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"They can manage without me. I don't care if I'm in ThunderClan or SkyClan or even ShadowClan. Just as long as I'm with you."
— Finpaw to Twigpaw about joining ThunderClan in Darkest Night, page 291

Finpaw is a sleek[7] and thick-furred,[8] broad-shouldered,[9] light brown tom with ginger legs,[2] and yellow eyes.[10] He has part of his tail missing.[7]


In the Super Editions

Hawkwing's Journey

Finkit is born to Plumwillow and Sandynose alongside Dewkit and Reedkit. He is the second kit to be born, and the new mother guides him and his siblings to her belly to suckle. Plumwillow asks Hawkwing if he’d be willing to help take care of them, as their father has disappeared. The dark gray warrior promises to help the queen and feels the empty places in his heart begin to fill. The tom sadly thinks that they’ll never be his, but reminisces about how tiny and perfect the kits are.
One moon after, Hawkwing pads into camp with a rabbit in his jaws. Finkit, Dewkit and Reedkit tumble out of the nursery, tripping over each other in their eagerness to greet Hawkwing first. Firefern amusedly comments to the dark gray warrior that he’s wanted. Hawkwing loves the kits and cherishes the time he spends with them. The dark gray warrior calls Curlypaw over to him, and the apprentice trips over Finkit on her way across. He tries to talk to the gray she-cat, but the kits jump onto him with joyful squeaks. They dig their claws into his pelt, and Hawkwing struggles to make himself heard over their mews. The dark gray warrior flops over and the kits swarm over him. Finkit bites his tail and Reedkit explains that he is a rabbit and they are hunting him. Hawkwing playfully wails in terror, meowing that they are too good of hunters, and he can’t escape. As they pummel their adopted father with tiny paws, Plumwillow watches their game with a happy expression. The queen mrowls in laughter and comments that he’s got his paws full. Hawkwing rises to his paws and staggers over to her with the kits still hanging off him.
Twolegs are heard in the forest nearby, and Plumwillow frets for her kits’ safety. Later, Hawkwing distracts the kits by asking who can throw a moss-ball the furthest. One kit yowls they can, but another contradicts them. The last tiny cat shouts to watch them before they scramble and fall to get the moss-ball, shredding it in their eagerness. Hawkwing hears the sound of several dogs, and the noise drowns out the their squeaking. The dogs appear in camp. Hawkwing shoves Finkit toward Plumwillow and orders her to run. The queen grabs her kit in a haste, stumbling in her hurry. One dog follows them, and the two adult cats race away from it. Hawkwing finds a thicket so he and Plumwillow rush up the slope to reach it. The young cats squeal in terror as they’re shoved into a thicket, deep in the thorns. The dog eventually leaves and Plumwillow thanks Hawkwing for rescuing her kits, but the tom insists they both saved them. Finkit, Reedkit and Dewkit creep over to their mother, their eyes still wide with shock. The three snuggle up next to their mother and Hawkwing, and the warrior wishes they were his offspring.
At around night-fall, Hawkwing, Plumwillow, and the kits go back to camp. Blossomheart inquires if the kits are okay, and Hawkwing explains they are fine, with only a few scratches since they hid in a thicket. Plumwillow meows that she’s going to take her kits to the nursery since they are exhausted. The threesome, who are normally very energetic, struggle to walk as they are herded to the nursery by their mother. Hawkwing notes they don’t seem scared anymore since they don’t understand how much danger they were in. Plumwillow states that the sooner they forget, the better.
