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"Welcome. I am Tallstar, and this is WindClan—a Clan that has known great suffering, but always survives. We are the fleet-footed warriors of the moor, the fastest Clan in the forest. We have struggled through terrible hardship, but we never give up. I know the other Clans sometimes see us as weak...but the truth is, they could not last a moon in the broad, open spaces we live in, chasing rabbits for prey. We are the closest Clan to StarClan, spiritually and physically, and we always know our warrior ancestors are watching over us. That is what makes us strong. No matter what trials we must endure, WindClan will last forever."
Tallstar on WindClan, Secrets of the Clans
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Clan Facts
Leader: Harestar
Deputy: Crowfeather
Medicine Cat: Kestrelflight
Hunting Territory: The open hillside
Camp: Shallow scoop in hillside
Unique Battle Skill: Speed and agility

Although initially introduced in Warrior Cats as a Clan defeated and exiled by Brokenstar, WindClan has done more than enough to make up for this early bout of weakness. With their unmatched speed and relentless tactics, WindClan are invaluable allies and horrifying enemies. Although ThunderClan may consider themselves the Clan of Prophecy, WindClan has always been the Clan with the closest ties to the stars and the past. Not only was the first medicine cat (and finder of the Moonstone) a WindClan cat, four of the five Clan Founders once lived in WindClan territory. Although they were rather friendly in the first arc, under Onestar's leadership they grew quite aloof. Still, in the pinch, you can count on WindClan to have your back, if they're not tearing into it.

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    General Clan Tropes 

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite their peaceful reputation, they can become a very dangerous enemy when provoked. In Forest of Secrets, they were enraged when it was revealed that ThunderClan was sheltering Brokentail, and joined ShadowClan in a surprise raid on the ThunderClan camp in an attempt to finish him off for good.
  • Butt-Monkey: They're often considered weak by the other Clans, due to the vulnerability that comes from living out in the open. At the beginning of the series, they've been chased out of their territory by ShadowClan. They also suffer the most when the Twolegs start to invade the forest at the beginning of The New Prophecy.
  • The Determinator: Despite all the hardships they go through, they grit their teeth and keep on going.
    Tallstar: No matter what trials we must endure, WindClan will last forever.
  • Do You Trust Me?: They don't trust outsiders easily—or sometimes, even their own Clanmates.
    Rock: It's not always easy to befriend a WindClan cat—they have become like the rabbits they chase: suspicious and quickly startled.
  • The Exile:
    • Before Into the Wild, Brokenstar and his ShadowClan warriors drive them out of their territory in a bid to take over the whole forest. They're brought back by Firestar and Graystripe.
    • In The New Prophecy, they flee the forest along with the other Clans, when the Twolegs destroy it to make a new Thunderpath.
  • Forced to Watch: After taking control of ShadowClan and RiverClan, Tigerstar organizes an attack on WindClan. Once the Curb-Stomp Battle was over, he rounded up all the prisoners and forced them to watch as he brutally killed a young apprentice, as a "warning" as to what would happen if any of them tried to defy him again.
  • Fragile Speedster: WindClan cats have to be small, lean, and fast to chase rabbits for food, so they're not big and heavy like ThunderClan or RiverClan.
  • Hufflepuff House: They somewhat serve as this as they are neither the designated villains like ShadowClan, the protagonists like ThunderClan, or the neutral softy like RiverClan. In fact they weren't even in the first book, made almost no appearance in the third and fourth books, and a minor one in the fifth book. Only in the second and sixth books are they important, otherwise before Starlight they were simply "ThunderClan's allies", then Tallstar died, making them the focus one last time, but once Onestar took over they just became RiverClan.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: In times of crisis, their strategy is to form alliances with whatever Clan is strongest at the moment, in order to protect themselves.
    Rock: Since Firestar came to the forest he has watched them join with RiverClan, then ThunderClan, and even fall under the thrall of ShadowClan when that seemed the only way to protect themselves against a worse attack. Whatever their enemies say, this farsightedness is a strength, and it is a mistake to think WindClan cats are ever truly loyal to any but their own Clan.
  • Martial Pacifist: They have a reputation for being a peaceful Clan, unlikely to invade another Clan's territory for food or power. But they will fight hard to defend their territory and their Clanmates, just like any other Clan.
  • Pals with Jesus: WindClan is thought to be the closest Clan to StarClan, because they live on an open hill under the night sky.
  • Parental Favoritism: See above. According to Rock, StarClan has spared WindClan many times over, because of their special bond.
  • Theme Naming: Many WindClan cats are named after types of birds or have bird-related names. Examples include Dovestar, Graywing, Kestrelflight, Crowfeather, Eaglekit, Larkwing, Larksplash, Palebird, Hawkheart, Brindlewing, Reedfeather, and Featherpelt.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Their primary prey is rabbits. It's almost the only thing they eat; this becomes problematic in The New Prophecy when Twolegs start poisoning rabbits.
  • Tunnel King: Uniquely among the Clans, WindClan has cats with special skills called tunnelers, who clear tunnels and memorize their paths so the Clan can use them to travel.

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    Leaders and Deputies 

Wind

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"If you cannot devote yourself to the warrior code, we cannot trust you in our Clan."

The legendary founder of WindClan. For more information, see her entry here.


  • Action Girl: Tough and savvy enough to become the leader of a group of cats and form them into a Clan.
  • The Cameo: In the beginning of Long Shadows.
  • Leader Wannabe: Like the other founding leaders, tried to claim that she should rule the entire forest.

Graywing the Wise (Gray Wing)

"This truly is the end of our brotherhood. I can't recognize you anymore as the beloved littermate I grew up with and traveled here with."

A legendary tactician who was once leader of WindClan. For more information, see his entry here.


Swiftstar

The leader of WindClan when SkyClan was driven out.


  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude, impatient and callous about SkyClan's plight. But he's also thinking of his Clan's well-being and regrets his decision in the end.
  • The Leader: Of WindClan some 20 years before Into the Wild.
  • Must Make Amends: He apologizes to Cloudstar in the afterlife and gives the new leader of the restored SkyClan one of her nine lives.

Heatherstar

"A threat to kill? That is not how we fight, Hailstar."

The leader of WindClan in the time of the prequel Super Editions.


  • Ascended Fangirl: In Tallstar's Revenge, she gets to meet Mothflight, a historical figure that she really admired.
  • Back from the Dead: Has nine lives just like all the other Clan leaders.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Revealed to be the cause of her death in Tallstar's Revenge. She spent moons wracked with a terrible sickness before she finally died.
  • Intro-Only Point of View: In Tallstar's Revenge, the prologue is from Heatherstar's point of view, while the rest of the book is told from Tallstar's.
  • The Leader: She led WindClan during the prequel Super Edition times.
  • Meaningful Name: Vicky thinks her warrior name was Heatherstep, because she was so light-pawed that she could walk over crunchy heather without making a sound.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Seals off the tunnels after Sandgorse dies so that no other cat will have an accident there.
  • The Smurfette Principle She's the only one of the pre-Into the Wild storyline leaders (Pinestar, Sunstar, Hailstar, Cedarstar, Raggedstar, and herself) to be a she-cat. However, she certainly isn't the only she-cat leader in the series.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: At a Gathering, she calls out Pinestar for attacking WindClan and trying to destroy its medicine supplies seemingly for no reason.

Reedfeather

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"Maybe there are other reasons for needing to visit our neighbors. War is not the only connection between us."

The deputy of WindClan before Tallstar.


  • Number Two: He was one of the deputies under Heatherstar.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: In Crookedstar's Promise, it's revealed that he was in a forbidden relationship with Fallowtail, which led to the birth of Graypool and Willowbreeze.

Tallstar (Talltail)

"We all have our flaws, but we overcome them. And sometimes, it's our flaws that make us who we are."
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Leader of WindClan for the first and part of the second series, Tallstar was already elderly when introduced. He is a fair leader who prefers diplomacy to battle, and is always ready to accept help from others, particularly ThunderClan, who saves him several times over the course of the series.


