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"Her belly burned with excitement as she remembered that she was a cat with a destiny. Her father had said so. And she was going to prove him right."
This article contains major spoilers for the recently released, Leopardstar's Honor. Please proceed at your own discretion.
"We shall miss Leopardstar. I remember her from all the way back when I was an apprentice in ThunderClan. I always respected her, and, though her loyalty to RiverClan never wavered, she was a leader who understood the importance of keeping every Clan strong. She had the heart, courage, and strength of the mighty cat she was named for."
Firestar about Leopardstar after her death in Fading Echoes, page 113



Leopardstar is a dappled[17] golden tabby she-cat[2] with amber eyes.[18]

Leopardstar was a leader of RiverClan in the forest and lake territories. Leopardkit was born to Mudfur and Brightsky alongside three unnamed kits; however, Brightsky and her littermates died during the kitting. Mudfur gave her the name of the mighty spotted cats from LeopardClan to give her the strength to survive. Shimmerpelt took her in as if she were her own, and she gained two adopted siblings, Skykit and Blackkit. As a kit, Leopardkit was destined by her father for greatness, and the young kit pressed to begin her warrior training as soon as possible. Her attitude led to Skykit trying to drown Leopardkit, causing her to be afraid of water and be labeled as a drypaw. As an apprentice, Leopardpaw was mentored by Whitefang, and with the help of her friend, Sunpaw, Leopardpaw eventually became a strong swimmer. She earned her warrior name of Leopardfur. Leopardfur was shown to be fiercely loyal to RiverClan and eventually became deputy after Oakheart's death, concurrently becoming a maternal figure to her apprentice Whiteclaw, the son of her best friend Sunfish.

When Crookedstar died, Leopardfur received her leader name of Leopardstar, and she combined her Clan with ShadowClan to co-lead TigerClan with Tigerstar. However, after the death of her deputy, Stonefur, she began to have second thoughts. After Tigerstar's death, she joined her Clan with LionClan, and appointed Mistyfoot as deputy, feeling heavily guilty about Stonefur. As a leader, she became a mentor to Hawkfrost, and when Mistyfoot was captured by Twolegs, she temporarily chose Hawkfrost as her deputy, until Mistyfoot returned back to her original position. She led her Clan during the Great Journey and settled near the river. After leading RiverClan for several more seasons, Leopardstar lost her last life due to a sickness, and Mistyfoot took her place as leader. She eventually joined StarClan and fought in the battle against the Dark Forest.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"These are difficult times. As we fight for survival we must be able to count on every one of our Clan mates. There is no room for divided loyalties. Do as Tigerstar tells you."
―Leopardstar ordering Stonefur to kill Stormpaw and Featherpaw The Darkest Hour, page 169

Stonefur's death

Leopardfur is the deputy of RiverClan under the leadership of Crookedstar. As deputy, Leopardfur defends her Clan with tooth and claw and is a strict follower of the warrior code. When she and her patrol attack Fireheart and Graystripe on RiverClan territory as they head home from bringing back WindClan, she witnesses the death of another RiverClan warrior, Whiteclaw, after Graystripe accidentally causes him to fall into the gorge. She becomes intensely bitter against the two cats. Leopardfur is sent to retrieve Silverstream's kits, Stormkit and Featherkit, and refuses to trust Graystripe after he later joins RiverClan with his kits. Despite her distrust of other Clans, she helps ThunderClan flee to RiverClan after their camp is destroyed by a forest fire.
After Crookedstar dies from greencough, Leopardfur receives her leader name and nine lives. She appoints Stonefur as her first deputy. Now that she is leader, she is able to banish Graystripe from RiverClan after he refuses to fight his friend Fireheart in a battle for Sunningrocks. After Tigerstar becomes leader of ShadowClan, he convinces Leopardstar to join their Clans together to become TigerClan so that they can rule the forest. Tigerstar's first decree is to rid TigerClan of half-Clan cats, which includes Leopardstar's deputy Stonefur, his sister Mistyfoot, and Graystripe's kits Featherpaw and Stormpaw. Blackfoot, Tigerstar's deputy, kills Stonefur after the RiverClan deputy fights for the honor of the half-Clan cats. Leopardstar is horrified at her deputy's death and immediately regrets her decision to join TigerClan. Leopardstar witnesses Tigerstar's gruesome death and believes that the Clans will be slaughtered at the claws of BloodClan. However, Firestar urges her to fight for the Clans, and she asks him to lead LionClan as she no longer has the strength to lead. She appoints Mistyfoot as her next deputy before the battle with BloodClan in honor of her brother's sacrifice.

