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"I know the warrior code is important. I never would have broken it if I hadn't felt I was doing the right thing. I hope the mistakes I've made, I've made out of love."
— Squirrelflight to the cats of StarClan in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 350

Squirrelflight is a dark ginger she-cat[2] with one white paw,[17] a squirrel-like, bushy tail,[6] and green eyes.[2]

Squirrelflight is a former ThunderClan deputy that served under Bramblestar's leadership in the lake territories, and is currently taking refuge in ShadowClan. She is born as Squirrelkit to Firestar and Sandstorm alongside Leafkit. As an apprentice, Squirrelpaw is apprenticed to Dustpelt. While her sister is calm and patient, Squirrelpaw is independent, brave, and fiercely passionate, which often gets her into trouble. She follows Brambleclaw on the journey to the sun-drown place, where two grow close. When the Clans arrive at their new home by the lake, she is given her warrior name, Squirrelflight, because of her bravery.

She and Brambleclaw become parents to Lionkit, Jaykit, and Hollykit. However, it is revealed that their kits were actually Crowfeather and Leafpool's. Brambleclaw is furious about being lied to, and the two break up. After the battle against the Dark Forest, Brambleclaw becomes the leader and appoints Squirrelflight as his deputy as a display of forgiveness. They eventually have kits of their own: Alderkit, Sparkkit, Juniperkit, and Dandelionkit, though only Alderheart and Sparkpelt survive to adulthood.

Squirrelflight eventually comes at odds with Bramblestar when she defends the Sisters from ThunderClan and is almost killed by a rockslide, but StarClan allows her body to heal, but she loses Leafpool in the event. After Bramblestar's unexpected death, Squirrelflight takes over his duties but she relinquishes them when he is revived. When she discovers Bramblestar is being possessed and is exiled, Squirrelflight takes refuge in ShadowClan.

History

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The New Prophecy

"Yes, O Great One, I shall do exactly what you say. And when we come back empty-pawed, maybe you'll admit that I was right."
—Squirrelpaw to Brambleclaw Midnight, page 16
Squirrelpaw is a ThunderClan apprentice, and one of the daughters of Firestar, the Clan leader, and Sandstorm. She is mentored by Dustpelt and is stubborn and independent, often doing what she believes is right even if it is against her mentor's wishes. She and her sister, Leafpaw, share a very close connection and have the ability to know what each other are feeling. She discovers that Brambleclaw is receiving dreams from StarClan to visit the sun-drown-place and listen to Midnight. She convinces Brambleclaw to let her come on the journey, to which he reluctantly agrees. The two ThunderClan cats set out on their journey with Feathertail and Stormfur of RiverClan, Crowpaw of WindClan, and Tawnypelt of ShadowClan.
On the journey, Squirrelpaw is clever and brave, often coming up with good ideas in bad situations. She earns every cat's respect with her courage, particularly Brambleclaw. Squirrelpaw's connection with Leafpaw is useful and she is able to recall important herbs to heal Tawnypelt's infected rat bite, as well as letting Leafpaw know she was safe. After hearing Midnight's message, the six cats return home to their Clans. When they return, they are shocked to see how the forest had been destroyed and that their Clans starving. She and Brambleclaw help lead the Clans on the Great Journey to the lake territories. Firestar rewards her with her warrior name, Squirrelflight, for her courage and service to the Clans.
While the Clans settle into their new territories, Brambleclaw becomes very close to his half-brother, Hawkfrost. Squirrelflight distrusts Hawkfrost and their relationship greatly, and after multiple arguments with Brambleclaw, they break up. She finds comfort in her friend, Ashfur, though she does not reciprocate the romantic feelings he has for her. When Brambleclaw saves her father, Firestar from a fox trap set by Hawkfrost, she grows to trust Brambleclaw again because of his loyalty, becoming mates shortly after.

Power of Three

"Kill them, then. You won't hurt me that way. If you really want to hurt me, you'll have to find a better way than that. They are not my kits."
—Squirrelflight to Ashfur Long Shadows, pages 274-276
Squirrelflight becomes the mother of Jaykit, Lionkit and Hollykit, and raises them affectionately along with her mate. When her milk didn't come, Ferncloud nursed the kits. She and her family journey to assist the Tribe in the the mountains, and Squirrelflight eventually receives Foxpaw as her first apprentice. Later, it is revealed that Ashfur never forgave her for choosing Brambleclaw over him. He confronts her in a fire and threatens to kill her kits as revenge, but Squirrelflight reveals that Jayfeather, Lionblaze and Hollyleaf are not her kits. They were originally born to Leafpool and Crowfeather, but she had raised them to hide her sister's secret. Despite Squirrelflight and Leafpool's wishes, Hollyleaf reveals the truth at a Gathering. Brambleclaw is furious that he was lied to, cutting ties with Squirrelflight.

