"No, Mapleshade, you are wrong. I still have a Clan that I love, and am proud to lead, and now... now everything precious to me is here, in StarClan. My family is waiting here for me, when my ninth life has passed. [...] I still have the cats that I loved. I know they are watching over me. You have nothing. And no one."
Crookedstar is a huge, light brown tabby tom with green eyes and a twisted jaw.
Crookedstar was a RiverClanleader in the forest territories. He was born as Stormkit to Rainflower and Shellheart alongside his brother, Oakkit. Following an accident in which he broke his jaw, Stormkit was renamedCrookedkit at the request of Rainflower. She disowned him, leading to Crookedkit running away from the Clan. After returning, he was apprenticed as Crookedpaw to Cedarpelt. He was continually visited in his dreams by Mapleshade, who trained him and demanded he stay loyal to RiverClan above all else.
"I feel that this is best for our Clan. For all the Clans. There are plenty of fish in the river. It is better to share our prey than to spill blood fighting over it."
—Crookedstar yielding to Brokenstar's demand for the river Into the Wild, pages 151-152
Crookedstar is the leader of RiverClan. He attends Firepaw's first Gathering where Graypaw points him out among the other leaders. For the good of his Clan, he allows for ShadowClan to hunt in the river, fearing Brokenstar would drive his Clan out like WindClan. Crookedstar's only daughter, Silverstream, begins meeting secretly with Graystripe of ThunderClan, and he knows nothing of it, except that a single ThunderClan warrior has been repeatedly scented on his territory. He forms an alliance with ShadowClan when WindClan returns in hopes of keeping their territory for themselves.
When the river floods, his Clan is forced to evacuate their camp. Fireheart and Graystripe save two of Mistyfoot's kits, and his deputy, Leopardfur, is hesitant about the validity of their story. Crookedstar believes them and reluctantly accepts their offer to bring RiverClan prey until they can recover. When he hears the news of Silverstream's death, he orders Leopardfur to retrieve Stormkit and Featherkit from ThunderClan. Graystripe, the kits' father, goes with them. When a fire rages through ThunderClan's territory, Crookedstar allows them to shelter in RiverClan's camp. He loses his last life to greencough, and Leopardfur succeeds him as leader.
In Crookedstar's Promise, Stormkit is born to Rainflower and Shellheart, the RiverClan deputy, alongside his brother, Oakkit. When Stormkit breaks his jaw after slipping into the river, Rainflower rejects him and has him renamed to Crookedkit. Crookedkit remains in the nursery while Oakpaw begins his apprenticeship, and Crookedkit attempts to contact StarClan at the Moonstone, but is stopped by Mapleshade, who visits him in a dream to urge him to return to RiverClan. After spending some time as a loner, Crookedkit returns to his Clan and is apprenticed to Cedarpelt. In exchange for making him a great warrior — potentially even leader — Mapleshade makes Crookedpaw promise to put his Clan before everything else. He earns his warrior name of Crookedjaw and is appointed mentor to Sedgepaw.
When Shellheart retires, Crookedjaw is chosen to succeed him after Mapleshade fabricates an omen by breaking a squirrel's jaw. Crookedjaw ends his training with her when he learns she is of the Place of No Stars. Mapleshade reveals that Crookedjaw is the great-grandson of her former mate, Appledusk, who left her for a RiverClan she-cat and let her kits drown. In revenge, she vowed to make his lineage suffer. Crookedstar takes up leadership after the death of Hailstar. His mate, Willowbreeze, gives birth to Willowkit, Minnowkit, and Silverkit, but she, Willowkit, and Minnowkit die of greencough. Crookedstar remains RiverClan's leader for many moons, succumbing to greencough and reuniting with his family in StarClan.
In Bluestar's Prophecy, Crookedpaw meets Bluepaw, a ThunderClan apprentice, at the Gathering. The two instantly befriend each other and crack jokes during the Gathering. The two share their ambitions of becoming leaders of their Clans one day. During a battle at Sunningrocks not long after, Bluepaw is shocked by Crookedpaw's ease to confront her in battle. The two become friendly again at the next Gathering when they both have their warrior names, and Bluefur jokingly guessed if his warrior name was Crookedjaw. Bluefur develops a relationship with Crookedjaw's brother, Oakheart. Crookedjaw and Bluefur later become deputy and leader together.
Crookedstar is a huge, glossy, thick-furred, lean light brown tabby tom with a pale brown belly, and green eyes. He has a nick in his ear and a twisted jaw.
Stormkit, come here. I have gathered the Clan to witness the giving of your new name. I'm sorry you have suffered so much. The whole Clan knows how brave you've been. Your new name may describe your face, young kit, but it doesn't describe your heart. I know you are as true and loyal as any warrior. Bear your name bravely as a kit and nobly when you become a warrior. From this day forward, you shall be known as Crookedkit.
Cedarpelt! You distrusted Crookedkit when he returned. You will demand more of him than any other warrior. You will mentor him to become the fine warrior I know he can be. One day I hope his honor and bravery will match yours. From this moment on, you will be known as Crookedpaw.
Yesterday an apprentice saved the life of a Clanmate.
I'm guessing he means you.
Crookedpaw. This apprentice has not yet completed his six moons of warrior training. But I see no point in delaying his warrior ceremony any longer. I want Crookedpaw to be in the patrol that resets the borders beyond Sunningrocks. No. I want Crookedjaw!
Crookedjaw. From this day forward you will be RiverClan's deputy. StarClan has given you its blessing, and I pray you live up to its hopes and to ours. I am on my ninth life. You are young to be so close to leadership. I pray that StarClan gives you all the strength and wisdom you'll need in the coming moons.
Crookedstar is loyal, determined, and brave. He was neglected by his mother after he broke his jaw, but was supported by the rest of his family and friends through his hardships. For more of Crookedstar's personality and relationships, click here!
Did you know that Vicky has said Crookedstar most likely didn't have a speech problem because he broke his jaw so young and learned to speak properly with it? For more trivia about Crookedstar, click here!
Mapleshade: "Maybe I was a little harsh, but I was frightened that you were forgetting your destiny. I want you to be the greatest warrior RiverClan has ever known-the greatest any Clan will ever know. Willowpaw is a sweet, pretty cat and I'm not surprised you're fond of her. But the sweetest traps are often the most dangerous. She will soften you and sway you from your course. You do still want to be a great warrior, don't you?"
Mapleshade: "Very good. That is all I ask. Everything I do, Crookedjaw, I do with your best interests at heart."
Mapleshade: "I saw greatness in you the moment you were born. You don't remember the storm, but I saw it. I saw how the skies heaved and roared at your birth. You have a wonderful destiny, you're not just going to be the greatest leader of your Clan, you're going to be the greatest leader of any Clan. But you have to keep your promise to me."
Crookedjaw: "Of course I will."
Mapleshade: "You'll have to make sacrifices, your life is not your own; it belongs to your Clan. Don't be distracted from all the wonderful things you can achieve."