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"My littermates said I was too small…too weak. But I have proven them wrong. I've learned how to be strong…how to live for blood. Because that's the key. The only answer. I am leader of BloodClan. I am Scourge. And I have won!"
— Scourge thinking about his victory over Tigerstar in The Rise of Scourge, page 82



Scourge is a small black tom with one white paw,[1] ice-blue eyes,[5] glossy fur,[6] and a torn left ear.[7] He has a purple[8] collar studded with teeth from dogs and cats,[9] and claws reinforced with dogs' teeth.[10]

Scourge was the founder and the first leader of BloodClan. He was born as Tiny to Quince and Jake along with his siblings, Socks and Ruby, as a kittypet. After a run-in with Tigerpaw that nearly killed him, Tiny fled to the Twolegplace. He attempted to break free of his collar with a dog's tooth, which became embedded in his collar and resulted in him lying about killing a dog to gain the respect of the Twolegplace cats. He renamed himself Scourge, and rose as their leader.

Moons later, Tigerstar came to BloodClan with an offer to Scourge in exchange for territory. Scourge agreed, but withdrew his cats from the potential fight with the Clans after learning of Tigerstar's treachery. In retaliation, Scourge murdered Tigerstar when he attacked, and aspired to conquer the forest. Scourge was killed in battle by Firestar after the ThunderClan leader was revived. With their leader dead, BloodClan retreated, and was reduced to only a memory among the forest cats.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"You see what happens to cats who defy BloodClan? Your friend here thought he could control us. He was wrong."
―Scourge after killing Tigerstar The Darkest Hour, page 125
Scourge is recruited by Tigerstar to help the ShadowClan leader take over the Clans by force, and leads BloodClan's cats to their territories. He and BloodClan are introduced by Tigerstar to the other Clans, though Scourge's cats refuse to fight under Tigerstar's command due to their loyalty to their leader. Firestar reveals all of Tigerstar's crimes to him and the Clans, and due to this, Scourge refuses to fight until he has thought it through. Enraged, Tigerstar attacks Scourge, but the latter outmaneuvers him and rips open Tigerstar's throat, chest and stomach, causing him to lose all nine of his lives at once. He gives Firestar an ultimatum; either surrender the forest to BloodClan or fight for it. Scourge leads BloodClan against the united force of LionClan, formed from all four of the forest Clans. He takes Firestar's first life, but is then killed by the ginger tom upon his revival. With the fall of their leader, BloodClan admits defeat and retreats.

Stand-Alone Manga

"I must have ice in my veins to do what I just did. I expect the ice to melt...But it doesn't. It just gets colder and colder...And I welcome it."
―Scourge The Rise of Scourge, page 71
In The Rise of Scourge, Scourge is born as Tiny to Quince, a kittypet. He lives in torment from his siblings, Ruby and Socks, and after they tell him unwanted kittens get thrown in the river, he escapes, not wanting to meet that fate. Tiny finds himself in the forest and is happened upon by a patrol consisting of Tigerpaw, Thistleclaw, and Bluefur. Tigerpaw is instructed to attack Tiny for trespassing and the small tom survives only due to Bluefur's intervention. Tiny escapes and vows to never to forget the tabby apprentice.

Tigerpaw's last words for Tiny.

Arriving in the Twolegplace, Tiny is told he is a kittypet and, in an attempt to remove his collar, gets a dog tooth lodged in it. He lies to the rogues that he fought and killed a dog so that he can eat. His story spreads and Tiny is taken by Bone and Brick to fight another dog that is causing cats to go hungry. He goes to fight the dog, but, it is scared of his shadow and runs off. He renames himself Scourge from this moment on and is named as the leader of the Twolegplace cats.
Securing his lead, Scourge kills a rogue to prove to his cats that he was a fit leader. He later banishes his littermates when they turn to him for help. Scourge meets with Tigerstar and Boulder, the tabby tom asking for his help. Scourge agrees and takes his cats to the forest and following Tigerstar's betrayal, the tom kills his old enemy, having never forgotten what he did to him many moons prior.

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Killed victims

"He sounded like a cat who had enjoyed killing."
―Lionblaze's thoughts on Scourge Sunrise, page 32

This list shows the victims Scourge has killed:

Personality and Relationships

Scourge is an outwardly, cold and calculating cat with a formerly, strong resentment for his small size brought upon by moons of teasing. There a few he is close to, and many only stay by his side out of fear. For more of Scourge's personality and relationships, click here!

Family

Scourge's parents are Jake and Quince. His littermates are Socks and Ruby. For more of Scourge's family, click here!

Appearances


Trivia

Interesting facts

  • Scourge's Warriors App profile notes that he hated the dog teeth that studded his collar. He felt that they smelled awful and pressed on his throat, making swallowing difficult. However, Scourge put up with the discomfort because he knew it made him look more fearsome.[13]
  • Scourge is described to have a 'brittle and high-pitched' voice, mentioned to be like the splintering of ice.[14]

Author statements

Mistakes

  • Scourge has been mistakenly said to be Violet's littermate.[17]
  • Scourge has been referred to as a kittypet despite being the leader of BloodClan.[18]

Continuity

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

  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, Scourge is mentioned as BloodClan's leader and is mistakenly called Blood.[19] His leadership is described as harsh and that he had control over his followers lives, which is told from Barley's perspective.[20]

Quotes

"Oh yes. Blood is everything. But the only blood I'm interested in flows from my enemies. Look around you! These cats are bathed in blood. It soaks their fur and laps at their paws. This is why we survive! We are BLOODCLAN!"
―Scourge to his littermates The Rise of Scourge, page 74


"We are taking over this territory now. I shall rule the forest as well as the town. But I understand that you may need some time to reflect on this. You have three days to leave—or meet my Clan in battle. I shall wait for your decision at dawn on the fourth day."
―Scourge to ThunderClan and WindClan The Darkest Hour, page 235


"[…] Brambleclaw remembered the clearing at Fourtrees, the blood pouring out onto the grass as Tigerstar lost all nine lives at once. He saw Scourge looking down at his twitching body with cold triumph. Was that what Hawkfrost and Tigerstar wanted him to become?"
―Brambleclaw remembering Tigerstar's death Sunset, pages 295-296

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 1
  3. Anchoring off of pages 395, 400, and 401 of Bluestar's Prophecy, Bluefur mentions that Scourge is a kit when attacked by Tigerpaw, a seven-moon old apprentice. Scourge's age can be determined to be approximately the same as Whitekit's, who is established to be younger than Tigerpaw at the time.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 307
  5. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 5
  6. Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 4
  7. Revealed in A Clan in Need, page 10
  8. Revealed on the cover of The Rise of Scourge
  9. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, pages 228-229
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 233
  11. Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 69
  12. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 300
  13. Revealed in the Warriors App
  14. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 4
  15. Revealed in the foreword of The Rise of Scourge
  16. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 3
  17. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 193
  18. Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, chapter 33
  19. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 65
  20. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 138
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