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"I've always believed in the warrior code, and I always will."
— Cloudtail confronting Darkstripe in The Last Hope, page 263

Cloudtail is a long-haired white tom[18] with blue eyes.[19]

Cloudtail is an elder of ThunderClan. He was the firstborn son of two kittypets, Princess and Oliver, and had four siblings named Zack, Nami, Livy, and Taylor. Princess gave her son to Fireheart to raise as a member of ThunderClan. He is given the name Cloudkit and Brindleface as his foster mother, along with two foster siblings, Ferncloud and Ashfur. He became an apprentice under Fireheart's guidance, given the name Cloudpaw.

During his apprenticeship, Cloudpaw sneaked off to take food from Twolegs and was ultimately captured, but rescued by Fireheart, Sandstorm and Ravenpaw. Soon after, he became a warrior before the rest of his denmates, given the name Cloudtail, and becomes one of ThunderClan's best trackers. He cared for Brightpaw after she was attacked by dogs and helped her to see how beautiful she really was on the inside, even after Bluestar gave her the name Lostface. He vouched for Lostface's name to be changed to Brightheart, claiming that it suited her better. Cloudtail became mates with Brightheart, and they had a daughter, Whitewing, and a second litter, Ambermoon, Dewnose, and Snowbush. He eventually retires with Brackenfur and Brightheart to the elders den.

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, along with 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 her one of her own kits. 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 and never goes back.
Cloudpaw begins to challenge the Clans' faith in StarClan, which alarms Fireheart and amuses Bluestar. 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. He is pleased when Firestar changes her name to Brightheart and helps her train to fight with her disability.

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 to Brambleclaw Twilight, page 141
Cloudtail is now a senior warrior with Brightheart being his mate, and 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 joins ThunderClan with her three kits, and Cloudtail spends a lot of time with her, which makes Brightheart upset and jealous, but he later rekindles his love with her.

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 gains Cinderpaw as his apprentice, 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. He 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 mentor to Toadstep, and continues to serve ThunderClan as a senior warrior. He and Brightheart also have a second litter of kits despite being grandparents, and Cloudtail becomes the father to Amberkit, Dewkit and Snowkit. He fights in the Great Battle, 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 great-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. 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

Cloudtail and Brightheart have retired to the elders' den with Brackenfur.
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Detailed description

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

Trivia

Interesting facts

  • Brightheart respects his lack of faith in StarClan.[25]
  • Princess did not give Cloudtail a name as a newborn because she wanted the Clan to name him.[26]
  • Cloudtail has the best climbing and tracking skills in ThunderClan.[27]

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".[28]
    • Vicky later stated that he still doesn't believe in StarClan,[29] although she later contradicts this, saying Cloudtail is a Clan cat through and through.[30]
  • Kate thinks his kittypet name was "Fluffypaws".[31] She also likes the name "Claude".[32]

Mistakes

  • Ferncloud and Ashfur are mistakenly said to be his adopted littermates.[33]
  • Spiderleg is incorrectly listed as Cloudtail's apprentice.[34]

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Official art

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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


Cloudpaw'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

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 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

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 235
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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 Rising Storm, chapter 20
  7. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 209
  8. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 7
  9. Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  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, page 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. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, allegiances
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 295
  20. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 126
  21. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 266
  22. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 61
  23. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 83
  24. Revealed in Dawn, page 30
  25. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 2
  26. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  27. Revealed in Firestar's Quest
  28. Revealed on Kate's Facebook
  29. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  30. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  31. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  32. Revealed on Kate's blog
  33. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 12
  34. Revealed in Starlight, allegiances


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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