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"There's a codebreaker among us! And it pains me to punish her—but if we ever hope to hear from StarClan again, I must. You, my own deputy. My mate! You don't belong in ThunderClan anymore. You don't deserve a place here."
— The imposter exiling Squirrelflight in The Silent Thaw, page 282

Bramblestar's imposter is a tom.[7]

Bramblestar's imposter is the current leader of ThunderClan. He was a spirit that possessed the leader of ThunderClan, Bramblestar, during his reign in the lake territories. The imposter was able to force out Bramblestar's spirit when he lost a life during an unusual attempt to cure him. Some cats in ThunderClan and the other Clans support his increasing focus on following the warrior code, though others openly challenge him. During his first moons heading ThunderClan, the imposter gives harsh punishments to those reported doing wrong, but several cats become aware that he is an imposter of the true Bramblestar, and desire to end his tyrannical rule.

History

Talking to Shadowpaw

"Oh, of course not. The wonderful, respected leader of ThunderClan! However, the trouble will fall on him first."
—The imposter mocking Bramblestar to Shadowpaw Lost Stars, page 166
The spirit informs Shadowpaw of the codebreakers that must be punished in the Clans, and the Clans must suffer for having codebreakers. He gives the young apprentice an unusual method of "curing" Bramblestar's sudden illness. Shadowpaw informs ThunderClan of the method. Having exhausted all other options, Jayfeather and Alderheart go along with Shadowpaw's orders. Bramblestar is placed on the moor between ThunderClan's and WindClan's territories. In doing so, Bramblestar dies and becomes a ghost, and the spirit possesses Bramblestar's body, now acting as ThunderClan's leader. He sticks close to Squirrelflight, almost never leaving her side.[8]

As Bramblestar

"I speak for StarClan! It's our ancestors who want the codebreakers punished. And the fact that you're trying to stop me shows you're a codebreaker!"
—The imposter yelling at Tree The Silent Thaw, page 269
Now in Bramblestar's body, the spirit begins demanding that the other leaders out their "codebreakers", and immediately gets defensive over "his death". Several cats take notice that the way Bramblestar was acting was odd. Graystripe notes that whenever Firestar lost one of his lives, he never acted the way Bramblestar was. Bristlefrost, a dedicated follower of the warrior code, becomes manipulated by the imposter into being his "eyes and ears in the Clan", reporting any cat who breaks the code. Bristlefrost becomes obsessively imperative to please her leader, telling him of how Lionblaze and Spotfur crossed the WindClan border. The imposter then punishes them by making no cat talk to Spotfur for a quarter moon, and banishing Lionblaze from the camp for the same duration. Many ThunderClan cats are shocked, and Lionblaze accepts defeat from his adopted father and leaves. Stemleaf, Spotfur, Twigbranch and Finleap grow suspicious of the way the imposter handles punishments, even twisting the code for his benefit. The imposter also makes it so Bristlefrost does the daily patrols, despite her age, and orders Squirrelflight to stay in the camp from now on.[9]
When Bristlefrost tells the imposter that Sparkpelt didn't catch as much prey as she usually does, the imposter sends his "daughter" to the abandoned twoleg nest, and it is revealed that Sparkpelt nearly escaped death from dogs. While Squirrelflight frets over her daughter, the imposter does not care, leading Bristlefrost to believe it was an attempt on Sparkpelt's life. The she-cat investigates and discovers the nest was soaked in the blood of prey, making Bristlefrost realize that the Bramblestar was an imposter. This tactic is similar to that of when Tigerstar used the blood of rabbits and Brindleface to lure dogs to the old ThunderClan camp.[9]

