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This page contains Blackstar's personality and relationships. It contains conjecture due to being based off of general novel themes, and all statements must be sourced.

Personality and traits

As a young warrior, Blackfoot was a bully, critical,[1] but popular among his Clanmates.[2] Yellowfang described him as strong, but not a clever fighter,[3] though he would battle fiercely and despite injury.[4] As deputy under Brokenstar and Tigerstar, Blackfoot was obedient to his authority, even when obeying meant breaking the warrior code.[1] However, he never admitted to regretting what he had done.[5] Upon becoming a leader, Blackstar was hesitant to ally with the other Clans[6] and was generally hostile and distrustful. He was prideful,[7] rarely admitting or acknowledging troubles, such as when Twolegs began destroying the forest territories.[8]
Despite his cold exterior, Blackstar cared deeply for ShadowClan. When he was living as a rogue in exile, Blackfoot worried deeply for his Clanmates, who were starving and riddled with Carrionplace sickness.[9]



"I was loyal to Brokenstar because he was the leader of my Clan, just as every ShadowClan warrior should have been. I am still a ShadowClan cat, whatever happens."
—Blackfoot defending himself to Tigerclaw Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 3
Blackfoot served as Brokenstar's deputy, and made no objection to his leader's blatant abuses of the warrior code. He admired the tom even when Brokenstar was an apprentice,[10] and initiated a friendship with him once he was made a warrior.[11] When Brokenstar was revealed to have killed ShadowClan kits, Blackfoot stuck with him in exile.[12] After his tyrannical leader's death, Blackfoot affirmed his belief that he was right to follow his leader.[9]


Blackfoot: "Did you think we would let you fight alone?"
Tigerclaw: "No, my friend. I knew you would come."
—Blackfoot bringing backup for a skirmish with ThunderClan Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 6
When Tigerclaw was exiled from ThunderClan, he gathered Brokenstar's followers, including Blackfoot, who became fiercely loyal to the former ThunderClan deputy.[13] As leader of ShadowClan, Tigerstar reappointed Blackfoot to his position as ShadowClan's deputy, though he saw the white tom's sentiment towards his former ShadowClan Clanmates as weakness.[14] Blackfoot proved his loyalty to Tigerstar by fighting with him against ThunderClan and executing RiverClan's half-Clan deputy, Stonefur, on his orders.[1]


"What’s this? Does the great Firestar think he can go where he likes in the forest?"
—Blackstar when Firestar visits the ShadowClan camp Moonrise, page 44
Blackstar was rarely friendly with the ThunderClan leader, and the two shared a mutual distrust.[15] Firestar's impression of Blackstar was soured only a short while after he had joined the Clans when Blackstar, then Blackfoot, attempted to steal ThunderClan kits, killed the ThunderClan elder, Rosetail, and murdered RiverClan's deputy, Stonefur.[5] Though fighting on opposite sides, Blackfoot was impressed by Fireheart's battle skill given the tom's origin as a kittypet.[16] As leaders in the lake territories, a dispute arose about the ownership of a strip of land along the ThunderClan-ShadowClan border, causing multiple battles. One battle, resulting in the death of his deputy, Russetfur, caused Blackstar to declare that Firestar had chosen a dark path by initially gifting the territory to ShadowClan and killing to reclaim it.[17]

Russetfur and Rowanclaw

"She died fighting. She died bravely. We ask no more than that of our warriors."
—Blackstar after Russetfur is killed Night Whispers, page chapter 6
Russetfur was Blackstar's first deputy. He regretted her death, but affirmed that she died nobly.[17] He appointed Rowanclaw as her successor, and trusted him as his new deputy; however, when Rowanclaw failed to save ShadowClan from Darktail, Blackstar, in StarClan, admitted that he thought Rowanclaw would have made a great leader, but defended his inability to deal with his warriors' betrayal.[18]


Blackstar: "You told a warrior from another Clan about our Clan’s problems?"
Tawnypelt: "I told Squirrelflight. She’s a friend."
Brambleclaw: "And Tawnypelt’s my sister."
Blackstar: "Tawnypelt’s first loyalty is to her Clan—or it should be."
Tawnypelt: "Blackstar, I’ve never given you any reason to doubt my loyalty."
—Blackstar after Tawnypelt brings ThunderClan to attack Jacques and Susan Twilight, page 186
Tawnypelt's status as a former ThunderClan cat made Blackstar wary of her loyalty.[19] When she went missing to depart on the journey to find Midnight, Blackstar assumed that she had returned to her ThunderClan kin.[20] However, he came to value the she-cat, as after Sol, who had convinced ShadowClan to abandon StarClan and the warrior code, left ShadowClan, Blackstar sought her return, as Tawnypelt had temporarily fled to ThunderClan with her kits.[21]


"Sol must be gone from Clan territory by the next Gathering. Or we will unite our three Clans to get rid of him ourselves."
—Blackstar when ThunderClan is revealed to be harboring Sol Sunrise, page chapter 18
Sol was a rogue who predicted an eclipse when StarClan could not, and thus, he gained Blackstar's trust. He influenced the ShadowClan leader, who was doubtful that ShadowClan should have ever come to the lake, to abandon StarClan, the warrior code, and his leader name.[22] However, Blackstar's mind was changed when six apprentices from ShadowClan and ThunderClan prompted a sign from StarClan. Blackstar was furious that he had allowed himself to be manipulated by Sol, vowing never to let him harm ShadowClan again, and the rogue left his territory.[23] Littlecloud claimed Blackstar bore Sol no ill will;[21] however, when ThunderClan was holding the rogue hostage for information about Ashfur's death, Blackstar insisted that the tom was too dangerous to be kept close and demanded he be driven out.[24]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, chapter 14
  2. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, chapter 36
  3. Revealed in Into the Wild, chapter 18
  4. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, chapter 28
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, chapter 30
  6. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, chapter 26
  7. Revealed in Dawn, chapter 15
  8. Revealed in Moonrise, chapter 4
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 3
  10. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, chapter 29
  11. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, chapter 30
  12. Revealed in Into the Wild, chapter 24
  13. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury
  14. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 5
  15. Revealed in Moonrise, page page 30
  16. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 2
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, chapter 6
  18. Revealed in River of Fire, page prologue
  19. Revealed in Twilight, chapter 12
  20. Revealed in Midnight, page 263
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, chapter 10
  22. Revealed in Long Shadows, chapter 23
  23. Revealed in Long Shadows, chapter 9
  24. Revealed in Sunrise, chapter 18
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