"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 to Mapleshade in Crookedstar's Promise, manga

Crookedstar is a huge,[18] glossy,[19] thick-furred,[20] lean[21] light brown tabby[16] tom with a pale brown belly,[22] and green eyes.[16] He has a nick in his ear[23] and a twisted jaw.[16]

Stormkit is born to Rainflower and Shellheart along with his brother, Oakkit. When he and Oakkit attempt to reach Sunningrocks, he slips into the river, breaking his jaw. Disgusted by his new appearance, Rainflower rejects him, and though Hailstar is reluctant, he allows her to rename him Crookedkit. Because of his injuries, he remains in the nursery alone while his brother begins his apprenticeship. Discouraged by his situation, Crookedkit decides to travel to the Moonstone to ask StarClan if it is his destiny to remain a kit forever. However, before he can complete this journey, he meets a strange cat in his dreams called Mapleshade, who urges him to return to RiverClan. Though he decides to live as a loner with barn cats for several moons, Mapleshade's persuasion eventually convinces him to return home. As punishment for running away, his apprenticeship is further delayed, but after some time he is apprenticed as Crookedpaw, mentored by Cedarpelt.

He continues to have a positive relationship with his brother and father, and forms a close bond with Willowpaw. During this time, he begins training under Mapleshade, whom he believes to be a StarClan cat. In exchange for making him a great warrior— potentially even leader of RiverClan, she makes him promise to put his Clan over everything else, to which Crookedpaw enthusiastically agrees. Later, he attends a gathering, befriending Bluepaw from ThunderClan. His training continues, and Crookedpaw diverts a dog from RiverClan's camp, awarding him the warrior name of Crookedjaw. As his feelings for Willowbreeze grow, Mapleshade reprimands him, believing that his foolish love will draw his attention away from his clan. Still, Crookedjaw struggles to ignore his love for Willowbreeze. In the meantime, Crookedjaw is appointed mentor to Sedgepaw, and the two form a strong bond as mentor and apprentice. Rainflower hits her head after falling into the river, causing a severe concussion. Though Crookedjaw witnesses this, Mapleshade convinces him to abandon her in favor of helping his clanmates, and Rainflower dies almost immediately after. Crookedjaw feels that despite her resentment of him, he could have saved her, and his abandonment of Rainflower causes a rift between him and Oakheart.

Shellheart eventually retires from deputyship, and Crookedjaw is chosen to succeed him after Hailstar interprets the broken jaw of the squirrel caught by Crookedjaw as an omen. However, it is revealed that Mapleshade was the one who broke the squirrel's jaw, and Crookedjaw is disgusted by her. He promptly ends his training with her when it is revealed that she was not of StarClan, but of the Place of No Stars. Mapleshade admits that she approached Crookedjaw because he was the great-grandson of her former mate, Appledusk, who broke his promise to love only her when he took a RiverClan mate and let her own kits drown. In revenge, she vowed to make Appledusk's lineage suffer. Crookedjaw cuts all communication with her. Hailstar is killed during a battle with rats, and Crookedjaw takes up leadership as Crookedstar. He becomes mates with Willowbreeze, and the two have three daughters: Willowkit, Minnowkit, and Silverkit. Tragically, Willowbreeze, Willowkit and Minnowkit die of greencough, leaving Silverkit as the sole survivor. Mapleshade jeers at Crookedstar, proclaiming that she will make him forever suffer.

Sedgepaw becomes Sedgecreek; Oakheart mysteriously returns to camp with two young kits, claiming to know nothing about them, but Crookedstar recognizes that they are Oakheart's kits, mothered by the ThunderClan queen Bluefur. He allows his niece and nephew, Mistykit and Stonekit, to reside in RiverClan, eventually taking Stonekit as his apprentice.

He remains RiverClan's leader for many moons, and is heartstruck when Oakheart perished in a battle for Sunningrocks. Some time later he discovers his daughter, Silverstream, has formed a relationship with the ThunderClan tom Graystripe. He begs his daughter to stop seeing him, but knows in his heart that Graystripe makes Silverstream happy. Silverstream dies during childbirth, and Crookedstar is wracked with grief once more, yet allows Graystripe to join RiverClan to be with his children — Featherkit and Stormkit. Mapleshade appears to Crookedstar once again, boasting about how she took Silverstream from him. Crookedstar argues with her, claiming that his blood now lives through Stormkit and Featherkit; Mapleshade cannot do anything more to him anymore. Crookedstar succumbs to greencough, joining StarClan, reunited with his family, finally rid of Mapleshade.


In the Super Editions

Tallstar's Revenge

When Talltail and Barkface visit RiverClan, a weak cry calls out for Brambleberry from inside the medicine cat den, and Barkface comments that it sounded like Brambleberry had a sick kit of her own. Brambleberry's eyes cloud, and notes that it was Stormkit, and that he fell. Barkface offers assistance, but Brambleberry declines, stating that there was nothing more to be done, and time and care would see him through.

