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"Your luck is going to run out if you go on tempting fate like this."
This article contains major spoilers for the recently released, The Place of No Stars. This also includes the reveal of the identity of the impostor. Please proceed at your own discretion.
"I've always believed in the warrior code, and I always will."
— Cloudtail confronting Darkstripe in The Last Hope, page 263



Cloudtail is a heavy,[18] snowy[19]-white tom[20] with blue eyes.[21] He has fluffy,[22] thick,[23] and long fur.[24]

Cloudtail is a ThunderClan elder under Bramblestar's, the impostor's, Squirrelflight's, Lionblaze's, and Graystripe's leaderships in the lake territories. He previously served as a warrior under Bluestar, Firestar, and Bramblestar in the forest and lake territories. He was born to Oliver and Princess, the latter a kittypet, alongside Zack, Taylor, Nami, and Livy, and his mother gave him to Fireheart to be raised in ThunderClan to become a warrior. He was named Cloudkit, and fostered by Brindleface alongside Ferncloud and Ashfur. He later was apprenticed to Fireheart as Cloudpaw and snuck to the Twolegplace before being captured by Twolegs. He later was rescued by Fireheart, Ravenpaw, and Sandstorm.

Due to him not believing in StarClan, Bluestar made him into a warrior as Cloudtail, and he became close with Lostface after she was mauled by dogs. Cloudtail helped see her beautiful spirit and unofficially mentored her before she was renamed Brightheart. The two later became mates and had Whitekit and Cloudtail became a mentor to Rainwhisker. Cloudtail participated in the Great Journey and mentored Cinderheart, Toadstep, and Hollytuft after arriving at the lake. He and Brightheart had a second litter, Dewkit, Snowkit, and Amberkit, before the Great Battle. Cloudtail later retired to the elders' den alongside Brackenfur and Brightheart.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

Lostface: "Now I see. I'm sorry if the other cats feel upset when they look at me."
Cloudtail: "You're still beautiful to me. You always will be."
—Cloudtail comforting Lostface A Dangerous Path, page 264
He is the firstborn kit of a kittypet named Princess alongside four other siblings. Princess gives her unnamed son to her brother, Fireheart, to take to live with the forest Clans and to become a hero, like his uncle. Fireheart brings his nephew to ThunderClan, where they are met with disapproval over the kit's kittypet heritage. Frostfur and Graystripe are the only cats who stand up for Fireheart, and Frostfur gives the kit to her sister, Brindleface, who had recently lost one of her own. After some hesitation, Brindleface agrees to take care of him. He is given the name Cloudkit and becomes an official member of ThunderClan. Later on, Cloudpaw is apprenticed to Fireheart. He begins sneaking off to a Twoleg nest to eat kittypet food, and despite Fireheart confronting him, Cloudpaw is kidnapped by Twolegs. Fireheart, Sandstorm, and Ravenpaw rescue him, and Cloudpaw learns his lesson, vowing to never go back.
Cloudpaw begins to challenge the Clans' faith in StarClan, which alarms Fireheart and amuses Bluestar, who is also challenging StarClan. He is later given his full warrior name, Cloudtail, and the only apprentice made into a warrior, which angers his former denmates. This results in Swiftpaw's death and Brightpaw's maiming after they attempt to fight the dogs alone to prove themselves. Cloudtail is protective and supportive of Brightpaw while she recovers and disapproves greatly of her new name, Lostface. Cloudtail is also angered and heartbroken when his foster mother, Brindleface, is killed by Tigerclaw, and he vows revenge for her death. He also persuades Firestar to change Lostface's name to Brightheart and helps her train to fight with her disability. Due to this, he convinces Firestar to let her fight in the battle against BloodClan, in which he participates as well.

The New Prophecy

"What did you say? Have you forgotten that your Clan leader was a kittypet? That I was a kittypet? I’ll show you that a kittypet can claw your ears off any time."
―Cloudtail being angry at Brambleclaw Twilight, page 141
Cloudtail is now a senior warrior with Brightheart being his mate, and now has a daughter: Whitepaw. He supports Firestar after Squirrelpaw and Brambleclaw's disappearance. Twolegs begin to tear down the forest and set out traps. Cloudtail and Brightheart are captured along with a few other Clan cats and are later freed by a ThunderClan patrol. Cloudtail travels on the Great Journey with the Clans and settles in their new territories beside the lake. Daisy, a former loner, joins ThunderClan with her three kits, Hazel, Mouse, and Berry, and Cloudtail spends a lot of time with her, which makes Brightheart upset and jealous. However, he later rekindles his love with Brightheart.

