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This page contains Brokenstar'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

Brokenstar is the personification of pure evil, with no redeemable features. He is manipulative, cruel, arrogant, ruthless and egotistical,[1] showing no remorse for his actions.[2][3]
When Brokenstar is made a warrior early, his vindictive nature becomes more apparent by his vigorous training of Stumpypaw. He punishes his apprentice because he was "too chatty" by making him hang from a tree branch by his teeth. Furthermore, Brokenstar makes his apprentice hunt and train relentlessly even though Stumpypaw is exhausted.[4] As he grows older, his lust for power also grows, and he goes as far as to tell Yellowfang to give up on trying to save Cloudpelt due to his own desire to become deputy.[2]
As leader, Brokenstar breaks many of the codes and bends the warrior code for his own benefit, such as making Blackfoot deputy and apprenticing kits too early.[5][6][7] He even casts out the elders and makes them fend for themselves. He kills Marigoldkit and Mintkit, pinning it on Yellowfang, and exiles her, potentially due to her high ranking status as medicine cat. He orders Clawface to steal kits from ThunderClan due to their lack of apprentices. When his plot is discovered, ShadowClan casts him and his followers out.
However, even in death, Brokenstar remains hateful and plots to destroy the Clans with other Dark Forest cats. He helps his trainee Breezepelt try and kill Jayfeather and Poppyfrost,[8] and orders Ivypool to kill Antpelt to test her loyalty.[9] When fighting the Clans, he murders Ferncloud and showed no remorse over it.[10]
Due to his own cruel nature, Brokenstar is not used to the concept of failure or loss. Brokenstar has shown fear only twice in the series when he is initially blinded by Yellowfang, he is scared at the loss of his sight, and again when Yellowfang informs him that she has poisoned him, he begins to panic as he realizes he is dying. [11]

Relationships

Raggedstar

"I've made a terrible mistake, haven't I? Our son wants to do nothing but lead ShadowClan into battle. I should never have made him deputy!"
—Raggedstar about his son Yellowfang's Secret, pages 432-433
As an apprentice, Brokenstar disrespects Nightpelt, his appointed mentor, by seeking training from Raggedpelt, his father, who spoils him and believes he could do no wrong.[4][12] When Raggedstar makes Brokenstar deputy, Brokenstar kills Raggedstar, one of the few cats who treated him with decency and his own father, to obtain ShadowClan's leadership.[13]

Yellowfang

"I wished you'd been my son, but I could not have borne a cat like you. StarClan gave me Brokentail to teach me a lesson."
—Yellowfang to Fireheart Rising Storm, page 282
Yellowfang is ashamed of her son, and knows he is a punishment from StarClan.[4] When Brokenstar attacks ThunderClan’s camp, he is stopped when Yellowfang blinds him. When ThunderClan shelters him, he conspires with Tigerclaw to try and take over ShadowClan. Yellowfang knows that since she brought him into this world, she must take him out, and she feeds him deathberries and he dies, going to the Place of No Stars.[11] Yellowfang then kills Brokenstar again during the battle with the Dark Forest.[14]

Lizardstripe

When Brokenstar is a kit, he is emotionally abused by his foster mother Lizardstripe, who never hesitates to remind him that he is not her biological kit. He is teased and bullied by his foster siblings, Deerfoot, Tangleburr, and Runningnose, though Runningnose stops when reprimanded by Yellowfang.[4] This results in Brokenstar becoming more cold and distant to those around him, showing little care for rules or respect for Clan life.

Nightstar

Nightpelt: "There are no battles to fight at the moment, Brokenpaw. You'll have a chance to learn everything, but you need to go at the right pace. Don't be impatient."
Brokenpaw: "Coughing old fool!"
—Nightpelt and Brokenpaw arguing Yellowfang's Secret, page Chapter 29
Nightpelt was appointed as Brokenpaw's mentor to calm his battle hunger. However, Brokenpaw disrespected his mentor due to his illness, constantly pushing to have fighting prioritized in his training.[15] Reluctantly, Nightpelt completed the unruly apprentice's training, despite the stress having a negative effect on his already bad health. In his retirement, Nightpelt watched in disgust as Brokenstar grew crueler, and was banished by his former apprentice with the other elders. [16] Forced into action, Nightpelt helped drive out Brokenstar and took his place as leader of ShadowClan. At first, Nightstar hoped that Brokenstar would stay away, but when he was sheltered in ThunderClan, Nightstar attacked the Clan and demanded that Brokentail be killed.[17]

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 476
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 413
  3. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 463
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret
  5. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 141
  6. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 406
  7. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 469
  8. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 10
  9. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 267
  10. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 316
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 294
  12. Revealed in an unknown book, page 71
  13. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 261
  14. Revealed in The Last Hope, chapter 26
  15. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 35
  16. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page chaoter 37
  17. Revealed in The Prophecies Begin
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