  • A Day in the Limelight: He got his own Super Edition titled Tallstar's Revenge.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Tallstar never takes a mate, seems entirely uninterested in any she-cat, and has a very close and loving relationship with his best friend Jake. On top of this, Word of God has very carefully never confirmed nor denied whether the two were a couple. Vicky later confirmed that he was gay on Facebook.
  • The Apprentice: To Dawnstripe.
  • Break the Cutie: When he was a kit, he was torn between pleasing his father by being a tunneler or doing what he wanted to do, becoming a moor runner. When Heatherstar chose for him to train as a moor runner, he was constantly bullied by Shrewclaw for not being where he belonged, and it caused tension between him and his father. Soon, some visitors come to WindClan, and lead to the events that cause his father's death. He becomes bitter, and this causes cats to shy away from him. When he decides that he wants to follow in his father's footsteps and become a tunneler, Heatherstar closes the tunnels. He leaves WindClan to seek his revenge, but finds a friend, and it takes saving the life of the cat he had wanted to kill to make him realize that revenge wasn't worth it.
  • Celibate Hero: According to Kate, he never takes a mate.
  • Cool Old Guy: In the Original Series he's a strong leader for WindClan but he's also a firm friend of ThunderClan's, making him one of the more sympathetic cats from other Clans. He's also one of the oldest cats in the Original Series, even older than Yellowfang.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: He fantasizes about (and almost goes through with) killing Sparrow as he believes Sparrow was the cause of his father's death.
  • The Ditherer: He couldn't decide if he wanted to be a tunneler like his dad or a moor-runner.
  • Forgiveness: During his nine lives ceremony, Tallstar is given the life of forgiveness, allowing him to finally and truly be in peace.
  • Former Teen Rebel: He is a diplomatic old Reasonable Authority Figure. When he gets A Day in the Limelight in the form of a prequel from his perspective, he turns out to have been rebellious in his youth, criticizing his clan's traditions and running away from his Clan to find a life on his own, not to mention wanting to kill someone in revenge because he had convinced himself that cat had killed his father.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How he feels about making Onewhisker the new leader of WindClan instead of Mudclaw, his loyal deputy. Bluestar disagrees with him, pointing out the civil war that divided WindClan as a result of his actions, but Tallstar says that whatever the consequences, it could never be as bad as what would have happened if Mudclaw had become leader.
  • In-Series Nickname: He has two. Reena calls him "Tall", while Shrewclaw calls him "Wormcat".
  • King on His Deathbed: Is ill for quite a long time. Mudclaw looks forward to being leader, but when Tallstar names Onewhisker his successor, Mudclaw doesn't believe it, and thinks that some scheming has been going on behind his back.
  • The Leader: Of WindClan.
  • Like a Son to Me: Tallstar's Revenge reveals that he always thought of Firestar like a son, because Firestar was the son of his best friend, Jake.
  • The Mentor: To Deadfoot and Morningflower.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's kind and compassionate, and prefers not to fight if it can be avoided.
  • Revenge: Why else would his book be called Tallstar's Revenge? The revenge he seeks is on Sparrow, a cat that he blames for the death of his father Sandgorse.
  • The Runaway: Though unlike Crookedstar, who leaves without anyone's knowledge, Tallstar lets his Clan know he's leaving to find Sparrow.
  • Still the Leader: Tallstar becomes so old and ill that his second-in-command, Mudclaw, makes most of the decisions for the Clan. With his dying breaths, Tallstar decides that he doesn't want Mudclaw to be the next leader, so since he's still leader, he has the authority to make Onewhisker his successor instead.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After his father dies in an accident. Tallpaw begins to despise rogues. He gets over it though.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: After Tallstar was chosen to be a moor-runner, Sandgorse starts trying to pull him into tunneling at his best and ignoring him at his worse. So Tallstar tries to get him to be proud of him.
  • Your Tradition Is Not Mine: His family has always been tunnelers, and he knows that his father is eager to train him and patrol with him. Tallpaw dreams of being a moor-runner, however - which Heatherstar senses, and assigns him as - but Tallpaw can't help but feeling bad for disappointing his parents.

Deadfoot (Hopkit)

"It's okay; I don't mind! I'm going to be a warrior. My paw may be dead, but the rest of me is still alive."
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Tallstar's deputy. Dies in the battle with BloodClan, but not before Ashfoot is pregnant with his son, Crowfeather.


  • The Apprentice: To Tallstar.
  • Cheerful Child: When he was a kit and apprentice.
  • Handicapped Badass: A loyal, capable and efficient deputy in spite of his crippled paw.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Believes this about his son, as he says that Crowfeather would make a good leader some day.
  • Meaningful Rename: When he became an apprentice, Heatherstar gave him the name Deadpaw instead of Hoppaw.
  • Number Two: He was Tallstar's deputy.
  • Unfortunate Name: In the first series. But believe it or not, in Tallstar's Revenge, he doesn't mind having his name changed from Hopkit to Deadpaw. In fact, he knows that even though his paw's "dead", the rest of him is still alive.

Mudclaw

"But Tallstar, WindClan comes before everything else. We must protect what is ours."
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Click here  to see his appearance in the Ravenpaw's Path manga

A warrior of WindClan before being the deputy in The New Prophecy. After Onewhisker becomes the leader instead of him, he gets angry and leads a rebellion against him. But the rebellion ended when a tree fell down and crushed him, making a path to get to Gatherings. Currently living in StarClan despite what he did.


  • Anti-Villain: He may be an enemy of the protagonists, but he does have a point in that he was supposed to be leader. He's even let into StarClan because he believed that what he was doing was the right thing, and he didn't really do anything too evil.
  • Arc Villain: He's the main antagonist of Starlight, but has no impact on the rest on the series.
  • Blood Knight: He loves fighting, which is one of the reasons Tallstar believes he will make a poor leader.
  • Clashing Cousins: While their kinship was never discussed, cousins Mudclaw and Onewhisker turned into enemies in a fight for succession. It was rather one-sided on Mudclaw's part, as he was furious about having his deputyship revoked in favor of Onewhisker just seconds before Tallstar died, making Onewhisker the WindClan leader over him. This led to Mudclaw and several other warriors among three Clans rebelling and trying to kill Onewhisker before he could officially become the leader.
  • Commander Contrarian: Much feistier than his leader Tallstar, and doesn't keep his opinions to himself.
  • The Dragon: In Starlight he is Hawkfrost's dragon until he gets a literal bridge dropped on him.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: More like "Dropped A Tree On Him".
  • Hot-Blooded: Much more eager to fight than Tallstar, which is why he gets booted as deputy.
  • Interim Villain: His role is to provide conflict for the story while the Tigerstar plot of The New Prophecy is still being set up in the background.
  • Leader Wannabe: He respects Tallstar, but he also makes no secret of the fact that he's really looking forward to becoming Clan leader. It's one of the reasons that he's furious when Tallstar replaces him with Onewhisker as deputy.
  • The Mentor: To Webfoot and Crowfeather.
  • Number Two: To Tallstar. However, he gets replaced as deputy just before Tallstar dies.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Did StarClan send the falling tree to kill him, or was it just a coincidence? Not even Rock knows, and he's all but omniscient.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Hawkfrost. He's basically being set up to give Hawkfrost more power and help him take over the Clans.

Onestar (Onewhisker)

"ThunderClan must learn that they are not the most important Clan in the forest. You watch the suffering of others waiting to be begged for help like you belong to StarClan. We will not beg. We are warriors. We will fight for the prey we need and the territory we need to survive."
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A friend of Firestar's, often meeting him and Graystripe at Gatherings. He was unexpectedly named as Tallstar's successor just prior to the latter's death, catapulting him to being leader of WindClan. Since then, he has been attempting to prove WindClan's independence and strength, primarily by distancing himself and his Clan with ThunderClan.