Omen of the Stars

"Brambleclaw, I'm sorry. You have to understand I never intended to hurt you. I loved you, and was proud to raise these kits with you. You were a wonderful father. [...] Don't throw away everything just because you are angry with me!"
—Squirrelflight to Brambleclaw The Last Hope, page 201
Her second apprentice, Rosepetal, has become a warrior. Brambleclaw still has not forgiven Squirrelflight, and things remain tense and awkward between the two. Squirrelflight spends her time with her sister, who stepped down from her medicine cat duties, and trying to earn her adopted kits' forgiveness. She still cares for Lionblaze and Jayfeather, despite them wanting nothing to do with her. Squirrelflight is chosen to once again journey to the Tribe, and she comforts Jayfeather when he is accused of murdering Flametail. After the Great Battle, Brambleclaw becomes leader and appoints Squirrelflight to be his deputy as a display of forgiveness.

A Vision of Shadows

"You know as well as I do, that medicine-cat apprentice has to be just the right cat."
—Squirrelflight to Jayfeather The Apprentice's Quest, page 69
Squirrelflight and Bramblestar have a litter of kits, Alderkit, Sparkkit, Dandelionkit, and Juniperkit. Juniperkit and Dandelionkit die shortly after they're born, but Alderkit and Sparkkit grow up to be a medicine cat and warrior respectively. She is protective of her two surviving kits, but allows them to journey to find SkyClan. She participates in the battle to drive out Darktail and the Kin, and welcomes SkyClan to the lake.

The Broken Code

"I'll leave, but there's something you must know. My mate would never behave like this. You must know in your hearts that this cat, has none of the courage, honor, and honesty of the real Bramblestar. This Bramblestar is an imposter."
—Squirrelflight about Bramblestar's imposter, as she's being exiled The Silent Thaw, page 285
Squirrelflight takes over Bramblestar's duties as he falls ill, and when he dies, she is overcome with grief, refusing to take up leadership. When he is revived, she is overjoyed, returning to her position as deputy. She later becomes suspicious of the way her mate is acting towards the codebreakers. When Rootpaw and Bristlefrost tell her that Bramblestar is a ghost and ThunderClan's leader is an imposter, she tries to inform the other Clans, but her plot is discovered by the imposter, who exiles her. Squirrelflight goes to ShadowClan and informs Tigerstar, who allows her to stay in ShadowClan until the imposter is dealt with.

Super Editions

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"Being a good deputy doesn't mean blindly following orders. It means standing up for what I believe, and this time, I believe I'm right."
—Squirrelflight's arguing with Bramblestar Squirrelflight's Hope, page 145
In Firestar's Quest, moons after Firestar and Sandstorm return from restoring SkyClan, Sandstorm gives birth to two kits. Squirrelkit is named for her bushy and squirrel-like tail, while her sister, Leafkit, is named after Leafstar and Spottedleaf. Whitekit, Cloudtail and Brightheart's daughter, is already protective of them. Firestar can't believe how beautiful they are and ponders how the prophecy will relate to his beautiful daughters.
In Bramblestar's Storm, she and Bramblestar guide the Clan through the Great Storm. She gently reminds Bramblestar of his leadership duties, and he wonders how lost he'd be without her. Squirrelflight isn't too impressed when Bramblestar brings a few kittypets to ThunderClan to seek shelter from the flood and notices how close he and Jessy are getting. She supports Bramblestar's decision to help ShadowClan and Tawnypelt with badgers, noting how she would do anything for her sister. One of the kittypets, Frankie, becomes her apprentice. Meanwhile, Jessy helps Bramblestar realize the bond he and Squirrelflight share. In the manga, she happily reveals to Bramblestar that she is expecting his kits.
In Squirrelflight's Hope, hoping to settle border disputes between the Clans, Squirrelflight and Leafstar travel outside Clan borders to find a suitable home for SkyClan. They discover the Sisters, a strange yet friendly group of she-cats, who plan to leave their territory once Moonlight's kits were weaned. Squirrelflight's strong desire to have another litter and her sense of justice for the Sisters drives a wedge between her and Bramblestar, who is trying to stabilize the fragile peace. She and Bramblestar find a brief serenity while nurturing for Sparkpelt's two kits after Larksong and Flickerkit pass away.
When the other Clans decide to forcefully drive out the Sisters, Squirrelflight and Leafpool have a terrible dream forewarning them about Moonlight's kits. They help Moonlight deliver her kits, but the outnumbered Sisters fiercely defend their camp from the Clan warriors. While saving Moonlight's kits during a cave in, Squirrelflight and Leafpool are fatally injured and walk in StarClan. Determined to return to Bramblestar and Sparkpelt, Squirrelflight chooses to return to ThunderClan. She and Bramblestar reconcile, and the Clan mourns for Leafpool.

