helping her case is when Needletail tells cats blaming themselves for the fiasco that they should blame Rowanstar instead for being a weak leader. But cats don't talk negatively about her, and Violetshine (the young cat whom Needletail had manipulated) calls her a hero and even names her daughter after her.
  • Evil Counterpart: A mild one since Needletail is more antagonistic than villainous, but to Firestar. Both learn of Clan traditions and disagree with some of them. But Firestar ultimately respects these traditions (even if he disagrees with some parts of the warrior code and thus tries something different) and works hard to become a warrior, while Needletail scoffs at the traditions and helps Darktail and his Kin overthrow Rowanstar and take over ShadowClan.
  • Expy: Her character arc is reminiscent of Hollyleaf's.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her bonus chapter reveals that after an owl carried her off, she made a friend with a loner named Tree, who helped bring her back to ShadowClan. Learning that they'd thought her dead and not even tried to look for her, as well as their rejection of Tree, is what planted her dislike of Clan rules.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: This occurs during her death scene. Violetpaw, who narrates that particular chapter, doesn't see the exact moment where Needletail dies because she's running for her life. She does, however, hear her scream, out of sight.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Turns against the Kin in Shattered Sky.
  • Heel Realization: After the death of Rain, Needletail realizes just how cruel Darktail can be and how much she screwed up by helping the rogues.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Is killed fighting the rogues, which allows Violetshine to escape with her life.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Needletail is brash and a bit bratty, she's not cruel. She's willing to offer Alderpaw a listening ear, sat vigil for Sandstorm despite not knowing her that well, and took as good care of Twigkit and Violetkit as she could.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: The points she makes about Clan tradition and rules being stifling and prejudiced are very similar to what Firestar himself made when he first came to the Clans, and to an extent just as true.
  • Last Stand: Against Darktail and several other rogues. She went down fighting them.
  • Manipulative Bitch: While she does care about Violetpaw, she's also not above using their sistership/friendship to manipulate her. The manipulative traits fade away in Shattered Sky, and she proves that she really does love her.
  • Never Found the Body: The last we see of her is fighting Darktail to let Violetshine escape. Darktail shows up later, wounded, but there is no indication of whether Needletail died or not. Darkest Night later confirms that she did indeed die.
  • Never My Fault: The prologue for River of Fire has her scolding two ShadowClan cats for blaming themselves, saying that Rowanstar is to blame for not being a strong leader. This is after she and her fellow apprentices had constantly rebelled against Rowanstar and helped Darktail overthrow ShadowClan. Even Yellowfang calls her out for coming to that conclusion.
  • Rebellious Spirit: She has little respect for rules or traditions, badmouths her own clan leader behind his back, and runs off without informing anyone because she wants to tag along on Alderheart's quest.
    • This increases in Thunder and Shadow, until she, along with another group of apprentices runs off to join a band of rogues, then helps them usurp Rowanstar.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Has this dynamic with the more mellow Alderheart.
  • Ship Tease: With Alderheart. More than a few times he thinks about her with admiration, and notes that his "chest hurts" whenever he sees her laughing with another tom.
    • In Thunder and Shadow, she gets Ship Tease with Rain until they're practically mates.
  • Stepford Smiler: Hinted at, when Alderheart notices her eyes look lonely despite her cheeky attitude. In Shattered Sky she tries to play herself off as being fine, even though she's clearly upset over Rain dying, and Violetshine knows something's wrong when Needletail stops even trying.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Her worse traits are brought are in Thunder and Shadow while her better ones take a step back, thanks to the increased time she spends with the rogues.
  • Unfinished Business: She's a ghost in Darkest Night because she hasn't finished making up for her misdeeds.


"I'm so sorry for turning my back on ShadowClan. I know now this is where I need to be."

The daughter of Snowbird and Scorchfur.

  • Adult Fear: Her kits were kidnapped by someone she thought was her friend and then had their lives threatened.
  • The Apprentice: To Spikefur.
  • Character Development: Though we see little of her, she's not the apprentice that was first introduced anymore. Back then she was angry at Rowanstar for things that weren't his fault and left the Clan to join the rogues. Eventually, she came back pregnant and humbled and genuinely apologized for her past behavior.
    "I was young and stupid! I blamed Rowanstar for things that weren't his fault. Now I know my life would have been better if I'd been loyal to my Clan."
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: She has 8 siblings.
  • The Mentor: To Spireclaw.
  • Rebellious Spirit: She was one of the rebellious apprentices in Thunder and Shadow.


"There is you, and there is still hope. You must fight for your Clan, Rowanstar."