  • Arc Villain: The main villain of Eclipse. However, Sol and the Dark Forest are the villains of the rest of the Power of Three/Omen of the Stars storyline.
  • Clashing Cousins: While their kinship was never discussed, cousins Mudclaw and Onewhisker turned into enemies in a fight for succession. It was rather one-sided on Mudclaw's part, as he was furious about having his deputyship revoked in favor of Onewhisker just seconds before Tallstar died, making Onewhisker the WindClan leader over him. This led to Mudclaw and several other warriors among three Clans rebelling and trying to kill Onewhisker before he could officially become the leader.
  • Death Equals Redemption: After three arcs of being a back-and-forth antagonist-slash-ally, he finally sets himself firmly as an ally by drowning himself along with Darktail.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Up until he became leader of WindClan, he was fairly friendly and an ally of Firestar. After he became leader, not so much.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: His antagonistic attitude after he becomes leader means he ends up as one of ThunderClan's enemies as often as their allies. Settles on Face after revealing Darktail is his son and mutual kills him to save the Clans.
  • Hypocrite: He chides Crowfeather for letting his anger and bias cloud his judgment in Crowfeather's Trial, which is fair...except he does the exact same thing.
  • Jerkass: Majorly once he becomes leader. He's paranoid, distrusting, and fairly accusatory of the other Clans. Part of it is justified because he doesn't want WindClan to be seen as ThunderClan's hang-off, but he takes it to some fairly extreme levels, to the point it creates more conflict. One example? He tries to drive ThunderClan out in Eclipse, which is something only Brokenstar has done.
  • The Leader: Of WindClan after Starlight.
  • Lonely at the Top: Practically defines this trope. Part of him does still want to be Firestar's friend, but he feels if he does it will weaken WindClan's image in the other Clan's eyes.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Learns this from Darktail.
  • Meaningful Name: Kate believes he was named after a whisker that is longer and whiter than the others.
  • The Mentor: To Whitetail and Gorsepaw.
  • Mutual Kill: With Darktail.
  • Nice Guy: Originally compassionate and a good friend to Firestar. However, it changes when he becomes Clan leader.
  • Offing the Offspring: In Shattered Sky, he does this to Darktail.
  • Patricide: Is on the receiving end of this from Darktail.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: He's not exactly the best leader for WindClan, as Crowfeather's Trial shows; Onestar's problem is that he refuses to let them be seen as weak and especially doesn't want anything to do with ThunderClan. So when his Clan is struggling against the stoats, he throws Bramblestar's offer of help back in his face, attempts a plan that would get ThunderClan attacked by the stoats, botches that up, and gets his own Clan attacked even further. And even when Kestrelflight is running out of supplies because there are too many injured, Onestar still hesitates before asking for help! And that's to say nothing of his decisions outside that, like trying to drive ThunderClan out a la Brokenstar.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Tallstar elected him leader because he thought he'd be this. Up until The Last Hope? Not so much. Some of his decisions were reasonable, such as aiding ThunderClan during the badger attack and arranging a daylight Gathering with the other leaders, but a lot of the time he let his grudge against ThunderClan influence his actions.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives a sharp one to Firestar in Eclipse against letting kittypets and mountain cats stay in the Clan. Lionblaze thinks this is unfair, for Firestar had given them a home.
  • Reluctant Ruler: He was given a very last-minute deputy appointment during Tallstar's death. In addition to infuriating the previous deputy Mudclaw, he was reluctant to lead, and only took the position at the insistence of Firestar and Brambleclaw. After becoming leader, he had to quickly change his tune in order to gain the respect of everyone.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Does he ever! His Jerkassitude started in Twilight, and (besides helping Firestar and his Clan against the badgers and arranging a daylight Gathering with the other leaders) seems to be getting worse. As of The Last Hope, however, he's getting better...only to swing right back in the A Vision of Shadows arc. He swings back again after telling the Clans that he's actually Darktail's father and redeems himself by killing him, but dying in the process.
  • Unexpected Successor: So unexpected that half the Clan rebelled because of it.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He finds a mate with a kittypet, then when she reveals she's pregnant and wants to live with him, he breaks up with her because he's afraid she'll die in Clan life. All but one of their kits end up dying on her return trip home, which she blames on Onestar. Their surviving son is raised to hate the Clans, and years later comes to get his vengeance. Basically, everything in A Vision of Shadows happens indirectly because of him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In The Forgotten Warrior, Sol shows up in ThunderClan for a visit and Firestar decides to let him stay for a bit, despite his evil acts. Later, when Lionblaze is on patrol, Onestar shows up and tells the ThunderClan cats to drive out Sol, which they had already been planning to do. However, since Onestar told them to do it, doing so would make ThunderClan look subservient to WindClan and weaken it, so they are forced to ally with Sol against Onestar rather than driving Sol out.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that he fathered Darktail, and has a surprisingly tragic backstory involving his mate wanting vengeance makes him this.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He used to be Firestar's best friend in WindClan. But when Onewhisker became leader, he realized that the other Clans would think him weak if he depended too closely on an alliance with ThunderClan. He missed Firestar, but he did what he had to do in order to make himself respected as a leader. It's possibly because of this that he becomes more of a jerk in later books.
    Rock: It was a hard lesson for Firestar, but harder for Onestar. He missed his ThunderClan friend, especially in the early days, when he struggled to convince himself he had any right to be WindClan's leader. At the time when he most needed an ally, he had to walk alone, and watch a long friendship ebb away.

Ashfoot

"That's enough. We're working together now. The patrol must do whatever they can without risking their lives."
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Crowfeather's mother. She becomes deputy after Onestar takes command.


  • Action Mom: Fights to defend her Clan from ShadowClan while her son Eaglekit is still in the nursery.
    "Stay here and protect my son. I will fight."
  • Always with You: She promises Crowfeather that her spirit will always be watching over him in Crowfeather's Trial.
  • Killed Offscreen: In Bramblestar's Storm, it's revealed that she died during the battle with the Dark Forest.
  • Mama Bear: Is very distraught when her son Crowfeather leaves the Clan to be with Leafpool.
  • Number Two: She's the Clan deputy.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives Eaglekit and two unnamed kits.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She is willing to talk things out with the ThunderClan cats in Sunrise.
  • Spirit Advisor: For her son, Crowfeather, during his super edition.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Deadfoot.

Harestar (Harespring)

"He's wrong to let cats die. The rogues harmed us, not ShadowClan. ShadowClan shouldn't have to pay for other cats' cruelty."
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A WindClan warrior who succeeds Ashfoot as deputy in Bramblestar's Storm. He formerly trained with the Dark Forest.


  • The Apprentice: To Tornear.
  • The Atoner: Like all the Dark Forest trainees, he feels guilty over his time there, and is working to make up for it. His efforts are enough that Onestar makes him deputy.
  • Character Development: His first appearances are as a fiery apprentice and warrior who leaps into fights. He then goes to the Dark Forest to become stronger, before reacting with horror when he learns of their true goals. After that, he mellows out and becomes a reliable deputy who hesitates to go against his leader's orders, but eventually decides that he's willing to do it if necessary, and proves himself thus far to be a kind and reasonable leader.
  • Honor Before Reason: In Crowfeather's Trial, Crowfeather rips into Harespring a bit for going along with Onestar's orders, even though they're harmful to the Clan. Harespring admits he knows this, but says that it's his job as deputy to support their leader. Thunder and Shadow shows that he grows out of this somewhat, deciding to go against Onestar's orders not to help ShadowClan because StarClan said it was okay.
  • Hot-Blooded: In his early appearances, he was fiery and always hungry for a fight. However, he seems to have mellowed by A Vision of Shadows.
  • The Leader: He becomes the new leader of WindClan after Onestar dies.
  • The Mentor: To Slightfoot.
  • Nice Guy: Practically nobody seems to end up on his bad side, if such a thing exists; even cats who are angry at him for training in the Dark Forest, he's still kind to and just accepts their anger.
  • Number Two: Becomes deputy of WindClan after Ashfoot is killed fighting the Dark Forest.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In Darkest Night, he stands out as one of the most level-headed leaders, compared to Rowanstar's weakened spirit and Mistystar's paranoia. When ThunderClan's camp is destroyed by a rockslide, he immediately steps up and says Jayfeather and Alderheart can take whatever herbs they need from his territory. An especially refreshing attitude after his predecessor.
  • Superior Successor: He is much more reasonable and easygoing than Onestar, and WindClan seems to be thriving under his leadership.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: He struggles with this a bit in Thunder and Shadow. Onestar has denied ShadowClan a herb that is vital to their survival, and while Harespring wants to go behind Onestar's back and give it to them, he's worried it's the wrong thing to do. Fortunately, StarClan says that it's okay.

