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"There will be Three, kin of your kin, who hold the power of the stars in their paws."
Skywatcher, Firestar's Quest

A prophecy has foretold that three ThunderClan cats would hold more power than any who had come before them. This page is about those three, and the cats they worked with before The Last Hope.


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  • Child of Forbidden Love: Jayfeather, Lionblaze and Hollyleaf are the kits of Leafpool and Crowfeather. Not only are their parents from different Clans, but Leafpool is a medicine cat, which makes her affair with Crowfeather a double serving of forbidden love. None of their three kits are happy to learn of this and Hollyleaf, who follows the Warrior Code to the letter, downright snaps.
  • The Chosen One: Jayfeather, Lionblaze and Dovewing were granted supernatural powers by StarClan to save the Clans from the Dark Forest.
  • From Zero to Hero: The third and fourth arc follow Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Dovewing from kithood to being the saviors of the Clans when the Dark Forest invades.
  • Gene Hunting: Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf are listening when - after Ashfur tries to kill them out of jealousy that Squirrelflight chose Brambleclaw over him - Squirrelflight tells Ashfur that the three aren't her kits. Hollyleaf thinks Leafpool might know who their real parents are, since she was there at the time of their birth. Leafpool reveals that she is their real mother, which is against the warrior code since she is a medicine cat and medicine cats aren't allowed to have mates.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Jayfeather, Lionblaze and Dovewing feel detached from their Clanmates because they keep their powers a secret from them (leading to Dovewing having a strained relationship with her sister), and often feel burdened with heavy responsibility.
  • Sibling Team: Jayfeather, Lionblaze and Hollyleaf, later joined by their first cousins once removed, Dovewing and Ivypool, and their cousin/adoptive brother, Alderheart.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf are the adoptive children of Squirrelflight and Bramblestar (actually their aunt and uncle). Their foster parents later have biological kits of their own, Sparkpelt and Alderheart, making the five of them simultaneously cousins and foster siblings.


Jayfeather/Jay's Wing

"It's Tigerstar's destiny to destroy us all. It's my destiny to stop him."
"As long as there is breath in my body, the Clans will be safe."
Click here  to see him on the cover of Eclipse

The main character of Power of Three, and the deuteragonist of both Omen of the Stars and Warriors as a whole. He is one of three cats with "the power of the stars", his special abilities being able to sense other cat's emotions, and walk in their dreams like StarClan does. His siblings are Lionblaze and Hollyleaf.

He is the grandson of Firestar, and he has the same good heart and personality that his grandfather does. However, his blindness causes other cats to constantly treat him like a helpless kit, and he has grown a layer of sarcasm and selfishness as a result. At first he aspired to be a warrior, but he was eventually forced to take up the position of ThunderClan's medicine cat. He is the most actively involved in trying to understand the Power of Three, and serves as a sort of leader to the Three.

As explained in Sign of the Moon, he is the reincarnation of Jay's Wing, the founder of the Tribe of Rushing Water. Jay's Wing and a she-cat named Half Moon fell in love, but when Half Moon bore witness to the mythical Sign of the Moon, she had to become the Stoneteller, the leader of the Tribe. Jay's Wing and Half Moon have vowed to walk the same skies one day when they meet again in the Tribe of Endless Hunting.