Dogs attack the camp again, and this time, the three kits get cornered by the creatures. They are chased out of camp and hide in a small Twoleg den. A Twoleg kit finds them and brings out Finkit, cuddling him to their chest. Reedkit follows them, eyes wide in terror as the Twoleg grabs Dewkit. Plumwillow and Hawkwing rescue the kits, and the dark gray warrior pushes them into the bushes. He urges them to run as fast as they can, and the kits squirm through the undergrowth to reach the woods. They press onward until they reach the trees. Plumwillow asks if they are okay, and Finkit comments that Twolegs aren’t really that scary. Hawkwing points out to the queen that this is the second time the kits have been in danger because of dogs. Plumwillow expresses her concerns that they are not afraid of Twolegs, adding that they should be. Hawkwing is convinced they have to leave because the kits are growing up unafraid of Twolegs.
When the cats get back to SkyClan land, Leafstar sees them exclaim that they found the kits. The leader then asks if the young cats are hurt, with a worried expression. Reedkit explains they were faster than the dogs and hid in a little Twoleg den, while Finkit boasts that they couldn’t get them in there. Hawkwing thinks that since they’re not scared anymore, the kits will talk about this for moons. Leafstar praises the threesome for being brave before they are taken back to camp to the Clans' joyful welcomes. Plumwillow protests that they need to give the kits space, as they are tired and hungry. SkyClan eventually settles down with the young cats, and they tell everyone their story two times over. Hawkwing notes amusedly that the dogs get bigger each time they are mentioned. The kits don’t finish the story the second time because they’re really tired, so they snuggle up to Plumwillow.
Hawkwing tells Leafstar the Clan should leave because Reedkit, Dewkit and Finkit were in serious danger the day before. The Clan leader agrees it’s time to leave, and she calls a Clan meeting. After Leafstar announces they’ll be traveling again, Reedkit wails. Hawkwing says there’s too many Twolegs around for them to stay, but Finkit meows that Twolegs leave out nice food for cats. The dark gray warrior assures the kit that there will be plenty of good food where they’re going. The kits then go to sleep in the nursery, with Plumwillow telling them it’ll be a long day tomorrow. A little later, Twolegs attack the camp. Hawkwing and Plumwillow round up her kits and head toward the lake. They run, and finally manage to hide under a rocky outcrop. Once Hawkwing sees that the coast is clear, the cats slowly creep to the meeting place. All the cats that are left return to the lake’s long reeds, where Leafstar appoints Hawkwing as deputy, since Waspwhisker was captured. SkyClan then begins to travel again, padding after their leader.
As the journey goes on however, a sickness starts to spread. Finkit becomes ill, and is led across the clearing by Plumwillow and Sagenose.The tom-kit’s littermates follow behind him, eyes wide from fear. Plumwillow explains that he’d fetched we moss for the sick cats yesterday, and that caused it. Firefern has Finkit swallow some borage, even though he complains of his belly hurting. The queen wishes to stay with Finkit, but Hawkwing insists she must care for her other kits. Plumwillow glances at Reedkit and Dewkit, and Hawkwing convinces the she-cat that they need her. She decides to remain with the pair and the two kits are swept back to their temporary den. Hawkwing worries profusely for his adopted son, hoping they can cure him. Later, when Leafstar returns to camp, she frets about the Clan’s sick cats.
Two days later, the Clan is in even worse condition. The sick cats are no better, and Firefern has fallen ill. Hawkwing tries to get Finkit to eat some mouse, and the kit tries to lick at it. The dark gray warrior is relieved, and keeps an eye on him while he continues working. Leafstar suggests to her deputy that they split the Clan, and send some cats to find Echosong. He is hesitant, as he’ll miss Finkit and the other sick cats, but obeys his leader. Moments after, Echosong miraculously returns to SkyClan and starts to treat the sick cats. Hawkwing asks how Finkit is, and the medicine cat is doubtful, as he is very small. The kit does indeed get better, but looks frail next to his littermates. Firefern and Rileypool pass away from the illness, and the tom-kit watches the vigil in the clearing.