Crowfeather

"You walk in my dreams, Leafpool."

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"I don't regret anything. Nothing at all."

A rude and prickly WindClan warrior, who was among the chosen cats to journey to Midnight and discover the Clans' new home. He is very disagreeable and obnoxious, but softens some after a relationship with Feathertail (he chose his warrior name in honor of her memory). Later, he has a short affair with Leafpool, and unknowingly fathers Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf. He currently has a mate and son in WindClan, more to prove that he's loyal to the Clan than out of any real feelings, and is distancing himself from ThunderClan.


  • Abusive Parents: He's rather emotionally neglectful of his son, Breezepelt. In Crowfeather's Trial, he realizes this and strives to fix their relationship.
  • Aloof Ally: To Brambleclaw, Tawnypelt, Squirrelflight, Feathertail, and Stormfur, initially. He warms up to them in Moonrise.
  • Amicable Exes: He and Nightcloud break up in Crowfeather's Trial, but ultimately repair their relationship and become friends. He also comes around to being on good terms with Leafpool.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Leafpool, after saving her from falling off a cliff.
    "Is that what you think? Don't you know how I feel about you? And how much I hate myself for feeling that way about another cat so soon after Feathertail's death? I loved her, I really did! How can I love you too?"
  • The Apprentice: To Mudclaw.
  • Awful Wedded Life: He and Nightcloud are not happy as mates; he only has a kit with her to prove his loyalty to WindClan, and she is very much aware that he is still pining over Leafpool.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest cat who goes on the journey to find the sundrown place, along with Squirrelpaw (who wasn't supposed to be there).
  • Berserk Button: Back when he was an apprentice, mentioning his size set him off.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: He's the brooding boy to both Feathertail and Leafpool's gentle girl.
  • Character Development: Crowfeather's Trial sees him finally experiencing some that isn't a backslide into jerkish behavior. He starts off an angry, bitter cat who refuses to accept blame, has been so wounded by love he doesn't want to try anymore, and lives in the past. By the end of it, he's accepted his own failings as a cat, mate and father, let go of his resentment, repaired his relationships with Nightcloud and Breezepelt, and become happier because he's moved on.
  • Chick Magnet: See Serial Romeo. Let's see... Feathertail, Leafpool who ends up having his kits, and Nightcloud. Damn.
  • The Chosen One: He was chosen by StarClan to find Midnight and save the Clans.
  • Commander Contrarian: Was this during the first part of the journey in The New Prophecy - Brambleclaw even thought several times that Crowfeather argued just for the sake of disagreeing.
  • The Drag-Along: He didn't want to come on the journey in Midnight since he was on the verge of becoming a warrior, and it takes a while to convince him to do it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It seems hardly a scene with him in it will go by without him making some snappish comment.
  • Death Seeker: In Dawn, due to being distraught over Feathertail's death.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Crowfeather's Trial reveals that his hurt over Feathertail's death and his break-up with Leafpool have left him afraid to love, because it always causes him pain in the end. Overcoming this is the arc of his Character Development.
  • Foil: To Breezepelt, his own son. Both are prickly toms with severe emotional issues, but they deal with them in different ways. Crowfeather bottles up everything he feels, while Breezepelt wears his heart on his sleeve. Crowfeather reacts to being hurt with emotional withdrawal, while Breezepelt reacts with emotional outbursts.
  • Freudian Trio: In The New Prophecy he and Squirrelflight were the Id to Brambleclaw and Stormfur's Ego and Leafpool, Feathertail and Tawnypelt's Superego.
  • His Heart Will Go On: Feathertail, the cat he loves, dies before him. He has to carry guilt over her death for the rest of his life.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's pretty eager to fight on the journey to find Midnight. He's calmed down by the second half of The New Prophecy, but is still prickly.
  • I Have No Son!: When it is revealed to him that Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Jayfeather are his (illegitimate) kits, he refuses to believe it, saying in front of the whole Gathering that his only son is Breezepelt. In Crowfeather's Trial, he apologizes to them (or the living ones) for it.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He lets Leafpool return to the Clans because he knows she won't be happy with him. In Crowfeather's Trial, he reaffirms to himself that he doesn't want what they had in the past anymore, just to be friends and for her to be happy.
  • In the Blood: He becomes deputy like both his father and mother had been at one point.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He goes back and forth between this and Jerkass a lot, depending on where you are in the series and who he's with—he's nice to Feathertail and Leafpool, and slowly warms up to his friends from the journey, but he can also be so rude and abrasive that "the heart of gold part" seems to have disappeared. He finally strikes a happy medium in Crowfeather's Trial, still being grouchy, but in a good-natured way, and being kinder to his family.
  • Lookalike Lovers: His third mate, Nightcloud, is a black cat like him, and they have a black-furred son, Breezepelt.
  • Love Confessor: To Leafpool at the end of Starlight.
  • Love Hurts: Oh, does it ever. First he falls in love with Feathertail, then she dies saving the Tribe cats from Sharptooth the mountain lion. Then he falls in love with Leafpool, who he can't be with because she's a ThunderClan medicine cat. They run off together, but they end up having to go back after Leafpool realizes she can't abandon her Clan, separating them for good. He takes Nightcloud as his mate, who he doesn't love, to prove his loyalty to WindClan, while he's still in love with Leafpool but knows they can't be together. Crowfeather's Trial actually reveals that he's been hurt by love so much, he doesn't want to risk it anymore.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Learns this from Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf.
  • Marriage of Convenience: His and Nightcloud's relationship has been described by the authors as one: he knew that with a mate and kits he'd be trusted more by his Clan again, and Nightcloud figured that he was a strong young cat that was going to be "going places".
  • Meaningful Name: His pelt is as black as crow feathers. Invoked with the -feather suffix, which he chose as his warrior name to honor Feathertail's memory.
  • The Mentor: To Heathertail, Featherpelt and Fernstripe.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has several moments like these throughout Crowfeather's Trial, when he realizes his screw-ups as a mate and father.
  • The Napoleon: When he was younger, being the smallest of the chosen cats (and Squirrelpaw and Stormfur) with the biggest temper, particularly if his size was brought up.
  • Never My Fault: Crowfeather's Trial shows that Crowfeather honestly doesn't get why Nightcloud would be mad at him, even though he outright admits he was just using her. He's also disdainful of Breezepelt and wonders why he ended up evil, ignoring that maybe him being a neglectful father played a part in it. Part of the crux of his Character Development is growing out of this.
  • No Social Skills: He's very awkward when it comes to showing that he cares. His Special Edition has him wanting to reach out to Nightcloud and Breezepelt multiple times, but not being sure how.
  • Number Two: He is the new deputy of WindClan under Harestar.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives his daughter, Hollyleaf.
  • Parental Favoritism:
    • Does it without even knowing that he has multiple kits.
    • Averted as of Crowfeather's Trial, when he apologizes to all his sons and offers to try and mend their relationships. Breezepelt accepts, Lionblaze turns down a father-son relationship but forgives him, and Jayfeather refuses entirely.
  • Serial Romeo: Three mates. Three! That's Willowpelt levels of opposite-sex snatching!
  • Shipper on Deck: Crowfeather's Trial shows that he's pretty pleased about Breezepelt and Heathertail ending up together.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He has black fur, like his son Breezepelt and his daughter Hollyleaf.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality:
    • Decontstructed. He comes off as cold and heartless to most of the world, except for Feathertail, and later, Leafpool. Both are his Love Interests, and his relationships with both end badly, and he becomes a jerk for it. He doesn't show love to his son (who later turns evil directly because of Crowfeather's neglect) and makes it blatantly clear to Nightcloud that he only took her as his mate to make WindClan trust him again. And because of emotional and legal shenanigans, he breaks up with Leafpool and treats her like crap every time they meet, openly despising her and disowning the children he had with her. Also, Feathertail dies- ironically, urging him with her last breath to not use her death as a further excuse to close out the world.
    • Then reconstructed in Crowfeather's Trial, wherein he realizes how damaging his ways of withholding love and treating his family terribly is. He then takes steps to fix this attitude—he's still snappish, but instead of being that way to everyone, it's only to cats he doesn't like, and he's warm to the ones he does.
  • Theme Naming: He and his (half?)-brother Eaglekit are both named after birds.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After his break-up with Leafpool, his good side disappears almost completely, but...
  • Took a Level in Kindness: His Character Development in Crowfeather's Trial sees him letting go of his anger and becoming a better cat.
  • Tsundere: A male example. He is usually constantly angry and foul-mouthed but had a hidden side of friendliness with his first love Feathertail and later Leafpool. Crowfeather also showed this with Tawnypelt, Brambleclaw, Squirrelflight, and Stormfur to a lesser degree, who he grew friendship bonds with eventually. However, seeing Crowfeather's nice side is very rare.