Yellowfang's Secret

Although not mentioned by name, he is seen by Yellowfang at a Gathering. When the RiverClan cats pour into the clearing, he settles down beside a blue-furred she-cat, and almost knocks her over in the process. She stares at his twisted jaw for a moment, wondering how it happened.

Crookedstar's Promise

The book begins with a flood, and Rainflower, a RiverClan queen, who gives birth to two kits on the branch of an oak tree. She names the kits Stormkit, named for the storm the two are born in, and Oakkit, named for the oak that sheltered them from the flood. About a moon after the flood, Stormkit then climbs a branch on a tree because he was dared by Volekit. However, then he slips off the branch because of a magpie and falls into the water below, only to be saved by Tanglewhisker, one of the RiverClan elders. His mother is proud of him for being so brave, and tells him that next time he won't fall off. After Tanglewhisker saves Stormkit from drowning, Stormkit is teased by Volekit and his brother Beetlekit. Beetlekit says that Hailstar should change Stormkit's name to Birdbrain.
Stormkit sneaks out to Sunningrocks with his brother, only to find Goosefeather, the elderly ThunderClan medicine cat, picking herbs in what the two kits believe to be RiverClan territory. Stormkit wants to go on the other side of the river to challenge Goosefeather about being there, but Oakkit refuses. After a while of trying to convince Oakkit, Oakkit agrees to go to on the Sunningrocks side of the river. After confronting him, Goosefeather is furious and chases them after revealing that they are, in fact, in ThunderClan territory. While trying to flee, Stormkit slips into the river and slams his jaw against one of the stepping stones. He sees an orange-and-white she-cat, who tells him it is not his time to die yet. At this point, it can be assumed Oakkit sees his brother and goes to get help, and Stormkit is rescued by Mudfur. Brambleberry informs Stormkit that his jaw is broken, and he has to stay with her in the medicine den. His mother, Rainflower, is horrified of his broken jaw, and thinks her son's good looks are ruined, so she casts him aside and looks more forward to Stormkit's brother, Oakkit.
Soon after, Stormkit leaves the medicine cat den. He notices that his Clanmates don't look directly at him, and he sees his reflection in a river. Oakkit brings him a fish and has him eat in peace. Stormkit, after trying to eat, returns to the nursery to see the training center and a new nest. Rainflower tells him he needs to sleep in the corner in his own nest, apparently so he doesn't disturb Oakkit by fidgeting around at night. Stormkit later listens in horror to his father, Shellheart, arguing with his mother. Rainflower plans to change Stormkit's name to Crookedkit because of his broken jaw. Shellheart defends Stormkit, and tells Rainflower he never knew she could be so cruel and that if she changed Stormkit's name they would no longer be mates. Stormkit feels that he is to blame, and reacts by telling his parents that he will be renamed if they stay together; Shellheart reassures him that it was Rainflower's fault, not his, that they were splitting up. Rainflower goes to inform Hailstar about his name, and Hailstar holds a ceremony to rename Stormkit. Brambleberry assures him it won't be so bad and tries to make him feel better by telling him she makes cats swallow herbs, and that she should be called Swallowherb. Stormkit is then renamed Crookedkit.
Crookedkit later watches Oakkit become an apprentice as well as the other kits, Beetlekit, Petalkit and Volekit. He congratulates his brother, though he feels bad that he can't become an apprentice at six moons. Crookedkit tries to help the Clan, but they turn him down. Crookedkit receives news from Rainflower that she is moving into the warriors' den and sharing a nest with Lakeshine, another warrior, thus leaving her kit in the nursery. Crookedkit panics and tries to win her back and make her impressed by climbing a tree, but Rainflower scolds him and tells him coldly not to show off.
That night, he decides to travel to the Moonstone alone to find out why StarClan could allow such cruelty to befall him. He makes it through WindClan territory, and sees Fallowtail with a WindClan warrior. Unsure of what they were doing, and wondering if Hailstar had sent Fallowtail on a special mission, he hides so that he doesn't get caught. He barely escapes being caught, and walks a while longer, seeing a monster kill a rabbit. He thinks of Echomist's story about monsters, and considers taking the rabbit as prey but instead doesn't and sleeps. He dreams of the orange-and-white cat, who is revealed as Mapleshade. Mapleshade tells Crookedkit to go back, but once waking, he is hungry and continues while searching for prey.
He never makes it to the Moonstone, however, and he meets a cat named Fleck, who lived in a barn. They had met from a fight over a mouse. Fleck tells him he knows a cat who also had a broken jaw and tells Crookedkit how to eat and hunt land prey without so much trouble. Fleck then takes Crookedkit to meet Mitzi, his sister.
Fleck tells Crookedkit that Mitzi has moved to the cornfield for her kitting because it is quieter there. Fleck catches food for her and watches her four kits, Soot, Mist, Magpie, and Piper so she can get water. Crookedkit, wanting to thank Fleck for food, asks if he can watch her kits with him. When Crookedkit catches a vole, Fleck mentions it's Mitzi's favorite. She is very protective of her kits and will welcome a new face quicker if they are carrying food for her. When Crookedkit says he's a Clan cat, Mitzi starts asking questions about them. She mentions that Magpie has a cough and it isn't getting better. Crookedkit says that coltsfoot would help him get better, so Fleck goes to get some. Crookedkit asks if he could watch her kits and she glances at him saying that Fleck was going to watch them. Crookedkit says she looks tired and ruffled and says he could teach them to play with a moss-ball. Her kits, liking the idea, persuade her to let Crookedkit teach them.