The New Prophecy

"RiverClan has no need to travel to some distant place on the word of a few dreaming warriors. The river is still full of fish. It would be stupid for us to leave. The other Clans’ troubles are not ours to worry about."
―Leopardstar to other Clans about leaving the forest Dawn, page 86

Leopardstar promising Mistyfoot her faith after she is captured by Twolegs

Under Leopardstar's strong leadership, there are many moons of peace. When Mistyfoot is captured by Twolegs, she appoints Hawkfrost as her temporary deputy. However, to the delight of Leopardstar and the Clan, Mistyfoot returns and Leopardstar appoints her as deputy once more. Hawkfrost is privately angered by this decision, but openly accepts Mistyfoot's return. When the forest is destroyed by Twolegs, Leopardstar is the last leader to agree to leave the forest with the other Clans. She insists that RiverClan can survive off of the river and its fish, but eventually she is convinced that the Twolegs will destroy the river, and she leads RiverClan on the Great Journey.
Upon arriving to their new home, Leopardstar is determined to find the best camp for RiverClan and claim as much territory as possible. She is unaware of Hawkfrost's plots with Mudclaw, but her deputy Mistyfoot witnesses the situation and receives help from ThunderClan to stop Mudclaw's rebellion. When Hawkfrost makes up a sign about Stormfur and Brook being obstacles to RiverClan's success, she is initially skeptical, but banishes the mountain cats after Stormfur attacks Hawkfrost in a fit of rage.

Power of Three

"You should have left him where he was. Any cat with a flea's worth of sense would see that."
―Leopardstar siding with the other leaders about banishing Sol Sunset, page chapter 18
Her Clan moves into the island where Gatherings take place due to Twoleg kits terrorizing her Clan. When the ThunderClan apprentice, Hollypaw, sneaks into RiverClan territory to see what is wrong, Leopardstar decides to keep her hostage out of fear she would spill RiverClan's weakness to the rest of the Clans. She takes sides with Onestar that ThunderClan thinks every problem is their own, and forms an alliance with WindClan to attack ThunderClan and ShadowClan. She and the other Clan leaders demand ThunderClan to banish Sol from the lake because of all the damage he caused.

Omen of the Stars

"Fox dung! This is a trick! You're just trying to cheat RiverClan out of our fish. You want to get rid of some of our warriors so that we can't keep up with the patrols anymore."
―Leopardstar to Firestar at a Gathering The Fourth Apprentice, page 104
Leopardstar and her Clan are heavily affected by the drought causing the lake to dry up. She insists angrily that the remaining lake water belongs to RiverClan, and her Clanmates guard the remaining pond to prevent any other Clan stealing fish. The drought affects her severely, and Leopardstar loses her remaining lives. Mistyfoot succeeds her as leader.

Super Editions

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

In Crookedstar's Promise, Leopardkit is born to Mudfur and Brightsky along with three other kits. However, her mother and littermates die, and Leopardkit is cherished among every cat in the Clan. Leopardkit knows she is the favorite in the Clan, and uses this knowledge to try to convince Crookedjaw to teach her some battle moves. She becomes an apprentice with Whitefang as her mentor. As a warrior, she participates in a battle against the rats, and Hailstar is killed.
"Stop feeling sorry for yourself and do something! You can't change the past. But you can change the future. You can save the Clans, and you will. You're strong and smart, and these cats decided to follow you, even after everything that's happened. They're looking to you to protect them. You can't let them down, not after everything they've been through. You owe them one last fight."
―Mudfur to Leopardstar following Tigerstar's death Leopardstar's Honor, page 527