    Medicine Cats 

Mothflight

"I will do my best. I will always do my best."

The first ever medicine cat. Ditzy and daydreaming, she often wandered around gathering herbs and forgetting her warrior duties. When her actions nearly cause the Clan deputy (the leader's mate, no less) to be killed, she is driven out of WindClan, but StarClan visits her and tell her she has a different role to play in the Clan.

She is the star of the 2015 Super Edition, Mothflight's Vision.


  • The Cameo: Appears in the prologue of Tallstar's Revenge.
  • The Chosen One: She was chosen by StarClan to be the first medicine cat.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Often distracted by herbs.
  • The Exile: She gets driven out of WindClan for accidentally almost getting the deputy run over by a car. But after she has a dream of being a medicine cat, Wind let's her come back.
  • Genius Ditz: She is easily distracted, but is a master of herbs.
  • The Medic: The first ever medicine cat in Clan history, no less!
  • Talking in Your Dreams: She visits Wind's dreams.

Hawkheart

"It helps if I remember that I'm more use to my Clan where I am now. Every cat has the potential to be a warrior, but only a few of us can be medicine cats."

A WindClan medicine cat who used to be a warrior. Although many fans believe he resides in the Place of No Stars, Word of God says this is not the case.


  • The Apprentice: To Chiveclaw.
  • Combat Medic: Due to being a warrior before a medicine cat.
  • Child Hater: It's mentioned in Tallstar's Revenge that he doesn't like kits at all.
  • Gender Bender: Was called a she-cat on the prologue of Yellowfang's Secret. Subverted because that was only for the preview in Enter The Clans.
  • The Medic: He's a medicine cat. What do you expect?
  • The Mentor: To Barkface.
  • Nice Guy: To Yellowfang in Yellowfang's Secret.
  • Series Continuity Error: Though he was already established to have been a warrior turned medicine cat, as well as already a medicine cat by the time Heatherstar became leader, in Goosefeather's Curse he's shown as a medicine cat apprentice, stated to have become one when he turned 6 moons old. Also, Heatherstar is already leader.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out the ThunderClan cats for attacking WindClan on the word of Goosefeather.
  • You Killed My Father: He killed Bluestar's mother Moonflower, and she will forever hate him for this.

Barkface

"Betrayal could come from anywhere. You must stand alone, knowing your ancestors walk with you, and you alone."
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The medicine cat of WindClan for the first three arcs. Not much is known about him. He dies during the Time Skip between Power of Three and Omen of the Stars.


  • The Apprentice: To Hawkheart.
  • Cool Old Guy: According to Tallstar's Revenge, he's a little bit older than Tallstar making him quite elderly when The New Prophecy rolls around.
  • Celibate Hero: Medicine cats aren't allowed to take mates.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Behaves like such during Mothwing's apprentice journey to the Moonstone, grumbling that apprentices have no stamina when Leafpaw requests to rest (for Cinderpelt's sake).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is one of Tallstar's closest friends.
  • The Medic: He's WindClan's medicine cat for three arcs.
  • The Mentor: To Kestrelflight.
  • Minor Major Character: Medicine cat is an important position in the Clans, but we barely know anything about him. He becomes much more important during Tallstar's Revenge.

Kestrelflight

"But who will this battle be against? Why must we fight alone? Tallstar never saw any weakness in allying the Clans with others to make it stronger."

WindClan's medicine cat. He has an obsession with Jayfeather for some reason.



    Warriors and Apprentices 

Rabbittail

"Rabbittail never surrendered, and didn't let courage abandon him even when he was cornered by a dog in a place where dogs weren't supposed to be."
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An ancient WindClan warrior who was Webfoot's distant ancestor.


  • Caught in a Snare: During the story Webfoot tells us in "Battle of the Clans" he gets caught in a net meant for rabbits.
  • Inescapable Net: In Battles of the Clans, Webfoot tells a story about how his ancestor got chased through an old rabbit warren by some kind of terrier. He dashes out of one of the tunnels, only to get caught in a net and be at the mercy of the human and the dog.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He was a tunneler.

Larksplash

"(Larksplash) doesn’t mean to be bad-tempered. She's just not a dawn cat."

A moor-runner of WindClan from when Tallstar was young.


Sandgorse

"We always work in twos. If there’s a cave-in, you never leave your companion. It’s the most important rule of tunnelling. Another cat’s life is as precious as your own. Never forget it for a moment."

A tunneler of WindClan who is also Tallstar's father.


  • Buried Alive: He is killed in a collapsing tunnel while trying to save Sparrow.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He's a tunneler for WindClan, so it's pretty much his job.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Because Heatherstar calls off the tunneling, Sandgorse gets angry at Tallstar for fleeing out of the tunnels and pushes him away.
  • First Love: For Palebird, who becomes mates with Woollytail after his death.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He actually died because he was holding back the tunnel so that Sparrow could get out, fully understanding that it would cause his death.
  • Jealous Parent: He's angry that Tallstar is chosen to be a moor-runner instead of a tunneler like him and Palebird.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He really was proud of Tallstar being his own cat, but he couldn't ever express his feelings and ended up acting like a jerk to his son.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Flailfoot tells Tallstar that Sandgorse hated worms, and if he saw some while tunneling, he would send others ahead of him.

Woollytail

"WindClan must never be afraid to seek out new places to shelter and to hunt…"

A tunneler of WindClan. Becomes mates with Palebird after Sandgorse dies.


Dawnstripe

"With this life I give you patience. Training the young takes kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. They are small gifts, but they will be rewarded many times."

Tallstar's mentor. Acts as sort of a mother figure to Tallstar.


  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She was very kind to Tallstar.
  • Mama Bear: While not Tallstar's mother, she acts very concerned whenever Tallstar puts himself in any danger and is often comforting him.
  • The Mentor: To Tallstar.
  • Parental Substitute: Since his mother has postpartum depression and his father wanted him to be a tunneler, both Tallstar's parents are pretty distant. Dawnstripe acts as a second mother to him.
  • Stern Teacher: It doesn't stop her from being very sweet to Tallstar.

Shrewclaw

"I know we were never friends, Wormcat. But loyalty isn't rooted in friendship. It's much stronger than that. It comes from being born and raised under the same sky, from walking the same path as our ancestors, and from sharing the warrior code. With this life I commit you to upholding the warrior code, whatever challenges you might face. This is the wisdom of our ancestors, all our traditions distilled. Trust the code to lead you along the right path."

A warrior who was a few months older than Tallstar. He was loyal to his Clan, but he was always a bully to Tallstar.


  • The Apprentice: To Hareflight.
  • The Bully: Picks on Tallstar because he's going to be a tunneler instead of a moor runner. Even when Heatherstar makes Tallstar a moor runner, he still picks on him. Even Dawnstripe snaps that this has gone beyond teasing and that he should stop.
  • Jerkass: Mostly to Tallstar. He did show it a bit to other cats too - to Barkpaw for becoming a medicine cat apprentice, and to Reena when she and the other visitors first arrived.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After appearing in StarClan.
  • Karma Houdini: Dawnstripe and Hareflight got onto his case once about his bullying of Tallstar, but he mostly got away with it. Though it is thought that he must have regretted it after dying.
  • Kids Are Cruel: As a kit he constantly taunted Tallkit and called him names for being the son of two tunnelers. This continues into their apprenticeship.
  • The Nicknamer: Throughout his life, he always called Tallstar either "Wormkit", "Wormpaw", and even "Wormcat". Believe it or not, the last time he ever calls him "Wormcat" was through approval of finally becoming the leader.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a very nasty one to Tallstar, saying that he caused the deaths of his Clanmates and that no one in the Clan liked him. This causes Tallstar to thrash him.
  • The Rival: To Tallstar.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: The Clan discovers after his death that Ryestalk is pregnant with his kits, and it gives them some solace.