Suspicions grow

"When he lost a life, some other cat's spirit took his body. The real Bramblestar is a ghost. He can't get back into his body and he can't find StarClan."
—Tree The Silent Thaw, page 295
A secret meeting is held from cats of all Clans, discussing the sudden change in Bramblestar. The cats decide to get help from Squirrelflight, who, as ThunderClan's deputy and Bramblestar's own mate, is a credible source. After being told by Rootpaw of a moment between Bramblestar and Squirrelflight that only the two know about, Squirrelflight realizes that her mate is a ghost, and the Bramblestar leading ThunderClan is not the real one, but continues to feign affection for him to avoid suspicion.[9]
After Lionblaze returns, the imposter forces him, Jayfeather, and Twigbranch to swear an oath of loyalty to him and ThunderClan so they can atone. Lionblaze and Jayfeather are angry that they are being made to apologize for being born, while Twigbranch is uneasy and doesn't know what code she even broke. The three swear the oath, and Bramblestar says that the punishment for breaking any notion of the code will be exile, much to the shock and disdain of several ThunderClan members. However, when Squirrelflight offers to take the oath, noting that she herself is technically a codebreaker, the imposter surprisingly refuses, saying that she doesn't need to since she was forgiven by StarClan.[9]
Squirrelflight later goes to inform the other four Clans of the imposter under the pretense of "atoning" for codebreaking, which the imposter allows only reluctantly. She is seemingly able to convince Leafstar,[10] but fails to do so for Harestar and Mistystar, and is unable to go to Tigerstar.[11] At a Gathering, the imposter berates and bullies the other Clans, becoming angry when the leaders do not agree to his proposed punishments. He does, however, force exile on Dovewing and Tree to "atone", garnering support from several cats from other Clans. Meanwhile, Shadowsight realizes that the imposter had been manipulating him due to his inexperience as a medicine cat, and feels guilty over the fact.[9]
Shortly afterwards, the imposter outs Squirrelflight as a codebreaker, berating her for "betrayal" and calling both her and Leafpool liars and weak, revealing that he sent Bumblestripe, one of his staunch supporters, to follow her, and knows that she went behind his back. Squirrelflight announces to the stunned ThunderClan that her mate is an imposter, but ThunderClan is unsure what to think. The imposter demotes and exiles her, though Thornclaw and Graystripe attempt to persuade him otherwise, but fail. In her place as deputy, the imposter appoints Berrynose, breaking the seventh notion of the code, as Berrynose has never had an apprentice. Squirrelflight goes to ShadowClan, telling Tigerstar of her exile. With ShadowClan doubtful of her claims, Rootpaw is able to make the ghost of the real Bramblestar appear and confirm her story. Tigerstar is convinced and rallies ShadowClan against the imposter, allowing Squirrelflight to stay in ShadowClan for the time being.[9]
Meanwhile, the imposter is continuing to tighten his tyrannical grip on ThunderClan, punishing any warrior for breaking the code in the slightest, and is increasingly annoyed by Berrynose's excessive attempts to please him. He later praises Bristlefrost for her loyalty, but also subtlety threatens her and implies that he knows about the secret meeting. The imposter then dispatches Bristlefrost to track Squirrelflight, and though he says he only wants to make sure the former deputy has left the lake, Bristlefrost suspects that he's actually worried about her, as he looks somewhat distracted and anxious as he gives the order. Bristlefrost visits Rootpaw and voices her suspicion and confusion about the imposter being worried about Squirreflight, but Rootpaw brushes it off, saying they don't have time to wonder about it. When Bristlefrost returns, she lies that she found Squirrelflight passing through the Twolegplace. The imposter uneasily accepts her story, but threatens her again before going to rest in his den.[9]