  • All-Loving Hero: He tries to avoid it, but eventually the fact that he loves and wants to save everyone catches up to him.
  • Anti-Hero: While he is on the good side, his selfishness and jerkass tendencies keep him this way for the Power of Three arc. However, he matures into a pure hero by the end of Omen of the Stars.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: His personality is essentially that of Firestar, but with a layer of jerkishness over the heart of gold.
  • The Apprentice: Briefly to Brightheart and then to Leafpool.
  • The Bait: In Sign of the Moon, he volunteers himself as bait to lure an eagle down to the ground so that the ancient Tribe cats can learn to hunt birds of prey.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Destiny made it impossible for him to be a warrior on top of his blindness.
  • Beneath the Mask: He acts like a Jerkass, but dig deep enough and you find an All-Loving Hero.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Any reference to his blindness will set him off.
    • He doesn't like when cats mess with his stick. In The Fourth Apprentice, Thornclaw uses it to help Berrynose, Spiderleg, and Rainstorm, and Dovewing thinks that Jayfeather might be considering murder over it.
    • He hates being lied to and when cats keep secrets from him. In Long Shadows, Squirrelflight finds this out after revealing that she isn't his mother. Then in Sunrise, Leafpool learns this. By The Fourth Apprentice, being betrayed by two of the cats he trusted most has really made his attitude towards this worse, and he reacts to learning that Rock knew his true parentage all along by breaking his beloved stick. (Emphasis completely deserved.)
  • Blind Seer: Although blind, he receives frequent visions from StarClan. (He can also see in them.)
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A variation of ginger/black/gray:
    • Ginger Lionblaze, black Hollyleaf, and gray Jayfeather.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl:
    • He and Half Moon are worth a mention; even though they have limited interaction in the books, since they don't even live in the same time. Jayfeather's grumpy and sarcastic; Half Moon is friendly and cheerful and later becomes the first Tribe-Healer of the Tribe of Rushing Water.
    • His dynamic with Briarlight is also very similar, with Jayfeather being snappish and waspish, and Briarlight being kind and soothing. She's also the one he turns to for reassurance about his "role" in Flametail's death.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In Bramblestar's Storm. Out of the three, however, he appears to have gotten over it.
  • Cain and Abel: In The Fourth Apprentice, his half-brother Breezepelt joins the Dark Forest and they become enemies.
  • Catchphrase: He often says to his patients, "You're fine when I say you are."
  • Cats Hate Water: Definitely true of Jayfeather, although a lot of it had to do with Fallen Leaves' fate and the tunnels.
  • Celibate Hero: As a medicine cat, he has to take a vow to never have a mate.
  • Character Development: He goes from a selfish jerkass to a pure hero willing to die for his Clan.
  • Chocolate Baby: It's not entirely inconceivable that Hollyleaf and Lionblaze could be (or at least pass for) Squirrelflight and Bramblestar's kits; they share their eye color with their same-gendered parent, Bramblestar's mother was golden like Lionblaze, and his grandmother (on Tigerstar's side) was black like Hollyleaf. The real oddball is Jayfeather, who is a small gray tabby with blue eyes. That said, a lot of cats in Warriors are chocolate babies since most of them have colors and coats do not match their parents, so it can be forgiven that no one thought anything strange about it.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: He's a medicine cat, but can't cure his own blindness.
  • Code of Honor: In Crowfeather's Trial, when Crowfeather comes to ask for burdock root, Jayfeather initially refuses to give him any because it's for Breezepelt, angrily reciting all the ways Breezepelt has hurt him and his siblings. A few moments later, however, he repents and gives Crowfeather the burdock root, because he's a medicine cat and allowing a cat to die, even one he hates, goes against everything his profession stands for.
  • Companion Cube: He is very fond of a particular stick.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: He particularly stands out from the earlier main characters in that he's blind and that his path in life is one he actively didn't want at first.
  • Cursed With Awesome: Can go into other cats' dreams, but is blind outside of them.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Due to his character development, he eventually starts going out of his way to help everyone he can.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: In The Forgotten Warrior, Mistystar, Onestar, and Blackstar have to give their thoughts on whether he murdered Flametail. Mistystar says, "I find it hard to believe that any cat would do this". Onestar says, "I'm sure Jayfeather could have found an easier way to eliminate an enemy". Blackstar says nothing. Lionblaze immediately notes that they could have said a lot more to help him.
  • Deadpan Snarker/Disabled Snarker: Tends to be rather rude and blunt with his Clanmates. For example:
    Jaypaw: "Oh great. Let's pile up all the useless cats and hope a tree falls on them." (The Sight)
    Jaypaw: "I'm a medicine cat. If you want sympathy, go to the nursery." (Dark River)
    Jayfeather: "One medicine cat who can't see and another who can't walk. ThunderClan will be invincible!" (The Forgotten Warrior)
  • Determinator: He will never give up on a patient.
  • Deuteragonist: In Omen Of The Stars.
  • Disability Superpower: He's born blind, but learns he has the ability to read minds. As well, he can creep into dreams, in which he gains perfect vision.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He absolutely hates cats referencing his blindness. There's a time in Power of Three where Willowshine offers to help him to the Moonpool. He yells at her before and after he trips over a rock.
  • Dramatic Irony: He is unable to understand why Leafpool and Crowfeather act so weird around each other, but any reader who has read the second series would know that what he is detecting is pure Unresolved Sexual Tension, and they also would probably have guessed that the two are his real parents.
  • Dream-Crushing Handicap: Aspires to be a warrior, but is forced to come to terms with the fact that his blindness will keep him from doing it.
  • Dream Land: Can enter other cats' dreams.
  • Dream Spying: He has the ability to walk in dreams, so he uses this to walk in other cats' dreams, mainly that of the other medicine cats when they speak with their deceased ancestors.
  • Dream Walker: Can enter the dreams of other cats due to being part of the Power of Three.
  • Dr. Jerk: He tends to be rather rude to his patients, because he believes that, "If they want sympathy, they can go to the Nursery."
  • Dysfunction Junction: His various attitude problems originate from his dislike of being blind. As a little kitten, he actually says "I wish I had never been born!"
  • The Empath: He can tell what other cats are feeling with his powers.
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: Dawnpelt accuses him of this in The Forgotten Warrior while at a Gathering regarding her brother Flametail. In reality, the death was a tragic accident (Flametail had fallen through the ice, and Jayfeather dived in and tried to pull him out of the water but would have drowned himself if he hadn't let go), but Dawnpelt was too consumed with grief to see the obvious.
  • Fantastic Romance: He ends up going back in time - to the ancestors of the forest Clans before they even lived in the forest - and falls in love with Half Moon. He is able to go back to her time again later and wants to stay, but their destinies don't allow it.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: In Long Shadows and Sign of the Moon, he is sent back to the time of the Ancients and must adapt to their traditions, while teaching them traditions he learned from the future version of them.
  • Forgiveness: He is willing to forgive Leafpool, Squirrelflight, and even Ashfur (the cat who tried to push him off a cliff), alongside many others.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • In The Power of Three he was the Ego to Lionblaze's Id and Hollyleaf's Superego.
    • In Omen of the Stars he was the Superego to Lionblaze's Id and Dovewing's Ego.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He may be one of the most important heroes in the third and fourth story arcs, but his temper is notoriously short.
