"I will never forgive Bluestar. And Fireheart will never be our deputy. Not in my eyes."
— Smallear to the other elders in The Elders' Concern

Smallear is a gray tom with very small ears, amber eyes,[3] and a nick in one ear.[8]

Smallear was a ThunderClan elder under Bluestar's and Firestar's leaderships in the forest territories and previously served as a warrior under Doestar, Pinestar, Sunstar, and Bluestar. He was apprenticed as Smallpaw to Hollypelt, and after becoming a warrior, Smallear mentored White-eye and Sweetpaw. He became Speckletail's mate and had two litters of kits, with the first being, Goldenkit and Lionkit, and later, Mistlekit and Snowkit. Smallear retired to the elders' den and was angry over Fireheart's unorthodox deputyship, blaming the fire on him. Eventually, Smallear ascended to StarClan.


In The Prophecies Begin arc

Into the Wild

"I think your hearing has become as poor as your eyesight!"
―Smallear to One-eye Into the Wild, page 50
Smallear is a ThunderClan elder. After Firepaw's apprentice ceremony, Smallear senses trouble, which is proven when Ravenpaw returns from a battle with RiverClan. Later, when Firepaw and Graypaw visit the elders' den, Smallear is the first to offer the two apprentices a share of their fresh-kill. At a Gathering, he is one of the first cats to object against Brokenstar asking for more territory.

Fire and Ice

Fireheart tells Cinderpaw that Smallear said he'd climbed to the top of the Great Sycamore when he was an apprentice, then jokingly states that it was only a sapling when Smallear was an apprentice. Smallear later warns Fireheart about upcoming danger.

Forest of Secrets

When Smallear complains of stiff joints, Yellowfang later says it's the worst case she's seen in moons, and Fireheart thinks it's because Cloudkit brought in damp bedding. However, when Fireheart later asks the other elders if there is a problem with damp moss, they say Cloudkit is doing a fine job, and that Smallear would complain even if StarClan themselves descended from Silverpelt to bring him bedding.

Rising Storm

"Fireheart's naming broke with Clan ritual for the first time I can remember. I hate to say it, but I can't help feeling that his deputyship will be a dark time for ThunderClan."
―Smallear to the other elders Rising Storm, page 17
Smallear fusses with some of the other elders about Fireheart's deputy ceremony, saying that his deputyship will be a dark time for ThunderClan, because Bluestar named him deputy after moonhigh, breaking the warrior code. When the elders are going to the river to get water during the drought, Smallear brags about how he was attacked by an owl as an apprentice, and it gave him a nick in his ear. He claims that his claws left greater scars than the owl's. Later, when the forest is on fire and ThunderClan is forced to cross the river to stay safe, Smallear is reluctant to swim across the river, so Fireheart carries him across by his scruff. Afterwards, he declares that the fire is connected to the fact that Fireheart's deputy ceremony was late, and comments that Fireheart almost drowned him as he was brought across.

The Darkest Hour

"I remember those kits, they disappeared out of the nursery. We all thought a fox or a badger had gotten them. Bluestar was distraught. Are you saying that was all a lie?"
―Smallear talking to the Clan about Bluestar's lost kits The Darkest Hour, page 24
When Firestar needs to speak to One-eye about changing Lostface's name, Smallear complains about not getting any sleep, but Dappletail tells Firestar not to mind him because he is always welcome. Later, he cruelly mocks Tawnypaw for being the daughter of Tigerstar, saying that she would end up like her father because she was late cleaning the elders' den. Tawnypaw says that what he said was one of the reasons she left, as most would think she would end up like her father.

In the Super Editions

Crookedstar's Promise

Smallear is a ThunderClan warrior. He is mentioned briefly at a Gathering by Poppydawn, who says that her son, Thistlepaw, is in trouble with the older cat. Smallear is on the patrol that encounters the RiverClan cats at Sunningrocks, along with Adderfang, Swiftbreeze, and Speckletail. He is seen spreading out with the others to watch Adderfang and Mudfur fight for the rocks, and he and Swiftbreeze hop out of the way of the two as they fight. When Adderfang surrenders to Mudfur, he helps steer his Clanmate towards the trees.