Personality

"I told my Clan I was leaving to atone, but instead I went to SkyClan to tell them that he's not the cat I've known all my life. The real Bramblestar would never act this way. This fox-heart is punishing his Clanmates as if they're his enemies. They're scared of him. No, this isn't Bramblestar."
—Squirrelflight to Tigerstar The Silent Thaw, page 302
The imposter is cruel, cunning, tyrannical and hypocritical. He claims to believe in the firm following of the warrior code, but as stated by several cats, he appears to only want to hurt and control,[12] using fear to enforce his leadership.[13] A notable example of this is when Bristlefrost realizes that when he is berating Sparkpelt, he seems to enjoy the fear she was showing.[14] He is quite manipulative and persuasive, appealing to Shadowsight, a young apprentice, to use an unusual method to kill Bramblestar in order to steal his body,[8] and Bristlefrost, a young warrior whom he is able to mold into his "eyes and ears" in ThunderClan.[9] He uses the silence of StarClan to further his own agenda and out the codebreakers, becoming angry when the other leaders don't comply with him.[15][16] He is defensive about Bramblestar's death, refusing to answer questions regarding it.[17][18]
Although acting as ThunderClan's leader, he does not care for any of the members, only using them for his own selfish goals and what it can get him. He got Dewnose's name wrong, and snapped at him when Dewnose corrected him. Furthermore, he believed that Flipclaw (who he had just made a warrior not long before) was Dewnose's apprentice, and still training under him.[19] He stops the care of the elders, and makes it so that he gets first to pick from the fresh-kill pile over the elders and queens.[20]
He is very willing to harm cats, as he tried to kill Sparkpelt[21] when she tried to look for Lionblaze and was displeased when his plan had failed.[22] When Tree refused to go into exile, the imposter threatened to harm Tree's kin unless he complied.[23]
Even though he claims to be Bramblestar, he makes no attempt to mimic the personality of his host body, arousing suspicion from several cats.[24][13] Cats such as Squirrelflight, Stemleaf, Spotfur, Twigbranch, and Finleap became suspicious of his demeanor,[25][26] while others such as Lionblaze, Thornclaw, and Graystripe were appalled by his actions and personality.[27][28][29]
He appears to know and had a bias for Squirrelflight,[30][28] but any and all relationship that he feigned with her was terminated when she outed him as an imposter. He also seems to hold a bias against Lionblaze, banishing him from the camp temporarily as a punishment,[31] and shows a visible dislike of Leafpool[32] and Bramblestar.[2] His listing of the codebreakers suggests a vendetta against the listed cats, over cats who have broken the code much significantly worse and are still residing in the Clans. He also appears bitter about the fact that Squirrelflight and Leafpool lied to the Clans of the true parentage of Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather.[10]

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Kin

Members

Mate:

Squirrelflight (formerly):[note 2] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)

Killed victims

This list shows the victims Bramblestar's imposter has killed:

Breaking of the code

Even though the imposter appears adamant about following the warrior code, he has broken and twisted it multiple times:
  • Berating Lionblaze for defying him as a leader, even though he was breaking the code.[34]
  • Stopping the care of elders.[35][36]
  • Changing the code so he gets first pick from the fresh-kill pile.[36]
    • Also making it so the warriors eat first, over queens and elders.[36]
  • Attempted murder of Sparkpelt.[37]
  • Making patrols walk in a single file line.[38]
  • Berating and bullying the other leaders into following his orders.[39]
  • Exiling Squirrelflight after she exposed him as an imposter.[40]
  • Appointing Berrynose as deputy despite him having no apprentice beforehand.[41]

Leader info

Leader info
Deputies
Name From To
Squirrelflight
Berrynose
Lost Stars
The Silent Thaw
The Silent Thaw
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Quotes

"Mistystar, you are a Clan leader. You know as well as I do that what passes between us and StarClan is not to be spoken of to any cat. It is private, and I for one prefer to stay that way."
—The imposter getting defensive about Bramblestar's death to Mistystar Lost Stars, page 264


"Why are you questioning me?"
—The imposter getting defensive Lost Stars, page 265


Imposter: "You're training him well, Dewtail."
Dewnose: "Dewnose. I'm called Dewnose."
Imposter: "Of course you are. I knew that."
—The imposter getting Dewnose's name wrong The Silent Thaw, page 24
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"You're just another codebreaker in denial about what's really going on!"
—The imposter to Crowfeather The Silent Thaw, page 49