Tigerstar speaking with Leopardstar

In Leopardstar's Honor, Leopardkit is told by her father that she is destined to save the Clans. Leopardkit is openly eager to begin her warrior training to start the path of her destiny, much to the displeasure of some of her denmates; Skykit even nearly drowns her as retribution for her arrogance. Leopardpaw becomes an apprentice at five moons old with Whitefang as her mentor. She and her mentor form a strong bond, and she soon earns her warrior name of Leopardfur. She is devastated when Whitefang and her close friend, Sunfish, die from a border skirmish against ThunderClan at Sunningrocks, and is determined the rival Clan must pay. She resumes Whitepaw's training and becomes a motherly figure towards him. Frogleap assists with his training, and he and Leopardfur grow close. However, she and Frogleap grow apart when Leopardfur focuses more on her deputy duties than spending time with Frogleap. She becomes leader after Crookedstar's death, and Tigerstar—whom Leopardstar admired when they were warriors—suggests they should join Clans to secure prey and stand against the other Clans as TigerClan. Mudfur discourages Leopardstar from Tigerstar's methods and her own ambition, but she continues to cast him aside. After Stonefur's death, Leopardstar realizes her mistake and after Tigerstar's death, Leopardstar decides that in order to fulfill her destiny, she must save her Clan by securing its future against BloodClan.

Novellas

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

In Mistystar's Omen, Leopardstar, weakened and frail by the drought, is barely clinging to her last life. Mistyfoot stays at her side, and Leopardstar says she never deserved her deputy's forgiveness for everything that happened during Tigerstar's rule. Before Leopardstar passes, she reveals she always thought of Mistyfoot as her surrogate daughter. Mistyfoot wakes up to find Leopardstar dead.

Tigerstar and Sasha

Leopardstar naming Hawk and Moth apprentices

In Return to the Clans, Sasha, a loner and former kittypet, takes her two kits, Hawk and Moth, to RiverClan where they are confronted by Leopardstar and a patrol. Leopardstar agrees for the three to join RiverClan, and names the kits Hawkpaw and Mothpaw. However, Sasha constantly refuses to accept a warrior name. When Hawkpaw and Mothpaw are playing with the remnants of the Bonehill, Leopardstar reprimands them and informs them of Tigerstar's rule. Leopardstar is hesitant when Sasha reveals she is leaving, but Leopardstar accepts her friend's decision and thanks Sasha for providing two apprentices for RiverClan.

Stand-Alone Graphic Novels

Leopardstar risking her life for her Clanmates

"I am so sorry for the way I treated you. For allying with Tigerstar. I was so...so very wrong. I never should've trusted him. And I should've protected you. My own ambition blinded me until it was far too late. Listen, I...I'm grateful you've both returned to RiverClan. And I'll understand if you can never forgive me. But I want you to know...I'm so proud of the warriors you've grown into. No thanks to me."
―Leopardstar to Feathertail and Stormfur A Shadow in RiverClan, page 186
In A Shadow in RiverClan, Feathertail struggles to trust Leopardstar after she supported Tigerstar and almost allowed him to kill her and Stormfur. When Leopardstar allows Sasha, Moth and Hawk to join RiverClan and mentors Hawkpaw, Feathertail questions her leader's intentions and wonders if she changed. A fox attacks RiverClan's camp, and Leopardstar, Feathertail, Stormfur and Hawkpaw scout for its den to drive it away. However, they are cornered by the fox and Leopardstar is gravely injured trying to protect Hawkpaw. Feathertail and Stormfur save her, and Leopardstar admits her past faults and pride in them. Feathertail forgives Leopardstar for what happened, to which she is grateful.