A moon later, he dreams of Mapleshade again and she growls at him about returning to RiverClan. He wakes up to hunt with Fleck and Fleck realizes it is time for harvest. Fleck and Crookedkit come to Mitzi's nest to keep her and her kits from being killed by the farm monsters. Soot runs into the corn and Crookedkit goes and gets her. Mitzi licks the blood off of Crookedkit's muzzle and thanks him for saving her kit. Crookedkit promises he will never forget them and leaves to go back to RiverClan, where he is met by his Clanmates with a mixture of curiosity and distrust for his disappearance. As punishment for running away, Hailstar delays Crookedkit's apprenticeship even longer. Not wanting to get in more trouble, Crookedkit obediently stays in camp. He is visited again by Mapleshade, who says she would train him if he makes a promise. Mapleshade says she could give him power over all the Clans if he promises, and Crookedkit's eyes grow wide. Mapleshade says that he is to promise that he will be loyal to his Clan above all other things. Crookedkit promises, and wakes up. While playing one day with Willowkit and Graykit, Fallowtail's kits, they are attacked by a heron. Crookedkit throws himself on top of the kits, risking his life for theirs at the claws and beak of the attacking heron. Other warriors fight off the heron, and Crookedkit earns back the trust of Hailstar, who makes him an apprentice soon after.
He becomes an apprentice to Cedarpelt, who had distrusted Crookedpaw when he first returned. Crookedpaw goes to his first Gathering and meets Bluepaw, a ThunderClan apprentice. Later, when he is chosen to go take back Sunningrocks, he runs into Bluepaw who sees him and thinks he is not going to attack, but he attacks her, remembering Mapleshade's words, They tumble down Sunningrocks, fighting. Crookedpaw seems to be winning until Bluepaw's sister, Snowpaw arrives and together they chase him off. Later he comes up with an idea to get rid of a dog that has been bothering the Clan. He tells Hailstar that if Shimmerpelt and Softwing, the fastest cats, lead the dog through the meadow and under the trees that the rest of the Clan is hiding in, they could jump down from the trees and drive off the dog. The idea goes wrong and the dog heads to Graypaw and Willowpaw who are training and do not know about the dog. Graypaw and her mentor climb up the tree, because they see the dog coming. Willowpaw's mentor climbs up the tree, thinking Willowpaw is already in the tree. Crookedpaw is chasing the dog, trying to make it avoid the apprentices and their mentors. The dog sees Willowpaw and tries to attack her. Before it can get her, Crookedpaw saves her and leads the dog back to the trap. Willowpaw falls in love with him after this because he saved her life, and Hailstar makes him a warrior for his heroism. Crookedpaw's warrior name is Crookedjaw.
When Willowbreeze is captured by Twolegs, Crookedjaw is extremely worried about her and protests to his patrol that she must be rescued. Voleclaw asks how it is possible, and then blames Crookedjaw for having brought them there. Before leaving, he promises to Graypool that they will rescue her sister. The cats arrive back in camp and see that RiverClan has unsuccessfully tried to claim more of ThunderClan's territory than just Sunningrocks. Crookedjaw races up to Hailstar and informs him that Willowbreeze had been taken, and Hailstar says that they will have to rescue her tomorrow, since the cats are still recovering from their wounds. Fallowtail then challenges Hailstar, and whispers to Crookedjaw that he has to save Willowbreeze, because she can't lose her again. Crookedjaw sneaks out after dark, and is confronted by Brambleberry, who is on her way to the Moonstone. She says she knows what Crookedjaw wants to do, and that it is part of his destiny. Crookedjaw demands more information, but Brambleberry runs away and doesn't answer him. He continues on his mission, and is joined by Graypool and together they save Willowbreeze. As they are walking back, Mapleshade confronts Crookedjaw and demands why he saved Willowbreeze, saying that his love for her will get in the way of his duty to his Clan, since his Clan is more important than anything. Crookedjaw gets angry with her and knocks her over, but then feels bad about it. Mapleshade says he has a great destiny ahead of him, and will be not only the greatest leader RiverClan has ever seen, but the greatest leader any Clan has ever seen.
Crookedjaw begins growing very close to Willowbreeze, and is embarrassed about it. He knows that every cat in the Clan is gossiping about them, and are just waiting for them to announce they're mates. He wonders why they can't mind their own business, and shudders at the thought of Hailstar announcing it at the Gathering. He goes for a walk with Willowbreeze and confesses that he loves her. He is later reprimanded by Mapleshade for loving any cat.
He becomes deputy, when Mapleshade, stretches the jaws of a squirrel Crookedjaw caught off the squirrel's sinews. Believing that this is a sign from StarClan, Hailstar makes Crookedjaw deputy. Shortly after, Crookedjaw becomes leader, when Hailstar loses his last life to rats while gathering grass at the barn. He receives his nine lives from Hailstar, Duskwater, Troutclaw, Mossleaf, Lilyflower, Lightningpaw, Brightsky, Sparrowfeather, and Shellheart. He 'wakes up' and sees not the Moonstone, but the Dark Forest, and Mapleshade. Mapleshade feels that he should thank her for all that she did, but Crookedstar is angry at her for causing so many deaths and so much pain, later turning on her in an attempt to kill her.
Willowbreeze is expecting kits, and gives birth to Willowkit, Silverkit and Minnowkit. Crookedstar is devastated when Willowbreeze, Willowkit and Minnowkit soon die of Greencough. Only Silverkit lives. At first, Crookedstar tries avoiding her, because he doesn't want her to die like everyone else he loved, but Oakheart confronts him, trying to persuade him to be more fatherly towards her, and soon, he is.
In the manga at the end of the story, he is worried about Silverstream because she has been acting strange lately. He worries, not just because she is his daughter, as she thinks, but because she is the only cat he loves who hasn't yet died. He catches Silverstream with Graystripe, a ThunderClan warrior, and later confronts her. Silverstream says she knew Crookedstar would react like this and that that was the reason she didn't tell him. Crookedstar is expecting it when he dreams one night of Silverstream giving birth and then walking into the forest in StarClan. He knows she will live on in her kits, then Featherpaw and Stormpaw. He passes away shortly afterwards, welcomed to StarClan by his family and friends. His mate, Willowbreeze, walks up to him and greets him warmly.