Whitetail

"But it's not stealing if you catch it and give it to us. Can't you just give us permission and make it easier for every cat?"

A senior warrior of WindClan. She joins the patrol in The Fourth Apprentice to free the water.


Gorsetail

"Yeah, get back into your own territory, or we'll tear your fur off."

A senior warrior of WindClan, mother of Sedgewhisker. She makes small but consistent appearances, getting a larger role in Crowfeather's Trial.


  • Aloof Ally: Towards Crowfeather and Breezepelt in Crowfeather's Trial. She hates the latter, but is willing to work with them to save Nightcloud.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's got a dry wit and often gets snarky remarks in.
    Bramblestar: I'm not Firestar. We caught this fairly, so it belongs to us.
    Gorsetail: Absolutely right, you're not Firestar.
  • Gender Bender: She's female, but has been called a male before.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: She's stern and sarcastic, but has a good heart. She helps Jayfeather out of a thornbush in Sunrise and scolds Nightcloud and Crouchpaw for calling him a murderer, saying that he's still a Clan cat. In Crowfeather's Trial, while she's angry at and suspicious of Breezepelt, she's willing to work with him to rescue Nightcloud because she genuinely respects Nightcloud.
  • Mama Bear: She was willing to go to war when her kits went missing.
  • The Mentor: To Crouchfoot and temporarily Hootwhisker.
  • Not So Stoic: She's hardly emotionless, but is pretty calm and collected. However, when her kits disappear during Dark River, she's frantic.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: The father of her kits is Beechfur, a RiverClan cat.
  • Stern Teacher: Shown to be this in Crowfeather's Trial, where she snaps at and scolds Hootpaw for his recklessness, but is dedicated to helping him be the best he can be.

Nightcloud

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"You should have more faith in our son, Crowfeather."

Crowfeather's third mate after Leafpool and Feathertail. Together they have a son named Breezepelt. Often ignored by Crowfeather.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: Crowfeather's Trial shows she's a very well-respected warrior in WindClan. Even some of the other Clans respect her and are saddened by her apparent death.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: She tries to be loving towards Crowfeather, such as wishing him well on the journey in Outcast, but he barely even pays her attention.
  • Amicable Exes: She and Crowfeather fix their relationship, but agree that they make terrible mates and opt to stay as friends, in Crowfeather's Trial.
  • Ascended Extra: From a minor character in The New Prophecy to an important character in the Era of the Three. She also gets some real screentime in Crowfeather's Trial.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Doesn't like seeing Leafpool around Crowfeather. She lets go of this Crowfeather's Trial.
  • Freudian Excuse: Crowfeather's Trial reveals that she and Crowfeather actually had more kits, but the entire litter except Breezepelt died. It's hard to blame her for being overprotective of her only remaining child, in that case.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The reason she considered staying a kittypet in Crowfeather's Trial. Her Twolegs and fellow kittypet Pickle adored her whole-heartedly, no matter how angry she was, which was something she never felt as Crowfeather's mate.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be unpleasant about the whole Love Triangle situation, but at heart, she still is a pretty good cat. She's actually affectionate to her son, Breezepelt (which is more than Crowfeather), and has shown compassion for enemy Clans several times, such as in River of Fire where she says she's sure WindClan would be happy to take the homeless RiverClan cats in.
  • Lookalike Lovers: She is a black cat, like Crowfeather.
  • Marriage of Convenience: Her and Crowfeather's relationship has been described by the authors as one: Crowfeather knew that with a mate and kits he'd be trusted more by his Clan again, and she figured that he was a strong young cat that was going to be "going places". However, there are hints Nightcloud has tried to make the relationship work, to no avail.
  • The Mentor: To Hootwhisker and Brindlewing.
  • My Beloved Smother: Towards Breezepelt. He actually appreciated it, since he felt unloved by his other parent, but it was still damaging for him. Crowfeather's Trial hints she's started taking steps back.
    Rock: Nightcloud should trust her son to prove his own worth, without leaping in to defend him first.
  • Never Found the Body: She goes missing, assumed to be dead, after the first encounter with the stoats in Crowfeather's Trial. Since this takes place before the sixth arc and she shows up there, she's alive, of course.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Of sorts. Although she, not Leafpool, gets to be Crowfeather's mate, he still loves Leafpool more than her.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Even though Crowfeather picked her as mate, it was not out of any romantic attachments. It's hard not to feel bad for her, being third-best.
  • Shipper on Deck: Roots for Breezepelt/Heathertail.

Breezepelt

"You need to know that you're surrounded by lies and hatred and things that never should have happened."

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"Why would I leave the strongest Clan?"

Just as rude and obnoxious as his father, Crowfeather. Breezepelt is not well-liked by most cats. At least part of this is thought to be due to Crowfeather's coldness toward him. He despises his half-siblings and is a minor antagonist of Omen of the Stars.


