|"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 was a ThunderClan warrior under Firestar's leadership in the lake territories. She arrived in ThunderClan as Hollykit, the daughter of Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw, alongside her brothers Lionblaze and Jayfeather. Initially, Hollypaw trained as a medicine cat apprentice, but switched to warrior training, soon learning of a prophecy concerning her and her brothers.
After becoming a warrior, Hollyleaf and her siblings were cornered in a fire by Ashfur, and, in order to save them, Squirrelflight revealed they were not her kits. 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. After disappearing into the tunnels, Hollyleaf was believed to be dead, but eventually returned and fought in the Great Battle, saving Ivypool from Hawkfrost. As she died, Hollyleaf finally forgave Squirrelflight and Leafpool and ascended to StarClan.
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- "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
- 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 about them. Hollypaw stresses about the prophecy and wonders 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 create a fake sign from StarClan, later becoming a real sign when StarClan cats appear.
- After a fire starts near ThunderClan camp and Squirrelflight, Hollyleaf, and her siblings are trapped, 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.
- "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 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 killed by the Dark Forest tom. Distraught, Ivypool carries 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.
- 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.
- In Bramblestar's Storm, Bramblestar misses Hollyleaf and recalls he believed her to be his daughter and loved her like she was his own, and misses her greatly. At the end of the book, Hollyleaf's niece, Hollykit, is named in honor of her.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hollyleaf is a slender, long-legged, black she-cat with soft and long fur. She has green eyes, and a bushy tail.
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This list shows the victims Hollyleaf has killed:
|Hollypaw's apprentice ceremony|
|Hollyleaf's warrior ceremony|
- Hollyleaf's profile on the Warriors official website
- A Legacy of Fire on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only)
- Honoring the Mother Cats on the Warriors official website (Indirect mention only)
- Pick a Plush: Round Two on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only)
- Blood Isn't Everything on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only)
- Character Spotlight - Squirrelflight on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only)
- Apprentices: A Fresh Perspective on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only)
- Codebreakers: Brainstorming The Broken Code on the Warriors official website (Indirect mention only)
- Stand Together or Fall Divided on the Warriors official website (Indirect mention only)
- Morningstar's Folly - When Peace Isn't the Answer on the Warriors official website (Indirect mention only)
- A Common Bond on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only)
- Unexpected Storylines on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only)
- Kin of Your Kin on the Warriors official website (Indirect mention only)
- Reading the Omens on the Warriors official website (Indirect mention only)
- When Omens Are False on the Warriors official website (Indirect mention only)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 327
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 187
- ↑ Revealed in The Sight, page 5
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 295
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 88
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 251
- ↑ Revealed in Eclipse, page 317
- ↑ Revealed in Sunrise, page 314
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 27
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 140
- ↑ Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 164
- ↑ Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, page 19
- ↑ Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, page 13
- ↑ Revealed in The Sight, page 214
- ↑ Revealed in Sunrise, page 313