"Oh, [Tawnypelt's] especially for you, Rowanclaw. You were a weak leader of ShadowClan. I was miserable growing up, and many cats I cared about died because you failed to deal with Darktail."
— Sleekwhisker to Rowanclaw in River of Fire, page 223

Sleekwhisker is a sleek,[9] golden-[10]yellow she-cat[11] with green eyes.[12]

She is introduced as Sleekpaw, a young apprentice of ShadowClan under the mentorship of her uncle Tigerheart. She has two brothers, Juniperpaw and Strikepaw, and her parents are Dawnpelt and Crowfrost. She has little regard for Clan life, and when her friend Needlepaw sparks a rebellion against Rowanstar, Sleekpaw happily joins her. She, Juniperpaw, Needlepaw, and Violetkit join Darktail's group. Sleekpaw also gives herself her own warrior name, Sleekwhisker. She becomes much more malicious and selfish, going so far as to taunt her own mother over the death of Crowfrost, and showing no remorse when her grandfather and former Clan leader, Rowanstar is driven out with Tawnypelt and Tigerheart.

Sleekwhisker remains faithfully loyal to Darktail, doing everything he says and informing him of cats that have their loyalty to the Kin questioned. She tells him of Violetpaw's meddling with the fresh-kill pile, whose intentions were to drug him and help the prisoners escape. When Darktail drowns Needletail as a punishment for Violetpaw, Sleekwhisker helps him do so. She is driven out along with remnants of the Kin such as Yarrowleaf and Spikefur, but returns to Clan territory and while initially driven out of SkyClan by Leafstar, she is eventually accepted and briefly becomes a SkyClan apprentice. However, Sleekwhisker lies to her Clan and both of her brothers about wanting to redeem herself and kidnaps Yarrowleaf's kits, Flaxkit and Hopkit. She ambushes Tawnypelt with the help of Nettle, Raven, Jacques and Susan, intent on getting "revenge" on Rowanclaw because she claims his weak leadership is what made her life "miserable". In the following battle, she viciously attacks Rowanclaw with Nettle, but Rowanclaw kills Nettle and forces Sleekwhisker to retreat with Raven. Sleekwhisker and Raven flee from the scene as Rowanclaw and Nettle die, leaving Sleekwhisker's status unknown.


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In Tigerheart's Shadow, Tigerheart often thinks about his niece and how she joined Darktail rather than support ShadowClan. He also uses the training he gave her to teach The guardian cats about fighting.

Killed Victims

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Interesting facts

  • She has ThunderClan blood through Tawnypelt,[15] and SkyClan blood through her great-grandfather, Tigerstar.[16]
  • Sleekwhisker may not believe in StarClan.[17]
  • She has kittypet ancestry through Hal. [18]

Author statements

  • Kate's least favorite cat is Sleekwhisker.[19]
  • Kate's pretty sure she had a crush on Darktail, but can't clearly remember.[20]

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"Well, I think it's stupid. What Clan you're in doesn't decide what you're like. It's just where you're born. Some of the cats in ShadowClan are every bit as bossy as ThunderClan cats."
—Sleekpaw to Needlepaw The Apprentice's Quest, page 47

Needlepaw: "I bet he hasn't done much hunting. Creaky old mange-pelt!"
Sleekpaw: "Yeah, my mentor said he couldn't catch a blind hedgehog, never mind a rabbit."
—Needlepaw and Sleekpaw about Onestar The Apprentice's Quest, page 48

"I think the whole idea is silly. Prophecies and StarClan and all that stuff are just ridiculous!"
—Sleekpaw about the prophecy the medicine cats received The Apprentice's Quest, page 54

"Does Sleekpaw not believe in StarClan? That's terrible!"
—Alderpaw thinking about Sleekpaw The Apprentice's Quest, page 54

"Let's pretend Needlepaw caught it for you. You're Clan, aren't you? Oh no. I forgot. You weren't even born here. I guess I should eat it."
—Sleekpaw to Violetkit Thunder and Shadow, page 101

"No kit can help where she is born. Why should the Clans deprive other cats of good hunting just because they weren't Clanborn?"
—Sleekpaw defending the rogues' decision to settle near the Clans Thunder and Shadow, pages 104-105

"I think the Clans are wrong too. All their borders and rules just make more battles."
—Sleekpaw to Rain and Darktail's group Thunder and Shadow, page 105

"I don't know why you bother training her. We don't live in a Clan anymore. Let her learn to hunt and fight the way rogues learn—by experience. Or isn't she smart enough?"
—Sleekwhisker to Needletail about Violetpaw Thunder and Shadow, page 203

"Sleekwhisker would never want to leave. I haven't even told her."
—Dawnpelt about leaving the Kin to Violetpaw Shattered Sky, page 95

"I haven't thought of myself as ShadowClan for a long time. I'm Kin now, through and through. I was one of the first cats to join you, while these other mange-pelts were ShadowClan right up to the time you took over the territory. And the sooner they leave, the better."
—Sleekwhisker to Darktail Shattered Sky, page 155

Yarrowleaf: "Sleekwhisker and I have been living with the remains of Darktail's group, but it bothered us more and more, the way that none of the cats seem to care about one another."
Sleekwhisker: "That's right. Now that Darktail is gone, they don't even have the idea of Kin anymore. It's every cat for themselves."
—Sleekwhisker and Yarrowleaf about leaving the Kin River of Fire, page page 84

Sleekwhisker: "Now I'm going to have my revenge, because I've taken the thing you love most—Tawnypelt!"
Rowanclaw: "You may have taken her, but you won't keep her."
Sleekwhisker: "No—I won't keep her. I'm going to kill her. And you're going to watch."
Tawnypelt: "I'd like to see you try!"
Sleekwhisker: "Oh, I'll do more than try. Because if any cat twitches a whisker, the kits will never see another sunrise."
—Sleekwhisker after she kidnaps Yarrowleaf's kits River of Fire, page page 224

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 5
  2. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 17
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 176
  5. Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 8
  7. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 334
  8. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 202
  9. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 50
  10. Revealed in River of Fire, page 81
  11. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 46
  12. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 16
  13. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 218
  14. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 15
  15. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 20
  16. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  17. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 54
  18. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 197
  19. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  20. Revealed on Kate's Blog
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