Power of Three

Dustpelt: "We'll all have to watch our tails when these kits are old enough to leave the nursery. They have your blood, Cloudtail, and we all know what a hard time you gave Firestar when you were a kit."
Cloudtail: "They'll be fine warriors, Dustpelt, and I'll claw any cat who says different."
—Dustpelt and Cloudtail when Whitewing's kits are born Sunrise, page 290
Cloudtail's first apprentice, Rainwhisker, gets killed by a fallen tree. He gains another apprentice, Cinderpaw, and his daughter is now a warrior named Whitewing. Cinderpaw breaks her leg after she falls from the Sky Oak, and her training is put on hold to give her time to recover. He is patient with her while she recovers, and when Cinderpaw fails her warrior assessment, Cloudtail comforts her and is proud when she finally earns her warrior name, Cinderheart. Later on, Cloudtail is one of the first cats to fall ill to greencough, but makes a full recovery. His daughter gives birth to Birchfall's kits, Dovekit and Ivykit.

Omen of the Stars

Darkstripe: "So, you believe in StarClan now?"
Cloudtail: "I believe in evil!"
Darkstripe: "At least you believe in something, kittypet."
Cloudtail: "I've always believed in the warrior code, and I always will."
—Darkstripe confronting Cloudtail during the Great Battle The Last Hope, page 263
Cloudtail has served as a mentor to Toadstep and continues to serve ThunderClan as a senior warrior. He and Brightheart also have a second litter of kits, and Cloudtail becomes the father to Amberkit, Dewkit, and Snowkit. He fights in the battle with the Dark Forest and bonds with Dovewing when the two wait for the Dark Forest cats to attack. He confronts Darkstripe, condemning him for his past actions, but loses when Darkstripe gets reinforcements. He witnesses the death of Firestar and grieves for him along with ThunderClan.

A Vision of Shadows

"There are a lot of ifs and perhapses in what you're saying. If you ask me, all this talk of visions is a lot of thistle-fluff. You had a vivid dream, that's all."
―Cloudtail to Alderheart Shattered Sky, page 58
He becomes a grandfather to Snowbush's litter, Leafkit, Larkkit, and Honeykit. Cloudtail participates in the battles against Darktail and the Kin. He questions the legitimacy of Alderheart's visions to find SkyClan and voices his distrust of Finpaw and Twigpaw when they return to ThunderClan after defecting from SkyClan. His son, Snowbush, dies in a rockfall, and he and Brightheart attend his vigil. He also becomes a great-grandfather to Ivypool and Dovewing's respective litters.

The Broken Code

"Careful what you say. Bramblestar hasn’t been in the best of moods since he lost a life."
―Cloudtail warning Finleap about Bramblestar The Silent Thaw, page 98
Cloudtail and Brightheart have retired to the elders' den with Brackenfur, joining Graystripe. He comments on the difference in personality after Bramblestar lost a life. Lionblaze gave him two shrews despite Bramblestar telling the tom that leaders and deputies will eat before the elders, as Cloudtail was eager to get some prey when a patrol arrived. After Graystripe returned from his wander, Cloudtail greets the old warrior warmly, happy to have his friend back in ThunderClan.

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Official art

Ceremonies

Cloudpaw's apprentice ceremony
Bluestar: Fireheart, you are ready for another apprentice, and Cloudpaw is your sister's kit. You will be his mentor.
Bluestar: Fireheart, you know what it is to be one of us, yet born outside the Clan. I rely on you to pass on all you have learned to Cloudpaw, and help him become a warrior the Clan will be proud of.
Reference: Forest of Secrets, page 249


Cloudtail's warrior ceremony
Bluestar: Cloudpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Cloudpaw: I do.
Bluestar: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Cloudpaw, from this moment you will be known as Cloudtail. StarClan honors your courage and independence, and we welcome you as a full warrior of ThunderClan.
Reference: A Dangerous Path, page 208-209

Personality and traits

Cloudtail is a cat with a very sharp tongue, often making snarky comments to his Clanmates. While this often surprises cats who aren't close to Cloudtail, this does not stop him from being a loyal ThunderClan cat.[25] Even though Cloudtail has had moments where his loyalty has been tested,[source?] he is a cat who always keeps his word, no matter what.[26]
Despite having said to not believe in StarClan,[27] Cloudtail is a firm believer of the warrior code, and believes in the existence of good and evil in the world.[28] His lack of faith in StarClan causes him to question many aspects of Clan life, such as going to Highstones to obtain nine lives,[29] and the legitimacy of visions that medicine cats have.[30]
Cloudtail is very defensive of his kittypet roots, and is one of the first to jump to a kittypet's defense if need be, often reminding his Clanmates of both he and Firestar's origins.[31]

Family

Cloudtail's parents are Oliver and Princess, and his littermates are Zack, Taylor, Nami and Livy. His mate is Brightheart, and Whitewing, Ambermoon, Dewnose, and Snowbush are their children. For more of Cloudtail's family, click here!