A day later, Sandynose, Finkit’s father, finally reunites with SkyClan. He wants to meet them and Plumwillow calls for their kits and Finkit, Dewkit and Reedkit drowsily tumble out. They gaze warily at Sandynose before their mother explains he is their father.The kits are bewildered, and Plumwillow explains to her that Hawkwing helped raise them, but Sandynose is their true father. The tom thanks the deputy for taking care of his kits, but Hawkwing remembers the time he spent with the kits, playing, telling stories and begging for him to teach everything he knows. The kits eagerly talk to their father as Hawkwing notes he cannot be a father to them anymore. Sandynose plays with the kits, tossing a ball to them one at a time and they bat it back in turn. They leap onto Hawkwing when he comes over, growling mockingly and battering his ears. The dark gray warrior notices Sandynose’s hurt look and meows to the kits he has to meet Leafstar and leaves their game.
That night, Hawkwing feels paws prodding him, and sees Plumwillow's three kits next to him. He asks what they are doing, and why they aren't in the nursery with Plumwillow.The kits say that he, meaning Sandynose, is there. Finkit expresses that he is their father, not the new stranger. The young cats settle in Hawkwing's nest before he tells them about Pebbleshine and his lost kits. Hawkwing explains if he found his kits he would still want to be their father and asks if they understand what he means.They reluctantly agree, and Hawkwing further explains he wants the kits to get to know Sandynose. The dark gray warrior says he is not their father but still cares about them, promising he'll help them if they come to him. The kits are disappointed with Finkit adding that Sandynose is okay, but he’s better. Hawkwing insists they give their father a chance, touching noses with each of them. He sends them back to the nursery and the kits wiggle out of his nest.
During a Clan meeting, Leafstar calls Finkit and his siblings forward. The kits give exchange glances of wonder before padding up to meet their leader. Plumwillow protests about the state of their fur, but Leafstar moves on with the apprentice ceremony. Finkit is named Finpaw, and is given Blossomheart as a mentor. The Clan cheers his new name, but Hawkwing is disappointed he didn't get chosen as a mentor. He notes he did guide them, throughout their kithoods, and thinks that the other two that didn't get Hawkwing as a mentor would have felt left out and upset. The new apprentices' crowd around their parents to discuss the ceremony. Finpaw claims that he’s going to be the best apprentice ever. Sandynose tells his kits to behave and listen to their mentors, then they'll be great warriors. The apprentices' promise they will, and then go over to Hawkwing, who praises them. The young cats then scurry to their mentors and Reedpaw flings herself at Bellaleaf, announcing that she wants to catch a mouse. Finpaw demands that they learn it too, while Dewpaw follows. The apprentices then leave with their mentors, Hawkwing reminds himself they are not his kits but he would always hold a place for them in his heart.
In the graphic novel ending, Sandynose asks his kits if they are ready, and the littermates say that they are. The tom tells Leafstar he is taking his kits to hunt and they'll be back with fresh-kill before she knows it. Finpaw says he'll catch a squirrel, but Reedpaw bets he won't. As they leave, Plumwillow checks on Hawkwing since the kits are really attached to Sandynose instead of him now. Hawkwing explains he enjoyed teaching them when they were kits but their real father should take the role of father, not him. Later, the apprentices and Sandynose returns, and Finpaw settles to eat with his family.