"It’s good to see you haven’t lost your fire, Squirrelflight, it reminds me of the old days. You used to stand up to me then too."
—The imposter to Squirrelflight The Silent Thaw, page 66


Imposter: "Elders must wait for their prey."
Blossomfall: "Why should the elders wait? The code says that queens and elders must eat before warriors, as a show of respect."
Imposter: "Before warriors, maybe. But it says nothing about leaders."
Lionblaze: "Are you saying that you should eat before elders and queens?"
Imposter: "Not just me, the deputy too."
Squirrelflight: "Bramblestar. I don't-"
Imposter: "What good is it to give the best prey to our weakest Clanmates? If we're under attack, will our elders protect the Clan? [...] They will be the ones who need help, and who will help them? Warriors. And who will lead them against whatever hardship we might face?"
Bristlefrost: "You will lead us through any hardship, Bramblestar."
Imposter: "Precisely! Squirrelflight and I must be stronger than you all because we are the ones who will guide you through whatever hardship might face us. So, we should eat first."
Lionblaze: "But we've always shown respect to the elders and queens."
Imposter: "There are other ways to show respect. Would you break the code by defying me?"
Lionblaze: "Aren't you breaking the code by eating before elders?"
Imposter: "I am your leader. I decide what the code is."
—The imposter to ThunderClan The Silent Thaw, pages 102-104


Bramblestar's imposter: "You know StarClan has been silent these past moons. We’re supposed to be following the warrior code so that they’ll come back. How do you think they’ll feel about warriors crossing borders without permission? Do you think they’ll come back if we can’t even obey such a simple rule?"
Lionblaze: "StarClan isn’t going to abandon us just because I crossed the WindClan border."
Bramblestar's imposter: "Did they tell you that? Are you our new link with StarClan?"
Lionblaze: "Of course not."
Bramblestar's imposter: "Then don’t tell me what StarClan is thinking. You broke the code even though I’ve told you it must be followed!"
—Lionblaze and Bramblestar's imposter The Silent Thaw, pages 112-113


Imposter (to the Clan): "For the next quarter moon, no cat is to talk to Spotfur."
Imposter (to Lionblaze): "You are banished from the camp for the next quarter moon."
Cinderheart: "You can't do that...he's a ThunderClan warrior. We protect each other!"
Imposter: "He has broken the warrior code, and questioned me for trying to uphold it. I will not let any cat undermine me or my Clan like that. You're a seasoned warrior. You should know better. Surely you can stand living like a rogue for a quarter moon? [...] If your scent is caught on Clan land—any Clan land—you will be treated like an invader and you won't ever be allowed to return."
—The imposter punishing Spotfur and Lionblaze The Silent Thaw, pages 115-116


"You've all heard about Shadowsight's vision by now. What I've been saying all along is true. StarClan is angry that so many warriors have broken the code. They've even given us a list of the worst offenders. I have a plan. The codebreakers must publicly take responsibility for their wrongdoings. They must atone!"
—The imposter at the emergency gathering The Silent Thaw, page 179


"But StarClan isn't silent any longer. They've sent us this vision. They've made it clear exactly who the codebreakers are and why they should be punished. They won't come back until amends have been made. In ThunderClan, we've already begun giving out stricter punishments to cats who break the code. You'll notice Lionblaze is not here...he has not returned from his exile. But he betrayed the code, and he accepted that he had a pay a price. Spotfur, too, was very grateful to be ignored by her all her Clanmates for a quarter moon. Weren't you Spotfur? StarClan will appreciate us for this, you'll see."
—The imposter at the emergency gathering The Silent Thaw, pages 179-180