    Bumblestripe: [shrugs] He snapped at Hazeltail for getting in the way, hissed at Cherrypaw for trampling on Ferncloud's moss, and ordered Foxleap and Toadstep to fetch comfrey. So I guess he's okay.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In Eclipse, it's mentioned that he feels jealous of Lionblaze and Hollyleaf when they become warriors. He feels guilty about it.
  • Guilt by Coincidence: In The Forgotten Warrior, Dawnpelt accuses him of murder because he was there when Flametail died, and because the relationship of the medicine cats had been strained. However, Jayfeather was trying to save Flametail, and the medicine cats had been having problems for a completely different reason.
  • Happily Adopted: By Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight in The Last Hope.
  • The Hero: He's the main character of Power of Three (and the entire Era of the Three by extension).
  • Heroic Bastard: It's revealed in Sunrise that he's the kit of the ThunderClan medicine cat Leafpool, and the WindClan warrior Crowfeather.
  • Hurting Hero: He's heroic, but all the crap life throws at him has left him deeply in pain.
  • I Choose to Stay: When time traveling, he falls in love and wants to stay in that time. He isn't allowed to because he still is needed in the present day.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He doesn't feel guilty about sending Lionblaze to steal WindClan's catmint in Long Shadows, because it means ThunderClan survives.
  • I'll Kill You!: Played for laughs in River of Fire. Alderheart assigns a young Motor Mouth kittypet to be grumpy Jayfeather's assistant while Jayfeather is ill...
    Alderheart: Fuzzball will be looking after all your needs from now on. Thorns in your nest? Need your bedding fluffed? Ask Fuzzball. Need water? Ask Fuzzball!
    Jayfeather: I don't believe this! What are you meowing about?
    Fuzzball: Are you blind? What's it like being blind? How did it happen? Was it in a fight with a badger? Or a dog? Did the dog die? Is your belly hurting? How bad? Would you like me to rub it?
    Jayfeather (to Alderheart): When I get better, I'm going to kill you.
  • In-Series Nickname: Lionblaze calls him "Jay" at one point.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • In Outcast, he tells Lionblaze and Hollyleaf about the prophecy of Three.
    • In The Fourth Apprentice, Jayfeather and Lionblaze tell Dovewing about the prophecy.
    • The Last Hope has Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf revealing the prophecy to Brambleclaw, Squirrelflight, and Leafpool.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Although he fortunately is never woken in the middle of a prophecy, in Omen of the Stars, Dovewing wakes him up while he is enjoying a dream about chasing a squirrel.
  • It's All My Fault: He does not take Briarlight's death well, in no small part because she caught the illness that killed her from him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Acts rude and sarcastic, but when the chips are down he will never give up on a patient and is willing to die for his Clan.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Despite being very cynical, he still vows to fight for the safety of the Clans, and is willing to give his life to protect everyone.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after his father, Crowfeather.
    • He was also named after his eyes, as the color of them are like a jay's wing.
  • The Medic: He is ThunderClan's medicine cat, so it's his job.
  • The Mentor: To Alderheart.
  • Messiah Creep: He starts out as a jerkass, but he grows into being the purest hero the Clans have.
  • Mind Rape: Experiences it when he tries to read Sol's mind in Eclipse. Later in Long Shadows, he tries to do it to Ashfur. It doesn't work.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He has kittypet blood through his grandfather, Firestar. In Sunrise it's revealed that his true parents are Crowfeather of WindClan and Leafpool of ThunderClan, making him halfClan.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: In The Fourth Apprentice, he breaks his beloved stick. It is the most dramatic twig-breaking scene you will ever read in fiction.
  • My Death Is Only The Beginning: When a group of Dark Forest warriors attack him at the beginning of The Last Hope, he says that even if they kill him, he will return as a StarClan warrior and keep fighting them.
  • Non-Action Guy: He mostly avoids fights due to his blindness. When inhabiting the body of a cat in perfect health during Sign of the Moon, he manages to actually fight and succeed.
  • Oblivious Adoption: Subverted in Long Shadows. Squirrelflight reveals that she and Brambleclaw aren't the parents of Jayfeather and his siblings, and Lionblaze and Hollyleaf are completely blindsided by this. You'd expect Jayfeather to be shocked as well, but in his narration he reveals that subconsciously he always knew it was coming. Not because of the plentiful foreshadowing found earlier in the Power of Three arc, but because as the Three, he and his siblings had to have to some grand hidden heritage beyond ordinary cats.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Briarlight, despite some Ship Tease being thrown their way. They never become mates, but they remain very close, supportive, and protective of each other. He's devastated by her death, at first refusing to accept he can't save her and then losing his voice when he tries to deliver a speech about her.
  • Prophet Eyes: Fanart often draws him with these, and he appears with them on at least one foreign edition cover.
  • Reincarnation: In Sign of the Moon, he is confirmed to be the reincarnation of an Ancient called Jay's Wing. Back in Long Shadows, this relationship was implied.
  • Saying Too Much: In Lost Stars, he accidentally says in front of the other Clans in a fit of anger that Mothwing doesn't believe in StarClan. He also snaps about how trying to break the ice on the Moonpool didn't work... in front of Tigerstar, who hadn't been invited and is shocked.
  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: In The Sight, he unintentionally sees through his brother Lionpaw's eyes while he and Breezepaw are having a hunting contest, and the ground collapses under him, burying Lionpaw and Breezepaw alive. Thanks to Jaypaw seeing this, he is able to get help and save their lives.
  • Science Hero: He solves a lot of problems by using the right herbs.
  • Secret Keeper: The prophecy, and Hollyleaf killing Ashfur.
  • The Snark Knight: Acts blunt and rude to his Clanmates, but is dedicated to saving them all.
  • The Smart Guy: Due to his medicine cat skills, he solves problems with his brain.
  • Sneaky Departure: In Dark River after three WindClan kits go missing almost leading to a war between ThunderClan and WindClan, two separate groups composed on Lionpaw, Hollypaw, and Jaypaw, and Breezepaw and Heatherpaw sneak away to find the kits.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: He makes use of his ability twice in Long Shadows: once to enter Kestrelpaw's dream and learn where WindClan has catmint, and once to speak to Ashfur privately and try to scare him into not revealing Squirrelflight's secret.
  • Time-Travel Romance: In Long Shadows he travels to the past taking the place of Jay's Wing who he is a reincarnation of and meets Half Moon, who is in love with Jay's Wing, and by the time he leaves he realizes that he has some unspecified feelings for her. Later in Sign of the Moon, he comes to genuinely love her.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Although he was always nice on the inside, this happens due to his character development.
  • Tsundere: Fittingly, one of Crowfeather's sons took after his father as a male Tsundere. Jayfeather was very sarcastic, insensitive, and short-tempered, particularly as an apprentice, but mellowed out somewhat when older. He's not the friendliest cat, but values loyalty and has compassion for others more than even his father. Jayfeather's softer side is more seen with his siblings, few friends, and Half Moon, the cat he fell in love with.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Lionblaze for refusing to go to WindClan and fetch catmint in Long Shadows.
    Jayfeather: "I never thought that my brother was a coward."
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He absolutely hates water. In Night Whispers, it's proof of his complete dedication when he teaches himself to swim so that he can save Flametail.



