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"We have to let the warrior code rule our hearts. The death of a warrior does not mean victory."
— Hollyleaf explaining to Dovewing why she let Sol go in The Forgotten Warrior, page 314-315

Hollyleaf is a slender, long-legged,[10] black she-cat[11] with soft[12] and long fur.[13] She has green eyes,[14] and a bushy tail.[15]

Hollyleaf was a ThunderClan warrior that served under Firestar's leadership in the lake territories. She was born as Hollykit to Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw alongside her brothers, Lionkit and Jaykit. Initially, Hollypaw trained as a medicine cat apprentice with Leafpool as her mentor; however, she decided to train as a warrior, with Brackenfur becoming her new mentor. Hollypaw soon learned of a prophecy that concerned her, Jaypaw, and Lionpaw.

After becoming a warrior, Hollyleaf and her siblings were cornered in a fire by Ashfur, and in order to save them, Squirrelflight revealed that they were not her kits. In the wake of discovering that Leafpool and Crowfeather were her true parents, Hollyleaf killed Ashfur to keep him from telling the Clans, but frustrated that nothing had changed, she ultimately revealed the secret herself at a Gathering. Thereafter, Hollyleaf disappeared into the tunnels and became close with Fallen Leaves; however, after being believed to be dead, she returned to her Clan and fought in the Great Battle, saving Ivypool from Hawkfrost. As she died, Hollyleaf finally forgave Squirrelflight and Leafpool, ascending to StarClan soon after.


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Power of Three

"Coward! I'm not afraid of the truth! Leafpool is our mother, and Crowfeather–yes, Crowfeather of WindClan–is our father. These cats were so ashamed of us that they gave us away and lied to every single one of you to hide the fact that they had broken the warrior code. It's all her fault. How can the Clans survive when there are cowards and liars at the very heart of them?"
―Hollyleaf revealing the truth at the Gathering Sunrise, page 306
Hollykit is the daughter of Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw, along with her brothers Lionkit and Jaykit. She is shown to be curious and logical as a kit, and she initially becomes a medicine cat apprentice under Leafpool, taking the name of Hollypaw. During her apprenticeship, she befriends Willowpaw, the RiverClan medicine cat apprentice, but realizes she is not cut out to be a medicine cat. Hollypaw is then apprenticed to Brackenfur and becomes close friends with Cinderpaw. Hollypaw believes strongly in the warrior code and follows it very closely, disapproving of Lionpaw meeting the WindClan apprentice, Heatherpaw, in secret.
Hollypaw and her siblings travel to the mountains to help the Tribe of Rushing Water fight off intruding rogues, and Jaypaw tells Lionpaw and Hollypaw of a prophecy involving them. Hollypaw stresses about the prophecy, wondering what her powers are and how they can be used to preserve the warrior code. She is the first to see Sol, who she and her brother believe can help them with the prophecy. She is later made a warrior alongside Lionpaw and Cinderpaw, receiving the name Hollyleaf. After Sol convinces ShadowClan to stop believing in StarClan, Hollyleaf helps to create a fake sign from StarClan, but later becoming a real sign when StarClan cats appear.
After a fire starts near ThunderClan's camp, Squirrelflight, Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather are trapped; however, Ashfur blocks the way out and threatens to kill the siblings as revenge for Squirrelflight loving Brambleclaw instead of him. Squirrelflight reveals that Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather are not her kits, and Hollyleaf resents Squirrelflight for having lied. When it is discovered that her biological parents are Leafpool and Crowfeather, Hollyleaf is devastated. She is horrified when Ashfur threatens to tell the truth and murders him to keep him quiet. Wracked with guilt, Hollyleaf reveals the secret at a Gathering. She then threatens to kill Leafpool with deathberries, but is convinced not to. Pursued by her brothers, she runs into the tunnels, which collapse behind her.

