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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
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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.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: By cat standards, since they eat lizards and frogs.
  • 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.
  • Child Soldiers: Brokenstar completely disregarded the code stating that kits must be six moons old to begin their training; it's reported that he apprenticed kits as young as three moons old and then sent them out as full warriors at only five moons old. The results of sending literal kittens with only two months or less worth of battle education out against adult cats with much more experience and training... obviously weren't pretty or efficient, putting it lightly.
  • 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.
    • As of ‘‘A Vision of Shadows’’, they’ve gone through another, possibly worse one. The new generation of ShadowClan cats were disrespectful and dissatisfied with Rowanstar’s leadership, causing many of them to turn to Darktail as their new leader. Darktail soon drove out Rowanstar, the deputy Tigerheart, and Rowanstar’s mate Tawnypelt, and absorbed the rest of ShadowClan into his “Kin”, beginning a reign of terror that lasted a full book. Many cats, even those who previously supported Darktail, tried to leave, only to be murdered or disappeared by his remaining followers. Even after Darktail’s death, ShadowClan struggled to rebuild, and Rowanstar eventually decided to dissolve ShadowClan and merge it with SkyClan, renouncing his nine lives as leader and becoming Rowanclaw again. However, good news finally arrived in the return of Tigerheart and several other cats who’s managed to escape Darktail. With Tigerheart given nine lives by StarClan as the second Tigerstar, ShadowClan is now mostly stable again.
  • 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.


    Medicine Cats 

Pebbleheart

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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.

Molepelt

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"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.
  • You Fool!: In the prologue of Yellowfang's Secret, he calls Hollowbelly a fool for thinking that the medicine cat code will save the Clans.

Sagewhisker

"No warrior wants to die. Especially in a battle that should not have happened."

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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.

Yellowfang

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.

Runningnose

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"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.


  • Adaptational Ugliness: In the books, he's a fairly normal cat, just with constant sniffles that he cannot cure despite being a medicine cat. The Tigerstar and Sasha manga makes him ragged and almost elderly-looking.
  • The Apprentice: To Yellowfang.
  • The Bully: Yep...even the Butt-Monkey was a bully to Brokenstar.
  • 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 sniffles, which gets him made fun of by many cats.
  • Ill Boy: He was described as being a sickly cat, with his permnant nasal issues and tendency catch anything drifting on the breeze. This fact, along with is Ironic Name, made him an object of mockery to other 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.
  • 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.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Poor Runningnose has a bad time as ShadowClan's medicine cat. He's forced to interpret omens promising nothing but success in battle for his bloodthirsty leader Brokenstar, then fruitlessly tries to save kits fatally wounded in battle from being sent out as apprentices too early, then can do little when the Great Sickness hits and wipes out a good deal of ShadowClan, including Nightstar and Cinderfur.

Littlecloud

"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!"

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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.

Flametail

"I'm glad we're not related! I wouldn't want to be kin with a murderer!"

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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.


Puddleshine

"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.

Shadowsight

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

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


  • Accidental Murder: The plan he proposed (at the voice's urging) to treat Bramblestar's illness in Lost Stars actually kills the guy. He's absolutely horrified, especially when he learns that it was all a ploy to let the voice possess Bramblestar's body.
  • The Apprentice: To Puddleshine.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A variation. We have yellow Rootspring, dark gray Shadowsight, and pale gray Bristlefrost.
  • Break the Cutie: He gets played like a fiddle by the impostor, is wracked with guilt over it, gets struck by lightning, has his throat slashed because of what he knows, gets demoted back to medicine cat apprentice, and loses the trust of almost every cat in his Clan. Just give the poor boy a hug!
  • The Chosen One: Deconstructed hard. He's the only cat who (thinks he) has been contacted by StarClan in The Broken Code and is told he's the only one who can save the Clans...which the other medicine cats treat with skepticism. This creates a sense of isolation for Shadowsight, which combined with the pressure and fear of failing the Clans, makes him susceptible to doing what "the voice" tells him to. And the kicker? The impostor singled him out because he knew Shadowsight's inexperience and status as the leader's son would make him the perfect Unwitting Pawn—he was easy to manipulate and would be protected from any ramifications by his father.
  • 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.
  • He Knows Too Much: The impostor tries to kill him at the end of Silent Thaw for this reason, and almost succeeds.
  • 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.
  • 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?".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: At first Shadowsight obeys the voice both out of inexperience and a genuine desire to help, which directly leads to the impostor coming into power; he proposes both the plan to "cure" Bramblestar (which lets the impostor possess him) and the edict about the codebreakers, which adds legitimacy to the impostor's claims.
  • Plagued by Nightmares: As a kit, he had a constant nightmare about drowning on RiverClan land during a heavy rain. He nearly does drown near the end of the book, but Juniperclaw manages to save him.
  • 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.
  • Sneaky Departure: In The Place of No Stars, Shadowsight and Mothwing sneak out of ShadowClan's camp at one point in order for Shadowsight to go to the Moonpool.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He has the same dark stripes as his father, Tigerstar.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: 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.
  • Trapped on the Astral Plane: In Veil of Shadows, he is stuck as a spirit while his life hangs in the balance. He manages to survive after Rootspring finds his body and gets him to SkyClan for treatment.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The impostor, posing as a StarClan cat, 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 

