"Take it from me: A cat will experience many, many heartbreaks in their lifetime. Heartbreaks and setbacks are like enemies, attacking you out of nowhere. Even when you're strong enough to fight them, the important thing is to keep moving forward, so that you're constantly putting the enemies of grief and loss behind you.
When trying to rescue cats from Twolegs, Graystripe was taken captive and briefly became a kittypet. He befriended a fellow kittypet, Millie, and the two left to find Graystripe's home. The two became mates before reuniting with the Clans after moons of traveling, where he happily settled down back to his position as a warrior, and Millie gave birth to Bumblekit, Blossomkit, and Briarkit. He served his Clan until he retired to the elders' den with Sandstorm and Millie; however, Graystripe was exiled for speaking out against the impostor, but returned under Squirrelflight's acting leadership. Later, Graystripe made his own journey to the old forest, where he helped Gremlin's son, Fang, after making a a promise to her in the past, and taught WarriorClan the ways of Clan life. After the destruction of the Moonstone, Graystripe realized that the Clans could live without StarClan, and he also came to realization with his own place within the Clan, venturing back to ThunderClan.
Graypaw is a young ThunderClan apprentice who encounters a kittypet named Rusty. When Rusty is accepted into ThunderClan as Firepaw, he, Graypaw, and Ravenpaw form a tight-knit group. After Ravenpaw reveals to his friends that Tigerclaw murdered Redtail, Graypaw and Firepaw have him escape to live with the loner, Barley. Graypaw and Firepaw battleShadowClan and become warriors, Graystripe and Fireheart. Bluestar sends them on a mission to retrieve the banished WindClan, and they feed the starving RiverClan behind Bluestar's back when their fish are poisoned.
When Graystripe falls in the river, he is rescued by the RiverClan warrior, Silverstream, and pursues a relationship with her. Because of this, he neglects his apprentice, Brackenpaw, often missing training sessions. Silverstream becomes pregnant with Graystripe's kits, but she dies while kitting, leaving Graystripe devastated.
He brings their children, Stormkit and Featherkit, to ThunderClan. However, to avoid battle, Graystripe yields the kits to RiverClan under Crookedstar's command and decides to stay with them. However, during a battle at Sunningrocks, Leopardstar, now as leader, commands Graystripe to attack Fireheart. Graystripe cannot bring himself to, and she exiles him, forcing Graystripe to return to ThunderClan.
When Firestar becomes leader, he wishes to appoint Graystripe as his deputy, but decides against it due to the gray tom's disloyalty, and appoints Whitestorm instead. In the battle with BloodClan, Whitestorm is killed, and Graystripe is chosen to succeed him.
"You must do whatever you think is best. But I know one thing. Nothing meant more to Graystripe than your friendship and his Clan. Even when he was in RiverClan he longed to go home. He would want to see ThunderClan as strong as it could possibly be even if that meant accepting he's not coming back.""
—Stormfur to Firestar about Graystripe Sunset, pages 250-251
Graystripe leads an attack on the construction Twolegs alongside Squirrelpaw to free the trapped cats, including Leafpaw. He manages to help open several cages before being snatched up by the Twolegs. Firestar grieves heavily for the loss of his friend, refusing to believe he is dead. Firestar does not appoint a new deputy for many moons, though eventually a sign by StarClan is sent to Leafpaw, and a vigil is held for Graystripe. Brambleclaw is selected to succeed his position.
Graystripe: "You could not risk the Clan by keeping them in the forest."
Firestar: "If it had been only my life at stake, I would have waited."
—Firestar and Graystripe reuniting at a GatheringThe Sight, page 144
Graystripe finds his way to the Clans in their new territories along with his new mate, Millie. Because of this, Firestar is conflicted about whether Graystripe should return as deputy, but StarClan ultimately approves of Brambleclaw remaining deputy. Millie later gives birth to their kits, Bumblekit, Briarkit, and Blossomkit, and Graystripe is able to be a proper father to his second litter of kits.
"Graystripe sighed dramatically and began lumbering around the clearing, lurching with each step so that the kits squealed with fear as he swung them this way, then that."
—Graystripe giving a badger ride to Blossomfall's kits Darkest Night, page 324
Millie has joined Graystripe in the elders' den where they, along with Sandstorm and Purdy, are cared for by apprentices, including Alderpaw and Sparkpaw, the latter of which reminds Graystripe of his old friend, Firestar. After Sandstorm dies on the journey to find SkyClan, Graystripe mourns the loss of yet another old friend and mourns again when Purdy dies suddenly seasons later. Around this time, he and Millie become the grandparents to Blossomfall's litter, and Graystripe spends a lot of time interacting with his grandkits. He comforts Millie after the death of their daughter, Briarlight. He also voices disapproval when Tigerheart, now Tigerstar, becomes ShadowClan's leader, as he remembers when the first Tigerstar became leader.
"A good warrior doesn't follow their leader off a cliff. A good leader doesn't expect blind loyalty. Firestar certainly never led like that. And neither did you, Bramblestar—not before you lost a life. Only a weak leader demands obedience at any cost. [...] Bramblestar would never have hurt his own warrior. I don't know who you are...but you're not our leader!"
Graystripe is now joined by Brackenfur, Brightheart, and Cloudtail in the elders' den. He speaks highly of Bramblestar at the leader's funeral. He becomes displeased when the impostor, posing as Bramblestar, disregards the needs of the elders and tries to stop the impostor from exiling Squirrelflight. After Bramblestar's impostor tightens his grip on ThunderClan, Graystripe openly exposes him as a fraud and calls him a weak leader, resulting in the impostor angrily exiling Graystripe from ThunderClan, along with several other cats who stand with Graystripe. However, after the impostor is exposed during a battle, Graystripe returned to ThunderClan under Squirrelflight's acting leadership.
