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

Personality

Bramblestar is described as resolute, careful, devoted, and moral.[1] Haunted by his father's dark past, he is determined to prove to every cat that he is a good and loyal warrior, even though Fireheart sometimes doubted this.[2] He has a natural gift for leadership, and a kind and caring heart. Bramblestar is always determined to do the right thing, no matter how difficult it may be.[3]

Relationships

Goldenflower

"Yes, my son, it is. I am so proud of you, my love. And so honored to give you this life. [...] I give you a life for understanding the love of a mother. But then, you have already known what it is to love as a father. Keep that knowledge, feel its power, and use it to keep all your Clanmates safe."
—Goldenflower as she gives Brambleclaw a life The Ultimate Guide, page 52
Goldenflower cares for her kits with love and affection and is very protective of them. She does not tell them who their father is, wanting them to grow up without the stain of his legacy.[4] She wants the Clan to respect and love her kits as much as she does, especially Bramblekit, as Fireheart’s suspicion of him is obvious.[4]

Tigerstar

Tigerstar: "No, Bramblepaw. You come to us. Your sister made the right choice. TigerClan will rule over the whole forest, and you can share our power. What do you say? ThunderClan is finished. There is nothing there for you."
Bramblepaw: "Join you? Join you? After everything you've done? I'd rather die!"
Tigerstar: "Are you sure? I won't make the offer twice. Join me now, or you will die."
Bramblepaw: "Then at least I'll go to StarClan as a loyal ThunderClan cat."
—Tigerstar offering Bramblepaw to join TigerClan The Darkest Hour, pages 223-224
Bramblestar does not want to be like his father. He is a loyal ThunderClan leader, completely different from Tigerstar’s legacy.[2] Many cats thought that he would turn out just like his father when he was a kit,[5] but Bramblestar defied their expectations. Even though he was tempted for a little while to train with Tigerstar in the Dark Forest, [6] he ultimately doesn’t listen to his father’s ghost when he tells him to kill Firestar and take over ThunderClan.[7]

Tawnypelt

Bramblestar loves his sister, and was shocked when she left him to be with their father in ShadowClan.[2] Even though they are in different Clans now, they still see each other often, and always welcome one another.[8]

Hawkfrost

"Brambleclaw blinked. It was strange to think that he and Hawkfrost were kin, both sons of Tigerstar. They were alike in so many ways, yet Brambleclaw struggled to feel any kinship or loyalty to the RiverClan warrior. He was too quick to order other cats around, too openly hungry for power in his Clan, and he made Brambleclaw ask himself questions about their shared inheritance that he would have preferred to ignore. Such as, where did Hawkfrost’s ambition come from? Did he share Tigerstar's hunger for power at any cost? And if he had inherited this from their father, what did that mean for Brambleclaw?"
—Brambleclaw's thoughts about Hawkfrost Starlight, pages 97-98
When Bramblestar finds out that he and Hawkfrost are both sons of Tigerstar, he relates to him and trains with him and their father in the Dark Forest.[6] Even when he is warned multiple times of Hawkfrost’s Tigerstar-like ambition, Bramblestar refuses to believe it.[9] However, Bramblestar finally realizes Hawkfrost’s true intentions when he attempts to murder Firestar, and he kills his own brother to end his ambition.[7] When Hawkfrost's spirit appears in the Great Battle and murders Hollyleaf, Bramblestar kills him again in revenge.[10]

Squirrelflight

Bramblestar: "Will you be my deputy, Squirrelflight?"
Squirrelflight: "Really?"
Bramblestar: "There is no cat I trust more. Everything you do is for the best of reasons. I understand that now."
Squirrelflight: "Then I accept."
The Last Hope, pages 328-329
Bramblestar and Squirrelflight’s relationship has gone through many changes over the course of it. At first, the two are at odds, as Bramblestar thinks Squirrelflight is an incompetent and annoying nuisance, while Squirrelflight thinks Bramblestar is an arrogant know-it-all.[11] However, during their journey, Bramblestar and Squirrelflight begin to grow closer.[6] They feel for each other and are thinking of becoming mates when Bramblestar discovers Hawkfrost. Squirrelflight disapproves of how often he sees Hawkfrost and begins spending time with Ashfur instead.[9] However, Bramblestar eventually ends his connection with his half-brother and their father, and he and Squirrelflight reconcile.[12] Since then, their relationship has gone through many ups and downs, as they are sometimes distant and disagreeable, and sometimes loving confidants.[13]

Jayfeather, Lionblaze & Hollyleaf

"Bramblestar was the only father we knew, and he was a great one. He'll always be my father, no matter what."
—Lionblaze to Crowfeather Crowfeather's Trial, page 392
Bramblestar initially believes he is the trio of siblings' father, and is proud to have such cats as his kits. However, when the truth comes out that he was not, and Squirrelflight had lied to him, he feels betrayed that the kits he's raised and loved are not even his.[14] Despite this, he still acts as a fatherly figure to both Lionblaze and Jayfeather, proving he still very much does care about them and is proud of them. He even lies to Firestar about the circumstances of Ashfur's death to protect Hollyleaf.[15] He grieves for his adopted daughter when she is killed by Hawkfrost, and kills his half-brother to avenge Hollyleaf.[16]
During the great storm, Bramblestar fondly remembers raising the three of them and is proud of the cats Jayfeather and Lionblaze became.[17]

Alderheart, Sparkpelt & Juniperkit and Dandelionkit

Bramblestar is proud of Alderheart and Sparkpelt and mourns the kits he lost.[18] He comforts Alderheart when he worries, and praises Sparkpelt for her skill in hunting and fighting. They have a good relationship as father and children.[18]

Firestar

"I will do my best to live each of these lives according to the gifts you have made. Firestar, your Clan will never forget you. And if I can be half the leader you were, I will be proud."
—Bramblestar accepting his nine lives and his new name The Ultimate Guide, page 57
Firestar is wary of Bramblestar when he is a kit, as his resemblance to Tigerstar unsettles him.[2] Firestar is worried that Bramblestar will follow in his father’s paw steps, but soon learns that father and son are very different. He appoints Bramblestar as his deputy after Leafpool receives a sign from StarClan, and trusts him to lead the Clan after he is gone.[7]
When Bramblestar becomes leader, he is stressed over whether he would be as good a leader as Firestar was. He tries to do everything as Firestar would, before he realizes that he is a different cat and that he can lead on his own.[17]

Jessy

Notes and references

  1. Revealed on Bramblestar's profile on the Warriors official website
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in The Darkest Hour
  3. Revealed on Bramblestar's profile on the Warriors official website
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Rising Storm
  5. Revealed in Forest of Secrets
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Revealed in The New Prophecy, page 4
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Sunset
  8. Revealed in The New Prophecy
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Twilight
  10. Revealed in The Last Hope
  11. Revealed in Midnight
  12. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice
  13. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope
  14. Revealed in Sunrise
  15. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior
  16. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 319
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest
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