Bluestar's Prophecy

Crookedpaw makes his first appearance as a new apprentice at a Gathering. He starts talking with Bluepaw, a ThunderClan apprentice, and tells her that he started his apprenticeship late because he had been sick when he was a kit. He jokes with her that his warrior name will have to be Crookedjaw, because of his crooked jaw, unless something were to happen to his tail. After being told by others to be quiet one time after another, Crookedpaw points out his brother Oakheart to Bluepaw when the RiverClan leader, Hailstar, announces him as a new warrior. Crookedpaw goes on to say that when his brother becomes leader, Oakheart promised to make him deputy.
A few days later, when RiverClan is trying to take over Sunningrocks, Crookedpaw and Bluepaw meet in battle. He doesn't hesitate one moment before attacking her, unlike Bluepaw, even though they were friendly towards each other at the Gathering. He tells her that she should expect no mercy from him. He is close to beating her, when Snowpaw, Bluepaw's sister, comes over to help her. Together they fight off Crookedpaw until he is forced to retreat.
At the next Gathering, Crookedjaw is once again friendly towards Bluefur, acting as if the fight never happened. Bluefur tells him that she is even better at fighting now that she has become a warrior. Excited, he tells her that he is a warrior now, and Bluefur guesses that his name is now Crookedjaw. He purrs with amusement and asks how she could ever have guessed. She points out that nothing happened to his tail, referring to his old joke.
Many moons later, Crookedjaw is made RiverClan deputy, and is forced to give up his friendship with Bluefur. He is head of the patrol that finds ThunderClan waiting to be taken to the RiverClan camp so that they may speak to Hailstar. Still seeming suspicious of them, his patrol escorts them to RiverClan's camp.
A while later, Crookedjaw becomes RiverClan's leader after Hailstar loses his ninth life to a rat bite while trying to get some grass for bedding. He makes Timberfur his deputy, although he makes good on his promise and asks Oakheart to be his deputy first. However, Oakheart declines, saying that he has not yet earned the position of deputy.

In The Prophecies Begin arc

Into the Wild

Crookedstar is first seen at a Gathering when Graypaw points him out to Firepaw. At this Gathering, when Brokenstar asks if he can have hunting rights in other Clan's territories, he is the first leader to allow Brokenstar to have hunting rights in the river. He is most likely afraid that if he refuses, Brokenstar and his Clan will drive him and RiverClan out of the forest, like they had done with WindClan, although he does show some resignation with agreeing.
The cats of RiverClan are horrified and humiliated, because Crookedstar did not consult with them before making this decision. He claims it is for the good of the Clan, and that he thinks it is better to share the plentiful fish in the river than to spill blood over it. He thinks it is the best thing for all the Clans to do, but for all of his justifying, his Clan is still outraged.

