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

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 impostor is cruel, arrogant, 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,[1] using fear to enforce his leadership.[2] A notable example of this is when Bristlefrost realizes that when he is berating Sparkpelt, he seems to enjoy the fear she was showing.[3] 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,[4] and Bristlefrost, a young warrior whom he is able to mold into his "eyes and ears" in ThunderClan.[5] 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.[6] He is defensive about Bramblestar's death, refusing to answer questions regarding it.[7] In addition, he is very controlling. He made Squirrelflight stay in ThunderClan's camp so she could spend more time with him,[8] and continually tried to tell Tigerstar and Leafstar how to deal with their codebreakers, resulting in both leaders furiously refuting his attempts.[9] Tigerstar opposed this punishing of the codebreakers by saying that he was simply wanted cats to suffer; and using StarClan's silence to divide the Clans.[10]
Although acting as ThunderClan's leader, he does not care for any of the Clan's 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.[11] 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.[12] He continued to abuse his status as ThunderClan's leader, demanding the unwavering loyalty of ThunderClan, emphasizing that the warrior code says to obey the Clan leader.[13] However, this ended up backfiring on him as many cats grew tired of his actions, several leaving ThunderClan outright and openly criticizing him.[14][15] Some of the warriors eventually began to disregard his new rules,[16] and later, outright ignore his commands.[17] When a member of ThunderClan disobeyed him, or objected to him, he often exiled them as a punishment. He exiled several cats for their "disloyalty" to him during his reign as ThunderClan's leader.[18]
Even though he claims to be Bramblestar, he makes no attempt to mimic the personality of his host body, arousing suspicion from several cats.[19] Cats such as Squirrelflight, Stemleaf, Spotfur, Twigbranch, and Finleap became suspicious of his demeanor,[20] while others such as Lionblaze and Thornclaw were appalled by his actions and personality.[21] It grew to the point where Graystripe and Squirrelflight publicly exposed him as an impostor on two separate occasions.[22][15]
He is noted to be a formidable fighter[13] and is very willing to harm cats, as he tried to kill Sparkpelt when she tried to look for Lionblaze and was displeased when his plan had failed,[23] and had subtlety threatened the lives of Finchpaw and Flamepaw if Sparkpelt disobeyed him again.[24] When Tree refused to go into exile, the impostor threatened to harm Tree's kin unless he complied.[25] He also physically assaulted both Squirrelflight and Graystripe after the two had realized he was a fraud.[22][15] Most notably, he critically injured Shadowsight with the intention of killing the young tom.[26][27] His actions have been compared to Darktail and The Kin, with Stemleaf citing that he is trying to make them all turn on one another.[28]

Relationships

ThunderClan

""A good warrior doesn't follow their leader off a cliff. A good leader doesn't expect blind loyalty. Firestar certainly never led like that. And neither did you—not before you lost a life. Only a weak leader demands obedience at any cost. Only a—[…] Bramblestar would have never hurt his own warrior, I don't know who you are...but you're not our leader!"
—Graystripe exposing the impostor Veil of Shadows, pages 227-228
Although he possesses Bramblestar's body, the impostor very evidently does not care at all about the well-being of the Clan's members. He stops the care of elders,[29] makes it so he eats first before anybody else,[30] and does not remember many of their names nor most details about them.[11] He continually yells and is extremely abusive to them.[13] He utilizes the silence of StarClan to enforce his own tyrannical rule, harshly punishing any ThunderClan cat found breaking the code, and berates those who defy him.[31] He continually demands the loyalty of ThunderClan,[32] placing his own life above the entire Clan.
After the exile of Squirrelflight, ThunderClan begins to doubt about him more than before, which is furthered by his continual exiling of cats and commands for respect. When Berrynose was exiled, many cats believed it to be an injustice.[13] When Sparkpelt is exiled, Graystripe openly criticized him for it and his other actions, calling him a weak leader and an impostor.[15] When Graystripe was criticizing him, the impostor physically assaulted him.[15] After exiling several cats, he insulted them by referring to the exiles as "mange-pelts".[32] When brought up the issue of Flipclaw's lack of medicinal knowledge, the impostor very clearly did not care.[33] He frequently snapped at and abused his warriors, yelling at Stormcloud after he tried to feed the elders before the leader, and at Finchpaw who had simply watched the aforementioned ordeal.[34] Shadowsight notes that every cat had a wary look, not wanting to draw any type of attention from their leader.[35]
During the battle with ShadowClan, the impostor orders Leafshade and Shellfur to attack Leafstar, though both warriors ignored his orders.[17] ThunderClan, upon learning the truth, turned on him during the battle.[36]