  • Abusive Parents: Gets alternately ignored and criticized by his father Crowfeather, who didn't really want him and only took his mother as a mate to prove his loyalty to WindClan. They fix their relationship in Crowfeather's Trial when Crowfeather apologizes for his failing as a father.
  • The Apprentice: To Whitetail.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To Crowfeather, his father.
  • The Atoner: In Crowfeather's Trial, he spends the whole book working to prove himself to his Clanmates and atone for his misdeeds. He even manages to save Lionblaze's life and apologize for trying to kill him.
  • Ax-Crazy: After consorting with the Dark Forest, he becomes more and more violent.
  • The Berserker: His fighting style is reminiscent of this; he'll just ignore any and all injuries he gets until he's finished with his opponent. He needs to be forced to retreat or fall unconscious to stop.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Heathertail.
  • Cain and Abel: With his half-siblings Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In The Last Hope, he calls out Crowfeather for being a jerk. Crowfeather accepts the criticism, then chases him off anyway.
  • Commander Contrarian: Like Father, Like Son. Most of the time Breezepelt is abrasive for little to no reason.
  • The Confidant: Implied for Heathertail, to at least some extent. When Gorsetail's kits go missing, he's the only one she tells about the tunnels and asks for help.
  • The Corruptible: Starts out bitter and angry and only gets worse after starting to train the the Dark Forest.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the things he inherited from Crowfeather, besides looks and grumpiness, is his sharp tongue.
    "Or did you bring us here to show us this boulder? Let me guess, it's a special StarClan rock and it's going to tell us where the kits are."
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted. Crowfeather's Trial shows that almost everyone in WindClan hates Breezepelt for turning traitor. While he's eventually forgiven by some, he has to work for it, and not everyone he wronged, like Jayfeather, is willing to forgive him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His love for his mother and Heathertail is one of his most humanizing traits.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is repulsed when Ivypool kills Antpelt's spirit.
  • Foil:
    • To his half-sister Hollyleaf. They're both black cats who have breakdowns after a secret related to their father is revealed, despise one of their parents for it, and attempt to (Breezepelt)/actually murder (Hollyleaf) a cat. Hollyleaf is able to overcome her hate and anger, and fights for the Clans when the Dark Forest battle comes; Breezepelt is swallowed up by his, and fights for the Dark Forest. Hollyleaf dies for her redemption, while Breezepelt lives and works for his.
    • Also to his own father. Both are prickly toms with severe emotional issues, but they deal with them in different ways. Crowfeather bottles up everything he feels, while Breezepelt wears his heart on his sleeve. Crowfeather reacts to being hurt with emotional withdrawal, while Breezepelt reacts with emotional outbursts.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was the product of a loveless mating; his father only had him with his mother to prove his loyalty to WindClan and doesn't really care about him. The neglect he received from his father, as well as the revelation of his half-siblings caused him to join the Dark Forest.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Deconstructed. He mentions that he doesn't think anyone in WindClan likes him, and save his mother and Heathertail, nobody seems to. It's just contributed to his many issues and prickly social skills.
  • Hates Their Parent: As a result of Crowfeather treating Breezepelt more like a Trophy Child than an actual son, all the while showing actual fatherly love to his ThunderClan children Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Jayfeather, Breezepelt despised him. His constant Parental Neglect led him to join the Dark Forest and attempt to murder his half-siblings multiple times.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: In Power of Three, he was grudgingly on the side of the heroes; then he goes evil in Omen of the Stars; and then he works to redeem himself in Crowfeather's Trial, fighting firmly for WindClan again.
  • I Am Not My Father: He strives to be as loyal as possible to WindClan so his Clanmates won't think he's like his father, who fell in love with the ThunderClan medicine cat and had kits with her.
    Rock: He has heard the whispers about his father, the doubts that Crowfeather is truly loyal to WindClan, and the rumor that he has a weakness beyond the borders. Breezepaw doesn’t know this weakness has a name, but he will not let his Clanmates think the same about him.
  • I Can't Believe A Girl Like You Would Notice Me: He admits he's amazed Heathertail wants to be with him in Crowfeather's Trial.
  • Ignored Epiphany: He comes so close to turning good in The Fourth Apprentice, but then he shrugs it off and goes evil again. The epiphany sticks in Crowfeather's Trial.
  • In the Blood: He's a dick like his father Crowfeather, but more so. There's a chance he's also the descendant of Shrewclaw, who was also a total jerk, but that's speculation.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Acts like a know-it-all, but is desperate for his father's validation. Jayfeather notices at least once that he boasts things that he doesn't really believe.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Constantly argues, complains, and criticizes, not to mention the attempted killings. However, he's very loving towards his mother and Heathertail, and Crowfeather's Trial shows that he's genuinely brave and working to redeem himself.
  • Karma Houdini: Averted, as Crowfeather's Trial shows. Onestar lets him stay in WindClan, but that doesn't mean anyone else has forgiven or forgotten him. Pretty much the entire Clan, bar Heathertail and his mother, hates him for what he's done, with some even openly wishing death on him.
  • Lack of Empathy: For pretty much any cat outside his Clan, which contributes to his jerk attitude. Especially notable with the Tribe, as while Breezepelt spends time teaching them (on his father's orders), he doesn't feel the need to help them more than necessary. He gets better about this in Crowfeather's Trial.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Many of his personality traits are shared with his father; rude, sharp-tongued, contrarian, and with a Sugar-and-Ice Personality. He just comes with a lot more issues.
  • Love Redeems: His love for and from Nightcloud, Heathertail, and eventually Crowfeather, plays a big role in why he overcomes his problems and becomes a loyal WindClan warrior once more.
  • Mama's Boy: He's very fond of his mother, probably because she's the only parent who showed him affection. When she goes missing in Crowfeather's Trial, he's alternately consumed with grief, rage, and fear for her.
  • The Mentor: To Boulderfur.
  • Motive Decay: His reasons for joining the Dark Forest are rather inconsistent. First it's because he wanted revenge on his father and half-siblings for their breaking of the warrior code, then it's because he wants to destroy the warrior code and all the Clans, then it's because he needed to feel like some cat believed in him and thought the Dark Forest did.
  • Out of Focus: Although he remains part of the core Dark Forest trio (Breezepelt, Tigerheart, and Ivypool), the later books in Omen of the Stars give him a greatly decreased role.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He almost always is described as having some kind of scowl or sulky look on his face.
  • Pet the Dog: In Dark River, he's rather kind to Gorsetail's lost kits, promising Swallowkit he won't let her drown and giving up his contrarian attitude about accepting help from ThunderClan when he sees she's injured.
  • Pregnant Hostage: Tries to hold Poppyfrost hostage in The Fourth Apprentice, but Jayfeather and Honeyfern ruin his plans.
  • The Rival: To Jayfeather and Lionblaze. He perceives them as his greatest threat and only joined the Dark Forest to get revenge on them.
  • Rival Turned Evil: While he was a rival to Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf in Power of Three, they felt some sympathy for him and he was willing to work with them at times. By Omen of the Stars, he has gone completely off the deep end since joining the Dark Forest.
  • Smug Snake: He thinks that he's the best and everyone else is weak.
  • Sole Survivor: Of his litter, who all died during their kithoods.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He has a pure black pelt, like his mother Nightcloud, his father Crowfeather, and his half-sister Hollyleaf.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: He seemed to be jealous of Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf, after learning they were his siblings.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Heathertail refers to him as one, saying he can be fun when he's having a good day. Sure enough, there are times he seem nicer or more light-hearted, especially around one of the few cats he loves; to everyone else, though, he's sour, snappish, and aloof.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In Omen of the Stars, he becomes a much greater threat than the weak, sniveling cat he was in Power of Three. He even manages to briefly incapacitate Lionblaze in The Last Hope.
    • In Crowfeather's Trial, he's the first cat to kill a stoat, and survives all the wounds he gets from constantly throwing himself into battle with them.
  • Tragic Villain: There's no doubt Breezepelt has done some terrible things of his own free will. Yet, his father's constant emotional abuse, his mother's helicopter parenting, and his isolation from most of his Clan played a hefty part in why he turned out the way he did.
  • Trauma Button: Crowfeather's Trial reveals he's terrified of the tunnels because he almost drowned in them as an apprentice.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is determined to be completely loyal to WindClan, so the other cats will not think he is like his father.
    Rock: He is what Onestar needs most: a fierce, brave warrior loyal to WindClan and with complete faith they can win every battle.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: He declares that he's going to kill all the stoats to avenge his (assumed) dead mother. It doesn't help.
    Breezepelt: I killed one of them. And Nightcloud is still dead.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: With Heathertail, after Omen of the Stars.
  • Walking Spoiler: The reveal of his half-siblings is tied very much to his character arc, which itself goes through a lot of twists and turns.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Implied in Eclipse, though definitely not anymore.
    Jayfeather: (thinking) He's waiting for his father to praise him.

Heathertail

"Just be careful you don't end up a bully like your kin, Tigerstar."

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"You seem to have lost two of your apprentices."

Lionblaze's former best friend. The two of them once had a relationship (whether it was romance depends on your Shipping Goggles), and made up their own Clan, DarkClan. However, Lionblaze had to break it off so he could remain loyal to his Clan.


  • Ambiguous Situation: Whether or not she was lying in Eclipse when she tells Lionblaze she didn't inform her Clan about the tunnels, but that Sedgekit did. There's nothing in the books to confirm it one way or the other, and even the Erins are undecided (Kate believes she lied, while Vicky thinks she told the truth).
  • The Apprentice: To Crowfeather.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Breezepelt.
  • The Chief's Daughter: Crowfeather's Trial heavily implies she's Onestar's daughter.
  • Curious as a Monkey: She stumbled upon the tunnels by accident, but discovered where exactly they led through careful exploring.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on snarker. She's witty and enjoys exercising said wit.
    "Don't worry, Weaselfur. We won't let the nasty stoats get you!"
  • Demoted to Extra: She gets a much smaller role in Omen of the Stars.
  • The Gadfly:
    • She's fairly cheeky and enjoys ribbing Breezepelt and Lionblaze (Breezepaw and Lionpaw, at the time) in The Sight and Dark River. One example:
    Heatherpaw: (upon seeing Lionpaw is worried about what might lurk in the tunnels) There might be all sorts of terrible creatures down there with big teeth and sharp claws—
    • Crowfeather's Trial shows she's still prone to light-hearted teasing.
  • Genki Girl: She was really energetic in The Sight and Dark River. She still maintains some of this energy in Crowfeather's Trial, but has settled down a bit.
  • Guile Hero: Heathertail is shown to be quite clever, figuring out why the stoats are white and coming up with an idea for sneaking across ThunderClan territory by rolling in their scent markers in Crowfeather's Trial.
  • The Mentor: To Furzepelt.
  • Nice Girl: She remains friendly and sympathetic to cats from other clans (sans Lionblaze) even into Omen of the Stars. She even lets Lionblaze steal catmint from Windclan territory despite her anger and hurt toward him. Even if she hates Lionblaze, she doesn't want innocent cats to suffer.
  • Only Friend: She's probably the only friend in WindClan Breezepelt has. Crowfeather's Trial takes it a step further by showing she's still willing to hang out with him despite the 'serving the Dark Forest' thing.
  • Purple Eyes: They're listed as blue in the Allegiances, but this is what the authors had in mind. The books mention that she is named for her eyes, and her Cats of the Clans portrait shows her with purple-ish eyes, as can be seen here.
  • Rebellious Princess: It's heavily implied she's Onestar's daughter, and she sneaks around breaking Clan rules as an apprentice.
  • The Rival: She's Lionblaze's rival in the Power of Three arc.
  • Romantic False Lead: For Lionblaze.
  • Secretly Selfish: She discovers the tunnels connecting WindClan and ThunderClan, but chooses to keep them a secret from anyone but Lionblaze. Despite their potential as both an attack route and an escape route, she'd rather use them to meet up with Lionblaze. She pays for it when three WindClan kits fall in the tunnels and almost die.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's very kind, but don't mistake that for her being a pushover; she will verbally fight back if you anger her. More than several of her Clanmates receive a scolding from her for insinuating Breezepelt would have murdered his own mother.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Her father is implied to be Onestar, yet she never lets that go to her head. In fact, she's one of the most compassionate cats in her Clan, and even when she's angry, she still doesn't let it rob her of her kindness.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: To Lionblaze, since they're from different Clans.
  • The Strategist: She has a head to tactics and planning, as shown in Crowfeather's Trial.
  • Tranquil Fury: She holds a deep grudge and anger on Lionblaze for his terrible treatment of her, but generally keeps it restricted to cold glares.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: She ends up not getting together with Lionblaze.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Instead, she hooks up with Breezepelt, who she's known since kithood.
  • Woman Scorned: She has a really intense, long-lasting hatred of Lionblaze. Considering his treatment of her post-break up—accusing her of something she didn't do, refusing to hear her side of the story, attacking her and her mentor, promising to be her enemy forever, and never apologizing for any of this—it's rather justified.