Fire and Ice

At a Gathering, Nightpelt demands that Crookedstar allow ShadowClan to still hunt in their river. Crookedstar angers ShadowClan by saying that he will no longer allow them to hunt in his territory, and only when Bluestar intervenes is peace restored. Crookedstar and Nightstar plan to hunt on WindClan territory since they had been driven out.
Bluestar provokes Crookedstar and Nightstar by saying that WindClan must return. Crookedstar does not want this, since Twoleg activity along the river means his cats cannot fish, plus, his Clan had begun hunting in WindClan's territory to survive.
Bluestar eventually convinces the other leaders that WindClan must return since there have always been four Clans in the forest. 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.
At another Gathering, Bluestar angrily accuses Crookedstar of hunting at Sunningrocks. Crookedstar is first panic-stricken, but retaliates by mentioning Whiteclaw's death once more. Crookedstar even claims that he has scented a ThunderClan cat spying on RiverClan. Bluestar is shocked at this, but Fireheart knows that the warrior is Graystripe.
When WindClan returns, he forms an alliance with ShadowClan and attempts to drive WindClan out once more, since he still wants their territory to hunt in. When ThunderClan arrives to help WindClan, Crookedstar battles with Tigerclaw, finally retreating when the dark warrior gives him a near fatal bite to the spine.

Forest of Secrets

Crookedstar is first seen at a Clan Gathering, and he behaves aggressively towards WindClan, showing he still does not want them in the forest, but after Bluestar calms the other leaders down, he seems to accepts their presence and the fact that they belong in the forest with the other Clans.
When leaf-bare gives way to newleaf, the river floods because of melting ice, forcing Crookedstar and his Clan to evacuate their camp. After Graystripe and Fireheart save two of Mistyfoot's kits from drowning, Leopardfur, Crookedstar's current deputy, brings them to Crookedstar to let him decide what to make of their story of saving the kits, or trying to decide if they were stealing the kits. Crookedstar decides that Fireheart and Graystripe's story made sense, and he is forced to thank them grudgingly, and reluctantly accepts their offer to bring RiverClan prey until the flood has gone down after Graypool convinces him to let them help.
He is later seen at the Gathering when Nightstar announces that ThunderClan has been sheltering Brokentail. He and his Clan are the calmest, because of all the Clans, RiverClan has the least history with Brokentail. After the argument about Brokentail is over, Crookedstar takes his turn to speak and reports about the damages done to the RiverClan camp after the floods. When the Gathering is over, he offers ThunderClan a way home after Nightstar refuses to let them return through ShadowClan territory. He is shown to be grateful to Fireheart and Graystripe for helping RiverClan, and says that in hard times all cats should help each other.
He is said to have an unusually strong bond with his kit, so when Silverstream dies, he is stricken with grief for his daughter, until he hears her kits survived. He sends his deputy, Leopardfur to retrieve them from ThunderClan, and Graystripe, their father, ends up going with them to RiverClan.

Rising Storm

During a fire in ThunderClan's territory, Crookedstar allows ThunderClan to stay in RiverClan territory until the fire dies away.
Crookedstar is seen at a Gathering sitting silently with Stonefur. He calls the Gathering together and gives Bluestar the rights to speak first. It was mentioned that he and his Clan must be happy with ThunderClan because they helped RiverClan survive the floods, and gave Graystripe's kits over without a fight. It was also mentioned that he was extremely fond of his grand-kit, Featherkit, because she reminds him of his daughter, Silverstream.
When ThunderClan is driven out of their own territory because of a fire in their camp, Crookedstar comments Leopardfur for showing mercy on the ThunderClan cats, and he lets them stay and recover in RiverClan's camp until the fire has gone out, as he decides that they are no threat, and he can possibly be returning the debt he owes Fireheart and Graystripe for giving RiverClan prey during the flood. Although his first concern is for his Clan, Crookedstar seems willing enough to help ThunderClan.
He allows Graystripe to accompany Fireheart back to ThunderClan camp to look for Yellowfang and Halftail, knowing that if they had died, Fireheart would need the comfort of an old friend. Crookedstar accepts Bluestar's gratitude and debt for the help he and his Clan gave to ThunderClan, although it's not mentioned if he planned to use it quite like his deputy.
Crookedstar is seen to be looking older and weaker than before. He is seen at the end of the book, at the Gathering, demanding to know who the new ShadowClan leader is.

A Dangerous Path

Crookedstar is first seen at a Gathering, greeting Tigerstar as the new leader of ShadowClan. Crookedstar is impatient to start the Gathering, complaining that the Clans are wasting moonlight. He starts the Gathering, and gives Tigerstar the permission to speak first. When it is Crookedstar's turn, he announces about new apprentices and warriors, and news of more Twolegs by the river. Fireheart remarks that Crookedstar looks much frailer and older than he ever had before, most likely due to the recent stress for his Clan. His deputy, Leopardfur, begins taking charge of more things in RiverClan that the leader should be doing. Crookedstar is also looking very tired.
He is later visited by Tigerstar at the RiverClan camp. Graystripe announces to Fireheart that Crookedstar had lost his last life. At the next Gathering, Leopardfur also mentions that Crookedstar has lost his last life due to greencough, and that she is the new leader of RiverClan, Leopardstar.

