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"Didn't your mother tell you about us? Behave yourself or the big fierce kittypets will get you?"
— Jacques to Violetshine in River of Fire, page 221

Jacques is a huge black-and-white tom with a torn ear[2] and yellow eyes.[3] He has sleek fur, a lean frame,[4] a scar over his nose and powerful claws.[1]

History

In The New Prophecy arc

Starlight

As cats from the Clans settle around the lake, five cats, Brambleclaw, Squirrelflight, Crowfeather, Mistyfoot, and Tawnypelt, are chosen to patrol the lake to decide borders and lay out territories for the four Clans. As they are starting on ShadowClan, Squirrelflight encounters Jacques, and both cats get into a battle. Brambleclaw comes to Squirrelflight's aid, but as Brambleclaw joins her, Susan joins Jacques, and they both put up quite a fight for kittypets. Mistyfoot, RiverClan's deputy, comes and helps Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight. Crowfeather and Tawnypelt charge across the forest to help the cats, but Jacques' Twoleg screeches something at the doorway. His screeching eventually leading Jacques into running back into his Twoleg nest.

Twilight

He and Susan brutally attack Talonpaw, a ShadowClan apprentice, when he is hunting alone. After managing to drag himself back to camp, the young apprentice dies from his injuries. Rowanclaw, who was his mentor, leads a patrol to take revenge on the kittypets, but Susan and Jacques flee for their Twoleg nest, and their Twoleg throws something at the patrol, wounding Cedarheart. Squirrelflight retells the story to Firestar, adding in that they've been terrorized by Jacques and Susan. Brambleclaw, Brackenfur, Thornclaw, Cloudtail, Rainwhisker, Squirrelflight, Tawnypelt, Russetfur, Rowanclaw, and Oakfur launch an attack on the nest, using Tawnypelt as bait to get Susan and Jacques to come out. When Tawnypelt pretends to cry out for help, Jacques pushes his muzzle into her face, and says that they wouldn't hurt her, but rip a few pawfuls of her fur out.
This is done to cut Susan and Jacques off from the Twoleg nest. Susan and Jacques are let off with a threatening warning: if they ever again harm any Clan cat, they will be killed. Jacques was seen charging at Cloudtail, fighting with Rowanclaw, and tussling with Squirrelflight. She pushed him into Brambleclaw, who pinned him to the ground. Jacques is last seen running back to his Twolegs along with Susan.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Forgotten Warrior

Jacques does not formally appear, but is mentioned, though not by name, at a Gathering by Blackstar, saying that Toadfoot and Tawnypelt had defeated the two kittypets in a battle at the Twoleg nest. Toadfoot's eye is swollen from a scratch, suggesting the kittypets had put up a decent fight.

In the A Vision of Shadows arc

River of Fire

While out searching for Yarrowleaf's kits, Flaxkit and Hopkit, Violetshine, Yarrowleaf, Rowanclaw, and a few other cats encounter Jacques, finding him louging on a tree. Violetshine looks up and spots the kittypet, noticing a scratch on his face, but he has powerful claws, and she asks if he's really a Twoleg pet. Jacques questions if her mother didn't tell her that if she doesn't behave the fierce kittypets will get her, amusement gone from his voice.
Rowanclaw exclaims the big tom's name, stating ShadowClan has had issues with him and his friend, Susan, before, but his old Clan had more to worry about with Darktail. Yarrowleaf tremblingly asks if Jacques has her kits, causing him to sneer at her, but offers to lead the patrol to where her kits are. The ginger queen desperately agrees, and Jacques tells the warriors that if anyone lays one claw on him, Flaxkit and Hopkit will be lost to them for good.
The black-and-white kittypet stretches before leaping down from his lounging spot, and waves his tail as he leads Violetshine and her Clanmates through the woods. Upon reaching Raven, Sleekwhisker, and Nettle, Jacques strolls up to Susan and settles down, while Tawnypelt explains that the rogues captured her when she went to find Flaxkit and Hopkit. Rowanclaw engages in a battle with the rogues, and Jacques manages to pin Violetshine against the ground.
She struggles under his hulking weight as his fur presses into her mouth, blocking her breathing. Pain scorches in her hindquarters as Jacques claws at them. Tawnypelt tears Jacques off Violetshine, slashing at him fiercely with well-aimed blows, while, despite his strength, Jacques’ blows are clumsy and off balance. Jacques flees the fight, and runs back to his Twoleg den.

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

Although not mentioned by name, it is mentioned on Russetfur's page that Russetfur played a vital role in establishing the territories by the lake when she took on the troublesome kittypets who lived in a Twoleg den amid the pine trees.

Trivia

Continuity

The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, Jacques and Susan are mentioned for the first time by their names. They are both described as bullies who attack weaker cats and escape into their Twoleg nest when beginning to lose a fight. It is also mentioned that they were punished for their deeds by ShadowClan and ThunderClan.[5]

Killed victims

This list shows the victims Jacques has killed:

Appearances

Quotes

Squirrelflight: "Trouble with kittypets? ShadowClan? You're telling me a whole Clan of warriors can't deal with a couple of kittypets?"
Tawnypelt: "It's not funny. Yesterday they caught Talonpaw out on his own. They attacked him and left him wounded. He managed to drag himself back to camp, but he died."
Squirrelflight: "Oh, Tawnypelt, I'm so sorry!"
Tawnypelt: "Rowanclaw, who was Talonpaw's mentor, led a patrol to take revenge. But as soon as the kittypets saw them, they fled back into the nest. Their Twolegs threw hard things at the patrol, and Cedarheart's leg was badly injured. Those kittypets are cowards. They only come after cats who are weak, or alone."
—Tawnypelt to Squirrelflight about Jacques and Susan Twilight, page 179


"ShadowClan warriors fought a battle with the two kittypets at the Twoleg nest. We won't be having anymore trouble with them for a while."
—Blackstar The Forgotten Warrior, page 81

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 221
  2. Revealed in River of Fire, page 220
  3. Revealed in Twilight, page 193
  4. Revealed in Starlight, page 68
  5. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 154
  6. Revealed in Twilight, page 176
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