Bluestar's Prophecy

Smallear is the mentor of Whitepaw. Goosefeather hears a croaking mew from his den and explains to Bluekit and Snowkit that Smallear is recovering from an adder bite, and it will take a day or two for the poison to be completely gone, and the medicine cat leaves for a few minutes to attend to the warrior. When Goosefeather is gone, Snowkit eats two poppy seeds because Bluekit dared her to. Moonflower gets angry about this and asks Goosefeather to keep watch over her, but the medicine cat protests that he has Smallear to look after.
When Goosefeather finds an omen in a piece of fresh-kill, many cats, including Smallear, are unsure about the message that Goosefeather claims StarClan has sent to ThunderClan. Smallear asks Goosefeather if he is sure after Lionkit calls the prey dumb. During the raid on WindClan that Pinestar declared based on Goosefeather's omen in the vole, Smallear is seen after Heatherstar, WindClan's leader, tells Pinestar to collect his cats and leave. Smallear struggles to get on his paws, and his flanks are heaving for air. He uncertainly wanders around the clearing, until Sparrowpelt comes over to help him go in the right direction.
Soon after, when they are still in WindClan camp, Bluepaw discovers that Moonflower is dead. Snowpaw comes over unknowing of this and asks Bluepaw about their mother's condition, offering to call for Featherwhisker, the medicine cat apprentice, who is currently treating Smallear. After every cat is treated, the cats set off for ThunderClan camp again. When they near the border of Fourtrees, it is noted that Featherwhisker stays at Smallear's side, as he is still quite unstable.
Smallear's apprentice, Whitepaw, is now a warrior named White-eye, and he has a new apprentice, Sweetpaw. In camp, Sweetpaw barrels towards Bluepaw, but stops at the older apprentice's paws clumsily. Smallear and her sister, Rosepaw, catch up with them moments after, and the latter teases her sister about her 'battle move'. Suddenly, Tawnyspots thinks of a way to keep the nests dry and explains his thinking. All the cats are in favor of his idea, but for it to be implemented, they need to gather leaves from a certain bush near the ShadowClan border. Sweetpaw asks Smallear if she can tag along, and he replies that she can because the more paws the better, and the nests can be dry faster.
A little while later, RiverClan invades ThunderClan territory, and Pinestar's strategy includes two patrols to fight them off, with Smallear is included on the second patrol. Later on, he and his apprentice, Sweetpaw, go hunting near the Twolegplace with Sunfall and Bluepaw. Sweetpaw finds a bird's nest, but Smallear and Sunfall soon confirm that it is abandoned, much to all of their disappointment. After Bluepaw chases a squirrel into the Twolegplace and meets Jake, a kittypet, Pinestar finds her and takes her back towards camp. Sunfall meets them with Smallear and Sweetpaw following, both carrying a fledgling in their jaws.
At Bluefur's first Gathering as a warrior, Oakheart insults ThunderClan about living so close to Twolegplace, claiming that they have 'kittypet friends'. Many cats disagree, and Talltail meows that they cannot steal prey since they are so slow and couldn't catch rabbits. Smallear adds that they can't catch squirrels either.
Later, Bluefur leads her first patrol—a hunting patrol—as a warrior and is nervous. The other cats on the patrol are Adderfang, Thistlepaw, Robinwing, and Smallear. After telling them that they are hunting in Snakerocks, Bluefur asks Robinwing and Smallear if they are ready, since Adderfang and a dumbstruck Thistlepaw already are. Bluefur leads the patrol out of camp, being berated about everything by Thistlepaw. The other warriors help him stay in line and be obedient. After purposely making a loud remark to make a bird Bluefur was trying to stalk fly away, the four warriors begin to get angry. Bluefur punishes Thistlepaw when they reach Snakerocks by making him guard for danger, which he is angry about. Smallear and Robinwing nod, and the four separate to hunt, where Smallear is the only one to search in the undergrowth. Suddenly, Thistlepaw yowls that there is a snake, but when Bluefur looks at him in alarm, he looks up innocently and mews that it is only Smallear's tail, which only infuriates her even more.
After Bluefur successfully catches a rabbit, Thistlepaw actually sees real danger, which is a dog. They all scramble up trees, and Smallear is the only warrior she does not know is safe. She does not want to drop her rabbit so she stays silent. Adderfang yowls the warrior's name for Bluefur, and Smallear is verified to be safe. Soon enough, a Twoleg gets the dog away from them, and Bluefur slides down the tree trunk. They are excited to see her safe since she could not answer to their call, and Robinwing praises her catch, as Smallear heads over to an ash tree to collect a freshly caught sparrow. As they head back to camp with the prey, Thistlepaw complains why he was made guard since no one listened, but Smallear objects, saying he fled up a tree immediately after he heard the warning about the dog. Suddenly, Thistlepaw hears the dog coming back, and Smallear mews that it probably wants the rabbit Bluefur has. Bluefur sets a trap so the dog does not find the camp, and Adderfang sends Smallear off to warn the rest of ThunderClan. Smallear barrels away.
Later, when Bluefur returns from a patrol, worn out from the day, Lionheart complains about being stuck in camp, but Adderfang and Smallear convince him it was for good reason, since he fixed a hole in the camp wall and now it is stronger than ever. The conversation turns to the subject of Tawnyspots, who is very sick; Smallear meows that the only exercise he's been doing lately is going back and forth to and from the dirtplace.
Bluefur watches her kits and warns them to not disturb Smallear, but they do so anyway. He is angered by Bluefur's kits when they wake him up, but then his temper is lost when Mosskit tumbles down, telling him to look at her, and Bluefur apologizes. Later, Bluestar reflects how Smallear, White-eye, now One-eye, Sparrowpelt, now Halftail, and Dappletail are elders now.

