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"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 in Sunset, pages 250-251

Graystripe is a dark gray tom[25] with yellow eyes[26] and a stripe of darker gray fur running down his back.[27]

Graystripe is a ThunderClan elder under Bramblestar's, the impostor's, and Squirrelflight's leaderships in the lake territories, and previously served as a warrior under Bluestar, briefly Crookedstar and Leopardstar, Firestar, and Bramblestar in the forest and the lake territories. As an apprentice, Graypaw was mentored by Lionheart, and he quickly befriended Firepaw, a former kittypet, the two forming a lifelong friendship. He earned his warrior name of Graystripe and mentored Brackenfur. After being rescued from falling in the frozen river, he fell in love with a RiverClan she-cat, Silverstream. She bore his kits, Feathertail and Stormfur, however, she died from blood loss during the kitting. Graystripe decided to join RiverClan to support his kits, but defected back to ThunderClan after being exiled by Leopardstar. He was later appointed deputy by Firestar in the middle of the battle against BloodClan, succeeding Whitestorm. He briefly led ThunderClan with Cinderpelt while Firestar went on a quest.

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 fell in love, and Graystripe reunited with the Clans after moons of traveling, where he happily settled down back to his position as a warrior, and Millie gave birth to Bumblestripe, Blossomfall, and Briarlight. He served his Clan for many more moons before retiring with Sandstorm and Millie to the elders' den. He was later exiled from ThunderClan after he exposed Bramblestar's impostor, but returned when Squirrelflight took over as acting leader.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"This is something you have to work out by yourself. It's not my place to judge you. Graystripe, whatever you decide to do, I will always be your friend."
—Fireheart to Graystripe Fire and Ice, page 320
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 battle ShadowClan 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 and decides to stay with them. However, during a battle at Sunningrocks, Leopardstar 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.

The New Prophecy

"He will return. I have to believe that or everything will be lost."
—Firestar after Graystripe is taken by Twolegs Dawn, page 123
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.

Power of Three

"How can StarClan approve of Brambleclaw being deputy when Graystripe is still alive?"
—Hollypaw to Lionpaw about Graystripe's return The Sight, page 150
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.

Omen of the Stars

"I would have taken your place, if you had let me."
—Graystripe after Firestar dies The Last Hope, page 324
Graystripe cares for his daughter, Briarpaw, after she breaks her spine trying to save Longtail from a falling tree. When a patrol of cats visits the Tribe of Rushing Water, it is revealed that Graystripe is the grandfather of Stormfur's kits, Lark That Sings at Dawn and Pine That Clings to Rock. He takes part in the battle against the Dark Forest and is devastated when Firestar dies.

A Vision of Shadows

"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 become leader.

The Broken Code

"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 to Bramblestar's impostor Veil of Shadows, page 228
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.

Super Editions

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In Firestar's Quest, Graystripe leads ThunderClan in Firestar's absence while he and Sandstorm search for and rebuild SkyClan.
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.

Graystripe's Adventure

"And the thing is...I do kind of like it here. Is that wrong? I don't know. Yeah. It is wrong. I'm locked up here. Lost."
—Graystripe The Lost Warrior, page 23
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.

Detailed description

Graystripe is a big,[28] solid,[1] dark gray tom[25] with a stripe of darker gray fur running down his back, a torn left ear,[27] yellow eyes,[26] and shaggy fur.[29]

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Ceremonies

Graypaw's warrior ceremony
Bluestar: 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: I do.
Bluestar: 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.
Everyone: Fireheart! Graystripe! Fireheart! Graystripe!
Reference: Into the Wild, pages 269-270


Graystripe's deputy ceremony
Firestar: Whitestorm, no! Graystripe, find Cinderpelt!
Whitestorm: Too late, I go to hunt with StarClan now.
Firestar: You can't-the Clan needs you! I need you!
Whitestorm: You will find others... Trust your heart, Firestar. You have always known that Graystripe is the cat that StarClan destined to be your deputy.
Firestar: 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: Are you... are you sure?
Firestar: Never surer. Now, Graystripe!
Reference: The Darkest Hour, pages 296-297


Graystripe's elder ceremony
Bramblestar: Graystripe, is it your wish to give up the role of warrior and go to join the elders?
Graystripe: It is.
Bramblestar: Your Clan honors you and all the service you have given us. I call upon StarClan to give you many seasons of rest.
Reference: Bramblestar's Storm, page 453

Appearances


Quotes

"I can't think of anything worse than being a kittypet. They're nothing but Twoleg toys! Eating stuff that doesn't look like food, making dirt in a box of gravel, sticking their noses outside only when the Twolegs allow them? That's no life! Out here it's wild, and it's free. We come and go as we please. Until you've tasted a fresh-killed mouse, you haven't lived."
—Graypaw to Rusty upon their first meeting Into the Wild, pages 15-16


Graystripe: "Thanks."
Silverstream: "You idiot! What are you doing on my territory?"
Graystripe: "Ummm...drowning?"
Silverstream: "Can't you drown yourself in your own territory?"
Graystripe: "Ah, but who would rescue me there?"
—Silverstream after saving Graystripe from drowning in the river Fire and Ice, page 129


Fireheart: "You saved my life. Thank you."
Graystripe: "I would give my life for you."
—Graystripe to Fireheart Fire and Ice, page 271


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"Graystripe is a great and worthy warrior. If the warrior code can't deal with this, then maybe the warrior code needs to change."
—Silverstream to Crookedstar about Graystripe Crookedstar's Promise, page 497