Squirrelflight

"Its 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 impostor to Squirrelflight The Silent Thaw, page 66
The impostor appears to know and have strong feelings for Squirrelflight. Squirrelflight even admitted that she felt the impostor was familiar to her after he was openly exposed.[37] During the first few moons impersonating her real partner, he was extremely clingy and controlling of her, as he almost never left her side and even gave her duties to Bristlefrost[38] and forbade her from leaving camp just so that he could spend more time with her.[39] Squirrelflight initially assumed that the strange way her mate was acting was just a result of the trauma of losing a life and did her best to comfort him.[38] However, she gradually became annoyed by his possessiveness of her and suspicious of the irrationally harsh way he was treating other cats.[39]
The impostor doesn't seem as eager to punish Squirrelflight as the other codebreakers, defending her when Spotfur pointed her out as a codebreaker[40], not glaring at her during a Gathering when he accused the listed codebreakers[41] and even refused to let her take the oath of loyalty he forced Lionblaze, Jayfeather and Twigbranch to swear, which surprised Squirrelflight.[24] When Squirrelflight went to "atone" on her own, the impostor initially tried to prevent her, but reluctantly allowed it. He was stated to have a "forlorn" expression as she left.[42] However, the impostor learned from Bumblestripe, whom he had secretly sent to spy on Squirrelflight, that she had actually gone to persuade SkyClan to rebel against ThunderClan. In actuality, she had gone to inform the Clans that he was an impostor of the real Bramblestar.[42] When she returned and claimed she had finished her atonement, the impostor revealed he knew of her scheming and was enraged, calling her a liar and weak, and even physically assaulted her before outing her as a "traitor" and exiling her.[22]
As a result of being exiled, Squirrelflight goes to ShadowClan and, with the help of Tree and Rootpaw, manages to convince them that her former mate is an impostor. She currently despises the cat who stole her real mate's body, calling him a fox-heart who enjoys hurting other cats.[2]
Although Squirrelflight knew he was a fake, the impostor comes to genuinely miss his former mate,[43] having expected her to return and ask to be taken back into ThunderClan. Without her, he appears to lose interest in being a leader and becomes depressed.[44] After fruitlessly and relentlessly searching for her, he sends Bristlefrost to do so, instructing her to bring the former deputy back. When Squirrelflight fakes her death, the impostor is distraught and blames himself.[45] As a result of her "death," the impostor's mental health deteriorates even more rapidly and his tendency to take his anger out on other cats increases. While the impostor is fighting Tigerstar, he sees Squirrelflight and is shocked to see her alive; this distraction allows Tigerstar to defeat him. Later, while lying wounded, the impostor chokes out that Squirrelflight is the reason he came back.[46]
After contemplating the impostor's personality and his actions,[47] Squirrelflight comes to the conclusion of who is possessing her mate's body. She tells the Clans that if she's right, then the situation is worse than they thought.[48]

Bristlefrost

"I'm glad you see it that way. In fact, you seem to understand me more than any cat in the Clan. I appreciate your loyalty. You deserve more responsibility. I wish I could have made you deputy; it's a shame you're far too young. But I trust you, and I hope you realize that I rely on you to keep me informed about the Clan. You're so observant and you take your warrior duties very seriously. Now that Squirrelflight has left, I value you as a confidante more than ever."
—The impostor praising Bristlefrost The Silent Thaw, page 317
In his initial reign of ThunderClan, the impostor noticed how loyal and dedicated to the warrior code Bristlefrost was and realized he could manipulate her into being his "eyes and ears in the Clan", assigning her do the daily patrols instead of Squirrelflight. Bristlefrost furthers this, then unaware of the impostor, vehemently defending her leader from the comments of his Clanmates who claimed he was acting strange. The impostor soon noticed and praised her drive and put her to work organizing patrols. Bristlefrost was astounded by his trust in her and trusted that her leader would soon resolve StarClan's silence.[38]
After the impostor exiled Squirrelflight, he tells Bristlefrost that he values her as a confidante more than ever, and remarks that if she was older, he would have made her Squirreflight's successor as deputy.[49] The impostor continues to trust Bristlefrost, even confiding in her about his secret search for Squirrelflight and his desire to have the former deputy return.[45]
After Berrynose fails to prevent an assassination attempt on the impostor, he uses the incident as an excuse to demote and exile him, promoting Bristlefrost in his place. Bristlefrost is disgusted and dismayed by the impostor's cruelty, but is also confused by his obsession with Squirrelflight and can't help but feel sympathy for him upon seeing his genuine grief for the ginger she-cat's apparent death. She is very happy when he is exposed and deposed, but still sad about the damage he has caused.[50]

