"I will walk with you, my friend, as you once walked with me. I could not leave you here to walk alone, when you walked with me like a brother."
— Fallen Leaves to Jaypaw in Dark River, page 293

Fallen Leaves is a scrawny,[6] sleek,[7] ginger-and-white patched[8] tom.[9] He has green eyes,[10] a white muzzle,[11] and small paws.[12]

Fallen Leaves was a member of the Ancients who drowned during his assessment to become a sharpclaw, the ancient equivalent of a warrior. His spirit remained wandering the tunnels for countless seasons after his family left to settle in the mountains as the Tribe of Rushing Water. He befriended Jayfeather, and later Hollyleaf when she ran away to live in the tunnels, eventually reuniting with his family in Tribe of Endless Hunting following her death.


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Power of Three

"There were other cats in the caves. Spirits of the ancient cats who lived here seasons ago. One of them is called Fallen Leaves. He went down there in the ceremony to make him a warrior, and he never came out. He showed me where to find the lost kits."
—Jaypaw describing Fallen Leaves to Hollypaw Outcast, page 47
Fallen Leaves is a softpaw, preparing to take his assessment to become a sharpclaw. He must journey into the tunnels and find his way back to the moor, and Fallen Leaves denies the coming of rain to Rock so his assessment is not delayed. The rain floods the tunnels, drowning the lost Fallen Leaves.
Seasons into the future, Jaypaw has repeated dreams of his death, and Fallen Leaves appears as a spirit in the tunnels, assisting him in finding the missing WindClan kits, Sedgekit, Swallowkit, and Thistlekit. Though Hollypaw, Lionpaw, Heatherpaw, and Breezepaw accompany Jaypaw, only he can see Fallen Leaves. Jaypaw further seeks him out, meeting him in the tunnels, but declines to stay, leaving Fallen Leaves alone once again.

Omen of the Stars

"She wasn't meant to die here, Broken Shadow. I...I promised I'd see her again."
—Fallen Leaves mourning Hollyleaf The Last Hope, page 306
He appears to Jayfeather along with Rock in a dream, but refuses to leave the tunnels. When Blossomfall and Ivypool get lost in the tunnels, Fallen Leaves attempts to direct them, but ultimately has Hollyleaf lead them out. He takes part in the battle against the Dark Forest, and is devastated when Hollyleaf is killed by Hawkfrost. However, he reunites with his mother, Broken Shadow, and the rest of the ancients, joining the Tribe of Endless Hunting.


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In Hollyleaf's Story, Fallen Leaves encounters Hollyleaf when she is injured by a tunnel collapse, and nurses the she-cat back to health. Hollyleaf repeatedly questions him about his identity, though Fallen Leaves offers few answers. He gives her a tour of the tunnel system, and attempts to replicate Clan life by organizing tunnel patrols. Hollyleaf offers to help him find his family, but Fallen Leaves refuses to leave, believing his mother will come for him someday. Hollyleaf tells him all about ThunderClan, and Fallen Leaves sees that she misses them very much. He bids her farewell when she finally decides to return home.


Author statements

  • Victoria Holmes has said that it's unknown if Fallen Leaves and Hollyleaf became mates in StarClan, despite their special bond, because it isn't the sort of thing StarClan cats do.[13]


  • Fallen Leaves has been described with amber eyes[14] and blue eyes.[15]
  • He has mistakenly been called Falling Leaves.[16]
  • He was mistakenly described as a warrior, despite being a member of the Ancients.[17]


The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • The Warriors website's family tree shows Fallen Leaves and Hollyleaf connected by a heart symbol, which is used for other characters to represent mateship.[18] He is mistakenly listed as a member of StarClan.[19]

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Broken Shadow:[4] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting member


Stone Song:[20] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting member


Unnamed kits:[10] Deceased, residence unknown


Unnamed she-cat:[21] Status unknown



Broken Shadow: "Are you sure you are ready for this?"
Fallen Leaves: "I'm ready."
Broken Shadow: "You're my eldest, Fallen Leaves. The first of mine to face the ordeal."
Fallen Leaves: "I'll be fine."
Unknown sharpclaw: "He was trained well!"
Other sharpclaw: "Even trainin' can't prepare a softpaw for rain!"
Fallen Leaves: "But the sky's clear."
Other sharpclaw: "I smell rain on the wind, I tell you."
Fallen Leaves: "The sky's clear!"
—Fallen Leaves and the Ancients before entering the tunnels Dark River, page 1

Jaypaw: "Wait! Come with us!"
Fallen Leaves: "It's not my time to leave."
—Fallen Leaves accepting his fate to be stuck in the tunnels forever Dark River, page 301

"The stars are still shining. I never thought I would see them again. It’s good to know that they are still there, just as they have always been. The past is all around us."
—Fallen Leaves to Jayfeather Sign of the Moon, page 57

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"I wish you luck, my friend. If you ever need me, I will be here."
—Fallen Leaves to Jayfeather Sign of the Moon, page 57

Hollyleaf: "You say you came from a large group of cats, but what happened to them? We've never seen any traces of other cats living near here."
Fallen Leaves: "They left."
Hollyleaf: "Then let's go look for them! There must be some signs of where they've gone."
Fallen Leaves: "No! I must stay here! If I leave, how will my mother know where to find me? She'll come for me one day. I know she will."
—Fallen Leaves and Hollyleaf Hollyleaf's Story, page 50

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 306
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Dark River, page 2
  3. Revealed in Dark River, page 221
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 187
  5. Revealed in Outcast, page 47
  6. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 247
  7. Revealed in Dark River, page 214
  8. Revealed in Hollyleaf's Story, page 9
  9. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 55
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Dark River, page 1
  11. Revealed in Dark River, page 3
  12. Revealed in Hollyleaf's Story, page 8
  13. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  14. Revealed in Dark River, page 301
  15. Revealed in Hollyleaf's Story, page 20
  16. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 44
  17. Revealed in Eclipse, page 4
  18. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  19. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  20. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 190
  21. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 210
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