Fireheart: "Why don't you come home?"
Graystripe: "I can't leave my kits. Oh, they are very well cared for in the nursery. They would be safe and happy with RiverClan. But I don't think I could bear to be away from them. They remind me too much of Silverstream."
Fireheart: "You miss her that much?"
Graystripe: "I loved her."
—Fireheart asking Graystripe to come back to ThunderClan Rising Storm, page 170


Graystripe: "Feathertail...Stormfur...each time I see you, I can hardly believe it. My kits. Full-grown warriors. I am so proud of you two!"
Stormfur: "Thanks! So, how come you're still representing Firestar? Is he really still sick?"
Graystripe: "He's improving, don't worry. I'm sure he'll be at the next gathering."
Stormfur: "Hey, there's Brambleclaw and Ashfur. Let me go catch up with them."
Graystripe: "Feathertail...you look sad. Are you all right?"
Feathertail: "I'm fine."
Graystripe: "Are you sure you're all right? Are you happy in RiverClan? Is every cat treating you well there?"
Feathertail: "Well...no cat's mistreating us, no. I just find it hard to trust the RiverClan cats. And especially Leopardstar. After everything that happened."
Graystripe: "I understand. And I want you to remember, you and your brother are always welcome in ThunderClan. No cat would object. You're my kits. You have the right to become ThunderClan warriors if that's what you want."
Feathertail: "I don't know. Stormfur definitely belongs in RiverClan. He loves it there."
Graystripe: "And if he's there, I'm happy for him. But I would also love to have my daughter in ThunderClan with me."
Feathertail: "I appreciate the offer. I mean it. But...as long as Stormfur is part of RiverClan...I feel like I should at least try to find my place there too."
Graystripe: "All right. But the offer is always open."
Feathertail: "Thank you."
—Graystripe comforting Feathertail A Shadow in RiverClan, pages 113-116


Silverstream: "Hello, beloved."
Graystripe: "Silverstream! It's so good to see you...I've missed you so much."
Silverstream: "I've missed you, too, Graystripe. I watch over you, every day and every night."
Graystripe: "Oh, Silverstream. I never thought I'd get to speak with you again... are you all right? Are you...are you happy...where you are?"
Silverstream: "My sweet warrior...you don't have to worry. Joining StarClan is nothing to fear. Our kits grew into fine warriors. I was so proud of them when they went on the quest to find a new home for the Clans. You should know, too, that I have a companion. Someone I never had to privilege to meet while I walked with you."
Graystripe: "Feathertail...! My daughter... our daughter..."
Feathertail: "Hello, father. It's good to see you again."
Graystripe: "I heard about...I mean to say, they told me you had...you're at peace, then...? You're with your mother?"
Silverstream: "Yes, Graystripe. I joined StarClan even as our kits were born...but now my daughter and I are reunited."
Graystripe: "Feathertail...your brother, Stormfur...did he...he hasn't...already joined StarClan, too?"
Feathertail: "No, father. Stormfur is alive and well. But now we must leave you."
Graystripe: "What? You just got here!"
Silverstream: "Don't fret, beloved. Rest assured, we will always be with you...and you will see us here again."
—Silverstream, Graystripe and Feathertail The Lost Warrior, pages 52-53


"We fought and hunted together, and StarClan knows we fell out at times, but I always knew I could trust him."
—Dustpelt during Graystripe's vigil Sunset, page 253


"Nothing meant more to Graystripe than your friendship and his Clan… He would want to see ThunderClan as strong as it could... be even if that meant accepting he's not coming back."
—Stormfur to Firestar about Graystripe Sunset, page 253


Millie: "I can't wait to tell everyone how my brave, tough warrior saved a little Twoleg... by acting cute."
Graystripe: "Wha-huh? You wouldn't!"
Millie: "Plus I'm sure the rest of your Clan would like to know."
Graystripe: "Millie...!"
—Millie teasing Graystripe after he rescues a Twoleg kit Warrior's Refuge, page 69


"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."
—Graystripe before his elder ceremony Bramblestar's Storm, page chapter 33


"Don’t forget the Great Storm. Bramblestar was a new leader then, but he kept our Clan safe until we could return to our home here in the stone hollow."
—Graystripe at Bramblestar's funeral Lost Stars, page 250


"She's Firestar's daughter, you can't exile her."
—Graystripe defending Squirrelflight from Bramblestar's impostor The Silent Thaw, page 283


"He broke off as Bramblestar flashed out a paw and raked [Graystripe] across the nose, leaving a long bloody scratch. A gasp rose up from the surrounding warriors. Almost at once Graystripe recovered, drawing himself up so that Bristlefrost could imagine the formidable warrior he had once been.[...] Bristlefrost was amazed at how close the elder had come to the truth. Surely every cat must see how wise he is!"
—Bristlefrost's thoughts after the impostor attacks Graystripe Veil of Shadows, page 228

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 311
  3. Revealed in Dawn, page 112
  4. Revealed in The Lost Warrior, page 79
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 228
  6. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  7. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 231
  8. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 15
  9. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 270
  10. Revealed in Dawn, page 56
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 297
  12. Revealed in A Shadow in RiverClan, page 110
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, chapter 10
  14. Revealed in The Lost Warrior, page 21
  15. Revealed in The Lost Warrior, page 25
  16. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, chapter 33
  17. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 286
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 98
  19. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 201
  20. Revealed in The Lost Warrior, page 61
  21. Revealed in Sunset, page 257
  22. Revealed in Outcast, chapter 10
  23. Revealed in Outcast, chapter 29
  24. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 508
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 40
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 14
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 143
  28. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 67
  29. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 13
  30. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 87
  31. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 266
  32. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 295
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