Jumpfoot

"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.

Featherstorm

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

The mother of Raggedstar and Scorchwind.


Crowtail

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

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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.

Deerleap

"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.


  • Catchphrase: "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.

Hollyflower

"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..."

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A ShadowClan cat who is Blackstar's mother.


  • Back for the Finale: Shows up in The Last Hope.
  • 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.
  • Secret Relationship: She was in one with her Clanmate Blizzardwing which resulted in the birth of Blackstar, Fernshade and Flintfang.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The series would have turned out very differently had she, Crowtail, Brackenfoot and Archeye not saved Tigerstar from that fox.

Toadskip

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

A ShadowClan warrior who appears in Yellowfang's Secret.


Brackenfoot

"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.
  • So Proud of You: In Yellowfang's Secret, he and his mate praise Yellowpaw when she catches the biggest rat in the Carrionplace raid.

Brightflower

"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.
  • So Proud of You: In Yellowfang's Secret, she and her mate praise Yellowpaw when she catches the biggest rat in the Carrionplace raid.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When she thinks that Yellowfang killed her kits.

Amberleaf

"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.

Scorchwind

"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.
  • 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.
  • Child of Forbidden Love: He's the son of a ShadowClan cat and a kittypet.
  • 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.

Nutwhisker

"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.

Rowanberry

"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.


Wolfstep

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

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


Boulder

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

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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.


  • Afraid to Hold the Baby: In Secrets of the Clans, he mentions that he doesn't spend much time around very young kits because he's "always worried [he'll] step on them or something."
  • The Apprentice: To Mousewing.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He's the POV character for the tour of ShadowClan's forest camp in Secrets of the Clans.
  • 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 of 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.

Flintfang

"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.
  • Disappeared Dad: He and his siblings, Blackstar and Fernshade, were unaware who their father was for the longest time, as their mother Hollyflower raised them alone and never mentioned him. Blackfoot's Reckoning reveals that he and his siblings were the result of an affair between Hollyflower and Blizzardwing while the latter was courting Featherstorm, and no one said anything as the whole situation would be scandalous.
  • 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.
  • Younger Than They Look: In Blackfoot's Reckoning it was mentioned that the sickness from Rising Storm made him look older than his actual age. During the same scene in Tigerclaw's Fury it was mentioned that it looked like he was going to retire soon.

Fernshade

"You knew what the cats from the Dark Forest were doing. There was no need for Firestar to challenge Blackstar over that worthless stretch of grass. Did you want cats to die?"

A warrior during Brokenstar's reign who is Blackstar's sister.


  • Disappeared Dad: She and her siblings, Flintfang and Blackstar, were unaware who their father was for the longest time, as their mother Hollyflower raised them alone and never mentioned him. Blackfoot's Reckoning reveals that he and his siblings were the result of an affair between Hollyflower and Blizzardwing while the latter was courting Featherstorm, and no one said anything as the whole situation would be scandalous.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives her son, Badgerfang, who dies fighting WindClan.

Clawface

"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.

Tangleburr

"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.

Deerfoot

"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.

Badgerfang

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

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


Jaggedtooth

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"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.

Snowbird

"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.
  • Questionable Consent: According to Word of God, her and Scorchfur's first litter was born in Eclipse. Problem is, he was still Scorchpaw then, and would have been considered a teenager at the time, while she was a fully-grown warrior.
  • 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.