Omen of the Stars

"No, they made a mistake. They were just trying to make it better. No one should have died because Leafpool's heart led her along the wrong path. Doesn't every cat do that sometime in their life?"
―Hollyleaf to Lionblaze The Last Hope, page 137
Hollyleaf helps Ivypool and Blossomfall find their way out of the tunnels and reveals her identity. She is persuaded by Lionblaze to return to ThunderClan. While Leafpool and Squirrelflight are overjoyed that she's alive, her brothers feel hurt that they were led to believe that she was dead for so long. Many cats doubt her loyalty, and while she tries to reveal that she is Ashfur's killer, Brambleclaw instead lies to the Clan about his death.
Hollyleaf prepares ThunderClan for WindClan's surprise attack by teaching them how to fight underground. During the battle, she confronts Sol and nearly kills him, but lets him go. In the battle against the Dark Forest, Hollyleaf saves Ivypool from Hawkfrost, but is gravely injured by the Dark Forest tom. Distraught, Ivypool, with the help of Tigerheart, carry her back to camp, where Hollyleaf and Leafpool make amends before Hollyleaf dies. When the Ancients join to help fight the battle, Fallen Leaves mourns for his friend briefly before joining the fight. After the battle, Hollyleaf's spirit is seen rising from her body and following the others that perished during the battle, leaving with StarClan.

Super Editions

This section summarizes Hollyleaf's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

In Crowfeather's Trial, Crowfeather often thinks of his ThunderClan daughter and regrets not spending time with her before her death. Later on, as he and Leafpool discuss their kits, the two are both upset that they won't be able to see her anymore, and Leafpool admits that Hollyleaf couldn't accept the fact that she was half-Clan.
"It’s almost like [Lionblaze and Jayfeather] are kits again...our kits. Bramblestar thought. A pang of sorrow pierced him as he pictured Hollyleaf. She should be with us. I hope she found peace in StarClan."
―Bramblestar thinking about his adopted kits Bramblestar's Storm, page Chapter 21
In Bramblestar's Storm, Bramblestar misses Hollyleaf and recalls how he believed her to be his daughter, loving her like she was his own and misses her greatly. At the end of the book, she is shown at a Gathering with all the other cats who died in the battle against the Dark Forest, who have all come to give strength to their clans. In the manga, Hollyleaf's niece, Hollykit, is named in honor of her.


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In Leafpool's Wish, Leafpool and Squirrelflight travel away from ThunderClan so Leafpool can give birth. A black she-kit is born first, and Squirrelflight suggests naming her Hollykit since her fur is as dark as holly bark. Leafpool believes Hollykit to be gentle and thoughtful. Leafpool and Squirrelflight take the kits back to ThunderClan, and Leafpool promises to watch over them.
Hollyleaf: "It's time, isn't it?"
Fallen Leaves: "Go well. I will never forget you, Hollyleaf."
—Fallen Leaves to Hollyleaf Hollyleaf's Story, page 95
In Hollyleaf's Story, Hollyleaf narrowly escapes the tunnels collapsing. She cries for help, but fades out of consciousness. She wakes up to find Fallen Leaves tending to her wounds. Fallen Leaves heals her and offers to show her the way out when her injuries heal. She says no, and she stays with Fallen Leaves in the tunnel in a form of self-exile. She lives underground and occasionally goes up to the surface to help ThunderClan. She saves Ivypool and Blossomfall when they get lost and later Cherrypaw and Molepaw. Fallen Leaves tells her that she should return home, and when WindClan starts to plan an attack with Sol, she gives in.

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Killed victims

This list shows the victims Hollyleaf has killed:


Personality and Relationships

Hollyleaf is intensely devoted to the warrior code. She is ambitious, loyal, and clever. After it was revealed that she is Leafpool and Crowfeather's kit, her world shattered, forcing her to self exile. For more of Hollyleaf's personality and relationships, click here!


Hollyleaf's biological parents are Leafpool and Crowfeather, and her siblings are Jayfeather and Lionblaze. Her adoptive parents are Squirrelflight and Bramblestar. For more of Hollyleaf's family, click here!



Did you know that Hollyleaf is the spitting image of her father, Crowfeather? For more trivia about Hollyleaf, click here!


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 327
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  3. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 187
  4. Revealed in The Sight, page 5
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 295
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 251
  7. Revealed in Eclipse, page 317
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 88
  9. Revealed in Sunrise, page 314
  10. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 164
  11. Revealed in The Sight, page 27
  12. Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, page 19
  13. Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, page 13
  14. Revealed in The Sight, page 140
  15. Revealed in The Sight, page 214
  16. Revealed in Sunrise, page 313