Novellas

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In Leafpool's Wish, Squirrelflight chooses Brambleclaw as a mate and is unaware of his secret meetings in the Dark Forest with Tigerstar and Hawkfrost. When Leafpool finds out that she is expecting kits, she asks Squirrelflight to raise them. Squirrelflight at first refuses to betray her mate and lie to her Clan. Yellowfang tries to encourage her by revealing Squirrelflight will never have kits of her own, and this would be her only chance to be a mother. Squirrelflight still has doubts, but journeys with Leafpool away from Clan territory so she can give birth. A visit from Feathertail finally convinces Squirrelflight to raise them with Brambleclaw, and she, Leafpool, and the kits return to ThunderClan.

Detailed description

Squirrelflight is a dark ginger she-cat[2] with forest[18]-green eyes.[2] She has one white paw,[17] short legs,[19] a torn ear tip,[20] glossy fur,[21] and a long,[22] squirrel-like, bushy tail.[6]

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Ceremonies

Squirrelflight's warrior ceremony
Firestar: I, Firestar, leader of ThunderClan call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. She has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend her to you as a warrior in her turn. Squirrelpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Squirrelpaw: I do.
Firestar: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Squirrelpaw, from this moment you will be known as Squirrelflight. StarClan honors your courage and determination, and we welcome you as a full warrior of ThunderClan.
Everyone: Squirrelflight! Squirrelflight!
Reference: Starlight, pages 26-27


Squirrelflight's deputy ceremony
Bramblestar: Will you be my deputy, Squirrelflight? There is no cat I trust more. Everything you do is for the best of reasons. I understand that now.
Reference: The Last Hope, page 328

Quotes

"Yes, O Great One, I shall do exactly what you say. And when we come back empty-pawed, maybe you'll admit that I was right."
—Squirrelpaw to Brambleclaw Midnight, page 16


"I wish that the stars had not sent this message to me to pass on. But it is my duty. Squirrelflight, you will never have kits of your own."
—Yellowfang lying to Squirrelflight Leafpool's Wish, page chapter 6


"ThunderClan needs you to be their medicine cat. I will love these kits as if they were my own. I already do! I will never take them from the Clan, you will see them all the time, and they will know you are my kin so they will always be close to you. Remember what Feathertail said. These kits deserve parents that can be proud of them, who can raise them among their Clanmates as fine warriors. Brambleclaw and I can do that. And the secret of their birth will die with me, I promise."
—Squirrelflight's loyalty to Leafpool and her kits Leafpool's Wish, page chapter 9


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"I know what it's like to have friends in other Clans. To feel that there's something stronger that your Clan calling you away from home."
—Squirrelflight to Hollypaw Dark River, page 249


"I know you think you were doing the right thing, but you are only an apprentice. How can you possibly understand? Your duty is to listen and learn and leave the decision making to the warriors."
—Squirrelflight to Hollypaw Dark River, page 251


"If Leafpool is like water, calm, deep running, reflecting the stars, then Squirrelflight is fire. She has energy to scorch every tree in the forest, and a tongue that would leave scars in beech bark."
—Rock describing Squirrelflight Cats of the Clans, page 20


"I would trust Squirrelflight with my life simply because she is incapable of doing anything but what she believes to be right. No, Blossomkit, this is not the same as always telling the truth. Even Squirrelflight has her secrets."
—Rock on Squirrelflight Cats of the Clans, page 20


Squirrelflight: "Enough, Ashfur. Your quarrel is with me. These young cats have done nothing to hurt you. Do what you like with me, but let them out of the fire."
Ashfur: "You don't understand. This is the only way to make you feel the same pain you caused me. You tore my heart out when you chose Brambleclaw over me. Anything I did to you would never hurt as much. But your kits.... if you watch them die, then you'll know the pain I felt."
Squirrelflight: "Kill them, then. You won't hurt me that way. If you really want to hurt me, you'll have to find a better way than that. They are not my kits."
—Ashfur and Squirrelflight during the fire Long Shadows, pages 274-276