"We have to let the warrior code rule our hearts. The death of a warrior does not mean victory."
"I can't stay here. I know I did the right thing, but no cat will ever understand!"
Click here  to see her on the cover of Sunrise

Another third series protagonist, and sister of Jayfeather and Lionblaze. She places great importance on the Warrior Code, sometimes to levels other cats consider a bit extreme. She is the third cat with the power of the stars. Except she's not. She was only involved in the prophecy because Jayfeather mistakenly believed that she was part of it. After learning of the prophecy in Outcast, she becomes the "leader" of The Three. After learning the truth of her heritage, that she is the result of an extremely illegal union according to the Warrior Code, she goes a bit crazy. She had last been seen running into a collapsing tunnel, presumed to be dead by her Clan. In The Forgotten Warrior, she was found to be living just outside the territory, and rejoined the Clan. Her return marked the beginning of the climax of Omen Of The Stars.

  • Action Girl: As with pretty much all female characters.
  • Afraid of Blood: Which makes it pretty difficult for her to be a medicine cat apprentice.
  • Almost Dead Guy: In The Last Hope Hollyleaf forgives Leafpool and says that she's not afraid to die with her last breaths.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: She kills Ashfur, the previous villain and becomes one herself, for a time, anyway.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: In Sunrise, she tries to murder her own mother, Leafpool.
  • Anti-Hero: Starts veering into this territory in Long Shadows.
  • Anti-Villain: During TPoT, especially when she kills Ashfur. She loves the Warrior Code, but way too much.
  • The Apprentice: Briefly to Leafpool and then to Brackenfur.
  • The Atoner: In The Forgotten Warrior, she seeks to atone for her rampage at the end of Sunrise by being the best warrior she can be.
  • Ax-Crazy: When she finds out she's half-Clan in Sunrise.
  • Back for the Dead: Reappears in the Clan in The Forgotten Warrior only to die in the very next book.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The prologue of The Forgotten Warrior implies that a vengeful cat who arrives at the lake is her, coming back as a major villain. It's actually just Sol without any gendered pronouns.
  • Beneath the Mask: At the end of Sunrise, she stops trying to pretend that everything is okay and goes on an insanity-driven rampage.
  • Berserk Button: Please don't break the warrior code in front of her. Otherwise, she'll shout at you.
  • Big Bad: She's the main villain of Sunrise.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Seems to have become a master at this over the Time Skip.
    • Saves Cherrypaw and Molepaw from a fox in The Forgotten Warrior.
    • Saves Ivypool from Hawkfrost in The Last Hope.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In Sunrise.
  • Black-and-White Insanity: As a young cat, she believes the Warrior Code to be infallible and perfect, and has a very hard time reconciling this worldview with reality.
  • Black-and-White Morality: In the Power of Three series, she believed this to be the way of the world. After learning that her very existence conflicted with the Warrior Code, she eventually grew out of it.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A variation of ginger/black/gray:
    • Ginger Lionblaze, black Hollyleaf, and gray Jayfeather.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The end of Sunrise has a tunnel collapse on her in the last scene. In The Forgotten Warrior, we find out she survived.
  • Break the Cutie: She was a strong young apprentice who wanted to follow the warrior code to the best she could for her Clan and also was one of the Three with a special power... or so she thought. She later learned that Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw weren't her real parents and that she was the product of a doubly-forbidden relationship: her very existence shattered the beliefs she'd held so long about the warrior code. She then murdered a Clanmate before deciding to run away from the Clan, nearly dying in the ensuing tunnel collapse, and then lived a lonely life outside the Clan for several years. Also, she was never one of the Three.
  • Broken Pedestal: She used to look up to ThunderClan's medicine cat Leafpool. Then in Sunrise, she found out that Leafpool and Crowfeather, a WindClan warrior, were her parents. As this was completely against the code, she turns against Leafpool.
  • Buried Alive: At the end of Sunrise, she is the victim of a cave-in and is trapped under a ton of a rocks. We see how she got out in Hollyleaf's Story.
  • Byronic Hero: Troubled? Yep, especially after realizing she's the daughter of a WindClan warrior and a ThunderClan medicine cat. Brooding? Yep again, she constantly obsesses over right and wrong. And her passion definitely fuels a large portion of the plot.
  • The Cameo: Has one in Darkest Night
  • Cassandra Truth: When a crisis on RiverClan territory forces them out of their camp, the other Clans all start preparing for invasion, since they believe that RiverClan will now try to steal territory. Hollypaw is seemingly the only cat on the lake that notices that all these fears are founded on nothing but paranoia, and that by preparing for a battle, everyone is making it that much more likely to happen. Naturally, nobody listens to her when she says they should try to help RiverClan with their problem, or at least get more information about it before jumping to conclusions, because she's just an apprentice and they are all "more experienced".
  • Celibate Hero: During her brief time as ThunderClan medicine apprentice, she had to take a vow to never have a mate. After becoming a warrior apprentice, she still doesn't really care for romance. However, after Power of Three, she becomes really friendly with Fallen Leaves, and it's hinted in The Last Hope that they may get together in the afterlife.
  • Character Development: Goes from an arrogant she-cat who believes that the Warrior Code is absolute to an Ax-Crazy warrior. Then she exiles herself from the Clans, realizes that the cats all have reasons for what they do. After that, she returns to the Clans as a warrior who wants to be a servant of her Clan to help them, not to gain respect.
  • Combat Medic: During her stint as a medicine cat in The Sight, she's noted to be a medicine cat with good fighting skills. Her reliance on the combat side of things eventually leads her to realize that the path of a warrior is the right one for her.
  • Covered in Mud: In Dark River, when she is stuck with RiverClan, she has to roll in mud so that if she encounters a WindClan patrol, they won't realize she's a ThunderClan cat.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Her battle against Sol is extremely one sided, with Hollyleaf demonstrating her practiced battle techniques while Sol attempts to defend himself by flailing randomly, ultimately proving that he is not a warrior.
  • Death Equals Redemption: In The Last Hope, it's implied that she finally found peace of mind by dying to make up for her sins.
  • Death Faked for You: In Sign of the Moon, it's revealed that she's still alive, after Jayfeather and Lionblaze told everyone she was dead in Sunrise.
  • Deuteragonist: In Power of Three.
  • Disney Death:
    • In Sunrise a tunnel collapses on her and she is assumed to be dead. In The Forgotten Warrior, she turns out to have survived, and is living in the tunnels.
    • In The Last Hope Lionblaze thinks that she died when she fell out of a tree, but she actually didn't fall out and was just playing a prank on him. She dies for real though, in the same book.
  • Disposing of a Body: She attempts to dispose of Ashfur's body by tossing it in a stream, hoping he'll be swept into the lake, the Clan would think he just mysteriously vanished, and that would be the end of it. Things don't exactly go as planned.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Her "death". Instead of dying in a battle, she was crushed as the underground tunnel collapsed. (Turns out she escaped the worst of the collapse and managed to survive with some injuries, and she eventually dies in a battle for real.)
  • Dysfunction Junction: She is obsessed with the warrior code and eventually goes insane.
  • Easily Forgiven: During The Forgotten Warrior she returns to ThunderClan and nobody cares about her crimes, even when they find out that she killed Ashfur.
  • Face–Heel Turn: At the end of Long Shadows. Fortunately it was only temporary.
  • Faith–Heel Turn: After realizing she's the product of a forbidden relationship, she loses her faith in the warrior code, murders Ashfur, and tries to make Leafpool eat deathberries before attempting to run away from the Clan.
  • Fallen Hero: She becomes this, when her love of the warrior code makes her turn murderous. But then she has a Heel Realization.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her arrogance and obsession with the Warrior Code leads to her downfall in Long Shadows and Sunrise.
  • Fear of Thunder: Revealed to be due to the confrontation with Ashfur in a storm
  • Final Boss: Of the Power of Three arc. Did anyone see that coming?
  • Flanderization: She starts as the smart one of the group who tries to respect the Warrior Code. By the end, she is completely consumed by the Warrior Code, freaking out if someone even mentions breaking it. This culminates with her finding out her mom severely broke the code and going on a murderous rampage.
  • Forgiveness: She finally forgives Leafpool and Squirrelflight for what they did, much quicker than her brothers did. In fact, when Lionblaze tells her to blame them, Hollyleaf tells him no and that they just made a mistake like any other cat would do.
  • Freudian Trio: In Power of Three she was the Superego to Lionblaze's Id and Jayfeather's Ego.
  • Glory Seeker: Part of the reason she originally wanted to be a medicine cat was because of the power she would have, and how much her Clanmates would respect her.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: In Sunrise, it's revealed that she killed Ashfur after finding out that she wasn't Squirrelflight's daughter. She gets even crazier after finding out that she's the halfClan daughter of a medicine, to the point of attempting to murder her real mother.
  • Happily Adopted: By Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight in The Last Hope.
  • Hates Their Parent: After the reveal that Leafpool and Crowfeather were the parents of the protagonists, rather than Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw, Hollyleaf grew to hate her biological mother for keeping the secret and being "selfish". She hated her so much, in fact, that after murdering Ashfur, she started to go crazy, and tried to make Leafpool eat Deathberries.
  • The Heart: She's pretty much the thing that holds the Three together. Due to her absence in Omen of the Stars, the true Three end up a disorganized mess until Firestar steps in.
  • Heel–Face Return: When last seen at the end of Sunrise, she tried to murder her mother and confessed another murder she'd committed. She returns in The Forgotten Warrior as a friendly cat who helps defeat real villain Sol and a potential candidate for the fourth cat in the prophecy. Hollyleaf's Story was later released to explain this change.
  • Heel Realization: Sometime between Sunrise and The Forgotten Warrior she has one.