Shadowsight

"I knew you weren’t faithful enough as a medicine cat to pass on the codebreaker vision properly. You are a codebreaker, just like the rest!"
—The impostor to Shadowsight Veil of Shadows, page 168
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Berrynose

Bramblestar's impostor: "Berrynose!"
Berrynose: "Yes, Bramblestar? What can I do for you?"
Bramblestar's impostor: "Why aren't the hunting patrols back?"
Berrynose: "They haven't been out for long."
Bramblestar's impostor: "You should have sent them out earlier."
Berrynose: "I'm a mouse-brain. I'll send them out earlier tomorrow."
—Berrynose sucking up to Bramblestar's impostor The Silent Thaw, page 314
After exiling Squirrelflight, the impostor makes Berrynose deputy in her place. Berrynose enjoys being the impostor's new minion and does everything he says without question, even berating himself in front of him if he does anything wrong. However, while the impostor doesn't mind Berrynose bossing around and insulting his own Clanmates, he seems to despise Berrynose the more he tries to suck up to him.[43]
The impostor later becomes paranoid that Berrynose might be plotting against him, and when the stumpy-tailed tom fails to prevent an assassination attempt on him, the impostor immediately uses the incident as an excuse to demote and exile him. Berrynose is shocked and dismayed by the "punishment", but reluctantly leaves.[13] Despite his exiling, Berrynose fights on the impostor's side during the battle against ShadowClan.[51]

Bramblestar

The impostor manipulates events in order to steal Bramblestar's body for himself. He shows a visible dislike of the ThunderClan leader, scornfully mocking him on at least two occasions.[52][53] He also appears envious of Bramblestar's life and believes himself to be superior to the dark tabby.[41] When Shadowsight tells the impostor that he cannot take over Bramblestar's life, the impostor rebukes that if Bramblestar wants his body back, he'll have to fight him for it.[54]

The Codebreakers

With the sole and mysterious exception of Squirrelflight,[55][45] the impostor despises all cats that have violated the warrior code in any way and seems very determined to get them ousted from the Clans.[56] He relentlessly pushes the other leaders to exile their codebreakers and gets furious when they resist.[57][58] The impostor seems to have particularly strong hatred for Lionblaze, choosing to punish him more severely than Spotfur even though they'd both technically committed the same "crime" (crossing the WindClan border and challenging his authority).[40]
He also discriminated against both Lionblaze and Jayfeather on account of their heritage.[59] When Jayfeather reminded him that both he and Lionblaze had no control over their birth, and asked why their mother was not being punished instead, the impostor was taken aback, realizing Jayfeather had a point. He only stated that StarClan worked in mysterious ways before continuing with the littermates' exile.[60] The impostor also did not stop Mistystar from exiling Mothwing on account of the she-cat's heritage.[61]

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 179; 182
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 302
  3. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 197
  4. Revealed in Lost Stars
  5. Revealed in The Silent Thaw
  6. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 49; 185
  7. Revealed in Lost Stars, pages 264-265
  8. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 101
  9. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 265-267; 270-271
  10. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 179
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 24
  12. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 102-104
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 15
  14. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 188
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 228
  16. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 13
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 264
  18. Revealed in Veil of Shadows
  19. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 23; 302
  20. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 187; 223
  21. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 102-103; 283
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 21
  23. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 205-207
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 14
  25. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 272
  26. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 331-332
  27. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, pages 3-4
  28. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 226
  29. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 102
  30. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 104
  31. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 115; 206-207
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 229
  33. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 226
  34. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 164
  35. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 165
  36. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, pages 269-270
  37. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 175
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 2
  39. 39.0 39.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapters 5, 8
  40. 40.0 40.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 115
  41. 41.0 41.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 13
  42. 42.0 42.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 17
  43. 43.0 43.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 23
  44. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 4
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 9
  46. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 22
  47. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, pages 275-276
  48. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 289
  49. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 317
  50. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 22
  51. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 21
  52. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 166
  53. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page chpater 13
  54. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 168
  55. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 66; 103
  56. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 225
  57. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 265-267
  58. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 270-271
  59. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 23
  60. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 27
  61. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, pages 65-66
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