In the Novellas

Pinestar's Choice

Smallear: "You've made the right choice there."
Pinestar: "Hmm? What?"
Smallear: "Leopardfoot, I mean. Cats are starting to talk, you know."
Pinestar: "I didn't think you were one for listening to gossip."
Smallear: "Then the rumors aren't true? We won't be hearing the patter of tiny paws in the nursery anytime soon?"
—Smallear and Pinestar discussing his relationship with Leopardfoot Pinestar's Choice, page chapter 7
Smallear comments to Pinestar that he made the right choice, flicking a midge with his tail off his fur. Pinestar asks what he means, and Smallear gestures to Leopardfoot, saying he means her. Smallear's eye glints as he states that cats are talking, and Pinestar retorts that he didn't think he was one for gossip. Smallear pricks his ears, asking if the rumors are true, and if they'll be hearing the patter of little paws around the nursery soon. Pinestar replies new kits are always a blessing, not wanting to have this conversation with Smallear. The leader tells himself that he is feeling nervous because of Smallear's curiosity.
Sweetpaw calls to Smallear, saying he promised to take her battle training after sunhigh. Smallear heaves himself to his paws, asking StarClan to save him from overenthusiastic apprentices.

Goosefeather's Curse

Smallpaw is an apprentice of ThunderClan, and his mentor is Hollypelt. He eventually becomes a warrior and is given the name Smallear. Smallear rushes to Goosefeather and says Larksong is having her kits, and Cloudberry needs his help.

Redtail's Debt

When ThunderClan attacks RiverClan's camp, Redpaw and the other cats hear a cry that belongs to Smallear in the distance.

Tigerclaw's Fury

As the fire goes on in the forest, Smallear notes that Halftail and Patchpelt weren't with him, while farther down the path.

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

It is mentioned on Tawnypelt's page that she was pushed to the breaking point by Smallear's comparison of her with Tigerstar because she seemed to share her father's reluctance for clearing out the elders' den.

In the Short stories and plays

The Elders' Concern

Smallear is seen fussing with Halftail, Dappletail, and Patchpelt about Bluestar choosing Fireheart as her deputy after moonhigh. He seems to be the least supportive of Fireheart and says that he was neither the best hunter or the best fighter in the Clan. He continues by saying that he will never forgive Bluestar for this, and Fireheart will never be the deputy in his eyes.

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Speckletail:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Snowkit:[10][9] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lionheart:[11][9] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Goldenflower:[11][9] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistlekit:[12][9] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Bramblestar:[13] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Swiftpaw:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brackenfur:[15][16] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Thornclaw:[17][16] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Tawnypelt:[13] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Cinderpelt:[15][16] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brightheart:[17][16] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Lynxkit:[18][19] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tigerstar:[20] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Flametail:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Alderheart:[21] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Juniperkit:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Molepaw:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Stemleaf:[24] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Shellfur:[24] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Dewnose:[25] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Snowbush:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Dawnpelt:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sparkpelt:[21] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Dandelionkit:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cinderheart:[23] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Poppyfrost:[23] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Honeyfern:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Whitewing:[26] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Ambermoon:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lilyheart:[27] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Seedpaw:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Eaglewing:[24] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Plumstone:[24] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Juniperclaw:[28] Deceased, residence unknown
Strikestone:[28] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Shadowsight:[29] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Fernsong:[30] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Snaptooth:[31] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Molewhisker:[32] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Larksong:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Flamepaw:[34] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Flickerkit:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Baypaw:[36] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Dovewing:[37] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Ivypool:[37] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Cherryfall:[32] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Hollytuft:[30] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Sorrelstripe:[30] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Leafshade:[33] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Honeyfur:[33] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Spotfur:[31] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Flywhisker:[31] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Sleekwhisker:[28] Living (As of River of Fire)
Lightleap:[38] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Pouncestep:[38] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Finchpaw:[34] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Myrtlepaw:[36] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Flipclaw:[39] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Bristlefrost:[39] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Thriftear:[39] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Interesting facts

  • Vicky has said that Smallear and Speckletail may have been mates once,[40] and that Smallear may have fathered Lionheart and Goldenflower.[41]
    • This is proven true on the Warriors website family tree.[9]


Sweetpaw: "Hey, Smallear! You promised to take me battle training after sunhigh!"
Smallear: "StarClan save me from overenthusiastic apprentices."
—Smallear and Sweetpaw about apprentices and training Pinestar's Choice, page chapter 7

"Have you, too, agreed to this outrageous demand?"
―Smallear to Bluestar at a Gathering Into the Wild, page 152

"We had to keep our ears pricked and our eyes sharp while we're traveling. You see that nick in my ear? I got that when I was an apprentice. An owl swooped out of nowhere. But I bet my claws left a bigger scar than this!"
―Smallear to the other elders and Brindleface Rising Storm, page 174

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 279
  6. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  7. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 175
  8. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 174
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  10. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 44
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  12. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 16
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  14. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 225
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 95
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 62-63
  18. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 153
  19. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 20-21
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 10
  22. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, chapter 1
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 227
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 47
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 216
  26. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 348
  29. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 187
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  34. 34.0 34.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  35. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 253
  36. 36.0 36.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  37. 37.0 37.1 Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
  38. 38.0 38.1 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203
  40. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  41. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook

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