  • The Hero Dies: She appears to die in Sunrise: during a chapter that isn't from her POV, she runs into a tunnel and it collapses on her, and her brothers find no sign that she's alive. Turns out she survives, but she dies for real as well in The Last Hope.
  • Heroic Bastard: In Sunrise, she learns that Leafpool and Crowfeather are her parents, making her the halfClan daughter of a medicine cat. It would be a major understatement to say that she does not take this well.
  • Heroic BSoD: She kind of suffers one in Sunrise just before her "death" scene.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In The Last Hope, she gives her life to save Ivypool from Hawkfrost, Thistleclaw, and Snowtuft.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Cinderheart.
  • Honor Before Reason: Several times in Power of Three she stops to wonder if perfectly logical actions are against the code.
  • Hurting Hero: Feels the Warrior Code is shattering under her paws after realizing that her parents are a cat from another Clan and her own Clan's medicine cat. She has to deal with not being one of the Three. And then she is exiled and alone for moons with only a ghost for company.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Claims to be loyal to the Warrior Code, and yet she commits murder.
    • In Dark River, she had accused Lionblaze of having a friend from a different Clan. Jayfeather was quick to call her out, saying that she was friends with Willowshine from RiverClan.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: In Sunrise, she says that she did the right thing by killing Ashfur and attempting to kill her own mother.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal:
    • After finding out about her role in the prophecy in Outcast, she angsts over how she's an outcast from her Clan. In Sunrise, she turns out to actually be a normal cat who isn't part of the Three. Why? The Erins couldn't think of a good power for her.
    • For most of Sunrise she just wants to be a normal ThunderClan-born warrior, as with the revelation of her parentage being a lie, she doesn't know who her true parents are. When she finds out who they are, it gets even worse.
    • In The Last Hope, she tells Lionblaze she doesn't want to be the Fourth, just a good warrior.
  • Interspecies Adoption: In Hollyleaf's Story, she attempts this for a day or so with a fox cub lost in the tunnel, finding it and caring for it before later bringing it back outside. She encounters it a year later and happily greets it, only to find that it does not remember her and it attacks her.
  • Karma Houdini: She never faces any justice for murdering Ashfur, nor do the Clans find out about it, as Brambleclaw covers for her.
  • Knight Templar: She will use any means possible to protect her view of the Warrior Code. In Sunrise, it's revealed that she took this murderously far.
  • Lawful Stupid: She was turning into this before she ran away, but once she came back, she became Lawful Good and more sane.
  • Leader Wannabe: In Power of Three: Outcast, she decides that more than anything else, she wants to be Clan Leader.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: In Sunrise, she falls into a rage and shreds a mouse to pieces, until all that remains of it is described as red pulp.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: She announces not only to her father, Crowfeather, but to the whole Gathering of cats that she and her brothers are actually Leafpool's kits, not Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw's, and Crowfeather's their father.
  • Madness Mantra: At the end of Eclipse before her warrior ceremony, she's seen muttering in relish "The warrior code...the warrior code..." This annoys the heck out of Jayfeather.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: A strange example, in that it's not revealed to the audience until a while after it happens. In Sunrise, it's revealed that she killed Ashfur, the previous villain, during her Face–Heel Turn. This is after the Clans spent half the book trying to find his murderer.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Named after her mother, Leafpool.
    • Her pelt is as dark as a holly branch, which was why she was given the Holly- prefix.
  • The Medic: She had a brief stint as the ThunderClan medicine apprentice in The Sight.
  • Missed the Call: She, Jayfeather, and Lionblaze all assumed, without ever questioning it, that Hollyleaf was one of the Three. Oops.
  • Mixed Ancestry: She has kittypet blood through her grandfather, Firestar. In Sunrise, it turns out that she's halfClan; her father is the WindClan warrior Crowfeather and her mother is the ThunderClan medicine cat Leafpool.
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: In The Last Hope, after she saves Ivypool, she collapses due to her wounds and dies soon after.
  • Murder Makes You Crazy: Killing Ashfur had taken a great toll on her, and throughout Sunrise, her mental condition keeps getting worse, until she is borderline psychotic by the end of the book. She gets better during her life in the exile, but she is still aware how that action changed her.
  • Never Found the Body: After Sunrise everyone assumed she died when the tunnel collapsed on her, but it turns out that she wasn't and she returned in The Forgotten Warrior.
  • No One Could Survive That!: The cats of ThunderClan assumed that she died when she ran into a collapsing tunnel. As Sign of the Moon revealed, she managed to survive.
  • Not Quite Dead: Revealed in Sign of the Moon, when Jayfeather and Lionblaze go into the tunnels and find her fur.
  • Oblivious Adoption: In Long Shadows we learn that Hollyleaf and her siblings were never the kits of Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight, but they thought they were.
  • Out, Damned Spot!: It's mentioned in Sunrise that she can still taste Ashfur's blood in her mouth.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: She has two brothers, Jayfeather and Lionblaze.
  • Oxymoronic Being: For all that she has dedicated her entire life to following the warrior code, her very existence is a violation of the code, as the daughter of a WindClan warrior and a ThunderClan medicine cat.
  • Pride: While almost completely void of the other six deadly sins, in Power of Three Hollyleaf continually thinks that she deserves to be a high-ranking Clan cat, and believes her faith the Warrior Code makes her better than cats outside it. After this leads to her downfall, she abandons her pride and becomes extremely humble in The Forgotten Warrior and The Last Hope.
  • Pride Before a Fall: Her fall happens in the middle of her story, not the beginning, but her adopted humility is a vital part of her characterization.
  • Redemption Equals Death: In The Last Hope, she dies after coming back to ThunderClan and making amends with the other cats.
  • Red Herring:
    • Sunrise: She was never the third cat.
    • The Last Hope: Nope, not the fourth cat either.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Lionblaze's red.
  • Regretful Traitor: The novella Hollyleaf's Story focuses on how she regrets her traitorous actions, and how she tries to make amends by leaving prey and medicinal herbs for the Clan.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Sunrise, she freaks out at learning her true parentage and exposes her mother's greatest secret. Then, she attempts to kill her mother, before running away into some tunnels.
  • The Runaway: At the end of Sunrise, she runs away from her Clan...right into the mouth of a collapsing tunnel.
  • Sanity Slippage: It starts in Long Shadows when she learns that Squirrelflight isn't her mother. Then in Sunrise, the truth of her heritage and her guilt from killing Ashfur cause her to snap and go murderously insane. Then in Omen of the Stars, she comes back calmed down, and is saner than she ever was in Power of Three.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In Dark River, she goes behind Firestar's back to try and help RiverClan (like how Firestar did with Bluestar). Like grandfather, like granddaughter.
  • Self-Imposed Exile: At the end of Sunrise, she reveals that she murdered a Clanmate, and claims that she can't stay with her Clan now that "everything is ruined". She runs into a tunnel, attempting to leave the territory, and is presumed dead in the ensuing rockfall. She survives, but stays away from her Clan out of shame and as a self-imposed punishment before returning over a year later.
  • He's Back: This a major part of The Forgotten Warrior.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • She wants Lionblaze to get together with Honeyfern so that his loyalty will be to ThunderClan, and not to a she-cat from another Clan.
    • She also liked the idea of Lionblaze being with Cinderheart. Guess what becomes canon?
  • Sneaky Departure: In Dark River she sneaks away from ThunderClan camp and goes to RiverClan to find out what the huge problem impacting them is. Then, after three WindClan kits go missing almost leading to a war between ThunderClan and WindClan, two separate groups composed on Lionpaw, Hollypaw, and Jaypaw, and Breezepaw and Heatherpaw sneak away to find the kits.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: After her return in The Forgotten Warrior.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: When she was born she was stated to look exactly like her father, Crowfeather. She was almost given his prefix.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Whether you think her killing of Ashfur was justified or not, she's a lot more sympathetic than he is.
  • Tragic Hero: Her obsession with the Warrior Code is her tragic flaw, and it leads to downfall in Sunrise.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her character is very dynamic, and intentional misdirection makes you not expect where it goes. As such, the only cat who can rival her spoileryness is Clear Sky from the Dawn of the Clans arc. (If you're feeling bored, check out how many of her spoiler tropes are from Sunrise compared to the other ones.)
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: In Omen of the Stars, she returns to the Clan after having murdered Ashfur, gone into hiding for over a year, and experienced a change of heart about her birth mother and adopted mother. Upon her return her family covers for her - Brambleclaw claims that he saw Ashfur attack her, and Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Leafpool, who know the truth, keep quiet - and the Clan welcomes her back pretty much with no questions asked.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She only wanted to protect the Warrior Code. Unfortunately, her beliefs on how to accomplish that were quite warped.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Sunrise, she calls out Leafpool for breaking the warrior code horribly. However, by that time she had already fallen pretty far herself.
  • What You Are in the Dark: She has the opportunity to kill Ashfur and save her dignity. She takes it.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Completely loses her mind and kills a cat.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In Power of Three, her beliefs are that the world is composed of only pure good and pure evil, that following the rules will always lead you on the right path, and that StarClan is wise and all-knowing. It's just too bad she was in a Low Fantasy instead of a High Fantasy.