Detailed description

Leopardstar is a sleek furred,[19] dappled[17] golden tabby she-cat.[2] She has unusual,[2] dark[20] golden spots[2] on her pelt, with a long, winding tail,[21] and amber eyes.[18]

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Ceremonies

Leopardfur's warrior ceremony
Hailstar: I call upon my warrior ancestors [...] to look down on this apprentice. With no mother to guide her, she has been raised by the Clan, and it is with special pride that we watch her today pass from apprentice to warrior. She has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend her to you as a warrior of RiverClan. Leopardpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Leopardpaw: I do. I really do.
Hailstar: Then, by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Leopardpaw, from this moment on you will be known as Leopardfur. StarClan honors your determination, your independence, and your loyalty, and welcome you as a full warrior of RiverClan.
Reference: Leopardstar's Honor, pages 53-54


Leopardfur's deputy ceremony
Crookedstar: RiverClan has lost its deputy, and we will miss him. He was smart and brave and a skilled warrior. And he was my littermate. I will be lost without him. The warrior I have chosen as RiverClan's new deputy has shown courage and dedication and strength. Leopardfur.
Leopardfur: Yes?
Crookedstar: You will be RiverClan's deputy. You showed great courage yesterday when you saved Blackclaw's life. And today it seems you instinctively took charge when the Clan was overwhelmed by its loss. [...] I have watched Leopardfur closely since she was a kit. I've seen her overcome every obstacle and prove her loyalty again and again. After losing a leader and a deputy in so few moons, it's important that I appoint a warrior whose youth and strength and ability to survive will ensure stability and continuity in RiverClan for many moons to come. Will you accept the job, Leopardfur?
Leopardfur: I'd be honored.
Everyone: Leopardfur!
Reference: Leopardstar's Honor, pages 149-152


Leopardstar's leader ceremony
Riverstar: Welcome to StarClan. I am Riverstar. You will bring strength to RiverClan at a time when they need it. With this life, I give you acceptance.
Leopardfur: Acceptance?
Riverstar: You will need it.
Leopardfur: Whiteclaw. I'm sorry. I trained you to be too much like me.
Whiteclaw: You trained me to be a loyal RiverClan warrior. It's all I ever wanted to be. With this life, I give you empathy, because you always understood me.
Leopardfur: Whiteclaw. [...] Hailstar. I'm honored.
Hailstar: You fought fearlessly against those rats. You have always had the courage and determination to be one of RiverClan's greatest leaders. With this life, I give you bravery. Protect your Clan with your life.
Frogleap: With this life, I give you devotion. Because you are devoted to your Clan.
Leopardfur: Are Woodkit and Robinkit with you?
Frogleap: Yes.
Leopardfur: I'm sorry I couldn't save them.
Frogleap: They are loved here too.
Leopardfur: Oakheart.
Oakheart: You have grown. And learned much from Crookedstar.
Leopardstar: Is he here yet?
Oakheart: He is resting. He's earned it. With this life, I give you unity, so that RiverClan may never be divided.
Leopardfur: I'm sorry. I should have given you the help you needed, not the help I thought you should have.
Silverstream: With this life, I give you forgiveness.
Leopardfur: Stormkit and Featherkit are safe and happy in RiverClan.
Silverstream: I know.
Whitefang: I'm proud of you. It's not like you to be lost for words. With this life, I give you patience.
Sunfish: Leopardfur.
Leopardfur: Are you happy here?
Sunfish: We are all happy here. With this life, I give you friendship.
Brightsky: I'm Brightsky.
Leopardfur: Mudfur missed you so much. So did I.
Brightsky: I know. I wish I could have raised you. But I've loved you even though I couldn't be with you. With this, your ninth life, I give you love. The love a mother gives her kits. Your Clanmates are your kits now. Their safety depends on your strength. You must fight for them without fear or pity.
Leopardstar: I will. I promise. I will protect them as though they are my own.
Reference: Leopardstar's Honor, pages 421-426

Leader info


Personality

Leopardstar is an independent, prideful and sassy leader. She does not care much for the needs of other Clans, but is fiercely loyal to RiverClan.[29]