In The New Prophecy arc


He appears very briefly in the prologue, when StarClan is choosing cats to journey to the sun-drown-place to find the badger Midnight. When Oakheart asks for permission to choose the representative for RiverClan, Crookedstar gives his permission to Oakheart. Oakheart chooses Feathertail, Crookedstar's granddaughter, and Crookedstar approves of his choice.


Crookedstar appears very briefly when StarClan has reached the new territory and are at the Moonpool. When Nightstar mentions a warrior hungry for power in RiverClan that is not deserved, Crookedstar is furious, and leaps to the defense of that warrior, who is later revealed to be Hawkfrost.
He is seemed to be extremely agitated by Nightstar, since he had accused a RiverClan warrior of trying to grab undeserved power. Once Nightstar rephrases his comment, Crookedstar asks Nightstar if he would have all the RiverClan warriors timid as mice.


He appears very briefly in this book among the cats of StarClan telling Cinderpelt that her death is approaching. He tells her that she will be honored by all the Clans whenever the story of the Great Journey is told. He joins the other leaders in grieving over her death.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

Sign of the Moon

Crookedstar is first seen in StarClan, hooking a fish out of one of StarClan's rivers. Yellowfang, showing Jayfeather around, compliments him on his catch, and he offers to share it with her. However, she politely declines, telling him that she might later.

In the A Vision of Shadows arc

Darkest Night

During a medicine cat half-moon Moonpool meeting that the RiverClan cats don't come to, Crookedstar asks where Willowshine and Mothwing are, and Alderheart guesses that the tom is RiverClan's former leader. Leafpool mews that she is sure they would be here if they could be, and Crookedstar glances at Firestar, noting that it is worse than they thought.

The Raging Storm

In a StarClan valley, Firestar gathers other StarClan cats. Crookedstar sits down and tells Bluestar that it's pointless to rush him, as Firestar likes to think before he speaks.
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In the Field Guides

Secrets of the Clans

He is seen in the story Flood!, told by Silverstream. When Silverstream tells him that the river has risen, he gruffly replies that it may lower soon. Later, when he and his Clan cross the river to safety because of the flood, he thinks that he and his Clan are no more powerful against the river than any other Clan, and realizes that everything that makes them RiverClan has been taken away from them. When he listens to Graystripe and Fireheart explaining how they had found the kits, he knows that this finding-of-the-kits episode must be a sign from StarClan, saying that he should not refuse help from other Clans, especially when RiverClan really needs it.

Cats of the Clans

It is revealed that when he was a kit, RiverClan had control over Sunningrocks and would go on the rocks just to antagonize ThunderClan cats. When he and his littermates were playing on the rocks too roughly, it resulted in him falling and breaking his jaw, which gave him his name, Crookedjaw, but this contradicts the explanation of Goosefeather chasing him on a stepping-stone. He had to work harder than any other RiverClan cat to earn respect, because in RiverClan, weakness was not welcome.
It is also mentioned that he knew of Bluestar and Oakheart's hidden affair, but allowed it because it would give Bluestar a weakness when launching an attack on RiverClan in the future. He was not as willing to let Graystripe into his Clan. Crookedstar and RiverClan had no place for a warrior with divided loyalties. He did nothing to stop his Clan from tormenting his daughter's former mate.
He is said to have been the wisest RiverClan leader ever to have lived in the forest. He wanted a united Clan, not one that argued with each other.

