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"This is not my Clan. Not any longer. ThunderClan is led by a kittypet, and there's nothing left to fight for. I feel no loyalty to ThunderClan. In the whole forest, the only cat worth following is Tigerstar."
— Darkstripe before being banished from ThunderClan in The Darkest Hour, page 117

Darkstripe is a dark[8] gray tabby tom[9] with black stripes[10] and yellow eyes.[11]

Darkstripe was a former ThunderClan warrior under the leaderships of Bluestar and Firestar in the forest territories. He was a staunch supporter of Tigerstar, eventually joining him in TigerClan after being exiled for poisoning Sorrelkit. During the battle against BloodClan, Darkstripe was killed by Graystripe. Due to his treachery, he was sent to the Place of No Stars, where he reunited with Tigerstar and trained with other Dark Forest cats in preparation for the Great Battle. After their defeat, Darkstripe returned to the Dark Forest.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

Firestar: "So now you're fighting on the side of Tigerstar's murderer? Have you no loyalty?"
Darkstripe: "Not anymore. Every cat in the forest can turn to crowfood for all I care. All I want is to see you dead."
—Darkstripe and Firestar during the battle with BloodClan The Darkest Hour, page 294
When a former kittypet named Firepaw is accepted into ThunderClan, Darkstripe is less than enthusiastic. He shares this opinion with Dustpaw, who is apprenticed to him after the death of his former mentor, Redtail. Darkstripe and Longtail are assigned to guard Bluestar by Tigerclaw after the camp is attacked by ShadowClan. He further spreads rumors, along with Tigerclaw and Longtail, about Ravenpaw being a traitor.
When Tigerclaw is exiled for attempting to kill Bluestar, Darkstripe declines to follow his friend. However, his faith in ThunderClan weakens when Fireheart is appointed the new deputy, but Darkstripe is chosen by Fireheart to mentor Fernpaw in a display of trust. However, this wavers after Darkstripe takes Bramblekit and Tawnykit to visit their father, now the ShadowClan leader, in secret. He further spreads news of the Clan to Tigerstar, and when Darkstripe attempts to kill Sorrelkit with deathberries after she finds him meeting with Blackfoot, the ShadowClan deputy, he is exiled by Firestar.
Darkstripe joins TigerClan, Tigerstar's union of ShadowClan and RiverClan. He is ordered by Tigerstar to kill Stonefur, the half-Clan son of Bluestar. However, he is unable to overpower the RiverClan warrior and must be assisted by Blackfoot. When Tigerstar is killed by Scourge, Darkstripe refuses to fight with LionClan in the battle against BloodClan. Instead, he attempts to kill Firestar, but Graystripe slays the dark tabby warrior.

The New Prophecy

Darkstripe: "...Why is it always dark here? Where is the moon?...I thought we would be hunting across the sky with our warrior ancestors, and watching over our Clanmates."
Tigerstar: "That is not the way for us. But I don't need starlight to follow my path. If StarClan think they can forget about us, they're wrong."
—Tigerstar and Darkstripe in the Dark Forest Sunset, page 2
Darkstripe encounters Tigerstar in the Dark Forest, explaining to his friend how he was unsuccessful in finding a way out. He requests to travel with Tigerstar, but is denied, as the deceased ShadowClan leader insists they must walk alone.

Omen of the Stars

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!"
—Darkstripe taunting Cloudtail The Last Hope, page 263
Darkstripe trains in the Dark Forest alongside the other Dark Forest warriors and Clan recruits; however, he is not highly valued. During the Great Battle, Darkstripe ambushes Cloudtail and Dovewing, fighting alongside Sparrowfeather, and later against Sorreltail. However, he retreats into the Dark Forest when the battle is lost.

Field Guides

This section summarizes Darkstripe's significant appearances in the Field Guides. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

In Code of the Clans, Darkstripe and Longtail are assigned to a hunting patrol during a very harsh leaf-bare. Longtail catches a squirrel, and Darkstripe, instead of leaving the prey for the elders, eats the squirrel and convinces Longtail to join him. When they return to camp, they find the elder, Poppydawn, has died because she did not have the strength to fight off her sickness.