Tigerheart's Shadow

Finleap does not formally appear in Tigerheart's Shadow, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the A Vision of Shadows arc

Darkest Night

As Twigpaw scans the ThunderClan camp, she spots Finpaw. The brown tom is practicing battle moves with Dewpaw, while Reedpaw jeers at them fondly.
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Interesting Facts

  • He is said to look exactly like his father, Sandynose.[11]
  • Kate said she thinks the reason Sandynose was so strict on him because he thought he couldn't take his training seriously.[12]
  • Kate revealed that his warrior name is not going to be Finpatch.[13]
    • Furthermore, Kate has said she approves of his warrior name.[14]

Character Pixels

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Plumwillow:[2] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Sandynose:[2] Deceased, verified ghost

Foster Father:

Hawkwing:[3] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Dewpaw:[3] Status unknown


Reedpaw:[3] Status unknown


Waspwhisker:[15] Status unknown
Patchfoot:[16] Deceased, residence unknown


Fallowfern:[16] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Clovertail:[17] Status unknown


Nettlesplash:[16] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Rabbitleap:[16] Status unknown
Creekfeather:[16] Status unknown


Birdwing:[17] Status unknown
Honeytail:[17] Deceased, residence unknown


Rockshade:[18] Status unknown
Bouncefire:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tinycloud:[18] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Palepaw:[19] Status unknown
Nectarpaw:[19] Status unknown
Fringepaw:[19] Status unknown
Gravelpaw:[19] Status unknown
Curlypaw:[20] Living (As of Hawkwing's Journey)
Snipkit:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Pebbleshine:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Fidgetpaw:[20] Status unknown
Parsleyseed:[21] Living (As of Hawkwing's Journey)
Violetshine:[22] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Twigbranch:[22] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Quailkit:[23] Status unknown
Sunnykit:[23] Status unknown
Pigeonkit:[23] Status unknown
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    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Plumwillow: "Are you okay?"
Reedkit: "We're okay."
Finkit: "Twolegs aren't that scary."
—Plumillow, Reedkit, and Finkit after a dog attack Hawkwing's Journey, page chapter 31

Finkit: "But I heard that Twolegs like to leave out nice food for cats."
Hawkwing: "There'll be plenty of nice food where we're going. And it always tastes better if you catch it yourself!"
—Hawkwing and Finkit Hawkwing's Journey, page chapter 32

Hawkwing: "What are you doing here? You should be in the nursery with Plumwillow."
Reedkit: "He's there."
Finkit: "We want you to tell us what's going on. You're our father, not this stranger."
—Finkit and Reedkit about Sandynose Hawkwing's Journey, page 408

Dewpaw: "Don't make [Finpaw] too comfortable or he'll never move out of the medicine den."
Twigpaw: "He doesn't want to be there."
Dewpaw: "Really? I got the idea that he's sort of enjoying feeling sorry for himself."
Twigpaw: "Did he refuse to see you again today?"
Dewpaw: "Yes. I know it's terrible that he lost part of his tail. I don't know how I'd feel in the same situation. But he still has half of it, and being sad won't help."
Twigpaw: "Leafpool says he needs time."
Dewpaw: "I need my brother. We should be sharing a den. It took us so long to become apprentices—we were so excited when it finally happened. Would you go see him?"
—Twigpaw and Dewpaw about Finpaw Darkest Night, page 100

Twigpaw: "You're going to be fine."
Finpaw: "Leafpool keeps telling me that I'm lucky I only lost half of it."
Twigpaw: "What happened to the other half?"
Finpaw: "Puddleshine said he was going to bury it."
Twigpaw: "Bury it?"
Finpaw: "Perhaps we should find its grave and sit vigil."
Twigpaw: "We could mark it with a stone and visit every leaf-fall to pay our respects."
Finpaw: "Here lies Finpaw's tail. It died protecting its Clan."
Twigpaw: "Perhaps it's in StarClan right now, lying in the sunshine."
Finpaw: "There must be other tails there. I hope it's made friends."
Twigpaw: "You've got bees in your brain."
Finpaw: "You started it."
—Twigpaw and Finpaw about Finpaw's tail Darkest Night, page 105

Finpaw: "I'm never going to be able to hunt! I'm going to be the worst warrior ever!"
Twigpaw: "You will if you think like that. You can be as good or as bad as you want to be."
Finpaw: "How can I ever be any good when my tail throws me off balance all the time?"
Twigpaw: "You'll just have to train harder. Feeling sorry for yourself won't make your tail grow back. You can do it. You can be the best warrior in SkyClan if you practice."
Finpaw: "Do you really think so?"
Twigpaw: "Of course I do! You're clever and determined and so full of energy. Why wouldn't you be a brilliant warrior?"
Finpaw: "I can do anything I want."
—Twigpaw and Finpaw Darkest Night, page 181