Tigerstar: "You have no right to decide the fate of cats from other Clans."
Imposter: "And you have no right to defend codebreakers when one of them is your mate!"
Tigerstar: "Your mate is a codebreaker too!"
Imposter: "I will deal with her myself, and I'll deal with the other codebreakers in my Clan as harshly as expect you to deal with yours. Lionblaze, Jayfeather, Twigbranch, they will all atone."
—The imposter arguing with Tigerstar The Silent Thaw, page 180


Imposter: "Am I the only cat trying to do as StarClan wishes?"
Mistystar: "We all want to do as StarClan wishes."
Harestar: "You can't just bully every cat into agreeing with you."
Imposter: "I was the last one of us to see StarClan, I lost a life, don't forget. I speak for StarClan more than any cat here."
—The imposter with Mistystar and Harestar The Silent Thaw, page 185


"The Clans have shown already that they don’t trust your loyalty. What will they think if you refuse to help them now? There might be unpleasant consequences, don’t you think? Not just for you, but for your kin."
—The imposter threatening Tree The Silent Thaw, page 272


"Your sister was a liar, and she made a liar out of you!"
—The imposter to Squirrelflight The Silent Thaw, page 282


Imposter: "You were weak. You still are. Did you think about your weakness while you were at the horseplace. Did you atone for it?"
Squirrelflight: "I atoned for everything!"
Imposter: "I gave you one last chance to tell the truth and you didn't! There's a codebreaker among us! And it pains me to punish her—but if we ever hope to hear from StarClan again, I must. You, my own deputy. My mate! You don't belong in ThunderClan anymore. You don't deserve a place here."
Graystripe: "She's Firestar's daughter, you can't exile her."
Thornclaw: "What has she done?"
Imposter: "She's a liar. She pretended to atone, but she wasn't trying to make her peace with StarClan. She was breaking the code again! Where did you go when you left ThunderClan? [...]You're lying! I know because I sent a Clanmate to follow you. I sent a loyal warrior to see where you went."
Thornclaw: "SkyClan? Why did she go there?"
Bumblestripe: "She went to persuade SkyClan to rise up against ThunderClan."
Berrynose: "Traitor!"
Sparkpelt: "Is it true?"
Squirrelflight: "I'll leave, but there's something you must know. My mate would never behave like this. You must know in your hearts that this cat, has none of the courage, honor, and honesty of the real Bramblestar. This Bramblestar is an imposter."
—The imposter exiling Squirrelflight The Silent Thaw, pages 283-285


Twigbranch: "He can’t banish her, why’s he doing this?"
Lionblaze: "Isn’t it obvious? If his deputy and mate isn’t safe, then no cat is. He wants to make that clear."
—Twigbranch and Lionblaze as they are escorting Squirrelflight off ThunderClan territory The Silent Thaw, page 286


"We know Bramblestar is an imposter and some cat is sending you false visions. I think we can be pretty sure that the imposter is who's been talking to you."
—Tree The Silent Thaw, page 298

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Notes

  1. Bramblestar's imposter possessed Squirrelflight's mate, Bramblestar's body. Prior to realizing the deception, she acted affectionately as a mate to the imposter, and both of them concurred being in a relationship. After her realizing he was an imposter, and being exiled from ThunderClan, this relationship terminated.[4]
  2. See above.[4]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 3
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, page 166
  3. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 308
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 60; 282
  5. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 22
  6. Squirrelflight took over as de facto leader when Bramblestar was dead for over a night.[5]
  7. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 65
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Lost Stars
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Revealed in The Silent Thaw
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 280
  11. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 292
  12. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 182
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 302
  14. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 197
  15. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 49
  16. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 185
  17. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 264
  18. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 265
  19. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 24
  20. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 102-104
  21. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 206-207
  22. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 205
  23. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 272
  24. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 23
  25. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 223
  26. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 187
  27. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 102
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 103
  29. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 283
  30. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 66
  31. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 115
  32. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 281
  33. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 245
  34. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 103-104
  35. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 21-22
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 102-103
  37. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 205-207
  38. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 315
  39. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 19
  40. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 282-287
  41. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 312
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