"Even Leaf, despite his temper, hunted for his campmates before himself."
Thunder on his cats' loyalty in A Forest Divided, page 243

Leaf is a black-and-white tom[2] with amber eyes.[8]

Leaf is a member of ancient ThunderClan, among the first cats to split from Clear Sky's group to form what would become ThunderClan. He was a former rogue, initially joining Clear Sky due to his strong leadership, but became dissatisfied with his controlling nature. Though an impressive hunter, Leaf's aggressive nature caused him many quarrels, including with Milkweed. However, the two reconcile, becoming mates and having two litters of kits.


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Dawn of the Clans

"Your only loyalty is to yourself."
—Milkweed to Leaf A Forest Divided, page 188
Leaf is former rogue, recruited to join Clear Sky's camp after the mountain cats' separation into two groups. Upon Thunder's decision to join them, Leaf distrusts him. After Thunder returns to Tall Shadow's group when Frost is exiled, Leaf and Falling Feather fight off the fox that attacks them. Though Leaf respects Thunder's decision, he remains loyal to Clear Sky, fond of his leader's aggressive rule and expansion of borders, and eager to participate in battle training. Leaf later uses his skills against Thunder in The First Battle, but is gravely injured; however, Thunder calls for Dappled Pelt to treat Leaf's injuries.
When One Eye drives Clear Sky from his camp, Leaf does nothing to stop him, but comes to appreciate his return when One Eye proves a cruel leader. However, he believes Clear Sky has become soft, and is enraged when he limits hunting during leaf-bare, especially when other cats eat his catches. He eagerly joins Thunder to leave Clear Sky, but accosts the queen, Milkweed, when she attempts to follow them, believing she and her kits, Thistle and Clover, will drag the new group down. Even so, he comes to respect Milkweed as a capable hunter, and admires her kits' enthusiasm and ambition, offering to train them.
After Star Flower is kidnapped by Slash's group, and Clear Sky begs for Thunder's help, Leaf insists that it isn't their problem. He later assists in fighting the rogues, but is frustrated when they cannot overpower them. He further distrusts Slash's former campmates when they are accepted among their cats.

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In Moth Flight's Vision, he and Milkweed have had their first litter of kits: Shivering Rose, Hazel Burrow, and Morning Fire. Leaf works hard to make sure his mate and kits are well cared for.


In Thunderstar's Echo, Milkweed has given birth to her and Leaf's second litter: Patch Pelt and Beech Tail. Pink Eyes accuses him of only hunting for his mate and kits, and while Leaf agrees to hunt more, prey is scarce.


Interesting facts

  • Leaf is the cat who discovered the ravine where ThunderClan lived.[9]


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Leaf: "There won't be much prey stirring after your little performance."
Thunder: "We should probably wait it out patiently. The prey will come back eventually."
Leaf: "That is what I'm doing, in case if you hadn't noticed. There's no need to talk to me as if I'm mouse-brained. I know the forest better than you!"
Thunder: "I'm sorry-"
Leaf: "You should pay attention. That is, if you want to learn the skills that a leader will need."
Thunder: "You've got it all wrong. I don't want to be leader. I'm sure that's not what Clear Sky-"
Leaf: "Be quiet! Your name might be Thunder, but that doesn't mean you have to make so much noise all the time."
—Leaf and Thunder on patrol Thunder Rising, pages 185-186

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"Spirit cats don't get hungry. Why don't they look after the sick and weak? Here in the real world, strength is the only thing that counts. What's the point in hunting for cats who can't hunt for themselves? They just sap the strength of the whole group."
—Leaf to Thunder while hunting A Forest Divided, pages 172-172

Clear Sky: "What’s going on?"
Leaf: "I’m starving while they eat my catch! What has she brought to the group apart from two hungry kits and a cough that keeps everyone awake?"
Blossom: "They need food more than you! Can’t you see that? They’re halfstarved!"
Leaf: "Then they should have gone hunting today, like I did!"
—Leaf after Milkweed's kits take his catch A Forest Divided, page 179

Thunder: "Milkweed and her kits can come with us if they want to."
Leaf: "They’ll make us weak."
Milkweed: "I want to come with you so I can help! Clear Sky kept promising I could hunt, but he never sent me out with a patrol."
Thunder: "Are you strong enough to hunt?"
Milkweed: "Of course I am! I’ve got kits to feed. Their hunger will drive me even harder than my own. [Leaf] only wants to fill his own belly. He doesn’t belong in a group!"
Leaf: "That’s not true!"
Milkweed: "Your only loyalty is to yourself."
—Milkweed attempting to join Thunder's group A Forest Divided, page 188

"Without him, would Leaf hunt for anyone but Milkweed and her kits?"
—Thunder contemplating his authority as leader Path of Stars, page 21

Cloud Spots: "How could we fight them off? We were outnumbered!"
Leaf: "It would have been better than creeping away like mice!"
—Leaf and Cloud Spots after the fight with Slash's rogues Path of Stars, page 88

"Do you think foxes would stop being foxes if we trusted them?"
—Leaf about taking in Slash's former rogues Path of Stars, page 204

"Moth Flight tipped her head, curious. She'd seen Leaf and Milkweed at gatherings. They'd always stayed close, watching each other with a fondness she'd only seen between her mother and Gorse Fur."
—Moth Flight thinking about Leaf and Milkweed Moth Flight's Vision, page 219

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Path of Stars, pages 304-305
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 204
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Path of Stars, page 201
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in Thunder Rising, allegiances
  5. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 181
  6. Revealed in The Sun Trail: Bonus Scene, page 12
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, allegiances
  8. Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 182
  9. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 190
  10. Revealed in The First Battle, allegiances
  11. Revealed in The First Battle, page 262
  12. Revealed in The Blazing Star, allegiances
  13. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 171
Logo-thunderclan Ancient ThunderClan cats
Leader Thunderstar
Deputy Owl Eyes
Medicine cat Cloud Spots (Shivering Rose)
Warriors (Hunters) Violet DawnPink EyesLeafMilkweedCloverThistleGooseberryYew TailApple BlossomSnail ShellBlue Whisker
Apprentices Hazel BurrowMorning FireShivering Rose
Queens N/A
Kits Patch PeltBeech Tail
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