The daughter of Snowbird and Scorchfur.


"Let's pretend Needlepaw caught it for you. You're Clan, aren't you? Oh no. I forgot. You weren't even born here. I guess I should eat it."

The daughter of Dawnpelt and Crowfrost. She doesn't believe in StarClan.

  • Antagonistic Offspring: To Dawnpelt and Crowfrost.
  • The Apprentice: To Tigerstar the second.
  • The Bully: She's this to Violetshine.
  • False Friend: To both Needletail and Yarrowleaf. She was one of the cats Needletail trusted the most in Thunder and Shadow but ends up killing Needletail in cold blood in Shattered Sky with no hesitation. Despite Yarrowleaf thinking they were friends, Sleekwhisker still threatened her kits lives in River of Fire.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: According to her, prophecies and StarClan are ridiculous, believing it all too just be silly.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Was jealous of all the attention Darktail gave to Violetpaw during Shattered Sky. She jumped at the chance to get her into trouble at the end of the book.
  • Jerkass: She has no respect for her elders or the warrior code and is rather cruel towards Violetpaw. She seems to be an unpleasant cat in general.
    • In Thunder and Shadow when Leafpool and Alderpaw come to ShadowClan to help a dying Littlecloud, Sleekpaw states loudly that she doesn't know why they need ThunderClan's help. When Leafpool told her that they came to help Littlecloud, Sleekpaw tells her that Littlecloud cannot be cured, and is so old that he should have already died.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Like Needletail, Sleekwhisker has little to no respect for rules or traditions. Unfortunately this leads her to betray ShadowClan and the warrior code and she runs off with the rogues.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She kidnapped and threatened to kill Yarrowleaf's kits in River of Fire, despite the fact that Yarrowleaf was supposed to be her friend.


"We want to choose our own path, not follow the path of other Clans."

Dawnpelt and Crowfrost's other son



"Don't be frog-brained! You're too old to believe nursery tales. We're going to be apprentices in less than a moon."

The son of Grassheart and Stonewing.


"Now we won't know who would have won."

The daughter of Grassheart and Stonewing.


"Prey belongs to the Clan where it's caught."

The other daughter of Grassheart and Stonewing.


"I could train too. Let me come. I can help you scavenge and take care of the kits."

A kit who joins ShadowClan in hopes of becoming a warrior.


The daughter of Snowbird and Scorchfur.


"We have a lot of ancestors."

Born during Tigerheart's Shadow to Dovewing and Tigerheart. Her littermates are named Shadowpaw and Pouncestep.


"It's not fair. All we ever see is the inside of the den, and we've explored all the Twoleg clutter in there. We want to see something new."

Born during Tigerheart's Shadow to Dovewing and Tigerheart. Her littermates are named Shadowpaw and Lightleap.


A kit born during Tigerheart's Shadow to two of ShadowClan's missing warriors, Berryheart and Sparrowtail. His littermates are Sunbeam and Hollowspring.

  • The Apprentice: To Yarrowleaf.
  • Dead Guy Junior: He's named after a loner named Spiresight, who died saving Pouncekit from falling off a drawbridge. Him and his littermates are born shortly after.


The kit of Yarrowleaf and Nettle.


The kit of Yarrowleaf and Nettle.


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"What kind of mouse-brained nonsense is that? Why should I have to put up with another mewling lump of fur? I didn't ask for these kits, either, but you don't see me dumping them on some other cat. It's not my job to take care of every unwanted kitten in the Clan."

A ShadowClan she-cat from Yellowfang's Secret. Mother to Runningnose, Deerfoot, and Tangleburr, and foster mother to Brokenstar.

  • Abusive Parents: She physically abused Brokenstar and denied him milk when he was a kit.
  • Alpha Bitch: Second only to Foxheart.
  • Bitch Alert: She occasionally joins Foxheart in being rude and mocking towards Yellowfang, as well as mistreating Brokenkit.
  • Child Hater: She appears to not like having any kits, showing dismay at Hollyflower for missing her kits at one point. She even directly says to Raggedstar and Yellowfang that she wished that she hadn't had her own kits.
  • Jerkass: She's not a particularly pleasant cat to be around.
  • Kick the Dog: Like Foxheart, Lizardstripe tries to make Yellowfang clean her nest for her... only for Stonetooth to arrive and tell her to go on patrol instead of lying there. Naturally, she's not happy.
  • Not Wanting Kids Is Weird: When she states that she enjoys being a warrior and serving her clan and finds it deeply unfair that the toms can do all of this while still having kits, Hollyflower condescendingly tells her it's a queen's duty to have kits and that she'll feel differently when she has her own. Lizardstripe retorts that she doesn't feel differently at all.