Leafpool: "I know that I can not be ThunderClan's medicine cat any longer. I'm very sorry to you, Firestar, and to all my Clanmates. Please know that I tried my best, and regretted what I had done with every single breath, but I couldn't regret having my kits. They are fine cats, and I will always be proud of them."
Brambleclaw: "Why?"
Squirrelflight: "I had to! She's my sister!"
Brambleclaw: "And you couldn't trust me? You couldn't trust me. Don't you think I would have helped you, if you had told me the truth? But it's too late now."
Squirrelflight: "Brambleclaw..."
—After Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather's true parents were revealed Sunrise, pages 306-307


Squirrelflight: "Brambleclaw, I'm sorry. You have to understand I never intended to hurt you. I loved you, and was proud to raise these kits with you. You were a wonderful father."
Brambleclaw: "But I wasn't their father!"
Squirrelflight: "Yes, you were! Don't throw away everything just because you are angry with me!"
—Squirrelflight confronting and apologizing about her lies over Hollyleaf, Jayfeather, and Lionblaze The Last Hope, page 201


Brambleclaw: "Will you fight beside me?"
Squirrelflight: "... Always."
—Squirrelflight to Brambleclaw The Last Hope, page 259


Bramblestar: "Will you be my deputy, Squirrelflight?"
Squirrelflight: "Really?"
Bramblestar: "There is no cat I trust more. Everything you do is for the best of reasons. I understand that now."
Squirrelflight: "Then I accept."
Leafpool: "My sister. You deserve this honor, and more. Thank you, for everything."
Squirrelflight: "I would do it again in a heartbeat."
Jayfeather: "An ending, and a beginning."
—Squirrelflight chosen as deputy The Last Hope, pages 328-329


Squirrelflight: "What's going on?"
Dovewing: "Sorreltail is dead."
Squirrelflight: "But... but she was fine. She didn't say anything about being hurt. Didn't anyone notice she’d been injured?"
Sandstorm: "If she was injured that badly, we couldn’t have done anything to help her."
Squirrelflight: "We could have tried! [...] I told you all to check yourselves for injuries. Have you done it yet? I won't have any other cats die on me!"
—Squirrelflight reaction to Sorreltail's death Dovewing's Silence, page chapter 1


"You know as well as I do, that medicine-cat apprentice has to be just the right cat."
—Squirrelflight to Jayfeather The Apprentice's Quest, page 69


"Being a mother isn't about saying the right thing or doing the right thing all the time. No cat does that. No cat can. No, being a mother is about protecting the cats you care about."
—Squirrelflight's thoughts on being a mother The Apprentice's Quest, page (bonus scene) 21


"What good did nine lives do Bramblestar? He's dead!"
—Squirrelflight snapping at ThunderClan Lost Stars, page 248


"Do you really think this is the best way to run a Clan? After the leaf-bare we’ve had, do you think you’ll improve morale by pushing cats around and stealing the best prey for yourself?"
—Squirrelflight angry with Bramblestar The Silent Thaw, page 104


"I know it sounds crazy. But Bramblestar is my mate. I can tell. I had a feeling something was wrong...but I just told myself it was because he'd lost a life. Now I think it's more than that. I've been paying close attention to him today. He's...different."
—Squirrelflight to Bristlefrost about Bramblestar The Silent Thaw, page 191

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Notes

  1. Squirrelflight spent time in StarClan while her body healed, and returned to ThunderClan afterwards.[3]
  2. Squirrelflight was de facto leader while Bramblestar was dead for over a night.[3]
  3. Bramblestar's imposter possessed Squirrelflight's mate, Bramblestar's body. Prior to realizing the deception, she acted affectionately as a mate to the imposter, and both of them concurred being in a relationship. After her realizing he was an imposter, and being exiled from ThunderClan, this relationship terminated.[11]

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 310
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Revealed in Lost Stars, chapter 22
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 374
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 301
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  7. Revealed in Starlight, page 27
  8. Revealed in Outcast, page 136
  9. Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 328
  11. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 60; 282
  12. Revealed in Outcast, page 35
  13. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 7
  14. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 454
  15. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 252
  16. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 312
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 87
  18. Revealed in Starlight, page 82
  19. Revealed in Starlight, page 80
  20. Revealed in Sunset, page 13
  21. Revealed in Dawn, page 51
  22. Revealed in The Sight, page 8
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