Detailed description

Darkstripe is a large,[8] lean, sleek,[12] and thin-furred[13] dark[8] gray tabby tom[9] with black stripes[10] and yellow eyes.[11]

Trivia

Author statements

  • Cherith's favorite death to write was Darkstripe's.[14]

Mistakes

  • He was mistakenly described as black,[15] a black tabby,[16] black-and-silver,[17] and with silver stripes.[18]
  • He has been mistakenly described with pale blue eyes.[19]
  • In Secrets of the Clans, Darkstripe does not appear on Tigerstar's apprentice list, despite it being mentioned that he had mentored him in Into the Wild.[20][5]
  • Bluestar mentions that Dustpaw will be his first apprentice in Into the Wild,[5] but in Fire and Ice it is revealed that Longtail was his apprentice before Dustpaw.[6]
  • He is listed as the son of Tawnyspots and Willowpelt on the family tree despite Willowpelt being an apprentice when Tawnyspots was deputy,[21] and he had died before her warrior ceremony.[22][23]

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Killed victims

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Quotes

"Traitors and kittypets! Is there no decent cat left in this Clan?"
—Darkstripe after Cloudpaw's apprentice ceremony Forest of Secrets, page Chapter 24


"I trusted you, Tigerclaw. I thought you were the finest warrior in the forest. But you plotted with that... that tyrant and you said nothing to me. And now you expect me to come with you?"
—Darkstripe to Tigerclaw when he is exiled Forest of Secrets, page Chapter 28


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Firestar: "Cats of ThunderClan. I've called you together so that you can witness what Darkstripe has to say. You all heard what happened to Sorrelkit yesterday. She's awake now, and Cinderpelt says she'll be fine. I've talked to her and she confirms what Graystripe said. Darkstripe did feed her the deathberries. So, Darkstripe. What have you to say for yourself?"
Darkstripe: "She's lying, or she made a mistake. Kits never listen to what any cat says. She obviously didn't hear me properly when I told her not to eat them."
Firestar: "She's not lying or mistaken. And she told me something more interesting: your reason for feeding her deathberries. She saw you meeting Blackfoot, the deputy of ShadowClan, on our territory. Would you like to tell us what was that all about?"
Darkstripe: "I don't have to justify myself to a kittypet."
Firestar: "That's exactly what you have to do. I want to know what you and Tigerstar are planning. Darkstripe, you know what Tigerstar tried to do to us. The dog pack would have torn the whole Clan to pieces. How can you think to following him after that? You would have been a valuable warrior. I gave you a chance after another to prove yourself. I wanted to trust you and--"
Darkstripe: "Trust me? You've never trusted me. Do you think I didn't know you told that ginger fool to watch me? Did you expect me to live the rest of my days with a shadow?"
Firestar: "No, I was waiting for you to show your loyalty. This is the Clan where you were born, these are the cats you grew up with. Doesn't that mean anything to you? The warrior code says you should protect them with your life!"
Darkstripe: "This is not my Clan. Not any longer. ThunderClan is led by a kittypet, and there's nothing left to fight for. I feel no loyalty to ThunderClan. In the whole forest, the only cat worth following is Tigerstar."
Firestar: "Then follow him. You are no longer a warrior of ThunderClan. If you are found in our territory after sunset today, we shall treat you as we would any enemy. Go now."
—Darkstripe's exile The Darkest Hour, pages 114-117


Darkstripe: "You're mine, kittypet. It's time for you to die."
Firestar: "So now you're fighting on the side of Tigerstar's murderer? Have you no loyalty?"
Darkstripe: "Not anymore. Every cat in the forest can turn to crowfood for all I care. All I want is to see you dead."
—Darkstripe and Firestar during the battle with BloodClan The Darkest Hour, page 294


"You can't leave this forest. I know-I've tried. But however far I walk, the trees never end, and there's no light anywhere."
—Darkstripe to Tigerstar about the Dark Forest Sunset, page 3


Longtail: "We killed her...."
Darkstripe: "We did not! Greencough killed her. She was old and weak. We are the important cats; we should eat first. Do you want to do what's best for your Clan?"
—Darkstripe and Longtail talking after Poppydawn dies of greencough Code of the Clans, page 42

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 276
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  3. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 271
  4. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 295
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 52
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 14
  7. Revealed in Rising Storm, allegiances
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 33
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 39
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, pages 33-34
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 37
  12. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 89
  13. Revealed in Sunset, page 2
  14. Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 3, undefined
  15. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 5
  16. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 254
  17. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 263
  18. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 3
  19. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 300
  20. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 65
  21. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, allegiances
  22. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, page 41
  23. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  24. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 172
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