The Ultimate Guide

It is mentioned on Graystripe's and Millie's page that Crookedstar's daughter Silverstream died giving birth to Graystripe's kits.
Crookedstar introduces RiverClan, describing their water-skills and how they are descended mostly from cats not from the mountains. Other cats scorn their rattled dens but RiverClan cats collect pretty things to decorate them. They have no need for battles because enemies are not willing to get their paws wet, the only exception is Sunningrocks. He describes the history of the Sunningrocks, and how every Clan now lives beside water. He describes the RiverClan territory and camp and finishing with RiverClan quietly endures taking pride in their attributes.
Crookedstar has his own page. When he was born, he was called Stormkit. A fall broke his jaw and his mother renamed him. Rainflower showered attention to Oakkit instead, leaving Crookedkit restless. He left the Clan while still a cat and lived with a farm cat but deep down, he was still a Clan cat and returned to the Clan. He was eventually given the warrior name of Crookedjaw. In his dreams, Mapleshade trained him with the promise that nothing would be more important to him than his Clan. Crookedpaw never saw the trickery and trained hard but was expected by Mapleshade as one by one, the cats he loved most were taken away from him. He proved his worth many times over but could never impress his mother, but won the affection of Willowbreeze. Mapleshade tested Crookedjaw by luring a twoleg kit to Willowbreeze, capturing her and taking her. Crookedjaw rescued her and knew what Mapleshade has done and realized he has made a terrible promise but Mapleshade wouldn’t release him. A stray dog forced him to decide between saving his Clanmates or saving his mother. Mapleshade forced him to help his Clanmates, and Rainflower died. Crookedjaw regretted never having the chance to win her love. When Shellheart retired from Clan deputy, a prophecy from the fresh-kill pile predicted Crookedjaw to take his place. Mapleshade took the credit for the prophecy and Crookedjaw realized he is being trained in the Dark Forest. Horrified, he vowed to never return but slowly, Crookedjaw’s world fell apart. His brother fell in love with a ThunderClan cat and compromised his loyalty to RiverClan. An expedition suggested by Crookedjaw led to the death of Hailstar, putting Crookedstar into leadership too soon. Sickness took Willowbreeze and two of Crookedstar’s kits, leaving only one named Silverkit. For a while, Crookedstar thought the curse was lifted but Silverstream fell in love with a ThunderClan cat Graystripe, and died giving birth to his kits. Thanks to Mapleshade, he got everything he wanted, and lost everything that mattered.
He appears on Mapleshade’s page. When Mapleshade saw Crookedkit, she pounced. She promised to make his dreams come true for one thing: to hold his Clan more precious than anything else and Crookedkit agreed. With the future leader in her thrall, Mapleshade trained Crookedpaw to become a warrior she had been, while stealing everything he loved. She made him see his family die and fall in love to ThunderClan cats. When Silverstream died, Mapleshade rejoiced for now there was another cat who knew the suffering of risking everything for love, and losing.
He is mentioned on Silverstream’s page that as Crookedstar’s surviving daughter, Silverstream was able to bend her father to her will with little effort. He is mentioned on Leopardstar’s page that Crookedstar appointed her deputy because he saw a straight-forward, loyal cat with no shadows haunting her dreams.
He appears on Oakheart’s page. He was the brother of Crookedstar and was aware that his mother favored him more. Rainflower seemed unable to cope with having one of her kits disfigured. Oakkit was fiercely loyal to his brother so was a great shock when Crookedkit left the Clan but Crookedkit shortly returned before Oakpaw became a warrior. Crookedjaw warned Oakheart not to get too close to Bluefur, but Oakheart saw no harm in what he was doing. Crookedstar became leader and asked Oakheart to be his deputy but Oakheart refused.
He is mentioned on Mistystar’s and Stonefur’s page as Crookedstar guessed where Mistykit and Stonekit came from but kept it a secret and raised the kits to be loyal, brave and respected RiverClan warriors.

In the Novellas

Mistystar's Omen

Crookedstar appears at Mistystar's leadership ceremony. When she bows to him, he tells her that there is no need for that anymore, as they stand as equals. He gives Mistystar her fourth life, the wisdom and strength to lead RiverClan.

Tigerclaw's Fury

Crookedstar does not formally appear in Tigerclaw's Fury, but is listed in the allegiances. However, he is mentioned by Tigerclaw that Crookedstar might have wanted to help ThunderClan so Tigerclaw would not become leader.


Author statements

  • When asked why Crookedstar's disfigurements aren't shown very clearly in illustrations, Vicky responded that she thinks that the illustrator struggled with disfigurements in illustrations because he wanted to make the cats look more noble and beautiful.[24]
  • Vicky said that Crookedstar probably didn't have speech problems after his accident because he was so young when it happened that he quickly learned how to speak with his crooked jaw.[25]


  • He mistakenly been described with amber eyes,[26] and called a stocky gray tabby.[27]
  • His mother was once listed as Lilystem.[28] This was changed to prevent an inconsistency in a scene in Crookedstar's Promise.[29]
  • He has been mistakenly said to have been Shellheart's apprentice.[10]
  • In Secrets of the Clans[16] and The Warriors Guide,[30] Graypool was said to be Crookedstar's apprentice. This was false, for Graypool's mentors were Brightsky[31] and Piketooth.[32]
  • In Crookedstar's Promise he is mistakenly called Crookedpaw[33] and Crookedstar,[34] even though he did not have those names at the time.[8][11]
  • The sign that was sent to signify Crookedjaw as RiverClan's deputy was mistakenly said to be a pike with a crooked jaw, not a squirrel.[35]

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Willowbreeze:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Silverstream:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Minnowkit:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Willowkit:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Shellheart:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rainflower:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Oakheart:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Willownose:[37][38] Status unknown


Stormfur:[39] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)


Feathertail:[39] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member


Stonefur:[40] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Mistystar:[40] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Mosskit:[40] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Appledusk:[41] Deceased, residence unknown


Reedshine:[37] Living (As of Mapleshade's Vengeance)


Applefrost:[37][38] Status unknown
Shyheart:[37][38] Status unknown


Patchkit:[42][38] Deceased, residence unknown
Larchkit:[42][38] Deceased, residence unknown


Petalkit:[42][38] Deceased, residence unknown


Pine That Clings to Rock:[43] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)


Lark That Sings at Dawn:[43] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)


Reedwhisker:[44]Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Perchkit:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Pikepaw:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Primrosepaw:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member


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    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


"Shut up, Oakkit! I'm a warrior!"
—Stormkit to Oakkit Crookedstar's Promise, page 9

Bluepaw: "Crookedpaw?"
Crookedpaw: "I'm guessing my warrior name will be Crookedjaw. Unless my tail goes the same way. Then Hailstar might have to rethink."
—Bluepaw and Crookedpaw's first meeting Bluestar's Prophecy, page 159