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"Cats of ThunderClan, I'm so glad that I came back to find ThunderClan. I could never have made the journey without Millie, and I was so blessed by StarClan to have a second chance to raise kits. I have lost so many cats who were precious to me, and not a day goes by when I don't think of Silverstream, Feathertail, and Stormfur. But I have no quarrel with StarClan for the path they chose for me, and I'm proud of all my kits. Blossomfall for her courage and skill in battle; Bumblestripe for his loyalty and compassion; and Briarlight for her bravery, her humbling spirit, and her hopefulness. I shall be watching all of you from the elders' den; you can be sure of that."
In Bramblestar's Storm, Graystripe assists his Clan in surviving the flooding of the lake and offers advice to ThunderClan's new leader, Bramblestar. Feeling his age, he eventually retires to the elders' den along with Sandstorm.
"No. No, it hurts terribly. I miss my kin. I miss my friends. But I know that if [StarClan] don't come back, life hasn't ended. ThunderClan might struggle to keep itself together after the strife we've been through. But it can still be a Clan. We're still cats working together, taking care of one another."
In Graystripe's Vow, following the impostor's defeat, ThunderClan begins to divide themselves under Squirrelflight's acting leadership, and Graystripe feels out of place. With Squirrelflight struggling, he promises her to help advise her; however, after Flipclaw, Flywhisker, Snaptooth, and Thornclaw leave the Clan to go for a wander, Graystripe decides to join them. He and Flipclaw go to the mountains, where Graystripe reunites with Stormfur and his Tribe kin. Stoneteller tells Graystripe that he still has a part to play in with helping the Clans, and after having a vision of Feathertail by the Moonstone, Graystripe decides to visit the old forest.
He meets WarriorClan, a group of kittypets that act as warriors. He also meets Fang, a cat's son that he made a vow to in the past, and Fang asks if that promise extended to Gremlin's kits. Following the Moonstone's destruction, Graystripe and WarriorClan help Fang free kittypets trapped in a Twoleg den. He makes Fang the deputy of WarriorClan, and Petunia the medicine cat, before leaving to go back to ThunderClan, after realizing that the Clans can live without StarClan and his own place within the Clan.
In the past, Graystripe struggles to lead ThunderClan following Firestar's absence to find SkyClan. When BloodClan and their leader, Fury, decide to take revenge on the Clans, Graystripe finds himself questioning his status as the temporary leader of the Clan, which furthers when the Clan begin to disagree with Graystripe's choices. Graystripe finds an ally in Gremlin, a heavily pregnant BloodClan queen, and she informs him of BloodClan's plan for revenge if he can give her and her brother, Scraps, sanctuary in ThunderClan. Graystripe leads ThunderClan in the battle with BloodClan and convinces Fury to surrender after offering her help for a critical wound. Firestar and Sandstorm return from their journey, and Graystripe admits that he is satisfied as Firestar's deputy, but doesn't believe he is able to be a proper leader.
Following his capture, Graystripe is now a kittypet living with Twolegs. He befriends a fellow kittypet named Millie and teaches her about Clan life and how to fight and hunt. Silverstream appears in his dreams and encourages him to find ThunderClan. He offers Millie to join him, but she refuses. He leaves without her, determined to find Firestar, but grows weak with hunger and thirst. Millie finds him and rescues him from starvation.
During their journey, Millie becomes injured when the two are chased by a monster in a cornfield. They rest with some loners in their barn. The Twoleg and cats there have an uneasy relationship, but Graystripe helps to bridge their bond by saving one of the Twoleg kits from drowning. He and Millie continue on their journey and they find Graystripe's old home destroyed by Twolegs. Disheartened, the pair finds Ravenpaw and Barley who inform them the Clans had left moons ago.
Graystripe becomes frustrated with Millie's inability to forget her old kittypet tendencies and is hit by a monster while scolding her. He recovers at Diesel's place and becomes jealous of Millie's friendliness with Diesel, realizing he has developed feelings for Millie. Graystripe and Millie journey to the sun-drown-place and head to the lake territories where they are reunited with the Clans.
Graystripe is a big, solid, dark gray tom with a stripe of darker gray fur running down his back, a torn left ear, yellow eyes, and shaggy fur.
I, Bluestar, leader of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on these two apprentices. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as warriors in their turn. Firepaw, Graypaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your lives?
Firepaw and Graypaw:
Then by the powers of StarClan I give you your warrior names: Graypaw, from this moment you will be known as Graystripe. StarClan honors your bravery and strength, and we welcome you as a full warrior of ThunderClan. Firepaw, from this moment you will be called Fireheart. StarClan honors your bravery and your strength, and we welcome you as a full warrior of ThunderClan. Fireheart, I am proud to have you as my warrior. Serve your Clan well, young one.
You will find others... Trust your heart, Firestar. You have always known that Graystripe is the cat that StarClan destined to be your deputy.
Whitestorm.... Graystripe, you heard what he said, he chose you. I say these words before the body of Whitestorm, that his spirit will hear and approve my choice. Graystripe will be the new deputy of ThunderClan.
Graystripe is playful, devoted, and trustworthy. He was Firestar's best friend, serving as his loyal deputy and advisor for many moons. For more of Graystripe's personality and relationships, click here!
Graystripe's mother is Willowpelt, and his half-siblings are Sorreltail, Sootfur, and Rainwhisker. Graystripe fell in love with Silverstream, a RiverClan warrior, but she died giving birth to their kits, Stormfur and Feathertail. After Graystripe reunited with ThunderClan, he and Millie had Bumblestripe, Blossomfall and Briarlight. For more of Graystripe's family, click here!