Lionblaze/Lion's Roar

"I know what it's like to have a power no other cat understands. It's the loneliest feeling in the world."
"Our destinies guide our paws, but they don’t shape every step. That’s up to us. We walk the path we choose."
Click here  to see him on the cover of The Forgotten Warrior

A protagonist of the third series, and the brother of Jayfeather and Hollyleaf. He is one of three cats with "the power of the stars", and his special ability is being completely unbeatable in combat.

  • Accidental Murder: Near the end of Fading Echoes, Lionblaze tries to pull Russetfur off of Firestar during the battle, but somehow accidentally kills her instead.
  • The Ace: He's the physical master of the Clans.
  • Action Hero: His special ability of invincibility mandates that he be the most fighting-oriented character in the series.
  • Ambiguously Evil: From Outcast on, the Power of Three arc has him veering dangerously close to being a villain, and it isn't clear which side he'll end up on. He ultimately manages to become a hero, however.
  • Anti-Hero: His selfishness and love of battle make him this in Power of Three and for a good deal of Omen Of The Stars, but he eventually becomes a true hero due to his relationship with Cinderheart.
  • The Apprentice: To Ashfur.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Dovewing in The Last Hope, during the Dark Forest's second assault on ThunderClan.
  • The Big Guy: The most physically strong of the Three.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A variation of ginger/black/gray:
    • Ginger Lionblaze, black Hollyleaf, and gray Jayfeather.
  • Blood Knight: On the heroic side, he counted as one when he was an apprentice, enjoying battle and scaring others with how brutal he could get.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: At the end of Outcast, he returns from battle covered in blood, none of which is his own.
  • Break the Haughty: He starts off fairly arrogant but goes through a lot of suffering, which contributes to his Character Development.
  • Broken Ace: He may be great at pretty much everything, but once Cinderheart and Tigerstar show him his vulnerable mind, he starts breaking down.
  • Broken Pedestal: At first he thinks that Tigerstar is a great warrior, but then he realizes what kind of cat he really is.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In Bramblestar's Storm. He doesn't take this too well, for he's tripping over stuff and getting hurt or going into battle, forgetting that he can get hurt now.
  • Cain and Abel: In The Fourth Apprentice, his half-brother Breezepelt joins the Dark Forest and they become enemies.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Gets together with Cinderheart, who he'd known for a long time.
  • Confusion Fu: Trains Daisy and Brightheart in it in The Last Hope.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Pretty much every fight he participates in. With his powers granting him ultra-quick reflexes and extraordinary strength, he often fights multiple warriors without getting hit a single time.
  • Daydream Surprise: When he finally meets up with Heathertail again in Long Shadows, he gives in to his fury and kills her. But it turns out to be just a vision, and Heathertail survives to the end of Power of Three.
  • Due to the Dead: He and Cinderheart name their first litter after Hollyleaf, Ferncloud, and Sorreltail.
  • Ear Notch: He gained one in a border skirmish with WindClan in Dark River.
  • Emotional Bruiser: He's the strongest and most emotional of the Three.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Starts Power of Three as a Badass Normal. Once he reaches the mountains in Outcast, his power awakens and he becomes incredibly strong.
  • Epiphany Therapy: In The Last Hope, which lets him finally accept his destiny. He also shares it with Cinderheart, allowing her to complete her destiny.
  • The Exile: In The Silent Thaw he gets banished from the camp for a quarter moon after accidentally crossing the WindClan border.
  • Face Your Fears: In Long Shadows, he goes to WindClan territory to fetch some catmint and meets up with Heathertail again, but he manages to change the result of his nightmarish visions by not killing her.
  • Forgiveness: He's the last of the Three to truly forgive Leafpool and Squirrelflight.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • In Power of Three he was the Id to Jayfeather's Ego and Hollyleaf's Superego.
    • In Omen of the Stars he was the Id to Jayfeather's Superego and Dovewing's Ego.
  • Gentle Giant: He's big and tough, but he's also quite soft, especially with Cinderheart.
  • Happily Adopted: By Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight in The Last Hope.
  • Heroic Bastard: He's the kit of a ThunderClan medicine cat and a WindClan warrior.
  • Hot-Blooded: In Power of Three, he starts out completely in love with battle. It dies down during Omen of the Stars.
  • Humble Hero: By the end of Omen of the Stars he has become one.
  • Hurting Hero: After the whole Heathertail subplot.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: To a lesser extent. He even sympathizes with Dovewing's situation in The Fourth Apprentice.
  • I'll Kill You!: In Darkness Within Ashfur taunts Lionblaze, which gets him worked up enough to tell Ashfur that he's going to kill him, and to attack him.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Cloudtail interrupts one of his dreams to make him go on water patrol in The Fourth Apprentice.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: To Heathertail at the end of Eclipse. She doesn't actually die, but Lionblaze spends the majority of the rest of the next book being tortured by nightmares about killing her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Like his brother, he can be arrogant and selfish but in the end, he'll do anything to protect his Clan.
  • Last Stand: In The Last Hope, he leads ShadowClan in this, as they face the Dark Forest while on the brink of being overwhelmed.
  • Little "No": In Sunrise, when Tigerstar asks Lionblaze if he is going to kill him, Lionblaze replies, "No. You're already dead." He then leaves the Dark Forest forever, proving to Tigerstar that he wasn't going to let himself fall to the level of the villains.
  • Meaningful Name: He was named after his appearance, which is noted to look exactly like a lion.
  • The Mentor: To Dovewing in the first half of the Omen of the Stars.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Awakens his power at the end of Outcast, about halfway through the Power of Three arc.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He has kittypet blood through his grandfather, Firestar. In Sunrise, he turns out to be a halfClan cat. His father is Crowfeather of WindClan, and his mother is Leafpool of ThunderClan.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He does this a lot in the latter half of Power of Three, usually after he loses control of himself, or during one of his homicidal Nightmare Dreams.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He can't be hurt in battle because of his power.
  • Nightmare Dreams: Later on in the ''Power of Three', he dreams of brutally murdering Heathertail.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: When trying to figure out which cats are training in the Dark Forest, he gets to Whitewing. His thoughts immediately become, "Never. Just... never."
  • Not His Blood:
    • In Outcast he comes out of a rough battle completely covered in blood. His siblings panic, assuming that he's badly injured, and are shocked to discover that none of it is his own.
    • Jayfeather finds Lionblaze covered in blood during the eclipse battle, but none of it ends up being his.
    • In Night Whispers, Cinderheart freaks out after Lionblaze fights a fox, because he's covered in blood and she thinks he's badly wounded and dying. Due to his power, he's not even injured; it was all the fox's blood.
  • Number Two: He becomes acting deputy under Squirrelflight's acting leadership at the end of Veil of Shadows.
  • Oblivious Adoption: In Long Shadows, it's revealed that Lionblaze and his siblings were never the kits of Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight to begin with.
  • Oblivious to Love: In Dark River he seems oblivious not only to Heatherpaw's feelings towards him but to his own feelings towards her. He only ever refers to their bond as "friendship" despite the clear romance between them. Being Starcrossed Lovers from different clans, their romance wasn't meant to be so it ended before it began.
  • Official Couple: With Cinderheart.
  • One-Man Army: He can easily accomplish things (such as taking out a fox) that would be very difficult for a whole patrol to do.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Not from Lionblaze himself, but he has reacted this way to others.
    • In The Fourth Apprentice, when he returns to the lake and Blackstar courteously invites him into ShadowClan camp, he asks, "Who are you and what have you done with Blackstar?"
    • At the beginning of Fading Echoes, he learns that Jayfeather broke his much cherished stick. He flips out and immediately goes to have a talk with Jayfeather to see if he's okay.
  • Opposed Mentors: Ashfur is his ThunderClan mentor, while Tigerstar and Hawkfrost mentor him in the Dark Forest. All three turn out to be his enemies.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: His power allows him mastery on the field of battle.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "You. Are. Talking. Feathers!"
  • Puppy Love: With Heathertail in Dark River, back when they were young apprentices. At first they become friends who sneak away to see each other at night, before realizing they have actual feelings for one another.
  • Rage Against the Mentor:
    • After finding out the Ashfur is evil in Long Shadows.
    • In Sunrise, he finally turns on his Evil Mentor Tigerstar and beats him to near-death.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Hollyleaf's blue.
  • Reincarnation: It's revealed that he's the reincarnation of Lion's Roar, an ancient cat.
  • Screw Destiny: After Cinderheart leaves him because he's one of the Three, he decides he doesn't want to be bound by his destiny.
  • Secret Keeper: The prophecy, and Hollyleaf killing Ashfur.
  • Smart Ball: Holds it for the first half of The Forgotten Warrior, where he figures out that Birchfall is training in the Dark Forest, instinctively knows that Dovewing's power has come back, and is able to see through, but not counter, Sol's manipulations.
  • Smug Super: He acts this way when he learns about his powers. Thanks to the magic of Character Development, he becomes more humble.
  • Sneaky Departure: In Dark River Lionpaw and Heatherpaw are constantly sneaking away at night to meet each other. Later in the same book, after three WindClan kits go missing almost leading to a war between ThunderClan and WindClan, two separate groups composed on Lionpaw, Hollypaw, and Jaypaw, and Breezepaw and Heatherpaw sneak away to find the kits.
  • Sociopathic Hero: He thought he was this when Tigerstar sent him dreams of killing Heathertail.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: To Heathertail, since they're from different Clans. It ultimately doesn't work out.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His pelt resembles his grandmother, Sandstorm.
  • Super Strength: There are two parts to his ability as part of the Power of Three. The second part gives him a ridiculous amount of strength. In Fading Echoes, he uses this power to lift a tree off of Briarlight and Longtail.
  • Throwing the Fight: In The Last Hope, he tries to prove that his destiny doesn't control him by letting some ShadowClan warriors beat him in a fight.
  • Time Stands Still: There are two parts to his ability as part of the Power of Three. The first part slows down time, allowing him to see what moves other cats are using, then properly counter them.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In Power of Three, due to the fact that he hasn't trained to use his power. He grows out of this during the Time Skip, where he fully masters his power.
  • Unstoppable Rage: His Nigh-Invulnerability first manifests when he gets pissed off at the end of Outcast, leading to a literal unstoppable rage.
  • What Have I Become?: In Eclipse, after he nearly kills Heathertail and Crowfeather, he realizes how dangerously unhinged he's becoming and struggles with whether he will become a villain or hero.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In The Place of No Stars, he yells at Tigerstar for trying to smuggle away Shadowsight, who is their only lead on Ashfur.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Was incredibly terrified of WindClan territory in Long Shadows, because he was afraid that he would see Heathertail again and kill her.
  • Working with the Ex: In Dark River, he had to work together with Heathertail to find some missing kits.
  • World's Strongest Man: Thanks to his invincibility.
  • You Are Not Alone: To Cinderheart in The Last Hope.


Dovewing/Dove's Wing

"StarClan didn't save us. We did."
"Maybe it won't be so bad, having these powers, if I can use them to help my Clan."
Click here  to see her on the cover of The Fourth Apprentice

The protagonist of the fourth series. She is the true third cat with the power of the stars. She has extremely acute senses that can easily hear and smell things from miles away.