"He was born in RiverClan and that's where he belongs."
—Hailstar about Crookedkit Crookedstar's Promise, page 110

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?"
Crookedjaw: "Yes!"
Mapleshade: "Very good. That is all I ask. Everything I do, Crookedjaw, I do with your best interests at heart."
—Mapleshade manipulating Crookedjaw into doing what she wants Crookedstar's Promise, pages 236-237

"I'm sorry I can't make you proud of me. But I haven't finished yet. I'll do everything I can to make you glad I'm your son. You'll never make me ashamed of who I am or what I look like."
—Crookedjaw to Rainflower Crookedstar's Promise, pages 227-228

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."
—Mapleshade lying to Crookedjaw Crookedstar's Promise, page 312

"My Clan means more to me than anything in the world. I know I'm young, but I promise to learn. I promise to grow wiser and stronger and do everything I can to help my Clan."
—Crookedjaw while accepting his position as deputy Crookedstar's Promise, page 387

Crookedstar: "Really! Don't pretend you understand how I feel, because you don't!"
Oakheart: "No, I don't! But I do understand there's a kit in there whose father doesn't want anything to do with her. How can you lead a Clan when you won't even take responsibility for your own kit?"
Crookedstar: "Like you did?"
Oakheart: "Like I've done! I don't know how you can let her grow up thinking you don't love her. You, more than anyone, should know how terrible that feels. But you're doing it to your own kit."
—Oakheart accusing Crookedstar of ignoring Silverkit Crookedstar's Promise, page 489

Silverkit: "You're really just training? Do you promise?"
Crookedstar: "I promise. I'm your father, Silverkit, and that means I will always keep my promises."
—Crookedstar making a promise to his daughter Crookedstar's Promise, page 491


Crookedkit's renaming ceremony
Hailstar: 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.
Crookedkit: Crookedkit. I am Crookedkit.
I am Crookedkit.
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, pages 54-55

Crookedpaw's apprentice ceremony
Hailstar: 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.
Everyone: Crookedpaw! Crookedpaw!
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, pages 125-126

Crookedjaw's warrior ceremony
Hailstar: Yesterday an apprentice saved the life of a Clanmate.
Oakheart: I'm guessing he means you.
Hailstar: 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
Everyone: Crookedjaw! Crookedjaw!
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, page 226

Crookedjaw's deputy ceremony
Hailstar: 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.
Everyone: Crookedjaw! Crookedjaw!
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, page 388

Crookedstar's leader ceremony
Hailstar: Welcome to StarClan. I'm proud of you, Crookedjaw. You saved your Clanmates from the rats.
Crookedjaw: But not you.
Hailstar: It was my time to die. Now it's your time to live.
With this life I give you courage. When you feel doubt, let your heart lead you forward, not back.
Crookedjaw: Thank you.
Duskwater: I died in the storm that gave birth to you. With this life I give you a mother's love.
Crookedjaw: Troutclaw!
Troutclaw: With this life I give you justice.
Mossleaf: I'm Mossleaf. With this life, I give you trust.
Lilyflower: With this life I give you compassion.
Lightningpaw: I'm Lightningpaw. With this life I give you humility.
Brightsky: With this life I give you hope. Never be afraid of the future, for it brings wonderful things.
Sparrowfeather: With this life I give you patience.
Shellheart: Crookedjaw.
She is here. But your last life is mine to give. Long ago, you lapped water at a poisoned spring. I'm sorry I didn't know until too late. I would have guided you better.
Crookedjaw: You couldn't have guided me any better.
Shellheart: With this life I give you loyalty, to your Clan and to the cats who love you. Promise you'll use it wisely.
Crookedjaw: I walk alone now.
Shellheart: No, not alone. Your ancestors will walk alongside you, always. Travel well, Crookedstar. You will make a great leader.
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, pages 440-444

Leader info

Leader info
Nine Lives
Life Given by Gift How it was lost
A mother's love
Died from greencough in A Dangerous Path
Name From To
Bluestar's Prophecy
Bluestar's Prophecy
Into the Wild
Bluestar's Prophecy
Into the Wild
A Dangerous Path

References and citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 7
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 8
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 108
  6. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 55
  7. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 8
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 126
  9. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 226
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 388
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 444
  12. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 125-126
  13. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 115
  14. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 95
  15. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 338
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 52
  17. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 454
  18. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 265
  19. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 25
  20. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 291
  21. Revealed in Starlight, page 4
  22. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 9
  23. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 130
  24. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  25. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  26. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 196
  27. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 159
  28. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  29. Revealed on Kate's blog
  30. Revealed in The Warriors Guide, page 34
  31. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 191
  32. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 258
  33. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 102
  34. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 393
  35. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 118
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 474
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 8
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 38.5 Revealed in an unknown book
  39. 39.0 39.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 223
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 465
  41. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 480
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 2
  43. 43.0 43.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, allegiances
  44. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3