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"The Clans have forgotten the code, it has been broken time and time again, and because of the codebreakers, every Clan must pay a price. They must suffer."
— The impostor to Shadowpaw in Lost Stars, page 148

The codebreakers are a group of seven cats named by Bramblestar's impostor to have broken the code and must be punished.[1]

Description

"StarClan, forgive me for breaking your code. I promise I will always obey my leader without question. And I will do whatever I'm asked for the good of the Clan. I will hunt only for my Clan. I will protect my Clanmates with my life [...] If I break the code again, I will be exiled from my Clan to protect them from StarClan's anger."
—The impostor making Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Twigbranch swear his oath The Silent Thaw, pages 204-205
The impostor is incredibly adamant about punishing the codebreakers, and as noted by Cloverfoot, exile and banishment appears to be his go-to punishment.[2]
He first forced Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Twigbranch to swear an oath of loyalty to him, with the threat of exile if they break the code again. However, he later exiled both Lionblaze and Jayfeather on account of their half-Clan heritage,[3] and briefly appeared to let Twigbranch atone,[3] but later on refused to have her rejoin ThunderClan.[4] He also forced both Mistystar and Harestar to exile their codebreakers, though both did so reluctantly.[5][6] However, the impostor strangely refused to let Squirrelflight take the oath, even though she offered and reminded him that she was a listed codebreaker. Despite this, when she informed him she was going to "atone" by herself, he tried to persuade her to take the oath, but she refused. He only ended up punishing her with exile after she realized he was an impostor.[7]
The impostor's adamancy about punishing the codebreakers brings him against the other leaders, notably Leafstar and Tigerstar, who rebuke and argue with the the severity of the punishments.[8][9]
The impostor also used the term of codebreaker interchangeably; using it to reference other cats who disobeyed or objected to him, seemingly not exclusive to his designated list.[10][11]

Named cats and reason for their placement on the list

Please do not add what you think is the reason the cats are listed, even if it is obvious enough as to why. They need to be outright confirmed by the narrative as to why they're on the list.

ThunderClan

Cat Reason Punishment
Squirrelflight Lying to the Clans and pretending Leafpool's kits were her own.[12][13] The impostor initially did not let her atone for her codebreaking, citing that StarClan had "forgiven" her when she joined them briefly.[14] However, he ended up punishing her with exile from ThunderClan after she clued into him being a fraud, but he cited her codebreaking as to the reasoning.[15]
Lionblaze Being half-WindClan[16] Exile from ThunderClan.[16][3]
Jayfeather
Twigbranch Swapping between ThunderClan and SkyClan, and getting Finleap to switch Clans.[16] Exile from ThunderClan.[17]

ShadowClan

Cat Reason Punishment
Dovewing While unknown, ShadowClan believes it is for getting pregnant with Tigerstar's kits and leaving ThunderClan.[18][19] Unpunished.

WindClan

Cat Reason Punishment
Crowfeather Unknown Exile from WindClan.[6]

RiverClan

Cat Reason Punishment
Mothwing Her parents being non-RiverClan.[20] Exile from RiverClan.[20]

Trivia

Mistakes

Quotes

"Then why isn't every cat named? Am I going to be punished because my mother broke the code? She was the one who had kits with a cat from another Clan, not me!"
—Jayfeather when he learns he is a listed codebreaker The Silent Thaw, page 164


"You've all heard about Shadowsight's vision by now. What I've been saying all along is true. StarClan is angry that so many warriors have broken the code. They've even given us a list of their worst offenders. I have a plan. The codebreakers must publicly take responsibility for their wrongdoings. They must atone!"
—The impostor at an emergency gathering The Silent Thaw, page 179


Lionblaze: "Why should StarClan drag that up now? And what has it got to do with me and Jayfeather? Did we break the code by being born?"
Impostor: "It's pointless arguing. StarClan has spoken. We must obey them."
Lionblaze: "How? Am I supposed to apologize for being born?"
—Lionblaze snapping at the impostor The Silent Thaw, page 201


"I wish I knew exactly what I’ve done wrong, I'd happily own up to it if I did. I've only ever wanted to be a loyal warrior."
—Twigbranch at the secret meeting The Silent Thaw, page 224


"I discipline SkyClan warriors, not you!"
—Leafstar after the impostor tries to force Tree into exile The Silent Thaw, page 272

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 148
  2. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 225
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 27
  4. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 187
  5. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, pages 65-66
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 65
  7. Revealed in The Silent Thaw
  8. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 265-267
  9. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, pages 270-271
  10. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 270
  11. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 13
  12. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 201
  13. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 281
  14. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 204
  15. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 301
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 23
  17. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 25
  18. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 153
  19. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 247
  20. 20.0 20.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 66
  21. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 161
  22. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 167
  23. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 173
  24. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 183
  25. Revealed in Veil of Shadows

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