"He knew that from now on, whenever he saw lightning in the sky, he would remember the best friend he had ever had. And his own kit, beautiful, spirited Lightning Stripe, would remind him of his first deputy every day."
Thunderstar about Lightning Stripe in Thunderstar's Echo, chapter 10

Lightning Stripe is a ginger tabby she-cat with a white zigzag stripe shaped like lightning on her belly,[2] and amber eyes.[1]

In Thunderstar's Echo, Lightning Stripe, along with her siblings, Shell Claw, Feather Ear, and Sleek Fur, are born to ThunderClan's leader, Thunderstar, and his mate, Violet Dawn. The kits are unnamed at first, though, as their parents having not come up with names yet. Upon seeing the ginger tabby kit, Lightning Stripe's parents comment on how they believe that she will be the strongest of their litter. Nudging the kit towards Thunderstar, Violet Dawn shows her mate the kit's white stripe on her belly, and it reminds Thunderstar of Lightning Tail, who would have loved to meet Lightning Stripe.

While Lightning Stripe and her siblings are too young to go to a Gathering, Thunderstar mentions their birth to WindClan, ShadowClan, RiverClan, and SkyClan, and they all wish the kits and their mother well. After returning home, Thunderstar finds out that Violet Dawn has named two of the kits, Shell Claw and Feather Ear. Violet Dawn urges Thunderstar to name the other two, and Lightning Stripe is given her name, both in honor of Lightning Tail, as well as the marking on her belly. Thunderstar comments that Lightning Tail will always be with him, through Lightning Stripe.


Interesting facts




Violet Dawn:[1] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)


Thunderstar:[1] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sleek Fur:[1] Living (As of Thunderstar's Echo)


Shell Claw:[1] Living (As of Thunderstar's Echo)
Feather Ear:[1] Living (As of Thunderstar's Echo)
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Storm two unnamed kits:[4] Deceased, residence unknown


Tiny Branch:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Flower Foot:[5] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)
Dew Petal:[5] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)


Bright Stream's tabby kit:[6] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Bright Stream's pale gray kit:[6] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Jagged Peak:[7] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)
Gray Wing:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Fluttering Bird:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Skystar:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Storm:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Quiet Rain:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Second cousins:

Dew Nose:[11] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)
Eagle Feather:[11] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)
Storm Pelt:[11] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)
Black Ear:[12] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)
White Tail:[12] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)
Silver Stripe:[12] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


"Three of the kits were sleeping, nestled against Violet Dawn's side. But the fourth, the tabby she-kit, stared up at him with amber eyes that blazed like fire. She was only a quarter-moon old, but he could already see intelligence and courage in her eyes. She was going to be something special; he knew it."
—Thunderstar on Lightning Stripe Thunderstar's Echo, page chapter 10

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, chapter 10
  2. Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, chapter 9
  3. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 240
  4. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 300
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in Path of Stars, page 82
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Path of Stars, page 306
  7. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 10
  8. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 12
  9. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 13
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 305
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 262
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Revealed in Path of Stars, page 227
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