Talonpaw

"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."
Tawnypelt

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


Smokepaw

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

A minor character from The New Prophecy.


Kinkfur

"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.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Her daughter, Dewkit, died as a kit.

Applefur

"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.

Scorchfur

"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.
  • Hypocrite: He criticizes Rowanstar and Tawnypelt for supposedly not doing anything to stop ShadowClan's downfall, even though they actually tried to fight Darktail and his minions while Scorchfur and his Clanmates allowed the takever to happen.
  • 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."
  • Never My Fault: In Tawnypelt's Clan, Scorchfur blames Tawnypelt for "letting ShadowClan's downfall happen", even though he did nothing to stop Darktail from taking it over.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives four of his nine kits.
  • Questionable Consent: It's never brought up in-universe, but he was an apprentice when he fathered his first litter with Snowbird. Considering apprentices are generally treated as the equivalent of teenagers and Snowbird was an adult, the undertones are not pretty.

Dawnpelt

"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.


Redwillow

"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.


Mistcloud

"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.

Sparrowtail

"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."

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


Berryheart

"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."

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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.


Rippletail

"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."

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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.

Stoatfur

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.

Needletail

"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!"

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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, Needletail is 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.

Yarrowleaf

"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.

Beenose

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

The daughter of Snowbird and Scorchfur.


Sleekwhisker

"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 helping Darktail kill Needletail in cold blood in Shattered Sky with no hesitation. Despite Yarrowleaf thinking they were friends, Sleekwhisker still drugged her, stole her kits and threatened their lives in River of Fire.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: According to her, prophecies and StarClan are ridiculous, believing it all to 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.
  • Hypocrite: In Thunder and Shadow, Sleekpaw vehemently says it doesn't matter where a cat is born... but then she outright bullies Violetkit for not being born in ShadowClan.
    • In River of Fire, she criticizes Violetshine for not growing up to be a "true ShadowClan cat," conveniently forgetting that Sleekwhisker did the exact same thing in a far worse way.
      • In the same book, Sleekwhisker claims that she is going to kill Tawnypelt as revenge on Rowanclaw for causing the deaths of "cats she cared about", conveniently forgetting that she willingly betrayed and rejected those cats and even helped murder one of them.
  • 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.
  • The Mole: Served as this for the rogues in River of Fire.
  • Never My Fault: Sleekwhisker blames Rowanstar for the deaths of some of her Clanmates because he didn't defeat Darktail, even though she and the other apprentices treacherously helped Darktail take over ShadowClan, and she willingly helped him kill at least one of her own Clanmates without any hesitation or remorse.
  • 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.
  • Revenge: In River of Fire, she blames Rowanclaw for the deaths of some of her Clanmates because he didn't deal with Darktail, and she plans to kill his mate Tawnypelt right in front of him as revenge.
  • 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.
  • Yandere: It is implied in the books, and more heavily by Kate Cary that Sleekwhisker had a crush on Darktail; at one point in Shattered Sky she moves so close to him that their pelts touch. If she really did love him it would explain her viciously strong loyalty to him.

Strikestone

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

Dawnpelt and Crowfrost's other son


Violetshine

Whorlpelt

"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.


Flowerstem

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

The daughter of Grassheart and Stonewing.


Snaketooth

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

The other daughter of Grassheart and Stonewing.


Blazefire

"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.


Gullswoop

"There was nothing we could do."

The daughter of Snowbird and Scorchfur.


Lightleap

"We have a lot of ancestors."

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


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.


Spireclaw

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


  • Alliterative Family: With his sister, Sunbeam.
  • 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.
  • Posthumous Sibling: He and his littermates were born after the death of their older sister, Needletail.

Sunbeam

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Born during Tigerheart's Shadow alongside her littermates Spireclaw and Hollowspring to two of ShadowClan's missing warriors, Berryheart and Sparrowtail.


Hopwhisker

The kit of Yarrowleaf and Nettle.


Flaxfoot

The kit of Yarrowleaf and Nettle.



    Other Shadowclanners 

Lizardstripe

"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.

Ashfur

"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.


Dawncloud

"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.

Silverflame

"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.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: In Yellowfang's Secret, she declines food, saying that the younger cats need it more than she does.
  • 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.

Lizardfang

"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.

Archeye

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

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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.

Cedarheart

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


Blossomkit

"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?: Even after her death at Brokenstar's claws, she's terrified at the mention of his name.

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