Appearances


Trivia

Interesting facts

  • Cloudtail has the best tracking skills in ThunderClan.[32]

Author statements

  • Kate thinks that after the Dark Forest battle, Cloudtail would believe in StarClan, because it's difficult to deny something you've seen with your own eyes.[blog 1] Vicky later stated that he still doesn't believe in StarClan,[33] although she later contradicts this, saying Cloudtail is a Clan cat through and through.[34]
  • Kate thinks his kittypet name was "Fluffypaws".[blog 2] She also likes the name "Claude".[blog 3]
  • Vicky has said she feels Brightheart respects his lack of faith in StarClan.[27]

Mistakes

  • Ferncloud and Ashfur are mistakenly said to be his adopted littermates.[35]
  • Spiderleg is incorrectly listed as Cloudtail's apprentice.[36]

Continuity

The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, Brightheart credits Cloudtail's love for her even after her accident for her recovery. Cloudtail later tells about how he broke the warrior code by taking kittypet food from Twolegs and ended up getting captured. He says that he didn't understand some parts of the warrior code and so he decided to only follow the rules that he thought made sense. He began visiting Twolegs every day, but was later caught and put in a wire web inside the belly of a monster. He was upset, but thought that ThunderClan would be glad to be rid of him. However, he wanted to let his Clanmates know that he had been taken against his will, and deep down he wanted to become a warrior. Luckily, he was spotted by Fireheart's friend, Ravenpaw, who told Fireheart where Cloudpaw had been taken to, and was rescued.[37]
  • In The Clans Decide, Cloudtail votes for the individual leaders to lead their own Clan during a harsh leaf-bare.[38]

Quotes

Fireheart: "Listen, warriors like Darkstripe think being a kittypet is something bad. It's not. It just means we have to work twice as hard to make them see that kittypet blood is nothing to be ashamed of."
Cloudkit: "I don't care! I'm going to be the best warrior in the Clan. I'll fight any cat who says I'm not. I'll be brave enough to kill outlaws like old Brokentail."
—Fireheart telling Cloudkit about his kittypet roots Forest of Secrets, page 82


"Whatever else he might do, Cloudpaw always keeps his word."
―Ashpaw about Cloudpaw Rising Storm, page 144


Fireheart: "I never thought he would care for a cat as much as that."
Cinderpelt: "You didn't notice? He's been padding after Brightpaw - Lostface - for a season now. He really loves her, you know."
—Cinderpelt speaking to Fireheart after Brightheart first receives her injuries A Dangerous Path, page 227
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"I'll flay Tigerstar! I'll scatter his entrails from here to Highstones! He's mine, Fireheart, and don't you forget it!"
―Cloudtail to Fireheart, mourning Brindleface's death A Dangerous Path, page 288


"It's only your belief in ancient traditions that make you believe you can't be leader without dragging all the way up to Highstones and back. As far as I'm concerned, you've already proved yourself to be the true leader of this Clan, Firestar."
―Cloudtail to Firestar The Darkest Hour, page 68


"Then he reminded himself this was Cloudtail, Firestar's kin and former apprentice, well known for his barbed tongue and ready scorn. His impudent talk didn't stop him from being a loyal warrior to his Clan."
―Brambleclaw's thoughts after Cloudtail's disrespectful comment Midnight, page 9


"After all that, I knew better than to go near Twolegs again. And I realized there were parts of the warrior code I might not understand but they were there for a reason. Seeing my Clanmates listen to my story so eagerly, made me want to be a warrior, like Fireheart, who really was a hero. More than anything, I wanted to be a loyal ThunderClan warrior."
―Cloudtail Secrets of the Clans, page 119


Cloudtail: "Darkstripe! I'm not surprised to see you're with the Dark Forest traitors."
Darkstripe: "So, you believe in StarClan now?"
Cloudtail: "I believe in evil!"
Darkstripe: "At least you believe in something, kittypet."
Cloudtail: "I've always believed in the warrior code, and I always will."
Darkstripe: "Brave little warrior!"
—Cloudtail confronting Darkstripe The Last Hope, page 263

External links

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 235
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 219
  3. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  4. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 230
  5. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 249
  6. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 209
  7. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 7
  8. Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Rising Storm, chapter 20
  10. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 248
  11. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 30
  12. Revealed in The Sight, page 18
  13. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 7
  14. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, manga
  15. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, pages 147-148
  16. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 90
  17. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 63
  18. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 126
  19. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 266
  20. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 61
  21. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 295
  22. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 83
  23. Revealed in Dawn, page 30
  24. Revealed in Rising Storm, allegiances
  25. Revealed in Midnight, page 9
  26. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 144
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 2
  28. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 263
  29. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 68
  30. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 58
  31. Revealed in Twilight, page 141
  32. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 168
  33. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook (screenshot)
  34. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook (screenshot)
  35. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 12
  36. Revealed in Starlight, allegiances
  37. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans
  38. Revealed in The Clans Decide

Author references

Notes

  1. Princess and none of Cloudkit's owners at the time named the kit, and Princess wanted ThunderClan to name the newborn[2]
  2. It is unclear if Cloudtail mentored Hollytuft, or if it is a mistake. While Bramblestar's Storm states that Hollytuft's mentor was Cloudtail, The Apprentice's Quest states that Hollytuft was trained by Blossomfall. Hollytuft is listed under both cats due to not knowing which is the error and which is canon.


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