  • The Ace: At hunting, due to her Super Senses.
  • Action Girl
  • Adult Fear: She's constantly worried for her son thanks to his seizure visions.
  • The Apprentice: To Lionblaze in the first half of Omen of the Stars.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Lionblaze in The Last Hope, during the Dark Forest's second attack on ThunderClan.
  • Battle Couple: With Bumblestripe in The Last Hope.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her powers don't really help in the middle of a battle, or when she's around Twolegs with all the noise they make.
  • Break Up to Make Up: In The Last Hope, she and Bumblestripe realize that their relationship isn't working out, and they break up. They get back together at the end of the book, because being apart has made them realize that they do care for each other... at least until Bramblestar's Storm.
  • Brought Down to Normal: She loses her power sometime in between Sign of the Moon and The Forgotten Warrior for unknown reasons, but gets it back later.
    • This happens permanently in "Bramblestar's Storm", and out of the Three, she takes it the worst of all.
  • Cain and Abel: Ivypaw gets jealous of the attention Dovepaw is getting and is tricked into joining forces with the Dark Forest. This was averted later though.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The biggest one in the series. (Spoilers up to Sign of the Moon.) She was first introduced in Long Shadows as the sister of Jayfeather's previous incarnation. Then she got reincarnated in Sunrise, and revealed as the true third in The Fourth Apprentice. Following that, Jayfeather needed to find her past incarnation again in Sign of the Moon to complete the Power of Three for The Ancients. And that's just the short version.
  • Fights Like a Normal: She has powers, but they're actually a hindrance in battle more than anything.
  • Flashback Nightmare: She has one about Rippletail's death in Fading Echoes.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • Freudian Trio: In Omen of the Stars she was the Ego to Lionblaze's Id and Jayfeather's Superego.
  • Genki Girl: She's filled with infinite energy, but only early on in the Omen of the Stars arc.
  • Good Parents: She is a caring mother to Shadowsight, comforting him when he's scared, often giving him advice and always trying her best to answer his questions.
  • The Hero: The main character of Omen Of The Stars.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: After learning that her senses are actually part of an ancient prophecy, she begins pining for normality.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: She thought everyone had senses as acute as hers.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: She dishes this out on Bumblestripe in Bramblestar's Storm. She broke up with him because she still loved her last mate, Tigerheart, and legitimately felt bad for stringing him along for so long.
  • It's Probably Nothing: In The Forgotten Warrior, Tigerheart warns her that Dawnpelt believes that Jayfeather killed Flametail, but she brushes it off as nothing several times. Near the climax of the book, Dawnpelt accuses Jayfeather of the murder at a Gathering, causing an uproar and making many Clan cats hate Jayfeather.
  • I Was Named "My Name": Her name as a ThunderClan warrior is almost exactly the same as when she was an Ancient.
  • Kid Hero: She's an apprentice for half of Omen of the Stars, but she goes on a quest to save the Clans.
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes through one in The Last Hope when she finds out that there's a Fourth cat in the prophecy. This is because she thinks that the presence of a Fourth means that she was a terrible Third and couldn't save anyone.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Introduced at the end of Sunrise as the main character of the next arc.
  • Mixed Ancestry: She has kittypet blood through her great-grand-uncle, Firestar.
  • Morality Pet: She's this for Tigerheart.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: She hides her pregnancy from her Clan in the sixth series, since the father is from another Clan.
  • Mundane Utility: What's a great use for your Super Senses? Finding out when your crush is leaving for your meetings so that you can beat him there.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In The Last Hope, she wakes up Ivypool before she can see the Dark Forest's attack plans, causing the Clans to lose a strategical advantage.
  • Official Couple: With Bumblestripe.
    • However, they end up breaking up in Bramblestar's Storm.
    • In A Vision of Shadows she gets together with Tigerheart and moves to ShadowClan to be with him.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: She has pale gray fur, while Tigerheart is a dark brown tabby.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Ivypool in Night Whispers when her sister pushes way too many Berserk Buttons.
  • Redeeming Replacement: The cat originally thought to be the Third pulled a Face–Heel Turn (until she turned good again). Dovewing is a solid hero.
  • Reincarnation: In Sign of the Moon, it is revealed that she is the reincarnation of Dove's Wing, one of the Ancients.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: A variation. In Thunder and Shadow, she freaks out upon hearing that a group of hostile rogues have been spotted in Clan territory, because her sister Ivypool is out hunting with Fernsong and is unaware of the threat. She is quickly reassured when someone points out that if Ivypool could survive the Dark Forest, she'd have no problem handling a couple of rogues.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Jayfeather and Lionblaze see her as this to Hollyleaf, who they thought was the third cat in the prophecy. invoked
  • Resigned to the Call: She feels this way and pines for normality.
  • Secret Relationship: In Omen of the Stars she and Tigerheart of ShadowClan start seeing each other in secret. They break it off in The Last Hope... only to start up again in A Vision of Shadows where Dovewing decides to move to ShadowClan to be with her mate.
  • Sensory Overload: When she goes to the mountains in Sign of the Moon, there are too many new scents and sights, nearly causing her to have a breakdown.
  • Sibling Rivalry: A major storyline in Night Whispers is her rivalry with Ivypool after the sisters grew progressively more distant in The Fourth Apprentice and Fading Echoes. They make up at the end of the book.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks just like her sister Ivypool, just missing the white splotches on her pelt.
  • Super Hearing: The main aspect of Dovewing's power. This power was revoked after her prophecy had been fulfilled.
  • Super Senses: They're her power as the third cat in the prophecy.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Night Whispers, Tigerheart asks her how she always manages to get to their meeting place first. Dovewing mutters back that she totally doesn't listen for when he leaves his nest.
  • Theme Naming: Shares the "-wing" suffix with her mother Whitewing.
  • Token Good Teammate: Out of Lionblaze, Jayfeather, Ivypool, and Hollyleaf, she's the least dysfunctional.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Ivypool's Tomboy, due to the fact that she is much more romantic and does not like fighting.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In The Forgotten Warrior, as a result of losing her powers, she is able to focus on her warrior skills without being distracted. She even gets to keep this extra badassery after getting her powers back.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In The Last Hope, she hallucinates Firestar walking away unharmed from his battle with Tigerstar.
  • Up to Eleven: In The Last Hope, she puts her powers into overdrive, letting her see the Dark Forest.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's pretty much impossible to discuss her without revealing that she's the true Third cat in the prophecy.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: So much that in The Last Hope, she refuses to disclose the identities of the Dark Forest recruits in hope that they turn good.



"I just wanted to be as good as Dovepaw. I wanted to be so good that everyone would notice me, too."
"Every sacrifice I make is for the good of my Clan- and the other Clans around the lake. Even if that means sacrificing myself."
Click here  to see her on the cover of Fading Echoes

Dovewing's sister, and a fourth series protagonist. She is stuck in Dovewing's shadow, causing her to develop serious jealousy issues while everyone fawns over her sister. During the events of Omen of the Stars, she is recruited by the Dark Forest. After serving as their pawn for a while, she eventually learns the truth about them and becomes a spy, unearthing their secrets to aide the three.