Sandynose: "[Finpaw's] trying to recover his confidence after his accident. Training is harder for him with half a tail. And he's got a lot of catching up to do. Seeing you doing everything so easily must be hard for him."
Twigpaw: "But I've been helping him. Yesterday we worked out a new hunting crouch."
Sandynose: "He's young and he's clearly fond of you. I don't want him taking risks to impress you."
Twigpaw: "I'd never let him take a risk!"
Sandynose: "You're distracting him from his training. Just stay away from him. it's for the good of SkyClan.'"
—Twigpaw and Sandynose about Finpaw Darkest Night, page 215

Twigpaw: "I'm not meant to hang out with you."
Finpaw: "Why not?"
Twigpaw: "Your father thinks that you'll learn quicker if I'm not distracting you all the time."
Finpaw: "Sandynose said that? He must have bees in his brain. You've helped me so much!"
Twigpaw: "Maybe you should just stick with Bellaleaf for now. You do have a lot of catching up to do. We can hang out when we're warriors."
Finpaw: "Yeah right. Like you'll want to hang out with me once you're a great warrior and I'm just lumbering around like a clumsy badger because I've only got a half tail."
Twigpaw: "I'll always want to hang out with you."
Finpaw: "So you think I will be like a clumsy badger?"
Twigpaw: "No! Of course not. You're going to be a great warrior, too, if you train hard."
Finpaw: "I'm never going to be the warrior Sandynose hoped I would be. He knows it and I know it. It's probably why he doesn't want me hanging out with you. He probably thinks I'll hold you back."
Twigpaw: "That's not true."
Finpaw: "Then why does he want to keep us apart? [...] It's not fair. I'm never going to be a great warrior, and now I'm not allowed to be friends with you."
Twigpaw: "No one will ever stop us being friends. You're special to me."
Finpaw: "I am?"
Twigpaw: "Of course you are. Once we're warriors, no one will be able to keep us apart. I don't care if it puts Sandynose's tail in a twist. You're going to prove to him that you're a great warrior and so am I. We'll be the best warriors in SkyClan, and he won't be able to stop us doing anything we want."
Finpaw: "You're right. He might think he knows best now, but once we can outrun, outhunt, and outfight him, he won't be able to tell us what to do."
—Twigpaw and Finpaw Darkest Night, pages 251-252

Twigpaw: "I'm sorry."
Finpaw: "Why?"
Twigpaw: "For leaving you. I will miss you."
Finpaw: "You don't have to miss me. I'm coming with you. And no one can stop me!"
Twigpaw: "But this is your Clan!"
Finpaw: "ThunderClan can be my Clan from now on."
Twigpaw: "What about Sandynose and Plumwillow, Reedpaw and Dewpaw?"
Finpaw: "They can manage without me. I don't care if I'm ThunderClan or SkyClan or even ShadowClan. Just as long as I'm with you."
—Twigpaw and Finpaw Darkest Night, pages 290-291

Apprentice Ceremony

Finpaw's Apprentice Ceremony
Leafstar: Today it is my task to make three new apprentices. And I can think of no better way to commit ourselves to the future under the guidance of StarClan. […]
Everyone: Finpaw! Reedpaw! Finpaw! Reedpaw!
Reference: Hawkwing's Journey, page 421-422

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, page 293
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 332
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 333
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 422
  5. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  6. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 214
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, page 103
  8. Revealed in an unknown book, page 284
  9. Revealed in an unknown book, chapter 10
  10. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 139
  11. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, chapter 29
  12. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  13. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  14. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  15. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 15
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Revealed in The Rescue, page 10
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 279
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 12
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, allegiances
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 22
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 15
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances


  1. While Twigpaw and Finpaw have not been officially accepted into ThunderClan, it is their current residence.[1]
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