"The old and sick of ShadowClan are slowly starving. The casualties among our kits are more than we can cope with."

One of ShadowClan's elders. He aides Yellowfang and Firepaw in the battle against Brokenstar.


"I do not wish to lose any more of my kits."

One of ShadowClan's elders. She aides Yellowfang and Firepaw in the battle against Brokenstar.

  • Action Mom: She is a mother of at least two kits, and helps to fight Brokenstar and drive him out of ShadowClan.
  • The Apprentice: To Blackstar.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Two of her kits died in the battle against WindClan.
  • Series Continuity Error: During Into the Wild, she is an elder at the time of the coup against Brokenstar. But in Yellowfang's Secret, she is a young apprentice when Yellowfang is driven out of ShadowClan, which takes place only a few moons before the coup—she could not possibly have become an elder in that short span of time.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of Brokenstar's ShadowClan, with Ashfur and Nightpelt.


"Whatever happens, Yellowfang, know that I am always with you. Trust your instincts. Make your own choice."

The grandmother of Yellowfang, Nutwhisker, and Rowanberry. She loves kits, and appears in Yellowfang's Secret.

  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Two widely-loved name parts make Silverflame one lucky she-cat.
  • Cool Old Lady: A kind and patient elder.
  • Soap Opera Disease: In-universe it's never explained what kills her. But her extreme thirst was shared later by Leopardstar of RiverClan who died of diabetes according to Word of God, so it's possibly that.
  • Spirit Advisor: To Yellowfang in Yellowfang's Secret.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets killed off when Yellowfang is a very new apprentice.


"I never heard of such a thing! Apprentices picking their own names? What's the Clan coming to?"

An elder from Yellowfang's Secret.

  • Cool Old Guy: Plays with Yellowfang and her siblings when they're kits.
  • Mr. Exposition: Averted. Yellowfang couldn't get him to talk about Raggedstar's parentage; he wanted to sleep.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Grumbles about Boulder keeping his name, and baldly states at one point that he (Lizardfang) will die soon.


"You know you're in the wrong, leave now and we can avoid a fight."

A ShadowClan warrior who primarily appears in Yellowfang's Secret.

  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Which references his dramatic face markings.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Tigerstar was still a kit, Archeye, along with Hollyflower, Brackenfoot and Crowtail, saved him from a fox. This is part of Tigerstar's reason for joining ShadowClan.
  • Facial Markings: He is named for the thick black stripe over one of his eyes.
  • The Mentor: To Frogtail.
  • Nice Guy: Saves Tigerkit from a fox. Is also very complimentary of Yellowfang's rat hunting skills.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The series would have turned out very differently had he, Hollyflower, Crowtail and Brackenfoot not saved Tigerstar from that fox.
  • Those Two Guys: With Toadskip in Yellowfang's Secret.


"With each challenge and each blow landed, lives are changed forever."

A ShadowClan warrior/elder and Rowanclaw's/Rowanstar's brother. Often forgotten. Primarily featured in the New Prophecy arc, until his leg was seriously injured after a Twoleg threw something at it. He retired early, presumably because of this injury.


"Yes, I know you too, Blossomkit! Your white fur is unusual for a ShadowClan cat. Brokenstar may have promised you that you'd be a warrior before any other kit in the forest, but I don't think he ever imagined you going into battle. You died too young, but trust me, you were saved from even greater horrors."

A ShadowClan kit who appears in StarClan in Cats of the Clans, visiting Rock with Mosskit and Adderkit. She was killed by Brokenstar.

  • Child Soldiers: She was being trained by Brokenstar to become one, but she did not survive.
  • Curious as a Monkey: In StarClan, her curiosity leads her to the tunnel where Rock lives.
  • Death of a Child: As a kit, she was killed by Brokenstar during a training session. She appears in StarClan as a spirit.
  • Fantastic Racism: She does not like WindClan, believing that they deserved to be chased out of their home by ShadowClan. However, she shows no animosity toward Adderkit, a WindClan kit, considering that they wandered together with Mosskit into Rock's territory.
  • The Medic: Her eyes shine when Rock mentions Leafpool, implying that she would have chosen to be a medicine cat had she lived.
  • Mystical White Hair: When Rock first sees her, he notes that her white fur is unusual for a ShadowClan cat.
  • Posthumous Character: She was killed during Brokenstar's reign, before or during Into The Wild.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified at the mention of Brokenstar's name. Justified in that he killed her.


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