Relationships

Tigerstar

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Mistystar and Stonefur

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Feathertail and Stormfur

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Whitefang

Whitefang was Leopardstar's mentor, but the two created a bond much before Leopardstar's apprentice days. Whitefang first interacts with Leopardstar when the latter is a kit, Leopardkit. Whitefang catches the young kit spying on two warriors, wanting to learn how to hunt. He teaches her about the difference between the scent of live versus the scent of dead prey, and helps her learn the difference of scents between meadow water and river water. Whitefang reports her to Hailstar, and when Leopardkit states that although Mudfur thinks she is too young and too small to become an apprentice, Whitefang doesn't share the same opinion, causing the white warror to look at his paws. When Leopardkit is apprenticed, becoming Leopardpaw, Whitefang manages to create a path around the obstacle of Leopardpaw being afraid of water, and is extremely impressed when Leopardpaw and Sunpaw bring him the news that Leopardpaw got over her fear. From then on, Whitefang did exclusive water training with her, knowing that he had to catch her up to the other apprentices. After passing her assessment of catching land prey, Leopardpaw earns her warrior name Leopardfur, and Whitefang is very proud of her.[30]
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Mudfur

Mudfur was Leopardstar's father, and being Brightsky's only surviving kit, Leopardstar was often spoiled by him.[source?]

Sunfish

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Whiteclaw

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Frogleap

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Crookedstar

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Silverstream

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Firestar and Graystripe

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Kin

Members

Mother:

Brightsky:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Adopted mother:

Shimmerpelt:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Father:

Mudfur:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Siblings:

Three kits:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan members

Adopted sister:

Skyheart:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Adopted brother:

Blackclaw:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Adopted son:

Whiteclaw:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Tree

Genetic

Mudfur ♂Brightsky ♀
Three kitsLeopardstar ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Adopted

Shimmerpelt ♀
Skyheart ♀Blackclaw ♂Leopardstar ♀
Whiteclaw ♂

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Appearances


Trivia

Did you know Leopardstar was born as what her Clanmates called a "drypaw", meaning she originally didn't like to get her paws wet? For more trivia about Leopardstar, click here!

Quotes

"The whole Clan had spoiled the motherless kit, especially her father Mudfur, who doted on her, and she could wrap almost any Clanmate around her tail."
―Crookedjaw's observation Crookedstar's Promise, page 316


"Look there! If it weren't for that traitor, Sunningrocks would be ours again. He is no longer a member of RiverClan. If you catch him on our territory, kill him."
―Leopardstar banishing Graystripe from RiverClan A Dangerous Path, page 194


"I am leader here, Blackfoot. I make the decisions. And I'm not ready to give up yet-- not if there's a chance of driving out BloodClan."
―Leopardstar deciding to fight BloodClan The Darkest Hour, page 271
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"I am a great leader. I make tough decisions and stick to them. I discipline bad behavior with fair, strict punishment. My warriors would respect me and follow me to the end of the river if I told them to."
―Leopardstar Secrets of the Clans, page 52


Leopardstar: "Just like you, Firestar. Always coming up with a plan. Do you think I don't know what you really have in mind?"
Firestar: "I'm not hiding anything."
Leopardstar: "Fox dung! This is a trick! You're just trying to cheat RiverClan out of our fish. You want to get rid of some of our warriors so that we can't keep up with the patrols anymore."
Firestar: "That doesn't make sense. Leopardstar, I can see that you're not well-"
Leopardstar: "I'm not a fool, Firestar. I know you'd let RiverClan starve to save your precious Clan!"
—Leopardstar to Firestar, about the patrol up river at a Gathering The Fourth Apprentice, page 104


"Three elders lost in a single season? I've had to watch my Clanmates starve to death because there were no fish to catch, nothing left in the lake but mud. And what about Rippletail? He was as brave as any of the other cats who went to find out where the water had gone- why didn't he deserve to come back? Did he go too far beyond the sight of StarClan?"
―Leopardstar about the drought Mistystar's Omen, pages 2-3

External links

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page prologue
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  3. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  4. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 136
  5. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 280
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 11
  7. Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  8. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 286
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 339
  10. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 411
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 108
  12. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 5
  13. Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, page 99
  14. Revealed in Mothwing's Secret, chapter 1
  15. Revealed in Fading Echoes, allegiances
  16. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, allegiances
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 303
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 13
  19. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 23
  20. Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 1
  21. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 183
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, page 421
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, page 422
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, page 423
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, page 424
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, page 425
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, page 426
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 15
  29. Revealed in The New Prophecy
  30. Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, chapter 2
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 279-280
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 316
  33. Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, pages 104-105
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