  • Action Girl: As with pretty much all female characters.
  • Always Second Best: To Dovewing, who is The Chosen One and has a special gift from StarClan while Ivypool is just an ordinary warrior.
  • Anti-Hero: She's a loner (as far as any good Clan cat can be), she works with the villains for a long time, and she kills, though she doesn't enjoy it.
  • Apologizes a Lot: In The Fourth Apprentice, she was constantly apologizing, even for things that weren't her fault.
  • The Apprentice: To Cinderheart, her eventual mother-in-law.
  • Beneath the Mask: Acts stoic in ThunderClan, evil in the Dark Forest, and irritable towards the three. In reality, she's horrified by what she's done and what the Dark Forest has done, and would gladly sacrifice herself to change the fates of the Dark Forest trainees.
  • Break the Cutie: She starts out as an innocent she-cat, but is eventually exposed to to the evil of the Dark Forest, and is forced to commit murder to survive.
  • Broken Pedestal: At first, she adored the Dark Forest cats, but then she learned that they only wanted her so that they could destroy the Clans.
  • Cain and Abel: She gets jealous of the attention Dovepaw is getting and is tricked into joining forces with the Dark Forest. This was averted later though.
  • Cool Teacher: Twigpaw certainly believes she's one. Twigpaw often thinks about how lucky she is to have Ivypool as a mentor.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How she first meets Mapleshade. Mapleshade does not respond well to this and attacks her.
  • Dark Action Girl: During Fading Echoes and Night Whispers.
  • Dark Chick: Of the Dark Forest, although she keeps a lot of her true (relative) quirkiness hidden in order to facilitate her spying.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Yes, she's a Dark Forest warrior. But she's also a solid hero.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her inner thoughts tend towards blunt commentary on the stupidity of cats around her. Some examples are, "WindClan cats aren't completely mouse-brained" and "You don't think I'd walk into a fox's den to get [fresh fox dung], do you?" from The Forgotten Warrior.
  • Death Seeker: She fully believes that she'll end up dead somewhere down the line, due to spying in the Dark Forest. She's surprisingly okay with it.
  • Distressed Damsel: Near the ending of Night Whispers.
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door
  • Foil: To her sister, Dovewing.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In The Fourth Apprentice, she's jealous that Dovewing got to go on a mission to defeat the beavers. This jealousy leads to her joining the Dark Forest in Fading Echoes, but in Night Whispers she stops after learning the truth about her sister.
  • Guile Hero: From the end of Night Whispers and onward.
  • Heel Realization: In Night Whispers, she realizes that the Dark Forest are evil when she sees Tigerstar plotting to destroy the Clans.
  • Hometown Nickname: In Night Whispers she is kidnapped by a ShadowClan patrol and held prisoner in their camp. There, a group of ShadowClan kits give her the nickname "Thundercat".
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: In Night Whispers she is held hostage by ShadowClan and is released in exchange for catmint.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In Fading Echoes, she is jealous of the attention Dovewing is getting. Hawkfrost is able to draw her into the Dark Forest because she wants to be as special as her sister.
  • Incest Is Relative: The Erins have spoken on multiple occasions about Ivypool getting a possible mate in the future. One of the cats considered to be her mate? Foxleap, Ivypool's uncle.
    • In Thunder and Shadow, there's plenty of Ship Tease between Ivypool and Fernsong until they eventually become mates. Fernsong's father is Lionblaze, Firestar's grandson, and Ivypool's grandfather is Cloudtail, Firestar's nephew, making Ivypool and Fernsong kin.
  • The Infiltration: Her story in the second half of Omen of the Stars is about infiltrating the Dark Forest.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She's good at the core, despite doing a lot of morally wrong or questionable things.
  • I Was Having Such An Important Dream: In The Last Hope, she's just about to see the Dark Forest's attack plans, but Dovewing wakes her up before she can.
  • Kid Hero: Starts working with the Three when she's still just an apprentice.
  • Klingon Promotion: To become a Dark Forest warrior, she needed to kill another Dark Forest warrior, Antpelt.
  • The Lancer: Her darker, anti-hero tendencies contrast with her best friend and sister Dovewing's more soft-hearted behaviour.
  • La Résistance: Actually manages to organize one in The Last Hope, after considering doing so in The Forgotten Warrior.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Ivypool is a she-cat and one of the toughest fighters in the Clan, who survived literal Training from Hell, while Fernsong is a gentler tom. Ivypool wasn't certain about having kits since she didn't want to spend a whole six moons in the nursery, but they decided that once the kits were weaned, Fernsong would move into the nursery to take over their care until they became apprentices. Fernsong's name is also often considered feminine by fans, since both halves of it have been used more often for female characters.
  • The Mentor: To Snowbush and Twigbranch.
  • Mixed Ancestry: She has kittypet blood through her great-grand-uncle, Firestar.
  • The Mole: At the end of Night Whispers, she becomes a spy for the Three in the Dark Forest.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: A rare sister variation. In Omen of the Stars, she is strongly opposed to Tigerheart's advances towards her sister Dovewing, although this mostly has to do with the political and social dynamics of the situation, as well as their rocky history. She's determined to protect her sister from the humiliation and heartbreak such a relationship would bring.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In Fading Echoes, by carrying Tigerstar's message to ThunderClan, she weakens two Clans and causes the rift in StarClan.
    • Remember how the end of Night Whispers had her nearly kill Flametail? That comes back to bite the Clans in The Last Hope, when Flametail decides to kill Jayfeather partially because of Ivypool's actions.
  • Not So Different: Breezepelt tries to pull this on her in The Last Hope. However, she really has it with Dovewing. No matter how differently they act, at heart they both want to save everyone.
  • Official Couple: With Fernsong.
  • Pragmatic Hero: She'll do whatever it takes to protect ThunderClan, even if it means murdering an innocent medicine cat.
  • Red Herring: The Last Hope spoilers: She isn't the Fourth cat, despite what Dovewing thinks.
  • The Resenter: She was originally jealous of all the attention Dovewing has been getting from the older warriors and Firestar himself...though she's never realized her sister's powers yet. When she's told the truth, she's not happy at first about being lied to, but then she promises to help Dovewing out whenever she can.
  • Secret Keeper: Her knowledge of The Three, and the Dark Forest recruits.
  • Shipper on Deck: In The Forgotten Warrior, she is pleased that Dovewing is with Bumblestripe, because she thinks Bumblestripe is "much better than mangy Tigerheart".
  • Ship Tease: In Thunder and Shadow, Ivypool gets this with Fernsong on more than one occasion.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Dovewing.
  • The Spock: Develops into this around the end of Night Whispers, when she realizes that only by being logical can she survive to protect the Clans.
  • The Stoic: She acts like this around other ThunderClan warriors, but it's only a ruse to avoid unnecessary friendships.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks just like her sister Dovewing, except Ivypool's pelt has white splotches.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: She felt invisible and useless compared to Dovewing, her sister, who was getting all the attention and doing all the heroic stuff. Her insecurities over this drove her to join the Dark Forest and train with Hawkfrost, and she took chances to criticize and insult her sister in order to make herself look superior. The two sisters did make up eventually, but not after a lot of Sibling Rivalry and moral issues to overcome.
  • Survivor's Guilt: In Dovewing's Silence, she confesses that she feels horrible about surviving when Hollyleaf died, and it should have been her instead.
  • The Team Normal: She becomes the only core member of Jayfeather's group who doesn't have powers. However, as of The Forgotten Warrior, Hollyleaf's return means that she isn't the only normal one anymore.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: A temporary one in Fading Echoes and Night Whispers.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Dovepaw's Girly Girl, due mostly to her love of fighting.
  • Tuckerization: She was named after Vicky's friend's daughter, Ivy Poole.
  • The Unchosen One: She is not part of the prophecy, but still fights alongside the three.
  • Villain Protagonist: In Fading Echoes and Night Whispers.
  • Waif-Fu: She might be a small and slender cat, but thanks to her determination, efficient use of her agility and the training she received from the Dark Forest she is one of the most skilled fighters in the Clans.
  • Walking Spoiler: The whole matter of how she joins the Dark Forest, but later gains her redemption opens a can of spoilery worms.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: She is lured into joining the Dark Forest, and even helps guide the Clan into an unnecessary battle that results in a ShadowClan death and Firestar losing one of his nine leader's lives. However, once she realizes that they're actually plotting to destroy the Clans and repents, she is welcomed back to the side of the heroes.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: In The Forgotten Warrior, her thoughts on Brokenstar's comment that she is a true Dark Forest warrior are, "That's the worst thing any cat could say to me!"



"Tell Leafpool she doesn't need to worry, because I'll be alright this time."
"There is no right thing. Everything to do with this leads to more pain."

A kit of Brackenfur and Sorreltail. She is the reincarnation of Cinderpelt, who was killed in a badger attack, and is a major ally of the three. She is Hollyleaf's best friend and Lionblaze's eventual mate.

  • Amicable Exes: After Night Whispers, she becomes this with Lionblaze. While they aren't together any more, they are still good friends. In The Last Hope, they decided to get back together.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: In an odd way. She was never evil, but her past as a medicine cat conflicts with her present life as a warrior.
  • The Apprentice: To Cloudtail.
  • Babies Ever After: She and Lionblaze had kits after the events of The Last Hope.
  • Character Tics: She has a special paw twitch when she cleans herself. She shares it with her previous incarnation, Cinderpelt.
  • Childhood Friends: First became friends with Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather when they were apprentices.
  • Dead Guy Junior: She was named after her aunt, Cinderpelt. However it turns out she IS Cinderpelt reincarnated as her niece so she could Set Right What Once Went Wrong in her life and be a warrior.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the last two books of the third series, Power of Three.
  • Due to the Dead: She and Lionblaze name their first litter after Hollyleaf, Ferncloud, and Sorreltail.
  • The Fatalist: Becomes one in The Last Hope, saying that she can't be Lionblaze's mate because it would "interfere with their destinies". Fortunately, Lionblaze snaps her out of it.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Like her previous incarnation Cinderheart, she injures her leg. Thanks to the work and Jayfeather and Leafpool however, she manages to defy her past self and become a warrior.
    • She had to wait longer than her twin sisters Honeyfern and Poppyfrost to become a warrior because of her injuries. Her mother Sorreltail also became a warrior later than her twin brothers for the same reason.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Being Cinderpelt hits her quite hard.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hollyleaf.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • The Mentor: To Ivypool, her eventual "daughter-in-law". She also mentored Finchpaw.
  • Nice Girl
  • Official Couple: With Lionblaze.
  • Opposed Mentors: She is Ivypool's Clan mentor, while Hawkfrost trains her in the Dark Forest.
  • Out of Focus: After being a major character for the first four books of Power of Three, she fades into the background in Long Shadows and Sunrise.
  • Past-Life Memories: She retains some of Cinderpelt's memories, which slip into her head sometimes.
  • Red Herring: She isn't the Fourth, but was thought to be by some fans.
  • Reincarnation: She's Cinderpelt, back from the dead to fulfill her dream of being a warrior. As of The Last Hope, she is completely her own self, as Cinderpelt's spirit leaves her and joins StarClan.
  • Settle for Sibling: A variation. Her previous self, Cinderpelt, had a crush on Firestar, and Cinderheart eventually becomes mates with his grandson, Lionblaze.
  • Shared Unusual Trait: She flicks her paw a certain way when grooming, just like Cinderpelt used to.
  • Shipper on Deck: In The Forgotten Warrior, she ships Dovewing and Bumblestripe.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She calls out Hollyleaf for revealing Leafpool's secret at the Gathering in Sunrise, saying that all this just leads to more misery. This was most likely Cinderpelt talking.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Decides this after learning of her past as Cinderpelt.
  • You Remind Me of X: In The Sight, Brackenfur tells her how much she seems like Cinderpelt, his sister and her pre-incarnation.



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