Sedgewhisker

"We can take care of ourselves, you know. We don't need a ThunderClan apprentice to watch out for us!"

A warrior of WindClan who was lost in the tunnels as a kit. After being rescued, she told the WindClan warriors about the tunnels, thus causing the battle during Eclipse. Later, she joined the patrol to defeat the beavers and free the water. By the time of The Forgotten Warrior, she's become one of Onestar's top advisers.


  • The Apprentice: To Dewspots.
  • Ascended Extra: Had an important role in The Fourth Apprentice when she joined the water patrol.
  • Gender Bender: She was called male throughout Dark River.
  • Genki Girl: Very energetic and kind of scatterbrained. She ran away from the camp to explore as a kit in Dark River, and during the patrol to find the beavers she was constantly getting her energy out by having mock fights with Tigerheart.
  • Mama Bear: She's Featherpelt's mother, and furious when she thinks Crowfeather's advice caused her daughter to run off recklessly into battle.
  • The Mentor: To Flutterpaw.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Her mother mated with a RiverClan tom named Beechfur. Oddly this is never alluded to in the books. However when she and her littermates disappeared in Eclipse, their scent was found near the RiverClan, hinting they may have tried to visit their father.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In Power of Three, when her actions caused the climax of Dark River.

Antpelt

"These are my Clanmates, more than WindClan ever was."

A WindClan warrior who trains with the Dark Forest, feeling unnoticed by his own Clan. His mentor is Shredtail.

In Sign of the Moon, he is killed by Thistleclaw and becomes one of the Dark Forest residents. In The Forgotten Warrior, he has been corrupted by the Dark Forest, and Ivypool gives him a Mercy Kill.


Featherpelt

"I'm okay. I can stay and fight. I did well, didn't I? I struck out swiftly, just like you said."
Crowfeather's new apprentice in Bramblestar's Storm. She looks exactly like his first love, Feathertail.
  • The Apprentice: To Crowfeather.
  • Ascended Extra: Despite being an Identical Stranger to Feathertail, she doesn't have a role in A Vision of Shadows, but gets some focus in Crowfeather's Trial.
  • Identical Stranger: Looks exactly the same as Feathertail, for some reason.
  • Just a Flesh Wound: As seen in her character quote, she tries to pretend she's not badly injured, even as she's falling unconscious from blood loss.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In Crowfeather's Trial, she and the other apprentices sneak off to join the first battle with the stoats, despite being massively unprepared. She gets badly wounded for her trouble, but lives.
  • Nice Girl: She's sweet and compassionate, even towards cats from enemy Clans. When Twigpaw falls into the stream on WindClan's side, Featherpelt merely has her patrol tell Harestar what happened and escorts Twigpaw back to the ThunderClan camp, with a warning that some other cats might not have been so lenient.

Hootwhisker

"We need it more than you. Rabbits are scarcer than usual, so these white birds are all we have."
A WindClan warrior who becomes a warrior during A Vision of Shadows. He's one of Nightcloud's former apprentices and has a bigger role during Crowfeather's Trial.
  • The Apprentice: To Nightcloud, Gorsetail, and unofficially Crowfeather while Nightcloud is presumed dead.
  • Ascended Extra: Has a few speaking roles in the main series, but mostly doesn't show up. However, he gets a larger role during Crowfeather's Trial.
  • Fearless Fool: He and the other apprentices recklessly join the fight against the stoats, despite being underprepared, but Hootpaw especially doesn't seem afraid of anything. He's more excited by the Thunderpath than scared, even after a monster almost runs him over.
    Hootpaw: I've seen a monster! Cool! Wait till I tell Featherpaw and the others."
  • Heroic BSoD: When he thinks Nightcloud is dead.
  • Keet: As an apprentice in Crowfeather's Trial, he's always full of energy and excitedly bouncing everywhere.
  • Loophole Abuse: During Crowfeather's Trial, Crowfeather tells him not to tell Onestar that he's sneaking off to rescue Nightcloud, and especially not ask for permission to come along. Hootpaw agrees, then goes to Gorsetail and asks her if he can leave.
  • The Mentor: To Whistlepaw.
  • The Pollyanna: He always seems to be in a chipper, happy mood, and no amount of scolding will dampen his spirit. The only thing that really gets him down is his mentor disappearing.
  • Tagalong Kid: During the rescue Nightcloud portion of Crowfeather's Trial.

Brindlewing

"I hate getting my fur wet."

Heathertail and Breezepelt's daughter.



    Other Windclanners 

Palebird

"Don't be silly. We tunnel because we're stronger and cleverer than all the other Clans together."

Tallstar's mother and Sandgorse's mate. She later gets another mate and litter of kits.


  • Dishing Out Dirt: Before becoming a queen, she was a tunneler.
  • Parental Neglect: But not by choice. Instead, it's confirmed that she's suffering from postnatal depression and suffers more after Finchkit dies.

Tornear

"WindClan fights with claws, not words."

A warrior of WindClan that appears several times in the series as a minor character.


Morningflower

"But I want to fight!"

One of WindClan's queens. During the events of Fire and Ice, Firestar met her and helped her carry her son Gorsekit.


  • The Apprentice: To Tallstar.
  • Break the Cutie: When her son dies.
  • Madness Mantra: Chants "Gorsepaw! Gorsepaw! Gorsepaw!" while fighting BloodClan.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The above mantra is directed at BloodClan despite the fact that her son was killed in a TigerClan raid which the former Clan had nothing to do with.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Not only did she have two stillborn kits, her son Gorsepaw is killed by Tigerstar in front of her, leaving her devastated.

Adderkit

"And the underfed tom beside you? Adderkit, yes, from WindClan. You were very young to go to StarClan, weren't you?"

A deceased WindClan kit who appears in Cats of the Clans, listening to Rock's stories about the Clan cats with Mosskit and Blossomkit.


  • Curious as a Monkey: Along with Mosskit and Blossomkit, he wanders away from StarClan, into Rock's territory.
  • Death of a Child: He was killed by an adder bite. Rock says he was "very young to go to StarClan".
  • Fantastic Racism: He shows some mild prejudice against Firestar for being born a kittypet.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after the snake that bit him, implying that he died before his mother even had a chance to name him. Poor thing.
  • Posthumous Character: Killed by an adder bite, and appears as a spirit in StarClan.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Yes, despite being a little kit, he shows fierce pride in his Clan, saying that WindClan warriors are the best of all.
  • The Un-Reveal: His appearance (pelt and eye color) are not described, other than the fact that he looks underfed.


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